Clifford Chance partners were not voting for the status quo when they elected Matthew Layton. In fact his election to the top job demonstrated an appetite for a shakeup of the old ways rarely seen among magic circle partnerships or leadership contests.
Clifford Chance managing partner Matthew Layton set the tone for his tenure within weeks of succeeding David Childs last May when he overhauled the firm’s constitution, scrapping leadership elections and installing a new executive management team. Less than a year later and the next phase of a grand plan to future-proof the firm is underway. […]
Clifford Chance has appointed its first global head of innovation and business change alongside a new chief operating officer (COO), both with specific remits to support an era of transformation under new managing partner Matthew Layton. Layton set the wheels of change in motion as soon as he took on the managing partner role in […]
Clyde & Co has suspended two lawyers from the firm ahead of an internal investigation into alleged breaches of the SRA’s accounts rules. The firm confirmed to The Lawyer that two unnamed lawyers have been referred to the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA). Rule one of the SRA’s account rules, states the purpose of the rule is […]
Cooley has secured its second lateral hire in London this year, as it looks to build out new white-collar capabilities both in the UK and internationally. The firm has recruited partner Tom Epps from the defence and government investigations group of Boston-born law firm Brown Rudnick. Epps has spent over six years in Brown Rudnick’s […]
Former Comic Relief general counsel and company secretary Vincent Collins has stepped down from his role to join the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Collins is to leave the charity after two years to become head of legal at the intergovernmental organisation. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission cares for the graves of the 1.7 million men […]
Waste management company Biffa has appointed a new general counsel from manufacturer Rotork. Sarah Parsons has joined Biffa in her first general counsel position, having been a senior legal counsel at Rotork since 2015. Biffa will be her third in-house role, with Parsons leaving private practice in 2008 to join the Australian and New Zealand […]