Latest revenue figures for the top 30 global law firms in the capital reveal a remarkable reversal of fortune, says Andrew Pugh
BBC Scotland has trebled its roster of legal advisers after finalising its panel review last week.
Barclays kicked off its legal panel review last week, inviting firms to vie for places on what is expected to be a radically reduced list of preferred advisers.
MVision GC Claire Wilkinson lives and breathes private equity, so much so that she is the industry guru on ethics.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has helped seal victory at the High Court for client Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR) in its multibillion-dollar dispute with UK oil giant BP.
Latham & Watkins has promoted six counsel to partner including London-based restructuring specialist Holly Neavill.
Ohio-headquartered Baker Hostetler has snapped up 17 lawyers from dissolved firm Howrey, including litigation co-chair Robert Abrams.
White & Case has continued its London investment with the capture of Linklaters project finance partner Caroline Miller Smith.
CMS Cameron McKenna’s partnership has elected Dick Tyler as its next senior partner.
Why mobile operators keep their Ofcom legal work in-house.
US firm Chadbourne & Parke is planning to launch an office in Istanbul later this year.
Mixed results for US practices as Sidley and Reed Smith post positive results.
Top 50 firm Charles Russell has scrapped the role of managing partner in a radical overhaul of its management structure.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has advised on its third AIM flotation in the oil and gas sector in the space of six months.
US firm Mayer Brown and Canadian outfit Heenan Blaikie have been appointed to a panel advising the Afghanistan government on the development of its hugely lucrative mining industry, which is estimated to have a potential value of $3tr (£1.85tr).
Pinsent Masons and Wragge & Co both bagged roles on Lincolnshire County Council’s £145m Energy from Waste (EFW) facility.
Ropes & Gray lined up alongside a raft of leading UK and US firms on cable company Liberty Global’s proposed e3.16bn (£2.76bn) acquisition of Germany’s third-largest cable TV operator Kabel Baden-Württemberg (Kabel BW).
Top 50 firm Charles Russell has scrapped the role of managing partner in a radical overhaul of its management structure.
Mayer Brown has boosted its City asset finance offering with the hire of former Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe Europe managing partner Stuart McAlpine
Texas-headquartered Baker Botts has hired another four antitrust partners from dissolved firm Howrey for its Washington DC office.
Bird & Bird has hired corporate and energy partners Matt Bonass and Michael Rudd to its international energy and utilities sector group.
The Duchy of Lancaster has appointed Tim Crow as head of legal services.
Euro Car Parts has hired Samar Naeem as its new commercial lawyer from Manchester firm Slater Heelis.
When the news finally came last week it took few by surprise - after a year of turmoil in which Howrey’s most high-profile partners jumped ship, the firm finally announced its dissolution.
K&L Gates has posted another year of rising revenue and profit in its London office, reporting a 6 per cent rise to $46.3m.
The City base of White & Case has a reported a 6.5 per cent fall in revenue - down from $197 to $184m - and has said it will not be releasing its profit per equity partner (PEP) figure.
Howrey’s executive committee has confirmed that the partnership has voted to dissolve the firm, bringing an end to its 55-year history.
Newcastle firm Ward Hadaway has poached Cobbetts’ regulatory chief Kirsty Gomersal.
US firm Crowell & Moring has hired the founder of Sidley Austin’s Brussels office, Laurent Ruessmann.
The head of internet giant Yahoo! Sarl’s legal operations Grainne Brankin is leaving the company to join CBS Outdoor International (CBSOI).
North East outfit Muckle has advised a North East start-up on the acquisition of countryside clothing brand John Partridge.
English football’s governing body the FA has completed the restructuring of its 11-strong legal function.
When white-collar boutique BCL Burton Copeland made practice director Jonathan Cornwell a partner last week, it became the latest firm to welcome a non-lawyer into the fold.
Thomas Eggar has hired CMS Cameron McKenna business development chief Adam Seymour as the firm continues to explore the option of a merger in London.
At the time of writing a ’yes’ vote was widely anticipated in last week’s referendum on whether to widen the National Assembly of Wales’ legislative powers.
Shearman & Sterling’s London revenues rose 4.5 per cent in 2010, with the US firm breaking through the $100m barrier in the City for the first time.
Howrey’s London office has been reduced to only five lawyers following the departure of partner Shaun Goodman and counsel Sarah Jordan to Kirkland and Ellis’s City base.
The London Boroughs of Merton and Richmond upon Thames have been given the green light to merge legal services in a move that could slash legal costs by 20 per cent.
Everything Everywhere general counsel and company secretary James Blendis has completed the restructuring of his 45-strong legal team, with three lawyers each from Orange and T-Mobile winning top roles.
Latest flurry sees high-profile departures on both sides of the Pond.
Baker & McKenzie has landed a mandate advising private equity powerhouse Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) on the sale of its stake in Seven Media Group (SMG) to West Australian Newspapers (WAN).
Watson Burton insolvency chief Andrew Cawkwell has joined Newcastle firm Muckle to lead its restructuring and insolvency team, becoming the third practice head to leave the firm for a North East rival in the past year.
The London office of US outfit Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD) saw its London turnover rocket by almost 50 per cent in 2010, putting it on course to break into the top 30 US firms in the City.
A third senior SFO figure has left to join the City office of a US firm.
Speechly Bircham has hired DLA Piper partner Malcolm MacDougall to head its private equity practice. McDougall, who was based in DLA Piper’s London office, is the second partner to leave the firm’s corporate practice in recent weeks, with partner Kiran Sharma heading to Ropes & Gray.
Chicago-based firm homes in on 40 per cent of remaining partners and acquisition of brand rights
Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has brought a five-partner team in to its Paris office with lawyers from Hogan Lovells and Proskauer Rose.
DMH Stallard’s burgeoning City boutique has been boosted by the arrival of two partners.
Merged firm impresses market despite absorbing merger costs.
Gray’s Inn set Atkin Chambers has expanded with the appointment of Frances Kirkham as a door tenant.
Hogan Lovells has reported a slight dip in revenue in the first set of financial figures the firm has released since its merger in May 2010.
White & Case has reported declines in both global revenue and average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2010 calendar year.
Another nine construction partners left Howrey yesterday including Stephen O’Neal, the former chairman of collapsed US firm Thelen.
Watson Burton real estate chief Simon Scougall has left the firm to join long-term client Bellway
Seven IP partners have left Howrey’s US offices in the last five days including San Francisco-based rainmaker KT Cherian.
Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) has hired Barlow Lyde & Gilbert partner Mark Sellers as a partner in its London commercial property department.
Baker & McKenzie is representing UK-based offshore drilling company Ensco on its $7.1bn (£4.4bn) bid to acquire US competitor Pride.
Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker’s European projects head is leaving the firm to join the City office of US outfit Hunton & Williams.
Harrow Council legal head Hugh Peart is considering plans to revolutionise the way the authority discloses data under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI).
K&L Gates has hired the managing partnexr of Katten Muchin Rosenman Cornish (the London affiliate of US outfit Katten Muchin Rosenman) as a partner in its London finance team.
Wragge & Co has boosted its banking and finance team with the appointment of veteran Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partner Jennifer Mackerras. Mackerras, who joins on 1 March, specialises in cross-border banking transactions and acts for borrowers and lenders, counting Lloyds TSB among her clients.
Kaye Scholer has hired two litigation partners from Winston & Strawn’s New York office.
Three partners have left Howrey’s Chicago office to join Morgan Lewis, including office managing partner David Clough and consumer class action chief Kenneth Kliebard.
The latest twist in the ongoing Howrey saga last week saw Winston & Strawn enter the fray, with the Chicago-based outfit reportedly in talks to acquire some parts of the firm.
US firm Sidley Austin has added four lawyers to its partnership in London in a 28-strong round of annual promotions.
Norton Rose’s global Islamic finance head Neil Miller is leading the firm to join accountancy giant KPMG.
Hogan Lovells has boosted its London debt capital markets team with the hire of Sidley Austin partner Dennis Dillon.
Long-term health of US firm now in question.
Martin Cooke, until recently the first and only lawyer at spirits business Edrington, also enjoys a heady cocktail of non-legal roles.
O’Melveny & Myers has made up seven partners in its annual round of promotions.
Three Howrey partners have left to join US rivals Dewey & LeBoeuf, including vice-chairman Henry Bunsow, and the firm’s Taipei office has been acquired by US firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.
Standard Bank Offshore has appointed Mourant Ozannes senior associate Lionel Woodward as its first legal head.
Hunton & Williams has appointed UK privacy and information management head Bridget Treacy as its London managing partner.
Former Christie’s general counsel Nick Deeming is set to join offshore drilling contractor Transocean in one of the highest-profile recent in-house moves, The Lawyer understands.
Pinsent Masons legal director Struan Robertson is leaving the firm later this month to join Google’s legal team as product counsel as the internet giant continues its recruitment drive in London.
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge has promoted two partners in London in a five-strong annual promotions round.
Bingham McCutchen had added 13 lawyers to its partnership, all of whom are based in the firm’s US office, in its annual round of promotions.
Leigh Day partner Camilla Palmer has helped secure victory for former Countryfile presenter Miriam O’Reilly in her age discrimination case against the BBC.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) plans to open in Munich and Düsseldorf after hiring a four-partner team from Howrey.
Hogan Lovells’ pro bono team has helped develop an initiative urging law firms to release unclaimed client funds to the Access To Justice Foundation.
Radical downsizing and a strategic rethink as IP is spun off.
Mayer Brown’s London office has been hit by two more partner exits in London after the firm announced the closure of its London trademarks practice.
Barclays M&A legal chief Matthew Dobson believes his job combines the best parts of in-house and private practice, says Andrew Pugh
McGrigors has hired Linklaters associate Mark Waegner as a partner in its corporate team in London.
Howrey’s London managing partner Mark Hodgson has left the firm to join Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW).
Merger talks between US firms Reed Smith and Thompson & Knight have been called off, the firms have confirmed.
London firm Fladgate took out a £1m loan to fund its move to a new office near Covent Garden, its 2009-10 LLP accounts have revealed.
Reed Smith has promoted 25 lawyers to its partnership as part of its annual round of promotions, including four based in London.
The partnerships of East Anglia firms Kester Cunningham John and Ashton Graham are expected to vote on a proposed merger within the next four to six weeks.
London firm Finers Stephens Innocent saw profits rocket 43 per cent in the 2009-10 financial year, its latest LLP accounts reveal.
Holman Fenwick & Willan has hired a partner and associate from Mayer Brown’s Hong Kong office
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has announced plans to launch in Munich after acquiring the German practice of US firm Holme Roberts & Owen.
Baker & McKenzie has rejigged its London office management committee with the election of IP partner Paul Rawlinson
Tunbridge Wells-based Cripps Harries Hall has re-elected Michael Stevens as senior partner for a second term following an uncontested election.
Howes Percival has landed a place on National Lottery operator Camelot’s winners’ advisory panel, alongside a clutch of leading regional firms.
City firm Speechly Bircham will open its first international office next year, with the most likely location being in the Middle East.
If 2009 was the year Sonia Tolaney rose to prominence then 2010 was the one when she affirmed her position as one of the bar’s brightest stars.
Howrey competition specialist Damien Geradin has become the latest partner to leave the firm after joining the Brussels office of US outfit Covington & Burling.
Newcastle firm Muckle has hired the former head of Eversheds’ North East litigation practice as a partner.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has successfully secured clearance from the European Commission (EC) for client News Corporation in its bid to buy the remaining shares in BSkyB.
US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has elected Mark Leddy as its new managing partner following an uncontested election.
Leading construction group Galliford Try has appointed five UK firms to a new legal panel set up to advise on its homebuilding operations.
Dickinson Dees managing partner Jonathan Blair has confirmed that the firm has entered into redundancy talks with its banking team.
Mayer Brown’s London office has lost three partners to US rivals White & Case and Vinson & Elkins.
US litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has elected a London associate to its partnership in an eight-strong promotions round.
Howrey’s partner exodus has continued with the departure of antitrust specialist Mike Cowie to the Washington office of US rivals Dechert.
US outfit McDermott Will & Emery has made up two partners in London ahead of the firm’s relocation to the 46-story Heron Tower, the City’s tallest building.
Nixon Peabody has named Andrew Glincher as successor to Richard Langan as chief executive officer and managing partner.
The City office of US firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has announced its year-end bonuses for London associates, with awards ranging from five per cent to 19.5 per cent of salary.
There’s little doubt about the fashion among the in-house counsel who talked to The Lawyer in 2010 - getting maximum value for money remains the name of their game.
US firm Seyfarth Shaw is opening a London office after poaching Norton Rose employment chief Peter Talibart.
Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) media partner Mark Stephens was in City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court this afternoon at the side of his client Julian Assange, who was denied bail in a hearing related to possible extradition to Sweden.
Sullivan & Cromwell has made up one City associate in an eight-strong global partnership promotion round.
Chadbourne & Parke’s new managing partner Andrew Giaccia last week reaffirmed the US firm’s commitment to London, but ruled out the prospect of a UK merger.
Coca-Cola Europe’s veteran general counsel Christopher Barnard has retired from the company, with Sandra Mori stepping up to replace him.
Hogan Lovells has advised social enterprise Pants to Poverty on the creation of a bond to raise finance to fund its working capital - with interest payable in the form of fair-trade organic pants and a donation to charity.
The profit generated by Hammonds’ mainland Europe offices almost halved in the 2009-10 financial year, the firm’s last set of LLP accounts as an unmerged entity have revealed.
Baker & McKenzie has been appointed as global legal counsel to Danish brewer Carlsberg.
Hogan Lovells has advised Sport England on the terms of its £10.5m lottery grant towards the London 2012 Olympics VeloPark project.
US-firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has made up eight partners and two counsel in its annual round of promotions, effective from 1 January 2011.
Chadbourne & Parke’s veteran managing partner Charles O’Neill has stood down from the role after 13 years.
MTV Networks International general counsel Roger James has the dream job for a lifelong music lover.
Royal Mail has cut its legal panel from eight firms to three following a review of its external advisers.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has promoted seven lawyers to its partnership including London-based corporate associate Alvaro Gomez De Membrillera.
Mayer Brown has made up six partners in London as part of a 32-strong round of annual partner promotions.
US trial lawyers Kobre & Kim launched its Hong Kong office last week, with the new practice being led by Morgan Stanley’s former executive director in Hong Kong William McGovern.
Jones Day has announced plans to open a Boston office in the New Year.
Mishcon de Reya has advised Russian supercar manufacturer Marussia Motors on its acquisition of a controlling interest in Manor Holdco, the parent company of the Formula 1 (F1) Virgin Racing team.
Budget reductions and an end to the PPP saga signal lower legal bills for LUL.
Yahoo! is proud of its laid-back West Coast heritage, but don’t be fooled - GC Grainne Brankin is no pushover when it comes to grilling external advisers, says Andrew Pugh
Addleshaw Goddard and Hammonds have advised on the £23m sale of Premiership football club Blackburn Rovers to Indian poultry and pharmaceuticals company Venky’s.
US firm McGuireWoods has announced plans to acquire five-partner Texan civil litigation outfit Nickens Keeton Lawless Farrell & Flack.
Bryan Cave has made up 14 partners with all but one based in the firm’s US offices.
The legal profession has become increasingly elitist over the past 20 years, with 15 per cent of lawyers being public school educated while just 2 per cent of the population is.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has lined up alongside US firms Bingham McCutchen and White & Case on the e1.9bn (£1.64bn) debt restructuring of Greek mobile phone operator Wind Hellas.
The London office of Latham & Watkins has completed its first mandate for private equity giant CVC Capital Partners.
Hammonds and US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey are on course to complete the latest transatlantic tie-up after the proposed merger last week (5 November) received the overwhelming backing of both partnerships.
City firms Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Macfarlanes are advising on the proposed restructuring of Kent Reliance Building Society (KRBS).
Darren Drabble, GC at online comparison website Moneysupermarket.com, jumped in feet first when he learnt the company was on the verge of becoming a plc.
Linklaters partner and former Asia managing partner Andrew Roberts has left the firm to join energy company Fontenergy as in-house counsel.
The partnerships of Hammonds and Squire Sanders & Dempsey have voted overwhelmingly in favour of its proposed merger, which will go live on 1 January 2011.
Boston-headquartered Ropes & Gray has made up 10 partners across its international offices including London finance counsel Tania Bedi.
Supreme Court threat means it ain’t over till it’s over, says Andrew Pugh
The head of Müller Dairy (UK)’s legal operations Florian Mattinson has resigned from the company.
Trowers & Hamlins is consulting fee-earners over plans to abandon its PQE model in favour of a merit-based remuneration system.
King & Spalding has made up eight partners including London-based tax associate John Taylor.
Hammonds has confirmed its name will not feature in the US and Eastern Europe if its merger with US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey goes ahead.
Austrian firm Schoenherr has brought partners from outside its Vienna headquarters into its equity partnership for the first time.
The timing of Herbert Smith’s November general partner meeting (GPM) has triggered claims that lawyers in the firm’s overseas offices are being marginalised by London.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has made up one London-based associate in its latest round of partner promotions.
Baker & McKenzie has reshuffled its global management committee as Latin America chair and Brazil managing partner Eduardo Leite takes over as chairman.
Bircham Dyson Bell has named Nick Holland as head of its contentious trusts and estates practice.
Dechert has hired DLA Piper partner Igor Panshensky as a partner in its corporate and securities group in Moscow.
Texas energy giant’s transactional team has been called ’dead in the water’, reports Andrew Pugh
Hammonds has promoted two partners in its business recovery and insolvency team.
The corporate teams of prospective merger partners Hammonds and Squire Sanders & Dempsey are working on joint client pitches ahead of their proposed tie-up.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has announced the arrival of Weil Gotshal & Manges partner Peter Schwartz as a partner in its global securities group in London.
Food company General Mills has restructured its legal team after veteran Europe legal director Roger Gardner announced he will be retiring next summer.
Fladgate has advised German retailer Jack Wolfskin on the company’s first foray into the UK market.
Local authorities’ legal teams band together for safety as public sector cutbacks start to bite
Nationwide Building Society has cut the number of firms on its commercial lending panel from 60 to 17 following a comprehensive three-month review of its legal advisers.
Lloyds Banking Group has completed its first panel review since Lloyds TSB acquired HBOS in 2008.
Winston & Strawn has poached three corporate lawyers, including new Beijing managing partner Jem Li, from US rival Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.
The impact of Speechly Bircham’s merger with London outfit Campbell Hooper last year helped boost turnover by 28 per cent, the firm’s annual LLP accounts reveal.
FTSE100 property company Land Securities has appointed its first group general counsel and company secretary.
The head of Squire Sanders’ London litigation practice has left to join the City base of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge.
US firm Jones Day has unveiled plans to open its first office in Brazil.
High stakes: who’s who in the $20bn transatlantic litigation market
The recently established Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance (HALA) has appointed its first panel of legal advisers, the latest in a series of organisations seeking to pool legal resources ahead of impending public sector cuts.
White & Case has promoted 35 partners across its global offices, including seven in London.
Aegis Media general counsel (GC) Simon Zinger has been promoted to the newly created role of GC at Aegis Group.
The British Basketball League (BBL) has appointed EMW Picton Howell as its sole legal adviser.
Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have bagged roles on what could become one of the biggest private equity- backed initial public offerings (IPO) of 2010.
Most firms probably would not want to be associated with photographs of drug-addicted prostitutes and half-naked women, but for Taylor Wessing it is a case of any publicity is good publicity.
Top 100 firm Freeth Cartwright has a “reasonable expectation” that it will continue as a going concern despite being heavily reliant on overdraft facilities to meet its working capital needs.
From eviction disputes to giving residents a greater say in housing issues, GHA company secretary Gordon Moir is relishing the challenges of his latest role. Andrew Pugh reports
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has successfully defended Société Générale (SocGen) in a class action that alleged the bank violated US securities law and misled investors over its exposure to subprime mortgages.
QualitySolicitors is in talks with several top 100 firms that are considering signing up to the law firm franchise, according to chief executive Craig Holt.
Proskauer Rose has elected a new global chairman as the New York firm continues to pursue a potential merger with SJ Berwin.
US firms Reed Smith and Thompson & Knight have confirmed they are in discussions over a potential merger.
Talks between US firms Akin Gump Hauer & Feld and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe have broken down just five days after the pair announced they were discussing a possible merger.
Welsh Rugby Union legal head Rhodri Lewis is hard at work getting the union’s legal function up to scratch - and loving every minute of it.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Travers Smith have advised on CSG Systems’ offer for UK business support services (BSS) provider Intec Telecom Systems.
If it’s a poster boy for social mobility you are after, then John Griffiths is your man.
The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is poised to launch its first formal legal panel early next year.
Baker & McKenzie today opens its 68th office, launching a base in Luxembourg as it looks to capitalise on the expected boom in investment fund activity in the country.
US firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe are in talks regarding a potential merger.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have been handed lead roles in Deutsche Bank’s proposed takeover of Deutsche Postbank.
DMH Stallard has hired the former corporate finance chief of Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells in the latest step in its plan to expand in London.
Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) longstanding relationship with the BBC has seen it land the role of chief adviser to a consortium of broadcasting and communications companies on the launch of TV service YouView.
Herbert Smith managing partner David Willis looks set to stand unopposed for a second term.
The long-running dispute over the restructuring of Dutch almunia company Almatis, which saw mandates for a string of top US and City firms, appears to be settled after a bankruptcy judge give the go-ahead for the company to emerge from Chapter 11 protection.
Hammonds has launched a hotels and leisure practice with the arrival of former Halliwells partner Chris Eddlestone.
IP specialist Rouse has appointed a new head of its UK operations, with Luke Minford moving into the role after six years heading the firm’s office in China.
US firm Debevoise & Plimpton has expanded its London private equity practice with the hire of Travers Smith partner David Innes.
Despite being hit by the worst economic crisis in decades, magic circle partner fees have risen by more than 50 per cent in the past five years.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has advised Kazakhstan’s JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Production (KMG EP) on its acquisition of a 35 per cent stake in North Sea oil and gas fields from BG Group.
Discounts dwindle as magic circle rates soar to over £700; rises across the board
GE SeaCo legal chief Dominic Buckwell takes a commercial approach to his job and a careful approach as to which firms he chooses to spend his significant legal budget on.
Two-thirds of the top US firms in France saw their revenues rise last year and, according to research by Juristes Associés, a total of 12 US firms made it into the country’s top 50 firms by turnover in 2009-10.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have landed lead roles in Deutsche Bank’s proposed takeover of Deutsche Postbank.
Baker & McKenzie and White & Case bagged leading roles on the $16.7bn (£10.8bn) restructuring of Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank.
Clarke Willmott is to open its fifth UK office, with a base in Manchester planned for later this year.
Guildford-based firm Stevens & Bolton has advised real estate agents Countrywide, LSL Property Services and Connells Group in their strategic tie-up with leading property website zoopla.co.uk.
Macfarlanes has advised corporate lender Haymarket Financial Holdings (HayFin) on its multimillion-pound capital injection.
Hogan Lovells’ staff in Brussels will be brought under one roof later this year in what will be a test case for the firm’s ongoing integration strategy.
…but accepts patience is a virtue if it is ever to be at the core of the Big Apple.
Peter Judge, legal chief at One North East, has made his department an integral part of the regional development agency.
The former head of Halliwells’ London real estate finance practice has joined Fladgate.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has unveiled the new co-heads of its global antitrust, competition and trade (ACT) practice.
Kirsty Cooper has been appointed to the dual role of general counsel and company secretary at Aviva.
Watson Burton is advising long-term client Bellway on a 474-property development in the North East.
Dechert is looking at launching in Frankfurt following the arrival of alternative investment funds specialist Achim Pütz from SJ Berwin.
Risk management is the name of the game in the fast-moving world of Simon MacDonald, group legal affairs manager at MotorSport Vision.
Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds have been dropped from RSA’s UK legal panel following the insurance company’s revamp of its roster of external advisers.
Regional development agency One North East has abandoned its formal panel review process in favour of using a more informal list.
Clarke Willmott and Davenport Lyons advised on the high-profile dispute between the BBC and Top Gear driver the Stig.
Dechert has continued its European investment funds expansion with the capture of SJ Berwin’s head of German financial markets.
Herbert Smith’s former senior partner David Gold has been appointed independent corporate monitor at BAE Systems.
Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose have advised on what is reported to be the first sukuk issued from Turkey.
Hammonds is the latest UK firm to eye a US merger, after announcing it is in talks over a potential tie-up with Cleveland-headquartered Squire Sanders & Dempsey.
SJ Berwin and Travers Smith have bagged roles on the AIM listing of Zimbabwean investment company Masawara.
Former Rio Tinto general counsel Charles Lawton has joined private intelligence company GPW as a special advisor.
Average profit per equity partner (PEP) at Baker & McKenzie’s London office rose 55.5 per cent to £650,000 in the 2009-10 financial year.
Providing legal services to local councils - which often come under considerable public scrutiny - may not have the cachet of working for the private sector, but it’s certainly not without its share of controversy.
English football’s governing body the Football Association (FA) is overhauling its legal team, following the departure of senior solicitor Rhodri Lewis.
Thomas Eggar has appointed veteran chairman of US firm Williams Mullen as a strategic adviser.
Hammonds has advised Leicester City FC on its acquisition by consortium Asia Football Investments.
Average profit per equity partner (PEP) at Baker & McKenzie’s London office rose 55.5 per cent to £650,000 in the 2009-10 financial year.
DLA Piper has expanded its US management team with the appointment of two new chairmen - global corporate and finance head Roger Meltzer and practice co-head Jay Rains.
US firm King & Spalding has announced plans to open its first office in Asia.
Director of legal at HomeServe Benjamin Scott found a rather haphazard legal function when he took over, but soon got to work on creating a single workable unit.
A five-strong team of banking partners has left Latham & Watkins’ New York office to join Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.
Specialist banking group Investec is assessing its list of legal advisers as part of a new scheme of rolling performance reviews.
Hogan Lovells and White & Case have bagged roles on one of the biggest financing projects undertaken by the China Development Bank (CDB) in Latin America.
Investment bank Nomura is undertaking a review of its preferred roster of law firms in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has named former FA senior solicitor Rhodri Lewis as its head of legal affairs.
Collyer Bristow can trace its roots back 250 years and is still located in the traditional heart of the London legal world, yet claims to have a thoroughly modern outlook.
As vice-president of Hasbro Europe’s legal team, Julia Runnacles’ job is not just fun and games - it’s also IP, safety regulations and a long list of upcoming Hollywood films.
Leeds-based Walker Morris has poached the head of Hammonds’ commercial dispute resolution team in Leeds.
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has hired Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Europe legal chief as its general counsel.
West End firm Howard Kennedy has hired the former head of Hammonds’ London office Paul Groobey.
Shoosmiths has continued the expansion of its Manchester office with the arrival of a three-strong corporate team from Halliwells.
Baker & McKenzie has advised Thailand-based Boon Rawd Brewery in its £6m sponsorship deal with Manchester United FC.
Baker & McKenzie has been appointed as global IP counsel for manufacturing giant JCB.
Eversheds is advising IT infrastructure outfit Dimension Data in its £2.1bn proposed takeover by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTTC).
London-based firm Wedlake Bell has posted the biggest rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP) of the 2009-10 financial year so far - an astonishing 120 per cent
Clifford Chance London head of private funds Jason Glover has left the firm to establish a UK funds practice at white shoe firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
General counsel Orijit Das has taken Genpact Europe from ostensible start-up to being one of the fastest-expanding companies around. He tells Andrew Pugh about the changing face of life as an in-house lawyer
The US firm would gain access to Europe, but what’s in it for SJ Berwin?
Telecoms giants’ ’Everything Everywhere’ tie-up puts legacy panel firms on red alert
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) managing partner Moira Gilmour has defended her firm’s strategy after it posted falling turnover, net profit and average profit per equity partner (PEP) figures for the 2009-10 financial year.
Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells has reported a 13 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP), rising from £586,000 to £663,000.
Shoosmiths has posted an 83 per cent hike in net profit for the 2009-10 financial year with average profit per equity partner (PEP) rising 69.5 per cent over the same period.
Mills & Reeve has posted slight increases in turnover and average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2009-10 financial year.
The head of legal at Invesco Perpetual is leaving the fund management house to join Dechert’s fledgling Dublin office.
Eversheds, Hogan Lovells and Linklaters have acted on the £415m Belmarsh West Prison PFI ahead of Government plans to cut the £4bn prisons budget.
Stagnant US turnover fails to dissuade UK giant from trying to plunder American riches
Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells saw a marginal increase in turnover in the 2009-10 financial year.
Shoosmiths has installed a new head for its Manchester office.
Howes Percival has made up two partners in its annual promotions round, with both based in the firm’s East Midlands employment practice.
Forsters former corporate head Jeremy Whiteson has left the firm to join West End rival Fladgate.
Turnover at Hammonds continued to decline in the 2009-10 financial year, falling by 6 per cent to £117.8m.
Clifford Chance is representing property developer the Sandpiper Group in the sale of five supermarkets to Waitrose in the Channel Islands.
Dechert, Field Fisher Waterhouse and Slaughter and May have landed roles on Schroders’ acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in asset management company RWC Partners.
For most in-house lawyers, a high level of involvement with a thriving start-up would be enough. MetLife’s Stephanie Fuller, however, also manages to squeeze in some Ironman training.
McDermott Will & Emery has bolstered its antitrust and competition practice with the capture of SJ Berwin partner Wilko van Weert.
There’s a saying among US lawyers: “Brazil is the China next door.” It might help explain why US firms continue to pour into the region.
Baker & McKenzie has appointed new managing partners in Brazil and Australia.
Baker & McKenzie has promoted seven lawyers to its London partnership.
Herbert Smith has posted small increases in turnover, profit and average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2009-10 financial year.
Particularly where litigation and regulation are concerned, business is booming for Capital One Bank general counsel Rupert MacInnes.
Firm in talks with Hill Dickinson and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert after property costs hit balance sheet
Watson Burton has named veteran corporate head Gillian Hall as its new senior partner following a two-month period when the firm had no clear leader.
Halliwells has filed a notice of its intention to appoint an administrator, with Hill Dickinson and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) understood to be circling to take the firm’s assets.
DLA Piper’s private equity chief has left to become managing partner of Kaye Scholer’s London office.
Stephenson Harwood has seen turnover top the £90m mark for the first time following an 8 per cent increase in revenues in the 2009-10 financial year.
Leading City firms appeared in the Court of Appeal today to try to recover funds for their clients in a long-running dispute relating to the collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has advised the seller in the largest reported internet domain name sale of 2010.
When Hodge Jones & Allen was founded 33 years ago it was part of a wave of radical law firms established to fight injustice for the disadvantaged and disenfranchised.
In-house lawyers will invariably claim to enjoy a great relationship with their commercial team.
The Law Society has long stated its belief that the judiciary should better reflect the diversity of the society it serves rather than being the preserve of the white, heterosexual, Oxbridge-educated, male barrister.
Dickinson Dees’ family law team will leave the firm later this year to set up a new firm called Silk Family Law.
Scottish firm Shepherd & Wedderburn increased profits by 9 per cent in the 2009-10 financial year despite revenues dropping by 11 per cent.
Former Harbottle & Lewis managing partner Lawrence Abramson has joined Fladgate’s media and entertainment practice.
Liberty Global head counsel Jeremy Evans was the man behind the groundbreaking acquisition of Unitymedia. He tells Andrew Pugh about overcoming the deal’s challenges in record time
Howes Percival is forging ahead with plans to treble its private client team following the arrival of two lawyers.
Ward Hadaway partner Karen Andrews has helped secure a mandate advising on a £350m schools project two months after arriving at the firm.
A tough year for North East firm Watson Burton looks set to continue with news that two heads of department could be set to leave the firm and warnings that more could follow.
US firm Dechert will restructure its leadership after announcing that long-term chair and chief executive Bart Winokur will stand down next year.
Baker & McKenzie has elected Brazil managing partner Eduardo Leite as its next global chairman.
Ashurst has lost two corporate partners to the City office of US firm Kirkland & Ellis.
Citigroup has overhauled its external legal panels.
Santander UK’s head of commercial law, Joanna Day, has seen the company undergo radical change and has been instrumental in guiding it through the recession.
The location of Taylor Vinters’ new London office says a lot about the Cambridge firm’s ambitions, according to chief executive Matt Meyer.
Allen & Overy spin-off Maurice Turnor Gardner (MTG) has hired two pensions partners.
A strong showing from property and private client has seen South East firm Cripps Harries Hall post a 10.8 per cent rise in net profit for the 2009-10 financial year.
Hogan Lovells has made its first lateral hires since its merger went live on 1 May.
Olswang has taken on the co-head of Pinsent Masons’ London restructuring practice as a partner.
Greenberg Traurig Maher’s (GTM) recruitment drive has continued with the hire of finance specialist Emma Menzies from White & Case.
Fladgate is advising the Cardiff Marine Group in its £60m Bayscape marina development, where construction is set to begin on Wales’s tallest building.
Hammonds has been instructed by vocational training provider Melorio to advise on its £99.3m takeover approach from Pearson.
Reed Smith has continued a recent hiring spree with the arrival of finance partner Jonathan Ross.
Increase in UK turnover the result of a patient build-up on the Continent
As director of litigation and special investigations, Jonathan Peddie has seen off the OFT and implemented major changes at Barclays Global Retail and Banking. But that was only the beginning, writes Andrew Pugh
Three former Hunton & Williams partners have returned to the firm from its US rival Paul Hastings.
Three Payne Hicks Beach private client partners will leave the firm next month to set up a boutique private client practice.
US firm Reed Smith has snared seven real estate lawyers from the Pittsburgh office of Pepper Hamilton.
Clifford Chance has advised the bookrunners in a €700m (£601.09) high yield issue by Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL), one of Spain’s leading construction groups.
Thomas Eggar London employment head Nick Hine has joined Davies Arnold Cooper’s (DAC) employment team.
US litigation firm Kobre & Kim has hired its second barrister in less than a month.
US litigation outfits see UK capital as fertile ground for growth.
Yorkshire firm Lupton Fawcett has launched a sports agency as part of a joint venture with former Arsenal, Manchester United and Republic of Ireland footballer Frank Stapleton.
London law firm Atlantic Law has been fined £400,000 for its part in an illegal boiler room share fraud.
City lawyers have welcomed news that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government will not press ahead with Tory plans to scrap the FSA as part of a radical shake-up of financial services regulation.
Hampshire-based Coffin Mew has bolstered its corporate and insolvency teams with two new partner hires.
McGuire Woods has strengthened its London office with the arrival of two former Squire Sanders & Dempsey partners, including former managing partner Andrew Visintin.
North East firm Dickinson Dees has promoted five of its associates to director level across its pensions, property, corporate recovery and public services departments.
Fladgate litigator Simon Cullingworth has joined the London office of US trial lawyers Kobre & Kim.
The two global firms believed to have made the most redundancies over the past two years have also been the most active in the recruitment market, figures obtained by The Lawyer reveal.
Latham & Watkins’ recent push into the recruitment market has already paid dividends after the US firm secured the lead role for new client Norsk Hydro on its $4.19bn (£2.78bn) acquisition of Vale’s aluminium business.
Clifford Chance partner Rupert Li has left the firm to become international managing partner at King & Wood.
Watson Farley & Williams has hired four new partners in its London office, including the head of Charles Russell’s competition and regulatory group.
Clifford Chance’s US partnership has shrunk by 21 per cent over the past five years, a trend that signals the struggles faced by the magic circle firm in its continuing attempt to build a successful US practice.
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Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has hired Charles Russell’s London-based medical negligence team as it looks ahead to a period ofconsolidation in the market.
General counsel at The Carlyle Group Heather Mitchell sees outsourcing to exceptional people as one of the secrets of her success.
Fried Frank has boosted its antitrust practice with the arrival of a new partner from Olswang.
Simmons & Simmons has been added to Standard Chartered Bank’s UK panel, joining six existing firms on the roster.
Veteran Macfarlanes partner Tim Lewis has left the firm to join Clifford Chance’s global corporate practice.
Field Fisher Waterhouse has promoted nine new partners, more than double the number that made the grade last year.
Jones Day has brought in Herbert Smith partner Laurent Vandomme to head its Paris energy practice.
Ernst & Young has been named as a defendant in an amended class action in the Lehman Brothers securities fraud case, but Linklaters appears to have avoided the threat of litigation.
Partner, not firm, loyalty and cheaper, quicker advice emerge as top issues.
Nottingham firm Berryman has undergone a raft of changes since managing partner James Jarvis arrived at the firm in 1999.
Shoosmiths has brought in a new partner for Access Legal, the firm’s consumer legal services brand. Personal injury (PI) specialist Debra Woolfson joins the firm from Pannone.
US firm Crowell & Moring is stepping up its presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with tie-ups in Cairo and Saudi Arabia.
Hammonds has made up eight new partners in its latest round of promotions, five of whom are based in the UK.
Howes Percival has brought in former Harvey Ingram partner Jane Cowley to head its new family law team, as the firm forges ahead with plans to expand its private client offering.
The full extent of bond offerings issued by law firms is likely to be higher than expected, according to Dewey & LeBoeuf partner Richard Shutran.
Walker Morris’s long-term chairman is to stand down from the role next month prompting a major shake-up of the firm’s management structure.
Bingham McCutchen has continued its Asian investment programme with the promotion of three new lawyers to its Tokyo partnership.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Sullivan & Cromwell will play key roles when Goldman Sachs defends fraud allegations brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
?Bingham has brought in a new enforcement head for its New York office as it looks to flesh out its financial services offering in the US and UK.
With less than three weeks to go until the general election, The Lawyer catches up with some of the legal practitioners hoping to become the political stars of the future
Furley Page is a firm that is proud of its roots, and understandably so: not many can trace their history back to 1725, when ’man of affairs’ James Hanson set up a sole practice in Burgate, Canterbury. Since that time the firm has retained strong links with the city.
US firm advising Oaktree as co-investor, and main contender, DIC picks Weil.
As global general counsel for Bank of America Merril Lynch Commodities, Mark Elliott believes that lawyers need to get their hands dirty and get involved with their product.
Hammonds has elected a new head for its Manchester office, with Jane Haxby taking over from Jonathan Edwards.
Bingham McCutchen has brought in an enforcement chief from the Financial Industry Regulator Authority (FINRA) to head its enforcement practice in New York.
Despite positive noises regarding London prospects, the past year has been just as tough on the big US players as it has on their domestic rivals
Hammonds has advised one of the world’s largest smart-meter companies in securing a contract agreement with British Gas.
With the global economy showing signs of recovery, The Lawyer takes the temperature of US firms in London.
Transatlantic behemoths remain resolute in spite of dramatic year-on-year reductions in City revenues
Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper and Hammonds have completed an all-Yorkshire private equity transaction for Phoenix Equity Partners.
George Davies’ managing partner Mark Hovell describes his firm as a mix of old and new.
One of the restructuring partners due to join Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) from Kirkland & Ellis has decided to stay where he is.
Simon Zinger brings an American can-do attitude and a passion for commerce to his GC role at Aegis Media - and a horde of acquisitions on the horizon will truly test his mettle.
Watson Burton senior partner Robert Langley has resigned from the firm’s partnership ahead of a move to North East rivals Muckle.
Dickinson Dees’ newly elected senior partner John Marshall has said the firm’s management team will reassess its business strategy to deal with the challenges posed by alternative business structures (ABSs).
Thomas Eggar is drawing up plans for a merger in a bid to boost its profile in the City and attract outsourced work from magic and silver circle firms.
Watson Burton senior partner Robert Langley has said he is satisfied with his firm’s financial performance, despite its LLP accounts revealing that the highest-paid partner’s profit share dropped by 71 per cent in 2008-09.
Schilling Zutt & Anschutz (SZA) has raided Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s tax practice ahead of its new office opening in Frankfurt.
Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright has brought in Simon Barker from Birmingham rival Martineau to head its intellectual property team.
Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has continued its hiring spree with the capture of two more restructuring partners from the London office of Kirkland & Ellis.
Plant outlines priorities for change; corporate regulation group to be based in the City
The new chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board will today (15 March) set out the objectives of the new-look regulatory body in a speech at The Lawyer’s sixth annual Strategic Risk Management Conference.
Clifford Chance’s Paris managing partner Yves Wehrli has been elected onto the firm’s management committee.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has expanded its US litigation team with the capture of three new partners.
White & Case has made up five new partners in an attempt to plug gaps created by a wave of recent defections.
K&L Gates has strengthened its corporate capabilities in London with the hire of two partners.