1 September 2003

McDermotts cracks Italy with Carnelutti takeover

McDermott Will & Emery has made a shock entry into the Italian market by merging with Carnelutti.McDermotts has taken over the full-service firm, gaining 20 partners and more than 50 other fee earners in Milan and Rome.

Lester Aldridge boosts real estate team

South East firm Lester Aldridge has boosted its real estate department with the hire of Denton Wilde Sapte’s retail sector head Joanne McGuinness.McGuinness, who specialises in property development, acts predominantly for developers and operators in the leisure and retail sectors.“This is an important strategic development for us,” said property development team leader Andrew Hignett. “The […]

Heller Ehrman wins VLG merger race

West Coast firm Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe has emerged the victor in the three-way race to merge with Venture Law Group (VLG). Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) were both courting directors at VLG, but Heller Ehrman has walked away with a merger deal with the technology-led firm. News of the […]

James Chapman launches fraud unit with Hill Dickinson hire

Manchester-based James Chapman & Co has appointed Hill Dickinson partner Alison Hart to launch a dedicated fraud unit.Hart, who has been a partner at Hill Dickinson since 1992, specialises in insurance fraud and policy disputes.One of the most high-profile cases she has dealt with was the £4.5m fraudulent claim made by Lord Brocket, who alleged […]

Grapevine

The Lawyer 100 is out this week. Modestly, we’re certain it’s the biggest and best in-depth coverage of legal market financials there’s ever been. The 140-page financial must-read has all the scope needed to cover this year’s top 100 firms, the US players, the chasing pack and the key sectors that are driving the market […]

Discrimination starts early in law as male trainees receive £1,300 head start

Average salaries for male trainees in the legal profession are exceeding the £20,000 mark, with female trainees trailing by £1,319, according to the latest Law Society Annual Statistical Report, which was published last week. The report says that 60 per cent of new trainees were women, but nevertheless male trainees earned on average £20,068 compared […]

New HSE guidance opens up ‘a minefield of uncertainty’

New Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance limiting the circumstances in which directors and managers should be prosecuted would create “a minefield of uncertainty”, claimed a public law specialist. The HSE guidance for its inspectors concerned the investigation and prosecution of health and safety offences by individuals. The document can be viewed on the Centre […]

Housing lawyers back calls to get tough on landlords

Housing lawyers were backing plans for a national deposit scheme to be incorporated into the Housing Bill last week, as a Shelter and Citizens Advice report revealed that more than £20m of deposits were wrongfully held on to each year. The two groups want to see legislation in the Housing Bill that regulates tenancy deposits […]

Money launderers turn their attentions to conveyancing

Conveyancing solicitors were accused of “turning a blind eye to”, and even colluding with, organised crime gangs last week, as organised money launderers targeted property sales as the preferred way to clean dirty money. The National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), in its annual assessment of serious and organised crime threats, identified conveyancing as the service […]

Who’d be an asylum lawyer?

It is fair to say that you would not become an asylum lawyer out of a desire to be loved. In the tabloid press you are portrayed either as skulking around the docks in the dead of night touting for work or as one of the fat cat lawyers made rich by the taxpayers’ money. […]

5 Paper Buildings lures two barristers from rival sets

The property practice of Richard King’s chambers 5 Paper Buildings has gained two barristers from rival chambers.Josephine Henderson, a social housing specialist, joins King’s set from Arden Chambers, while Jeremy Garrood, who practises in general property, will and trust and landlord and tenant, joins from New Court Chambers. The set recently hired Julia Graham as […]

CC shakes up funds group as head switches to client

Clifford Chance has lost the co-head of its private funds group Stephen Ross to the asset management arm of client Man Group, a global provider of alternative investment products. Jason Glover, who currently shares the role, will head the private funds group when Ross leaves. Ross, who has been a partner in the private funds […]

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