7 April 2003

Maclays in Aberdeen launch

Scots giant Maclay Murrray & Spens is set to launch an office in Aberdeen to target oil and gas sector clients. The firm is relocating corporate partner Alastair Wyper to Aberdeen to head up the new office, which is due to open on Monday (14 April). Wyper will be joined by senior corporate lawyers Neil […]

Campbell Hooper homes in on Taylor Woodrow solicitor for house building expansion

Campbell Hooper has taken on former Taylor Woodrow solicitor Bill Bidder to head the firm’s House Builder Group.Bidder was head of legal at one of the company’s subsidiaries Taywood Homes, as well as being a board member and legal director of Taylor Woodrow Developments.Hooper, who joins the firm on 14 April, takes over from former […]

Bird & Bird in Brussels raid for competition push

Bird & Bird has raided Stanbrook & Hooper in Brussels, taking a team of three competition lawyers. Partner Wilko van Weert heads the team and will lead Bird & Bird’s competition practice in Brussels. Van Weert has spent three years at the Dutch competition authority and has a number of clients in the life sciences, […]

Jones Day Gouldens lures SJ Berwin's Plainer for restructuring top spot

Jones Day Gouldens has taken on SJ Berwin insolvency partner Adam Plainer as UK head of restructuring in its second City lateral since the merger . Plainer, who was in talks to join the London office of Gouldens when the merger discussions with Jones Day were going on, brings with him a strong relationship with […]

Chubb locks in Camerons' Casement for new general counsel role

Chubb Commercial Insurance (CCI), a division of Chubb Insurance Company of Europe, has hired David Casement of CMS Cameron McKenna as its new general counsel.The new role has been established to help CCI conduct business effectively in multiple jurisdictions.Casement has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious insurance work, having practised in the London market […]

Paul Giles wins race to become Norton Rose chairman

Norton Rose Asian managing partner Paul Giles has won the coveted role of chairman, following a three week, secret ballot election process.Giles, who will relocate from Singapore to take up his new role on 1 May, replaces current chairman David Lewis, who has come to the end of his second three-year term.The appointment was announced […]

A&O appoints new head for Amsterdam

Allen & Overy has appointed a new managing partner in its Amsterdam office, following the transfer of former managing partner Cees Vellekoop to the the firm’s corporate department in Tokyo. Peter Eijsvoogel took over as Vellekoop’s replacement in Amsterdam at the beginning of April.Vellekoop has been managing partner of the office since its merger with […]

Pillsbury furthers Silicon Valley expansion with Cooley Godward lateral

Pillsbury Winthrop is continuing to swell its Silicon Valley office after making its eighth lateral hire this year.The firm has recruited partner Deborah Ludewig from Cooley Godward, who specialises in corporate, securities and intellectual property (IP) with experience in emerging public and private companies and venture capital investors. In recent months the firm has bolstered […]

20 jobs to go as Clifford Chance gets tough on headcount

Clifford Chance is taking a leaf out of Linklaters’ book by reducing headcount at its London office. It is understood that Clifford Chance has announced a reduction of around 20 associates and support staff in its corporate department while a number of lawyers will be redeployed throughout the firm. The move echoes that of Linklaters […]

Rosalind Wright unveiled as new Fraud Advisory Panel chairman

Rosalind Wright is to replace George Staple QC as the chairman of the Fraud Advisory Panel. The panel’s main role is to publicise the damage caused to the economy by fraud. Wright is currently the director of the Serious Fraud Office, and will replace Staple when he steps down in May. Wright said: “The panel […]

Lloyd & Co sued for £2m over shipping advice to convicted killer

A Sicilian businessman is suing shipping firm Lloyd & Co for £2m over its conduct of litigation on his behalf while he was imprisoned for the murder of his wife.Giuseppe Di Blasi, who has given evidence by videolink from Italy, where he is under house arrest during the ongoing High Court trial, originally instructed Lloyd […]

Pitmans grows property and private client groups

Pitmans has made two senior appointments to boost itscommercial property and private client departments.Bill Howard has left Wilson Howard to join Pitmans’ commercial property department as a partner. Howard’s experience includes setting up land acquisition partnerships and working for a variety of companies, financial institutions and developers. David Ainslie has joined Pitmans as a director, […]

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