11 April 2005

The Lawyer

  • Nanny-vision

    11-Apr-2005

    One UK lawyer had the shock of his life when he walked into the office of a star partner in New York.

  • A sight for Warsaw eyes

    11-Apr-2005

    Osborne Clarke is, understandably, delighted with its flash new London Wall digs, complete with outdoor barbie area and sweeping views over St Paul's and towards... erm... Clifford Chance's old Aldersgate Street offices and over the glorious roofs and air-conditioning units of the Barbican.

  • A&O ditches local partner status as part of rationalisation process

    11-Apr-2005

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is overhauling its band of salaried partners in a move that will result in the abolition of local partner status.

  • Addleshaws bolsters partnership by 10

    12-Apr-2005

    Addleshaw Goddard has invited 10 lawyers to join the partnership with effect from 1 May.

  • Appraisals: friend, not foe

    11-Apr-2005

    Poor appraisals are more than just a waste of time - they're a missed opportunity. By Nick Jefferson

  • Ashurst star quits to become GE legal chief in Germany

    15-Apr-2005

    Ashurst rising star Andreas Hoffmann has resigned after just over a year with the firm to become GE’s first general counsel in Germany.

  • Barrister found liable for £167K overcharge

    11-Apr-2005

    The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has won a case securing repayment of £179,000 from a specialist e-commerce barrister who was overpaid more than a decade ago.

  • BPP hires Bar Council quality assurance expert

    11-Apr-2005

    BPP Law School has recruited its first ever director of quality assurance and enhancement.Chris Maguire was previously at the Bar Council, where he spent 11 years monitoring quality factors related to legal education.The hire comes as BPP continues its development, with the opening of new law schools in Manchester and Leeds.BPP chief executive Peter Crisp said Maguire’s appointment would help maintain the school’s reputation for innovative courses and high standards.

  • Building plans

    11-Apr-2005

    In the minds of many partners, the importance of business development is on a par with biscuits at meetings. But as Matt Byrne reports, some of the bigger firms are acquiring a taste for it

  • Camerons hires five in Russian PPP/PFI push

    11-Apr-2005

    CMS Cameron McKenna is gearing up to exploit Russia's nascent PPP/PFI market with the hire of five lawyers to its Moscow office.

  • Careers:In brief

    11-Apr-2005

    The Professional Services Marketing Group has ratified a decision to launch a major research study on measuring the effectiveness of business development (BD). Co-chair Chris Hinze said the board was in "universal agreement" on designing a study for professional services firms to measure the return on investment in BD. Mark King, co-chair and marketing director at Lewis Silkin, said the problem was ...

  • Careers:People

    11-Apr-2005

    Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has hired Jonathan Lawrence as a banking partner as part of its programme of growth in banking and real estate finance. He joins after four years at Allen & Overy, where he worked in real estate finance.

  • CC promotes 30 to partnership; litigation dominates

    13-Apr-2005

    Clifford Chance has made up 30 new partners in a round of promotions covering 11 of the firm’s offices - the highest number at any UK firm so far this year.

  • CIS to cut two-thirds of panel

    11-Apr-2005

    The Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) is set to slash its panel of external legal advisers by two-thirds.

  • Clydes rejig sees head of corporate quit

    11-Apr-2005

    Clyde & Co's respected head of corporate David Page has quit the firm following a strategic review of its corporate practice.

  • Deutsche pair quit following cutbacks

    11-Apr-2005

    Deutsche Bank's legal department has suffered a double blow following the departure of two senior in-house lawyers. Legal counsel Sajid Hussein and Francis Dickinson have quit the German bank to join Bank of America and Barclays Capital respectively.

  • DLA Piper HK hires Perkins Coie and Freshfields duo

    11-Apr-2005

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has boosted its Hong Kong office with the hire of two new partners.

  • DWS partnership faces "holistic" examination

    11-Apr-2005

    Many explanations have been mooted for the partner haemorrhage at Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). One factor common to the defections of the high-billing media/IP team was dissatisfaction with the merit-orientated remuneration system. The firm is now embarking on a wholesale review of the system, albeit as part of what managing partner Howard Morris calls a "holistic" examination of all aspects of partnership.

  • Eversheds is top choice on Twenty-First Artists sale

    11-Apr-2005

    The sale of Elton John's management company Twenty-First Artists to the Sanctuary Group became a partner reunion for the defunct London firm Frere Cholmeley Bischoff.

  • Exchange barristers take both sides on Morecambe Bay litigation

    11-Apr-2005

    Exchange Chambers has won instructions on both sides of the forthcoming criminal trial over the deaths of 21 Chinese cockle pickers in Morecambe Bay last year.

  • Exchange's turnover rises to tune of £1m

    11-Apr-2005

    Liverpool and Manchester set Exchange Chambers has become the first barristers' chambers to report its 2004-05 income.

  • Firm profile: Greenfort

    11-Apr-2005

    Frankfurt-based Greenfort was launched on 1 April to offer medium-sized companies and financial investors an alternative source for obtaining legal advice.

  • GIB UK puts advisers under the microscope in full-scale review

    11-Apr-2005

    Gulf International Bank (UK) (GIB UK), the UK subsidiary of Bahrain-based Gulf International, is poised to launch a full-scale review of its legal panel.

  • Gibberyiddish

    11-Apr-2005

    The Lawyer's weekly Grape-vine email has always been popular (it currently has 35,467 subscribers) and often generates opinionated feedback.

  • Goodyear rubber-stamps appointment of European legal chief

    11-Apr-2005

    Goodyear Dunlop Tyres has appointed Dominque Golsong as its European legal chief.

  • Grapevine

    11-Apr-2005

    There's no ART to insurance

  • Greenberg in double Japan coup

    11-Apr-2005

    Greenberg Traurig has made its Asian debut after opening a Tokyo office and forging an exclusive alliance with Landwell-tied firm Hayabusa Kokusai Law Offices.

  • Hammonds makes up fifteen after raft of exits

    11-Apr-2005

    Hammonds is making up a record 15 new partners this year, following a year of turmoil at the firm that has seen 14 partners quit since January.

  • Harper Macleod offers low rates to clients' employees

    11-Apr-2005

    Scottish firm Harper Macleod has launched an innovative benefits package aimed at offering employees of the firm's key clients a range of services at discounted rates.

  • Heatons appoints new managing partner

    11-Apr-2005

    Niche Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons has appointed corporate finance specialist Matt Fleetwood as its new managing partner, replacing David Beech. Beech quit Heatons last month to join London-based corporate finance investment house Arev. During his time at Heatons, he advised Icelandic investor Baugur on a number of multimillion-pound deals. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 6 April 2005

  • Herbert Smith raids bar for second Queen's Counsel

    11-Apr-2005

    Herbert Smith has landed a second silk as the City firm forges ahead with plans to launch its own set of chambers.

  • Herbies bags Fortune's Allied Domecq purchase

    11-Apr-2005

    Herbert Smith has won its first instruction from Fortune Brands, the US group that has teamed up with Pernod Ricard to take over Allied Domecq. It is understood that the mandate came following a US referral. Allied Domecq is being advised by Linklaters, while Pernod Ricard has instructed longstanding adviser Macfarlanes. ...

  • Holman scores ship finance team

    11-Apr-2005

    Holman Fenwick & Willan has hired a partner and two assistants from Stephenson Harwood to develop its ship finance practice. John Forrester, who was a partner at both Stephenson Harwood and legacy firm Sinclair Roche & Temperley, joins with assistants Ruth Allcoat and Adam Shire. His clients include some of the world's largest ship finance lenders. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 6 April 2005

  • Howrey gains Paris office with Cousté merger

    11-Apr-2005

    Cabinet Cousté & Cousté, one of France's leading biotechnology and IP firms, will join Howrey Simon Arnold & White, making it the US firm's fourth European IP office. Managing partner and chief executive officer Robert Ruyak (left) said: "We're now well positioned to answer our clients' antitrust, litigation and IP needs." Marina Cousté founded the Paris firm in 1984; she will be joined by François Jonquères and Amaury de Saint Amand. The Paris office is scheduled to open on 1 May.

  • Investor liability still unclear after M&A pensions guidance

    11-Apr-2005

    When the newly established pensions regulator released its guidance on the M&A pensions regime, private equity lawyers joked that it was no coincidence that the new rules came out on April Fool's Day.

  • Irwin Mitchell adds to employment capability

    11-Apr-2005

    Irwin Mitchell has added a consultant to its expanding Midlands employment team. Sue Massey joins from Black Country firm Manby & Steward, where she was head of employment. Massey's hire brings the number of employment lawyers across Irwin Mitchell's offices to 14, including five partners. Fergal Dowling, Birmingham employment head, called Massey's arrival a "strategic appointment", adding that her ...

  • Latham launches Shanghai base

    11-Apr-2005

    Latham & Watkins has launched its first outpost in Mainland China, with the opening of a two-partner Shanghai office.

  • Lawyers in France all set for Alternext

    11-Apr-2005

    French lawyers are gearing up for the launch of Europe's answer to AIM. Alternext will be launched on the Bourse de Paris (the French stock exchange) on 17 May, and firms are already beginning work on potential flotations.

  • Lee Greenbury: Provalis

    11-Apr-2005

    Sarbanes-Oxley is forcing pharma company Provalis to delist from Nasdaq just as its US business starts to take off. As Husnara Begum finds, the move is keeping its sole lawyer busy

  • Legal Widow

    11-Apr-2005

    The canteen staff have been headhunted en masse, and the firm is in disarray.

  • Lib Dem MP in Stephens & Scown move

    11-Apr-2005

    The Liberal Democrats' shadow attorney-general John Burnett MP is to join South West firm Stephens & Scown following the forthcoming general election.

  • Linklaters leapfrogs to top of Spanish deals table as domestic firms tumble

    11-Apr-2005

    After a busy first quarter, Linklaters emerged as the leading firm in the Spanish M&A marketplace, climbing from fifteenth place to first in Thomson Financial's European rankings for completed deals.

  • Litigation pushes Parmalat legal expenses to €100m

    11-Apr-2005

    Gianni Origoni set to take lion's share of adviser payouts in insolvency bonanza

  • London Underground PPP sees legal fees top £70m

    11-Apr-2005

    Legal fees for the London Underground PPP totalled more than £70m, according to the latest Public Accounts Committee report.

  • Lovells champion of part-timers quits just as her efforts come to fruition

    11-Apr-2005

    One of the partners who led the campaign to introduce fair pay for part-time partners has quit Lovells as the firm moves to overhaul its remuneration system.

  • Lovells helps ING to say final farewell to Barings

    11-Apr-2005

    Lovells has advised longstanding client ING on the sale of Baring Asset Management 10 years after helping the Dutch financial services giant to buy the business.

  • Lovells names new corporate chief

    13-Apr-2005

    Andrew Skipper has been confirmed as Lovells’ new head of corporate, taking over from Hugh Nineham.

  • Martineau Johnson loses litigation head to Heatons

    12-Apr-2005

    Niche Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons has raided Martineau Johnson for a new head of litigation.

  • MBR&M strengthens Sloane Capital relationship

    11-Apr-2005

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) has cemented its relationship with Sloane Capital, the property fund of Irish horseracing magnates John Magnier and JP McManus, after advising on Standard Chartered's sale and leaseback of 35 Basinghall Street.

  • Merged Wilmer puts in solid performance

    11-Apr-2005

    Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has posted an average profit per equity partner (PEP) of $870,000 (£463,100) in its first full financial year as a merged firm. The results compare favourably with the average PEP of $780,000 (£415,200) at the pre-merger Wilmer Cutler and $810,000 (£431,200) at Hale and Dorr. Turnover for 2004 was $750m (£399.2m), up an impressive 14 per cent on a combined total for Wilmer Cutler & Pickering ($334m (£177.8m)) and Hale & Dorr ($325m (£173m)) in 2003. ...

  • Mind the two-year gap

    11-Apr-2005

    The Jubilee Line fraud case fiasco has left jurors affronted and taxpayers £60m out of pocket. Jon Robins reports on the latest nail in the coffin for trial by jury

  • Morris launches review of Dentons' partner pay

    11-Apr-2005

    New chief executive stakes all on radical overhaul of controversial profit system

  • Opinion

    11-Apr-2005

    The Government's corporate manslaughter proposals are to be applauded - now for the rest

  • Paul Hastings makes Italy debut after Norton Rose raid

    12-Apr-2005

    Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has made a dramatic Italian launch, with the hires of the founder of Norton Rose's Italian operation Roberto Cornetta and Parmalat head of legal Bruno Cova.

  • Pro bono duo helps man in fight not to have IVF child with his ex

    11-Apr-2005

    Howard Johnston has so far successfully fought off his ex-girlfriend's attempts to save frozen IVF embryos from destruction. He has always maintained that he neither wanted the financial or emotional burden of a child with Natalie Evans. She argued that the frozen embryos offered her the only chance to have children after her ovaries were removed to avoid a cancer threat.

  • Pulling a fast one

    11-Apr-2005

    Gulf International Bank's (GIB) UK head of legal and compliance Dominic Bacon has discovered a rather novel method for picking a nanny involving a process that could easily have been mistaken for speed dating.

  • RHM in conflict with ex-counsel

    11-Apr-2005

    RHM Foodbrands, the main operating company of Mr Kipling cakes and Hovis Bread, has become embroiled in a spat with its former interim head of legal.

  • Separated at birth

    11-Apr-2005

    Theatre-goers in the West End earlier this year will have been treated to the Olivier-winning performance of none other than Norton Rose chief operating officer Kevin Mortell. Mortell was starring in the hit musical The Producers, a show all about making money by putting on a show that flops. Modestly, Mortell adopted the stage name of Nathan Lane, which he'll also be using when the show becomes a film ...

  • Shout to the top

    11-Apr-2005

    A certain Clifford Chance corporate partner has been the recipient of a particularly critical review under the magic circle firm's upward appraisal system. One associate anonymously appraising the partner merely wrote: "YOU DON'T NEED TO SHOUT AT US SO LOUD!"

  • Sidley draws Ashurst finance partner for real estate group

    11-Apr-2005

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has secured its first London acquisition finance partner with the hire of Ashurst partner Stephen Clark, as the firm continues its lateral hiring spree.

  • Simpson Thacher attains peak of US M&A

    11-Apr-2005

    New York's Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has stormed to the top of Thomson Financial's US M&A deals table for the first quarter of 2005.

  • Slaughter and May promote six to partnership

    12-Apr-2005

    Slaughter and May will announce six new partners on 1 May 2005. Simon Nicholls, David Watkins and Benita Yu will be made up in corporate and M&A; Mark Dwyer and Matthew Tobin, in corporate andfinance and Claire Jeffs in competition.

  • Slaughters scoops Goldman bid for ISS

    11-Apr-2005

    Slaughter and May is advising Goldman Sachs Capital Partners on a Nordic private equity bid following a major charm offensive with the house.

  • Sullivan & Cromwell's Bray named top corporate star

    14-Apr-2005

    Sullivan & Crowmell corporate partner Garth Bray has topped the individual partner league tables (by value) for the past 12 months.

  • Taylor Wessing secures cost cap for Associated

    11-Apr-2005

    Taylor Wessing has won a landmark victory for libel defendants by securing a costs-capping order for Associated Newspapers.

  • The work-life quiz

    11-Apr-2005

    Julian Yarr, head of London office, A&L Goodbody

  • TLT opens in London with boutique merger

    11-Apr-2005

    TLT opens in London with boutique merger" /Bristol's TLT Solicitors has landed a foothold in the London market after securing a merger with 11-partner firm Lawrence Jones.

  • Treasury Solicitor's Office launches two panels amid services overhaul

    11-Apr-2005

    The Treasury Solicitor's Office has unveiled two new legal panels as it reviews the way it provides services to clients.

  • Umbro's sole lawyer quits for Reebok

    11-Apr-2005

    The merry-go-round in the sportswear sector is in full swing as iconic football kit manufacturer Umbro loses its general counsel to Reebok.

  • Value for money prompts Arts Council to form panel

    11-Apr-2005

    Arts Council England has unveiled its first formal law firm panel as part of a bid to obtain better service and value for money from its external lawyers.

  • Weightmans former corporate head finds new home

    11-Apr-2005

    Weightmans’ former Manchester head of corporate Jonathan Shorrock has found a new home at Bolton firm Kippax Beaumont Lewis (KBL).