22 November 2004

Clifford Chance to close Berlin office

Clifford Chance (CC) is taking an axe to its entire Berlin office following a management review of profitability. The move, which was announced to the partnership last night, leaves question marks over the destinations of Clifford Chance’s ten partners in the German capital. CC’s Berlin office has been dominated by lower value real estate work, […]

Shaw Pittman London ripped apart by MoFo raid

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has raided Shaw Pittman’s London office by taking its three remaining partners including outsourcing star Alistair Maughan. Shaw Pittman’s London managing partner Maughan is joining MoFo together with outsourcing and technology partners David Skinner and Andrew Smith. MoFo has added an excellent outsourcing team to its burgeoning London office following up […]

Ex-CC German chief resurfaces at Mayer Brown

Peter Nägele, former managing partner of Clifford Chance in Germany, is set to join the Frankfurt office of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw in January next year. Until the end of 2002 Nägele was co-managing partner for continental Europe and a member of the global executive group of Clifford Chance. He left the firm not […]

International firms triumph in Paris bar elections

The number of representatives from international firms on the Paris bar council is significantly increased this morning (24 November) following the second round of elections. Clifford Chance’s Claude Lazarus and Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s Dominique Mondoloni were both elected to the council. Bredin Prat senior partner Jean-François Prat and former Landwell head Gérard Nicolai have […]

3/4 South Square the victors in MyTravel case

3-4 South Square has emerged as the one of the winners in today’s crucial court battle between MyTravel and its bondholders. The decision of UK High Court today means that MyTravel’s restructuring can go ahead in the teeth of opposition from the bondholders, a decision which could significant repercussions for bondholder activism. However, whichever way […]

Half-year results: Addleshaws posts 13 per cent turnover hike

Addleshaw Goddard is predicting average profits per equity partner (PEP) of £400,000 after the firm posted a 13 per cent increase in turnover in the first half of the year. During the last full financial year Addleshaws’ PEP after exceptional merger costs was £302,000 (the PEP before exceptional costs stood at £321,000). The firm’s turnover […]

Law Society and Bar Council hammer out new QC scheme

The Law Society and the Bar Council are revolutionising the appointment of QCs with a new scheme announced today (23 November). Applicants under the reformed scheme will have to supply references from other lawyers, judges and clients who have dealt with possible silks in person. All written applications that meet criteria will be followed with […]

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Two more partners quit Jones Day London

Jones Day’s London office is facing the loss of two more legacy Jones Day partners. Finance partners Martin Bartlam and Hazel Miller resigned from the firm last week, although their destinations are as yet unknown. Their resignations come hot on the heels of Jones Day’s UK head of pensions decision to leave the firm. As […]

White & Case man pulls out of Paris bar race

White & Case finance partner Jean-Luc Boussard has pulled out of the race for a place on the Paris Bar Council following the first round of elections yesterday (23 November). Boussard received 1164 votes in the first round, placing him towards the bottom of the list of 42 candidates. However the three other candidates from […]

Wilmer Cutler launches first mainland China base

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has become the latest foreign firm to launch an office on the Chinese mainland. The US giant formed by the merger of Wilmer Cutler Pickering and Hale and Dorr today announced the launch of their Beijing office. The launch represents a milestone for Wilmer Cutler as it is the […]

Lammy commands elite of the legal profession to embrace diversity

Constitutional affairs minister David Lammy today (23 November) called on solicitors’ firms and barristers’ chambers to encourage diversity within the legal profession. Speaking at a conference on legal education, Lammy said: “A change in attitude or a change in culture needs to come from those at the top. I want to see the top law […]

Law Society slams plans for UK ‘FBI’ agency

The Law Society has criticised government proposals to introduce an “FBI-style” agency to fight organised crime. The society says increased police powers, coupled with the Serious Organised Crime Agency – both announced in the Queen’s Speech this morning (23 November) – will compromise the liberty of the individual. Among potential developments which concern the Law […]

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