21 June 2004

Law Society seeks repeal of limited liability prohibition

The Law Society is to seek the repeal of a prohibition against limiting the liability of a solicitor in a contentious business agreement. The revelation came in a speech by Law Society president Peter Williamson at City firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert on Wednesday (23 June). Williamson said that the Law Society’s current policy is […]

Linklaters tops M&A league tables

Linklaters has topped the European M&A league tables for the first half of 2004, trumping magic circle rival Clifford Chance who ranked number one in last year’s annual ratings. Figures released by Mergermarket saw Linklaters notching up 78 deals totalling 99bn euros. Meanwhile, Clifford Chance, which managed to hold onto the top spot based on […]

Baker & McKenzie swoops for CC San Diego partner

Baker & McKenzie has scooped Clifford Chance San Diego partner Maria Sendra. Sendra is one of only two partners in Clifford Chance’s San Diego office. Sendra joined Clifford Chance from collapsed Californian firm Brobeck Phleger & Harrison two years ago. Her departure follows the defection of the bulk of those former Brobeck partners to Orrick […]

Deacons appoints first female senior partner

Deacons has appointed the firm’s property head Lilian Chiang as the firm’s first ever female senior partner. Chiang is replacing Mark Roberts who is retiring from the firm after a total of 27 years, including six as managing partner and the last four as senior partner. Her appointment will take effect from 1 July for […]

Attorney-General to endorse new EU constitution

The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith QC, will tomorrow (25 June) endorse the Charter of Fundamental Rights which forms part of the new EU constitution. In his speech, Lord Goldsmith sets out to correct misapprehensions about the Charter, most significantly saying that it sets out principles for human rights rather than displacing existing national laws. The […]

Akin Gump raids King & Spalding for energy team

Texas-based law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has raided US rival King & Spalding for a team of 10 energy lawyers. Christine LaFollette, Tony Nunes, Mark Zvonkovic and Kevin Keenan join as partners and William Alexander and Edward Pointevent join as senior counsel. The firm has also scooped senior counsel Sheila Tweed from […]

RPC scores victory for barrister in property dispute

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain was celebrating today after their client Kerry Cox won her three-year property dispute against Lawrence Jones. Cox and Jones, both barristers, purchased property together during a three and a half year relationship. In today’s judgment Mr Justice Mann found in favour of Cox, awarding her a 100 per cent beneficial interest in […]

Morgan Cole suffers further London departure

Morgan Cole’s beleaguered London office has been hit by another partner departure. The office, which was restructured earlier this year to focus purely on property and property litigation work for property and energy investment clients has lost energy partner Oliver Drennan. Drennan, who is due to join Collyer-Bristow as a partner next Monday (28 June), […]

Congratulations to all the winners

Hundreds of lawyers will be nursing their heads today after The Lawyer Awards last night. Congratulations to all the winners, a full list of whom can be seen here. But the biggest cheer of the evening went to the winners of the Public Sector Team of the Year Award: the Hutton Inquiry team. It was […]

CMS alliance firms forge closer ties in Russia

The Moscow offices of CMS Cameron McKenna are set to unite under one roof in a bid to forge closer ties between the firm’s allied UK, German and French arms. CMS Cameron McKenna, CMS Hasche Sigle and CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre will occupy 2657 square metres of space in Moscow’s Ostozhenka district, the historical and […]


Tesco Law goes live

‘Tesco Law’ became a reality this week with the launch of the supermarket giant’s online legal store. Customers are welcomed to the site with the slogan: ‘Lawyers can be expensive – why not see if you can handle the problem yourself?” However Tesco cannot yet offer legal services, instead referring users to the Law Society, […]

Stephenson Harwood wins and loses in recruitment stakes

Stephenson Harwood has lost its head of corporate and a partner to Taylor Wessing but gained two new recruits. James Robertson, group practice leader for corporate and partner Adrienne Seaman are leaving for Taylor Wessing though at this point a leave date is still being negotiated. However Stephenson Harwood is taking on two lawyers for […]

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