2 August 2010

Brown Rudnick in Baltic Oil fee claim

US firm Brown Rudnick has launched a High Court claim against Russian oil and gas business Baltic Oil Terminals. US firm Brown Rudnick has launched a High Court claim against Russian oil and gas business Baltic Oil Terminals. The claim, which was issued by Brown Rudnick partner Neill Shrimpton, alleges that Baltic Oil failed to […]

Ian Austin

Halliwells’ ex-managing partner: ‘I gave my life to that practice’

Exclusive: Ian Austin on Halliwells’ culture, job losses and his own exit Halliwells’ former chief Ian Austin has hit out at critics of his management of the Manchester-based firm, which went into administration last month, arguing that “we all bear responsibility” for the firm’s failure. Speaking exclusively to The Lawyer, the 48-year-old former managing partner […]

Tulkinghorn: Yacht a performance

If you’re still scratching your head thinking of how to spend your summer then perhaps you could take a leaf out of the mariner’s book owned by one Cumbrian lawyer. News reached ­Tulkinghorn recently of the incident-packed ­voyage successfully ­completed by Boyd Holmes, managing partner of Carlisle-based firm Cartmell Shepherd. Holmes’ journey from Scotland to […]

Mohammed Malique

Focus: Litigation: The fight for good fights

The in-house lawyer is in a stronger position than before the recession, with external advisers now having more hoops to jump through to win the best litigation mandates The litigation landscape is changing. As The Lawyer reports today, litigation billings have increased over the past year – but not dramatically enough to take the place […]

US firms prepare for heavy workload as Dodd-Frank Act comes into force

Leading US finance lawyers analyse the impact of the act on their industry. By Andrew Pugh For law firms with a high ­volume of clients in the financial services industry, the Dodd-Frank Act, which reforms US financial regulations and was signed into law by President Barack Obama last week, could have as big an impact […]

John Saner

Collyer Bristow

Collyer Bristow can trace its roots back 250 years and is still located in the traditional heart of the London legal world, yet claims to have a thoroughly modern outlook. This might help explain why the firm’s office at 4 Bedford Row is home to a contemporary art gallery displaying modern sculptures and paintings with […]

Brodies wrests top four Scot spot from Shepherds

The line-up of the so-called big four Scottish firms altered in the past financial year, with Brodies usurping Shepherd & Wedderburn in fourth place and McGrigors regaining the top spot after a four-year hiatus. Brodies, which experienced stellar growth under managing partner Bill Drummond in the eight years to 2007-08, has had a more muted performance in […]

Mark Owen

Opinion: UK economy needs an IP tsar

The Strategic Advisory Board for ­Intellectual Property (Sabip) is, rightly, one of the first quangos to be cut by the ­coalition. Established two years ago as an independent adviser to the Government on IP ­policy, it had little visible effect on the ­Government’s understanding of IP and did little to improve IP policy. To IP […]

Links and Rosenblatt score Channel 5 sale

Linklaters and Rosenblatt Solicitors claimed the prize ­mandates acting on the e125m (£104.56m) sale of Channel 5 to Daily Express owner Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell ­publishing group. Rosenblatt advised longstanding client Desmond on the transaction, with corporate partner Jon Lovitt leading the team. Seller RTL Group turned to Linklaters, with relationship partner Roger Barron […]

Taylor Wessing hikes insurance practice

Taylor Wessing has hired litigation partner Susannah Wakefield from Bermuda firm Attride-Stirling & Woloniecki, where she was a counsel. Wakefield will join the City firm’s insurance and reinsurance group, working initially from Bermuda before relocating to London. She has 12 years’ experience as an insurance litigator working in London, New York and Bermuda, having previously […]

Ex-CC debt expert joins DLA Piper’s ranks

David Eatough has joined DLA Piper as a partner in the London structured finance team from Morgan Stanley. Prior to a brief stint at the investment bank he worked for 12 years at Clifford Chance in the global debt and equity capital markets group. He focuses on fixed income and structured securities and acts for […]

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