8 December 2003

Eversheds axes London private client business

Eversheds has decided to cease its private client function in London and has reached an agreement to transfer the practice to Dawsons. Under the arrangement, Eversheds partner Neil Morris will be joining Dawsons from 30 April 2004. Partner Nigel Porteous will move to Maples & Calder in the Cayman Islands at the same time. An […]

Hammonds makes rare Wragges capture

Hammonds has scooped an unprecedented lateral hire in Birmingham, taking litigation partner Ann Benzimra to boost its own Midlands practice. Benzimra is believed to be the first partner to be lured from Wragges by a regional rival. At Hammonds she will lead the Birmingham litigation team, taking over from Digby Rose. Rose has announced his […]

Pennie & Edmonds to fire staff in Jones Day takeover

Employees at New York’s Pennie & Edmonds face a difficult Christmas after management broke the news that job losses would follow the firm’s takeover by Jones Day. Pennie is on the cusp of finalising a combination with Cleveland’s Jones Day that is expected to be resolved in days. Due to the takeover, Pennie management said […]

Judge orders Foyle to testify in US tobacco case

Lovells litigation partner Andrew Foyle will be required to give evidence in relation to his client British American Tobacco (BAT) in the $289bn (£165.68bn) case, United States of America v Philip Morris & Others. Mr Justice Moore-Bick ruled yesterday (10 December) that Foyle must give evidence in the case, in which BAT is a co-defendant. […]

Winston & Strawn boosts corporate with ex-CC partner

Winston & Strawn is bulking up in corporate with the recruitment of a former Clifford Chance partner. Peter Williams, who retired from Clifford Chance’s banking and finance group last year, is joining Winston & Strawn’s New York office as senior counsel. Williams, a legacy Rogers & Wells partner, has also announced his appointment to the […]

Gide adds six to partnership

French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel will make up six partners in January 2004. The appointments include four lawyers from Paris, one from the firm’s Warsaw office and one from Bucharest. The new partners are Phillipe Després in employment; Patrice Doat in finance/project finance; Antoine Gosset-Grainville in competition; Polish energy lawyer Robert Drzeiczvk, who has set […]

Grapevine

Santa still exists – at least if you’re an associate in New York. It’s Christmas bonus season in the States, and as we revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews yesterday (9 December), Cravath Swaine & Moore – like Skadden – is pegging its associate bonuses to last year’s levels. Cravath’s first year-qualified lawyers will be getting $17,500 (£10,000), […]

Watson Burton raids local rival for private client chief

Newcastle firm Watson Burton has bolstered its private client department with the appointment the head of private client at local rival Hay & Kilner. Keith Hately, who joined Watson Burton on Monday (8 December), will co-head the firm’s private client department alongside current head Kris Andersen. Commenting on Hately’s appointment Watson Burton senior partner Andrew […]

English Bar to help rebuild Iraqi legal system

The English Bar has taken on a key role in rebuilding Iraq’s shattered legal system. Leading members of the Bar Council will pay visits to Iraq, subject to the security situation, in 2005. Its central role will be providing legal education and advice on self-regulation and professional standards to Iraqi lawyers and judges. This will […]

NY bonus battles: Cravath sticks to its guns

Cravath Swaine & Moore is following Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s example by keeping New York associate bonuses at last year¹s rates. In a memo released throughout the firm yesterday, Cravath stated it would pay first year qualified lawyers $17,500, second years at $19,000, third and fourth years at $24,000 with senior associates gaining […]

Paul Hastings clinches Paris merger

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker is going ahead with its Paris merger with Moquet Borde & Associés after the firms’ partners voted in favour of a tie-up. It is understood that a firmwide vote at each firm took place within the past two weeks, clearing the way for a Paul Hastings and Moquet Borde merger […]

Blunkett v. the bench: judicial independence to be ‘guaranteed’

At the beginning of the year, the already strained relations between judiciary and the bench reached a new nadir following a ruling by Mr Justice Collins, president of the Immigration Appeal Tribunal, which threatened to spectacularly derail the Government’s asylum policy. An incandescent David Blunkett reminded the judiciary of their place in the greater scheme […]

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