28 February 2005
Laura Schumacher has been promoted to the post of senior vice-president, secretary and general counsel at US healthcare company Abbott Laboratories, succeeding Jose de Lasa, who will retire at the end of March. Schumacher will report to chairman and chief executive officer Miles White. Previously, Schumacher was vice-president, secretary and deputy general counsel. She joined the litigation department at Abbott in 1990, where she held various positions, including that of divisional ...
Baker & McKenzie has bagged a six-lawyer IP team from the San Diego office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.
South East firm Brachers is awaiting the outcome of a Court of Appeal hearing over allegedly negligent advice it gave to two goat farmers.
Lawyers are beating a path to the South West, drawn by the quality of life and the quality of work. As Matt Byrne reports, Bristol may soon be attracting even more players
US firm Bryan Cave's 2004 revenues have dropped slightly on its record 2003 but firm chairman Don Lents has claimed the year was still a success as 2003's figures included a massive success fee.
Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, the respected retiring president of the High Court Family Division, has been named as the first member of the new QC selection panel.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has pulled off a major coup with the hire of a trio of antitrust partners from Shearman & Sterling.
Beachcroft Wansbroughs has recruited three lawyers to join its 45-strong construction group. In the London office, the firm has recruited Tony Blackler as a partner from Macfarlanes. Simon Bradley, formerly with Shoosmiths, joins the Birmingham office as a partner, while Louise Garcia joins the Bristol team from
Manchester firm Antony Hodari & Co has introduced an HR service designed to help staff effectively manage personal issues arising outside the office. The firm, which employs more than 100 staff, has partnered with Validium, the integrated employee assistance programme (EAP) provider and specialist HR support consultancy, to provide staff with an EAP. The programme offers staff direct access to independent and confidential counselling, as well as advice on practical matters via telephone ...
Clifford Chance has taken a pharmaceuticals patent case from its start to a Court of Appeal finish in just nine months.
Clifford Chance’s Paris office has won its tussle with a junior associate over his status as a trade union representative.
Clifford Chance managing partner Peter Cornell will issue a stern warning to partners at this week's annual meeting that failure to amend the firm's strict lockstep would be tantamount to closing offices.
Chadbourne & Parke has boosted its Polish energy presence with the hire of a high-profile group from White & Case.
Clarke Willmott grows in Birmingham" /South West heavyweight Clarke Willmott has signalled its intention to grow significantly its presence in Birmingham with the acquisition of local firm Vernon & Shakespeare.
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary (Jim Lavery, Natalie Town) advised Baring English Growth Fund on the management buyout of UK-based computer manufacturer Stone Computers for £20m. Stone Computers advised by Pinsent Masons.
Deutsche Bank is leading a group of nine of the world's largest financial institutions, together with Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer,
Are Scottish solicitors more sentimental than English or Welsh ones?
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has raided Hong Kong-based power company CLP to boost its Asian project finance practice. John Yeap (left), CLP's director of group development, is joining DLA Piper to head the firm's project finance group. Yeap, who will be based in DLA Piper's Hong Kong office, has gained a combination of senior management and legal experience after nine years at CLP.
DLA is continuing its attack on the projects and PFI market with the hire of partner Allison Page from Pinsent Masons.
Wragges first instruction on IT outsourcing" /Wragge & Co's outsourcing practice has scored a massive coup by advising new client Euroclear, Europe's largest securities settlement house, on the IT and outsourcing elements of its group restructuring.
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Personal injury (PI) boutique Evill and Coleman is to merge with London's Russell-Cooke Solicitors.
Former EY Law global head Patrick Bignon is setting up a legal management consultancy. Bignon is launching Law Management Consulting, which will be based in Paris, in response to a need for independent legal experts in Europe. Bignon said that law firms and in-house legal departments in France are facing new challenges as a result of the Loi sur la Sécurité Financière - the French equivalent of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act - and pressure on costs. First revealed on www. thelawyer.com 23 February
Hammonds is losing a construction team to rival Addleshaw Goddard in Leeds.
The stormy nature of Clifford Chance's communications, media and telecoms team has passed into legal market mythology, with partners allegedly having stand-up rows at group meetings before slamming doors and flouncing out. (Sounds a bit like Tulkinghorn's house.)
Adams Solicitors, a firm well respected on East London's high streets, has undergone a radical transformation in the last year. Established in 1992 by husband and wife duo Som and Mahinder Chima, the firm, once known for its family and conveyancing expertise, appears to have hit the big time with the opening of a Canary Wharf office and a series of new client wins.
Stop-and-search procedures on ships have sparked a slew of insurance claims in the wake of 11 September. Brendan Malkin reports on the P&I giant at the sharp end of the action
The US legal market's most recent high-profile bankruptcies got nasty last week following audacious legal proceedings from former partners of Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault and Altheimer & Gray.
Mayfair firm Forsters has today relocated to new premises next to Berkeley Square.
Man United's Freshfields defender sticks his heels inThe lawyer currently standing between Malcolm Glazer and Manchester United - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Mark Rawlinson - also took a strong stance on a board's fiduciary duty to shareholders when advising on the failed P&O Princess-Royal Caribbean merger.
Sometimes the job of a managing partner bears more than a passing resemblance to the role of Victor the Cleaner in Luc Besson's French classic Nikita.
Crossley gets tough as 'exceptional charge' dents profits; PwC brought in to audit national firm; 60 to go in redundancies
By Simon Taylor (MA Oxon and MCIArb) and Patricia Wheatley Burt (FCIPD)
Iraq and Kuwait have moved off the battlefield and into the courtroom. Jon Robins reports on fourteen years of legal wranglings, armed raids and ditched lawyers
The Law Society Council gave the go-ahead for the next stage of the controversial Training Framework Review last Thursday (24 February), which has split the profession's educational establishment.
Barristers will have to pass a political correctness test if they wish to become QCs under the new silk selection system, according to a document seen by The Lawyer.
I've never seen squirming like it. There we were, going home from the circus at half-term to find the Lawyer's gleaming, Germanic monster of a car parked next to the 200-year-old banger driven by one of his NHS clients.
After years of recession, has the Hong Kong economy finally bounced back? Last year proved to be a bumper 12 months for Hong Kong-based lawyers thanks to the record number of companies raising cash through initial public offerings (IPOs).
More musical Asian tsunami relief efforts. Following on from last week's plug for the rock bash at The Spitz on 22 March starring The Simkins Partnership, this one comes courtesy of Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). And this time the music is of a more genteel, but equally exceptional, standard.
Microsoft is in the middle of a global review of its law firms as it attempts to control spiralling legal costs caused mainly by its endless antitrust and patent litigation.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has sealed its first deal for the Sainsbury family.
Sir Michael Bichard has been appointed as the new chair of the Legal Services Commission (LSC), the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) announced today (3 March).
Norton Rose's employment department is blazing a trail for employment representation charity the Free Representation Unit (FRU).
The ban on legal aid for defendants in libel cases needs to be overturned after McLibel
Leading Guernsey firm Ozannes has appointed litigation partner Robert Shepherd as its new managing partner. The firm has also launched a dedicated trusts practice, to be led by partner St John Robilliard. Shepherd, who joined the firm in 2001 from Clifford Chance, succeeds Peter Harwood as managing partner. Harwood remains at the firm as head of corporate. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 21 February
Partnerships for Schools (PfS), the public body designed to support the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme, has appointed a dozen law firms to its newly created panel.
Merging US firms Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pitman have made their first bold move to offload unwanted practices sending a 20-lawyer insurance litigation team to Hunton & Williams.
The ability of UK law firms to bill promptly and collect debts within a reasonable time period has deteriorated since last year, PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) annual financial management survey has revealed.
German multidisciplinary firm Rödl & Partner has reported a sharp increase in the turnover of its legal services arm.
J Sainsbury's in-house legal department is playing a key role in steering the FTSE 100 retailer through the largest product recall in UK retail history.
Bristol is the hub for a revolutionary programme to improve education on a national scale. David Hutton gives the lowdown on the Building Schools for the Future scheme
Richard Nicolle and Rebecca Bennett explain the diplomatic route to banishing workplace smoking
Don't mention the eggs. Louis Cyphre (see if you can work out which supremely evil being this nom de plume could possibly represent) was the real star of 1980s chiller Angel Heart. Now he's reappeared and is still causing havoc, this time for Allen & Overy, leaving the magic circle firm's Italian banking practice in tatters with his departure to a local boutique. Going under the name Andrea Arosio, ...
Shearman & Sterling has promoted 10 lawyers to its all-equity partnership. The London office promoted one lawyer into the equity - UK-qualified capital markets expert Warden McKimm - while its New York base saw three lawyers made up in asset management, litigation and IP. The remaining six promotions comprise a project finance expert from Abu Dhabi, an antitrust specialist in Brussels, an M&A ...
Simmons & Simmons has closed its first capital markets deal for niche bank Singer & Friedlander.
SJ Berwin Paris head pans UK LLPs" /SJ Berwin Paris managing partner George Pinkham is leading a fight to clarify complicated tax laws that could lead to French members of a UK limited-liability partnership (LLP) being taxed twice.
Newly merged music company Sony BMG has launched a new division which has been hailed by its head lawyer as the first of its kind for a major record company.
Stephenson Harwood has hired a new head of Islamic finance. Bilal Aquil joins following work at Calyon (formerly Crédit Lyonnais). He will be responsible for Stephenson Harwood's Islamic finance work across a range of areas including real estate and banking. The firm has also recruited John Roebuck as a consultant in the commercial litigation team, fresh from a part-time role as the group legal ...
Herbert Smith's Dutch alliance firm Stibbe is relocating corporate and capital markets partner Derk Lemstra to London to head up the firm's City arm.
The Director General of the Takeover Panel Richard Murley has accepted the Panel’s invitation to extend his secondment until 30 November 2005.Murley, who works for Goldman Sachs, took up office in April 2003.
Four new law firms have joined legal network Trans European Law Firms Alliance (Telfa), building on its Eastern Europe expertise. Joining the network are Austrian firm Doralt Seist Csoklich, Bihary Balassa & Partners of Hungary, Romanian firm Mariana Anghel Law Firm and Hökerberg & Söderqvist in Sweden. Last year the appointment of Polish firm Kalwas & Partners gave Telfa its first foothold in Eastern Europe. The latest round of firms to join the alliance means the network now has representative
The renewable energy sector is growing. Patrick Robinson and Ross Fairley report on how UK regional firms are gettng involved
Simon Pizzey, managing partner, Veale Wasbrough
UBS Investment Bank is in the throes of a full-scale review of its global panel in a bid to rationalise the firms it uses in the US, Europe and Asia.
Firms are working no win, no fee to take part in the sale-and-leaseback boom. By Joanne O'Connor
Leading technology boutique V-lex has relaunched in London and Sheffield despite losing three directors after a deal to merge with Nabarro Nathanson fell through.
Associates working in London's West End were the biggest winners in the latest round of pay reviews.
English is now universally accepted as the language of business, spoken by businesspeople - and lawyers - worldwide. UK and US lawyers can cheerfully Which Lovells partner was refused entry to Will Smith's post-Hitch premier party three times?travel the world, safe in the knowledge that they won't be the ones needing a dictionary.
Wragge & Co's 15-strong private client team is moving to the Birmingham office of Mills & Reeve.