UK Legal News


Serco announces hire of new GC
Posted 21 July 2014

David Eveleigh is set to join Serco as General Counsel and Company Secretary in November 2014.  He joins from BT Global Services.  Read more here

Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham to merge
Posted 17 July 2014

Partners at Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham passed a vote to confirm their intention to merge. Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, a £135m firm with ten offices in five countries, will launch on 1st November 2014. Read more here 

Coulson’s lawyer, Jo Rickards, to join Kingsley Napley
Posted 15 July 2014

Kingsley Napley has recruited experienced criminal practitioner Jo Rickards from DLA Piper, in a move that further bolsters its pre-eminent business crime practice. Rickards is recognised by Chambers UK for her corporate crime and fraud expertise, and recently defended Andy Coulson in the much-publicised phone hacking trial. Read more here

Bill Voge elected as Latham’s new Managing Partner
Posted 15 July 2014

Latham & Watkins has announced that London-based partner William Voge has been elected as the firm’s new managing partner and global chair.  He will assume the position on 1 January 2015.  Voge is recognised in both Chambers UK and Chambers Global for his projects and energy expertise.  Read more here

Law Society welcomes new President
Posted 11 July 2014

The Law Society of England & Wales has announced that Andrew Caplen is to become its 170th President.  Caplen was previously chair of the Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee.  Read more here

IBB makes Financial Crime hire
Posted 3 July 2014

John Milner has returned to IBB Solicitors from Irwin Mitchell.  Milner is recognised by Chambers UK in the Fraud: Criminal and Tax: Contentious: Fraud sections.  Read more here

Brown Rudnick makes IP hire
Posted 3 July 2014

Alexander Carter-Silk has joined Brown Rudnick from Speechly Bircham.  Carter-Silk is recognised by Chambers UK for his Intellectual Property expertise.  Read more here

Simmons & Simmons grows Bristol offering
Posted 2 July 2014

Corporate partner Patrick Graves has joined Simmons & Simmons from Osborne Clarke.  Graves is recognised by Chambers UK for his corporate expertise in Bristol.  Read more here

Blake Morgan merger complete
Posted 2 July 2014

Newly merged firm, Blake Morgan, launched on 1 July 2014.  The firm, headquartered in Reading, is a result of a merger between law firms Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole.  Read more here

Crowell & Moring adds London arbitration partner

Adrian Jones has joined Crowell & Moring in London from Fasken Martineau. Jones is recognised by Chambers UK for his expertise in International Arbitration. Read more here 

Latham & Watkins adds Environment expertise

Paul Davies is to join Latham & Watkins’ London office from Macfarlanes.  Davies is recognised by Chambers UK for his expertise in the Environment: London section.  Read more here

Addleshaw Goddard strengthens transport team 

Paul Hirst has joined Addleshaw Goddard to head its transport team.  Previously at DLA Piper, Hirst is recognised by Chambers UK for his expertise in rail matters in the UK.  Read more here

Payne Hicks Beach strengthens private client offering
Posted 5 June 2014

Chambers UK-ranked trusts litigator Rosamond McDowell has joined Payne Hicks Beach.  McDowell joins the firm from Collyer Bristow, along with Andrew Dixon.  Read more here


Pitmans and Lamport Bassitt to merge
Posted 23 May 2014

Pitmans has announced that it is to acquire Southampton based law firm Lamport Bassitt. The merger is set to go live on 13 June 2014.  Read more here

Baker & McKenzie hires BBC litigation head
Posted 22 May 2014

Nadia Banno is joining Baker & McKenzie’s London dispute resolution team from the BBC, where she led the in house litigation team.  The BBC Trust is a longstanding client of the firm.  Read more here

DWF makes employment hire
Posted 21 May 2014

DWF has recruited Andrew Chamberlain to lead its national employment team. Chamberlain will join the firm from Addleshaw Goddard. He is recognised by Chambers UK for his expertise in employment law.  Read more here

Kirkland & Ellis recruits top banking partner
Posted 21 May 2014

Kirkland & Ellis has hired well known banking practitioner Stephen Lucas from Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Chambers UK-rated Lucas is a key player in the London market and widely recognised for his expertise in leveraged finance transactions. Read more here

Paul Hastings makes finance hire
Posted 13 May 2014

Paul Hastings has strengthened its team in London with the addition of finance partner Ben Regnard-Weinrabe from Hogan Lovells.  Regnard-Weinrabe is recognised by Chambers UK for his consumer finance expertise.  Read more here.

DLA adds private equity partner
Posted 8 May 2014

Tim Wright is set to join DLA Piper's corporate team from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin.  Wright is recognised by Chambers UK for his Private Equity: Buyouts expertise.  Read more here.

Kemp IT Law established
Posted 7 May 2014

Richard Kemp, founding and senior partner of Kemp Little, has left the firm to set up a boutique, Kemp IT Law.  Kemp is recognised by Chambers UK for his IT and Telecoms expertise.  Read more here.

 McGuireWoods adds restructuring partner
Posted 6 May 2014

Simon Neilson-Clark has joined the London office of McGuireWoods from DLA Piper.  Neilson-Clark is recognised by Chambers UK for his restructuring and insolvency expertise.  Read more here.

HowardKennedyFSI and CKFT announce merger
Posted 2 May 2014

HowardKennedyFSI has merged with London boutique CKFT.  CKFT is recognised by Chambers UK for its family law offering.  Read more here.

CMS joins with Dundas & Wilson
Posted 2 May 2014

CMS has combined with Scottish practice Dundas & Wilson, bolstering its strength in key financial centres Glasgow and Edinburgh, and energy hub Aberdeen.  Read more here

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co launched
Posted 1 May 2014

The long-awaited merger between Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham completed on 1 May 2014.  Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has 770 lawyers in offices across UK, Europe and Asia.  Read more here.

BLM formed through merger
Posted 1 May 2014

HBM Sayers and Berrymans Lace Mawer have completed their merger to become BLM, a 170 partner firm with offices across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.  Read more here.

Gibson Dunn targets corporate talent
Posted 29 April 2014

Gibson Dunn has recruited Chambers UK-ranked corporate partner Jonathan Earle.  Earle joins the firm's London office from Ashurst.  Read more here.

Gordon Dadds expands in London
Posted 29 April 2014

Mayfair firm Gordon Dadds has agreed to purchase Davenport Lyons after it entered administration on on Friday 25 April.  Read more here.

Latham & Watkins adds corporate partner
Posted 23 April 2014

Latham & Watkins has appointed Tom Alabaster as a corporate partner in its London office.  Alabaster was previously senior counsel at The Carlyle Group in New York.  Read more here

Travers Smith announces new managing partner
Posted 22 April 2014

Travers Smith's Paris office-head David Patient will succeed Andrew Lilley as firm managing partner.  Patient will be relocating to London when he assumes the position at the end of 2014.  See The Lawyer's commentary here.

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