Baker & McKenzie sets out new management team
Baker & McKenzie’s global partners meeting is taking place in London this week and the firm has announced that its current chair will be staying in the role for an extra two years. Eduardo Leite has been in the role for four years but the extension means he will serve the same term as his predecessor. Other changes include the appointment of Bruce Hambrett as chair for the Asia-Pacific region. Hambrett is already part of the executive committee. There are also new chairs for the North America and EMEA regions.
Kobre & Kim launch Hong Kong local firm
There’s a new local law firm in Hong Kong as US litigators Kobre & Kim have converted their operation there to enable it to advise on domestic law. The new firm will have an enhanced team with the addition of Randall Arthur an insolvency specialist, and Gabrielle Liu who joins from Mayer Brown JSM.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin appoints new boss
The EMEA region of KWMSJB has a new boss, literally. Real estate partner William Boss has been elected managing partner replacing Rob Day. Day was the legacy SJ Berwin managing partner and will be staying with the firm as a fee earner. Boss is also a legacy SJ Berwin partner of many years standing.
Amy Winehouse coroner sanctioned by the SRA
The coroner who presided over the inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse has been found guilty of six breaches of rules or principles by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. Dr Andrew Reid had appointed his wife as deputy assistant coroner even though she had only been qualified in England for two years instead of the required five; she had practiced in Australia previously. When she then resigned, the Winehouse inquest was reheard with an identical outcome to the original hearing. Reid no longer lives in England and has no intention of practising in there again and has agreed to remove his name from the roll and agreed not to apply to be restored.