4 September 2006

MoFo raids Mayer Brown for heavyweight US litigators

One of the most prominent trial lawyers in the US has led a four-partner defection from the New York office of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw to West Coast rival Morrison & Foerster (MoFo). Dennis Orr, who has experience of more than 30 federal and state trials, moves across to MoFo with partners Thomas Mueller, […]

Eversheds eyes Asia with Shanghai opening

Eversheds is launching its first office in mainland China after being handed a licence to practice in Shanghai. The firm has hired Linklaters associate Peter Corne to be the managing director of the new office, which starts up with three lawyers. The Shanghai office will work closely with Eversheds’ UK-based China group led by partner […]

Richard Butler raids Trowers for Dubai launch

Richard Butler has poached Trowers & Hamlins’ head of Oman to lead its new office in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC). Sean Angle joins Richards Butler after two spells at Trowers, which culminated in his role as the firm’s managing partner in Omani capital Muscat. Angle said: “I had tripled the size of the […]

A&O risks conflicts row on United Biscuits dual roles

Allen & Overy (A&O) has been shaken by another conflicts wrangle after taking dual instructions on the multimillion-pound auction of United Biscuits. A&O, led by corporate partner David Wootton, is advising long-term client United Biscuits, the maker of McVitie’s biscuits and Hula Hoops, on its multimillion-pound auction. However, it has emerged that the firm is […]

Supreme Court gets green light

Westminster City Council has given to go-ahead to convert Middlesex Guildhall into the new Supreme Court. The building will undergo an extensive renovation project, scheduled to start in April 2007, with the Court opening for business in October 2009. The Council will grant full planning permission when completes negotiations with the Department of Constitutional Affairs […]

McDermott Germany splits over strategic differences

McDermott Will & Emery’s Munich office has suffered a four-partner exodus from its tax department. Oliver Kachele, Joachim Giehl, Marcus Roth and Claudia Sendlbeck-Schickor have all left McDermott after just 18 months with the firm, reports Juve today. The team all arrived from KPMG in early 2005. Two of the team’s associates have also left […]

Former Bechtel GC launches arbitration service in UK

US dispute resolution group JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services) is launching its first London operations with the arrival of the former general counsel of engineering giant Bechtel. Katherine Gurun, who was Bechtel’s group general counsel from 2001 to May 2006, will be based in London with the aim of hearing cases across Europe and […]

Butler Sloss appointed Diana coroner

Lady Butler Sloss has been appointed as the coroner for the forthcoming inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed nine years ago. The inquests are expected to begin in early 2007. They have been held up by a French investigation into the August 1997 car crash in Paris which killed […]

Olswang veteran joins Clydes for TMT push

Clyde & Co has recruited Olswang partner Kim Nicholson as a telecoms and technology adviser. Veteran Nicholson was a partner at Olswang for 13 years, and built up the firm’s technology and communications practice. She has worked part-time at the firm in recent years. She joins Clydes to develop the firm’s technology department in London […]

Land Securities kicks off search for legal chief

Land Securities has moved to recruit a group general counsel, becoming the first major property development company to have a dedicated commercial in-house legal function. The FTSE100 company is one of the few property investment and development companies with any developed in-house legal function. Head of legal services Clive Ashcroft is primarily responsible for property-related […]

Lord Chief Justice approves extradition of hotel chiefs

Simmons & Simmons have failed to prevent the extradition of two elderly hotelliers to the US after the Lord Chief Justice rejected arguments that the US government had exploited the 2003 Extradition Treaty. In a High Court hearing yesterday (Wednesday 6 September) Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice, and Mr Justice Cresswell handed down judgment […]

Macfarlanes takes the lead on Hogg Robinson IPO

Macfarlanes’ corporate team has secured instructions from Hogg Robinson on the travel company’s forthcoming float. The deal will see the UK’s biggest corporate travel company return to the London Stock Exchange after a six-year absence. The team overseeing the float is led by senior partner Robert Sutton and Robert Boyle. New York firm Sullivan & […]

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