13 March 2006

The Lawyer

  • Deals comment

    13-Mar-2006

    A&O acts on first sexual orientation case to reach court

  • Deals roundup

    13-Mar-2006

    Addleshaws helps Admiral with pub acquisitions

  • Fast train to London Bridge

    13-Mar-2006

    BLP's semester-long LPC is ushering in a bespoke course revolution. By Jon Parker

  • In brief

    13-Mar-2006

    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 snaps up Kings QC

    13-Mar-2006

    13 Old Square has picked up its third silk as Manchester-based Michael Booth QC joins the young set.

  • A&O headquarters under threat from CrossRail plans

    13-Mar-2006

    Allen & Overy's (A&O) multimillion-pound Spitalfields headquarters is under threat from the controversial CrossRail project.

  • Baker & McKenzie lands lead role on Body Shop takeover

    17-Mar-2006

    Baker & McKenzie has scooped the lead advisory role on the agreed £650m cash offer by L’Oreal and Body Shop.

  • Berg Legal hires non-lawyer to head corporate

    13-Mar-2006

    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 ...

  • Billion-pound Barts deal fails to convince sceptics

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • BlackBerry counsel slams US patent litigation system for falling short of Euro standards

    13-Mar-2006

    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 goes green for move

    13-Mar-2006

    Bond Pearce is revamping its corporate and social responsibility (CSR) programme ahead of its move into a new Bristol base later this year.

  • Bubbly and shriek

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • CC appoints new London head for key tax group

    17-Mar-2006

    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.

  • CC transfers securitisation team to bolster Dubai capital markets team

    15-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Clout of Africa

    13-Mar-2006

    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

  • Clydes in fresh push on Dubai

    17-Mar-2006

    Clyde & Co has beefed up its Dubai office with the transfer of a key equity capital markets partner from the UK.

  • Coudert debts to top $60m as creditors queue for cash

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Dawsons' chic

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Dishing the dirt

    13-Mar-2006

    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's head of IP goes west to join Burges Salmon

    13-Mar-2006

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary's respected head of IP Jeremy Dickerson has made a shock move to Bristol-based firm Burges Salmon.

  • EU set to disentangle cross-border disputes

    13-Mar-2006

    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 links up with Milan boutique

    13-Mar-2006

    Eversheds' Italian ally Piergrossi Bianchini Eversheds is forming a new association to bring on board top-quality regulatory and administrative expertise.

  • Eversheds loses Leeds pensions head to raid by Pinsents

    15-Mar-2006

    Pinsent Masons has raided Eversheds’ Leeds pensions team, snaring head of pensions Jacqui Timmins and her colleague Anthea Whitton for its Leeds office.

  • Fennemores collapses as three more partners quit

    16-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Firm Profile: Wright Hassall

    13-Mar-2006

    Wright Hassall has increased its turnover by 100 per cent during the past five years thanks to its growing corporate and commercial practices.

  • Fish & Richardson to fight $25m malpractice action

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Five quit Pinsents for Eversheds

    13-Mar-2006

    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 ...

  • Fleeting meetings

    13-Mar-2006

    A cautionary tale reaches Tulkinghorn from the distant, but not forgotten, history of Arthur Andersen.

  • Food for thought

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Foreign affairs

    13-Mar-2006

    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 quits

    17-Mar-2006

    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 sues CC for MFI

    15-Mar-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is representing MFI Furniture Group in their £10m lawsuit against magic circle rival Clifford Chance.

  • Gide's international strategy pays off with 'phenomenal' twenty-five per cent turnover hike

    13-Mar-2006

    French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel's impressive international growth has continued, with a turnover rise of 25 per cent outside its homeland in 2005.

  • Grapevine

    13-Mar-2006

    Much a-Dewey about nothing

  • Hedge fund set to appeal in FSA fine battle

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Herbies and Simmons storm on to ABN Amro panel

    15-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Herbies wins Aon case for BP

    13-Mar-2006

    Herbert Smith is celebrating a major win on behalf of oil giant BP in a dispute with insurance brokers Aon.

  • House of Lords ruling against travellers creates precedent for local authorities

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • HSBC looks to Lovells on SWIP security issue

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Hunton's on the ball

    13-Mar-2006

    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 firm comes to London on back of investment spree

    13-Mar-2006

    Iceland's largest law firm Logos has launched in London to capitalise on the increasing investment by Icelandic companies in the UK.

  • Institute of Arbitrators and Disputes Panel forge alliance

    16-Mar-2006

    The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the City Disputes Panel are to pool resources in a new cooperative agreement announced today (16 March).

  • International eye: US

    13-Mar-2006

    Matt Byrne on the month in the US

  • International Report: Thacher Proffitt & Wood

    13-Mar-2006

    "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.

  • Keeping your options open

    13-Mar-2006

    Alan McLaughlin looks at the career development possibilities in a local government legal department

  • Kirkpatrick hikes profit and reconfigures board

    13-Mar-2006

    In the first year since its merger, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has increased both revenue and profit and revamped its management board.

  • Law Society takes fight against accountants to House of Lords

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Legal intelligence

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Leo Abse to create Welsh powerhouse

    13-Mar-2006

    South Wales firm Leo Abse & Cohen is aiming for rapid growth as it launches its third office in the principality.

  • Linklaters' Schwarz named global TMT head

    13-Mar-2006

    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 scores £9bn Vodafone deal for SoftBank

    17-Mar-2006

    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 bags ex-Freshfields solicitor-advocate

    13-Mar-2006

    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 raid boosts Brussels

    14-Mar-2006

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has strengthened its Brussels office with a partner from Keller and Heckman.

  • McDermotts snatches SJ Berwin hedge funds specialist

    15-Mar-2006

    McDermott Will & Emery has poached SJ Berwin partner Nick Terras for its growing structured finance and hedge funds group.

  • McGuireWoods finalises US merger

    16-Mar-2006

    McGuireWoods has sealed its second US merger in as many months.

  • News of the World drags PinkNews into Cole claim

    13-Mar-2006

    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 dispute chief joins Debevoise

    13-Mar-2006

    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 ...

  • Old meets New in No. 11 chambers merger

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Opinion

    13-Mar-2006

    The ruling in a trademark case in Kentucky could have a worldwide impact on creative industries

  • Paul Hastings captures Jones Day arbitration bengoshi

    13-Mar-2006

    Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has snared Jones Day arbitration of counsel and bengoshi Haig Oghigian for its Tokyo office.

  • People

    13-Mar-2006

    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 Perth office splits firm over banking concerns

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Private matters

    13-Mar-2006

    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

  • Proskauer makes four-partner DC raid on Heller

    16-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Pulling together

    13-Mar-2006

    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

  • Quick to judge

    13-Mar-2006

    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

  • Revision decisions

    13-Mar-2006

    The Commercial Court's hearings and evidence submission processes are under a working party review. David Lewis reports

  • Sainsbury's astonished by OFT's embarrassing U-turn

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Silent partner

    13-Mar-2006

    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 set to launch new finance office in Amsterdam

    13-Mar-2006

    Simmons & Simmons will ditch its single-office Dutch strategy later this year by moving its finance group to Amsterdam.

  • Simmons teams up with charity to showcase law for school kids

    13-Mar-2006

    Simmons & Simmons has helped a North London charity stage a mock jury project for teenagers.

  • Simmons to break from old regime

    13-Mar-2006

    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: the £15m client that got away

    13-Mar-2006

    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 raids Freshfields for Paris partner

    13-Mar-2006

    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 scoops Nasdaq instruction on LSE bid

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Slaughters loses second corporate partner in HK

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Slaughters rides takeover flurry to stay FTSE100 king

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Slaughters under fire after British Energy probe

    17-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Stewart confirmed as CC London finance boss

    14-Mar-2006

    Mark Stewart has been elected the managing partner of Clifford Chance’s London finance practice.

  • Taking control

    13-Mar-2006

    South African competition law still needs further clarification in the wake of HCI’s takeover of Johnnic. Julius Oosthuizen reports

  • Telecoms specialists look East for the hottest M&A action

    13-Mar-2006

    Matt Byrne on why a Middle East presence is crucial for firms targeting deals in the telecoms sector

  • The test of time

    13-Mar-2006

    A 19th century ruling on fiduciary duty has remained at the core of recent judgments on trustee liability. David Halpern reports

  • The truth is out there...

    13-Mar-2006

    Tulkinghorn likes tip-offs, but some are more disturbing than others.

  • The work-life quiz

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Tim Morris: Carphone Warehouse

    13-Mar-2006

    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

  • Times counsel slams Ashley Cole action

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • Tobacco wacko

    13-Mar-2006

    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 secures lead role on 3i's Chorion take private bid

    13-Mar-2006

    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.

  • UK IP officials to bash out trademark issues

    13-Mar-2006

    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).

  • UK Roundup: Management

    13-Mar-2006

    Catrin Griffiths on the month in management

  • Walker Morris takes pork pies to ECJ

    15-Mar-2006

    Walker Morris has won a Court of Appeal hearing over the geographical denomination of pork pies.

  • White & Case to advise on Linde's BOC takeover

    13-Mar-2006

    White & Case has landed the role of advising the bank consortium funding Linde's £8bn takeover of BOC.