13 December 2004

The Lawyer

  • 6 Pump Court closes its doors as fee cuts and Clementi bite

    13-Dec-2004

    One of the bar’s leading clinical negligence sets, 6 Pump Court, will dissolve on 17 January 2005.

  • A&O and Linklaters pivotal to $150m Egyptian IPO

    13-Dec-2004

    UK giants Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have played key roles on a landmark Egyptian IPO – the first for almost half a decade.

  • Bar Council slams Clementi as it launches marketing push

    15-Dec-2004

    As part of its broad attack on Clementi’s proposals the Bar Council has announced the launch of a “marketing drive” in 2005 showing the advantages of instructing barristers.

  • Beau jest

    13-Dec-2004

    It’s always tough when a relationship breaks down, but never more so than when the couple live together.

  • BLP loses Courts work to CC while A&O snares lion’s share

    13-Dec-2004

    Clifford Chance has elbowed out Berwin Lieghton Paisner (BLP) after scooping an instruction to advise furniture retailer Courts in relation to the appointment of advisers.

  • Brick Court’s Clarke set for High Court

    13-Dec-2004

    Brick Court Chambers head Christopher Clarke QC will go to the bench upon completion of his role as counsel to the Saville Inquiry.

  • Careers: in brief

    13-Dec-2004

    The Law Society last week called for more judges trained in family work when it gave evidence to the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee. Law Society chief executive Janet Paraskeva said the welfare of a child must always be paramount. “Current legislation recognises this,” she said. “However, the aspect of the system that must change is in relation to enforcement of contact orders. We need more judges trained in family work so that every aspect of individual cases can be ...

  • Careers: people

    13-Dec-2004

    Foot Anstey Sargent has strengthened its media team with the appointment of Nigel Hanson, who is qualified as a lawyer and journalist. The team has also just won work from Associated Newspapers.

  • Clementi: the results

    15-Dec-2004

    Sir David Clementi has today (15 December) published his long awaited report on the regulatory review of legal services.

  • Clifford Chance to save £40m as Childs wields axe on costs

    13-Dec-2004

    £100K profit hike predicted for equity partners as magic circle firm slashes internal bureaucracy

  • Eversheds’ regulatory drive lures DLA trio

    13-Dec-2004

    Regulatory partner Steven Francis and his team of three associates are leaving DLA for Eversheds, becoming the first lawyers to leave since the announcement of the firm’s three-way transatlantic merger with Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich.

  • From law to Channel 4

    13-Dec-2004

    Thinking of a change of scene in the new year? Patrick and Colette Bergot, tired of commuting, left their legal careers behind them for a French château. They also had the experience filmed for Channel 4. The Lawyer finds out why

  • Going, going gong

    13-Dec-2004

    Imagine the scene: you’ve just won one of the main prizes at a glittering awards bash; your celebrations are in full flight; your mates are congratulating you; your future is secure and life is sweet. Then BAM! You turn around and the worst has happened – someone’s nicked your gong.

  • Grapevine

    13-Dec-2004

    The tower of power

  • Grief steak

    13-Dec-2004

    It’s been a long time coming, but it seems lawyers are finally getting a taste of their own medicine.

  • Hearsay

    13-Dec-2004

    Which firm hired a bunch of strippers for its office Christmas Party?

  • Herbert Smith elects new corporate chief

    15-Dec-2004

    Herbert Smith is today expected to confirm Michael Walter as the new head of the firm’s corporate practice.

  • Hill Dickinson merger hikes half-year figures

    13-Dec-2004

    Hill Dickinson has re-corded a 34 per cent turnover rise for the first six months of the 2004-05 financial year.

  • Hogan throws in with Saudi law firm Salah Al-Hejailan

    13-Dec-2004

    Hogan & Hartson has taken its first step into the Middle East by launching a strategic alliance with The Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan (LFSH), one of Saudi Arabia’s leading firms.

  • Interbrew legal chief takes helm of C&I Group London

    16-Dec-2004

    The Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group has elected a new chair for London.

  • Law Soc council vote to review referral fees

    16-Dec-2004

    An overwhelming majority of Council members today (Thursday 16 December) voted to review the Law Society’s position on referral fees.

  • Law Society hails Clementi for offering 'a better deal for consumers'

    15-Dec-2004

    The Law Society today welcomed Sir David Clementi's report into the way solicitors are regulated.

  • Legal & General shake-up: Linklaters edges in on Slaughters’ turf

    13-Dec-2004

    Linklaters edges in on Slaughters’ turf" /Slaughter and May will have to share its role with Linklaters as principal corporate adviser to Legal & General (L&G) following the completion of a radical ...

  • Lloyds TSB hires Dentons finance veteran

    16-Dec-2004

    Lloyds TSB has appointed Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) finance veteran Adrian Miles as the legal director of the bank’s wholesale and international banking division.

  • Lovells creates Chinese walls for Tube Lines sale

    13-Dec-2004

    Lovells has installed Chinese walls to advise Star Capital Partners on its plann-ed acquisition of the Tube Lines stake belonging to em-battled services group Jarvis.

  • Lovells, Simmons miss out on HSBC global panel

    14-Dec-2004

    Lovells and Simmons & Simmons have both failed to secure places on HSBC Holdings’ coveted global legal panel following the conclusion of the global banking giant’s review of external advisers.

  • Mallesons snaps up Linklaters partner for Hong Kong expansion

    16-Dec-2004

    Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques has boosted its Hong Kong office with the appointment of Linklaters banking and finance partner Steven Christopher.

  • MFI reviews legal panel to save £5m in adviser fees

    13-Dec-2004

    MFI is pursuing a major review of its external legal advisers as the FTSE 250 furniture retailer moves to slash professional advisory fees by at least £5m.

  • Mishcon signs up new head of planning

    14-Dec-2004

    Mishcon de Reya has scooped an Eversheds lawyer, Oliver Goodwin, as its new head of planning and environmental law.

  • Morris triumphs in Dentons election race

    14-Dec-2004

    Howard Morris has been confirmed as Denton Wilde Sapte’s new chief executive.

  • Norton Rose in Bahrain labour focus

    13-Dec-2004

    Norton Rose is advising the Kingdom of Bahrain on new employment laws.

  • On top of the shops

    13-Dec-2004

    Shopping centre business Westfield is a household name in Australia. With its £585m takeover of Chelsfield it’s heading in the same direction over here. By Gemma Westacott

  • Perkins Coie consigns Hong Kong to history

    13-Dec-2004

    Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie has become the latest in a string of foreign firms to scale back its presence in Asia.

  • Plural tribute

    13-Dec-2004

    One of the many differences between Italian law firms and their UK counterparts was brought home with a resounding thud to a journalist from The Lawyer this year.Querying a certain Italian law firm’s multiple role on a deal, the reporter was greeted with the following reminder: “Yes, there is a question of conflict. But this is Italy. Remember, if you don’t have a conflict, you’re not really an important lawyer.” They really do have more style over there.

  • RAC endorses Clementi findings

    15-Dec-2004

    The RAC has called on the Government to implement the recommendations made by Sir David Clementi in his report into the legal industry.

  • RAC slates proposals to raise small PI claim limit to £5,000

    13-Dec-2004

    The RAC has hit out at recent proposals to raise the ‘small claims’ limit for personal injury work to £5,000. RAC Legal Services head Jonathan Gulliford said the plans, outlined recently by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, will seriously affect many people claiming compensation for injuries. “Raising the small claims limit is throwing the baby out with the bathwater,” he said.

  • Ramadan jam

    13-Dec-2004

    Norton Rose is rightly proud of its Islamic finance team, and given the firm’s expertise in this field, one would think it possessed a superior knowledge of the key dates in the Muslim calendar. It would appear not.

  • Review of the year

    13-Dec-2004

    From BCCI to DLA, The Lawyer looks back at the stories that made the headlines in 2004

  • RPC looks to Akin capture for insurance face-lift

    13-Dec-2004

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) is kick-starting a new insurance regulatory and brokers group with the hire of a partner from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

  • Separated at birth

    13-Dec-2004

    Many have come close, but only three could make the cut for the final looky-likey of the year. Leading the charge, appropriately enough, is Major Chip Hazard, Small Soldiers’ biggest baddie, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Freshfields’ Amsterdam managing partner Hans Galavazi. Mills & Reeve partner Nick Stone, meanwhile, chose to raise his profile via 2004’s Big Brother, going under the name ...

  • Shearman, Skadden oust UK rivals on Ebookers sale

    13-Dec-2004

    Cendant Corporation’s $404m (£210.3m) public bid for Ebookers is a significant milestone for US law firms in London, with both bidder and target advised by the UK arms of US firms.

  • Silent partner

    13-Dec-2004

    Even the biggest eejit knows that you have to give your boss notice when you’re leaving. Unfortunately this didn’t occur to a certain US partner when he left his extremely elite New York practice for a magic circle firm.

  • Spitzer probe hands Clydes work

    13-Dec-2004

    Clyde & Co has picked up 10 mandates in London relating to the investigation launched by US Attorney General Eliot Spitzer into broker Marsh & McLennan (M&M). These include an instruction from Munich Re to look at the terms and conditions of its broking relationships.

  • Swiss bar on Castor director’s funds leaves Daimler in the cold

    13-Dec-2004

    Mammoth 12-year international fraud case sees Swiss and UK courts at odds. By Brendan Malkin

  • The ride of your life

    13-Dec-2004

    Any lawyer who has visited Mipim will know that getting a taxi outside the Martinez Bar at 4am can be nigh on impossible. But perhaps next year they can follow the lead of one banker attending the conference this year.

  • The work-life quiz

    13-Dec-2004

    Damian Greenish, managing partner, Pemberton Greenish

  • The Year That Was: Highlights of 2004

    13-Dec-2004

    Helen Power, City editor

  • Thomas Eggar targets ‘Gatwick Diamond’ with Crawley launch

    13-Dec-2004

    Thomas Eggar targets ‘Gatwick Diamond’ with Crawley launch" /Thomas Eggar has relocated more than a third of its lawyers and staff into a new Crawley base.

  • Thrill bill

    13-Dec-2004

    Lawyers are no doubt sick to death of jokes about the word ‘solicitor’ and its connection with that other age-old profession, prostitution.

  • US firms vie for bragging rights to staff bonuses

    13-Dec-2004

    The US bonus war is in full swing with a trio of New York’s elite firms announcing whopping end-of-year sweeteners for associates.

  • Work-life balance: it’s all in the mind

    13-Dec-2004

    Mental, physical and emotional wellbeing is key to getting the most out of your work life. By Keith Hatter

  • WTC attack deemed to be two events

    13-Dec-2004

    Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz last week secured a major victory over the World Trade Centre’s insurers after a jury ruled that the 11 September attacks constituted two separate occurrences for insurance purposes.

  • Zimbabwe legal system panned by bar leaders

    13-Dec-2004

    An international coalition of lawyers has slammed the legal system in Zimbabwe.