13 September 2004
Francisco Vicuna, who has just stepped down as president of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal, has joined 20 Essex Street’s growing team of arbitrators.
Compensation of more than £4m was paid out by employers last year in compensation for sex, race and disability discrimination cases. The figures are published in the Equal Opportunities Review, which examines discrimination cases in England and Wales. There were 376 successful cases brought to employment tribunals, 37 less than in 2002. Total compensation was also less, although 2002 saw record payments. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 6 September 2004
Abbey National is pursuing a radical overhaul of its legal function despite the fact that the bank is the subject of an £8.75bn takeover by Banco Santander and is facing rival bids from other UK banks.
The launch of a year-long international campaign to promote Africa in a positive light is underway thanks to support from Herbert Smith’s Paris office.
Baker & McKenzie has snatched a litigation expert from Austrian local firm and Allen & Overy (A&O) ally Wolf Theiss.
Barclays’ in-house lawyers have teamed up for the first time with Indian firm AZB & Partners to advise the bank on its joint venture with Mumbai-based processing centre Intelenet.
Bird & Bird corporate partner Jeff McGeachie has quit to join Fladgate Fielder. McGeachie joined Bird & Bird after the collapse of Garretts. Bird & Bird managing partner David Kerr said that McGeachie’s practice, focusing on entrepreneurial mid-market clients, did not fit in with the firm’s corporate strategy, which ...
Southampton-based Blake Lapthorn Linnell’s corporate practice has suffered a blow after losing a partner to Charles Russell. Peter Elliott has joined Charles Russell’s London corporate commercial office in a bid to beef up the firm’s business in the South East, Oxfordshire and Thames Valley areas.
Wragges after real estate clash" /The national chairman of Wragge & Co’s real estate group Gerald Bland has quit following what some insiders have described as a year-long power struggle with the firm’s property head Adrian Bland.
With the removal of barristers’ immunity from negligence actions, a raft of claims was predicted. But as John Bennett reports, this has not transpired
Norton Rose US capital markets star Richard Baumann is quitting the firm to lead US firm Dorsey & Whitney’s capital markets practice in London.
The insolvency team at South West firm Foot Anstey Sargent is celebrating the news that one of its members has been awarded the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (CPI). Siân Phillips, who joined the department in 2002, now becomes an associate member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association. Phillips’ success in the CPI exams represents an important step towards becoming a licensed insolvency ...
Cobbetts has bolstered its IP, information, communications and technology and media teams with the hire of two solicitors for its Manchester office. Laura Harper arrives after a five-year stint at Pannone & Partners, while Sonia Luthra joins the top 50 firm from DWF Solicitors.
Keating Chambers and Seven Bedford Row have snapped up two magic circle lawyers, the latest in a string of defections from top City firms to the bar.
Clifford Chance is hanging on to key client Canary Wharf Group after being instructed on a large letting to US investment bank Morgan Stanley.
Charles Russell makes key hire for media team" /Charles Russell has bolstered its media team with the hire of media litigation expert Nick Armstrong (left) from Goodman Derrick. Armstrong, who specialises in defamation, ...
Sir David Clementi’s review of legal regulation has sparked other professional services industries to analyse their own regulatory functions.
Clifford Chance’s Paris office has landed the former head of staff to France’s ministry of justice as of counsel.
Clifford Chance’s global head of IP is stepping down, to be replaced by a Palo Alto-based partner.
Paul Weiss Rifkin Wharton & Garrison (John Lange) advised TCL Communications Technology Holdings on its acquisition of Alcatel’s mobile handset R&D, manufacture and distribution business. The joint venture established to carry out the acquisition is owned 55 per cent by TCL and 45 per cent by Alcatel.
Coudert Brothers is working to rebuild its embattled Paris office with the hire of two new partners.
Solvent schemes of arrangement and other exit strategies are helping to keep London at the head of the insurance market, say Ian McKenna and Richard Gregorian
A report published by DLA has shown that new employment legislation is having a more positive effect on employers than in previous years.
Walt Disney’s European general counsel Rosemary Bloom has quit after 10 years with the media giant.
Eversheds gains first instruction; Lovells’ previous relationship pays off; Simmons lands main role
Just two per cent of expert witnesses are paid more than £300 an hour causing concern of a shortfall in the industry as professionals are increasingly unlikely to risk their reputations for low fees.
With Cherie Booth QC spending most of her working days at Number 10, she has little time to visit her old eating haunts in Gray’s Inn.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has swapped the head of its Asian dispute resolution practice with a London-based litigation specialist.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has abandoned plans to pull out of Vietnam.
The input of in-house legal teams at life insurers has come under the spotlight following warnings from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) that some companies are not exercising sufficient control over legal risk.
As the BBC’s vice chairman Anthony Salz considers the fate of the corporation’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide, it has emerged that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, of which Salz is co-senior partner, has recently been instructed by BBC Worldwide in Germany.
We’ve put our heads together and have come up with the reason why Pinsents wants to merge with Masons (see www.thelawyer.com/item/111984)
Halliwells has launched a construction practice in Sheffield with the hire of DLA partner David Fearon.
Hammonds’ Berlin office has added a second partner to its projects and planning team after a swoop on Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Hermann Müller, a senior associate at Freshfields, joins as a salaried partner and is the second partner in the growing real estate, planning and construction team. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 6 September 2004
Which female partner at a top 10 firm is rumoured by her colleagues to have had a boob job?
Germany’s corporate powerhouses have maintained their stranglehold over clients in the DAX 30, the German equivalent of the FTSE 100.
Herbert Smith has successfully closed Russia’s largest debt financing this year, despite the deal sailing perilously close to the rocks after two of the three book runners pulled out.
Election season is now in full swing, with candidates emerging for the top jobs at Dickinson Dees, Herbert Smith, Lovells and Simmons & Simmons.
Ince & Co has plucked a former Norton Rose partner in a bid to bolster its burgeoning ship finance team.
Barristers’ fees in five Irish tribunals will remain static for at least another three months, despite July’s announcement that costs would immediately be slashed by two-thirds.
Sports lawyers are flocking back from the Olympics in their droves with war stories galore. Many have tales of drugs cheats they’ve busted or athletes they’ve advised or sponsored. The common denominator, though, seems to be sex. All those near-naked bodies glistening with sweat seem to have overwhelmed many of our learned friends.
Clifford Chance has lost its last Düsseldorf IP partner Christian Osterrieth to embryonic German IP boutique Reimann Osterrieth Kohler Haft.
Lobbying battle goes to heart of government as Chancery Lane hires Kentridge to stop the accountants
The Law Society could face a fine of up to £1m if it fails to deal with complaints, it was announced today (September 13).
A blistering performance from Milton Keynes firm Fennemores saw its A team take the winner’s trophy at the inaugural Lawyer Formula Law go-karting extravaganza last Tuesday (7 September). The sun scorched the 1.3km track, the 21 burger and bacon butty-fuelled teams argy-bargied on the course, and the rapt crowd made a racket to rival the souped-up lawnmower cacophony made by the high-speed ...
Lawrence Graham has secured the first ever extension on company administration following the introduction of changes to the Enterprises Act 2002 last September.
As Herbert Smith embarks on its elections for senior partner, one thing ought to be on the minds of the two candidates – how is the firm going to regain momentum?
Cobbetts is carrying out its fourth merger in 10 months as it takes on the Leeds office of niche housing practice Walker Charlesworth & Foster.
Twelve months ago in Liverpool, a new kind of niche firm was born. Sue Mawdsley and Frank Maher left Weightman Vizards to set up a risk management consultancy called Legal Risk. They claim its principal aim is to save its clients money. “Our main focus is on helping firms save more than they spend. We saved one firm half a million pounds last year,” says Maher.
Lewis Silkin has secured an out-of-court settlement for Dutch football star Pierre Van Hooijdonk, ending his pay dispute with former club Nottingham Forest. Hooijdonk, advised by partner Philip Foster, will receive a second payment in addition to the £383,000 paid in 2003.
Legendary US corporate giant Martin Lipton has been replaced as the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) legal advisory committee by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati chair Larry Sonsini.
Seven local authorities have decided against instructing QCs for their forthcoming fight over government plans for airport expansion in the South East.
Lovells has plugged a gap in its European private equity practice with the recruitment of French private equity star Monique Sentilles-Dupont from Paris boutique Nomos.
Lovells’ Madrid office has been boosted following the appointment of Jose Luis Huerta to head its Spanish dispute resolution practice. Huerta, previously a senior associate at Landwell’s Spanish arm, is the second partner to join Lovells’ Madrid arm. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 8 September 2004
Manches is launching a new commercial litigation and arbitration group with the hire of two partners from US firm Shook Hardy & Bacon. Clive Zeitman, formerly at Herbert Smith before joining Shook Hardy, will head the new group. Fellow ex-Shook Hardy partner Andrew Shaw will also join the commercial litigation group as a partner.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius’s London office has been handed the mandate for the AIM flotation of US technology incubator XL TechGroup.
Linklaters is finally breaking into the German big league. But it’ll be a while before it catches Hengeler and Freshfields. By Aled Griffiths
Neuro-linguistic programming can help you attain your goals, says Karen Clark
Northern Rock has brought in US law firm Shearman & Sterling to help it fight a potential tie-up between Abbey and HBOS. Shearman is the first US firm to get a major role on the Abbey deal. That it was preferred over second-tier City firms such as CMS Cameron McKenna, Denton Wilde Sapte or
Norton Rose beats Richards Butler to Hemscott contracts" /Norton Rose has elbowed aside Richards Butler to scoop a trio of deals for new client business and financial information supplier Hemscott.
Norton Rose has consolidated its relationship with two of Europe’s largest insurers. The firm scooped a key role on the initial public offering (IPO) of Admiral and associate Adrian Williams landed the general counsel role at QBE.
In the wars of opinion, the Law Society is like a four-star general. Not only does it have to fight a mean war with the profession it represents, it also has to wage a mean battle of opinion with the public. But the society is losing both the battle and the war.
The law firms advising bankrupt dairy group Parmalat in the multibillion dollar actions against banks and financial advisers have been retained on an hourly rate rather than a contingency basis.
The Dasani debacle may have left Coca-Cola with egg on its face, but it highlighted the excellence of its legal team. Husnara Begum reports
Do Latham & Watkins partners have a subscription to Heat magazine? The US firm’s annual Labor Day party has become the traditional start-of-term fixture for half the investment bankers in the City, to judge by the turnout.
the Law Society’s stance on referral fees.
Masons is hoping to secure a merger with Pinsents by the end of the month.
William Blair QC, the Prime Minister’s brother, is at the heart of the inquiry geared at making the silk appointment system more transparent.
Slaughter and May has emerged as the most attractive law firm prospect for outside capital investment, following a poll of readers of The Lawyer.
Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser has appointed the European general counsel of IT group Sybase as senior vice-president and general counsel.
The development of public legislation relating to segregated accounts companies is proving beneficial to the insurance market in Bermuda. Neil Horner reports
Oil giant Shell has drafted in a second law firm to help fight off a huge class action brought against it by swathes of investors.
Scandinavia’s Magnusson Wahlin Qvist Stanbrook (MAQS) has merged with niche Swedish outfit Bergling & Partners as part of a push to dominate the Baltic rim. The six-lawyer law firm will be integrated into MAQS Stockholm headquarters and is intended to bolster its corporate capability.MAQS currently operates offices in Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Estonia but is aiming to launch in Latvia, Lithuania and Moscow by January 2005.
Tesco is reviewing its legal advisers in a bid to cut costs, with head of legal Martin Field inviting current advisers and others that the supermarket has not used before to pitch.
A neighbourhood dispute is never a pleasant experience. Bickering about the placement of a dividing fence can quickly escalate, while the curious eyes of a Peeping Tom will always be disturbing.
Laurence Harris, managing partner, Kendall Freeman
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has slammed the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) over a report into employment trends, claiming the organisation has "got everything wrong about employment tribunals".
A partner from Liverpool firm Weightmans is joining a new niche practice specialising in licensing and regulatory law. Anthony Horne, head of licensing at Weightmans until last month, is linking up with Richard Williams at Licensing Legal. Williams previously worked at Cobbetts and West End firm Joelson Wilson & Co. Licensing Legal, with offices in Manchester and Liverpool, advises pubs, restaurants and ...
With just two defections, the French private equity market has totally changed. By Catrin Griffiths
There has been much lobbying for tough laws on corporate killing, but the Government has reneged on its promises to make them. By Joanne Harris
White & Case Kandabashi Law Offices has become the latest firm to raid Mitsui Yasuda Wani & Maeda after the Japanese practice saw the bulk of its lawyers move to Linklaters.