Simmons & Simmons appoints whistleblower to board

Oct 23, 2014 Simmons & Simmons has appointed Michael Woodford, former president and CEO of Olympus Corporation, as a non-executive member of its board. Woodford was named CEO of Olympus in October 2011. Only two weeks later, he was dismissed after questioning transactions totaling $1.5bn, which later proved fraudulent, and calling for the resignation of the company's chairman and vice president. Woodford was represented by Simmons in a case against Olympus that ended in a £10m settlement. Woodford fills one of two non-executive board seats left vacant by former Quintiles Transnational CEO Pamela Kirby, who stepped down last September. Rodger Hughes, former PricewaterhouseCoopers managing partner serves as the second non-executive board member. The 10 executive board members are: Colin Passmore, senior partner and committe chair Jeremy Hoyland, managing partner Alyson Lockett, finance partner Patrick Wallace, energy partner Leo Verhoeff, corporate partner (Amsterdam) Fiona Loughrey, employment partner (Hong Kong) Peter Meyer, disputes partner (Germany) Alex Brown, ICT partner David McLaughlin, finance director David Staiano, marketing & business development director Comments and more »

Allen & Overy to create 100 jobs in Belfast

Oct 10, 2014 Magic circle firm Allen & Overy plans to create 100 new jobs in Belfast. Just three years prior, the firm created centers for support service and legal service in Belfast, now employing 380. These centers provide…

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Allen & Overy opens office in Johannesburg

Oct 9, 2014 Allen & Overy will open an office later this month in Johannesburg, South Africa. After discussions with partners from local firm Bowman Gilfillan, seven lawyers, four of whom are partners, will join Allen &…

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William Boss elected new MP of KWM SJ Berwin

Oct 8, 2014 William Boss (pictured), co-head of UK Real Estate at King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin, will succeed Rob Day as managing partner of the firm, after Day did not stand for re-election for a new term. Day was elected to the…

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Olswang CEO David Stewart resigns post

Oct 6, 2014 David Stewart, elected CEO for his second three-year term in May 2013, has stepped down from his leadership role, effective immediately. Stewart was managing partner at the firm from 2007 until 2010, when the managing…

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