14 February 2005

The Lawyer

  • 20 Essex Street silk to sit on Scottish bench

    14-Feb-2005

    20 Essex Street's Angus Glennie QC has been appointed to the Scottish bench.

  • A&O reeling after Italian defections

    14-Feb-2005

    Banking capability badly holed as troubled practice is hit by further key losses

  • Abingworth turns to Proskauer Rose

    14-Feb-2005

    Life sciences venture capital group Abingworth Management has retained Richards Butler's prospective merger partner Proskauer Rose as its main adviser on US matters.

  • Appeal Court witnesses fall-off in civil hearings

    14-Feb-2005

    The number of appeals heard in the Court of Appeal's civil division has dropped by 14 per cent in the last year, following a general trend that is seeing fewer cases coming to trial.

  • Asbestos sufferers emerge victorious in Pleural Plaques litigation

    15-Feb-2005

    Personal injury lawyers are celebrating after a judge ruled today (15 February) that insurers are liable for compensation to asbestos victims.

  • B&M doubles pro bono hours in London with Charity focus

    14-Feb-2005

    A programme by the London office of Baker & McKenzie (B&M) aimed at ramping up levels of pro bono work (see The Lawyer, 27 October 2003) to match those in its US offices has seen the number of hours devoted to good causes almost double.

  • B&M scoops EY Law quartet for Bologna expansion

    15-Feb-2005

    Baker & McKenzie has expanded its Bologna office, taking four lawyers from EY Law.

  • Beachcrofts makes triple hire for construction

    14-Feb-2005

    Beachcroft Wansbroughs has bolstered its construction team with the hire of three new partners. In London Tony Blackler joins Beachcrofts from Macfarlanes, where he was a partner in the firm's property group. Blackler specialises in contentious construction work, but also has a non-contentious practice. Meanwhile, in Birmingham and Bristol respectively, Beachcrofts has recruited

  • Bernie Ecclestone puts Richards Butler in driving seat for Formula 1 ownership fight

    14-Feb-2005

    Richards Butler has scooped prestigious first-time instructions from Bernie Ecclestone in the ongoing litigation regarding the future ownership of Formula 1 motor racing.

  • Careers: In brief

    14-Feb-2005

    The Group for Solicitors with Disabilities (GSD) is organising an open day on 14 April hosted by Herbert Smith. The group would like to hear from students with disabilities who would be interested in attending.

  • Careers: People

    14-Feb-2005

    Intelli Corporate Finance's chief operating officer Stewart McIntyre was appointed chief executive of Scottish firm Henderson Boyd Jackson in January 2005. A strategic review at the firm concluded that a non-legal chief executive was needed to modernise its core legal business and drive expansion.

  • CC hit for six by Kaye Scholer NY raid

    16-Feb-2005

    Clifford Chance’s embattled New York office has haemorrhaged six partners, with its entire insolvency and restructuring group quitting en masse for Kaye Scholer.

  • Cobbetts scoops third Hammonds partner

    16-Feb-2005

    Cobbetts has snagged Hammonds’ former finance head to boost its corporate practice.

  • Countryside Alliance fails to overturn hunting ban

    16-Feb-2005

    The Countryside Alliance’s heavyweight legal team of Allen & Overy, Sir Sydney Kentridge QC and Richard Lissack QC today (16 February) saw its appeal against the ban on hunting dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

  • Court unawares

    14-Feb-2005

    Training company Bond Solon ran into a storm when the Court of Appeal held that coaching witnesses is entirely improper. Jon Robins reports on what it means for witness preparation

  • Don't dictate to me

    14-Feb-2005

    The reign of terror at Lovells continues. First the door is shown to 25 partners, now it's the turn of the innocent dictaphone.

  • DWS loses its place as English Partnerships picks new panel

    14-Feb-2005

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has lost its place on the English Partnerships panel following an exhaustive eight-month review.

  • Emily Taylor: Nominet

    14-Feb-2005

    Nominet's potentially controversial dispute resolution service has proved to be a coup for its in-house legal team. Steve Hoare reports

  • Firm profile: Rutherfords Solicitors

    14-Feb-2005

    After more than 80 years in practice, Birmingham's Rutherfords Solicitors is ramping up its offering in two areas - commercial and private client. Managing partner Peter Wiseman hopes to double partner numbers in the next two years

  • First Morgan Lewis French lateral signals Paris intent

    16-Feb-2005

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius has made its first significant French hire since opening in Paris last June with the arrival of Stéphan Alamowitch from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.

  • Fourth Hammonds partner joins construction exodus

    14-Feb-2005

    Hammonds has been hit by the news that it is to lose its fourth construction partner since the start of the year, but is making up for the loss with a lateral hire from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary.

  • Freshfields wins Texas Pacific buyout work

    14-Feb-2005

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has strengthened its relationship with Texas Pacific Group after landing an instruction to advise the US buyout house on its bid for British Vita.

  • Grapevine

    14-Feb-2005

    Will Wilmer Cutler end up showing Hale the door?Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr's first end-of-year financials will give all partners cause for cheer. The firm's turnover for 2004 was $750m (£402.1m). That figure is up a respectable 14 per cent on a combined 2003 total of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering's $334m (£179.2m) and Hale and Dorr's $325m (£174.3m).

  • Group legal director Chidley in sudden exit from Royal Bank of Scotland

    14-Feb-2005

    The Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) director of group legal services Mark Chidley is leaving after just three years with the bank.

  • Halliwells Liverpool hires DLA Piper partner

    14-Feb-2005

    Halliwells has made its first lateral hire in Liverpool since merging with local firm Cuff Roberts at the beginning of the year.

  • Hammonds lose third partner to Hunton & Williams

    18-Feb-2005

    Hammonds has suffered again at the hands of Hunton & Williams, losing its third partner to the US firm –the 16th partner to quit the firm since January 2004.

  • Heart disease

    14-Feb-2005

    Congratulations to Browne Jacobson for the dumbest press release of the week.

  • Herbies' Gold in U-turn over managing partner plan

    14-Feb-2005

    Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold has ditched his plan to create a managing partner role.

  • ICI general counsel retires

    14-Feb-2005

    ICI's general counsel and company secretary Michael Herlihy has quit the FTSE 100 company after 26 years' service. Herlihy, who has been general counsel since January 1996, will be replaced by Andy Ransom, the group vice-president for mergers and acquisitions. Ransom has been with ICI for 18 years and prior to his current role worked as general counsel for ICI in the Americas. Herlihy is due to retire from ICI at the end of June. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 9 February

  • ILA appoints Freshfields partner as president

    14-Feb-2005

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Ken Baird (left) has been appointed as the new president of the UK Insolvency Lawyers' Association (ILA). Baird took up his position on 5 February. He will be involved in the ILA's work promoting the role of lawyers in the insolvency profession, as well as developing the theory and practice of insolvency administration. He succeeds Lovells partner ...

  • Jeantet continues revenue hike

    14-Feb-2005

    French stalwart Jeantet & Associés has posted a revenue hike of 10 per cent for the second year running.

  • Keeping up with Jones

    14-Feb-2005

    Sad news from up north, where it emerges that Hammonds’ former managing partner Chris Jones is selling his house.

  • Latham man joins Linklaters' investment group

    14-Feb-2005

    Linklaters has hired Latham & Watkins New York partner Scott Bowie to further grow its investment management practice in the US. Bowie, formerly head of the New York private investment fund practice at Latham, is the tenth lateral hire to join Linklaters' US business since July 2003. Linklaters global investment ...

  • Legal Widow

    14-Feb-2005

    "Well they're not democracies, are they Dad?" said Subjudice in a misguided attempt to cheer up her father, who had just read about the latest legal merger and was very down about the whole thing. "I mean, they can do whatever they want, can't they? If they want you all to move to Outer Mongolia tomorrow you'll probably have to, won't you? So a few more bods on the payroll shouldn't make a difference. Actually, they're probably oligarchies. Like Russia. You know, from oligos, rule by the ...

  • Lewis Silkin bolsters social housing practice with new partner

    16-Feb-2005

    Lewis Silkin has snagged a rated social housing partner from boutique firm Jenkins & Hand.

  • Linklaters gets settled into New York with hiring spree

    14-Feb-2005

    Linklaters' hire last week of investment fund partner Scott Bowie from Latham & Watkins marked the tenth lateral hire into the magic circle firm's New York office in the space of 18 months.

  • Linklaters loses HK corporate rainmaker

    14-Feb-2005

    Linklaters' Hong Kong-based corporate partner Dominic Tsun has quit after almost eight years with the magic circle firm.

  • Linklaters wins Spanish purchase for Capio

    14-Feb-2005

    Linklaters' London office has completed a major Spanish acquisition for Capio, a long-term client of its Swedish practice.

  • Lords acquits barrister of medical negligence claim

    14-Feb-2005

    A barrister who was found negligent by the Court of Appeal has been vindicated in the House of Lords.

  • Lovells Berlin loses managing partner

    17-Feb-2005

    Lovells has been hit with the departure of another partner from the firm’s Berlin office.Volkmar Jesch, Lovells’ Berlin-based managing partner has quit to team up with tax and real estate partner Nicholas Ley to launch their own boutique. Neither partner has been affected by Lovell’s radical plans to axe 25 partners in a bid to improve flagging profitability.The duo will be teaming up with former Lovells partner Klaus Racky, who retired last October.Lovells has ...

  • Manches ramps up property with double hire

    14-Feb-2005

    Manches has bolstered its property team with the hire of two partners, including Davenport Lyons' former head of property Graham Atkins. Retail property specialist Atkins, who joined the firm last Monday (7 February), stepped down from a management role last year. He was at Davenport Lyons for 31 years. Manches has also hired Neil Benson, a property litigation partner at Howard Kennedy, who joined in January.

  • MBR&M UK partners face new pay regime

    14-Feb-2005

    After a year of negotiations, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) has finally united its US and UK compensation systems, as it emerges that the London partnership negotiated a $10m (£5.4m) extra equity injection for the three years after the merger.

  • MBRM signs up former EU ambassador to regulatory team

    14-Feb-2005

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has taken on the former European Union ambassador to the US Dr Gunter Burghardt for its regulatory team.

  • McLibel duo emerge triumphant from ECHR case

    15-Feb-2005

    The pair of environmentalists who took fast food chain McDonald’s to court have sensationally won an appeal in the European Court of Human Rights against the British government.

  • MoD demands more value from advisers

    14-Feb-2005

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is asking its external lawyers to be more accountable and to offer added value.

  • Nestor legal head defects to Homeserve as first in-houser

    14-Feb-2005

    FTSE 250 company Homeserve has raided Nestor, the provider of UK health and social care services, for its first in-house lawyer.

  • Opinion

    14-Feb-2005

    Government must address questions of clarity and responsibility before ID cards will be accepted

  • Orrick raids Heller Ehrman for technology team

    15-Feb-2005

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has raided West Coast start up experts Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group, to secure a five partner technology team.

  • Paul Hastings' new star to build German team in UK

    14-Feb-2005

    Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker is continuing its European expansion with the hire of high-profile German private equity lawyer Geza Toth-Feher.

  • Paul Weiss chair switches sides for Intelsat in-house role

    14-Feb-2005

    Intelsat has recruited Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison's chair of communications and technology Phillip Spector as its new general counsel.

  • Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman commit to merger

    14-Feb-2005

    Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman last week finally confirmed their intention to merge.

  • Pinsent Masons loses first partner since merger

    14-Feb-2005

    Pinsent Masons has lost its first legacy Pinsents partner since the firm's merger went live in December. The former London head of banking and finance Rhodri Davies is moving to join Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson on 21 February. Davies's departure comes hot on the heels of the resignation of Masons legacy ...

  • Raising the bar

    14-Feb-2005

    The prospect of Clementi's changes may have got a few pulses racing, but Robert Englehart QC's advice is: carry on as normal

  • Reynolds Porter turns down place on NHSLA legal panel

    14-Feb-2005

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain last week turned its back on the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) after seven years as a panel member.

  • Separated at birth

    14-Feb-2005

    Comedian Steve Coogan has gone far since making his name as Norwich's finest in the guise of TV and radio icon Alan Partridge. The 'part' still occasionally pops up here and there, but the man himself has many other guises designed to entertain and sometimes even educate. His latest is a Guernsey-based solicitor going under the obviously fake but funny name of 'Benjamin Wrench'. Witness Coogan's finely honed humour in 'Wrench's' piece in a recent offshore special: "The market abuse ...

  • Sharing the burden

    14-Feb-2005

    The Art of delegation is central to productivity, client care and team building, says Charles Boyle

  • Shepherd + Wedderburn wins F&C adviser role

    14-Feb-2005

    F&C Asset Management, one of the five largest asset managers in the UK, has added Scottish firm Shepherd + Wedderburn to its legal roster.

  • Sidley and McKee top US tables

    14-Feb-2005

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood and McKee Nelson have topped the US capital markets tables for 2004, according to research published this month by Thomson Financial.

  • SIF surplus runs to £55m

    15-Feb-2005

    The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has reported an accumulated surplus of £54.5m.

  • Simmons gets first job from Royal Dutch

    14-Feb-2005

    Simmons & Simmons has completed its first deal for Royal Dutch/Shell since being awarded a place on the oil giant's panel last year.

  • Sirius business

    14-Feb-2005

    Judgments in Sirius have raised questions about where the line should be drawn between literal and contextual translations of the law. Sean Wilken and Jess Connors report

  • TfL tenders East London Line project

    14-Feb-2005

    Transport for London (TfL), the Government agency charged with managing the capital's transport infrastructure, has launched a tender process to appoint a firm to advise on the £896m East London Line extension.

  • The trouble with Italy ...

    14-Feb-2005

    In a world where the global brand is king, you can still count on resistance in the oddest places. The big international law firms still can't crack Italy.

  • The work-life quiz

    14-Feb-2005

    Tony Edwards, managing partner, Thomas Eggar

  • Thorn brings in MBR&M to prove illegitimacy of UK tax

    14-Feb-2005

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw's (MBR&M) tiny London tax litigation team has scooped a role in the mammoth Loss Relief Group Litigation challenging UK tax laws.

  • Watson Farley to convert to LLP

    14-Feb-2005

    Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has become the latest firm to announce that it is converting to a limited liability partnership (LLP).The City firm’s decision to convert follows the publication of research by Zurich Professional last month, which showed that 37 per cent of UK firms have ruled out converting to LLP status (www.thelawyer.com 31 January). The report also found that ...

  • Weil bags Apax as Soundy closes on rival Freshfields

    14-Feb-2005

    Apax has extended its panel to include a third law firm, Weil Gotshal & Manges.

  • You bet your life

    14-Feb-2005

    After the House of Lords’ decision in Gregg v Scott it seems that clinical negligence is safe from loss of chance claims. William Flenley gives the lowdown