11 December 2000

The Lawyer

  • 11 KBW hires 5 Paper Bldgs senior junior

    11-Dec-2000

    Eldred Tabachnik QC and James Goudie QC's leading employment set 11 King's Bench Walk has poached senior junior Simon Devonshire from Richard King's 5 Paper Buildings.

  • A case full of systems

    11-Dec-2000

    As the partner in charge of IT you are given a mission to buy a case management system. Your markets constantly demand higher quality and greater efficiency. You need workflows that redefine your working practices, with key reminder dates providing slick production of intelligent documentation. Obviously, you need to report with flexibility, but in today's economy you also need to provide online access to check the status of matters and provide new instructions. Case management systems ...

  • A VIEW FROM GERMANY

    11-Dec-2000

    Düsseldorf was long regarded by international firms coming into Germany as the second most important office location in the federal German market. But it was a very bad second. Nobody doubted they had to be in Frankfurt, and if time, resources and geographical wit allowed, a London managing partner hoped that they might be able to persuade some poor sod to decamp to the chic but soulless Rhineland state capital. At least it was only 20 miles from the bright lights of Cologne.

  • A year ago this week

    11-Dec-2000

    Simmons changes partnership deeds

  • BAE Systems

    11-Dec-2000

    BAE Systems sells 395-acre site to Redrow Group for urban village development. BAE Systems advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Adrian Dear, Richard Vernon and Melanie Jordan). Redrow advised by Hill Dickinson.

  • Bank Restaurant

    11-Dec-2000

    Bank Restaurant Group (BRG) floats on AIM for £8.5m while it acquires three restaurants from Bank Group Restaurants for £10.5m. BRG advised by Biddle (Andrew Masraf). Bank Group Restaurants advised by Memery Crystal (Lesley Gregory) and on property by Pinsent Curtis.

  • Battle Fowler raids conservation body

    15-Dec-2000

    Campbell will focus on land use, environmental and historical preservation aspects of large commercial real estate transactions. She practised at Brown & Wood before becoming deputy counsel at New York City's parks and recreation department

  • BOOK REVIEW

    11-Dec-2000

    Plowing The Dark, by Richard Powers, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux (ISBN 0374234612)

  • Bradford & Bingley

    11-Dec-2000

    Bradford & Bingley floats on the London Stock Exchange. Bradford & Bingley advised by Herbert Smith (Mark Satterly and Edward Walker-Arnott). Financial adviser Goldman Sachs advised by Slaughter and May.

  • Brief encounter: debevoise & Plimpton

    11-Dec-2000

    The London office of New York firm Debevoise & Plimpton opened in 1989 and now boasts 28 lawyers, five of whom are partners. The practice covers corporate M&A work, international arbitration, international securities offerings and international tax planning.

  • Brobeck opens Munich practice with IT focus

    11-Dec-2000

    US firm swoops on Germany; nets four partners for January launch

  • Buchanans takes on Tarlo Lyons partner

    11-Dec-2000

    Pittsburgh firm Buchanan Ingersoll is taking on a partner from City media practice Tarlo Lyons to ramp up its technology capability.

  • Cazenove

    11-Dec-2000

    Cazenove plans partial IPO. Cazenove advised by Slaugher and May (Stephen Cooke).

  • cazenove

    11-Dec-2000

    Cazenove, the last of the City's blue-blood brokers, has finally decided to give in to market pressure and go public. It seems fitting that the 177-year-old broker is represented by Slaughter and May, itself a great traditionalist. The broker has also been known to call on Ashurst Morris Crisp, as it did on the £97m ...

  • CC targets international public law from NY base

    11-Dec-2000

    Clifford Chance is setting up an international public law capability in New York headed by partner Rae Lindsay.

  • Celtic uprising

    11-Dec-2000

    Ireland

  • Chadbourne & Parke partners fight $2 million damages award

    14-Dec-2000

    In a case which one of the appellate panel members described as "vital to the profession

  • Clayton Utz on expansion drive

    17-Dec-2000

    The expansion drive in the firm's Government Services Group is part of it's strategy to bring in more outsourced government legal work.

  • Clifford Chance agrees Luxembourg merger

    15-Dec-2000

    Partners at both firms voted overwhelmingly for the union which has won approval from the Luxembourg Bar Association and will take place from 1 January 2000.

  • Clifford Chance pulls out of Vietnam

    16-Dec-2000

    The firm's regional managing partner for Asia, John East, reportedly says the offices in Hanoi and southern Ho Chi Minh City will probably close in the first half of next year.

  • College of Law LPC course wins Law Society backing

    11-Dec-2000

    The College of Law's new approach to the LPC has won the approval of the Law Society's Legal Practice Course Board and will be taught from September 2001.

  • Criminal courts face radical overhaul

    15-Dec-2000

    Barristers who take too long cross-examining witnesses will be curbed, and Lord Irvine said he wants to move away from the "no blame culture" which exists between the CPS, police and defence lawyers.

  • CSFB launches Italian legal desk

    11-Dec-2000

    Baker & McKenzie is losing one of its finance partners to client Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) as the bank sets up an Italian legal desk.

  • Davies Wallis hires senior BoS lawyer

    11-Dec-2000

    North-west firm Davies Wallis Foyster is boosting its banking and asset finance practice with the appointment of the head of group compliance and legal policy from the Bank of Scotland Group.

  • DLA dumps directories

    11-Dec-2000

    Other firms await future DLA rating; The Legal 500 refuses to comment

  • Dublin and Luxembourg rivals link up

    11-Dec-2000

    A formal alliance between niche Dublin investment fund firm Dillon Eustace and Luxembourg's Arendt & Medernach has just been announced.

  • Edge Ellison hires IT guru

    15-Dec-2000

    IT and telecoms specialist, Oscar Rowlands - who headed up Sabre's legal department for Europe, Middle East and Africa - joins Edge as a partner.

  • Federation

    11-Dec-2000

    Federation of Malaysia issues euro650m (£400.6m) notes listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange - the first Asian sovereign issue of an investment grade Euro-denominated bond. Joint lead managers Barclays and Deutsche Bank advised by Allen & Overy (Andrew Harrow). Malaysia advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & ...

  • Finance

    11-Dec-2000

    Morgan Stanley Dean Witter lead manages a £226m securitisation for the Mortgages plc Group. Morgan Stanley advised by Clifford Chance (Paul Severs). Issuer advised by Linklaters.

  • Finning International

    11-Dec-2000

    Finning International makes £322m recommended cash offer for Hewden Stuart. Finning advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Matthew Cosans) and Schroder Salomon Smith Barney. Hewden Stuart represented by Maclay Murray & Spens (David Cooke) and Noble Grossart.

  • Former Sonnenschein managing partner joins Warner Cranston

    16-Dec-2000

    Peter Borrowdale joins the City firm's corporate and finance team in January. The move comes after US firm Sonnenschein closed its eight-strong London office at the beginning of this month.

  • Garretts loses third partner in a month

    16-Dec-2000

    Corporate finance partner Roland Todd is joining the Leeds office of Dibb Lupton Alsop in January.

  • Government

    11-Dec-2000

    Government of the Sultanate of Oman closes third independent power project with AES Barka in joint venture with Multitech LLC. The Government of the Sultanate of Oman advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Christopher McGee-Osborne). AES Barka, a local subsidiary of the AES Corporation, and Multitech LLC advised by Shearman & Sterling (Nigel Thompson).

  • Government of Oman

    11-Dec-2000

    Denton Wilde Sapte's role in the privatisation of power and water in Oman is a clear sign of success for the firm's Middle East strategy. The Muscat office houses local lawyers as well as English and US qualifieds.

  • Greencore Group

    11-Dec-2000

    Greencore Group makes £258m recommended public bid for Hazlewood Foods. Greencore advised by Slaughter and May, Arthur Cox and Nauta Dutilh in UK, Irish and Dutch law respectively. Joint lead arrangers Schroder Salomon Smith Barney, the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Bank of Ireland advised by Linklaters & Alliance ...

  • Halliwells hires two to replace partner losses

    11-Dec-2000

    Halliwell Landau is losing a further two partners but is taking on two lawyers to bolster its insolvency practice.

  • Hanson Waste

    11-Dec-2000

    When David Brock left Herbert Smith for Cambridge-based Mills & Reeve a year ago, Herbert Smith agreed that this was one of the clients and cases Brock should take with him.

  • Hanson Waste

    11-Dec-2000

    Hanson Waste Management wins planning permission from Kent County Council for a £100m energy from waste plant at Allington, near Maidstone. Hanson Waste Management advised by Mills & Reeve (David Brock, Beverley Firth and Herbert Robinson). Kent County Council represented by Nicholson Graham & Jones.

  • Herbert Smith gives Citibank UK start

    11-Dec-2000

    Citibank Private Bank is on the verge of landing its first UK client after being approached by Herbert Smith, which is currently reviewing its banking services.

  • Howreys LA appoints two new partners

    11-Dec-2000

    Washington DC-based intellectual property (IP) firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White is taking on two insurance partners from Jones Day Reavis & Pogue as it repositions itself as a general service firm.

  • Howreys LA appoints two new partners

    11-Dec-2000

    Washington DC-based intellectual property (IP) firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White is taking on two insurance partners from Jones Day Reavis & Pogue as it repositions itself as a general service firm.

  • In-house counsel quits

    15-Dec-2000

    The former deputy director of the division of investment management at the Securities and Exchange Commission, she has worked for major financial institutions such as AIG and Mitchell Hutchins Asset Management, a subsidiary of PaineWebber.

  • Jargon busting - the A to Z of new media

    11-Dec-2000

    Ireland

  • Jargon busting-the a to z of new media

    11-Dec-2000

    E: For some it is a harmless recreational pastime; for some it is a mind-expanding experience; for some it is a dangerous hallucinogenic that has swept the country dulling minds, creating obsessions and undermining traditional hierarchies; for some it is a costly craze, and for others a goldmine. Undoubtedly, E or e has become a fact of life in the UK, Europe and across the world. The common wisdom is that no one raising a fledgling business can ignore its impact or the fact that their ...

  • Jones Day swallows Texas firm to pursue buoyant energy market

    11-Dec-2000

    Cleveland firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is opening an office in Houston, Texas to service its growing energy client base.

  • Jones Day swallows Texas firm to pursue buoyant energy market

    11-Dec-2000

    Cleveland firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is opening an office in Houston, Texas to service its growing energy client base.

  • Kamlesh Bahl accused of harassment

    16-Dec-2000

    At least three Law Society staff members are understood to have officially complained that Bahl has subjected them to bullying and intimidation. The society's staff trade union has reportedly become involved.

  • Landmark Ruling Throws Scotland's Criminal Justice System Into Chaos

    11-Dec-2000

    Three senior judges decided the Lord Advocate's power to hire and fire temporary sheriffs at will meant defendants could not be guaranteed a fair trial as guaranteed by Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

  • Last derivatives partner abandons B & M

    14-Dec-2000

    Highly rated derivatives and structured finance partner Schuyler Henderson is leaving Baker & McKenzie after 10 years to join Norton Rose early in the new year.

  • Law Society harassment claims to be investigated

    17-Dec-2000

    At least two members of Law Society staff have made formal complaints of bullying and harassment under the body's "Dignity at Work" policy, through the MSF trade union.

  • Leading Wilson Sonsini partner leaves to join venture capitalist

    11-Dec-2000

    Barry Taylor to spearhead Warburg Pincus'drive into Silicon Valley; fourth Wilson Sonsini partner this year to jump ship

  • Legal aid contracting to face judicial review

    14-Dec-2000

    The two-partner firm, which specialises in mental health and community care law, claims Lord Irvine's plan to allow only law firms with contracts to practice legal aid work is illegal.

  • Lehman Brothers

    11-Dec-2000

    Lehman Brothers International (Europe) lead manages the £84m securitisation of the business of the Really Useful Theatres. Lehman Brothers advised by Allen & Overy (David Krischer). Really Useful Theatres represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

  • Linklaters and Akin Gump replace Moscow chiefs

    11-Dec-2000

    Linklaters & Alliance and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld are both replacing the managing partners of their Moscow offices.

  • Lovells Targets Dutch Market With Local Merger

    11-Dec-2000

    Partners at both firms voted over overwhelmingly to merge on Friday 8 December.

  • Man of the cloth

    11-Dec-2000

    The five-lawyer team at Next have had their hands full with the level of success enjoyed by the retail company. Fiona Callister asks whether a predicted downturn in consumer spending will pile on the pressure

  • Martineau Johnson/ Mills & Reeve merger off

    13-Dec-2000

    After months of intensive talks, the 53-partner firm Mills & Reeve - which has offices in Cambridge, Birmingham, Cardiff and Norwich - and 34-partner Birmingham based Martineau Johnson decided there was "insufficient synergy" between the two to make a merger possible.

  • McGrigors appoints non-exec director

    11-Dec-2000

    National law firm McGrigor Donald is one of the first UK law firms to strengthen its corporate structure with the appointment of a non-executive director.

  • Melbourne firm appoints chief executive

    17-Dec-2000

    John Chisholm takes up the newly created role at Middletons after spending 21 years at Maddocks - a firm his grandfather helped found in 1939. Chisholm's father, Don, is still with the medium-sized Australian firm after 45 years of service.

  • MoFo hires two lawyers for DC office

    11-Dec-2000

    San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is taking on two government lawyers to boost its Washington DC financial services practice.

  • mortgages plc group

    11-Dec-2000

    This is the second residential mortgage securitisation which Mortgages plc Group has done, and it has brought together the original team from last year - Clifford Chance representing the lead manager Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Linklaters representing the issuer.

  • Nabarros in Genpak biotech deal

    11-Dec-2000

    Nabarro Nathanson has clinched a biotechnology deal for Genpak through its involvement with a venture capitalist workshop, dubbed Venturefest.

  • New media partners for Akin Gump

    14-Dec-2000

    Steve Fayne and John Burke boast an impressive client list including the Bank of America and Chase Manhattan Bank. In recent years the pair have branched out and now advise producers, distributors and studios on financing.

  • Norton Rose beats rivals to land easyJet flotation work

    11-Dec-2000

    Norton Rose advised easyJet on its initial public offering (IPO) after a beauty parade where the firm's ability to field US counsel shone through.

  • NTL/Travers Smith Braithwaite: Best business buddies

    11-Dec-2000

    Ntl/Travers Smith Braithwaite

  • NTL/Travers Smith Braithwaite: TIMELINE

    11-Dec-2000

    Ntl/Travers Smith Braithwaite

  • NTL'S IN-HOUSE TEAM

    11-Dec-2000

    Ntl/Travers Smith Braithwaite

  • ONdigital in-house team turns big guns on BSkyB

    11-Dec-2000

    ONDIGITAL's in-house legal team has won the first step in its campaign against BSkyB under the new Competition Act.

  • Opinion

    11-Dec-2000

    Commercial practitioners are awaiting the completion of the business case for a new commercial court, which was commissioned for the Lord Chancellor's Department. While there is little point in speculating on the content, the current focus on the role of the commercial, admiralty, technology and construction, and companies courts renders this an appropriate moment to sound a note of caution against undue reliance on improvements in accommodation and technology as panaceas for perceived ...

  • Peel Hunt

    11-Dec-2000

    Peel Hunt and the Royal Bank of Scotland form a technology joint venture with initial debt and equity commitment of £10m. Peel Hunt advised by Nicholson Graham & Jones (Kevin McGuinness). The Royal Bank of Scotland advised by Burges Salmon (Ian Stoodley).

  • Pescod and Clark vie for Slaughters senior partner post

    11-Dec-2000

    Slaughter and May corporate heavyweights Michael Pescod and Tim Clark have emerged as the candidates in the running for the coveted position of senior partner.

  • Rakisons senior partner stung for libel damages

    15-Dec-2000

    The libel action was brought by David Pooley against Wollenberg and City Index Ltd over allegations made by Wollenberg in 1993 when he and Pooley both worked at the index futures dealing company.

  • Second Big Canadian Merger In Two Days Announced

    11-Dec-2000

    The announcement comes just two days after Gowling Strathy & Henderson joined with Code Hunter to form the second largest law firm in Canada.

  • Simmons & Simmons partner case declared a mistrial

    16-Dec-2000

    For the second time this year, jurors in a New York court hearing the case against David Sandy could not reach a verdict. After four days deliberation, the jury voted 11 to one for conviction, unable to reach the majority verdict required.

  • SSL International

    11-Dec-2000

    SSL International acquires worldwide brand rights to the Hibi antiseptic product range from AstraZeneca for £46m. SSL advised by Kuit Steinart Levy (Colin Hoffman). AstraZeneca represented by its in-house legal team.

  • St Philip's slashes property overheads

    11-Dec-2000

    Birmingham's St Philip's Chambers claims it will save 30 per cent in overheads over five years through its innovative "partnership" structure established earlier this year.

  • Sullivan & Cromwell nabs senior partners from troubled Jeantet

    11-Dec-2000

    French law firm Jeantet et Associés has suffered another blow as two senior partners are leaving to join US firm Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • TECHNOLOGY MEDIA & TELECOMS

    11-Dec-2000

    Last month, The Lawyer revealed that Slaughter and May was capitalising on the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) boom by establishing its first-ever sector-specific practice. But is it too late? Last week, the new economy was ousted from the FTSE 100. The revised rankings will see TMT darlings Sema, Baltimore Technologies and Bookham Technology all suffer relegation. Everyone knows ...

  • Technology venture capital

    11-Dec-2000

    Technology venture capital specialist Elderstreet Investments sells 82 per cent of its share capital to Dresdner Kleinwort Benson Private Equity. Elderstreet represented by CMS Cameron McKenna (David Bresnick). Dresdner advised by SJ Berwin (Blair Thompson).

  • THE ANORAK

    11-Dec-2000

    Bandwidth is one of those words guaranteed to turn any member of an IT department into a car mechanic, sucking their teeth, shaking their head and saying, "big job... going to cost ya... not easy" and suchlike. But as firms race to add the latest high-tech fad to their operation and their marketing literature, it is a word that will feature in more and more conversations.

  • The Firm

    11-Dec-2000

    All the staff at The Firm plus clients and friends are gathered for the annual Christmas knees-up...

  • The giant client

    11-Dec-2000

    Ntl/Travers Smith Braithwaite

  • the Leader column

    11-Dec-2000

    How pleasant it is to see law firms displaying the Christmas spirit. A recent double-page advertisement in the FT on behalf of Crisis named all the firms which had donated their Christmas card budgets to the homeless charity. Such are lawyers' delicate dispositions that they wouldn't want to shout about how much they give to 'charidee' - except through huge tombstone ads. So it is our bounden duty to reveal here that All

  • The people's lawyer

    11-Dec-2000

    Vanessa Pawsey talks to Thompsons chief executive Geoff Shears, and asks whether the firm's corporate direction is a move away from its traditional 'ordinary person' image

  • Tribunal Should Hear Medical Negligence Cases Says Judge

    11-Dec-2000

    Leading medical negligence judge, Lord Justice Otton has called for the creation of a new medical negligence body, along the lines of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

  • Warner Cranston in US Link Up

    11-Dec-2000

    The new firm, effective on 1 January 2001, will be called Reed Smith Warner Cranston in the UK, Reed Smith elsewhere, and will boast 670 lawyers.

  • What the client demands

    11-Dec-2000

    Ireland

  • White & Case Euro pair join MoFo Brussels

    11-Dec-2000

    Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has taken on a leading European Union lawyer and an associate from the Brussels office of White & Case, increasing its own Brussels partner count to three.

  • Withers and Henmans bag RSPCA account

    13-Dec-2000

    Withers will be the lead advisors and will be responsible for the department's strategic legal work and training. This will include advising on preservation and enhancement of legacy income, contentious probate issues and the administration of estates.