11 June 2001
A raft of new legislation dealing with data protection, the regulation of employers' investigatory powers and human rights has had an effect on employer and employee rights. There are three areas where employers must take on board changes to privacy-related rights.``Pre-employment selection`Employers can face discrimination claims on the basis of sex, race and disability when advertising a position. Data protection issues can also arise in the recruitment process. After the EC ...
Readers of The Lawyer could not have missed that what were once large London law firms doing international work are now global law firms.
With the legal aid budget slashed and the NHS claims increasingly complex, the Royal College of Nursing's legal department is being forced to rely on outside advisers to make up the numbers. Naomi Rovnick reports
AEA Technology announces conditional disposal of its nuclear engineering business to Warrington-based Nukem Nuclear for about £34m. AEA Technology advised by Eversheds (Robin Johnson, Keith Froud). Nukem advised by Halliwell Landau (Mark Halliwell).
Asda Property Holdings sells Stone Lake Industrial Park, south-east London, to clients of Henderson Global Investors for £5m. Asda Property Holdings advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Richard Vernon). Henderson advised by Olswang.
Tulkinghorn would like to send his condolences to Andy Ryde at Slaughter and May.`Just weeks after recovering from a broken rib, incurred by a stray elbow in a rather feisty football match, Ryde has damaged some ligaments in his ankle after a tennis lesson. But before you laugh, he had been up until 3am working on a deal at Credit Suisse First Boston.`Hard taskmaster (or masochist) that he is, ...
NTL has overlooked its ongoing relationship with Travers Smith Braithwaite and has hired international law firm Baker & McKenzie.
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Bevan Ashford is to launch a dedicated insolvency practice from its Bristol office with the hire of Laytons' highly-rated Bristol head of insolvency Gordon Bon.
BioFocus buys Cambridge Drug Discovery Holdings in a deal worth £27.5m. BioFocus advised by Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (Peter Hill). Cambridge Drug Discovery Holdings advised by Weil Gotshal & Manges (James Gubbins).
Bird & Bird has advised US medical transcription services provider MedQuist, a Philips subsidiary, on its acquisition of Speech Machines. Corporate partner Roger Butterworth provided advice as to English law in a deal valued at approximately $10m (£7.2m).`Although MedQuist is quoted in the US, Anglo-Dutch giant Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV holds the majority of its shares.`Bird & Bird's relationship ...
Having received an edict from on high that no one at Clifford Chance should speak to The Lawyer about anything at all, lawyers at the firm have been breaking the curfew to contact us on the most serious of matters: where to find a leather circular box for the detachable collars used on court shirts.`Our good friend at CC informs us that Ede & Ravenscroft on Chancery Lane or indeed Thresher & Glenny ...
Business software solutions specialist Huon Holdings seals £181.75m reverse takeover of the Innovation Group
Business software solutions specialist Huon Holdings seals £181.75m reverse takeover of the Innovation Group. Huon Holdings advised by Taylor Joynson Garrett (Gordon Jackson). The Innovation Group advised by Gouldens and DLA.
Cabot Square sells student accommodation provider UniLodge Holding to the Unite Group in £110m deal. Cabot Square advised by Herbert Smith (Mark Geday, Gerald Bland). The Unite Group advised by Nabarro Nathanson (Nick Collins). Sponsor Teather & Greenwood advised by Slaughter and May.
CMS Cameron McKenna has just completed its first corporate transaction for Sara Lee Corporation - taking the work from under the nose of bigger player Clifford Chance.
Campbell Hooper has bolstered its construction practice with the appointment of its fifth partner.
Cloisters chambers has hired three more barristers, bringing the number of recruits to six since its criminal section split off.
Lister & ors v Hesley Hall, HL, LTL 3/5/2001`The House of Lords held the employer of a teacher, who had sexually abused children in his charge, vicariously liable for the abuse. In reaching this conclusion their Lordships overruled ST v North Yorkshire County Council (1998). In ST the central issue for the Court of Appeal was whether the sexual assault in that case was within the scope of employment. The court found it difficult to reach the conclusion that the sexual misconduct of ...
South West firm Clarke Wilmott & Clarke has further strengthened its property capability with the hire of a legal director from house builder Redrow Group and a property partner from the defunct Bristol office of Eversheds.
The chambers director of specialist crime set Queen Elizabeth Building has retired after nearly 40 years at the set.
Cytomyx Holdings becomes first biotech company to list on AIM this year, raising £2m. Cytomyx advised by Memery Crystal (Andrew Titmas). Broker Hoodless Brennan & Partners advised by Wedlake Bell. Nominated adviser Corporate Synergy advised by
Cabot Square was among the clients introduced to Herbert Smith by securitisation partner Jane Borrows, who joined from Sidley & Austin in November 2000. This is Herbert Smith's first deal for the US client, which was a principal shareholder in UniLodge Holding. The deal was real estate driven, with 4,114 student rooms owned by UniLodge being transferred to the Unite Group. With so many properties and such a wide spread across the UK, Herbert Smith and
DJ Freeman has lost another partner from its property group.
Jonathan Fox is very happy in his new position as chief executive of Collyer-Bristow, but the firm is not the only one after his services.`Fox, who joined from DLA where he was client relationship manager for Barclays, was also offered a position at Marks & Spencer, but Fox will not even shop there, let alone take a job.`Why? Well, in his student days Fox took a Saturday job at M&S, working on the cash till. While he is sure it has changed since, during his time the management never ...
TALKS are underway between insurers, bankers and lawyers to cope with the massive volume of film finance litigation by a Lloyd's-style global case management.
Jonathan Fox, new chief executive of Collyer-Bristow, likes to think of his new firm as a little dog. Unfortunately he does not specify which particular breed - shih-tzu are terribly fashionable this season - but I think it's fair to say that he's thinking terrier rather than toy poodle.`This is all part of the Fox theory of business, which he has labelled the big dog, little dog syndrome. The idea is that the little dog can sneak up underneath the big dog and bite it, taking away small ...
Leicester law firm Freethcartwright is dealing with 60 claims made against the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
The US Senate has confirmed Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Theodore Olson as the 42nd Solicitor General of the US.
Readers of this esteemed organ may recall SJ Berwin litigators Tim Taylor and Louis Flannery having to endure unspeakable poverty in the Ciragan Palace Hotel (The Lawyer, 16 October 2000). The pair, who were working on a $100m (£69m) dispute at the time, were forced to stay in the $2,500 (£1,728) a night presidential suite - retaining their sanity only through a bedtime read of The Lawyer. ...
Herbert Smith's Asian construction group head has been appointed managing partner of the Hong Kong office.
Cambridge-based firm Hewitson Becke + Shaw is set to merge with Oxford firm Linnells to create the first law firm to have a presence in both cities.
On 17 May thousands of employees from Marks & Spencer's (M&S) European outlets descended on London to protest against the company's plans to close its 38 stores in continental Europe.`When the plans were announced earlier this year they were met with vehement opposition, not only from the workforce and the French public, but also from the French prime minister Lionel Jospin, who described the way in which the announcement was made as "brutal".`The closure decision was successfully ...
US firm Holland & Knight's Bill McBride has resigned from his role as managing partner following his decision to explore the world of politics.
So, A&O is considering Hackney for its next home. The move would certainly raise a few eyebrows, but not half as much as Norton Rose moving to Elephant & Castle.`Rumour has it that the firm is keen to build its office on the roundabout, with the circling road doubling as a moat to keep any unwanted types out.`Meanwhile, Slaughter ...
Only one firm of solicitors in England and just two private companies in the UK have been authorised to carry out pupillage training, two years after legislation was introduced to widen training provision to outside chambers.
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Keeble Hawson has boosted its clinical negligence and construction and dispute resolution departments with two lateral hires from fellow Yorkshire-based firms.
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So the bar doesn't want Tony Blair. Well, it's just a shame they didn't get out to vote then, isn't it, because he's back. But the reasons for the overwhelming rejection of a hypothetical tenancy application to the UK's top 20 sets from our Prime Minister might actually have less to do with politics and a conservative bar than most people think (although political leanings did clearly influence a number of those who contributed to the poll).`After all, ...
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Olswang's technology, media and telecommunications corporate finance house LongAcre has moved into Sweden with the acquisition of Lommen Corporate Finance.
Cambridge-based law firm Mills & Reeve has been appointed as legal adviser to the London School of Economics, winning the work from Goodman Derrick, which has carried out the task for 25 years.
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Morgan Lewis & Bockius is offering its summer clerks money to stay out of the office.
McGrigor Donald took on the role of dual adviser in this PFI deal, acting for both the consortium and the bank. This is an approach preferred by the NewSchools consortium for deals of this size, and one which is becoming increasingly common. It suits PFI transactions when only one bank is involved and if that bank does not want to syndicate post financial close.`Rather than use Chinese walls, McGrigor Donald advised both parties according to agreed principles between the bank and the ...
NewSchools consortium and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) sign second phase of £40m Swan Valley Community School's PFI with Kent County Council
NewSchools consortium and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) sign second phase of £40m Swan Valley Community School's PFI with Kent County Council. NewSchools consortium and RBS advised by McGrigor Donald (Michael Watson, Drysdale Graham). Kent County Council advised by Eversheds (Mark Dillon).
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Norske Skog is a long-term client of White & Case and has strong links with the Brussels office. The firm did have to pitch for the work but it was no surprise when it won. `The speed of the transaction was unusual. Although the structure of the deal was complicated because there were six mills to be acquired, the rest of the transaction was completed in three weeks.`Haindl is the last independent ...
Norton Rose has applied for a licence to open in China after deciding to establish a presence in Beijing.
The Nottingham Law School has won a solicitor-advocate training contract on behalf of a consortium of top 20 law firms.
Per Troen, a Danish and English-qualified lawyer and partner at Osborne Clarke OWA, is quite a guy.`Troen's clients are some of the largest Danish and Nordic banks and companies, including some of the best known Danish high net worth families. Not only that, but our Mr Troen established the first Danish law firm in London in 1985.`But all this work has not been for nothing. Mr Troen's ...
Troubled dotcom Sportal is using Olswang to negotiate the funds it needs to survive.`The firm has taken Sportal through every stage of the business, from its incorporation in 1998 to its recent second round of funding.`Sportal's head of legal Jonathan West said: "We're delighted with Olswang's loyalty to us, the firm has proved itself a loyal and capable adviser and we know we can rely on it in these difficult ...
Down in Chancery Lane, the announcement of the election result has been greeted with a giant yawn. Once again, an election has led to the triumph of apathy and abstention. No, I am not talking about the general election, but the election for the vacant seat on the ruling council of the Law Society for the City of London constituency.`It was my first election contest since 1966, when I competed for a place as the drummer in my cousin's band, Fryin' Tonight. I won both contests, ...
we all know that the English bar is respected throughout the world and its leading practitioners appear in courts from Hong Kong to Tonga. But Tulkinghorn was still somewhat bemused to hear that leading European practitioner David Vaughan QC and fellow Brick Court Chambers tenant Fergus Randolph were recently out in the Falkland Islands.`Yes, there is a court there, which heard the fishing licence dispute in which the two were involved. The trip did not, however, provide the glamour ...
Equal opportunities campaigners have been struggling for decades to get their cause onto the political map and into the social consciousness. There must have been times when even the most stalwart began to lose hope, but in the new millennium, causes that have been given the cold shoulder are finally being addressed, and hopefully even redressed. There is no doubt that equal opportunities are experiencing a new dawn and are here to stay.`Legislators and lawyers in the UK certainly have ...
The $850m (£602.9m) restructuring of Pilipino Telephone Corporation (Piltel) is the Philippines' largest corporate debt restructuring. Linklaters & Alliance was recommended to Piltel by Lehman Brothers. Allen & Overy was originally brought in to act for the consortium of Filipino banks, but it ended ...
Pilipino Telephone Corporation (Piltel) is restructuring 98 per cent of its debt in a deal worth $850m (£602.9m
Pilipino Telephone Corporation (Piltel) is restructuring 98 per cent of its debt in a deal worth $850m (£602.9m). Piltel advised by Linklaters & Alliance (Steven Christopher). Creditors advised by Allen & Overy (Alan Rae Smith).
Tulkinghorn wonders whe-ther anyone could find a more bizarre use for one’s home than criminal barrister Colin Campbell, whose half-renovated house in Clapham has been transformed into possibly the smallest theatre in the world. A dividing wall has been knocked through to make space for four actors to perform a play entitled Rooms of the House and a capacity audience of 30.‘The play, a cross between Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads and TS Eliot’s The Cocktail Party, has been written by ...
Railtrack completes second and third stages of its fixed rail infrastructure UK tax leasing programme
Railtrack completes second and third stages of its fixed rail infrastructure UK tax leasing programme. Railtrack advised by Clifford Chance (Gavin Teague, Michael Ehrlich, Nina Buchan). Banks Barclays Structured Asset Finance and Lombard Corporate Finance advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Paul Holland, Lisa Marks).
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Firm moves into new league with 6 minute ad during England clash
Leeds law firm Nelson & Co has a new hierarchy in place after new senior and managing partners were appointed.
After shaky financial results last year, Simmons & Simmons has come storming back with profits up by 56 per cent.
SJ Berwin is continuing to drive its private equity practice across Europe, taking on a corporate team in Paris.
A new niche practice has been formed in Singapore with the marriage of two of Asia’s biggest names in IP.
When it comes to technology, media and telecoms (TMT), US firms have a head start. The home of Silicon Valley and Bill Gates was cashing in on the brave new world while the UK was still trying to work out how to turn on its Acorn computer.`So it is no surprise that many of the US firms in London are technology-orientated. Shaw Pittman and Brobeck Hale and Dorr came to the UK with the express desire of cracking the IT market, Shaw Pittman focusing on large, outsourcing deals and Brobeck ...
One area where there does seem to be a definite push towards online legal transactions is conveyancing. Much of the impetus is coming from the Government, which, along with just about every other government in the developed world, says that it wants to make the country the best location for e-commerce. Although much of this is inevitably just e-spin, the UK is taking definite steps in the sphere of conveyancing. Last year's Electronic Communications Bill will allow electronic signatures, ..
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Cloisters splits up after crisis meeting`Crisis talks between the civil and criminal groups at Cloisters confirmed suspicions that the criminal group was leaving the set. Seventeen criminal tenants left the chambers, leaving Cloisters as a demerged civil set, with the majority joining Michael Mansfield QC's 14 Tooks Court (The Lawyer, 26 June 2000). Stephen Solley QC and Jerome Lynch QC joined Cloisters' ex-senior clerk Michael Martin at Cardinal Chambers.`Cloisters' ...
Procurement issues were dragged from blissful obscurity last summer when the European Commission challenged the process of negotiation used in UK PFI projects. EC officials questioned the use of the 'negotiated procedure' - where short-listed bidders start detailed discussions with the contracting body about project cost and structure - in the negotiation for the now defunct Pimlico School project in London, on which CM
Time management software business Atlantic Global raises £2m through its first placing on AIM. Atlantic Global advised by Theodore Goddard (Paul Salmon). Nominated adviser and broker Seymour Pierce advised by Memery Crystal.
Taylor Joynson Garrett posted a 26 per cent rise in gross fees to £60.4m for 2000-2001.
Scottish firm Tods Murray has bolstered its corporate finance and commercial practice with a partner from smaller rival McClure Naismith.
UPM-Kymmene buys German-based paper producer G Haindl'sche Papierfabriken for euro3.85bn and sells two of Haindl's mills to Norske Skog for euro1.1bn. Haindl advised by Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch (Gerhard Wegen). UM-Kymmene advised by Hengeler Mueller Weitzel Wirtz (Julius Budde). Norske Skog advised by White & Case (Andreas Stilcken).
The rollercoaster ride of lastminute.com's share price is emblematic of the bursting of the dotcom bubble but last month the site's chairman claimed that it would achieve profitability in key markets within the next year. The UK's biggest e-tailer, Amazon.com, also says that it has turned the corner and expects to start making operational profits in the fourth quarter.`Interest in legal online offerings never approached the dizzy heights of goldrush e-tail mania or the ...
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The fog on the Tyne is all Watson Burton's. It has been a record year for the medium-sized North East firm, with annual figures showing a 22 per cent increase in turnover.`"It's an old firm with a youthful attitude," says Rob Langley, head of both the construction and insurance and the litigation practices, speaking from Durham's cricket ground. In fact, the average age of the 22 partners ...
Andersen Luther becomes refuge for Wessing teams as internal dissent sparks more walkouts
Olswang has scored a major coup by adding European football governing body Uefa to its client base as White & Case partner Alasdair Bell joins the firm today (11 June).
Withers is taking the BBC to court on behalf of Elite Model Management in an attempt to clear its name after its damning in the television programme MacIntyre Undercover: Fashion.
Tony Blair may have won a landslide victory in last week's election but the bar has fully endorsed his decision never to return to practice by voting overwhelmingly that they would not accept him as a tenant.