16 May 2011

SE firm taps into local community with new India group

South East firm Dutton Gregory has launched an India practice, hoping to gain leverage from the region’s sizeable Asian community. The venture follows the July 2009 launch of the Southampton India ­Business Network, which promotes business within the region’s Indian community as well as between Southampton and India. India practice group head Amarjit Singh said the focus […]

United we stand: Reed Smith’s anti-federalist takeover of Richards Butler

Vereins may be the structure du jour, but Reed Smith’s unified compensation system helped make its merger with Richards Butler one of the smoothest ever It was a good idea at the time. Back in 2004 Richards Butler – then a top 30 City firm with roots in shipping, asset finance and litigation – decided it was going […]

Philip Goodstone

Addleshaws names new corporate chief

Addleshaw Goddard has appointed partner Philip Goodstone as ­divisional managing ­partner in charge of the firm’s corporate group. Goodstone will replace Andrew Rosling, who has been in the position for two years and who will now return to full-time fee-earning. “As well as consolidating in Leeds and Manchester, I want to focus on growth in London,” said Goodstone. […]

Peter Bubenzer

Appleby appoints first chair as part of management shake-up

Appleby, the world’s largest offshore firm, has revamped its management structure to broaden its strategic mandate. In a series of elections in early May, group managing partner Peter Bubenzer was elected as the firm’s first chairman. Bubenzer will lead a newly formed group management company board, which replaces Appleby’s executive board. Jersey managing partner Michael O’Connell becomes managing […]

David Wareing

Hill Dickinson growth inspires structural shift

Hill Dickinson has scrapped its management board and revamped its business structure. Following an operational review the firm has merged its seven practice groups into four business units and replaced its separate ­management and LLP boards with a single LLP board chaired by senior partner David Wareing. “We’ve restructured the firm to make it more ­relevant to the key sectors that we service […]


Herbie’s Aussie energy rush

It’s tough keeping up with all the energy and natural resources-related international expansion these days. UK firms in particular are flocking to the supposedly overlawyered Australian market. Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and ­Norton Rose have all made moves, while DLA Piper’s more rocky road with its Phillips Fox deal, which saw 15 partners […]

Clydes joins Akin Gump, CC on Lukoil’s ME panel

Russian oil producer Lukoil has appointed a three-firm panel for its upstream Middle East subsidiary Lukoil Middle East after winning a contract to develop a major Iraqi oilfield. Longstanding advisers Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Clifford Chance have been joined by Clyde & Co on the debut panel. Clydes has already won a mandate to […]

Eversheds swaps Lupicinio for Nicea

Eversheds is set to tie up with Spanish firm Nicea Abogados following its split from alliance partner ­Eversheds Lupicinio. Eversheds announced in February that it was splitting from Lupicinio, citing strategic differences (The Lawyer.com, 15 February). Lupicinio had been a ­member of Eversheds’ ­international network for more than six years. David Gray, chairman of Eversheds International, said in a […]

Dimitry Afanasiev

Egorov to install English-qualifieds in partnership

Russian firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is planning an aggressive expansion strategy that will incorporate the first hires of English-qualified lawyers by a domestic Russian firm. Chairman Dimitry Afanasiev told The Lawyer that his firm, with an average profit per equity partner ­figure estimated to be in excess of £5m, was on the hunt for […]

Lee Doyle

Ashurst seals Lloyds’ loyalty with treble placement

Ashurst has cemented a burgeoning relationship with Lloyds Banking Group by committing a three-lawyer team to an extended placement at the bank on what a source described as a “balance-sheet management project”. Finance partner Lee Doyle is leading the team on the four-month project at the bank comprising two finance associates and a further three […]

David Jabbari

BLG chief predicts great things as figures go north

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has posted a 35 per cent jump in net profit, from £16.8m to £22.7m, at the end of a year of significant change for the firm. Revenue is also up, rising by 17 per cent to £94.5m from £80.8m in 2009-10. The buoyant figures mark a resurgence for BLG after […]


Herbies mulls Australia to jump-start global plan

Firm yet to decide on launch or merger as it follows UK rivals Herbert Smith is the latest firm to set its sights on the Australian market with a plan to follow the likes of Allen & Overy (A&O), ­Clifford Chance and Norton Rose Down Under. While Herbert Smith has taken a conservative approach to […]

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