MoJ delays no-win no-fee reforms subscription
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced a six-month delay in the implementation of the Jackson reforms aimed at revamping civil litigation.
Northern Rock general counsel Jasan Fitzpatrick has been appointed director of legal at Virgin Money after it acquired the high street bank on 1 January.
Ex-Mishcon partner jailed for five years over fraud subscription
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.
An IP barrister has been struck off after a disciplinary tribunal found him guilty on six charges of professional misconduct.
Yingke, China’s second-largest firm by lawyer headcount, is continuing its aggressive growth plans with the launch of offices in Poland and Turkey.
Linklaters and SNR Denton have picked up lead advisory roles on the administration of UK-based Petroplus Refining & Marketing.
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.
A&O, Herbert Smith and Weil act on CoL sale subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O), Herbert Smith and Weil Gotshal & Manges have landed roles on the potential sale of The College of Law (CoL).
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.
Lawyers have expressed concern over the European Commission’s overhaul of the EU’s online privacy rules that will see companies facing fines of as much as 2 per cent of annual turnover for breach of code.
US-based International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a subsidiary of American International Group, has appointed Hooman Yazhari as general counsel.
Government loses appeal over cuts to solar subsidies subscription
The Government has lost an appeal against a High Court ruling that found that its plans to cut solar subsidy payments were unlawful.
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.
Reed Smith tempts back ex-Hong Kong finance head subscription
Reed Smith’s former Hong Kong head of finance John McGuinness has returned to the firm on a consultancy basis after a seven-year hiatus.
Herbert Smith, Irwin Mitchell and Italian firm Giambrone Law are among a host of firms snapping up advisory roles following the grounding of cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Italian coast earlier this month.
Freshfields appoints first-ever US COO subscription
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed its first chief operating officer for its US practice, with the hire of Andrea Locklear.
Celebrity divorce go-to firm Mishcon de Reya has teamed up with Debrett’s - etiquette and manners advisors since 1769 - to publish a £12.99 guide on how to maintain a level of decorum and good manners in the usually messy business of divorce.
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.
Freshfields caters to investors with bespoke group subscription
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a bespoke financial investors group comprised of around 100 partners and over 200 associates worldwide.
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.
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.
Two former partners at US firm Edwards Wildman Palmer are suing the firm and its managing partner Walter Reed in relation to the alleged fallout of a romantic affair.
Neuberger MR overturns ruling in G20 kettling case subscription
The Metropolitan Police has won an appeal against a High Court decision that ruled that the controversial kettling tactics used by police officers in two respects during the G20 protests in 2009 was unlawful.
Occupy LSX to appeal court's eviction decision subscription
Occupy London Stock Exchange (LSX) protestors are to appeal a High Court judgment handed down yesterday that ruled that the group must leave their camping ground outside St Paul’s Cathedral.
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.
Manches duo split off to form media boutique subscription
The former heads of Manches’ IP litigation and publishing and media groups have joined forces to launch a boutique specialising in IP, media and entertainment law and dispute resolution.
Fraud barrister faces prison after chambers theft subscription
A barrister specialising in fraud and money laundering is facing a imprisonment after admitting stealing £81,500 from his chambers.
HSBC hires chief legal officer as Bennett retires subscription
HSBC Holdings has named Stuart Levey as its first chief legal officer ahead of the retirement of general counsel Richard Bennett.
General counsel salaries continue to lag inflation subscription
In-house heads of legal are facing real-terms pay cuts for the second year running as salary increases lag behind inflation.
Camerons does U-turn on new City office subscription
CMS Cameron McKenna has pulled the plug on its agreed relocation to new office premises in the City.
SFO names 6 King’s Bench Walk silk as next director subscription
6 King’s Bench Walk barrister David Green QC is to become director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Attorney General Dominic Grieve announced today.
Global insurer RSA has appointed Will Bloomer to the newly created role of UK head of litigation.
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.
Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly has launched a consultation aimed at lowering the £84m cost to the taxpayer of running employment tribunals.
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.
Admiral moots ABS move in wake of referral fee ban subscription
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.
UK lawyers are backing London as the home of the new European patents court, saying that the capital is a perfect fit.
US firm K&L Gates has opened its 40th office with the launch of an office in South Carolina following a seven-partner exodus from Parker Poe Adam & Bernstein.
US litigation funder Burford Capital is poised to enter the UK litigation-funding market with the acquisition of after-the-event (ATE) insurance provider Firstassist.
Directors of failed banks should be held accountable for their actions according to the long-awaited report into the collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in 2008.
Charles Russell and Blackstone Chambers are celebrating after advising football star Wayne Rooney in his successful appeal against a Euro 2012 three-match suspension.
HMRC lawyer faces sanctions after whistleblowing subscription
An in-house solicitor at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is facing possible dismissal and prosecution after disclosing that a senior manager had allegedly let off Goldman Sachs from £10m pounds in tax penalties.
Pannone has bulked up in the City with the hire of corporate partner Catherine McLoughlin - the eighth partner to join the firm in 12 months.
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.
Ashurst advises as pension schemes sue Henderson subscription
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.
Mills & Reeve has made its fifth lateral hire this year with the appointment of insurance partner Paul Spibey.
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.
US firm Pillsbury has appointed Jonathan Whitney as New York managing partner, replacing David Crichlow.
SFO convicts ex-Mishcon partner of fraud subscription
Former Mishcon de Reya property partner Kevin Steele has been convicted of forgery and fraud offences by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
First-half turnover up at post-merger DAC Beachcroft subscription
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.
Links lawyer scoops diversity gong subscription
Linklaters capital markets lawyer Paulette Mastin is a leading light in the field of law firm diversity, devoting much of her time to championing the work of black lawyers in the City.
Recruiter hits Withers with negligence claim subscription
UK headhunter Wellesley Partners has launched a High Court negligence claim against Withers on the grounds of breach of contract.
Matthew Arnold & Baldwin hires Edwin Coe TMT head subscription
Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) has added Ted Mercer to the firm’s London TMT sector group.
Attorney General warns newspapers over contempt subscription
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.
Lawyers enjoy decade of post-Enron success subscription
Ten years ago today Enron, which was the US’s seventh largest company, filed for bankruptcy after a creatively planned accounting scam came to the fore.
MoJ delays legal aid reforms by six months subscription
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has pushed back the implementation of new rules governing civil and family legal aid from the originally proposed October 2012 to April 2013.
Supreme Court Justice Lord Wilson has reaffirmed his commitment to collaborative family law and other non-court methods while slamming the Government’s plans to cut legal aid, which he called a “false economy”.
Shearman unveils diversity of City office subscription
US firm Shearman & Sterling has published its diversity statistics for the first time, showing the social diversity of staff in the firm’s London office.
McDermott adds 29 to partnership in US and Europe subscription
McDermott Will & Emery is the latest US firm to announce partner promotion with 29 lawyers across 11 offices and 9 practice group making the cut to partnership. The appointments will take effect on 1 January 2012.
A Russian citizen working as a parliamentary aide has won her appeal against deportation after a court rejected MI5’s claim that she posed a threat to national security.
Litigation funder to finance low-value cases subscription
A new player in the third-party litigation funding market has vowed to transform the industry by providing “alternative” litigation funding for lower-value commercial disputes.
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 former £200,000-a-year Stringfellows stripper has been granted permission to appeal a decision by the London Central Employment Tribunal, which ruled she could not sue her former ‘employer’ as she was self-employed.
CMS Cameron McKenna partners have re-elected Duncan Weston as managing partner following a vote on Friday (25 November).
St Albans firm Sherrards began life more than a century ago, offering traditional ’high street’ services.
CJC publishes third-party funding code of conduct subscription
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.
Old Square Chambers barrister Charlie Woodhouse has been hailed a hero by fellow members of the bar after an unlikely turn of events at the Central London County Court saw him go over and above the call of duty.
Clydes homes in on China growth with local promotion subscription
Newly merged Clyde & Co is continuing its China expansion plans with the promotion of Matthew Durham to partner.
Employment lawyers have generally welcomed business secretary Vince Cable’s new employment law measures but are sceptical about areas such as the reform of the tribunal system.
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.
Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has put forward proposals for more part-time judges and increased diversity at the bench as a way of modernising the judiciary.
Linklaters has appointed a new global HR director after her predecessor Jill King stepped down from the role after several years at the firm.
Middle East subscription television service Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) has appointed Helena Samaha as general counsel.
The president of the Supreme Court Lord Phillips has said that counsel appearing before the court may by agreement ditch traditional courtroom dress.
Real estate portfolio and asset management company Axa Real Estate Investment Managers (Axa Real Estate) has appointed Sarah Leroy as global head of legal.
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.
CC partner dishes up the food of love subscription
Clifford Chance staff are getting a treat, being spoilt with a series of lunchtime concerts by eminent musicians.
The barrister representing the claimants in a High Court case brought against Reggae Reggae sauce entrepreneur Levi Roots has branded him a “barefaced liar”.
Addleshaw Goddard has launched a dedicated social enterprise team to support the growing momentum for public service reform.
US firm WilmerHale has bolstered its London investigations and criminal litigation practice with the hire of Kingsley Napley big-hitter Stephen Pollard.
The maker of sports energy drink Lucozade has lost an attempt to prove that it is a functional food rather than a beverage, with the Tax and Chancery Upper Tribunal ruling that Lucozade Sport is mainly drunk for hydration and pleasure.
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.
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.
Midlands firm Shakespeares is preparing to do its fourth merger in under 18 months with a tie-up with Solihull-based Wood Glaister due to go live on 1 December.
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has appointed Martyn Freeman as general counsel.
The High Court has ruled that the Catholic Church is responsible for child abuse by members of the clergy.
A Herbert Smith lawyer who had a stint as acting director of enforcement at the FSA has joined London set 39 Essex Street.
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.
Lawyers attending last week’s International Bar Association (IBA) conference in Dubai have slammed the event after several discussion sessions were altered and one even ditched at the last minute.
Lawyers unite to promote pro bono subscription
Today (7 November) sees the start of National Pro Bono Week.
Lawyers welcome Norgrove report into family justice subscription
Lawyers and family law campaign groups have widely welcomed the family justice review aimed at tackling the “shocking delays” in the family justice system.
Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has installed Charles Collis as the new head of its London office.
Field Fisher adds Olswang lawyer to corporate team subscription
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has strengthened its corporate offering with the hire of corporate and commercial partner Michael Harte.
US firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher is set to lose five partners from its New York base to its long-standing client Bloomberg.
German car manufacturer Daimler has appointed its debut legal panel with long-standing advisers making the cut.
Employment lawyers have hit back at a leaked government paper that proposes abolishing unfair dismissal claims for ’unproductive workers’, stressing it would rob all employees of basic legal protection.
The largest fall in university applications in more than 30 years has seen the number of candidates applying to study law drop by a record 5.2 per cent, according to figures released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Legal feminists take on the judiciary subscription
Why is there not more gender diversity at the top of the legal profession? What can be done to nurture and encourage female talent and, more importantly, accommodate women’s needs and perspectives at the highest echelons of the sector? Can you be both a feminist and a judge?
A £115m professional negligence dispute between Linklaters, its former Italian alliance partner Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners and investment bank Credit Suisse has settled for an undisclosed sum.
A panel of distinguished female lawyers and legal scholars gathered at Norton Rose’s InterLaw Diversity Forum event on Thursday 13 October to discuss judgments from a feminist lawyer’s point of view.
From here to paternity: gay parenthood at SNR Denton subscription
Becoming a parent while juggling the demands of a high-pressure job is never easy, but for SNR Denton banking and finance associate Alexander Semernin the journey to fatherhood has, to some extent, been a greater challenge than for many of his peers.
Slaughter and May senior partner Chris Saul, three former magic circle senior partners and a Clifford Chance associate have joined a panel of inspirational speakers on the Speakers for Schools initiative founded by BBC business editor Robert Peston.
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.
A five-strong panel of Supreme Court justices has dismissed the Home Secretary’s appeal to increase the spouse visa age from 18 to 21.
US firm Orrick has launched a London regulatory practice with the hire of a partner duo from Liquid Capital Group (LCM).
Fund manager Martin Currie installs first-ever GC subscription
Edinburgh-headquartered asset manager Martin Currie has appointed Jeremy Hill to the newly created role of general counsel.
BLG maritime partner duo jump ship to Norton Rose subscription
Norton Rose has bolstered its insurance practice with the hire of two maritime partners from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG).
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.
Linklaters has joined forces with governance compliance company Magus to help businesses make sense of new European data privacy rules.
DWF bolsters insurance practice with six new hires subscription
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.
Hong Kong to Norfolk – the long way round subscription
hen it comes to a healthy commute, cycling to and from their place of work is about as far as it goes for the average office worker.
News International has created a senior compliance role with an Allen & Overy (A&O) lawyer filling the position on an interim basis.
RBS Insurance appoints RSA lawyer as general counsel subscription
RBS Insurance has appointed RSA Insurance group legal director Humphrey Tomlinson to the role of general counsel and company secretary.
DWF picks College of Law as exclusive LPC provider subscription
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 ...
Phone hacking: core participants in full subscription
A raft of celebrities and prominent public figures are among 46 named individuals who will be invited to give evidence at the inquiry into phone hacking.
RPC bags BLG insurance hire ahead of Clydes merger subscription
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has bolstered its insurance practice with the hire of Victoria Sheratt as partner.
Justice secretary Kenneth Clarke has launched the Legal Services Action plan aimed at promoting London as the legal capital of the world.
National Grid sparks offenders’ creativity subscription
Thousands of struggling writers dream of this. After months of swigging endless cups of coffee, tapping away ferociously on your computer while precariously bouncing a small child on your lap - your first book hits the virtual shelves of Amazon and becomes an overnight sensation.
Taylor Wessing picks up FFW trademark partner subscription
Taylor Wessing has bolstered its trademarks, copyright and media team with the hire of trademark specialist France Delord as partner.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges has added Jones Day restructuring partner Paul Bromfield to its London office.
Norton Rose embraces the web with apps launch subscription
Norton Rose Group has launched its first smartphone applications for iPhone and BlackBerry.
Global firm Mayer Brown has grown its corporate and securities practice and insurance industry group with the hire of Colin Scagell as a partner in London.
DLA Piper grows life science offering with key hire subscription
DLA Piper has boosted its IP and technology group with the hire of Jacqueline Bore as partner.
National firm McGrigors has bolstered its tax team with the hire of Reg Day.
Social media has led to a surge in the number of online defamation cases being brought, according to research carried out by legal information provider Sweet & Maxwell.
Indian firm MV Kini and specialist legal outsourcing company NewGalexy Partners have joined forces in a new legal process outsourcing venture.
Herbies bolsters DCM team with ex-Linklaters partner subscription
Herbert Smith has boosted its debt capital markets offering with the hire of ex-Linklaters partner Andrew Roberts.
London riots: the best of the legal blogs roundup subscription
A tumultuous August week, to say the least. As scenes of violence, rioting and looting spread across the capital and into the English regions, legal bloggers had plenty of fodder on which to opine.
National firm Gateley has boosted its banking and media teams with hires from Shoosmiths and Lincoln’s Inn firm Candey.
Herbies prepares for Doha launch subscription
Herbert Smith is in the process of launching a third Middle East outpost with the prospective opening of an office in Qatar.
An accounts clerk working at Cobbetts’ Manchester office has been jailed for 15 months after admitting stealing £20,000 from client accounts.
Many of the UK’s leading law firms are failing to make full use of marketing and networking opportunities available through social media, setting them apart from more recent entrants to the legal market.
South West firm Foot Anstey is set to open an office in the heart of Bristol’s business district in October.
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.