10 January 2000

The Lawyer

  • ...as it merges with Luxembourg firm

    10-Jan-2000

    Clifford Chance has merged with Luxembourg firm Faltz & Kremer after months of wrangling with the Luxembourg bar.

  • ...as Kennedys takes on eighteen lawyers

    10-Jan-2000

    Kennedys is boosting its insurance practice by hiring three partners and 15 lawyers from near-defunct firm Edward Lewis.

  • ...as Simmons partner defects to rival

    10-Jan-2000

    Simmons & Simmons has lost another partner to rival firm Richards Butler.

  • Accountants lead the charge into the future

    10-Jan-2000

    Only two weeks into the new century and the accountants have already fired their first salvos.

  • Akin Gump sued for $1.3 million

    14-Jan-2000

    APCO Associates claims Akin Gump failed to pay up for eight months of work it had farmed out to the public affairs firm in 1997 on behalf of the Korea International Trade Association (KITA).

  • Allen & Overy joins Mannesmann fray

    10-Jan-2000

    Allen & Overy has won a place in the massive takeover bid from Vodafone Airtouch for Mannesmann - handling what lawyers claim is the largest syndicated loan agreement ever.

  • American Bar Association opposes EC's reform proposals

    10-Jan-2000

    The American Bar Association (ABA) has joined a campaign against the European Commission's planned changes to the competition law system.

  • AOL and Time Warner merger legal teams revealed

    11-Jan-2000

    The boards of both companies have approved the deal which, if regulators give it the go-ahead, will create a new company worth $327 billion by the end of the year.

  • BAC raids DLA

    13-Jan-2000

    Associates Richard Stader and Stuart Long have been made up to partners in Barnett Alexander Chart's Corporate and Finance Litigation Group and Corporate Finance Group respectively

  • Bahl in counter-attack against Society chief

    10-Jan-2000

    Two senior Society staff members have so far made official complaints against Bahl of bullying and harassment , although further allegations are understood to be pending.

  • Baker & McKenzie hires ICI trade guru

    10-Jan-2000

    Baker & McKenzie is expanding its WTO Practice Group by taking ICI's international trade manager.

  • Baker & McKenzie loses sole derivatives expert

    10-Jan-2000

    Baker & McKenzie is reeling after being hit with the loss of its second derivatives partner in less than a month.

  • Berrymans loses partner to Vizards

    10-Jan-2000

    London firm Vizards Staples & Bannisters has poached a partner from rival insurance litigation practice Berrymans Lace Mawer.

  • Bird & Bird bags Sema contract

    11-Jan-2000

    The FTSE-100 company announced it was slashing its panel from 15 to just one or two in September (The Lawyer 13 September). Chief legal counsel and company secretary Nick Deeming concedes that although there no other firms on the panel, different practices will be used as and when needed. But he confirms Bird & Bird is the "primary provider of legal services to the group"

  • Black groups slam Bahl's treatment

    10-Jan-2000

    Leading black campaign groups have criticised the Law Society on its handling of complaints against vice president Kamlesh Bahl.

  • Bond Pearce ventures north to open in Leeds

    10-Jan-2000

    Leading southern law firm Bond Pearce is opening an office in Leeds to handle insurance work - its first step into the northern market.

  • Buchanan Ingersoll appoints final Sonnenschein partners

    10-Jan-2000

    US firm Buchanan Ingersoll has taken the two remaining partners left looking for new posts after the closure of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal's London office last month.

  • Care costs in High Court

    10-Jan-2000

    Kent County Council has launched High Court action in a bid to claim back the cost of the nursing home care it funded in respect of a woman who died in January 1996. The council is taking Jennifer Tapley, executor of the estate of Vera Bennett, to court. It claims that Tapley must pay more than £7,000 in nursing home fees incurred by Bennett while she was alive. The council decided in January 1995 that Bennett required residential care. She lived at Grench Manor Residential Home in ...

  • Case of the week

    10-Jan-2000

    Konrad Kalejs, 86, who is accused of Nazi war crimes, has been served with a deportation notice by the Home Office. Kalejs has lived at a Leicestershire residential home for the past six months since his arrival in the UK from Australia. He was ordered to return to Australia where he has held a passport since 1957 after leaving his native Latvia. But Home Secretary Jack Straw is under pressure to charge Kalejs with war crimes while he is on UK soil. So far, Kalejs has already been expelled ...

  • CC considers plan to take client shares as payment

    10-Jan-2000

    Clifford Chance is considering a radical plan to take shares as part payment of fees - not just from start-up companies but from any client.

  • Cherie Booth poised to launch new set

    13-Jan-2000

    Sources say that Booth, currently a tenant at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, and her prospective partners plan to launch a "new kind of legal practice" which will almost certainly see them take on the Government - particularly when the Human Rights Act is introduced in the autumn.

  • Clifford Chance leaves Vietnam

    10-Jan-2000

    Clifford Chance is closing both its offices in Vietnam due to a lack of foreign investment in the country.

  • Clyde & Co to take over niche litigation practice

    10-Jan-2000

    Clyde & Co is joining forces with leading niche commodities litigation practice Turner & Co.

  • Crown Court Judge refuses to try juveniles

    14-Jan-2000

    At Southwark Crown Court, Judge George Bathurst-Norman said he was not attempting to set a precedent of banning children from being tried in crown courts.

  • David Hacking

    10-Jan-2000

    Sean Farrell meets Lord David Hacking, the founder of Sonnenschein's London office who is joining Littleton Chambers.

  • Defiance or alliance?

    10-Jan-2000

    Abigail Townsend reports on the inevitable rise of the multidisciplinary partnership and the problems it poses for the legal profession.

  • Denton Hall and Wilde Sapte acts on TransTec collapse

    10-Jan-2000

    Denton Hall and Wilde Sapte have been instructed to handle the collapse of TransTec.

  • Edge Ellison holds on to its role as dust settles at Leicester City

    10-Jan-2000

    Edge Ellison has won the battle to be sole legal adviser to Leicester City Football Club following a boardroom struggle that involved a number of regional rivals.

  • European mergers soar to $261bn record

    10-Jan-2000

    European merger and acquisition activity hit an all time high in the last three months of 1999, with the value of deals completed almost doubling compared to the previous quarter.

  • Facelift for 3 Hare Court

    12-Jan-2000

    The chambers of William Clegg QC, will take on the name of its new premises and now has ten QCs and 40 juniors.

  • Fenwick replaces Powell as head of Four New Square

    10-Jan-2000

    Four New Square, the leading construction and professional negligence set, is appointing a new head of chambers, Justin Fenwick QC.

  • Five Edward Lewis partners go to Finers

    10-Jan-2000

    Newly-merged West End firm Finers Stephens Innocent has taken on five partners from dissolving City firm Edward Lewis.

  • Flotations

    10-Jan-2000

    Berwin Leighton acted for provider of IT solutions SDL on its £45m flotation on the London stock market. The team was led by corporate partner Chris Mackie and included partner David Dennison advising on share options and intellectual property partner Tonia Gilbert. Norton Rose advised Collins Stewart, sponsor and broker to SDL. Corporate finance partner Keith Hyman led the team with employee share ...

  • Fresh challenge to Scottish judicial system

    11-Jan-2000

    Desmond McCaffrey, named partner at Russells Gibson McCaffrey, claims Glasgow District Court cannot be impartial or independent because it is run by the City Council's protection services department.

  • Garretts dealt blow with loss of corporate partner to Dibbs

    10-Jan-2000

    Garretts, the associate firm of Arthur Andersen, has lost its third partner in two months - leaving the Leeds office with only two corporate partners.

  • Granada recruits director of legal affairs

    10-Jan-2000

    Granada Media Group is creating the new post of director of legal affairs to support its growth into new technologies.

  • Hardwicke Building hires criminal chief

    10-Jan-2000

    Hardwicke Building has stemmed fears of an exodus from its criminal group by poaching Patrick Upward QC from rival 9 Gough Square.

  • Heading straight for the bar

    10-Jan-2000

    With the introduction of BarDirect, barristers are broadening their horizons. Marion Simmons QC arguesthat by cutting out the middle man, in-house lawyers can get a more cost-effective and efficient service. Marion Simmons QC is a tenant at 3/4 South Square and one of the architects of BarDirect.

  • In-house lawyers of the new millennium

    10-Jan-2000

    After years of canvassing the opinions of in-house counsel for their top solicitors and barristers, the tables have turned. Claire Smith asked private practice lawyers who's the best on the other side of the fence.

  • In-house power supply

    10-Jan-2000

    Anne Mizzi surveyed in-house lawyers and discovered they want more from City firms and why going in-house is now a more attractive option for lawyers.

  • Intellectual Property

    10-Jan-2000

    Olswang acted for online music community mudhut.co.uk in relation to an exclusive distribution deal with Acid Jazz, which gives mudhut exclusive digital distribution rights to all artists under the Acid Jazz label for the next six years. Mudhut was advised by John Enser, the head of Olswang's music team, while Acid Jazz was represented by John Byrne of John Byrne & Co.

  • Irvine challenges QC's trial costs

    13-Jan-2000

    Lord Irvine has lodged a claim in the High Court challenging the costs claimed by Colin Nicholls QC of 3 Raymond Buildings and Philip Hackett QC of 2 Bedford Row's for representing one of the BCCI defendants.

  • Irwin Mitchell appoints new pensions head

    13-Jan-2000

    Taylor worked in the pensions department of Hammond Suddards' Leeds office until 1995 when she left to head up the pensions department at Halliwell Landau in Manchester. Taylor has extensive experience of acting for pension funds of all sizes, advising trustees and companies on pensions arising out of company take-overs and pension fund mergers

  • It's been a bad week for...

    10-Jan-2000

    Gay men. The UK's first gay couple to father surrogate children are facing a long legal battle to keep the children in the country. Immigration officials have refused to grant the US-born twins official entry into the UK. Barrie Drewitt and Tony Barlow were stunned when they were told their children were not allowed to stay in the UK permanently. The babies were conceived using donor eggs from a woman and sperm from one of the gay men that was then carried by a second woman.

  • It's been a good week for...

    10-Jan-2000

    Drug addicts. Barrister Roger Warren Evans, a member of Mumbles Community Council, has published a pamphlet calling for illegal drugs including cocaine and ecstasy to be decriminalised. The leaflet argues that taking some drugs is statistically safer than playing football. It also claims that removing the criminal element from drug dealing would raise huge amounts of revenue for the government purse.

  • Kingsley Napley poaches construction partner

    13-Jan-2000

    Formerly a lawyer at Masons and Cameron McKenna, Janney spent seven years as a construction partner at Speechly Bircham.

  • KLegal nabs Simmons and Masons partners

    10-Jan-2000

    KLegal, the legal arm of big five accountants KPMG, has dealt a blow to both Simmons & Simmons and Masons by poaching a top partner from each firm.

  • Laura Masterson on winding up petitions and banks.

    10-Jan-2000

    Laura Masterson is a senior solicitor in the insolvency department of Eversheds.

  • Legal Aid reform forces firm closures

    13-Jan-2000

    The new contracting scheme, which cut the number of firms allowed to offer civil legal aid by more than half to just 5000, is having a "profound and immediate effect" on law firms in England and Wales, Richard Gordon QC told the court.

  • Legal Widow

    10-Jan-2000

    Because it was eat or be eaten in the Lawyer's family when he was growing up, he develops a predator's instinct as soon as he gets a napkin in his lap. He had to compete with a rugby-playing brother for the available calories on the menu, and although said brother has now stopped playing rugby and looks like he ate all the pies, it is actually the Lawyer who usually got all the pies on his side of the table in the first place.

  • Litigation Personal Injury 10/1/00

    10-Jan-2000

    Alexander Christmas (by his mother and next friend Nicki Christmas) v South West London Community NHS Trust (1999) QBD (Kennedy J) 8 November 1999

  • Litigation Writs 10/1/00

    10-Jan-2000

    Millionaire TV star and singer Adam Faith is facing a High Court possession claim. The claim has been issued against Faith and his wife in their real names, Terence and Jackqueline Nelhams-Wright, by the trustees of foreign secretary Robin Cook's Chevening Estate at Brasted, Kent. It is in respect of Shootfield House at Pilgrims Way, Brasted, which was leased to Faith and his wife in March 1986 and which is said to have expired at the end of October this year.

  • Lords hears property debate

    10-Jan-2000

    Judgment is now pending in the House of Lords in a case of considerable significance in property circles. The Law Lords have been asked to overrule lower court decisions that a sub-tenant of agricultural property was entitled to sidestep possession moves brought after the tenant accepted notice to quit and agreed not to issue a counter notice. The landlords argued that the notice to quit ended the tenancies of both the tenant and the sub-tenants. But the sub-tenants argued successfully ...

  • Lyell leaves Brick Court for rival set

    10-Jan-2000

    Premier European and competition law set Monckton Chambers has poached Sir Nicholas Lyell QC, the former Attorney-General, from rival Brick Court Chambers.

  • Magic circle comes under siege as US law firms make it big over here

    10-Jan-2000

    US firms are encroaching on the traditional territory of the magic circle, reporting a bumper year for deal value.

  • Making costs an open subject

    10-Jan-2000

    As one of the authors of the Bar Council's report on the comparison of costs of solicitors and barristers, I feel I must respond to your recent editorial on the subject (13 December 1999).

  • Manches acts in Dutch joint venture

    10-Jan-2000

    City firm Manches has advised Blackwell on a joint venture agreement which will form the world's largest journal subscription agency.

  • Manchester chambers hires director

    10-Jan-2000

    Leading Manchester set 40 King Street has appointed a solicitor as its first chambers director.

  • Martineaus sets up telecoms team

    10-Jan-2000

    Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson has set up a telecoms group to target the explosion in the mobile phone industry.

  • McDermotts poaches IT specialist

    10-Jan-2000

    US firm McDermott Will & Emery has recruited Theodore Goddard's highly-rated e-commerce and advertising lawyer Rafi Azim-Khan.

  • McKee Nelson raids King & Spalding again

    13-Jan-2000

    The firm has again plundered King & Spalding - from where MNE&Y co-founders, William McKee and William Nelson originate - bringing in trial lawyer David Curtin from the DC office.

  • MDPs hindered by European law soc

    10-Jan-2000

    Multidisciplinary partnerships have received a fresh blow following the European bar collective's recommendation that they should not be permitted.

  • Media

    10-Jan-2000

    Pinsent Curtis advised Sunderland Football Club on its strategic media alliance with British Sky Broadcasting Group. BSkyB has bought £6.5m worth of Sunderland's share capital, representing 5 per cent of its total. It will also pay the club £6.5m to act as the exclusive media agent for five years. The Pinsent Curtis team was led by corporate finance partner Martin Shaw and media partner Simon Pigden. Herbert Smith acted for BSkyB with corporate partner Charles Severs leading the team.

  • Mega IP merger goes ahead

    12-Jan-2000

    Although Washington's Howrey & Simon and Houston firm, Arnold White & Durkee officially joined forces this week, the latter's Austin and Chicago offices will not be part of the new firm.

  • Minister promotes pro bono

    12-Jan-2000

    Lord Williams of Mostyn, speaking at a lunch organised by the Solicitors' Pro Bono Group, said he and the Solicitor-General would "look favourably" in future on Government-employed lawyers who show commitment to providing free legal advice. He also urged lawyers to "beat the drum" about the free work they do, to help boost the profession's image

  • More senior defections from Milberg Weiss

    10-Jan-2000

    Patricia Hynes, one of America's most powerful female litigator, is stepping down to become of counsel - the UK equivalent of a consultant - while Robert Sugarman is setting up his own practice in Uniondale.

  • Movement at the bar

    10-Jan-2000

    The true volatility of life at the bar was dramatically highlighted this week by the unprecedented event of five leading silks moving chambers.

  • New look Lords threaten rebellion

    12-Jan-2000

    Peers from all sides of the new look second chamber are reportedly planning to unite behind a cross-party motion which could effectively kill off the controversial measure.

  • New tenants boost Littleton Chambers

    10-Jan-2000

    Littleton Chambers has significantly boosted its commercial profile with three big-hitting lateral hires.

  • Niche firm nabs top environmental lawyer

    12-Jan-2000

    As a partner, Moritz established Masons' planning and environmental practice in Manchester before moving to the firm's London office.

  • Nick Rochez

    10-Jan-2000

    Dearbail Jordan meets Nick Rochez, Davies Arnold Cooper's senior insurance litigation partner, who caused a stir by going to US firm Leboeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae

  • NY team moves in at Deweys London

    10-Jan-2000

    US firm Dewey Ballantine is beefing up its London office with New York lawyers after losing a leading UK corporate finance partner.

  • Opening up the house

    10-Jan-2000

    Susan Ward believes that after the introduction of the Bar Council's new code of conduct rules for barristers, greater opportunities for in-house counsel will see companies reviewing their in-house legal requirements. Susan Ward is senior vice chairman of the Bar Association for Commerce Finance and Industry.

  • Oppenhoffs loses two partners to Shearmans

    10-Jan-2000

    Linklaters & Alliance's member firm Oppenhoff & Radler is smarting after being hit by two high level defections to Shearman & Sterling - including a member of its merger taskforce.

  • Perrin's View

    10-Jan-2000

    In common with most people, I've come over all Nostradamian. The trouble is I've left it too late. I'm writing this column in pre-millennial torpor and ignorance but you will read it (admittedly from the post-millennial recovery ward) with a degree of certainty about what Y2K really means, if not what other joys the 21st Century may have in store. A risky time, then, to give into one's augural urges, but here goes. My time frame is the next 10 years.

  • Plotting the legal course in murky waters

    10-Jan-2000

    The House of Lords is set to hear a case which will decide who is reponsible to navigate while at sea. Roger Pearson reports.

  • Questioning the future of the legal profession

    10-Jan-2000

    In keeping with the best traditions of almanac writers at this time of the year, here are some puzzles in need of predictions:

  • Quote of the week

    10-Jan-2000

    "I signed my own death warrant."- Lord David Hacking, barrister at Littleton Chambers, after voting to scrap hereditary peers in the House of Lords.

  • Rakisons senior partner pays damages for bribery slur

    10-Jan-2000

    The senior partner at City firm Rakisons has agreed to pay substantial damages to a former colleague he wrongly accused of bribery.

  • Refinancing

    10-Jan-2000

    Linklaters & Alliance has advised Halifax Group on the first issue by a UK bank of tax deductible tier 1 capital, which raised £500m. The team was led by capital markets partner Andrew Roberts and tax partner Jonathan Richards. Allen & Overy advised lead managers Warburg Dillon Read and Lehman Brothers while Mourant ...

  • Rethinking the Islands' top firms

    10-Jan-2000

    I refer to the article contained in The Lawyer on 6 December 1999, entitled "Channel Island firms offer one-stop shop".

  • Rowe & Maw entices Clifford Chance man to fill pensions gap

    10-Jan-2000

    Rowe & Maw has taken a senior lawyer from Clifford Chance for its pensions department to replace a partner who has left for Shoosmiths.

  • Scuffle of the week....

    10-Jan-2000

    Scary Spice Girl Mel G flew off to Phuket in an attempt to get as far away from her husband as possible. She is separating from Jimmy Gulzar after a furious New Year's day row and a divorce now seems inevitable. Mel G has already instructed Mayfair law firm Gordon Dadds' senior partner Douglas Alexiou and one of London practice Lee & Thompson's founders and senior partners Andrew Thompson, to act on the divorce. Alexiou says it is too early to comment on the divorce, but Gulzar is said ...

  • Senior US in-house lawyers see big wage increases

    14-Jan-2000

    The survey by US legal consultants, Altman Weil, reveals that chief legal officers (heads of legal) received an average 13 per cent increase in salary and 18 per cent rise in total cash compensation (salary plus cash bonuses).

  • Shearmans lures CC tax specialist

    10-Jan-2000

    Clifford Chance Punders is losing its second tax partner to Shearman & Sterling.

  • Straw attacks lawyers over Criminal Justice bill

    10-Jan-2000

    Straw will also lay into the hypocrisy of "Hampstead liberals" who want to keep the right to trial by jury and yet urge him to bend legal rules when they disapprove of the defendant, such as in the case of suspected Nazi war criminals.

  • The numbers game

    10-Jan-2000

    Statistical evidence used to help convict Addleshaw Booth & Co lawyer Sally Clark of murdering her two children is being challenged by leading authorities. Tom O'Sullivan reports on the conflict over the use of such evidence.

  • TJG poaches e-finance partner

    12-Jan-2000

    Coffey, who specialises in offshore funds, internet banking and various aspects of e-finance, joins the City firm today as a partner.

  • Top Cameron McKenna lawyer's qualification thrown into doubt

    10-Jan-2000

    The Lawyer has obtained a document casting doubt on the legal qualifications of the Cameron McKenna lawyer at the centre of sexual harassment allegations.

  • Trademark regulations strengthened

    10-Jan-2000

    Roger Pearson reports on a trademark and passing off case which is set to have a major impact on intellectual property law

  • Trio pioneers 'unique' sale-leaseback deal

    10-Jan-2000

    Slaughter and May, Lovells and Berwin Leighton acted on a deal that lawyers claim lays the foundations of a new legal technique for selling commercial property.

  • UN sued over Rwanda genocide

    11-Jan-2000

    In the first case of its kind, the widow of a former Rwandan supreme court judge and the sister of a Tutsi former cabinet minister say the UN failed to stop the murders during the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which 800,000 people were massacred.

  • Unilever

    10-Jan-2000

    Over the past year, ice cream has been the bane of Unilever's life.

  • Unilever to restructure legal group

    10-Jan-2000

    Consumer goods giant Unilever is working on a massive overhaul of its legal department.

  • When partnerships are the answer

    10-Jan-2000

    Replying to Jonathan Hirst, Andrew Arden says he is not proposing partnerships as a universal cure-all, but they would certainly benefit smaller sets. Andrew Arden QC is head of Arden Chambers.

  • White & Case makes tracks for Bahrain

    10-Jan-2000

    White & Case is setting up an association with a Middle Eastern law firm after winning a licence to practice in Bahrain.

  • White & Case partner elected ACCJ president

    13-Jan-2000

    Grondine, a partner in the US firm's Tokyo office, will head up the organisation which represents more than 3000 members and more than 1200 companies in Japan. He says: "Our new leadership team will be working hard to continue the ACCJ's past success and effectively represent the interests of American companies in Japan as we enter the next millennium.

  • Williams joins Arthur Andersen

    10-Jan-2000

    Former Clifford Chance managing partner Tony Williams is quitting the firm for Arthur Andersen's legal network.