12 April 2004

The Lawyer

  • A&O secures Land Securities Trillium instruction

    13-Apr-2004

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is to undertake its first major property outsourcing for Land Securities Trillium after insurance giant Aviva opted for the group over Linklaters’ client Mapeley. Land Securities Trillium saw off stiff competition from Mapeley to win the first stage of a £700m deal. Aviva hopes to have a contract ...

  • ABTA legal director ousted over fraud allegations

    16-Apr-2004

    The legal director of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) Riccardo Nardi has been fired following allegations that he defrauded the organisation of more than £1m.

  • Bingham rues loss of 11-lawyer real estate team

    13-Apr-2004

    Bingham McCutchen’s New York office has been hit with the loss of an 11-lawyer real estate team to Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. The group, including five partners, is made up of lawyers from Richard & O’Neil, which merged with Bingham Dana (prior to its link-up with McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen) in 2001. Meanwhile, Seyfarth Shaw has boosted its New York real estate group by recruiting former Morgan Lewis & Bockius partner Bradley Kaufman. With more than 20 years’ experience, Kaufman ...

  • Bond Pearce in clinical negligence expansion

    13-Apr-2004

    Bond Pearce in clinical negligence expansion" /Bond Pearce has launched a claimant clinical negligence practice in Bristol as it continues to expand its insurance defence offering.

  • CC witnesses partner promotion slump

    13-Apr-2004

    Partner promotions at Clifford Chance have plummeted, falling to 18 from 31 in the previous year. Compared with 2002-03, when nine London lawyers reached equity, this year’s round of promotions show that in the UK just four have made partner. In New York, meanwhile, one attorney joined the partnership compared with the previous year’s two. There was, however, better news from Washington DC, where ...

  • Clifford Chance loses legacy Pünder leader

    13-Apr-2004

    One of the last survivors of Clifford Chance’s post-merger board is departing, leaving a question mark over who will take charge of the relationship with key client Siemens.

  • Cobbetts Lee Crowder loses property partner to Pinsents

    16-Apr-2004

    Cobbetts Lee Crowder has lost property partner Jeni Gee to Pinsents’ Birmingham office.Gee, a member of Cobbetts Lee Crowder’s social housing property team, specialises in acquisitions and disposals of sites from local authorities, developers and private companies.Gee, a salaried partner since 2003, is joining Pinsents as an associate. She is leaving Cobbets Lee Crowder in mid-May though her start date at the national firm has yet to be finalised.

  • Coca-Cola general counsel quits

    15-Apr-2004

    Coca-Cola’s general counsel and corporate secretary Deval Patrick has quit the drinks giant.

  • Covington in international arbitration drive

    13-Apr-2004

    Covington & Burling’s London office is taking the plunge into international arbitration after recruiting a partner from Coudert Brothers. Robert Pietrowski is stepping into the newly-created role of head of the firm’s European arbitration practice. Although arbitration is a large feature in Covington & Burling’s overseas offices, Pietrowski’s appointment is a first for London, where he will ...

  • Day of the Daleks

    13-Apr-2004

    This separated at birth doesn’t involve faces, but voiceboxes. Check out the recently-installed automated voicemail system at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain. Instead of lawyers asking you to leave a message in their own words, the firm has plumped for what seems to be the ‘voice’ of cosmologist Stephen Hawking. It states the name of the lawyer you’re after in those classic, machinated tones.

  • Dentons bids farewell to its global ambitions

    13-Apr-2004

    DWS becomes latest City firm to abandon global model; culls Asia in bid to add £2m to profit pool

  • EU accession sees ECJ budget hike

    13-Apr-2004

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is set to increase its budget by 50 per cent to cope with the increase in caseload and translation caused by May’s accession to the EU of 10 new member countries from Eastern and Southern Europe.

  • Firm profile: Collins Solicitors

    13-Apr-2004

    “These events are tragedies, but when they happen, people need help. I hope that our expertise means we’ve got a real ability to give the help people need.” So says Des Collins, senior partner of the eponymous Watford practice, of the firm’s niche workload. Collins Solicitors has carved out a nationwide reputation as one of the pre-eminent ‘disaster-based’ ...

  • For the record...

    13-Apr-2004

    WILLIAM OLIVERIn last week's report on Pinsents' banking lateral hire, we got the name of the lawyer wrong: he is William Oliver, not Oliver Jones.LANE & PARTNERSIn an 8 March article on the Robin Symes litigation, it was stated that Lane & Partners acted for the Greek Michailidis family. The firm is acting for the administrators of the estate of Christo Michailidis.

  • FSA faces court battle after funds reject mediation plans

    13-Apr-2004

    Brendan Malkin asks what will happen next as the FSA bungles another reconciliation attempt

  • Giving what you get

    13-Apr-2004

    Recent changes to family home inheritance tax may have major implications for how clients prepare for their future financial security. Penny Catterick reports

  • Gloster QC is first female Commercial Court judge

    13-Apr-2004

    Elizabeth Gloster QC, the highest-earning female barrister who was set to rake in £2m in 2004, has been appointed the first female judge of the Commercial Court, which deals with the UK’s biggest cases.

  • Hale and Dorr and Wilmer Cutler & Pickering close in on merger

    16-Apr-2004

    Boston's Hale and Dorr and Washington-based Wilmer Cutler & Pickering are in merger talks.

  • Harper Macleod to set up corpfin arm

    13-Apr-2004

    Scotland’s Harper Mac-leod has launched a standalone corporate finance arm to target small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

  • Hearsay

    13-Apr-2004

    Which managing partner of a US firm in London regularly sleeps with prostitutes – and happily admits as much?

  • Hearsay

    13-Apr-2004

    Which female PR executive at a top 10 firm has been described as someone “depriving a village of its idiot”?

  • House triers

    13-Apr-2004

    Now we know City lawyers have hard lives, forced as they are to sit in data rooms all day and stand in Corney & Barrow all night, but they certainly ain’t poor.

  • HSBC Bank USA hires new general counsel

    13-Apr-2004

    HSBC Bank USA has appointed former general counsel of Household Inter-national Janet Burak as senior executive vice-president and as its new general counsel and corporate secretary.

  • ICJ slams US for violating rights of foreign death row prisoners

    13-Apr-2004

    THE US government will have to reconsider the fate of foreign nationals on death row after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that it had breached its obligations under the Vienna Convention on consular relations by failing to inform 51 Mexican convicts of their right to contact diplomats “without delay” after arrest. The court also censured the US for failing to allow Mexican consular officials to arrange legal representation in 34 cases.

  • In-House Sector Focus: Brave new world

    13-Apr-2004

    London’s insurance market is having to adapt to survive. Jodi Bartle speaks to the top in-house lawyers working in the sector

  • Jones Day Milan in raid for A&O partner

    13-Apr-2004

    Jones Day Milan in raid for A&O partner" /In a bid to ramp up its real estate and corporate capabilities in Italy, Jones Day has hired Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Marini Giovanni from the magic circle firm’s Milan office.

  • Kentridge set for court battle with Bush over Guantanamo

    13-Apr-2004

    Three English barristers, including Sir Sydney Kentridge QC, are set to go face-to-face with the might of George Bush’s legal team in a direct challenge to his policies at Guantanamo Bay.

  • Law firms give thousands for Democratic presidential bid

    14-Apr-2004

    US law firms are throwing their weight behind Democratic candidate John Kerry by contributing over a quarter of a million dollars to the presidential challenger’s campaign funds.

  • Lawrence Graham considers South London for new home

    14-Apr-2004

    Lawrence Graham has become the latest law firm to consider taking space at SE1 development More London.

  • Lawrence Graham hit with negligence claim

    14-Apr-2004

    Lawrence Graham is facing a claim of around £100,000 after being accused of professional negligence over advice it gave to a private client in 1997.

  • Leader

    13-Apr-2004

    You might almost think Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has a bit of a crush on CMS Cameron McKenna. First it takes on Camerons’ troubled Central Asia offices, then it follows Camerons in chopping China. The difference is that DWS had to bring in former Clifford Chance chief Geoffrey Howe to tell it what to do – sorry, to consult ...

  • Legal Widow

    13-Apr-2004

    The Lawyer had a big London project to close, and a great big expenses package to go with it, so he brought the whole family down and put us up in a hotel over Easter. This way he answers the constant whine of “You never take us to London!” and “Sophie’s been on the London Eye three times!” without having to do any of the heavy lifting.

  • Litigation deals round-up

    13-Apr-2004

    Clifford Chance (Philip Rocher), instructing Jonathan Gaisman QC and Christopher Butcher QC (7 King’s Bench Walk), is to represent Deloitte & Touche Singapore at the Court of Appeal on 22 April in the landmark negligence action arising out of the collapse of Barings. They are defending an appeal by the bank’s liquidator KPMG represented by Ashurst (Ed Sparrow) instructing Michael Brindle QC (Fountain Court), of ...

  • London lawyers score big in Lovells promotions

    14-Apr-2004

    Lovells has announced the appointment of 15 lawyers to the partnership, with over half hailing from the London office.The promotions, announced yesterday, were evenly spread across practice groups, with the appointment of three partners from dispute resolution, two from corporate and two from banking. In London nine lawyers were admitted to the partnership. Beijing, Milan, New York and Dusseldorf were all represented, though Paris failed to turn out any new partners this year.

  • McNeives hooks up with music specialists

    13-Apr-2004

    McNeive Solicitors and the London-based partners of UK entertainment firm Lewis Davis Shapiro & Lewit have merged to create a new media, entertainment and technology firm called Smiths.

  • Merricks dissolves after strategy breakdown

    14-Apr-2004

    Merricks is closing its doors after 17 years of business, scattering its 36 lawyers across other firms.

  • Morgan Cole hit by double energy exit

    13-Apr-2004

    The flailing London office of Morgan Cole has been depleted further with the departures of two energy heavy-hitters to Charles Russell.

  • On a mission

    13-Apr-2004

    Thales UK is winning its battle to compete with the mighty BAE, and is keeping its in-house team busy in the process. Husnara Begum investigates

  • Opinion

    13-Apr-2004

    Experts in the dock’, screamed one broadsheet headline in January 2004 after the Court of Appeal quashed Angela Cannings’ conviction for murdering two of her children. The Court of Appeal said that in cases such as Cannings’ it will often be unsafe to proceed to trial if the outcome would depend on a serious disagreement between distinguished and reputable experts.

  • Present sense

    13-Apr-2004

    You can tell a lot about a man from the presents he receives.

  • Private bar

    13-Apr-2004

    Legal professional privilege, long used by lawyers to deflect awkward questions in court, is under threat. Jon Robins investigates

  • Pro Bono - Dechert restructures pro bono into practice groups

    13-Apr-2004

    In a bid to support and encourage transactional lawyers undertaking pro bono work, Dechert has taken the unusual step of introducing distinct pro bono practice groups in its Philadelphia office.

  • Publicis gains UK legal function with Harbottle hire

    13-Apr-2004

    French advertising giant Publicis Group has launched a UK legal function with the appointment of Elizabeth Kiernan as its first UK legal head.

  • Richard Meeran and Leigh Day & Co

    13-Apr-2004

    Last week The Lawyer apologised in court to Richard Meeran and Leigh Day & Co for implying wrongly in an article published in December 2003 that they had been found guilty of sex discrimination. We have agreed to pay undisclosed damages to Mr Meeran and Leigh Day and their costs.

  • Schroders slashes more than 100 from global legal panel

    13-Apr-2004

    Schroders has completed an extensive panel review, dumping more than 100 advisers to create a roster of 11 firms.

  • Separated at birth

    13-Apr-2004

    They not only share names (well, almost), but Mishcon de Reya supremo Kevin Gold and weirdo Hollywood blockbuster science geek Jeff Goldblum appear to both be renting space in the same face. Gold has just overseen a radical equity partner-slashing programme at Mishcons that has seen average profits per partner skyrocket. Goldblum has been the boffin that saved the day in mega-movies such as Independence ...

  • Sinclair partners landed with £900,000 compensation bill at quantum hearing

    13-Apr-2004

    Top SRT partner’s comments in discrimination case branded ‘malicious’; leads to £3,000 extra aggravated damages

  • Slaughters concludes management reshuffle

    13-Apr-2004

    Slaughter and May has completed its firmwide management reorganisation, with Chris Saul (right) taking over as head of corporate from Nigel Boardman. The changearound also includes a new head of finance in Andrew Balfour, who takes over from Richard Slater, while tax leader Steve Edge stepped down to be succeeded by Tony Beare. Elizabeth Barrett takes over the helm in dispute resolution from ...

  • Taxing times

    13-Apr-2004

    Is the UK’s attitude to wealth changing as its population becomes increasingly affluent? Arabella Saker reports

  • The secret’s out

    13-Apr-2004

    The steady erosion of professional privilege will have significant implications for lawyers and their clients. John Rhodes reports

  • Willkie Farr loses Paris rainmaker

    13-Apr-2004

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher has lost high-profile corporate partner Michel Frieh.