15 October 2007

The Lawyer

  • A&O and Norton Rose instructed on brewing mega takeover

    18-Oct-2007

    Heineken and Carlsberg have turned to traditional advisers Allen & Overy (A&O) and Norton Rose respectively to assist in their potential joint hostile takeover of Scottish & Newcastle (S&N).

  • A&O scores victory in southern water bid

    15-Oct-2007

    An Allen & Overy (A&O)-advised consortium has emerged triumphant in the £4.2bn auction for Southern Water.

  • A&O: 'We have no conflict on Northern Rock'

    16-Oct-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has defended its dual roles on Northern Rock, maintaining that they pose no conflict of interest.

  • Addleshaws adopts mentoring scheme

    15-Oct-2007

    Addleshaw Goddard has launched a mentoring scheme as part of its alternative career path alongside the new position of managing associate.

  • Another partner quits McDermott in London

    19-Oct-2007

    McDermott Will & Emery has suffered the loss of its London head of IP, Larry Cohen, who has defected to US rivals Latham & Watkins.

  • Bakers chairman demands strategy rethink

    16-Oct-2007

    Baker & McKenzie global chairman John Conroy has been re-appointed for a second term during the firm’s annual partnership conference, which takes place in London this week.

  • BBC legal team escapes job cuts

    19-Oct-2007

    BBC’s legal team is to escape the impending 1,800 job cuts unscathed and is planning to increase the size of its legal department.

  • Berryman promotes employment head

    15-Oct-2007

    Berryman has promoted its head of employment Ginny Hallam to the partnership.

  • BGI lands Goldman Sachs rainmaker as global GC

    15-Oct-2007

    Barclays Global Investors (BGI) has snared a former Goldman Sachs rainmaker to become its new global general counsel.

  • BLG corporate team boosted by role on dairy companies' tie-up

    15-Oct-2007

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert's (BLG) corporate practice has had a major fillip by landing a lead role on a headline £1bn merger.

  • BLP nets Cadwalader securitisation ace

    15-Oct-2007

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft's London securitisation special counsel Nick Butler has left the firm to join Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) as a partner.

  • Byrne in the USA: Latham protected by US reach

    15-Oct-2007

    Latham takes credit crunch hit in its stride

  • Cadwalader ditches City managing partner role

    15-Oct-2007

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has scrapped its London managing partner role, leaving the UK office with no representation on the firm's global executive committee.

  • Camerons reunites insurance group

    15-Oct-2007

    CMS Cameron McKenna has rejoined one half of its insurance group to the other in its new City offices in Leadenhall Street.The team was separated when Camerons opened for business there in July 2006 in a bid to be closer to the insurance markets. The move fits in with the firm's new sector-focused strategy, in which insurance and reinsurance was a key practice area.

  • Capsticks bags nursing investigatory role

    15-Oct-2007

    The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has appointed regulatory firm Capsticks to work on investigations of allegations regarding fitness to practise.

  • CC misses out as GE unveils European M&A panel

    15-Oct-2007

    General Electric (GE) has unveiled its first-ever European M&A panel, selecting five firms without listening to a single pitch.

  • Christie's appoints new group GC

    15-Oct-2007

    Nick Deeming has taken up the newly created post of group general counsel at auction house Christie's.

  • Clifford Chance wins landmark death row reprieve

    19-Oct-2007

    Clifford Chance has succeeded in its attempt to secure a stay of execution for Jack Alderman, the US’s longest-serving death row prisoner.

  • Colt targets formal panel in last leg of legal reshuffle

    15-Oct-2007

    Colt Telecom is planning to establish a formal legal panel as the final stage in a reconstruction of its legal department begun when the company relocated to Luxembourg in June 2006.

  • David Krischer: Allen & Overy

    15-Oct-2007

    What's the worst partner conference location you've attended and why?An all-day Saturday conference at One New Change, London, many years ago.

  • Dewey & LeBoeuf scraps London management

    17-Oct-2007

    Dewey & LeBoeuf has abandoned the London managing partner role with firmwide chairman Steve Davis to oversee the office’s management concerns.

  • DLA and Travers take vets to AIM

    16-Oct-2007

    DLA Piper and Travers Smith have played major roles in the AIM listing of veterinary service provider CVS Group, which entered the junior market via a private equity exit.

  • DLA Piper, Law Soc spearhead green drive

    15-Oct-2007

    DLA Piper and the Law Society have joined forces with law firms and in-house counsel across the country to launch a green alliance.

  • Don't live a lie

    15-Oct-2007

    With a bit of creative editing a job applicant’s CV you can be upgraded from mediocre A-levels to A grades. So what can an employer do to detect those who distort the facts?

  • Druces & Attlee kicks off rebuilding effort

    15-Oct-2007

    London's Druces & Attlee is looking to reverse its fortunes with the hire of ex-barrister and M&A/commercial partner Christopher Axford from niche firm Middleton Potts. Druces' partnership was reduced to just 12 and its revenue fell by 17 per cent to £5.8m after the retirement of two partners and the defection of two more in the past year. The 200-year-old firm is now looking to rebuild and has kick-started an aggressive recruitment drive.

  • DWS confirms Africa pledge with Ghana bond advice

    15-Oct-2007

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has demonstrated its dedication to Africa by advising on Ghana's debut sovereign bond.

  • Employment lawyers on alert as City layoffs augur discrimination claims

    15-Oct-2007

    Credit crunch redundancies could see a swathe of age discrimination actions. By Nina Goswami

  • Eversheds to make redundancies

    18-Oct-2007

    Eversheds_office.jpg" alt="Eversheds to make redundancies" /Eversheds is set to make up to 15 staff redundancies as the firm centralises its finance operations.

  • Firm profile: Bell & Scott

    15-Oct-2007

    Niche Scottish property firm Bell & Scott is on an expansion drive, according to managing partner Iain MacDonald, with a move into new Glasgow premises heralding the beginning of the growth.

  • Firms escalate overseas secondment offerings

    15-Oct-2007

    Overseas secondments are the latest battleground for graduate recruitment teams, with several law firms introducing foreign seats to attract talent.

  • Five's legal director to retire

    17-Oct-2007

    Five’s director of legal and business affairs Colin Campbell is to leave the channel, originally known as Channel 5, having been with it since its birth in 1997.

  • Former Radcliffe head settles dismissal claim

    15-Oct-2007

    Radcliffe Chambers' former chief executive Chris Owen has settled his claim for constructive dismissal after his acrimonious exit from the chancery set last year.

  • Forsters takes lead on brum redevelopment

    15-Oct-2007

    Property law firm Forsters has acted for Redevco on the redevelopment and pre-letting of the former C&A and Beatties department store site on Corporation Street in Birmingham.

  • Freehills overhauls top tier following BHP swoop

    15-Oct-2007

    BHP Billiton has snared the managing partner of Australian-based commercial firm Freehills, prompting Freehills to review its management structure.

  • Freshfields can start to look forward with Bloxham win vindicating pension reform

    15-Oct-2007

    Nearly a year after former insolvency partner Peter Bloxham filed his age discrimination claim against Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a judgment was finally handed down last week (10 October). It found unanimously for Freshfields.

  • Freshfields lends weight to UCL project

    15-Oct-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Rio Tinto, RPS Group and RWE nPower are funding the launch of the Carbon Capture Legal Project by University College London (UCL).

  • Freshfields maintains the pain

    15-Oct-2007

    The £55m restructuring undertaken by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer that culled 100 partners from the equity may be over, but its effects are not.

  • Freshfields scoops raft of Chinese deals

    17-Oct-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hedged any effects of the credit crunch by landing key roles on five headline equity capital markets (ECM) deals out of China this week.

  • Freshfields threatens Bloxham appeal with potential £100K costs

    15-Oct-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is deciding whether to pursue costs against Peter Bloxham, its former partner who lost a £4.5m age discrimination claim against the firm last week (www.thelawyer. com, 10 October).

  • Freshfields, Norton Rose pitch in to Middle East peace process

    15-Oct-2007

    Norton Rose pitch in to Middle East peace process" /Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Norton Rose have advised on a $238m (£116.63m) investment deal that could bring the Middle East peace ...

  • FSA's Fox Hayes negligence verdict overturned

    15-Oct-2007

    The Financial Services and Markets Tribunal has cleared Leeds firm Fox Hayes of negligence, overturning an earlier Financial Services Authority (FSA) decision.

  • Gain in Ukraine

    15-Oct-2007

    The competitive legal market in Kiev could well see firms up their billing charges. By Oleg Riabokon

  • Geldards overhauls management team

    17-Oct-2007

    Wales-based law firm Geldards has undergone a management shake-up creating a five-partner executive team for the first time.

  • Greenwoods launches in Manchester

    19-Oct-2007

    Personal injury boutique Greenwoods is gearing up for aggressive growth after launching an office in Manchester.

  • Herbies China chief quits for Credit Suisse

    15-Oct-2007

    Herbert Smith China managing partner Jeremy Xiao is set to leave the firm to take up an in-house position with Credit Suisse.

  • Howrey banks on Brussels stars for City antitrust relaunch

    15-Oct-2007

    Trevor Soames is a busy man. He heads Howrey's EU competition practice, is co-managing partner of its Brussels office and has now just taken over the top job at the firm's London office, albeit temporarily. Oh, and he has just broken his leg while paintballing with his son.

  • ITMA and LawSoc settle trade mark battle

    16-Oct-2007

    The Law Society and the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) have settled a row over the use of the title “trade mark attorney”, reaching an agreement through mediation.

  • K&L Gates provides AIM advice to Kaupthing

    15-Oct-2007

    Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis (K&L Gates) has won its first AIM instruction for Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander Capital Markets since the stock exchange granted Iceland's largest bank nominated adviser (nomad) status.

  • Law firms must prepare for credit crunch litigation wave

    15-Oct-2007

    The recent crises in the capital markets are likely to trigger claims against participants and their advisers. History shows that, where large losses are suffered, litigation usually follows; and it's fair to predict that loss-making deals will be scrutinised, particularly where companies have been pushed to the brink of insolvency or, indeed, into liquidation or administration.

  • Linklaters automates leveraged finance term sheets

    17-Oct-2007

    Linklaters has launched an automated documentation programme designed to speed up the leveraged term sheet process.

  • Linklaters' new chief vows to take on the US

    15-Oct-2007

    Linklaters' new chief vows to take on the US" /Linklaters managing partner-elect Simon Davies will kick off his term of office with an ambitious plan to make Linklaters a major player on Wall Street during the next decade, saying he will also look to put "people" at the heart of his long-term strategy.

  • 'Linklaters Three' resurface at Portuguese independent Rui Pena

    15-Oct-2007

    The infamous 'Linklaters Three', a team of Portuguese associates who were asked to leave Linklaters after their plan to quit the firm was found on a laptop, have resurfaced at Portuguese independent firm Rui Pena Arnaut & Associados.

  • Linklaters: Forging new Links

    15-Oct-2007

    Linklaters is consigning its Cologne office to the history books in favour of opening in Düsseldorf with the hire of a highly rated Freshfields duo. But with the pair's remuneration outstripping other partners', can it keep its existing German staff happy?

  • Links faces work to win over NY

    15-Oct-2007

    New York's overextended Indian summer finally broke last week. By Thursday the 86° heat had gone, replaced by a violent downpour that drenched the city and its inhabitants.

  • Lion bar

    15-Oct-2007

    While munching on a bacon butty at the Law Society's opening of the legal year breakfast last Monday (1 October), one Tulkinghorn scribe was musing on the question: are lawyers more like gazelles than lions?

  • Litigation and ADR

    15-Oct-2007

    A raft of class action-type claims has been launched in recent months.

  • Lovells hires head of finance systems

    15-Oct-2007

    Lovells has just hired a new head of finance systems in the shape of Steven Capon, who held a similar role at Clifford Chance.

  • Lovells plays to its strengths

    19-Oct-2007

    It made a change yesterday to unearth a UK firm in New York that didn’t have a strategic plan of getting into the top tier of US M&A. Globally, a resurgent Lovells has hired 22 partners in less than a year.

  • Matrix founder Blake joins bench

    19-Oct-2007

    Matrix Chambers is to lose founding member Nicholas Blake QC to the bench.

  • Mayer Brown Spanish ally Ramón loses key real estate man to Rodés

    15-Oct-2007

    Mayer Brown's ally in Spain Ramón & Cajal has been hit by the departure of key real estate partner Fernando Marin to independent firm Rodés & Sala Abogados.

  • McGrigors faces negligence claim from authors' society

    15-Oct-2007

    National firm McGrigors is being sued for negligence by former client the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).

  • McGrigors secures Jimmy Choo HQ move

    15-Oct-2007

    McGrigors has underscored its relationship with retailer Jimmy Choo, advising on the fourth deal for the group in the past four months.

  • Nabarro

    15-Oct-2007

    Having flirted with globalisation, under senior partner Simon Johnston Nabarro has reverted to focusing more on its core UK market - and is reaping the rewards

  • Nabarro joins 100 per cent trainee retention club

    15-Oct-2007

    Only Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Ince & Co, Jones Day, Nabarro and Shearman & Sterling boasted trainee retention rates of 100 per cent, according to research conducted by Lawyer 2B.

  • Nixon Peabody to launch in London

    18-Oct-2007

    US firm Nixon Peabody has announced the launch of its first London office via an alliance with emerging markets boutique Trinity.

  • Norton Rose's grooming room

    15-Oct-2007

    Tulkinghorn would advise US law firm Baker Botts to cordon off an area in its London outfit.

  • Oiling the wheels

    15-Oct-2007

    In the wake of the Royal Dutch Shell class action, Europe could soon have a more claimant-friendly consolidated legal framework from which to work. By Daan Lunsing Scheurleer and Ianika Tzankova

  • Olswang seals Midlands property deal

    18-Oct-2007

    Olswang has acted for longstanding client REIT Asset Management on its $814m (£400m) acquisition of a property portfolio from Evans Property Group.

  • One vision

    15-Oct-2007

    EU accession has meant a legal overhaul for new EU members. And they are slowly but surely integrating themselves, says Kevin Connor

  • Orrick raids Mintz Levin for corporate chief

    16-Oct-2007

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London office has snared the head of corporate at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Golvsky.

  • People moves

    15-Oct-2007

    North Hampshire firm Lamb Brooks Solicitors has hired Adrian Owen as a partner to head its business restructuring and insolvency team. Owen was previously a partner at Bond Pearce in Southampton.

  • Pinsents lands Govt nuclear adviser

    15-Oct-2007

    Pinsent Masons has boosted its nuclear group with the hire of former government adviser Ian Downing as a consultant.

  • Pipe down

    15-Oct-2007

    Travers Smith head of financial services Margaret Chamberlain is held in awe by many of her colleagues - even by senior partner Alastair Douglas.

  • Raising interest

    15-Oct-2007

    A recent House of Lords judgment has paved the way for companies to claim back compound interest, which has had a significant impact on commercial litigation. By Steven Elliott

  • Reed Smith finally lures Richards Butler HK

    15-Oct-2007

    19-Oct 2007Reed Smith finally lures Richards Butler HKReed Smith's firmwide managing partner Greg Jordan was jubilant yesterday after finally tying up a deal with the Hong Kong office of Richards Butler (see story).

  • Reed Smith Richards Butler

    15-Oct-2007

    Reed Smith Richards Butler has announced its first set of salary increases since its merger went live on 1 January this year.

  • Reed Smith snares Richards Butler Hong Kong

    19-Oct-2007

    Reed Smith snares Richards Butler Hong Kong" /US firm Reed Smith has finally signed up the Hong Kong arm of Richards Butler nearly a whole year after merging with Richards Butler’s UK operations.

  • Reed Smith UK chief steps down in overhaul

    15-Oct-2007

    Reed Smith UK chief steps down in overhaul" /Reed Smith Richards Butler has restructured its UK management team, with UK managing partner Tim Foster stepping down from the role.

  • Regulatory concerns top UK business priority list

    15-Oct-2007

    More than three-quarters of UK companies have seen an increase in regulatory inquiries and investigations over the past three years, according to research published today (15 October).

  • Robin Saphra: Colt Telecom

    15-Oct-2007

    With Colt Telecom needing to engage with lawyers across the Continent, it's little wonder legal director Robin Saphra wants a pan-European regulator. By Malar Velaigam

  • Rocketing salaries fail to boost trainee retention

    15-Oct-2007

    Trainee retention rates have dipped significantly since 2005, despite the massive salary increases seen in the legal profession in recent years.

  • Schroders' mull lull

    15-Oct-2007

    Schroders clearly works to the theory that slow and steady wins the race, having taken forever with its latest panel review. The review, launched at the beginning of the year, is yet to be completed.

  • Schultze launches City practice

    15-Oct-2007

    Schultze & Braun, Germany's third-largest insolvency practitioner, which has offices in 27 German cities, from Achern to Wuppertal, has opened up in the City of London.

  • Separated at birth

    15-Oct-2007

    Life, as fans of the quintessential TV quiz show The Generation Game will know, is the name of the game. And Harvey Miller wanted to play the game with Weil Gotshal & Manges one more time.

  • Settling up

    15-Oct-2007

    The dearth of qualified judges to deal with personal injury mediations needs to be addressed with a new method of resolution, says Bill Braithwaite

  • Shearman leads oil fight for Algerian govt against Spanish companies

    15-Oct-2007

    Shearman & Sterling has hit out at its rivals during a tense $1bn (£489.37m) arbitration between Spanish company Repsol and Algerian state-owned energy group Sonatrach.

  • Simmons, Skadden, Clifford Chance brought in on Resolution bid

    17-Oct-2007

    Simmons & Simmons has landed a key role on a multi-billion-pound financial services deal that has called in a roster of City firms.

  • SJ Berwin acts on Wagamama sale

    18-Oct-2007

    The owners of noodle bar group Wagamama have turned to regular adviser SJ Berwin on the planned sale of the chain, decided yesterday (17 October).

  • SRA rejects allegations of racism

    16-Oct-2007

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has defended itself against claims that it is racist and discriminates against non-white lawyers in its investigations.

  • Standard Chartered to offer traineeship

    15-Oct-2007

    Standard Chartered Bank is introducing a training programme as a means of bypassing difficult recruitment markets.

  • Store and order

    15-Oct-2007

    Tulkinghorn was amused to learn the identity of one of the firms involved in the inquest into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi al Fayed.According to a release from the Coroner's Office, the firm acting as solicitor to the inquest is one 'Field Fisher Warehouse'.Presumably it specialises in bulk distribution, possibly of retail goods - in which case it might be more appropriate if it were to advise shopkeeper Mohamed Al Fayed? Just a thought.

  • Summit to read

    15-Oct-2007

    Many lawyers try to attract Tulkinghorn's attention, but Wilberforce IP barrister Anna Carboni went as far as Kenya to climb Mount Kilimajaro.

  • TheLawyer.com

    15-Oct-2007

    The war for young legal talent in the US has just got a lot more violent. Sullivan & Cromwell has unleashed its most powerful weapon: a bonsai tree. Law blog Above the Law (www.abovethelaw.com) reports that the firm is sending out bonsai trees to all students it offers jobs to.

  • Thelen launches new patent litigation group

    18-Oct-2007

    Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner has raided the New York office of Weil Gotshal & Manges, hiring patent litigation partner Steve Rizzi.

  • Thomas Eggar cruises to all leisure aim ipo

    15-Oct-2007

    South East firm Thomas Eggar has represented cruise holiday operator All Leisure Group on its AIM flotation.

  • UK firms benefit from Deutsche's RREEF panel

    15-Oct-2007

    A range of UK firms are celebrating roles on the new roster for Deutsche Bank Asset Management's flagship alternative investment fund RREEF Alternative Investments.

  • Weapons of class disruption

    15-Oct-2007

    Tulkinghorn's school days were a stiff mixture of rum, buggery and the lash. Sometimes all at once. But he opines that these days it seems our children have it a lot easier.

  • Yorkshire: Hot property

    15-Oct-2007

    The increasingly complex nature of commercial property transactions is being matched by the burgeoning expertise of Yorkshire's lawyers. By Paula Dillon

  • Yorkshire’s global reach

    15-Oct-2007

    Yorkshire has undergone a renaissance in terms of professional services; with integrated and international the two factors defining the direction of the legal market.