17 November 2008

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Clintons, Withers, line up for £2.4bn Ecclestone divorce

Clintons’ star family lawyer Liz Vernon is to go up against Withers partner Mark Harper in the Ecclestone divorce, set to produce the largest divorce settlement in UK legal history. Clintons’ star family lawyer Liz Vernon (pictured) is to go up against Withers partner Mark Harper in the Ecclestone divorce, set to produce the largest […]

One Brick Court faces Ugly dispute

One Brick Court and Russell Jones & Walker have been instructed by 9-12 Bell Yard barrister Constance Briscoe in her defence against libel allegations brought by her mother. Briscoe’s mother Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell has sued her daughter and publishers Hodder & Stoughton for libel over Briscoe’s 2006 memoirs of her childhood called Ugly. Briscoe’s mother said […]

Mayer Brown in redundancy talks with 11 London lawyers

Mayer Brown in redundancy talks with 11 London lawyers” />Mayer Brown has launched a redundancy consultation for 11 lawyers working in its London office. The move is part of a global cost-cutting drive which has seen 33 lawyers axed in the US. The firm is also reviewing the jobs of a number of support staff […]

FoxMandal Little hires Akash Chittranshi IP lawyer

India’s largest law firm by lawyer numbers, FoxMandal Little (FML), has hired a new head of copyright from specialist Indian IP firm Akash Chittranshi & Associates. Rahul Beruar joins FML as a senior associate, and will focus on copyright enforcement, trademarks prosecution, intellectual property rights-related litigation and contracts. Beruar said: “Copyright enforcement is the need […]

Field Fisher in redundancy talks with 175 staff

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has launched a redundancy consultation with 175 support staff in London. The firm said it hopes to minimise the losses, but added that at least 40 positions are under threat. A spokesperson for the firm said that no lawyers would be affected by consultation. Managing partner Moira Gilmour (pictured) said: “We […]

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Tulkinghorn: Electric shocker, hair and faces and two left feet

So with the difficult first week far behind us, Team Tulkinghorn’s collective moustaches are growing bushier. Now it’s just a case of making friends with the lip wig and pushing on to the next level. Remember, you can support Team ­Tulkinghorn in their efforts by sponsoring them at www.movember.com. Adam Freeman, Linklaters Robert Elliot, Linklaters’ […]

Squire Sanders announces 30 US job cuts

Squire Sanders announces 30 US job cuts” />Squire Sanders & Dempsey has become the latest US firm to shed staff, announcing a total of 30 associate and support staff layoffs today. In a firm-wide statement, first published on US blog abovethelaw.com, the firm said it was making the layoffs after completing its annual employment reviews. […]

Pickering elected as Irwin Mitchell chief

Irwin Mitchell’s personal injury head John Pickering has been elected unopposed to the post of managing partner. Irwin Mitchell chief” />Irwin Mitchell’s personal injury head John Pickering (pictured) has been elected unopposed to the post of managing partner. Pickering will replace incumbent Howard Culley, who is expected to relinquish his role at the end of […]

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Dewey and Freshfields on Jacko’s High Court turn

Dewey & LeBoeuf has gone head to head with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in a case brought by a Bahraini prince against singer Michael Jackson. Dewey & LeBoeuf has gone head to head with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer over the proceedings brought by a Bahraini prince against singer Michael Jackson. Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the second […]

Winston Strawn bags 19 lawyers from Thelen

Chicago-based Winston & Strawn is the latest to profit from the demise of Thelen, hiring 19 Thelen lawyers into three of its offices. The nine-partner, 10-associate haul is third largest to emerge from Thelen, following a 60-lawyer capture by Nixon Peabody and the 40 lawyers who joined Howrey (The Lawyer.com, 6 November 2008). Winston & […]

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Eady J backs Withers over top chef’s privacy claims

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has failed in his attempt to sue Withers for breaching his privacy during divorce proceedings. Withers over top chef’s privacy claims” />Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has failed in his attempt to sue his ex-wife’s lawyers, Withers, for breaching his privacy during divorce proceedings. White alleged that Withers family partner […]

The sum of all fears: the changing bonus culture in financial services

The recent financial crisis has seen Gordon Brown confirm that “the days of big bonuses are over”. With a number of banks either nationalised or partly nationalised, it is clear that the government will be able to influence a number of banks’ remuneration policies. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is also going to have an […]

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