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Norton Rose, Wacks Caller left in the lurch by “Plumber’s” bankruptcy

Norton Rose and Wacks Caller must wait to see whether or not they can recoup debts from former client Paul Davidson, the bankrupt businessman known as ‘The Plumber’. Following proceedings brought against him by Wacks Caller, Davidson was declared bankrupt on 22 December last year, just a week after Norton Rose secured an order for […]

Richards Butler loses second top litigator as Latham swoops

Richards Butler’s litigation group has been rocked by the loss of a second rainmaker in the space of two months. Disputes partner John Hull is leaving the firm in February to head the London litigation practice of US giant Latham & Watkins. His departure coincides with that of Lista Cannon, who is joining another US […]

Mellett, Diane – Hot 100

Cambridge Antibody Technology’s (CAT) general counsel Diane Mellett had a spectacularly busy 2004 handling the work relating to CAT’s major litigation against pharmaceutical giant Abbott Laboratories. The contractual dispute centred on claims by CAT that Abbott had underpaid the royalties it owes to CAT for developing a rheumatoid arthritis drug. After months of preparation the […]

de Pury, Christopher – Hot 100

Arguably the hottest property in the real estate market at the moment, everyone – both clients and headhunters alike – appear to want a piece of Christopher de Pury. A partner in Herbert Smith’s booming property practice, De Pury has been the group’s rock, steadily toiling behind the scenes over the last year. He has […]

Stothard, Paul – Hot 100

Shoosmiths’ chief executive Paul Stothard dazzled the market last year after announcing a record set of financial results for 2003-04. Profitability skyrocketed by a whopping 67 per cent, from an average of £136,000 in 2002-03 to £226,500, while turnover rose 25 per cent, from £44.3m to £55m. And all the while, the equity pool remained […]

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