7 July 2008

Interview techniques for lawyers

For many, becoming a partner is one of the most important milestones a lawyer can reach. Yet no matter how technically brilliant lawyers may be at their job, all too often they fail to present themselves in the right way when it comes to the partnership selection panel. The first thing to consider is what […]

S F Oh

S F Oh 11-July-2008The Serious Fraud Office might have considered forgetting the phrase “conspiracy to defraud the NHS” on the indictment against pharmaceutical giant Goldshield only a slight hiccup, but it could cost the taxpayer an estimated £40m. The Serious Fraud Office might have considered forgetting the phrase “conspiracy to defraud the NHS” on the […]

Former Muckle chief joins Eversheds partnership

Muckle chief joins Eversheds partnership” />Muckle’s former chief Ian Gilthorpe has resurfaced at Eversheds after retiring from the Newcastle firm in April. Gilthorpe led Muckle for 20 years, serving as managing partner from 1986 to 2002 and as senior partner from 2002 to 2007. He is set to join Eversheds’ Newcastle office as a partner […]

SFO lambasted over collapse of Goldshield case

The taxpayer could foot a bill of around £40m after the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was forced to drop a high-profile case against Goldshield Group. The SFO had accused pharmaceutical company Goldshield of conspiring to defraud the NHS through an alleged pharmaceutical cartel. However, the SFO’s original indictment only related to price-fixing, which alone is […]


Lawyers warn kids off career in law

Nearly one in three lawyers would discourage their children from becoming lawyers when they grow up, a survey has revealed. The research, conducted by HR consultantancy Hudson UK, shows that 30 per cent of legal professionals are so dissatisfied with their current role that they would not want to see their children in their job. […]


Nokia hands GC role to acting legal chief

Nokia has found a new global general counsel after a 10-month search, deciding to promote internally for the role. Acting chief legal officer Louise Pentland will become Nokia’s permanent general counsel. Pentland was vice president of the legal team for North America before her promotion to the top job. She will oversee a team of […]

DLA Düsseldorf takes White & Case team

DLA Piper’s Cologne office has poached a corporate team of two partners and three associates from White & Case in Düsseldorf. Former White & Case partner Andreas Meyer-Landrut and local partner Kerstin Schnabel will start as equity partners at DLA, joined by three associates. Meyer-Landrut told German magazine Juve: “We are looking forward to the […]

Current economic conditions in the shipping finance market

The shipping and ship finance markets have always seen strong cyclicality – but for once the current driver for change is not from the shipping market itself, but in the financial market with the banking liquidity crisis which originated in the US sub-prime housing market. So, what can an owner expect if it approaches its […]


A Fairer Future – Can Equality Be Achieved?

On 26 June, Harriet Harman, Minister for Women, announced the Government’s proposals in a White Paper entitled “Framework for a Fairer Future – the Equality Bill”. While acknowledging that discrimination laws have aided progress on equality over the last 40 years, she recognises that they have become extremely complex. She has rightly declared that it […]

Law Soc: new money laundering protections in force

Most law firms in England and Wales have now implemented anti-money laundering procedures, according to a Law Society survey. The research, published today (10 July), found 95 per cent of respondents have updated their policies and procedures within six months of the new regulations coming into force last December. Alison Matthews, chair of the Law […]


Teen plunders thousands from Freshfields

A teenager on work experience at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been jailed for five months after stealing thousands of pounds from the magic circle law firm. Titilayo Olaifa, who was on placement in Freshfields’ accounts department through the Career Academies UK internship programme, stole 11 cheques and wrote six totaling £60,000 to herself. Four of […]

White & Case rebuilds with Wall appointment

White & Case rebuilds with Wall appointment” />White & Case has appointed former chairman Duane Wall as head of the firm’s global bank advisory practice. The move is a response to the loss of prominent financial services regulatory partner and former head, Kevin Barnard, who left to join Arnold & Porter with fellow partner Alan […]

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