15 March 2004

The Lawyer

  • ‘Maverick’ Boccara takes up position on Paris Bar Council

    15-Mar-2004

    Anti-establishment candidate Bruno Boccara has won the by-election for a place on the Paris Bar Council ahead of Willkie Farr & Gallagher partner Dominique Mondolini, who had been hoping to exploit international firms’ discontent with what they perceive as the bar’s isolationist attitude.

  • 2 Mitre Court Bldgs set to shut up shop

    15-Mar-2004

    Once England’s foremost planning set, 2 Mitre Court Buildings is expected to dissolve next month after the announcement that most members, including its chambers head Guy Roots QC, have found new homes.

  • A&O makes room at top of corporate team line-up

    15-Mar-2004

    Allen & Overy has restructured its London corporate management team to create a role for corporate partner Mark Wippell, who will focus purely on business development for the department.

  • Allen & Overy leads scramble for Ashurst finance ace

    17-Mar-2004

    Allen & Overy’s Paris office has emerged as the frontrunner in a race to recruit Ashurst international finance star Jonathan Nabarro.

  • Anthony Collins wins Skills4Auto as new client

    15-Mar-2004

    Midlands firm Anthony Collins Solicitors has triumphed over Martineau Johnson to win the role of legal adviser to the newly-created Skills4Auto.

  • Appeal court limits Coudert’s liability in share purchase case

    15-Mar-2004

    The Court of Appeal has ruled that Coudert Brothers did act negligently on a £5.5m Russian share purchase, although it has reduced the firm’s liability from the first instance decision.

  • Ashurst in US alliance with McKee Nelson

    15-Mar-2004

    Ashurst has finally turned its back on a referral relationship with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson as it prepares for a transatlantic alliance with structured finance boutique McKee Nelson.

  • Ashurst Paris star makes an exit

    16-Mar-2004

    Ashurst’s French office is set to lose highly-rated international finance partner Jonathan Nabarro.

  • Barlows loses place on Cap Gemini panel

    15-Mar-2004

    Cap Gemini Ernst & Young has ditched Barlow Lyde & Gilbert after a UK panel review in which conflicts of interest were a key issue.

  • Beiten Burkhardt makes history with Kiev office

    15-Mar-2004

    Beiten Burkhardt is continuing its push into Eastern Europe, becoming the first leading German firm to open in Kiev. The office, to open officially in September, will handle corporate and commercial work for German manufacturing and real estate clients. Former St Petersburg partner Felix Rackwitz has relocated to Kiev to head the operation, along with three other lawyers.

  • Brabners Chaffe Street scores property double whammy

    17-Mar-2004

    North West firm Brabners Chaffe Street has bolstered its property practice with a dual hire.

  • Cadwalader force-fed Lehman’s ‘humble pie’

    15-Mar-2004

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft New York had to move to shore up its relationship with key client Lehman Brothers this year after the bank threatened to withdraw work from the US firm.

  • Cannes of firms

    15-Mar-2004

    The real estate sector is alive and kicking, as evidenced by this year’s showing at Mipim. Emma Vere-Jones reports

  • Cannes unable

    15-Mar-2004

    Accommodation in Cannes last week was at a premium, causing some firms a little consternation finding suitable homes for all their lawyers.

  • Card bored

    15-Mar-2004

    In Cannes at Mipim (property lawyers’ social event of the year) last week, one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes encountered charming Slaughter and May partner Dermot Rice – and a little bit of déjà vu.

  • Chinese spice

    15-Mar-2004

    Does China’s new economic partnership arrangement signal a boom for lawyers, or is it more hype than hope? Tim Parkes and Jack Young report

  • Class action suits dwindle as Appeal Court throws out case against environment body

    15-Mar-2004

    A third class action in as many months has collapsed, leaving almost no cases of its kind left in the court system.

  • Clients put pressure on firms to undertake pro bono work

    15-Mar-2004

    Firms that are still refusing to throw their weight behind pro bono work may be forced to do so by their clients, according to the chief executive of the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group (SPBG) Sue Bucknall.

  • Clifford Chance New York sees global leader quit

    15-Mar-2004

    Clifford Chance has sustained another blow to its battered New York office as the global head of US securities defects to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

  • College of Law clinches pact with magic circle firms

    17-Mar-2004

    Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters have signed up the College of Law as their exclusive LPC provider after sensationally pulling out of the City consortium.

  • Conveyancing advice causes third of all solicitor PI claims

    18-Mar-2004

    Over a third of all solicitor professional indemnity claims arise out of residential conveyancing advice, according to the results of a new survey.

  • DAC hikes real estate offering in City, Madrid

    15-Mar-2004

    Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has embarked on a hiring spree as part of a strategic push to expand real estate in London and Madrid.

  • Dechert ends insurance practice as partner jumps ship

    17-Mar-2004

    Dechert’s London office is pulling out of the insurance market following the departure of partner James Lewis to LeBoeuf Lamb Green & MacRae.

  • Dentons jubilant with Rusedski exoneration

    15-Mar-2004

    Denton Wilde Sapte is celebrating victory after its client, tennis player Greg Rusedski, was exonerated following a positive drugs test. The ATP Anti-Doping Tribunal last week unanimously held Rusedski not guilty. Sports law partner Mark Gay advised Rusedski, instructing David Pannick QC of Blackstone Chambers.

  • Employers' liability proposals not to cover 'one man bands'

    16-Mar-2004

    Personal injury lawyers were calling on ministers to make sure 'one man bands' took out employers' liability (EL) cover, in their response to Government proposals.

  • Employment cases increase by 50 per cent since 1998

    16-Mar-2004

    The number of cases coming before employment tribunals has shot up by 50 per cent since 1998, according to a report published by an employer's group today.

  • Enterprise goes a la mode as chambers mainstay departs

    17-Mar-2004

    One of the Bar’s longest serving clerks has been asked to step down after more than 40 years service as his set Enterprise Chambers embarks on a modernisation programme.

  • Ex-ECJ president joins 20 Essex St

    15-Mar-2004

    Iain Milligan QC’s 20 Essex Street has taken on the former president of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Gil Carlos Rodríguez Iglesias as an arbitrator.

  • Ex-KLegal boss turns back on law for recruitment role

    15-Mar-2004

    Former KLegal managing partner Nick Holt has quit the law and re-emerged at headhunting firm Global Legal Search alongside his former Coward Chance (now Clifford Chance) partner Colin Potter.

  • Firm profile: BPE

    15-Mar-2004

    Malcolm Price, managing partner of BPE, has a down-to-earth approach to business that is reflected in the firm’s name.

  • For the record...

    15-Mar-2004

    SFO fraud case An article headed ‘Millions wasted as SFO witness in money laundering case is rejected’ (16 February) reported on the collapse of the money laundering trial of Dariusz Maruszak and others. The Serious Fraud Squad has asked us to point out that while in that trial it was found that there was no case to answer, convictions of two defendants for the underlying fraud had already been secured at an earlier trial. On 11 October 2002, Thomas Pilz and Richard Walker ...

  • French M&A boutique takes three partners from Rambaud Martel

    18-Mar-2004

    Rambaud Martel’s EC competition partner Olivier de Juvigny has quit the firm with two other partners and an associate to join M&A boutique Vivien & Associés.

  • Grapevine

    17-Mar-2004

    Glasgow last week rolled out a £1.5m rebranding campaign under the slogan 'Glasgow: Scotland with style'.

  • Greenpeace defence falls at secrecy hurdle

    15-Mar-2004

    The Attorney-General’s advice on the legality of going to war with Iraq will remain secret after his lead counsel, top human rights barrister David Perry QC, defeated an application by Greenpeace for its disclosure. Greenpeace’s counsel, Tim Owen QC of Matrix Chambers, had sought disclosure as part of a defence relating to charges brought against 14 Greenpeace volunteers who occupied tanks at Marchwood military base in the run-up to the war. However, Perry’s argument that Lord Goldsmith’s ...

  • Hearsay

    15-Mar-2004

    The wife of which philandering former magic circle lawyer hired a hitman to kneecap him?

  • Herbert Smith rewards more as upturn gathers pace

    16-Mar-2004

    Herbert Smith has upped the number of partner promotions to 13 this year, signalling a renewed confidence in business activity.

  • Hhhhhilarious

    15-Mar-2004

    Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler partner Marc Trinkaus has had just about enough of people mistakenly dropping an ‘h’ into the middle of his name. Some sloppy folks have been known to accidentally (mischievously?) drop in an ‘h’ between the ‘k’ and the ‘a’ to transform his name into ‘Trinkhaus’, which of course is the German equivalent of ‘pub’. It may not exactly be the image that an ambitious junior ...

  • Hoogstraten in court for asset appeal

    15-Mar-2004

    Nicholas van Hoogstraten will appear at the Court of Appeal today (15 Marc) as a litigant-in-person in his ongoing appeal to reverse asset-freezing orders made against him, having put his solicitors and counsel off record claiming he cannot afford to pay them.

  • In-house sector focus: Going for gold

    15-Mar-2004

    The mining sector is booming, with the mid-tier companies expanding and smaller mining companies joining AIM. By Joanne O’Connor

  • IT practices face tougher T&Cs and less work

    15-Mar-2004

    The T&Cs meted out by DLA to the NHS IT project have set new standards, says Matt Bryne

  • Langleys identifies new Lincoln base

    15-Mar-2004

    Langleys is to acquire a new HQ in Lincoln. The firm has earmarked a former factory, soon to be demolished, as the site for its 50,000sq ft high-tech new building. Its two existing premises will be disposed of, but a city presence will be retained with a new high street office close to Lincoln’s courts complex. Work will begin in the next few weeks and it is expected to be completed by the end of the ...

  • Latham boosts bank-bond practice with Skadden trio

    15-Mar-2004

    Latham & Watkins has hired a senior debt team from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York in a bid to offer a one-stop bank-bond practice.

  • Law Lords rule the inquest juries should explain their verdicts

    16-Mar-2004

    Inquest juries must give explanations for their verdicts in death in custody cases but have to stop short holding individuals liable, following a groundbreaking ruling of the Law Lords last week.

  • LCD pledges to cut costs as Govt pushes mediation plan

    15-Mar-2004

    The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has given a commitment to the Treasury to cut the number of commercial and civil cases in the UK’s courts by 200,000 by April 2006.

  • Leader

    15-Mar-2004

    Tite & Lewis Breaking Boundaries” boasts the website of Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) law firm. Well, messrs Tite and Lewis broke a few boundaries by spending £22m in the four years it took to build up an 11-partner law firm for E&Y. For a law firm, £22m sounds a lot. After all, you could probably buy a small Premiership football team for that – Leicester City say – if you could stomach the Spanish scandal.

  • Lee & Priestley gains as Addleshaw Goddard loses another partner

    17-Mar-2004

    Addleshaw Goddard has lost its third partner in four months, this time to Leeds-based practice Lee & Priestley.

  • Legal Widow

    15-Mar-2004

    “It’s all right, Mum,” said Subjudice, as I dropped her off at school. “You don’t have to try so hard: I know about positive affirmation – we do it in citizenship class.”

  • Linklaters explores merger with Japanese firm

    17-Mar-2004

    Linklaters has entered talks to merge its Japanese practice with local firm Mitsui Yasuda Wani & Maeda.

  • Linklaters in divorce from Gianni Origoni

    15-Mar-2004

    Linklaters poised to launch in Italy as it splits from reluctant alliance partner

  • Lord Chancellor gets egg on face with U-turn over High Court appointment

    15-Mar-2004

    The Lord Chancellor has revoked the appointment of a full-time High Court judge to avoid accusations of cronyism, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • Lovells lands Pru Cannes instruction

    15-Mar-2004

    Lovells has tightened its hold on key client Prudential, with the firm advising the insurance giant on a development project located in the heart of Cannes.

  • M&A slump puts squeeze on Stibbe’s partner profits

    15-Mar-2004

    Netherlands’ best performer knocked from top spot as profit crown passes to De Brauw. By Matt Byrne

  • Magic circle giants dump City LPC

    17-Mar-2004

    Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters are to abandon the City LPC.

  • Man of the Goth

    15-Mar-2004

    We always knew in-house counsel were a literary lot. Recently, at the back of a crowded auditorium at the Commerce & Industry Group Conference at the Hilton, Park Lane, Tulkinghorn spotted a pinstripe-suited lawyer reading Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. While the rest of the assembled in-house gang listened – attentively, of course – to a lecture on the Financial Services Authority (FSA), this lover of the classics was miles away, presumably in a Gothic mansion with frightened ladies ...

  • Milbank partners reunite at Morgan Lewis

    16-Mar-2004

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius has brought together a trio of former Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy after taking on corporate expert Keith Black.

  • Ministers announce unqualified climb down on Asylum Bill

    16-Mar-2004

    The government were forced into an "an unqualified climb down" on their controversial proposals to remove the right of failed asylum seekers to appeal to the high court yesterday, following the threat of a rebellion in the upper house led by the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine.

  • Mipim is springboard for Nabarros’ JLL coup

    15-Mar-2004

    To prove to doubting managing partners that business gets done at Mipim, Nabarro Nathanson has just closed a deal that originated at Mipim 2003.

  • Missed Ofcom position sees Farr take up legal role in Irish telecoms agency

    15-Mar-2004

    Former Oftel head of legal Sebastian Farr has scooped the senior legal role at Irish telecoms regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation.

  • Mori hands MBO work

    15-Mar-2004

    Osborne Clarke has usurped Mori’s regular corporate adviser, Speechly Bircham, to advise the research company on its secondary management buyout (MBO).

  • Neighbours

    15-Mar-2004

    The Australia-US free trade agreement is aimed at reducing legal and investment barriers. By Michael Beaumont and Madeleine Cox

  • Nick Craig: The Football League

    15-Mar-2004

    The Football League’s in-house solicitor and Bolton die-hard Nick Craig had a tough first half when he took on the post, but he’s showing great form now. By Alex Wade

  • No 5 Fountain Court raid creates 150-tenant set

    15-Mar-2004

    Birmingham mega-set No 5 Fountain Court has become the first set to reach 150 tenants with the hire of a five-strong personal injury (PI) team from local rival St Philips. The set is also poised to launch a Bristol office, its third site in the UK after London and Birmingham. Graham Cliff, formerly head of the PI team at St Philips, Stephen Campbell, David Tyack and William Pusey are all to join No 5’s highly-rated PI practice. In turn, St Philips has taken on rated employment barrister ...

  • No right to damages for "lost opportunity" to claim unfair dismissal

    16-Mar-2004

    Employees sacked before they have worked a full 12 months would not receive damages for the "lost opportunity" to claim unfair dismissal, Appeal judges held last week.

  • No small thing

    15-Mar-2004

    Geraldine Van Bueren has dedicated her life to protecting the interests of children. Gemma Charles reports on her significant achievements

  • Norton Rose Paris reshuffle yields White & Case hire

    16-Mar-2004

    Norton Rose is continuing the widespread shake-up of its Paris office as a second partner opts to leave for White & Case.

  • Obituary: Angus Johnson

    15-Mar-2004

    Leading shipping litigation specialist Angus Johnson, partner at Stephenson Harwood, has died at the age of 39. His death at the end of February followed a brief but brave fight against cancer.

  • Obituary: William Bolton, 20 Essex Street

    15-Mar-2004

    William Bolton, a junior clerk at 20 Essex Street, has died in a tragic car accident, which took place in the early morning of Sunday 7 March 2004. Will, as he was known to his many friends, had been a clerk for the past three years and was extremely popular with the chambers’ solicitor clients. An accomplished runner, Will came third in last year’s City Road Race; he also won the category for the past two years of Best Pupil Barrister, which he subsequently requested be renamed ‘Best ...

  • Opinion

    15-Mar-2004

    The scaremongering by elements of the legal profession in the debate surrounding David Clementi’s review of the provision of legal services is growing a little wearisome. Stephen Irwin’s article in The Lawyer (23 February) is no exception.

  • Paris merry-go-round yields new recruits

    17-Mar-2004

    The frenzied Parisian recruitment market is continuing to buzz after French independent De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has recruited a new head of competition from Norton Rose.

  • Passport to success

    15-Mar-2004

    FSA and SEC-regulated financial services businesses have more scope to service Australian wholesale clients without an Australian financial services licence. Tim Blue explains the impact of the new exemptions

  • Peruvian judicial system gets £6.6m cash injection from World Bank

    15-Mar-2004

    The World Bank is lending Peru $12m (£6.66m) to help it reform its judicial system, making it more efficient and better able to serve poor and isolated communities across the country.

  • PR abbrev pretty rubbish

    15-Mar-2004

    Two examples this week of Tulkinghorn’s favourite black art – PR. First, we were obviously gratified to Travers Smith Braithwaite for sending through a press release containing the revelation that Centaur was to float on AIM. As we were informed in the ‘notes for editors’ section, Centaur Communications is one of the UK’s largest independent publishing and information companies, publishing ...

  • Radcliffes exodus continues

    15-Mar-2004

    The haemorrhage of partners from RadcliffesLeBrasseur continues, with Leeds-based Colin Dixon the latest to join the exodus.

  • Schillings picks up Bates’ claim for £2m settlement against Chelsea FC

    15-Mar-2004

    Niche firm Schillings has won former Chelsea Football Club chairman Ken Bates as a new client.

  • Shadbolts carves out new management role

    15-Mar-2004

    Shadbolt & Co has created a new management position in London to maintain its current development push. Liz Jenkins, head of the national and international projects and procurement group, has been appointed as managing partner and head of Shadbolts’ London office. Jenkins has recently worked on the £200m Colchester garrison project, acting for service providers Sodexho and WS Atkins. Her new role will include promotion of the firm’s projects/public finance initiative/public-private ...

  • Spendlove quits Ashurst for Fried Frank

    19-Mar-2004

    Ashurst’s former managing partner Justin Spendlove is joining the firm’s jilted US merger partner Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson.

  • Table Mountain: wears the legs

    15-Mar-2004

    The left wing barrister John Hendy QC is turning out to be far more than just an armchair and court-bound campaigner for international justice.

  • TMT deals round-up

    15-Mar-2004

    DLA (Mark Crichard) advised the Department of Health on its £530m IT and telecommunications procurement ‘N3’ contract. Under the deal, BT will provide networking services to the NHS. Bird & Bird advised BT.

  • Travers introduces new head of private equity

    16-Mar-2004

    Travers Smith Braithwaite has appointed Charles Barter as head of the firm’s nine-person private equity group.

  • Withers poaches two from Bryan Cave for US expansion

    18-Mar-2004

    Withers LLP has moved to boost its New York and London offering with a double-raid on US giant Bryan Cave.

  • Wynne appointed as new White & Case chairman

    19-Mar-2004

    White & Case has completed the re-shuffle of its management team with the appointment of William Wynne as chairman.