16 April 2001

The Lawyer

  • A VIEW FROM MEXICO

    16-Apr-2001

    The frenzied merger activity that has taken place in the global legal market over the past few years has led to a series of link-ups between the major international firms and local law firms, and as a consequence, managing integration has become a critical skill.

  • A year ago this week

    16-Apr-2001

    Brobeck Hale and Dorr sparks US assault on regional law firmsUS firm Brobeck Hale and Dorr took three top partners from Morgan Cole to set up an Oxford office.Corporate partners Joe Pillman, Jonathan Loake and Kate Eavis, the mainstay of Morgan Cole's Thames Valley corporate practice, left to join the first US firm in the UK to establish an office outside ...

  • Argles fills new chief executive role

    16-Apr-2001

    South East firm Argles Stoneham Burstows has created a chief executive role which will be taken up by the former head of Alsop Wilkinson.

  • B&M boosts Germany with two partners

    16-Apr-2001

    Baker & McKenzie has strengthened its German offices with the appointment of a tax partner and an M&A partner.

  • Berrymans prepares for South West merger with Cartwrights

    16-Apr-2001

    Insurance firm Berrymans Lace Mawer is set to merge with Bristol-based firm Cartwrights.

  • Bird & Bird advises on Patientline IPO

    16-Apr-2001

    Bird & Bird has advised Patientline on its £104m initial public offering (IPO) on AIM.

  • Book Review

    16-Apr-2001

    E-business to the Power of 12 by Thomas Power, published by Pearson Education (ISBN 0273650211)It is somewhat ironic that Pearson and its flagship site FT.com have just begun the long and painful process of retrenching. After Pearson's last set of results, the company announced it was halving its internet investment, and more recently FT.com announced staff cuts.It is ironic because the company churns out e-business books proclaiming ...

  • Brief encounter: gordon dadds

    16-Apr-2001

    Gordon Dadds was established in 1921 by Tim Gordon after his World War I service and was subsequently joined by Howard Dadds. The firm's reputation rests primarily on its family law practice, but aims to offer a one-stop shop covering private client, litigation, commercial and property.The firm is no stranger to change - in the last six years it has encompassed company commercial partnership Jepson Goff and attracted three family law partners, Kathryn ...

  • Bryan Cave takes on Sinclair Roche partner

    16-Apr-2001

    US firm Bryan Cave is taking on the head of commercial litigation from Sinclair Roche & Temperley to launch its UK contentious law practice.

  • Camerons merger sparks departures

    16-Apr-2001

    International tax practice Bureau Francis Lefebvre is losing a partner in the first of several expected departures after its merger with City firm CMS Cameron McKenna.

  • Canadian Bar Association puts restrictions on MDPs

    16-Apr-2001

    The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has done a u-turn on its policy on multidisciplinary practices (MDPs). Instead of accepting them wholeheartedly, it will accept them only if lawyers are in control.

  • Commercial sets snubbed on silks list

    16-Apr-2001

    Source: LCD

  • Cookson to continue heading property despite departures

    16-Apr-2001

    Ashurst Morris Crisp's property group is keeping Simon Cookson as its head for a further three years, after his tenure expires this spring.

  • Corporate

    16-Apr-2001

    Kobe Steel and its subsidiary Kobelco Construction Machinery sets up global alliance with CNH Global. Kobe Steel advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Andrew Curran). CNH Global advised in-house.Dow UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, makes £305m cash offer for speciality chemicals supplier Ascot. Dow UK advised by

  • Crown estate/london & regional

    16-Apr-2001

    Garretts' head of property Keith Barnett is working hard to consolidate a growing relationship with London & Regional, the private property company run by entrepreneurs Ian and Richard Livingstone. The UK member firm of Andersen Legal started acting for London & Regional 18 months ago when it was instructed to advise on the refurbishment of Stratford-upon-Avon town centre. Other instructions since then have included the development at 68 King William Street, which will become the City's ...

  • Dangerous property

    16-Apr-2001

    After last week's tales of poor banking lawyers being lumbered with drunken au pairs, Tulkinghorn has been informed that, in fact, property law is where the real rough stuff takes place.Conveyancing, it transpires, is a much tougher world than Tulkinghorn had previously imagined. Take Tom Barth, a partner at Cumberland Ellis Peirs solicitors. Mr Barth has written a little "backward glance prior to retirement" following his 40 ...

  • Dealing with the future

    16-Apr-2001

    IT investment is not a one-off. For medium-sized City firms like Lawrence Graham, where the IT budget is about 5 per cent of turnover, it is a constant battle to keep up.Head of IT Allan Bower says: "In terms of the future we have to keep updated to maintain compatibility. Old systems are not supported once the new system is out and there is pressure on suppliers to make ...

  • Denton Wilde introduces IP group to TMT

    16-Apr-2001

    Denton Wilde Sapte has announced the formation of a new intellectual property (IP) group.

  • Dickinson Dees appoints first forensic accountant

    16-Apr-2001

    North East firm Dickinson Dees has taken on a forensic accountant from accountancy practice Deloitte & Touche.

  • Dr Martens wins lawyer from Abbey

    16-Apr-2001

    R Griggs Group, the company which makes the Dr Martens brand, has appointed William Johnson from Abbey National as group lawyer and company secretary. The hire comes as part of an internal restructure.

  • Freshfields shakes up Thailand management with joint heads

    16-Apr-2001

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is overhauling its Thailand management only months after Ruth Markland took over as head of the region.

  • Get a life

    16-Apr-2001

    Tulkinghorn would like to thank Jean Marc Lamontagne-De-Freiz (crazy name, crazy guy) of Field Fisher Waterhouse for his comments on The Lawyer's lifestyle survey. It seems that Lamontagne-De-Freiz takes issue with the fact that the findings were announced at an evening seminar in London on 6 April, presented by

  • Howells gets bigger with rival's work

    16-Apr-2001

    Sheffield-based immigration law specialist Howells is expanding, following a deal in which the firm is taking over both the specialist staff and caseload from rival Taylor & Emmet.

  • Irwin Mitchell to challenge Irvine on PI discount rate

    16-Apr-2001

    Irwin Mitchell is looking at the possibility of judicially reviewing the Lord Chancellor for his failure to set a discount rate in personal injury (PI) cases, which solicitors claim is leaving PI victims short of millions of pounds.

  • Kirklees council

    16-Apr-2001

    This is the first time that a local authority has sought equity participation in an education PFI project. Supported by Partnerships UK, the former PFI Treasury Taskforce, the pilot sees Kirklees holding 30 per cent of the total equity stake of more than £500,000 and taking a seat on the project company's board. Kirklees will take a share of the profit if the project succeeds, but will lose its equity stake if the project fails to perform. The other shareholders are Jarvis and Barclays ...

  • Law Society pushes NY bar to change qualifying rules

    16-Apr-2001

    The Law Society is calling on the bar associations of New York to support it in a bid to relax the rules for UK lawyers trying to requalify to practise there.

  • Le Clezio to quit Monckton for E&Y role

    16-Apr-2001

    Monckton Chambers' director Alexandrina le Clezio is due to quit in June to join Ernst & Young (E&Y) International. Despite facing the setback of Monckton's failed merger with 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, le Clezio says that during her time at the set it has had record profits, with a 30 per cent increase in 2000 on the previous year, and this year has exceeded fee targets.

  • Lester Aldridge takes partner from Pardoes

    16-Apr-2001

    South Coast firm Lester Aldridge is continuing its expansion with the hire of Pardoes' head of commercial.

  • Liquid assets

    16-Apr-2001

    Organisation: awg plcSector: Water and asset managementFTSE 250 ranking: 30Market capitalisation: £1.6bnEmployees: 4,000 in the UK and a total of 10,000 worldwideLegal capability: 11 solicitors and 10 support staffHead of legal: Patrick FirthReporting to: Group finance director Elliott MannisMain location for lawyers: HuntingdonMain law firms: Herbert Smith,

  • London calling

    16-Apr-2001

    Peter Wallace has moved to London to improce cooperation between Morgan Lewis' European offices. But will he be so happy when the sun stops shining?

  • Minter Ellison rejigs for global expansion

    16-Apr-2001

    Australian firm Minter Ellison is reorganising its management for a massive expansion drive.

  • MoFo ditches pay banding system for associates

    16-Apr-2001

    San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is taking the unusual step of abandoning its traditional banded pay system for associates.

  • Nick Carter: Capital One

    16-Apr-2001

    After testing the water in the UK, Capital One is expanding into Europe. Brendan Malkin meets Nick Carter, the man charhed with overseeing the move and building up the in-house team.

  • Opinion

    16-Apr-2001

    Guernsey has just become one of the first jurisdictions to enact regulatory legislation for fiduciary business with the draft Regulation of Fiduciaries, Administration Businesses and Company Directors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2001, which came into force on 1 April. The principal object is to procure the supervision and licensing by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) of the 200 or so fiduciary service providers operating by way of business within the bailiwick ...

  • Partner trio plans MBO to save Bevan Ashford's Cardiff office

    16-Apr-2001

    Bevan Ashford's Cardiff partners are in the final stages of negotiations for a management buyout (MBO) of the office to save it from closure.

  • Railtrack

    16-Apr-2001

    HSBC's use of long-term adviser Norton Rose, led by Peter Thorne, comes as no surprise, but Railtrack's instruction of Clifford Chance is a real coup for the firm. It is understood that Clifford Chance won the work last year in a competitive pitch where it came up against Railtrack's preferred long-term ...

  • Real Estate and Projects

    16-Apr-2001

    The Crown Estate sells the 150,000sq ft St George's Court Scheme on New Oxford Street, London WC1, to London & Regional Properties. London & Regional advised by Garretts (Keith Barnett). The Crown Estate advised by SJ Berwin (Bryan Pickup). Ministry of Defence advised by Davitt Jones Bould (Tony Prior).

  • Salans loses partners to LeBoeuf NY

    16-Apr-2001

    New York firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae is taking on a team of partners from Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn to ramp up its emerging companies practice.

  • Securitisation chief Palache quits Nomura

    16-Apr-2001

    Robert Palache, the former head of finance at Clifford Chance, has quit his post as joint head of the securitisation team at Nomura.

  • Shearmans new head promises European push

    16-Apr-2001

  • Simmons boosts Barclays link with ShopSmart acquisition

    16-Apr-2001

    Simmons & Simmons is advising IndigoSquare, the joint venture between Barclays and Nomura International, on its acquisition of ShopSmart.com.

  • Simmons chosen for M&S defence

    16-Apr-2001

    Troubled retailer Marks & Spencer is believed to have brought in Simmons & Simmons to oversee its defence after a Paris court ruled that the company had violated national labour laws.

  • Stephens & Scown replaces chief with five-strong team

    16-Apr-2001

    Devon and Cornwall firm Stephens & Scown has launched a new corporate-style management board to run the firm.

  • Stibbe splits from Paris office after Latham talks

    16-Apr-2001

    Paris pushed before it can jump; Latham & Watkins interested in only French, German and UK offices

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

    16-Apr-2001

    Funny things, telecoms companies. Sitting at the forefront of the IT revolution, they are as new economy as they come. But despite all their newfangled technology and snappy marketing speak, these are industrial giants. Vodafone/Mannesmann, the Orange flotation, British Telecommunications (BT), NTL - the list of big acquisitive names goes on and on.But in the same way as others in the technology, media and telecoms sector, they are ...

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

    16-Apr-2001

    Chrysalis Books, a subsidiary of the Chrysalis Group, announces unconditional recommended takeover of AIM-listed C&B Publishing at 20 pence per share. Chrysalis Books advised by Harbottle & Lewis (Mark Bertram). C&B Publishing advised by McGrigor Donald.

  • The Anorak

    16-Apr-2001

    After years of being told that there was gold in them there pixels and that, if you truly believed, business salvation could be yours, Sunday night has become Monday morning. The cold light of day has shown that things are pretty much as they were before. You still have to go to work; you still have to do mundane things when you get there; and the internet hasn't made you millions as you've slept.The 'E-Business 2001' report, by a ...

  • The bold and the beautiful

    16-Apr-2001

    Clifford Chance might be the biggest, brashest and brightest law firm in the world right now, but it wasn't always that way. And here's the picture to prove it (below). While trawling through The Lawyer's picture library, Tulkinghorn came across a motley crew of youngish lawyers, several of whom are now at the forefront of Clifford Chance's drive for world ...

  • The Leader column

    16-Apr-2001

    Here's a question for UK managing partners: are US lawyers better at negotiating European mergers than the Brits? Paris has virtually turned into Wall Street-sur-Seine. Latham & Watkins' opportunism in swallowing the Hamburg office of Gaedertz is being echoed in its current talks with the Paris office of Stibbe.Unfortunately for those of us who prefer to see a little legal ...

  • We have the technology

    16-Apr-2001

    Workload and staff numbers at Eversheds' Cambridge office have increased so much since the firm's arrival in November 1998 that it has outgrown its current offices. By January 2002, Eversheds plans to move its 30 Cambridge lawyers and support staff closer to the city centre, and by next April it aims to have doubled the number of its Cambridge staff.Untapped markets, new clients ...

  • Where's the cox now?

    16-Apr-2001

    Last week's Observer Sport Monthly contained one highly important piece of nostalgia for two of the UK's top City lawyers. Remember that day in March 1978 when, during the 124th Oxford/ Cambridge boat race, the Cambridge boat sank?"We felt we handled bad conditions well and didn't need to alter our boat," Cambridge president Mark Horton told Observer Sport Monthly. And where is Mark Horton now? He is a corporate, commercial and ...