24 March 2008

Sugar was sweeter

Sugar was sweeter
As if being a toffo would-be lawyer wasn’t a disadvantage already, aspiring barrister Nicholas De Lacy-Brown has done himself no favours on the PR front since.

Clifford Chance hit with sex discrimination claim

Clifford Chance hit with sex discrimination claim” />Clifford Chance is facing another sex discrimination claim and is due to defend itself in a Budapest court next month. Former Budapest associate Maia Christie is claiming that the firm discriminated against her because she was pregnant and a part-time worker. The magic circle firm, which is currently […]

Show me the money

This week’s publication of The Lawyer US Top 50 ruffled a few feathers in New York. There were the firms that didn’t make it. There were the firms that didn’t do too well (let’s face it, no-one likes to be reminded that they’re having a tough time). And then there were the market watchers who […]

Clifford Chance and Simmons clinch £13bn fleet deal

Clifford Chance and Simmons clinch £13bn fleet deal” />Simmons & Simmons and Clifford Chance advised on the £13bn deal to replace the RAF air-to-air refuelling fleet, one of the UK’s largest ever PFI projects. The Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FTSA) project was completed yesterday (27 March) after more than a year of legal wrangling. Simmon […]

Herbies shakes things up

Herbert Smith likes to vaunt its diversity statistics and this year it’s really practising what it preaches – a third of its new partners are women. That’s six out of 18.


…Meanwhile, Herbert Smith’s practice focus has seen little change, with corporate again gaining the largest number of new partners.

Herbies promotes record number of partners

Herbert Smith has made up a record 18 associates to the partnership and a third of them are women. The bulk of the promotions were made around the firm’s international network with just eight of the 18 based in the London office. As last year, when the firm made up a total of 10, the […]

A&O wins rare Anglo-Russian mining deal

Allen & Overy (A&O) has won a rare instruction on a mining deal, advising Russian mining giant Mechel on its $1.498m (£750m) bid for London-based Oriel Resources. Mechel turned to A&O in the firm’s first major instruction for the company while chrome and nickel producer Oriel, which is listed on AIM, called on Norton Rose […]

Linklaters IP team quits for Olswang

Linklaters IP team quits for Olswang” />Olswang has taken on a star team of eight lawyers from Linklaters in Germany, doubling the size of its burgeoning Berlin office. Linklaters German managing partner Michael Lappe told German publication Juve he regretted the departure of the team but understood the step they had taken, in light of […]

Rawlinson succeeds Jones as Freshfields corporate chief

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer corporate partner Mark Rawlinson is to succeed Tim Jones as the firm’s London corporate head, taking up the new post on 1 April. As reported in The Lawyer (3 December 2007) Jones is handing over departmental managing partner duties after taking on the role of London office head. Rawlinson, who has been […]

‘Confident’ Macfarlanes hits three-year promotions high

Macfarlanes has promoted five associates into the partnership, a slight increase on the last two years, when the firm made up four associates. There were two new partners in debt finance, the first for several years, and one each in the firm’s corporate tax, property and litigation groups. Senior partner Robert Sutton said: “To promote […]

Sub-prime report slams O’Melveny and KPMG

O’Melveny & Myers and KPMG have been slammed in a highly anticipated report into the collapse of sub-prime mortgage company, New Century Financial filed yesterday (Wednesday 26 March) in the US bankruptcy court in Delaware. K&L Gates partner Michael Missal’s 550-page report heavily criticises the business practices at New Century and slams the company’s auditors, […]

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