7 December 2009
India’s largest firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co has been ramping up its recruitment drive in recent weeks and increasingly turning to the UK and Ireland for talent.
Ashurst has appointed Jon Ericson as its new Swedish managing partner following the departure of former Stockholm head Jonas Bergh.
CMS Cameron McKenna has become the latest UK law firm to hire a prominent transfer pricing specialist, as firms continue to compete with the big four accountants to provide high-margin tax and economics advice.
Ralph Cohen is being perfectly upfront. It’s been a tough year for SJ Berwin; if it makes its next quarterly partner payments next February that’ll be the first in 12 months.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Moscow office has successfully defended Hewlett-Packard (HP) against cartel allegations in Russia.
Mr Justice Eady put his head above the parapet last week to take a swipe at Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre, who created a media storm when he accused the judge of introducing privacy laws via the back door.
Eversheds’ alliance partner in South Africa is embroiled in a legal row with the local Law Society that could have implications for all international firms looking to rebrand associated offices in the country.
The Supreme Court has only been open for two months but already it has found itself out of favour with public opinion, causing a controversy storm by ruling against the Office of Fair Trading on overdraft charges (25 November)
As Dubai’s economy suffers, international law firms are looking at Saudi Arabia as their next port of call. Luke McLeod-Roberts reports on the benefits and drawbacks of launching in the country
Druces’ former litigation chief Tim Bignell has joined Finers Stephens Innocent as part of its litigation practice.
The Lawyer’s annual analysis of the global top 50 litigation practices shows that arbitration is on the rise - and London is one of the main benefactors. By Matt Byrne
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is embracing the technological age, launching a social networking site as a virtual means of keeping hold of employees and alumni.
Hunton & Williams is looking to address what its global managing partner Wally Martinez describes as a “glaring weakness” in its London offering - litigation.
Workplace issues have dominated 2009, and not always in a good way. As The Lawyer Legal JobWatch recounted, there were more than 4,200 redundancies in The Lawyer’s UK 200 list - and those were just the official ones.
Insurance firm Keoghs has hired Steve Thomas, formerly technical claims director for general insurance giant Zurich.
London offices left behind in US firms’ latest partner rounds. By Julia Berris
Lack of Islamic restructuring laws is causing a headache for advisers. By Luke McLeod-Roberts
Promotion to be contingent on associate versatility. Senior managers at Linklaters have kicked off discussions over a radical shake-up of the firm’s training programme as it seeks to usher in a new breed of generalist associates.
Grundberg Mocatta Rakison (GMR) disappeared this year from The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report 2009. The reason? On 1 May the London-based boutique merged with US firm McGuireWoods.
Reed Smith has hired employment partner Graham Green from McDermott Will & Emery.
Last week the Legal Services Board (LSB) published its consultation paper Alternative Business Structures: Approaches to Licensing.
Osborne Clarke has hired Taylor Wessing real estate partner Brian Greenwood to head its City planning practice.
Many of the UK’s major law firms have reduced their carbon footprints over the last financial year, but the economic downturn has been singled out as an obstacle to further progress.
The certainty of witness immunity is a central plank in the application of court proceedings. By David Casement QC and Julian Diaz-Rainey
SJ Berwin has clinched a lead role advising one new and one existing client on part of a £16m investment in pharmaceutical company Oxagen.
SJ Berwin managing partner Ralph Cohen has defended the decision to withhold partner profit distribution payments for the third consecutive quarter.
Slaughter and May has reestablished its position as the leading firm for FTSE100 companies, pushing Linklaters down into second place.
The fourth Diversity League Table (DLT) 2009 (TheLawyer. com, 17 December 2009) provokes some interesting observations about the demographics of firms with offices in the UK.
Surrey County Council has joined forces with 11 local authorities to appoint 21 advisers to a common panel.
Chris Carroll will take on an unofficial roving ambassador role for Travers Smith once he stands down as managing partner of the firm in January.
Tulkinghorn has, of course, his fair share of illustrious forefathers. But perhaps there is none so apt as that boasted by outgoing Travers Smith managing partner Chris Carroll.
A group of US and UK firms have won lead roles advising on the battle between Oaktree Capital and Dubai International Capital (DIC) to acquire alumina company Almatis via a restructuring of its $1bn (£590m) debt.
Since leaving his role at Williams F1 to settle down at Warburtons, general counsel John Healey has shaken up the way things are done at the family bakers. Tom Phillips reports
Newly merged firm Veale Wasbrough Vizards has hired a barrister to head its insolvency litigation team after the previous holder of the post was named managing partner of the firm.
Offshore big-hitter Walkers Global has landed a lead role on the Cayman Islands government’s $312m (£187.05m) sovereign bond debt offering.