13 March 2006
A&O acts on first sexual orientation case to reach court
Addleshaws helps Admiral with pub acquisitions
BLP's semester-long LPC is ushering in a bespoke course revolution. By Jon Parker
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators has appointed Michael Forbes Smith as its new director general, replacing Dair Farrar-Hockley following his retirement in December 2005. Smith has 30 years of international experience working on four continents. He was most recently the first resident British ambassador in Tajikistan. Prior to that he was deputy high commissioner in Pakistan.
13 Old Square has picked up its third silk as Manchester-based Michael Booth QC joins the young set.
Allen & Overy's (A&O) multimillion-pound Spitalfields headquarters is under threat from the controversial CrossRail project.
Baker & McKenzie has scooped the lead advisory role on the agreed £650m cash offer by L’Oreal and Body Shop.
Manchester firm Berg Legal has taken an innovative route to advising clients by hiring a non-lawyer for its corporate finance department. Colin Davenport (left), formerly chief executive of finance group Davenham, has joined the firm as a director of the corporate finance team. He will help advise clients about the structure of financings ...
PFI lawyers are proceeding with caution, despite the UK Government last week finally giving the green light to the £1bn Barts and Royal London Hospital project.
Tom Sanchez, the chief patent counsel of BlackBerry manufacturer RIM, has lashed out at the US legal system and called for reform of patent litigation following the company's $612.5m (£354.8m) payout, which settled one of the highest-profile patent disputes in recent memory.
Bond Pearce is revamping its corporate and social responsibility (CSR) programme ahead of its move into a new Bristol base later this year.
Wilberforce Chambers is fast gathering a reputation as the chambers of choice for party-goers in the legal community. After its glorious attempts to recreate Apocalypse Now at the Queensway bowling alley in November, on Shrove Tuesday a far more civilised venue was chosen by the chambers' IP group for pancakes and champagne.
Clifford Chance has elected a new London head for its tax pensions and practice as its gears up for elections for two new executive partner jobs.
Clifford Chance is ramping up its capital markets practice in Dubai with the transfer of a three-person securitisation team to the Middle East office.
With its private equity market flourishing South Africa is now looking to boost local industry through empowering its disadvantaged workers. Chris Ewing and Ryan Butler report
Clyde & Co has beefed up its Dubai office with the transfer of a key equity capital markets partner from the UK.
Coudert Brothers is facing a multimillion-dollar cash black hole and looks unlikely to be able to return any partner capital or pay their pensions, despite clearing almost $11m (£6.4m) in bank debts.
Thanks are due to the lovely chaps at Dawsons for kindly inviting Tulkinghorn down to the Savoy on Friday (3 March) for a black-tie ball held on the hotel's black and white ballroom floor.
It might be the richest firm in New York, but Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz may want to think about getting the pest control chaps in.
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary's respected head of IP Jeremy Dickerson has made a shock move to Bristol-based firm Burges Salmon.
Lawyers settling cross-border financial disputes within the EU will be offered a simplified system for receiving and sending payments, allowing them to bypass complicated national administrative rules.
Eversheds' Italian ally Piergrossi Bianchini Eversheds is forming a new association to bring on board top-quality regulatory and administrative expertise.
Pinsent Masons has raided Eversheds’ Leeds pensions team, snaring head of pensions Jacqui Timmins and her colleague Anthea Whitton for its Leeds office.
Fennemores is set to dissolve this autumn after three partners and a large team of lawyers announced they were joining rival Milton Keynes firm Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors.
Wright Hassall has increased its turnover by 100 per cent during the past five years thanks to its growing corporate and commercial practices.
Boston-based IP firm Fish & Richardson is facing a $25m (£14.3m) malpractice suit arising from an alleged conflict of interest on a mobile phone ringtone deal with trophy German client Siemens.
Eversheds has raided Pinsent Masons' Manchester office for a five-lawyer corporate team, which includes two partners. Simon Masters and Hannah Kendrick join Eversheds with one associate and two assistant solicitors. The news comes just a week after Cobbetts hired Pinsents Manchester private equity partner Paul Johnson ...
A cautionary tale reaches Tulkinghorn from the distant, but not forgotten, history of Arthur Andersen.
Bevan Brittan recently opened a shiny cafe in its spanking new offices down by the River Avon. Being a touchy-feely sort of place, the management decided it would be a good idea to run a competition to name its new eatery, with two bottles of champers up for grabs for the winner.
As globalisation marches onward, the number and complexity of commercial legal actions arising across national borders are keeping pace. Shaheed Fatima reports
Freshfields managing director Kirk Stephenson has resigned from the magic circle firm in the first internal shake-up since its management election last year.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is representing MFI Furniture Group in their £10m lawsuit against magic circle rival Clifford Chance.
French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel's impressive international growth has continued, with a turnover rise of 25 per cent outside its homeland in 2005.
Much a-Dewey about nothing
Dewey Ballantine, Kingsley Napley and SJ Berwin are preparing for the possibility of a second round of their fight with the Financial Services Authority (FSA). They are looking at ways to appeal the £750,000 fines meted out to client GLG, a hedge fund, as well as one of its former traders Phillipe Jabre.
Herbert Smith and Simmons & Simmons have been selected as external advisers to ABN Amro as the Dutch investment bank nears completion of its long-awaited panel review.
Herbert Smith is celebrating a major win on behalf of oil giant BP in a dispute with insurance brokers Aon.
Leeds City Council's legal team has won a groundbreaking House of Lords victory that has set down a human rights precedent for local authorities nationwide.
Lovells has advised HSBC on a commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) that gives the issuer an unprecedented level of flexibility to change the underlying portfolio.
Tulkinghorn gives a big thumbs-up to Hunton & Williams for a cracking do at its swanky new offices in the Gherkin last Tuesday. The event was planned with precision timing. The move had been delayed and you could still smell the fresh paint on the walls - staff had only moved in the day before.
Iceland's largest law firm Logos has launched in London to capitalise on the increasing investment by Icelandic companies in the UK.
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the City Disputes Panel are to pool resources in a new cooperative agreement announced today (16 March).
Matt Byrne on the month in the US
"If you can avoid being a jerk as well as doing good business, then that's something you can be proud of," says Thacher Proffitt & Wood chairman Paul Tvetenstrand.
Alan McLaughlin looks at the career development possibilities in a local government legal department
In the first year since its merger, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has increased both revenue and profit and revamped its management board.
The Law Society is paying a visit to the House of Lords this week in an ongoing fight against an accountancy firm accused of negligence.
February proved to be another bumper month for corporate finance lawyers with the biggest M&A deal of the year (Suez’s €70bn (£47.96bn) merger with Gaz de France) being announced.
South Wales firm Leo Abse & Cohen is aiming for rapid growth as it launches its third office in the principality.
Linklaters telecoms specialist Tim Schwarz is to replace Christopher Millard as global head of the firm's technology, media and telecoms (TMT) group, effective 1 May 2006. Millard has been head of the TMT group since 2002 and plans to resume a purely fee-earning role. Linklaters scored a major coup when it recruited Schwarz in 2004 from
Lovells’ Tokyo arm has scooped the lead advisory role for SoftBank on the Japanese internet service provider's £9bn purchase of Vodafone’s flagging mobile telecoms business.
Matrix Chambers has boosted its academic expertise with the arrival of a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer solicitor-advocate. Zachary Douglas left Freshfields' Paris office, where he practised international arbitration, last summer to become a lecturer in international law at University College London. He has now been called to the bar and becomes Matrix's ninth academic member. ...
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has strengthened its Brussels office with a partner from Keller and Heckman.
McDermott Will & Emery has poached SJ Berwin partner Nick Terras for its growing structured finance and hedge funds group.
McGuireWoods has sealed its second US merger in as many months.
Gay news website PinkNews.co.uk has been sucked into the legal battle between footballer Ashley Cole and tabloid newspapers The Sun and The News of the World.
Norton Rose is losing its former global head of dispute resolution Peter Rees to the London office of Debevoise & Plimpton. Rees, a one-time chief executive candidate, is expected to join Debevoise by the end of April. The dispute resolution specialist, who is known particularly for construction, engineering ...
Lincoln's Inn chambers Eleven New Square and 11 Old Square have agreed a rare bar merger, forming a 46-strong commercial and chancery set.
The ruling in a trademark case in Kentucky could have a worldwide impact on creative industries
Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has snared Jones Day arbitration of counsel and bengoshi Haig Oghigian for its Tokyo office.
Denton Wilde Sapte has promoted three associates in its real estate practice. Michele Vas, Sarah Youren and Annette Chandler were all promoted to senior associate status.
Phillips Fox's Western Australian partnership has split after the firm announced it would financially integrate the Perth office into its national and New Zealand network.
Balancing private rights and the rights of the public will be easier in the wake of the Green Corns case ruling. David Casement and Julian Diaz-Rainey report
West Coast giant Heller Ehrman has lost four life sciences and IP partners to New York-based Proskauer Rose. Colin Sandercock, formerly co-chair of Heller’s patents & trademark group, John Isacson, Paul Booth and David Laub all come from Heller’s office in DC, and will join Proskauer’s office in the same city. John Isacson practices US and international IP law, while Paul Booth practices in biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals.
South Africa boasts enormous potential for PPP development but this will only be fulfilled if clear regulation helps to alter the current attitudes, says John Janks
Lord Wolf has again spoken out against the creep of weak cases being allowed to go to full trial when the original summary judgments proved correct. By Clare Canning and Andrew Howell
The Commercial Court's hearings and evidence submission processes are under a working party review. David Lewis reports
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has made an astounding U-turn, announcing its intention to refer an investigation into the grocery sector to the Competition Commission six months after declaring that no inquiry was necessary.
Recently Tulkinghorn and his minions were compiling stats on partner moves over the past three years for The Lawyer's spanking new career report. (Admittedly, any info gathering can be a tedious exercise, but it is nevertheless vital for all that. Honest.)
Simmons & Simmons will ditch its single-office Dutch strategy later this year by moving its finance group to Amsterdam.
Simmons & Simmons has helped a North London charity stage a mock jury project for teenagers.
The times they are a-changing at Simmons & Simmons - which is exactly the reason why former managing partner David Dickinson is only an outside bet for senior partner.
Simmons & Simmons received £15.5m in fees from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) between 2002 and 2005 before it was sensationally dumped from the defence department's legal panel in January.
SJ Berwin has bolstered its Paris office to 12 partners following the hire of Fanny Combourieu from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Combourieu joins the tax department as its second partner in Paris, effective 1 May. She was previously counsel at Freshfields. Gemma Westacott
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom secured the lead advisory role on Nasdaq’s £4.2bn informal cash bid for the London Stock Exchange (LSE), as the protracted battle for the exchange reignited.
Slaughter and May has reaffirmed its commitment to its Hong Kong practice after it lost its second corporate partner from the office in the past three months.
Slaughter and May has retained its corporate crown despite falling victim to a frenzy of foreign takeovers of UK companies during the past three months.
Slaughter and May racked up fees of £7m advising the government on the British Energy restructuring, it emerged today (17 March) - but the National Audit Office (NAO) has criticised the way the firm was appointed.
Mark Stewart has been elected the managing partner of Clifford Chance’s London finance practice.
South African competition law still needs further clarification in the wake of HCI’s takeover of Johnnic. Julius Oosthuizen reports
Matt Byrne on why a Middle East presence is crucial for firms targeting deals in the telecoms sector
A 19th century ruling on fiduciary duty has remained at the core of recent judgments on trustee liability. David Halpern reports
Tulkinghorn likes tip-offs, but some are more disturbing than others.
What was your first-ever job?Working in a record shop in Golders Green in North West London on Sundays from the age of 12 for £5 a day.
Carphone Warehouse has its sights set on toppling BT and breaking into the FTSE100. Donna Sawyer talks to counsel Tim Morris about his team’s role in the expansion drive
The Times general counsel Alastair Brett has lambasted the latest tactics employed in footballer Ashley Cole's libel claim against News International stablemates the News of the World and The Sun.
Videoconference calls can be tedious in the extreme, but the managing partner of Davies Arnold Cooper's Madrid operation has found a way to liven them up a tad.The great man, Pablo Wesolowski, is known for his love of cigars, and apparently one of his favourite tricks during partner meeting linkups is to blow a big load of smoke at the camera lens.
Travers Smith has strengthened its relationship with private equity house 3i, securing the lead advisory role on its £110.7m bid to take children's books brand manager Chorion private.
A delegation of UK IP officials will fly into Alicante this week to vent frustrations about delays and problems at European trademark registry the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM).
Catrin Griffiths on the month in management
Walker Morris has won a Court of Appeal hearing over the geographical denomination of pork pies.
White & Case has landed the role of advising the bank consortium funding Linde's £8bn takeover of BOC.