10 December 2007

The Lawyer

  • A perfect combination

    10-Dec-2007

    Tittering over other people's names is juvenile.

  • AllianceBernstein gets Axiom help

    10-Dec-2007

    Axiom Legal, the US-based firm that pioneered a new model of seconding lawyers to clients, has placed a new recruit as interim UK legal director in asset management company AllianceBernstein.

  • Anderson Strathern ties the knot with Kerr

    10-Dec-2007

    Anderson Strathern is to merge with commercial boutique Kerr & Co at the beginning of 2008, creating a 44-partner firm.

  • Attorney General rejigs regional legal panel

    10-Dec-2007

    The Attorney General's Office has instigated the first major overhaul of its regional panel of advocates in several years.

  • Aussie-German alliance to attack Chinese market

    13-Dec-2007

    Sydney-based firm Gray & Perkins has entered into an alliance with German firm Brandi Dršge Piltz Heuer & Gronemeyer (BDPHG) with the pair seeking to tap into the increasingly lucrative Chinese market.

  • BCCI prompts new case limits

    10-Dec-2007

    The BCCI working party last week (6 December) announced that long trials should have statements of case limited, but on the whole it believes the current civil procedure rules (CPR) are already sufficient.

  • BLP strengthens energy company ties with AIM fundraising

    11-Dec-2007

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has advised Clean Energy Brazil , a company that invests in the Brazilian sugar and ethanol energy production sector, on a £20.8m fundraising on AIM.

  • Bridging the gap

    10-Dec-2007

    Forming a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network will ensure that all of a firm's lawyers get the support they need to do a good job. By Stephen Shea

  • Bryan Cave seals Chinese alliance

    10-Dec-2007

    Bryan Cave has strengthened its global network, launching an alliance with Chinese firm, Alpha & Leader.

  • Cadwalader raids boutique for NYC IP team

    14-Dec-2007

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has boosted its New York IP team with the hire of two partners from IP firm Morgan & Finnegan.

  • Calunius Capital

    10-Dec-2007

    Life for Calunius Capital founding partner Mick Smith (pictured) has come full circle.

  • Canon to invite pitches for five European panels

    10-Dec-2007

    Canon Europe is launching a series of new panels in major European jurisdictions at the same time as beefing up its emerging markets team with two new hires.

  • Chadbourne & Parke raids BLP for projects team

    11-Dec-2007

    Chadbourne & Parke has snared a three-partner project finance team from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).

  • Challinors reshuffles after chief exec exit

    10-Dec-2007

    West Midlands-based firm Challinors Solicitors has made a number of changes to its senior management structure following the retirement of its chief executive.

  • Cleary and A&O bag major North African takeover

    11-Dec-2007

    Paris-based corporate partners Pierre-Yves Chabert and Gamal Abouali led the team at Cleary.

  • Clyde victory sees subcontractors liable for asbestos exposure

    10-Dec-2007

    Clyde & Co has won an asbestos case in the Technology and Construction Court that means subcontractors can be found liable for asbestos exposure.

  • Cobbetts benefits as Abramovich invests in gold

    12-Dec-2007

    Cobbetts has landed a key role on the latest acquisition by Russia’s richest man and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich.

  • Culture vultures

    10-Dec-2007

    Diversity programmes aren't just socially beneficial - in a global economy they can help win new clients and improve profit. Tim Foster reports

  • David Beswick: Hammonds

    10-Dec-2007

    If you were stranded on a desert island, what two luxury items would you take?A badminton racket and a friend with a badminton racket.

  • Dechert fights off magic circle for Kuwaiti bond

    10-Dec-2007

    Dechert has seen off competition from the magic circle, winning a beauty parade to advise on a $2bn (£970m) Middle Eastern bond issuance.

  • Dewey & LeBoeuf London associates reap promotion rewards

    13-Dec-2007

    Dewey & LeBoeuf has made up a total of four partners in London in the first round of promotions since Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae merged in October.

  • Diversity

    10-Dec-2007

    Despite a flurry of new protective rules on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and social backgrounds having come into play in recent years, diversity is still one of the most contentious issues facing law firms and remains steadfastly at the top of many firms' 'to do' lists.

  • DLA Piper shuffles management in Brussels

    11-Dec-2007

    DLA Piper has named Bob Martens as Belgium managing partner with Yves Tavernier stepping down after two years in the role.

  • Dominic Clayden: Norwich Union

    10-Dec-2007

    He may not be universally loved in the insurance claims industry, but there’s no doubting the influence of Norwich Union’s Dominic Clayden. By Katy Dowell

  • DWF further strengthens family with northern hires

    14-Dec-2007

    DWF has made further moves to strengthen its family practice credentials, with lateral hires to its Liverpool and Preston offices.

  • DWS wins african infrastructure work

    10-Dec-2007

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) and White & Case have won lead roles advising on a groundbreaking African infrastructure deal.

  • Eversheds' leadership tenure cut to two terms

    10-Dec-2007

    Eversheds chief executive David Gray and chairman Alan Jenkins will be the last two office-holders who can run for a third term.

  • Fared income

    10-Dec-2007

    Tulkinghorn was amused to hear an associate tell the tale of a job interview he once had at Freshfields.

  • FFW offers discount fixed fee for trademark opposition work

    10-Dec-2007

    Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) is offering a discount fixed-fee arrangement for its trademark opposition service, giving clients the chance to nip IP disputes in the bud for £200.

  • Fight for the right party

    14-Dec-2007

    This was a tale of two bashes. The date? Tuesday 11 December. The venue? The 36th floor of the glitz-strewn Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the edge of Central Park. The host? Good question.

  • Football refocus

    10-Dec-2007

    Oligarchs are not people you want to annoy. Tulkinghorn watched with interest the signing of Andrey Shevchenko by Ukrainian firm Magister & Partners (see News, page 10). It seems Shevchenko worked, perhaps in his spare time, at energy company Rosneft, in which, it just so happens, Roman Abramovich has a substantial stake.

  • Freshfields and Travers scoop roles on Eni-Burren takeover

    10-Dec-2007

    Travers Smith and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have agreed the £1.74bn takeover of London-headquartered oil independent Burren Energy by Italian energy giant Eni.

  • Freshfields Frankfurt partner defects to Bakers

    12-Dec-2007

    A further corporate partner from Freshfields German operation has left the magic circle firm, surfacing at Baker & McKenzie.

  • Hall of Fame: The great and the good (A to K)

    10-Dec-2007

    As part of The Lawyer’s 20th anniversary celebrations, we’re launching the legal profession’s Hall of Fame. This is the first instalment: it continues next week

  • Hammonds' Crossley: the only choice for top job

    10-Dec-2007

    Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley is standing unopposed in the firm's current elections for the top job.

  • Healthcare head quits Mills & Reeve to join No5

    10-Dec-2007

    No5 Chambers has hired Mills & Reeve head of healthcare David Lock to set up a new public law group.

  • Heller shakes up New York management

    12-Dec-2007

    Heller Ehrman has appointed Ken Kirschner, the chair of its labour and employment group, as the firm’s new head of New York.

  • Herbies blazes a trail with litigation funding move

    10-Dec-2007

    Herbert Smith has ploughed ahead with third-party litigation funding, putting on hold its working group on the matter, as it assesses the flood of new entrants to the market.

  • Herbies reshuffles competition team

    13-Dec-2007

    Herbert Smith's long-standing EU/competition head Jonathan Scott has stepped down from the role with partner Elizabeth McKnight set to take over at the beginning of January.

  • Holman snares CC's sole shipping partner

    10-Dec-2007

    Clifford Chance's last remaining shipping partner has left for Holman Fenwick & Willan.

  • Insurers threaten to sue over flood losses

    10-Dec-2007

    UK insurers Norwich Union and Allianz are looking at whether they can sue water authorities for failing to prevent the floods this summer.

  • Keelys bolts on Burrells to London office

    10-Dec-2007

    Keelys Solicitors has acquired insurance defendant specialist Burrells. The Lichfield-headquartered firm said Burrells would be merged with Keelys London. Burrells partners Derek Burrell and Eamonn Clifford will work directly with Keelys head of costs litigation Simon Murray. Burrells specialises in complex and high-value claims and recoveries for insurers. Keelys managing partner Daniel Keane said the acquisition would boost the firm's national presence.

  • Legal profession reserves judgement on Planning Bill

    10-Dec-2007

    The proposed Planning Bill, which has its second reading in the House of Commons today (10 December), has met with a mixed response from the legal community.

  • Legance raids Gianni for Italy start-up

    10-Dec-2007

    Legance has launched in Italy with 17 partners formerly from Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, including managing partner Giovanni Nardulli.

  • Linklaters targets banks with Basel II compliance IT package

    10-Dec-2007

    Linklaters is meeting with global clearing banks to pitch its latest IT initiative, which ensures compliance with complex Basel II requirements.

  • Linklaters, Herbies battle over biffa

    10-Dec-2007

    Linklaters and Herbert Smith are squaring up in the battle for UK-listed waste disposal company Biffa.

  • Lost in translation

    10-Dec-2007

    Talk about evading the question. When The Lawyer noticed an article in India's Telegraph newspaper that quoted a London-based Baker & McKenzie spokesperson saying: "Our current desire is to invite an Indian law firm to join our firm and we look forward to changes in the regulatory environment which will permit this", obviously we had to investigate.

  • MAB leaves RJW family team bereft

    10-Dec-2007

    Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) head of family and private client Jeremy Abraham has joined Matthew Arnold and Baldwin (MAB).

  • Magister gives Moscow office a boost

    10-Dec-2007

    Ukrainian independent firm Magister & Partners has boosted its Moscow office with two new partners.

  • Malaysia opens Islamic finance legal market

    10-Dec-2007

    Malaysia's central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia, will open the country's legal market to foreign law firms as early as next year.

  • Mason Hayes managing partner steps up to chairman

    11-Dec-2007

    Irish firm Mason Hayes & Curran's managing partner Declan Moylan is to step down after three terms in the role, taking up the position of chairman instead.

  • Mayer Brown nets FFW construction head

    10-Dec-2007

    Mayer Brown is ploughing ahead with it expansion programme with the appointment of Field Fisher Waterhouse's construction head Chris Fellowes.

  • Merging is a step too far for Herbies, Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe

    10-Dec-2007

    The definitive decision from management at Herbert Smith, Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe to dismiss merger talks out of hand has brought an end to months of speculation about how the allied firms would manage their futures.

  • Mundays

    10-Dec-2007

    Mundays" / "Small firms are an endangered species," Mundays chief executive Bob Bruce claims.

  • Net thrall

    10-Dec-2007

    Firewalls are creating a bit of a problem over at Eversheds' IP practice. The solution? A porn PC.

  • Norton Rose forms alliance with Saudi Arabian law firm

    10-Dec-2007

    Norton Rose has agreed an association with a Saudi Arabian law firm to launch a new office in the kingdom.

  • OFT readies first criminal action for oil trio

    12-Dec-2007

    The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) could bring its first criminal cartel prosecution after three British oil industry executives were found guilty of price-fixing by a US court.

  • O'Melveny makes up one in London

    13-Dec-2007

    The London office of O'Melveny & Myers had made up one partner in the shape of corporate counsel Justin Stock.

  • Partner trio makes way to Maxwell Winward

    10-Dec-2007

    City firm Maxwell Winward has made its first round of lateral hires after it was formed via a merger between Maxwell Batley and Winward Fearon in April.

  • Paul Hastings secures German merger

    12-Dec-2007

    US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has bagged desirable German independent firm Smeets Haas Wolff in Frankfurt, concluding the US firm’s long search for a suitable merger partner in Germany.

  • People Moves

    10-Dec-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted Richard Parsons and Andrew Heathcote to counsel in its structured and asset finance practice.

  • Plus ça change

    10-Dec-2007

    SJ Berwin celebrated its 25th birthday last week. Now that it is experiencing life in its mid-20s, the firm's management can look forward and embark upon the second phase of its development, according to senior partner Jonathan Blake.

  • Reed Smith can't hear London calling

    10-Dec-2007

    As partnership promotions go, three in London is pretty paltry, even for a US firm.

  • Reed Smith steps up to the platform for Bebo web initiative

    10-Dec-2007

    Reed Smith Richards Butler senior associate Gregor Pryor has bagged a role advising social networking site Bebo on an open media content-sharing platform.

  • Regulation: finding the right balance

    10-Dec-2007

    The typical governmental response to any public crisis was best summed up by Sir Humphrey Appleby when he said: "Something must be done; this is something; therefore this must be done."

  • Roschier launches Swedish real estate team

    10-Dec-2007

    Finnish firm Roschier has launched a real estate practice in Sweden, raiding Linklaters for a three-lawyer team.

  • Salans raids Beiten for Moscow push

    10-Dec-2007

    Salans has boosted its Moscow office by 10 lawyers, taking a two-partner team from German independent firm Beiten Burkhardt.

  • Separated at birth

    10-Dec-2007

    Corporate partner Andrew Blain looks scarily like horror novelist Stephen King. Blain recently walked down TheShining path from the in-house team at Dunedin Property to Scottish firm Shepherd and Wedderburn.

  • Shearman bolsters London with raid on Latham

    12-Dec-2007

    Shearman & Sterling has snared a high yield finance partner from US rivals Latham & Watkins’ London office.

  • Shearman promotes lucky 13 to partner

    11-Dec-2007

    Shearman & Sterling has promoted 13 to the partnership across its global network.

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn benefits from Scottish power deal

    14-Dec-2007

    Shepherd & Wedderburn has signed off on a major power purchase agreement (PPA) for ScottishPower, winning the instruction on the back of senior associate Graeme Moffett’s secondment to the company.

  • Simmons rebuilds Hong Kong team with new corporate star

    10-Dec-2007

    Simmons & Simmons is putting its Hong Kong woes behind it and has made a key partner hire from Stephenson Harwood & Lo (SHL).

  • Singapore primed for market liberalisation

    10-Dec-2007

    The Singapore government is to allow foreign firms to practise Singaporean law following recommendations made by a review committee of its local legal market.

  • Small mercies

    10-Dec-2007

    Life without a safety net - that's how moving to a much smaller firm might feel.

  • Standard Life seeks first Dublin lawyer

    10-Dec-2007

    Insurance giant Standard Life is planning to beef up its legal capability in Dublin by hiring a lawyer dedicated to the region.

  • Survival of the fittest

    10-Dec-2007

    Is the white, male lawyer a dying breed? Law firms can be proactive in supporting minority groups and still employ according to merit, says Monica Burch

  • Taxi scabs

    10-Dec-2007

    Tulkinghorn and his scribes have had much discussion this week about the etiquette governing corporate taxis. Yes, that's 'taxis' - a far more interesting subject than corporate taxes, Tulkinghorn believes.

  • Taylor Wessing nets Brentford stadium development

    14-Dec-2007

    Taylor Wessing has scored the lead role advising Brentford Football Club on the development of a new stadium.

  • Terra Firma instigates EMI legal review

    10-Dec-2007

    The EMI Group is to undertake a review of its entire legal function following private equity group Terra Firma's acquisition of the struggling music label in May.

  • The Lawyer HR Awards 2008: the finalists

    10-Dec-2007

    The Lawyer launched its first-ever HR Awards in 2006 to celebrate excellence in the effective deployment of HR strategy in the legal world - an issue underpinning some of the biggest stories of the last two years.

  • Thomas Miller to slash advisers via e-tracking

    10-Dec-2007

    Transport insurance service provider Thomas Miller claims to be the first UK-based company to implement a fully electronic legal spend management system in a bid to cull its roster of external firms by 80 per cent.

  • To the manners, scorn

    10-Dec-2007

    Tulkinghorn feels standards of social etiquette have plummeted to a nadir.

  • Web week

    10-Dec-2007

    Lore law

  • Which? action to settle

    10-Dec-2007

    The first representative action brought by consumer group Which? has been stayed at the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), with the two parties locked in settlement negotiations.

  • Wilberforce hit by email fraudsters

    10-Dec-2007

    Wilberforce Chambers has been hit by email fraudsters, who have sent out fake bills to solicitors in the set's name.

  • Wragges makes London pledge with trainee recruitment plan

    10-Dec-2007

    Wragge & Co will recruit its first trainees in London, signalling the Birmingham firm's commitment to the City.

  • Wragges won't sell its soul

    10-Dec-2007

    Wragges managing partner Quentin Poole tries to play down the importance of the firm putting down roots in London.

  • You know when you've been Trumped

    13-Dec-2007

    13-Dec-07You know when you've been TrumpedAs Donald Trump brews up yet another storm across the Atlantic the ongoing saga surrounding his Scottish ambitions has taken an interesting turn.