On the Move
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
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.
Herbert Smith Freehills has named Tokyo managing partner Peter Godwin as the firm’s new regional head of disputes in Asia.
Move of the week
Fox International Channels (FIC) has appointed Francis Chang as its senior vice-president legal and business affairs and general counsel for Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
King & Wood Mallesons’ global head of disputes resolution Beau Deleuil is joining Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s Sydney office.
King & Wood Mallesons’ global head of dispute resolution Beau Deleuil is leaving the firm, a month after his appointment to the role.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.
Allen & Overy has hired partner Peter McDonald from Herbert Smith Freehills to build up the firm’s antitrust and competition practice in Australia.
Move of the Week
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.
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.
Australian firm Minter Ellison has hired a partner each from US firm Winston & Strawn and Gide Loyrette Nouel to strengthen its Greater China capability.
Education and training
Lawyer 2B looks at the varied forms of apprenticeships in the legal market, and asks whether they are really the answer to the future of legal education.
West End firm Davenport Lyons is looking to trim its trainee intake, following a “peak” of recruiting eight trainees annually.
Even the prestigious City firms are facing challenges when it comes to recruiting the best as recession-hardened students get tempted by other institutions and with new skills on the must-have list
US firm Davis Polk is to break into the London trainee market with a scheme that will offer a newly qualified salary of £100,000.
Young barristers are “thrown in at the deep end” when directly advising the public because of woefully inadequate training that has created acute dangers around vulnerable clients, the Bar Council’s annual conference heard at the weekend.
Cut and redundancies
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.
Norton Rose Fulbright has axed 30 jobs across its Australian offices, in a move that took effect earlier this month (14 November).
Davenport Lyons has closed its film and TV group following the retirement of department head Leon Morgan and senior partner Richard Moxon, resulting in four redundancies.
An unspecified number of jobs have been put at risk in Harper Macleod due to restructuring of its insurance department.
Wragge & Co is the latest firm to transfer a cohort of its support staff to third-party provider Intelligent Office, resulting in 26 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members opting to take voluntary redundancy.