2 August 2004

The Lawyer

  • A word from the wise

    2-Aug-2004

    A blast from the past this week from Fladgate Fielder, where chairman Paul Leese was reminiscing about the good old days at the West End firm.

  • A&O enters fray for Hbos on potential Abbey bid

    2-Aug-2004

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has scooped a role on the anticipated battle for UK mortgage bank Abbey National

  • A&O outstrips rivals on project finance

    2-Aug-2004

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has reached pole position in the project finance rankings for the first half of this year, with deals worth nearly double that of its nearest rival.

  • Allen & Overy to block corporate partner promotions as downturn bites

    2-Aug-2004

    London-based corporate associates vying to make partner at Allen & Overy (A&O) have had their hopes dashed after the firm announced there will be no promotions in the group next year.

  • Amex Euro legal chief jumps ship to RSA

    3-Aug-2004

    American Express (Amex) managing counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa has quit after just over 18 months in the role.

  • Bar Council follows trend with new office move

    2-Aug-2004

    The Bar Council is preparing to place its training, administration and investigation arms all under one roof.

  • Bird & Bird bags Bae in-houser for aviation drive

    4-Aug-2004

    Bird & Bird has scooped the group legal director of Bae Systems’ finance & treasury team to lead and build its international aviation & aerospace team.

  • Careers: in brief

    2-Aug-2004

    A senior figure at Scottish firm Pagan Osborne has been named as a trust law specialist by the Law Society of Scotland. Bill Pagan, who heads the 10-partner firm’s tax, trust and strategic financial planning department, joins a select band of 14 Scottish solicitors to receive the recognition, considered by many as one of the highest accolades handed out by the society. Pagan said: “For most of my legal career I’ve been working within the field of trust law and it’s an honour to receive ...

  • Careers: people

    2-Aug-2004

    Gateley Wareing has recruited a new associate to bolster the corporate services division in its Birmingham HQ. Chris Reed, who specialises in acquisitions and disposals as well as joint ventures, joins from Wragge & Co.

  • CC New York wins back M&A lawyer from Orrick

    2-Aug-2004

    Clifford Chance’s New York office has welcomed back an M&A lawyer just two years after he left for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Roland Furst is rejoining Clifford Chance after originally practising at the firm from 1995 until 2002 when he moved to...

  • Debevoise scoops role on Italtel float despite lack of Italian base

    2-Aug-2004

    Debevoise & Plimpton has scooped a plum role on the latest IPO to hit the Italian market, despite having no presence in the region.

  • Dechert: $50 fines for late billings

    2-Aug-2004

    Dechert partners have to stump up fines of $50 (£27.50) for every day a timesheet is overdue as the US firm gets tough on billing. The firmwide clamp-down was outlined last month when Richard Rizzo, managing partner of Dechert’s Philadelphia office, sent out an email ordering lawyers not to enter bills into the time recording system unless they had been sent to clients.

  • Dickinson Dees in shake-up

    2-Aug-2004

    Dickinson Dees in shake-up" /Newcastle’s Dickinson Dees is shaking up its management in what could be the firm’s first contested election in over seven years.

  • European CFI blasts Slaughters’ high rates for Airtours litigation

    2-Aug-2004

    The European Court of First Instance (CFI) has handed down a scathing judgment on Slaughter and May’s costs in the groundbreaking Airtours litigation.

  • EY Italian overhaul forces mass exodus and closures

    2-Aug-2004

    EY Law Italy is in the final throes of a strategic review, which has seen several offices close, up to 50 lawyers depart and the realignment of key practice areas.

  • FCO fights child abduction with human rights overhaul

    2-Aug-2004

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has extended an existing panel on human rights to include child abduction cases.

  • Forsters elevates first construction lawyer to partnership

    3-Aug-2004

    Forsters has made up its first ever construction partner after seeing swell in instructions over the past two years. Sarah Cook has specialised in construction law since qualification and handles all aspects of non-contentious matters She is supported by a team of two other specialist construction lawyers and a dedicated support lawyer.

  • Freshfields’ Salz takes on part time BBC vice-chairman role

    2-Aug-2004

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s co-senior partner Anthony Salz will see an extra £28,000 added to his annual pay-packet after accepting a two-day-a-week role as vice-chairman of the BBC.

  • Grid locked

    2-Aug-2004

    Where have the Dutch power merchants gone? Weero Koster reveals all

  • Heller Ehrman takes new space in Washington

    2-Aug-2004

    Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe has cemented its focus on building its Washington DC base by signing up for new office space. The firm, which has made six lateral hires in Washington since 2002, has signed a lease for 83,000sq ft of space at an office on Rhode Island Avenue, where it will become the primary tenant in the building. Heller Ehrman expects to move its 115 attorneys and staff to the space by early 2005. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 28 July

  • Herbert Smith keeps the rain at bay with new bridge

    2-Aug-2004

    Herbert Smith is taking a novel approach to office expansion by building a bridge between its existing Exchange House headquarters and its new premises.

  • It’s no joke

    2-Aug-2004

    An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman were working on a deal. Cue terrible joke, except this one is actually true.

  • King & Spalding drives patent group forward with new hire

    4-Aug-2004

    King & Spalding’s fledgling New York patent litigation group has welcomed a partner from Kenyon & Kenyon. Robert Perry, who was also a member of Kenyon & Kenyon’s management committee group, will bring the number of fee-earners in King & Spalding’s New York-based group to 11, including four partners. King & Spalding set up the practice area in May, bumping up the firm-wide lawyers and patent agents based throughout Atlanta and New York to 60 experts.

  • Latham appoints new head for Silicon Valley

    2-Aug-2004

    Latham & Watkins is ushering in a new era for its Silicon Valley office after appointing a new managing partner in the region. Ora Fisher is taking over the role from Peter Kerman, who was recently named as chair of Latham’s global corporate department. Kerman has headed the Silicon Valley office since its launch in 1997. Fisher has held a number of senior roles at the firm, most recently co-chair ...

  • Law Lords protect legal advice privilege

    2-Aug-2004

    The issue of legal privilege was in the spotlight again last week as the House of Lords overturned a Court of Appeal decision to make public documents connected to the BCCI case.

  • Law opportunities: the bigger picture

    2-Aug-2004

    Part two of Sue Eccleston’s report on the career options for lawyers who opt for something different

  • Lawrence Graham follows trend with switch to limited-liability partnership

    2-Aug-2004

    Lawrence Graham has become the latest firm to plump for limited-liability partnership (LLP) status after undergoing a conversion yesterday (1 August).

  • Lawyers hit by Irish government’s swingeing rate cuts

    2-Aug-2004

    The Irish government has slashed legal fees by an unprecedented two-thirds for lawyers involved in tribunals.

  • Legal aid

    2-Aug-2004

    Following on from Tulkinghorn’s clarion call request for old mobiles, PCs and printers, all in the aid of charity, comes more tech-related charity.

  • Legal chief quits V2

    2-Aug-2004

    The worldwide head of legal at Richard Branson’s record label V2 is quitting. Will Meekin, director of commercial and business affairs for V2 Music Worldwide, will leave at the end of August and is hoping to launch an independent consultancy for the music and entertainment sectors. V2’s chief executive Tony Harlow is reviewing the position before deciding whether to seek a replacement or to change the structure of the department. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 28 July

  • Legal privilege protected in landmark decision

    2-Aug-2004

    Legal professional privilege has been saved - for the moment. It took just over 15 minutes for the Law Lords to reach a decision on Three Rivers v Bank of England last Thursday, so it’s fair to assume that they were unanimous.

  • Legal widow

    2-Aug-2004

    Throughout his life, the Lawyer has regarded his career as being like a great mountain rearing up in front of him. He watched his step through the moraine of university and training; he found his footing and sped up the lower reaches of associatehood; he got his head down and put in the solid work needed to take him up the dangerous cracks to partnership; and then he expected to make a solo assault on equity, leaving his baggage behind him and climbing nimbly to the summit.

  • Lend Lease rethinks UK legal line-up

    2-Aug-2004

    Lend Lease has launched a review of its entire UK legal panel in a bid to streamline its legal functions.

  • LSC initiates telephone and internet-based legal service

    2-Aug-2004

    A free telephone and web-based national advice service was launched in July by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). The scheme aims to provide answers to common legal problems for anyone across England and Wales, and offers additional help to those eligible for legal aid.

  • Macfarlanes loss gifts Bircham Dyson Bell with new deal

    2-Aug-2004

    Macfarlanes has lost its place instructing P&O on its London Gateway Port development following the departure of salaried partner Eliza O’Toole.

  • Maitland barrister defects to XXIV Old Buildings

    2-Aug-2004

    Maitland Chambers has been hit with a rare departure as a senior trust barrister makes a move to XXIV Old Buildings. David Brownbill is set to join his new set today (2 August). He recently acted on one of the world’s largest fraud cases, the Grupo Torras litigation, and is an attorney of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Brownbill leaves just as Maitland prepares for its merger with Michael Driscoll QC’s 9 Old Square, which is expected to take place at the beginning of October. The merger ...

  • Mallesons gains full service in Hong Kong with Kwok link-up

    2-Aug-2004

    Australian giant Mallesons Stephen Jaques is forging ahead with a merger with Kwok & Yih, despite the Hong Kong independent still appearing to be part of an accountancy firm alliance.

  • Mallesons new chief confirmed as HK merger forges ahead

    4-Aug-2004

    The management change-over at Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques is scheduled for next week (9 August) as the firm’s Hong Kong-based managing partner returns to Sydney to become chief executive partner.

  • Martineaus handed NGT Gas Metering Arrangements work

    2-Aug-2004

    Martineau Johnson has scooped its first major instruction for National Grid Transco’s (NGT) gas business since its merger with energy group Lattice.

  • Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw boosts construction with Hammonds hire

    2-Aug-2004

    Mayer Brown Rose & Maw (MBR&M) has bagged a construction partner from Hammonds’ London office.

  • Nabarros acts pro bono on claims against BA

    2-Aug-2004

    Nabarros acts pro bono on claims against BA" /Nabarro Nathanson is acting on a pro bono basis for the British Airways (BA) stewardesses suing the airline for sex discrimination. The Nabarros team, led by head of employment Sue Ashtiany (left), is advising 12 of the 14 stewardesses in their claim. Two more women ...

  • New panel for English Partnerships

    2-Aug-2004

    English Partnerships is about to put law firms through their paces after launching a review of its advisers.

  • Nigeria brings in ADR as part of court reforms

    2-Aug-2004

  • Norr Stiefenhofer targets Slovakia for office opening

    4-Aug-2004

    Germany’s Norr Stiefenhofer Lutz is widening its Central and Eastern European (CEE) spread by opening a Bratislava base.

  • Norton Rose takes on Millennium Dome mandate for Kerzner

    2-Aug-2004

    Norton Rose has secured an instruction from Kerzner International on the redevelopment of the Millennium Dome, despite previously facing a £1m lawsuit for its advice regarding the original development.

  • Opinion

    2-Aug-2004

    The new money laundering regime continues to throw up practical problems for those practising in the financial services sector and for their clients. What has emerged is the difference between the theoretical requirement to send in a suspicious activity report and the irate client who does not take long to work out who it is that has brought the authorities down upon them. Lawyers are ...

  • Part-time option opens up for judges

    4-Aug-2004

    Constitutional affairs secretary Lord Falconer announced today (4 August) that part-time sitting will be an option for all judicial appointments below High Court level from next April.

  • Penningtons’ partner hire boosts retail banking

    2-Aug-2004

    Penningtons has taken on a former salaried partner from Lovells to boost its retail banking practice. Marjena Fidalgo, who left Lovells at the start of the year, will join Penningtons’ London retail banking practice today (2 August), bringing the number of partners in the division to seven.

  • Pictons

    2-Aug-2004

    Pictons chief executive officer (CEO) David Lambert is unusual in having a vision for the firm that he describes as “transient”. Some CEOs and managing partners might bridle at the suggestion of ‘transience’ in their thinking. But not Lambert.

  • Public image

    2-Aug-2004

    A summer of discontent for the paparazzi beckons following Von Hannover v Germany. Jonathan Coad reports

  • Ranald Munro: Chubb Insurance Company of Europe

    2-Aug-2004

    With multiple roles for Chubb Insurance, Ranald Munro can keep a watchful eye on all proceedings, from EU legislation to management plans. Joanne Harris reports

  • Real estate partner retires from Linklaters

    2-Aug-2004

    Linklaters real estate and construction group has sustained another loss following the retirement of Antonia Musgrove. Musgrove, who started at the firm as a trainee in 1986, has announced that she will retire in late August, when she plans to move to Herefordshire. Her retirement follows the departures of several other partners from Linklaters’ real estate group, including construction partner Marshall ...

  • Registrar slates Baker Tilly for instruction of MBR&M

    2-Aug-2004

    A High Court registrar has launched a searing attack on City firms’ billing rates after Baker Tilly brought in Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) on the administration of Cabletel Installations.

  • Russell Jones & Walker lands role on FA saga

    4-Aug-2004

    Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has been instructed by the Football Association’s (FA) director of communications, Colin Gibson. Clive Howard, an employment partner at RJW, will act for Gibson in matters relating to his position at the FA. Gibson handed in his resignation on Sunday following newspaper revelations over his handling of the Faria Alam affair.

  • Salans bolsters property with lateral

    4-Aug-2004

    Salans’ property expertise has been given a boost by drafting in a commercial property expert into its fold.

  • Separated at birth

    2-Aug-2004

    The assembled throng at The Lawyer Awards in June was astounded when Martin Clunes, still best known for his role in the seminal 1990s lads-com Men Behaving Badly, bounded up on stage to collect the Niche Firm of the Year Award on behalf of Yorkshire firm Gordons. The Wimbledon-born Clunes has clearly been tiring of the pace of city life (have you seen William and Mary?) ...

  • Simmons equity pay is below salaried partners

    2-Aug-2004

    Simmons & Simmons last year paid a number of junior equity partners significantly less than their salaried counterparts at the firm.

  • Sing-along-a-lawyer

    2-Aug-2004

    News from Hammonds, where the management elections last week took a back seat to the far more important auditions for ‘Hammonds Idol’. Guests at the annual summer party in Devonshire Square were invited to audition in front of a video camera for the firm’s very own version of reality show stalwart Pop Idol.

  • SocGen looks to Herbert Smith for advice on Mach funding package

    2-Aug-2004

    Herbert Smith has won its first ever acquisition finance mandate from Société Générale (SocGen).

  • The phone home

    2-Aug-2004

    The Nordic telecoms market continues to be particularly mobile. Henrik Nilsson provides the lowdown

  • Transport for London in mass cull of legal group

    2-Aug-2004

    Legal function cut by half; Eversheds brought in as external advisers to fill the gap

  • Trials and tribulations

    2-Aug-2004

    As the holiday season begins, one group of lawyers has never been busier. Jon Robins meets Stephen Jakobi, the face of Fair Trials Abroad

  • White & Case Italy targets Morano for rebuilding plan

    2-Aug-2004

    White & Case is attempting to reinvigorate its Italian operation by taking on the name partner of Milan independent Morano e Associati. The US firm is in advanced talks with Alberto Morano, a private equity and acquisition finance specialist and managing partner of the Milan-based boutique.

  • White & Case partners in HK Deacons battle forced to fund their own appeal

    2-Aug-2004

    The two partners at the centre of Deacons’ successful Hong Kong High Court action against White & Case are being forced to fund the longstanding lawsuit with their own money.

  • White & Case taps Siemens for Frankfurt expansion

    2-Aug-2004

    White & Case is continuing to grow its Frankfurt office by recruiting a former in-house litigator from German conglomerate Siemens.

  • Work-life quiz

    2-Aug-2004

    Peter Crossley, head of commercial dispute resolution, Hammonds