17 February 2003
National Dutch airline KLM is considering appointing Allen & Overy (A&O) and Slaughter and May's best friend Nauta Dutilh after falling out with its longstanding adviser at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Allen & Overy has appointed partner David Kidd to head its Asian business restructuring and insolvency group. Kidd, who will replace group head Mark Sterling, joined from CMS Cameron McKenna 18 months ago. First revealed onwww.thelawyer.com/ lawyernews 13 February
Allen & Overy (A&O) is taking on local New York firms at their own game by muscling in on the litigation arena
Allen & Overy (A&O) is likely to be the biggest loser following Vivendi Environment's recent decision to dilute its stake in Southern Water and to delay the refinancing of the group's debt. The firm looks set to lose the lucrative refinancing of Southern Water's debt to Linklaters.After continued regulatory uncertainty, Vivendi has now agreed to take just a 20 per ...
The Government's overhaul of planning legislation has turned out to be more of a tinkering, says Gill Castorina
Baker & McKenzie has signed up a three-partner team from collapsed firm Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. Partners Shane Byrne, Phillip Bush and Jason Kuhns and four associates will join the corporate and securities practice at the firms San Francisco office. With Byrnes team, Baker & McKenzie now has 92 lawyers, including 28 partners, in its Bay Area offices. San Francisco and Palo Alto managing partner Peter Engstrom said: "We're thrilled to have attracted ...
Beachcroft Wansbroughs has recruited Jessica Hendrie-Liaño from the in-house team at internet service provider Freeserve. Hendrie-Liaño, who is also the chair of the Internet Service Providers' Association, joins the firm as a partner. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 12 February
Pillman takes the reins as Kellerman revises his 'long-term vision' to a few months
A nine-strong cabal of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison partners did not allow its lawyers to vote on the firm's dissolution, The Lawyer can reveal
CMS Cameron McKenna and Eversheds have emerged victorious from a hard-fought Taylor Woodrow tender that has seen 10 other firms axed
Tenants are still hesitant to sign up agreements under the new Code of Practice for Commercial Leases, according to figures released by Land Securities
Collyer Bristows head of employment has moved to Rosenblatt Solicitors
The Competition Com-mission has boosted its legal team by 33 per cent and plans to increase its economics department by up to 100 per cent
Enron's legal advisers have once again been slammed, this time in a report by the US Congress tabled in Washington last week
The Co-operative Group has sidelined DLA and Richard Mawrey QC in favour of Ashurst Morris Crisp and Christopher Carr QC of One Essex Court following the judge's stinging rebuke of its case against Fujitsu Services
In last week's issue of The Lawyer in the litigation column it was incorrectly stated that Indian company Spectrum Power Generation (SPG) had been accused of receiving millions of pounds of bribes in an action brought by shareholders in that company. In fact, the company was not and, as far as we are aware, has never been, accused of taking bribes. The allegation actually related to a director of SPG, which is not a party to this action. In addition, and contrary to what was stated, ...
In last week's edition of The Lawyer, in an article referring to Phillip Green, chairman of British Home Stores, we erroneously stated that Mrs Green had purchased shares privately in the retailer M&S and that she had been investigated for insider dealing. We would like to make it clear that Mrs Green's purchase had been made with the full knowledge and prior consent of the Stock Exchange. She was never investigated for insider dealing since the purchases were cleared ...
Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth has appointed a litigation team from Holding Redlich, led by former senior partner Jonathan Kramersh
Bob Dole, senator, former presidential candidate and sometime Viagra salesman, is swapping politics for law as he joins Washington DC firm Alston & Bird
White & Case steps in as CIBC instruction eludes Freshfields
An array of legislation makes waste management an arduous task. Andrew Wait discusses working party recommendations to encourage the redevelopment of brownfield sites
Emma Vere-Jones says that US links may be good for real estate, but there's no place like home
After a year of deliberation, the European Commission has given its conditional approval to a scheme that will see UK stamp duty waived in disadvantaged areas
In a bid to cut EU law of its verbiage, the European Commission (EC) is planning to pulp up to 35,000 pages of legislation by 2005
Formal agreement has been secured by the EU Council of Ministers over a new legal aid directive, which would ease access to justice for litigants in cross-border civil and commercial disputes
Eversheds links with Al-Jufairi as the Middle East liberalises its economy to attract foreign business
With Australia conquered, Fox Brooks has got New Zealand in its sight
Six test cases of great importance to the legal costs industry have been co-joined to be heard before a single court next month
Hammonds has lost another partner to a national rival. Leeds banking partner Kathryn Walters is negotiating her exit to join Eversheds
The International Legal Assistance Consortium (Ilac), an umbrella group for the world's largest law organisations, is preparing to launch a mission to Sri Lanka to find ways of rebuilding the country's judicial system
Ince & Co has been added to a list of respondents, which already includes Weil Gotshal & Manges, because of insurance advice given in relation to two key tranches of film finance litigation
Accountancy-tied firm Landwell has scored a major private equity coup with an instruction from E1bn (£666m) fund Change Capital
Discussing Londons terrible transport situation one night, a lawyer chum of Tulkinghorns pointed out that the former vice-president of the Law Society Kamlesh Bahl also happened to sit on the board of Transport for London. But when asked which body he thought operated more effectively, the lawyer was lost for words. Now thats a rare sight.
Latham & Watkins has hired the former general counsel of Asia Global Crossings Japanese operations for its corporate team in Tokyo
The fight for Safeway looks set to become a feeding frenzy as law firm conflicts bring new advisers into the fray. It seems Lovells, and possibly Denton Wilde Sapte, have been brought in to advise Waitrose and Marks & Spencer (M&S).M&S is considering store acquisitions and Waitrose has intervened with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to object to further sector consolidation. However, it is highly likely that M&S is also talking to the OFT and that Waitrose ...
Pay and performance reviews are looming, and the Lawyer is bewailing the fact that he is no nearer equity than before, in spite of changing his tactics and going to every single tedious social event and corporate PR do on last year’s calendar, in the hope of charming the board, or at least making sure they know who he is.
The legal market is a lot more fluid than it used to be. Once upon a time Tulkinghorn would be shocked to hear of an esteemed colleague moving firms, but now it seems that any yankee doodle firm with a fist full of dollars and a cheeky smile can entice a partner from a magic circle firm. While there are those that have benefited from this new paradigm, former Swedish MP Rolf Åbjörnsson could teach them all a lesson. After retiring from politics, Åbjörnsson ...
Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC is at the forefront of the launch of a new group aimed at helping lawyers to use and understand human rights law
The Hong Kong property market has suffered at the hands of the Asian economic downturn. Simon Reid-Kay reports on the region's recovery strategies
City firm in first for Prudential Plc after PruPIM triumph; Cripps also in the frame
Former Masons senior partner John Bishop, who stepped down in November 2002, is jetting out to head up the firm's Hong Kong office
Masons has announced a joint venture with US West Coast firm Thelen Reid & Priest. The joint venture, named Masons Thelen Reid, will focus on international infrastructure projects particularly in emerging markets such as China, India, the Middle East and South America. The venture will operate as an English limited liability partnership with access to all lawyers from each firm. Steve O'Neal of Thelen Reid and Vincent Rowan of Masons will be joint managing partners.
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is the latest to benefit from the collapse of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, snapping up the tech giants IT outsourcing group. Mayer Brown has taken on Brobecks former IT head Nigel Howard and lead outsourcing partner David Hudanish along with four other lawyers.The teams outsourcing clients include DuPont, JP Morgan Chase, American Airlines and Reuters. ...
Many of the provisions of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 were enacted specifically to protect the owners of residential leases from the worst excesses of bad landlords
Morgan Cole has elected litigation partner Robin Havard as its new chairman. Havard beat corporate lawyer Graeme Guthrie and litigator Allan Wilson to the job at the top of the troubled firm. Havard will replace incumbent John Cole on 1 April 2003. He commented: "I would like to pay tribute to the manner in which my partners Graeme Guthrie and Allan Wilson conducted our election. I am honoured ...
How did the miscarriage of justice visited upon wrongly convicted child murderer Sally Clark happen? Matheu Swallow gets the lowdown from her lead defender John Batt and asks: are the courts out of their depth in such cases?
Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Derek Wyatt tabled an early-day motion last week calling for Simmons & Simmons consultant Karyl Nairn to hand over the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Articles of Association
Michael Burne has hit the ground running in his new role at Inter-Alliance and the company's new business model will keep him busy for some time. Husnara Begum reports
Macfarlanes' German best friend Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz posted a huge 30 per cent increase in turnover in 2002
The New Zealand government is set to abolish the title of Queen's Counsel (QC), and will instead honour top members of the legal community with the title of Special Counsel (SC) instead
Advising companies engaged in transaction disputes gives me a bird's eye view of the common reasons for disagreement between buyer and seller once a deal has completed
Michael Pescod, the former Slaughter and May rainmaker, has left Gleacher & Co, the acquisitions and merger boutique he joined just under two years ago, to strike out on his own
Is white collar boxing the new golf? Alex Wade finds that swapping the boardroom for the boxing ring is proving a big hit with lawyers
The merger of IBM and PwC Consulting has led to Shaw Pittman losing its only IT supplier client as well as threatening PwC Consulting's other external IT legal advisers with the axe
Nicholson Graham & Jones (Piers Coleman, Nicky Myerson) advised Aberdeen Property Investors UK on behalf of Windsor Life Assurance Company in its acquisition of office and retail investments for £36.8m. Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Nabarro Nathanson advised the sellers.
Salans has announced a static financial year, with turnover remaining at £84m and average profits per partner dipping under the £401,000 mark of 2001 to £397,000
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw's Paris office has raided SG Archibald for a team of corporate lawyers. Partner Xavier Jaspar brings his team of four lawyers from the former Andersen Legal firm. Jaspar and his team specialise in mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 13 February
SJ Berwin, in conjunction with Steven Gee QC, the head of ship and trade specialist set Stone Buildings, has established a centre dedicated to providing free advice to foreign lawyers on key areas of English law
The majority of expert witnesses are so dissatisfied with their instructing law firms that they would never work with them again, a survey of expert witnesses has revealed
Property lawyers need to show support for the Code of Practice for Commercial Leases, as legislation is the only alternative. Jon Vivian reports
TG insiders fear cull as firms announce engagement; final vote set for March
Derivatives may not be the most exciting topic of conversation, but A&O's Jeff Golden manages to keep Catrin Griffiths interested - if only for one afternoon
It looks like calling the private detectives in worked. Senior partner Paddy Grafton-Green has finally managed to cow his partnership into submission
Bless those lovely folk at Nabarro Nathanson. Last week you will recall that Tulkinghorn reported on the healthkick that had (inadvertently) been imposed on the entire firm by managing partner Nicole Paradise. Paradise had requested that the kitchen staff include a few more healthy options in the canteen. Their enthusiasm knew no bounds and supplies of biscuits and chocolate bars to meeting rooms were ...
The Lawyer reported last week that senior High Court judge Mr Justice Jacob had made a series of factual inaccuracies and incorrect conclusions during his condemnation last year of expert witness Michael Wilkey. Judge Jacob had found that Wilkey had been "biased and irrational" and had made several blunders during well-known copyright case Gareth Pearce v Ove Arup Partnership & ors, in which world-renowned architect Rem Koolhaas was accused of plagiarising the claimant's work. ...
Tite & Lewis partner Tamara Box (left) has joined Lovells' international capital markets practice. Box, who was head of Tite & Lewis' London finance practice, will be based in London. She is the third partner to join the firm's international capital practice in the last 12 months.
Gouldens has acted for long-term client Pillar Property on its first European property acquisition, but on this occasion failed to cross-sell merger partner Jones Day's European network. Pillar instead used Slaughter and May's Spanish best friend Uría & Menéndez.Jones Day Gouldens ...
Watson Farley & Williams has bolted on a partner and two assistants to its fledgling Rome office
The demise of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison has failed to dampen US law firms appetite for expansion as two practices have announced the opening of new offices in Texas.Weil Gotshal & Manges is continuing its growth in the state, by adding a new Austin branch to its presence in Texas, which also includes Houston and Dallas.Gregory Coleman, national head of Weil Gotshals Supreme Court and appellate litigation group will relocate to Austin from Houston with ...
Weil Gotshal & Manges has hired partners Rod Howard and Curtis Mo from collapsed firm Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. Howard, head of Brobeck's national mergers and acquisitions practice, and Mo, head of the firm's Silicon Valley corporate group and co-chair of the national capital markets area, are expected to take six associates with them. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 13 February
Some firms are right classy. Hammonds may have its own-brand beer, but Coudert goes for something an awful lot grander. Tulkinghorn can exclusively reveal that the firm (dont call it Franco-American, or theyll get upset) actually has its own wine. Château Coudert Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, to be precise. However, it seems that some Coudert partners consider it a bit ordinaire. Its undrinkable, claims a mole. Rumours that the firm plans to offer ...
White & Case has recruited two Ernst & Young tax advisors for its Slovakian tax and customs group. Miriam Galandová and Miroslav Tain bring the number of lawyers and tax advisors in White & Cases Bratislava tax and customs practice to five. The practice is run from Prague by partner AlesCechel. White & Case now has a total of 12 lawyers and tax advisors in Slovakia and 60 in Prague.
Wragge & Co has merged its two property groups into a single unit