28 October 2002

Lovells set for management shake-up as governance review bites

More representation for global businesses; Sleigh named as new London managing partner Lovells has completed a radical governance review which will see the management function split into two and concentrate power in the hands of the international executive. The review also creates a number of new management positions, with litigation partner Russell Sleigh steps up […]

London confirms dominance in CC elections

UK partners take all bar one of global practice leader jobs Clifford Chance has announced its new line up of global practice leaders, with only one out of the six positions taken by an overseas partner.David Dunnigan has replaced New York-based Bob King as the head of capital markets while the property group’s former leader […]

Inhouse lawyers slam firms for inflexible fee arrangements

US survey of 300 inhouse lawyers attacks stubborn attitude of firms A US survey of 300 inhouse counsel has criticised law firms’ inflexibility when billing clients.The annual Managing Outside Counsel Survey by the American Corporate Counsel Association/Global Corporate Counsel Association suggests that law firms that offer alternative billing arrangements will benefit by setting themselves apart […]

McGrigor’s senior partner becomes Klegal international chief

Robert Glennie replaces Dutch partner Bert Damstra McGrigor Donald senior partner Robert Glennie has been appointed as the chief executive of KLegal’s global arm KLegal International. The international network operates in 65 jurisdictions and had fee income of over US$500m (£320m) in the last financial year.Glennie said: “The network is an impressive one – which […]

Cobbetts raids Addleshaws company secretarial unit

Former head of Addleshaws practice joins Cobbetts with two colleagues Top 10 Manchester firm Cobbetts has raided Addleshaw Booth & Co’s company secretarial unit in order to set up its own practice.Matthew Baker, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and the head of Addleshaw’s company secretarial unit, will be joining Cobbetts in November. […]

Doughty Street silk elected vice-chairman of Bar Council

Stephen Irwin QC to join new chair Matthias Kelly QC Stephen Irwin QC has been elected vice-chairman of the Bar Council for 2003. He will join former vice-chairman Matthias Kelly QC, who was elected unopposed as 2003 Chairman earlier this month, and Clifford Allison, who has been re-elected as Treasurer.Irwin was called to the Bar […]

Bryan Cave boosts international trade group

Los Angeles partner to transfer to Washington as Bryan Cave hires two to meet increasing client demand Bryan Cave is expanding its international trade client service group in Washington, with the appointment of two new lawyers and the transfer of a partner from the Los Angeles office.Bart Fisher, formerly of Porter Wright Morris and Arthur […]

Dentons wins Bulgarian privatisation job

Linklaters and Camerons also involved in privatisation of Bulgarian telecoms industry Denton Wilde Sapte has been chosen to advise the Bulgarian government on the privatisation of the country’s telecoms industry alongside Deutsche Bank. Linklaters is advising the banks involved in the privatisation. CMS Cameron McKenna has been appointed to the industry consortium led by US […]

Cobbetts breaks into Germany with AirPlus

Cobbetts has just completed a major commercial deal, acting for Frankfurt-based company AirPlus International in its joint project with British Airways to provide an upgraded cardless payment scheme for corporate travel AirPlus is a provider of corporate services in Europe, with more than 16,000 corporate customers and an accounting turnover of E7.2bn (£4.5bn) in 2001. […]

Leeds' second-tier play the field

It might not be very sunny at the moment, but Leeds’ second-tier firms are certainly making hay. For the city’s big six – Addleshaw Booth & Co, DLA, Eversheds, Hammonds, Pinsent Curtis Biddle and Walker Morris – the past six months have brought mixed fortunes. Hammonds has been the victim of rumours of financial worries […]

Mason partner is Kennedy's latest conquest

Kennedys has recruited employment partner Brian Gegg (left) from Masons. This is the firm’s second partner hire in a month. Kennedys chief executive Ric Martin and head of employment Marc Meryon used to work with Gegg at Masons. Gegg joins construction partner Nick Carnell who joined the firm last month.

Law firms face online bid to win Barclays Bank work

A Barclays Bank online auction process, used earlier this year for accountancy firms, may be extended to commoditisable elements of the provision of legal services The process is being considered in advance of the upcoming review of all of Barclays’ legal panels next March.It is understood that the auction process has so far proved very […]

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