20 October 2003
Allen & Overy has moved to avert potential conflicts arisingfrom employees buying and selling shares.
Forsters' property fund practice is gathering pace after the firm waschosen by the newly created Active Retail for its inaugural acquisition.
Alasdair Simpson, the former senior partner of Manches, is joining Addleshaw Goddard's City-based employment group. He joins with partner Jane Amphlett, head of Manches employment group, and senior associate Richard Yeomans.
Why two very different firms have decided to form an alliance on IT projects.
Music lawyers are known for their ability to pop up, either in the fleshor in print, in the most unusual and occasionally glamorousplaces.
First Active acquiror RBS looks to Linklaters and A&L Goodbody in 2003's largest Irish corporate deal
Baker & McKenzie has appointed a new chief operating officer (COO) following the decision of incumbent Peter Smith to return to the UK and pursue a role away from the firm.
San Francisco's Gray Cary has nudged aside Baker Botts to gain instructionon the Cirrus Logic lawsuit that stopped the flotation of WolfsonMicroelectronics in its tracks.
A unique alliance has been launched between common law and criminal set 7 Bedford Row and a Jersey-based law firm and consultancy practice specialising in financial crime and regulatory work.
British Waterways has rejected its panel firms in favour of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), which trounced rivals for the main role on a £2bn regeneration project.
When Virgin Group decided to keep its in-house legal team minimal, it was a move that worked - despite the odds
Legislation to take the heat out of neighbours' feuding over the notoriously fast-growing Leylandii hedges was promised last week, in a surprise announcement under the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill.
Clifford Chance and Linklaters are set to divvy up £800,000 betweenthem for the first stage in a £300m negligence claim brought againstembattled accountant Ernst &Young (E&Y) by a DaimlerChryslersubsidiary.
Clifford Chance managing partner Peter Cornell has installed corporate head David Childs as chief operating officer. But as the world's biggest law firm struggles with declining profitability, is Childs the right man for the job?
French Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner Laurent Cohen-Tanugi has jumped ship to become general counsel at pharmaceuticals company Sanofi-Synthélabo.Cohen-Tanugi succeeds Jean-Pierre Kerjouan, who remains at the 34,000-employee company as adviser to the chairman.Corporate lawyer Cohen-Tanugi joined Cleary Gottlieb in 1982 and became a partner in 1991.
David Clementi, the Prudential chairman appointed by the Government to overhaul legal services in England and Wales, is to issue a consultation document early next year seeking responses on the future of regulation for the profession.
Clifford Chance has finally settled its acrimonious dispute with former Bangkok managing partner Wirot Poonsuwan.
There were concerns this week from civil libertarians about how ministers propose to side-step human rights legislation with their new 'emergency powers' laws. Parliament is currently consulting on a draft Civil Contingencies Bill that will provide a single framework to replace the existing emergency powers legislation that dates from the 1920s.
Denton Wilde Sapte has bulked up its finance group with the hire of Clifford Chance lawyer David Cohen, reflecting the firm's increasing workload in the area.
It should be no surprise that, as a New York-based firm, Dewey Ballantine was more than keen to offer its services for free to an 11 September-related charity.
Poor old Alan Cousins. Hardly through the door at Blake Lapthorn Linnelland he's already let slip his first howler. The former company secretary ofAlldays clearly lets old habits die hard.
Ireland's new Commercial Court should signal wide-ranging benefits, says Owen O'Sullivan
US firm Dorsey & Whitney has poached corporate and M&A lawyer Richard Yao from the Shanghai office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and has promised more lateral hires in a bid to bolster the firm’s presence in China.
There are concerns that the dual role of Legal Services Complaints Commissioner and Ombudsman could create conflicts of interest and be susceptible to judicial review.
What to do about the crisis in legal aid? This week the prospect of GP-style legal practices, with lawyers being paid in the same way as family doctors, raised its head. The idea is that firms would have a minimum practice income and funding would be "linked to the profile of the population in a practice's catchment area, so that resources are targeted at those most in need". Such radical thinking derives from Chancery Lane, not Whitehall, and is one of a number of imaginative ideas ...
A EUROPEAN commissioner has broken a Brussels taboo by calling on the European Commission to propose fewer regulations.
Nearly six out of ten expert witnesses have a blacklist of law firms that they would never work with again, according to a recent survey of expert witnesses.
Ashurst Morris Crisp's Milan office (Riccardo Agostinelli) advised BancaIntesa on its e123.5m (£86.2m) acquisition financing for a majoritystake in cosmetics manufacturer Intercos Italia. The purchaser, Dafe, wasrepresented by Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, while Intercos was ...
Known predominantly for its focus on finance, Rosling King represents many of the City's key financial institutions. Heavyweight clients in this respect include the Lloyds TSB group of companies (including Target Holdings and Mortgage Express). However, its finance practice is just one part of a trinity of core areas.
A triumvirate of law firms has joined forces for one of the fewbillion-pound deals of the year, General Electric's (GE) £5.7bntakeover of UK healthcare group Amersham.GE has turned to its usual UK law firm Slaughter and May for corporatead...
Lawyers from most of the country's major newspapers are proposing to stop barristers they instruct from acting against them in a move that has greatly unsettled the libel bar.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has called in management consultancy McKinsey to advise on the development of the firm's European finance practice.
Insolvency reform in Northern Ireland is lagging behind the rest of the UK, says Leeanne Whaley
A&L Goodbody's London managing partner Paul White is returning home to the firm's Dublin office at Christmas, following the completion of a five-year stint in the City, it was announced on 15 October.
Gorg has poached a three partner team from Luther Menold to launch the firm’s Hamburg office. Klaus von Gierke, Volker Alvensleben and Frank Weberndorfer join the firm next January, taking with them a team of Luther Menold associates and support staff.
What's going on at Manches? The Lawyer is having a hard time keeping track of how many heads of department the firm lost this year, and has lost count of the number of partner departures ages ago (although we reckon it's three group heads and around 12 partners in the last 18 months).
Dublin is one of the world's leading domiciles for hedge funds. Fionán Breathnach reports on why the challenge is to keep pace
Herbert Smith and Dutch alliance partner Stibbe have swooped on longstanding Linklaters client Getronics, advising the Dutch IT giant for the first time.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has been appointed by South Korean giant Hyundai Engineering & Construction to fight its case to make Iraq pay for $1.1bn (£657m) of construction work undertaken during the Ba'ath regime. Three Akin Gump lawyers, all former officials at the US Treasury Department, have been assigned to Hyundai's case, but their position looks bleak. The US Government is adamant that Iraq's resources and the aid it is receiving will not go to pay foreign creditors. ...
In a dramatic turnaround, White & Case has lost its case against Hong Kong firm Deacons over a team of star insolvency partners the US firm recruited in summer 2002.
Project finance partner Roger McCormick has left magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for US practice King & Spalding LLP, which opened its London office earlier this year. McCormick will be the firm’s first English law qualified partner in London.
Partnership conference to discuss total split; McGrigor Donald set to be reborn
Clifford Chance's last 'superpointer' Steven Newborn was about to have his extra points cut in half when he left for Weil Gotshal & Manges last week with a three-partner antitrust team.
Law Lords last week rejected an attempt to establish a right to sue for invasion of privacy, in a landmark ruling that has divided media lawyers.
How many partners do you think there are in Dechert's London office? Go on, hazard a guess. 50? 60? The real figure is 39 (including a number of de-equitised salaried partners and one newly seconded Washington DC partner). That makes London 15 per cent smaller than when it ceased to be Titmuss Sainer and bowed to the iron rule of Dechert's global chairman Barton J Winokur three years ago.
Bad news in the post for the Lawyer. His old university has sent out thecollege yearbook detailing who has given what to the endowment fund."Look here," he said, deeply shocked. "Jeremy Fisher is in the£1,000-£4,999 category. The sod mu...
Leading Indian firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co has been admitted to international law firm network Lex Mundi. It will be the sole Indian law firm in the network. Lex Mundi has 161 member firms around the world and represents approximately 15,000 lawyers. The association enables member firms to share knowhow.First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 15 October
Dublin firm LK Shields is advising Sir Alex Ferguson on a dispute over the Manchester United manager's racehorse Rock of Gibraltar.Litigation partner Ed Butler, one of the 15-partner firm's founders, confirmed that he was advising Ferguson, but refused to give any details of the case.It is believed to centre on the manager's share of the horse's stud value, estimated at up to e120m (£83.8m). No proceedings have as yet been issued.
Masons had triumphed in a beauty parade against Jones Day Gouldens to advise IP2IPO Group on its own initial public offering (IPO) last week.
Ireland has a new financial overseer in the shape of the IFSRA. Ambrose Loughlin reports on the changed regulatory landscape.
Merricks is staggering the payment of staff wages to deal with its ongoing cash flow problems.
In a blow to Dechert, highly-rated corporate insurance partner David Whear has quit for Norton Rose.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has confirmed its belief that the QC system distorts competition and does not serve customers' best interests.
Mention the word 'corruption' and images of faraway places with despotic rulers are conjured up. While it is true to say that many less-developed states are riddled by corruption, which has stifled economic growth and social development, it is becoming increasingly obvious that corruption is also prevalent in the commercial world of the developed states.
Jones Day Gouldens’ head of real estate and environmental Linda Fletcher has jumped ship to launch an environmental practice at London office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.
Pinsents property partner Joanna Lawson King has been appointed as head of property in Birmingham after David Philpot, who currently leads the team, announced his decision to step down.
Why would one of Ireland's leading law firms, which practises only Irish law, decide to establish an office in New York? Elizabeth O'Connor explains
Ireland is witnessing more public-to-private activity than it has for years. Tim Scanlon provides an overview
Plans are well and truly afoot to give Northern Ireland's PFI/PPP market a leg-up. Stuart Cairns gives the lowdown on the changing face of projects
Are CFAs holding the media to ransom? Peter Carter-Ruck and Partner's Nigel Tait doesn't think so.
Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) has drafted in Reynolds Porter Chamberlain partner David Hooper (left), the lawyer who acted for John Major in relation to the Edwina Currie affair, to advise on 'Betsygate'. Parliamentary Standards ...
Manchester firm Rowe Cohen is ramping up its corporate capability with the hire of Cobbetts partner Andrew Curwen as the department's fifth partner. Curwen spent 11 years at Cobbetts as a specialist in M&A, predominantly for owner-managed businesses and SMEs. He worked on the £15m disposal of the Manchester-based Continental Fine Foods and the public offer of securities in the Ocean Food Chain.
Niche media firm Schillings has lost a third of its partners. Two partners from what was a six-partner firm, sports lawyer Peter Goodman and media litigator Amber Melville-Brown, have resigned. Both joined a few months after a schism at the firm, then called Schilling & Lom, in late 2001, when senior partner Keith Schilling's co-founder Nicholas Lom left, along with media partners Jonathan Coad and Mark Thompson.
Yorkshire is well known for its passion for cricket. Fred Trueman, BrianClose, Ray Illingworth, Geoff Boycott D6 the list goes on. And on, thanksto West Yorkshire firm Schofield Sweeney.
Ho, ho, ho! Okay, so it's a bit early to be getting into the Christmas spirit - although Mrs Tulkinghorn is adamant that even now there simply aren't enough shopping days left until the big day. But already the annual dilemma - should you or shouldn't you send firm Christmas cards? - is raising its client-losing head.
The London office of US firm Shaw Pittman has closed down its corporate practice following the departure of corporate partners Charles Severs and Robert Bishop for DLA last month. The two remaining associates from the corporate group have now departed, with one joining Severs and Bishop at DLA. The London office is now stripped down to its core outsourcing practice, which is led by London managing partner Alistair Maughan and partner David Skinner. The rest of the team now comprises ...
Simpson Millar is celebrating the opening of two new offices in as many months. The firm, best known for its trade union clientele, has absorbed three lawyers and a trainee from Wimbledon firm AJ Hows Solicitors, two to salaried partner status. The new Wimbledon office will be devoted entirely to employment matters for major trade union client the Communication Workers Union (CWU). A new Cardiff ...
Media lawyers these days are getting ever so famous. So famous, in fact,that some of them don't even return Tulkinghorn's calls anymore.
With litigation work in decline, tough competition is forcing London firms to rethink their strategies.
The latest deal to grip the Italian market has gifted US firms Davis Polk & Wardwell and Sullivan & Cromwell key roles on a $4bn (£2.39bn) bond issue and a medium-term note programme for up to e10bn (£6.98bn).
Vinson & Elkins has opened an office in Dubai, making it the second firm in as many months to launch a base in the region.
The Virgin Group is planning to launch legal panels in the US and Australia following the success of its London legal panel.
The US firm is challenging CDO topdog Ashursts - with help from Linklaters
There's a battle brewing between Mario Monti and the CCBE over professional regulation on the Continent. Can European lawyers really face competition?
The corporate teams at leading firms Arthur Cox and William Fry battled it out for the top spot of mergermarket's third quarter tables this month.
Beatrice Mtetwa, the Zimbabwe lawyer currently acting to prevent the closure of the country's last independent newspaper, has allegedly been brutally attacked by police just days before her court hearing.