13 May 2002

The Lawyer

  • A constitutional court?

    13-May-2002

    Richard Gordon QC, barrister, Brick Court Chambers

  • A&O builds European and Japanese US law bridges

    13-May-2002

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is bolstering it US law practice as it sets up a US capability in Frankfurt and Tokyo and builds a German desk in New York

  • Allen & Overy forges corporate link with Royal & SunAlliance US sale

    13-May-2002

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is working on its first corporate deal in the UK for Royal & SunAlliance (RSA), advising on the sale of its US asset management operation, Royal & SunAlliance Investments (RSAI), to Friends Ivory & Sime.The deal, which is worth £240m, creates one of the top-10 active fund managers in the UK, with more than £70bn under management. It is expected to complete within three ...

  • Amery Parkes to scrap Bristol team

    13-May-2002

    Personal injury firm Amery Parkes is to shut down its Bristol office less than a year after pulling out of London

  • Andersen abandons Australian legal arm

    13-May-2002

    Andersen Legal Australia suffered the same fate as Garretts last week when it was ditched by Andersen accountants who have opted for a merger with Ernst & Young without their affiliated law firm

  • Ashursts bolsters corporate with London, Munich and Milan hires

    13-May-2002

    Ashurst Morris Crisp is hiking its corporate practice on the Continent and launching a derivatives practice in the UK as it takes on new partners in London, Munich and Milan and relocates a key London partner to Italy

  • Axa left to fill void made by SWIP defector

    13-May-2002

    Axa Investment Managers has yet to find a replacement for its head of legal services, who has left for Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP)

  • Berwin Leighton Paisner makes 30 redundant

    13-May-2002

    Berwin Leighton Paisner has put in place a redundancy programme that will see 16 lawyers lose their jobs at the firm, a year after the merger

  • BOYDS

    13-May-2002

    Despite the First American link-up, Boyds is still independent

  • Breakfast brainwash

    13-May-2002

    While Tulkinghorn was idling along New Change last week, he was intrigued by a group of eight fresh-faced Norton Rose acquisition finance assistants loitering at the doors of Allen & Overy. It seems they'd answered an ad from The Lawyer for finance assistants and were having a special 'breakfast briefing'. Tulkinghorn is sure that the breakfast briefing had nothing whatsoever to ...

  • Buchanan: what went wrong?

    13-May-2002

    Incoherent vision, strategy U-turns, departures: the Buchanan London venture needs sorting out. Kathryn Hobbs reports

  • California dreamin'

    13-May-2002

    Paul Stookes gave up a rock 'n' roll lifestyle to become an environmental lawyer after a trip to smoggy LA. Emma Vere-Jones meets the Head of the Environmental Law Foundation

  • Camerons leads Corin on £32m IPO

    13-May-2002

    CMS Cameron McKenna has advised orthopaedic device manufacturer Corin Group on its initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange. The £32m listing has been seen by many as part of a possible resurgence in market interest in healthcare and biotechnology companies.Corin has been a Camerons client since the firm advised on its management buyout in the mid-1990s. This was the first deal of real ...

  • Case breakdown

    13-May-2002

    The result of the Damilola Taylor murder trial has sparked outrage over the way politically sensitive cases are handled by both the police and the CPS. Jon Robins asks: did the fiasco that was the Stephen Lawrence investigation push the authorities into making crowd-pleasing arrests based on shaky evidence?For both the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Metropolitan Police, when the two teenage boys accused of murdering Damilola Taylor walked free from the Old Bailey earlier ...

  • CC plots raid on Brobeck for San Francisco launch

    13-May-2002

    Ex-Brobeck chairman poised to lead eleven-partner team to CCR&W; Clifford Chance to vote this Friday

  • Data protection star quits CC for top Linklaters post

    13-May-2002

    High-profile technology and data protection specialist Christopher Millard is understood to be going straight in at the top of Linklaters' lockstep when he leaves Clifford Chance at the end of the month

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - AMINEX

    13-May-2002

    Ashursts defends Aminex against hostile takeover

  • Deals summary

    13-May-2002

    Lovells (Marco Compagnoni) advised 3i on the £267m buyout of Westminster Health Care's Senior Living Division. 3i was also advised in-house (Simon Holland, Alastair Richardson). The vendors, a group of investors including Goldman Sachs and Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe were represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

  • Deals summary

    13-May-2002

    Park Nelson (Barry Skelding) and McGrigor Donald (Ian Lyall) advised pension fund clients of Royal London Asset Management on their £30m sale of a portfolio of 17 investment properties in England and Scotland to a private investment company, which was advised by Nabarro Nathanson (Kevin Stimpson, James Trundle) and Anderson Fyfe (Brian Armour).

  • Deals summary

    13-May-2002

    Linklaters (Christopher Arend) advised the Dow Chemical Company on the construction financing of a pipeline for the transport of ethylene between Stade and Teutschenthal in Germany. De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek advised Dow on Dutch law with King & Spalding advising on US law. Debt financier Commerzbank advised by Bingham Dana on US law,

  • Dentons lawyerless in China as Sidley raids Beijing office

    13-May-2002

    Denton Wilde Sapte has lost all of its Beijing lawyers, including partner and recently promoted head of the China group Tang Zhengyu, to Sidley Austin Brown & Wood

  • Dewey Ballantine takes on A&O partner

    13-May-2002

    Dewey Ballantine has hired Allen & Overy (A&O) project finance lawyer Jonathan Simpson as a partner

  • DJ Freeman creates new partner

    13-May-2002

    DJ Freeman has made up a partner in its insurance practice, taking the total number of partners to 13

  • Eversheds wins regeneration deal

    13-May-2002

    Eversheds has landed a role on Birmingham's latest development after being instructed by the preferred developer for the £300m regeneration of the city's Masshouse area

  • Ex-managing partner quits Pünder

    13-May-2002

    Clifford Chance Pünder is losing a former managing partner as Irene Thiele-Mühlhan leaves to set up her own property practice

  • Feel the benefit

    13-May-2002

    It seems the little darlings at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are still upset with the powers that be.Tulkinghorn was most intrigued to be collared by a Freshfields assistant who was particularly unhappy with the firm's benefits package, including the ominously-titled 'Long Term Incentive Plan'.Tulkinghorn, being of the era when a nice pot of tea and a ...

  • Fladgates expected to take Apple work from B&M after partner hire

    13-May-2002

    Fladgate Fielder could be on the verge of winning Apple Computer as a client with the hire of the company's senior European counsel

  • Garretts property head quits for TJG

    13-May-2002

    Garretts property head Keith Barnett has secured his place at Taylor Joynson Garrett (TJG) after a partnership vote and is expected to take a team of around five assistants with him

  • Hammonds promotes Manchester property head

    13-May-2002

    Hammond Suddards Edge has appointed Liam Buckley (left) as managing partner of its Manchester office

  • Hammonds wins Enron lawyer for utilities team

    13-May-2002

    Enron Europe general counsel Mark Evans has returned to private practice. He will join the London office of Hammond Suddards Edge in June

  • Holland & Knight staff set to lose pay and jobs

    13-May-2002

    US firm Holland & Knight's cost-cutting exercise continues apace as it imposes swinging pay cuts for lawyers and other staff members

  • Howrey continues hiring spree for Brussels office

    13-May-2002

    DG financial services head to join in July; move boosts US firm's investigative antitrust capability

  • Kicking the habit

    13-May-2002

    What do you call a Scottish lawyer in an American firm practising English law? Kathryn Hobbs talks to Shearman's managing partner Kenneth MacRitchie

  • Leading the game

    13-May-2002

    Tulkinghorn is what is commonly known as an armchair sportsman - one of the main reasons he gets on so well with so many of the UK's managing partners. After all, the only sport it is sensible to indulge in is golf, and even then only if one hasn't been enjoying a gruelling four-hour luncheon marathon. So, Tulkinghorn is not quite sure what to make of Paul Berwin, managing partner of Harrogate firm, Berwins. The man is quite clearly mad. Having exhausted the thrill of marathon ...

  • Legal Widow

    13-May-2002

    Some rather racy friends from London came up for the weekend and unashamedly lit up a joint after the Sunday roast. You've never seen the Lawyer move so fast: he grabbed it out of midair and had it stuffed down the pocket of his jeans before you could say David Blunkett."Daddy, why is there smoke coming out of your tummy?" asked Liability, as the Lawyer made angry eyes at our friends, who were sniggering at the end of the table."Right, off you go and watch television now, ...

  • Mayer Brown hikes partnership by two

    13-May-2002

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw's insurance and reinsurance group has promoted two assistants, Ingrid Hobbs and Will Glassey, to the partnership

  • Minter Ellison nabs E&Y tax duo

    13-May-2002

    Australian firm Minter Ellison has hired two tax specialists from Ernst & Young to propel its tax practice into the premier league

  • One Essex Court looks to business

    13-May-2002

    One Essex Court has branched out into business consultancy and arbitration, taking on industry giant and former chairman of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) Sir Sidney Lipworth QC

  • Opinion

    13-May-2002

    I read with considerable interest the opinion about professional conflict expressed by Chris Lemar of PricewaterhouseCoopers in The Lawyer (22 April). I wish to offer an alternative opinion.The opinion expressed was that conflicts of interest and independence should not be a problem for the large accounting firms. Lemar stated that expert witnesses know that they have a duty to the court and, provided they are sufficiently remote from the existing relationship, Chinese walls ...

  • Orrick finalises hire of Watson Farley duo

    13-May-2002

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has finally completed negotiations for the acquisition of the two partners joining from Watson Farley & Williams' New York office along with Watson Farley's Paris team, led by David Syed

  • Pinsents star joins Ward Hadaway

    13-May-2002

    Ward Hadaway has scored a new head of commercial property by hiring former national managing partner Malcolm Lloyd from Pinsent Curtis Biddle

  • Proving them wrong

    13-May-2002

    With fewer challenges to utilities regulators being brought, Andrew Denny asks: are the regulators finally getting it right?

  • Real Estate

    13-May-2002

    Talk of software systems tends to elicit a yawn from the best of us; in any case, the property industry has hardly been first in line when it comes to embracing new technology.But at a recent conference on the Property Information Systems Common Exchange Standard (Pisces) there was a certain buzz in the air, a sense that the world could actually be a better place; a place without basements full of paper documents; where lawyers no longer have to scrabble around for illusive data; ...

  • Sidley freezes Von Boetticher merger talks

    13-May-2002

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has put merger talks with German firm Von Boetticher Hasse Lohmann on hold until later in the year

  • Simmons Trenité plunders KPMG's Steins Bisschop

    13-May-2002

    Newly-merged Simmons & Simmons Trenité has raided KPMG's bankrupt Dutch law firm Steins Bisschop Meijburg & Co.

  • Simmons wins top role on Vivendi buy

    13-May-2002

    Simmons & Simmons' corporate department is reaping the rewards of its relationship with utilities giant Vivendi Environment, acting on Vivendi's first major acquisition since last year's UK panel review

  • SJ Berwin makes up six

    13-May-2002

    SJ Berwin has promoted six lawyers to its partnership, all from the firm's European corporate finance practice

  • Stephenson Harwood appoints six partners

    13-May-2002

    Stephenson Harwood has announced the appointment of six new partners to take immediate effect

  • Taiwanese firm breaks Chinese deadlock

    13-May-2002

    Lee and Li has become the first Taiwanese law firm to open an office in the People's Republic of China (PRC)

  • The care of the court

    13-May-2002

    The Court of Appeal has overturned the Bloody Sunday inquiry's decision to force British soldiers to testify in Londonderry. Dinah Rose reports

  • The Leader Column

    13-May-2002

    It is a momentous vote this Friday at Clifford Chance. As we report in our front page story, the partners are about to decide on a substantial group of securities litigators from San Francisco's Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. The whole thing is at a very delicate stage, and because the entire exercise is still subject to a partnership vote, Clifford Chance is understandably reticent on the issue.

  • The retiring type

    13-May-2002

    Tulkinghorn has long looked forward to the moment when he can hang up his pinstripes and spend more time with Mrs Tulkinghorn (though he often asks just where he will fit into her life, what with her avid membership of the bridge club, the Women's Institute, watercolour for beginners, and so on). So his sympathy goes out to former SJ Berwin partner Maurice Fireman, who has just retired after closing ...

  • Three Linklaters Bucharest lawyers set up rival practice

    13-May-2002

    Three Linklaters lawyers have left the firm's office in Bucharest to set up their own practice

  • Virtual world

    13-May-2002

    The Government wants to give the electorate the world at its fingertips by making all of its services electronically available. Padraig O'Briain asks: just how difficult is it going to be?

  • Weil Gotshal consolidates Hicks Muse relationship

    13-May-2002

    Weil Gotshal & Manges' London office has put paid to speculation that it is fighting to keep hold of key private equity client Hicks Muse Tate & Furst. The firm is advising Premier, a portfolio company owned by Hicks Muse, on its acquisition of Nestlé UK's £100m ambient food businesses, comprising brands such as Branston Pickle and Sun Pat.Weil Gotshal's relationship with the client ...