10 April 2000

The Lawyer

  • 2 Temple Gardens loses its third silk in a month but denies crisis

    10-Apr-2000

    Common law and commercial set 2 Temple Gardens has lost its third silk in a month.

  • A View from South Africa

    10-Apr-2000

    The South African legal market is unique in many ways. To start with, in Johannesburg we have so far seen the arrival of only one international law firm, and though others are looking around they have so far made very little impact. Also, last year we saw a world first when an investment bank bought out one of the local law firms. But in plenty of other ways we are doing much the same here as everywhere else.

  • A witness to great change

    10-Apr-2000

    Paul Clements reports on how the Civil Procedure Rules are affecting the way solicitors instruct expert witnessess. Paul Clements is head of litigation and dispute resolution at Radcliffes.

  • A&0 exploits loophole for Japanese venture

    10-Apr-2000

    Allen & Overy is exploiting a joint venture loophole enabling it to advise on Japanese domestic legal issues.

  • ABA meets its Waterloo

    10-Apr-2000

    The much revered American Bar Association is facing a crisis of confidence as it drags its feet over the issue of multidisciplinary practices. Ryan Dunleavy assesses its chances for survival.

  • Big hitter's arrival offers challenge

    10-Apr-2000

    That venerable institution, the American Bar Association (ABA), may be going through difficult times but the same cannot be said of the firms which are its members.

  • Burness hires client as new head of the corporate group

    10-Apr-2000

    Edinburgh-based Burness has appointed a solicitor who has worked outside the legal market for the past four years as the head of its corporate department.

  • Case of the week

    10-Apr-2000

    He has invited more hatred, abuse, parodies and custard pies than most incredibly rich men and now, according to some, he has met his nemesis in the form of the US government. Bill Gates faces the prospect of watching his company split up as punishment for running foul of US anti-trust legislation. As expected, a judge found the company guilty of abusing its position in the operating systems market by forcing computer manufacturers to bundle its products and internet browser with their ...

  • CC nabs Norton Rose corporate partner

    10-Apr-2000

    Clifford Chance has poached a partner from Norton Rose, driving another nail into the coffin of the gentleman's agreement which controlled competition for partners between the eight large City law firms.

  • Cloisters loses director after one year in the job

    10-Apr-2000

    Cloisters' chambers director Vanessa Peters has resigned after only a year in the post.

  • Crackdown

    10-Apr-2000

    Firms see the Office of Fair Trading's investigation into the accounting and legal sectors as a hammer being used to crack a nut, but the inquiry could have far-reaching effects. Dominic Egan reports.

  • Dibbs drops name for Euro brand

    10-Apr-2000

    Dibb Lupton Alsop has changed its name to DLA, dropping the names of its founding partners.

  • Dibbs in merger talks with Amsterdam firm

    10-Apr-2000

    Dibb Lupton Alsop is in advanced talks with Dutch practice Schut & Grosheide about joining its European alliance and a possible merger.

  • Edge Ellison partner profits under review

    10-Apr-2000

    Edge Ellison is undergoing a costs review that could lead to job losses, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • Edge Ellison partner quits to go in-house with ITNET

    10-Apr-2000

    Edge Ellison partner Andrew Batchelor is quitting the firm to go in-house with IT outsourcing company ITNET.

  • Eighty per cent of student barristers left out in the cold

    10-Apr-2000

    Shocking statistics show that only 20 per cent of student barristers are likely to gain a pupillage in chambers via the Bar's Pupillage Application Clearing House (Pach).

  • Firms need partners to tackle e-commerce

    10-Apr-2000

    As the pressure in-creases for us to differentiate our firms, we must start to think outside the box and form alliances with other professional services providers.

  • Food and Leisure

    10-Apr-2000

    A new breed of international investor is eyeing up the UK food and leisure industry sparking a rash of complex big money deals that offer rich pickings for private practice. David Wigan and Claire Smith report.

  • Fountain Court loses senior practitioner

    10-Apr-2000

    Farrar's Building has taken a senior junior from magic circle chambers Fountain Court.

  • Gowlings merger creates top-three Canadian firm

    10-Apr-2000

    Two of Canada's leading firms are merging to form one of the top three firms in the country - the second big merger in Canada in as many months.

  • Hengeler woos Deutsche bank senior counsel

    10-Apr-2000

    Hengeler Mueller Weitzel Wirtz - Slaughter and May's "best friend" in Germany - has hired a senior counsel from Deutsche Bank.

  • Hilton Group

    10-Apr-2000

    Hilton Group's company secretary and head of legal is very protective of his external lawyers.

  • Ince & Co appoints new senior partner

    10-Apr-2000

    Shipping and insurance specialist Ince & Co has appointed a new senior partner as the firm sees the departure of three other partners.

  • It's been a bad week for...

    10-Apr-2000

    Kamlesh Bahl (when is it ever a good week for her?). The fallout from the Demon verdict reached Bahl's website when her service provider shut down her site after a complaint that it contained defamatory comments. The site contained legal opinions from Cherie Booth who concluded that the Law Society's investigations were open to legal challenge. The Law Society denied that it was responsible for the complaint.

  • It's been a good week for...

    10-Apr-2000

    Janet Dobson. The wife of hapless mayoral candidate Frank had a better week than her husband. At an industrial tribunal she was cleared of sexual and racial discrimination, although her employer Hackney Council was found guilty. Dobson accused Wangui Wa Goro, an academic employed as an equality officer, of "gross misconduct" and alleged that Wa Goro's gender guidelines were plagiarised from a document published by Lancashire county council. Wa Goro was suspended for nine months, three ...

  • Linklaters boosts Madrid HQ with four corporate lawyers

    10-Apr-2000

    Linklaters & Alliance is expanding in Spain with the addition of four corporate lawyers to its Madrid office.

  • Linnells refocuses as offices break away

    10-Apr-2000

    Oxfordshire-based Linnells is demerging two branch offices and losing four partners in a move to refocus the practice on commercial property and corporate work.

  • Litigator's View

    10-Apr-2000

    Andrew Coates on a judgment which calls for Shell to bear its own trial costs despite winning a personal injury case. Andrew Coates is a partner at City insurance litigation firm Kennedys.

  • Making in-house a home

    10-Apr-2000

    I am writing in response to the recent comment made by one lawyer in 'Axa and Norwich Union hatch plan to axe firms from panel' (The Lawyer, 20 March), that "the problem with going in-house is that you can't get quality lawyers".

  • Making in-house a home

    10-Apr-2000

    You are surely wrong to label the ill-health defence the "Pinochet defence" (27 March). It has been in use with some success by defendants for many years before the good general came along. One defendant who springs to mind is Ernest Saunders, although his case may be distinguished on the grounds that it was used to avoid a prison sentence.I would suggest it should be more appropriately called the Judge Richard Gee defence.James Morton, editor-in-chief, New Law Journal

  • Management Buyout

    10-Apr-2000

    SJ Berwin advised F&C Ventures on its £6.3m investment on the management buyout of hardware reseller Equanet. Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance provided £4m worth of additional debt facilities. SJ Berwin private equity senior assistant Raymond McKeeve led a team of six on the deal. Taylor Joynson Garrett acted for Equanet while Gouldens represented Lloyds TSB.

  • Martineaus overhauls property department

    10-Apr-2000

    Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson has restructured its property department following the departures of two partners.

  • McDermotts nabs partner for new pensions practice

    10-Apr-2000

    McDermott Will & Emery is taking a partner from Nabarro Nathanson to set up what is thought to be the first pensions practice at a US firm in London.

  • Michelle Duncan

    10-Apr-2000

    Michelle Duncan has become Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s first litigation partner in London after helping set up Weil Gotshal & Manges in the UK. Matheu Swallow meets the woman who likes to be in control.

  • Mishcons settles Hiscox claim

    10-Apr-2000

    City firm Mishcon de Reya has settled a claim from an insurance syndicate against Anthony Julius.

  • NatWest Equity gains company secretary

    10-Apr-2000

    NatWest Equity Partners has appointed Barry Lawson as company secretary as part of its plan to break off from parent company NatWest Bank.

  • Paisners loses head of employment to KLegal

    10-Apr-2000

    KLegal, the law firm associated with top five accountancy practice KPMG, has poached one of London's leading employment lawyers.

  • Partner quits Sales Vincent

    10-Apr-2000

    Troubled Paris firm Sales Vincent et Associes has lost a partner to US firm Proskauer Rose.

  • Placement

    10-Apr-2000

    Tarlo Lyons advised Interregnum on its £90m admission to AIM. Corporate finance partners Kevin Barrow and Tim Couldrick acted with a team of two on the deal.

  • Placement

    10-Apr-2000

    Baker & McKenzie acted for Polish leasing company, Europejski Fundusz Leasingowy (EFL) on its $82m (£51.3m) combined international and domestic offering and listing of shares and global depositary receipts on the Warsaw and London stock exchanges. International securities partner Peter Magyar led a team of seven from the firm's London and Warsaw offices.

  • Property

    10-Apr-2000

    Ashurst Morris Crisp advised United News & Media on its £69m cash sale of the freehold interest in Ludgate House, SE1 to Minerva. The 173,936 sq ft property is leased to United News for a further 15 years. Ashursts property partner David Albert led a team of three on the deal. Olswang advised Minerva.

  • Property

    10-Apr-2000

    Mishcon de Reya acted for Asda Property Holdings on its £16.4m sale of the freehold of a Cheltenham office to a private investor. The 57,000 sq ft freehold is currently rented by Eagle Star which has a lease agreement until 2023. Nick Doffman, property partner at Mishcons, led a team of two on the deal.

  • Proskauer takes over LA practice

    10-Apr-2000

    US firm Proskauer Rose has taken over a Los Angeles entertainment practice to broaden its coverage of a booming industry.

  • PwC Veltins partner goes solo

    10-Apr-2000

    PWC Veltins Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft - PricewaterhouseCoopers' German law firm - has lost a key construction partner who has left to set up a rival firm.

  • Quote of the week

    10-Apr-2000

    "I knew the deputy court judge was a Freemason because we are in the same lodge, but the idea that I would dismiss an appeal [against his ruling] because he was a fellow member of my lodge is ridiculous."- Lord Millett on a European case where a litigant is attempting to "upset a will" after Millett refused the litigant's appeal against the original judge's decision. The deceased and the solicitor representing the litigant's opponent are also Masons.

  • Rabins snubs UK law firms to sell to investment bank

    10-Apr-2000

    A second South African law firm has been bought by an investment bank after snubbing merger offers from international law firms.

  • Royal & SunAlliance drops Keogh Ritson

    10-Apr-2000

    North West-based Keogh Ritson has been dropped from Royal & SunAlliance's legal panel.

  • Rozenberg

    10-Apr-2000

    Regular readers will remember that last month I said how easy legal journalism was - you just sit in court and write down what people say. Technology has moved on and the job is now even easier. Four weeks ago I mentioned the unsolicited email I received from the head of litigation at a City law firm. He was offering several "bullet points" on the litigation involving Cherie Booth, her children's nanny and the Mail on Sunday. In this column I ventured some opinions about his legal advice ...

  • Share Trading

    10-Apr-2000

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton represented Goldman Sachs Equity Securities (UK) and Deustche Bank London on the £3.2bn block trade of shares of Vodafone AirTouch. Clearys corporate partners Sebastian Sperber and Edward Greene led a team of four on the deal. Dewey Ballantine acted for Vodafone AirTouch.

  • Sullivan & Cromwell boosts London practice with NY trio

    10-Apr-2000

    Top US firm Sullivan & Cromwell is boosting its commitment to its London office by moving three partners from New York - including one of the most highly-rated M&A lawyers in the world.

  • The art of giving expert evidence

    10-Apr-2000

    The court is a daunting place for the uninitiated. Gerry Lagerberg provides survival tips for the first-time expert witness. Gerry Lagerberg is a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers dispute analysis and investigations practice.

  • The case for changing the conduct of experts

    10-Apr-2000

    A spate of recent cases have helped to set out further guidelines for experts. Amina Somers, partner responsible for technology & construction at Irwin Mitchell's London office, acted for BML. Amina Somers reports.

  • The Firm

    10-Apr-2000

    Minutes of an extraordinary meeting between Tom Henderson and Jack Pratchard to discuss potential new partners at The Firm.

  • Time for a radical rethink on trainees

    10-Apr-2000

    Alan Burnhams on the mismatch between need and delivery in training. Alan Burnhams is HR director at Clarke Willmott & Clarke.

  • US firm sets up provincial office

    14-Apr-2000

    The technology firm is taking the bulk of Morgan Cole's Thames Valley corporate practice, with lawyers Joe Pillman, Jonathan Loake and Kate Eavis all joining the firm.

  • Weil Gotshal poaches trio to open Frankfurt office

    10-Apr-2000

    US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges is opening an office in Frankfurt to broaden its global capital markets capacity.

  • White & Case expands in Bangkok

    10-Apr-2000

    US firm White & Case has picked up a top Thai corporate law firm to boost its presence in Bangkok.

  • Witnessing the decline

    10-Apr-2000

    Since the Woolf reforms were introduced a year ago, the role of the expert witness in civil cases has significantly diminished. Elizabeth Davidson reports on why experts are being phased out of the courtroom.

  • Woolf reforms fail to deliver on costs claims new survey

    10-Apr-2000

    The Woolf reforms have failed to deliver the cuts in litigation and costs that they were designed to achieve, says a new report.