Lawyer and Conservative MP candidate for Havant Alan Mak has come under fire after a statement in his leaked CV claimed that he was a department head at magic circle firm Clifford Chance.
Weil Gotshal & Manges and McDermott Will & Emery have acted on the Barclay brothers’ sale of Claridges, the Berkeley and the Connaught to Qatar-owned Constellation Hotels, ending years of litigation concerning the ownership of the hotels.
Latham & Watkins has a new London managing partner in Jay Sadanandan, but like the song, the strategic direction remains the same.
Chicago-headquartered Jenner & Block, which last month confirmed its plans to open in London, is hiring three lawyers from Dechert.
Hogan Lovells executive manager Neil May has been appointed chief executive of common law set 42 Bedford Row following a unanimous vote by the chambers’ executive board.
Nabarro has promoted three senior associates to its partnership, with the promotions taking effect from 1 May.
Just one lawyer is promoted in mainland Europe offices despite firm’s “clear blue sky strategy of growth” on the continent.
The Lawyer’s first ever judging panel for the Business Leadership awards consisting exclusively of senior in-house lawyers has been unveiled today.
Tower Hamlets mayor and lawyer Lutfur Rahman is to be referred to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after being found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices by the High Court on Thursday (23 April).
DWF is to merge with the niche insurance firm Watmores in May.
Eversheds has lost a team of nine lawyers, including four partners, who all depart for King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) on Thursday (23 April).
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has been retained by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to defend it against arbitration claims of up to $1bn (£660m).
Stephenson Harwood has made up five new partners in its latest promotions round, all of which are based in London.
Addleshaw Goddard has advised longstanding Linklaters’ client Tate & Lyle on a company-wide restructuring including the sale of three corn wet mills in Europe to its partner, US company Archer Daniels Midland.
Pearson general counsel Bjarne Tellmann has confirmed that the publishing giant plans to launch a UK panel before one in the US this year, after extending the deadline for a final line-up to the summer.
Stewarts Law has extended its deadline for applications from shareholders to join its mammoth legal action against Tesco as the firm nears the end of the first step of the group claim likely to last several years.
Erskine Chambers silk Richard Snowden QC has been appointed a High Court judge as the Court of Appeal (CoA) announces it will seek to fill vacancies left by four bench exits.
TPG Capital general counsel Ronald Cami has stepped down after five years amid news the private equity firm has raised an initial $5bn (£3.3bn) for its latest buyout fund.
Two more Fried Frank Hong Kong partners have found a home, with corporate specialists Douglas Freeman and Victor Chen set to join Paul Hastings.
Lloyds Banking Group has appointed Kate Cheetham as its new general counsel.
Olswang has promoted five female lawyers to partner in the UK and France as part of a firmwide promotions round.
Axiom UK will double the number of people it employs in Belfast over the next five years following a £9m investment in the business.
Nearly half of the UK’s top 100 firms including three of the elite will take a significant hit in Google search traffic because they have failed to develop mobile-friendly websites.
UK insurance giant RSA has delayed its global legal panel review for a second time.
CMS has appointed 39 partners across Europe and the Middle East as part of its promotions round, 18 (49 per cent) of which are women.
PayPal has appointed Nokia chief legal officer Louise Pentland as its general counsel following the online payments company’s split from eBay this month.
Paul Hastings, Norton Rose Fulbright and Ropes & Gray are among five firms providing advice on the acquisition of entertainment production company Cirque Du Soleil by a conglomerate of investors.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired its first female partner in Germany, K&L Gates banking and finance partner Julia Müller.
DLA Piper has confirmed its second office in Saudi Arabia will open in Jeddah this year, with plans to launch a third by the end of 2015.
Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has continued to bolster its Hong Kong operation with the addition of a disputes team from Fried Frank’s soon-to-close local office.
Ropes & Gray has hired K&L Gates disputes partner Thomas Ross as its first commercial litigation hire since opening in London in 2010.
Reputation management has a direct bearing on how City analysts determine the value of a company, new research shows.
Irish firm Byrne Wallace has appointed Central Bank of Ireland general counsel Joseph Gavin as head of its financial services practice.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has advised Round Hill Capital on the £600m sale of its Nido student accommodation real estate portfolio to Greystar Real Estate Partners, represented by Jones Day.
Clyde & Co has promoted 13 lawyers to partner and 11 from equity partner to senior equity partner in a firm-wide promotions round that has boosted its insurance platform figures by 11 partners.
Permira has turned to longstanding adviser Clifford Chance and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom on the sale of Iglo, the frozen food maker behind Birds Eye, to Nomad Foods for €2.6bn (£1.87bn).
Taylor Wessing has promoted five lawyers to partner in London as part of a UK-based promotions round.
Bird & Bird has added a Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) corporate partner to its Singapore team with the aim of upping its expertise across the Southeast Asian region.
Australian firm Minter Ellison has taken on a Lavan Legal partner to head its Perth-based disputes practice with the expectation of growing its focus on Asian arbitration work.
Dixons Carphone has hired BT Group’s Nigel Paterson as general counsel, less than a year after the companies merged.
Lloyds Bank head of disputes Philippa Simmons has left the bank amid a shake-up of the in-house legal team that could see around 25 mid-level redundancies, The Lawyer can reveal.
White & Case is reviewing its newly-qualified (NQ) salaries with a view to raising them to the same level as those paid by rival US firms in London.
Bevan Brittan has recruited DWF employment partner Ashley Norman to head its Birmingham employment team.
With the general election just 17 days away and the prospect of a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU if the Conservatives win, firms have to consider the consequences for their clients in the event of a ‘Brexit’.
DAC Beachcroft has appointed 15 lawyers to its partnership, including seven in Bristol where the firm has almost doubled its intake of partners.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed 22 lawyers to its partnership worldwide, including nine women, in its largest promotions round in three years.
This year’s European Managing Partner of the Year, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ chairman Dimitry Afanasiev, opens up about the challenges affecting Russia and Ukraine.
Ashurst will receive a grant of £2.4m from Scottish Development International (SDI) for its low cost base in Glasgow, as the development agency steps up its efforts to attract law firms to the city to compete with Belfast’s offering.
Fieldfisher is facing a €120,000 (£86,000) unfair dismissal claim brought by a former secretary in its Paris office, who claims that she was assaulted by the firm’s office managing partner on the day of her dismissal.
Mishcon de Reya has promoted the first non-lawyer to its partnership, chief operating officer (COO) Bambos Georgiou, two months after its ABS licence was approved by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA).
King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) co-head of corporate Richard Lever is joining Goodwin Procter’s London office following the firm’s decision to launch a private equity practice.
The Bar Council has responded with guarded enthusiasm to the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto pledges on access to justice.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and Slaughter and May have picked up the leading roles in Virgin Group and CVC Capital Partners’ sale of 80 per cent of its stake in Virgin Active to South Africa’s Brait for £682m.
Pinsent Masons has announced that its outgoing managing partner David Ryan will become London office head when he steps down from the firmwide role at the end of this month.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s internal consultation into opening a low cost legal services hub in Manchester has ended, with relocations and a local recruitment drive set to begin by summer.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised the Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon on a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) investigation that yesterday (15 April) saw the bank slapped with a £126m fine for breaching custody rules.
Mishcon de Reya has hired Proskauer Rose London heavyweight Michael Nouril as a corporate partner in a reverse of the current trend for US firms to hire private equity partners.
Portuguese firm PLMJ is set to open its doors in London this year with a representative office led by Hugo Rosa Ferreira to capture a greater volume of work from the London legal market.
Suspended Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray will take his fight against the ruling that he deliberately misled the High Court to the Court of Appeal (CoA).
K&L Gates has become the latest firm to pick up a partner from Clifford Chance in Germany, recruiting the magic circle firm’s German trademark head Thorsten Vormann.
Weightmans has promoted four women to its partnership in a reduced promotions round, with the new partners including HR director Sam Airey.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Sullivan & Cromwell have taken the lead roles on Nokia’s €15.6bn (£11.2bn) acquisition of French telecoms company Alcatel-Lucent, announced this morning.
City West Housing has appointed 14 firms and the in-house team at Manchester City Council to its panel in a framework agreement worth £1.4m over four years.
Baker & McKenzie has been granted the first Chinese joint operation licence with local firm FenXun Partners, opening the doors for its international clients to access PRC law through the firm.
White & Case’s Budapest office is joining Dentons next month in a major boost for the expanding firm’s Central & Eastern European (CEE) operations.
Trowers & Hamlins has become the first firm to be granted a qualified foreign law firm (QFLF) licence in Malaysia after changes to the way foreign firms can practise in the country last June.
Suspended Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray has been denied permission to appeal the ruling that he deliberately misled the High Court.
The Labour Party has promised to address the Coalition Government’s changes to judicial review in its election manifesto, but stopped short of promising to reverse cuts to legal aid funding.
Public, police and medical negligence set Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has reported growth in fee income of 27.5 per cent for the 2014/15 financial year ending 31 March on the back of a management overhaul.
eBay has hired Agilent Technologies’ top lawyer Marie Oh Huber as its new general counsel as the company prepares for the split of eBay and PayPal into two separate companies later this year.
Nominations for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s next senior partner are expected to close this month with sources close to the firm already touting three clear frontrunners to take over from incumbent Will Lawes when he steps down in October.
Grimaldi Studio Legale has announced the hire of two prominent banking partners for its London office, former Clifford Chance CEO Michael Bray and Bonelli Erede Pappalardo’s Riccardo Sallustio.
Publicis Groupe has appointed Joe LaSala, general counsel of recent takeover target Sapient, as its new general counsel to replace Eric Antoine Fredette.
Suspended Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray will appear before Mr Justice Flaux today (14 April) to argue that the ruling he deliberately misled the High Court relied on “implausible” assumptions and was “clearly flawed”.
University of the Arts London (UAL) has instructed BLM to take legal action against 15 of its students who continue to occupy a building in Central Saint Martins in King’s Cross.
General Electric (GE) has called on Hogan Lovells to advise on the $26.5bn (£18.07bn) sale of its real estate business GE Capital Real Estate to Blackstone Group, advised by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and Wells Fargo, advised by Dechert.
The Lawyer has launched a salary survey to chart the state of lawyers’ pay across the profession.
Joanna Lumley and Simon Callow lend voices to awareness cartoon where legal aid superheroes fight villainous Grayling
Joanna Lumley and Simon Callow have lent their voices to an animation highlighting the effects of austerity cuts on access to justice.
Exclusive: Gateley hit by multi-million pound professional negligence suit from property development client
Property developer Empirical Property Group (EPG) has filed a claim to sue Gateley for breach of contract and professional negligence.
US firm Goodwin Procter has unveiled plans to launch a private equity practice in its London office as part of its expansion strategy in the City.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has risen by six spots to the top of this year’s global project finance rankings for the first quarter of 2015, while Allen & Overy (A&O) has toppled from first to eight place.
Paul Hastings has hired Ashurst leveraged finance partner Luke McDougall to join the London office as a partner in its corporate practice.
Cahill Gordon & Reindel has hired Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Kelly to build its London litigation practice, as the firm becomes the first US outfit to be licensed by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) as an ABS.
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A group of 26 ex-Halliwells partners have instructed TLT to defend them in their battle with the defunct firm’s liquidators, which is seeking millions of pounds from them.
BG Group general counsel Graham Vinter is stepping down after seven years in the role following his company’s announced merger with energy company Shell, and will be replaced by Sapa group general counsel Tom Melbye.
Co-operative Group Legal Services (CLS) revenue has dropped by a third from £32m to £23m due to “regulatory changes”, according to the group’s annual results released today (9 April).
Dentons and US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge have confirmed plans to merge this year, 18 months after previous negotiations between the firms fell through.
Eversheds advises Anglian Water on £5bn investment programme following reappointment as sole legal adviser
Eversheds has been reappointed as principal adviser to Anglian Water for a second three-year term, effective from 1 April, following a panel review.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s only London-based female partner Laetitia Costa has left the firm, The Lawyer understands.
ATP Media has appointed Onside Law lead commercial associate Tom Bullock as its first head of legal.
Cherie Blair QC has resigned from the judiciary to focus on arbitration work at her law firm, Omnia Strategy.
Scottish firm Gillespie Macandrew has revamped its management team to create the role of chief executive, with non-lawyer chief operating officer Chris West being first to fill the position.
Ashurst has promoted nine women to partner in its 20-strong promotions round following its pledge last year to improve its gender diversity representation.
Slaughter and May is advising Royal Dutch Shell on its recommended cash and share valued at £47bn to take over natural gas company BG Group, represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Macfarlanes has appointed five lawyers to its partnership, including two women, with another five lawyers promoted to senior counsel.
Guardian Care Homes has instructed Hausfeld & Co to launch court proceedings against Lloyds over interest rate derivatives mis-selling, despite reaching a settlement with the bank in 2011 over Libor-rate manipulation claims.
Severn Trent’s US arm, Severn Trent Services (STS), has made savings of 75 per cent and 35 per cent over two years by resculpting its external legal panel in favour of bringing work back in-house.
The former head of Linklaters’ Amsterdam employment and pensions team, Martijn van Broeckhuijsen, has launched his own firm in a continuation of the trend for boutiques in the Netherlands.
Round World Entertainment general counsel Oli Shipton has taken on the additional role of partner at media and entertainment law firm Lee & Thompson.
When Gibson Dunn & Crutcher reported itself to the SRA last month it was sending a clear message: we’re acting decisively, quickly and we’re on top of this nightmare.
The senior partner race at Freshfields will be fascinating to watch. The magic circle firm is widely recognised to be the only UK outfit to have built a credible top-level US presence, but with increasing competition among the global elite, the new senior partner will need to be an effective ambassador.
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Latham & Watkins has a new London managing partner in Jay Sadanandan, but like the song, the strategic direction remains the same