8 June 2009
Family law set 4 Paper Buildings has taken on seven barristers from Renaissance Chambers, including leading family silk Henry Setright QC.
There’s an old cliché routinely advanced by history undergraduates that the middle class is rising, whatever the century. It’s easy to find the legal market equivalent: whatever the political circumstances, the Indian market is about to open up.
China’s influence grows as Kazakhstan’s oil proves to be recession buffer. By Matt Byrne
One of London’s oldest trainees has qualified six months ahead of schedule at Bird & Bird, after the City firm announced a 100 per cent retention rate.
CMS Cameron McKenna has concluded voting on its flexi-working scheme, with 96 per cent of staff signing up.
Clifford Chance has seen the partner headcount in its derivatives and capital markets practice decrease by six since May.
Clifford Chance will be looking to consolidate its best friends relationship with Indian firm AZB & Partners later this year when it sends banking partner Chris Wyman on secondment to the subcontinent.
Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have helped resolve a competition dispute between the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and rival trading platform Plus, preventing the need for a High Court date in June.
CMC Markets group director of legal Dominic Bacon has left and started a three-month period of gardening leave.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has appointed Nicholas Thompsell as senior partner.
Northampton and Milton Keynes employment boutiques Floyd Graham & Co and Liddingtons merged recently, keeping the Floyd Graham name. As well as employment, the firm is also known for handling immigration, share schemes and corporate matters.
Denton Wilde Sapte’s newest partners are optimistic about their firm’s future. But is the excitement of being made up going to their heads?
Indesit in-houser Alessia Oddone may have joined the company just nine months ago in the depths of the cycle, but she’s not in a spin. By Corinne McPartland
Hammonds has introduced mandatory sabbaticals for all associates in its corporate department in a bid to cut costs.
Hammonds partner David Armitage has stepped down from the Hammonds Direct partnership committee while it tries to settle a property dispute with the law firm, where he is also a partner.
India needs to enhance its arbitration offerings and overhaul its courts’ processes to give its backlog of cases any chance of closure before the year 3000, says Kian Ganz
India’s new government could be the springboard for the country’s legal system to scale new heights, says Kian Ganz
A number of City investment banks have raised salaries for in-house lawyers to offset precipitous falls in bonus payouts.
Jones Day has won a lead mandate on the administration of the recession’s latest high-street casualty, greetings card chain Birthdays.
The Law Society has been slammed for its handling of an investigation into a conflict of interest complaint against its former president and Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier.
Lovells has won a role alongside magic circle firm Clifford Chance advising on French company EDF Energy’s e1bn (£870m) bond issuance.
The chief executive of the Legal Services Commission (LSC) has hit out at claims made in The Lawyer by the head of the London Legal Support Trust (LLST).
Field Fisher Waterhouse has hired technology partner Nick Holland from Eversheds. Holland joined Eversheds in 2007 from Beachcroft, where he was head of technology. He specialises in IT and telecoms projects for companies based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and has a particular focus on outsourcing transactions, global data protection and privacy projects and telecoms network deals.
Burges Salmon has overhauled its leadership under new managing partner Chris Jackson.
Whoever coined the phrase ‘All publicity is good publicity’ cannot have been thinking about the publication of regulatory sanctions for solicitors.
Welter of litigation predicted as pension trustees eye legal actions over alleged bad advice in the 1990s
Pinsent Masons has signed an alliance with international firm Salans that will see the top-25 firms preparing joint pitches and referring work to each other.
The recession is leading to record numbers of lawyers suffering from stress and depression, according to health advice line for the legal profession LawCare.
Media boutique Schillings is looking to expand the professional development of its junior lawyers with the launch of the Schillings Academy.
Partnership promotions are down across the board this year, but in smaller UK firms female lawyers are faring better than at their larger counterparts.
Trethowans has unveiled a new management line-up following the appointment of Simon Rhodes as managing partner.
The interminable football season is officially over, thank God, and sporting minds are now focused on the world’s greatest game.
Over the last few weeks the Government has found itself out of favour with the public, thanks in part to MPs making some interesting expense claims.
City-based Rosenblatt Solicitors last week won a victory in the High Court on behalf of 1,000 servicemen who had argued that they suffered ill health as a result of nuclear testing carried out by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the Pacific Ocean in the 1950s.
It is early in the recruitment cycle for US firms, but recent announcements suggest that several US firms’ London offices are holding up despite the pressures of the downturn.
Herbert Smith and Weil Gotshal & Manges have won roles in the administration and subsequent rebirth of Cobra, the popular curry-house beer.
Has access to justice been impaired by mediation coercion? asks Katy Dowell
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?I’d like to say rock guitarist or rugby player, but in reality a policeman.