Online October 2012
Pamboridis has announced that four new members have joined the firm: Georgia Mattheou, Timotheos Christofi, Irene Manoli and Maria Papaconstantinou.
Gray’s Inn set 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) has added two former High Court judges to its membership roster as associate members.
London set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has seen the exit of six members including silk Paul Brown QC, with Matrix Chambers, Landmark Chambers and 11KBW adding two new barristers apiece.
Fountain Court and 7KBW are gearing up for one of the biggest trials of the year, with the Excalibur oil case due to start on Monday.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Baker & McKenzie have won roles advising on a major bond issue as Turkey’s biggest lender Akbank raises $1bn (£620m) through two simultaneous $500m (£310m) note issuances.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Debevoise & Plimpton are among the firms to have advised on pan-Asian life insurer AIA’s $1.7bn (£1bn) acquisition of the Malaysian insurance business of Dutch financial services group ING.
Allen & Overy (A&O) advised Hitachi on its £696m purchase of Horizon Nuclear Power, with CMS Cameron McKenna, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer all scoring roles on the sell side.
The partner who spearheaded the launch of Allen & Overy’s (A&O) Düsseldorf office is set to leave the firm to establish his own boutique.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has handed a victory to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) after it ruled that only conditional fee agreements (CFA) entered into after 1 April 2013 will benefit from a 10 per cent rise in damages.
The Commercial Court has struck out a claim as an abuse of process, because the central issues had previously been decided against the claimant in an arbitration.
Addleshaw Goddard is in the High Court this afternoon to lodge a recusal application requesting that Mr Justice Teare stands down from the multi-billion dollar dispute between Kazakh JSC BTA Bank and its client Mukhtar Ablyazov.
Addleshaw Goddard litigation head Simon Kamstra will go head-to-head with incumbent Monica Burch in the firm’s forthcoming senior partner elections.
Addleshaw Goddard has hired a former Barclays counsel who most recently worked on the Olympic Games to join its restructuring team in London.
Addleshaw Goddard has secured a High Court victory for Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky after Mr Justice Floyd granted him summary judgment against Aeroflot Russian Airlines.
Addleshaw Goddard uplifted partner fees to £1,000 an hour for the mammoth Boris Berezovsky litigation following the settlement of the chancery tranche of the cases, The Lawyer can reveal.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Weil Gotshal & Manges have all scooped roles as the Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR) consortium that owns a 50 per cent stake in TNK-BP prepares to sell its stake to Rosneft for $28bn (£17.5bn).
Texas-headquartered Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has elected former US managing partner Kim Koopersmith as chair of the firm as incumbent Bruce McLean steps down.
Overseas expansion is nothing new, but there have been a few intriguing moves in recent weeks.
Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has hired a second corporate partner in Greater China within a month with the addition of a lawyer from Allen & Overy (A&O).
Indian firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co has hired the head of William Fry’s competition and regulation practice as a senior adviser.
“The ink will not yet be dry on Lord Justice Leveson’s report on the culture, practice and ethics of the press. And there is plenty of time for an alternation or two.
The view from Fleet Street…
Luxembourg firm Arendt & Medernach has launched a Moscow office in response to an increasing demand for Luxembourg products from Russian clients.
Baker & McKenzie has elected Hong Kong-based Paul Tan as managing partner for its China, Hong Kong and Vietnam offices.
Baker & McKenzie has become the first international firm to establish a base in Peru as it enters the region via a tie-up with Peruvian law firm Estudio Echecopar.
Baker & McKenzie is to change its approach to the post qualification experience (PQE) model by opting for a system that will increase the pay of London associates by merit as well as experience.
US firm Baker Botts has become the latest international law firm to confirm its plans to open an office in Rio de Janeiro.
Several US and international law firms suffered website malfunctions yesterday (4 October) after a hosting error, with some still not accessible from certain parts of the world this morning.
Baker & McKenzie has announced a raft of leadership changes, including the appointment of City partner Simon Hughes as chair of its global private equity group.
2012 has been chock full of firm management elections, almost all of which have been uncontested. This is great for a firm’s stability but a little on the dull side.
The Bar Council plans to roll out childcare services to barristers in London before the end of the year in a bid to halt the brain drain among young lawyers with parenting responsibilities.
Addleshaw Goddard client Boris Berezovsky has agreed to pay legal costs of £35m for his rival Roman Abramovich after losing his $5bn claim against him.
The BBC has brought in Blackstone Chambers silk Dinah Rose QC to advise it over the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.
Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has made its first office opening outside the UK with a base in Dublin.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) was hired to get the £60m sale of London’s iconic Admiralty Arch building over the line after DLA Piper had been instructed on the early stages of the deal.
I came to China in 2007 and spent 3 years in Shanghai and 2 so far in Beijing. Deciding whether to come to China to practice law was a difficult decision for me, having spent all my life in Singapore and being really comfortable and happy there. However, I decided at the end that l need to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to do something different.
Brick Court Chambers heavyweights Mark Hapgood QC and Mark Howard QC are set to go into battle in the Supreme Court next month as a dispute involving Russian investment business VTB Capital reaches its final stages.
Brick Court Chambers silk George Leggatt QC has been appointed to the bench as a High Court judge.
Bristol-set Queen Square Chambers has moved into the Welsh legal market with the launch of a base in Cardiff.
BT Group company secretary Andrew Parker has stepped down from the role, with his responsibilities passing to group general counsel Daniel Fitz.
Addleshaw Goddard’s senior partner Monica Burch has been automatically re-elected as senior partner after litigation head Simon Kamstra withdrew his candidacy.
Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond is bang on trend with her Burger & Lobster dining experience - though at her age she quite rightly refuses to queue
Canadian firm Fasken Martineau is merging with South African law firm Bell Dewar.
Carson McDowell has acted as sole adviser to public transport supplier Wrightbus as it secured a multi-million pound contract to build 600 buses for Transport for London (TfL).
Test cases for the FSA redress scheme in the interest rate product mis-selling scandal are being finalised.
Clifford Chance, Linklaters and Mills & Reeve have advised on a bond issue by the University of Cambridge, the second in a recent spate of attempts by UK higher-educational institutions to tap the capital markets.
The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) has launched its first local mediator panel in Hong Kong, driven by growing demand in Hong Kong for commercial mediation services.
Chadbourne & Parke has hired Collyer Bristow’s international business chief Silvia Fazio to head a Brazil desk in the US firm’s London office.
The lead counsel in the Charles Taylor war crimes trial has moved sets ifrom Garden Court Chambers to 25 Bedford Row.
Chinese premier Wen Jiabao’s family has instructed two veteran Chinese lawyers for advice following a New York Times report into its alleged wealth.
It’s only a week before the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China commences in Beijing, where the country’s once-in-a-decade leadership transition will take place. The event has already drawn global attention to China.
A City-based firm that was locked out of its offices by its landlord earlier this summer has been closed following an SRA intervention.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Linklaters and Sullivan & Cromwell have gained the lead roles as Coca-Cola Hellenic (CCH) moves to switch its main listing from Athens to London following the Greek-based Coca-Cola bottler’s credit downgrading by agencies in the wake of the country’s economic crisis.
Clifford Chance distributed an average of £1.19m to partners and employees on its management committee during the 2011-12 financial year, totalling a payout of £19m for its 16 members.
Clifford Chance and Linklaters have landed the lead roles as Russia’s Sberbank raises a three-year $1.5bn (£930m) loan from a syndicate of ten foreign banks.
Clifford Chance and Norton Rose have made first-time appearances on the corporate legal panel of Bournemouth-based insurance group Liverpool Victoria (LV).
Transport for London (TfL) has cut its legal panel from 12 firms to 11 following a review, with Clifford Chance and Travers Smith among four firms to exit the roster.
Clifford Chance has doubled the size of its India Knowledge Centre over the past two years, with the base now home to 60 consultants.
The Clifford Chance partnership as re-elected Matthew Layton as global head of corporate.
Clifford Chance has appointed Logan Wright as managing partner of its Moscow office, succeeding Jan ter Haar, who has managed the office since 2009.
Clive Sheldon QC of 11KBW is on standby to launch a judicial review bid into the GCSE English marking fiasco for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).
The Spanish member of the CMS network, CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo, has unveiled plans to open an office in Barcelona following the hire of Ernst & Young partner José María Rojí.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has delivered a shock verdict in a hotly anticipated big-money divorce case, ruling that companies belonging to oil tycoon Michael Prest should not be forced to hand over assets totalling £17.5m to his former wife.
Hodge Jones & Allen (HJA) and Leigh Day & Co have won the latest round in a legal battle with the Government over claims that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) was negligent in its failure to provide soldiers with equipment that could have saved lives.
Clifford Chance has failed in its attempt to have Libor rate-fixing claims against banking giant Barclays thrown out, setting the stage for what is one the most hotly anticipated banking disputes to spin out of the recession.
Co-operative Legal Services (CLS), the largest company to be granted an ABS licence, has created a roster of barristers chambers that it will use for family work after launching a fixed-fee service last month (20 September 2012).
A company that specialises in tax relief scheme litigation for investors has hired its first general counsel to head up legal action.
I used to be a Visiting lawyer at Holman Fenwick & Willan in 2000.During the visit, I became familiarized with the international legal systems & culture background, and most importantly, I have benefited greatly from learning the operating philosophy and management style in international law firms.
I did my schooling from Bombay Scottish and then onto an under grad degree in Economics and Commerce at Sydenham College and did my law from Government Law College, Mumbai. Qualified in 1982 and became a Solicitor in 1983.
US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell’s newly-launched UK law team has won an appointment for the French government on negotiations with aerospace groups BAE Systems and EADS over their €36bn (£29bn) merger, which was called off yesterday (10 October).
Bankrupt US firm Dewey & LeBoeuf’s settlement with former partners has won approval from a New York court, ending months of attempts to green-light the deal since the firm collapsed in May.
Dickinson Dees has hired two partners from DLA Piper, with John Connor joining the firm’s banking team and Andy Stirk boosting the corporate recovery group. Both are set to be based in the firm’s Leeds office.
Direct Line Group is planning to apply for alternative business structure (ABS) status later this year in a bid to “improve efficiencies relating to legal expenses”.
Walt Disney a client of Dewey & LeBoeuf once was. Function as a treasured fee-earner for a growing US firm it did.
DLA Piper has hired two partners from Addleshaw Goddard, including the latter’s head of contentious construction.
Doughty Street Chambers and Dutch firm Bo¨hler Advocaten have formed an alliance, pooling their resources on humanitarian and civil liberties work.
Two partners have resigned from Scottish-headquartered Dundas & Wilson, one of whom only joined the firm at the beginning of the year.
The Court of Appeal will issue guidance through procedural cases outlining how Lord Justice Jackson’s litigation funding reforms are to be implemented, Lord Dyson has said in his first speech as Master of the Rolls.
Edwards Wildman and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have won roles advising on New York-based private equity group Paine & Partners’ investment into Greek-based irrigation company Eurodrip.
A Supreme Court ruling on equal pay has generated huge debate among employment lawyers.
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.
Eversheds has boosted its Leeds office with the addition of DLA Piper’s Manchester banking and finance litigation head.
Eversheds has defeated a High Court negligence claim brought against it by Newcastle International Airport.
Eversheds has re-elected chief executive officer Bryan Hughes to a second successive term.
Eversheds has recruited two employment partners from Winston & Strawn’s Paris office, just a year after the pair joined the US firm.
Eversheds is seconding top-performing partners to emerging markets as part of its three-year plan to bring its international offices in line with the UK.
Eversheds has split from its South African alliance partner after spending almost two years fighting for - and ultimately winning - the right to trade under its own brand in the country.
Eversheds’ South Africa counterpart is to break away from the firm in the new year due to conflicts between the firms.
Eversheds has overhauled its Middle East management team as the firm axes its head of international post in the wake of overseas expansion.
Eversheds is reviewing its fee-earner pay structure, with the firm aiming to put changes in place for the 2013-14 financial year.
A Dewey & LeBoeuf trainee in the defunct firm’s London office was forced to leave the country this summer because his visa expired, it has emerged.
Partner headcount across the UK’s largest 100 law firms by revenue has increased by 14.2 per cent since the credit crisis in 2008, while female partner headcount has increased by 27.4 per cent in the same period.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Travers Smith have been instructed to advise on Rangers FC’s £20m flotation on AIM.
Senior management figures at Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) are set to report back to partners about the firm’s potential £200m merger with Osborne Clarke at its annual partnership meeting next month as tie-up talks steamroll ahead.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has axed its salaried partner ranks in a restructuring that leaves it with two classes of partner.
Anything DLA Piper or Olswang can do, Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) can do at least as well.
Finnish firm Roschier has launched a brands team through a merger with IP outfit Benjon.
Baker & McKenzie and CMS Cameron McKenna are among five firms to have advised as Copenhagen Airports agrees to sell a 49 per cent share in NIAL Group, the parent company of Newcastle International Airport, to a fund managed by Australia’s AMP Capital.
General Electric’s (GE) external legal advisers are on standby as the US conglomerate finalises a process to review its European panels.
Collyer Bristow has recorded another success in its Twitter libel case for cricketer Chris Cairns.
Partners and staff at Forsters are mourning the loss of former senior partner Sophie Hamilton, who played a key role in setting up the firm in 1998.
The debacle around the West Coast Main Line rail bid is one of those situations where there are many identifiable losers, but no clear winners.
Freeth Cartwright is taking a stake in Oxford firm Henmans with one eye on a full merger in the future.
Freshfields and Linklaters have landed the lead roles as Barclays takes over ING Direct UK, the UK online banking arm of Dutch financial services group ING.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have advised alongside four US firms on a deal between Pearson and media rival Bertelsmann to combine the companies’ publishing units, Penguin Group and Random House.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has retained its role advising the underwriters on the IPO of MegaFon, despite lead bank Goldman Sachs pulling out of the deal.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is considering opening an office in Australia as the magic circle firm aims to follow its UK and US rivals into the country.
Represented the Telegraph Media Group at the Leveson Inquiry
This is a historic moment. We have not previously had a press regulator. I don’t expect the Inquiry’s recommendations to impact much on the law - there is an issue on timing as the Defamation Bill has its second reading in the House of Lords tomorrow (9 October).
Irwin Mitchell’s top dogs are super busy with acquisitions and ABS applications as they concoct plans to take over the world - or at least move up The Lawyer’s UK200.
Offshore firm Harney Westwood & Riegels has elected a new managing partner and a new British Virgin Islands (BVI) head ahead of the retirement of long-serving managing partner Richard Peters.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) have advised on the IPO of Shanghai-based Fosun Pharmaceutical Group on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, a deal that raised HK$3.97bn (£318m).
Herbert Smith Freehills has moved a step closer to opening its long-planned Seoul office, with London-based partner Tony Dymond receiving Foreign Legal Consultant (FLC) approval from the country’s Ministry of Justice.
Herbert Smith Freehills has confirmed that it will launch an office in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, in early 2013.
Virgin Rail Group’s lawyers at legacy firm Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills) have dropped requests for a judicial review of the West Coast Main Line rail franchise bid after Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today announced that the competition had been cancelled.
The High Court has upheld a judicial review of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in a move that could have implications for the way the FSCS assesses compensation claims for poor investment advice.
The families of Hillsborough victims are lobbying for a lawyer to oversee newly announced reviews into the way the police handled the 1989 tragedy.
Harman & Harman named partner Sarah Harman has closed her own firm after 30 years and joined Hodge Jones & Allan (HJA) in a bid to focus on her clinical negligence practice.
Kirkland & Ellis has promoted five new partners each in Hong Kong and London as part of a global round that has seen 84 make the grade.
The Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) merger has been delayed as the two firms continue to align their back office functions.
IP boutique Hoyng Monegier has picked up Hogan Lovells partner Carla Schoonderbeek, less than 18 months after she joined the international firm from Nauta Dutilh.
Counsel to Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs
The economy was put front and centre at the International Bar Association’s (IBA) annual conference in Dublin with a keynote speech by Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz.
Here we were thinking that top company executives all went to Harrods to bulk up their wardrobes, when the chiefs at Poundworld came along and proved that as a false assumption. Instead they have turned to that leading brand of the high street: Costcutter.
Irish firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice (MOP) has announced that it is rebranding as Matheson in response to a growing international client base.
DLA Piper is understood to be losing four partners from its Manchester office to rival Irwin Mitchell.
Irwin Mitchell is bidding for its sixth alternative business structure licence after announcing plans to buy a field agency and arrears management company.
Acted for Gerry and Kate McCann, parents to missing child Madeleine McCann, in their successful libel battles with the Daily Star and Daily Express and their sister Sunday titles
Italian firm Legance is moving into London, unveiling plans to open a City office next year following the hire of a partner from Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners.
It’s the culmination of some six months spent poring over spreadsheets, squabbling with finance directors and questioning our own career choices after being confronted with partner profits: The Lawyer today publishes its annual survey of the UK’s top 200 firms.
Jones Day has recruited a structured products team from Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris led by partner Alban Caillemer du Ferrage.
Jones Day has added two partners to its Singapore office after taking part in the application process for the country’s second round of Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licences.
Jones Day is launching an office in Amsterdam and hiring a Dutch law team for its London office with the appointment of Boekel de Nerée’s City managing partner Ferdinand Mason.
Judge and author Constance Briscoe has been suspended from the judiciary following her arrest earlier today.
Regularly instructed by the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror, The Sun for libel and privacy matters.
Aviation firm Gates and Partners has entered into merger talks with Kennedys.
Insurance firm Kennedys has said that up to 72 support staff across its finance department are at risk of redundancy across its domestic office network.
Lord Sugar’s real estate arm Amsprop Estates has hired its first-ever in-house lawyer as Kingsley Napley property partner Liam MacDonnell joins the company as general counsel.
Latham & Watkins and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have taken advisory roles on Walt Disney’s $4.05bn (£2.5bn) acquisition of Star Wars maker Lucasfilm.
Media firm Lee & Thompson has won a major libel claim for Frankie Boyle after a jury ordered Daily Mirror publisher Mirror Group Newspapers to pay the comedian £50,400 after concluding it had libelled him.
French firm Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés and Brazil’s Andrade Pannunzio Ricardo Foz Hypolito e Gabbai Advogados have entered into an association in a rare tie-up between the two countries.
Leigh Day & Co has secured a landmark ruling on equal pay claims after the Supreme Court threw out an appeal by Birmingham City Council.
Lord Justice Leveson today said a low-cost arbitration service should be established to help newspapers and magazines resolve legal claims.
Linklaters has helped secure a crucial agreement in the Lehman Brothers administration that looks set to pave the way for its assets to be liquidated.
Linklaters and Slaughter and May have advised as Santander pulls out of a £1.65bn deal to buy 316 branches from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
Linklaters and Sullivan & Cromwell have landed lead roles on UnitedHealth Group’s acquisition of a majority stake in leading Brazilian healthcare company Amil Participações for $4.9bn (£3bn).
Linklaters and Uría Menéndez have landed the lead roles as Spanish discount supermarket Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación (Dia) acquired bankrupt German pharmacy chain Schlecker’s Spanish and Portuguese arms.
Linklaters has appointed Amsterdam partner Pieter Riemer as its new managing partner for Western Europe, effective today (17 October).
The US member of global employment alliance Ius Laboris, Littler Mendelson, has announced it is leaving the group to focus on a globalisation strategy.
The wife of murdered russian spy Alexander Litvinenko is understood to have dropped her longstanding human rights lawyer Louise Christian of Christian Khan in favour of a Russian firm in the West End.
Lloyds Banking Group has delayed the completion of its legal panel review until November, extending the current terms of the agreement for firms on the roster by a month.
Loeb & Loeb has gained a presence in the Hong Kong market after sealing a deal with Salans’ former local association firm Pang & Co.
Macfarlanes, Paul Weiss and Slaughter and May have advised on a deal that has seen New York billionaire Leon Black buy London-based art publishing house Phaidon Press.
Manchester headquartered Linder Myers has bought fellow Manchester firm SNG Commercial Law out of administration in the same week that it completed mergers with Chester-based Drummonds Solicitors and Lancashire-based Senior Calveley & Hardy Solicitors.
Maples and Calder is launching a dedicated in-house Irish advocacy team, ahead of changes to Irish legislation that are likely to open up High Court advocacy to the solicitors’ profession.
One Crown Office Row’s Guy Mansfield QC has lost a High Court case for the Government after Mr Justice McCombe ruled that Mau Mau veterans could claim against the Government despite being out of time.
Mayer Brown has seen another partner departure from its City base, with high-profile reinsurance litigator Ian McKenna leaving to join US rival Locke Lord.
The London office of US firm Mayer Brown has seen real estate litigation head Simon Hartley quit the firm to join Westminster firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur.
Scottish firm McClure Naismith has ditched its lockstep and revamped its management structure in response to ‘difficult’ trading conditions.
A lawyer specialising in actions against the police has been instructed for a blind stroke victim who was tasered by mistake.
If you’re struggling to keep up with the pace of change in England’s legal market, then it might be best not to pay too much heed to what’s going on in Scotland.
It is fair to say that the market has been a hive of merger activity over the past 12 to 18 months. Since the latter half of 2011 there have been 17 mergers, bolt-ons or tie-ups announced in the UK. Some, like the union between Clyde & Co and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, shook the market. Others, like the merger of Wedlake Bell and Cumberland Ellis, caused only a ripple, but still combined to create an arresting trend.
Norton Rose is the latest firm to be raided by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, with the US headquartered firm hiring financial disputes partner Charles Evans.
Mills & Reeve is to launch a Leeds real estate practice with the hire of partner Simon Sherwood from DAC Beachcroft.
What was your first-ever job? (prior to becoming a lawyer) I was an English tutor to the general manager of the Singapore branch of a Japanese bank to help make ends meet.
US firms Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) and Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom took the lead roles on a deal that sees Japanese telecoms group SoftBank enter the US market by acquiring a 70 per cent stake in American mobile carrier Sprint Nextel.
Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has taken a trio of real estate lawyers in Tokyo from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, including the latter’s former Japan real estate head Masahiro Shiga.
Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has obtained a foreign law practice license for its relaunch in Singapore, with the firm set to return to the city state after a three-year hiatus.
Morgan Lewis has appointed Pinsent Masons partner Nick Thomas as a partner in its London labour and employment practice.
The mother of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died in November 2009 while being detained in a Moscow prison cell, has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to declare that Russia has violated the European Convention of Human Rights in relation to Magnitsky’s death.
The AA has applied for a licence to become an ABS as it considers entering the legal market by offering its own services to customers.
Nabarro’s head of real estate will fight it out with one of the firm’s corporate stars for the senior partner job following Simon Johnston’s decision to step down early from the role.
Nabarro has elected corporate partner Graham Stedman as its new senior partner, defeating real estate specialist Ciaran Carvalho in a contested leadership vote.
Nationwide Building Society is set to launch its first general panel review in the new year with five coveted spots up for grabs.
Italian firm NCTM has hired a corporate team from Simmons & Simmons’ Milan office including partner Riccardo Papetti.
Newcastle International Airport (NIA) has been ordered to pay more than £500,000 of Eversheds’ legal costs into a holding account after it failed in its attempt to sue the firm for negligence.
News International is considering going after scandal-hit cyclist Lance Armstrong for the costs of a libel case dating back to 2006.
Last week Mr Justice Vos gave his latest directions in the second tranche of News of the World phone-hacking cases.
Acted in 2009 for the Mail on Sunday on a copyright and privacy claim brought by Madonna over her wedding photos.
Norton Rose is expanding its footprint in Africa by launching an office in Tanzania.
Norwegian firms Simonsen and Vogt & Wiig have announced they are merging, forming a firm with 180 lawyers and offices across Norway and in Singapore.
Four firms - Bird & Bird, Clifford Chance, Manches and Travers Smith – have alighted from Transport for London’s (TfL) legal roster following the body’s first panel review in five years, which has seen it cut places from 12 to 11.
Competition lawyers have given a cautious welcome to new OFT decision-making procedures.
One Brick Court’s Manuel Barca QC has successfully defended the publisher of The Times against a libel claim brought by Elton John.
I’m sure they exist. They have to exist. This is a large universe, filled with many glittering bodies, I’m sure I’ll meet one eventually. But for now, I have to wonder whether I will ever come across a partner who actually likes working open plan. One who actually prefers it to having an office.
Oppenhoff & Partner will open an office in Frankfurt next year with the hire of Sidley Austin’s regional managing partner Oliver Kessler.
Long-standing Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe chairman Ralph Baxter is stepping down at the end of next year, to be replaced by corporate business head Mitchell Zuklie.
Osborne Clarke has taken a further step towards expanding its European network with an opening in Hamburg.
Osborne Clarke will switch to a December financial year-end for internal purposes as part of a move to integrate its expanded European operations.
Osborne Clarke is considering adding a second representative base in the US with the potential launch of an office in New York.
Collyer Bristow employment partner Tania Goodman questions the political motivation behind the Conservative’s ‘rights for shares’ proposals
The Government’s new proposal to introduce contracts that see employees give up rights in exchange for shares in their company is an unnecessary move that is also likely to prove unpopular with businesses or workers, says Tom Flanagan
While half the City enjoys some time off for half-term and Halloween, the world of in-house is not so quiet.
A group of 12 partners from eight Chinese firms have come together to establish a new firm in Beijing under the banner of Anjie.
Paul Hastings is advising US social gaming company Zynga on a lawsuit that sees the company allege that one of its former managers took trade secrets to a rival company.
Following the news that the Home Secretary Theresa May has blocked Gary McKinnon’s extradition to US, Alistair Graham, a partner in White & Case’s white collar practice, says the US/UK extradition tide has finally turned away from the automatic extradition of the UK’s citizens without them being able to prove their innocence here.
Pinsent Masons has extended its lead at the top of the rankings of law firms by number of AIM-listed clients, bringing its client count close to 50.
Poundworld Retail has hired a lawyer from rival Costcutter and created an in-house legal department in a bid to save money on external firms.
Ashurst and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have won lead roles on a deal that sees Japanese vinegar manufacturer Mizkan buy popular British sandwich filler Branston Pickle from Premier Foods for £92.5m.
Financial services dispute resolution organisation Prime Finance has appointed 10 senior lawyers and finance professionals to its panel of experts.
The Court of Appeal (CoA), led by then Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger (now president of the Supreme Court) heard the appeals in the Snatch Land Rover claims in June and handed down its judgment on Friday 19 October. The judgment clarifies the extent of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) duty to provide safe equipment and to protect the armed forces personnel it deploys abroad, says Jocelyn Cockburn.
Quadrant Chambers is to embark on a structural overhaul as it looks to broaden its practice base beyond its traditional marine and aviation roots.
The Royal Bank of Scotland has revamped its group and UK legal panels, slashing the number of sub-panels from 13 to five and reducing the number of law firms on the panel by 40 per cent from around 100 to between 55 and 60.
Reed Smith has been appointed to advise the independent inquiries set up by the BBC in the wake of allegations that the corporation ignored evidence relating to claims that Jimmy Savile was a predatory sex offender.
Reed Smith has made its second media-sector partner hire in London this year, taking a partner from DLA Piper.
Reed Smith’s Hong Kong office has appointed Stephenson Harwood partner Jason Toms and associate Joyce Cheung to its global shipping group.
Reed Smith has launched an office in Singapore with the hire of two partners from Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) and a number of internal relocations from London.
Reed Smith’s global managing partner Greg Jordan was formally re-elected yesterday for another three-year term, his fifth.
Female partners remain a minority at top UK firms, with just 23.5 per cent of all partners and 9.4 per cent of all equity partners across the UK’s largest 100 law firms by revenue being female.
The cost of lawyers has accelerated at a faster pace than the revenues they have produced over the last five years, but in the last two years that trend has started to reverse, The Lawyer UK200 reveals today.
Interest rate swap mis-selling lawyers are being urged to join together to fight the banks.
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is preparing to launch a case against the BBC and Stoke Mandeville hospital on behalf of alleged victims of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile.
Blackstone Chambers silk Dinah Rose QC has built a reputation for taking on the establishment as one of the best known human rights and civil liberties lawyers.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has appointed a chief executive officer for its nascent Asia practice to lead the development of the regional base.
As was reported last week (24 October 2012), the Supreme Court has handed down its much anticipated judgment in Rubin v Eurofinance (see judgment here).
Hertfordshire-based SA Law and Pickworths have merged to form a 15-partner firm to boost their presence in the region.
Russia’s largest bank has launched its inaugural legal panel, appointing 37 firms across 13 sub-panels in a move that is indicative of a growing trend in the Russian market for banks and companies to establish more formal panel arrangements for their external legal providers.
Austrian firm Schoenherr has announced a full merger with its Turkish cooperation partner CTK Türkoglu & Celepçi.
Scottish firms Burness and Paull & Williamsons are set to merge, creating a £37.6m firm.
Simmons & Simmons has entered into an alliance with US firm Seward & Kissel to do hedge fund and asset management work.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has thrown out a bid by technology giant Apple to reverse a High Court order that forced it to alert consumers that its rival, Samsung, did not copy the iPad.
Simmons & Simmons introduced managing and senior associate roles to its offices in Belgium, France, Germany and Italy in 2011-12, bringing the bases in line with the rest of the firm.
Simmons & Simmons has launched a promotions school to give new associates a crash course in technical and leadership skills.
Simon Cowell’s X Factor production company has hired a new legal chief from TV production and distribution company All3Media.
SJ Berwin had elected three new members to its management board, with IP partner Stefan Krüger, Elaine Gibson-Bolton and Michael Goldberg joining the team.
SJ Berwin senior partner Stephen Kon has spoken about how the client shift from West to East has propelled his firm to combine with Asia Pacific giant King & Wood Mallesons - which goes live today (1 November).
SJ Berwin is planning to introduce widespread changes to improve staff and partner engagement after admitting that it has traditionally struggled to keep its workforce motivated.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has hired a third partner from Shearman & Sterling in Germany as it bulks up its German offering.
Slaughter and May has announced a cut to its bonuses for associates, trainees and support staff, citing market uncertainty for the decision.
Slaughter and May has moved to strengthen its sub-Saharan African law firm relationships by hosting a conference for 27 firms from 16 countries across the continent.
Qatari state-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera picked SNR Denton to help it secure a contract to launch a 24-hour news channel on Freeview.
Squire Sanders has cemented its footing in Saudi Arabia by bolting-on El-Khoury & Partners’ Middle East and North Africa (Mena) practice.
Squire Sanders has extended its Australian footprint to Sydney with the hire of a five-member team including Allens M&A partner Campbell Davidson.
Stephenson Harwood is planning to launch a disputes practice in Paris as the UK firm looks to broaden its offering in the French capital, where it currently only carries out transactional work.
Stewarts Law employment partner duo Gareth Brahams and Arpita Dutt are set to leave the litigation boutique to launch their own practice, less than a year after Dutt joined the firm.
Ex-Hogan Lovells partner and convicted fraudster Christopher Grierson was struck off the solicitors’ roll yesterday at a Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal hearing, to absolutely no one’s surprise.
Mr Justice Arnold has thrown out an appeal bid by a franchisee of sandwich chain Subway to challenge HM Revenue & Customs’ VAT policy on hot food.
The Supreme Court has stopped short of implementing a universal approach to insolvency matters in its ruling in Rubin v Eurofinance.
The UK Supreme Court is on the hunt for three new justices with Lord Dyson becoming Master of the Rolls (MR) earlier this year and Lords Walker and Hope preparing to retire in 2013.
The Supreme Court has ended years of legal uncertainty by ruling on what constitutes a house in the contest of leasehold enfranchisement.
Swedish firm Magnusson has launched an office in Latvia’s capital Riga after hiring a team from Baltic firm Varul.
Prior to becoming a Japanese lawyer, I was trained at The Legal Training and Research of the Supreme Court of Japan (April 2000 to October 2001), a public legal training program provided for prospective judges, public prosecutors and attorneys-at-law after passing the bar exam in Japan.
Tax lawyers have a lot to thank comedian Jimmy Carr for. After all, he suddenly made their presence at dinner parties worthwhile.
Taylor Hampton consultant Patrick Daulby has secured a £42,500 damages payout from the The Times newspaper for NightJack blogger Richard Horton.
Taylor Wessing has incorporated its in-house due diligence division ahead of it seeking third party investment for the business.
Taylor Wessing has hired Manches partner Amanda Nelson and is relocating partner Ryan Myint to Singapore in key moves for its private client practice.
With the East Coast of America facing up to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Blackstone Chambers barrister Shaheed Fatima shares her experiences of life under lockdown in the Big Apple
The coalition government’s proposals to change the law to allow occupiers to use greater force to defend their homes constitutes a crude and unnecessary amendment to the law as it currently stands, says Edward Jones
The good news for the 40 or so firms affected by a website outage is that at least their competitors suffered the same problem. Baker & McKenzie, DLA Piper and Hogan Lovells were just some of the firms whose sites were down for hours yesterday. The websites of Bakers, Hogan Lovells and Reed Smith were all still down when The Lawyer tried to access them ...
German firm Noerr became European Law Firm of the year at The Lawyer’s European Awards in Monte Carlo last night at the end of a glittering awards ceremony.
Germany’s Noerr triumphed at The Lawyer’s European Awards which were held in glittering Monaco last night, with the firm named European Law Firm of the Year. Noerr edged out competition from Italy’s Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners, which came highly recommended in the category, to win the award in what was a night categorised by close calls among worthy firms.
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SJ Berwin’s masterplan for improving staff motivation: make it easier for them to leave the London office.
The fact that litigation will be resolved by the court system irrespective of what is happening to asset prices in the wider economy makes third-party litigation funding an attractive option, says Claire Madden
Employment lawyers have reacted with some scepticism about Chancellor George Osborne’s ‘rights for shares’ scheme proposals at the Conservative party conference.
The West Coast Main Line debacle continues a trend for challenges to procurement processes, says Martin Vincent
Transocean general counsel Nick Deeming has resigned with immediate effect less than two years after joining the Swiss offshore drilling group.
In BP’s proposed $27bn (£16.8bn) sale of its stake in TNK-BP to Russian state oil company Rosneft both sides have turned to their regular advisers for advice.
The international growth of the X Factor and Got Talent formats has enabled TV’s Mr Nasty, Simon Cowell, to swim in piles of gold should he wish to.
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Skadden Arps Meagher Slate & Flom and Sullivan & Cromwell have acted as Dutch chip equipment manufacturer ASML acquires US microchip maker Cymer for €1.95bn (£1.58bn).
New York firm Cravath Swaine & Moore is sending its global M&A head Richard Hall to London as it expands its corporate practice across Europe.
Edwards Wildman Palmer, Jones Day, Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati have won appointments advising investors on a Series-D funding round for French display advertising company Criteo.
Revenue per lawyer (RPL) at the top 30 US firms’ London operations was nearly 50 per cent higher than at the leading UK firms, new data shows.
Atlanta-based intellectual property law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has opened an office in Shanghai, its third in Asia.
The process is underway to appoint three new justices to sit in the highest court in the land.
In a first for the offshore sector, Walkers has elected Cayman partner Ingrid Pierce as its new global managing partner in a management shake-up.
Offshore firm Walkers is strengthening its Dublin office with the launch of insolvency and derivatives teams led by hires from the London offices of Mayer Brown and Proskauer Rose.
Appleby has hired two funds partners from offshore rival Walkers, six months after Walkers lost a 10-lawyer funds team to Maples and Calder.
Weight Watchers has launched a tender process for a UK and Europe healthcare panel as the slimming group prepares to expand its business of working with state and commercial organisations in the sector.
Weil Gotshal & Manges is hiring Linklaters finance partner Olivier Jauffret, just weeks after losing finance head Emmanuel Ringeval to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
US firm White & Case has promoted five lawyers to the partnership in London as part of a global promotions round that sees 28 made up to partner.
Media boutique Wiggin has drafted plans to launch an incubator fostering technology start-ups in east London technology hub Tech City, with the aim of growing its own clients.
UK media boutique Wiggin is to open its first international office in Brussels with Motion Picture Association’s (MPA) European legal head Ted Shapiro.
Former Collyer Bristow partner and ex-Rangers Football Club company secretary Gary Withey has dropped plans to join the £25m trial over the football club’s finances as a defendant.