11 October 2004

The Lawyer

  • Anagram élan

    11-Oct-2004

    An anonymous email to Tulkinghorn last week revealed the scrutiny with which The Lawyer’s ‘Work-Life Quiz’ is now perused.

  • And then there were three: CC sees another West Coaster depart

    15-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Anoraky dissident

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Bangor clangour

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Banking chief quits for Addleshaws’ finance team

    11-Oct-2004

    Addleshaw Goddard’s burgeoning finance department has poached Simmons & Simmons’ head of banking Nicholas Fisher.

  • Bar Council introduces new leadership

    12-Oct-2004

    The Bar Council has elected One Crown Office Row silk Guy Mansfield as its new chairman.

  • Beachcrofts boosts Manchester and London

    11-Oct-2004

    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 works for free to win PMA job

    11-Oct-2004

    Blake Lapthorn Linnell has replaced Manches as the principal legal adviser to the Property Managers Association (PMA) by offering to work free of charge.

  • BLP ramps up finance team with hires from DLA and Camerons

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Careers: in brief

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Careers: people

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • CC loses three more CMT lawyers

    11-Oct-2004

    Another three associates are set to leave Clifford Chance’s depleted communications, media and technology (CMT) group.

  • CC New York sees another partner depart

    12-Oct-2004

    Clifford Chance’s ever-shrinking New York office has contracted again after losing another partner, this time to LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae.

  • CC reclaims European M&A top spot

    11-Oct-2004

    Former top dog Linklaters drops to second as CC storms ahead; US firms make good showing with eleven in top twenty

  • Clifford Chance prepares for exit of top rainmaker

    11-Oct-2004

    Litigation star Benedict poised to leave as Childs predicts 2005 plateau profits hike to £850,000

  • CMS vies for Slovak rail work

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Collyer-Bristow opens its first ever overseas office in Geneva

    11-Oct-2004

    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 nabs A&O partner for London office

    12-Oct-2004

    Conyers Dill & Pearman (CD&P) has bolstered its growing British Virgin Islands practice by scooping a former Allen & Overy partner.

  • Corporate deals round-up

    11-Oct-2004

    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 gets first referral from US beau Piper

    11-Oct-2004

    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 makes double lateral hire for project finance

    11-Oct-2004

    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 failed to record football shirt price-fixing meeting

    11-Oct-2004

    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 senior partner in shock retirement

    12-Oct-2004

    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 wins Simmons finance director as US merger vote nears

    15-Oct-2004

    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.

  • DWS moots closure of office after mass exodus

    11-Oct-2004

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is considering the closure of its 5 Chancery Lane office as part of a cost-cutting drive.

  • EY Law Paris endures more exits

    13-Oct-2004

    EY Law’s Paris office has been hit with another wave of departures.

  • Fiction diction

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Firm profile: Hempsons

    11-Oct-2004

    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 overcomes conflict on Siemens deal

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Ginestié hires corporate partner from EY Law

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Glastonbury withdraws from Dentons management elections

    13-Oct-2004

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) chief executive Virginia Glastonbury has withdrawn from December’s management elections.

  • Glazer turns to A&O for Manchester United bid

    12-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Government launches judicial diversity campaign

    13-Oct-2004

    The government today (13 October) launched a campaign to encourage diversity within the judiciary with a raft of radical new measures.

  • Grapevine

    13-Oct-2004

    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...

  • Grapevine

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Hearsay

    11-Oct-2004

    Which managing partner is indulging in a spot of merger activity of his own with a fellow partner?

  • Herbies partner to join City migration to the bar

    11-Oct-2004

    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 hires pharma expert for transatlantic life sciences

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Holding Redlich offers first CSR function in Australia

    11-Oct-2004

    Australian law firm Holding Redlich has launched the first comprehensive corporate social responsibility (CSR) service to be offered by a law firm in Australia.

  • Home or away

    11-Oct-2004

    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

  • Information share

    11-Oct-2004

    With its recent tripartite deal, Hemscott is evolving from a small UK-focused company into a major global player. By Jodi Bartle

  • Inns-based chambers risk falling foul of disability laws

    11-Oct-2004

    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 scoops former France Telecom general counsel

    14-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Law firm cover-up

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Law Society president details vision for reform

    15-Oct-2004

    The President of the Law Society will warn today that solicitors face "the most far-reaching reform of the profession in decades".

  • Leader

    11-Oct-2004

    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 bags ex-Shearman chief

    11-Oct-2004

    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 pulls plug on CSET donations

    11-Oct-2004

    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 keeps it in the family with major instruction for Active Hotels

    11-Oct-2004

    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 family partner jumps ship to Blandys

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Manchester blighted

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Maples and Calder

    15-Oct-2004

    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 ...

  • Mathesons lures Corrs Chambers IP specialist in refocusing strategy

    11-Oct-2004

    Leading Dublin firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice has expanded its IP team with the recruitment of Alistair Payne from rated Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

  • McGrigors gains head for Scottish real estate

    11-Oct-2004

    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 ...

  • MoFo hires disabled office junior after charity IP work

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Morgan Lewis lures talent from rival and client

    11-Oct-2004

    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 ...

  • Motivate to accumulate

    11-Oct-2004

    Keith Hatter gives the lowdown on how to motivate yourself and your team

  • NHSLA launches new panel review

    11-Oct-2004

    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 hires ex-Dresdner chief exec

    11-Oct-2004

    Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz has appointed the former chief executive of Dresdner Bank as a partner.

  • OFT gets the CAT onside in football shirt price-fixing case

    11-Oct-2004

    Regulator jubilant as CAT rubber-stamps fines imposed on JJB and all:sports. By Helen Power

  • Opinion

    11-Oct-2004

    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 ...

  • Palmer to double its legal spend with Reit creation

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Penningtons hires Laytons partner

    14-Oct-2004

    South East firm Penningtons has bolstered its dispute resolution practice with the appointment of a partner from Laytons.

  • Peterborough Council legal head makes Lambeth promise

    11-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Polygon, British Energy settle their differences

    11-Oct-2004

    McDermott Will & Emery’s client Polygon Investment Partners has backed down in its high-profile dispute with British Energy.

  • Public engagement

    11-Oct-2004

    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

  • RAC pushes for Clementi’s B+ regulatory law model

    11-Oct-2004

    The RAC is calling for a radical reformation of the legal profession to allow the incorporation of practices owned by non-solicitors.

  • RPC advises Swedish industrial giant on acquisition of Scottish oil services company

    12-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Senior candidates catch on to online recruitment

    12-Oct-2004

    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.

  • Silent partner

    11-Oct-2004

    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 overhauls election process

    11-Oct-2004

    Simmons & Simmons has changed its election process in the run-up to the battle for the managing partner post.

  • SJ Berwin makes double hire

    11-Oct-2004

    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

    11-Oct-2004

    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 replaces head of corporate

    11-Oct-2004

    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 ...

  • The work-life quiz

    11-Oct-2004

    Malcolm Price, managing partner, BPE Solicitors

  • Top 20 firms see professional indemnity insurance rates drop

    11-Oct-2004

    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 selected by Indian govt for Dabhol role

    11-Oct-2004

    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 London reveals new management structure

    11-Oct-2004

    White & Case’s London office has unveiled the results of its management overhaul, creating the post of chief operating partner for the first time.