17 December 2007

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Solicitors get permission to wear wigs

The Government has decided solicitors and other advocates will have the option to wear wigs where they would be worn by members of the bar. The Government has decided solicitors and other advocates, in addition to barristers, will have the option to wear wigs where they would be worn by members of the bar. The […]

Harbottle settles Hollywood fees dispute

Media boutique Harbottle & Lewis has settled its case against Hollywood producer Israel Baron. The firm had accused Baron of deliberately defrauding it in a bid to avoid paying legal fees. It claimed that Baron had instructed the firm to act on behalf of filmmakers AIM Entertainment on a copyright claim brought against it over […]

Jewish associate sues A&O for race discrimination

A former associate from Allen & Overy’s New York office is suing the firm for race discrimination. Former associate Norman Schoenfeld, who worked at the firm from August to October this year, is bringing an action against the firm under the Human Rights Law, the City Law and Labour Law in the US. The plaintiff […]

Mayer Brown to merge with Johnson Stokes & Masters

US firm Mayer Brown and Hong Kong’s Johnson Stokes & Masters are merging to create the tenth largest law firm in the world with a combined revenue of $1.2bn. The new firm, named Mayer Brown JSM in Asia, is to house close to 2,000 lawyers and will come into effect on 28 January next year. […]

‘Tis the season to be suing

Christmas is almost upon us. It is the time of peace and goodwill to all men. It is a time for love, laughter and the giving of presents. But not in the legal market. Mayer Brown kicked off the week with one of its most senior partners being charged with two counts of securities fraud, […]

Harbottle locked in Hollywood fees feud

Harbottle & Lewis managing partner Lawrence Abramson took the stand in the High Court this week to defend the firm’s client handling processes. The media boutique is suing Creative Design Art and its backer Israel Baron for breach of contract. Harbottle claims Baron had instructed the firm to defend a copyright claim brought against filmmakers […]

Quadrant chambers director announces retirement

The chambers’ director of Quadrant chambers Gordon Armstrong is set to retire in January. Armstrong, who has served as senior clerk and chambers’ director at the set since 1984, took the decision to take early retirement after suffering from ill-health over the last few months. During Armstrong’s time in office, chambers has expanded from niche […]

CJC to regulate third party funding

The Civil Justice Council (CJC) will move a step closer to regulating third-party litigation funding in the new year. The CJC will hold a meeting in February to discuss what form regulation of the burgeoning industry would take. CJC secretary Robert Musgrove told The Lawyer: “There has to be a minimum standard. What we’ll be […]

Oostvogels raids Lux rival for banking boost

Luxembourg firm Oostvogels Pfister Feyten has appointed Loyens Winandy senior associate Franoise Pfeiffer as partner to head the firm’s banking and finance practice. It takes the number of Oostvogels partners in Luxembourg to seven. Pfeiffer established Loyens Winandy’s banking and finance team and co-headed it with Eugene Tchen. She will focus on corporate finance, international […]

The Lawyer’s Christmas Carol

On the first day of Christmas Freshfields gave to me A 50-point consultancy… For your Christmas delectation: On the first day of ChristmasFreshfields gave to meA 50-point consultancy. On the second day of ChristmasDewey gave to meTwo merger talksAnd a 50-point consultancy. On the third day of ChristmasBLP gave to meThree French best friends,Two merger […]

Heavyweights secure oil exploration take-private

A raft of heavyweight advisers have secured one of the biggest take-privates since the credit crisis jammed the market this summer. Oil exploration group and Pinsent Masons client Abbot has agreed to a £906m takeover by US private equity house First Reserve in its first UK purchase. First Reserve turned to Slaughter and May’s head […]

Mayer Brown partner charged with fraud, money laundering

One of Mayer Brown’s most senior partners was indicted this week on charges relating to the collapse of commodities brokerage Refco. Joseph Collins, the former head of the firm’s derivatives group, was charged in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday (18 December) with two counts of securities fraud, three counts of making false […]

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