17 March 2008

The Lawyer

  • Helping solicitors in need (of a cab)

    17-Mar-2008

    The US is all but in recession and times are most certainly tough.

  • People

    17-Mar-2008

    • Pinsent Masons has hired two from Eversheds. Property head Gerry Mulholland and senior associate Bob Pritchard both arrive from Eversheds.

  • Simmons' game of Chinese whispers

    17-Mar-2008

    Just how long does it take to get a licence to open an office in the Chinese capital? News from Simmons & Simmons this week that the firm is planning to open an office in Beijing had a familiar ring to it.

  • 2Birds crosses Finnish line with Fennica merger

    17-Mar-2008

    Bird & Bird has become the first UK firm to jump into the Finnish market, tying up a merger with Helsinki firm Fennica Attorneys to boost its Nordic coverage.

  • A&O banking partner moves in house at TAQA

    19-Mar-2008

    Allen & Overy (A&O) banking partner and former New York chief Carl Sheldon has joined the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) as its first ever general counsel. Sheldon was lured away from the magic circle firm after being introduced to TAQA through A&O’s banking practice. TAQA has had close links with the firm since it was founded in 2005.

  • Addleshaws wins Rolls-Royce role

    17-Mar-2008

    Addleshaw Goddard has knocked Pinsent Masons off the Rolls-Royce legal panel.

  • Akin Gump, Wachtell lead on hedge fund listing

    17-Mar-2008

    US firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz are playing key roles in the New York listing of hedge fund company Halcyon Asset Management.

  • All in the timing - Lords ruling gives price-fixers a reprieve

    17-Mar-2008

    On 12 March the House of Lords ruled in Norris v Government of the USA that secret price-fixing in itself is not capable of being a criminal conspiracy to defraud.

  • American tie

    17-Mar-2008

    Tulkinghorn doesn't usually do this, but as a one-off he's happy to give a particularly entrepreneurial soul a free plug.

  • Ashfords lures Reed Smith partner

    17-Mar-2008

    West Country firm Ashfords has hired Reed Smith commercial partner David Heard in a major coup for the Exeter-based outfit.

  • Baroness Scotland appoints SFO head

    17-Mar-2008

    Barrister Richard Alderman has been appointed as director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Attorney General Baroness Scotland announced today (17 March).

  • Beachcroft finds new employment chief

    17-Mar-2008

    Beachcroft has promoted partner Sue Jenkins to lead its employment and pensions group.

  • Bear Stearns lawyers attract 'feeding frenzy'

    20-Mar-2008

    Headhunters are circling the in-house legal and compliance group at Bear Stearns in the wake of the bank’s collapse on Monday (17 March).

  • Block and the Bear

    18-Mar-2008

    This morning there were still a few green-draped revellers stumbling home after yesterday's annual St Patrick's day jamboree.

  • Bryan Cave goes to San Francisco

    17-Mar-2008

    US law firm Bryan Cave has ramped up its presence in California with the launch of a San Francisco office. The new office, which will be headed by commercial litigation partner Lynn McCreary, will serve the entire Bay Area and Northern California.

  • Built to last: Tracey Wood, Costain

    17-Mar-2008

    As Costain’s head of legal, Tracey Wood has just overseen the selection of the builder’s first formal panel. Not that she always gets to pick and choose

  • Camerons goes East

    19-Mar-2008

    It was a year of eastern promise for CMS Cameron McKenna. The firm made up the bulk of new partners in the burgeoning Central and Eastern European practice - with six promotions out of a total of 11 falling within the region.

  • Cash-strapped cashier court in the act

    17-Mar-2008

    Reaching retirement with debts hanging over your head would make anyone feel uneasy.

  • CEE gains most from CMS Cameron McKenna promotions

    20-Mar-2008

    CMS Cameron McKenna has turned eastwards in its annual round of promotions, with more than half of new partners made up in Central and Eastern Europe.

  • Clifford Chance GC calls on SRA to relax client conflict regulations

    17-Mar-2008

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) came under pressure to reform its rules on conflicts at The Lawyer's fourth annual Strategic Risk Management Conference last week (10 and 11 March).

  • Commercial & Chancery

    17-Mar-2008

    The Commercial Court and the Chancery division are gearing up for a record year as companies tighten their belts as a result of the economic downturn.

  • Dewey defends leadership void

    17-Mar-2008

    Market shocked by lack of London and NY headsOn 1 April it will be six months since Dewey Ballantine bowed to the inevitable and called time on its days as an independent firm, accepting the merger offer from an expansionist LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae.

  • Dewey raids Clifford Chance for Rome team

    18-Mar-2008

    Dewey & LeBoeuf has bolstered its Rome office with the hire of a Clifford Chance team.

  • Dickinson Dees sets up wealth team for women

    17-Mar-2008

    North East firm Dickinson Dees has launched an all-woman wealth management team to target the lucrative market of independently wealthy women in the region.

  • Dispute pursuit

    17-Mar-2008

    With 2008 promising to be a huge year for disputes in the UK, three representatives of US firms set out their strategies for getting in on the action

  • Double trouble

    17-Mar-2008

    The growing trend for parallel criminal and civil proceedings is making life more complicated for litigators and defendants alike.

  • Dundas, stephensons land lampposts sale

    17-Mar-2008

    Dundas & Wilson and Stephenson Harwood have played key roles in the sale of EDF Energy's street lighting business, Seeboard Trading Ltd, to Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE).

  • EAPD raids Reed Smith to launch life sciences practice

    17-Mar-2008

    US law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD) has made its first lateral partner hire following its merger with Kendall Freeman to launch an IP and life sciences practice in London.

  • Energy head to lead McDermott, London

    17-Mar-2008

    US firm McDermott Will & Emery has appointed energy partner Doron Ezickson to run its London office.

  • Eversheds and A&O board Boeing legal network

    17-Mar-2008

    Allen & Overy (A&O) and Eversheds have won places on Boeing's preferred legal provider network after a formal panel review by the US aerospace giant.

  • Eversheds disputes duo quits for Crowell

    17-Mar-2008

    Washington DC-based Crowell & Moring has hired Eversheds dispute resolution partners Gerallt Owen and Peter Kiernan after the pair's practice became divorced from the strategic direction of the firm.

  • Eversheds set to red card sloppy partners

    17-Mar-2008

    Eversheds has taken a leaf out of the Football Association's rule book and is set to introduce a yellow and red card scheme to spur partners into tightening up their lockup performance.

  • Eversheds targets international expansion with quadruple partner win

    17-Mar-2008

    Eversheds has gone on a hiring spree with four new partner appointments across the firm's European offices.

  • Financial crime raids

    20-Mar-2008

    It is 6am and the office mobile rings on the bedside table. It is security and they have a number of policemen with them. They have a search warrant and want access to your IT server. Security just want to check that this is OK with you… and there is a television crew there too.

  • Firm profile teacher stern

    17-Mar-2008

    Having recently converted to a limited-liability partnership (LLP), Teacher Stern is moving into a new phase of growth, according to managing partner Graham Shear.

  • FoxMandal signs up Sir Gavin Lightman

    17-Mar-2008

    Indian firm FoxMandal Little has scooped former High Court judge Sir Gavin Lightman as a consultant.

  • Freshfields banks on White & Case rebels

    17-Mar-2008

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has voted to hire former White & Case banking partners Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz.

  • Freshfields leads promotions round with 25 new partners

    17-Mar-2008

    The London office of Freshfields has been the biggest beneficiary in the firm's annual round of promotions.

  • Freshfields moves to increase partners' global mobility

    17-Mar-2008

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's London office head Tim Jones is putting partner mobility at the top of his agenda and formalising a strategy for moving talent between the firm's offices.

  • Freshfields partner takes EC policy role

    17-Mar-2008

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer competition partner Vanessa Turner is to leave the magic circle firm to take up a post at the European Commission.

  • Freshfields refills partnership

    17-Mar-2008

    It's a bumper crop at Freshfields this year with 25 partners made up in total. As always, corporate dominates with nine out of 25 or 36 per cent of promotions.

  • Freshfields, lovells lead on duty free deal

    17-Mar-2008

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Lovells have steered BAA's £546.6m sale of World Duty Free Europe Ltd (WDF) to Autogrill.

  • Fried Frank boosts revenue by 14 per cent

    17-Mar-2008

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has announced its financial results for the 2007-08 year.

  • GC Switalski triumphs in discrimination suit against F&C

    17-Mar-2008

    F&C Asset Management is preparing to challenge a multimillion-pound discrimination claim brought by its former head of legal services.

  • Getting wiggy with it

    17-Mar-2008

    Are wigs and gowns really necessary?

  • Go east! Mipim shows the way

    17-Mar-2008

    The top story from the Mipim real estate conference last week?

  • Hammonds launches action plan with new COO

    17-Mar-2008

    Hammonds employment chief Sue Nickson has been appointed to the newly created role of chief operations officer (COO).

  • Hedge funds ready to sue government over Northern Rock

    20-Mar-2008

    Edwin Coe and White & Case are gearing up to take legal action against the Government over the compensation packages former Northern Rock shareholders are likely to be offered now the bank has been nationalised.

  • Herbert Smith hires HR head from Bakers

    17-Mar-2008

    Baker & McKenzie European director of talent management Chris Lynch is to leave the firm to take on the global HR director role at Herbert Smith. Lynch, who joined Bakers as HR director in 2004, takes up her new position in May.

  • Hot in the city…

    17-Mar-2008

    More than a few real estate lawyers will be nursing hangovers today, but Tulkinghorn expects some will be worse off than others.

  • House of Lords 'spring cleans' statute book

    19-Mar-2008

    The House of Lords has launched a major clean-up of meaningless and defunct laws from the Statute Book.

  • HR Profile: Browne Jacobson Midlands recruiting

    17-Mar-2008

    Three years ago Midlands-based Browne Jacobson had a disappointing level of brand awareness among law students that was leading to a decline in training contract applications. Online applications and feedback at law firms revealed a depressing picture.

  • ICC Arbitration chief quits after strategy row

    20-Mar-2008

    The ICC International Court of Arbitration chairman Pierre Tercier has resigned after a disagreement about the future direction of the court.

  • Ince & Co makes up three new partners

    17-Mar-2008

    Ince & Co has promoted three to its partnership, bringing the total number of partners at the firm to 85.

  • Ince & Co: happy days for men in boats

    18-Mar-2008

    It is, and for the last three years has been, a good time to be a shipping associate with Ince & Co. The firm traditionally prefers to promote from within and this year three associates have made the cut.

  • Jimmy Savile turns to Fox Hayes for action against The Sun

    17-Mar-2008

    Leeds-based firm Fox Hayes has commenced legal action against The Sun newspaper on behalf of TV personality Jimmy Savile.

  • Jomati alliance adds New York with Adam Smith, Esq

    18-Mar-2008

    The US legal management consultancy Altman Weil and its London-based affiliate, Jomati have formed a strategic alliance with Bruce MacEwen, founder of the US legal market website, Adam Smith, Esq.

  • King & spalding forges ahead with global strategy

    17-Mar-2008

    King & Spalding will launch its second office in California when it opens the doors on its San Francisco outpost on 25 March.

  • Latham makes up second litigator in London

    19-Mar-2008

    Latham & Watkins has promoted seven new lawyers to the partnership, including one in London.

  • Lawyer 2B creates state school scheme

    17-Mar-2008

    Lawyer 2B has launched a new scheme to help open up the legal profession to state school-educated sixth-formers.

  • Lebanon's largest firm joins CMS alliance

    17-Mar-2008

    The CMS alliance has bolstered its Middle East presence by launching an association agreement with The Levant Lawyers, the largest law firm in Lebanon.

  • Legal world dominates sports anti-doping panel

    19-Mar-2008

    Five QCs, two other barristers, two senior solicitors and a magistrate have been appointed to the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) to help tackle drugs cheats in UK sports.

  • Lib Dem Menzies Campbell launches Scottish chambers

    20-Mar-2008

    Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell QC has become one of the founding members of new Scottish chambers Terra Firma which was formally launched today (20 March).

  • Liberal thinking

    17-Mar-2008

    FoxMandal Little is the first Indian law firm to launch in London. And with liberalisation on the horizon, international head Som Mandal is looking to take the City by storm

  • Lords win for 9 Gough Square will enable suicide wife to claim

    17-Mar-2008

    Common law set 9 Gough Square has won a House of Lords ruling enabling a widow to claim damages from her husband's employer after a work accident led to his depression and suicide.

  • Losing streak

    17-Mar-2008

    The last time Tulkinghorn dabbled in gambling, he was left hailing a taxi in his underpants in downtown Hong Kong.

  • Lovells scores role on ITV sale of Liverpoolfc.tv

    17-Mar-2008

    Lovells has maintained its relationship with ITV following the departure of relationship partner Hugh Nineham, advising the company on the sale of its share in Liverpool FC website www.liverpoolfc.tv.

  • Lydian raids BLP and Deloitte for new partners

    17-Mar-2008

    Belgian independent firm Lydian has boosted its partnership with hires from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Deloitte.

  • Mills receives £24.3m in McCartney divorce settlement

    17-Mar-2008

    Payne Hicks Beach client Sir Paul McCartney is to pay estranged wife Heather Mills £24.3m in a divorce settlement determined by High Court judge Mr Justice Bennett.

  • Mills-McCartney judgment reveals all

    18-Mar-2008

    Heather Mills has failed in her attempt to block the publication of the judgment handed down in her divorce from Paul McCartney.

  • MIPIM 2008 highlights

    17-Mar-2008

    Not a worried real estate lawyer in sight as Mipim comes around… again

  • NABARRO WRAPS UP £61m duo of deals

    17-Mar-2008

    Nabarro has closed a pair of deals, acting for Premier Recruitment International in its £45m offer for competitor Imprint, and representing Chelford Group on its £16m offer from Solarsoft Business Systems.

  • Nixon Peabody's global reach to span three continents by 2010

    17-Mar-2008

    Nixon Peabody is finalising an aggressive growth strategy that could see the firm launch offices in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

  • Non-domiciled policy slammed but lawyers pleased with Budget

    17-Mar-2008

    Chancellor Alistair Darling has pushed ahead with plans to hit non-domiciled residents with a £30,000 annual tax, with the levy kicking in once they have lived in the UK for seven years.

  • North west

    17-Mar-2008

    In the era of increasing digital dependency, keeping confidential information in the right hands has never been more important. But it would seem that just as major organisations have the capacity to store an ever-greater amount of highly sensitive information, those same organisations have been plagued with a series of oversights, seeing that information go missing.

  • Olswang acts on EU rollout of film studios' digital cinema

    17-Mar-2008

    Olswang has advised new client Arts Alliance Media on five long-term deals to secure the rollout of digital cinema for five studios across Europe.

  • Olswang names 10 partners in bumper promotion round

    20-Mar-2008

    Olswang is promoting a bumper number of partners this year with a total of 10 associates making it onto the firm's partnership.

  • Olswang's year of change

    20-Mar-2008

    Olswang’s promotions reveal the firm’s efforts to become a strategic player in the corporate world, with the department seeing the lion’s share (four out of 10) of internal promotions for the coming year.

  • Pinsent Masons commercial chief quits for HBJ

    19-Mar-2008

    Pinsent Masons national head of commercial Simon Pigden has left the firm for the Birmingham office of HBJ Gately Wareing.

  • Proper job

    17-Mar-2008

    What credit crunch? Trainee recruitment is buoyant; for students the law is a safe option. Here's why…

  • Property slowdown? What property slowdown?

    20-Mar-2008

    Property slowdown? What property slowdown? 20-March-2008 Good news!It's clearly a good time to be a real estate lawyer. In the latest round of partnership promotions, it was real estate associates who left their colleagues in other practices in the shade.

  • Raft of firms appointed to embryology panel

    19-Mar-2008

    Beachcroft, Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW), Herbert Smith and Morgan Cole have won places on the first ever panel for the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA), the independent regulator that licences and monitors IVF, artificial insemination and human embryo research.

  • Reed Smith, Amarchand team up on Standard sale

    17-Mar-2008

    Reed Smith Richards Butler has strengthened its relationship with Indian firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co by teaming up on the acquisition of Standard Chartered's Indian asset management business.

  • Rules of shtoom

    17-Mar-2008

    The North West is gaining an unwanted reputation as a hotspot for data security lapses. The legal community must take note of the lessons to be learnt

  • Sackers' Pittaway wins second term

    17-Mar-2008

    Ian Pittaway is to serve a second term as senior partner of pensions boutique Sacker & Partners, having been asked to do so by the firm's partnership.

  • Separated at birth

    17-Mar-2008

    Tulkinghorn well knows that barristers like to talk a lot. He supposes that the letters QC should stand for "quite chatty". But even Tulkinghorn was unaware that Blackstone Chambers silk John Howell QC's part-time job across the pond involved a lot of talking.

  • Shirt and sweet

    17-Mar-2008

    One prominent lawyer, and no stranger to Tulkinghorn's colourful page, was utterly dismayed by Chelsea's woeful FA Cup defeat by Barnsley last week. But through his tears, said lawyer was able to complete a bit of detective work that piqued Tulkinghorn's interest.

  • Simmons defends Abu Dhabi bank against gambling claims

    19-Mar-2008

    Simmons & Simmons has defended National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) against claims that it was liable for a gambler's £100m of debts.

  • Skadden and Wachtell seal Bear Stearns buyout

    17-Mar-2008

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have scooped lead roles on JPMorgan Chase's acquisition of troubled investment bank Bear Stearns.

  • Skadden set to launch in Brazil

    18-Mar-2008

    Skadden set to launch in Brazil" /Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom announced today (Tuesday 18 March) that it is opening an office in São Paulo, Brazil. M&A partner Jonathan Bisgaier, a corporate partner and fluent Portuguese speaker, will be the resident head of the São ...

  • Split ends

    17-Mar-2008

    Proposals to create a dedicated business court have thrown the futures of the Commercial Court and Chancery Division into question. But judges' views should be heard prior to any government action

  • Standard Chartered unveils UK panel

    20-Mar-2008

    Addleshaw Goddard, Burges Salmon, Denton Wilde Sapte, DLA Piper, Herbert Smith and Norton Rose have all won places on bank giant Standard Chartered's ...

  • Steven Grant: Pannone

    17-Mar-2008

    If you weren't a lawyer what would you have been?More relaxed.

  • Thomas Eggar rejigs management

    17-Mar-2008

    South East firm Thomas Eggar has split its management functions into separate strategic and operational arms.

  • Top City law firms unite for first gay summit

    17-Mar-2008

    InterLaw, the first diversity network that aims to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) networks across all law firms, will officially launch tomorrow.

  • Transatlantic dream sours as Audley & co walk out on Faegre

    17-Mar-2008

    Five years ago US firm Faegre & Benson tied the knot with London firm Hobson Audley in order to grow its capabilities in the UK's capital, but now the honeymoon period is definitely over.

  • US defence lawyers' body spreads to EU

    17-Mar-2008

    DRI, a national membership organisation that represents more than 22,000 defence trial lawyers and corporate counsel in the US, has launched a European arm.

  • Web week

    17-Mar-2008

    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.

  • White & Case London office demands recognition from those damn Yankees

    17-Mar-2008

    Allen and Goetz have walked, but can the finance partners be appeased?

  • White & case skews UK-US extradition treaty

    17-Mar-2008

    White & Case has won a landmark House of Lords victory that will undermine key points of the UK's extradition treaty with the US.

  • White & Case: We are larger than Allen and Goetz

    20-Mar-2008

    White & Case has crowned the new heads of its London banking finance team in the wake of the recent resignations of stars Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz.

  • Wragges favours real estate in promotions round

    20-Mar-2008

    Wragge & Co has appointed nine new partners in its latest round of promotions with the majority being made up in the firm's real estate team.

  • Wragges' ups the firm's real estate profile

    20-Mar-2008

    Wragges' decision to focus on real estate in this year's partnership promotions is indicative that the firm is certainly putting its money where its mouth is.