Online November 2012
Istanbul is set to become an international arbitration centre.
One Essex Court’s Laurence Rabinowitz QC will later this month face Essex Court Chambers’ Gordon Pollock QC in a London arbitration between oil giant BP International and its Russian TNK-BP partner, Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR) Petroleum.
The legal profession is leading the way in paying the London Living Wage, with 11KBW, Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills among almost 100 accredited companies.
Bird & Bird has reported double-digit growth in its half-year revenue figure when reported in euros.
Bird & Bird will cement its presence in Denmark in the new year by merging with its best friend in the country, Bender von Haller Dragsted (BvHD).
London set 39 Essex Street is to be joined by 24 members of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, including seven silks.
London set 39 Essex Street is laying the foundations for an amalgamation with 4-5 Gray’s Inn in a move that will create London’s largest civil set.
If brand recognition can be taken as a measure of success, then it’s fair to say that QualitySolicitors, which only launched in 2008, has been pretty successful.
Sir Rupert Jackson’s final report into civil litigation costs ran to nearly 600 pages, plus appendices.
The Government has unveiled plans to revamp the judicial review system, but Adam Wagner believes it should think carefully before silencing the law
US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has hired private equity expert Derek Baird from Allen & Overy (A&O) in London.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is once again the first magic circle firm to post its half-year results, and get your fill because it’s probably the only one that’s going to reveal them too. Are the others just too scared?
The general counsel of Swiss generic drugmaker Actavis is to step down from the role as US rival Watson Pharmaceuticals acquires the company for €4.25bn (£3.4bn).
Addleshaw Goddard client Muktar Ablyazov has been debarred from defending claims totalling $6bn against him after the Court of Appeal (CoA) ruled that he could not overturn a committal order against him.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has announced a 3 per cent drop in its revenue for the first half of the 2012/13 financial year, turning over £566m in the six months from 1 May.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has expanded in Turkey through an exclusive tie-up with new firm Gedik & Eraksoy, and will now be able to offer clients local-law expertise.
Despite the best efforts of many in Russia, English law continues to be the law of choice for most transactions in the country. That fact has helped many Anglo-Saxon firms succeed in Moscow over the two decades since the fall of Communism.
The Law Society has produced a comprehensive guide for solicitors to help them protect against misuse by criminals and demonstrate compliance with anti-money laundering requirements.
Luxembourg firm Arendt & Medernach has added to its corporate capabilities with the hire of a partner from Linklaters’ Luxembourg office, Laurent Schummer.
Ashurst is set to launch in Jeddah through an association with local in-house lawyer Faisal Adnan Baassiri as the firm aims to kick off its expansion in Saudi Arabia.
Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and SJ Berwin were among the advisers on the acquisition of residential property company Annington Homes by Guy Hands’ private equity group Terra Firma.
New cloud-based solution provides financial institutions with turnkey system for achieving compliance with new federal law
Baker & McKenzie has appointed local lawyer Gunduz Karimov as managing partner of its Baku office - the first Azerbaijani to hold the role since the office was founded.
Baker & McKenzie is gearing up to open an office in Seoul after beginning its application to South Korea’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
US firm Baker Botts has promoted two global projects lawyers in London as part of a 15-strong promotions round, with at least one of the City associates expected to help staff the firm’s anticipated Brazilian office.
Baker & McKenzie London managing partner Gary Senior is set to step down from the role next year after 10 years as the US firm kicks off a process of choosing his successor.
EDF Energy is set to appoint a raft of firms including Baker & McKenzie, Eversheds and Herbert Smith Freehills to a revamped legal panel expected to be finalised in the coming weeks.
Construction giant Balfour Beatty is looking to save up to a third of its external legal spend by packaging certain areas of work and tendering it out to the lowest bidder.
The ongoing battle between Kazakhstan-bank JSC BTA Bank and its former chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov could find its way to the Supreme Court after Ablyazov’s lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard said yesterday they would fight the court’s decision to debar him from the case.
Belfast-based Johns Elliot has lost a High Court order for Facebook as the social networking site is given 72 hours to remove a Facebook page that identifies pedophiles in Northern Ireland.
Bingham McCutchen has joined Spanish firms Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo and Uría Menéndez in advising on building manufacturer Uralita’s debt refinancing.
Bingham McCutchen and Mayer Brown are advising the administrators of electricals chain Comet, which filed for administration last Friday (2 November).
Next spring Bingham McCutchen will throw open the doors on its $22.5m shared-services centre in Kentucky, a move the US firm announced in September this year.
The recent decision by the court in the claim brought by Guardian Care Homes against Barclays (see story 30 October 2012), allowing the claimant to bring the manipulation of LIBOR into a case on hedge mis-selling, highlights the storm clouds that still gather around the banking sector and may indicate a lack of trust of banks in the Courts.
London mayor Boris Johnson has extended an invitation to oligarchs to litigate in London. Is that such a bad thing?
With his mop of blond hair, clownish features, booming voice and ability to draw a crowd, Boris Johnson makes an ideal circus master.
British Telecommunications (BT) has today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire technology group Tikit for £64.2m.
The IT director of one top 20 firm today admitted he was “shocked” by BT’s acquisition yesterday of legal technology provider Tikit. ‘Shocked’, because comparatively this is a tiny company (it was a £64.2m deal) being acquired by a monolithic giant. What’s the plan, he wondered? Well, neither BT nor Tikit are saying much outside the usual post-deal platitudes, though Gavin Patterson, chief executive officer of BT Retail hinted at the real strategy ...
Clifford Chance has advised private equity outfit the Carlyle Group on its $210m (£132m) investment in Tanzania-based agricultural company Export Trading Group (ETG), with Linklaters and South African firm Webber Wentzel also acting for investors.
The New York office of Cooley has hired a group of IP lawyers from Chadbourne & Parke, including IP chief Walter Hanchuk and head of mobile technology John Kheit.
Due to rapid changes brought by market development and transition, legal service has to keep developing to adapt to such dramatic changes.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to participate as a judge in a legal English contest conducted by the Sinopec law department. On the surface, this was part training exercise and part game show, but there was a deeper objective, which became apparent quite quickly.
National law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has embarked on a major IT investment, using IT specialist Tikit to upgrade its back-office hardware and desktops across its six offices around the country.
Bredin Prat, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and former Clifford Chance partner Yves Herinckx have all landed roles as France and Belgium inject €5.5bn (£4.4bn) to bail out ailing Dexia, as part of a recapitalisation deal approved by the company’s board of directors yesterday (12 November).
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has promoted two London-based lawyers to its partnership and one to counsel as part of a global promotions round that will see eight made up to partner and four to counsel.
Clifford Chance Italy managing partner Charles Adams has been elected to the firm’s management committee for a four-year term starting on 1 January 2013.
Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons took roles advising on the acquisition of a 10 per cent stake in Heathrow Airport by a subsidiary of China Investment Corporation (CIC).
Clifford Chance has added its name to the growing roster of advisers on Russian mobile phone group MegaFon’s London IPO, winning a mandate from BNY Mellon in its role as depository bank.
Clyde & Co chief operating officer David Jabbari has left the firm one year after the merger between Clyde & Co and his former firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG).
Clyde & Co’s Manchester fraud head Damian Ward is to take a team of 17 to Keoghs after quitting the firm in the summer.
Clyde & Co is considering launching a second Saudi Arabia base in Jeddah, as it emerges that the firm has delayed transferring partner Ben Cowling to the country’s capital Riyadh amid a logistical hitch.
CMS has reacted to the departure of former private equity heads David Bresnick and Ted Cominos with a restructure of the group’s leadership.
Ashurst, Berwin Leighton Paisner, CMS Cameron McKenna, Eversheds, Osborne Clarke and Stephenson Harwood have been appointed to Lloyds Banking Group’s own-account legal panels following a review.
Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has elected partners Narinder Hargun and David Lamb as its new co-chairs.
Family set Coram Chambers is home to the highest proportion of female tenants and has also topped the Black Solicitors Network’s (BSN) league table for having the highest proportion of ethnic minority members.
Whilst concerns over the Jackson reforms appear to have centred on funding arrangements (CFAs and DBAs) and the new proportionality rule, Lord Justice Dyson, in his inaugural speech as Master of the Rolls, said that, “costs management is the key to the Jackson reforms”.
Sports-law boutique Couchmans has hired the former head of disciplinary and governance at football’s world governing body, Fifa, as a consultant.
Old Square Chambers’ John Hendy QC will take on Matrix Chambers’ Tom Linden QC in the Court of Appeal (CoA) next week in an battle over whether £200,000-a-year stripper Nadine Quashie was an employee of the Stringfellows club.
RBS’s private banking arm Coutts & Co has turned to Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) global head of litigation Sonya Leydecker and partner Rupert Lewis for its High Court battle with entrepreneur Sir Keith Mills.
Covington & Burling has opened its third office in Asia following approval to launch in Seoul from the Korean Ministry of Justice and the Korean Bar Association.
Legal process outsourcer CPA Global has named Ruth Daniels as its first-ever general counsel.
DAC Beachcroft and Chilean firms Seguros Lex and Amunategui y Cia are to join forces to create DAC Beachcroft Chile from today (1 November 2012).
DAC Beachcroft is to corporatise its claims solutions arm as a subsidiary of the firm’s LLP in a bid to boost the efficiencies of the business.
UK housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has cut its roster of legal advisers from 13 to just six following a panel review.
Davis Polk & Wardwell has continued its English-law hiring spree by snaring a corporate partner from Herbert Smith Freehills.
The accountancy firms have done little more than dip their toes in the legal market in recent years, not least in light of the failure of the multidisciplinary partnership (MDP) model and the collapse Arthur Andersen and its associated law firm Garrett & Co.
Deloitte is set to become the last of the so-called Big Four accountancy firms to launch its own legal offering in Germany by acquiring 100-lawyer national firm Raupach & Wollert-Elmendorff.
The re-election is a chance for Barack Obama to achieve much of what he proposed in his first term, says Charles Adams.
The long-running merger discussions between SNR Denton and Salans have taken a dramatic new step, with The Lawyeryesterday exclusively revealing the duo’s three-way tie-up with Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC).
The latest diversity league table from the Black Solicitors Network has shown that while a small number of firms are nearing a 50/50 male-to-female partner ratio, there is still a large drop off in female representation between law firms’ junior and senior ranks.
Cravath Swaine & Moore and DLA Piper have won lead roles as high-end tea company Teavana agrees to sell to coffee giant Starbucks for $620m (£390m) in cash.
DLA Piper and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are set to share an estimated £775,000 in legal fees after winning advisory roles on British Telecommunications’ (BT) acquisition of IT services company Tikit.
DLA Piper and a UK team from Squire Sanders landed roles on a deal by GE Capital and Ares Capital Europe to provide unitranche debt facilities to Callcredit Information Group.
DLA Piper and Kingsley Napley have been instructed again as Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks face criminal conspiracy charges over illegal payments to officials.
DLA Piper has put 251 staff in consultation in one of the biggest rounds of redundancies yet in the UK legal market’s recent spate of layoffs.
DLA Piper’s co-chief executive Sir Nigel Knowles has spoken of his hope that Barack Obama will use his second term to build consensus among the American people.
Dundas & Wilson partner Michael Polson, who unsuccessfully stood for managing partner earlier this year, has resigned from the firm.
DWF has reported a half-year turnover rise to £59m following several mergers, with a 7.6 per cent growth in like-for-like revenue.
Edwards Wildman’s London office and US firm Carr & Ferrell have won roles advising as technology startup Swoop kicks off a process to raise $5m (£3.1m).
Russian law firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has hired Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) English-qualified corporate and energy partner Robin Wittering to join its Moscow office.
Following the US elections the Democrats hold a majority in the Senate while the Republicans have a majority in the House. Stalemates could continue, but there is also the chance for reform of the financial services industry, says Mike Castle
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Eversheds are battling it out for a mandate from Yorkshire Water.
Former Hogan Lovells partner Christopher Grierson has been struck off the solicitors’ roll, after pleading guilty earlier this year to defrauding the firm of £1.27m.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Osborne Clarke have called off their merger talks after failing to agree a £200m combination.
Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) has seen another partner exit its European practice with German managing partner Joachim Feldges moving to Allen & Overy (A&O) as the magic circle firm bids to strengthen its German IP team.
The delayed merger between London firms Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) and Howard Kennedy will now go live on 1 February.
PSG, one of the market leading providers of searches and reports for conveyancers in England and Wales, are pleased to launch their new website today.
Lloyds Banking Group has delayed the review of its customer-pay panel, with law firms left in the dark over the timescale for the process.
Stephenson Harwood has announced flat revenues for the first half of the 2012/13 financial year, with income unchanged at £51.4m.
Preserving the status quo will not be an option for Lord Justice Leveson, says Kevin Bays
Four of Europe’s biggest independent law firms are teaming up in a new alliance that covers much of the Continent in a challenge to internationalisation.
Tough independent self-regulation would be the best proposal Lord Justice Leveson could put forward, says Niri Shan
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Morrison & Foerster (MoFo), Norton Rose and Olswang have advised as the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) sells its regional newspaper arm Northcliffe Media to a consortium led by former Mirror Group CEO David Montgomery.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled that Apple must pay Samsung’s legal fees on an indemnity basis after a ruling by lead judge Sir Robin Jacob found that Apple’s attempts to publicly apologise to Samsung were ‘misleading’ and ‘lackadaisical’.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has seen Düsseldorf corporate partner Hildegard Bison leave to join the European arm of longstanding client BP in a senior in-house role.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to host a targeted series of events for its workforce focusing on its employee benefits programme in a bid to freshen its benefits scheme and keep staff engaged.
Spanish firm Garrigues has made up 15 equity partners as revenue figures for the financial year 2011-12 showed a dip of 5 per cent.
When Herbert Smith announced it was opening a Belfast office to aid its dispute resolution practice two years ago, it probably didn’t think it would soon be using the base for lawsuits going on purely between parties in the Australian outback.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has promoted one lawyer to its partnership in London among a US-centric round of 11.
Goodwin Procter has advised private equity group Advent International on its latest fund, which has raised €8.5bn (£6.8bn) in one of the largest buyout fundraisings post-financial crisis.
Google-backed online legal services site Rocket Lawyer has launched in the UK days after US rival LegalZoom sued the site for its use of the word ‘free’.
The government has rejected Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals for a costs council despite senior judges calling for the end of the hourly rate.
Government plans to overhaul the judicial review process to boost growth and unburden clogged-up courts have “missed the point”, according to public law lawyers.
The head of legal issues for Japanese mobile gaming company Gree has left for the role of commercial director at Microsoft’s new games studio in London.
Mediation between former Halliwells partners and the failed firm’s liquidators has been adjourned after proceedings kicked off in April this year.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Travers Smith have scooped roles as San Leon Energy acquires Aurelian Oil & Gas in a bid to become the largest foreign holder of shale licenses in Poland.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Slaughter and May have landed roles on a deal that sees UK drinks company Diageo acquire a 53.4 per cent stake in India’s United Spirits.
Herbert Smith Freehills is preparing a pilot scheme to use the firm’s Belfast document review centre for cases from the legacy Freehills side of its business in Australia.
The High Court has awarded less than £100 to an employee who was demoted by his company after he posted comments on Facebook about gay marriage, despite ruling that he had not breached his company rules.
Mr Justice Tugendhat has slammed a claimant who attempted to sue London Evening Standard journalist Andrew Gilligan calling the case an “attempt at extortion”.
The three main political parties will not shirk their responsibilities under the Leveson Report, hopes Dominic Crossley
Hogan Lovells Paris partner Jean-Georges Betto has quit the firm to launch his own litigation boutique, taking three other staff with him.
This year’s diversity gongs go to O’Melveny & Myers and Coram Chambers, which top the tables for law firms and barristers’ sets respectively when ranked by their proportion of partners or tenants from ethnic minorities.
Howard Kennedy chief executive Mark Dembovsky has dismissed claims that there is uneasiness within the firm regarding its upcoming merger with Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI), insisting the deal is still on track despite delays.
It would be easy for Lord Justice Leveson to overreact after such a long, emotional and expensive inquiry, but it would not be the right course says Harvey Kass
Freedom of speech is likely to be the scapegoat of Lord Justice Leveson’s report, says Korieh Duodu
Legal process outsourcer (LPO) Integreon is to open a legal document review centre in its London office as the trend for onshore LPOs continues to pick up.
Irwin Mitchell, Russell, Jones & Walker and Thompsons are among a group of nine firms pursuing claims against a doctor who has been suspended by the General Medical Council after he allegedly performed “unnecessary or inappropriate” breast cancer operations on more than 1,000 women.
King & Wood Mallesons’ plan to spread across the world like some kind of Sino-Australian juggernaut show no signs of abating. Following earlier reports that global managing partner Stuart Fuller had cryptically commented that his firm was talking to either Nixon Peabody or SJ Berwin about a tie-up, The Lawyer today reveals that SJ Berwin’s partnership is ...
November 5 is a day to remember for more than one reason. News has broken that one of the key instigators of the merger between Clyde & Co and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG), David Jabbari, has left the firm, saying that he wants to play a leading role in the “new world of legal ...
Manchester firm JMW has increased revenue by 14 per cent and profit by 24 per cent for the first half of the 2012/13 financial year, the firm said.
Irish firm Johnsons Solicitors has steered a settlement for X Factor judge Louis Walsh, who has accepted €500,000 (£404,000) in libel damages from Matheson client The Sun over false sex assault allegations published last year.
Position: Former News International director of legal affairs
JPMorgan has confirmed the revamped structure of its in-house legal team following the merger of its investment bank and treasury and securities units, with senior London-based lawyer Karen Linney taking on a broader role as Emea general counsel for the overall business.
K&L Gates and O’Melveny & Myers are the latest US firms to land on the ground in Seoul after receiving final approval from the Korean Ministry of Justice.
Kaye Scholer is set to launch a London structured finance practice early next year with the hire of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Stuart Axford.
Insurance firm Kennedys is in early-stage tie-up talks with Scotland’s Simpson & Marwick and is preparing to put the prospect of a merger to its partners.
North West insurance firm Keoghs is on the cusp of receiving a cash injection from private equity house LDC after gaining approval for its ABS conversion.
Someone needs to get Sarah Lund and her natty jumpers back on the case, as Copenhagen is set to be the scene of an outwardly aggressive but intelligently planned merger in January 2013.
King & Spalding is set to add to its Middle East capability with the hire of Simmons & Simmons regional disputes and construction head Adrian Cole.
Kingsley Napley’s senior partner Christopher Murray has announced that he will retire from the firm next year, to be replaced by the firm’s family head.
Planning silk Tim Corner QC has become the latest barrister to quit London set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square after securing membership at Landmark Chambers.
Planning silk John Hobson QC and Stephen Whale are the latest barristers to quit 4-5 Gray’s Inn for Landmark Chambers.
Do you have a growth strategy, or just a recruitment strategy? And just what are you getting out of the time and money you put into recruiting partners and teams?
Latham & Watkins has promoted two to its London partnership as part of an 18-strong global promotions round.
Position: Fladgate partner; formerly managing partner at Harbottle & Lewis
Lawrence Graham has launched a redundancy consultation aimed at cutting 18 jobs across lawyer, central services and support staff ranks.
Position: Former News Corporation group general counsel
Lawyers’ salaries are rising at a slower rate than the national average, according to detailed analysis of Office of National Statistics (ONS) by recruiter Randstad Financial & Professional.
Leveson blog video
As Lord Justice Leveson prepares to report this week, TheLawyer.com will be publishing a series of opinions and articles in the build-up to Thursday afternoon. You can follow the best of our online coverage here.
City firm Lewis Silkin has announced that it is opening an office in Cardiff, making it the firm’s third office in the UK after London and Oxford.
I lived in Sydney for 10 years where I absorbed the values of integrity and respect and learned to appreciate mateship (Aussie for friendship)
Matrix Chambers’ Tom Linden QC will tomorrow (6 November) attempt to persuade the Court of Appeal (CoA) to give Germany’s Commerzbank permission to appeal the bankers’ bonus case it lost earlier this year.
Linklaters has reopened in Washington DC, 10 years after shutting its representative base in the US capital.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have taken prized mandates on Siemens’ £1.7bn acquisition of UK engineering group Invensys’s rail division.
Solicitors in Local Government (SLG), the professional body representing the 4,000 local government lawyers in England and Wales, is proposing to merge with The Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (ACSeS) in a bid to provide a ‘single voice’ on local authority legal issues.
US firm Locke Lord has added a 16th partner to its nascent London office with the hire of Fox Williams corporate finance specialist James Channo.
Lockton International general counsel Charlotte Taggart has left the broker for private practice, becoming a corporate insurance partner at RPC.
The Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge has announced that he will retire in September next year.
A City personal injury firm is advising Lord McAlpine in relation to “wholly false and seriously defamatory” internet rumours linking him to a North Wales child sex abuse case.
Lord McAlpine’s solicitor Andrew Reid has pledged to sue everyone who tweeted his client’s name in relation to mistaken sexual abuse allegations.
Brick Court Chambers has added the former president of the Supreme Court, Lord Phillips, to its roster of arbitrators.
Macfarlanes has made a rare lateral partner hire by re-recruiting Speechly Bircham international tax and wealth structuring head Charles Gothard.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and Linklaters are among the firms winning advisory roles on a joint €1.5bn (£1.2bn) bid for Germany’s Douglas Holding by private equity group Advent International and the high-street retailer’s founding family.
The US House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Magnitsky Act, with 365 to 43 in favour of passing the bill
Having popped over to Cannes for this year’s MAPIC real estate conference, Nicky Richmond finds a slightly different scene to the one on offer at lawyer-fest MIPIM
Wedlake Bell senior partner Martin Arnold has been elected managing partner for a four-year term in the wake of the firm’s April merger with Cumberland Ellis.
Matrix Chambers and DLA Piper partner Jo Rickards have scored a victory in the Court of Appeal (CoA) for former News of the World (NoW) editor Andy Coulson, ordering the defunct tabloid’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) to pay his legal costs.
Mayer Brown has hired longstanding Ashurst partner Martin Wright to fill the new position of European real estate head.
Minster Law and Optima Legal have emerged as the two firms with the highest reported level of borrowings in this year’s The Lawyer UK200.
Mishcon de Reya has said that it is on track to smash its three-year revenue target of £80m after seeing positive growth in the first half of 2012/13.
Nabarro’s turnover increased 2 per cent for the first half of 2012-13 compared with the previous year, rising to £52.3m.
Network Rail has invited 20 firms including Clifford Chance, Eversheds and Simmons & Simmons to pitch for its external legal panel as the transport infrastructure group’s new general counsel prepares to review its roster of advisers.
LawPlayer, a full services digital marketing company, have launched a national multi-media directory for the legal sector.
SNR Denton global chair Joe Andrew has pledged to make post-merger Dentons the “most multi-cultural” firm when Salans, SNR Denton and Canada’s Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) combine early next year.
Salans, SNR Denton and Canada’s Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) have confirmed 28 March as the launch date for their triple merger.
Norton Rose’s UK arm will retain control of partner remuneration decisions for the firm’s Emea offices following next year’s tie-up with America’s Fulbright & Jaworski.
Norton Rose has confirmed its intention to launch offices in Brazil and Mexico after it merges with Texan firm Fulbright & Jaworski next year.
Allen & Overy (A&O) IP litigator Huw Evans is set to leave the firm to join Norton Rose as a partner.
Norton Rose has appointed London partner Donald Warnock as head of its construction and engineering practice following the retirement of longstanding group chief Christopher Hill.
Norton Rose is set to merge with US firm Fulbright & Jaworski, the firms have announced, with the deal going live on 1 June 2013.
Norton Rose CEO Peter Martyr has brushed off claims that next year’s merger with Fulbright & Jaworski will jeopardise the firm’s referral relationships with other US outfits, as concerns emerge among parts of the UK-headquartered firm that the tie-up could have a negative effect on some partners’ practices.
You might not have expected the legal profession to lean to the left, but in this year’s US presidential election lawyers donated more than twice as much to Democrat - and incumbent - Barack Obama than to his Republican rival Mitt Romney.
Offshore M&A transactions fell by volume and value in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the previous three months, although by less than the drop recorded in 2011.
Olswang IP partner Campbell Forsyth has spearheaded new patent service HLP3, a process aimed at helping patent owners monetise their patents for a fixed fee, working alongside a group of insurers, funders and IP experts.
One Crown Office Row silk Christina Lambert QC and Kate Beattie of the same set have won roles on the Dame Janet Smith-led review of the BBC.
Orrick’s senior partner for China Christopher Stephens will leave the firm for the general counsel role at the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Osborne Clarke has turned to digital TV provider YouView for a hire in its digital business group, bringing aboard legal chief John Davidson-Kelly.
North West firm Pannone is set to make its second round of redundancies this year with 16 lawyer and support staff positions facing the axe.
Insurance firm Parabis has launched in Scotland with the hire of HBJ Claim Solutions litigation head Tony O’Malley.
Russian firm Pepeliaev Group has launched an office in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, making it the firm’s third office in the region after Moscow and St Petersburg.
Pinsent Masons is beginning a second round of redundancies following its merger with Scottish firm McGrigors, with up to 15 jobs set to go.
Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados has become the first major Portuguese law firm to open an office in London, taking advantage of the growing interest from both UK and international investors in the African market.
Howard Kennedy has put 10 support staff on redundancy consultation ahead of its planned merger with Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI).
Tesco group general counsel Alan Porter has left the supermarket chain to take up the role of group company secretary at Prudential.
Pump Court Tax Chambers has secured a major victory for the former owners of Rangers Football Club in a legal battle with HMRC.
Eversheds, Freeth Cartwright, Linklaters and Mayer Brown have all won roles advising as cement maker Lafarge and mining company Anglo American agree to sell various parts of their construction materials operations to Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan client Samsung has won a major battle against Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) and WilmerHale client Apple after a US judge ordered the iPhone maker to show Samsung the details of its patent-sharing deal with HTC.
In the internet age, the Leveson Report should seize the opportunity to address issues relating to more than just the traditional press, says Chris Scott
The liquidators of Rangers have pledged to proceed with conspiracy charges against the old club’s former law firm, Collyer Bristow.
The growing tide of regulation has pushed in-house counsel ever closer to management boards and pushed up demand for commercial nous, research from KPMG suggests.
The legal industry backed the winner in yesterday’s US presidential election, with lawyers and law firms donating twice as much to Democrat Barack Obama’s successful campaign than to Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s unsuccessful one.
Lord Justice Richards has been appointed deputy head of civil justice, succeeding Lord Justice Moore-Bick, who has held the role for the past six years.
A new legal franchise aimed at rivalling QualitySolicitors has been launched, with plans to attract 50 high street firms to team up with local corner shops to market their services.
US firm Ropes & Gray has promoted two lawyers to its partnership in London as part of a global promotions round that sees nine made up to partner and four made up to counsel.
Trinity Mirror has instructed RPC partner Keith Mathieson and 5RB media silk Desmond Browne QC to defend claims of phone hacking.
RPC is to restructure its media practice into the intellectual property group following the exit of media head Jaron Lewis.
Salans, SNR Denton and Canada’s Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) are gearing up to approve the firms’ three-way merger today in a process that sees Salans partners forced to announce how they vote to their colleagues.
Partners at Salans, SNR Denton and Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) have ratified the firms’ three-way merger in votes taking place today.
Position: Payne Hicks Beach partner
A British engineer who won a Star Wars copyright row is being pursued by his own lawyers for £3.5m owed in court costs.
Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer, one of the first to announce a conversion to an ABS, has unveiled plans to create 300 new positions over the next 12 months.
SJ Berwin has added to its City corporate practice with the hire of Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) CIS specialist Alex Woodfield.
Eversheds and Nabarro have been reappointed to property developer Segro’s slimmed down panel following a review.
SJ Berwin has held talks with King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) over a transformational tie-up with the Asia-Pacific giant.
Slaughter and May chooses Recommind’s Decisiv Search for its knowledge management search platform across the firm’s knowledge resources.
Slaughter and May has elected disputes head Richard Clark as its new executive partner from 1 May next year, replacing incumbent Graham White.
Slaughter and May is set to axe 32.7 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in its secretarial team after finalising a round of redundancies.
Salans and SNR Denton are set to vote at the end of this month on a three-way merger with Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC).
Sony Picture Television (SPT) has hired Wiggin consultant Richard Parsons as senior vice-president for corporate business and legal affairs.
One of South Korea’s ‘big four’ law firms, Kim & Chang, is set to launch in Hong Kong after receiving a licence from local authorities.
Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, d’Urso Gatti e Bianchi, Garrigues and Uría Menéndez have all landed roles as the Bertelsmann Group acquires a 50 per cent stake in Barcelona-based Random House Mondadori, Random House’s trade book publisher in Spain and Latin America, for €54.5m (£43.6m).
Addleshaw Goddard has failed in its bid to have Mr Justice Teare recuse himself from a $6bn dispute between Kazakh billionaire Mukhtar Ablyazov and JSC BTA Bank.
Many media companies are going to wish they’d treated the Leveson Inquiry with a sterilised barge pole, says Mark Stephens
It was Trustee Savings Bank, the forerunner of Lloyds TSB, that in 1984 styled itself as “the bank that likes to say yes” in one of the most 80s-style TV adverts you’re likely to find.
The High Court will hear five test cases early next year in relation to phone-hacking. These are being pursued by MP Chris Bryant, former footballer Paul Gascoigne, football agent Sky Andrew, actor Jude Law and interior designer Kelly Hoppen.
One of the jewels in Field Fisher Waterhouse’s crown was the German IP team it acquired from Howrey in the run-up to the US firm’s collapse. At the helm of the group that joined in early 2011 was Joachim Feldges, a highly regarded patent litigator who swiftly became Field Fisher’s Teutonic managing partner.
Leading media lawyers have set out their expectations of Lord Justice Leveson ahead of the Thursday (29 November) publication of his inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press.
The viable options open to Lord Justice Leveson fall into four main categories, says Dan Tench, who examines them here
Salans, SNR Denton and Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) have confirmed their plans for a three-way merger, which will go live early next year under the Dentons name.
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Scottish private client firm Turcan Connell has hired a senior family law team from Maclay Murray & Spens to join its Glasgow office, which opened just over two months ago.
As Lord McAlpine presses ahead in seeking damages from everyone who tweeted lies about him, Dominic Crossley asks how many claims will have to be issued before a way is found to prevent the misuse of modern technology?
A minority of UK law firms see business development (BD) activities as a priority despite dwindling work levels, according to research from NatWest (part of the RBS group) and BD specialist Huthwaite Legal.
The value of pro-bono work in the UK is almost half a billion pounds a year, with research from legal recruitment company Laurence Simons finding that the top 20 firms carried out £180m of free work – the equivalent of 1.85 per cent of their budgets – in 2011.
US employment firm Ogletree Deakins is set to enter the European market with office launches in London and Berlin before the end of the year.
US firms are leading the way when it comes to the representation of ethnic minorities in their workforces, although proportions remain low across the board, this year’s diversity league table from the Black Solicitors Network has revealed.
Kari Hansen takes a look at dual vicarious liability in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Catholic Child Welfare Society case
North-west firm Weightmans’ turnover figure for the first six months of 2011-12 was up nearly 9 per cent on the same time last year at £38.3m.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and Weil Gotshal & Manges are among a raft of US firms to advise as American investment bank Jefferies agrees to sell to its largest shareholder, Leucadia National.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has promoted London lawyers Samantha McGonigle and Simon Lyell to its London private equity partnership six years after the trophy hire of their private equity team from Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells.
Independence and effectiveness will be key to any system of media regulation, says Hugh Tomlinson QC
White & Case has appointed UAE-qualified lawyer Abdulwahid Al Ulama as a partner in Abu Dhabi, making it the first international law firm to add an Emirati partner to its headcount there.
It seems that David Cameron is a firm believer in the old adage that no government ever lost votes by attacking the legal profession. After LASPO’s cuts to legal aid provision, the coalition is now gunning for judicial reviews (JR).
Willans Solicitors has won a trademark case against Bristows that could force new television platform YouView to rebrand.
Wilsons is to offload its Bristol office to Michelmores following a protracted legal spat with two partners at the base.
With Lord Justice Leveson preparing to unveil his report into media standards this week, Keith Mathieson shares his wish list of what it will contain
Wragge & Co has won a lead role alongside Gateley on the administration of Manganese Bronze, the stricken company behind London’s world-famous black cabs.
Wragge & Co has gained a new relationship in India through an alliance with a Delhi boutique launched by the former London head of FoxMandal.
Wragge & Co has announced a half-year revenue figure of £60.6m, representing a rise of 4.5 per cent on its first-half turnover last year.
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