25 August 2008

Heller Ehrman in merger talks with Mayer Brown

US firm Heller Ehrman is understood to be in talks with Mayer Brown, just two weeks after the collapse of Heller’s talks with Baker & McKenzie. London-based global vice chairman Paul Maher refused to confirm or deny the tie-up, adding: “We don’t comment on rumours or speculation.” San Francisco, California-headquartered Heller has been at the […]

Go East

Go East29-August-2008Unless you’ve spent 2008 working in a box in the stationary cupboard, you’ll have noticed that firms are banking on emerging markets to get them through the credit crunch – key among those markets is the Middle East. Unless you’ve spent 2008 working in a box in the stationary cupboard, you’ll have noticed that […]


Bevan Brittan chief exec voted out; new profit plan

Bevan Brittan chief exec voted out; new profit plan” />Bevan Brittan’s Stuart Whitfield is to be replaced as chief executive and replaced by non-lawyer Andrew Manning after the partnership voted him out of the position. The Lawyer revealed in July how a four partner committee was tasked with coming up with restructuring plan and proposed […]

Knowles seeks new term as DLA chief

DLA Piper chief executive Nigel Knowles is bidding to extend his leadership of the firm until 2012 and will stand for re-election at the end of the year. Knowles’s term as joint chief executive is due to end in December, when his re-election will be put to a partner vote. It is understood that Knowles, […]

McCartney divorce makes Shackleton a household name

Payne Hicks Beach divorce partner Fiona Shackleton has stolen the title of highest-profile lawyer from her Mishcon de Reya rival Anthony Julius. Over the past 12 months Shackleton (pictured) had the most press mentions – 274 – of all UK lawyers after representing Sir Paul McCartney in his divorce from Heather Mills, according to a […]

Field Fisher boosts IP disputes with DLA hire

DLA Piper has been hit by the loss of an IT litigator less than a month after making five redundant in its technology, media and communications group. Partner Andrew Dodd has left the firm to join Field Fisher Waterhouse in the IP and technology dispute resolution group. He takes up the post on 8 September. […]


Dentons aviation partner to retrain as pilot

A Denton Wilde Sapte aviation partner is leaving the law to work as a commercial pilot after 12 years at the City firm. Owain Jones, who is currently based in Abu Dhabi, will fly the nest when his three-year secondment to the Middle East comes to an end at the start of 2009. Jones already […]

News Corp appoints European legal chief

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has transferred one of its most senior lawyers from New York to London to take on the role of European and Asian legal chief. News Corp appointed Jeffrey Palker to the role of senior vice-president, business and legal affairs, Europe and Asia today (27 August). Palker will report to the chief […]

DLA Piper raids Thelen Reid for eight-partner team

DLA Piper has launched an eight-partner raid on US firm Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner in a bid to bolster its real estate and structured finance practice. Six of the group – led by former Thelen real estate chairman Jeffrey Steiner – will be based in New York, while two partners, Marc Friedman and […]

Orrick taps Mayer Brown for restructuring push

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired Mayer Brown‘s global restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency co-chair for its New York office. Raniero D’Aversa has joined the firm as a partner to head the New York creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice. Mark Fennessy, a partner in the firm’s London creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice, said: “We are very […]

BLP hires Barclays banker for finance push

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is looking to bulk up its finance client list with the hire of former Barclays banker Peter Harvey as a consultant. Harvey, who was previously vice-chair of UK banking at Barclays, is to take up the part-time position for an indefinite period on 1 October. He will work with head of […]

eLearning vs traditional instructor-led training

Staff training and development is a necessary element of any industry but its role within the legal profession is paramount. Staff training and development is a necessary element of any industry, but its role within the legal profession is paramount. Be it professional skills development, keeping up to date with changing law and legislation, new […]

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