Clayton Utz’s board has appointed litigation partner Robert Cutler to succeed Darryl McDonough as the firm’s next chief executive partner.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has raided Akin Gump in Moscow for a two-partner real estate team to bolster its practice in Russia.
Former Herbert Smith Freehills’ Singapore partner John Dick has joined Ernst & Young Singapore as a partner as the “big four” accounting firm mulls legal services launch.
Pannone has put more than 100 people on notice of redundancy since the firm agreed to press ahead with a tie-up with Australian-listed Slater & Gordon.
Nabarro has advised on Jordans first utility-scale onshore wind farm amid growing demand for energy in the region.
Simon Beddow has been appointed as Ashurst’s new co-head of its corporate, commercial and competition (CCC) division replacing corporate star Stephen Lloyd who quit the firm last month.
Osborne Clarke is to launch an office in Amsterdam in the New Year, marking the firm’s fourth international opening with a year.
Herbert Smith Freehills has named Tokyo managing partner Peter Godwin as the firm’s new regional head of disputes in Asia.
Legacy Herbert Smith partners will abandon the firms rigid eight-year lockstep in favour of a merit-based pay system following the October 2012 merger with legacy Freehills, the firm said this morning.
The world’s top 50 litigation practices generated a record $24.3bn (£14.9bn) last year, exclusive new data produced by The Lawyer for this year’s Global Litigation Top 50 report has revealed.
Pinsent Masons is expanding its French presence with the acquisition of six-lawyer boutique Ichay & Mullenex Avocats.
Ashurst has hired Linklaters debt capital markets partner Francis Kucera, in a boost to its securities and derivatives practice.
Beleaguered Law Society officials are braced for up to 1,000 angry criminal legal aid solicitors to swamp a special meeting in less than a fortnight’s time as the row over Chancery Lane’s leadership peaks.
A total of six law firms have been named in a report listing ‘1000 companies to inspire Britain’ by the London Stock Exchange.
South African firm ENSafrica is merging with Mauritian firm De Comarmond & Koenig (DCKM), as it continues its expansion across Africa.
Water and sewerage regulator Ofwat is holding interviews this week for its newly created general counsel role.
The former head of legal of The Times, Alastair Brett, has been suspended from practice for six months by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).
Davis Polk & Wardwell and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have secured lead roles in the $2.5bn (£1.5bn) IPO of China Cinda Asset Management, Hong Kong’s biggest global offering so far this year.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst and Clifford Chance have advised on German drugs and chemicals group Merck’s £1.6bn acquisition of AZ Electronic Materials.
Kellogg’s EMEA legal head Orla Muldoon is leaving to join agricultural processing giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in January.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that a children’s centre did not discriminate against a former Christian employee by requesting that she work on Sundays.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is proposing to abolish the limit on the number of trainees that firms can take on, in a bid to increase trainee numbers.
McDermott Will & Emery (MWE) has picked up Ashurst partner Nikolaus von Jacobs to lead its private equity practice in Germany.
Graiseley Investments, the company behind Guardian Care Homes, has instructed the Wilkes Partnership in place of Cooke Young & Keidan (CYK) in its landmark Libor battle with Barclays following concerns over costs.
Lewis Hamilton’s father, Anthony, is in court today for the fourth day of his wrongful dismissal case against Scottish race driver Paul di Resta.
American Express (AmEx) has named managing counsel Tim Heine as its interim general counsel as it rejigs its internal reporting structure.
Weightmans is to recruit greater numbers of apprentices, following on from an initial launch earlier in the year.
Benelux firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is joining German best friend Hengeler Mueller with an office in Shanghai, its second Chinese base.
Bond Pearce’s final year before its merger with Dickinson Dees saw turnover rise to £51.8m - £1.5m more than first reported, newly-released LLP accounts have shown.
King & Wood Mallesons’ global head of disputes resolution Beau Deleuil is joining Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s Sydney office.
Turnover inched up at Nabarros by 0.3 per cent for the first half of 2012-13 financial year, taking it to £52.5m and marking a drop in half-year growth.
Slaughter and May’s German best friend Hengeler Mueller is launching an office in Shanghai, relocating four partners to the office when it opens towards the end of next year.
King & Wood Mallesons’ global head of dispute resolution Beau Deleuil is leaving the firm, a month after his appointment to the role.
Slater Heelis has formally merged with Cottrills this week (1 December) gifting it a Manchester city centre base.
Dentons has added two new partners to its Paris energy team to focus the firm on growing its Francophone Africa energy strategy.
Weil Gotshal & Manges is facing a €12m (£10m) professional negligence claim brought by private equity house Bancroft over its acquisition of a Slovakian ice cream company.
Eversheds has secured four new offices in Africa having tied up with South African firm Mahons Attorneys and El Heni in Tunisia.
Taylor Wessing has reported double-digit growth in its UK revenue with a 10 per cent rise for the first half of 2012/13.
Former Ashurst global corporate head Stephen Lloyd is one step closer to joining Allen & Overy (A&O) after partners were last week told to prepare for a vote.
Linklaters is to introduce a merit-based element to its associate lockstep structure in an effort to “reward high performance as well as chargeable work” after lifting a junior lawyer pay freeze earlier in the year.
Bird & Bird has projected revenue growth of five per cent for the first six months of the current financial year.
Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) partners are set to green light an aligned remuneration system by the end of December, ending months of discussions over a combined structure.
A number of high profile criminal sets have clashed with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) due to its circulation of a list of practitioners who might undertake Very High Cost Cases, which are now subject to reduced rates.
Pinsent Masons has appointed Maddocks chief executive David Rennick to lead a review of growth opportunities in Australia.
Ashurst has recorded a half-year turnover of £298m for the firm, compared to £281.7m for the same period last year.
Newcastle International Airport (NIA) has been ordered to pay all the costs associated with the negligence claim it brought against Eversheds, which ended last week after a six-year battle.
Personal injury specialist Neil Hudgell Solicitors has opened a London office, having purchased collapsed litigation boutique Harris Cartier’s book of personal injury work.
Alastair Brett, the former head of legal for The Times, will appear before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) this week charged with misleading a court.
Linklaters has named its current Greater China and global litigation head Marc Harvey as Asian regional managing partner to succeed outgoing Stuart Salt.
A King & Spalding solicitor-advocate has transferred to the bar, joining Serle Court Chambers after 15 years working for international firms.
Slaughter and May is paying a discretionary bonus to all staff for the first time since it abandoned its rigid associate lockstep in May.
Linklaters has as many FTSE 100 clients on its books as sector leaders Slaughter and May for only the second time since 2005.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has announced a 6 per cent increase in revenue for the first six months of the 2013/14 financial year.
Allen & Overy has hired partner Peter McDonald from Herbert Smith Freehills to build up the firm’s antitrust and competition practice in Australia.
The Canal & River Trust has appointed its first general counsel, after its legal and corporate services director Nigel Johnson announced plans to retire.
CMS Cameron McKenna’s partnership has elected Penelope Warne as its next senior partner, replacing the firm’s former managing partner Dick Tyler.
Gide Loyrette Nouel is adding a team of nine lawyers from German firm Beiten Burkhardt in Ukraine, as the latter closes down its presence in the country.
DAC Beachcroft has merged with Colombian insurance firm De La Torre & Monroy Abogados Asociados and started trading as DAC Beachcroft Colombia yesterday (1 December).
Lawyers are regularly underestimating litigation costs by as much as 100 per cent, putting their corporate clients at risk of breaching England’s recently implemented civil justice rules.
Foot Anstey is set to launch a training academy, which will enable candidates to qualify as lawyers while working at the firm.
Reed Smith, Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance were among firms advising on the restructuring of a £662m residential mortgaged-backed securitisation (RMBS) by Eurosail-UK ...
Ashurst was among a raft of firms that have secured advisory roles in Chinese state-owned group Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)’s €320m acquisition of German listed company KHD Humboldt Wedag International AG (KHD).
Profits due to the highest-paid partner at Dundas & Wilson fell last year by 39 per cent, the firm’s LLP accounts have revealed.
Linklaters’ top earning partner took home £2.3m last year - £300,000 less than the previous year, according to the firm’s annual LLP accounts.
Eversheds has been ordered to pay £2 in nominal damages to Newcastle International Airport (NIA) after the Court of Appeal (CoA) brought to an end a six-year court battle.
The Co-operative Bank has named Brona McKeown as its new general counsel and company secretary, a month after announcing the split of its legal function.
Partner rates at US firms in London have spiralled 87.5 per cent since 2009 with top-end hourly rates hitting £700 per hour, according to new research.
West End firm Davenport Lyons is looking to trim its trainee intake, following a “peak” of recruiting eight trainees annually.
Olswang is launching a business dedicated to restructuring and insolvency through a strategic partnership with a German insolvency lawyer.
Chadwick Lawrence has become the latest outfit to sell off its personal injury (PI) book, with the firm offloading the business to Slater & Gordon.
Australian firm Minter Ellison will initiate the search for a new chief executive partner, after incumbent John Weber announced he is to step down in June next year.
Litigators could see a rush of professional negligence claims against the sector following the Court of Appeal decision to penalise those that fail to comply with court directions, leading lawyers have warned.
Watson Farley Williams’ Michael Greville has resigned from his role as managing partner after 12 years.
Blake Lapthorn, Boyes Turner and Morgan Cole are in talks over a three-way merger which would create a new top 40 UK firm with revenues closing in on £100m.
Slater & Gordon has confirmed to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) that a sale agreement for £33m has been made with Pannone.
The newly elected managing partner of Clifford Chance, Matthew Layton, won his mandate after pledging to look at whether to reduce management committee membership from 16 to nine
Yorkshire-based ABS Minster Law is to launch a London office of 30 people in the City.
Yorkshire firm Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley has sealed expansion into York through a merger with local firm Denison Till, creating an £18m outfit.
The Court of Appeal has thrown its weight behind Lord Justice Jackson and issued a stern warning that litigators must comply with court procedures or face restrictive spending sanctions.
Siemens general counsel Peter Solmssen is to leave the group next month as the top legal job is axed from the management board.
Peters & Peters has been thrust into the limelight again after high-profile client Charles Saatchi told a London court that his ex-wife Nigella Lawson was so ‘off her head’ on drugs that she allowed two assistants to splurge £300,000.
The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has appointed a new general counsel and company secretary to replace outgoing Steven Phillips who retires this year.
Criminal law solicitors have called on the Law Society to hold a secret ballot for a forthcoming no-confidence vote in its leadership, amid concern that Chancery Lane staff could be pressured to vote to reject the motion.
Christian guest house owners who refused to allow a couple to take a double room because they were gay have had their appeal rejected by the Supreme Court.
Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge have called off their merger following delays earlier in the month.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has rejected a landmark appeal by Atkins Thomson for the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell MP, prohibiting him from exceeding his set costs budget of £2,000.
Clifford Chance has elected global corporate head Matthew Layton as its new global chief to replace outgoing head David Childs, who retires next year.
Irwin Mitchell has lost six partners and a team of 24 lawyers and support staff after being raided by TLT in Manchester.
Plans to demerge Pannone to Slater & Gordon have hit a wall again, with the deal completion date delayed for a third time until today (27 November).
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Chris Bown is leaving the magic circle firm to join private equity house CVC, a key client of the firm’s corporate group.
American Express general counsel Louise Parent has quit the credit card giant to join the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton after 20 years in the job.
The full hearing into the judicial review (JR) over the remains of Richard III has been postponed until the New Year, after the High Court decided there was too much to be heard in a single day.
Osborne Clarke partners have elected Andrew Saul as the firm’s new senior partner, taking over from Tim Birt who has held the position since 2006.
The Bank of Ireland has hired John Bennett as general counsel to its UK subsidiary, succeeding Jan Karpinsky who retired earlier this year.
Essential Living, which develops and manages purpose built homes for rent, has revealed its first formal legal panel, which will remain in force for three years.
San Francisco-based Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman have called off merger talks that would have created a $1.4bn giant with two bases in London.
Clifford Chance partners Carlos Conceicao and Kelwin Nicholls have been hired by RBS to lead an investigation into claims that the bank forced small companies it owed money to into closure to make a profit.
The judicial review into the final resting place of Richard III is being heard before three High Court judges today, along with an application to join Leicester City Council as a third defendant in the case.
David Bickerton has been re-elected as Clifford Chance London managing partner after running unopposed.
Partner rates at magic circle firms have spiralled 62 per cent since 2005 with work-hungry top guns charging up to £850 per hour, according to new research.
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Today sees the publication of The Lawyer’s annual Global Litigation Top 50, our annual analysis of which of the world’s largest firms are generating the most fee income from disputes.