17 July 2000

The Lawyer

  • 11 King's Bench Walk loses Mehigan to former chambers

    17-Jul-2000

    Simon Mehigan QC has left 11 King's Bench Walk after four months to return to his former chambers.The leading employment, fraud and licensing specialist left 5 Paper Buildings in March to join the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine's former set, but has now gone back to 5 Paper Buildings.In March, The Lawyer reported that Mehigan had found the decision to leave the chambers agonising, but King's Bench Walk made him an offer he could not refuse. He had ...

  • A feeling of security

    17-Jul-2000

    With the rise in web-based legal transactions, law firms are becoming increasingly conscious of online security. Fenella Quinn reports on the concerns and the latest developments in e-securityIf you or I contemplated the idea of some unpleasant youth hacking into our personal email, we would probably dismiss the notion without too much concern, knowing that the unfortunate hacker would get only a modicum of enjoyment at our expense. If, however, ...

  • A Severe dress down

    17-Jul-2000

    It is always a shock when a paper of record, such as yours, makes a factual error of any kind. I refer to your in-depth exclusive on dress down days (The Lawyer, 10 July).In this item it was suggested that here at DLA we do not have the excitement and diversion of dress down days, apparently employed to ensure that the average City lawyer does not believe themselves to be trapped in a version of Groundhog Day.Here at DLA we try to ensure sufficient ...

  • A VIEW FROM HONG KONG

    17-Jul-2000

    It is said that Hong Kong is the most successful BOT (Build Operate Transfer) project in history. Many things have changed since it became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China at midnight on 1 July 1997, but much remains the same. Property and share prices continue to fluctuate, more than 6.9 million people rub shoulders in an area of about 1,100sq km (of which, it is said, 90 per cent is not built on) and the bars of Wanchai remain open from dusk until dawn.

  • A&O eyes up south London for new site

    17-Jul-2000

    Allen & Overy may have become the first magic circle firm to move south of the river when it is pushed out of its One New Change headquaters in 2006.

  • Aon borrows 30 lawyers to slash in-house costs

    17-Jul-2000

    Insurance giant Aon is setting up a 30-strong in-house legal department to be staffed entirely by lawyers on secondment from panel firms.

  • Book Review

    17-Jul-2000

    Cyberselfish by Paulina Borsook, published by Little Brown ISBN031684771If your firm is one of those targeting the new start-ups or high-tech businesses, you will have met with the new breed of entrepreneurs, virtual capitalists and net prophets who are building the new e-conomy.And in those meetings you may have felt a certain disquiet and put it down to the obscene youth of your client.But if Borsook's entertaining yet powerful ...

  • Breaking into Belgium

    17-Jul-2000

    While more UK firms open offices in The Netherlands, the Belgian market has failed to attract the big City firms looking at further European expansion. The Lawyer reports on how the City is now looking beyond BrusselsThere may be Benelux firms, but there is no such thing as a uniform Benelux culture - at least not when it comes to the legal market.The Netherlands may have experienced an invasion of City firms in the last year, but foreign firms' ...

  • CC hires Simmons HK litigation head

    17-Jul-2000

    Simmons & Simmons is losing its Hong Kong head of litigation to Clifford Chance.

  • CCRW and Bingham Dana target global insolvency

    17-Jul-2000

    Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells (CCRW) and US firm Bingham Dana are both targeting cross-border insolvency work - recruiting partners in New York and London respectively.

  • Committing to making lawyers better people

    17-Jul-2000

    Lawyers today have to wear many hats. It goes without saying that they need to be first-class legal practitioners, but they also need to be equally adept corporate advisers, people managers, marketing supremos, business developers... the list goes on.To be proficient in a chosen legal discipline is no longer enough and that is why some firms are starting to invest time and money in their greatest asset - their people. And it's not just investment ...

  • Converging on Brussels

    17-Jul-2000

    The new economy has created a whole set of competition problems, and the European Commission is struggling to keep up. Dearbail Jordan reports on how competition lawyers are coping with convergenceWhen the European Commission began policing mergers more than a decade ago, the concept of a new technology conglomerate was merely a twinkle in a geek's eye.But while the world gets to grips with the emergence of the new economy and a completely different way ...

  • Digests

    17-Jul-2000

    It's been a good week for...Charity workers John Brock and Ruth Wynder, who were released on bail after seven months in prison. The pair were the first charity workers to be jailed under Section 8 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 after King's Lynn Crown Court heard that they knowingly allowed heroin to be dealt at the Wintercomfort charity in Cambridge. They were granted bail at the High Court last week, while they await their appeal hearing.

  • Doughty Street takes four Cloisters tenants

    17-Jul-2000

    Doughty Street is the latest set to profit from the current upheaval at Cloisters, snatching four of its tenants.

  • Getting ready for the bad times?

    17-Jul-2000

    It might seem perverse. Right in the middle of the biggest bull market in years, Clifford Chance and US firm Bingham Dana are setting up trans-atlantic insolvency and restructuring practices.They are not the first. The much-maligned Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft first had the idea when it hired Andrew Wilkinson from Clifford Chance back in 1997, and has carved out a useful ...

  • Greenberg Traurig doubles with Graham & James team

    17-Jul-2000

    Miami law firm Greenberg Traurig is doubling the size of its New York office by taking on a team from Graham & James and merging with a niche high-tech firm.

  • Head of commercial litigation quits Berrymans for new firm

    17-Jul-2000

    Berrymans Lace Mawer's Manchester office is losing the head of its commercial litigation department as he leaves to set up a new firm.

  • Iron Trades

    17-Jul-2000

    When insurer Iron Trades decided to restructure its panel last year, it knew it was not going to be a simple operation. After all, when you have no in-house department and you outsource to more than 50 firms, any shake-up has the potential to become very messy indeed.

  • Law Society council ups Napier's salary

    17-Jul-2000

    After only a week in office, the new president-elect of the Law Society, Michael Napier, is already courting controversy.

  • Linklaters

    17-Jul-2000

    Linklaters & Alliance acted for Development Securities on the pre-let to Geneva Technology of 28,00sq ft Building 1020 at Phase 1 of Cambourne Business Park. Real estate partner Mark Payne led a team of four on the deal. Mills & Reeve represented Geneva Technology.

  • Linklaters loses millions in fees as new media clients delay IPOs

    17-Jul-2000

    Linklaters & Alliance is emerging as the major casualty in a spate of postponed internet IPOs - losing an estimated £1m in fees.

  • Litigator's View

    17-Jul-2000

    On the face of things, recent judicial attempts to equate the basis for so-called knowing receipt cases with knowing assistance cases in the realm of constructive trusts have been rejected by the Court of Appeal's re-analysis in Bank of Credit and Commerce International (Overseas) Limited v Akindele.The Court of Appeal agreed with trial judge Justice Carnwath's result and dismissed the liquidator's appeal.The sole judgment was that of Lord ...

  • NEWS IN BRIEF

    17-Jul-2000

    Berwin Leighton has been chosen to advise development consortium Southwark Land Regeneration on its contract to redevelop London's Elephant & Castle area. The project, which is expected to take 10 years to complete, will cost in the region of £1bn. Southwark Land Regeneration is a consortium comprising Godfrey Bradman's European Land and Frogmore Estates. It won the contract despite competition from some of the UK's best-known property developers, including Land Securities, London & Amsterdam ..

  • Nomura loses transaction head amid legal reshuffle

    17-Jul-2000

    Japanese investment bank Nomura International has lost the head of its transaction management office as it overhauls its entire legal function.

  • Norton Rose misses out on Singapore deadline

    17-Jul-2000

    The deadline for Singapore joint venture licences closed over the weekend with Norton Rose opting out of the party due to its former alliance partner choosing Lovells.

  • O Sols Mio

    17-Jul-2000

    Despite the foreign invasion on the Italian legal market, Studio Legale Carnelutti remains fiercely independent. Tamzin Hindmarch reports on the survival instincts of the 100-year-old firm which refuses to join forces with a US or UK giantAs you are led into the office of Studio Legale Carnelutti's managing partner Marino Bastianini, try casting your eyes sideways. You will spot a large newsroom spike, onto which some 50 copies of the French newspaper Le ...

  • Paul Weiss HK hires top Australian lawyer

    17-Jul-2000

    New York firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison is taking on one of Australia's leading telecoms lawyers for its Hong Kong office.

  • Rozenberg

    17-Jul-2000

    The sheer size of the American Bar Association annual meeting is what makes it so amazing. Even though the number of members visiting London this week is lower than expected, there will still be over 3,000 lawyers attending some 225 meetings and events. Each of the specialist sections could probably put on one of the Law Society's annual gatherings by itself - just imagine half-a-dozen or more plenary sessions running simultaneously and you can see why the ABA needs more ...

  • Shearmans expands in California

    17-Jul-2000

    US firm Shearman & Sterling is relocating another top partner into its California office, continuing the West Coast expansion it began last month.

  • Slaughters makes M&A comeback

    17-Jul-2000

    Julia Cahill reports on Slaughters' success in the latest M&A half-year league tables and asks: where is Lovells?

  • Taking a step in the right direction

    17-Jul-2000

    The final piece of the conditional fees jigsaw is in place. On 3 July, the Rules and Practice Direction came into force to give substance to the provisions of the Access to Justice Act and its associated regulations, which had a commencement date of 1 April.The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) fought hard against the abolition of legal aid for personal injury cases and won many of the arguments, if not the votes.Earlier this year, ...

  • The Amsterdam advance

    17-Jul-2000

    There may be a few more smoke-filled rooms than usual in Amsterdam this year. When the city hosts the IBA conference in September, there will be the usual run of men in suits and studiedly casual meetings. What better opportunity to meet and greet potential alliance partners?As if Dutch lawyers have not had enough of foreign interlopers for the moment. For such a small country, The Netherlands has attracted an awful lot of attention from large City firms over the past year. ...

  • The Anorak

    17-Jul-2000

    It is unlikely to have escaped your notice - whether you have children or not - that last weekend saw the release of The Book. The latest Harry Potter novel, previously only read by four people at Bloomsbury sworn to a secret pact worthy of Professor McGonigall himself, finally emerged from weeks of hype to take the bestseller lists by storm and throw literary prizes into a frenzy as judges tried to find ways to keep it off the shortlist. The book is only available in one ...

  • Weightmans and Hill Dickinson talks set to reach conclusion

    17-Jul-2000

    Merger talks between Weightmans and Hill Dickinson are on the rocks, with a final decision expected soon.

  • Weil Gotshal London takes equity as fees for first time

    17-Jul-2000

    Weil Gotshal & Manges' London office is to take equity as payment for the first time.

  • Weil Gotshal partner quits to join MoFo

    17-Jul-2000

    Silicon Valley firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is poised to boost its London office with the arrival of a new telecoms partner from Weil Gotshal & Manges.