20 March 2006

The Lawyer

  • Deals comment

    20-Mar-2006

    Freshfields rejects Nasdaq's LSE takeover proposalThe latest instalment in the soap opera that has become the plight of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) is a cliffhanger. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has taken the lead role in advising Nasdaq on its £4.2bn informal cash bid for the LSE. The LSE, represented by

  • Deals roundup

    20-Mar-2006

    Ashurst acts on takeover bid for Center Parcs

  • A&O team helps earn death row reprieve for Jamaican prisoner

    20-Mar-2006

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has scored a rare success before the Privy Council on behalf of a Jamaican death row prisoner.

  • Aldridge Parker relaunches without Aldridge

    22-Mar-2006

    Helen Parker, one of the founding partners of employment boutique Aldridge Parker and previously a partner at Bird & Bird, has launched a new niche employment and business immigration practice called Parker & Co.

  • All change

    20-Mar-2006

    The new chairman of the Irish Competition Authority has five areas of vital importance to address, says Vincent Power

  • Arthur Cox left reeling as three partners quit

    20-Mar-2006

    Ireland's leading corporate firm Arthur Cox has been rocked by the departure of three of the nine partners in its Northern Irish office.

  • Bar's complaints commissioner rues impending OLC introduction

    20-Mar-2006

    The Bar Council's lay complaints commissioner has slammed the imminent introduction of an Office for Legal Complaints (OLC), saying it will erode the quality of complaints handling.

  • Battens

    20-Mar-2006

    South West firm Battens celebrates its 300th anniversary this year. To commemorate the event, managing director David Stephens says the firm has undertaken "a root and branch review of its business".

  • CC advises Aviva on £17bn swoop for Pru

    20-Mar-2006

    Clifford Chance has strengthened its ties with longstanding client Aviva, scooping the lead role on the insurance company’s £17bn offer for rival Prudential.

  • CC bolsters Paris finance with second W&C raid

    23-Mar-2006

    Clifford Chance has boosted its French acquisition finance offering with the hire of four assistants, including two from White & Case.

  • CC litigation partner elected president of LSLA

    23-Mar-2006

    Clifford Chance litigation partner Simon Davis has been elected as the new president of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA), taking over from Lovells’ Graham Huntley.

  • Cleary and Wachtell help to create banking giant

    20-Mar-2006

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have helped to create one of the US's largest banking institutions after advising on Capital One Financial's $14.6bn (£8.4bn) acquisition of North Fork Bank.

  • Court holds appeal

    20-Mar-2006

    Lordy, what a party. Simmons & Simmons might not know how to hang on to the MoD as a client, but it sure knows how to pull the trigger on a good bash.

  • Court of Appeal throws out 'distasteful' DWS petition

    20-Mar-2006

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has been slammed by the Court of Appeal after losing a case brought by Kathryn Fifield, a former secretary who was injured while working for the firm.

  • DC's Crowell & Moring overhauls management team

    21-Mar-2006

    Washington DC-based Crowell & Moring has elected both a new chairman and a new managing partner.

  • Debevoise's European offices boost profit and revenue as private equity group excels

    20-Mar-2006

    New York's Debevoise & Plimpton has posted double-digit increases for both revenue and profit for 2005, with turnover crashing through the $500m (£282.6m) barrier.

  • Dickinson and Slater knock out rivals in Simmons senior partner race

    21-Mar-2006

    Simmons & Simmons’ senior partner election has advanced to a second round of voting after a line finish for two candidates vying for the top job.

  • DLA Piper blasts competition in lateral hiring stakes

    20-Mar-2006

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Halliwells, Linklaters and Taylor Wessing have emerged as the biggest lateral hirers of any UK firms, according to The Lawyer Career Report 2006, out today.

  • DLA Piper to build on legacy left by deceased Japan chief

    20-Mar-2006

    DLA Piper to build on legacy left by deceased Japan chief" /DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary was mourning the tragic death of its Tokyo managing partner Douglas Miller last week, but vowed to build on the foundations that Miller laid in the Japanese capital.

  • Donns has date with Destiny in wake of Clementi review

    20-Mar-2006

    North West personal injury (PI) firm Donns has become the first client of a brand new legal services management company.

  • DP World: how US politicians got in the way of the lawyers

    20-Mar-2006

    Gemma Westacott on Freshfields' and Linklaters' scramble to save DP World's acquisition of P&O

  • Egorov targets barristers for firm's London breakthrough

    20-Mar-2006

    Russia's largest domestic law firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is planning to launch in London - but with barristers rather than solicitors.

  • Eire apparent

    20-Mar-2006

    Ireland has emerged as one of the world's key locations for investment funds thanks to its willingness to embrace innovation, says Cormac Commins

  • Eversheds fights to retain Leeds-based pension team

    20-Mar-2006

    Eversheds has launched an emergency rearguard action to try to lure back the six-strong Leeds pensions team that quit for Pinsent Masons last week.

  • Expansion boosts Rödl turnover figures

    20-Mar-2006

    Germany's Rödl & Partner has reported record growth on the back of national and international expansion.

  • Fennemores exits cause firm's collapse

    20-Mar-2006

    Fennemores is set to dissolve this autumn after three partners and a large team of lawyers announced that they were joining rival Milton Keynes firm Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors.

  • Ferring counsel departs due to Swiss role

    20-Mar-2006

    The long-serving general counsel of privately owned company Ferring Pharmaceutical has quit after the company relocated from Copenhagen to Wallisellen, Switzerland.

  • Firms battle for control of Romanian property fund

    20-Mar-2006

    Law firms are lining up to compete for advisory roles on a multimillion-pound Romanian fund set up to compensate owners of houses nationalised during the country's Communist regime.

  • Freshfields director quits as finance teams merge

    20-Mar-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's central management has seen its first shake-up since the election of Guy Morton as senior partner.

  • Fulbright bolsters London projects with Vinson hire

    22-Mar-2006

    Fulbright & Jaworski’s London office has bolstered its projects capacity with two high-profile hires from Vinson & Elkins and Denton Wilde Sapte.

  • Future Internet Technologies looks to MoFo for £50m AIM placement

    20-Mar-2006

    Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has been appointed as Future Internet Technologies' (FIT) key legal adviser after advising the AIM cash shell on its £50m placement and the first two acquisitions of an expected spending spree.

  • Govt lambasts OFT over costs hike and poor rate of attrition

    20-Mar-2006

    A panel of Government MPs has slammed the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for failing to hold on to its best lawyers and for being inefficient with public money.

  • Grapevine

    20-Mar-2006

    Clifford Chance's electoral stroll

  • Growing gains

    20-Mar-2006

    Immigration has replaced emigration as a feature of Irish life. Declan Moylan says the country must make the most of this influx of new workers

  • Herbies' in-house unit boosted by transfer of litigation partner

    20-Mar-2006

    Herbert Smith has transferred a litigation partner into its in-house advocacy unit for the first time to work on the next stage of its development.

  • Home advantage

    20-Mar-2006

    Ireland’s structured credit market has undergone huge development in recent years. Hugh Beattie looks at how the country must make the most of the boom

  • House of Lords supports Muslim dress ban

    22-Mar-2006

    Luton Borough Council's legal team has won a victory in the House of Lords, supporting a school's decision to exclude a pupil wearing Muslim dress.

  • Hutchison 3G wins IP dispute with O2

    23-Mar-2006

    Lewis Silkin has won a High Court victory on behalf of Hutchison 3G over the use of bubbles to advertise mobile phone networks.

  • In brief

    20-Mar-2006

    The Variety Club will hold its annual legal gastronomic evening at The Dorchester, Park Lane, on 23 May. Executive chef at The Dorchester Henry Brosi, along with two other top chefs, will prepare six courses for the dinner, which aims to raise funds for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in the UK. Since its formation in 2001, the legal committee has raised nearly £365,000.

  • In-house lawyer salaries hit £150K in North West

    20-Mar-2006

    Top in-house lawyers in the North West can now command salaries of up to £150,000 after a year that saw pay packages rise across the region.

  • International eye: Europe

    20-Mar-2006

    Donna Sawyer on the month in Brussels

  • International Report: Racine

    20-Mar-2006

    French independent Racine has grown in leaps and bounds in the quarter of a century since its establishment. The firm was founded in 1981, turning over Ffr221,000 (the equivalent of e34,000 (£23,390)). Since then it has grown by 27 per cent each year on average, bringing in €12m (£8.3m) for 2005.

  • James Chapman splits between Halliwells and Brabners

    24-Mar-2006

    Halliwells and Manchester personal injury specialist James Chapman & Co are to merge in the North West’s most significant legal development for years.

  • Joint adventure

    20-Mar-2006

    O’Donnell Sweeney’s tie-up with Eversheds International has opened up a wealth of opportunities. Francis Hackett reports

  • Legal Widow

    20-Mar-2006

    The great equity interview has taken place, and the Lawyer treated us to a post mortem at the weekend. I made us all ice-cream pancakes, which is what the children have after a gruelling exam, and we sat down and listened to his tale of woe.

  • Linklaters private equity duo quit for Kirkland

    24-Mar-2006

    Linklaters global head of private equity Graham White has resigned from the firm along with partner Raymond McKeeve to join the London office of Chicago giant Kirkland & Ellis.

  • London partners dominate as A&O elects new board

    23-Mar-2006

    Allen & Overy’s global management board has been completely overhauled with Amsterdam corporate partner Sietze Hepkema the only candidate to be re-elected to the board.

  • Lovells dispute head turns focus to banks

    20-Mar-2006

    Lovells dispute resolution head Patrick Sherrington has launched two new litigation teams in an effort to focus the department's offering to the banking community.

  • M&A world braced for litigation wave

    20-Mar-2006

    Corporate lawyers are bracing themselves for a sweeping overhaul of the M&A world, with the Takeover Panel set to become a statutory body next year.

  • Maclays rocked by loss of private equity star to Latham

    22-Mar-2006

    Latham & Watkins has swooped on Maclay Murray & Spens to snare private equity partner Graeme Sloan, dealing a potentially massive blow to the Scottish giant’s private equity ambitions in the capital.

  • MBR&M raids US rival for Brussels expansion

    20-Mar-2006

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) has raided the Brussels office of US firm Keller and Heckman for a three-person team and halved the size of the Washington DC firm in Belgium.

  • Milbank and Slaughters lead bid for ITV

    23-Mar-2006

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and Slaughter and May have secured the lead roles advising the consortium attempting to take control of ITV with a groundbreaking deal that marks the first of its kind in the UK.

  • Mipim 2006: yachts, shots and Nabarros sunglasses

    20-Mar-2006

    From yachts to restaurants, the UK's law firms are making themselves seen at Mipim.

  • Miranda opts for youthful managing partner

    20-Mar-2006

    Lisbon-based Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados has a new managing partner.

  • Mishcons and Olswang win first Indian AIM GDR issue

    21-Mar-2006

    Mishcon de Reya advised Noida Toll Bridge on the first global depositary receipt (GDR) issue on AIM for an Indian public company.

  • New kids on the dock

    20-Mar-2006

    The legal community's shift to the south docklands area of the Liffey is a reflection of Dublin's recent prosperity, says Matt Byrne

  • Not shy, but retiring

    20-Mar-2006

    It's tough being a complaints commissioner. The Bar Council's man, Michael Scott, has just retired after nine years, and he made sure he went out with a bang.

  • Opinion

    20-Mar-2006

    Increased risk exposure in the wake of the Pensions Act 2004 is making potential bidders think twice

  • Partners go Pole prancing

    20-Mar-2006

    Tulkinghorn is tempted to say hats off to the three Clifford Chance partners who are to embark on a gruelling, unsupported 10-day trek across the Polar ice cap, but they'll probably need them.

  • People

    20-Mar-2006

    SJ Berwin assistant Angharad Evans has been appointed to the board of Ffilm Wales, a new agency established by the Arts Council for Wales and the Welsh Development Agency.

  • Reits get the green light from Brown

    22-Mar-2006

    Commercial property lawyers across the City are breathing a sigh of relief after Chancellor Gordon Brown confirmed the introduction of real estate investment trusts (Reits) for the UK in his Budget today (22 March).

  • Righting the wrongs

    20-Mar-2006

    The Law Society's record on complaints handling is woeful. Legal Services Complaints Commissioner Zahida Manzoor tells Joanne Harris why her own abolition is the way forward

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

    20-Mar-2006

    Janine Collins explains how review meetings can ensure your clients are satisfied with your service

  • Separated at birth

    20-Mar-2006

    Is it just a coincidence that a corporate finance star who goes by the name of 'Colin Davenport' has decided to join a Manchester firm called 'Berg' Legal? A strange similarity of face, a four-letter word beginning with 'B'? How many clues do you need? "My fellow Manchesterians," said Davenport (allegedly) on joining, "we look forward to working with you. Let me put it another way: we look forward to hearing your vision, so we can more better do our job. That's what I'm telling you." ...

  • Shell snares GSK trademark lawyer

    20-Mar-2006

    Energy giant Shell has poached one of GlaxoSmith-Kline's leading trademark lawyers, Georgina Evans.

  • Simmons targets banks, energy in litigation drive

    20-Mar-2006

    Simmons & Simmons partners have given the go-ahead to a major push on its international dispute resolution practice in a bid to attract big-hitting clients from the banking and energy sectors.

  • Simon Clark: Collins Stewart Tullett

    20-Mar-2006

    A settlement in the defamation case against the FT has allowed Collins Stewart Tullett head of legal Simon Clark to focus on the company's raft of upcoming projects. Lorraine Cushnie reports

  • SJ Berwin partner joins Herbies' Rosen as party to Compere's conflict complaint

    20-Mar-2006

    Private equity house Compere Associates has made good on its promise to lodge a complaint against SJ Berwin partner Richard Slowe.

  • SJ Berwin private equity partner scoops TDR COO role

    21-Mar-2006

    Private equity house TDR Capital has swooped on SJ Berwin to hire corporate finance partner Blair Thompson as the group’s chief cooperating officer (COO).

  • SJ Berwin steps up Italian expansion with key Chiomenti hire

    20-Mar-2006

    SJ Berwin has expanded its fledgling Italian presence with the hire of Italian independent law firm Chiomenti’s head of EU and antitrust law Gianluca Belotti.

  • Skadden scoops top spot for Q1 M&A

    23-Mar-2006

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has come top of mergermarket's preliminary European M&A league tables after advising on four of the five biggest deals in the first quarter of 2006.

  • Suffragette city

    20-Mar-2006

    Only a few firms are addressing the gender imbalance that exists at equity partner level. Catrin Griffiths reports on why Pannones tops the table for female partners

  • The work-life quiz

    20-Mar-2006

    What was your first-ever job?

  • Title recital

    20-Mar-2006

    The name-tweaking over at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart etc etc appears to have abated, with the firm sticking with the dropped 'Jones', the oddly placed ampersand and the latter part of a monicker ('LNG') that is more reminiscent of an oil refinery than a law firm.Still, as London managing partner Tony Griffiths put it: "At least the name guarantees that I'll have the biggest badge at any reception."

  • UK Roundup: South West

    20-Mar-2006

    Lorraine Cushnie on the month in the South West

  • US firms shun lady laterals

    20-Mar-2006

    Partnership election season is approaching and this year's appointments will be scrutinised more closely than ever before. Over the past year, The Lawyer has broken a series of stories on associate issues, from retention rates to outright rebellions. Hence The Lawyer Career Report 2006 in this issue today.

  • Weil and White & Case bag Investec CDO roles

    20-Mar-2006

    Weil Gotshal & Manges and White & Case have secured roles on Investec's first collateralised debt obligation (CDO) as the financial services group launches an assault on the market.

  • Weil draws a blank as Apax's House of Fraser bid collapses

    20-Mar-2006

    Weil Gotshal & Manges has been left empty-handed after talks between client Apax Partners and House of Fraser ended last Friday (17 March).

  • White & Case fights Extradition Act

    20-Mar-2006

    White & Case is joining forces with the Conservative Party in an effort to overturn the extradition arrangements between the UK and the US. The arrangements have caused controversy following the threatened extradition of the 'NatWest Three'.

  • White & Case in search for new managing partner as part of overhaul

    20-Mar-2006

    White & Case is to overhaul its management structure and identify a successor to managing partner Duane Wall in a sweeping shake-up of the firm's governance.

  • Wilson Sonsini moves to DC to boost antitrust practice

    21-Mar-2006

    Silicon Valley-based corporate technology powerhouse Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has transplanted its Virginia office to Washington DC.