25 Feb 2013

Joanne Harris index

Offshore law meets global challenge

There were two big talking points in the offshore legal world last year. And many speculated that the two were linked, as Walkers’ decision to sell off its fiduciary business was followed promptly by Maples and Calder’s raid on its rival for a team of funds partners. Maples’ hires, as we report in this week’s […]


LLP analysis: top firms’ figures laid bare

The LLPs lay out the state of the market in black and white. It’s not always pretty reading When US firm K&L Gates posted its financial results last week it laid itself bare. Firm chairman Peter Kalis decided transparency was the order of the day in the wake of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s collapse. Consequently, the […]

HSF on board in new FFW partner row

Here we go again at FFW, as HSF is drafted in to sort out yet another partner row Mark Abell’s dispute with his ex-firm Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) took a new twist last week when it emerged that the former IP and IT head has instructed Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partner Alan Watts for advice […]

Law firms bounce back in US

US firms’ results soar while Dewey cave-in sparks hire-mania If you happened to land on earth from a recession-free planet this month and had a quick nose around top US law firms’ financial results for 2012, you could be forgiven for crying out: “Financial crisis, what financial crisis?” That is because this year’s US reporting […]


Olswang hires for South East Asia expansion

Olswang takes on ex-Fasken Martineau specialist in regional push Olswang” src=”/Pictures/web/f/o/s/David_Stewart_15_150.jpg” /> David Stewart, Olswang Olswang, for years a decidedly UK-focused outfit, has more recently been going all guns blazing to stamp its technology-led footprint on the globe. A fundamental part of that strategy is the Holborn firm’s approach to Asia. Last year the firm […]

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Lawyers pressed to work on posthumous Magnitsky trial

Little suspense about verdict in posthumous trial of lawyer Magnitsky The history of posthumous trials, including the likes of Pope Fomosus, Joan of Arc and Nazi official Martin Borman, got even more bizarre last week when the preliminary hearing for a trial involving deceased Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky got underway. The hearing had been postponed […]

Chris Mordue index

Sweetheart and the shotgun

CAC sets the scene for union turf wars and upsets the delicate balance of industrial relations “We are simply ironing out a wrinkle, rectifying a perplexing anomaly, and not proposing to alter the wording in a way which is incompatible with the underlying thrust of the legislation.” This is the Central Arbitration Committee’s (CAC) modest […]

Briefings Live India

The India Opportunity

Is India still the jewel in the BRICs’ crown? Managing risk when investing in the country was the subject of a lively debate in London recently As a leading emerging economy, India has long been an attractive destination for foreign investment, but recent tax changes and other controversial decisions have dampened investor sentiment. To discuss […]

Mark Dembovsky Index

The Lawyer Management: HowardKennedyFsi

Mark Dembovsky, chief executive officer Mark Dembovsky is CEO of HowardKennedyFsi. He was previously CEO of Howard Kennedy and was the driving force behind its merger with Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI). He was also chief strategy officer at Reed Smith for more than eight years as well as CEO at Dawsons. How has your role […]

Mike Pullen index

Hard road to EU-US trade deal

Ensure your clients’ interests are represented at the top table as the great trade talk-in looms The EU and the US now share not only common values, a similar level of development and high standards of labour and environmental protection, but also the opportunity to deepen those ties with an ambitious free trade agreement. Following […]

Philipa Charles index

Moves: 25 February 2013

Move of the week Litigation specialist Stewarts Law has appointed Philippa Charles to head up its new international arbitraton department. Charles joins from Mayer Brown, where she was a commercial dispute resolution and arbitration partner. UK London Litigation and arbitration firm Cooke Young & Keidan has hired senior associate Tina Asgarian.  Asgaria is a commercial […]

Andrew Whitehead index

Playing the lead role in Europe

UK companies have big opportunities in Germany, especially those in the green sectors It’s official: just when Germany expected us to head for the EU exit door, it seems we’re their biggest trading partner. According to recent Bundesbank figures, the UK has overtaken France as Germany’s biggest global trade partner – with trade between the […]

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