14 May 2001

The Lawyer

  • A lorra lorra lawyers

    14-May-2001

    Are you a lawyer? Single? Looking for a new firm with partnership (and I don't mean anything to do with equity) prospects?Well, the place to be is with James "Cilla" Hodgson and his crew at KLegal. Hodgson is on a mission - a matchmaking mission - and he hopes to be buying a new hat before the end of the year.It all started when one of Hodgson's friends (an attractive, single female) announced her intention to relocate to London. Being good chums, Hodgson ...

  • A mild winter

    14-May-2001

    At the deal table former Biddle senior partner Martin Winter is renowned for his aggression and drive. But is he really just a cuddly little pussy cat?

  • A VIEW from Bermuda

    14-May-2001

    Generally speaking, there was concern as to how the anticipated slowdown in the US would affect the Bermuda market. There has been a marginal slowdown, but if you ask any professional on the island, they will reply that they are still busy - just not as busy as they have been.Bermuda has enjoyed a solid reputation for providing sophisticated insurance products and has long been seen as a place where innovative solutions could be crafted. This environment has fostered creativity ...

  • A&O and Linklaters wrap up German telecoms financing

    14-May-2001

    Magic circle rivals Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters & Alliance have together completed one of the biggest telecoms financings of the year.

  • Argles takes pole position as First Choice employment firm

    14-May-2001

    South East firm Argles Stoneham Burstows has strengthened its relationship with FTSE 250 holiday company First Choice by gaining an enhanced role as employment law adviser.

  • Berkshire healthcare nhs trust

    14-May-2001

    This scheme to build a new hospital at Prospect Park in Reading is one of the first PFI transactions to close using the NHS standard form contract, and the second on which Clifford Chance has acted. It follows hot on the heels of the £35m Hexham Hospital deal, in which Clifford Chance advised the project company, Catalyst.

  • Bevan Ashford partners complete Cardiff MBO

    14-May-2001

    Bristol firm looks east as it targets London and opens in Birmingham

  • Bird & Bird lands French IT/IP partner

    14-May-2001

    Bird & Bird has taken on a partner from Andersen Legal's Paris arm SG Archibald to advise on competition work in the IT sector.

  • BLP in public sector push with R&M hire

    14-May-2001

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has made its first post-merger lateral partner hire with an appointment to its property department.

  • Brazil nuts

    14-May-2001

    How would one herald in a new era for the most conservative and traditional law firm in the City?At Slaughter and May they have never been afraid to plough their own path, and the inauguration of Tim Clark as the new senior partner was nothing different.Perhaps you might expect something a little off-the-wall from Clark, an ex-hippy who is as much the new breed of Slaughter-man ...

  • BT plumps for Linklaters for the UK's biggest rights issue

    14-May-2001

    Linklaters & Alliance has reaffirmed its relationship with top client British Telecommunications (BT) and advised on its mammoth rights issue to raise £5.9bn.

  • CC in record profits rise

    14-May-2001

    Clifford Chance has posted record results for the last financial year. Preliminary figures indicate that it grossed £915m for 2000/01, with the London office alone turning over £405m. This is up 57 per cent from last year's £585m, and exceeds easily its budget of £800m. Profitability, too, has risen - early indications are that plateau partners will make some £845,000 compared with last year's ...

  • CC technology group targets global market

    14-May-2001

    Clifford Chance is launching an international assault on the technology market, creating a global communications, media and technology group.

  • Christopher Morcom QC

    14-May-2001

    The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report on the competitiveness of the professions has sparked much debate recently. It can be added to a list of issues now confronting lawyers, including barristers. The relative merits of the individual debates aside, what is clear is that the competitive landscape for barristers is changing fundamentally. While mixed-profession partnerships might seem to be a desirable "next step" for certain firms of solicitors, barristers are being forced to consider ...

  • Cr chelverton properties

    14-May-2001

    Mark Dakeyne's team at Wragge & Co won the role of adviser on this deal with Richmond Land via a longstanding relationship with private property company Richardson Group, parent company of Foxborough Developments. Carillion is also a client of Wragges. The partnership purchased interests in nine existing property development schemes from Richmond, with an anticipated end value in excess of £100m.

  • D&P boosts European coverage with Lindh

    14-May-2001

    Alliance grows to nine as top Scandinavian commercial law firm signs up

  • Debevoise sets up Frankfurt office with two partner hires

    14-May-2001

    New York-based law firm Debevoise & Plimpton has recruited two new partners to set up an office in Frankfurt, providing it with a German presence for the first time.

  • Destiny's child

    14-May-2001

    Vanity can get the better of anybody, but it seems that The Lawyer's former celebrity columnist and managing partner of Osborne Clarke Leslie Perrin is suffering a bigger bout than most.Now, if your memories can stretch back as far as March, you will be able to remember Tulkinghorn revealing that nestling on the floor of Perrin's Volvo was his choice of in-car listening - ...

  • DWF targets bankruptcy work with new partner appointment

    14-May-2001

    North West firm Davies Wallis Foyster (DWF) has hired leading personal insolvency lawyer Mark Davies from Hillyer McKeown.

  • Eversheds Norwich

    14-May-2001

    In Norwich, Eversheds views its only significant competitor as Mills & Reeve, with which, according to managing partner Ian Shann, it enjoys a "friendly rivalry".Shann is keen to play down the effect of the resignation of the office's senior partner Richard Collier last May. His resignation followed ...

  • Farrer & Co announces marriage with media firm Crockers Oswald

    14-May-2001

    Niche media firm Crockers Oswald Hickson has been swallowed up by City firm Farrer & Co.

  • Getting real

    14-May-2001

    While the whole of the legal market has changed dramatically over the last five years or so, the world of the paralegal has been transformed.Once the preserve of the non-graduate, increasingly those with legal qualifications who are waiting to find the right training contract are taking refuge as paralegals.But the UK market has a long way to go before the paralegal working for a UK firm reaches an equal footing to their role in US firms. According to a recent ...

  • Howrey hires IP star from Clinton team

    14-May-2001

    Washington DC firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White is taking on the director of the US Patent and Trademark Office from the Clinton administration as a partner.

  • Hunton & Williams doubles Miami office with Greenberg Traurig team

    14-May-2001

    Virginia firm Hunton & Williams is doubling the size of its Miami office with a team of six partners from Greenberg Traurig.

  • In-house bar litigation rights reviewed

    14-May-2001

    Thousands of employed barristers in companies may soon have their powers considerably extended to that of lead litigators under proposals under inspection by the Lord Chancellor.

  • Jones Day appoints restructuring partner

    14-May-2001

    Cleveland giant Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is taking on a senior restructuring partner from New York firm Weil Gotshal & Manges to expand its practice internationally.Corinne Ball will join Jones Day's New York office to lead the restructuring practice and take responsibility for the global ...

  • Leader

    14-May-2001

    How Linklaters & Alliance must have breathed a sigh of relief when BT rang up and asked it to do the rights issue it completed last week. Not only was it the biggest ever rights issue in the UK - at £5.9bn, £1bn more than the City was expecting - thus a tasty deal, but it was evidence that it's not out in the cold as far as BT is concerned.Ever since BT moved its work from ...

  • Lovells bags Ericsson work

    14-May-2001

    Lovells is advising on the first pan-European property outsourcing deal involving the £200m sale of property owned by cash-poor Swedish telecoms company Ericsson.

  • McGrigors forms human rights role

    14-May-2001

    Scotland-based firm McGrigor Donald has appointed Professor Alan Miller as human rights director.

  • Murray-Jones joins Skadden Arps

    14-May-2001

    Lovells' highly-rated corporate finance partner Allan Murray-Jones is joining the London office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom to spearhead a move into private equity.

  • News in brief

    14-May-2001

    Slaughter and May partners have voted two more practice heads on to the firm's management board. Graham White and Malcolm Nicholson have secured places next to Nigel Boardman, Richard Slater, Steve Edge and Stephen Cook. The vote means that all six of the firm's practice heads have secured places on the board, despite attempts to open up the board to younger partners.

  • News in brief

    14-May-2001

    Nabarro Nathanson has appointed Jonathan Warne as its head of commercial litigation. Warne, who takes over from Peter Sigler, will concentrate on expanding the department to accommodate the increase in work in general commercial and pensions law. The move coincided with Simon Johnson taking over as senior partner on 1 May.

  • News in brief

    14-May-2001

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson is moving a partner from New York to London to become senior partner in its London office. Stanford Krieger was a senior corporate and M&A partner in New York and will begin in London within a month.

  • News in brief

    14-May-2001

    Gateley Wareing has appointed Mike Ward (left) as its new head. Corporate partner Ward has taken over from Brendan McGeever (right) who has stepped down and will return to full-time fee earning. Under the firm's strategy there is no managing partner and Ward will manage the firm's six-lawyer management board.

  • News in brief

    14-May-2001

    CMS Cameron McKenna's financial results are expected to show an increase of 20 per cent on last year's turnover. Preliminary figures are showing a turnover of more than £160m compared to £136m in 1999/2000. This increase would represent the largest year-on-year increase since 1997's merger, exceeding the annual target by 7 per cent. The firm is also predicting a substantial increase in the operating profit ...

  • News in brief

    14-May-2001

    Bank of England has appointed Malcolm Glover as adviser to the governor and head of the legal unit. He replaces Len Berkowitz, who retired at the end of January. Glover will take up his appointment in June, following his retirement from Denton Wilde Sapte, where he was a partner.

  • News in brief

    14-May-2001

    Thomas Eggar Church Adams has made up three partners from its London, Horsham and Chichester offices, increasing its number of partners to 54. Nicholas Hine has become a litigation partner in London, Jill Goldman has been made a partner in the family department in Horsham and Scott Clayton (left) has become a partner in the trust department in Chichester.

  • News in brief

    14-May-2001

    Allen & Overy (A&O) corporate partner Keith Godfrey has died unexpectedly while he was on holiday with his family. Godfrey, who was 50, joined A&O as an articled clerk in 1974. He qualified in the corporate department and became a partner in 1981. He specialised in corporate finance and general corporate work and was relationship partner to a number of A&O's key clients. Senior partner Guy Beringer ...

  • News in brief

    14-May-2001

    Lester Aldridge has appointed asset finance and insolvency litigator Rachel Small as a partner, bringing the firm's total number of partners to 33. Small has been with the firm since 1998 and previously was based at Thames Valley firm Cole & Cole, now Morgan Cole, where she qualified in 1993.

  • No gain without pain

    14-May-2001

    While many law firms in the UK still have to get to grips with the fundamentals of advertising, there is one London firm that has certainly grasped the bull by the horns. Just take a look at the latest offerings from divorce specialists Brookman.Well, they are certainly bold. There are two ads: one, which pictures a packed suitcase and the strapline "Ditch the Bitch", will appear in men's toilets and City bars; while the other depicts a woman lying face down on a bed ...

  • Norton Rose regains US finance ace

    14-May-2001

    Norton Rose has taken on an acquisition finance partner from Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in New York.

  • Osborne Clarke and McGuinness merge

    14-May-2001

    Osborne Clarke is launching an attack on the London property market by merging with niche West End property firm McGuinness Finch.

  • Pannone & Partners shows record increase in turnover

    14-May-2001

    Pannone & Partners has announced a record increase in turnover for the end of this financial year.

  • Personal protection

    14-May-2001

    modern organisations rely on vast amounts of data. Much of this data contains information identifying individuals and will be considered "personal data" within the scope of the European Data Protection Directive. This is implemented into various national laws, for example in the UK by the Data Protection Act 1998.Data used by organisations can be broken down into three generic areas: customer/client data, human resources data, and marketing data.The Data Protection ...

  • Plan for future

    14-May-2001

    Margaret Casely-Hayford, a planning partner at Denton Wilde Sapte who represented a developer in one of the cases, likens the scene to "one of those wonderful paintings you see of a 19th century courtroom, with barristers falling off the edge of the benches" and instructing solicitors "perched" on the benches behind. But where does the Alconbury decision leave the planning process?Lawyers had argued in five test cases, known collectively as the Alconbury cases, that the ...

  • pwc / coba

    14-May-2001

    This is Landwell's first significant deal for its accountancy parent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and it came through a personal contact with PwC's head of transaction services Paul Rawlinson.

  • Real dead ringers

    14-May-2001

    Curiouser and curiouser.Tulkinghorn was struck by the bizarre coincidence on the eve of Peter Cornell's election as the new chief executive officer at Clifford Chance. A keen reader of this illustrious publication felt obliged to point out that as Cornell was being voted in, there was a film being shown on BBC1 starring Dennis Quaid. Quaid plays a character called - you guessed ...

  • Rebel Code by Glyn Moody, published by Allen Lane (ISBN 0713995203)

    14-May-2001

    This book is about one of the most important issues facing anyone involved in IT or new media. It should be required reading for techies because it puts the fundamental power shifts taking place in the software marketplace into historical context.The Open Source movement has so frightened Bill Gates that last week he announced a limited opening up of the source code to Microsoft products.Moody tells the story of the growth and development of GNU/Linux, software ...

  • Richards Butler in MTV Italian job

    14-May-2001

    Richards Butler has advised its longstanding client MTV on a major deal that sees the music television company relaunch in Italy.

  • Senior partner leaves Harper Macleod

    14-May-2001

    Glasgow-based firm Harper Macleod's senior partner has stepped down after six years in the role.

  • Separated at birth

    14-May-2001

    Has anyone noticed the similarity between Eversheds' national head of biosciences Patrick Farrant and Nigel Short, the chess grandmaster? It smacks of yet another example of law firms getting into the cloning business and reproducing the country's finest brains to bill, bill, bill. More interestingly, though, Nigel Short is an anagram for "loser thing", "English rot" and "honest girl". Tulkinghorn ...

  • Shearmans reshuffles key partners in the UK and US

    14-May-2001

    New York firm Shearman & Sterling is reshuffling its Silicon Valley management and sending out one of its senior London partners.

  • Simmons Italian raid provides employment law capability

    14-May-2001

    Simmons & Simmons' Italian practice is to launch an employment law capability with a team from Turin firm Rossotto e Associate.

  • SJ Berwin hires three for Munich office

    14-May-2001

    SJ Berwin is recruiting three partners for its Munich office, giving it European Union (EU) and competition law capability in Germany for the first time.

  • Slaves to the trade

    14-May-2001

    it is a fact that we now have more than 40 US law firms in the UK and, therefore, an even higher demand for paralegals. It is also a fact that US firms tend to pay paralegals higher salaries than UK firms. But the question is, why? What are the facts and the myths?Some would say that the only reason why US firms pay better than UK firms is because of the very long hours of work automatically required by US firms. Although that is true in many cases, there is a substantial ...

  • The anorak

    14-May-2001

    I sat in my office a few hundred yards from Oxford Circus surrounded by journalists, all of whom were gazing intently at their screens or desperately searching the web.This wasn't the normal press day rush to find a story, they were looking for webcams or streaming TV coverage of the May Day demonstrations and embryonic disturbances their media colleagues had been hyping for weeks. Squeals of delight greeted the discovery of an independent media site that was reporting ...

  • The World Is Quite enough

    14-May-2001

    It's never easy learning the in-house all-rounder approach, but when you're head of legal for The Economist Group Oscar Grut and you're taking on media mogul and heavyweight politician Silvio Berlusconi in a libel case, you know you've got your work cut out. Perry Thakrar reports

  • Virgin drops Camerons

    14-May-2001

    Sixty firms blasted down to eleven in Virgin shake-up; Samaha and Bowker "wanted a diverse panel"

  • White & Case takes on two in Germany

    14-May-2001

    White & Case in Frankfurt is continuing its expansion with the appointment of two new partners.

  • Wragges wins project over City rivals

    14-May-2001

    Wragge & Co has won a beauty parade to advise Slough Borough Council on a multimillion pound regeneration project.

  • Xstrata / dresdner kleinwort

    14-May-2001

    Allen & Overy (A&O) scooped this deal because the firm advised Société Générale last year on Xstrata's first syndicated loan. Société Générale was one of the co-leaders with Dresdner on the transaction, as was Credit Suisse First Boston.