19 June 2006

MMS converts to LLP

Maclay Murray & Spens is to convert to limited liability partnership status and merge its Scottish and English practices into a single legal entity.The changes at the Scottish headquartered firm will be effective from 1 July this year.

A&O and CC lose appeal over hunting ban

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have today lost the fight to have the Government’s ban on hunting reversed. A&O was acting for the Countryside Alliance and Clifford Chance for a number of individuals claiming that their livelihoods were affected by the ban. This morning (23 June) the Master of the Rolls and Lords […]

CC hires private jet for England while Aussies drink more

After yesterday’s revelations that Field Fisher Waterhouse just don’t give a damn, Clifford Chance shows that it really cares and takes the prize for showiest client event by far at this World Cup. Forget the big screens and the sausages on sticks, CC’s cunning plan involved hiring – get this – a private jet to […]

Hammonds wins Football League claim – but pays £4 damages

Hammonds has won the bulk of the £150m negligence claim brought against it by the Football League – but must pay £4 in damages for two minor breaches of duty. Mr Justice Rimer handed down judgment in the High Court this morning (23 June), and found that the Football League’s main claim had failed. Rimer […]

Slaughters flies in to assist BA with cartel investigation

Slaughter and May has flown in to advise British Airways (BA) on the investigation by UK and US authorities into alleged price-fixing allegations involving fuel surcharges on long haul flights over the past two years. Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines and United Airlines are also subject to investigation along with BA. All four airlines fly between […]

E.ON and Arcelor propel Skadden to top of mergermarket table

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has topped mergermarket’s European M&A league for a second quarter in a row, after advising on 36 deals, worth a total of €189.6bn. The US firm bagged roles on three of the four biggest deals of the year so far, including E.ON’s €47bn takeover of Endesa, Arcelor’s proposed €19bn […]

Ex-Freshfields boss Salz joins Rothschild

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former senior partner Anthony Salz has joined independent investment banking group Rothschild. Salz who retired as Freshfields’ joint senior partner in March 2006 after 30 years with the magic circle firm, has also been appointed to the board of NM Rothschild & Son Limited. Following Salz’s election as senior partner in 1996 […]

CMS Germany swoops for Haarmann’s Moscow office

Germany’s CMS Hasche Sigle has bolstered its Russian operation by taking the entire Moscow team of Haarmann Hemmelrath. The move was agreed between Hasche Sigle and the liquidators of Haarmann Hemmelrath on Monday. Around 28 lawyers will join forces with Hasche Sigle making it the largest Russian office of any German law firm. Gerd Lenga, […]

Gianni overhauls governance and management

Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has revolutionised its internal structure, handing 14 partners management roles and setting up new governance committees. The decision to change the original partnership agreement was approved at the partners meeting held on 13 June. Previously Gianni Origoni only had a five partner executive committee, but has now set up a […]

Commission ploughs £3m into legal aid

The Legal Services Commission is making a further 100 grants available to help fund future legal aid solicitors. Each grant could be worth up to £30,000, meaning the total cost be almost £3m. The grants will cover the tuition fees of students on the Legal Practice Course (LPC), as well as 75 per cent of […]

Nottingham Law School launches in London

Nottingham Law School (NLS) has teamed up with global education services firm Kaplan to launch a branch in London. NLS, which is run by Nottingham Trent Univerisity has signed a partnership agreement with Kaplan to open law school in Islington, north London next year. The law school is hoping to offer LPC and GDL places […]

FFW shuns World Cup and embraces communism

Field Fisher Waterhouse is trying to pretend the World Cup doesn’t exist. IT partner and closet lefty Michael Chissick decided to celebrate Che Guevara’s birthday by holding his department’s party on the same night as one of the classic fixtures in World Cup history – Argentina vs Holland. We’re not quite sure how Chissick’s decision […]

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