30 October 2006

Keeping up with the Joneses

Huddling together for warmth, thousands of Joneses are gathering today in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. Their aim? To break the world record for the biggest get-together of people with the same surname. There’s a fair chance that one or two lawyers are in the crowd right now, handing out their business cards. After all, there are […]

Shoosmiths raids rivals for Birmingham push

Shoosmiths has continued its push into the competitive Birmingham market by making three lateral hires from Eversheds, Wragge & Co and DLA Piper. The hires come one month after property litigation partner Darren Clegg was poached from Wragges. Shoosmiths’ recent trawl includes one partner and two assistant solicitors, taking the Birmingham headcount to 14 partners […]

Garrigues unveils record revenues

Spanish giant Garrigues has broken through the €200m barrier this year, reaching a turnover of €223m. Revenues are up €29.5m on last year’s figure of €193m, representing a 15 per cent rise. The figures were confirmed at the annual partnership meeting in Madrid, where the firm also unveiled 20 new partners, boosting partner numbers to […]

Citigroup legal head scoops NYSE GC job

The parent group of the New York Stock Exchange has named its new general counsel, taking the former legal head of Citigroup International. Rachel Robbins, former general counsel of all of Citigroup’s non-US operations, takes over the top legal job at NYSE Group from Richard Bernard, who retired earlier this year after ten years in […]

General counsel: law firms are failing us

In-house counsel have slammed law firms for a lack of business awareness as companies struggle to avoid disputes. In-house counsel are increasingly looking for early intervention to avoid disputes escalating to litigation, but are finding private practice firms sorely lacking in the area, according to a survey by Grant Thornton’s forensic and investigations services practice. […]

Chief Enron prosecutor joins Latham

Latham & Watkins has won a hard-fought battle to recruit chief Enron prosecutor Sean Berkowitz into private practice. Berkowitz, who headed the Department of Justice’s task force into Enron and successfully prosecuted the energy giant’s CEO and chairman, chose Latham over Chicago stalwarts such as Kirkland & Ellis and Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, which […]

Lovells’ flip-flop

Another week, another consultation on Lovells’ lockstep. Another week, another consultation on Lovells’ lockstep. Fourteen months after the firm decided that there was very little appetite for a bonus pool or super-points, its latest wheeze is to propose off-lockstep deals to attract laterals in the US. Genius. In other words, Lovells is risking alienating the […]

Fulbright launches in Beijing

Fulbright & Jaworski has opened in Beijing, giving the Texan oil and gas specialist its second Asian office. The firm has maintained an office in Hong Kong since 1990, and will transfer partners Jeffrey Blount and Michael Arruda from the city to Beijing. Blount will take the dual role of Hong Kong and Beijing managing […]

Government sticks with controversial Companies Bill

Only one last-minute change to the Companies Bill was secured by the GC100, the body of FTSE 100 general counsel, and other business interest groups in a meeting with the industry minister ahead of tonight’s (2 November) debate in the House of Lords. The GC100, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and other groups met […]

Half year figures: Ashurst up by 28 per cent

Silver circle firm Ashurst is celebrating a record first six months after preliminary figures showed the firm was up 28 per cent on the previous year. According to an internal announcement made earlier this afternoon, the firm turned over £117m at the half-year stage, compared to £91m the preceding year. Managing partner Simon Bromwich said […]

Phillips Fox Vietnam shuns DLA to wed Slaughters ally

Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) is to bolt on the two Vietnam offices of Phillips Fox following their decision to shun a link-up with DLA Piper. The Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City practices of Phillips Fox will link with AAR from 1 January 2007, subject to regulatory approval, taking over the premises for the two […]

Bird & Bird builds Frankfurt with banking hire

Bird & Bird has raided Gassner Stockmann & Kollegen in Germany, hiring banking and finance partner Bertold Frisch for its Frankfurt operation. The firm opened its Frankfurt office in August last year, with the aim of breaking into the lucrative financial services sector. Bird & Bird will look to Frisch, who specializes in real estate […]

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