13 November 2006

The Lawyer

  • People

    13-Nov-2006

    Milton Keynes firm Kimbells has recruited construction law specialist Judith Bird to its partnership. She joins from Trowers & Hamlins, where she was a senior solicitor.

  • Qatar: standing room only

    13-Nov-2006

    The City's legal landscape is being transferred to the Middle East as magic circle firms continue to grow and to vacuum up the big-ticket mandates.

  • 7 Bedford Row installs its first female head of chambers

    13-Nov-2006

    Civil and criminal set 7 Bedford Row has elected Kate Thirlwall QC as head of chambers after the previous incumbent David Farrer QC stepped down from the role.

  • A&O ally lures back former partner

    16-Nov-2006

    Allen & Overy Turin breakaway firm Pavesio & Associati has made its first lateral hire, luring corporate finance partner Andrea Cristaudi from Simmons & Simmons.

  • Addleshaws boosts pensions with Freshfields hire

    15-Nov-2006

    Addleshaw Goddard has expanded its pensions practice with the hire of its first London-based partner in that group.

  • Akin and Sidley snare £14bn Clear Channel deal

    17-Nov-2006

    Akin Gump and Sidley Austin secured the key roles among another five firms that have scored instructions on the $26.7bn (£14.03bn) buyout of Clear Channel, America’s largest radio station owner.

  • Alston & Bird names new boss a year hence

    13-Nov-2006

    Alston & Bird has announced its new managing partner more than a year in advance of his appointment.

  • Asia

    13-Nov-2006

    Not content to be outdone by their rivals, US firms are vying to get in on the Chinese action.

  • Aussies create 'parenting partner'

    17-Nov-2006

    An Australian firm has created the position of ‘parenting partner’, understood to be a first, in a bid to bridge the gap between maternity leave and returning to work for lawyering mothers.

  • Bakers launches global equity team in New York

    13-Nov-2006

    Baker & McKenzie’s New York office has made five lateral hires and created a new practice area to strengthen its position in the competitive Manhattan market.

  • Barnacle billing

    13-Nov-2006

    Newcastle's shipbuilding days may be a thing of the past, but the region's emergence as a centre of excellence for maritime insurance promises a bright future. Eamon Moloney reports

  • Beachcroft's profit drive kills off private client team

    13-Nov-2006

    Beachcroft is set for a revolutionary restructuring in a bid to boost profit.

  • Bindman faces £250K negligence lawsuit

    13-Nov-2006

    Civil liberties specialist Bindman & Partners is facing a £250,000 lawsuit brought by a former client, who says the firm's negligence prevented him from suing his employer for unfair dismissal.

  • Bingham launches in Hong Kong

    13-Nov-2006

    Bingham McCutchen is to increase its Asian practice by opening a three-lawyer Hong Kong office.

  • Bingham's no-thrills HK launch

    13-Nov-2006

    Bingham's announcement that it is opening in Hong Kong (see story) is hardly a firecracker moment - more a damp squib. Chairman Jay Zimmerman is one of those burnished, on-message managing partners the Yanks seem to be able to produce in abundance; think Orrick's Ralph Baxter. Zimmerman, like Baxter, has a mission to create a national business in the US and has been able to railroad other firms into merger. Except there's ...

  • Bird & Bird enhances revenue by one-fifth

    13-Nov-2006

    Bird & Bird has boosted its revenue by 20 per cent this half-year compared with the same period last year, bringing in £55m since the last financial year-end.

  • BP Collins

    13-Nov-2006

    BP Collins was founded in 1966 by Brian Collins and so celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Originally focused on conveyancing, the firm at one point had 10 different locations in the Thames Valley, but consolidated these into bases at Gerrards Cross and Beaconsfield as the firm developed into a full-service practice.

  • Casino Royale: The name's Lyons, Davenport Lyons

    17-Nov-2006

    Davenport Lyons has advised on the film financing for Casino Royale, the latest James Bond film.

  • CC beefs up China offering with swathe of hires

    14-Nov-2006

    Clifford Chance has moved to strengthen its Asian corporate practice with the recruitment of five Hong Kong-based associates.

  • CC incumbents enjoy easy re-election rides

    13-Nov-2006

    Clifford Chance completed the reshuffle of its senior management team last week as its election process drew to a close.

  • City heat

    13-Nov-2006

    In tackling the dual issues of climate change and population growth, the Government has unveiled its recent plans for more sustainable methods of development. Simon Ricketts and Sue Davidson report

  • Client upturn prompts Turcan Connell London expansion

    13-Nov-2006

    Scottish private client and charities specialist Turcan Connell is heading to London following a recent surge in its international client base.

  • Cloth Fair begs for an end to hourly rates

    13-Nov-2006

    New criminal set Cloth Fair Chambers has begun talks with public funders such as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to scrap hourly rates for publicly funded work.

  • Clydes captures Holman partner for Asia push

    16-Nov-2006

    Clyde & Co has boosted the number of lawyers in its Singapore office to 10 with the hire of Holman Fenwick & Willan partner John Champion.

  • Cobbetts gives up partner to Harvey Ingram

    13-Nov-2006

    Cobbetts has lost another senior partner, with Birmingham commercial head Simon Bates set to join Midlands rival Harvey Ingram's commerce and technology practice.

  • Cross hoarders

    13-Nov-2006

    The growth in property financing in Europe has led to the need for a better understanding of overseas security transactions, say John Fordham and Clare Maunderis

  • Crowell acquires NYC litigation boutique

    13-Nov-2006

    Washington DC-based Crowell & Moring has acquired 20-lawyer litigation firm King Pagano Harrison (KPH) in a bid to continue its push into the New York market.

  • 'Dirty bomb' media ban overturned

    13-Nov-2006

    The BBC's in-house litigation team, The Times's lawyers and Finers Stephens Innocent combined forces to fight against a court order preventing the media covering the story of a 'dirty bomb' plotter.

  • DLA hires top GC to boost Italy

    13-Nov-2006

    DLA Piper has continued its Italian hiring spree, hiring the Italian general counsel of international real estate development company Foruminvest.

  • DLA Piper boosts Tokyo, HK with raids on US, Aussie firms

    13-Nov-2006

    DLA Piper has boosted its Asia offering by hiring two new partners for its Tokyo and Hong Kong offices.

  • Drinker and Gardner add to US mid-market merger roster

    14-Nov-2006

    Philadelphia-headquartered firm Drinker Biddle & Reath and Chicago-based firm Gardner Carton & Douglas have become the latest in a long list of mid-market US firms to merge in recent months.

  • Eversheds partner quits for Birketts

    13-Nov-2006

    Newly made-up Eversheds employment partner Jeanette Wheeler has left to head the Norwich employment team at East Anglia firm Birketts. Eversheds Norwich employment head Owen Warnock said: "We would have liked Jeanette to stay to participate in the growth of Eversheds' employment law work in Norwich, but I can understand ...

  • 'Fantasy' job for new general counsel

    13-Nov-2006

    Lewis Silkin has won videogame developer Square Enix as a client after the company hired a new head of legal for Europe.

  • FFW scoops solar power client G24i

    13-Nov-2006

    Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has bagged a new client, advising solar power start-up G24 Innovations (G24i) on its first-round venture capital financing. The firm is also advising on the acquisition of IP rights. FFW corporate partner Anthony Brockbank led the G24i team, with corporate partner Neil Foster advising on the acquisition of various patents. Boston firm Sullivan & Worcester is ...

  • Freshfields and Gleiss scoop €12.5bn Austro-German bank merger

    17-Nov-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Gleiss Lutz have bagged the lead roles on Europe’s latest multi-billion euro bank merger.

  • Freshfields and Slaughters bag 888 and Ladbrokes roles

    16-Nov-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have won instructions from longstanding clients 888 and Ladbrokes to advise the companies on preliminary merger talks.

  • German govt excludes residential property from Reits legislation

    13-Nov-2006

    The German government has approved its draft Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits) legislation, but has controversially excluded residential property from its ambit.

  • Goldman Sachs counsel joins ISDA

    14-Nov-2006

    The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) has scooped its new European general counsel from Goldman Sachs International.

  • Gómez-Acebo set to launch in London

    13-Nov-2006

    Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has revealed plans to become the latest Spanish firm to open in London.

  • Grapevine

    15-Nov-2006

    By now everyone who was at The Lawyer's Legal Summit in Monte Carlo last weekend should be back at the grindstone.

  • Hammonds' Euro vision suffers myopia

    13-Nov-2006

    Another week, another couple of partners to quit Hammonds. José Rivas and Edward Borovikov are the twelfth and thirteenth partners to leave the firm since June this year and are just the latest in a long line of departures.

  • Hammonds hit by double Brussels exits

    13-Nov-2006

    Hammonds is losing two of its most senior partners in Brussels after talks to retain them failed. Brussels competition head José Rivas and trade partner Edward Borivikov are both leaving the firm after weeks of negotiation. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (1 September), the pair resigned alongside office head Konstantinos Adamantopoulos earlier this year. However, the firm has persuaded Adamantopoulos, who sits on Hammonds' partnership board, to stay. The departures leave Hammonds ...

  • Harbottles fights alleged Procul Harum organ transplant

    14-Nov-2006

    Harbottle & Lewis has become every Heat reader's favourite law firm, with recent roles advising on the stage version of Dirty Dancing as well as the winner of TV teatime hit How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?.

  • Harbouring doubts

    13-Nov-2006

    Following a bitter 20-year dispute, redevelopment of the controversial Lots Road power station site in Chelsea has finally been given the go-ahead. But its opponents are not going down without a fight, says Douglas Evans

  • Hildebrandt review forces redundancies at Lester Aldridge

    15-Nov-2006

    Lester Aldridge is to make around 15 staff, including a number of associates, redundant following an internal restructuring at the south east firm.

  • House rules

    13-Nov-2006

    Chinese authorities have published a set of strict guidelines to rein in foreign investors looking to cash in on the rising renminbi. Andrew McGinty reports

  • IBM GC defects to Apple

    13-Nov-2006

    Apple Computer has scaled up the technology rivalry with IBM, taking the company’s senior vice president and general counsel Donald Rosenberg.

  • Ironbridge capital turns to sj berwin

    13-Nov-2006

    SJ Berwin has been making a foray into the Australian finance market.

  • Islamic expertise and a local presence is key for Middle East

    13-Nov-2006

    Opening an office in Dubai marks the next step in Herbert Smith's international expansion and is a further sign of the significant opportunities that now exist for UK international law firms in developing legal markets.

  • Jomati lures Henderson Global Investors counsel as client relationship adviser

    13-Nov-2006

    Jomati, the management consultancy launched by former Clifford Chance managing partner Tony Williams, is boosting its expertise with the hire of Henderson Global Investors legal head Benita Kumar.

  • Judges set to assess barrister performance

    13-Nov-2006

    Judges are set to pass judgment on the performance of barristers and could send them for extra training under a new scheme proposed by the Bar Standards Board.

  • Ladbrokes a sure bet for Slaughters

    16-Nov-2006

    To gamble or not to gamble? It was the dilemma of a whole load of delegates at The Lawyer's Legal Summit in Monte Carlo last weekend - and it is the same dilemma facing Linklaters partners today as their partnership conference kicks off in the same city.

  • Law Soc fights 'destructive' Carter Review

    13-Nov-2006

    The Law Society is to convene a Special General Meeting to urge resistance to the government’s legal aid reforms, it was announced this morning (13 November).

  • Lawrence Graham files 844 administrations in one

    13-Nov-2006

    Lawrence Graham has pulled off an insolvency first, advising long-term client Grant Thornton on the simultaneous administration of more than 800 companies.

  • Laytons swoops for axed Beachcroft team

    15-Nov-2006

    Laytons has taken on the London-based private client team of Beachcroft, one of the departments axed in the firm’s recently-announced restructuring programme.

  • Legal Intelligence: October

    13-Nov-2006

    Last month proved to be another busy one for M&A lawyers, with some City firms reporting one of their busiest Octobers. According to Thomson Financial, 345 deals involving any UK involvement, worth $85.1bn (£44.86bn), were announced in October.

  • Linklaters denies City trader his bonus

    17-Nov-2006

    Linklaters has claimed Court of Appeal victory for Commerzbank in an acrimonious dispute over the multi-million pound bonuses paid to a trader.

  • Linklaters supports immunisation fund

    13-Nov-2006

    Linklaters supports immunisation fund" /Linklaters led an international team of law firms and financial advisers on the creation of an innovative new bond expected to help immunise 500-million of the world's children. London-based securitisation partner Jim Rice led an international team from Linklaters ...

  • Linklaters, Slaughters and Freshfields top of their class as corporate deals soar

    13-Nov-2006

    Linklaters, Slaughters and Freshfields top of their class as corporate deals soar" /With Slaughter and May leading the way, the corporate-heavy firms have astonished everyone during the first six months of the year.

  • Linklaters, Travers land roles on Peel's sale to RREEF

    13-Nov-2006

    Linklaters and Travers Smith scored lead roles on the latest infrastructure deal, acting on ports owner Peel Group's disposal of a significant stake to RREEF. Peel is understood to be valued at £1.6bn.

  • Litigation...that's what you need

    13-Nov-2006

    Tulkinghorn was a keen observer of litigators in their natural habitat at the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA) balloon debate and general knees-up.

  • London associates come out smiling in US partnership race

    13-Nov-2006

    The first wave of US partner promotions is upon us - and it looks like being a good, but not a record, year for associates in London.

  • Lovells struggles at six-month mark

    13-Nov-2006

    Lovells has had a disappointing start to 2006-07, reporting a modest 4 per cent increase in turnover for the first six months of the financial year.

  • Macfarlanes plumps for tailored BPP course

    16-Nov-2006

    BPP Law School has tied the knot with Macfarlanes, meaning all Macfarlanes trainees will study the LPC exclusively at BPP’s London branch from September next year.

  • Mintz Levin

    13-Nov-2006

    For a firm keen on organic growth, 2006 has been an aberration for Boston-based Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo. This spring the firm took on two California offices in as many months, in both instances by netting swathes of lawyers from specialist IP boutiques.

  • Missing the missus

    13-Nov-2006

    Another bigwig giving a keynote speech recently was Lord Falconer, who took the occasion of the Bar Conference - held on a Saturday - to renew a few old acquaintances.

  • Nabarros ramps up for corporate push

    13-Nov-2006

    Nabarro Nathanson has embarked on a drive to bolster its corporate department, recruiting three partners for both its London and Sheffield practices.

  • Name partner Giuliani begins White House bid

    15-Nov-2006

    Bracewell & Giuliani’s name partner and former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani is a step closer to becoming the next US president.

  • New coalition stresses role of councils in fighting recidivism

    13-Nov-2006

    A coalition of councils, probation boards and penal reformers has formed to lobby the Government to let local authorities play a greater part in tackling the UK's chronic problem of criminal reoffending and in rescuing its overloaded prison system.

  • New partners and new management after record year at Cravath

    16-Nov-2006

    Wall Street firm Cravath Swaine & Moore is the latest US firm to announce new partnership promotions for 2007, promoting four of its associates to the partnership.

  • New QC scoops Whiter Shade of Pale case

    14-Nov-2006

    11 South Square’s newest QC, Iain Purvis, has bagged the lead counsel role for ex-Procul Harum band member Matthew Fisher in his High Court fight for a slice of the band’s royalties.

  • Nottingham Law School hits back with Mayer Brown deal

    13-Nov-2006

    Nottingham Law School (NLS) has signed an exclusive deal with US firm Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw to deliver the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for the firm’s London trainees.

  • NYSE Group lands new legal chief

    13-Nov-2006

    The parent group of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has named its new general counsel, taking the former legal head of Citigroup International. Rachel Robbins, former general counsel of all of Citigroup's non-US operations, takes over the top legal job at NYSE Group from Richard Bernard, who retired earlier this year after 10 years in the position. William Freeman was serving as an interim general counsel. Both Bernard and Robbins are former private practice lawyers at Milbank Tweed ...

  • Olswang's US ally hit by tax scandal

    17-Nov-2006

    Just one day after disgraced DC lobbyist Jack Abramoff began his prison sentence, Greenberg Traurig’s former head of tax, Jay Gordon, was disbarred for taking over $1.2m (£640,000) in kickbacks between 1999 and 2004.

  • Pannone on course to beat £40m turnover

    13-Nov-2006

    Manchester firm Pannone saw its turnover rise by 12 per cent at the half-year mark in a positive first six months.

  • Prioritising diversity

    13-Nov-2006

    During the past couple of years Pinsent Masons has embarked upon a number of initiatives to ensure that minority groups are recognised and represented in our business.

  • Private equity funds face FSA scrutiny

    13-Nov-2006

    City lawyers have welcomed the Financial Services Authority's (FSA) first discussion paper into private equity, which announced that the 14 largest UK-based funds would face increased scrutiny given that a future default of a private equity-backed company was "inevitable".

  • Privy Council dismisses Lovells' legal validity defence in Pitcairn rape case

    13-Nov-2006

    Lovells suffered a defeat in the Privy Council at the end of last month (30 October) after acting pro bono for four Pitcairn islanders accused of rape, indecent assault and incest.

  • Property

    13-Nov-2006

    The real estate market continues to rumble along unabated, seemingly producing another headline-grabbing landmark deal every other week. It certainly is a ripe time to be practising real estate law.

  • Rambus scoops new GC

    14-Nov-2006

    Technology licensing company Rambus has poached its new general counsel from computer chip supplier Xilinx.

  • Shadbolt targets Middle East for network growth

    13-Nov-2006

    City construction boutique Shadbolt & Co is looking to expand its international network into the Middle East.

  • Sharon Harris: Britvic

    13-Nov-2006

    In the war of the drinks cabinet, Britvic in-housers must think laterally to ensure pride of place. By Jon Parker

  • Simmons partner switches to Jones Day

    13-Nov-2006

    Outsourcing and IT partner Jonathan Little has joined Jones Day just 18 months after joining Simmons & Simmons. Little was a name partner at leading IT boutique Kemp Little before quitting for Simmons in March 2005. He has moved firms regularly throughout his career, having had previous stints at

  • Slaughters partners set for £2m pay day

    13-Nov-2006

    Slaughter and May partners are anticipating a record year, with partners at the top of the equity on target to hit £2.5m if current conditions prevail - a jump of 79 per cent from last year's figure of £1.4m.

  • Slaughters slays the rest

    13-Nov-2006

    You've got to hand it to Slaughter and May. At this rate the entire partnership will be millionaires, not just the ones at the top of the equity ladder. Just when Linklaters was catching up last year, it looks as if Slaughters will be pulling ahead again, with the mouthwatering prospect of £2.5m for each partner ...

  • Slaughters, Davis Polk to profit from Cairn's Bombay flotation

    13-Nov-2006

    Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy's decision to float on the Bombay Stock Exchange has generated choice roles for Davis Polk & Wardwell, Slaughter ...

  • Sofa, so good

    13-Nov-2006

    It grates Tulkinghorn to admit it, but there's little doubt that New Zealand has the best rugby team going around at the moment - cruelly brought home through an emphatic embarrassment of England at Twickers recently.

  • Stephenson Harwood bolsters shipping

    13-Nov-2006

    Stephenson Harwood has boosted its shipping practice, hiring Christopher Preston as a consultant to the banking and asset finance group. Preston joins from New Boston Partners, the UK lease-arranging arm of Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, where he was managing partner. Before that Preston was senior partner at Watson ...

  • Succession planning

    13-Nov-2006

    Unbeknown to most DLA Piper partners, there was a succession race for control of the DLA empire. That race was settled last week when Nigel Knowles, doyen of DLA Piper, and his wife Sally gave birth to a son, Jack Austin.

  • Taylor Wessing nets Merril Lynch counsel

    13-Nov-2006

    Taylor Wessing has hired the senior counsel of Merrill Lynch's European global private client business. Clive Cunningham joined Taylor Wessing as a partner in its corporate team last week (beginning 6 November). Cunningham specialises in the financial services, banking and funds sectors. He is the third significant hire for Taylor Wessing in four months. In September former

  • TCC scoops second High Court judge

    16-Nov-2006

    The Technology & Construction Court (TCC) has appointed Mr Justice Ramsey as the second High Court judge to sit regularly in the court, alongside TCC head Mr Justice Jackson.

  • The geek clique

    13-Nov-2006

    Tulkinghorn abhors computer-generated gaming, preferring real life to the matrix. But one of his scribes, a virtual lotus-eater, talked to Penny Laurence, legal counsel at videogame publisher Square Enix.

  • The midlands

    13-Nov-2006

    Putsmans and Shakespeares have signed a merger agreement, creating a new £20m player in the already crowded Birmingham mid-market.

  • The north east

    13-Nov-2006

    Watson Burton has dominated the North East's legal news in recent weeks. In September trailblazing senior partner Andrew Hoyle was ousted in a coup by the partnership, while just a week later further controversy followed when it emerged that Hoyle's successor Rob Langley, as well as Hoyle and six other partners, had been investigated by the Law Society for alleged abuse of the Miners' Compensation Scheme. ...

  • The whoop group

    13-Nov-2006

    One of Tulkinghorn's more glamorous hacks recently had the pleasure of many of Germany's elite from the legal world swooping in with typical British James Bond-meets-Lara Croft debonair to gatecrash the Juve awards in Frankfurt.

  • The work-life quiz: Monica Carss-Frisk

    13-Nov-2006

    What was your first-ever job?Waitressing at a restaurant near Waterloo. I got sacked within a week of being there for burning the toast.

  • Trader left shaken, not stirred, by Linklaters

    17-Nov-2006

    Casino Royale mayhem has grabbed the nation's attention, and hundreds of thousands of cinema-goers will be rushing out to see the latest James Bond movie this weekend.

  • UK firms to storm Qatar as Middle East booms

    13-Nov-2006

    A slew of UK firms, including Clyde & Co, Denton Wilde Sapte, DLA Piper and Trowers & Hamlins, are all expected to launch in Qatar as the Gulf state becomes the hottest legal market in the Middle East since international firms ...

  • US firms eclipse rivals on corporate debt

    13-Nov-2006

    US firms continue to dominate the European capital markets sector, with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Cahill Gordon & Reindel topping the international high-yield corporate debt deal rankings.

  • US partner promotions favour home offices

    14-Nov-2006

    Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has promoted 16 associates to partner, with the bulk of the newly-elected lawyers based in the firm’s US offices.

  • Ward Hadaway team with Deloitte to launch China offering

    15-Nov-2006

    Newcastle-based law firm Ward Hadaway, Deloitte and management consultants RTC North have joined forces to launch a service enabling UK companies to break into the Chinese market.

  • Web week

    13-Nov-2006

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com.

  • Willkie Farr grows Paris tax team with local partner

    13-Nov-2006

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher has bolstered its French tax team with the hire of a partner from local independent Brandford-Griffith & Associés.

  • Wilsons sued to tune of £100m over land lease negligence

    13-Nov-2006

    Private client firm Wilsons has become embroiled in a £100m lawsuit brought by the Earl of Malmesbury in a dispute over the value of a lease.

  • Women raise the bar

    13-Nov-2006

    At the recent annual conference of the bar, one of the topics under discussion was - predictably - diversity. How can this ultra-traditional profession keep attracting women and ethnic minorities to practice?Last week 7 Bedford Row helped demonstrate one way, by electing one of its two female silks to the position of head of chambers. Kate Thirlwell QC takes over from David ...

  • Wragges, Graf unite for push into China

    13-Nov-2006

    Wragge & Co is set to open in China with German ally Graf von Westphalen in 2007. It will be the firm's first office outside Europe.