21 May 2007

Judiciary sides with Winston Smith on new MoJ

It was just like a teddy bears’ picnic except with no teddy bears. It was just like a teddy bears’ picnic except with no teddy bears. At the launch party of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on Wednesday 23 May, not one judge turned up. See story. The cuddly characters from the judiciary feel it […]

Dickinson Dees recovers with 14 per cent PEP rise

Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees has posted a 17 per cent rise in turnover to £56m for the 2006-07 financial year along with a 14 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP), to £366,000. The figures are a return to form after last year’s disappointing results, which saw PEP drop from £326,000 to £321,000. […]

Skadden and Cleary advise Nasdaq on OMX deal

New York’s junior market Nasdaq has turned to trusted advisers Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom to guide it through its $3.7bn offer for Nordic stock exchange operator OMX. Skadden and Swedish firm Cederqvist are advising Nasdaq on its approach. Allen & Overy (A&O) also played a role. It was Skadden and A&O that teamed […]


Universal Pictures rejigs UK legal department

Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) has restructured its UK legal team with the appointment of a new director and head of legal and business affairs. Melanie Laithwaite has been promoted to the position from the role of vice president of legal and business affairs. Laithwaite replaces Andrew Hall, who was promoted to the newly created […]

Associated Newspapers settles over Knightley anorexia claim

Schillings has scored a settlement for Hollywood star Keira Knightley over her libel claim against the Daily Mail over a story which suggested she was responsible for the death of an anorexic teenager. Knightley accepted a £3,000 settlement from Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers. In January, the Daily Mail published a photo of Knightley in […]

Judges absent from MoJ launch party

The launch party for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on Wednesday night (23 May) had a few notable absentees – namely judges. Not one member of the judiciary attended the reception at the new MoJ office in Victoria Street, London – the former home of the defunct Department for Constitutional Affairs. An MoJ spokesperson said: […]

Jose Mourinho’s dog finds a lawyer

Yesterday we asked who was acting for Jose Mourinho’s dog, Leya. Today we know. See story Elizabeth Robertson, partner at Peters & Peters, scooped the most prized mandate in the sports world. Robertson braved the public eye to represent Mourinho and his dog, answering complaints from the Animal Health and Welfare Services. Robertson said: “The […]

Peters & Peters advises Mourinho’s dog

Peters & Peters partner Elizabeth Robertson has bagged the lead mandate in the fight over Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s dog, a Yorkshire terrier puppy called Leya. Robertson advised Mourinho and Leya on the complaint by a vet that the puppy had travelled from Portugal to London without receiving the proper vaccinations for rabies. Mourinho and […]

Linklaters London staff get small bonus hike

Linklaters’ profit-related bonus has gone up by £100 to £2,500 this year. Linklaters’ profit-related bonus has gone up by £100 to £2,500 this year. All staff in London will receive the bonus, while legal employees across the globe will receive the market equivalent for their jurisdiction. The news comes almost a month after the magic […]

Schillings fights Mail over Knightley anorexia articles

Media law firm Schillings sued the Daily Mail’s publisher for libel today (24 May) on behalf of Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley. Partner Simon Smith issued the proceedings after Associated Newspapers published a photograph of Knightley wearing a bikini and relaxing on a beach on holiday without her consent. The Daily Mail reported […]

Wife keeps £48m Charman award

Manches scored a first in English legal history when the Court of Appeal today (24 May) upheld the largest-ever contested divorce settlement. Manches family partner Helen Ward instructed Martin Pointer QC of 1 Hare Court for Beverley Charman, the wife of insurance millionaire John Charman. The judges, led by president of the Family Division Sir […]

MBRM closes public law department

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s (MBRM) last remaining public law partner has left. Anna Forge is set to join McGrigors next month. Last month (30 April), The Lawyer reported that Tony Childs, who set up MBRM’s public law department in 1995, was leaving to join Beachcroft, taking two assistants and one legal executive with him. […]

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