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Maria Ludkin, GMB

Hot 100 career quiz: Maria Ludkin

Name: Maria Ludkin Position: Chief Counsel Organisation: WaveOptics (formerly at GMB) In Hot 100 for: As GMB’s head of legal, fighting valiantly for workers’ rights. Read her full Hot 100 profile here. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? My supervising partner having early confidence in me and giving me my own cases to work on. I […]

Hot 100 career quiz: Daniel Brook

Name: Daniel Brook Firm: Hogan Lovells Position: Partner Trained at: Hogan Lovells In Hot 100 for: Eli Lilly’s landmark patent trial against Actavis. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I was a trainee at Hogan Lovells. During one of my seats, my supervisor gave me a model London […]

May Smith, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Hot 100 career quiz: May Smith

Name: May Smith Firm: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Position: Partner  Trained at: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer In Hot 100 for: Newly promoted partner tipped for greatness. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? It all remains pretty vivid. On the work side, a great variety of interesting work in areas of […]

White & Case

White & Case keeps 84 per cent of autumn qualifiers

White & Case is to keep on 21 out of its 25 London trainees this autumn, giving it a retention score of 84 per cent. Melissa Butler, White & Case office executive partner in London, said: “The combination of a trainee programme that delivers consistently high retention rates, and a highly competitive salary and benefits […]

being litigation lawyer

Sector focus: litigation

What’s the litigation sector all about? The litigation department at Mayer Brown now covers a huge variety of practices and industries.  We act for employers, contractors, consultants and insurers in complex construction disputes on a range of projects from hospitals to defence facilities. These matters often have an international element, for example, I’ve had the opportunity to work on […]

Presentation skills

Myths about communication in presentations

How often had you heard that effective communication is 55 per cent non-verbal, 38 per cent tone of voice and 7 per cent what you actually say.  There are many who swear by this as some form of mystical statistic that is the key to communication enlightenment itself.  And then there are those that say hang […]

ego

The Elevenerife problem: one rule for the ego in the room

Time and time again this comes up, whether in a pitching scenario, a client meeting or a conversation at a networking event – overactive egos need to be subdued. Effective communication requires the following:  a transmitter, a message and a receiver.  For the receiver to successfully hear and understand the message delivered by the transmitter, […]

City

Latham targets A&O for second infrastructure hire this week

Another magic circle partner is to join Latham & Watkins in London, as it sets its sights on winning work in the infrastructure M&A market. Allen & Overy partner Conrad Andersen, who was promoted in 2008, is to join Clifford Chance partner Brendan Moylan at the US firm. The latter’s move was revealed yesterday. While […]

Exit sign

Latham hires Clifford Chance PE partner in infrastructure push

Clifford Chance’s infrastructure M&A head Brendan Moylan is leaving the firm for Latham & Watkins in a move that reunites him with his former magic circle colleagues. Latham aggressively hired from Clifford Chance’s private equity practice in 2013/14 when it took on David Walker, Kem Ihenacho and Tom Evans. The US firm was said to have been […]

London

Jones Day bulks up in London with Ashurst and Dentons hires

Jones Day has snared two finance partners from Ashurst and Dentons following a raft of exits from its London office since the start of the year. Partner Ewen Scott left Ashurt’s global loans group last week and will join Jones Day’s banking, finance and securities practice at the end of August. He will be joined by Dentons finance partner Lee […]

Robert Darwin

Dechert revives corporate life sciences group with Hogan Lovells hire

Dechert has continued its hiring spree in London, hiring new partner Robert Darwin from Hogan Lovells. Darwin joins a growing team and is the third strategic lateral hire since April. In June, Roger Burlingame joined the firm’s global investigations and white collar crime practice from Kobre & Kim. In July, Dorothy Cory-Wright joined as head […]

CMS bulks up in Hong Kong with eight-lawyer team hire

Months after agreeing a new tie-up in Hong Kong, CMS has increased lawyer headcount in the region after snaring an eight-lawyer team from RPC. Partners Andrew Horton and Steven Wise are leading the move to CMS, which earlier this year struck up a new association with Hong Kong firm Shirley Lau & Co increasing its capacity to offer […]

London

White & Case boosts litigation practice with double-partner hire

White & Case has drafted in two new litigation partners from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. International arbitration partner David Robertson has joined the firm from BCLP, while commercial litigation partner Steven Baker will also boost the practice after his arrival from Cadwalader. Baker – whose practice focuses largely on […]

Beijing

Cooley bulks up Beijing office with Kirkland hire

Cooley is beefing up its Beijing office with newly-appointed partner Henry Yin from Kirkland & Ellis. Yin was previously a Hong Kong partner at Kirkland & Ellis, which he joined in 2014, and started his career at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s New York office in 2009. He deals with corporate matters such as […]

chicago

Morgan Lewis poaches seven partner IP team from McDermott

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has nabbed a seven partner intellectual property litigation team from McDermott Will & Emery, who will be spread between three of its US offices. The IP hiring spree sees five of the new partners – Jeff Gargano, Krista Vink Venegas, Shon Lo, Hersh Mehta and Kevin Shortsle – take up residence in Morgan Lewis’s […]

Exit sign

Latham snares restructuring duo from Sidley Austin

Restructuring duo Yen Sum and Jennifer Brennan are leaving Sidley Austin after less than two years, swapping the US firm for Latham & Watkins‘ London office. Sum decamped from Linklaters to Sidley at the end of 2016 and was quickly followed by Brennan, then a managing associate at the magic circle firm. The pair join […]

Paul Martenstyn Vannin

Vannin names Fountain Court clerk as its new MD

Litigation funder Vannin Capital has hired Fountain Court Chambers deputy senior clerk Paul Martenstyn as managing director and he will join its London office this October. Martenstyn has spent the last decade at Fountain Court, joining in 2008 as a clerk before being named to his current role three years later. Prior to joining the […]

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