10 May 2004

Linklaters boosts Paris with key hire

Linklaters has secured a leading private equity partner for its Paris office from Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Michel Frieh will join Linklaters in September, working alongside private equity partners Alain Garnier and Fabrice de la Morandiere. As first revealed by thelawyer.com/lawyernews (April 13), Frieh was known to be leaving Willkie Farr’s highly-rated Parisian office. His […]

A&O results: billings flat at £649m

Magic circle firm Allen & Overy is set to post billings of £649m as the financial reporting season opens. The figure, which is still provisional, represents a slight increase on last year’s gross revenues of £647m. In common with most other top 10 City firms, profits are expected to be down on last year’s average […]

Beachcroft Wansbroughs in triple partner hire

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has recruited three new partners for its property, employment and corporate finance teams in London, Bristol and Manchester. Monica Blake joins the London commercial property team from Mishcon de Reya, Frank Morton has quit Osborne Clarke for Beachcrofts’ employment team in Bristol, and Leila Porter has been plucked from Eversheds. Blake brings property […]

Lester Aldridge to open Milton Keynes office

South Coast firm Lester Aldridge is launching a new office in Milton Keynes with the hire of a partner from Shoosmiths. James Baird joins Lester Aldridge from Shoosmiths, where he was an associate in the Northampton asset finance team. He brings with him associates Melanie Chell and Vicky Loughnane. The hires will boost Lester Aldridge’s […]

Pollack wins top litigation role at SJ Berwin

Tim Taylor, the head of SJ Berwin’s burgeoning litigation department, has been replaced after seven years in the post by South African litigator Craig Pollack. Pollack takes the reins of a litigation department that SJ Berwin is committed to expanding. It recently hired Russian arbitration specialist David Goldberg from Kennedys, and assistant Iona Levine, a […]

Black Solicitors Network awarded seat on Law Society Council

The Law Society Council yesterday approved the allocation of a seat to the Black Solicitors Network (BSN). The seat, one of three held in reserve, will be filled following an election on 16 September. An overwhelming majority of Council members voted in favour of the application. It is hoped that the new seat will help […]

College of Law and LSC to create Legal Aid LPC

The College of Law and the Legal Services Commission (LSC) have teamed up to create the first legal aid orientated LPC.Called the ‘public legal services pathway’, the new LPC will be available from 2005 at the college and also Cardiff Law School. The course will offer two new modules, advanced criminal litigation and housing (subject […]

Masons set for Dubai launch

Masons is set to open an office Dubai in an attempt to win rebuilding work in Iraq. Masons will hope that its first Middle Eastern office can buoy a fading international practice, which has been hit hard by the Asian financial crisis. Clyde & Co dominates the Dubai legal market with the largest office in […]

Milbank opens in Munich with top Freshfields hire

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has scored a huge coup by recruiting Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s global co-head of private equity to open its Munich office.

Peter Nussbaum is expected to join Milbank Tweed in June with corporate partner Norbert R…

Grapevine

Now and again a lateral hire hits the legal scene and shakes it to the core. Big name moves have, over the course of the last 12 months, come predominantly in the field of corporate. Remember how shocked the market was when Peter King upped sticks from Linklaters to Shearman & Sterling? King seemed to […]

Shepherd+ Wedderburn records 13 per cent revenue hike

Scottish heavyweight Shepherd+ Wedderburn has posted a 13.4 per cent increase in revenues for the year 2003-04, with annual income rising from £25.6m to a record £29m. New Shepherd+ Wedderburn chief executive Patrick Andrews, who took over as firm head from Paul Hally last week, said the changes were in line with the firm’s strategy […]

Kirkland & Ellis partner selected for top civil rights role

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has elected a litigation partner from Kirkland & Ellis as co-chair. Marjorie Press Lindblom will co-chair the US lawyers’ pro bono civil rights group for two years and will work alongside John Skilton of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe. Lindblom succeeds Sullivan & Cromwell partner Stuart Meiklejohn […]

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