19 January 2004

Charles Russell in three-partner raid on Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has lost three partners and two consultants from its private capital and family teams. Partners Robert Partridge, Robert Blower and Jonathan Walsh, along with consultants William Corbett and Michael Jennings, are joining Charles Russell from Stephenson Harwood. These departures follow those of John Higham QC, who left for White & Case and China […]

Allen misses out in White & Case management elections

Maurice Allen has missed out on a place on White & Case’s management board. However, the firm elected three European partners to the board – London partner Philip Stopford, Paris partner Gilles Peigney and Hamburg partner Eberhard Meincke. Stopford replaces the London partner currently on the board, Peter Finlay. Incumbent managing partner Duane Wall and […]

Shepherd + Wedderburn picks new chief executive

Scottish firm Shepherd + Wedderburn has elected property partner Patrick Andrews as its new chief executive, replacing incumbent Paul Hally. A spokesperson for the firm said in a prepared statement: “In line with Shepherd + Wedderburn’s partnership agreement Paul Hally’s current term as chief executive will come to an end in April 2004 and a […]

Bryan Cave raids McGuire Woods for four-partner Chicago team

US firm Bryan Cave has boosted its Chicago office with a four-partner raid on McGuire Woods. Partners Scott Hodes, Mark Clare Bonaccorsi, Brian Sher and Steven Smith are joined by three other lawyers at Bryan Cave. Bryan Cave chairman Walter Metcalfe said: “We anticipate adding up to 20 more lawyers in 2004. To accommodate them, […]

Jones Day Gouldens lose corporate partner

Jones Day Gouldens’ London office has suffered the loss of a second legacy Jones Day partner in just over three months. The departure of corporate partner Nick Alfillee at the end of last year follows the resignation of the firm’s head of real estate and environmental Linda Fletcher to Paul Hastings Janosky & Walker in […]

B&M secure finance boost for Frankfurt

Baker & McKenzie has bolstered its Frankfurt office with the recruitment of debt and securitisation partner Mark Odenbach. Odenbach previously ran a boutique law firm in London, which offered advice on German regulatory law and prior to that he was at the London office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. The US firm has a […]

Smyth scoops lead role on Morris Inquiry

Clifford Chance partner Michael Smyth, fresh from his role as the solicitor to the Hutton Inquiry, has been given a similar role in an inquiry into aspects of alleged racism in the Metropolitan Police. Smyth, head of Clifford Chance’s public policy practice, is an obvious choice as lead solicitor to the Morris Inquiry, which got […]

Klegal finds new leader for London

KLegal’s head of property has stepped up to become London managing partner following the departure of firmwide managing partner Nick Holt last year. Philip Burrows has been appointed to the new role which was created after Holt’s left. Burrows hails from the legacy accountancy-tied contingent of the firm as opposed to McGrigor Donald, the Scottish […]


Today is an important day at White & Case. As I write, the firm’s New York lawyers will be yawning themselves awake, rubbing their tired little eyes and remembering that today (21 January) is the deadline to vote on their new global management committee. Of course, in Europe – and more pertinently in London – […]

Law firms stand firm against Microsoft over fee fight

A group of 35 law firms is fighting Microsoft for a $269m (£147m) legal bill after winning a consumer antitrust class action against the technology giant. Microsoft has already paid out $1.1bn (£601m), in software vouchers, to settle the Lingo v Microsoft case and could end up adding another $258m (£141m) in attorneys’ fees and […]

Baker & McKenzie strengthen Hong Kong litigation

Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong office has dipped into the bar for new dispute resolution and commercial litigation partner. Gary Sieb was previously a barrister with 7 Selborne Chambers in Sydney. With a practice focusing on commercial litigation, Sieb has particular expertise in equity, insolvency, insurance, banking and trade matters. Between 2001 and 2002 Sieb […]

Spain forges new laws in modernisation move

Spain has published a new United Nations-based act aimed at making the country the first choice for Latin American businesses hoping to arbitrate within the European Union. The Arbitration Act, which becomes law on 26 March this year, is part of a raft of new legislation the Spanish Government is bringing into force in an […]

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