27 June 2005

Kirkland raids Shearman for London litigation partner

Shearman & Sterling has lost its only London litigation and arbitration partner to Kirkland & Ellis. Highly-rated Chris Colbridge is joining Kirkland to launch the Chicago firm’s standalone litigation and arbitration practice in London. Kirkland already has partner-level contentious capability in the form of restructuring litigation partner Richard East, but no pure litigation and arbitration […]

Cleary, Wachtell scoop key roles on MBNA sale

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have scooped the lead advisory roles on Bank of America’s $35bn acquisition of MBNA. The deal, which was struck yesterday (30 June) will create one of the top US credit card issuers and create a significant rival for US financial services giants JP Morgan […]

Hunton expands in London with Cadwalader, Clyde laterals

US firm Hunton & Williams has expanded further in the UK with a double partner hire. Matthew Williams joins from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and Paul Tetlow joins from Clyde & Co. Williams is an energy and resources partner and Tetlow joins Martin Thomas’s AIM team. The firm has made a number of hires since […]

Texan giant to open in London

Texas-based oil and gas firm Thompson & Knight is launching in London with the hire of a lawyer from LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. Anthony Golding was group general counsel at LASMO prior to his time at LeBoeuf, where he worked on corporate transactions for energy and insurance clients. Thompson & Knight has around 400 […]


House of Lords rule in <i>Nat West v Spectrum Plus</i>

The House of Lords today overturned for good a decision made 25 years ago which has been governing the way creditors are paid in insolvency cases. A seven-strong panel of Law Lords handed down a unanimous judgment in the case of National Westminster Bank v Spectrum Plus, finding that Mr Justice Slade had erred in […]

Cobbetts bolsters social housing expertise

Cobbetts is picking up a new social housing partner to further boost the firm’s expertise in the area following last year’s merger with Walker Charlesworth & Foster in Leeds. Philip Heath joins Cobbetts’ Birmingham office in November from Midlands firm Wright Hassall. He has particular experience in housing and local government law. Andy Ballard, head […]

E&Y loses partner to GE Capital

Ernst & Young’s Paris law arm has lost another partner, this time to GE Capital’s corporate tax department. Raphael Coin has made the leap to GE after 11 years at Ernst & Young Société d’Avocats (formerly EY Law), where he was most recently a partner in the international tax team. At GE Coin will be […]

SEC enforcement chief returns to Wilmer Cutler

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr is celebrating after securing the return of former partner and former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) director of enforcement Stephen Cutler. Cutler is returning to his old firm after leaving the SEC in May to return to private practice. He will co-chair Wilmer Cutler ‘s securities department based in […]

Speechly Bircham loses private equity team

Speechly Bircham has lost both of its partners in its private equity team but has already countered with the hire of a senior associate and an internal promotion.Private equity partners Kieran O’Connor and Matthew Sillett, who joined the firm late in 2002 from Osborne Clarke, are leaving the firm to join US firm Brown Rudnick.Andrew […]

Milberg Weiss defends class action conduct

New York law firm Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman has been implicated in a lawsuit against a retired Californian lawyer accused of receiving at least $2.4m in illegal kickbacks from the firm in exchange . Although Milberg Weiss, which is one of America’s most aggressive plaintiff law firms, is not a defendant in the indictment […]

Hextalls picks up Stallard’s shipping team

Insurance specialist Hextalls has picked up four partners from London’s Stallard, just months after the latter firm was taken over by DMH. The new team comprises shipping and transport partners Dominic Lang, Paul Bugden, Jonny Duval and Alex Vassiliades. The move comes just months after 15-partner London firm Stallard merged with South East player DMH. […]

DCA creates ombudsman role for judicial complaints

The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) today (29 June) announced the creation of a new ombudsman to investigate judicial complaints. An Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) is also being set up, to handle judicial discipline. The ombudsman will review the OJC’s handling of complaints about judicial conduct. The DCA has launched a recruitment campaign for […]

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