15 September 2003
Tulkinghorn has discovered that The Fast Show's Swiss Toni has a sideline in law firm management. One of Tulkinghorn's scribes just couldn't help noticing that Carnelutti managing partner Luca Arnaboldi had been taking lessons from The Fast Show's car salesman and self-proclaimed god of love. Apparently, according to Arnaboldi, his firm's merger with McDermott Will & Emery has something to do with the US firm's entrepreneurial spiritâ€¦ or something like that. Arnaboldi's exact ...
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and Slaughter and May have been battling it out to win instructions to advise the Hong Kong government on its high-profile privatisation programme.
Magic circle firm to invest millions installing 24-hour global policing system
Addleshaw Goddard has lost its first partner since the firm was formed from the merger of Addleshaw Booth & Co and Theodore Goddard on 1 May this year.
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) has launched a campaign to raise awareness among women of the dangers lurking in hair dyes.
Baker & McKenzie has transformed its North American business model in an attempt to offer a more harmonised service.The firm’s individual offices were previously independent profit centres with independent compensation systems, an approach that often provoked scorn from competitors.The radical overhaul sees the full integration of all the office profit centres and the implementation ...
Does the Chief Medical Officer’s report into clinical negligence in the NHS signal the end of the Bolam test? Nicholas Wilkes discusses the merits of the old method as against new plans
Lord Justice Brooke has succeeded Lord Justice Simon Brown as president of the civil division of the Court of Appeal. Judge Brooke was appointed a judge of the Queen's Bench Division in 1988. Between 1993 and 1995, he served as chairman of the Law Commission prior to his promotion to the position of Lord Justice in the Court of Appeal in 1996. His latest appointment was made by Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 10 September
Midlands-based Browne Jacobson has made four assistants in its business services department redundant. The firm’s managing partner Brian Smith confirmed the redundancies and blamed the economic downturn for the move.Of the assistants who are affected, one is London-based and three are located in Nottingham.This is the first time lawyers at Browne Jacobson have been made redundant although ...
CMS Cameron McKenna has decided to close its last US outpost in Washington DC after radically downsizing the office in July this year.
Denton Wilde Sapte's push to ramp up its leveraged finance practice continues with the arrival of Clifford Chance's head of English acquisition finance in Frankfurt Ian Yeo.
Australian firm Minter Ellison has won a tender to advise on a multimillion-dollar Asian IT outsourcing deal for Canadian insurance giant Manulife Financial, beating off the company's regular global adviser Clifford Chance.
Well, well, Skadden Arps Bruce Buck certainly is moving up in the world. At first, the London managing partner was one of many lawyers at the US firm who acted for Roman Abramovich as a shareholder in Russian oil group Sibneft. Then Buck was named as a director of Chelsea Village, the owning company of Chelsea Football Club. And now the lovely Bruce has been described, by the ...
Chicago’s legal market is continuing to contract, with local firm Seyfarth Shaw taking over D’Ancona & Pflaum. Seyfarth, which voted through the merger last Thursday (9 September), will house all D’Ancona’s 60 lawyers, including 34 partners, in its Chicago office, which houses 270 attorneys. However, it is expected that there will be some redundancies from the firm’s administrative staff. The merger is the latest development to hit the Chicago legal sector, which has seen ...
Jones Day has raided Clifford Chance Punder's Frankfurt office for rated insolvency partner Volker Kammel.
Clyde & Co has bolstered its Latin American practice, centred on Caracas, Venezuela, by hiring a team of lawyers, including a litigation partner from US firm Cozen O'Connor Hermes Marangos.
Cooley Godward faces the prospect of sharing liability for the death of a teenager struck by a car driven by one of its associates.
Slaughter and May (Jeff Twentyman, Scott Nicholls) advised UK property developer Taylor Woodrow on its public offer to acquire Wilson Connolly for £480.5m in cash and shares. Herbert Smith and Gleiss Lutz/Stibbe acted for Wilson Connolly.
A Scottish corporate lawyer was having a quiet dinner with a friend in Claridges two weeks ago when he received a shock introduction to a City firm's guerilla-style marketing tactics.
Also high on the TUC conference agenda last week were the many dangers of discrimination in the workplace. The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) chairman Trevor Phillips was on hand to demonstrate how easy it was to inadvertently fall foul of legislation when he promised to back any union that licked out any member of the British National Party (BNP).
The controversial action by Deacons against White & Case and two of its former partners finally concluded in the Hong Kong High Court yesterday (18 September).The parties are now waiting for Deputy Judge Gill’s decision, which is expected to be announced next month.As revealed by The Lawyer (8 July 2002), White & Case became embroiled in the litigation after it hired a highly-rated insolvency ...
Debevoise & Plimpton’s London office is ramping up its finance practice by taking on a former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner.Peter Hockless, who practised at A&O for 24 years, 15 as a partner, before leaving three months ago, is set to join Debevoise on Monday (22 September), where he will lead the ...
Troubled Belgian firm Bogaert & Vandemeulebroeke has lost a large proportion of its IT and telecoms team to DLA, including department head Patrick Van Eecke. The departures come after the firm removed itself from the Landwell network in June because of changes to legislation due to take effect in October, which place severe restrictions on accountancy-tied firms. It is now a ‘correspondent firm’ to Landwell.On 15 September The Lawyer revealed that one of the firm’s founders, ...
Weiss-Tessbach deal delivers ready-made Central and Eastern Europe capability
In a test case before the European Court of Justice last week junior doctors were held to be 'working' even while they slept, renewing concerns over the staffing crisis in the National Health Service.
Dorsey & Whitney has continued its Asian expansion with the hire of Japanese corporate finance lawyer Takashi Suzuki. Formerly a partner with Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Suzuki will continue to practise in M&A, banking, corporate recovery, structured finance and real estate. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com10 September
A Manhattan judge has ruled that airlines, aviation security companies and port authorities did have a duty of care to people affected by the 11 September attacks in New York and Washington DC.
Eversheds is losing real estate partner Brandon Smith-Hilliard to a one of the firm’s clients, The Bournston Group.Smith-Hilliard will join the privately owned property development company as a director.Eversheds is currently ac...
Former Landwell equity partner Nigel Frudd has joined Beachcroft Wansbroughs.
Webster Dixon is the first firm in the City to be founded by black lawyers. However, the partners would like to make clear that it is a claim to fame that does not influence recruitment. "We just want the best, and if the best person for a position happens to be a gay, one-legged Rastafarian, then that's the person I want out in front of my client," says Dawn Dixon, ...
Energy giant AES Corporation is overhauling its relations with external lawyers and establishing its first ever set of legal panels.
The former head of Osborne Clarke’s Bristol corporate practice has launched a niche firm of corporate lawyers. Bruce Roxburgh, who left Osborne Clarke in February, has launched Roxburgh and Milkins LLP with a senior corporate lawyer from Osborne Clarke, Jason Milkins.The two of them have been close colleagues for many years and share a number of strong client relationships.The ...
Anthony Boswood QC has stepped down as head of magic circle set Fountain Court, which for the first time has appointed joint heads: high-profile commercial silk Michael Brindle QC and Michael Lerego QC.
Baker & McKenzie has raided the Dallas office of Jenkens & Gilchrist, taking four lawyers, including the national leader of Jenkens’ health law practice Ken Gordon.Gordon is joined by partner Wilson Jones and associates Nneka Egbuniwe and Pamela Nix.North American managing partner John Conroy said: “In the face of rising costs, higher patient demands and new government regulations, ...
FreshfieldS Bruckhaus Deringer has managed to accelerate the trial of its client Hutchison Whampoa's case against KPN, its joint venture partner in third-generation mobile phone operator 3.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has come to the aid of top public school Eton in connection with an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) cartel investigation.Eton and Winchester College, which is being advised by Farrer & Co partner David Smellie, are being investigated by the OFT for allegedly fixing ...
Gay lawyers this week called on ministers to tighten up on the detail for their Civil Partnership Registration scheme, in a broadly positive welcome to the ongoing consultation exercise. The Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association (LAGLA) gave its backing to proposals that in its view "would create a new institution that closely follows the rights and duties of marriage" and would "bring an end to discrimination against same-sex partnerships". "We welcome the Government's proposals but they ...
One of Tukinghorn's scribes embarrassed herself in front of Lord Lester of Herne Hill last week,after she failed to translate basic Bengali phrases into English. The story goes as follows. At the end of Lord Lester's interview, the high-profile silk decided to do a bit of questioning of his own and asked her if she could speak Bengali. The scribe answered yes, but very badly. Lord Lester then asked: "What does 'shanda' mean?' The scribe replied: "Bastard." Lord Lester didn't seem very ...
First DLA, now Salans: for the second time in seven days, a law firm is making a massive move into Central Europe through merger.
Galway Bay project gives firm £285.8m kick-start in structured finance
Legal profession voices fears that 'vague' guidelines will hamper health and safety investigations
Iliffes Booth Bennett has hired a new partner to head its personal injury (PI) practice. Malcolm Underhill, a specialist in brain and spinal injuries, was previously a partner at Vizards Wyeth, which left in July. In the past two years, Underhill has worked on claims worth approximately £30m. He plans to strengthen the firm’s position as a leader in PI and joins three other specialist PI lawyers at Iliffes Booth.
The New York Stock Exchange has asked Larry Sonsini, the longstanding chairman of West Coast firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, to take over its scandal-rocked board of directors as interim chairman, The Recorder reports.
Latham & Watkins has hired real estate partner Donald Berger to its Los Angeles (LA) office. Formerly a partner at Morrison & Foerster's LA office, Berger served as co-chair of the firm's real estate practice group. He will continue to focus on representing institutional lenders and investment banks in real estate financing transactions. The hire takes numbers in Latham's LA finance and real estate department to 38.
The Law Society is clamping down on firms that breach trainee recruitment policy by interviewing students for training contracts before the beginning of their third year.
A property development company is offering fully serviced accommodation to the bar in an ambitious bid to become a rival landlord to the Inns, the bar's traditional home.
It's got all the right resonances. Here's Linklaters - a firm that has explicitly prioritised corporate and finance at the expense of litigation and real estate - outsourcing part of its litigation training to an external provider. And here's the College of Law - back in the good books of the City majors after its controversial exclusion from the City LPC consortium four years ago.
'No win, no fee' was hailed as the great leveller in libel cases, aiding poor individuals in their fight against the cash-rich media giants. But as Jon Robins reports, many think these CFAs are a direct threat to freedom of speech
Linklaters is outsourcing part of its litigation training to the College of Law as it dispenses with its 'short seat' in the department.
Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC has called on the Government to explain how its plans to create a Supreme Court and a judicial appointments commission will secure the independence of the judiciary.
Benelux firm Loyens & Loeff has hired three partners from rival firms in Belgium.Labour law specialist Christian Willems joins from Linklaters De Bandt. Geert Bogaert and Grégoire Jakhian both specialise in commercial and corporate law and join from Bogaert & Vandenmeulebroeke, where Bogaert was chairman and founding partner.
Giant Dutch financial services organisation ING is in the final throes of setting up its global banking panel, with four UK magic circle firms understood to have been successful.
Masons is advising new client Diageo on the $1bn (£62.8m) outsourcing of its IT systems to IBM.
Microsoft UK has created the new role of director of law and corporate affairs.
Minter Ellison has recruited former Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison partner Fred Kinmonth to lead its Hong Kong corporate and commercial team. Kinmonth has recently advised the Shanghai government on the establishment of a $870m (£545.8m) theme park, and advised the Hong Kong government on the establishment of Hong Kong Disney.
Misys, the global software products and solutions group, has hired the former group general counsel of Cable & Wireless.
Alexander Harris appeals Government decision to withdraw funding; cost of premium makes CFAs unlikely option
Citing Bush v Gore, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit postponed the election for governor in California on Monday, saying the risk of miscounting votes is too high with the punch-card ballots still in use in some counties.
The C&I Group, the representative body for in-house lawyers, has appointed a new chair. Carol Williams (left), head of legal at Northern Foods, took over from outgoing chair Ann Page on 11 September. According to Williams: "The in-house community is currently underrepresented by the Law Society".
Defendant libel lawyers were complaining of the 'ransom factor' of conditional fees last week, following a recent ruling in the High Court on the "chilling effect" of conditional fees in defamation cases.
Jeffrey Bailey is helping to lead Paul Hastings' real estate charge into Europe. Just don't expect him to retire anytime soon. By Emma Vere-Jones
Contempt of court - showing disrespect for the authority of the Queen's judges - is a familiar concept to the public. High-profile punishments doled out by judges for breach of non-molestation orders, for throwing laughing gas into the court's ventilation duct or (in an extreme case) against jurors for refusing to determine a defendant's guilt, have given this draconian prerogative extensive ...
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has relocated the co-chair of its bankruptcy and debt restructuring practice to its London office.
Field Fisher Waterhouse associate Rachel Tan found herself unwittingly on page three of The Sun last week, according to one of Tulkinghorn's less cultured colleagues. Fortunately for Tan, it was Nikkala, 21, from Middlesex, who stole the limelight. Tan, meanwhile, was rather coyly covering up for her client Warner Brothers, which apparently makes films about young wizards. The intrepid ...
Tulkinghorn is kicking off a competition to find the best in-house chef at a UK law firm. Let's face it, these days a quick bite with a partner is more likely to feature curling sandwiches in a dingy room than fois gras at The Ivy. So it's important the hosts get it right from the start if they want to a make a good impression on the procession of jaded hacks that troop through the door. Oh, and the odd client as well.
Forget Hello!, forget OK! Magazine. And forget those shots of Anthea Turner provocatively eating a certain brand of chocolate on her wedding day. Tulkinghorn is the man and The Lawyer's diary page is where it's at. This week he brings you exclusive pictures from one of the weddings of the year.
Lawyers in the London office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are advising the children's charity Pockets of Hope on a Haiti-based educational programme. With the help of Cleary Gottlieb's corporate advisers, the Florida-based charity is establishing a school for French literacy on the tiny Haitian island of La Gonave. A London-based tax partner, tax associate and two corporate associates helped ...
As with any kind of new technology, telemedicine's growth is unstoppable. Will Marshall warns that this brave new world needs regulating
Lovells partner John Young has emerged as another contender in the firm's hotly-contested senior partner race.
Salans is poised to take on five of Altheimer & Gray’s remaining offices, giving the firm a presence in four new Central and Eastern European jurisdictions and its first office in Asia.
Baker & McKenzie has taken to 19 the number of international partners in its Paris office, hiring Ernst & Young partner Raphaele Francois-Poncet. She joins the securities and capital markets group, where she will advise French and foreign companies on M&A transactions, capital market calls and liability under the Financial Security and Sarbanes-Oxley Acts.
Linklaters has raided Shearman & Sterling's Tokyo office, hiring its managing partner David Deck. Deck, a US-qualified structured finance lawyer, was a partner in Shearman's Tokyo office for five years before joining Linklaters last week. He specialises in leveraged lease financings, securitisation transactions, project financings, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity deals, ...
Simmons & Simmons has become the first firm to profit from the breakup of Ernst & Young's Belgian law firm Peeters Advocaten. Partner and head of finance France Wilmet, who has been with Peeters since its creation five years ago, is taking three lawyers to Simmons.
In an aggressive push, Dewey Ballantine has acquired six partners to launch an Italian practice, tailor-made by former Simmons & Simmons rainmaker Bruno Gattai.
Davenport Lyons continues to grow its property practice with the appointment of a new partner, Susan Haggard. Haggard comes from Speechly Bircham, where she specialised in commercial property investment, funding and development and city centre/urban regeneration. The hire comes close on the heels of the recruitment ...
The Inland Revenue: full of tax lawyers? Absolutely not, says its chief solicitor Philip Ridd. Steve Hoare investigates
Taylor Wessing is understood to have usurped Lawrence Graham in the affections of London & Regional Properties (L&R), the entrepreneurial property company run by brothers Ian and Richard Livingstone.
Stringent criteria ruling the law on psychiatric injury do not allow for cases to be judged individually. Alan Eadie says that worthy cases may not be getting the justice they deserve
Now that the infighting, the promises of a “return to the 1970s” and the usual denunciations of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) meeting are over for another year, it’s a timely moment to reflect on the times ahead. To this end, national law firm DLA’s el...
The Law Society of Uganda is to call an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in response to widespread concern among the legal profession after the country's Law Council issued a statement imposing a media gag on lawyers.
Personal injury (PI) firm Underwoods held talks last Friday (12 September) with Nottingham Law School on establishing a formal tie-up to train solicitors for its recently-launched South African operations (The Lawyer, 1 September).
Children in child abuse cases may go unprotected because doctors are too afraid to speak out. Bertie Leigh reports
Ashurst Morris Crisp, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Willkie Farr & Gallagher have gatecrashed France's top five most remunerative firms.
Cayman Islands law firm Walkers has launched an office in Hong Kong to service its Far Eastern clients on Caymans and British Virgin Islands law.
It's one of the City's class acts, but there's still something missing. Helen Power investigates
The judgment in a groundbreaking challenge to the current law relating to IVF treatment, as laid down by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, is expected at the Royal Courts of Justice on 1 October.
The World Bank is to help fund a scheme to boost the efficiency and fairness of the Philippines' judicial system.
All lawyers looking to improve their language skills really must read a new European Commission document with the snappy title 'Economically dependant/quasi-subordinate (parasubordinate) employment: legal, social and economic aspects'. According to several highly-esteemed employment barristers who have, with remarkable self-sacrifice, actually read this landmark piece of wordy guff, the only useful facts to be drawn from it are four statistics relating to the proportion of European ...
There was cross-party outrage from London Mayoral candidates at the Metropolitan Police's use of anti-terrorist legislation against protesters picketing last week's arms fair in London's Docklands, as civil rights group Liberty launched a legal challenge.
Zurich has cut its English and Welsh legal panel in half after a three-month review.The 14 successful firms, from an original list of 28, were informed last week. The insurer has moved from having five legal panels for the separate areas of its business to creating one central panel.In Scotland the insurer has dropped three of its five law firms. Zurich has confirmed that all of the firms that lost out in the panel review will continue to do run-off work. The new panel ...