26 April 2010
Civil and criminal set 7 Bedford Row (7BR) is mooting plans to employ lawyers and paralegals as part of a legal disciplinary partnership (LDP) following the implementation of the Legal Services Act (LSA).
Partner, not firm, loyalty and cheaper, quicker advice emerge as top issues.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do to enhance our City reputation,” admits Monica Burch in the last few days before becoming Addleshaw Goddard’s new chairman.
It may taste a bit nasty to some, but A&O’s arrival could be just the tonic for Australia’s legal marketplace.
Nottingham firm Berryman has undergone a raft of changes since managing partner James Jarvis arrived at the firm in 1999.
This year’s round of partner promotions reveals a market in which law firms are still cautious about promoting talent. However, there is some relief in the associate ranks, with numbers generally stabilising after tailing off dramatically this time last year.
The County councils of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire are in preliminary talks to merge their legal departments.
Clifford Chance and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have secured prize roles on one of Europe’s biggest capital raisings of recent times - Volkswagen’s e4.5bn (£3.9bn) rights issue.
Travers Smith has advised new client Channel 4 on a deal that will see it broadcast Channel 4 HD on Freeview.
US firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle has appointed a new managing partner in its Milan office.
Dewey & LeBoeuf insurance partner Francis Mackie, who joined the firm after more than a decade at Norton Rose, is leaving for Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge.
Taylor Wessing has been left without a telecoms partner in its London office after Ted Mercer signalled his intention to quit for Edwin Coe.
Eversheds has advised Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance Company (QGIRC) on a QAR2.5bn (£450m) project to construct four skyscrapers in Qatar.
Farrer & Co is facing court action in France over its role acting for News Group Newspapers (NGN) in its 2008 battle with former FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) president Max Mosley.
Farrer & Co has moved to bolster its commercial property team with a pair of senior lateral partner hires, with a third partner also joining to boost its commercial disputes practice.
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Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright has launched in London with a view to improve its service to London clients, particularly those in the retail sector.
Herbert Smith’s Paris international banking and finance head Georges Dirani has been appointed global general counsel of BNP Paribas.
If you had asked lawyers a fortnight ago what might cause the biggest disruption to their work you would have received a few different answers.
The continuing disruption caused by the eruption of the Icelandic volcano has forced Linklaters to cancel its annual global partnership meeting.
Matrix Chambers has put diversity and the environment at the forefront of its new core values ahead of the set’s tenth birthday.
China’s private equity market is presenting both opportunities and challenges for international funds as the domestic players make their presence felt in an increasingly fertile environment.
The legal profession is often accused of remaining in the Dark Ages when it comes to how we present our business to the outside world.
City firm thought to be ’too hot to handle’ for many other potential US candidates
Thomas Eggar has announced that partner Richard Jordan is to succeed Patricia Woolgar and take over as head of the firm’s private client group on 1 May.
Pinsent Masons and SJ Berwin have secured the mandates on AIM-listed healthcare company CareTech Holdings’ £165m debt refinancing.
Gide Loyrette Nouel saw its turnover decrease by nearly 15 per cent to e220m (£192.87m) over the 2009 financial year.
Are Pinsents’ consolidation plans going to score it an own goal?
Royal Dutch Shell has reduced its roster of external advisers after completing a major panel review.
The Scottish Law Agents Society (SLAS) has arguably paved the way for alternative business structures (ABSs) to be introduced north of the border despite orchestrating a vote to oppose them.
Motion Picture Association general counsel Ted Shapiro is taking a leading role in the fight against copyright pirates.
Shoosmiths has brought in a new partner for Access Legal, the firm’s consumer legal services brand. Personal injury (PI) specialist Debra Woolfson joins the firm from Pannone.
You can’t fault Ralph Baxter’s tenacity. It’s a standing joke among managing partners that at some point they will have received a call from the Orrick chairman, but a decade on from its failed talks with Bird & Bird the US firm’s obsession with completing a London merger has still never been realised.
Tulkinghorn doesn’t really watch TV. Not unless that delightfully grumpy upstart John Humphrys is on, that is. Tulkinghorn feels something of an affinity with old Humph.
What was your first-ever job? Schoolteacher.