11 September 2006
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Addleshaw Goddard have scooped roles on the UK’s largest ever building society merger with total asset values of over £150bn and over 13m members.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has bolstered its US litigation practice with the hire of securities litigation specialist Robert Knuts.
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) New York office has acted on its biggest deal to date for regular client GE after advising on its $3.8bn (£2bn) sale of its silicone and quartz interests to Apollo Management.Partners Dan Cunningham, Eric Shube and Peter Harwich...
Allen & Overy (A&O) has had to gain conflicts clearance from the Law Society after taking dual instructions on the multimillion-pound auction of United Biscuits.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Slaughter and May acted on the £351.4m sale of House of Fraser. The company agreed to be taken over by a consortium led by Baugur, marking the conclusion of a lengthy takeover war. The deal consolidates A&O's relationship with Baugur, which it reclaimed in December 2004 after losing ...
Many thanks come from Tulkinghorn and several of his cronies, who spent an enjoyable hour or two looking at the pics in the National Gallery last Monday (4 September) courtesy of Latham & Watkins.
Ashurst and Clifford Chance have retained their position as preferred legal advisers for Stanley Leisure and Genting respectively, taking lead roles in Genting’s £484m bid for Britain’s top casino operator.
Ashurst's management board is facing two crucial decisions, on conversion to a limited-liability partnership (LLP) and whether to reappoint managing partner Simon Bromwich for a second term by the end of the year.
Beachcroft has appointed the former Home Secretary Charles Clarke MP as a consultant.
"We always try to be ahead of the game," declares Paul Berwin, founding and managing partner of Harrogate-based firm Berwins.
Bird & Bird has expanded its Asian IP offering with the hire of partner Shirley Kwok from local firm Vivien Chan & Co in Hong Kong.
Bird & Bird has ramped up its international arbitration practice, hiring Sophie Lamb as a partner in the London office from WilmerHale and consultant Darren FitzGerald in Hong Kong from Australian firm Minter Ellison.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued its high-profile lateral recruitment drive, adding Linklaters tax partner Neal Todd to its partnership.
BOC Group's legal chief has been spared the axe as the resurgence of M&A activity results in sweeping changes in the legal departments of some of the UK's largest companies.
BAE Systems has hired O2’s general counsel Philip Bramwell to replace group legal director Michael Lester.
Cadbury Schweppes has won a partial victory in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) this morning (12 September) over UK legislation on the tax payable by foreign subsidiaries.
Clifford Chance has raided the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to hireCarlos Conceicao, one of the UK’s leading regulatory enforcement lawyers. Conceicao joins the magic circle firm as director of regulatory enforcement.He was previously co-he...
It is a case of second-time lucky for Cineworld and its legal advisers as the company prepares for its pending flotation, with Clifford Chance, Lovells and Olswang acting for the UK's second-largest multiplex operator. All was in place for Cineworld, which operates 79 cinemas, to float in July, but with a combination ...
The completion of the Manchester Civil Justice Centre is eagerly awaited and will put an end to a lacking regional court infrastructure. By Lesley Anderson QC
Clarke Willmott has boosted its Birmingham real estate team with the hire of Hammonds’ property finance director Jane Kemp.
A divide has emerged between what Iberia's major companies want from their lawyers as they continue to expand around the world and the service actually received.
Clifford Chance management gears up for election fever" /At the start of last month (7 August) The Lawyer reported that the latest round of elections at Clifford Chance had been pencilled in for the autumn. Five key positions, including that of senior partner, are due to be put to the partners later this ...
The introduction of new regulation has gone some way to defining businesses' centres of main interest, but there's still some explaining to do. By James Pickering
Despite a seemingly simple distinction, the boundaries between procedural and substantive issues in damages claims can be blurred. By Jonathan Harris
As the High Court prepares for a new term, The Lawyer looks back at some of the most significant decisions from Trinity sittings, as well as legislative changes and new developments in the commercial and chancery courts.
Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has boosted its London presence with the re-hire of private client partner Edward Stone from Withers.
Co-operative Legal Services has selected seven firms to make up its first legal panel, five months after the Co-operative Group launched its dedicated legal division.
Washington DC-headquartered firm Crowell & Moring has expanded into New York, launching a Manhattan office following raids on Arent Fox and Dorsey & Whitney.
Cobbetts Birmingham banking head Duncan Murray has delivered a stinging parting shot as he becomes the 24th partner to leave the firm in the past two years.
Diageo is ramping up its Asia-Pacific in-house legal capability as the it undergoes a global shake-up of its legal function, appointing its first Indian-based counsel and creating two new positions in China.
Media giant The Walt Disney Company has ramped up protection of its IP by hiring its first anti-piracy chief for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea).
US dispute resolution group Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services is launching its first London operation with the arrival of the former general counsel of engineering giant Bechtel. Katherine Gurun, who was Bechtel's group general counsel from 2001 to May 2006, will be based in London with the aim of hearing cases across Europe and into the Far East. Gurun told The Lawyer: "I think Europe is ripe for more mediation and arbitration services."
DLA Piper moves to integrate Euro offices" /DLA Piper chief executive Nigel Knowles has launched a plan to involve significantly more Continental-based partners in the firm's senior management as it seeks to integrate its slew of European M&A activity.
DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, the Austro-Czech arm of DLA Piper, has poached the Sofia head of CMS Cameron McKenna for its fledgling Prague office.
DLA Piper has scored a massive coup for its Asia banking practice with the hire of Bank of China's (BoC) head of legal Andrew Wang.
Dorsey & Whitney has emerged as one of the leading international firms for Indian IPOs, having advised on six floats in the last year.
A conflict of interest on the Eurotunnel administration has postponed a mini-merger between French bankruptcy legend Gabriel Sonier and independent firm Veil Jourde.
Eversheds is opening an office in Shanghai and has recruited Linklaters associate Peter Corne to be the outpost's managing director. Corne, who joins the new firm as a partner, worked at Simmons & Simmons in Shanghai before joining Linklaters' Shanghai office in 2000. He practises corporate, commercial and regulatory ...
Eversheds wins first EAT religious discrimination hearing" /Eversheds has won the first-ever Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) hearing on religious discrimination, nearly three years after new laws first came into force.
Judges at all levels will be allowed to resign and return to legal practice under new proposals announced by the Lord Chancellor this morning (12 September).
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and WilmerHale advised on the $20m (£10.5m) sale of 80 per cent of Vatrin Investment to Canadian mining company Dundee Precious Metals. Toronto Stock Exchange-listed Vatrin is the owner of the Deno Gold Mining Company, the chief asset of which is the Kapan Mining Project in ...
Jones Day, Kilpatrick Stockton and Faegre & Benson are among a string of law firms to have provided pro bono assistance with a report on the treatment of evacuees from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck last year.
The summer is traditionally the time that work levels drop off and managing partners, along with everyone else, head to the beach. This year, however, The Lawyer reported on 7 August that, not only was there barely a falling off of work, there was also a chronic shortage of corporate assistants to service the unprecedented level of deals.
The first partner to leave the group of Coudert lawyers who joined Baker & McKenzie’s New York office has defected to Hughes Hubbard & Reed, after just a year in the combined team.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has muscled in on Norton Rose's relationship with HSBC with an instruction from the bank on the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation into default charges.
The workings and decision-making of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) can appear complex to clients in the regulated sector. Enforcement action is a particular concern for firms. Recent high-profile cases, such as the FSA's £750,000 fine on hedge fund manager GLG Partners and its former managing director Philippe Jabre, demonstrate the real reputational ...
UK law firms are to suffer a blow to the amount of work they receive from in-house lawyers, according to new research by Grant Thornton’s forensic and investigation services practice.
Garrigues has opened its first office in Porto, scooping eight Portuguese lawyers from rival Spanish firm Cuatrecasas.
When Lovells decided to shut its Berlin office earlier this month it was the final move in a long process of strategic reappraisal. The resignations of finance partners Thomas Lindemann and Andreas Schwennicke in May this year were simply the final straw.
German energy giant E.ON's counterbid for Endesa has taken a step forward, with the Spanish national energy commission La Comisión Nacional de Energía (CNE) awarding conditional approval for its E26.9bn (£18.17bn) takeover, following government attempts to block the deal.
So Ralph Baxter has taken another step in his quest for world domination, or, more importantly, dominance over Nigel Knowles.
The case of Trap Grounds is one of many hitting the courts involving the registration of village greens. By Vivian Chapman
Hackney Council has won £300,000 from sportswear giant Nike for copyright infringement after the sportswear giant admitted misusing Hackney’s logo.
Hammonds has lost another partner in Manchester, with Sean McCay joining Pannone.
City worker Helen Green was awarded damages of £852,000 last month for personal injury (PI) suffered at the hands of her former employer Deutsche Bank. Mr Justice Owen found that she had been the victim of a "deliberate and concerted campaign of bullying" by the bank's staff, leading to a nervous breakdown and a major depressive disorder.
London media and entertainment specialist Harbottle & Lewis has dismantled its all-equity partnership to allow for the introduction of fixed-share partners for the first time.
In separate moves, Herbert Smith and Pinsent Masons are setting up employee networks in a drive to enhance workplace diversity.
Herbert Smith has scored its first instruction from the Australian government, aided by a personal relationship with a partner at Minter Ellison.
Howard Kennedy, the firm behind this summer's AIM float of Bollywood film distributor Eros, is planning a roadshow on the subcontinent early next year. The move reflects the confidence the firm has in the deals pipeline currently coming out of India. Howard Kennedy is currently in the early stages of advising an Indian property fund on an AIM flotation and hopes that a networking trip to Mumbai and Delhi will drum up additional business. Keith Lassman, the corporate finance partner ...
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost its former Brussels managing partner Michael Schutte to Howrey.
Hewlett Packard’s in-house legal function and senior management is bracing itself for an investigation by California’s attorney general.
Hunton & Williams is to make London and its new Los Angeles (LA) offices the axis for its Asian work as the US firm looks to expand its presence in the region.
The area of derivative claims awaits legislation that could have a major impact on shareholders and directors alike, says Deepak Nambisan
Senior UK management at Kennedys has clashed with its Autralian counterparts over proposals to create a network of offices in Australia.
Kennedys had such a good relationship with Spanish firm Araúz de Robles Y Vélez Abogados (ARV) that it decided to take it over in October 2005 after a five-year formal alliance.
So, serial merger flirt Salans has been jilted by Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham after four months of talks. The wonder is that it took Kirkpatrick four months to find out what the rest of the world has always known: the further west in Salans you go, the less you would want to merge with it.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has signalled the extent of its global ambitions by making a merger bid for Salans, but four months of discussions collapsed in August.
Linklaters has won Harrah's Entertainment as a new client, advising the Las Vegas-based gambling giant on a deal to extend its empire into Europe and Africa.
Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have scooped lead roles on Cinven’s possible £559m bid for the parent company of Pizza Express and ASK restaurants, Gondola.
North West firm Mace & Jones has hired the former chief executive of financial services firm Rathbone Brothers as its first-ever non-lawyer chairman. Roy Morris joins the firm in the newly created role to help further its growth across the region. He is currently a non-executive director at Rathbone, having previously been its managing director and chief executive. Mace & Jones managing partner Lawrence Downey said the hire was part of the firm's long-term growth strategy.
Kings Lynn-based Malletts has opened a London office with Baker & McKenzie lawyer John Day. A senior associate at Bakers, Day has joined the new firm as a partner and will head the four-lawyer City presence. Malletts specialises in criminal and civil litigation work, and clients have including 'great train robber' Ronnie Biggs and notorious felon Charles Bronson. It has offices in King's Lynn, ...
Microsoft has appointed a new in-house lawyer to lead its antitrust battle with the European Commission following an overhaul of its core in-house IP team.
Dubai remains a target for global firms, but India could soon be next, says David Middleton
Linklaters" /Last week (4 September) saw the publication of The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report 2006. The result of intensive research over several months, the tables confirmed that, for the majority of firms, the 2005-06 financial year was a boom period.
Squire Sanders & Dempsey today announced its new managing partner of the firm’s London office will be a partner gained from the recent Haarmann Hemmelrath merger.
Norton Rose AIM push brings reward as it tops latest quarter's client table" /Norton Rose has leapt to pole position in the Hemscott AIM client rankings, knocking Eversheds off the top spot by netting seven new clients during ...
North West firm Hill Dickinson and shipping specialist Hill Taylor Dickinson last week returned to their roots with the announcement that they are to merge on 1 November 2006, creating a £69m business.
Olswang has started reaping the benefits of its tie-up with West End property boutique Kanter Jules, closing its first major deal for Kanters client Reit Asset Management.
Dewey Ballantine and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe have confirmed that thetwo heavyweight US firms, which both have UK presences, are in merger talks. If the merger comes to fruition the combined firm would have more than 1,200 lawyers and come clo...
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has ended its long-running bid to obtain operating licences for the mainland China offices it acquired from defunct firm Coudert Brothers.
Osborne Clarke has scooped its second high-profile instruction from Nomura in as many weeks with the mandate to advise the Japanese bank on the latest employment claim it faces.
His father may bite the heads of bats and hardly be able to speak due to his sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll past, but Louis Osbourne, eldest son of Birmingham's finest Ozzy, has chosen a more salubrious career than that of the family profession of reality TV.
JPMorgan is leading the way with its inclusive approach towards gay workers. In the wake of a critical Law Society report, what can law firms learn??n??
Pannone has embarked on an innovative relationship with the company it hired to improve its website by investing in it.
A new French boutique is being launched with teams from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker and Weil Gotshal & Manges.
Ricksons has poached insolvency specialist Jane Haymes from Manchester firm LCL Law. Haymes joins the corporate recovery team as a consultant.
Good news for BP's lawyers this week with the news that a Texas judge found their attempts to settle a case through inducements to the other side merely unusual, and not unethical.
Clifford Chance senior partner Stuart Popham is set for another four-year term of office after the nomination process yielded no other candidates for the post.
Hill v Spread Trustee Company does much to clarify the oft-debated Section 423 of the Insolvency Act. By Catherine Newman QC
While analysts suggest that Iberia's construction-led economic growth may be close to an end, international investors nevertheless continue to secure high-value real estate assets.
Richard Butler has poached Trowers & Hamlins' head of Oman to lead its new office in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).
Fancy spotting Nigel Boardman, William Underhill or Robert Sutton flexing their no doubt considerable muscles? Then get down to Finsbury Square this Thursday (14 September). The Great City Tug of War Challenge will be kicking off at 5.30pm and teams from Slaughters and Macfarlanes are among the favourites.
Shadbolt & Co has doubled the number of partners in its small Paris office by absorbing an arbitration boutique.
Shearman & Sterling has swooped on Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to hire the firm’s former co-head of dispute resolution and Lloyd’s of London relationship partner Jo Rickard.
Shearman & Sterling has raided Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to hire the firm's former co-head of dispute resolution and Lloyd's of London relationship partner Jo Rickard.
Linklaters raid" /Clients of Simmons & Simmons' IP team have poached two lawyers for in-house positions, prompting the firm to raid Linklaters' IP department for replacements.
Midlands firms are apparently shaking in their boots as international powerhouse Reed Smith shapes up for its assault on the Midlands' legal market.
SJ Berwin has beefed up its finance capability with the hire of partner Karl Woolley, one of Addleshaw Goddard’s key Allied Irish Bank (AIB) relationship partners.
Slaughter and May is at risk of losing up to six high-profile clients after the firm's decision to handle back-to-back sell-side mandates during the past 12 months.
Mishcon de Reya's bid to be the City's most eco-friendly firm has come under threat from national giant Eversheds. Tulkinghorn recently discovered that Eversheds London managing partner Corny Medvei drives a Smart Car. Who said City lawyers were all gas guzzlers?
SonaeCom's hostile E13.9bn (£9.39bn) bid for Portugal Telecom (PT) is raising competition, regulatory, commercial and political issues never seen before in Portugal.
Group 4 Securicor is safe in the hands of its group general counsel Soren Lundsberg-Nielsen. Joanne Harris reports
When the Spanish government instituted reforms to the Takeover Code in 2003, following an unprecedented M&A boom in the property sector, few thought it would be the end of the matter.
Tulkinghorn likes a lawyer who's up for a challenge. But every man should know his limits, as Tony Edwards, managing partner of South East player Thomas Eggar, made clear over lunch recently.
Taylor Wessing has boosted its European real estate practice with the hire of three new lawyers.
Fountain Court managed an unusual bar lateral this week, scooping up commercial silk Charles Béar QC from 11 King's Bench Walk (11KBW), as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (6 September).11KBW has grown turnover by 21 per cent to £13.6m in the last year, triggering an expansion push and a search for new offices.
What was your first-ever job?Selling advertising space for a second-hand car sales publication. It taught me about how far people will go when they rely on a commission-based income.
Trade-union and personal injury specialist Thompsons has a new chief executive and has created the new post of executive chair.
Lord Lester QC and Trowers & Hamlins are taking the government of Azerbaijan to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). An appeal against Azerbaijan's government was lodged in the ECHR last week (4 September) on behalf of political prisoner Farhad Aliyev, ...
The M&A boom has seen the biggest merry-go-round in the magic circle for years. By Husnara Begum
Another blow was struck against the business community last week (6 September) as the Lord Chief Justice ordered the fast-track extradition to the US of two elderly hoteliers accused of fraud.
Vinson & Elkins has announced the opening a Hong Kong office, making it the fourth international office the firm has opened in the past three years.
Philadelphia-based Saul Ewing is looking to beef up its Washington DC presence by merging with employment boutique Schmeltzer Aptaker & Shepard.
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Premier backed out of the bid for United Biscuits today, taking its legal advisers at Weil Gotshal & Manges with it.
Westminster City Council has given to go-ahead to convert Middlesex Guildhall into the new Supreme Court. The building will undergo an extensive renovation project, scheduled to start in April 2007, with the court opening for business in October 2009. The Crown Court at Middlesex Guildhall will cease sitting on 30 March 2007. The court's work represents 5 per cent of London's Crown courtroom capacity. Once it is up and running the Supreme Court will act as the final Court of Appeal ...