1 October 2007

The Lawyer

  • … As PCA negotiates launch with Indian government

    1-Oct-2007

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is in advanced talks with the Indian government to launch in the country.

  • 3 Pump Court takes on forensic accountant

    1-Oct-2007

    Winchester-based set 3 Pump Court Chambers has taken on accountant BDO Stoy Hayward's regional forensic accounting head Mike Mason as a pupil.

  • A&O and Clifford Chance top M&A league

    2-Oct-2007

    Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance have maintained their lead in announced European M&A deals during the first three-quarters of the year despite a slump in deal volume during the last quarter.

  • A&O secures HSBC sexual discrimination appeal victory

    1-Oct-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has scored an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) victory against HSBC's former senior banker, who claimed he was discriminated against for being gay.

  • A&O, LeBoeuf take on Newfield divestment

    1-Oct-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O) and US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae have secured the $486.4m (£243.87m) disposal of Newfield Exploration Company's UK subsidiary to Centrica, the UK's biggest energy supplier.

  • A&O's pension scheming

    1-Oct-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O) seemingly succeeded where Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer failed, passing through vital changes to its pension scheme without any furore, according to A&O's recently published annual report.

  • All change at White & Case

    3-Oct-2007

    Decisions, decisions. After what seemed like an eternity, White & Case’s newleadership team, led by go-get-‘em chairman Hugh Verrier, finally startedwork on Monday (1 October).

  • Appleby enhances Jersey corporate group

    4-Oct-2007

    Offshore giant Appleby has expanded its Jersey-based corporate and commercial practice with the appointment of two lawyers.

  • Ashley Prebble, Norton Rose

    1-Oct-2007

    If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?We've just started casting and John Cusack's screen test was pretty impressive.

  • Ashurst sets out stall in Abu Dhabi

    1-Oct-2007

    Ashurst is to launch in Abu Dhabi in early 2008, creating its twelfth international and second Middle East offering, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • Bakers steers MCG through merger

    1-Oct-2007

    Baker & McKenzie has advised Management Consulting Group (MCG) on its $125m (£62.02m) proposed merger with global management consulting firm Kurt Salmon Associates.

  • Banging on about work-life balance

    1-Oct-2007

    Bristol has long touted itself as an alternative to London: it has less traffic, less smog and beaches nearby. Burges Salmon built its whole image on this pretext, with recruitment ads featuring surfers.

  • Bar Council vows legal aid action

    1-Oct-2007

    Bar Council chair Geoffrey Vos QC has set out his vision for the next 12 months as the new legal year opens today (1 October).

  • BLG attempts comeback with Taylor Wessing raid

    2-Oct-2007

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) is attempting to relaunch its struggling non-contentious practice with the hire of Taylor Wessing corporate partner Richard Pike.

  • BLG litigation star defects to Mayer Brown

    1-Oct-2007

    Mayer Brown" /Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has been left in disarray following the defection of a three-partner team led by commercial litigation head Clare Canning to Mayer Brown.

  • BLP axes Kramer Levin transatlantic alliance

    1-Oct-2007

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and New York firm Kramer Levin have ditched their formal alliance after nearly five years of cooperation, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • Brick Court and Verulam QCs step up to bench

    5-Oct-2007

    Former solicitor general Ross Cranston QC of 3 Verulam Buildings and recorder Gerald Barling QC of Brick Court chambers have been appointed to the bench.

  • Bristows poaches Finers partner

    2-Oct-2007

    Bristows has poached dispute resolution partner Mark Brown from Finers Stephens Innocent in an effort to expand its commercial litigation team.

  • Burness lands urban redevelopment role

    1-Oct-2007

    Scottish firm Burness has won a new client in the shape of the Irvine Bay Urban Regeneration Company (URC).

  • Cadwalader launches IP practice

    1-Oct-2007

    New York firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has launched an IP practice, raiding IP firm Morgan & Finnegan for a trio of senior lawyers.

  • Camerons sources immigration talent

    1-Oct-2007

    CMS Cameron McKenna's new head of immigration is to be followed to the firm by her former team from Reed Smith.

  • Can I work flexibly?

    1-Oct-2007

    Question: I am a 3 year PQE (male) corporate associate at a ‘silver circle’ firm, and would like to start working four days a week so that I can work at a charity for the homeless the other day. What is the best way to ask to work flexibly? And what if they turn me down? Who would have me? Everyone who works flexibly seems to be a woman with children. Answer: From a legal point of view, there is nothing your firm can realistically ...

  • CC fashion tweak

    1-Oct-2007

    Tulkinghorn's hacks were treated to an exclusive visit to one of London fashion week's shows, courtesy of Clifford Chance.

  • CC raids Salans for Bucharest property push

    3-Oct-2007

    Clifford Chance has retaliated to Salans’ Warsaw raid by poaching a real estate lawyer from the latter’s Bucharest office.

  • CEDR kicks off mediation audit

    1-Oct-2007

    The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) has launched its biennial audit into commercial mediation, the only review of its kind in the UK.

  • Celebrity lawyers aim for 'divorces with dignity'

    1-Oct-2007

    An alliance of high profile lawyers to the stars are teaming up to launch a popular US alternative dispute resolution procedure for divorces in London this week.

  • City firms show caution over rushing into liberalised Indian market…

    1-Oct-2007

    UK firms are firming up their plans for entering the Indian market after Indian law minister Hans Raj Bhardwaj's announcement that the country's legal market is to open.

  • Clifford Chance bags BoE role on Northern Rock

    3-Oct-2007

    Clifford Chance is the latest heavyweight firm to land a key role in the Northern Rock saga. The magic circle firm is advising the Bank of England.

  • Clifford Chance death row appeal flounders

    3-Oct-2007

    The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Clifford Chance on behalf of America’s longest-serving death row inmate, Jack Alderman.

  • Colt Telecom to double UK legal operation

    1-Oct-2007

    European telecoms company Colt Telecom is to double the size of its UK legal department by the end of the year.

  • Companies Act ushers in derivatives actions

    1-Oct-2007

    A raft of legislation has come into force today (1 October) from the age increase for buying cigarettes from 16 to 18 years-old to the introduction of the Companies Act 2006.

  • Cross bar

    1-Oct-2007

    Tsunami-sized waves swept through the bar last week when US firm Debevoise & Plimpton made the shock announcement that it had appointed Lord Goldsmith QC as its chair of European litigation.

  • Da Vinci update: HBJ partner charged

    5-Oct-2007

    HBJ Gateley Wareing Glasgow corporate partner Calum Jones has appeared on petition at Dumfries Sheriff Court charged with conspiracy to rob and extort money.

  • Daniela Baker: Honda UK

    1-Oct-2007

    Daniela Baker's belief in her ability helped her land the role of Honda UK company solicitor. But she is showing the company that it made the right choice. By Malar Velaigam

  • Dewey & LeBoeuf closes first deal post merger

    3-Oct-2007

    The first deal to be completed by newly merged firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has been closed by a London-based legacy Dewey Ballantine partner.

  • Dewey & LeBoeuf names executive board

    3-Oct-2007

    Newly merged firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has named the partners that will serve on the executive board responsible for managing the firm on a global basis.

  • Dewey & LeBoeuf snares first laterals

    4-Oct-2007

    Newly-formed Dewey & LeBoeuf has made its first new hires, adding four partners in Washington DC.

  • Dickinson Dees boss steps down

    4-Oct-2007

    Dickinson Dees boss steps down" /The long-serving managing partner of Newcastle’s largest firm, Dickinson Dees’ Neil Braithwaite has stepped down.

  • DLA Piper boosts Dutch tax team

    3-Oct-2007

    DLA Piper has bolstered its Amsterdam tax practice with a raid on Ernst & Young, continuing its European hiring spree.

  • DLA Piper raids Alston for former chair and team

    3-Oct-2007

    DLA Piper has rocked Alston & Bird by taking a four-partner team, which includes former chairman Frank Rusty Conner.

  • DLA Piper reinforces Shanghai with US M&A partner

    2-Oct-2007

    DLA Piper has assigned its Seattle-based corporate, securities and M&A partner Jeff Greene to its Shanghai office to meet the increased demand for M&A work in the nation.

  • DWS sends chief to Dubai

    1-Oct-2007

    Denton Wilde Sapte's (DWS) Middle East push has gained momentum, with firmwide chairman James Dallas set to transfer to Dubai in the new year.

  • EU must resolve the issue of in-house privilege

    1-Oct-2007

    The European Court of First Instance has clarified the scope of legal professional privilege in competition investigations and prescribed the procedures to be followed by the European Commission in cases where the privileged status of documents is disputed, such as in dawn raids.

  • Eversheds expands in CEE with Czech tie-up

    1-Oct-2007

    Eversheds has ramped up its Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) capabilities by sealing an association with Czech law firm Balcar Polansky & Spol.

  • Ex-CC boss Cornell resurfaces at private equity giant Terra Firma

    1-Oct-2007

    Former Clifford Chance managing partner Peter Cornell is to take up a new role at private equity house Terra Firma this month.

  • Face-aches

    1-Oct-2007

    While it's true that Tulkinghorn is a fan of Photoshop, which has been deployed to best effect on these pages, sometimes photos can speak for themselves.

  • Farrer brings new CEO on board

    1-Oct-2007

    Farrer & Co has hired real estate consultants Cushman & Wakefield's European CEO at as its new CEO.

  • FFW boosts Brussels office

    1-Oct-2007

    Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has ramped up the hiring spree at its Brussels office, taking an eight-lawyer competition team from US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge.

  • Firm in focus: Denton Wilde Sapte

    1-Oct-2007

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is increasing its secondments to the Middle East following the firm's rapid expansion in the region.

  • Firm Profile: Lodders

    1-Oct-2007

    Rod Bird, managing partner at Midlands firm Lodders, believes the location of the firm's head office at Stratford-upon-Avon makes it the perfect base for corporate property and agricultural work.

  • Freshfields loses second office this year

    2-Oct-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s five-partner Budapest office has claimed its independence from the magic circle firm.

  • Freshfields promises full disclosure

    1-Oct-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has committed itself to full disclosure in its forthcoming report on corporate social responsibility (CSR).

  • Gibson Dunn confirms Dubai opening

    3-Oct-2007

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has become the latest firm to join the gold-rush to the Middle East, confirming plans to open an office in Dubai by the end of 2007.

  • Harbottle hires assistants, plus other moves

    1-Oct-2007

    Harbottle & Lewis has hired three newly qualified assistants. Alexandra McGurk, Charlotte Patridge and Cordelia Edmonson all completed their training with the firm and qualified on 29 August.

  • HBJ suffers for its art

    5-Oct-2007

    HBJ suffers for its artThere is no doubt about the story of the day. Yesterday (4 October) police raided the Glasgow office of HBJ Gateley Wareing to seize a stolen Leonardo Da Vinci painting thought to be worth £30m (see story).

  • Herbies scoops JC Flowers bid for Northern Rock

    4-Oct-2007

    JC Flowers has confounded expectations by turning to Herbert Smith for advice on its approach to beleaguered mortgage lender Northern Rock.

  • In good company

    1-Oct-2007

    With the introduction of the Companies Act 2006, Northern Ireland is experiencing company law reform on an equal footing with the rest of the UK for the very first time. Richard Gray reports

  • Inside's out

    1-Oct-2007

    The Supreme Court's overturning of the High Court's not-guilty verdict on Ireland's most famous insider dealing case is a crucial victory for businesses, say Conor McDonnell and Keith Smith

  • Internet domain operator ups dispute personnel

    1-Oct-2007

    Nominet, the operator of the .uk internet domain, is looking for 10 IP and internet specialists to join its dispute resolution panel as it looks to cope with the growing number of domain name disputes.

  • Ireland

    1-Oct-2007

    The Irish economy may be slowing, but the boom times are far from over. Oddly, one area in which growth has been stunted for some time, despite the country's obsession with it, is gambling.

  • Johnson Stokes overhauls management team

    2-Oct-2007

    Hong Kong’s largest firm, Johnson Stokes & Master’s senior partner Robert Lynn has stepped down and is to be replaced by the firm’s managing partner of its commercial practice, Elaine Lo.

  • Kirkland London bags four new partners

    2-Oct-2007

    Kirkland & Ellis has made up four partners in London as part of a round that saw 62 promotions worldwide.

  • Lack of the Irish

    1-Oct-2007

    Without clear legislation, Ireland's gambling industry is not as developed as it might be. But the time for change is now, claims Deirdre Kilroy

  • Law Soc president allays fears over lack of independence under Legal Services Act

    1-Oct-2007

    The president of the Law Society Andrew Holyrood believes the Legal Services Act will enhance the independence of the legal profession.

  • LG secures aim triple for Arbuthnott

    1-Oct-2007

    LG has cemented its relationship with investment bank Arbuthnott, representing it in its position as nominated adviser on three separate AIM deals.

  • Links parachutes Tucker into NY as firm looks to conquer US

    1-Oct-2007

    Linklaters' London-based global head of finance and projects John Tucker is relocating to New York to become the firm's managing partner for the Americas.

  • Lord Goldsmith shuns bar for Debevoise litigation role

    1-Oct-2007

    Lord Goldsmith QC has joined US firm Debevoise & Plimpton in a move that came as of a shock to the legal community.

  • Lord Mawhinney slams football deals

    4-Oct-2007

    Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney has hit out at the lack of legal integrity in football players’ contracts.

  • Lovells, O'Melveny pave way for Prudential's South African tie-up

    1-Oct-2007

    Lovells and O'Melveny & Myers have steered a landmark joint venture between UK insurance giant Prudential and its South African counterpart Discovery.

  • Lovells: The comeback bid

    1-Oct-2007

    Lovells' recent hiring spree has come as the firm looks to reposition itself as a global player. And managing partner David Harris has no doubts that the move will pay off

  • Love's labour's lost

    1-Oct-2007

    Law firm international strategy is so much easier to understand once you think of it as adolescent dating - except with better grammar.

  • LUL reshuffles for contract review

    1-Oct-2007

    London Underground Limited (LUL) has promoted head of legal Sarah Atkins to director of reviews in preparation for its PPP contract review, which is slated for 2010.

  • Magister turns up the heat in Kiev with new COO

    1-Oct-2007

    Competition in the legal hot spot of Ukraine is intensifying after Kiev-based Magister & Partners hired its first chief operating officer (COO) to boost its $22m (£10.92m) annual turnover.

  • Market fusion

    1-Oct-2007

    Ireland's Single Electricity Market is leading the way in cross-border cooperation. By John Kettle and Emma Keavney

  • Mayer Brown launches regulatory practice

    4-Oct-2007

    Mayer Brown has set up a global financial services regulatory and enforcement practice group made up of 50 lawyers across the firm’s London and US offices.

  • Midlands muddle

    1-Oct-2007

    Plenty of lawyers put their brain power to use last week in response to a story that a survey had placed London well behind Bradford for law firm locations.

  • Montagu revisits Links with £276m sell-off role

    1-Oct-2007

    Linklaters has retained private equity client Montagu for a £276m deal that sees insurance intermediary Towergate acquire software broker Open International despite the departures of the firm's key contact partners.

  • Nabarro lawyers learn to be lucid

    1-Oct-2007

    Nabarro, the firm that famously banned the extra 's' at the end of its name after an intensive rebranding campaign, will now stop its lawyers from using words such as 'therein' and 'forthwith' in client briefs.

  • New tricks

    1-Oct-2007

    The Irish structured finance regime continues to embrace innovation, says Nollaig Murphy

  • Norton Rose set to launch in Tokyo

    4-Oct-2007

    Norton Rose set to launch in Tokyo" /Norton Rose is to open an office in Tokyo before Christmas to take advantage of Japanese companies investing in the Middle East.

  • Outside agencies

    1-Oct-2007

    Northern Ireland is reviewing its planning environment provisions, but is the government ready to accept that change is needed?

  • Pannone nets Watson Burton banking star

    1-Oct-2007

    Watson Burton banking star" /Manchester-based Pannone has raided Leeds firm Watson Burton, poaching its banking head Andrew Gosnay.

  • Partnership splits as Linklaters axes Cologne

    3-Oct-2007

    Linklaters.jpg" alt="Partnership splits as Linklaters axes Cologne" /Linklaters has axed its Cologne office, the birthplace of German legacy firm Oppenhoff & Rädler with which Linklaters merged in 2001.

  • Pillsbury left reeling as City corporate ace joins TwoBirds

    1-Oct-2007

    US firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has been left with just one full-time partner in its London office after a raid by Bird & Bird.

  • Police seize stolen Da Vinci painting from HBJ Gateley Wareing

    5-Oct-2007

    The police raided the Glasgow office of HBJ Gateley Wareing yesterday (4 October) for a £30m stolen Leonardo da Vinci painting and arrested one of the firm's partners.

  • Power shower

    1-Oct-2007

    Paul Wilson, the chief executive of Brummie law firm Shakespeare Putsman, is obviously making his mark back home in the Midlands after a less-than-stellar time in the Thames Valley with Olswang.

  • Reed Smith expands key client roster in wake of merger

    1-Oct-2007

    Reed Smith expands key client roster in wake of merger" /Reed Smith's client relationship programme has been expanded to include 45 clients across the globe, having previously focused on 30.

  • Reed Smith's Paris office brings in Freshfields counsel

    1-Oct-2007

    The French arm of Reed Smith, Reed Smith Rambaud Charot, has raided Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to boost its Paris real estate practice.

  • Salans partner named as Troutman London chief

    1-Oct-2007

    Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders has scooped Salans corporate partner Robert Bata as its new managing partner in London.

  • Salans rides out credit crunch with CEE growth

    1-Oct-2007

    Salans has posted strong half-year revenue gains, with the firm's Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) operations helping to protect it from the ill-effects of turbulent markets.

  • Should I stay or should I go?

    1-Oct-2007

    Question. I am a senior associate in the finance team at a top 20 City firm and my supervising partner has just told me that he has resigned to move to a US firm. Should I move with him?

  • SJ Berwin confirms exclusive BPP tie-up

    1-Oct-2007

    All of SJ Berwin's future trainees will study for the LPC at BPP Law School as part of an exclusive relationship formed just a week after the school was given degree-awarding powers.

  • Slow uptake for Which? football shirt case

    1-Oct-2007

    Consumer group Which?'s landmark representative action that promised to seek redress for "hundreds of thousands" of wronged football-shirt customers has only signed up 130 individuals.

  • Sony BMG gets go ahead - again

    3-Oct-2007

    The European Commission (EC) has approved the mega-merger between Japan’s Sony and Germany’s Bertelsmann for the second time in three years.

  • Staring down the barrel

    1-Oct-2007

    Tulkinghorn rejoiced at news that, with the credit crunch taking hold, now is apparently the time for client entertainment.

  • Stiffed competition

    1-Oct-2007

    The Irish Competition Authority was left red-faced after the Supreme Court's criticism of the ILCU case. Philip Andrews discusses the implications for future enforcement

  • Survey reveals dissatisfaction of hourly billing with in-housers

    1-Oct-2007

    In-house lawyers have hailed the C&I Group/BDO Stoy Hayward survey on law firm billing as a positive development in the ongoing debate on external counsel fees.

  • Tavernier retirement sparks Gide shake-up

    2-Oct-2007

    Gerard Tavernier, the legendary senior partner of France's largest independent law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel, is set to retire from the firm in December.

  • The new needs of the new breed

    1-Oct-2007

    Perhaps we should not be so surprised that according to a recent The Lawyer/YouGov poll, 25 per cent of lawyers want to leave private practice and do something else. In most other areas of employment the idea of a career for life or even a long-term employer disappeared years ago.

  • Travers Smith steers Deutsche Bank's Climate Exchange plan

    1-Oct-2007

    Travers Smith has won a key client in the expanding carbon trading market with a mandate to steer it through an innovative arrangement with Deutsche Bank.

  • Umpire makes Cricket Council racism claim

    1-Oct-2007

    Controversial cricket umpire Darrell Hair's race discrimination claims against the International Cricket Council (ICC) are being heard in the London Central Employment Tribunal today (1 October).

  • Web week

    1-Oct-2007

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com.

  • Where have all the derivatives specialists gone?

    1-Oct-2007

    Despite being a growing area of City work, derivatives still holds limited appeal for trainees. By Julia Berris

  • White & Case hires Linklaters ECM partner

    4-Oct-2007

    White & Case has strengthened its New York capital markets practice with the hire of Linklaters partner Adele Hogan.

  • XXIV Old Buildings snares Geneva head from 2 Temple Gardens

    1-Oct-2007

    XXIV Old Buildings has ramped up its international offering with the hire of 2 Temple Gardens barrister Ian Meakin as its Geneva office head.