13 September 2004

Clifford Chance bags government high flyer for Paris office

Clifford Chance’s Paris office has landed the former head of staff to France’s ministry of justice as of counsel. On joining the magic circle firm Patrick Hubert will work closely with its anti-trust, public law and environmental practices. Hubert has enjoyed a long and illustrious career within the French government including terms as deputy and […]

Grapevine

We’ve put our heads together and have come up with the reason why Pinsents wants to merge with Masons (see www.thelawyer.com/item/111984) It’s Masons’ legendary biscuits. It certainly can’t be for strategic reasons. Pinsents partners have been quite open about the fact that they need a bigger London base. Hence last year’s merger talks with Nicholson […]

Freshfields shake-up Asian litigation role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has swapped the head of its Asian dispute resolution practice with a London-based litigation specialist. Richard Chalk has headed to Hong Kong to take on the role, replacing Rajat Jindal who, after spending eight years in the region, returns to London. At the same time the magic circle firm last week reaffirmed […]

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Ince wins Norton Rose partner for ship finance push

Ince & Co has plucked a former Norton Rose partner in a bid to bolster its burgeoning ship finance team. David Baker will be responsible for the launch of a ship finance practice at Ince’s Piraeus office, which currently focuses solely on maritime litigation. Baker set up an equivalent practice for Norton Rose, also within […]

Coudert re-ignites Paris with partner hires

Coudert Brothers is working to rebuild its embattled Paris office with the hire of two new partners. Former EY Law tax partner Yann de Kergos is set to join the firm as head of the tax department, with two EY Law associates. The appointment comes just months after the Paris head of tax, Jacques Messeca, […]

Expert witnesses balk at depressed fee rates

Just two per cent of expert witnesses are paid more than £300 an hour causing concern of a shortfall in the industry as professionals are increasingly unlikely to risk their reputations for low fees. Research by Sweet & Maxwell revealed that 85 per cent of expert witnesses are paid less than £200 an hour, while […]

Lipton replaced in high profile NYSE role by Sonsini

Legendary US corporate giant Martin Lipton has been replaced as the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) legal advisory committee by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati chair Larry Sonsini. According to the Delaware Law Weekly, Sonsini, who is also chairman of the exchange’s regulatory enforcement and listing standards committee, was appointed to Lipton’s […]

Lawrence Graham wins Enterprise Act first

Lawrence Graham has secured the first ever extension on company administration following the introduction of changes to the Enterprises Act 2002 last September. The six-month extension was granted by the High Court earlier this month. Begbies Traynor is the appointed administrator to Trident Fashions plc, owners of high street men’s wear retailer Ciro Citterio. Under […]

Reckitt fill general counsel role with Sybase man

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser has appointed the European general counsel of IT group Sybase as senior vice-president and general counsel. Chris Roberts is leaving the Silicon Valley-based software giant to take over from John Guidry who left Reckitt Benckiser last February to return to the US after just one year in the post. […]

Pinsents to seal merger with Masons

Masons is hoping to secure a merger with Pinsents by the end of the month. The combined firm would boast total revenues in excess of £150m. In the last financial year Pinsents reported £91.7m in turnover, with Masons’ standing at £67m, according to the latest figures from The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report 2004. Profit […]

White & Case snaps up last remnants of Japan’s Mitsui Yasuda

White & Case Kandabashi Law Offices has become the latest firm to raid Mitsui Yasuda Wani & Maeda after the Japanese practice saw the bulk of its lawyers move to Linklaters. Bengoshi finance lawyer Toshio Dokei has practised with Mitsui Yasuda for the past nine years, with the last three years as a partner. In […]

Law Society to be hit by potential £1m fine

The Law Society could face a fine of up to £1m if it fails to deal with complaints, it was announced today (September 13). Following consultation with legal professional bodies, an Order was laid before Parliament to fix the maximum penalty at up to £1m. Legal service complaints commissioner Zahida Manzoor can impose the fine […]

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