15 May 2000

The Lawyer

  • .... but loses IT ace as KLegal swoops

    15-May-2000

    KLegal has raided top IT firm Bird & Bird to secure its first head of e-commerce and digital media.It is understood that leading practitioner Mark Haftke will take a raft of high-profile clients with him.The legal arm of the accountancy giant KPMG was set up a year ago. James Hodgson, partner and head of intellectual property at KLegal, says the appointment is part of the ...

  • ...as it picks up senior clerk from defunct Queen Elizabeth Building

    15-May-2000

    Michael Price, the highly-rated former senior clerk of the now defunct Queen Elizabeth Building, is understood to be in negotiations to take up the senior clerk’s position at 10 King’s Bench Walk.The incumbent, Chris Drury, is leaving with the civil team to join maverick silk Ronald Thwaites QC in his new venture outside the Inns.Price has been on the market since Christmas when his chambers dissolved after the 16-strong family team left to merge with the family ...

  • 10 King's Bench Walk loses top barristers to rival chambers...

    15-May-2000

    10 King's Bench Walk is losing two senior commercial fraud barristers to rival 2 Bedford Row.Michael Wolkind QC and Trevor Burke, both highly-rated as heavyweight criminal and commercial fraud practitioners, joined the set last week.This follows the news, revealed exclusively in The Lawyer (1 May), that Ronald Thwaites QC is leading a breakaway team of civil practitioners to establish a new set.Burke has previously successfully defended John ...

  • 3/4 South Square makes first step into Germany

    15-May-2000

    Leading commercial set 3/4 South Square is creating a German presence with the acquisition of a senior dual German/English qualified barrister from 46 Essex Street.In one of the first moves of its kind, commercial practitioner Dr Michael Peglow will split his time between the UK and his office in Dusseldorf.The set's senior clerk Paul Cooklin says this could be a precursor to the establishment of a German office."I see his joining chambers as ...

  • A View from New York

    15-May-2000

    Recently, a US law firm provided me with what it thought was its public relations mandate. "What are you going to do to help us 'brand' our firm?" it asked. "What would you like to brand?" I replied. Out came its list of 12 practice areas. "Twelve?" I asked. Forget it. Branding by definition is owning a word, or at most a phrase, in the minds of prospects and clients. Yet law firms, with their flat decision-making partnerships and resultant inability to prioritise, are constantly ...

  • A&O wins double first with PFI deal

    15-May-2000

    Allen & Overy has secured a double first from the Treasury - the first private finance initiative (PFI) to use the firm's online dealroom and the standardised PFI documentation.The A&O team, led by partner Anne Baldock, advised monoline insurer Ambac Assurance UK and underwriters Warburg Dillon Read on the provision of a £127.8m index-linked guaranteed secured project bond ...

  • ABA London conference set to flop

    15-May-2000

    The American Bar Association's annual conference is facing a crisis after grossly over-estimating registration numbers for its London conference this summer.Its $1m (£664,691) emergency fund could be used for the first time in a bid to stop costs spiralling out of control.Only 3,000 lawyers have signed up for the event in July instead of the projected 8,000.The low registration leaves the ABA facing a potential financial crisis and the ...

  • Allen & Overy makes up senior support lawyer

    15-May-2000

    Allen & Overy has made a senior professional support lawyer a partner for the first time, as part of its recent promotion of 40 associates to partner status.The move is believed to be the first of its kind among the major City firms.Pauline Harrison, who is head of banking practice development in London, will take up the post on 16 May.Harrison has more than ...

  • Allens Arthur partners

    15-May-2000

    I refer to the article "Kangaroo Courting" (The Lawyer, 1 May).The table on the right hand side of the article gives the number of partners of the Allens Arthur Robinson Group as 95.The actual number of partners is 186.Allen Allen & Hemsley has 95 partners, Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks has 73 and Finlaysons has 18.Tom Poulton, managing partner, Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks

  • Andersen Legal builds up Australian offices

    15-May-2000

    Andersen Legal has raided rival Australian firms for five new partners only months after its managing partner quit the practice.PricewaterhouseCoopers' legal partner Anastasia Tsekouras, an expert in stamp duty and trusts, joins the Sydney operation, as does Kym Livesly, senior counsel and mining, oil and gas expert at Clayton Utz.Gadens partner Peter Francis and Blake Dawson Waldron lawyer Darren Olney-Frazer will go to the Melbourne office.Francis ...

  • Ashursts' US merger in crisis as partners threaten to revolt

    15-May-2000

    The merger between US firm Latham & Watkins and Ashurst Morris Crisp is hanging in the balance as a growing number of partners threaten to revolt.According to sources, the talks, exclusively revealed by The Lawyer (7 February), have hit the rocks over "cultural differences" between the two firms.

  • Banking head leaves DJ Freeman for Addleshaws

    15-May-2000

    DJ Freeman is losing its head of banking to Addleshaw Booth & Co as the firm expands its London office.Caroline Janzen, who will specialise in property finance at Addleshaws, left DJ Freeman at the end of April after four years in the post.A spokeswoman at DJ Freeman says that Janzen's post as head of banking was housed within the property department.However she says: "Caroline is going to head up the banking practice at Addleshaws. The general ...

  • Be prepared for dirty money

    15-May-2000

    New legislation is placing the onus on law firms to play their part in beating the money launderers, says Andrew Clark.New anti-money laundering developments will significantly affect the legal profession. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has new responsibilities to regulate certain activities of firms involved in investment business. This should focus the minds of lawyers to ensure that they have adequate anti-money laundering measures in place.

  • Bird & Bird boosts Paris and Brussels offices…

    15-May-2000

    Bird & Bird has hired corporate teams in Paris and Brussels to boost its European operations.In Paris, former Sales Vincent & Associes corporate partners Jodie Cohen-Tanugi and Francois Serres are to join the practice, both as partners.Cohen-Tanugi will head the corporate/M&A team which, in addition to Serres, includes a further four associates.She is experienced ...

  • Brick Court takes on Littleton clerk

    15-May-2000

    Magic circle commercial set Brick Court Chambers has taken the senior clerk from rival Littleton Chambers to join its expanding clerking team.Deborah Anderson, a highly-rated commercial clerk who has been at Littleton for 20 years, will join Brick Court in the summer as one of five senior members of the clerking team."We are going to use this opportunity, although it is not one we would have chosen, to have a complete rethink of the clerking function and how ...

  • Buchanans poaches six partners from rival firm

    15-May-2000

    Leading Philadelphia firm Buchanan Ingersoll is more than doubling the size of its new New York practice by poaching a team of six partners from a rival firm.The team of trademark and finance partners is moving with a group of six associates from New York State firm Harris Beach & Wilcox.Buchanan Ingersoll moved into New York last year with six lawyers. The move coincided with the recruitment of a team of healthcare partners from Beachcroft Wansbroughs to set ...

  • Case of the week... not

    15-May-2000

    As hype about the amount of (insurable) losses companies suffered because of overly affectionate emails last week reached fever pitch, the bidding war began on how many years in jail the author of the 'I Love You' computer virus should get. But meanwhile, back in the real world, those responsible for the Paddington rail disaster where 31 people died, learned they were unlikely to face manslaughter charges. Although the inquiry is looking at whether the ...

  • Clients are the kings in new age of caring

    15-May-2000

    Grace Bros provided some wry smiles 20 years ago but give few hints to service providers today.Lawyers are wholly part of the "customer is king" culture of service delivery and those who do not appreciate this will not succeed.As retailers of legal services we must aim to be the best at this challenging reality or suffer.Whether delivered from the high street or from an ivory (or glass) tower, legal advice is a commodity where technical ability is ...

  • Clifford Chance woos European Commission anti-trust lawyer

    15-May-2000

    A competition directorate lawyer has left the European Commission to join Clifford Chance.Ali Nikpay, who was based in Brussels, joins the competition and regulation practice in London. The firm's anti-trust group now has 120 lawyers and 28 partners globally.Nikpay was with the Directorate General for Competition (DG Comp) for four years. He spent the first two in the ...

  • DAC takes back legal executive to head dept

    15-May-2000

    Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) is taking back one of its former legal executives from Kennedys to lead its shrinking motor unit.Alan Jones is rejoining DAC to fill the void left by his former colleague Malcolm Henke, previously head of common law, who left the firm last month for Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. (The Lawyer, 17 April).Jones leaves Kennedys after joining with the Zurich/Eagle ...

  • Deals

    15-May-2000

    Addleshaw Booth & Co acted for Skipton Building Society on the £82.1m sale of its share dealing operation Dealwise to TD Waterhouse Investor Services (UK), the UK subsidiary of Toronto Dominion Bank. Neil Woolhouse, corporate finance partner at Addleshaws, led a team of three on the deal. Linklaters & Alliance advised TD Waterhouse Investor Services.

  • Deals

    15-May-2000

    Olswang represented the management of Financial Data Systems (FDS) and institutional sellers Gresham Trust on the sale of FDS to Wolters Kluwer. FDS will be managed within Croner.CCH Group, a UK operating division of Wolters Kluwer. Fabrizo Carpanini, private equity partner at Olswang, acted with a five-strong team. Wragge ...

  • Deals

    15-May-2000

    Slaughter and May is acting for Unilever on its proposal to purchase the outstanding stock of Bestfoods. The Anglo Dutch company is offering $66 (£43) per share which will value Bestfoods at $18.4bn (£11.6bn). Michael Peascod, corporate partner at Slaughters, headed a four-strong team on the deal.

  • Deals

    15-May-2000

    Paisner & Co acted for European Telecom on its £15.6m purchase of Banner Telecom. The acquisition is financed by a placing and open offer to raise £20.2m, sponsored by Collins Stewart. Corporate partner Alexandra Denison and head of corporate finance Keith Stella acted on the deal. Lawrence Graham represented Banner Telecom. Gouldens acted for Collins Stewart.

  • Deals

    15-May-2000

    Allen & Overy represented Lincoln Electric Holdings on its £471m bid for Charter. Credit Suisse First Boston and JP Morgan provided US bank facilities to Lincoln Electric. Corporate partner at A&O Mark Wippell led a team of 11. Jones Day Reavis & Pogue acted for Lincoln Electric on the provision of US bank ...

  • Deals

    15-May-2000

    Herbert Smith advised Allied Zurich on the consolidation of Zurich Financial Services Group, including Zurich Allied AG, under a single holding company. The £24bn transaction involves the statutory merger of Allied Zurich with a new vehicle to form a new company. Stephen Hancock, corporate partner at Herbert Smith, led a team of 11, which worked closely Swiss firm Pestalozzi Gmuer & Patry. Freshfields acted for Zurich Allied.

  • Deals

    15-May-2000

    Pinsent Curtis acted for Armour Trust on the £10.5m sale of Airfresh (UK) and the BlueCol Group to Pennzoil-Quaker State. Of the £10.5m paid for the acquisition, £3.2m is related to an intra-group debt repayment. Corporate partner Jeremy Willcocks acted on the deal with corporate assistant James Bermingham. Rowe & Maw advised Pennzoil-Quaker.

  • Deborah Sabalot

    15-May-2000

    Tamzin Hindmarch meets Deborah Sabalot, the New Orleans' lawyer who is flying in the face of fashion by ditching KLegal for a future in her adopted home of London with Lovells.

  • Digests

    15-May-2000

    Veale Wasbrough has appointed a new head for its expanding clinical negligence team. Leading clinical negligence lawyer Gary McFarlane, a member of the Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA) referral panel, has joined the Bristol firm as a partner. He has previously been in charge of healthcare groups in London and Manchester.Warner Cranston has recruited two new employment lawyers to join its existing team of five to cope with an increasing workload. ...

  • Dotcom mania makes me mad

    15-May-2000

    Am I alone in feeling that I am being dragged along by the internet goldrush.It's not just the farcical valuations of non-businesses just because they have dotcom after their name.Nor is it the moral panics, first about porn, then about credit card fraud and now about viruses.No, it is the insidious feeling that because I don't know my intranets from my internets I am not only sad and obviously old, but I am a danger ...

  • E&Y's German firm in three-way merger

    15-May-2000

    Ernst & Young's associated German law firm Menold Herrlinger has scored a coup by merging with two highly-regarded law firms in the industrial heartland of the Ruhr Valley.Menold Herrlinger has merged with strong corporate firms Aulinger & Spieker in Dortmund and Bochum, as well as with Kraymeyer von Falkenhausen Hanke & Partner in Essen.This brings Menold Herrlinger's numbers up to 125 lawyers in 13 different offices in Germany, making it the fifteenth ...

  • Eversheds acquires Linsley & Mortimer

    18-May-2000

    Eversheds has snapped up Newcastle firm Linsley & Mortimer to boost its local insurance practice.The three-partner firm, which counts CGU and Iron Trades among its clients, began talks with Berrymans Lace Mawer in June 1999. But by September, negotiations were called off at the last minute.

  • Finers Stephens nabs Mishcons tax expert

    18-May-2000

    West End firm Finers Stephens Innocent is taking on a new tax principal from City practice Mishcon de Reya.Brian Slater is a qualified accountant and joins the firm with partner status to advise on corporate tax, property tax, VAT and employee share options schemes. Mishcons says that Slater held a "senior position" in the practice and has been there for 10 years. He will join Finers ...

  • Fraud Investigation: A case study

    15-May-2000

    There is no such thing as a typical white-collar crime investigation. Each case turns on its own facts and the issues can vary widely from case to case. What stay the same are the basic techniques in crime investigation.Complex and serious fraud or corruption investigations require sophisticated techniques drawing on a variety of skills.The Serious Fraud Office came into being following the Roskill Commission's realisation that a multidisciplinary approach ...

  • Fried Frank hires top IT lawyer

    15-May-2000

    New York firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson is recruiting the chief technology counsel and senior vice-president of MCI WorldCom.Timothy Casey, who according to the firm is one of the US's top five technology lawyers, will join Fried Frank as a partner in Washington DC next month.He will boost the firm's intellectual property and technology practice and will develop the group across the firm's New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris offices.

  • Furnival to take on five new tenants

    15-May-2000

    Furnival Chambers is developing its commercial fraud expertise with the recruitment of five new tenants, including two silks.The arrival of Stephen Leslie QC from 2-4 Tudor Street and Michel Massih QC, Kim Hollis, Fiona Henderson and Mark Summers from 2 Paper Buildings, brings the number of tenants at the set to 46.Leslie is noted for his international fraud, white-collar crime practice where he regularly handles criminal taxation appeals and privy council commonwealth ...

  • Get out of jail free

    15-May-2000

    Barristers are usually considered to be highly committed to pro bono but, as Matheu Swallow discovers, the commercial bar has nothing to be proud aboutWhen it comes to pro bono, the bar is widely regarded as setting a fine example to the other side of the profession.However, despite its efforts, the bar still falls a long way short of any kind of ideal and it is the commercial bar that must bear the brunt of any criticism.Of course there ...

  • Hammonds liability team escapes sale to go solo

    18-May-2000

    Hammond Suddards' liability insurance litigation department is striking out on its own - avoiding being sold-off to the highest bidder.The firm, which is called Praxis Partners, was going to be sold after Hammonds brought in accountants Grant Thornton to co-ordinate a purchase (The Lawyer, 3 April).Jane Dixon, one of three partners at Praxis, says the lawyers involved ...

  • It's been a bad week for...

    15-May-2000

    Lay magistrates. That stalwart and representative body of men and women across the country who for years have handed down fines, sentences and opinions on local wrongdoers, could soon see themselves thrown off the bench. Under the latest set of ideas to come out of Lord Irvine's reforms factory, the existing network of courts run by independent JPs could be replaced by a new court system controlled by Whitehall and run by professional lawyers and judges. The Daily ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    15-May-2000

    Schoolteacher Joanna Laromani, who has been awarded £15,000 damages against South Yorkshire Police. Laromani had refused to give two officers her boyfriend's driving documents after an incident at home in 1997. The officers had grabbed her but she struggled free, ran inside and phoned 999. However, when more police arrived, they handcuffed her and bundled her into a police car. She was acquitted of charges of assault and threatening behaviour. Despite ...

  • Keeping up with technology

    15-May-2000

    As the LegalTech London conference, held in association with The Lawyer, gets underway this week, John Hokkanen gives tips on how to bring your firm up to speed with the new dotcom culture. John Hokkanen is internet strategist at US firm Baker & Botts.Many lawyers feel that their firms are under attack from both above and below as the internet creates all sorts of opportunities for global expansion.The large consultancies with interdisciplinary ...

  • Legal Widow

    15-May-2000

    I have been Conference Widow this weekend, as the Lawyer lived it up in five-star splendour at a swanky Florentine hotel, and told the assembled mob of Euro-juro delegates how they do things in jolly old Blighty.

  • Legaltech in the US

    15-May-2000

    The US legal profession's technology is being driven by management objectives that at their most fundamental level involve increasing shareholder value. For law departments - a support organisation in the corporation - this means constant pressure to get more out of less.In a LegalTech Los Angeles presentation (May 1999), Dan Scheinman, vice president of legal and government affairs at Cisco Systems, brought the point home, saying: "If you don't ...

  • Litigators are content after the reform

    15-May-2000

    The biggest change under the Woolf reforms has been the way in which cases are handled, writes Liz Tout.Some people may find it difficult to imagine that litigation lawyers could be expected to reach a general consensus on any subject. What then, should we make of news that a MORI poll commissioned last month found that, a year after the introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), 80 per cent of solicitors are "content" with ...

  • Managing the digital risk

    15-May-2000

    Despite the benefits of going high-tech, there are serious risks involved, especially when filing important documents. Richard Stevens reports on what firms have to look out for.If you visit the headquarters of any large corporation, access will be restricted. Visit its corporate website and there will be barriers designed to prevent access to the parts of its computer networks that it would rather you did not reach. Look within the organisation ...

  • New partner boosts Lovells litigation team

    15-May-2000

    Lovells' Paris office is taking top partner Jean de Hauteclocque from Freshfields to set up its new litigation and arbitration team.Hauteclocque was responsible for establishing Freshfields' litigation department in Paris during the mid-1980s. Now his aim is to boost the Parisian arm of Lovells' world-wide litigation and arbitration practice.He will soon be joined by senior litigation lawyer Natalie Badetz and a junior associate, two colleagues ...

  • Northern & Shell Group

    15-May-2000

    Monday afternoon is a hectic time for Maninder Gill, head of legal at Northern & Shell, as he has to find a quiet corner of the office to browse through a copy of OK! Magazine.

  • Perrin's View

    15-May-2000

    It's official, then. The final pronouncement has again been made: the mid-sized firm is dead, or will be dead in five years' time, and if you are incautious enough to want international commercial legal advice in 2005 you will have the choice of half a dozen players. An eminent Spanish lawyer said this, apparently, so it must be true. It's not yet clear to me whether he's brown-nosing the accountants or the magic circle, but you can ...

  • Pinsents employment chief leaves for A&O

    15-May-2000

    Pinsent Curtis' London head of employment is leaving for a magic circle firm.Karen Seward will join Allen & Overy after a two-month gardening leave.Allen & Overy's employment department has nine fee-earners and is recognised as a leading practice in the City. Thomson Travel, Warburg Dillon Read and Pitney Bowes are all clients of the firm.The appointment ...

  • Placements

    15-May-2000

    David Polk & Wardwell represented Goldman Sachs

  • Placements

    15-May-2000

    Masons acted for Independent Energy Holdings on the placing of shares on Nasdaq and the London Stock Exchange to raise £126m. The placing was managed by Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Securities

  • Placements

    15-May-2000

    CMS Cameron McKenna advised Big Yellow Group on its £97m flotation on AIM. The net proceeds are expected to total £43.5m after the company included a £45m placing and offer of new shares as part of the float. John Burton

  • Pro Bono: A Case Study

    15-May-2000

    One of the many things that you never expect to hear from your clerk is "How do you fancy spending winter in Jamaica, sir?". Camberwell Green maybe, but the Caribbean definitely not. But when this is followed up by the news that your chambers would like to help cover your expenses, then you know that you have overslept again.Dream or not, the face of pro bono work is definitely changing and in this Latin-free era of Lord Woolf it seems to be truly adopting its quintessentially ...

  • Pro bono: what it means to you

    15-May-2000

    Only one in three of the UK's top 100 law firms responded to The Lawyer's second comprehensive pro bono survey, but at least this is more than last year. Dearbail Jordan reports on the good, the bad and the indifferent.Apathy is the greatest enemy of progress - a point that is amply illustrated by the legal profession's sloth-like attitude to pro bono work.Last year The Lawyer carried out its first comprehensive pro bono survey with ...

  • Property

    15-May-2000

    Linklaters & Alliance represented Matsushita Investment & Development on the pre-letting of half of its 300,000sq ft Mid City Place office to Towers Perrin. Construction on the development is expected to be completed by 2001 and Towers Perrin will take the lower half of the nine storey building. Alexandra Marks, property partner at Linklaters, acted with a four-strong team on the deal. ...

  • Property

    15-May-2000

    Lovells acted for Shaftesbury on its £42.5m purchase of National Magazine House, Carnaby Street, London W1 from Electricity Supply Nominees. The transaction was funded by a rights issue underwritten by Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Jane Rigler, commercial property partner at Lovells, acted on the deal while Eversheds advised Electricity Supply Nominees.

  • PwC Legal makes a push for Asia

    15-May-2000

    The Sidney partnership of PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal is to be used as a base for a push into the Asian market.Gerard Nicolay, global chairman of PwC Legal, says that John Churchill, the firm's Australian chairman, will play a major role in the expansion. The pair will travel to a number of countries in July to set up new offices such as its Ho Chi Minh City office, which opened two months ago.Quality control is paramount during the expansion period.

  • Quote of the week

    15-May-2000

    "My mother always wished for one of each - a doctor and a lawyer - but she didn't do too badly in the end."- Deborah Sabalot, of counsel at Lovells, on her mother's disappointment that both her children became lawyers.

  • Rights come home to roost

    15-May-2000

    The Human Rights Act will force lawyers to re-evaluate a defendant's rights. Jonathan Ashley-Norman reports.One of the few certainties in the run-up to the implementation of the Human Rights Act is that the life of the prosecution counsel in fraud cases will be yet more taxing. Another is that legal arguments will not be any shorter.Whether acting as a prosecution or defence counsel fraud lawyers must pay close attention to several important ...

  • Scuffle of the week

    15-May-2000

    The mobile phone companies had such fun scrapping over how many noughts they could add to their bids for the new mobile phone licences that they've decided to carry on fighting. One2One is suing the Government over its handling of the £22.5bn auction. The company, owned by Germany's Deutsche Telekom, is challenging the Department of Trade and Industry over a concession given to rivals Orange and Vodafone AirTouch, which have been given an extra 180 days ...

  • Sector Insight

    15-May-2000

    The world wide web is forcing lawyers to rewrite media law for a virtual world without international boundaries. Abigail Townsend reportsIn legal terms, no industry has been hit as hard by the booming dotcom revolution as the media. The internet is not only shifting the goal posts, it is rewriting the rule book.The world wide web offers new methods of publishing and in doing so, challenges the definition of who and what a publisher is.The ...

  • Shearmans elects European partner to policy committee

    15-May-2000

    Top five New York-based firm Shearman & Sterling has elected a non-New York partner to its executive policy committee for the first time ever.The managing partner of the Paris office of the firm, Emmanuel Gaillard, joins four New York colleagues plus managing partner Whitney Pidot and senior partner Stephen Volk on the seven-member group.Gaillard has just been elected ...

  • Shoosmiths property partner defects to Warner Cranston

    18-May-2000

    City firm Warner Cranston is taking on a new commercial property partner from nat-ional practice Shoosmiths.Mary Anderson is joining Warner Cranston's Coventry office after spending six years as a partner at Shoosmiths in the Midlands. Before that Anderson spent six years as a partner at Mishcon de ...

  • Sidley & Austin UK loses final telecoms partner

    15-May-2000

    Sidley & Austin has admitted that it has failed to form a telecoms group at its London office after the departure of the group's only remaining partner in the capital.Communications and internet lawyer Gill Andrews will join Bird & Bird's IT department after leaving Sidley & Austin. The move comes just two months after Sidley & Austin's ex-London managing partner John Edwards ...

  • Simmons replaces Hong Kong IP head

    15-May-2000

    Hong Kong: Simmons head of IP in the city is returning to EnglandSimmons & Simmons has raided leading firm Johnson Stokes & Master for a replacement head for its Hong Kong IP practice.Present incumbent Angus Phang is returning to the UK to become a partner at Garretts' Reading office and John Slater is to fill the vacancy.Simmons' senior partner Bill Knight says: "John's experience is on the contentious side. The office is doing very ...

  • Simmons strikes deal to keep banking ace

    15-May-2000

    Simmons & Simmons is snatching back a banking partner on the eve of her departure to Bevan Ashford.Helen Hancock, who specialises in capital markets and structured finance, was due to leave the City firm for Bevan Ashford's Bristol office because of undisclosed personal reasons.Simmons, however, has persuaded Hancock to stay by setting up a fully functional office at her home, from which she will work full-time starting from June.Hancock says: ...

  • St Philip's banks on Birmingham

    15-May-2000

    The first stage of St Philip's Chambers' reincarnation as a public limited company has been completed with the purchase of its new premises in Birmingham.All 92 tenants, after individual investments of £10,000, are now shareholders in St Philip's Holdings Ltd, the company which purchased the £800,000 premises in the Old Bank of England.This company is in turn leasing the premises to St Philip's Chambers Ltd.After a ...

  • Stephenson Harwood ace priced out of City market

    15-May-2000

    A senior Stephenson Harwood partner is abandoning the City because he is losing work to less expensive regional firms.Solicitor-advocate Robin Neill is joining Bristol practice Bevan Ashford as head of international arbitration in the autumn.Neill says he has had enough of missing out on work because of less expensive rivals. "I doubt whether the profession can carry ...

  • Tate & Lyle rejigs legal team

    15-May-2000

    Tate & Lyle's legal department is on the verge of a major reorganisation as its head of legal prepares to take on the company secretary's role.Robert Gibber, general counsel at the company, is taking over from John Hunter who is set to retire later this year.Gibber says: "At present the company secretary's role includes administration and insurance. Some of these things will be simplified."If you go back 20 years the legal and company ...

  • The Independent on Sunday was recently made to pay damages to a trio of Labour peers. Roderick Dadak reports.

    15-May-2000

    Achieving a hat trick of libel apologies and damages from one article for three eminent Labour peers is something special.The article "New peers to work harder" in the Independent on Sunday (IOS) (2 April) was a "naming and shaming" piece, listing the alleged worst Labour absentees in the Lords. It featured a photograph gallery containing five photographs, each with a plotted biography, showing "the absent and the dutiful"; four ...

  • To catch a fraud

    15-May-2000

    Money Launderers, mortgage fraudsters and smugglers have embraced the global economy, leaving lawyers to tackle complex cross-border issues. Alison Clarke reports on how the law is battling to keep up with the white collar crooksThink Guinness, BCCI, Blue Arrow, Barings, Maxwell's millions and naughty Nick Leeson - white collar crime is never far from the headlines. Money laundering, mortgage fraud and smuggling rackets are the preserve of those lawyers ...

  • Too little, to date

    15-May-2000

    Pro Bono can be an excellent marketing tool - surely enough of an incentive for media hungry law firms to devote resources to unpaid projects.However, after The Lawyer's second annual survey on pro bono, it seems that little has changed since last year. Yes, there are several firms moving in the right direction, but generally the results are still disappointing.There are still many top 100 firms without a pro bono co-ordinator or committee, ...

  • US lawyers snub ABA

    15-May-2000

    The American Bar Association's (ABA) decision to hold its conference in London was applauded initially by many as a progressive move that recognised the links between US and UK legal traditions. The decision to turn it into a Ye Olde Englande theme park farce was not.Now the ABA is reeling from the news that US lawyers are voting with their feet and staying away in droves. Trying to avoid potentially divisive debate by staging events in theme parks and organising bizarre ...