14 August 2000

The Lawyer

  • ... as it loses leading retail partner to Irwin Mitchell

    14-Aug-2000

    Leading property lawyer Frewin Jenkins has left Manches & Co to join Irwin Mitchell's commercial property team as a partner.Jenkins, who specialises in retail and service charges, will be joining an expanding team that works with high-street clients, such as Thorntons, Minit UK and Etam.Her arrival at the London office comes just days after partner Hugo Stephens announced ...

  • A site for sore eyes

    14-Aug-2000

    As businesses and individuals embrace the new economy, law firms are realising that they must promote themselves online. Mark Brandon looks at the best, the worst and the ugliest legal sites.The internet is great, isn't it? Log on, have a surf, buy some old records that you loved in the 1980s and thought you would never find and then wish you hadn't when they arrive, check your email, buy a book, download a rude ...

  • A View from Ireland

    14-Aug-2000

    The global e-commerce revolution has had an enormous impact on all aspects of commercial life in Ireland and has contributed to making it the fastest growing economy in Europe. The growth of e-commerce related activities in the country is a result of a number of factors; cultural, commercial and legal.

  • Arnold & Porter hires two top US government lawyers

    14-Aug-2000

    Arnold & Porter is bolstering its Washington office after raiding the US government for two leading lawyers.Joel Gross is joining the firm from the Department of Justice (DoJ), where he was section chief of the environmental enforcement section in the environment and natural resources division.Also joining in an of counsel role is Rosalind Allen, who has been with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the past 15 years. For the last 18 months she was ...

  • B&M requests extension for Singapore application

    14-Aug-2000

    Baker & McKenzie has requested a three-month period of grace from the Singapore government to re-submit its application for a joint-venture agreement.The news comes as seven UK and US firms have made Singapore legal history by winning licences to form joint ventures with local practices.Of the nine firms which applied for the licences, two are still being considered - ...

  • Baker & McKenzie

    14-Aug-2000

    Baker & McKenzie advised WestLB Panmure in relation to its position as sponsor and underwriter to the £53.6m listing of Canada-based Turbo Genset on the London Stock Exchange. Corporate partner James Richards acted with a team of four on the deal with support from the firm's Toronto office. Osborne Clarke ...

  • Berwin Leighton

    14-Aug-2000

    Berwin Leighton acted for Touch Clarity and one of its founders Paul Phillips on an £2.5m equity investment made by NewMedia Spark and Jafco. Corporate partner David Segal led a team of five on the deal while Nabarro Nathanson represented NewMedia Spark and Jafco.

  • Berwin Leighton loses property partner

    14-Aug-2000

    Berwin Leighton is losing its second property partner in as many weeks.

  • CC moves partner to boost Prague office

    14-Aug-2000

    Clifford Chance is boosting its Prague office in recognition of eastern Europe's burgeoning financial markets.

  • Charging clients by the hour does not pay

    14-Aug-2000

    Centuries ago, some lawyer came up with the idea of charging for his services by the hour. At the time, this was probably a novel concept. It seemed to work well enough and it has certainly withstood the test of time.One has to wonder, however, whether hourly billing has outlived its usefulness. In our new era when everything moves at internet speed, why should a lawyer be rewarded for taking more time to accomplish a task? Most clients would agree ...

  • Cloisters invests in employment team

    14-Aug-2000

    De-merged civil set Cloisters will welcome two civil practitioners and a new practice director in September.Senior junior Simon Dyer from Plowden Buildings and Declan O'Dempsey from the recently merged set Coram Buildings are both joining Cloisters.Dempsey, whose current set is headed by former Cloisters tenant Roger McCarthy QC, is a specialist in employment, immigration and administrative law while Dyer practises personal injury.Dempsey will ...

  • Criticism of Law Soc unfair

    14-Aug-2000

    The expression on my face must have been a picture to any onlooker as I read the Perrin column (7 August) changing, as I read through, from puzzlement to incredulity to sheer hilarity.Where has Perrin been for the last three years? Does he not know that the Solicitors Complaints Bureau ceased to exist in 1996? Is he not aware that the reform of the professional rules governing the profession have been under active review for some months and that considerable progress ...

  • Dunlop quits post at Shaw Pittman

    14-Aug-2000

    Shaw Pittman partner Andrew Dunlop has quit the London office which he helped set up two years ago.

  • Financing

    14-Aug-2000

    Davis Polk & Wardwell acted for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Private Equity and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding in relation to the arrangement of $350m (£233m) in financings for Choice One Communications. Partner Leonard Kreynin acted with an eight-strong team on the deal. US firm Nixon Peabody represented Choice One.

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer restructures global management

    14-Aug-2000

    As Freshfields reveals its new-look management system, Julia Cahill and Catrin Griffiths report on the rising stars.

  • H20 founding partner to join Buchanan Ingersoll

    14-Aug-2000

    Leading practitioner and Henry Hepworth partner Michael Henry has quit the firm he co-founded.

  • High resolution

    14-Aug-2000

    The defining features of the truly successful arbitration are discretion, speed and economy. In theory that is, but in practice it is not always so straightforward.Such qualities seemed in short supply in last week's acrimonious divorce of accountancy giant Arthur Andersen and its professional service group Andersen Consulting. Break-ups are never easy and this case is no exception.Arthur Andersen's global chief executive Jim Wadia resigned only hours ...

  • It's been a bad week for...

    14-Aug-2000

    Daniel O'Connell. The businessman accused of forming a crooked alliance with a former Irish government minister to run a £20m tax racket has been sent to jail for eight years. The court was told the swindle was based on the VAT-free status of goods exported from one EU country to another. Peter Rook QC, for the prosecution, said O'Connell bought expensive computer chips and made it look as though they were heading for firms in Ireland, but he then sold ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    14-Aug-2000

    Pro-hunt lobbyists. The Scottish Countryside Alliance claims that the people who would be made redundant if a bill banning fox hunting in Scotland becomes law, will be able to claim potential earnings for the rest of their working lives. The organisation says that according to the European Convention on Human Rights, job losses can no longer be covered by a one-off redundancy payment and, if the bill is passed, tax payers would be left with a bill of up to £127m.

  • JD Wetherspoon

    14-Aug-2000

    Every six months, Rosalyn Schofield leaves her desk at JD Wetherspoon's HQ, where she is head of legal and company secretary, and dons a pinny.

  • Kevin Dunn

    14-Aug-2000

    Kevin Dunn is leaving his post as general counsel at GE Capital and taking his little black book with him. Dearbail Jordan talks to him about his move to US firm Latham & Watkins

  • KLegal in New Zealand faces fight over name

    14-Aug-2000

    The New Zealand branch of KLegal is facing a court battle next month over its name.

  • KLegal sets its sights on projects practice

    14-Aug-2000

    KLegal is launching an assault on the competitive projects market and bolstering the number of lawyers in its fledgling team.

  • Landwell

    14-Aug-2000

    Landwell represented high-tech company Zen Holdings on its £240m listing on the London Stock Exchange. Landwell's alliance partner PricewaterhouseCoopers provided advice on the long form report, corporate governance issues and employment share schemes. Corporate partner Simon Walker led a team of three on the listing. Linklaters & Alliance also advised Zen Holdings while Bay Venture Capital provided ...

  • Lathams snares Weil Gotshal banking head

    14-Aug-2000

    Weil Gotshal & Manges' head of banking James Chesterman has left the firm to join Latham & Watkins.

  • Legal Widow

    14-Aug-2000

    A young man wakes up in a room. He walks out to find himself in a strange village with multicoloured housing and a succession of ham actors

  • Lewis Silkin

    14-Aug-2000

    Lewis Silkin acted for Agilent Technologies UK on its acquisition of the 26,000sq ft office on the AMEC Cheadle Royal Business Park in Manchester. Head of property Leonard Goodrich led the team on the transaction. Eversheds acted for intermediate landlord AMEC while

  • Linklaters & Alliance

    14-Aug-2000

    Linklaters & Alliance and Nabarro Nathanson acted for MEPC and Westfield respectively on a joint venture to acquire the bulk of MEPC's retail portfolio. As part of the deal nine shopping centres will be purchased for £930m and will be managed by Westfield. Linklaters' Christopher Coombe and Nabarros' Tom Symes and Deborah ...

  • Litigator's View

    14-Aug-2000

    in 1992 Baileys Motor Works contracted with D&K Electronics (which subsequently went out of business) to install a burglar alarm, including the provision of an alarm monitoring service. The monitoring element of the contract was subcontracted to HSS Alarms.That contract included a clause whereby HSS would indemnify D&K for loss resulting from HSS's negligence, with an exclusion clause limiting liability to £100,000.When Baileys was burgled ...

  • Litigator's View

    14-Aug-2000

    in 1992 Baileys Motor Works contracted with D&K Electronics (which subsequently went out of business) to install a burglar alarm, including the provision of an alarm monitoring service. The monitoring element of the contract was subcontracted to HSS Alarms.That contract included a clause whereby HSS would indemnify D&K for loss resulting from HSS's negligence, with an exclusion clause limiting liability to £100,000.When Baileys was burgled ...

  • Lovells bucks slump with high-profile M&A deals

    14-Aug-2000

    Lovells is undergoing a resurgence in its corporate practice after a slump saw the firm slide from the top 10 half-year M&A league tables.

  • Manches partners to vote on bonus in bid to boost results…

    14-Aug-2000

    MANCHES is considering a bonus scheme for its solicitors and some fixed-share partners in a bid to boost results.

  • Masons

    14-Aug-2000

    Masons represented Carillion Construction on the negotiation and drafting of the building contract, capital replacement contract and associated trade contracts for an £800m PFI project for GCHQ, the UK's signals and intelligence agency. PFI partner Huw Baker led a team of six on the deal.

  • Matrix swoops to pick up trio

    14-Aug-2000

    Matrix Chambers has boosted its capability in constitutional, discrimination and environmental law by taking on three tenants.

  • Minter Ellison scoops government contract

    14-Aug-2000

    Minter Ellison has fought off the the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) to win a contract with the Australian government.

  • Neuer beginnings

    14-Aug-2000

    Frankfurt may still suffer from an image problem, but its banking and finance legal market has developed rapidly over the past five years. Aled Griffiths charts its progress.Unless you love apple wine, you're a student of 19th century German democratic movements or your footballing passions extend to supporting Eintracht, then Frankfurt still has an image problem."A provincial market town with some skyscrapers which landed here by accident," ...

  • News in Brief

    14-Aug-2000

    DLA has been appointed to act for KPMG in the liquidation of the international engineering group TransTec. The company has 28 subsidiaries, 16 of which are still active, but so far only the holding company, TransTec, is going into liquidation. Partners Myles Halley and Richard Hassall are acting on behalf of KPMG and Jeremy Bowden is leading the team at DLA.

  • Norton Rose

    14-Aug-2000

    Norton Rose is advising HSBC Investment Bank as sponsor and underwriter to Incepta Group on the proposed vendor and cash placing of new ordinary shares to raise £16m. The funding is part of the consideration for the proposed acquisition by Incepta of Cunningham Communication. Corporate finance partner Raj Karia, assisted by corporate finance solicitor Mark Horncastle, advised on the deal.

  • Oppenhoffs in Berlin split

    14-Aug-2000

    US firm Hogan & Hartson is poised to open in Berlin after ongoing discussions with a group of Oppenhoff & Rädler lawyers.

  • Placements

    14-Aug-2000

    CMS Cameron McKenna's Hong Kong office advised Intcera High Tech Group on its Growth Enterprise Market listing on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. The offering raised over HK$144m (£12.3m). Corporate partner Gordon Ng acted with a team of two on the deal.

  • Protection against corporate crime

    14-Aug-2000

    Commercial litigators frequently have to advise corporate clients on what to do about an employee suspected of criminal conduct.Employees who are placed in positions of trust and responsibility sometimes give in to temptation and, putting their own interests ahead of their employer's, accept backhanders or resort to skimming.In these situations the commercial litigator advising the company has to look at the problem from the perspective of protecting ...

  • Quote of the week

    14-Aug-2000

    "It doesn't matter to Andersen Consulting if they are called Andersen Consulting or Winnie the Pooh."Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's Barry Ostrager, head of the legal team representing Andersen Consulting on its split from Arthur Andersen, on the importance of branding.

  • Rozenberg

    14-Aug-2000

    What on earth is going on at the Lockerbie trial? Regular readers will remember from our last visit to the Scottish Court in The Netherlands that prosecuting lawyers were having difficulties in producing enough witnesses to keep the case going. Things don't seem to have got much better; on Friday 21 July, for example, the court packed up for the weekend at 12.15pm after the Advocate Depute, Alan Turnbull QC, confessed that the evidence had "proceeded a ...

  • Scuffle of the week

    14-Aug-2000

    Cherie Blair has been described as a cross between Lady Macbeth and Mrs Clinton in an attack by a Conservative front bencher. John Bercow, the party's home affairs spokesman, criticised Blair for publicly supporting the move to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights into British law. He accused her of interfering in politics adding that she was attempting to direct policy from 'behind the throne'. Bercow's comments infuriated Labour MPs who ...

  • Slaughters sways Panel on Hyder bid

    14-Aug-2000

    Slaughter and May has persuaded the Takeover Panel to propose the untested sealed bid method to decide who will win ownership of utility giant Hyder.

  • Something to talk about

    14-Aug-2000

    Mediation is big business. In the US, leading mediator David Shapiro, an independent consultant with SJ Berwin, reports that lawyers are raking in an annual $100m (£66.5m) in fees from mediation. It is a similar story in the UK. According to the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR), the value of cases handled by mediation totalled £1.2bn in the UK in 1999/2000.Lawyers have been ...

  • THE ANORAK

    14-Aug-2000

    They lined up against the internet upstart. From record company giants under the guise of the Recording Industry Association of America to heavy rockers Metallica, the great, the good and the bad of the music establishment decided that Napster must be stopped.And when a federal judge issued an injunction, it looked like they had succeeded. But the fact that the site is back online - its users swapping music tracks faster than ever while the founders look at ...

  • The Cluetrain Manifesto by Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls and David Weinberger, published by Pearson ISBN 0273650238

    14-Aug-2000

    CacheStorage space for downloaded files. Web browsers keep the data they download from a server in storage on the local machine. This caching speeds up access to frequently visited pages.Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)A development of HTML (the language used for creating web pages) that allows a designer more control over the look of a page and enables them to specify and change styles across an entire site.Churn

  • The debt holy grail

    14-Aug-2000

    Ironic, isn't it? For five years Weil Gotshal & Manges argued that it was a credible City alternative to the finance duopoly of Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance. It made inroads when it advised Barclays ...

  • White & Case Feddersen acts on Slovak Telecom privatisation

    14-Aug-2000

    White & Case Feddersen has advised the Slovak government on the privatisation of Slovak Telecom, the largest privatisation in the country's history.The deal was completed last week with the sale of 51 per cent of Slovak Telecom to Deutsche Telecom for euro1bn (£625m). Slovak Telecom was one of the last fixed line companies in central Europe to be entirely state owned. Last ...