26 November 2007
Lovells seems to have won the favour of Middle East private equity house Abraaj Capital. The group's general counsel Tom Speechly appears to be neglecting his former firm but one Norton Rose. Where once Abraaj appeared to be wedded to Speechly's alma mater, the likes of Lovells and Clifford Chance seemed to have ...
- Clarion Solicitors has promoted paralegals Susannah Colmer, Koby Gyasi and Justine White to trainees. Deborah Warren and Stuart Cobbett also join as trainees after leaving university.
Commercial set 3 Verulam Buildings has snared the head of arbitration from Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS).
Sports experts at Blackstone Chambers and 4 Pump Court went head-to-head at the International Automobile Federation (FIA) in a clash that could have seen Formula 1 rookie driver Lewis Hamilton crowned champion.
Common law set 9 Gough Square has ramped up its capabilities with four new tenants after losing nine family practitioners earlier this year.
Is Gerald Barling QC a worthy successor to founder Sir Bellamy? asks Caroline Binham
What's the toughest thing about your job?The number of spinning plates, each one of which would warrant significant endeavour if I had time.
Aluminium giant Rusal has turned to the familiar pairing of Ashurst and Russian firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (EPAP) to guide it through its first major M&A deal since its 2006 tripartite merger with Sual and Glencore.
One of the secrets of Ashurst's success in Germany is that everybody in the office calls each other 'Du', reckons Ashurst Germany managing partner Simon Beddow.
Jones Day, Travers Smith and White & Case clients Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Royal Bank of Canada have landed a victory in the NatWest Three case, after the former bankers pleaded guilty to fraud.
Lord Neuberger's 'Entry to the Bar' working party will publish its final report tomorrow (27 November), with 57 recommendations to "level the playing field within the profession", according to Neuberger.
Several stories in this column over recent weeks have focused on the aggressive growth strategies of numerous firms in New York. But it's not just private practice firms that are out in packs hunting for lawyers.
Blackstone Chambers senior clerk Martin Smith resigned dramatically on Friday (23 November).
Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer insolvency partner Peter Bloxham has decided not to appeal against the judgment that found unanimously for his former firm in his age discrimination claim.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued on its aggressive hiring spree by taking on its second new partner in as many weeks.
The BPI, the industry group for UK record companies, has finally ended its search for a new general counsel, hiring Kiaron Whitehead from litigation firm Forbes Anderson Free.
With a role that encompasses Africa, Europe and Asia, RGA International’s new global counsel Catherine Regan has a lot to get to grips with.
Clifford Chance and Lovells played lead roles on a major refinancing in the Middle East and North Africa.
Thirteen City firms have committed to a summer school diversity initiative to encourage applications from students studying at non-Russell Group universities, which make up the traditional pool of City applicants.
There may be no place like home, but for Hogan & Hartson partner Ty Cobb a change of address uncorked a heap of trouble recently.
Clifford Chance has defended its career progression opportunities for associates after a team of six associates was laid off in New York.
Cobbetts' Birmingham office advised International Process Plant & Equipment (IPPE) and Acorn Developments on the latter's acquisition of a 37-acre site at the Kirkby Industrial Estate in Knowsley in the North West.
Last month saw a US Court of Appeals decision that could have implications not only for a significant number of the world's leading multinationals, but also for the US itself.
French independent firm Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral has launched an office in Singapore, scooping partner Philippe Taverne from DS Avocats.
UK gaming and amusement machine operator Danoptra Holdings has snared Halliwells head of gambling law Nick Hawkins to take the newly created role of director of legal services.
Credit crunch hits; firm to hive off volume business post-Clementi
Dickinson Dees has taken on two new partners and a director in Newcastle and its growing York operations, despite the turmoil suffered by its volume business (see page 1).
Albany Capital's AIM-listed special purpose vehicle Vestpa has acquired Singaporean and Chinese food company Full Fortune Holdings for £25.2m in a reverse takeover structured by Anglo-Canadian firm Fasken Martineau Stringer Saul.
The Lawyer's seventh annual summit for in-house lawyers took place in sunny Lisbon from 15 to 17 November, attracting more than 200 delegates.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has boosted its privacy and information law group with a senior hire from the Information Commissioner's Office.
In the heart of Gloucestershire, niche firm Rickerbys is busy recruiting. The 20-partner outfit specialises in commercial and private client work, capitalising on its community relationships to win new clients.
Former Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) German alliance partner Buse Heberer Fromm has lost almost half of its Hamburg office, with a trio of partners leaving to set up on their own.
City-based law firm Fox Williams is positioning itself to act for private clients against banks in the expected credit crunch fallout.
Outsourcing contractor Fujitsu Services has boosted its growing legal team with two new lawyers, in the process appointing a dispute management head for the first time.
Google has hired a new general counsel to head its growing UK legal team, snapping up Expedia's rated European legal chief Luisa Edwards.
The latest development in the property market is the inevitable arrival of 'green leases' between landlords and tenants. By Alison Murrin
Four European firms including Germany's Hemmelrath & Partner have merged under the new brand name Marccus.
Herbert Smith has advised JPMorgan Securities and China International Capital Corporation (CICC) on the $1.16bn (£0.56bn) global offering of shares in Chinese truck manufacturers Sinotruk.
Arbitration will be the main battleground for third-party litigation funders, market leaders have revealed.
Private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) has handed a Simpson Thacher & Bartlett corporate partner the role of its first-ever general counsel.
Latham & Watkins has ramped up its European presence with five star hires from Italian corporate powerhouse Bonelli Erede Pappalardo.
Barely is the ink dry on the Legal Services Act 2007 than people are beginning to speculate on what the future holds. Will legal services be provided from alternative business structures (ABSs)? Will private equity funds invest in partnerships? Will the Government try to use its muscle to procure legal aid services through one-stop shops ...
Commercial set Serle Court has snared Mr Justice Lightman and former Court of Appeal judge Sir Jonathan Parker to ramp up its alternative dispute resolution team.
The Planning Gain Supplement Tax is out and a tariff-based approach to planning charges is in. However, the details are still to be finalised, says Tim Pugh
Lovells has announced a merger with Japanese firm Kubota Law & Patent that will allow it to advise on domestic Japanese IP law for the first time.
The Legal Services Commission takes a blow as the court of appeal supporting the Law Society’s view that the unified contract for civil legal aid breached EU law.
Swedish independent firm Maqs is merging with one of the country's oldest shipping boutiques, Morssing & Nycander, to help it compete in the increasingly competitive Swedish market.
Mayer Brown has appointed a new managing partner in Germany, with banking and finance partner Jörg Wulfken taking control of the firm's offices in Frankfurt, Berlin and Cologne.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Mayer Brown have bucked the downward trend of London partnership promotions at transatlantic firms, with record numbers made up.
In the face of major lawsuits and a number of partner departures, Mayer Brown is nevertheless confident of reclaiming its place among the New York elite
Irish firm McCann FitzGerald has named banking partner John Cronin as its next chairman with his four-year term due to start next May.
Mills & Reeve has moved to cement its foothold in the matrimonial market by launching a website for people going through divorce, separation or dissolution of civil partnership.
Muckle hires as partner retires" /The former senior partner of Newcastle-based Muckle will retire from the law, but the firm has recruited two partners for its property and construction groups and intends to grow.
Slaughter and May is advising Land Securities on the corporate aspects of its three-way demerger.
Lord Neuberger wants to see law taught as part of the national curriculum and external funding made available for pupillages as part of wide-reaching proposals to reform entry to the bar.
An influx of Eastern European labour is helping North East business. But it's vital that the workers' rights are upheld, says David Gibson
The North East has become a more competitive market in recent years, with the region's three main firms finding themselves competing for work and staff.
Northern Rock has brought in ABN Amro's former legal head as a non-executive director to steady the beleagured mortgage lender through its next difficult chapter.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has closed DLA Piper's complaint that a lobbying industry body was guilty of anticompetitive behaviour.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will today (26 November) put its recommendations to the government to encourage private competition actions.
Olswang has signed off on a trio of acquisitions for new client Photon Group, which has turned its acquisitive focus away from Australia and onto Europe.
PFI lawyers acting for healthcare trusts are starting to pick bidders on how they rate in the 'thoroughly good egg' stakes
US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has turned to Kirkland & Ellis’ UK arm for its latest London partner hire.
Pinsent Masons has scooped Pitmans partner and head of planning Daniel Drukarz to head its London-based planning and environmental team.
Olswang reshapes practice" /News that Olswang plans to cull 10 from its real estate department harks back to the uncertain times of the early 1990s for the mid-tier world, when firms were sending letters by courier to staff on the Friday saying: "Don't come in on Monday."
SABMiller has passed over longstanding adviser Lovells on its €816m (£583m) bid for Dutch brewer Grolsch, turning instead to Herbert Smith alliance firm Stibbe.
Cheshire-based SAS Daniels is to merge with Chester-based commercial firm Richards Lee to make it the largest firm in Cheshire.
Richard Keen QC has been elected dean of the Faculty of Advocates (Scottish bar), beating off competition from vice dean Valerie Stacey.
Simmons & Simmons is rolling out a firmwide policy that will make it easier for staff to work from home.
Simmons & Simmons' Mark Dawkins is the latest managing partner of a UK-headquartered firm to go door-knocking on the subcontinent.
Sir Arthur Watts QC of 20 Essex Street died on 16 November. Watts, who was called to the bar in 1957, taking silk in 1988, was legal adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and practised extensively before the International Court of Justice.
Leading French arbitration boutique Derains & Associés has lost partner Laurence Kiffer to rival niche practice Teynier Pic & Associés.
DLA Piper, SJ Berwin and Wragge & Co are due to close an unheralded £40m deal, which could have far-reaching repercussions for the legal industry.
There may be no place like home, but for Hogan & Hartson partner Ty Cobb a change of address uncorked a heap of trouble recently.
30-Nov-07The Rock wishes upon a starIf one strategy of crisis management involves throwing names at a problem until it goes away, then you've got to admire Northern Rock for trying.
Travers Smith has lent its support to private equity house 3i in the purchase of a £60m majority stake in designer lingerie chain Agent Provocateur.
Payments processing company Total Systems Services (TSYS) has snared Global Switch general counsel Solomon Osagie to head its new UK-based legal team.
Herbert Smith has stepped up its global recruitment programme with the hire of 20 trainee lawyers from India.
Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins is the latest US class action specialist to target the UK.
Life imitating art
Commercial City firm Wedlake Bell has elected a new managing partner and created a new non-fee-earning role of chief executive to implement firm strategy.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has announced its latest round of global partner promotions.
Dewey & LeBoeuf in New York has hired a Weil Gotshal & Manges restructuring team headed by partner Martin Bienenstock.
CMS Cameron McKenna's Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) regional head Duncan Weston has won more than 50 per cent of the vote to become the firm's managing partner elect.
When I joined Seven Bedford Row 25 years ago, I knew exactly how many female tenants there were. That I no longer have the figure at my fingertips suggests that times have changed.
Slater & Gordon has continued its aggressive acquisition drive and acquired three regional firms taking its total number of offices to 24.
The new Crossrail line linking East and West London is expected to add £20bn to the country's coffers, but some in the capital will lose out during its construction. Simon Ricketts and Nikolina Babic examine the impact of the project