13 January 2003

The Lawyer

  • ‘Big four’ accountancy firms seek last minute reprieve on Sarbanes-Oxley

    15-Jan-2003

    SEC sent letters requesting relaxation of proposed rules on auditor independence

  • Akin Gump boosts London with two lawyers

    13-Jan-2003

    Akin Gump has relocated New York funds partner David Billings to the UK to set up a new hedge funds practice. As well as Billings, the firm has recruited Dechert lawyer Simon Thomas as counsel.

  • Alexander Harris nabs Russell Jones partner

    14-Jan-2003

    Personal injury partner Warren Collins strengthens London office of health specialist Alexander Harris

  • Are Manches' family ties to blame for property exodus?

    13-Jan-2003

    After seven partner departures in twelve months, Emma Vere-Jones asks: can the firm recover?

  • Ashursts bags work on Safeway merger

    13-Jan-2003

    ABN Amro panel win pays off as City firm scoops takeover work for Morrisons

  • Bar Council to review spending strategies

    13-Jan-2003

    The Bar Council is to launch a root and branch review of its departments' and committees' spending in the wake of extra cost burdens

  • Bar forms Euro lobby committee

    13-Jan-2003

    The Bar Council is in the process of establishing a European committee that will bolster its efforts to lobby European Community institutions

  • Bar probe stalls MLSS judgment

    13-Jan-2003

    A court has spoken out against payments and case referrals between solicitors, barristers at Robert Rhodes QC's 4 King's Bench Walk, and an arm of Claims Direct

  • Brown & Wood and others defend $1bn client action

    13-Jan-2003

    Brown & Wood (now Sidley Austin Brown & Wood), top 50 US firm Jenkens & Gilchrist and Ernst & Young (E&Y) and its US-allied law firm McKee Nelson are being sued by 10 former clients for more than $1bn (£622.5m) for their advice on a tax scheme

  • Camerons abandons China

    13-Jan-2003

    Beijing office to close; 40 Hong Kong lawyers made redundant

  • Casualty of law

    13-Jan-2003

    IT Looks like Nigel Knowles really has been instilling a good work ethic in his partners. Tulkinghorn hears that one DLA partner, who went into hospital for surgery last Monday, was spotted walking down the corridor to the operating theatre in his gown with laptop and briefcase in hand. What's more, the two items remained with him during surgery. Perhaps the laptop and briefcase were there to give the partner a little reassurance, like a teddy bear to a child. Bless.

  • CC London partners vote for joint finance ticket

    15-Jan-2003

    Robert MacVicar and Tim Plews to lead City finance machine

  • CC Paris acts for Agricole on acquisition of Lyonnais

    13-Jan-2003

    Investment in French competition capability pays off

  • CC, Merrill Lynch buddy up with Schieren hire

    13-Jan-2003

    Clifford Chance has underlined its relationship with key client Merrill Lynch by hiring its associate general counsel to the firm's New York office. George Schieren, a securities litigator, joins the firm after 20 years at the investment bank. He was formerly a member of Merrill Lynch's executive committee. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 8 January

  • Charles Russell wins Hachette

    14-Jan-2003

    Matthew Higdon and Chris Hutchings lead team in new exclusive relationship with publisher

  • Clifford Chance and A&O decide two heads are better than one

    13-Jan-2003

    Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy (A&O) have found solutions to succession issues faced by their banking practices. The rival practices have resorted to power splits in order to avoid potential conflict

  • Clifford Chance chief makes Italian rich list

    13-Jan-2003

    Wrigley earns £1m more than top of equity; Gianni, Erede and Grimaldi all feature

  • Clifford Chance Italy rocked by Chessa departure

    13-Jan-2003

    In a blow to Clifford Chance, securitisation star Luigi Chessa is leaving the firm just six months after he was appointed as joint managing partner for Italy

  • Counted out

    13-Jan-2003

    Following Enron and Worldcom, to what extent does self-regulation of the accountancy profession in the UK need reining in to prevent any repeats? Jon Robins reports

  • Cybersex site fight

    13-Jan-2003

    The four-year fight for sex.com, the web's hottest domain name, rumbles on as internet domain registry Network Solutions is accused of mistakenly transferring the ownership of sex.com to con artist Stephen Cohen, who has been on the run since being ordered to return the domain name and pay $65m (£40.5m) costs.The case now looks to be heading to California's highest court, after a panel of judges asked the California Supreme Court to rule on the question of ...

  • Davis & Co continues expansion

    13-Jan-2003

    Canadian firm Davis & Co has bulked up its presence in Toronto with the acquisition of niche international business law firm Klotz & Co

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - EON

    13-Jan-2003

    Global firms win out as A&O replaces Freshfields; Bertelsmann opts for Linklaters over Hengeler

  • Debevoise lures Baker & McKenzie partner for European private equity drive

    16-Jan-2003

    Baker & McKenzie splits practice group after financial services and investment funds head quits for Debevoise

  • Dechert opts for US LLPs while UK partners must sweat it out

    13-Jan-2003

    Dechert's UK, Paris and Luxembourg partners have been left vulnerable to potential negligence claims after the firm converted its US and Frankfurt offices to a Pennsylvania limited-liability partnership (LLP)

  • Dechert's property star departs to SJ Berwin

    13-Jan-2003

    Dechert has suffered another blow to its property department with the departure of partner Pat Jones to SJ Berwin

  • Dentons' Botswana link shores up African network

    13-Jan-2003

    Denton Wilde Sapte has formed an association with Botswana firm Collins Newman & Co, boosting its network of African firms to five

  • Dirty tactics

    13-Jan-2003

    Tulkinghorn has discovered that macho M&A lawyers have adopted a lethal new tactic for scaring the opposition - outsmelling them.Partners from Slaughter and May and Macfarlanes, working two consecutive all-nighters on the Regus deal, didn't bother to avail themselves of the swanky bathroom ...

  • DLA slams legal challenge to congestion charging

    15-Jan-2003

    DLA advises GLA and Transport for London on threat of legal action by Class Law

  • Dorsey & Whitney faces £6m racial discrimination suit

    14-Jan-2003

    Former associate alleges she was denied partnership because she is black

  • E&Y employment head defects to Furley Page

    13-Jan-2003

    Ernst & Young (E&Y) has lost the head of its employment unit Rory O'Connor to Canterbury firm Furley Page. At E&Y O'Connor advised on expatriate employment structures, severance, redundancy programmes and employee benefits policies. Prior to that he worked at Bird & Bird.

  • Edwin Coe gets top role on new global network

    13-Jan-2003

    Edwin Coe is to spearhead AG Legal, a new global network of independent law firms launched by international accounting group Alliott Group. Edwin Coe was chosen by Alliott to chair the AG Legal committee.

  • Eversheds ramps up real estate

    13-Jan-2003

    Eversheds is pushing ahead with the development of an international real estate and finance practice

  • First chief exec for family lawyers

    13-Jan-2003

    Legal Action Group director Karen Mackay appointed to new role at Solicitors Family Law Association after management review

  • Ford rolls out first UK law panel

    13-Jan-2003

    Ailing giant Ford Motors has finalised its first formal UK panel, but the company's legal advisers have been left guessing what their new roles will be and how much they can charge

  • Fox Brooks strikes gold with Highland AIM work

    13-Jan-2003

    Manchester-based Fox Brooks Marshall has advised Highland Gold on its £200m admission to AIM, which is the second-largest placing on the market to date

  • Freshfields and Linklaters go head-to-head for prime LogicaCMG role

    13-Jan-2003

    Freshfields and Linklaters are going head-to-head to secure the best role on the newly merged LogicaCMG's legal panel. The merger completed on 30 December

  • Freshfields, Norton Rose, Lovells finalise Tube PPP

    13-Jan-2003

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Lovells and Norton Rose have finally completed most of the London Underground public-private partnership (PPP) work on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines' infrastructure. It is one of the most high-profile and complex PPPs to date and the largest to complete ...

  • Garrigues seeks out South American best friends

    13-Jan-2003

    Garrigues, the former Andersen Legal firm in Spain, is to shelve plans for building a European and North American best friends network as it turns its attention to South America

  • George Green hires two new department heads

    13-Jan-2003

    Black country firm George Green has hired Neil Williams, formerly of Pinsent Curtis Biddle, as head of commercial litigation, while Tim Lang, previously the head of Weightman Vizards' employment team, joins as head of employment. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 8 January

  • Gide set for second Chinese office

    14-Jan-2003

    French firm joins Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, Herbert Smith in gaining second licence

  • Givin' it some belly

    13-Jan-2003

    When rumour reached The Lawyer's offices that lawyers at Leamington firm Wright Hassall had been getting their kit off in the carpark at lunchtime, Tulkinghorn's suspicion was naturally aroused. Not only that, but according to the rumours there were camels involved.But before getting on the telephone to the RSPCA and the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors, Tulkinghorn ...

  • Gordon Dadds

    13-Jan-2003

    Gordon Dadds insists there’s more to it than family law and litigation

  • Govt challenges Factortame CFAs

    13-Jan-2003

    Lawyers involved in the massive Factortame litigation face not being fully paid after a Government challenge to their conditional fee arrangements (CFAs). Their fees relate to over two years of work and are understood to amount to millions of pounds

  • Graf merges with German accountancy firm

    13-Jan-2003

    Wragge & Co's German best friend Graf von Westphalen Bappert & Modest has sealed a merger with a Hamburg accountancy firm, Busch & Partner. The idea behind the merger is to offer Graf's Mittelstand clients a multidisciplinary service, with lawyers, tax advisers and accountants.

  • Hammonds set for Spanish launch

    17-Jan-2003

    Partners to vote by Wednesday on merger with NautaDutilh's Madrid office

  • Hammonds takes on McDermott IP lawyers

    13-Jan-2003

    Hammond Suddards Edge has recruited two intellectual property partners and three assistants from the London office of McDermott Will & Emery. The firm has lifted Philip Rees and trademark specialist Kathleen Harris from the London team, headed up by Larry Cohen (left), who was himself at Hammonds before joining McDermotts in 2000. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 10 January

  • Holme Roberts launches Munich office

    13-Jan-2003

    Denver technology firm Holme Roberts & Owen has officially opened its new Munich office. The three-partner office will be run by Jens Röhrborn and will focus on technology, intellectual property, venture capital and private equity work.

  • Kennedys lures Vizards partner

    13-Jan-2003

    Kennedys has hired Vizards Wyeth partner Caroline Berens for its casualty team. Berens, who is moving to Kennedys with an assistant solicitor, is Kennedys' third partner hire since September.

  • KLegal and Olswang set for public bid first

    13-Jan-2003

    West Coast Capital's interest in the retail sector could provide KLegal and Olswang - two firms not best known for public M&A - with the legal work on a hostile takeover bid.KLegal's Scottish firm McGrigor Donald is currently advising West Coast and Scottish venture capitalist Tom Hunter on the acquisition of shares in Allders. Olswang is advising the rival suitor for Allders, ...

  • Legal head at BBC Worldwide departs

    13-Jan-2003

    BBC Worldwide's director of corporate legal affairs and company secretary Jonathan Holder has quit in a surprise move

  • Linklaters raises the stakes in student deferral payouts

    13-Jan-2003

    Linklaters has sparked a student scramble by offering 30 future trainees a £14,250 lump sum if they defer for a year

  • M&A Solicitors launches public sector consultancy

    13-Jan-2003

    Cardiff corporate boutique M&A Solicitors is set to launch a consultancy in a bid to capitalise on the boom in public sector work in Wales

  • Managing partners predict bad six months

    13-Jan-2003

    UK managing partners are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the economic outlook, according to the latest business confidence survey of managing partners

  • Marsh in controversy over new legal tie-ups

    13-Jan-2003

    Marsh, the flagship operation of the world's largest insurance broker Marsh & McLellan, is attempting to build a cross-referral network between its law firm clients and the corporates on its books

  • McDermott’s depleted IP team wins a Lotto

    14-Jan-2003

    Larry Cohen’s London IP team fights back after team loss to Hammonds

  • Mending your ways

    13-Jan-2003

    Is your firm suffering from falling profits? How should you respond to the depressed market? Tony Williams reveals the questions you should be asking in order to stave off the effects of the downturn

  • Morgan Cole rejigs management setup

    13-Jan-2003

    Morgan Cole has put in place another new management structure as it prepares to elect a successor to chairman John Cole

  • Opinion

    13-Jan-2003

    Law firms considering a merger or recently emerging from one should take notice of a recent article published by McKinsey & Co on why mergers fail (The McKinsey Quarterly 2001, No 4)

  • Orr and von Haller form an alliance

    13-Jan-2003

    Anglo-Danish firm Orr Rosenfalck has entered an alliance with Denmark's specialist new technology firm von Haller and recruited its first Swedish lawyer

  • Personality clashes prompt GIB UK to drop Dechert from legal panel…

    13-Jan-2003

    Dechert has been ditched from the legal panel of Gulf International Bank (UK) (GIB UK), the UK subsidiary of Bahrain-based Gulf International Bank

  • Pillsbury hires first UK-qualified partner

    13-Jan-2003

    US FIRM Pillsbury Winthrop has hired technology partner Ashley Winton from Osborne Clarke's Reading office as its first UK-qualified partner in London

  • Pillsbury swoops on Vinson & Elkins team

    15-Jan-2003

    Three Vinson & Elkins partners join Pillsbury’s Houston launch

  • Pinsents hits targets with Addleshaws hire

    13-Jan-2003

    The Manchester office of Pinsent Curtis Biddle has announced the appointment of Simon Masters as a partner in its corporate group

  • Qinetiq ready to pick first ever legal panel

    13-Jan-2003

    Qinetiq, the former Defence Evaluations and Research Agency (Dera), is set to launch its first legal panel

  • Real estate deals round-up

    13-Jan-2003

    Jones Maidment Wilson (JMW) (Peter Chape) acted for Marks & Spencer on the acquisition of its new range of Simply Food stores in the North of England. JMW is structuring deals for seven Simply Food high street stores.SJ Berwin (David Ryland) acted for Babcock & Brown on a joint venture with a group of private ...

  • Revealed: Clyde & Co's secret mission to Iraq

    13-Jan-2003

    Clyde & Co has sent a partner on a secret trade mission to Iraq to attract clients from among the country's major industries

  • Rizor's edge

    13-Jan-2003

    As Osborne Clarke moves into a new era, German managing partner Stefan Rizor has become a powerful voice within the firm. Julia Cahill reports

  • Schillings fills IP gap with Harbottle capture

    13-Jan-2003

    Schillings has recruited Harbottle & Lewis senior associate and head of publishing Rachel Atkins as a partner. Atkins, who is eight years qualified, fills a gap left by intellectual property and sports partner Eddie Parladorio, who has left to set up his own sports consultancy.

  • Sheppard Mullin Richter bags Walt Disney counsel for media launch

    16-Jan-2003

    General counsel and executive vice president to launch institutional entertainment and media practice at US firm

  • Simpson Thacher in Singapore retreat

    16-Jan-2003

    Singapore managing partner returns to New York; one of counsel and four associates transfer to Hong Hong

  • Speechly hires former Maxwell Batley partner

    13-Jan-2003

    Speechly Bircham has hired Alistair Henry, a former partner at niche property firm Maxwell Batley. Henry spent seven years at Herbert Smith and practised as a barrister for two years. He specialises in property investment and development, planning and environmental law.

  • Squire Sanders takes ex-WorldCom general counsel

    13-Jan-2003

    Edward Ringrose, former general counsel of WorldCom in Asia Pacific, joins Squire Sanders in Hong Kong

  • Stealing a march

    13-Jan-2003

    The Lawyer Hot 100 has been and gone, and unfortunately some lawyers didn't make it in.But the award for the quirkiest lawyer of the year must go, once again, to David Wineman founding partner Irving David. Remember him? When profiled by The Lawyer in 1999 he shared these words of wisdom with the legal community: "I've never seen a flying saucer… and I don't profess to having been abducted, but I don't think believing in UFOs makes one an 'odd ...

  • Taylor Wessing on the hunt for French merger

    13-Jan-2003

    Taylor Wessing is gunning for a Paris merger by the year's end and has placed Hamburg partner Axel Filges permanently in the French capital

  • Thai partner faces CC expulsion vote

    13-Jan-2003

    Former Bangkok managing partner demands £30m payoff from 'imperialist' CC

  • The Leader Column

    13-Jan-2003

    Oh, to be a fly on the wall at White & Case's partnership retreat last week. The management proposals - revealed last week by The Lawyer - are intensely ambitious.To recap: White & Case aims to double profits per equity partner by 2005 to $1.3m (£809,000) from $730,000 (£454,500), and not all from de-equitisation, that ugly, oddly fashionable euphemism for partner culling. (Indeed, there are whispers that a number of newly made up partners have not ...

  • The Night Club

    13-Jan-2003

    Trawling through newspapers while getting shouted at by tabloid editors may not be everyone's ideal job. But, as Alex Wade reports, working the wee hours can have its benefits

  • The Q factor

    13-Jan-2003

    Qinetiq general counsel Lynton Boardman has been too busy with the Carlyle Group buy-in to really get to grips with the legal function - until now. Steve Hoare reports

  • Theodore Goddard: the merger targets

    15-Jan-2003

    CMS Cameron McKenna and Addleshaw Booth & Co emerge as favourites

  • Tipping the silk

    13-Jan-2003

    Smut, filth and muck. Tulkinghorn must doff his cap to the more traditional among you and admit that his column is getting out of control. First the Clifford Chance lap dancing fiasco; and now he is bound by his duty to the common interest to reveal that David Pannick QC, possibly the most sought-after public law silk in the country, has apparently been finding time to hang around Brewer Street ...

  • Travers Smith rescues Ntl

    13-Jan-2003

    Ntl relationship partner Spencer Summerfield helps Ntl out of Chapter 11 insolvency proceedings

  • Two surveys show lawyers take benefits for granted

    13-Jan-2003

    Two separate surveys of law firms have concluded that lawyers do not care about their benefit packages

  • Weightmans' Manchester expansion

    13-Jan-2003

    The past 12 months have been a watershed for Weightmans, and its North West heartland is being targeted for more growth

  • Wessing turnover up 10 per cent

    13-Jan-2003

    The German half of Taylor Wessing has posted a 10 per cent increase in turnover for the 2002 calendar year, to £44m

  • Wragges lawyers launch rival tech firm

    14-Jan-2003

    Associates challenge City and regional pricing with new Technology Law Alliance

  • Zurich set to create catastrophic injury panel

    13-Jan-2003

    Zurich is finalising a new legal panel for catastrophic injury work