30 January 2006
The IPO of Gondola Holdings last November marked the return of restaurant chain PizzaExpress to the London Stock Exchange.In November 2005, Gondola Holdings, the holding company of the PizzaExpress, ASK and Zizzi restaurant chains, floated on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) with a market capitalisation of approximately £480m. The flotation marked a return to the LSE for PizzaExpress, which only three years previously had been taken private by private equity houses TDR Capital and Capricorn ...
Anxious times at Shearman & Sterling's New York corporate department. The firm hit the headlines at the start of the year when it won a rare instruction from BASF. The chemical giant put in a hostile bid for US rival Engelhard, offering a $4.9bn (£2.75bn) all-cash offer.
The head of chambers from dissolved set 199 Strand David Phillips QC has joined Wilberforce Chambers.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has spent £5.5m outsourcing its IT infrastructure to ensure the safety of its technology systems.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has rolled out its long-awaited proposals to reform London associate career progression following a year when its attrition rate topped 25 per cent.Managing partner David Morley and HR head Genevieve Tennant made their final presentations in December last year. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (21 December), ...
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Dublin-based firm McCann FitzGerald are advising Eurohypo on Ireland's first commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) for a property company.
Addleshaw Goddard has bolstered its corporate department with the hire of Norton Rose senior associate Ivor Edwards, who joins as a partner. Edwards comes with an insurance and financial services background, an area an Addleshaws spokesman said the corporate department had targeted to bulk up. Edwards starts ...
Addleshaw Goddard has forged an international trainee exchange programme on the back of its best friend relationship with Hong Kong firm Johnson Stokes & Master.The six-month exchange programme, which is nearing the completion of its first term, will be reviewed with the two trainees involved to gauge its success, although the firms have already agreed another exchange in September 2006.The ...
Several retail insolvencies hit the headlines over the Christmas and New Year period, with many finding trading conditions just too tough and bringing in the administrators.On the high street, clothing retailer Kookai was the latest casualty, with holding company Adjustbetter bringing in administrator Deloitte, which is being advised by Ashurst head of insolvency Nick Angel.When a company files ...
Samuel Alito has been approved as the United States’ 110th Supreme Court justice, securing victory in the most partisan vote in the nation’s modern history.
LEADING internet retailer Amazon.co.uk has appointed highly rated general counsel David Melville to the role of UK legal director, filling the void created by the restructure of its European legal operations in early 2005.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has scooped a lucrative mandate to defend Arcelor, the world’s second-largest steel maker, against a hostile takeover by Mittal Steel.
Arthur Cox has hired one of the highest-profile corporate lawyers in Dublin as a partner in its corporate group.
Ashurst is in line to secure a major advisory role on the flotation of Debenhams which is set to go ahead as early as April and could value the department store chain at £3bn.
Insurance giant Axa launched a search for firms for its first-ever formal global panel, becoming one of a small number of French companies to follow Anglo-Saxon methods of instructing lawyers.
Baker & McKenzie (B&M) has hired finance lawyer Nick Tostivin from Linklaters into its partnership as the firm looks to rapidly expand its London banking and finance practice.
Being stuck in an office over the summer break, good for your future career as it may be, is not the most appealing way to spend the warm months. At least Nabarro Nathanson has been rewarded for its efforts to make it that little bit easier to handle.The firm won the Freebie of the Year Award, presented by the Oxford University Law Society, for the bright-orange beach balls handed out at law fairs ...
Fountain Court Chambers’ Nicholas Stadlen QC, appearing for the Bank of England, has slammed Lovells for failing to turn up for the BCCI costs hearing which began on Monday (30 January).
National firm Beachcroft Wansbroughs and the University of the West of England (UWE) have teamed up to launch a postgraduate diploma in commercial property.The firm created the diploma to guarantee standards of excellence. Property head Michael Bothamley said that, in 18 months, nearly half of Beachcrofts' property lawyers will have completed the diploma.The diploma is aimed at assistants of up to four years' post-qualification experience and consists of six two-day courses ...
Bristol-based Bevan Brittan has overhauled its training programme for trainees, assistants and associates following the appointment of a new training and development manager.The new programme, named 'Development Tracks', gives lawyers a defined 'route map' of their career development for every 12-month period of their training and has already been commended by the Law Society.Training and ...
Bevan Brittan has overhauled its training programme for trainees, assistants and associates following the appointment of a new training and development manager. The South West firm is now rolling the system out to partners.
Bingham McCutchen has scooped a three-partner team from Morrison Foerster (MoFo) for its New York office.
Bond Pearce is considering rolling out the assessment programme it introduced two years ago for partners, which includes psychometric testing, to all associates.The firm has already extended the programme to assistants who are up for promotion to associate level. However, at Bond Pearce's first-ever associate conference, held last March, partners and associates discussed whether the two-day assessment ...
BPP Law School has launched an 'Access to Practice' scheme to help students without contacts in the legal profession to secure training contracts.The scheme, which was launched formally last month, will be run through BPP's careers service in Leeds, London and Manchester. Students have to apply to participate in the scheme, but those who do not have training contracts will be prioritised.As part of the scheme students will be paired with practising lawyers at all levels who ...
BPP Law School is set to become the only national provider of the BVC after announcing plans to offer the course in Leeds.The Bar Council validated BPP to run the BVC out of its one-year-old Leeds branch from September 2006. BPP will offer 48 full-time and 48 part-time BVC courses in Leeds. Manchester Metropolitan University is the only other provider of the BVC in the North.BPP chief executive Peter Crisp told Lawyer 2B that the launch of the brand new course is in response ...
Staff at top 10 City firm Lovells and independent business-led charity Business in the Community proved they're a fighting force by taking part in a charity boxing match to raise money for London-based community organisation YourStory.Thanks to Fitzroy Amateur Boxing Club, the teams are now very accomplished with a skipping rope and, if you look around Lovells' Atlantic House headquarters, you'll probably see some of the team members taking every opportunity to shadow box in front ...
Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons are set to battle it out to advise Barclays Bank on the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation into bank services to small businesses.
Last Tuesday (24 January) saw the cream of the legal market descend on the Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel in Holborn for The Lawyer's annual Hot 100 party. Lawyers of every flavour rubbed shoulders and swapped war stories as the champagne oiled the tongues. All in all, a great night for legal hacks.
Clifford Chance chief operating officer David Childs is set to be crowned as managing partner of the world’s biggest law firm.
What do recent revisions to Chinese Company Law mean for foreign investors? Dale Fischer and Derek Roth-Biester report
With an eight-year construction window following an 18-month tender process, the £1.5bn widening of 63 miles of the M25 has secured lucrative roles for a number of City projects practices.The UK's largest PPP for roads has seen Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst,
Since new laws recognising same-sex relationships were passed last year, family law specialists have been preparing for what happens when civil partnerships go wrong. Pop star Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish were among the first of hundreds of gay couples to form civil partnerships in December 2005, when laws recognising same-sex relationships were introduced in the UK.
Clarke Willmott’s new homes bulk conveyancing team is moving to South West rival Foot Anstey following an agreement between the two firms.
Clayton Utz has set new standards in Australian contract law in negotiations for the Australian Rail Track Corporation's (ARTC) A$1.4bn (£590m) upgrade of the country's Melbourne to Brisbane rail network.
Clyde & Co has made its second partner hire of the year, appointing former Hill Taylor Dickinson partner Graeme Baird.
The College of Law is replacing all LPC lectures with online tutorials, slashing the amount of time students spend face-to-face with lecturers.Lectures in a number of pervasive subjects, including accounts, insolvency, tax and the LPC skills of advocacy, interviewing and writing, have already been replaced with ’i-tutorials’.The college plans to roll out e-learning for all other subjects, both elective and compulsory, during the next two years.The college’s director of vocational programmes ...
The Law Society has awarded the College of Law's Store Street branch and BPP Law School's Manchester arm the first top grades under its new law school ratings system.It is understood that, on a recent visit to Store Street and Manchester, the Law Society panel awarded every aspect of the LPC provisions the highest possible grade of 'commendable'.This is the first time the College of Law has been awarded top grades by the Law Society. The Store Street arm previously had a 'very ...
Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall has elected Michael Stevens as new senior partner.
Thirteen days, 13 dates, 13 different girls. Bircham Dyson Bell communications adviser David Flynn certainly doesn't think 13 is an unlucky number, but he's hoping the 14th is really going to be where he hits the jackpot: 14 February to be precise - Valentine's Day.
SJ Berwin, led by Steven Davis and Mark Sanders, advised the three owners of Capitol Films - Sharon Harel, Jane Barclay and Hannah Leader - on the sale of the company to Los Angeles-based entrepreneurs David Bergstein and Ronald Tutor.
Dechert's London office has sent out the headhunters after management gave the green light to a massive investment following the launch of its new global Islamic finance practice.
The claimants will sensationally shun the BCCI costs hearing today (30 January) after deciding there is nothing left to argue about.
China has introduced a strict legal framework for direct selling to protect consumers and prevent pyramid selling. David Boitout and Beatrice de Meaux-Becdelievre report
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has raised it associate salaries in Philadelphia to some of the highest in the city.
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary IT partner Kit Burden has opened his account at his new firm with India's largest IT outsourcing deal to date.
North West firm DWF has carried out full-scale changes to its management system, electing its first managing partner and appointing a new strategic board.
Online auction giant eBay’s UK director of legal affairs Robert Miller has resigned to take over the role of global general counsel of internet phone company Skype Worldwide.
The Government's recent education white paper proposes a major overhaul of LEAs. Caraline Johnson assesses its chances
The criminal trial of former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay and chief executive officer Jeffrey Skilling will start today (31 January) in Houston, Texas, after the jury selection process was completed in just one day.
Eversheds is overhauling its entire senior management in a dramatic bid to increase its international reach.
North West set Exchange Chambers is continuing its Manchester hiring spree with the arrival of two new family tenants from Kingsgate Chambers. Helen Matuk has experience in all aspects of family law, while Jayne Acton specialises in proceedings involving children. The hires follow the recent arrival of three civil and two criminal members and bring ...
West Coast giant Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is set for a full-scale overhaul of its management following the decision of charismatic chair Mary Cranston to step down when her term ends in December.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has raided Morrison & Foerster’s (MoFo) London office for two new partners to support its rapidly expanding technology practice.
Managing partners: Robert Bryars and Martin SissonsTurnover: £7m Total number of partners: 18 Total number of fee-earners: 77 Main practice areas: Commercial property, company and commercial, crime, personal injury and medical negligence, private ...
Silicon Valley-based IP firm Fish & Richardson has had a $30m (£17m) award against the firm reinstated after failing in its attempt to have a legal malpractice case against it reheard.The original case, heard in 2003, concerned a complaint by chemica...
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped the lead instruction over Simmons & Simmons to advise HMV on a potential bid for the struggling entertainment retailer by Permira.
Magic circle firm would love to meet similar US practice with view to merger within the next couple of years. Must be prepared to do deal with hundreds of Germans. Good sense of humour and sensitivity when dealing with lockstep issues preferred.
Spanish leader Garrigues has launched a tax practice in Portugal after hiring the entire tax team from independent firm Castro Silva & Associates.
Italian independent Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has suffered the mass resignation of four partners and a team of assoociates.
Jones Day and DWS: not an affair to rememberTransatlantic mergers may be back in vogue if Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's new ambitions are anything to go by, but one deal that isn't going anywhere is Jones Day and Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). In fact, it wasn't even a deal worthy ...
Slaughter and May’s German best friend Hengeler Mueller has raided Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for a corporate partner.
For German law firm Hölters & Elsing, maintaining its independence is at the heart of its strategy.
Ince & Co's battle with former client Blue Strim Maritime has taken a dramatic turn following the indictment of seven partners for fraud by the Greek authorities.
Donna Sawyer on the month in Asia: Global players follow US firms as push into China gathers pace Freshfields win seals its status as top foreign firm in China Cleary scoops £1.7bn advisory role on South Korean IPO Foreign firms in Japan gear up for work as new cartel laws are unveiled
T-Mobile’s legal director and company secretary James Blendis has remodelled the company’s legal department to make it leaner and meaner. By Donna Sawyer
Foreign law firms in Japan are gearing up for an M&A explosion this year, with Japanese commercial and corporate laws set to be completely overhauled for the first time in 100 years.
Independent French firm JeantetAssociés has picked up the remaining Coudert Brothers partner in Paris in a bid to broaden its international coverage.
Latham & Watkins has lost one of the stars of its high-yield practice to hedge fund Silverpoint Capital as the European market fails to sustain the volume to allow Latham's UK team to replicate the success of its colleagues in the US.
Latham & Watkins has posted a 14 per cent rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP) off the back of a 17 per cent rise in gross revenues for 2005.
Latham & Watkins has scooped an instruction for Comstar United Telesystems on its proposed $1.17bn (£653m) IPO, continuing its dominance of the Russian IPO market.
The Law Society of Scotland is launching an extensive review of legal training and is seeking views from every part of the profession, including students.The society is reviewing all stages of training, including the LLB and the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.A public consultation on the diploma is to start shortly, following recommendations to be made by a working group which concludes its work this month.The review of the LLB is at an earlier stage. Having asked ...
China's most prominent human rights (HR) lawyer is claiming that the Chinese authorities tried to kill him after they had closed his law firm. The matter raises questions about how liberal China's legal market really is.
The College of Law’s radical plan to ditch lectures in favour of online tutorials might sound a bit crazy. But for those of you who have skipped the odd lecture, or indeed fallen asleep through one, the flexibility of studying at your own pace will no doubt seem like an attractive proposition.As Lawyer 2B exclusively reveals, the College of Law has already replaced lectures in a number of pervasive subjects with so-called ‘i-tutorials’ and is planning to roll out online e-learning for ...
LeBoeuf Lamb Green & MacRae posted a 23 per cent jump in gross revenue for 2005 with the firm’s turnover hitting $440m (£249m).
The future of legal education in England and Wales has been thrown into doubt following the Law Society's decision to abolish the Training Framework Review Group (TFRG).As exclusively revealed in Lawyer 2B's sister title The Lawyer (23 January), the move comes as the Law Society's new regulation board takes over responsibility for education and training matters. Members of the TFRG and LPC providers claimed that the decision to dissolve the review group came as a complete surprise. ...
The major legal professional bodies last week gave a cautious welcome to the recent government white paper on the future of legal services, but warned that future legal regulation must be independent.
South East firm Lester Aldridge has added two new members to its banking and finance team. Robert Rosenberg and Rosemary Collins join the firm's consumer credit practice. Rosenberg takes up a role as a consultant and specialises in financial services regulation. Since 2002, he has worked as a policy adviser to the Department of Trade and Industry. Collins joins from Lloyds TSB's asset finance division ...
A little-known fact kindly provided by Lichfield firm Keelys Solicitors. "The last person to be burnt at the stake was in Lichfield. Edward Wightman from Burton upon Trent was burnt at the stake in the Market Place on 11 April 1612."Now that's one way to sell your firm.
Magic circle firm Linklaters has set up a charitable trust in memory of its litigation associate Tom ap Rhys Pryce, who was murdered last month.In a statement, Linklaters said: "Tom's family and fiancée have decided that an appropriate memorial would be a charitable trust. Tom himself was a beneficiary of educational funding, for which he was always grateful. It is planned that any contributions ...
Linklaters has raided its magic circle rivals for two senior associates to boost its Middle East practice ahead of the firm’s official Dubai launch later this month.
The Government has woken up to the benefits of social enterprises and opened the door for such organisations to play a bigger part in the UK's public services. Simon Randall reports
Chadbourne & Parke has moved to allay fears its European and UK operations could fall under the axe following the firm’s dismal 2005 financial result.
The new procurement regulations are muddled, unclear and do little to promote an active and flexible market, writes David Gollancz
Lovells has successfully defended BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) and T-Mobile, winning the high-profile patent dispute against Inpro in the High Court today.
Louise Merrett has been appointed Lovells' lecturer in law at Cambridge University.Merrett, who is currently a college teaching officer and a director of studies in law at Trinity College, Cambridge will start her new role in September. The City firm will fund the lectureship for five years.Lovells has also provided bursaries to 14 undergraduate law students. The students, who will each receive £1,000 a year for the three years are currently in the first year of study.
Lovells has appointed Susan Bright as its new global head of competition and EU law, with high hopes that the practice will bounce back after the shock departure of two senior partners last month.
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has poached Lovells lawyer Rocky Lee to head its venture capital and private equity practice in Beijing. The California-qualified lawyer has worked on a number of high-profile China venture capital matters and specialises in corporate finance, foreign direct investment and M&A. Lee has also worked on a number of cross-border transaction restructuring matters. The appointment ...
Lovells has concluded its protracted lockstep review and has given the firm's partnership council the power to move under-performing partners down its equity ladder. Under the new system, the partnership council will be able to downgrade partners or freeze them on certain points with the agreement of the partners concerned. The resolution giving the partnership council its new powers was voted in by partners last Tuesday (24 January) and followed a review lasting 14 months. The findings ...
Oostvogels Pfister Roemers has launched a London representative office, becoming the first Luxembourg-based law firm ever to open a UK operation.
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has raided Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman for six new partners for its financial services practice in the US.
The London office of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) posted an increase in net profit of 39 per cent during 2005, placing London senior partner Paul Maher in a strong position for the impending succession battle for the role of firm chairman.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy is shutting its Palo Alto operation as it prepares to launch a second office in China.
New senior partner kicks off merger hunt; will look outside New York; will tinker with lockstep
The Lawyer's editor Catrin Griffiths looks at the latest developments in the legal world
The apparent flood of opportunities belies the challenges involved in investing venture capital in Chinese business. But it is getting easier. Steven Robinson reports
The Olympics Bill is an attempt to ambush a fantastic event with draconian legislation
Draconian or essential? There's no sitting on the fence in the Olympic IP rights issue. By Matt Byrne
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has reported a 14 per cent increase in profits per partner (PPP) to reach £703,000 ($1.24m) in 2005.
Rawlison Butler has appointed four new assistants: Sally Dickinson from Hewitsons, Richard James from Mundays, Simon Keeler from Girlings and Michael Denmead from Larcomes.
The People’s Republic of China is fast becoming the hottest new jurisdiction for international law firms as the Chinese government looks to open up the local financial and legal markets to foreigners.
Public sector law is all too often overlooked, despite underpinning many firms’ success. Dozens of private practice firms have been riding the PFI wave on the back of their public sector contracts, while the in-house legal teams are becoming ever-more sophisticated.
Credit is due to 7 King's Bench Walk's Jonathan Gaisman QC, who chose to come to the Hot 100 party instead of hearing the legendary Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich conduct up-and-coming violinist Maxim Vengerov at the Barbican Centre.
Richards Butler and Kennedys have begun preliminary scuffles in the negligence case arising from the collapse of claims management company The Accident Group (TAG).Richard Spafford of Richards Butler is representing insurer Winterthur as it attempts to recoup £70m in damages from 700 law firms that worked with TAG before its collapse in 2003.The firms are also facing litigation to recover referral ...
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has poached Ashurst technology partner Jeremy Drew to spearhead its IT and IP practice.
An exodus of female lawyers seems likely unless firms offer greater flexibility. By Sarah Simpson.
With his flowing white robes, wind-blown, snowy locks and enormous weapon, Sir Ian McKellen cut a dash as the personification of Tolkien's epic wizard hero Gandalf. But there is more to life than chasing rings, which is why McKellen has swapped his hood and cape for a sharp suit, briefcase and sheaf of legal files. In the guise of
Simmons & Simmons has landed the former head of Herbert Smith’s Asia banking and finance practice for its Hong Kong office.
Simmons & Simmons trainee solicitor Ayesha Qureshi has received an MBE for her work to secure the London 2012 Olympic bid.The 27-year-old trainee was included in the New Year Honours List for her work as a community relations officer for the 2012 bid team. Simmons agreed to delay Quereshi's start date by a year so that she could see the bid through.Her role included coordinating community consultation exercises to ensure outline planning permission for the Olympic Park, organising ...
Speechly Bircham has taken litigation partner Ian Timlin from dispute resolution specialist firm Maxwell Batley. Timlin joined the firm last week after 10 years as a partner at Maxwell Batley. He specialises in professional negligence claims and allegations of regulatory breaches. Speechly Bircham managing partner Michael Lingens said: "The firm is committed to achieving significant growth in ...
Lawyer-client relationships can be messy affairs, sometimes ending in court action. But this need not be the case providing both parties learn how to talk to each other.The golden rule of client care in the legal profession, as elsewhere, is that the customer is always right. Consequently, it is rarely, if ever, appropriate to start correspondence with your client in the following way: "Dear Taffy bastard..." Such was the opening line of a letter by Faversham-based solicitor Edward ...
Squire Sanders & Dempsey is on the verge of securing a tripartite merger with Bryan Cave and the London and Frankfurt offices of Haarmann Hemmelrath, which will transform the ambitious Ohio-headquartered firm into one of the top 10 US firms by revenue.
Freshfields is hunting for an American suitor, and new co-senior partner Guy Morton has bet his reputation on achieving it. By Husnara Begum
Steptoe & Johnson has hired the former head of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae’s EU insurance regulatory team for its Brussels office.
The battlelines have been drawn up in the fight for the London Stock Exchange (LSE), but there is no telling who the victor will be.Just 18 months ago, the LSE seemed likely to slip into the hands of a rival European exchange, but competition issues and Macquarie Bank's hostile bid have combined to throw a collective spanner in the works.The LSE, represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus ...
Sullivan & Cromwell has overhauled the management of its general practice group, the firm's largest department, which includes its core areas of corporate finance, M&A, real estate and financial institutions.
Getting pupillage is tough, the work is hard and it doesn't guarantee tenancy, but it does offer the opportunity to learn an immense amount about the work of a barrister.
The arrival of the internet has created a new style of holiday-making whereby people buy flights and accommodation from separate suppliers rather than in a single package from a tour operator. But without the same protection as that afforded to package holidays, how is the law changing to keep up?The past 10 years or so have seen a dramatic change in both the type of holidays generally sold in the UK and the manner in which they are provided and sold. Ten years ago, the most common ...
Scantily-clad girls, fast cars and... er... lawyers - a seamless mix, at least in the eyes of one West Coaster.Joe Calabrese, chair of O'Melveny & Myers' entertainment and media practice in Los Angeles, regularly appears in feature films and pop videos. Well, at least his Aston Martin DB5 does. His wheels are so tasty, and Joe is so plugged in to the music and movie business, that they've featured in a raft of videos, including R&B star Usher's Burning. As the man himself might ...
Joanne Harris on the month in the North West: The NWDA's new panel gives a welcome local boostLeeds winds down as Liverpool and Manchester muscle inIrwin Mitchell lands in Manchester with PI focusMonthly column Coming up: In-house: 6 Feb Management: 13 FebThe bar: 20 FebRegional: 27 Feb
Paul Groobey, head of London office, Hammonds
Here's a small recommendation to partners in talks to move firms. If you're in talks with a firm and happen to pick up one of their snazzy branded pens, it's a good idea not to take out that pen when you're in a meeting with another firm. It may be a slight giveaway that you're not wholly committed to negotiations.
Law students are a crazy lot. Not content with picking an intensive sort of course and career, a whole bunch of Oxbridge lawyers are preparing to smear themselves in Vaseline and brave the rough, crowded waters of the English Channel this summer.Every two years the Oxford and Cambridge swimming clubs race the Channel in relay form, and the event has a good legal pedigree. Previous swimmers have gone on to become assistants in firms including
Last week's story about new Allen & Overy hire Derek 'Tiger' Baird prompted the private equity star's former partners at Dickson Minto to leap to his defence: "Derek Baird was christened the Tiger whilst a trainee solicitor at this firm. The nickname arose because of his hunger for work (and some may argue his ...
"All New York firms pay essentially the same - it's just a matter of who goes first," says Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's managing partner in London Glen Scarcliffe on the subject of associate bonuses.
Cleary's bonus boast sounds hollow as it plays catch-up to Shearman, which comes top with 25 per cent hikes
Walker Morris is taking a fight over the branding of pork pies to the Court of Appeal on behalf of Northern Foods.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has launched a fresh attack on the private equity market with the trophy hire of Lovells partner Marco Compagnoni.The New York-based firm voted Compagnoni into the partnership yesterday after a recruitment process that began onl...
Willkie Farr & Gallagher has raided US rival Shearman & Sterling to hire a five-partner investment management team, the largest group it has ever brought onboard.
Winston & Strawn has suffered a second loss from its projects practice in as many months after Clifford Chance poached a second partner for its Washington DC office.
A new online women's group is establishing a 'housekeeping kitty' to provide access to justice for women who cannot afford lawyers. The recently launched Womens Club International plans to offer interest-free loans and discretionary grants as a core service for members if they need to go to the law but cannot afford it.