8 September 2003

Shearman’s Tokyo head jumps ship for Linklaters

Linklaters has raided Shearman & Sterling’s Tokyo office, hiring its managing partner David Deck. Deck, a US-qualified structured finance lawyer, was a partner in Shearman’s Tokyo office for five years before joining Linklaters last week. Andrew Roberts, Linklaters Asian managing partner, said: “David’s appointment underlines the sustained progress the firm is making in building top-level […]

Ex-Landwell equity partner settles on Beachcrofts

Former Landwell equity partner Nigel Frudd has joined Beachcroft Wansbroughs. Frudd, whose c.v. includes stints as legal and strategy director at Rothschild’s European group and group legal director at Scottish Amicable, spent around a year at Landwell… Former Landwell equity partner Nigel Frudd has joined Beachcroft Wansbroughs. Frudd, whose c.v. includes stints as legal and […]

Dorsey boosts Japan with corporate capture

Dorsey & Whitney has continued its Asian expansion with the hire of Japanese corporate finance lawyer Takashi Suzuki. Formerly a partner with Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Suzuki will continue to practise in M&A, banking, corporate recovery, structured finance and real estate. Dorsey opened its Japanese operation in 1999, but in an attempt to boost its […]

LJ Brooke appointed president of Court of Appeal’s civil division

Lord Justice Brooke has succeeded Lord Justice Simon Brown as president of the civil division of the Court of Appeal. Judge Brooke was appointed a judge of the Queen’s Bench Division in 1988. Between 1993 and 1995 he served as chairman of the Law Commission prior to his promotion to the position of Lord Justice […]

Misys hires ex-Cable & Wireless general counsel

Misys, the global software products and solutions group, has hired the former group general counsel of Cable & Wireless. Dan Fitz will join Misys as general counsel and company secretary on 20 October. Fitz left Cable & Wireless in June following an ongoing management shake-up at the FTSE 100 telecoms company. Before joining Cable & […]

Green light given for September 11 law suits against airlines

American and United Airlines, aviation security companies, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had a duty of care to those who were injured, killed or suffered property damages as a result of the September 11 hijackings, a Manhattan federal judge ruled on Tuesday (9 September). Southern District Judge Alvin Hellerstein rejected […]

Cooley Godward faces probe over fatal car accident

Cooley Godward faces the prospect of sharing liability for the death of a teenager struck by a car driven by one of its associates, Legal Times reports. A jury in Loudoun County, Virginia, will be asked next week to determine whether former Cooley Godward associate Jane Wagner is liable for the death of a teenager […]


Is this the community spirit one should expect from regional lawyers? We asked one senior partner at a top regional firm about his firm’s pro bono effort. His response was: “My personal view is that our lawyers are busy people working for the firm’s paying clients. When they’re not working for clients, we like them […]

Scottish Executive selects first legal panel

DLA, CMS Cameron McKenna and Masons are among the 12 firms that have won places on the Scottish Executive’s first ever legal panel.The relationship between the Scottish Executive and the panel firms is set out in a framework arrangement, which allows firms to compete for work, including debt recovery, employment, large-scale voluntary transfers and procurement. […]

Minters’ Paul Weiss raid prompts further growth in Asia

Minter Ellison has continued its expansion in Asia. The Australian firm has hired Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison partner Fred Kinmonth to head its corporate and commercial team in the region.Kinmonth has been a partner with Paul Weiss since 1998, but is probably better known for the years he spent as the managing director […]

NSW Senator vows to give female barristers more govt work

New South Wales Senator Helen Coonan has vowed to fight discrimination by giving more government legal work to women. The pledge follows a survey of female barristers in Victoria revealed that female barristers were only involved in 13.8 per cent of court appearances, despite making up 18.6 per cent of the total number of barristers.Speaking […]

Family bar welcomes appointment of children’s champion

The family bar welcomed the appointment of an independent children’s commissioner, but called for a boost in resources in the courts to speed up cases. “The family bar warmly welcomes the Government focussing on the important issues of children in this way, which ties in with their earlier initiatives on adoption and domestic violence,” commented […]

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