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The Dewey & LeBoeuf story has it all: sizeable debt, a culture of secrecy, seemingly profligate guarantees to laterals and a partner exodus. And the firm is under threat from another source too: namely, troll headhunters. Troll headhunting works like this. The recruiter calls the managing partner of Smith & Jones on the pretext of […]

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Supreme Court prepares to rule in Seldon age discrimination case

The Supreme Court will next week (25 April) decide what justifications a partnership can use to  retire a partner when it hands down judgment in Seldon v Clarkson Write & Jakes (CWJ). The court will also determine the outcome of another age discrimination dispute, Homer v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, which was joined […]

Former Portolano Colella Cavallo partner launches Orsingher’s Rome base

Italian IP boutique Orsingher is opening a Rome office with the hire of Domenico Colella, formerly name partner at Portolano Colella Cavallo. Portolano Colella Cavallo announced Colella’s departure last week (12 April 2012) and said it was changing its name to Portolano Cavallo. The hire continues Orsingher’s growth, which last year saw the firm hire […]

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