10 March 2003

Davis Polk swoops on A&O star

Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Nick Segal is leaving the firm to join Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. Segal will be Davis Polk’s first UK qualified partner. A statement from A&O said he would leave the firm in June and that an agreement had been reached regarding restrictive covenants.“Since joining 14 years ago […]

Hammonds defections profit Browne Jacobson

Hammonds’ Birmingham office has lost two more corporate partners, less than two months after Katie Silvester and Paul Cliff left the firm to join rival Gateley Wareing.Partners Roger Birchall and Joanne Bligh will be joining the Birmingham office of Midlands-based Browne Jacobson to spearhead the launch of a new corporate practice in the city. It […]

Councils drive down legal costs with FirstLaw partnership

Fees paid to barristers instructed by the 10 Greater Manchester councils and two Lancashire unitary councils are due to be reduced by a quarter, creating a saving of around £250,000.Costs are being driven down through an initiative to standardise fees across the consortium of councils, with a third party brought in to manage the system.The […]

Loyens & Loeff launches new practice in Luxembourg with A&O hires

Benelux corporate and tax firm Loyens & Loeff has taken two assistants from Allen & Overy to launch a new practice in Luxembourg with former Arendt & Medernach partner Jean-Pierre Winandy.The firm’s Belgian legal arm, Loyens Advocaten-Avocats, has formed a partnership with Winandy. The new Luxembourg practice will operate under the name of Loyens Winandy. […]

DJ Freeman splits as property and media stars decamp to Olswang

In a shock move, DJ Freeman is effectively splitting in two: a large proportion of the media and property groups is joining Olswang, while the insurance department will set up independently. It is understood that DJ Freeman chief executive Laurence Harris and head of litigation Kevin Perry will remain as part of the new insurance […]

Blake Lapthorn targets Thames Valley with Linnells merger

South of England firm Blake Lapthorn has announced that it is merging with Oxford-based Linnells to create a 79-partner firm. The merger will take effect from 1 May 2003 and the merged firm will be known as Blake Lapthorn Linnell. Blake lapthorn, which has offices in Fareham, Portsmouth, Southampton and London, gains 22 partners in […]

New firm rises from DJ Freeman ashes after identity crisis

City firm DJ Freeman is no more. Following a strategic review, the firm has effectively split in two with the media and property team’s heading for Olswang, and the remaining partners to rebrand as Kendall Freeman.The new firm will consist of 20 partners and will predominantly focus on insurance and litigation. The corporate, public international […]

White & Case swoops for sixth Brobeck partner

White & Case has scored a sixth lawyer from collapsed firm Brobeck Phelger & Harrison, this time to bulk up its New York corporate practice.Mark Lewis Mandel is the only M&A partner White & Case has taken on from Brobeck after targeting finance and restructuring specialists from the now defunct West Coast firm. Last month […]

Taylors wins landmark fees uplift in Lords ruling

In a bizarre costs action before the Lords, a conditional fee arrangement (CFA) that was initially deemed invalid has enabled a law firm to get a landmark 100 per cent uplift on its fees.The Clerk of Parliaments – the Lords’ equivalent of a costs judge – ruled in February 2002 that a textile company, Designers […]

Scottish Life and Amec sue Middleton Potts over property advice

International trade specialists Middleton Potts and one of its partners are being sued over advice it provided to subsidiaries of Scottish Life and engineering company Amec during their purchase of land in Greater Manchester. They claim that Middleton Potts and lawyer Richard Schmidt, now a property partner at the firm, failed on five occasions to […]

Linklaters boosts trademark filings as UK figures fall

Despite slashing numbers in its IP practice in 2002, Linklaters’ UK trademark filing has increased by almost 55 per cent. The latest figures from the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys reveal an overall decline in the number of trademarks filed in the UK. But Linklaters and Pinsent Curtis Biddle have bucked the trend, increasing their […]

LeBoeuf hires Dentons' India chief to boost UK corporate

LeBoeuf Lamb Green & MacRae is attempting to build up its small London corporate practice by taking on the head of Denton Wilde Sapte’s India group. Corporate partner Lynn McCaw, who was appointed head of Dentons’ India group in 1996, is hoping to join LeBoeuf in June. At present, the firm’s corporate department has just […]

Register now to The Lawyer to access our latest news stories, read selected briefings from key firms and gain essential careers insight to help you make the most of your current and future roles.

Contact Us: if you have any questions regarding your subscription, call us on +44 (0)20 7292 3716 or email us at customerservices@thelawyer.com

Register now

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3716 | email: customerservices@thelawyer.com

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here