1 December 2003

The Lawyer

  • Addleshaws finance partner joins Dentons

    1-Dec-2003

    Addleshaw Goddard property finance partner Andrew Hill is to join his former colleagues Michael Black and Jayesh Patel at Denton Wilde Sapte. Hill has previously acted for Royal Bank of Scotland, the Reuben Brothers and the Ambassador Theatre Group. He is the third partner to leave Addleshaws in the last three months.

  • Addleshaws set for healthy slice of Medical Property’s deals

    1-Dec-2003

    Addleshaw Goddard is poised to advise on a host of deals for new client Medical Property Investment Fund (MPIF), which plans to invest in around £400m worth of property in the health sector.

  • Alexander Harris loses PI head to growing firm

    1-Dec-2003

    Alexander Harris has lost its head of personal injury (PI) to South London law firm Anthony Gold. Jenny Kennedy is a serious injury specialist. She joins the firm as a partner. The appointment follows on from Anthony Gold’s recent mergers with local firms Warren & Co in Streatham and Jockelson McNulty & Co in Walworth.

  • Ashursts adds second partner for Tokyo push

    1-Dec-2003

    Ashurst Morris Crisp has taken on a second partner, Ken Kiyohara, to join its Japanese joint venture firm Ashurst Tokyo Law Office.

  • Barclays hunts for African panel

    1-Dec-2003

    Barclays has launched a tender for its first international panel for Africa, after completing its inaugural local panel in the region this week.

  • Beckham and management to agree split

    5-Dec-2003

    David Beckham is to settle his high-profile management dispute with the sports agency SFX today, The Lawyer can reveal.The contract row began when the England captain refused to renew his agreement with SFX at the end of September. Entertainment boutique Lee & Thompson has been acting for the player on the dispute since then, while SFX has been represented by Hammonds. The agency argued that its agreement with Beckham had another two years to run, a position disputed by the footballer.

  • Biographers face new copyright hurdle

    2-Dec-2003

    New copyright regulations could make life difficult for biographers and journalists writing profiles of public figures, according to media lawyers. Before the Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003 (which implements Directive 2001/29) came into force last month, a biographer could use extracts from letters, diaries and books without a licence provided that it was for the purposes of criticism and review, and there was sufficient acknowledgement given. But now a biographer will need ...

  • BLP, Constants and DAC lose battle to recover £7m from litigation funder

    1-Dec-2003

    Three City law firms’ court battle to recover fees of £7m from a litigation funding specialist has resulted in defeat.

  • Bonelli gains edge with tax launch

    1-Dec-2003

    Top-tier Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo has stolen a march on many of its Italian and Anglo-Saxon competitors by launching its own in-house tax department.

  • Budd Report sparks transatlantic alliance

    1-Dec-2003

    London boutique Joelson Wilson has launched a transatlantic alliance with New Jersey firm Cooper Levenson April Niedelman & Wagenheim to capitalise on growing gambling opportunities in the UK.

  • Bulldozers held off as Law Lords award ‘village green’ status to sports arena

    2-Dec-2003

    Campaigners managed to save a much loved sports arena from development after a three-year legal battle, following a landmark decision by the House of Lords that could preserve “thousands of acres of land” for public enjoyment.

  • Camerons, Norton Rose scoop Accantia sell-off

    1-Dec-2003

    CMS Cameron McKenna and Norton Rose are reaping the rewards of years of client care after turning around ABN Amro Capital’s sale of Accantia Health and Beauty to Duke Street Capital in 14 days.

  • Candid cameras

    1-Dec-2003

    As programme makers persist with dramatic reconstructions of court cases, the drive to broadcast the real thing is reaching fever pitch. Jon Robins reports

  • CC Munich head quits to set up niche practice

    1-Dec-2003

    Clifford Chance is set to lose the head of its Munich office next year when intellectual property partner Joachim Feldges leaves to set up an independent boutique.

  • Cisco on lookout for single Italian adviser

    1-Dec-2003

    In a bid to rein in its legal spend, Cisco Systems is set to pick a single law firm to perform all of its routine legal work in Italy.

  • City highflier forced to pay back bonus

    2-Dec-2003

    A highflying dotcom analyst who was earning £1m by the age of 30 was ordered by the Court of Appeal to return a £250,000 bonus mistakenly paid to him by his former employer.

  • Civil Contingencies Bill: is an outbreak of Dutch elm disease a national emergency?

    2-Dec-2003

    It is easy to overlook the harmless-sounding Civil Contingencies Bill in such a crowded legislative programme as that announced in last week’s Queen’s Speech. Certainly, it is not likely to steal many column inches from the brewing political crisis over university tuition fees or the worrying new regime for asylum seekers. Nonetheless, civil libertarians have long been alarmed at the powers of the new legislation, which updates the emergency powers acts of 1920 and 1948. In the last few ...

  • Clifford Chance New York rainmaker quits for Kaye

    1-Dec-2003

    Clifford Chance’s New York intellectual property (IP) group has been hit with a series of defections, including its high-billing head of department.

  • CMS trio formed for German-speaking practice

    1-Dec-2003

    CMS Cameron McKenna and fellow network firms CMS Strommer Reich-Rohrwig Karasek Hainz and CMS Hasche Sigle have joined forces to establish a German-speaking practice based in Prague. The threesome will be led by Andreas Ueltzhoeffer from German law firm Schaffer & Partner. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 26 November

  • Cobbetts and Lee Crowder merge to create top 50 firm

    1-Dec-2003

    Cobbetts and Birmingham’s Lee Crowder have agreed to merge on 1 May 2004, creating a top 50 firm based on turnover.

  • Cobbetts, Lee Crowder merger forms regional giant

    1-Dec-2003

    Cobbetts and Birmingham’s Lee Crowder have agreed to merge on 1 May 2004, creating a top 50 firm based on turnover.

  • Cotty and Marchisio bolster merger with Eversheds employment chief

    1-Dec-2003

    Eversheds employment chief" /French boutiques Cotty & Associés and Marchisio & Associés have merged and added the expertise of Eversheds’ head of employment to launch new firm Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral.

  • Dawsons trio defects to rival Hunters over strategy clash

    1-Dec-2003

    Hunters Solicitors has raided Lincoln’s Inn rival Dawsons Solicitors, taking three of its most experienced partners.

  • Deadline day for Jones Day on Pennie & Edmonds offer

    5-Dec-2003

    Jones Day will today discover how many partners will join its ranks from Pennie & Edmonds as the deadline for acceptances draws to a close.

  • Dechert loses property finance ace to Eversheds

    3-Dec-2003

    Eversheds has hired Dechert partner Mark Packer for its London office as part of a concerted push on real estate finance work.

  • Dechert Paris lures French ace

    1-Dec-2003

    Dechert has ramped up its Paris office by hiring its first French national partner from Winston & Strawn.

  • Duo quit as Stephenson Harwood names new CEO

    1-Dec-2003

    Stephenson Harwood names new CEO" /Stephenson Harwood litigator Sunil Gadhia has been elected as the firm’s new chief executive, replacing John Pike in the new year.

  • European Commission pledges to clear merger barriers

    3-Dec-2003

    The European Commission is trying to clear legal logjams preventing companies with share capital from different European Union (EU) Member States from merging.

  • Eversheds boosts real estate with Linklaters hire

    2-Dec-2003

    Linklaters has lost a senior real estate lawyer with a specialism in IT to Eversheds, where he joins as a partner in the London office.

  • Eversheds partner made Brussels deputy judge

    1-Dec-2003

    Eversheds partner Stefan Corbanie has been appointed deputy judge at the Belgian Labour Court of Brussels. Corbanie, the head of the human resources group in Eversheds’ Brussels office, will continue to work in Brussels, but will reside in Chamber during tribunals. Commenting on his appointment, Corbanie said: “It is a great honour to have been appointed to this position and I look forward to being called ...

  • Eversheds visionaries set for £200K

    1-Dec-2003

    Eversheds is putting its money where its mouth is by creating a special fund to reward staff who live up to its new set of ‘visions and values’.

  • Ex-Brobecks chair goes it alone

    1-Dec-2003

    The former chairman and head of the liquidation committee of the collapsed Brobeck Phleger & Harrison has left white knight Morgan Lewis & Bockius to set up his own law firm.

  • FFW’s AIM team handles Brazilian Diamonds float

    1-Dec-2003

    Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) rated AIM practice has pulled in one of the biggest natural resources floats this year – a C$65m (£29.1m) listing on AIM for Canadian company Brazilian Diamonds.

  • Fiat legal chief replaced in management shake up

    2-Dec-2003

    Fiat’s general counsel Bruno Cova is leaving the Italian icon to be replaced by Luciano Soldi of Pirelli.

  • Field Seymour lures partner from Dentons

    1-Dec-2003

    Reading firm Field Seymour Parkes has broken into the insurance and reinsurance market with the hire of Denton Wilde Sapte partner James Pilgrim-Morris.

  • Firm profile: Claude Hornby & Cox

    1-Dec-2003

    Richard Hallam, Claude Hornby & Cox’s senior partner, pauses only once when talking about his firm, which for nearly 100 years has been among London’s most highly-regarded crime practices. The pause occurs when asked who the firm’s key clients are. “We haven’t really got any,” says Hallam, after some thought. “Our white collar clients will either be ...

  • Freshfields moves to quell Italian revolution

    1-Dec-2003

    Founding Milan partners likely to leave; last-ditch talks to save Arossa and Vecchio

  • Freshfields partners queue up for rigorous assessment by associates

    1-Dec-2003

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has put 96 per cent of its partners through a leadership training programme, including upward appraisal by associates.

  • Fundamentals

    1-Dec-2003

    With £62bn worth of funds on its books, F&C Management has hit on a winner with legal director Gillian Switalski, who much prefers an in-house strategy.

  • Grapevine

    3-Dec-2003

    How’s your talent management? Haven’t got a clue? You’re not alone. It’s a safe bet that it won’t be top of the agenda for most managing partners.

  • Green outfoxes Ashworth in Ashursts vote

    1-Dec-2003

    Ashurst Morris Crisp has re-elected senior partner Geoffrey Green for a second term, seeing off competition from the firm’s head of corporate and telecoms, Chris Ashworth. As one of the firm’s highest billers, Ashworth holds enormous political clout at Ashursts and has been instrumental in influencing the firm’s strategic direction. Under Green, the firm has attempted a succession of mergers, notably with ...

  • Head of civil justice attacks UK’s shameful record on rehabilitation

    2-Dec-2003

    The Master of the Rolls last week attacked the UK’s shameful track record on looking after accident victims and criticised lawyers’ “ignorance” of the benefits of rehabilitation. Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers told delegates at last week’s Forum of Insurance Lawyers annual conference that “we should be ashamed” of the treatment of the victims of serious personal injuries. In particular, he cited the following statistics: in Scandinavia a paraplegic has a 50 per cent chance of returning ...

  • Herbert Smith lands major biotech client

    1-Dec-2003

    Deal of the week – Cambridge Antibody Technology v Abbott

  • Holman Fenwick flies for aviation alliance

    1-Dec-2003

    Holman Fenwick & Willan has established an informal alliance with newly launched specialist aerospace and commercial practice Gates & Partners. The aim is for Holman Fenwick’s global offices to assist Gates & Partners in handling aviation disasters. Gates & Partners was established by Sean Gates, former joint senior partner of aviation insurance practice Beaumont and Son. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com on 25 November

  • Human wrongs

    1-Dec-2003

    The Americans’ internment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay has highlighted the issue of international human rights. Richard Gordon QC asks whether things would be different if the US were party to the ECHR

  • In a hole

    1-Dec-2003

    If you’re a lawyer, work is the perfect excuse for avoiding all number of situations. But beware, you may well get caught out, as this cautionary tale shows.

  • Kirkland, Vinson, Andrews face Enron creditor fight

    1-Dec-2003

    The spotlight on Enron has shifted to Kirkland & Ellis, Vinson & Elkins and Andrews & Kurth – all of which face the threat of litigation from a group of the disgraced energy trader’s unsecured creditors.

  • Late-paying clients force Linklaters to stall partner takings

    1-Dec-2003

    Linklaters has delayed its latest partner profit distribution after cautious clients’ slow payments forced a lengthening in the firm’s work in progress (WIP).

  • Leader

    1-Dec-2003

    Christmas has come early for those firms in the midst of negotiating new property deals. Landlords just can’t get enough of lawyers, it seems, with US firms showing the way to the best bargains. As The Lawyer went to press Dewey Ballantine was on the verge of agreeing to take 31,500sq ft at 1 London Wall. Assuming the deal goes ahead, Dewey will take on almost double its current space – but save up to 25 per cent per square foot in the process.

  • Legal Widow

    1-Dec-2003

    The latest challenge in the Lawyer’s life came out of an article written long ago, when law students still read such things (eager young graduate applicants used to rush up to the Lawyer and shake his hand when they heard his name at interview, saying: “Gosh, that article changed my life and made me want to do commercial law.” That tells you a lot about how exciting law college is, although it might tell you more about student interview strategies – I mean, do you honestly think anyone ...

  • Lovells grabs Gleiss partner to swell German practice

    1-Dec-2003

    Lovells has poached Gleiss Lutz M&A partner Tim Brandi as part of the City firm’s ongoing efforts to beef up its German corporate practice.

  • Married A&O duo leave for Gibson partnership

    1-Dec-2003

    A husband and wife team from Allen & Overy has left the magic circle firm to join Newcastle outfit Gibson & Co. Financial litigators Jane and Toby Gibson are leaving the firm where they trained to join Gibson & Co as partners.

  • Master of the Rolls slams UK’s treatment of accident victims

    3-Dec-2003

    The Master of the Rolls yesterday attacked the UK’s shameful record on looking after accident victims. Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers made a plea for the Government to back the rehabilitation of those affected in its forthcoming plans to deal with the spiralling costs of employer’s liability insurance.

  • Milbank Tweed sued for malpractice

    2-Dec-2003

    US-based Blue Pumpkin Software is suing its former lawyers Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, claiming they provided inadequate counsel in the early phase of a patent case it has just won. The company is seeking $2.5 million in damages from James Pooley, David Dolkas and their firms, Milbank and Gray Cary respectively, New York Lawyer reports today (2 December 2003).

  • Morgan Cole suffers double partner loss

    5-Dec-2003

    Troubled Anglo-Welsh firm Morgan Cole has suffered two more partner losses.Corporate finance partners Duncan MacIntosh and Jeff Jenkins are understood to be joining Palser Grossman’s Cardiff office and Swindon-based Clark Holt respectively.A Morgan Cole spokesperson confirmed that both partners were leaving.

  • Morgan Lewis expands with Aussie partner

    1-Dec-2003

    Morgan Lewis is ramping up its London corporate group with a former partner of Australia’s Jackson McDonald Barristers & Solicitors. Kenneth Mildwaters, best known in the UK legal market as the former general counsel and group legal director at spirits group Diageo, is moving to the US law firm just eight months after joining Jackson McDonald. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 27 November.

  • Off their boxes

    1-Dec-2003

    Remember the rubber ducks? Well, the other day Tulkinghorn was greatly mystified to receive an unusual and unexpected package. Random and weird press releases are one thing – Tulkinghorn Towers gets them every day. But this was different: a square, unmarked, bright blue cardboard box with no markings whatsoever.

  • On top (at the bottom) of the world

    1-Dec-2003

    Belated congratulations from Tulkinghorn to the English rugby team for its heroics against the Aussies last week. Several of the UK’s finest decided that being glued to the screen for all 100 nerve-shredding minutes would not be enough. The only thing to do would be to do it properly, get on a jet and go to the game in person.

  • Opinion

    1-Dec-2003

    The US federal government and state governments remain virulently opposed to internet gambling. Operators may be prosecuted under state law on the basis that it is unlawful to operate a casino without a licence. In addition, under the Federal Wire Act of 1960, it is unlawful to use phone lines to transmit or receive a bet. In February 2000, Jay Cohen, an internet gaming operator based in Antigua whose sports-betting site was taking bets from Americans, was the first person to be convicted ...

  • Pinsents’ Scandinavian ally expands Baltic reach

    4-Dec-2003

    Pinsents’ Scandinavian alliance partner Magnusson Wahlin Qvist Stanbrook (MAQS) has struck a cooperation deal with Finnish top 10 firm Krogerus & Co. The strategic alliance, seen by both Nordic firms as a prelude to a full merger, was signed on 20 November.Dan Person, MAQS managing director, said the deal was a "natural step" in the evolution of his firm, which has offices in Sweden, Denmark, Estonia ...

  • Public figures

    1-Dec-2003

    A powerful remedy is emerging in relation to human rights damages, says Tim Ward and Daniel Beard

  • Rugger buggers

    1-Dec-2003

    While the rest of us are whooping with joy at England’s rugby victory, it seems that some people just can’t help being… well… lawyers about it all.

  • Seventh heaven

    1-Dec-2003

    Seven Bedford Row head David Farrer QC’s foray into offshore work could spark a change at the set

  • Simmons pledges to boost profits after Woffenden exit

    1-Dec-2003

    Simmons & Simmons’ corporate and commercial chief has vowed to hike the department’s profitability after the shock resignation of respected department head Ken Woffenden.

  • Slaughters and Norton Rose ahead of the pack in diversity

    1-Dec-2003

    Slaughter and May has emerged as the only top 20 firm to have implemented a formal diversity policy, a survey by The Lawyer’s sister title Lawyer 2B has found.

  • Taylor Wessing rediscovers TMT with Landwell Paris

    1-Dec-2003

    Steve Hoare explores the story behind the 30-lawyer defection to set up a Taylor Wessing Paris office

  • Technology Law scoops Cap Gemini’s legal chief

    1-Dec-2003

    Fledgling technology boutique Technology Law Alliance has made an audacious swoop for head of legal Gavin Wakefield from key client Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGE&Y).

  • The rights path

    1-Dec-2003

    Although the pattern varies in each of the UK's jurisdictions, human rights is weaving its way into the fabric of the legal systems

  • Time to deal with the myth of the common law wife

    2-Dec-2003

    There was a mixed response last week from family law practitioners at Government plans to introduce a partnership registration scheme for same sex couples as announced in the Queen’s Speech, and there were calls for wide-ranging reform of the law for the benefit of all cohabiting couples.

  • TMT deals round-up

    1-Dec-2003

    Joelson Wilson advised Earls Court and Olympia in their joint venture with MGM. Subject to legislative change, the joint venture will see an initial investment of £150m to create a 300,000sq ft gaming and entertainment complex in West London.

  • UK heavyweights come good

    1-Dec-2003

    Three City firms had a stand-out year in their core areas. Aled Griffiths reveals how A&O, CC and Lovells dominated their chosen fields in Germany

  • Vodafone in-houser makes time for children’s playground

    1-Dec-2003

    A children’s playground in Elephant and Castle saved around £7,000 in legal costs when an in-house lawyer from Vodafone volunteered her time free of charge.

  • White & Case wins court battle for Russia’s TNK

    2-Dec-2003

    White & Case has won a crucial court battle enabling its client, Russian oil giant TNK, to defend itself against claims on native soil.