I joined The Lawyer as a features reporter in February 2012 and now sit on the news desk. Although my remit covers the entire market I currently focus on stories and analysis of US firms and am also responsible for our weekly in-house newsletter and several slots in the print edition, including The Lawyer Management and Work Life Quiz. Since joining The Lawyer I have profiled in-house legal teams at household names including Google, Facebook and Twitter. I'm interested in hearing about US firm gossip, in-house matters, moves and deals. I tweet as @Thelawyerlucy.
A&O is the first magic circle firm to tiptoe into Canada but despite the strong economy, there is good reason why local players are not expecting a stampede
The changing role of the country’s top GCs subscription
What do you get when you put some of the UK’s finest in-house lawyers into one room? No, not a raging hangover (for those of you suffering from last night’s The Lawyer Awards). The Lawyer found the answer during its recent roundtable discussion with those on the shortlist of last night’s
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and its client Samsung have been ordered to pay Apple and Nokia over $2m (£1.2m) in damages related to the leaking of confidential information.
Make it so: Sir Patrick Stewart to record personal voicemail message for winner of The Lawyer Awards prize draw
One phone will boldly go where no voicemail has gone before after The Lawyer Awards tonight, with a personal voicemail message from Sir Patrick Stewart among the raffle prizes up for grabs.
Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens has led on the administration of Jane Norman after the firm’s client Edinburgh Woollen Mill bought the retailer out of administration in 2011.
Facebook adviser Cooley is believed to be in talks with a number of Edwards Wildman’s London partners in preparation for a City launch.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Linklaters have scooped key roles advising on industrial conglomerate Mota-Engil Africa’s proposed IPO on the London Stock Exchange.
With the fallout from Libor still raging, PPI claims still filtering through and a hefty volume of smaller claims on their plates, now is certainly a suitable time for banks to be concerned about their legal heft. But what exactly are they doing?
Taylor Wessing and Eversheds have won roles advising on the IPO of IT services provider FDM Group, with the former gaining a new client following a competitive pitch process.
Taylor Wessing has promoted 12 lawyers to its partnership with the majority based in Germany in a reduced promotions round.
Next week’s 20th anniversary edition of The Lawyer Awards really will be Absolutely Fabulous, with this year’s host revealed to be national treasure Joanna Lumley.
Edwards Wildman Palmer is in the midst of “ongoing dialogue” with five of its London-based corporate partners as they threaten to quit over pay.
Allen & Overy (A&O) put a Canada launch on the back burner in 2011, choosing instead to focus on Australia. A&O’s future Toronto head reveals what was behind the change of heart.
US firm Greenberg Traurig has hired Dentons’ global real estate co-head Eric Rosedale to fill a new management position in London.
For every new business model success story there’s a disaster. As more firms contemplate more efficient working structures, here’s how to avoid the pitfalls
Ashurst’s low-cost support base in Scotland is to rejig its business model by adding at least two qualified lawyers to the office by the end of the year.
Squire Sanders’ merger with Washington DC’s Patton Boggs was viewed by many as a rescue for the latter. European managing partner Peter Crossley reveals why the tie-up was necessary for his firm too.
Ofwat’s new chief exec makes splash with first GC subscription
The UK’s water industry watchdog Ofwat has been gasping for a general counsel since it started interviewing candidates in December
Covington & Burling has introduced a European head of public policy and government affairs role to the firm as it looks to beef up its offering in Brussels.
Reed Smith’s global managing partner Alexander “Sandy” Thomas has been re-elected following a contested election.
Shepherd & Wedderburn’s chief executive Stephen Gibb has pledged to invest in internal training programmes after turnover at the firm rose 7 per cent in 2013/14.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is to open a small base in Toronto after the Canadian-qualified founding partner of its Casablanca office returns to Canada.
The Qatari bid committee is understood to have turned to Schillings for advice following allegations of corruption during the World Cup bidding process.
Carl Weston has been head of marketing at Derby firm Flint Bishop since 2006
In-house teams have taken to the skies this week, with the legal departments over at Wizz Air, FastJet and Nasa all seeing changes at the top
Former Clyde & Co partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof, who claimed she was dismissed from the firm for blowing the whistle on a colleague, is joining African airline FastJet as group general counsel.
The Department for Transport’s (DfT) former general counsel, Christopher Muttukumaru, has taken up tenancy at Monckton Chambers.
Wizz Air’s general counsel Owain Jones will now manage the low-cost airline’s human resources, communications and public relations arm as well as its legal function.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has named a new general counsel for the first time in a decade following the retirement of current GC Michael Wholley.
Taylor Wessing has posted a 6.4 per cent rise in total turnover along with a 21 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2013/14 financial year.
Debevoise & Plimpton has added eight lawyers to its partnership, with almost all of those made up in its New York headquarters.
If King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s senior partner Stephen Kon should ever have a bad day, he could do worse than give client Universal a bell. The call would likely be music to his ears, if this week’s cover feature is anything to judge by.
Squire Sanders and Washington DC-based Patton Boggs have agreed to a wholly merit-based remuneration structure once the two firms merge on 1 June.
Partners at Squire Sanders and Washington DC-based Patton Boggs have agreed to merge the firms and new outfit Squire Patton Boggs will launch within a week.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has paid tribute to former corporate recovery head Stephen Gale after he committed suicide earlier this year.
The boss of US retailer Target has stepped down after a data breach affected millions of customers. Could law firms be next in the firing line?
HowardKennedyFsi (HKFsi) has become the latest firm to move out of London’s West End, moving three of its offices to a 54,552 sq ft location in London Bridge.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is to lift its pay freezes in Australia after cancelling an annual salary review in 2013.
Hogan Lovells is being run by a sole CEO for the first time since its 2010 merger. As former co-head of US litigation Steve Immelt steps into the job, he reveals the secret formula to doing it well.
BBC loses litigation chief to Bakers subscription
Working in the 24/7 media industry can be tough at the best of times, not least when you are the head of litigation at one of the world’s leading international broadcasters
Abby Winkworth is marketing and business development partner at IBB Solicitors. She joined the firm from Deloitte in 2007.
Speechly Bircham’s head of intellectual property (IP) Alexander Carter-Silk has quit for Brown Rudnick, while its corporate recovery chief Christopher Harlowe has resigned for offshore firm Mourant Ozannes.
The University of South Wales has launched its inaugural panel after it was created following the mergers of Glamorgan and Newport universities last year.
Hogan Lovells is considering taking up a blind curriculum vitae (CV) policy in a bid to counter bias towards trainee applicants who received an Oxbridge degree or were educated privately.
The Treasury Solicitor’s department (TSol) spent £2.3m on outsourcing provider Capita between January and March 2014, figures disclosed to The Lawyer reveal.
Chicago-based law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman has created a dedicated City-based asset management group with the hire of two new partners.
Firms welcome back lawyers as economy perks up
Allen & Overy (A&O) is considering introducing a 20 per cent female partnership target by 2020 in an effort to better promote gender diversity.
A “disgruntled” employee of legacy Davenport Lyons is understood to have vandalised the firm’s office after being told the firm had gone into administration.
Hogan Lovells new CEO Steve Immelt has overhauled the firm’s International Management Committee (IMC), scrapping its co-head model four years after its merger.
After overhauling its European legal advisers last February, e-commerce giant Amazon is now looking inwards. The Seattle-based business is on a mission to beef up its European legal capability, with lawyers from
Shearman & Sterling has boosted associate salary rates across the board in its latest UK lawyer salary review, a move which follows a London turnover rise of 20 per cent.
E-commerce giant Amazon is bulking up its legal capability in Europe, with lawyers from Allen & Overy (A&O), Eversheds and Moneygram the latest to join.
Hogan Lovells’ international management committee has introduced a 10-strong flexible working group, to be led by the firm’s co-head of corporate Andrew Skipper.
Legacy Lawrence Graham (LG) has lost the final two partners who joined the firm from legacy Tite & Lewis in 2004, with head of corporate finance Christopher Tite leaving the firm for Wedlake Bell.
Lloyds retail GC to try Coats for size subscription
Lloyds’ retail general counsel Stuart Morgan has grabbed his coat, quite literally
Capita is days away from entering the legal market after the SRA granted volume outfit Optima Legal Services an ABS licence, ahead of a takeover by the outsourcing giant.
Lloyds Banking Group’s general counsel of retail and wealth Stuart Morgan is expected to become the first general counsel of thread and zips manufacturer Coats.
Kemp Little founding and senior partner Richard Kemp has resigned from the firm’s partnership to launch his own IT boutique.
Ladbrokes general counsel and company secretary Jonathan Adelman has left the business, with deputy Annabel Bannerman taking on the top legal role.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) increased its spend on external lawyers to £10m in 2012/13 from £3m a year earlier, despite its number of in-house legal staff climbing up to 230.
How Davenport Lyons was swallowed up by a firm half its size
Image sharing app Snapchat has turned to Hogan Lovells for the appointment of its first general counsel.
Having sifted through a record number of entries for this year’s The Lawyer Awards, The Lawyer today reveals the firms, chambers and in-house teams that have been shortlisted for a gong at the industry’s top awards event.
White & Case arbitration partner Paul Cowan has defected back to the bar, joining 4 New Square after months of talks.
The combination of LG and Wragge & Co will go live today with the new partners admitted to the combined equity. The new entity will be known as Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, although as Lucy Burton discovers, this is a name that will be kept under review.
Behind Project Canberra at Lloyds Bank subscription
Lloyds Banking Group has tried to keep a tight lid on its plans to outsource its retail and wealth and asset finance litigation teams. But that pan reached the boil this week, the lid shooting off and revealing that
As Davenport Lyons enters administration, The Lawyer relates its final days.
Nationwide Building Society has named HSBC’s global general counsel Keith Ford as the replacement to its longstanding general counsel Liz Kelly.
Davenport Lyons went into administration on Friday (25 April) in a precursor to its client portfolio being acquired by Gordon Dadds.
DWF, Irwin Mitchell and Shoosmiths shortlisted by Lloyds to take on litigation unit as retail GC quits
DWF, Irwin Mitchell and Shoosmiths are on the shortlist to take over Lloyds’ retail and asset finance litigation teams, The Lawyer understands.
Hogan Lovells ‘under-45’ board policy may highlight generation gap in aspirations
How a Los Angeles-born firm became one of London’s biggest legal success stories
Budget fashion retailer Primark has turned to Allen & Overy (A&O) and DLA Piper for advice on its first launch into the US following a 26 per cent rise in the chain’s profits.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has added 23 associates to its partnership, with almost half of those made up based in London.
SmithDehn opens in NI after course launch with HBO subscription
Iz you opening an office in Northern Ireland? In the unlikely event that Sacha Baron Cohen’s satirical character Ali G should pose that question to his legal adviser SmithDehn, the answer would now be yes
US entertainment firm SmithDehn has opened in Northern Ireland, months after it kicked off a media law course in the region with client HBO.
Kirkland & Ellis has opened up in Houston with the hire of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett M&A partner Andrew Calder.
Partners at Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are among the 500 lawyers to have cashed in on the billion-dollar joint venture between Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
The UK’s top 20 firms by revenue are gearing up for the recovery, with most expecting to see a turnover increase of at least 5 per cent for the year ending April 2014.
Brown Rudnick has pulled offers from half of the associates set to join the firm in the autumn, a move that comes weeks after it announced plans to bolster its London IP team.
Hogan Lovells has created a position on its 12-strong management board for equity partners aged 45 and under.
eBay’s associate GC launches start-up subscription
What does it take to be an entrepreneur? For eBay’s Singapore-based associate general counsel Steven Liew, working at a tech giant first has proved a nifty way of catching the bug
Irwin Mitchell is due to open its ninth UK office in Cambridge less than a month after the firm secured a £60m funding facility from a trio of banks last month.
DWF has raided Pinsent Masons for financial institutions head Stephen Miles as the firm gears up for growth across its commercial practice groups.
While some US firms had a rougher ride in this year’s survey, the West Coasters have found London a home from home
A taste of the pace at Yum! subscription
There’s nothing like being thrown in the deep end to give a new GC a whistle-stop tour of the nuances of life outside of private practice
In any job, building something from scratch is a thrill and a challenge. One in-house lawyer who’s in the middle of this process at her company – and indeed in her legal market – is Adefunke Adeyeye, group head of legal at Silverbird Group
US firms in London continue to be dominated by men, with women representing just 17.6 per cent of UK partners across the top 30 international firms present in the City in 2013.
Public enterprise: local authorities vs FTSE 100 subscription
Sharing legal functions with a neighbouring authority – something 17 local councils have done so far - was a decent enough start. But it’s not enough. As budgets shrink further and privatisation of public sector services increase, local authority legal teams – including
The legal team at Cambridgeshire County Council is considering setting up an ABS vehicle in a bid to cut the council’s legal expenditure.
The London office of US firm WilmerHale is now dominated by interns, with 30 out of its 80 lawyers on a placement programme. London head Steven Finizio reveals the benefits.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) structured finance partner Lucy Oddy has resigned for Latham & Watkins, the third departure to hit the mid-market firm in a week.
The SRA has attended a meeting with local authority legal heads over the processing of their ABS applications, with public sector chiefs complaining that the process is slow and bureaucratic.
Cash-strapped local authority legal teams are being pushed towards privatisation – and potentially on a collision course with FTSE 100 outsourcers
Facing a barrage of swingeing spending cuts, local government lawyers are adamant they will emerge stronger than ever
The London office of Paul Weiss has hired a practice development specialist to manage its referral relationships in the UK.
Last year’s Jackson reforms, which affected the recovery of legal costs among other changes, have claimed a major victim
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has unveiled plans to boost gender diversity across the firm by targeting a 30 per cent female partnership, setting an interim goal of 25 per cent within the next three years.
Squire Sanders has announced the promotion of seven lawyers to its partnership ranks, with two lawyers making the cut in the UK.
With constant merger talks and two empty floors in its building, Davenport Lyons can’t shake the appearance of a firm that is desperate to be bought. Here’s why.
Weil Gotshal & Manges’ London office generated £73m last year, posting a 4.2 per cent growth for 2013.
Household brand Hovis is to launch an in-house legal department after its owner Premier Foods sold off a 51 per cent stake in the business to Gores Group.
As the market expands again, UK cities are grabbing a piece of the action
Betfair’s former legal director Justin Hubble has resurfaced at online loans company Wonga.com in the role of legal vice president.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has added Deutsche Bank’s compliance, government & regulatory affairs chief Andrew Procter to its financial services regulatory practice.
Philadelphia-based insurance firm Cozen O’Connor has refocused its London strategy with partner hires from Edwards Wildman Palmer and RPC.
Mayer Brown’s London office is close to implementing a blind CV policy in a bid to counter bias towards trainee applicants who received an Oxbridge degree or were educated privately.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius has replaced its executive director position with the role of chief operating officer (COO), taking on Dechert’s COO Anthony Licata.
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has recorded a 7 per cent rise in global revenue as the firm’s chairman Brad Karp pronounces 2013 the “busiest in history.”
Hogan Lovells is to open a low-cost legal centre in Birmingham headed by its former global private equity head Alan Greenough.
The former head of legal for Microsoft Russia has quit the technology giant to lead Akamai Technologies’ EMEA legal arm from the UK.
From billing apps to crowdsourcing and social media, technology is changing lawyers’ working lives
Hogan Lovells UK boss Susan Bright on why the firm is no investment laggard.
Lloyds Banking Group is collecting internal feedback on its panel firms as it prepares to kick off a review of its delayed customer-pay panel, The Lawyer understands.
Hogan Lovells has unveiled its 2013 financial results, posting a record global turnover along with double-digit growth in average profit per equity partner (PEP) to $1.2m (£721,000).
HowardKennedyFsi (HKFsi) has called off merger talks with Davenport Lyons, making it the second firm to turn its back on the media boutique in less than a month.
Dentons Canada has picked up 46 lawyers from collapsed Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie, weeks after DLA Piper pulled out of a deal to acquire a 70-strong team.
Linklaters is considering a merger of the firm’s two senior management boards so that more partners can focus on fee-earning, sources have told The Lawyer.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has unveiled its smallest partnership promotions round in years with 16 being taken into the fold.
The Bank of England (BoE) has created two new legal jobs due to an influx in work from its financial services regulatory body Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).
HowardKennedyFSI (HKFsi) is in merger talks with London firm CKFT as management pushes ahead with plans to tie-up with Davenport Lyons.
Sidley Austin has put its Frankfurt office under review after a spate of partner exits left the base with a handful of lawyers and just one partner.
As the Sochi Olympics approaches its end, Morgan Lewis’s Moscow partner Brian Zimbler talks about the legal issues surrounding the world’s biggest winter sports event.
K&L Gates has posted a 23 per cent increase in London turnover to £40.5m, while global profit per equity partner (PEP) has dropped by 7.4 per cent to $832,376.
US firm O’Melveny and Myers has raided Kirkland & Ellis’s London office for the hire of corporate partner Dan Oates.
Pittsburgh-based Vince Cordo is the director of client value at Reed Smith having joined the firm in June 2013. He was previously the director of value and project management at Squire Sanders.
Shearman & Sterling has seen its London turnover rise 20 per cent after the firm’s new senior partner Creighton Condon pushed forward a three-year growth plan.
Latham & Watkins has posted a 2.7 per cent rise in total turnover along with a 1.9 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2013 financial year.
Hogan Lovells has taken its counselling service on-site, joining a growing number of UK law firms pushing for better mental health among its staff.
Jones Day has hired Allens construction partner Stephen McComish to launch its second Australia base in Perth.
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Corporate team goes straight to clients in the US
Davenport Lyons and Howard Kennedy FSI are in top level discussions about a potential merger.
Taylor Wessing’s UK managing partner Tim Eyles wants lawyers to be more creative. Sounds like a lightbulb has gone off.
Mayer Brown has entered the US financial reporting season with an increase in both partner profits and turnover, with the latter up five per cent to $1.14bn.
Baker & McKenzie and Dentons have between them taken on 36 lawyers from collapsed Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie, days after DLA Piper pulled out of a deal to acquire a 70-strong team.
White & Case has posted a double digit rise in profit for the second year running, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) up 10 per cent for 2013.
Private housing developer Pocket Living has cut its legal panel from five to one, making Speechly Bircham its sole legal adviser.
Addleshaw Goddard has entered into redundancy talks with two associates in its Manchester-based employment team.
For much of the past decade, A&O has been on-record saying it would consider a US merger. And yet still nothing. Is there no perfect suitor for the magic circle firm?
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has rejigged its management committee, with London managing partner Bruce Buck handing the bat to M&A partner Pranav Trivedi.
US firm Reed Smith is to extend its Pittsburgh-based support team to London in a move that could see it rejig some staff working hours in the US.
Google’s long-standing competition adviser Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has helped the search giant avoid a fine of up to £3bn from the EU’s Competition Commission.
It’s time to finally start showing some financial growth
Leigh Day is to open an office in Manchester so that it can provide legal support to members of the British Cycling and the British Triathlon Federation.
DLA Piper is to make its first steps into the Canadian legal market with the rescue of up to 70 lawyers from collapsed Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie.
DWF has bolstered its London real estate practice with the addition of a three-partner team, including former Lawrence Graham (LG) real estate finance partner Iain Thomas.
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) employment head Fraser Younson has resurfaced at Squire Sanders, The Lawyer can reveal.
The head of DLA Piper’s Washington office Frank “Rusty” Conner has left for Covington & Burling alongside M&A partner Michael Reed.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has launched in Barcelona with the addition of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer corporate partner Antoni Valverde.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) South-East Asia litigation chief Maurice Burke has become the latest partner to quit the firm after being poached by Hogan Lovells.
British pensions administrator Suffolk Life has picked Birketts, Bond Dickinson and Thrings for its first formal legal panel.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan legal titan John Quinn tells The Lawyer why each associate is being handed $2,000 to spend a week working anywhere in the world. Clue: it’s not to unwind.
Hogan Lovells is set to transfer a large proportion of its support network to a new low-cost office in South Africa headed by COO Nick Cray.
Suspicion of strains at Private Eye adviser Davenport Lyons, as tie-up dream fades
US firm Reed Smith has returned to Hogan Lovells for a senior partner hire in Paris, bringing in corporate partner Isabelle MacElhone and associate Bertrand Baheu-Derras.
Nationwide Building Society has cut its panel to four after dropping Olswang, Nabarro and Burges Salmon from its roster.
Lewis Silkin’s client House of Fraser (HoF) has lost a High Court battle against Jack Wills for infringing its company logo of a pheasant in a top hat and cane.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has lost longstanding corporate partner Don McGown, who pushed forward the magic circle firm’s music programme, to Hogan Lovells.
Santiago Gómez Sancha has been head of IT at Slaughter and May’s Spanish best friend, Uría Menéndez, since 2003.
Profits at Taylor Wessing’s UK LLP crept up 4 per cent during 2012/13 while its drawings and distributions shot up 46 per cent, according to the firm’s consolidated accounts.
Merger talks between Shakespeares and Davenport Lyons have broken down, leaving Davenport Lyons on the market for a potential deal, sources suggest.
The legal chief of British engineer Invensys is to leave the business in April following the company’s £3.4bn takeover of Schneider Electric.
Channel 4 has overhauled its legal team with a number of new roles, promoting its head of legal and compliance Prash Naik to the new position of general counsel.
HowardKennedyFsi (HKFsi) has turned to property search specialists Strutt & Parker for the hire of its first chief operating officer (COO).
Edwards Wildman Palmer has launched a review into its associate pay system as it looks to assess how associate salaries compare with its rivals in the UK.
Slaughter and May has taken a lead role in advising Premier Foods on the sale of a 51 per cent stake in British bread business Hovis to Gores Group.
The FBI has turned to investment management firm Bridgewater Associates for general counsel hire James Baker.
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) London-based capital markets partner Jim Wickenden has moved to Hong Kong to steer the firm’s US securities practice.
Bird & Bird’s net debt rose last year by 20 per cent to €27.1m (£22.4m), the firm’s LLP accounts have shown.
Wragge & Co is to temporarily relinquish its all-equity partnership model as it aligns its remuneration structure with Lawrence Graham (LG), The Lawyer can reveal.
Firm grabs US capability in HK with first Asia lateral, but elsewhere it’s steady ahead
The Wolf of Wall Street movie could be a cautionary tale for some City lawyers
Slaughter and May has made its first lateral hire in Asia with the addition of Morrison & Foerster’s (MoFo) co-head of China capital markets John Moore.
Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) bank overdraft rose from £26m to £62.7m last year as total bank borrowings grew by more than £30m, the firm’s latest LLP accounts have revealed.
Baker & McKenzie has been bumped as McLaren Group’s global legal adviser after the conglomerate formed a new relationship with Norton Rose Fulbright.
The Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) could fine former Addleshaw Goddard partner Mark Gilbert £20,000 following alleged discrepancies in his expenses, his counsel proposed earlier this week.
KPMG has applied to extend the administration period for collapsed Manchester firm Cobbetts by six months, a report by KPMG reveals.
Barclays’ vice president for wealth and investment management has returned to his former outfit Tods Murray after two years in-house.
The co-head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) advocacy unit Murray Rosen QC has retired from the firm to return to the bar, The Lawyer can reveal.
Baker & McKenzie is looking for a location to launch another low-cost legal centre following the success of its Manila back office.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has launched a pilot scheme to explore how its Belfast office could support the firm’s Australian disputes practice.
Restructuring firms anticipate a boom when UK interest rates get jacked up and from mandates coming from Asia
Investment firm Barings Asset Management has lost its first global general counsel Sandie Okoro to HSBC Asset Management.
Lee & Thompson associate James Walker is in the running for a BAFTA award for his role in short animation film Sleeping with the Fishes.
Betfair legal director Justin Hubble has left the gambling company just months after company secretary Martin Cruddace resigned.
The number of UK partners being made redundant has dropped to levels not seen since before the recession, according to an annual survey of partner roles.
Former attorney general Peter Goldsmith QC has been named co-managing partner of Debevoise & Plimpton’s London office.
The organisational body of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has reshuffled its legal team, replacing general counsel Andrew Longmate with deputy Tariq Al-Abdulla.
Chicago-based law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman has poached a private equity team from Hogan Lovells’ London office, The Lawyer can reveal.
Lloyds Banking Group’s (LBG) head of legal for channels and intermediaries within the retail & wealth division is leaving for Barclays.
Hogan Lovells has opened the doors to its São Paulo office with the hire of Clifford Chance’s international capital markets chief Isabel Costa Carvalho.
The former general counsel of Air Arabia has joined Bird & Bird’s Middle East arm as a partner, the first time the firm has hired someone to focus exclusively on aviation in the region.
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Clifford Chance is facing a £130m negligence claim after being joined to a suit brought by JP Morgan against German transport provider BVG.
Lawrence Graham (LG) has lost its competition and regulation chief Rosemary Choueka to Bristows months before the firm is due to merge with Wragge & Co.
A former Allen & Overy (A&O) New York partner was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison last week after pleading guilty to the sex trafficking of a child.
Hogan Lovells has named corporate partner Tom Whelan as the co-head of its global private equity group, taking over the reins from Alan Greenough who will retire next year.
Washington DC firm Patton Boggs and Texas-based Locke Lord are understood to have ended their merger talks, making them the third pair of US firms to kill plans for a tie-up in less than a month.
Barclays has launched its general panel review after a 12-month extension, introducing a two-pronged structure that will feature preferred and approved legal advisers.
Hogan Lovells has confirmed that its US co-head of litigation Steve Immelt will become CEO after a partnership vote approved the move last night (16 December 2013).
US entertainment firm SmithDehn is hoping to launch its largest Europe office in Northern Ireland as it kicks off a part-time media law course in the region with client HBO.
Investment bank Nomura has wrapped up a review of its panel firms in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), reappointing Osborne Clarke to its existing list of legal advisers.
Fire fighting producer Angus Fire has named the chief legal counsel of Caresteam Health, Nicholas Brown, as its general counsel following a £62m management buyout (MBO) of the business over the summer.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has been left with one tax partner in London after Ropes & Gray hired its star tax partner Brenda Coleman.
Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham (LG) are to finally merge after partners voted in the move on Monday, creating a £170m firm under the name Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.
Akin Gump has been slammed by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) after two US-based partners refused to appear in court as witnesses in the $67m corruption case being pursued against businessman Victor Dahdaleh, contributing to the collapse of the case.
Legacy Herbert Smith partners will abandon the firms rigid eight-year lockstep in favour of a merit-based pay system following the October 2012 merger with legacy Freehills, the firm said this morning.
Louise Field has been head of client service and insight at Bird & Bird since 2009. She has previously worked for Ernst & Young and RBS.
American Express (AmEx) has named managing counsel Tim Heine as its interim general counsel as it rejigs its internal reporting structure.
Taylor Wessing has reported double-digit growth in its UK revenue with a 10 per cent rise for the first half of 2012/13.
Former Ashurst global corporate head Stephen Lloyd is one step closer to joining Allen & Overy (A&O) after partners were last week told to prepare for a vote.
Bird & Bird has projected revenue growth of five per cent for the first six months of the current financial year.
Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) partners are set to green light an aligned remuneration system by the end of December, ending months of discussions over a combined structure.
As Herbert Smith Freehills gears up for a vote on its combined remuneration structure senior reporter Lucy Burton looks at the numbers behind the merger
CMS Cameron McKenna’s partnership has elected Penelope Warne as its next senior partner, replacing the firm’s former managing partner Dick Tyler.
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UK firms tempt top talent with lifestyle sweeteners to combat the mighty US dollar
Partner rates at US firms in London have spiralled 87.5 per cent since 2009 with top-end hourly rates hitting £700 per hour, according to new research.
Siemens general counsel Peter Solmssen is to leave the group next month as the top legal job is axed from the management board.
Peters & Peters has been thrust into the limelight again after high-profile client Charles Saatchi told a London court that his ex-wife Nigella Lawson was so ‘off her head’ on drugs that she allowed two assistants to splurge £300,000.
American Express general counsel Louise Parent has quit the credit card giant to join the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton after 20 years in the job.
San Francisco-based Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman have called off merger talks that would have created a $1.4bn giant with two bases in London.
Partner rates at magic circle firms have spiralled 62 per cent since 2005 with work-hungry top guns charging up to £850 per hour, according to new research.
Watson Farley & Williams has posted double-digit revenue growth for the first six months of the 2013/14 financial year with half-year revenues of £52m.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is rolling out a new initiative featuring self-employed legal consultants aimed at topping up resource at peak periods of demand.
With 14,000 students chasing 5,000 places, recruiters are rethinking the selection routine
Stephen Smith joined Hailsham Chambers in 1975 and was made senior clerk in 1982.
LG may have lost its original lustre but this could still be a marriage of convenience
Leeds-based Walker Morris is closing its 48-strong personal injury department, blaming "continuing turmoil" in the personal injury (PI) market.
The London Boroughs of Barnet and Harrow have entered a partnership agreement with Bevan Brittan as the two councils become the first local authority to apply for an ABS licence.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has announced a 7.5 per cent increase in revenue for the first half of the 2013/14 financial year, turning over £608m in the six months from 1 May.
Hogan Lovells has hired Norton Rose Fulbright competition partner Mark Jones in a move that marks the London office’s fourth senior partner hire in just over a month.
Covington & Burling, Mishcon de Reya and Dorsey & Whitney have advised on the IPO of online video distribution group Rightster.
Wragges has been on a hunt for a London merger since 2009 when Lawrence Graham was one of four firms on its hit list, so why now?
Dentons’ former co-chief executive Howard Morris has joined Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) as head of business restructuring and insolvency in London.
Squire Sanders has formed a strategic alliance with seven-partner Indonesian firm Melli Darsa & Co in a bid to tap into one of the world’s fastest growing emerging economies.
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Jonathan Robinson is the business development manager at Mundays. He recently joined from Bindmans, where he was head of marketing.
Boston-headquartered Sullivan & Worcester has moved to bolster its nascent London office through the hire of two finance partners in the City.
Latham & Watkins global chair and managing partner Robert Dell is to retire from the firm at the end of 2014, after almost 20 years in the role.
Bird & Bird has opened an office in Dubai, its second office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following an Abu Dhabi launch in 2011.
Mayer Brown has continued to ramp up its London partnership with the hire of Allen & Overy (A&O) employment partner Stefan Martin.
Barclays’ head of compliance and regulatory relations Hector Sants, who last month took a temporary leave of absence due to stress and exhaustion, has resigned from the post.
Davenport Lyons has closed its film and TV group following the retirement of department head Leon Morgan and senior partner Richard Moxon, resulting in four redundancies.
US firm Davis Polk is to break into the London trainee market with a scheme that will offer a newly qualified salary of £100,000.
Energy giant BG Group has cut its panel to three after dropping Allen & Overy (A&O) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) from the roster.
The curious case of Manches’ suicidal cashflow management and its eleventh-hour rescue by Penningtons
Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) is pushing ahead with plans to outsource its retail & wealth and asset finance litigation teams amid changes to the structure of its legal department.
Path to outsourcing is not a smooth one for banking supergroup
Vlad Panaite became director of finance and operations for Bracewell & Giuliani in June 2013, having previously been a senior manager at Ernst & Young.
Just seven firms have won places on the London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA) panel after the framework completed a major slimming-down of its legal roster.
Media firm Lee & Thompson has poached FremantleMedia’s head of legal for drama and scripted comedy weeks after the business lost its overall legal chief to NBC Universal.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) environmental partner Louise Moore has quit the firm to rejoin Hogan Lovells.
India’s former solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam has joined 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) as an associate member as the set aims to further expand into Asia market.
Manches went into administration two weeks after HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) issued a notice of action after the firm paid just £90,000 of a £715,000 tax bill, The Lawyer can reveal.
After safeguarding the Royal cakes and receiving death threats over the price of Space Raiders crisps, nothing much fazes United Biscuits’ Simon Rose anymore
US merger signals fast-grow diet: are Dentons’ eyes too big for its tummy?
The former general counsel of News Corporation Lon Jacobs has taken up the top legal role at Time magazine as current GC Maurice Edelson jumps to owner Time Warner.
An in-house lawyer at United Biscuits’ (UB) has exposed the perils of working in the snacks business after receiving death threats when the price of Space Raiders crisps rose by 5p.
Surrey-based energy boutique LXL and US firm Morgan Lewis have advised on the $898m sale of Newfield Exploration’s Malaysian offshore oil and gas interests.
Television cameras have been granted access to the Court of Appeal after a near 90-year ban on filming was lifted.
US firms are shacking up like there’s no tomorrow. Should the UK legal market be bothered?
A US court has ruled in favour of Proskauer Rose and Dewey & LeBoeuf after counsel for collapsed brokerage MF Global objected to the “excessive” fees submitted by the firms.
Deutsche Bank has reported a significant drop in its third-quarter profits after setting aside €1.2bn (£1bn) to cover legal costs.
Washington DC firm Patton Boggs is understood to be in merger talks with US firm Locke Lord.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has won one of its biggest roles yet for Nintendo, landing a lead role advising on the launch of its UK online retail store.
PA Group, the parent company of the UK Press Association, has named The Economist’s senior legal counsel Stephen Godsell as group general counsel.
San Francisco-based Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has begun merger talks with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, the latest move by the US firm under new boss Mitch Zuklie.
11KBW’s first-ever chief executive David Stead is leaving the set to head up the fundraising side of Charities Aid Foundation.
George Wilkinson, director of marketing
Lawyer 2B quizzes the dean and CEO of BPP Law School
Budget airline Monarch has delayed publishing the results of its recent panel review following a revamp which kicked off in February.
Allen & Overy (A&O) global capital markets partner Stephen Denyer, who has been instrumental in building up the firm’s global network, is leaving to become The Law Society’s City and international chief.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) finance and restructuring partner Trevor Wood has become the latest partner to leave the firm after being hired by Mayer Brown.
Jones Day has objected to the “excessive” fees submitted by Proskauer Rose and legacy Dewey & LeBoeuf during the administration of collapsed brokerage MF Global.
Brown Rudnick, Latham & Watkins and Cooley have advised billionaire Mark Cuban regarding an insider trading complaint brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which the basketball team owner has now won.
SJ Berwin private equity partner Ed Harris has quit for Hogan Lovells, a year after the two firms advised Duke Street on a cash injection into the Parabis Group.
Wales’s largest social landlord RCT Homes has awarded 13 firms a place on its first-ever legal panel, with Trowers & Hamlins, Bevan Brittan and Burges Salmon among those to win spots.
In-flight entertainment provider Global Eagle has named the former London-based News International lawyer, Jay Itzkowitz, as its general counsel.
Nationwide Building Society general counsel Liz Kelly is leaving the building society to spend more time with her family just weeks after Nationwide launched its delayed general panel review.
Jones Day has lost its London antitrust head to the City office of Bingham McCutchen.
Nigel Spencer, global director of learning and development
Are Manches’ partners celebrating merger more than Penningtons’?
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Fiji Airways has hired a local senior associate as its new general counsel, replacing the airline's first-ever in-house lawyer Jay Shree following an "exhaustive search process".
Washington DC firm Steptoe & Johnson has drawn in BHP Billiton’s anti-corruption and trade compliance lawyer Jeffrey Cottle as a partner for its London office.
Barclays’ head of compliance and regulatory relations Hector Sants, who was brought in from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to help overhaul the bank’s ties with regulators, is taking a temporary leave of absence 10 months into the role.
London TMT boutique Kemp Little is reinforcing its technology expertise by launching a niche consultancy arm from its London office.
Penningtons completed the takeover of Manches yesterday, a move facilitated by a pre-pack administration deal.
Penningtons has acquired Manches in a move that will see 265 Manches employees and 46 partners move to Penningtons and operate under the name Penningtons Manches.
Nabarro’s head of infrastructure Matthew Jones is leaving the firm for Taylor Wessing’s construction and engineering group.
After years of resisting a London base, Boies Schiller & Flexner is taking the leap. What changed?
Jan Dalgleish, HR director
US banking giant JP Morgan has reported a $400m quarterly loss after taking a $9.2bn (£5.8bn) hit in legal fees to cover a series of regulatory problems.
DWF has picked up an 11-partner team from Greenwoods following its decision to merge with defendant insurance firm Plexus Law in May 2013.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is the first of the magic circle firms to release its limited-liability partnership (LLP) accounts, revealing that the firm’s highest-paid partner took home £1.57m at the 2012/13 year-end.
Merger talks are rumbling on between Manches and Penningtons as the private client firm confirms it is “optimistic” that a deal will be done to create a £60m firm of roughly 250 lawyers.
Philadelphia’s Morgan Lewis & Bockius will be run by a woman for the first time next year, with litigation chief Jami McKeon elected to replace longstanding chief Francis Milone.
WSP Group, the structural engineers behind central London’s Shard tower, has hired the legal director of Derby-based train-maker Bombardier.
There are over 70 CVs piled up in Mayer Brown’s London office. Chairman Paul Theiss explains why the City is en vogue.
DLA Piper partner Hilary Stewart-Jones is stepping down from the firm’s partnership in order to chair Playtech’s risk and compliance and remuneration committee.
Hogan Lovells has hired Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) privacy and information group head Eduardo Ustaran, who is expected to serve an 18-month notice period which keeps him at FFW until May 2015.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) corporate finance partner Michael Weir is to join the firm’s former global private equity head Raymond McKeeve at Jones Day.
Taylor Wessing is planning further expansion across Asia after entering into a formal association with 10-partner Indonesian firm Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP).
The head of Devereux Chambers Ingrid Simler QC has been appointed as a High Court judge.
Solihull-based UK Power Reserve (UKPR) has hired Bevan Brittan’s former corporate head and the legal manager for Bicester Village, Sarah Ward, as general counsel.
Hogan Lovells has named Jackie Newstead as its global head of real estate
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired Cooley’s financial litigation head Scott Balber to lead its New York dispute resolution practice and establish a US corporate crime and investigation practice.
US litigation powerhouse Boies Schiller & Flexner is handing the reins to Bingham partner Natasha Harrison to head its newly-launched London base, its first non-US office.
Mayer Brown has ramped up its London partnership in the last two weeks with the hire of four lateral partners…
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Charles Russell’s client Cadbury has lost a court battle against Swiss rival Nestlé after it attempted to trademark the iconic purple colour of its Dairy Milk bars.
A well-liked Paul Hastings partner has been forced to leave the firm after it was revealed by an unnamed chambers that he had lied about his education and bar qualifications.
The South London Legal Partnership (SLLP), which opened earlier this week following the merger of London’s Merton, Kingston, Sutton and Richmond legal teams, is to launch its own trainee scheme.
Reed Smith’s global managing partner Greg Jordan is leaving the firm for PNC Financial Services Group, leaving global litigation chief Alexander Thomas to fill his shoes.
Structural steel firm Severfield-Rowen, which provided steel for London’s Shard building and the 2012 Olympic stadium, has appointed its first in-house lawyer in the shape of former Pinsent Masons partner Mark Sanderson.
Trainee quadriplegic lawyer Matt King, who was awarded an OBE for services to disability and charity in 2012, is challenging London Marathon organisers over their refusal to allow him entry to the 2013 event because he needs to use a motorised vehicle.
Veale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV) has swallowed up niche London property firm George Carter in a boost for its City base.
White & Case has opened an office in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, marking its second base in Kazakhstan.
Linklaters is understood to have taken over Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s role as the regulatory adviser to Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) concerning payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling, one of the biggest scandals to ever hit retail financial services.
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Lois Gordon joined Shearman & Sterling in 2007. She previously held HR roles at Denton Wilde Sapte and Marks & Spencer.
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Social networking giant Facebook has named Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s co-head of IT and data privacy, Ashlie Beringer, as its deputy general counsel.
Lord Justice Leveson, the judge who became a household name last year after being put in charge of an inquiry into media practices, has been named president of the Queen’s Bench Division (QBD).
DLA Piper, CMS Cameron McKenna and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are among the firms to have been appointed to AIG’s new-look EMEA legal panel following a review.
Clifford Chance has beaten stiff competition to be named Management Team of the Year at the inaugural The Lawyer Management Awards with the magic circle firm recognised for improved client experience.
Manches is close to sealing a merger with private client firm Penningtons in a move that would create a £60m firm of roughly 250 lawyers.
The associate general counsel of Bank of America (BofA) Merrill Lynch, Richard Atkinson, has taken up a general counsel role at New York independent advisory firm StormHarbour.
Michael Mansfield QC’s set Tooks Chambers has announced that it will begin winding up operations from October, with the set saying its dissolution is the “direct result” of legal aid cuts.
In-house lawyers at global food conglomerate Heinz are facing redundancy in the UK and Ireland after the ketchup-maker cut 600 office positions across the US.
Dentons’ former co-chief executive Howard Morris has resigned from the firm after two years as global integration partner.
Online dating website eHarmony has published a list of reasons why wannabe lovers should target lawyers as potential dates, with so-called bonuses including free legal notepads and interesting law-school stories.
The former attorney general, Peter Goldsmith QC, will not be allowed to challenge anti-gay legislation in Singapore after the Singaporean High Court refused to allow the couple to instruct foreign counsel.
US firm McGuireWoods has bulked up its London regulatory and criminal investigation team with the hire of Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) chief criminal counsel David Kirk.
Independent brokerage and software group AKJ has hired its first in-house lawyer with the appointment of Tom Mackay, a former legal chief for the London Stock Exchange.
Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has successfully defended a professional negligence claim in the High Court brought against it by energy investment company Petrocapital Resources over a share transaction.
The joint head of Brick Court Chambers Nicholas Green QC has been appointed to the High Court bench.
Clifford Chance has been appointed as legal advisor to Rugby World Cup (RWCL) ahead of the 2015 competition, which is to be held in England.
The total cost of the Cobbetts administration stands at £1.7m, a report by administrators KPMG reveals, with Pinsent Masons taking the bulk of a £352,289 legal bill.
Reed Smith, DLA Piper and Olswang have won lead advisory roles on the sale of French bistro chain Côte to private equity firm CBPE Capital.
Lloyds Banking Group has unveiled the name of its general counsel for group legal, parachuting corporate and M&A head Hugh Pugsley into the role in the latest in a series of senior legal management moves.
Texas firm Andrews Kurth, one of the latest US oil and gas players to have targeted the UK market, has raided Chadbourne & Parke for a three-person arbitration team in London.
Could the small matter of pay be behind the delay in filling the GC role at TSB?
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the former firm of Twitter general counsel Vijaya Gadde and former legal chief Alexander Macgillivray, has been pegged as Twitter’s main legal adviser after the site yesterday tweeted its intent to submit for an IPO.
Davenport Lyons has become the latest UK firm to agree to convert to limited liability partnership (LLP) status, with the firm likely to move towards a more commission-based remuneration system once the change takes place.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter and May will continue to advise on the IPO of state-owned Royal Mail as the UK government agrees to privatise Britain’s postal service “within weeks.”
The disputes chief of UBS Wealth, Philippa Simmons, has been named as Lloyds Banking Group’s (LBG) new head of legal disputes and contentious regulation.
HowardKennedyFsi finance director Philip Mitchell joined legacy firm Finers Stephens Innocent in January 1992, having been a senior manager at KPMG from 1989. The two firms officially merged in January 2013.
A stint in the White House is a stepping-stone to a top legal post at a global company
US firm King & Spalding has established a financial services regulatory practice in London with the addition of Mayer Brown partner Angela Hayes.
SJ Berwin has picked up the former head of Denton’s international arbitration unit in the Middle East, Paul Stothard, for its London office.
The longstanding head of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP)’s information law unit, Adam Rose, has left the firm for Mishcon de Reya.
Twitter general counsel Alexander Macgillivray has surprised the social media sphere by stepping down from his role, passing the torch to legal director Vijaya Gadde.
With trophy hire strategy in question it is time for firm’s in-house talent to step up
Elisabeth Bellamy is operations director at Manchester-based Linder Myers Solicitors, having joined the firm in 2012 when the firm merged with Drummonds.
Banking giant Barclays has named the former general counsel of Pittsburgh-headquartered PNC Financial Services Group, Bob Hoyt, as general counsel.
Canadian firm Gowlings has lost a two-partner IP team to the City office of US firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.
Litigation boutique Edwin Coe has launched a five-year growth plan focused on increasing turnover, setting its sights on becoming a £25m firm by 2018.
Clifford Chance (CC) yesterday hosted a conference aimed at helping undergraduates from some of London’s most deprived boroughs break into the law.
SGH Martineau has appointed Emma Shipp, the former head of legacy outfit Sprecher Grier Halberstam, as overall managing partner.
JP Morgan litigation and government investigations lawyer, Michael Coyne, has left the bank to become general counsel of Union Bank and its holding company, UnionBanCal Corp.
Circle Housing Group, the social housing provider for London and the South East, has kicked off a tender process for its legal panel worth up to £8m.
Kingsley Napley is the latest UK firm to put more emphasis on performance-based remuneration when determining its partners’ pay.
The general counsel of West Yorkshire-based professional rugby league Castleford Tigers has joined ABS Brilliant Law as employment head.
Squire Sanders has hired Addleshaw Goddard’s head of structured finance Mark Thomas for its London office.
Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) Asia disputes head Gavin Lewis is set to leave the firm for Linklaters.
Washington DC-based intellectual property firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, commonly known as Finnegan, is to relocate its Brussels office to London by the end of this year.
The legal team at Kent County Council (KCC) have contributed over £3.7m to the council after announcing record profits for the 2012/13 financial year.
BlackBerry has turned to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Canadian firm Torys for advice on a review that could result in the sale of the business.
The name partners at Bristol-based Davis Wood are understood to be the executors behind the will of a pensioner who specified that all the proceeds of her estate were to be paid to ”whichever Government is in office.”
South East firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) has reported a 57 per cent jump in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2012/13 financial year, rising from £390,000 to £616,000.
Hogan Lovells’ David Harris on why the firm’s lack of growth is no terrible thing.
Bond Dickinson has confirmed that up to 7 per cent of its support staff will be made redundant following a consultation process which began in July, The Lawyer can reveal.
Insurance giant AIG is to reveal its new legal panel next month following a review of its Emea advisers.
Through boom, crash and revolution, banknote printer De La Rue keeps the world’s currencies flowing under the watchful eye of intrepid legal director Douglas Denham
Wolfgang Troll has been head of HR at German firm Noerr since 2006 and is based in Munich.
Firm ponders its career structure as partner numbers fall
Barristers are to show off their hidden talents at an Inner Temple’s Got Talent event in November, with a magic circle magician the first to sign-up.
Partner benefits among the UK’s top 50 law firms include allowances for new luggage, cash for spouses and an on site GP, new research by recruitment consultancy Sainty Hird & Partners claims today.
Good grief. Can’t you lawyers stay still for one minute? It’s supposed to be the summer holidays (for those jetting off via Heathrow, here’s our interview with the airport’s general counsel Carol Hui) yet many seem to think now is the time to find a new job, agree an international ...
Kirkland & Ellis private equity partner Ross Allardice is set to join the London office of White & Case in a major boost for the US firm’s European private equity practice.
Bond Dickinson has unveiled combined turnover of £98.3m since the merger between Dickinson Dees and Bond Pearce went live on 1 May.
Peter Chater has been head of resourcing at Herbert Smith Freehills since October 2008, when he joined from credit rating agency Fitch. Prior to that he worked at recruiter Hudson and in the HR team at Goldman Sachs. Chater studied politics in Warwick and, on graduating, spent a year as a police officer in the West Midlands before moving to London.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has opened its third office in Germany, launching in Munich with the firm’s Mannheim-based patent litigation partner Marcus Grosch.
CMS Cameron McKenna has re-appointed former partner Martin Brown to its banking and international finance team, a year after Brown left the firm for Ashurst.
Weil Gotshal & Manges’ head of litigation Matthew Shankland, the partner who represented the Barclay brothers in an ownership spat over London’s Maybourne Hotel Group, has left the firm for Sidley Austin.
Media boutique Wiggin is to cancel its trainee scheme from 2015, citing client demand as the sole reason for the decision.
Next time you’re flat out on the sofa tucking into a TV dinner washed down by a bottle of fizzy pop, give a thought to the lawyers behind the screen. OK, this is probably not the most valued piece of advice you’ve received so far this year, but hear us out.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and DLA Piper are among the firms facing legal action over the hire of partners from collapsed US firm Dewey & LeBoeuf.
The London office of K&L Gates has made its second lateral partner hire in less than a month with the addition of energy disputes lawyer Mike Stewart from Pinsent Masons.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has delayed the release of its PEP figure until September as insiders claim profits have dropped by as much as 40 per cent.
Lloyds Banking Group is in the early stages of talks with a number of panel firms to outsource its retail & wealth and asset finance litigation teams.
Keeping cutting-edge Channel 4 TV shows on the rails calls for some radical action by its in-house lawyers. No wonder they are award-winners
Adam Soames, head of clients and markets
Midlands firm Challinors has filed a notice to appoint administrators following a meeting between the partners on Monday.
Heatwaves and salary squeezing can only mean one thing: a summer staycation. According to hotel chain Travelodge, two-thirds of Britons are taking a summer holiday in the UK this year – up from 41 per cent in 2012.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher has launched a restructuring practice in London with the hire of Kirkland & Ellis partner Graham Lane.
Hogan Lovells has hired a two-partner team from Benelux firm NautaDutilh as it confirms plans to launch in Luxembourg next month.
The legal profession is a cash cow for public relation (PR) agencies, with UK Top 50 spending £3m annually on external PR advice, new research today claims.
Mishcon de Reya has launched a new three-year growth plan that could see it shoot up the UK200 revenue table with a three-year budget target of £100m.
Premier Foods counsel help in business turnaround, then set up academy
Mark Valentine has been the business development director of Mayer Brown for nearly two years. He was previously head of marketing, clients and sales at BDO and spent eight years as a business development consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Writing about branding is akin to wrestling with an oiled octopus (yes, an oiled octopus), dancing with a jellied jackal or sailboarding with a slippery salamander. Sometimes, it is like doing all of those things with a squirrel on your head.
Mishcon de Reya has recorded average profit per equity partner (PEP) of £840,000 for the 2012/13 financial year, an increase of 20 per cent on last year’s figure of £700,000.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has unveiled its first financial results since merging, with revenues of £471.2m in the six months from October 2012.
CMS Cameron McKenna private equity partner Richard Bull has quit for the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright.
The former general counsel and deputy general counsel of Yahoo! have joined online real estate website Auction.com alongside Yahoo!’s former Asia Pacific legal head Eugene Lao.
Partners at Hogan Lovells are voting on a potential office launch in Luxembourg with plans to open by the end of this summer.
Linklaters is sponsoring a three-day event at the British Library that will see four original copies of Magna Carta brought together for the first time in history.
Branding is top concern for private practice law firms but what do the clients think?
Lorraine Kilborn, head of talent, learning and development
Murder trial broadcast highlights the unseen role played by TV in-house lawyers
The newspaper industry is a funny old business. As publications make the quantum leap from print to digital, so media lawyers are increasingly leaping into unknown territories.
Lloyds Banking Group lawyer Aamir Khan has joined global LPO Clutch Group as general counsel and senior director of UK business.
The world’s biggest money printing company De La Rue has chosen Baker & McKenzie as its preferred supplier for work outside the UK and US following a four-month tender which closed in October.
Patricia Walsh is the global chief HR officer at Squire Sanders. She has previously held roles at Hammonds and Bupa.
Journalists from the Sun have called into question Linklaters’ role in its investigation into phone hacking at News International (now News UK) in a secret recording made public today.
Revenues at Allen & Overy (A&O) have risen by just 0.8 per cent at the 2012/13 year-end from £1.18bn to £1.19bn.
Edwards Wildman Palmer has cut eight support roles from its London office following a firmwide review of costs that has so far seen 35 support jobs go.
Litigation boutique Stewarts Law has posted revenue of £45.2m at the 2012/13 year-end, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) on a par with the magic circle at £1.1m.
Covington & Burling has hired energy partners Ben Holland and Jeremy Wilson from CMS Cameron McKenna after an increase in instructions from energy clients in London and Washington.
An internal memo sent to staff at Goodwin Procter last Tuesday insists that the closure of its San Diego office, which puts 22 jobs at risk, is not driven by financial considerations.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has overhauled its financial team with the introduction of two new roles, global chief financial officer (CFO) and financial director for UK, EMEA and Asia.
HMRC lawyers deserve their day in the sun too, you know
Duncan Ralph, commercial and financial director
The Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), a procurement centre for Scotland’s 60 universities and colleges, has launched a legal services framework with DWF, Weightmans, Eversheds and Foot Anstey among those to win roles.
Squire Sanders has announced the hire of a London corporate partner from US firm Dorsey & Whitney a week after boosting its private equity practice in Russia.
Direct Line has confirmed that its legal team will be impacted by a group-wide redundancy round that puts 2,000 jobs at risk.
Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC has secured victory in the Supreme Court for 251 female classroom assistants who brought equal pay claims against their employer, Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Bah-humbug to all the smug so and so’s off to Glastonbury this week. For the rest of us stuck in the office, put on some background folk music and get into the festival mood with the in-house lawyers headlining in The Lawyer this week. Let’s start with the emerging talent tent. Here, Nationwide general counselLiz Kelly tells The Lawyer all about her legal academy, which launched 18 ...
Houston firm Bracewell & Giuliani has appointed three energy partners to its London office, poaching associates from firms including Linklaters and Allen & Overy (A&O).
A focus on training pays off for Nationwide GC Liz Kelly, as high-quality lawyers stay on board to help her guide the building society forward
Caroline Black, head of marketing
Elite UK firms receive cold shoulder in New York, but Washington DC is on the rise
Social networking giant Facebook has named deputy general counsel Colin Stretch as vice president and general counsel, taking over from former legal boss Ted Ullyot.
39 Essex Street has elected Neil Block QC as its joint head of chambers, replacing counsel to the Leveson Inquiry Robert Jay QC after he was appointed to the High Court bench.
High street franchise QualitySolicitors (QS) has brought in a new CEO so to allow founder Craig Holt to focus on developing the brand.
Asia-based fund management group Nikko Asset Management (Nikko AM) has unveiled a new legal head as it prepares for an initial public offering (IPO) in Tokyo.
The New York office of Paul Hastings has hired Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson’s head of securities and shareholder litigation, Douglas Flaum.
John Lennon was right – life really is what happens while you’re making other plans. Take Allen & Overy (A&O) financial institutions boss Alistair Asher. One week he is busy advising the Co-operative Group on its £1.5bn debt restructuring, the next he gets appointed to the Co-op’s brand-spanking new management team. Someone give this man a holiday. Actually, it doesn’t ...
Allen & Overy (A&O) financial institutions head Alistair Asher is to take the top legal job at the Co-operative Group, starting as group general counsel on 1 July.
Marco D’Angelo, marketing and business development director
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Nabarro’s turnover increased by 2.6 per cent to £116.3m in 2012-13, with the firm predicting that its PEP will soar by 30 per cent based on preliminary figures.
Family lawyers have welcomed the Supreme Court ruling in today’s landmark divorce case, Prest v Petrodel, as a victory for common sense.
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Kirklees Council has announced the results of a panel review that will support five West Yorkshire councils, appointing 23 firms including Weightmans, DAC Beachcroft and Freeth Cartwright to 10 sub-panels.
Former Allen & Overy (A&O) senior associate Denise Gibson is to rejoin the firm as a banking partner following a stint at Goldman Sachs.
Lewis Silkin is advising Linklaters as the firm faces a discrimination claim and allegations of fraudulent billing from a former paralegal.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has confirmed the exit of two senior executives amid wider staff cuts under new boss Mitch Zuklie.
Shearman & Sterling is understood to be considering an Egyptian office launch as arbitration in the region continues to grow.
The London office of Chadbourne & Parke has picked up banking and finance partner Partha Pal from the City office of US rival Sidley Austin.
Stuart Whittle, director of operations
A litigation firm acting on behalf of Kenyan victims tortured during the Mau Mau uprising have said the “matter is far from over” after the British Government announced payments of £2,600 each to some 5,000 survivors.
A nurse who was arrested and then cleared of poisoning hospital patients has turned to Mishcon de Reya partner Charlotte Harris as she announces plans to sue Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
Early results in the 2012/13 financial reporting season continue to set the scene for an uptick in the UK legal market.
The Supreme Court will next week decide whether oil tycoon Michael Prest can escape handing over assets totalling £17.5m to his ex-wide because the assets are owned by his company, Petrodel.
Hogan Lovells has boosted its litigation and arbitration practice in the US with the hire of three senior partners from Chadbourne & Parke.
Chadbourne & Parke has overhauled a number of key leadership positions in the EMEA region, naming insurance partner Adrian Mecz as the US firm’s new London managing partner.
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Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has increased pay for its trainees, newly-qualified (NQ) lawyers and those at various levels of post qualification experience (PQE).
Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) has unveiled its first-ever advertising campaign, directed by qualified barrister Jamie Rafn.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has slammed Ministry of Justice (MoJ) plans to overhaul how legal aid lawyers are paid, claiming it could lead to a miscarriage of justice.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) funds partner Thiha Tun is to join the London office of US firm Bingham McCutchen, The Lawyer can reveal.
Lincoln’s Inn set Hardwicke has been targeted by burglars with chambers calling police last week after a robbery
Berryman Lace Mawer (BLM) has secured new mandates for the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), which today named a new lineup for its £400m clinical negligence and non-clinical negligence legal panels as well as its new regulatory, health and disciplinary panel.
Firms falling for big-billing promises at the interview stage could suffer like Dewey
JMW has parted company with eight of its 12 secretaries in its personal injury (PI) department, citing challenges caused by the Jackson reforms as a reason for the cuts.
Insurance business BGL Group, the owners of insurance website comparethemarket.com, has acquired volume personal injury firm Minster Law.
The Legal Services Act (LSA) is making traditional firms more innovative with 25 per cent planning on changing their strategy as a direct result of the legislation, a survery by advisory firm Baker Tilly has claimed.
Manchester-firm JMW has acquired local specialist property and litigation firm Goodman Harvey, set up in 2004 by an ex-Halliwells partner and an imaginary rabbit.
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London set Furnival Chambers has dismissed two clerks after £20,000 disappeared from chambers.
US-based insurance giant Lockton has announced the hire of Towergate legal chief Sam Clark as its new general counsel.
Manchester firm JMW has posted its year-end results for 2012/13, revealing a 13 per cent increase in revenue thanks to a significant boost in online instructions.
US litigation powerhouse Boies Schiller & Flexner is to launch its first non-US office in London this summer, joining Mississippi-based Butler Snow as the firm sets its City launch for June.
Scott Burns, managing partner
King.com general counsel Marcus Whalen is to leave the online gaming company to take up a consultancy position.
Bell Capital general counsel Tom Bartos has left the role for an M&A position at the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the state-owned investment arm of the Gulf state.
Cash call is simply to stabilise the partner distribution cycle, apparently
Auctioning internships is becoming more common, giving students from well-off backgrounds a significant leg-up into highly competitive professions, including the law
Joanna Worby is Brachers’ first female managing partner. She joined the firm in 1991 as a trainee solicitor and became a partner in 1999.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has requested that Westminster School change the name of its mini-pupillage auction to work experience amid controversy over the sale of a work placement.
US-firm Edwards Wildman is to open an office in Istanbul through an association with Turkish M&A firm Ismen, months after the two firms worked together on a £36m deal.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has approached the head of Westminster School after it auctioned off a mini-pupillage in a bid to raise money for a new building.
Legacy Herbert Smith has issued a cash call of up to £20m to all equity partners in an effort to boost its capital structure as part of the firm’s planned financial integration with Australia’s Freehills.
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Almost 40 per cent of UK associates currently at a US firm said money was their key motivator for joining - twice as many as last year, a survey by The Lawyer reveals today.
Freshfields leads for South Staffordshire seller Alinda Capital Partners after taking 2012 merger role
The senior legal counsel of construction giant Lend Lease, Alistair Cutts, is understood to have left the role as the business scales back its European arm.
Collyer Bristow gives support staff the opportunity to shine
Tim Gerrard, chief executive
Cobbetts’ former debt recovery business Incasso, which was acquired by HL Legal Solicitors, has made 44 staff redundant following a consultation with 52 staff at the company.
Sausage-skin maker Devro has hired Dairy Crest’s former deputy company secretary Andrew Money as its first London-based in-house lawyer.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) global corporate head Mike Ferraro has been brought in to the firm’s London office to revamp its corporate department, The Lawyer can reveal.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer corporate partner Donald Guiney is to join Baker & McKenzie after 16 years at the magic circle firm.
Kate Lewis, financial manager
DLA Piper is understood to have paid $3.1m (£2m) to hire a cruise liner to play host to its partner meeting in May, with partners set to bond over a four-night Mediterranean cruise due to set sail from Barcelona.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) global arbitration co-head Charles Kaplan has resigned from the firm to join US outfit Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.
Hogan Lovells, Linklaters and Sullivan & Cromwell have won lead roles as Eastman Kodak offloads its personal film business to UK pensioners.
CMS Cameron McKenna has become the latest UK firm to announce its partnership promotions with nine UK lawyers being made up in a global round of 31 appointments across the CMS network.
Using the ABS structure to deliver council legal services? Creative thinking indeed, but Lambeth director of governance Mark Hynes is pondering it
Partner headcount in the top 30 international firms in London has increased by around 25 per cent since the credit crisis in 2008, while turnover has increased by an average of 8 per cent.
The group general counsel of Man Group Stephen Ross is to join Sidley Austin as co-head of London investment funds.
Women made up just 16 per cent of partners across the top 30 international firms in London last year, with a male-dominated lateral hiring market seen as the reason.
Dechert, Quinn and Weil among big risers in revenue terms in what was generally a positive period for most US firms in London.
US firms are on a hiring drive to gain clout in London and boost their English law capabilities, and the tactic is paying off
Allen & Overy (A&O) and DLA Piper played key advisory roles on the £160m sale of Scottish whisky producer Burn Stewart Distillers to South African drinks group Distell.
It may not offer a better work-life balance, but the GC life is tempting lawyers
Integreon business development president John Croft has left to launch the UK arm of Elevate Services, a US-based legal services provider founded by Integreon’s former CEO two years ago.
Scotland’s Faculty of Advocates has launched a dispute resolution service to provide advice on arbitration, mediation and adjudication.
Pinsent Masons is to launch a technology, media and telecoms (TMT) practice in Singapore with the addition of Brian Tan, the founding partner of local IT boutique Keystone Law Corporation.
Kent-based solicitor Dale Walker is one of eight men charged by the FCA with conspiracy to defraud UK investors of over £5m through unauthorised land banking frauds.
Firm makes up nine partners as global shipping and transport head George Eddings steps into the role of managing partner.
The wage gap between private practice and in-house lawyers is closing as the time taken to reach partnership increases.
Baker & McKenzie is to merge with United Arab Emirates law firm Habib Al Mulla & Co.
Keystone Law has continued its hiring spree by adding another 10 lawyers from the likes of Berwin Leighton Paisner and Davenport Lyons.
LawVest is bracing itself for a “dramatic increase” in sales this year after accounts revealed a £3.2m loss during its first 16 months of trading.
Speechly Bircham to move to larger Luxembourg offices after taking on Clifford Chance counsel François Lerusse as a partner.
Managing partner David Beech has claimed that the traditional training model is “dead” because it continues to teach students in the same way it did 30 years ago.
The former Scotland legal head at Lloyds Banking Group’s business support unit Gaenor Cassell has joined the Edinburgh office of Burness as director of banking and funds.
CMS Cameron McKenna, Foot Anstey, Norton Rose and Wragge & Co advised on Kuwaiti investor Dimah Capital’s £19m acquisition of Everything Everywhere’s Bristol office.
HSF and Fasken Saudi links run into the sand
Michael Oberwarth, legal information manager
So says Knights managing partner, who believes ABSs are being sidelined
Mills & Reeve and Manchester firm George Davies are to vote on a potential merger within the next few weeks after both firms confirmed that they were in talks .
Saudi Arabian firm Osool Law has terminated its agreement with Canada’s Fasken Martineau after two years, citing an “absence of joint strategy” as the reason the co-operation came to an end.
US firm Reed Smith has launched a competition practice in Paris with the hire of Hogan Lovells antitrust, competition and economic regulation co-head Michel Debroux.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired Department of Justice (DoJ) former acting criminal division head, Matthew Friedrich, as partner in its Washington DC base.
US firm Brown Rudnick has expanded into California after picking up Orange County litigation boutique Rus Miliband & Smith.
MoFo is acting for some of America’s largest baby food and juice makers in a trial relating to the publication of lead warnings on their products.
London teams from US firms Kaye Scholer, Paul Hastings, Reed Smith and Sidley Austin have won roles advising on the fresh refinancing of toy retail giant Toys“R”Us.
Herbies’ association with Saudi Arabian firm Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association will come to an end in August, with the firms saying they have “evolved in different ways”.
FTSE100 insurer Admiral has stepped into the legal sector via two ABS joint ventures, with Bristol-based claims specialist Lyons Davidson and Cardiff-based compensation firm Cordner Lewis.
Midland’s firm Knights Solicitors has hired an energy associate from the City office of US firm Vinson & Elkins (V&E) in a bid to expand its energy practice.
Herbies rainmaker Ted Greeno is the latest in a line of top litigators packing their bags for the lure of the mighty dollar. But the firm insists their departures have nothing to do with the Freehills merger
Last year’s defectors to DLA Piper head back to Hogan Lovells
Manchester firm DWF is among four firms to be handed first-time spots on the legal panel of the North of England NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC).
Specialist food law firm ABC Food Law has been given the green light by the SRA to become an ABS.
Manchester firm Glaisyers Solicitors is splitting its practice in two, saying the move will help it double the growth of its city-centre office.
The head of court of protection at Pannone’s Manchester office has left the firm to set up his own court of protection outfit with former Pannone partner Rachel Dobson.
An increasing number of CEOs at top companies have legal backgrounds
Scott Garner, head of business development
US Department of Justice (DoJ) official Lanny Breuer is to rejoin Covington & Burling in the newly created role of vice-chairman after spending four years as head of the DoJ’s criminal division.
Duane Morris has planted its first flag in the Middle East by sealing an association with the Al Mashaikhi Law Firm in Muscat, Oman.
CMS, HowardKennedyFsi and White & Case advise as Blockbuster sells its UK shops to restructuring firm Gordon Brothers Europe.
Keoghs litigation co-head Peter Unsworth has quit the firm for rival outfit Clyde & Co, The Lawyer can reveal.
Slater & Gordon breaks business crime and regulation practice in two, focusing on fraud, corruption and bribery cases, and regulatory investigations.
Legislation to break up the concentration of economic power in Israel will spark a business upsurge, say panellists at our London event
Beverly Landais, CEO
Global turnover at SNR Denton fell to $710.5m last year, a drop of 1.3 per cent from 2011’s global figure of $719.4m.
DAC Beachcroft has broadened its network with formal associations with Colombian firm De La Torre & Monroy and Malaysia’s Gan Partnership.
Newly elected Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy chairman Scott Edelman listed London as a highlight of 2012 during an annual partners’ meeting.
Schillings sports and international head John Kelly, who has acted for a host of celebrity clients including scandal-hit cyclist Lance Armstrong and former England manager Steve McClaren, has quit the firm for Harbottle & Lewis.
Firm’s Scotland restructuring head eschews move to Edinburgh in favour of partnership at HBJ Gateley as DLA presses ahead with Glasgow closure.
The legal teams at neighbouring London authorities Lambeth and Southwark are considering setting up an ABS vehicle in a bid to cut their legal expenditure.
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Prospects of domestic shale gas supplies and a steady stream of EU regulatory changes mean Polish lawyers should see even more work flowing in
Tina Two is director of HR and development in the London office of K&L Gates. She was previously the regional HR manager of Grant Thornton.
Truphone GC Greg Mappledoram has his work cut out to help the legal function keep pace with the business - it has just had a £70m investment from Roman Abramovich
Former 1 Gray’s Inn Square barrister Edward Agbaje has been jailed for 18 months after failing to pay more than £80,000 in tax to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Ashurst and Pinsent Masons have advised as Tesco acquires restaurant chain Giraffe for £48.6m.
US firm K&L Gates has hired 3 Raymond Buildings barrister Christine Braamskamp a year after hiring Addleshaw Goddard corporate crime chief Elizabeth Robertson.
The tender process for the NHS Litigation Authority’s clinical negligence and non-clinical negligence legal panels has begun after several false starts.
The Co-operative Bank is the latest client to terminate its relationship with Incasso, the former debt recovery business of collapsed firm Cobbetts.
Former SJ Berwin solicitor Piers Linney will star in the upcoming series of Dragons’ Den, replacing former ‘Dragon’ Theo Paphitis on the BBC investor panel television show.
Major City firms are manipulating their retention rate figures by handing out short-term contracts, The Lawyer has learned.
Riverview Chambers is to break into the licensing market after adding a team of eight barristers from Francis Taylor Buildings to its roster.
The London Borough of Enfield has ended its relationship with the former debt recovery business of collapsed firm Cobbetts, Incasso.
Jean-Michel Beeching is international business development director at Taylor Wessing. He was previously director of marketing at KPMG and has held roles at Linklaters, where he was head of marketing for Asia and head of business development (BD) for Europe.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has elected partner William Dougherty as chairman of the firm, taking over from incumbent Pete Ruegger who has been in the lead role since 2004.
Plexus Law, the defendant arm of ABS giant Parabis, has hired Hill Dickinson insurance chief Jason Spencer and business development director Laurence Ives.
Hertfordshire-based SA Law, which merged with Pickworths to form a 15-partner firm in October, has opened an office in London in a bid to widen its doors to international work.
Squire Sanders partner Chris Caulfield has left the firm to join the London office of Baker Botts.
A team of tax litigators led by partner Simon Whitehead have quit the US firm Dorsey & Whitney for litigation boutique Hage Aaronson.
Ashurst and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have secured key instructions as Britain’s biggest bookmaker, William Hill, plans to raise £375m in a rights issue to fund the acquisition of its online division.
Nationwide Building Society has delayed the launch of its general panel review until the autumn.
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John Raimbach is the director of finance at Goodman Derrick. He was previously the business and finance manager for international capital markets at Allen & Overy and, before that, chief finance officer at Baker & McKenzie
Staff at former Cobbetts debt recovery business Incasso have been put into redundancy consultation weeks after the business was bought from the failed firm’s administrators.
Complaints relating to divorce and family law are almost double that of other areas, with around 13 per cent of clients dissatisfied with the way their lawyers handled cases.
Shoosmiths has gained a publishing and digital media group after acquiring niche digital firm Laurence Kaye Solicitors.
Ashurst, US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell and Slaughter and May have won roles advising on the planned IPO of Esure.
Exeter-headquartered Michelmores has beefed up its Bristol base with the hire of Osborne Clarke private client head Sandra Brown.
Mayer Brown has entered the US financial reporting season with a drop in both partner profits and turnover, with the latter slipping from $1.13bn in 2011 to $1.09bn in 2012.
A celebrity prankster tried to gatecrash Sunday’s Oscars in a swan costume despite receiving a written warning from a Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan lawyer.
Insurance lawyers at Norton Rose and RPC are among the founding members of an LGBT network for the insurance industry.
Firm’s City growth outstrips that of the firm as a whole, with London posting a 3 per cent rise to $112.6m while firmwide turnover stood relatively still at $725m.
US firms’ results soar while Dewey cave-in sparks hire-mania
Mark Dembovsky, chief executive officer
Retired solicitor given suspended jail sentence after publishing claims that missing child Madeline McCann’s parents caused their daughter’s disapperance.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former executive director Stephen DiCarmine will appear in a US bankruptcy court next week after several ex-Dewey partners objected to the firm’s bankruptcy plan.
K&L Gates has posted its results for the 2012 financial year, exposing more information than any other US law firm in the reporting season so far as it announced stable revenue figures.
Paul Hastings has posted a 3 per cent increase in revenue for 2012, pushing average profit per equity partner (PEP) up 6 per cent to $2.08m.
City lawyers at trio of firms land key roles on IPO of UK estate agency.
US firm acts as lead counsel to the publisher of Reader’s Digest after the magazine’s owner filed for bankruptcy for the second time in four years.
The legal teams at the London boroughs of Merton, Kingston, Sutton and Richmond are to merge following final approval from Merton Council.
Withers is to launch a consultancy group following client demand for a service that will help family-run businesses resolve arguments.
Macfarlanes has continued to invest in its funds group with the hire of Akin Gump partner Simon Thomas
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Adam Shutkever, chief operating officer
Debevoise, Latham, Skadden and Weil among counsel on AMR tie-up with US Airways
Latham & Watkins has posted a 3.4 per cent rise in total turnover along with a 7.4 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2012 financial year.
Landmark Chambers has won a Court of Appeal (CoA) victory for a university graduate who claimed that being required to work for free at a Poundland store breached laws on forced labour.
Technology boutique Kemp Little has hired K&L Gates IP partner Rebecca Halford-Harrison.
Peter Lewis, senior director of administration, Europe and Asia offices
Shearman & Sterling, SJ Berwin and Debevoise & Plimpton are among a raft of firms to win roles as Warner buys Parlophone
Quinn Emanuel enters US financial reporting season with an 18 per cent increase in gross revenue, taking global turnover to a record $852.5m.
Simmons & Simmons has advised UK mobile telecoms company Truphone as Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich pays £70m for a 23.3 per cent stake.
Eversheds acted as adviser to the inquiry while numerous One Crown Office Row barristers advised the various parties involved
Digital TV provider YouView has turned to Virgin Media for its new head of legal, pulling in Virgin’s assistant general counsel Toni Vitale for the chief role.
Dechert’s London office has revealed a 44 per cent increase in revenue following a year characterised by aggressive hiring across the City.
McDermott Will & Emery made 54 lateral partner hires in 2012, more than double that of the previous year, according to the US firm’s annual global performance data.
The Olswang partner who advised News International against allegations of phone-hacking is advising a group of Apple users who claim that Google secretly tracked their browsing habits between September 2011 and February 2012.
US employment firm Jackson Lewis is to open an office in Puerto Rico, marking its first base outside of mainland US.
Cobbetts was recruiting associates as recently as December 2012, with many recruiters that work with the firm expressing shock that it is planning to go into administration.
Keystone Law founder James Knight has claimed there is an “epidemic” of frustration among lawyers at traditional firms as his firm continues its hiring spree by adding 10 lawyers from the likes of Ashurst, DLA Piper, SNR Denton and Speechly Bircham.
Cardiff-based Hugh James has landed a place on Cardiff University’s revised legal panel alongside Eversheds, Geldards, Morgan Cole and SGH Martineau, which have all been reappointed.
Claire Rowe, chief executive, Shoosmiths
Bristows client Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has been fined £250,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after hackers gained access to the personal details of millions of online gamers via the PlayStation Network in 2011.
Bristol, Manchester and Newcastle City Councils have published their proposed budgets for 2013/14, exposing further cuts on spending for government legal departments.
William Robins, COO, Keystone Law
London-based White & Case partner Alistair Graham will be joining Mayer Brown’s commercial disputes team as of next week, The Lawyer can exclusively reveal.
The head of capital markets and hedge funds at Weil Gotshal & Manges’ London office has left the firm for the City base of Paul Hastings.
A man who worked at US firm Fried Frank Shriver & Jacobson has been charged with stealing $376,000 worth of copy-machine toner from the firm’s New York office.
K&L Gates has promoted 47 lawyers to its partnership across 21 of its offices, with 10 new partners coming in from Europe but no new partners named from London.
The head of Akin Gump’s antitrust and unfair competition practice Mark Botti has joined Squire Sanders in the US alongside two colleagues, antitrust partners Brady Dugan and Anthony Swisher.
Job losses in the City reached the highest level since the peak of the financial crisis in 2008, data obtained by Pinsent Masons has revealed.
Nixon Peabody has become the latest US firm to announce a round of partner promotions, naming eight new female partners in a US-centric promotion round of 13.
A resource-rich home territory remains the focus for Canadian firms but growing client globalisation is pulling them to Latin America and Africa
Brian Henderson, COO, Baker & McKenzie
Kirkland & Ellis is yet to see the back of a long-running lawsuit between the producers of a Spider-Man musical and the show’s ex-director Julie Taymor, as a US judge sets a May trial date nearly five months after the pair announced a tentative settlement.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Mayer Brown have won roles advising on a deal that sees Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich invest £4.3m in a small gas-to-liquids technology company.
Google subsidiary Motorola has asked the US International Trade Commission to drop two patent infringement claims from its complaint against Microsoft, putting to rest part of a case that has pitted Motorola counsel Ropes & Gray against Sidley Austin.
The former chairman of the Competition Commission is to leave US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to take up the post of chairman at the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) as the judicial body appoints four to the panel of chairmen.
Bingham McCutchen has elected two lawyers to its London partnership as part of a 13-strong global promotions round.
Schillings has scored a victory for Kate Winslet’s husband Ned RocknRoll after the High Court agreed to block Simons Muirhead & Burton’s client The Sun from printing private pictures of him at a fancy dress party in 2010.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati client Google has agreed to change some of its search practices in the US after an investigation into anti-competitive behaviour by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) concluded that harsher charges would not be necessary.
Tim Robinson was promoted from head of practice management to chief operating officer at Brachers in May 2012, having joined the firm in 2006. Robinson is a qualified chartered secretary and spent six years in the TV and video production industry, another year in the private further education sector and a further 24 in the legal market. He has worked at Cartwright Cunningham Haselgrove, Williams Davies Meltzer, Simons Muirhead & Burton, Dawsons and Heald Mellows.
Romania’s political feuding is not helping the economy, as a much-needed IMF loan hangs in the balance
Latham & Watkins and Ropes & Gray have fielded London teams to advise on a deal that sees a consortium led by Goldman Sachs invest $1.1bn (£680m) to restructure the debt of Israeli telecoms group HOT-Telecommunications Systems as the company’s owner takes the business private.
Jones Day has become the latest US firm to announce a round of partner promotions, naming six new partners in London and 45 globally.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Norton Rose have won advisory roles alongside American firms on an agreement that sees US carrier Delta Air Lines buy a 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways from Singapore Airlines for $360m (£224m).
O’Melveny & Myers has promoted one lawyer to its partnership in London and one in Asia as part of a six-strong global promotions round.
Latham & Watkins and Linklaters have advised as Arcadia Group owner Philip Green agrees to sell a 25 per cent stake in Topshop and Topman to US private equity group Leonard Green and Partners.
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A US judge has ruled part-way through a trial that Ropes & Gray client Motorola cannot ban the sale of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 games console in the US and Germany, representing a significant step forward for Microsoft and its lawyers at US firms Sidley Austin and Calfo Harrigan Leyh & Eakes.
A former partner of US firm Greenberg Traurig has filed a proposed $200m class action lawsuit against the firm claiming that it encourages a “boys club” in which female lawyers are underpaid and treated “less favorably” than male counterparts in a similar role.
Edwards Wildman’s London office and US firm Carr & Ferrell have won roles advising as technology startup Swoop kicks off a process to raise $5m (£3.1m).
John Banister, chief executive officer
Belfast-based Johns Elliot has lost a High Court order for Facebook as the social networking site is given 72 hours to remove a Facebook page that identifies pedophiles in Northern Ireland.
US firm Baker Botts has promoted two global projects lawyers in London as part of a 15-strong promotions round, with at least one of the City associates expected to help staff the firm’s anticipated Brazilian office.
Google-backed online legal services site Rocket Lawyer has launched in the UK days after US rival LegalZoom sued the site for its use of the word ‘free’.
Wedlake Bell senior partner Martin Arnold has been elected managing partner for a four-year term in the wake of the firm’s April merger with Cumberland Ellis.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has promoted one lawyer to its partnership in London among a US-centric round of 11.
Irish firm Johnsons Solicitors has steered a settlement for X Factor judge Louis Walsh, who has accepted €500,000 (£404,000) in libel damages from Matheson client The Sun over false sex assault allegations published last year.
Legal process outsourcer (LPO) Integreon is to open a legal document review centre in its London office as the trend for onshore LPOs continues to pick up.
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Gregory Shields is CEO of personal injury and conveyancing firm Forster Dean. He has spent his whole legal career at the Liverpool-based organisation, training as a solicitor there before leading a management buyout in 2007.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan client Samsung has won a major battle against Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) and WilmerHale client Apple after a US judge ordered the iPhone maker to show Samsung the details of its patent-sharing deal with HTC.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has promoted London lawyers Samantha McGonigle and Simon Lyell to its London private equity partnership six years after the trophy hire of their private equity team from Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells.
Sony Picture Television (SPT) has hired Wiggin consultant Richard Parsons as senior vice-president for corporate business and legal affairs.
The head of legal issues for Japanese mobile gaming company Gree has left for the role of commercial director at Microsoft’s new games studio in London.
Baker & McKenzie is gearing up to open an office in Seoul after beginning its application to South Korea’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
Eversheds, Freeth Cartwright, Linklaters and Mayer Brown have all won roles advising as cement maker Lafarge and mining company Anglo American agree to sell various parts of their construction materials operations to Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal.
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Goodwin Procter has advised private equity group Advent International on its latest fund, which has raised €8.5bn (£6.8bn) in one of the largest buyout fundraisings post-financial crisis.
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Mark Beaumont is head of business development for the London office of Just Costs Solicitors. He is the initial point of contact for business across southern England having joined the firm’s City base in early 2009 from his own company, ExecSearch.
Cravath Swaine & Moore and DLA Piper have won lead roles as high-end tea company Teavana agrees to sell to coffee giant Starbucks for $620m (£390m) in cash.
Mayer Brown has hired longstanding Ashurst partner Martin Wright to fill the new position of European real estate head.
Olswang IP partner Campbell Forsyth has spearheaded new patent service HLP3, a process aimed at helping patent owners monetise their patents for a fixed fee, working alongside a group of insurers, funders and IP experts.
K&L Gates and O’Melveny & Myers are the latest US firms to land on the ground in Seoul after receiving final approval from the Korean Ministry of Justice.
Latham & Watkins has promoted two to its London partnership as part of an 18-strong global promotions round.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and Weil Gotshal & Manges are among a raft of US firms to advise as American investment bank Jefferies agrees to sell to its largest shareholder, Leucadia National.
Solicitors in Local Government (SLG), the professional body representing the 4,000 local government lawyers in England and Wales, is proposing to merge with The Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (ACSeS) in a bid to provide a ‘single voice’ on local authority legal issues.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled that Apple must pay Samsung’s legal fees on an indemnity basis after a ruling by lead judge Sir Robin Jacob found that Apple’s attempts to publicly apologise to Samsung were ‘misleading’ and ‘lackadaisical’.
Steve Rowan has been deputy chief operating officer for Edwards Wildman’s Europe and Asia offices since 2011. Prior to this he was director of finance and administration at Kendall Freeman, which merged with Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge in 2008.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Slaughter and May have landed roles on a deal that sees UK drinks company Diageo acquire a 53.4 per cent stake in India’s United Spirits.
Construction giant Balfour Beatty is looking to save up to a third of its external legal spend by packaging certain areas of work and tendering it out to the lowest bidder.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has promoted two London-based lawyers to its partnership and one to counsel as part of a global promotions round that will see eight made up to partner and four to counsel.
The New York office of Cooley has hired a group of IP lawyers from Chadbourne & Parke, including IP chief Walter Hanchuk and head of mobile technology John Kheit.
Legal process outsourcer CPA Global has named Ruth Daniels as its first-ever general counsel.
The general counsel of Swiss generic drugmaker Actavis is to step down from the role as US rival Watson Pharmaceuticals acquires the company for €4.25bn (£3.4bn).
Bingham McCutchen and Mayer Brown are advising the administrators of electricals chain Comet, which filed for administration last Friday (2 November).
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US firm Ropes & Gray has promoted two lawyers to its partnership in London as part of a global promotions round that sees nine made up to partner and four made up to counsel.
Covington & Burling has opened its third office in Asia following approval to launch in Seoul from the Korean Ministry of Justice and the Korean Bar Association.
Baker & McKenzie and CMS Cameron McKenna are among five firms to have advised as Copenhagen Airports agrees to sell a 49 per cent share in NIAL Group, the parent company of Newcastle International Airport, to a fund managed by Australia’s AMP Capital.
Ashurst and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have won lead roles on a deal that sees Japanese vinegar manufacturer Mizkan buy popular British sandwich filler Branston Pickle from Premier Foods for £92.5m.
Media boutique Wiggin has drafted plans to launch an incubator fostering technology start-ups in east London technology hub Tech City, with the aim of growing its own clients.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Baker & McKenzie have won roles advising on a major bond issue as Turkey’s biggest lender Akbank raises $1bn (£620m) through two simultaneous $500m (£310m) note issuances.
Richard Greer has been the contact centre manager at Manchester-headquarted Colemans-ctts for 13 months. He is responsible for handling the initial stages of client -contact, and joined from outsourcing provider Arvato, where he was head of operations.
Partner headcount across the UK’s largest 100 law firms by revenue has increased by 14.2 per cent since the credit crisis in 2008, while female partner headcount has increased by 27.4 per cent in the same period.
Female partners remain a minority at top UK firms, with just 23.5 per cent of all partners and 9.4 per cent of all equity partners across the UK’s largest 100 law firms by revenue being female.
Lord Sugar’s real estate arm Amsprop Estates has hired its first-ever in-house lawyer as Kingsley Napley property partner Liam MacDonnell joins the company as general counsel.
BT Group company secretary Andrew Parker has stepped down from the role, with his responsibilities passing to group general counsel Daniel Fitz.
Macfarlanes, Paul Weiss and Slaughter and May have advised on a deal that has seen New York billionaire Leon Black buy London-based art publishing house Phaidon Press.
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Angus MacGregor has been the HR director of Eversheds since November 2009, when he joined the firm from Barclays Bank. While at Barclays his roles included group head of HR legal and HR director for the group centre. He is also a qualified lawyer, having worked in private practice at both FreshfieldBruckhaus Deringer and McDermott Will & Emery.
The wife of murdered russian spy Alexander Litvinenko is understood to have dropped her longstanding human rights lawyer Louise Christian of Christian Khan in favour of a Russian firm in the West End.
Oppenhoff & Partner will open an office in Frankfurt next year with the hire of Sidley Austin’s regional managing partner Oliver Kessler.
Paul Hastings is advising US social gaming company Zynga on a lawsuit that sees the company allege that one of its former managers took trade secrets to a rival company.
The London office of US firm Mayer Brown has seen real estate litigation head Simon Hartley quit the firm to join Westminster firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur.
Texas-headquartered Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has elected former US managing partner Kim Koopersmith as chair of the firm as incumbent Bruce McLean steps down.
Edwards Wildman and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have won roles advising on New York-based private equity group Paine & Partners’ investment into Greek-based irrigation company Eurodrip.
US firms Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) and Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom took the lead roles on a deal that sees Japanese telecoms group SoftBank enter the US market by acquiring a 70 per cent stake in American mobile carrier Sprint Nextel.
Barnet and Harrow councils have merged their legal teams, and keeping things on track is head of legal Jessica Farmer
New York firm Cravath Swaine & Moore is sending its global M&A head Richard Hall to London as it expands its corporate practice across Europe.
UK media boutique Wiggin is to open its first international office in Brussels with Motion Picture Association’s (MPA) European legal head Ted Shapiro.
Baker & McKenzie has become the first international firm to establish a base in Peru as it enters the region via a tie-up with Peruvian law firm Estudio Echecopar.
Edwards Wildman Palmer, Jones Day, Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati have won appointments advising investors on a Series-D funding round for French display advertising company Criteo.
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Chris Hawley is the finance director of Manchester-headquartered firm Linder Myers. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1996 and spent the next 13 years in various finance, operational and training roles. He has previously worked at Kemp Little and Hogan Lovells.
Baker & McKenzie is to change its approach to the post qualification experience (PQE) model by opting for a system that will increase the pay of London associates by merit as well as experience.
Swedish firm Magnusson has launched an office in Latvia’s capital Riga after hiring a team from Baltic firm Varul.
Chadbourne & Parke has hired Collyer Bristow’s international business chief Silvia Fazio to head a Brazil desk in the US firm’s London office.
Manchester headquartered Linder Myers has bought fellow Manchester firm SNG Commercial Law out of administration in the same week that it completed mergers with Chester-based Drummonds Solicitors and Lancashire-based Senior Calveley & Hardy Solicitors.
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Sir Nicholas Wall, the president of the High Court’s family division, is to retire from the role on 1 December after two years as England and Wales’s most senior family law judge.
Addleshaw Goddard and Hogan Lovells are among the firms to have advised on the £135m Aim listing of pharmaceutical company Clinigen, a rare UK IPO for the industry.
K&L Gates has re-elected chairman Peter Kalis for a fifth consecutive term, putting him in the top role until February 2017.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Shearman & Sterling have won roles advising on IntercontinentalExchange’s (ICE) acquisition of a stake in Dutch energy exchange company APX-Endex’s gas and power derivatives business.
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The London office of K&L Gates has completed the hire of a three-partner finance team from Sidley Austin as Theresa Kradjian is added to the US firm’s finance practice.
The SRA will pilot overseas testing of foreign lawyers wanting to become English solicitors for the first time next year, with a multiple choice test (MCT) to be held in New York in January.
LegalZoom, an online legal services site based in California, is to launch in the UK later this year in an exclusive partnership with high street franchise QualitySolicitors.
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Luiza Da Costa joined Manchester-based firm Express Solicitors as a recruitment and training manager in February this year, the first of 40 new members of staff amid a £3m expansion plan. She joined from William James Recruitment where she specialised in areas of personal injury, clinical negligence, industrial disease and law costs.
Dickson Minto and Linklaters are advising on merger talks between Scottish Irn-Bru maker AG Barr and Robinsons squash producer Britvic.
Andrew McDonald joined brands powerhouse Premier Foods as GC just as the downturn delivered it a massive blow. But he has enjoyed helping the company recover
Richard Gray is director of finance and a senior member of the management team at Lester Aldridge. He has spent much of his career involved in professional partnerships including 10 years as head of finance at Bacon & Woodrow, now part of Hewitts.
Baker & McKenzie has added to its finance and capital markets practice in Moscow with the hire of banking and finance partner Simon Morgan from Chadbourne & Parke.
William Blair has been named president of the Board of Appeal of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs), the body responsible for ruling on challenges against the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Insurance Occupational and Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).
The head of the anti-bribery team at the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is leaving to join the London office of Kirkland & Ellis.
Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly has returned to the back benches after losing his role as justice minister to lawyers Jeremy Wright and Helen Grant following yesterday’s cabinet reshuffle.
US firms Latham & Watkins, Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom, Sullivan & Cromwell and Weil Gotshal & Manges have all won roles advising on Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ $2.6bn (£1.6bn) acquisition of dermatology drugmaker Medicis Pharmaceutical.
The former international legal chief of deals website Living Social has taken up a new in-house role at online games developer King.com.
Employment minister Chris Grayling has been given the job of Justice Secretary as Ken Clarke is moved to minister without portfolio in David Cameron’s first major cabinet reshuffle.
Herbert Smith’s financial services regulatory (FSR) chief Martyn Hopper is understood to have resigned from the firm and is set to join rival Linklaters.
Bevan Brittan and Trowers & Hamlins have advised the London Boroughs of Barnet and Harrow on the merger of their legal teams.
Nav Sunner, senior legal counsel at rising social gaming star Gree, says he is lucky to be able to pursue a career in an industry he finds both challenging and fun
Serena Simmons has been chief marketing officer alongside US-based counterpart Jolene Overbeck since Lovells combined with Hogan & Hartson in 2010. Prior to joining Lovells in 2006, Simmons was head of business development in the sectors of finance and capital markets at Clifford Chance.
Pinsent Masons has planted its second flag in continental Europe by opening an office in Paris.
The long-standing general counsel of the US Copyright Office is to join music sector trade lobby the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) as head of global policy from 24 September.
Sullivan and Cromwell and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have won roles advising on one of the biggest US bank acquisitions of the year as Buffalo-based M&T Bank agreed to buy smaller rival Hudson City.
Baker & McKenzie has posted a 2.1 per cent rise in global revenue for the 2011-12 financial year, taking total income to a record $2.3bn.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan client Samsung lost a landmark patent case against arch-rival Apple over the weekend with a US court ordering Samsung to pay $1bn (£655m) in damages for infringing several of the iPhone maker’s designs.
DLA Piper and Slaughter and May have advised on debt-laden Premier Foods’ sale of its sweet spreads and jellies business to US buyer Hain Celestial.
Hampshire-based Coffin Mew has started a mystery shopping service in a bid to improve client experience and benchmark itself against competitors.
Ashurst, DLA Piper and Mayer Brown have advised on the £264m sale of Goldman Sachs’ European headquarters on London’s Fleet Street.
Long-standing Yahoo! lawyer and temporary general counsel Ron Bell has been handed the top legal role on a permanent basis with immediate effect.
Wiggin’s computer games head has joined Tokyo-based gaming network GREE as a senior legal counsel in the UK.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Linklaters and Speechly Bircham are among a raft of firms to have won roles advising on the sale of four Rotary UK businesses to engineering company Lorne Stewart following the administration of Rotary’s Australian parent group Hastie.
US firm Greenberg Traurig has asked partners for additional capital in a bid to create what it terms a “further equity cushion” during economic uncertainty.
Southampton’s Paris Smith is gearing up to invest a six-figure sum into IT programs in order to reduce overheads and introduce flexible working.
Reed Smith banking partners Phillip Slater and Lucy Newcomb have won the firm a new client by securing a role opposite Linklaters on the Co-operative Group’s £950m debt refinancing.
Before joining Thomas Eggar in 2009, Ann Hemming supported online learning at technology solutions company Tikit and was previously head of e-learning at LexisNexis Butterworths.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan managing partner John Quinn, whose firm is representing Samsung in the Apple v Samsung trial in California, has defended his decision to send reporters rejected evidence as “lawful” and “ethical”.
The criminal division of Leeds-based firm Clarion Solicitors is to open two new offices in northern England by the end of the month and another three offices by the end of the year following the acquisition of offices in Harrogate and Huddersfield less than a month ago.
BlackBerry use among US attorneys has dropped from nearly 50 per cent to 31 per cent, with almost all smartphone users switching to the iPhone, according to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2012 Technology Survey.
CBS Interactive, the digital arm of US television network CBS, has named its first-ever in-house counsel in China with the hire of Daisy Wei to the role of director of legal.
Clifford Chance and White & Case have both fielded London teams to advise opposite each other on two emerging-market bond issues.
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?Lynette Williams is global head of client and sector development for Clifford Chance’s corporate practice. Formerly head of business development at Herbert Smith, she has been with the firm for almost 18 months and has dual responsibility for business development in the global corporate practice and sector development across nine of the firm’s 12 industry sectors.
A Shearman & Sterling City team has advised alongside Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth on a A$20m (£13.2m) deal under which Tanzanian miner African Barrick Gold (ABG) will buy Aviva Mining’s Kenyan assets.
Cooley has opened an office in Los Angeles with the hire of media, technology and entertainment partners from DLA Piper and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher as well as entertainment firm Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohner.
Norton Rose has launched a 40-lawyer Canadian North and Arctic (CNA) group across its Canadian network.
Technology giant Apple must run a series of adverts in the national press alerting consumers that its rival, Samsung, did not copy the iPad, the High Court has ordered.
Seven years of litigation came to an end last week when a US District Court judge dismissed Novell’s antitrust case against longstanding Sullivan & Cromwell client Microsoft.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has continued the expansion of its London restructuring team with the hire of Hogan Lovells partner Alexander Wood.
Clifford Chance and Linklaters have taken lead roles on an agreement that will see Lloyds Banking Group offload 632 of its branches to the Co-operative Group, a move that gives Co-op around 7 per cent of the UK current account market.
Football’s world governing organisation Fifa has instructed Kirkland & Ellis partner Michael Garcia to investigate allegations of corruption alongside German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has leveraged its relationship with the bankrupt parent company of American Airlines to take the lead role advising on the carrier’s plans to pick a merger partner.
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The US’ second-largest health insurance company WellPoint has turned to Linklaters’ New York office for advice on its acquisition of rival Amerigroup for $4.9bn (£3.2bn).
Months of conflict between Yahoo!’s advisers at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Facebook’s advisers at Cooley and WilmerHale have come to an end after the technology giants agreed to cross-license patents and collaborate on future projects.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been defeated for the second time in a week after the High Court ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets do not look “cool” enough to be mistaken for an Apple iPad.
Former Herbert Smith alliance partner Stibbe is set to launch an office in Hong Kong with the aim of assisting Chinese clients with European investments.
Germany has become the favoured destination for lawsuit tourists seeking an injunction. But could Microsoft’s decision to move its distribution centre from Germany to the Netherlands signal a worrying trend?
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Three New Square have lost a major patent battle for Apple after the High Court ruled that Taiwanese-competitor HTC did not infringe four of the company’s technologies.
Baker & McKenzie’s London office has made its third hire from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the last 12 months, naming senior associate Sebastien Marcelin-Rice as partner in the firm’s banking and finance group.
Latham & Watkins will be advising Manchester United on its initial public offering in the United States with Davis Polk & Wardwell acting for US underwriters.
Yahoo! general counsel Mike Callahan has resigned after nearly 13 years at the company, leaving Ron Bell, deputy general counsel for products and the Americas, to fill the role on a temporary basis.
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New York firm Cravath Swaine & Moore has announced a number of leadership changes effective January 2013 as presiding partner Evan Chesler is elected to the role of chairman.
Baker & McKenzie has promoted 63 lawyers to its global partnership, with three coming in London.
Mayer Brown’s London senior partner Sean Connolly has been re-elected to serve another five-year term, defeating London banking and finance head Dominic Griffiths.
As the government takes companies back into state ownership and introduces a series of ’crisis taxes’, a lack of foreign investment is hitting law firms
Colette Stevens is HR director at Michelmores. She studied Maths at the University of Bath, then began a career as a chartered accountant before making the move to HR. She joined Michelmores from Deloitte in 2007 and is the firm’s first-ever female board member.
Silicon Valley start-up Pinterest has hired former Google deputy general counsel Michael Yang to head its legal department as it continues to crack down on copyright issues.
Covington & Burling has announced a new managing partner for its London office as deputy managing partner Louise Nash replaces London chief Roger Enock.
Baker & McKenzie is to open a new base in South Africa with lawyers, staff and partners from Dewey & LeBoeuf’s defunct Johannesburg office following the biggest collapse of a law firm in US history.
US firm Dechert has opened its fourth office this year, launching in Chicago with the hire of three litigation lawyers from local firm Katten Muchin Rosenman.
Bircham Dyson Bell has announced that temporary managing partner Jesper Christensen will fill the role on a permanent basis.
Daily deals website LivingSocial is growing fast, and choosing the right team of lawyers to help it develop is a vital part of legal chief Rob Miller’s job
Transport company Eddie Stobart lorries has launched a legal service that promises to connect businesses to barristers without having to go through a solicitor.
Mayer Brown has confirmed the appointment of Chicago-based corporate partner Paul Theiss as its new chair.
US firm Duane Morris is launching a private equity practice in Europe following the hire of Kirkland & Ellis partner Pierfrancesco Carbone.
Ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf partners Keith Flaum and Richard Climan have taken one of their key clients, online auction site eBay, to new employer Weil Gotshal & Manges.
As Aricent Group’s legal vice-president, Nichola Andrews is at the heart of the fast-moving and legally fraught mobile technology sector
Shearman & Sterling has lost its former London arbitration head to US rival Arnold & Porter.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is bolstering its international arbitration practice with a double hire from Allen & Overy (A&O), taking on global international arbitration head Stephen Jagusch and arbitration partner Anthony Sinclair.
US outfit McGuireWoods has announced a new head for its London office following in the footsteps of former Grundberg Mocatta Rakison (GMR) chief Anders Grundberg.
Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson has lost two partners, with insolvency specialist John Verrill quitting for US firm Chadbourne & Parke and competition head Peter Willis defecting to Bird & Bird.
Energy outfit Anesco has announced the hire of former Greenberg Traurig Maher solicitor Jeremy Cross as its new legal chief.
Essex County Council’s (ECC) and Southend Council have hired their first-ever joint manager as part of a scheme that will see four authorities work as one practice.
Ashurst has boosted its dispute resolution practice with the hire of UBS litigation head David Capps.
The legal team at Kent County Council (KCC) has launched a programme aimed at cutting legal costs by £3m before April 2014.
The former legal director of Mel Gibson’s entertainment label has closed his law firm to join Lewis Silkin as partner.
South-East firm Penningtons has announced a revenue increase of 35 per cent for the 2011-12 financial year on the back of its double merger with Dawsons and Wedlake Saint.
The Government has launched a consultation on collective redress in competition cases, giving businesses three months to react to proposals that could introduce the UK’s first opt-out system.
Paul Hastings has opened an office in Houston with the hire of three energy-focused transactional partners from leading local firms.
Clifford Chance capital markets partner Peter Zaman is to quit the firm for US rival Reed Smith.
Women make up nearly half of 36 new partners; first promotions in Africa, Canada, Latin America
Internal promotions have been thin on the ground as the Bristol firm’s European drive has seen a glut of laterals and an impressive retention rate
Having a single government in power combined with EU and domestic pressure means Slovakia’s lawyers are anticipating brighter things to come
The changing nature of the Czech Republic’s infrastructure is presenting domestic law firms with opportunities never before seen in their lifetimes
US firm Shearman & Sterling has lost a partner each from its Düsseldorf and Munich offices to Taylor Wessing spin-off Glade Michel Wirtz.
Davis Polk & Wardwell has further bolstered its English law capability in London with the hire of another Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner.
Hogan Lovells is sending London-based corporate partner Chris Melville to its Ulaanbaatar office in a bid to extend its reach in Mongolia.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has lost another partner to DLA Piper and a second to Reed Smith, taking the number of firmwide partner exits to more than 50.
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The London Boroughs of Barnet and Harrow have agreed to merge their legal services in a move that is expected to save them an estimated £4.4m over the next five years.
Houston managing partner Sean Gorman is the latest lawyer to walk out of New York law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, taking three of the firm’s litigation associates with him.
Reed Smith has named Richard Swinburn as London managing partner as part of a wave of management changes across the firm’s global practice.
Data on US firms advising a UK target has highlighted the marked trend towards lower deal volumes since the zenith of 2007, with the occasional higher value matter thrown in.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has turned to one of the biggest names in crisis management to help it deal with bad publicity surrounding its financial health.
A police investigation is underway into a suspected stalker targeting Keystone Law solicitor Graeme Francis.
Sidley Austin is sending its former New York head George Petrow to the City on a permanent basis to take charge of its European operations.
Revenue growth at Sidley Austin’s City office appears to be mirroring the firm’s global performance, with last year’s revenue rising by 5.5 per cent.
Squire Sanders has announced the promotion of 17 lawyers to its partnership ranks, with three UK lawyers making the cut.
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As the only EU member country to have avoided recession, Poland is shaking off its old-fashioned image and seeing investors flock in
US litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has announced plans to expand its overseas network across Asia and Europe following the success of its London and Mannheim offices.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has reported a 2.8 per cent increase in overall revenue for the 2011 financial year.
New York firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle has announced plans to extend its Middle Eastern footprint with the opening of an office in Kuwait.
Miami-based law firm Holland & Knight has announced plans to stretch its Latin America presence with the opening of a new office in Bogota, Colombia.
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The credit crunch bit the London offices of US firms hard when it comes to M&A deals involving British targets. Last year the level of deals involving UK targets was the lowest by value since 1996, but Sullivan & Cromwell London partner Tim Emmerson is predicting a European uptick.
Revenue at Shearman & Sterling’s City office rose by 5 per cent in the last financial year, up from $104.2m in 2010 to $109.2m in 2011.
Latham’s City office has reported a 12 per cent increase in turnover for the 2011 financial year after securing a roster of multi-billion pound deals last year.
Covington & Burling is the latest US firm to show recovery from the slump, revealing an increase in revenue and average profits for 2011.
O’Melveny & Myers has posted a 13 per cent increase in profit per equity partner (PEP) to $1.73m (£1.09m) in the 2010-11 financial year.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has posted record financial results for the 2011 year, with revenue up 9.7 per cent to $1.17bn (£738m), average profit per equity partner (PEP) up 7.2 per cent to $2.47m (£1.56m) and revenue per lawyer (RPL) up 8.2 per cent to $1.2m (£706,000).
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has posted its highest earnings since 2007, with gross revenue rising from $531m (£337.1m) to $549m after two years of falling revenues.
Texas-headquartered Akin Gump has posted a 4.5 per cent increase in gross revenue along with a 4.3 per cent rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2011 financial year.
The London office of Bingham has posted a 13.9 per cent increase in turnover following a strong year in financial regulatory and restructuring.
Sidley Austin is to open a Houston base that will focus on energy-related work, staffed by partners hired from firms including Akin Gump, Baker Botts and Vinson & Elkins.
Turnover rose 3 per cent at Holland & Knight last year from $552m to $568m while average profit per equity partner (PEP) jumped 11 per cent, from $802,000 to $890,000.
US firm Dorsey & Whitney has posted a marginal rise in turnover for the 2011 financial year, with the figure nudging up by 0.3 per cent.
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Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has announced the promotion of 15 lawyers to its partnership, including one new partner in London.
DLA Piper’s revenue reached an all-time last year, with its year-end financials for 2011 revealing a global gross revenue of $2.25bn (£1.42bn).
US firm Covington & Burling has applied to open an office in Shanghai in a move to expand its Chinese offering.
Sidley Austin has posted its year-end financials for 2011, revealing concentrated growth in revenue at the firm’s Palo Alto location.