10 September 2007

Kennedys set to launch in Manchester

Insurance law firm Kennedys has announced plans to open an office in Manchester. Next year, Kennedys will take over One Fenchurch Avenue, putting the firm at the heart of the insurance industry, said the firm. The firm currently has six offices in United Kingdom. Three offices are located in London – Chiswell Street, Lloyd’s Avenue […]

UK firms pasta post in Italy

After a relaxing August break, the Italian market has kicked off the new term with a bang. But some managing partners have returned to offices a bit quieter than when they left. Hammonds Rossotto senior partner Riccardo Rossotto may well have exclaimed: “Dove sono i miei avvocati?!” after DLA Piper sprung a four-lawyer corporate team […]

Hammonds ups incentives and notice periods

Hammonds has introduced an incentive scheme to reward lawyer loyalty, requiring longer notice periods from departing staff as a result. The ‘promotion scheme’ sees new notice periods for associates of four months, with junior lawyers expected to give three months and senior associates five. Patricia Walsh, an HR director at the firm, said the extension […]

DLA Piper raids Hammonds for Italy boost

DLA Piper has strengthened its international presence with a raid on Hammonds Rossotto’s Milan office and by making a number of hires in the US. Hammonds Rossotto corporate partner Sergio Anania is set to join DLA Piper’s Milan office and is understood to be bringing a team of associates with him. DLA Piper Italian managing […]

Cadwalader raids Sidley for derivatives lawyer

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has snared a structured finance lawyer from rival US firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. Former Sidley associate Assia Damianova will join Cadwalader’s London capital markets team as special counsel to focus on structured transactions, including collateralised debt obligations and credit derivatives. Cadwalader capital markets partner Charles Roberts said: “There’s a […]

Linklaters secures Bonelli partner

Linklaters has swooped on Bonelli Erede Pappalardo to ramp up its corporate offering in Italy with the hire of partner Luca Picone. Picone’s practice at Bonelli focused on general corporate, M&A transactions, joint ventures and restructuring, which will be the mainstay of his work at the magic circle firm. It is understood that Picone’s move […]

MacRoberts decimates rival with property raid

Scottish firm Miller Samuel has been rocked by the exit of almost its entire real estate practice, around a third of the firm’s partners, to MacRoberts. The four-partner team will join MacRoberts on 1 January next year, leaving Hazel Weir as the sole real estate partner at the smaller firm.The four partners – Douglas Lamb, […]

Lord Phillips has his independence say

Have the judges had enough of the Government? Well, there was certainly some excellent straight-talking by the Lord Chief Justice yesterday (12 September). At the Commonwealth Law Conference in Nairobi this week Lord Phillips fired a warning shot at Jack Straw. And the message? Keep the politicians out of the judicial appointments process (see story). […]

KPMG targets associates for business development drive

Accounting giant KPMG is targeting law firm associates as part of its latest business development drive ahead of an expected boom in restructuring work. KPMG’s restructuring group is teaming up with the firm’s busiest unit, the forensic accounting team, to invite associates to its first-ever associates’ networking night at Tower Bridge next Thursday night (20 […]

Lord Chief Justice warns Govt on judicial interference

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips has called on the Government to stay away from the selection of judges in the wake of green paper ‘The Governance of Britain’, published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). In a wide-ranging speech on judicial independence yesterday, Phillips told the Commonwealth Law Conference in Nairobi that the shake-up […]

Bakers hires former BAe counsel as COO

Baker & McKenzie has hired former British Aerospace counsel Chris Pierce-Cooke as global chief operating officer (COO), based in Chicago. Pierce-Cooke, who began his career with CMS Cameron McKenna in London, has spent the past seven years as worldwide managing director of organisational consulting services at Philadelphia-based consulting group Right Management. His career also includes […]

Devereux trio fights Dresdner race case

A trio of Devereux Chambers barristers are battling it out in a £10m racial discrimination employment tribunal over a City banker who claims that he was forced out of this job because he was not German. A trio of Devereux Chambers barristers is battling it out in a £10m racial discrimination employment tribunal over a […]

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