24 May 2010


The Lawyer European Awards 2010: Shortlist

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, it’s no exaggeration to say that interest in The Lawyer European Awards 2010 has exploded. Distinct from The Lawyer’s long-established awards for UK firms, their European cousin celebrates the achievements of firms based on the Continent. On 23 September, Europe’s finest firms will gather in Berlin to […]


Peddie power: Jonathan Peddie, Barclays Bank

As director of litigation and special investigations, Jonathan Peddie has seen off the OFT and implemented major changes at Barclays Global Retail and Banking. But that was only the beginning, writes Andrew Pugh Name: Jonathan PeddiePosition: Director of litigation and special investigations, Global Retail and Banking (GRB)Company: Barclays Bank Industry: Financial servicesTurnover: £31bnNumber of employees: […]

Julius: the UK needs its intellectuals

MISHCON de Reya deputy ­chairman Anthony Julius is adamant that he isn’t a workaholic Well, he could have fooled most of us. Besides being one of the ­country’s most famous litigators and a respected academic, historian and literary critic, Julius has somehow found time to write four fairly meaty books. His latest project – The Trials of the Diaspora: A History […]

People Moves

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has bolstered its Moscow practice by hiring corporate partner Ilya Rybalkin from Hogan Lovells. Move of the week The appointment comes after Akin Gump turned to Hogan Lovells’ legacy firm Hogan & Hartson for the hire of a Geneva office. Rybalkin’s practice is focused on ­international and […]

London corporate to spearhead Hogan Lovells’ staff integration

HOGAN Lovells’ London corporate practice has put in place a series of measures to encourage speedier ­integration between each side of the merged firm. In the most innovative move, the expanded corporate team is encouraging former Lovells partners to work with ex-Hogan & Hartson associates on new instructions. The policy is initially being carried out on an ad hoc basis, […]

Dentons tie-up aids entry into Lebanon

DENTON Wilde Sapte is to launch in Lebanon through an association with local firm Chedid Law Offices. The move marks an attempt by Dentons to get a foot in the door on post­conflict reconstruction and major projects work in what has traditionally been a French sphere of influence. Safwan Moubaydeen, who runs Dentons’ associate office in Amman, Jordan, said that an improved political situation […]


Camerons battles backlash from controversial outsourcing deal

CMS CAMERON McKenna has admitted that a ­number of elements of its business support function may be retained in-house after ­facing a barrage of criticism over its deal with outsourcing specialist Integreon. Since the news of the £600m deal broke, The Lawyer’s online messageboard has been inundated with comments from Camerons’ staff criticising the tie-up.Director of operations […]

Lewis Silkin outsources litigation to New Zealand

LEWIS Silkin has begun outsourcing sophisticated disputes work to litigation partners at a law firm in New Zealand. The top 100 firm has given high-level sports and employment work to Minter Ellison, the Australian-headquartered firm that is carrying out outsourced work for UK firms (The Lawyer, 17 May 2010). In what could be a first for the […]


Source of Doubt

The experience of CMS Cameron McKenna is a lesson for anyone who assumes that reorganisation of business processes can lead us to the sunlit uplands. The week before last (14 May) TheLawyer.com reported that Camerons was preparing for a £600m outsourcing deal with Integreon that could involve all business services. Camerons is by no means […]


The Hogan Lovells love-in continues – but don’t mention remuneration

AT THE Hogan Lovells annual press party last week co-chief executive David Harris gave a short speech. As always, there was a strategic theme. This time the new American partners were in town, and three weeks into the merger ­Harris was keen to push the firm’s perennial line that this was a deal between equals. […]

Scottish councils finalise panel reviews

TWO SCOTTISH local authorities have completed panel reviews, with a ­mixture of Scottish and UK firms winning places. Midlothian Council has hired Anderson Strathern on debt recovery, judicial reviews and licensing appeals work. It takes over from Morton Fraser. Brodies has been retained for employment, construction, planning and litigation work that cannot be carried out in-house. Both firms are appointed for three years. Midlothian […]


Langley departure sees Watson Burton searching for new leader

WATSON Burton has been left without a leader after ­former senior partner Robert Langley left the firm despite vowing to stay until his replacement was installed.Langley stood down from the role, which he had held since 2007, in April. He is believed to have been placed on gardening leave earlier this month, ahead of his […]

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