18 February 2002

The Lawyer

  • Allens Arthur Robinson loses banking partner to Eversheds

    18-Feb-2002

    Eversheds is taking on a banking partner from Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR)

  • Andersen Legal names head of Russian office

    18-Feb-2002

    Andersen Legal has hired Constantine Lusigan-Rizhinashvili, the managing partner of its associated Georgian firm, Georgian Consulting Group, as managing partner of its Russian office. The accountancy-tied firm has also taken on Clifford Chance competition lawyer Mireille Dany to join its Paris office. Dany has joined Andersens as a partner.

  • Arthur Cox edged out as A&L Goodbody becomes Irish government's best friend

    18-Feb-2002

    A&L Goodbody has confirmed its status as one of the Irish government's favourite law firms

  • ASB Law ousts Wragge & Co from DTI insolvency contract in London

    18-Feb-2002

    Regional firm ASB Law has won a share of the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) London Directors Disqualification contract, replacing incumbent firm Wragge & Co

  • Basket cases

    18-Feb-2002

    Most feel that deregulation is both necessary and imminent, but as Jon Robins reports, the idea of supermarkets and banks offering law advice doesn't sit well with traditionalists

  • Berwin Leighton hit by £1m legal action

    18-Feb-2002

    Maiden Group claims negligence and breach of contract over Adlight purchase

  • Bevan Ashford secures NHS contract

    18-Feb-2002

    Bevan Ashford has been appointed to advise Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust during the development and implementation of a £65m scheme to modernise acute services at Kings Mill Hospital, Mansfield. Bevan Ashford's head of projects and PFI Steve Hughes (right) is leading the team. This is one of the first of 14 NHS fifth-wave acute schemes to appoint lawyers.

  • Bevans in corporate drive with PwC hire

    18-Feb-2002

    Bevan Ashford has appointed a former PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) chairman as its first non-executive director, as the firm moves towards a more corporate structure

  • BLG hires reinsurance lawyer from Freshfields

    18-Feb-2002

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is taking on a reinsurance lawyer from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Mike Munro, who joins as a partner on 25 February, will focus on reinsurance, dispute resolution and corporate insurance. Munro was previously a partner at Clyde & Co.

  • CAC ruling on union recognition quashed

    18-Feb-2002

    The chair of the Employment Bar Association has won a crucial judicial review against the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), the government's arbiter on union matters

  • Camerons aids Metronet in Tube bid

    18-Feb-2002

    CMS Cameron McKenna is advising the consortium Metronet on its £1.2bn bond issue, which will be used to finance its acquisition of two-thirds of London Underground's infrastructure.Project finance partner Andrew Ivison will lead a team that was appointed as Metronet's adviser following a competitive tender process 18 months ago. Metronet was only selected as one of two preferred bidders ...

  • Carnival's P&O bid receives boost as Shearman steps in

    18-Feb-2002

    Carnival's hostile takeover bid for P&O Princess has received a leg-up from Shearman & Sterling's London office

  • CC and A&O land Swissair selloff as Linklaters rues lost fees

    18-Feb-2002

    UK giants in Candover acquisition boon; Linklaters plods on despite missing fees

  • CC partner quits due to Asian strategy rift

    18-Feb-2002

    Clifford Chance Pünder is losing the co-head of its global China practice following a dispute over the firm's strategy on Asia

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - TIME GROUP

    18-Feb-2002

    Time chooses Tite & Lewis to advise on Tiny takeover

  • Deals summary

    18-Feb-2002

    Simmons & Simmons (Nick Norris, Sean Bulmer) advised Pacific Century CyberWorks (PCCW) on its $450m (£314m) bond issue with the option to issue a further $67.5m (£47m) of bonds, convertible into PCCW shares.Allen & Overy (Francis Bridgeman) advised a committee of Kvaerner senior creditors, including ABN Amro, Barclays Bank, Den Norske Bank, Norddeutsche Landesbank and Nordea, on the NKr20bn (£1.6bn) debt restructuring of Kvaerner. Wiersholm Mellbye ...

  • Deals summary

    18-Feb-2002

    Nicholson Graham & Jones (Paul Salsbury) advised HSBC Bank on a £214m facility for the development of 196 luxury apartments and eight new mews houses in Knightsbridge, London SW7. Withers (Craigie Pearson) advised the borrower.Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (Trevor Nicholls, Archana Hogarth) advised Laing on a £175m deal to construct four new Metropolitan Police stations and an ...

  • Deals summary

    18-Feb-2002

    CMS Cameron McKenna (Fiona Sweeting) advised US-based The Ellison Company on its acquisition of 85 per cent of the share capital of Invertec Holdings. Invertec advised by Charles Russell.Linklaters (John Goodwin) has advised ...

  • Deutsche Bank forms panel to slash spend

    18-Feb-2002

    Bank plans to reduce legal spend by £300m-plus; local firms will still be used

  • EC guarantees immunity for cartel whistle-blowers

    18-Feb-2002

    The European Union (EU) has had a leniency notice since 1996, but potential informants were deterred by the absence of immunity guarantees

  • EC hires Lovells to study product liability laws

    18-Feb-2002

    Lovells has been appointed by the European Commission to carry out a study into the scope and practical application of product liability laws across the European Union. Led by partner John Meltzer (left), the study will be the most comprehensive so far and will assist in determining whether it is practical to adopt a uniform European product liability system.

  • Eversheds off to a flyer with MyTravel

    18-Feb-2002

    Eversheds has won its first major instruction from MyTravel (formerly Airtours)

  • Fears of spiralling costs as indemnity principle is scrapped

    18-Feb-2002

    The Master of the Rolls, Lord Phillips and the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine are ditching the indemnity principle, leading to fears that the costs of losing court actions could spiral

  • First Scottish solicitor QC

    18-Feb-2002

    McGrigor Donald's partner Robert Craig Connal has become the first Scottish solicitor-advocate to become Queen's Counsel. The Scottish First Minister appointed 11 new Scottish QCs last Friday (15 February).

  • Fit for the job

    18-Feb-2002

    Robin Spencer isn't the type of man to give himself an easy ride - sorting out the Equitable debacle for work, and for fun running across the Sahara

  • Full marks from Law Society for Inns LPC

    18-Feb-2002

    The Inns of Court School of Law's (ICSL) Legal Practice Course (LPC) has been upgraded from a 'good' to a 'very good' by a team of Law Society assessors

  • H20 scraps merger talks

    18-Feb-2002

    After splitting in half when its intellectual property (IP) team decamped to KLegal and then entering into merger talks with various firms, media outfit H20 has decided to go it alone

  • Halliwells offers bonuses for prompt fee collection

    18-Feb-2002

    National firm bucks the trend by offering incentives; rivals stick with traditional clawback measures

  • HBOS set to review legal adviser panel

    18-Feb-2002

    Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) is to review its list of legal advisers and is expected to set up a formal panel next year. A decision will be taken at the end of the month concerning the formal review terms. Linklaters and Herbert Smith, which advised Halifax and Bank of Scotland respectively on the merger, have continued to advise HBOS. Other firms with previous relationships include Denton Wilde ...

  • Herbert Smith team poised for move to CC

    18-Feb-2002

    Herbert Smith is to lose most of its Paris competition team to Clifford Chance if a forthcoming vote is passed. The two-partner team will be led by high-profile partner Claude Lazarus, who joined Herbert Smith from Jeantet & Associés at the end of 1999. The move will leave the Paris office with just three associates, meaning the firm will have to rely on the London and Brussels offices ...

  • Home front

    18-Feb-2002

    Head of legal for homelessness charity Shelter Russell Campbell talks to Fiona Callister about the increase in his workload and how larger firms can contribute more effectively

  • Iliffes Booth Bennett

    18-Feb-2002

    Iliffes Booth Bennett is building itself up for a top-100 ranking

  • Is it a sign?

    18-Feb-2002

    It's a good job that those chaps at Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw aren't superstitious. The half of the brandnew merged firm that was Rowe & Maw had signed up to sponsor the England v Scotland match in the Rugby Six Nations Championship. Of course, with the merger, the old Rowe & Maw hoardings to go around the edge of the ground were no longer any good, and with much rushing around they ...

  • Law Soc C&I Group names new group chair

    18-Feb-2002

    The Co-operative Bank's head of legal Ann Page is to become group chair of the Law Society's Commerce & Industry Group (C&I Group)

  • Law Soc to make decision on payments for referrals

    18-Feb-2002

    The Law Society's full council meeting next month is due to consider whether the current ban on solicitors paying for referrals should be scrapped

  • Lawyers issue warnings on judicial review revamp

    18-Feb-2002

    Lawyers have raised concerns about the workability of pre-action protocols in judicial review (JR) applications due to be introduced next month

  • Legal Widow

    18-Feb-2002

    After a disastrous weekend when Sam from down the road had stood our son up (he'd forgotten it was Divorced Daddy Weekend, and had to go traipsing around instructive museums instead of playing computer games at ours), and when Toby and Theo planned a mole-hunting expedition in the woods without him, Deminimus decided to weed out the stragglers in his group of friends."Like a panel, you mean," mused the Lawyer, "of friends, instead of legal firms. Giving them a good shake-up. Panel ...

  • Lovells to handle European property work for Alstom

    18-Feb-2002

    Lovells has been appointed by French power and transport engineering group Alstom to work on a review of its Western European property portfolio, which could ultimately lead to a pan-European property outsourcing deal worth i1bn (£609.7m)

  • Maclays pilots equity for fees

    18-Feb-2002

    Scotland's largest independent law firm Maclay Murray & Spens has taken equity in lieu of fees for the first time

  • Mathesons allies with Fulton Cleaver Rankin

    18-Feb-2002

    Latest cross-border partnership formalises close relationship between firms

  • Mayer Brown lures Weil Gotshal partner

    18-Feb-2002

    Weil Gotshal & Manges partner Richard Ben-Veniste has joined Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw's Washington DC office

  • Memery Crystal tries out ex-rugby man

    18-Feb-2002

    Former England Rugby Union hooker Brian Moore is joining niche firm Memery Crystal as a partner

  • Opinion

    18-Feb-2002

    On 5 February, the Appeal Court handed down judgment in four conjoined appeals (Hatton v Sutherland & ors [2002] EWCA Civ 76) concerning claims for occupationally induced stress.The structure and content of the judgment indicates the court's intention to provide comprehensive guidance on a wide range of legal and evidential issues arising in stress at work claims. There is no indication of any further appeal.The appeals concerned actions brought by claimants with ...

  • Professional indemnity premiums set to rocket

    18-Feb-2002

    Law firms should prepare themselves for a whopping rise in professional indemnity (PI) insurance premiums

  • Real Estate

    18-Feb-2002

    It's the kind of Machiave-llian tale that journalists dream of. The impact of Manish Chande's and Peter Walicknowski's shock decisions to quit their positions as directors at Land Securities (LandSecs) is still being felt, refuelled by the story that Chande and long-time business colleague Martin Myers had approached WestLB to launch a takeover bid. As the ensuing upheaval continues to play out across the business pages, lawyers are assessing what it could mean for them. ...

  • Russell Jones on war crimes panel

    18-Feb-2002

    A Russell Jones & Walker lawyer has been appointed to the list of defence lawyers allowed to work in The Hague's war crimes court

  • Schneider ruling opens windows of opportunity for private equity houses

    18-Feb-2002

    The European Comm-ission's decision to block Schneider's takeover of rival French electrical manufacturer Legrand has opened up a host of opportunities for private equity lawyers.The commission ruled last week that Allen & Overy (A&O) client Schneider must divest or demerge at least 93 per cent of Legrand, in which it holds 98 per cent of the listed shares. Schneider has stuck by longstanding adviser A&O, and Brussels partner Jacques Steenbergen will mastermind ...

  • Separated at birth

    18-Feb-2002

    Oooh, James Chesterman is jolly popular this week. The Latham & Watkins banking partner has been compared with two megastars by eagle-eyed readers. Tulkinghorn would like to present both cases for your perusal.CASE A: Chesterman is Simon Cowell of Pop Idol fame.The prosecution case: both have dark hair; both are male; both have bushy eyebrows.The defence case: Chesterman does not wear his trousers around his chest; he does not gratuitously insult budding young ...

  • South Eastern Circuit breaks ground with decision on employed barristers

    18-Feb-2002

    The South Eastern Circuit has become the first circuit to vote in favour of employed barristers having full membership

  • The Leader Column

    18-Feb-2002

    The 10 best-performing London offices of US firms generated revenues of almost £320m last year. Only 12 of the top 50 US firms (ranked by worldwide revenue) do not have a presence in London, and the average London outpost now boasts more than 60 fee-earners. Of course, there remains the odd solely representative office - seven of the 38 top 50 US firms in London employ less than 10 fee-earners. Nevertheless, in several cases, the London offices are generating upwards of 10 per ...

  • The truth laid bare

    18-Feb-2002

    Tulkinghorn is most grateful to Reg Ozcan, the Macfarlanes assistant solicitor who has sent in the definitive answer to the "why is Spearmint Rhino so called" question we asked a fortnight ago. Mr Ozcan is marvellously well read rather than knowing the lap dancing establishment intimately, and it seems that The Observer newspaper answered the question that was driving Tulkinghorn mad.So here ...

  • Tite & Lewis taps into social issues

    18-Feb-2002

    Accountancy-tied firm Tite & Lewis has launched a corporate social responsibility offering targeted at FTSE 250 companies with international operations

  • Top NY lawyer admits racketeering charges

    18-Feb-2002

    Porges and wife instrumental in immigration scam; other staff also plead guilty

  • Troubled EMI's legal head changes track to Polydor

    18-Feb-2002

    The director of business and commercial affairs at EMI James Raddice is leaving his post at the end of this month

  • UK lawyers in US death row battle

    18-Feb-2002

    Lovells pro bono officer Yasmin Waljee is working with 14 Tooks Court barrister Hugh Southey on the legal battle to save UK national Tracy Housel from execution in the US

  • UKCC adds three new firms to panel line-up

    18-Feb-2002

    Increased workload forces healthcare body to expand exclusive list of advisers

  • Under fire

    18-Feb-2002

    Tulkinghorn seems to have boobed once ag-ain (not a ref-erence to the previous story). Last week he ran a picture (right) with the caption "Advice to die for" of a dashing young soldier in front of what he said was a "bloody great tank". However, Edmund McMahon Turner, a press officer at Lovells, kindly contacted Tulkinghorn to inform him that he was mistaken. Edmund, you see, used to be in the army and knows a 'bloody great tank' when he sees one - and that was not one. In ...

  • United we stand

    18-Feb-2002

    After Buchanan Ingersoll announced it was scaling down its London operation, Dominique Graham asks where the US firms are going wrong and reveals how they could succeed

  • Vinson defends itself against Enron report

    18-Feb-2002

    Vinson & Elkins has come out fighting in response to criticism levelled at it in a report by Wilmer Cutler & Pickering partner William McLucas on behalf of a special committee of the Enron Corporation board

  • White & Case nabs CIBC CDO contract

    18-Feb-2002

    London office steps in after lack of resources forces Freshfields to refuse work

  • Wilmer Cutler loses four partners to Latham

    18-Feb-2002

    Latham & Watkins has poached four competition partners from US rival Wilmer Cutler & Pickering to launch a Brussels office. When it opens, the office will be Latham's fifth in Europe; it already has branches in London, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Paris. The new base will concentrate on competition law, supporting the antitrust operations of the other European offices. Marc Hanson and John Kallaugher from Wilmer Cutler's London office, and Andreas Weibrecht and Paul Poitras ...