6 November 2006
Eric Robinson has appointed two lawyers to its Southampton family law team. Azmi Quraishe joins as a paralegal and Jennie Swaby joins from Fairbrother & Darlow, where she was a solicitor specialising in family law.
It’s official. Law firms have entered the 21st Century. Well, Addleshaw Goddard, Linklaters and Watson Farley & Williams have.
Bird & Bird has raided Gassner Stockmann & Kollegen in Germany, hiring banking and finance partner Bertold Frisch for its Frankfurt operation. The firm opened its Frankfurt office in August last year with the aim of breaking into the lucrative financial services sector. Bird & Bird will look to Frisch, who specialises in real estate and acquisition finance, to boost its presence in the German financial ...
The introduction of the Companies Act 2006 will reinforce the Isle of Man as one of the world's top jurisdictions for corporates. By Daniel Mackelden
SENIOR associates at Allen & Overy (A&O) could earn up to £200,000 as part of a complete overhaul of the magic circle firm's career structure.
The High Court dealt Allergan a massive blow last week when it revoked the patent for Botox, and now the pharmaceutical company is facing a worldwide battle to hold on to the trademark for the drug.
The Court of Appeal has all but closed the door on software and business model patents in the UK, rejecting Australian businessman Neal Macrossan's bid to patent an automated system to incorporate a UK company.
Barry O'Brien should feel like he is in good hands. While Ashurst, the firm defending him against the Law Society's allegations, might not have recent experience in Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal hearings, the firm does have pedigree.
South Yorkshire firm Atteys Solicitors has acquired two-partner private client firm Taylors Solicitors. The deal creates one of the region's largest legal practices, with more than 300 employees across nine offices. Taylors' four offices have been rebranded as 'Atteys with Taylors'. The acquisition gives Atteys a greater presence in Sheffield city centre, ...
The choice of Hiscox and Omega to redomicile in Bermuda highlights major problems for Lloyd's. By David Lines
The airline price-fixing investigation will give an indication of the OFT’s future stance. By Husnara Begum
Baker & McKenzie has named Coudert Brothers' former chairman as one-third of its tripartite management committee for the New York office and has announed a new office managing partner. Former Coudert chief Clyde 'Skip' Rankin will jointly head the office's management with finance partner Jenna Bellwin and Charles Niemeth, who succeeds Gerry Hayes as New York managing partner. Niemeth is also ...
Beachcroft is to axe its London-based private client team as it embarks on a review of underperforming practice groups.
Beiten Burkhardt has taken a philosophical stance regarding its international strategy. "We can't be everywhere," says corporate partner Jack Schiffer. With a total of 15 offices - seven in Germany and eight abroad - the firm has made a good start since it was first established 16 years ago.
Alston & Bird has announced its new managing partner more than a year in advance of his appointment.
Clifford Chance is set to announce its new Italian managing partner, with odds-on favourite Charles Adams being voted in to the role last night.
Just last week Beachcroft senior partner Simon Hodson was jubilant about the firm's 18 per cent rise in turnover at the half-year stage. He attributed the result to the firm's recent investment and a demonstration of what converting to a limited-liability partnership can do.
There must be something in the water at BPP Law School. First, lecturer Jenny Gibbons gave birth to her second son last month in her car. “I had to wait for a friend to come and look after my toddler,” she said. “The contractions had started, but I thought I had longer than I did.”
Clayton Utz is being sued for gross negligence by an Australian property developer who alleges that the firm failed to carry out basic title checks.
US powerhouses Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Latham & Watkins have announced their new partnership promotions ahead of the new financial year, increasing their partner numbers by 8 per cent and 6 per cent respectively.
Clyde & Co has raided DLA Piper's Hong Kong office for two corporate partners, bolstering its partnership in the city to 10.
Clyde & Co’s half-year turnover has crept up by five per cent to £68m, with flat litigation and insurance work holding back corporate growth.
Eversheds sent its usual gang of lawyers to the Association of Corporate Counsel annual meeting in San Diego recently. Apparently, the lawyers made rather a splash in their fetching red shirts.
The Commercial Court is set for major changes after a meeting of the judiciary and court users resolved to set up a working group to revamp case management.
DLA Piper is the most notable absentee from the first joint panel of the Co-operative Group and Co-operative Financial Services (CFS).
CORPORATE continues to account for the bulk of newly qualified jobs given to trainees, but is also losing ground to banking and finance.
Barristers will be graded on performance as part of a radical plan by the London arm of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to increase the value for money it gets from its advocates.
Cuatrecasas corporate partner José Luis Blanco has resigned, leaving the way open for him to launch Latham & Watkins' first Spanish office. Blanco specialises in M&A transactions in the technology sector. Latham is understood to have wanted a foothold in the Spanish market for some time, and would open with a corporate heavyhitter if Blanco signs. It was revealed last month (www.thelawyer.com, ...
Pity the poor City cyclist. And in particular 'We'll Getcha & Mangle Ya' private equity star Marco Compagnoni. As if it's not enough to run the gauntlet of irate cabbies, bendy buses and lorry drivers on their mobiles, Compagnoni's route to work takes him past his old stomping ground Lovells.
Addleshaw Goddard has advised Datamonitor on its £48.1m recommended offer for Ovum.
Debevoise & Plimpton insurance partner Jeremy Hill has consolidated his relationship with insurance giant Catlin Group as he advises the US company on its offer for rival Wellington Underwriting.
Isle of Man firm Dickinson Cruickshank is launching in London, with former Allen & Overy corporate senior associate Toby Ward set to head the office.
DLA Piper has boosted its Asian offering by hiring two new partners to its Tokyo and Hong Kong offices.
DLA Piper joins PwC to aid disadvantaged school kids in New York" /DLA Piper's New York office has launched a pro bono project in the city, working with other activist legal groups for a government organisation to help improve facilities and access for the city's pre-school and primary students from low-income ...
News that Della Burnside is leaving easyGroup has shocked the IP fraternity. A quick consensus check reveals that Burnside is one of the most highly respected in-house IP practitioners out there.
EasyGroup's rated head of legal Della Burnside has quit to become commercial legal director at mobile telecoms industry group the GSM Association (GSMA).
Edwin Coe may not have won the misfeasance case against the Government brought by a group of former Railtrack shareholders, but it has certainly won a niche practice area. The firm has been advising a group of rebel shareholders opposed to the proposed merger between independent grocers Nisa-Today's and Costcutter. Litigation partner David Greene was instructed by the Nisa Members Association to fight ...
Do you dream of becoming a lawyer but can’t scrape together the tuition fees? Look no further, as Lawyer 2B has teamed up with BPP Law School to give away two free places on a GDL or LPC course
AXA has unveiled its full 14-member global legal panel, but will continue to work with a number of other firms in local jurisdictions.
Taylor Wessing's move to new offices next year was conditional on the firm's conversion to a limited-liability partnership, The Lawyer can reveal.
The Expert Funds Guide is Jersey's latest initiative in its attempts to attract 'expert' investors. Martin Paul reports
The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, has spoken out in defence of the Legal Services Bill despite a recent international backlash against some of its more controversial aspects.
There’s more to becoming a successful lawyer than passing lots of exams. But fear not, the College of Law’s Rachel Harris is here to help
Lancashire's Farleys Solicitors has moved into the crowded Manchester market, opening its seventh office.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has boosted its presence in Eastern Europe, signing up five-partner Polish firm Laszczuk & Wspólnicy to its European Legal Alliance (ELA).
Field Seymour Parkes (FSP) managing partner Philip Seymour admits: "We're slightly unusual. We have 13 partners, of which eight are female."
Guernsey's and Jersey's new tax packages will be welcome news for individuals, trusts and investment managers. Roger Le Tissier explains why
Tulkinghorn and his scribes were out in force at Lawrence Graham's Halloween party last Tuesday (31 October), attracted by the annual promise of chocolate fountains and palm readers.
Shadbolt grows as arbitration comes into vogueInternational arbitration is all the rage in Paris at present. The city is home to the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) Court of Arbitration and is one of the three main global arbitration capitals.
A pair of French lawyers has launched a new technology, media and telecommunications boutique.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is set to make savings of almost £14m as part of the magic circle firm's radical pension reforms.
Tim Jones and Barry O'Brien have already faced a tribunal over the allegations that there was a conflict of interest when Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was instructed by Philip Green on his 2004 bid for Marks & Spencer (M&S). ...
Fulbright & Jaworski has opened in Beijing, giving the Texan oil and gas specialist its second Asia office. The firm has maintained an office in Hong Kong since 1990 and will transfer partners Jeffrey Blount and Michael Arruda from the city to Beijing. Blount will take the dual role of Hong Kong and Beijing managing partner and is also co-head of the firm's international department. Arruda is head of the firm's Asia energy practice.
In-house lawyers: you'd better start swotting up. At 11.30 this morning, the Queen gave her assent to the biggest shake-up of companies legislation in the UK since the 1985 Companies Act.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has announced a 10 per cent rise in turnover worldwide to around £85m at the half-year stage, with its four offices in the Gulf posting a massive 63 per cent rise on the same period last year.
The world's largest tax services provider, H&R Block, has named Carol Graebner as executive vice president and general counsel.
UK firms are reporting record figures at the half-year point, with double-digit rises in revenue predicted for the end of the financial year.
Hammonds has vowed to rebuild its sports practice, promoting senior associate Stephen Sampson to partner and head of the contentious sports practice.
Hammonds is losing two of its most senior partners in Brussels after talks to try and keep them with the firm failed.
Olswang has raided Harbottle & Lewis's corporate team, snaring the firm's corporate finance head Mark Bertram.
Manchester firm Heatons has scored a major role on a £320m retail acquisition that cements the three-partner firm's relationship with Icelandic retail group Baugur.
Bar council chair Stephen Hockman QC has called for unity in the profession, warning that the bar risks fragmentation if it does not adapt to the modern world.
The issue of where the forum for a case should take place holds particular importance in the BVI because of the number of offshore companies located there. Phillip Kite reports
Gathering information on diversity is increasingly complex. But without measurement it is impossible to know whether efforts to increase diversity are having any effect.
Amid the money, suits and skyscrapers of the London legal world, it’s heartening to meet a man still in touch with his humble roots. And Nigel Savage, chief executive of the College of Law, is that man.
Guernsey has rolled out new rules providing improved IP protection covering the information of and accessibility to databases. By Tania Johnstone
The approach to UCIs in Luxembourg is undergoing a radical rethink. Jacques Elvinger and Frédérique Lifrange report
Outsourcing and IT partner Jonathan Little has joined Jones Day just 18 months after joining Simmons & Simmons.
Keoghs has strengthened its claims and fraud team with the hire of two new partners. Alison Hart has moved to the firm's Bolton office after six months as a partner at Halliwells, having joined the firm when it merged with James Chapman & Co's insurance department in May. Meanwhile, Sue Pawar-Price joins Keoghs' Coventry office from Beachcroft. Keoghs head of fraud Don Clarke said the hires came on the ...
Australian entrepreneur Neal Macrossan is seeking leave to appeal his software patent case in the House of Lords, after the Court of Appeal rejected his bid to patent an automated system to incorporate a UK company.
Latham may have had success in New York, but it has failed to build a brand in London. UK managing partner Andrew Moyle on the virtues of invisibility
The Law Society has vowed to fight the conflicts of interest case against Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partners Tim Jones and Barry O'Brien in public, meaning the magic circle's systems and processes will be laid bare to the world.
Lawrence Graham advised Indian power project developer KSK Power Ventur on its sole AIM listing, making it the first Indian company not to list simultaneously in India. It is a watershed for Indian AIM listings and marks the third Indian AIM float Lawrence Graham has handled, following the IPOs of Hardy Oil & Gas and Great Eastern Energy Corporation. A restructuring saw KSK list an Isle of Man ...
Astonishing news. More Hammonds partners have quit. That's 13 this year and counting...
Linklaters has boosted its Netherlands practice, with a raid on Allen & Overy for a Dutch corporate partner.
Linklaters brought in £100m more than at the equivalent stage last year, with revenue rising 22 per cent to £536m.
Linklaters has led a team of law firms and financial advisers from around the world on the creation of an innovative new bond which will help immunise 500m children in the world’s poorest countries.
White shoe firm Sullivan & Cromwell has elected eight associates to the partnership.
The biggest change to company law in the past 30 years has been passed by the House of Lords, despite being derided by the GC100 and other business leaders.
Lovells has had a disappointing start to 2006-07, reporting a modest four per cent increase in turnover for the first six months of the financial year.
Great to hear of people who know when they're on to a good thing. Take the PA to Squire Sanders' London managing partner Andrew Visintin, for instance. The other day Visintin lunched with one of Tulkinghorn's hacks at Prism. Poor Visintin was moaning that the eatery is the only place he ever eats.
Money is usually at the top of any law firm management's agenda and October was no exception. Last Monday (30 October) saw the publication of The Lawyer Global 100, the annual and definitive list of the world's largest firms by revenue.
The on-set risks at Pinewood Shepperton's studios are not the only things keeping legal counsel Matt Richardson busy. He's trying to build up his legal team too. By Joanne Harris
Congratulations to BPP Law School chief executive Peter Crisp, who married his partner of 20 years, Jeremy Crouch, at Camden Town Hall in August in a civil partnership ceremony.
Poor old Bryan Cave. The diminutive (in London terms at least) US firm recently decided the time was right to start telling people who it is and what it does a little more loudly.
There's a strange dichotomy on display down in Smithfield, where the seven founding members of new high-value criminal set Cloth Fair Chambers are slowly settling in. On the one hand the seven QCs are determined to uphold the grand traditions of the independent bar and have set up in a 17th century building, complete with original wooden beams. On the other they're going ultra-modern in terms of facilities, with video-conferencing, proper internet and a flashy kitchen, which has turned ...
Those of you who are familiar with Lawyer 2B will have noticed something different about this bumper issue. We’ve followed the lead of sister title The Lawyer and have undergone a redesign. And this exercise isn’t just about making Lawyer 2B look prettier – although that helps.
Noerr Stiefenhofer Lutz has raided Lovells’ Berlin office of two partners and a team of associates, leaving Lovells’ Berlin office with only three partners.
The business school rhetoric of 'people are our most important asset' is tired. In most organisations people are expendable. Most businesses don't rely on the retention, motivation and behaviour of people for their differentiation; they rely on technology, product design or distribution networks.
Consolidation and expansion continues unabated in the offshore market. Most notably, offshore giant Ogier is focusing on growth in Asia following October's announcement of its merger with British Virgin Islands-based best friend WSmiths.
Manchester and Leeds set Kings Chambers is kicking off a dedicated mediation group with the hire of a partner from Pannone.
Middle East investment funds are being driven by keen foreign investors. By Robert Varley
Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) is to bolt on the two Vietnam offices of Phillips Fox following the latter's decision to shun a link-up with DLA Piper.
San Francisco-headquartered Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman will open a Shanghai office, but will close its Taiwan offering.
Ipswich firm Prettys has created new chief executive officer (CEO) and chief operating officer (COO) roles.
Linklaters' revenue is up 22 per cent at the half-year stage to £536m. That's a whopping £100m up on the same period last year.
The Isle of Man's new aircraft registry for business and private planes will provide a cheaper and more user-friendly alternative to the UK model. Timothy Mann investigates
Far and away the most exciting news stories to come out of Newcastle recently have surrounded Watson Burton. Once a relative minnow, the firm has had a meteoric rise in recent years, opening offices in Leeds and London and recording blockbusting average profit per equity partner (PEP) of £712,000 at the end of the last financial year.
Corporate law in the BVI is undergoing a change, with insolvencies becoming a particular focus, says Mark Forté
Richards Butler will introduce a new merit-based calculation into equity partners' remuneration once its merger with US firm Reed Smith goes live on 1 January.
The news that two high-profile Freshfields partners are in hot water for their roles on Philip Green's M&S bid highlights a whole new culture in the legal profession. It's all about taking risk management a lot more seriously
As Gibraltar aligns itself with EU structures and regulations, the opportunities for investors are soaring. By Joseph Garcia
Niche pensions firm Sacker & Partners posted record results in the last financial year, The Lawyer can reveal.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has taken a second employment partner from McDermott Will & Emery as the firm signals a strategic shift in its areas of focus.
Shoosmiths has continued its push into the competitive Birmingham market by making three lateral hires from DLA Piper, Eversheds and Wragge & Co.
Simmons & Simmons is on course to break through the £500,000 average profits per equity partner barrier after a positive first six months of the current financial year.
SJ Berwin is on target to smash its targets after reporting a 35 per cent increase in turnover for the first six months of the financial year.
Slaughter and May has introduced a firmwide discretionary bonus of 15 per cent for all associates and trainees as part of its biannual pay review.
Amendments to the Cayman Islands' mutual fund laws may not have the reach that many in the industry were anticipating. By Remo Dalimonthee
Solicitors defence specialist David Morgan is joining RadcliffesLeBrasseur as a consultant to boost the firm's solicitors' disciplinary practice team. Morgan joins Radcliffes from independent practice in his own firm David T Morgan. He brings with him more than 20 years of experience in advising solicitors facing hearings by the Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal. Morgan is also chair of the ...
The City legal market is steadily becoming more gay-friendly, if a Stonewall student guide is any indication.
Sullivan & Cromwell has profited from Barclays Capital's (BarCap) first major foray into the North American market through its purchase of a 40 per cent stake in Texas-based NGP Energy Capital Management, a $2.9bn (£1.52bn) private equity house focused on oil and gas production.
Last Wednesday (1 November) was the first anniversary of media boutique Swan Turton and, in true entertaining style, the partners invited one of Tulkinghorn's scribes out to celebrate.
As we enter the new recruitment season, Snail is in a position to give all potential trainees a top tip. At one top 10 firm the partners will offer any nervous wannabe a place if they literally take the biscuit.
Taylor Wessing has hired the senior counsel of Merrill Lynch's European Global Private Client business.
The reaction of managing partners to their financial results probably says more about their current state of play than the results themselves.
Time was when you could rely on Clifford Chance management elections to provide a decent punch-up. Public hustings, private canvassing, clumsy manifestos, below-stairs bitching... the lot. But Clifford Chance is older, wiser and an awful lot duller. The last contested election was for head of corporate a year ago. Since then a whole tier of management has been ushered in with ...
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San Francisco-based Thelen Reid & Priest and New York's Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner have confirmed they are to merge, creating a 250-partner, 617-lawyer national firm with an estimated $400m (£210.21m) annual turnover.
Tulkinghorn would like to pass on thanks from this page's regular cartoonist Fran Orford. Sharp-eyed readers may have spotted that for the past month or two the cartoons have been available for sale, with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support.The cartoons are still for sale, but so far Fran has raised £2,500 for charity, at the same time as digging a sharpened pencil into the underbelly of the legal market. Good work all round.
The Jersey Anti-Money Laundering Guidance Notes, crafted in 1999, remain deficient in meeting their stated purpose, argues Stephen Platt
THE NUMBER of trainees being kept on by the UK’s top 50 firms has dropped by nearly 150, despite law firms saying they are in desperate need of associates.
The Treasury yesterday (9 November) successfully fought off a £1bn claim brought by 1,000 Lloyd’s Names.
The European Commission's battle to limit Gibraltar's economic advantages appeared to be hindering the state's mission to gain an edge on corporate tax. However, its rulings have opened new doors. By Chris White and Clotilde Briquet
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Weightmans has boosted its healthcare practice with the hire of rated Clyde & Co partner John Mitchell and a team of associates.
The current process of forming a company in Guernsey is cumbersome and time-consuming. Raymond Ashton reports on how the island hopes to change all that
Willkie Farr & Gallagher has bolstered its French tax team with the hire of a partner from local independent Brandford Griffith.
LAWYER 2B and BPP Law School have teamed up to launch another essay competition. Now in its third year, the competition offers winners places on BPP's LPC and GDL courses. See competition section.