10 December 2001
Imran Khan, the lawyer for the family of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence, is acting against the Law Society for its former vice president Kamlesh Bahl.
KPMG affiliated law firm KLegal and Scottish law firm McGrigor Donald have agreed to merge.
Birmingham sets 4 Fountain Court and Coleridge Chambers are set to merge, producing greater competition for the enormous St Philips Chambers and 5 Fountain Court.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has launched a pan-European public procurement group to service its corporate practice.
An out-of-court settlement reached on Thursday (6 December) between Merrill Lynch and Unilever's pension fund was mediated by a member of ADR Chambers in Taunton.
The London office of US firm Altheimer & Gray has beaten City competitors to win work from the Privatisation Agency of Serbia.
Ashurst Morris Crisp has moved a group of assistants out of corporate to help cope with the slowdown in M&A.
Legal director Walsh aims for increased competition between external advisers
On the subject of food, Tulkinghorn was chatting to Mark Stewart, banking partner of Clifford Chance, recently about cooking. Stewart, who claims that his wife has cooked for him just once in 18 years of marriage, is a bit of a whizz in the kitchen. How did he learn to cook? asked the culinary flop Tulkinghorn. Stewart explained that, until he was 16, he didn't really have much of a social ...
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has won a new appointment to advise the Department of Health's Private Finance Unit (PFU) on a major change to employment arrangements under health PFIs.
Rolling review underway; casual advisers set for the chop; City firms safe
Clifford Chance partners like to have a bit of a laugh - even at the due diligence stage of deals, which is not particularly known for its entertainment value. Apparently, a while back, one set of lawyers based in the firm's Brazilian wing decided to have a bit of a wheeze with a non-Portuguese-speaking partner from London. The deal would go a lot smoother, they told the unfortunate partner, ...
Ince & Co will take over the French offices of rival niche shipping firm Constant & Constant at the beginning of next year.
Herbert Smith alliance talks continue; four-partner German desk and ten-firm network are put in place
Shearman scoops Allianz deal to become top adviser
Tite & Lewis (Tamara Box) advised on underwriters and arrangers Credit Suisse First Boston and Dresdner Bank on a £144m securitisation of consumer loans, rental leases and equipment leases. The originators BPN Créditus, BPN Rent and BPN Leasing advised by Abreu Cardigos & Associados.Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Christoph von Dryander) advised Deutsche Bank ...
Ashurst Morris Crisp (Chris Ashworth) has advised Waterman Partnership Holdings on its £8.5m acquisition of outsourcing service provider the Aspen Consulting Group. Lawrence Graham acted for Aspen. Broker Beeson Gregory was advised by Olswang.
Lovells (Alison Ramsey) acted for Prudential in its £10m disposal of Cathedral Court in Birmingham. The property was acquired by a joint venture formed by Frontier Estates and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Frontier Estates advised by IBB Solicitors (David Silva). RBS advised by Wragge & Co (Colin Hurt).Herbert ...
Denton Wilde Sapte has gained a place on the magic-circle dominated UK panel of Electronic Data Systems (EDS), the largest outsourcing supplier in the US.
Dewey Ballantine has advised potential Interbrew takeover target South African Breweries (SAB) on its expansion into Central America. The New York and London offices worked in tandem on the deal, with Lovells advising SAB on some UK financing issues.SAB has recently been the subject of fevered speculation over its interest in Carling, which Interbrew must divest to comply with UK competition rulings. It is also thought that SAB is itself a takeover target for Interbrew, although ...
DLA has fought off five firms including Eversheds and Nicholson Graham & Jones to become the main adviser to UK online travel agency ebookers.
Employment law has undergone some radical changes this year, with a number of cases coming under the spotlight. Donna Moxham reports on how the law is developing
An internet legal advice service providing information about EU legislation affecting e-commerce has been launched.
Radical shift to merit-based pay structure as management looks outwards to Europe
The Norton Rose lawyers gathered last week with The Lawyer reporters were no shrinking violets. Clearly knowing their interlocutory relief from their asset tracing, they could navigate a courtroom with the fearlessness of a predator. With an elegance reminiscent of a Roman army victory, champagne and the finest wines were served alongside the tastiest meats and vegetables for these mighty doyens of ...
Finers Stephens Innocent has added Flying Scots-man Railways, which operates the famous steam train, to its growing initial public offering (IPO) collection. Despite dwindling IPO activity, the firm has been steadily building a portfolio of small and medium-sized companies floating on AIM and OFEX.Finers advised Flying Scotsman on its offer for subscription and simultaneous flotation on OFEX. The offer is set to raise £2.2m and give the company a post-flotation value of about ...
The Irish Competition Authority has announced the members of its advisory panel, one of whom is Gerald Fitzgerald of Dublin firm McCann Fitzgerald.The panel will advise on legal, policy and strategic issues, including the implementation of EU law and Ireland's new national competition legislation. Fitzgerald will not advise on individual cases; he is confident that there will be no conflicts with his private practice.It will have four members, including barrister Gerald ...
New York firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has set up an office in Germany at the request of one of its biggest investment banking clients.
Fyfe Ireland is a small firm that is thinking big and thriving off its captive market
Halliwell Landau has consolidated its PFI practice with a new dedicated PFI department and the hire of a sole practitioner as PFI head.
North West firm diversifies from insurance as it snaps up commercial boutique
LeBoeuf's London office loses founding partner; Hogan & Hartson shows commitment to Euro expansion
Holman Fenwick & Willan has hired corporate and commercial partner Diana France to join its four-strong team of non-contentious energy partners.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has created a new in-house lawyer position.
A significant political divide has been crossed by the Islamic financing of a power project in the Middle East.
Two of Japan's biggest domestic firms have agreed a merger that will catapult them to the top of the country's premier league.
CMS Cameron McKenna has been appointed sole legal adviser to new client the Jordanian government on the privatisation of its electricity industry.
H20 splits in two; IP team set to join accountancy-linked firm; media team yet to find new home
LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has been hit by a claim for more than $50m (£35.22m) damages.
The season of party invites is upon us, and the Lawyer and his elder daughter are going through much the same anxiety, as both believe that their popularity can be directly measured by the number of cards adorning the mantelpiece.
Lovells has beaten off City competition to be reappointed by major property client Coal Pension Properties as the main adviser on its largest UK portfolio.
Leading Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques has appointed a new chairperson from inside the firm, while its key corporate partner John Atkin has moved on to become the managing partner of rival Blake Dawson Waldron.
If Allen & Overy wants to move to Spitalfields it will have to win over the residents. Jon Robins meets the protesters mounting the campaign against the magic circle firm
In a surprise move, Microsoft has waived its right to an oral hearing in the European Commission's (EC) antitrust inquiry.
US firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has scooped a controversial new client.
Nabarro Nathanson has carried out a £29.88m cash offer for Tay Homes on behalf of its longstanding corporate client Redrow Homes.In January, Tay Homes will announce its response to the 110 pence per share offer. It is also considering an unsecured loan note alternative.Peter Smart, corporate partner and chairman of Walker ...
Nabarro Nathanson's property finance team has acted on the establishment of a retail investment fund formed by Morley Fund Management and property company Capital & Regional. Each put £170m into the fund - called the Junction Limited Partnership - for initial stock. Morley expects the fund to have national stock worth £1bn by early next year.The initial assets are based in England ...
A round up of stories from the UK and around the world
The outmoded conception of lawyers as drafting technicians finds one of its greatest challenges in the outsourcing arena. It is here that lawyers most clearly are being asked to demonstrate what added value (over and above assumed technical competencies) they can bring to the table.Historically, the division of responsibility in the outsourcing process divided quite neatly: the finance director sells the deal internally and is in charge of the pricing bottom line; the consultant ...
Poor Nabarro Nathanson. The mid-City firm seems to have developed an un-wanted sideline in supplying the London offices of US firms with some of its most dynamic property partners, something which must be forcing it to question how well it looks after its people.Most recent to go was highly-rated property finance brain Nigel Heilpern, who has given a new dimension to the London offering of Paul Hastings ...
When Tulkinghorn was young, food was beef and potatoes followed by bread and butter. Choice was rather limited then. Now it seems that the younger generation is overwhelmed by the multitude of frivolous foreign foods available in restaurants.Take the children of Bird & Bird chief executive David Kerr, for example. Living in Chelsea, on the doorstep of Conran's Bluebird Restaurant, the little Kerrs are taken out to dinner nearly every night. But all they want is to have ...
Tulkinghorn is a little disturbed by this separated at birth (but believes it to be funny nevertheless).
Sidley Austin Brown & Wood will have a permanent base in midtown Manhattan by next summer.
The Employment Bill 2001 makes a number of changes to the legislative framework of individual employment law. The most startling relate to unfair dismissal cases.
Claer Lloyd-Jones of Hackney Council has got a hard job ahead of her, but remains unfazed. Brendan Malkin finds out how she intends to work her magic on the beleagured authority
At a particularly jolly lunch last week, three partners from a thriving mid-size City firm were hooting with laughter about the number of pointless takeover approaches they had had. “Mind you,” confided one of the lawyers wistfully, “it’d be great to get a big cheque from a load of Americans, and then wave goodbye. The problem is, you have to stick around.”
Withers senior partner Diana Parker might opt for tweed and pearls, but her firm's US merger and LLP drive is leaving other firms open-mouthed
Charles Ciumei looks at a recent 'whistleblower' case and its effect on future tribunal policy
A Penningtons survey looking at employment legislation poses the question: are increased workers' rights responsible for killing off the jobs themselves? Jon Heuvel investigates
Record numbers charge $600 per hour; downturn fails to stem New Year rises
Silicon Valley firm Venture Law Group (VLG) has taken drastic steps to counter the slump in its core technology venture capital market.
Weil Gotshal & Manges is taking a step into Asia through a joint office with Singapore firm and Andersen Legal member Rajah & Tann.