15 November 2010

Stephen Rowe

Stephen Rowe: Mishcon de Reya

How did you spend your last bonus? Mojitos. Name: Stephen Rowe Firm: Mishcon de Reya Position: BD and communications manager (real estate) Lives: Clapham What time do you start work each day? I aim for 7am but I do seem to have quite bad luck with trains …. What’s the most boring thing you’ve been asked […]


Hammonds’ brand: going, going, nearly gone

Hammonds and US ­firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey are on course to complete the latest transatlantic tie-up after the ­proposed merger last week (5 November) received the overwhelming backing of both partnerships. More than 90 per cent of the firms’ partners voted in favour of the merger, which will go live on 1 January 2011. […]

Work Life Quiz: Deepak Nambisan, Fountain Court

What was your first-ever job? Outdoor clerk for a high street law firm, being paid £50 a week. As I drove a pimp to trial for attempted murder, I learnt the best method for passing cigarettes between two pimps travelling in separate cars on a motorway. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Being […]

Adam Fuge

On the move

Maxwell Winward has recruited Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) employment head Adam Fuge as a partner in its employment team.  Move of the week Fuge, whose areas of expertise include ­insolvency, equal pay, management buyouts and industrial disputes, was a senior associate at Norton Rose before moving to MAB. He was also previously a […]

Fjord focus

There’s still some energy left in Norway’s restricted hydroelectric power sector. Hydroelectric power is a big deal in Norway. Electricity is relied upon to meet more than half of the country’s energy demands, and in 2008 some 98 per cent of Norway’s electricity was generated by hydroelectric plants. “The large plants are regarded as family […]


Zhonglun W&D

In 2006 Zhonglun W&D Law Firm became the first Chinese firm to launch in London, and it is thought to be still the only Chinese firm with ­English-qualified lawyers working in the City. Zhonglun was officially established in 1992 when China became an open market. But managing partner HaiBin Xue says that if you count […]

Nick Hurley

There’s better things to change than unfair dismissal law

Lord Young’s recent interview on Radio 4’s Today programme (1 November) sparked a great deal of debate. In the interview Lord Young, tasked with advising the Government on cutting the burden of red tape on business, was asked about plans with regard to unfair dismissal protection. Specifically, he was asked if it was possible to […]

German silver

Linklaters’ German partners must have rubbed their hands with glee when the firm broke its lockstep to effect the 2007 hire of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer stars Ralph Wollburg and Achim Kirchfeld. Despite German partners’ profit shares being 30 per cent lower than their UK counterparts’ since the 2001 merger of Linklaters and Germany’s Oppenhoff & […]

BLP boosts Singapore with Holman captures

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued its international expansion, doubling its Singapore office through the hire of a team from ­Holman Fenwick & Willan. The firm has recruited corporate lawyer Alistair Duffield along with five other lawyers. Duffield, a mining and natural resources expert, will become managing ­partner of BLP’s Singapore office. He has 20 years’ ­experience […]


Greenberg says bye to City, hi to Clerkenwell

Greenberg Traurig Maher is turning its back on the iconic environs of the City’s Gherkin in favour of a move to Clerkenwell. From the middle of next month the firm will begin moving out of the offices it currently leases from Mayer Brown at 30 St Mary’s Axe and into new space at 200 Gray’s Inn […]


Burges Salmon scheme pays off for 31 Halliwells hopefuls

More than two-thirds of the prospective Halliwells trainees who signed up to a scheme run by Burges Salmon to find them new firms have now landed training contracts. The scheme was launched in August, with the goal of finding training contracts for the 51 students whose ­contracts were cancelled when the Manchester firm went into […]

Charles Plant

SRA chief urges firms to ‘be prepared’ for LSA

It was not too long ago that City firms threatened to cut themselves off from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in favour of a more robust regulatory regime But last week the SRA moved a step closer to becoming the chosen watchdog for alternative business structures (ABSs). The implementation of the Legal Services Act (LSA) […]

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