2 January 2012


Mubarak adviser’s timely UK retreat

Link with former Egyptian president prevents Bakers’ Cairo head from going home Baker & McKenzie Cairo office head Taher Helmy, who fled Egypt amid the mass protests that ended President Hosni Mubarak’s 20-year rule, is being forced to run his practice from the UK. Helmy was arguably the most well-known lawyer in Egypt and had […]

Opportunist knocks SJ Berwin

Reed Smith’s corporate hires signal renewed City push Corporate partner Perry Yam’s exit from SJ Berwin for Reed Smith on 13 December, (TheLawyer.com, 14 December), signalled the end of a long-running process that dates back to the firm’s managing partner election in late 2010 – and even before then by some accounts. Private equity and […]

Gleiss in government negligence case

Advice for a previous German federal state government comes back to haunt Gleiss Suits against law firms are rare in Germany, so onlookers have taken a keen interest in the plight of Stuttgart independent Gleiss Lutz. As if falling out with long-time alliance partner Herbert Smith was not enough, Gleiss has been embroiled in a […]

Jonathan Hitchin and Charles Borden, A&O

Opinion: All present and correct

Political lobbying laws are on the horizon The Werritty affair threw a spotlight on the lobbying industry, but moves to regulate the sector were already underway before the resignation of Liam Fox. In February 2010 David Cameron warned that under-regulated lobbying was the “next big scandal waiting to happen”. Proposals to introduce a statutory register […]

Ian Kernohan

Opinion: Life and hard times

There’s no quick fix for the New Year economic hangover I know that in writing an economic outlook piece for the year ahead in the middle of yet another ’Last chance to save the euro’ summit, is not without risk: by the time the time of publication my thoughts may look horribly out of date. […]

Tim Cole, partner, QV Career Counsel

Opinion: New Year career resolutions

Is it time to assess all your post-partner Christmas futures? And so 2012 is here, and across the market partners are asking themselves: how long should I stay at this firm? Is there another role for me here? Will my clients keep me busy? And can I still win new work? Other festive thoughts may […]

Pension Protection Fund director of legal services: Security guard

Pension Protection Fund director of legal services David Taylor is braced for a slump-fuelled boom in work for his organisation David TaylorPension Protection Fund Position: Director of legal servicesIndustry: Public sector Reporting to: Chief executive Alan RubensteinAssets under management: £7bnEmployees: 240Global legal capability: 10 lawyers, one qualified secondee, three paralegalsLaw firms: Addleshaw Goddard, Bond Pearce, […]

Jason Haines, finance and operations director

The Lawyer Management: Allen & Overy

My job title is finance and operations director. I was chief information ­officer, then finance and IT director, so my responsibilities are for finance, business and IT, but we thought that was too long for a job title. What’s your role? The reality is that I have two senior staff heading two of those divisions: […]

Wayne Rooney: helpful assist to fellow professional sportspeople

Case of the week: Contracts

Proactive Sports Management Ltd v (1) Wayne Rooney; (2) Coleen Rooney; (3) Stoneygate 48 Ltd; (4) Speed 9849 Ltd 2011Court of Appeal. Arden LJ; Gross LJ; Sullivan LJ. 1 December 2011 An image rights representation agreement in respect of a professional footballer engaged the doctrine of restraint of trade, despite the fact that exploiting his […]

Judgment call: Our new Pages

Welcome to The Lawyer’s new-look litigation pages. Responding to increased demand for broader litigation coverage, each week The Lawyer will be publishing a selection of leading cases in which judgment has been handed down. This comes in addition to the regular litigation news and analytical coverage online and in print. Details of the matters discussed […]

Mihai Mares

Domestic bliss?

Local firms rule in Romania, but that may change if the economy takes an upturn. By Dale McEwan

Chris Johnstone

Faulty powers

Fighting online piracy has been a hot issue for several years. Do we need a new Copyright Act? Four leading in-house lawyers have their say The world of copyright is developing fast, in line with digital innovation. But to date legislation is yet to catch up. Although the UK Digital Economy Act (DEA) came into […]

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