5 September 2011

The Lawyer

  • ‘Blood on the carpet’ as ICC old guard excluded

    5 September 2011

    A row is brewing in the arbitration markets after the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration excluded six ­former secretary generals from top-level discussions about new rules it plans to introduce next year.

  • Betfred lines up with Freshfields as OFT mulls Tote buy challenge

    5 September 2011

    Betfred has turned to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s competition team as the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) considers referring the bookmaker’s £265m acquisition of the Horserace Totalisator Board (the Tote) to the Competition Commission (CC).

  • Bindmans

    5 September 2011

    London firm Bindmans has been much in the news this year, winning a number of instructions relating to the News of the World (NoW) phone-­hacking ­scandal and having its contact details passed out to London rioters.

  • Can UK talent make white shoe firms a good fit in Hong Kong?

    4-Sep-2011

    It is rare that New York’s white shoe firms undertake a mass shift in strategy.

  • Cover renewal season will highlight clear water between the big fish and minnows

    5 September 2011

    The split between the top and bottom of the profession is nowhere more evident than in the solicitors’ ­professional indemnity insurance (PII) market.

  • Covering the bases: Monica Risam, Aviva

    5 September 2011

    Monica Risam, general counsel for the European arm of insurance giant Aviva, is aiming to create a unified legal panel across the continent, says Katy Dowell

  • Dorda and Graf latest European firms to grab slices of fast-growing Turkey

    5 September 2011

    German firm Graf von Westphalen and Austrian firm Dorda Brugger Jordis have both established presences in Turkey, which is fast becoming a hot spot for European firms.

  • Dundas and Eversheds prime Clyde pumps sale

    5 September 2011

    Dundas & Wilson and Eversheds snatched the lead roles as Scotland’s richest man sold a heavy pumps maker for £750m just four years after acquiring it for £45m.

  • Europeans file brief to support US green push

    5 September 2011

    Three not-for-profit organisations have joined forces to file an amicus curiae brief in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of carbon pollution.

  • Fighting funds

    4-Sep-2011

    Third-party funders of corporate litigation may be waiting longer for their investments to pay off, but they are finding the returns are a whole lot healthier. Paul Sullivan reports

  • Firms set to pick up work as Libya picks up pieces

    5 September 2011

    As Libya ponders its future, international law firms look set to become increasingly active in the country’s economic and political landscape.

  • Focus: London riots - Riot angles

    5 September 2011

    City law firms were left untouched by last month’s riots. But for lawyers in Tottenham and Croydon, it was quite a different story

  • Herbies: not making the cut

    5 September 2011

    Here’s the official word from Exchange House: there will be no partner redundancies in Herbert Smith’s corporate group, no sirree, and not yet anyway.

  • Hewlett-Packard Euro panel to take global stage

    5 September 2011

    Hewlett-Packard (HP) is set to merge its recently reviewed European panel of law firms into its worldwide roster of advisers as it kicks off a global panel review.

  • Hogan Lovells lands blue movie role

    5 September 2011

    When Hollywood takes an ­interest in adapting a concept for the silver screen, it is the IP lawyers who are left to come up with ­exactly how that can happen.

  • Kobre & Kim doubles City silk clout

    5 September 2011

    US litigation boutique Kobre & Kim has thrown down the gauntlet to rivals, including Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, after securing a second silk for its London office.

  • Litigation bungling

    5 September 2011

    Litigation funding is a must-know for modern law firms. Nick Rowles-Davies reports on a market that is misunderstood and lacking competent professionals

  • London councils in redundancy talks as legal tie-up takes shape

    4-Sep-2011

    The London Boroughs of Merton and Richmond- upon-Thames have entered into redundancy talks with their legal staff as part of the ongoing merger between the two councils’ legal departments.

  • Olswang creates single partnership structure

    5 September 2011

    Olswang has overhauled its partner remuneration system and equity structure, introducing a model that has abolished the distinction between fixed-share and full equity partners.

  • Olswang, Mishcon team strikes gold with Olympic homes deal

    5 September 2011

    Olswang and Mishcon de Reya have teamed up to advise a Qatari-backed ­consortium on the £557m purchase and management of the Olympic Village in east London.

  • Opinion: Compulsory retirement cases remain each to their own

    5 September 2011

    Compulsory retirement - is it lawful? This is a particularly thorny question for lawyers reaching compulsory retirement age, as well as for the law firms they work for. The stakes should not be underestimated. Get it wrong and it could potentially lead to a massive age discrimination claim.

  • Party line

    5 September 2011

    Law firm networks come in many shapes and sizes, but a sector-specific approach can prove to be particularly fruitful.

  • People moves

    5 September 2011

    Phillip Palmer has been appointed ­partnership director at Collyer Bristow ­following the departure of Jackie Reiss, who held the role for the past five years.

  • Peters & Peters raids Bishops for new CEO

    5 September 2011

    Peters & Peters has created the role of CEO and filled it with Kim Archer, who joins from Bloomsbury-based Bishop & Sewell.

  • Pinsents hacks Olswang for data protection head

    5 September 2011

    Olswang has lost the head of its data protection team Marc Dautlich to rival Pinsent Masons.

  • Proskauer boosts City with NY talent

    5 September 2011

    Proskauer Rose is deploying partners from its New York headquarters to spearhead the renaissance of its London base.

  • Taylor Wessing sets up Brazil unit to target BRIC work

    5 September 2011

    Taylor Wessing has launched a Brazil group run out of Hamburg and London to focus on the dealflow between Brazil, Europe, China and India, and has hired a senior ­counsel from a São Paulo firm to co-head the practice.

  • Travers adds a year to full equity path

    5 September 2011

    Travers Smith has increased the number of years salaried partners have to spend in the role before they become full equity partners.

  • Tulkinghorn: Running on empty

    5 September 2011

    You may have seen the Yes, Minister episode in which Jim Hacker of the ­Department of Administrative Affairs is told of a hospital that is fully staffed with administrative and support staff but devoid of doctors.

  • United front

    5 September 2011

    There are a good many ways a global law firm can structure itself, but the aim is always to present a single point of contact to its clients. Joanne Harris reports