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Olswang chief Stewart resigns; firm to vote on replacement as IP litigator Burdon named as interim CEO

Olswang’s chief executive David Stewart has stepped down to be replaced by European patent litigation head Michael Burdon with immediate effect. The firm said in a statement that elections for a new permanent CEO would be held “in due course”. It is not clear what prompted Stewart’s resignation, or what his next move will be….

Former Fair Work Commissioner joins Ashurst as consultant

Former Fair Work Commissioner, Barbara Deegan, has joined Ashurst’s top-ranked Australian Employment practice as a consultant. According to Ashurst’s Head of Employment, Stephen Woodbury, having Barbara join as a consultant is an enormous coup for the firm. “Barbara brings her extensive experience and insights into the management of public sector employment issues. Her impressive background,…

Malaysia’s Zicolaw eyes Asean dominance with Hanoi launch

Malaysia’s Zicolaw has continued its march across the countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) with the launch of a second office in Vietnam. The Hanoi office, which has been launched with the hire of Mayer Brown JSM finance partner Phuong Nguyen, complements the firm’s existing base in Ho Chi Minh City, where…

Parabis closes Bristol and Colchester offices

Parabis has decided to close its offices in Bristol and Colchester following a 40-day consultation, with 41 staff affected. In a statement the firm said the decision had been communicated to all affected staff and individual discussions with those affected were underway. It continued: “Until these are completed we cannot confirm the final position regarding…

Former Ashurst boss Geffen quits for Gibson Dunn

Former Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen has resigned from the firm to join Los Angeles-headquartered Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. He is to be joined at the US firm by fellow Ashurst corporate partner Mark Sperotto, thought to be one of the firm’s most profitable partners. Geffen’s move is the most high-profile trophy hire from a…

BLM merges with eight-partner Belfast firm to launch in Northern Ireland

BLM has announced it is to merge with Belfast firm Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors (CFS) on 30 November, adding eight partners and another 13 lawyers to its roster. The merger follows Berrymans Lace Mawer’s merger with Scottish firm HBM Sayers on 1 May this year and subsequent rebrand to BLM (1 May 2014). BLM already has…

Debevoise to convert Hong Kong office into local practice

Debevoise & Plimpton is set to operate its Hong Kong office as a local firm from 1 October, after bulking up its team in the last 12 months. The move will enable the firm to offer local Hong Kong advice, as well as international advice. Debevoise already has 12 lawyers who are admitted as Hong…

Slater & Gordon set to acquire Cardiff-based Leo Abse & Cohen

Slater & Gordon is in the final stages of a deal to acquire Cardiff-based trade union firm Leo Abse & Cohen, The Lawyer can reveal. The deal comes hot on the heels of Slater & Gordon’s tie-up with Flint Bishop’s Derby-based Injured Patient Claims arm earlier this month (8 September 2014). Sources suggest the Cardiff…

Addleshaws exits mount as corporate crime chief Hargreaves quits for KWMSJB

Addleshaw Goddard’s head of fraud, regulatory and corporate crime has become the latest partner to exit the firm, resurfacing at King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB). Hargreaves spent 20 years at Addleshaws, where he specialised in civil fraud and asset tracing. He also headed up the firm’s West Africa practice group, building connections with…

Luther's global turnover up 12 per cent as German revenue breaks through €100m

German firm Luther has reported a 12.4 per cent rise in revenue for the 2013/14 financial year, with domestic turnover breaking through the €100m barrier for the first time. The firm reported total revenue of €114m (£89.6m) for the last financial year, a rise of 12.4 per cent from 2012/13 when Luther produced a global…