16 April 2007

The Lawyer

  • Linklaters' Frieh just wants to be free

    16-Apr-2007

    It will soon be all change for Linklaters' private equity practice in Paris. Michel Frieh, the lead partner for private equity and M&A in the French capital, is set to leave the magic circle firm to set up his own business.

  • People

    16-Apr-2007

    Niche employment firm Archon Solicitors has hired senior associate Jill Scott from the London office of Eversheds.

  • 13KBW votes in new head of chambers

    16-Apr-2007

    Roger Ellis QC has stepped down as head of chambers at personal injury set 13 King's Bench Walk (13KBW), making way for Julian Baughan QC.

  • 20 Essex Street barristers conclude key breach of contract case in Lords

    16-Apr-2007

    A trio of barristers from 20 Essex Street has secured a House of Lords ruling that could alter significantly the principles governing the way damages are measured for breach of contract.

  • A&O Spain hit as co-head takes up GC role with client

    16-Apr-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has lost one of its most senior lawyers in Spain after co-managing partner Graham Donnell left to become general counsel at client Stemcor.

  • A&O takes Latham capital markets partner in Moscow

    16-Apr-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has raided US firm Latham & Watkins' Moscow office for a capital markets partner.

  • AAR increases global partner count by a dozen

    16-Apr-2007

    Slaughter and May's best friend in Australia Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) has announced its largest intake of new partners since 2001.

  • Addleshaws forces Govt's hand in tussle with The Times

    16-Apr-2007

    Addleshaw Goddard is celebrating its big win for The Times newspaper in a freedom of information battle with HM Treasury.

  • Addleshaws’ Theodore Goddard veteran quits firm

    16-Apr-2007

    Finance and projects division managing partner Nigel West is leaving Addleshaw Goddard, signalling the end of an era for former Theodore Goddard lawyers at the firm.

  • Age should not be a barrier

    16-Apr-2007

    Remember Y2K? Remember how we all cowered in terror, expecting that at midnight on 1 January 2000 our toasters would explode, our computers would die and planes would come crashing out of the sky.

  • Ashurst benefits from Orrick upheaval

    19-Apr-2007

    Ashurst has bolstered its Paris office with the hire of energy finance partner Sylvie Perrin from Orrick Rambaud Martel.

  • BAE admits using private eyes against CAAT

    19-Apr-2007

    BAE Systems has admitted that it paid private investigators to gather information about a campaign group it is battling in court.

  • Bakers, KPMG Abogados post gains in Spain

    16-Apr-2007

    Foreign firms have had a lively year in Spain, with Baker & McKenzie and KPMG Abogados boosting their turnovers by 12 per cent and 20 per cent respectively.

  • Barclays turns to Lovells for credit card portfolio divestment

    16-Apr-2007

    Lovells has secured a win over rival panel firms to advise Barclays on the sale of part of a consumer credit card portfolio.

  • Better late than never for Freshfields' finance team

    19-Apr-2007

    Like buses, promotions tend to all come at once. But never one to shy away from controversy, Freshfields bucked the trend by deciding to announce two promotions two weeks after the other 22. See story.

  • BLP unveils in-house lawyer locum service

    16-Apr-2007

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is set to pilot a locum service aimed at in-house legal teams.

  • Borat spat

    16-Apr-2007

    Tulkinghorn is pleased to report news of a chivalrous hero among the City elite, who got into a punch-up earlier this month in a swanky City bar.

  • Breaking with the law

    16-Apr-2007

    It’s never too late to opt out of a career in law. And your legal background can give you the ideal grounding for making a new start

  • Bristows, Taylor Wessing alumni spirit away human genome case

    16-Apr-2007

    Bristows, Taylor Wessing alumni spirit away human genome case" /Two of the biggest names in IP, Bristows and Taylor Wessing, have missed out on the UK's first-ever human genome patent litigation after the loss of key litigation ...

  • Burges Salmon wins Hargreaves Lansdown IPO

    17-Apr-2007

    Bristol-headquartered Burges Salmon scored an instruction on the landmark flotation of independent financial advisers and stockbrokers Hargreaves Lansdown, which will value the company at between £600m and £800m.

  • Carter Review spurs Bar Council to assess standards

    16-Apr-2007

    The Bar Council has kick-started a consultation into how to ensure quality of courtroom advocacy following the Carter Review.

  • Cassidy splits to form Brussels lobby firm

    16-Apr-2007

    A team of lawyers has quit lobbyists Cassidy & Associates Europe to set up its own law firm in Brussels.

  • CC's pay move is not that bold

    16-Apr-2007

    How's this for a reaction to last week's pay hike at Clifford Chance: "At 10 or 15 per cent it's simply uneconomic and bad business."

  • Chadbourne goes back to the future to launch in Dubai

    17-Apr-2007

    US firm Chadbourne & Parke is relaunching in Dubai after a 14-year absence, giving the energy-strong firm its eighth international office.

  • Citigroup legal team facing redundancies

    16-Apr-2007

    The impact of Citigroup's massive staff restructuring hit the London legal team last week, with the announcement of a wholesale review of the in-house function.

  • City firms braced for new associate salary showdown

    16-Apr-2007

    A&O's pay announcement expected to trump CC's benchmark

  • Clydes promotes six to senior equity partner

    17-Apr-2007

    Clyde & Co has promoted four senior associates to its partnership, one more than last year .

  • Cripps lands Barclays development expert

    16-Apr-2007

    Tunbridge Wells-based Cripps Harries Hall has hired former Barclays director of professional practices William Arthur as a non-executive director.

  • DLA Piper swoops for Bingham hedge funds star

    20-Apr-2007

    DLA Piper has poached Bingham McCutcheon banking and finance partner Sarah Coucher, marking the latest in a line of departures from the latter's London finance practice.

  • DLA Piper, Eversheds and Pinsents beat magic circle on UK promotions

    16-Apr-2007

    DLA Piper, Eversheds and Pinsents beat magic circle on UK promotions" /DLA Piper, Eversheds and Pinsent Masons are the biggest promoters of UK ...

  • Edge secures ex-Sony legal vice-president

    16-Apr-2007

    The former senior vice-president of legal and business affairs at Sony BMG Alasdair George has joined niche media and entertainment advisory and investment group Edge.

  • Farringdon secures QC for head role

    16-Apr-2007

    Criminal set Farringdon Chambers has parachuted in Paul Purnell QC from 187 Fleet Street to become its head of chambers.

  • Firms must focus on wider issues than PEP

    16-Apr-2007

    Average profit per equity partner (PEP) is no longer an appropriate measure of the success of a law firm. It should be replaced by measures that take account of both client satisfaction and staff and partner motivation. Sustainable profitability is nevertheless an essential prerequisite for the long-term health and independence of the legal profession ...

  • Fluffy pandas versus sweaty wrestlers

    16-Apr-2007

    The long-running fight over the initials 'WWF' touches even the most cynical lawyers.

  • Freshfields restructuring derails promotions process

    18-Apr-2007

    The £40m restructuring undertaken by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has thrown its its partnership promotion programme into chaos.

  • Garrigues takes on UK, US firms with Latin American mergers

    16-Apr-2007

    Spain's largest firm Garrigues is to make an audacious bid to merge with its Latin American alliance partners to create a trans-Continental powerhouse intent on challenging the pre-eminence of UK and US firms in the global marketplace.

  • Government set to endure BAE judicial review

    20-Apr-2007

    A judicial review of the Government's decision to abandon a corruption investigation into BAE Systems could be launched, with full grounds to do so lodged yesterday.

  • Green houses

    16-Apr-2007

    The South West is reducing its carbon footprint by encouraging new developments to be environmentally sustainable. By Richard Guyatt and Paul Collins

  • Hackney legal chief falls foul of overhaul

    16-Apr-2007

    Borough solicitor at the London borough of Hackney Meic Sullivan-Gould has lost his job.

  • Hammonds adds lucky 13 to the partnership

    16-Apr-2007

    Stokes & Master, joins Hammonds' built environment group, which encompasses construction, property, PFI and planning.

  • Hammonds to help revive Birmingham exchange

    16-Apr-2007

    Hammonds has advised regional development agency Advantage West Midlands (AWM) on re-establishing the long-defunct Birmingham Stock Exchange.

  • High Court demands £100m in miners’ fees to be repaid

    17-Apr-2007

    Law firms that profited from handling compensation claims of sick miners may have to pay back tens of millions of pounds to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) following a High Court ruling.

  • Hugh's adieu

    16-Apr-2007

    Thanks go out to the spy who reported back to Tulkinghorn recently from the Conference of Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group in Edinburgh. The eminent former senior judge of the Patents Court and renowned expert on IP Sir Hugh Laddie was one of the speakers at the conference and, according to the mole, was being his normal provocative self.

  • ISDA turns to CC for Islamic expertise

    16-Apr-2007

    Clifford Chance is celebrating a boost to its Islamic finance practice with the success of drafting the International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s (ISDA) sharia-compliant master agreement.

  • Japanese firms merge to create Nishimura & Asahi

    16-Apr-2007

    Two of Japan's largest firms have confirmed their merger a year after they announced plans to create a combined firm to counter the arrival of foreign firms launching in the jurisdiction.

  • Keoghs' non-legal staff given equality

    16-Apr-2007

    Keoghs has levelled its career structure to give non-legal staff the same status as the firm's lawyers.

  • Kirklees implements leadership programme

    16-Apr-2007

    Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council has launched a leadership programme for its legal services team.

  • Lawrence Graham enjoys triple boost from LaSalle relationship

    16-Apr-2007

    Lawrence Graham has completed the third in a trio of real estate deals for new client LaSalle UK Ventures, the £1bn private equity fund set up by LaSalle Investment Management last year.

  • Lawyers take to the streets as top judge is forced to stand down

    16-Apr-2007

    Lawyers in Pakistan have clashed with police over a decision by the country's president to sack the country's top judge.

  • Lincolnshire's finest win year-end honours

    20-Apr-2007

    The first firm to publish its figures in this year's financial reporting season has claimed a record turnover increase for 2006-07.

  • Linklaters teams with De Brauw on RBS approach for ABN

    16-Apr-2007

    Linklaters has teamed up with its former alliance firm in the Netherlands, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, to advise a consortium of banks mooting a rival approach to ABN Amro, a move that could lead to a break-up of the Dutch banking giant.

  • Linklaters to escalate associate salary war

    19-Apr-2007

    Linklaters is expected to heat up the pay war with an increase in its associate salaries of around 16 per cent, which is higher than its magic circle rivals’.

  • London bags two as Dundas promotes six

    19-Apr-2007

    Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson has promoted six senior associates to the partnership.

  • London benefits from lion's share of BLG promotions

    16-Apr-2007

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has promoted seven associates to its partnership.

  • Lord Lofthouse pans SRA for lame approach to coalminers scandal

    20-Apr-2007

    Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract has launched a scathing attack on the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) over its conduct when dealing with law firms that have profited unduly from the plight of sick coalminers.

  • Lovells advises BNP Paribas on sex discrimination case

    17-Apr-2007

    Lovells is advising BNP Paribas on its defence of allegations over sex discrimination despite losing key employment partner Lisa Mayhew to Jones Day last year.

  • Lovells elects five to partnership council

    18-Apr-2007

    Lovells has elected five members to its partnership council, with the posts due to be taken up at the beginning of May.

  • Marks & Clerk wins Mr Miss World case

    18-Apr-2007

    Marks & Clerk Solicitors won a last-minute injunction against Channel 4 for client Miss World Limited, forcing the broadcaster to change the name of its Mr Miss World show.

  • McGrigors boosts turnover by a quarter

    20-Apr-2007

    McGrigors has posted half-year results that reveal a 25 per cent growth in fee income compared with the same period last year.

  • Miners' advisers could be forced to dig deep

    17-Apr-2007

    Just two weeks after Beresfords senior partner Jim Beresford was revealed to be the UK's richest lawyer after taking home £16.8m in one year, it seems he may have to give a bit back.

  • Mini-me's entrance fee

    16-Apr-2007

    More news on the Freshfields restructuring. Now it transpires that the magic circle firm's radical downsizing of its equity partnership and sharp focus on controlling costs has led to a return to good, old-fashioned Victorian values. In the shape of child labour.

  • Mishcon snaps up Bakers litigation lawyer

    16-Apr-2007

    Mishcon de Reya has hired private client litigation specialist Henry Frydenson to its trust and probate practice.

  • Morgan Cole raids rival for Bristol launch

    16-Apr-2007

    Morgan Cole has opened in Bristol after hiring a corporate partner from regional rival Clarke Willmott.

  • Nats GC moves to LDA

    20-Apr-2007

    The London Development Agency (LDA) has appointed a new general counsel from the National Air Traffic Services (Nats).

  • Norton Rose adds Singapore energy nous

    16-Apr-2007

    Norton Rose has hired Jones Day senior associate Alex Cull as a partner in its Singapore energy team.

  • Norton Rose makes up record numbers

    16-Apr-2007

    Norton Rose has made up 23 senior associates to its partnership, breaking last year's record promotion round by one.

  • NSN seeks compliance expert after scandal

    16-Apr-2007

    Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) is searching for its first group compliance officer after a corruption scandal at Siemens delayed the launch of the joint venture company.

  • OFT beefs up team with CC's Branch

    17-Apr-2007

    The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has taken on a Clifford Chance competition partner as one of its new senior hires this year.

  • OFT says 'yes' to private competition enforcement

    18-Apr-2007

    The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has set out to encourage private actions in competition cases.

  • Olswang overhauls management for post-Goldstein revolution

    18-Apr-2007

    Olswang is preparing to distance itself from the Jonathan Goldstein years by installing a radical new management structure aimed at promoting national and international growth.

  • Olswang refuses to look back in anger

    18-Apr-2007

    Jonathan who? Olswang's once-iconic chief executive Jonathan Goldstein isn't even out of the door, but already there's a strong sense the firm has moved on.

  • Planning mission

    16-Apr-2007

    The PCPA aims to speed up the planning process while consulting the public at an early stage. Can local authorities fulfil both requirements as well as keep up with European law? ask Karen Cooksley and Ben Garbett

  • Power to the Welsh

    16-Apr-2007

    The Government of Wales Act will split the Welsh Assembly in two, giving it the power to legislate. Bridgette Wilcox says English lawyers need to take note

  • Real estate QC steps up to the bench

    16-Apr-2007

  • 'Sack' in haste, repent at leisure

    16-Apr-2007

    So, Meic Sullivan-Gould, the energetic borough solicitor at the London Borough of Hackney, has left (see page 5). Hackney portrays Sullivan-Gould's departure as an amicable split. But when one of your staff is given just five days to move on (including the weekend), it doesn't quite wash.

  • Sara Lee rewards panel firms' diversity initiatives

    16-Apr-2007

    US conglomerate Sara Lee has reorganised its legal panel, with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal promoted to 'preferred partner' status and Reed Smith regaining that status after a year's demotion.

  • Shearman projects star defects to Baker Botts

    20-Apr-2007

    Shearman & Sterling’s London-based projects partner Nigel Thompson has left the firm for Baker Botts’ Dubai office, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • Shearman takes role on record german IPO

    16-Apr-2007

    Shearman & Sterling has advised a real estate company in the largest IPO in Germany this year. The IPO of Alstria Office will allow the company to be converted into a real estate investment trust (Reit) once the new regulation is formally agreed, which is expected later this month. Lead partner of the team at Shearman Hans Diekmann said: "The German Reit regulations will hopefully be ...

  • Shell accedes to $450m settlement

    16-Apr-2007

    US firm Grant & Eisenhofer (G&E) landed an advisory role on the first-ever pan-European class settlement of securities fraud claims.

  • Shoosmiths' partnership smashes 100-member ceiling

    16-Apr-2007

    Shoosmithshas promoted 10 to the partnership, increasing its partner count to more than 100 for the first time.

  • Silverbeck, Beachcrofts duo go solo

    16-Apr-2007

    Victoria Handley and Laurence Brown have formed new firm Handley Brown in Preston, Lancashire.

  • Slaughters and Willkie Farr join action on ABN deal

    16-Apr-2007

    Slaughter and May and Willkie Farr & Gallagher have emerged as the latest firms to scoop roles advising the trio of banks on an alternative bid for ABN Amro.

  • Sonnenschein Dallas open for business

    16-Apr-2007

    Chicago-headquartered Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has launched a new office in Dallas, Texas.

  • Susan Betteridge: Kirklees Council

    16-Apr-2007

    Susan Betteridge wants to change the image of the local council lawyer. And after just seven months at Kirklees Council she looks on target to achieve her aim. By Jon Parker

  • Taylor wessing seals hilton foods float

    16-Apr-2007

    One of Tesco's key meat packaging suppliers Hilton Foods has announced its planned flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Taylor Wessing is advising the company on its listing for up to £110m next month as part of the group's strategy to expand its business into Europe. Head of private capital Tim Eyles is leading for Taylor Wessing. The flotation will be accompanied by a placing of existing ...

  • The Dodger's Chelsea smile

    16-Apr-2007

    Multiple news from the PR world reached Tulkinghorn last week. A mole pointed the great man in the direction of PR Week, which recently published its 'Power Book'. This, apparently, is "the definitive guide to the most influential people in PR". And who should feature - leering out of the top of page 30 - but Allen & Overy's (A&O) global head of comms David Crundwell, who lists his 'guilty ...

  • The South West and Wales

    16-Apr-2007

    The South West legal market may be smaller than the City’s, but in its own way it is equally frenetic.

  • The work-life quiz with James Bateson

    16-Apr-2007

    What was your first-ever job?Postman.

  • Thompsons secures key age discrimination win

    19-Apr-2007

    Thompsons has won the first age discrimination case since new laws were introduced in October 2006, paving the way for a slew of similar cases.

  • Vos looks to write some wrongs

    16-Apr-2007

    Get ready for another Legal Services Bill clash. The Lords have not even settled into the next session of Parliament and the Bar Council has already drawn its sword.

  • Ward Hadaway and Watson Burton in Toon transfer shock

    16-Apr-2007

    Newcastle-based Ward Hadaway has hired the former senior partner of local arch-rival Watson Burton Andrew Hoyle.

  • Ward Hadaway embraces former foe for expansion campaign

    16-Apr-2007

    “It’s better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.” Lyndon B Johnson.

  • Web week

    16-Apr-2007

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com.

  • Weil beats Ashurst, Lovells to Terra Firma's Alliance Boots bid

    16-Apr-2007

    Weil Gotshal & Manges has won a stunning first instruction from private equity house Terra Firma on its joint bid with Wellcome Trust to acquire Alliance Boots for more than £10bn.

  • Wilkin Chapman gets the results ball rolling

    20-Apr-2007

    Earlier this week the first of the summer's year-end results popped up in The Lawyer's email inbox.

  • Wrestlers win round three of WWF battle

    16-Apr-2007

    The wrestlers have beaten the environmentalists in the latest round of the fight over the initials WWF.