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Allen & Overy targets Belfast expansion with 100 new roles over five years

Allen & Overy (A&O) has unveiled plans to recruit up to 100 new roles for its Belfast office over the next five years, a projection that underlines the role the office is likely to play in facilitating the firm’s future growth and which should see it become its second-largest office worldwide. Around 70 of the…

Allen & Overy opens in Jo'burg with seven-partner Bowman Gilfillan team

Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the first magic circle firm to establish its own presence on the ground in South Africa, hiring a team from local heavyweight Bowman Gifillan led by partner Lionel Shawe. As reported by The Lawyer earlier this year (1 September 2014), A&O’s former banking head Michael Duncan is relocating to…

Lawyers hardest working and most loyal professionals says survey

Lawyers are among the hardest-working professionals and are likely to stay with their employer for longer according to a career survey conducted by recruitment agency Robert Walters. Only 30 per cent of lawyers surveyed said they would start looking for a new job after less than three years, down from 32 per cent in 2013….

Mishcon employment head stands down, election to be held in October

Mishcon de Reya will hold the first-ever management elections for its real estate and employment head roles next month with employment head Joanna Blackburn pledging to step down After the firm’s move to replace management and board appointments with elections last year both the employment and real estate roles will be opened up to a…

Shepherd & Wedderburn buys Tods Murray in pre-pack deal

Scotland’s fourteenth largest firm by turnover, Tods Murray, has been bought out of pre-packed administration by Shepherd & Wedderburn after calling in FRP Advisory partners Thomas MacLennan and Iain Fraser to handle its administration. The firm, which turned over £12.4m in 2013/14, has struggled in recent years, seeing turnover drop by 28 per cent over…

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…