12 April 2004

Hale and Dorr and Wilmer Cutler & Pickering close in on merger

Boston’s Hale and Dorr and Washington-based Wilmer Cutler & Pickering are in merger talks. According to the Boston Globe the two firms could finalise the deal as early as next week. “There have been ongoing discusssions with Wilmer Cutler. But there has been no final decision,” Hale and Dorr’s managing partner William Lee told the […]

Cobbetts Lee Crowder loses property partner to Pinsents

Cobbetts Lee Crowder has lost property partner Jeni Gee to Pinsents’ Birmingham office. Gee, a member of Cobbetts Lee Crowder’s social housing property team, specialises in acquisitions and disposals of sites from local authorities, developers and private companies. Gee, a salaried partner since 2003, is joining Pinsents as an associate. She is leaving Cobbets Lee […]

ABTA legal director ousted over fraud allegations

The legal director of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) Riccardo Nardi has been fired following allegations that he defrauded the organisation of more than £1m. Nardi, who is accused of swindling ABTA out of £1.2m over a period of nine years has been replaced by the organisation’s legal adviser Simon Bunce. ABTA is […]

Coca-Cola general counsel quits

Coca-Cola’s general counsel and corporate secretary Deval Patrick has quit the drinks giant. Patrick’s resignation coincides with investigations by the Securities Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice into claims that Coca-Cola inflated profits by shipping excessive soft drink syrup to bottlers in Japan. However, a Coca-Cola spokesperson denied that the two were linked and […]

London lawyers score big in Lovells promotions

Lovells has announced the appointment of 15 lawyers to the partnership, with over half hailing from the London office. The promotions, announced yesterday, were evenly spread across practice groups, with the appointment of three partners from dispute resolution, two from corporate and two from banking. In London nine lawyers were admitted to the partnership. Beijing, […]

Lawrence Graham hit with negligence claim

Lawrence Graham is facing a claim of around £100,000 after being accused of professional negligence over advice it gave to a private client in 1997. The claim is brought by businessman Roberto Rivera and company RR Bearer Ltd as a second claimant. Rivera is suing the firm over advice given in relation to tax, trust […]

Law firms give thousands for Democratic presidential bid

US law firms are throwing their weight behind Democratic candidate John Kerry by contributing over a quarter of a million dollars to the presidential challenger’s campaign funds. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has emerged as the top contributor to Kerry’s campaign, giving $105,650. Of Kerry’s top ten fund-raiders, four are law firms including Piper […]

Lawrence Graham considers South London for new home

Lawrence Graham has become the latest law firm to consider taking space at SE1 development More London. Partners at the firm last week voted through the decision to continue talks with More London. Lawrence Graham’s possible choice of new home could see the firm become potential new neighbours to Norton Rose, which entered exclusive negotiations […]

Merricks dissolves after strategy breakdown

Merricks is closing its doors after 17 years of business, scattering its 36 lawyers across other firms. The Lawyer has learnt that the firm’s nine partners voted last Thursday (8 April) to dissolve following the failure of its merger with London’s Fairmays and a stream of lawyer departures. Anthony Sheppard, chairman at Merricks, said in […]

Schroders slashes more than 100 from global legal panel

Schroders has completed an extensive panel review, dumping more than 100 advisers to create a roster of 11 firms. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyer news on 5 April, the 11-strong panel, which will remain in force for three years, comprises: Allen & Overy (A&O); Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP); Hong Kong-based Deacons; Luxembourg-based Elvingers; Eversheds; Linklaters; Boston-based […]

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