13 August 2007

The Lawyer

  • Bingham partner left for rights

    13-Aug-2007

    Bingham McCutchen litigation partner Neil Micklethwaite has turned his back on the firm to set up a human rights litigation boutique with pal and former colleague Roger Gherson.

  • People

    13-Aug-2007

    Legal recruiter Nick Woolf has joined recruiter Sainty Hird & Partners as a partner to its launch legal capability. He joins from Norman Broadbent, where he was also a partner.

  • Slaughters goes double Dutch

    13-Aug-2007

    As every playground bears testament, best friendships can be fickle affairs. Despite clear-cut relationships with firms in Italy, France, Germany and Spain, life for Slaughter and May is not quite as simple in the Netherlands. NautaDutilh was historically Slaughters' best friend, but recent deals have seen Slaughters buddy up with former

  • 7/7 victims launch legal action against govt

    16-Aug-2007

    A group of survivors and relatives of victims of London’s 7 July 2005 bombings are to take legal action against the government to force an inquiry into the events of that day.

  • A&O launches IMI probe

    17-Aug-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is advising IMI, one of the UK's biggest engineering groups, on an internal corruption investigation.

  • A&O, Cleary lead on Euro banks mega merger

    15-Aug-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O) and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have led Kaupthing and JC Flowers through a €3bn (£2bn) banking takeover, despite rocky market conditions.

  • Addleshaws lands in-houser for data protection push

    15-Aug-2007

    Addleshaw Goddard is strengthening its data and information group with the hire of a freedom of information lawyer from the market research arm of Marsh & McLennan.

  • Addleshaws, dewey advise Isoft bidder

    13-Aug-2007

    Addleshaw Goddard has teamed up with US firm Dewey Ballantine to advise CompuGROUP on its bid for iSOFT. A team led by partners Matthew Doughty and Charles Penney are working with Dewey partners Philip Von Ilberg and Simon Briggs on the £160m deal. Doughty said: "We work with a number of US firms based in London but don't have full-service capabilities. Dewey advised CompuGROUP on its May IPO and gained this instruction from that." The bid comes ...

  • Bakers gets ahead of itself

    16-Aug-2007

    Baker & McKenzie's global revenue hit $1.829bn (£910m) in the 2007 financial year following a rise of 20 per cent (see story). It's pretty impressive stuff, particularly as it means the firm has already reached the figure it had targeted for 2008. That's great news for the firm on the one hand,

  • Bakers reports 20 per cent turnover growth

    16-Aug-2007

    Baker & McKenzie has reported global turnover growth of 20 per cent in the 2007 financial year with total income rising to $1.829bn (£910m).

  • Bakers, DWS drive Kazakhstan legal regulatory reformation

    13-Aug-2007

    Baker & McKenzie and Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) have launched the latest project to reform Kazakhstan's legal regulatory environment.

  • Ben Hoare Bell doubles up in Newcastle

    13-Aug-2007

    •Sunderland's Ben Hoare Bell has opened a second office in Newcastle.

  • Bingham partner quits for new launch

    13-Aug-2007

    •Bingham McCutchen financial services and litigation partner Neil Micklethwaite has announced his departure from the firm to launch a litigation and human rights boutique. Roger Gherson, a former colleague of Micklethwaite's from his time at Gouldens, will open the new firm, named Gherson, on 15 September. The 24-lawyer firm will specialise in immigration, litigation and corporate defence. Micklethwaite will advise on cases, while Gherson will provide pro bono services.

  • BLG plugs Asia gap with City partner

    13-Aug-2007

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has reacted to the resignation of Singapore head David Johnston with the emergency transfer of London-based aviation partner Mert Hifzi.

  • BLG's summer of leave

    17-Aug-2007

  • Book lark

    13-Aug-2007

    Just in: the latest instalment of Tulkinghorn's summer reading.

  • Cambridge Press pulps books after Kendall win

    13-Aug-2007

    Cambridge University Press has pulped all unsold copies of its 2006 book Alms for Jihad after Kendall Freeman won a High Court libel action against the publisher.

  • Camerons loses fourth partner in three weeks

    15-Aug-2007

    CMS Cameron McKenna has been hit by another partner departure, with the London office of Missouri-headquartered Shook Hardy & Bacon picking up commercial partner Mark Tyler.

  • CC brings Jones Day partner back into the fold

    13-Aug-2007

    Clifford Chance has continued its aggressive lateral hiring policy by poaching Jones Day's London head of competition.

  • CC Budapest partnership put on lowest equity ladder

    13-Aug-2007

    Clifford Chance is gearing up to move its Budapest partnership onto the lowest of its three equity ladders, with Prague and Warsaw already operating on the lower level.

  • CC says: free willies

    13-Aug-2007

    Clifford Chance's global head of corporate Peter Charlton did his bit for Anglo-Sino relations recently when he volunteered to give a team of Chinese lawyers a guided tour of the magic circle firm's Canary Wharf headquarters.

  • Clarke Willmott advises on Portuguese takeover of Swindon Town

    16-Aug-2007

    Bristol firm Clarke Willmott has become the latest firm to benefit from the series of foreign takeovers of UK football clubs, advising the board of Swindon Town Football Club on its acquisition by Portuguese company Best Holdings.

  • Come out, come out wherever you are

    13-Aug-2007

    Smoke, mirrors... The top firms are all well acquainted with these highly specialised techniques of making their average profit per equity partner (PEP) figures look better (or sometimes worse) than they really are.

  • Construction plight

    13-Aug-2007

    Real estate lawyers need to familiarise themselves with updated construction regulations in order to best serve their clients, says Gillian Birkby

  • Councils team up for first barrister panel

    13-Aug-2007

    Three city councils have undertaken the UK's firstever joint panel review for barristers, appointing 29 sets, including No 5 Chambers, St Phillips Chambers and Hardwicke Building.

  • Davies Lavery in double partner swoop

    13-Aug-2007

    Insurance specialist Davies Lavery has hired two insurance partners, including Halliwells London head of insurance, reinsurance and professional indemnity John Groome.

  • De Pury quits for Sainsbury's bid; joins BLP in January

    17-Aug-2007

    Herbert Smith’s star real estate partner Chris De Pury has left the firm today (17 August) for Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), the two firms announced this morning.

  • Dechert ramps up trainee salaries

    13-Aug-2007

    •US firm Dechert has hiked its first-year trainee salaries from £32,000 to £36,000 and second year pay from £37,000 to £41,000. The firm had initially planned on increasing its first-year salaries to £35,000, but increased them further in a bid to keep up with rival firms. The new salaries will come into effect in October this year. The firm had shocked the market by increasing its LPC maintenance ...

  • DHL appoints four firms to first employment panel

    13-Aug-2007

    Beachcroft, Brabners Chaffe Street, Clyde & Co and Eversheds have secured places on DHL's first official employment panel.

  • Digby-Bell exhorts Law Soc to electoral reform

    13-Aug-2007

    High-profile Law Society Council member Christopher Digby-Bell is campaigning for presidential elections to be restored to the solicitors' representative body.

  • DLA Piper chairman diagnosed with cancer

    13-Aug-2007

    DLA Piper has announced that George Mitchell, chairman of the firm's global board, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

  • DLA Piper signs DOJ Scooter Libby counsel

    14-Aug-2007

    DLA Piper has boosted its litigation strength with the addition of a partner in Washington DC.

  • Druces & Attlee revenue hit by exits

    13-Aug-2007

    London-based Druces & Attlee Solicitors saw its revenue fall from £7m to £5.8m last year following the retirement of two partners and the departures of two more for Weightmans and Edwin Coe.

  • DWS enters arbitration for Sheff Utd v West Ham

    17-Aug-2007

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is representing Sheffield United FC in arbitration proceedings against West Ham United FC over Argentine star Carlos Tevez.

  • DWS targets Africa to halt banking slump

    13-Aug-2007

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is gearing up for a massive investment in Africa and the Middle East as it looks to boost the dwindling profit of the firm's flagship banking team.

  • DWS's global gamble

    13-Aug-2007

    As big ideas go, it's a pretty big one: Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is targeting Africa as it attempts to remedy the woeful economic performance of its finance practice during the past few years.

  • EPP v PEP: The truth is in there

    13-Aug-2007

    PEP figures are increasingly being dismissed as a barometer of a firm's success, with earnings per partner regarded as a truer reflection of financial performance

  • Eversheds, McGrigors in courting action

    13-Aug-2007

    There's still no sign of the much rumoured merger between Eversheds and McGrigors, but those pesky gossip-mongers refuse to go away.

  • Former BEA GC handed Pegasystems Emea and Asia role

    13-Aug-2007

    Former BEA Systems general counsel Nils Breidenstein has joined business process management company Pegasystems as its director of legal for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (Emea) and Asia-Pacific regions.

  • FSA plunders City to boost enforcement division

    16-Aug-2007

    The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is beefing up its enforcement capability as it moves towards a principles-based regulatory regime.

  • Fulbright benefits from another BLG partner exit

    17-Aug-2007

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has been raided by US firm Fulbright & Jaworski, losing the head of its financial services regulatory team Chris Warren-Smith.

  • Fulbright names London partner as arbitration chief

    15-Aug-2007

    US firm Fulbright & Jaworski has made London partner David Howell co-head of the firm’s global arbitration and alternative dispute resolution group.

  • Funds' day out

    13-Aug-2007

    With experts claiming that the property market has peaked, property investment funds are a new avenue for investors to explore, say Simon Hardwick and Elizabeth Small

  • Govt skews facts to fit its case for increased court fees

    13-Aug-2007

    This Government apparently believes that the civil justice system works best if funded by the users, with actual payment meeting actual costs. Yet the Government has a different attitude in relation to two other key pillars of a civilised society - education and health services.

  • Haking back

    13-Aug-2007

    The revelation that corporate legends Nigel Boardman and Barry O'Brien played on the Slaughter and May rugby team together (before O'Brien moved to his current home, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) was just too beautiful an image for Tulkinghorn to pass up. So, he is delighted to present, for ...

  • Hammonds settles four cases and sues 14 ex-partners

    14-Aug-2007

    Hammonds settled with at least four of its former partners before kicking off its £3m profits dispute against 14 other ex-partners in June, it is understood.

  • Hedge fund managers sue Akin Gump for $4.4bn

    15-Aug-2007

    US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is facing a massive $4.4bn claim from ex-hedge fund managers James McBride and Kevin Larson.

  • HgCapital sets up energy fund panel

    13-Aug-2007

    Private equity house HgCapital is creating a standalone panel for its renewable energy investment group Hg Renewable Power Partners Fund to operate as a separate entity from its regular panel.

  • HGF fills patents niche in Scotland

    13-Aug-2007

    English patent and trademark firm Harrison Goddard Foote (HGF) has opened its first office in Scotland, poaching Marks & Clerk partner Gary Wilson for a Glasgow launch.

  • Holman wins Stephensons aviation star

    13-Aug-2007

    •Holman Fenwick & Willan has boosted its aviation capability through the hire of Stephenson Harwood partner David Relf. The firm has also promoted five of its lawyers to the partnership. London-based Ruth Allcoat and Toby Stephens, as well as Paris-based ...

  • Interest-ing times at Hammonds

    14-Aug-2007

    The former Hammonds partners who settled their profits dispute with the firm must be breathing a sigh of relief.

  • Jones Day nabs Mayer Brown banking partner

    15-Aug-2007

    Jones Day has boosted its London banking and finance group with the addition of former Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) partner Michael Pabst.

  • Jones Day seals office move to US govt's former Paris base

    13-Aug-2007

    The French arm of US firm Jones Day is drawing up plans to move into the Hôtel de Talleyrand, formally the US government's state apartments in Paris.

  • KSB Law turns to DAC as DMH talks hit impasse…

    13-Aug-2007

    Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has stepped in to save London and St Albans firm KSB Law after merger talks with expansionist South East firm DMH Stallard collapsed.

  • KSB Law's international head joins Zhonglun

    13-Aug-2007

    Chinese law firm Zhonglun W&D, which became the first Chinese firm to launch in London four months ago, has hired the head of KSB Law's international department, consultant Guy Facey.

  • Lacking a punch

    13-Aug-2007

    Last Wednesday (8 August), in a gym in Salford, a group of lawyers and law firm staff gathered to honour the Marquis of Queensbury. More accurately, the group had turned up for its first training session for a charity bout of white-collar boxing, scheduled for 2 November in Bolton's Reebok Stadium.

  • Land grabs

    13-Aug-2007

    Compulsory purchase orders are often a necessary evil when it comes to development. By Katherine Evans

  • Lawyers behaving badly... allegedly

    15-Aug-2007

    We know that poor old Freshfields has borne the brunt of commentary regarding its familiarity with tribunals this summer.

  • Lovells institutes snakes and ladders strategy for lockstep

    13-Aug-2007

    At least one Lovells equity partner has slid from the top to the bottom rung of the firm's lockstep ladder via performance-related sanctions introduced last year.

  • Lovells wins payout for visually impaired Ryanair passengers

    13-Aug-2007

    Lovells has won compensation from budget airline Ryanair in a pro bono appointment on behalf of some visually impaired passengers. The passengers were refused carriage on the grounds that their flight had already met its quota of 'mobility-impaired' passengers.

  • Macroberts builds up property expertise with double Burness capture

    13-Aug-2007

    Scottish projects and construction specialist Macroberts has raided rival Burness for two property lawyers, both of whom will join the firm as partners.

  • North London boroughs end search for legal heads

    13-Aug-2007

    The London boroughs of Camden and Islington have emerged from the capital's recruitment crisis and appointed new legal chiefs.

  • Norton Rose hit by South African raid

    14-Aug-2007

    Norton Rose has been raided by South African law firm Deneys Reitz losing senior associate Steven Gamble from its banking group.

  • Olswang scoops double media deal

    13-Aug-2007

    Olswang corporate partner Mark Bertram has acted on two media-related transactions. Bertram led the team that scored the lead role on the creation of 24-hour news radio station Sky News Radio, advising long-time client Chrysalis Radio on its joint venture with Sky Ventures to provide the service. The Olswang team included corporate associate Roisin Thomas and media and technology associate Ewan Watson. Bertram also advised advertising agency M&C Saatchi on the ...

  • Olswang seals City property sale

    14-Aug-2007

    Olswang has landed a deal advising on the £325m sale of the Mid City Place building in London's High Holborn.

  • O'Melveny appoints first Asia M&A chief

    13-Aug-2007

    •O'Melveny & Myers partner Gregory Puff has been named as the firm's head of Asian M&A, based in Hong Kong. In the newly created role Puff, who was a partner in O'Melveny's Tokyo office, will now coordinate all aspects of the firm's M&A practice across its offices in Japan and China. M&A activity in the region had previously been handled informally by Asia practice head Howard Chia and co-chair of the China practice Michael Moser. The firm has changed the structure to cater ...

  • Party gets rev reviews

    13-Aug-2007

    The Commerce and Industry (C&I) group seriously upped its game last month when it held its summer networking event in Park Lane's Aston Martin showroom.

  • PartyGaming poaches FM Global counsel for GC role

    13-Aug-2007

    Online gambling company PartyGaming has named Andrew Fritchie as its general counsel following the resignation of David Abdoo in early June.

  • Pinsents improves public sector standing with Govt IT instruction

    13-Aug-2007

    The outsourcing team at Pinsent Masons has raised its public sector profile by advising the Cabinet Office on a framework contract for sharing IT services.

  • Property

    13-Aug-2007

    If property partners are secretly scared of a downturn, with rises in inflation and interest rates battling it out for influence, they're bluffing it out. Far from playing it safe, UK real estate practices are in an acquisitive mood, bagging each other's lawyers at every opportunity.

  • Qualcomm GC quits following £20m patent defeat

    14-Aug-2007

    The general counsel for the world's second-largest mobile phone chip maker Qualcomm has quit after losing a massive patent case.

  • Raft of firms steer sale of V2 Music

    15-Aug-2007

    London firm Sheridans has drafted in a range of firms to advise Morgan Stanley on the sale of V2 Music to Universal Music Group (UMG).

  • Rees returns to roots for Welsh City launch

    15-Aug-2007

    Cardiff-based Hugh James is to launch its first office in London, and has recruited Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman outsourcing partner Phillip Rees to launch the new base.

  • San Diego sues Willkie for dual roles

    14-Aug-2007

    US firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher has been sued for overbilling by the city of San Diego's chief prosecutor.

  • SEC targets Broadcom GC as stock option probe widens

    16-Aug-2007

    Broadcom Corporation's general counsel David Dull has come under the spotlight of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) for allegedly backdating the chipmaker's stock options.

  • Shoosmiths overcomes Livingstone's Thames desalination plant objections

    13-Aug-2007

    Shoosmiths has defeated London Mayor Ken Livingstone in a landmark planning inquiry to build the UK's first large-scale desalination plant.

  • Slaughters and best friend Bredin land Steria purchase

    13-Aug-2007

    Slaughter and May's best friends strategy has again proved its viability, with the firm acting on a £470m takeover alongside Bredin Prat.

  • Slaughters chief hits out at PEP obsession

    13-Aug-2007

    Slaughter and May senior partner Tim Clark has described the legal market's focus on average profit per equity partner (PEP) as a "negative influence".

  • Star treatment

    13-Aug-2007

    A growing interest in hotel ownership by investors has thrown up new opportunities for lawyers. Simon Price reports

  • Starbucks scoops first UK GC from MFI

    13-Aug-2007

    Coffee retail giant Starbucks has installed its first-ever UK-based head of legal with the hire of former MFI general counsel Adrian Thurston.

  • Stonewall applauds TfL, JPMorgan diversity plans

    13-Aug-2007

    Gay rights advocacy group Stonewall praised the legal departments of JPMorgan and Transport for London (TfL) for their dedication to diversity at its Diversity Champion Seminar last month (25 July).

  • The efficacy - or otherwise - of covenants

    13-Aug-2007

    Partners in law firms are more mobile than ever before. Firms are prepared to adopt aggressive expansion policies. The legal press is full of reports of firms making raids for the partners of other firms and of star performers being prised away from their current firms with lucrative remuneration packages. But is it that easy for a partner ...

  • TLT boosts private client with double hire

    13-Aug-2007

    TLT boosts private client with double hire" /•Bristol-based TLT Solicitors has ramped up its private client offering with the recruitment of two senior lawyers. The firm has hired tax and estate planning specialist Vanessa Eyre as head of probate within its private client group. Eyre, who is slated to join ...

  • Tony Brierley: 3i Group

    13-Aug-2007

    As private equity houses come under increased scrutiny, 3i general counsel Tony Brierley is having to build new relationships. By Malar Velaigam

  • Travers hits back at 'self-serving' NatWest Three claims

    15-Aug-2007

    Travers Smith has hit back at allegations that it unduly pressured potential witnesses not to testify in the forthcoming trial of the “NatWest Three”.

  • Travers rocked by NatWest Three allegations

    13-Aug-2007

    Travers Smith has been hit by allegations that it is pressuring witnesses not to testify in the Houston trial of the ‘NatWest Three’.

  • Vinson & Elkins boosts bankruptcy practice

    13-Aug-2007

    Vinson & Elkins' New York office has taken on five-lawyer boutique Cronin & Vris in the latest bankruptcy hire by a major US law firm.

  • Ward of the land

    13-Aug-2007

    As the go-to person in disputed Land Registry applications, the independence of the adjudicator is of key importance. By Michelle Stevens-Hoare

  • Web week

    13-Aug-2007

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web.

  • White & Case appoints new chair to spearhead new era

    13-Aug-2007

    White & Case appoints new chair to spearhead new era" /White & Case's appointment of Moscow head Hugh Verrier to the firmwide chairman's position marks the culmination of the firm's second management structure review within a decade.

  • Work Life Quiz: Anthony Princi, Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker

    13-Aug-2007

  • Wragges to get real in virtual world

    13-Aug-2007

    Wragge & Co is developing plans to launch an office in Second Life, possibly becoming the first firm to open a functioning practice in the virtual world.