14 March 2011

Bupa panel to get regular check-ups

Bupa is set to launch an annual consultation process for its top legal advisers as the healthcare provider looks to monitor the performances of its panel firms on a more regular basis. The plans, which are due to be finalised at a conference for the company’s global legal heads later this month, will see Bupa […]


Spit and Polish

With Poland having ridden out the downturn admirably, firms are flocking there with a view to making it their CEE launch pad. James Swift reports Poland has distinguished itself from the rest of the former communist bloc since the downturn and is now focused on becoming a hub for banking and capital markets transactions in […]

Farewell Howrey, as Ruyak finally admits the game’s up

When the news finally came last week it took few by surprise – after a year of turmoil in which Howrey’s most high-profile partners jumped ship, the firm finally announced its ­dissolution. After refusing to comment on rumours of its demise for more than a month, it finally ­confirmed the inevitable last Wednesday (10 March). […]

Marc Abrams

Bankruptcy bonanza in prospect as regulator homes in on debt policies

SEC set to call time on banks’ soft-touch approach to real estate loans. By Matt Byrne US bankruptcy teams are gearing up for a potential wave of insolvencies in the second half of 2011 following a warning earlier this month by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) that it will no longer tolerate so-called ’amend […]

Focus: The 2010-11 Silk Round: Raw silk

This year’s group of newly created QCs may be the largest ever, but the honour is just one step towards building a reputation  It is one of the most daunting tasks any barrister will ever take on; it takes more than a year to complete; it requires a stack of cash; and the chances […]

Partner exits down to strategy update rather than discontent, says NCTM

Italian independent NCTM is remaining defiant in the wake of a series of partner departures, arguing that it can bear the losses and is continuing to grow. The firm also announced that it was bringing on board a six-strong shipping practice in a unique move for the ­Italian ­market. The recent string of ­losses for NCTM began last […]

Simon James

Firm profile: Ansons

Staffordshire firm Ansons may be young in years, but it has some reassuringly old-fashioned principles. Having spun off from fellow West Midlands firm Hadens in 2004, Ansons is ambitious, but above all wants to maintain its countryside roots. It currently has two offices, both deliberately located in small towns. That is because the firm trades […]

Sharon White

Slaughters still rules the blue-chip jungle

The latest Hemscott rankings reveal that the top companies’ legal adviser rosters have barely changed during the downturn. Gavriel Hollander reveals the swings and roundabouts since 2005  To say that the corporate world has changed over the course of the past five years probably goes some way beyond understatement. But a comparison of corporate […]

Deborah Prince

Industry stars to judge The Lawyer Awards 2011

The Lawyer has ­assembled a stellar list of judges for The Lawyer Awards 2011 this summer. The annual awards ­ceremony, which this year will take place in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday 21 June, is about celebrating excellence across private practice, the public sector, commerce and industry, and the bar. It is unquestionably the biggest night of the year […]

David Allen Green

Opinion: Twitter is more than just a fad, so don’t miss the boat

Lawyers are joining Twitter every day. Some are seeking to promote their practices, ­others just want to engage on matters of special interest or follow emerging news events. But is Twitter just another fad? It is important to be clear as to what Twitter actually is and why it is different from other social media […]

Euro Car Parts installs commercial lawyer

Euro Car Parts has hired Samar Naeem as its new commercial lawyer from Manchester firm Slater Heelis. She will support ­commercial director Mahesh Shah with all legal matters. Her arrival brings the in-house team to five full-time staff based at the Wembley HQ. Euro Car Parts managing director Sukhpal Singh said: “Naeem has experience of […]

Duchy of Lancaster names head of legal

The Duchy of Lancaster has appointed Tim Crow as head of legal services. Crow has been deputy official solicitor at the Church Commissioners since 2001. In his new role he will ­oversee the Duchy’s external legal advisers, as well as advising the Duchy Surveyors of Lands in the course of its commercial duties. Reporting to […]

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