News in Brief

DLA has been appointed to act for KPMG in the liquidation of the international engineering group TransTec. The company has 28 subsidiaries, 16 of which are still active, but so far only the holding company, TransTec, is going into liquidation. Partners Myles Halley and Richard Hassall are acting on behalf of KPMG and Jeremy Bowden is leading the team at DLA.

Ogier & Le Masurier, the commercial law firm in the Channel Islands, has a new managing partner. Sarah Fitz will take over from Clive Chaplin. Ogier & Le Masurier has more than 50 lawyers and has clients located around the world. Fitz is one of three Crown Advocates at Ogier & Le Masurier and heads the personal law group.

Clifford Chance private equity partner Julia Clarke has relinquished fee-earning responsibilities three days a week in order to focus on graduate recruitment in the City. Clarke will be taking the position for an initial three years, replacing Simon Davis.

The Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR) has appointed Sally Barrett-Williams as chief legal adviser and director of legal services. Her role will include leading the ORR legal team and helping to set up the regulatory environment applying the Competition Act 1998 to the railway industry. She was previously assistant director of legal services at the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) where her work related to European Union and UK competition law.

Sheridans, the London firm, has announced the early retirement of its managing partner Cyril Glasser, who will leave the firm in the coming year. While discussions of his replacement are “premature” a source familiar with the firm asserts that two prominent partners, Stephen Taylor and Howard Jones, are forerunners to take over his position.

Allen & Overy says it plans to merge with its Belgian alliance partner, Loeff Claeys Verbeke, before the end of the year. A&O’s 10-year alliance with Loeff Claeys is part of its formal continental European strategy. Loeff Claeys is currently advising the Belgium government on its third generation telecoms auction. It won the work after a beauty parade with firms including Bird & Bird and Linklaters & Alliance member De Bandt van Hecke Lagae & Loesch.

Commercial General Union’s (CGU) legal team will take a prominent role in the company following its merger with Norwich Union. CGU group legal secretary, Richard Whittaker, will become group legal secretary of the merged company. Head of legal and company secretary at Norwich Union, Graham Jones, will take the number two position of director of legal services. CGU lawyer Ian MacDonald will remain group legal counsel and Kirsty Cooper from CGU will become group legal manager. Earlier this year, Norwich Union axed its legal departments in Worthing and Cheadle.

Clifford Chance has hired the head of legal at Meyer International as its first regional chief operating officer for London. Amanda Burton, who was previously legal and corporate services director, will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm’s London and Dubai offices and will report to London regional managing partner Peter Charlton.

Allen & Overy has bolstered its private client team by hiring three associates. Barrister Nick Terras joins from 12 New Square, which has recently merged with 1 New Square. Jennifer Chambers is rejoining the firm after two years at the Bristol office of Osborne Clarke. And Sophie St John is joining from Speechly Bircham. A&O’s move goes against the trend of major City firms to close down their private client department because they are less profitable than other areas.

Allen & Overy has lost a partner to US firm McDermott Will & Emery. Andrew Watson will be joining Graham Rowbottom’s team of three assistants in the banking and finance group.

Weil Gotshal & Manges has hired Michael Jones of Jones & Warner, to lead its London litigation group. Jones, who started life as a barrister at One Essex Court, started Jones & Warner after 20 years at the bar.