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 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).
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.
It is rare that New York’s white shoe firms undertake a mass shift in strategy.
The split between the top and bottom of the profession is nowhere more evident than in the solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance (PII) market.
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
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 & 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.
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.
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
As Libya ponders its future, international law firms look set to become increasingly active in the country’s economic and political landscape.
City law firms were left untouched by last month’s riots. But for lawyers in Tottenham and Croydon, it was quite a different story
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 (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.
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.
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 funding is a must-know for modern law firms. Nick Rowles-Davies reports on a market that is misunderstood and lacking competent professionals
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 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 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.
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.
Law firm networks come in many shapes and sizes, but a sector-specific approach can prove to be particularly fruitful.
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 has created the role of CEO and filled it with Kim Archer, who joins from Bloomsbury-based Bishop & Sewell.
Olswang has lost the head of its data protection team Marc Dautlich to rival Pinsent Masons.
Proskauer Rose is deploying partners from its New York headquarters to spearhead the renaissance of its London base.
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 Smith has increased the number of years salaried partners have to spend in the role before they become full equity partners.
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.
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