29 October 2007
The Government may find there's a little spanner in the works in relation to its Fraud (Trials without a Jury) Bill, which is winging its way through Parliament at the moment.
Private equity firm 3i has snared General Electric (GE) senior managing director Kevin Dunn to take up the post of general counsel following the planned retirement of its general counsel Tony Brierley.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has ramped up its New York presence by hiring a Manhattan public prosecutor as a litigation partner.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is the first firm to publicly release its half-year figures, boasting a 16 per cent rise on its results this time last year.
02-Nov 2007A&O sets the standard
Allen & Overy (A&O), Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Mayer Brown have secured lead roles advising on the proposed mortgage securities superfund, which has been designed to help alleviate the impact of the credit crunch.
Portuguese firm Abreu Advogados has secured a trio of law firm mergers, leapfrogging its competitors into the list of the top five largest Portuguese firms.
One year on from the introduction of age discrimination laws, the feeling persists that they have not been fully utilised. By Naomi Feinstein and Adam Turner.
Alliance Boots is looking to complete its extensive panel review, presided over by group legal director and chief administrative officer Marco Pagni.
Ashurst" /What was your first-ever job?Helping in my father's butcher's shop for a summer. He said I would be a fully trained butcher within a month. By the end of the summer he was thankful that I wanted to be a lawyer.
The partner exodus from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s European offices continues, with Brussels corporate partner Klaus Heinemann leaving the firm.
Three lobbying industry bodies have clubbed together in a perceived attempt to defuse DLA Piper's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) complaint for anticompetitive behaviour.
Ashurst will finally convert to an LLP this week after more than a year of consultation.
Ashurst partners want rub of the green" /All of Ashurst's 132 equity partners will meet senior partner Geoffrey Green over the coming months as part of the top 10 firm's far-reaching lockstep review, which will rebase partnership points to a 25-65 point scale from its present 20-50 range. They are going to have to ...
Ashurst and CMS Cameron McKenna are the latest firms to reveal their financial performance at the half-year stage, with both firms posting impressive increases.
Tulkinghorn has just cause to feel full of pride this week because a crack team of his finest hacks, not to mention a couple of Reed Smith Richards Butler movie buffs, were victorious in a recent film quiz held at the Bafta headquarters on London's Piccadilly.
Baker & McKenzie has pulled off a coup by scooping the lead role advising Nike on its £284m takeover bid for UK sportswear maker Umbro.
Baker & McKenzie private banking partner Jonathan Burt has joined Barclays Wealth as a senior wealth adviser. Burt will join the offshore and private banking arm of the financial service powerhouse in January 2008. The former Bakers’ partner was based in the City office for seven years where he focused on private banking.
Berryman is revamping its training programme and aims to sell itself on a renewed reputation for training its lawyers and staff.
Berrymans Lace Mawer is to launch in Wales with the opening of a Cardiff office to broaden its presence in South Wales and Bristol.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has raided shipping boutique Thomas Cooper for marine partner Drew James.
Field Fisher Waterhouse's (FFW) former German alliance partner Buse Heberer Fromm is creating its own European network and has merged with Frankfurt firm Heide Rechtsanwälte, which has strong ties to France.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched a review into whether the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) is fit for purpose for the next 10 years.
It’s amazing how often a certain British firm crops up in New York. Or, to be more accurate, how often one of its partners does.
Gibson Dunn sees itself as more than just a West Coast US firm. But it must convince everyone else of its global aspirations
CMS Cameron McKenna has muscled in on what is an otherwise magic circledominated defence auction for Project Services, the nuclear decommissioning unit of British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL).
CMS Cameron McKenna has looked within the ranks of the magic circle to boost its Moscow office after Clifford Chance raided it for two key partners this summer.
The boom of internet networking sites has provided a new avenue through which employers can assess job candidates. But they must ensure decisions are made on relevant criteria. By Sean Nesbitt and Camilla Marriott
Clifford Chance has hired Jones Day partner Bruce Schulberg as a partner in its Beijing corporate finance team.
Clifford Chance and Linklaters have scooped lead roles on Dubai Ports World’s (DP World) landmark listing on the Dubai Stock Exchange (DIFX).
Clifford Chance merges energy and asset finance teams" /Clifford Chance has merged its energy and asset finance teams with the aim of streamlining internal administrative requirements and freeing up client-facing time, www.thelawyer.com can reveal.
CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre is set to launch in Algeria, giving the CMS network its first office in the North African country.
On 22 October The Lawyer reported that Annie Tsoi was joining Baker & McKenzie from Deacons, where she is a partner and head of China IP. Tsoi is joining Bakers, but it is a different Annie Tsoi, who joins from Vivien Chan & Co, where she was an associate practising IP. Tsoi of Deacons continues to practise at Deacons as head of IP. The Lawyer apologises for any confusion.
Tulkinghorn was surprised to hear that Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley is starring on the next series of Celebrity Masterchef.
Dickinson Dees eschews Leeds for York expansion strategy" /Newcastle's largest firm Dickinson Dees is investing in its nascent York operation with a move to new offices to enable a massive recruitment drive.
DLA Piper's Danish arm has split from the firm to avoid future conflicts after putting in place an ambitious growth strategy.
Simon Neilson-Clark has stepped down as DLA Piper’s EMEA restructuring practice group head, in expectation of an upsurge in demand for restructuring leading him to focus on client work.
Age discrimination has been the focal point in the employment arena of late following the first anniversary of the Discrimination Act coming into force.
Eversheds has overhauled its litigation practice, creating the new post of head of international dispute management, which will be taken up by current litigation chief John Heaps.
Eversheds_office.jpg" alt="Eversheds stalwart Viv Du-Feu quits for Welsh firm" /Eversheds head of international employment Viv Du-Feu has left the firm for Welsh-based commercial firm Capital Law.
Belgian independent firm Lawfort has disbanded its partnership after suffering years of lawyer defections and diminishing instructions following its split from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) corporate finance partner Dominic Gurney-Champion has advised on a trio of AIM deals that closed within a week.
Field Fisher Waterhouse is set to open its own office in Paris, taking seven partners from former ally Dubarry Le Douarin Veil, which is disbanding.
Finers Stephens Innocent has hired Amanda McNeil as head of its property litigation department.
Devonshires is not your conventional City firm: it does not have a managing partner, it derives 65 per cent of its turnover from housing associations and has only one office.
Fladgate Fielder has acted for television production company Twenty Twenty Television on its acquisition by AIM-listed Shed Media.
Allen & Overy has taken the first step in rebuilding its Italian banking practice by snatching Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Italian finance chief Stefano Sennhauser.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the latest firm to report strong financial performance at the half-year stage, with fee income jumping by 19 per cent on this time last year.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) has boosted its UK in-house team with the hire of four new lawyers, poaching outsourcing specialist Andrew Howe from rival Fujitsu Services in the process.
Garrigues has become the first Spanish firm to break through the quarter billion euro mark, ending this financial year 16 per cent up on last year with revenues of €259m.
Spain will no longer have to rely on the EU to fight its competition battles - a new act has brought it bang up to date in the fight against cartels. By Jaime Pérez-Bustamante
Leading Italian independent Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has split, losing up to a third of its lawyers and partners.
Hammonds has lost another team as the flood of departures shows little sign of abating.
The relationship Hammonds built with Eatonfield Group on its AIM listing has paid off, with the firm acting on the developer's acquisition of an 87 acre brownfield site from Corus.
Healthcare specialist Hempsons has boosted its employment practice with the appointment of Bevan Brittan's head of health and public sector employment.
Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold is taking a tough stance on underperforming partners, with the aim of improving overall profitability.
Herbert Smith is set to open an Abu Dhabi office in January 2008, with the intention of having a Saudi Arabian presence in due course.
I'm a 2 year PQE IP associate at a nice firm but I feel like I am kind of going nowhere and am worried that I may be sidelined as the firm is focusing on corporate and finance.
As Spain's big companies begin to invest in places such as China, India and Central Europe, so the country's largest firms have been forced to think internationally.
For the second consecutive year, insurance heavyweight Ince & Co has retained its entire trainee intake.
Kirkpatrick and Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis (K&L Gates) has scored a brace of High Court orders for Sheffield Wednesday FC that will force websites to name anonymous bloggers who voiced their dissatisfaction with the club's management.
London-based Kendall Freeman is to merge with Boston-based US firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge.
The Bar Council and Law Society welcomed the House of Lords' approval of the Legal Services Bill last Thursday (25 October).
The Legal Service Bill has received royal assent today (30 October) following the House of Lords approving the Bill last Thursday (25 October).
Will reducing loan documentation time be a key factor for Linklaters' clients? asks Julia Berris
Tulkinghorn extends a hirsute hello to Linklaters corporate partners Charlie Jacobs, Richard Youle and Owen Clay. Normally clean-shaven, you may notice something growing on their top lips in the coming weeks.
Lovells is expanding its Singapore offering by developing its corporate practice after taking extra floor space to accommodate the growth.
The magic circle firms are taking diverse approaches to tackling green issues.
Ukrainian independent firm Magister & Partners has secured its second big-name hire in as many weeks, appointing leading academic Sergey Karaganov as a senior adviser.
As company secretary and general counsel, Malcolm Wood found himself at the heart of Standard Life's demutualisation. By Margaret Taylor
Mayer Brown has made up an astonishing 10 new partners in London, more than the firm has made in total during the last three years.
Nabarro has advised longstanding client Land Securities on a series of sales and acquisitions in the City totalling more than £1bn.
Nabarro's recent closing of £1bn worth of acquisitions and disposals for developer Land Securities was a sign that the property-focused firm is reclaiming ground from rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Norton Rose has consolidated its position as corporate adviser for budget-airline easyJet in its £103.5m purchase of British Airways (BA) franchisee GB Airways.
Walkers partner Ian McMurdo has defected to Cayman Islands rival Maples and Calder as the first ripples appear in the offshore market following the surprise confirmation that Walkers and Mourant du Feu & Jeune are in merger discussions.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has looked to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for its new director of mergers.
Olswang is continuing its real estate expansion by boosting its planning and regeneration practice with a new head of planning recruited from Speechly Bircham.
O'Melveny & Myers is planning to parachute a senior lawyer from its US office in to its Tokyo offering following a raid on its corporate team by Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) last week.
South Coast firm Paris Smith & Randall has advised on the £22m acquisition of Hazard Management Solutions (HMS), a UK company specialising in terrorist threat advice to global clients.
Dewey & LeBoeuf associate Sabine Konrad has become the youngest arbitrator to be appointed as a member of the panel of arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Is it more important to keep hold of people or simply the information they possess? Merrill April looks at cases that have highlighted the issues
A failed expansion drive had left Hammonds a firm in turmoil. But managing partner Peter Crossley believes he can lead it to a brighter future?
Solicitors' professional indemnity (PI) insurance rates have dropped to their lowest point ever.
Over the past two months, as the liquidity crunch in the debt market has taken hold, some headlines have been predicting the death of the management buyout.
Allen & Overy (A&O) will lose one of its biggest names as global projects, energy and infrastructure head Graham Vinter moves in-house to become BG Group's new general counsel.
Reed Smith Richards Butler’s longstanding relationship with UK client Tate & Lyle has gifted the firm’s Chicago office a role on a £46m divestment for the company in Mexico.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert commercial litigation head Clare Canning took the decision to leave the firm a year ago, but was convinced to stay, The Lawyer can reveal.
Reed Smith Asia foothold" /Reed Smith's capture of Richards Butler Hong Kong represents a fantastic turnaround for the US firm, which has landed an sturdy launch pad for Asia.
Sacker & Partners has sealed its reputation in the pensions market, advising the trustees of Telent's pension scheme amid intervention from the Pensions Regulator.
The Law Society of Scotland has begun a consultation process that aims to overhaul the country’s legal services industry.
It's a seller's market in Spain and Portugal, with English law flooding the jurisdiction. Add to this a host of new homegrown regulations, and M&A is booming. By Francisco Sa Carneiro and Christian Hoedl
Simmons & Simmons' respected energy partner Andrew Bonser has died unexpectedly aged 45.
Slaughter and May has boosted its trainee and newly qualified pay, now offering one of the most generous packages of UK-headquartered firms.
New York firm Dreier has signed an alliance with London boutique SK Sport and Entertainment to advise US sports figures in the UK and Europe.
Birmingham-based set St Phillips is to lose its chief executive Jonathan Fox at the end of this year for personal reasons.
New rules drafted to combat real estate tax fraud seem to do no more than line the taxman's pockets, warn Alberto Baeza and Álvaro de la Vía
UK housebuilder Taylor Wimpey is embarking on a major restructuring of its legal team following the July merger of George Wimpey and Taylor Woodrow.
In the coming years, it is anticipated that the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region will enjoy significant annual growth.
The Competition Commission has found that Tesco does not stifle competition, according to its provisional findings published today (31 October) after an 18-month investigation into the UK groceries market.
TLT Solicitors lands new risk director" /John Verry has joined Bristol-based firm TLT Solicitors as its new director of risk from Lockton, an international risk services provider, where he was director of risk and quality.
If an increasing number of US firms are resorting to hiring trainees, then there really must be a recruitment crisis. With the dollar fading in value and UK firms catching up on pay, there really is nothing else for it. The Americans have to recruit at trainee level.
Bird & Bird held its annual inter-office football tournament in Milan this autumn.
Bird & Bird is not planning to replace Julian Courtney-Stubbs, its outgoing head of the Asia corporate practice.
US firms in London are ramping up their trainee schemes as the lateral recruitment market in the City begins to run dry.
Vienna played host to the world's first divorce fair. Law blog Quiz Law (www.quiz law.com) says the fair comes just in time, as Vienna has one of the highest divorce rates in the Western world. Apparently half of all marriages in Austria and two-thirds of marriages in Vienna never get to the 'till death do us part' bit.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued the strangest of proclamations last week when he designated 23 October as Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) Day in the city.
Class action law firm Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll has snapped up campaigns star Ingrid Gubbay from consumer association Which?.
Birmingham-based firm Wragge & Co has teamed up with The College of Law to launch a bespoke LPC plus course from next year.