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Only two weeks into the new century and the accountants have already fired their first salvos. This week The Lawyer reveals that former Clifford Chance managing partner Tony Williams is leaving the world’s biggest law firm to coordinate the integration of Andersen Legal’s global network. The move of such a high-profile and well-respected lawyer will […]

Martineaus sets up telecoms team

Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson has set up a telecoms group to target the explosion in the mobile phone industry. Martineaus says that it is only the third firm outside London to launch a telecoms team. The other firms are Wiggin & Co and Eversheds in Leeds. Martineaus’ move coincides with the arrival of Chris Moseley […]

Partner poaching firm settles

No terms of the settlement have been released, but Holleb & Coff is understood to have held onto some key clients. Last autumn, Holleb & Coff managing partner, Allen Lev reportedly accused Duane Morris, its chairman Sheldon Bonovitz and the departing partners of orchestrating a calculated plot to destabilise and destroy his firm. Holleb & […]

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Former Clifford Chance managing partner Tony Williams is quitting the firm for Arthur Andersen’s legal network. Williams will oversee the integration of the legal network associated to the accountancy giant. As first revealed by The Lawyer (19 July), Williams stepped down as managing partner on 1 January following the firm’s merger with Rogers & Wells […]

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