19 January 2004

The Lawyer

  • Hello! to face £4m legal bill for Douglases’ privacy case

    19-Jan-2004

    Addleshaw Goddard has charged the Douglases’ and OK! Magazine £2m for acting in their confidentiality case against Hello!, a costs judgment expected in the next fortnight will reveal.

  • A&O and Freshfields win places on Strategic Rail Authority panel

    19-Jan-2004

    Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have benefited from the chaos in the rail industry to secure places on the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) panel.

  • Allen misses out in White & Case management elections

    23-Jan-2004

    Maurice Allen has missed out on a place on White & Case’s management board.

  • Allens Arthur Robinson takes on ASIC chair

    19-Jan-2004

    Slaughter and May Australian best friend Allens Arthur Robinson has hired former Australian Securities and Investment Commission chairman David Knott as a special adviser. Knott will advise clients on regulatory, corporate governance, financial services and commercial issues.

  • An offshore thing

    19-Jan-2004

    Offshore arrangements are under more scrutiny than ever before. Neil Gerrard and Jonathan Pickworth offer advice on compliance

  • B&M secure finance boost for Frankfurt

    22-Jan-2004

    Baker & McKenzie has bolstered its Frankfurt office with the recruitment of debt and securitisation partner Mark Odenbach.

  • Baker & McKenzie strengthen Hong Kong litigation

    21-Jan-2004

    Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong office has dipped into the bar for new dispute resolution and commercial litigation partner.

  • Bar plans links with EU accession countries

    19-Jan-2004

    The bar is attempting to forge a series of informal associations between the UK’s circuits – the bar’s regional representative bodies – and the first wave of EU accession countries.

  • Barclay brothers choose Skadden Arps for Hollinger bid

    19-Jan-2004

    The Barclay brothers have called on Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom to act on this weekend’s surprise £259m offer for Lord Black of Crossharbour’s controlling stake in Hollinger International.

  • Beachcroft Wansbroughs rejected by Clark Holt in hunt for merger partner

    19-Jan-2004

    Beachcroft Wansbroughs has been secretly scouting out potential merger partners as it emerges that it approached niche Swindon firm Clark Holt.

  • BLP scoops AIG fund’s first ever Russia investment deal

    19-Jan-2004

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has won instructions from new client AIG Emerging Europe Infrastructure Fund (EEIF) to advise on its first ever investment in the Russian Federation.

  • BLP sees off Linklaters to win GUS instruction

    19-Jan-2004

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), led by banking partner Marc Palley, has won out against Linklaters to scoop its first major financing deal for retail group GUS. BLP, Linklaters and one other firm were asked to pitch on a transaction that saw the company sign a new £900m multi-currency five-year committed ...

  • Body blows

    19-Jan-2004

    Although the Law Society and Bar Council viewpoints concerning David Clementi’s review into regulation may be worlds apart, both are adamant that they are not ‘attacking’ the other’s position. Is this sustainable? By Jon Robins

  • Bryan Cave raids McGuire Woods for four-partner Chicago team

    22-Jan-2004

    US firm Bryan Cave has boosted its Chicago office with a four-partner raid on McGuire Woods.

  • Camerons wins in bittersweet partner loss

    21-Jan-2004

    CMS Cameron McKenna is losing a partner but potentially gaining more work as one of its lawyers joins the insurance and reinsurance division of US conglomerate GE.

  • Charles Russell in three-partner raid on Stephenson Harwood

    23-Jan-2004

    Stephenson Harwood has lost three partners and two consultants from its private capital and family teams.

  • City bolsters Euro links with Brussels outpost

    19-Jan-2004

    The Corporation of London is attempting to strengthen relations between the City and the European Union’s (EU) government by establishing a new Brussels-based office.

  • Civil justice system overrun with 'hopeless cases'

    20-Jan-2004

    Senior civil judges called for reform of the legal system last week to stop "obsessive litigants" with "hopeless" cases wasting the Court of Appeal's time and money.

  • Cole hole

    19-Jan-2004

    Tulkinghorn was not particularly surprised to see another two departures from troubled firm Morgan Cole last week.

  • Commission slams slow legislators

    19-Jan-2004

    France, Germany and Belgium are worse than other member countries at putting the EU’s internal market laws into effect, and have lagged even further behind since May 2003, the European Commission has announced.

  • Court of Appeal upholds damages for parents in 'adoption from hell' case

    20-Jan-2004

    A couple whose lives were made a misery by the disturbed and uncontrollable boy they adopted had their claim for damages upheld last month, in a landmark ruling by the Court of Appeal.

  • Denton Salès Vincent & Thomas in name change

    19-Jan-2004

    Denton Salès Vincent & Thomas has changed its name to Denton Wilde Sapte.

  • Equity capital markets hike gifts CC with Permira float

    19-Jan-2004

    Clifford Chance could be in line to benefit from the expected rise in equity capital markets in the US, as long-term client Permira plans a New York float for semiconductor group Memec.

  • EU member states in court over France and Germany

    19-Jan-2004

    The stage has been set for one of the most fierce internal EU legal battles in recent years following a decision by the European Commission to take the EU’s member states to court over their refusal to punish France and Germany for breaching the eurozone rules last November. The commission has asked for a fast-track procedure, meaning a decision could come within six months.

  • Europe looks to Allen in White & Case vote

    19-Jan-2004

    London finance head is frontrunner; Europe challenges US in election showdown

  • Ex-BDW partner in capital markets offering

    19-Jan-2004

    Former Blake Dawson Waldron (BDW) partner Fred Pucci has resurfaced after a brief spell at the Australian Stock Exchange to open a boutique capital markets consultancy. The Bligh Consultancy will practise only debt capital markets and securitisation work. He is assisted by two junior lawyers and is seeking a senior lateral hire in 2004. He is known for his work on the debt aspects of the A$5.5bn (£2.33bn) Sydney Airport acquisition. Other clients while at BDW included British American ...

  • Faegre gains Gaines for US home base

    19-Jan-2004

    Former London-based Vinson & Elkins and Baker & McKenzie partner Peter Gaines has quit the UK to join Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson.

  • Field Fisher Waterhouse scoops social care role

    19-Jan-2004

    Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has won out against 47 other law firms to become sole legal adviser to the General Social Care Council (GSCC), the regulator of the social care workforce.

  • Firm profile: Whitehead Monckton

    19-Jan-2004

    Last November, Kent firm Whitehead Monckton underwent a complete rebranding in a bid to raise its profile, not only in Kent but also across the South East. Its aim was to signal that the firm was no longer just a high street practice.

  • Freshfields poaches Linklaters associate

    19-Jan-2004

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made a rare raid on Linklaters in a bid to boost its banking department. The firm is hiring banking and restructuring associate Chris Howard, who will be the first ever associate hire into partnership in London.

  • Grapevine

    21-Jan-2004

    Today is an important day at White & Case.

  • Hague Lambert absorbs Crewe & Brister

    19-Jan-2004

    Manchester firm Hague Lambert has absorbed Urmston-based property conveyancing practice Crewe & Brister. The takeover will add property conveyancing expertise to Hague Lambert’s existing company, commercial, employment, family and probate law practices. The 10-partner firm will retain the Urmston offices, with Hague Lambert partner Edward Cooper becoming managing partner there.

  • Herbies’ Taylor quits for DLA real estate top job

    19-Jan-2004

    High-profile Herbert Smith consultant David Taylor is leaving to head up DLA’s real estate practice.

  • Holmes Hardingham loses five-strong shipping team

    19-Jan-2004

    Five key shipping litigators at City firm Holmes Hardingham have left to set up their own firm.

  • Hunter-Appleby Spurling merger spells change for offshore market

    19-Jan-2004

    Caribbean firms Hunter & Hunter and Appleby Spurling & Kempe are set to merge in a deal that will reshape the offshore legal market.

  • Information Commissioner slams use of Data Protection Act as 'smokescreen'

    20-Jan-2004

    The Information Commissioner Richard Thomas hit out at companies and services for hiding behind the "smokescreen" of the Data Protection Act (DPA) and engaging in practices that "no reasonable person would ever find acceptable" last week.

  • Irwin Mitchell bolsters fraud group with Withers hire

    20-Jan-2004

    Irwin Mitchell has recruited Withers’ former head of its fraud, trust and tracing group as a boost to its regulatory and investigations practice.

  • Jones Day Gouldens lose corporate partner

    22-Jan-2004

    Jones Day Gouldens’ London office has suffered the loss of a second legacy Jones Day partner in just over three months.

  • Klegal finds new leader for London

    21-Jan-2004

    KLegal’s head of property has stepped up to become London managing partner following the departure of firmwide managing partner Nick Holt last year.

  • Konstantin hopeful

    19-Jan-2004

    Freshfields co-senior partner elect Konstantin Mettenheimer could teach his UK counterparts a thing or two about candour.

  • Law firms in big mix-up

    19-Jan-2004

    Tulkinghorn would like to apologise sincerely to his readers for taking five years to spot this one. Mishcon de Reya, the firm whose chairman Anthony Julius stepped down from running the Diana Memorial Fund amid a media scandal over the firm’s fees, is an anagram of ‘Di Shame Croney’. (This, we hasten to add, is purely an anagrammatical coincidence formed by the rejigging of the letters, and is in ...

  • Law firms stand firm against Microsoft over fee fight

    21-Jan-2004

    A group of 35 law firms is fighting Microsoft for a $269m (£147m) legal bill after winning a consumer antitrust class action against the technology giant.

  • Leader

    19-Jan-2004

    When you think of Lovells, do you still think of a cuddly, caring, sharing firm? Well, I’ve got news for you: Lovells is more ruthless than Linklaters in its own quiet way. The Lawyer can reveal this week that Lovells has embarked on a partner cull in Germany and plans to do the same thing in London before April.

  • Legal campaign against mobile phone masts "irrational"?

    20-Jan-2004

    The legal campaign against the siting of mobile phone masts continued undeterred this week, despite the dismissal of health concerns as "irrational".

  • Leigh Day & Co and Richard Meeran

    19-Jan-2004

    In an article on page 3 in the 15 December issue of The Lawyer, we suggested that Leigh Day & Co and Richard Meeran had a finding of sexual discrimination upheld against them. In fact, an employment tribunal dismissed claims brought by Jemima Brewer that she had been unfairly dismissed by reason of her pregnancy and also dismissed her claim of sexual discrimination. The tribunal, however, found that although she was likely to have been made redundant in any event, the firm had ...

  • Lewis Silkin opens Oxford office after swoop on Boodle Hatfield

    19-Jan-2004

    Lewis Silkin opens Oxford office after swoop on Boodle Hatfield" /Lewis Silkin is to open an Oxford office after prising a corporate employment team out of Boodle Hatfield, led by highly-rated partner Russell Brimelow.

  • Litigation round-up

    19-Jan-2004

    Last week Morgan Stanley was ordered to pay e30m (£20.7m) to Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) for publishing artificially negative investment advice on the luxury goods giant to boost the fortunes of its rival Gucci. The merchant bank is set to appeal. The case was heard before the Paris Commercial Court. Morgan Stanley was represented by Gide Loyrette Nouel and LVMH by Jeantet & Associés.

  • Lovells dumps partners and de-equitises in Germany

    19-Jan-2004

    Lovells has axed two partners and de-equitised a further four in Germany.

  • Lovells’ German chief steps downBy Helen Power

    19-Jan-2004

    Lovells managing partner for Germany Oliver Felsenstein is stepping down from the role after just a year and a half in the job.

  • Martineaus pensions chief quits for Pinsents

    19-Jan-2004

    Martineau Johnson’s head of pensions Simon Laight has quit the firm to join Pinsents’ Birmingham office.

  • Merricks-Fairmays tie-up founders after ten months

    19-Jan-2004

    National firm Merricks’ merger with London firm Fairmays last March has all but collapsed after just 10 months.

  • Microsoft firm selects new chairman

    19-Jan-2004

    Preston Gates & Ellis, the Seattle firm founded by Microsoft guru Bill Gate’s father, has elected a new chairman.

  • Midtown draw pulls Pillsbury

    21-Jan-2004

    Pillsbury Winthrop New York has opened the doors to its Times Square co-headquarters as it becomes another law firm to choose midtown Manhattan over a downtown location.

  • Missed photo opportunity

    19-Jan-2004

    In last week’s eagerly awaited Hot 100 there erroneously appeared a photo of Bevan Ashford partner Stuart Whitfield. The firm’s PR company JBP Public Relations has asked us to point out that neither Whitfield – nor any other Bevan Ashford partner for that matter – made it onto this year’s list. The correct photo should, of course, have been of high-profile and successful Dorsey & Whitney litigator Simon Whitehead. We are delighted to set the record straight.

  • Mobile phone operators limber up for Customs court battle

    19-Jan-2004

    3G operators demand £3.35bn VAT refund that Customs insists was never paid. By Brendan Malkin

  • New criminal contract – if not unlawful, then certainly unfair

    20-Jan-2004

    Fights don't come much more one-sided than the current stand-off between a besieged criminal defence profession and a government hell-bent on redrafting the legal aid contract, but the lawyers launched an interesting broadside against their paymasters last week.

  • New money laundering rules: solicitors beware

    20-Jan-2004

    Solicitors were warned this week to be on guard for money launderers in new guidance published by the Law Society's Money Laundering Task Force in anticipation of the Money Laundering Regulations 2003, which come into force on 1 March 2004.

  • New Year’s substitutions

    19-Jan-2004

    As some of you may know, several of Tulkinghorn’s scribes have committed to an alcohol-free January in a post-Christmas toxins purge. What most of you won’t know is that friendly lawyers have been falling over themselves to suggest alternative ways in which the innocent young journalists can get off their boxes. The following are among the most alarming: Snorting the gas canisters that are used to vacuum-seal wine (from an

  • New York’s top cases in 2004

    19-Jan-2004

    New York’s litigators are set for some dramatic courtroom battles this year, when the city’s courts host some of the biggest pieces of litigation of modern times.

  • Nicholson-Pinsents talks break down

    19-Jan-2004

    The merger talks between Pinsents and Nicholson Gra-ham & Jones, first revealed by The Lawyer in November, have been cut dead.

  • Norton Rose partners still waiting for profit shares from 2002

    19-Jan-2004

    Norton Rose has still not paid its partners a considerable proportion of profits owed for the financial year ending April 2002 after cashflow problems in 2003.

  • O’Melveny breathes new life into London strategy

    19-Jan-2004

    O’Melveny & Myers is kickstarting its UK office by appointing a founder of SJ Berwin’s private equity group as London managing partner.

  • Offshore giant goes to the bar for litigation leader

    21-Jan-2004

    Conyers Dill Pearman has appointed a barrister from Manchester set 8 King Street Chambers to lead litigation in its British Virgin Islands office.Called to the bar 15 years ago, Mark Forte has spent 13 years at 8 King Street Chambers, where he will retain a door tenancy. Conyers Dill Pearman spans seven offices with its largest centred in Bermuda.

  • One law to rule them all

    19-Jan-2004

    A single set of European regulations? Jonathan Herbst assesses the development of two new directives which may bring that day closer

  • Opinion

    19-Jan-2004

    Should professional funders who maintain litigation for profit be liable for the costs of successful defendants if the claim that has been funded fails? This was the issue that Mr Justice Colman ruled on in the recent case of Arkin v Borchard Lines & Ors (No 2).

  • Powering up

    19-Jan-2004

    The FSA’s tough new approach to evidence gathering may have serious consequences for business. Sidney Myers reports

  • Pru brings Camerons in on sale of Lovells’ base

    19-Jan-2004

    CMS Cameron McKenna has been drafted in by Prudential to advise on the sale of Lovells’ building Atlantic House to German fund Deka.

  • Reed Smith gains Denton partner in real estate boost

    21-Jan-2004

    Reed Smith has added a fourth partner to its London real estate department with a lateral from Denton Wilde Sapte. Richard Perkins, whose client list includes Burleigh Estates plc, Helios Properties, CapReal, The Restaurant Group and Somerset House, joins as three Eversheds associates also jump ship to Reed ...

  • Riders on the Storm

    19-Jan-2004

    High-flying lawyers might appear to be models of discretion and good behaviour, but even the most successful can have a past.

  • Salans continues European onslaught with hire of Weil Gotshal & Manges duo

    19-Jan-2004

    Weil Gotshal & Manges duo" /Salans has continued its attack on Central and Eastern Europe with the hire of high-profile Weil Gotshal & Manges property and finance partners Evan Lazar and Eric Rosedale, plus a pair of associates.

  • Separated at birth

    19-Jan-2004

    Tulkinghorn can reveal the truth about former Asda legal director Denise Jagger’s shock decision to take up partnership at Eversheds. It was all a ploy to protect her true identity. Jagger, we can reveal, is in fact none other than the Countess of Wessex. Her exit from Asda has nothing to do with helping the national firm develop its client relationship management programme, as the firm has claimed. ...

  • Shepherd + Wedderburn picks new chief executive

    22-Jan-2004

    Scottish firm Shepherd + Wedderburn has elected property partner Patrick Andrews as its new chief executive, replacing incumbent Paul Hally.

  • Shoosmiths new property head slams City fees

    21-Jan-2004

    Shoosmiths has elevated a former Nabarro Nathanson senior assistant to lead its Thames Valley property team.

  • Simmons hires ex-Shearman projects ace in HK

    19-Jan-2004

    Simmons & Simmons has taken on former Shearman & Sterling projects lawyer Jack Su as a consultant in the firm’s corporate practice in Hong Kong. Su had only been at the US firm since 2001, where he was a special projects attorney rather than a partner. He left the firm in the middle of last year. Prior to his time at Shearman, Su was senior vice-president and counsel for Vivendi Water Asia. ...

  • SJ Berwin partner jumps ship as overhaul gets going

    19-Jan-2004

    SJ Berwin partner jumps ship as overhaul gets going" /SJ Berwin has lost real estate partner Sally Pinkerton to Wragge & Co, three months into a full-scale review of the department.

  • Smyth scoops lead role on Morris Inquiry

    22-Jan-2004

    Clifford Chance partner Michael Smyth, fresh from his role as the solicitor to the Hutton Inquiry, has been given a similar role in an inquiry into aspects of alleged racism in the Metropolitan Police.

  • Spain forges new laws in modernisation move

    21-Jan-2004

    Spain has published a new United Nations-based act aimed at making the country the first choice for Latin American businesses hoping to arbitrate within the European Union.

  • Speed read creed

    19-Jan-2004

    There is nothing wrong with wise spending, particularly if it’s public money, but according to England’s most senior criminal silks,calculations used by Government funders to work out their pay seems rooted in Alice in Wonderland-style fantasy.

  • Stanbrook suffers lawyer exodus

    19-Jan-2004

    Respected Brussels trade and competition boutique Stanbrook & Hooper has lost a quarter of its lawyers in the space of a month as the firm ends its growth ambitions.

  • Staying stationery

    19-Jan-2004

    Slaughter and May’s current head of corporate Nigel Boardman’s frank paperclip-related admission last week, where he moaned that he’d had enough of his role, got Tulkinghorn thinking about how many other similarly grand types are disenchanted with their lot. Miraculously, it seems very few.

  • Stikeman downsizes HK presence

    19-Jan-2004

    Canadian firm Stikeman Elliott has become the latest casualty of the continued economic slump in the Far East.

  • Strategic Rail Authority plumps for Eversheds

    19-Jan-2004

    The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) appointed Eversheds ahead of other panel firms, including Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters, to ...

  • Vinson & Elkins in associate cull

    19-Jan-2004

    Vinson & Elkins is cutting up to 10 per cent of its associates following a year-end review. According to the New York Lawyer, the firm has asked 40 of its associates to seek new jobs, which is due in part to recent reviews and a lack of available work opportunities. All offices, bar Moscow, will be hit. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 14 January

  • Web head

    19-Jan-2004

    Taking over Yahoo!’s European legal affairs was the perfect move for Jonathan McCoy, a champion of the freedom of the internet.

  • Weil Gotshal looks to FTC for anti-trust drive

    21-Jan-2004

    Weil Gotshal & Manges is continuing to build its anti-trust expertise by taking on two senior antitrust officials from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

  • Weil hikes German capability with Munich base

    19-Jan-2004

    Weil Gotshal & Manges has continued its European expansion with the launch of a Munich office. The firm, which already has an office in Frankfurt, will open its Munich branch at the beginning of next month.

  • Wiseman Lee fields legal team at Upton Park clinic

    19-Jan-2004

    East London firm Wiseman Lee has teamed up with West Ham United Football Club to run a free legal advice clinic. It is the first time in the UK that a legal clinic has been run in conjunction with a football club.

  • Wragges lands first deal for Lloyds TSB

    19-Jan-2004

    Wragge & Co has scooped its first ever deal for Lloyds TSB Development Capital (LDC).