DWF cuts 19 staff in integration effort

Apr 19, 2014 DWF has made 19 redundancies, cutting operational staff in its finance department at the conclusion of a consultation that put 21 roles at risk. The firm aims to centralise the finance department in Manchester, integrating the accounting systems of a number of legacy firms after a series of acquisitions over the past 18 months. The firm said in a statement: “We’re doing all we can to minimise the number of people affected and we’re very grateful to those directly affected by the proposals, and their colleagues, for their continued professionalism and support.” Comments and more »

BMR Legal boosts tax team in Delhi

Apr 15, 2014 BMR Legal has boosted its tax team in Delhi with the hire of Madhav Rao, the head of indirect tax litigation from Lakshmi Kumaran and Sridharan. BMR Legal managing partner Mukesh Butani, who heads the firm’s tax…

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Maples and Calder appoints new Hong King chief

Apr 15, 2014 Maples and Calder has appointed partner Shaun Denton to head its Hong Kong office, relocating him from London to take up the role. Denton was formerly the managing partner of the firm’s London office, and his…

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Linklaters promotes 21 to global partnership

Apr 15, 2014 Linklaters has promoted 21 associates to the partnership, of whom nine are women. This ratio represents the the highest proportion of female new partners in the firm's history. A spokesman for Linklaters said the…

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California law firm Downey Brand lays off 17 staff

Apr 15, 2014 California based law firm Downey Brand has made 17 members of staff redundant, trimming the ranks to adjust for the departure of 23 lawyers this year. The layoff group “includes no lawyers because we remain very…

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Chinese firm Dacheng elects leadership team

Apr 15, 2014 After a leadership election process extending for more than a month, Chinese law firm Dacheng has chosen a 17-member standing committee, a five-member supervising committee and an executive committee - all of which will…

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US legal industry added 700 jobs in March

Apr 11, 2014 The US legal industry added 700 jobs in March, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.   The revised jobs data for the month of February shows that hiring in the legal industry remained flat in that…

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Local and global firms lead $3.2b India pharma deal

Apr 11, 2014 Shearman & Sterling, Crawford Bayley & Co and S. H. Bathiya & Associates have taken leading roles on Sun Pharmaceutical’s takeover of Diiachi Sankyo-owned Ranbaxy Laboratories. The $3.2 billion all-stock deal is the…

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