18 August 2008


Let me be your fantasy

Let me be your fantasy 22-August-2008The Lawyer is joining the rest of its UK readers on holiday on Monday so you won’t receive the paper or Lawyer News Daily, but we’ll be back in your inbox on Tuesday and back on your desk on Monday 1 September. The Lawyer is joining the rest of its […]

Mallesons scoops Aussie rival’s UK chief

The London office of Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques has poached the UK managing partner of Minter Ellison, the only other Australian firm with an office in the City. Robert Hanley joins Mallesons on September 15 as a partner rather than returning to Australia with Minter Ellison. Minter Ellison finance partner Nigel Clark (pictured) said: […]

Hammonds takes two associates as partners

Hammonds has ramped up its banking practice with Kirkland & Ellis senior associate Samrad Nazer and Denton Wilde Sapte senior associate Iain Shurwood who both join the partnership. Both Nazer and Shurwood join the firm’s banking practice in London and will work alongside partners David Sachs and Graeme Carney. Hammonds banking head Jonathan Edwards said […]

Beijing 2008

TheLawyer.com’s Beijing 2008 blog covers the games from the lawyer’s perspective, with posts from lawyers and other legal professionals in the city on the Olympic events, the gossip, the law firms and the atmosphere. The blog began with a surprisingly clean post from Beijing-based legal recruiter Rob Metcalf on, er, the women’s volleyball and how […]

World’s first listed firm sees 27 per cent fee rise

Australian law firm Slater & Gordon has announced a jump in turnover of 27 per cent to hit a revenue of AUS$79.7m (£37m), just one year after it became the world’s first law firm to float. The firm recorded a 42 per cent growth in net profit over the same time period, while it also […]

Dewey & LeBoeuf bags Fried Frank employment partner

Dewey & LeBoeuf has hired a Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson partner to co-chair its global compensation, benefits and employment department. Howard Adler will join the firm’s New York office as a partner in mid-September and will lead the global practice group alongside co-chair Martha Steinman, who is also based in New York. Steinman […]


Ashurst raids Dechert for Islamic finance star Kamalpour

Ashurst raids Dechert for Islamic finance star Kamalpour” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/13311_Abradat-Kamalpour-ashurst.jpg” />Ashurst has bolstered its Islamic finance practice with the hire of Dechert’s London-based Islamic finance head Abradat Kamalpour. Kamalpour is set to join Ashurst’s London office as a partner in the firm’s securities and structured products team. Having joined Dechert’s partnership in 2006 from […]

CC and Freshfields lead on £13.3bn BAA refinancing

Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have landed the leading roles in BAA’s £13.3bn refinancing deal. Freshfields represented BAA, having advised its owner Ferrovial when it took the airport operator private in 2006. The firm fielded a large team led by London finance partners Marcus Mackenzie and Ian Falconer. Clifford Chance advised the lead mandate […]

Cadwalader launches covered bond practice

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has launched a transatlantic covered bond practice group in response to the developing covered bond market in the US. The team, which incorporates 12 partners across the firm’s London, New York and Charlotte offices, will take advantage of the new market in the US, which is expected to be an alternative […]


SRA accused of institutional racism

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has laid itself open to the charge of being institutionally racist, an independent report by the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality Lord Ouseley has found. The report found that the regulatory body has been discriminating against black and minority ethnic (BME) lawyers and subjecting them to potentially […]

Kirkland faces US malpractice case

Kirkland & Ellis is being sued for malpractice by former patent client Magnetek. The move comes after the US firm lost a patent case on behalf of the electronics company. The case, which was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, relates to a 1998 litigation between Magnetek and Ole K Nilssen, who owns […]

Taylor Wessing loses 12 Paris partners to Nixon Peabody

Taylor Wessing loses 12 Paris partners to Nixon Peabody” />Taylor Wessing’s embattled French office has lost the majority of its partnership, with 12 non-equity partners resigning to join US firm Nixon Peabody. Eight partners, six of whom are in the equity, remain at Taylor Wessing France (TWF) after the resignations. TWF and Nixon Peabody are […]

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