12 May 2003

The Lawyer

  • ABN Amro hunts for new Asian compliance chief

    12-May-2003

    ABN Amro’s Asian compliance chief and head of legal in Hong Kong has resigned from the Dutch banking giant.Carmel Breadner is due relocate to Portugal with her family.Tony Corcoran, ABN Amro’s head of legal for Asia Pacific, will step into Breadner's role on a temporary basis. Laurie Adams, the bank’s global head of legal and compliance, said that a decision has not yet been made as to who will replace Breadner permanently.Breadner ...

  • Allen & Gledhill star quits for Clifford Chance Wong

    14-May-2003

    Allen & Gledhill’s (A&G) so-called ‘queen of the unit trusts’ has jumped ship to Clifford Chance Wong. Choo Wai Hong, the former head of A&G’s fund management practice and one of the firm’s heavy hitters, will become a partner in WongPartnership, the Singaporean firm that has a joint law venture with Clifford Chance. Wai Hong, who was with A&G ...

  • Ashursts-Fried Frank: deal was dashed by French revolution

    12-May-2003

    Ashurst Morris Crisp's Paris office has emerged as the major opposition to the merger with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson.

  • Associated British Ports settles on its favourites

    12-May-2003

    The legal director of Associated British Ports (ABP) has reviewed the company's outsourcing arrangements and drawn up a list of preferred firms

  • Baaaad dress sense

    12-May-2003

    Tulkinghorn can exclusively reveal this week that City firm Lovells has been targeting certain legal hacks in a bid to improve the obviously questionable dress sense of its employees.Imagine the following scenario in The Lawyer office last week: a certain hack (who shall remain nameless for these purposes, but whose New Zealand upbringing has perhaps had a questionable influence on her taste in clothes) was greatly excited to receive an invite to the Lovells 'what not ...

  • Bahl proceeds with new attack on Law Soc

    12-May-2003

    Kamlesh Bahl (left) has launched another discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal against the Law Society. Bahl, former vice-president of the society and now a member of its ruling council, won her first discrimination claim against the society in the Employment Tribunal in July 2001. Although Bahl is a member of the Law Society Council, she has accused the council, as well as the Law Society's president and chief executive, of sustained discrimination, victimisation and breach ...

  • Beachcrofts loses team to Clyde & Co

    12-May-2003

    Beachcroft Wansbroughs has lost three lawyers to Clyde & Co, but has taken on a partner and a consultant from two regional firms. Peter Hirst, a partner in Beachcrofts' London office, has taken two assistants to Clyde & Co's insurance and reinsurance department. Beachcrofts has also taken on the managing partner of litigation firm Palser Grossman's Southampton office Chris Gambs and has appointed

  • Bonelli's London office nabs A&O Italian ace

    12-May-2003

    Slaughter and May's best friend Bonelli Erede Pappalardo has hired the UK head of Allen & Overy's (A&O) for its London-based Italian desk. Banking partner Riccardo Sallustio has headed A&O's Italian desk since January 2002 and has spent five years at the UK firm. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 6 May

  • Brick Court dominates with 25 per cent hike in turnover

    12-May-2003

    The Lawyer's preliminary findings of chambers' turnovers for 2002-03 show that Brick Court is once again leading the field with another 25 per cent hike to £38.75m.

  • Clifford Chance's Harding is Barclays' new legal chief

    16-May-2003

    Barclays Bank has finally secured its new general counsel after a year-long search. It has appointed Clifford Chance banking partner Mark Harding, who will join at the end of June.Harding, who replaces former general counsel Howard Trust, told The Lawyer: "I can't think of a better English bank to work for."However, Harding will not have a seat on the board - a vexed issue ...

  • Corporate deals round-up

    12-May-2003

    Addleshaw Goddard (Matthew Flinton, Ben Feather) advised B&Q Properties on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Chartwell Land Shopping Centres and its subsidiary Leicester Centre Properties to Bradstyle for £37m. Taylor Wessing acted for Bradstyle.

  • Davenports hikes corporate with Paisners hire

    12-May-2003

    Davenport Lyons has hired Paisner & Co partner Jeanette Gregson to its corporate department. Gregson, who was at Paisners for almost nine years, specialises in listings and offerings, together with M&A, joint ventures and corporate advisory work. Her appointment takes the number of corporate partners at Davenports to five.

  • Dentons loses Asia chief to Jones Day

    14-May-2003

    Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is continuing to grow its Asian practice by poaching Denton Wilde Sapte’s senior partner for Asia Steven Goodman.Goodman, a corporate specialist and also head of the Hong Kong office, has been senior partner of the Asian practice since 2001. A partner since 1996, he has also been a member of Dentons’ international partnership board.The hire comes after ...

  • Dewey bags Thelen Reid trio

    12-May-2003

    Thelen Reid & Priest has been hit by the loss of three partners to Dewey Ballantine's New York office. The losses come just weeks after the firm suffered a split over the election of its new chairman.

  • Dickinson Dees hires Cobbetts projects partner

    12-May-2003

    Newcastle's Dickinson Dees has appointed Cobbetts projects partner Russell Jarvis to its projects group. Jarvis, who is experienced in advising funders in PFI and public-private partnership projects, counts the Co-operative Bank and the Nationwide Building Society as clients.

  • Ex-Ashursts star joins Nörr

    12-May-2003

    Ashurst Morris Crisp's former head of finance in Germany Hans Gunther Nordhues has re-emerged into the market at Macfarlanes' German best friend Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz.

  • Ex-Stephenson Harwood partner in carbon-fighting role

    14-May-2003

    Former Stephenson Harwood partner Tony Stockwell has resurfaced in an in-house role at Carbon Trust, the Government-backed and business-led company that is helping business and the public sector to cut carbon emissions.Stockwell retired from Stephenson Harwood in January this year after spending 25 years as a partner there. He joins Carbon Trust as legal adviser and company secretary. ...

  • Foreigners set for piece of Norway's law firms

    12-May-2003

    A Government-appointed committee has taken the first crucial step towards opening ownership of Norway's law firms to foreigners.

  • Former bankruptcy head finds new post

    12-May-2003

    Dewey Ballantine's former head of bankruptcy has jumped ship to Boston's Ropes & Gray after nearly 20 years with the firm.

  • Freshfields Germany revolts over elections

    12-May-2003

    Dozens of Frankfurt partners voice protest over democracy in management vote

  • Freshfields out as Dorsey lands Pearson instruction

    12-May-2003

    Dorsey & Whitney's London team has barged aside Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to secure its first instruction for Pearson, the UK's largest media and leisure group

  • Fried Frank laments over runaway bride Ashursts

    12-May-2003

    Dearbail Jordan investigates the reasons behind the Fried Frank/Ashursts merger breakdown

  • Fried Frank offers hand of friendship to Ashursts

    14-May-2003

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has vowed to continue working with Ashurst Morris Crisp, despite last week’s final snub by the UK firm after protracted merger negotiations.Fried Frank’s co-managing partner Valerie Ford Jacob told The Lawyer: "We will continue working with Ashursts as we have in the past." The original relationship was founded on a tie-up for structured finance ...

  • Gateley Wareing converts to LLP

    12-May-2003

    Midlands-based firm Gateley Wareing is set to become a limited-liability partnership (LLP) by 1 September 2003, following the lead of Birmingham giant Wragge & Co, which converted to LLP status at the beginning of the month

  • Gerroff moi office block

    12-May-2003

    Well isn't Clifford Chance the precious little darling. Tulkinghorn hears that the firm - or more specifically London managing partner Peter Charlton - threw a bit of a wobbler when he found out that Gensler, the architectural firm charged with doing up the Canary Wharf site, had shown some people around the building.Apparently a poor soul had to be sent round to Clifford Chance ...

  • Giant killer joins Carr & Ferrell

    12-May-2003

    The lawyer who stood up to Microsoft has resurfaced at West Coast tiddler Carr & Ferrell and has already landed his first high-profile case

  • Give that firm a cigar

    12-May-2003

    On calling the White & Case press office this week with a certain legal query, the press officer in question advised The Lawyer hack that the best person to answer the relevant query would be none other than Bill Clinton."Bill Clinton?" asked the confused hack. "As in William J Clinton?""That's right," came the reply from the PR.In a hurry to see whether The Lawyer had missed the boat on a very high-profile lateral hire, the hack checked ...

  • Guilty till proven decent

    12-May-2003

    After years of handling tough cases in Eastern Europe, one might expect Norton Rose's embattled litigation partner Juliet Blanch to be used to having all sorts of wild allegations thrown her way. However, during a recent four-month tour of arbitration duty in Georgia, even she was shocked by the accusations levelled by none other than the jealous wife of one of her trainees.Unbeknownst ...

  • Harbottles music head goes solo

    12-May-2003

    Harbottle & Lewis has lost its highly-rated head of music Ann Harrison, who has left to set up on her own

  • Kaltons to dissolve due to lack of heart

    12-May-2003

    Four-partner London firm Kaltons is to dissolve after senior partner Maitland Kalton last week took the decision that he no longer wanted to manage the firm

  • Kellerman returns as Morgan Lewis chief

    12-May-2003

    Brobeck Hale & Dorr's former managing partner Tom Kellerman has resurfaced at Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Kellerman stepped down as managing partner of Brobeck Hale & Dorr, the European joint venture between Brobeck Phleger & Harrison and Boston-based Hale & Dorr, in February, shortly after the collapse of the West Coast firm. In his new role as the managing partner of Morgan Lewis's Palo Alto office, Kellerman will rejoin many of his former partners from Brobeck who moved to the firm. First ...

  • Landwell network fragments as two more quit

    12-May-2003

    Landwell's Swiss and Greek members, Suter & Partners and Kyriakides-Georgopoulos respectively, have left the PricewaterhouseCoopers network. Both firms blame post-Enron reforms. Three firms have now quit the Landwell network, including Danish firm Accura, which rebranded earlier this year. It is also understood that a number of other Landwell firms are reviewing their positions.

  • Leader

    12-May-2003

    It happened to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on Citibank; it happened to Lovells on Bank of America; and it even happened to Herbert Smith in the aftermath of Hammersmith & Fulham. But nowadays, suing your own clients is not generally accepted to be a top move.

  • Legal Widow

    12-May-2003

    Subjudice asked if she could go to the after-school homework club please, only I'd have to hurry as places are limited.

  • Lexindia swoops for PwC top dog

    12-May-2003

    The Indian law firm Lexindia which launched in New York in February has hired the most senior member of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India and the legal head of a prominent business.

  • Linklaters' Angel to continue as global head

    12-May-2003

    Linklaters has re-elected Tony Angel as worldwide managing partner. Angel, who, it is understood, was elected after standing uncontested, has held the post since November 1998 and will now serve until June 2007. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 6 May

  • Linklaters revenue up 14 per cent to £720m

    14-May-2003

    Linklaters has reported a 14 per cent increase in turnover for the last financial year while profits per partner have crept up by 6 per cent.Of the magic circle, Linklaters’ £720m worth of turnover places it in third place behind Clifford Chance, which expects to report flat revenues of £1bn ...

  • Manchester firms continue to grow

    12-May-2003

    Manchester firms experienced respectable revenue growth this year as the North West market continued to cope with the economic downturn

  • Martineaus loses education head to Pinsents

    12-May-2003

    Pinsents' Birmingham office has hired the head of Martineau Johnson's education unit Nicola Hart to head its new universities practice. She has been a partner at Martineaus since 1995.

  • Mayer Brown London partnership reaches one-hundred

    14-May-2003

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has made up seven partners in London, taking the partnership to 100.The new partners, which fall across practice areas, are Michael Brown in litigation and dispute resolution, Gary Cooper and Richard Smith in corporate, Christopher Fisher in employment, Nick Henchie in construction and engineering, Jonathan Moody in pensions and David Morrison in corporate/restructuring ...

  • Money for nothing

    12-May-2003

    The recent spate of 'golden goodbyes' has sparked public outrage. Will the furore result in new legislation to curb payoffs to directors who perform badly? Or would that do more harm to business than good? Jon Robins finds out where the law stands

  • On the Razi

    12-May-2003

    Unorthodox, energetic and outspoken, Simons Muirhead partner Razi Mireskandari is the very model of a modern litigator. Alex Wade reports

  • Opinion

    12-May-2003

    The Dutch legal market is one of Europe's leaders, and as such inevitably attracts the interest of UK law firms seeking potential merger partners

  • Paris Smith & Randall

    12-May-2003

    Having an FA Cup finalist as a client is boosting the firm's image

  • Paul Hastings targets Linklaters for first magic circle hire

    13-May-2003

    West Coast firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has ramped up its London real estate practice by poaching senior Linklaters partner Jeffrey Bailey.Bailey, who has spent his entire career with Linklaters, was head of European real estate when the firm was Linklaters & Alliance, and then took on the role of head of European marketing in the group. He has previously acted for Cisco ...

  • Philip Green's efforts to head Safeway rivals off at the pass

    12-May-2003

    Helen Power reports on where the Takover Panel stands regarding gagging orders on rival bidders

  • Posh nosh and Loadsa dosh

    12-May-2003

    Tulkinghorn is still full a week after his outing to the Variety Club's legal event at the Dorchester, an occasion positively groaning with lawyers and fine food. With dishes prepared by chefs from the likes of Zuma, the Cinnamon Club and the Greenhouse, the crowd was absolutely sated. The Variety Club's cunning plan was to let lawyers gorge themselves and then donate tons of cash - which is precisely what happened. The event raised over £50,000 - the equivalent of 20 ...

  • Raising the bar - making mobile working a reality

    12-May-2003

    Technology plays an important part in the legal profession and has done for many years. In spite of this, the industry has not been quick to invest in mobile technology, meaning that lawyers are rarely held up as shining examples of success stories when it comes to mobile working

  • Richards Butler in bid for magic circle litigation conflicts

    12-May-2003

    Richards Butler is dramatically repositioning itself as a litigation referral practice to take advantage of top firms' conflicts in the City.

  • Rink signs up with Hildebrandt

    13-May-2003

    John Rink, former managing partner of Allen & Overy (A&O), is to take an advisory role with legal management consultancy Hildebrandt.Rink, who had been managing partner of the magic circle firm since 1994, resigned in October 2002 and stepped down as a partner on 31 April this year. He will remain on the A&O management board for a further year as a consultant.Hildebrandt chairman Brad Hildebrandt commented: "We are gratified that John Rink will now be available ...

  • Security complex

    12-May-2003

    DTI figures show that IT security systems are dangerously inadequate. Alan Masson says that a three-tier system should be followed

  • Shaw Pittman London hit by partner exodus

    12-May-2003

    The London office of US firm Shaw Pittman has been decimated by the departure of a third of its partners, including joint managing partner and founder of the London office Andrew Moyle.

  • Shearman profits from Linklaters conflict on Selfridges

    14-May-2003

    Shearman & Sterling has scooped instructions from new Linklaters’ client Robert Tchenguiz, because the magic circle firm was conflicted out of after advising on a competing bid for luxury department store chain Selfridges.Shearman corporate partner Adrian Knight is leading, alongside finance partner Caroline Leedsruby. Shearman has connections to Lanphere, who was previously at Advent ...

  • Simmons launches in Qatar

    12-May-2003

    Simmons & Simmons is launching an office in Qatar on the back of its government work and recent developments of the country's vast natural gas reserves.

  • Singapore FTA gives little away

    12-May-2003

    The Singapore-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed last week has disappointed US law firms by making little concession towards opening up the legal market to US competitors.

  • Slaughters in no win, no fee deal

    12-May-2003

    It has emerged that Slaughter and May is working on the Pizza Express bid on a no win, no fee basis.

  • Spanish legal market shows strain of economic slowdown

    12-May-2003

    Firms in Spain saw their revenue growth slow by an average of 10 per cent last year, reflecting the inertia in the country's capital markets, according to figures released by Spanish business paper Expansión.

  • Stringer Saul boosts commercial property with Jeffrey Green hire

    14-May-2003

    West End firm Stringer Saul has hired a partner from Jeffrey Green Russell as part of a new growth plan.David Connick joins the commercial property practice at Stringer Saul, which is headed by Martin Ackland. He brings particular expertise in retail, leisure and development work. Connick said: "I will be welcoming old clients into the fold at Stringer Saul as well as developing new relationships for the practice."

  • Success story?

    12-May-2003

    When Freeserve was unhappy with Oftel's ruling on BT Openworld, it took the case to the CAT. But was its appeal a success? That depends on which way you look at it, says Robbie Downing

  • The story so far

    12-May-2003

    Last week, The Lawyer reported its preliminary findings on 2003 revenues for the top City firms. The majority are set to post hikes, with Lovells outstripping its peers with an impressive 20 per cent increase to £390m for 2002-03. Freshfields, Allen & Ovey and Herbert Smith also reported a rise in turnover, while Clifford Chance and

  • UK network wins battle over LawNet name

    14-May-2003

    Regional law firm network LawNet has just won a trademark battle against a US legal organisation of the same name. The battle started when the US Lawnet sponsored seminars at a conference in Birmingham, which UK Lawnet members attended believing it was their event. LawNet UK Operations Director Adrian Dion said the matter was resolved easily and the US organisation has agreed not to use the name in the UK. "We have had the trademark for 14 years so it was easy to get ...

  • Without pier

    12-May-2003

    Stephen Walsh left BA to become a one-man legal engine room at Associated British Ports. Brendan Malkin reports

  • YSG faces crisis as Law Society reviews funding

    15-May-2003

    Fears for the future of the Young Solicitors Group have been raised after it emerged that the Law Society is planning to slash its annual grant from £40,000 to around £30,000. Under the terms of the Recognised Group Agreement, which was drafted in December but is currently under proposal, funding levels across all Law Society groups are set for review. YSG chair Jane Russell confirmed the cut and said the YSG would struggle to make up the missing funds through ...