4 February 2008

Four men went to sue

Four men went to sue08-Feb-2008When news filtered through that LG was taking a four-lawyer team from the London office of Dorsey & Whitney, the immediate reaction was “poor old Dorsey, not another raid”, but that’s not really the case this time. When news filtered through that LG was taking a four-lawyer team from the London […]

Trio of firms act on revised Biffa offer

A trio of City firms have bagged roles on the proposed £1.2bn take-private of waste collection company Biffa. The board of Biffa, which was spun out of water company Severn Trent in 2006, today (8 February) announced that it had reached an agreement with a group led by private equity houses Montagu Funds and Global […]

Olswang cements Minerva relationship with St Botolph’s deal

Olswang has closed a deal for property development and investment company Minerva, overseeing the signing of a 20-year lease on a landmark City of London building. Under advice from real estate partner Julien Allen, who was assisted by real estate associate Tristam Fitzhugh and tax associate Natasha Kaye, Minerva signed the deal with St Botolph’s […]

An uncertain future

Personal injury lawyers now have another deadline. The Ministry of Justice has at last made a statement on the proposed claims process reforms for personal injury claims, following the consultation which closed in July last year. However, the statement from Bridget Prentice, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, says only that they will aim to publish […]

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Dorsey team defects to LG to sue banks

A four-lawyer litigation team has defected from the London office of US firm Dorsey & Whitney to LG so that it can sue financial institutions. Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry, James Curle and Thomas Ross join LG as partners this Monday 11 February. They will also bring an associate with them, Verity Barker. Douglas-Henry told The Lawyer: “LG […]

UK should eschew US class action model, says CJC

Procedures governing group actions by UK consumers need to be reformed but should not resemble US class actions, research commissioned by the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has found. Master of the rolls Sir Anthony Clarke said the research made an important contribution to the debate on what have been loosely termed class actions in the […]

Samaha quits DLA Piper for Euro GC role with US consultancy

DLA Piper for Euro GC role with US consultancy” />Former DLA Piper partner and Virgin legal chief Helena Samaha has taken up a new role as European general counsel at financial consultancy AlixPartners. The US company has appointed Samaha as general counsel for Europe, based in Paris. She left DLA Piper in September to move […]

Mayer Brown scoops French Shearman partner

Mayer Brown has boosted its international arbitration practice with the hire of a Shearman & Sterling partner in Paris. Christophe Dugué, who joined Shearman in 1990 becoming European counsel in 1997 and partner in 1998, has joined Mayer Brown as a partner. The firm’s chairman James Holzhauer said: “Christophe brings to Mayer Brown an extensive […]

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Cadwalader’s big dipper

Talk about a rollercoaster week. Cadwalader began it by confirming that its head of antitrust, Rick Rule, had scooped a role on one of the deals of the year, Microsoft’s $44.6bn bid for Yahoo! Cadwalader’s public yahoos lasted 24 hours. The next day (Tuesday 5 February), it released its year-end figures. They showed a drop […]

Latham breaks $2bn with record results

Latham & Watkins has reported record results, becoming the first US firm ever to break the $2bn revenue barrier. Latham & Watkins has reported record results for the 2007 financial year, becoming the first US firm ever to break the $2bn (£1bn) revenue barrier. Latham posted a 23 per cent hike in revenue on 2006’s […]

Sallie Mae GC resigns

The general counsel of US student loan company Sallie Mae has resigned just three days after settling a suit against JC Flowers after the private equity house abandoned its $25.3bn bid for the company. Robert Lavet, general counsel of Sallie Mae for 16 years, stepped down from his role on 31 January with deputy general […]

Gibson Dunn hires Herbies’ arbitration chief

Herbert Smith’s international arbitration practice is to be headed by a duo of partners after incumbent Laurence Shore takes up a partnership role in Gibson Dunn & Crutcher‘s New York office. Shore, who leaves Herbert Smith’s London office at the end of March, has been with the firm since 1995, having previously worked at the […]

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