17 November 2003

Beachcrofts votes for veteran management

Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ managing partner Bob Heslett has been unanimously re-elected by the partnership, extending his leadership until 2006. Heslett, who has managed the firm since 1998, stood unopposed. Last December, Beachcrofts’ veteran senior partner David Hunt was also re-elected as head of the national firm for a period running until April 2006

Clifford Chance finance director in shock departure

Clifford Chance is losing its finance director to headhunting group Whitehead Mann. The surprise departure of Christopher Merry was announced in Whitehead Mann’s interim results yesterday. Merry has worked at Clifford Chance for four-and-a-half years. Among other things, he was responsible for leading the firm’s ground breaking $150m private placement earlier this year. As yet, […]

Clintons, Manches in letter bomb scare

Clintons and Manches, two firms with high profile family law practices, have received suspicious and threatening packages in the post. The packages were addressed to solicitors in their family law departments. Clintons received an anonymous letter bomb, forcing the firm to evacuate staff from its Covent Garden headquarters today (19 November). “We confirm that our […]

ECJ tells Italy to liberalise access to legal profession

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ordered Italy to liberalise its regulations governing access to the Italian legal profession. The ECJ has demanded that Italy’s national bar council does not reject out of hand qualifications gained in other European Union (EU) Member States. The court ruled that by blocking part-qualified French national Christine Morgenbesser […]

Lancashire Council picks four for new panel

Addleshaw Goddard, Eversheds, Irwin Mitchell and Masons have all won places on Lancashire County Council’s PPP, PFI and commercial panel. Ian Fisher, the council’s head of legal services, said: “The four firms were appointed from more than 40 who expressed an interest. They were selected because of their expertise in the relevant areas and their […]

Hammonds loses Birmingham finance head to Speechlys

Speechly Bircham has lured Hammonds’ Birmingham head of finance to London to grow a corporate recovery and insolvency practice. Chris Harlowe rejoins former Hammonds’ banking partner Andrew Knight at Speechlys. The two have worked closely together in the past and will continue to do so at Speechlys. Both are involved in the growing asset based […]

Norton Rose plugs Paris gap

Norton Rose has managed to hold on to a team of litigators who were due to leave the firm with three-partners who resigned in July.The team of five litigation assistants were due to move with partners Christian Bouckaert, Pascal Ormen and Remi Passem… Norton Rose has managed to hold on to part of a team […]

Eversheds lateral gifts Heatons with Yorkshire Bank win

Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons has won Yorkshire Bank as a new client. The win follows the appointment of Eversheds’ Manchester and Leeds property finance head Nick Trowell. Commenting on his move, Trowell said: “I decided to move to a smaller firm in order to get away from the politics of a large firm and to make […]

Landwell’s former Dutch arm seals Van Doorne merger

Landwell’s former Dutch firm has sealed a merger with independent Netherlands firm Van Doorne. Landwell will jettison two of its three Dutch offices, concentrating its activities in Amsterdam. It is unclear what will happen to lawyers based outside the Dutch capital. Van Doorne’s London, Curacao and Aruba offices will be unaffected. The newly merged firm […]

Sonnenberg gains PwC team

A three-partner team has broken away from PricewaterhouseCoopers in South Africa to join Sonnenberg Hoffmann Galomibk’s tax advisory practice. The team led by partners Bernard du Plessis, Gerhard Badenhorst and Christo Landmen cited the renewed emphasis on auditor independence in a tax advisory environment as the reason for its departure from the accountancy giant. Sonnenberg […]

Brit Insurance completes first legal panel

Brit Insurance, the UK insurance subsidiary of Brit Insurance Holdings, has created its first formal legal panel. Many of Brit’s previous advisers have lost out in the review, which has formalised a smaller number of law firm relationships. The full review of service providers kicked off in April and formed part of Brit’s strategic development […]

Pillsbury old guard dominate after elections

Pillsbury Winthrop’s management has received a vote of confidence from the firm’s partnership, which has re-elected its chair and managing partner. Mary Cranston and Marina Park, chair and managing partner respectively, will retain the positions they have held since the merger of New York’s Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts and the West Coast’s Pillsbury Madison […]

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