8 April 2013


Feature: Out of practice

Herbies rainmaker Ted Greeno is the latest in a line of top litigators packing their bags for the lure of the mighty dollar. But the firm insists their departures have nothing to do with the Freehills merger The resignation last month of Herbert Smith Freehills(HSF) senior litigation partner Ted Greeno was one of the worst-kept […]

Washington DC

Four return to Hogan Lovells DC

Last year’s defectors to DLA Piper head back to Hogan Lovells What goes around comes around, or so they must be thinking at Hogan Lovells’ Washington DC office. Little more than a year after the firm lost a team of five energy partners to DLA Piper it is crowing over the return of four of […]

Chris de Pury

BLP management rejig sparks client base shift

BLP shake-up sees firm facing up to a world of changed priorities First corporate head John Bennett moves to an international role. Then real estate head Robert MacGregor becomes chairman, to be replaced by Chris de Pury. Berwin Leighton Paisner(BLP) is seeing a generational shift in its departmental leadership. At least de Pury’s accession continues […]

Fees tight on law firm administrations

Law firms don’t get rich advising on the demise of other law firms It’s pretty clear why the most elite firms keep away from advising on law firm administrations. Aside from potential conflicts for firms wishing to poach recruits from zombies (think Dewey & LeBoeuf), fees are, frankly, mediocre. Halliwells’ administration gave CMS Cameron McKenna […]


Market braces itself for ABS impact

Jackson reforms spark ABS revolution in personal injury sector It has been only a week since the Jackson reforms were implemented, but already the impact is being felt in the ABS sector. Last week insurance group Ageas UK agreed to form an ABS partnership with Cardiff’s NewLaw, while motoring giant RAC dipped its toe in […]

Cat Griffiths index

Leader: HSF disputes stars crave recognition

The best unfounded rumour of the year so far is that a 20-strong disputes team from Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) approached Latham & Watkins. How ludicrous. Everyone knows HSF partners prefer to leave in dribs and drabs. Ted Greeno’s decision to resign for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan at the end of last month made […]


A suitable case for treatment

Novartis patent decision signals serious problems ahead for medical drugs development The Indian Supreme Court’s recent decision not to allow Novartis a patent for cancer treatment Imatinab, marketed as Glivec, highlights a series of interlinked patent and public policy issues. The original Imatinab compound was discovered in the 1990s. A patent application was filed, but […]


Bristow LC: Rotor head

James Howell-Richardson is flying as global helicopter specialist Bristow’s legal counsel and company secretary Going in-house is still widely seen as something of an alternative to law firm life – something different to do when private practice starts to lose its sheen. But what if it is all you ever wanted to do? James Howell-Richardson […]


Not a pretty hindsight

Those who offered property advice in the boom time are in for a grim few months as the claims pile up Professionals involved in advising on property transactions are likely to face a substantial upsurge in claims in the next six months. As we approach the sixth anniversary of the height of the property market, […]


Inn business

Insolvencies ruled the roost at the turn of the year, but now deals work is emerging from casualties. March saw the sale of Malmaison and Hotel du Vin, Dreams and Blockbuster’s UK stores. A number of high-profile cases involving corporate casualties came closer to being resolved in March. Hotel brands Malmaison and Hotel du Vin […]


Do your bit for legal fairness

As legal aid declines, there are a number of different ways lawyers can help to fill the gap Last week significant changes to the system of legal aid were implemented. There will be a substantial decline in the number of cases funded and, in some areas of law, funding has been removed entirely. The impact on legal […]


Moves: 8 April 2013

Move of the week Senior Herbert Smith Freehills(HSF) litigator Ted Greeno has joined the ranks of partners leaving the firm’s disputes practice by resigning to join US outfit Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Greeno, a specialist in litigation and arbitration in the energy sector, will move to Quinn’s London office as its 11th City partner. […]

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