26 February 2007


Piers Morgan’s human rights tact

This year’s most telling comment on privacy law? No, not tucked away in some Court of Appeal judgment, but in this month’s GQ. We’re not joking. Check out Piers Morgan’s interview with Naomi Campbell, five years after the Daily Mirror – under Morgan’s editorship – published photos of her coming out of a Narcotics Anonymous […]

BLG toasts Di and Dodi inquest win

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert with niche law firm Stephenson Benson & Co won a high court ruling that the inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi al Fayed should be heard by a jury. In an earlier ruling, Lady Butler-Sloss said only a coroner could give the “careful and fully reasoned decision” the […]

City launches summit on future of LPC

The ‘City LPC’ consortium of premier firms has invited the nation’s top law schools to present their views on the future of the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May, the five firms signed-up with BPP Law School for delivery of a specially-tailored LPC, are taking […]

Jenkens rejects Coudert comparisons

The dissolution of Jenkens & Gilchrist’s satellite offices was decided as early as last summer, it has emerged. Dallas-headquartered Jenkens has also confirmed that it is in emergency talks with Virginia firm Hunton & Williams, among others, about taking on a number of Dallas-based lawyers, where Jenkens currently has 124 fee-earners. One departing partner told […]

Charles Russell’s Varsity ruse

We don’t know if this is a sneaky attempt to get ahead of the milk round, but Charles Russell has just become the only law firm with an office in both Oxford and Cambridge. See story. Charles Russell has had a presence in Oxford and the M40 corridor for a while, but this move from […]

Charles Russell opens in Cambridge

Charles Russell has today opened its Cambridge office, giving the City firm a dual presence in the both Oxford and Cambridge. Charles Russell’s intentions to launch in Cambridge were revealed in The Lawyer (20 November, 2006) with the triple hire of Hewitsons employment partners Tim Tyndall, Nick Sawyer and Hilary Aldred. The office will be […]

Paul Hastings bags finance team from Orrick

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has continued expanding its finance and restructuring practive, following a two-partner raid on Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Partners Thomas Kent and Anthony Princi have joined the firm’s offices in New York and London. Princi, who was previously the co-head of Orrick’s global bankruptcy and debt restructuring group specialises in creditor-side […]

SJB raids Weil for arbitration boost

SJ Berwin has boosted its partnership count, with the hire of Weil Gotshal & Manges‘ senior associate Justin Michaelson in the international arbitration group. Michaelson rejoins the firm from Weil Gotshal. He spent two years as an trainee and associate at SJ Berwin before moving to magic circle firm Clifford Chance. Craig Pollack, head of […]

Anti-Carter campaign set to storm courts

A new campaign to resist the Carter reforms to civil legal aid is to be launched in May with demostrators campaigning at courts across the country. The ‘Justice – Access Denied’ campaign is the creation of the Access to Justice Alliance (AJA), a consortium of 20 advice and voluntary sector organisations formed in 2005 that […]

Latest Reed Smith merger goes live

The merger between US firm Reed Smith and Chicago-based Sachnoff & Weaver is going live today. The two firms will start trading under the banner of Reed Smith Sachnoff & Weaver in Chicago for a limited period. The addition of Sachnoff’s 130 lawyers takes the total number of lawyers at Reed Smith to 1,500. Greg […]

Linklaters steps up Italy expansion drive

Linklaters is set to move to larger offices in Milan – a sign the firm is about to embark on an aggressive recruitment strategy in Italy. The magic circle firms signed a lease with property developers Tishman Speyer to rent a space 2,600 m sq in the five-storey building on via Santa Margherita. It is […]

Jenkens future in doubt as departures mounts

The future of Texan firm Jenkens & Gilchrist seemed ever more shaky as Jackson Walker confirmed it would be taking 10 lawyers from Jenkens’ San Antonio outpost, effectively shutting down operations in that city. Four remaining lawyers not going to Jackson Walker will seek alternative employment at other firms. This follows the news on Monday […]

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