20 December 2004

Lovells wins sex discrimination case for Merrill

Lovells has successfully defended a sexual discrimination claim against Merrill Lynch brought by former banker Stephanie Villalba.Villalba was claiming a record £7.5m against the investment bank, alleging that she had failed to win promotion and had been paid less because of her gender. The employment tribunal in Croydon today (22 December) dismissed the claim.The tribunal […]

2005 QC hopefuls face six month delay

The names of new silks for 2005 are not expected to be announced until next Autumn.Traditionally, new Queen’s Counsel have been appointed in April.Hopefuls will now though be given until Easter to make their applications.The Bar Council insists these are still provisional dates as ultimately the timetable will be determined by an independent selection panel.The […]

Outer Temple swoops on dissolving 6 Pump Court

Four barristers from the soon to dissolve 6 Pump Court (Kieran Coonan QC), have joined Outer Temple Chambers.The arrivals bring the number of tenants at Outer Temple to 60 – up from 32 just 18 months ago.Kieran Coonan QC, 6 Pump Court’s head, announced a week ago that his chambers, one of the bar’s foremost […]

Allen & Gledhill bolsters tax team

Linklaters’ Singapore joint venture partner Allen & Gledhill has boosted its tax practice with the appointment of Nand Singh Gandhi as partner. Gandhi, who was previously a sole practitioner at Nand Singh Gandhi & Co and a consultant with Australian firm Freehills joins Allen & Gledhill on 1 January 2005. He has practised tax law […]

Mallesons flies in new London chief

Australia-based Mallesons Stephen Jacques is relocating Sydney-based partner Rowan Russell to head the firm’s London office. Russell’s appointment as Mallesons’ London senior partner will become effective from the end of this month. His move will also further enhance the firm’s corporate finance and capital markets capability in London. Commenting on the move Mallesons’ chief executive […]

Pinsent Masons denied access to Home Office ID card advice

The government is insisting that the ID cards bill being debated in the House of Commons today is compatible with human rights legislation. The government moved to confirm its position following revelations that it has banned the release of advice given to it by the attorney general Lord Goldsmith. The Home Office’s decision to ban […]

Herbert Smith secures High Court victory for CAT

Herbert Smith has today won a victory in the High Court for new client Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT) in its dispute against Abbott Laboratories. The dispute centred on the level of royalty payments Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer client Abbott should pay to CAT on the ground breaking rheumatoid arthritis drug HUMIRA. HUMIRA, which was discovered using […]

Lovells institutes major partner redundancy programme

Lovells’ management has pushed through a major redundancy programme which will see as many as 25 partners leave the partnership completely, with more de-equitised or taking early retirement. Some of the 25 will be volutantary departures, but the overall review is expected to affect up to 35 partners globally. Other partners will be given warnings […]

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