In 1976, just as the nation was donning its platform heels and shimmying on down beneath a glitter ball, a quiet revolution was taking place in Grimsby.
Eversheds’ South Africa office has won a longstanding dispute to trade under the global law firm’s name.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Irwin Mitchell and Pinsent Masons have helped an evangelical Christian charity become landlord of a ’dark store’.
Jonathan Croucher, the curate of St Michael & All Angels Church in Blackheath, always wanted to pursue a career in the ministry, but when he came down from Cambridge at the age of 21 he decided he needed some “real-life” experience in order to be able to relate to his future flock, so he became a City lawyer instead.
Last autumn (20 September 2010) The Lawyer revealed that a trail of small businesses and charities faced financial difficulties as a result of the collapse of Halliwells.
Angry staff take action over firm’s handling of redundancy process
The former partner who managed Herbert Smith’s relationship with European alliance firms Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe has left the firm for an in-house role at online lending company Wonga.com.
Kemp Little senior partner Richard Kemp thinks the next decade will be tough for the legal market.
Baker & McKenzie and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are the only US firms to be recognised in LGB charity Stonewall’s legal sector top 10.
Failed firm Halliwells owes creditors a total of around £200m, a letter from its joint administrators has revealed.
Forster Dean is on an expansion drive. The personal injury (PI) and conveyancing firm has 23 offices, most of them in the North West and around the Potteries.
Hill Dickinson has given its fee-earners the chance to increase their salaries by up to 10 per cent as part of a new bonus scheme.
Maples Teesdale has helped Rockspring Property Investment Managers on two significant investments in speculative development schemes.
Pannone’s commercial practice is reducing amid questions over its strategic direction in a firm whose traditional strengths lie in private client work.
Pinsent Masons has formed an alliance with a Chinese firm so that it can expand the amount of construction clients it acts for.
Three London boroughs have announced their plans to merge back office functions, including legal services, in a move designed to generate £35m of savings by 2014.
Insurance and re-insurance silk John Rowland QC, who practises at 4 Pump Court, is to leave the English bar to join Australian firm Clayton Utz.
Allen & Overy (A&O) global managing partner Wim Dejonghe has defended his firm’s decision to relocate around 180 support roles from London to Belfast despite the redundancies this will entail.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Herbert Smith’s only dedicated private client partner just three months after the latter firm declared its ambition to grow in that area.
Nabarro senior partner Simon Johnston has been reappointed for a third term until 2016.
Sainsbury’s has completed a review of its advisers with 12 firms admitted to the panel, including three new appointees.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Herbert Smith will together receive almost £3m of taxpayers’ money to help fund their operations in Northern Ireland.
Nabarro senior partner Simon Johnston has been re-appointed for a third term, meaning he will stay in post until 2016.
Counterfraud company ValidSoft has gone to its external adviser Bird & Bird to hire its first-ever general counsel.
DLA Piper CEO Nigel Knowles is known for making categorical pronouncements.
Eversheds has acted on a major deal in the healthcare property sector, winning the instruction after original adviser Hammonds was conflicted out.
?Gulf-based male in-house lawyers can earn twice as much as their female counterparts, with top-earning men pocketing as much as £34,000 each month, according to a recent survey conducted by Elizabeth Williams Search.
The independent TV production company that makes MasterChef and One Born Every Minute has hired a new legal chief.
DLA Piper is set to merge with its Australian best friend DLA Phillips Fox as it prepares to beef up its Asia Pacific practice with the ultimate aim of becoming the world’s largest law firm.
The top earner at Pannone made £398,000 during the 2009-10 financial year, a 62 per cent increase on the previous financial year, the firm’s LLP accounts have revealed.
Scottish firms are known for their conservative approach to expansion and the legal market north of the border is divided between those that have opened in England and those that are staunchly opposed to it.
SJ Berwin’s former head of real estate Jon Vivian has not taken the firm’s biggest-billing property clients with him to Irwin Mitchell.
Real estate survives potentially devastating 16-person exodus.
Taylor Wessing has made two senior-level hires as part of an extensive reshaping of its board.
Herbert Smith saw employee costs grow by £17m in the 2009-10 financial year despite the fact that its total staff headcount dropped year-on-year.
Media firm Michael Simkins has hired an adviser to Elton John and U2 from Eversheds to run its disputes team.
North West firm Weightmans increased its headcount by 10 per cent in the last full financial year as rivals slashed their staff numbers.
Eversheds saw income from outside Europe more than double during the last financial year while total firmwide revenues dropped.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has missed the deadline it set itself to save docGenix, its financially troubled derivatives risk analysis business.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired a Pinsent Masons partner to boost its non-contentious financial services practice.
Herbert Smith and Linklaters have advised on the sale of one of the properties in the beleaguered White Tower portfolio.
Wragge & Co has been appointed to the first-ever legal panel for Airwave, a company that helps the police and security services communicate without fear of eavesdroppers.
Weightmans has made a series of promotions to its associate and fixed-share partner ranks as merger talks with target firms progress.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) made a loss on its newly opened Brazilian operation in 2009-10, when the firm posted a 22 per cent profit margin on a firmwide turnover of £81m.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have advised on the sale of part of RBS’s £3bn project finance portfolio to Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.
Simmons & Simmons was named the most gay-friendly law firm for the second-year running by LGB charity Stonewall as the legal sector makes strides on LGB issues.
The timing of DLA Piper’s announcement that it was intending to close its Bulgaria office, which was made on Christmas Eve, seemed like a PR case study in how to bury bad news.
CMS Cameron McKenna has made a strategic hire into its capital markets practice with the appointment of Simmons & Simmons US securities partner Daniel Winterfeldt as head of its international capital markets group.
Hogan Lovells and Linklaters have advised on a major investment by Citi Infrastructure Investors (CII) in DP World’s Australia-based terminals business.
Nabarro has set up a northshoring arrangement that will see it manage all strategic, legal and claims work related to sick coalminers from its Sheffield office.
Reed Smith has hired project finance energy partner Stefan Schmitz for its London energy and natural resources practice.
Simmons & Simmons has put finding a US merger on the backburner, preferring to focus on investment in Germany and China.
North West firm Weightmans is in merger talks with Mace & Jones and Vizards Wyeth.
JMW Solicitors senior partner Joy Kingsley has brought over a partner from her former firm Pannone to become head of employment.
Five senior City lawyers have launched an outsourcing and technology boutique today, which pledges to axe the billable hour.
Shortly before Christmas 100-year old firm Ashton Morton Slack (AMS) became the latest victim of the current harsh trading environment by filing for administration.
The Black Solicitors Network’s fifth Diversity League Table (DLT) reveals considerable differences between the larger City firms and their smaller regional and niche counterparts in terms of diversity profiles.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has made up four lawyers in this year’s round of promotions, one of whom is based in London.
Former Linklaters emerging markets head Nick Eastwell has added another string to his bow with an appointment to West End firm Spring Law.
Uría Menéndez has created a new management structure, phasing out the dual managing partner roles common to many Spanish firms in favour of an ’Anglo-Saxon style’ model.
Hogan Lovells and Linklaters have advised on a major investment by Citi Infrastructure Investors in DP World’s Australian-based terminals business.
DLA Piper is to close its Bulgarian office in the new year, citing problems associated with the economic downturn.
LG has elected dispute resolution head Andrew Witts to succeed Penny Francis as senior partner, with Hugh Maule re-elected as managing partner.
The UK’s top law firms are rejecting well-qualified candidates because their accents are too ’working class’, according to a new study.
Linklaters’ progressive workplace policies have led it to be crowned this year’s most diverse firm.
A Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) newly qualified (NQ) solicitor has been charged with murdering his wife.
Five equity-partner Sheffield-based conveyancing firm Ashton Morton Slack has filed to go into administration.
There is something that seems ill-fated about Allen & Overy’s (A&O) foray into the derivatives services sector.
Eversheds has begun rolling out its support services outsourcing deal, sending procurement work to Accenture in Milton Keynes.
Legal department reacts to cuts head-on with mutualisation plans
Simmons & Simmons has elected head of its international financial markets practice Jeremy Hoyland as its next managing partner.
DLA Piper Leeds office managing partner Neil McLean is to retire after 17 years at the firm.
Simmons & Simmons has elected the head of the firm’s international financial markets practice Jeremy Hoyland as its next managing partner.
Addleshaw Goddard has seen revenues drop for the first six months of 2010, with the firm attributing the dip in part to its decision to pursue cases on a “no win no fee” basis.
Beachcroft has restructured the management and product lines of its claims division as it plans to integrate it into the wider business.
Addleshaw Goddard partner Monica Burch has ditched the chairman title for that of senior partner because she felt the previous designation confused people.
Taylor Wessing has hired SJ Berwin partner Tandeep Minhas to its financial institutions and markets group.
Simmons & Simmons managing partner Mark Dawkins will not be standing for re-election when his term comes to an end next April.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is seeking investors for financially troubled derivatives risk analysis business docGenix, which the firm set up following its hire of derivatives star Dan Cunningham.
News that Kent County Council (KCC) is laying out plans to spin off its legal function into an alternative business structure (ABS) flies in the face of the image of the public sector as follower rather than leader.
Around 20 per cent of gay and lesbian staff at Linklaters are not ’out’ in the workplace, according to a survey the firm has conducted among City staff.
Nabarro has tied up with London Business School (LBS) to start providing training for its senior associates to prepare them for partnership.
Trowers & Hamlins is drawing up plans for next year to introduce an alternative to the partner role as part of a potential restructuring of its career path.
Wragge & Co has opened in Abu Dhabi two years after The Lawyer first reported the firm’s plans to launch there.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) partner Andrew Giverin is leaving the firm to set up a technology boutique in the latest in a string of departures from the top 40 firm.
£330m cost-saving initiative could see law director role axed and lawyers liable for negligence
Orbit Homes, the for-profit arm of residential and social housing organisation Orbit Group, has formed its first-ever legal panel amid a changing funding climate.
Pinsent Masons has advised longstanding client Halfords on the refinancing of its £300m credit facility.
Simmons & Simmons has implemented a raft of measures to address its poor standing on senior female representation.
Trowers & Hamlins launched a consultation process recently with around a dozen fee-earners that could see the firm scrap its associate lockstep.
Simmons & Simmons has posted a three per cent drop in income for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year.
Taylor Wessing has seen revenues nudge past the £80m point after the firm grew by four per cent for the first six months of the financial year.
Clifford Chance is to launch in Turkey, 18 months after The Lawyer revealed that the magic circle firm had built a presence in the jurisdiction.
The former CEO of Lincoln’s Inn firm Dawsons Solicitors has settled a claim against his former employer.
Alleged £400,000 bribe prompts showdown between Dentons, its insurers and former employee
The largest creditors of failed law firm Halliwells have formed a committee in what could be a precedent to further legal action against the firm’s former partners.
Hill Dickinson is to extend its bonus scheme to all legal staff in a bid to benchmark its employee benefits against those of its peers.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has had by far the most successful first six months of 2010-11 of the 17 firms to have reported first-half results.
Hill Dickinson has posted a 10 per cent increase in turnover for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year on the back of its acquisition of a team from Halliwells.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has posted a 30 per cent increase in fee income at the half year level.
Nabarro has reduced its staff costs by almost 10 per cent over the past financial year, largely as a result of it slimming down its total salary bill.
Eversheds has helped its longstanding client Apple Corps on an agreement to make The Beatles’ music available online for the first time.
Eversheds has posted a three per cent drop in turnover for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year.
The increase in DWF’s staff costs in 2009-10 was disproportionate to the increase in the firm’s total headcount, LLP accounts filed with Companies House have revealed.
SNR Denton has bagged a key role advising on the administration of holiday camp company Pontin’s.
Watson Farley & Williams has posted double-digit revenue growth for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued its international expansion, doubling its Singapore office through the hire of a team from Holman Fenwick & Willan.
A group of former Halliwells partners is facing a High Court showdown after the landlord of the failed firm’s former headquarters filed a claim for £224,000.
Newly merged SNR Denton has appointed a managing partner for the UK, with Milton Keynes head Brandon Ransley will take up the role.
DLA Piper has exceeded its revenue budget for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year as UK firms continue to report growth.
DWF has recorded a 12 per cent increase in fee income for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year.
Nabarro has posted a three per cent increase in turnover for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year.
Wragge & Co has posted a double-digit turnover rise for the first six months of this financial year and forecasts similar levels of growth for the full year.
Barratt has appointed a new general counsel and company secretary to take over when incumbent Laurence Dent retires at the end of the year.
DLA Piper has appointed Tim Clement-Jones as London managing partner, taking over from real estate partner Catherine Usher.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has seen turnover rise three per cent in the first half of the current financial year, bringing in £526m.
Major UK firms have sent high-profile delegations to Malaysia as the market considers allowing foreign firms to practise.
Addleshaw Goddard has begun collecting information on the social backgrounds of its graduate applicants.
CMS Cameron McKenna, Eversheds and K&L Gates have advised on one of the first Building Schools for the Future (BSF) deals to close since the coalition Government put the previous administration’s brainchild on hold.
Herbert Smith is upping its emphasis on private client work as part of a strategic push into emerging markets.
The InterLaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks has teamed up with the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) to prime LGBT candidates on improving their chances of selection for a career in the judiciary.
Siemens IT Solutions and Services, the IT and outsourcing outfit spun off from global electronics company Siemens, has appointed a new UK general counsel.
Wragge & Co managed to strip out £6m of costs over the 2009-10 financial year as a result of a £4m reduction in staff costs.
UK residential landlord Grainger has appointed Adam McGhin as its first-ever group legal counsel.
North West firm Weightmans has revealed a seven per cent increase in turnover for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year compared with the same period last year.
The joint administrators of Halliwells are considering taking legal action against the failed firm’s former equity partners.
Addleshaw Goddard has become the first major firm to establish a target for the proportion of female and ethnic minority partners it wants in its ranks, together with a timeframe in which it wants to achieve this.
East Midlands firm Flint Bishop has acquired niche Derby private client and property firm Robotham & Co.
Hogan Lovells is to be-come one of the first City firms to launch a network for its disabled employees.
Howard Kennedy and Maples Teesdale have acted on the sale of Merton Studios, the former home of TV police drama The Bill.
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Jones Day and Mishcon de Reya have advised on a prime retail deal in West London.
Kent County Council (KCC) legal chief Geoff Wild could face redundancy as part of a major restructuring intended to save £330m over the next four years.
Should those who face the glass ceiling seek change within their own organisations, or is it more effective to work from the outside?
A committee at Simmons & Simmons has been established to take nominations for the roles of senior and managing partner.
Asda Stores has appointed its first head of legal as the supermarket chain breaks into city centre retail.
Eleanor Doohan, general counsel and company secretary at Asda Stores, extends her company’s service ethic to the legal function. By Luke McLeod-Roberts
Some black and minority ethnic (BME) lawyers are working for free because they failed to land paid training contracts or work after they were made redundant.
If there were any doubts that the clouds of doom have settled over the UK, last week they were eliminated when the chancellor George Osborne announced his Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR).
DLA Piper Moscow-based partner Andrew Muriel has died suddenly while on a business trip in London.
Birmingham City Council (BCC) legal chief Mirza Ahmad faces redundancy after he was unsuccessful in his bid to assume a newly created role of strategic director of resources.
The implications of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) for local government legal services will be immense.
Weightmans managing partner Paddy Gaul is not a man given to making bold statements.
Clifford Chance, Maples Teesdale and McGrigors have advised on the disposal of a distressed property portfolio to Legal & General (L&G) Property.
Berwin Leighton Paisner has hired the head of Jones Day’s employment litigation practice.
Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley has relocated to Germany for a month as the firm seeks to increase its footprint in Europe’s largest market.
Volume business LSG to be tied in with litigation and real estate areas
Eversheds has hired former Severn Trent general counsel Clive Mottram as a member of its water practice.
Addleshaw Goddard has restructured its non-partner bonus arrangement after nobody received the payment last year and, in a sign of greater optimism, has also ended a two-year salary freeze.
Royal Dutch Shell has appointed a new legal director to take over from incumbent Beat Hess, who retires in January 2011.
CPA Global and Exigent in the frame as magic circle firm bows to client pressure on fees
Former Halliwells fixed-share partners are seeking legal advice with a view to suing the firm’s ex-equity partners.
The newly merged legal departments of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire’s county councils have appointed a director of legal services.
Norton Rose is to launch an LGBT network in a bid to improve the recruitment, retention and promotion of its gay and lesbian staff.
Former Halliwells fixed share partners are seeking legal advice with a view to suing the firm’s ex-equity partners.
Denton Wilde Sapte and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal merged today, creating SNR Denton, the latest in a string of transatlantic firms to emerge since the recession.
Ashurst has won a major deal acting on the establishment of a new pan-Asian reinsurance business.
Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire’s county councils are to merge their legal departments from 1 October in what will create a single function with a £3m external legal spend.
The secret that has eluded lawyers for so long - that vital attribute that will help them make partner - has been revealed.
The extent of the gender disparity in the partnerships of the UK’s largest law firms has been much reported in the pages of The Lawyer.
SJ Berwin has acted for Coca-Cola Enterprises on its move into new European headquarters at the edge of London.
The College of Law (CoL) is owed almost half a million pounds by Halliwells relating to unpaid LPC fees for the 2009-10 financial year.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has signed its second five-year deal with a major client to manage its legal needs.
Documents leaked to The Lawyer have revealed the full extent of collapsed firm Halliwells’ creditors.
Eversheds, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have assisted on the sale of a string of pubs up and down the country by brewer Mitchells & Butlers to Stonegate Pub Company.
Nabarro is to open in Singapore later this year in what is a strategic U-turn for the previously UK-focused firm.
Thompsons Solicitors donated £17,000 cash to the Labour Party in the two weeks before the May general election delivered a hung parliament.
Herbert Smith is to launch a multicultural network in a bid to provide support to ethnic, racial and cultural minorities within the firm, while raising awareness on cultural diversity among all staff.
Wragge & Co has hired the London-based head of the international arbitration practice at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert.
A former Barlow Lyde & Gilbert partner has set up his own practice with support from a financial services player, paving the way for it to become one of the first alternative business structures (ABS).
The sartorial choices of Allen & Overy (A&O) partners would not normally raise many eyebrows, but in the coming months some of the firm’s lawyers might ditch the pinstripes and brogues for sequined tights and tap shoes.
Clifford Chance has guided Evans Randall through the refinancing of a major Canary Wharf property, triggered by a drop in the loan-to-value ratio.
Centrica has appointed David Isenegger as general counsel to its Centrica Energy division.
Eversheds is planning to open in Beijing in the coming year as part of a plan to expand its emerging markets presence.
HBJ Gateley Wareing has written to City and US firms suggesting they set up Lovells-style Mexican wave referral relationships.
The new managing partner of Manchester firm Pannone has implemented a raft of changes since taking the helm earlier this year, saying she is “the sort of person who likes a challenge”.
And it’s adamant there’s more to its outsourcing team than public sector.
The University of Sheffield has launched its first-ever panel, with the appointment of three firms to the roster.
Connaught, the property and environmental services group that has appointed administrators in the largest company administration since Woolworths, has turned to Jones Day to guide it through the process.
Addleshaw Goddard has continued to hire into its London banking practice with the recent addition of a former DLA Piper partner.
A team of six IP lawyers, including five partners, are leaving Hogan Lovells’ Los Angeles office for DLA Piper because of client conflicts.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has written to general counsel at major clients encouraging them to instruct firms with diverse partnerships.
Clifford Chance has elected Spain real estate head Alfonso Benavides as head of its global real estate practice.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is relocating 200 staff from its Canary Wharf offices to its headquarters in the City in a cost-cutting move.
Nabarro has hired a former Halliwells partner to lead its Sheffield banking practice.
Eversheds is to revolutionise its IT arrangements, with the firm moving to ’cloud-based’ virtual networks while floating the possibility of giving staff allowances to buy the equipment they want.
While the UK has made considerable strides over the past decade in protecting the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual lawyers, many still encounter discrimination in the workplace.
Hill Dickinson had to shelve plans to take over the entirety of Halliwells because clients were abandoning the financially troubled firm once it looked as if it would enter administration, according to Hill Dickinson’s managing partner Peter Jackson.
Almost one fifth of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) lawyers have experienced homophobic abuse at work, resulting in a small but rapidly growing number of employment tribunal claims.
Eversheds is to offshore HR, administration and finance roles, with 100 jobs at risk of redundancy as a result.
When national firm Pinsent Masons convened meetings in July 2009 to offer staff the opportunity to take extended leave in return for 80 per cent pay, commercial property associate Paul Kenny and corporate associate Eleanor Tinnelly jumped at the opportunity.
There has been little revenue growth among Midlands firms over the past financial year, with four out of the five major Birmingham players reporting a fall in income.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired a partner from its Saudi associate firm for its office in Riyadh.
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) New York office has hired capital markets partner Ed De Sear as a partner in its international capital markets (ICM) group.
David Eatough has joined DLA Piper as a partner in the London structured finance team from Morgan Stanley.
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Pinsent Masons has ended its recession-driven flexible working scheme, having saved approximately £2m and around 50 jobs from the initiative.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), White & Case and Wragge & Co have acted on the London cycle hire scheme that launched today.
Clarke Willmott has put its trainee recruitment on hold, informing law students that it is not taking applications for its September 2012 intake.
An associate in the projects team at Linklaters died last week after he was hit by a tube train in central London.
When Halliwells filed notice of its intention to appoint an administrator at the end of last month (TheLawyer .com, 25 June), Mike Ward, senior partner at HBJ Gateley Wareing, got straight on the phone to Shay Bannon and Dermot Power at BDO.
Eversheds will pay out a total of £2m in bonuses next month to all staff for the first time in two years.
Incoming Halliwells staff ringfenced into sub-LLPs to protect against potential claims from legacy clients
Kennedys has marked its launch in Sheffield through the acquisition of a 65-person team from Halliwells with the production of a musical video miming to Queen’s hit song Don’t Stop Me Now.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, HBJ Gateley Wareing and Hill Dickinson have completed their acquisition of failed firm Halliwells.
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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Nabarro and SJ Berwin have assisted on the sale of a chic London hotel in one of the largest European hotel deals this year.
DLA Piper has posted a one per cent drop in fee income for the 2009 financial year, as PEP fell by 18 per cent.
Two of the senior construction partners snared by Reed Smith from Pinsent Masons as part of a four-partner team have joined the US firm, but the other two partners remain temporarily locked-in at the national firm.
Halliwells executive chairman Ian Austin is to leave the troubled firm to run the commercial litigation department at Manchester firm Heatons.
The three firms vying to take over Halliwells are expected to pay a total of £9m for the business, as the firm’s bank RBS renewed its overdraft facility ahead of pay day.
Slaughter and May has scored a new mandate advising builders’ merchant Travis Perkins on its £558m takeover of BSS Group.
Taylor Wessing has hired Jean-Michel Beeching from KPMG for the newly created role of global business development director.
Concerns of a conflict of interest surrounding Simmons & Simmons partner Jenny Block’s appointment to the postal regulator Postcomm have been raised in Parliament by Brighton Pavillion MP Caroline Lucas.
A former Norton Rose partner has returned to the firm’s Bahrain office after a stint at Al Salam Bank.
Pannone has handed its managing partner Steven Grant the role of senior partner with immediate effect, following the departure of previous incumbent Joy Kingsley for smaller firm JMW.
Pinsent Masons has launched a joint venture in Singapore that will allow it to practise local law and share profits.
Allen & Overy has hired an energy partner for its Australian operation, the 19th partner for its fledgling offices in Perth and Sydney.
Manchester Metropolitan University has revamped its legal panel with the appointment of four firms to the new roster.
More than half of Allen & Overy’s (A&O) revenue now comes from overseas, as the firm continues its international drive with the launch of an office in Indonesia.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partner Chris De Pury has acted for a private equity fund on the purchase of a landmark Canary Wharf building from his former client Hammerson.
The protracted negotiations to take over Halliwells after financial difficulties saw the firm signal its intent to appoint an administrator (TheLawyer.com, 25 June 2010) appeared to have come to an end on Friday (2 July) as three firms appeared to have snapped up its assets.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG), HBJ Gateley Wareing and Hill Dickinson have agreed the basis of a deal that would see the three firms take over the majority of troubled firm Halliwells.
Mayer Brown London senior partner Sean Connolly claims that “a merger isn’t plan A” for his firm after formal talks with Simmons & Simmons broke down.
Pannone has launched a corporate crime team in London, as it posts a six per cent drop in turnover and average profit per equity partner (PEP) remains static.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has posted 10 per cent growth in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the last financial year with turnover dropping 4 per cent over the same period.
Eversheds has become the latest firm to embrace the Apple brand after it signed a deal to provide its lawyers with the company’s iPad.
Nabarro has posted a 10 per cent drop in turnover alongside a double-digit fall in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2009-10 financial year.
Mayer Brown and Simmons & Simmons have concluded that they will not proceed with a merger following extensive discussions about a possible tie-up.
Simmons & Simmons has promoted eight lawyers to its partnership, six of whom are based outside the UK.
Russian TV company TNT Broadcasting Network has turned to City firm Padva Haslam-Jones for advice on a deal to air Warner Bros material including the latest Harry Potter film.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is one of those firms that divides market opinion.
Firm in talks with Hill Dickinson and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert after property costs hit balance sheet
Mohammed Zaman QC is to join the commercial division at Lincoln’s Inn set Hardwicke.
Dewey & LeBoeuf, Herbert Smith and SJ Berwin have arranged the sale of Addleshaw Goddard’s headquarters to a Middle East investor as part of a highly secretive deal.
Halliwells has filed a notice of its intention to appoint an administrator, with Hill Dickinson and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) understood to be circling to take the firm’s assets.
Pinsent Masons’ net profit grew by a third for the 2009-10 financial year, while turnover dropped by four per cent.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has boosted its fledgling Australia practice with the hire of a competition partner from local firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques.
Eversheds has advised Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) on the conversion to its property fund to the new, more tax-efficient Property Authorised Investment Fund (PAIF) status.
The Law Society is carrying out a consultation that will seek to establish the impact of outsourcing and the role of the representative body in a changing profession.
Rush for transatlantic tie-ups continues as Simmons schedules partner briefing this week
UK housebuilder Taylor Wimpey revamped its list of external advisers following a review of its legal panel.
Mayer Brown and Simmons & Simmons have resumed merger talks, with both firms’ management set to brief their respective partnerships next week on the merits of a potential union.
Hill Dickinson has grown its corporate team with the appointment of Hammonds partner Ian Gillis.
Simmons & Simmons has appointed a partner to lead the development of its new Beijing office. Davis Wang joins from Chinese firm King & Wood, where he was a partner.
DLA Piper has failed to quash an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case from a former lawyer and will now have to re-defend a mental health discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal.
Berwin Leighton Paisner saw both turnover and profit grow over the last financial year, as income rises above £190m for the first time.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have helped beverage company Britvic in its acquisition of a French rival, in a move that gives it a foothold in the substantial French soft drinks market.
Global management consultancy and outsourcing and technology company Accenture is preparing to overhaul its legal roster.
ASDA is creating a head of legal role as the supermarket chain expands into city centres.
Firms are not necessarily billing as much as in 2009, but the majority are more profitable than they were a year ago, according to an overview of the results from the first practices to report their figures for the 2009-10 financial year.
Paul Hastings and Norton Rose have advised on the first property in the White Tower portfolio to be sold, after the buildings were put into administration last year.
Manchester-based JMW Solicitors is to open a base in London so that it can better service a celebrity client base that is unwilling to travel up north.
Watson Farley & Williams is to award a one-off bonus to all its staff after the firm surpassed its budget for the 2009-10 financial year.
A consortium of boroughs in London and Kent have appointed 26 firms to a new joint panel.
Partners at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and Denton Wilde Sapte have voted in favour of the firms’ planned merger.
Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has broken through the £80m revenue barrier, after posting growth of 9 per cent.
DLA Piper’s Brazilian alliance firm Campos Mello Advogados (CMA) has continued its hiring spree, with the addition of a 14-strong team including two partners from a rival firm.
Ashfords and Pannone have signed a deal with Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) to pick up the referral work from the Thames Water outsourcing deal.
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Pinsent Masons has appointed dispute resolution head Nigel Kissack to the newly created role of head of enterprise as it steps up the outsourcing project he has overseen.
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Pinsent Masons and Slaughter and May have helped Asda in a major acquisition that could see it become the UK’s second-largest supermarket chain.
Addleshaw Goddard has reported a single figure drop in turnover and a slight increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2009-10 financial year.
Allen & Overy has named a relative newcomer to the firm as its next German managing partner, with the incumbent preparing to step down at the end of this year.
SNR Denton will abolish the joint chief executive position within three years of the anticipated merger between Denton Wilde Sapte and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, with Dentons CEO Howard Morris indicating that he could step aside.
The legal department at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is currently subject to a lock-in following news that a gunman has killed several people in and around Whitehaven in Cumbria, where the NDA is based.
A number of high-profile lawyers on the public payroll are among the 172 civil servants who earn more than the Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Bircham Dyson Bell residential and leasehold reform head John Stephenson has taken over as the firm’s senior partner from today.
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Olswang has been retained by Paradox Entertainment to help it defend its intellectual property ahead of the release of the film Conan.
Simmons & Simmons is to reorganise its China practice, with plans to open a Beijing office that will operate as a national hub.
Addleshaw Goddard, Trowers & Hamlins and White & Case have helped close a schools PFI project in the West Midlands.
Manchester firm Pannone was marking the end of an era last week as senior partner Joy Kingsley announced she is leaving the firm for a much smaller local rival JMW Solicitors.
Eversheds’ average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure increased 28 per cent in the 2009-10 financial year to hit £517,000.
Bird & Bird is to open an office in Abu Dhabi - its first base in the Middle East region.
Denton Wilde Sapte is to merge with US firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in a deal that will create a £500m firm with 1,400 lawyers.
Pannone senior partner Joy Kingsley is leaving the Manchester firm after 32 years to join local rival JMW Solicitors.
Two employment partners are leaving Wragge & Co for Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC).
As its relationship with Eversheds falters, the retail giant looks further afield.
DENTON Wilde Sapte is to launch in Lebanon through an association with local firm Chedid Law Offices.
NEWS that Denton Wilde Sapte equity partners will take home equity shares that are around 22 per cent higher than last year will be met by its partners with cautious optimism.
LEWIS Silkin has begun outsourcing sophisticated disputes work to litigation partners at a law firm in New Zealand.
PINSENT Masons is hiring a team of six lawyers that together form the bulk of the life sciences boutique Roiter Zucker.
TWO SCOTTISH local authorities have completed panel reviews, with a mixture of Scottish and UK firms winning places.
SJ BERWIN has helped longstanding client Matrix European Real Estate Investment Trust sell an iconic European property.
DLA Piper is stepping up its operations in Brazil, shortly after entering into a cooperation agreement with local firm Campos Mello Advogados (CMA).
Former Allen & Overy (A&O) Moscow-based senior associate Deidre Dare, who was sacked after she refused to stop publishing an online erotic novel, is claiming £3.4m in compensation over allegations of unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination.
Denton Wilde Sapte has posted average profit per equity partner (PEP) growth of 22 per cent for the 2009-10 financial year, despite total revenues dropping slightly on the previous year.
Denton Wilde Sapte has helped a consortium of banks reach financial close on the £2.8bn Birmingham highways PFI - the largest local authority project of its kind.
Eversheds has hired two finance partners in a bid to enhance its City and international capital markets expertise.
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Australian firm Minter Ellison is to use its New Zealand offices as an outsourcing centre for UK legal work.
The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University have completed a joint procurement process, as a number of universities revamp their panels ahead of planned public sector spending cuts.
Head of clinical negligence at Pannone Emma Holt has been appointed as the firm’s new managing partner following an uncontested election.
Simmons & Simmons has hired a lawyer as a full-time pro bono manager. Karen Ozdamar will sit on the pro bono committee with a remit to internationalise the firm’s pro bono work.
Pannone’s clinical negligence head Emma Holt has been appointed as the firm’s next managing partner, following an uncontested election.
Weightmans managing partner Patrick Gaul has been reelected for another term as the firm posts turnover growth of eight per cent for the last financial year.
An Addleshaw Goddard trainee has left the firm after winning a seat for Labour at the general election.
Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, is to continue using White & Case as its go-to adviser despite the fact that the US firm has neither an office, a sponsor nor any permanent lawyers in Aramco’s home jurisdiction of Saudi Arabia.
Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has scored a full-service mandate advising former Eversheds client Oak Holdings on a major regeneration scheme.
Herbert Smith has helped fund manager Resolution Property restart the development of a 220,000sq ft central London site after it acquired the loan secured against it at a knockdown price.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s decision to poach Shearman & Sterling’s Brazil head and capital markets star Andrew Jánszky to open a São Paulo office marks the culmination of a five-year courtship with the country.
Olswang has hired a new head of construction to replace current departmental chief Richard Wilson, who is leaving the firm.
The latest firms to announce their partner promotions have all made up fewer than last year.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a senior energy partner from Allen & Overy into its finance practice.
Nabarro has promoted three associates to partnership, all of them based in the firm’s London offices.
LG has promoted four lawyers to the partnership, all of them based in the firm’s London office.
Denton Wilde Sapte has promoted two lawyers to its partnership, down from six last year.
Seven councils in Cambridgeshire have signed a concordat with a view to sharing expertise and forming a consortium of external advisers as part of an initiative called Cambridgeshire Legal Services Partnership.
Watson Farley & Williams has promoted two lawyers to its partnership, both of whom are based outside the UK.
Ashurst has promoted 11 lawyers to the partnership across its offices in London, Europe and Asia.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do to enhance our City reputation,” admits Monica Burch in the last few days before becoming Addleshaw Goddard’s new chairman.
The County councils of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire are in preliminary talks to merge their legal departments.
Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright has launched in London with a view to improve its service to London clients, particularly those in the retail sector.
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Royal Dutch Shell has reduced its roster of external advisers after completing a major panel review.
Addleshaw Goddard’s head of litigation Simon Twigden is to leave the firm along with another litigation partner to set up a boutique.
The former head of children’s services at Haringey Council Sharon Shoesmith has failed in the judicial review of her sacking following the death of Baby P.
Reed Smith is poised to take on four senior construction partners from Pinsent Masons, tripling its construction practice in the process.
Pinsent Masons has promoted four lawyers to its partnership, all of whom are based in its UK offices.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has hired the head of Shearman & Sterling’s Latin American practice to lead its new São Paulo office.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has promoted eight lawyers to its partnership, with all but one based in London.
Herbert Smith has promoted 18 lawyers to its partnership, a third of whom are based abroad.
Eversheds has promoted 19 lawyers to partner across its UK, European and South African offices.
An exclusive network of independent African firms is expanding with a view to offering an alternative to the ’imperial’ model offered by UK-led associations.
Australian firm Blake Dawson has officially opened in Tokyo, becoming one of the first Australian firms to open an office in Japan.
The owner of Argos and Homebase has completed its first formal panel review, appointing three firms until February 2012.
The poor-cousin status of real estate work in the US may be about to end.
It was a desire to uphold the probity of the legal profession that led the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) to strike off former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partner Vinay Veneik.
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Australian firm Blake Dawson has officially opened in Tokyo, becoming one of the first Australian firms to open an office in Japan.
The head of Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) water practice has left the firm as the City outfit prepares to take over Thames Water’s legal function.
With the growth of the cult of personality and a recognition of the value of social media and change-orientated soundbites, the UK general election is increasingly resembling that of the 2008 US presidential election.
Eversheds has been appointed to advise software company Polaris on Europe, Middle East and Africa (Emea) matters. Partner Simon Gamlin will lead a team instructed as sole adviser to the company, which services banks and insurance companies.
The nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has appointed a streamlined panel, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons usurping Herbert Smith and Norton Rose for places on the roster, which has an annual legal spend of between £3m and £4m.
Six housing associations in the North West of England have completed their first-ever joint legal panel, with 10 national and regional firms appointed.
Former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partner Vinay Veneik sullied the reputation of the legal profession through misuse of client monies, according to recent findings by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).
Regional development agency Yorkshire Forward has completed a panel review with nine firms winning places.
Latham & Watkins has officially opened in Saudi Arabia, launching its fourth office in the Middle East.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Eversheds and Lovells are advising on the pension issues thrown up by the recent demerger of Cable & Wireless Worldwide from the Cable & Wireless Group.
Litigation partner Monica Burch is to take over as chair at Addleshaw Goddard, making it the second firm in the UK top 20 to have a woman in a senior partner role.
A group of 50 East Midlands local authorities has reviewed its advisers, expanding its joint panel to include DLA Piper and Anthony Collins Solicitors, while kicking off Ashfords.
Eversheds’ plan to present its staff with Easter eggs had to be put on hold after concerns that it might offend employees who do not celebrate the Christian festival.
Addleshaw Goddard litigation partner Monica Burch has won the partnership’s backing to succeed senior partner Paul Lee following a contested election.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has made up 18 lawyers to its partnership across 13 countries, with the vast majority joining from non-UK offices.
Trowers & Hamlins has promoted four lawyers to partner across its global offices.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Maples Teesdale have acted on a deal that sees a string of shopping centres that had been funded by a Lehman Brothers loan sold to the fund UK Commercial Property Trust (UKCPT).
The decision by St Philips Chambers to distance itself from former barrister Roger Grierson, who is to fight a seat for the British National Party (BNP) at the general election, has instigated heated debate among Birmingham lawyers.
Ashurst has won a mandate to advise on the procurement of rolling stock and construction of a depot for the £15.9bn Crossrail project.
A number of firms have made emergency promotions to deal with gaps left by sudden partner exits against the backdrop of the beginning of a slow but steady UK partner promotion season.
Twenty five local authorities in the North West of England have appointed 35 firms and 26 chambers to a new panel.
With local governments facing major cuts over the coming years, the legal departments of these entities are under increasing pressure to drive efficiencies.
A tax barrister at Birmingham’s St Philips Chambers who went to the same Cambridge University college as British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin has resigned from the set so he can fight a seat for the party at the upcoming general election.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is finalising a major deal with Thames Water that will see the utility company transfer its legal function over to the City firm.
Herbert Smith has hired two lawyers from Linklaters to bolster its energy and project finance team.
BT group general counsel Anne Fletcher has stepped down, with former Misys general counsel Daniel Fitz poised to take over her role.
Addleshaw Goddard has promoted five lawyers to partner, shrinking its round for the second year running.
Aldar, the major Abu Dhabi-based developer of projects, including the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park, has finalised its first panel.
Attorney General Patricia Scotland has called for “positive actions” to promote justice and social mobility, while hitting out at suggestions made by the Conservatives of a ’broken Britain’.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired a former Linklaters banking partner to build up its structured finance team.
Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper, Eversheds and Pinsent Masons have advised on a £400m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme in Hull.
Halliwells has appointed a new partner to its London corporate recovery team as others leave the office.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Lovells and White & Case have advised on a major deal that is set to transform the German energy market.
Simmons & Simmons is scoping the Irish market as part of extensive scenario planning for its funds practice.
The legal sector is making major strides on promoting lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) equality, according to LGB charity Stonewall.
Reluctance by clients to send work overseas makes firms look at alternatives closer to home
The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are looking into combining their legal functions.
Over half of all clients think that the magic circle designation is redundant, with 94 per cent of them arguing that the profession should reclassify its peer groups, according to new research.
Eversheds has advised on the creation of £400m worth of funds to support small and medium enterprises in the north of England.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has changed the sponsorship arrangements governing its Saudi practice, swapping its local associate for his father.
Lovells’ decision to alter the remuneration system for its 114 junior partners will not only see its pay system better aligned with merger partner Hogan & Hartson’s, but will also see it join a growing movement away from lockstep and the chargeable hour as a basis for determining non-equity remuneration.
Lovells has formed a social enterprise unit that offers pro bono advice across its international offices to the not-for-profit and fair trade sectors.
The University of Sheffield is to form its first-ever legal panel, with firms invited to submit applications across three different areas.
Hogan & Hartson and Lovells have established a committee to oversee the integration of the two firms.
Associates and support staff at Addleshaw Goddard have been told that they will be paid a bonus this year after an effective freeze on non-partner bonuses last year.
Water and sewerage regulator Ofwat has announced its first-ever legal panel with Addleshaw Goddard, Norton Rose and Wragge & Co making the mark.
White & Case has made up five new partners in an attempt to plug gaps created by a wave of recent defections.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has altered its Saudi Arabian sponsorship arrangement, swapping its associate lawyer for his father.
Denton Wilde Sapte has hired two leading nuclear specialists from Hammonds who will bring with them tier 1 clients in the nuclear sector.
The partner due to head DLA Piper’s Middle East finance practice has left after just a year as local senior partners are seconded to Australia.
The former partners of Hammonds’ failed volume business Hammonds Direct are continuing to pursue their claim against partner Stephen York, despite a recent judgment finding in his favour.
Lovells has advised private equity house Kelso Place Asset Management on its acquisition of a company that owns a driving school just days after it went into administration.
LG is to get rid of its salaried partner rank following an extensive consultation at the firm.
Uría Menéndez has expanded in Portugal through a bolt-on with local law firm Proença de Carvalho & Associados.
Eversheds litigation chief John Heaps has been elected the new chairman of the firm and will take over from incumbent Alan Jenkins on 1 May.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired a PR and marketing guru to drive its marketing strategy.
DLA Piper is to establish a presence in Turkey through a relationship with Istanbul law firm Yüksel Karkin Küçük (YKK).
Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) corporate director of governance Mirza Ahmad is facing redundancy as the local authority considers restructuring its senior management.
White & Case has been left without a head for its metals and mining practice following the departure of Johannesburg executive partner Tanneke Heersche, who has joined Fasken Martineau as a partner.
The legal department at Kent County Council (KCC) is teaming up with regional firm Geldards to create a single brand for public sector work capable of taking over local authority legal departments.
Hogan & Hartson and Lovells have passed a final regulatory hurdle in their bid to merge.
The new legal head at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has shortlisted advisers for a radically altered panel structure.
Herbert Smith has hired an Allen & Overy lawyer to build its Spanish finance capability.
Denton Wilde Sapte client and Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Regio Tyne & Wear has signed a contract to operate the Tyne & Wear Metro for a period of nine years, with the Government announcing £580m in funding for the PPP project.
Eversheds chairman Alan Jenkins is facing competition from three other candidates as he attempts to hold on to his position.
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Allen & Overy (A&O) is to move into Deacons’ former offices in Sydney following its decision to launch in Australia.
Addleshaw Goddard is proposing to introduce a points-based bonus system for its salaried partners after plans to introduce an all-equity partnership were abandoned.
Hogan & Hartson and Lovells have announced the composition of the 15-member Hogan Lovells International Management Committee (IMC).
The pressure of motherhood is the reason that 20 per cent of all female departees decide to leave some of the UK’s top 50 firms.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has expanded its tax capability with the hire of Lloyds Banking Group’s head of VAT Linda Adelson as a partner.
DLA Piper has expanded its African footprint through an exclusive tie-up with Kenyan firm Iseme Kamau & Maema Advocates (IKM).
The London Borough of Hackney has made two new appointments following a reorganisation of its in-house legal function.
White & Case is one of the biggest legal names in the Middle East with a reputation stemming back 50 years. But by the middle of this week it might be hard to recognise it as the same outfit that has been in growth mode for the past decade.
Lovells has opened an associate office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second city, through its associate firm Al-Yaqoub Attorneys & Legal Advisers.
Norton Rose is expecting the proportion of its staff working flexibly to increase as a result of an initiative it took to prevent job cuts.
The last remaining head of White & Case’s Middle East office has resigned and is understood to be moving over to Latham & Watkins, The Lawyer can reveal.
Watson Farley & Williams’ (WFW) highest paid partner took home £1.2m in the last financial year, twice the amount made by the firm’s best paid partner in 2007-08, who earned £620,000.
Universal Music UK, the record label for names such as Cheryl Cole and Lady Gaga, has promoted two of its legal team to the roles of director, legal and business.
Circle Anglia, the social housing provider for London and the South East, has completed a panel review with Cobbetts and Wragge & Co winning places for the first time.
Irwin Mitchell is to launch a real estate practice in London and has hired former Nabarro Nathanson real estate head Geoffrey Lander to build it.
Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has hired DLA Piper partner Neil Upton to run its UK energy practice.
Another eight partners have resigned from across White & Case’s global network to join US rival Latham & Watkins.
Property company Segro has appointed three firms to advise it on UK property-related matters.
National housing and regeneration body the Homes Communities Agency (HCA) has appointed 14 firms to its first major panel.
When Allen & Overy (A&O) announced it would allow part-time equity partners (The Lawyer.com, 21 January) City firms cried that this was nothing new.
All staff at Denton Wilde Sapte are to be given training in stress management in a bid to reduce the cost of ill-health to the firm.
ACWA Power International, a Saudi company specialising in major Middle East power and water deals, has hired Juraj Strasser to the newly created role of general counsel (projects).
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has picked up the position as sole adviser on employment and HR issues for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
As legal chief for medical equipment provider and operator Asteral, Antoinette Keane and her team need to consistently prove their worth to sole client the NHS.
Former Hammonds Direct partner Stephen York has moved over to Lovells’ Dubai office to build a Middle East dispute resolution practice as his dispute with his former firm is understood to be ongoing.
Research by The Lawyer shows direct link between flexible working take-up and female partner retention
The hire of a Spanish real estate team from DLA Piper has helped SJ Berwin bag a UK hotel deal.
Hogan & Hartson and Lovells have moved one step closer to making their agreed merger a reality after gaining competition clearance in Cyprus and Germany.
Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has the highest proportion of female partners among the top 50 UK firms by turnover, with 35 per cent of its partnership made up of women.
Lovells had to shell out an extra £29m in staff costs over the last 2008-09 financial year compared with the previous 12 months, the firm’s LLP accounts have revealed.
Vinson & Elkins has hired White & Case capital markets partner Sami Al-Louzi to further develop its Middle East practice.
DLA Piper has hired Gareth Morgan from Taylor Wessing as a partner in its IP/IT practice.
Pinsent Masons has won the University of Essex as a new client on a greenfield property development in Colchester.
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Simmons & Simmons has reshuffled its Middle East management, replacing regional managing partner Paul Simpson with Tim Field.
Wragge & Co has raided its French referral firm Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés (LPA) to launch in Paris with a 10-partner team, reducing the French firm’s total partnership by a third.
Hogan & Hartson and Lovells have finalised the members of the board that will take effect when Hogan Lovells comes into being in May.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is to allow equity partners to work part-time in a bid to retain more of its female workforce.
DLA Piper has made three lawyers to its London partnership as part of a 41-strong round, the smallest total number in two years.
London-based asset management firm BLM partners has appointed Jeffrey Iverson as its general counsel.
?Waltham Forest Council has named Terry Osborne as its new director of governance and law.
Eversheds has argued that its brand will not suffer as a result of plans to expand its commoditised business arm with the launch of a South African joint venture.
Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) is launching a two-pronged assault on the Middle East through the establishment of new associations in both Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.
The Five North East local authorities that make up the Tyne & Wear Metropolitan Authority have appointed their first joint legal panel.
The publication last week of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) lobbying organisation Stonewall’s annual Workplace Equality Index (TheLawyer.com, 13 January 2010) reveals the progress made by a handful of law firms on promoting more equal workplaces for staff regardless of their sexuality.
When Clare Maurice was made up at Allen & Overy (A&O) in 1985 she was the sole female partner at the firm.
Winckworth Sherwood has scooped Dawsons employment head Jo Keddie together with a three-lawyer team.
Eversheds has begun sending low-level legal work to its South African office as it plans to step up its involvement in the commoditised market.
Simmons & Simmons is the most gay friendly law firm, according to research published today by lesbian, gay and bisexual lobby organisation Stonewall.
DLA Piper has lost its spot on Virgin Group’s roster of UK legal advisers as part of the conglomerate’s panel review.
Baker & McKenzie has advised Saudi mining firm Ma’aden on a $10.8bn (£6.7bn) joint venture (JV) to develop an aluminium complex in Saudi Arabia.
When incoming Herbert Smith senior partner Jonathan Scott was an undergraduate at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, he was known for his affability and thoughtfulness rather than his rowdiness.
Denton Wilde Sapte has expanded its African network into Libya through an exclusive association with local outfit Tumi Law Firm.
A group of North West local authorities is going to set up an online database to provide information on pricing and contacts for the firms and chambers they instruct jointly.
Pinsent Masons has won a role as the go-to adviser for the University of London’s Birkbeck College.
Berwin Leighton Paisner partners increased the total amount of capital in the firm last year by £3.5m.
Marks & Clerk Solicitors has brought on Simmons & Simmons partner and dispute resolution specialist William Cook to the firm.
New York-based Maalouf Ashford & Talbot has opened an office in Saudi Arabia - its first base in the Middle East.
Denton Wilde Sapte has completed a second redundancy consultation, with 27 members of staff leaving the firm. Dentons launched a review of 29 jobs in October last year, with both London and Milton Keynes offices targeted.
Reed Smith has bolstered its Beijing office with the hire of corporate partner Michael Fosh from Herbert Smith.
Birmingham City Council (BCC) has completed the tender for its £6m legal panel, which 38 other local authorities are able to access.
Eversheds is putting corporate, banking and infrastructure at the heart of a new three-year Middle East strategy that is focused on consolidation.
The High Court has upheld a claim that Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) made for unpaid fees from a former client.
LG is revamping its international network with the aim of reducing the total number of referral firms with which it works.
Mayer Brown’s real estate finance head Iain Thomas has left the firm to pursue a career at LG.
Energy watchdog Ofgem is going directly to the bar on competition, EC and public law in a bid to save money.
At the start of 2009 the public sector was seen by many firms as a cushion against the stagnation riddling their private sector clients.
Mayer Brown has expanded its presence in South America through an alliance with Brazilian firm Tauil & Chequer (T&C).
Baker & McKenzie has advised on one of the first Russian IPOs in London since the beginning of the downturn.
Herbert Smith partners have elected competition partner Jonathan Scott as the firm’s new senior partner.
The proportion of ethnic minority partners at the UK’s largest firms has remained broadly static over the last year, although there are still proportionately far fewer ethnic minority partners than there are trainees.
Tim Parkes has dropped out of the contest to become Herbert Smith senior partner after the first round of voting.
Prudential has appointed its interim general counsel and company secretary Margaret Coltman to the role on a permanent basis.
Ashurst has scored a victory for the creditors of Dubai real estate company Nakheel with the news that they will be paid off through a bailout from the Abu Dhabi government.
Eversheds has been appointed as sole legal adviser to the French Ministry of Justice for its PPP work, as the UK-originated model expands further on the other side of the Channel.
Birmingham-based Martineau is to create the position of deputy managing partner to fill in for its globetrotting managing partner.
Nabarro averted a cashflow problem last year by asking partners to inject an extra £5m into the firm.
A group of 16 local authorities across Sussex are to launch a joint panel for the first time.
Addleshaw Goddard senior partner Paul Lee has announced that he will stand down when his term comes to an end next April.
DLA Piper is to cut a further nine per cent of its Middle East-based staff as part of a restructuring that will see its total regional headcount drop by 39 per cent.
Many of the UK’s major law firms have reduced their carbon footprints over the last financial year, but the economic downturn has been singled out as an obstacle to further progress.
Eversheds’ alliance partner in South Africa is embroiled in a legal row with the local Law Society that could have implications for all international firms looking to rebrand associated offices in the country.
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Surrey County Council has joined forces with 11 local authorities to appoint 21 advisers to a common panel.
In a further sign of the central London property market recovering, Addleshaw Goddard’s London headquarters at Milton Gate could be sold at a 6.25 per cent yield, just six months after it was acquired by a joint venture.
Ashurst has picked up a key role advising a group of bondholders in relation to Dubai’s debt standstill.
Law firm LGBT network InterLaw is to launch today a pro bono and community service initiative named Helping Hands (H2) to coincide with World Aids Day.
Addleshaw Goddard has hired a White & Case partner in a bid to grow its trade and commodity expertise.
Addleshaw Goddard has announced a 14 per cent drop in fee income for the first six months of the 2009-10 financial year.
Denton Wilde Sapte has won a significant mandate advising Deutsche Bahn on a $25bn (£15.05bn) project to build Qatar’s rail network.
Nabarro is set to redraw its international strategy in a shake-up of its traditional UK focus.
Five North East local authorities are to club together for the first time to create a joint legal panel.
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Dubai World has turned to a number of its long-standing advisers on its restructuring and debt standstill.
Six firms have won places on an NHS joint procurement initiative for the North east of England.
Clifford Chance has taken the unprecedented step of hiring two lawyers from its Indian legal support centre as associates in the LLP.
DLA Piper has been appointed by Kraft Foods as its new preferred adviser for all international day-to-day work in a first for the multinational company.
Leah Cooper has become something of a celebrity in legal circles. A few months ago she noticed that the team she runs in her capacity as managing attorney at global mining company Rio Tinto was overburdened with menial tasks. But she was unable to justify recruiting further staff in the current economic climate.
Leading the legal arm of the UK’s health and social regulator is a tough ask, but one that Louise Guss answers admirably. By Luke McLeod-Roberts
When they turn up to vote next month for who they want to lead their firm for the next five years, Herbert Smith partners will be faced with an unprecedented choice of practice representation. Will they want a partner hailing from competition (Jonathan Scott), corporate (Allen Hanen) or litigation (Tim Parkes)?
Herbert Smith has hired Gatehouse Capital general counsel Adil Hussain for its Saudi finance practice.
Howard Kennedy, LG and Martin Shepherd & Co have acted on the groundbreaking online exchange of a commercial property.
Law firm lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network the InterLaw Diversity Forum has launched a new pro bono and community service initiative called ‘Helping Hands’ (H2).
?The General counsel at William Grant & Sons Eva Bishop has left the company following a review by the distillers of its executive function.
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is to open an office in Lisbon, following approval from its partnership today.
Clifford Chance has scored a major role advising a joint venture (JV) developer of new nuclear plants.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the first magic circle firm to outsource legal work as an increasing number of UK firms embrace legal process outsourcing (LPO) in a bid to reduce their overheads.
Denton Wilde Sapte will tout its mid-market credentials as part of a new three-year plan to be launched in 2010.
Eversheds’ Stockholm office is merging with local commercial litigation specialist Södermark in a bid to double its Swedish turnover within a year.
Kent County Council is sending a delegation to Inner Mongolia’s largest city Baotou in a bid to capture legal work related to future UK inward investment.
Twenty two councils, police and transport authorities have clubbed together to draw up a four-year panel of firms and chambers.
Herbert Smith’s CIS head has joined the race to become the firm’s next senior partner, meaning three candidates will now fight it out for the role.
Clifford Chance, Denton Wilde Sapte and Simmons & Simmons have acted on the creation of a new exchange-traded currency (ETC) platform.
Pinsent Masons has seen its half-year revenues drop by seven per cent during the first six months of 2009-10 compared with revenues for the same period last year.
Wragge & Co has experienced a slight drop in turnover for the first six months of the 2009-10 financial year.
Berwin Leighton Paisner has reported a drop in revenues of five per cent for the first six months of the 2009-10 financial year.
Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has launched in Spain through recruiting a five-lawyer team from Lovells with a particular focus on renewables.
Gulf-based firm Al Tamimi & Company is aiming to expand into Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city and commercial hub.
Specialist insurer Amlin has appointed a new senior solicitor as a former member of the syndicate compliance team leaves for Lloyds Market Association (LMA).
Entity-based regulation provisions that will come in with the Legal Services Act could lead to a serious dumbing down of the regulatory landscape, Greg Treverton-Jones QC of 39 Essex Street warned at The Lawyer Summit 2009.
As National Pro Bono Week kicks off today, legal advice centres up and down the country – supported by private practice and law schools – will seek to showcase their work and bring on much needed new recruits.
The US State Department has signed a deal to sell its UK Embassy at Grosvenor Square with Herbert Smith, Maples Teesdale and Lovells bagging key roles.
DLA Piper projects partner Alex Guy is to join the firm’s Australian alliance partner DLA Phillips Fox alongside Dubai head Tony Holland.
International firms looking to enter the competitive Abu Dhabi market may have to rethink their plans, with the emirate considering a moratorium on further launches.
Denton Wilde Sapte has advised established client Nasdaq OMX Group on a strategic partnership with the Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE).
Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has continued its City recruitment drive by launching a real estate practice with the hire of partner Tim Webb from Eversheds.
Resurgent market could see City property portfolio snapped up. By Luke McLeod-Roberts
Peter Sugden has been made head of real estate in London for Mayer Brown.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) formally launched its lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) network last week with a talk on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal equality given by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
Wragge & Co has established a new team that will seek to trace people posting comments online.
Burges Salmon and Pinsent Masons have advised on the sell-off of land next to the Sellafield nuclear plant.
Slaughter and May has halved its annual bonus for fee-earners, while maintaining bonuses for non-fee-earners at the same level as last year.
DLA Piper’s Dubai head has been named as CEO of the firm’s exclusive Australian alliance firm, DLA Phillips Fox.
Spain’s largest law firm Garrigues has seen revenues rise 12.6 per cent over the past financial year to hit €334.3m (£303.8m).
DLA Piper has carried out a management overhaul in its Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester offices.
Medical, police and employment law specialist set 3 Serjeants’ Inn has elected John Beggs QC as its new joint head of chambers, replacing Robert Francis QC.
Airport operator BAA has turned to Brick Court Chambers silks Nicholas Green and Mark Hoskins as it appeals a Competition Commission ruling that it claims effectively forced it to sell three of its airports. The airports include Gatwick, which was sold for £1.5bn last week to Global Infrastructure Partners.
Spain’s Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is planning to open in Lisbon in January just as Uría Menéndez’s Lisbon co-managing partner leaves the firm’s office in the Portuguese capital.
Six housing associations have clubbed together for the first time to instruct law firms jointly and reduce their respective legal bills.
Linklaters has appointed José Giménez to lead the firm’s public law and regulated sectors capability in Madrid.
The recently forged alliance between Pinsent Masons and Salans has helped the firms pick up a role advising HSBC and Rabobank International on a cross-border financing deal.
Many of the self-proclaimed Iberian firms are casting their nets wider than ever before and finding that history is on their side. By Luke McLeod-Roberts
Shoosmiths head of social housing Andy Ballard has fallen foul of the ‘strict code of political correctness’ after he said he wanted to recruit younger Guardian readers to his team.
Ninety per cent of Shoosmiths staff earning over £25,000 have agreed to take a 3.5 per cent pay cut, but the 10 per cent who were opposed to the move will not see their earnings reduced.
Amid the reaction to news that Simmons & Simmons is putting corporate responsibility (CR) at the heart of its new business strategy (The Lawyer, 19 October), there is a resounding tone of scepticism about the firm’s true motivations.
The former global managing partner of Pinsent Masons legacy firm Masons Tony Bunch has died after suffering a brain tumour.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have advised on the sale of Gatwick Airport, Britain’s second-busiest airport.
Community work to feature on timesheets and appraisals in radical rethink of business plan
Denton Wilde Sapte has advised four Chinese banks on a $1bn (£630m) loan to Standard Bank of South Africa.
DLA Piper is opening an office in Brazil to function as a springboard into the rest of Latin America.
Eversheds has been instructed by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to help it establish the procurement framework for its multibillion-pound newbuild prisons PFI programme.
Royal Dutch Shell has begun a full-scale review of its legal advisers with a view to reducing the total number of firms on its roster.
Shoosmiths is hoping to capture an extra £1m in fees through the launch of two social housing teams in Milton Keynes and The Solent.
Clifford Chance has advised on the sale of the O2 entertainment site at Greenwich to Trinity College Cambridge for £24m.
DLA Piper’s Middle East regional managing partner David Church is to step down next year and will be replaced by the head of the firm’s Kuwait office, Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout.
Spanish law firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has launched a multidisciplinary team to specifically advise the country’s troubled savings banks.
Denton Wilde Sapte has begun a second redundancy consultation with 29 members of staff likely to be affected.
Beachcroft has hired two new partners to its financial institutions group.
DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland has revised his vow to bring the firm into the top 30 in revenue terms by 2010, but has pledged further office launches in the longer term.
The London Borough of Ealing is to look at reviewing its three-year-old panel of external law firms advising on overflow work.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is looking for a single firm to advise it on employment and HR issues.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is to resume its panel review following the arrival of Robert Higgins as head of legal.
Russell-Cooke is facing a court action from an elderly widow, who is claiming breach of duty against the firm and the executors of her late husband’s will.
Pinsent Masons has won a role on a major waste deal that could mark a volte-face over the Scottish government’s opposition to PFIs.
Vodafone UK has drastically overhauled its in-house legal capacity as rivals Orange UK and T-Mobile UK eye a tie-up that, if successful, would create the UK’s largest mobile provider and push Vodafone into third place behind O2.
Shearman & Sterling has advised the underwriters on Brazil’s biggest IPO to date - the $8bn (£5bn) listing of Banco Santander’s Brazilian subsidiary.
Media firm Michael Simkins has hired a former Addleshaw Goddard partner to head its employment practice.
A trio of magic circle firms along with Slaughter and May best friend Uría Menéndez have advised on the e1.2bn (£1.1bn) sale and leaseback of a Spanish property portfolio.
The family team at Birmingham-based Martineau has established a Saturday-morning practice so that rich potential divorcés can get a more discreet service.
Travers Smith has founded a not-for-profit organisation that will enable the firm’s lawyers to work pro bono to help reduce carbon emissions.
Vinson & Elkins is in discussions to open in Saudi Arabia, with an office launch mooted for the first quarter of 2010.
Simmons & Simmons has advised underwriters JPMorgan Cazenove and Numis on a £82m fundraising for student housing company Unite Group.
Circle Anglia, the social housing provider for London and the South East, has launched a root-and-branch review of its legal advisers.
Denton Wilde Sapte has advised HSBC and Deutsche Bank as underwriters on an $850m (£524.7m) sukuk issuance by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).
The Legal Services Board (LSB) is to launch a major new panel with the possibility of a single law firm winning the pitch.
Procter & Gamble (P&G) Western Europe general counsel Christopher Walther has left the company to become legal chief at a computer game publisher.
Saudi Arabian firm Bafakih & Nassief is introducing alternative billing structures by offering its clients unlimited advice in return for a one-off annual fee.
Liverpool-based firm Weightmans has kicked-off its partner promotion process after taking the decision to delay any promotions from the spring to give it more time (The Lawyer, 18 May).
Allen & Overy (A&O) corporate partner David Wootton has been elected as Sheriff of London.
The head of Eversheds’ Nottingham office is to step down from the role of senior office partner after 31 years at the firm.
Norton Rose has hired a competition team led by Mélanie Thill-Tayara from Salans for its Paris office.
Herbert Smith has advised Credit Suisse and UBS as joint sponsors, joint bookrunners and placing agents on Barratt Development’s £720m rights issue, which was announced today.
Procter & Gamble western Europe general counsel Christopher Walther has left the company to become legal chief at a computer game publisher.
Italian employment law boutique LabLaw has hired the entire employment team from Allen & Overy’s Milan office.
News that Allen & Overy (A&O) is mooting training its associates in soft skills has generated a critical response from some readers of TheLawyer.com. What seems to have antagonised many people is the fact that the initiative, which involves client networking and communication skills, specifically targets women.
Regional development agency Advantage West Midlands has asked law firms to tender for its revamped panel.
Big money, big hires. While other firms batten down the recruitment hatches, BLP has hired five laterals this year. Can the firm justify this expenditure?
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the newly-created public body charged with regenerating England’s housing stock, land and infrastructure, is asking firms to pitch for its legal panel.
LG has won a major instruction advising Gazprom on the development of the multibillion- pound Shtokman project – the vast offshore gas field belonging to Russia.
Manches is hoping to acquire the most profitable parts of Halliwells’ business despite abandoning merger talks with the firm.
Weightmans will moot the possibility of a merger at its next partner meeting, which takes place in November.
Shoosmiths has asked all staff to consider a 2.5 per cent pay cut in order to save jobs, with employees making a decision over whether to accept this over the next few weeks.
Halliwells managing partner Ian Austin has stepped down from the role as part of a management rejig that sees him take up the newly-created position of executive chairman.
The Madrid office of Linklaters and Spain’s largest firm Garrigues have both made moves to strengthen their domestic litigation and insolvency expertise.
Lovells has launched an association in Saudi Arabia with local firm Al Yaqoub Attorneys and Legal Advisers, The Lawyer can reveal.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is piloting a career development scheme aimed at teaching associates how to communicate ‘powerfully’ with clients and colleagues.
Ashurst has helped clients Carillion and Interserve close two strategic Building Schools for the Future (BSF) projects in Durham and Sandwell.
Harper Macleod has launched a specialist retail practice group across its Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness offices.
LG is considering axing its salaried partner role as part of a move to save money and streamline its partnership.
McDermott Will & Emery has launched a private client practice in its London office with a view to aligning the service with that in its New York offering.
Fasken Martineau has boosted its London office after completing the hire of an eight-strong projects team from Howard Kennedy.
Food and facilities management company Sodexo has completed a three-month panel review, with nine firms winning places on the new roster.
Allen & Overy’s highest-earning partner in the last financial year was paid a total of £2.3m, according to the firm’s Annual Review 2009.
The magic circle has its reputation, the regional players lower fees. What can the London mid-market draw on in these tough times? asks Luke McLeod-Roberts
Despite a tough year, most firms are still prepared to publish their financial results. A minority are keeping tight-lipped. By Luke McLeod-Roberts
For someone who doesn’t drink much, Sabine Chalmers has made a niche for herself in the top legal post at Anheuser-Busch InBev.
The new members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board have been announced, two months after TheLawyer.com revealed that there was ill feeling between the SRA and the Law Society over the appointments process.
Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Srinivas Parthasarathy is to leave the firm’s Singapore office to take up partnership at the Mumbai office of A&O’s Indian alliance firm Trilegal.
The combined turnover of the top 20 UK real estate practices fell by 18 per cent in the last financial year, down from £977m in 2007-08 to £804m, research by The Lawyer has revealed.
Firms and sets may look at Saudi as a golden ticket, but the country is still wrestling with the creation of a credible legal system that will satisfy international business.
North West firm Brabners Chaffe Street has won a role advising the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) on employment matters.
Cobbetts has declined to comment on its profit and mounting speculation that its margin has plummeted to unprecedented levels.
Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout, the recently appointed head of DLA Piper’s Kuwait office, has been elected as a member of the firm’s international LLP board.
Lovells is poised to move into Saudi Arabia after spending several months attempting to ink a deal.
The Law Commission has announced Mr Justice Munby as its next chair.
The Middle East may be the spiritual home of Islamic finance, but the region needs to decide in which direction the practice is headed.
Lovells has lost out on a place on global drinks company Anheuser-Busch InBev’s legal panel due to its role advising rival SAB Miller.
Pinsent Masons is looking into the potential of asking partners to put more cash into the business in a bid to boost its coffers.
Eversheds has advised its long-standing client Balfour Beatty on the £176m Carlisle Northern Development Route (CNDR) PFI project.
A raft of City firms is lining up to advise on the proposed takeover of transport company National Express.
Denton Wilde Sapte has advised the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on a 15-year shipbuilding deal with BVT Surface Fleet.
The addition of new equity partner hires has contributed to a substantial drop in the average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure at Forsters this year.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) is heading for a High Court showdown with a former client, which is understood to have disputed that it ever instructed the firm.
Pinsent Masons has beaten off competition from Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds to win an exclusive role advising insurer RSA on employment and HR issues.
?Withers’ net profit margin fell to 15 per cent in the past financial year, a drop of six percentage points on the previous financial year’s figure, while average profit per equity partner (PEP) dropped by 24 per cent.
White & Case is to launch a Qatar office, which will be the firm’s third outpost in the Middle East.
Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hengeler Mueller have picked up lead roles advising on the merger of German car companies Volkswagen (VW) and Porsche.
BAA is poised to carry out a review of its external legal advisers following the recent appointment of Carol Hui as the airport operator’s general counsel.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) spent in the region of £10m on its international expansion during the 2008-09 financial year, The Lawyer can reveal, but top earners have been unaffected by the resultant drop in profitability.
Dundas & Wilson experienced a 20 per cent drop in average profit per equity partner over the past financial year, but continued to operate with a relatively high profit margin.
Midlands-based Freeth Cartwright has posted an average profit per equity partner (PEP) of £150,000, a 36 per cent drop on the previous financial year’s PEP of £233,000. Turnover at the firm fell by 3 per cent to hit £32.5m.
LG has posted a 35 per cent drop in profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2008-09 financial year, with equity partners taking home an average of £281,000 - down from £430,000 the previous year.
Nabarro has advised longstanding client Land Securities on one of the largest property sales in the West End so far this year.
Pinsent Masons and Salans were considering carrying out a merger, but ruled it out in the short term because of the financial cost, The Lawyer understands.
Turnover has remained steady at Bond Pearce over the 2008-09 financial year, with the firm bringing in £48m, equal to 2007-08’s figure.
Birmingham-based Martineau has posted a 24 per cent drop in profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2008-09 financial year.
The Saudi office of Middle East law firm Al Tamimi & Company has picked up a role as sole legal adviser to HSBC on a £180m industrial real estate deal.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued with its strategy of bulking up its tax practice by picking former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer director Alan Sinyor to join its strategic tax team.
DLA Piper managing director for Europe Andrew Darwin was in Dubai last week.
Spain’s largest law firm Garrigues has revealed the names of its new joint managing partners just as it expects to break the e300m (£259.9m) revenue barrier for the first time.
Pannone brought in a turnover of £52.5m for the 2008-09 financial year, a 3 per cent increase on the total of £50.8m for 2007-08.
Pinsent Masons has picked up the main role on the University of Sussex’s first-ever legal panel following advice to the institution on dealing with student activism.
Advisers to contract and facilities management company Serco are awaiting the company’s imminent panel review, with Pinsent Masons expected to expand its workload as a result.
Longstanding White & Case client Serco has been awarded preferred bidder status on the £600m Belmarsh West and Maghull new-build prisons PFI, The Lawyer understands.
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure fell 33 per cent on last year’s total of £620,000, down to £414,000.
Pannone brought in turnover of £52.5m in the 2008-09 financial year, a three per cent increase on the total of £50.8m for 2007-08.
Weil Gotshal & Manges and Linklaters have landed lead roles on a major $2bn (£1.2bn) Middle East media merger.
Baker & McKenzie has relocated two more partners to Abu Dhabi as it seeks to build its fledgling office in the jurisdiction.
Skanska has turned to Addleshaw Goddard rather than long-term adviser Ashurst to assist on its first-ever move into a burgeoning area of UK PFI work.
Russian firm Pepeliaev Goltsblat & Partners (PGP) has overhauled its partnership system in the wake of the departure of joint managing partner Andrei Goltsblat and a team of 70 lawyers to Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
The Spanish legal market grew by 11 per cent during 2008, but the economic downturn has slowed its growth, which stood at 16 per cent in 2007.
Nabarro’s equity partners will take home 35 per cent less this year than last, as turnover at the firm drops by 10 per cent to £126.5m.
The Legal Service Ombudsman (LSO), Zahida Manzoor, has highlighted a drop in performance at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) over 2008-09.
Lovells and Clifford Chance have advised on Segro’s takeover of Brixton, which was agreed yesterday (9 July).
Weak sterling has helped generate a seven per cent increase in global turnover at Allen & Overy (A&O), which brought in £1.091bn for the 2008-09 financial year.
Andrew Whitehead, the head of energy at Birmingham-headquartered Martineau, has become the firm’s new senior partner after a contested election.
Nabarro has launched a second round of redundancy talks with 19 staff after posting a 10 per cent fall in turnover for the 2008-09 financial year.
Garrigues continues to be the largest Spanish law firm both in terms of income and total number of lawyers, but revenue per lawyer (RPL) is still substantially lower than at its major competitors.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has advised the artist Antony Gormley on the groundbreaking Fourth Plinth project in Trafalgar Square.
When Sainsbury’s GC Nick Grant asked panel firms to take part in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch, the legal world raised its eyebrows. But the event was, in fact, a surprising success
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) panel review has been put on hold as a result of a new head of legal being appointed to the body.
Vinson & Elkins is advising Chinese oil company Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation on its proposed $8.8bn (£5.3bn) takeover of Addax Petroleum.
The real estate market might be in the doldrums, but agricultural land is holding its own.
Hill Dickinson has posted fee income of £82m for the 2008-09 financial year, an increase of 12 per cent on the previous year’s total of £73.1m.
Ashurst is advising National Express on the planned termination of its East Coast mainline franchise.
Nabarro’s Spanish alliance firm Rodes y Sala is to merge with Gomez-Acebo & Pombo and exit its year-old alliance relationship with the UK firm.
Addleshaw Goddard has brought in £173.3m for 2008-09, a drop in fee income of 11 per cent from the previous financial year.
The office managing partner of DLA Piper’s Kuwait and Bahrain offices - Alex Saleh - is to leave the firm.
Addleshaw Goddard has been reappointed by Bradford Council to advise on phase three of the £400m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.
Ashurst has won the instruction to help a 12-strong banking consortium reach financial close on the R1 Expressway, Slovakia’s first-ever road PPP project.
The recent appointment of Charles Plant - a former Herbert Smith litigation partner and member of the Legal Services Consultative Panel - as the next chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) (TheLawyer.com, 22 June) will pique the interest of many - apparently including those at the SRA.
Apple Retail, the division of the iconic computer manufacturer’s business that is responsible for all its stores, has launched a search for a sole external adviser for Europe, in what will be one of the hardest-fought tenders of the year.
Wragge & Co is to have its move into new Birmingham headquarters delayed by a year because the developer has yet to fill the rest of the building.
Berwin Leighton Paisner has hired Allen & Overy leveraged finance partner Andrew Bamber into its banking and capital markets department.
Herbert Smith consultant Charles Plant has been appointed as the next chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has cut 85 jobs at the end of a redundancy consultation that got underway in May.
Clifford Chance and Lovells are involved in the preliminary stages of real estate investment trust (Reit) Segro’s proposed takeover of rival Brixton - a move that would create the largest industrial property company in the UK.
Six lawyers have left the partnership at Denton Wilde Sapte across the banking, corporate, dispute resolution and tax departments since the end of March.
Partnerships for Schools (PfS), the public body charged with supporting the Government’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, has launched an expanded panel after placing costs at the centre of the review.
National firm to outsource litigation work to South Africa as offshoring revolution gathers pace
Slaughter and May has advised longstanding client Punch Taverns on a £350m rights issue, the second of its kind in the pub industry.
DLA Piper has cut nine per cent of its Middle East workforce in a second round of job cuts in the region.
Mining giant Rio Tinto has embarked on an outsourcing project that will see part of its internal and external legal needs outsourced to India.
Cobbetts has posted a drop in fee income of 16 per cent for the 2008-09 financial year but has yet to finalise its turnover figure.
Simmons & Simmons has promoted four new associates to its partnership, representing a drop of almost 80 per cent on last year’s bumper crop.
Herbert Smith and SJ Berwin have advised on the £127m acquisition of Addleshaw Goddard’s new City offices.
BPE Solicitors has closed its Birmingham office following the departure of its Midlands team to Irwin Mitchell.
The Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are locked in a turf war over the appointment process for the SRA board.
Nineteen Addleshaw Goddard partners have resigned from the firm’s LLP since January 2009, with the corporate practice bearing the brunt of the losses.
Under the terms of new Government regulations the UK’s largest law firms could face costly civil and criminal proceedings if they fail to report their electricity consumption accurately for public scrutiny.
Simmons & Simmons has won a key role advising Iberdrola on its bid for land at Sellafield, as the Spanish utility seeks to avoid being left out in the cold in the UK’s new civil nuclear energy race.
Slaughter and May has advised Punch Taverns on the sale of 11 managed pubs to Greene King for £30.4m.
Watson Farley & Williams saw turnover rise 25 per cent in the 2008-09 financial year, buoyed by the depreciation of sterling during this period.
Pinsent Masons is looking to launch redundancy talks after announcing a turnover rise of 1 per cent in the last financial year.
Wragge & Co has launched a second redundancy consultation after its turnover dropped 17 per cent in the 2008-09 financial year.
HBJ Gateley Wareing is growing its London real estate base with the hire of Joseph Mazzucca from White & Case.
Denton Wilde Sapte’s newest partners are optimistic about their firm’s future. But is the excitement of being made up going to their heads?
Pinsent Masons has signed an alliance with international firm Salans that will see the top-25 firms preparing joint pitches and referring work to each other.
The recession is leading to record numbers of lawyers suffering from stress and depression, according to health advice line for the legal profession LawCare.
Partnership promotions are down across the board this year, but in smaller UK firms female lawyers are faring better than at their larger counterparts.
DLA Piper and Clifford Chance have advised on Hammerson’s sale of a 75 per cent interest in Allen & Overy’s global headquarters at London’s One Bishops Square in a deal valuing the building at £445m.
Denton Wilde Sapte has recorded a 36 per cent drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2008-09 financial year.
A raft of firms have won roles advising on the restructuring of the European arm of car manufacturer GM, which filed for bankruptcy in the US yesterday (1 June).
Lovells real estate head Bob Kidby has been appointed as a non-executive director at property developer Welbeck Land ahead of his retirement from Lovells next year.
Pinsent Masons has signed an alliance with international firm Salans that will see the two top 25 firms preparing joint pitches and referring work to each other globally.
DLA Piper is to launch in Bahrain, making it one of the few international firms with offices in every single Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) jurisdiction.
LATHAM & Watkins partner Rindala Beydoun has moved back to the Dubai office of her former firm Vinson & Elkins after less than a year, having been stripped of the Latham Middle East managing partner role.
Law firms will play a pivotal role in delivering Olympic village success.
Lovells former Dubai head Shibeer Ahmed is looking to target energy work in his new role as a partner at Baker Botts although he will not, as had been suggested, be running an office.
Allen & Overy has promoted 15 to the position of counsel, an alternative career path created by the firm in 2006.
ADDLESHAW Goddard is to move towards what reinsurance partner Richard Leedham calls a “Herbert Smith-style” alliance of preferred firms in Europe, while tightening up its roster of US referral firms.
With an increasing number of people joining job queues and getting their houses repossessed, the demand for free social welfare legal advice has never been greater.
SJ Berwin and Maxwell Winward have advised Gazeley and the UK Logistics Fund (UKLF) on a £1.8m-a-year let to a European Airbus manufacturer.
Bircham Dyson Bell has completed a second redundancy consultation, which has seen 15 jobs cut at the top 80 firm.
Ashurst client Connect Plus consortium has reached financial close on the £6.2bn M25 widening project.
London’s legal community yesterday smashed its own fundraising record by £20,000, generating £380,000 for the London Legal Support Trust.
Addleshaw Goddard has launched a firm-wide restructuring, which is expected to see 85 non fee-earners lose their jobs, fee-earners work reduced hours and salaries cut.
Sainsbury’s general counsel Nick Grant has challenged the firms on his legal panel to compete against each other in a Dragons’ Den-style contest.
Denton Wilde Sapte has advised Vodafone Qatar on its $950m (£621m) IPO on the Doha Securities Market - one of the first multinational companies to list on a Middle East exchange.
United Arab Emirates firm Al Tamimi has reopened its office in Baghdad three years after the Iraqi security situation forced the firm’s lawyers in the country to withdraw.
The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University are joining forces for the first time to create a joint legal panel.
Vodafone UK has appointed former Telefonica Europe general counsel Justine Campbell as its legal and government affairs director.
Weightmans has pushed back its 2009 promotions from May to November, with managing partner Patrick Gaul citing the need to give the process more time.
A former Addleshaw Goddard partner has moved over to Finers Stephen Innocent to work in the firm’s employment team.
The Attorney General’s office is launching a ‘Youth Network’ to increase access to the legal profession and encourage young people to respect the law.
The former national head of IP at Addleshaw Goddard has joined forces with niche IP firm Robinsons to create a new IP boutique called Kempner Robinson.
The proportion of female associates made up to partner level this year at the top 30 UK firms has risen slightly - from 25 per cent of new partners in 2008 to 27 per cent.
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Halliwells has revealed a turnover of £83m for the 2008-09 financial year, a drop of 4.6 per cent on last year’s total of £87m.
Hill Dickinson is to merge with London boutique Middleton Potts in a move designed to boost the Liverpool-headquartered firm’s commodities expertise.
The UK is one step closer to having a new generation of nuclear power stations, following the successful acquisition of three sites by potential developers.
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Scotland’s Tods Murray has helped its client Consort Healthcare (Fife) reach financial close on the £170m Fife General Hospital and Maternity Services PPP.
Browne Jacobson has promoted seven new partners, bringing the total number of partners at the Midlands-based firm to a record total of 67.
A fuller picture is emerging of the next generation of partners at UK firms, with data compiled by The Lawyer showing an overwhelming trend at the top 30 UK firms of shrinking its promotion numbers this year.
Halliwells has revealed revenues of £83m in turnover for the 2008-09 financial year, a drop of 4.6 per cent on last year’s total of £87m.
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Berwin Leighton Paisner has launched a redundancy consultation today affecting 85 people in its London office.
Ashurst and Linklaters have advised on the £207m rights issue for pub operator and brewer Greene King that will enable it to raise money to buy more properties.
Brabners Chaffe Street has restructured its management, with Michael Brabner stepping down as managing partner after 15 years in the role. Brabner’s role will be taken over by former Manchester head Mark Brandwood. He will also continue in his role as a corporate fee-earner. Clients include Kinetic, Cooke Group and ServiceSource. Brabner will in turn become senior partner. On 1 May 2009 ...
Pinsent Masons’ Dubai office has picked up a role advising the United Arab Emirates University following the institution’s first formal tender process for an external legal adviser.
Allen & Overy has made 20 promotions to the partnership this year, forty per cent of whom are women.
Allen & Overy has completed a redundancy programme which has seen at least 400 partners and staff lose their jobs globally and cost the firm £44m.
Denton Wilde Sapte has made six new appointments to the partnership, half of the total promoted at the firm last year. The majority are based in emerging markets.
Field Fisher Waterhouse will promote four new partners this year, the same number as were promoted internally in 2008.
CUATRECASAS Gonçalves Pereira has taken a number of fireproofing measures to insulate the business from the impact of the recession.
Eversheds is opening in Saudi Arabia through an alliance with Saudi practice Hani Al Qurashi Law Firm
Hill Dickinson is getting rid of the salaried partner role as part of an overall restructure of its partnership model.
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Willkie Farr & Gallagher has advised US dermatology company Stiefel Laboratories on its $3.6bn (£2.5bn) takeover by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Hammonds is to promote six to its partnership, a dramatic fall from last year’s record total of 19 promotions.
Nabarro and LG have both made up three partners this year, a fall from the five apiece promoted at the firms last year.
Berwin Leighton Paisner has made up seven to its partnership this year, with the real estate practice the biggest beneficiary.
Europe’s largest waste PFI has seen Addleshaws strike up relationships with new clients.
Computer manufacturer Dell is carrying out a root-and-branch review of its roster of UK external advisers with the aim of creating a number of individual sub-panels.
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Nabarro is piloting a low-cost alternative to disputes after developing a conflict avoidance system for clients.
LG has completed a second redundancy consultation, with 33 members of staff losing their jobs.
Trowers & Hamlins has made 17 members of staff redundant in its London office, following a third consultation at the firm. This brings the total number of redundancies at the firm to 28.
Pinsent Masons will add eight new partners to its ranks this year, with promotions taking effect on 1 May.
As transactional markets tighten in the Middle East, firms might welcome advice on how best to mould individual business models to meet client demands and foster existing client relationships to hold on to key work.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has referred former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) property partner Vinay Veneik to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) on four separate allegations.
The legal teams at the NHS regulator and all other adult healthcare supervisory bodies have been overhauled with the creation of super-watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Linklaters has lost the head of its São Paulo office, finance partner David Fenwick, to Proskauer Rose.
If during 2008 many firms equated the Middle East with bulking up a Dubai office with lawyers from London and New York, in 2009 there has been a paradigm shift. This shift consists of an increased focus on other Middle East and North Africa (Mena) markets and recruitment from within the region.
Wragge & Co has made up just one lawyer to its partnership this year, a fall from last year’s total of nine.
North West firm Brabners Chaffe Street will merge with Liverpool firm Bremners Solicitors on 1 May to create a social housing powerhouse for the region.
Brabners Chaffe Street has completed a second redundancy consultation which has seen 15 members of staff lose their jobs.
Trowers & Hamlins has cut benefits for its Middle East staff, potentially reducing individual employees’ disposable income by thousands of pounds.
Lovells has launched a Middle East real estate practice with the recruitment of a former Al Tamimi partner.
DWF generated turnover of £60.1m in the past financial year, a rise of nine per cent on the £55.3m it made in 2007-08.