14 May 2012


Moves: 14 May 2012

Simon Holmes has become head of the EU, competition and regulatory practice at SJ Berwin. His promotion from a similar position in the London practice follows Stephen Kon’s appointment to senior partner. Move of the week Holmes, who joined the firm in 1994, said: “Stephen is a hard act to follow and he will remain […]

Tulkinghorn: Post-it office

At the bar, the years can go by in the blink of an eye, especially if you’re a clerk running around after the trade unionist’s silk of choice, John Hendy QC. In fact, the years have been kind to Old Square’s senior clerk Will Meade, very much unlike his colleagues, who recently organised celebrations for […]

Step change

It’s promotion season for UK law firms, but what sort of training have the class of 2012 had to help them to partnership?


Friendly fire

Translating Slaughter and May’s ­European best friends approach to Asia-Pacific faces major challenges It was a slap in the face. In April Slaughter and May’s decade-long Australian best friend Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens) turned away from the relationship to form an ­exclusive alliance with Linklaters. Commenting on his firm’s strategic change, Allens executive partner […]

Number crunching: Brazilian IPOs

In 2007-08, the Brazilian stock exchange (Bovespa) was one of the highest performing of its kind in the world, with 64 companies choosing to list there in 2007 alone, according to data from Thomson Reuters. It has slumped, however, since the highs of 2007, with things only starting to pick up in 2010 and 2011, […]

Steve Davis

Dewey’s ‘secret’ culture

A 2009 employment discrimination case hints at poisonous politics at firm’s heart One of the many gripes ex-partners of Dewey & LeBoeuf have about the US firm is the secrecy displayed by the former management. Ex-chairman Steve Davis, they say, kept few people in the loop about anything, with even details of the firm’s decline […]


Case of the week: Negligence

Guy v (1) Mace & Jones; (2) George Davies Solicitors; (3) Weightman Vizards (2012) EWHC 1022 (Ch). Chancery Division. Sir William Blackburne. 24 April 2012 Solicitors instructed in connection with the sale of land were not liable for the loss incurred following the alleged fraudulent transfer of the land where the vendor knew and approved […]

Justin Fenwick QC

Judgment call: 14 May 2012

The tribunal gave guidance on the correct approach to the exercise of its discretion to permit an appeal to be made out of time. Civil procedure (1) Elnagy International Ltd; (2) Elnagy UK Ltd; (3) Elnagy JR Ltd; (4) Elnagy Trading; (5) Belgravia Trading Ltd; (6) Puregold Enterprises Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners (2012) […]


French leave

Ex-president may face legal questions sooner than he thinks After Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidential re-election campaign came a cropper, it seems that at least he has a back-up plan – law. Sarkozy is to swap the presidential cabinet for his former cabinet – law firm SELAS Arnaud Claude & Associés, which he co-founded with Arnaud Claude […]

Regulation weight

Why don’t top US firms have in-house City regulatory funds practices? US firms that have launched private equity funds practices in London claim to be able to offer the same service as their UK rivals with added American capability, but the example of Weil Gotshal & Manges suggests otherwise. Weil launched its City funds practice […]

Squash courts

London courts are trying to avoid a pre-Olympics hearings squeeze It looks like Stratford will not be the only place witnessing some races in July. There will be a summer rush to complete trials before the Olympic Games begin, with some courts set to operate restricted hours. The London Games start on 27 July – […]

Hong Kong phooey

Salans says it never really was in HK, but it’s still there anyway. Are you following this? Salans is a big fan of Shanghai. So much so that the firm, which last month closed its Beijing office, has stealthily shut down its Hong Kong base too. For strategic or economic reasons it is quite normal […]

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