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Squire Sanders has made up eight new partners in its annual round of promotions, half of whom are in the UK.
Scotland’s Anderson Strathern has hired three banking and finance lawyers from collapsed firm Semple Fraser.
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Dundas and Weightmans join Maclays in snapping up parts of Semple Fraser, but 62 staff from the collapsed firm will still be left out in the cold.
Mishcon de Reya has launched a competition practice after hiring partners from US firm Crowell & Moring and DLA Piper.
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Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens is hiring seven partners from Semple Fraser, which filed notice to appoint administrators earlier this week.
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DLA appoints O'Conor as new UK head subscription
DLA Piper has named IP partner Mark O’Conor as UK managing partner after incumbent Andrew Darwin relocated to Australia to help integrate the Asia business with the rest of the firm.
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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has delayed paying out bonuses to senior equity partners as a measure of caution in the difficult market.
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Scottish firm Semple Fraser has nominated RSM Tenon as its administrator, following management’s decision to seek protection from creditors earlier this week.
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Scotland’s Semple Fraser has begun a dramatic firm-wide strategy review amid claims that its three offices are discussing separate merger deals.
DWF to lock Cobbetts partners in for two years subscription
The Cobbetts partners who transferred to DWF when the firm went into administration at the end of January (30 January 2012) are to be locked in for two years at the firm.
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Dundas insolvency head quits for Pinsent Masons subscription
Dundas & Wilson loses Glasgow-based head of insolvency and restructuring Claire Massie to Pinsent Masons
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The magic circle is struggling to keep revenues growing at a faster pace than costs, The Lawyer’s report into a cross section of firms’ LLP accounts show.
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Norton Rose has made another acquisition in Canada, swallowing up a two-partner employment and labour boutique in Calgary.
BLP, Freshfields, Gibson Dunn and Slaughters attend Bumi shareholder meeting where Nat Rothschild was defeated in his bid to assert control over the company.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is retaining 75 per cent of its spring 2013 newly qualified (NQ) solicitors, down from 88 per cent the previous year.
Eversheds adds Akin Gump partner to City energy team subscription
Eversheds has boosted its energy capabilities in London after hiring a corporate finance partner from US firm Akin Gump Stauss Hauer & Feld.
DLA Piper senior partner Tony Angel jets off to India with Prime Minister David Cameron as part of a business delegation.
Teacher Stern snaps up London firm Butcher Burns subscription
Mid-market consolidation among firms continues as Teacher Stern is set to swallow up fellow London firm Butcher Burns.
Pinsent Masons has taken the heart of Fasken Martineau’s London life sciences practice, hiring group leader Paul Ranson and a team of partners.
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DoH chooses Bevan Brittan, Mills & Reeve and Wragges for legal operations
Merger speculation surrouding Scotland-headquartered Dundas & Wilson is intensifying as the firm gears up to hold its first partner conference since new management took over in the summer.
Inland Revenue chases Cobbetts over unpaid taxes subscription
The residual Cobbetts shell is facing creditor claims from the HMRC after falling behind on payments prior to its takeover by DWF.
Pinsent Masons is set to launch an infrastructure-focused Turkey office after inking a deal with a local lawyer.
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HL Legal Solicitors has agreed to buy Cobbetts’ debt recovery business Incasso from KPMG, which acted as the failed firm’s administrators.
Three firms appointed to Department of Health’s property company panel months after initial tender was abandoned.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has secured a partner from former alliance partner Gleiss Lutz to help launch its first office in Germany.
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Dundas remains defiant in the face of further exits subscription
Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson has vowed to keep London at the centre of its growth strategy in the wake of further departures.
DLA Piper reveals 8 per cent turnover rise for 2012 subscription
DLA Piper’s global revenue increased by more than 8 per cent during the 2012 calendar year, rising to $2.44bn (£1.55bn).
Firm’s litigation practice to join Walker Morris while its debt recovery function seeks a new home.
Cobbetts went into administration at the High Court today (6 February) with the whole business immediately sold in a pre-pack deal to fellow Manchester firm DWF.
Pinsent Masons is launching a contract lawyer service for clients in the mould of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) offering Lawyers on Demand and Eversheds Agile.
A Squire Sanders partner who specialised in property litigation has left the firm’s London office to set up his own boutique, claiming he can do the same work for clients at half the price.
Pinsent Masons’ highest paid partner received £531,645 in 2011/12, down from £558,797 in 2010/11.
DLA Piper International’s highest paid partner – understood to be the firm’s joint chief executive and managing partner Sir Nigel Knowles – received £1.748m in 2011/12, a small increase on 2010/11.
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Barclays’ group general counsel Mark Harding is retiring from the bank along with finance director Chris Lucas.
Canadian firm Gowlings used its partnership conference at the end of last year to prepare its partners for life at a global business as the firm eyes up merger opportunities.
Norton Rose’s highest earning partner took home more than £1m in 2011/12 – the most that has ever been paid to a member at the firm since it became an limited liability partnership.
Former Dundas & Wilson partner John Pike, who left the firm after less than a year, has resurfaced at Osborne Clarke, as a number of other lawyers also leave the Scottish firm’s London office.
US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s City team and Slaughter and May advised as ITV bought the freehold for the London Television Centre from the Coal Pension Properties.
DWF acquires ailing Cobbetts in pre-pack deal subscription
DWF has rescued ailing firm Cobbetts in a pre-pack deal confirmed by DWF’s managing partner Andrew Leaitherland in an email to staff earlier this afternoon.
Eversheds revamps management of Vienna base subscription
Eversheds has named a new managing partner for its Vienna office, as the incumbent steps down after completing his two-year term.
Charles Russell’s partner wage bill dropped from £3.3m to £245,844 in 2011/12 as a result of the firm overhauling its partnership structure in 2011.
Cobbetts’ Saudi Arabian alliance partner has been left in limbo following the Manchester firm’s decision to file notice to appoint administrators on Monday.
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DWF is understood to be reviving tie-up talks with Cobbetts, after the latter filed notice to appoint administrators on Monday.
Kennedys’ net debt at 30 April 2012 was almost double what it was at the same date in 2011, as the firm took out a tax loan for the first time to ease the pain of paying a lump sum in January.
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Manchester firm Cobbetts is set to enter administration and is looking for buyers after filing a notice to appoint administrators on Monday.
Clydes begins consultation with 10 support staff subscription
Clyde & Co has become the latest firm to announce a redundancy consultation in 2013, with fewer than 10 support staff jobs at risk.
Monckton Chambers’ Tim Ward QC won the day for Iceland as the Court of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) this week cleared the country’s government of breaking European banking laws by failing to guarantee minimum levels of compensation for UK and Dutch customers of defunct bank Icesave.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer paid out £2.9m to a departing partner in the 2011/12 financial year, as staff costs at the firm rose more than 10 per cent.
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Eversheds chief executive Bryan Hughes has told The Lawyer in an exclusive interview that “everything we’ve done has had culture at the heart”, as news broke that 166 staff at the firm face the axe.
Support staff across Allen & Overy’s (A&O) US and European offices will have their jobs moved to Belfast as the firm beefs up the role played by its Support Services Centre.
DLA Piper to shut Glasgow and offload defendant insurance teams as redundancy talks continue subscription
DLA Piper has confirmed that it will shut its Glasgow office in the coming months and is on the cusp of agreeing deals with takers for its defendant insurance practices following the conclusion of a collective consultation.
Up to 166 jobs are at risk across Eversheds’ UK and Asia offices, with the firm’s Copenhagen office set to disappear altogether, as the firm seeks to realign itself under its new strategy.
Nabarro took the lead advising Google on the acquisition of a site for its new headquarters at Kings Cross, while Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Hogan Lovells advised the landowners.
Pinsent Masons is on the brink of signing a deal with Balfour Beatty that will see it become the sole legal provider for at least some areas of its external needs.
Addleshaw Goddard, Hogan Lovells and Linklaters all had roles on US private equity house Cerberus Capital Management’s £200m acquisition of pub group Admiral Taverns from Lloyds Banking Group.
Eversheds paid down nearly £20m of its debts in 2011/12, as the firm’s top line returned to growth for the first time in three years.
Scottish firm Tods Murray’s LLP accounts show that the firm had a tough year in 2011/12, with revenue dropping by nearly 10 per cent and profit down by more than a quarter.
A team of four clerks has left 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square to join 39 Essex Street just months after 24 barristers did the same.
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DWF has acquired professional indemnity practice Fishburns as the North West firm continues to seek out another bolt-on in Scotland.
DLA Piper's Darwin moves to Sydney subscription
DLA Piper UK head Andrew Darwin is transferring to Australia to become the firm’s country managing partner.
Addleshaw Goddard’s highest paid partner received a profit share of £592,789 in 2011/12, up by nearly 27 per cent on the previous year’s top payout of £467,580.
Average staff numbers at SNR Denton’s UK LLP were down almost 10 per cent in 2011/12, as costs dropped and pre-tax profit rose nearly 40 per cent.
Farrer & Co has launched a redundancy consultation, with 12 staff, including one fee-earner, facing the axe.
Pinsents boosts litigation team in London and Paris subscription
Pinsent Masons has boosted its City litigation practice, taking on a senior legal counsel from BP.
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Firm’s landmark logo makes regular movie appearances
Simmons expands German footprint with Munich launch subscription
Simmons & Simmons is set to launch an office in Munich later this year, marking the firm’s third base in Germany.
Mishcon rocked by departure of in-house frontman subscription
The lead singer of Mishcon de Reya’s in-house rock group has jumped ship to Field Fisher Waterhouse, creating an uncertain future for the band.
Nottingham-headquartered Nelsons Solicitors has swallowed up Derby’s Bakewells, as the firm looks to become a dominant force in the East Midlands legal market.
Lawrence Graham (LG), Norton Rose and White & Case all advised on Starwood European Real Estate Finance’s (Seref) £228.5m IPO on the London Stock Exchange.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has unveiled its slimmed down prosecutions panel, as the body plans to handle more work in-house.
DLA Piper gains approval for South Korea launch subscription
DLA Piper will launch its South Korea office tomorrow after getting approval from the country’s Ministry of Justice to practise international law there.
Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson has teamed up with Cass Business School to launch a legal project management and business programme for its partners and staff.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer could be dragged into an investigation of the deal that created the controversial multibillion coal group Bumi.
An Allen & Overy (A&O) report has warned that office banter could cost UK businesses as much as £292bn in tribunal claims in 2013.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Allens Linklaters both landed roles helping secure the $20bn (£12.3bn) project financing for the Ichthys liquified natural gas project in Australia’s Northern Territory.
US firms Sullivan & Cromwell and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have picked up the lead roles advising on exchange operator IntercontinentalExchange’s (Ice) $8.2bn (£5bn) acquisition of NYSE Euronext.
Burness Paull & Williamsons has made its first post-merger hire, adding a partner to its oil and gas team in Aberdeen.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has tied up with a Saudi Arabian firm led by one of its own partners, days after news broke that the magic circle firm’s previous sponsor in the country had signed a deal with Linklaters.
Herbert Smith Freehills has boosted its Asia dispute resolution practice with a partner from Thai firm Weerawong Chinnavat & Peangpanor.
Bevan Brittan hires SRA expert from Capsticks subscription
Bevan Brittan has hired a regulatory partner with experience acting for the SRA as the regulator gears up to announce the results of its latest prosecution panel.
The second quarter of the 2012/13 financial year was the worst in almost two years for law firms, with the UK top 100 seeing fee income grow 3.4 per cent compared with the same period in 2011.
Linklaters has signed a cooperation deal with Allen & Overy’s (A&O) local sponsor in Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz AlGasim Law Firm.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired two litigation partners and a team of associates from Hogan Lovells in Germany.
Dundas loses head of pensions to Maclays subscription
Dundas & Wilson’s head of pensions is leaving the firm to join Maclay Murray & Spens to lead its UK pensions law team.
DLA Piper is set to cut staff and lawyers across its Asia Pacific offices in the coming months.
Eleven firms including Addleshaw Goddard, Bevan Brittan and SNR Denton have made it onto electricity and gas regulator Ofgem’s £3m panel following a review.
Scotland’s Shepherd & Wedderburn has boosted its energy and renewables practice with three new hires, including two lawyers from Pinsent Masons.
Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees are aiming to produce an international strategy within the next 12-18 months following the firms’ decision to merge.
A national marketing network for personal injury specialists will launch in January, with 12 firms agreeing to pay £10,000 a month to join its roster.
Brodies partners have re-elected managing partner Bill Drummond for a sixth term in the role following an uncontested election.
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Civil unrest is holding Bahrain back but lawyers believe that slow transactional work is down to more than the political situation
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Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB), SJ Berwin and White & Case all landed roles as British Land secured the first two pre-lets on its 10 Portman Square development.
Partners at Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees have voted in favour of a merger, creating a £95m firm.
Half-year figures down at Addleshaw Goddard subscription
Addleshaw Goddard’s turnover for the first six months of 2012/13 was down 3 per cent on the same period last year at £84m.
Herbert Smith Freehills’ notice period for partners leaving the firm has been fixed at six months in the wake of the merger between the UK and Australian firms, representing a drastic reduction on legacy Herbert Smith’s 12-month gardening leave provisions.
Scottish firms Morton Fraser and Macdonalds are set to merge creating a firm with turnover of more than £17m.
Senior Herbert Smith Freehills litigation partner Kevin Lloyd has defected to US firm Debevoise & Plimpton.
Brodies has hired a commercial litigation partner from Paull & Williamsons as the latter beds in its merger with Burness.
Baker & McKenzie has retained its crown as the top law firm brand as the magic circle comes under pressure from global players like DLA Piper and Norton Rose.
Quindell Portfolio, has signed deals to acquire claims management company Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) and law firm The Compensation Lawyers (TCL).
Nabarro and Travers Smith were the main beneficiaries of the near £1.4m in legal fees spent by London & Stamford Property and Metric Property Investments ahead of their £800m merger.
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Mediation talks between ex-Halliwells partners and liquidators are adjourned
Mediation between former Halliwells partners and the failed firm’s liquidators has been adjourned after proceedings kicked off in April this year.
Turnover dips at Simmons at the half-year stage subscription
Simmons & Simmons’ turnover for the first half of the 2012/13 financial year was down 3 per cent on the same period in 2011/12.
Kingsley Napley’s senior partner Christopher Murray has announced that he will retire from the firm next year, to be replaced by the firm’s family head.
Gateley is embarking upon its first redundancy round since the economic slowdown began, with up to 19 fee-earners facing the axe.
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Pinsent Masons has posted a 4 per cent increase in turnover for the first six months of 2012/13, compared with the same period in 2011/12.
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One of South Korea’s ‘big four’ law firms, Kim & Chang, is set to launch in Hong Kong after receiving a licence from local authorities.
Nabarro turnover inches up at the half-year mark subscription
Nabarro’s turnover increased 2 per cent for the first half of 2012-13 compared with the previous year, rising to £52.3m.
Insurance firm Kennedys is in early-stage tie-up talks with Scotland’s Simpson & Marwick and is preparing to put the prospect of a merger to its partners.
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Eversheds and Nabarro have been reappointed to property developer Segro’s slimmed down panel following a review.
Manchester firm JMW has increased revenue by 14 per cent and profit by 24 per cent for the first half of the 2012/13 financial year, the firm said.
Herbies to send Aussie work to Belfast review centre subscription
Herbert Smith Freehills is preparing a pilot scheme to use the firm’s Belfast document review centre for cases from the legacy Freehills side of its business in Australia.
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When Jonathan Jowett took the GC job at Greggs he expected a bit of stability. He soon found himself organising anti-pasty tax demonstrations
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Herbies says merger is a boost for litigation, contrary to market murmurings
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Dundas & Wilson partner Michael Polson, who unsuccessfully stood for managing partner earlier this year, has resigned from the firm.
Weightmans' half-year results beat expectations subscription
North-west firm Weightmans’ turnover figure for the first six months of 2011-12 was up nearly 9 per cent on the same time last year at £38.3m.
Davis Polk & Wardwell has continued its English-law hiring spree by snaring a corporate partner from Herbert Smith Freehills.
North West firm Pannone is set to make its second round of redundancies this year with 16 lawyer and support staff positions facing the axe.
DLA Piper and a UK team from Squire Sanders landed roles on a deal by GE Capital and Ares Capital Europe to provide unitranche debt facilities to Callcredit Information Group.
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US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has hired private equity expert Derek Baird from Allen & Overy (A&O) in London.
Pinsent Masons is beginning a second round of redundancies following its merger with Scottish firm McGrigors, with up to 15 jobs set to go.
Couchmans scores former Fifa lawyer subscription
Sports-law boutique Couchmans has hired the former head of disciplinary and governance at football’s world governing body, Fifa, as a consultant.
DLA Piper’s co-chief executive Sir Nigel Knowles has spoken of his hope that Barack Obama will use his second term to build consensus among the American people.
The legal industry backed the winner in yesterday’s US presidential election, with lawyers and law firms donating twice as much to Democrat Barack Obama’s successful campaign than to Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s unsuccessful one.
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Clyde & Co chief operating officer David Jabbari has left the firm one year after the merger between Clyde & Co and his former firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG).
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Eversheds are battling it out for a mandate from Yorkshire Water.
Outsourcing business NewGalexy is launching Scotland’s first ever Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) centre today (5 November), just months after the Scottish government’s economic wing pushed ahead with plans seeking to entice firms to open low costs bases in the country.
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Foreign investment in prime London real estate and UK companies’ willingness to embrace alternative assets is keeping law firm property teams afloat. James Swift reports
The partner who spearheaded the launch of Allen & Overy’s (A&O) Düsseldorf office is set to leave the firm to establish his own boutique.
DLA Piper has hired two partners from Addleshaw Goddard, including the latter’s head of contentious construction.
Allen & Overy (A&O) advised Hitachi on its £696m purchase of Horizon Nuclear Power, with CMS Cameron McKenna, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer all scoring roles on the sell side.
Simmons & Simmons has launched a promotions school to give new associates a crash course in technical and leadership skills.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) was hired to get the £60m sale of London’s iconic Admiralty Arch building over the line after DLA Piper had been instructed on the early stages of the deal.
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Addleshaw Goddard’s senior partner Monica Burch has been automatically re-elected as senior partner after litigation head Simon Kamstra withdrew his candidacy.
Herbert Smith Freehills confirms Guinea launch subscription
Herbert Smith Freehills has confirmed that it will launch an office in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, in early 2013.
City Law closed down following SRA intervention subscription
A City-based firm that was locked out of its offices by its landlord earlier this summer has been closed following an SRA intervention.
Norton Rose is expanding its footprint in Africa by launching an office in Tanzania.
Qatari state-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera picked SNR Denton to help it secure a contract to launch a 24-hour news channel on Freeview.
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Addleshaws is bracing itself for what could be a tough fight for the senior partner job
Simmons & Simmons introduced managing and senior associate roles to its offices in Belgium, France, Germany and Italy in 2011-12, bringing the bases in line with the rest of the firm.
Nabarro’s head of real estate will fight it out with one of the firm’s corporate stars for the senior partner job following Simon Johnston’s decision to step down early from the role.
Addleshaw Goddard litigation head Simon Kamstra will go head-to-head with incumbent Monica Burch in the firm’s forthcoming senior partner elections.
Eversheds is seconding top-performing partners to emerging markets as part of its three-year plan to bring its international offices in line with the UK.
Doughty Street Chambers and Dutch firm Bo¨hler Advocaten have formed an alliance, pooling their resources on humanitarian and civil liberties work.
Reed Smith bolsters media team with DLA Piper hire subscription
Reed Smith has made its second media-sector partner hire in London this year, taking a partner from DLA Piper.
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Eversheds has boosted its Leeds office with the addition of DLA Piper’s Manchester banking and finance litigation head.
Addleshaw Goddard has hired a former Barclays counsel who most recently worked on the Olympic Games to join its restructuring team in London.
Squire Sanders has cemented its footing in Saudi Arabia by bolting-on El-Khoury & Partners’ Middle East and North Africa (Mena) practice.
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Eversheds is reviewing its fee-earner pay structure, with the firm aiming to put changes in place for the 2013-14 financial year.
Poundworld Retail has hired a lawyer from rival Costcutter and created an in-house legal department in a bid to save money on external firms.
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Judge and author Constance Briscoe has been suspended from the judiciary following her arrest earlier today.
Scottish firms Burness and Paull & Williamsons are set to merge, creating a £37.6m firm.
Direct Line Group is planning to apply for alternative business structure (ABS) status later this year in a bid to “improve efficiencies relating to legal expenses”.
Freeth Cartwright is taking a stake in Oxford firm Henmans with one eye on a full merger in the future.
Eversheds has overhauled its Middle East management team as the firm axes its head of international post in the wake of overseas expansion.
The Bar Council plans to roll out childcare services to barristers in London before the end of the year in a bid to halt the brain drain among young lawyers with parenting responsibilities.
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Olswang has hired an outsourcing and IT expert from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), the firm’s fourth technology appointment in the past six months.
Jones Day, King & Spalding and Norton Rose all taken roles on the sharia-compliant financing of King’s Reach Tower on London’s South Bank.
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Harman & Harman named partner Sarah Harman has closed her own firm after 30 years and joined Hodge Jones & Allan (HJA) in a bid to focus on her clinical negligence practice.
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Two partners have resigned from Scottish-headquartered Dundas & Wilson, one of whom only joined the firm at the beginning of the year.
Simmons & Simmons has entered into an alliance with US firm Seward & Kissel to do hedge fund and asset management work.
Scottish firm McClure Naismith has ditched its lockstep and revamped its management structure in response to ‘difficult’ trading conditions.
Virgin Rail Group’s lawyers at legacy firm Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills) have dropped requests for a judicial review of the West Coast Main Line rail franchise bid after Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today announced that the competition had been cancelled.
Legacy Herbert Smith and Freehills lawyers are set to combine under one roof in Singapore – the only jurisdiction where the merged firm has duplicate offices.
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News Corp has appointed five group chief compliance officers, including former Davis Polk & Wardwell and WilmerHale lawyers, as part of its bid to strengthen its compliance structure.
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Slaughter and May is looking to cut some 28 secretarial staff out of a total team of 165 in London with the firm blaming the changing role of secretaries at law firms.
Scottish firm Harper Macleod has boosted its public sector, housing and infrastructure team with the addition of two partners from McClure Naismith, as the latter also loses two partners to MacRoberts.
Nomura has restructured its global legal team in the wake of the departure of its wholesale legal head.
DLA Piper drafted in some 20-plus partners to wow Levi Strauss & Co’s legal team at a pitch for a Europe-wide mandate earlier this year.
Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst and Nabarro are the advisers behind William Hill and GVC Holdings’ bids for online betting service Sportingbet.
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Herbies scotches redundancy whispers as three HK lawyers leave
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A young lawyer from Allen & Overy (A&O) was among those killed in a plane crash in Nepal this morning (28 September).
Bath-headquartered Thrings is seeking to separate its personal injury (PI) business as an ABS but is mulling going down the independent body route first to avoid what it sees as an application “bottleneck” at the SRA.
Herbert Smith has been forced to second Hong Kong associates to clients, other practice areas and offices following the cliff-dive in capital markets work in the region.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Indian firm Trilegal have ended their referral agreement, blaming India’s failure to liberalise its legal market for the split.
Simmons & Simmons has convinced a former partner to return to the firm for a second time as it looks to bulk up its Bristol office.
Former The Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie has turned to Rosenblatt Solicitors’ senior partner Ian Rosenblatt in a bid to extract an apology from South Yorkshire Police for the vilification he suffered in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster.
Cloth Fair Chambers’ John Kelsey-Fry QC and Matrix Chambers’ Clare Montgomery QC lined up as defence counsel at the Old Bailey today as Rebekah Brooks and a host of others associated with defunct tabloid News of the World (NoW) and the phone-hacking scandal discovered they would not face court for another year.
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Hogan Lovells is to close its Abu Dhabi office before the end of the year and make Dubai its hub for the region.
Property specialists Cramer Pelmont and Gilbert Turner Coomber (GTC) are set to merge creating a £7m firm that is eventually looking to attract investments from private equity funds.
Herbert Smith is advising JJB Sports as the stricken retailer announces that it is appointing administrators.
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DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland has said the firm is on the lookout for further growth in Scotland.
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Linklaters has re-hired a former trainee who had moved to DLA Piper to fill the gap in its construction practice.
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A raft of in-house legal teams at companies including Google and Lloyds Banking Group have partnered with law firms to support Prime, the profession-wide initiative to improve social mobility.
Mayer Brown has confirmed that it has begun a redundancy consultation in London among its support staff, four months after announcing separate plans to cut lawyers and staff from the City.
A&O takes two partners from Freshfields in New York subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired two energy and infrastructure partners from magic circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York.
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Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has elected three partners to succeed Pamela Reed as managing partner when she steps down next month after 13 years in the role.
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Simmons & Simmons has boosted its restructuring capabilities in London with hires from SNR Denton and Deutsche Bank.
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DLA Piper is gearing up to open an office in Seoul after beginning its application to South Korea’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
A&O increases bank loan facilities subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has increased its banking facilities more than 15 per cent while partner capital rose 4 per cent over the course of 2011-12 - an expansive 12 months for the firm.
Irwin Mitchell and Salans took roles advising on Blackstone Group’s first real estate investment in Turkey, where it has acquired a €200m (£160.8m) portfolio from Dutch property company Redevco.
Number crunching: Eversheds subscription
Ten years ago Eversheds, not long after it had come together as a unified partnership with a single profit centre, was the UK’s seventh largest law firm by turnover. In 2011-12 it is the eleventh.
Eversheds secures long-awaited Beijing licence subscription
Eversheds has secured a licence from the Chinese government to establish an office in Beijing.
BDO ordered to release Halliwells' Deloitte files subscription
A group of 34 former Halliwells fixed-share partners (FSPs) have won a High Court battle against the failed firm’s liquidators, BDO, after the court ordered the defendant to disclose previously withheld documents concerning the administration.
Pinsent Masons has followed up its hire of two Salans partners in Shanghai by taking 13 more lawyers and 12 support staff from the European firm.
SNR Denton secures second South Africa tie-up subscription
SNR Denton has added another South Africa firm to its alliance network, tying up with Black Economic Empowerment firm KapdiTwala.
The SNR Denton partner who played a key role helping Qatar win its bid to host the 2022 World Cup and who resigned from the firm earlier this year has resurfaced as an adviser at the body responsible for organising the football tournament.
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Linklaters is on the hunt for a partner to join its real estate practice, leading to suggestions that management’s plans to shrink the department have gone too far, The Lawyer understands.
Mishcon de Reya and Nabarro were drafted in to advise on the first purchase - a trophy property on Savile Row - by a joint venture between LaSalle Investment Management and Quantum Global Real Estate.
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Construction specialist Fenwick Elliott is mulling plans to establish an international footprint with an office launch in Doha.
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The NSPCC has appointed a new head of legal following the departure of Catherine Dixon, who left earlier this year to become chief executive of the NHS Litigation Authority.
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has launched in Abu Dhabi, marking the firm’s first outpost on the ground in the Middle East.
DLA Piper has appointed co-managing partners, including the first woman in the role in the history of the firm, to lead the US side of the business
Two-partner firm folds after losing client subscription
A two-partner firm with offices across London and Kent has entered administration after losing a large personal injury claim services contract.
Pinsent Masons has completed its post-merger redundancy consultation among support staff, with 47 losing their jobs.
Former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Edward De Sear has been arrested for a second time on child pornography offences.
Axiom gears up for India and Singapore launches subscription
Low-cost law firm Axiom is set to launch offices in India and Singapore, just five months after it opened in Belfast.
Bupa's employment law team launches panel review subscription
Bupa Group’s employment law team is embarking on its second-ever panel review, with three spots expected to be up for grabs.
South African firm ENS poaches team from DLA subscription
South African firm ENS has hired a team of three senior lawyers from DLA Piper’s South African affiliate, including the firm’s corporate and commercial head.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Norton Rose are advising as Genesis Energy, which was founded by the Israeli billionaire who also owns almost half of Playtech, looks to float on AIM.
Travelers has hired a counsel from Flagstone Re as head of legal and compliance across its European businesses.
Irwin Mitchell has landed its first-ever mandate for Macquarie Bank, advising the Australian group on a £21.1m refinancing of a portfolio of 21 residential properties in London.
A former Maclay Murray & Spens employee been ordered to perform 166 hours of community service for embezzling more than £5,000 while working at the firm.
Employment and health and safety specialist Law At Work (LAW) has split from majority shareholder Maclay Murray & Spens following a management buy-out (MBO).
A City-based law firm has been locked out of its offices by its landlords and forfeited its lease after missing its rent deadline.
DLA Piper is acting for BP on the $2.5bn (£1.6bn) sale of a Californian oil refinery to Tesoro Corporation, with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman advising the buyer.
Ashfords chief executive Ian Daniells is set to return to fee earning following the firm’s bolt-on merger with Rochman Landau and a subsequent management reshuffle.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has hired a leveraged finance partner from Mayer Brown in London.
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Eversheds is gearing up to launch an office in Beijing later this year as it awaits the “imminent” approval of its licence application.
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Prime, the first profession-wide scheme aimed at offering quality work experience opportunities to disadvantaged students, has appointed lawyers from some of the City’s top firms to its inaugural board.
A raft of firms including Maclay Murray & Spens, Norton Rose, Taylor Wessing and Tods Murray scooped roles as property fund Picton Property Income secured £209m from Aviva and Canada Life to refinance one of its portfolios.
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Dundas & Wilson has been appointed sole legal adviser to energy efficiency solutions company Anesco.
Eversheds’ London pensions head Jay Doraisamy has left the firm to join SNR Denton.
Qatar 2022 lawyer quits as SNR Denton partner subscription
The SNR Denton partner who played a key role in helping Qatar win its bid to host the 2022 World Cup has resigned from the firm.
The former Pinsent Masons solicitor who put a trainee in a headlock and repeatedly punched him was ordered to do 100 hours of community service at a sentencing hearing on Friday (3 August).
Bircham Dyson Bell’s turnover flatlined in 2011-12, but average profit per equity partner (PEP) 13 rose per cent after the firm asked three partners to leave and cut two support staff.
The Scottish government’s economic development wing is courting London-based managing partners in a bid to emulate Northern Ireland’s success in enticing top firms to open low-cost bases in the country.
Ashurst, DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons have won roles advising on a 25-year contract between waste specialist Viridor and Glasgow City Council to build and operate a recycling centre in the south of the city.
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Eversheds is looking into giving all its staff a stake in the firm’s profits in a bid to get better engagement from workers.
A former Pinsent Masons trainee who left after an alleged assault by a colleague in 2011 is mulling bringing a civil action against his old firm.
Herbert Smith has hired a group of litigators from Chadbourne & Parke, including litigation chief Thomas Riley, ahead of its New York office launch.
Lloyds Banking Group’s company secretary and general counsel Harry Baines is set to retire later this year with the bank’s group general counsel tipped to take on his mantle.
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Addleshaw Goddard has drastically reduced the number of hurdles that lawyers have to jump before becoming partner as part of a wider scheme to streamline management at the firm.
DLA Piper International was boosted by a £30m cash injection after it converted to an all-equity partnership structure while capital contribution demands fell by 15 per cent as a result of the switch.
Addleshaw Goddard and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have landed roles advising on Barclays Capital’s much-vaunted sale of its stake in University Partnerships Programme (UPP) to Dutch pension fund manager PGGM.
British Land (BL) has turned to Mayer Brown for the £130m acquisition of a Mayfair estate, with Olswang advising the sellers.
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Nabarro has landed a plum job advising a joint venture between Lend Lease and London & Continental Railways on a £1.3bn project to transform the Olympic Park into a mixed-use development.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Taylor Wessing advised as The Great Victoria Partnership (GVP) secured an £80m refinancing loan on an Oxford Street property from Canada Life Investments.
Simmons & Simmons managing partner Jeremy Hoyland has put a Singapore launch at the top of the firm’s agenda for international expansion.
SJ Berwin has ditched plans to let out office space in its City headquarters after initially trying to find a tenant to occupy the unused floorspace.
The Law Society is looking to renovate its Carey Street offices at the same time as increasing its practising certificate fees for solicitors by nearly 5 per cent.
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SNR Denton’s Africa practice co-chair has been seconded to Dubai to help beef up the firm’s presence in the Middle East
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International law firms in Saudi Arabia are turning their attention to home-grown female lawyers in a bid to gain access to new clients
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Profit at Dundas & Wilson dropped by 35 per cent in the 2011-12 financial year, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) also falling by 35 per cent and turnover dipping by 12 per cent.
DLA Piper chief Sir Nigel Knowles’ investment in alternative business structure (ABS) LawVest has been revealed by a Companies House filing, showing he holds around a 1 per cent stake in the company.
Dundas to send routine work to low-cost Scotland HQ subscription
Dundas & Wilson has launched a Legal Services Unit (LSU), billed as a ‘firm within a firm’, to do routine work cheaply for clients.
The Stibbe partner who was in charge of managing Herbert Smith’s international alliance before it disbanded in 2011 is leaving the firm to establish a boutique.
Lawyers responding to a Department of Health tender have hit out at the government department after it ditched the process due to underestimating how much the work would cost.
Irwin Mitchell and Mishcon de Reya have both won lead roles acting for new clients on Almacantar’s £109m purchase of two London midtown properties from Tishman Speyer.
DLA Piper’s non-US business has released its results for the 2011 calendar year, with turnover rising by just over 13 per cent to £701.6m.
Novartis has announced the results of its first panel review since the company’s $40bn takeover of Alcon, with three magic circle firms – Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters – securing spots on the global roster along with two US firms.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and DLA Piper were the lead firms on Blackstone’s £400m sale of its Nido Student Living business to Round Hill Capital – one of the largest real estate deals so far this year.
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Number crunching: Nabarro subscription
A few UK200 firms – such as DWF – have managed to grow in the downturn. A few, such as Berwin Leighton Paisner, have come back stronger than ever after a wobble. Nabarro fits into neither category.
Trowers & Hamlins’incoming senior partner has vowed to refresh the firm’s brand when she takes office next year.
Simmons & Simmons has increased the number of women on its 12-member board to three when non-executive directors are included following its recent elections.
Pannone’s turnover fell by nearly 3 per cent in the 2011-12 financial year but average profit per equity partner (PEP) rose by 8 per cent after the firm cut costs by £1.5m.
Addleshaw Goddard is to launch an office in Dubai in September after hiring Trowers & Hamlins’ regional construction head.
US litigation boutique Kobre & Kim is launching an office in the Cayman Islands two months after opening in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).
Nabarro’s average profit per equity partner (PEP) has risen 4.4 per cent after the firm admitted earlier this year that it had been “actively managing the partnership” to boost that figure.
King & Spalding is set to launch a London real estate practice on the back of the collapse of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson’s City team.
BLP picks up a funds partner from Nabarro subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has boosted its corporate practice in London with a funds specialist from Nabarro.
Eversheds is mulling converting to a Swiss Verein as the firm puts global integration at the heart of its new three-year plan.
Herbert Smith to merge real estate and finance as part of Freehills-induced restructure subscription
Herbert Smith’s real estate and finance departments are set to combine – just one of a raft of planned changes following the firm’s merger with Australia’s Freehills.
Pinsent Masons saw its turnover increase by 4 per cent on a like-for-like basis in the 2011-12 financial year with that figure jumping to almost 39 per cent when turnover from merger partner McGrigors is added in.
King & Spalding has boosted its London corporate group with the hire of Mayer Brown corporate partner William Charnley.
Simmons & Simmons has announced its year end results for 2011-12, posting a near 4 per cent rise in turnover and a near 15 per cent rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP).
Herbert Smith prepares for September launch in NYC subscription
Herbert Smith is set to launch in New York in September as the firm prepares to vote on lateral hires for the new office in the coming weeks.
Allen & Overy becomes first magic circle firm to unveil financials, posting 6 per cent growth subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has revealed a near 6 per cent increase in turnover and 7 per cent rise in profit for the 2011-12 financial year.
Firms have been slow off the mark when it comes to unveiling their financial results for the 2011-12 year, but the first to post revenue figures have on average beaten market expectations by posting growth of almost 7 per cent.
Partners at SJ Berwin are set to vote this month on whether to bring in a new remuneration system designed to promote client sharing at the firm.
Almost one third of UK lawyers expect their firm to merge within the next 12 months, with that number rising to almost 60 per cent if the timeline is stretched to the next three years, according to a survey by BDO.
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Nabarro adds Laura Ashley lawyer to Singapore team subscription
Nabarro has added to its Singapore office with a Korean-law expert from the parent company of fashion brand Laura Ashley.
SJ Berwin has boosted its finance team in London after hiring a partner from Herbert Smith.
Herbert Smith and Australian firm Freehills are set to merge to create an £800m firm after receiving the go-ahead from partners today.
Pinsent Masons will make its first foray into mainland Europe next month when it opens an office in Germany after hiring a team of technology lawyers.
Private client firm Maurice Turnor Gardner has hired former Allen & Overy (A&O) litigation partner Guy Henderson.
Around 40 members of support staff at Pinsent Masons are set to lose their jobs following the firm’s merger with Scottish firm McGrigors.
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New Dundas management team: we’ll simplify and expand the firm
Wragges revenue 5 per cent up to £118.2m subscription
Wragge & Co has posted a 5 per cent rise in turnover for the 2011-12 financial year, up from £113m to £118.2m.
DLA appoints new German leader subscription
DLA Piper has appointed a new Germany managing partner to replace Ulrich Jüngst, who has been in the role since the practice was launched in 2004.
Shoosmiths is merging with Edinburgh’s Archibald Campbell & Harley – the latest in a string of tie-ups between national and Scottish firms.
Freehills partners agree to global mobility; Herbert Smith set for modified lockstep as poll result imminent
Addleshaw Goddard is cutting around 24 fee-earners across its offices in a bid to combat low attrition as the firm posts a 30 per cent rise in profit.
US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson is quitting real estate in the UK after a fallout between the London group head and New York management over strategy.
Dundas & Wilson’s caretaker managing partners will carry on leading the firm following today’s elections.
Linklaters UK real estate chief quits subscription
Linklaters’ UK head of real estate Anne Byrne has resigned from the firm, just a month after the departure of three partners in May.
Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens has confirmed that it has made six lawyers and staff redundant in its private client team in Glasgow.
SNR Denton makes up three to partner in the UK subscription
SNR Denton’s UK LLP has made up three partners in its annual round of promotions.
SNR Denton revenue falls as PEP rises by 51 per cent subscription
SNR Denton’s UK LLP saw revenue drop again in 2011-12, but firmwide and partner profits have risen significanly.
SNR Denton’s Middle East managing partner has quit the firm for personal reasons shortly after the firm appointed him to the leadership role as part of a strategy overhaul.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is mulling its future in Saudi Arabia as its contract with local sponsor Abdulaziz AlGasim expires.
Two Shanghai partners who left Salans earlier this month have resurfaced at the firm’s former alliance partner Pinsent Masons.
Net profit leaps 10 per cent as revenues rise to £366m
Dundas partners prepare to elect new management team subscription
Dundas & Wilson partners will vote for a new managing partner and chairman next week, with the firm holding both the hustings and the vote on the same day.
Protesters at the “Occupy” camp in Finsbury Square on the edge of the City’s financial centre were evicted in the early hours of this morning after the Master of the Rolls refused them permission to appeal.
Campaign group UK Uncut Legal Challenge has won the right to challenge HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) alleged sweetheart deal with Goldman Sachs, which the group claims allowed the bank to walk away from paying £10m in back taxes.
Hill Dickinson has reported a 10 per cent rise in turnover for 2011-12, in the first full year of trading following its acquisition of Halliwell’s Liverpool and Sheffield offices.
Vizards Wyeth’s former family law team is pursuing its old firm’s equity partners for sexual and racial discrimination in a pay-related claim following Vizards’ takeover by Weightmans.
BLP unveils 8 per cent revenue rise for 2011-12 subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has revealed that its revenue rose by around 8 per cent in the 2011-12 financial year, climbing to £246m.
Herbert Smith has completed its redundancy consultation in London, with all lawyers and staff affected taking voluntary redundancy.
Fosters has created an executive committee to take over running of the firm from its managing partner team.
London firm Bains Cohen and 5RB’s David Hirst have convinced the High Court that Facebook should be forced to reveal the identities of cyber-bullies.
Manchester firm Cobbetts is suing the makers of Sugar Puffs and Fox’s Glacier Mints, claiming the company owes it over £255,000 in unpaid fees.
The Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) legal team was warned against trying to assign blame to the bank’s sacked lawyers at Herbert Smith when the taxpayer-backed institution failed to block a hedge fund from being able to sue it in a Texas court.
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Top cops in blue funk as Home Secretary’s golden boy lined up for chief inspector role
Herbert Smith, Linklaters, Olswang and Wragge & Co have all landed roles on a joint venture between O2 and Vodafone that will see the phone companies unite to create a single national grid in the UK.
Manchester headquartered DWF and Scotland’s Biggart Baillie have confirmed that they will merge to create a near £120m firm.
Property specialist Brecher has bulked up its real estate department to the tune of five new lawyers, with partner hires from Davenport Lyons and Nabarro.
A Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer competition partner who has been with the firm for more than 30 years has left to join Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.
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Sale of Moscow and Almaty offices almost scotched due to freeze on Dewey’s assets
Employment boom drives JMW turnover growth subscription
Manchester firm JMW has posted its year-end results for 2011-12, revealing a 20 per cent increase in revenue.
Those around him thought he was a shining example of a senior partner, always putting clients first and billing prodigious amounts. But today former Hogan Lovells partner Christopher Grierson was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to defrauding his firm of £1.27m.
Locke Lord has boosted its global insurance and reinsurance practice in London with two partners from Steptoe & Johnson.
DLA Piper has picked up a team of Frankfurt lawyers from Dewey & LeBoeuf as the stricken firm files for bankruptcy in the US and UK.
The largest ever law firm collapse was cemented yesterday when Dewey & LeBoeuf filed for bankruptcy in the US, with the UK LLP also being put into administration.
Watson Farley & Williams has posted a 12 per cent hike in turnover for the 2011-12 financial year, with revenue just shy of £100m.
Enyo Law picks up Nabarro litigation duo subscription
Litigation boutique Enyo Law has hired a pair of commercial litigation partners from Nabarro.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has not raided a single property in the past financial year, according to statistics obtained by Pinsent Masons.
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) managing partner Wim Dejonghe has stated that his firm is still committed to expanding in Singapore, following its aborted tie-up talks with local player Allen & Gledhill.
Nabarro "managing" partnership as revenues stagnate subscription
Nabarro has been cutting partners as turnover for 2011-12 looks set to effectively flat line.
Herbert Smith announces pay rises for associates subscription
Herbert Smith has ended its salary freeze, increasing pay for newly-qualified (NQ) lawyers and at various levels of post qualification experience (PQE)
BLP to spin off Lawyers on Demand business subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) partners last night voted to spin off the firm’s interim lawyer service, Lawyers on Demand (LoD).
A&O picks up Mayer Brown partner for Vietnam launch subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to launch two offices in Vietnam after hiring Mayer Brown JSM’s managing partner in the country.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised regular client CVC Capital Partners on the sale of $1.6bn (£1bn) in Formula One shares to three investors ahead of the company’s planned IPO.
A spokesperson purportedly connected to the Kurdistan Bar Association Council has confirmed that it will be pursuing international lawyers it believes are practising without a licence in the region.
Herbert Smith has made five support staff redundant in Dubai in a bid to align the number of back office workers with the number of fee-earners.
Former Greenberg Traurig Maher restructuring head Lyndon Norley has joined Jefferies Group, one of the US’s largest independent banks.
HBJ Gateley welcomes six to partnership subscription
HBJ Gateley, the Scottish arm of Gateley, has made up six partners in its annual round of promotions.
King & Wood Mallesons is on the lookout for tie-up partners in the US and UK as part of its bid to become a leading international firm, with Nixon Peabody and SJ Berwin touted by market commentators as early contenders.
Herbert Smith closes in on African launch in Guinea subscription
Herbert Smith is expected to make a decision on whether it establishes a footprint in Africa by the end of next month, with the Republic of Guinea emerging as a strong contender for an office launch.
Cobbetts has elected a new managing partner to replace Michael Shaw, who spent 16 years in the post.
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As firms look to slim their equity, Clifford Chance is poised to catch up its rivals, or even overtake them
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Farrers continues with ’compromise’ senior partner solution
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DLA Piper develops brisk management style to help it through growing pains
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) looks set to post a single-digit increase in turnover for the 2011-12 financial year.
Law firm alliances Legal Networks International and Oasis have merged to create LNI Oasis, an organisation with around 57 firms spanning 50 countries.
LG has tapped Herbert Smith and Linklaters to hire three real estate partners.
Pinsents promotes 13 in first post-merger round subscription
Pinsent Masons has made up 13 new partners in its first round of promotions since merging with McGrigors on 1 May, with two new members coming from the legacy Scottish firm.
Eversheds advises BGT finalists Only Boys Aloud subscription
Eversheds is helping Britain’s Got Talent finalists Only Boys Aloud register as a charity and is also helping the group with brand protection following its TV appearances.
Addleshaw Goddard litigation head Richard Leedham, who is the lead advisor on the multi-billion pound Ablyazov case, will step down from his management role next month.
Pannone promotes seven to new junior equity role subscription
Pannone has shaken up its partnership model and made up seven lawyers to the new role of junior equity partner but none to full partner, in its annual round of promotions.
Simmons & Simmons has hired a three-partner team from Dewey & LeBoeuf in Frankfurt.
Dewey & LeBoeuf bankruptcy star and board member Martin Bienenstock has jumped ship with a team of five partners to Proskauer Rose.
Linklaters real estate partner Joe Conder is leaving the firm to join Goodwin Procter’s London office.
Berwin Leighton Paisner has hired two magic circle veterans in a bid to realise its corporate ambitions. Will the strategy pay off?
Law firms are predicting muted results and a sustained lull in the markets following a disappointing second half to the financial year.
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Absolute Radio’s head of legal is set to leave the company for digital rights company Perform Group.
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Dundas won’t make any knee-jerk reactions to managing partner’s resignation
Maclays set to make private client redundancies subscription
Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens has announced that it has begun a redundancy consultation in its private client team.
Taylor Wessing has hired Herbert Smith technology partner Christopher Rees.
DLA Piper promotes 58 across global network subscription
DLA Piper has made up 58 lawyers to partner in its annual round of promotions, slightly up on 2011’s 53.
Mayfair firm Forsters has posted a 13 per cent rise in turnover for the 2011-12 financial year.
2Birds beefs up venture capital team with BLP hire subscription
Bird & Bird has hired a private equity partner from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) in a bid to develop its venture capital practice.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired Linklaters’ Germany IP head, boosting its depleted team following a raid by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
K&L Gates has made its first partner hire in Doha since opening an office there in September 2011.
Simmons promotes 10 to partner, eight in London subscription
Simmons & Simmons has made up 10 lawyers to partner in its annual round of promotions.
A group of former Halliwells fixed-share partners have questioned the impartiality of the failed firm’s administrators, claiming they previously benefited “from the most lucrative referral opportunities which Halliwells had”.
Herbert Smith plans to cut its London headcount by around 51, with corporate heaviest hit, as it embarks on a redundancy consultation.
DLA Piper to recognise pro bono in billing targets subscription
DLA Piper has rolled out an initiative across its international LLP that will see pro-bono work recorded in exactly the same way as fee-earning hours.
Eversheds has begun its High Court battle with former client Newcastle International Airport, which accuses the firm of negligence.
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Being head of legal at the Rugby Football Union is hardly a recipe for a relaxing life, but Karena Vleck says her job is so much fun that even the bad times are good
Italy's Pirola Pennuto applies for ABS licence subscription
An Italian firm has become one of the first from outside the UK to apply for alternative business structure (ABS) status.
Linklaters has nixed discussions to move to an all-equity or eat-what-you-kill style partnership, telling members at its partnership conference last week that it was sticking to the lockstep.
British Airways’ (BA) first panel review since its merger with Spanish counterpart Iberia has been finalised, with Linklaters and Slaughter and May among the seven firms to land roles.
Herbert Smith promos down slightly as 10 get the nod subscription
Herbert Smith has made up 10 lawyers to partner in its annual round of promotions, with the total dipping slightly from last year’s 13.
Wragges adds Manches partner to real estate team subscription
Wragge & Co has hired Manches’ Thames Valley projects head as a partner in its real estate team.
Dewey Moscow latest office to mull defection subscription
Lawyers at Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Moscow office are weighing their options after offers from US, UK and even Chinese firms.
News International (NI) has reported a lawyer working at The Times and Sunday Times to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for their role in the paper’s exposé of the NightJack blogger.
Second Dewey partner quits for KPMG subscription
A Dewey & LeBoeuf New York tax partner has followed in former London chief Fred Gander’s footsteps, leaving the firm for KPMG.
SRA names Cardiff firm as latest ABS subscription
Cardiff solicitors’ firm NewLaw Legal Limited has become the latest organisation to be licensed as an alternative business structure.
It was “inconceivable” that Halliwells’ staff and fixed-share partners did not know something about the equity partners’ reverse premium windfall, a judge ruled today.
One of Allen & Overy’s (A&O) most senior corporate partners who announced his retirement from the firm late last year has resurfaced at Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
BLP launches Tel Aviv representative base subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has opened a representative office in Israel’s financial centre.
Linklaters seals Allens Arthur Robinson alliance subscription
Linklaters has announced that it has signed an exclusive alliance with Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) in a tie-up which will see the firms combine in an Asian joint venture.
Stephenson Harwood prepares to launch in Dubai subscription
Stephenson Harwood is preparing the ground to launch an office in Dubai as part of its continuing international strategy.
DLA Piper's funds head quits for Simmons & Simmons subscription
Simmons & Simmons has hired DLA Piper’s head of investment funds in the UK as a partner in its financial services team.
Eversheds has hired a real estate partner from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), the latest in a spate of hires in the sector for the firm in London.
Dewey instructs New York bankruptcy specialist subscription
Dewey & LeBoeuf has instructed a leading bankruptcy lawyer as the firm moots restructuring in the wake of high debt and mass partner defections.
Latham & Watkins’ Women Enriching Business (WEB) programme has caused a stir after arranging a canapé-making evening for its members.
Bircham managing partner to step down in May subscription
Bircham Dyson Bell’s managing partner has told the firm’s management board that he will not stand for re-election next month.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has elected a new chairman to replace incumbent Peter Robinson as Harold Paisner gets another term as senior partner.
Halliwells’ equity partners altered the minutes of a meeting about the £25m Spinningfields reverse premium before passing them on to the rest of the firm, it was alleged in court today (18 April).
Mishcon promotes four partners, all in London subscription
Mishcon de Reya has made up four partners in London in its annual round of promotions
Debt manager CapQuest Group has hired GE Capital’s chief compliance office to fill the newly created role of group general counsel.
Litigation boutique Stewarts Law is set to launch a US practice, with offices in New York and Delaware.
The High Court has ordered SNR Denton’s former India head to repay her old firm and its insurers almost £600,000, which they lost as a result of her involvement in a bribery scandal.
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Mediation veteran faces uphill battle in Halliwells-BDO £20m windfall negotiations
Salans has voted to close its Beijing office as the firm opts to focus on Shanghai in China.
DLA Piper has made a number of management changes including naming Andrew Darwin as UK managing partner and shaking up its year-old executive management team.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has boosted its energy and infrastructure practices in Asia with partner hires from Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.
The former Halliwells partners facing a £20m High Court claim from the firm’s liquidators are set to enter mediation later this month, with Michel Kallipetis QC leading the proceedings.
Bond Pearce hires from Clydes subscription
Bond Pearce has hired a Clyde & Co partner, boosting its insurance professional risks team in London.
DLA Piper has hired an executive director from Goldman Sachs to join its restructuring practice in London.
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Linklaters’ former emerging Europe, Middle East and North Africa managing partner Nick Eastwell has joined Obelisk Legal Support as an advisory board member.
US firm Locke Lord has hired a lawyer from Berkeley House Investments to join its nascent London office.
Simmons & Simmons is adding asset management and investment funds to its list of core sectors as the firm prepares to embark on its latest three-year business plan.
Addleshaw Goddard promotes six to its partnership subscription
Addleshaw Goddard has made up six new partners in its annual round of promotions.
Trowers makes up 11 to partner, seven in London subscription
Trowers & Hamlins has made up 11 partners in its annual round of promotions, with seven of the new members based in London.
Former Hogan Lovells partner Chris Grierson pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud totalling £1.27m at a plea hearing at Southwark Crown Court this morning.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Singapore’s Allen & Gledhill have called off tie-up talks after failing to agree terms.
Cobbetts managing partner to step down from top job subscription
Cobbetts managing partner Michael Shaw has announced that he is stepping down after 16 years in the role.
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Howard Kennedy left hotel-free at Mipim as trip organiser goes bust
Irwin Mitchell has bought a portfolio of personal injury cases from failed Manchester firm Donns.
A corporate partner who left Nabarro in January has set up his own niche practice catering to SMEs.
Enyo Law bolsters partnership with Bond Pearce hire subscription
Litigation boutique Enyo Law has hired a partner from Bond Pearce, taking the total number of members at the niche firm to 10.
SNR Denton has named Abu Dhabi partner Stuart Cavet as managing partner of its Kuwait office, replacing David Pfeiffer, who resigned from the firm in October.
Axiom has launched a new delivery centre in Belfast after being offered up to £1.6m in public funding to make the move.
The former managing director of the FSA’s conduct business unit Margaret Cole has been appointed general counsel of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) UK.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher has hired a 12-strong team of transactional and regulatory lawyers from Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Bond Pearce and Maclays ditch merger plans subscription
Bond Pearce and Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens have called off merger talks that would have created a £95m turnover firm.
DLA Piper’s partnership has voted in favour of an all-equity model across the non-US side of its business, with management announcing the result today.
Simmons continues partner raid on BLP subscription
Simmons & Simmons has hired a real estate partner from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) – its seventh partner hire from BLP in less than a year.
Heinz slashes panel in European review subscription
Global food conglomerate Heinz has drastically cut its roster of external law firms from more than 50 to just three, following a Europe-wide panel review.
Australian litigation boutique Lipman Karas is set to launch an office in London after taking a team of lawyers from Withers.
King & Spalding hires partner duo from Bird & Bird subscription
King & Spalding has boosted its London office with the hire of two litigation partners from Bird & Bird.
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The City property market is in the doldrums, with law firms shelving expansion plans and mergers providing the main impetus for relocating.
DWF hands third term to managing partner subscription
DWF has reappointed Andrew Leaitherland as managing partner for a third three-year term after he ran unopposed for the post.
Lawyers share in Lehman advisory bill of over £1bn subscription
Law firms and consultants have profited from Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy to the tune of almost $1.6bn (£1.02bn), according to the latest filings – making it the largest bankruptcy in history by a wide margin.
Wragges ends promos hiatus with three new partners subscription
Wragge & Co has ended its partner promotions freeze by making up three new members in 2012.
White & Case revamps global pro bono offering subscription
White & Case, the first US firm to establish a full-time pro bono operation in London, has reshuffled its offering leading to the exit of European pro bono coordinator Felicity Kirk.
Six law firms have made it into The Sunday Times’ 100 Best Companies to Work For list.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has confirmed that it is cutting 5 per cent of its lawyers and 6 per cent of its support staff globally, as the firm takes steps to make itself more competitive.
Ashfords and Rochman Landau have gone ahead with a mooted tie-up, with the deal going live on 1 March.
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Olswang and Pinsent Masons have both advised on the £300m refinancing of student accommodation provider Liberty Living.
Simmons & Simmons is advising former Olympus president Michael Woodford, who was sacked after blowing the whistle on dubious deals at the company, as he takes his case to the London Employment Tribunal.
White & Case sees turnover rise and PEP fall in 2011 subscription
White & Case has posted a 4 per cent rise in turnover for 2011 as global profit per equity partner (PEP) dropped by 5 per cent.
Greater Manchester firm Keoghs is in talks with private equity firm Bowmark Capital about taking external investment.
Linklaters is understood to be in tie-up talks with Slaughter and May’s Australian best friend Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR), The Lawyer can reveal.
Linklaters' former corporate head takes role at BLP subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Linklaters’ former global head of corporate David Barnes.
Squire Sanders is poised to hire two construction partners from DLA Piper’s Birmingham office, one of whom is the group head for EMEA.
Dundas & Wilson is preparing for a round of staff job cuts and is also expected to slash partner numbers after assessing what a spokesperson termed “the nature and level of demand for its services”.
Trowers & Hamlins has been forced to terminate its exclusive alliance in Riyadh after its last associate in the city jumped ship to the firm’s local ally.
BLP hands fifth term to managing partner Eisenberg subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has re-elected Neville Eisenberg as managing partner for a fifth term.
Reed Smith sees PEP slide as turnover rises subscription
Reed Smith has posted a near 4 per cent rise in turnover up to $993m (£633m) for the 2011 financial year.
Matrix Chambers founder Cherie Booth QC is suing private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and News Group Newspapers.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and White & Case all took roles advising on Greece’s £110bn bailout.
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BLP ponders future of Lawyers on Demand business subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is discussing whether to spin off its Lawyers on Demand (LoD) service as the business goes through ‘its adolescence’.
Two debt recovery boutiques that spun out from legacy Hammonds and Eversheds, respectively, are to merge to create a £15m practice.
Lawrence Graham (LG) is set to launch an office in Singapore after forging an alliance with a local firm.
Shearman & Sterling has concluded its investigation of a trainee whose private holiday email to friends went viral and ended up as national news.
Jones Day and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have landed roles on the $2.7bn (£1.7bn) sale of Pringles crisps to Kellogg’s.
The FSA has announced that managing director and board member Margaret Cole will leave the organisation later this year.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith have helped Land Securities and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) establish a joint venture for a £1bn property project in London Victoria.
Scottish firm Biggart Baillie has been drafted in to advise as Rangers Football Club goes into administration.
HBJ Gateley has hired a trio of partners from three different firms to give its Scottish practice a boost.
Salans and SNR Denton are in talks over a potential tie-up that would create a transatlantic giant with a combined turnover in the region of £760m.
Harbottle & Lewis is offering preconception contracts to non-traditional families looking to have children in the wake of a landmark High Court case that introduced the concept of principal and secondary parenting.
SNR Denton prepares for New Orleans launch subscription
SNR Denton will launch a New Orleans office on 1 March, with the new base focusing on energy-related work.
The News of the World phone-hacking scandal cost parent company News Corp $87m in the last quarter of 2011.
Access to Justice Foundation takes on first-ever CEO subscription
The Access to Justice Foundation has appointed its first chief executive officer (CEO) as the organisation looks to raise the profile of the pro-bono sector.
Brown Rudnick raids Gide for London disputes team subscription
US firm Brown Rudnick has poached a disputes partner and his team from Gide Loyrette Nouel in London.
Close to a third of McGrigors’ equity partners will be forced to prove themselves to regain their equity status when the firm merges with Pinsent Masons.
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Newspapers’ former lawyer brought into row over police blogger
Number crunching: Wragge & Co subscription
According to managing partner Ian Metcalfe, Wragge & Co was once described by one auditor as, “the most conservatively-financed law firm in the UK”.
A&O to ditch compulsory retirement at 60 subscription
Allen & Overy is set to abolish rules that force partners to retire at 60.
Shearman investigates viral email trainee subscription
Shearman & Sterling is investigating the trainee who was part of a group of City workers whose list of holiday rules for a lads’ holiday went viral yesterday, ending up as national news.
Mayer Brown property and DCM heads quit for US firms subscription
Mayer Brown is set to lose its head of real estate and head of debt capital markets in London in separate raids by US firms.
Pinsents scoops £25m incentive for office move subscription
Pinsent Masons got a £24.6m cash incentive from its developer to move into its offices in Crown Place, according to the firm’s latest LLP accounts.
The general counsel of FTSE 250 listed software company Misys has been made acting chief executive officer following the resignation of the present chief.
Eversheds snares Dundas property partner subscription
Eversheds is set to boost its real estate team in London with a partner from Dundas & Wilson.
SNR Denton’s UK LLP accounts show profit at the group fell from £37.9m to £22.5m in 2010-11.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has struck off former Ince & Co partner Nathan Iyer after he admitted charges that he stole £3m from his firm and from clients.
Exeter firm Ashfords and Central London’s Rochman Landau have confirmed that they are in merger talks.
Taylor Wessing takes anti-gay law case to ECHR subscription
Taylor Wessing has taken on its first case since signing up to the Human Dignity Trust’s legal panel, representing two men arrested in Turkish-controlled Cyprus under a law that criminalized gay sex.
McGrigors and Pinsents vote in favour of merger subscription
McGrigors and Pinsent Masons have agreed to merge following a partner vote that closed on Friday, 3 February.
BA prepares to unveil slimmed down legal roster subscription
British Airways (BA) is close to announcing the results of its UK-wide panel review, with sources close to the tender predicting a slimmer line-up.
CPA Global has appointed a new head of legal service outsourcing (LSO) to fill the gap left by Leah Cooper, who departed the business late last year.
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Canadian firm Gowlings has hired a four-partner team from Cobbetts’ equity capital markets team for its London office.
The head of Hogan Lovells’ London real estate litigation team has been put forward as the firm’s sole chair, with partners expected to vote on the appointment next week.
McGrigors is set to lose its brand if its merger with Pinsent Masons goes ahead, according to sources close to the firms.
DLA's Knowles got £1.7m profit share in 2010-11 subscription
DLA Piper’s highest earning partner, understood to be joint chief executive officer and managing partner Nigel Knowles, earned £1.711m in 2010-11, up from £1.627m the year before, according to the firm’s LLPs.
DLA Piper has been appointed by the Kuwait Capital Markets Authority (CMA) to help privatise the country’s stock exchange.
Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson is set to launch a corporate-focused office in Aberdeen.
BLP's top-earner got £1.65m profit share in 2010-11 subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) highest paid partner got £1.65m in 2010-11, according to the firm’s LLP accounts, up from £1.6m the year before.
London firms Cumberland Ellis and Wedlake Bell are set to merge, creating a top 100 firm by revenue.
Australia's Minter Ellison launches in Mongolia subscription
Australian firm Minter Ellison is opening an office in Mongolia in a bid to capitalise on the country’s emerging resource-based economy.
Hogan Lovells’ 2010-11 financial year accounts for the firm’s international LLP show growth in turnover and profit, while partners were asked to put more money into the business.
A 10-lawyer team, including a former managing partner, is leaving SNR Denton’s Paris office to join US firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed.
DWF and Cobbetts have called off merger discussions, blaming “uncertain market conditions”.
Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens saw its profits dip during the 2010-11 financial year, while the firm took on more debt following an office move.
Family value: Vizards’ messy break-up sparks pay row subscription
A law firm takeover is hard to get right, but a partial one can be hell, as Vizards Wyeth is finding out.
Nabarro’s top-earning partner got £484,000 in the 2010-11 financial year, down 4 per cent from £505,000 in 2009-10.
Taylor Wessing’s top-earning UK partner raked in more than £703,000 in 2010-11, 20 per cent more than the highest paid partner got in 2009-10.
Latham & Watkins and Olswang were the legal advisors on the sale of a majority stake in Hunter Boot Limited to US private equity house Searchlight Capital Partners.
Listed company launches bid for Silverbeck Rymer subscription
Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer is set to become the first law firm to be acquired by a listed company after Quindell Portfolio announced it had agreed to pay almost £20m for the firm.
Allen & Overy has expanded in Germany, taking a capital markets expert from Linklaters.
EMW makes trio of London partner hires subscription
EMW has given its London office a boost, adding three partners - all of whom join as department heads - and a consultant.
Tods Murray bolts on private client boutique subscription
Scottish firm Tods Murray has absorbed two-partner private client firm Fyfe Ireland.
Nabarro’s international alliance has added Spanish firm Roca Junyent as its newest member.
Number crunching: Addleshaw Goddard subscription
Earlier this month Addleshaw Goddard announced that managing partner Paul Devitt would continue for a second term in the role. Devitt breezed back into office in an uncontested election, even though the firm has had a tough downturn.
Simmons & Simmons has made lawyers and support staff in its Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices redundant in response to what it terms “ongoing market conditions in the Middle East”.
Baker & McKenzie has won a bid to become FTSE 250 telecoms company Colt Group’s preferred legal advisor on commercial work across Europe, beating more than 45 firms.
Herbert Smith has hired 18 fee-earners for its litigation due diligence-focused Belfast office.
McGrigors and Pinsent Masons are preparing the ground for a potential merger in a deal that would make the combined firm the 12th largest in the UK by turnover.
A UK and European patent and trademark firm has registered the domain name www.herbertsmithfreehills.com following the news that Herbert Smith and Freehills are in merger talks.
DLA Piper unveils succession plan for US business subscription
DLA Piper has announced the duo of partners who will succeed Frank Burch and Lee Miller as the firm’s US co-chairs.
Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson has hired a five-strong banking team, including two partners, from Stephenson Harwood.
Cobbetts and DWF confirm merger talks subscription
Management at Manchester’s Cobbetts and North West firm DWF have officially confirmed that they are in merger discussions, although they stopped short of giving any further details.
Herbert Smith and Australia’s Freehills are pushing ahead with merger talks after The Lawyer first reported the pair were mulling discussions in December.
BBC promotes in-houser to GC role subscription
The BBC has named a new group general counsel to replace Nicholas Eldred, who left the organisation in 2011 to join auction house Christie’s.
SDT suspends ACS:Law founder for two years subscription
ACS:Law founder Andrew Crossley has been suspended from practising for two years and ordered to pay £76,326.55 in costs at a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) hearing yesterday (16 January).
A former partner at Manchester firm Rowlands Field Cunningham (RFC), which was taken over by Linder Myers in a pre-pack deal in December, is suing his old firm for missing capital repayments.
DWF-Cobbetts: fit for purpose? subscription
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Allen & Overy’s (A&O) senior and managing partners will each serve another term in their respective roles following uncontested elections.
DLA Piper has hired a five-partner corporate and IP team from Reed Smith for its Silicon Valley office.
Herbert Smith has appointed a new Middle East head after the incumbent stepped down after five years in the role.
Addleshaw Goddard managing partner Paul Devitt will serve another term in the post following an uncontested election.
Wragge & Co’s highest paid partner was awarded £734,000 in the 2010-11 financial year, up 65 per cent from £444,000 in the previous financial year.
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) banking push shows no sign of abating as the firm picks up a structured finance partner from Clifford Chance.
London Capital Group hires legal chief from Axiom subscription
Financial spread betting and contract for difference provider London Capital Group (LCG) has appointed a group legal counsel from Axiom Legal.
Simmons & Simmons has held onto its title as the most gay-friendly law firm for the fourth year running in LGB charity Stonewall’s employer rankings.
DLA Piper has hired a five-partner energy team from Hogan Lovells in the US.
Pannone to make redundancies in three NW offices subscription
North West firm Pannone is mulling redundancies in its construction, road traffic accident and family teams in Manchester, as up to 12 fee earners and support staff look set to lose their jobs when the firm closes two satellite offices.
Greenberg Traurig’s London office, Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM), raked in £8.7m in its first full financial year, according to the firm’s LLP accounts.
SNR Denton has added to its banking and finance team in London with a Linklaters partner as the firm continues to expand its practice globally.
Cobbetts and DWF prepare ground for May merger subscription
North West firm DWF and Manchester firm Cobbetts are understood to be close to finalising a merger that could go ahead as early as May, adding around £44m to DWF’s growing turnover.
Banks force debt collectives subscription
Rowlands Field Cunningham and Linder Myers could be among the leaders of the pre-pack
Eversheds has renewed its deal with Tyco International to service all the manufacturer’s legal needs across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Allen & Overy's Canary Wharf exit cost firm £25m subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) incurred one-off costs of £29m in 2010-11, with the decision to abandon its Canary Wharf satellite office accounting for the bulk of the figure.
Olswang taps BLP for hire of real estate partner subscription
Olswang has boosted its real estate team with a partner hire from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
DWF has bulked up its burgeoning Newcastle practice with banking partner from Dickinson Dees.
Hogan Lovells promotes 35 to partner in global round subscription
Hogan Lovells has made up 35 partners in its annual round of promotions, with 46 also promoted to counsel, of counsel or consultant.
Manchester headquartered Linder Myers has bought fellow Manchester firm Rowlands Field Cunningham (RFC) out of administration, as the firm sets its sights on growing from a £10m to £25m operation in three years.
Mayo Wynne Baxter bulks up with Allen Ticehurst deal subscription
Sussex firm Mayo Wynne Baxter has merged with East Grinstead’s Allen Ticehurst Solicitors.
Mubarak adviser’s timely UK retreat subscription
Link with former Egyptian president prevents Bakers’ Cairo head from going home
Allen & Overy seals two deals for Kingdom of Morocco subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has landed roles acting for the Kingdom of Morocco on two multi-billion dollar deals since launching its office in Casablanca in September.
Mishcon and Eversheds lead on Rolls Building sale subscription
Eversheds and Mishcon de Reya both took leading parts in the £305m sale of the Rolls Building to Legal & General Property (L&G).
Reed Smith has given its structured finance capacity a boost with a hire from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
BLP bolsters Singapore with Watson Farley hire subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Watson Farley & Williams’ Asia corporate head for its Singapore office.
SNR Denton has given its London financial services and funds team a boost with the addition of a hire from Dechert.
Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance have both made the cut in French bank Société Générale’s 12-strong global panel.
SNR Denton trims Paris as strategic review takes off subscription
A team of three partners and six associates is set to leave SNR Denton’s Paris office as the firm pushes forward with its interim strategic review.
Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company is putting together its first legal panel and is seeking tenders from 46 international firms.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has given its London projects team a boost, hiring an equity partner from Allen & Overy (A&O).
LG partner Garnham quits firm for social networking subscription
LG private client partner Caroline Garnham has left the firm to concentrate on the social networking site she dreamed up five years ago.
A&O names global corporate co-head subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed a new global corporate co-head following Sietze Hepkema’s announcement that he will retire in the New Year.
A&O, CC, Freshfields: no Links-style cull subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have vowed not to carry out a partnership cull in response to the latest downturn.
Pinsent Masons and Salans have called time on their strategic alliance as Pinsent Masons prepares for New Year launches in France and Germany.
Camerons cuts three from London real estate subscription
CMS Cameron McKenna has cut three real estate partners from its City office.
Eversheds explores client delivery revamp subscription
Eversheds is reviewing its client delivery model after talks with Accenture over legal process outsourcing (LPO) fell through.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have vowed not to carry out a partnership cull in response to the latest downturn, as it emerges that Linklaters is set to cull over 30 partners globally as part of its biggest restructuring in three years
Herbert Smith has bulked up its capital markets offering in Singapore with the hiring of a consultant from Allen & Overy (A&O).
A&O stays true to strategy with Istanbul launch subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) is launching an office in Turkey as the firm pushes ahead with its strategy to target growth markets.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Baker & McKenzie have advised on the financing for the first large independent power producer project in Thailand to close since the global financial crash.
Manches eggs on Fabergé in London subscription
Manches has helped jeweller Fabergé launch its first London shop for almost a century.
CMS Cameron McKenna sees steady half-year growth subscription
CMS Cameron McKenna has posted a half-year revenue of £106m – 5 per cent up on the same period in the 2010-11 financial year.
Simmons makes sixth partner hire from BLP in a year subscription
Simmons & Simmons has hired a corporate insurance partner from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) – its sixth hire from the firm this year.
Hogan Lovells has begun soundings for a single co-chair to replace John Young and Claudette Christian, who have shared the role since the merger between legacy firms Hogan & Hartson and Lovells in May 2010.
The Government’s National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) could be a boon for smaller regional firms, though concerns remain among lawyers whether the plan will follow reality.
Fladgate hires co-head of Finers' real estate team subscription
Fladgate has boosted its property team with the hire of Finers Stephens Innocent’s joint head of real estate.
Hogan Lovells has appointed a new head of corporate and regulatory insurance to replace John Young, who retires in April 2012.
DLA Piper has hired two partners for its Greater China practice from Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques.
Sullivan & Cromwell announces US-led promotions subscription
Sullivan & Cromwell has made up five lawyers to partner – four in the US and one in Paris - in its January round of promotions.
SNR Denton has announced its global financial results for the first half of the 2011-12 financial year, with the firm posting revenue of £317.2m.
Herbert Smith has advised long time client EDF Energy on its application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) for development consent to construct and operate a 3.2GW nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
Allen & Overy partner Alan Paul set to leave firm subscription
One of Allen & Overy’s (A&O) most senior corporate partners is set to leave the firm at the end of the 2011-12 financial year.
Eversheds has hired a Beijing-based Norton Rose partner to lead its China practice from Paris.
Allen & Overy: yes, we are pruning the equity again subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has returned to managing its equity partnership after a two-year hiatus.
Eversheds takes on brief for property duo subscription
Eversheds is advising two property companies that have joined forces to create a £150m build-to-let fund aimed at giving institutional investors the chance to make large investments in the private rented sector.
Zombie life assurance fund Phoenix Group Holdings has turned to long-time legal adviser Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for advice on its takeover talks with CVC Capital Partners.
High Court orders Herbert Smith and RBS to bare all subscription
Fresh twist in Highland Capital case as privilege waived further
National Grid Property GC: Live wire subscription
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Addleshaw Goddard has made its first partner hire in litigation since 2009, with a lawyer from Consensus Business Group.
DWF confirms takeover of Newcastle firm Crutes subscription
North West firm DWF is set to merge with Newcastle firm Crutes, with the latter being incorporated into DWF on 1 January 2012.
Cleaning staff staged a protest outside McGrigors’ London office today (24 November) complaining of mistreatment by the Scottish firm’s contract cleaning company.
DLA Piper has hired a senior associate from Shearman & Sterling’s London office to head its Liverpool banking and finance team.
DLA Piper joint chief executive Nigel Knowles looks set to stand unopposed for reelection.
Mallesons partners green light King & Wood merger subscription
Partners at Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques have voted in favour of a merger with King & Wood, with the Chinese firm still to vote.
Herbert Smith has named its new Asia dispute resolution head following incumbent Mark Johnson’s promotion to Asia head.
Mallesons Stephen Jaques and King & Wood are are likely to target further deals if their proposed merger wins the backing of their respective partnerships.
DAC Beachcroft, Eversheds and Pinsent Masons have joined two Irish firms on healthcare supplier United Drug’s first legal panel.
Manchester firm JMW has seen revenue rise 16 per cent and profit increase by 23 per cent during the first half of 2011-12.
Simmons & Simmons’ first-ever LLP accounts have revealed that the number of equity partners at the firm fell by 8 per cent during the 2010-11 financial year.
Herbert Smith has appointed a new global chief operating officer to replace John Mullins, who will leave the firm at the end of the financial year after more than three decades of service.
Half-year turnover up 5 per cent at Wragges subscription
Wragge & Co has posted a 5 per cent rise in turnover for the first half of the 2011-12 financial year.
Capsticks and Wragges secure NHS hospital deal subscription
Capsticks and Wragge & Co both scored roles advising on the first takeover of an NHS hospital by a private company.
Lewis Baach subscription
On 1 November US firm Baach Robinson & Lewis changed its name to Lewis Baach.
McGrigors cries off from maternity shift subscription
McGrigors has scrapped proposed changes to its maternity leave package following an outcry from staff.
Nabarro takes Indian client through Aim IPO subscription
Nabarro has advised an Indian biofuel producer on its £16m IPO on Aim.
A new personal injury law firm that will shun referral fees has been launched in the wake of the Government’s plan to ban the controversial payments.
Addleshaws sees half-year turnover rise 11 per cent subscription
Addleshaw Goddard has posted revenue of £86.6m for the half year period – 11 per cent up on the same period in 2010-11.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer both had key roles advising on Virgin Money’s acquisition of nationalised bank Northern Rock, with the deal officially unveiled this morning.
A raft of law firms including Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and SJ Berwin landed roles on music company EMI’s break up and sale.
Eversheds has posted a near 7 per cent rise in turnover at the half-year stage, with revenue sitting at £184.1m.
BLP adds Ashurst partner to City banking team subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is continuing to bulk up its finance practice, hiring a partner from Ashurst for its London banking and capital markets group.
A&O widens Belfast focus with fee-earner injection subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) is bolstering its Belfast Legal Services Centre with a team of fee-earners as it diversifies the support centre’s focus.
DLA Piper hires for global securities start-up subscription
DLA Piper has launched an international securities group after poaching a US securities partner from Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Hill Dickinson apes DLA in brand drive subscription
Hill Dickinson senior partner David Wareing has launched a firmwide consultation process in a bid to create a “defineable” brand “like DLA Piper”.
Pannone has signed up St Johns Buildings to handle commodity litigation work stemming from its white-label arm Affinity Solutions.
Sports bodies team up to seek 10-firm roster subscription
The UK’s top sporting bodies have come together to establish a panel of firms to provide legal services to national governing sports organisations.
Ex-Ashurst real estate chief set to retire from firm subscription
One of Ashurst’s most senior real estate lawyers, Adrian Dear, is set to retire at the end of the 2011-12 financial year.
DWF sees half-year turnover rise to £45m subscription
North West firm DWF has revealed a 14 per cent increase in half-year turnover, posting a revenue figure of £45m.
A&O posts 11 per cent revenue hike at half-way point subscription
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) turnover is up 11 per cent at the half-year stage, with the firm raking in £582m compared with £526m at the mid-way point of 2010-11.
Eversheds drops O'Donnell Sweeney tag from Irish arm subscription
Eversheds’ Dublin branch, Eversheds O’Donnell Sweeney, is re-branding to move in line with the rest of the firm.
The UK’s top four banks accounted for almost half of all litigation against FTSE100 companies in the High Court over the past year.
BLG partner exits fix Clydes’ conflicts subscription
The exodus of partners from legacy firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has reduced significantly the number of conflicts at merged firm Clyde & Co from around 40 to seven.
Irwin Mitchell guides Mayfair site purchase subscription
Irwin Mitchell advised Phones 4U founder John Caudwell’s property division on its £143m purchase of the Audley Square House site in London’s Mayfair - one of the most prized properties held by Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency (Nama).
Singapore firm Allen & Gledhill (A&G) is considering dumping joint venture partner Linklaters for Allen & Overy (A&O) as local firms look to gain access to the wider Australasian market.
Norton Rose and Trowers & Hamlins both landed roles on real estate services and investment company Kennedy Wilson’s $1.8bn (£1.12bn) purchase of a real estate loan portfolio from Bank of Ireland.
A deputy High Court judge who beat his wife because she made him wait for his dinner has been removed from his post.
Edwards Wildman, Hogan Lovells and SNR Denton have all hired partners from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) as the firm today merges with Clyde & Co.
Addleshaws to spearhead client billing revolution subscription
Government funds project to bring pricing arrangements up to date
Can Angel repeat his Links success at DLA Piper? subscription
News that former Linklaters chief Tony Angel is set to join DLA Piper as senior partner sent shockwaves through the market when it was revealed on TheLawyer.com last week (26 October).
Eversheds man’s work-life balance subscription
Eversheds’ Chrxistmas party will have a circus theme this year. Sidestepping the obvious jokes about certain partners being clowns anyway, for one employee at the firm the big top surroundings really will be a familiar sight.
BLP picks up BLG environment head subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) planning and environment team is set to receive a boost as the firm scoops a Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) department head.
DLA Piper buys stake in ABS-in-waiting LawVest subscription
DLA Piper has become a minority stakeholder in LawVest, a holding company that aims to launch into the alternative business structure (ABS) market next year.
SNR Denton legacy firm Denton Wilde Sapte is being sued by a former client for around $3.5m in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts.
A&O takes lead role as DTZ seeks buyer subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) is advising property services group DTZ as the company puts itself on the market following a failed takeover bid.
Canada-headquartered Fasken Martineau has hired DMH Stallard’s London corporate head.
SJ Berwin Germany has re-hired a partner who left the firm three years ago to establish his own tax boutique.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is sending a senior oil and gas partner to Hong Kong in a bid to boost the firm’s Asia Pacific energy practice.
BLP’s loss of Colt brief is GTM’s gain subscription
Colt Technology Services has signed up Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) to take care of its employment law needs after a similar deal with Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) fell through.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) all landed roles on a merger agreement that is aimed at challenging the dominance of online search engine Rightmove in the online property sector.
Osborne Clarke bags Taylor Wessing duo subscription
Osborne Clarke has continued its push in financial services with a double partner hire from Taylor Wessing.
RBS dumps Herbies for Links on Highland case subscription
Herbert Smith’s litigation team has been kicked off a $100m (£66m) dispute for RBS, with the bank turning to traditional counsel Linklaters mid-way through the action.
DLA Piper and SNR Denton, the only two international firms with offices in Kuwait, are looking to bulk up in the country following the loss of key partners.
Wragges client seals shopping centre deal subscription
Wragge & Co’s shopping centres team has advised new developer Queensberry Real Estate on its successful bid to build a £110m, 390,000 sq ft shopping centre at John Frost Square in Newport’s city centre.
Colt Technology Services has signed up Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) as its sole employment-law advisor a year after a similar deal with Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) Managed Legal Service arm collapsed.
Britain’s leading judges are calling for an electronic revolution in the courts, arguing that enhanced use of technology would solidify London’s High Court as one of the best in the world.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has once again turned to O’Melveny & Myers as it expands its Washington DC practice.
Squire Sanders Hammonds has hired an IT and outsourcing specialist from Pinsent Masons to head its global outsourcing team.
Freshfields names Kleiman as new Paris chief subscription
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a new Paris managing partner, replacing Antoine Colonna d’Istria who steps down after four years in the role.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has hired the former chairman of the UK’s Competition Commission as a senior consultant in its London office.
A&O aids Capstone on Bristol Water buy subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has helped Canada-listed company Capstone Infrastructure Corporation acquire a majority stake in Bristol Water.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has acted for the issuers of 16 residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) worth £15bn, redrafting transaction documents in light of changes to the Direct Debit Scheme rules.
Dundas dumps all-equity partnership subscription
Dundas & Wilson has dropped its all-equity model and introduced a fixed-share tier into its partnership.
Landlord’s Gaddafi link stalls BLG’s office switch subscription
An investment company linked to fallen Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi could dash Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s (BLG) hopes of moving into merger partner Clyde & Co’s London offices soon after the deal goes through.
Norton Rose helps Eni UK on £513m oil acquisition subscription
Norton Rose advised Eni UK on its €590m (£512.7m) acquisition of GDF Suez’s stake in Elgin Franklin Oil & Gas Limited (EFOG).
Eversheds is piloting a service similar to Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) Lawyers on Demand, creating a pool of lawyers that the firm will second to clients for temporary assignments.
Clifford Chance has turned to Latham & Watkins for the latest addition to its high yield practice.
SJ Berwin has expanded its finance team with a hire from Sidley Austin.
Holman Fenwick Willan has been gifted a foothold in South America following its acquisition of an eight-strong team of partners from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG).
Freeth Cartwright’s Birmingham practice is set to move into a space three times larger than its current office as the firm continues to expand in response to the Legal Services Act.
Goodwin hires Ashurst partner duo for City push subscription
Goodwin Procter has hired two partners from Ashurst in London, one of whom will join the US firm as London office chair.
SNR Denton has hired a restructuring partner from Dickinson Dees as the firm continues to scour the market for senior lawyers.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and US firm Vedder Price were the two main legal advisors on Engine Lease Finance Corporation’s (ELFC) acquisition of 47 aircraft engines from Macquarie Bank Limited.
DLA Piper grows Singapore with Norton Rose hire subscription
DLA Piper has hired a special counsel from Norton Rose to lead its restructuring and distressed investment team in Asia.
Watson Farley & Williams is set to launch a planning practice in London after hiring a lawyer from SNR Denton.
Eversheds is introducing the role of legal director at the firm, as an alternative career path to partnership.
Litigation boutique Enyo Law has hired a commercial litigation partner from Reed Smith.
Dundas parts company with infrastructure co-head subscription
Dundas & Wilson’s co-head of infrastructure Andrew Renton has left the firm.
DLA Piper has bolstered its London finance group with a hire from Deutsche Bank.
Watson Farley taps BLP for asset finance duo subscription
Watson Farley & Williams has hired two asset finance lawyers from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) in a bid to boost its core practice.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to hire two capital markets partners from Herbert Smith, marking the magic-circle firm’s second raid on the litigation giant this year.
Baker & McKenzie has topped a table of leading international law firm brands for the third year running, but the rest of the top ten is rapidly catching up.
Norton Rose explores second Canadian merger subscription
Norton Rose is in merger talks with Calgary firm Macleod Dixon, just four months after merging with Canada’s Ogilvy Renault.
Eversheds adds FSA lawyer to London disputes team subscription
Eversheds has hired a lawyer from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to join its financial services dispute resolution team in London.
DLA Piper has hired a Norton Rose arbitration of counsel into its Dubai partnership
BLP nabs Ashurst construction boss subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Ashurst’s non-contentious construction head to lead its engineering, construction and procurement group.
Eversheds manager on rough road to glory subscription
What were you doing when you were three years old? Trying to shove square bricks into round holes? Drawing on walls? At three, Eversheds’ business support manager Nichola Anderson was already riding BMX bikes. And at seven she was British champion.
Eversheds nets Romanian firm with Russia on radar subscription
Eversheds is set to link up with Romanian firm Lina & Guia as the former continues to mull a move into Russia.
Hill Dickinson blames NHS cutbacks for redundancies subscription
Hill Dickinson has cited government spending cuts affecting the NHS as the reason for making two fee-earners and five secretaries redundant in its health team.
Pinsents adds BLP partner to banking team subscription
Pinsent Masons has given its banking and restructuring team a boost with a partner from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
Jones Day joins magic circle on SAV sell-off subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance, Jones Day and Slaughter and May all acted on the £472m sale of credit card provider SAV Credit Limited (SAV) to Värde Partners.
Herbert Smith is acting for DLA Piper’s former global co-head of litigation and regulatory Neil Gerrard in a dispute with his former firm over the terms of his departure.
Norton Rose has revamped its lockstep to put an increased emphasis on individual partner performance.
Ashurst turns to Norton Rose for Munich hire subscription
Ashurst has hired a corporate partner from Norton Rose in Munich.
DLA Piper has hired a team of three financial litigation partners in London from LG.
Addleshaw Goddard has lost the litigation partner who was preparing to launch its Singapore office to Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
Allen & Overy turns its back on Canada subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has put a Canada launch on the back-burner. Partners rejected the Canada proposals in favour of focusing on Australia.
Nabarro has become Great Portland Estates’ go-to firm as the developer continues to snap up prime central London real estate.
Reasonable clout: why Dundas needs Bircham subscription
It was fast becoming one of the worst-kept secrets in the legal market. For months rumours had been circulating that Scottish heavyweight Dundas & Wilson and Westminster firm Bircham Dyson Bell were in merger talks, yet both sides continued to be economical with the truth, repeatedly dismissing the stories as nonsense.
Jones Day has added to its energy and financial institutions practices with partner hires from Addleshaw Goddard and Simmons & Simmons.
Dundas and Bircham unveil proposed merger subscription
Edinburgh-headquartered Dundas & Wilson looks set to attain its goal of bulking up in London after launching official merger talks with London firm Bircham Dyson Bell.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is launching offices in Berlin and Frankfurt after poaching a team of lawyers from Linklaters.
Addleshaws focuses on billing innovation subscription
Addleshaw Goddard has put pricing strategy at the top of its agenda by creating the role of commercial director to spearhead the firm’s push to develop new ways of billing clients.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), LG, Macfarlanes and Wedlake Bell have all landed roles on the £139m sale of prime-location skyscraper 30 Crown Place - the site of Pinsent Masons’ London headquarters.
Eversheds digs in on L&G student property deal subscription
Eversheds has acted for Legal & General Property (L&G Property) on its £116m purchase of Battersea-based student accommodation Griffon Studios from Berkeley First and Imperial College London, which were advised by Ashurst.
Freeth Cartwright to merge with Kimbells subscription
Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright is set to take over seven-partner Milton Keynes firm Kimbells on 1 November.
McGrigors moots cuts in maternity and sick benefits subscription
A storm is brewing at McGrigors over proposed changes to the firm’s maternity leave package.
A&O and Eversheds join Cameron's Russia delegation subscription
Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley and Eversheds managing partner Lee Ranson have joined Prime Minister David Cameron on his visit to Russia.
Pinsents votes for Bristol closure subscription
Pinsent Masons will close its Bristol office, offering the 11 lawyers there relocation and working closely with support staff to “assess alternative options”.
DLA builds real estate with Ashurst's Cookson subscription
DLA Piper has hired a partner from Ashurst to head its London real estate group.
Macfarlanes has hired Shearman & Sterling partner Ian Nisse to head its commercial real estate practice.
BLP ups performance element in partner remuneration subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) equity partners will have to work harder for their pay following the firm’s decision to put more emphasis on performance when distributing profits.
Colonel Gaddafi’s regime, the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, has instructed Ilford firm Edwards Duthie to help it regain control of Libya’s embassy and frozen assets in the UK.
A group of 14 ex-Halliwells partners have joined forces to instruct Irwin Mitchell partner Chris Jones to fight claims made against them by the failed firm’s administrators at BDO.
A&O hires Simmons partner for Qatar team subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has boosted its Middle East finance practice with the hire of Simmons & Simmons partner Samer Eido.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has repaid more than £232,000 to failed firm Halliwells’ administrators after initially withholding the sum, which was owed as part of BLG’s 2010 purchase of Halliwells’ insurance practice.
Ince ups shipping focus with Monaco launch subscription
Ince & Co has launched an office in Monaco focusing on shipping and energy.
Hill Dicks adds DLA partner to Sheffield practice subscription
Hill Dickinson has hired DLA Piper partner Tim Littler for its Sheffield banking and finance team.
Litigators fear practice is falling behind after series of departures to international players
Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hogan Lovells were all acting on Northumbrian Water’s £2.4bn cash sale to a Hong Kong consortium controlled by billionaire Li Ka-Shing.
Pannone’s average profit per equity partner (PEP) fell 9.5 per cent in the 2010-11 financial year with the firm blaming restructuring costs for the drop.
Ashurst, Dickson Minto and Weil Gotshal & Manges all landed roles on Charterhouse Capital Partners’ $950m (£579m) acquisition of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) from Bridgepoint Capital.
Dechert, DLA Piper sign off Moonpig takeover deal subscription
Dechert and DLA Piper were the lead firms advising on PhotoBox’s £120m purchase of online cards retailer Moonpig.com.
A partner at Kennedys has been dismissed from the firm and is facing a police investigation following allegations that he stole close to £1m from a client.
Simon Rajgopaul is the sole cure for all the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s legal ills.
Upstarts step out of the ’conflict shadows’ to boldly go where the magic circle fears to tread
DWF enters Brum market with Shoosmiths hire subscription
DWF is launching an office in Birmingham with Shoosmiths’ head of asset finance.
BLP partner launches phone-hacking claim against NoW subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) litigation partner Graham Shear has become embroiled in the News of the World (NoW) phone-hacking scandal, lodging a breach of privacy claim against the defunct paper’s publishers.
A&O reels in Gide trio for new Casablanca outpost subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the first of the magic circle firms to announce its intention to open an office in Africa, with the firm scheduling a Morocco launch for the autumn.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised private equity group Westbrook Partners on the £338m refinancing of what is thought to be one of the most expensive properties ever bought in the UK.
Addleshaws takes axe to back office subscription
Addleshaw Goddard has made 31 business services staff redundant following a 30-day consultation. The move followed the announcement that net profit at the firm had dropped by 17 per cent for the 2010-11 financial year.
DLA Piper has begun rebuilding its Brisbane office after it suffered departures in the run-up to the firm’s merger with DLA Phillips Fox, taking on two partners and their support teams from Australian firm Dibbs Barker.
Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques has entered into tie-up talks with one of China’s largest commercial law firms, King & Wood.
Harbottle & Lewis has been given the all clear by News International (NI) to talk to authorities about its remit in the 2007 investigation of phone hacking at News of the World (NoW).
Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to become the first magic circle firm to open an office in Africa, with a Casablanca launch scheduled for September.
Egorov and Magisters merge to create CIS giant subscription
One of Russia’s largest law firms, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, is set to merge with Ukraine outlier Magisters.
DLA Piper has begun rebuilding its Brisbane office, taking two partners and their legal support teams from Australian firm Dibbs Barker.
Kingsley Napley partner Stephen Parkinson has been instructed by former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks following her arrest in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.
Payne Hicks keeps Team GB sailors buoyant subscription
If all you want out of the London 2012 Olympics is to see Great Britain win a gold, then a good bet would be to keep an eye on the sailing.
Pinsents bags solo role on broadband project subscription
Pinsent Masons has won the role to act as sole legal adviser on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) £530m project to deliver super-fast broadband across the UK.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is looking to put together its first legal panel, with the move coming shortly after the arrival of its first general counsel.
An Allen & Overy (A&O) New York partner has resigned from the firm after being arrested and charged with distributing child pornography.
Eversheds beefs up employment team with Bircham hire subscription
Eversheds has hired a strike injunction specialist from Bircham Dyson Bell to head its industrial relations practice.
Allen & Overy (A&O) senior partner David Morley is to spend two months touring the firm’s Asia and Middle East offices, starting in Singapore.
SJ Berwin has persuaded its EU and competition head Stephen Kon to stay at the firm after he handed in his resignation last month to join Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.
LG reports drops in turnover and PEP for 2010-11 subscription
LG’s turnover dropped 9 per cent in the 2010-11 financial year while average profit per equity partner (PEP) fell by 10 per cent over the same period.
A&O: 'We were not acting for Gordon Brown' subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has issued a denial that it has ever worked for Gordon Brown or held personal files containing information on the former Prime Minister, following the latest development in the phone hacking saga.
This is an archive article. For further developments on this story see Select Committee exonerates Harbottle over Murdoch’s ‘major mistake’ claim.
Eversheds is the sole legal adviser behind UK Regeneration’s innovative £3bn Barclays Capital-backed fund, designed to invest in private rented housing.
Former Wragges chief joins IT boutique subscription
Former Wragge & Co senior partner John Crabtree has joined niche corporate and technology firm White & Black as chairman.
Mishcon, Reed Smith scoop Reuben Bros Piccadilly buy subscription
Mishcon de Reya and Reed Smith both won roles on the Reuben Brothers’ £130m purchase of the historic Piccadilly Estate from receivers Allsop.
Salaried partners asked to buy into SNR Denton subscription
Non-equity partners in SNR Denton’s UK LLP are in the process of contributing between £10,000 and £20,000 to the firm following the September 2010 merger between legacy firms Denton Wilde Sapte and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal.
Hill Dickinson has made five secretaries redundant across its London corporate and shipping departments.
Simmons & Simmons has seen both turnover and average profit per equity partner (PEP) dip for the second year running, as the firm reveals its 2010-11 year-end figures.
Wragges posts 28 per cent profit hike for 2010-11 subscription
Wragge & Co’s net profit rose by almost 28 per cent to £38.8m in the 2010-11 financial year, while average profit per equity partner (PEP) jumped 18 per cent to £325,000.
A&O beats budget with rises in turnover and profits subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has posted a 7 per cent rise in revenue and an 8 per cent hike in net profit for the 2010-11 financial year.
Scotland’s second largest firm by turnover, Dundas & Wilson, has grown by just 2 per cent over the past financial year, with revenue at £62m.
Eversheds, Simmons forgo NI outsourcing initiatives subscription
Eversheds and Simmons & Simmons have both dismissed plans to open offices in Northern Ireland following talks with development agency Invest Northern Ireland (NI).
Freshfields to get new London boss subscription
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer London corporate head Mark Rawlinson is set to replace Tim Jones as head of the firm’s London office.
How top associates are closing in on partners subscription
There are many routes to success for assistant solicitors as they take ever more prominent roles, says James Swift
Mills & Reeve has advised technology company Ubisense Group on its oversubscribed Aim listing after winning the client last year in a competitive tender against City rivals.
World events have more than a passing interest for Emanuel Maurice, general counsel at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as they can directly affect his workload.
Addleshaws appoints four partners to unitary board subscription
Addleshaw Goddard has appointed four partners to its new unitary board as the firm looks to pick itself up after a “disappointing” financial performance.
Former equity partners consider rebuffing administrators; those at Gateley to opt for mediation
Blackstone junior has his way with words subscription
When eminent jurist Sir William Blackstone abandoned reading Classics at Oxford to study at Middle Temple, he wrote a poem lamenting his decision to forsake his passion for verse to pursue a career in law.
Daimler legal team opposes new panel subscription
Car manufacturer Daimler’s first-ever panel search has sparked discontent from within the company’s ranks. Law firms have been invited to pitch for places to undertake work across the UK, Continental Europe and US.
DLA nudges up international LLP’s turnover subscription
DLA Piper’s international LLP, which excludes the US arm of the business, posted a turnover of $935m (£580m) for the 2010 calendar year, 0.2 per cent up on the previous year’s figure of $933m.
Eversheds and Davis & Co both won roles on the sale of the Queen’s paint maker, Crown Paints, by private equity house Endless to paint supplier Hempel.
Hogan Lovells to jump on Aussie bandwagon subscription
Hogan Lovells is the latest firm to set its sights on an Australian launch, confirming that it has held “informal meetings” with firms in the region.
Halliwells’ administrator BDO is calling on former partners to repay the cash they pocketed in a reverse premium deal with the failed firm’s Manchester landlord.
BLP hires Linklaters lawyer for Hong Kong launch subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is set to launch an office in Hong Kong with a counsel from Linklaters, as the firm eyes mainland China next.
A former Allen & Overy (A&O) associate who was sacked after refusing to stop publishing an online erotic novel is suing the firm for $35m in New York following a failed unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination claim in London.
LG has won a bid to become foreign legal advisor to Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas company.
SNR Denton has hired the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) assistant general counsel to bolster its public policy and regulation group.
Former Brobeck chairman Snow settles on Cooley subscription
Cooley has hired Tower Snow, the US securities specialist and former Brobeck chairman who spearheaded Clifford Chance’s ill-fated West Coast expansion.
Eversheds turnover stalls as profit inches up subscription
Profit is up but turnover is static at Eversheds, with revenue stuck at £355m for the 2010/11 financial year.
DLA Piper posts 1 per cent rise for global revenue subscription
DLA Piper posted a 1 per cent increase in global turnover for the 2010 calendar year, with revenue at $1.96bn (£1.27bn). Total profit was up 5.9 per cent at $777.8m £503m).
DLA Piper and BLP act on final White Tower sale subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and DLA Piper landed roles on the sale of the last property in the White Tower portfolio, Aviva Tower, to an unnamed purchaser for £288m.
The managing partner of a US law firm in Russia is being forced to run his firm from London after continuing to speak out against the authorities he believes are responsible for his former partner’s death.
Freshfields freshens up Asia operations subscription
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is shaking up its Asia management team, as the former US managing partner relocates to Hong Kong to add firepower to the capital markets practice.
Lex Caribbean subscription
Lex Caribbean was launched in 1997 in Barbados, but it is only since 1 July 2000, when the firm merged with Trinidad and Tobago’s De Nobriga Inniss & Co, that it really hit its stride.
Lex Caribbean subscription
Lex Caribbean was launched in 1997 in Barbados, but it is only since 1 July 2000, when the firm merged with Trinidad and Tobago’s De Nobriga Inniss & Co, that it really hit its stride.
Reed Smith has its eye on Shanghai subscription
Reed Smith is set to give its international practice a boost by opening a Shanghai office, as the firm eyes further opportunities in Europe and other parts of Asia.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has given its growing banking and capital markets team a lift with a hire from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.
Freshfields revamps Asia management team subscription
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has shaken up its Asia management team as the firm’s former US managing partner relocates to Hong Kong to add firepower to the capital markets practice.
Eversheds is expanding into Hamburg with a base in the city set to open in the autumn.
Vinson & Elkins has appointed a new Middle East managing partner to succeed Lewis Jones.
Turnover and PEP up at Watson Farley subscription
Watson Farley & Williams saw turnover grow by 11 per cent over the 2010-11 financial year with average profit per equity partner (PEP) rising by 2.2 per cent.
CC and Nabarro deal with Sportingbet Oz acquisition subscription
Clifford Chance and Nabarro have taken lead roles on Sportingbet’s bond issue and subsequent acquisition of Australian betting company Centrebet.
Addleshaws partner resigns amid expenses saga subscription
Addleshaw Goddard is working with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) over alleged discrepancies in the expenses and disbursements of a former partner.
EMW, Eversheds drive Jardine’s Wayside buy subscription
EMW and Eversheds have both landed roles on Jardine Motors Group’s acquisition of car dealership Wayside Group.
Focus: SNR Denton: We shall overcome subscription
Shocking financials have blighted SNR Denton’s first year as a combined entity. Chief executive Matthew Jones explains his plan for turning the firm’s fortunes around
SNR Denton nurtures Mid East-Africa focus subscription
SNR Denton has transferred London-based Africa specialist Paul Bugingo to Dubai as it aims to give its Africa practice a Middle East-Africa rather than London-Africa focus.
BLP sees PEP rocket 56 per cent to £712,000 subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner has seen average profit per equity partner (PEP) rise 56 per cent in the past financial year on the back of a turnover rise of 20 per cent.
Eversheds cuts 75 jobs as Accenture deal goes live subscription
Eversheds has confirmed that 75 support staff jobs will be cut as a result of its outsourcing deal with Accenture.
Simmons confirms hire of five-partner BLP team subscription
Simmons & Simmons has confirmed that it has hired a five-partner finance team from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
Gateley has posted an 18.7 per cent increase in turnover for the 2010-11 financial year and made up two new partners in its annual round of promotions.
Eversheds ups Middle East focus with KSLG merger subscription
Eversheds has merged with Middle East law consortium KSLG, trebling its size in the region.
Addleshaw Goddard has begun a redundancy consultation among its support staff at the end of a financial year that saw net profit drop by 17 per cent.
Simmons bolsters finance group with BLP hires subscription
Simmons & Simmons is set to give its finance department a major boost with a group of partners and former partners from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
Promoted Hammerson GC launches first legal panel subscription
Hammerson general counsel Sarah Booth is putting together the company’s first formal panel of external legal advisers, with firms currently tendering for places.
A&O defector ends Clayton Utz quarrel subscription
A dispute between Australian firm Clayton Utz and former partner Grant Fuzi, who defected to Allen & Overy (A&O) in February 2010, was settled after Fuzi returned his retirement payment as a goodwill gesture, The Lawyer can reveal.
Allen & Overy (A&O) advised the group of banks behind the creation of the Coalition’s £2.5bn Business Growth Fund (BGF).
Brabners and Reed Smith scoop wind turbine work subscription
Brabners Chaffe Street and Reed Smith both helped wind turbine manufacturer Vestas secure an option to take a lease on a 70-hectare site at the Port of Sheerness in Kent.
Former Dorsey & Whitney partner Andrew Rimmington, whose trial for insider dealing collapsed in 2010, has joined Mishcon de Reya as one of two partner hires intended to give the firm’s corporate team a boost.
Regional rebellion blocks Addleshaws equity rejig subscription
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DLA boosts NY restructuring group with Skadden hire subscription
DLA Piper has given its New York restructuring group a boost with the hire of a partner from Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom.
Covington & Burling swoops for MoFo City quartet subscription
US firm Covington & Burling has added a life sciences corporate team to its London office, after taking a team of four partners from Morrison & Foerster (MoFo).
Reed Smith has continued to expand its London energy and natural resources practice with a hire from SNR Denton.
DLA boosts Madrid with Roca Junyent hires subscription
DLA Piper Madrid has hired a restructuring team from independent Spanish firm Roca Junyent.
Pinsents posts £213m turnover for 2010-11 subscription
Pinsent Masons’ revenue has risen 3 per cent over the past financial year, with the firm posting turnover for the 12-month period of £213m.
Allen & Overy (A&O) Germany has been given the green light by global management to expand aggressively, following a two-month tour of its offices by worldwide senior partner David Morley.
A&O, Links set the tone with associate pay freeze subscription
Associates hoping for bumper pay rises will be left disappointed if rival firms do as expected and follow the lead of Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters.
Addleshaws names new corporate chief subscription
Addleshaw Goddard has appointed partner Philip Goodstone as divisional managing partner in charge of the firm’s corporate group.
Eversheds swaps Lupicinio for Nicea subscription
Eversheds is set to tie up with Spanish firm Nicea Abogados following its split from alliance partner Eversheds Lupicinio.
Herbies mulls Australia to jump-start global plan subscription
Firm yet to decide on launch or merger as it follows UK rivals
Hill Dickinson growth inspires structural shift subscription
Hill Dickinson has scrapped its management board and revamped its business structure.
Mishcon, DLA Piper seal London Gate deal subscription
DLA Piper and Mishcon de Reya both landed roles on PPP developer Cathedral Group and property developer Development Securities’s joint acquisition of London Gate business park in Hayes, Middlesex.
Chadbourne & Parke has boosted its corporate and energy practices in London with hires from Hunton & Williams and Clifford Chance.
Linklaters and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom both had roles in the arbitration between BP and Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR), the Russian oligarch consortium behind joint venture TNK-BP.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Mayer Brown partner Nick Kynoch in a bid to boost its financial services practice.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is freezing associate salary bands following a sluggish financial year.
Irwin Mitchell has hired former LG partner Sue Wilson as a property litigation consultant, as the firm continues to expand its property practice in London.
Wragge & Co has posted a 16 per cent rise in turnover for the 2010-11 financial year, growing from £96.2m to £112m.
Dickinson Dees has promoted two lawyers to partner and eight to director in its annual round of promotions.
Six of DLA Piper’s eight Canberra partners have left the firm just weeks after the firm’s Australian arm merged with the international LLP.
Axed Halliwells lawyer’s Gateley action founders subscription
A former Halliwells property lawyer who was made redundant from the firm while she was in the middle of a three-day labour has failed in her action to recover £66,000 from HBJ Gateley Wareing (now Gateley).
Past is ever-present for BLP man subscription
Law firms are forever looking for ways to entertain and impress clients.
DWF is set to launch a full-service practice in Newcastle, following the hire of partner John Flynn from Dickinson Dees.
Manchester's JMW makes Pinsents, Nexus hires subscription
Manchester firm JMW has boosted its corporate and employment teams after hiring partners from Pinsent Masons and Nexus.
Ashurst has re-staffed its US securities team following last month’s exit of a trio of partners with the hire of two former Linklaters partners.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has entered into redundancy talks with 155 London support staff ahead of the launch later this year of the firm’s support services centre in Belfast.
Simmons & Simmons has formed an alliance with Saudi Arabia firm Hammad Al-Mehdar & Co. The news coincides with six new partners in London as part of Simmons’ 13-strong annual promotions round.
DLA Piper’s US associate bonus scheme has been criticised following an internal memo that claimed top performers were getting more than at competitor firms.
DLA Piper swoops for Sacramento litigation boutique subscription
DLA Piper has almost doubled the size of its Sacramento office after absorbing litigation boutique Stevens O’Connnell & Jacobs.
DLA Phillips Fox in divorce from New Zealand arm subscription
DLA Phillips Fox in New Zealand is separating from its Australian counterpart, which fully merged with DLA Piper on 1 May.
Addleshaws hikes transaction services subscription
Addleshaw Goddard’s transaction services team (TST) has grown almost eightfold since it was piloted in November 2010.
CC, Freshfields picked for Metrovacesa restructure subscription
Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have landed roles on Spanish real estate group Metrovacesa’s e5bn (£4.4bn) restructuring.
Global partner promotions plummet subscription
The number of international partners made up by UK firms in 2011 has dipped, despite this being the first round of promotions since last year’s spate of transatlantic mergers.
Honey for nothing, kudos for free subscription
It is not actually a secret that there is a beehive on a rooftop in Middle Temple Gardens, but few of the barristers and staff who work nearby seem to know about it.
German firm Noerr is set to launch an IP office in Alicante after poaching two lawyers from Hogan Lovells.
German firm Noerr is set to launch an IP office in Alicante after poaching two lawyers from Hogan Lovells.
Simmons & Simmons has advised the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on two prison service procurement provisions that resulted in contracts worth a combined total of £2.4bn being awarded to bidders.
Pannone is set to launch a white-label division to capitalise on the new opportunities that will arise when the Legal Services Act (LSA) comes into full force.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) banking and capital markets partner Mark Waghorn has announced that he will leave the firm after 21 years.
Pinsent Masons has appointed a new head of corporate and tax to replace incumbent Gareth Edwards.
Russian firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has made a rare lateral hire into its partnership, adding Baker & McKenzie’s St Petersburg head of dispute resolution and tax.
Hill Dickinson has made up nine lawyers to its salaried partner ranks and one to legal director in its annual round of promotions.
SNR Denton welcomes eight new partners to UK LLP subscription
The UK LLP of SNR Denton has made up eight partners in its annual round of promotions.
WFW welcomes six to partnership ranks subscription
Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has appointed six new partners in its annual round of promotions, bringing the total number of partners at the firm to 110.
DLA Piper has made up 53 lawyers across 18 countries in its annual round of partner promotions.
Burness, Eversheds, Norton Rose and Shepherd & Wedderburn all advised on the financing of a £38.6m wind farm project in the Scottish Borders.
Hill Dickinson has appointed former Manchester managing partner David Wareing as its new senior partner.
DLA Piper is putting departing partners on three months’ gardening leave after overhauling its members agreement to reflect its international growth.
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Gowlings adds Unilever IP lawyer to London team subscription
Canadian firm Gowlings has hired Unilever’s former vice-president legal and global anti-counterfeiting counsel for its London office.
Pannone promotes four to partnership subscription
Pannone has made up four partners, three of whom are women, in its annual round of promotions.
Dechert has launched an office in Los Angeles after hiring four partners from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, including former US litigation head Edwin Woodsome.
Wragges taps Eversheds for three-lawyer Paris team subscription
Wragge & Co has hired a three-lawyer employment team from Eversheds in Paris.
Aviation and commercial law firm Gates and Partners is set to launch in Dubai after hiring two lawyers from Clyde & Co.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has rejected Eversheds’ appeal against a decision that found the firm’s redundancy programme discriminated on grounds of sex by giving too much protection to pregnant employees.
Olswang promotes five to London partnership subscription
Olswang has made up five of its London associates to partner in its annual round of promotions.
A&O signs up to Nick Clegg's 'business compact' subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the first law firm to sign up to the Government’s ’business compact’ on social mobility.
BLP favours London in 13-strong promotions round subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has made up 13 partners in its annual round of promotions, up from eight in 2010.
Nabarro Singapore wins first panel appointment subscription
Nabarro’s Singapore office has been appointed to Australian engineering company Clough’s global legal panel.
A&O makes up 21 in global promotion round subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has made up 21 partners across 13 offices in its annual round of promotions, with the majority of new partners coming from outside London.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters both landed roles on Schaeffler Group’s debt financing, which saw the company cut its debt by e2.8bn (£2.46bn).
Eversheds, SNR Denton land Soton development subscription
Eversheds and SNR Denton have been appointed as advisers on Southampton’s £450m Royal Pier Waterfront development.
Magic circle moots joint social mobility strategy subscription
Top firms will work together to widen access to the law
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Panel acts after public finds squirty cheese behemoth’s legacy hard to digest. By James Swift
WorldPay seeks panel firms after RBS selloff subscription
Card payment processor WorldPay is putting together its first external law firm panel following its divestment from RBS.
After promoting just one associate last year, Macfarlanes has made up four partners across four practice areas.
Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques has announced that managing partner Stuart Fuller will succeed Robert Milliner as chief executive.
West End firm Brecher promotes three to partnership subscription
Property specialist Brecher has made up three partners in its annual promotions.
Eversheds is continuing to re-build its Copenhagen office after it suffered a wave of departures by hiring a team from Danish firm Accura.
A gay lawyer who discovered a note from one of his firm’s partners that accused him of giving work to his “batty boy mate” has won a discrimination fight against the firm.
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Manchester-based firm Horwich Farrelly is responsible for what is thought to be a first in insurance litigation. After successfully defending a false road traffic accident damages claim against a client, the firm took the unusual step of bringing a private prosecution against the fraudster, proving the defendant had perverted the course of justice.
Simmons gets to the art of the matter subscription
On the wall of meeting room 31, on the third floor of Simmons & Simmons’ City office, a muzzled pit bull terrier stares out, taut with aggression.
DLA Piper targets Mongolian market via local tie-up subscription
DLA Piper has entered Mongolia through a non-exclusive tie-up with local firm C&G Partners.
CMS Cameron McKenna’s head of regulated industries Robert Lane has been eliminated from the firm’s senior partner elections.
Weightmans and Mace & Jones agree terms of merger subscription
North West firm Weightmans has agreed merger terms with Mace & Jones just weeks after announcing that it would acquire Vizards Wyeth’s insurance team.
Cleary, CC, Dewey wrap up Finmeccanica divestment subscription
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Clifford Chance and Dewey & LeBoeuf all landed roles on Finmeccanica’s sale of Ansaldo Energia.
Squire Sanders Hammonds has announced its first round of partnership promotions since the merger between Hammonds and Squire Sanders & Dempsey in January 2011, promoting 18 lawyers.
SNR Denton names projects partner as UK chief exec subscription
SNR Denton has shaken up its UK LLP leadership team, with partner Matthew Jones named as chief executive.
Nine DLA Phillips Fox partners are leaving to join mid-tier Australian firm Thomsons Lawyers ahead of the firm’s imminent merger with DLA Piper.
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With Poland having ridden out the downturn admirably, firms are flocking there with a view to making it their CEE launch pad. James Swift reports
WFW launches Spanish tax practice with PwC hire subscription
Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has launched a tax practice in Spain after hiring a lawyer from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
The head of Eversheds’ London projects team Jonathan Cripps is set to defect to Stephenson Harwood along with partner Rebecca Carter.
Weightmans has boosted its insurance practice with the hire of an RBS director to fill the new role of head of policy development.
Manches leads on 'glamorous' F1 IPO subscription
Manches and Nabarro’s German alliance partner, GSK Stockmann + Kollegen, have snared the leading roles on Williams F1’s groundbreaking IPO.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has taken a banking regulation partner and three associates from Norton Rose in Frankfurt.
Pinsent Masons has boosted its partnership with the addition of a lawyer from SJ Berwin’s fund formation team.
North West firm Weightmans has confirmed that its plan to acquire Vizards Wyeth’s insurance team will go ahead.
Clydes takes plunge into merger hotspot Canada subscription
UK firm follows client RSA; DLA Piper to make second attempt
International lawyers in Egypt are braced for a tough year in the wake of the recent revolution, but believe the benefits of a freer country will prevail over hardship.
Waste to Energy specialist Covanta Energy has appointed Kim Humphreys as legal counsel.
Freshfields leads as Cattles restructuring completes subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have all advised on sub-prime lender Cattles’ £2.3bn restructuring.
Norton Rose has signed an alliance with Jakarta firm Susandarini & Partners while also bulking up its Australia practice with the hire of an IP partner from Allens Arthur Robinson.
SNR Denton co-chief executive Howard Morris has relinquished his post to concentrate on integrating the recently merged firm.
Partners at DLA Piper and DLA Phillips Fox have voted in favour of plans to fully integrate the two firms.
SNR Denton has added 10 firms to its Africa network, bringing its total number of tie-ups on the continent to 21. Including its own Cairo office, the firm now has a toehold in 22 of Africa’s 54 countries.
Hogan Lovells has announced its first round of promotions as a merged firm, making up 36 new partners across its global network.
SNR Denton has added 10 firms to its Africa network, bringing its total number of tie-ups in the continent to 21.
A team of five senior associates from Slaughter and May’s German best friend Hengeler Mueller have left to launch their own Frankfurt boutique.
Linklaters lags behind in magic circle NQ retention subscription
Linklaters has revealed an 82 per cent newly qualified (NQ) retention rate for its spring qualifiers.
Spanish firm Garrigues has appointed a new London head as incumbent Guillermo Muñoz-Alonso returns to Madrid.
Swedish firm Magnusson is set to open an office in Finland with six new partners, as the firm moves closer to its goal of total regional coverage.
Portugal's Vieira de Almeida opens in Angola subscription
Portuguese firm Vieira de Almeida & Associados (VDA) has launched in Angola, as the firm looks to strengthen its international coverage.
Eversheds is set to part company with Spanish alliance partner Eversheds Lupicinio, citing strategic differences.
The CMS network has shaken up its management structure ahead of executive partner Dick Tyler’s return to the UK.
A group of senior associates from Slaughter and May’s German best friend Hengeler Mueller have left the firm to launch their own corporate boutique.
Fidal links up with Brazil's Siqueira Castro subscription
France’s largest firm Fidal has joined forces with Brazil’s largest firm by headcount Siqueira Castro.
SH’s Kuwaiti ally ASAR pushes into Qatar subscription
Stephenson Harwood’s (SH) Kuwaiti alliance firm ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners is to expand its reach by launching an office in Qatar.
Uría Menéndez turned over €186.5m (£158.51m) in 2010, allowing it to retain its position as Spain’s third-largest firm, after Garrigues and Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira.
Germany's Heuking seals alliance with Brazilian firm subscription
German firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has formed an alliance with Brazilian firm Veirano Advogados.
A&O turns to Freehills for Aussie banking hire subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) is continuing to expand its Australian presence with the hire of a banking partner from local firm Freehills.
White & Case has hired two partners in Japan from fellow US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.
The last time The Lawyer covered the Turkish market in its Special Reports (8 February 2010), the country was rebounding, very promisingly, off the back of a torrid few years.
Magisters’ managing partner has hit out at the Ukrainian government after armed men from the General Prosecutor’s office yesterday raided the firm’s Kiev office, seizing documents and detaining staff for six hours.
Salans has bulked up its Berlin presence with the hire of a team of lawyers from German firm Beiten Burkhardt.
Spanish firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has posted a two per cent rise in turnover at the same time as promoting nine to its partnership and completing the transition from pure to managed lockstep.
A former Clifford Chance secretary who stole more than £23,000 from the firm has been jailed for fraud.
Nordic firm Roschier has made up six lawyers to partner across its Stockholm and Helsinki offices.
Wolf Theiss has appointed Taras Dumych to replace Gennady Khareyn as managing partner of its Kiev office.
Norton Rose has revamped the management of its Moscow office as the firm looks to exploit trade between Russia and China.
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Canada’s law firms have so far avoided the temptations of globalisation. Will Norton Rose’s merger with Ogilvy spark a new interest in the market?
Dewey & LeBoeuf, Linklaters and Slaughter and May have all advised on South African state-owned electricity utility Eskom Holdings’ $1.75bn (£1.11bn) bond offer.
Cuatrecasas posts small rise in turnover for 2010 subscription
Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira’s turnover increased by 3 per cent in 2010, rising to €241.7m.
Covington & Burling’s Middle East alliance partner Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy (IQ) is set to launch offices in Riyadh and King Abdullah Economic City.
Olswang film chief’s post-UKFC vision subscription
The film The King’s Speech has only been out since 7 January but has already established itself as a critical and commercial success and must be a shoo-in for an Oscar or two.
Six boutique employment law firms from across Europe and the US have joined forces to create an international employment law alliance.
Noerr’s Moscow office, its largest outside Germany, has appointed a new leader after incumbent Peter Zier announced he is to step down.
Vietnam's YKVN launches in Singapore with DLA swoop subscription
Vietnamese firm YKVN has taken a partner from DLA Piper to launch its new office in Singapore.
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Consolidation in the Baltic countries has been a dominant theme in the past year, says James Swift
The managing partner of Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira’s Lisbon office has quit the firm to pursue personal projects.
Noerr makes up London co-head in promotions round subscription
German firm Noerr’s London co-head has been promoted into the equity along with six others as part of the firm’s annual promotions.
Trowers & Hamlins has merged with its alliance partner in Egypt and further expanded in Cairo with the hire of an office head from Eversheds’ Saudi Arabia sponsor firm.
German firm Schultze & Braun has expanded its footprint in its home country with the launch of a Hamburg office that will deal with restructuring and turnaround work.
Nabarro’s Italian best friend Nunziante Magrone has signed exclusive tie-ups with firms in Albania and Turkey.
Salans gets a fillip with hire of Squire's Larkin subscription
Salans has hired a partner from Squire Sanders Hammonds to head its global hospitality sector group in London.
Portugal: On the brink subscription
Portugal has been a market in turmoil over the past year, with the necessity of a bailout from the EU hanging over its head. James Swift looks at how the legal market is faring
Gowlings has given its London energy, infrastructure and mining group a boost by hiring Pinsent Masons’ UK head of project finance.
Chip building: Richard Devereux, Intel Corporation subscription
Intel European head of labour law Richard Devereux’s formidable remit covers overseeing counsel and employees in 37 countries, meaning an ability to adapt has been crucial to his role.
Comings and goings subscription
Spanish firm Garrigues pulled the plug on its young Romanian office recently. James Swift finds out why, and if this is a sign of things to come
Regional firm Hewitsons’ main practice areas are corporate, property and private client.
Life in the slow lane subscription
Economic recovery is being held back by unhelpful government actions, typified by recent legislative moves on PPPs.
Gómez promos bring partner headcount to 65 subscription
Spanish firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has appointed nine new partners, increasing the total number at the firm to 65.
Gleiss Lutz adds three partners to equity subscription
Herbert Smith alliance firm Gleiss Lutz has promoted three associated partners in Germany into the equity.
Garrigues revamps New York management team subscription
Garrigues has appointed corporate partner Ferran Escayola to head its New York office.
The co-founder of Italian firm NCTM has announced that he will leave the firm, along with an equity partner and two salary partners, to launch a niche practice.
Wolf Theiss has replaced its managing partner with a three-member management board as the firm looks to Poland for the next stage of its expansion in Central and Eastern Europe.
Salans revamps German management team subscription
Salans has shaken up its management in Germany as the firm looks to grow in the country.
Finnish firm Hannes Snellman has boosted its recently established Copenhagen office by hiring two partners from local rivals.
Cleary adds to City competition team with OFT hire subscription
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has boosted its London office with the hire of the deputy director of competition policy at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
Australian firm Minter Ellison has hired three partners from Jones Day for its Hong Kong office.
CMS DeBacker to launch in Luxembourg subscription
CMS DeBacker, the Belgian arm of the CMS network, has announced that it will open a Luxembourg office on 1 January 2011.
Howes Percival to investigate Asil Nadir's finances subscription
Howes Percival has been appointed to help investigate Turkish Cypriot billionaire Asil Nadir’s finances.
Orrick seals alliance with Vietnam firm subscription
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has tied up with a Vietnam firm run by its former Hong Kong managing associate.
Cleary and Gleiss Lutz advise on £4bn EDF sell-off subscription
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Herbert Smith’s German alliance firm Gleiss Lutz have acted on EDF’s €4.7bn (£3.98bn) sale of its 45 per cent stake in German energy company Energie Baden-Württember (EnBW) to the State of Baden-Württemberg.
BLP's former finance head relocates to Moscow subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) former head of finance is relocating to Moscow as the firm’s Russia tie-up reports a 60 per cent rise in revenue.
Latham & Watkins Moscow managing partner Mark Banovich is leaving the firm, to be replaced by M&A partner Christopher Allen.
Ilfa promotes its firsts foremost subscription
At this year’s International Lawyers for Africa (Ilfa) gala dinner, held in the Law Society’s common room on Chancery Lane, the theme was firsts.
Garrigues’ Bucharest team is set to join Romanian firm Musat & Asociatii after the Spanish firm announced it would be cutting the office loose at the end of the year.
One of a kind subscription
A year on from the creation of Goltsblat BLP, James Swift asks whether other international and local firms can overcome cultural barriers, or if this is destined to be the tie-up nonpareil
A&L Goodbody docks snow-bound secretaries' wages subscription
A&L Goodbody is encouraging its staff to leave early to combat worsening travel conditions, but those ‘on the clock’ must take the time out of their pay or annual leave.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is set to launch a Hong Kong law practice after poaching Norton Rose’s China corporate finance head.
Swedish firm Vinge has boosted its Brussels office with a competition lawyer from Howrey, two months after four partners left the US firm’s Belgium base.
Allen & Overy’s leading project finance lawyer in Italy is set to leave the firm to join Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo.
Hammonds’ Hong Kong office will split from the firm ahead of its merger with Squire Sanders & Dempsey.
Offshore firm Walkers is expanding its nascent presence in Ireland and is on track to create a further 25 jobs in Dublin by the end of 2010.
Spanish firm Garrigues is pulling out of Romania and will make Poland the centre of its Central and Eastern European practice.
Czech firm PRK Partners is set to take on Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Prague team, which was let go by the French firm following its global strategic review.
Camerons hires UniCredit lawyer for CEE banking team subscription
CMS Cameron McKenna has taken a lawyer from UniCredit for its Central and Eastern Europe banking and finance team.
Spanish firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira is advising FC Barcelona’s board of directors on its unlawful accounting claim against the club’s former president.
Schoenherr swoops for UBS chairman Kurer subscription
Austrian firm Schoenherr has appointed former UBS chairman Peter Kurer as external member of its strategy committee.
Davis Polk & Wardwell has continued to build its Hong Kong office with the hire of Linklaters’ Beijing head.
China’s legal profession is less independent than it was before 2003 and lawyers involved in controversial cases live “under the Sword of Damocles”, according to panellists at the International Bar Association’s (IBA) discussion on the independence of lawyers in the country.
US duo tap into $1.25bn KazMunaiGas Eurobond subscription
Dewey & LeBoeuf and White & Case acted on Kazakhstan oil and gas company KazMunaiGas’s (KMG) recent $1.25bn (£780m) Eurobond offering.
Thomson Reuters has acquired one of India’s largest pure play legal process outsourcing (LPO) companies Pangea3
Nixon Peabody seals alliance with Hong Kong firm subscription
Nixon Peabody has entered into a formal association with Hong Kong firm Cheng Wong Lam & Partners.
Germany's CMS Hasche Sigle revamps management team subscription
German firm CMS Hasche Sigle has elected a new managing partner to replace Cornelius Brandi, who will step down to become senior partner next year.
DLA Piper’s Abu Dhabi office managing partner Stephen Webb has moved to the firm’s Australian alliance partner DLA Phillips Fox.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has boosted its Frankfurt office, hiring the head of Weil Gotshal & Manges’ German antitrust and regulatory practice, as the firm looks to become a force in European competition and antitrust.
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There’s still some energy left in Norway’s restricted hydroelectric power sector.
Ogier names Cayman's chief as head of Hong Kong subscription
Offshore firm Ogier has appointed a new Hong Kong managing partner to replace the Duncan Smith, who will retire early next year.
Canadian firm Gowlings has hired a Simmons & Simmons partner as it continues to expand in London.
Major UK firms have sent high-profile delegations to Malaysia as the market considers allowing foreign firms to practise.
Ashurst and DLA Piper have secured roles advising on the international issues surrounding what is believed to be India’s largest-ever IPO.
French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel is expanding in Hungary after its global strategic review made Budapest its Central and Eastern Europe hub.
Disputed territory subscription
Like all emerging jurisdictions, Africa comes with inherent risks, and with increasing inward investment the continent is seeing a rise in arbitration.
DLA Piper eyes exclusive link with Portugal’s ABBC subscription
DLA Piper is in talks about entering an exclusive tie-up arrangement with Portuguese firm Azevedo Neves Benjamim Mendes Carvalho & Associados Sociedade de Advogados (ABBC).
Two former Norton Rose lawyers, who left the firm’s Paris office earlier this year, have set up a boutique in the city.
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Following the Spanish example, Portuguese firms are expanding into countries with a common language, which spells opportunity in Africa.
CCA Advogados has become the first Portuguese law firm to launch in China after opening an office in Shanghai.
A host of firms, including Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, Slaughter and May, Uría Menéndez and White & Case have acted on Qatar Holding’s $2.7bn acquisition of a 5 per cent stake in Banco Santander’s Brazil operation.
African members of the DLA Piper alliance network, together with two other African firms, today launched regional alliance Juris East Africa.
Salans hands third term to Paris-based boss subscription
Salans has elected Dariusz Oleszczuk as global managing partner for the third time, making him the firm’s longest serving chief.
Norton Rose sets up Asian IP group subscription
Norton Rose has launched an IP and technology practice that will be headquartered in Hong Kong and offer services across Asia.
Gide review closes five Gulf and European offices subscription
Gide Loyrette Nouel has announced that it will shut five offices across Eastern Europe and the Gulf as part of its global strategic review.
Garrigues promotes 19 as turnover rises to €352.8m subscription
Spanish firm Garrigues has reported turnover of €352.8m (£314.27m), a 5.5 per cent increase on 2009.
Norton Rose Australia has boosted its banking practice in Perth with a partner from Jones Day.
Eversheds has appointed two partners in Copenhagen to replace former senior partner Troels Askerud.
Lawyers’ fees in Jersey are too high and “exhibit all the characteristics of a cartel”, according to one States Member, who wants an investigation.
A human rights lawyer from Russia is facing criminal charges for ’public insult of state officials while on duty’ after alleging she was beaten by police.
Portuguese firm Abreu Advogados has begun an exclusive strategic partnership with Mozambique firm Ferreira Rocha & Associados.
Texas firm Baker Botts has made up 13 lawyers in its latest round of partner promotions, including two in London.
Brazil’s largest law firm by headcount, Siqueira Castro Advogados, has merged with São Paulo tax boutique Advocacia Lunardelli.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has strengthened its real estate practice in Warsaw with a team of lawyers from Salans.
Brazil comes of age subscription
As more international firms arrive, local players expand and competition increases, Brazil is finally starting to realise its potential.
PLMJ forges China link with one eye on Africa subscription
Portugal’s largest law firm PLMJ has tied up with China’s Dacheng Law Offices to tap into Chinese investment in Portuguese-speaking African countries.
Eversheds Copenhagen chief quits the firm subscription
Eversheds’ Copenhagen managing partner Troels Askerud has announced that he will quit the firm.
Norton Rose suffers four-partner walk out in Paris subscription
Norton Rose is set to lose a team of four partners in Paris, one month after losing five lawyers to Stephenson Harwood.
Howrey’s European IP head and Europe managing partner are both set to leave along with at least 10 other partners to set up their own IP firm.
Gide Loyrette Nouel has expanded its Moscow office by hiring an associate from Allen & Overy (A&O) and one from Hogan Lovells, and installing them as partners.
German insolvency specialist Schultze & Braun has set up an office in Paris.
US firm Covington & Burling has boosted its employment team in London with a team of lawyers from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.
Canadian firm Gowlings has continued its energy-focused hiring spree in London with the addition of a former Norton Rose partner.
Austrian firm Wolf Theiss is advising a Slovakian student in a defamation case against three Viennese newspapers after her photo was mistakenly used in a story about a murdered prostitute.
Top-end partner rates at Jersey’s premiere firms have increased by 64 per cent since 2003, according to exclusive research for The Lawyer.
Greener pastures subscription
Bank restructuring, slowly rising M&A activity and official overtures towards investment funds are keeping Irish lawyers smiling.
Italian legal alliance challenges old-school ruling over title, advertising and freebies subscription
An Italian law firm network has appealed to its country’s supreme court after the national bar association ordered it to change its name.
The Lawyer European Awards Berlin subscription
The second annual European Awards saw a diverse and stellar cast take their bows in the German capital. By James Swift
Canadian firm Gowlings has embarked on an expansion of its London energy practice with the hire of former British Energy Group general counsel Robert Armour.
Swedish firm Hamilton Advokatbyrå has split from its regional offices and merged with another Stockholm firm, Nilsson & Co, after the Lehman Brothers collapse forced the firm to rethink its niche practice.
Boekel opens Dutch law office in London subscription
Dutch firm Boekel de Nerée has opened an office in London - its first venture outside the Netherlands.
Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) and Japanese firm Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu have entered in to an alliance to serve Japanese clients’ across Asia and Australia.
Hogan Lovells loses German banking head to Noerr subscription
The head of Hogan Lovells’ German banking practice has left the firm for partnership at German independent Noerr.
African legal body defies the vultures subscription
In investment circles they are known as distressed debt funds or specialist situation funds - to everyone else they are vulture funds.
The three members of Baltic alliance Lawin are a step closer to a full merger after consolidating their management and creating firmwide practice heads.
Olswang has added to its London international arbitration and construction practices with the hire of a partner from Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong office.
UK firms’ Paris offices endured a disappointing 2009-10, with SJ Berwin suffering the biggest drop in turnover among the top 50 highest-earning firms, falling by 25.8 per cent to e21m (£17.4m).
Vive l’indépendance subscription
With senior lawyers quitting the muscle outfits in France to do their own thing, the trend towards boutique firms is gathering pace, says James Swift
Italian firm NCTM follows Chiomenti to Shanghai subscription
Italian firm NCTM has been granted a licence to work in Shanghai.
Norton Rose raids Blake Dawson for partner hire subscription
Norton Rose’s Australian arm has added to its commercial litigation team with a partner from Blake Dawson.
Graf poised to realise Düsseldorf ambitions subscription
German firm Graf von Westphalen, which earlier this year split from its Cologne and Freiburg teams, has announced that it is looking to open an office in Düsseldorf.
Schoenherr unveils white-collar team subscription
Austrian firm Schoenherr has established a compliance and white-collar crime team to target companies damaged by the criminal acts of employees and third parties, as well as companies facing criminal charges.
With consolidated behemoths threatening the very existence of mid-sized law firms, joining a network can not only ensure the survival of a firm, but can offer the client an increased range of specific expertise and more competitive rates. At least, that’s the theory.
Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has named new heads for its offices in London and New York.
Top Iberian law firms Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, Garrigues and Uría Menéndez all scored roles on Telefónica’s e7.5bn (£6.16bn) purchase of Portugal Telecom’s 50 per cent stake in Brasilcel.
Offshore firm Walkers has taken three partners from Irish firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice (MOP) as it gears up to launch a new office in Dublin.
Finnish firms Merilampi and Veikko Palotie merge subscription
Helsinki firms Merilampi Attorneys and Veikko Palotie & Co Attorneys at Law have merged to become Finland’s seventh largest firm.
Farrer & Co is defending News of the World publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) in an action brought by former MP George Galloway, who claims his phone was hacked by the paper.
Finland's Hannes Snellman expands into Denmark subscription
Finnish firm Hannes Snellman has launched an office in Copenhagen, widening its coverage of the Nordic market.
Danish firm Danders & More has merged with Copenhagen transaction boutique NSR Advokatfirma.
Walkers raids MOP for imminent Dublin launch subscription
Offshore firm Walkers is set to launch an office in Dublin, taking three partners from Irish firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice (MOP).
Offshore firm Harneys has swelled its lawyer headcount in the Cayman Islands, London and British Virgin Islands with hires from top US and UK firms as it prepares to open an office in Uruguay.
Australian firm Minter Ellison has launched an office in Beijing, the firm’s third in Greater China.
US firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is set to launch an office in Hong Kong after poaching a lawyer from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.
Covington hires partner from BAE Systems subscription
Covington & Burling has added to its partnership with a lawyer from the world’s largest defence contractor, BAE Systems.
Australia’s Slater & Gordon, the first law firm to float on a stock market, has posted a 21 per cent jump in turnover to Aus$124.7m (£71.8m) for the 2009-10 financial year.
Jones Day is advising Canadian fertiliser company Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PotashCorp) on the defensive of a $39bn hostile takeover bid from Anglo-Australian mining company BHP Billiton.
King & Spalding has hired an energy partner from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy in New York.
Mayer Brown JSM has added two partners to its Asia practice, hiring from Winston & Strawn in Beijing and Sidley Austin in Hong Kong.
US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell has launched a domestic law practice in Hong Kong with two new partners.
A team of real estate lawyers from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Hamburg office is to spin off and launch a boutique.
Herbies alliance firm Stibbe opens in Luxembourg subscription
Benelux firm and Herbert Smith alliance partner Stibbe is set to launch an office in Luxembourg.
CMS Hasche Sigle names joint banking heads subscription
German firm CMS Hasche Sigle has elected two partners to replace Marc Riede as head of banking and finance.
Singapore’s swing subscription
The Singapore government has made the most of its natural ’middleman’ location by elevating its arbitration credentials to the very top.
Hogan Lovells loses another Moscow partner subscription
Hogan Lovells has lost another partner from its Moscow office, this time to US firm Baker Botts.
Akin Gump raids Hogan Lovells for Moscow partner subscription
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired a corporate partner from Hogan Lovells in Moscow.
Deutsche Telekom has taken its new head of legal from Ashurst’s Frankfurt office.
Simmons & Simmons’ former Portugal partner firm SRS Advogados has merged with litigation boutique Soares Machado & Associados.
Hogan Lovells has cemented its three-year relationship with Mongolian firm GTs Advocates by entering into a formal association.
Gibson Dunn launches Hong Kong office with GE hire subscription
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has launched an office in Hong Kong after hiring a lawyer from General Electric International.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that separating couples will no longer be allowed to secretly obtain and use documents belonging to their partner in divorce proceedings.
Hogan Lovells names new head of Madrid subscription
Hogan Lovells has appointed a new managing partner in Madrid, as the office reveals a 5 per cent boost in earnings for 2009- 2010.
Hammonds is looking to shore up its German offering, with one eye on Frankfurt - but the firm may have a tough time attracting partners following the closure of its Munich office.
Law firm profile: Arzinger subscription
Ukrainian firm Arzinger was established eight years ago by two former general counsel who became disenchanted with working in-house.
Taylor Vinters in Singapore alliance subscription
Cambridge law firm Taylor Vinters has formed a second alliance with a Singapore law firm, in order to handle commercial and corporate transactions.
Birketts aims for top 100 with tie-up subscription
Ipswich firm Birketts is planning to merge with Chelmsford-based Wollastons to create a firm that would be propelled into the top 100 UK firms by turnover.
Deutsch courage subscription
The past two decades have seen enormous transformations within the German legal system, not least with the ever-changing appetite for mergers. James Swift examines a market on the verge of its latest mutation
Law firm profile: NCTM subscription
Italy’s NCTM was born of a merger between two firms steeped in tradition.
Salans has poached a team of real estate lawyers, including rainmaker Pawel Debowski, from Clifford Chance’s Warsaw office.
Clifford Chance’s head of real estate in Poland has left for Salans’ Warsaw office, and is rumoured to be taking with him at least two partners.
US firm Howrey is to launch a Düsseldorf office after hiring a partner from one of Germany’s top IP boutiques.
Sharing the secrets subscription
2011 will bring with it a huge change to Luxembourg’s tradition of banking secrecy. Tom Phillips and James Swift look at what that will mean for the status of the offshore financial centre
Cuatrecasas launches in Malaga with local merger subscription
Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has bolted-on an office in Malaga following a merger with local player Romero y Robles.
LGBT lawyers find in-house approval subscription
The in-house legal profession is leaps and bounds ahead of private practice in terms of diversity, new research has found.
Herbies turns to Gide for Moscow infrastructure hire subscription
Herbert Smith’s Moscow practice has turned to Gide Loyrette Nouel for the hire of its first dedicated infrastructure partner as the firm predicts a rush in projects over the coming years.
Ireland in the sun subscription
While one report predicts that Ireland’s recovery from the recession will be slow, the queue of international law firms looking to open offices there suggests evidence to the contrary.
Striking accord? subscription
As Greek lawyers are forced to down tools in protest over the government’s austerity measures, not everyone agrees that this is the best course of action.
Tugendhat J redefines meaning of defamation subscription
Mr Justice Tugendhat today raised the bar for defamation claims in a High Court ruling that found the definition of defamation must include a qualification or threshold of seriousness.
Simmons to shut Padua after Gianni raid subscription
Simmons & Simmons will close its Padua office as three partners and 12 associates depart for Italian firm Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners.
Cruising in the Med subscription
As Cyprus establishes its legal market’s standing on the world stage, James Swift asks lawyers on the island where they see themselves following the downturn and Greece’s travails
The Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) has found that Matrix Chambers’ Cherie Booth QC did not commit judicial misconduct when she said that a man found guilty of assault should be spared jail because he was “a religious man”.
Dewey ramps up Moscow with dual partner hire subscription
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Moscow office has poached two partners from international rivals in Moscow, giving the firm a boost in banking and real estate.
Spanish firm Garrigues has sealed an association with a local firm in Brazil, plugging the gap in its South American alliance left by the departure of Barbosa Muessnich & Arago last year.
Houthoff snares three from Simmons subscription
Dutch firm Houthoff Buruma has strengthened its corporate practice with a three-lawyer team from Simmons & Simmons.
The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Europe’s seventeenth annual conference was held in Vienna last week - and it rained. A lot. But even on the few occasions when the downpours gave way to sunshine, a faint gloom seemed to hang around.
Bet noir? subscription
Malta has become a leader in the internet gambling industry. But as James Swift reports, a recent ECJ judgment has resulted in some trepidation over the sector’s future
XXIV Old Buildings aims to raise its Chinese profile subscription
XXIV Old Buildings has devised a five-year plan to raise its profile among Chinese law firms after the lengthy Danone/Wahaha dispute showed there is a place for the bar on disputes between Eastern and Western companies.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has lost two of its biggest hitting German partners with its Frankfurt managing partner leaving to launch a tax boutique.
The exodus from Linklaters’ Stockholm office has continued with the defection of four associates to local firm Vinge.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has strengthened its corporate practice with a partner hire in Abu Dhabi.
Irish firm A&L Goodbody has added five to its partnership, making up four lawyers in Dublin and hiring a partner in Belfast from rival Arthur Cox.
Hands across the CIS subscription
The CIS would seem to provide the perfect opportunity for Russian and Ukrainian firms to open offices across the region. Here James Swift examines the reasons why, with the exception of Magisters, this has not happened
The Japanese Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is set to relax its rules on foreign law firms, allowing them to become corporations and open multiple offices in the country.
Great haul of China subscription
After two-and-a-half years, the Sino-Global Legal Alliance still has no imitators. James Swift reviews its progress and asks whether it’s of any real value in the Chinese legal market
Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira and Garrigues have advised on €4.2bn (£3.63bn), three-way merger between Spain’s savings banks.
Former Gide and CC lawyers set up Paris independent subscription
Former lawyers from Gide Loyrette Nouel and Clifford Chance have banded together to launch a boutique finance practice in Paris.
Germany's Luther names managing partner duo subscription
German firm Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft has elected two managing partners to lead the firm from July.
Two partners from Thomas Cooper’s Paris office have split to launch a five-lawyer shipping boutique.
Moscow newcomer Dechert has scored a coup by hiring Clifford Chance’s local head of litigation and arbitration.
Lawyers in Athens are facing the prospect of abandoning traditional law firm structures as the fallout from the country’s battered economy continues to grip the nation.
Links remains sanguine about Swedish exodus subscription
Since entering the market in 2000 through a merger with Lagerlöf & Leman, Linklaters has gone from 35 to just nine partners. In only the first four months of 2010 two more partners left the firm’s Stockholm office.
Sportingbet sides with Nabarro for move to LSE subscription
Nabarro’s gaming team has advised Sportingbet on its £343m move from AIM to the main market.
Baker & McKenzie has hired a team of litigators in Paris specialising in industrial litigation and arbitration.
Austria's Wolf Theiss promotes four to partnership subscription
Austrian firm Wolf Theiss has made up four partners across three offices in Central and Eastern Europe.
The faltering Portuguese economy has forced Linklaters to cut half a dozen associates from its Lisbon office as the country’s lawyers warn of a tough year ahead.
The founding partners of Gibraltar law firm Marrache & Co face bankruptcy as claims against the firm rise to £34m.
Dublin's Byrne Wallace in New York launch subscription
Irish law firm Byrne Wallace, formerly BCM Hanby Wallace, has launched an office in New York.
Hogan Shanghai chief quits for Ropes & Gray subscription
The managing partner of the Shanghai office of Hogan Lovells legacy firm Hogan & Hartson has left to join Ropes & Gray.
EVERSHEDS has been ordered to pay £123,300 to an associate who claimed he was dismissed unfairly and suffered sex discrimination during the firm’s redundancy programme.
The majority of managing partners think firms will float on a stock market when external investment is allowed, but that none will admit to an interest.
Osborne Clarke has made up two private equity associates to partner – the first UK promotions at the firm since 2008.
Linklaters loses Stockholm lawyer to Roschier subscription
Nordic firm Roschier has recruited a counsel from Linklaters’ shrinking Stockholm office and made up a record number of lawyers to its partnership in Helsinki.
Australia open subscription
It may taste a bit nasty to some, but A&O’s arrival could be just the tonic for Australia’s legal marketplace.
Curtis Mallet-Prevost names new Milan chief subscription
US firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle has appointed a new managing partner in its Milan office.
Herbert Smith’s Paris international banking and finance head Georges Dirani has been appointed global general counsel of BNP Paribas.
Gianni appoints five new partners subscription
Italian firm Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has announced the appointment of five new partners.
Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has bulked up its Barcelona tax practice with the hire of a partner from rival Garrigues.
Mayer Brown launches Paris competition practice subscription
Mayer Brown has launched a competition and distribution practice in Paris with the hire of a new practice head.
The head of Herbert Smith’s international banking and finance practice in Paris has been appointed global general counsel of BNP Paribas.
The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has discontinued its libel case against science writer Simon Singh.
BAA unveils streamlined legal panel subscription
Seven firms including Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have landed roles on BAA’s new legal panel.
White & Case has raided Salans for its new head of corporate and competition in Bucharest.
Thomas Eggar has appointed Richard Jordan to replace Patricia Woolgar as head of its private client group.
Boekel De Nerée subscription
No one is sure exactly when Dutch firm Boekel De Nerée was set up.
Indian firm Khaitan & Co has made three lateral partner hires to strengthen its banking, infrastructure and TMT practices.
US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has gutted Hogan & Hartson’s Geneva office to launch its own Swiss practice.
CEE farers subscription
Austria’s law firms have been put through the ringer in CEE, but after having seen off competition from UK and US giants they are feeling a lot more positive about their future prospects in the region. By James Swift
French law firm Fidal posted a turnover of e295m (£265m) for the 2009 financial year, putting it among the top two largest independent law firms in Europe.
The soon-to-be-merged Hogan & Hartson and Lovells have scored a coup in Berlin by holding on to Hogan’s main rainmaker in the city despite most of the office spinning out into a standalone practice.
Loyens & Loeff, the third- largest independent firm in Europe by turnover, has elected Amsterdam tax partner Maarten van der Weijden as its new managing partner.
Linklaters elects new German chief subscription
Linklaters has elected a new senior partner in Germany to succeed Michael Lappe.
The bulk of Hogan & Hartson’s Berlin office has shunned the firm’s imminent merger with Lovells because of potential conflicts, spinning out to create a new firm instead.
The managing partner of German firm Noerr, which earlier this month announced its plans to open an office in London, has insisted that the move will not interfere with its relationships with UK firms.
The pain in Spain subscription
The recession may have come late to Spain, but as James Swift reports, it has not escaped unscathed and nor has its lawyers
Lower fees and exclusive tie-ups mean US firms could steal a march on their UK counterparts when it comes to gaining a firm footing in the Indian market.
Law firms in Gibraltar could face draconian action if they are suspected of acting improperly, as the jurisdiction’s government plans to fill gaps revealed by the fraud investigation at Marrache & Co.
Freshfields names new Middle East corporate chief subscription
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a new Middle East and North Africa (MENA) corporate head, shortly after announcing its exclusive association with Saudi firm The Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan (LFSH).
Pole position subscription
In 2009 Poland weathered the recession better than any other EU country, but how did the legal market fare? By James Swift
Salans has bolstered its Warsaw office with the hire of three corporate lawyers from Clifford Chance.
Gibson Dunn turns to Mayer Brown for Brussels hire subscription
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s Brussels office has beefed up its antitrust practice with the hire of a Mayer Brown partner.
German firm Noerr is to open an office in London months after registering as an English LLP.
Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is launching an office in Beijing, taking on space in the same building as that occupied by best friends Slaughter and May and Uría Menéndez.
Linklaters names new head of Luxembourg office subscription
Linklaters has named financial regulation partner Freddy Brausch as head of its Luxembourg office.
Linklaters is to launch a structured finance practice in Amsterdam after securing a partner from Clifford Chance.
Addleshaws raids DLA for planning dept chief subscription
Addleshaw Goddard has turned to DLA Piper for the hire of a partner to head its 10-strong planning and environment team.
Class half empty? subscription
Have the wranglings over the introduction of Italy’s class action law eroded its effectiveness? asks James Swift
HSBC, firms and sets team up with A4ID subscription
HSBC’s in-house legal team is to partner with a number of leading law firms and chambers to provide pro bono advice to charities in the developing world through Advocates for International Development (A4ID).
Steeles wins spots on Sussex consortium panel subscription
London and Norwich firm Steeles Law has won places on seven out of 14 Sussex Councils’ Consortium panels alongside Eversheds, Pinsent Masons and Shoosmiths.
Freshfields and Lovells lead on €1bn French PPP subscription
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Paris office has advised project company Synérail on a €1bn (£910m) PPP contract with rail network Réseau Ferré de France (RFF).
Wolf Theiss bolsters Vienna with O'Melveny hire subscription
Austrian firm Wolf Theiss has strengthened its Vienna competition team with the hire of a counsel from O’Melveny & Myers’ Brussels office.
Herbies names disputes partner as first-ever GC subscription
Herbert Smith has created the position of general counsel with dispute resolution partner Martin Bakes stepping into the role.
The managing partner of a Moscow law firm has fled Russia over fears he is being targeted by the same people he claims are responsible for the death of one of his partners.
A group of lawyers from the Spanish offices of DLA Piper and Eversheds have spun-off to launch a boutique in Madrid.
Protesters angry at Dechert’s representation of so-called vulture funds held a demonstration outside the firm’s City office yesterday.
Schoenherr names new Budapest head subscription
Austrian firm Schoenherr has shaken up its Budapest office with the appointment of a new managing partner and head of real estate.
Hammonds is to shut its Munich office months after losing five lawyers to Eversheds.
Marrache bros back in custody, assets frozen subscription
Gibraltar law firm Marrache & Co’s founding partners have been rearrested and the firm’s worldwide assets have been frozen amid further allegations of false accounting at the firm.
A London law firm that specialises in advising hedge funds has opened an office in Zurich amid the growing hostility from the City’s financial services sector towards UK tax rates.
Ashurst has boosted its Italian practice by hiring two partners from Dewey & LeBoeuf and one from Pedersoli e Associati.
Mayer Brown has poached a partner from Allen & Overy (A&O) in New York to lead its US derivatives and structured products practice.
The German Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy partner who left the firm after just 10 days has joined independent firm P+P Poellath + Partners.
White & Case has suffered another partner departure with a lawyer in its New York office jumping ship to Allen & Overy (A&O).
Canton ease subscription
With the laws governing Switzerland’s various cantons set to be made less distinct, James Swift looks at the possibilities for local, national and global firms
Former BLP partner Veneik is struck off subscription
Former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) property partner Vinay Veneik has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) following accusations that he misused client money.
Ghanaian firm Oxford & Beaumont opens in UK subscription
Oxford & Beaumont has become the first Ghanaian law firm with a footprint in the UK after launching a representative office in London this month.
Ogier takes Channel Islands services to HK market subscription
Ogier will become the first law firm to offer Jersey and Guernsey services in Asia when it relocates a group of Channel Islands practitioners to Hong Kong.
Secret agenda subscription
Switzerland’s banking secrecy is coming under increased pressure as US and European countries target tax evaders to plug deficits in their economies. James Swift asks: is the country’s resistance futile?
Brussels lobbying firm Alber & Geiger has added to its ranks with a lawyer from EU law firm Kemmler Rapp Böhlke.
Parisian law firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has beefed-up its practice with three partner hires, taking lawyers from Linklaters, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and the judiciary.
A partner in the London office of Marrache & Co has reacted angrily to news that the firm’s Gibraltar-based founding partners have had their Financial Services Commission (FSC) licenses cancelled, claiming the City base’s reputation is suffering by association.
Italian firm Chiomenti will tie-up with a Clyde & Co spin-off firm in Hong Kong as a precursor to a full merger.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has released its end of year financial figures for 2009, revealing an almost 6 per cent drop in revenue but a small rise in partner profits.
Ex-Match.com GC finds new partner with Seatwave subscription
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.
A&O launches in Australia subscription
Allen and Overy has raided Australian firm Clayton Utz to launch a practice in the jurisdiction for the first time, in a bid to strengthen its pan-Asian offering.
Cassidy Moscow chief quits for solo project subscription
The managing partner of Cassidy & Associates’ Moscow office has left to set up his own practice.
German state to pilot English-speaking courts subscription
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.
Clifford Chance is looking to sublet the fourth floor of its Milan office with Goldman Sachs thought to be the prospective tenant.
Bryan Cave reports 12 per cent revenue rise in 2009 subscription
US firm Bryan Cave has reported a rise in income of 12 per cent over the 2009 calendar year, up to $563m (£350.6m) from $502.5m.
Castrén & Snellman subscription
Castrén & Snellman, Finland’s oldest law firm at 122 years, likes to think of itself as a firm of principles.
Drill seekers subscription
Known more for flatlands than its peaks and troughs, you must look west to find all the real energy in Canada’s business landscape.
Wikborg Rein has become the first Norwegian firm to practise English law in the City after adding three maritime partners to its London office.
More than 60 Irish firms, including Arthur Cox and William Fry, have been appointed to a panel to advise the National Assets Management Agency (Nama).
Acquiring the funds subscription
After running the gauntlet of Madoff and the recession, Ireland is banking on the funds industry to help it get back to winning ways.
French independent firm UGGC & Associés has expanded into lesser-known emirate Ras Al Khaimah following its entry into Doha last year.
White & Case lawyer goes solo in Mexico subscription
A former department head at White & Case has left the firm to set up a boutique with his two sons in Mexico.
Lincolnshire firm Wilkin Chapman and Grimsby’s Grange Wintringham are to merge, creating a firm with a combined turnover of £15m.
Linklaters and Shearman & Sterling have landed lead roles on UniCredit’s €4bn (£3.48bn) rights issue.
Vodafone names former Reuters legal chief as next GC subscription
Vodafone Group has appointed a new general counsel to replace Stephen Scott, who is to retire after 30 years with the phone company.
DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Jones Day have all netted roles on the sale of West Ham United FC sale to former Birmingham City FC owners David Gold and David Sullivan.
Salans has promoted one partner in London as part of a worldwide round that saw nine partners made up to the partnership.
The Baltic triangle subscription
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania may be viewed as one by outsiders, and indeed often act as one when it comes to business, but each brings something different to the table.
White & Case has launched an international arbitration practice in Singapore with a team of four lawyers.
Pillsbury posts drops in revenue and profit for 2009 subscription
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has posted its end of year financial results, revealing a dip in the firm’s revenue but no change to individual partners’ take home pay.
Tiger Woods' UK lawyer quits Schillings subscription
Schillings partner Simon Smith has left the media boutique weeks after winning a controversial injunction on behalf of golfer Tiger Woods.
Pitchford J joins Court of Appeal subscription
Mr Justice Pitchford is to join the bench in the Court of Appeal as successor to Lord Justice Scott Baker, who has retired.
Brussels-based EU lobbying firm Alber & Geiger has hired the former chairman of agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto chairman Bernard Auxenfans.
Italy's Gianni prepares for Abu Dhabi launch subscription
Italian firm Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners is looking to expand its international footprint with an Abu Dhabi launch pencilled in for this year.
Eastern block subscription
Against a backdrop of financial and political upheaval, the established local firms in Romania are proving formidable opponents to the international players in the battle for the choicest mandates.
Salans, Freshfields win seats on Habitat sale subscription
Salans and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised the buyer and vendor, respectively, in Habitat’s sale to turnaround fund Hilco UK.
Shearman & Sterling has made up seven partners across five offices: Abu Dhabi, Düsseldorf, London, New York and Paris.
The European Commission has ended its antitrust case against Microsoft after the software developer agreed to market other web browsers, signalling victory for the complainants and advisers Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Clifford Chance.
Another high-ranking Russian government official has been sacked following the investigation into the death of Russian Lawyer Sergey Magnitsky.
London firm offers divorce vouchers for Christmas subscription
London firm Lloyd Platt & Company is offering divorce gift vouchers to entice clients.
Mourant taps Maples for Cayman funds partner subscription
Offshore firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune has hired an investment funds partner from local rival Maples and Calder, as the firm seeks a bigger market share in the Cayman Islands.
Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii has become the first Romanian firmto open in Spain after teaming up with Garrigues’ former Central and Eastern Europe head and a former Spanish ambassador to Romania.
Camerons chief hints at future integration subscription
One year after the integration of CMS Russia, CMS Cameron McKenna managing partner Duncan Weston has not ruled out exporting the model across the network.
The head of Moscow’s Federal Penitentiary Service has been sacked along with 20 other high-ranking prison officials after an investigation into the death of Russian lawyer Sergey Magnitsky.
Spanish firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has advised a syndicate of 40 banks, led by BBVA, on the restructuring of construction company Ferrovial’s €3.3bn (£2.99m) debt.
Herbert Smith Paris is being targeted for an action before the Paris Criminal Court for allegedly illegally employing an associate.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Moscow office has successfully defended Hewlett-Packard (HP) against cartel allegations in Russia.
CMS Russia has slashed 61 jobs, including 29 fee-earning roles, almost exactly a year since three CMS firms merged their Moscow operations.
Magisters taps CMS Russia for projects chief subscription
Magisters’ Moscow office has turned to local rival CMS Russia for the hire of a CIS-wide head of projects.
Onwards and upwards subscription
Yorkshire’s investment in technology and manufacturing means the region’s law firms are escaping the worst effects of the recession. By James Swift
After losing its construction and projects lawyers, Proskauer Rose, Paris, will retreat from full service to focus on its corporate practice, according to the office’s head of corporate.
Mayer Brown Paris has merged with litigation boutique Ayela Semerdjian & Associés, adding seven lawyers to its dispute resolution department.
Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an investigation into the death of a Russian lawyer who died in custody.
Dig the new Swede subscription
The Swedish legal market has become a hotbed of change as lawyers switch firms and gain the confidence to launch spin-offs. By James Swift
Morocco may be pushing hard for UK investors, but it is the French and Spanish firms that are making their mark on the emerging region.
Kalo & Associates subscription
“For 25 years we didn’t really have a legal practice in Albania because the state thought it was best that prosecutors also advised the defendant,” says Përparim Kalo, managing partner at Kalo & Associates. “So lawyers weren’t really needed until 1991, when a new bill established the Ministry of Justice.”
German firm Beiten Burkhardt has made up 15 lawyers to salaried partner status while a further three have entered the equity in the firm’s latest round of promotions.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has bagged a role on the largest European IPO this year, acting for Polish energy group Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) on its heavily oversubscribed Zl6bn (£1.26bn) flotation.
New Jeantet Med head to launch in Casablanca subscription
JeantetAssociés is set to launch an office in Casablanca after hiring a corporate partner from fellow French firm Brandford-Griffith & Associés.
Nine-strong CIS legal network gets off ground subscription
A nine-member CIS network that launched at the beginning of November is planning to bring the alliance model into the 21st century, according to its chair.
Australian firm Blake Dawson has dismissed the possibility of a merger with a UK firm, instead pledging to focus its attentions on Asia.
A group of partners from Proskauer Rose and Salans have combined to create a 31-lawyer independent law firm in France.
Germany's Graf appoints new management team subscription
German firm Graf von Westphalen has appointed a new dual management team to succeed Freiburg partner Barbara Mayer and Hamburg partner Carsten Bittner.
Cuatrecasas lawyer mourns end of 'Beckham Law' subscription
A partner at Cuatrecasas has criticised the Spanish government for announcing that it will abandon the so-called ‘Beckham Law’, which allows star footballers and other wealthy workers coming into the country to pay almost half the going tax rate.
Sweden's Vinge calls time on London presence subscription
Swedish firm Vinge has closed its London office after deciding not to renew the lease on its New Bond Street office after it expired on 19 October.
Italian firm P&A Legal is set to formally launch in Libya after being granted a licence by the Gaddafi government.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) is bolstering its Brussels office with the addition of an Allen & Overy (A&O) counsel as a five-lawyer team prepares to defect to Herbert Smith best friend Stibbe.
BDO partners acting as liquidators for Halliwells were yesterday refused leave to appeal a High Court judgment that prevented them from chasing one of the failed firm’s former partners for cash.