31 December 2007

The Lawyer

  • Alcoholic lawyers targeted by new treatment centre

    4-Jan-2008

    Lawyers are being targeted by a new luxury purpose-built addiction treatment centre in Kent as alcohol-related deaths in the legal profession are found to be double the national average.

  • Austrian rivals clash as Schoenherr launches in Hungary

    2-Jan-2008

    Austrian firm Schoenherr has launched an office in Hungary, snatching a rival Vienna firm’s associated office in Budapest.

  • Charity Commission scoops former Herbies partner

    2-Jan-2008

    Herbert Smith's former head of trusts and charities John Wood has been appointed to the Charity's Commission board, replacing Lindsay Driscoll.

  • Class struggles

    3-Jan-2008

    The subject of class actions or class litigation is a provocative and emotive one. For some commentators, the subject conjures images of greedy lawyers chasing after the sick and needy, and cajoling them to the door of the court whereupon a handsome settlement is reached - a large chunk of which the successful lawyers then take as their fee and ride off into the sunset.

  • DAC completes KSB takeover

    2-Jan-2008

    Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) will drop the KSB Law brand as it aims to organically grow the firm following the completion of its takeover.

  • Dewey & LeBoeuf raids Akin Gump to secure Dubai base

    4-Jan-2008

    Dewey & LeBoeuf has raided the Dubai office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld for its first launch since last October's merger between Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae.

  • Duane Morris chairman steps down

    4-Jan-2008

    US firm Duane Morris has appointed vice chairman of its litigation group, John Soroko, as its new chairman.

  • Engine boom

    3-Jan-2008

    The North East’s engineering heritage is standing it in good stead for the current rush of construction work.

  • Kendall Freeman goes live with US merger

    2-Jan-2008

    London-based firm Kendall Freeman has successfully completed its merger with US firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD) it was announced today (2 January).

  • Lawyers celebrated in Honours List

    2-Jan-2008

    Five lawyers were rewarded with OBE's in the 2008 New Year's Honours list for achievements in fields ranging from law firm management, pro bono, diplomacy in Baghdad and animal welfare.

  • Linklaters steers banks to success on troubled Ugandan project

    4-Jan-2008

    Linklaters has advised the 10 lenders that brought the $867.7m (£439.4m) Bujagali power plant deal in Uganda to a successful close after the previous sponsor, AES, pulled out.

  • Lord Justice Pumfrey dies

    3-Jan-2008

    The intellectual property community is mourning the passing of Lord Justice Pumfrey, who died of a stroke on Christmas Eve.

  • Magic circle dominates 2007 Thomson M&A league

    4-Jan-2008

    The magic circle firms have grabbed a record volume of the European 2007 M&A pie, which has grown by 36 per cent to $1.8tr (£911bn), despite a weak finish to the year.

  • On your marks...

    4-Jan-2008

    On your marks...04-Jan-2008Never mind flavour of the month, the Middle East looks set to be flavour of the year...again.

  • Osborne Clarke hires new German patents chief

    4-Jan-2008

    Osborne Clarke has boosted its Cologne office with the appointment of partner Michael Trimborn who will lead its German patent practice.

  • Recruiting for the future

    3-Jan-2008

    A good website is now vital for attracting the best graduates.

  • Surge in renewable energy

    3-Jan-2008

    If necessity truly is the mother of invention, then West Country law firms could be in line for a huge boost as the impacts of global warming, pollution and urbanisation hit home.

  • Taylor Wessing lays off four in BD restructuring

    4-Jan-2008

    Taylor Wessing has made four business development managers redundant as part of a departmental re-jig due to complete in the next few months.

  • Town centre come-back

    3-Jan-2008

    With the opening of the Metro Centre in Gateshead in 1986, out-of-town developments in the UK moved into a new era. Consumers flocked to these shopping meccas, deserting the high street and turning town centres into ghost towns of charity shops and empty premises.

  • Two more Linklaters partners quit for Oppenhoff

    3-Jan-2008

    Linklaters partners quit for Oppenhoff" /Two more German Linklaters partners and a managing associate have joined boutique Cologne breakaway Oppenhoff & Partner for its launch on 1 January 2008.

  • When two become one

    3-Jan-2008

    Local government in the North East is set for its biggest shake-up in decades