17 April 2006

The Lawyer

  • In brief

    17-Apr-2006

    Family law association Resolution has elected a new chairman, vice chairman, deputy vice chairman and secretary.

  • A page from history

    17-Apr-2006

    CMS Cameron McKenna is a firm that is certainly up with the latest developments in the firm's leisure sector brochure.

  • Appeal Court sets world freezing order rules

    17-Apr-2006

    The Court of Appeal has outlined a set of guidelines on enforcing world freezing orders, or Mareva orders, after noting that no appeal court had dealt with them before.

  • Ashurst advises banks on record-breaking PPP

    17-Apr-2006

    Ashurst has won a mandate to advise the lead managers on the financing for the UK's largest-ever PPP project.

  • Bevan Brittan scoops New Earth work

    17-Apr-2006

    Bevan Brittan has won a new client in the form of Dorset-based advance composting company New Earth Solutions.

  • Blake Lapthorn raids rival to launch travel unit

    17-Apr-2006

    South East firm Blake Lapthorn Linnell has raided local rival Penningtons for a partner to head up its new travel unit.

  • British Energy launches panel review with tender requests

    17-Apr-2006

    British Energy has made the first step towards overhauling its legal panel by sending out a formal request for tenders.

  • Buena Vista TV snaps up ex-BBC senior counsel

    17-Apr-2006

    Disney-subsidiary Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) has appointed former BBC senior counsel Simon Taylor as its chief legal officer. Taylor will take up the role of vice president legal & business affairs for BVITV's Europe, Middle East and Africa region, heading a staff of 11 across London and Paris. The appointment fills the vacancy created by Keith Poritt, who left after 10 years to join Sparrowhawk Media in June 2005. Taylor will report to Disney's European general counsel ...

  • Camerons partner joins Informa as first in-houser

    17-Apr-2006

    Publisher Informa has appointed its first general counsel, picking CMS Cameron McKenna relationship partner John Burton.

  • CC boosts Dubai Islamic finance function

    19-Apr-2006

    Clifford Chance has transferred another senior lawyer to its Dubai office as it expands its Islamic finance practice in the Gulf region.

  • CC raids Paul Hastings for US aircraft finance team

    19-Apr-2006

    Clifford Chance has boosted the ranks of its US finance and restructuring groups with two lawyers from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.

  • Chapter of American Inns lands in London

    17-Apr-2006

    The first international Chapter of the American Inns of Court (AIC) was launched in London last week, expanding transatlantic dialogue yet further. The new chapter of the AIC received its charter from AIC executive director David Carey on 10 April at Middle Temple Hall. Similar to the UK Inns of Court, the AIC aims to provide support for judges, lawyers, law professors and law students through a range of educational activities and networking events. Each of the AIC's inns meets around ...

  • Choice cut

    17-Apr-2006

    Lovells invited a few of the legal press's best and brightest hacks to a real estate lunch last week for a refresher course on some of the technical bits and bobs of real estate law. To break the ice and get things moving, the Lovells chaps sent out a quiz to the scribes to complete before attending, all in the name of a bit of fun.

  • CMS bags RBS role on Marriott acquisition

    21-Apr-2006

    CMS Cameron McKenna and Slaughter and May landed roles on the £951.4m sale of part of the Marriott hotel portfolio.

  • Co-op prepares to launch post-Clementi law firm

    21-Apr-2006

    The Co-operative Group is to become the first non-legal organisation to take advantage of forthcoming reforms by launching legal services for its members.

  • Coudert pensioner wins NY court fight to deny state tax

    17-Apr-2006

    A retired Coudert Brothers partner has won a US court battle over income tax on his pension, despite a cash black hole threatening to scupper further payment from the firm.

  • Deals roundup

    17-Apr-2006

    Stephensons secures Charlemagne AIM listing

  • Delivering the right package

    17-Apr-2006

    Putting thought and effort into tailoring a benefits package will ultimately pay off. By Diana Palmer

  • Delta Chapter 11 proceedings set to rack up $144.5m in fees

    17-Apr-2006

    A swathe of US law firms could net up to $144.5m (£82.4m) in legal fees from Delta Air Lines' Chapter 11 restructuring.

  • DWS chief exec promises to double corporate dept

    17-Apr-2006

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) chief executive Howard Morris has vowed to double the turnover and headcount of the London corporate department over the next five years.

  • Faegre boosts German office with Heussen raid

    17-Apr-2006

    US firm Faegre & Benson has ramped up its Frankfurt office with an eight-lawyer raid on German firm Heussen, leaving Heussen's Frankfurt operation with just three lawyers.

  • Fair trade?

    17-Apr-2006

    With the US putting in extradition requests for UK citizens accused of white-collar offences, and with no signs of reciprocation, Joanne Harris reports on why some regard the treaty as a farce

  • FFW's Belgian ally appoints new chief

    17-Apr-2006

    Field Fisher Waterhouse's (FFW) Belgian alliance member Verhaegen Walravens has appointed Eric Cusas as its new managing partner. Cusas joined the firm in 1998 and specialises in distribution, in particular in the retail and automotive sectors. The previous managing partner, corporate and real estate specialist Jacques Verhaegen, will return to client work. Verhaegens is a recent addition ...

  • Firm profile: Harper Mcleod

    17-Apr-2006

    Glasgow-based firm Harper McLeod aims to break the £10m turnover mark at the end of its financial year this month (April), which managing partner Lorne Crerar sees as "an important milestone".In addition to hitting the £10m turnover target, the firm's other key plan for 2006 is to strengthen its corporate finance arm, HM Corporate Solutions.Harper McLeod ...

  • Former Capgemini counsel re-emerges in Barclays IT role

    17-Apr-2006

    Barclays Bank has hired Capgemini's former general counsel for the UK and Ireland Barry Wong to head its legal IT outsourcing and supplier team. Wong will work with Andrew Collier, Barclays' head of IT, on IT outsourcing deals.

  • Fox Williams shocked as founding partner resigns

    17-Apr-2006

    Fox Williams' legendary founding partner Ronnie Fox is to leave the firm at the end of this month.

  • French independent Ginestie launches recruitment drive

    17-Apr-2006

    French independent Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent & Associés has added six fee-earners to its roster, poaching from domestic rivals and US firms.

  • Freshfields and Linklaters prepare for Babcock's Eircom bid

    19-Apr-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has cemented its ties with Eircom, acting for the Irish telecoms company, which is the target of a potential EUR2.36bn (£1.63bn) takeover offer from Australian investment group Babcock & Brown.

  • Freshfields and Linklaters scoop work on joint Babcock takeover

    17-Apr-2006

    Linklaters scoop work on joint Babcock takeover" /Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have secured lead advisory roles on a potential joint takeover bid for Babcock International.

  • Grapevine

    17-Apr-2006

    Beaufort House swap shop

  • Hardwicke brings in academic for IT boost

    17-Apr-2006

    Hardwicke Building's new IP team has bagged a leading academic to strengthen its IT law capacity.

  • Herbies overhauls tax group to boost disputes practice

    20-Apr-2006

    Herbert Smith tax partner Neil Warriner has become head of the firm's tax group following Heather Gething's decision to step down from the role.

  • Herbies set to move in with allies

    17-Apr-2006

    Herbert Smith's Brussels office is set to relocate to shared office space with alliance partners Stibbe and Gleiss Lutz.

  • Hextalls goes stateside in merger quest

    17-Apr-2006

    City law firm Hextalls is gearing up its search for a US alliance or merger partner following the election of the firm's new eight-member executive committee.

  • In search of a legal olympian

    17-Apr-2006

    The race to be general counsel of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) is on, so The Lawyer thought it would steal headhunter Elizabeth Wall's thunder and put together a quick shortlist.

  • International report

    17-Apr-2006

    Orsay Avocats Associés is a small firm, but it is quietly flourishing in the world of big deals.

  • Irwin Mitchell launches London family team with Kingsley hire

    19-Apr-2006

    Irwin Mitchell is growing its family law team with the hire of Kingsley Napley partner Elizabeth Hicks.

  • Judge slams top barristers in wake of BCCI judgment

    17-Apr-2006

    Mr Justice Tomlinson labelled the behaviour of some of the country's top lawyers as "unattractive" last week as he delivered a damning judgment on the collapse of the BCCI trial.

  • Kilpatrick offloads London litigation head and hires Vinson arbitration ace in refocus

    17-Apr-2006

    The London office of Kilpatrick Stockton has managed out another partner while at the same time making its first lateral partner hire since it began a massive downsizing operation in the City.

  • Latham appoints Moyle as London managing partner

    17-Apr-2006

    US firm Latham & Watkins has appointed IT and outsourcing partner Andrew Moyle as its London managing partner.

  • Law Soc names new chief executive

    21-Apr-2006

    The Law Society has picked the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland’s chief executive Desmond Hudson as its new chief executive.

  • Linklaters hires two to bolster Paris restructuring practice

    17-Apr-2006

    Linklaters' French restructuring practice has been given a boost by the appointment of two new partners from French firm Sonier Poulain & Associés.

  • Lovells overhauls partnership council

    21-Apr-2006

    Lovells has completely overhauled its partnership council adding five new members to its partnership council, following a vote of the partnership yesterday (Thursday).

  • Manches demands Gizmondo payment

    17-Apr-2006

    Manches has launched a bid to recover more than £500,000 in unpaid fees for work carried out for bankrupt video games company Gizmondo Europe.

  • Mannheimer plunders Vinge for China launch

    17-Apr-2006

    Swedish firm Mannheimer Swartling has launched in China by raiding local rival Vinge, taking its sole Hong Kong partner Thomas Lagerqvist and Shanghai office head Ulf Ohrling. The practice, to be bolstered by Swedish associates from Mannheimer, will focus on M&A and IP work, while also advising on real estate and dispute resolution. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 12 April

  • Merger creates Japan's biggest firm

    17-Apr-2006

    Japanese powerhouse Nishimura & Partners and Asahi Koma Law Offices are set to form the biggest law firm in the country following the firms’ shock announcement that they are to merge.

  • Misys appoints Eversheds partner to new banking job

    17-Apr-2006

    Global software products and solutions group Misys has hired Eversheds IT partner Suzanne Mercer to head its legal division for banking.

  • Oar-fully hard challenge

    17-Apr-2006

    It's well known that lawyers are fond of a spot of lunch in a nice restaurant; consequently, some might find themselves a little on the wrong side of portly. But those sickeningly energetic people at the Freshfields gym are attempting to rid the firm's lawyers of excess flab by challenging them to 'inspire a workmate'.

  • Opinion

    17-Apr-2006

    Solicitors should put their knowledge into practice and not be afraid of taking centre stage in court

  • Orrick licence saga leads to closure or liberalisation in China

    17-Apr-2006

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe's struggle to secure operating licences for the Chinese offices it acquired from Coudert Brothers could become the catalyst to further liberalisation of the Chinese legal market.

  • Partnership promotions attain new heights at CC

    17-Apr-2006

    Corporate and finance were the big winners as Clifford Chance announced its biggest round of partnership promotions in four years.

  • People

    17-Apr-2006

    South East firm asb law has hired Rosemary Madders as an associate from Thomas Eggar, Samantha Thomas as a solicitor from Philippsohn Crawfords Berwald and Anita McGowan as senior HR officer from Allen & Overy. US firm Dechert

  • Pinsents hikes professional liability

    17-Apr-2006

    Pinsent Masons raided Charles Russell's insurance practice for joint head of professional liability Jacquetta Castle. Castle, who joins on 24 April, will work with partner Fiona Heyes to develop the firm's professional liability practice. Charles Russell retains five partners in its insurance group, while Pinsents ...

  • Reed Smith entices Richards Butler HK to talk tie-ups

    17-Apr-2006

    Reed Smith has secured a crucial meeting with Richards Butler Hong Kong, as the City firm's hugely profitable arm considers its options.

  • Richards Butler wins Appeal Court case for insurers against North Star

    17-Apr-2006

    Richards Butler has won in the Court of Appeal, upholding the case of insurers against a shipowner suspected of scuppering its own vessel.

  • Sanjay Lobo: Lastminute.com

    17-Apr-2006

    Come on, admit it. You have had a sneaky look for holidays on lastminute.com, dreaming of sandy beaches, instead of proofreading those contract terms and conditions. Imagine then, being Sanjay Lobo. On the fast-track to the top of the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) world, the 30-year-old is legal director of one of the hottest companies in the market: Lastminute.com is his homepage - he’s paid to look at it. Legitimately.

  • Separated at birth

    17-Apr-2006

    Martin Sheen gets to play the leader of the free world, ruling the White House roost on a weekly basis in The West Wing. But with the show coming to a close in a few weeks in the US, the Hollywood actor has been spotted masquerading as a property partner at SJ Berwin under the pseudonym John Eldridge. After all, what else is there to being partner than looking comfortable in a suit and tie and ...

  • Shepherds offers business law advice on Prince's Trust website

    17-Apr-2006

    Edinburgh-based Shepherd & Wedderburn is working with youth enterprise charity the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) on a new online resource for Scottish entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 25 who are trying to set up businesses.

  • Shoosmiths wins Compass lawyer

    17-Apr-2006

    Shoosmiths has poached in-house lawyer David Jackson from global catering group Compass for its Birmingham office.

  • Sidley outstrips rivals in HK IPO stakes

    17-Apr-2006

    Sidley Austin has taken the bulk of the riches in the IPO goldrush sweeping Hong Kong.

  • Simple Simmons

    17-Apr-2006

    Simmons & Simmons partners obviously had communication skills high on their agenda when it came time to vote for new management.

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Human Resources

    17-Apr-2006

    While larger law firms still believe a juicy cash bonus is the best incentive, other firms are realising that the way to keep staff motivated and happy is to offer remuneration packages that account for a wider range of needs

  • Tax presage

    17-Apr-2006

    The newest resident in Vinson & Elkins' swish City offices, American Jim Loftis, co-head of the firm's international dispute resolution practice, boasts something none of his other US colleagues have got. And no, it's not an all-things-Enron indemnity. It's an understanding of cricket.

  • The work-life quiz

    17-Apr-2006

    What was your first-ever job?

  • Three-way fight for Lastminute position

    17-Apr-2006

    Lastminute.com has asked three firms to pitch for its general commercial work to support its three-lawyer in-house function.

  • Tight fittings

    17-Apr-2006

    Kirkland & Ellis prides itself on having a flat management structure, but it would seem this strategy has gone out with the trash when it comes to the swish new offices at that London landmark the Gherkin.

  • Travers leads Macquarie through Compass buy

    17-Apr-2006

    Travers Smith has advised Macquarie Bank on a successful £1.82bn consortium bid for the travel concessions business of the world's largest contract catering group Compass.

  • Trowers makes up eight partners

    17-Apr-2006

    Trowers & Hamlins has promoted eight to its partnership, boosting the firm's total partnership to 89. The firm promoted two partners each in litigation (Lucy James (left) and Peter Parsons) and housing (Catherine Hunt and Steven Smith). Other promotions included Andrew Sneddon in tax, Jon Kiddle in the Manchester commercial property practice, Chris Pedder in projects and construction and Scott ...

  • Two birds with one moan

    17-Apr-2006

    Guffaws of laughter echoed around Tulkinghorn Towers last week when news reached it of Bird & Bird's… ahem… compromising position with new burlesque club Volupté, which entertains patrons in the basement of the firm's building.

  • Wanted: new legal chief for Olympics

    17-Apr-2006

    The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) has set its requirements for the new role of general counsel, and it is looking for one of the most senior people in the legal market.