Allen & Overy has scooped a key role in the administration of Phones 4U, having been instructed by the company and its administrator PwC.
Freshfields has continued its dramatic US hiring spree, adding Shearman & Sterling M&A lawyer Peter Lyons as co-head of its public M&A group.
Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr has overseen a period of significant growth at the former IP boutique, and more is on the horizon.
Stephenson Harwood has closed its office in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, reducing its total number of offices worldwide to nine.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has continued its run of London lateral hires with the addition of Ashurst capital markets partner David Quirolo.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a new programme aimed at supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) colleagues after taking advice from senior legal figures from BT, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan.
The firm has announced its appointment to England Athletics’ single adviser panel in a contract that will last for two years.
Clyde & Co partner Julian Connerty is advising a group of shareholders planning to sue the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for allegedly forcing small companies out of business through its global restructuring group (GRG).
Hogan Lovells has advised long-term client M&G Real Estate on the £140m acquisition of Two Snowhill, the Birmingham office of Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.
French giant Fidal has chosen to formalise its ‘best friends’ arrangement with Mills & Reeve through an exclusive affiliation just months after setting out its ambitions to build its cross-border profile.
Jones Day has hired DLA Piper banking partner Justin Conway as it continues to invest in its banking and finance practice in the City.
A trio of firms including Hogan Lovells has advised on Reinsurance Group of America’s (RGA) €12bn longevity swap with Delta Lloyd Levensverzekering.
Linklaters has named London litigation head Michael Bennett as its new global litigation head and put him in charge of a new standalone litigation team, condensing two executive committee roles into one.
Magic circle firms are still in demand, international firms stay stable and regional firms carve out a presence in 2014’s panel reviews, according to data compiled by The Lawyer.
Paul Chinnery, general counsel for News UK and former director of legal and commercial affairs at Channel 5, died this weekend after a battle with cancer.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is understood to be consulting on three methods of expediting the partner exit process after an internal protest forced the firm to scrap the results of a June vote.
Boodle Hatfield has appointed its first female senior partner in its 300-year history, with head of private client Sara Maccallum set to take over the running of the firm on 1 May next year.
Minter Ellison’s former chief executive John Weber will take over from Andrew Darwin as DLA Piper’s Australia managing partner in March 2015.
One firm moves its money to England, fearing a run on banks if UK splits apart
Linklaters has named Stuart Bedford as its new London corporate head, replacing former head Sarah Wiggins just four months after she was put in post.
Hill Dickinson has cut 40 roles and made two redeployments to other parts of the firm following a 30-day consultation that kicked off on 21 July.
Essex Court Chambers is taking on Gourab Banerji as an overseas associate in a sign of the bar’s increasing focus on the Indian market.
Shepherd & Wedderburn and TLT are understood to have replaced Eversheds and Pinsent Masons as the two firms in the running to become Heineken’s first sole adviser.
Ashurst finance partner Damian Ridealgh, who led the firm’s banking practice in the US, has joined Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York.
US firm Duane Morris has become the first US law firm to enter Sri Lanka by forming an alliance with Sri Lanka-based Gowers International Legal Consultants.
Enyo Law has triumphed over White & Case in the High Court after the judge ruled that a Russian senator could continue his $2bn US lawsuit against his former associates for the proceeds of BP-Rosneft oil deal.
Locke Lord Edwards to be formed as US firms pair push forward with a letter of intent to merge in 2015.
A raft of firms including Osborne Clarke, Shoosmiths and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) have played a role in Stagecoach South West Trains’ new contract to buy 30 new trains from manufacturer Siemens.
A leading Scottish firm with offices north and south of the border has shifted its cash out of Scottish banks for fear that a vote in favour of independence could lead to a run on them.
Kirkland & Ellis and Hogan Lovells have announced a swap of two partners in their respective Hong Kong offices this week, with Hogan Lovells’ Neil McDonald hired by Kirkland and the latter’s Steven Tran headed in the opposite direction.
Chilean firm Philippi and Colombian firm Prietocarrizosa are set to merge, with Spanish firm Uría Menéndez stepping up for a 30 per cent involvement in the newly created firm, Philippi Prietocarrizosa & Uría.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has named litigation partner Alastair Henderson as its new South East Asia head, with incumbent Michael Walter due to retire from the firm next year.
Hogan Lovells has advised London Metal Exchange (LME) on the establishment of LME Clear, which will launch this week after getting the green light from the Bank of England last Wednesday.
With his firm understood to be talking merger with Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Bingham McCutchen’s London managing partner James Roome could be set to quit, an exit that could have a major impact on Bingham’s future in the City.
Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has overhauled its management team and added two clerks from Outer Temple Chambers and 1 Garden Court
Save the Children International (SCI) general counsel Elizabeth Stephen has left the charity on sabbatical, prompting a hunt for her replacement.
Gateley has revealed that it will keep on just 47 per cent of its autumn-qualifying newly-qualified (NQ) cohort, in contrast with Clyde & Co’s retention of all but one of its trainees.
Jones Day has raided Paul Hastings for capital markets partner Neil Hamilton, who has left the firm after just two years at the practice.
Fieldfisher senior partner Matthew Lohn has been appointed to the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s (IPSO) new 12-person complaints committee.
Washington DC-headquartered BuckleySandler has opened in London, the firm’s first international office.
Both Irwin Mitchell and HowardKennedyFsi have been replaced on a Saudi Prince’s battle with a former shareholder which is headed for the Supeme Court next month.
American aerospace and defence technology company Northrop Grumman Corporation has appointed a new European head of legal effective as from 1 September.
Kent-based Cripps has appointed former Co-op Legal Services (CLS) policy director Christina Blacklaws as director of client services with a remit to lead the firm’s growth strategy.
Aim-listed European IP group Murgitroyd saw its pre-tax profits drop by 10.9 per cent during the course of the 2013/14 financial year.
Slater & Gordon has acquired East Midland firm Flint Bishop’s Injured Patient Claims arm, a claimant personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence team.
Minster Law’s director of legal services Craig Underwood has joined Capita-owned volume legal business Optima Legal as head of legal services today.
Linklaters has been named the first organisation in the UK to achieve a new equality standard launched by EY and a group of UK businesses including Nestle, Vodafone, RBS and Microsoft UK.
Scotland’s top independent firms have pulled out of the recession in earnest in 2013/14, with the top 20 turning over a combined revenue of £438.2m, a rise of 8 per cent on £406.9m the previous year.
DWF is ramping up its agile working capabilities with a raft of initiatives kick-started by its move last Monday into London’s Walkie Talkie building (19 May 2014).
Pinsent Masons has appointed its former Scotland head Fraser McMillan to lead its construction, advisory and disputes (CAD) practice with immediate effect.
Rubio Leguía Normand partners Óscar Arrús, Sergio Amiel, Thomas Thorndike and José Francisco Meier have joined Garrigues’ office in Lima.
White & Case has added Allen & Overy (A&O) capital markets partner Gernot Wagner to its Frankfurt office in a continued push to bulk up its European finance practice.
Bristows has hired Osborne Clarke partner Theo Savvides as head of its copyright and digital media litigation group.
Allen & Overy has appointed Richard Punt, formerly managing partner of growths and markets for Deloitte, to lead its contract lawyer business.
German firms Görg and Noerr have taken the lead roles on the financing and development of Europe’s largest shopping centre in the heart of Berlin.
Bevan Brittan has hired the former chief executive of Birmingham Council as a consultant to advise public sector clients on non-legal issues surrounding new service delivery models and legislative change.
Hogan Lovells has created two global project management roles and hired two senior managers from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Accenture as part of a firm-wide pilot set to conclude at the end of the year.
DAC Beachcroft cut a total of 62 jobs across the business last month following a redundancy consultation that kicked off in May.
Osborne Clarke’s former Belgian ally De Wolf & Partners has set out a new growth strategy, with plans to expand its work in Africa as well as Europe.
Nabarro has doubled its Dubai office, adding a Dentons associate, local barrister and counsel in a bid to beef up its constructions disputes practice overseas.
The Co-operative Group’s half-year results, released today (4 September), show a £5.1m loss in the 26 weeks up to 5 July for the legal services arm.
Morrison & Foerster and Linklaters have advised on the sale of Balfour Beatty’s US professional services division Parsons Brinckerhoff to WSP Global for $1.24bn.
US litigation boutique Boies Schiller & Flexner, which launched a London office earlier this year, has hired international arbitration lawyer Wendy Miles from WilmerHale.
Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) COO Janet Young has left for Australian firm Minter Ellison, two years after being appointed to the newly merged firm’s global executive team.
Fladgate has strengthened its growing tax and dispute resolution practices with a pair of partner hires from Rosenblatt and US firm Crowell & Moring.
The London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) has appointed seven firms to its legal services framework following the closure of a competitive tender process.
Jones Day has announced that three partners, two from General Electric (GE) and one from Shearman & Sterling, are set to join the firm’s M&A practice in its London and New York offices.
The former head of legal at Friends of the Earth, Phil Michaels, has died after a battle with cancer.
Clifford Chance has hired a team of three lawyers, including partner Fabrice Cohen, from Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s Paris office.
Skanska’s general counsel for infrastructure development, Kenneth Schuhmacher, has joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s energy and infrastructure group in New York
Shepherd & Wedderburn today announced the hire of partner Gordon Moir and a team of four from Australian firm Webb Henderson to its litigation, regulation and markets team based in London and Edinburgh.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has added two partners, fomerly of elite US firms, to the newly created roles of M&A and leveraged finance heads in the US.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) could open support centres in countries such as China, India, Malaysia or Thailand depending on the result of an ongoing consultation into its Belfast office.
Private equity-backed Knights is expected to turnover in excess of £15m during 2014/15 having hit £7.5m at the half-year.
Texas firm Andrews Kurth has brought its London partner complement up to five with the hire of Norton Rose Fulbright oil and gas partner John Conlin.
Outsourced services provider Intelligent Office (IO) is opening its second onshore shared services centre in Glasgow.
A former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate with strong links to the Three Crowns arbitration boutique founded by a team of ex-partners has joined Doughty Street.
Robin Knowles QC of South Square Chambers and No5 Chambers’ deputy head Ian Dove QC have become the latest additions to the High Court bench.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has re-hired oil and gas specialist Judith Kim from Ashurst to become the fifteenth partner in its Dubai office.
DAC Beachcroft has announced a 9.7 per cent drop in net profit from £31.7m to £28.6m for the 2013/14 financial year.
Squire Patton Boggs has hired Sidley Austin partner Jens Rinze, three months after Sidley confirmed it was closing down its German practice.
Greenberg Traurig’s London office, Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM), has hired Slaughter and May tax partner Graham Iversen in a high-profile lateral move in a bid to enhance its tax capability.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s dispute resolution head is recruiting a new global leadership team responsible for project management and could lure an in-house contact to take overall responsibility for the group.
Real estate firm Forsters has appointed founding partner Smita Edwards as its new senior partner for a four-year term from 1 September in an uncontested election.
Taylor Wessing has announced three lateral partner hires for its private client practice and construction teams in London and Dubai.
DLA Piper has bucked the recent trend of slimming down in Eastern Europe by expanding its Prague offering through a merger with local firm Haškovcová & Co.
CMS Cameron McKenna, Pinsent Masons and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have advised on one of the largest ever private equity investments in North Sea oil, with the $500m (£301m) launch of Blackstone and Blue Water Energy-backed company Siccar Point Energy.
Olswang has appointed two big-hitting non-executive directors (NEDs) to its board, bringing its total number of NEDs up to five.
Ropes & Gray high yield partner Jonathan Bloom has quit the firm to join Jones Day’s City base.
Simmons & Simmons has launched an IP agency in Beijing today, with regulatory approval to file Chinese patents and litigate trademark disputes in state courts for the first time.
Elite Indian firm Amarchand & Mangaldas has expanded its office network with the launch of a base in Gurgaon.
Baker & McKenzie has picked up Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong head of competition, consultant Stephen Crosswell, for its Hong Kong office.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is understood to be preparing for a launch in South Africa, with the hire of a team from local firm Bowman Gilfillan led by banking head Lionel Shawe.
Just over 18 months after the merger between Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent, HowardKennedyFSI (HKFSI) is set to return to Howard Kennedy in a major rebrand next month.
Shearman & Sterling has won its first-ever mandate from private equity house Bridgepoint, advising on its £212m acquisition of foreign exchange provider Moneycorp.
The University of Law has unveiled plans to dramatically change its Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) in a move to set it apart from its competitors.
Hogan Lovells has represented UK-based mobile payments group Monitise on a seven-year global resourcing deal with IBM.
Irwin Mitchell, Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis have played key roles in the sale of 144 Travelodge hotels, owned by the company’s biggest landlord Prestbury, to Goldman Sachs, GoldenTree Asset Management and Avenue Capital.
Rugby-based Brethertons has replaced CEO Mike Dibbon with commercial litigation and recoveries partner Shaun Jardine to help cement the firm’s growth after a 28 per cent hike in annual revenue.
Birketts has been exposed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as the subject of a scam after members of the public received emails purportedly from the UK Border Agency advising them to send money to the firm.
Not a week seems to go by without another firm revealing a low-cost centre, almost always to house document production and general support. This summer brought a whole host of announcements: if you blink, you might just miss them.
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It seems that growth in China has been on the wish list of a number of firms in 2014, with firms including Linklaters mulling the idea of its own Chinese joint venture after the recently launched Shanghai free-trade zone liberalised the country’s legal services sector.