18 October 2004

Gold triumphs in Herbert Smith election race

Head of litigation David Gold has won the two-way race to become Herbert Smith’s next senior partner, beating practice partner Richard Fleck to the punch. Gold, who was backed by almost the whole of the litigation department – the firm’s traditional powerhouse – takes office in April. He succeeds Richard Bond for a five-year term. […]

RFU scoops Farrer’s head of sport as new legal chief

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has taken Farrer & Co‘s top sports lawyer to be its new head of legal.Karena Vleck will be replaced as head of the sports group at Farrer by senior partner Robert Clinton. Vleck will be head of legal and company secretary at the RFU. Clinton is an active member of […]

Shaw Pittman opens in Taiwan

US firm Shaw Pittman has opened an office in Taipei and launched a strategic alliance with Taiwanese firm Chien Yeh Law Offices. Partner Yitai Hu joined Shaw Pittman in April and will head the Taipei office, which will primarily be advising clients on intellectual property issues. “We’re here today because we believe the future of […]

High Court strikes out FT libel claim

The High Court today struck out the record £230.5m claim for special damages made by City stockbrokers Collins Stewart Tullet in its libel battle with the Financial Times (FT). The company was seeking the damages following an article that alleged financial wrongdoing and which, it claimed, caused a large fall in its share price. The […]

Cobbetts signals IP intentions with Martineaus lateral

Cobbetts’ Birmingham office has taken a partner from new neighbours Martineau Johnson. Mauro Paiano will join Cobbetts in November as head of the contentious intellectual property (IP) team, moving just a few floors from Martineaus. The two firms recently took up separate leases in new offices at 1 Colmore Square in Birmingham. Paiano, who brings […]

Radical new fraud offence unveiled by government

The government today (19 October) announced radical proposals for a new general offence of fraud. Following a government consultation, Baroness Scotland QC said that in the planned Fraud Bill fraud could be defined as an offence in three ways – by false representation, by wrongfully failing to disclose information and by abuse of position. The […]

RPC bolsters construction with Masons hire

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has bolstered its construction practice by scooping a partner from Masons. Ron Nobbs, a specialist in construction and project-based work, joins from Masons where he was a partner in their construction and engineering group. During his time at the firm he acted for a number of major national and international contractors […]

Former MCI general counsel surfaces at Chadbourne & Parke

MCI’s former general counsel Michael Salsbury has re-emerged at New York firm Chadbourne & Parke. Salsbury resigned from the top legal job at MCI in June 2003 after two separate reports that claimed the MCI legal department provided inadequate safeguards against senior management’s misconduct – namely, inflating earnings by nearly $4 billion since 2001. Despite […]

Blackstone Chambers votes in new heads

^WH¬ne Chambers has elected Ian Mill QC and Tom Beazley QC as its new heads of chambers. The duo replace Presiley Baxendale QC and Charles Flint QC after almost seven years at the helm.Mill and Beazley will hold the posts for a five-year term, wh… Blackstone Chambers has elected Ian Mill QC and Tom Beazley […]

Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary complete merger ahead of DLA tie-up

DLA’s merger suitor Piper Rudnick has plugged the gap in its West Coast strategy after successfully voting through its merger with Palo Alto’s Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. The merger vote, which took place yesterday, was passed last night and takes effect on 1 January 2005. The tie-up will accord the new firm more than […]

Berrymans recruit new health and safety head

Berrymans Lace Mawer has hired a partner in Manchester to head up its health and safety team. Chris Green joined Berrymans last week (11 October) from Hammonds, where he was a senior solicitor. Green defends and prosecutes cases involving breaches of health and safety and environmental laws. Recently he has advised construction companies on fatal […]

RJW take equal pay claim to Europe

Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is preparing to battle an equal pay claim against the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the European Court of Justice. The Court of Appeal ruled last week that RJW client Bernadette Cadman, an HSE inspector based in Manchester, could take her case to Europe. Cadman will argue that seniority-based […]

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