5 September 2011

Dorda and Graf latest European firms to grab slices of fast-growing Turkey

German firm Graf von Westphalen and Austrian firm Dorda Brugger Jordis have both established presences in Turkey, which is fast becoming a hot spot for European firms. Graf will open an office in Istanbul at the start of October in cooperation with local outfit GSI Meridian. Dorda has expanded its best-friends network to include a […]

Litigation bungling

Litigation funding is a must-know for modern law firms. Nick Rowles-Davies reports on a market that is misunderstood and lacking competent professionals I entered the litigation funding market with Vannin Capital this year. Having been in the law for more than 20 years, I thought I knew the profession well. However, I have been more […]

Europeans file brief to support US green push

Three not-for-profit organisations have joined forces to file an amicus curiae brief in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of carbon pollution. European environmental lawyers ClientEarth, ­supported by Friends of the Earth Europe, Birdlife Europe and Transport & Environment, teamed up with America’s Great Waters Coalition and the Union of Concerned Scientists to file […]

Dundas and Eversheds prime Clyde pumps sale

Dundas & Wilson and Eversheds snatched the lead roles as Scotland’s richest man sold a heavy pumps maker for £750m just four years after acquiring it for £45m. Jim McColl, majority owner of Glasgow’s Clyde Blowers, bought Clyde Union Pumps in 2007. Some £40m has since been invested in the company, which was sold to […]

Simon Priddis

Betfred lines up with Freshfields as OFT mulls Tote buy challenge

Betfred has turned to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s competition team as the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) considers referring the bookmaker’s £265m acquisition of the Horserace Totalisator Board (the Tote) to the Competition Commission (CC). Freshfields competition partner Simon Priddis has been brought in to advise on the deal, which would result in Betfred holding 1,350 stores. […]

Olswang, Mishcon team strikes gold with Olympic homes deal

Olswang and Mishcon de Reya have teamed up to advise a Qatari-backed ­consortium on the £557m purchase and management of the Olympic Village in east London. The firms secured roles on the joint venture (JV) between investment group Delancey and real estate investor Qatari Diar. Delancey and Qatari Diar purchased 1,439 of the 2,818 homes […]

Andrew Thomson


London firm Bindmans has been much in the news this year, winning a number of instructions relating to the News of the World (NoW) phone-­hacking ­scandal and having its contact details passed out to London rioters. While the firm was unwittingly drawn into the latter debacle by far-left blog The Third Estate, which told prospective […]

Wim Dejonghe

Firms set to pick up work as Libya picks up pieces

As Libya ponders its future, international law firms look set to become increasingly active in the country’s economic and political landscape. Frozen assets held around the globe by the Gaddafi regime are gradually ­trickling through to Libya and firms with presences in North Africa are considering how they could play a role in shaping the country’s future. […]

Kobre & Kim doubles City silk clout

US litigation boutique Kobre & Kim has thrown down the gauntlet to rivals, including Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, after securing a second silk for its London office. Jalil Asif QC, who is well-known for his professional negligence work, will join the firm’s City base ­tomorrow (6 September) from 4 New Square, where he has spent the past […]

London councils in redundancy talks as legal tie-up takes shape

The London Boroughs of Merton and Richmond- upon-Thames have entered into redundancy talks with their legal staff as part of the ongoing merger between the two councils’ legal departments. A spokeswoman for both councils confirmed a wave of redundancies was in progress, but said it was too early to say how many jobs will be […]

Peters & Peters raids Bishops for new CEO

Peters & Peters has created the role of CEO and filled it with Kim Archer, who joins from Bloomsbury-based Bishop & Sewell. Archer will be responsible for driving the growth of Peters & Peters, senior ­partner Keith Oliver said. “We’re confident that Kim will apply her commercial and legal skills to enable us to harness […]

David ­Stewart

Olswang creates single partnership structure

Olswang has overhauled its partner remuneration system and equity structure, introducing a model that has abolished the distinction between fixed-share and full equity partners. The new system, which is being implemented during the current financial year, has replaced the two ­categories of partner with a single partnership. Previously Olswang had A and B partners, the latter remunerated by […]

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