25 July 2011

The Lawyer

  • A&O reels in Gide trio for new Casablanca outpost

    25 July 2011

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the first of the magic circle firms to announce its intention to open an office in Africa, with the firm scheduling a Morocco launch for the autumn.

  • A&O takes Westbrook through refinancing of Shell-Mex House

    25 July 2011

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised private equity group Westbrook Partners on the £338m refinancing of what is thought to be one of the most expensive properties ever bought in the UK.

  • Addleshaws takes axe to back office

    24-Jul-2011

    Addleshaw Goddard has made 31 business ­services staff redundant ­following a 30-day consultation. The move followed the announcement that net profit at the firm had dropped by 17 per cent for the 2010-11 financial year.

  • Asian rich list hike prompts Withers’ Singapore launch

    25 July 2011

    Withers is investing in Singapore as the growth of wealthy individuals in the South East Asia region ­rockets.

  • Barristers tread boards for Romeo trial

    24-Jul-2011

    “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” These are the familiar words spoken by Juliet Capulet from her balcony.

  • Big and tough

    24-Jul-2011

    Lawyers agree that Saudi Arabia is a major blip on their radars, but its culture means it remains a difficult legal market to navigate. Dale McEwan reports

  • Buse Heberer Fromm

    25 July 2011

    Since the merger with Munich-based firm Spitzweg last year, Buse Heberer Fromm has seen a significant boost to its tax practice.

  • Clean fight

    25 July 2011

    Environmental laws governing the production of biofuels must be based on accurate science and open debate, argues Susie Wilks

  • Clydes set to cherry-pick BLG teams pre-merger

    25 July 2011

    Clyde & Co has drawn up a shopping list stipulating exactly which teams it wants from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) to allow the proposed merger between the two firms to go through.

  • DLA Piper moves to replenish Aussie offices after Phillips Fox merger fallout

    25 July 2011

    DLA Piper has begun rebuilding its Brisbane office after it suffered ­departures in the run-up to the firm’s merger with DLA Phillips Fox, taking on two partners and their support teams from Australian firm Dibbs Barker.

  • Focus: Mourant Ozannes: Channelling energy

    24-Jul-2011

    Mourant and Ozannes were a natural fit for a merger, but the combined firm needs to expand in the Caribbean and Asia to have a true impact on the offshore world

  • Linklaters on board as Eircom heads for major restructure

    25 July 2011

    A raft of law firms are ­lining up for the restructuring of Irish telecoms group Eircom, one of the biggest this year.

  • Matrix QC slated as first Sikh High Court judge

    25 July 2011

    Matrix Chambers silk Rabinder Singh QC is being widely tipped to become the High Court’s first Sikh judge in the coming weeks.

  • News Corp shells out £3k an hour for Grabiner

    25 July 2011

    One Essex Court’s Tony Grabiner QC is understood to be pocketing £3,000 an hour for his advice to News ­International parent News ­Corporation in relation to phone-hacking.

  • Norton Rose seals triple listing for mining outfit

    25 July 2011

    Norton Rose capitalised on its expansion into Canada and Australia to guide Allied Gold Mining through a triple listing on the London, Toronto and Australian stock exchanges.

  • NoW phone-hacking saga: the legal line-up

    24-Jul-2011

    News International’s woes have created a new market for the media pack. Since the allegations of phone-hacking first emerged back in 2009 a handful of claimant lawyers have urged the owner of the News of the World (NoW) to come ­forward to answer questions about payments to private detectives.

  • On the move

    25 July 2011

    Richard Creamer continues to get his teeth into legal practice following his promotion to partner in the dental team at Hempsons.

  • Opinion: No room for error in Leveson LJ’s hacking inquiry

    24-Jul-2011

    As the noise surrounding the ­phone-hacking issue becomes ever louder and the list of casualties ever longer, in the eye of the engulfing storm sits Lord Justice ­Leveson’s inquiry.

  • Scotland’s mightiest firms face up to the downturn

    25 July 2011

    Scottish chiefs put brave face on stagnant figures as deals conveyor belt keeps rolling.

  • Slaughters, Macfarlanes secure Chi-X sale brief

    25 July 2011

    Slaughter and May won a competitive tender to advise alongside Macfarlanes on the acquisition of equity exchange Chi-X Europe by BATS Global Markets.

  • Smarter living

    25 July 2011

    Businesses must smarten up to deal with the changing environment, say John Houghton, Sarah Holmes and Duncan Tilney

  • Staffing up

    25 July 2011

    Dale McEwan looks at how law firms have adapted their recruitment methods in response to an altered legal sector in the UAE

  • The genius loci of law firms

    25 July 2011

    As if opening in Canada, hiring 24 laterals in a year and wrestling with pre-vote merger negotiations wasn’t enough, Clyde & Co is also moving offices next month.

  • Tube hits Freshfields with £140m-plus negligence claim

    25 July 2011

    London Underground sues magic circle firm over Metronet advice

  • Tulkinghorn: Tenants’ super strength

    25 July 2011

    Tulkinghorn always ­suspected that the ­Blackstone Chambers lot were hardcore, but even he was surprised by some of their antics earlier this month.

  • United front: Clare Wardle, Kingfisher

    25 July 2011

    Ex-barrister Clare Wardle finds strength in numbers when dealing with the challenges of her role as Kingfisher general counsel.

  • Work Life Quiz: Sue Wilson, Irwin Mitchell

    24-Jul-2011

    What was your first-ever job? A lifeguard in County Sligo.