23 August 2004

DAC boxing clever with Khan

Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has won Olympic gold-medal hopeful Amir Khan as a new client. Boxing star Khan and his family have instructed DAC’s Manchester sports department head Gareth Williams as the 17-year-old goes for gold in Athens. Williams is guiding the Khans through the mass of attention the boxer is getting ahead of Sunday’s […]

Brobeck partners’ firm knocked-out of CC law suit row

US bankruptcy firm Pachulski Stang Ziehl Young Jones & Weintraub has been disqualified from acting for a group of former Brobeck Phelger & Harrison partners who are attempting to sue Clifford Chance for $100m. It is understood that the decision to disqualify Pachulski Stang, was made at a hearing in San Francisco yesterday (25 August). […]

Ashurst’s Forschbach leaves for Latham & Watkins

Ashurst has been dealt a blow after losing highly-rated Parisian corporate rainmaker Thomas Forschbach to Latham & Watkins. It is understood that Forschbach’s departure was announced internally earlier this week, though it is not known if an exit date has been set. Corporate and private equity specialist Forschbach is one of Ashurst’s biggest billers and […]

Orrick boosts Japanese corporate base with mass hire

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has taken on a score of new recruits for its Tokyo office, including a former lawyer from Mitsui Yasuda Wani & Maeda. Masami Totani is moving to the US firm’s registered associated practice Orrick Tokyo Law Offices with four bengoshi. All are joining from highly-rated Japanese practice Mitsui Yasuda Wani & […]

Ward Hadaway managing partner gets third term

North East firm Ward Hadaway has re-appointed its managing partner for a third term as the firm forges ahead to meet its ambitious growth targets. Jamie Martin has served as managing partner since 1998 and from taking over the helm six years ago, the firm has increased turnover by 100 per cent. In the most […]

Clarke Willmott heads north with Birmingham acquisition

Bristol’s Clarke Willmott has secured its first Birmingham office through the takeover of personal injury firm Amery Parkes. The four-partner, 30-lawyer firm, which last year turned over an estimated £6m, joined Clarke Willmott on 1 August and will trade under the Clarke Willmott banner. Clarke Willmott’s managing partner David Sedgwick said the firm planned to […]


The past 18 months have not been kind to Simmons & Simmons. Falling profits, partner de-equitisations, a racial discrimination case… you couldn’t make it up. The one bright spot for Simmons was its leading position in the accelerated IPO market, for which it gained prominence on the back of last May’s Northumbrian Water deal. The […]

Simmons hit with third partner departure

Simmons & Simmons has sustained another partner loss, as a highly rated corporate partner up sticks for Lovells. Steven Bryan will join Lovells corporate team where he will be part of the firm’s energy and utilities team. While at Simmons, Bryan was credited with developing the accelerated IPO structure used in the Northumbrian Water flotation […]

Simmons loses two IP heads to Kilpatrick

Simmons & Simmons has been hit with the double loss of its London and New York IP heads to Kilpatrick Stockton. Helen Newman, who has been a partner with Simmons since 1985, is joining Kilpatrick Stockton’s London office while Christopher Woods, a partner since 1993, will move to the US firm’s soon to open New […]

Former Allen & Overy associate bags lead role at Olswang

A senior associate from Allen & Overy has been propelled to the head of property finance at Olswang. New Olswang partner Eleni Skordaki will lead the group from November which will be housed within Olswang’s banking division. Skordaki’s appointment will allow the firm to advise clients across property, funds and banks.

Irwin Mitchell names Knaggs as new Leeds leader

Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office has appointed a new managing partner. David Knaggs, head of the firm’s Leeds insurance practice, takes over the role after nine years as a partner at Irwin Mitchell, replacing Kevin Cunningham. The Leeds office includes the firm’s personal injury and business arms as well as the insurance practice. Last year office […]

BLP stalwart changes pace with move to Devon firm

Berwin Leighton Paisner is to lose one of its longest-standing project finance partners to a small regional practice in Devon. Carol McCormack OBE, who has been with the firm since she qualified some 20 years ago, has decided to join Michelmores in Exeter as part of a lifestyle change. McCormack plans to move to the […]

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