7 February 2005

Beachcrofts in triple raid to bolster construction

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has bolstered its construction team with the hire of three new partners. In London, Tony Blackler joins Beachcrofts from Macfarlanes where he is a partner in the firm’s property group. Blackler specialises in contentious construction work but also has a non-contentious practice. Meanwhile in Birmingham and Bristol respectively, Beachcrofts has recruited Shoosmiths associate […]

Wilmer Cutler posts 14 per cent revenue hike

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has recorded a strong performance in its first full financial year as a merged firm. The firm’s turnover for 2004 was $750m. That figure is up an impressive 14 per cent on a combined total for Wilmer Cutler & Pickering ($334m) and Hale & Dorr ($325m) in 2003. The […]

Pillsbury, Shaw Pittman seal merger agreement

Last night Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman finally confirmed their intention to merge. The two firms have signed a letter of intent to merge. When the deal is completed the combined firm will have around 900 lawyers, spread over 16 offices with a combined turnover of more than $600m. The merger is subject to approval […]

Top Israeli firm raids Freshfields to boost international M&A

Freshfields corporate associate Tomer Maharshak is leaving to join Israel’s second largest law firm Balter, Guth, Aloni & Co. Maharshak is a dual UK-Israeli qualified lawyer and a decorated Israeli Air Force officer. He has also previously worked for Israeli supreme court judges. Moshe Balter, Balter, Guth Aloni’s senior partner said: “Balter, Guth, Aloni & […]

ICI’s Herlihy to quit

ICI’s general counsel and company secretary Michael Herlihy has quit the FTSE 100 company after 26 years service. Herlihy, who has been general counsel since January 1996, will be replaced by Andy Ransom, the group vice president for mergers and acquisitions. Ransom has been with ICI for 18 years and prior to his current role […]

RPC turns its back on the NHSLA

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has dramatically turned down its place on the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) panel.The firm, which has been a member of the panel for the past seven years, says the work offered by the NHSLA no longer fits in with its strategy.Chief executive Adrian Martin said that the decision was taken after […]

Pinsent Masons loses partner to Dundas

Pinsent Masons has lost its first legacy Pinsents partner since the firm’s merger went live in December last year.The former London head of banking and finance Rhodri Davies has quit Pinsent Masons to join Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson.Davies’ departure comes hot on the heels of the resignation of Masons legacy partner Chris Dering. He […]

Hong Kong corporate star quits Linklaters

Linklaters’ Hong Kong-based corporate partner Dominic Tsun has quit after almost eight years with the magic circle firm.Tsun’s departure is a blow to the firm because of his close relationships with a number of investment banks, including Goldman Sachs and HSBC.Last April Tsun advised HSBC as global coordinator, bookrunner, lead manager and sponsor on the […]

Manches property team expansion continues

Manches has bolstered its resurgent property team with the hire of two partners, including the former head of Davenport Lyons’ team Graham Atkins. Atkins, who joined the firm on Monday (7 February), stepped down from a management role last year and had been at Davenport Lyons for 31 year. He is a retail property specialist […]

Bevan Brittan launches licensing team

Bevan Brittan has established a dedicated licensing practice for the first time, with the hire of two lawyers into its Birmingham office.Former Hammonds senior assistant Sharon McCann and ex-Heatons head of licensing Rob Westwood-Payne joined Bevan Brittan on 1 February.McCann joins the firm as a partner, while Westwood-Payne is an associate. The pair will be […]

Dentons loses out on English Partnerships panel

Denton Wilde Sapte has lost its place on the English Partnerships panel after an exhaustive eight-month review.The firm was one of the regeneration agency’s original five-firm panel, but was dropped from the new list of 11 advisers announced last week.Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Eversheds, Nabarro Nathanson and Pinsent Masons have all retained their places. New […]

Linklaters in fresh New York raid on Latham

Linklaters has hired Latham & Watkins New York partner Scott Bowie as it bolsters its investment management practice in theUS. Linklaters’ global investment management head Tim Shipton said: “We are very excited about Scott Bowie joining us. The private equity and alternative fund market has expanded hugely, and Scott will be at the forefront of […]

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