19 November 2007

The Lawyer

  • A Christmas Carol

    19-Nov-2007

    UK legal media lesson number six: Christmas is the season to be merry (translation: what happened to law firm parties?).

  • A sight for sore eyes

    19-Nov-2007

    Tulkinghorn reported last week that the likes of Denton Wilde Sapte, Lovells and Slaughter and May competed in Standard Chartered Bank's rugby competition in September.

  • A&O helps pop stars create charity song

    19-Nov-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is working with some of the biggest names in the music business as part of its work with longstanding pro bono client and homeless chairty Crisis.

  • Beachcroft technology head quits for Eversheds

    23-Nov-2007

    Beachcroft has lost its head of technology Nick Holland to rival firm Eversheds.

  • Birmingham quartet sets up first pro bono clinic

    19-Nov-2007

    Four of Birmingham's top commercial law firms have joined forces to launch the city's first pro bono clinic.

  • BLG strengthens with double hire

    19-Nov-2007

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has re-enforced its employment team with the hire of Fladgate Fielder's head of employment Adam Lambert and has recruited associate director Emily Benson for its financial services regulatory team from the Financial Services Authority's (FSA) enforcement division.

  • Bloxham won't appeal; Freshfields drops costs claim

    21-Nov-2007

    Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer insolvency partner Peter Bloxham has decided not to appeal against the judgment that found unanimously for his former firm in an age discrimination claim he brought.

  • BLP creates East London pro bono offering

    19-Nov-2007

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has used National Pro Bono Week to launch its first law clinic and to sign up to a pro bono protocol.

  • Bonelli: Alberto Saravalle

    19-Nov-2007

    Handling the founding partners and the rising stars is a tricky business. Bonelli managing partner Alberto Saravalle is pinning his hopes on teamwork

  • Boutique scores victory for Blairs over paparazzi

    22-Nov-2007

    Media boutique Atkins Solicitors has scored substantial damages for the former prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Booth QC of Matrix chambers.

  • Camerons leads Alfred McAlpine on £600m offer

    19-Nov-2007

    CMS Cameron McKenna is advising support services company Alfred McAlpine on a proposed £600m offer by rival Carillion.

  • Camerons votes for Weston as Tyler replacement

    21-Nov-2007

    CMS Cameron McKenna has named Central and Eastern European (CEE) managing partner Duncan Weston as managing partner Dick Tyler's replacement.

  • CC waits on Bloxham for pensions overhaul

    19-Nov-2007

    Clifford Chance stalled the review of its early retirement packages while it awaited the outcome of the age discrimination case brought against Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer by former insolvency partner Peter Bloxham, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • Centric's Indian-UK LPO joint venture founders

    19-Nov-2007

    Plans to create a pan-Asian legal process outsourcing (LPO) outfit between Indian law firm Fox Mandal, Hinduja Group and the UK's Centric (now Williams Lea LPO) have dissolved due to strategy differences.

  • Civil mediation cases up by a third

    19-Nov-2007

    The size of the civil and commercial mediation market has grown by around a third to 3,700 cases per year, compared with 2,700 in 2005.

  • Cravath mulls return to Far East

    19-Nov-2007

    How much longer can Cravath ignore China? Chances are, if you're reading this on the way home in London, the regular Monday lunchtime meeting of Cravath Swaine & Moore's entire partnership will be just about to start in New York.

  • Dewey helps russia's NCSP with LSE float

    19-Nov-2007

    Dewey & LeBoeuf has advised Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port (NCSP) on its $955m (£461.21m) IPO on the London Stock Exchange, resulting in a post-IPO valuation of NCSP of $4.9bn (£2.34bn).

  • Dickinson Dees shores up insolvency

    19-Nov-2007

    Dickinson Dees has plundered North East rival Watson Burton to replenish its insolvency team following the retirement of long-serving insolvency partner and head of banking Gordon Sanderson.

  • Directors' cut

    19-Nov-2007

    Increased shareholder power places a greater burden on company directors, say Neil Mirchandani and Rebecca Huntsman

  • Dorsey tax team splinters as DLA Piper pounces

    22-Nov-2007

    Dorsey & Whitney has lost its second tax expert within a week with barrister Leslie Allen heading to DLA Piper.

  • Dundas & Wilson guides Donald Trump to planning success

    23-Nov-2007

    New York magnate and Dundas & Wilson client Donald Trump has scored a major victory in a long-running project to build a £1bn world-class golf development in Aberdeenshire.

  • Endless nights spent slaving in the pub

    19-Nov-2007

    Hammonds recently bagged Northern private equity house Endless as a new client. Endless is a formidable venture fronted by respective ex-Andersen and Ernst & Young advisers Garry Wilson and Darren Forshaw with a £135m war chest and an impressive 17 transactions completed in two years.

  • Eversheds bags sole Threadneedle role

    19-Nov-2007

    Eversheds bags sole Threadneedle role" /Eversheds has won another Tyco-style adviser role by becoming the main legal adviser to asset manager Threadneedle.

  • Fasken Martineau hires former Canada minister

    20-Nov-2007

    Fasken Martineau has hired Canada’s former federal minister of international trade and secretary of state for international financial institutions, Jim Peterson, as counsel.

  • Firm profile: Barnetts

    19-Nov-2007

    Barnetts is a niche firm, with just one office, two practice areas and only two partners in the equity.

  • Freshfields leaver is boxing clever

    19-Nov-2007

    A propensity for hard work, endurance and sparring learned in the corporate department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has come in handy for senior associate-turned-boxer Laura Saperstein.

  • Freshfields wins asset payout from Sultan of Brunei's brother

    19-Nov-2007

  • Friends in high places

    19-Nov-2007

    Everyone's been there. You're checking in for your flight home and the guy on the desk asks you if you packed your luggage yourself. Er… as far as you can recall, yes.

  • Further salary boost for DLA Piper's regional NQs

    19-Nov-2007

    DLA Piper's regional NQs" /DLA Piper is preparing to boost the salaries of its regional newly qualified (NQ) lawyers for the second time in six months.

  • Gibson Dunn steers London & Stamford AIM flotation

    19-Nov-2007

    US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has advised longstanding client London & Stamford Property on its £247.5m AIM flotation.

  • Global compliance has given counsel a mountain to climb

    19-Nov-2007

    The long climb of compliance was a key topic for speakers during a series of conferences attended by more than 200 leading in-house counsel and compliance officers in New York and New Jersey in October.

  • Government turns to Burges Salmon for carbon trading scheme

    19-Nov-2007

    Burges Salmon has landed a role advising the Government on its carbon offsetting policy for Government official and ministerial air travel.

  • Guildhall nears £11.2m revenue target

    19-Nov-2007

    Bristol-based set Guildhall Chambers has posted half-year figures that are 11 per cent up on the same period last year, with the growth driven by its insolvency and commercial teams.

  • HMRC blunder prompts calls for stronger punishments

    21-Nov-2007

    The Government’s loss of 25 million people’s bank and employment details in the post has led to calls for the Information Commission to receive stronger powers.

  • Hogan attacked in 'shock and awe' ad

    21-Nov-2007

    Hogan & Hartson was on the receiving end of a “shock and awe” advertising campaign last week, with a former client canvassing for others feeling short-changed by the Washington firm.

  • Homeless front

    19-Nov-2007

    It may only be November, but that didn't stop department stores playing cheesy carols, the lights being switched on at Oxford Street and Taylor Wessing from shouting about its charitable Christmas efforts.

  • Howes Percival reveals half-year growth

    19-Nov-2007

    Commercial firm Howes Percival has announced a 21.5 per cent increase in turnover at the end of its half-year period across all four of the firm's offices in Leicester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich.

  • Humdrum chums

    19-Nov-2007

    Real estate lawyers are a pretty mediocre bunch of people.

  • Ince & Co names next senior partner

    20-Nov-2007

    Ince & Co’s head of marine casualty James Wilson has been chosen to succeed Peter Rogan as the firm’s senior partner in April.

  • India's ICICI appoints City-based legal director

    19-Nov-2007

    India's largest private bank ICICI has posted its first permanent legal director in London after massively expanding its UK services.

  • Integration push sparks CMS name-dropping row

    19-Nov-2007

    CMS name-dropping row" /A rift over identity has broken out among the CMS network just weeks before its nine firms are due to vote on greater integration.

  • Intl Cricket Council secures Collyer-Bristow sports chief

    19-Nov-2007

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) has hired the former head of Collyer-Bristow's sports practice to head its commercial legal department.

  • Itchy feet at Lloyds TSB

    19-Nov-2007

    It seems Lloyds TSB's legal and commercial IT head is partial to a spot of musical chairs. Only a few months after the former Fujitsu general counsel Richard Allnutt joined the group in May, he has moved on.

  • Jones Day's one-firm policy lures ex-DLA Beijing head

    19-Nov-2007

    Jones Day's one-firm policy lures ex-DLA Beijing head" /Former DLA Piper Beijing head Jingzhou Tao joined Jones Day as a partner last week and vowed to increase his focus on international work.

  • Kier Group set to bring in corporate lawyer

    19-Nov-2007

    FTSE250 construction company Kier Group is building up its in-house legal strength as it continues to professionalise the team.

  • KKR turns to Simpson Thacher for first general counsel

    21-Nov-2007

    Private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) has handed a Simpson Thacher & Bartlett corporate partner the role of its first ever general counsel.

  • Latham makes up two partners in London

    22-Nov-2007

    Latham & Watkins has made up two London associates to its partnership in its latest round of promotions.

  • Latham raids Bonelli for Italian push

    22-Nov-2007

    Latham & Watkins is bolstering its Italian practice with the hire of five partners from local Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo.

  • Law Society fights legal breakdown in Pakistan

    19-Nov-2007

    Law Society president Andrew Holroyd, who led hundreds of people protesting outside the UK's Pakistan Embassy last weekend (10 November), has launched a petition to condemn the lawlessness in Pakistan.

  • LG joins the stampede into Dubai

    19-Nov-2007

    LG has become the latest London firm to launch an office in Dubai.

  • Linklaters aids Hackney school kids with reading and maths

    19-Nov-2007

    Linklaters has launched a volunteering partnership with all 76 schools in Hackney through the borough's education authority.

  • Links and CC defy credit squeeze on major buy out

    23-Nov-2007

    Linklaters’ lateral hiring policy has borne fruit with two new partners securing one of the biggest buyouts since the credit crunch dried up liquidity.

  • Links matches rest of magic circle at half-year stage

    19-Nov-2007

    Linklaters has matched the half-year performance of Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance with an 18 per cent increase in revenues.

  • Links promotes internally for new tax head

    19-Nov-2007

    Linklaters global head of tax Guy Brannan is standing down after two terms in the role, with partner Yash Rupal set to take up the position.

  • Links, Norton Rose seal DRC mining tie-up

    19-Nov-2007

    Linklaters and Norton Rose have secured the merger of two mining giants with assets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • Loble shuts up shop to join Collyer Bristow

    19-Nov-2007

    Litigation boutique Loble Solicitors has closed after its founder Steven Loble quit the firm to join Collyer Bristow.

  • London misses out on Cleary promotions

    19-Nov-2007

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is the latest US firm to announce its global promotions round.

  • Lord of the dance

    19-Nov-2007

    At a recent speech given at the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre's first anniversary, the former attorney general Lord Goldsmith reminisced about his early days as a lawyer.

  • Lovells hires real estate expert in Madrid

    23-Nov-2007

    Lovells has made a further hire in its Madrid office with the addition of Carlos Bardavío as a senior associate.

  • Lovells sets up domestic Japanese practice with bengoshi hires

    19-Nov-2007

    Lovells is to enter Japan’s domestic legal market through a merger with local firm Kubota Law & Patent.

  • Matthew Barton: Kier Group

    19-Nov-2007

    Responding to the OFT's queries over price-fixing allegations is just one of the tasks facing Kier Group's new general counsel. But first Matthew Barton wants to expand his team.

  • Mayer Brown reshuffles management in Germany

    22-Nov-2007

    Mayer Brown has appointed a new managing partner in Germany, with banking and finance partner Jörg Wulfken taking control of the firm’s offices in Frankfurt, Berlin and Cologne.

  • McDonald's hire kicks off legal expansion plan

    19-Nov-2007

    McDonald's head of legal Della Burnside has made her first move to develop the fast food operator's legal function since taking control of the department in June.

  • Mills & Reeve launches in Leeds and Manchester

    19-Nov-2007

    Mills & Reeve is set to launch offices in Leeds and Manchester after taking on Addleshaw Goddard's entire family practice in the North West.

  • Morgan Lewis snares Norton Rose partner

    19-Nov-2007

    Norton Rose partner" /Morgan Lewis & Bockius has snared a corporate finance equity partner from Norton Rose.

  • New world

    19-Nov-2007

    As business becomes more globalised, so too does regulation. Jonathan Pickworth looks at the risk impact of this new era

  • OFT chief claims newly found credibility

    19-Nov-2007

    Anti-competitive companies, beware. There is a new regulator in town. It is tough, effective and saves the UK economy more than eight times what it costs the taxpayer.

  • Olswang defends Jerry Springer blasphemy claim

    20-Nov-2007

    Olswang has been in the High Court today (20 November) defending Jerry Springer:The Opera producer Jonathan Thoday against accusations of blasphemy.

  • Pannone aims to break £50m turnover barrier

    19-Nov-2007

    Pannone & Partners has announced 22 per cent revenue growth at the half-year stage, with income for the full year predicted to reach £52m.

  • Pavia opens EU law practice in Brussels

    19-Nov-2007

    Italian independent firm Pavia e Ansaldo is set to launch its first office in Brussels, becoming the second Italian firm to do so this year.

  • People

    19-Nov-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to strengthen its antitrust, competition and trade practice in China with the relocation of London partner Alex Potter to Beijing.

  • Property

    23-Nov-2007

    An appraisal at the half-year mark suggests a slowdown in the robust growth that the property sector has enjoyed over the past five years. But the picture has certainly not been uniform across the board.

  • Rate rises get thumbs-down

    19-Nov-2007

    Money, money, money… It's why we're all in business, but the depth of bad feeling towards law firms' hourly rates is astonishing.

  • Reed Smith enrols Dubai World counsel

    19-Nov-2007

    Reed Smith Richards Butler has snared the general counsel of Dubai World as part of a strategy to develop its Islamic finance capabilities.

  • Revealed: 25 per cent of barristers want partnerships

    22-Nov-2007

    Almost a quarter of barristers want to see law firm-style partnership and corporate structures at the bar.

  • Revealed: hourly rates rocket by 67 per cent

    19-Nov-2007

    In-house counsel have railed against escalating legal fees, claiming that firms do not care about clients having to pay hugely inflated rates.

  • S&N enlists Swedish firm on Carlsberg arbitration

    22-Nov-2007

    Linklaters client Scottish & Newcastle has turned to Swedish arbitration specialist Jacob Melander at Hammarskiöld & Co as its defence against a Heineken-Carlsberg consortium takeover bid hots up.

  • Salans Paris bags Taylor Wessing real estate team

    19-Nov-2007

    Salans has raided Taylor Wessing, hiring a five-lawyer team to boost its Paris real estate practice.

  • Scottish bar seeks new leader as dean quits after three years

    19-Nov-2007

    Roy Martin QC has retired as the dean of the Faculty of Advocates (the Scottish bar) after three years.

  • Separated at birth

    19-Nov-2007

    "Goodbye grey sky, hello blue.

  • Shepherd grows partnership to 70

    19-Nov-2007

    Scottish-headquartered firm Shepherd & Wedderburn has bolstered its growing roster of partners to 70 following the appointment of Patricia Hawthorn as its new planning and environment partner.

  • Spiralling hourly rates fail to trickle down to associates' pay packets

    19-Nov-2007

    UK partners have hiked their hourly rates by an average of 60 per cent over the past four years, with partners in national firms almost doubling their charge-out rates over the same period.

  • St John's criminal team gets Cartered

    19-Nov-2007

    The knock-on effect of the legal aid reforms has finally struck in a major way, claiming its first victim in the regions. Carter's legal aid reforms, which are supposedly going to ensure better access to justice, have led to Bristol-based set St John's Chambers closing its criminal practice.

  • Stephen Allen: Seven Bedford Row

    19-Nov-2007

    Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?Lord Falconer, because I'd have to listen to how it wasn't his fault that the lift got stuck.

  • Stibbe usurps Lovells on SABMiller deal

    20-Nov-2007

    SABMiller has passed over longstanding adviser Lovells on its €816m (£583m) bid for the Dutch brewer Grolsch, turning instead to Herbert Smith alliance firm Stibbe.

  • Strategic Risk

    19-Nov-2007

    As the old adage goes, "failing to prepare is preparing to fail". This saying has never been more apparent than in the legal market today, as the UK faces a major overhaul of regulation brought about by the Solicitors' Code of Conduct and - even more critically - the Legal Services Act.

  • The temporary solution to staff vacancies

    19-Nov-2007

    The temporary market has boomed in recent years, making it a career option for all solicitors and a resourcing solution for employers. However, there are questions left unanswered.

  • Thomas Eggar acquires Penningtons' Newbury office

    23-Nov-2007

    Penningtons' Newbury office has been snatched by South East firm Thomas Eggar after internal wranglings over the future strategy of the firm, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • Travers lands 3i lingerie deal

    19-Nov-2007

    Travers Smith has lent its support to private equity house 3i in the purchase of a £60m majority stake in designer lingerie chain Agent Provocateur.

  • Under pressure

    19-Nov-2007

    With increasing amounts of regulation, firms must adapt to protect themselves from liability risks. By Sandra Neilson-Moore

  • US consortium wins UK e-borders deal

    22-Nov-2007

    The in-house team at US defence company Raytheon has negotiated and signed a £650m contract with the Home Office to manage its e-borders project.

  • Watch out, there's a new Schilling about

    20-Nov-2007

    23-Nov-2007Eggars can be choosers

  • Web week

    19-Nov-2007

    Second strife

  • Young the obvious choice for Lovells chief

    19-Nov-2007

    Lovells has re-elected John Young as the firm's senior partner after he stood unopposed for the position.