13 April 2009

White & Case’s canny African move could prove a catalyst

White & Case’s decision to deploy a number of London-based lawyers in Africa is a useful way of dealing with some of its issues in the City, but it is also a good strategy in a wider context. White& Case’s decision to deploy a number of London-based lawyers in Africa is a useful way of […]

Firms ramp up Brussels regulatory teams

A range of firms have boosted their Brussels offices with new hires. Lovells has taken on European Commission lawyer Rainer Wessely as a senior associate in its competition and EU practice. International firm Beiten Burkhardt has bolstered its state aid and antitrust practice with the hire of a lawyer from Belgian boutique firm Kemmler Rapp […]

White & Case’s canny African move could prove a catalyst

White & Case’s decision to deploy a number of London-based lawyers in Africa is a useful way of dealing with some of its issues in the City, but it is also a good strategy in a wider context. White& Case’s decision to deploy a number of London-based lawyers in Africa is a useful way of […]

Insurance: Standard bearers

The stormy economic conditions will prove a tough test for reforms intended to improve insurance contract certainty and overall standards. By Paul Wordley and Graham Denny In December 2004 John Tiner, the then chief executive of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), ­challenged the insurance market and the ‘deal now, detail later’ approach it had to insurance business. […]

Insurance: Home guard

Can we expect a rash of major directors’ and officers’ claims to hit the UK? asks John Turnbull One could be forgiven in the current climate for ­adopting Private Frazer’s helpful advice in Dad’s Army: “We’re all doomed, I say. Doomed.” Given some predictions concerning directors’ and officers’ (D&O) claims, one could expect D&O insurers […]

Tulkinghorn: A law firm? Oh no it isn’t!

Tulkinghorn is a big fan of panto, so imagine his ­surprise when he chanced upon an upcoming ­appearance from Simmons & Simmons in Snow White. Turns out Simmons & Simmons has had ‘em rolling in the aisles for years. Keith and Ben ­Simmons, that is. The father-and-son comedy duo shares the same name as the […]

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Trading paces: Dominic Bacon, CMC markets UK

CMC Markets has experienced a meteoric rise in fortunes over the past two years. And as head of legal, Dominic Bacon has to work hard to keep things on track. Tom Phillips reports What do you do if you have the ear of the richest man in the City? Well, if you are Dominic Bacon […]

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DLA Piper, Middle East spread

DLA Piper is now firmly ensconced in the Middle East with offices in six locations acrossthe region, but has it spread itself too thin? Luke McLeod-Roberts reports David Church It is fitting that the man DLA Piper has vested with overall responsibility for its Middle East operation – David Church – should have shot from […]

Amber Melville-Brown

What was your first-ever job? A bicycle-riding guide around a Kentish holiday camp. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Being locked in a police cell with an irate client arrested for an assault. I’ve had better days – as, I suspect, had he. Where’s the best place to go if you want to […]

Six of the best

If during 2008 many firms equated the Middle East with bulking up a Dubai office with lawyers from London and New York, in 2009 there has been a paradigm shift. This shift consists of an increased focus on other Middle East and North Africa (Mena) markets and recruitment from within the region. Just as in […]

Conference call

As transactional markets tighten in the Middle East, firms might welcome advice on how best to mould ­individual business models to meet client demands and foster existing client relationships to hold on to key work. For some firms the economic downturn offers unprecedented opportunities to expand into new areas of work. At Linklaters, for example, […]

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White & Case’s canny African move could prove a catalyst

WHITE & Case’s decision to deploy a number of London-based lawyers in Africa is a useful way of dealing with some of its issues in the City, but it is also a good strategy in a wider context. Like many other firms, White & Case is taking steps to cut back its global headcount, with […]

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