31 March 2003

Carboni quits Linklaters for the Bar

Linklaters London IP head Anna Carboni is to leave the firm to join Wilberforce Chambers. The move will come as a blow to Linklaters’ IP business, which in line with a number of other practice groups at the firm has been undergoing a shake-up in strategy and headcount. Last November, The Lawyer reported that two […]

Orrick raids Ernst & Young team for Milan launch

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has finally achieved its long-awaited Italian launch after hiring 23 lawyers, including three equity partners, from the Italian legal affiliate of Ernst & Young, Studio Legale Tributario.The Milan office will be led by Alessandro De Nicola, previously national director of Ernst &Young’s legal arm in Italy.Orrick Chairman & CEO Ralph Baxter […]

CC partners vote to expel Bangkok rebel

Clifford Chance partners has voted in favour of expelling the firm’s former Bangkok managing partner. Wirot Poonsuwan, who has been suspended from the practice since last August, has been removed from the partnership with effect from 31 March after the decision to expel him was put to a vote last month. The ballot took place […]

Macchi di Cellere partner breaks away to launch boutique

Macchi di Cellere e Gangemi partner Marco Padovan has left the firm to launch his own boutique, specialising in banking, project finance, corporate and litigation. Formerly chief counsel at the European Investment Bank, Padovan joined Baker & McKenzie to head its project finance practice in 2000 and then went on to join Macchi in late […]

Theodores and Addleshaws delay vote again

Theodore Goddard and Addleshaw Booth & Co have pushed the date on which partners will vote on their proposed merger back to 16 April. The vote on the merger is understood to be a dead cert since the firms announced publicly that they had entered exclusive talks this Valentine’s Day. However, the original plan to […]

Birmingham duo merge

Two of Birmingham’s oldest law firms, Blackhams and Bradley & Cuthbertson, have merged to create Blackhams Cuthbertson.The new firm will have five partners and three associates and will be led by managing partner Paul Smith, who was a Blackhams partner. The firm is aiming for a fee income in excess of £2m by the end […]

Pillsbury makes public apology to Jensen

Pillsbury Winthrop has been forced to make a humbling apology to Frode Jensen as part of a settlement with the former partner.The astonishing climbdown comes nearly seven months after Pillsbury first issued the now infamous press release accusing corporate partner Jensen, who had left the firm for Latham & Watkins, of sexual harassment.Following a $45m […]

Clyde & Co makes Slaughters hire for Dubai expansion

Clyde & Co has hired a lawyer from magic circle firm Slaughter and May and two others from national firms to join its Dubai office.The appointments bring Clyde & Co’s Dubai staff to 68, including five partners and 22 other fee-earners.Ex-Slaughters lawyer Darran McGlinchey, who qualified in 2001, specialises in M&A and general corporate law. […]

Bar Council in fresh attack on Criminal Justice Bill

The Bar Council has launched its biggest attack on the Government’s Criminal Justice Bill by lobbying 400 MPs, including those hostile to the UK’s intervention in Iraq.The Bar’s briefing pack containing its claims has been sent to MPs before the Commons is due to begin its report stage of the Bill tomorrow (2 April).The Bar […]

Warring emotions

Dentons partners Michael Doble and Paul Holland have more of an interest than most in the fortunes of the Middle East. Emma Vere-Jones reports

EU praises Finland for low regulation

Finnish lawyers are the most lightly regulated in the EU, according to the surprising results of a European Commission-funded survey designed to promote the need for liberalisation in Europe’s professions. Greece, although not known for its adherence to EU rules, has the union’s most heavily regulated legal profession. Under statistical indices developed by the Institute […]

Associates to judge CC partners

After being slammed by associates in the infamous ‘Paddinggate’ memo of October 2002, Clifford Chance’s partners have made the first tentative steps towards rebuilding the rocky relationship with its associates. The firm has introduced a radical initiative of upward appraisals for partners by the disgruntled associates. The firm’s New York office has embarked on a […]

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