22 June 2009

DLA, White & Case Moscow offices stormed by police

The perils of operating in the Russian market were highlighted last week when the Moscow offices of DLA Piper and White & Case were raided by government authorities. As The Lawyer exclusively reported last Tuesday (16 June), both firms were subject to office searches last week in connection with a government investigation. Documents were seized […]

People moves, June 2009

Allen & Overy (A&O) has boosted its IP litigation practice with the hire of Neville Cordell and Huw Evans as partners. Moves of the week They were previously partners at the London offices of DLA Piper and Wragge & Co respectively. A&O head of ­contentious IP Nicola Dagg said: “Their arrival, alongside the promotion of […]


Profession welcomes mature students into ranks

Many people in their 50s are just getting round to thinking about retirement. But Last Cawthra Feather trainee Steve Willey has other ideas. Willey, who bagged a training contract with the Yorkshire-based firm aged 56, is looking forward to qualifying as a solicitor specialising in employment law in March 2011. Before securing his training contract […]


Focus: Greenberg Traurig Maher

Finally, Maher gets to run his own show – with his name on the door. The best thing about setting up Greenberg Traurig’s European operation, says Paul Maher, is the ­autonomy. Paul Maher “I’ve got a massive opportunity to start with a blank piece of paper in London,” he declares. “[Greenberg] wanted to do something transformational.” As […]

Gibson Dunn wants its fill of Brazil

Inherent cautiousness means new office is not the product of whimsy. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is one firm that has not abandoned its global strategic goals since the downturn took hold last year. Last week (16 June), TheLawyer. com reported that the US firm had launched an outpost in São Paulo, relocating New York-based corporate partner Lisa […]

Simmons makes up four to partner

Simmons & Simmons has promoted four new associates to its partnership, representing a drop of 80 per cent on last year’s bumper crop. In 2008 the firm promoted 18 new partners to its ranks (TheLawyer.com, 7 May 2008). Two of this year’s new partners are in financial markets, one is in corporate and one is […]


DLA Piper slashes 22 staff in Middle East

DLA Piper has cut 9 per cent of its Middle East workforce in a second round of job cuts in the region. A total of 22 people, comprising one partner, eight fee-earners and 13 support staff, have been cut from across the firm’s offices in the region, with Dubai being hit with around a third […]

Rio Tinto outsources legal work to India

Mining giant Rio Tinto has embarked on an outsourcing project that will see part of its internal and external legal needs outsourced to India. A dedicated team of 12 lawyers provided by outsourcing company CPA Global will carry out contract reviews, drafting, legal research and document review work on Rio Tinto’s behalf. It is estimated […]

Linklaters scoops Community Mark

Linklaters has followed up its success in the Business in the Community (BitC) CSR [corporate social responsibility] Charter by becoming the first law firm to be awarded the Community Mark. Linklaters was one of nine organisations to be given the award, which is assessed by BitC and endorsed by the Prime Minister. The firm spends […]

Herbert Smith’s retention rate slides

Herbert Smith’s retention rate for trainee solicitors due to qualify in the autumn has dropped to 74 per cent. The top 10 law firm has confirmed that it is holding on to 48 out of 65 of its newly qualified (NQ) lawyers. In contrast, Herbert Smith’s retention rate for September 2008 and spring 2009 qualifiers […]

Mishcon shifts family into private client

Mishcon de Reya is to revamp its private client practice to bring its flagship family practice into the fold. Managing partner Kevin Gold said the new practice area would bring contentious trust lawyers together with those in probate, residential conveyancing and immigration. “Ultimately family law will also be in the private client practice,” he told The […]

Dickinson Dees lures County Durham’s head of legal

The interim head of legal at Durham County Council has left to set up a dedicated public law group at Dickinson Dees. Linda Walker oversaw the council’s legal function throughout its conversion into a unitary authority, which was completed in April. Durham was the only one of the nine new unitary councils not to have […]

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