18 August 2008

The Lawyer

  • A&O slides to third in finance rankings

    18-Aug-2008

    Allen & Overy’s (A&O) banking and finance practice is losing ground to those of its magic circle rivals as Clifford Chance widens its lead in turnover terms.

  • Ashfords eyes property development practice

    18-Aug-2008

    Exeter-based Ashfords is considering a radical plan to add on a property ­development arm once UK regulations allow it to seek external investment.

  • Ashurst prepares Protherics for potential takeover

    18-Aug-2008

    Leading UK biotechnology company Protherics has called on Ashurst as it embarks on takeover talks.

  • Ashurst raids Dechert for Islamic finance star Kamalpour

    21-Aug-2008

    Ashurst raids Dechert for Islamic finance star Kamalpour” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/13311_Abradat-Kamalpour-ashurst.jpg” />Ashurst has bolstered its Islamic finance practice with the hire of Dechert’s London-based Islamic finance head Abradat Kamalpour.

  • Bakers’ revenue up by a fifth

    18-Aug-2008

    Baker & McKenzie has shrugged off the collapse of merger talks with Heller Ehrman by announcing turnover growth of 20 per cent for the year to the end of June.

  • BarCap rejigs international legal structure

    18-Aug-2008

    Barclays Capital (BarCap) UK and Europe legal head Jake Scrivens has stepped down for a non-legal role within the company.

  • Beachcroft wins £4m for ex-Man U trainee

    18-Aug-2008

    Beachcroft has secured former Manchester United hopeful Ben Collett more than £4m in ­compensation after his football career was prematurely ended by a negligent tackle during a 2003 reserve team game.

  • Beijing 2008

    22-Aug-2008

    TheLawyer.com’s Beijing 2008 blog covers the games from the lawyer's perspective, with posts from lawyers and other legal professionals in the city on the Olympic events, the gossip, the law firms and the atmosphere.

  • Brand renewal?

    18-Aug-2008

    In May The Lawyer launched the Transatlantic Elite – an analysis of the top end of the legal market. The only UK firms to make it in to our inaugural Sweet Sixteen were the four members of the magic circle and Slaughter and May.

  • Butler-Sloss handed QC panel caretaker role

    18-Aug-2008

    Ex-Family Division president Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has been appointed interim chair of the Queen’s Counsel selection panel ­following the resignation of Sir Duncan Nichol.

  • By the book: Thomas Murphy, William Hill

    18-Aug-2008

    He may sleep easy at nights, but the US ban on internet gambling and restrictive tax and competition regimes mean William Hill GC Thomas Murphy has plenty to occupy his waking hours.

  • Cadwalader launches covered bond practice

    20-Aug-2008

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has launched a transatlantic covered bond practice group in response to the developing covered bond market in the US.

  • Camerons edges out rival to help airline start-up take off

    18-Aug-2008

    CMS Cameron McKenna’s fledgling Ukraine office has won an instruction from start-up airline Wizz Air Ukraine.

  • CC and Freshfields lead on £13.3bn BAA refinancing

    20-Aug-2008

    Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have landed the leading roles in BAA's £13.3bn refinancing deal.

  • CC eyes Indian market with Amarchand hire

    19-Aug-2008

    Clifford Chance has significantly bolstered its Indian group with the hire of a capital markets partner from top Indian firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.

  • CC leads on British Bankers’ Association overhaul of Libor

    18-Aug-2008

    Clifford Chance is advising the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) on its review of the governance of the London interbank offered rate (Libor) Partner Habib Motani is leading the team advising the BBA on proposed changes, which include altering ...

  • CC’s, Eversheds’ outsourcing: greed, or just common sense?

    18-Aug-2008

    Eversheds’ outsourcing: greed, or just common sense?" class="inline_image inline_image_left" src="/pictures/web/images/13278_P32_india.jpg" /The decision by Clifford Chance and Eversheds to offshore low-level legal work to India makes good business sense, but to many readers of TheLawyer.com the ...

  • Christmas comes to Roythornes

    18-Aug-2008

    Nottingham-headquartered Roythornes has merged with three-partner Peterborough firm Adrian Christmas Solicitors.

  • CMS targets joined-up financial reporting

    18-Aug-2008

    CMS Cameron McKenna managing partner Duncan Weston has revealed plans to unite financial reporting across the CMS network.

  • Cobbetts and Eversheds go to the top of the class for mining the equity gap

    18-Aug-2008

    Eversheds go to the top of the class for mining the equity gap" /Cobbetts and Eversheds have emerged as the front-runners when it comes to advising on transactions in the so-called equity gap, according to research by financial information provider CorpfinWorldwide.

  • Dechert to go global after Beijing go-ahead

    18-Aug-2008

    Dechert to go global after Beijing go-ahead" /Dechert is gearing up for a push into those parts of the world where it does not have a presence after winning a licence to practise in Beijing last week.

  • Dechert, Norton rose on Islamic AIM listing

    18-Aug-2008

    Dechert and Norton Rose have cemented their positions as leading advisers for Islamic finance by winning roles in the AIM listing of The Family Shari’ah Fund.

  • Dentons seals £300m TV rights sale for Cricket Board

    18-Aug-2008

    Denton Wilde Sapte has marked its tenth year ­advising the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) by acting on the £300m sale of the UK media rights to matches between 2010 and 2013.

  • Dewey & LeBoeuf bags Fried Frank employment partner

    21-Aug-2008

    Dewey & LeBoeuf has hired a Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson partner to co-chair its global compensation, benefits and employment department.

  • Door knocked

    18-Aug-2008

    Tulkinghorn’s inside gentlemen in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division, and the Technology and Construction Court pass word that their combined new home by 2010, the Rolls Building, has been slammed for not having enough doors (boom boom).

  • Eversheds chief exec quits role for more time with the missus

    18-Aug-2008

    Eversheds chief executive David Gray is stepping down from the post, with UK managing partner Bryan Hughes tipped to succeed him.

  • Ex-2Birds disputes head joins Lewis Silkin

    18-Aug-2008

    Lewis Silkin has hired Duncan Quinan as a partner in its ­litigation and dispute resolution practice.

  • Foot Anstey insolvency team joins Michelmores

    18-Aug-2008

    West Country firm Michelmores has raided local rival Foot Anstey for an insolvency team.

  • Gender diversity under the microscope as proportion of women barristers stalls

    18-Aug-2008

    The Bar Council has called for the top 30 commercial and Chancery sets to support its efforts to promote gender diversity at the bar.

  • Hammonds prepares the ground for US merger

    18-Aug-2008

    Three transatlantic options on the table as firm aims to build on £15m stateside business

  • Hammonds takes two associates as partners

    22-Aug-2008

    Hammonds has ramped up its banking practice with Kirkland & Ellis senior associate Samrad Nazer and Denton Wilde Sapte senior associate Iain Shurwood who both join the partnership.

  • Happy couples

    18-Aug-2008

    Tulkinghorn’s heart grows warm at news from personal claims firm Scott Rees & Co, based in Skelmersdale, the Venice of West Lancashire, where not two but four of the firm’s staff are to marry. Separately, if one knows what Tulkinghorn means.

  • HBJ boosts insolvency in Nottingham

    18-Aug-2008

    HBJ Gateley Wareing has snared Eversheds’ former Nottingham ­insolvency chief Chris Radford.

  • Heatons builds NW construction practice

    18-Aug-2008

    Manchester-based Heatons has launched a construction practice in a bid to defy the ailing property market.

  • Kirkland faces US malpractice case

    20-Aug-2008

    Kirkland & Ellis is being sued for malpractice by former patent client Magnetek. The move comes after the US firm lost a patent case on behalf of the electronics company.

  • Lawyers remain happy despite increased workloads

    18-Aug-2008

    Law firm employees are working the equivalent of an extra day a week compared to the start of the year, with many firms failing to fill spaces left by departing staff members.

  • Let me be your fantasy

    22-Aug-2008

    Let me be your fantasy 22-August-2008The Lawyer is joining the rest of its UK readers on holiday on Monday so you won't receive the paper or Lawyer News Daily, but we'll be back in your inbox on Tuesday and back on your desk on Monday 1 September.

  • Linklaters moots lower lockstep rungs

    18-Aug-2008

    Linklaters partners are considering a plan to lower the bottom rung of the firm’s equity ladder.

  • Mallesons scoops Aussie rival's UK chief

    22-Aug-2008

    The London office of Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques has poached the UK managing partner of Minter Ellison, the only other Australian firm with an office in the City.

  • Mark Tooke: Watson Farley & Williams

    18-Aug-2008

    Watson Farley & Williams" /What was your first-ever job?Paperboy.

  • Mental wealth

    18-Aug-2008

    Teething problems with the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 are defeating the legislation’s admirable objectives, argues Fiona Smith

  • Opinion: Preventing sexual harassment is easier said than done

    18-Aug-2008

    Rachel Dineley, employment partner and head of the diversity and discrimination unit, Beachcroft

  • People

    18-Aug-2008

    Field Fisher Waterhouse has poached former Peters & Peters partner Tony Lewis, who joins the commercial litigation practice. Prior to joining Peters & Peters in 2005, Lewis worked at CMS Cameron McKenna for 10 years.

  • Poster boy

    18-Aug-2008

    Just two weeks after the news of the charity walk success of a team from Thomas Eggar, Sub-prime Of Our Lives, comes more news from the South East firm’s media harlots.

  • Private client/family special reports

    18-Aug-2008

    Where is the best place for a woman to get a divorce? London of course, the divorce capital of the world. ‘Forum shopping’, as it is known in family law circles, creates a myriad of problems for all parties involved in the divorce process.

  • Putting on the wits

    18-Aug-2008

    Meanwhile, Tulkinghorn hears news of another ­tribute to a cherished ­institution dear to his heart, London’s Ritz hotel.In a sign of social ­aspiration at the firm, lawyers and staff at Kennedys have paid ­tribute to the Mayfair hotel in a vote on the proposed name of the firm’s staff restaurant: The Writz. Very good, sirs, very good.

  • Rosenblatt gets the call as Collins Stewart weighs up takeover offer

    18-Aug-2008

    Collins Stewart, the UK’s largest stockbroker, has called on Rosenblatt Solicitors as it considers a multi-million-pound takeover bid.

  • Separated at birth

    18-Aug-2008

    Tulkinghorn was impressed this week by League of Gentleman star Steve Pemberton, who in his latest masterful performance plays Arnaud de Senilhes, the former Paris-based managing partner of Taylor Wessing France.

  • Simmons lures CC banking associate

    18-Aug-2008

    Simmons & Simmons has continued its strategy of ­hiring magic circle associates as partners with the addition of Marc Thorley from Clifford Chance.

  • Simmons rejig sees global roles come to London

    19-Aug-2008

    Simmons & Simmons has replaced two if its new international practice group (IPG) heads after just three months in the job.

  • Split decisions

    18-Aug-2008

    The EU’s efforts to reduce forum shopping for divorce cases – and potentially curtail the UK’s status as the top choice – has in reality created a minefield of legislation.

  • SRA accused of institutional racism

    20-Aug-2008

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has laid itself open to the charge of being institutionally racist, an independent report by the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality Lord Ouseley has found.

  • Taylor makes his Mark

    18-Aug-2008

    Tulkinghorn would like to express sympathy for Fountain Court’s newly appointed director of clerking, Alex Taylor, who could not be blamed for having an identity ­crisis every now and then.

  • Taylor Wessing loses 12 Paris partners to Nixon Peabody

    20-Aug-2008

    Taylor Wessing loses 12 Paris partners to Nixon Peabody" /Taylor Wessing's embattled French office has lost the majority of its partnership, with 12 non-equity partners resigning to join US firm Nixon Peabody.

  • Time to rethink media coverage rules in employment tribunal cases

    20-Aug-2008

    The press pack outside the London Central Employment Tribunal is a sure sign that somebody's reputation is going to be irretrievably sullied by the afternoon's media coverage.

  • Travers' Barter goes in-house at Bridgepoint

    19-Aug-2008

    Private equity star Charles Barter is to leave Travers Smith to join Bridgepoint Capital, one of the firm's key private equity clients.

  • US firms top London retention rankings

    18-Aug-2008

    Organic growth strategies for London bear fruit as 2008 trainee retention figures outstrip those of domestic rivals

  • Walkers makes rare lateral with rehire

    18-Aug-2008

    Offshore firm Walkers has appointed David Collins as a ­partner in its Cayman Islands office.

  • Web week

    18-Aug-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.

  • Why Bear’s not out of the woods yet

    18-Aug-2008

    BEAR STEARNS

  • World's first listed firm sees 27 per cent fee rise

    21-Aug-2008

    Australian law firm Slater & Gordon has announced a jump in turnover of 27 per cent to hit a revenue of AUS$79.7m (£37m), just one year after it became the world's first law firm to float.