21 April 2008

The Lawyer

  • People

    21-Apr-2008

    Lovells has hired Libby Hannan as an ­associate in the dispute resolution practice. She was previously counsel in the litigation ­department at GlaxoSmithKline.

  • 3-4 South Square restructures management team

    25-Apr-2008

    Commercial set 3-4 South Square is to scrap its head of chambers post in May when Michael Crystal QC stands down after 24 years in the role.

  • A&O elects new US boss

    24-Apr-2008

    Allen & Overy's (A&O) New York office has elected a new managing partner and gained another member on the firm's global partnership board.

  • A&O faces costs post-mortem after BlackBerry judgment

    21-Apr-2008

    BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion is set to scrutinise the details of the £5m-plus bill that Allen & Overy presented it with following a patent battle with wireless technology company Visto.

  • After the gold rush, the litigation

    21-Apr-2008

    Since last summer US lawyers and bankers have been waiting for the wave of predicted disputes and litigation tobegin.

  • Apil head slams Govt's PI reforms

    21-Apr-2008

    The newly appointed president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) Amanda Stevens has kicked off her year-long term with a scathing attack on the Government.

  • Ashworth quits O'Melveny for Lovells

    25-Apr-2008

    O'Melveny & Myers London office co-head Chris Ashworth is set to leave the firm to join Lovells.

  • Bakers creates client development role

    21-Apr-2008

    Baker & McKenzie has hired Hildebrandt International consultant Julia Hayhoe in the newly-created role of head of client development in London.

  • Banks set to appeal OFT charges ruling

    24-Apr-2008

    The eight law firms which failed in their attempt to prove overdraft charges as fair are set to appeal today’s landmark judgment, TheLawyer.com has learned.

  • Beachcroft adds four to litigation partnership

    21-Apr-2008

    Beachcroft has bucked the partnership promotion trend by making up four dispute resolution partners out of a total of six.

  • Beachcroft woos Eversheds health team

    21-Apr-2008

    Beachcroft has swooped on Eversheds for a five-strong health team that includes sector chief David Weatherburn, who according to his peers is worth up to £4m in revenues.

  • Broken class

    21-Apr-2008

    From 30 June class actions will be allowed in Italy, but unclear new legislation could leave the system in disarray.

  • Canon Europe to size up legal panels

    21-Apr-2008

    Canon Europe has launched its first-ever series of formal panel reviews in emerging markets, targeting jurisdictions such as Russia and Dubai.

  • CB Equity Partners swoops for former Landesbank Berlin GC

    21-Apr-2008

    German private equity firm CB Equity Partners has hired Landesbank Berlin's former general counsel Dariush Ghassemi-Moghadam as a partner in its transactional team.

  • Chiomenti bags six Asian offices with China merger

    23-Apr-2008

    Italian firm Chiomenti has boosted its Asian practice after signing a merger deal with Sino-Italian firm Birindelli & Associati, adding six new offices in Asia.

  • Clifford Chance hands Spanish chief executive partner role

    21-Apr-2008

    Clifford Chance has elected Spain managing partner Ignacio Ojanguren as executive partner for finance, joining managing partner David Childs' management team for the firm.

  • Clive Howard: Russell Jones & Walker

    21-Apr-2008

    What was your first-ever job?Cleaning up tables in a café. I still remember the rudeness of customers.

  • Cobbetts' partnership shake-up necessitates restructure of real estate finance dept

    21-Apr-2008

    Cobbetts' real estate finance practice is to be restructured following the loss of five lawyers resulting from a firmwide partnership overhaul earlier this year.

  • Coffee and Cake give Osborne Clarke a tasty bit of business

    21-Apr-2008

    Osborne Clarke has finalised two major deals after being instructed by Milestone Capital Partners to act on the takeover of Coffee Nation and by media agency Cake on its sale to Havas Media.

  • College of Law plans Manchester invasion

    21-Apr-2008

    The College of Law has stepped up its war with BPP Law School by announcing plans to launch a branch in Manchester.

  • Collyers IP partner jumps ship for Reprieve deputy director role

    21-Apr-2008

    Collyer Bristow IP partner Clare Algar is to leave private practice to join human rights charity Reprieve as deputy director.

  • Croydon link pays off as Dickinson Dees London wins regeneration role

    21-Apr-2008

    The London practice of Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees has been given a significant boost, with the firm winning a double advisory role for the London Borough of Croydon's regeneration plans.

  • Curb Your Separated at Birth Enthusiasm

    21-Apr-2008

    In January, Tulkinghorn was busy matchmaking Pillsbury chairman Jim Rishwain and Clifford Chance consultant Donna Wacker - aka Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry and Cheryl David.

  • Dawsons adds to litigation and employment teams

    21-Apr-2008

    Dawsons has kick-started a recruitment campaign with the appointment of Jill Andrew as an employment consultant and Laura Harcombe as a partner in its dispute and litigation practice.

  • Deans Court secures Court of Appeal ruling for HMRC

    21-Apr-2008

    Manchester-based set Deans Court Chambers has won a unanimous Court of Appeal judgment that dismissed Midlands Co-operative Society's claim that it was eligible for a VAT rebate.

  • Debevoise promotes one in City, five in New York

    22-Apr-2008

    Debevoise & Plimpton has promoted a total of six to the partnership in its corporate and litigation departments.

  • Dickinson Dees' private client dept sees sole partner promotion

    21-Apr-2008

    North East firm Dickinson Dees has promoted only one partner this year compared with two promotions last year and five in 2006.

  • DuPont Fabros Technology recruits new GC

    21-Apr-2008

    Real estate investment trust DuPont Fabros Technology has hired a new general counsel from mobile telecoms company Sprint Nextel.

  • Eggars, BPE to act on Evans cycles buyout

    21-Apr-2008

    Cheltenham-based BPE and South East firm Thomas Eggar have won places on the private equity buyout of high street chain Evans Cycles.

  • Euro stars

    21-Apr-2008

    What could be more tiring than cycling to Paris from London? Cycling there and back, perhaps. The last time Tulkinghorn mounted a bicycle, they were called penny farthings and served absolutely no good purpose whatsoever.

  • Eversheds given nod for Abu Dhabi office

    21-Apr-2008

    Eversheds has been granted a licence to launch an office in Abu Dhabi in a move designed to strengthen the firm's Middle East practice.

  • Exchange Chambers finds crime still pays

    21-Apr-2008

    North West set Exchange Chambers has posted a record turnover of £17.9m for the 2007-08 financial year, with crime still contributing the most to total revenue.

  • Former NatWest MD to chair Legal Services Board

    23-Apr-2008

    The former managing director of the NatWest Group David Edmonds will be the first chair of the Legal Services Board (LSB).

  • Freeth Cartwright first to show off financials

    21-Apr-2008

    Nottingham-based Freeth Cartwright has become the first firm to release financial figures this year, announcing a rise in turnover from £31.2m to £33.5m.

  • Freshfields and Linklaters scoop key roles on RBS £12bn rights issue

    23-Apr-2008

    Linklaters scoop key roles on RBS £12bn rights issue" /Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have secured the key legal roles in Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) record £12bn rights issue.

  • Freshfields' Perry Noble quits the law

    21-Apr-2008

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's London-based finance chief Perry Noble is retiring from the firm to pursue a career outside the law.

  • FSA to create elite external adviser list as credit crunch bites

    21-Apr-2008

    City watchdog the Financial Services Authority is compiling its first-ever list of go-to external lawyers as turmoil in the sector it regulates continues apace.

  • Future of legal market on show at Georgetown

    22-Apr-2008

    The continuing integration of the global legal market was underlined last week when partners from magic circle firms descended on Georgetown University in Washington DC.

  • Glass half full

    21-Apr-2008

    The boom days of cheap debt may be over for now, but the private equity market remains an optimistic place.

  • Hammonds boosts Manchester corporate ranks with DWF man

    21-Apr-2008

    Hammonds has raided DWF for corporate finance partner Ian Gillis to ramp up its Manchester operation.

  • Herbies client BAA under fire from Competition Commission

    22-Apr-2008

    The Competition Commission signalled its intention to force a break-up of the near monopoly BAA operates in the supply of airport services in the UK.

  • Herbies in U-turn over managing partner role

    21-Apr-2008

    Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold has overturned anearlier management decision and installed a managing partner at the firm.

  • Herbies offers hedge funds a spring clean

    21-Apr-2008

    Herbert Smith has set up a team that will spend time in-house with hedge fund clients to ensure they do not commit market abuse.

  • Herbies on song for music publisher sale

    21-Apr-2008

    Herbert Smith client Imagem Music has won an auction to buy classical music publisher Boosey & Hawkes from private equity house HgCapital.

  • HR Focus: Money talks on Middle East pioneer trail

    21-Apr-2008

    The Middle East has traditionally been a controversial destination for lawyers to be posted to, but the region is emerging as something of a hotspot in the current economic climate.

  • IP and TMT associates left behind in a promotion round to forget

    21-Apr-2008

    Compared with last year, 2008 has been an unexceptional promotion round for many senior associates in the top 100 firms. But for those in the IP and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) departments, it was just another year of being almost completely overlooked.

  • Irwins keeps focus on PI with three promotions

    21-Apr-2008

    Irwin Mitchell is continuing to build its personal injury (PI) practice, with three of its four partnership promotions coming in the key practice area.

  • Italy

    21-Apr-2008

    With Silvio Berlusconi reinstalled as Italy's prime minister, observers could be forgiven for thinking the country has not moved on since 2003. But they would be wrong.

  • Law Society of Scotland to sell HQ

    21-Apr-2008

    The Law Society of Scotland has put its Edinburgh offices up for sale.

  • Lawyer stands down as head of insolvency body R3

    21-Apr-2008

    Nabarro restructuring and insolvency head Patricia Godfrey has stepped down as president of R3, the association of business recovery professionals.

  • Lawyers blow hot and cold over new Law Soc adverts

    21-Apr-2008

    A Law Society advertising campaign, which aims to promote solicitors to the public, has met with a mixed response from the legal profession.

  • Laytons hires Rosenblatt employment head

    22-Apr-2008

    Laytons Solicitors has bulked up its employment team with the recruitment of Rosenblatt Solicitors' head of employment Keith Corkan as a partner.

  • Learning curve: Matthew Burgess, Independent Schools Council

    21-Apr-2008

    His job may only have existed since January, but Independent Schools Council GC Matthew Burgess is spoiling for a fight

  • LG makes up five in real estate, wealth planning and corporate

    21-Apr-2008

    LG has promoted five lawyers to its partnership - the largest single number to be made up in four years.

  • Litigation: from Russia with Lovells

    21-Apr-2008

    Lovells has launched a domestic litigation practice in Russia with the recruitment of senior associate Yevgeny Perkunov from Chadbourne & Parke.

  • Lovells upbeat despite loss of Italy private equity chief

    21-Apr-2008

    Lovells' international private equity team, which was hit hard by the departures of Oliver Felsenstein and Marco Compagnoni in 2005 and 2006 respectively, suffered a further blow this month when Italian chief Andrea Accornero jumped ship to Simmons & Simmons (www.thelawyer.com, 11 April).

  • Mills & Reeve promotes three in Brum

    21-Apr-2008

    Mills & Reeve has promoted seven to its partnership, three of whom have been made up in Birmingham in line with the firm's pledge to increase its capability in the second city.

  • Mishcon de Reya: Gold's standard

    21-Apr-2008

    The fallout from Princess Diana's death almost spelled the end for Mishcon - but a decade on the firm is in robust health

  • National Express

    21-Apr-2008

    McGrigors has offices in London, Belfast and Manchester, which proves, says managing partner Richard Masters, that it's more than just a Scottish law firm

  • Norton Rose raids Duane Morris Singapore

    21-Apr-2008

    Norton Rose raids Duane Morris Singapore" /• Norton Rose has raided US firm Duane Morris for corporate star Adam Summerly to ramp up its Singapore capabilities. Summerly has had more than 10 years' experience in the South East Asian markets and was one of six Duane Morris partners to launch the ...

  • Norton Rose ramps up Singapore with Duane Morris hire

    21-Apr-2008

    Norton Rose has raided US firm Duane Morris for corporate star Adam Summerly to ramp up its Singapore capabilities.

  • Norton Rose set for rejig as disputes star Bagge retires

    21-Apr-2008

    Norton Rose is to shuffle its dispute resolution team following the retirement of litigation star James Bagge at the end of this month.

  • Norton Rose's China crisis

    21-Apr-2008

    Many would think the biggest problem when it comes to recruiting new lawyers is finding the right talent. However, because of Olympic fever, for Norton Rose's Asia operations it's not so much finding the lawyers that's the problem as knowing where to put them.

  • Not getting Slaughtered

    25-Apr-2008

    Not getting Slaughtered 25-April-2008Last night was the retirement party of Slaughter and May senior partner Tim Clark.

  • Old Square hire bolsters employment practice

    21-Apr-2008

    Old Square Chambers has scooped barrister Robin White from Farrar's Building to boost its employment capabilities.

  • Oligarchs' legacy is writ large

    21-Apr-2008

    A curiosity over the past couple of years has been the increase in the number of Russian oligarchs bringing legal proceedings in the UK.

  • Out to lunch

    21-Apr-2008

    As Hugh Nineham will surely attest, if you can't stand law firm catering there are many City restaurants that would be happy to oblige you.

  • Pannone makes up nine new partners

    25-Apr-2008

    Pannone has made up nine partners this year, with promotions being made across the board.

  • PARTNERSHIP 2008: Linklaters: A record-breaking year

    21-Apr-2008

    A record-breaking year for female associates continued apace this week with promotions round at Linklaters - the last magic circle firm to unveil its new partners. Previous Partnership 2008 blogs.

  • Private equity

    21-Apr-2008

    Private equity executives - and their advisers - were in their element last year, with more deals coming through than they knew what to do with. Post-August that's changed, with deal flow all but drying up on the back of a scarcity of debt finance.

  • Promotions halved at SJ Berwin with eight getting the nod

    22-Apr-2008

    SJ Berwin with eight getting the nod" /SJ Berwin has slashed the number of new partners made up in its annual promotions round by 50 per cent.

  • Promotions plummet to 28 at Linklaters

    21-Apr-2008

    Linklaters has made up 28 new partners, a drop of more than a quarter compared to last year when the magic circle firm promoted 38.

  • Quinn Emanuel bags Kirkland partner for City litigation launch

    22-Apr-2008

    US litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges is set to launch in the UK under Kirkland & Ellis restructuring and litigation partner Richard East.

  • Recusal refusal was misconduct, says OJC

    21-Apr-2008

    The Office of Judicial Complaints (OJC) has ruled that the actions of Mr Justice Peter Smith, who should have recused himself from a hearing, amounted to misconduct.

  • Reed Smith dumps Richards Butler brand

    24-Apr-2008

    Reed Smith dumps Richards Butler brand" /All offices in the Reed Smith network will trade under the Reed Smith name as of 1 May with Richards Butler being dropped from the firm's European brand.

  • Resident upheaval

    21-Apr-2008

    Changes to the way non-doms are taxed are part of a Government drive to make the private equity sector pay a 'fairer share'. But what will this mean in practice?

  • RJW's 4 Legal start-up to target bulk claims market

    21-Apr-2008

    Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has launched a company aimed at fast-tracking bulk claims work in a bid to become the leading player in the high-volume claims market.

  • Roschier raids Mannheimer for Swedish arbitration veteran

    21-Apr-2008

    Nordic firm Roschier has bagged veteran arbitration partner Claes Lundblad from Mannheimer Swartling to boost its Swedish practice.

  • SFO granted BAE appeal

    24-Apr-2008

    The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been granted an appeal to the House of Lords in relations to BAE Systems, the administrative court decided today (24 April).

  • Shearman Germany decimated in Mannheim walk-out

    22-Apr-2008

    Shearman has lost an entire German office, with its Mannheim team of 30 splitting off to form a new firm.

  • Shearman to put faith in youth

    24-Apr-2008

    Shearman & Sterling is grooming the next generation of leaders as part of a revamped global strategy following the closure of its Mannheim office this week.

  • Shoosmiths ready to welcome non-lawyer partners

    24-Apr-2008

    Shoosmiths has joined the growing number of firms promoting non-lawyers to partnership level equivalent in its latest round of partnership promotions.

  • Slaughters rebuttal leads to Rock High Court showdown

    25-Apr-2008

    Slaughter and May advised the Government on its rebuttal of Northern Rock investors' demands, making court action almost certain.

  • So Farr so good

    25-Apr-2008

    It's what every good CEO is supposed to do. And what many a law firm leader doesn't.

  • Speechly hikes family, immigration depts

    21-Apr-2008

    Speechly Bircham has made a series of hires, bolstering its family law practice and raiding Harbottle & Lewis for two new immigration lawyers.

  • The £5.2m cost of following orders

    21-Apr-2008

    Allen & Overy (A&O) won't say how many trainees and paralegals it used for its work for Research In Motion (RIM) in its BlackBerry patent case against Visto.

  • The Apprentice analysed...

    24-Apr-2008

    Each week we watch as Sir Alan Sugar yells 'YOU'RE FIRED!' at one of The Apprentice wannabes.

  • The untouchables

    21-Apr-2008

    Economists and bankers expect the Italian credit system to remain largely unaffected by the global credit crunch.

  • Turner Parkinson

    21-Apr-2008

    Turner Parkinson doesn't dabble in publicly-listed companies. "We avoid it like the plague," says Nick Davenport, senior partner at the 13-year-old firm. Instead it prefers to concentrate its company commercial line, which accounts for 25-30 per cent of its turnover, on privately-owned businesses.

  • UAE nationals set for first UK training contract

    25-Apr-2008

    CC and Trowers & Hamlins are teaming up with the investment company Dubai Holding to offer the first-ever training programme in English law for UAE nationals.

  • Unregulated Jersey fund is a first for Mourant

    21-Apr-2008

    Mourant du Feu & Jeune has become the first law firm to establish an unregulated fund in Jersey.

  • Web week

    21-Apr-2008

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer. com.

  • Weilding power

    21-Apr-2008

    Weil Gotshal & Manges is keen to position itself as king of the US firms in London, and what better way to do this than chip away at its rivals' partnerships?

  • Why sunny Spain is an attractive option for non-doms

    21-Apr-2008

    When thinking of a place in the sun and looking at the possibility of moving to Spain to work, individuals may not be aware that Spanish legislation has a special and beneficial tax regime that might be applicable.

  • Willkie's Nusbaum names successors

    24-Apr-2008

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher today (24 April) announced a new management structure, a move that has confirmed the identity of the successors to iconic chairman, Jack Nusbaum.

  • Woof justice

    21-Apr-2008

    Tulkinghorn's best friend is the brandy bottle. It is obedient and does not require walking. But he understands that other people have dogs to play this role.

  • Wragges scoops Clifford Chance associate as partner

    25-Apr-2008

    Clifford Chance structured finance senior associate Kieron Dwyer is to join Wragge & Co's growing banking and finance team as a partner.

  • Wragges signs lease on new Birmingham HQ

    22-Apr-2008

    Wragges signs lease on new Birmingham HQ" /Wragge & Co is preparing to move into new headquarters in Birmingham, putting an end to a one-year search for bigger premises.