10 February 2003

Theodore Goddard and Addleshaws enter merger talks

Theodore Goddard and Addleshaw Booth & Co have agreed to enter exclusive merger negotiations. A joint statement issued on behalf of both firms said: “We’ve agreed to enter exclusive discussions to explore the benefits of a merger.”See The Lawyer on Monday for more details

A&O adds litigation in New York expansion drive

Allen & Overy is launching a US litigation practice in New York. The firm has hired a partner and senior litigation counsel as the first step in building the new practice.Trial lawyer Michael Feldberg has joined from New York firm Schulte Roth & Zabel, where he was a partner and chair of the litigation department. […]

A&O puts Camerons lateral in top job

Allen & Overy has appointed lateral hire David Kidd to head its Asian business restructuring and insolvency group. Kidd joined eighteen months ago from CMS Cameron McKenna. He will replace group head Mark Sterling, who will return to London.The group comprises lawyers in Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Kidd is based in Hong Kong, […]

Brobeck Hale and Dorr chief in shock departure

Brobeck Hale and Dorr’s managing partner Tom Kellerman has suddenly stepped down in mysterious circumstances. Just last week, Kellerman told The Lawyer: “You’ve got to have a long-term vision. It’s going to take 10 years. It can’t happen overnight.”Kellerman visited Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, the collapsed West Coast firm, at the end of last week […]

Bingham makes West Coast IP push

Bingham McCutchen has bumped up its IP coverage on the West Coast by appointing a partner from specialist firm Christie Parker & Hale.Robert Schroeder is set to join Bingham’s LA-based intellectual property and technology litigation group on 18 February. Schroeder, who has practised in this area for over 30 years, specialises in trademarks, copyright law […]

Eversheds targets Middle East with Qatar link

National firm signs co-operation agreement with Qatar firm Eversheds has formed an agreement of co-operation with Qatar law firm Al-Jufairi. The relationship will enable Eversheds to service clients in the Gulf and act for Qatari investors overseas.Eversheds is already involved in a number of infrastructure projects in the country and has advised Qatar in the […]

Al Fayed loses right to appeal in House of Lords

Neil Hamilton’s backers are saved from paying Al Fayed’s legal costs The House of Lords has told Mohammed Al Fayed he is not allowed to recover his legal costs from the financial backers of Neil Hamilton’s unsuccessful libel action against him. Al Fayed, represented by DJ Freeman, had requested leave to appeal from the Lords […]

Beachcrofts bolsters IT with Freeserve hire

Chair of the Internet Service Providers’ Association joins IT and interactive commerce practice Beachcroft Wansboroughs has recruited Jessica Hendrie-Liaño from the inhouse team at internet service provider Freeserve.Hendrie-Liaño joins Beachcrodts’ IT and interactive commerce practice as a partner.Simon Hodson, commercial division managing partner, said: “The strength of her IP, IT and data protection knowledge provides […]

Gide forges alliance to drive international expansion

Firm joins forces with former French foreign minister to target government’s worldwide French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has formed an alliance with former French foreign minister and secretary general Hubert Védrine to promote the firm’s international expansion.Védrine’s company HV Conseil will help Gide develop relations with governments and companies across the globe and provide economic, […]

Lord Chancellor's judicial role under attack

Pressure group Justice calls for Lord Irvine to step down as a judge Pressure group Justice has proposed that the Lord Chancellor should step down as a judge and should only appoint the judiciary on the advice of an independent judicial appointments commission.The challenge to Lord Irvine stems from concerns over his powerful position in […]

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