2 September 2002

Spare change

Ex-Radcliffes chief executive Vincent Denham talks to Kathryn Hobbs about the comings and goings of a career spent putting lawyers in their places

Fast track

Fast’s main business is the protection of software, but it could also be a good way for a law firm to find that perfect company to add to their client list. Naomi Rovnick reports Paul Brennan has one piece of advice for technology lawyers in need of updating their client list: join the Federation Against […]


Challinors knows that quality of service is the way to a client’s heart In March 2002, former wing commander and Challinors Lyon Clark partnership secretary David Higson was elected as the firm’s new chief executive. Higson joined the general practice firm 14 years ago, after senior partner Trevor Lee used the Officers’ Association for Retired […]

Wragges wins Heinz and M&C Saatchi JV

The corporate group at Wragge & Co has advised HJ Heinz on its joint venture with M&C Saatchi for Heinz’s Complan and Casilan brands Under the agreement, Saatchinvest, a new investment company established by Saatchi, will own 51 per cent of the Complan and Casilan brands. HJ Heinz will own 34 per cent and the […]

New clients make bumper six months for Hammonds' employment practice

Hammonds has targeted its employment team for further growth after a bumper six months In February, highly-rated Eversheds employment partner David Beswick joined the team and was made joint head along with Veronica Dean. Beswick’s move was followed in March with the defection of four more Eversheds employment lawyers – Kathy Halliday, Sarah Bunker, Teresa […]

Independence daze

As the UK prepares to remove Government ministers from competition decisions, Jeremy Robinson and Carol Swaffer ask: how independent is an independent regulator? Followers of UK competition law will by now be familiar with the heralded withdrawal of UK Government ministers from active involvement in the merger control process. The Secretary of State does not […]

Cadwalader plucks Brobeck partner duo

Brobeck Phleger & Harrison’s securities litigation group has suffered another blow with the news that top-billing securities litigation partner Gregory Markel is quitting to join the New York office of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft Securities litigation lawyer Ronit Setton, who was made partner earlier this year, will follow him.Markel will join high-profile securities litigation partner […]

Bird & Bird Brussels media team quits for French rival

Bird & Bird is losing the two founding partners of its Brussels office and its entire Brussels media team Agnes Maqua and Jean Paul Hordies are defecting with six assistants to set up a Brussels office for French corporate and media firm Sokolow Dunaud Mercadier & Carreras (SDMC).The pair, both equity partners, are taking all […]

Masons beats rivals to win Defra IT work

Masons has fought off competition from six other firms to win a massive IT outsourcing contract from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) The project, which will see Defra outsource its current IT infrastructure services and applications development, has an estimated value of more than £350m.Masons partner David Isaac led the team, […]

2 Gray's Inn goes on hiring spree

Civil law specialist 2 Gray’s Inn Square has hired four barristers, including 1970-call barrister Witold Pawlak from 7 Bedford Row Witold, who was appointed as a recorder in 1995, specialises in employment, negligent references, agency and environmental law. Property barrister Richard Samuel has also joined from Maidstone Chambers.Hardwicke Building family specialists Nicola Langridge and Judith […]

Clifford Chance gears up for senior partner battle

Six candidates vie for top spot; Gasteyer the only non-UK partner in the running Clifford Chance is bracing itself for the closest elections in the merged firm’s two-year history as six candidates put themselves forward for senior partner.At close of play on Friday (30 August), the following partners had declared their interest: arbitration partner John […]

Boyds appoints managing director

Boyds has become the first Scottish firm to appoint a managing director. Martin Street (right), who has taken up the post, will be responsible for the business strategy of the firm. Street is a non-lawyer with a background in marketing. He will have a decision-making role above that of the partnership, unlike most chief executive […]

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