5 April 2010

The Lawyer

  • 7 Bedford Row head quits post to join bench

    5 April 2010

    Civil and criminal set 7 Bedford Row has elected a new head of chambers after incumbent Kate Thirlwall QC left to join the bench.

  • 9 Gough Square appoints new chief exec

    5 April 2010

    Common law set 9 Gough Square has appointed Ron Smith to succeed John Kerr as chief ­executive of chambers.

  • A tale of two clans: ABS row divides legal profession north of the border

    4-Apr-2010

    The Scottish legal market has long been divided on the question of alternative business structures (ABSs), with the so-called big four firms supporting them while many of their Scotland-only counterparts are against them.

  • A&O, Eversheds, Lovells in on Cable & Wireless pension brief

    5 April 2010

    Allen & Overy (A&O), Eversheds and Lovells are advising on the pension issues thrown up by the recent demerger of Cable & Wireless Worldwide from the Cable & Wireless Group.

  • A&O, Freshfields each gain 18 partners

    5 April 2010

    Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have made up 18 lawyers apiece to their partnerships in this year’s promotion round.

  • Addleshaws plumps for female chair

    5 April 2010

    Litigation partner Monica Burch is to take over as chair at Addleshaw Goddard, making it the ­second firm in the UK top 20 to have a woman in a senior partner role.

  • Apology: Sheikh Abdullah Alhamrani

    5 April 2010

    In an article in the issue of 22 February entitled ’Carry on in court’ about a complex trust case in Jersey by one of the ­Jersey advocates in Bedell Cristin instructed by the ­plaintiff beneficiaries, the nature of Sheikh Abdullah Alhamrani’s defence was not adequately conveyed.

  • Assigned risk pool hit by Quinn failure

    4-Apr-2010

    The collapse of Irish insurer Quinn could bring about the end of the ­professional indemnity assigned risk pool (ARP), a leading insurance broker has warned.

  • Beachcroft ups insurance nous with City boutique WHCG

    5 April 2010

    Beachcroft is to acquire specialist London insurance boutique Williams Holden Cooklin Gibbons (WHCG).

  • BLP’s deal with Thames Water creates non-City platform

    5 April 2010

    Partnership gives impetus to firm’s FTSE managed legal services plans. Luke McLeod-Roberts reports

  • Building competition

    5 April 2010

    The commercial property sector is about to be exposed to the full force of the Competition Act 1998. Michael Grenfell examines the implications

  • City firms tie up Yorkshire private equity transaction

    5 April 2010

    Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper and Hammonds have completed an all-­Yorkshire private equity transaction for Phoenix Equity Partners.

  • East Mids authorities shuffle advisers

    5 April 2010

    A group of 50 East Midlands local authorities has reviewed its advisers, expanding its joint panel to include DLA Piper and Anthony Collins Solicitors, while ­kicking off Ashfords.

  • Eversheds on eggshells over Easter treats

    5 April 2010

    Eversheds’ plan to ­present its staff with Easter eggs had to be put on hold after concerns that it might offend employees who do not celebrate the ­Christian festival.

  • FFW advises House of Fraser on first franchise in Middle East expansion

    5 April 2010

    Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has advised Dubai retailer investor Retail ­Arabia International (RAI) on a franchising deal to open the first House of ­Fraser in the Middle East.

  • Focus: M&A, Spreading the load

    5 April 2010

    The M&A market is yet to show signs of a full recovery, but what work there is is now being spread more evenly between the magic circle and its rivals

  • Freshfields creates alumni pool for overflow work

    5 April 2010

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is set to tap into its network of alumni to handle an anticipated upturn in work levels later this year.

  • Freshfields steers through Chinese Volvo acquisition

    5 April 2010

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer grabbed a prize mandate advising Chinese company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group on its $1.8bn (£1.21bn) acquisition of Volvo from the Ford Motor Company.

  • George Davies

    5 April 2010

    George Davies’ managing partner Mark Hovell describes his firm as a mix of old and new.

  • Hogan partner heads ‘reverse spin-off’ to service larger clients’ international needs

    5 April 2010

    The new managing ­partner of what will be Hogan Lovells’ Berlin office has said he chose to stay with the firm despite most of his ­colleagues setting up alone, arguing his practice needs the backing of an ­international firm.

  • Jomati hires ex-Links global business boss

    5 April 2010

    Former Linklaters global business manager Jenny Jones has joined Jomati Consultants, the legal consultancy fronted by former Clifford Chance ­managing partner Tony Williams.

  • Kirkland restructuring partner in GTM U-turn

    5 April 2010

    One of the restructuring partners due to join ­Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) from Kirkland & Ellis has decided to stay where he is.

  • Legal Ombudsman recruits in Birmingham

    5 April 2010

    The Legal Ombudsman has marked the opening of its new Birmingham office with the announcement of a recruitment drive that will see 300 new staff join the newly formed independent public body.

  • Legal stars come out for The Lawyer Awards

    5 April 2010

    ?The countdown to The Lawyer’s annual awards has begun and, having received a record number of entries, we can now reveal our stellar list of judges.

  • Libelled lawyer sics Carter-Ruck on site

    5 April 2010

    A consumer website that claims to “name and shame” underperforming lawyers is being sued for libel by a personal injury lawyer who was criticised on the site.

  • Lovells promises post-merger push in spite of closure

    5 April 2010

    Lovells US managing partner Marc ­Gottridge has vowed to continue building the firm’s New York presence following its May merger with Hogan & Hartson, despite the UK firm closing its Chicago base last week (TheLawyer.com, 30 March).

  • Lucky strikes

    5 April 2010

    The opening of new oil fields has sparked fresh interest in Africa from international law firms. By Tom Phillips

  • People moves

    5 April 2010

    Rosenblatt Solicitors has announced the appointment of Robert Guest as a partner and head of the firm’s funds and financial ­services division. He joins Rosenblatt from Beachcroft Solicitors, where he was a ­partner in the financial institutions group.

  • Rock of Aegis: Simon Zinger, Aegis Media

    5 April 2010

    Simon Zinger brings an American can-do attitude and a passion for commerce to his GC role at Aegis Media - and a horde of acquisitions on the horizon will truly test his mettle.

  • Scottish big four to defect to England over ABS row

    5 April 2010

    Top firms’ ultimatum escalates regulatory crisis north of the border

  • SFO? FSA? We need an all-new City crime-fighting agency

    5 April 2010

    There is a certain irony that on the day the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced the discontinuance of its five-year ­criminal investigation into the activities of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and the world’s largest personal injury compensation scheme, the Financial ­Services Authority (FSA) was busy raiding the offices of three leading financial institutions in connection with its largest ever criminal investigation into insider dealing.

  • Steady Cleary grows organically with a series of Hong Kong and US laterals

    5 April 2010

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & ­Hamilton is making Hong Kong its strategic focus for the current financial year with a series of ­lateral hires planned for the jurisdiction.

  • The oldest proofreader in town

    4-Apr-2010

    Reg Frary is 90 years old. He has survived the Second World War, seen man land on the moon and watched the first-ever television broadcast.

  • The Scottish showdown

    5 April 2010

    It’s all kicking off north of the border. Just as the Scottish government was getting tantalisingly close to enacting an amended Legal Services Bill, a massive spanner has been rammed in the works, with the Scottish Legal Agents Society (SLAS) demanding that the Law Society of Scotland (LSS) drop its support of the bill.

  • Tulkinghorn: Cold ­mountain

    5 April 2010

    According to Tulkinghorn’s contacts in Germany, the annual partners’ retreat for Berlin-based firm GSK ­Stockmann & Kollegen is a skiing trip to Germany’s snow-capped mountains.

  • Work Life Quiz: Gary Howes, Fasken Martineau

    4-Apr-2010

    Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office? If I find it, I’ll let you know.