11 October 2004
An anonymous email to Tulkinghorn last week revealed the scrutiny with which The Lawyer’s ‘Work-Life Quiz’ is now perused.
Clifford Chance’s ever depleting US operation has been hit with a departure from its West Coast office as James Lico jumps ship to Kirkland & Ellis.
With the introduction of new employment regulations at the beginning of the month, Tulkinghorn has been inundated with invitations to seminars clarifying the rules for confused clients.
Wel, dyna newydd gorau a ddaeth i Tulkinghorn, i Tulkinghorn. Press release of the week comes from Liverpool stalwart Mace & Jones, announcing that it now has not one, but two Welsh-speaking lawyers – Helen Jones from Blaenau Ffestiniog and Lois Wiegand from – oh, how Tulkinghorn has longed to write this – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
Addleshaw Goddard’s burgeoning finance department has poached Simmons & Simmons’ head of banking Nicholas Fisher.
The Bar Council has elected One Crown Office Row silk Guy Mansfield as its new chairman.
Beachcroft Wansbroughs is bolstering financial services after snaring a specialist from the sector. Mark Broadhead, formerly a compliance officer at Royal London, joins the Manchester office as a partner. Also, barrister Natasha Peacock is moving from several years spent in-house in legal and compliance roles in the financial services industry to become a legal and regulatory consultant in Beachcrofts’ London office. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 4 October
Blake Lapthorn Linnell has replaced Manches as the principal legal adviser to the Property Managers Association (PMA) by offering to work free of charge.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has snared two new capital markets and project finance partners as part of the firm’s continuing bid to bolster its finance practice.
Yorkshire firm John Howe & Co is expanding its regional base with the acquisition of niche Leeds practice Lyons & Dorsey. The move sees the four-partner outfit establishing a city centre site to work alongside its Pudsey headquarters. Wilson’s solicitor Lisa Conway has also been hired to handle contentious cases.
King & Spalding has made a slew of hires. Paul Murphy rejoins as a partner in the Atlanta office of the firm where he spent nine years as a litigator. John Bentivoglio joins the Washington DC office as co-chair of the firm’s healthcare group. The firm has also hired patent litigators Alexas Skucas and Allison Altersohn from Kenyon & Kenyon.
Another three associates are set to leave Clifford Chance’s depleted communications, media and technology (CMT) group.
Clifford Chance’s ever-shrinking New York office has contracted again after losing another partner, this time to LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae.
Former top dog Linklaters drops to second as CC storms ahead; US firms make good showing with eleven in top twenty
Litigation star Benedict poised to leave as Childs predicts 2005 plateau profits hike to £850,000
CMS Cameron McKenna and its Slovakian ally Law Office Ruzicka are competing together for their first government privatisation role after cementing their association earlier this year.
Holborn-based Collyer-Bristow is set to launch its first overseas office in November when the firm opens for business in Geneva.
Conyers Dill & Pearman (CD&P) has bolstered its growing British Virgin Islands practice by scooping a former Allen & Overy partner.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (William Lawes, Jonathan Rees, Jeffery Roberts) provided UK and Russian legal advice to US energy company ConocoPhillips on its successful bid for the purchase of a 7.59 per cent stake in Russian oil company OAO Lukoil. The $1.988bn ...
DLA has received its first client referral from potential merger partner Piper Rudnick. The US firm has sent DLA an instruction on the largest redevelopment of a brownfield site currently planned for Europe.
DLA is accelerating its push into project finance with the lateral hires of Debbie Barbour and Anil Mehta, previously associates at Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy respectively. They join the London office as partners, bringing to 26 the partner count in the project finance practice.
DLA senior partner Roger Lane-Smith failed to record a meeting in which the chairman of JJB Sports Dave Whelan was found to have rigged the price of football shirts with his competitors, David Hughes of all:sports and Mike Ashley of Sports Soccer.
DLA’s senior partner is retiring after more than 30 years at the firm. Roger Lane-Smith announced his retirement last Thursday (7 October) which will take effect from 30 April next year. There is no indication at this point whether he will replaced. It is understood that Lane-Smith has been in discussions about retiring for some time. Lane-Smith was a corporate expert at Alsop Wilkinson, which went on to form part of today’s DLA.
DLA has recruited Simmons & Simmons’ former finance director to be its new chief financial officer in the lead up to the firm’s merger vote with US suitor Piper Rudnick.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is considering the closure of its 5 Chancery Lane office as part of a cost-cutting drive.
EY Law’s Paris office has been hit with another wave of departures.
Journalists know all too well that PR folk move in mysterious ways. Whatever the senior bods at PR school are dishing out to their charges in the way of advice, though, is anyone’s guess.
Established in 1890, Hempsons is anything but an old-fashioned firm. In the 115 years since it was created, when its partners broke away from Slaughter and May, the firm has remained independent, preferring, as managing partner Janice Barber puts it, to “slip the baton and ...
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Siemens Business Services on its £2bn sale and outsourcing deal with BBC Technology despite conflict of interest concerns raised by senior partner Anthony Salz’s position as vice-chairman of the broadcaster.
Paris boutique Ginestié Paley-Vincent & Associés has scooped a partner from French giant EY Law. Corporate partner Bernard Laurent-Bellue joined Ginestié in early October after four years with the former accountancy-tied firm. He specialises in M&A, private equity, leveraged buyouts and corporate governance and will be Ginestié’s twelfth partner. The firm undertakes a mix of corporate, commercial, real estate, employment and white collar crime work.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) chief executive Virginia Glastonbury has withdrawn from December’s management elections.
Florida entreprenuer Malcolm Glazer has turned to Allen & Overy for advise on his expected bid for UK footballing giant Manchester United, The Lawyer can reveal.
The government today (13 October) launched a campaign to encourage diversity within the judiciary with a raft of radical new measures.
It’s like the senate of ancient Rome round at Denton WildeSapte (DWS) at the moment.It’s not clear yet who is Brutus in this equation, but theknives have been out for incumbent managing partnerVirginia Glastonbury for some time.Her decision...
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, unless you’re a legal journalist. Certainly if you’re a local government lawyer, you’re expected to dish out something in return for all that friendly free advice, training and access to information that some firms are willing to offer in a partnering arrangement.
Which managing partner is indulging in a spot of merger activity of his own with a fellow partner?
Herbert Smith partner Dr Julian Lew QC will become the latest partner to quit a City firm for a new life at the bar, when he joins 20 Essex Street in April 2005.
Hogan & Hartson’s Munich office has added a former Allen & Overy (A&O) corporate partner as part of its bid to launch a transatlantic life sciences practice.
Australian law firm Holding Redlich has launched the first comprehensive corporate social responsibility (CSR) service to be offered by a law firm in Australia.
New UK legislation introduced to catch terrorists has caught three British bankers accused of Enron-related fraud who are now fighting extradition. By Jon Robins
With its recent tripartite deal, Hemscott is evolving from a small UK-focused company into a major global player. By Jodi Bartle
Chambers housed in the Inns of Court are struggling to comply with new laws governing the treatment of disabled people that were introduced this month.
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel has hired the highly regarded former general counsel of France Telecom for its Paris office. Jean-Pierre Mattout joined the US firm as a partner yesterday (13 October). Mattout quit as France Telecom’s general counsel in May this year after two years in the post. Prior to that he served as general counsel and member of the executive management board of the corporate and investment banking arm of BNP Paribas.
One Sunday recently a relative of Tulkinghorn was out clothes shopping with his daughter. The young female was foraging for her first-ever pair of Doctor Marten boots, a rite of passage that eventually led the gallant duo to North London. More specifically, the crusty market in Camden.
The President of the Law Society will warn today that solicitors face "the most far-reaching reform of the profession in decades".
In an ever-changing world, it’s good to be able to rely on some things. And one of the great constants in life is Clifford Chance’s inexplicable vocation for pointless tinkering. We’ve lost count of the number of stories we’ve run about the firm playing around with the lockstep, rejigging the capital base and losing heavy-hitting Americans.
Linklaters’ New York office has returned to Shearman & Sterling for new recruits, this time taking on the former co-head of the US firm’s securitisation and derivatives group. Gary Barnett joins Linklaters as a partner and will be reunited with former colleague and litigation expert Paul Wickes, who joined ...
Linklaters has broken ranks and pulled out of a programme aimed at helping cash-strapped university law departments to turn its attention to more “sophisticated” initiatives.
Lovells has reinforced its longstanding family ties with Active Hotels by advising the online travel provider on its sale to giant US competitor priceline.com.
Manches has lost a family law partner to Thames Valley firm Blandy & Blandy. Kerry Fretwell joins the Reading firm as a partner, specialising in ancillary relief and cases involving children. She is part of the Solicitors Family Law Association Training Committee and was also involved in setting up the Collaborative Family Law Group, a body that encourages the settlement of family disputes without recourse to court hearings. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 4 October.
Who’d be a Premier League director? Last week vandals, also known as Manchester United FC supporters, redecorated one of the club’s director’s cars. Maurice Watkins, long-time legal adviser to the once-successful outfit, found his Jaguar’s exterior had been repainted in a not unattractive Jackson Pollack style. The attack, for such it was, was naturally and properly condemned by the club.
In a story that appeared on www.thelawyer.com (27 September), under the headline ‘Mourant scoops Maples trio for expansion plan’, it was incorrectly stated that three lawyers leaving Maples and Calder were partners. In fact, the three are joining Mourant du Feu & Jeune as partners but were employed as associates at Maples. We are also informed that the well prepared back up systems used by the firm operated seamlessly in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurrican Ivan. We are happy ...
Leading Dublin firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice has expanded its IP team with the recruitment of Alistair Payne from rated Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
An internal reorganisation at McGrigors has seen Katharine Hardie become the first head of real estate for Scotland. Previously McGrigors had only a national head, Philip Burroughs, now managing partner for London. The news coincides with two partner and six director level promotions, all effective immediately, which takes the total number of ...
US-based firm Morrison & Foerster’s (MoFo) efforts for London charity Choices 4 All has led to the firm employing an office junior with learning disabilities, an unlooked-for benefit of providing pro bono IP protection advice.
The London office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius has scored a double coup after recruiting the former head of Norton Rose’s IP/IT group as well as the general counsel from client Cantor Fitzgerald International. Richard Barratt joins the US firm as a partner from Norton Rose, where he was global head of IP and IT before a recent restructuring of the department. Former client Robert Falkner was general counsel ...
Keith Hatter gives the lowdown on how to motivate yourself and your team
The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) is to review its panel of law firms again, three years after slashing its external advisers from 90 to 15.
Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz has appointed the former chief executive of Dresdner Bank as a partner.
Regulator jubilant as CAT rubber-stamps fines imposed on JJB and all:sports. By Helen Power
The world of solicitors’ financial services has been through a profound upheaval since the Financial Services Authority (FSA) assumed responsibility for regulation. The arrival of the FSA in December 2001 was heralded by an explosion in the volume and complexity of regulatory edict and increases in the cost of doing business. At the same time, the first attempt was made to reduce ...
Property venture capital company Palmer Capital Partners (PCP) will almost double its legal spend following the creation of a £250m real estate investment fund, which is claimed to be the first real estate investment trust (Reit) to be offered in the UK.
South East firm Penningtons has bolstered its dispute resolution practice with the appointment of a partner from Laytons.
Peterborough City Council legal chief Mark Hynes has taken on the challenge of transforming Lambeth Council as its new director of legal and democratic services.
McDermott Will & Emery’s client Polygon Investment Partners has backed down in its high-profile dispute with British Energy.
Partnering between public and private sector lawyers is an idea whose time has come. Matt Byrne reveals the results of The Lawyer’s first ever public sector survey
The RAC is calling for a radical reformation of the legal profession to allow the incorporation of practices owned by non-solicitors.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC), the commercial law firm, advised Atlas Copco, the Sweden-based international industrial company on their purchase of Dundee-based Kolfor Plant Ltd.
Employers are recognising that an increasing number of senior candidates, including those in the legal sector, are using the Internet to look for jobs and taking advantage of the benefits offered by online recruitment.
Even the biggest eejit knows that you have to give your boss notice when you’re leaving. Unfortunately this didn’t occur to a certain US partner who has just left his extremely elite New York practice for a magic circle firm.
Simmons & Simmons has changed its election process in the run-up to the battle for the managing partner post.
SJ Berwin has secured two new partners for its corporate and commercial litigation practices in a bid to increase the firm’s exposure within the European private equity market.
Squire Sanders & Dempsey loses its second partner to Lega Colucci" /Milan’s Lega Colucci has made a second raid on Squire Sanders & Dempsey, leaving the US firm with a lone partner in Milan.
Taylor Wessing has appointed a new head of corporate to replace Tim Eyles, who has stood down after 12 years. David Roberts, one of a group of former Garretts partners that joined the legacy Taylor Joynson Garrett in 2002, is taking over on 1 November. Eyles will broaden his involvement in developing Taylor Wessing’s international corporate practice and will remain a member of the international ...
Malcolm Price, managing partner, BPE Solicitors
The cost of professional indemnity insurance cover for the top 20 UK law firms dropped by up to 10 per cent this year, according to research for The Lawyer.
Watson Farley & Williams has won the role of legal counsel to the Indian government on the high-profile Dabhol arbitration following an urgent search which saw more than 35 firms turn it down for conflict reasons. It is understood that Watson Farley won the work late last month over four other shortlisted firms.
White & Case’s London office has unveiled the results of its management overhaul, creating the post of chief operating partner for the first time.