19 June 2006
Although not best known for its contacts in the sports world, CMS Cameron McKenna has scooped a role advising Iain Dowie and his new club, Charlton Athletic FC, on their dispute with Crystal Palace FC.
Keoghs has promoted Allison Carr to the partnership as a junior equity partner. Rose Dickinson, Deborah Kelly, Caroline Melody, Neil Southern and Catherine Woolham have also all been promoted to associate.
It was patronising smiles all round and the sound of collective head-patting when Scottish minnow Semple Fraser released its year-end results.Either the firm had had a really, really bad year, or its PR had left off a fairly important letter from the email header: "Semple Fraser announces £13 fee income".Altogether now… "bless".
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have today lost the fight to have the Government’s ban on hunting reversed.
Recent market uncertainty means law firms are likely to suffer a dip in their previously booming alternative investment market (AIM) practices.
Jersey has become renowned as a destination for sharia-compliant investment vehicles, mainly because of the expertise and knowledge of its local professionals. Bill Gibbon reports
The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is setting out to fight retail giant Arcadia on behalf of a woman who claims she was unable to shop because she is in a wheelchair.
Tensions are brewing over steel giant Arcelor's conduct in its proposed merger with Russia's Severstal - and Allen & Overy (A&O) and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom are both at the heart of the action.
ASB Law has hired associate Lisa Comber from Bird & Bird.
Ashurst partners will be breathing a sigh of relief this week. The firm's financials - on profit at least - are strong. Average profit per equity partner (PEP) is up 23 per cent to £701,000. It had been a disappointing couple of years for the silver circle firm, which last year only managed 13th position in the PEP league table, with a frankly shoddy £567,000.
Ashurst has posted strong profits for the last financial year, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) up 23 per cent to £701,000 compared with last year's £567,000.
Davis Polk & Wardwell is proving to be the top earner from Delta Air Lines ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
It was the best night of the World Cup yet - off the pitch at least. Law firms were putting on some cracking parties, and everyone went nuts for Joe Cole's screamer.
Bircham Dyson Bell has broken the £30m and £300,000 barriers for its turnover and profit per equity partner (PEP) figures and is on course with its aim to crack The Lawyer's UK100 top 50 within five years.
Blake Lapthorn Linnell has snared the head of pensions from rival ASB Law for its own practice. John Hamilton joins the firm as a partner and brings with him solicitor Rupert Graham-Evans. Maria Riccio, head of pensions at Blake Lapthorn Linnell, says: "John and Rupert's appointments are key to developing the pension team's well-known service in the South East, especially with opportunities to the ...
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has moved to ramp up its international network, creating the new position of director of international strategy within the firm.
Pittsburgh-based Buchanan Ingersoll and Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling have merged to form the Pennsylvania's largest law firm, with more than 525 lawyers.
City lawyers have welcomed Gordon Brown's call to promote London as a centre for Islamic finance, but have warned that there may have to be changes in the UK tax regime first.
After yesterday's revelations that Field Fisher Waterhouse just don't give a damn, Clifford Chance shows that it really cares and takes the prize for showiest client event by far at this World Cup. Forget the big screens and the sausages on sticks, CC’s cunning plan involved hiring – get this – a private ...
Clifford Chance is gearing up to target the Eastern European legal market by launching an office in Bucharest.
Offshore firms are also responding to globalisation by developing a more corporate structure internally. This has included bringing in chief executives from the wider business community and reorganising management structures.
Offshore firms in Jersey and Guernsey have been island hopping over the past few months with two firms announcing new office openings.
Anne-Marie Piper, a partner at Farrer & Co, has been elected chair of the Charity Law Association. Piper takes over from Stephen Lloyd. Piper said: "With membership of the CLA exceeding 900 and the Charities Bill going through Parliament, it is a very exciting ...
Veteran corporate partner David Cheyne has won Linklaters’ three-way senior partner race.
Linklaters senior partner-elect David Cheyne has pledged to drive forward the firm’s current strategy in the wake of his high-profile election.
Germany’s CMS Hasche Sigle has bolstered its Russian operation by taking the entire Moscow team of Haarmann Hemmelrath.
Cobbetts plans to jettison up to 20 partners once a consultation on the firm's future has been concluded.
Nexus is in the middle of perhaps its biggest challenge yet - the £500m Tyne & Wear Metro upgrade - and its wrangling is keeping the in-house team busy. By Jon Parker
The Legal Services Commission is making a further 100 grants available to help fund future legal aid solicitors.
Lawyers are warning that the Company Law Reform Bill could be "half-baked" if the Government does not allow enough time for Members of Parliament to scrutinise the bill.
Beleaguered plaintiffs' firm Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman has found a powerful ally in the shape of the US Congress following its recent indictment for alleged referral fees.
On 5 June, The Lawyer reported that the Government has approved the first professional qualification for paralegals - the BTEC in Legal Work. The Institute of Legal Executives also has a professional qualification for paralegals, more recently in partnership with City & Guilds.
Cravath Swaine & Moore and Herbert Smith have scooped lead roles advising Time Warner on the potential £1bn sale of its subsidiary AOL UK.
Cuatrecasas and Uría Menéndez have secured the lead roles advising on the E1.09bn (£740m) sale of the controlling interest in Spanish construction group Corporacion Uniland.
DLA Piper poaches Orrick Milan team" /DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has raided Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe's Milan office, scooping a six-lawyer team as part of a nationwide recruitment push.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has topped mergermarket’s European M&A league for a second quarter in a row, after advising on 36 deals, worth a total of €189.6bn.
Attractive infrastructure and good access to the AIM and LSE markets should allow the Isle of Man to bolster its reputation as a hub for IT firms, says Andrew Corlett
South African firms Edward Nathan and Sonnenberg Hoffmann Galombik will look to become an Africa-wide powerhouse following their merger.
Opinion, Dick Tyler, managing partner CMS Cameron McKenna
The EU is spending €2m on helping to reform the judiciary of Kosovo as the province moves towards independence.
In May 2005, unrest in Uzbekistan came to a head when armed men are said to have attacked a number of military barracks and government buildings in Andizhan.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former senior partner Anthony Salz has joined independent investment banking group Rothschild.
Demand for property investments in Jersey and Guernsey is likely to remain high, particularly for those investors seeking tax savings and greater flexibility, says Michaela Hamilton
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has beaten public sector rival DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary in a beauty parade for the role advising the Government on setting up the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
Field Fisher Waterhouse is trying to pretend the World Cup doesn’t exist.
As thousands of fans gather in Frankfurt for the Group D decider between Holland and Argentina, FIFA's legal team has launched an offensive against ambush marketing surrounding the game.
Thames Valley firm Blandy & Blandy has a long and proud tradition in law, but since the start of the millennium, the firm has really hit its stride.
Brick Court Chambers and Monckton Chambers lead the field for competition work. But the battle to attract clients from the private sector is hotting up
For most lawyers at US firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo), a football is something you throw. But Tulkinghorn is pleased to see the London lawyers are keeping the true spirit of the game alive. hard work, not hard partying. Tulkinghorn even heard rumours of pre-breakfast meetings. What does that mean then? Cocoa?And the partners didn't even get to travel home in style.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Italian managing partner has called on his colleagues to ditch the firm's all-equity partnership after a five-lawyer team from Rome defected to Pavia e Ansaldo.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and CMS Cameron McKenna advised on the E650m (£443.3m) sale of all of Austrian bank Raiffeisen International's shares in JSC Raiffeisenbank Ukraine to Hungarian bank OTP.
Skadden" /Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom's mantelpiece is groaning after the firm received two more accolades.
Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has revolutionised its internal structure, handing 14 partners management roles and setting up new governance committees.
The ever-increasing globalisation of the corporate and financial markets has provided new challenges for offshore law firms as they compete to give clients the services they want and expect. The result has been a change in the offshore landscape.
While Dubai's new Collective Investment Law sets a high standard for asset managers, there is a danger that bigger firms could benefit at the expense of smaller players, argue Roderick Palmer and Scott Gibson
Hammonds partners have returned from their biennial partners' conference committed to continuing with the strategy set down in April.
Hammonds has won the bulk of the £150m negligence claim brought against it by the Football League - but must pay £4 in damages for two minor breaches of duty.
News reaches Tulkinghorn that one particularly wise US judge recently ordered a bunch of warring lawyers to settle their dispute with a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Hedge fund Fim Advisers has swooped on Citigroup Private Bank to appoint its first in-house legal counsel.
Herbert Smith has won the role as sole legal adviser to a new Ofcom-led industry body, an appointment that will give it direct access to eight of the UK's leading telecoms companies.
In what is sure to be a kick in the teeth for rival firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Herbert Smith has helped clients Schroders and Stanhope to secure planning permission for the Croydon Gateway project in south London. Described by the Secretary of State, who approved the deal, as "a landmark development of world-class quality and function", Schroders and Stanhope's Foster & Partners-designed ...
City commercial and insurance specialist Hextalls has won a unique High Court victory against the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), saving up to £2.9m in tax bills for client British Waterways.
Courts have traditionally been reluctant to regard a trust as a hiding place for a settlor's assets, but recent cases in Jersey may have changed all that, say Andrew McKenzie and William Richmond-Coggan
Despite a mountain of new legislation, asset managers are showing little reticence about establishing new investment products domiciled in Ireland, says Brian McDermott
The introduction of the BVI Business Company in place of the former International Business Company is unlikely to stem the flow of incorporations into the British Virgin Islands, argues James Hilsdon
Tulkinghorn's scribes have conducted more than a few strange interviews in their time, the majority of them off-the-record affairs propping up some bar in the midnight hour (which is just off Finsbury Circus, if you don't know it).
Jersey and Guernsey are pushing ahead with plans to incorporate the Liechtenstein foundation into their armoury of wealth management structures, writes Simon Gray
LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has sweetened its relationship with Spanish telecoms giant Telefónica, picking up the mandate to advise on its $5.25bn (£2.85bn) acquisition debt refinancing.
South East firm Lester Aldridge elected head of the dispute resolution group Michael Giddins as its new managing partner yesterday (June 19).
The senior lawyer for the Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for central government to dismantle the barriers between local authority lawyers and their counterparts in other local public bodies.
Linklaters' senior partner election moves into its final phase this week, with the three contenders putting out video presentations urging partners to vote for them.
Linklaters' senior partner election is the talk of the City, but the firm is valiantly trying to minimise any drama. As we report today, the firm has dispensed with hustings in favour of prerecorded speeches by the candidates. Uncharitable rivals will, of course, see Linklaters' move to dispense with the human touch as apt.
Linklaters has appointed Portugal head of finance and projects, Pedro Siza Vieira, as managing partner in Lisbon.
The House of Lords has overturned the law on time limitations for personal injury cases, reversing a previous Lords decision that had stood for 25 years.
A call to a lawyer at Mishcons on Wednesday 7 June found only a voicemail message that said: "I am now away from the office until 22 May." Presumably 2007?
Maclay Murray & Spens is to convert to limited liability partnership status and merge its Scottish and English practices into a single legal entity.The changes at the Scottish headquartered firm will be effective from 1 July this year.
The new governor of the Bank of Italy has signalled his intention to open up the Italian banking market to merger activity, after transferring the bank's merger veto to the Italian antitrust authorities.
Dutch heavyweight Loyens & Loeff has rejigged its management board, with tax adviser Pim Bertels succeeding Philip van Hilten as chairman.
There's a few more weeks yet before we'll know whether or not Hammonds really has pulled itself out of its financial doldrums, but one thing's for sure, Peter Crossley's taking a very tough management line.While the partners' conference was held in glamourous Cannes, it was a weekend of
Telecoms company Qualcomm has opened a new front in its patent war with Nokia, lodging a complaint against the Finnish handset maker at the US International Trade Commission.
So either Germany or Ecuador awaits England in the second round. Tulkinghorn suspects there might be more than just a few Germans working for UK firms (or more likely those who used to work for UK firms) who are hoping for a bit of on-pitch revenge next week.
Nottingham Law School (NLS) has teamed up with global education services firm Kaplan to launch a branch in London.
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has been appointed as the primary legal adviser to telecoms group ntl following a major review of its legal function after its merger with Telewest. The decision is a blow to Travers Smith, which has been ntl's longstanding UK counsel. However, the company will continue to work with Travers, as well as regular advisers
The New York Stock Exchange's (NYSE) announcement that it has signed a merger agreement with pan-European exchange Euronext was undoubtedly the deal of the month - and arguably the year.
The expansion campaigns that have typified offshore law firms of late are showing no signs of abating.
Olswang is trialling an open-plan office for parts of its real estate and corporate departments.
Can Olswang's property practice justify its claims to high standing in London, asks David Middleton
Berwin Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is leading a charge to proclaim itself the most globalised firm in the, er, globe.
Osborne Clarke has poached Clifford Chance lawyer Georg Meyer-Spasche to be a partner in its IP/IT practice in Germany. Meyer-Spasche was previously of counsel at Clifford Chance, specialising in the telecommunications, media and technology sector.
Phillips Fox has adopted the DLA moniker as part of its entry into the DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary alliance.
Calling a partner at Pinsent Masons last week, one of Tulkinghorn's scribes managed to unearth the world's most pedantic PA.
Three recent cases highlight the importance of maintaining fairness when regulating offshore financial services, says David O'Mahony
In a move that could see charities receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds of extra income, The Law Society and Bar Council are in talks to launch a pro bono conditional fee agreement scheme.
Richards Butler last week voted to merge with US firm Reed Smith to create a £400m transatlantic firm. Reed Smith is kicking off its integration plans immediately, as it transfers its director of strategic planning Michael Pollack from its Pittsburgh HQ to London.
A spike in insurance premiums has led investors in Bermuda to favour a more flexible vehicle called a 'sidecar', which simplifies the relationship between reinsurer and investor. Charles Collis reports
Insurance boutique Robin Simon is celebrating its best-ever year, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) now outstripping Hammonds, the firm it broke away from three years ago.
A restructuring of its funds legislation, its proximity to Europe and good quality infrastructure are making Gibraltar an enticing proposition for fund promoters, says James Lasry
Scottish firm Semple Fraser has posted a 21 per cent rise in turnover to £13m, the third consecutive year of 20 per cent-plus growth. The firm's managing partner Alister Fraser said the growth in tax-driven property deals had not only boosted the firm's revenues, but had also increased the number of UK-wide deals in which Semple Fraser was involved.
Something strange is happening over at the Football Association. Remember Adam Crozier, the FA's former chief and the man who hired England's current boss Sven-Goran Eriksson? Well he's back, or at least he appears to be. Going under the name 'Alistair Maclean' (an obvious pseudonym if ever there was one), Crozier now runs the FA's legal department. Does his reappearance mean that perhaps we haven't seen the last of Sven either (perhaps returning as Hans Christian Andersen)? Let us ...
Shearman & Sterling and Clifford Chance have bagged the key roles on the €16bn merger of Nokia and Siemens’ network businesses.
Shoosmiths posted profit per equity partner (PEP) just short of £400,000 last financial year, marking the firm’s fifth consecutive year of profit increase.
Network Rail has completed a review of its external counsel, appointing six firms.
Slaughter and May has flown in to advise British Airways (BA) on the investigation by UK and US authorities into alleged price-fixing allegations involving fuel surcharges on long haul flights over the past two years.
Three years after the implementation of the Insolvency Act in the British Virgin Islands, practitioners are starting to see the benefits of a codified approach. Phillip Kite reports
Speechly Bircham's capital market practice has scooped yet another instruction through its lucrative relationship with Wharton Asset Management, this time acting on the listing of an investment fund. Trio Finance, which invests in investment-grade, asset-backed securities, launched a listing on the London Stock Exchange together with share issuance to raise $100m (£54.23m). Wharton acts as Trio's ...
Hill Dickinson has lost one of its top sports lawyers. Partner Chris Farnell has left the firm to set up his own sports and media boutique.
There was upset at Kirkland & Ellis this month when the firm was rocked by the departure of Chicago-based restructuring superstar James Sprayregen.
The battle for the control of steel company Arcelor, Luxembourg's most prestigious corporate, raises some tricky issues surrounding takeovers and potential liability claims, says Stef Oostvogels
New York-based firm Sullivan & Cromwell has appointed Daryl Libow as the new head of its Washington DC office.
Swiss firm Lenz & Staehelin, Linklaters and Sullivan & Cromwell have secured roles on Axa’s acquisition of Winterthur, the insurance arm of Credit Suisse, for Swiss Francs 12.3bn (£5.4bn).
A merger might have been seen as the right solution for the newly minted Appleby Hunter Bailhache, but there are plenty of others who have opened their own new offices.
Guernsey is revisiting its laws on company directors following the Enron collapse, but it is unlikely to adopt a statutory code of practice. Alison Ozanne and Doug Hayter report
Largely unnoticed, the paralegal profession has grown to 500,000 practitioners: 50,000 in the legal profession, the remainder spread throughout every other sector of the economy.
What was your first-ever job?Paper round combined with walking my uncle's Alsatian, which made life a lot safer in South East London.
While it is has an established reputation for offshore financial services, Guernsey still has some way to go to be taken seriously as a centre for IP business, say Geoff Allez and Ian Swan
Norton Rose, Shearman & Sterling and White & Case secured mandates on the Rayong Refinery Public Company's (RRC) $720m (£390.47m) float on the Thai stock exchange. RRC is the country's third-largest oil-refining facility ...
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith and Slaughter and May are set to meet to forge an industry- standard approach to real estate investment trusts (Reits).
The Cayman Islands is already the favoured location for the offshore hedge fund industry and this popularity shows no signs of waning, says Neal Lomax
North East firm Ward Hadaway has announced its year-end results, showing increased turnover but static profits.
Firms cautious as Legal Services Bill is unveiled
US niche IP firm Darby & Darby has opened its first international office in Frankfurt, signaling the start of a European expansion.
Bristol's Veale Wasbrough has elected managing partner Simon Pizzey to sit a third successive term.
Vinson & Elkins' nightmare involvement in the Enron saga is showing no sign of coming to an end.
Walker Morris has been sidelined in the mammoth litigation over Wembley Stadium after losing the first round of the case for client Cleveland Bridge.
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Tulkinghorn's scribes were delighted to be guests of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Lovells at the annual property industry karaoke night, Party Near the Park.
Withers has lost private client partner Jeremy Arnold to Barclays.