10 October 2005

The Lawyer

  • Deals round-up

    10-Oct-2005

    SJ Berwin acts for the Crown Estate on Regent Street lettingSJ Berwin's real estate division has advised the Crown Estate on securing the letting of New Galleries, 121 Regent Street, to Habitat. SJ Berwin real estate head Bryan Pickup advised on the letting, assisted by Sally Thomson. SJ Berwin also advised Crown on its lettings to Apple, Ted Baker and Lacoste last year. Habitat has ...

  • 8 New Sq loses £2m cases to 11 South Sq

    10-Oct-2005

    Following the promotion of 8 New Square's David Kitchin QC to the bench, his former chambers has lost the majority of his £2m caseload to fierce rival 11 South Square.

  • A&O risks fresh conflicts storm on Boots bonanza

    10-Oct-2005

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is in another conflicts row after taking instructions from two clients on the Boots-Alliance UniChem merger and the related sale of Boots Healthcare International (BHI).

  • Acrimony and legal fees mount up in Deloitte-Bank of England saga

    10-Oct-2005

    The Bank of Credit & Commerce International (BCCI) trial turned bitter last week as Deloitte pointed the finger at the Bank of England, accusing it of exploiting the recent Equi-table Life settlement.

  • Associates of the world unite

    10-Oct-2005

    Herbert Smith's litigation department is having a rotten time. Associates are leaving in droves, morale - especially after Equitable - is terrible, and the partnership track seems to have disappeared entirely.

  • Barclays legal chief jumps ship

    10-Oct-2005

    Barclays' head of legal for larger business Alex Cam-eron has quit the FTSE100 bank after nine years.

  • Beiten Burkhardt celebrates bumper year in the Ukraine with new offices

    10-Oct-2005

    German firm Beiten Burkhardt has capitalised on its growth in the Ukraine during its first 12 months of practising there, moving its staff to new and larger premises in Kiev.

  • Bingham raids Bryan Cave for hedge funds team

    12-Oct-2005

    Bingham McCutchen is continuing its aggressive expansion campaign by launching a nine-strong New York hedge fund practice following a raid on US rival Bryan Cave.

  • Blackstone bags Woolf and ex-Lawyer deputy ed

    10-Oct-2005

    Lord Woolf (left), the retiring Lord Chief Justice, has joined Blackstone Chambers as a non-resident mediator and arbitrator.

  • BLG hires two barristers

    11-Oct-2005

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) is expanding its reinsurance expertise with the appointment of two barristers.

  • BLG takes to High Court to recover £40m assets for Pender Insurance

    10-Oct-2005

    Fresh from success in the Equitable Life trial, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) is back in the High Court on behalf of Pender Insurance in an attempt to recover £40m of alleged stolen assets.

  • BLP tempts partner duo from DLA Piper, Dewey

    10-Oct-2005

    DLA Piper, Dewey" /Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has raided Dewey Ballantine and DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary for two new partners.

  • BLP, RPC and Richards Butler set to join LLP club by May 2006

    10-Oct-2005

    Berwin Leighton Paisner, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain and Richards Butler are gearing up to convert to limited liability partnership (LLP) status by May 2006, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • Bond Pearce appoints new managing partner

    13-Oct-2005

    Commercial law firm Bond Pearce has appointed Bristol-based banking and restructuring partner Victor Tettmar as managing partner following the decision by Simon Richardson to step down after seven years in the post.

  • Careers: Group support

    10-Oct-2005

    Numerous studies have shown that the skills that make an outstanding client-handler are readily transferred into people management and leadership.

  • Careers: People

    10-Oct-2005

    Manchester firm Lockett Loveday McMahon has appointed Ed Foulkes as a partner. Foulkes joined the firm in 2002 from Halliwells and specialises in M&A transactions and investment fundraising. Lockett Loveday McMahon has also hired assistant solicitor Daniel Boulton to join its commercial property team. Boulton joins after spending two years at Manchester firm Nexus. Leeds firm Levi & Co has appointed Natalie Saunders as a partner. Saunders will head the employment team ...

  • CC's Partnership for Schools scheme up for Dragon Award

    10-Oct-2005

    A partnership between a Cambridge college and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to raise the aspirations of students in that deprived part of East London, backed by Clifford Chance, last week reached the finals of the Lord Mayor's awards for contributions by businesses to the community.

  • Could too many conflicts spoil Slaughters' client list?

    10-Oct-2005

    The City giant's dominance over the FTSE100 is forcing clients to look elsewhere. By Husnara Begum

  • Crisp to quit as Freshfields chief; management race wide open

    14-Oct-2005

    In a shock announcement, Hugh Crisp will step down as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer chief executive soon after the senior partner election - a move which heralds a sweeping management shake-up at the magic circle firm.

  • David Green QC: Revenue & Customs Prosecution Office

    10-Oct-2005

    It's a new start for the Revenue & Customs Prosecution Office. But can it provide 'joined-up justice'? Joanne Harris meets the man with a lot to prove

  • DCA appoints chair for judicial appointments role

    10-Oct-2005

    The Department for Constitutional Affairs has appointed the first chair of the Commission for Judicial Appointments. Baroness Usha Prashar, whose career includes positions as director of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, executive chairman of the Parole Board for England and Wales and membership of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct, will take up her position next April. The commission, comprising 14 commissioners, will be responsible ...

  • Deals comment

    10-Oct-2005

    UniChem deal sees A&O's M&A fortunes take a turn for the better

  • Dial denial

    10-Oct-2005

    Luddite alert? Jeremy Hill, Debevoise & Plimpton partner, doesn't have a mobile. But Hill is no quill pusher and land line addict. On the contrary, he prefers to stick to his BlackBerry at all times. "I'm only interested in 21st century technology, even though I'm a 19th century person," says the great man.

  • Duane Morris acquires San Francisco boutique

    12-Oct-2005

    Philadelphia law firm Duane Morris has merged with San Francisco firm Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft to significantly bolster its West Coast insurance and litigation practice.

  • Ex-judge Laddie slams Woolf reforms

    10-Oct-2005

    Sir Hugh Laddie has used his first interview since resigning from the High Court to criticise the Woolf reforms.

  • Firm profile: Myers Lister Price

    10-Oct-2005

    Managing partner: Michael ListerTurnover: £3m Total number of partners: SevenTotal number of staff: 25 Main practice areas: Commercial property, company and commercial, dispute resolution, employment, family, personal injury, private clientKey clients: Done Brothers (Cash Betting), Johnson ...

  • Fujitsu legal signing sees counsel quit

    10-Oct-2005

    Longstanding Fujitsu Services group counsel and company secretary Richard Allnutt has resigned his post after the company appointed Peter Rowley as group legal and commercial director.

  • Grapevine

    10-Oct-2005

    Law Lords refuse to be bored lordsWhat is it with retiring Law Lords? After decades of hard work, first as barristers and then in administering justice, they just can't seem to throw in the towel.

  • Hammonds chief sparks City review

    10-Oct-2005

    Hammonds London managing partner Paul Groobey has launched a review of the firm's City strategy in the wake of his election in June.

  • Hardwicke Building reports 16 per cent turnover hike

    10-Oct-2005

    Hardwicke Building has celebrated a turnover rise of 16 per cent in its first full year as a purely civil set.

  • Health check

    10-Oct-2005

    It is vital that the healthcare profession gets to grips with the new regulations on fitness to practise. Joanna Glynn QC and David Gomez report

  • Hempsons recruits ex-Radcliffes property head

    10-Oct-2005

    Hempsons has added RadcliffesLeBrasseur's former head of property Charles Farrer to its growing commercial property team. Farrer, a Radcliffes partner for more than 10 years, joined Hempsons following a year-long sabbatical in France. He said: "While Hempsons' London office already has a strong non-healthcare commercial property practice, my focus will be to broaden its property client base." ...

  • Herbies scrambles to stem litigation exits

    10-Oct-2005

    25 associates quit in 9 months; Leydecker vows to improve morale after Equitable

  • Kinsella freed to launch Sidley EU practice

    11-Oct-2005

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood is finally set to launch its new EU competition practice after star hire Stephen Kinsella's notice period ended.

  • Law school ratings set for revolution

    10-Oct-2005

    The Law Society has overhauled its grading system for assessing postgraduate law schools.

  • Legal Widow

    10-Oct-2005

    The uniting force in our household this autumn has been The X Factor, the programme where all the lunatics are let out of the asylum for the day to queue up for the privilege of being criticised by people who earn too much money.

  • Linklaters focuses on Australian talent to build Asian offices

    10-Oct-2005

    Linklaters is kicking off a recruitment drive for Australian graduates for its Asian and other international offices.

  • Linklaters scores first Slovakian global IPO

    10-Oct-2005

    Linklaters has secured the first Slovakian international IPO as the flood of deals from Eastern Europe continues.

  • Litigation hits 66 per cent of UK companies

    10-Oct-2005

    Two-thirds of UK companies have been embroiled in litigation during the past year, while three-quarters of companies in the US were involved in litigation.

  • Lovells makes a partner out of Sidley associate

    10-Oct-2005

    Lovells has poached Sidley Austin Brown & Wood senior associate Jean-Norbert Pontier for its capital markets team in Paris. Pontier joins Lovells' international capital markets practice as a partner this month. Paris-based partner Sharon Lewis heads the department. Pontier previously worked at Sidley's London office, where he specialised in structured finance, securities and derivatives.

  • Lovells sticks with US chief for expansion effort

    10-Oct-2005

    Lovells has reappointed Joe McCullough as US regional managing partner as the firm sets its sights on expanding into the US market. McCullough will serve for a further three years and has the overall responsibility for the firm's US practice, which includes more than 80 fee-earners working from offices in Chicago and New York. He also sits on the firm's international executive, which is responsible for developing Lovells' strategy across its practice areas and regions and for the full ...

  • LSC appoints Matrix tenant

    11-Oct-2005

    Matrix Chambers tenant David Wolfe has been appointed as the latest non-executive member of the Legal Services Commission (LSC).

  • M&A star Ashworth quits Ashurst ahead of new partnership deed

    12-Oct-2005

    Ashurst corporate heavyweight Chris Ashworth is leaving the silver circle firm ahead of a new partnership agreement.

  • MBR&M raids White & Case for finance lawyer

    10-Oct-2005

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) has hired White & Case lawyer Dominic Griffiths as a partner in its London securitisation group to boost its UK structured finance practice. At White & Case Griffiths advised clients which also instruct MBR&M, such as JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, CIBC World Markets, Bank of America ...

  • Medicine bar

    10-Oct-2005

    Last week, Barbara Clark won her fight to be prescribed cancer drug Herceptin. What does this mean for future cases? Christian Beadell and Adam Korn report.

  • Minging ringing

    10-Oct-2005

    Staying with phones, it appears Tulkinghorn's were under attack last week. First there was the call to a senior clerk in the Temple that was disturbed by a loud, fuzzy noise on the end of the line. It turned out the phones were not to blame - rather the power hoses being used by builders cleaning the outside of the building.

  • Nelson enlists Dentons as Lukoil sets up buyout

    10-Oct-2005

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has scooped an instruction from UK and Canadian-listed Nelson Resources, an independent oil company that is the target of Russian state oil giant Lukoil.

  • New Lord Chief Justice backs judicial independence

    11-Oct-2005

    The new Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Philips of Worth Matravers, today (11 October) affirmed his commitment to the independence of the judiciary in a year when he takes over the judicial responsibilities of the Lord Chancellor.

  • Norton Rose wins latest mining IPO on London Stock Exchange

    10-Oct-2005

    Norton Rose wins latest mining IPO on London Stock Exchange" /Norton Rose has become the latest City firm to land a mandate to advise on mining company IPOs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

  • Opinion

    10-Oct-2005

    Warning: suing a professional defendant could be a much tougher task than it first appears

  • Orrick to merge with Rambaud Martel

    12-Oct-2005

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is set to merge with French corporate powerhouse Rambaud Martel.

  • Paul Hastings storms into French M&A top ten tables

    10-Oct-2005

    Paul Hastings Janfosky & Walker has muscled its way into the top 10 French M&A league tables just over a year after entering the market.

  • Pinsent Masons battles for ex-EY Law alliances

    10-Oct-2005

    Pinsent Masons is embroiled in a tug of love with Ernst & Young (E&Y) as it seeks to launch a formal European network with the majority of European law firms formerly associated with EY Law.

  • Red tape blunder blocks foreign lawyers practising in California

    10-Oct-2005

    Foreign lawyers practising in California have been caught up in a red tape bungle, which effectively prohibits them from working in the state.

  • RPC ditches claimants in effort to protect the media

    10-Oct-2005

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) is abandoning claimant media work in a move which will see the firm's media team fight exclusively for the rights of the press.

  • Sage of reason

    10-Oct-2005

    A new yardstick for measuring success has been proposed by the chief operating officer of one aspiring silver circle firm - the 'just because' method. It's a highly complex system to justify membership in the upper echelons of City firms.

  • Sandelson set to be crowned CC London head

    12-Oct-2005

    Clifford Chance London litigation head Jeremy Sandelson has been confirmed as the only candidate for the key job of London managing partner as the voting email went out today (October 12) at 5.30pm GMT.

  • Save the office biker

    10-Oct-2005

    Having lots of different offices is a problem for Norton Rose, with the lawyers sprawling all over the City, especially after lunch. But things are due to change when the firm goes south of the river in 2007 to its new offices.

  • Senior partner race throws up six of Freshfields' global stars

    10-Oct-2005

    Last weekend nearly 500 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partners convened at the Novotel Tour Eiffel in Paris to hear six candidates on the hustings for senior partner, followed by a Q&A session chaired by Hamburg partner ...

  • Sheppard Mullin builds on New York expansion

    10-Oct-2005

    Los Angeles-based firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has seen tenfold growth in its East Coast presence in the past year, but has no plans to rest on its laurels.

  • Sidley in Frankfurt raid on Lovells for Germany launch

    13-Oct-2005

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has swooped on Lovells to launch its first office in Germany.

  • Simkins gives birth to start-up Swan Turton

    10-Oct-2005

    A new firm called Swan Turton is being launched on 1 November out of the ashes of premier entertainment boutique the Simkins Partnership.

  • Simmons acts for Dresdner on Finnish covered bond

    10-Oct-2005

    Simmons & Simmons has advised Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein on the €5bn (£3.4bn) covered bond programme for Finnish mortgage bank Sampo Housing Loan Bank, only the second covered bond in the Nordic region and the first on this scale.

  • SJ Berwin takes on Lovells finance partner

    10-Oct-2005

    Silver circle firm SJ Berwin has raided Lovells for finance rainmaker Brian Carne.

  • Slaughters' frankness

    10-Oct-2005

    Think things are all nice and rosy between Slaughter and May and Clifford Chance? No? Well, neither did Tulkinghorn. But it was still amusing to hear Slaughters partner David Frank wind up CC in the stately surrounds of the Savoy Hotel last week.

  • Taylor Wessing pushes for better cross-referral structure in the US

    10-Oct-2005

    Taylor Wessing has issued an edict to its partnership after discovering that several are failing to capitalise on a significant number of cross-referral opportunities generated from the US.

  • The judge who budged

    10-Oct-2005

    When Justice Laddie decided to hang up his wig to become a consultant at Willoughbys there was much murmuring among the profession. Here he reveals why he is so glad to leave the bench. By Steve Hoare

  • The price of fame

    10-Oct-2005

    Taylor Wessing's sponsorship of the National Portait Gallery's 'Most Photographed' exhibition draws to a close this month (23 October), and to celebrate a corking show the firm is offering two free tickets (usual cover price £4 per ticket) for anyone who has not yet seen Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Adolf Hitler in unusual and rare poses. To win the tickets, simply email Tulkinghorn at the usual address ...

  • Tough conditions

    10-Oct-2005

    Conditional fee agreements were supposed to make access to justice easy, but instead they have thrown up a host of extra issues - and litigation - for lawyers. By Paul McNeil

  • Two more former Equitable directors settle

    10-Oct-2005

    Equitable Life this morning (Monday 10 October) dropped its negligence claim against two more former directors of the assurance society, leaving 11 individuals still embroiled in litigation.

  • Uefa lawyer ups sticks for ICC position

    10-Oct-2005

    Uefa's head of commercial legal services Richard Verow, currently based at the football governing body's headquarters in Lausanne, is leaving to join the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai.

  • William Fry launches NY office

    10-Oct-2005

    Irish firm William Fry has made its mark on the US market with the launch of a New York office.

  • Winston & Strawn raids Shearman Paris

    11-Oct-2005

    Winston & Strawn has raided Shearman & Sterling to bring the number of partners in its 10-year old Paris office to 13.

  • XXIV Old Buildings' Roger Kaye becomes a judge

    10-Oct-2005

    XXIV Old Buildings silk Roger Kaye QC has been appointed to the bench as a judge in the Chancery and Mercantile Court in Leeds. During his 20 years at the set Kaye specialised in commercial disputes, including insolvency, fraud, asset tracing and recovery. He was appointed by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to investigate insider dealing in Anglia Television shares and the collapse of TransTec in 2000. XXIV's joint head Alan Steinfeld QC said Kaye had made a substantial ...