21 July 2008

Popularity rising

Popularity rising 25-July-2008The papers are having a field day on the Mosley, spanking and privacy case, but even we were surprised at the Daily Mail’s decision to devote an entire double page spread trying to find something bad to say about Mr Justice Eady. The papers are having a field day on the Mosley, spanking […]

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Bevan Brittan makes Brum chief redundant

Bevan Brittan makes Brum chief redundant” />Bevan Brittan is to shake up management of its Birmingham office following the redundancy of it current office head Sharon McCann, The Lawyer can reveal. Head of health Steve Hughes has moved from Bristol to replace McCann as head of the Birmingham office. At the same time health partner […]

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Keir Starmer QC appointed DPP

Doughty Street Chambers’ joint head Keir Starmer QC has been appointed the next director of public prosecutions (DPP), the attorney general Baroness Scotland announced today (25 July). Starmer, who was called to the bar in 1987 and took silk in 2002, will take over from Sir Ken Macdonald QC, previously of Matrix Chambers, on 1 […]

Clifford Chance and Lovells close blueprint SIV restructuring

Clifford Chance and Lovells bagged lead roles on the restructuring of the distressed $6bn (£3bn) Cheyne Finance structured investment vehicle (SIV), as it was formerly known. The restructuring, which completed on 22 July, has been termed a “firesale” by commentators but could act as a blueprint for restructurings of other SIVs that are in similar […]

OFT appoints new GC

The Office of Fair Trading has promoted former Slaughter and May lawyer Frances Barr to the roles of general counsel and head of legal profession at the watchdog. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has promoted former Slaughter and May lawyer Frances Barr to the roles of general counsel and head of legal profession at […]

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Kaplan buys Altior to boost law firm links

Kaplan Professional, the company behind Nottingham Law School’s London arm has taken over Altior in a bid to boost its post-qualification legal training offering. Cardiff-based Altior runs the Professional Skills Course (PSC), which is compulsory for all trainee solicitors to complete as well as management and business skills management trainings for lawyers. The deal follows […]

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Steeles beats Farrers in Mosley orgy case

Norfolk-based firm Steeles Law has won Formula 1 chief Max Mosley £60,000 in damages after suing the News of the World for breach of privacy. Mosley took action against the Sunday newspaper after it secretly filmed him taking part in a sex orgy, which involved a portrayal of sadomasochism. During the five-day trial, 68-year-old Mosley […]

Bakers wins Narnia domain name battle

Baker & McKenzie has prevailed over a Scottish family in a fight over the narnia.mobi domain name, after a decision from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Gillian Ferguson and Richard Saville-Smith bought the narnia.mobi email domain name in 2006, so that their son, an avid fan of the Chronicles of Narnia books by author […]

Dechert takes Tyco GC for governance push

Dechert has hired former Tyco general counsel to bulk up its corporate governance and regulatory capabilities in the US. William Lytton has joined the firm’s New York office as senior counsel in the corporate governance team. Lytton said: “My role is about building up the firm’s strength in corporate governance. This is something that is […]

Alston & Bird lands IndyMac role

Atlanta-based Alston & Bird is advising on issues surrounding collapsed US bank IndyMac. The California bank is a longstanding client of Alston. Washington DC partner Dwight Smith is leading Alston’s team on a number of issues relating to the bank’s collapse, including the transfer of its assets to the government. Alston is also continuing to […]

Thomas Eggar moves 17 lawyers to Southampton

Southeast firm Thomas Eggar is to move six partners and 11 fee-earners to its new Southampton office from early September. The spearhead is to focus on business development in the city, and the lawyers will practise in areas including commercial, dispute resolution and real estate. Managing partner Tony Edwards said: “We very much want to […]

BLG scoops lead role in Menezes inquiry

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has been appointed the solicitors to the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian shot dead by London police. Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has scooped the lead role as the solicitors to the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian man […]

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