8 February 2010
Unilever has reshuffled its legal management team with UK and Ireland general counsel Tonia Lovell stepping into the chief legal officer and company secretary position.
The pressure of motherhood is the reason that 20 per cent of all female departees decide to leave some of the UK’s top 50 firms.
The Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) decision to settle its investigation into arms maker BAE Systems highlights significant disparities between how corporate fraud is dealt with in the UK and US.
Addleshaw Goddard, Cuatrecasas, Herbert Smith, Salans and Uría Menéndez have won mandates on HgCapital’s latest renewable energy investments.
Addleshaw Goddard is proposing to introduce a points-based bonus system for its salaried partners after plans to introduce an all-equity partnership were abandoned.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) is set to abandon its modified lockstep for an entirely merit-based partner remuneration system, while also considering a move away from associate lockstep as part of a firmwide shake-up of performance.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has expanded its tax capability with the hire of Lloyds Banking Group’s head of VAT Linda Adelson as a partner.
The managing partner of Cassidy & Associates’ Moscow office has left to set up his own practice.
Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May have been handed the mandates to advise on New Look’s IPO in a deal that is expected to raise £650m for the company.
The two UK firms have snared local lawyers to lead their new launches across the Pond
Dawsons has lost its second employment partner in a month with the departure of Jill Andrew to Marriott Harrison, it has emerged.
DLA Piper has expanded its African footprint through an exclusive tie-up with Kenyan firm Iseme Kamau & Maema Advocates (IKM).
Fan-to-fan ticket exchange company Seatwave has appointed a former WilmerHale lawyer as its in-house lawyer to assist with the company’s expansion across Europe.
At the beginning of this year McDermott Will & Emery made a fresh start.
Manchester set Garden Court North has lost a further two barristers to civil rights set Doughty Street Chambers.
Courts in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia are proposing to use English in commercial court cases in a bid to attract more international business litigation to the country.
Offshore firms Mourant du Feu & Jeune and Ozannes were spurred into making their merger talks a reality after Appleby launched in Guernsey with a four-partner team poached from Ozannes (The Lawyer, 11 January).
The London Borough of Hackney has made two new appointments following a reorganisation of its in-house legal function.
After years railing against Mr Justice Eady’s judgments, has the Daily Mail found a judge it actually likes?
Merged firm’s global executive kicks off high-stakes conflicts probe
Jaguar Land Rover legal chief Keith Benjamin is revamping his global legal team after the business was sold by Ford to India’s Tata Motors.
White & Case is one of the biggest legal names in the Middle East with a reputation stemming back 50 years. But by the middle of this week it might be hard to recognise it as the same outfit that has been in growth mode for the past decade.
Lovells has opened an associate office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second city, through its associate firm Al-Yaqoub Attorneys & Legal Advisers.
The former general counsel at Chubb Europe’s commercial lines department David Casement has left to form a new legal team at Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group.
Leading fraud and crime specialist David Howker QC has joined No5 Chambers from 2 Hare Court. A silk since 2002, Howker was previously standing counsel to HM Customs & Excise.
Norton Rose is expecting the proportion of its staff working flexibly to increase as a result of an initiative it took to prevent job cuts.
Norton Rose and Baker & McKenzie have landed leading roles on the $335m (£209m) refinancing of Talvivaara’s project-financed nickel mine in Finland in a ’streaming deal’.
Reed Smith has hired Philip Olmer as a partner in its London real estate group.
Merck Serono’s Robert Fairless makes sure his legal team is at the centre of the biopharma company’s business. By Tom Phillips
?One of the founding partners of US litigation boutique Quinn Emanuel popped in to the London office last week as the firm unveiled its 2009 financial results.
Ropes & Gray has continued to expand its newly opened London office with the hire of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer finance counsel Matt Cox as a partner.
The High Court recently considered whether a company that has been fined for anticompetitive conduct can recover the fine from employees and directors whom it alleges were responsible for the infringement, or whether the claims are barred as a matter of public policy.
Rugby and the law have always been happy bedfellows. In the innocent amateur days of yore it was not uncommon to see a barrister tearing down the wing or mixing it in the front row at your local club.
Manchester firm Slater Heelis rebranded in December last year, dropping legacy names Collier Littler and vowing to focus on new areas as it gears up for the implementation of the Legal Services Act (LSA).
Stephenson Harwood has beefed up its finance team once more following the hires of partner Jayesh Patel and senior associate Jonathan Proctor from Denton Wilde Sapte.
The forthcoming tax regime will certainly have a lightening effect on partners’ pockets. David Furst examines the various ways to mitigate the impact
Tulkinghorn is delighted to remind readers that this Thursday (11 February) is Bowler Hat Day.
The future looks rosy for the Turkish market, with recovery well underway. James Swift reports that this has not gone unnoticed by the big international players
Clifford Chance has scored a lead role on Warburg Pincus’s £280m acquisition of safety and defence equipment manufacturer Survitec from fellow private equity firm Montagu.
Has the US firm learnt nothing in the two years since losing Allen and Goetz? asks Gavriel Hollander
What do you do at weekends? Try to be a full-time family member.