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EU accession sees ECJ budget hike

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is set to increase its budget by 50 per cent to cope with the increase in caseload and translation caused by May’s accession to the EU of 10 new member countries from Eastern and Southern Europe. Figures obtained by The Lawyer show that the ECJ’s 2003 budget of e156.6m […]

Wilmer Cutler and Hale and Dorr forge ahead with merger

Washington’s Wilmer Cutler & Pickering and Boston’s Hale and Dorr have voted through their lightening quick merger, creating a firm with combined revenue of $649m. The firms, to be co-managed from Boston and Washington, will officially merge on 31 May and will house around 1,050 lawyers. Wilmer Cutler’s managing partner William Perlstein and Hale and […]

Maclays, Mourant team up as Jersey employment law looms

Jersey firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune has established a joint venture with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens in order to tap into the mass of work arising out of the island’s first employment legislation. The move, which is 12 months ahead of the new legislation’s introduction, involves Mourant’s adoption of a model of […]

FCUK raids Burberry to build legal function

High street retailer French Connection has launched an in-house legal function, heralding a review of its external advisers. Alice Close, a competition law specialist and currently a senior counsel at designer retailer Burberry, is expected to join the UK-listed company in the summer as its first ever general counsel. It is not yet clear how […]


You might almost think Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has a bit of a crush on CMS Cameron McKenna. First it takes on Camerons’ troubled Central Asia offices, then it follows Camerons in chopping China. The difference is that DWS had to bring in former Clifford Chance chief Geoffrey Howe to tell it what to do […]

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