12 April 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 ...
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 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" /Bond Pearce has launched a claimant clinical negligence practice in Bristol as it continues to expand its insurance defence offering.
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 ...
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 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’s general counsel and corporate secretary Deval Patrick has quit the drinks giant.
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 ...
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.
DWS becomes latest City firm to abandon global model; culls Asia in bid to add £2m to profit pool
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.
“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’ ...
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.
Brendan Malkin asks what will happen next as the FSA bungles another reconciliation attempt
Recent changes to family home inheritance tax may have major implications for how clients prepare for their future financial security. Penny Catterick reports
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.
Boston's Hale and Dorr and Washington-based Wilmer Cutler & Pickering are in merger talks.
Scotland’s Harper Mac-leod has launched a standalone corporate finance arm to target small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Which managing partner of a US firm in London regularly sleeps with prostitutes – and happily admits as much?
Which female PR executive at a top 10 firm has been described as someone “depriving a village of its idiot”?
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 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.
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.
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" /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.
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.
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 has become the latest law firm to consider taking space at SE1 development More London.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 is closing its doors after 17 years of business, scattering its 36 lawyers across other firms.
The flailing London office of Morgan Cole has been depleted further with the departures of two energy heavy-hitters to Charles Russell.
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
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.
You can tell a lot about a man from the presents he receives.
Legal professional privilege, long used by lawyers to deflect awkward questions in court, is under threat. Jon Robins investigates
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.
French advertising giant Publicis Group has launched a UK legal function with the appointment of Elizabeth Kiernan as its first UK legal head.
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 has completed an extensive panel review, dumping more than 100 advisers to create a roster of 11 firms.
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 ...
Top SRT partner’s comments in discrimination case branded ‘malicious’; leads to £3,000 extra aggravated damages
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 ...
Is the UK’s attitude to wealth changing as its population becomes increasingly affluent? Arabella Saker reports
The steady erosion of professional privilege will have significant implications for lawyers and their clients. John Rhodes reports
Willkie Farr & Gallagher has lost high-profile corporate partner Michel Frieh.