15 April 2002

The Lawyer

  • A&O acts for SSSB on Shell deal

    15-Apr-2002

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised European investment bank Schroder Salomon Smith Barney (SSSB) on behalf of Shell Resources in its takeover of Enterprise Oil.The takeover of the leading independent energy company has been a crucial testing ground for the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. The new legislation, which was enforced in November 2001, was introduced as a new civil offence for market abuses. However, there is huge uncertainty in the City over the extent ...

  • A&O opens German real estate practice

    15-Apr-2002

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is stepping up its international real estate strategy with the formation of a new German real estate group based in its Frankfurt office

  • Allen & Overy promotes 34 to partnership

    15-Apr-2002

    Allen & Overy has made up 34 new partners, 15 of which are in the London office

  • Barlows deals with AbilityOne acquisition

    15-Apr-2002

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has won a new client advising AbilityOne, a distributor of rehabilitative and assistive device products, on its $101m (£71m) acquisition of Smith & Nephew's rehabilitation business.The firm won the work through its referral relationship with Chicago firm Winston & Strawn, which acted on the US aspects of the deal.A Pinsent Curtis Biddle team led by partners Jeremy Philips and Jon Harris advised Smith & Nephew in the UK, while ...

  • Barrister duo appeal after wasted costs are ordered

    15-Apr-2002

    'Improper' allegations about Big Break creator leave barristers facing payout; case to go to the Lords

  • Camerons partner defects to head A&O's Beijing office

    15-Apr-2002

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has taken on CMS Cameron McKenna partner Yongfu Li as chief representative (managing partner) of its Beijing office

  • Camerons sues Bedford police in prison riots claim

    15-Apr-2002

    CMS Cameron McKenna is handling the Yarl's Wood asylum centre riots claim against the Bedford Police Authority (BPA) by Group 4 insurers DJ Pye, Lloyd's syndicate 692

  • Charles Russell takes on property consultant

    15-Apr-2002

    Charles Russell has taken the innovative step of hiring a property buying consultant to work in its private property practice, headed by Ian Cooke

  • Cobbetts boosts Leeds with Irwin Mitchell team

    15-Apr-2002

    Cobbetts has taken a team from Irwin Mitchell to boost its new Leeds office, which will come about via the forthcoming merger with Read Hind Stewart

  • Cooley Godward eyes up Bird & Bird for UK merger

    15-Apr-2002

    US West Coast firm Cooley Godward is closing in on Bird & Bird

  • Cross-border Irish work recommences

    15-Apr-2002

    Mason Hayes & Curran and Carson McDowell have won the first piece of cross-border work placed by the Northern Irish Assembly since the resumption of the peace process

  • Cuatrecasas to share profits and blend teams with Iberia alliance

    15-Apr-2002

    Spanish firm Cuatrecasas is set to share profits and create joint practice teams with the members of its Iberian alliance

  • Date set for International Criminal Court inception

    15-Apr-2002

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) is poised to become a reality

  • Davenport Lyons loses property chief to TJG

    15-Apr-2002

    Davenport Lyons head of property dispute resolution Jonathan Aubrey is moving to Taylor Joynson Garrett (TJG)

  • De Brauw's wholesale rejection of Linklaters stuns Dutch market

    15-Apr-2002

    Linklaters' relationship with De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has been damaged almost beyond repair after the Dutch giant voted against a merger with the magic circle firm

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - AVENTIS

    15-Apr-2002

    Jones Day handles Aventis Animal sale to CVC Capital

  • Deals Summary

    15-Apr-2002

    Pinsent Curtis Biddle (Alan Greenough, Duncan McDonald) has advised NBGI Private Equity on its investment in the management buyout of specialist recruitment agency Walker Hamill from the Marlborough International Group. Speechly Bircham advised the management team.Charles Russell (Clive Hopewell) ...

  • Deals Summary

    15-Apr-2002

    Allen & Overy (Giancarlo Castorino) advised Merrill Lynch on the first collateral bond obligation transaction in Italy, which involved the securitisation of e889m (£544m) bonds issued by 117 different banks. Deutsche Bank and Société Générale also advised by A&O in Italy.Ashurst Morris Crisp (Simon Thrower) advised Crédit Industriel et Commercial on the ...

  • Deals Summary

    15-Apr-2002

    Nabarro Nathanson (David Wright, John Staheli) advised Slough Estates subsidiary Farnborough Business Park on the lease of 1 Meadow Gate Avenue to Autodesk for a term of 15 years at an initial rent of almost £1m per annum. Field Fisher Waterhouse (Suzanne Middleton-Lindsley) advised Autodesk.

  • Eversheds instructed by Comet

    15-Apr-2002

    Eversheds has beaten off competition from at least three law firms to be appointed as the sole adviser on employment for electrical goods retailer Comet Group

  • Eversheds' private client cast-off sparks mass exit

    15-Apr-2002

    Following Eversheds' shake-up of its private client department (The Lawyer, 22 October 2001), four partners have left the firm to join Norfolk private client boutique Hansells

  • Freshfields to target growth companies

    15-Apr-2002

    City firm in corporate strategy shift; aims at VC houses in bid for smaller clients

  • Garretts left hanging as Andersen caves in

    15-Apr-2002

    Standalone firms desert international network; Tite & Lewis now in the frame

  • Herbert Smith makes part-timer a partner

    15-Apr-2002

    In a rare move for a top City firm, Herbert Smith has promoted its first part-time assistant to the partnership

  • Herbert Smith replaces financial institution head

    15-Apr-2002

    Herbert Smith partner David Willis has become head of the firm's financial institutions group following the retirement of insurance luminary Marian Pell

  • HOWES PERCIVAL

    15-Apr-2002

    Howes Percival has all the new blood it needs to keep on growing

  • Influential justice

    15-Apr-2002

    There has been an abundance of insurance and reinsurance cases recently. Julian Flaux QC and Rebecca Sabben-Clare comment on the most influential judgments

  • Italian merger gives B&M office in Bologna

    15-Apr-2002

    Baker & McKenzie has opened a new office in Italy following its merger with Bologna-based Studio Bernini

  • Ius Laboris alliance takes on Seyfarth as first US member

    15-Apr-2002

    Chicago-based employment specialist Seyfarth Shaw has become the US member of the Ius Laboris international alliance

  • Lastminute.com dumps Linklaters as main adviser

    15-Apr-2002

    Herbert Smith wins corporate top spot; Bird & Bird continues as main adviser

  • Latham shakes up Asia management

    15-Apr-2002

    Latham & Watkins has reshuffled the management of its Asian offices to replace former Hong Kong and Singapore managing partner Joe Bevash

  • Lawrence Graham to act against ITV Digital

    15-Apr-2002

    Lawrence Graham has been instructed for the first time by the Football League to act on the £178.5m ITV Digital-related claims

  • Legal Widow

    15-Apr-2002

    In an unfortunate incident involving children refusing to go to the loo before leaving Pizza Express and needing to run indoors as soon as we got home, I left the car keys in the ignition. Once everyone had calmed down and apologised for knocking each other over in the rush (I'd put money on Deminimus in a 100-yard dash, I must say), we had a good look round for the keys and realised we couldn't find them. Then we had a look outside for them and soon realised that they weren't the only ...

  • Liddle Italy

    15-Apr-2002

    Tulkinghorn was bemused to read news of the latest recruits to join Scottish firm Liddle & Anderson.The firm, with offices in Bo'ness and Edinburgh, has recently (well it was actually in November, but don't let that detract from the story) recruited two Italian lawyers. Gianni Mana and Mirella Marchini, respectively a partner and associate of Pier-grossi Villa Manca Graziadei, have joined the firm as consultants in Italian law.Huh? When exactly did Scotland ...

  • Life support

    15-Apr-2002

    James Oury has spent his career in efforts to save the lives of death row prisoners, but he wants to be known for more than just being a life-saver

  • Loyens shores up London with partner relocation

    15-Apr-2002

    Benelux firm Loyens & Loeff has boosted its London office by relocating a second partner to join the office on a full-time basis

  • Maclays hires partner duo from Dundas & Wilson

    15-Apr-2002

    Maclay Murray & Spens has recruited two banking partners from Scottish rival Dundas & Wilson

  • MEPs ditch Euro IP court for national alternative

    15-Apr-2002

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are trying to water down a strongly centralised EU 'community patent' system that would grant jurisdiction over disputes to a new EU intellectual property court

  • MG Rover turns to Eversheds in joint venture with Chinese manufacturer

    15-Apr-2002

    Eversheds has advised MG Rover Group on a deal that could safeguard thousands of jobs in the UK and which will eventually lead to the creation of two new cars.The Eversheds team acted on a new joint venture between Rover and China Brilliance Industrial Holdings, a vehicle com-ponent manufacturer and sales specialist with an annual turnover of $2.8bn (£1.95bn).The two parties will cooperate ...

  • Nabarros teams with Essex County Council

    15-Apr-2002

    Essex County Council's legal services team has chosen Nabarro Nathanson to take on a new partnering role, following a rigorous tendering procedure

  • New German Takeover Act used by Weil in Texas deal

    15-Apr-2002

    Weil Gotshal & Manges has advised on one of the first German tender offers since the new German Takeover Act came into effect.A team led by Geza Toth out of the London office and Liza Kroeger out of Frankfurt advised Texas Instruments Incorporated on a voluntary cash tender offer for German company Condat.For the deal to be successful, Texas must acquire 95 per cent of all Condat shares. Condat currently owns 56 per cent, while Texas holds 16 per cent. Once Texas owns ...

  • New Orrick partner takes Vodafone along as client

    15-Apr-2002

    McKenna & Cuneo partner joins Orrick after Vodafone requests wider geographical capability

  • Northern Irish Assembly causes local unrest in slew of external appointments

    15-Apr-2002

    Irish government accused of 'straight to London' attitude as Northern Irish firms fail to win £100,000-plus contracts

  • Norton Rose chief joins Richards Butler in Greece

    15-Apr-2002

    Richards Butler has hired the head of Norton Rose's litigation team in Greece

  • Norton Rose chooses 11 new partners

    15-Apr-2002

    Norton Rose has promoted 11 new partners to take effect from 1 May

  • Norton Rose set to vote for new chief executive

    15-Apr-2002

    Norton Rose will this week vote on who will replace current managing partner Roger Birkby to take the chief executive officer (CEO) role

  • NY Attorney returns to Debevoise

    15-Apr-2002

    US Attorney Mary Jo White has left her position as the head of New York's prosecution department to return to Debevoise & Plimpton

  • Opinion

    15-Apr-2002

    No addition, amendment or modification of this agreement shall be effective unless it is in writing and signed by and on behalf of both parties."Such words are commonly encountered in the 'standard template' clauses of commercial contract precedents. Practitioners might assume that the provision excludes subsequent variations (either orally or by conduct) by the contracting parties. But are such clauses always effective?Perhaps surprisingly, English law on the ...

  • Pillars of the modern world

    15-Apr-2002

    News of developments in the regions have been arriving on Tulkinghorn's desk thick and fast this week, but none more groundbreaking than that from the Swindon office of Thring Townsend. Wait for it, wait for it… Thring Townsend has given up air conditioning.Yes, it's true. But the firm isn't going to risk the wrath of sweating, sticky and angry employees. Oh no, Thring Townsend has a revolutionary new brick. This one brick, the firm claims, will provide natural ...

  • Pinsents Leeds loses two partners

    15-Apr-2002

    Pinsent Curtis Biddle is losing two partners from its Leeds office

  • Radcliffes mourns loss of partner Mike Thomas

    15-Apr-2002

    RadcliffesLeBrasseur is mourning the death of its head of employment, partner Mike Thomas

  • Real estate

    15-Apr-2002

    For a block move, it was a secret remarkably well kept… until, that is, The Lawyer revealed on 1 April that planning and environmental specialist Eldon Chambers had lost no fewer than five barristers, all to the same set.The market is still slightly stunned, not so much by the decision of the now famous five to quit the set, but because they chose to regroup at common and public law chambers 39 Essex Street. As one clerk put it: "39 are very good, but they don't know ...

  • Screen saver

    15-Apr-2002

    BBC Scotland head of legal Alistair Bonnington's aim is to progress Scottish media law to the full. His achievements so far suggest he's the right guy for the job. Naomi Rovnick reports

  • Simmons corporate stars revolt against WFW deal

    15-Apr-2002

    Opposition from a group of corporate partners at City firm Simmons & Simmons is making a merger with Watson Farley & Williams seem increasing unlikely

  • Slating the Bar Council

    15-Apr-2002

    Robin de Wilde QC has been elected to the Bar Council after accusing it of 'pandering to the Government'. Jon Robins asks: can he repeat the success he had in the 1980s with rebel barrister group the Slate?

  • Structural damages

    15-Apr-2002

    With the case closed, accident victims' financial future should be secure, but a lump payment may not always be the best option. Crispin Kenyon discovers another way

  • The heart of the Black Country

    15-Apr-2002

    Exciting developments in the Black Country. Well, that's what last week's press release from Waldrons Solicitors promised at any rate. "Black Country solicitors have taken on a new recruit with a difference," it proclaimed.Said new recruit, a Mr Adrian Ruffhead, it transpires, is a 'radical' Christian, who has just spent two years on the Ivory Coast at a school for missionaries' children. "We'd spent so long in a privileged society that we just thought ...

  • The insurance trade

    15-Apr-2002

    With huge amounts of money at stake, insurance and reinsurance claims arising from 11 September were inevitable. Matthew Line assesses the status of the ongoing litigation

  • The Leader Column

    15-Apr-2002

    At The Lawyer, we hold these truths to be self-evident: if you want to generate a response that clogs up your inbox for days, write about lap dancing or PR.The Lawyer's associate editor Mat Swallow recently sparked a huge debate when he wrote in Grapevine, part of The Lawyer News Weekly email. Mat's rant was occasioned by a round table last week, organised by a PR agency and about the role of… er… PR in law firms. It was a pleasant, if slightly predictable, ...

  • Theodores forms global expansion committee

    15-Apr-2002

    Theodore Goddard has appointed five partners and a human resources professional to head its newly created international expansion committee

  • US firms more to offer than money

    15-Apr-2002

    Money is not the main motivation behind UK lawyers switching to US firms, according to a survey conducted by IQ Research for legal recruitment consultancy Graham Gill

  • Vinge boosts UK connection

    15-Apr-2002

    Swedish law firm Vinge is boosting its UK regional relationships having acted on a referral from Halliwell Landau

  • Weil Gotshal email blunder adds to overcharging boob

    15-Apr-2002

    Weil Gotshal & Manges has fallen foul of cyberspace communication

  • Wessing-TJG merger in trouble as five jump ship

    15-Apr-2002

    Top billers leave for Latham & Watkins Frankfurt; fears that firm will split to accommodate merger

  • Wise counsel

    15-Apr-2002

    Last Wednesday was the day for all the new Queen's Counsel to take silk, and what a day it was too. Typically, pandemonium reigned, with clerks rushing around madly, barristers all aflutter, and battles over transport. The sheer weight of numbers forced one set to resort to taxis while another opted for a 'pimp mobile' - aka a white limousine.But amid all the chaos, Hugo Page QC and Mark Shaw QC - the new silks at Blackstone Chambers - made sure there was time to ...

  • Woolf reforms fall short as litigation remains favourite

    15-Apr-2002

    Arbitration and ADR prove unpopular; cases speeded up but costs remain high

  • Yo! Sushi seeks first legal panel as empire expands

    15-Apr-2002

    Japanese restaurant operator Yo! Sushi is to set up its first panel of law firms in order to meet the growing needs of its business