13 December 1999

Melbourne firm appoints chief executive

John Chisholm takes up the newly created role at Middletons after spending 21 years at Maddocks – a firm his grandfather helped found in 1939. Chisholm’s father, Don, is still with the medium-sized Australian firm after 45 years of service Chisholm is charged with introducing a new management strategy that will blend the cultures of […]

Clayton Utz on expansion drive

The expansion drive in the firm’s Government Services Group is part of it’s strategy to bring in more outsourced government legal work. The firm has already brought in former immigration secretary Chris Conybeare and former government lawyers Paul Armarego, Wal Jurkiewicz and John Carroll. Further appointments are understood to be announced soon. National chairman Brian […]

Battle Fowler raids conservation body

Valerie Campbell has joined as special counsel in the Midtown-based firm’s land use, environmental and governmental affairs group. Campbell will focus on land use, environmental and historical preservation aspects of large commercial real estate transactions. She practised at Brown & Wood before becoming deputy counsel at New York City’s parks and recreation department.

Criminal courts face radical overhaul

Every aspect, from wigs to Latin names and from magistrates’ roles to judges’ working practices is to be examined and revamped in a bid to speed up justice in the criminal courts. Barristers who take too long cross-examining witnesses will be curbed, and Lord Irvine said he wants to move away from the “no blame […]

In-house counsel quits

Securities and mutual fund specialist Hoene has joined Wall Street firm Carter Ledyard & Milburn as counsel in its New York financial institutions practice group. The former deputy director of the division of investment management at the Securities and Exchange Commission, she has worked for major financial institutions such as AIG and Mitchell Hutchins Asset […]

Clifford Chance agrees Luxembourg merger

Partners at both firms voted overwhelmingly for the union which has won approval from the Luxembourg Bar Association and will take place from 1 January 2000. The marriage to Faltz & Kremer, the country’s sixth largest firm with 20 lawyers, gives Clifford Chance a foothold in Luxembourg’s lucrative banking market. The new firm will be […]

Rakisons senior partner stung for libel damages

The libel action was brought by David Pooley against Wollenberg and City Index Ltd over allegations made by Wollenberg in 1993 when he and Pooley both worked at the index futures dealing company. Wollenberg – City Index’s Chairman at the time – told Mishcon de Reya lawyer, Simon Gallant that Pooley – City Index’s former […]

Edge Ellison hires IT guru

IT and telecoms specialist, Oscar Rowlands – who headed up Sabre’s legal department for Europe, Middle East and Africa – joins Edge as a partner. He will join the law firm’s nine-lawyer Technology Law Group whose clients include Dolphin Telecommunications, Mindshare Digital and Blue Wave Systems. Rowlands, who holds degrees in both law and computer […]

Last derivatives partner abandons B & M

Highly rated derivatives and structured finance partner Schuyler Henderson is leaving Baker & McKenzie after 10 years to join Norton Rose early in the new year. Just under a month ago David Green, a banking and finance partner at Baker & McKenzie also left the firm to join Goldman Sachs International as senior derivatives counsel. […]

Legal aid contracting to face judicial review

The two-partner firm, which specialises in mental health and community care law, claims Lord Irvine’s plan to allow only law firms with contracts to practice legal aid work is illegal. Yesterday, in a case backed by the Law Society, Mr Justice Latham gave the green light for the issue to be judicially reviewed. The contracting […]

Chadbourne & Parke partners fight $2 million damages award

In a case which one of the appellate panel members described as “vital to the profession”, Charles Gibb and Robert Sheehan were seeking to show they did not act improperly when they moved their trusts and estates practice from Breed Abbott & Morgan to Chadbourne & Parke in 1991. An earlier court case found that […]

New media partners for Akin Gump

Steve Fayne and John Burke boast an impressive client list including the Bank of America and Chase Manhattan Bank. In recent years the pair have branched out and now advise producers, distributors and studios on financing. The move comes just days after Akin Gump announced the labour lawyer, Howard Fabrick – poached from Proskauer Rose […]

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