14 April 2003

Taylor Wessing boosts Düsseldorf office with partner hire

Taylor Wessing has hired CEA Capital Partners investment director Ernst-Albrecht von Beauvais as a partner in its Düsseldorf office. Von Beauvais is a media specialist who previously worked for Bertelsmann Group; he also worked as head of business development at German pay-TV station Premiere. At Taylor Wessing he will concentrate on international M&A and leveraged […]

Latham takes third Simmons partner in private equity push

Latham & Watkins has hired a third Simmons & Simmons partner for its London office.Private equity partner Martin Saywell is leaving Simmons to join the US firm. He follows Charles Fuller, a former corporate partner and co-head of private equity, and John Houghton, who previously headed Simmons’ corporate recovery practice. The pair quit Simmons in […]

Paul Hastings captures top Orrick litigator in San Francisco

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has lost well-known San Francisco litigator Jeffrey Wohl to Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. Wohl headed Orrick’s San Francisco employment law group and also served for 10 years as the firm’s general counsel.Wohl will continue his representation of major national and regional companies in employment litigation and counselling at Paul Hastings’ […]

New structure for Holman Fenwick as it seeks image change

Holman Fenwick & Willan has appointed Greg Gray as the first managing partner in its history as part of an overhaul of the firm’s structure. At the same time, senior partner Robert Wilson has been replaced by Roderick O’Sullivan.New managing partner Gray will replace the existing management committee. He is responsible for forming a board […]

Dickinson Dees’ national strategy hikes profitability

Newcastle giant Dickinson Dees has posted a 14 per cent rise in both turnover and overall profits.The firm saw 2002 revenues hit £35.8m, up from £31.5m in 2001, but average profits per partner rose less dramatically, from £280,000 to £300,000. Dickinson Dees managing partner Neil Braithwaite said the lower profits per partner increase was due […]

Theodores partners vote for takeover by Addleshaws

Addleshaw Booth & Co and Theodore Goddard have voted to merge on 1 May 2003.The merged firm will be called Addleshaw Goddard, with Addleshaws managing partner Mark Jones and senior partner Paul Lee retaining their titles to run the new firm. Theodore Goddard senior partner Paddy Grafton Green will be partnership chairman while his chief […]

Jones Day loses second key bankruptcy player

Jones Day has suffered another massive blow to its worldwide bankruptcy ambitions after losing the chair of its practice to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Richard Cieri, the highly-rated chairman of Jones Day’s entire bankruptcy group, has already taken up an equivalent role at Gibson Dunn’s New York office, where he will oversee the business restructuring […]

Fried Frank loses corporate star ahead of Ashursts vote

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has been hit with the departure of one of its most senior partners, just as the firm prepares to finally vote on its merger with Ashurst Morris Crisp.Corporate partner Stephen Fraidin is leaving Fried Frank after 40 years to join Kirkland & Ellis’ New York office. Fraidin informed Valerie […]

Second Pinsents partner heads to Lee Crowder

Pinsent Curtis Biddle’s Birmingham office has lost another property partner to Lee Crowder. Eleanor Deady is due to join the Birmingham-based firm in June. Last month Pinsents lost property partner Jon Austin who resigned to join Lee Crowder as its new property department head.Deady, who has been a partner at Pinsents for over ten years […]

CC economises with cut backs on partner promotions

Clifford Chance has slimmed down on partner promotions this year, making up 31 lawyers compared to 39 equity entrants in 2002. London, like last year, announced the largest number of partner promotions with nine associates joining the partnership. However, this was down on last year, when 15 lawyers were made up. Last week The Lawyer […]

Mishcons sued over gay marriage contract

Mishcon de Reya has brought in Barlow Lyde & Gilbert to defend it against negligence claims stemming from its work on a bizarre deed of co-habitation. Mishcons and a second firm Gawor & Co face a total claim of £500,000. The claim is being brought by Mark Sutton, the former gay lover of a rich […]

The Maury poll

Steptoe & Johnson’s London office had has a string of departures. Emma Vere-Jones asks: can managing partner Maury Shenk turn it around?

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