30 November 2009
Addleshaw Goddard has hired a White & Case partner in a bid to grow its trade and commodity expertise.
Addleshaw Goddard has announced a 14 per cent drop in fee income for the first six months of the 2009-10 financial year.
SJ Berwin has bagged a mandate from existing client Aldermore Bank on its integration of listed financial service company Absolute Invoice Finance Holdings.
Beachcroft has hired former Capita relationship director Janet Scott for its new chief operating officer position.
Eversheds offshoot Berry Smith has grown from a two-partner firm established in 1985 to a 10-partner outfit with around 100 staff in total.
Collyer Bristow has landed the mandate to act for longstanding client Avia Health Informatics on its acquisition of the Plain Software Company and £1.2m admission on AIM.
Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has agreed a best-friends arrangement with Cyprus firm Antis Triantafyllides & Sons (ATS).
Denton Wilde Sapte has won a significant mandate advising Deutsche Bahn on a $25bn (£15.05bn) project to build Qatar’s rail network.
Eversheds has snapped up litigation and licensing expert Hosea Haag as a new partner.
Mention collective redress to an insurer and they will instinctively mutter about the dangers of a US class action system being introduced in the UK. Claimant lawyers, by contrast, will dismiss those fears and talk about the lack of access to justice in the English and Welsh courts.
Bevan Brittan’s former chief executive Stuart Whitfield has parted company with the firm less than a year after the partnership voted him out of the position.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has bagged the key role acting for new corporate client the Gartmore Group on its £250m IPO.
Former Kirkland & Ellis restructuring specialist Lyndon Norley is to join Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) in London next month as the US-headquartered firm continues to build its UK operation.
British Airways GC Maria da Cunha may be a high-flying lawyer, but with her company’s merger plans cleared for take-off she needs her feet firmly on the ground. By Matt Byrne
As this year nears its close, The Lawyer will be running a number of analysis pieces on the impact of the recession on private practice, having already taken the temp-erature among clients this year with our research related to charge-out rates and fee discounts.
After a shaky year, can the US firm’s aggressive hiring spree propel it past rival Skadden?
Nabarro is set to redraw its international strategy in a shake-up of its traditional UK focus.
Five North East local authorities are to club together for the first time to create a joint legal panel.
Norton Rose has beefed up its capital markets practice with the capture of former Clifford Chance partner Kate Alliott.
Yorkshire’s investment in technology and manufacturing means the region’s law firms are escaping the worst effects of the recession. By James Swift
After losing its construction and projects lawyers, Proskauer Rose, Paris, will retreat from full service to focus on its corporate practice, according to the office’s head of corporate.
Linklaters has announced that Asia managing partner Zili Shao will be leaving the firm at the end of January 2010 to take up the position of chairman and chief executive of JP Morgan’s China businesses.
As smaller firms feel the pinch, their larger counterparts are taking the opportunity to snap them up. Clyde & Co’s takeover of Shadbolt is just the latest in a string of consolidations - and market conditions dictate there will be more to come
On 17 November the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published a press release revealing that staff working for an unnamed mobile telephone company had “allegedly sold details relating to customers’ mobile phone contracts, including their contract expiry dates”.
Amid the news that BPP Law School’s US parent Apollo Group is being investigated by the SEC in connection to accounting irregularities (The Lawyer, 23 November), the educator’s business model has been put under scrutiny.
Salans has brought in an insolvency partner in London.
A year after the eye of the storm, The Lawyer can reveal how the top UK firms have redrawn their partnerships
?Despite two recent cases, the law surrounding service charges on mixed-use properties is still unclear. By Mark Loveday and Tim Polli
Associate-to-partner ratio is always a hot topic during a recession, says Gavriel Hollander
The Greater London Authority is using new powers to force London businesses to stump up cash for the Crossrail project. It couldn’t have come at a worse time, says Duncan Field
Trowers & Hamlins has acted on Islamic investment bank Gulf Finance House’s (GFH) $500m (£301m) capital raising exercise.
Tulkinghorn has long left his clubbing days behind him. Truth be told, Tulkinghorn has never been clubbing - well, unless the RAC counts. Not much dancing though, thank God.
?Vinson & Elkins is another US firm that is reaping the benefits of the upturn in disputes.
If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?A rock star.