19 November 2001

The Lawyer

  • Breaking news: Child rights lawyer 2001 announced

    19-Nov-2001

    The winner of this year's UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer Award is Peggy Ray of Hackney firm Goodman Ray.

  • Breaking news: Cleary Gottlieb partner to join SEC

    19-Nov-2001

    Alan Beller, partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, has been named Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Breaking news: Linklaters signs up Commerzbank lawyer to boost German Securitisation team

    19-Nov-2001

    Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler has hired Kurt Dittrich from Commerzbank to head up its German Securitisation Group.

  • A fine romance

    19-Nov-2001

    The recently merged Allens Arthur Robinson has surprised many in the Australian legal world - hardly anybody has left and it actually seems to be working. Nicole Maley reports

  • AAR tops Australian league tables

    19-Nov-2001

    Top three Australian deals this year put AAR in pole position; Linklaters, Slaughter and May and Clifford Chance all in top ten

  • AAR-Slaughters best friends relationship off to £3bn start

    19-Nov-2001

    Slaughter and May and Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) are reaping the benefits of their best friends arrangement

  • Addleshaws sneaks client from Travers

    19-Nov-2001

    Addleshaw Booth & Co has poached a client from Travers Smith Braithwaite.

  • Andersen Legal wins out over Norton Rose for EBRD work

    19-Nov-2001

    Andersen Legal has nabbed a massive capital markets instruction for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) from under the nose of Norton Rose.

  • Asim members demand block discount of FSA regulation fees

    19-Nov-2001

    The Association of Solicitor Investment Managers (Asim) is locked in a conflict with its members' new regulatory body, the Financial Services Authority (FSA), over regulation fees.

  • Attorney-general calls for national guidelines

    19-Nov-2001

    Australia's state-run legal system's competitiveness is called into question

  • Bar talk

    19-Nov-2001

    Shock horror. Birmingham counsel have been instructed on the biggest case ever heard in the city's mercantile court. Is the regional commercial bar finally catching up with its London peers and offering a service that the leading national firms are prepared to pay for?Well, let's not get carried away, but if there has been a transformation, it can probably be dated back a couple of years to when the commercial bar was really suffering. The London bar went on an aggressive ...

  • Beachcroft Wansbroughs shakes up equity partnership

    19-Nov-2001

    Beachcroft Wansbroughs has undertaken a wholesale overhaul of its internal structure.

  • Birmingham set for record court hearing

    19-Nov-2001

    Birmingham's mercantile court is hearing its biggest ever case - a £35m dispute over a franchising agreement.

  • Blakes on the lookout for new chief exec

    19-Nov-2001

    Blake Dawson Waldron is preparing for a management reshuffle.

  • Blom-Cooper picked for Lloyd's litigation

    19-Nov-2001

    Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC of Doughty Street Chambers has been appointed lead counsel to represent the appeal by Sir William Jaffray's group of Lloyd's Names.

  • BLP acts for the Abbey on shopping centre deal

    19-Nov-2001

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) advised Abbey National Treasury Services on its £60m facility to a US Delaware limited partnership to buy and operate Edinburgh's Cameron Toll Shopping Centre.

  • Brief encounter: BRACHERS

    19-Nov-2001

    Brachers knows where to trim to make the firm grow stronger

  • Brobeck appoints new chairman ahead of time

    19-Nov-2001

    San Francisco's Brobeck Phleger & Harrison has announced a new chairman and managing partner to follow in the footsteps of Tower Snow.

  • Captain's log

    19-Nov-2001

    Dressdown Fridays have been a problem for many firms, with some even forced to bring in the design consultants to dictate to partners what they should and should not be wearing. Tank tops, legwarmers, black shoes with white socks and shell suits are definite no nos, for example, but what of the latest offering from Michael Skrein's wardrobe?Richards Butler's head of media litigation actually asked the head of human resources (HR) whether he would get into trouble for ...

  • Checking the bill

    19-Nov-2001

    Marriott Vacation Club's senior counsel Jonathan Cole is trying to expand the company in Europe and the Middle East while staving off the economic downturn. Julia Cahill reports

  • Clarke Willmott returns to NFU

    19-Nov-2001

    Clarke Willmott & Clarke has won a reappointment to the National Farmers' Union (NFU) panel after Bond Pearce withdrew from the scheme over a clash with its work for agricultural lenders.

  • Clifford Chance changes Asian focus to concentrate on China

    19-Nov-2001

    Following a partners meeting in Hong Kong earlier this month, Clifford Chance has decided on a change to its Asian strategy.

  • Coca-Cola team joins Latham

    19-Nov-2001

    Los Angeles firm Latham & Watkins has ramped up its global antitrust practice and added a new capability in London with a team from Coca-Cola.

  • Competition

    19-Nov-2001

    The only people in Brussels who are busier than top competition la-wyers are headhunters trying to poach top competition lawyers. The European Commission (EC) has gone into overdrive since the GE-Honeywell decision, blocking mergers and acquisitions at an unprecedented rate and keeping Brussels' lawyers busy.It is an open secret that a new wave of US law firms, mesmerised by the regulatory frenzy, wants to move into the city on the back of high-profile lateral hires. A sharp ...

  • Conyers Dill launches Singapore office

    19-Nov-2001

    Conyers Dill & Pearman has become the first Bermuda-based law firm to open an office in Singapore.

  • Corrupt fee-sharing prompts IBA to draft new ethical code

    19-Nov-2001

    Concerns about corrupt fee-sharing practices at the international war crimes tribunals have led to the drawing-up of an ethical code by the International Bar Association.

  • Czech lawyer in CC case arrested on fraud charges

    19-Nov-2001

    Nova TV lawyer suspected of $23m damage to CME, as CC awaits arbitration appeal

  • DAC wins partner-client package from Landwell

    19-Nov-2001

    Compaq drops PwC's law firm; hire signals strategy shift towards more general practice in Madrid

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - bank one Pinsent Curtis represents Bank One on £60m facility

    19-Nov-2001

    National firm completes its most complex syndicated loan deal to date

  • Deals summary

    19-Nov-2001

    Allen & Overy (Pierre Gissinger, Siamak Mostafavi, Armelle Walters-Renaud), advised Deutsche Bank on the f850m acquisition of a 42 per cent stake in GMB Group from Carrefour and the structuring of a related equity swap with Casino. Deutsche Bank also advised by Bredin Prat (Sébastien Prat) on the acquisition. Casino advised by Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier (Emmanuel Brochier, Hervé ...

  • Deals summary

    19-Nov-2001

    Travers Smith Braithwaite (Richard Skelton, Margaret Moore) advised Premium TV on a restructuring of its media and sponsorship arrangements with Newcastle United. Newcastle United advised by Pinsent Curtis Biddle (Martin Shaw, Simon Pigden).Clifford Chance (Thierry Schoen, Dominique Bompoint) advised ...

  • Deals summary

    19-Nov-2001

    Maples Teesdale (Chris Wilkinson, Declan Power) advised Royal & Sun-Alliance on the forward funding of a £50m retail park in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, to be jointly developed by Castlemore Securities and Dixons Stores Group. Castlemore advised by Wragge & Co (Marcus Blick). Dixons advised by SJ Berwin (Martin Wright).

  • DTI bows to pressure from lenders over Enterprise Bill

    19-Nov-2001

    Government abolition of administrative receivership limited to deals instigated after bill's inception

  • EC appoints two new officers to cope with antitrust boom

    19-Nov-2001

    The European Commission has appointed two new hearing officers to deal with the rising tide of merger and antitrust investigations.

  • Eversheds to defend £100K bullying claim

    19-Nov-2001

    Eversheds’ Newcastle office has been slapped with a £100,000 claim for damages from a former employee.

  • Foreigners given go-ahead to practise Taiwanese law

    19-Nov-2001

    Taiwan's parliament has sanctioned a law permitting overseas lawyers to set up practices providing advice on local law.

  • Fox & Gibbons off the hook

    19-Nov-2001

    Seven partners of a former Middle East firm bought out by Denton Wilde Sapte have avoided a claim of more than $600m (£419m) made by a company owned by the ruler of Dubai.

  • Gadens and Bowdens merge in Brisbane

    19-Nov-2001

    The Brisbane office of Australian firm Gadens has merged with local firm Bowdens Lawyers.

  • Gouldens gains Thales via buyout instruction

    19-Nov-2001

    Gouldens has underlined its strategic focus on the private equity market by advising US private equity firm JF Leh-man & Co and private investment fund Thomas Weisel Capital Partners on a buyout.

  • Hackney Council hires law director

    19-Nov-2001

    A former solicitor of Brighton & Hove City Council has joined Hackney Council as its director of law and probity.

  • Hammonds and DLA target Asia market with new offices

    19-Nov-2001

    Hammonds chooses Hong Kong for its first non-European office; DLA applies for licence to open in China

  • Having a whitey

    19-Nov-2001

    Tulkinghorn's young scouts tell him that London discotheque Fabric used to be the venue of choice among the hip young dudes of the capital. Used to be, because recently it hosted a White & Case party full of suits. Not exactly cutting edge.Anyway, Tulkinghorn's scouts overheard a conversation between the cloakroom attendants, who were clearly appalled at the events occuring on the ...

  • Home and away

    19-Nov-2001

    Some report a flood, others a mere trickle, but how is the Australian legal profession really affected by the brain drain? Nicole Maley reports on the comings and goings

  • Ian Hislop: defamation process is 'about fees and not justice'

    19-Nov-2001

    Hislop launches attack on conditional fee agreements in libel cases; Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners cites access to justice

  • ING and UBS instruct A&O on Moscow eurobond

    19-Nov-2001

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised ING Barings and UBS Warburg on a g300m (£184.4m) eurobond for the City of Moscow.

  • King & Spalding changes structure

    19-Nov-2001

    Atlanta firm King & Spalding is overhauling its management structure to prepare for future expansion.

  • Lattice takes on legal head from ABF

    19-Nov-2001

    Lattice Group has hired a new lawyer to head the in-house legal function of its real estate arm Lattice Property Holdings.

  • Leader column

    19-Nov-2001

    There is no getting away from the fact that the world is heading into a cycle of economic downturn, forcing businesses in all corners of the globe to seek new sources of revenue. Yet, while UK and US law firms bit the bullet some years ago, opening what are now flourishing offices outside their own borders, most Australian firms are struggling to find their place on the international stage.This year saw Allens Arthur Robinson signing up to an Anglo-Australasian best friends relationship ...

  • LeBoeuf puts project heads together

    19-Nov-2001

    New York firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae is setting up a project finance practice to be run jointly by its London head and a New York partner.

  • Ledinghams scores Bahrain ministry work

    19-Nov-2001

    The government of Bahrain has chosen Scottish firm Ledingham Chalmers to advise it on oil and gas-related matters.

  • Linnells in corporate boost with Farrers hire

    19-Nov-2001

    Linnells is taking on a corporate partner from City firm Farrer & Co. Robert Foster will join the company and commercial department at the beginning of next year.

  • Lovells closes Healey & Baker deal

    19-Nov-2001

    Lovells has advised big-five surveying firm Healey & Baker on the West End's largest letting deal in 2001.

  • Manches sues hypnotherapist

    19-Nov-2001

    Manches has successfully sued to recover costs a hypnotherapist it represented in a three-year libel case against TV hypnotist Paul McKenna.

  • Manhunters

    19-Nov-2001

    Much fun was had by The Lawyer amid the canapés and booze at Lovells' press party last week.When senior partner Andrew Walker grabbed the microphone to make a welcoming speech, he proudly told the gathering that there were partners present from Germany, France and the Netherlands. Tulkinghorn cleverly spotted this as a telltale sign of the firm's cunning plan to take over the world - all Walker needed was a leather chair and a cat.But when one of Tulkinghorn's ...

  • Minter Ellison plots global onslaught in strategy rejig

    19-Nov-2001

    Three Asian hubs targeted; London and New York offices to boost numbers; new West Coast site mooted

  • MoFo adds govt IT team to DC office

    19-Nov-2001

    San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is setting up a government business and technology group in its Washington DC office.

  • National firms sweep the board in hospitals work

    19-Nov-2001

    National firms have cleaned up on work for the Government's fourth wave of new hospital schemes.

  • New global competition forum gets underway

    19-Nov-2001

    Competition enforcement looks set to dominate the agenda in global legal services over the next decade.

  • News in brief

    19-Nov-2001

    A round up of stories from the UK and around the world

  • News in brief

    19-Nov-2001

    A round up of stories from the UK and around the world

  • Norton Rose aids Budget with insurance captures

    19-Nov-2001

    Norton Rose has acted for long-term client Budget Financial Services on its acquisition of a group of major brokers in the motorcycle insurance sector.

  • Opinion

    19-Nov-2001

    The email is a mixed blessing for the lawyer involved in litigation and regulatory investigations. The volume and informality of it is appealing to anyone attempting to find the 'smoking gun', but a regulated business may wish it had never been invented when a regulator can use enforcement powers to search quantities of emails covering a period of years. Unfortunately, most corporations' email practices and retention policies are not prepared for the burdens of disclosure ...

  • Ozmosis

    19-Nov-2001

    With the economic downturn looming, can Australian law firms keep their foothold in the top-end Asian market? Nicole Maley reports

  • Penningtons in Newbury corporate push

    19-Nov-2001

    Penningtons has hired a corporate partner from Denton Wilde Sapte to run the commercial department at its Newbury office.

  • Piper Alpha case gets ready for conclusion

    19-Nov-2001

    After thirteen years and £20m in fees it reaches the Lords

  • Public domain?

    19-Nov-2001

    After Railtrack, is PPP doomed? And is it the end of the line for project finance lawyers? Jon Robins reports

  • PwC Legal chairman quits after two years

    19-Nov-2001

    John Churchill, the legal chairman at Pricewaterhouse-Coopers (PwC) Legal, has left the firm less than two years into his term.

  • Reaching for the stars

    19-Nov-2001

    In Tulkinghorn's day, the only interview process needed was a quick chat about how many of the partners' sons would need an office in the future. Now, however, with many firms strangely insisting on taking on lawyers who are not related to the partnership, recruiters are using ever-more-sophisticated methods of selection - psychometric testing, whole days of building towers and making rafts while graphologists analyse their handwriting.Peter Rouse, a founding partner ...

  • Richards Butler wins anti-piracy court victory

    19-Nov-2001

    Richards Butler has won the UK's largest anti-piracy case, involving a fraudster who had been sought since the late 1980s.The British Phonographic Industry, the body that represents the music industry, instructed the firm's specialist anti-piracy unit headed by Mike Northern. The scale of the case meant that local trading standards and police in Essex did not have the resources to cope with the prosecution singlehandedly.The prosecution involved proving the link ...

  • Shearman rejigs global strategy with Asia focus

    19-Nov-2001

    Pidot to relocate to Singapore to spearhead firm's expansion in Asia; joint ventures on the agenda

  • Stop the press

    19-Nov-2001

    Keith Schilling, through fighting celebrities' privacy battles, doesn't make many newspaper buddies - but then he prefers a good book anyway

  • Swepstones collapses after tribunal rulings

    19-Nov-2001

    Media firm closes as former partner struck off; insurance premiums unsustainable

  • The 'luck' of the Irish

    19-Nov-2001

    Strange tales of a recent Pinsent Curtis 'training' weekend in Dublin have reached Tulkinghorn's ears. In a novel attempt to make downing copious amounts of alcohol seem constructive (perhaps so that the beer can be put on expenses), Pinsents merely renamed the evening a 'team building' exercise.As part of this 'team building', partners had to dare each other, with the forfeit being to down further copious amounts of alcohol. Dares included serving ...

  • The Leader Column

    19-Nov-2001

    There are all sorts of fun and games in the defamation world at the moment. Schilling & Lom loses Mark Thomson and gets ready to sign up Martin Cruddace from The Mirror. Swepstone Walsh comes to a sticky end. And most spectacularly, Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners gets stung when Condliffe •Private Eye - the case it handled on a conditional fee basis - collapses.Most editors would have trouble repressing that twinge of Schadenfreude at the predicament of Peter Carter-Ruck ...

  • Tite & Lewis hires Texaco legal head

    19-Nov-2001

    Ernst & Young's law firm Tite & Lewis has hired Texaco's chief legal adviser as the company's in-house department reshuffles post merger.

  • Top at the bottom of the world

    19-Nov-2001

    Australian firms have had an outstanding year, with the top 20 all witnessing an increase in turnover. Nicole Maley analyses the performance of the top ten and asks: will their work sustain their practices through the tough times ahead?

  • Trade act review causes concern

    19-Nov-2001

    The Australian government's planned review of the Trade Practices Act could disappoint big business pundits by awarding even more power to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Alan Fels.

  • UK and Singapore alliances fight off Australian firms to win top bank work

    19-Nov-2001

    UK and Singapore alliances fight off Australian firms to win top bank work

  • UK and US firms get ready for Japan boom

    19-Nov-2001

    UK and US firms have been piling into Japan in preparation for an expected flurry of overseas listings.

  • UK magic circle beats US firms for project finance

    19-Nov-2001

    Global project finance deals for the third quarter of this year place the UK magic circle firms above their US counterparts according to market share.

  • Whistle while you shirk

    19-Nov-2001

    Tulkinghorn was dismayed to receive an anonymous call from a disgruntled employee of Buchanan Ingersoll, claiming that a ban on singing or whistling had been imposed on the London office. Not only that, said the caller, but from now on staff were to be charged for any personal calls made from the office. Tulkinghorn naturally could not believe that any law firm could be quite so curmudgeonly, and so put in a call.Once she had stopped laughing, the charming office manager Marion ...