20 September 2004

The Lawyer

  • The Lawyer’s charities choice – six of the best

    20-Sep-2004

    Readers this week have the opportunity to help us choose which charities The Lawyer will support. At The Lawyer Awards in June you raised a record £63,000 for our two chosen charities. We hope to be able to raise even more at next year’s event. So please vote online for one of the following six charities: ChildHope, Macmillan Cancer Relief, Médécins Sans Frontières, Parkinson’s Disease Society, The Stroke Association and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. To register your vote, please ...

  • A happy firm is a flexible firm

    20-Sep-2004

    Louise Hadland argues that having flexible working is the enlightened way of running a firm

  • Arnold & Porter acts for BAE on DigitalNet acquisition

    20-Sep-2004

    Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter has strengthened its relationship with BAE Systems after the firm scooped its first corporate instruction for the UK defence giant.

  • Ashurst lands Terra Firma after Linklaters conflicted

    20-Sep-2004

    Ashurst has secured its first instruction from Terra Firma thanks to a conflict at Linklaters, advising the private equity house on the separate auctions of the UCI and Odeon cinema chains.

  • Australian indigenous services come up for tender

    20-Sep-2004

    Government-funded legal services provided to Aborigines and Torres Strait islanders in Australia are to be opened up to private law firms for the first time when an official tender process begins in November.

  • B&M’s Paris turnover elevates it into top ten

    20-Sep-2004

    A 36 per cent surge in Paris turnover has thrust Baker & McKenzie (B&M) into France’s top 10 law firms for the first time.

  • Balancing act

    20-Sep-2004

    Under the Northern Ireland Act 1998, public authorities have a duty to promote equality. Hilary Griffith considers the impact on public authorities undertaking PFI projects

  • Banks up the ante on fighting money laundering

    21-Sep-2004

    Banks worldwide are pouring funds into fighting money laundering, investing 61 per cent more funds over the past three years.

  • Barlows spearheads growth in Asia with Singapore launch

    20-Sep-2004

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is opening an office in Singapore as part of its planned expansion in Asia.

  • Bedell Cristin launches Swiss trust business

    20-Sep-2004

    The trust arm of Jersey law firm Bedell Cristin has deepened its penetration of the onshore sector with the launch of a business in Switzerland.

  • Bevan Ashford bolsters Midlands property with key hire

    21-Sep-2004

    Bevan Ashford has boosted its Birmingham property capability with the hire of a new partner.

  • Brobeck wins payout from Morgan Lewis

    20-Sep-2004

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius is set to pay out millions of dollars to Brobeck Phleger & Harrison’s estate, as Clifford Chance continues its battle to agree a settlement with the collapsed West Coast firm’s liquidation committee.

  • Cains prepares for London launch

    20-Sep-2004

    Isle of Man firm Cains is preparing to establish a London office to enhance its ship and film financing businesses.

  • Careers: in brief

    20-Sep-2004

    Kenneth Ross, a partner at Bishops Solicitors, has been named as an Honorary Professor in the School of Law at the University of Glasgow. Ross becomes Scotland’s first practising environmental lawyer to achieve the accolade. He will deliver a series of lectures during the academic year as well as hosting several business seminars. In addition to his regular duties at the 13-partner Scottish firm, Ross is also Convenor of the Scottish Committee of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.

  • Careers: people

    20-Sep-2004

    A founding partner at Brussels-based EU firm Crosby Renouf has been named by the Law Society as a delegate on the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE). Michael Renouf, who trained at South East firm Thomas Eggar and the European Commission, is already a member of the Law Society Council, having been elected to the specialist EU Matters seat in 2002. His new role is on ...

  • Caribbean Court of Justice set to replace Privy Council

    20-Sep-2004

    From November, the Privy Council in London will cease to be the final court of appeal for Caribbean members of the Commonwealth, bringing to an end one of the final vestiges of the British Empire.

  • Cayman firms stay put in wake of Hurricane Ivan

    22-Sep-2004

    Plans to evacuate scores of lawyers and staff from the Cayman Islands have been scrapped as law firms today (22 September) restart operations in the wake of Hurricane Ivan that devastated the island.

  • CC litigation partner lands Law Soc Council seat

    20-Sep-2004

    Clifford Chance litigation partner Simon Davis has won a contested election for one of the four City of London seats on the Law Society Council. Earlier this year, Davies Arnold Cooper senior partner David McIntosh also won a contested election for another of the City of London seats.

  • Celador hires new head of legal

    20-Sep-2004

    Celador International, the television production company which makes Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? and You Are What You Eat, has appointed a new head of legal.

  • Clarke Willmott expands Southampton, Bristol

    20-Sep-2004

    Clarke Willmott has boosted its planning and housebuilders practice with two new partners. The firm has recruited the former head of legal at Test Valley Borough Council Mick Mundy as a partner in its Southampton office, while Lorraine Edwards joins the Bristol housebuilders team from Davies and Partners. Last month the firm bagged its first Bristol base after the takeover of Amery Parkes.

  • CMS Hasche Sigle courts Norton Rose Cologne

    23-Sep-2004

    Norton Rose’s Cologne office appears to be on the verge of joining CMS Hasche Sigle.

  • Cobbetts in Leeds office relocation

    20-Sep-2004

    Just weeks after moving into new Birmingham premises, fast-expanding firm Cobbetts has announced an office relocation in Leeds. It will take up three floors of purpose-built accommodation on the banks of the River Aire from summer 2006. New space is urgently needed for Cobbetts, which has undergone four mergers, including two in Leeds, in the past 10 months, and some of the firm’s staff and lawyers will be working from overspill offices until the move takes place.

  • Coudert Paris hit by yet another lawyer loss

    21-Sep-2004

    Herbert Smith has hired Coudert Brothers’ competition specialiast Dominique Brault to its Paris office. Brault re-joins his former Coudert partner Jacques Buhart who left the firm to head the UK firm’s French cor...

  • Coudert profits from Freshfields retreat in Bangkok

    24-Sep-2004

    Coudert Brothers is set to pick up the remaining vestiges of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Bangkok office, axed after this year’s Asian practice review.

  • Customs attacked on all fronts for non-disclosure in hearings

    20-Sep-2004

    Customs & Excise is being sued by one of its former senior lawyers for the way he was allegedly treated during the London City Bond (LCB) cases.

  • Debevoise & Plimpton ranked top US firm

    20-Sep-2004

    Debevoise & Plimpton has trounced New York rival Davis Polk & Wardwell as the leading ‘A-list’ US law firm based on revenue per lawyer, commitment to pro bono, associate satisfaction and diversity.

  • Dechert hit with new partner departure

    22-Sep-2004

    Dechert’s string of partner losses has lengthened further after another partner prepares to leave the firm.

  • Deutsche Bank in global bid to slash legal spend

    20-Sep-2004

    Shock for NY market as investment bank shakes up fee structures; UK, German firms under review

  • DLA’s merger prospect in talks with fellow US firm

    20-Sep-2004

    Piper Rudnick is moving to bolster its presence on the US West Coast as it moves towards finalising merger talks with Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich.

  • DWS upcoming election: Glastonbury to stand

    22-Sep-2004

    Denton Wilde Sapte is the latest City firm to be gripped by election fever, as it gears up for its management elections at the end of the year.

  • Eversheds hit by claim over property deal

    24-Sep-2004

    National law firm Eversheds is being sued by London & Capital Group over its handling of the collapse of a £220m property transaction in February.

  • Fleury’s dreams fall apart

    20-Sep-2004

    Seven partners have left: can the Dutch star pull CC’s practice back from the brink? By Steve Hoare

  • Forschbach takes team of six from Ashurst to Latham

    22-Sep-2004

    Parisian private equity star Thomas Forschbach is being joined by six lawyers from former firm Ashurst at his new home Latham & Watkins.

  • France Telecom gears up to appoint new legal panel

    20-Sep-2004

    France Telecom is completing a full-scale review of its legal advisers and has promised that some of its existing advisers will be dropped.

  • Freshfields trades HK dispute resolution head

    20-Sep-2004

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has swapped the head of its Asian dispute resolution practice with a London-based litigation specialist. Richard Chalk has headed to Hong Kong to take on the role, replacing Rajat Jindal, who returns to London after eight years in the region. The magic circle firm also reaffirmed its commitment to a presence in Vietnam after the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City ...

  • Green seas

    20-Sep-2004

    Moving from London to Ireland might seem to be a strange move for a shipping lawyer. Not so, says Helen Noble, citing the attractions of the Irish tonnage tax

  • Hearsay

    20-Sep-2004

    Which City firm’s partners are kicking up a stink at having to cough up 40p for their own copies of the Evening Standard?

  • Hermes scrutinises advisers as major legal review is launched

    20-Sep-2004

    Hermes Property Asset Management has launched an extensive internal review of its legal systems, including analysis of the efficiency of its external legal advisers.

  • High Court judges lend weight to Bankside development fight

    20-Sep-2004

    Two High Court judges are among complainants challenging the Government in a possible House of Lords action over plans for a major development in Bankside, London SE1.

  • Hunton pays £250k sign-on fee to new partner

    20-Sep-2004

    US firm Hunton & Williams has paid former Hammonds partner Martin Thomas a signing-on fee of £250,000.

  • Hurricane Ivan hits Cayman firms

    20-Sep-2004

    Law firms in the Cayman Islands are struggling to relocate staff to safe havens around the world in the wake of Hurricane Ivan, which hit the islands last week.

  • ICONECT offers free access to its software for pro bono

    20-Sep-2004

    Web-based litigation software company iCONECT LLC has thrown its weight behind an unprecedented initiative by offering its law firm clients free licence access to its suite of products for use in pro bono cases. The move will give legal experts working on vital civil rights and justice litigation access to the same tools used in high-profile litigation cases.

  • Ince & Co hires ex-Norton Rose shipping ace

    20-Sep-2004

    Ince & Co has plucked a former Norton Rose partner in a bid to bolster its burgeoning ship finance team. David Baker will be responsible for the launch of a ship finance practice at Ince & Co’s Piraeus office, which currently focuses solely on maritime litigation. Baker set up an equivalent practice for Norton Rose, ...

  • James Birch: Travelex

    20-Sep-2004

    Travelex may have been started on a shoestring, but canny acquisitions have made it a major player in financial services. By Ben Mitchell

  • John Laing predicts defeat in hotel battle

    20-Sep-2004

    Property developer John Laing has conceded that it has little expectation of a victory in a High Court case in which Rosling King is defending it against a £17.5m damages claim by the Great Eastern Hotel.

  • Latham names new co-leaders of global banking

    21-Sep-2004

    Latham & Watkins has reshuffled its global heads of banking, appointing recent Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom recruit, Marc Hanrahan to one of the roles.

  • Law Soc faces £1m fine for complaints failures

    20-Sep-2004

    The Law Society could face a fine of up to £1m if it fails to deal with complaints, it was announced last week (13 September).

  • Laws of attraction

    20-Sep-2004

    Tulkinghorn’s lady helpers were delighted to meet one of Europe’s few attractive male lawyers last week.

  • Legal widow

    20-Sep-2004

    It’s new trainee time, and they’re queuing up outside the Lawyer’s office, fresh-faced and hopeful, clutching immaculate CVs with good degrees and wearing a tatty piece of friendship string from their obligatory year building classrooms in Nicaragua. After a series of trainees arrived sporting these, the Lawyer marched to his secretary’s desk, seized the scissors and snipped one off the new lad’s wrist. There was a yelp of grief and the Lawyer told him it was part of the toughening-up ...

  • Letters of the law

    20-Sep-2004

    Collyer-Bristow pulled off a bit of a coup last week, signing up Richard Butler’s Roger Parker and Olympic gold medal winner Ben Ainslie as its new postmen.

  • Linklaters puts spotlight on partner performance with corporate reshuffle

    20-Sep-2004

    Linklaters will today announce a reorganisation of its London corporate group as management focuses on partner performance.

  • Linklaters’ Wethered makes leap to KPMG

    20-Sep-2004

    Linklaters corporate star Tom Wethered is leaving for client KPMG International.

  • Lipton loses NYSE role to Wachtell’s Sonsini

    20-Sep-2004

    Wall Street legend Martin Lipton has lost his chairmanship of the New York Stock Exchange’s (NYSE) legal advisory committee to Silicon Valley stalwart Larry Sonsini.

  • Lovells HK acts on IPO for Citigroup

    20-Sep-2004

    Lovells has strengthened its relationship with Citigroup after the firm scooped its first ever instruction to advise the bank on an IPO.

  • MAQS looks for Baltic rim supremacy with merger

    20-Sep-2004

    Pinsents’ Scandinavian ally Magnusson Wahlin Qvist Stanbrook (MAQS) has merged with niche Swedish outfit Bergling & Partners as part of a push to dominate the Baltic rim.

  • Matrix considers exit from Gray’s Inn base

    20-Sep-2004

    Gray’s Inn may lose one of its most famous tenants, Matrix Chambers, as increasing numbers of sets leave their Holborn heartland.

  • Matthew Arnold fills COO hole

    20-Sep-2004

    Hertfordshire firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) has scooped the former managing partner of Eversheds’ London office to fill the role of chief operations officer. Peter Scott (left) ...

  • Minter Ellison scoops Masons lawyer for Shanghai head

    21-Sep-2004

    Australia’s Minter Ellison has raided Masons in China to strengthen its Shanghai office with a new figurehead.

  • MoFo steps up Japan drive with senior Milbank hire

    22-Sep-2004

    Morrison & Foerster is blazing ahead with the expansion of its Tokyo office after scooping a senior finance partner from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

  • NGJ and Kirkpatrick partners vote for merger

    23-Sep-2004

    The first trans-Atlantic of the year is going ahead as partners at Nicholson Graham & Jones and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart have voted through a tie-up. The merger will go live on 1 January 2005, creating a 950-lawyer firm spanning 10 US cities and London...

  • No5 Chambers opens its doors in Bristol

    20-Sep-2004

    No5 Chambers has opened its third regional office in Bristol to reinforce its position as the largest barristers’ chambers in the UK. With established offices in Birmingham and London, the 160-member set is now well placed to launch an assault on the South Western and Welsh market. The new Bristol office occupies a listed building in Queen Square and will house some of the chambers’ 15 QCs.

  • Opinion

    20-Sep-2004

    It’s that time of year again – the solicitors’ professional indemnity renewal season, when managing partners and finance directors start recognising the difference between managing their third-highest overhead throughout the year, or leaving it to chance.

  • Pinsents, Masons prioritise City base following merger

    20-Sep-2004

    The management teams at Pinsents and Masons have made London a priority if the two firms’ merger goes through at the end of the month.

  • Ramadan jam

    20-Sep-2004

    Norton Rose is rightly proud of its Islamic finance team, and given the firm’s expertise in this field, one would think it possessed a superior knowledge of the key dates in the Muslim calendar. It would appear not.

  • Revealed: MBR&M first LLP accounts

    20-Sep-2004

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) became the first major UK firm to publish its accounts when it filed its financial statement as a limited-liability partnership (LLP) last week.

  • Safe direction

    20-Sep-2004

    Irish legislation is forcing executive and non-executive directors to keep a tighter rein on corporate governance. Feargal Brennan reports on how the new regime is working

  • Shred heads

    20-Sep-2004

    The sentencing of CSFB banker Frank Quattrone to eighteen months in prison has blown the issue of privilege wide open. Jon Robins reports

  • Speechly nabs Boodle Hatfield partner

    20-Sep-2004

    Beleaguered law firm Boodle Hatfield has been dealt a blow by the loss of the head of its contentious trust and probate team to Speechly Bircham.

  • Sybase Euro counsel quits to join Reckitt Benckiser

    20-Sep-2004

    Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser has appointed its second vice-president and general counsel in just over 18 months.

  • Taylor Walton

    20-Sep-2004

    The philosophy at Taylor Walton is simple: regional is best.

  • The Celt belt

    20-Sep-2004

    Ireland’s M&A and corporate finance markets are booming. Eithne FitzGerald provides a round-up of the biggest deals in the past year

  • The incredible bulk

    20-Sep-2004

    Law firms’ volume businesses can enhance profitability. But do they make strategic sense? By Joanne O’Connor and Joanne Harris

  • The key to IP

    20-Sep-2004

    Ireland continues to be a jurisdiction of choice for companies wishing to establish a European base. Alistair Payne reports on managing IP in Ireland

  • The work-life quiz

    20-Sep-2004

    Patrick Gaul, managing partner, Weightmans

  • T-Mobile reshuffles legal post-Chain

    20-Sep-2004

    T-Mobile is restructuring its legal department following the departure of its longstanding general counsel.

  • TMT deals round-up

    20-Sep-2004

    Field Fisher Waterhouse (Paul Barton, left) advised professional teaching body the General Teaching Council (GTC) on the outsourcing of its customer relations management (CRM) system. The project has seen the GTC overhaul its registration database and will ensure the GTC meets ...

  • Toy soldiers run riot at White & Case

    20-Sep-2004

    Ah! The sweet smell of law firm politics. Enjoy the heady bouquet currently wafting from the London offices of White & Case.

  • Tribunal funeral

    20-Sep-2004

    The perception that all lawyers are paid as liberally as those who work in Tribunals of Inquiry has been a PR disaster for the legal profession in Ireland. Ken Murphy reports

  • Trowers goes South for private client head

    22-Sep-2004

    Trowers & Hamlins has targeted South East firm Kidd Rapinet’s private client department to acquire the head of the practice.

  • Welcome home

    20-Sep-2004

    The EU Prospectus Directive requires issuers to settle on a home member state. Cormac Kissane and John Matson present the case for Ireland

  • West is (almost) best

    20-Sep-2004

    Tulkinghorn would like to refute allegations that The Lawyer will automatically promote London over the regions. In last week’s issue, the results of the inaugural The Lawyer Formula Law go-karting extravaganza were published, but somehow West Country firm Kitson & Trotman was squeezed out from its proper fourth-placed finish.

  • White & Case gears up for management shake-up

    20-Sep-2004

    White & Case’s London office is preparing to conduct a wide-ranging reorganisation of its management, just over a year after implementing a new structure.