30 May 2005

Ledingham Chalmers to open in London

Aberdeen-based oil and gas firm Ledingham Chalmers is to open an office in London to provide an additional service to its energy clients. David Laing, managing partner said: “London is the location of choice for many oil companies and service providers and we will therefore be closer to our clients there.” Sandy Shaw, who has […]

Online recruitment advertising worth £121 million in 2004

The Interactive Advertising Bureau’s latest figures show that online recruitment advertising was worth £121 million in 2004, up approximately 50% from £81 million in 2003. Online recruitment advertising spend represents a significant part of all budget spent on online advertising (including product advertising such as paid for search listings, banners, sponsorships and email advertising). The […]

Linklaters picks up US banking star from O’Melveny

Linklaters has poached a New York-based partner from O’Melveny & Myers. Jeff Norton is the second US banking partner to join Linklaters’ New York office this year, following the arrival of Michael Bassett from Jones Day in January. Norton’s hire is designed to further extend Linklaters’ capabilities in banking and capital markets in the US […]

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square raids Cadwalader for former Nomura legal head

Planning and commercial set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has followed a strong financial year with the hire of a new tenant. Thomas O’Riordan joins the set on Monday (6 June) from US firm Cawalader Wickersham & Taft where he continues to be a retained counsel. Prior to Cadwalader, O’Riordan was head of Nomura’s transactional legal […]

Linklaters takes DLA Dutch banking star

Linklaters has hired its first banking partner for its growing Dutch office. Linklaters has hired its first banking partner for its growing Dutch office.Martijn Koopal, currently head of the banking and finance practice at DLA SchutGrosheide in Amsterdam, will join the firm later this year.The appointment is the latest step in the development of Linklaters’ […]

Pannones bolsters planning team

Weightmans’ former head of planning and environment John Holmes has found a new home at Pannone & Partners. Holmes’s departure from Weightmans was announced in January, following the firm’s decision to restructure its corporate and commercial strategy. He joins Pannones along with a clutch of other new hires and partner promotions. As well as Holmes, […]

Richards Butler appoints six new partners

Richards Butler has announced the appointment of six new partners, five of which are in the Hong Kong office and one in London. The new partners’ specialist areas cover banking & finance, corporate and litigation. Roger Parker, managing partner, declared that: “This number of partner appointments is a clear indication of the firm’s confidence for […]

Khodorkovsky legal team set to appeal

Robert Amsterdam, the Canadian human rights lawyer representing Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, has vowed to fight on after his client was today sentenced to nine years imprisonment. Speaking to The Lawyer today (Tuesday 31 May), Amsterdam, of two-partner firm Amsterdam & Peroff, indicated the defence team would be appealing the result. Khodorkovsky, the former chief […]


Ever-steady Eversheds revealed its figures last week to a general yawn of non-excitement. Revenue was up a miserable 2 per cent, while profit per equity (PEP) partner rose 6 per cent to £350,000. That meagre 6 per cent rise comes despite the firm shrinking its equity partnership by 5 per cent. While a monolithic national […]

Coudert’s London saviours fly into sunset

Coudert Brothers’ emergency team to save London left the capital just a day after flying in from New York and Brussels, leaving the office’s 30 associates high and dry. Coudert executive board member Edward Tillinghast and European managing partner Eric Deltour flew into London following the mass resignation of its eight partners, who are departing […]

A&O ousted as Serco aims to slash £10m legal spend

New client win for Ashurst and Norton Rose; A&O, Herbert Smith, Nabarros and Simmons all dropped Serco, the contract and facilities management company with an annual legal spend in excess of £10m, has shunned Allen & Overy (A&O), Herbert Smith, Nabarro Nathanson and Simmons & Simmons following a protracted review of its external legal advisers. The listed […]

Law Soc investigation prompts Olswang’s Julian Holy takeover

Olswang has swooped on the £5m practice of property legend Julian Holy just one month after he was struck off by the Law Society. The disciplinary tribunal has stayed the strikeout order until Holy has the chance to appeal. Holy is 55 and retiring, but he has bequeathed his nine-lawyer practice, Julian Holy Solicitors, and […]

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