28 March 2005
Ashurst has won its first UK deal for Apax Partners following its appointment as lead legal adviser, acting for the private equity house on its recommended offer for HIT Entertainment, the company behind Bob the Builder.
Houston-based Baker Botts is gearing up to launch its first Asian office.
A Texan jury has returned a $65.5m (£34.5m) verdict against Houston-based firm Baker Botts.
Top human rights barristers are warning that Conservative Party plans to "review or repeal" the Human Rights Act (HRA) could lead a Tory government into conflict with the judiciary.
London’s Bircham Dyson Bell has boosted its social housing practice with the acquisition of niche social housing boutique Jenkins & Hand.
The trauma of realising you're in the wrong game can be assuaged by clear thinking. By Rachel Brushfield
Boma Ozobia was elected as chairwoman of the Association of Women Solicitors (AWS) at its AGM on 17 March 2005. Ozobia has been a member of the national executive committee for three years and is the principal partner in the Sterling Partnership. Ozobia practices in Nigeria as a solicitor-advocate. "We celebrate our diversity within the AWS and will continue to work with the Law Society to ensure equality and diversity within the profession," she promised. "We'll also be reaching out ...
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has appointed three corporate finance associates from Addleshaw Goddard in Manchester. Paul Rimmer, Nick Roome and Peter Hindle rejoin partner Darryl Cooke, who joined DLA Piper from Addleshaws last August.
Clifford Chance's New York office has hired former Goldman Sachs legal director and associate general counsel Elaine Laurence.
The NSPCC's power to take action puts it at the forefront of child protection. This is not something that the charity's lawyers take lightly. Joanne Harris reports
Regional heavyweight Cobbetts is poised to hike its client charge-out prices in a bid to harmonise rates across all its offices.
The Department for Constituttional Affairs today launches a single unified agency, Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS), to run the UK's court system.
Manches' gross revenues and average profit both dropped last year, its 2004 year-end results reveal. But there has been a dramatic increase in the top of equity as the firm's new merit element to its distribution system kicks in.
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has raided Coudert Brothers for two Bangkok partners as it aggressively ramps up its Thai presence.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has turned down a substantial offer, believed to be in the region of £6m, to relinquish the right to terminate the lease on its Fleet Place premises.
Lovells' Paris office has acted for Electricite de France (EDF) on a new credit facility, underlining the power of the borrowers in the European loan markets.
Ford Motor Company has raided the White House to secure a new general counsel to take over from incumbent Dennis Ross.
DLA Piper's job lot the same as Lawrence Graham's
Herbert Smith has elbowed out Linklaters and scooped the mandate to advise Transport for London (TfL) on the £896m East London Line extension.
Mysterious parent Epsilon makes estimated £640m profit thanks to Enterprise Act. By Helen Power
The legal team advising rogue Conservative Howard Flight will tomorrow decide whether to launch an injunction against Michael Howard if the party leader decides to press on with moves to deselect Flight.Former Gouldens partner and an existing Jones D...
Senior lawyers from Clifford Chance and sports marketing group IMG have teamed up to launch a new niche firm, onside law.
Is there going to be a standoff between finance and corporate at Linklaters? As we revealed in our weekly news email last Wednesday, Linklaters' head of corporate David Cheyne is stepping down, ostensibly to return to full-time client work. However, as any fule kno, his eye is on the role of senior partner, replacing Anthony Cann later this year.
"We had invited the judge to address case management issues from the outset. If this is going to be used to bash juries it would be a travesty, because there's nothing wrong with the jury system," says Brian Spiro, Burton Copeland partner and defence lawyer on the collapsed Jubilee Line fraud trial.
Lawrence Graham's business recovery team has rounded off a productive few months in the retail sector with an instruction on the controversial Gadget Shop administration.
There is indignation at the firm, where the client relationship director has circulated an email asking all partners to prepare a crib sheet for their top five clients containing vital stats such as "Nature of business", "Profit against turnover", "Whisky or chocolates for Christmas?", "What the MD drives" and "Date of MD's wife's birthday".
Following on from the recent story about BBC2's The Apprentice (14 March) in The Lawyer, it appears that former Herbert Smith corporate partner Margaret Mountford is not the only legal connection in the programme.
Olswang has raided White & Case to secure litigation partner Richard Bamforth as the UK firm ramps up its technology and media offering.
Osborne Clarke has wiped out almost £9m in debt after two years of tight financial management.
Outer Temple Chambers' Paul Garlick QC has been appointed as an international judge for war crimes to the criminal and appellate divisions of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
For the first time Oxfam is looking to mobilise the skills and influence of City lawyers as part of a radical campaign to eradicate Third World poverty.
Partner appointments at Eversheds have slumped to a three-year low, while early signs emerge else-where in the market of modest growth in partner promotions.
Revealed: massive dropout rate from trainee to partner level; management boards still white and male
The lobbying arms of US law firms reported a storming 2004, despite depleted congressional activity in the election year.
Pinsent Masons' joint London managing partner and national head of corporate has quit to join Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham.
A senior Pinsent Masons banking and finance partner has been charged with murdering his wife.
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It appears that the spirit of legendary Brit funnyman Eric Morecambe has been reborn in the Teutonic form of equally legendary private equity star Thomas Heymann. Heymann recently quit as Frankfurt managing partner of Willkie Farr & Gallagher to set up his own shop. Heymann was previously at Clifford ...
Shearman & Sterling will splash out an estimated £500,000 this year on generous pay hikes for its UK-qualified lawyers in a bid to make itself more attractive to potential recruits.
Stephenson Harwood is reinforcing its financial services capability with the hire of a corporate partner from McGrigors.
Sullivan & Cromwell has broken the dominance of the magic circle firms in the European M&A market.
The Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) has won more than £1.65bn in accident and injury compensation for its members since its formation 83 years ago.
David Casement, barrister, Exchange Chambers
Ah, the traditions of the English court system. Tulkinghorn was amused to hear of a recent Commercial Court shipping case where, after the usual toing and froing over where instructions should be sent and when the court would next convene, Mr Justice Cooke found it necessary to amend his language for any lawyers based on the other side of the Atlantic.
Last week the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) organised a conference to discuss the important issue of the future of legal services post-Clementi. An assorted bunch of solicitors, barristers, consumer group representatives and civil servants gathered at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London's Docklands to listen to Lord Falconer's keynote speech and then discuss it.
Walker Morris's sports team has won a crucial football case with major repercussions for the lucrative football transfer market.
Following a protracted battle to win a team of Deacons partners that went all the way to court, White & Case has now lost a second lawyer from the group just six months after the case settled.