6 July 2009

Schoenherr real estate duo to quit after culture clash

Schoenherr real estate heads Alfred Nemetschke and Walter Anderl have decided to part with the firm and operate independently of each other. Schoenherr real estate heads Alfred Nemetschke and Walter Anderl have decided to part with the firm and operate independently of each other. The two partners joined Schoenherr in 2007 from Austrian and Central […]

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Weil Gotshal cuts NQ salary to £85,000

Weil Gotshal & Manges’ City arm has become the latest law firm to take the axe to its newly qualified (NQ) salaries. Weil Gotshal & Manges’ City arm has become the latest law firm to take the axe to its newly qualified (NQ) salaries. Trainee solicitors due to qualify with the US firm in September […]

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UK firms outpace US rivals in India

Once bitten twice shy – has their experience in the ’90s made US firms overly cautious? US firms are in danger of being shut out of the burgeoning Indian market following a series of ­strategic alliances between some of the UK’s top firms and local ­Indian leaders. Over the past year the race to secure […]

Law Soc diversity charter set to publish participating firms’ data

Some 30 firms that are signing up to the Law ­Society’s new diversity ­charter will have to publish detailed statistics on ­diversity for the first time. The scheme, which is being launched on 8 July, will require signatories to release figures annually on the age, gender, sexuality, ethnic backgrounds and religions of employees. A number of FTSE100 […]

Ukraine forum unites CIS as it faces up to its bribery and corruption demons

The fourth CIS Local Counsel Forum in Ukraine saw more than 150 lawyers and academics, as well as various government ­representatives and one ambassador, meet in Kiev. The fourth CIS Local Counsel Forum in Ukraine saw more than 150 lawyers and academics, as well as various government ­representatives and one ambassador, meet in Kiev. With the country’s […]

Investment management claims: the turning tide

Since August 2007, when the credit crunch really started to effect the investment community and when liquidity and confidence in structured products began to plummet, there has been surprisingly little litigation. That is now beginning to change. Having addressed to a large extent the priority of protecting the short term financial health of their business, […]

Granatino decision sees English, Welsh courts flirt with prenups

The Judiciary last week handed the Law Commission the task of developing laws that could make prenuptial agreements lawfully binding documents in the English and Welsh courts. Katrin Radmacher The judgment handed down in ­Granatino v Granatino, which was described by one family lawyer as “monumental”, will not only change the way family lawyers advise […]

Working the land

The real estate market might be in the doldrums, but agricultural land is holding its own. Eversheds may have decided to close its Norwich office and be mooting secretarial job cuts down in Cambridge (TheLawyer.com, 4 September 2008 and 25 May 2009), but the firms that are returning to their East Anglian roots are still […]

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Tulkinghorn: Jukebox fury

Lawyers are well-known for their work hard, play hard attitude to life. Tulkinghorn respects the long hours, as well as the copious amounts of alcohol in which most lawyers indulge to get them through. Take Hammonds’ London head Robert Weekes. This chap proved long ago that he was destined for a job in the law […]

Focus: Sainsbury’s, Pitched battle

When Sainsbury’s GC Nick Grant asked panel firms to take part in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch, the legal world raised its eyebrows. But the event was, in fact, a surprising success Nick Grant Last year Sainsbury’s general counsel Nick Grant took the unusual step of bringing all 11 panel firms together for a day. Now, top lawyers are not […]

Ofcom sparks Herbies vs Ashurst battle in case where Sky’s the limit

The legal wranglings surrounding Sky’s pricing policies are sure to be a great watch. By Kit Chellel Duncan Liddel There is a battle looming over the future of satellite television. It is one that pits one of the world’s largest media companies against its rivals and a determined regulator. And it is one where legal […]

Pinsents bags pension longevity swap

Pinsent Masons has advised the trustee of one of Babcock International Group’s pension schemes, the Devonport Royal Dockyard Pension Scheme, on a ­longevity swap. Credit Suisse will provide longevity ­protection for certain of the scheme’s ­pensioners and their ­dependants. The Pinsents team was led by national head of ­pensions Christopher Berkeley.

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