14 August 2006

The Lawyer

  • Chelsea blue after losing 'Chelski' battle

    14-Aug-2006

    Chelsea FC has lost its first IP fixture of the season to northern minnows Chelski, a Leeds drinks company that wants to use the word Chelski to market a vodka drink.

  • People

    14-Aug-2006

    Clifford Chance has poached corporate finance senior counsel Brynn Peltz for its New York office from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Peltz joins his new firm as a partner.

  • 1 Crown Office Row head stands down

    14-Aug-2006

    One Crown Office Row will elect a new head of chambers this autumn after the long-serving Robert Seabrook QC stepped down from the role.

  • Arnold & Porter and Travers advise Lerner on Aston Villa acquisition

    15-Aug-2006

    Arnold & Porter, Hammonds and Travers Smith all won places on Randy Lerner’s £62.6m takeover of Aston Villa Football Club.

  • Ashfords' new chief exec vows to develop Bristol office

    14-Aug-2006

    South West firm Ashfords has named head of commercial litigation Ian Daniells as its new chief executive after Chris Hawkins retired.

  • Ashurst beats rivals to corporate assistant haul

    14-Aug-2006

    Ashurst has trumped its City rivals by securing the hire of eight corporate assistants, while a dearth of candidates leaves many of its competitors struggling to recruit.

  • Ashurst scoops Stratford City mandate

    14-Aug-2006

    Ashurst has won a role advising on the £4bn Stratford City development.

  • Bakers creates 35 partners in Asia-Pacific

    14-Aug-2006

    Baker & McKenzie has appointed a total of 35 new partners in the Asia-Pacific region in the past 12 months, bringing the total to 299 partners, of whom 147 are principals (equity partners). Eight of the promotions were in the Sydney office, seven in Tokyo, six in Bangkok, four in Hong Kong, two in Melbourne, two in Shanghai and one each in Beijing, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur and Taipei.

  • Chambers defy DCA's diversity ultimatum

    14-Aug-2006

    Only five of the top 30 barristers' chambers have responded to a request by the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) to publish diversity statistics on their websites, and Essex Court Chambers has refused to comply.

  • CMS scoops leading role on Enterprise's sale of 769 pubs

    16-Aug-2006

    Addleshaw Goddard and CMS Cameron McKenna have both scooped roles advising on Admiral Taverns’ purchase of 769 pubs from Enterprise Inns for £318m.

  • Corporate lawyers in-house hunting

    14-Aug-2006

    The great corporate lawyer drought of 2006 continues. Word reaches The Lawyer that the extreme workloads are driving more and more junior lawyers to register with recruitment consultants for in-house work.

  • Crystal maze

    14-Aug-2006

    One of Tulkinghorn's scribes recently had the pleasure of an hour's company with the exquisite Merlie Calvert, top lawyer for diamond company De Beers. But he had his work cut out for him getting to the meet. Whether a remnant of dodgy interior design from yesteryear or, as Tulkinghorn suspects, an intentionally befuddling floor plan, a 15-minute trek ensued through numerous short and curving corridors, all of which the scribe is sure to have doubled back on several times over.

  • Deep impact

    14-Aug-2006

    In a traditionally litigious marketplace, developments surrounding the Environmental Impact Assessment are likely to have far-reaching consequences for planning, says Duncan Field

  • DLA Piper brings in Motorola high-flyer

    14-Aug-2006

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has hired the Asia-Pacific general counsel of Motorola. Jeffery Tan, who was also the president of Motorola Singapore, joins the firm's Singapore practice as a partner and will manage the corporate technology practice in South East Asia. Tan joins DLA Piper following 12 years at Motorola, where he was responsible foroverseeing all of its Asia-Pacific businesses.

  • DLA Piper pursues mega-deals after corporate strategy overhaul

    14-Aug-2006

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has reviewed its corporate strategy and upped the threshold of deals its City office will farm out to its regional offices.

  • DLA Piper wins lead role on controversial fraud GLO

    17-Aug-2006

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has fought off competition from McGrigors to be appointed as lead solicitor in a group litigation order (GLO) for a potential 150 companies claiming damages against the government that could run into millions.

  • DMH, Osborne Clarke lawyers set up IP/IT firm

    14-Aug-2006

    Osborne Clarke lawyers set up IP/IT firm" /A new three-partner IP/IT boutique called iLaw Legal Services is being launched in September by lawyers from Osborne Clarke and DMH Stallard.

  • Dundas hires FFW partner for London real estate push

    16-Aug-2006

    Dundas & Wilson has hired Field Fisher Waterhouse partner Kenneth Maxwell to lead its property finance team.

  • Enhancing your skills set

    14-Aug-2006

    I have been seconded to the Pensions Regulator for six months, working as a solicitor in the corporate risk management team. This team deals with the application of the moral-hazard powers under the Pensions Act 2004 and the decision to grant clearance for a wide range of corporate transactions. I am an associate in the corporate recovery department of Herbert Smith and, before my secondment, I specialised in insolvency and restructuring transactions. Although I had some experience of ...

  • Eversheds rebuilds Leeds pension team

    14-Aug-2006

    Eversheds has begun to rebuild its depleted Leeds pensions practice with the hire of Nabarro Nathanson's former Sheffield pensions head Neville Peel.

  • First Chilean firm launches in London

    15-Aug-2006

    Chilean firm FerradaNehme has opened a representative office in London, becoming the first Chilean firm to do so.

  • Foley v Foley forces rebrand

    14-Aug-2006

    Milwaukee-based firm Foley & Lardner is reviewing its shorthand moniker and marketing material following a trademark infringement dispute with Boston-based firm Foley Hoag.

  • Fox Mandal Little

    14-Aug-2006

    Fox Mandal Little (FML) is a rare thing in the Indian legal market - a firm resulting from a merger. Unlike other legal systems, the Indian market has yet to catch merger fever.

  • Freeth Cartwright modifies 'confusing' remuneration system

    14-Aug-2006

    Freeth Cartwright has overhauled its remuneration system after realising that partners found it baffling.

  • Freshfields, SJ Berwin act on B&Q sell-off

    14-Aug-2006

    SJ Berwin and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have advised on the £198m sale-and-leaseback of seven B&Q stores to British Land Company. The sale represents approximately 700,000sq ft of real estate. SJ Berwin advised the buyer, led by real estate partners Michael Scott and Helen Willet and corporate ...

  • Gettin' fly with Flea

    14-Aug-2006

    Tulkinghorn's scribes love to rock out when they get the chance, so it was with much glee that a bunch of them bounded into the mosh pit at the Red Hot Chili Peppers' gig the other week with Slaughter and May partners Chris Saul, Andy Ryde and Dermott Rice.

  • Glaxo snares IP head from King & Spalding

    14-Aug-2006

    GlaxoSmithKline has hired a new global head of IP, scooping King & Spalding partner Sherry Knowles. Knowles will join as senior vice-president and global head of the corporate IP division in September, replacing David Roberts, who is retiring. Before qualifying as a lawyer, Knowles spent several years at SmithKline Beecham as a pharmaceutical synthetic chemist.

  • Gowling hire boosts entertainment nous

    14-Aug-2006

    Canadian IP firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson has broadened its practice with the hire of entertainment lawyer Susan Abramovitch. Abramovitch was co-founder of entertainment boutique Stohn Abramovitch and joins as a partner in the firm's Toronto office. Her practice covers drafting licensing agreements in the music, film, publishing and video gaming industries.

  • Harper Macleod overhauls management with new non-lawyer boss

    18-Aug-2006

    Scottish firm Harper Macleod has completed a restructure of its senior management, appointing the firm’s finance director to the position of chief executive and making the managing partner firm chairman.

  • Herbies dumps internet gambling mandates

    14-Aug-2006

    Herbert Smith has adopted a radical policy not to handle IPOs in the controversial online gaming sector after it emerged that the firm pulled out of 888.com's £700m IPO last autumn after its client, underwriter Credit Suisse, withdrew from the deal.

  • Herbies reshuffle bolsters Paris office

    14-Aug-2006

    Herbert Smith is 'rebalancing' its arbitration practice by moving partner Michael Young to Paris in a bid to bulk up in the French capital. Young will be based permanently in Herbert Smith's Paris office from September, where he will continue the international arbitration work he has been doing in London. Young told The Lawyer: "My move's part of the process of cementing the links between the London and Paris arbitration practices. We're trying to rebalance the size of the teams."

  • Herbies, Kirkland scoop major roles on Caudwell Group buyout

    14-Aug-2006

    Herbert Smith scooped the Barclays Capital and ING Bank acquisition finance mandate, while Kirkland & Ellis landed its first UK deal from Providence Equity Partners, with the £1.46bn acquisition of Phones 4U owner The Caudwell Group.

  • Here, there and everywhere

    14-Aug-2006

    Addleshaw Goddard - a proud example of a national firm keeping its northern offices on an equal footing with London, right? Hmm, maybe not.

  • Hi-Ho silver

    14-Aug-2006

    The past 12 months have seen continued growth from silver circle firms and they are more than confident of riding out any corporate downturn

  • Hill Dickinson goes green to slash carbon footprint

    17-Aug-2006

    North West firm Hill Dickinson is going green with a scheme designed to offset its carbon footprint and create a local community woodland.

  • Housing benefit

    14-Aug-2006

    With a housing shortage, development has changed and the processes for the creation of infrastructure must modernise to keep up, say Stephen Ashworth and Janine Shaw

  • Human Rights Watch labels Israeli/Hezbollah attacks as war crimes

    14-Aug-2006

    International human rights groups have slammed the Israeli Defence Force's (IDF) investigation into the air-missile attack on the Lebanese village of Qana, dismissing it as "a whitewash".

  • Keeping track

    14-Aug-2006

    As the Commons Select Committee examines the Crossrail project, property owners and buyers must be proactive in gaining an awareness of their rights. By Howard Bassford and Janice Record

  • Kraft creates top patent roles to grow IP capability

    14-Aug-2006

    US food company Kraft Foods is looking to beef up its internal IP legal capacity, creating two new top roles for patent lawyers.

  • Labruna expands offering with raids on CC, Linklaters

    14-Aug-2006

    Italian capital markets boutique Labruna Mazziotti Segni has raided the Italian practices of magic circle firms Linklaters and Clifford Chance to broaden its range of practice areas.

  • Latham hire makes mark on European aerospace transaction

    14-Aug-2006

    Private equity star Graeme Sloan has completed his biggest deal to date since joining Latham & Watkins in May.

  • Law Soc slams Govt fraud trial measure

    14-Aug-2006

    The Law Society has hit out at new Government proposals suggesting that judges be allowed to dismiss defendants' advisers in very high-cost fraud trials.

  • Linklaters targets Asia with new three-year plan

    14-Aug-2006

    Linklaters targets Asia with new three-year plan" /Linklaters is to overhaul its strategic agenda, including reviewing the potential to launch in India and Korea, as the magic circle firm aims to close the revenue gap between itself and Clifford ...

  • Lovells bags two for private equity team

    14-Aug-2006

    Lovells has continued to rebuild its London private equity capability with the appointment of two more partners.

  • Lovells partners: either egos or stays

    14-Aug-2006

    Lovells partners have been told to put the interests of the firm before their egos. The firm has recently suffered a string of high-profile departures, notably in its private equity practice, with Marco Compagnoni and Jonathan Wood quitting the firm to join the London office of Weil Gotshal & Manges, to name but a few.

  • Lovells raises entry-level points in lockstep review

    14-Aug-2006

    Lovells has concluded the first stage of its protracted lockstep review after agreeing to increase the number of points available to new equity partners.

  • Mallesons bolsters London

    14-Aug-2006

    Mallesons Stephen Jaques' London office has returned to its full capacity of two partners after more than 12 months.

  • Mayer Brown names three-partner successor to chairman

    18-Aug-2006

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is set to name a three-partner “office of the chairman” when current chairman Ty Fahner steps down in May 2007.

  • McGrigors boosts tax team with double barrister hire

    14-Aug-2006

    McGrigors has made a second barrister hire for its tax team in less than a month as senior Government lawyer Dennis Dixon joins the firm.

  • McKee Nelson, Sidley Austin rise to top of deal and equity leagues

    14-Aug-2006

    US Debt and equity market activity rose by 25 per cent on the same period last year to hit $1.7tr (£890bn) during the first six months of 2006.

  • Merlie Calvert: De Beers

    14-Aug-2006

    De Beers has found a priceless resource in legal services manager Merlie Calvert. David Middleton reports

  • Merrill Lynch makes use of Ashurst's CDO nous

    14-Aug-2006

    Ashurst has advised Merrill Lynch on a collateralised debt obligation (CDO) involving small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) issuing bonds as security for notes.

  • Mills & Reeve moves to reduce lockup

    14-Aug-2006

    Mills & Reeve has kicked off a firmwide drive to reduce its lockup by hiring accountant Jane Pavey from food company Campbell's to head the scheme.

  • Missing the boot

    14-Aug-2006

    Regular readers of Tulkinghorn's chronicle of the Fifa World Cup may remember the story of Norton Rose real estate partner Dan Wagerfield, who spent two weeks during the tournament camping with his in-laws in the South of France - a resort favourite among the Germans.

  • Morgan Lewis bags SunGard in-house chief

    14-Aug-2006

    The chief legal officer of SunGard Data Systems, Larry Gross, has joined US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius after the software house was bought by a private equity consortium for $11.4bn in April.

  • Olympic firms go green

    14-Aug-2006

    Law firms working with public sector bodies to deliver the 2012 Olympic games are being forced to go green.

  • Opportunity knocks

    14-Aug-2006

    The property derivatives market is hotting up and lawyers need to find their niches to cash in. By Charles Kerrigan

  • Pinsents regional chief embarks upon rebuilding Manchester

    14-Aug-2006

    Pinsent Masons' Manchester office has seen it all in the past 12 months, including partner defections, a hiring spree and a refocus of firm strategy. But where some people see turbulent times, regional head Carl Garvie sees opportunities.

  • Post-SIF landscape sees fall in conveyancing claim numbers

    14-Aug-2006

    The first five years of an open market for solicitors' professional indemnity insurance saw a complete change in the claims environment, according to new research.

  • Property

    14-Aug-2006

    The property market is still booming and real estate practices across the City are revelling in the conditions. Record deals and through-the-roof rents continue to keep the market rocketing along, and even a rise in interest rates shows little sign of slowing down the market.

  • Provalis in-house lawyer axed following liquidation

    14-Aug-2006

    Provalis's sole in-house lawyer has been made redundant following the struggling company's decision to put itself into liquidation.

  • Reed Smith guides Napo through first-ever US primary listing on LSE

    14-Aug-2006

    Reed Smith guides Napo through first-ever US primary listing on LSE" /With a transatlantic merger with Richards Butler looming on the horizon, Reed Smith has bagged a lead role on the first-ever primary listing of a US company on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

  • Sipping the velvet

    14-Aug-2006

    Tulkinghorn is often defending the volume he drinks to Mrs Tulkinghorn, but it's not often he has to defend his choice of drink from the bar staff.

  • SJ Berwin to use graduate classes for retention push

    14-Aug-2006

    SJ Berwin to use graduate classes for retention push" /SJ Berwin has introduced a system of associate 'graduate classes' in a bid to improve the firm's assistant retention, recruitment and career development prospects.

  • SPG switches to Prime Professions for insurance broker duties

    14-Aug-2006

    The Sole Practitioner's Group (SPG) has picked new professional indemnity player Prime Professions as its only approved broker for solicitors' insurance.

  • Standard Chartered creates role to ease regulatory burden

    14-Aug-2006

    Standard Chartered is seeking to improve its regulatory relationships across the globe with the creation of a new legal role after it bought a stake in a Pakistani bank.

  • Sun trap

    14-Aug-2006

    Tulkinghorn knows they breed them tough down under, but even he had to raise an eyebrow when the story of Minter Ellison's London managing partner Rob Hanley reached his ears.

  • Sweden's Cederquist targets mass growth with new business plan

    16-Aug-2006

    Swedish firm Cederquist has hired the managing partner of Vinge’s Brussels office to kick off a major expansion push.

  • Taking the gamble

    14-Aug-2006

    As the arrest of BetOnSports' former chief executive David Carruthers continues to send shockwaves through the online gaming industry, a split has emerged in the investment banking and legal communities.

  • The work-life quiz alistair maughan

    14-Aug-2006

    Name: Alistair Maughan Firm: Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) Position: Head of global sourcing Education: Leicester University Lives: Radlett, Hertfordshire Work history: 1985: Joined Boodle Hatfield in London as a trainee 1987: Qualified 1989: Joined Crowell & Moring in Washington DC as an associate ...

  • Three new partners at Freeth Cartwright

    14-Aug-2006

    East Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright has promoted three senior associates to its 63-partner top tier. Amy Morley has been appointed partner in the firm's Nottingham construction team, Darren Williamson in the commercial property team and Mark Thomson in the commercial services group. Janet Rhodes, the former principal manager of the firm's commercial property team, and Mark Flatman, formally principal planning manager of the firm's planning and environment group, have been made directors, ...

  • Trio secures sugar puffs brand sale

    14-Aug-2006

    Baker & McKenzie, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and North West London firm Solomon Taylor & Shaw all advised on the sale of the iconic Sugar Puffs cereal brand to Big Bear. The deal is expected to complete in early September. Solomon Taylor advised the buyers, led by the firm's senior and managing partner Raymond ...

  • Trowers appoints local to lead Oman base

    14-Aug-2006

    Trowers & Hamlin has a new managing partner for its Oman office.

  • UK businesses need to beware the long arm of US law

    14-Aug-2006

    The angst surrounding the cases of the NatWest Three and Ian Norris has raised awareness of the new risks facing businesspeople from US prosecutors. US criminal jurisdiction is extraordinarily wide. To take an important example, the Sherman Antitrust Act (relating to cartels) applies to any activity that is in restraint of trade in the US or between the US and other nations. The activity does not have to occur within the US. Agreements made abroad but affecting US commerce, even in minor ...

  • UK firms outstrip US counterparts for flexible working and benefits

    14-Aug-2006

    The generous salaries offered by US firms have tempted many lawyers to join them, but they are worse off than their counterparts at UK firms when it comes to benefits such as flexible working, maternity pay and holiday entitlement.

  • Web week 14/08/06

    14-Aug-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.