22 March 2004

Russell Jones & Walker sets up link with financial services expert

Russell Jones & Walker (RJ&W) has signed a business partnership with financial services adviser Towry Law. The two will operate a loose referral system, which takes affect as of today [26 March]. Towry Law, which has a network of offices around the UK, advises individual and corporate clients on financial issues including investments, mortgages, benefits […]

Heller Ehrman goes live in Beijing

San Francisco’s Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe has finally kick-started its Asian practice after opening an office in Beijing. As reported first in The Lawyer last June, Heller Erhman put in application to open a Beijing office in summer 2003. “Heller Ehrman is clearly committed to Asia and our new office in Beijing will allow […]

Law Society to answer back to Clementi reforms

The Law Society will attempt to provide a cohesive response to Sir David Clementi’s proposal to overhaul regulation of the legal profession in two specially convened meetings. The Law Society’s ruling council is due to meet on April 22 and May 13 to determine its reaction to Sir David’s consultation paper, released in advance of […]

Cadwalader hits the jackpot in NY office sale

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has offloaded its New York headquarters and trousered $57m in the process. The firm has sold its 100 Maiden Lane office in downtown New York to Maiden Lane Properties which is aiming to turn the 82-year old building into a residential space. Cadwalader is moving to a 450,000 sq ft space […]

Lovells partner faces the stand in tobacco case

Lovells litigation partner Andrew Foyle is set to face questioning over five key areas of British American Tobacco’s [BAT] document destruction policy, after losing an appeal against an order forcing the lawyer to give evidence in a huge US tobacco litigation. In the case of the United States v Philip Morris and others, the US […]

Hollinger battle takes new turn in legal fees fight

Embattled newspaper baron Conrad Black has brought a claim against Hollinger International over its alleged refusal to pay his legal bills. According to reports, Lord Black, who was forced out as Hollinger International chairman and chief executive though still controls the company, is claiming that he is owed $3.7m for legal bills he has racked […]

No5 expands in Spain with innovative alliance

Birmingham’s No5 Chambers has become one of only a handful of sets with an international presence after forging an alliance with Spain’s GV&A (Gomez Villares and Alvarez). No5, which opened a London office in 2002, is expecting to refer property, tax and probate cases with a Spanish element to its new alliance partner. GV&A, the […]

Piper Rudnick wins some and loses some in real estate drive

Piper Rudnick has bolstered its rapidly expanding California practice by adding two high profile real estate partners to its San Francisco office. Stephen Cowan, the former managing partner of O’Melveny & Myers’ San Francisco office, and Caryl Welborn, the former senior partner at Morrison & Foerster joined Piper Rudnick last week. They were joined by […]

Swedish firm scores coup with lateral from rival

Sweden’s Vinge has poached one of Mannheimer Swartling’s brightest stars, marking the firm’s first lateral partner hire from it’s closest rival. M&A/private equity partner Johan Winnerblad is set to join Vinge once an exit date can be agreed with Mannheimer. Lateral partner moves are rare in Sweden and virtually unheard of between the two leading […]

Jones Day loses partner to Hogan & Hartson

Jones Day’s London office has suffered the loss its first legacy Gouldens partner since the two firms merged over a year ago. Real estate and structured finance partner Christopher Berry is joining the London office of Hogan & Hartson. Berry, who has been a partner at Jones Day since 1986, has extensive experience in advising […]

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