10 September 2001

The Lawyer

  • 'Generous' Crockers happy to wait for Hamilton's £400,000

    10-Sep-2001

    Neil Hamilton tells The Lawyer why he opted for Harkavys; mystery still surrounds the funding of the couple's libel action

  • A&O airport deal a first for Italy

    10-Sep-2001

    Allen & Overy's (A&O) Milan office has broken new ground in Italian project finance through its role advising the arrangers of a euro1.725bn (£1.057bn) no-recourse facility for Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), the project company of Rome's two airports.The deal is the largest project financing in Italy to date and the first in the transport sector.ADR was acquired by a private ...

  • A&O bolsters its presence in Asia

    10-Sep-2001

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is strengthening its South-East Asian offices by relocating two senior partners.

  • Amery-Parkes quits London

    10-Sep-2001

    Personal injury (PI) specialist Amery-Parkes is pulling out of London to focus primarily on litigation from its Bristol, Basingstoke and Birmingham offices.

  • Ashurst Morris Crisp (Jan Sanders) advised Soco International

    10-Sep-2001

    on the sale of its 50 per cent stake in Russian joint venture Permtex to Acont Enterprises for $50m (£34.6m). Acont Enterprises advised by Baker & McKenzie.

  • Atlas of Cyberspace by Martin Dodge and Rob Kitchin

    10-Sep-2001

    published by Addison Wesley (ISBN 0201745755)

  • B&M and Slaughters in mobile joint venture

    10-Sep-2001

    Baker & McKenzie and Slaughter and May are advising two mobile phone giants on the creation of joint venture Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications.Hugh Stewart and Michael Hart are leading the Baker & McKenzie team advising Sony Corporation. George Goulding is heading the Slaughters team for Telefonaktiebolaget ...

  • Barlow Lyde scoops two clients on Lloyd's buyouts

    10-Sep-2001

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has won two new clients and is advising on five separate offers to buy out Lloyd's syndicates.The firm has won its first instructions from both Limit and Safeco and is also acting for Brit on the acquisition of an aggregate capacity of £219m on Lloyd's syndicates 79, 556, and 1,036 for Limit, 2,987 for Brit and 138 for Safeco.The offers are five of the total nine offers for aggregate capacity being made in the Lloyd's auctions this ...

  • Berwin Leighton Paisner (Daniel Cohn) advised ihavemoved.com

    10-Sep-2001

    on its second-round funding of euro3.4m (£2.1m) from RWE Com. RWE Com advised by Slaughter and May.

  • Blake Lapthorn focuses on insolvency with niche merger

    10-Sep-2001

    Months of discussions result in an emphatic 'yes' vote for a merger with competitor Sherwin Oliver

  • Bond Pearce scoops top role in mammoth ABP planning inquiry

    10-Sep-2001

    South-West firm Bond Pearce and Birmingham set 5 Fountain Court are preparing to play key roles in the first major planning inquiry since that for Heathrow's Terminal Five.

  • CC sets up Korean swap shop scheme

    10-Sep-2001

    Clifford Chance is establishing a stronger presence in Korea through a lawyer secondment programme with local firm Shin & Kim.

  • CC's CMT department lands Video Networks

    10-Sep-2001

    Clifford Chance has won Video Networks as a new client for its communications, media and technology department (CMT).

  • Charles Russell (Simon Gilbert) acted for BV Group

    10-Sep-2001

    in its £3.5m acquisition of Midnight Communications. Midnight advised by Shadbolt & Co.

  • Chief executive joins 7 Bedford Row

    10-Sep-2001

    Leading common law set 7 Bedford Row has employed a chief executive to replace its former senior clerk Chris Owen.

  • Community spirit

    10-Sep-2001

    P2P and Open Source have brought the music world down to earth with a bump. Paul Caplan warns that law firms should sit up and take notice before they too become victims

  • Corus Group legal head O'Neill in shock departure

    10-Sep-2001

    FTSE 100 company Corus Group is seeking a new head of legal after the abrupt departure of Margaret O'Neill.

  • CWC hires doctor for medneg team

    10-Sep-2001

    South-West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke has taken the unusual step of appointing a doctor to its clinical negligence team.

  • Deal of the week - claims direct Ashursts scoops Ware-Lane Claims Direct job

    10-Sep-2001

    Ashurst Morris Crisp has done its first big deal for private investor Simon Ware-Lane, advising on his complex acquisition of shares in Claims Direct.Ware-Lane instructed the firm after coming across it during the initial public offering of Fitness First, in which he is an investor. On this deal Ashursts advised the issuer.For his most recent deal, Ware-Lane went to corporate partner Robert ...

  • Dickinson Dees closes major deal for Govia

    10-Sep-2001

    Dickinson Dees has completed its first major transaction for new client Govia.

  • Dickson Minto scores shock first place as Scottish Firm of the Year

    10-Sep-2001

    Dickson Minto has beaten Scotland's biggest firms McGrigor Donald, Maclay Murray & Spens and Shepherd & Wedderburn to the accolade of Scottish Law Firm of the Year.

  • Ding dong, Avon calling

    10-Sep-2001

    Cosmetics company Avon is adding legal services to the list of beauty products on offer from its door-to-door salesmen.

  • EC takeover directive bid gives UK cause for concern

    10-Sep-2001

    The European Commission (EC) has set up a high-level group of company law experts to relaunch a bid for an EU takeover directive.

  • Fenwick and VLG cut lawyer count

    10-Sep-2001

    Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West has laid off nearly 50 lawyers and become the second firm in as many weeks to make major culls.

  • Finding its feet

    10-Sep-2001

    Mediation in alternative dispute resolution is making a name for itself as the new way forward but the 300-year-old playing field has yet to settle. Gareth Chadwick reports

  • Firm footings

    10-Sep-2001

    Not to be outdone in the exotic marketing techniques stakes Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch has come up with a novel way of drawing attention to its property expertise. At a forthcoming conference in Munich the firm intends to build a sandcastle on its stand. Tulkinghorn presumes this has something to do with building castles in the sand - meaning that strong developments are built on sound foundations, meaning good lawyers, meaning them. Unfortunately, that's not the way the story goes. ...

  • Forsters (Sharon Mulroney) advised the trustees of the Phillimore Kensington Estate

    10-Sep-2001

    on buying back the lease and then selling the freehold of 1 Campden Hill, Kensington, put on the market at £17m. The purchaser is undisclosed.

  • Freehills moves up to Deutsche A list panel

    10-Sep-2001

    Australian firm Freehills has secured a place on Deutsche Bank's A panel.

  • Gordons Cranswick

    10-Sep-2001

    Gordons Cranswick is on a roll since last year's merger

  • Greed is good - for nothing

    10-Sep-2001

    Many readers will have heard of a website in the US named Greedy Associates. As its name suggests, it keeps visitors up to date on the latest gossip on salary hikes, even going so far as to criticise those firms that just aren't keeping up in the salary war.But these bullying tactics may have backfired for the associates at one East Coast US firm. The firm's managing partner had been using the website to watch the developments at other firms. After witnessing his rivals ...

  • Grosvenor retains Boodle Hatfield for £60m project

    10-Sep-2001

    Boodle Hatfield is advising Grosvenor Estates on a high-profile £60m office and residential development close to Victoria Station.The development reached a turning point last month with the unravelling of BP's leasehold at Belgrave House on the site at 76 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1.Tim Manning, who manages Boodle Hatfield's relationship with Grosvenor, led on the deal. Assistant Victoria Read advised on corporate aspects.BP was advised by

  • Herbert Smith in Asia management rejig

    10-Sep-2001

    Herbert Smith has restructured its management team, relocating executive partner Tim Parkes to Hong Kong to become the firm's new head of the Asia region.

  • Insurance

    10-Sep-2001

    What do you do when the company you have quite happily been providing legal services to for years suddenly disappears down the u-bend into liquidation? It is something the three panel firms of Independent Insurance have been forced to contemplate since the insurer fell into the hands of provisional liquidator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).Independent's dramatic collapse in June propelled Berrymans ...

  • KLegal Oy swallows six-lawyer Finnish firm

    10-Sep-2001

    KPMG's law firm in Finland is boosting its M&A capability and taking over the largest firm in Tampere.

  • Latham & Watkins (Michael Immordino) advised De' Longhi

    10-Sep-2001

    in its euro127.5m (£78.6m) initial public offering on the Italian stock market and its institutional placement inside and outside the US. Global coordinators Merrill Lynch and UBM advised by Clifford Chance (Nick Wrigley, Kevin Kelley).

  • Leader

    10-Sep-2001

    So Linklaters & Alliance has finally come out with it. The partners want a US merger, so off goes new US managing partner Terence Kyle to find one for them. Surprised? Thought not. Asking whether UK firms want US capability is rather like the old question about bears and woods. Most of the top-10 firms recognise that they need some sort of presence in the US, which is the last great untapped market ...

  • Ledingham Chalmers makes hire for newco

    10-Sep-2001

    Scottish firm Ledingham Chalmers has hired a financial adviser from rival firm Burnett & Reid to set up a new company, Ledingham Chalmers Financial Services.

  • Linklaters & Alliance (Fiona Rice) and Sullivan & Cromwell advised Goldman Sachs Whitehall Fund,

    10-Sep-2001

    a joint venture between Goldman Sachs and London & Regional Properties, on the financing of its £614m acquisition of a property portfolio from the Kingfisher Group. Macfarlanes advised Kingfisher and Stephenson Harwood advised London & Regional Properties.

  • Linklaters beats off US firms in global capital markets survey

    10-Sep-2001

    Linklaters & Alliance has topped the table for international capital markets in a survey that is dominated by US firms.

  • Linklaters picks four for New York hitlist

    10-Sep-2001

    Linklaters & Alliance has already identified four US firms with which it could do a transatlantic deal - just as former Alliance chief executive Terence Kyle steps into his new role of managing partner of the Americas.

  • Lovells (Hugh Nineham) advised Granada Media Group

    10-Sep-2001

    on its £50.5m acquisition of Border Television from Capital Radio Group. Border Television advised by Capital Radio company secretary Nathalie Schwarz.

  • Lupton Fawcett wins Ofsted panel place

    10-Sep-2001

    Lupton Fawcett has won a place on the Ofsted panel.

  • M&A slump forces rejig at Linklaters

    10-Sep-2001

    Corporate assistants seconded to different departments

  • Mapeley and Nabarros in row over legal fees

    10-Sep-2001

    Leading business accommodation specialist Mapeley has initiated a major shake up of its legal outsourcing following a disagreement over fees with longstanding adviser Nabarro Nathanson.

  • McDermotts breaks mould with PwC accountant hire

    10-Sep-2001

    US firm McDermott Will & Emery is breaking new ground by taking on a senior tax partner from accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

  • McGrigors launches banking in London

    10-Sep-2001

    Scottish firm McGrigor Donald is setting up a banking practice in its London office in order to bolster existing relationships with national clients.

  • Men thin on ground at Latimer Hinks

    10-Sep-2001

    Darlington firm Latimer Hinks has run short of male lawyers. The firm hit local headlines when it was revealed that it has been employing only female fee-earners.

  • Nabarros to shore up its IT capability with dual hire

    10-Sep-2001

    Nabarro Nathanson has boosted its capability for handling large-scale IT projects with hires from client Sun Microsystems and from the Manchester office of Masons.

  • News in brief

    10-Sep-2001

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

  • Nicholson Graham & Jones (Paul Salsbury, Sheila Stewart) advised Nationwide Building Society

    10-Sep-2001

    on a £24.25m syndicated loan facility to the overseas purchaser of Fonciere Forest, the owner of a UK portfolio occupied by Etam. Garretts, Dundas & Wilson and Edge Solicitors advised the purchaser. Acquisition finance provided by Barclays, advised by Linklaters & Alliance.Coudert Brothers (Steven ...

  • Norton Rose wins Cyprus govt work

    10-Sep-2001

    Norton Rose has beaten CMS Cameron McKenna to a contract advising the Cyprus government on electricity reform.

  • Open all hours

    10-Sep-2001

    Following the closure of Wildes, Abraham Ezekiel has successfully kept things in scale by moving his factoring and discounting invoice practice to Penningtons

  • Opinion

    10-Sep-2001

    Chris Coulter, IT partner, Ashurst Morris CrispA failure to focus on the technical details underpinning modern business relationships and the associated legal issues can lead to results at law which may surprise the commercial participants. Such surprises are not always of the pleasant variety. This clash between commercial hopes and the operation of law is highlighted when advances in technology ...

  • Reuters on the lookout for one-off outsourcing deal Herbert Smith in Asia management rejig

    10-Sep-2001

    Reuters is looking beyond its panel to find a firm for a one-off outsourcing deal.

  • Rowe Cohen wins five-year contract

    10-Sep-2001

    Manchester firm Rowe Cohen has won a five-year contract with client the Accident Group, which will create 20 new jobs at the firm.

  • Royal Commission opts for Fisher Jeffries on HIH

    10-Sep-2001

    Adelaide firm Fisher Jeffries has been thrust into the limelight, having won a place assisting the HIH Royal Commission, which is investigating the collapse of HIH Insurance.

  • Separated at birth

    10-Sep-2001

    Great news for lawyers. Sven Goran Eriksson is among you. Tulkinghorn is proud to reveal that, along with his many other obvious talents, our Sven has branched out into the law (perhaps understandable given the free coaching that he will have received from his lawyer girlfriend), and is currently working at Mills & Reeve under the pseudonym Guy Hodgson. Okay, so you might say that Hodgson looks ...

  • Sidley boosts NY with four partners

    10-Sep-2001

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has made its first major hires since its formation and taken on a corporate team in New York.

  • Silicon Valley firms in fees lifeline as Hewlett-Packard and Compaq merge

    10-Sep-2001

    Silicon Valley lawyers have scooped all the work advising on the mega-merger of Hewlett-Packard and Compaq.

  • Squire Sanders in Japanese link-up

    10-Sep-2001

    US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey is set to bolster its presence in Japan by entering into a joint venture with local firm and patent office Miki & Yoshida.

  • Taking over the asylum

    10-Sep-2001

    The Government's asylum seeker dispersal programme has failed to take into account the lack of good immigration lawyers outside the capital, sparking chaos as regional firms buckle under the strain.

  • That's magic

    10-Sep-2001

    Paul Daniels eat your heart out. At a Latham & Watkins client's party last week, the star attraction was a magician who wowed the audience with mesmerising card tricks. One wonders about the philosophy behind this move, because let's face it, the marketing department must have come up with something. Something to do with its lawyers' ability to pull rabbits out of hats, one supposes. ...

  • The Anorak

    10-Sep-2001

    It's been a good few weeks for cynics. Those who've gloated over the dotbomb collapse have seen the surreal reappearance of Jonathan Rowland. He got out of the investment game when the going was still good, selling his internet investment vehicle Jellyworks for £65m, and has re-emerged with a new business to provide emergency financing to businesses hit by the slowdown.We got you into the mess and now we're here to get you out, or as he put it: "We were in ...

  • The artful codger

    10-Sep-2001

    Following last week's feature in The Lawyer's HR manager section about art in the workplace, Tulkinghorn has become a little bit miffed about his own workplace environment. One is just not sure that The Yorkshire Post calendar (September features a charming picture of two children returning to school by Jessica Godley, aged five), a picture of Tulkinghorn's table at this year's The Lawyer Awards and a Financial Times graphic of the new Government map, quite constitutes ...

  • The a-z of new media: j

    10-Sep-2001

    Jack in: To log on to a machine or connect to a network and enter a virtual-reality simulation. It is derived from cyberpunk literature where characters literately connected their brains to a computer via electrodes.Java: A programming language designed for use on the internet. It was designed to enable the programming of applications that work on different computers or servers regardless of their operating system. It can also be used to build a small programme or ...

  • The best alternative

    10-Sep-2001

    ADR is now commonplace in construction, and as its advantages become increasingly apparent, Mark O'Callaghan argues that litigation is fast becoming an outmoded practice

  • The men from the boys

    10-Sep-2001

    Not all mediators are from a law background, but the Law Society's creation of a 'league table' of practitioners is gaining broad approval from the profession. Daniel Jonas reports

  • The risk business

    10-Sep-2001

    It could be the most influential job in the law. Kathryn Hobbs meets FSA general counsel Andrew Whittaker, the man leading the team that is shaping financial regulation in the City

  • TJG works on Inspop e-insurance shares sale

    10-Sep-2001

    Taylor Joynson Garrett acted for internet company Inspop.com in one of the first online insurance acquisitions.The firm helped the company's board of directors smooth over the sale of shares to the acquirer, motor insurer Admiral Group.Corporate lawyer Kathryn Tarbutt led the team with partner Peter Kempe, calling in lawyers from the employment and tax departments.They prepared the sale-and-purchase agreement and auxiliary documents for the year-old independent ...

  • Travers Smith Braithwaite advised investment vehicle Europatweb

    10-Sep-2001

    on its euro8m (£4.9m) investment in Sportal International, advised in-house by Jonathan West and Alec Werner.

  • Tri and tri again

    10-Sep-2001

    Congratulations are in order. For all you crazy fools that took part in The Lawyer Cup, part of the London Triathlon, the world's third-largest and the UK's biggest triathlon event. Tulkinghorn wonders why on earth anyone would want to swim 1.5km (in the Thames), run 10km and cycle 40km, but you did. Anyway, while none of you were able to outpace Simon Lessing, the five-times World Triathlon champion and winner of all four previous London Triathlons, you didn't do half ...

  • View from the profession

    10-Sep-2001

    Has mediation failed to make its mark?

  • White & Case (Rachel Hatfield) advised on the restructuring of a portion of the original restructured debt of $800m (£551.3m) relating to loans made to Group Menatep.

    10-Sep-2001

    White & Case advised Menatep on the buyback of debt from Russian oil company Yukos, and the arrangers UBS Warburg.Theodore Goddard (Vanessa Pringle, James Linforth) advised Anglo Irish Bank Corporation on the £9.4m financing of the acquisition of the Anglesea Shopping Centre in Gravesend. Purchaser Anglesea Investments advised by the Simkins Partnership (David Campbell).

  • Why not drop everything?

    10-Sep-2001

    What would you do if hundreds of lawyers came from out of the sky, descending on your back yard in much the same way as Robert Maxwell's busy team of legal advisers must have descended on his victims in times gone by?That's exactly what's going to be happening this October when several hundred 'leaping lawyers' will make parachute jumps in order to raise sponsorship for the Wave Trust. Wave is an international charity dedicated to reducing child abuse ...

  • Wilmer Cutler rejig sees Euro partners in the mix

    10-Sep-2001

    European partners of Washington DC firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering are lining up for a new role on the firm's international management committee.

  • Wragges-Tarlo Lyons merger talks cave in

    10-Sep-2001

    Why he moved to Harkavys from Crockers