29 June 2009
Two magic circle firms secured lead roles on Sainsbury’s £445m capital raising.
Addleshaw Goddard has been reappointed by Bradford Council to advise on phase three of the £400m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.
Addleshaw Goddard has brought in £173.3m for 2008-09, a drop in fee income of 11 per cent from the previous financial year.
Offshore giant Appleby is to target work coming out of the African, Asian and Indian markets with a new office in the Seychelles.
Ashurst has won the instruction to help a 12-strong banking consortium reach financial close on the R1 Expressway, Slovakia’s first-ever road PPP project.
Beachcroft is considering expanding its volume business, called ‘B2 from Beachcroft’, into property and employment work.
More and more firms are looking to capitalise on structural changes allowed under the Legal Services Act.
Macfarlanes and Norton Rose have been called in to advise on the potential merger of Lloyd’s insurers Brit Insurance and Chaucer Holdings.
After nine months of trading under a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), Buss Murton has completed a pre-packed administration.
CMS Cameron McKenna has laid off 73 staff at the end of its redundancy consultation.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is in growth mode in London.
South East firm Cripps Harries Hall has become the latest to implement a four-day work week in a bid to stave off redundancies.
With telecoms in constant flux, BT Retail GC Gordon Moir has had to ring the changes on an almost daily basis.
The office managing partner of DLA Piper’s Kuwait and Bahrain offices - Alex Saleh - is to leave the firm.
… and more to come as London’s leading insurance firms predict ‘tidal wave’ of litigation
Edwin Coe has seen average profit per equity partner (PEP) drop nearly 20 per cent during the last year.
Ireland’s law firms are up in arms after Arthur Cox won arguably more than its fair share of recession-related roles, with some pointing accusing fingers at the firm’s cosy relationship with the government. Tom Phillips reports
UK class action supremo and winner of The Lawyer Awards’ Outstanding Achievement prize, David Greene is determined that the positive side of US litigation reaches this side of the Atlantic soon
Hammonds has set up a partner and associate forum in its London office designed to aid business development and the cross-selling of practices at the firm.
The Irish legal market is notoriously hard for foreign firms to break into. But this hasn’t stopped some from trying. Margaret Taylor reports
The International Bar Association (IBA) has waded into a growing row over the treatment of lawyers in Russia.
A number of UK firms have been hit by a significant amount of defections from their Italian offices.
Simmons & Simmons has appointed Italy chief Marco Franzini to the strategic board, replacing Pedro Rebelo de Sousa, who is spinning off the firm’s Portuguese operations.
?With leveraged finance hit hard by the credit crunch, Stuart Brinkworth considers what’s in store for the beleagured sector
US firm in talks to fortify London in wake of sweeping governance changes.
Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are advising Anglo American and Xstrata respectively on the proposed merger of the mining giants, which could result in a £41bn business.
Lovells and Norton Rose have won lead roles advising the Government of Bahrain on the creation and listing of a $750m (£457.96m) sovereign sukuk.
Norton Rose, which last Tuesday won Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards, announced a tie-up with Australian firm Deacons the same day in a bid to jumpstart its Asia expansion plans.
Newly qualified (NQ) retention rates for September 2009 qualifiers at a number of leading law firms have plummeted as worsening economic conditions hit the employment market.
I suspect even little green men in galaxies far, far away now know about Digital Britain. Ultimately, it is all about exploration.
Trowers & Hamlins has appointed Julien Allen as a partner in the real estate team.
The recent appointment of Charles Plant - a former Herbert Smith litigation partner and member of the Legal Services Consultative Panel - as the next chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) (TheLawyer.com, 22 June) will pique the interest of many - apparently including those at the SRA.
In light of the Financial Ombudsman Service’s annual review, Michael Isaacs examines the dubious practices employed by some claims management companies
With hedge fund managers under scrutiny and regulation inevitable, the industry needs to practise effective self-regulation.
Apple Retail, the division of the iconic computer manufacturer’s business that is responsible for all its stores, has launched a search for a sole external adviser for Europe, in what will be one of the hardest-fought tenders of the year.
It was entirely coincidental, but last week’s announcement by Norton Rose that it was merging with Australia’s Deacons came on the morning of The Lawyer Awards, where the former won Law Firm of the Year. Nice timing.
What a night. Last Tuesday evening (23 June) the Great Room at The Grosvenor House Hotel witnessed arguably the most splendid - and certainly the funniest - awards ceremony The Lawyerhas ever hosted.
Ward Hadaway has announced a 53 per cent decrease in average profit per equity partner (PEP) during the last financial year.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has advised the artist Antony Gormley on the groundbreaking Fourth Plinth project in Trafalgar Square.
Forsters has completed its four-partner raid on Withers despite legal wrangling over the departures.
What do you do at weekends? Cook, eat, read, general pampering and being a taxi service for my teenage daughter.
Wragge & Co is to have its move into new Birmingham headquarters delayed by a year because the developer has yet to fill the rest of the building.