11 February 2008

The Lawyer

  • Irish stay-at-homes look east

    11-Feb-2008

    As the internationalisation of the legal services sector continues apace, one country stands alone in housing only domestic firms - Ireland.

  • People

    11-Feb-2008

    HBJ Gateley Wareing has hired Craig Adamson as head of planning in its real estate team. He joins the Edinburgh office from The City of Edinburgh Council.

  • Abreu brings bank chief on board as counsel

    11-Feb-2008

    Portuguese firm Abreu Advogados has hired Paulo Teixeira Pinto, the former chairman and CEO of Portugal's largest private bank Millennium BCP, as counsel.

  • Accident zone

    11-Feb-2008

    It's finally been confirmed: London is the most dangerous place in the world, with Continental Europe being two to three times as safe as the Big Smoke.

  • Addleshaws, Bevan Brittan, Pinsents land Costain work

    11-Feb-2008

    Construction giant Costain has launched its first legal panel in a bid to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

  • All-terrain vehicles

    11-Feb-2008

    Challenging market conditions look set to force a rethink on the terms of investment partnerships, says Iain Redford

  • Amarchand, Cleary act on indian float

    11-Feb-2008

    Indian firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co and Wall St firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advised on the $2.93bn (£1.49bn) IPO of Reliance Power - the largest Indian flotation to date.

  • Barristers escape perjury claims

    11-Feb-2008

    A senior barrister from Furnival chambers has shrugged off claims that he perverted the course of justice after the Divisional Court quashed summonses issued against him.

  • Bigger is better for US firms

    11-Feb-2008

    For years it has been clear that the dominant international legal market trend was towards ever-larger firms with the financial muscle and international footprints to advise their equally globalised clients.

  • BT launches new initiative to globalise legal team

    11-Feb-2008

    BT Group has appointed two new members to its legal leadership team as part of an initiative to globalise its legal department.

  • Burges Salmon hires head of best practice

    13-Feb-2008

    Burges Salmon has appointed Emma Davies to the newly-created role of head of best practice.

  • Cadwalader raids Latham for private equity assault

    11-Feb-2008

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft made a spectacular raid on the New York office of Latham & Watkins last week (6 February), snaring the latter's global head of private equity Ronald Hopkinson.

  • Called to account

    11-Feb-2008

    Law firms have enjoyed a light touch under the self-assessment regime, but the taxman is now placing partnerships under closer scrutiny

  • CC, Macfarlanes join mining giant battle

    11-Feb-2008

    Clifford Chance and Macfarlanes have won key roles in the battle for control of Rio Tinto, the UK-listed mining giant.

  • Chinese whispers

    11-Feb-2008

    And the prize for tenuous link of the year goes to… Clifford Chance.

  • Cleary reveals steady 2007 growth

    11-Feb-2008

    Provisional figures for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton demonstrate an increase of just two per cent for profit per equity (PEP) partner and a nine per cent hike in global turnover.

  • CMS firms reject Deloitte-style integration

    12-Feb-2008

    CMS firms reject Deloitte-style integration" /The international partners of the CMS network have rejected the Deloitte-style model of branding and said they want to retain their separate local identities but they have unanimously voted in favour of "closer integration and alignment".

  • Cohen Millstein agrees settlement over airline price fixing

    15-Feb-2008

    Cohen Millstein Hausfeld & Toll has reached a settlement in a US price fixing class action brought against British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic. The agreement could see thousands of air passengers receive compensation from the airlines.

  • College of Law launches Midlands property collective

    15-Feb-2008

    A group of eleven Midlands law firms have clubbed together with The College of Law to launch a Birmingham-based commercial property training programme for junior lawyers.

  • Court of Appeal ruling for Clarke Willmott may boost use of CFAs

    11-Feb-2008

    Clarke Willmott has won a significant Court of Appeal ruling that could see the increased use of conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) in commercial litigation.

  • Credit crunch has no impact on bankruptcies - MoJ

    15-Feb-2008

    Bankruptcy petitions and company wind-ups have gone down in number despite the credit crunch, according to Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures published today.

  • Crutes woos Eversheds corporate partner

    11-Feb-2008

    Crutes has bolstered its corporate division with the hire of partner Anne McCulloch from Eversheds.

  • Davis Polk misses out as Oracle M&A work goes way of Latham

    11-Feb-2008

    Latham & Watkins edged out Oracle's longstanding primary M&A adviser Davis Polk & Wardwell last month to secure its first lead acquisition mandate for the technology giant.

  • Defendant in Hammonds dispute joins Watson Burton

    15-Feb-2008

    Former Hammonds partner David Jones, one of the listed defendants in the firm’s £3m dispute with 14 ex-partners, has joined Watson Burton’s construction team.

  • Dentons wins global role with Al Jazeera

    11-Feb-2008

    International news network Al Jazeera has appointed Denton Wilde Sapte as its global legal counsel following a beauty parade in which the network saw at least five firms during a two-week UK tour.

  • Dickinsons leads abbey back to PFI/PPP

    11-Feb-2008

    Dickinson Dees has advised Abbey on its first two forays into the PFI and PPP markets since its acquisition by Banco Santander in 2004.

  • DLA Piper scales the AIM ranks as market confidence weakens

    11-Feb-2008

    DLA Piper has added another four companies to its roster of AIM clients, but is still a few short of Norton Rose, which has the highest number of AIM clients in the market at 65.

  • DLA Piper's US and EMEA revenues top $2bn

    15-Feb-2008

    DLA Piper's US and EMEA revenues top $2bn" /DLA Piper has become the latest firm to break the $2bn (£1.01bn) revenue barrier, posting global revenues of $2.1bn (£1.07bn) in the 2007 calendar year.

  • Dorsey defectors like the single life

    11-Feb-2008

    The most senior partner in the trio of commercial litigation lawyers who moved from Dorsey & Whitney to LG today, as revealed on www.thelawyer.com (8 February), has dubbed the shift "a vote in favour of the solid single office law firm".

  • ETF Securities beefs up legal team with Nomura hire

    13-Feb-2008

    Investment house ETF Securities has ramped up its legal team with the hire of Nomura International vice president Charles Carvell.

  • Eversheds

    11-Feb-2008

    Chief executive David Gray and UK managing partner Bryan Hughes have been canvassing Eversheds' associates to find out how to make the firm a success in the future.

  • Four new posts as ISDA extends reach

    11-Feb-2008

    The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) is ramping up its worldwide legal capabilities in response to the rapid growth of the global derivatives market.

  • Four promoted to Walkers partnership

    12-Feb-2008

    Walkers has promoted four to partnership in its Jersey office in response to the relaxation of rules governing funds on the island.

  • Fox to hike legal team in MySpace Euro push

    11-Feb-2008

    Fox Interactive Entertainment, the parent company of social networking site MySpace, is looking to double the size of its legal team as the business expands across Europe.

  • FSA succeeds with rare stockbroker prosecution

    15-Feb-2008

    The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has successfully prosecuted an unauthorised stockbroker who stole over £350,000 from clients between 1997 and 2004.

  • Furley Page promotes five to associate

    11-Feb-2008

    Furley Page has promoted five senior solicitors to associate level.

  • Genworth set for rethink of European panel as new counsel takes the reins

    11-Feb-2008

    Insurance giant Genworth Financial will be reviewing its European panel firms after merging the legal departments of its payment protection and mortgage insurance businesses.

  • Hammonds wins planning consent for UK's third-largest wind farm

    11-Feb-2008

    Planning lawyers at Hammonds have secured consent for a scheme to build the third-largest wind farm on British soil.

  • Harry Potter publisher appoints RPC star to GC role

    11-Feb-2008

    Publishing house Bloomsbury has recruited Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) star media senior associate Maya Abu Deeb as its first-ever general counsel.

  • High Court reveals identity of stalker barrister

    11-Feb-2008

    Common law set 12 King's Bench Walk barrister Lincoln Crawford has been named as the recorder convicted of harassing his ex-wife and new partner.

  • How to get a shred in law

    11-Feb-2008

    It's no secret that there's no love lost between media law firm Carter-Ruck and Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Daily Mail, but Tulkinghorn has heard relations may have become a tad more strained.

  • Howrey opens Indian office

    12-Feb-2008

    US firm Howrey has opened an office in Pune, western India, becoming the first major American firm with a client-handling office in the country.

  • HR Awards: People power

    11-Feb-2008

    The Academy Awards ceremony may be hanging in the balance, but fret not, replacement glamour is here in the shape of The Lawyer HR Awards, with a party to end all parties on 12 February 2008.

  • Jane Lister: Foot Anstey

    11-Feb-2008

    Foot Anstey markets itself as a full-service firm, able to run a commercial practice in parallel with a profitable legal aid practice.

  • Keynote address

    11-Feb-2008

    Lawyers and musicians are not a combo you would normally expect to gel.

  • Lamb entices former heads back into fold

    11-Feb-2008

    Lamb Chambers enticed recently retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Robin Auld and Chief Justice of the Falkland Islands Christopher Gardner QC back to the set.

  • Latham looks to BarCap for capital markets hire

    13-Feb-2008

    Latham & Watkins has turned to Barclays Capital for the latest hire into its New York capital markets team.

  • Law Society grills MoJ on bugging info

    13-Feb-2008

    The Law Society has written to the Ministry of Justice to demand that it reveal how many solicitors were bugged last year or risk facing a public enquiry.

  • Legal market splits on merits of Valentines Day

    14-Feb-2008

    Hammonds is courting female clients by inviting them to a Valentine's Day party at Holts Jewellers in Hatton Garden, London.

  • Links raids Giliberti for Milan push

    15-Feb-2008

    Linklaters has stepped up its Italian push with the lateral hire of corporate partner Francesco Stella.

  • Magic circle outguns US firms on debt deals

    11-Feb-2008

    The magic circle dominated last year's debt capital markets according to Thomson Financial's capital markets survey for 2007. Allen & Overy, Linklaters and Clifford Chance took first, second and third place, advising ...

  • Making the bullies pay

    11-Feb-2008

    Much fanfare accompanied the award in Green v DB Group Services (UK) Limited (2006) IRLR 764 of £828,000 to employee Helen Green, who had suffered a nervous breakdown and a relapse a year later, both brought about by the bullying behaviour of her colleagues.

  • Mayer Brown pleased with 9 per cent growth

    14-Feb-2008

    Mayer Brown pleased with 9 per cent growth" /The stellar growth experienced by Mayer Brown in 2006 fell back slightly over the past calendar year although the firm still managed to post revenue and profit increases of 9 per cent.

  • Mayer Brown’s sudden impact

    15-Feb-2008

    The financial reporting season is in full flow, so the obsession in New York this week is with numbers. Actually, when is it not?

  • McCartney/Mills divorce case rolls into second week

    15-Feb-2008

    The Heather Mills/ Paul McCartney divorce hearing will extend into next week after the estranged couple failed to reach a settlement in London’s Royal Courts of Justice.

  • Meadows Fraser link-up stretches to Oslo

    11-Feb-2008

    Oslo-based firm Haakonsen & Haaland has become the latest member to sign up with MGNA International, an international association of law firms founded in 2006 by Surrey firm Meadows Fraser, Dr Griesam Nibbe & Kollegen in Munich and Amoros Amer in Mallorca. Piers Meadows, a partner at Meadows Fraser, said: "Our membership of MGNA International gives our clients access to expertise in commercial matters, property, litigation and estate planning throughout Europe."

  • Microsoft plays hardball

    11-Feb-2008

    It was a case of wheels within wheels in Silicon Valley and beyond last week. One story - Microsoft's $44.6bn (£22.76bn) unsolicited bid for internet search business Yahoo! - dominated the business headlines, but in US legal circles it was the heavyweight roster of advisers that raised the most eyebrows.

  • Mills prepares to cross-examine McCartney

    11-Feb-2008

    Payne Hicks Beach could find its client Sir Paul McCartney cross-examined by estranged wife Heather Mills as the divorce case goes to court today (11 February).

  • Mishcon loses lawyer to client Spin3

    11-Feb-2008

    A Mishcon de Reya lawyer has left the firm to join a mobile betting company as its UK chief executive.

  • Mixed emotions for BLP's real estate team as big-hitters come and go

    11-Feb-2008

    Can Chris De Pury's arrival at BLP soften the turmoil around the shock exit of Vinay Veneik?

  • Morton Fraser adds partner in Glasgow

    11-Feb-2008

    Scottish firm Morton Fraser has boosted its Glasgow office with the hire of Burness corporate partner Gordon McKelvie.

  • Mrs Crossley drops landmark divorce claim

    14-Feb-2008

    The Crossley divorce case has grounded to a halt after Susan Crossley dropped her claim to her ex-husband's fortune.

  • Mutual understanding

    11-Feb-2008

    I joined Coors Brewers as a legal adviser four years ago. Principally, my role involves supporting the marketing and sponsorship teams with their advertising compliance issues and sponsorship deals, plus managing and advising on Coors' IP rights.

  • Nabarro targets public sector with DLA hire

    11-Feb-2008

    Nabarro has hired IT outsourcing partner George Wheeler-Carmichael from DLA Piper in a bid to attract more public sector-related work.

  • NEW: The Lawyer in New York

    12-Feb-2008

    For the last three months my colleague Matt Byrne has been in New York getting to know the Wall Street market. He was joined by reporter Julia Berris in January, and as part of our extended transatlantic coverage we’re launching a twice-weekly email from New York called The Lawyer In New York (well, we like to keep things straightforward). You can sign up to it here

  • Nick Bright: MessageLabs

    11-Feb-2008

    MessageLabs group general counsel Nick Bright has complete faith in his company’s ability to block unwanted emails.

  • Norton Rose creates three new forums to boost staff liaison

    11-Feb-2008

    Norton Rose is the latest firm to jump aboard the management-staff liaison bandwagon by creating three staff forums - including one for associates and knowhow lawyers.

  • Norton Rose introduces three associate grades

    11-Feb-2008

    Norton Rose associates are to be split into three ranks as the firm becomes the latest to scrap the pegging of pay to PQE levels.

  • Orange deputy GC takes up GSM Association top legal post

    11-Feb-2008

    The trade organisation for the global mobile phone industry has hired a new general counsel to revamp its legal department.

  • Orrick takes on Jones Day corporate head

    11-Feb-2008

    US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has boosted its London office with the hire of Jones Day head of corporate Hilary Winter.

  • Partnerships

    11-Feb-2008

    As the introduction of the Legal Services Bill looms closer on the horizon, partnership structures are starting to consume an ever-increasing amount of lawyers' and managers' time.

  • Paul Hastings posts robust growth for 2007

    15-Feb-2008

    Paul Hastings has posted results that show a second consecutive year of revenue and profit growth at 20 per cent or above.

  • Procter & Gamble appoints new GC

    14-Feb-2008

    Procter & Gamble (P&G) has appointed a new global general counsel following the retirement of legal group stalwart Jim Johnson, promoting deputy general counsel Steven Jemison to the role.

  • QCs, Law Soc in face-off over solicitor code rights

    11-Feb-2008

    Two leading silks have initiated proceedings against the Law Society for the right to include the new Solicitors' Code of Conduct in a handbook they co-authored.

  • Queue and cry

    11-Feb-2008

    When it comes to queue culture, nothing annoys Brits more than someone who doesn't observe the correct etiquette. We all know how it works: when masses of people all want to access the same thing, we form an orderly queue and wait patiently until our turn comes. Unless, of course, you're a Clifford Chance partner.

  • RBS loss sparks Linklaters New York push

    14-Feb-2008

    The NY office of Linklaters is on the hunt for banking regulatory lawyers after it lost out on a portion of the work for Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

  • RCJ support unit offers assistance to Mills

    11-Feb-2008

    The Royal Court of Justice's Personal Support Unit (PSU) today said that Heather Mills should have sought its assistance in relation to her divorce from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney.

  • Separated at birth

    11-Feb-2008

    David Hasselhoff has never been one to shy away from the glare of the public eye, be it donning leathers on top of the Berlin wall, rescuing scantily clad beach bunnies or flexing his digitally enhanced pecs in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

  • Shapiro: class act to do class actions

    11-Feb-2008

    There will be more than one lawyer wondering what SJ Berwin mediation chief David Shapiro's secret of everlasting youth is.

  • Sidley boosts revenues by 11 per cent

    12-Feb-2008

    Sidley Austin has become the latest US firm to reveal its global figures, reporting an 11 per cent boost in revenue for the 2007 financial year.

  • Sidley defies downturn with City figures

    11-Feb-2008

    Sidley Austin has announced a 12.4 per cent increase in London turnover for the 2007 financial year.

  • Sidley global revenue up 11 per cent

    11-Feb-2008

    Sidley Austin has reported an 11 per cent boost in revenue for the 2007 financial year.

  • Sidley ramps up funds group with Covington hire

    11-Feb-2008

    Sidley Austin has snared a Covington & Burling London tax partner to boost the firm’s fund formation practice in the capital. David Hinds, who joins the firm as a partner, has been brought in to help build a funds formation group in Sidley’s London office. He will also advise on tax issues on ...

  • Simpson Thacher and Sullivan $4bn sovereign fund

    14-Feb-2008

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Sullivan & Cromwell have scored lead roles on China Investment Corporation’s (CIC) $4bn (£2bn) investment into a JC Flowers fund designed to rescue ailing financial institutions.

  • Skadden set for Shanghai launch

    14-Feb-2008

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom will open an office in Shanghai on Monday (18 February), the firm's fifth in the Asia region and its second in mainland China.

  • Skadden, Latham punch through $2bn barrier

    12-Feb-2008

    Revealed: New York giants pile on the revenues as global firms shrug off credit crunch

  • Slaughters and Herbies close major annuity deal

    15-Feb-2008

    Standard Life has turned to long-term adviser Slaughter and May in a deal that will see the life insurance giant offload annuity liabilities worth £6.7bn to Canada Life.

  • Slaughters leads pub group's merger bid

    11-Feb-2008

    Slaughter and May is acting for longstanding client Punch Taverns in a takeover bid for Mitchell & Butlers (M&B) that would create the UK's largest pub group.

  • SocGen looks within to find new GC for the Americas

    11-Feb-2008

    Société Générale's (SecGen) corporate and investment banking arm has appointed a new general counsel for the Americas (SG Americas), promoting internally for the role.

  • Solicitor accused of stealing £1m

    15-Feb-2008

    McGoldricks name partner Thomas McGoldrick was accused of stealing more than a million pounds from a disabled client, a court heard yesterday (14 February).

  • Sport decision ruling gives footballers 'buyout' right

    11-Feb-2008

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has made a landmark decision on football player contracts, ruling that players can buy out the remaining years of their contract if they want to leave.

  • SRA creates storm over foreign lawyers' requalification test

    11-Feb-2008

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has extended its consultation period for the qualified lawyers transfer test (QLTT), delaying the controversial interim measures that were due to come into force on 1 March.

  • Sullivan guides Diageo on Ketel One investment

    15-Feb-2008

    Sullivan & Cromwell has cemented its relationship with drinks giant Diageo, advising the company on its $900m (£456.50m) joint venture with Dutch distiller Ketel One.

  • The Lawyer HR Awards 2008: BLP scoops team of the year

    13-Feb-2008

    The HR Awards kicked off in fine style last night with Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) scooping the coveted HR team of the year award for the second year in a row.

  • This week we're all talking about...Macca v Mucca

    13-Feb-2008

    This week, today and yesterday, all of Sir Paul McCartney’s troubles seemed so far away and now it looks as though they are here to stay…

  • Tony Blair's brother appointed QBD judge

    11-Feb-2008

    Tony Blair's brother, William Blair QC of 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB), has been appointed a judge in the Queen's Bench Division (QBD) of the High Court. Blair was called to the bar in 1972, took silk in 1994 and became a recorder in 1998. He was involved in Zambia v Meer Care of Desai (2005). Nicholas Hill, senior practice manager at 3VB, commented: "His appointment is the second for the set this year and we congratulate him and know that he'll excel."

  • Traditional law firms need to embrace technology to survive

    11-Feb-2008

    Your average consumer could be forgiven for thinking that the technology revolution has largely passed the legal profession by.

  • Trowers in on the ground as £4bn Saudi city is born

    11-Feb-2008

    Trowers & Hamlins has advised the Knowledge Economic City Development Company on a deal to develop the network infrastructure for a new $8bn (£4.03bn) city in Saudi Arabia.

  • Two billion or not two billion?

    14-Feb-2008

    Two billion or not two billion?15-Feb-2008The benchmark for US firms was well and truly set last week when Latham & Watkins and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom broke the $2bn revenue barrier for the first time.

  • Uría merges with Lisbon boutique

    11-Feb-2008

    Leading Spanish firm Uría Menéndez has merged with Lisbon employment boutique Fraústo da Silva & Associados.

  • Walkers and Mourant merger talks collapse

    11-Feb-2008

    Offshore heavyweights Walkers and Mourant have called off merger talks.

  • Wanted: 21 new High Court judges

    11-Feb-2008

    The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is kick-starting the search for 21 new High Court judges tomorrow (12 February).

  • Web Week

    11-Feb-2008

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer. com.

  • Weil Gotshal reports 12 per cent growth

    14-Feb-2008

    Weil Gotshal & Manges has reported double figure growth for global profits and revenues for the 2007 financial year.

  • Welsh public sector bodies launch £8m super panel

    11-Feb-2008

    Firms including Eversheds, Browne Jacobson and Hugh James have won places on the biggest public sector panel in Welsh history.

  • WFW splits shipping and finance in rebrand

    11-Feb-2008

    Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) is attempting to rebrand its finance practice away from shipping by splitting it into two practice groups.

  • Wragges boosted by pension client win

    13-Feb-2008

    Wragge & Co's pensions practice has been boosted by the addition of two sets of pension fund trustees as clients.