14 February 2005

Hammonds lose third partner to Hunton & Williams

Hammonds has suffered again at the hands of Hunton & Williams, losing its third partner to the US firm –the 16th partner to quit the firm since January 2004. Jonathan Marsh will rejoin his former partners Martin Thomas and John Deacon at Hunton on 1 March after just two years at Hammonds, where he is […]

Lovells Berlin loses managing partner

Lovells has been hit with the departure of another partner from the firm’s Berlin office.Volkmar Jesch, Lovells’ Berlin-based managing partner has quit to team up with tax and real estate partner Nicholas Ley to launch their own boutique. Neither partner has been affected by Lovell’s radical plans to axe 25 partners in a bid to […]

CC hit for six by Kaye Scholer NY raid

Clifford Chance’s embattled New York office has haemorrhaged six partners, with its entire insolvency and restructuring group quitting en masse for Kaye Scholer. High profile head of insolvency and restructuring Margot Schonholtz is leading the team, taking with her CC’s entire New York restructuring team, consisting of partners Mark Liscio, Jill Kurtzman, Madlyn Primoff and […]

First Morgan Lewis French lateral signals Paris intent

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has made its first significant French hire since opening in Paris last June with the arrival of Stéphan Alamowitch from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Alamowitch, who was Orrick’s head of structured finance, will help establish a global finance practice for Morgan Lewis. He brings with him two associates. He comes to […]

Cobbetts scoops third Hammonds partner

Cobbetts has snagged Hammonds’ former finance head to boost its corporate practice. Patrick Mitchell joined the Leeds office of Cobbetts at the start of February, becoming the third Hammonds partner this year to switch to the regional firm. At the end of January Birmingham construction partners James Bessey and Mark Robinson announced they were moving […]

Countryside Alliance fails to overturn hunting ban

The Countryside Alliance’s heavyweight legal team of Allen & Overy, Sir Sydney Kentridge QC and Richard Lissack QC today (16 February) saw its appeal against the ban on hunting dismissed by the Court of Appeal. The alliance launched its challenge to the hunting ban in November, after the Hunting Act 2004 received royal assent. It […]

Lewis Silkin bolsters social housing practice with new partner

Lewis Silkin has snagged a rated social housing partner from boutique firm Jenkins & Hand. Naomi Goode joined Lewis Silkin on 14 February as a partner in its housing and project finance team, where she will bolster the firm’s work for housing associations. Goode’s clients at Jenkins & Hand include London-based associations Islington & Shoreditch, […]

Asbestos sufferers emerge victorious in Pleural Plaques litigation

Personal injury lawyers are celebrating after a judge ruled today (15 February) that insurers are liable for compensation to asbestos victims. The Pleural Plaques Test Litigation was brought by a number of sufferers of pleural plaques – lung scarring caused by asbestos exposure – against British Shipbuilders and several insurers. Sitting in Newcastle Crown Court, […]

B&M scoops EY Law quartet for Bologna expansion

Baker & McKenzie has expanded its Bologna office, taking four lawyers from EY Law. Commercial partner and the former head of EY Law’s Bologna office Gianvincenzo Lucchini joins Baker & McKenzie alongside three associates. He specialises in advising clients on outsourcing and distribution networks. Baker & McKenzie first secured capability in Bologna after the 2002 […]

Orrick raids Heller Ehrman for technology team

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has raided West Coast start up experts Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group, to secure a five partner technology team. John Bautista, David Lee, Mike Morrissey and Glen Van Ligten all join Orrick’s 80-lawyer Silicon Valley office, while Ned Ruffin will be based in Washington DC. They all join Orrick as partners. […]

SIF surplus runs to £55m

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has reported an accumulated surplus of £54.5m. The news comes almost five years after SIF was put into run-off, following the discovery of a significant shortfall in the fund. Since 1 September 2000, law firms have had to buy professional indemnity insurance on the open market, creating a fall in […]

McLibel duo emerge triumphant from ECHR case

The pair of environmentalists who took fast food chain McDonald’s to court have sensationally won an appeal in the European Court of Human Rights against the British government. Helen Steel and David Morris were sued by McDonald’s in 1990 after they produced a leaflet for Greenpeace entitled ‘What’s Wrong With McDonald’s?’ After a lengthy trial […]

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