2 April 2001

The Lawyer

  • …as it bags new recruiters from TMP QD

    2-Apr-2001

    Osborne Clarke has bolstered its legal recruitment capability by hiring two recruiters from TMP QD.

  • …as it sets out plans to double the size of its Cambridge office

    2-Apr-2001

    Eversheds plans to double the size of its Cambridge office within 12 months due to the boom in knowledge-based industries.

  • 11 KBW hires chambers director

    8-Apr-2001

    Lord Irvine's former set 11 King's Bench Walk has hired a chambers director to handle marketing and more administrative work following the set's recruitment of eight tenants last October.

  • A VIEW from belgium

    2-Apr-2001

    Although the last few months have seen the emphasis shift at the European Commission towards an attempt to tackle economic issues and crisis manage the dramatic situation for farmers, competition commissioner Mario Monti has nevertheless steered a steady course. Indeed, he appears to be having a decisive influence in areas not strictly in his remit and is extending his influence within the College of Commissioners.

  • A VIEW from Kazakhstan

    8-Apr-2001

    During 2001, the Republic of Kazakhstan will celebrate its tenth year of independence. This is a time for reflection on how far and how fast the country has distanced itself from its Soviet past. There is much to be proud of, and the current mood is rather optimistic, due in large part to the sustained high price of oil on international markets. Moreover, a major new oil pipeline will soon open to the West, and news of enormous fresh oil discoveries under the Caspian Sea reinforces the ...

  • A year ago this week

    8-Apr-2001

    Dibbs in merger talks with Amsterdam firmDIBB Lupton Alsop (now DLA) was reported to be in advanced talks with Dutch firm Schut & Grosheide about joining its alliance with a view to a possible merger.The deal was expected to take place within weeks, resulting in the mid-sized Amsterdam firm, which specialises in corporate and shipping, linking up with the DLA alliance D&P, which then included partners in Barcelona, Brussels and Paris.

  • A year ago this week

    2-Apr-2001

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher appoints Stephen Ball as head of its UK practiceStephen Ball, former chief general counsel at Japanese banking group Nomura, joined US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher as its UK head.Ball, who had been on gardening leave since leaving Nomura in February, was reportedly considering offers from ABN Amro and Jiway, a stock ...

  • A&O instructed by Nasdaq for Easdaq share purchase

    2-Apr-2001

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised the Nasdaq Stock Market on its acquisition of a majority share in European stock exchange Easdaq, its first major deal for the client.

  • Akin Gump doubles its London partnership

    2-Apr-2001

    Washington DC firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is more than doubling the size of its London partnership with three new arrivals.

  • Almost lawyers

    2-Apr-2001

    Law is indeed the new showbiz. The Lawyer has been filled recently with ex-media luvvies trying to break into the profession. The comedian Rory McGrath, for example, has taken up a new role as head of legal at the UK arm of healthcare giant Bayer. McGrath, who has surprisingly just changed his name to Mark Wilkinson, decided on a career change when he realised that he and his show, They Think It's All Over, just aren't funny anymore.

  • Andersen Legal forms Indian association with DSK Legal

    8-Apr-2001

    First ever international link-up for indian firm; Andersen alliance avoids local bar disapproval

  • Andersen Luther loses four partners

    2-Apr-2001

    Andersen Legal's German arm Andersen Luther is losing four partners from its Hamburg office as a team of lawyers split from the firm to set up on their own.

  • As crooked as a hairpin

    2-Apr-2001

    AS an old timer who has served more writs than you've had hot dinners, Tulkinghorn is always pleased to see lawyers getting recognition for their intelligence, charm and wit. Though, up until now, he has never been called upon to cheer a lawyer for breaking the law.But then Tulkinghorn knows that times they are a-changing, and so hats off to Richard Moss, trainee solicitor at Manchester firm Rowe & Cohen, and to the marketing person ...

  • Ashursts strengthens McAlpine relationship with acquisition work

    2-Apr-2001

    Ashurst Morris Crisp has advised longstanding housebuilder client Alfred McAlpine on its £52.2m acquisition of Proby.Proby is the parent company of Kennedy Utility Management, which specialises in providing distribution asset management services to the utilities sector and will add critical mass to the group's construction services business.Alfred McAlpine was advised ...

  • B&M opens tax practice in Houston

    8-Apr-2001

    Baker & McKenzie's Houston office is launching a tax practice, recruiting Fulbright & Jaworski partner Susan Stone to head the operation.

  • Bank of scotland

    2-Apr-2001

    This is Herbert Smith's third securitisation for the Bank of Scotland this year and one of several public transactions that the firm completed for the bank at the end of February.

  • BAR TALK

    2-Apr-2001

    A recent landmark Court of Appeal judgment has held, for the first time, that it is reasonable for a software supplier to contractually limit its liability to a user in the event of any subsequent claim made by the user. The Court of Appeal made its finding even though the relevant limitation of liability clause was contained within Sanderson Group's standard terms and conditions of business. The court found that, with regard to the relevant factors under Schedule ...

  • Barristers out of pocket on CFAs

    8-Apr-2001

    Barristers' fees have dropped significantly in conditional fee arrangement (CFA) work even if they are winning the bulk of their cases.

  • Beloff opts for Blackstone

    2-Apr-2001

    Eminent public and sports law silk Michael Beloff QC has defied expectations and is to join Blackstone Chambers. The news ends 14 months of speculation and will be a major blow to Matrix Chambers, which he was expected to join.

  • Bingham Dana merger ramps up NY presence

    8-Apr-2001

    Bingham Dana is merging with New York firm Richards & O'Neill - a move which will more than double its presence in the city.

  • Birmingham raids rival law colleges

    8-Apr-2001

    The Birmingham College of Law has raided a host of legal institutions to appoint five senior lecturers.

  • Blandys hires head of property

    8-Apr-2001

    Reading firm Blandy & Blandy has recruited a new head of commercial property to take over from Kate Taylor, who is stepping down to become a full-time consultant.

  • Breaking the border

    2-Apr-2001

    Northern Ireland has always been distinctly different to its southern neighbour. Unlike the republic, its unstable political climate has inhibited growth by discouraging international investment.However, things may be set to change. With a local government now in power, there has been a renewed interest in public-private partnership (PPP) work in the province. Up to now, these moves towards private investment in public schemes has been limited to areas such as education, ...

  • Brief encounter: 12 king's bench walk

    8-Apr-2001

    The advent of conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) has struck fear into the hearts of many chambers, and apathy in most. In a survey conducted by The Lawyer on 16 October 2000, only one of 30 sets could supply information of their exposure to CFAs. However, for the chambers of Richard Methuen QC, 12 King's Bench Walk, their impact has been positive. The set, which has traditionally had a defendant rather than a claimant focus, reports a 10-15 per ...

  • Brief encounter: Reed Smith

    2-Apr-2001

    Reed Smith Warner Cranston's Coventry office sees itself as a Midlands firm with international clients, rather than just a regional offshoot of a London firm.Initially set up around the former in-house team of textiles company Courtaulds , Warner Cranston, now Reed Smith Warner Cranston, opened its Coventry office just over a decade ago and is now part of an ambitious ...

  • Brobeck takes on Milbank Tweed partner

    2-Apr-2001

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has suffered another blow to its technology transactions group with the loss of a partner to Brobeck Phleger & Harrison.

  • Brobeck's Oxford office founds in-house forum

    8-Apr-2001

    International partnership Brobeck Hale and Dorr's Oxford office is setting up an in-house lawyers' association for technology companies in the area.

  • Brownlow departs CC and forces early vote for COO

    2-Apr-2001

    Senior Clifford Chance corporate partner Jeremy Brownlow is retiring, leaving a vacancy on the firm's management board. He will go at the end of this month after 22 years of partnership.

  • Burges Salmon set for farm judicial review

    2-Apr-2001

    Burges Salmon and Nicholas Green QC have won permission to seek a judicial review of the Government policy of slaughtering healthy animals to combat Foot-and-Mouth disease on behalf of organic farmers Peter and Juliet Kindersley. The legal action is the first of its kind.

  • Carey Langlois becomes first Guernsey firm to open in City

    8-Apr-2001

    Channel Islands firm Carey Langlois is opening an office in London to improve its service to English law firm clients.

  • CASE BOOK

    2-Apr-2001

    JudgmentsThree Rivers District Council & ors v Governor & Co of the Bank of England sub nom Same v Same (3) (22/3/01) HLLords: Steyn, Hope, Hutton, Hobhouse and MillettThe claim that officials in the Bank of England were guilty of the tort of misfeasance in public office was sufficiently pleaded for the bank to have known the case that it had to meet. On the facts as presently known, the claim could not be said to have no realistic ...

  • CC to toughen up on partner performance

    8-Apr-2001

    Individual evaluation plan sparks ructions at strategy meeting; deputy COO denies lockstep in danger

  • Challinors offers debt recovery

    8-Apr-2001

    Challinors Lyon Clark has introduced a debt recovery service to its repossessions department.

  • Cleary advises on Dixons-Wanadoo bond exchange

    8-Apr-2001

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is advising managers Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter on Dixons' indirect issue of exchangeable bonds only a month after investing in French internet company Wanadoo.

  • Clifford Chance ousts City rivals for Lloyd's online work

    2-Apr-2001

    Clifford Chance is advising Lloyd's of London on setting up its online market after pitching against longstanding adviser Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy (A&O) for the work.

  • Come together

    8-Apr-2001

    The disturbing case of Alan and Judith Kilshaw - the couple who paid thousands of pounds to adopt twin baby girls over the internet - has put reform of adoption law on the front pages of the newspapers and pushed it up the political agenda.Ministers seemed ahead of the game, as only weeks before the controversy erupted they had unveiled the biggest overhaul of adoption law in 25 years. The Adoption and Children Bill, which last month had its second reading in the House of ...

  • CORPORATE

    2-Apr-2001

    Think Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, think probably the best M&A firm in the world ever. Then think about its strategy in London, and you will probably draw a blank. Currently poised to hire Lovells private equity guru Allan Murray-Jones, to stake a claim in Italy and bulk up in Germany, the firm topping deals tables worldwide is on the offensive. But why?

  • Corporate

    2-Apr-2001

    Penton Media acquires Hillgate Communications for an undisclosed amount. Penton Media advised by Jones Day Reavis & Pogue. Hillgate Communications advised by Beachcroft Wansbroughs.Plexus merges with Olympian Consultancy to form the leading IT recruitment consultancy in the UK. Plexus advised by Rowe & Maw (Stephen Bottomley). Olympian advised by Argles Stoneham Burstows.

  • Crowell boosts IP in Washington link

    8-Apr-2001

    Washington DC firm Crowell & Moring is merging with a niche intellectual property (IP) firm in a bid to give a better service to its technology client base.

  • Crystal demands £10m as Thyssen trial crashes

    2-Apr-2001

    Baron's legal team threatens to sue Bermuda government as judge in three year case quits over pay

  • De Brauw set to join Linklaters in China

    2-Apr-2001

    De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the Dutch member of Linklaters & Alliance, will become the first Dutch firm to open in China.

  • Deal Summary - Corporate

    8-Apr-2001

    Arjo Wiggins Appleton sells wholly-owned subsidiary Appleton Papers through an employee stock ownership plan in which employees can invest. Arjo Wiggins advised by McDermott Will & Emery (William Charnley).

  • deckchair.com

    2-Apr-2001

    Could this be the future of dotcom work? Deckchair.com is the online travel agency launched in 1999 by rock star Bob Geldof. Like many of its ilk, it has felt the pinch of changing market attitudes towards technology companies. Last month it laid off 13 of its 51 staff.

  • Digest

    2-Apr-2001

    White & Case Feddersen in Frankfurt has hired a partner from the German law firm Schön Nolte Finkelnburg & Clemm. Antje Mattfeld, who joins the firm's corporate department today (2 April), will focus on M&A and competition law.

  • Digest

    2-Apr-2001

    Hardwicke Building, the chambers of Nicholas Stewart QC (left), has been joined by Christopher Bayliss of One Inner Temple Lane. Called in 1986, Bayliss specialises in employment and motor industry law. The employment team now has 10 members. The arrival of Bayliss continues the chamber's strategy of strengthening its specialist teams by selective recruitment.

  • Digest

    2-Apr-2001

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius, the US firm, has created a new role of regional coordinating partner for Europe to further its global strategy. Senior corporate transactional partner Peter Wallace has relocated from Los Angeles to take up the position in London. He will focus on coordinating interaction between the London, Brussels and Frankfurt offices and between Europe and the US. Wallace says: "We feel Europe is an area where there's going to be increased business activity and therefore ...

  • Digest

    2-Apr-2001

    Denton Wilde Sapte's role as adviser to Equitable Life is under review following a push by policyholders to review the role of advisers at the House of Lords. Equitable Life Policyholders Action Group (EPHAG) has accepted an invitation from Equitable to nominate three firms to review the performance of Equitable's advisers. EPHAG is expected to recommend Slaughter and May,

  • DJ Freeman appoints new senior partner

    2-Apr-2001

    DJ Freeman has appointed corporate insurance specialist Toby Greenbury to the role of senior partner following an equity vote last week. He will take over from litigator Colin Joseph in May.

  • DLA brings in two partners to boost Singapore office

    8-Apr-2001

    National firm DLA is strengthening its position in the Asia Pacific region with the appointment of two partners to its Singapore office.

  • Don't worry, be happy

    8-Apr-2001

    Last year's Industrial Society research entitled "Maximising Attendance" revealed that sickness absence costs the UK economy £13bn annually. It is surprising, therefore, that only 28 per cent of organisations claim to record all absences, and that there still seems to be a belief that nothing can be done to improve the situation. Companies that have tried to do so have found that the key to increasing attendance is to first discover what makes people ...

  • Doubt over future of Slaughters Singapore

    8-Apr-2001

    Slaughter and May's Singapore office is facing closure, The Lawyer can reveal. One of the two Singapore-based partners, Simon Hall, is due to return to the UK this year. Slaughters is taking this opportunity to review the office and make a decision on its future.

  • Drop the soap

    2-Apr-2001

    Tulkinghorn can reveal that Allen & Overy (A&O) lawyers have suffered an embarrassing defeat. Was it to magic circle rivals in a beauty parade? Were they dumped off a panel, to be replaced by lawyers from a cheaper, more responsive regional firm? Did they lose a case in the Court of Appeal? Oh no - this is something much more embarrassing.At last week's annual firm-wide ...

  • DTI report slams CC over Mirror Group float

    2-Apr-2001

    Clifford Chance takes brunt of criticism; Linklaters' responsibility 'limited'

  • Eleven quit Simmons Italy for Alliance member Gianni

    2-Apr-2001

    Simmons & Simmons' Italian practice has lost an equity partner and 10 other lawyers to Linklaters & Alliance member Gianni Origoni & Partners following management restructuring at Simmons aimed at making it more democratic.

  • ernst & young

    2-Apr-2001

    Even though it is Ernst & Young's legal affiliate, Tite & Lewis does not have an exclusive advisory relationship with the accountancy firm and must have been more than a little pleased to be in-structed on its move to the high-profile More London development.

  • European employment alliance chooses Rowe & Maw

    2-Apr-2001

    Rowe & Maw is set to become the UK member of the European alliance of employment law firms Ius Laboris (Labour Law).

  • Eversheds Bristol closure gifts Osborne Clarke with partner…

    2-Apr-2001

    Osborne Clarke has hired a second partner from Eversheds' Bristol office ahead of its closure next month.

  • Eversheds to be sued by hygiene testing company Biotrace for sacking 'blunder'...

    2-Apr-2001

    Eversheds is being sued for £600,000 because its Cardiff office allegedly gave negligent advice.

  • Fairmays merges with Goldsmiths

    2-Apr-2001

    Fairmays is merging today (2 April) with niche commercial property and media litigation firm Goldsmiths.

  • Finers acquires Nathan Silman

    2-Apr-2001

    West end merger to boost Finers' property client base: Our Price and Virgin Retail poised to sign up.

  • Floating along

    2-Apr-2001

    Last year, The Lawyer IPO Survey, which covered the 18-month period from January 1999 to June 2000, paid witness to one of the most dramatic eras in equity capital markets. The dotcom bubble kept on growing until the burst was inevitable. As one corporate finance partner put it last year, there had been nothing like it since the South Sea Bubble. A year on and stock markets around the world are still feeling the aftershocks of the crash. Investors have become more ...

  • FORUM

    2-Apr-2001

    Lateral movement between Ireland's leading firms was until recently virtually non-existent. This is now changing, and the demand for quality practitioners on both sides of the border has sparked fierce competition among local firms and enhanced the bargaining power of associates.There is a general perception that a large proportion of vacancies are being filled by returning emigrants, anxious to make their way home in search of a better standard of living.

  • Fuel for thought

    2-Apr-2001

    The Lattice group may not be a sexy little dotcom newco or as high-profile as the likes of Virgin, but this solid multi-business gas distribution company is more like a firm's best friend. Abigail Townnsend reports

  • Gide reeling as another partner quits for rival

    8-Apr-2001

    Beleaguered French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has lost a corporate partner to rival M&A practice Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier.

  • Goldman Sachs tip wins BuildOnline for Brobeck

    8-Apr-2001

    Brobeck Hale and Dorr has snatched a client from under the nose of Taylor Joynson Garrett to advise on a £10m venture capital investment.

  • Good conduct

    2-Apr-2001

    Organisation: Amphion SemiconductorSector: Technology, media and telecomsEmployees: 50Legal capability: 1Head of legal: Niamh LaveryReporting to: Chief executive officer James DohertyMain location for lawyers: BelfastMain law firms: L'Estrange & Brett, FR Kelly & Co. In the US Carr & Ferrell and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & RosatiNorthern Ireland has always had some difficulty ...

  • Hall takes over at Gordons Cranswick

    2-Apr-2001

    Leeds-based Gordons Cranswick has shaken up its management structure by appointing a new senior partner.

  • Heleniak awaits Shearmans vote

    2-Apr-2001

    New York firm Shearman & Sterling will vote this week to appoint M&A lawyer David Heleniak as its new senior partner.

  • Hextall Erskine profits lead to exits

    8-Apr-2001

    Insurance practice Hextall Erskine has lost four partners as sources close to the firm claim that its profitability is faltering.The head of insurance and reinsurance Bill Jarvis has joined niche City practice Elborne Mitchell. His move follows the departure of leading professional indemnity lawyer Stuart White and fellow partner Davina Haydon, who both left Hextalls last Friday (30 March) to join

  • I want doesn't get

    2-Apr-2001

    The Honourable Michael Beloff QC only ever stated that it was his "present intention" to join Matrix Chambers. But to say that Beloff, one of the UK's most highly sought-after public and sports law silks, has taken his time to decide whether to rejoin those friends and colleagues who quit 4-5 Gray's Inn Square to establish Matrix, is something of an understatement. More than 14 months have passed since Beloff was first invited to join (The Lawyer, 17 January 2000), and nearly ...

  • Ireland: CASE summary

    2-Apr-2001

    Beverly Cooper Flynn v RTéOn 23 March, a final verdict was announced in the Beverley Cooper Flynn libel action against RTÉ (Radio Telefis éireann). The jury found that RTÉ had failed to prove that Cooper Flynn had persuaded James Howard to evade his tax obligations. However, they also found that RTÉ had proved allegations that Cooper Flynn had encouraged tax evasion. And since they felt allegations concerning Howard in particular had not damaged ...

  • ireland: deal summary

    2-Apr-2001

    A&L Goodbody acted for First Data on its $75m (£52.3m) acquisition of a 25 per cent share of Fexco, the financial services company. Commercial partner Michael Greene led a team of two on the deal, while Matheson Ormsby Prentice acted for Fexco.A&L Goodbody, led by partner Michael Greene, acted for the employee owners of Basis Communication Corporation on its $450m (£313.9m) acquisition by Intel Corporation. The company was bought from the previous owners ...

  • It ain't over till it's over

    8-Apr-2001

    It has taken eight years for Lovelle's litigation partner Chris Grierson to win the right for Deloitte & Touche to sue the Bank of England- but there's more to come

  • Keep on keepin' on

    2-Apr-2001

    Head of Weil Gotshal & Manges' London office Mike Francies remains philosophical about the glut of departures that has hit the US firm

  • Lattice Group companies

    2-Apr-2001

    TranscoBased in Solihull, Transco owns and operates most of the UK's gas transportation system. It is the group's principal business.Division head: chief executive officer Phil Nolan186KOne of two telecoms companies in the Lattice group. Based in Reading, 186K provides fibre-optic infrastructure and related services.Division head: chief executive officer Lawrie HaynesSpectraSite JVSpectraSite ...

  • Laying the blame

    8-Apr-2001

    The news that the Lord Chancellor was to finally part company with the "no fault" divorce in January was as inevitable as the arrival of a decree absolute through the letter box. It was also met with the same wildly divergent responses by the parties involved.As far as the anti-divorce lobby was concerned this was an opportunity to crack open the champagne. But for many of the professionals who work with the emotional fallout of separations - including most family law practitioners ...

  • LEGAL WIDOW

    8-Apr-2001

    The Lawyer has been upsetting the children by railing loudly against farmers, saying they've merely got what was coming to them and that they should go to the wall like any other business.

  • Lex Mundi appoints three firms

    2-Apr-2001

    Global referral network Lex Mundi is adding three new member firms to its number.

  • Linklaters sends Jones to Germany to develop European IP integration

    2-Apr-2001

    Linklaters & Alliance is sending one of its top London intellectual property (IP) partners to Germany in a bid to integrate the European practice into the rest of the group.

  • litigation teams

    2-Apr-2001

    Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR)Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Amsterdam: Jan Willem van der Staay (head of PPR litigation - corporate partner); Evert Vink (senior associate); Gerard Meyer (procedural expert); Diederik Sillevis Smitt (associate)Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York: David Katz (partner)Darrois Villey Maillot Brouchier, ...

  • Lnc properties

    8-Apr-2001

    Victory for the Airline Group marks the end of a two-year struggle over plans to privatise UK air traffic control.

  • Marriotts in new raid on Steptoes

    2-Apr-2001

    Steptoe & Johnson Rakisons has lost the head of its corporate department just three months after Rakisons merged with Washington-based firm Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Miller leaves CC Brussels for in-house post at Dexia

    8-Apr-2001

    Clifford Chance is losing top Brussels partner Axel Miller when he takes on a newly-created in-house role with longstanding client banking group Dexia next month.

  • MoFo joins forces with Tokyo firm

    8-Apr-2001

    The Tokyo office of Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has formed a joint venture with a local firm, allowing it to provide domestic advice for the first time.

  • Morgan Cole dumps lockstep

    8-Apr-2001

    Focus on retention of younger partners as new merit based remuneration scheme is launched

  • New chambers Hogarth throws down IP gauntlet

    2-Apr-2001

    One Raymond Buildings and 5 New Square merge: recruitment ubderway

  • No place like home

    2-Apr-2001

    Myra Garrett is quite an enigma. A self-declared "unambitious lawyer", she has without any apparent design found herself at the forefront of William Fry, one of Dublin's big five law firms.Garrett read law at University College Dublin and, like many other lawyers, fell into her profession. By her own admission, she studied law because she was not quite sure what to do for a career. ...

  • Opinion

    2-Apr-2001

    Are too many individuals being channelled into bankruptcy, when there are alternative routes to recovery? With bankruptcy becoming more acceptable in our economy there is now less stigma attached to it. As a consequence, there is a potential danger that the advice given to individuals in serious financial difficulties may be to declare themselves bankrupt in the knowledge that their debts will be written off. Provided fair value is paid for the equity to the trustee, ...

  • Opinion

    8-Apr-2001

    A revolution was set in motion on 6 April 2001 when the Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Act 2000 came into force, but it had very little to do with the limited liability issues in which the legislation has its origins. Partners in law firms and other professions that decide to become LLPs will have to undergo a complete "mind set" change, and many of them are not going to like it; indeed, many are going to find it very difficult.As members of ...

  • Outside influence

    2-Apr-2001

    As a relatively small country, and one which is heavily dependent on inward investment, Ireland has always been affected by outside economic influences, and the IT sector is already feeling the effects of the downturn in the US economy.For instance, Ebeon, a technology firm based in Dublin, was recently forced to cease trading, making 170 staff redundant in the process.Andrew Doyle, a partner at Dublin firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice, says: "The nature of IT work ...

  • Party on lawyer dudes

    8-Apr-2001

    Tulkinghorn is finding it very difficult to keep up with the times these days. Recently he was invited to a party at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, some upstart Yank firm that has recently moved to rather swanky new premises near Temple.Splendid, he thought, a chance to stand around with a glass of warm Chardonnay catching up on the latest tax reforms with lawyers whose ...

  • Possession is two halves of the law

    8-Apr-2001

    Last November there was a revolution in the arena of family law following the judgment in the House of Lords in the case of White v White. It was the biggest shake-up of divorce law in 30 years and, not surprisingly, the courts are still working out what it all means.Payne Hicks Beach family law partner Ian Airey, together with associate Simon Beccle, represented Pamela White in ...

  • Public Property

    8-Apr-2001

    IP.com offers a cheap alternative to messy, expensive patents and from small beginnings the website is now aiming to go global. Mary Murphy investigates the company that says it is the true defender of ideas.

  • Real Estate and Projects

    2-Apr-2001

    Delancey Estates sells portfolio of four shopping centres for £121m to four single purpose vehicles established by Dunedin Property Investment Company. Delancey Estates advised by Gouldens (Suzanne Billington, Giles Elliot). Dunedin advised by Macfarlanes.

  • Real Estate and Projects

    8-Apr-2001

    The Airline Group beats rival bidder Serco to become the Government's strategic partner in the public private partnership for Britain's air traffic control system. The Airline Group advised by Norton Rose (Alan Crookes). Serco advised by Altheimer & Gray (Anthony Fine). The Government advised by Slaughter and May ...

  • Reportage

    8-Apr-2001

    Just what did Lord Irvine mean by extending a 15 per cent pay rise in legal aid rates to just the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA) while ignoring the Law Society's own family law panel?Many family law practitioners believe that the Lord Chancellor is cutting costs and relishing an opportunity to have a pop at the Law Society. Of course, there are others who think that it is an accurate reflection of the difference in quality.Certainly, it is a blow ...

  • Reportage

    2-Apr-2001

    The phasing out of the 10 per cent corporate tax rate and the move to reduce the standard rate of corporation tax for trading income to 12.5 per cent has been well highlighted internationally. Agreement with the European Commission (EC) was reached in July 1998 on the phasing out of the 10 per cent corporate tax regime which, in the main, applied to income from goods manufactured in Ireland, certain grant-aided computer service operations and certified activities in the Dublin International ...

  • RSL

    2-Apr-2001

    A fantastically meaty deal for Denton Wilde Sapte, which has spent the past 12 months nabbing some of the biggest insolvencies around.

  • Sears moves firm for more money

    2-Apr-2001

    Leading travel insolvency practitioner Trevor Sears is quitting Kingsford Stacey Blackwell for Davenport Lyons, giving the firm an insolvency capability for the first time.

  • Simmons works with Shearmans on £350m Euro debt restructuring

    8-Apr-2001

    Simmons & Simmons has advised telecoms giant Global TeleSystems (GTS) on the restructuring of debt worth $500m (£350.6m) in subsidiary Global TeleSystems Europe.

  • SJ Berwin wins B&M global partner

    8-Apr-2001

    SJ Berwin's German branch has taken on an international partner from Baker & McKenzie's Frankfurt office.

  • Stand by your man

    8-Apr-2001

    If success can be measured in column inches - as many law firms think - then Vanessa Lloyd Platt is without doubt the most successful divorce lawyer in the land. In the last few months there have been full page photo-features in both The Sunday Telegraph and the Independent on Sunday, not to mention a double-page splash in The Sun. And then there is her weekly column as the Daily Mail's "Relationship Doctor", which began last month.The reason for Lloyd Platt's ...

  • Swan capital investments

    8-Apr-2001

    Another nice public to private deal from Travers Smith, this time brought to the firm by Jim Morris, who left Travers Smith to join WestLB a few years ago and is now a director in its legal department.

  • Taylor steps over Mudd to make Walker Morris managing partner

    2-Apr-2001

    Leeds stalwart Walker Morris is radically overhauling its management team.

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

    8-Apr-2001

    Comcast Cable Communications sets up an Interactive Program Guide (IPG) affiliation agreement with Gemstar-TV Guide International. Comcast advised by Davis Polk & Wardwell. Gemstar-TV Guide advised in-house.

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

    2-Apr-2001

    Software developer Intrinsic disposes of its entire business to fellow developer SAS Institute for an undisclosed sum. Intrinsic advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Neil Vickers). SAS Institute advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Ken Baird, Colin Law).

  • Terror at 20,000 feet

    8-Apr-2001

    Tulkinghorn is well aware that banking partners in the City are not always the gentlest of people, but he was nevertheless shocked to hear of the pure terror one Rowe & Maw partner could inflict.The said partner was taking on a new au pair to look after his young clan and his wife kindly agreed to pick up the unsuspecting young Scandinavian from the airport. After two hours of waiting for the au pair, his wife was beginning to worry.Then came an announcement ...

  • The face of feminism?

    2-Apr-2001

    "Why do all of us women spend so much money on expensive face cream? So we can ensure that our faces look 10 years younger than our necks." So said Jenny Eclair, the hostess at the Women in Film and Television Awards 2000. Later, Tulkinghorn mused to his wife about how true that was, only to receive a blast of abuse for being such a chauvinist pig.Tulkinghorn would like to take this opportunity to point his wife in the direction of DJ Freeman's ...

  • The Leader column

    8-Apr-2001

    Contingency fees are coming, and given the continuing problems with conditional fee arrangements (CFAs), it is surely about time they did. The Government has clearly got itself into a bit of a mess on this one, with almost every quarter distinctly unhappy at the operation of CFAs. Put simply, it is bad practice. The defendant insurers are angry at the levels of success fees and premiums; claimant solicitors believe that their clients are being denied access to justice (which is exactly ...

  • The Leader column

    2-Apr-2001

    It's not been the best week for the public image of lawyers. First off was the news that Equitable Life is to review the role of its advisers in the House of Lords battle which led to a £1.5bn payout over disputed benefits. Denton Wilde Sapte has found itself in that particular firing line.

  • The long overhaul

    2-Apr-2001

    The court system in Ireland is facing up to the need for a major overhaul. The current litigation process is hampered by serious delay, bad organisation and the cumulative effect of an ageing court structure that has seen little change since it was established in 1924.The model for reform is obviously the radical overhaul of the UK's Civil Procedure Rules, undertaken by the then Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf and introduced in April 1999.Stewart Matheson, ...

  • The personnelity

    8-Apr-2001

    Like all managers, most notably football managers, HR managers are prone to use the odd cliché. For every football manager who revels in "a game of two halves", an HR manager somewhere is speaking with apparent sincerity about how "people are the firm's most important asset". Despite the collective cringe that follows this pronouncement, many employers still resolutely defend their claims to this effect.Of course, for ...

  • The price of luxury

    2-Apr-2001

    Corporate battles often make the headlines, but in the case of LVMH and Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR), it got personal. LVMH is owned by Bernard Arnault, whose empire includes Givenchy, Krug and perfume giants Chaumet and Christian Dior. His arch rival Francois Pinault owns PPR, which comprises the Printemps store group and the La Redoute mail order business.The acrimonious tussle between the French luxury goods houses over Dutch-listed Gucci has ...

  • Thyssen judge's demand is historic first

    8-Apr-2001

    The judge in the middle of the court battle over Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza's £1.2bn fortune is believed to have set a historic precedent when he tried to clinch a deal that could have given him a financial interest in the case (The Lawyer, 2 April).

  • Time waits for no court

    8-Apr-2001

    To an extent, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is a victim of its own success. Its ever increasing docket illustrates the successful pervasion of European Community (EU) law throughout the European Union (EU). Reforms introduced by amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the ECJ and Court of First Instance (CFI), and the Nice Treaty have yet to bite, but the latest statistics released last week reveal that the European court system is suffering from an acute case of backlog and delay.

  • TIMELINE

    2-Apr-2001

    January 1999LVMH increases its share stake in Gucci to 34 per cent6 January 1999LVMH informs the Securities and Exchange Commission that it owns more than 5 per cent of shares in Gucci17 February 1999Gucci lends 20,154,985 shares to a newly formed Dutch foundation with an understanding that it would purchase them later. This arrangement is linked to a purported employee stock option plan (Esop)

  • Totally divorced from reason

    8-Apr-2001

    Last month saw the arrival of new EU divorce rules - Brussels 2 - which, according to many lawyers, could end up promoting break-ups rather than reconciliation.The new law sets out the basis for the jurisdiction in which a divorce will take place. According to Withers family law partner Mark Harper, the main principal is habitual residence.Previously, a party in a divorce was able ...

  • Training

    2-Apr-2001

    Life in Northern Ireland has improved dramatically in recent years. The peace has brought dividends in commercial transactions and an increase in investment in the province, with the result of a greater range and volume of commercial work available for lawyers. English law firms are now expressing an interest in work in Belfast, while Dublin firms have opened offices in Belfast or formed links with existing firms. By the same token, law students from Northern Ireland are more aware ...

  • Transense technologies

    8-Apr-2001

    Addleshaw Booth & Co has played a pivotal role in Transense's life as a publicly-listed company. It first advised the company on its original move from Ofex to AIM in 1999. And while some technology companies may now be languishing at the bottom of client lists, Transense, which utilises surface acoustic wave devices, is one technology company that is surviving the sector downturn. Its market capitalisation has increased from £10m, when it first listed on AIM, to £244m as of February this ...

  • Vivendi appoints ten firms to its UK panel

    8-Apr-2001

    After a five-month review, both regional and City firms win places

  • Wessing seeks consultancy remedy as merger splits firm

    2-Apr-2001

    German firm Wessing is bringing in a UK consultancy to rescue it from crisis as partner dissent threatens to split the firm.

  • Wheeler/The Lawyer survey on law firm confidence highlights recession worries

    8-Apr-2001

    A new survey which looks at the business confidence of law firms has revealed that managing partners are seriously worried about the prospect of a UK recession - but they are nevertheless convinced that their own firm's prospects are strong.

  • Wiping the slate clean

    2-Apr-2001

    When a dispute is being settled or a relationship ended, the parties often wish to ensure that not just the particular dispute is resolved but that the slate is wiped completely clean. This includes matters that were not the subject of the dispute, or even known about. To do this, language such as "this agreement is in full and final settlement of all or any claims of whatever nature that exist or may exist as between the parties" may be used. And until the ...

  • Wragges lands place on Bank of Scotland's litigation panel

    8-Apr-2001

    Wragge & Co has won a place on the new Bank of Scotland banking litigation panel.