12 March 2007

The Lawyer

  • Drugs: lawyers just say yes

    12-Mar-2007

    It’s been a busy weekend for those lawyers working in the pharmaceutical sector.

  • People

    12-Mar-2007

    •Surrey-based Mundays Solicitors has appointed Julian Harvey, Kevin Smith, Sophie Carter and Nick Martyn as assistants. Harvey joins from Ashurst, Martyn from Preston Redman, Smith from Lloyd's of London and Carter ...

  • South africa

    12-Mar-2007

    South Africa is a land of unbridled opportunity. But it is also a land that is not without its problems, and a chequered history has kept much of the international business community at arms' length for some time.

  • A&O acquires Imperial Tobacco habit

    15-Mar-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is advising Imperial Tobacco for the second time in as many months on an overseas purchase by the acquistive cigarette brand.

  • A&O fills Italy gap with London partner

    16-Mar-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is temporarily plugging the gap in its Italian banking practice left by two recent high-level departures by flying in London banking partner Fiona FitzGerald.

  • A&O raids Freshfields for Japanese capability

    12-Mar-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has raided rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to give its Tokyo office Japanese law capability for the first time.

  • A&O scoops Dutch mega-merger

    12-Mar-2007

    Allen & Overy has cemented its dominance on large Netherlands-based deals as it scored instruction from pharmaceutical giant Schering-Plough on the €11bn (£7.5bn) cash purchase of Dutch group Akzo Nobel’s drugs division.The main draw of Akzo Nobel’s...

  • Addleshaws, Walker Morris clear up waste disposal PFI

    12-Mar-2007

    Addleshaw Goddard and Leeds-based Walker Morris have completed the largest waste disposal PFI deal in the UK to date.

  • Age concern

    12-Mar-2007

    The decision over Wayne Rooney's contract, which he made when a minor, could have wide-ranging implications. Julian Diaz-Rainey reports

  • ASB targets clients of City competitors

    12-Mar-2007

    South East firm ASB Law has launched a three-year strategy aiming to crack £25m in turnover by 2010.

  • Ashurst lands second countrywide bid

    12-Mar-2007

    Ashurst is preparing for a run on its client, property company Countrywide, for the second time in three months, this time from US private equity house Apollo, advised by a Charles Randell-led team at Slaughter and May. Ashurst corporate head Adrian Clark is advising Countrywide alongside corporate partner Robert ...

  • Big cricket mandates

    12-Mar-2007

    As if it wasn't the best game on Earth anyway, it seems cricket might be the way to the hearts of Indian lawyers still resisting opening up the country's legal system to foreign firms.

  • Bonelli turnover up by 30 per cent

    12-Mar-2007

    Leading Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo is expecting a revenue boost of 30 per cent compared with last year, reaching a total turnover of around €130m (£88.67m).

  • Brabners embarks on corporate recruitment drive ahead of Liverpool expansion

    12-Mar-2007

    Brabners Chaffe Street is set to embark on a major recruitment drive, with the North West firm intending to bulk up a number of its core practice areas.

  • Brief encounters

    12-Mar-2007

    Scrutinising the bar's networking methods and demanding they be changed is missing the point of how the legal world operates, say David Grief, Declan Redmond and Paul Shrubsall

  • Bright relocation heralds expansion drive

    12-Mar-2007

    Plymouth firm Bright, which launched in September last year, has taken new, larger premises at the Tamar Science Park in the city to house new recruits. Recent hires include commercial property lawyer Tomasz Dukanovich, who joins the firm from Bristol-based Ashfords, where he was an assistant. Bright director Andy Price said: "[Dukanovich] joins us at a time when commercial development activity continues to be strong in the city; and as a Plymouth-based firm, we're proud to be involved".

  • Bristows IP stars open breakaway boutique

    12-Mar-2007

    Five breakaway partners from IP firm Bristows last week launched their own boutique, Powell Gilbert.

  • Bryan Cave gives associates hiring powers

    12-Mar-2007

    The London office of US firm Bryan Cave will allow its associates to help choose trainees.

  • Camerons in High Court for negligence

    12-Mar-2007

    CMS Cameron McKenna is being sued for negligence by offshore company Tamlura at the High Court for unspecified damages.

  • Cars, cakes and clowns

    16-Mar-2007

    Newsflash: The March edition of The Lawyer’s podcast is now on the website: www.thelawyerpodcast.com

  • Cash for honours media row rumbles on as BBC vows to keep up legal fight

    12-Mar-2007

    The Attorney General Lord Goldsmith kick-started a clash of the legal titans after he tried to gag the media from reporting a fresh angle on the cash for honours scandal - and the saga continues.

  • CC takes mantle of law's best-known brand

    12-Mar-2007

    Clifford Chance has emerged as the strongest brand in the legal market.

  • 'Charitisation' to revolutionise the public sector

    12-Mar-2007

    'Charitisation' is a trend due to revolutionise the world of charity lawyering. The term refers to the process of transferring responsibility for the delivery of public services to charities, or in Government-speak, 'the third sector'. The value of contracts between charities and the state has been estimated at £5bn and political parties ...

  • Charter plight

    12-Mar-2007

    South Africa's legal framework is getting a long overdue overhaul with the introduction of a charter aimed at boosting diversity. But it still needs work, says George van Niekerk

  • City firms unite to fight money laundering bill

    12-Mar-2007

    City firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter ...

  • City lawyers hit back over GMB's dig at private equity

    12-Mar-2007

    The current debate surrounding private equity is welcome but misguided, according to the City's top private equity lawyers.

  • Clementi lures Seven Bedford Row into reform

    12-Mar-2007

    Common law set Seven Bedford Row is gearing up for radical structural changes aimed at making it the first chambers to take advantage of Sir David Clementi's legal reforms.

  • Clifford Chance senior partner wears red nose

    16-Mar-2007

  • Clydes opens in Qatar with raid on Simmons

    12-Mar-2007

    Clyde & Co today (12 March) launches in Qatar, stealing Simmons & Simmons consultant David Salt to head the practice.

  • Colour coding

    12-Mar-2007

    The long wait is over. The Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes were finally gazetted and passed into law on 9 February 2007 by the South African government. Jay-Ann Jacobs reports

  • Commercial and Chancery

    12-Mar-2007

    With the big litigation cases increasingly rare, the commercial and chancery world has been focusing on more philosophical issues of late.

  • Court of Appeal backs restrictive covenants

    12-Mar-2007

    Partners holding senior positions in law firms may find it difficult to worm their way out of restrictive covenants following a recent Court of Appeal ruling.

  • Denton Wilde Sapte: Group therapy

    12-Mar-2007

    Denton Wilde Sapte's banking department has suffered a fall from grace - no wonder the firm is taking urgent measures to turn things around

  • Dewey strikes expanded deal in Italy with Galgano

    12-Mar-2007

    Dewey Ballantine has secured its collaboration with Galgano, despite the loss of a senior partner from the Italian boutique last week.

  • DLA in Thai swoop

    12-Mar-2007

    DLA Piper’s Bangkok office has bagged two partners from local firm Siam Premier.

  • Don't shoot if it's cute

    12-Mar-2007

    South African lawyers beware. DLA Piper competition partner Mike Pullen is coming - and he's bringing a rifle.

  • Egorov scores Russian first with African work

    12-Mar-2007

    Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has become the first Russian law firm to score an M&A deal in Africa.

  • EMI global restructure to include legal overhaul

    12-Mar-2007

    EMI's legal function is facing an overhaul as the company launches a worldwide restructure of its business at a time when it is the subject of a takeover approach from rival Warner Music.

  • Ex-Sullivan associate rounds on counter-suit

    12-Mar-2007

    The former Sullivan & Cromwell associate at the centre of a bitter discrimination case against his old employer has moved to dismiss the New York firm's counter-suit against him.

  • Fasken Martineau expands with Ottawa merger

    13-Mar-2007

    Canadian firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin has secured its second merger in as many months after agreeing terms with Ottawa-based Johnston & Buchan.

  • Feeling the heat in Cannes

    14-Mar-2007

  • Former Dechert DC chief guilty of perjury

    12-Mar-2007

    Former White House aide and Dechert's former Washington DC managing partner Lewis 'Scooter' Libby was found guilty of perjury and obstructing justice last week.

  • Freshfields, travers snare tussauds sale

    12-Mar-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Travers Smith have teamed up to advise on the sale of a £1.03bn majority stake in the Tussauds Group to Ashurst client Merlin Entertainment, which is owned by Blackstone. Freshfields ...

  • Gate Gourmet doubles size of in-house legal dept

    12-Mar-2007

    Airline caterer Gate Gourmet has more than doubled the size of its legal team in the past few months and is likely to keep growing it under new management.

  • Giuliani firm raids Bingham for Parmalat star

    14-Mar-2007

    Texan-headquartered Bracewell & Giuliani has raided Bingham McCutchen for its co-head of bankruptcy along with one other partner.

  • Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

    12-Mar-2007

    Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is one of Spain’s largest independent law firms and is one of the first to bring in external business consultants to review its strategy.

  • Google: bring it on

    12-Mar-2007

    IP law and Google just do not seem to mix. The company's stated mission is to "organise the world's information". But where that objective clashes with copyright law the company will have to ride a wave of criticism and litigation.

  • Government's anti-fraud plans unveiled

    16-Mar-2007

    Attorney General Lord Goldsmith yesterday (Thursday 15 March) unveiled a raft of initiatives designed to combat fraud, including a review of how the offence is dealt with in the courts.

  • Hewlett-Packard: charges against senior lawyer dropped

    15-Mar-2007

    The former senior in-house counsel of troubled Hewlett-Packard (HP), Kevin Hunsaker, has avoided a criminal conviction on counts of fraud stemming from an internal company inquiry,

  • Home comfort

    12-Mar-2007

    Rather than looking to ape other countries' legal systems, the UK should focus on maintaining the high standards it is famous for the world over, says Simon Davis

  • India dusts off welcome mat

    12-Mar-2007

    It was all smiles at Admiralty House last week, where the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) and the Law Society were playing host to the All India Bar Association (AIBA) and a crowd of the legal great and good from the UK. Perhaps there was a tad too many meat-based canapes for the numerous vegetarian guests of honour, but the overall mood was buoyant.

  • Indian market moves closer to liberalisation

    12-Mar-2007

    The influential All India Bar Association (AIBA) is set to recommend that the Indian government opens up its legal services market to foreign lawyers as India's largest firm Fox Mandal Little revealed plans to launch in London.

  • Irwin Mitchell takes over Golds in post-Clementi push

    12-Mar-2007

    Top-25 firm Irwin Mitchellis to merge with Glasgow-headquartered Golds to form a £125m-turnover firm.

  • Is Cadwalader ready for life after Wilkinson?

    12-Mar-2007

    It is the end of an era for Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. As exclusively revealed on www.thelawyer.com last week (8 March), restructuring star Andrew Wilkinson is finally making his long-rumoured move to Goldman Sachs to become co-head of restructuring alongside Lachlan Edwards, who recently joined from Rothschild. At the same time the firm’s involvement ...

  • Linklaters pre-empts partner vote with LLP conversion

    12-Mar-2007

    Linklaters is set to convert to LLP status on 1 May, having already registered its LLP with Companies House.

  • Linklaters secures Swedish govt panel place for privatisation bonanza

    12-Mar-2007

    Linklaters has won a place as the only foreign firm on the Swedish government's new seven-firm legal panel, just as a wave of privatisations nears in the country.

  • London Underground to overhaul external advisers

    12-Mar-2007

    Transport for London (TfL) and its group company London Underground Ltd (LUL) are reviewing their panel.

  • Management

    12-Mar-2007

    Freshfields culls finance to focus on corporateThe full extent of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's restructuring has been revealed by The Lawyer (5 February).

  • MBRM lawyer is new Dickie Dees group head

    15-Mar-2007

    Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees has hired a Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw consultant as the firm’s new head of environmental and safety.

  • McGrigors rocked by loss of QC and partner

    12-Mar-2007

    McGrigors’ London office has suffered a dual blow, with one banking and finance partner quitting and barrister Jonathan Fisher QC returning to chambers after just six months at the firm.

  • Morgan Lewis raids Brown Rudnick for tech expertise

    12-Mar-2007

    The London office of Morgan Lewis has scooped Brown Rudnick's outsourcing and technology team.

  • Norton Rose ups Frankfurt banking nous

    12-Mar-2007

    Norton Rose ups Frankfurt banking nous" /Norton Rose has raided Mayer Brown Row & Maw (MBRM) to boost its Frankfurt office. Senior associate Dr Caroline Herkströter leaves MBRM after two years and joins Norton Rose as a ...

  • Olswang bags Freshfields competition man

    12-Mar-2007

    Olswang has hired a senior competition associate from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a partner. Alasdair Balfour's arrival boosts partner headcount in the London competition team to three. Balfour will be reunited with Olswang's head of EU and competition Howard Cartlidge, who also joined the firm ...

  • One Essex Ct mourns Christopher Carr QC

    12-Mar-2007

    Christopher Carr QC, a barrister at One Essex Court, died on 2 March. Carr, 62, was a legal academic in both Canada and England before being called to the bar in London in 1975. He was awarded silk in 1983 after just eight years as a barrister. He was known in recent years for his work on the Sumitomo litigation, which catapulted him into the bar's top earners and saw him net more than £2m in a year. One Essex Court head of chambers LordAnthony Grabiner said: "He was, in every way, ...

  • One Garden Court looks to 'next generation' as co-head steps down

    12-Mar-2007

    Eleanor Platt QC is standing down as the joint head of family chambers One Garden Court to make way for the next generation.

  • Optical delusion

    12-Mar-2007

    Last week Tulkinghorn pondered on the diversity policy of Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson and the firm's non-discriminatory policy towards "mental status", as revealed in its submission for The Lawyer Career Report 2007 ('You Don't Have To Be Mad To Work Here…', 5 March).

  • Oxley of Sarbox joins Baker Hostetler

    12-Mar-2007

    The co-author of the US's infamous Sarbanes-Oxley Act (Sarbox) has entered private practice, joining Ohio-headquartered Baker Hostetler in Washington DC. Michael Oxley, who was an Ohio representative in Congress (the US equivalent of an MP) until January this year, will join Baker Hostetler's 80-lawyer DC office as of counsel and will build up a public policy group. This will be Oxley's first spell in a law firm. Before going into politics he worked at the FBI for three years.

  • Pannick triumphant for BBC on cash for honours injunction

    13-Mar-2007

    BLOG FROM MIPIM: Did Norton Rose shoot down Lovells’ balloon? All the gossip on what property lawyers are doing in Cannes this week on our twice-daily blog. See story.

  • Pharma companies' hunt for new products sparks recruitment frenzy

    12-Mar-2007

    The life sciences sector is moving into M&A, and firms with specialists have the edge. By Ben Moshinsky

  • Pinsents' Euro alliance gains Turkish foothold

    12-Mar-2007

    Pinsent Masons' European alliance, Pinsent Masons Luther Group (PMLG), has extended into Turkey via a joint venture with Turkish firm Köksal.

  • Power for the people

    12-Mar-2007

    South Africa can look forward to a new era of investment in and security of its energy sector.

  • Practising what's preached

    12-Mar-2007

    Modern premises for the Commercial Court will be of no avail if the mindset is not brought into the 21st century. By Mark Humphries and Jane Larner

  • Pru hires Freshfields refusenik to unlock fund

    15-Mar-2007

    Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer restructuring head Peter Bloxham has reappeared as a “policyholder advocate” at Prudential just as the insurance giant instructed Freshfields on a headline deal with troubled mutual Equitable Life.

  • Reed Smith Paris head jumps ship to Thomas Cooper & Stibbard

    16-Mar-2007

    Boutique maritime law firm Thomas Cooper & Stibbard (TC&S) is set to launch a new office in the French capital after raiding Reed Smith’s Paris office.

  • Segens swells ranks with Feltons swoop

    12-Mar-2007

    Holborn-based firm Segens has taken on two partners in the last week, including property expert Peter Felton. Felton joins the firm with two other fee-earners from Feltons at the same time as property partner Tim Milton, taking Segens' lawyer count up to 11. As well as moving into larger premises in April, Segens will set up a three-lawyer corporate department by June. Segens senior partner Michael Segens said: "We're a small law firm doing big-firm work, which is a nice problem to ...

  • Sheppard Mullin picks Shanghai for first overseas office

    13-Mar-2007

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has chosen China as the location for its first international offering.

  • Simmons brings in of counsel role for associates

    12-Mar-2007

    Simmons & Simmons will give all of its associates the option of becoming of counsel rather than partner.

  • Simmons enlisted in push for pan-Ireland electricity market

    12-Mar-2007

    Simmons & Simmons has landed an instruction as lead adviser on a groundbreaking project to create a pan-Ireland electricity market.

  • SJ berwin wins race for olympic site work

    12-Mar-2007

    SJ Berwin has joined the slew of firms looking for a slice of the Olympic action. The firm advised on part of the regeneration of the Old Street roundabout, which will become a gateway landmark to the London 2012 Olympic site. SJ Berwin advised new client Fusiongold, a purpose-specific offshore vehicle, on the £64m acquisition of a 2.8-acre site at 183-213 Old Street. Howard Kennedy real estate partner ...

  • Slaughters builds bridges with 3i on fund float

    13-Mar-2007

    Slaughter and May has cemented its corporate ties with private equity house 3i with corporate partner Kathy Hughes advising on the float of its infrastructure fund last week.

  • Slaughters lands key Alliance-Boots mandate

    12-Mar-2007

    Slaughter and May has pipped Allen & Overy to represent Alliance-Boots in its first major corporate transaction since last year’s £8.1bn merger between Alliance Unichem and Boots: its £9.7bn approach from US private equity house Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR).

  • Taylor Wessing makes libel history with Charles Russell cost capping

    12-Mar-2007

    Taylor Wessing made legal history by obtaining the first costs-capping order against an opposing firm's fees in a libel dispute, winning a four-year battle for Associated Newspapers.

  • Terry Osborne: London Borough of Brent

    12-Mar-2007

    On her return to local government, Brent's legal head had a fight on her hands to hike the number of lawyers. She won, and saved the council millions. By Jon Parker

  • The complicated tale of Freshfields, Lovells, Bloxham and Equitable

    15-Mar-2007

    Oh, what a tangled web.

  • The deals on the bus

    12-Mar-2007

    Tulkinghorn can bring you more heartening news that not all hot-shot lawyers drive pimp-mobiles. He hears that A&O very responsibly provides a bus to shuttle its lawyers between its Spitalfields office and its Canary Wharf outpost.

  • The snowball effect of retention strategies

    12-Mar-2007

    As with most businesses, law firms are continually in pursuit of increased profitability and growth. However, they are often hindered by a shortage of talented staff.

  • The Work-Life Quiz: Michael Polkinghorne

    12-Mar-2007

    Name: Michael Polkinghorne Firm: White & Case Title: Partner Lives: Paris Education: LLB Hons, University of Adelaide; LLM Cantab Work history: ...

  • Travers just the ticket for 3i on NCP sale

    15-Mar-2007

    Travers Smith has cemented its ties with marquee private equity client 3i by advising it on the £790m sale of car park operator NCP to Macquarie.

  • Two Castles sparks major hassles

    12-Mar-2007

    Castle Bidco was busy last week in the real estate market. First came its £1bn offer for property company Countrywide, then Thursday's (8 March) £715m bid for property developer Crest Nicholson. Except it wasn't.

  • UKvisas chooses MoFo for outsourcing advice

    12-Mar-2007

    Morrison & Foerster's (MoFo) London office has bagged a lead role advising the UK Government on a £297m outsourcing project.

  • United states

    12-Mar-2007

    Dechert, Paul Hastings, White & Case buck slow growth trend Last month was all about associate salaries. February's US firm-by-firm comparison concentrated on the nitty-gritty of 2006's financial results. ...

  • Viacom hires Jenner & Block for YouTube battle

    14-Mar-2007

    Media behemoth Viacom has instructed East Coast litigation specialists Jenner & Block to handle its $1bn copyright case against video site YouTube.

  • Wake Smith

    12-Mar-2007

    One of the largest and oldest firms in Sheffield and South Yorkshire is following an aggressive expansion strategy that should see it double its turnover within five years.

  • Walker Morris makes up record number of partners

    12-Mar-2007

    Walker Morris is to promote six associates to the partnership, the firm's biggest promotional round ever.

  • Watson Burton acts pro bono for Traidcraft

    12-Mar-2007

    Watson Burton is fighting a pro bono IP battle on behalf of one of the UK's largest fair trade organisations.

  • Watson Burton helps amateur football club reach its pitch

    12-Mar-2007

    Newcastle-based Watson Burton is giving pro bono advice to Wallsend Boys Club, the amateur football club that produced the likes of Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley and Michael Carrick.

  • Web week

    12-Mar-2007

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com.

  • We're really really sorry

    12-Mar-2007

    Tulkinghorn doesn't often have blonde moments. It's difficult when you're on the wrong side of the middle-age spread and any hair, grey or otherwise, is disappearing as fast as your memory.

  • WFW eyes Greek dominance with team hire

    12-Mar-2007

    Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has raided Athens firm IKRP Rokas & Partners for an energy-focused corporate team as it accelerates its plan to become the largest UK firm in Greece.

  • WFW eyes Norton Rose's Greek crown

    12-Mar-2007

    As reported on page three, Watson Farley & Williams' (WFW) Greek operation has bagged itself three corporate lawyers from Athens firm IKRP Rokas & Partners, including one partner.

  • White & Case to take Norris to the Lords

    14-Mar-2007

    White & Case has won the right to have five out of the eight points of appeal to be heard in the House of Lords in the ongoing extradition saga of businessman Ian Norris.

  • Wragges, Mishcon in luton stadium deal

    12-Mar-2007

    Mishcon de Reya and Wragge & Co have advised on a £25m deal to develop the new stadium for Luton Town Football Club. Under the deal the Old Park Farm site owned by Cliff Bassett will become home to the club's new 22,000-seat stadium. Bassett was advised by Mishcon partner Alan Spiers. Wragges, led by finance partner ...