10 December 2001

The Lawyer

  • Breaking news: Bahl instructs Khan on Law Society appeal

    10-Dec-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.

  • Breaking news: KLegal and McGrigor Donald to merge

    10-Dec-2001

    KPMG affiliated law firm KLegal and Scottish law firm McGrigor Donald have agreed to merge.

  • 4 Fountain Court and Coleridge plan merger

    10-Dec-2001

    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.

  • A&O forms pan-Europe procurement group

    10-Dec-2001

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has launched a pan-European public procurement group to service its corporate practice.

  • ADR Chambers mediates Merrill Lynch/Unilever case

    10-Dec-2001

    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.

  • Altheimer's City office wins Serbian privatisation work

    10-Dec-2001

    The London office of US firm Altheimer & Gray has beaten City competitors to win work from the Privatisation Agency of Serbia.

  • Ashursts shifts M&A lawyers to projects

    10-Dec-2001

    Ashurst Morris Crisp has moved a group of assistants out of corporate to help cope with the slowdown in M&A.

  • BA opts for Addleshaws in clear signal to panel firms

    10-Dec-2001

    Legal director Walsh aims for increased competition between external advisers

  • Billy no mates opts for apron

    10-Dec-2001

    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 ...

  • BLP advises Health Dept on PFI change

    10-Dec-2001

    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.

  • British Waterways puts law panel under scrutiny

    10-Dec-2001

    Rolling review underway; casual advisers set for the chop; City firms safe

  • CC raises membership

    10-Dec-2001

    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, ...

  • Constants French partners in exodus to Ince & Co

    10-Dec-2001

    Ince & Co will take over the French offices of rival niche shipping firm Constant & Constant at the beginning of next year.

  • Cuatrecasas snubs Gleiss to build new German network

    10-Dec-2001

    Herbert Smith alliance talks continue; four-partner German desk and ten-firm network are put in place

  • Deal of the Week - ALLIANZ

    10-Dec-2001

    Shearman scoops Allianz deal to become top adviser

  • Deals summary

    10-Dec-2001

    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 ...

  • Deals summary

    10-Dec-2001

    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.

  • Deals summary

    10-Dec-2001

    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 ...

  • Dentons joins magic circle firms on EDS legal panel

    10-Dec-2001

    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 advises SAB on foray into Central America

    10-Dec-2001

    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 becomes top adviser to ebookers

    10-Dec-2001

    DLA has fought off five firms including Eversheds and Nicholson Graham & Jones to become the main adviser to UK online travel agency ebookers.

  • Employing change

    10-Dec-2001

    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

  • EU e-law becomes available on the net

    10-Dec-2001

    An internet legal advice service providing information about EU legislation affecting e-commerce has been launched.

  • Eversheds partners to vote on profit shakeup

    10-Dec-2001

    Radical shift to merit-based pay structure as management looks outwards to Europe

  • Fayre play

    10-Dec-2001

    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 steams in to land Flying Scotsman flotation

    10-Dec-2001

    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 ...

  • Fitzgerald to advise Competition Authority

    10-Dec-2001

    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 ...

  • Fried Frank ramps up in Europe with German push

    10-Dec-2001

    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

    10-Dec-2001

    Fyfe Ireland is a small firm that is thinking big and thriving off its captive market

  • Halliwells takes on sole practitioner for PFI team

    10-Dec-2001

    Halliwell Landau has consolidated its PFI practice with a new dedicated PFI department and the hire of a sole practitioner as PFI head.

  • Hill Dickinson to merge with Gorna

    10-Dec-2001

    North West firm diversifies from insurance as it snaps up commercial boutique

  • Hogan & Hartson hires star pair from LeBoeuf

    10-Dec-2001

    LeBoeuf's London office loses founding partner; Hogan & Hartson shows commitment to Euro expansion

  • Holman Fenwick hire fuels energy team

    10-Dec-2001

    Holman Fenwick & Willan has hired corporate and commercial partner Diana France to join its four-strong team of non-contentious energy partners.

  • ICC creates in-house position

    10-Dec-2001

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) has created a new in-house lawyer position.

  • Islamic banks opt for A&O on groundbreaking power deal

    10-Dec-2001

    A significant political divide has been crossed by the Islamic financing of a power project in the Middle East.

  • Japanese merger to produce market giant

    10-Dec-2001

    Two of Japan's biggest domestic firms have agreed a merger that will catapult them to the top of the country's premier league.

  • Jordan govt picks CMS for energy

    10-Dec-2001

    CMS Cameron McKenna has been appointed sole legal adviser to new client the Jordanian government on the privatisation of its electricity industry.

  • KLegal signs up IP duo as H20 partners diverge

    10-Dec-2001

    H20 splits in two; IP team set to join accountancy-linked firm; media team yet to find new home

  • LeBoeuf prepares defence against malpractice suit Sidley move breaks downtown tradition

    10-Dec-2001

    LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has been hit by a claim for more than $50m (£35.22m) damages.

  • Legal widow

    10-Dec-2001

    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 beats City rivals to Coal work

    10-Dec-2001

    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.

  • Mallesons appoints chair as partner quits

    10-Dec-2001

    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.

  • Market share?

    10-Dec-2001

    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

  • Microsoft waives oral hearing right

    10-Dec-2001

    In a surprise move, Microsoft has waived its right to an oral hearing in the European Commission's (EC) antitrust inquiry.

  • MoFo champions US Taliban 'holy warrior'

    10-Dec-2001

    US firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has scooped a controversial new client.

  • Nabarros handles Redrow offer for Tay

    10-Dec-2001

    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 ...

  • Nabarros instructed on £1bn retail fund

    10-Dec-2001

    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 ...

  • News in brief

    10-Dec-2001

    A round up of stories from the UK and around the world

  • Opinion

    10-Dec-2001

    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 ...

  • Real estate

    10-Dec-2001

    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 ...

  • Rich diet

    10-Dec-2001

    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 ...

  • Separated at birth

    10-Dec-2001

    Tulkinghorn is a little disturbed by this separated at birth (but believes it to be funny nevertheless).

  • Sidley move breakes downtown tradition

    10-Dec-2001

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood will have a permanent base in midtown Manhattan by next summer.

  • The Employment Bill 2001

    10-Dec-2001

    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.

  • The Hackney wizard

    10-Dec-2001

    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

  • The Leader Column

    10-Dec-2001

    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."That is true at the moment. But in the wake of the Tenon takeover of Statham Gill Davies, and the even more intriguing ...

  • The pearly queen

    10-Dec-2001

    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

  • The protectors

    10-Dec-2001

    Charles Ciumei looks at a recent 'whistleblower' case and its effect on future tribunal policy

  • The wrongs of rights

    10-Dec-2001

    A Penningtons survey looking at employment legislation poses the question: are increased workers' rights responsible for killing off the jobs themselves? Jon Heuvel investigates

  • US bills reach all-time high as 14 more hit $600 mark

    10-Dec-2001

    Record numbers charge $600 per hour; downturn fails to stem New Year rises

  • VLG slashes associate salaries by 30 per cent

    10-Dec-2001

    Silicon Valley firm Venture Law Group (VLG) has taken drastic steps to counter the slump in its core technology venture capital market.

  • Weil Gotshal and Rajah & Tann form joint office

    10-Dec-2001

    Weil Gotshal & Manges is taking a step into Asia through a joint office with Singapore firm and Andersen Legal member Rajah & Tann.