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Licensing Legal signs up Weightmans partner

A partner from Liverpool firm Weightmans is joining a new niche practice specialising in licensing and regulatory law. Anthony Horne, until August head of licensing at Weightmans, is linking up with Richard Williams at Licensing Legal. Williams previously worked at Cobbetts and West End commercial firm Joelson Wilson & Co. Licensing Legal, which has offices […]

Winston & Strawn chairman stung in Hollinger report

The chairman of Winston & Strawn has been criticised in 500-page report into the alleged fraud at Hollinger International Inc over his role as the chair of the company’s audit committee. The audit committee headed by lawyer James Thompson, also the former governor of Illinois, is lambasted in the report for a performance that was […]

Pillsbury Winthrop wins IP haul from Mintz Levin

US firm Pillsbury Winthrop has scooped the co-chair of IP at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo and his eight-strong team for its Northern Virginia office. Former Mintz Levin IP co-chair James Gatto and partner Rick Toering lead a team of three associates, two patent law clerks and a patent specialist. The group has […]

Balfour & Manson boosts private client with local merger

Edinburgh firm Balfour & Manson has bolstered its private client practice by merging with G W Tait & Sons. The move will see two G W Tait partners, George Tait and Allen Kerr, join the partnership along with three associates and the majority of the firm’s staff. Balfour & Manson also has a well-known personal […]

Denton Wilde Sapte partner makes return to the bar at Quadrant

Quadrant Chambers is continuing its prolific hiring spree after recruiting a former corporate partner from Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). Hugh O’Donovan is joining the set after 13 years at DWS where he was a key member of the firm’s aviation practice specialising in the growing area of airline regulatory and competition work. His clients include […]

Gadens incumbent steps down to usher in new era

Australian-based Gadens’ long-standing managing partner has handed over the reigns to a commercial litigator. Jon Denovan is stepping down from the managing partner role after eight years and Michael Bradley, who has served as Gadens’ staff partner for seven years, will take over. Gadens houses 85 partners and 720 staff throughout Australia. Denovan will continue […]

DAC boxing clever with Khan

Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has won Olympic gold-medal hopeful Amir Khan as a new client. Boxing star Khan and his family have instructed DAC’s Manchester sports department head Gareth Williams as the 17-year-old goes for gold in Athens. Williams is guiding the Khans through the mass of attention the boxer is getting ahead of Sunday’s […]

Simmons hit with third partner departure

Simmons & Simmons has sustained another partner loss, as a highly rated corporate partner up sticks for Lovells. Steven Bryan will join Lovells corporate team where he will be part of the firm’s energy and utilities team. While at Simmons, Bryan was credited with developing the accelerated IPO structure used in the Northumbrian Water flotation […]

Simmons loses two IP heads to Kilpatrick

Simmons & Simmons has been hit with the double loss of its London and New York IP heads to Kilpatrick Stockton. Helen Newman, who has been a partner with Simmons since 1985, is joining Kilpatrick Stockton’s London office while Christopher Woods, a partner since 1993, will move to the US firm’s soon to open New […]

Former Allen & Overy associate bags lead role at Olswang

A senior associate from Allen & Overy has been propelled to the head of property finance at Olswang. New Olswang partner Eleni Skordaki will lead the group from November which will be housed within Olswang’s banking division. Skordaki’s appointment will allow the firm to advise clients across property, funds and banks.

Irwin Mitchell names Knaggs as new Leeds leader

Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office has appointed a new managing partner. David Knaggs, head of the firm’s Leeds insurance practice, takes over the role after nine years as a partner at Irwin Mitchell, replacing Kevin Cunningham. The Leeds office includes the firm’s personal injury and business arms as well as the insurance practice. Last year office […]

BLP stalwart changes pace with move to Devon firm

Berwin Leighton Paisner is to lose one of its longest-standing project finance partners to a small regional practice in Devon. Carol McCormack OBE, who has been with the firm since she qualified some 20 years ago, has decided to join Michelmores in Exeter as part of a lifestyle change. McCormack plans to move to the […]