8 June 2009

The Lawyer

  • 4 Paper Buildings adds seven barristers

    8 June 2009

    Family law set 4 Paper Buildings has taken on seven barristers from ­Renaissance Chambers, including leading family silk Henry Setright QC.

  • Are we there yet?

    8 June 2009

    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.

  • Asia boom in pipeline for Dewey

    8 June 2009

    China’s influence grows as Kazakhstan’s oil proves to be recession buffer. By Matt Byrne

  • Bird & Bird trainee qualifies aged 50

    7-Jun-2009

    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.

  • Camerons shoves through flexi-scheme

    8 June 2009

    CMS Cameron McKenna has concluded voting on its flexi-working scheme, with 96 per cent of staff signing up.

  • CC loses six partners from capital markets

    8 June 2009

    Clifford Chance has seen the partner headcount in its derivatives and capital markets practice decrease by six since May.

  • CC sends ambassador to Indian ally AZB

    8 June 2009

    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.

  • CC, Freshfields stave off High Court case on Plus dispute

    8 June 2009

    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 legal director departs

    8 June 2009

    CMC Markets group director of legal Dominic Bacon has left and started a three-month period of ­gardening leave.

  • FFW names new senior partner

    8 June 2009

    Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has appointed Nicholas Thompsell as senior partner.

  • Floyd Graham & Co

    8 June 2009

    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.

  • Focus: Dentons

    8 June 2009

    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?

  • Fridge magnate: Alessia Oddone, Indesit

    8 June 2009

    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 enforces corporate sabbaticals

    8 June 2009

    Hammonds has ­introduced mandatory ­sabbaticals for all associates in its corporate department in a bid to cut costs.

  • Hammonds partner quits Direct board

    8 June 2009

    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 Special Report: Hard court battle

    8 June 2009

    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 Special Report: Singh on song

    8 June 2009

    India’s new government could be the springboard for the country’s legal system to scale new heights, says Kian Ganz

  • Investment banks hike salaries for in-house lawyers

    8 June 2009

    A number of City investment banks have raised salaries for in-house lawyers to offset precipitous falls in bonus payouts.

  • Jones Day lands brief on Birthdays wind-up

    8 June 2009

    Jones Day has won a lead mandate on the administration of the recession’s latest high-street casualty, greetings card chain Birthdays.

  • Law Soc, SRA found wanting as Napier takes the fall for failings

    8 June 2009

    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 energises EDF’s coffers with e1bn bond issue

    8 June 2009

    Lovells has won a role alongside magic circle firm Clifford Chance advising on French company EDF ­Energy’s e1bn (£870m) bond issuance.

  • LSC chief exec: contracting shift is not to blame for agency closures

    8 June 2009

    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).

  • Moves roundup

    8 June 2009

    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.

  • New-look Burges Salmon streamlines hierarchy

    8 June 2009

    Burges Salmon has ­overhauled its leadership under new managing ­partner Chris Jackson.

  • Opinion: Legal complaints: all publicity is bad publicity

    8 June 2009

    Whoever coined the phrase ‘All publicity is good publicity’ cannot have been ­thinking about the publication of ­regulatory ­sanctions for solicitors.

  • Pensions time bomb threatens A&O, Eversheds

    8 June 2009

    Welter of litigation predicted as pension trustees eye legal actions over alleged bad advice in the 1990s

  • Pinsents and Salans forge alliance

    8 June 2009

    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.

  • Recession sparks stress epidemic in profession

    8 June 2009

    The recession is leading to record numbers of lawyers suffering from stress and depression, according to health advice line for the legal profession LawCare.

  • Schillings Academy to deliver direct route to partnership

    8 June 2009

    Media boutique Schillings is looking to expand the ­professional development of its junior lawyers with the launch of the Schillings Academy.

  • Smaller firms more female-friendly

    8 June 2009

    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’ new chief shakes up management

    8 June 2009

    Trethowans has unveiled a new management line-up following the appointment of Simon Rhodes as ­managing partner.

  • Tulkinghorn: Associates hit for six

    8 June 2009

    The interminable football season is officially over, thank God, and sporting minds are now focused on the world’s greatest game.

  • Under review

    8 June 2009

    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.

  • Under the sea

    10-Jun-2009

    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.

  • US firms retain majority of London qualifiers

    8 June 2009

    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.

  • Weil, Herbies help Cobra charm its way back to financial health

    8 June 2009

    Herbert Smith and Weil Gotshal & Manges have won roles in the administration and subsequent rebirth of Cobra, the popular curry-house beer.

  • Woolf reforms: lawyers continue to wrangle over merits a decade on

    8 June 2009

    Has access to justice been impaired by mediation coercion? asks Katy Dowell

  • Work Life Quiz: Steven Hodkinson, Umbro International

    7-Jun-2009

    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.