25 July 2005

Richards Butler gets new chairman

??nston has been appointed the new chairman of Richards Butler. Johnston is taking over from Andrew Taylor, who has reached the end of his second term of office and is standing down.Johnston, who will continue as a partner in the real estate de… Paul Johnston has been appointed the new chairman of Richards Butler. Johnston […]

Ashurst boosts Spain and Germany

Ashurst has bolstered its German finance practice and Spanish corporate capability with the hire of two partners from Norton Rose and Clifford Chance. Tom Beckerhoff, a former partner at Norton Rose, joins the firm’s Frankfurt office as a finance partner, while María José Menéndez joins from Clifford Chance as a corporate partner in Madrid. Her […]

Clifford Chance loses litigation team to Hunton & Williams

US firm Hunton & Williams has ramped up its global competition practice by taking a litigation team from Clifford Chance‘s shrinking New York office. Clifford Chance partner Kelia Ravelo and of counsel Wesley Powell are specilaists in civil litigation with an emphasis on antitrust class actions. Clients include MasterCard International and the Mexican Bankers’ Association. […]

Court of Appeal clarifies GMC guidelines on right to life

Field Fisher Waterhouse has secured victory for the General Medical Council (GMC) in its appeal against a High Court decision in the “right to life” case of Burke v the GMC. The GMC appealed against a decision of Mr Justice Munby in July 2004 in which he declared that GMC guidlines were unlawful. The claimant […]

Jones Day scoops France Telecom deal

Jones Day’s Madrid office has secured its largest instruction from France Telecom to date after being instructed by the telecommunications giant on its landmark EUR6.4m purchase of Spanish mobile phone operator Amena. The deal, agreed earlier this week, sees France Telecom buy 80 per cent of Amena’s stock from holding company Grupo Auna, which is […]

Lovells names Asia chief

Lovells has appointed litigation specialist Crispin Rapinet as the firm’s new Asia regional managing partner. Rapinet, formerly Lovells’ Hong Kong managing partner, succeeds Don Kelly, who stood down in April. As Asia regional managing partner Rapinet will have overall responsibility for Lovells’ six offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh […]

Herbies shrugs off conflict to advise on Rover purchase

Herbert Smith has landed Nanjing Automobile as a new client after advising the Chinese group on its successful acquisition of the stricken Birmingham-based car manufacturer MG Rover. The City firm, which is also advising Phoenix Venture Holdings and the so-called ‘Phoenix Four’, the controlling directors of MG Rover, won the mandate to act for Nanjing […]

Haarmann name partner quits after lockstep row

One of the founding partners of Haarmann Hemmelrath, Wilhelm Haarmann, is the leaving the firm he set up following a make-or-break meeting with managing partners over the weekend. In a statement issued to The Lawyer, Haarmann put his decision to leave down to differences in opinion over the ‘strategic orientation” of the firm. He said: […]

Conservative law group calls for use of intercept evidence

The Society of Conservative Lawyers is calling for the government to allow the use of intercepted evidence in terrorist and organised crime cases. In a paper authored by 18 Red Lion Court silk Jonathan Fisher QC, the society says that the use of intercept evidence does not infringe human rights, calling the current ban “anachronistic […]

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw in nine-partner DC swoop

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has made a mass raid on Washington DC firm Crowell & Moring with the hire of a nine-partner securities and regulatory group. Led by Crowell & Moring’s securities, regulation and enforcement chair Pat Conti, the group of partners includes several former Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) lawyers. Peter White, Crowell […]

Accountancy-tied firms slump in French revenues survey

French international Gide Loyrette Nouel has leapfrogged accountancy-tied firm Ernst & Young Societé d’Avocats (E&Y, formerly EY Law) to become France’s second-biggest firm by revenues. Gide’s French turnover rose from 116.1m euros in 2003 to 125.6m euros for the calendar year 2004, according to research released by French legal magazine Juristes Associés. E&Y’s income dropped […]

BHP Billiton hires new European legal chief

BHP Billiton has appointed a new regional counsel for Europe and Africa recruiting the former general counsel of Reuters. Stephen Mitchell takes up his position on 26th September taking over from Bill Smith who is returning to Australia in a senior counsel role for BHP Billiton. Mitchell is currently a consultant to Cable & Wireless […]

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