24 November 2003

Simmons loses corporate head to Stevens & Bolton

Simmons & Simmons head of corporate and commercial is leaving, ushering in a new era for the group. Ken Woffenden, who has practised at Simmons since 1977, is moving to Guildford firm Stevens & Bolton as an equity partner in its corporate group. Stepping into the role of departmental managing partner, corporate and commercial is […]

Morgan Lewis lands ex-Diageo legal chief

Morgan Lewis is ramping up its London corporate group with a former partner of Australia’s Jackson McDonald Barristers & Solicitors. Kenneth Mildwaters, best known in the UK legal market as the former general counsel and group legal director at the world’s biggest spirits group Diageo, is moving to the US law firm just eight months […]

Clifford Chance Munich head to launch boutique practice

Clifford Chance is to lose the head of its Munich office next April. IP specialist Joachim Feldges is leaving to set up an independent boutique. Feldges said he was leaving for personal reasons. The firm is yet to appoint a replacement. Feldges, who is expected to take a number of clients with him, said: “We […]

CMS Cameron McKenna forms Prague German-speaking alliance

CMS Cameron McKenna and fellow network firms CMS Strommer Reich-Rohrwig Karasek Hainz and CMS Hasche Sigle have joined forces to establish a German-speaking practice based in Prague. The joint venture between the three firms will be headed up by Andreas Ueltzhoeffer, who has joined from German law firm Schaffer & Partner. Ueltzhoeffer will be supported […]


It must be groans all round at Clifford Chance today. Just a couple of days ago, global managing partner Peter Cornell and regional managing partner of the Americas John Carroll appeared in the national press, cosily pictured and waxing lyrical about Clifford Chance’s US practice. And then guess what happens? Yet another rainmaker jumps ship. […]

Field Seymour Parkes hires Dentons partner

Pilgrim-Morris is an insurance litigator, with particular expertise in Lloyd’s work, reinsurance and product liability disputes. Although Field Seymour already has a commercial litigation capability, this is the firsttime it has been able to offer ins… Reading firm Field Seymour Parkes has broken into the insurance and reinsurance market with the hire of Denton Wilde […]

Minters opens Darwin base

Minter Ellison has forged its way into the Northern Territory, opening an office in Darwin. Until now the state had been serviced on a ‘fly in, fly out’ basis from the Adelaide office, but Minters chairman Peter Bartlett said the firm saw opportunity there because of the region’s proximity to Indo China, Indonesia and the […]

Taylor Wessing appoints new real estate head

Taylor Wessing’s head of Real Estate John Whitfield is to step down at the end of this year. He will be replaced by real estate partner Adam Marks who joined the firm from West End firm Walsh Lawson in 1999. The real estate practice has developed considerably in Whitfield’s seven year tenure, most notably taking […]

Pike steps down as Stephenson Harwood overhauls management

John Pike will step down next year as chief executive of Stephenson Harwood to be replaced by litigation partner Sunil Gadhia. The move forms part of a review of the management of the firm that includes the promotion of its director of finance and administration, Clive Ruse, to chief operating officer. Alongside Gadhia, Ruse will […]

Joelson Wilson launches trans-Atlantic alliance

London boutique Joelson Wilson has launched a trans-Atlantic alliance with New Jersey firm Cooper Levenson April Niedelman & Wagenheim to capitalise on growing gambling opportunities in the UK. The firms are gearing up for the anticipated expansion in casino gaming and internet gaming as a result of the Budd Report. The report has triggered a […]

Holman Fenwick targets aviation work with new specialist

Holman Fenwick & Willan has established an informal alliance with newly launched specialist aerospace and commercial practice Gates and Partners. The aim is for Holman Fenwick’s global offices to assist Gates and Partners in handling aviation disasters. Gates and Partners was established around a month ago by Sean Gates, the former joint senior partner of […]

Criminal defence lawyers’ ‘annus horribilis’ continues

That this year will go down as an ‘annus horribilis’ for the criminal defence profession is pretty much guaranteed – but it is not over yet. Just to recap, back in March every criminal law firm in the country received a notice terminating its legal aid contract for 2004 to make way for amendments to […]

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