10 April 2006

The Lawyer

  • 2 Birds to shoo birds

    10-Apr-2006

    Bird & Bird has complained to its landlord after a burlesque club, known as Volupté, opened underneath its Chancery Lane office.

  • A marriage made in heaven... or hell?

    10-Apr-2006

    Richards Butler has found its white knight and it may just be enough to save it. While the firm was not quite hooked up to a life-support system á la Hammonds, its average profit per equity partner is astoundingly low: £375,000 once you remove Hong Kong from the equation.

  • A&O, Wragges miss out on BT panel places following overhaul

    10-Apr-2006

    Allen & Overy (A&O) and Wragge & Co have been dumped as primary advisers to BT following a major review of the telecoms giant's legal panel.

  • Addleshaw Goddard: Onus on the bonus

    13-Apr-2006

    Addleshaw Goddard: Onus on the bonus" /The growing pains of mergers and becoming one of the UK’s biggest national law firms has not been easy for Addleshaw Goddard, but out of it the firm has evolved an HR strategy that has proved a winner with the staff.

  • Addleshaws sets up LLP advice unit

    10-Apr-2006

    Addleshaw Goddard is beefing up its partnership law offering by adding project management to the advice it can offer to professional clients converting to LLP status.

  • Beiten expansion reaps rewards as firm posts record profit and turnover

    10-Apr-2006

    Germany's Beiten Burkhardt posted a record turnover for 2005, with revenues up 20 per cent.

  • Bonelli hikes IP dept with swoop for Guglielmetti

    10-Apr-2006

    Slaughter and May's Italian best friend Bonelli Erede Pappalardo has snapped up Milan IP boutique Studio Legale Guglielmetti as part of a plan to rebuild the practice following the death of promising senior associate Carlo Coppi last summer.

  • Bracher Rawlin partner joins Davenport Lyons

    10-Apr-2006

    London West End firm Davenport Lyons has a new employment partner in John Hayes.He joins from City firm Bracher Rawlin and has experience advising US businesses, especially in the recruitment, retail, construction and professional services sectors. Jon Parker

  • Browne Jacobson: Environmental control

    13-Apr-2006

    Browne Jacobson: Environmental control" /Nottingham-based law firm Browne Jacobson made it into The Sunday Times annual best places to work list for the first time this year.

  • Building hurdles

    10-Apr-2006

    The ongoing problems within the UK construction industry need to be overcome in time for the 2012 Games, says Steven Williams

  • Camerons acts with theatre to help children become luvvies

    10-Apr-2006

    CMS Cameron McKenna has begun a two-year partnership with Donmar Warehouse Theatre as part of its expanding corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.

  • CC makes up 37 associates

    11-Apr-2006

    Clifford Chance has promoted 37 lawyers to its partnership, its largest promotion in four years.

  • CC snares Freshfields Dutch capital markets partner

    13-Apr-2006

    Clifford Chance has strengthened its Dutch capital markets team with a new partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

  • CLLS gets go-ahead to represent the City's elite

    10-Apr-2006

    Forty-three of London's biggest law firms have handed the City of London Law Society (CLLS) a mandate to be their representational and campaigning body.

  • CMS partner wins Informa GC role

    13-Apr-2006

    Publisher Informa has appointed its first general counsel picking its CMS Cameron McKenna relationship partner John Burton.

  • Cobbetts' Birmingham boss creates consultancy

    10-Apr-2006

    Cobbetts Birmingham head Stephen Gilmore has quit the firm after 30 years of service to follow his own business interests.

  • Dead on arrival?

    10-Apr-2006

    Out comes the sun, and out come the lawyers raising money for charity. Among the most ambitious is Harrogate solicitor Paul Berwin, who aims to raise money by running in both a marathon and a triathlon.

  • Deals comment

    10-Apr-2006

    Wachtell and Skadden seek to avoid political showdown

  • Dickinson wins battle to be crowned Simmons' top man

    10-Apr-2006

    Simmons & Simmons has announced that former managing partner David Dickinson will become the firm's new senior partner after he won a close election against Italy managing partner Richard Slater.

  • DLA Piper heads promotions table with fifty-nine made up

    10-Apr-2006

    DLA Piper heads promotions table with fifty-nine made up" /Allen & Overy (A&O) made a record number of promotions this year, while Linklaters ...

  • Duane morris

    10-Apr-2006

    Formed in 1904, Duane Morris turned 100 the year before last.

  • DWS raids RPC to fill top employment post

    10-Apr-2006

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has landed a Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) lawyer to fill the new role of head of employment in Milton Keynes.

  • Eversheds employment chief quits for Withers over conflict

    10-Apr-2006

    Withers has raided the employment team at Eversheds, poaching London practice head Elaine Aarons, who left after complaining of conflict problems at the national firm.

  • Firm profile: Warners

    10-Apr-2006

    Kent firm Warners has certainly got a busy rest of 2006 coming up: October will see the firm convert to LLP status.

  • Former Nörr duo sets up niche finance firm

    10-Apr-2006

    Two former Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz partners have set up a finance boutique in Germany in a bid to offer a more personalised service to clients.

  • Fox quits Fox Williams

    13-Apr-2006

    Ronnie Fox, the former senior partner and founder of Fox Williams, is leaving the firm at the end of April, it emerged this morning (13 April).The firm issued a short statement announcing Fox’s departure, but refused to comment on his plans for the future.Fox stepped down as senior partner a year ago, to be replaced by fellow name partner Tina Williams, who today wished Fox success and happiness.

  • François Macerola: Cirque du Soleil

    10-Apr-2006

    Cirque du Soleil is not your usual circus. There are no animals and, a lot of the time, no big tops. Instead, the company's 600 artists tour the globe performing breathtaking acrobatic feats as part of colourful and surreal shows.

  • Freshfields finds new financial services head

    10-Apr-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed London partner Michael Raffan as the new head of its financial services practice.

  • Freshfields' pensioners agree sixty per cent cash cuts

    10-Apr-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has finalised plans to radically overhaul its partners' treasured pension scheme, with some older partners accepting that they may receive as little as 40 per cent of their entitlement.

  • Get working on networking

    10-Apr-2006

    Networking opportunities cannot be exploited fully unless you do your homework. By Matthew Record

  • Government bond issue sees A&O continue its love affair with Pakistan

    10-Apr-2006

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the only law firm to work on the entire recent series of bond issues by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, having advised on an $800m (£456.7m) global securities offering.

  • Herbies bonds with Stibbe and Gleiss with cohabitation in Brussels

    10-Apr-2006

    Herbert Smith's Brussels office is set to relocate to shared office space with alliance partners Stibbe and Gleiss Lutz. The lease was signed last week and the new arrangement is expected to see the three firms move to the new office space by January 2007. This is the latest moved Herbert Smith has made as it seeks to strengthen its links with its friends at Dutch firm Stibbe and German firm Gleiss Lutz. Craig Pouncey, managing partner of Herbert ...

  • Herbies lawyer defects to Monckton

    10-Apr-2006

    Herbert Smith lawyer Ronit Kreisberger has joined Monckton Chambers as a barrister rather than joining the firm's in-house advocacy unit.

  • Hostile makeover

    10-Apr-2006

    Sweden is experiencing the rare phenomenon of a hostile takeover, but the country's Securities Council is allowing a lot of leeway for defensive measures. By Fredrik Lindqvist

  • International eye: US

    10-Apr-2006

    Gemma Westacott on the month in the US:

  • Judge delivers stunning BCCI judgment

    12-Apr-2006

    Mr Justice Tomlinson handed down his reasons for granting the Bank of England’s application for indemnity costs following the collapse of the BCCI trial this morning.

  • Killing and swilling

    10-Apr-2006

    Tulkinghorn always assumed that senior partners do little but swan around in taxis having lunch with international statesmen and tame clients.But one senior partner of a top 10 firm was at pains to point out otherwise. "Everyone wants to know the job is being done, but nobody wants to do it," he told Tulkinghorn gloomily. "It's like being a public executioner or a lavatory cleaner."Tulkinghorn just hopes he's got the rubber gloves.

  • Landmark enjoys ten per cent revenue hike

    10-Apr-2006

    Landmark Chambers is celebrating another successful year, with income up 4 per cent and revenue per barrister up nearly 10 per cent.

  • Latham appoints Moyle as London managing partner

    10-Apr-2006

    US firm Latham & Watkins has appointed IT and outsourcing partner Andrew Moyle as its London managing partner.

  • Latham handed role on Bayer's bid for Schering

    10-Apr-2006

    Latham & Watkins has scooped the lead advisory role for Bayer on its €16.3bn (£11.4bn) 'white knight' agreed takeover bid for German pharmaceutical company Schering.

  • Legal Intelligence

    10-Apr-2006

    March proved that 2006 just keeps getter better for corporate and finance lawyers. Consolidating on the solid performance of the M&A market in the first two months of the year, 294 deals worth $54.25bn (£30.97bn) involving any UK element were announced during March, according to Thomson Financial. This accounted for almost half of the value of all announced deals in the first quarter - 897 deals worth $109.2bn (£62.35bn).

  • Linklaters bags Temasek's Standard Chartered venture

    10-Apr-2006

    Linklaters has successfully advised Temasek on a deal that has secured the Singaporean state-owned investment company's place as the largest shareholder in Standard Chartered Bank. More than 20 years of takeover speculation came to an end after Temasek purchased the Khoo Teck family's 12 per cent stake in the UK emerging markets bank. Temasek's stake was believed to have cost approximately ...

  • London stalling

    10-Apr-2006

    As the case of Elephant & Castle proves, there is a whole array of issues that can hinder the process of regenerating sites in the capital. Douglas Evans looks at the problems

  • Lovells joins ABN panel as conflicts force extension

    10-Apr-2006

    ABN Amro has appointed Lovells as one of its core legal advisers after conflicts of interest forced the Dutch investment bank to widen its panel.

  • Lupicinio Eversheds joins up with debt collection agency

    10-Apr-2006

    Lupicinio Eversheds has gone into partnership with a debt collection company as part of a wider plan to broaden its services.

  • Management

    10-Apr-2006

    Steve Hoare on the month in management: Magic circle's top tiers undergo big changes The Lawyer Career Report pinpoints DLA Piper as the king of lateral hirersFourteen ex-Hammonds partners bite backLovells reviews lockstep...again

  • Martineau Johnson: Lateral thinking

    13-Apr-2006

    Hiring laterals is often a risky business. The different cultures of law firms means HR has to be sensitive to the shock of changing firms, both for the new partner and their expectant team at the new law firm.

  • Matrix fills management committee senior post

    10-Apr-2006

    Clare Montgomery QC has been named as Matrix Chambers' new management committee head.

  • Microsoft slates Commission over protracted antitrust battle

    10-Apr-2006

    Microsoft's main UK lawyer has lashed out at the European Commission, just weeks before the regulator is due to decide if it will impose hefty fines on the technology company.

  • Monckton Chambers posts record turnover

    10-Apr-2006

    Monckton Chambers has doubled its turnover during the past five years, with its annual revenue set to smash the £10m barrier after a record year saw growth in the tax and competition practices.

  • My society

    10-Apr-2006

    In January Sir Digby Jones claimed the Law Society's task as promoter of the entire legal profession was 'impossible'. Now the society's president Kevin Martin responds. By Matt Byrne

  • Needs Sussed

    13-Apr-2006

    While larger law firms still believe a juicy cash bonus is the best incentive, other firms are realising that the way to keep staff motivated and happy is to offer remuneration packages that account for a wider range of needs

  • New Emea head of litigation at EDS plans panel overhaul

    10-Apr-2006

    The world's second largest IT company EDS has appointed a new head of litigation for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea), who plans to rethink the company's external panel choices.

  • OFT looks to lighten load with private antitrust enforcement

    10-Apr-2006

    The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is looking to lighten its workload by asking the private sector to boost antitrust efforts.

  • Opinion

    10-Apr-2006

    The Professional Inventors Alliance (PIA) USA finds complaints by Research in Motion's (RIM) chief patent counsel Tom Sanchez in The Lawyer (13 March), that RIM is "the poster child as to why there needs to be patent reform", to be ironic.

  • Pannone & Partners: Leading ladies

    13-Apr-2006

    For the third successive year, Manchester-based Pannone & Partners came out as the top firm in The Sunday Times best places to work list.

  • Paranoid infusion

    10-Apr-2006

    Tulkinghorn happened to be taking a virtual stroll though Baker & McKenzie's website the other day (it was quiet in the office, okay) and clicked on a random partner's email link.

  • Paul Hastings beefs up Paris operation

    12-Apr-2006

    Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has expanded its tax law practice in France with the hire of Willkie Farr & Gallagher partner Allard de Waal.

  • People

    10-Apr-2006

    Davies Arnold Cooper has appointed Stephen Calderbank as an associate. Calderbank was previously a partner and head of employment at Lopian Wagner.

  • Pillsbury hires AIG GC

    11-Apr-2006

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has hired the general counsel of insurance giant American International Group as head of its financial services regulatory practice in New York.

  • Pinsents gets top marks for school project instructions

    10-Apr-2006

    Pinsent Masons finalised two UK schools projects in two days to round off March, as the Government announced changes to the way PFI schemes would be funded in the future.

  • Pinsents raids Charles Russell for insurance head

    12-Apr-2006

    Pinsent Masons has raided Charles Russell for the firm’s joint head of professional liability.

  • Private strife

    10-Apr-2006

    With private equity breaking into Scandinavia, bondholders must be aware of the risks, says Troels Askerud

  • Property

    10-Apr-2006

    From the latest setbacks for the Wembley Stadium project to the Treasury's announcement in the Budget about the introduction of a new investment vehicle, property is never far from making a splash across the headlines of the UK press. Meanwhile, law firms across the City have been scrambling to make the most of the introduction of real estate investment trusts (Reits) ever since Chancellor ...

  • Reed Smith to lose out on £30m Richards Butler HK

    10-Apr-2006

    Richards Butler UK and Reed Smith agree merger; US firm 'anxious to talk' to Hong Kong office

  • Scandinavia

    10-Apr-2006

    The M&A wave sweeping Europe has reached Scandinavia.

  • Schofield Sweeney, Sampson Horner merge

    10-Apr-2006

    Yorkshire commercial law firm Schofield Sweeney is merging with property, tax and trust firm Sampson Horner with effect from 1 May.The merged firm will retain the name Schofield Sweeney and have a total staff of 65 and a combined turnover of £4m. Senior Sampson partners Nick Knight and Hilary Atkinson will join Schofield Sweeney as consultants. The two firms will relocate from their current Bradford offices to new a premises in Church Bank, also in the city. Jon Parker

  • Separated at birth

    10-Apr-2006

    It was the most infamous moment in English football history. Maradona's first 'goal' against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final, known forever as the 'Hand of God', broke English hearts the world over. Now the architect of that 'goal' is coming home, he's coming home, he's coming, etc etc.

  • Seventeen promoted to Hammonds partnership

    11-Apr-2006

    Hammonds has made up a record number of new partners as it prepares for the end of its 14-month equity partner lock-in in June.

  • Silky's briefs

    10-Apr-2006

    Tulkinghorn had the honour of attending Littleton Chambers' spring party at Lord's Cricket Ground recently. Fine wine and fine company contributed to a satisfying evening, during which Tulkinghorn met perhaps the luckiest lawyer alive.

  • Simpson Thacher snares M&A specialist for Beijing launch

    10-Apr-2006

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has announced plans to launch on China's mainland after raiding local law firm Fangda Partners for a new recruit.

  • Skadden promotes one in London and a record 29 worldwide

    11-Apr-2006

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has capitalised on its recent spate of lateral hires in London, promoting Linda Davies to the partnership.

  • Skadden, Chiomenti instructed on Italy's largest IPO of the year

    10-Apr-2006

    Skadden, Chiomenti instructed on Italy's largest IPO of the year" /Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has advised on Italy's largest IPO of the year, despite not having an office in the country.

  • Speechly wins Jones Day employment partner

    10-Apr-2006

    Jones Day employment partner" /City firm Speechly Bircham has hired a new employment partner. Richard Martin (left) joins from New York-based Jones Day, where he has been a partner for four years, originally ...

  • Speechly, TLT help private client firms attain LLP status

    10-Apr-2006

    Speechly Bircham and TLT Solicitors have won a test case in the High Court that paves the way for firms with private client practices to convert to LLP status. Speechly is now set to change to an LLP on 1 November.

  • Swedish leaders Mannheimer launch in China

    12-Apr-2006

    Swedish firm Mannheimer Swartling has launched a dramatic raid on Scandinavian rival Vinge, poaching its sole Hong Kong partner and Shanghai office head to launch its China practice.

  • Thames barriers

    10-Apr-2006

    SJ Berwin has moved, at last, from its traditional stomping ground of 222 Gray's Inn Road to new trendy Thames-side offices. And, true to form, the firm had a press party (well, a glass of wine and a sausage on a stick) to celebrate the move to the river.

  • The Reit stuff

    10-Apr-2006

    Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits) are being introduced in this year's Finance Bill, and the first conversions to Reits may be early in 2007. On Budget day, 22 March 2006, the Chancellor announced long-awaited details of the conversion charge, as well as changes to the key requirements for Reits.

  • The work-life quiz

    10-Apr-2006

    What was your first-ever job?A trainee in a factory for Mr Kipling Cakes.

  • Thinner date

    10-Apr-2006

    One of Tulkinghorn's scribes was devastated last week when she received a call from Denton Wilde Sapte. Her impending lunch with the firm's ebullient managing partner Howard Morris had been cancelled.

  • Top capital markets teams prepare for hybrid bond boom

    10-Apr-2006

    Corporates will be seeking specialist help if the hybrid market growth materialises, says Matt Byrne

  • Travers scoops £1.8bn Macquarie deal for Compass

    10-Apr-2006

    Travers Smith has successfully advised Macquarie Bank on the £1.822bn consortium bid for the travel concessions business of the world’s largest contract catering group, Compass.

  • Trowers & Hamlins: Keeping them keen

    13-Apr-2006

    Trowers & Hamlins: Keeping them keen" /The legal market’s biggest challenge will be keeping assistants happy, warns Malcolm Lewis, head of HR at Trowers & Hamlins.

  • Unhealthy supplement?

    10-Apr-2006

    The Government's new development tax has come in for its fair share of criticism. Simon Ricketts looks at a future under PGS

  • Vinson transfers dispute expert to bolster London

    10-Apr-2006

    VINSON & Elkins has transferred the firm's co-chair of international dispute resolution to London to take advantage of the UK capital's growing status as the hub for energy disputes outside the US.

  • Walker Morris scoops gaming and liquor team

    10-Apr-2006

    Leeds' Walker Morris has recruited a two-partner gaming and liquor licensing team.Paddy Whur and Andrew Woods join as partners from licensing boutique Poppleston Allen in Nottingham. Jon Parker

  • Warner Bros IP head joins DC lobby group

    10-Apr-2006

    Warner Brothers has lost its chief IP counsel Nils Montan to Washington DC lobby group the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC).

  • Wragge & Co: Culture hub

    13-Apr-2006

    Wragge & Co: Culture hub" /Career paths for young lawyers are at the top of the agenda at Midlands powerhouse Wragge & Co.