30 October 2006

The Lawyer

  • Amazon faces southern discomfort

    30-Oct-2006

    The US patent courts have been kind to online retailer Amazon over the years, but the company might have a rougher ride as a defendant against IBM.

  • People

    30-Oct-2006

    US firm Dorsey & Whitney has hired Bill Michael, former chair of the white-collar and regulatory defence group at Lindquist & Vennum, as a partner in its trial group.

  • 5 Cavendish flair

    30-Oct-2006

    Tulkinghorn is delighted to feel hip enough to know that 5 Cavendish Square is clearly the new hot spot for lawyer parties, having been invited to two soirees there in the past fortnight.

  • A&O loses fifteen lawyers with friendly Turin divorce

    30-Oct-2006

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has lost its Turin office after its final partner in the city Carlo Pavesio left the firm to set up his own boutique.

  • Abingworth snares Intel counsel

    30-Oct-2006

    Life sciences investment group Abingworth has hired a new general counsel, poaching John Heard from Intel Capital. Heard will replace former general counsel Clare Wilkinson, who left to take the top legal job at Omega Fund Management. At Intel Heard specialised in legal advice on capital venture financing deals for start-up technology companies. He will carry out a similar role at Abingworth, but will focus on the life sciences sector.

  • Ashurst pounces for Clydes insurance ace

    30-Oct-2006

    Ashurst has strengthened its financial institutions group with the appointment of insurance partner Jonathan Drake from Clyde & Co.

  • Bakers overhauls New York management

    2-Nov-2006

    Baker & McKenzie has named Coudert Brothers’ former chairman as one third of its tripartite management committee for the New York office and has announed a new office managing partner.

  • Bird & Bird builds Frankfurt with banking hire

    2-Nov-2006

    Bird & Bird has raided Gassner Stockmann & Kollegen in Germany, hiring banking and finance partner Bertold Frisch for its Frankfurt operation.

  • Botox, gays and Slaughter and May

    31-Oct-2006

    What a fun-filled Halloween! Slaughter and May made 440 associates very happy bunnies by introducing a bonus for the first time. (It's probably about time that the elite City firm realised that, even if it is a privilege to work at the firm, that might not quite be enough.)

  • BT in-houser joins HBJ for employment launch

    30-Oct-2006

    Anglo-Scots firm HBJ Gateley Wareing has launched a new Glasgow employment team with a hire from BT.

  • Bush's gambling ban flouts WTO commitments

    30-Oct-2006

    On 13 October President Bush signed the law that triggered the market value meltdown of several internet gambling operators that derived much of their turnover from US punters (the most prominent being Partygaming, 888 Holdings and Sportingbet). What many people don't know is that President Bush did so in complete disregard of US obligations ...

  • CC, DLA Piper, Lovells bag Matalan roles

    30-Oct-2006

    Clifford Chance, DLA Piper and Lovells have landed key roles on a £817m recommended offer for Matalan. Clifford Chance advised Matalan's independent board of directors on the recommended offer by Missouri Bidco, a company formed at the direction of Matalan chairman John Hargreaves and his family. The magic circle ...

  • Chief Enron prosecutor joins Latham

    3-Nov-2006

    Latham & Watkins has won a hard-fought battle to recruit chief Enron prosecutor Sean Berkowitz into private practice.

  • Citigroup legal head scoops NYSE GC job

    3-Nov-2006

    The parent group of the New York Stock Exchange has named its new general counsel, taking the former legal head of Citigroup International.

  • Clydes installs Far East managing partner

    30-Oct-2006

    Clyde & Co has appointed Dominic Lee as the first managing partner of its growing Hong Kong and China practice. Lee, a partner at Clyde & Co in Hong Kong since 1997, will oversee the development of the firm's Hong Kong and mainland China offering. He will also focus on supplying the firm with regional banking and asset finance capabilities in order to provide a full service for clients.

  • Cohen Milstein's class action bid puts frighteners on UK counsel

    30-Oct-2006

    When The Lawyer broke the story on 16 October that leading US class action litigation firm Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll was launching in London, there were more than a few raised eyebrows creasing the brows of litigation partners on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Court summit proposes radical changes

    1-Nov-2006

    The Admiralty and Commercial Court Guide will be overhauled following the symposium of judges, solicitors and barristers which took place on Monday (30 October).

  • Cravath scores key Royal Dutch Shell role

    30-Oct-2006

    Cravath Swaine & Moore and Canadian firms Stikeman Elliott and Ogilvy Renault have scooped lead roles on Royal Dutch Shell’s acquisition of Shell Canada’s minority interests that it didn’t already own for CAD7.7bn (£3.64bn).

  • Dechert raids CC to reunite Coudert old boys

    30-Oct-2006

    Dechert has profited from its merger with Coudert Brothers' Paris office by hiring arbitration star Pierre Mayer as a partner.

  • Dewey and Orrick merger given the green light

    30-Oct-2006

    The management and executive committees of Dewey Ballantine and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe have recommended the firms' merger to their respective partnerships.

  • DLA hires Euro Commission negotiator

    30-Oct-2006

    DLA Piper has hired the European Commission's top trade negotiator at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Miriam Gonzalez, who will be based in London, joins the firm's EU competition and trade practice office as a senior consultant. She previously served as a senior adviser in the cabinets of EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and that of former Commissioner Chris Patten. She ...

  • DWF, Linklaters scoop roles on Kwik Save refinancing

    30-Oct-2006

    Liverpool-based firm DWF has bagged a lead role advising Kwik Save on its £30m refinancing and expansion, acting opposite Linklaters, which retains Somerfield as a client despite the loss of its relationship partner.

  • DWS London makes switch to LLP status

    30-Oct-2006

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) will convert to limited-liability partnership (LLP) status on Wednesday (1 November).

  • Entry to bar set for overhaul in bid to encourage top talent

    30-Oct-2006

    A review of the opportunities open to entrants to the bar could result in fewer students on the BVC course, more employed pupils and more funding for those who need it.

  • EU signs agreement to ease US extradition efforts

    30-Oct-2006

    Eurojust, the EU body established to help EU prosecutors and crime fighters pursue cross-border investigations, has signed an agreement with the US that could smooth the way for more transatlantic extraditions.

  • Eversheds picks up UK Akzo Nobel role

    30-Oct-2006

    Eversheds picks up UK Akzo Nobel role" /Dutch chemicals giant Akzo Nobel is to unveil its first-ever global panel after slashing the number of firms it uses by more than 90 per cent.

  • Eversheds ploughs £500K into IT upgrade

    30-Oct-2006

    Eversheds is investing £500,000 in a new IT system designed to keep its debt recovery operation ahead of its competitors'.

  • Finers relaunches senior partner role

    30-Oct-2006

    Finers Stephens Innocent has reintroduced its senior partner role following a major strategy review. Property partner Melvyn Orton has been appointed to the three-year post, in which he will be responsible for determining the firm's strategy and partner appraisals. Orton stood down as the firm's head of property at the end of September. The firm's previous senior partner Peter Jay resigned in 2002.

  • Freshfields' London arbitration gets leg-up

    30-Oct-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is overhauling the focus of its international arbitration practice in a bid to bolster its London offering, which lags behind Paris's practice.

  • Freshfields' profit reveals subplot

    30-Oct-2006

    Will the champagne corks pop today at Freshfields when it's confirmed as the world's most profitable firm? Probably not.

  • Freshfields tops global profit charts ahead of de-equitisation programme

    30-Oct-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which is at the early stages of a radical partner de-equitisation programme in a bid to boost partner remuneration, made more profit than any other firm in the world last year.

  • Freshfields Two call on Ashurst and Herbies for M&S defence

    1-Nov-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer corporate lawyers Barry O’Brien and Tim Jones have each instructed separate external advisers in the run-up to a tribunal hearing on their roles on Philip Green’s 2004 bid for M&S.

  • Freshfields, Pinsents, Travers bag Tilney buy

    30-Oct-2006

    There was much back-slapping after Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Pinsent Masons and Travers Smith won roles on Deutsche Bank's proposed £350m acquisition of independent wealth manager Tilney Investment Management. ...

  • Fulbright launches in Beijing

    2-Nov-2006

    Fulbright & Jaworski has opened in Beijing, giving the Texan oil and gas specialist its second Asian office.

  • Garrigues unveils record revenues

    3-Nov-2006

    Spanish giant Garrigues has broken through the €200m barrier this year, reaching a turnover of €223m.

  • General counsel: law firms are failing us

    3-Nov-2006

    In-house counsel have slammed law firms for a lack of business awareness as companies struggle to avoid disputes.

  • Germany threatens UK law firm boycott

    30-Oct-2006

    The German legal regulator has told UK firms that take advantage of the Legal Services Bill that they will be barred from practising in Germany.

  • Gibson Dunn boosts capital markets with A&O hire

    30-Oct-2006

    Los Angeles-based firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has beefed up its London capital markets offering with the hire of Dorothee Fischer-Appelt from Allen & Overy.

  • Government remains obstinate over lop-sided extradition treaty

    30-Oct-2006

    A coalition of top legal, business and civil rights groups has failed in its bid to ensure better safeguards on how people can be extradited from the UK.

  • Government sticks with controversial Companies Bill

    2-Nov-2006

    Only one last-minute change to the Companies Bill was secured by the GC100, the body of FTSE 100 general counsel, and other business interest groups in a meeting with the industry minister ahead of tonight’s (2 November) debate in the House of Lords.

  • Half year figures: Ashurst up by 28 per cent

    2-Nov-2006

    Silver circle firm Ashurst is celebrating a record first six months after preliminary figures showed the firm was up 28 per cent on the previous year.

  • Half-year revenue leaps 18 per cent for A&O

    1-Nov-2006

    Allen & Overy has posted an 18 per cent jump in its half year revenue.

  • Halifax banking on Legal Services Bill

    30-Oct-2006

    The bandwagon is gathering momentum. While international law firms may be scratching their heads over their chances of actually taking advantage of the legal services reforms sweeping the UK (see page 1), other organisations are cheerfully moving on.

  • Halifax teams with HammondsDirect for legal launch

    30-Oct-2006

    Banking giant Halifax has joined the revolution in the legal services market by launching a division designed to offer customers cheap legal advice on everyday matters.

  • Halliwells buoyant as half-year figures shine

    30-Oct-2006

    Halliwells has revealed that it is on target to hit a turnover of £42m for the first half of the financial year.

  • Helping lawyers to help themselves

    30-Oct-2006

    The success of any firm lies in the quality of its people and the service they provide. Firms have been quick to recognise that investing in their people will yield greater rates of return and they increasingly seek new and innovative ways to support and develop their legal staff.

  • Highway to Hull

    30-Oct-2006

    Congestion and other problems in the South East have seen more companies basing their operations in Yorkshire and Humberside as the region becomes a focal point for logistics expertise. Dominic Ward reports

  • In the know

    30-Oct-2006

    Confidentiality over court documents has been pushed to the fore by the Law Society's recent injunction. Rebecca Axe and Jane Fitzgerald report

  • Invention tension

    30-Oct-2006

    The unique combination of patent and competition law issues in the area of standardisation is an increasingly hot topic, with a number of high-profile standards-related spats rumbling on. By Nicola Dagg and Mark Ridgway

  • Irwin Mitchell responds to legal aid rejig

    30-Oct-2006

    Irwin Mitchell has proposed axing its police prosecutions department in Sheffield. In light of the Government's plans for a legal aid overhaul, senior management began talks with staff regarding the issue last week, which are due for completion by the end of the year. Irwin Mitchell is the first major UK firm to respond to the proposed Government changes. However, the firm will continue to offer ...

  • Jones Day's first victory destroys botox patent

    31-Oct-2006

    The London IP practice of Jones Day has won its first big patent case in the High Court since its relaunch in April last year.

  • Keeping up with the Joneses

    3-Nov-2006

    Huddling together for warmth, thousands of Joneses are gathering today in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Their aim? To break the world record for the biggest get-together of people with the same surname.

  • King & Spalding suffers NY defections

    30-Oct-2006

    Atlanta-headquartered King & Spalding's New York office has suffered four high-profile defections in the last five weeks, with one defector labelling the office "a dead duck" that is overly dependent on Georgia-generated work.

  • Kirkland HK launch set for year-end

    30-Oct-2006

    Kirkland & Ellis is on track to launch its first Asian presence in Hong Kong before the end of the year after securing its local operating licence.

  • Latham promotes 26 but just one in London

    31-Oct-2006

    Asia is the focus of Latham & Watkins’ recent promotions to the partnership of 26 associates, taking three new partners in total in the Hong Kong and Singapore offices.

  • Latham ready for Spanish launch as Cuatrecasas hire nears

    2-Nov-2006

    Cuatrecasas corporate partner Jose Luis Blanco has resigned, leaving the way open for him to launch Latham & Watkins’ first Spanish office.

  • Law firm merger frenzy continues in the US

    1-Nov-2006

    The consolidation within the US legal midmarket continued with the announcement that an East Coast-based 400-lawyer firm called Day Pitney would be created out of a merger between Connecticut-headquartered Day Berry & Howard and New Jersey firm Pitney Hardin.

  • Law Soc M&S conflict probe: Freshfields' O'Brien and Jones to face tribunal

    30-Oct-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former head of corporate Barry O’Brien and London corporate chief Tim Jones face a disciplinary hearing over the 2004 bid for Marks & Spencer (M&S) by Philip Green.

  • Lawrence Graham targets fifty per cent growth for corporate

    30-Oct-2006

    Lawrence Graham has outlined plans to grow the revenue of its corporate department by more than 50 per cent over the next two years.

  • Litigation and ADR

    30-Oct-2006

    Litigation is the most effective method of solving disputes, if a recent debate organised by the London Solicitors' Litigation Association (LSLA) is anything to go by.

  • London wins a quarter of Cleary's partner promotions

    30-Oct-2006

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s London office has benefited from the latest round of partner promotions, taking two partners and a counsel from its ranks of associates, its biggest haul in recent years.

  • Lovells' flip-flop

    2-Nov-2006

    Another week, another consultation on Lovells' lockstep.

  • Lovells in new partner pay shake-up

    2-Nov-2006

    Lovells’ management is to push forward with further changes to the firm’s partner remuneration structure, as the top ten City firm’s lockstep review enters a third and final phase.

  • M&S returns to haunt Freshfields

    30-Oct-2006

    As we reveal today on TheLawyer.com, former corporate head Barry O'Brien and current London corporate head Tim Jones are to face the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over their role in Philip Green's unsuccessful takeover bid of Marks & Spencer (M&S) two years ago.

  • MBRM helps Mayor avoid suspension over Nazi jibe

    30-Oct-2006

    London Mayor Ken Livingstone has Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) to thank for successfully appealing a tribunal decision to suspend him for four weeks.

  • Milberg seeks to ease 'panic' with new boss hired from Fried Frank

    30-Oct-2006

    US firm Milberg Weiss Bershad & Shulman, currently under investigation for alleged fraud, has lured a new senior partner from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson to troubleshoot Milberg through its legal worries.

  • Mills & Reeve reshuffle prompts changes at top

    30-Oct-2006

    Mills & Reeve reshuffle prompts changes at top" /Mills & Reeve has overhauled its management team, introducing new managing and senior partners.

  • Mills & Reeve wants Brummie money

    30-Oct-2006

    Mills & Reeve wants Brummie money" /As reported on page 11, Mills & Reeve managing partner Mark Jeffries has become senior partner and head of Birmingham Guy Hinchley has taken over as managing partner.

  • Minter Ellison takes a gamble with Betcorp sale mandate

    30-Oct-2006

    Australian firm Minter Ellison has cast aside market pressure to advise online gaming company Betcorp on the £4.8m sale of its operations to Bodog Entertainment.

  • More or less?

    30-Oct-2006

    Norton Rose is busy packing boxes ahead of its move to More London on the South Bank, but it seems not everyone at the firm is convinced about the move. Rumours persist within the firm that the partners' vote may have mattered little, as the bottom line rents were the deciding factor.

  • MPs hit out at Watson Burton over miner claims

    30-Oct-2006

    Eighty-one MPs have signed an early-day motion condemning Watson Burton's handling of the controversial miners' compensation scheme and have called for the firm to refund compensation money to the miners.

  • Nils Breidenstein: BEA Systems

    30-Oct-2006

    Reverse secondments are one way BEA Systems’ Emea general counsel Nils Breidenstein keeps his in-house team sharp. By Caroline Binham

  • Paul Hastings eyes Munich opening

    30-Oct-2006

    Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker is edging closer to launching its first German office, leaning towards Munich rather than Frankfurt.

  • Phillips Fox Vietnam shuns DLA to wed Slaughters ally

    2-Nov-2006

    Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) is to bolt on the two Vietnam offices of Phillips Fox following their decision to shun a link-up with DLA Piper.

  • Pillsbury closes Taiwan to open in Shanghai

    1-Nov-2006

    San Francisco-headquartered Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman will open a Shanghai office but will close its Taiwan offering.

  • Pinsents' US ally bags New York merger

    31-Oct-2006

    San Francisco-based Thelen Reid & Priest and New York's Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner have confirmed they are to merge, creating a 250-partner, 617-lawyer national firm with an estimated $400m annual turnover.

  • Pinsents, Stephensons make light work of PFI

    30-Oct-2006

    Pinsent Masons and Stephenson Harwood have capitalised on the development of street lighting as a PFI market, closing a £100m project between Dorset County Council and EDF Energy. Stephensons strengthened its relationship with EDF Energy after advising the company on similar deals for the London Boroughs ...

  • Pleasure Ireland

    30-Oct-2006

    A host of Eversheds international partners descended on Ireland the other week for the partnership conference. Sequestered in a magnificent hotel in the middle of a golf course, the partners were there to get to know each other better and to get used to working together more.

  • RBS panel overhaul hands Jones Day UK role

    30-Oct-2006

    Jones Day has snatched a spot on the Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) UK legal panel in a rare coup for a US firm.

  • Ronan Daly Jermyn

    30-Oct-2006

    Much has been written about the booming Dublin market in recent years, but the fortunes of firms in Ireland's second city, Cork, are less well known.

  • Seating plan

    30-Oct-2006

    With legislation varying across borders, choosing the country to be the seat of an arbitration is key. By Greg Reid and Mark Deem

  • Shoosmiths raids rivals for Birmingham push

    3-Nov-2006

    Shoosmiths has continued its push into the competitive Birmingham market by making three lateral hires from Eversheds, Wragge & Co and DLA Piper.

  • Simmons appoints China chief

    30-Oct-2006

    Simmons & Simmons managing partner Mark Dawkins has finally appointed a new China regional managing partner. Hong Kong head of financial services Paul Li was handed the post, which was left open by the departure of Huen Wong plus four other partners to launch the first local office of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. Dawkins said Li'sappointment ...

  • Slaughters back in Lords in tax battle with Revenue

    30-Oct-2006

    Slaughter and May will be back in the House of Lords this week as it looks to follow up its landmark tax win for client Deutsche Morgan Grenfell (DMG) with a similar win for Sempra Metals.

  • Slaughters lines up for Whitbread sale

    30-Oct-2006

    Pub operator Whitbread's longstanding counsel Slaughter and May is likely to reap the rewards should speculation that the company will sell off its restaurant chain TGI Friday's to return £350m to shareholders prove true. At the time of print, the group, which also owns Costa Coffee outlets and Premier Travel Inn hotels, confirmed that it had entered talks over the possible sale. If a disposal ...

  • Slaughters pay rises: the full details

    31-Oct-2006

    Slaughter and May has introduced a firmwide discretionary bonus of 15 per cent for all associates and trainees as part of its pay review.

  • Solicitors Assistance Scheme under threat

    30-Oct-2006

    The Solicitors Assistance Scheme is preparing to fight for its survival after 34 years of advising solicitors, legal staff and their relatives on problems as diverse as disciplinary actions and alcohol addiction.

  • Sony BMG appoints new head of legal

    30-Oct-2006

    The top UK legal job at music and entertainment company Sony BMG has changed hands after respected long-serving lawyer Alasdair George left to launch his own consultancy.

  • Stibbe: Home guard

    30-Oct-2006

    Amsterdam is the battleground as the top Dutch firms focus on the city. For Stibbe, the added competition is business as usual

  • Supercase summit meets to avoid another BCCI

    30-Oct-2006

    Top judges and litigators will meet at the Royal Courts of Justice today (30 October) to discuss ground-breaking proposals for the management of “supercases”.

  • Thacher reappoints managing partner

    30-Oct-2006

    Thacher Profitt & Wood has re-elected Paul Tvetenstrand as its chairman and managing partner. Tvetenstrand was first elected back in February 2003, succeeding Omer Williams, who had held the position for 12 years. Thacher's main practice areas are structured finance, real estate, banking and shipping. The firm has offices in New York, Washington DC and Mexico City, as well as in Summit, New Jersey, and White Plains, New York State.

  • The Freshfields Two

    1-Nov-2006

    It's the biggest talking point in the City this week. The Law Society's decision to pursue Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyers Barry O'Brien and Tim Jones over their role on Philip Green's bid for Marks & Spencer (M&S) has been obsessing corporate lawyers, ever since www.thelawyer.com revealed the news on Monday morning (30 October).

  • The Lawyer reveals Global 100

    30-Oct-2006

    Today (30 October) sees the publication of The Lawyer Global 100 2006, the definitive list of the world's largest law firms based on revenue.

  • The name game

    30-Oct-2006

    Last week saw the launch of the all-new logo for that merger of equals between Orrick and Dewey Ballantine. You can tell it's a merger of equals by the new design - 'O'.

  • The work-life quiz: Simon Rainey QC

    30-Oct-2006

    What was your first-ever job?Outdoor clerk at Herbert Smith's Paris office in my gap year. Great fun and I can still find my way around Paris blindfolded.

  • Thirty leave Freshfields partnership

    1-Nov-2006

    Thirty partners retired from the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partnership yesterday.

  • Time slips

    30-Oct-2006

    Bravo to Essex Court Chambers for ditching its nasty orange website in favour of a clean, stylish new look. The new site includes a nifty little feature giving the time in London, New York, Paris and Sydney - or at least it would be nifty if it worked.

  • Top City firms win 'gay-friendly' status

    31-Oct-2006

    Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith, Linklaters, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, Pinsent Masons, Simmons & Simmons and the Law Society have been recognised ...

  • Trainee retention: Finding keepers

    30-Oct-2006

    Despite a lack of corporate talent, retention rates have dropped with qualifiers having a wider choice of practice area and increasingly seeking an improved work-life balance

  • Transport deals provide rich pickings for City project teams

    30-Oct-2006

    Allen & Overy's (A&O), Ashurst's, CMS Cameron McKenna's, Denton Wilde Sapte's (DWS) and Herbert Smith's project practices have all received boosts this month through key London transport infrastructure deals.

  • Tribunal costs decision triggers major change for the FSA

    30-Oct-2006

    The FSA may want to tighten up its act after tribunal ruling costs it £5m-£10m. By Joanne Harris

  • Trowers wins first Egyptian bank privatisation

    30-Oct-2006

    Trowers & Hamlins has scooped a role on the first privatisation of an Egyptian state-owned bank.

  • UK Roundup: In-house

    30-Oct-2006

    The long-awaited news of a permanent head of legal at the Olympic Delivery Agency (ODA) was revealed by The Lawyer this month (23 October).

  • United States

    30-Oct-2006

    Public officialdom has always been a happy hunting ground for US firms, and Los Angeles firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has upped the ante, luring two partners in as many weeks from public offices.

  • Wanted: Twenty-five new High Court judges

    30-Oct-2006

    The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) will begin placing advertisements in the press in its search for 25 new High Court judges.

  • Web week

    30-Oct-2006

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com.

  • Wedlake Bell growth spurt sees firm pull in seventeen recruits in two months

    30-Oct-2006

    Wedlake Bell has been on a recruitment drive, adding 17 new solicitors in the past two months, as the firm looks to bulk up.

  • Weightmans swoops for Berrymans man

    30-Oct-2006

    Weightmans has poached regulatory services specialist Chris Green from rival insurance practice Berryman Lace Mawer as part of its continued assault on the Birmingham market. Green joins as lead partner for its regulatory services work in the firm's Birmingham office. His appointment follows on from the recruitment of Bavita Rae, Birmingham-based partner and head of litigation, from the RAC.

  • Willkie secures Sanofi's Rhodia divestment

    30-Oct-2006

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher has claimed its first instruction from pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis, two years after advising shareholder Total on the E57.7bn (£38.6bn) merger that formed the company.

  • Wragges on track to reach budget

    30-Oct-2006

    Birmingham-based giant Wragge & Co is on budget at the financial mid-year, managing partner Quentin Poole revealed last week.

  • Yorkshire and humberside

    30-Oct-2006

    The Lawyer's cost per lawyer (CPL) rankings in The UK 100 Annual Report 2006 revealed that, while Yorkshire and Humberside boast among the lowest costs in the UK, revenue per lawyer (RPL) is also low. For example, Brabners Chaffe Street and Hill Dickinson report CPLs of £107,000 and £119,000 respectively, ...