23 April 2012

Moves: 23 April 2012

After six years in the corporate law team at Trowers & Hamlins, five as a partner, James Lyons has joined Ashfords. Move of the week He moves to the firm’s corporate and commercial team as a partner, bringing expertise in M&A, corporate finance and joint ventures in the public and private sectors. Lyons qualified in […]

Move On Up: Brabners Chaffe Street

Associates at the North West firm have not had much to shout about in the past five years, with laterals and tie-ups limiting opportunities North West firm Brabners Chaffe Street has experienced a period of rapid expansion in recent years, but the growth has been predominantly through mergers and lateral hires rather than organic growth […]

Job Watch: Funds

With many firms looking to boost their funds practices, there is plenty of demand for lawyers with funds expertise. “Funds is a popular area in terms of recruitment,” says Jenny McKinley of recruitment consultancy Pro-Legal. “While large City firms frequently look for talented lawyers in the market, it’s been notably US and other City firms […]

Work Life Quiz: Christopher Gibson QC, Outer Temple Chambers

What was your first-ever job? Digging solidified chocolate out of a tanker – the driver hadn’t heated the tank before filling it. I doubt I could get in the hatch now – and I certainly wouldn’t get out. What was your worst day as a pupil? In a County Court, the judge made a possession […]

Vajda: another QC hits the heights

Bench press

Barrister fast-tracked to top European post With the European Court of Human Rights under scrutiny, a high-level judicial appointment has been all but ignored by the national press. Last week Monckton Chambers’ Christopher Vajda QC was nominated by the Government as the first barrister to be appointed to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) bench. […]

Chaos theories

Continent’s firms try to find a way through the economic turmoil The crisis in the eurozone is a major source of uncertainty for businesses across the Continent. But as today’s The Lawyer European 100 report shows, some countries have been vastly more affected by the downturn than others. The report ranks the top 100 law […]

Red all over

Chinese lawyers relieved as Communist Party boss is arrested The dramatic fall of Bo Xilai, former head of the Chinese Communist Party in Chongqing, has not only dominated the world’s news, but also allowed China’s lawyers to breathe a sigh of relief. The story concerns hundreds of thousands of Chinese lawyers and dates back to […]

Timing bomb: May’s extradition gambit was foiled after ECHR appeal date muddle

The land of May-believe

Research shows ECHR is not as obstructive as politicians make out There was uproar in Whitehall last week over the influence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on domestic legislation, but research has revealed that onlya tiny minority of rulings by the Strasbourg Court have gone against the UK Government. Calls for the […]

World Trade Organisation: Geneva location provides plenty of work for Swiss offices

World service

Anglo-Saxon firms may not want to practise Swiss law, but with WTO work and changing tax regulations they would be foolish to stay away As an international legal market, Switzerland is unlike any other in Europe. Despite the country’s status as a corporate hub, only one major Anglo-Saxon law firm – Baker & McKenzie – […]


Olé grail

The most persistent assumptions around the law’s new world are rooted in a depressingly monoglot belief that Anglo-Saxon firms will be the only beneficiaries of the globalised market. Clearly, their heft and reach put them in pole position to win work from multinational clients. Look at the European experience, runs the argument. In France, Germany […]

Unsettling settlements

If the Supreme Court upholds Rubin, it will turn London into ’disputes central’, but UK businesses risk being exposed to fresh uncertainties. The Supreme Court will next month decide whether foreign court rulings in insolvency matters can be enforced in England and Wales in a case that litigators believe could enshrine a move towards a […]

Tulkinghorn: Enforcer to be reckoned with

Tulkinghorn has always aspired to have a title or nickname that accurately reflects his standing and reputation. For that reason he has nothing but envy for Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis, whom insiders at the firm have labelled the ‘Sicilian Enforcer’. It’s not quite clear how he earned the moniker, but it’s little wonder […]

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