30 June 2003

Martineaus trainees get the push by group email

Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson has made its trainees redundant by a group email, The Lawyer can reveal. The firm told them that it is planning to retain just one out of the 10 trainees due to qualify in September.Martineaus senior partner William Barker confirmed that the news had been communicated to trainees by email. He said the trainees […]

BT kickstarts first ever international legal panel

Having completed a review of its legal advisers in England and Wales, British Telecom (BT) is now set to launch its first ever international panel.After appointing Addleshaw Goddard, Allen & Overy, Bird & Bird, Linklaters and Wragge & Co to its England and Wales panel, BT general counsel Anne Fletcher told The Lawyer: “The next […]

Altheimer & Gray set for shock dissolution

Chicago firm nosedives amid financial crisis; London lawyers scramble for jobs Altheimer & Gray has become embroiled in a mass of recriminations as it emerged that the Chicago firm is heading for collapse.As reported on www.thelawyer.com/lawyer news (27 June), the partners will vote today (30 June) on whether to dissolve by next month, ending 88 years of […]

Quotes from The Lawyer Awards 2003

“At last, I’ve joined the magic circle” – SJ Berwin senior partner David Harrel on finding himself seated with Tim Clark, Anthony Salz and Stuart Popham, the cabal of senior partners from Slaughter and May, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance respectively “Most of my in-house legal team fancy Charlie Jacobs (Linklaters‘ corporate team of […]

Theatre of screams

Well, it wasn’t quite the Party In the Park, but Party Near the Park still had its fair share of stars and prima donnas.The charity event was organised to raise money for the Unicorn children’s theatre in London. As well as the good work done for charity, the event also provided the opportunity for all […]

Our Kid

The picture desk at The Lawyer this week received an updated photo of Lovells real estate star Bob Kidby and the strict instructions that no former photos of the lovely Bob should be used again. While The Lawyer is happy to comply with the PR department’s demands (which should of course be extremely grateful to […]

Bad hair day?

Tulkinghorn was amused to discover that Laurie Adams, the lovely head of legal and compliance at ABN Amro’s wholesale client business, was recently dragged off the investment bank’s roof by its health and safety people.Apparently they thought he was going to jump from the top of the Bishopsgate HQ. Fortunately it soon became clear that […]

Hostile reception

Tulkinghorn wonders whether Rosenblatt Solicitors is adopting a new, more aggressiveWhich magic circle partner put the firm’s position on pro bono into perspective with his comment, “Who cares who wins this one?” as the nominations for the award were announced? approach to lawyering. Tulkinghorn has always looked forward to paying a visit to the firm’s […]

Lawyer turns his back on sick children

DLA is now the only UK firm that really can claim full national coverage.The weekend before last, members of the firm journeyed the entire length of the country on foot – or in some cases, on hands and knees – raising money for children’s charity The Wellchild Trust. While there were numerous strains, sprains, blisters, […]

Litigation ace returns to White & Case

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy litigation partner William Spiegelberger has joined White & Case, where he will head up the Moscow litigation department.His return to White & Case after five years at Milbank marks a continuation of his new firm’s efforts to build up its litigation capacity, particularly in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet […]

Allen & Gledhill rejigs financial services

Allen & Gledhill (A&G) has had a shake-up in its financial services department in Singapore, with Shook Lin & Bok partner Lynette Lee taking over as head of investment funds from Choo Wai Hong, who in turn is joining the Wong Partnership.Lee was previously a senior associate at A&G, Linklaters‘ joint venture partner, before she […]

Steel Hector tops minorities report

Miami firm Steel Hector & Davis has been rated the top firm in the US for the diversity of its employees for the third year in a row, with nearly 37 per cent of its associates from ethnic minorities.According to the Diversity Scorecard, a survey by US publication The National Law Journal, non-New York firms dominated the […]

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