4 June 2007

Freshfields makes managing partner promotions in China

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced two Chinese managing partner promotions. Corporate partner Teresa Ko is the new China managing partner while M&A specialist Chris Wong has become managing partner in Beijing. Robert Ashworth will continue in his role as head of the Asia corporate practice while Clive Rough and Melissa Thomas will continue as managing […]

Links scores High Court win for JPMorgan in bonus dispute

Linklaters has scored a landmark High Court ruling for JPMorgan against its former trader Daniel Ridgway, who sued the bank for $3.5m (£1.8m) in an alleged loss of bonus. The case is the first to go before the courts since the Court of Appeal decision in Commerzbank v Keen (2006), in which Commerzbank successfully defended […]

Small chambers in massive spat over horsebox

It’s the usual story: you launch a chambers, you want to tell people about it, you have a great marketing idea. In the case of Surrey-based Casalier Chambers, which specialises in sports and equine law, the idea was a horsebox. See story. It’s the usual story: you launch a chambers, you want to tell people […]

Barristers sue over luxury horsebox

A group of sports and equine law barristers who argue that their horsebox is too heavy to carry horses have taken their dispute to the High Court. Casalier, the management company of barristers at Casalier Chambers, is suing manufacturers Equicruiser UK and finance company Lombard North Central plc. The barristers, who specialise in sports and […]

Addleshaws announces salary rises following trainee pressure

Addleshaw Goddard has bowed to mounting pressure from trainees and announced its salary increases three months early. A source at the firm confirmed that, while Addleshaws traditionally announces its salary increases in September each year, trainees have pushed management into talks to bring the date forward, in line with other firms. London-based newly qualified (NQ) […]

BSB opts against deferral of call to the bar

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has rejected plans for deferring call to the bar until after pupillage is completed. The initial suggestion to defer call came after concerns were raised that consumers might be misled as to who is a fully qualified barrister. However, a provisional report on deferral of call by the BSB published […]

Robert Muckle benefits from raids on local rivals

Newcastle-based Robert Muckle has beefed up its practice with the appointment of two commercial partners. Alan Grisedale, formerly a senior lawyer with Newcastle’s Dickinson Dees, has joined the firm’s commercial team as a partner and head of the public sector practice. Matt Collen, who was previously a partner at Ward Hadaway, also based in Newcastle, […]

Weightmans raids Druces & Attlee for property hires

Weightmans has boosted its London-based property team with the hire of a partner from Druces & Attlee. Partner Stephen Whittaker will join the firm, along with assistant Sarah Bainbridge, as part of a strategy to increase its presence in the real estate market. Weightmans’ regional office head Mark Whittaker said: “The property market is buoyant […]

Norris extradition saga goes to the Lords

White & Case has been given leave to appeal the ongoing extradition saga of businessman Ian Norris to the House of Lords. The Norris case, it is understood, will the be first proceeding of its kind to go to the House of Lords under the new extradition regime. Almost six months ago White & Case […]

Camerons revision triggers small bonus increase

CMS Cameron McKenna has had its preliminary financial results revised, putting a slightly shinier gloss on an otherwise disappointing year. Turnover is up by 6.5 per cent to £197.4m, where previously it was thought to be up by just 6.3 per cent. Average profit per equity partner (PEP) rose by 5.5 per cent to £502,000, […]

Bakers turns Rupert Murdoch green

Baker & McKenzie has clinched a deal to advise Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation on its carbon neutral strategy. Sydney-based climate change partner Martijn Wilder and associate Adam Shepherd have advised the company on its plan to reduce its total carbon footprint to become carbon neutral by 2010. This is the first time Baker & McKenzie’s […]

CC pushes arbitration business in Asia

Clifford Chance is embarking on a marketing drive in Asia in a bid to boost its arbitration business in the region. The firm is touring Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo to “explain arbitration to business audiences” alongside Singaporean ally WongPartnership. Clifford Chance, which has 400 lawyers in Asia, has identified that an increasing amount […]

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