16 February 2004

The Lawyer

  • ‘Rome II’ European privacy law set to invade UK media

    16-Feb-2004

    UK media companies could soon lose the battle to keep privacy laws out of the UK because of an EU proposal allowing claimants to sue for privacy using the law of any country where the material has been published.

  • …and offers US corporate finance

    16-Feb-2004

    Herbert Smith has founded a US corporate finance capability in its Hong Kong office. The move is intended to take advantage of the new wave of privatisations and initial public offerings (IPOs) that are expected in the Chinese market this year.

  • …as SFO drops £10m action

    16-Feb-2004

    After racking up at least £10m in legal fees, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has abandoned a case after being told of a crucial legal point that lawyers argue it should have been aware of from the outset.

  • A&O shifts Albanian office over to Wolf Theiss

    16-Feb-2004

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is to transfer its two-lawyer Albanian office to Austrian ally Wolf Theiss after deciding that the office no longer fitted with its strategy. A&O had inherited the Tirana office when it merged with Italian firm Brosio Casati e Associati in 1998. It was initially established to serve the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Finance Corporation, ...

  • A&O’s brush with Wella gifts firm advisory role

    16-Feb-2004

    Following a minor role on Wella’s sale to Procter & Gamble last year, Allen & Overy (A&O) has become one of the company’s main advisers.A&O is advising Wella on a global licensing agreement with Procter & Gamble concerning Wella’s retail business as well as other concerns.“It’s an extremely close relationship. Over the last six months, Hans-Christoph Ihrig has worked on little else, and ...

  • AIG/Lincoln turns to A&O for Munich deal

    16-Feb-2004

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has scored real estate developer AIG/Lincoln as a new client, after advising it on the development and pre-sale of a Munich office building to German closed-end fund Sachsenfond.

  • Allens Arthur Robinson scoops plum role on Commonwealth Games

    18-Feb-2004

    Allens Arthur Robinson has once again proved it is the top choice for major sporting events, having won the coveted role of official law firm to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

  • Anthony Gold benefits from Barnett Sampson’s closure

    16-Feb-2004

    Holborn-based family and commercial property firm Barnett Sampson has dissolved after 20 years in practice, with the bulk of its partnership migrating to Anthony Gold.

  • Appeal judges over-rule minister over sentencing of young murderers

    17-Feb-2004

    The Appeal judges ruled against David Blunkett last week when they held that ministers must keep under periodic review the minimum terms in custody set by the lord chief justice for under-18s convicted of murder and called for a reform of the "almost impenetrable" law.

  • Bullying bosses to pay for mental stress

    17-Feb-2004

    Thousand of workers will have the right to claim compensation for the stress and harassment caused when they are dismissed unfairly in workplace bullying cases, after the Court of Appeal last week overturned 30-year old case law.

  • Cadwalader boosts New York, London offices

    16-Feb-2004

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has boosted New York and London with the addition of five special counsel. Justin Bickle, Yvette Croucher and Tony Horspool will bolster financial restructuring in London, while in New York real estate attorney Michael Kavourias and healthcare, not-for-profit attorney Pamela Landman have been appointed.

  • CC’s US practice loses second partner in a week

    16-Feb-2004

    Clifford Chance’s US practice has been hit with its second partner loss in less than a week as its co-leader of banking and financial restructuring departs. Robert Finley, the former managing partner of the pre-merger Clifford Chance New York office, is leaving for King & Spalding. The announcement comes just days after Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft revealed that Clifford Chance litigation partner ...

  • Chadbourne & Parke restructures London management

    16-Feb-2004

    Chadbourne & Parke has revamped its London management team.

  • Charles Russell snr partner Watt re-elected

    16-Feb-2004

    Charles Russell senior partner Laurie Watt (left) has been re-elected unopposed for his third term. Watt, who has been senior partner since 1998, will serve two years of the three-year term before he retires from equity in 2006. Watt will continue as a fee-earning litigator, a trustee of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a director of the US-based law firm referral association ALFA.

  • Ciba hires legal chief from Eastman Kodak

    16-Feb-2004

    Ciba Specialty Chemicals has recruited the European general counsel of Eastman Kodak to head its legal function in its Basle head office in Switzerland.

  • Clintons bags TV celebrities

    16-Feb-2004

    Clintons has scooped a hat-trick of instructions to advise all three finalists in the hit ITV show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

  • Comment

    16-Feb-2004

    The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) believes it can win more cases by employing more investigators; its merger with the City of London Police was partly to do just that, for instance. But take the Swepstone Walsh-related case. The SFO spent four years gathering evidence. It did a great job: the trial judge said the SFO’s case was “scrupulously investigated”. Then it brought in a convicted fraudster, John Thomson, as its key witness.

  • Commercial Court decision imminent

    16-Feb-2004

    Next week, the Government will announce its long-awaited decision on whether to commit £100m to building a new Commercial Court.

  • Commission plans to simplify IP with EU Community Patent Court

    16-Feb-2004

    The creation of a Community Patent Court with EU jurisdiction has been formally proposed by the European Commission in its bid to harmonise and simplify EU intellectual property protection.

  • Corporate deals round-up

    16-Feb-2004

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (Simon Pollock) advised Supercart on its admission to AIM. The float raised £4m for the supermarket trolley company. Lawrence Graham (Hugh Maule) advised the nominated adviser to the float, Charles Stanley & Co.

  • Coudert partner promotions benefit China and New York offices

    18-Feb-2004

    Coudert Brothers has announced its annual partner appointments, with the bulk of new partners hailing from the firm’s New York and China practices.

  • Council in first corporate killing prosecution

    17-Feb-2004

    Barrow Borough Council in Cumbria is to be prosecuted for the manslaughter of seven people who died from legionnaire's disease, it was announced last week, in the first corporate manslaughter case of its kind.

  • Covington finds new energy in Washington

    20-Feb-2004

    Covington & Burling is poised to add energy attorney William Massey as a partner to its Washington office. His practice will be focused on energy-related regulatory and legislative matters.

  • De Brauw set to capture Freshfields tax team

    17-Feb-2004

    Dutch heavyweight De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is poised to raid the Amsterdam tax team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

  • Dentons wins Japanese Cabinet Office appointment

    20-Feb-2004

    Name lawyer of Denton Wilde Sapte’s Japanese office Denton Wilde Sapte Kashio Law, Tetsuya Kashio, has been appointed by the Japanese Cabinet Office to manage its newly established department of compliance.

  • Deutsche Bank loses general counsel to rival

    16-Feb-2004

    Deutsche Bank has lost its general counsel for the Americas Timothy Mayopoulus to Charlotte-based Bank of America (BoA). Mayopoulus, who joined as general counsel and executive vice-president, has been replaced by the German bank’s global head of litigation Robert Khuzami.

  • Dewey Ballantine to cash in by letting new office space

    16-Feb-2004

    Dewey Ballantine stands to generate up to £500,000 in income as a result of the bumper deal it has just signed on new office space.

  • Disney calls in Wachtell for takeover battle

    16-Feb-2004

    Disney has shown that it is up for the challenge of fighting Comcast’s $66bn hostile takeover bid by appointing defence specialist Martin Lipton of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.

  • Dust-buster

    16-Feb-2004

    Neil Toner reports on the new obligations that the Asbestos at Work Regulations impose on landlords and tenants

  • Editorial: Legal aid and social exclusion

    17-Feb-2004

    Last week LawZone reported on the concerns of Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) workers about how legal aid coverage was stretched to the point of being threadbare, or non-existent, in many parts of the country.

  • Employing care

    16-Feb-2004

    When buying a commercial property, lawyers need to be aware of how employment law can affect the deal. Valmai Adams gives the lowdown

  • Eversheds reported to OSS over Hendrix

    16-Feb-2004

    Eversheds and Harbottle & Lewis have been reported to the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) because of an altercation over the copyright to Jimi Hendrix music.

  • EY Law makes Moscow hire

    17-Feb-2004

    Ernst & Young is cementing its commitment to providing legal services in Europe with the hire of Russian partner James Mandel from Salans to EY Law in Moscow.

  • Firm profile: KIMBELLS

    16-Feb-2004

    There are more than a few lawyers who have given up the profession in favour of deal-making in the tough world of corporate finance. But at Milton Keynes’ firm Kimbells, the lawyers get to combine commercial with legal in a way that might persuade many a would-be businessman, perhaps even entrepreneur, to keep that practising certificate going.

  • Freshfields elects new management

    16-Feb-2004

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has held elections for three posts on its 32-member partnership council, re-electing Rome partner Fabrizio Arossa and appointing German partner Matthias-Gabriel Kremer and London partner Alan Newton to the board for the first time.

  • Gide Loyrette Nouel takes on 12,000sq ft space in CityPoint

    16-Feb-2004

    French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has signalled its commitment to the London market this week by securing 12,000sq ft of permanent office space in CityPoint.

  • Glazer Delmar branches into commercial property

    16-Feb-2004

    South-east London firm Glazer Delmar has launched a commercial property department with its first hire.

  • Grapevine

    18-Feb-2004

    It's heartwarming to think that £400-an-hour corporate finance lawyers haven't spent a slow 18 months playing with their executive toys.

  • GreenWorks set for host of law firm moves

    16-Feb-2004

    With a host of law firms currently on the market for a new home, not-for-profit organisation GreenWorks looks set to have a bumper year.

  • Hammonds and Travers pitch in to save Paddington centre

    16-Feb-2004

    Paddington Law Centre has had a cosmetic facelift less than one year after being saved from closure.

  • Herbies lands IPO for major HK bank

    16-Feb-2004

    Herbert Smith’s Hong Kong office has scooped an instruction to act for China Construction Bank in what could be the largest initial public offering (IPO) seen in the global equities market this year.

  • Hextalls raids Beachcrofts for new professional indemnity head

    18-Feb-2004

    Hextalls is continuing its attack on the London market, with the hire of Beachcroft Wansbrough’s insurance litigation partner Dominic Dennis-Browne to head the firm’s professional indemnity department.

  • Howard Kennedy bolsters media department with Hammonds lateral

    18-Feb-2004

    Howard Kennedy continues to beef up its media department with the hire of another Hammonds partner. Justin Stephenson joins the eight-strong media team headed by his former Hammonds colleague Brian Eagles.

  • Jeantet posts 9.5 per cent revenue hike

    18-Feb-2004

    French firm Jeantet Associés has boosted revenues by 9.5 per cent on 2002.

  • Judge calls for reform of law in 'hit and run' cases

    17-Feb-2004

    A judge made the case for tougher laws governing illegal motorists after being forced to cut his own sentence in the controversial case of an asylum seeker who failed to stop after he ran over and killed a nine-year-old boy.

  • Lafarge brought in by Lawrence Graham on Wilmington deal

    16-Feb-2004

    Lawrence Graham has called on its Paris-based best friend Lafarge Flecheux Campana Le Blevennec to act on Wilmington Group’s first major deal outside the UK, the acquisition of Agence de Presse Medicale Internationale (APM) from Reuters.

  • Landwell faces SEC deadline on audit clients

    20-Feb-2004

    Landwell’s global legal network has been given a deadline of 30th June by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this year to stop working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) SEC registered audit clients.

  • Latham in two partner swoop on Mayer Brown

    19-Feb-2004

    Latham & Watkins has poached two financial regulatory partners for its Washington DC office from Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw.

  • Leader

    16-Feb-2004

    It was all go at the Business Design Centre in Islington last week for the Legal IT 2004 show.

  • Legal Widow

    16-Feb-2004

    We got an exciting letter the other day from one of the Lawyer’s old firms, inviting him to a reunion of past employees. Like a school reunion, said the Lawyer, except without any surprises, as it’s fairly certain that if you were doing commercial property back in 1985, you’ll still be doing it now, but with less hair (and that holds good if you’re a female lawyer). And your kids will just be older.

  • Levelling the land

    16-Feb-2004

    Jonathan Seitler QC finds out what lies behind the recent rash of rent review appeals

  • Linklaters, Clifford Chance in the cold on Telegraph bid

    16-Feb-2004

    - Telegraph auction ignites City M&A - Weil Gotshal’s Francies captures top CC client Apax - Allen & Overy scoops Cinven - But CC scores PizzaExpress over Slaughters in new bid

  • London & Regional hits Lawrence Graham with negligence suit

    16-Feb-2004

    London & Regional (L&R) is suing Lawrence Graham for almost £30m over a deal that was allegedly bungled by Michael Fielding, the former partner who fled the country after allegedly taking £2m from L&R’s account.

  • Lost at sea

    16-Feb-2004

    The International Maritime Bureau is about to set up a global panel of law firms to help it fight shipping fraud. Brendan Malkin opens the hatch

  • LSC ‘win-only’ payment scheme on the cards for UK class actions

    16-Feb-2004

    A radical overhaul of funding arrangements for group action litigation is understood to be under consideration.

  • Management cuts back in Eversheds network rejig

    16-Feb-2004

    Eversheds will unveil its trimmed management structure on 1 May, when the final part of its rejigged regional network is put into place.

  • Mathesons scores life sciences in-houser from Elan

    16-Feb-2004

    Dublin firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice has bolstered its life sciences group with the hire of Tom Mahr, vice-president of legal affairs at pharmaceutical giant Elan.

  • Media lawyers lambast the use of CFAs in libel

    16-Feb-2004

    In-house lawyers from five major newspaper groups and two broadcasters have been refused permission by the Court of Appeal to intervene in the libel case brought by political activist Adam Musa King against the Telegraph Group.

  • Millions wasted as SFO witness in money laundering case is rejected

    16-Feb-2004

    The Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) use of a former solicitor – described by a judge as a “liar” and a “thief” – as a leading witness in its prosecution of an $11.5m (£6.1m) money laundering scam has led to the collapse of the case, which cost millions of taxpayers’ money. The case concerned the alleged laundering of proceeds from a fraudulent high-yield investment scheme through the client accounts of several law firms, including the now defunct Swepstone Walsh.

  • Morgan Lewis bags White & Case partner

    16-Feb-2004

    The Belgian office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius has poached White & Case Ger-man antitrust partner Gerrit Schohe to boost its Brussels competition platform.

  • Opinion

    16-Feb-2004

    The Financial Services Authority’s decision last December to fine Abbey a record £2m for slack money laundering checks highlights a common problem that affects the legal profession. UK law firms represent thousands of clients every day, a percentage of which are likely to have engaged in illegal financial dealings. Blind trust could potentially lead to serious problems – not least ...

  • Orrick lures ex-Winston & Strawn senior partner

    16-Feb-2004

    US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has swooped for Alan D’Ambrosio, a former senior partner of Winston & Strawn. D’Ambrosio joins the firm as a partner in Orrick’s New York corporate practice. His practice will focus on IT and outsourcing and European corporate work. D’Ambrosio’s European experience has mainly been advising French and Italian companies on cross-border joint ventures ...

  • Portners launches property litigation

    16-Feb-2004

    West End property boutique Portner and Jaskel has launched a specialist property litigation department with the hire of a team from the London office of Morgan Cole.

  • PwC survey finds firms’ credit management lacking

    16-Feb-2004

    Law firms need to make credit management a core part of their client service, a partner from Pricewater-houseCoopers (PwC) claimed following the publication of its annual research into law firm finances.

  • Scottish Re scores Royal & SunAlliance heavyweight

    16-Feb-2004

    The UK arm of Bermuda-based life reinsurer Scottish Re has appointed George Scott as its first ever in-house lawyer.

  • Sector focus: In good company

    16-Feb-2004

    In the second of a brand new series looking at key clients, Jodi Bartle asks top in-house construction lawyers for their views on the sector

  • Sidley considers hedging

    16-Feb-2004

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood is among a number of US firms exploring the possibility of entering into commercial hedging contracts to protect its partners’ compensation against any future decline in value of the dollar.

  • Silk pay kept low on Saville Inquiry

    16-Feb-2004

    Counsel to the Saville Inquiry Christopher Clarke QC has earned £3.7m for six years’ full-time work, much less than the former doyen of the commercial bar could have made from sticking to heavyweight City cases.

  • Simmons partner fills MCI legal counsel role

    16-Feb-2004

    Upheaval in MCI’s legal department has seen its chief international counsel depart and Simmons & Simmons partner Rhys Williams step in.

  • Simpson set for bumper M&A year as it scoops Vodafone from S&C

    16-Feb-2004

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has captured a role advising Vodafone on its expected $30bn (£15.86bn) offer for US operator AT&T Wireless – over usual adviser Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • Speechly hires ex-Mayer construction partner

    16-Feb-2004

    Speechly Bircham has picked up its second lateral this year after recruiting a former Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw construction partner. David Gwillim joined Speechly after more than five years at Mayer Brown. He handles specialist contracting disputes on UK and international infrastructure, transport and reclamation ...

  • St Philips hikes turnover by ninety-three per cent

    16-Feb-2004

    A bumper January, with gross income for the month hitting a record £2.25m, has helped St Philips Chambers post total revenues of £18.3m for its last financial year.

  • Steel Hector indignant as judge condemns $92m client payout

    16-Feb-2004

    Steel Hector & Davis has defended its conduct after being slammed by US District Judge Alan Gold in relation to perceived conflicts arising out of its involvement in a controversial $92.3m (£48.8m) payment to top executives of utility company FPL Group.

  • Stikeman ousted from CSFB case

    16-Feb-2004

    Stikeman Elliot was last week barred from defending Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) against accusations of violating trading rules because of a conflict of interest.

  • Study shows a third of people suffer civil strife

    16-Feb-2004

    A national study has revealed that one in three people experience civil justice problems. The findings were unearthed by the Legal Services Research Centre in the most in-depth and long-term study ever conducted in England and Wales. It was also revealed that one in five take no action to solve their problem and close to a million problems go unsolved each year due to a lack of understanding of basic rights.

  • Sullivan & Cromwell backs winning horse in race for AT&T

    18-Feb-2004

    Sullivan & Cromwell’s snub of regular client Vodafone has resulted in the US firm backing the winning horse in the race to acquire AT&T Wireless.

  • Swap shop

    16-Feb-2004

    UK real estate investors are ready to welcome in a new dawn for property investment. Mark Daley reports on swap developments

  • TAG firms to be paid, finally

    17-Feb-2004

    The 700-odd law firms on The Accident Group (TAG) panel, who were left reeling in the wake of the collapse of the discredited claims management giant last year, may finally recover some of their costs following an agreement struck last week between claimant lawyers and defendant insurers.

  • TeCSA joins Seymour critics

    16-Feb-2004

    The Technology and Construction Solicitors Association (TeCSA) has waded in to the debate surrounding the conduct of Mr Justice Seymour and the Technology and Construction Court (TCC).

  • The BBC behemoth: how Auntie’s rivals missed a trick

    16-Feb-2004

    Helen Power on how the authorities backed down from censuring the BBC’s commercial activities

  • The UK arm of Bermuda-based life reinsurer Scottish Re has appointed George Scott as its first ever in-house lawyer.

    16-Feb-2004

    Clintons has scooped a hat-trick of instructions to advise all three finalists in the hit ITV show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

  • Townsend and Townsend and Crew reveal San Francisco merger

    18-Feb-2004

    US firm Townsend and Townsend and Crew is to merge with litigation boutique Legal Strategies Group (LSG).

  • Tulkinghorn

    16-Feb-2004

    Which Ashurst partner is known in the firm as ‘symbol’, in honour of diminutive purple rocker Prince, after changing his name?

  • Wragges wards off Treasury Solicitor for Napster address

    16-Feb-2004

    Wragges wards off Treasury Solicitor for Napster address" /Wragge & Co has secured a crucial domain name victory for new client Roxio, the owner of the outlawed former file-sharing system Napster.