‘The right opportunity’: HFW reacts to client demand with strategic consultancy business

‘The right opportunity’: HFW reacts to client demand with strategic consultancy business

Maritime and insurance specialist HFW has set up a standalone consultancy arm, branded HFW Consulting.

The new business, launched today (3 October), will be headed up by the firm’s director of learning and development, Chris O’Callaghan, and will initially focus on Middle Eastern, Asian and Australian clients. Continue reading “‘The right opportunity’: HFW reacts to client demand with strategic consultancy business”

Covington strengthens in Europe with Frankfurt launch as Dentons takes chunk of ailing Australia player

Covington strengthens in Europe with Frankfurt launch as Dentons takes chunk of ailing Australia player

Covington & Burling is to deepen its European footprint with the opening of a new office in Frankfurt – the firm’s third office in the region – while Dentons has taken on 17 partners from domestic Australian firm DibbsBarker.

The US firm has announced today (28 March) the opening of a new Frankfurt branch, which will be led by eight partners, including six from Heymann & Partner and two Covington partners from the firm’s Brussels and New York offices. Continue reading “Covington strengthens in Europe with Frankfurt launch as Dentons takes chunk of ailing Australia player”

The Icarus syndrome – the highs and lows of Slater and Gordon

The Icarus syndrome – the highs and lows of Slater and Gordon

Pride before a fall. Everything was going well when the world’s first listed law firm, Slater and Gordon, announced another blockbuster UK buyout in early 2015.

‘In getting to this point, we undertook a very extensive due diligence process,’ said the firm’s managing director, Andrew Grech. ‘The business we are buying is of high quality with robust infrastructure and systems, and good people. This move will accelerate and consolidate our position in the UK market, and bring benefits to the clients and staff of both businesses.’

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Expansive Pinsents ships in four Norton Rose Fulbright partners for third Oz office launch

Expansive Pinsents ships in four Norton Rose Fulbright partners for third Oz office launch

Pinsent Masons is continuing its sustained international expansion drive with a new Australian arm in Perth and the hire of four infrastructure and energy partners from Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF).

The UK law firm’s new Perth branch, to open in the autumn, will be its third Australian office after Sydney and Melbourne and its fifth international launch in the last 18 months.

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Five years on from pioneering S&G acquisition of Russell Jones, Aussie pioneer splits from UK business

Five years on from pioneering S&G acquisition of Russell Jones, Aussie pioneer splits from UK business

Another chapter in the turbulent story of Slater and Gordon (S&G) has unfolded, with the beleaguered listed legal pioneer today (31 August) announcing the splitting off of its UK business from its Australian parent.

S&G’s UK arm will change into a new holding company, called UK HoldCo, which will be owned by the firm’s senior lenders, in a separation agreed as part of a recapitalisation programme linked to its ill-fated acquisition of the Quindell professional services business. Continue reading “Five years on from pioneering S&G acquisition of Russell Jones, Aussie pioneer splits from UK business”

White & Case opens Australia practice with ten-partner project finance raid on HSF

White & Case opens Australia practice with ten-partner project finance raid on HSF

Simultaneous Melbourne and Sydney launches filled with former Freehills lawyers

White & Case is to open two offices in Australia with the hire of a ten-partner project finance team from Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), and there are plans to continue growing in the country.

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Australian ambitions: HSF opens alternative legal services hub in Melbourne

Australian ambitions: HSF opens alternative legal services hub in Melbourne

After becoming the first Western firm to open an alternative legal services (ALT) hub in China, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is to launch a new centre in Melbourne, as well as maintain a permanent presence in Perth, following the success of its ALT ‘pop-up’ which launched last October.

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Ashurst shakes up global management team with appointments across City and Australian offices

Ashurst shakes up global management team with appointments across City and Australian offices

Ashurst has introduced a series of new roles to its global management team following the appointment of new Sydney-based global managing partner Paul Jenkins (pictured), who officially assumed his role yesterday (June 1). Continue reading “Ashurst shakes up global management team with appointments across City and Australian offices”

Allen & Overy bolsters US securities offering with former Skadden partner hire in Australia

Allen & Overy bolsters US securities offering with former Skadden partner hire in Australia

Allen & Overy (A&O) has added a three-strong US securities team to its Australian operations. The team joins the firm after leaving Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which confirmed it was closing its Sydney office in February, reducing its presence to just one partner in the country.

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