29 March 2010

Pim Bertels

Loyens & Loeff elevates Amsterdam tax boss to role of managing partner

Loyens & Loeff, the third- largest independent firm in Europe by turnover, has elected Amsterdam tax partner Maarten van der Weijden as its new managing partner. He begins his term at the helm of the Dutch-headquartered firm, which has a significant presence in the Benelux region, on 1 June. Van der Weijden will replace Pim Bertels, who […]

Walkers follows Maples to Ireland

Offshore firm Walkers has unveiled plans to open a base in Dublin. The Cayman Islands-headquartered firm is understood to be in advanced talks with partners to man the base, which will open in the coming months, although staff are yet to be appointed. It is a surprise move for Walkers, which like many in the […]

The green, the black and the hack

Joe Martin, general counsel at Italian-based catering company Autogrill, certainly wasn’t the only lawyer ­letting his hair down in ­London on St Patrick’s Day. But he was probably the only one to do so wearing a large leprechaun’s hat and a sparkly green dickie-bow. Unfortunately for Martin, he also happened to pick the same pub […]

Chris Allen

Chris Allen: Blacks Solicitors

What was your first-ever job? Dough machine cleaner in a bakery. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Snapping my key in the ignition on a no-parking zone, then locking my car with the briefcase still inside and taking the taxi ride from hell to borrow an alternative car, incurring repair and towing charges, […]

David Chadwick

People moves

Mayer Brown has promoted David ­Chadwick to the position of head of the ­insurance and reinsurance practice in ­London. Move of the week He takes over from Karen Abbott, who is leaving Mayer Brown after 25 years at the firm. Chadwick, who joined Mayer Brown in 1998, has a particular focus on ­contentious insurance matters, […]


18 St John Street criminal barrister’s advice gives Corrie plots a real feel

Barrister Paul Dockery of Manchester set 18 St John Street Chambers has an unusual claim to fame: in his spare time he advises Coronation Street’s script writers on the legal aspects of the show. “It all started about six years ago when I was chatting to my friend [Coronation Street archivist] Helen Nugent,” he relates. […]

Indisputable progress

Arbitration has long been central to commerce, but its processes have never been a good fit for the business world. Now, proposed changes to the IBA Rules look set to bring it into line. By Lord Goldsmith QC and Sophie Lamb If attendance by some 550 lawyers at a recent IBA Arbitration Day in London […]

Günther Horvath

CEE farers

Austria’s law firms have been put through the ringer in CEE, but after having seen off competition from UK and US giants they are feeling a lot more positive about their future prospects in the region. By James Swift  In an embarrassing and damaging debacle in April 2009, double-counting errors led the International Monetary […]

Suzanne Wise

A taste for law: Suzanne Wise, Premier Foods

As counsel for Premier Foods, creating a legal function to reflect the vastly altered focus of the company has been Suzanne Wise’s bread and butter. By Corinne McPartland Picture a small boy pushing a bike laden with loaves of bread up a cobbled street in a northern town to the strains of Dvorak’s New World […]


Focus: Gide Loyrette Nouel, French redressing

When Gide launched in London in 2003 it hoped to crack the City. Seven years on and its UK lawyers are feeling the pressure A French firm in London? It just doesn’t happen. Apart from the bizarre hybrid that is Salans (which can no more call itself French than ­English), and a few niche outfits […]

Bridget Barker

Hedge fund managers’ unhappiness postponed along with AIFM directive

EU investment restrictions and tough regulations are only a matter of time. It is not often that hedge fund managers find themselves hailing a Labour Prime Minister as their saviour, but that’s what happened earlier this month when Gordon Brown’s personal intervention delayed discussion of EU ­legislation that could drastically alter the funds landscape. The storm cloud on […]

Mark Elsey

Full steam ahead for Ashurst on Crossrail procurement deal

Ashurst has won a ­mandate to advise on the procurement of rolling stock and construction of a depot for the £15.9bn Crossrail project. The firm, which has advised Crossrail for ­several years on general commercial work, competed against around five firms on a ­competitive tender. Crossrail already has a panel for property matters – Ashurst […]

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