The past year has been notable for international mergers, with the 1 May Hogan Lovells tie-up finishing the year in style. Andrew Pugh looks at the motivations behind the moves and highlights the successes and the non-starters
First, a surprise. Although the total revenue generated by the UK’s 200 largest law firms fell by £676m last year, a 4 per cent drop to £14.94bn, these firms still generated more fees last year than they did at the height of the boom in 2007-08.
Leading sets have been busy gearing up for a whole new series of challenges, varying from law firms seducing the best talent to making the most of the opportunities presented by the Legal Services Act.
Although the corporate practices of the top 20 firms suffered an average fall in revenue, by the end of the year things were pretty much the same as before.
Wouldn’t it be good if employment rights were simple: fair and reasonable treatment for people who apply for work and also people at work?
The biggest players enjoyed a return to form in the beleaguered banking and finance sphere, with their mid-market rivals looking on enviously. Andrew Pugh provides the lowdown
Slaughter and May earned £9.4m in fees from the collapse and nationalisation of Northern Rock, it was revealed today.
Despite an active London real estate market, property teams continue to suffer from hangovers coming out of the recession. Luke McLeod-Roberts looks back at a difficult year for the sector
While litigation practices for the top 15 firms can boast a 4 per cent average rise in revenue, there is still no sign of the predicted boom, reports Katy Dowell
Twelve months after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the aftershocks are still being felt in the legal world.
The former head of the UKBA, Brodie Clark, appeared before the Home Affairs Committee on 15 November to answer questions from MPs about the fiasco at the UK’s borders over the summer.
Where paternalistic regulation clashes with international trade obligations
No longer shall Ashurst workers be cut off from the cultural zeitgeist.
I am beginning to think that I may have hidden talents as an economist. It is true that I don’t have much by way of training for the role but have found that my own self taught methods have produced consistently excellent forecasts, and certainly better forecasts than those of Osborne and of the Office of Budget Responsibility.
I am writing this on a Sunday morning in my flat in The Temple. The Temple is a great place at weekend – quiet and serene, a lovely place to be. But the bar is far from quiet and serene. Many are fearful of whether they have a secure future and whether they will be able to afford to live, particularly if they work in areas such as Crime or those in the area of Family Law which are publicly funded.
Brussels lobbying firm Alber & Geiger has added to its ranks with a lawyer from EU law firm Kemmler Rapp Böhlke.
In the dark days of early 2008, when it seemed like the magnitude of the then financial meltdown was neither accepted nor understood by many in the industry, my firm took the decision to downsize
Baker & McKenzie has hired a team of five lawyers, including two partners, from Linklaters’ Tokyo office in a bid to expand its Japan corporate and M&A practice.
A very interesting Chatham House Rules seminar at the LSB, gave me pause for thought. The vexed topic of consumer information sites popped up with the words Solicitorsfromhell ghosting across a few peoples lips. I’m reasonably sanguine about the evolution of consumer sites to help choose lawyers.
CMS Cameron McKenna has promoted nine lawyers to its partnership, as part of a 23-strong round across the entire CMS Europe network.
After several weeks of speculation the sale of troubled Midlands firm Challinors has finally completed, with parts the embattled business sold off to no fewer than 14 firms. Coincidentally this is also the number of partners at Challinors, although not every buyer has picked up a partner.
On 1 April 2013 the Government will introduce a carbon floor price (“CFP”) as part of a package of measures designed to incentivise reductions in carbon emissions and help shift the UK to a low carbon economy.
Co-op Legal Services (CLS) might have succeeded in being the first non-lawyer outfit to be granted an ABS licence but that doesn’t make its latest financial results any prettier.
A new ruling from the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) means that human embryonic stem cell-related inventions are deemed to be no longer patentable in EU Member States.
How did you spend your last bonus? (If you have never received a bonus, how would you hope to spend it in the future)? On a holiday to Laos.
An LLM provides an acceptable avenue of mixing things up a little and hopefully returning a little wiser. Master of laws programmes are expensive and as the accompanying story shows there are few jobs going in the US.
Magic circle duo Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have bagged the leading roles on the sale of RBS’s UAE retail banking business to Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB).
What the world needs now is more management consultants. That’s what Addleshaws’ Mark Jones thinks, anyway.
Julian Assange today takes his argument against extradition to Sweden to the UK Supreme Court. The hearing is due to finish tomorrow – it’s not clear yet when the Court is likely to publish its judgment, says Carl Gardner.
Negotiation is an art form, not a science, and countless books have been written on the subject.
Ten barristers from No5 Chambers are to trade blows with each other and a number of private practice solicitors in a bout to honour the memory of former chambers head Ralph Lewis QC.
Oswang has launched an office in Paris with the hire of five partners, including a senior finance partner from Dechert.
Former SJ Berwin private equity partner Matthew Hudson has launched his own practice with backing from private equity house Coller Capital.
The UK takes over the chairmanship of the Council of Europe on 7 November and has made as one of its priorities the promotion of “an open internet, not only in terms of access and content but also [in terms of] freedom of expression.” Without question, an open Internet has allowed the free exchange of knowledge and information, and has played a critical role in established and emerging democracies. Free expression on the Internet is to be valued and promoted.
Next week The Lawyer will unveil its predictions issue, a wide-ranging punt on what the market will look like in five and 10 years time. The consensus that is emerging is that in a decade the top end of the market will feature an identifiable band of global firms with clear strategic positioning and a feasible client proposition. Equally, many clients will opt to use fewer legal services providers internationally and are likely to gravitate to the mega firms.
The sudden death of Sir Ian Brownlie QC has left the world of international law mourning the loss of one of its most prominent figures.
David Allen Green, media correspondent of The Lawyer, on what the legal blogging about the Freemen of the Land really tells us.
2011 was the year that the “super injunction” hit the headlines and the rumour-mill was in overdrive as to which celebrities had used the law to prevent private indiscretions from becoming public scandals. Pre-Twitter, the effect of such injunctions would have been to bar anyone, particularly the press, from reporting the details protected by the injunction and also from revealing that the injunction itself existed.
It’s sunny days for trainees at two American firms this week. Latham & Watkins is keeping on 13 of 14 autumn qualifiers, while all five members of Ropes & Gray’s first-ever intake are staying on NQs – a happy ending for some of the Dewey & LeBoeuf trainees who were cast adrift when that firm collapsed last year.
Yorkshire firms Keeble Hawson and HLW Commercial Lawyers have merged to form one of the region’s biggest legal practices.
Welcome to the first Without Prejudice of 2012.
It’s a new year and I am sure there are some of you who may be interested in my take on the pending King & Wood Mallesons merger, but that will have to wait. Now that the year-end deal closings and (western) holidays are behind us, it is time to finish off my series of blogs on the VIE structure and cloud computing in China.
Employees phoning in sick and posting pictures of themselves on the beach or bragging about the extent of their hangovers on Facebook; we have all heard variations of this story before. The (predictable) response? *Groan, silly employee, good bye.*
For any law firm in the UK or US that is currently considering the use of lower cost delivery models, last week’s Mallesons/ Integreon deal is a real reminder of the two main options available: “Build Your Own (BYO)” or “Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO)”.
The High Court has thrown out a defamation claim brought against the Daily Telegraph by tennis player Robert Dee, who claimed the paper had defamed him by dubbing him the “world’s worst tennis pro”.
On the panel: Carl Gardner, David Allen Green, Dr Evan Harris and Charon QC
#WithoutPrejudice podcast 18: Legal education – Human Rights left wing twaddle? – Assange extradition
Our guests tonight are resident panelist Carl Gardner, Professor Gary Slapper Director of New York University in London and former ’left wing’ Tory MP Jerry Hayes, a practising barrister specialising in the more serious criminal cases.
It is often said that we only really contemplate change when there is a “burning platform”; in other words when the motivation for change is so pressing that we are in immediate peril or at the very least the status quo has become deeply, deeply unattractive.
Lincoln’s Inn set 11 Stone Buildings had added insolvency silk Lexa Hilliard QC to its membership.
11KBW has appointed its first chief executive with the hire of David Stead, currently director of marketing and business development at patent attornies Gill Jennings & Every.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has rejected an appeal by City broker BGC that it had not acted unlawfully when it conspired to poach senior staff from rival Tullett Prebon.
Herbert Smith has promoted 18 lawyers to its partnership, a third of whom are based abroad.
Check out the 2010 partner promotions at UK firms as they come in and compare them with last year.
Bird & Bird has made up a dozen new partners in a return to 2009 promotion levels.
Bird & Bird has hired a private equity partner from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) in a bid to develop its venture capital practice.
Bird & Bird has made a rare move for an international firm and signed an association with a law firm in Tunisia.
Bird & Bird has announced a 29.7 per cent increase in gross revenue for the 2008-09 financial year.
Bird & Bird has joined the rush into North Africa by sealing an association agreement with Moroccan firm El Amari & Associés.
Bird & Bird has revealed its total international turnover for 2011-12 as £235m, marking a rise of 10 per cent from last year’s figure of £214.6m.
Bird & Bird has broken through the £200m revenue barrier for the first time, posting a total turnover of £201.8m for the 2009-10 financial year.
Bird & Bird has made up 10 lawyers to its partnership, more than double the number that made the grade last year.
Bird & Bird has made up just two lawyers in its annual partnership promotions round, eight fewer than last year and 12 down on the number promoted in 2009.
Bird & Bird has formed an alliance with Beijing IP boutique Xiang Kung Law Firm, with the aim of strengthening its contentious capabilities in China.
Bird & Bird has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Danish IT boutique Bender von Haller Dragsted (BvHD).
The mass exodus from Hogan Lovells in Germany has continued with the departure of a team of 13 Hamburg-based media lawyers to Bird & Bird.
Bird & Bird has bolstered its corporate team with the hire of two partners from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.
Bird & Bird is to open an office in Abu Dhabi - its first base in the Middle East region.
Bird & Bird has re-elected its longstanding chief executive office David Kerr and chairman Michael Frie for additional three-year terms.
Clyde & Co has been hit for seven Hong Kong partners, with RPC announcing an office opening on the back of a four-partner team appointment.
3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) senior clerk Nick Hill is to leave the set to take up the same role at intellectual property set Three New Square.
36 Bedford Row barrister David Ball advised the OFT on its investigation into discount voucher company Groupon.
A silk from 39 Essex Street has been appointed as counsel to Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into the phone-hacking allegations levelled at the defunct tabloid News of the World.
Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press got underway today with 39 Essex Street’s Robert Jay QC opening proceedings with an outline of the course of investigations.
Three Verulam Buildings (3VB) will today ’vigorously contest’ claims of professional negligence on behalf of Collyer Bristow’s role in the Rangers FC administration.
Gray’s Inn set 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) has hit Keating Chambers for its director of clerking Paul Cooklin who will rejoin his former chambers as practice director.
Riverview Law has appointed 3 Verulam Buildings’ (3VB) practice director Jeremy Hopkins as director of operations.
The London barrister who sued three members of 4 New Square and the set’s senior clerk on grounds of racial and disability discrimination has lost her case.
Insurance and re-insurance silk John Rowland QC, who practises at 4 Pump Court, is to leave the English bar to join Australian firm Clayton Utz.
Six silks from commercial set 4 Pump Court are to launch a new venture in Hong Kong aimed at attracting arbitration specialists from around the globe.
Stewarts Law has instructed 4 Pump Court’s Nigel Tozzi QC to represent 72 bankers who have brought a multi-million pound claim for unpaid bonuses against Dresdner Kleinwort, which was taken over by Commerzbank last year.
Bernard Livesey QC has quit 4 New Square to join Hailsham Chambers, claiming that a difference of opinion with the former prompted his departure.
The barrister representing the claimants in a High Court case brought against Reggae Reggae sauce entrepreneur Levi Roots has branded him a “barefaced liar”.
The SRA has received 65 applications from firms looking to convert to alternative business structures (ABS) in its first two weeks of taking submissions.
Philip Shears QC of 7 Bedford Row has begun arguments for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in the Old Bailey trial of disgraced tycoon Asil Nadir.
Clifford Chance has had a tough time in recent months - what with mass job cuts and plunging PEP, the firm has been desperately in need of some good news.
So much has been written about the love-in that is the Hogan-Lovells merger it seemed like there might be nothing left to say.
It was the moment we’d all been waiting for and, announcing its financial results today, Clifford Chance did not disappoint.
The enormity of the downsizing at the UK’s top firms has been revealed today (see story).
Once upon a time there was a QC. This QC, called Jonathan Sumption, was feared throughout the land, losing just one case in a whole year.
Cultural sensitivity training might be the order of the day at the Netherlands Bar Society, after an article about Scotland on the society’s website was coupled with a bizarre picture (see story).
The pressing need for tighter case management by the judiciary has again been thrown into focus this week in a wasted costs dispute between West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) and Willbros Global Holdings.
With uncertainty over how the law can be used to combat content piracy in the video games industry, Paul Groves and Michael Lister examine the position of rights holders
The press pack at the Royal Courts of Justice was salivating at the court doors yesterday morning with not one but two high-profile showdowns on the lists.
At this time of year, it’s understandable if work takes something of a backseat.
The concept of partnership has been transformed in the post-Legal Services Act world, says Michelle Chance in response to today’s Appeal Court ruling in Tiffin v Lester Aldridge LLP
We promise, we’re trying hard not to be smug, but it’s hard.
It’s pretty frustrating being a lawyer sometimes.
The country is reeling after the man with the second most important job in the land quit out of the blue, leaving everyone in agreement about his obvious successor.
t’s half-year figures time and Allen & Overy has come out of the blocks in stonking form, posting an 11 per cent rise in turnover (see story).
After several years of watching UK firms carve up the market Down Under, an Aussie firm has struck back.
Slaughter and May is in the firing line again. Having been exposed to the harsh glare of the national media over its role in Barclays’ tax ‘reduction’ schemes, the elite firm is making headlines for raking in taxpayers’ money.
It’s nice when they do something for the little guy isn’t it?
Think you’ve got a busy week? Chances are it’s nothing compared to Old Square Chambers silk John Hendy QC.
The New Year has brought with it a new look for The Lawyer, with a keen focus on the litigation markets and the cases dominating the courts.
…Sometimes I just sit; sometimes I just sit and watch. A few days back I was able to observe a small moment in someone’s life. They were holding a bag of shopping, not a “bag-for-life” but the flimsiest of plastic carrier bags.
“Beneficial owners” are celebrating this week after Simmons & Simmons’ Court of Appeal win in the Buncefield case yesterday (see story).
The cast for the latest Star Wars epic is still being thrashed out, but with George Lucas already in place, was there ever any doubt that it would be a star-studded affair?
Perhaps it’s stock market optimism. Perhaps it’s the fruitful autumnal vibe. But you know things are looking up when absurd merger gossip starts making the rounds again.
Today is not a great day to be an in-house lawyer.
Numbers can be very persuasive but, as a wise owl once said, there are lies, there are damned lies and then there are statistics.
There are international litigation practices and then there are “international” litigation practices.
Denton Wilde Sapte and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal merged today, creating SNR Denton, the latest in a string of transatlantic firms to emerge since the recession.
You can’t take your eye off the Asian market for one day without another UK firm trying to muscle its way in.
Firms have used secondments to develop relationships with their clients for a long time.
It takes a little bit of imagination to picture Slaughter and May’s highly paid partners working alongside a legal outsourcing unit in India.
The annual QC appointments are in and congratulations to the 88 barristers extraordinaire who took silk (see story).
Once upon a time, a law firm was for life not just for Christmas. Now, it seems that all it takes to turn a partner’s head are some fluttering eyelashes and the flash of a shiny new office.
Whitehall reverberated today with the low din of purring.
Would you Adam and Eve it? It turns out some of the top City firms discriminate against job applicants because of their accents (see story).
In the offshore world a small litigation can have far reaching implications, as a decision made in the Jersey Court of Appeal last week shows.
As thousands of public sector workers take to the streets in protest against widespread spending cuts the court yesterday gave its backing for equal pay claims to be heard in the High Court.
Last week we had Lord Justice Jackson’s review of civil just costs.
Some secrets are better kept than others… and SJ Berwin’s dogged pursuit of a transatlantic merger has been about as discreet as a Reeperbahn window display.
The list of those who suffered from Halliwells’ collapse stretches far and wide.
It looks like the private equity market could be nearing the end of its enforced period of inactivity, and who better to lead the march into the new era than one of the City’s most respected deal doers?
In recognition of Linklaters veteran Nick Eastwell’s departure from the firm after almost 30 years (see story), here are a few facts about the man you might not have known.
Tens of millions of men across Britain must have suffered a few hairy moments this morning after reading the headlines about how internet-porn users’ details had found their way onto the internet.
The end of the legal year is fast approaching and with it the end of the first year of the Supreme Court.
As Rubin v Eurofinance gets underway in the Supreme Court, Nick Moser highlights why it could represent a milestone in the promotion of international trade
Not all is happy in the good ship DLA Piper. As we exclusively reveal today, Sir Nigel Knowles has taken a bit of a battering from his partners over his personal stake in ABS-in-waiting LawVest.
The legal profession is changing but some may say that the Bar hasn’t adapted to that change quickly enough.
Few stories in the legal world have moved as quickly and been covered as comprehensively as Dewey & LeBoeuf’s meltdown.
A year to the day since Lehman Brothers collapsed, Linklaters partner Tony Bugg, who has played a pivotal role in the winding down of the fallen bank, recalls what happened when the instruction came in (see story).
This week The Lawyer unveiled its list of cases to watch in 2010 - and what a diverse bunch they are.
A&L Goodbody is encouraging its staff to leave early to combat worsening travel conditions, but those ‘on the clock’ must take the time out of their pay or annual leave.
A&L Goodbody corporate partner and London head Julian Yarr has emerged victorious from the firm’s contested managing partner elections.
Irish firm A&L Goodbody has added five to its partnership, making up four lawyers in Dublin and hiring a partner in Belfast from rival Arthur Cox.
Irish firm A&L Goodbody is opening an office on the West Coast of the US, relocating two partners to Palo Alto.
Irish firm A&L Goodbody has hired Mark Rasdale as a partner in its IP and technology team.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has abandoned its deferred bonus system following its annual survey of associates.
Allen & Overy (A&O) strengthened its cash position by £21m in the financial year 2010-11 thanks to a seven-day reduction in lockup, the gap between starting work for a client and being paid.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance joined a trio of US firms on Man Group’s $1.6bn (£1.1bn) acquisition of hedge fund GLG partners in a deal that has seen the creation of a combined entity with $63bn of assets under management.
The Lawyer was braced for largely dire - or at least dull - financial results from law firms for the 2011-12 financial year, but those that have released their numbers so far have averaged increases of around 7 per cent (see story). What recession, eh?
Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance have both made the cut in French bank Société Générale’s 12-strong global panel.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Dewey & LeBoeuf have claimed advisory roles on the sale of News Corporation’s (News Corp) Bulgarian terrestrial TV business.
Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley and Eversheds managing partner Lee Ranson have joined Prime Minister David Cameron on his visit to Russia.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer took the UK side mandates on the merger of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the owner of its Toronto counterpart.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Herbert Smith have taken the mandates on a landmark outsourcing deal between Man Group and Citibank’s specialised outsourcing arm.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Herbert Smith and Swiss firm Homburger have won lead roles on the proposed £2bn merger of Misys and Temenos, two major European banking software companies.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Herbert Smith will together receive almost £3m of taxpayers’ money to help fund their operations in Northern Ireland.
Allen & Overy, Hogan Lovells and Australian firm Arthur Allens Robinson have been retained as advisers on SABMiller’s takeover bid for Foster’s, which went hostile today.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Hogan Lovells have helped Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation as its bid to take over satellite broadcaster BSkyB got the green light from the UK Government.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Latham & Watkins are understood to have scored lead roles on Manchester United’s £500m bond issue.
Magic circle duo Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have taken the prize mandates on today’s “landmark” $7.2bn (£4.4bn) tie-up between BP and India’s Reliance Industries.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have advised on the sale of part of RBS’s £3bn project finance portfolio to Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and SJ Berwin have taken the leading mandates on the $3.2bn (£1.96bn) sale of engineering group Converteam to General Electric.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Slaughter and May have taken the prize mandates advising the John Wood Group on the $2.8bn (£1.7bn) sale of its Well Support Division to General Electric (GE).
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Sullivan & Cromwell will play key roles when Goldman Sachs defends fraud allegations brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Weil Gotshal & Manges have scored plum roles on the sale of regulatory and compliance solutions provider Complinet to Thomson Reuters.
News International has created a senior compliance role with an Allen & Overy (A&O) lawyer filling the position on an interim basis.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has posted a 7 per cent rise in revenue and an 8 per cent hike in net profit for the 2010-11 financial year.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has taken a banking regulation partner and three associates from Norton Rose in Frankfurt.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has boosted its fledgling Australia practice with the hire of a competition partner from local firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired a partner from its Saudi associate firm for its office in Riyadh.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has expanded its Singapore offering by merging with local firm and former White & Case ally Venture Law.
Allen & Overy (A&O) managing partner Wim Dejonghe has pledged to limit the number of redundancies that are likely to come about as a result of the firm’s decision to transfer up to 180 support staff to Belfast.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has entered into redundancy talks with 155 London support staff ahead of the launch later this year of the firm’s support services centre in Belfast.
Allen & Overy (A&O) corporate partner David Wootton has been elected as Sheriff of London.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has reduced its Hong Kong partnership by four, letting the long-serving partners go after seeing a drop in demand in the market.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and its Indian best friend firm Trilegal have extended their preferred referral arrangement indefinitely after having first entered into it for a limited three-year term.
A former Allen & Overy (A&O) associate who was sacked after refusing to stop publishing an online erotic novel is suing the firm for $35m in New York following a failed unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination claim in London.
And so June is behind us, bringing to a close the phoney war section of this summer’s biggest sporting contests.
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) New York office has hired capital markets partner Ed De Sear as a partner in its international capital markets (ICM) group.
Allen & Overy has expanded in Germany, taking a capital markets expert from Linklaters.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has bulked up its Frankfurt office with the hire of the co-head of Hogan Lovells’ global employment practice.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has boosted its Middle East finance practice with the hire of Simmons & Simmons partner Samer Eido.
Former Allen & Overy (A&O) Moscow-based senior associate Deidre Dare, who was sacked after she refused to stop publishing an online erotic novel, is claiming £3.4m in compensation over allegations of unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is to allow equity partners to work part-time in a bid to retain more of its female workforce.
Allen and Overy has raided Australian firm Clayton Utz to launch a practice in the jurisdiction for the first time, in a bid to strengthen its pan-Asian offering.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has followed its move into the Australian market by opening an office in Qatar.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is to expand its US footprint with the launch of an office in Washington DC, following magic circle rivals Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer into the American capital.
Addleshaw Goddard, Allen & Overy, Dundas & Wilson and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have won key roles in the rescue of Dunfermline Building Society, Scotland’s largest mutual.
A&O joins growing list of lawyers on Hackgate; Clifford Chance brought in to advise James Murdoch
Allen & Overy (A&O) is holding exploratory conversations with Linklaters’ Singapore joint venture partner as it looks to expand its reach in Asia and Australasia.
Allen & Overy (A&O) star German corporate partner Rolf Koerfer has left the firm for partnership at Linklaters spin-off Oppenhoff & Partner.
Allen & Overy’s leading project finance lawyer in Italy is set to leave the firm to join Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo.
Allen & Overy has promoted 15 to the position of counsel, an alternative career path created by the firm in 2006.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has made up 21 partners across 13 offices in its annual round of promotions, with the majority of new partners coming from outside London.
Allen & Overy (A&O) global co-head of corporate Richard Cranfield has stepped into the role of chairman of the practice, with London corporate chief Andrew Ballheimer taking his place in the firmwide role.
Allen & Overy has named a relative newcomer to the firm as its next German managing partner, with the incumbent preparing to step down at the end of this year.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has posted 10 per cent growth in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the last financial year with turnover dropping 4 per cent over the same period.
It’s finally happened. A magic circle firm has taken the decision to outsource less complex litigation work offshore.
Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Srinivas Parthasarathy is to leave the firm’s Singapore office to take up partnership at the Mumbai office of A&O’s Indian alliance firm Trilegal.
An Allen & Overy (A&O) New York partner has resigned from the firm after being arrested and charged with distributing child pornography.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to launch two offices in Vietnam after hiring Mayer Brown JSM’s managing partner in the country.
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) managing partner Wim Dejonghe has stated that his firm is still committed to expanding in Singapore, following its aborted tie-up talks with local player Allen & Gledhill.
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) turnover is up 11 per cent at the half-year stage, with the firm raking in £582m compared with £526m at the mid-way point of 2010-11.
Allen & Overy has made 20 promotions to the partnership this year, forty per cent of whom are women.
A&O caused quite a stir when they opened in Australia earlier this year with a raid on Clayton Utz (see story).
Allen & Overy has boosted its Paris M&A practice with the hire of a partner and five senior associates from Clifford Chance.
Allen & Overy has completed a redundancy programme which has seen at least 400 partners and staff lose their jobs globally and cost the firm £44m.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is freezing associate salary bands following a sluggish financial year.
Allen & Overy (A&O) Dubai-based alumnus Pervez Akhtar has returned to the magic circle firm after defecting to private equity house Abraaj Capital last year.
Allen & Overy is to relocate London infrastructure partner Andrew Fraiser to its New York practice.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is to move into Deacons’ former offices in Sydney following its decision to launch in Australia.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the first magic circle firm to outsource legal work as an increasing number of UK firms embrace legal process outsourcing (LPO) in a bid to reduce their overheads.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the first law firm to sign up to the Government’s ’business compact’ on social mobility.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to hire two capital markets partners from Herbert Smith, marking the magic-circle firm’s second raid on the litigation giant this year.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has raided Herbert Smith’s Paris office for a three-partner litigation team headed by French dispute resolution chief Denis Chemla.
Allen & Overy spin-off Maurice Turnor Gardner (MTG) has hired two pensions partners.
Allen & Overy New York senior partner Dan Cunningham (pictured) has defected to US litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is advising property services group DTZ as the company puts itself on the market following a failed takeover bid.
Allen & Overy is set to abolish rules that force partners to retire at 60.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to become the first magic circle firm to open an office in Africa, with a Casablanca launch scheduled for September.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is relocating 200 staff from its Canary Wharf offices to its headquarters in the City in a cost-cutting move.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has once again turned to O’Melveny & Myers as it expands its Washington DC practice.
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) global revenues are down seven per cent year-on-year for the first half of 2009-10, with turnover standing at £511m.
Allen & Overy has hired an energy partner for its Australian operation, the 19th partner for its fledgling offices in Perth and Sydney.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is continuing to expand its Australian presence with the hire of a banking partner from local firm Freehills.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has replaced Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as one of two corporate advisers to National Grid after the utility giant reduced its roster of legal advisers by a quarter following a panel review.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has made up 18 lawyers to its partnership across 13 countries, with the vast majority joining from non-UK offices.
Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have bagged leading roles on one of Europe’s biggest private equity deals since the Lehman bankruptcy in September 2008.
Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy (A&O) have postponed their annual partnership promotions due to their global restructurings.
Magic circle law firms tend to travel in packs.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Herbert Smith led a clutch of firms advising on Bank of Ireland’s (BoI) €3.4bn (£2.9bn) integrated debt and equity capital raising.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have vowed not to carry out a partnership cull in response to the latest downturn, as it emerges that Linklaters is set to cull over 30 partners globally as part of its biggest restructuring in three years
A trio of magic circle firms have won roles on the multi-billion euro acquisitions of stakes in French companies Rhodia and SFR.
Magic circle pair Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have been joined by Spanish giant Uría Menéndez to guide Qatar Holding’s purchase of a €2.1bn stake in Iberdrola.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Herbert Smith and Weil Gotshal & Manges have landed roles on the potential sale of The College of Law (CoL).
Allen & Overy (A&O), Herbert Smith and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have all held on to leading advisory roles as News Corp’s bid for BSkyB heats up.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have played key roles in the restructuring of German company Schaeffler’s debt, paving the way for the ball-bearing maker to merge with auto-parts manufacturer Continental.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters are advising BAE Systems on its response to a Serious Fraud Office investigation into allegations of bribery.
Two magic circle firms have secured lead roles on Sainsbury’s £445m capital raising.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has issued a denial that it has ever worked for Gordon Brown or held personal files containing information on the former Prime Minister, following the latest development in the phone hacking saga.
Weak sterling has helped generate a seven per cent increase in global turnover at Allen & Overy (A&O), which brought in £1.091bn for the 2008-09 financial year.
Just when we were starting to think that UK firms’ US ambitions were so three years ago, A&O proves the UK-US love affair is alive and well.
Berwin Leighton Paisner has hired Allen & Overy leveraged finance partner Andrew Bamber into its banking and capital markets department.
“The next 80 years.” Four score might strike you as an odd amount of time to choose for a law firm to be projecting forward, but then they do have their quirks, bless ’em.
Italian employment law boutique LabLaw has hired the entire employment team from Allen & Overy’s Milan office.
Allen & Overy partner Mark Mansell is to represent News Group Newspapers in its battle over legal fees with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.
Allen & Overy (A&O) senior partner David Morley is to spend two months touring the firm’s Asia and Middle East offices, starting in Singapore.
Allen & Overy’s Paris corporate head has quit the firm to set up a boutique practice dedicated to M&A and tax work.
Firms that grapple with the distinction between senior and managing partner roles should look to Allen & Overy for the definitive answer.
Allen & Overy’s highest-earning partner in the last financial year was paid a total of £2.3m, according to the firm’s Annual Review 2009.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has seen turnover rise three per cent in the first half of the current financial year, bringing in £526m.
What price togetherness? For Allen & Overy, a cool £25m.
You have to wonder what the good people of Belfast make of the sudden influx of legal professionals to their great capital.
What’s the most boring thing you’ve been asked to do in your job? In a previous firm I had to search through pages and pages of website activity in an attempt to spot anything ‘inappropriate’. I didn’t.
One of the most popular litigation double acts act will be back in court at the end of the month. Slaughter & May has instructed One Essex Court’s Lord Grabiner QC to defend a $100m claim against its client Cable & Wireless (C&W).
Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich has drafted in former Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold to review witness statements associated with his legal battle with Boris Berezovksy.
Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich must answer allegations that he used coercive tactics to force former business partner Boris Berezovsky to sell his assets at an undervalued market price, the High Court ruled today.
Absolute Radio’s head of legal is set to leave the company for digital rights company Perform Group.
The implementation of the Legal Services Act will be delayed because the primary legislation needed to enact it has not been debated in parliament.
Head of Legal’s Carl Gardner examines the Abu Qatada deportation case and whether Home Secretary Theresa May was right to say his appeal is out of time
Last year, I was mostly angry. Not the sort of American-take-a-sniper-rifle-to-the-clock-tower angry; I get the impression that you can only pull that one off once in a lifetime. No, this was like a creeping itch of rage, manifesting itself in a cynical outlook and a hefty dose of class-envy.
The Access to Justice Foundation has appointed its first chief executive officer (CEO) as the organisation looks to raise the profile of the pro-bono sector.
“Want to book a restaurant? There’s an app for that. Want to see a show? There’s an app for that too…”
In England, the accountants rule. But it’s the lawyers who are dominant in business in the United States.
The more I think about it, the more the Acculaw training model reminds me of a cut-price suit. It looks great at first glance, but you start having doubts on closer inspection.
Midlands firm Shakespeares has appointed Guildhall Chambers chief executive Hamish Munro as commercial director as it pushes to hit turnover of £50m by the 2012-13 year-end.
ACS:Law has dropped its litigation against 27 individuals accused of illegally sharing adult films over the internet.
London-based firm ACS:Law is to be scrutinised by the Information Commissioner’s Office over allegations it breached the Data Protection Act.
The long-running attempt by ACS:Law to sue individuals accused of illegally sharing adult movies online has ended after the firm ceased trading.
The saga of claims brought by ACS:Law against individuals accused of file-sharing has come to a conclusion with all outstanding claims settling.
The merger talks between Scottish-headquartered Dundas & Wilson and wee Bircham Dyson Bell have come to a conclusion, just two short weeks after both parties came clean about their mutual interest.
The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (the Actuarial Profession) has named Ben Kemp as its general counsel.
Addleshaw Goddard will host the mediation between 32 ex-Halliwells partners and the firm’s liquidators, BDO partners Dermot Power and Shay Bannon, today.
Addleshaw Goddard has made up six new partners in its annual round of promotions.
Addleshaw Goddard is preparing to open its long-awaited Singapore office, with a London partner set to relocate to lead the launch.
Competition lawyers from Addleshaw Goddard and Burges Salmon have fought out a score draw in the ‘Cardiff bus wars’ case.
Addleshaw Goddard has appointed four partners to its new unitary board as the firm looks to pick itself up after a “disappointing” financial performance.
Addleshaw Goddard has hired a litigation partner duo from US firm Winston & Strawn.
Addleshaw Goddard has continued to hire into its London banking practice with the recent addition of a former DLA Piper partner.
Addleshaw Goddard litigation partner Monica Burch has won the partnership’s backing to succeed senior partner Paul Lee following a contested election.
Addleshaw Goddard has continued it litigation hiring spree with the appointment of Chris Brennan, until now head of regulatory in Lloyds Banking Group’s legal team.
Addleshaw Goddard is cutting around 24 fee-earners across its offices in a bid to combat low attrition as the firm posts a 30 per cent rise in profit.
Addleshaw Goddard’s former litigation chief Simon Twigden is set to leave the firm at the end of the month, taking partners Pietro Marino and Michael Green with him.
Addleshaw Goddard has seen revenues drop for the first six months of 2010, with the firm attributing the dip in part to its decision to pursue cases on a “no win no fee” basis.
Addleshaw Goddard managing partner Paul Devitt will serve another term in the post following an uncontested election.
British Airways’ (BA) first panel review since its merger with Spanish counterpart Iberia has been finalised, with Linklaters and Slaughter and May among the seven firms to land roles.
Addleshaw Goddard has launched a dedicated social enterprise team to support the growing momentum for public service reform.
Addleshaw Goddard is to launch an office in Dubai in September after hiring Trowers & Hamlins’ regional construction head.
Addleshaw Goddard’s head of litigation Simon Twigden is to leave the firm along with another litigation partner to set up a boutique.
Addleshaw Goddard has posted its results for the last financial year and it’s a mixed performance (see story).
ITV has revamped its legal panel, with six firms winning places but Addleshaw Goddard and Goodman Derrick losing their spots as advisors to the broadcaster.
Addleshaw Goddard litigation head Richard Leedham, who is the lead advisor on the multi-billion pound Ablyazov case, will step down from his management role next month.
Addleshaw Goddard partner William Wastie is taking over as head of the firm’s professional practices group, replacing group founder Richard Linsell.
Addleshaw Goddard has successfully piloted its first legal work experience for 16 and 17 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Today we take our Homburgs off to Addleshaw Goddard for acknowledging what many have known for a very long time: that perhaps not all legal work is pant-wettingly exciting.
Addleshaw Goddard has promoted five lawyers to partner, shrinking its round for the second year running.
Addleshaw Goddard has raided US firm Chadbourne & Parke for insurance disputes partner Mark Pring.
Addleshaw Goddard partner Monica Burch has ditched the chairman title for that of senior partner because she felt the previous designation confused people.
Addleshaw Goddard has won a £100m High Court dispute for Standard Life in a professional indemnity insurance dispute with its insurers Ace European Group.
Addleshaw Goddard has posted revenue of £86.6m for the half year period – 11 per cent up on the same period in 2010-11.
Addleshaw Goddard has reported a single figure drop in turnover and a slight increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2009-10 financial year.
Addleshaw Goddard has lost the litigation partner who was preparing to launch its Singapore office to Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
Addleshaw Goddard has made its first partner hire in litigation since 2009, with a lawyer from Consensus Business Group.
Addleshaw Goddard has begun a redundancy consultation among its support staff at the end of a financial year that saw net profit drop by 17 per cent.
Associates and support staff at Addleshaw Goddard have been told that they will be paid a bonus this year after an effective freeze on non-partner bonuses last year.
Addleshaw Goddard senior partner Paul Lee has announced that he will stand down when his term comes to an end next April.
An Addleshaw Goddard trainee has left the firm after winning a seat for Labour at the general election.
Addleshaw Goddard has advised the West Bromwich Building Society in a deal with its bond holders designed to bolster its financial position.
Addleshaw Goddard will not be forced to disclose the whereabouts of its client Mukhtar Ablyazov, the Kazakh billionaire accused of embezzling funds worth billions of dollars out of the Kazakh-nationalised JSC BTA Bank.
Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper and Linklaters have taken key roles advising on the sale and restructure of kitchen, bedroom and bathroom chain Homeform Group, which traded under the Moben Kitchens, Dolphin Bathrooms, Sharps Bedrooms and Kitchens Direct brands.
Addleshaw Goddard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hogan Lovells are the only law firms to feature on The Times’ Top 50 Employers for Women list.
Addleshaw Goddard and Hammonds have advised on the £23m sale of Premiership football club Blackburn Rovers to Indian poultry and pharmaceuticals company Venky’s.
Latham & Watkins partner Nigel Campion-Smith has advised commercial litigation investor Burford Capital on its listing on the Aim.
Time was that ’no win, no fee’ was the exclusive preserve of those firms whose adverts formed the punctuation marks between Countdown and Fifteen To One during soporific student lunchtimes.
FTSE100 insurer Admiral is considering a move into the legal sector following the ban on personal injury referral fees by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) earlier this year.
Private equity house Advent International has hired Weil Gotshal & Manges private equity co-head James Westra as managing director and chief legal officer.
Given the regulator’s reluctance to split up Sky, will the government realise that competition law is not fit for purpose, if the purpose is changingSky’s behaviour to make life easier for its rivals?
The Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC is launching a High Court action against the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror over coverage of the conviction of Milly Dowler’s killer Levi Bellfield.
Firms across the country might think any issues relating to partner retirement age have been ironed out, but one case going through the courts could change all that.
The town’s favourite daughter might have flown the coop recently, but any Geordies regretting the loss of Cheryl Cole-Tweedy from these shores can delight in the arrival in Newcastle of DWF.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Baker & McKenzie bagged leading roles in the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp’s (CNOOC) $3.1bn (£2.1bn) investment in Argentinian oil producer Bridas.
US duo Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have landed the prize mandates on a deal to create a $21.5bn (£13.58bn) mobile phone group.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired CMS Russia’s head of real estate Vlad Sourkov in a bid to build a local real estate practice.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has boosted its London funds group and English law capabilities with the hire of two financial services partners from Simmons & Simmons.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has powered up its project finance and renewable energy practice in Los Angeles with the hire of six partners, five counsel and five associates from Chadbourne & Parke.
An Akin Gump Geneva lawyer who joined the US firm from legacy Hogan & Hartson last April has quit for Holman Fenwick & Willan (HFW).
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has strengthened its corporate practice with a partner hire in Abu Dhabi.
Akin Gump has opened an office in Hong Kong with newly recruited partners Gregory Puff and Andrew Abernethy, joining from Shearman & Sterling and Norton Rose respectively.
Texas-headquarterd Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has posted a 2.5 per cent increase in total revenue for the 2010 financial year coupled with a significant hike in profit.
Texas-headquartered Akin Gump has posted a 4.5 per cent increase in gross revenue along with a 4.3 per cent rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2011 financial year.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has promoted seven lawyers to its global partnership with one in London.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired a corporate partner from Hogan Lovells in Moscow.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has boosted its Moscow-based international transactions practice with the addition of Allen & Overy partner Varun Gupta.
Akin Gump, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and White & Case have all landed roles on the $8.5bn (£5.3bn) shareholder restructuring of Russia’s second largest mobile phone operator OAO MegaFon.
Talks between US firms Akin Gump Hauer & Feld and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe have broken down just five days after the pair announced they were discussing a possible merger.
Al Tamimi & Company has launched in Kuwait after hiring former DLA Piper Kuwait head Alex Saleh.
Gulf-based firm Al Tamimi & Company is poised to launch an office in Libya.
What time do you start work each day? As soon as I’ve finished my first cup of coffee.
CMS’ international network has expanded into Albania after its Italian outlet, CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni, snared a nine-lawyer team from Eversheds Bianchini.
US aluminium group Alcoa has appointed Audrey Strauss as its new chief legal officer, succeeding retiring incumbent Kurt Waldo.
The most unusual Christmas present I’ve received from a colleague was a kitsch dolphin snow globe from Lanzarote.
Gray’s Inn set 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) has appointed Ali Malek QC as its new head of chambers.
What time do you start work each day? I’m at my most productive in the mornings so I aim to get in before 8am. Sometimes it’s just too hard to get out of bed though.
There’s nothing quite like a downturn for shaking things up a bit.
So after we gave you yesterday’s Blue Monday pick-me-up list, more good news follows - depending on your point of view - with today’s announcement that the Deal of the Decade (so far) may have finally got away.
Is Dechert copying Baker & McKenzie? The short answer is “no”, though it’s tempting to think so.
The litigation world is a-buzz after Lord Justice Jackson today published his 500-page report into civil litigation costs (see story) - and already the backlash has begun.
It’s time for firms to step up their retention policies. A survey by The Lawyer, published today, reveals that more than 65 per cent of private-practice solicitors would consider moving in-house - a stat that points to a dramatic rise in the popularity of working for the client rather than the firm.
Just one day after we brought you news of a regional revolt at Addleshaw Goddard, yet more news has emanated from the firm.
’There’s no such thing as bad publicity’ might be the mantra inside Collyer Bristow towers this morning after another busy week at the firm.
Since the 1977 death of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley there have been persistent rumours of his continued existence. While most would dismiss these as mere wishful thinking by fans, one thing is certain - Elvis’s legacy lives on.
Spread across five pages in today’s copy of The Lawyer you’ll find more than 30 examples of who we think are some of the most promising legal practitioners in the market
Allen & Gledhill must be feeling pretty good about itself right now - the Singapore firm has two magic circle players vying for its affections.
As any estate agent or aspiring couch potato will tell you, there are three things that are important when choosing your dream pied-a-terre: location, location, and where the damn thing is.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Singapore’s Allen & Gledhill have called off tie-up talks after failing to agree terms.
The combination between Allen & Overy (A&O) and Singaporean firm Allen & Gledhill is likely to take the form of a Formal Law Alliance (FLA) - the loosest kind of association possible - rather than a full merger.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer both had key roles advising on Virgin Money’s acquisition of nationalised bank Northern Rock, with the deal officially unveiled this morning.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters, Jingtian & Gongcheng and Fangda Partners have acted in Shanghai-based state-owned steel manufacturer Baosteel Group’s recent issuance of RMB3.6bn (£363m) offshore renminbi bonds in Hong Kong.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has revealed a near 6 per cent increase in turnover and 7 per cent rise in profit for the 2011-12 financial year.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has secured the services of Hutchison Whampoa’s deputy head group general counsel Bernardine Lam, who will join the firm’s Hong Kong corporate practice as a partner early next year.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is mulling its future in Saudi Arabia as its contract with local sponsor Abdulaziz AlGasim expires.
An equity partnership is like a shrub. Both need a bit of a tidy every now and then to clear out the dead wood, improve health and prevent falling branches.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has expanded its Australian practice to cover litigation and regulatory investigations with the appointment of Australian litigation lawyer John Samaha to the partnership.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Californian firm Fenwick & West won key roles alongside a raft of firms in the US and Europe on software maker SAP’s $3.4bn (£2.2bn) acquisition of cloud-based human resources provider SuccessFactors.
One of Allen & Overy’s (A&O) most senior corporate partners is set to leave the firm at the end of the 2011-12 financial year.
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) senior and managing partners will each serve another term in their respective roles following uncontested elections.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired Linklaters’ Germany IP head, boosting its depleted team following a raid by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has landed roles acting for the Kingdom of Morocco on two multi-billion dollar deals since launching its office in Casablanca in September.
Allen & Overy has announced the largest round of 2012 promotions by any City firm so far, with 23 joining the partnership on 1 May.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and White & Case all took roles advising on Greece’s £110bn bailout.
A trio of firms closed 2011 with the successful completion of Qatar’s largest-ever single financing project, the $10.3bn (£6.7bn) Barzan Gas Project.
Allen & Overy (A&O) incurred one-off costs of £29m in 2010-11, with the decision to abandon its Canary Wharf satellite office accounting for the bulk of the figure.
Ropes & Gray has hired finance partners Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz to spearhead its London office launch.
When news broke last November that Allen & Overy (A&O) was holding exploratory talks with Singapore firm Allen & Gledhill eyebrows were raised at A&O’s perceived brazenness.
Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) and Japanese firm Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu have entered in to an alliance to serve Japanese clients’ across Asia and Australia.
Allen Arthur Robinson’s Bangkok alliance firm Siam Premier has opened a branch in Laos with the aim of capitalising on growing levels of foreign investment in the country.
It can be hard for some people to work out what to do with themselves when they quit private practice.
After weeks of negotiations, three firms will carve up the bulk of failed firm Halliwells (see story).
Alstom Transport has been given permission to appeal a ruling that handed victory to Eurostar in a case regarding the latter’s decision to order Channel Tunnel trains from Germany company Siemens.
A rather turgid High Court case about a former Halliwells partner was livened up yesterday by an off-the-cuff comment from a lawyer for the LLP’s liquidators (see story).
The global downturn will sort the men from the boys when it comes to litigation. Domestic litigation has failed to reach epidemic proportions, but firms with strong international practices are picking up a plethora of instructions that will keep them in good health for several years to come.
As a part-time Freshfields paralegal and 100/200m sprint Olympic hopeful, I am in the throes of a hectic training schedule with less than six months until the starting gun fires on London 2012.
What time do you start work each day? 8.30am
Top Indian firm Amarchand & Mangladas & Suresh A Shroff & Co has taken the highly unusual step of making two lateral hires - just a few months after it shook up its lockstep and internal governance.
Amarchand Mangaldas has promoted five partners into its lockstep equity pool and created 11 practice heads as part of a five-year plan to grow to 1,000-lawyers and 100 partners by 2017.
FTSE100 engineering, project management and consultancy company AMEC has installed strategic development director François-Philippe Champagne as acting general counsel following the incumbent’s departure less than a year into the role.
Boston firm Foley Hoag has opened its first overseas office with the hire of Winston & Strawn duo Bruno Leurent and Thomas Bevilacqua in Paris.
US employment boutique Littler Mendelson has formed a strategic alliance with Chinese firm TransAsia Lawyers, a move designed to expand the firm’s reach outside of the Americas for the first time.
Earlier this summer The Lawyer reported that Addleshaw Goddard had shrunk its partnership by 19 since January this year.
I write this, my first piece for The Lawyer, amidst a scene of carnage. Not in the legal landscape – though recent weeks have seen some big stories, and the future promises similar excitement – but in my house.
The European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) decision to refuse in house counsel legal privilege in cartel cases has been met with disapproval by the British legal community.
If possession really were nine tenths of the law, then former Hogan Lovells litigator Christopher Grierson would only be faced with paying back £100,000 to his erstwhile partners.
Another week, another departure from Herbert Smith’s global disputes practice.
Delving into the shadowy world of legal bills, you are likely to encounter behaviour usually found in a John Grisham novel.
Edinburgh-headquartered Anderson Strathern has taken over fellow Scottish property player Bell & Scott, giving it a sporting chance of re-entering the UK 100 this year.
What is the most unusual Christmas present that you have received from a colleague? An ID and avatar set up for me on Second Life.
DLA Piper partner Jo Rickards will represent former News of the World (NoW) editor Andy Coulson in his bid to “vigorously contend” perjury charges relating to the Tommy Sheridan trial.
Former Linklaters managing partner Tony Angel has today started work at DLA Piper after his hire won the backing of the firm’s partnership.
Milbank is going all guns blazing to beef up in the City. Today’s news that the New York heavyweight has hired Ashurst’s head of restructuring Nick Angel is a statement of intent (see story).
Former Linklaters managing partner Tony Angel has joined SJ Berwin as a non-executive director.
Lovells has lost out on a place on global drinks company Anheuser-Busch InBev’s legal panel due to its role advising rival SAB Miller.
What’s the most boring thing you’ve been asked to do in your job? Filing, without a doubt.
Manchester firm Lewis Hymanson Small has issued a timely reminder to office workers to exercise caution over when choosing their Secret Santa presents.
Addleshaw Goddard has launched a firm-wide restructuring, which is expected to see 85 non fee-earners lose their jobs, fee-earners work reduced hours and salaries cut.
Seemingly unabashed by a string of doomed romances, serial seducer Ralph Baxter is back. As reported on the TheLawyer.com today, the Orrick chairman is locked in talks about a potential tie-up with US firm Akin Gump (see story).
Things have been looking more than a little rosy of late: law firms seem to be over their mass redundancy programmes, dealflow is making a tentative return and, if the recruitment pages of The Lawyer are anything to go by, the jobs market is beginning to wake from its year-long slumber.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is set to defend the Baptist Church against a £10m claim launched by a retired footballer who claims his faith stopped him playing for Manchester United.
Apax Partners has concluded its 20-month search for a general counsel with the appointment of Simon Cresswell from Goldman Sachs.
And this year’s Diana Ross Missed Penalty Memorial Prize for most ingenious World Cup-related press release goes to…Beswicks Solicitors.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that separating couples will no longer be allowed to secretly obtain and use documents belonging to their partner in divorce proceedings.
Attempts made by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to cut the amount of compensation awarded to two wounded soldiers have been thwarted in the Court of Appeal.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has told Mr Justice Peter Smith to stand down from presiding over a professional negligence claim brought against Mills & Reeve after he expressed views unfavourable to the firm.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has dismissed an appeal by Nortel and Lehman Brothers International (Europe) against the Pensions Regulator over obligations to members of their respective pension schemes.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that hedge funds whose money was not properly ringfenced when Lehman Brothers went into administration will have access to client money deposited with the UK division of the bank, Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (LBIE).
Technology giant Apple is considering its next step after losing a court case in Shenzhen over the ownership of its iconic iPad trademark.
Have you got a phone? Well forget it granddad (and grandma). You might as well be talking into an old shoe. The iPhone is where it’s at.
Serle Court silk Peter McMaster QC is joining offshore firm Appleby as a partner in the Cayman Islands.
Offshore firm Appleby is continuing its investment in both litigation and the Far East by setting up a dispute resolution team in Hong Kong.
The founder of Bermuda firm Mello Jones & Martin, Michael Mello QC, has been snapped up by offshore giant Appleby.
Offshore firm Appleby has hired Mike Ellis, formerly European legal and compliance head for hedge fund administrator GlobeOp Financial Services, as deputy general counsel.
Offshore giant Appleby has appointed Kiernan Bell as its new managing partner in Bermuda.
Offshore firm Appleby has been hit by the exit of litigation partner Graeme Halkerston, who is rejoining the bar and taking up membership at Wilberforce Chambers.
Appleby has raided rival offshore firm Ogier for its Cayman head of litigation Chris Russell as the firm continues to bulk up its dispute resolution practice.
Offshore giant Appleby has made up one new partner in this year’s promotions round.
Appleby and Conyers Dill & Pearman have both made redundancies in their Bermuda offices as work flows remain sluggish in the offshore jurisdiction.
Episode five of The Apprentice: The candidates come up with a unique pet food brand and a marketing campaign.
Episode four of The Apprentice: the candidates head to Birmingham in a bid to turn a profit from selling beauty treatments.
Episode three of The Apprentice: the contestants are given a list of 10 items to purchase for London’s Savoy Hotel.
Week One of The Apprentice: the contestants spend £250 on fruit and veg with the aim of turning a profit.
Arbitrators are not employed and are therefore exempt from UK Equality Regulations, the Supreme Court has ruled today.
The recent case of Chandler v Cape provides a stark warning to parent companies that they cannot expect to divorce themselves entirely from the actions of their subsidiaries.
“That’s life,” sang that great legal analyst Frank Sinatra once upon a time. “You’re riding high in April, shot down in May.”
US firm Arnold & Porter has boosted its West Coast presence through a deal with Californian firm Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, which is expected to go through on 1 January.
Arnold & Porter has bulked up its London IP practice with the capture of a four-lawyer team - led by partner David Perkins - from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.
Arnold & Porter has registered one of the largest increases in turnover and average profit per equity partner (PEP) so far in this year’s US firm reporting season.
A dispute over a Formula 1 racing team’s intellectual property has been settled in the High Court.
Arsenal Football Club has appointed former MTV lawyer Svenja Geissmar as its first general counsel.
Slaughter and May partner Andrew Jolly has advised Arsenal Football Club on the sale of captain Cesc Fàbregas to FC Barcelona.
The former managing partner of Irish firm Arthur Cox has been appointed as the chairman designate of the Dublin Airports Authority (DAA).
Ashfords and Rochman Landau have gone ahead with a mooted tie-up, with the deal going live on 1 March.
Exeter firm Ashfords and Central London’s Rochman Landau have confirmed that they are in merger talks.
Ashurst has advised longstanding client National Express on a £350m bond issue as part of the rail, bus and coach operator’s return to stability after a difficult 2009.
Ashurst has boosted its Italian presence with the appointment of partner Alessandro Giovannelli as head of corporate.
Ashurst has made its first lateral partner hire in the US since it launched in the jurisdiction last year.
Ashurst’s Swedish arm has netted a Vinge partner for its corporate practice.
Ashurst has scooped the lead role advising a group of 30 of the UK’s largest pension schemes in a multi-million pound court case against investment management company Henderson Group.
Ashurst has scored a victory for the creditors of Dubai real estate company Nakheel with the news that they will be paid off through a bailout from the Abu Dhabi government.
Ashurst is advising National Express on the planned termination of its East Coast mainline franchise.
Ashurst and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have been mandated to act on National Express’ £360m cash call.
Ashurst and Herbert Smith have secured the top advisory roles in the proposed £100m rights issue by retail chain JJB Sports.
Ashurst and Lawrence Graham (LG) have snared the lead roles on a deal that marks one of the first incursions into the listed UK market by a state-owned Chinese company.
Ashurst and Mayer Brown have lined up to advise on a £300m joint venture between Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar to redevelop the Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank.
Ashurst and Norton Rose have won roles on Australian gold miner St Barbara’s A$556million (£366m) takeover of Allied Gold Mining.
Ashurst and Weil Gotshal & Manges have won key London roles after broker MF Global filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US and went into administration in the UK.
Ashurst has picked up two Frankfurt partners from now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf, with corporate lawyer Benedikt von Schorlemer and employment specialist Andreas Mauroschat both joining the UK firm.
Ashurst has boosted its Italian practice by hiring two partners from Dewey & LeBoeuf and one from Pedersoli e Associati.
Ashurst has boosted its dispute resolution practice with the hire of UBS litigation head David Capps.
Ashurst managing partner Simon Bromwich is set to stand down in May and will take over the role of head of litigation.
Ashurst has confirmed a tie-up with Australian independent Blake Dawson that will see the firms combine their Asian operations early next year and merge by 2014.
Ashurst’s former corporate head Roger Finbow has joined the Competition Commission as a reporting panel member along with Linklaters partner Tony Morris.
Ashurst has completed a major revamp of its corporate management structure with Stephen Lloyd taking up the newly created role of global corporate head.
Ashurst energy partner Anthony Patten has left the firm to return to Australia, where he will join the Perth office of Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR).
Ashurst litigation trio Michael Madden, Arundel McDougall and Wilson Thorburn are set to leave the firm, with practice head Madden believed to be joining another firm in the City, McDougall retiring from the partnership and Thorburn heading off to join JPMorgan.
Ashurst finance partner Ugo Giordano has quit the firm for Paul Hastings’ London base just over two years after joining the UK firm from now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf.
For a while there it looked like Ashurst would get away with just the fallout from its war on real estate and energy.
Ashurst has appointed Paris banking partner James Collis as its new managing partner, replacing Simon Bromwich in the role.
Ashurst has played a major role in helping beleaguered transport operator National Express secure a disputed £360m rights issue, despite opposition from its major shareholder.
Ashurst has bulked up its global energy team with the hire of Centrica Energy’s general counsel Peter Roberts.
Ashurst has announced a 3 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2011-12 financial year, with plateau partners enjoying a million-pound payout for the second year running.
Ashurst has appointed two new Milan heads in the wake of a four partner departure from the office.
Ashurst management has given partners at the top of equity a warning to keep up their game if they want to stay at that level of the lockstep.
Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and SNR Denton are among the firms to win places on Société Générale’s UK panel, with Ashurst’s appointment understood to be a new client win.
Ashurst is to open a second Italian office after raiding Dewey & LeBoeuf and local firm NCTM for the launch of a three-partner practice in Rome.
Ashurst partner Michael Madden has joined US firm Winston & Strawn as head of its commercial litigation practice in London.
Ashurst corporate partner Steven Fox has quit the firm to take up partnership at Clifford Chance.
Stephenson Harwood has continued to bolster its corporate practice with the hire of Ashurst partner Andrew Edge.
King & Wood Mallesons has poached Australian competition partner Stephen Ridgeway from Ashurst’s Melbourne office.
Jones Day has hired Ashurst partner Alice Yurke for its New York finance practice.
Ashurst equity partner Louise Eccleston has left the firm to return to Australia, becoming the firm’s second energy partner in less than a month to head down under.
Ashurst has made its first lateral partner hire in the US since it launched in the jurisdiction last year.
Ashurst has promoted 12 lawyers to its partnership, with only three of the new partners based in London.
A proposed tie-up deal between Ashurst and Australia’s Blake Dawson, which will create a 31-partner practice across Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo and Papua New Guinea, is expected to face a vote among Ashurst’s partners before the end of September.
Ashurst corporate partner Alastair Holland has taken over as the firm’s Abu Dhabi managing partner following the transfer of energy partner David Wadham to London.
Ashurst partner Alex Cunliffe has become the latest member of the firm’s real estate and construction teams to leave the City outfit.
Herbert Smith corporate insurance duo Adam Levitt and Hammad Akhtar have quit the firm to join Ashurst.
Ashurst is close to applying for licences to practice in South Korea and Beijing as the top 15 UK firm moves ahead with its Asian growth plans.
Ashurst has unveiled its 2009 promotions, with only 10 lawyers making the cut this year compared with 17 in 2008.
Ashurst restructuring partner David von Saucken is leaving to join US firm Kaye Scholer, splitting his time between London and Frankfurt.
Ashurst has appointed corporate partner Anthony Clare as a new member of its nine-strong management board.
Ashurst has reported a seven per cent drop in global revenues for the 2008-09 financial year.
Ashurst has reported a 35 per cent drop in profit per equity (PEP) for the 2008-09 financial year.
Ashurst client Connect Plus consortium has reached financial close on the £6.2bn M25 widening project.
Ashurst has raided Linklaters’ Stockholm office for the hire of the magic circle firm’s Swedish senior partner Martin Börresen.
Ashurst has formed a best-friends relationship with India Law Partners (ILP), a four-month old start-up established by a team that broke away from Mumbai firm DSK Legal.
Ashurst has put its flexible working strategy in the spotlight after setting up a committee to look at work-life issues across the firm.
You would expect that Ashurst did a fair bit of due diligence before agreeing its merger with Australian firm Blake Dawson, even if senior management was understood to have been rather jittery about the deal right up until it was finalised.
Ashurst has posted a 14 per cent dip in first half revenue, with fee earners bringing in £136m compared with £158m in the same period last year.
Ashurst is eyeing the Netherlands, with a launch in the jurisdiction an option on the horizon.
Ashurst has closed its Delhi liaison office following the outcome of the Lawyers Collective case, which ruled that the practice of all law by foreign firms in India is illegal.
Ashurst head of securities and structured finance (SSF) Erica Handling is leaving the firm to become general counsel (Emea) at Barclays Capital.
Ashurst is one step closer to a Beijing launch after recruiting a Beijing partner from Mallesons Stephen Jaques.
Ashurst is planning to hold management board meetings outside Europe for the first time, with the move following the election of the first Asia partner to its committee.
Ashurst has confirmed that three of its London-based US securities partners are leaving the firm.
Ashurst has re-staffed its US securities team following last month’s exit of a trio of partners with the hire of two former Linklaters partners.
Ashurst’s highest-earning partner took home £1.052m in the 2010-11 financial year, marginally down on last year’s figure, according to the firm’s latest LLP accounts.
Ashurst has created the role of global human resources (HR) director in a move to formalise the firm’s international HR operations.
Ashurst has rejigged its management board following a vote, with Singapore managing partner Matthew Bubb replacing Paris partner Laurent Mabilat to become the committee’s first Asia-based member.
Ashurst has appointed Gide Loyrette Nouel associate Nicolas Bonnefoy as a partner in its global energy team.
Ashurst has hired a corporate partner from Norton Rose in Munich.
Ashurst has announced its partner promotions for this year, with the firm significantly increasing its partner count in the City.
Ashurst has promoted 11 lawyers to the partnership across its offices in London, Europe and Asia.
Ashurst, DLA Piper, Eversheds, Norton Rose and Rosenblatt Solicitors have advised on the construction of the Shard, which is set to be unveiled today.
Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hogan Lovells were all acting on Northumbrian Water’s £2.4bn cash sale to a Hong Kong consortium controlled by billionaire Li Ka-Shing.
Ashurst and Lawrence Graham have snared the lead roles on a deal that marks one of the first incursions into the listed UK market by a state-owned Chinese company.
Ashurst, Ropes & Gray and Sullivan & Cromwell have scored major roles on one of the largest European private equity buyouts of the year - the €1.2bn (£1bn) sale of Belgian manufacturing company Ontex to Goldman Sachs PIA and TPG Capital.
A raft of firms won roles advising on the establishment of a UK start-up designed to produce energy from organic waste.
It looks like all systems are go Down Under for Ashurst.
As CEO salaries at blue-chip companies once again hit the news for failing adequately to correlate performance with reward, The Lawyer brings you an exclusive on how Ashurst has shaken up partner profit shareout over the past two years (see story).
Ashurst has reported a turnover drop of just under 3 per cent for the 2009-10 financial year, with the total falling from £301m in 2008-09 to £293m.
Ashurst has made a fresh start in the US. As revealed by TheLawyer today, the silver circle firm has drawn up a network of six firms it will forge a referral relationship with to better tackle the challenging US legal market.
The highest-earning partner at Ashurst took home more than £1m in 2009-10 after the top payment dipped below the seven-figure barrier during the previous financial year.
Ashurst has posted a 6 per cent rise in revenue for the 2011-12 financial year, with the figure coming in at £322m.
UK firms Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Ashurst, along with leading Chinese firms King & Wood Mallesons, Jun He, Commerce & Finance and Grandall were among the advisers on a raft of Chinese corporate deals in the past week.
Sullivan & Cromwell has taken the lead counsel role in Chinese asset manager Cinda’s $1.6bn equity sale to four foreign investors, while Paul Weiss and Clifford Chance have assisted in Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia’s $300m investment in Tianhe Chemicals Group.
Kirkland & Ellis and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have bagged the lead counsel roles in the merger of US-listed Chinese online video companies Youku and Tudou, while a number of other firms have reaped the benefit of a high level of financing deals in South East Asia.
IPOs, delistings and dim sum bonds in Hong Kong are keeping several firms busy, including Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May.
The past week has seen a flurry of firms working on large M&A transactions across Asia Pacific, including HSBC’s sale of its general insurance business to Axa and QBE, and China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group’s $2.4bn bid for Australian mining company Extract Resources.
Ashurst has announced a 3.5 per cent increase in turnover for the 2010-11 financial year and a 5 per cent hike in average profit per equity partner (PEP).
London-based asset management firm BLM partners has appointed Jeffrey Iverson as its general counsel.
International insurance provider Assurant Solutions has appointed Christian Graville as its new European legal director.
When a corporate client calls in Brick Court’s Jonathan Sumption QC to lead its legal team, it is calling in the big guns to fight off a case whatever the financial cost.
Commercial television network ITV is being sued by Atkins Thomson Solicitors on behalf of a reality TV star who claims he came up with the concept for reality TV show The Only Way Is Essex (Towie).
The Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC has issued a warning to Twitter followers who break anonymised court orders.
Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC has issued new warnings on contempt of court, saying news organisations will face prosecution if they publish material which could prejudice court proceedings.
No-one leaves Slaughter and May, right?
Australian firm Blake Dawson has officially opened in Tokyo, becoming one of the first Australian firms to open an office in Japan.
Australian firm Blake Dawson has dismissed the possibility of a merger with a UK firm, instead pledging to focus its attentions on Asia.
Australia’s Slater & Gordon, the first law firm to float on a stock market, has posted a 21 per cent jump in turnover to Aus$124.7m (£71.8m) for the 2009-10 financial year.
It’s all happening Down Under. First Norton Rose marched into the Australian market by signing a tie-up with Deacons.
The international legal market never rests. The jurisdiction du jour - or more appropriately dell giorno - is Italy. Well, at least it is if you’re Ashurst or Bird & Bird.
Norton Rose has announced a £47m increase in turnover for its entire international operations since it merged with Australian firm Deacons last year.
Australian financial services group AMP’s general counsel Brian Salter has formed a plan to set up an international panel, which will consist of mainly global law firms with a strong Asia presence.
Mid-tier law firms in Australia are the biggest winner in terms of revenue growth in the past two years, according to the latest Top 30 Law Firm list released by Australia’s BRWmagazine.
Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) has opened a representative office in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar.
Allens Arthur Robinson has hired Clifford Chance asset finance partner Rod Howell as the Australian firm ramps up its Singapore offering.
Ten-partner Sydney Atanaskovic Hartnell has opened an office in London, reversing the trend for UK firms flocking to Australia.
Australian firm Freehills has signed a strategic alliance with Chinese firm TransAsia.
Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques has entered into tie-up talks with one of China’s largest commercial law firms, King & Wood.
Australian firm Minter Ellison is opening an office in Mongolia in a bid to capitalise on the country’s emerging resource-based economy.
Austrian firm Wolf Theiss has made up four partners across three offices in Central and Eastern Europe.
Avanti Communications Group has appointed Patrick Willcocks to the newly-created role of general counsel.
Real estate portfolio and asset management company Axa Real Estate Investment Managers (Axa Real Estate) has appointed Sarah Leroy as global head of legal.
Axiom has launched a new delivery centre in Belfast after being offered up to £1.6m in public funding to make the move.
Old Square Chambers’ Jane McNeill QC has won a partial victory for British Airways pilots who can now challenge in the Supreme Court how they are remunerated while on leave, the EU Court of Justice has ruled.
British Airways (BA) is close to announcing the results of its UK-wide panel review, with sources close to the tender predicting a slimmer line-up.
Seven firms including Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have landed roles on BAA’s new legal panel.
It’s a rare occurrence for a major commercial case to collapse because the defence has withdrawn part-way through the trial.
Many sets have been ploughing investment into new management structures over the past 12 months, with some bringing in chief executives to steer them through the implementation of the Legal Services Act.
Listen up, everyone. Yes, it was fun while it lasted and the service was nice and everything and Kate or Catherine looked lovely in her snowy muslin shawl and we did get a very long holiday too.
“This is comment 1” … “This is comment 2”
The last year has seen a pretty unprecedented overhaul by the Coalition of the previous Government’s legacy.
In the well-known urban myth, a frog placed in a pan of water will not try to jump out, even as the heat slowly increases to boiling point. When it comes to the risks of corruption, many UK companies have been similarly complacent about the risk of prosecution.
Bahraini firm Qays H. Zu’bi Attorneys & Legal Consultants has announced plans to merge with local firm Hatim S. Zu’bi & Partners.
London firm Bains Cohen and 5RB’s David Hirst have convinced the High Court that Facebook should be forced to reveal the identities of cyber-bullies.
Baker & McKenzie has won a bid to become FTSE 250 telecoms company Colt Group’s preferred legal advisor on commercial work across Europe, beating more than 45 firms.
Van Campen & Partners, the Dutch private equity boutique which spun off from Baker & McKenzie’s Amsterdam office earlier this year has added its eighth partner.
Baker & McKenzie has appointed former Allen & Overy finance director Ian Dinwiddie as its new global chief financial officer (CFO).
Baker & McKenzie has topped a table of leading international law firm brands for the third year running, but the rest of the top ten is rapidly catching up.
Baker & McKenzie is to open a new base in South Africa with lawyers, staff and partners from Dewey & LeBoeuf’s defunct Johannesburg office following the biggest collapse of a law firm in US history.
Baker & McKenzie is to close its San Diego office at the end of the month with all fee-earners and staff losing their jobs.
Baker & McKenzie London partner Beatriz Pessoa de Araujo has been elected to the firm’s international executive committee, freeing a space on the London management committee.
Baker & Mckenzie has become the latest international firm to expand into Turkey, following partnership approval for an exclusive relationship with Istanbul-based firm Esin Attorney Partnership.
Baker & McKenzie’s Singapore member firm Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow has appointed former Ang & Partners partner Chan Leng Sun as a principal in its dispute resolution practice.
The High Court has ruled that strikes planned by British Airways cabin crew over the Christmas period are illegal.
When Great Britain sprinter Dwain Chambers tested positive for banned anabolic steroid THG in 2004 he effectively kissed goodbye to dreams of future Olympic glory.
Texas firm Baker Botts has made up 13 lawyers in its latest round of partner promotions, including two in London.
Texas-headquartered Baker Botts has hired another four antitrust partners from dissolved firm Howrey for its Washington DC office.
Baker Botts has hired 32 antitrust lawyers from Howrey, the US firm that this week voted to dissolve.
Ohio-headquartered Baker Hostetler has snapped up 17 lawyers from dissolved firm Howrey, including litigation co-chair Robert Abrams.
The Europe legal and compliance director at oilfield services giant Baker Hughes is set to leave the company to join global energy business Wood Group.
Baker & McKenzie has bulked up its practices in Asia and North America with partner hires in Washington DC, Houston, New York and Beijing.
Baker & McKenzie has advised new client Centamin Egypt on its primary listing and admission to the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
Baker & McKenzie has advised on one of the first Russian IPOs in London since the beginning of the downturn.
Baker & McKenzie and Blackstone Chambers are leading National Lottery Operator Camelot’s judicial review application against the Gambling Commission.
Baker & McKenzie and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are the only US firms to be recognised in LGB charity Stonewall’s legal sector top 10.
Baker & McKenzie and Cravath Swaine & Moore have taken lead roles on the multi-billion takeover of chemicals company Nalco Holding Company by Ecolab, a leading developer of cleaning products.
A team of lawyers drawn largely from the Amsterdam offices of Baker & McKenzie and DLA Piper has launched a new firm focusing solely on financial services law.
Baker & McKenzie and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have lined up to take top roles in Cargill’s planned €1.5bn ($2.14bn) acquisition of global animal nutrition company Provimi from private equity firm Permira.
International firms Baker & McKenzie and Latham & Watkins have scooped lead roles on Rio Tinto’s divestment of its global talc business.
Baker & McKenzie and Mayer Brown have hit the jackpot after landing the advisory mandates on the agreement to sell National Lottery operator Camelot to the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan (OTPP).
Baker & McKenzie’s London office has made its third hire from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the last 12 months, naming senior associate Sebastien Marcelin-Rice as partner in the firm’s banking and finance group.
Baker & McKenzie has hired a team of litigators in Paris specialising in industrial litigation and arbitration.
Baker & McKenzie has bulked up its global tax practice with the hire of two prominent tax lawyers from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Baker & McKenzie has hired a former Ernst & Young (E&Y) economist in London for its transfer pricing practice.
Baker & McKenzie London managing partner Gary Senior has been reelected for a third term at the helm.
Baker & McKenzie has confirmed it is freezing pay for its London associates at last year’s levels, with trainee salaries recording the only rise in the City office.
It’s all about Brazil these days, and for once that isn’t a shoehorned reference to the World Cup (which, as we all know, ended last Sunday afternoon).
Baker & McKenzie’s London office saw turnover drop by just over 3 per cent during the last financial year, down from £119.8m to £115.7m.
Baker & McKenzie’s Dutch private equity head Marc van Campen is leading a breakaway from the US firm’s Amsterdam office to set up an independent firm.
Baker & McKenzie has promoted seven lawyers to its London partnership.
Baker & McKenzie has been appointed as global legal counsel to Danish brewer Carlsberg.
Baker & McKenzie has elected Brazil managing partner Eduardo Leite as its next global chairman.
Baker & McKenzie has appointed new managing partners in Brazil and Australia.
Baker & McKenzie today opens its 68th office, launching a base in Luxembourg as it looks to capitalise on the expected boom in investment fund activity in the country.
Baker & McKenzie has paid tribute to its former London managing partner Russell Lewin, who died yesterday aged 51.
Baker & McKenzie has promoted 63 lawyers to its global partnership, with three coming in London.
Baker & McKenzie has promoted two lawyers to its London partnership with the duo taking up their new roles tomorrow (1 July).
Baker & McKenzie has relocated two more partners to Abu Dhabi as it seeks to build its fledgling office in the jurisdiction.
Baker & McKenzie has reshuffled its global management committee as Latin America chair and Brazil managing partner Eduardo Leite takes over as chairman.
Baker & McKenzie has rejigged its London office management committee with the election of IP partner Paul Rawlinson
Baker & McKenzie has snatched back its crown as the world’s largest law firm by turnover, beginning a reign that will last… well, probably until December, when Skadden’s 2011 fiscal year ends.
Baker & McKenzie has snared the former managing partner of Europe’s largest independent firm, Garrigues, as a partner in Madrid.
Baker & McKenzie has continued its job cull by making 38 associates and 86 support staff redundant in the US.
Baker & McKenzie has posted an 8 per cent rise in global revenue for the 2010-11 financial year, taking total income to a record $2.27bn.
Human resources departments employ some of the patient and tactful people in any organisation. They have to - as the provisional wing of management they deal with the sharp end of strategic initiatives.
Baker & McKenzie and Blackstone Chambers are acting for the British Olympic Association (BOA) as it goes to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), seeking to preserve its 19-year-old bylaw permanently excluding athletes guilty of doping offences from participating at the Olympics.
Baker & McKenzie and White & Case have secured victory for Japanese technology giants Mitsubishi Electric and Toshiba in a series of price-fixing cases before the EU General Court.
Pan-Baltic firm Raidla Lejins & Norcous has announced three new senior appointments in its office in Tallinn, Estonia.
Pan-Baltic firm Lawin has added a litigation team led by Varul partner Andrias Smaliukas to its practice.
Eight partners and former partners of Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) are set for a payment of roughly £35,000 each when the lease ends on the premises of a media boutique it took over in the 1990s.
The Bank of Ireland has launched a lawsuit against an Irish lawyer and his wife in a bid to recoup €69.5m in property loans and interest.
So, President Obama has nipped into his nearest phone booth, ironed his blue and red pants and emerged as the Superman that his followers always wanted him to become.
Investment banking boutique Exotix has hired Jide Bada as its new general counsel.
After spending three months scrutinising his legal panel in order to radically reduce the number of advisers on it, Barclays general counsel Mark Harding has unveiled the new-look roster.
New figures released by the Ministry of Justice show recession-related litigation in the High Court has rocketed in the last 12 months.
Could Banksy’s street art become the next listed cultural asset? Burges Salmon solicitor John Webster thinks so.
The Bar Council has launched a new China training scheme that will see 10 Chinese lawyers taking on a practical placement in barristers’ chambers in London.
What a week for the bar. As our front page today reveals, One Essex Court and Herbert Smith are friends again having kissed and made up over a billing spat (see story). Bless.
Earlier this week the incoming chair of the Bar Council Michael Todd QC delivered a wide ranging inaugural speech outlining his vision for the bar in 2012.
The item I carry around with me at work is a tag to open doors – being locked out in the staircase is very lonely.
Barcelona-based firm Marimon Abogados has opened in Madrid after hiring three partners from CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo.
Banks that issued professional practice loans to Dewey & LeBoeuf partners to fund their capital contributions are negotiating an extension to the debt.
Barclays has hired Herbert Smith corporate partner Michael Shaw as its deputy general counsel.
International firms have emerged as the winners of Barclays’ latest panel review, the results of which are released today.
Barclays is set to launch its next panel review this week to form a single roster covering Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Record fines for Barclays over the rigging of interest rates could pave the way for a wave of commercial litigation in the UK and the US.
Barratt has appointed a new general counsel and company secretary to take over when incumbent Laurence Dent retires at the end of the year.
A former Middle Temple barrister has been struck off by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for concocting a web of “tortuous deceit” over a “phantom” £1m payout to his client.
Bates Wells & Braithwaite has paved the way for US rapper Snoop Dogg to enter the UK after a long-running battle with UK immigration.
Rupert Murdoch, or more accurately his son James, has decided to close The London Paper, the free paper usually found carpeting the floor of the capital’s tube stations.
Until now, Keating Chambers’ entry into Law Rocks has been playing it low key.
We’re half-way through the calendar year and The Lawyer’s top ten court battles of 2009 are well under way. The House of Lords will hear two cases this month, one is awaiting judgment from the Law Lords, two and a half have recently settled, another is ongoing, a further two will be heard in October and one is not due to reach the High Court until 2010. Phew!
The BBC has named a new group general counsel to replace Nicholas Eldred, who left the organisation in 2011 to join auction house Christie’s.
BBC Scotland has trebled its roster of legal advisers after finalising its panel review last week.
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has appointed Martyn Freeman as general counsel.
A Swiss technology partner from mid-sized firm BCCC Avocats has split off to set up his own boutique.
BDO has been appointed as official liquidators of Halliwells, a precursor to dealing with outstanding creditors’ claims against the failed firm.
It was “inconceivable” that Halliwells’ staff and fixed-share partners did not know something about the equity partners’ reverse premium windfall, a judge ruled today.
BDO partners acting as liquidators for Halliwells were yesterday refused leave to appeal a High Court judgment that prevented them from chasing one of the failed firm’s former partners for cash.
You know that sinking feeling you get, when you pick up the phone to introduce yourself to your opposite number on a new transaction?
Beachcroft has bolstered its fledgling Dublin office with the hire of a four-strong team from local Irish firms.
Beachcroft has defeated a £2m negligence claim brought against it by a former client, but failed to recover £214,000 of fees it said were outstanding from the client.
The squeeze on public spending has hit profits at Beachcroft, which reported a 3 per cent drop in fee income year to £60m at the half compared with the same period last year.
Beachcroft has acquired the insurance business of Kingslegal, taking it into the Welsh legal market for the first time.
Beachcroft has focused on its core domestic insurance practice in its latest round of partnership promotions, bringing six into the fold.
Beachcroft has picked up a partner from Eversheds following a successful pitch for work for telecoms giant O2.
Beachcroft has appointed the former chair of the Healthcare Commission to spearhead a new health advisory unit at the firm.
Beachcroft has promoted seven associates to its partnership, with all based around the firm’s regional network.
Beachcroft has completed more than 70 major transactions in the past week under the Department of Health’s Transforming Community Services (TCS) programme.
Beachcroft has restructured the management and product lines of its claims division as it plans to integrate it into the wider business.
Beachcroft has promoted nine to the partnership, with the focus heavily on dispute resolution for the second consecutive year.
Beachcroft has announced a rise in turnover of 6 per cent to £121m, but a dip in profits of 2.9 per cent.
London insurer Jubilee Insurance has appointed Beachcroft to run off the claims for its motor insurance business.
Eversheds has helped its longstanding client Apple Corps on an agreement to make The Beatles’ music available online for the first time.
Despite the increased threat of global terrorism, the escalation of violence in Greece and the ever-present menace posed by roguish foxes in our inner cities, the world is officially becoming a nicer place.
In June 2011 Sir Nigel Knowles appeared on BBC Radio 5’s morning show Wake Up To Money and was greeted by the host with the question: “So, DLA Piper is one of the largest law firms in the world. How come I’ve never heard of them?” (or words to that effect).
Squire Sanders & Dempsey’s global partnership has given its blessing to the firm’s union with the vast majority of Minter Ellison’s Perth office (see story).
Another day, another set of magic circle financial results to interpret.
In media law the complaint is that current libel regulations are out of touch with the internet age. The same problem has struck the retail sector, with big brands complaining that online auction websites are flouting trademark rights by helping their users trade in counterfeit goods.
German firm Beiten Burkhardt has made up 15 lawyers to salaried partner status while a further three have entered the equity in the firm’s latest round of promotions.
Belgian firm Altius has taken on a regulatory and trade practice group from boutique firm Vlaemminck & Partners.
Belgian firm De Wolf & Partners has moved to strengthen its IP team with the hire of Capgemini’s former general counsel for Australia.
Belgian independent Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has appointed Jan Vincent Lindemans as managing partner and Philippe Malherbe as senior partner.
Blackstone Chambers’ Michael Beloff QC has agreed to help Great Britain’s rhythmic gymnasts fight their exclusion from the Olympics, after they got their ribbons in a twist and failed to score enough points to qualify for the games.
For any high-earning individuals out there considering a spell in the tax haven of Spain, the country’s government has just thrown a Spaniard in the works.
Loyens & Loeff has become the first major Benelux firm to open a Hong Kong office, building on its existing presence in Singapore and Tokyo.
Currywurst and Bitburger might not have been on the menu but there was still a decidedly local feel to The Lawyer’s second European Awards, which took place in Berlin last night.
Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has elected partner Mike Brown as its new senior partner succeeding Terry Renouf, who will stand down after six years in the job.
Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has hired two partners from Bristol firm John A Neil Solicitors to launch its office in the city.
Berrymans Lace Mawer has posted double-digit growth across the board for 2010-11 with turnover, average profit per equity partner (PEP) and net profits all up on the previous year.
The “Best Legal Departments of Russia” competition – now in its sixth year – is Russia’s most prestigious award for the corporate counsel community.
This week saw the publication of two great literary masterpieces.
By hook or by crook, Ashurst is determined that it is not going to miss the party in India.
Tensions have been simmering between Gibraltar’s suspended Chief Justice Derek Schofield and its Governor Sir Robert Fulton for almost a decade.
Bevan Brittan has launched a second redundancy consultation in a bid to stave off wider cuts at a later date.
Bevan Brittan has elected local government partner Bethan Evans to the role of senior partner after recently installing a traditional legal management structure.
Insurance giant Zurich has revamped its UK legal panel, with Bevan Brittan losing out while Beachcroft and Pinsent Masons have held on to their spots.
Bevan Brittan has seen revenues slide 9 per cent from £37.7m to £34.3m as a result of mass public spending cuts.
Bevan Brittan is to revert to a legal management structure following the exit of chief executive Andrew Manning at the end of the financial year.
Bristol-headquartered firm Bevan Brittan has broken through its profitability target, reporting profits at the 2008-09 year end of £8.6m.
Bevan Brittan is in talks with business process outsourcing (BPO) company Intelligent Office UK in a deal that will see 75 support staff transferred out of the firm.
Upcoming cuts in public spending have led to Bevan Brittan announcing a third round of redundancy talks, the firm has confirmed.
Clifford Chance capital markets head David Bickerton has been elected by the firm’s partnership to become London managing partner.
Bideford Town Council is to appeal a High Court ruling that found that it is unlawful for prayers to be held before council meetings under the Local Government Act (1972).
In 2011, the Big 4 “accountancy” firms reported revenues of $29.2 billion (PWC), $28.8 billion (Deloitte), $22.9 billion (E&Y), $22.7 billion (KPMG). The world’s largest law firm reported revenues of $2.1 billion (Baker & McKenzie).
Scottish firm Biggart Baillie has been drafted in to advise as Rangers Football Club goes into administration.
The fees for the counsel advising the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics have topped £600,000, a quarterly expenditure report has revealed.
Anger has swept across the bar after it emerged that Halliwells went into administration owing barristers a total of £1.28m.
A group of around 40 businesses has turned to Bindmans in a bid to tackle the organisers of the London Olympics over compensation.
The Supreme Court has upheld a Court of Appeal ruling that it was illegal for a Jewish school to refuse entry to a boy because his mother was not recognised as Jewish by the Office of the Chief Rabbi.
The High Court has given permission for Bindmans to bring a ‘right to die’ matter before the courts after it threw out the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) strike out application.
King’s Cross firm Bindmans has been recommended by a left-wing blog as the firm of choice for those arrested in relation to London riots.
Bindmans has launched judicial review proceedings against the Metropolitan Police over claims it failed to adequately investigate allegations of phone hacking at Sunday tabloid News of the World (NoW).
A City firm has settled a disability discrimination claim brought by a former employee for £1.3m under a confidential agreement.
US firm Bingham McCutchen will soon add Beijing to its roster of global offices after securing a licence from China’s Ministry of Justice to open a representative office in the city.
Bingham McCutchen has elected four London lawyers to its partnership as part of a nine-lawyer global round of promotions.
US firm Bingham McCutcheon has hired Jones Day partner Xiaowei Ye to manage its newly launched Beijing office alongside corporate partner Brian Beglin, who is relocating from Tokyo.
Bingham McCutchen has continued its Asian investment programme with the promotion of three new lawyers to its Tokyo partnership.
The London office of Bingham McCutchen is celebrating after winning the latest round in its long-running battle for the bondholders in troubled Polish conglomerate Elektrim.
Bingham McCutchen had added 13 lawyers to its partnership, all of whom are based in the firm’s US office, in its annual round of promotions.
Bingham McCutchen has acquired 120-lawyer US firm McKee Nelson.
Bingham McCutchen has brought in an enforcement chief from the Financial Industry Regulator Authority (FINRA) to head its enforcement practice in New York.
The London office of Bingham has posted a 13.9 per cent increase in turnover following a strong year in financial regulatory and restructuring.
The London office of Bingham has posted a 31.6 per cent increase in turnover off the back of a significant rise in restructuring work.
Biotechnology research company Vernalis has promoted in-house lawyer Alison Hood to the position of general counsel and company secretary.
Bircham Dyson Bell has completed a second redundancy consultation, which has seen 15 jobs cut at the top 80 firm.
Bircham Dyson Bell has announced that temporary managing partner Jesper Christensen will fill the role on a permanent basis.
Bircham Dyson Bell residential and leasehold reform head John Stephenson has taken over as the firm’s senior partner from today.
Bircham Dyson Bell’s managing partner has told the firm’s management board that he will not stand for re-election next month.
Bird & Bird has added five partners to its Asian practice with four external appointments and one internal promotion.
Bird & Bird has appointed Al Jazeera Network’s chief legal officer Osama Abu-Dehays as a partner to strengthen its media and sports practice in the Middle East.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf London corporate partner Stephen Walters has joined Bird & Bird’s Paris office.
Bird & Bird is to open in Hamburg, the expansionist firm’s fourth office in Germany.
Bird & Bird has made up four lawyers to its partnership in its annual round of promotions.
Hamburg, birthplace of the Beatles, is also home to the most interesting football team in Europe. St Pauli, as Bundesliga fans will know, have an anarchist fan base and a gay former club president. Millwall it certainly ain’t.
Pity poor John Pheasant. Who, you ask? How quickly the stars of yester-year are consigned to the black hole of oblivion (also known as Hogan & Hartson).
Birmingham City Council (BCC) has completed the tender for its £6m legal panel, which 38 other local authorities are able to access.
Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) corporate director of governance Mirza Ahmad is facing redundancy as the local authority considers restructuring its senior management.
Birmingham City Council’s corporate director of governance Mirza Ahmad has left his position after more than a year of uncertainty following a restructure of senior management at the local authority.
Birmingham City Council (BCC) legal chief Mirza Ahmad faces redundancy after he was unsuccessful in his bid to assume a newly created role of strategic director of resources.
No5 Chambers has named Paul Bleasdale QC as the set’s new head following the death earlier this month of Ralph Lewis QC.
Cleverly crafted in glass from a literal hole in the wall between two taller buildings, like a small child swinging by the hands of its two flanking parents, Bishopsgate Kitchen’s novelty factor is in plain sight from the outset.
White collar crime firm Bivonas discriminated against lawyer Lee Bennett on the grounds of sexual orientation, an Employment Appeal Tribunal has found.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has instructed Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC to lead its judicial review proceedings into the decision to give West Ham United use of the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 games.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has rejected a bid made by Orchard Park Garden Centre to challenge an unfair dismissal ruling brought by an ex-employee and animal rights activist.
Human rights and civil liberties silk Sir Ian Brownlie QC has died in a car accident in Egypt.
Blackstone Chambers has a scrum of barristers involved in a crucial sporting appeal to the Rugby Football Union.
Blackstone Chambers and Olswang have secured a judicial review hearing for Tottenham Hotspur against the decision to give West Ham United use of the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games.
Mr Justice Kitchin has ruled that Harry Potter author JK Rowling and her publishing house Bloomsbury should face claims for copyright infringement in the High Court.
Blackstone Chambers silk Ian Mill QC has lost a high profile case in the Manchester Mercantile Court after Mr Justice Hegarty QC ruled that his client, sport management firm Proactive, was not owed commission by footballer Wayne Rooney.
Matrix Chambers’ Clare Montgomery QC has persuaded the Supreme Court to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden to face allegations of sex offences.
Blackstone Chambers’ Ian Brownlie QC and Clifford Chance partner Michael Smyth are the only lawyers to have been honoured by the Queen in her annual Birthday Honours List.
Blackstone Chambers’ Michael Beloff QC is to represent Great Britain’s rhythmic gymnastics group in their appeal against their exclusion from the Olympic Games.
The Supreme Court has ruled that people in Scotland who have been affected by the asbestos related condition pleural plaques have the right to compensation.
Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC has helped Tesco rebut an OFT request for cheese-pricing information in the build up to a major appeal.
Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC has been instructed to launch an appeal after the High Court dismissed a judicial review application relating to the closure of six libraries in North London.
Blackstone Chambers’ Michael Beloff QC has convinced the Supreme Court that Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the heart of the phone-hacking scandal, should disclose who instructed him at the News of the World.
Blackstone Chambers’ David Pannick QC has won judicial review proceedings against the Secretary of State for Justiceon behalf of the BBC.
The Government must reassess how it compensated former Equitable Life pension policyholders after the High Court rejected attempts to quash a parliamentary ombudsman report into the near collapse of the insurer.
The UK Supreme Court has rejected a bid by Blackstone Chambers silk Dinah Rose QC to re-open the extradition hearing of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
The Indonesian associated firm of Australia’s Blake Dawson has expanded with the addition of one partner and 13 associates.
Blake Lapthorn has launched a London banking practice after hiring Clyde & Co head of banking Claire Wheatley.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) is planning to merge with fellow insurance firm Clyde & Co, in a deal that would propel the combined entity into the UK top 10 by turnover.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and Clyde & Co have voted to proceed with their merger plans, the firms have announced jointly.
Merger partners Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and Clyde & Co will send a representative to Libya next week in a bid to extricate BLG from its lease on a London office building owned by the Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company (Lafico).
The Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) brand will be scrapped in favour of Clyde & Co when the firms merge in November with BLG’s partners moving onto Clydes’ lockstep structure.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert commercial disputes head Julian Randall has quit the firm to join Taylor Wessing along with litigation partner Andrew Howell.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) partner duo Mike Munro and James Parker have become the latest to quit the firm amid a string of partner exits.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert financial services chief Tim Strong has left to join Taylor Wessing less than a year after the firm created the specialised practice area.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has hired the head of US firm Fredrikson & Byron’s China practice.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has offered half of its September trainee intake £2,500 to defer for six months.
Wragge & Co has hired the London-based head of the international arbitration practice at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has unveiled its partnership promotion round, bringing nine into the fold.
Norton Rose has bolstered its insurance practice with the hire of two maritime partners from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG).
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert chief executive Clint Evans is set to leave the firm with chief operating officer (COO) David Jabbari stepping into the role.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) partner Andrew Giverin is leaving the firm to set up a technology boutique in the latest in a string of departures from the top 40 firm.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has repaid more than £232,000 to failed firm Halliwells’ administrators after initially withholding the sum, which was owed as part of BLG’s 2010 purchase of Halliwells’ insurance practice.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has launched a redundancy consultation with 49 staff and an undisclosed number of fee earners.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is having a touch of landlord trouble - the trouble being that its landlord was Colonel Gaddafi (see story).
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, HBJ Gateley Wareing and Hill Dickinson have completed their acquisition of failed firm Halliwells.
The imminent merger between Clyde & Co and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) faces a snag as the firms have delayed signing the agreement.
Revealed: the kingmaker behind today’s shock news that BLG is in merger talks with Clydes (see story).
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) made a loss on its newly opened Brazilian operation in 2009-10, when the firm posted a 22 per cent profit margin on a firmwide turnover of £81m.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert insurance partners Simon Cooper and Kiran Soar have defected to Ince & Co ahead of the firm’s merger with Clyde & Co.
Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has converted to a legal disciplinary partnership (LDP) and promoted non-lawyer Alistair Kinley into its equity partnership.
Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has the highest proportion of female partners among the top 50 UK firms by turnover, with 35 per cent of its partnership made up of women.
The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has appointed Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) head of policy development Alistair Kinley to lead its working party on Lord Justice Jackson’s civil justice reforms.
Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has promoted eight associates to its partnership with half the total being made up in Manchester.
It’s been one year exactly since Andrew Marr hit out at bloggers, calling them mostly “socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed young men sitting in their mothers’ basements and ranting”.
Today, the world’s largest annual energy conferences kicks off in Houston, Texas. With more than 70,000 delegates and 2,000 exhibiting companiesfrom over 110 counties, the Offshore Technology Conference is big on a scale that only the U.S. can manage.
Scale continues to be the theme as we get into the Texan way. Great speech from Matt Fox EVP at Conoco Phillips, where he discussed the scale thatnow exists in unconventional gas and the seismic changes there.
Today’s theme was innovation. Maybe not surprising at a global technology showcase, but innovation in interesting ways.
John Rutherford, an energy specialist and corporate partner at Pinsent Masons, reports the latest from the Offshore Technology Conference in Euston, Texas, where delegate numbers have hit over 80,000.
Martin Ewan, a Partner in the Energy and Natural Resources practice at Pinsent Masons, looks back on a thought-provoking week at the world’s largestenergy event.
This week I was invited to the ceremony of the George Orwell Awards for “political” writing.
For those of you who felt the Daily Mail’s Melanie Phillips’ delightful ramblings on England’s riots couldn’t quite provide you with all you needed to know, The Lawyer has compiled some of the best blogs to come out of the chaos (see story).
Disputes over procurement policies are on the rise as contractors fiercely fight to secure contracts. Nowhere is this more evident than in Alstom Transport’s legal battle with Eurostar International over the train operator’s decision to hand a fleet building contract to Siemens.
US firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher is set to lose five partners from its New York base to its long-standing client Bloomberg.
An attempt to bring a US-style class action through the Court of Appeal has been thrown out after Lord Justice Mummery said the case was “fatally flawed”.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is continuing to bulk up its finance practice, hiring a partner from Ashurst for its London banking and capital markets group.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has made a double lateral hire, adding partners to its corporate finance and asset finance practices.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) banking and capital markets partner Mark Waghorn has announced that he will leave the firm after 21 years.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Watson Farley & Williams’ Asia corporate head for its Singapore office.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued its recent hiring spree, taking on Clifford Chance litigation partner Nicholas Fletcher.
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) top-earning partner took home £1.6m during 2009-10, a profit share 60 per cent above that paid to partners on the top rung of the firm’s modified lockstep.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has announced the hire of Linklaters real estate finance partner Claire Watson, making her the firm’s ninth lateral hire since the beginning of the year.
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) banking push shows no sign of abating as the firm picks up a structured finance partner from Clifford Chance.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has cut 85 jobs at the end of a redundancy consultation that got underway in May.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has elected a new chairman to replace incumbent Peter Robinson as Harold Paisner gets another term as senior partner.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has made up 13 partners in its annual round of promotions, up from eight in 2010.
Berwin Leighton Paisner has made up seven to its partnership this year, with the real estate practice the biggest beneficiary.
We’d like to say that Greenberg Traurig Maher has 45 lawyers working on the Colt Technology Services account that it has just won from Berwin Leighton Paisner (see story) - then we could call them “the Colt 45”.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has re-elected Neville Eisenberg as managing partner for a fifth term.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired a PR and marketing guru to drive its marketing strategy.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has given its London projects team a boost, hiring an equity partner from Allen & Overy (A&O).
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is set to launch an office in Hong Kong with a counsel from Linklaters, as the firm eyes mainland China next.
One of Allen & Overy’s (A&O) most senior corporate partners who announced his retirement from the firm late last year has resurfaced at Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Teacher Stern sports and media litigator Graham Shear.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is launching offices in Berlin and Frankfurt after poaching a team of lawyers from Linklaters.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has opened a representative office in Israel’s financial centre.
A Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) newly qualified (NQ) solicitor has been charged with murdering his wife.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) looks set to post a single-digit increase in turnover for the 2011-12 financial year.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) litigation partner Graham Shear has become embroiled in the News of the World (NoW) phone-hacking scandal, lodging a breach of privacy claim against the defunct paper’s publishers.
Berwin Leighton Paisner partner Graham Shear has secured a £25,000 settlement payout from News Group Newspapers over allegations that the News of the World hacked his phone.
Berwin Leighton Paisner partners increased the total amount of capital in the firm last year by £3.5m.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has boosted its corporate practice in London with a funds specialist from Nabarro.
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) planning and environment team is set to receive a boost as the firm scoops a Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) department head.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is discussing whether to spin off its Lawyers on Demand (LoD) service as the business goes through ‘its adolescence’.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is finalising a major deal with Thames Water that will see the utility company transfer its legal function over to the City firm.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has made up 11 lawyers to its partnership, a small drop on last year’s 13-strong promotions round.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has promoted eight lawyers to its partnership, with all but one based in London.
Berwin Leighton Paisner saw both turnover and profit grow over the last financial year, as income rises above £190m for the first time.
Berwin Leighton Paisner has seen average profit per equity partner (PEP) rise 56 per cent in the past financial year on the back of a turnover rise of 20 per cent.
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) partners last night voted to spin off the firm’s interim lawyer service, Lawyers on Demand (LoD).
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s BLP rock supergroup Real State romped home as the standout winner of Law Rocks 2010 at a packed 100 Club last night.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Mayer Brown partner Nick Kynoch in a bid to boost its financial services practice.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has revealed that its revenue rose by around 8 per cent in the 2011-12 financial year, climbing to £246m.
Berwin Leighton Paisner has launched a redundancy consultation today affecting 85 people in its London office.
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) equity partners will have to work harder for their pay following the firm’s decision to put more emphasis on performance when distributing profits.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), White & Case and Wragge & Co have acted on the London cycle hire scheme that launched today.
Mention the words ’bonus’ and ’banker’ to the average man or woman on the street and you can expect to see their face twist with rage at the injustice of it all.
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) former head of finance is relocating to Moscow as the firm’s Russia tie-up reports a 60 per cent rise in revenue.
If there’s one thing that this recession has taught us it’s that, despite what we’ve always been told, everyone loves a good news story.
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure fell 33 per cent on last year’s total of £620,000, down to £414,000.
Berwin Leighton Paisner has reported a drop in revenues of five per cent for the first six months of the 2009-10 financial year.
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) highest paid partner got £1.65m in 2010-11, according to the firm’s LLP accounts, up from £1.6m the year before.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has posted a 30 per cent increase in fee income at the half year level.
Oxford? Cambridge? Hull? Finally, the centuries-old debate about which of Britain’s great universities really is the best can be settled amicably and without all that mucking about in the Thames.
Australia. Beloved at this time of year by the British backpacker for its blue skies, its barbies and Bondi Beach.
A lot can happen in a year. Just look at the last 12 months: we lost the King of Pop, a new president was sworn into the White House and, of course, Katie and Peter split up…
BNP Paribas has launched a review of its global panel with more than 20 firms invited to pitch for places on an expanded roster.
Pensions body the personal accounts delivery authority (PADA) has named a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner as its general counsel.
Dutch firm Boekel de Nerée has opened an office in London - its first venture outside the Netherlands.
Bond Pearce and Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens have called off merger talks that would have created a £95m turnover firm.
Bond Pearce and RPC are the latest firms to unveil partnership promotions, with RPC adding two lawyers to its all-equity partnership while Bond Pearce has promoted five.
Bond Pearce has hired a Clyde & Co partner, boosting its insurance professional risks team in London.
Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo is set to appoint senior and founding partner Andrea Carta Mantiglia as head of its London office.
Sergio Erede, one of the founding partners of Italian heavyweight Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, has been given a 20-month suspended sentence for his role in the collapse of dairy company Parmalat.
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has picked Bonelli Erede Pappalardo partner Andrea Carlevaris as the new secretary general of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
A trio of European firms have announced their annual partner promotions, with a focus in all three on corporate and litigation practices.
If George Osborne and David Laws want any tips on which sofas to look behind to find that pesky £163bn they need to plug the budget deficit they could do a lot worse than give Nick Thomas a quick bell.
Public libraries are in danger of going the way of the public phone box, Blockbuster stores and fax machines.
All of those City lawyers celebrating the end of the Gordon Brown government back in May might be choking on their champagne (or more likely austerity-era prosecco) this week after the coalition’s new immigration laws began to pinch.
Protesters at the “Occupy” camp in Finsbury Square on the edge of the City’s financial centre were evicted in the early hours of this morning after the Master of the Rolls refused them permission to appeal.
Law firm Bott & Co has launched a personal injury (PI) iPhone application that allows claimants to get instant access to a PI solicitor if they have been involved in an accident.
Good news for vilified banking lawyers: the loan market is on the rebound. Today the FT is reporting that prices for leveraged loans have just reached a year high, at 85 per cent of face value.
They didn’t bat an eyelid at the tattoos, but, after all, it is Shoreditch. It must scare a few pinstripes; I mean, they know it exists, and only a minute’s cab ride from Liverpool Street, but it’s actually in ANOTHER WORLD. I mean, it’s in Tower Hamlets, for God’s sake.
Niche City firm Starr & Partners has won a role on the administration of property group Connaught, advising building company Morgan Sindall on its acquisition of the group’s assets.
BPE Solicitors has closed its Birmingham office following the departure of its Midlands team to Irwin Mitchell.
Gloucester-based BPE Solicitors has moved the 13 members of staff who were put on a four-day week in January back up to full-time working.
BPP College of Professional Studies has been named as the UK’s first new private sector university college for more than 30 years.
The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) is to hold an emergency meeting to discuss BPP Law School’s plans to expand into Cambridge, Liverpool and Newcastle.
BPP Law School has made three full-time Bar Vocational Course (BVC) lecturers redundant following a slump in the number of students enrolling.The law school, one of the biggest BVC providers in the country, confirmed that it was in consultation with 11 of its BVC tutors in December last year.The provider, which is owned by BPP Holdings, saw a 17 per cent drop in the number of students enrolling on the BVC, with just 247 students taking up a spot this year compared ...
Fancy setting up a university?
BPP Law school has denied claims that an outbreak of swine flu caused it to delay releasing exam results to its Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) students for two days earlier this week.
BPP Law School is on course to overtake arch-rival the College of Law (CoL) as the biggest Legal Practice Course (LPC) provider as it gears up to launch three new branches.
Well, that was a bit of a let-down. The revelation (see story) that BP has picked both Freshfields and Linklaters - or, if you like, Linklaters and Freshfields - is the equivalent of a nil-nil draw at Wembley this Saturda
Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank have rolled out a reviewed set of regional legal panels following a revamp of their national rosters earlier this year.
Sports lawyers were waiting up for the UK football transfer window to close last night as the final touches were made to last-minute deals.
Brabners Chaffe Street has completed a second redundancy consultation which has seen 15 members of staff lose their jobs.
North west firm Brabners Chaffe Street has scored a role in some of the summer’s biggest football transfers, including the world record £80m sale of Christiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid.
As Gerald Ratner would be all too happy to explain, in the modern world there’s a lot more to branding than just sticking a red-hot poker near a cow’s derriere.
If the brave new world of British politics is anything to go by traditionalists and modernists can coexist in harmony.
A personnel-poaching case that has rocked the City has cleared its first hurdle, with Mr Justice Jack ruling that broker Tullett Prebon was the victim of a conspiracy when arch rival BGC Brokers poached 10 of its brokers.
Property specialist Brecher has bulked up its real estate department to the tune of five new lawyers, with partner hires from Davenport Lyons and Nabarro.
Bredin Prat and Vinson & Elkins lined up alongside Linklaters on the proposed €2.3bn acquisition of a stake in GDF Suez by China Investment Corporation (CIC).
French independent Bredin Prat has announced the sudden death of founding partner Jean-François Prat.
It’s hard to know exactly why and when the concept of bribery got itself such a bad name.
Barristers at Brick Court Chambers were pitted against each other as Transport for London (TfL) secured an injunction against taxi firm Addison Lee to stop its drivers using bus lanes.
Brick Court Chambers has appointed Nicholas Green QC as joint head of chambers, succeeding Jonathan Sumption QC.
Retiring law lord Lord Hoffmann is to join Brick Court Chambers as a door tenant.
Brick Court Chambers silk Conor Quigley QC has left the set to join Lincoln’s Inn chambers Serle Court.
Claimants must prove causation of loss if follow-on damages claims are to be successful, the Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled.
Brick Court’s James Flynn QC has won a major case for the European Commission (EC) after the European General Court (EGC) ruled that it is legal for European countries to ban the exclusive airing of World Cup and European football championship games on pay-TV.
Brick Court heavyweights Mark Howard QC and Mark Hapgood QC will go head to head in the High Court tomorrow (1 February) as Russian shareholders attempt to block BP’s planned alliance with Rosneft.
Mayer Brown and Brick Court Chambers have won a victory that supports the Government’s actions over the collapse of Northern Rock in 2008.
It’s Isambard Kingdom Brunel who’s credited with linking the West Country and London, but it seems law firms are trying to outdo the old engineer.
Bristol set Guildhall Chambers is to launch an employment group after adding five new members from Queen Square Chambers.
TLT is set to expand into Scotland and launch in Northern Ireland, with the Bristol-based firm announcing plans to merge with Scottish firm Anderson Fyfe.
Bristol firm Veale Wasbrough has launched a redundancy consultation affecting up to 26 members of staff.
Bird & Bird has lost one of the rising stars of its IT practice to rival Bristows.
A Bristows IP specialist has won an iPad2 after taking part in The Lawyer’s first-ever online partnership survey.
The re-opening of the Information Commissioner Office’s (ICO) investigation into Google Street View’s data collection practices will mean further instruction for Bristows.
The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has discontinued its libel case against science writer Simon Singh.
Q: What have Kerry Katona and Bevan Brittan got in common? A: They both get their bills paid by Iceland.
Brodies has bulked up its IP practice with the hire of two partners from Maclay Murray & Spens.
Scottish firm Brodies has opened its first office on foreign soil with the establishment of a base in Brussels.
Scottish firm Brodies has boosted its partnership with the promotion of three lawyers, while also reelecting its managing partner and chairman for further terms.
Scottish firm Brodies has posted marginal drops in turnover and average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2009-10 year while maintaining its profit margin at around 25 per cent.
Scottish firm Brodies has marked the first phase of its new three-year strategy with the addition of six partners and the launch of an office in Aberdeen.
Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Scottish firms Brodies and Burness have advised on AXA Private Equity’s acquisition of a £740m portfolio of funds interests from Barclays.
Simon Bromwich has secured a third term as managing partner at Ashurst following a management board decision earlier this week.
Brown Rudnick has hired insolvency partner Adrian Harris from Chadbourne & Parke for its City office.
US firm Brown Rudnick has poached a disputes partner and his team from Gide Loyrette Nouel in London.
Allen & Overy, Farrer & Co, Harbottle & Lewis, Olswang. The roll call of law firms being dragged into the News International saga grows by the day.
Brussels-based EU lobbying firm Alber & Geiger has hired the former chairman of agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto chairman Bernard Auxenfans.
Shearman & Sterling’s Brussels office must be a lonely place right now.
US firm Bryan Cave is expanding its European presence with the launch of an office in Frankfurt and the recruitment of two Haarmann partners to lead the venture.
Bryan Cave has made up 14 partners with all but one based in the firm’s US offices.
US firm Bryan Cave has reported a rise in income of 12 per cent over the 2009 calendar year, up to $563m (£350.6m) from $502.5m.
US firm Bryan Cave has lost its Milan office with all three partners moving to Italian independent Grande Stevens.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to launch another consultation on a future code of conduct for barristers with consideration being given to the introduction of business structures to the bar.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has delayed the introduction of its Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) aptitude test by a year.
The Bar Standards Board is considering a major shake-up of how barristers continue their professional development after qualifying.
Head of Legal’s Carl Gardner on why today’s filesharing decision makes sense
BT has given Bird & Bird, CMS Cameron McKenna and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer an extra year on its commercial panel before it carries out a review originally due for next month.
BT group general counsel Anne Fletcher has stepped down, with former Misys general counsel Daniel Fitz poised to take over her role.
BT has piloted an e-auction as part of the process of reviewing the firms on the real estate part of its external legal panel.
A wholly owned subsidiary of the BT Group, BT Claims, has unveiled plans to convert to an alternative business structure (ABS).
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) suffered a major setback last week when the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) reduced the fines it had imposed on six construction companies that had taken part in a price-fixing racket.
Amid the political fuss over allegations of bullying levelled at Gordon Brown, the National Bullying Helpline has also been roundly criticised after its chief executive, Christine Pratt, stated publicly that workers in the Prime Minister’s Office had contacted the charity.
Davies Arnold Cooper’s client, Total, actually got off lightly when costs were awarded in the Buncefield litigation. A series of claimants applied for indemnity costs on grounds that Total failed to cooperate and misrepresented its case. In the end Mr Justice David Steel ordered the oil company to pay out £16m indemnity to claimants on just a single issue- that of negligence. It could well have been four times that.
Burges Salmon has hired former Clifford Chance partner Kari McCormick for its litigation practice.
It’s not often that we get to praise the philanthropy of the legal profession.
Burges Salmon and Pinsent Masons have advised on the sell-off of land next to the Sellafield nuclear plant.
Burges Salmon has hired Taylor Wessing’s head of restructuring and corporate recovery Patrick Cook as a partner in its corporate turnaround and insolvency team.
Burges Salmon managing partner Chris Jackson has stood down from the role just under a year after taking the top job at the Bristol firm.
Burges Salmon has moved to clarify that its agriculture, food and farming practice is still in place after Salisbury-based Wilsons claimed to have hired a 10-strong team from the firm.
Burges Salmon has named corporate partner Alan Barr as its new senior partner, taking over from Stephen McNulty who will stand down after four years on 1 May.
Burges Salmon has made up four new partners in this year’s promotion round, marking the first internal promotions at the firm for two years.
Burges Salmon has announced the largest round of partner promotions in its history, with seven associates joining the ranks on 1 May.
Burges Salmon spent £9.7m on its new offices in the 2010-11 financial year, hiking the total cost of its move to Bristol’s Temple Quay to £20.7m.
The battle for supremacy in the South of England legal market saw Bristol heavyweight Burges Salmon overtake arch rival Osborne Clake in average profit per equity (PEP) stakes during the last financial year.
Burges Salmon is set to make up to 27 business services staff and four property lawyers redundant as part of the second phase of its internal restructuring.
Burges Salmon has beefed up its agriculture offering by netting farming litigator Kevin Kennedy from Clarke Willmott.
Bristol headquartered Burges Salmon has overtaken local rival Osborne Clarke in terms of average profit per equity partner (PEP).
There’s a lot to be said for the Scottish sense of fair play.
Burness partner Philip Rodney has successfully defended the former snooker world champion John Higgins of allegations of match fixing, originally made by the News of the World (NoW).
Scottish firm Burness has forced retail giant Zara to apologise for misusing the Harris Tweed trademark.
Scottish firm Burness has awarded a 5 per cent discretionary bonus to all employees following its improved financial performance in 2009-10.
Scottish firm Burness is awarding all staff members a 10 per cent bonus after posting rises in turnover and profits for the 2010-11 financial year.
Tunbridge Wells firm Buss Murton, which has been trading under a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) since November, has completed a pre-packed administration.
Luxembourg independent Bonn Schmitt Steichen has split in two after a disagreement over the firm’s management and strategy.
Each new day sees retailers large and small going to the wall. This article addresses the plight of customers who have ordered and paid for expensive goods – such as furniture or computer equipment – but not yet taken delivery when the shop goes into administration. Can they insist on the goods being delivered or get their money back? Or are they just unsecured creditors who will probably get nothing?
More than 70 per cent of students considering a career at the bar have said they would prefer to be self-employed, according to a new survey.The survey was conducted by the Young Barristers’ Committee last month (February) in response to the Legal Services Act (LSA), which could see barristers lose their self-employed status in favour of a partnership structure.Chairman of the YBC Alexander Learmonth, who instigated the survey, said he wanted to see what affect ...
Hogan Lovells co-CEO David Harris on how being involved with youth development scheme Mosaic led the firm to play host to royalty
Western firms are still in the early stages of figuring out how to succeed in China and anecdotal mutterings from lawyers seem to suggest that, at present, the country is a money pit, with few tapping the nation’s vast potential to any great profits success.
Last November, when we published a bunch of the leading UK firms’ half-year results, Simmons & Simmons popped up as one of the worst performers.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft is moving to new premises in Bank which will see the firm almost halve its office space in the capital.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has scooped a nine-partner transatlantic team from rival McDermott Will & Emery, including one partner for the firm’s London office.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has posted flat average profits for 2011 after a year of investment that saw three office launches and a series of hires.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft is to kick off the New Year with a fresh recruitment drive in the London market spearheaded by a new City managing partner.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft is launching a competition law outpost in Brussels with a prominent hire from Linklaters.
One of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s best-known partners Dennis Block is leaving the firm to join Greenberg Traurig.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s former firmwide chairman Bob Link has retired seven months after returning to the US from the UK, where he had been London head.
Cahill Gordon & Reindel is preparing to relocate a team of associates from its New York office to London to take advantage of the anticipated resurgence of the European high-yield market.
On 1 April, the Court of Appeal rejected a claim that the economic downturn and subsequent asset depreciation were grounds to reopen a financial order on divorce.
Third-party litigation funder Calunius Litigation Risk Fund is supporting a lawsuit filed in Germany on behalf of the estate of Elvis Presley.
Seven councils in Cambridgeshire have signed a concordat with a view to sharing expertise and forming a consortium of external advisers as part of an initiative called Cambridgeshire Legal Services Partnership.
No sooner had the detritus of the riots been swept from our chartered streets than the media whipped itself into veritable frenzy about the quantity of custodial sentences handed down to offenders.
CMS Cameron McKenna has bolstered its eastern European offering with the capture of the head of strategy from one of Poland’s leading telecoms operators.
CMS Cameron McKenna and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer secured prize mandates on the €9.6bn (£8.4bn) sale of Swiss drug company Nycomed to the Japanese Takeda Pharmaceutical Company.
CMS Cameron McKenna has appointed 16 new partners, with 14 of the promotions coming in the UK offices.
Let’s face it, ’outsourcing’ is not one of those words that sends a tingle down the spine. At least not in the same way as, say, ’stiletto’, ’Ferrari’ or ’bonus’ might do.
CMS Cameron McKenna borrowed a total of £4.5m to fund one-off payments to partners it de-equitised at the end of the last financial year, LLP accounts filed with Companies House have revealed.
Four insurance and reinsurance partners are set to leave the Bristol office of CMS Cameron McKenna in a mass defection to Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC).
CMS Cameron McKenna has cut three real estate partners from its City office.
The High Court has thrown out a professional negligence claim against CMS Cameron McKenna, ruling that the challenge by perfume distributor Edenwest had no real prospect of success.
CMS Cameron McKenna has pulled the plug on its agreed relocation to new office premises in the City.
Two CMS Cameron McKenna partners have left the firm to launch a West End tax boutique.
CMS Cameron McKenna partners have re-elected Duncan Weston as managing partner following a vote on Friday (25 November).
CMS Cameron McKenna has taken a lawyer from UniCredit for its Central and Eastern Europe banking and finance team.
CMS Cameron McKenna has launched a marketing campaign to promote its alternative billing structures, which include a ‘pay what you think its worth’ option, to clients.
CMS Cameron McKenna has launched a flexible working scheme and its first full redundancy consultation as part of a package of measures to slash its wage bill.
Osborne Clarke has hired CMS Cameron McKenna pensions partner Keith Webster for its Bristol practice.
CMS Cameron McKenna has become the first firm to outsource its entire business support function after agreeing a £600m deal with Integreon.
CMS Cameron McKenna has emphasised its commitment to growing its emerging markets presence with the recruitment of a seven-strong private equity team that was once part of Linklaters CEE ‘flying squad’.
CMS Cameron McKenna has taken a major step towards finalising its outsourcing arrangement with Integreon after partners voted in favour of the move last night.
CMS Cameron McKenna has seen its profits suffer a double-digit drop for the second year running after announcing its results to partners.
CMS Cameron McKenna’s partnership has elected Dick Tyler as its next senior partner.
CMS Cameron McKenna has revealed a 1 per cent revenue increase for the 2011-12 financial year, posting an increase from last year’s figure of £225m to £227.6m.
CMS Cameron McKenna has made up 17 new partners, all of whom join the new office partner salaried rung introduced last month as part of a shake-up of the partnership.
CMS Cameron McKenna has announced its partner promotions with eight UK lawyers being made up in global round of 34 appointments across the CMS network.
Up to 20 partners at CMS Cameron McKenna are thought to be under threat as the firm steps up its consultation process ahead of a partnership restructure.
CMS Cameron McKenna has become the latest top 20 firm to post a drop in fee revenue for the first half of the financial year.
CMS Cameron McKenna has posted a 5 per cent increase in revenue after the first six months of the 2009-10 financial year.
CMS Cameron McKenna is to lay off 9 per cent of its support staff, with a further 21 per cent facing relocation, as part of the transfer of its business services functions to outsourcer Integreon.
CMS Cameron McKenna Moscow real estate partner Steven Shone will relocate to Shanghai as a precursor to the CMS network’s launch of a new office.
Partners at CMS Cameron McKenna have been asked to contribute an extra £1,000 per equity point as part of a capital increase approved at last month’s partner meeting.
CMS Cameron McKenna is looking to treble its Bristol headcount in a bid to compete with national firms for lower cost work.
CMS Cameron McKenna has been appointed by confectionary giant Nestle as advisors on its panel this year.
CMS Cameron McKenna has withheld the firmwide bonus payable to all staff for the second year running after the firm missed its turnover target.
Deemed by some a cut price training scheme, the new Accutrainee model claims to offer law firms a way of reducing recruitment costs, whilst not sacrificing headcount.
Canadian firm Gowlings has embarked on an expansion of its London energy practice with the hire of former British Energy Group general counsel Robert Armour.
Canadian firm Gowlings has hired a Simmons & Simmons partner as it continues to expand in London.
Canadian firm Gowlings has hired a four-partner team from Cobbetts’ equity capital markets team for its London office.
Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie has continued the establishment of its Paris office with the hire of a partner and senior associate from French independent Brandford-Griffith & Associés.
Candover Partners general counsel Philip Price’s role has been expanded to include the remit of chief operating officer.
Candover Investments, the listed-arm of the UK private equity group, has appointed its first general counsel, hiring Philip Price from hedge fund SRM Global.
Former England manager Fabio Capello’s employment contract probably entitled him to select the team captain, according to a London sports lawyer.
Debt manager CapQuest Group has hired GE Capital’s chief compliance office to fill the newly created role of group general counsel.
Public sector firm Capsticks is mourning the death of partner Suzanne Durey, who was head of the firm’s estates and construction team.
As the market for carbon emissions trading takes off, it is essential companies have the right tools in place to protect their legal rights. Nathan Searle reports
Cardiff-based M&A Solicitors has suspended two partners after they were arrested as part of a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation.
Channel Islands firm Carey Olsen is broadening its reach with a Cayman Islands launch through the hire of a team from Maples and Calder.
Good news. Shoosmiths cares about its people. How do we know this? Because the firm’s chairman Andrew Tubbs told us.
I spend about 5 minutes on Facebook each week; just long enough to remind myself that I have something better to do with my time.
French firm Fischer Tandeau de Marsac Sur & Partners has been instructed to act on behalf of the widow of Yasser Arafat as investigations begin into whether the former Palestinian leader was poisoned.
Trafigura, advised by Carter-Ruck, has won a £25,000 compensation payout and an apology from the BBC over its reporting of the oil company’s legal battle with claimants based in the Ivory Coast.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will be licking its wounds after a bruising experience in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) over its decision to fine tobacco manufacturers and retailers more than £200m for price fixing (12 December 2011).
The Competition Appeal Tribunal’s professionalism could see it become a victim of its own success. Brian Kennelly and Tom Cleaver look at some of the solutions to prevent it becoming overwhelmed by the hike in its workload
The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has set aside fines totalling more than £200m levied by the Office of Fair Trading against tobacco manufacturers and retailers for alleged antitrust activity.
What time do you start work each day? Between 7am and 8am. I like a good coffee and time to organise the day before it starts.
The High Court has ruled that the Catholic Church is responsible for child abuse by members of the clergy.
Boutique Cayman firm Thorp Alberga has enticed three partners from offshore giants Walkers and Appleby to boost its partnership.
DLA Piper and Clifford Chance have advised on Hammerson’s sale of a 75 per cent interest in Allen & Overy’s global headquarters at London’s One Bishops Square in a deal valuing the building at £445m.
Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins have bagged roles on Intesa Sanpaolo’s $15bn (£9.6bn) medium-term note programme bond offer.
Clifford Chance is advising the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on the sale of its Dublin-based aviation unit RBS Aviation Capital to Japan’s largest bank for $7.3 billion (£4.7 billion).
Clifford Chance and Sullivan & Cromwell head a bevy of leading firms with roles on Brit Insurance’s £888m sale to private equity houses Apollo and CVC.
Clifford Chance has shipped Hong Kong partner Andrew Whan into the firm’s Tokyo office as local head of corporate/M&A to replace Alan Kitchin, who has left the magic circle firm.
Clifford Chance has hired a senior litigation partner in an attempt to rebuild its US disputes practice following a series of exits last year.
Clifford Chance London private equity partner Simon Cooke is relocating to the firm’s Hong Kong office to work alongside Hong Kong private equity head Andrew Whan.
While in Europe Clifford Chance is all excited about partner hires and office openings, stateside the firm has got other things on its mind.
If at first you don’t succeed… So, three years after it last set out on the long path to an Australian merger, Clifford Chance has finally got its Men at Work in the Land Down Under (see story).
Clifford Chance has moved to plug the gap left by the departures of several high-profile US litigators with a trio of partner hires.
Clifford Chance has elected global litigation chief Jeremy Sandelson to head its London litigation practice.
We don’t really want to dwell on the fact that this is the most depressing day of the year, chiefly because it’s a load of made-up nonsense sold to the world by some evil genius of a PR numpty.
Clifford Chance has elected Spain real estate head Alfonso Benavides as head of its global real estate practice.
Clifford Chance has moved to strengthen two of its key jurisdictions with the relocation of senior partners to offices in the Middle East and Russia.
Clifford Chance has named Chris Davies as head of its City tax, pensions and employment (TPE).
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has hired a trio of litigators who have left the New York office of magic circle firm Clifford Chance.
Clifford Chance passed 12,000 hours of work to its Indian service centre in the last financial year, the equivalent level that would be done by seven London associates at 100 per cent utilisation.
Clifford Chance Japan corporate head Alan Kitchin has been charged with assaulting his partner at Scotland’s Gleneagles Hotel.
There are few bigger shoes to fill in the City than those of Stuart Popham, but that’s the challenge facing the (un)lucky person who ultimately emerges as Clifford Chance’s new senior partner (see story).
As news comes in that the Archbishop of Canterbury is to stand down in December, one Clifford Chance partner will be feeling the need for an intercessor.
The first round of voting in the Clifford Chance senior partner election has closed with not one of the three candidates polling the 50 per cent of votes required to be declared victorious.
Clifford Chance partners have voted in favour of amending their partnership agreement to allow management to forge ahead with a partnership cull.
Clifford Chance has made up 17 lawyers in its delayed promotions round, with its London headquarters gaining just three of the new partners.
Clifford Chance has lost out to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett on Kohlberg Kravis Roberts’ (KKR) £955m buyout of retailer Pets at Home, with partner Adam Signy giving M&A advice to the US private equity house.
Very much like the apparently magical mechanism that boffins use to insert jam into doughnuts, the process by which Clifford Chance elects its senior partner is shrouded in mystery.
Clifford Chance, Dewey & LeBoeuf and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have all taken high-profile roles on the sale of troubled music group EMI to Citibank.
Clifford Chance, DLA Piper and Simmons & Simmons have missed out on spots on Jumeirah Group’s revamped legal panel after the hospitality company’s legal chief slashed the roster from 12 firms to five.
Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Sullivan & Cromwell have led the legal advisers on the $13.5bn (£8.2bn) sale of Barclays Global Investors (BGI) to BlackRock.
Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May have secured the leading roles on the latest international takeover of a Premier League football club following US businessman Stan Kroenke’s £731m offer for Arsenal.
Clifford Chance global managing partner David Childs is to stand unopposed for a second term in the role.
At first glance, Clifford Chance’s hire of Debevoise & Plimpton international counsel Gerard Saviola seems an underwhelming bodge-it job.
Clifford Chance’s Indian ally AZB & Partners has extended its presence in India via a merger with the Bangalore firm of Anup Shah.
Lawyers are nothing if not adaptable.
Clifford Chance has elected London managing partner Jeremy Sandelson as its new global head of litigation.
Spain’s once-booming construction industry has not, it’s fair to say, enjoyed the best of recessions.
Clifford Chance’s Paris managing partner Yves Wehrli has been elected onto the firm’s management committee.
Clifford Chance’s former senior partner Stuart Popham is joining Citigroup as vice-chairman of EMEA banking at the end of April.
Clifford Chance senior partner Stuart Popham is the law firm representative on Prime Minister David Cameron’s India delegation, representing the UK legal and financial professional services community as head of new trade body TheCityUK.
Clifford Chance senior partner Stuart Popham has said he expects UK law firms to have a presence in India within two years, as long as a free trade agreement with the EU is signed.
Clifford Chance senior partner Stuart Popham is to chair a new organisation that will represent the interests of the UK’s financial services industry.
Celebrations have broken out all over Turkey today as the land of dreaming turrets and scented nargile smoke can now also boast its very own magic circle law firm.
Centre for Justice, an adjudication service for business, government and the public, has established a barristers panel for its insurer service users.
The conditional fee agreement (CFA) regime, in which the loser is liable for an uplift on their opponent’s legal fees, breaches European rules on human rights, the European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) ruled today.
Media lawyers have long been under attack for apparently building up massive legal bills. The high cost of litigation in defamation proceedings, campaigners says, is having a chilling effect on freedom of expression.
US firm Chadbourne & Parke has continued its London hiring spree with the appointment of Michael Bos as international partner, marking the London office’s sixth hire in two months.
Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson has lost two partners, with insolvency specialist John Verrill quitting for US firm Chadbourne & Parke and competition head Peter Willis defecting to Bird & Bird.
US firm Chadbourne & Parke has promoted London-based international partner Konstantin Osipov to its partnership amid a modest round of three promotions.
Dechert and Chadbourne & Parke are currently locked in a battle over the future of a five-partner team in the latter’s Moscow office.
Two of the five partners who were set to leave Chadbourne & Parke to launch a Moscow office for Dechert have decided to stay with the New York firm, The Lawyer can reveal.
Chadbourne & Parke’s veteran managing partner Charles O’Neill has stood down from the role after 13 years.
Chadbourne & Parke has hired a team of four disputes lawyers from Howrey’sLondon office including formerinternational arbitration group head Melanie Willems.
A former Chadbourne & Parke partner has rejoined the firm after defecting to Dechert’s Moscow office earlier this year.
Chadbourne & Parke will transform the main conference room in its Manhattan office into a hospital ward today as it holds a blood drive in support of the New York Blood Center.
King & Wood’s principal founder and chairman Wang Junfeng has been elected to the role of president of All China Lawyers Association (ACLA), the nation’s bar association in charge of the professional administration of lawyers.
The next 12 months could be defining for libel laws, says Rob Hunt and Anna Bateman, in a round up of the major events so far
News that Appleby has opened in Guernsey was the culmination of plan first mooted 18 months ago.
The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision that said the libel case Fiddes v Channel Four and ors should be heard without a jury.
Newly merged offshore firm Collas Crill is opening in Singapore later this year.
High Street retailers will not escape VAT on imports into the UK from the Channel Islands, the High Court has ruled.
The Ministry of Justice has confirmed the appointment of Mr Justice Charles as a president of the Upper Tribunal.
Top 50 firm Charles Russell has scrapped the role of managing partner in a radical overhaul of its management structure.
Charles Russell has confirmed that it is in consultation with nine staff members, with the employees at risk representing just under 2 per cent of the firm’s total headcount.
Charles Russell personal injury and clinical negligence head Amanda Stevens has defected to Irwin Mitchell just months after Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) raided the firm for its London-based medical negligence team.
Charles Russell and Blackstone Chambers are celebrating after advising football star Wayne Rooney in his successful appeal against a Euro 2012 three-match suspension.
The former head of Charles Russell’s corporate tax group Tarlochan Lall has taken up a seat at Monckton Chambers.
The capacity for law firms to rip up the rulebook at a moment’s notice never ceases to amaze. And so it is to Charles Russell we head this sunny springtime afternoon.
This week’s Without Prejudice features a one on one with David Allen Green and Charon QC who have a spirited discussion about a range of issues – Hackgate – Freemen ‘Cod’ Law – Politicisation of judges – Legal Aid – Privacy Law.
Last week’s House of Lords judgment in Chartbrook v. Persimmon Homes marked a significant point in the debate concerning the construction of contracts,and, in particular, the admissibility of evidence from outside the four corners of the contract. The unanimous conclusion of the House of Lords will no doubtset the tone for many years to come.
Today, apparently, is the most depressing day of the year. The combination of no money, rubbish weather, decades until your holidays and an avalanche of bills (did we mention no money?) is making the world a gloomy place.
Matrix Chambers founder Cherie Booth QC is suing private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and News Group Newspapers.
The Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) has found that Matrix Chambers’ Cherie Booth QC did not commit judicial misconduct when she said that a man found guilty of assault should be spared jail because he was “a religious man”.
Universal Music UK, the record label for names such as Cheryl Cole and Lady Gaga, has promoted two of its legal team to the roles of director, legal and business.
US firm Vedder Price has launched a London office, its first overseas outpost, with lawyers from Clyde & Co and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Clifford Chance global managing partner David Childs has been reelected for a second term after standing unopposed for the position.
If you had the impression that your average Australian law firm was just waiting around like a lovesick teen for a call from a cool Brit kid, then news from Mallesons Stephen Jaques should set you straight.
In my last blog entry I wrote about the recent drumbeat of bad news for VIE (Variable Interest Entity) structures in China. Now I am going to tell you whether you need to be worried. OK, you can start worrying – if for no other reason than because in China a good dose of caution generally produces better deal structures.
We have now officially launched the Year of the Dragon in China, which should prove to be an interesting, if not auspicious, year for the China legal market given the announced merger of King & Wood (K&W) and Mallesons and the opening of the new Zhong Lun (ZL) office in London.
In my last blog entry I talked about the relatively recent and quite modest origins of the modern Chinese legal profession. The leading group of Chinese law firms has certainly come a long way in a short time, and even more remarkably, for a country and market the size and scale of China, the market appears to be shaking out more along the lines of the UK legal market rather than the US legal market in many key respects in that there is a small break-away group of top Chinese law firms ...
It is no longer provocative to acknowledge that the domestic Chinese law firms are in ascendancy in the China market. The foreign firms undeniably had a stranglehold on the market in the early days, but over the last decade plus it became apparent that it was not realistic to think that a market as big and unique as China could (or should) be dominated by foreign law firms.
As the leading foreign firms race up the value chain of the legal services market in China, they leave an expanding vacuum in their wake that the local firms have been more than willing (and capable) to fill.
After a long lead-up over the last few blog entries, we now turn at last to a discussion of the legal services market for Chinese outbound investment, including outbound M&A.
The one question that I get asked most often by my foreign lawyer friends is: “What is it really like to work in a Chinese law firm?”
I can now take a deep breath after the successful launch event for our new ZL London office on the 2 May. We were overwhelmed with, and deeply gratified by, the extraordinary market response to our seminar. It is more than apparent that China is a hot topic in the UK at the moment.
“Cloud computing” is a hot topic here in China now, as it is everywhere. It sounds very sexy but in reality cloud computing in China is just another form of e-commerce where foreign parties have to try to fit the proverbial square peg of the practical e-commerce business model in the round hole of China’s telecoms regulatory scheme.
A couple weekends back I attended my firm’s semi-annual partners’ meeting in the outskirts of Beijing.
Not content with having its own version of Twitter (Weibo) and Facebook (Renren) China has decided that it needs its own version of Baker & McKenzie.
CleanTech Innovations has filed a New York law suit against Nasdaq for alleged discriminatory acts against Chinese companies after it was forced to delist last year.
Beijing-based Jun He has hired yet another lawyer from an international firm with the arrival of Jones Day lawyer Christine Kang to become a litigation partner at the Chinese firm.
Chinese firm Broad & Bright has signed up to MSI Global Alliance, an international association of 250 independent accounting and law firms.
Leading Chinese law firm Fangda Partners has appointed Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer litigation partner Peter Yuen to launch its planned Hong Kong office.
Beijing-headquartered Global Law Office (GLO) has established a German desk and expanded its domestic reach to Shenzhen, its third Chinese base.
Beijing-headquartered Jun He has hired its fourth new partner from international firms since August this year with the addition of Weil Gotshal & Manges partner Jasson Han.
Yingke, China’s second-largest firm by lawyer headcount, is continuing its aggressive growth plans with the launch of offices in Poland and Turkey.
Chinese firm Yingke has continued its global expansion with the addition of offices in New York, Hong Kong and São Paulo.
Beijing-headquartered Zhong Lun has secured the services of former Freshfields partner Carl Cheng as a partner in Shanghai.
The first Chinese law firm to open in London, Zhonglun W&D, will go through a major restructuring after the departure of its entire London team to help a rival Chinese firm - Zhong Lun - launch an office in the City.
Zhong Lun W&D has inked a strategic alliance with 30-lawyer City firm DKLM as it endeavours to maintain its London presence following the recent departure of its nine-member City team.
One of China’s largest law firms, Grandall, has planted its first flag in Europe by opening an office in Paris.
Retired NBA superstar Michael Jordan has instructed Chinese law firms Fangda and Jun He to advise on and act in a lawsuit in China against Qiaodan Sports Company for the unauthorised use of his name.
Chinese lawyers have to take an oath of allegiance to the Communist Party under a new measure introduced by the country’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
I hadn’t slept for two nights before walking from Liverpool St Station in the warm late September night to eat at the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms.
What is the most unusual Christmas present that you have received from a colleague? I couldn’t say. I actually go red thinking about it.
Art auction house Christie’s has appointed BBC legal head Nicholas Eldred as group general counsel.
One of the most controversial cases of the last decade is being heard by the senior costs judge Master Hirst and Mr Justice MacDuff in the Senior Courts Costs office this week as Leigh Day & Co tries to justify its £105m legal bill for its part in the Trafigura case.
What time do you start work each day? Around 8.45 – the train service is usually answerable for anything much later than that.
What is Cigalon? Cigalon is a Provençal refuge in the heart of legal London - next to the Law Society and opposite the Temple. It’s also the Occitan nickname for cicadas - backing vocals to Mediterranean nights.
Shanghai may be poised to challenge Hong Kong as the region’s leading financial and legal centre, but the misfortune of a King & Wood Mallesons Shanghai partner highlights a problem that may need ironing out if the city truly wants to be a global deals magnet.
The long-running dispute over the restructuring of Dutch almunia company Almatis, which saw mandates for a string of top US and City firms, appears to be settled after a bankruptcy judge give the go-ahead for the company to emerge from Chapter 11 protection.
Leading City firms appeared in the Court of Appeal today to try to recover funds for their clients in a long-running dispute relating to the collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers.
The Lawyer’s sister magazine Lawyer 2B is today holding a careers event for promising A-Level students at state sixth-form colleges who are interested in training as solicitors or barristers.
Law firms across the City have been beefing up security and asking staff to leave their suits at home ahead of expected violent demonstrations during the G20 summit next week.
The number of lateral partner hires in the City is back up to pre-recession levels, according to new research from Motive Legal.
Law firm LGBT network InterLaw is to launch today a pro bono and community service initiative named Helping Hands (H2) to coincide with World Aids Day.
Would-be lawyers who have enrolled on the new fast-track Legal Practice Course (LPC) are facing lighter bank balances as some of the firms participating in the new programme slash their maintenance grants.
The City of London’s attempt to evict protestors from their camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral reaches the High Court today after weeks of stand-offs.
The City of London Corporation (COLC) has won its High Court bid to evict protestors from their camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral after Mr Justice Lindblom granted orders for possession and injunctions against protestors in December.
An in-house local authority legal team has won a breakthrough case against unlawful council tenant subletting.
Mayer Brown’s London office has posted a 10 per cent increase in total revenue for the 2010 financial year.
A number of high-profile lawyers on the public payroll are among the 172 civil servants who earn more than the Prime Minister, David Cameron.
The Civil Justice Council’s (CJC) long-awaited report into litigants in person has been broadly welcomed by the legal profession, although doubts remain over whether it will have any lasting impact.
The Civil Justice Council’s (CJC) working group on litigation funding has ended its review of the Jackson reforms with the publication of a voluntary code of conduct for third-party funders.
Canada. It’s very big and it’s right next door to the USA. Some people there speak French, lots more play ice hockey and their policemen ride around on horses.
Fresh from her famous victory for Simon Singh over the British Chiropractic Association, the media’s favourite silk Adrienne Page QC has immediately got back in the saddle to once more fight the good fight in the name of free speech.
The Government has given its strongest indication yet that it will endorse a US-style contingency fee system as the alternative to conditional fee agreements.
Clarke Willmott and Davenport Lyons advised on the high-profile dispute between the BBC and Top Gear driver the Stig.
Clarke Willmott has appointed chairman Stephen Rosser as its chief executive following the 11-year tenure of David Sedgwick.
Clarke Willmott is to pilot an outsourcing programme in its Birmingham office with the aim of rolling it out across all its UK offices.
Clarke Willmott partners injected £1.89m into the firm at the beginning of the 2009-10 financial year, during which time operating profit fell 78 per cent from £13.3m to £2.9m.
Clarke Willmott has sold its investment management arm to wealth management group Brooks Macdonald.
Clarke Willmott has put its trainee recruitment on hold, informing law students that it is not taking applications for its September 2012 intake.
Still reeling after McGrigors beat it to the biggest-Scottish-firm-by-turnover spot for the second year running, Dundas & Wilson at last has taken some decisive action.
Hausfeld will seek leave to appeal the Court of Appeal decision to dismiss a bid to bring a representative class action through the High Court.
The government’s response to collective redress has left reformers frustrated, says John Meltzer and Dan Armstrong
Clayton Utz has continued its rebuilding process following the departure of 14 partners to form Allen & Overy’s nascent Australian practice with the recruitment of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer project finance partner Bruce Cooper.
Clayton Utz is to pursue legal action against a former partner who defected to set up Allen & Overy’s (A&O) Australian practice earlier this year.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has boosted its London office with the hire of the deputy director of competition policy at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
The European Commission has ended its antitrust case against Microsoft after the software developer agreed to market other web browsers, signalling victory for the complainants and advisers Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Clifford Chance.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and DLA Piper took lead roles on Chinese company Sichuan Hongda Group’s $3bn (£1.95bn) investment in Tanzania.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have landed lead roles in Deutsche Bank’s proposed takeover of Deutsche Postbank.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Herbert Smith’s German alliance firm Gleiss Lutz have acted on EDF’s €4.7bn (£3.98bn) sale of its 45 per cent stake in German energy company Energie Baden-Württember (EnBW) to the State of Baden-Württemberg.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Linklaters have landed roles on a $7bn (£4.4bn) eurobond issue from the Russian Federation that is set to be one of the largest eurobond deals to hit the emerging markets since 2000.
US firms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Paul Hastings have both confirmed plans to open a Seoul office following the recent ratification of the Korea-US Free Trade agreement by both countries.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Shearman & Sterling have both scooped roles advising on Brazilian oil giant Petrobras’s up to $7bn bond issue.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick and Stibbe have secured lead roles on the break-up of struggling Franco-Belgian bank Dexia.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and Dewey & LeBoeuf snatched lead advisory roles in Google’s $12.5bn (£7.7bn) acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has elected Mark Leddy as its new managing partner following an uncontested election.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has officially opened an office in São Paulo after receiving the necessary approval from Brazilian authorities.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has hired the former chairman of the UK’s Competition Commission as a senior consultant in its London office.
US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has lost two London-based partners with capital markets partner Ashar Qureshi and competition partner Shaun Goodman both leaving the firm.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is set to launch a Hong Kong law practice after poaching Norton Rose’s China corporate finance head.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has made up one London-based associate in its latest round of partner promotions.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is to open an office in Brazil next year, subject to approval of Brazilian authorities.
Simmons & Simmons finance litigation head Jonathan Kelly is to the leave the firm to take up partnership at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has successfully secured clearance from the European Commission (EC) for client News Corporation in its bid to buy the remaining shares in BSkyB.
Environmental lawyers ClientEarth are taking the Government to court today for not tackling high levels of air pollution in the UK.
Clifford Chance has advised on the sale of the O2 entertainment site at Greenwich to Trinity College Cambridge for £24m.
Clifford Chance is bolstering its Paris arbitration team with the hire of ICC International Court of Arbitration deputy secretary general Simon Greenberg.
Clifford Chance has turned to Latham & Watkins for the latest addition to its high yield practice.
Clifford Chance has scooped an instruction from US defence company Raytheon, which has lodged claims worth £500m against the Government for axing a computer systems contract.
Clifford Chance has advised the bookrunners in a €700m (£601.09) high yield issue by Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL), one of Spain’s leading construction groups.
Clifford Chance has won a role advising Barclays Bank on its investigation into claims that it fixed the London interbank offered rate (Libor) to boost its trading position.
Clifford Chance and Farrer & Co have advised on the Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) successful bid to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
Magic circle duo Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have bagged the leading mandates advising on the €2bn (£1.7bn) merger of online gaming sites PartyGaming and bwin.
Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer won advisory roles on the management buyout of Barclays Bank’s private equity arm.
Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have landed roles on the €5bn (£4.39bn) restructuring of Spanish real estate group Inmobilaria Colonial’s debt.
Clifford Chance has broken off its ’best friends’ relationship with India’s AZB & Partners after both firms saw fewer referrals than expected and Indian liberalisation failed to materialise.
Clifford Chance and Lawrence Graham (LG) have won roles advising on Royal Dutch Shell’s £992m bid for Africa-focused oil and gas group Cove Energy.
Clifford Chance and Linklaters snared the prized mandates on the long-awaited IPO of commodities trader Glencore.
Clifford Chance and Linklaters are advising on talks between Game Group and its lenders, with the company today announcing its intention to file for administration.
Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May snatched lead advisory roles in The Carlyle Group’s £1bn acquisition of RAC from insurance giant Aviva, which was announced today.
Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May have been called in to assist in US private equity group Carlyle’s £650m sale of UK cash management business Talaris to Tokyo-listed Glory.
Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May have been handed the mandates to advise on New Look’s IPO in a deal that is expected to raise £650m for the company.
Clifford Chance has named Kiev partner Jared Grubb as managing partner of the office.
It’s a case of swings and roundabouts for associates at Clifford Chance.
Clifford Chance has posted a 2 per cent increase in global revenue for the 2010-11 financial year, with the figure rising from £1,197m in 2009-10 to £1,219m.
Clifford Chance has bagged a lead role advising Kraft on its $16.7bn bid for Cadbury.
Clifford Chance has bolstered its London regulatory team with the hire of a senior lawyer from Morgan Stanley.
Clifford Chance has relocated Moscow-based banking and finance partner Jared Grubb to its Kiev office.
Clifford Chance is set to open an office in Qatar as the magic circle firm continues to expand its Middle East capabilities.
Clifford Chance’s has achieved a dramatic turnaround in the retention of newly qualified (NQ) solicitors, with the firm posting a spring qualifier retention rate of 91 per cent.
Clifford Chance has boosted its City antitrust practice with the hire of Office of Fair Trading (OFT) competition enforcement head Alastair Mordaunt as a partner.
Clifford Chance is to launch in Turkey, 18 months after The Lawyer revealed that the magic circle firm had built a presence in the jurisdiction.
A second former Clifford Chance employee has been jailed for fraud this year after former chief cashier Emma Rowsell admitted stealing £63,000 from the firm.
Clifford Chance competition partner Thomas Vinje has claimed victory for client Oracle at the European Competition Commission after clearing the way for its purchase of Sun Microsystems.
A clutch of UK and US firms are celebrating after the board of Cadbury gave the green light to Kraft’s approved offer for the British chocolate maker.
Clifford Chance has become the first foreign law firm to submit a preliminary application to launch an office in South Korea, with the magic circle firm potentially opening in the country this year.
Clifford Chance’s LLP accounts have shown the extent of the staff cuts the firm made during 2009-10, with the total number of employees falling by 12 per cent.
Clifford Chance has reversed salary bands for its junior lawyers, with all associate pay frozen at current levels until the end of the 2009-10 financial year.
Clifford Chance has denied allegations that it discriminated against six associates who were laid off from its New York office in 2007.
Clifford Chance partners Down Under are walking along Bondi Beach screaming “strewth” this morning after hearing the worst news to hit the island (look, it’s Jubilee weekend so we’ll call it what we like) since Harold Bishop went missing.
Clifford Chance has elected Jonathan Solomon as head of its London real estate practice following the announcement that outgoing chief Cliff McAuley is to retire.
Clifford Chance is shifting all its mainstream London corporate team to the same floor of its Canary Wharf building to raise cash in a move that also sees the firm trial an open-plan setting.
Australian firm Minter Ellison teamed up with Indian independent Amarchand Mangaldas to advise opposite Clifford Chance on GVK Group’s $1.26bn (£807m) acquisition of a majority stake in Australian coal mines owned by Hancock Group.
Two former Clifford Chance Germany partners have accused the firm of unfair dismissal in the wake of its global partnership restructuring.
Clifford Chance has announced its intention to open an office in Casablanca, just a few days after magic circle rival Allen & Overy (A&O) also launched in Morocco.
Clifford Chance London head of private funds Jason Glover has left the firm to establish a UK funds practice at white shoe firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
All three candidates in the senior partner election at Clifford Chance will stand in a second round of voting, due to get underway imminently, after the first round failed to identify a clear winner.
Clifford Chance has seen an 8 per cent turnover hike for its German offices for the financial year 2010-11.
Clifford Chance’s global head of litigation Mark Kirsch has left the magic circle firm in the midst of the global partnership restructuring.
Clifford Chance has elected partner Bas Boris Visser as its new Amsterdam managing partner.
The Supreme Court of India has requested Clifford Chance to provide details of its India-billings of more than a decade ago in its long-running dispute against the Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax (DCIT).
Clifford Chance has hired the founder of Ashurst’s Tokyo office Alan Kitchin to head its corporate and projects practice in the Japanese capital.
A four-partner New York litigation team has defected from Clifford Chance to launch a Manhattan-based arbitration boutique.
Clifford Chance hosted its first-ever awards ceremony last week aimed at showcasing staff who make exceptional contributions to corporate responsibility (CR).
Clifford Chance is the latest magic firm to unfreeze associate salaries, with the firm raising rates for assistants as well as allowing them to progress through the lockstep.
Clifford Chance India head Chris Wyman has retired from the firm after spending 16 months on secondment at the offices of Indian best friend firm AZB & Partners.
The secretary general of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration is to return to his former firm Clifford Chance to co-head its arbitration group.
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A raft of US firms lined up alongside Clifford Chance to advise on a €393.5m mezzanine loan issued by Swedish alarm maker Securitas Direct to fund its buyout by two private equity houses.
Clifford Chance has moved to rebuild its depleted funds practice with a senior hire from Debevoise & Plimpton.
Clifford Chance has become the latest firm to launch in Australia after the partnership voted through a dual merger with boutique firms in Sydney and Perth.
Clifford Chance’s former Asian litigation chief Denis Brock has left the magic circle firm to join Mallesons Stephen Jaques’ Hong Kong office.
Clifford Chance US litigation chief Juan Morillo has defected to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton after spending two years in the role.
Clifford Chance has shed eight fee-earners from its capital markets practice via redundancy.
Clifford Chance has shaken up its global competition group following this summer’s departure of practice head Simon Baxter by creating dual leadership positions.
Clifford Chance has elected Simon Tinkler as its new London corporate chief after David Pearson completed two terms in the role.
Clifford Chance’s Indian best friend AZB & Partners is sending four associates for training at the magic circle firm’s European training centre.
Clifford Chance is looking to sublet the fourth floor of its Milan office with Goldman Sachs thought to be the prospective tenant.
The Australian government has established a whole-of-government legal roster that features the Australian arm or alliance firm of all the UK firms present in the country except Clifford Chance.
Clifford Chance is set to elect two partners to replace London banking head Mark Stewart.
Clifford Chance capital markets partner Peter Zaman is to quit the firm for US rival Reed Smith.
Clifford Chance’s management has urged partners to help boost its corporate practice by leveraging the firm’s prized banking relationships and fostering a culture of cross-referrals.
Clifford Chance has recruited a Garrigues partner regarded as one of Spain’s leading banking lawyers to its Madrid office.
Clifford Chance’s head of real estate in Poland has left for Salans’ Warsaw office, and is rumoured to be taking with him at least two partners.
Clifford Chance has boosted its average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure by 25 per cent in the past financial year, posting what managing partner David Childs described as a “strong set of results in difficult market conditions”.
Clifford Chance has announced a 7 per cent increase in both revenue and average profit per equity partner (PEP), becoming the second magic circle firm to post a small hike in fee income.
Clifford Chance has seconded two senior lawyers to its Saudi partner firm Al Jadaan & Partners, in an attempt to strengthen its relationship with the Riyadh outfit.
Clifford Chance global real estate head Cliff McAuley has been re-elected to a further four-year term in the role.
Clifford Chance has elected Graham Lovett as its Middle East managing partner for a second term following a partner vote in the region.
Clifford Chance has sub-let space in its New York office to US firm Kilpatrick Stockton.
Clifford Chance has reshuffled its partnership council, with Dubai banking partner Robin Abraham and Italian banking partner Giuseppe De Palma winning new places.
Clifford Chance is planning to abolish an arrangement that allows underperforming partners up to a year’s grace before they are forced to leave, in a move aimed at allaying the negative cultural impact of axing partners.
Clifford Chance has scored a major role advising a joint venture (JV) developer of new nuclear plants.
Clifford Chance has kicked off the election process to find the replacement for current senior partner Stuart Popham.
Clifford Chance has beefed up its London high yield practice with the relocation of a partner from its New York office.
Clifford Chance has blamed the global recession for cutting 10 associate jobs in its Amsterdam office.
GDF Suez has not appointed Clifford Chance to its inaugural legal panel, despite the magic circle firm’s relationship with the energy giant’s £17bn tie-up partner International Power.
Clifford Chance is to pull out of Hungary, with the lawyers in its office there set to form a standalone firm.
Clifford Chance has divided its Central and Eastern Europe and Russia managing partner role in two after incumbent Michael Cuthbert announced that he will retire from the firm at the end of the year.
Clifford Chance funds associates Stephen Fox and David Irvine have quit the firm to join Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
Clifford Chance (CC) corporate partner Adam Signy has defected to the London office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
Clifford Chance has made up 27 lawyers to its partnership, up from 23 last year and four ahead of its nearest magic circle rival.
Veteran Macfarlanes partner Tim Lewis has left the firm to join Clifford Chance’s global corporate practice.
Clifford Chance has bolstered its Hong Kong office with the hire of a partner from Sydney firm Henry Davis York.
Clifford Chance has put Asian expansion to the core of its strategy in this year’s round of partnership promotions, with more than half of its 23 new partners coming from the continent.
Clifford Chance is set to axe a string of associates in London, in the latest sign that top-level firms are feeling the pinch from the economic downturn.
Clifford Chance is working on a strategy to encourage more females to take management roles at the firm after putting the issue top of the agenda at its annual partnership retreat.
Clifford Chance is planning to cut the membership of its partnership council by 40 per cent as part of a radical shake-up of its management structure.
Clifford Chance competition lawyer Tony Reeves has been elected as the firm’s new Brussels managing partner.
Clifford Chance has unveiled its slimmed down partnership council, with four new members taking their place alongside senior partner Stuart Popham and re-elected members Joeroen Koster and Thomas Schulte.
Clifford Chance has slightly increased pay bands for associates with one, two and three years’ post-qualification experience (PQE) as the firm announces a freeze on trainee and newly qualified (NQ) salary levels.
Clifford Chance is celebrating what it considers to be a significant breakthrough in the profile of its US litigation practice, with the appointment of partner Wendy Wysong as special compliance officer (SCO) for military contractor Xe Services.
Clifford Chance won a role alongside Carey Olsen and Swiss firm Homburger advising UBS on the issue of a $2bn (£1.25bn) low-trigger contingent convertible (CoCo) bond, the first such product to come out of Switzerland.
Dubai World has turned to a number of its long-standing advisers on its restructuring and debt standstill.
A raft of law firms including Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and SJ Berwin landed roles on music company EMI’s break up and sale.
Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hengeler Mueller have picked up lead roles advising on the merger of German car companies Volkswagen (VW) and Porsche.
Clifford Chance has refused to rule out another US merger as the magic circle firm presses ahead with growth in the region.
It seems like only yesterday that Dubai was crumbling around its bejewelled feet and law firms were eyeing the exit signs at their air-conditioned Middle East bunkers.
It’s an historic time for Canary Wharf. The financial centre is set to overtake the City as the biggest employer of bankers in Europe in the coming months, according to the Financial Times.
Clifford Chance Asia managing partner Peter Charlton was arrested last Thursday following a road accident in Hong Kong.
Clifford Chance’s Asia managing partner Peter Charlton has been charged with drink driving offences and will appear in court in June.
Clifford Chance saw the deficit on its defined benefit pension scheme grow by nearly 50 per cent in 2008-09, according to recently filed Companies House accounts.
Clifford Chance’s average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure plummeted by 37 per cent in the last financial year, down to levels last seen at the firm eight years ago.
Clifford Chance’s former senior partner Stuart Popham has been made an honorary QC in this year’s silks appointments round.
Clifford Chance’s annual partnership meeting has left members buzzing and been described as “the best conference in decades” by one enthusiastic attendee (see story) who later admitted he so happy because he saw Alan Sugar at a taxi rank.
Nearly 100 years after Emily Davison threw herself in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby, another blow for women’s rights has been struck by those liberal 20th century dwellers at Clifford Chance.
Considering the amount of time and energy UK firms have spent trying to get India to open its legal market to foreigners (for more of which see this week’s special report) it seems a little counter productive when our own country’s administrative bodies appear hell-bent on keeping out lawyers from abroad.
Norton Rose’s global litigation chief Antony Dutton has some big ambitions. He is on a mission to fill gaps in the firm’s litigation practices.
Clyde & Co has named senior shipping and dispute resolution partner Brian Nash as its new managing partner for Singapore, with Nash relocating from London to the city state for the new post.
ALMT Legal has ended its best friendship with Clyde & Co as it is parting ways with five partners across Mumbai, London and Delhi who will create new start-up firm Clasis Law with a partner joining from the international firm.
Indian firm ALMT Legal has reaffirmed its commitment to the London market following its split from former best friend Clyde & Co earlier this year with a brace of lateral hires and a City relaunch.
Clyde & Co will attempt to stamp out an employment claim brought against it by former partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof at the Court of Appeal (CoA) next month.
The ever-entrepreneurial Clyde & Co has a habit of being first into a post-conflict jurisdiction.
Clyde & Co has unveiled revenue growth of 36 per cent for the 2011-12 financial year, with its tie-up with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and growth outside the UK underpinning its performance.
Linkaters’ Australian alliance firm Allens has been hit by a team defection to Clyde & Co which is set to launch in the region in October.
Clyde & Co has promoted nine to its partnership with a further seven partners elevated to senior equity status.
Clyde & Co and 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) have won a role on the ongoing battle between Liverpool FC’s former owners and RBS.
Clyde & Co has completed its merger with Canadian insurance firm Nicholl Paskell-Mede (NPM).
Newly merged Clyde & Co is continuing its China expansion plans with the promotion of Matthew Durham to partner.
Clyde & Co is in preliminary talks to tie up with construction firm Shadbolt, The Lawyer can reveal.
Clyde & Co has extended its US footprint with the launch of an office in New Jersey.
Clyde & Co has unveiled its first promotions round since its takeover of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) at the end of 2011, with the bulk of its 14 new partners coming from the legacy Clydes side of the tie-up.
Clyde & Co has scooped heavyweight Trowers & Hamlins partner Adrian Creed in a boost for its Middle East project finance practice.
Clyde & Co senior partner Michael Payton is one of five lawyers to be awarded honorary Queen’s Counsel this year.
Clyde & Co plans to appeal an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) decision that found the firm should face a claim from a former partner.
Clyde & Co is set to formally enter the Mongolian market via an association with local firm Khan Lex Advocates.
Clyde & Co has hired a construction partner from Stephenson Harwood’s Hong Kong office ahead of its November merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG).
If you thought Clyde & Co was going to rest on its laurels after its merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) then you were sorely mistaken.
Clyde & Co has broken into the Indian legal market after forming an alliance with Indian firm ALMT Legal.
An attempt by Clyde & Co to have Employment Tribunal proceedings against it stayed through the High Court has been rejected.
Clyde & Co has promoted a record number of associates to its partnership with ten making the grade this year.
A Clyde & Co partner who was asked to leave after blowing the whistle on alleged corrupt practices in the firm’s Tanzania relationship firm has hired Richard Hermer QC of Matrix Chambers to lead her fight against her old firm (see story).
Clydesdale Bank has revamped its national panel, with 14 firms appointed.
As Dewey & LeBoeuf’s extinction from the face of the legal map looms, the UK LLP has turned to CMS Cameron McKenna for advice on its imminent wind-down (see story).
Freshfields, Bird & Bird retain places; Linklaters and Addleshaws lose out
CMS Cameron McKenna expects to move into a new skyscraper in Principal Place in early 2015, the firm announced today.
CMS Cameron McKenna has posted a half-year revenue of £106m – 5 per cent up on the same period in the 2010-11 financial year.
CMS Cameron McKenna is set to offload its UK immigration practice to Fragomen, an international firm specialising in immigration law.
CMS Cameron McKenna has announced a five per cent increase in turnover, representing a rise from £214m in 2009-10 to £225m in 2010-11.
CMS DeBacker, the Belgian arm of the CMS network, has announced that it will open a Luxembourg office on 1 January 2011.
CMS Cameron McKenna and its affiliate firms have agreed to focus on delivering a transatlantic merger over the next year as the European network moves closer to integration
German firm CMS Hasche Sigle has elected two partners to replace Marc Riede as head of banking and finance.
The CMS network has shaken up its management structure ahead of executive partner Dick Tyler’s return to the UK.
CMS Russia has slashed 61 jobs, including 29 fee-earning roles, almost exactly a year since three CMS firms merged their Moscow operations.
CMS is on target for a marginal increase in turnover in 2012/13 despite what UK managing partner Duncan Weston termed a “flat first six months”.
Mergers, mergers, mergers. Will they never end?
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has handed down judgment in the latest bout between Leigh Day & Co and Trafigura, upholding an earlier ruling that Leigh Day must cut the 100 per cent success fee it charged for bringing a group action against the oil company to 58 per cent.
The Legal Services Commission did not abuse process when it sought to recover overpaid legal aid fees to lawyers and it can recover overpaid sums from the point of the costs assessment, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) is to pilot a mediation scheme for all personal injury and contract claims up to the value of £100,000 for which permission to appeal is given.
The Court of Appeal has refused to strike out a multibillion pound claim brought by self-exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky against Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich.
Barristers from 5 Essex Court and 11KBW have defeated opponents from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square in the latest round of a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) row relating to former MP George Galloway’s Mariam Appeal.
The Commercial Court could be on the hunt for a new leader should the Ministry of Justice confirm the widely held belief that its current head, Mrs Justice Gloster, is to be promoted to the appellate bench from October (see story).
The Court of Appeal will next Wednesday (1 February) decide whether the private investigator at the centre of the News of the World (NoW) phone hacking scandal must disclose who instructed him to intercept voicemails.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has quashed an indemnity costs award order made against F&C Asset Management, stating that the High Court was not entitled to apply the Part 36 costs consequences “by analogy”.
The Court of Appeal will tomorrow decide whether fixed share partners should be classed as employees of a firm.
DWF and Cobbetts have called off merger discussions, blaming “uncertain market conditions”.
Management at Manchester’s Cobbetts and North West firm DWF have officially confirmed that they are in merger discussions, although they stopped short of giving any further details.
North West firm DWF and Manchester firm Cobbetts are understood to be close to finalising a merger that could go ahead as early as May, adding around £44m to DWF’s growing turnover.
Circle Anglia, the social housing provider for London and the South East, has completed a panel review with Cobbetts and Wragge & Co winning places for the first time.
Cobbetts has posted a drop in fee income of 16 per cent for the 2008-09 financial year but has yet to finalise its turnover figure.
Cobbetts posted a net profit of £9.38m in the 2008-09 financial year alongside a 20.6 per cent drop in revenues.
Cobbetts managing partner Michael Shaw has announced that he is stepping down after 16 years in the role.
Cobbetts has elected a new managing partner to replace Michael Shaw, who spent 16 years in the post.
Cobbetts has streamlined its management structure to create three new business practice groups and an executive team.
Cobbetts has introduced a four-day week across its transactional practice groups in a bid to avoid making and further job cuts.
Dawsons has lost a partner and two lawyers to the London office of North-West firm Cobbetts, it was announced today.
Manchester firm Cobbetts is suing the makers of Sugar Puffs and Fox’s Glacier Mints, claiming the company owes it over £255,000 in unpaid fees.
Manchester firm Cobbetts has posted a marginal increase in turnover for the 2011-12 financial year, up 1.6 per cent from £44.5m to £45.2m.
Hampshire-based Coffin Mew has bolstered its corporate and insolvency teams with two new partner hires.
Fareham-headquartered firm Coffin Mew has scrapped the managing partner position in favour of a chief executive role.
One of the few eye-catching pieces of news during the political party conference season was the proposal that the law of marriage be extended to gay and lesbian couples.
The Supreme Court will shortly hand down its long awaited, and highly anticipated, judgment in the case of Mr Kernott and Ms Jones. Mr Kernott and Ms Jones lived together for 10 years, had two children together, but very importantly never married.
Last month The Lawyer popped down to Manhattan’s financial district to see Sullivan & Cromwell’s Rodge Cohen, the man who saved the US banking system.
College of Law’s chief executive Nigel Savage earned a greater sum in its last financial year than the course provider donated to its flagship diversity scheme, The Lawyer can reveal.
The College of Law (CoL) is owed almost half a million pounds by Halliwells relating to unpaid LPC fees for the 2009-10 financial year.
The College of Law (CoL) has announced plans to offer the New York Bar Exam to UK students, allowing them to qualify as American lawyers without having to complete a training contract.
Channel Islands firm Collas Crill is continuing its post-merger expansion with the hire of a Cayman-qualified partner.
The Court of Appeal has thrown out a disability discrimination claim brought against the College of Law (CoL) over its examination provision.
Students of collateral damage from major business collapses need look no further than Halliwells and the College of Law (CoL).
Private equity firm Coller Capital has denied that it has agreed to take an equity stake in Matthew Hudson’s newly created funds boutique.
Mr Justice Collins has rejected a High Court bid to bring a judicial review of the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) decision to agree a plea bargain settlement with BAE Systems.
Newly re-elected London Mayor Boris Johnson has instructed Collyer Bristow to defend a libel claim relating to his election campaign.
Collyer Bristow is facing damages claims of at least £25m over the firm’s role in the Rangers FC administration, The Lawyer can reveal.
Collyer Bristow is understood to be facing claims of alleged professional negligence and breach of fiduciary duty in the fallout over the administration of Rangers FC.
Collyer Bristow is preparing to launch an indemnity costs claim against the 555 claimants which failed in their attempt to sue the firm on Friday.
A cricketer has won the first-ever Twitter libel payout in a case brought on his behalf by Collyer Bristow.
Former International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max Mosley has instructed Collyer Bristow to take his fight against the domestic press to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.
As any military strategist will tell you, it’s never easy fighting a battle on two fronts. Collyer Bristow will ruefully agree.
Collyer Bristow has defeated a £50m professional negligence claim that threatened the financial stability of the firm.
Mergers are all the rage. First it’s Hogan and Lovells (see story). And now, on a slightly less grand scale, EC3 giant Clyde & Co is in talks with construction and infrastructure firm Shadbolt Law, as revealed on TheLawyer.com today.
US firms have been spotted around the City oiling their shopping trolleys for this year’s legal market Supermarket Sweep.
Commerzbank has been ordered to pay £5.3m in legal costs to the bankers who successfully sued the German bank after it refused to pay their bonuses, with the cash set to go to Mishcon de Reya and Stewarts Law.
Don’t be fooled by the irritating adverts featuring opera singers with boundary issues or meerkats that long outstay their welcome - the insurance sector means business and that is having a profound effect on the legal services market.
An EU draft directive on competition law that could have brought an influx of US-style class actions to the UK has been withdrawn.
A total of 70 per cent of partners working in City firms are less confident in the market in 2011 than they were in the two previous years according to a survey carried out by recruiters Nicholas Scott.
A prominent US-based Hogan Lovells lawyer acting for content-sharing website Megaupload.com has been forced to withdraw over conflicts of interest involving another client, it has emerged.
Eversheds has raided merger-ready McGrigors for its contentious construction law team two months before the Scotland-headquartered firm finalises its tie-up with Pinsent Masons.
Alternative business structures will provide access to justice for consumers affected by legal aid cuts, a Legal Services Consumer Panel report states.
Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has installed Charles Collis as the new head of its London office.
To ape one of those many Americanisms that will no doubt continue their slow insidious encroachments into our once great language, there’s a lot of energy in the City right now.
Silicon Valley-based Cooley has opened an office in Shanghai, marking the firm’s first move into an international jurisdiction.
California-headquartered Cooley has posted positive financial results for turnover, average profit and revenue per lawyer for the 2011 year.
Two specialist technology firms lined up alongside Hogan Lovells on the acquisition by Zynga of the maker of Draw Something, an app that allows users to play a Pictionary-style game on their smartphones.
The Co-operative Group has unveiled plans to create 3,000 jobs in the legal sector as it aims to revolutionise how legal services are delivered on the high street.
The Co-operative is set to enter the family law market with the hire of a partner duo from London firm TV Edwards, including the firm’s managing partner Jenny Beck.
Co-operative Legal Services (CLS), Oxford-based John Welch and Stammers and Kent-based Lawbridge Solicitors have become the first alternative business structures (ABS) to be approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) today (12 January) launched the largest recruitment drive in its history ahead of its intended conversion to an alternative business structure.
Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) has announced that it intends to apply to become an alternative business structure (ABS) on 3 January, the day on which the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) finally begins accepting applications.
The Digital Economy Act has proved to be one of the most controversial pieces of legislation to have been passed in recent years.
What time do you start work each day? 8am.
The mothballs are coming off the bunting and the country is engaged in some feverish polishing of its best silver as the biggest street party for a generation is set to get underway.
I am meeting Irvine Sellar, the extrovert and flamboyant Chairman of Sellar Property and creator of the Shard, for lunch at Corrigan’s of Mayfair.
The Law Society has hiked the cost of a practising certificate by nearly 20 per cent to £1,180 a year.
With Andy Coulson and News International remaining tight-lipped about his severance package, Anya Palmer says now is the time to waive any confidentiality agreement
Litigation can be a scary business for clients, particularly when a co-appellant decides to throw in the towel and settle.
Civil court users will be forced to deliver legal papers to a ‘drop box’ after plans to redeploy court officials away from front line services were unveiled by the HM Courts and Tribunals Service.
Banks may be getting stick about how much tax they (don’t) pay, but perhaps a little sympathy is in order: it sounds like their legal bills are extortionate.
As revolutions go this one was fairly quiet. With a brief press release on Monday (16 May) the Supreme Court announced that it has introduced live-streaming of court proceedings on the Internet.
This month’s decision to remove Mr Justice Peter Smith from the bench presiding over a professional negligence claim brought against Mills & Reeve is a considerable show of strength from the Court of Appeal (CoA).
The court can enforce an arbitration award if it is for a negative declaration, the Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled in the much-anticipated West Tankers case.
Bookmaker William Hill has lost an appeal against a High Court ruling that found the gambling giant’s online casino brand 32Vegas infringed a rival company’s trademarks.
The Court of Appeal has clarified its position on piercing the corporate veil rejecting an appeal against brought by state-owned Russian bank VTB Capital against Nutritrek International.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that science writer Simon Singh can rely on the fair comment defence in a libel action being brought against him by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).
Middlesbrough diocese must be held solely liable for the running of a York children’s home where 150 former residents are suing for sexual and physical abuse, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
A West End law firm fined £400,000 two years ago for its involvement in a boiler room share scam is being liquidated following a winding-up petition brought by a former employee.
The High Court has thrown out a libel action being brought against Google over comments posted on a blog on the grounds that there was no jurisdiction to try the claim.
The High Court has rejected a bid to extend an injunction granted to environment secretary Caroline Spelman’s son Jonathan.
The Court of Appeal has refused protestors camped outside London’s St Paul’s Cathedral permission to appeal Mr Justice Lindblom’s ruling that they could be removed from the site.
Not getting married to your Significant Other has become commonplace in today’s world - and as a result, so has buying a house with that person.
When Lehman Brothers went into meltdown back in September 2008, insolvency lawyers knew that unwinding the bank would take years. And so it has proved, not just for Lehman but all the other financial institutions that failed at the height of the crisis.
Allowing hacks into the melting pot of the family courts could have as yet unforeseen consequences, says Raymond Tooth and Jeffrey Nedas
Britain’s leading judges are calling for an electronic revolution in the courts, arguing that enhanced use of technology would solidify London’s High Court as one of the best in the world.
Lloyds TSB Development Capital (LDC), the private arm of the Lloyds Banking Group, has hired a former legal counsel from Coutts & Co, the Queen’s bank.
Waste to Energy specialist Covanta Energy has appointed Kim Humphreys as legal counsel.
Covanta Energy has raided waste management rival Waste Recycling Group (WRG) to appoint Fiona Penhallurick as its new director of legal services.
Over the past year, an increasing number of litigation insurers have extended their coverage to include own-costs cover. James Delaney looks at what this means for the industry
Covington & Burling is the latest US firm to show recovery from the slump, revealing an increase in revenue and average profits for 2011.
Covington & Burling has announced a new managing partner for its London office as deputy managing partner Louise Nash replaces London chief Roger Enock.
US firm Covington & Burling has added a life sciences corporate team to its London office, after taking a team of four partners from Morrison & Foerster (MoFo).
Covington & Burling’s London office has gained one new partner in the firm’s annual promotions round.
Covington & Burling has become the latest US firm to file a preliminary application for a Seoul office, and has hired corporate lawyer William Park from local Korean firm Apex to oversee the expansion.
Covington & Burling has added to its partnership with a lawyer from the world’s largest defence contractor, BAE Systems.
US firm Covington & Burling has bolstered its London corporate practice with the appointment of Kristian Wiggert from Morrison & Foerster as a partner in its European corporate group.
US firm Covington & Burling has applied to open an office in Shanghai in a move to expand its Chinese offering.
US firm Covington & Burling has boosted its employment team in London with a team of lawyers from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.
Covington & Burling’s Middle East alliance partner Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy (IQ) is set to launch offices in Riyadh and King Abdullah Economic City.
CPA Global has appointed a new head of legal service outsourcing (LSO) to fill the gap left by Leah Cooper, who departed the business late last year.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been forced to pull the plug on its recruitment programme this year because of a crack down on public spending.
The sudden demise of the Icelandic banking system in the autumn of 2008 left 145 local authorities in the UK exposed to huge financial losses. The authorities had ploughed money into Icelandic banks such as Landsbanki, Glitnir, Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander (KSF) and Heritable because of the attractive deposit rates they had on offer.
New York firm Cravath Swaine & Moore has announced a number of leadership changes effective January 2013 as presiding partner Evan Chesler is elected to the role of chairman.
One of Cravath Swaine & Moore’s longest-serving members of management stood down at the end of last month as part of a wider-ranging shake-up of senior roles at the US firm.
As Beyonce would say of The Lawyer’s Transatlantic Elite, it’s history in the making.
Linklaters has claimed a key mandate acting for Credit Suisse on the bank’s issuance of $8bn (£4.98bn) worth of contingent convertible bonds, the Basel III compliant capital instrument known as CoCos.
Tunbridge Wells-based Cripps Harries Hall has re-elected Michael Stevens as senior partner for a second term following an uncontested election.
A strong showing from property and private client has seen South East firm Cripps Harries Hall post a 10.8 per cent rise in net profit for the 2009-10 financial year.
Former News International legal chief Tom Crone has told a Parliamentary committee that he was “certain” that News International’s (NI) James Murdoch was aware that the phone-hacking scandal went beyond one rogue reporter.
Business Secretary Vince Cable announced recently what we have known for a while: “There is a serious problem with lending to good, small companies”. It is a catch 22: the Government sees entrepreneurship as essential to longer-term economic recovery, but the funding is not available to facilitate this.
US firm Crowell & Moring is stepping up its presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with tie-ups in Cairo and Saudi Arabia.
US firm Crowell & Moring has hired the founder of Sidley Austin’s Brussels office, Laurent Ruessmann.
US firm Crowell & Moring is to launch an office in San Francisco after hiring a 29-lawyer team from US litigation firm Folger Levin & Kahn.
Spanish firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has advised a syndicate of 40 banks, led by BBVA, on the restructuring of construction company Ferrovial’s €3.3bn (£2.99m) debt.
Spanish firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira is advising FC Barcelona’s board of directors on its unlawful accounting claim against the club’s former president.
Spanish firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has picked up a prized instruction from the country’s airports operator on its partial privatisation.
Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira and Garrigues have advised on €4.2bn (£3.63bn), three-way merger between Spain’s savings banks.
The managing partner of Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira’s Lisbon office has quit the firm to pursue personal projects.
Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has bolted-on an office in Malaga following a merger with local player Romero y Robles.
A partner at Cuatrecasas has criticised the Spanish government for announcing that it will abandon the so-called ‘Beckham Law’, which allows star footballers and other wealthy workers coming into the country to pay almost half the going tax rate.
Spanish law firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has launched a multidisciplinary team to specifically advise the country’s troubled savings banks.
Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira’s turnover increased by 3 per cent in 2010, rising to €241.7m.
Iberia’s Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has seen a minimal increase in turnover for the 2011 financial year, with revenue rising by just under €1m.
Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has bulked up its Barcelona tax practice with the hire of a partner from rival Garrigues.
Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has named new heads for its offices in London and New York.
Spain’s second-largest firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has promoted 10 lawyers to partner across its Spanish and Portuguese offices.
Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira is ditching its salaried partner rank and bringing all its partners into the equity.
Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has won a mandate to advise a consortium of banks and the Spanish government on the country’s largest ever financing transaction.
A trio of firms have won lead roles on Spain’s largest-ever IPO as the country privatises state lottery and betting organisation, Loterías y Apuestas del Estado.
London firms Cumberland Ellis and Wedlake Bell are set to merge, creating a top 100 firm by revenue.
US firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle has bulked up its London office by relocating two partners and a senior associate from around its network.
New York firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle has announced plans to extend its Middle Eastern footprint with the opening of an office in Kuwait.
US firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle has become the first international law firm to open an office in Turkmenistan.
Chancellor George Osborne has been singing and dancing all over the place in the last 48 hours, simultaneously trying to convince his banker mates that he still loves them while telling the rest of the world that they are, in fact, overpaid parasites.
In the current economic climate all companies are scrutinising expenditure. Departmental budgets are being monitored and cut as the demand to demonstrate greater value for money increases. This presents a challenge but also an opportunity to improve efficiencies and day to day operations between internal departments.
What time do you start work each day? I aim to get in by 9.30am depending on whether my trains decide to give a good service.
Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) and Beachcroft are in merger talks to create a £175m insurance giant, The Lawyer can reveal.
DAC Beachcroft is continuing on the acquisition trail with the appointment of three partners, including Eversheds’ local government practice head Judith Barnes.
DAC Beachcroft has unveiled its first financial results since merging in November 2011, with the combined firm generating revenues of £163.2m.
DAC Beachcroft is to boost its claims solutions group with the hire of Zurich Financial Services’ European claims director Bill Paton.
DAC Beachcroft has entered into a formal association with Canadian firm McCague Borlack with a view to fully integrating with the firm.
DAC Beachcroft has blocked victims of black-cab rapist John Worboys from making claims against the insurance company that provided his motor insurance.
DAC Beachcroft has made its first international lateral hires since the completion of the Davies Arnold Cooper-Beachcroft merger in October 2011, bolstering its Singapore and Madrid offices.
The partners at Beachcroft and Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) have voted in favour of the proposed merger between the two firms.
DAC Beachcroft has added five lawyers to its partnership, three of whom join its commoditised claims solutions group.
DAC Beachcroft has convinced the High Court that to hold prayers before council meetings is unlawful under the Local Government Act (1972).
Associated Newspapers’ long-standing legal chief Harvey Kass is to leave the newspaper group after more than two decades.
The internal legal team at Associated Newspapers have been split into two groups, focusing on commercial and editorial respectively.
The Daily Telegraph is to issue a formal apology to Lord Justice Sedley over a series of “professionally damaging” allegations which appeared in the paper last year.
German car manufacturer Daimler has appointed its debut legal panel with long-standing advisers making the cut.
The Lord giveth and, if you work in the City at least, the Treasury taketh away.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has suspended two Davenport Lyons lawyers from practising and fined them £20,000 each for sending “intimidating letters” to individuals they accused of illegal file-sharing.
Davenport Lyons has hit back at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal’s (SDT) decision to fine and ban from practice two partners that sent “intimidating letters” saying the action was “totally unjustified”.
We all know why David Cameron flew to Brussels last week. To make political history by vetoing the EU’s financial recovery plans in the face of Continental pressure?
I’m a recovering litigation lawyer.Maybe one day I’ll return to practice - Byron Bay, Australia, has always been on my radar.
The fair comment defence has been widened by the country’s most senior judges in the first defamation case to be heard by the Supreme Court.
How much time do you spend on Facebook each week? What is Facebook?
Liability issues emerge as key in high-stakes conference call; six-week deadline imposed by bankruptcy advisers
Davis Polk & Wardwell has advised a group of major securities companies on an SEC-registered offering of $2bn of notes by Rio Tinto Finance (USA).
Davis Polk & Wardwell has further bolstered its English law capability in London with the hire of another Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner.
Davis Polk & Wardwell has continued to build its Hong Kong office with the hire of Linklaters’ Beijing head.
Davis Polk & Wardwell is to open an office in Brazil later this year, the firm announced today.
US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell has turned to Shearman & Sterling to bulk up its French corporate team.
US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell has launched a domestic law practice in Hong Kong with two new partners.
Davis Polk & Wardwell has elected British lawyer Tom Reid as its new managing partner, replacing incumbent John Ettinger.
US firm Davis Polk has raided Mayer Brown for two of its three Sao Paulo-based partners as it prepares to launch its own office in the Brazilian city.
US firms Davis Polk & Wardwell and Jenner & Block have landed the top roles on General Motors’ initial public offering (IPO).
Shearman & Sterling has advised the underwriters on Brazil’s biggest IPO to date - the $8bn (£5bn) listing of Banco Santander’s Brazilian subsidiary.
Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis has been re-elected to serve a second five-year team, the US firm has announced.
Everyone loves a good old-fashioned ’merger of equals’ - that mythical beast whose existence lies somewhere between the unicorn and the satyr in the make-believe stakes.
Lincoln’s Inn firm Payne Hicks Beach has hit Dawsons for employment partner Sarah Rushton.
Dawsons has hired Berwin Leighton Paisner partner Paul Mander to head its employment practice following the departure of Jo Keddie earlier this year.
The shell business of former Lincoln’s Inn firm Dawsons has gone into voluntary liquidation after failing to pay creditors including Barclays Bank, which is owed just under £1m.
Dawsons has won a major payout for a former News of the World sports reporter after it was found that former editor Andy Coulson had subjected him to a campaign of newsroom bullying.
I recently found myself in India as part of a business delegation with British Prime Minister David Cameron and five of his cabinet colleagues as part of the largest trade mission to set out from the UK for, well, a long time.
And so the least surprising election result since Kim Jong-Il secured an unprecedented 27th term is now in. And, as expected, Rob Day is the new man at the helm of the good ship SJ Berwin (see story).
Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is launching an office in Beijing, taking on space in the same building as that occupied by best friends Slaughter and May and Uría Menéndez.
Anyone who has been watching Professor Brian Cox’s excellent series about space and planets and stuff will be familiar with the notion that the dying embers of stars will be visible for countless millennia after the star itself has perished.
At the new Durham Unitary Authority, council leaders are serious about saving money.
Will there ever be a framework for class actions in the UK?
Now that Iceland’s most unpronounceable volcano has stopped spewing its flight-grounding misery into our Great British skies we can all get back to some good old fashioned politician-bashing.
Debevoise & Plimpton has posted a 2.8 per cent increase in revenue for 2011, taking total fee income to $675.5m.
Debevoise & Plimpton and Slaughter and May have landed prize roles on Prudential’s proposed $35.5bn (£23.9bn) purchase of American International Group’s (AIG) Asian insurance business.
US firm Debevoise & Plimpton has expanded its London private equity practice with the hire of Travers Smith partner David Innes.
Latham & Watkins has raided rival Debevoise & Plimpton’s Paris office, picking up the firm’s local co-managing partner Patrick Laporte.
US firm Debevoise & Plimpton has appointed corporate chair Michael Blair as its presiding partner, succeeding Martin Frederic ‘Rick’ Evans, who has held the post since 1998.
US firm Debevoise & Plimpton is to expand its Asian disputes and investigations capabilities by relocating three lawyers to Hong Kong and upping the time spent in Asia by two key litigation partners from London and New York.
Former UK Attorney General Peter Goldsmith has been appointed to the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) along with a partner each from Fasken Martineau, Herbert Smith and Hogan Lovells.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. If the top brass at Halliwells LLP (Late Lamented Partnership) could look back at the last few years and have their time again, they may well have considered saving the odd penny here and there.
Sovereign states will no longer be able to claim immunity from suit in the UK in commercial cases after a landmark Supreme Court judgment this morning.
Dechert is set to boost its London litigation practice with the addition of DLA Piper’s joint global head of litigation Neil Gerrard and EMEA head of corporate crime and investigations Jonathan Pickworth.
Dechert has raided rival US firm Fried Frank to bolster its newly-opened Frankfurt office, picking up partner Sven Schulte-Hillen.
Dechert has hired Norton Rose litigation partner Antony Dutton as the latest in a string of partner laterals that has significantly boosted the US firm’s UK disputes capabilities.
Dechert is ramping up its China presence with the hire of a private equity partner in Beijing office and plans to open in Shanghai in the near future.
Dechert has continued its European investment funds expansion with the capture of SJ Berwin’s head of German financial markets.
The cold war between Dechert and Chadbourne & Parke has broken out again with almost an entire office switching sides.
Dechert has opened an office in Frankfurt with the hire of a former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner and the head of Mayer Brown’s German private investment funds group.
Dechert has announced a new managing partner for its London office, with employment partner Jason Butwick replacing longstanding London managing partner Steven Fogel.
US firm Dechert has opened its fourth office this year, launching in Chicago with the hire of three litigation lawyers from local firm Katten Muchin Rosenman.
Dechert has launched an office in Los Angeles after hiring four partners from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, including former US litigation head Edwin Woodsome.
Dechert has launched an IP team in France through the hire of Linklaters partner Marianne Schaffner and a team of associates.
Dechert has posted a 3.5 per cent increase in revenue for the 2011 financial year, with total turnover growing to $671m.
US firm Dechert has hired another partner from DLA Piper, bringing on board the firm’s head of trade and government relations Miriam Gonzalez.
Dechert has hired another partner from DLA Piper as the phoney war between the two firms this week warmed up.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is set to lose up to 11 further lawyers in Dubai as a team of fee-earners follows a four-partner capital markets exodus to US rival Dechert.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is set to lose four partners in London and the Middle East including City capital markets rainmaker Camille Abousleiman, in the latest string of departures from the embattled US firm.
Protesters angry at Dechert’s representation of so-called vulture funds held a demonstration outside the firm’s City office yesterday.
US firm Dechert will restructure its leadership after announcing that long-term chair and chief executive Bart Winokur will stand down next year.
Screeching headlines about judicial interference in press matters have been all too prominent in recent weeks.
For big name defendants employment discrimination can be a PR catastrophe. Look at 4 New Square.
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The legal profession and industry in India is a mysterious market that even its regulator doesn’t seem to have good grip on.
Danish firm Danders & More has merged with Copenhagen transaction boutique NSR Advokatfirma.
Danish firm Rønne & Lundgren has added four partners to its ranks, including a team from rival domestic firm Accura.
Solicitor Anthony Dennison should be struck off for his part in The Accident Group (TAG) scandal, the Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled.
Denton Wilde Sapte and TLT Solicitors have secured lead roles on Virgin Money’s first venture into the banking sector through its offer to buy private bank Church House Trust.
SNR Denton legacy firm Denton Wilde Sapte is being sued by a former client for around $3.5m in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts.
Denton Wilde Sapte has completed a second redundancy consultation, with 27 members of staff leaving the firm. Dentons launched a review of 29 jobs in October last year, with both London and Milton Keynes offices targeted.
SNR Denton has finally got to close the book on a long-running bribery saga, after its former India head was ordered to pay costs to the firm and its insurers (see story) for her involvement in wheeler-dealing.
Denton Wilde Sapte has begun a second redundancy consultation with 29 members of staff likely to be affected.
Denton Wilde Sapte has promoted two lawyers to its partnership, down from six last year.
Denton Wilde Sapte has posted average profit per equity partner (PEP) growth of 22 per cent for the 2009-10 financial year, despite total revenues dropping slightly on the previous year.
Denton Wilde Sapte has recorded a 36 per cent drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2008-09 financial year.
Denton Wilde Sapte has posted a 3.5 per cent rise on year-to-date revenue, with fee income rising from £84.7m in October 2008 to £87.7m at the half-year stage.
Denton Wilde Sapte is to merge with US firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in a deal that will create a £500m firm with 1,400 lawyers.
The management of Denton Wilde Sapte and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal want their firms to merge.
The former head of legal at technology and engineering company GKN has been appointed to the Competition Commission’s strategic management board.
Deutsche Bank has extended its list of preferred City legal advisers with at least five firms being added to the enlarged roster.
Deutsche Bank’s long-standing chief legal officer Arne Wittig is leaving the bank’s Frankfurt office to take up the role of general counsel at German steel and industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp.
Deutsche Bank is set to promote general counsel Richard Walker to its management board as part of a top-level reshuffle.
Deutsche Telekom has taken its new head of legal from Ashurst’s Frankfurt office.
Devereux Chambers is to install a chief executive after hiring Baker & McKenzie director of marketing and business development Beverly Landais.
Parent companies can be held liable for the health and safety of their subsidiaries’ employees, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a case that will impact asbestos sufferers.
Middle Temple set Devereux has appointed Ingrid Simler QC as head of chambers succeeding Colin Edelman QC, who has spent 10 years at the helm.
Devereux Chambers’ Bruce Carr QC has won a victory for British Airways in the Court of Appeal after it upheld the airline’s right to determine staff levels on its flights.
Devereux Chambers silks Colin Edelman QC and Colin Wynter QC are set to go head-to-head in the Court of Appeal as one of The Lawyer’s top trials of 2008 prepares for a three-week appeal hearing.
The founder of website Solicitors from Hell, Rick Kordowski, may be getting the feeling that his creation is more trouble than its worth.
The High Court has rejected a professional negligence claim against City firm Devonshires clearing it of any wrongdoing to a former client.
City firm Devonshires has successfully fought off a victimisation claim brought by a former secretary in the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT).
The catastrophe that felled the once-proud Dewey & LeBoeuf has been seen by some commentators in the legal blogosphere as something of an exclusively US phenomenon.
The largest ever law firm collapse was cemented yesterday when Dewey & LeBoeuf filed for bankruptcy in the US, with the UK LLP also being put into administration.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is preparing to launch an office in São Paulo four months after it hired the former head of Milbank’s Latin America practice Mike Fitzgerald.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has reported a 2.8 per cent increase in overall revenue for the 2011 financial year.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has moved into the London private equity market with a double swoop on Taylor Wessing.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has confirmed that it is cutting 5 per cent of its lawyers and 6 per cent of its support staff globally, as the firm takes steps to make itself more competitive.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has written to general counsel at major clients encouraging them to instruct firms with diverse partnerships.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has significantly expanded its presence in South Africa with the hire of eight partners from local rival Werksmans.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has advised online auction site eBay on its acquisition of its Turkish counterpart Gitti Gidiyor Bilgi Teknolojileri Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has appointed its first London managing partner since the 2007 merger of Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is attempting to find new jobs for its trainee solicitors as the London office faces collapse.
Dewey & LeBoeuf bankruptcy star and board member Martin Bienenstock has jumped ship with a team of five partners to Proskauer Rose.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is relocating its chairman to London as part of a management overhaul following a string of partner exits at the US firm.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is understood to have lost another partner to Mayer Brown with the departure of corporate finance partner Richard Spitzer.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is set to lose members of its German base for the first time since this year’s global partner exodus started, with the entire Frankfurt team close to agreeing a deal to join rival firms.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is bracing itself for further European losses as it emerges that City finance partner Bruce Johnston has decided against Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in favour of joining Morgan Lewis & Bockius alongside the struggling US firm’s entire Moscow team.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has lost two of its biggest hitting German partners with its Frankfurt managing partner leaving to launch a tax boutique.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is advising South African athlete Caster Semenya to ensure her human rights are upheld during gender testing by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf partners Keith Flaum and Richard Climan have taken one of their key clients, online auction site eBay, to new employer Weil Gotshal & Manges.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has turned to one of the biggest names in crisis management to help it deal with bad publicity surrounding its financial health.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has instructed a leading bankruptcy lawyer as the firm moots restructuring in the wake of high debt and mass partner defections.
Dewey & LeBoeuf today told its remaining London associates that it cannot ensure it will pay their salaries beyond the end of this month.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s London operation is set to go close this Friday as the firm’s UK LLP edges closer to administration.
One thing you didn’t hear in the Queen’s Speech yesterday: “My Government will work to secure jobs for all trainee solicitors at the London office of Dewey & LeBoeuf.”
Dewey & LeBoeuf is negotiating the future of its European property as it looks to pay off creditors in the face of the imminent dissolution of the London office.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has made up four lawyers in this year’s round of promotions, one of whom is based in London.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s senior management ran a Ponzi scheme for the purpose of self-enrichment and maliciously misrepresented the firm’s finances, according to a lawsuit brought by a former partner.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is set to lose members of its top management team for the first time since the new group was introduced, with litigation head Jeffrey Kessler quitting for Winston & Strawn as part of a 22-partner defection and Richard Shutran joining O’Melveny & Myers.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is set to vote on further changes to its management structure early next year, as the US firm unveils an overhaul of the way it is run.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s senior management is working on a major restructuring of the embattled US firm that could see it prepare the business for a takeover or shut down its international network.
Lawyers at Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Moscow office are weighing their options after offers from US, UK and even Chinese firms.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has continued its raid on Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London restructuring team following the recent hire of two partners from its US rival.
Atlanta-based King & Spalding has hired Dewey & LeBoeuf Paris-based arbitration head Eric Schwartz to launch in France.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has lost a further two City partners, with recently-recruited private equity duo Mark Davis and Russell Van Praagh quitting to join McDermott Will & Emery.
The City office of US firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has announced its year-end bonuses for London associates, with awards ranging from five per cent to 19.5 per cent of salary.
The full extent of bond offerings issued by law firms is likely to be higher than expected, according to Dewey & LeBoeuf partner Richard Shutran.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has effectively shut its New York base, with the US firm’s head office now practically devoid of lawyers.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has started rebuilding its employment team a week after Morgan Lewis hired practically the entire department.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has strengthened its Latin American practice after hiring a corporate and securities team from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Moscow office has poached two partners from international rivals in Moscow, giving the firm a boost in banking and real estate.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is the latest US firm to cut its partner promotions round, with six making the grade this year compared to 20 in 2008.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has continued its recent London growth spurt with the hire of Stephenson Harwood energy partner Marc Hammerson.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has been hit by another eight partner losses, with a New York energy and infrastructure team set to join Hunton & Williams.
Houston managing partner Sean Gorman is the latest lawyer to walk out of New York law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, taking three of the firm’s litigation associates with him.
A former London trainee at Dewey & LeBoeuf is at risk of being deported to his home country because he has not found another firm to sponsor his visa.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s London office has hired CMS Cameron McKenna to advise on its wind-down as it emerges that the UK LLP has delayed filing for administration following discussions with advisers and creditors.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is planning to roll out an incentive plan to keep partners that would see the embattled US firm distribute profits over the course of several years.
Proskauer Rose has added four litigation partners from Dewey & LeBoeuf including vice chair Ralph Ferrara in the firm’s latest raid on its US rival.
Stricken US firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has warned US employees that their jobs are under threat, admitting that the current difficulties could result in the firm shutting its doors.
Eleven law firms have advised on the $6.6bn sale of Polkomtel, Poland’s second largest mobile phone network operator, in Europe’s largest leveraged buyout for three years.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has lost its entire London employment department to Morgan Lewis.
If you can defend a New York Governor who resigned after hiring a call girl, being a spokesperson for the former chairman of a US law firm should be easy. Or so you’d think.
As The Lawyer has written before, Dewey & LeBoeuf partners have a twisted relationship with conference calls and other mass gatherings.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Hong Kong team is set to join DLA Piper as the firm’s office in the city prepares to wind down.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Italian partners are attempting to leave the firm’s US LLP as a way of strengthening their position if the troubled firm goes under.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Riyadh practice has joined Patton Boggs to set up a affiliate office for the US firm consisting of one partner and four associates.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf London managing partner Peter Sharp has claimed that the firm’s New York chiefs “ignored” his plans to save the City office as he moved to refute allegations that he left his former colleagues high and dry.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Milan IP head Marco Consonni has left the firm with three lawyers to join Italian IP boutique Orsingher.
Dickinson Dees’ family law team will leave the firm later this year to set up a new firm called Silk Family Law.
Dickinson Dees managing partner Jonathan Blair has confirmed that the firm has entered into redundancy talks with its banking team.
Dickinson Dees senior partner Robin Bloom is leaving the firm to become general counsel at Middlesbrough Football Club’s owner Gibson O’Neill Limited.
Newcastle-headquartered firm Dickinson Dees is to launch an office in Leeds, transferring everyone in its York base in the process.
Dickinson Dees has promoted two lawyers to partner and eight to director in its annual round of promotions.
Dickinson Dees has boosted its nascent Leeds office with the hire of Pinsent Masons’ local office head.
What would you like for Christmas? Some people are happy with a pair of socks, knitted by their nan. Others might be more demanding and throw a hissy fit if Santa doesn’t bring them a PS3.
It’s a couple of days late, but it’s New Year’s resolutions time.
It’s a risky time to be a Herbies corporate partner.
30 November 2009Digital Edition
Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC was forced to apologise to the country’s most senior judiciary after it emerged that she passed a vital letter relating to the Binyam Mohamed torture case to the press.
Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC is looking to launch a High Court action in a bid to force the Treasury to pay compensation to Equitable Life policyholders.
A Jewish school that refused entry to a boy on the grounds that his mother was not recognised as Jewish by the Office of the Chief Rabbi has been told to reverse its stance by the Court of Appeal.
Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC has won a major victory for the Government that will make it legal for employers to retire employees at the age of 65.
Eversheds has come in for some serious stick this week, with readers of TheLawyer.com venting their collective spleen after we reported that the firm cleared one of its partners following an investigation into potential discrimination
What constitutes mental health discrimination? How can clinical depression be defined from everyday anxiety? These are just some of the issues that have been troubling the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in recent weeks.
Three US firms have won lead roles on Walt Disney’s $4bn acquisition of US comic company Marvel Entertainment.
A personal account of South Africa’s 4th Democratic Election Johannesburg
The summer might be over but things are beginning to heat up at the Wharf as the CC senior partner race kicks off in earnest (see story).
“I hope we can still be friends. I just think we should be able to see other people.”
Divorcing couples will be forced to attend a compulsory mediation awareness session before they are allowed to use the courts, the Ministry of Justice has formally announced today.
UBS has chosen eight firms for its new-look global panel, with Herbert Smith and DLA Piper new appointments to the list.
DLA Piper and Hogan Lovells have taken lead roles in a $1.9bn asset swap deal between SABMiller and Turkey’s Anadolu Efes that will create an Eastern European business with combined sales o $3.bn.
DLA Piper and Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens have taken lead roles advising on the sale and restructuring of fashion retailer Jane Norman, which entered administration on Monday (27 June).
Ashurst’s Australian merger partner Blake Dawson has lost two partners, with DLA Piper and Mallesons Stephen Jaques benefiting from the departures.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has lost another partner to DLA Piper and a second to Reed Smith, taking the number of firmwide partner exits to more than 50.
Clifford Chance, DLA Piper, Ogier and Travers Smith led the way on a £440m investment by private equity house Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) in legal process outsourcer CPA Global.
The Moscow office of White & Case was raided today by Russian authorities conducting a criminal investigation.
DLA Piper has appointed a new Germany managing partner to replace Ulrich Jüngst, who has been in the role since the practice was launched in 2004.
DLA Piper Madrid has hired a restructuring team from independent Spanish firm Roca Junyent.
DLA Piper has given its New York restructuring group a boost with the hire of a partner from Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom.
DLA Piper has hired a partner from Ashurst to head its London real estate group.
DLA Piper has hired a Norton Rose arbitration of counsel into its Dubai partnership
DLA Piper has hired a team of three financial litigation partners in London from LG.
DLA Piper’s Dubai head has been named as CEO of the firm’s exclusive Australian alliance firm, DLA Phillips Fox.
DLA Piper has often suffered from slings that, for all its growth, it still lacks the pedigree of its closest rivals.
Hogan Lovells has seen further losses in Germany with the departure of seven Munich lawyers to DLA Piper.
A team of six IP lawyers, including five partners, are leaving Hogan Lovells’ Los Angeles office for DLA Piper because of client conflicts.
DLA Piper projects partner Alex Guy is to join the firm’s Australian alliance partner DLA Phillips Fox alongside Dubai head Tony Holland.
Six of DLA Piper’s eight Canberra partners have left the firm just weeks after the firm’s Australian arm merged with the international LLP.
DLA Piper has lost its spot on Virgin Group’s roster of UK legal advisers as part of the conglomerate’s panel review.
DLA Phillips Fox in New Zealand is separating from its Australian counterpart, which fully merged with DLA Piper on 1 May.
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has hired DLA Piper partner Jo Rickards to launch a High Court claim against the defunct newspaper’s publisher, News Group.
DLA Piper has hired a five-partner corporate and IP team from Reed Smith for its Silicon Valley office.
DLA Piper has hired an executive director from Goldman Sachs to join its restructuring practice in London.
DLA Piper has been instructed by UBS to try to evict protestors who have taken up residence in a City office building owned by the Swiss bank.
The company behind Southampton Football Club has fallen into administration, leading to instructions for DLA Piper, Clarke Willmott and Dundas & Wilson.
DLA Piper has been appointed to advise joint venture partnership Peach Aviation on the creation of a low-cost airline to be based at Kansai International Airport in Japan.
DLA Piper has been appointed by the Kuwait Capital Markets Authority (CMA) to help privatise the country’s stock exchange.
DLA Piper has exceeded its revenue budget for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year as UK firms continue to report growth.
DLA Piper and French independent Racine took the headline roles as the Huffington Post launched its first foreign-language edition.
DLA Piper has bolstered its London finance group with a hire from Deutsche Bank.
DLA Piper has hired two partners for its Greater China practice from Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques.
DLA Piper’s Brazilian alliance firm Campos Mello Advogados (CMA) has continued its hiring spree, with the addition of a 14-strong team including two partners from a rival firm.
DLA Piper has appointed veteran corporate lawyer Warwick Painter as a partner in its Sydney office.
DLA Piper has taken a team of lawyers from Austrian firm Wolf Theiss in a bid to strengthen its presence in the Czech Republic.
DLA Piper has become a minority stakeholder in LawVest, a holding company that aims to launch into the alternative business structure (ABS) market next year.
DLA Piper joint chief executive Nigel Knowles looks set to stand unopposed for reelection.
DLA Piper has unveiled its plans to move to an all-equity partnership model in the non-US side of its business.
DLA Piper has concluded its redundancy consultation, leading to the loss of 124 jobs.
DLA Piper has expanded its US management team with the appointment of two new chairmen - global corporate and finance head Roger Meltzer and practice co-head Jay Rains.
The growing row over private investments made by partners at DLA Piper, exclusively revealed by The Lawyer, shows no sign of dying down, with angry questions asked during a conference call held yesterday with regional partners to discuss the matter.
DLA Piper has signed an exclusive relationship agreement with Portuguese firm Azevedo Neves Benjamin Mendes Carvalho & Associados (ABBC) after several months of negotiation.
DLA Piper has been the focus of protests in Washington DC over its role advising the Ethiopian government.
DLA Piper’s revenue reached an all-time last year, with its year-end financials for 2011 revealing a global gross revenue of $2.25bn (£1.42bn).
DLA Piper has boosted its IP and technology group with the hire of Jacqueline Bore as partner.
DLA Piper has hired a special counsel from Norton Rose to lead its restructuring and distressed investment team in Asia.
DLA Piper has picked up a team of Frankfurt lawyers from Dewey & LeBoeuf as the stricken firm files for bankruptcy in the US and UK.
DLA Piper has hired a senior associate from Shearman & Sterling’s London office to head its Liverpool banking and finance team.
DLA Piper has kickstarted its launch in Latin America’s second largest economic hub by swiping the entire legal team from Thompson & Knight’s Mexico City office.
DLA Piper Leeds office managing partner Neil McLean is to retire after 17 years at the firm.
Reed Smith has raided DLA Piper for four partners in a move to bulk up its capital markets, M&A and corporate and securities practices.
DLA Piper is moving forward with a root and branch review of its practice heralded by the arrival last year of global co-chairman Tony Angel.
DLA Piper Moscow-based partner Andrew Muriel has died suddenly while on a business trip in London.
DLA Piper’s incumbent Asia-Pacific managing director Alastair da Costa will relocate back to the UK after more than four years at the helm in Hong Kong.
DLA Piper has appointed Tim Clement-Jones as London managing partner, taking over from real estate partner Catherine Usher.
The lateral hiring spree in Paris continued today with the announcement by DLA Piper of the arrival of three partners from Jeantet Associés and Morgan Lewis.
DLA Piper’s partnership has voted in favour of an all-equity model across the non-US side of its business, with management announcing the result today.
Partners at DLA Piper and DLA Phillips Fox have voted in favour of plans to fully integrate the two firms.
DLA Piper posted a 1 per cent increase in global turnover for the 2010 calendar year, with revenue at $1.96bn (£1.27bn). Total profit was up 5.9 per cent at $777.8m £503m).
DLA Piper has made up 58 lawyers to partner in its annual round of promotions, slightly up on 2011’s 53.
DLA Piper has made a number of management changes including naming Andrew Darwin as UK managing partner and shaking up its year-old executive management team.
DLA Piper has laid off eight per cent of its Dubai fee-earners as its expansion plans in the Middle East are hit by the global economic crisis.
DLA Piper is to close its Bulgarian office in the new year, citing problems associated with the economic downturn.
DLA Piper has begun rebuilding its Brisbane office, taking two partners and their legal support teams from Australian firm Dibbs Barker.
DLA Piper’s Italian office has scooped a team of 20 lawyers for its Milan and Rome offices from defunct Italian domestic practice Grimaldi e Associati.
DLA Piper has almost doubled the size of its Sacramento office after absorbing litigation boutique Stevens O’Connnell & Jacobs.
DLA Piper has hired a five-partner energy team from Hogan Lovells in the US.
DLA Piper has entered Mongolia through a non-exclusive tie-up with local firm C&G Partners.
DLA Piper has rolled out an initiative across its international LLP that will see pro-bono work recorded in exactly the same way as fee-earning hours.
Five DLA Piper partners left the partnership last month as the firm continues to reshape its practice in the UK.
DLA Piper has announced the duo of partners who will succeed Frank Burch and Lee Miller as the firm’s US co-chairs.
DLA Piper’s US associate bonus scheme has been criticised following an internal memo that claimed top performers were getting more than at competitor firms.
Nine DLA Phillips Fox partners are leaving to join mid-tier Australian firm Thomsons Lawyers ahead of the firm’s imminent merger with DLA Piper.
For many years it seemed that it was impossible not to make bucket loads of money in the Middle East.
Simmons & Simmons has hired DLA Piper’s head of investment funds in the UK as a partner in its financial services team.
DLA Piper’s private equity chief has left to become managing partner of Kaye Scholer’s London office.
DLA Piper has made up 53 lawyers across 18 countries in its annual round of partner promotions.
DLA Piper has made three lawyers to its London partnership as part of a 41-strong round, the smallest total number in two years.
DLA Piper is stepping up its operations in Brazil, shortly after entering into a cooperation agreement with local firm Campos Mello Advogados (CMA).
DLA Piper is to cut a further nine per cent of its Middle East-based staff as part of a restructuring that will see its total regional headcount drop by 39 per cent.
DLA Piper has carried out a management overhaul in its Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester offices.
DLA Piper has cut nine per cent of its Middle East workforce in a second round of job cuts in the region.
DLA Piper is set to merge with its Australian best friend DLA Phillips Fox as it prepares to beef up its Asia Pacific practice with the ultimate aim of becoming the world’s largest law firm.
A team of lawyers from Italian employment specialists Toffoletto e Socio and DLA Piper have split off to form a niche labour boutique.
DLA Piper is to establish a presence in Turkey through a relationship with Istanbul law firm Yüksel Karkin Küçük (YKK).
DLA Piper has failed to quash an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case from a former lawyer and will now have to re-defend a mental health discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal.
DLA Piper, Eversheds and Linklaters have won a place in an index ranking organisations by their commitment to corporate responsibility (CR).
DLA Piper, Eversheds and Shoosmiths are among a roster of firms appointed to information management company Iron Mountain’s European advisory panel.
DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Jones Day have all netted roles on the sale of West Ham United FC sale to former Birmingham City FC owners David Gold and David Sullivan.
DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Travers Smith have all won roles on the proposed sale of legal process outsourcer CPA Global (CPA) to London-based private equity house Cinven.
DLA Piper has been on a bit of a rollercoaster of late.
African members of the DLA Piper alliance network, together with two other African firms, today launched regional alliance Juris East Africa.
DLA Piper’s highest earning partner, understood to be joint chief executive officer and managing partner Nigel Knowles, earned £1.711m in 2010-11, up from £1.627m the year before, according to the firm’s LLPs.
DLA Piper is one firm that, at the moment, is strutting around with more confidence than Robin van Persie. And in DLA’s case there’s even more factual basis for the poise.
DLA Piper’s Middle East regional managing partner David Church is to step down next year and will be replaced by the head of the firm’s Kuwait office, Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout.
“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success,” said US journalist Herbert Bayard Swope, “but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”
DLA Piper is to cut pay by 11.5 per cent for most of its US partners amid gloomy predictions about the firm’s performance in 2009.
The number of students who want to become barristers shows little sign of diminishing with 3,100 applicants to the Bar Professional Training Course (BTPC) in 2010/2011 and 3,016 in 2011/2012. In 2010/2011 1,618 students successfully enrolled on the BTPC
If counterfeit goods have been sold via an online auction house who should take responsibility for cracking down on the couterfeiters - the manufacturer whose goods have been cloned or the online auction house which provides the sales outlet?
The European Court of Justice has ruled that high street retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) can use Interflora’s trademark as part of its keyword advertising on major search engines, but a domestic court will have to determine whether it breached the florist’s trademark rights.
I read with interest the news story on the front page of The Lawyer of 5 September about the rumoured thinning of Herbert Smith’s corporate department.
The thwarted Miliband brother might disagree, but new research suggests that if you want a fighting chance of running the show in the legal profession it helps to be called David.
Wouldn’t lawyers like to know exactly what’s going on behind the scenes at their competitors?
US firm Dorsey & Whitney has posted a marginal rise in turnover for the 2011 financial year, with the figure nudging up by 0.3 per cent.
The Dorsey & Whitney partner at the heart of an FSA insider trading case has been sacked by the firm.
Dorsey & Whitney has bolstered its London office with the hire of Brown Rudnick corporate partner Roger Gregory as partner.
One of the most eagerly awaited High Court trials of this year takes another step towards its hearing date today with a case management conference.
Matrix Chambers’ Hugh Tomlinson QC has failed in his bid to convince the High Court that the Sunday Mirror misused private information about footballer Rio Ferdinand.
The High Court has thrown out an attempt by former Labour MP Phil Woolas to overturn an election court’s decision that stripped him of his seat in the House of Commons.
Doughty Street Chambers’ Ed Fitzgerald QC has not been given permission to appeal a High Court decision to extradite computer hacker Gary McKinnon to the US.
Civil liberties set Doughty Street Chambers will open in Bristol after Old Square Chambers’ barrister Daniel Bennett defected to the set.
Doughty Street Chambers is to set up shop in Manchester after four barristers defected from Garden Court North Chambers to join the civil liberties set.
The publishers of The People are looking to appeal a substantial libel payout after the High Court today ruled that the paper mistakenly labelled Baby P’s father a convicted rapist.
Doughty Street Chambers silk Gavin Millar QC is to defend Labour MP Peter Hain against contempt of court claims after the former Cabinet minister criticised a judge in his memoirs.
The High Court has ruled that four Kenyans can pursue claims against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) over allegations that they were victims of British atrocities committed during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s.
Howrey’s European IP head and Europe managing partner are both set to leave along with at least 10 other partners to set up their own IP firm.
LawVest has signed up 12 silks for its legal services offering Riverview Law, which launches today.
Midlands firm Knights Solicitors has taken a cash injection from high-profile entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den investor James Caan’s private equity house in a bid to grow the business into a top-100 UK practice in three years.
Law firms are cutting back on the number of trainees they take, but the throng of wannabe lawyers out there shows no signs of abating.
Druces has acquired three-partner Clerkenwell property-based firm Clegg Manuel, the latest in a series of moves to add critical mass to the City firm.
Ashurst has picked up a key role advising a group of bondholders in relation to Dubai’s debt standstill.
Irish firm Dillon Eustace has become the first onshore firm to open an office in the Cayman Islands.
Irish firm Beauchamps has acquired Landwell Solicitors, the Irish branch of the network of firms connected to accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Irish law firm Byrne Wallace, formerly BCM Hanby Wallace, has launched an office in New York.
Dundas & Wilson managing partner Donald Shaw has stood down from the role with immediate effect.
Almost 30 jobs are being cut at Scotland-headquartered firm Dundas & Wilson following a consultation process.
Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson is set to launch a corporate-focused office in Aberdeen.
Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson has hired a five-strong banking team, including two partners, from Stephenson Harwood.
Merger talks between Edinburgh-headquartered Dundas & Wilson and London firm Bircham Dyson Bell have collapsed after partners at the respective firms gave a lukewarm reaction to the proposed deal.
Edinburgh-headquartered Dundas & Wilson looks set to attain its goal of bulking up in London after launching official merger talks with London firm Bircham Dyson Bell.
Scotland-headquartered Dundas & Wilson has launched a probe into a sector head who obtained confidential information about a client that prejudiced a tender process.
Scotland’s second largest firm by turnover, Dundas & Wilson, has grown by just 2 per cent over the past financial year, with revenue at £62m.
Dundas & Wilson managing partner Donald Shaw has paid tribute to the firm’s UK corporate recovery head Ian Cuthbertson, who died suddenly yesterday aged 58.
Dundas & Wilson’s caretaker managing partners will carry on leading the firm following today’s elections.
Partners at Scotland-headquartered firm Dundas & Wilson have elected Donald Shaw as the firm’s sole managing partner after his co-chief Alan Campbell stood down from management.
Dundas & Wilson partners will vote for a new managing partner and chairman next week, with the firm holding both the hustings and the vote on the same day.
Dundas & Wilson’s co-head of infrastructure Andrew Renton has left the firm.
Dundas & Wilson is preparing for a round of staff job cuts and is also expected to slash partner numbers after assessing what a spokesperson termed “the nature and level of demand for its services”.
Two Field Fisher Waterhouse partners have left the firm’s Hamburg office to set up their own practice.
Two employment partners are leaving Wragge & Co for Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC).
Netherlands firm Houthoff Buruma has elected corporate partner Walter van Overbeek to the role of co-managing partner.
Dutch firm Palthe Oberman has become the seventh firm to join employment network L&E Global.
DWF is set to launch a full-service practice in Newcastle, following the hire of partner John Flynn from Dickinson Dees.
A barrister from DWF is defending a Coventry-based firm in a caste discrimination claim being heard at Birmingham Employment Tribunal.
North West firm DWF has made six new appointments to its London insurance and retail teams with hires from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), K&L Gates, Plexus Law, Vizyard Wyeth and Zurich - the insurance provider.
DWF has bulked up its burgeoning Newcastle practice with banking partner from Dickinson Dees.
DWF has announced a tie-up with Midlands insurance firm Buller Jeffries two months after its talks with Cobbetts broke down.
North West firm DWF is set to merge with Newcastle firm Crutes, with the latter being incorporated into DWF on 1 January 2012.
DWF is launching an office in Birmingham with Shoosmiths’ head of asset finance.
DWF has reappointed Andrew Leaitherland as managing partner for a third three-year term after he ran unopposed for the post.
DWF’s Newcastle chief John Flynn is set to leave the firm just over a year after joining to set up the firm’s practice in the North East city.
North-west firm DWF has picked the College of Law to be the firm’s exclusive provider of the Legal Practice Course (LPC) from September 2011. DWF’s trainees will be given the flexibility to choose to study stage one of the LPC at any of its eight centres nationwide, whilst for stage two, they will gather together to study Commercial Law and Insurance Law at COL’s Manchester centre in a firm-specific group. David Blaquiere, partner and training principal at ...
North West firm DWF has announced a 17 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) and a 15 per cent rise in turnover for the last financial year.
Manchester headquartered DWF and Scotland’s Biggart Baillie have confirmed that they will merge to create a near £120m firm.
North West firm DWF has revealed a 14 per cent increase in half-year turnover, posting a revenue figure of £45m.
The Co-operative Bank has unveiled plans to launch funding deals for individual firms to provide clients with loans to fund divorce cases.
The increase in DWF’s staff costs in 2009-10 was disproportionate to the increase in the firm’s total headcount, LLP accounts filed with Companies House have revealed.
DWF generated turnover of £60.1m in the past financial year, a rise of nine per cent on the £55.3m it made in 2007-08.
“When I fall in love, it will be forever,” sang 60-menthol-a-day crooner Nat King Cole.
Appeal Court judge Lord Justice Dyson has been named as the final justice of the Supreme Court, ending months of speculation over who would fill the role.
If you’re a Herbies litigator looking for a bump up to partnership level, our advice is to book a plane ticket and head for Asia or the Middle East.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has given permission for barrister Aisha Bijlani to pursue a racial and disability discrimination claim against four named individuals at her chambers, 4 New Square (4NS).
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that £200,000-a-year stripper Nadine Quashie was an employee of Stringfellows club, paving the way for her unfair dismissal claim against the club.
When law and politics combine it can be a combustible mix. Behind closed doors in Brussels, a new law is being mooted that would make it easier to pursue US-style class actions against companies convicted of price-fixing.
Queens Park Rangers shareholder Bernie Ecclestone has turned to Withers for advice on the sale of his stake in the Premier League football club to Tony Fernandes.
In-house counsel have no right to professional legal privilege in cartel investigations carried out by the European Commission, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held today.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has outlawed the practice of pricing insurance premiums based on gender.
“Scramble for legal jobs intensifies as graduates flee banking sector” was the headline we ran on the front page of the Autumn 2008 issue of Lawyer 2B magazine.
George Osborne’s emergency budget will inevitably touch all corners of the community. In addition to increasing VAT and Capital Gains Tax the Chancellor also announced a three-year pay freeze for public sector workers.
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge has boosted the Washington DC office it opened in 2007 with the acquisition of communications boutique Fleischman & Harding.
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge is continuing its recent growth spurt by merging with 150-lawyer Chicago firm Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon.
One of Russia’s largest law firms, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, is set to merge with Ukraine outlier Magisters.
Russian heavyweight Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is bulking up its contentious practice by bolting on local 17-lawyer litigation boutique Principium.
Russian firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has made a rare lateral hire into its partnership, adding Baker & McKenzie’s St Petersburg head of dispute resolution and tax.
Video:Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev and Partners
What time do you start work each day? 8.30am.
Linklaters has elected Robert Elliott as its new senior partner, replacing David Cheyne after a three-way fight for the role.
Ely Place’s Ronald Thwaites QC has won a High Court libel victory for art journalist and author Sarah Thornton, after Mr Justice Tugendhat denied The Telegraph Media Group application for summary judgment.
Employment law alliance L&E Global has expanded into Asia Pacific with the addition of New Zealand firm Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon to its group.
Manchester firm JMW has posted its year-end results for 2011-12, revealing a 20 per cent increase in revenue.
The number of claims lodged at the Employment Tribunal (ET) rocketed to 236,100 during 2009-10, representing an all-time high.
The legal battle between Tullett Prebon and arch rival BGC brokers captivated the City with its hostility and shone a spotlight on the highly competitive labour market that exists for financial institutions.
An employment judge has become the first to be publicly censured under new rules that will see all judges and magistrates who are disciplined for misconduct have their cases publicised by the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC).
Some women cry rape, knowing the allegation to be untrue, but nobody would suggest abolishing rape laws. Likewise, some employees bring specious claims, knowing them to be untrue. That is not a reason to throw out employment rights for everybody.
Government proposals to reform the employment tribunal system will have the greatest impact on the poor and will impede access to justice, employment lawyers have warned.
EMW has given its London office a boost, adding three partners - all of whom join as department heads - and a consultant.
As the battle surrounding the default retirement age rumbles on, Kate Miles and Charles Pallott outline the latest developments
French energy giant EDF has appointed Eric Thomas as its new group general counsel.
Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) general counsel Randal Barker has resigned from his position as boardroom turmoil rages over the mining company’s corporate governance.
It’s been 10 years since Enron collapsed. The energy company’s spectacular fall wiped $60bn off the market and led to more than 21,000 staff losing their jobs.
Today is Chinese New Year: the year of the dragon - the water dragon, to be exact - is upon us.
Litigation boutique Enyo Law has hired a partner from Bond Pearce, taking the total number of members at the niche firm to 10.
Litigation boutique Enyo Law has hired a pair of commercial litigation partners from Nabarro.
Litigation boutique Enyo Law has hired a commercial litigation partner from Reed Smith.
Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger whipped up a maelstrom this week with his comments about the number of women and ethnic minorities at the top of the judiciary. Neuberger MR said he had no difficulty with using section 159 of the Equality Act to favour women and ethnic minorities over white males where two judicial candidates were otherwise equal.
A pig called Napoleon once observed that, although all animals are equal, some are more equal than others.
Close to a third of McGrigors’ equity partners will be forced to prove themselves to regain their equity status when the firm merges with Pinsent Masons.
Ernst & Young has been named as a defendant in an amended class action in the Lehman Brothers securities fraud case, but Linklaters appears to have avoided the threat of litigation.
Mr Justice Floyd has granted the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) mandatory injunctive relief against Liverpool Football Club, paving the way for the sale of the club.
Essex County Council’s (ECC) and Southend Council have hired their first-ever joint manager as part of a scheme that will see four authorities work as one practice.
Essex Court Chambers’ Charles Ciumei has scored a High Court victory for JPMorgan & Chase after the bank escaped being forced to pay £580,000 to a trader after it inflated his salary by missing a decimal point in his contract.
Basildon-based firm Birkett Long has expanded its offering in its home town by merging with local outfit Brian Ruff Angus and Jewers (BRAJ).
It’s showdown time at Devereux Chambers, with two of the set’s leading silks about to find out which of them has been successful in the employers liability (EL) trigger litigation.
Against the backdrop of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement, South Korean firm Shin & Kim has announced a plan to open an office in Munich in October.
The majority of holidaymakers looking to head out to the Med for some guaranteed sunshine this summer may be feeling squeezed by the strong Euro. But Allen & Overy partners are the latest magic circle lawyers to be gratified by the currency’s robust standing.
What do you get if you cross an Englishman, an Irishman, a Frenchman, an Albanian, a Spaniard, an Italian, a Dutchman, a German, a Russian…okay that’s enough.
A last-minute intervention by European Commission vice-president Viviane Reding has prevented bar associations across the EU becoming optional rather than mandatory.
Field Fisher associate Daniel Geey says the Premier League will look to extract maximum value from the UK market following a European ruling on broadcast rights
Field Fisher associate Daniel Geey says the Premier League will look to extract maximum value from the UK following a European braodcast rights ruling
Field Fisher associate Daniel Geey says the Premier League will look to extract maximum value from the UK market following European broadcast rights ruling
Field Fisher associate Daniel Geey says the Premier League will look to extract maximum value from the UK market following European broadcast rights ruling
Field Fisher associate Daniel Geey says the Premier League will look to extract maximum value from the UK market following European broadcast rights ruling
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.
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.
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.
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.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
Procurement disputes have become a feature of the economic downturn with major corporates bringing out the big guns to help them secure contracts.
Eversheds’ bid for building a global brand has just had a big leg-up.
Eversheds has hired a lawyer from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to join its financial services dispute resolution team in London.
Eversheds’ Hong Kong office has hired veteran China employment lawyer Winnie Ng from Minter Ellison.
Eversheds has hired a real estate partner from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), the latest in a spate of hires in the sector for the firm in London.
Eversheds is continuing to re-build its Copenhagen office after it suffered a wave of departures by hiring a team from Danish firm Accura.
Eversheds has increased its presence in Copenhagen with the addition of two lawyers.
Eversheds is helping Britain’s Got Talent finalists Only Boys Aloud register as a charity and is also helping the group with brand protection following its TV appearances.
Eversheds underlined its longstanding relationship with The Beatles this week when it advised on a deal to put 45 of the group’s songs on to the video game Rock Band.
Eversheds has advised Apple Corps, one of its longest-standing clients, on two headline-grabbing deals relating to legendary pop group The Beatles.
Eversheds and Irwin Mitchell are the only two law firms to scoop a ranking in Business in the Community’s (BITC) 2012 Corporate Responsibility Index, which manages and measures the effectiveness of businesses’ social responsibility activities.
Eversheds and Norton Rose have headed a clutch of firms advising on a £100bn UK government investment in offshore wind farms.
Eversheds has hired a Beijing-based Norton Rose partner to lead its China practice from Paris.
Eversheds has announced that it is asking its forthcoming trainees to defer their start dates at the same time as making cuts in its real estate practice group.
Eversheds has hired a strike injunction specialist from Bircham Dyson Bell to head its industrial relations practice.
The head of Eversheds’ London projects team Jonathan Cripps is set to defect to Stephenson Harwood along with partner Rebecca Carter.
Eversheds is expanding into Hamburg with a base in the city set to open in the autumn.
Eversheds’ Copenhagen managing partner Troels Askerud has announced that he will quit the firm.
Eversheds’ Copenhagen office has been hit by further senior partner departures after the hire of Sam Jalaei by Danish firm Lett.
Eversheds has begun sending low-level legal work to its South African office as it plans to step up its involvement in the commoditised market.
Eversheds has confirmed that 75 support staff jobs will be cut as a result of its outsourcing deal with Accenture.
Eversheds’ Dublin branch, Eversheds O’Donnell Sweeney, is re-branding to move in line with the rest of the firm.
Eversheds has become the latest firm to embrace the Apple brand after it signed a deal to provide its lawyers with the company’s iPad.
The former head of Eversheds’ Nordic practice has joined Danish transactional firm Danders & More as a partner and head of banking and finance.
Eversheds is reviewing its client delivery model after talks with Accenture over legal process outsourcing (LPO) fell through.
Eversheds has renewed its deal with Tyco International to service all the manufacturer’s legal needs across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has rejected Eversheds’ appeal against a decision that found the firm’s redundancy programme discriminated on grounds of sex by giving too much protection to pregnant employees.
Eversheds has welcomed 22 lawyers to its partnership in this year’s promotions round, an increase of three on last year’s number.
Eversheds has advised its long-standing client Balfour Beatty on the £176m Carlisle Northern Development Route (CNDR) PFI project.
Eversheds has been mildly rebuked in an otherwise damning report into the collapse of MG Rover.
Eversheds has made up 22 lawyers to its partnership, the same number as made the grade last year.
Eversheds has begun its High Court battle with former client Newcastle International Airport, which accuses the firm of negligence.
Eversheds’ Italian managing partner Riccardo Bianchini Riccardi was yesterday (4 July) acquitted of all charges over the bankruptcy of Italian agricultural company Cirio.
Eversheds’ Italian managing partner Riccardo Bianchini Riccardi could face eight years in prison in connection with the bankruptcy of Italian agricultural company Cirio, of which he was a director.
Eversheds has launched its fourth redundancy consultation with 22 real estate lawyers at risk.
Eversheds is piloting a service similar to Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) Lawyers on Demand, creating a pool of lawyers that the firm will second to clients for temporary assignments.
Eversheds litigation chief John Heaps has been elected the new chairman of the firm and will take over from incumbent Alan Jenkins on 1 May.
Eversheds cut it pension deficit in half during the 2010-11 financial year as part of a strategic plan to clear the liability altogether.
Media firm Michael Simkins has hired an adviser to Elton John and U2 from Eversheds to run its disputes team.
Eversheds is mulling converting to a Swiss Verein as the firm puts global integration at the heart of its new three-year plan.
The head of Eversheds’ Nottingham office is to step down from the role of senior office partner after 31 years at the firm.
Eversheds is introducing the role of legal director at the firm, as an alternative career path to partnership.
The Queen’s Counsel selection panel has handed silk to 129 of the 275 barristers who applied for the coveted title, Justice Secretary Jack Straw announced today.
Eversheds was forced to carry out an internal investigation after litigation partner Stuart Dutson sent an email questioning the commitment of a female interviewee who had recently had a child.
Eversheds pensions head Anthony Arter has been named as the firm’s next London senior partner.
The financial cost of funding three rounds of redundancies has seen Eversheds’ average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure drop by 26.8 per cent over the last year while revenues have fallen by six per cent.
Eversheds has appointed two partners in Copenhagen to replace former senior partner Troels Askerud.
Eversheds’ average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure increased 28 per cent in the 2009-10 financial year to hit £517,000.
Some basic mathematics today, courtesy of Eversheds: how do you get yourself a juicy 28 per cent rise in profit while simultaneously registering a drop in revenue?
Eversheds is set to boost its real estate team in London with a partner from Dundas & Wilson.
Eversheds is set to part company with Spanish alliance partner Eversheds Lupicinio, citing strategic differences.
Eversheds has added a partner to its Hong Kong office with the hire of Mayer Brown consultant Kingsley Ong.
Eversheds has asked lawyers to work from home today as anti-capitalist protesters threaten to overthrow the City of London.
Eversheds is to offshore HR, administration and finance roles, with 100 jobs at risk of redundancy as a result.
Eversheds will shed up to 95 secretarial staff as the firm prepares to outsource its documentation processes with outsourcing company Exigent.
Staff at Eversheds are being given the chance to win a £20,000 cash prize for coming up with a pioneering business idea.
Net profit leaps 10 per cent as revenues rise to £366m
Eversheds has posted a three per cent drop in turnover for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year.
Profit is up but turnover is static at Eversheds, with revenue stuck at £355m for the 2010/11 financial year.
Eversheds has merged with Middle East law consortium KSLG, trebling its size in the region.
Eversheds has promoted 19 lawyers to partner across its UK, European and South African offices.
Eversheds’ South Africa office has won a longstanding dispute to trade under the global law firm’s name.
Eversheds is advising the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime (MOPC), the body responsible for supervising the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), as part of the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics.
British Airways (BA) is a hell of a client: a prestigious brand that is always up to some kind of expansion or another, operating in an industry beset by legal issues - and compounded by active unions.
Digital books are finally making their mark, and a happy ending to the long IP tussle between authors and traditional publishers may just be in sight
Legal process outsourcer Global BPO has hired former Charles Russell managing partner James Holder as chairman of the company.
Former Dundas & Wilson infrastructure head Andrew Renton has resurfaced at Bird & Bird after leaving the Scottish-headquartered firm in October.
Former Hogan Lovells partner Chris Grierson pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud totalling £1.27m at a plea hearing at Southwark Crown Court this morning.
Former Hogan Lovells litigation partner Christopher Grierson has been charged with four counts of false accounting by the City of London police, several months after being dismissed from the firm’s partnership.
Former SJ Berwin managing partner candidate Perry Yam has quit the firm to join Reed Smith in one of the longest-awaited moves in the City legal market.
Dutch firm Houthoff Buruma has recruited a former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner to launch a New York office, capitalising on the use of the Netherlands as a venue for class action settlements.
Former Ashurst finance partner Richard Kendall has been appointed CEO of Glendevon King Asset Management (GKAM).
One of Ashurst’s most senior real estate lawyers, Adrian Dear, is set to retire at the end of the 2011-12 financial year.
A former Baker & McKenzie partner is facing up to 15 years in jail after pleading guilty in New York to money laundering and conspiracy to commit securities fraud.
A former Barlow Lyde & Gilbert partner has set up his own practice with support from a financial services player, paving the way for it to become one of the first alternative business structures (ABS).
Leeds Building Society has installed Bradford & Bingley’s former legal chief as head of legal services.
Liverpool City Council has slashed its advocacy legal spend by 20 per cent after launching a procurement process that saw Exchange Chambers cut from its roster of advisors.
Former Christie’s general counsel Nick Deeming is set to join offshore drilling contractor Transocean in one of the highest-profile recent in-house moves, The Lawyer understands.
Dewey & LeBoeuf corporate star Mort Pierce is leaving the firm to join White & Case with a team of up to 10 partners.
Leading public law silk Richard Hermer QC of Matrix Chambers will lead the fight against Clyde & Co over whistleblowing claims launched by former partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former chairman Steve Davis has become the subject of a criminal investigation by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, with the news coming amid reports that the US firm has called off talks about a possible merger with Greenberg Traurig.
A number of former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners are grouping together in London and the US with a view to taking action to recover unpaid profit shares.
Exeter-headquartered Michelmores has beefed up its London presence with the hire of a partner and senior associate.
A duo of former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partners have teamed up to launch a Berlin-based boutique law firm.
Former Fulbright & Jaworski partner Richard Simkin and his office manager wife Zakia Sharif have pleaded guilty to stealing £100,000 from the firm.
A group of former fixed share partners in failed firm Halliwells are investigating decisions made by equity partners in the run up to the collapse of the firm with a view to taking legal action against them.
Former Halliwells legal services director Emma Nutbeen has settled an unfair dismissal claim against Gateley, resulting in the firm offering her a job.
The joint administrators of Halliwells are considering taking legal action against the failed firm’s former equity partners.
A group of former Halliwells partners facing a £21m claim from the failed firm’s administrators has agreed to mediate the dispute.
The former Halliwells partners facing a £20m High Court claim from the firm’s liquidators are set to enter mediation later this month, with Michel Kallipetis QC leading the proceedings.
Kennedys has marked its launch in Sheffield through the acquisition of a 65-person team from Halliwells with the production of a musical video miming to Queen’s hit song Don’t Stop Me Now.
The former managing partner of DLA Piper’s Amsterdam office has teamed up with a Houthoff Buruma corporate crime specialist to establish a boutique firm specialising in white collar crime.
Former Hogan Lovells partner Christopher Grierson was today jailed for three years after pleading guilty to one of the most high-profile law firm frauds in UK history (see story)
Those around him thought he was a shining example of a senior partner, always putting clients first and billing prodigious amounts. But today former Hogan Lovells partner Christopher Grierson was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to defrauding his firm of £1.27m.
Former Linklaters managing partner Tony Angel is set to join DLA Piper as senior partner in one of the most sensational lateral hires in the legal market.
Former Linklaters emerging markets head Nick Eastwell has added another string to his bow with an appointment to West End firm Spring Law.
A former Macfarlanes partner has been freed from jail a month into his one-year sentence for drink-driving.
A former MacFarlanes partner who resigned from the firm last year has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and ordered to pay £4,200 after being found guilty of drink-driving, perverting the course of justice and two further charges.
At least eight firms are today facing legal action from around 25 former coalminers who claim they received inadequate compensation under a Government scheme.
A former Mishcon de Reya property partner has been jailed for five and a half years for his part in a €22m (£18.4m) loan scam.
Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie has launched its first European office with the four-partner team who quit Norton Rose last year.
Expedia is currently without a legal head after European general counsel Keith Krasny left the online travel booking operator.
Halliwells’ equity partners altered the minutes of a meeting about the £25m Spinningfields reverse premium before passing them on to the rest of the firm, it was alleged in court today (18 April).
Pop music and tailoring aside, the UK doesn’t have many exports worth shouting about (and we still have to make amends for inflicting Piers Morgan on the world) so it’s good to see Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke bigging up British law.
Salans consumer finance partner Bill McCaffrey is set to surface at CMS Cameron McKenna after originally resigning to join US firm Locke Lord.
Bingham McCutcheon has scooped former Simmons & Simmons managing partner Mark Dawkins for its London financial institutions litigation group.
India’s biggest law firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co has announced the appointment of ex-Slaughter and May partner George Goulding as one of two outside consultants on its management committee.
Media law has been dominated by the News International phone-hacking scandal, but its worth remembering that newspapers will also use the courts for investigatory purposes.
It’s highly unusual for a lawyer to claim the potential suicide of their client as a defence.
The Supreme Court ruling that the extradition of Ian Norris, a man wanted in the US on charges relating to price-fixing, can go ahead (see story) will come as a blow to the legal team behind Gary McKinnon’s case.
The last ditch attempt by the FA Premier League to have the domestic court declare foreign decoders illegal has failed (see blog).
Bird & Bird and Charles Russell have emerged as the biggest winners following the Football Association’s (FA) announcement of a revamped legal panel.
Receiving important documents by email is commonplace these days; picking them up on social media sites is less common.
A US litigation firm has been instructed to sue Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg over the social network site’s public flotation.
The High Court has handed victory to Faegre Baker Daniels by throwing out a claim brought by wealth manager Towry against seven of its former financial advisers for allegedly breaching covenants and soliciting its clients.
A convicted criminal who pretended to be a qualified barrister to represent a friend he met in prison has been jailed for 18 months.
Say it loud and say it proud: Robert Dee is the “worst professional tennis player” in the world.
Having spent the last two years impressing Thames Water, BLP has struck a deal to take on the client’s legal function.
As part of my determination to ensure that the justice system is as open and transparent as possible - and therefore accountable to the people it serves - media organisations will for the first time be able to attend proceedings of all the family courts as of Monday (27 April).
It is well recognised that counselling in its many forms can give families invaluable support during separation or divorce.
Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is pretty fancy we hear.
When PM David Cameron earlier this month decided to have a go at Big Business legitimately – technically, if not necessarily morally – avoiding paying Corporation Tax, it is interesting to note that the throwaway soundbite picked up by the news services was “fancy corporate lawyers”. Not, you’ll note, “fancy tax accountants”.
By any stretch of the imagination, the FA has not enjoyed a vintage year.
The Insolvency Service has dropped its High Court battle against the Farepak executives who it had wanted barred from taking up directorships for up to 15 years.
Farrer & Co has appointed Jim Edmondson and Richard Parry as joint senior partners to succeed James Furber from 1 May.
Farrer & Co is defending News of the World publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) in an action brought by former MP George Galloway, who claims his phone was hacked by the paper.
Farrer & Co has been snubbed by News of the World (NotW) publisher News International, which has turned to Olswang for advice on drawing up a code of practice in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.
The News of the World (NoW) phone-hacking scandal has come under fresh scrutiny after the defunct paper’s Farrer & Co lawyer allegedly asked that two solicitors acting on behalf of phone-hacking victims be put under surveillance.
Farrer & Co partner Julian Pike, who suggested that client News Group put two phone-hacking lawyers under surveillance, has told a Home Affairs Committee that he would make the same recommendation again in similar circumstances.
Canada-headquartered Fasken Martineau has hired DMH Stallard’s London corporate head.
International law firm Fasken Martineau has boosted its banking and corporate practices with the hire of a partner each from King & Spalding and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.
Fasken Martineau has boosted its London office after completing the hire of an eight-strong projects team from Howard Kennedy.
Canadian firm Fasken Martineau has launched in Paris after acquiring local firm Gravel Leclerc & Partners and a hiring a four-lawyer team from Dewey & LeBoeuf.
I may seem a bit ranty on this, but frankly this is a subject long overdue for a good kicking.
News that the Law Society has hiked the cost of practising certificates by 18.6 per cent will have incensed many in the public sector (see story).
Just 20 per cent of the people nominated for the honorary QC title in the past three years were women, The Lawyer can reveal.
US firms Fenwick & West and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have won the key roles advising on Facebook’s long-awaited IPO.
Like, OMG. Lawyers at US tech firm Fenwick & West are expecting a flood of friend requests after scooping the lead role on social networking giant Facebook’s mega IPO.
City firm Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has launched its own legal wiki to allow all lawyers within the firm to access and share legal know-how.
Field Fisher Waterhouse will promote four new partners this year, the same number as were promoted internally in 2008.
Corporate partner Neil Foster is leaving Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) to joins Baker Botts, becoming the latest in a string of partners to leave the UK firm this year.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) plans to open in Munich and Düsseldorf after hiring a four-partner team from Howrey.
Now that the royals are not only commoners but even do their own shopping (granted, it’s at Waitrose), the socially privileged have just a little less cachet to play with.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has strengthened its corporate offering with the hire of corporate and commercial partner Michael Harte.
Field Fisher Waterhouse has landed a role advising film entertainment company Handmade on a fundraising to allow it to buy intellectual property assets from the Duchess of York.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has won a role advising on a franchising deal for Thomas Pink with a subsidiary of India’s largest company that will result in the luxury shirt brand opening offices stores across India.
Merger talks between Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Lawrence Graham (LG) have been called off.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Lawrence Graham (LG) are in the early stages of merger talks to create a £150m business that would bring the combined entity on the brink of the top 20 UK firms by revenue.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) is bolstering its Brussels office with the addition of an Allen & Overy (A&O) counsel as a five-lawyer team prepares to defect to Herbert Smith best friend Stibbe.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has hired Wedlake Bell corporate partner and practice head Tim Bird.
Field Fisher Waterhouse has laid off seven fee-earners at the end of its third redundancy consultation.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has made two London lawyers redundant in the firm’s public and regulatory group following a consultation period.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) is considering taking outside investment to fund its high-cost personal injury and medical negligence business in a move to reduce the amount of partner capital spent on the practice.
Field Fisher Waterhouse is considering bringing in an outside company to value the business as it considers options for a conversion to an alternative business structure (ABS).
Staff at Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) are mourning the death of former managing partner Moira Gilmour, who died on Saturday evening (11 February).
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has signed an £18.5m deal to outsource the facilities management of all seven of its European offices, including its London headquarters.
Fisher Fisher Waterhouse has seen its turnover increase by 8 per cent during the 2008-09 financial year, but has warned that it is expecting profits to fall.
Field Fisher Waterhouse has promoted nine new partners, more than double the number that made the grade last year.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) is bracing itself for a string of redundancies as it emerges that the firm is in consultation with four lawyers in the public and regulatory group and has terminated the contracts of several fee-earners in the team.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) is set to scrap its senior partner position and introduce an elected supervisory board to keep management in check as part of a wholesale overhaul of the way the firm is run.
Field Fisher Waterhouse has appointed a corporate partner as chairman of its new supervisory board, the group aimed at keeping the firm’s senior management in check.
City firm Field Fisher Waterhouse has boosted its data protection practice with the appointment of Mick Gorrill, former head of enforcement at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has made up six partners in its annual round of promotions, with five of the new partners based in London.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) managing partner Moira Gilmour has defended her firm’s strategy after it posted falling turnover, net profit and average profit per equity partner (PEP) figures for the 2009-10 financial year.
Finally, some good news for SJ Berwin: its main competitor for funds work, Clifford Chance, is this morning working out how to deal with the departure of star partner Jason Glover (see story)
2011 may prove to be a key year for progress in the UK by the media companies in their ongoing battles against file sharing.
The House of Lords marked its last day of existence yesterday by handing Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) a victory when it struck out a multi-million pound claim against its client Moore Stephens.
High-profile banking partners Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz have left Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer just over a year after joining the magic circle firm.
Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) media partner Mark Stephens was in City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court this afternoon at the side of his client Julian Assange, who was denied bail in a hearing related to possible extradition to Sweden.
Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) partner Ian Ryan has quit his role on the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) panel in protest at new rules that he claims restrict his practice.
London firm Finers Stephens Innocent saw profits rocket 43 per cent in the 2009-10 financial year, its latest LLP accounts reveal.
West End firm Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) has promoted three associates to its partnership.
A former Addleshaw Goddard partner has moved over to Finers Stephen Innocent to work in the firm’s employment team.
Finnish firm Castrén & Snellman has elected two new partners after losing one to a general counsel position at a listed real estate company.
Finland’s Dittmar & Indrenius has appointed a new partner in the form of Hannes Snellman’s former head of finance and capital markets.
Finnish firm Hannes Snellman has boosted its recently established Copenhagen office by hiring two partners from local rivals.
Finnish firm Hannes Snellman has launched an office in Copenhagen, widening its coverage of the Nordic market.
Finnish firms Peltonen Ruokonen & Itäinen and LMR have merged, creating an almost 50-lawyer strong firm.
Helsinki firms Merilampi Attorneys and Veikko Palotie & Co Attorneys at Law have merged to become Finland’s seventh largest firm.
What is the most irritating habit of any partner you’ve worked for? Not agreeing with me.
Payne Hicks Beach partner Fiona Shackleton and Herbert Smith’s former senior partner David Gold are to join the House of Lords as Conservative peers.
Hands up who knows what links Adobe, Eddie Stobart and JCB with the Law Society?
Economics can be a confusing subject at the best of times, but on a Monday morning it can easily leave the brain throbbing and begging for mercy.
A raft of changes are hitting the insurance market, but what do they all mean for law firms? Dan Cutts explains.
Law firms are growing increasingly confident about the year ahead, but any optimism is still guarded.
The vast majority of legal professionals feel their firms have well-publicised and effective equality and diversity strategies.
A raft of firms have won roles advising on the restructuring of the European arm of car manufacturer GM, which filed for bankruptcy in the US yesterday (1 June).
Firms should be forced to disclose to clients when referral fees have been paid for cases, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has concluded.
Lawyers are not under any obligation to continue acting for clients who refuse to settle their legal bills, the Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled.
There are occasions when law firms, and those who follow the waxing and waning of their fortunes, can become a little inward looking.
A number of firms with bases in Tokyo are offering their staff help to leave Japan following last week’s earthquake and tsunami.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has received approval to regulate alternative business structures (ABS) and will begin accepting applications in January.
Diversity at the bar has increased only marginally over the past five years, the results of the Bar Standard Board’s first-ever census of the profession has revealed.
The ink on George Osborne’s Comprehensive Spending Review is barely dry.
A White & Case London structured products and capital markets partner is relocating to Johannesburg as part of the firm’s new focus on Africa.
Recently merged DAC Beachcroft has posted a 10 per cent increase in half-year revenue, with turnover standing at £88.2m for the first six months of 2011-12.
Firms have been slow off the mark when it comes to unveiling their financial results for the 2011-12 year, but the first to post revenue figures have on average beaten market expectations by posting growth of almost 7 per cent.
Lawyers acting for celebrity divorce solicitor Fiona Shackleton’s firm have served a defence to a claim of negligence brought by a former client.
City firm Fisher Meredith has hired BCL Burton Copeland solicitor Diane Calnan to head its criminal law and regulatory team.
The Supreme Court has convened five justices to hear a dispute over holiday entitlement for offshore workers, a case that could have implications for holiday allowance for all employees.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s London office is preparing for a potential administration amid a top-level reshuffle that has seen the City managing partner role split up into a five-person steering committee.
The system of hourly billing by lawyers has come under scrutiny for some time, and whilst this might not be a new phenomenon, the increased move towards fixed fees and what this might mean for the sector, certainly is.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has given a seminal ruling on the status of fixed share partners in an unfair dismissal claim being pursued against Lester Aldridge.
An attempt to have fixed share partners legally defined as employees has failed at the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
All partners are created equal, George Orwell once didn’t write, but some partners are certainly more equal than others. And, if you believe former Lester Aldridge fixed-share partner Martin Tiffin, some partners aren’t partners at all.
Fladgate has boosted its corporate practice with the hire of partner Amy Collins from Olswang, as it announces an 8 per cent rise in turnover in its latest financial results.
Fladgate is advising the Cardiff Marine Group in its £60m Bayscape marina development, where construction is set to begin on Wales’s tallest building.
Fladgate has posted a 10 per cent rise in total revenue for the 2011-12 financial year, with turnover rising to £25.9m.
Fladgate has hired a corporate partner from Canadian firm McCarthy Tétrault, the London firm’s third partner hire in a week and the latest in a growing string of new arrivals.
Fladgate has boosted its property team with the hire of Finers Stephens Innocent’s joint head of real estate.
The former head of Halliwells’ London real estate finance practice has joined Fladgate.
London firm Fladgate took out a £1m loan to fund its move to a new office near Covent Garden, its 2009-10 LLP accounts have revealed.
Flexible working: one of those fabulous phrases that really can mean something unique for every person.
This being Parenting Week, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have refreshed their calls to make workplace legislation more family friendly. But law firms need to think beyond working mums and dads in crafting flexible working policies.
The High Court has been left to decide whether Marks & Spencer (M&S) infringed Interflora’s trademark after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the retailer could use the florist’s trademark as part of its keyword advertising on major search engines.
Bird & Bird has rightly won plaudits for its phenomenal year. But is there a bigger story lurking that risks ruffling its feathers?
What is going on with Allen & Overy and Norton Rose?
Moving can be a stressful experience, but any Stephenson Harwood employees nervous about their impending relocation to new offices at One Finsbury Square can at least rest assured that they will know where to find a decent fry-up on their first morning.
“There is no sincerer love than the love of food,” said that renowned epicurean quote machine George Bernard Shaw.
South West firm Foot Anstey is set to open an office in the heart of Bristol’s business district in October.
The Lawyer deeply fears the Football Association (FA) so will make no attempt at letter replacement when announcing the name of the law firm that advised Roy Hodgson on his England manager appointment, Russell Jones & Walker (RJW).
Manchester City’s land battle with a Red Devil-supporting stubborn landowner has all the hallmarks of David and Goliath.
“So, A&O minion, do you want the good news first, or the bad? The good news is that you can keep your job. Why don’t we go and have a drink to celebrate?
As noted in my earlier blog postings, foreign investors in China using the Variable Interest Entity (VIE) structure have experienced some anxiety in recent months, perhaps unnecessarily (still TBD), over a string of potentially bad news for VIE deals on the regulatory front. But the bigger risk in a VIE structure is and always has been partner risk – i.e. can you trust your nominee shareholder?
n this installment of our continuing series on managing the risks inherent in the Variable Interest Entity (VIE) structure, which is a common work around structure used in a variety of industry sectors in China, we will look at how to fix a VIE deal that has gone pear shaped, including a discussion of some case studies – one a successful example of an effectively managed swapping out of a defaulting nominee shareholder and a second where the foreign party had to go the long way around ...
A spokesperson purportedly connected to the Kurdistan Bar Association Council has confirmed that it will be pursuing international lawyers it believes are practising without a licence in the region.
City of London Group (COLG) has appointed former 3i Group general counsel Tony Brierley as a non-executive director.
Stephenson Harwood (SH) has elected a new senior partner after a contested vote, with litigator Roland Foord taking over for a five-year term on 1 May.
The shadow attorney general Baroness Scotland has joined family chambers 4 Paper Buildings as a member.
British Airways (BA) former general counsel Robert Webb QC has joined Brick Court Chambers as a door tenant two months after standing down from his in-house role.
The High Court has rejected attempts to overturn a strike-out ruling slapped on two lawyers by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s (BLG) former CEO Clint Evans has joined Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC), taking on the role of director of brand and talent.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), which has applied for a licence to open in Beijing later this year, will see its former chair Peter Robinson first take up a temporary secondment posting with Tesco in Shanghai.
Former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partner Vinay Veneik sullied the reputation of the legal profession through misuse of client monies, according to recent findings by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).
Cooley has hired Tower Snow, the US securities specialist and former Brobeck chairman who spearheaded Clifford Chance’s ill-fated West Coast expansion.
Burges Salmon’s former managing partner Guy Stobart is leaving the firm to take up the chief executive role at insurance firm Kennedys.
Former Clifford Chance managing partner Peter Cornell is to stand down from his position as chair of Terra Firma’s advisory committee.
A former Clifford Chance secretary who stole more than £23,000 from the firm has been jailed for fraud.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton New York partner Mark Walker has moved in-house to Lazard, taking up a role in the investment bank’s Paris office.
Clifford Chance is looking to rebuild its Italian practice after rehiring as a partner a Milan associate who left the firm in April.
Former Clifford Chance partner Michael Dakin is returning to the firm after a one-year stint as chief legal officer at Dubai-based investment company Future Group.
An accounts clerk working at Cobbetts’ Manchester office has been jailed for 15 months after admitting stealing £20,000 from client accounts.
Osborne Clarke’s Belgian alliance firm De Wolf & Partners has hired DLA Piper corporate partner Yves Tavernier and three lawyers.
Associated Newspapers’ former legal head Harvey Kass has taken on a consultancy role with Finers Stephens Innocent.
De Brauw Blackstone & Westbroek’s former managing partner Jaap de Keijzer is returning to the firm after spending two years on the management board of the Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa).
One of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s most senior London partners, Fred Gander, has become the latest to leave the embattled firm.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steve Davis has hired disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s PR adviser as media attention on the US firm’s former boss persists.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf London managing partner Peter Sharp has been appointed co-head of Morgan Lewis & Bockius’s City base.
Former partners of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s London base are attempting to minimise their financial blow from the US firm’s collapse by using its 2012 losses to slash their tax bill.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners including those in London will be asked to pay up to $3m (£1.9m) each as a settlement to grant them relief from being sued, it was revealed today.
Herbert Smith is acting for DLA Piper’s former global co-head of litigation and regulatory Neil Gerrard in a dispute with his former firm over the terms of his departure.
The former Eversheds partner at the centre of a row over questioning a female interviewee’s commitment to full-time work has claimed that the firm made advance inquiries about the candidate at her place of work without her consent.
CMS Cameron McKenna’s international head of private equity Ted Cominos is to leave the firm to become a partner in the Chicago office of newly merged Edwards Wildman.
Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer head of finance Perry Noble has joined DMH Stallard as a consultant.
The former managing director of the FSA’s conduct business unit Margaret Cole has been appointed general counsel of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) UK.
Financial Services Authority (FSA) lawyer Sarah Clarke is returning to the bar to join 3 Serjeants’ Inn.
A former Fulbright & Jaworski partner and his office manager wife have been handed 16 month jail terms after pleading guilty to false accounting and fraud.
Former lawyers from Gide Loyrette Nouel and Clifford Chance have banded together to launch a boutique finance practice in Paris.
Former Greenberg Traurig Maher restructuring head Lyndon Norley has joined Jefferies Group, one of the US’s largest independent banks.
A group of former Halliwells fixed-share partners have questioned the impartiality of the failed firm’s administrators, claiming they previously benefited “from the most lucrative referral opportunities which Halliwells had”.
Halliwells’ administrator BDO is calling on former partners to repay the cash they pocketed in a reverse premium deal with the failed firm’s Manchester landlord.
A group of 14 ex-Halliwells partners have joined forces to instruct Irwin Mitchell partner Chris Jones to fight claims made against them by the failed firm’s administrators at BDO.
Former Harbottle & Lewis managing partner Lawrence Abramson has joined Fladgate’s media and entertainment practice.
Two former HBJ Gateley Wareing partners have been found not guilty of trying to extort money for the safe return of a stolen Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece.
The former head of Lovells’ Beijing office Robert Lewis has given up his role at Shanghai firm AllBright Law Offices less than a year after joining.
The German Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy partner who left the firm after just 10 days has joined independent firm P+P Poellath + Partners.
Former Herbert Smith alliance partner Stibbe is set to launch an office in Hong Kong with the aim of assisting Chinese clients with European investments.
Former Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold has been appointed to lead an inquiry into the Conservative funding row, after the party’s co-treasurer was filmed offering private dinners with the Prime Minister in return for cash.
US firm Howrey is being sued by a former Brussels-based associate for racial discrimination.
The Court of Appeal has reversed the decision of an Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) disciplinary hearing, ruling that the body’s disciplinary process was not independent enough to serve its purpose.
Retired appellate judge Stephen Sedley has hit out at arguments made by Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Sumption about judicial interference in political life, stating that the contention “harms the standing of the judiciary and confidence in the law”.
Linklaters’ former emerging Europe, Middle East and North Africa managing partner Nick Eastwell has joined Obelisk Legal Support as an advisory board member.
US-headquartered bank Moelis & Company has hired former Linklaters senior partner David Cheyne in a high-level business development and advisory role.
Lovells former Dubai head Shibeer Ahmed is looking to target energy work in his new role as a partner at Baker Botts although he will not, as had been suggested, be running an office.
A former Macfarlanes partner who recently resigned from the firm’s LLP has been found guilty on two counts of drink-driving and two further charges and has been taken to hospital before being sentenced in January.
The former Mayer Brown partner charged with conspiracy relating to a $2.4bn (£1.5bn) fraud at Refco, the collapsed commodities brokerage, was sentenced to seven years in prison yesterday.
West End firm Davenport Lyons has hired financial regulatory partner Abesh Choudhury, who was formerly at McDermott Will and Emery.
Former News International lawyer Tom Crone has issued a furious response to allegations made by Rupert Murdoch that he was complicit in a cover up of the phone-hacking scandal at the Newsof the World.
Former News International legal head Tom Crone has told the Leveson Inquiry that he gave the newspaper group legal advice over phone-hacking as far back as 2004.
Italian IP boutique Orsingher is opening a Rome office with the hire of Domenico Colella, formerly name partner at Portolano Colella Cavallo.
Two partners from Thomas Cooper’s Paris office have split to launch a five-lawyer shipping boutique.
Former Rio Tinto general counsel Charles Lawton has joined private intelligence company GPW as a special advisor.
A former partner at Manchester firm Rowlands Field Cunningham (RFC), which was taken over by Linder Myers in a pre-pack deal in December, is suing his old firm for missing capital repayments.
Outsourcer CPA Global has named former SJ Berwin senior partner David Harrel as its new chairman.
The former general counsel of technology company TTP Communications has been found guilty of insider trading in the first insider dealing criminal prosecution brought by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
Andrew Forryan has been elected the new head of Clifford Chance’s London capital markets practice from next January.
Forsters former corporate head Jeremy Whiteson has left the firm to join West End rival Fladgate.
Mayfair firm Forsters has posted a 13 per cent rise in turnover for the 2011-12 financial year.
Mayfair firm Forsters has made up four partners across its property practices, bringing its partnership headcount to 41.
The former head of children’s services at Haringey Council Sharon Shoesmith has failed in the judicial review of her sacking following the death of Baby P.
Fosters has created an executive committee to take over running of the firm from its managing partner team.
Fountain Court deputy senior clerk Vince Plant is to join rival set Devereux Chambers as head of clerking services.
Allen & Overy, Herbert Smith, Simmons & Simmons and Slaughter and May have won roles on a new Government panel to handle the sale of its stake in banks bailed out during the financial crisis.
Trainee barrister Henry Mostyn, who secured a sought after pupillage with 4 New Square, has appeared before the Bar Standards Board today accused of “engaging in conduct that is discreditable to a barrister”.
Former managing partner Dick Tyler is one of four candidates in the upcoming senior partner election at CMS Cameron McKenna.
SJ Berwin head of real estate Jon Vivian has quit the firm to join Irwin Mitchell, taking a team of three partners with him.
National housing and regeneration body the Homes Communities Agency (HCA) has appointed 14 firms to its first major panel.
Indian firm FoxMandal Little has paid the salaries owed to Delhi fee-earners after cashflow difficulties led to a two-month delay.
Indian firm FoxMandal Little (FML) has not paid a number of its lawyers for at least a month due to cashflow problems, reports legallyindia.com.
French firm Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral has promoted two associates to partner, bringing its partner headcount to 14.
Chinese firm Allbright Law Offices has signed its first formal cooperation agreement with a firm from another jurisdiction following the move of Allbright lawyer Ghislain de Mareuil to France’s De Pardieu Brocas Maffei.
French firm Flichy Grangé Avocats has bolted on health and safety boutique Plichon in a boost for its industrial risks practice.
French business law firm Foucaud Tchekhoff Pochet et Associés (FTPA)has launched a tax department following the arrival of a former Sullivan & Cromwell partner.
Gide Loyrette Nouel and Morais Leitão Galvão Teles Soares da Silva have kicked off the annual promotions round in Europe, announcing a number of new partners.
French independent Jeantet Associés has swooped on PricewaterhouseCoopers’ associated legal firm Landwell & Associés for three partners.
French firm Jeantet Associés is continuing the growth of its energy team with the recruitment of a partner from Gide Loyrette Nouel.
French independent Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés has bolstered its banking and finance team with the hire of a partner from Landwell & Associés.
French independent Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés is expanding into Germany with the hire of a partner from Marccus Partners, the legal arm of consultancy business Mazars.
French independent MBL Avocats has hired a partner and two associates from the Paris office of Watson Farley & Williams.
French independent Veil Jourde has strengthened its public and constitutional law capability with the appointment of two partners.
French boutiques WSA and LSK have merged to create a new, nine-partner full-service firm known as Marvell Associés.
A barrister specialising in fraud and money laundering is facing a imprisonment after admitting stealing £81,500 from his chambers.
The university law fair season is upon us once again.
Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright has brought in Simon Barker from Birmingham rival Martineau to head its intellectual property team.
Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright is set to take over seven-partner Milton Keynes firm Kimbells on 1 November.
Freeth Cartwright’s Birmingham practice is set to move into a space three times larger than its current office as the firm continues to expand in response to the Legal Services Act.
French independent Racine has recruited a five-lawyer team to bulk up its social law department in Paris.
French firms UGGC & Associés and Fidal have become the first European outfits to announce 2010 financial results, with respective year-on-year turnover rises of 5 per cent and 2 per cent.
A French boutique firm devoted to public infrastructure work has launched with four partners.
In possibly the least angst-ridden law firm election of recent times, droll corporate star Will Lawes has been crowned the new senior partner of Freshfields (see story).
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has boosted its energy and infrastructure practices in Asia with partner hires from Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has continued to expand its US litigation presence with the hire of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel partner Timothy Harkness.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been instructed to advise Tesco as the retailer fights a fine of £10m imposed by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) over alleged price-fixing.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has snared a leading role acting for BP in its defence of any potential takeovers in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer competition partners Jon Lawrence and Jenny Connolly are advising recruitment agency Hays on a possible appeal of a £30m fine imposed by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Pervez Akhtar as regional managing partner for the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), less than a year after hiring him from Allen & Overy (A&O).
A Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) hearing is underway to decide whether Tesco must pay a £10m OFT fine for fixing the price of cheese.
Hammonds has been instructed by vocational training provider Melorio to advise on its £99.3m takeover approach from Pearson.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith have helped Land Securities and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) establish a joint venture for a £1bn property project in London Victoria.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hogan & Hartson have bagged lead roles in Ford’s sale of its Volvo business to China’s Zheijang Geely Holding Group for $1.8bn (£1.21bn).
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have won lead roles on the potential $82bn (£51.8bn) merger of mining giants Glencore and Xstrata, a groundbreaking transaction in the resources industry.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have announced broadly flat headline financials for 2011-12, with the figures showing that Clifford Chance has increased its turnover lead on its magic circle rivals.
Magic circle rivals Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have maintained top spots on BP’s new UK legal panel, which was announced today after a six-month review.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Paris office has advised project company Synérail on a €1bn (£910m) PPP contract with rail network Réseau Ferré de France (RFF).
An Anglo-Russian team from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised Barclays on the disposal of its retail and commercial banking arms in Russia.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is preparing for battle with Simmons & Simmons in a showdown between its client Apple and Simmons’ client Samsung.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and SJ Berwin have taken key roles on the $775m (£489m) sale of private equity house Pantheon to Affiliated Managers Group (AMG).
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have taken top roles advising on an Arctic exploration deal between Russian state oil company Rosneft and ExxonMobil.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have taken lead advisory roles on China Pacific Insurance’s $3.1bn (£1.9bn) IPO.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have landed the lead mandates advising on Henderson’s purchase of fellow fund manager Gartmore.
Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have snared lead roles on Barclays’ £226m acquisition of Standard Life Bank.
Six law firms have won roles as China’s largest e-commerce company Alibaba Group has reached agreement with Yahoo! on a $7.1bn (£4.5bn) deal that will see Alibaba buy back half of Yahoo!’s 40 per cent stake in the group.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has named Robert Ashworth as the successor to Asia regional managing partner Simon Marchant, who is returning to the firm’s London office.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed its first chief operating officer for its US practice, with the hire of Andrea Locklear.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost its second big-name finance partner in the last three months with Presley Warner defecting to US firm Sullivan & Cromwell.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has landed a lead roll ahead of go-to adviser Shearman & Sterling on Daimler’s tie-up with Renault and Nissan.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lifted its associate salary freeze for the next financial year, becoming the first UK firm to do so.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has expanded its US litigation team with the capture of three new partners.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has swooped on the Paris office of Paul Hastings to the hire a three-strong public law team headed by partner Pascal Cuche.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made a double swoop on its magic circle rivals to bolster its debt capital markets practice.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a bespoke financial investors group comprised of around 100 partners and over 200 associates worldwide.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised regular client CVC Capital Partners on the sale of $1.6bn (£1bn) in Formula One shares to three investors ahead of the company’s planned IPO.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer corporate partner David Crook has resurfaced at US firm White & Case following a year-long break from fee-earning.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has moved to strengthen its Chinese offering in the face of growing client demand, with two of the firm’s London partners moving to the jurisdiction.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has introduced the role of London M&A head, appointing former Asia managing partner Simon Marchant and TMT co-head Ben Spiers.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer slashed its support staff headcount by more than 10 per cent across its global practice during the 2009-10 financial year.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Three New Square have lost a major patent battle for Apple after the High Court ruled that Taiwanese-competitor HTC did not infringe four of the company’s technologies.
Two Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyers have teamed up with a former colleague to launch a corporate M&A boutique in Munich.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has strengthened its nascent US litigation and arbitration group with the hire of the former deputy general counsel and director of litigation at Bank of America, David Onorato.
As Les Dawson graciously explained week in, week out on Blankety Blank, no one goes away empty handed.
In case you haven’t read the papers recently, these here are hard times we’re living in.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has added 20 lawyers to its partnership, with the number of City associates promoted nearly halved since last year’s round.
A team of real estate lawyers from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Hamburg office is to spin off and launch a boutique.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is to launch a dispute resolution practice in its Frankfurt office after hiring a counsel from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a senior energy partner from Allen & Overy into its finance practice.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed London dispute resolution partner Jonathan Isted as joint head of its consumer and healthcare sector group.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed New York-based corporate partner Julian Pritchard to the role of US regional managing partner.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched an internal investigation into one of its business support functions.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a global investigations practice in an effort to respond to the increasing risk to clients from cross-border regulatory investigations.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have all advised on sub-prime lender Cattles’ £2.3bn restructuring.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made up 18 new partners in this year’s promotions round, an increase of four on last year’s figures.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted a total of 14 to its partnership, a significant drop from the 25 who were made up in last year’s round.
Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced Johannes Conradi as its new global practice group leader for real estate.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been defeated for the second time in a week after the High Court ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets do not look “cool” enough to be mistaken for an Apple iPad.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s entire Frankfurt employment team has exited to launch a boutique, with the magic circle firm sending in a two-lawyer team from Cologne to plug the gap.
Sullivan & Cromwell has raided Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to become the latest Wall St elite firm in recent months to launch a Hong Kong local law practice.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has unveiled a new merit-based remuneration system for its associates after completing an overhaul of its pay structure for junior lawyers.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer German co-founder and name partner Arved Deringer has died, aged 98.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is considering introducing targets for the number of female candidates put forward for partnership promotion each year.
It’s partnership retreat season and strangely enough France seems to be a popular choice for the UK’s top firms. Farrer & Co chose Le Touquet for its shindig, while Allen & Overy (A&O) gathered its partnership into two hotels in Monte Carlo (well, they speak French there, anyway).
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has named Amsterdam corporate partner Richard Norbruis as its new global people partner, replacing Caroline Stroud who will return to fee-earning after a three-year stint in the role.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer London banking head David Winfield will take on the new role of Asian head of finance in January as one of three new partners at the firm’s Hong Kong office.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has named corporate partner Julian Long as head of its London corporate practice, succeeding Mark Rawlinson, who was recently elected as the firm’s London managing partner.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has unveiled the new co-heads of its global antitrust, competition and trade (ACT) practice.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a new Paris managing partner, replacing Antoine Colonna d’Istria who steps down after four years in the role.
London corporate partner Ed Braham has been appointed as global head of corporate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has named London-based partner Colin Hargreaves as head of its global tax group.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a new Middle East and North Africa (MENA) corporate head, shortly after announcing its exclusive association with Saudi firm The Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan (LFSH).
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has named disputes partner Andrew Hart as joint leader of its global financial institutions group (FIG), replacing senior partner-elect Will Lawes.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed real estate lawyer Annette Byron as its partner in charge of social mobility.
Freshfields corporate chief Mark Rawlinson and some of his Man Utd supporting chums obviously never listened to Gordon Gekko’s advice not to get emotional about business.
The start of a new financial year is upon us.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has introduced free care sessions for every London employee as part of a beefed-up benefits package.
Oh dear. If you happen to be out in the City this evening look out for the odd Clifford Chance partner weeping into their McEwan’s Export.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has trumped Clifford Chance in turnover terms, posting revenue of £1.29bn for the 2008-09 financial year.
The High Court has dismissed a judicial review launched by the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) against the FSA and Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) over the handling of payment protection insurance (PPI) claims.
A joint UK and US Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer team carried out the internal investigation into Oxford University Press (OUP) which has led to £1.9m in fines against subsidiaries for making improper payments to win government contracts.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has kicked off this year’s partner promotions season with a bumper crop of 20 lawyers set to join the partnership.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped Pervez Akhtar from magic circle rival Allen & Overy, making him its new Middle East corporate head .
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced a marginal increase in its associate salaries, with pay rising between 2 and 3 per cent for lawyers in their first three years following qualification.
Magic circle partner emerges as key player in anti-Glazer bid
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has shaken up its Asia management team as the firm’s former US managing partner relocates to Hong Kong to add firepower to the capital markets practice.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has re-shuffled its corporate leadership following the appointment of Ed Braham as global head of corporate in July.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Dougall Molson has been appointed as the firm’s head of finance for Paris.
Baker & McKenzie’s reign as the most recognisable international law firm brand could soon be coming to an end.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has bagged the key role acting for new client The Gartmore Group on its £250m IPO.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has secured a gagging order against The Guardian on behalf of Barclays Bank, forcing the newspaper to remove some of the bank’s internal documents from its website.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has unveiled an 11 per cent drop in revenue for 2009-10, posting a global figure of £1.14bn.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has moved to strengthen its Asian disputes practice by sending two of its most senior litigation and arbitration partners to Hong Kong.
Konstantin Mettenheimer and Guy Morton have decided not to seek third terms as joint senior partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, opening the way for an election campaign in the autumn.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has altered its Saudi Arabian sponsorship arrangement, swapping its associate lawyer for his father.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer client Betfred has won the bid to acquire the state-owned Horserace Totalisator Board (the Tote), after fighting off a rival tender from former Liverpool FC chairman Sir Martin Broughton.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is shaking up its China trainee solicitor recruitment campaign by targeting aspiring lawyers from UK universities.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to give a goodwill cash payment to trainees who are not retained after qualifying in September.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will implement its revamped associate career development model in London from spring 2010 with the system to be rolled out globally from 2011.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has opted to ditch the dual senior partner role with a single partner filling the position following an autumn election.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has begun a pilot scheme to allow associates to take advantage of a suite of alternative working arrangements, including job-sharing, as part of its ongoing employee engagement programme.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made a rare hire from one of France’s top independent firms, taking corporate star Hervé Pisani from Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired an Allen & Overy lawyer as its first-ever global head of Islamic finance.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is rolling out a scheme to tap into its alumni network as a way of sourcing fee-earning staff at busy periods.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has pledged to kick-start the careers of two aspiring lawyers each year by offering scholarships, work experience and guaranteed training contract interviews.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer chief executive Ted Burke will continue in his role if he loses the upcoming senior partner election to Will Lawes, The Lawyer can reveal.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has broken into the top two firms ranked by number of FTSE 100 clients, overtaking rival Linklaters.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has successfully defended RBS in its latest legal spat with the former owners of Liverpool Football Club, Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
The High Court battle between Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Liverpool Football Club’s US owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett got underway this morning with the aim of resolving a power struggle on the club’s board.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells and SJ Berwin won mandates on Westfield’s sale of its share of three non-core shopping centres to Hermes Real Estate, in which the property fund manager acquired Westfield’s half share in the £400m portfolio covering complexes in Belfast, Guildford and Tunbridge Wells.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have been handed the prize mandates on BP’s £10bn share swap with Russia’s state-owned oil giant Rosneft.
Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter and May have secured lead roles on Lloyds Banking Group’s mammoth £22.5bn capital raising.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Norton Rose have become the latest firms to win roles on a potential deal with banking software company Misys, joining Allen & Overy (A&O), Herbert Smith, Kirkland & Ellis and Swiss firm Homburger in the bidding war.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Travers Smith have netted key roles on a groundbreaking deal that will see the London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) purchase online trading platform Turquoise.
US duo Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have bagged leading roles on Virgin Media’s £1.5bn bond issue.
Fried Frank has boosted its antitrust practice with the arrival of a new partner from Olswang.
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has hired former Allen & Overy leveraged finance partner Mark Wesseldine to bulk up its practice in the City.
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has confirmed it is laying off lawyers and staff as a result of the economic downturn.
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has posted year-end results that reveal one of the largest drops in average profits of any US firm.
US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson is quitting real estate in the UK after a fallout between the London group head and New York management over strategy.
Resolution’s deal to take over Friends Provident is a whopper. Resolution has offered nearly £2bn in cash and shares for the insurer, leading to a bumper payday for legal advisers Linklaters and Slaughter and May (see | story).
In case you haven’t heard, the UK doesn’t have a leader at the moment.
Everyone loves a good spat, and there’s a major one brewing across the Irish Sea.
The country’s most senior judiciary today took a step towards modernising media law for the internet age with the Supreme Court redefining ’fair comment’ as ’honest comment’.
The co-directors of spread-betting firm Blue Index, James Sanders and James Swallow, and Sanders’ wife Miranda have been sentenced for their part in an international insider dealing scam.
The FSA has announced that managing director and board member Margaret Cole will leave the organisation later this year.
The FSA has withdrawn charges against PPP investor Semperian, which was advised by Kirkland & Ellis, as well as the company’s former chief executive.
A partner at the London office of Dorsey & Whitney and a former partner of McDermott Will & Emery have been charged with insider trading by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), it emerged today.
The full allegations against Collyer Bristow and former partner Gary Withey relating to the firm’s advice on the takeover of Rangers FC were revealed at the High Court today (24 April).
Edinburgh-headquartered asset manager Martin Currie has appointed Jeremy Hill to the newly created role of general counsel.
Fund lawyers from the in-house and private practice spheres are turning their attention to regulation as the investment industry undergoes a shift in focus.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s trainee solicitors are facing an uncertain future pending the conclusion of the firm’s latest renegotiation of bank loans, with an outcome due at the end of this month (30 April).
So it seems that the good folk down under at Clayton Utz are not taking the defection of some of their top lawyers lying down.
Have you heard the one about the lawyer who was also a comedian?
Leading construction group Galliford Try has appointed five UK firms to a new legal panel set up to advise on its homebuilding operations.
The news that Ashley Young has moved again confused the hell out of some of us at The Lawyer, until it was gently pointed out that this was not Manchester United’s new Aston Villa recruit but a Hong Kong-based corporate partner at Allen & Overy.
Spanish firm Garrigues has appointed a new London head as incumbent Guillermo Muñoz-Alonso returns to Madrid.
Spanish firm Garrigues has sealed an association with a local firm in Brazil, plugging the gap in its South American alliance left by the departure of Barbosa Muessnich & Arago last year.
Spanish firm Garrigues has revamped its management and partnership structure at the same time as announcing a slight increase in revenue figures for financial year 2010-11.
A tax partner from Spanish giant Garrigues has been appointed as a minister within the new Portuguese coalition government.
Spain’s largest law firm Garrigues has seen revenues rise 12.6 per cent over the past financial year to hit €334.3m (£303.8m).
Spanish firm Garrigues has reported turnover of €352.8m (£314.27m), a 5.5 per cent increase on 2009.
Garrigues has appointed corporate partner Ferran Escayola to head its New York office.
Garrigues continues to be the largest Spanish law firm both in terms of income and total number of lawyers, but revenue per lawyer (RPL) is still substantially lower than at its major competitors.
Iberian firm Garrigues was named European Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer’s inaugural European awards, held last night in Barcelona.
Spanish firm Garrigues is pulling out of Romania and will make Poland the centre of its Central and Eastern European practice.
National firm Gateley has boosted its banking and media teams with hires from Shoosmiths and Lincoln’s Inn firm Candey.
Regional firm Gateley has raided the Leeds office of Cobbetts to launch in the Yorkshire city, hiring two partners, one in restructuring and one in disputes.
Aviation and commercial law firm Gates and Partners is set to launch in Dubai after hiring two lawyers from Clyde & Co.
Lincoln’s Inn firm BCL Burton Copeland has hired GCHQ’s director of legal affairs Michael Drury.
GDF Suez has delayed finalising its first-ever external legal panel, with the energy company still working on agreements with potential panel firms.
GE Capital, the finance arm of General Electric, has hired former Linklaters banking partner Neil Harnby for the newly created role of general counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Infrastructure and finance company GE has promoted Marianna Nitsch to the role of European general counsel for its Global Growth & Operations (GG&O) division.
In-house heads of legal are facing real-terms pay cuts for the second year running as salary increases lag behind inflation.
General Electric’s (GE) former Asia Pacific general counsel Steve Maloy has taken a senior advisory role at Beijing-headquartered Chinese law firm JT&N with the aim of helping the firm grow its international practice.
A 5.2 per cent drop in the number of students applying to read law at university might usually point to a modest snub of the profession by the next generation’s potential City big-hitters (see story).
The race to replace Stuart Popham as senior partner at Clifford Chance has stepped up a notch with German corporate partner Daniela Weber-Rey telling partners she is planning to stand.
Associates across Germany have been sent a letter from a niche employment firm urging them to claim hundreds of thousands of euros from their employers for overworking them.
Slaughter and May’s German best friend Hengeler Mueller is set to roll out a more flexible part-time working scheme that will allow both male and female equity partners to reduce their working hours.
German shipping boutique Ehlermann Rindfleisch Gadow (ERG) has launched in London with the hire of a partner from Watson Farley & Williams.
CMS Hasche Sigle has appointed 11 new partners in a bumper promotions round for the German firm.
German firm CMS Hasche Sigle has elected a new managing partner to replace Cornelius Brandi, who will step down to become senior partner next year.
German firm Graf von Westphalen has appointed a new dual management team to succeed Freiburg partner Barbara Mayer and Hamburg partner Carsten Bittner.
German firm Graf von Westphalen is to open an Istanbul office in cooperation with local Turkish outfit GSI Meridian.
German independent Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has announced the strongest 2010 revenue rise of any European firm to date, posting an increase of 10 per cent.
German firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has formed an alliance with Brazilian firm Veirano Advogados.
German firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has appointed a Beiten Burkhardt partner of 12 years to its Frankfurt office.
German firm Heussen is strengthening its Stuttgart office with the addition of local firm Wahlert.
German independent Luther is launching a representative office in London, joining a number of other German firms present in the UK
German firm Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft has elected two managing partners to lead the firm from July.
German firm Luther has announced an annual revenue of €88m for its 12 local and 6 international offices, an increase of 3.3 per cent on 2009-10.
German firm Noerr is to open an office in London months after registering as an English LLP.
German firm Schultze & Braun has expanded its footprint in its home country with the launch of a Hamburg office that will deal with restructuring and turnaround work.
It’s like the last two years never happened.
There has been much grumbling since the Ministry of Justice unveiled plans to reform the civil litigation funding regime, but that has not stopped progress being made towards their implementation.
Last night at London’s iconic 100 Club, six bands from six UK law firms battled it out for the right to be crowned Law Rocks 2010 champion (see story).
Time was when civil liberties sets would hunker down in London with little more than principles and joss sticks for warmth.
The August lull is grinding on and, while the hallowed halls of the UK’s leading law firms are all but deserted, not everyone has taken a holiday.
Italian firm Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has announced the appointment of five new partners.
Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has instructed CMS Cameron McKenna as it battles a professional negligence claim brought against it by former alliance partner Linklaters.
Law firms in Gibraltar could face draconian action if they are suspected of acting improperly, as the jurisdiction’s government plans to fill gaps revealed by the fraud investigation at Marrache & Co.
The behaviour of Gibraltar’s top legal chief has brought his office into disrepute and he should be removed from the post, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has ruled.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has launched an office in Hong Kong after hiring a lawyer from General Electric International.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has posted record financial results for the 2011 year, with revenue up 9.7 per cent to $1.17bn (£738m), average profit per equity partner (PEP) up 7.2 per cent to $2.47m (£1.56m) and revenue per lawyer (RPL) up 8.2 per cent to $1.2m (£706,000).
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is gearing up to launch an office in Sao Paulo and will relocate one New York partner to Brazil.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has poached two high-profile Hong Kong partners as part of a plan to localise in Hong Kong.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s Brussels office has beefed up its antitrust practice with the hire of a Mayer Brown partner.
Gide Loyrette Nouel has been instructed by French shopping search engine Twenga on an abuse of dominant position case against internet giant Google.
Gide Loyrette Nouel has launched an investment funds practice in its London office with the hire of UBS in-house counsel Lucy Frew.
French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has lost its second partner in a week as employment specialist Philippe Desprès moves to Winston & Strawn.
Gide Loyrette Nouel has announced six promotions to the role of local partner, a position equivalent to salaried partner, across four of its international offices.
French giant Gide Loyrette Nouel has made up two associates to partner in this year’s promotion round.
Gide Loyrette Nouel has stuck to its roots in electing a new executive committee consisting of five French partners.
Gide Loyrette Nouel has confirmed a revenue drop of 5 per cent for the 2010 financial year, from €220m in 2009 to €210m (£190m).
Gide Loyrette Nouel has made its first lateral partner hire in over a year, appointing Jones Day employment specialist Anne Boileau.
Gide Loyrette Nouel has announced that it will shut five offices across Eastern Europe and the Gulf as part of its global strategic review.
Goings on at Schillings have somehow leaked into the press.
Sydney-based Gilbert & Tobin has successfully defended Google against claims brought by Australia’s competition and consumer regulator the ACCC alleging that it ran misleading advertisements .
Herbert Smith alliance firm Gleiss Lutz has promoted three associated partners in Germany into the equity.
Glencore general counsel Richard Marshall and Xstrata chief legal counsel Benny Levene are expected to stay on in a joint position as co-heads of the combined companies’ in-house legal team following the mining giants’ proposed $90bn (£59bn) merger.
There’s been a particularly international flavour to the news this week.
There’s been a particularly international flavour to the news this week.
Mrs Justice Gloster, the current head of the Commercial Court, is being widely tipped to join the Court of Appeal (CoA) bench in October.
A new tribunal service for UK doctors has been set up to improve public confidence in disciplinary actions against medical professionals.
As all students of Asian philosophy know, every yin must have its yang.
Three partner hires in a month is a lot of activity for a six-lawyer office.
There are plenty of reasons not to love the London Underground: it’s hot, cramped, you rarely get a seat, and sometimes it sues you for over £140m. Oh, that last one only applies to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein has instructed Steptoe & Johnson’s white-collar defence team as pressure mounts over allegations that the bank misled clients before the financial crisis hit.
Debevoise & Plimpton will be short of a European head of litigation today.
Goltsblat BLP has hired a Salans partner to lead its Russian tax practice.
Spanish firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has posted a two per cent rise in turnover at the same time as promoting nine to its partnership and completing the transition from pure to managed lockstep.
Spanish firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has appointed nine new partners, increasing the total number at the firm to 65.
Spanish firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has announced the death of co-founder Fernando Pombo.
Spanish firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has appointed a new partner to its Portuguese arm.
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is to open an office in Lisbon, following approval from its partnership today.
Soon there will be no lawyers left in the City who are not embroiled in the interminable struggle for control of a once-successful football team.
Burges Salmon has acted for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) on the long-running Redfern Inquiry into human tissue analysis in the UK’s nuclear facilities.
Today, for the very last time, the law lords are sitting to hear appeals and give final judgments.
Goodwin Procter has hired two partners from Ashurst in London, one of whom will join the US firm as London office chair.
Linklaters real estate partner Joe Conder is leaving the firm to join Goodwin Procter’s London office.
Google’s deputy general counsel and head of litigation Timothy Alger has joined US firm Perkins Coie as a litigation partner in its Palo Alto office.
Leeds firm Gordons has launched an apprenticeship scheme for school leavers that will enable them to become legal practitioners without going to university.
Taylor Wessing has hired Herbert Smith technology partner Christopher Rees.
Lucy Wylde, the current general counsel at the HM Treasury’s Asset Protection Agency (APA) has been appointed as general counsel for commercial law of the Government’s Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) – a cross-government role based in the Cabinet Office.
The Government’s National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) could be a boon for smaller regional firms, though concerns remain among lawyers whether the plan will follow reality.
The Government has lost an appeal against a High Court ruling that found that its plans to cut solar subsidy payments were unlawful.
The Government has launched a consultation on collective redress in competition cases, giving businesses three months to react to proposals that could introduce the UK’s first opt-out system.
The UK Government will be liable for the pensions of 8,000 part-time judges following a ruling in the Court of Justice in Luxembourg (CJEU) yesterday (1 March).
The current assault on long-established discrimination laws isn’t good for business and is probably unlawful.
The agency appointed by the Government as the sole provider of court interpreters has been issued with a number of wasted costs orders after issues with its service led to some cases being adjourned.
Canadian firm Gowlings has hired Unilever’s former vice-president legal and global anti-counterfeiting counsel for its London office.
Canada’s Gowlings has opened a representative office in Beijing, becoming the third Canadian firm to land in China.
Gowlings has given its London energy, infrastructure and mining group a boost by hiring Pinsent Masons’ UK head of project finance.
Canadian firm Gowlings has continued its energy-focused hiring spree in London with the addition of a former Norton Rose partner.
One Essex Court silk Tony Grabiner QC’s £3,000 hourly rate has helped push the cost of the phone-hacking investigation by News Corporation’s Management and Standards Committee (MSC) to £53m.
German firm Graf von Westphalen is merging its Munich office with that of fellow local firm Nachmann.
German independent Graf von Westphalen has finally secured an office in Düsseldorf, over a year after it first announced plans for the opening.
UK residential landlord Grainger has appointed Adam McGhin as its first-ever group legal counsel.
This week, we’ve had a sneak peek at the Supreme Court. Middlesex Chambers in Parliament Square is building up a profile of its own before the court has even opened for business.
The speculation at Herbert Smith is over. Jonathan Scott has been elected as the firm’s new senior partner (see story).
The news reported exclusively today by The Lawyer that the top 30 largest UK law firms saw their total revenue fall by half a billion pounds last year has unleashed a storm of protest on our website.
Many law firms pay lip service to their green agenda but few actually put their money where their mouths are.
Rapidly growing Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has snared a brace of capital markets partners from White & Case.
Greenberg Traurig Maher has hired former White & Case capital markets partner Tim Jeveons as it begins to build its nascent London office.
Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has continued its hiring drive after adding one partner apiece from Mayer Brown and Watson Farley & Williams.
Greenberg Traurig has taken a team of more than 50 lawyers from Dewey & LeBoeuf to launch in Poland including key partners Jaroslaw Grzesiak and Lejb Fogelman as well as London partner duo Frank Adams and Federico Salinas.
Energy outfit Anesco has announced the hire of former Greenberg Traurig Maher solicitor Jeremy Cross as its new legal chief.
The dispute between Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) and former equity capital markets partner Andrew Croxford has settled just two weeks before it was due to be heard at the London Central Employment Tribunal.
Greenberg Traurig’s London office, Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM), raked in £8.7m in its first full financial year, according to the firm’s LLP accounts.
Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has continued its hiring spree with the capture of two more restructuring partners from the London office of Kirkland & Ellis.
US firm Greenberg Traurig is set to become the first foreign law firm to open an office in Israel staffed by full-time lawyers after announcing a launch in Tel Aviv.
Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has hired Dundas & Wilson partner Ewan Robertson to bulk up its corporate capabilities.
Revised guidance on the Bribery Act, which will come into force on 1 July after being delayed due to widespread business concerns, has met with a mixed response from the legal sector.
Attempts by the Attorney General Dominic Grieve to get a grip of the great Twitter debate have so far been largely ignored by the Twitterati.
More shenanigans in the regions: it’s emerged that Pannone is closing two Cheshire offices and making 12 fee-earners redundant in Manchester.
Grimaldi e Associati co-founder Roberto Cappelli has quit the firm to join Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners with a team of 10 associates.
A group of senior associates from Slaughter and May’s German best friend Hengeler Mueller have left the firm to launch their own corporate boutique.
A group of bar heavyweights have won a major victory in the House of Lords, which today unanimously ruled that the use of control orders breaches the fundamental right to a fair hearing.
News that Ashurst has appointed Alistair Holland as Abu Dhabi managing partner might have been only a small eye-turner were it not that the corporate partner was just a mere senior associate less than five months ago.
Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has been instructed by Bristol Water on its pricing battle with water regulator Ofwat.
Greenberg Traurig Maher’s (GTM) recruitment drive has continued with the hire of finance specialist Emma Menzies from White & Case.
Colt Technology Services has signed up Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) as its sole employment-law advisor a year after a similar deal with Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) Managed Legal Service arm collapsed.
Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has hired DLA Piper partner Neil Upton to run its UK energy practice.
Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has bulked up its corporate and securities capabilities with the hire of SJ Berwin corporate partner Laura O’Neill.
The lawyer for the British & Irish Lions rugby team is looking forward to Saturday’s final test with cautious optimism, pointing out that the fact the team has been hampered by injuries makes the result difficult to call.
Arsenal FC’s manager Arsene Wenger may have disappointed the club’s fans by barely signing any new talent this season, but the Gunners’ management has brought in a new starlet hoping to score points off the pitch.
Phone hacking of Bulger killer raises further questions about the police and the News of the World
UAE law firm Hadef & Partners has promoted four lawyers to its partnership, all in its Dubai office.
The UK’s top four banks accounted for almost half of all litigation against FTSE100 companies in the High Court over the past year.
The word ’recovery’ can mean many things.
Ashurst’s half-year financial results have shown a 12 per cent firmwide increase in turnover on the same period last year and a 2 per cent increase in average partner count.
Stephenson Harwood has posted a turnover rise of 3.6 per cent to £51.4m for the first half of 2011-12.
Manchester firm JMW has seen revenue rise 16 per cent and profit increase by 23 per cent during the first half of 2011-12.
Watson Farley & Williams has posted double-digit revenue growth for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year.
DWF has recorded a 12 per cent increase in fee income for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year.
Wragge & Co has posted a 5 per cent rise in turnover for the first half of the 2011-12 financial year.
Lady Justice Hallett has been appointed as chair of the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) for a three-year term.
Hill Dickinson has posted a 10 per cent increase in turnover for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year on the back of its acquisition of a team from Halliwells.
Hill Dickinson has reported a 10 per cent rise in turnover for 2011-12, in the first full year of trading following its acquisition of Halliwell’s Liverpool and Sheffield offices.
Failed firm Halliwells owes creditors a total of around £200m, a letter from its joint administrators has revealed.
Gateley has posted an 18.7 per cent increase in turnover for the 2010-11 financial year and made up two new partners in its annual round of promotions.
Halliwells has revealed revenues of £83m in turnover for the 2008-09 financial year, a drop of 4.6 per cent on last year’s total of £87m.
Halliwells executive chairman Ian Austin is to leave the troubled firm to run the commercial litigation department at Manchester firm Heatons.
The pursuit of a merger partner is fraught with difficulties - even if you’re a serial acquirer of law firms.
Beachcroft is hiring a 10-strong team of lawyers from Halliwells’ healthcare practice, leaving the latter with just one partner in that group.
Halliwells managing partner Ian Austin has stepped down from the role as part of a management rejig that sees him take up the newly-created position of executive chairman.
Former Halliwells equity partners sat down with the failed firm’s liquidators last week to mediate, hoping to resolve their differences in a friendly manner.
Halliwells has filed a notice of its intention to appoint an administrator, with Hill Dickinson and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) understood to be circling to take the firm’s assets.
The future of dozens of Halliwells’ trainees is hanging in the balance after the Manchester-based firm files its intention to appoint an administrator.
No room for future trainees at HBJ Gateley Wareing or BLG; Hill Dickinson offers lifeline
Former Halliwells fixed share partners are seeking legal advice with a view to suing the firm’s ex-equity partners.
The Halliwells employees who made it out of the firm’s final weeks with a job must be pleased that it’s all over.
Hammonds has advised Leicester City FC on its acquisition by consortium Asia Football Investments.
Two debt recovery boutiques that spun out from legacy Hammonds and Eversheds, respectively, are to merge to create a £15m practice.
Hammonds has confirmed its name will not feature in the US and Eastern Europe if its merger with US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey goes ahead.
The partners of Hammonds’ debt collection spin-off Drydens have sold the business months after another Hammonds spin-off, Hammonds Direct, went into administration.
The profit generated by Hammonds’ mainland Europe offices almost halved in the 2009-10 financial year, the firm’s last set of LLP accounts as an unmerged entity have revealed.
West End firm Howard Kennedy has hired the former head of Hammonds’ London office Paul Groobey.
Hammonds has launched a hotels and leisure practice with the arrival of former Halliwells partner Chris Eddlestone.
Hammonds’ Hong Kong office will split from the firm ahead of its merger with Squire Sanders & Dempsey.
Hammonds has elected a new head for its Manchester office, with Jane Haxby taking over from Jonathan Edwards.
Hammonds has become the latest major law firm to offer its trainee solicitors a cash incentive to push back their start dates, topping that of the prevailing market average.
Hammonds has reported a 25 per cent drop in profits for the last financial year, from £367,000 to £276,000.
Turnover at Hammonds continued to decline in the 2009-10 financial year, falling by 6 per cent to £117.8m.
Hammonds has made up eight new partners in its latest round of promotions, five of whom are based in the UK.
Two partners have resigned from Hammonds at the end of the firm’s latest six month lock-in period.
Hammonds corporate partner David Hull has acted on a second major football deal in a week after advising on a £4m investment in West Ham United.
Hammonds is in talks with German firm Gulde Hengelhaupt Ziebig & Schneider about setting up a patent prosecution referral relationship following the departure of two partners from the UK firm’s Munich office.
Four partners resigned from Hammonds yesterday after the firm’s lock-in period for the last six months came to an end.
Hammonds is to shut its Munich office months after losing five lawyers to Eversheds.
Hammonds is the latest UK firm to eye a US merger, after announcing it is in talks over a potential tie-up with Cleveland-headquartered Squire Sanders & Dempsey.
The partnerships of Hammonds and Squire Sanders & Dempsey have voted overwhelmingly in favour of its proposed merger, which will go live on 1 January 2011.
Star family barrister Nicholas Mostyn QC was at the Court of Appeal this morning trying to prevent a precedent setting case, which would give hard-done-by spouses the opportunity to renegotiate divorce settlements.
Nordic firm Hannes Snellman has recruited a former Cederquist real estate transactions team for its Stockholm office.
“I can’t help but think this is a sign of really bad news.”
It would seem that 2011 is a good time to be an associate. Well, that might be over-egging the soufflé somewhat, but with more than half of the top 30 firms already having revealed their latest partner recruits, the numbers are pretty positive.
Family lawyers often talk about London being the divorce capital of the world. On Monday the Court of Appeal (CoA) handed down a judgment in an international case that reaffirmed that position - for international divorces at least.
Spontaneous celebrations broke out across the country this week as the coalition Government celebrated the first anniversary of what history will no doubt record as ’The Rose Garden Pact’.
Given it’s a Monday, there’s a whole lot to be smiling about today.
This is an archive article. For further developments on this story see Select Committee exonerates Harbottle over Murdoch’s ‘major mistake’ claim.
Harbottle & Lewis has asked News International to release it from its duty of client confidentiality to allow it to respond to points made by Rupert and James Murdoch in yesterday’s riveting Parliamentary hearing on the phone hacking scandal.
Harbottle & Lewis has been given the all clear by News International (NI) to talk to authorities about its remit in the 2007 investigation of phone hacking at News of the World (NoW).
Harbottle & Lewis is offering preconception contracts to non-traditional families looking to have children in the wake of a landmark High Court case that introduced the concept of principal and secondary parenting.
Rule number one in the lawyer handbook of customer relations is never publicly criticise the client.
Harbottle & Lewis has come out fighting against allegations of a cover-up in the ongoing saga of phone hacking at News International.
In ancient times - two weeks ago - the idea that the most powerful man in British media could have his cloak of invincibility brutally ripped away was unthinkable.