29 November 2010
Burford staying local, but as Matt Byrne reports, London might not be a million miles away
Ashurst has landed its first buyout mandate for new client Nordic Capital since being appointed to the private equity house’s panel earlier this year.
Blighted Bulgaria is freeing up its bar rules for international firms, while the government has promised to clamp down on corruption. James Swift looks at whether things really are looking up
Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has signed a formal alliance with newly established Chilean firm Seguros Lex in a move that is expected to lead to a merger between the two.
Wall Street titan Davis Polk & Wardwell ruffled a few British feathers last week when it launched a twin raid on the magic circle and the cream of the UK’s student talent.
Debevoise & Plimpton and Olswang have secured the key mandates on the sale of BBC Worldwide’s 50 per cent interest in its global TV joint venture (JV), incorporating the channels Animal Planet and Liv, to Discovery Communications.
Direct access to the bar has soared since the recession began, as chambers build stronger relationships with in-house counsel.
One of the Cit?y’s best-known employment boutiques Ferguson Solicitors converted to LLP status this month in what amounts to a nod towards modernisation.
The Law Society’s relevance has never been under more scrutiny while what many perceive as its rival, the SRA, is setting out its stall for regulatory dominance. Who holds the whip hand?
Banking star in shock return to previous site of thwarted partner ambitions. By Gavriel Hollander
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has instructed Allen & Overy (A&O) to intervene in a bid to overturn a Court of Appeal (CoA) ruling that found the selection process for appointing arbitrators in commercial disputes breached UK equality laws.
It is not often that in-house lawyers summon their external advisers to an evening of Afrobeat, but Associated Newspapers group legal director Harvey Kass did precisely that earlier this month.
£330m cost-saving initiative could see law director role axed and lawyers liable for negligence
In the age of austerity the Government has set out an agenda based on localism for the real estate and planning sectors. By Simon Ricketts and Matthew Mainstone
Most firms are adopting a ’wait and see’ approach to the impact of the Legal Services Act 2007 (LSA) on the legal market, confident that the big bang will turn out to be a small pop.
Czech firm PRK Partners is set to take on Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Prague team, which was let go by the French firm following its global strategic review.
Orbit Homes, the for-profit arm of residential and social housing organisation Orbit Group, has formed its first-ever legal panel amid a changing funding climate.
Pinsent Masons has advised longstanding client Halfords on the refinancing of its £300m credit facility.
The shortlist for The Lawyer HR Awards 2011 highlights thoughtful leadership and community engagement at a time of unprecedented challenges for the industry.
MTV Networks International general counsel Roger James has the dream job for a lifelong music lover.
Simmons & Simmons has implemented a raft of measures to address its poor standing on senior female representation.
French oil giant Total has swapped One Essex Court’s Lord Grabiner QC for 20 Essex Street’s Iain Milligan QC to lead its Supreme Court case over liabilities spinning out of the Buncefield oil explosion.
Trowers & Hamlins launched a consultation process recently with around a dozen fee-earners that could see the firm scrap its associate lockstep.
As far as Tulkinghorn understands, private equity giant Bain Capital is still on the hunt for a general counsel.
You can always rely on Kent County Council (KCC) for a good story. Local authorities might not get everyone’s pulses racing, but ever since KCC started punting out its own lawyers to handle work for rivals it’s blazed a trail in the public sector.