QD Legal managing director Stephen Rodney and director Adrian Fox have resigned. It is understood the two intend to set up a legal search consultancy next year.
Allen & Overy's senior partner, Bill Tudor John, unexpectedly lost an attempt to be re-elected, as revealed on The Lawyer website last Monday. Head of corporate law Guy Beringer won the election. He takes up the position in May 2000. See analysis page 11.
Brobeck Hale and Dorr, a US IT law firm, has appointed its third new partner to its London office within a year. Richard Eaton joins Brobecks from Watson Farley & Williams, where he was an associate. The other two partners are Pierre-Andre Dubois, who left Norton Rose in January, and Tom Kellerman, who came over from the US to head the office in April.
Herbert Smith advised Koch Hightex GmbH on its Court of Appeal victory against the Millennium Dome Experience Company (MDEC). MDEC will have to pay compensation to Koch Hightex for cancelling a contract to build the Dome's roof. Litigation partner Ted Greeno advised Koch Hightex, whose claim for compensation stands at £2.25m.
Weil Gotshal & Manges advised Maybeat – the “dream team” led by ex-Asda chairman Archie Norman – on its reverse takeover of Knutsford Group. Maybeat invested £4.95m in Knutsford shares, whose value rocketed to £600m the next day. Mike Francies, joint head of Weil Gotshal's London office, led a team of four.
Arnheim Tite & Lewis has hired six lawyers. Joining the corporate group are Jacqueline Noon from Finers, Mark Poczman from PwC Hong Kong, and Catherine Williams from Denton Hall. Karen Clark (IT) arrives from Allen & Overy, Patrick Crocco (financial services) from the Canadian High Commission, and Aileen Lauder (employment) from Nabarro Nathanson.
Sun Yoon Hah, a pupil barrister of Lamb Chambers has been named the 31st victim of the Paddington train crash. An inquest was opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroners Court following her death at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital last Wednesday.
Roy Amlot QC has defeated Stephen Hockman QC of 6 Pump Court to become next year's vice-chairman of the Bar Council. Amlot, a criminal barrister at 6 King's Bench Walk, will automatically become the chairman for 2001 when next year's chairman Jonathan Hirst QC steps down at the end of his term.
Wedlake Bell, a 29-partner West End firm, is to form an integrated European alliance. It intends to build the network out of the existing Trans-European Law Firms Alliance, which it helped found nine years ago. The ultimate aim of the alliance is a full merger.
Bupa. Following the article “Slaughter and May loses Bupa work to Walker Morris” published two weeks ago, that it is not cutting back the amount of work it gives to Slaughter and May. The private healthcare company would also like to point out it is pleased with the service it receives from Slaughters.