8 November 2004

B&M suffer raft of departures in Germany

Baker & McKenzie’s German practice has lost six Frankfurt partners, including its head of finance Rainer Magold, to US rivals. According to Germany’s Juve magazine, Magold, a rated acquisition finance lawyer, and Christina Ungeheuer, a rising star in banking, have quit for Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCoy, for whom they will open a Frankfurt office. […]

Lords stand firm on legal advice privilege

The House of Lords today reaffirmed the rules governing legal advice privilege in its full judgment in Three Rivers. As indicated in July, the Lords overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal regarding the disclosure of communication between Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and client the Bank of England. They clarified that the law as set […]

Nabarro Nathanson shuts door on final salary pension scheme

Nabarro Nathanson has closed its final salary pension scheme to future accruals in a bid to limit the firm’s future pensions liabilities. The scheme, which was closed to new entrants in July 2001, has now also been closed to all future accruals after the firm identified that the scheme’s deficit was growing. Senior partner Simon […]

Grapevine – Lawyer News Weekly

For those of you who woke up this morning to the sound ofCharlie Falconer on The Today Programme criticising claimsfarmers – here’s the antidote. For those of you who woke up this morning to the sound of Charlie Falconer on The Today Programme criticising claims farmers (see article) – here’s the antidote. The more reputable […]

Landwell Paris loses tax partner to B&M

Ex-accountancy firm Landwell & Associés has lost another tax partner, this time to Baker & McKenzie’s Paris office. Thierry Vialaneix joins the global firm’s tax practice as a partner to strengthen its VAT expertise. He arrives after four years with Landwell, where he was also a partner, and joins 30 other lawyers within Bakers’ French […]

Government fights accusations of UK’s “growing compensation culture”

The government has today (November 10) vehemently denied suggestions that there is a growing “compensation culture” in this country – a stance welcomed by the insurance industry. Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, speaking at an insurance conference in London this morning, said: “My view is clear – I am opposed to the idea, or anything […]

Lord Hunt of Wirral appointed as new CII chair

Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ senior partner, Lord Hunt of Wirral, is taking on a new role as chair of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)’s professional standards board. Hunt will be in charge of the launch of the CII’s new code of ethics and conduct, which is being designed to give a code of conduct for institute members […]

B&M elects new Paris managing partner

Baker & McKenzie has elected Laurent Epstein as the firm’s new Paris managing partner. Epstein replaces Eric Lasry in the top French role, following Lasry’s election to Bakers’ global executive committee last month. Fellow partner Denise Broussal has been elected as co-manager, and will be responsible for representing Paris on Bakers’ internal international committees. Epstein […]

De Pardieu signs up new public law head from rival

Paris firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is expanding its public law practice with the hire of Vatier & Associé’s public law head. Joining as head of De Pardieu’s public law and public-private partnerships department, Yves-René Guillou becomes the firm’s seventh lawyer in this area. De Pardieu now has 14 partners. Guillou’s clients includes the likes […]

LeBoeuf scoops Hammonds IP star

LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has scooped an intellectual property (IP) partner from Hammonds. Marija Danilunas, who was head of Hammonds’ Biotech/Life Sciences practices, is dual-qualified as a Canadian barrister as well as a solicitor in England. She left Hammonds in September and becomes the fourth partner lateral to arrive at LeBoeuf’s London office this […]

Making the most of your People – Dumping the Dollops and Cheering the Champions

How ‘wired up and fired up’ are your staff? Are you getting the most out of your people? Can you afford to be under performing by 35%? If your firm was losing £4.7million each year through poor people management, would that gain the Partners’ attention? We all know that successful firms focus on developing and […]

Martineaus, Pinsents first class for Plymouth Uni

Martineau Johnson and Pinsents have won a competitive tender to secure the University of Plymouth as a new client. The firms competed against Plymouth’s existing advisers Osborne Clarke, Bond Pearce and Foot Anstey & Sergeant as well as legacy firm Bevan Ashford to win the mandate. Martineau’s has been brought on board to advise the […]

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