20 January 2003

The Lawyer

  • Access all areas

    20-Jan-2003

    The OFT is demanding direct access to the Bar. But with so much progress already made in this area, how much impact will the new rules actually have? Peter Bennett reports

  • Accounting for change

    20-Jan-2003

    Travers Symons reports on account aggregation services

  • Archibald team defects to A&O

    20-Jan-2003

    Allen & Overy's (A&O) Paris office has raided the intellectual property department of former Andersen Legal firm Archibald

  • Ashursts and Fried Frank tie-up stalls

    20-Jan-2003

    Negotiating teams in profits stand-off; still no vote in sight

  • BA lawyer boosts Beaumont and Son

    21-Jan-2003

    Owen Highley joins specialist aviation firm after 14 years at BA

  • Blake Dawson slated for HIH relationship

    20-Jan-2003

    Australian firm Blake Dawson Waldron and its former partner and HIH director Charles Abbott are two of many parties featuring in the final submission presented by the HIH royal commission lawyers last Monday

  • Brains for Christmas

    20-Jan-2003

    Tulkinghorn was very amused upon hearing the tale of the five unsuspecting lawyers and an in-house job at Santa's Grotto in the North Pole.Recruitment consultants Hughes-Castell advertised the festive vacancy last month as a joke, but much to its surprise received a number of serious enquires. One lawyer, who shall remain nameless, had to have the joke aspect of the ad explained several times before he believed it, and another insisted Hughes-Castell was wrong and that ...

  • Brobeck spurred to financial overhaul

    20-Jan-2003

    Brobeck Phleger & Harrison is racing to resolve its huge debt burden after demands to reduce its liabilities from potential merger partner Morgan Lewis & Bockius

  • Cadwalader partner gets White House call

    21-Jan-2003

    Litigation partner Michael Horowitz to serve on United States Sentencing Commission

  • Camerons quits Beijing and shrinks Hong Kong

    20-Jan-2003

    CMS Cameron McKenna has abandoned its fledgling four-associate Beijing practice and drastically culled its Hong Kong office. The move will result in the loss of 40 lawyers. Hong Kong, which will be run by partner Tim Ingham, is to operate as an insurance boutique. Camerons will continue to service clients in China through the Shanghai office of its French ally firm Bureau Francis Lefebvre. First revealed on ...

  • Can A&O's new German chiefs bring the firm together?

    20-Jan-2003

    With German lawyers' love of autonomy, the new management has a hard task. Aled Griffiths reports

  • CC appoints banking, capital markets joint heads

    20-Jan-2003

    Clifford Chance has elected Robert MacVicar and Tim Plews as joint heads of banking and capital markets. Although banking and capital markets have separate representation on a global level, in London they have traditionally been run together, making a £150m-turnover business. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 15 January

  • CC appoints new head of public policy

    20-Jan-2003

    Clifford Chance has named Michael Smyth, the partner that runs its UK pro bono practice, as the new head of its public policy unit

  • CC Italy: Chessa quits for Standard & Poor's

    20-Jan-2003

    Clifford Chance's joint managing partner for Italy Luigi Chessa is to join Standard & Poor's in Italy as a consultant

  • CC, Addleshaws victorious as Barclays takes axe to advisers

    20-Jan-2003

    Addleshaw Booth & Co and Clifford Chance have secured the two coveted places on the panel of Barclays Private Equity’s (BPE) London team

  • Corporate deals round-up

    20-Jan-2003

    Ashurst Morris Crisp (Jorg Kirchner, Klaus Herkenroth) advised the Taiwanese Sampo Group on the takeover of Nuremberg-based electronics company Grundig. Grundig advised by Beiten Burkhardt Goerdeler and Rödl & Partner.Latham & Watkins (Nigel Campion-Smith) advised Epic Brand Investments on ...

  • Creasing up

    20-Jan-2003

    Tulkinghorn often feels a touch of sympathy for those partners and in-house lawyers who so bravely step forward and volunteer their life story for a profile in The Lawyer. Undoubtedly, ribbing from friends is par for the course. But pity Mark Roper-Drimie, the in-house lawyer at the English and Welsh Cricket Board. His profile in the 6 January edition of The Lawyer sported a large photo of him behind a wicket, cricket ball in hands. It turns out that the positioning of his hands was ...

  • De Brauw taskforce seeks US friendships

    20-Jan-2003

    Dutch firm targets top US practices for referral links after Linklaters tie collapses

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - SAFEWAY

    20-Jan-2003

    Linklaters and Slaughters line up for regulatory showdown

  • Debevoise's London office takes on B&M finance head

    20-Jan-2003

    The London office of Debevoise & Plimpton has poached Baker & McKenzie's (B&M) London head of financial services and investment funds Marwan Al-Turki

  • Dewey Ballantine is latest Hong Kong casualty

    22-Jan-2003

    Asia under review as New York firm abandons Hong Kong office

  • Dorsey sued $10m for racial discrimination

    20-Jan-2003

    Dorsey & Whitney is facing a $10m (£6.2m) racial discrimination lawsuit by a former associate. Patricia Russell Brown alleges that she was denied partnership because she is black and claims that she was promised promotion when she was hired. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 14 January

  • Eversheds Italian ally weds

    22-Jan-2003

    Piergrossi bolsters labour law practice with local merger

  • Freshfields admits City is king as German M&A head sets up camp in London

    20-Jan-2003

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has taken a complete U-turn in its investment banking strategy

  • Freshfields launches corporate crime panel

    20-Jan-2003

    Freshfields links up with white collar practices to advise investment banks

  • Gibson Dunn hires Fenwick & West chair

    20-Jan-2003

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is making waves on the US West Coast after taking on the chairman of Fenwick & West's litigation group

  • Gide Loyrette gets Shanghai surprise

    20-Jan-2003

    Gide Loyrette Nouel has joined firms including Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith in winning a licence to open a second office in China. The Chinese Ministry of Justice has granted the firm permission to open in Shanghai. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 14 January

  • Haarmann Hemmelrath boosts Shanghai presence

    22-Jan-2003

    German firm hires Thieffry & Associates partner

  • Hammonds poised for Nauta merger in Spain

    20-Jan-2003

    Hammonds partners have been given until Wednesday (22 January) to vote on a merger with the highly-regarded Madrid practice of Slaughter and May's Dutch best friend Nauta Dutilh

  • Herbert Smith bags KKR in private equity triumph

    20-Jan-2003

    Herbert Smith has got its first break into private equity with an instruction from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) on the Safeway battle

  • Herbert Smith claims first with accountant partner

    22-Jan-2003

    Inhouse accountant gets partnershipr to help meet client demands post-Enron

  • Herbert Smith in CIT property scoop

    20-Jan-2003

    Herbert Smith has completed its first major property deal for property investment boutique CIT, - work that has traditionally been the domain of Macfarlanes

  • Hobsons puts its trust in merit-based Faegre

    20-Jan-2003

    Hobson Audley's six-year courtship of Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson has ended in marriage, but no seats on the merged firm's remuneration committee

  • Jones Day reinforces with Rajah, Orrick captures

    20-Jan-2003

    While other US firms are pulling out of Singapore, Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is bucking the trend by poaching a team of lawyers from local firm Rajah & Tann and a project finance partner from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

  • Judge slams DLA in ICL v Co-operative

    20-Jan-2003

    Baker & McKenzie's first case for ICL (now Fujitsu Services) against Co-operative Group has concluded triumphantly, and the judge's damning verdict has left opposition lawyers DLA and Richard Mawrey QC of 2 Harcourt Buildings with egg on their faces

  • King for a day

    20-Jan-2003

    It cannot be. Tulkinghorn is distressed to hear that Hammonds partners are already taking bets on the successor to the venerable Chris Jones, Yorkshireman to the stars.Chris's term as managing partner runs out next year, and a mole tells Tulkinghorn that Hammonds' lawyers are already running a book on the next chief.Apparently, Nick Allen is topping the poll by a mile, so start lunching him fast. At least Nick doesn't fall into the category of ...

  • Latham joins in-crowd on Safeway battle

    22-Jan-2003

    UBS Warburg and Goldman Sachs appoint US firm on Sainsbury's bid

  • Lawrence Graham bags ABN Amro offshore work

    20-Jan-2003

    Lawrence Graham has been appointed by ABN Amro to advise its trust companies in Jersey and the Cayman Islands on all of their international trust work

  • Legal Widow

    20-Jan-2003

    Inspiration deserted the Lawyer on Sunday, and he came down to interrupt a gung-ho game of Monopoly to ask us for some help in preparing a speech to the United Front of Project Lawyers (or whatever), due to meet for its annual trough-diving session at the end of the month.

  • Leigh Day to challenge sex discrimination accusation

    20-Jan-2003

    Leigh Day & Co is facing a potentially embarrassing lawsuit after a former lawyer launched a sexual discrimination and unfair dismissal claim against the civil liberties firm

  • Linklaters Bangkok takes priority over Hong Kong

    21-Jan-2003

    Partner Peter Treacy relocates from Hong Kong to develop Thai practice

  • Linklaters takes top spot in Asia M&A tables

    20-Jan-2003

    Linklaters has muscled its way into pole position in the Asian M&A league tables, scoring the top spot in terms of number of deals announced and their value

  • M&A Solicitors

    20-Jan-2003

    M and A Solicitors is flying the flag for entrepreneurs in Cardiff

  • Mail on Sunday defeated again by Maria Fernandes

    22-Jan-2003

    Wife of Keith Vaz wins second libel action against the newspaper

  • Maitland Chambers posts record £20m in turnover

    20-Jan-2003

    Maitland Chambers has posted a 42 per cent increase in turnover in 2002, after its launch just two years ago

  • Masons secures Spainish alliance

    20-Jan-2003

    Masons has moved into its second European jurisdiction by forming an alliance with Madrid firm Buxeda Menchen

  • Mummy's little lawyers

    20-Jan-2003

    Try as they might to be all grown up, lawyers are really just a bunch of mummy's boys - and Tulkinghorn has the proof. Following the publication of The Lawyer's wonderful Hot 100 list, this very tome has been inundated with requests for extra copies. However, one particular partner at a magic circle firm took the biscuit. Apparently his mummy was less than happy that the top of her handsome son's head had been chopped off in his photo.Despite this the lovely ...

  • Nicholson Graham banking litigation head defects

    20-Jan-2003

    Nicholson Graham & Jones has lost head of banking litigation Paul Howcroft to Marriott Harrison. He joins other recent partner hires Jane Jales and Franco Barone (litigation), Andrew Astachnowicz (property), and Simon Vivian and Richard Hinchliffe (corporate).

  • Norton Rose enters Safeways fray

    24-Jan-2003

    Mark Lloyd Williams and Chris Pearson act for Philip Green's backer West LB

  • O'Melveny targets silver lining in telecoms cloud

    21-Jan-2003

    Ex-Hunton & Williams partners to set up specialist regulatory group

  • Only in America

    20-Jan-2003

    Lawyer-bashing may be the world's favourite pastime, but few would deny the need for a backlash against those litigation-hungry Americans. Jon Robins meets two legal commentators who are trying to put a stop to their country's blame culture

  • Opinion

    20-Jan-2003

    Picture a restructuring: groups of bondholders, banks and leasing creditors, each with their own sets of financial and legal advisers; nervous management teams, nervous auditors - further legal advisers needed; a quoted group with some Continental European interests - you guessed it, further scope for legal advice

  • Osborne Clarke staff cull continues

    22-Jan-2003

    Support staffing levels come under review; 40 jobs to go

  • Past master

    20-Jan-2003

    Nigel Hewitson found his vocation in life by blending law with historical preservation when he became English Heritage's legal director. Husnara Begum reports

  • Pillsbury: Houston, we have lift off

    20-Jan-2003

    Pillsbury Winthrop has hired three partners and two associates from Vinson & Elkins for its new Houston office. They will be joined by energy co-head Jerry Ross and real estate partner Laura Hannusch from Pillsbury's San Francisco office. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 15 January

  • Pinsents wins place on Ikea panel

    20-Jan-2003

    Pinsent Curtis Biddle has won new instructions from Ikea following the Swedish home furnishing retailer's annual review of its UK legal panel

  • Piper Rudnick in hiring spree for Boston launch

    21-Jan-2003

    Dissolution of Hill & Barlow profits Piper Rudnick with 33 lawyers

  • Salans lawyers scoop two plum ICA roles

    20-Jan-2003

    One of Salans' founding members Carl Salans has been appointed vice-president of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. Meanwhile, Piotr Nowaczyk, a partner in Salans' Warsaw office, has been named Polish representative to the court.

  • Scottish Law Soc wants disciplinary rethink

    20-Jan-2003

    The Scottish Parliament is debating whether to let the council of the Scottish Law Society drop its responsibility for disciplining solicitors

  • SEC under fire from accountancy tied firms

    20-Jan-2003

    The big four accountancy firms have sent the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) letters asking for a last-ditch reprieve on auditor independence proposals that threaten accountancy-tied law firms worldwide. Revenues at KLegal, Landwell and Tite & Lewis will be hard hit unless the SEC changes its mind.Under the Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, accountancy-tied law firms outside the US will not be able to work for SEC-registered clients. Referral levels vary, but some ...

  • Shearman becomes Levi's top adviser

    20-Jan-2003

    Shearman & Sterling has replaced New York corporate powerhouse Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz as the main legal adviser to Levi Strauss

  • Sheppard Mullin lures Disney general counsel

    20-Jan-2003

    US firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has snapped up Walt Disney & Co's general counsel and executive vice-president Louis Meisinger to help launch an institutional entertainment and media practice. He will act as senior adviser and work as a mediator for alternative dispute resolution services. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 16 January

  • Shipping lawyers pulled up for poor costs management

    20-Jan-2003

    Shipping lawyers' and claims managers' methods are under internal review following criticism by the world's largest protection and indemnity (P&I) club, which mutually insures shipowners

  • Simmons bags entry to Safeway battle

    21-Jan-2003

    Firm profits from A&O conflict to win Philip Green instruction

  • Simpson Thacher, Orrick quit Singapore offices

    20-Jan-2003

    US firms Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett are shutting the doors of their Singapore offices following a continued dearth of work

  • Slaughters cultivates corporate

    20-Jan-2003

    While most City firms are seeking to offload personnel from their corporate departments, Slaughter and May has bucked the trend by recruiting new corporate assistants

  • Taken to task

    20-Jan-2003

    In the wake of three overturned decisions, the role of the European Commission's merger taskforce is under scrutiny. But as Neil Warwick reports, the alternatives could be worse

  • The Consumer Credit Directive

    20-Jan-2003

    The directive will apply to loans of any size. Small loans have been specifically included, as the EC believes theye are typically provided to the weakest members of society

  • The Leader Column

    20-Jan-2003

    All good things come to those who wait - no doubt a cliché Ashursts and Fried Frank are all too aware of. Being the focal point of one of the most gossiped about mergers since… well, Ashursts and Latham & Watkins, is probably distracting and not a little annoying.The legal community is fascinated by the prospect that Ashursts could make this one work. Among the whispers, lawyers have been predicting that a tie-up will never happen. This is not least because ...

  • The truth hurts

    20-Jan-2003

    The-Pope-is-a-Catholic corner: Tulkinghorn liked the Continental Clifford Chance partner who revealed that the firm's management was "a bit too UK-focused". Still, it shows more insight than those lovely people at Travers Smith Braithwaite, who are just too self-effacing for their own good. One partner ...

  • The two powers

    20-Jan-2003

    Taylor Wessing's German and UK managing partners seem like chalk and cheese. So can they integrate their firms? Catrin Griffiths reports

  • Theodores boosts employment

    20-Jan-2003

    Theodore Goddard has boosted the numbers in its flagging employment department by hiring Allen & Overy's (A&O) head of employee share schemes Stephen Chater as a part-time consultant

  • Theodores' suitors come out of hiding

    20-Jan-2003

    A series of US and UK firms including Addleshaw Booth & Co and CMS Cameron KcKenna have emerged as the firms being targeted by Theodore Goddard as merger partners. Theodores' management team, which includes senior partner Paddy Grafton Green (left), is expected to recommend a merger shortlist by February. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/ lawyernews 15 January

  • Travers Smith Braithwaite and Skadden Arps set to clean up on NTL restructuring

    20-Jan-2003

    Travers Smith Braithwaite and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom are set to rake in millions of pounds worth of fees after resurrecting faltering cable operator NTL.At stake is $68.4m (£42.7m) of potential income that NTL, which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection ...

  • Wragges duo form niche technology practice

    20-Jan-2003

    Two associates, Jagvinder Kang and Stephen Ollershaw, have quit Wragge & Co's technology team to form Technology Law Alliance, their own niche IT and e-commerce practice. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 14 January