Online May 2014

The Lawyer US: HSF capital markets duo exit for Gibson Dunn

Herbert Smith Freehills’ global head of capital markets Steve Thierbach is joining Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in London, along with fellow partner Chris Haynes. US-qualified Thierbach has been at HSF since 2010 and was also a partner at Linklaters for 15 years, where he co-led the capital markets practice and served as head of the […]

Litigation, litigation, litigation

The Lawyer’s bank of briefings has a wealth of up-to-the-minute information and analysis on legal developments, provided by top law firms across the world. Just check out the recent summaries on litigation, free to download. Ince & Co: Vessel arrest in Hong Kong — a means to enforce a maritime arbitration award via the backdoor? […]

PEP spray

The debate over profit per equity partner (PEP) as a financial metric never seems to go away. Earlier this year Dentons decided to stop disclosing global PEP to The American Lawyer, saying it was ‘meaningless’. For a British take on the issue, read what former Ashurst boss Charlie Geffen has to say. Charlie Geffen: PEP […]

Leaders of the pack

The Lawyer’s weekly leadership interview has proved very popular with readers. In our regular slot we find out the stories behind the figures, and what makes law firm managing partners tick. Osborne Clarke’s Simon Beswick: Cue the next phase Charles Russell Speechlys management: the joys of a clean sheet Weightmans’ John Schorah: Everyone in the […]

Barclays unveils reduced panel

It’s nearly a year since Barclays named the former general counsel of Pittsburgh-headquartered PNC Financial Services Group, Bob Hoyt, as general counsel and there is plenty of change in the air. Hoyt has reorganised the legal team, resulting in the creation of a global financial crime team headed by former litigation and investigations director Jonathan […]

Taking the temperature

If you want to find out what’s going on, ask an expert. The Lawyer’s regular peer panels quiz leading practitioners and business professionals on the key trends in their areas. Hear it from the horse’s mouth. Peer panel: Construction – Rebuilding Peer Panel Industry Changes: Next top models PI: Back-up to the future Facilities management: […]

Rupert Boswall

RPC appoints Boswall as new senior partner

RPC’s partnership has elected commercial litigation partner Rupert Boswall as its new senior partner with immediate effect.  Boswall, who joined RPC in 1991 as a newly-qualified lawyer, has been a partner in the firm’s London office for almost 20 years. He succeeds Robert Hogarth, who stepped down from his non-executive chairman role after six years […]

oil well energy

Rosneft turns from Linklaters and Freshfields to Baker Botts for Russian oil deal

Baker Botts has returned to advise Russian state-owned energy giant Rosneft after adding former a former Linklaters lawyer and Rosneft contact to its team. Slaughter and May advised North Atlantic Drilling Ltd (NADL) and Seadrill Ltd on its agreement with Rosneft to break into the Russian drilling market. In recent years the energy company has […]

In-house Attitudes Report 2014

The In-House Attitudes Report is the only comprehensive study of how the in-house legal function is adapting and evolving as a result of sustained economic and regulatory change, providing you with key insight into how in-house counsel view the challenges and opportunities they face. The report includes contributions from nearly 900 in-house lawyers, who earlier this year […]


DWF faces loss of up to 37 jobs in Liverpool

DWF has told its Liverpool-based motor fraud team that a forthcoming restructure will involve placing several fee-earner and secretarial staff into a consultation that could result in the loss of up to 37 jobs. According to a spokesperson at DWF the consultation is anticipated to begin in June but the exact timeframe is still being […]

Jake Keaveny set to join Allen & Overy’s high-yield practice as partner

Allen & Overy has announced that Jake Keaveny will join its high-yield practice as a partner in the London office. Keaveny joins from Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York where he has spent his legal career to date, focusing on market-leading US bank and bond deals. His practice is capital markets and corporate finance, […]

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