2 April 2007

The Lawyer

  • BT: bringing adversaries together

    2-Apr-2007

    British Telecom (BT) has been quietly ramping up its respected in-house team. In January it scooped David Ross, the Europe, Middle East and Africa general counsel of Orange Business Services, formerly known as Equant.

  • People

    2-Apr-2007

    •5 Essex Court has recruited Simon Walsh and Elliot Gold to the police law, employment law and personal injury teams from Bridewell Chambers. Beatrice Colliers joins chambers following the completion of her pupillage. Meanwhile, Jason Beer, Jeremy Johnson and Alan Payne have been appointed to the Attorney General's panel.

  • Arms trade initiative must address human rights issues, say NGOs

    2-Apr-2007

    A consortium of top non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has warned that a global initiative to control arms trading will be meaningless if it does not include a ban on the arms transfers that fuel human rights abuses and conflicts.

  • Aussie firm becomes first to float

    3-Apr-2007

    Australian firm Slater & Gordon is set to become the world's first full-service law firm to float on a stock exchange.

  • Banks sanguine over new takeover code

    2-Apr-2007

    Just their luck. With what could be the biggest-ever European merger currently being bashed out by Dutch banking giant ABN Amro and Barclays, the Netherlands isintroducing a new takeover code, which is set to come into force on 1 May.

  • Belgian-Japanese strength wins Takeda for A&O

    3-Apr-2007

    Allen & Overy's (A&O) Tokyo office has sourced a valuable Japanese client, which the firm has just advised on its first European acquisition.

  • Birmingham Council aims for £500K surplus in legal

    2-Apr-2007

    Birmingham City Council's legal team is targeting a trading surplus of £500,000 within three years - more than any other local authority's legal team in the UK.

  • BLP and Nabarro win Hermes panel places

    4-Apr-2007

    Berwin Leighton Paisner and Nabarro have won places on the Hermes Real Estate panel, joining retained firms Lawrence Graham and Maxwell ...

  • BLP snares Herbies real estate star De Pury

    2-Apr-2007

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has swooped for Herbert Smith real estate star Chris De Pury.

  • Boutique ransacks CC for pensions boost

    2-Apr-2007

    Niche pensions firm Sacker & Partners has poached a senior Clifford Chance associate as part of a concerted recruitment drive.

  • Brodies keeps board and hikes partnership

    2-Apr-2007

    Scottish firm Brodies has re-elected its management team and hired Morton Fraser finance partner Jeremy Fraser.

  • Bryan Cave hires spark hunt for new office

    2-Apr-2007

    •Bryan Cave is looking for new London offices after hitting its 2007 recruitment target in just three months. Partner Robert Wieder joins the international firm's London base as one of six new recruits, having moved from Field Fisher Waterhouse ...

  • CC follows Linklaters with 38 promotions

    5-Apr-2007

    Clifford Chance has unexpectedly announced its promotions ahead of the Easter break, making up 38 to the partnership, exactly the same amount as last year.

  • Charles Russell scores Appeal Court win for FA

    2-Apr-2007

    Charles Russell has clinched a win for the Football Association (FA) in the Court of Appeal against England footballer Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford.

  • CMS makes up first non-equity partners

    4-Apr-2007

    CMS Cameron McKenna has reversed its poor showing of promotions last year, making up 10 to its partnership.

  • Commuter svelte

    2-Apr-2007

    Talking of mad commutes, try this one. Tulkinghorn always knew there was a disproportionate number of outrageous individuals at Travers Smith. Word is that the partners suddenly get health-conscious aged around 45.

  • Co-op dives headfirst into 'Tesco law'

    2-Apr-2007

    •The first 'Tesco law-style' legal service was launched last week (30 March) by the Co-operative Group as it takes advantage of the Clementi reforms. The group, which owns the Co-op supermarket chain, opened its new legal services head office in Bristol. The draft Legal Services Bill is expected to pave the way for Co-op to use its high street brand to offer a full range of legal products. It currently offers limited legal services such as will writing and employs 68 staff, ...

  • Corporate benefits from Nabarro's hike

    2-Apr-2007

    Nabarro has elected seven associates to the partnership, the biggest number in two years, bringing the firm's total to 127.

  • Corporate outnumbers banking in A&O promotions

    4-Apr-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is the latest magic circle firm to announce its partnership promotions, making up 32 of its associates. It also announced its first-ever counsel promotions in its London office.

  • Deutsche Bank uses Freshfields in bonus battle

    2-Apr-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is defending Deutsche Bank against claims made by two of its senior executives that the bank cheated them out of a special bonus worth e5m (£3.38m).

  • Dewey makes another raid on Reed Smith

    2-Apr-2007

    Dewey Ballantine’s New York headquarters has raided Reed Smith for a second time in a month.

  • Dublin: Tiers and tantrums

    2-Apr-2007

    The introduction of tiered salaries for newly qualified lawyers by MOP highlights the growing competition for recruits in Dublin's legal market

  • DWS clinches India's Havell's as new client on European acquisition

    2-Apr-2007

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) beat magic circle rivals to land a lead role on the latest outgoing Indian acquisition, Havell's' $300m (£152.65m) purchase of SLI Sylvania.

  • E.ON pulls out of Endesa saga

    3-Apr-2007

    Bonelli Erede Pappalardo client Enel and German utility E.ON, advised by Perez-Llorca, have come together to carve up Endesa in what should be one of the final chapters of the 18-month saga to gain control of the Spanish utility company.

  • Eversheds makes history with 30 promotions

    2-Apr-2007

    Eversheds makes history with 30 promotions" /Eversheds has promoted 30 associates to the partnership in what is the firm's largest ever promotional round.

  • FFW takes Euro matters into its own hands as alliance splinters

    2-Apr-2007

    Firms in the UK have puzzled over a single question for many years: European alliance or own offices?

  • Final revenue boost for Richards Butler

    2-Apr-2007

    Richards Butler has completed its final financial figures as an independent firm prior to this year’s merger with US firm Reed Smith.

  • Fly guys

    2-Apr-2007

    Want to know the latest in exclusive clubs? Well, it's the Friday night flight from Heathrow to Aberdeen.

  • Food for tort

    2-Apr-2007

    The perils of dining with celebrities are manifold.

  • Four quit Hammonds on deadline day

    3-Apr-2007

    Hammonds has been hit by four more partner exits as the partnership's agreed date for equity partner resignations comes around.

  • Freshfields conference gives associates a voice

    2-Apr-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will set up associate-led groups to discuss best working practice as a result of the firm's inaugural associate conference.

  • Freshfields dispatches top partner to Tokyo

    2-Apr-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is parachuting a top-level corporate partner into its Tokyo office to stimulate a renewed focus on its Japanese offering.

  • Freshfields doubles partner promotions

    2-Apr-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has doubled the amount of promotions it made last year, announcing that it has made up 22 new partners.

  • Freshfields, Links associates made up with promotion round

    2-Apr-2007

    Feel that balmy buzz in the air today?

  • Fujitsu hires signal private sector focus

    2-Apr-2007

    IT contractor Fujitsu Services has boosted its in-house legal team with a double partner hire, scooping Olswang technology partner Clive Davies and CMS Cameron McKenna technology, media and telecoms ...

  • Funny stuff

    2-Apr-2007

    Good to see Helen Mahy of GC100 fame was on sparkling form at an otherwise deeply serious lecture on alternative business structures last month at the College of Law."Talk of lawyers going into partnership with other professionals reminds me of the old joke about the vet and the taxidermist going into business together," quipped Mahy. "At least you're guaranteed to get your pet back."Talk of Clementi could not fail to be duller after that.

  • Future's bright and bubbly for A&O corporate team

    4-Apr-2007

    Forget the prospect of Easter eggs and hot cross buns.

  • Global IP head quits CC as Palo Alto folds

    2-Apr-2007

    •Clifford Chance has lost global head of IP Daniel Harris following the closure of the Palo Alto outpost. Harris was set to relocate to the firm's 47-lawyer office in Washington DC, but decided to stay in California to pursue various options. A Clifford Chance spokeswoman confirmed Harris's departure, but stressed the importance of the IP practice to the magic circle firm. Clifford Chance ...

  • Hammonds brings in ex-Capgemini CEO

    2-Apr-2007

    •Hammonds has appointed former Capgemini's UK CEO Clive Williams as a non-executive director. Williams comes to the firm as part of its campaign to stabilise following a debilitating series of partner losses in the past two years. Williams was also formerly a managing partner at Ernst & Young UK. He will sit on the partnership board alongside non-executive chairman Crawford Gillies. Hammonds hired planning and environmental barrister Penny Jewkes last month along with assistants ...

  • Hammonds continues management overhaul

    4-Apr-2007

    Hammonds has replaced two members of its central partnership board.

  • Hazel Walker: Network Rail

    2-Apr-2007

    Having steered Network Rail's legal team through the wake of the Railtrack debacle, Hazel Walker can turn her attention to the future - in particular the 2012 Olympics. By Amy Dry

  • HBJ secures London merger

    4-Apr-2007

    Anglo-Scottish firm HBJ Gateley Wareing has merged with London shipping and transport boutique Shaw & Croft.

  • Hunton raids MBRM for tax launch

    2-Apr-2007

    The London office of US firm Hunton & Williams has launched a tax practice with the hire of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) partner Charles Elphicke.

  • Hunton scoops 93 Dallas lawyers as Jenkens crumbles

    2-Apr-2007

    Virginia-headquartered Hunton & Williams will be the main beneficiary of the fallout from Texas firm Jenkens & Gilchrist, taking on 93 of its 124 lawyers.

  • Ignorant lawyers could fall foul of CPR changes

    2-Apr-2007

    Concerns have been raised that lawyers will fall foul of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) due to their ignorance of the major changes coming into force at the end of this week.

  • Ince puts spotlight on capital in latest round

    2-Apr-2007

    Ince & Co's London office has picked up six of the seven firmwide partnership promotions following a barren round this time last year.

  • Investors see dollar signs in Aussie float

    3-Apr-2007

    The appetite for shares in Slater & Gordon is insatiable.

  • Keep the champagne on ice

    5-Apr-2007

    It's been promotions mayhem this week and the subject has been dominating Lawyer News Daily. Judging by the immense amount of hits these stories are getting, they've struck a chord. So, as we head in to the Easter holidays, here's one more for the road.

  • KKR retreats from Sainsbury's deal

    5-Apr-2007

    US private equity house Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) has pulled out of the CVC-led consortium that is mulling an £9.5bn offer for J Sainsbury, the UK's third-largest supermarket.

  • Kraft dishes up first global patent head

    2-Apr-2007

    US company Kraft Foods has hired its first global patent chief, taking on Clinton Hallman from cigarette maker Philip Morris.

  • Lack of legal head prompts Liverpool Council legal review

    2-Apr-2007

    Liverpool City Council is embarking on a major strategic review of its legal services provision after failing to hire a new city solicitor.

  • Linklaters makes up 38 new partners

    2-Apr-2007

    Linklaters has promoted 38 of its senior associates to the partnership, with almost two-thirds of the new partners being based outside London, it has been announced.

  • Links and CC advise on Macquarie's £2.5bn National Grid deal

    4-Apr-2007

    Linklaters advised National Grid on the £2.5bn sale of its mobile mast business to Australian bank Macquarie - the owner of Britain's second largest mast network Arqiva.

  • Lord Chancellor takes Ministry of Justice role as Home Office split sparks concern

    2-Apr-2007

    The new Secretary of State for Justice has confirmed that he will remain in the role of Lord Chancellor when taking up his newly formed post.

  • Lovells hits jackpot for old casinos

    4-Apr-2007

    Lovells has scooped a big win in advising the British Casinos Association (BCA) on the hearing against the Government's rules surrounding the new super-casinos.

  • Lovells refills partnership with record promotions

    5-Apr-2007

    Lovells has promoted a record number of associates to its partnership with an astounding 31 new partners making up for the 35 who quit the firm in 2006.

  • Luxembourg guns for LSE's sukuk prestige

    2-Apr-2007

    The LuxembOurg Stock Exchange is gearing up to take on London as the Western capital of Islamic finance with relaxed documentation rules for sukuk bonds.

  • Mintz Levin rains on Sonnenschein’s opening day parade

    3-Apr-2007

    Boston-headquartered Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo has raided the Silicon Valley office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal just a day after the latter firm opened for business there. Corporate partners Matt Kirmayer and Jason Altieri are moving to Mintz Levin's Palo Alto office after setting up Sonnenschein's Silicon Valley offering just three months ago. That office officially launched yesterday.

  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius rolls out associate mentoring scheme

    2-Apr-2007

    The London arm of US-based Morgan Lewis & Bockius has expanded its associate engagement programme to provide all associates with a mentor as part of an 'active education' programme.

  • Morgan Lewis retrieves SunGard GC from loan

    3-Apr-2007

    US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius has finally hooked up with former SunGard general counsel Lawrence Gross, having lent him to client and IT company KLA-Tencor for a stint as interim chief counsel.

  • Morgan's free man

    2-Apr-2007

    Coming to a Ritzy near you soon: Morgan Lewis & Bockius, the Movie. Yes, it's true: lawyers from one of the US's finest firms will soon be played by actors up on the silver screen.

  • No5 welcomes back former chief

    2-Apr-2007

    •Former head of No5 Chambers Harry Wolton QC is set to return to the Birmingham-based set. Wolton, who headed No5 in the 1980s, leaves London-based set 2-3 Grays Inn Square after 13 years to return to his roots. The return of Wolton, who was the first-ever planning silk in Birmingham, continues No5'sexpansion of its planning group, which now has 191 ...

  • Norton rose advises on uk biofuel first

    2-Apr-2007

    Norton Rose project partner Simon Currie led a team advising Société Générale, Calyon and Royal Bank of Scotland on financing the UK's first bioethanol plant. Clifford Chance project finance partner Margaret Gossling and Halliwells corporate partner Tim Jackson Smith acted for green fuels company Ensus on the ...

  • Norton Rose brings in Climate Change guru

    2-Apr-2007

    Norton Rose has signed up the man widely credited with writing the book on climate change and carbon trading law, Anthony Hobley, to head a brand new global practice.

  • Offshore firm splits in two

    5-Apr-2007

    Guernsey firm Collas Day has split into two following an ongoing dispute over the future direction of the firm.

  • Panama Canal Authority calls on MBRM to advise on expansion

    2-Apr-2007

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) has won a beauty parade against a host of US firms to advise the Panama government on the Panama Canal expansion programme.

  • Partnerships need to wake up to the modern way

    2-Apr-2007

    2007 sees the 85th anniversary of the admission of the first woman, Carrie Morrison, to the roll of solicitors. The Lawyer’s Career Report published last week brings us bang up to date with the latest statistics on female partnership prospects, which show that we are still far from equality: why?The main reasons are flexibility, maternity and a lack of networking opportunities.

  • Pinsent Masons promotes a record 20

    2-Apr-2007

    Pinsent Masons has made up 20 associates to the partnership this year, making 2007 the single largest round of promotions in the firm's history.

  • Pinsents issues diversity policy edict to suppliers

    2-Apr-2007

    Pinsent Masons has become one of the first law firms to expand its diversity push to cover its suppliers, demanding that they conform to the firm's own policy.

  • Pupillage schemes set for controversial overhaul

    5-Apr-2007

    The Bar Council may require chambers to take on a specific number of paid pupillages and limit the number of places available on the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) as part of a shake-up of the profession's recruitment rules.

  • Racine alliance creates Belgian base

    2-Apr-2007

    French firm Racine has signed an exclusive alliance agreement with Belgian firm Vergels to create a new firm called Racine & Vergels.

  • Roca, Deloitte hike turnovers by 20 per cent

    2-Apr-2007

    Rapid growth in the Spanish legal market continued last year, with both Roca Junyent and Deloitte Abogados posting revenue rises of more than 20 per cent.

  • Rowe Cohen trio launches Manchester boutique

    3-Apr-2007

    A breakaway group of Rowe Cohen partners has launched a new Manchester-based firm targeting clients in small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

  • Schroders institutes in-house shake-up as chief joins Barings

    2-Apr-2007

    Schroders is set to overhaul its in-house legal department following the imminent departure of its head of legal for corporate services Sandie Okoro.

  • Sidley switches sides for latest US mega-deal

    4-Apr-2007

    A raft of US firms was drafted in to advise on the US’s latest mega-deal, the $8.2bn (£4.15bn) take-private of media and sports conglomerate Tribune by Chicago property tycoon Sam Zell.

  • Simmons' financial markets team bags two laterals

    2-Apr-2007

    Simmons & Simmons has made two lateral hires from US firms into its financial markets team, which is expecting revenue increases of between 20 and 25 per cent on last year.

  • Skadden celebrates birthday with European promotions spree

    5-Apr-2007

    New York-headquartered Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is the latest firm to announce it partnership promotions, adding 29 to its partnership, including two in London.

  • Slaughters keeps taylor, cc gets Wimpey

    2-Apr-2007

    Slaughter and May was in an enviable position last week when two longstanding FTSE100 clients were in talks to merge. George Wimpey and Taylor Woodrow announced that they were in advanced £5bn discussions to form the UK's largest housebuilder, Taylor Wimpey. Slaughters corporate and commercial partner Jeff Twentyman is client relationship partner for Taylor Woodrow, while corporate partner ...

  • Slaughters targets core areas with five made up

    2-Apr-2007

    Slaughter and May has elected five associates to its partnership.

  • Slaughters unveils best friends strategy in Asia

    2-Apr-2007

    Top UK firm reveals international ambition with new global push

  • Slaughters: a good friend

    2-Apr-2007

    International legal alliances are possibly the worst way of doing cross-border business. They're fraught with cultural conflict, require unbelievable amounts of management time and deliver questionable service to clients.

  • The benefits of recruitment agencies

    2-Apr-2007

    One phrase that is frequently overused and invariably underapplied is 'staff are our greatest asset'. Easy to say - but how often are the words backed up by reality? How much time and energy do we really spend on ensuring we recruit the best staff to the best positions, and keep them there?In law, perhaps more than any other field, issues of recruitment ...

  • The work-life quiz with Robert Langley

    2-Apr-2007

    What was your first-ever job?Part-time library assistant at Wallsend Public Library.

  • Three firms scrap for metal instruction

    2-Apr-2007

    We hear that glasnost will soon be apparent in the hotly contested battle between Ashurst, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Linklaters to advise Russian aluminium giant Rusal on its forthcoming London IPO.

  • Top 30 International Firms in London

    2-Apr-2007

    There are two new entries into this year’s table of the top 30 US firms in London by revenue.

  • Top 30 International firms in London

    2-Apr-2007

    There are two new entries into this year's table of the top 30 US firms in London by revenue.

  • Tour de force

    2-Apr-2007

    Who could this be? Word reached Tulkinghorn last week of a Davis Polk & Wardwell partner who was selling his house in the exclusive South London area of Sutton Park. One night came a knock on the door. The partner's wife was alone in the house, but the man was adamant.

  • US firms flex City muscle

    2-Apr-2007

    The top 30 US firms in London reaped £1.23bn in fees, according to The Lawyer’s US Special Report inside.

  • US law firms reap the rewards of lobbying work as five reach top 20

    2-Apr-2007

    Lobbying work earned top US law firms $107.15m (£54.52m) in 2006, according to a study by the Centre for Responsive Politics (CRP), a Washington DC-based non-partisan think-tank.

  • Web week

    2-Apr-2007

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com.

  • Wilsons promotes four to the equity

    2-Apr-2007

    •Wilsons has announced four promotions into its equity partnership, raising the total number of partners to 30. The firm has grown by more than 10 per cent during each of the past five years, with a particular growth in demand for the private client team's international and offshore expertise. Promotions include Michael Parker, head of litigation, Alison McKenna, head of charities, Adam Herbert, ...

  • Wragges duo boosts pensions and tax

    2-Apr-2007

    Birmingham-based Wragge & Co will promote two associates to the partnership this year.