3 March 2008
Recruiting its own in-house headhunter has paid off for Berwin Leighton Paisner.
The beauty of Allen & Overy's alumni programme is that everyone benefits, explains Alex Pease
• Berrymans Lace Mawer has recruited Stuart Harvey as a partner in its personal injury practice. He joins from Halliwells.
Mentoring schemes are ideal for nurturing young talent and keeping experienced lawyers in touch with ground level,
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Latham & Watkins advised on the £50m sale of luxury yacht builder Oyster Marine to private equity house Balmoral Capital. Private equity start-up Balmoral was launched in 2007 by two former Credit Suisse First Boston bankers.
Clifford Chance partner; launches Dubai real estate team" /Real estate partner Arthur Dyson is leaving Clifford Chance for arch rival Allen & Overy.
Addleshaw Goddard is expected to move into new offices at Milton Gate in the City as early as next year so the firm can expand its capability in the capital.
UK pharmaceutical company Ardana has called on Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) as it seeks a buyer or merger partner to raise money for research.
Since its demerger from Bevan Ashford in 2004, Exeter-based Ashfords has aimed to hightlight its independence in an effort to win new clients.
Chicago-based bank Northern Trust has hired David Curtin to lead its legal team in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Baker & McKenzie has expanded its London capital markets practice with the hire of partner Peter Castellon.
Birmingham set Equity Chambers head Balbir Singh is the highest-paid legal aid criminal barrister for the second year in a row.
Tired after a long day drinking fine brandy, Tulkinghorn sent along one of his scribes to attend a soirée hosted by India's first entrant to the UK legal market, FoxMandal Little (FML).
BPP Law School is hiking its LPC fees by 10 per cent to £11,550, prompting an outspoken attack from its chief rival.
City IP boutique Bristows has hired a three-partner disputes team from the London office of US firm Howrey.
American firm Bryan Cave has hired the co-managing partner of US rival Hogan & Hartson's Hong Kong office, Mao Tong. Tong joins Bryan Cave less than three years after helping Hogan to launch its Hong Kong base in September 2005. He joins Bryan Cave as a partner.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft is considering plans to radically restructure two of its core groups, corporate and finance, as the firm continues to battle the effects of the collapse of its structured finance and capital markets practice.
CMS Cameron McKenna has appointed recent hire Adam Mycyk to run its new office in Ukraine, which opened officially yesterday (6 March).
Cayman Islands firm Solomon Harris has chosen Zurich rather than London in what will be the offshore firm's first move out of Cayman.
Clifford Chance has introduced a careers framework that outlines career development paths for business service staff.
Clifford Chance London managing partner Jeremy Sandelson has emailed staff to warn them about escalating taxi costs as the firm looks to tighten its belt during the economic downturn.
Chadbourne & Parke has snared a three-partner team from Thacher Proffitt & Wood to launch an office in Mexico, the firm's first in Latin America.
Addleshaw Goddard, SJ Berwin and Travers Smith landed key roles in the sale of designer shoe brand Kurt Geiger, which had created interest from a number of private equity buyers.
Clifford Chance launches in Kiev" /Clifford Chance has become the latest firm to move in on the booming Ukrainian economy with an office launch imminent in the country's capital Kiev.
Sullivan & Cromwell has broken through the $1bn (£500m) revenue barrier for the first time, topping $3m (£1.51m) average profit per equity partner (PEP) in the process.
Clifford Chance shipping partner Paul Turner has defected to Clyde & Co as the firm aims to refocus its shipping practice.
CMS Derks Star Busmann has opened up a Dutch desk in Kiev to work together with its CMS partner firms there.
Conyers Dill & Pearman partner Caroline O'Hare has been appointed to launch the firm's new Moscow office.
Tunbridge Wells firm Cripps Harries Hall has re-elected Jonathan Denny as managing partner for another five-year period.
Davis Polk & Wardwell and White & Case have landed plum roles on the $19bn (£9.55bn) IPO of credit card company Visa, the largest in US history.
Debevoise & Plimpton has smashed the market average for US firms’ 2007 financial results, posting increases of 23.4 per cent and 27 per cent respectively for revenue and average profit.
Dechert is waiting until tomorrow to learn how many of the 13 associates it laid off from its finance and real estate group last week accept a transfer.
As Reed Smith inherits the Beijing office of Dewey Ballantine, London has seen another casualty from the tie-up between Dewey and fellow US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae.
There is an irresistible comparison to be made when you discover Nigel Knowles having breakfast in one of Gordon Ramsay's New York restaurants.
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge UK (EAPD UK) is the first UK firm to announce a move into Bermuda after it signed a cooperation agreement with Bermuda-based Marshall Diel & Myers (MD&M).
The former CEO and managing partner of Freshfields Hugh Crisp is leaving the firm.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has scored a winning role for Carling Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur, advising on the club's crackdown on counterfeit goods being sold over the internet.
Heller Ehrman has hired former DLA Piper Asia head Nick Seddon to lead its four offices in the region as Asian managing partner.
What was your worst experience as a trainee?Being sent to Aston Villa (one of the firm's clients) thinking it was for a really important job, when it turned out my supervisor simply needed his football tickets collecting.
Texas-based firm Fulbright & Jaworski has promoted two senior associates to partner in its London office, doubling last year’s tally.
French independent Gide Loyrette Nouel is set to treble its London office space in a move to new premises after seeing revenue rocket in the UK capital.
Lawyers are becoming a gloomy bunch as the credit crunch intensifies, with 12 per cent of practitioners who responded to a YouGov survey predicting that there will be redundancies as a result and 34 per cent claiming there will be less work to go round.
Halliwells has launched a redundancy consultation across its London-based corporate team, with the group severely lagging behind budget.
British American Tobacco (BAT) has turned to Herbert Smith for advice on the £2.05bn purchase of Scandinavia's largest tobacco brand.
Herbert Smith secured three new clients during the last quarter to push ahead of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy (A&O) in the rankings for FTSE100 clients.
Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) tax law director Rachel Sandby-Thomas has been appointed the solicitor and director general of Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR).
Steve Sonberg, a partner in Holland & Knight's Miami office and chair of the firm's business law section for the past five years, will be elected managing partner later this month, replacing controversial incumbent Howell Melton after just one term.
At many firms HR now sits alongside management and is instrumental in keeping a level course on board ever-more unwieldy ships.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost a further partner with the departure of banking and finance lawyer Roger Dyer.
Irwin Mitchell aims to double the volume of calls received by its legal advice helpline service after winning a key account with Barclays.
Ambitious law firms are nothing new, but six mergers in nine months is plenty by anyone's standards.
In June 2006, the European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes launched new fining guidelines that were intended to reform and, ultimately, increase the deterrent effect of the Commission’s fining policy for infringements of EC competition law. In summary, companies that breach the competition rules will now pay a fine starting with the ‘basic ...
Kings of the wild frontier 07-March-2008Ukraine is the new frontier for law firms - as we first revealed last September - and it really wasn't a surprise that Clifford Chance was going to be at the forefront of the rush to the country.
It's 25 years since the London Lawyers' Symphony Orchestra and Chorus started up and the ensemble is celebrating with a gala concert in Spitalfields this week
The London Development Agency (LDA) is preparing to overhaul its legal team and slash its panel from 18 firms to five as part of an efficiency drive.
The Legal Services Commission yesterday offered the legal aid bar another opportunity to sign the contracts for very high cost cases after only 130 barristers joined the panel.
Macfarlanes and Travers Smith have won key roles on the private equity buyout of sandwich chain Pret a Manger. The sale saw private equity house Bridgepoint Capital buy a controlling stake in Pret a Manger, in a deal believed to value the business at £350m.
Mayer Brown recruits LG finance partner" /Mayer Brown has raided LG for partner Angela Hayes to boost its financial services practice.
Mishcon de Reya is set to offer all of its lawyers the option of working whatever hours they wish on an annual basis.
In David Morley's first interview since being elected as senior partner of A&O, he has predicted that the credit crunch will make the firm stronger.
Nabarro has become the latest mid-market firm to ramp up its European coverage, with the expansion of its best friends alliance into Spain and Italy.
The challenges of responsible retailing are all in a day’s work for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets head of legal Nick Grant
NYSE Euronext has plucked its new general counsel from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, hiring legendary outsourcing partner John Halvey.
These days Tulkinghorn doesn't quite have the stamina for the property industry mega-event Mipim, which is a temple for worshippers of the three Bs - boats, booze and birds.
US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has boosted its Paris projects team with a four-lawyer raid on Ashurst. Paul Hastings has made Ashurst senior lawyers Pascal Cuche and Marc Lordonnois partners in its Paris office, and hired two associates. Their practice encompasses public law and infrastructure deals, and focuses particularly on public private partnerships (PPP). Clients include contractors, ...
Utilities giant National Grid has revamped its general commercial panel, dropping Pinsent Masons and taking on Wragge & Co and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) as full service firms.
They were essential for the construction of canals and railways and the development of utilities, but for a long time private bills have been overlooked. However, in the last few years local authorities and other bodies have been turning again to this form of legislation and Private Bills are making a comeback.
Private equity rainmaker Raymond McKeeve is to leave Kirkland & Ellis (K&S) in three months for an unknown destination, believed to be a role at a private equity house.
Pinsent Masons" / In 2006 Pinsent Masons interviewed for a new head of HR and the board asked applicants to create a vision that would place the HR function at the centre of the business.
If the credit crunch really starts to hurt, one part of the profession will be cosily immune - the public sector.
The legal arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Spain, Landwell-PwC, has posted its best end-of-year figures in several years, witnessing a turnover increase of 12 per cent.
Reed Smith has taken over the former Dewey Ballantine Beijing office, which did not sign up to be part of Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Reed Smith has tapped Herbert Smith's German alliance partner Gleiss Lutz for a Munich IP hire.
Congratulations to Tilda Swinton who won an Oscar last week for her role in the movie Michael Clayton. Swinton plays the general counsel of a corporation being sued for poisonous pollution.
Tulkinghorn thinks of the television as that loud, colourful thing in the corner that helps him sleep. He is rarely able to interpret the talking blobs into the human faces that they represent, thanks to a heady cocktail of brandy and champagne.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Weil Gotshal & Manges have both secured key roles on the leveraged buyout of Getty Images by private equity house Hellman & Friedman.
SJ Berwin has advised long-standing client British Land on the sale of two Debenhams stores for a total of £22m.
Slaughter and May's practice partner-in-waiting Paul Olney has vowed to tighten up the firm's relationships with its best friends in the Far East when he takes over the role.
Leading Spanish independent firm Uría Menéndez has made a rare lateral hire to boost its environmental law practice, bringing in a new partner to its Barcelona office.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is investigating up to 60 lawyers for alleged mortgage fraud after complaints more than tripled since 2004.
Taylor Wessing set for Beijing launch" /Taylor Wessing is set to open an office in Beijing as soon as the green light is given by the Chinese authorities.
A welter of equal pay claims has piled the pressure on the public sector legal system, but reforming the way tribunals work could ease the problem
Tulkinghorn is very proud of his academic record but he believes that modesty is an admirable trait and that a similarly well-educated and esteemed lover of learning should follow his example.
I represent all barristers in England and Wales - and some of the most talented work in-house with leading organisations and businesses across the country and internationally.
The upper mid-tier London firms have found a formula in Europe. It's the alliance. Titter ye not.
Political nous and solid relationships will be key to winning the work
The UK's in-house lawyers are the best paid in the world, according to a new survey of in-house salaries.
When it comes to reporting figures, the silence from offshore firms speaks volumes. Firms are fiercely protective of their profit per equity partner (PEP) figures, which inevitably leads to speculation.
The Wall Street Journal's general counsel has left the company following the August takeover by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.
North East firm Watson Burton's 2007 limited liability partnership accounts are over a year late.
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Weil Gotshal & Manges has recruited the chief operating officer for legal & compliance at Bear Stearns as its new global executive director.
Last November’s news about the loss of personal data by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) generated international publicity, a run of reports of other security breaches, and proposals for new legislation. But does ...
White & Case is the newest entrant into the Romanian legal market, having opened a Bucharest office with former Linklaters lawyer Todd Shollenbarger.
White & Case capital markets partner Peter Epp, who last May pulled out of launching Bracewell & Giuliani's London office in favour of partnership at White & Case, is leaving the firm for Herbert Smith.
City workloads, while still reportedly healthy, have definitely become lighter in recent months, leading firms to find ever-more inventive means of stocking up their pipelines.