12 January 2004

Salans raids Weil Gotshal for European push

Salans has continued its attack on central and eastern Europe with the hire of high profile Weil Gotshal & Manges property and finance partners Evan Lazar and Eric Rosedale, plus a pair of associates.Lazar is the co-chair of Weil Gotshal’s European property finance group. He will join Salans’ Prague office with the two associates. Rosedale, […]

Freshfields raids Linklaters for banking lateral

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired a Linklaters banking and restructuring associate as a partner. Chris Howard will join the firm’s London office with full partner status at the beginning of next month. Simon Hall, co-head of the global finance practice group, said: “We are very pleased Chris is joining the team in London. His first […]

MacRoberts partner losses grow with corporate leader

MacRoberts’ head of corporate has quit the firm, becoming the sixth partner to leave in the past six months. Neil Cunningham, lawyer to clients including AWG, CVC and Nomura will leave the firm at the end of April for an as yet unknown destination. His role will be taken over by the firm’s chairman Ian […]

Holmes Hardingham suffers five partner break-away

Holmes Hardingham’s ship litigation practice has been left depleted after five of its key partners left to set up their own practice. The new firm, to be called Winter Scott, will count Glenn Winter as a partner who was one of the founders of Holmes Hardingham. Highly rated in his field, Winter’s client list includes […]

Date set on release of Hutton findings

Lord Hutton’s long-awaited report into the death of Ministry of Defence weapons expert Dr David Kelly will be published on January 28. On the day of publication, Hutton, who is being advised by Clifford Chance’s head of public policy Michael Smyth, will summarise his findings in Court 76 of the Royal Courts of Justice. The […]

Lovells German head relinquishes role after 18 months

Lovells managing partner for Germany Oliver Felsenstein is stepping down from the role after just a year and a half in the job. Felsenstein said his decision was prompted by a desire to undertake more client work, adding: “I am a victim of the success of our private equity practice.” The German partner is also […]

Hello! wins leave to appeal Douglas decision

Hello! magazine has been granted leave to appeal the case it lost in the summer against Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones and OK! Magazine. Mr Justice Lindsay yesterday (January 14) allowed Hello! to appeal the case, brought by the Douglases and OK! in 2000 after Hello! printed pictures of the celebrity couple’s wedding that had […]

SJ Berwin in triple partner exodus blow

SJ Berwin has been hit by the triple defection of three partners including highly-rated private equity partner John Daghlian who is leaving for O’Melveney & Myers. Also leaving is Tom Usher to Dundas & Wilson and property partner Sally Pinkerton who is moving to the London office of Wragge & Co. Key deals for private […]


It has begun. The historic £1bn lawsuit against the Bank of England brought by the liquidators of BCCI kicked off yesterday, with a thundering opening speech from the liquidators’ QC Gordon Pollock, which made sure no one in the packed press gallery went away disappointed. As you’d expect from Essex Court Chambers’ Pollock, he laid […]

Vinson tells 40 associates to look for new jobs.

Vinson & Elkins is cutting up to 10 per cent of its associates following a year-end review. According to the New York Lawyer, the firm has asked 40 of its associates to seek new jobs due to in part to recent reviews and available work opportunities. All offices, bar Moscow, will be hit by the […]

McCarthy Tetrault knocked by double partner defection

Canadian firm McCarthy Tetrault’s London office has been hit by the departure of two partners who have left for White & Case. McCarthy Tetrault’s London managing partner Glen Ireland and Tanneke Heersche, co-head of the firm’s global mining group, are joining White & Case’s energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance group. Their departures will leave […]

BLP beats rivals for giant GUS financing

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has won out against Linklaters to scoop its first major financing deal for retail group GUS plc. BLP, Linklaters and one other firm were asked to pitch on a transaction that saw the company sign a new £900m multi-currency five-year committed credit facility. Historically, BLP has advised GUS on mainly commercial […]

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