15 December 2003

The Lawyer

  • 7 Bedford Row gives junior members £10K peace of mind

    15-Dec-2003

    7 Bedford Row has guaranteed a fixed payment for its trainee barristers and pupils, becoming the first chambers to fulfil principles adopted by the Bar Council to help young barristers.

  • Anyone for golf?

    15-Dec-2003

    Tulkinghorn is extremely careful with his possessions and would advise all of his esteemed colleagues to act likewise. The reason? While wandering through one of London’s more colourful districts late one dark and rainy night, Tulkinghorn spied a young lady of the night sheltered underneath a Tarlo Lyons golf umbrella. Despite the slump in the IT sector, it appears that other areas are not so limp.

  • Appeal judges rule on the definition of 'personal data'

    16-Dec-2003

    The Court of Appeal last week tightened up the definition of "personal data" for the purpose of requests under the Data Protection Act, prompting a review by the Information Commissioner of guidance to businesses.

  • Bar Counsel: Asylum Bill has 'no place in any decent society'

    16-Dec-2003

    The new Asylum Bill has "no place in any decent society", claimed the Bar Council yesterday, ahead of this week's debate on the proposals.

  • BKN looks to Maclays for advice on AIM listing

    15-Dec-2003

    Maclay Murray & Spens has scooped an instruction to advise new client BKN International on its Alternative Investment Market (AIM) debut.

  • 'Blaming the system is not the answer', aggrieved father told in contact dispute

    16-Dec-2003

    An aggrieved father was told by a High Court judge that "blaming the system" was not the answer, following a particularly acrimonious contact dispute.

  • Brains for Christmas

    15-Dec-2003

    Tulkinghorn was very amused upon hearing the tale of the five unsuspecting lawyers and an in-house job at Santa’s Grotto in the North Pole.

  • BSkyB head of legal and business relinquishes role after fifteen years

    15-Dec-2003

    The head of legal and business affairs at BSkyB Deanna Bates has stepped down from her role after 15 years. She will be replaced by her deputy, James Conyers.

  • Carey Olsen on the rack for ‘overcharging’ police

    15-Dec-2003

    Partners at Jersey firm Carey Olsen face a government-backed investigation into alleged overbilling of up to 300 per cent.

  • CC edges on to BOCHK legal panel

    15-Dec-2003

    Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong office has won a place on the Bank of China Hong Kong (BOCHK) legal panel.

  • CC raids MoFo for competition star

    17-Dec-2003

    Clifford Chance has poached rated competition partner Thomas Vinje from the Brussels office of Morrison & Foerster (MoFo).

  • CC-Brobeck showdown intensifies

    15-Dec-2003

    Tactical warfare is threatening to break out between Clifford Chance and the lawyers representing the former members of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison who are suing the UK firm.

  • Client File: Review of the Year 2003

    15-Dec-2003

    2003 has been a year of change, with many companies taking a long, hard look at their legal functions and external advisers. Here’s a refresher…

  • Clifford Chance appoints interim finance director

    15-Dec-2003

    Clifford Chance has appointed an interim finance director as it continues its search for a permanent replacement for Chris Merry.

  • Corporate/Competition Review 2003: Corporate comment

    15-Dec-2003

    Aside from the battle for Safeway and the Carlton-Granada merger, it has been a pretty quiet year in corporate, even if, like Allen & Overy (A&O), you insist on acting for more than one party on deals.

  • Corporate/Competition Review 2003: Time for action

    15-Dec-2003

    Competition Commissioner Mario Monti has dragged competition law kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Oliver Bretz reports on the merger revolution in Brussels

  • Court of Appeal sanctions greater use of costs controls

    16-Dec-2003

    The greater use of cost controls, such as costs estimates and caps, was sanctioned by appeal judges last week in a ruling that threatens to prompt further costs litigation.

  • D’Urso merger promises the world

    15-Dec-2003

    Mediobanca’s traditional Italian law firm Studio Legale D’Urso is close to finalising a merger in Milan as a precursor to investigating the possibility of a closer international alliance.

  • Dickinson Dees adopts 360° appraisals

    15-Dec-2003

    Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees is piloting a 360° partner appraisal system hot on the heels of Freshfields, Herbert Smith and Clifford Chance. The firm is thought to be the largest firm out of London formally to test the scheme.

  • DLA’s Dutch suitor loses five partners

    15-Dec-2003

    Five partners from Dutch firm SchutGrosheide are launching their own practice after disagreeing with the firm’s decision to merge with DLA.

  • EU remodels procurement legislation

    15-Dec-2003

    Reforms to the EU’s public procurement legislation have been agreed by a conciliation committee linking the EU Council of Ministers and the European Parliament.

  • Eversheds dumps London private client practice

    15-Dec-2003

    Eversheds has decided to cease its private client function in London and has reached an agreement to transfer the practice to Dawsons. Under the arrangement, Eversheds partner Neil Morris will be joining Dawsons from 30 April 2004. Partner Nigel Porteous will move to Maples & Calder in the Cayman Islands. First reported on www.thelawyer.com, 12 December

  • Eversheds makes headway in Asia with Maxis telecoms work

    15-Dec-2003

    Deal of the week – Maxis Mobile network expansion

  • Ex-Landwell Belgian firm aims for pan-Euro referral network

    15-Dec-2003

    Landwell’s former Belgian firm Lawfort (formerly Bogaert & Vande-meulebroeke) is attempting to set up a pan-European referral network with other firms still in, or formerly in, the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)-tied network.

  • Finance deals round-up

    15-Dec-2003

    Ashurst Morris Crisp (Mike Logie) acted for Crédit Agricole Indosuez as arranger on a $48.9m (£28m) synthetic collateralised debt obligation (CDO). The firm also advised the London branch of Bank of New York, the trustee and agents on the deal. Walkers (Julian Black) advised the issuer, ABSolute II Synthetic CDO.

  • Finers suffers loss of property head to BLP

    15-Dec-2003

    In a blow to Finers Stephens Innocent, the firm’s highly-rated head of property David Battiscombe has resigned to join Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).

  • Firms cash in on Inland Revenue and NHS deals

    15-Dec-2003

    IT project lawyers at Bird & Bird, CMS Cameron McKenna and Wragge & Co had a momentous week celebrating with their respective clients BT, Accenture and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.

  • Freshfields split over ‘London imperialism’

    15-Dec-2003

    Partnership council to thrash out management structure; London opposed to reform

  • Game on

    15-Dec-2003

    The Legal Profitability game saw the cream of the profession pit their wits against one another. Matt Byrne reports

  • Gide to promote six to partnership

    15-Dec-2003

    French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel will make up six partners in January 2004. The appointments include four lawyers from Paris, one from the firm’s Warsaw office and one from Bucharest. The new partners are Phillipe Després in employment; Patrice Doat in finance/project finance; Antoine Gosset-Grainville in competition; Polish energy lawyer Robert Drzeiczvk, who has set up a European law and international trade group in Warsaw; Bruno Leroy, who has managed the firm’s Romanian office since ...

  • Government clamps down on loan sharks

    16-Dec-2003

    The Government last week published plans to tackle the excesses of the consumer credit industry with a white paper on loans and credit.

  • Grapevine

    18-Dec-2003

    Yet again, confirmation that lawyers are a cynical bunch. Most of the responses to last week's questions were verging on the defamatory, so I'll try to give you the gist of the answers. (The views expressed below are not necessarily ours, by the way.)

  • Hammonds benefits from Veltins’ partner losses

    15-Dec-2003

    Veltins, the German legal arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), is continuing to lose partners to the hostile regulatory environment.

  • Hard evidence

    15-Dec-2003

    If you’re a verbose litigator in London, the worst that’s likely to happen is that the judge will nod off.

  • Harper Macleod scores Interbrew as new client

    15-Dec-2003

    Glasgow and Edinburgh firm Harper Macleod has won the UK subsidiary of Belgian beer company Interbrew as a new client. The firm has scooped a place on Interbrew UK’s substantial recovery panel, replacing Glasgow-based rival Wright Johnston & Mackenzie. A number of other Scottish firms also tendered for a place on the panel.

  • Herbies out of Deacons’ HK action

    15-Dec-2003

    Herbert Smith has been ditched by the partners at the centre of Deacons’ successful Hong Kong court action against White & Case.

  • Holt quits KLegal

    18-Dec-2003

    KLegal’s managing partner Nick Holt has quit the troubled accountancy-tied firm.

  • Kirkland reinforces its position in the sector

    15-Dec-2003

    Kirkland & Ellis has consolidated its position as one of the US’s leading bankruptcy firms, after bringing in nearly $50m (£28.7m) worth of legal fees from just two cases in less than a year.

  • Kirkland takes lead in Cable & Wireless US auction

    15-Dec-2003

    Kirkland & Ellis is spearheading the auctioning of Cable & Wireless’s US operation after the group last week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Kirkland restructuring partners James Sprayregen and Bennett Spiegel are leading the instruction for the debt-ridden Cable & Wireless America (CWA), which was first considered for sale by parent Cable & Wireless plc on 4 June this year.

  • Law Society approves Steuerberater

    15-Dec-2003

    SJ Berwin and Clifford Chance have finally overcome a battle with the Law Society to have German tax advisers, Steuerberater, recognised as foreign lawyers within UK partnerships.

  • Lawyers get the trots

    15-Dec-2003

    The HR feature in the 8 December edition of The Lawyer brought lots of fascinating details into the public arena for the first time. Diversity programmes, 360? reviews, recruitment in far-flung places… it’s all there. Tulkinghorn’s favourite snippet, though, featured Simmons & Simmons. The firm takes its commitment to HR seriously and has long offered flexible working hours. The most common reason for its lawyers requesting time off is “family”. The second most popular is… to ...

  • Leader

    15-Dec-2003

    Given that most of you will be spending much of this week with a wineglass for company – you can’t get a table in any City restaurant for love nor money – here at The Lawyer we thought we’d dispense with our usual closely argued observations on the legal market. Instead, we’re delighted to present our second annual comedy awards for lawyers as a small token of our esteem. This year the prizes go to…

  • Leigh Day faces £150,000 personal injury claim from former employee

    15-Dec-2003

    Human rights firm Leigh Day & Co is facing a High Court claim brought by a former staff member, just weeks after losing an employment tribunal case to another former employee.

  • Linklaters corporate partner quits the law

    15-Dec-2003

    Linklaters corporate partner Stephen Boughton (left) is set to leave the firm in the New Year. Boughton is believed to have opted to move away from the law and might choose to pursue an academic career. During his 25 years at the firm, Boughton has acted on a number of high-profile deals, most notably for SmithKline Beecham on its multibillion pound merger with Glaxo Wellcome in 1998.

  • Litigation Review 2003: Litigation lowdown

    15-Dec-2003

    This year saw the largest cases of modern times – Equitable Life, Barings and BCCI – fought out in the courts. The question is what litigators such as Philip Rocher at Clifford Chance, who handled Barings for years, will do now. The same goes for the droves of City lawyers, particularly at Denton Wilde Sapte, who were getting used to lining their pockets on the mammoth film finance litigation (Hollywood ...

  • Litigation Review 2003: The litigation situation

    15-Dec-2003

    It’s been an interesting year for commercial litigators and 2004 promises to be just as eventful. Anna Pertoldi and Simone Pearlman examine the highlights and assess what’s on the horizon for the coming twelve months

  • Lovells partner to give evidence in US v BAT

    15-Dec-2003

    Lovells litigation partner Andrew Foyle will be required to give evidence in relation to his client British American Tobacco (BAT) in the $289bn (£165.68bn) case United States of America v Philip Morris & Ors.

  • Lovells’ love-in

    15-Dec-2003

    This The Lawyer 100-related beauty comes courtesy of a well-known Lovells partner. Asked by one of the The Lawyer’s bubblier female scribes where he stood on female partner penetration at law firms, he quipped: “As long as it’s consensual, it’s fine with me.”

  • Multistupid car lark

    15-Dec-2003

    It seemed like just another ordinary day when Neil Micklethwaite, head of DLA’s contentious group, pulled up at the office. But that wasn’t to last for long. After hopping out of his prize BMW convertible to call the car lift, he turned back to see the car slowly inching forward towards the door. Despite engaging the handbrake, he had left the car in gear. Moving faster than ever before, Micklethwaite jumped back in his car in a bid to jam on the brake. But rather than lurching to a stop, ...

  • Ogier, Boxalls in first transatlantic offshore link

    15-Dec-2003

    In the first transatlantic merger of offshore law firms, Channel Islands firm Ogier and Cayman Islands firm Boxalls are to link up as of 1 February 2004. The merger will create a 24-partner firm with a total of approximately 110 lawyers, with offices in Jersey, Guernsey, the Cayman Islands and London. The Cayman Islands office will be known as Ogier & Boxalls, while the other offices will continue to practice under the name Ogier & Le Masurier. Boxalls’ fiduciary business will be known ...

  • Outer Temple creates link with BVI firm Farara Kerins

    15-Dec-2003

    Outer Temple Chambers, formerly 35 Essex Street, has taken the unusual step of setting up a formal association with London and British Virgin Islands (BVI) firm Farara Kerins.

  • Paul Hastings, Moquet Borde: almost merged

    15-Dec-2003

    French firm Moquet Borde & Associés is on the verge of finalising a merger with US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker following a two-year search for a merger partner.

  • Police to investigate senior partner at Healys over perjury accusation

    15-Dec-2003

    The Police are due to launch an investigation into a senior partner at the City law practice of Healys, who stands accused of perjury.

  • Primus ditches in-house legal function

    15-Dec-2003

    Primus Telecommunications’ European general counsel Ashraf Mohammed is the latest victim of in-house pruning, leaving the company with no legal function.

  • Real Estate Review 2003: Estate of the nation

    15-Dec-2003

    Activity may have been down, but 2003 saw major legislation changes in the real estate market. Jon Vivian identifies the ongoing challenges in the sector

  • Real Estate Review 2003: Real estate rundown

    15-Dec-2003

    Undoubtedly the most memorable event in the world of real estate lawyers this year was the demise of DJ Freeman.

  • Review of the year 2003: A&O conflicts

    15-Dec-2003

    Joanne O’Connor recaps the biggest stories from 2003 – all revealed in The Lawyer

  • Review of the year 2003: Addleshaws-Theodores merger

    15-Dec-2003

    Joanne O’Connor recaps the biggest stories from 2003 – all revealed in The Lawyer

  • Review of the year 2003: Altheimer/Brobeck

    15-Dec-2003

    Joanne O’Connor recaps the biggest stories from 2003 – all revealed in The Lawyer

  • Review of the year 2003: Clifford Chance ructions

    15-Dec-2003

    Joanne O’Connor recaps the biggest stories from 2003 – all revealed in The Lawyer

  • Review of the year 2003: DLA pushes into Europe

    15-Dec-2003

    Joanne O’Connor recaps the biggest stories from 2003 – all revealed in The Lawyer

  • Review of the year 2003: Financial management

    15-Dec-2003

    Joanne O’Connor recaps the biggest stories from 2003 – all revealed in The Lawyer

  • Review of the year 2003: Herbert Smith takes on the bar

    15-Dec-2003

    Joanne O’Connor recaps the biggest stories from 2003 – all revealed in The Lawyer

  • Review of the year 2003: Linklaters’ restructuring

    15-Dec-2003

    Joanne O’Connor recaps the biggest stories from 2003 – all revealed in The Lawyer

  • Review of the year 2003: Making the libel bar take sides

    15-Dec-2003

    Joanne O’Connor recaps the biggest stories from 2003 – all revealed in The Lawyer

  • Review of the year 2003: MDPs in crisis

    15-Dec-2003

    Joanne O’Connor recaps the biggest stories from 2003 – all revealed in The Lawyer

  • Review of the year 2003: RBS panel review

    15-Dec-2003

    Joanne O’Connor recaps the biggest stories from 2003 – all revealed in The Lawyer

  • Review of the year 2003: Regulating the legal profession

    15-Dec-2003

    Joanne O’Connor recaps the biggest stories from 2003 – all revealed in The Lawyer

  • Review of the year: Ashursts-Fried Frank

    15-Dec-2003

    Joanne O’Connor recaps the biggest stories from 2003 – all revealed in The Lawyer

  • Schroders to call next round of panel review

    15-Dec-2003

    Schroders Asset Management is ready to draw up a shortlist of firms that will be invited to the next stage of its panel review. Early indications show that Denton Wilde Sapte, Eversheds, Linklaters, SJ Berwin and

  • Separated at birth

    15-Dec-2003

    It was a vintage year for famous faces. Manchester United’s fiery managerial stalwart Alex Ferguson moonlighted as Bar Council chairman Matthias Kelly QC, while Liver legend Emlyn Hughes put in a surprise summer appearance as Mayer Brown London senior partner Paul Maher. The year’s fave, though, was intergalactic pioneer Data, the stellar explorer who bears a seriously uncanny resemblance to

  • Short and sweet

    15-Dec-2003

    Tulkinghorn caused a stir in the insolvency world with his revelations about a certain high-profile practitioner who once got up on stage at a sex bar in Malaga to be fellated by a dwarf. Now he hears that the management at his firm was so alarmed that this titbit had entered the public domain that it has decided to take abortive action. The firm has ruled that our insolvency star must be chaperoned by another partner at every networking event.

  • Support partner

    15-Dec-2003

    Our next report is a classic instance of foot very much in mouth. Socialising at a work party, one senior partner found himself talking to one of the firm’s young assistants. Making small talk over his canapés, he offered the assistant some supportive words, telling him what a fantastic job he’d been doing, to which the assistant responded: “Then why have you made me redundant?”

  • The heirs of Allen: where the dream team has landed

    15-Dec-2003

    Weil Gotshal’s grand plan may have died – but it launched dozens of careers. By Catrin Griffiths

  • The Lawyer Interview 2003: The names of the game

    15-Dec-2003

    Behind every story is a personality. Here are some The Lawyer profiled in 2003

  • 'Twelve good men and true' to include lawyers

    16-Dec-2003

    Lawyers often lament the ban on disclosing the secrets of the jury room provided by the contempt of court legislation.

  • UK e-billing format comes closer to reality

    15-Dec-2003

    The consultation period on a research paper released by the Legal IT Innovators Group (Litig) closes today (15 December). The group of 23 law firms, including Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Eversheds and Wragge & Co, plus Barclays, is seeking comments on its eight-month initiative to agree a standard e-billing format in the UK. ...

  • Victoria’s secret

    15-Dec-2003

    As Tulkinghorn knows only too well, lawyers like to be precise. Therefore, he was not surprised to read that Rob Hulls, the Attorney-General in Victoria, Australia, intends to clarify some possibly confusing wording in the state’s Legal Practice Act. Hulls intends to ban the title ‘solicitor’ in the act because… well… people might confuse lawyers with prostitutes, beggars and street hawkers.

  • Winstead tops insolvency list in US as firms think smaller…

    15-Dec-2003

    US firms target European and mid-market bankruptcies as US mega-insolvencies draw to a close

  • Wragge & Co rainmaker quits to join Hammonds

    15-Dec-2003

    In a move that has rocked the Birmingham market, Hammonds has scooped an unprecedented lateral hire from Wragge & Co, taking highly-rated litigation partner Ann Benzimra to boost its own Midlands practice.