20 May 2002

The Lawyer

  • A load of old bull

    20-May-2002

    Tulkinghorn is a big fan of Horse Law, the official journal of the Equine & Animal Lawyers Association, and also uses it to keep abreast of all things bovine.The most recent issue reports on a fascinating case seen before Manchester County Court, which arose after the claimant was charged by a large cow or bullock belonging to the defendant, and received injuries to the face from its horn. Compensation claims progressed quite happily during the initial stages, with the defendant's ...

  • A&O, Hengeler land German instruction

    20-May-2002

    Allen & Overy (A&O) and Hengeler Mueller have advised on German law for the first leveraged acquisition under the new takeover provision in Germany.Under the terms of the deal, CIBC World Markets will provide senior and mezzanine facilities to fund the acquisition of Gardena Holding by Green Holding, a new company set up by Industri Kapital 2000.The e263m (£164m) senior debt and e42.5m ...

  • Above the law

    20-May-2002

    After a stomach-churning ride in Charles Flint QC’s flying machine, Matheu Swallow finds out what makes this multitalented silk tick - and it certainly isn’t gardening

  • Advoc signs up Chinese firm and forges US links

    20-May-2002

    Bevan Ashford and MacRoberts gain Eastern friend; referral network in talks with US Law Firm Group

  • Bristows quartet become solicitor-advocates

    20-May-2002

    Four intellectual property (IP) specialists at Bristows have qualified as solicitor-advocates in a move that brings the total number of solicitor advocates at the firm with full rights of audience in civil courts to five

  • Brummed out

    20-May-2002

    Birmingham insurance teams are going down like flies, but the market is apparently fine. Emma Vere-Jones finds out what's really happening

  • Camerons doubles Chinese capability

    20-May-2002

    CMS member Lefebvre opens Shanghai practice; Hasche Sigle gets in on the act

  • CC Pünder rejects international focus with election of Schneider

    20-May-2002

    In a snub to Clifford Chance's current international management, Clifford Chance Pünder has re-elected Hans-Josef Schneider to the role of German managing partner

  • CCR&W in last-gasp Brobeck turnaround

    20-May-2002

    Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells (CCR&W) has abandoned plans to open an office in San Francisco and has pulled out of talks with the group of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison partners just hours before the CCR&W partners were due to vote on whether to take on the group.As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyer news, the deal hit the rocks last Thursday (16 May), a day before the scheduled vote, ...

  • Company secretaries hit £300,000 mark

    20-May-2002

    Top company secretaries can earn up to £300,000 per year, according to a new report

  • Co-op considers action against Merrill Lynch

    20-May-2002

    Richards Butler has been appointed by the Co-operative Group to investigate possible legal action against Merrill Lynch over the management of its £2bn pension fund

  • Corporate

    20-May-2002

    David Wood is a talented middle-ranking official at the European Union's Directorate General of Competition (DG Comp). He has spent most of his working life inside the civil service, but will now join the Brussels office of an arriviste US law firm.So far, so dull. Wood is relatively anonymous outside the Brussels scene and phrases such as 'civil service' can be relied on to induce a coma in the UK legal community. Wood also harbours the love that dare not speak its name among ...

  • DAC secures ninety per cent payment of legal fees for Independent Insurance policyholders

    20-May-2002

    The policyholders of collapsed insurer Independent Insurance are inching towards an agreement over payment of their legal costs

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - SANITEC

    20-May-2002

    Camerons scoops BC Partners role through Hasche Sigle link

  • Deals summary

    20-May-2002

    White & Case (Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes) represented ABN Amro Bank and JP Morgan Europe on the $150m (£103.5m) bond issue for Kazkommerts International. Issuer advised by Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (Drew Salvest).

  • Deals summary

    20-May-2002

    Stephens & Scown (John Stephens) advised the South West of England Regional Redevelopment Agency on the construction of a new 100,000 sq ft warehouse distribution centre in Cornwall for US booksellers Borders. Fenners (Caroline Frampton) advised Borders.

  • Deals summary

    20-May-2002

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (Paul Maher, Andrew Stewart, Fiona Holland) has advised GE Measurement & Sensing Technologies Holdings, a subsidiary of the General Electric Company, on the purchase of Druck Holdings. The deal was led by GE in-house counsel James Billingsley. Druck Holdings was advised by Eversheds.

  • Egg names ITV legal director as new legal chief

    20-May-2002

    Egg plc, the online banking services' legal department owned by insurance giant Prudential, has finally named a replacement for the post of chief legal director

  • Empty promises

    20-May-2002

    Tulkinghorn remembers the days when law firms would tell his colleagues on the news desk absolutely nothing. "We are a partnership," they would shout, every time an intrepid young reporter asked them about, well, anything at all really.Tulkinghorn understands that some regional law firms are still slightly behind the times in this respect. So how refreshing that Southport conveyancing and personal injury powerhouse Barnetts has decided to gain a modern edge in becoming more open ...

  • Eversheds gives a rejig to global strategy

    20-May-2002

    Eversheds has undergone a formal internal reorganisation of its global strategy team

  • Eversheds looks for Dutch ally as Boekel link folds…

    20-May-2002

    Eversheds is in the market for a new merger partner in the Netherlands after agreeing to break off its exclusive association with Boekel de Nerée

  • Finers fills European hole in Meritas global network

    20-May-2002

    Global law firm network Meritas (previously known as CLA), has selected a new UK member after 14 months of talks with four UK firms

  • Freshfields turnover takes a hike

    20-May-2002

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to post a turn-over this year of £735m, up from £625m last year

  • Gibb reply

    20-May-2002

    Tulkinghorn understands the need for release more than most, but is quite concerned for the sanity of Dickinson Dees lawyers.

  • Halliwells' revenues in steady rise

    20-May-2002

    Halliwell Landau's revenues have bounced up 18 per cent

  • Hengeler in new US push

    20-May-2002

    Davis Polk & Wardwell German best friend Hengeler Mueller has visited other top US firms in a bid to maximise its European M&A referrals

  • Hugh James opens advocacy unit

    20-May-2002

    Hugh James Ford Simey has launched a new advocacy unit to offer solicitor and barrister services under one roof

  • Judge orders ITN to pay £900,000 to Peter Carter-Ruck

    20-May-2002

    ITN has been stung with a £900,000 Peter Carter-Ruck & Partners bill, which it has been fighting for more than a year

  • Kowa ditches Eversheds to plump for Tite & Lewis

    20-May-2002

    Tite & Lewis, the firm linked to Ernst & Young (E&Y), has snatched a new international client from under the nose of Eversheds

  • Law maker and rule breaker

    20-May-2002

    It's good to know that even senior partners bend the rules. Tulkinghorn and a couple of his reporters were having lunch with one in the City the other day, but when the coffee arrived, no one wanted to be the first to reach for a cigarette.Finally, after much fiddling with rings on fingers and tuneful tapping of wine glasses, the senior partner in question rather hurriedly ordered a packet from the waitress. There was an instant sigh of relief as the reporters happily reached ...

  • Law Society goes £3m over its legal budget

    20-May-2002

    The Law Society spent £7.4m on external legal fees last year, more than £3m over its legal budget, The Lawyer can reveal

  • Mayer Brown caught in CFS fraud firing line

    20-May-2002

    Fraud and negligence charges denied by US firm; no limited liability in Illinois

  • Mills & Reeve goes on hiring spree in London

    20-May-2002

    Two London firms have lost partners to Mills & Reeve

  • Minters hires Mallesons employment partner

    20-May-2002

    Australian firm Minter Ellison has taken on employment partner Bruno Di Girolami from the Perth office of rival firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques

  • Mishcons wins lead role as Locum Group sells up to Reed Health Group

    20-May-2002

    Mishcon de Reya's corporate team is advising healthcare recruitment company the Locum Group's management and investing shareholders on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Reed Health Group for £33.7m, payable in cash. The management-led deal, which was negotiated in four weeks, has already exchanged but is due to complete at the end of May once shareholder approval is sought and confirmed.

  • Mishcons wins lead role as Locum Group sells up to Reed Health Group

    20-May-2002

    Mishcon de Reya's corporate team is advising healthcare recruitment company the Locum Group's management and investing shareholders on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Reed Health Group for £33.7m, payable in cash. The management-led deal, which was negotiated in four weeks, has already exchanged but is due to complete at the end of May once shareholder approval is sought and confirmed.

  • Norley quits Cadwalader for Kirkland & Ellis

    20-May-2002

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has undergone a number of changes in its London restructuring practice as one partner leaves and another joins

  • Opinion

    20-May-2002

    The National Audit Office reported on 24 April that the NHS is facing a £4.4bn legal bill for medical negligence claims. Edward Leigh, the chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, said that he was extremely worried by the scale of the cost to the NHS and urged reform of the compensation system. "We're living increasingly in a culture of litigation and certainly, if I was running the health service, I'd be very worried about this," he said. "People know there's ...

  • Osborne Clarke gains Endsleigh work

    20-May-2002

    Osborne Clarke gained the lead role on a multimillion-pound management buyout through its relationship with Deloitte & Touche. The accountancy firm was advising a management team at Endsleigh Insurance Group on its buyout and recommended corporate partner Alisdair Livingstone for the job.Livingstone led on the deal, which saw a consortium including Endsleigh's managing director and sales director, ...

  • PR Clifford guns for lawyer after lapdancing scandal

    20-May-2002

    PR Max Clifford has initiated legal proceedings against a solicitor from West End firm Jeffrey Green Russell

  • Romania welcomes foreign law practices

    20-May-2002

    The Romanian government is set to open up the country's legal market to foreign firms

  • Shoosmiths wins WHSmith panel place

    20-May-2002

    Shoosmiths has taken the place of Dechert on the WHSmiths property panel after beating competition from eight other firms in a major review

  • Sidley takes on Wilmer Cutler lawyer

    20-May-2002

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has recruited Wilmer Cutler & Pickering lawyer Andrew Parnell as a partner

  • SJ Berwin helps community funds

    20-May-2002

    SJ Berwin has advised pro bono on the creation of the UK's first community development venture funds

  • Smoking buddies

    20-May-2002

    British American Tobacco's Stephen Walzer is an expert in smoothing the way with the authorities, hardly surprising given his involvement in so many. Naomi Rovnick reports

  • Sonnenschein in New York merger

    20-May-2002

    Chicago-based Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has upped its New York presence by merging with RubinBaum

  • Speechlys picks up Royal London development deal

    20-May-2002

    Speechly Bircham is advising Royal London on the £155m Southpoint development at Blackfriars Road, London, the first major property deal for the mutual insurance society since its merger with Scottish Life last year.Royal London has formed a limited partnership with Dechert client Arial Trade to develop a Will ...

  • Spot the law

    20-May-2002

    Michael Leyland studies the up-and-down relationship between the football industry, the media and the courts

  • Stephensons turns its attentions to Paris

    20-May-2002

    Sinclair Roche deal voted through, but majority of Hong Kong office excluded

  • The Leader Column

    20-May-2002

    Accidents will happen. One day the Clifford Chance reception is mysteriously croded with tall, tanned and toothy blokes in button-downs. The next day, the mass lateral hire out of Brobeck - revealed last week by The Lawyer - is off, just when the Metropole hotel was readying itself for an influx of CC partners ready to vote. Yet amid all the brouhaha last week about CC's bold West Coast bid, ...

  • The Smith Partnership

    20-May-2002

    For Derby-based Smith Partnership, no job is too big or too small

  • They know where you live

    20-May-2002

    Tulkinghorn has learned that the paranoia that pervades the legal world may not be totally unjustified. One US firm in London is presided over by a managing partner who formerly worked for the FBI. Not only was he responsible for providing the director with reports on counter-terrorism and espionage, this man had to read all transcripts from wiretaps and other bugging equipment.To make matters worse, the gentleman in question once knew of an information-gathering exercise taking ...

  • TJG makes most of Garretts fallout

    20-May-2002

    Taylor Joynson Garrett (TJG) has confirmed that it is to take on three more partners from the almost-defunct Garretts

  • Toth gets ready to join Dewey Ballantine from Weil Gotshal

    20-May-2002

    Weil Gotshal & Manges is set to lose its German desk in London as corporate partner Geza Toth and a team of four associates plan a move to the London office of US firm Dewey Ballantine

  • Turnover and profits soar for Barlow Lyde & Gilbert

    20-May-2002

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has raised turnover in London by 12 per cent, taking the office over the £60m mark

  • Valley of the dole

    20-May-2002

    The reverberations of the technology crash are still being felt today, not least by those law firms servicing the industry in Silicon Valley. Kathryn Hobbs reports on the ultimate losses - jobs

  • Vinge starts project to attract minorities

    20-May-2002

    Swedish law firm Vinge has embarked on a three-year corporate social responsibility project in the hope of inspiring more ethnic minorities to attend law school

  • Wolf Theiss launches in Bratislava and Belgrade

    20-May-2002

    Wolf Theiss & Partners has opened offices in Bratislava and Belgrade as part of an expansion into Central Europe

  • Wragges achieves modest growth

    20-May-2002

    Wragge & Co has announced a 2 per cent increase in fee income on last year