5 January 2004

Spendlove out as Ashurst names new managing partner

Ashurst has announced litigation partner Simon Bromwich as its new managing partner, taking over from incumbent Justin Spendlove. The new managing partner was installed under the firm’s new system that entailed its newly elected management team directly appointing the position rather than partners putting their names to a ballot. It is not clear if Spendlove […]

CC New York reels after latest departure blow

The partner exodus at Clifford Chance’s New York office is gathering pace as its head of litigation and dispute resolution heads for Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. The departure of rainmaker Kenneth Gallo, announced internally yesterday evening (January 8), is a heavy blow for Clifford Chance which has seen a sustained stream of departures […]

Pinsents names construction practice leader

Pinsents has appointed consultant Neil Jones as the national head of its 12-lawyer construction team. Jones is the first official national head of construction at Pinsents, though until April 2002 Jonathan Hawkswell ran the department before leaving to set up his own firm. Construction has been a particular area of growth for the firm, over […]

NYSE raids Citigroup legal to fill regulatory post

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has appointed Citigroup’s general counsel for global corporate and investment banking, Richard Ketchum, to the newly created role of chief regulatory officer. Ketchum who has been with Citigroup since last summer, is due to join the NYSE in June.

Partner losses rise at Clifford Chance New York

Clifford Chance US has lost yet another partner, this time to McDermott Will & Emery. Capital markets partner Thomas McGavin, a legacy Rogers & Wells (R&W) lawyer, is joining McDermott at the same time as Joseph Suh who is moving from Morrison & Foerster (MoFo). Also a capital markets specialist, Suh spent a number of […]

Conrad Black chooses S&C for Hollinger war

Sullivan & Cromwell has emerged as counsel to embattled newspaper baron Conrad Black in his increasingly acrimonious negotiations with Hollinger International. Litigation partner John Warden is acting for Lord Black who is currently engaged in talks with his newspaper empire about the repayment of compensation that was paid out to Black and a number of […]

Grapevine

You read it here first. Schillings, the celebrity law firm par excellence, has finally got the House of Lords to commit to a hearing date for client Naomi Campbell’s long-running privacy case. The case will be heard on 18 and 19 February. The Daily Mirror, if unsuccessful, will lose over 1m GBP in its own […]

Supermarket merry-go-round yields job bonanza

Asda has found a new legal director in Tesco’s trading law and technical director who in turn has been replaced by a Safeway in-house lawyer. Asda’s appointment of John Longworth, who was with Tesco for 12 years, follows the surprise move of the supermarket’s longstanding legal director and company secretary Denise Jagger to Eversheds. As […]

Clifford Chance US hit by IP lawyer migration

Clifford Chance New York is continuing to lose lawyers as a group of eight intellectual property (IP) attorneys jump ship for Hogan & Hartson. Lead by counsel Jonathan Sobel, who will become a partner on joining Hogan & Hartson, the group of eight lawyers will join former Clifford Chance partners Eric Lobenfeld and Ira Schaefer. […]

Eversheds secures Denton’s Spanish off-shoot

Eversheds has become the first UK firm to pick up pieces from the collapse of Denton Wilde Sapte’s international network by signing an association with Spanish firm Lupicinio. As revealed by The Lawyer on 6 October, Eversheds has been talking to a number of the former Denton International firms, but Lupicinio is, as yet, the […]

Class action launched as lawyers grab share of Parmalat spoils

The first of many expected class action lawsuits has been launched the against scandal-hit Italian food group Parmalat with New York’s Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach leading the charge. The $1bn (£549m) lawsuit, launched yesterday (January 5) on behalf of institutional investor Southern Alaska Carpenters Retirement Trust, alleges a number of individuals, including Parmalat’s […]

Chancery Lane joins forces with judiciary to help more solicitors onto the bench

The Law Society has teamed up with the judiciary to launch a new initiative to help solicitors make it on to the bench. Under a new training programme, solicitors will be helped and supported in applying for judicial appointments. “The experiences of working in a practice, managing cases and having direct contact with clients make […]

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