4 December 2006
Littleton Chambers is looking for a new chief executive. So far, so dull. However, the twist in the tale is that the incumbent, David Douglas, hasn't actually resigned yet.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Paris office lost its second partner to LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae last week as the magic circle firm's former Paris head Yves Huyghé de Mahenge left for the US firm. De Mahenge, who also founded Freshfields' Italian office, had only become a consultant at Freshfields on 1 November to take advantage of changes to the firm's pension scheme. He joins ...
Browne Jacobson has hired IP specialist professor Paul Torremans as a consultant in its IP team. Torremans is a professor at Nottingham University.
The general counsel of mobile operator 3, Paul Vickers, will be leaving as part of a reorganisation of the company that will result in 130 lost jobs.
State-passed consumer protection acts have changed the legal landscape for product liability cases, say Allison Alcasabas and Joaquina Lazaro
Allen & Overy has boosted its Tokyo office by hiring its first Japanese qualified lawyers, raiding Freshfields of a corporate partner.
Allen & Overy has moved to bolster its Central and Eastern Europe presence with the hire of a Dewey Ballantine corporate partner in Warsaw.
Allen & Overy, Denton Wilde Sapte and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have bagged lead roles in the restructuring of the heavily-indebted printing company, Polestar Group.
Alcoa, the world's largest aluminium producer, has dumped LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae as its retained litigation firm after 13 years, in favour of Hunton & Williams.
Allens Arthur Robinson, the Australian best friend of Slaughter and May, has elected litigation head Michael Rose to succeed the retiring Tom Poulton as managing partner.
Ashurst and Weil Gotshal & Manges have scored the lead roles on the £1bn approach for RHM by Premier Foods.
Ashurst is to merge with Swedish M&A specialists AJB Bergh effective from 1 January 2007, creating the firm’s first office in Scandinavia.
Ashurst has relocated to larger Dubai premises as the firm looks to significantly beef up its Middle East capability.
Ashurst has continued a stellar year for its real estate department, securing the latest in a string of high-profile pre-lets for the £2bn Westfield London development at White City - London’s largest shopping centre.
With attrition rates still sky high at many City law firms, one boutique is trying to steal a march on its big brothers.
Baker & McKenzie's London office has acted for the first Georgian company to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
The Bar Council is calling for more clarity in the clause of the Legal Services Bill concerning legal professional privilege, saying that as it currently stands it does not cover all situations.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) laid out an extensive strategy last Thursday (30 November) that will see the regulator make a series of changes over the next three years.
Barclays Bank's investment banking arm is joining the handful of FTSE100 companies that offer training contracts within their inhouse legal departments.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has begun to rebuild its non-contentious capabilities with the hire of insurance restructuring partner Jon Yorke.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) is axing partners, radically overhauling its management structure and converting to limited-liability partnership (LLP) status as it struggles to cope with a declining litigation market.
Technology boutique iLaw Legal Services is aiming to attract associates by offering to pay them more than half of their billings.
The Gowers Review into the UK’s intellectual property framework was published today (6 December) and has concluded that the copyright period on sound recordings should not be extended from the current 50 years.
North West firm Brabners Chaffe Street has made its second property hire in three months by luring partner Chris Parkinson from DLA Piper's Manchester office. Brabners' 98-lawyer property group also snared associate Jo Mills from Walker ...
What do you wear if you're an SJ Berwin partner on the management board and you're meeting your senior management for a discussion on strategic direction? If you're real estate partner Jon Vivian, a Berwin & Berwin suit. What else?
With a number of firms looking to establish themselves in Birmingham, the battle for clients is set to intensify. But is there enough work to go round?
CMS Cameron McKenna's limited-liability accounts have revealed a jump in cash reserves from zero in 2005 to £6.5m last year.
Campbell Hooper has bolstered its corporate and commercial team with the hire of David Ramm as a partner. Ramm, a specialist in corporate and IP, joins from London-based firm WilmerHale, where he was counsel in the corporate department. Ramm joins a five-partner corporate team at the Westminster-based firm. The hire comes just one month after the firm poached regeneration partner Peter Stockdale and ...
Clifford Chance has converted to a UK LLP, almost seven years after becoming a New York LLP on its merger with Rogers & Wells.The firm has been discussing the possibility of changing its status for some years, but has taken until now to finally make ...
Clifford Chance's Paris office landed a lead role advising the Lagardere group on the acquisition of Sportfive Group SAS from Advent International, Goldman Sachs, RTL group and several managers. The Clifford Chance team coordinated advice from its Paris and Düsseldorf offices. Paris-based partner Yves Wehrli led the corporate side and counsel Emmanuel Durand advised on competition aspects. Tax ...
Another week, another shake-up of the legal market in Chicago. In the past six weeks, two national firms have moved in to the Windy City, while local players have felt the squeeze.
One of London's best-known media boutiques David Wineman has launched an aggressive growth strategy with the acquisition of two-partner property firm Parker Thomas.
Legal Services minister Bridget Prentice MP yesterday (Monday 4 December) called on law firms to lead the drive for diversity in the legal profession.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has scored a lead role in Dubai Holding’s second major sporting deal this week, in an agreement that sees Tiger Woods open his first golf course costing £35m.
Dickinson Dees has merged with York-based corporate boutique Philip Ashworth & Co, creating the North East giant’s first base in Yorkshire. The merged firm will be operational from February 1 next year.The existing Ashworth & Co partners, Philip Ashworth and Christian Rogers, and their team of 10 assistants will form the nucleus of the new office.
DLA Piper has moved to bolster its London litigation practice with the hire of Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) partner Philip Chong. Chong is to join DLA Piper today (4 December) after the firm was able to negotiate an early exit from DWS, which has been known to hold departing partners to 12 months' gardening leave. Chong focuses on international disputes and recently represented Switzerland-based AllSeas ...
DLA Piper has knocked Norton Rose off pole position in the Hemscott AIM client rankings.
DLA Piper’s Liverpool office has confirmed its status as Liverpool Football Club’s external advisers of choice, advising it in its talks about a possible £450m takeover by Dubai International Capital.
The move of the technology team from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) to Bird & Bird has raised numerous questions, not least that of when will the partners (who are on 12 months' notice) escape?
Scottish heavyweight Dundas & Wilson is making a dramatic push into restructuring work in London with the hire of insolvency partner John Verrill from Lawrence Graham.
A spat between Kenyan firms has engulfed Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS), underlining the difficulties the UK firm has with operating in Africa.
Despite large-scale development in the Middle East, certain jurisdictions have been slow to impose an adequate legal framework for lenders. John Dewer reports
Two former Eversheds partners have accused the firm of operating illegally in France as they claim unfair dismissal.
Tim Plews, joint London head of finance and capital markets, Clifford Chance
East Midlands firm Flint Bishop & Barnett has benefited from a gradual restructuring of its equity that last year helped it register a 47 per cent revenue increase.
Freshfields' drive to line its pockets with filthy lucre have been well-documented in recent weeks.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has added to its New York office by poaching Bingham McCutchen’s co-chair of project and structured finance.
The government super-panel L-Cat is seeking magic circle expertise for the first time, paying top market rates for its new 'major projects' sub-panel.
We've always wanted to write about spies.
Halliwells has poached Boodle Hatfield's head of construction as the national heavyweight continues to boost its London real estate offering.
The intervention of Hammonds' sports team proved invaluable for a Lithuanian ballroom dancing couple who scooped world championship gold last week (26 November).
A handful of Asian partners at Herbert Smith earned more than £1m each last year.
Herbert Smith has made a rare lateral hire into its trusts and charities group, taking on Bircham Dyson Bell’s former managing partner Michael Wood.
First Choice and rival MyTravel have both instructed longstanding counsel Herbert Smith and Slaughter and May on preliminary talks for a potential tie-up worth £500m.
A new management consultancy firm has been launched by six principals of Edge International, independent UK consultant Alan Hodgart, and Canada-based Tim Leishman.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) has paid $14.5m (£7.3m) to settle an investigation by California’s attorney general.
Irwin Mitchell is facing the government in the High Court today (Wednesday 6 December) on behalf of people over 65 who want to carry on working.
As regulatory proceedings increase on both sides of the Atlantic, the pressure is on for legal advisers to work together to protect their clients, say Graham Simkin and Sarah Thomas
With TV production company Power looking to expand its remit while dealing with the film industry's new tax regulations, general counsel Kate Zarmalwal has her work cut out. By Ben Moshinsky
Kemp Little overhaul sees focus on new practice areas" /Technology boutique Kemp Little is embarking on a recruitment drive following the recent completion of a wide-ranging strategic review.
The Law Society is set to make a further 38 members of staff redundant as it continues to cut costs, The Lawyer can reveal.
LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae is to open in Hong Kong and is considering at least two more international openings in 2007.
Lovells has scored its first Indian real estate AIM flotation off the back of a referral from Deutsche Bank.
For Luthra & Luthra’s founding partner Rajiv Luthra the future of the firm lies in his young recruits. He is keen to install and maintain high levels of professional conduct in the India-based firm’s lawyers. “We are running a world-class institution where the rules and ethics are kept to the highest standard,” he says.
Macfarlanes and Herbert Smith scored roles on one of the biggest IPOs of the year on AIM, the £580m flotation of specialist life insurer Just Retirement.
Macfarlanes and Walker Morris have bagged lead roles on Vision Capital's proposed £160m acquisition of a portfolio of businesses from Northern Foods. Macfarlanes advised investment firm Vision Capital, which entered four auction processes and made an offer to acquire all four businesses in the one transaction. Completion ...
This week is likely to see the publication of the much-anticipated, and slightly leaked, Gowers Review of Intellectual Property.
Top in-house corporate counsel Joseph Ryan from Marriott International has been snapped up by Venable as a partner in its Washington DC office.
City property firm Maxwell Batley and construction boutique Winward Fearon are to merge, creating a 22-partner firm with an annual turnover of £12m.
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) snared Jones Day finance partner Jeff Chen to kickstart its new Hong Kong office, which finally had its licence approved by the Hong Kong Law Society last month. Chen will work alongside corporate partner Stephen Bottomley, who is relocating from London to Hong Kong, to oversee the office. ...
McGrigors has posted year-end results that show turnover rose to £52.1m from £45.4m while average profit per equity partner (PEP) was up from £240,000 to £279,000.
A uniform international patent process is still years away, but some US law firms are taking matters into their own hands. Julian Crump and Carl Kukkonen report
Michelmores grows partnership to eight" /London and South West firm Michelmores has bagged two private client partners. Jonathan Riley joins from Macfarlanes, where he was an assistant, and becomes the youngest partner ...
Although still in its infancy, the introduction of competitive dialogue in public sector spending has served to hinder rather than help. By Andrew Briggs
Dublin’s Matheson Ormsby Prentice (MOP) is celebrating winning a role on what is thought to be the biggest-ever cross-border acquisition by an Irish company.
The fund raised for Tom ap Rhys Pryce, the Linklaters associate murdered in a street robbery in January, has raised more than £750,000.
Nabarro Nathanson has launched a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-style competition as part of its latest grad-uate recruitment campaign.
So here's at least one reason for a gigantic international firm to keep the odd regional office open. DLA Piper - the only global firm with an office in Liverpool, as far as we know - has scooped the mandate to advise Scouse FC on its talks with Dubai International Capital (DIC), which is being advised by some firm called Freshfields. See story.
How’s this for novelty value: the latest transatlantic merger doesn’t feature a US firm.
Norton Rose stands firm on strict exit strategy" /Norton Rose is playing hardball with Herbert Smith as negotiations over a departure date for two Dubai-based partners enter a second month.
Lewis Silkin and Wragge & Co are heading for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) following a landmark Court of Appeal decision this morning (Tuesday 5 December) in the long-running dispute between mobile phone operators O2 and 3.
Clifford Chance has confirmed the re-election of David Pearson as London corporate practice head for a further four-year tenure.
National pro bono group ProHelp is lobbying for the Law Society to grant continuing professional development (CPD) credit points for pro bono work.
Project finance has, until now, been the structure of choice for a plethora of industries in both the public and private sectors. But this method of finance and delivery has not been without controversy.
RJ Reynolds Tobacco, the second-largest tobacco company in the US, has appointed Martin Holton as general counsel.
Linklaters' Stockholm head of banking and finance Frederik Rydin is to join Finnish firm Roschier to expand its Sweden presence.
Salans has split its Hungarian ally to open a new office in Budapest as it seeks to ramp up its presence in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
SJ Berwin client Universal and Slaughter and May client BMG Music Publishing are waiting to hear whether or not the European Commission will launch a probe into their proposed £1.1bn merger.
Tulkinghorn made a shocking discovery recently. Lovells has a Christmas party for staff and lawyers' children every year. But no, that's not the discovery.
News reached Tulkinghorn last week of the exploits of Any Swing Goes, one of the increasingly numerous legal market bands that are doing the rounds. This one features a Slaughters partner, so in its case 'doing the rounds' means Claridge's ballroom rather than the Bull & Gate.
London-based life science specialist Stringer Saul is merging with one of Canada’s largest firms, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin.
A new source of amusement has arisen for Tulkinghorn at Government press conferences. Whereas in the old days hacks were forced to project their voices to ask a question, at the last couple of Department for Constitutional Affairs briefings there have been a couple of flunkies running around with microphones.
A bevvy of Tulkinghorn's scribes found themselves under the hallowed arches of one of London's better-known wine-tasting venues recently to go head-to-head in a sampling competition with a crack team of oenophiles from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
How to put the wind up your partners in one sentence, lesson six. Last Wednesday (29 November) Tulkinghorn had the pleasure of having lunch with a posse of lawyers from technology boffins Kemp Little.
What was your first-ever job?Working on the checkout at Bishops Foodstores, Rugeley, and, if I was lucky, being on the bacon and cheese counters.
The UK's law firms are focusing on the Middle East more and more, and today's stories on www.thelawyer.com represent the celebrity end of the Middle East market.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has provided more evidence of how tough it is for litigators right now. The firm's core reinsurance team has started to feel the pinch, with at least two partners being politely asked to move on. It is unlikely they will be the last if the market fails to pick up. At the very least, the lawyers in this team will be feeling vulnerable.
Trowers & Hamlins has won the mandate to advise on the $1bn expansion of the Mosque of the Prophet in Saudi Arabia’s Holy City of Medina.
Last year it was the barristers; this year, it's the turn of solicitors to go on strike over legal aid. A particularly active bunch have got together, given themselves a name - the Criminal Defence Action Union (CDAU) - and are striking today and tomorrow (Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 December) in protest at the Government's legal aid reforms.
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) has announced its partner promotions for the year, more than quadrupling the number of London promotions compared to last year.
The UK and US are moving in tandem in many respects, not least in the way their respective financial regulators deal with potential threats to market stability.
As the need for more landfill sites grows by the minute, it is down to commercially funded projects to help ease the load, says James Snape
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White & Case's Washington DC office raided Dewey Ballantine for two star energy partners ahead of Dewey's merger with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Dewey's global head of energy markets and regulatory law Earle O'Donnell defected to White & Case to become its new head of energy. He joins with ...
White & Case has raided Clifford Chance to hire funds partner Matthew Judd as the US firm looks to ramp up its European investment funds practice.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an increasingly hot topic in the political and business community. It doesn't appear to be such a major issue in the legal community, however.