4 January 2010
Manchester’s 18 St John Street Chambers has made three new appointments.
The Bristol Institute of Legal Practice (Bilp) is shoring up its defences in response to the forthcoming invasion of the city by the College of Law (CoL) and BPP Law School by joining forces with Central Law Training (CLT) to launch one of the cheapest LPCs on the market.
Burges Salmon’s incoming managing partner has insisted it will be “business as usual” at the Bristol firm, despite the shock exit of his predecessor after less than a year in the top job.
Against a backdrop of financial and political upheaval, the established local firms in Romania are proving formidable opponents to the international players in the battle for the choicest mandates.
Eversheds is putting corporate, banking and infrastructure at the heart of a new three-year Middle East strategy that is focused on consolidation.
The High Court has upheld a claim that Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) made for unpaid fees from a former client.
In his first interview post-green light, Lovells senior partner John Young makes his case for why the merger with Hogan not only looks good on paper, but will also work in practice
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a gender diversity initiative in a bid to improve its retention rate among female solicitors.
The Lawyer’s sister title for students Lawyer 2B is hosting a careers event for promising A-level students attending state sixth-form colleges who are interested in training as solicitors and barristers.
The Law Commission has appointed Kings Chambers chief Frances Patterson QC as a law commissioner.
Surviving recession still top of agenda; diversification, restructuring and mergers could save the day
Fee models, outsourcing and the implications of the Legal Services Act (LSA) are among the hot topics as the legal market gears up for a tough 2010. Indeed, it is the need to adapt to a changing market that is exercising most minds at the cutting edge of the business.
LG is revamping its international network with the aim of reducing the total number of referral firms with which it works.
With the issues of severe flooding, an increased remit for the regulator and a legal panel to finalise, it’s sink or swim for Ofwat legal director Huw Brooker.
Mayer Brown’s real estate finance head Iain Thomas has left the firm to pursue a career at LG.
Needham & James is on the hunt for extra revenue. Nothing unusual there, except that in the Stratford-upon-Avon headquartered firm’s case the search is likely to end in a merger.
Energy watchdog Ofgem is going directly to the bar on competition, EC and public law in a bid to save money.
This time last year it felt as if we were all staring into an abyss. Law firm leaders were beginning to question their very business model. But of the big events last year only one - the Linklaters New World restructure - falls into the category of root-and-branch thinking.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has elected Barry Wolf (left) to the position of executive partner. Wolf began his career at Weil Gotshal in 1984, when he joined as an associate in the firm’s tax department.
At the start of 2009 the public sector was seen by many firms as a cushion against the stagnation riddling their private sector clients.
Homosexuals are the hidden minority. Don’t look round but the person sitting at the desk next to you may be one. Unlike other minorities we’re not immediately obvious (apart from a few flamboyant individuals I could mention). This means you won’t know unless you’re told.
Cast your mind back to November last year and the serried ranks of Movember pics that did the rounds. Here’s one that slipped through the net.
Slaughters, Links, Freshfields retain top UK slots but still suffering from downturn. By
Ward Hadaway has won places on the panels of two major NHS buying consortiums.
South West firm Withy King is the latest to sign a delegated authority deal with an after-the-event insurer.
What was your first-ever job? - Greengrocer’s assistant.