19 March 2007

Schillings hits the media one more time

Yes, he did it again. Keith Schilling and his eponymous schleb-friendly firm managed to secure a High Court injunction on behalf of none other than fallen pop princess Britney Spears. See story Toxic to any UK-based gossip reporter, the injunction bans media organisations in this country from printing false allegations about Britney, stemming from leaks […]

Oops, Keith did it again

Media law firm Schillings has landed an emergency injunction against a so-called ‘John Doe’ for pop star Britney Spears. The rare John Doe injunction is against any person who has been “leaking information about Ms Spears’ time in a rehabilitation clinic from further disclosures invading her privacy”. Spears, according to reports, has been seeking rehabilitation […]

Law Society threatens JR over Carter

The Law Society has written to the Lord Chancellor threatening judicial review against the Unified Legal Aid contract due to take effect next month. In a letter to Lord Chancellor Charles Falconer dated 22 March and beginning “Dear Charlie,” Law Society Vice President Andrew Holroyd warns that the Society, “has received legal advice that, in […]

Stephenson Harwood ramps up in Asia

Stephenson Harwood & Lo has boosted its Asia presence with two new partners and has relocated its Hong Kong office to the Bank of China Tower. Litigation specialist Jamie Stranger has been promoted to partner in Stephenson Harwood & Lo’s Hong Kong commercial litigation practice. Richard Grams has also been hired as a partner in […]

Bredin Prat swoops for Orrick partner

Leading French independent firm Bredin Prat has made a rare lateral hire, boosting its finance group with partner Raphaële Courtier from the Paris office of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Courtier specialises in acquisition, real estate and project finance, and was a partner at Watson Farley & Williams’ French arm before joining Orrick in 2002. Bredin […]

Freshfields associates issue 10-point wishlist

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will host its first ever associate away-day tomorrow (23 March) as part of a raft of measures intended to improve communication with its junior staff. All of the London office’s associates were invited to attend the conference at the Hurlingham Club, with 200 expected to turn up. Team heads and chief executive […]

Plexus bags second merger this year

Professional indemnity firm Plexus Law is set to undergo yet another merger after the crime defence practice of Cheshire-based law firm Bott & Co split with its claimant arm. The merger comes just two months after Plexus incorporated with commercial solicitors Gaston Whybrew, as revealed by www.thelawyer.com (19 March). The newly-created firm will retain the […]

Insurance group Aspen gets new associate GC

Offshore insurance group Aspen Insurance Holdings has created the new role of associate group general counsel, promoting Patricia Roufa to the position. The London-based Roufca will report to group general counsel David Curtin, who said: “This promotion recognizes the tremendous contributions Patricia has made since she joined Aspen two years ago.” Roufca joined Aspen in […]

Willkie returns for Schmidt’s CC team

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has launched a secondary raid on Clifford Chance as the US firm poaches five private equity lawyers from the magic circle firm’s Frankfurt office. The team is following former Clifford Chance corporate partner Mario Schmidt, who left the magic circle firm to join Willkie earlier this year. Former Clifford Chance counsel […]

Linklaters makes secondary raid for A&O team

The exodus from Allen & Overy (A&O)’s Italian banking department to Linklaters’ has continued, with two associates following partner Davide Mencacci out the door. Senior associate Gianluca Fanti and associate Roberto Tazzioli, both from the office’s securitisation team, are leaving A&O for rival Linklaters. As first reported in The Lawyer (29 January), A&O lost star […]

Lawyers welcome Brown’s Reits and sukuk measures

Proposals to provide authorised property unit trusts with the same tax efficient status as Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits) were outlined in the budget yesterday (21 March). Gordon Brown’s final Budget included the long awaited proposal to drop the 20 per cent corporation tax currently applied to these vehicles, putting them at a disadvantage to […]

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