14 July 2008

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Aptitude test to get on BVC, report recommends

The Bar Vocational Course (BVC) should be renamed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), with potential students having to take an aptitude test to get on the programme, a new report recommends. The chair of the BVC working party, Derek Wood QC of Falcon Chambers, presented the committee’s proposals last night (16 July) in a […]

Heroes and Villains

Heroes and Villains18-July-2008American litigation lawyers are unlikely candidates for hero-status, but when your own government has allowed your pension to go down the pan, all bets are off. American litigation lawyers are unlikely candidates for hero-status, but when your own government has allowed your pension to go down the pan, all bets are off. And […]

Holroyd steps down as Law Soc president

The Law Society president Andrew Holroyd has handed over his post to Surrey-based property lawyer Paul Marsh. Marsh, who took over as president at the Law Society AGM yesterday, has vowed to lead the solicitors profession into being a sustainable and successful legal business sector despite the economic downturn hitting firms, especially those heavily dependent […]

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Cohen Milstein mulls Equitable Life action

Class action firm Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll is considering launching legal proceedings on behalf of a million Equitable Life policyholders after the parliamentary ombudsman said they should be compensated. The ombudsman Ann Abraham held that policyholders had been victims of “a decade of regulatory failure” and urged the Government to compensate them for losses […]

Trials and tribulations

Well, there have been more than a few clouds of late over at New York structured finance stalwart, Thacher Proffitt & Wood. The firm’s over dependency on this area cost it dearly when the market crashed. Now that same skill set has helped it pick up instructions on one of the highest-profile pieces of work […]

Sullivan and Thacher Proffitt benefit from US mortgage woes

New York’s Thacher Proffitt & Wood is advising US bank IndyMac while Sullivan & Cromwell is advising Fannie Mae on its possible government bail out. New York firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood has won a leading role in relation to the collapse of US bank IndyMac while Sullivan & Cromwell is advising US mortgage group […]

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Law’s arch-regulator appoints first ever board

Irwin Mitchell’s Michael Napier QC and ex Reuters general counsel Rosemary Martin are among the first-ever members of the Legal Services Board. Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier QC and former Reuters general counsel Rosemary Martin (pictured) are among the first-ever members of the Legal Services Board (LSB), which was confirmed today. Appointed by Lord […]

GE Real Estate appoints new GC for Europe

Global property business GE Real Estate has appointed a new general counsel for Europe. Marianna Nitsch (pictured), who joined the company just ten months ago as the general counsel for France, takes on the European GC role from Thierry Leleu, who has been promoted to European managing director of the brand’s Global Investment Management platform. […]

NYC’s Curtis in Argentine tie-up

New York-headquartered Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle has strengthened its presence in the Latin America region by forming a strategic alliance with Argentine firm Fernandez Quiroga Ayarragaray & Ocampo. Curtis has advised clients in Spanish-speaking Latin America for more than a century and maintained an office in Buenes Aires in the 1920s. The firm’s co-managing […]

Desmond Browne QC takes Bar Council reins

The joint head of media set 5 Raymond Buildings, Desmond Browne QC, has been elected as the next chairman of the Bar Council, it was announced today (16 July) Browne, who is the current vice chair and also chaired the Bar’s working group on the Legal Services Act, will take over from Tim Dutton QC […]

Nabarro signs up Travers partner for corporate push

Nabarro signs up Travers partner for corporate push” />Nabarro has called on the silver circle for its latest lateral hire, signing up Travers Smith corporate partner Alasdair Steele. In addition, the firm has hired Taylor Wessing real estate associate Habib Ullah as a partner in its banking practice. Senior partner Simon Johnston (pictured) said: “Our […]

Dubai hotel chain lines up first legal panel

Dubai-based Jumeirah Group, owner of the Burj Al Arab hotel, has appointed its first-ever legal panel with 12 firms winning advisory roles. The firm has launched a two-tier panel, with Clifford Chance, Clyde & Co, DLA Piper, Mayer Brown, Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons being instructed on its main global roster. Six other firms […]

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