9 April 2007

Paris rainmaker quits Linklaters

Paris-based Linklaters partner Michel Frieh is gearing up to leave the magic circle firm to set up his own business. Frieh for the last couple of years has been mooting that, when he hits 50 years old, he would be “getting too old” for mainstream work and would want to do something different. The private […]

Ashurst ups partner appointments

Ashurst has joined the flurry of partnership promotions in the City, making up 20 associates firmwide, with the corporate team benefiting the most. The firm’s London headquarters, which has historically contributed 75 per cent of revenue, once again secured the lion’s share of the promotions with 11. The Paris and Milan offices received the most […]

Norton Rose makes record promotions

Norton Rose has made up 23 senior associates to its partnership, breaking its record promotions last year by one. Following the trend of the last three years the corporate and banking practices have been the big winners with 10 and six being promoted respectively. Peter Martyr, chief executive of Norton Rose, said: “The large number […]

CC feels the heat in Moscow

Half the City is still on holiday, but Clifford Chance lawyers in Moscow had an enforced and unexpected break from the office. See story The magic circle firm had to close its headquarters in the Russian capital after a rogue lightbulb exploded outside the building it shares with Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, causing a fire. […]

CC boosts associate salaries by 15 per cent

Clifford Chance has today announced that it has increased its London lawyers’ salaries by around 15 per cent. Clifford Chance head of HR expertise Mark Spivey told The Lawyer: “We always keep a watch on the market and when we talk to existing lawyers at the firm and future lawyers, salary, bonus and career development […]

Macfarlanes promotes four in latest round

Macfarlanes is to promote four associates into the partnership, boosting the firm’s total number of partners to 72. Howard Corney and Luke Powell join the corporate team, Nicholas Harries comes into private client and Tom Pedder will boost the property team. The internal promotions match last year’s figure, but overall is slightly down on the […]

Farrers doubles partner promotions

Farrer & Co has promoted four associates to its partnership, double the amount of promotions it made last year. This year’s promotions are spread across the corporate, family, private property and private client teams. Senior partner Robert Clinton said: “The challenges in terms of attracting the best talent within the legal sector have been well […]

DLA Piper moves to boost Islamic finance team

DLA Piper has launched a three-pronged raid on its rivals in the Middle East to boost its Islamic finance practice in Dubai. Abdulaziz Al Bosaily joins as a legal director from Clifford Chance affiliate firm Al-Jadaan Law Firm, while new senior associates Adil Hussain and Saqib Awan join from Norton Rose and Saudi Arabian firm […]

Fire forces CC to evacuate Moscow office

Clifford Chance has been forced to take up alternative accommodation in Moscow due to its office building catching fire. While nobody was injured and the Clifford Chance office itself remained undamaged by the fire, which took place last Friday (6 April), the firm’s office was affected by water damage to the fabric of the building. […]

BLG promotes seven, five in London

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has promoted seven associates to its partnership. Five of the new partners, who will be promoted on 1 May, are based in London and specialise in commercial litigation and insurance. Aerospace associate Peter Coles and commercial litigation associate Richard Keady will be based in Hong Kong. The new appointments will take […]

UK’s richest lawyer steps into media glare

The wider media have really got stuck into The Lawyer’s revelation that Beresfords Solicitors founder Jim Beresford reaped a whopping £16.75m in one year on the back of the miners’ compensation scheme. See story

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