16 January 2012

Julian Long

Land of opportunity?

British Land wants thoroughly modern relationships with its advisers British Land (BL) has frequently come under scrutiny for being run in an old-fashioned way, a criticism that its legal function has not been immune to. But things may be changing as the property giant finally moves into the 21st century. Lucinda Bell, formerly head of […]


Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has turned to US rival Weil Gotshal & Manges for a London restructuring hire, scooping partner Dominic McCahill. McCahill, who advises on insolvencies and restructurings, joins London practice head Chris Mallon in Skadden’s corporate restructuring team as the practice’s second City partner. He also becomes one of 13 partners […]

Move On Up: Fladgate

West End firm Fladgate is best known for its property and corporate ­practices, so it is no surprise that the focus of both its partnership ­promotions and lateral hires over the past few years has been these two areas.

Job Watch: Energy, should you relocate?

Working in the UK and further afield both offer many advantages for lawyers trying to break into the energy sector. The Middle East, West Africa and the CIS are some of the best overseas locations for energy associates to gain experience, according to Chris Cayley of First Counsel, who notes that there is also a […]

Work Life Quiz: Mark Weston, Matthew Arnold & Baldwin

What was your first-ever job? Research assistant for the Board of Deputies of British Jews, defending kosher food preparation. What was your worst experience as a trainee? The consequences of telling one of my principals that I thought her presentation went ‘okay’. Where’s the best place to find out what’s really going on in the […]

Tulkinghorn: Florida keys

Law firm mergers always produce the odd bit of unexpected intrigue, but the dilemma facing SJ Berwin partner and former managing partner candidate Perry Yam during the firm’s 2010 merger talks with Proskauer Rose is surely one of the most absorbing ever. Florida keys The corporate partner owns a house in Florida – in Boca […]

Peter Astleford

Funds and games

Regulation from the EU is just one of several concerns for the funds industry, according to in-house and private practice lawyers A large number of regulatory changes have taken place or have been proposed in the past two years affecting the financial sector. Of the recent regulatory changes, which has had the greatest impact on […]


Sugar-coated bills

Revealed: the fee structures underpinning the Quinn Emanuel litigation machine Late last year, when The Lawyer ­unveiled the world’s top 50 firms by litigation revenue (5 December 2011), one firm stood out. You could almost be forgiven for emitting an exasperated sigh when you read that the firm was Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. When […]

Wang Zhongde

Great haul of China

A massive domestic push and some international toe-dipping has seen China’s Dacheng grow into a firm of 2,600 lawyers. Now it has global ambitions Last November Dacheng Law Offices, the largest law firm in Asia, threw a party to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Shanghai office. The party took place in the conference centre […]

Peter Huang, Skadden

Private practice

Take-privates by US-listed Chinese companies are now a good earner for US firms. By Yun Kriegler


DWF-Cobbetts: fit for purpose?

While both firms will benefit from a tie-up, top 30 hopeful DWF will be in the driving seat It was the commercial law firm equivalent of discovering that someone had scrawled the name of their crush all over their schoolbook. In November 2011 RollOnFriday published the news that DWF had registered the domain name www.dwfcobbetts.co.uk, […]

Breaking China: not as easy at it looks

Is the China goldrush really what it seems? It’s taken as a given that any global firm worth its salt has to be there, but talk to any UK managing partner and they’ll tell you that making profit in China is damn hard going. Yes, there’s real money still being made in Hong Kong, particularly […]

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