27 August 2007

Poorly Frawley gets Taylor Wessing blessing

Five points for anyone who correctly guesses the identity of this well-known lawyer: “Sorry, but I’ve got a massive hangover today. I was out with clients at 5pm yesterday when the news came through.” If you said Taylor Wessing’s current, and newly re-elected, managing partner Michael Frawley, you win. Yesterday the Kiwi wine buff may […]

Top UK firms embrace flexible working

More than three-quarters of the UK’s top 50 law firms have introduced flexible working, The Lawyer can exclusively reveal. Regional-based firm Mills & Reeves tops the table in terms of numbers of fee-earners taking up flexible working in the last year, according to a poll conducted by The Lawyer. Of the firm’s 407 fee-earners, 153 […]

Ashurst scoops Freshfields partner in new Frankfurt push

Ashurst has raided Freshfields in Frankfurt, scooping tax partner Matthias Kuhn as it continues to build its German operation. Kuhn will become the silver circle firm’s second tax partner in Germany and brings the total number of partners there to 19. Ashurst has been on an aggressive recruitment push under Germany managing partner Simon Beddow, […]

Yukos chief’s defence team gains access to vital documents

Yukos’s former chief executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky has won the right in the US to obtain documents related to the Russian oil giant from oil business Chevron. The US magistrate judge of the Northern District of California signed an order granting third-party discovery for Khodorkovsky’s defence team to obtain due diligence documents. Khodorkovsky’s team, led by […]

Frawley to serve second term as Taylor Wessing chief

Taylor Wessing yesterday (30 August) re-elected Michael Frawley for a second term as the managing partner of its UK arm. It is the first time that a managing partner has been appointed for two terms at the firm. Frawley stood unopposed for the role after senior partner Martin Winter opened the election process last month. […]

Sitting targets

Another day, another environmental initiative. This time Beachcroft is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by 5 per cent. A mere 5 per cent? Don’t chortle. Beachcroft already has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the legal market (see story). And the latest in another long line of IT press releases masquerading as green […]

A&O raids local rivals to firm up in Italy

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) troubled Italian operation has raided independents Gianni Origoni Grippo and Ripa di Meana LC to make two corporate hires. A former protégé of name partner Franco Bonelli at Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, Paolo Ghiglione, will join A&O’s Milan office next week as a senior corporate associate. After seven years at Bonelli, Ghiglione […]

Farrar’s Building snares Ian Murphy QC

Cardiff set 9 Park Place’s head of chambers Ian Murphy QC has been taken on as a tenant at Farrar’s Building. Murphy, who left 9 Park Place at the end of June, becomes the sixth new tenant at Farrar’s this year, The highly regarded barrister was called to the bar in 1972 and took silk […]

FFW boost Brussels with employment hire

Field Fisher Waterhouse has appointed Oliver Rijckaert as an employment partner in its Brussels office. Rijckaert will join the team at the start of September from Bird & Bird, where he was head of the Brussels employment team. The hire follows the recent appointments of corporate partner Marie Evrard and pensions partner Corinne Merla to […]

Beachcroft to reduce carbon footprint by 5 per cent

Beachcroft has joined the carbon footprint bandwagon, pledging to reduce its carbon emissions by 5 per cent. The firm already has one of the lowest footprints in the legal market, producing 4,526 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the last financial year. That is the equivalent of 7.9 tonnes per lawyer. Beachcroft’s footprint is only beaten […]

Freshfields follows CC with US push

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has followed magic circle rival Clifford Chance in parachuting key lawyers into its New York office. Freshfields has recently sent two partners and three associates to New York. Dispute resolution partner Brian King has moved to Manhattan from Amsterdam, taking three associates with him, and corporate partner Julian Pritchard has moved from […]

Who’s the daddy?

Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae may be embarking upon a marriage of convenience, but for one London managing partner the honeymoon will be over before it’s even begun. In case you missed it, the two US firms confirmed earlier this week that they are courting wildly (as first reported by The Lawyer […]

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