17 February 2003

Lord Lester QC fills human rights gap with new lawyers group

Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC is at the forefront of the launch of a new group aimed at helping lawyers to use and understand human rights law The Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) will be launched next Thursday (27 February) by barristers, solicitors, academics and other lawyers at the Parliament Chamber of the Inner […]

Mayer Brown ramps up IT practice with Brobeck hires

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is the latest to benefit from the collapse of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, snapping up the tech giant’s IT outsourcing group. Mayer Brown has taken on Brobeck’s former IT head Nigel Howard and lead outsourcing partner David Hudanish along with four other lawyers.The team’s outsourcing clients include DuPont, JP Morgan […]

Collyer Bristow loses employment head

Collyer Bristow’s head of employment has moved to Rosenblatt Solicitors Keith Corkan has joined Rosenblatts as a partner and head of employment after leading the employment team at Collyer Bristow for five years. Corkan is vice chair of the employment committee at the British American Chamber of Commerce and chair of the discrimination committee at […]

Latham snaps up Asia Global Crossing lawyer

Latham & Watkins has hired the former general counsel of Asia Global Crossing’s Japanese operations for its corporate team in Tokyo US qualified Colin Jones worked in private practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett before joining the now bankrupt telecoms company. He joins Latham as of counsel.Tokyo managing partner David Shapiro said: “Colin’s overall experience […]

Weil Gotshal and Ogletree Deakins target Texas

The demise of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison has failed to dampen US law firms’ appetite for expansion as two practices have announced the opening of new offices in Texas.Weil Gotshal & Manges is continuing its growth in the state, by adding a new Austin branch to its presence in Texas, which also includes Houston and […]

Baker & McKenzie joins Brobeck rescue party

Baker & McKenzie has signed up a three-partner team from collapsed firm Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. Partners Shane Byrne, Phillip Bush and Jason Kuhns and four associates will join the corporate and securities practice at the firm’s San Francisco office. With Byrne’s team, Baker & McKenzie now has 92 lawyers, including 28 partners, in its […]

White & Case targets Ernst & Young for Slovak tax push

White & Case has recruited two Ernst & Young tax advisors for its Slovakian tax and customs group. Miriam Galandová and Miroslav Tain bring the number of lawyers and tax advisors in White & Case’s Bratislava tax and customs practice to five. The practice is run from Prague by partner AlesCechel. White & Case now […]

Brobeck partners kept in dark on closure vote

A nine-strong cabal of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison partners did not allow its lawyers to vote on the firm’s dissolution, The Lawyer can reveal Partners were only asked to vote last Tuesday (11 February), just three days before the firm’s official close of business on 14 February, a date that was set by Brobeck’s largest […]

What a load of plonkers

Some firms are right classy. Hammonds may have its own-brand beer, but Coudert goes for something an awful lot grander. Tulkinghorn can exclusively reveal that the firm (don’t call it Franco-American, or they’ll get upset) actually has its own wine. Château Coudert Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, to be precise. However, it seems that some Coudert partners […]

Ince named in film finance dispute

Ince & Co has been added to a list of respondents, which already includes Weil Gotshal & Manges, because of insurance advice given in relation to two key tranches of film finance litigation The firm was originally instructed by Lexington Insurance Co to advise on its insurance contracts for two slates of films comprising six […]

The story so far

The Lawyer reported last week that senior High Court judge Mr Justice Jacob had made a series of factual inaccuracies and incorrect conclusions during his condemnation last year of expert witness Michael Wilkey. Judge Jacob had found that Wilkey had been “biased and irrational” and had made several blunders during well-known copyright case Gareth Pearce […]

Eversheds taps into Gulf wealth with Qatar alliance

Eversheds links with Al-Jufairi as the Middle East liberalises its economy to attract foreign business Eversheds has boosted its Middle Eastern presence by forming an alliance with Qatar-based firm Al-Jufairi. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyer news, the firm has signed an agreement of cooperation with the firm, which is based in the wealthy Gulf state […]

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