15 March 2004

Wynne appointed as new White & Case chairman

White & Case has completed the re-shuffle of its management team with the appointment of William Wynne as chairman. Wynne replaces Eugene Goodwillie, who returns to his project finance practice in New York. Duane Wall has been re-elected as managing partner and will serve a second four-year term. Kevin Barnard, Eric Berg, Timothy Goodell, Eberhard […]

Spendlove quits Ashurst for Fried Frank

Ashurst’s former managing partner Justin Spendlove is joining the firm’s jilted US merger partner Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. Spendlove will join Fried Frank’s London office at the end of March. The US firm lost its only UK-qualified partner Christopher Kandel to Cadwalader in October 2002. Spendlove was replaced as managing partner by young […]

Conveyancing advice causes third of all solicitor PI claims

Over a third of all solicitor professional indemnity claims arise out of residential conveyancing advice, according to the results of a new survey. The Zurich Professional survey revealed that a high percentage of claims arise from the failure of solicitors to carry out correctly routine conveyancing practices, such as investigation into the title of property […]

French M&A boutique takes three partners from Rambaud Martel

Rambaud Martel’s EC competition partner Olivier de Juvigny has quit the firm with two other partners and an associate to join M&A boutique Vivien & Associés. De Juvigny is teaming up again with Nicolas Vivien and the firm will now be known as Vivien & Juvigny. The pair worked together at Stibbe, before Vivien left […]

Withers poaches two from Bryan Cave for US expansion

Withers LLP has moved to boost its New York and London offering with a double-raid on US giant Bryan Cave. Richard Cassell, a cross-border tax and charities specialist will join Withers from Bryan Cave later this month. The hire brings to 10 the number of fee-earners in Withers’ private client team in London. Meanwhile, Mark […]

Dechert ends insurance practice as partner jumps ship

Dechert’s London office is pulling out of the insurance market following the departure of partner James Lewis to LeBoeuf Lamb Green & MacRae. Lewis, who became a partner at the firm in 1992, is expected to leave Dechert at the end of this week. Stephen Fogel, Dechert’s London managing partner, said: “James Lewis is leaving […]

Paris merry-go-round yields new recruits

The frenzied Parisian recruitment market is continuing to buzz after French independent De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has recruited a new head of competition from Norton Rose. Norton Rose associate Philippe Guibert will become a partner and head of the competition group at the French firm and is expected to bring an associate with him. His […]

Linklaters explores merger with Japanese firm

Linklaters has entered talks to merge its Japanese practice with local firm Mitsui Yasuda Wani & Maeda. According to reports the two firms have already held discussions but further negotiations may resume after the magic circle firm concludes its global partners’ meeting scheduled next month. Mitsui has 76 lawyers and has capability in finance, M&A […]


Glasgow last week rolled out a £1.5m rebranding campaign under the slogan ‘Glasgow: Scotland with style’. Well, city centre Glasgow might enjoy the likes of Armani, Versace and Ralph Lauren, but it’s just not quite stylish enough for the small but perfectly formed private equity boutique Dickson Minto. The Anglo-Scottish firm is bringing the shutters […]

Allen & Overy leads scramble for Ashurst finance ace

Allen & Overy’s Paris office has emerged as the frontrunner in a race to recruit Ashurst international finance star Jonathan Nabarro. It is understood that a number of firms have been vying for Nabarro who shocked the Paris legal market by resigning from Ashurst last week, as exclusively revealed by The Lawyer. However sources indicate […]

College of Law clinches pact with magic circle firms

Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters have signed up the College of Law as their exclusive LPC provider after sensationally pulling out of the City consortium. The college is creating courses tailored specifically to the each of the firms’ needs and is a major boost for the college which four years ago was excluded […]

Magic circle giants dump City LPC

Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters are to abandon the City LPC. In what heralds a massive shake-up of the legal education sector, three of the magic circle firms in the so-called City LPC consortium will not be renewing their contracts with their preferred education providers. Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters formed […]

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