27 February 2006

Freshfields instructs Erskine as P&O saga drags on

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has drafted in Esrkine Chambers to defend P&O as DP World’s plans to takeover the company moves up to the Court of Appeal. Freshfields has instructed Martin Moore QC to advise on a Court of Appeal hearing next week. The court will consider a petition to appeal brought by Eller & Co, […]

CC raids CMS for Polish real estate star

Clifford Chance (CC) has raided CMS Cameron McKenna for its Polish real estate practice, including regional rainmaker Pawel Debowski. Debowski, widely regarded as a leading real estate lawyer in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), will join CC’s Warsaw office. Debowski had spent 10 years at CMS Camerons’ Warsaw office, after five years with Nabarro Nathanson. […]

CC partners choose Childs as global managing partner

David Childs was today confirmed as Clifford Chance managing partner as the firm-wide vote closed this afternoon. Childs, currently chief operating officer (COO) at the global firm, has been elected unopposed after a two-week voting process. He will succeed Peter Cornell and relinquish his COO role, which will be scrapped. The vote was a formality […]

Falconer hangs Damocles’ Sword over Manzoor

Legal Services Ombudsman (LSO) and Legal Services Complaints Commissioner (LSCC) Zahida Manzoor has been reappointed for a further three years – although she may be abolished within that period. Manzoor was made LSO in 2003 and appointed as LSCC in 2004. Her remit is to examine the handling of complaints made about the legal profession, […]

College of Law designs unique LPC for BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has teamed up with the College of Law to provide a bespoke LPC for the firm’s future trainees. BLP trainees starting the LPC in September 2006 will be in classes with students from other firms for all the compulsory subjects and in firm-specific groups for the elective subjects. The move means […]

Cobbetts raids Pinsents’ corporate team

Cobbetts has boosted its Manchester private equity team with the hire of a partner and three associates from Pinsent Masons. Corporate partner Paul Johnson and his team will rejoin former Pinsents colleague Sean Fitzgerald who moved to Cobbetts in January 2006. Johnson specialises in private equity deals, and also has experience advising the public sector […]

Shearman poaches Norton Rose corporate ace Levy

Shearman & Sterling has snared Norton Rose corporate heavyweight Laurence Levy for its London M&A team. Levy is a specialist in M&A, equity offerings, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Levy’s key clients include power giant Drax Holdings and Corus. Levy told The Lawyer Shearman & Sterling’s motives in persuading him to leave Norton Rose were […]

SocGen drops Lovells, brings in Linklaters and Orrick for £50m panel

Lovells has lost its place on Société Générale’s (SocGen) global legal panel, while former global advisers Herbert Smith and Denton Wilde Sapte have to be content with local panel places. Linklaters and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe were the big winners as the French bank unveiled its new-look list of external advisers this morning (2 March). […]

2 Harcourt recruits academics to bolster environment team

Public and planning law set 2 Harcourt Buildings is forming a new five-strong academic panel to add extra depth to the services it offers. The panel’s focus is predominantly environmental law. It will comprise Dr Aine Ryall of University College, Cork; Bill Sheate, a Reader in environmental sciences at Imperial College London; Professor Victor Moore, […]

Mallesons boosts HK corporate with CC hire

Australia’s Mallesons Stephen Jacques has bolstered its Hong Kong office with a raid on Clifford Chance. Corporate and M&A lawyer Stuart Valentine is joining Mallesons as a partner. Valentine joined Clifford Chance in 1988 and his practice includes cross border M&A, restructurings, technology transfer and regulatory issues. Before joining Clifford Chance, Valentine worked as a […]

Howard Kennedy launches media team with star Olswang hires

Howard Kennedy is launching a media litigation practice with the hire of two partners from Olswang. Susan Aslan and Sue Charles will join the west end firm on Monday (6 March). The pair have worked together for around 20 years and joined Olswang from DJ Freeman in 2003. Howard Kennedy already has a litigation capability […]

Orrick revamps management team to cope with rapid growth

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has overhauled its senior management structure in Europe and the US, creating a number of new management roles to oversee the firm’s international growth. Orrick has restructured its European management, adding a whole new layer of management and creating new roles to oversee its three core practice areas. Alessandro De Nicola […]

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