25 October 2004

DLA raids Wilmer Cutler for financial regulatory expert

DLA is ramping up its financial regulatory practice with the hire of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering lawyer Eva Heffernan. A former of counsel at Wilmer Cutler since 2003 Heffernan joins DLA as a partner. Prior to joining Wilmer Cutler, Heffernan was director and senior counsel at Merrill Lynch Europe where she handled investigations by the […]

Shearman unveils new global management team

Shearman & Sterling has unveiled its new global management team with German partner Georg Thoma and New York-based John Madden appointed co-managing partners of the firm. Corporate partner Thoma established Shearman & Sterling’s German operation in 1991 and served as European managing partner from 1994 to 2000. He will continue in his role as managing […]

New complaints body launched

A new body to deal with complaints against the legal profession was formally launched today (28 October) by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer. The Office of the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner (LSCC) has full powers to set targets and to fine the Law Society if it fails to deal with complaints. The news follows the […]

Grapevine

White & Case and Hong Kong firm Deacons could teach theBritish Royal Family a thing or two about bitter divorces. The curtain has finally come down on the two-year battlebetween the firms over a group of insolvency partners whodefected to White & Case in June 2002. Mark Fairbairn and Edward Cairns, the two key Deaconspartners […]

Herbert Smith Brussels gets new managing partner

Herbert Smith has appointed Craig Pouncey as the new managing partner of the firm’s Brussels office. Pouncey, a competition law specialist is taking over from Stephen Kinsella who has been managing partner since 1994. Pouncey’s practice encompasses market investigations, litigation, as well as complex merger clearances, including acting for Carnival Corporation on the European Commission’s […]

Gold unveils new management structure at Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith’s senior partner elect David Gold has unveiled the new management structure he is hoping to install when he takes office next April. The radical restructure is expected to result in the creation of a role akin to that of a managing partner. Gold said that he is going to identify a partner to […]

Lovells to launch dedicated Spanish tax practice

Lovells has launched a standalone tax practice in Spain with the appointment of the former Spanish director general of taxation and former deputy director general of tax policy. Former director general of taxation Miguel Ángel Sánchez, who joins the firm as a partner, will be based out of the firm’s Madrid office from 2 November. […]

C&I Group regroups after London split

The Law Society’s group for in-house lawyers, the Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group, has elected a new chair after last week’s resignation of candidate Anthony Armitage. Stanley Williams – Director of Legal Affairs & Company Secretary at BSi – will replace Carol Williams as chair of the national group and also of its incorporated arm, […]

Bartering network signs up 20 law firms

East London firm Adams has become the latest law firm to sign up to a professional services bartering network. Adams joins more than 20 firms, including Field Fisher Waterhouse, to have joined the network run by Bartercard UK. The network means that firms can purchase goods and services in exchange for professional legal services. Adams […]

Taylor Wessing Frankfurt raids Freshfields for new real estate partner

Taylor Wessing has recruited a new partner to its Frankfurt real estate practice. Reinhard Bartholomäi will join the real estate and real estate finance group within Taylor Wessing’s Frankfurt office on 1 November. He was previously a senior associate with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Bartholomäi specialises in real estate management, including corporate real estate advice and […]

Sumitomo trial settles

The Sumitomo fraud trial – one of the country’s longest-running civil cases – settled yesterday after just two weeks in court. Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation had been claiming that Crédit Lyonnais Rouse (CLR), a subsidiary of French bank Crédit Lyonnais, had dishonestly assisted convicted fraudster Yasuo Hamanaka, in the last part of a saga stretching back […]

Gibson Dunn makes push in Brussels

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has expanded its embryonic Brussels presence taking on Howrey Simon Arnold & White partner David Wood and Crowell & Moring partner James Ashe-Taylor. The firm opened its Brussels practice a year ago when Squire Sanders & Dempsey partner Peter Alexiadis defected with a small team. Ashe-Taylor will split his time between […]

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