28 August 2006

Ryanair picks Howrey to sue UK government

Howrey has landed instructions from Ryanair as the low-cost airline launches a claim against the government for declaratory relief following the recent security alerts. London-based litigation partner Peter Fitzpatrick is acting for Ryanair, instructing One Essex Court’s Alan Griffiths. The claim was filed in the High Court today (Friday 1 September) against the Secretary of […]

Southern authorities team up to bulk-buy new panel

A consortium of 18 local authorities in the south of England has slashed its legal costs by up to a third by selecting a combined legal panel. The local authorities’ combined annual legal spend is between £1m and £2m on average, with the panel firms offering reduced rates from between £150 and £200 an hour […]

Hammonds hit by resignations of three leading competition partners

Hammonds’ Brussels office has been hit by the resignation of three partners, including office head Konstantinos Adamantopoulos. Adamantopoulos, along with competition head José Rivas and trade partner Edward Borovikov, have all resigned from the firm and are understood to be considering their options. Hammonds’ managing partner Peter Crossley confirmed that the trio had resigned from […]

Maitland takes 7 Bedford Row chief executive

Maitland Chambers has poached 7 Bedford Row’s Robert Graham-Campbell to be its new chief executive. Graham-Campbell joins Maitland in January, nearly a year after the previous incumbent Peter Bennett announced his departure for Bates Wells & Braithwaite. Joint head of chambers Charles Aldous said: “Robert’s commercial experience will enable us to drive our business further […]

Sports boutique attacks Mail over Rooney allegations

Sports boutique Max Bitel Greene has launched a High Court defamation claim against Associated Newspapers on behalf of Everton Football Club manager David Moyes. Partner Mel Goldberg is acting for Moyes and filed the claim yesterday in the High Court. Moyes is claiming damages of £200,000. Moyes is suing the Daily Mail for defamation over […]

Cable & Wireless set to cut legal panel

Cable & Wireless is looking to slash the number of law firms it uses as part of a company-wide reorganisation and profit drive. Group general counsel Nick Cooper has told The Lawyer he intends to get a grip on legal expenditure. “We will have a more cost-conscious business and this means everything including greater control […]

Ashurst boosts derivatives team with W&C and BNP Paribas hires

Ashurst has strengthened its securities and structured finance team with the dual hire of derivatives partners from White & Case and BNP Paribas. In an internal announcement to partners early this afternoon the silver circle firm revealed that Chris Whiteley and James Coiley are to join from White & Case and BNP Paribas respectively. Coiley, […]

Eight-lawyer Gibson Dunn raid increases Veil Jourde woes

French independent Veil Jourde has lost another two partners as M&A specialists Ariel Harroch and Marie-Charlotte Trebuchet leave for Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Harroch and Trebuchet join Gibson Dunn along with six associates. They leave Veil Jourde less than two months after Guillaume Kuperfils joined Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw together with four associates. Harroch […]

Lovells loses second partner in a week

West Coast US firm O’Melveny & Myers has raided Lovells for a new corporate partner. Shanghai-based partner Colin Law is leaving the City-based firm to join O’Melveny on 18 September. Law is the second partner to quit Lovells this week. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com on Tuesday (29 August) the firm announced the departure of […]

Latham raids Milbank for Frankfurt finance push

The Frankfurt office of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has lost one of its star partners to Latham & Watkins. Leveraged finance specialist Christina Ungeheuer is set to join Latham later this year. Her clients include financial institutions, private equity houses and corporations, which she advises on acquisition financings and a variety of non-recourse transactions […]

CC ready for Chinese joint venture

Clifford Chance’s Asian managing partner Jim Baird has vowed to team up with a Chinese law firm as soon as the Chinese government allows it. Although the government has not yet bowed to international pressure to deregulate, Baird is prepared to begin discussions with local firms as soon as the market is opened up. “Really […]

Three Freshfields partners quit for LeBoeuf Lamb

LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has raided Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for a three-partner real estate and environment team. Freshfields partners John Bowman, Graham Prentice and Paul Watchman will be joined at LeBoeuf by former colleague and current head of environment at Blake Lapthorn Linell Nicholas Rock. “There is a high quality of work at the […]

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