27 October 2003

Martineau Johnson loses private client head to Mills & Reeve

Birmingham-based firm Martineau Johnson has lost Matthew Hansell, the head of its private client department, to Mills & Reeve. The terms of Hansell’s departure are still being negotiated but Martineaus have requested that he work out his full year’s notice. The move is a serious blow to Martineaus, which lost the head of its education […]

Cobbetts gains mining niche with Fox Brooks merger

Cobbetts has taken over niche Manchester mining firm Fox Brooks Marshall. Fox Brooks Marshall has an impressive list of quoted clients in the mining sector, including African Eagle Resources, Gold Mines of Sardinia, Highland Gold Mining and Tertiary Minerals. At the end of 2002 Fox Brooks Marshall advised Highland Gold on its £210m AIM placing, […]

Linklaters appoints new Singapore chief

Kevin Wong has taken over from Andrew Roberts as managing partner of Linklaters’ Singapore office and co-chairman of the Linklaters Allen & Gledhill joint law venture. Roberts is returning to London after four years in charge in Singapore. Wong, a Singaporean, has been with Linklaters for more than 13 years. His experience includes four years […]

Olswang IT partner takes up new challenge at Clyde & Co

Olswang IT and telecoms partner Matthew Cowan is leaving the firm to join Clyde & Co in Guildford in January. Cowan, who has been at Olswang for 10 years, said the move was primarily a lifestyle decision, though the office’s hi-tech client base and position near Oxford offered a “great opportunity”.

Withy King sign up Masons litigation partner

Former Masons partner Andrew Kearney has quit the firm to join Bath and Wiltshire-based firm Withy King Solicitors. Kearney was a litigation partner in Masons’ construction and engineering group. He was a member of the team, which successfully represented the building contractor in the high-profile Alfred McAlpine v Panatown case. The appointment brings the number […]


It’s been a momentous few days over at Clifford Chance. At long last it seems that the magic circle giant has resolved the prickly issue of partner compensation. Or has it? For months and months there have been consultations, soundings, voting – you name it – all in the hope of giving the green light […]

Dechert hires former SEC man in securities push

Dechert has hired a former Assistant Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Enforcement Division. Paul Huey-Burns has joined the firm as a partner in its financial services and securities litigation group in Washington, DC. Following his tenure at the SEC, Huey-Burns was a member of the National Regulatory Services practice of KPMG. His […]

Sidley Austin fires tax shelter chief

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has fired the controversial head of its tax shelter practice for breaches of fiduciary duty and violations of the firm’s partnership agreement, the New York Law Journal reports today (Wednesday 29 October). The dismissed partner, R.J. Ruble, who worked in the New York office of the Chicago-based firm, was among […]

McDermott fails to dismiss malpractice claim

A legal malpractice claim against Chicago-based McDermott Will & Emery can proceed to trial based on an opinion letter the firm provided to the plaintiff, an investor in one of the firm’s clients. As the New York Law Journal reports today (Wednesday 29 October), McDermott moved to dismiss the claim for lack of privity with […]

White & Case bags ninth Linklaters lateral in capital markets push

White & Case’s capital markets group is continuing to feather its nest with Linklaters lawyers after recruiting its ninth attorney from the UK firm. Former Linklaters partner Lee Parker, who left the firm in the Summer, was voted into White & Case’s partnership yesterday (Monday 27 October), and is expected to join its London office […]

Judge condemns Blunkett for not informing asylum seekers of benefits

The Home Secretary was recently reprimanded by a High Court judge for not informing failed asylum seekers that they might qualify for ‘hard case’ support in the case of two Iraqi Kurds. In the case of Salih and Rahmani v Secretary of State for the Home Department, Mr Justice Stanley Burnton criticised the Home Secretary […]

‘Truly horrendous’: Lord Woolf on asylum test case

Lord Woolf damned the legal costs in three asylum law test cases as “truly horrendous” and claimed that they had no prospects of success. In Anufrijeva v Southwark London Borough Council, the Lord Chief Justice dismissed three cases, including one brought by the Anufrijeva family, who sued the London Borough of Southwark, alleging that they […]

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