21 January 2008

The Lawyer

  • ICICI to grapple with Apple

    21-Jan-2008

    No sooner had Indian bank ICICI launched its UK operations than it got cracking on its US launch. UK legal head Priti Shetty is working with the ICICI management to recruit a seven-strong legal team based on the ground in New York.

  • 3VB recruits former High Court judge to build up arbitration expertise

    21-Jan-2008

    Retired High Court judge Sir Peter Cresswell has been snapped up by commercial set 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) as an arbitrator.

  • 4 Pump Court appoints new chiefs

    23-Jan-2008

    Commercial set 4 Pump Court has appointed Jeremy Storey QC and Nigel Tozzi QC as joint heads of chambers

  • A trouble shared…

    21-Jan-2008

    Last week Tulkinghorn brought news of the humiliation experienced by trainees at the Leeds and Manchester offices of Eversheds, as they were strong-armed into an eye-watering 12-minute cover of Take That's Never Forget as an offbeat farewell to the firm's Leeds buildings. Dressed as choirboys.

  • A&O management elections: the runners and riders

    25-Jan-2008

    The race for Allen & Overy's (A&O) future management is on, as a total of four candidates have stepped forward to take over the top two roles at the firm.

  • A&O overhauls litigation team; appoints new GC

    23-Jan-2008

    The future direction and management of Allen & Overy’s global litigation practice has been transferred to a new global steering group.

  • After Nineham: what the future holds for Lovells' corporate dept

    21-Jan-2008

    After the departure of Nineham, is Lovells a wounded animal?

  • Alison Gowman: DLA Piper UK

    21-Jan-2008

    What was your worst experience as a trainee?Being locked in the office with my supervising partner and his wife on a snowy Christmas Eve.

  • Appeal court returns artefacts to Iran

    21-Jan-2008

    Withers has scored a Court of Appeal victory allowing Iran possession of 18 ancient artefacts taken from the country's tombs.

  • Arnold & Porter captures in-houser for corporate, IP push

    21-Jan-2008

    Arnold & Porter has snared the former general counsel of Body Shop and Gap to bolster its London corporate team.

  • Ashurst makes rare Hengeler hire

    25-Jan-2008

    Ashurst Germany has enticed a corporate counsel away from Hengeler Mueller, Slaughter & May’s German best friend.

  • Best friends greet new Slaughters boss

    21-Jan-2008

    Slaughter and May's best friends have welcomed the appointment of corporate head Chris Saul as the firm's next senior partner.

  • Better the devil you know

    21-Jan-2008

    According to some, the onset of the Legal Services Act is an apocalypse on a par with the Big Bang. But could it be true that some lawyers are inclined towards exaggeration?

  • Bingham London looks for crunch restructurings as 2007 revenue inches up

    22-Jan-2008

    Bingham McCutchen's London office has announced a 4 per cent increase in turnover from $31.2m at the end of 2006 up to $32.5m at the end of 2007.

  • BLP acts after resignation

    21-Jan-2008

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has moved to establish new procedures to prevent a repeat of the errors that led to the resignation of real estate partner Vinay Veneik last week.

  • Burges Salmon trio launches boutique

    21-Jan-2008

    Three senior associates have quit Bristol firm Burges Salmon to launch niche agricultural property firm Loxley.

  • Cadwalader: Eye of the storm

    21-Jan-2008

    With its massive structured finance practice, layoffs at Cadwalader were not a matter of if, but when. The hard-nosed firm is reaping the credit crunch whirlwind

  • CC shakes up partner pension scheme

    21-Jan-2008

    Clifford Chance is putting retiring partners firmly on its 2008 agenda after amending its pension package to remove all references to age.

  • Clifford Chance creates women's network

    21-Jan-2008

    The group, which is headed by competition partner Liz Morony and corporate partner Kathy Honeywood, has been established just weeks after the firm launched its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network.

  • CMS Derks chair champions integration

    21-Jan-2008

    The new chairman of CMS Derks Star Busmann, the Dutch CMS firm, has thrown his weight behind plans to integrate the CMS alliance.

  • Court of Appeal: costs draftsmen can be included in success fees

    21-Jan-2008

    Work carried out by external cost assessors can be taken into account by firms calculating success fees on conditional fee arrangements (CFAs), the Court of Appeal has ruled.

  • Court reorder

    21-Jan-2008

    Firms should take note of the Commercial Court's new - and hopefully improved - methodology, as it could soon be coming to a court near you.

  • Credit guard

    21-Jan-2008

    The credit crisis marks a need for a return to the old school and tried-and-tested methods.

  • Davis Polk shows global spirit

    21-Jan-2008

    The most significant development is that, for the first time, the elite New York firm has appointed a London-based partner, Tom Reid, as chair of its international committee.

  • Dickinson Dees scoops Ikea homes contract

    21-Jan-2008

    NEWCASTLE-BASED Dickinson Dees has won the mandate to sell the first-ever Ikea homes.

  • Disability: the final frontier?

    25-Jan-2008

    How do attitudes towards recruiting and retaining people with disabilities compare with gender and ethnic equality? Karin Pappenheim, CEO of Employment Opportunities examines the latest developments in diversity employment in the legal sector.

  • DLA Piper raids DWS to mark Paris renaissance

    23-Jan-2008

    DLA Piper has boosted its Paris office with the hire of two partners from Denton Wilde Sapte’s French arm, marking the sixth partner hire for the branch this month.

  • DWS helps five bodies work as one

    21-Jan-2008

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has won a joint instruction from five central and local government bodies to help divide £160m of investment into Thames Gateway transport.

  • Edwin Coe boosts skill set with triple hire

    21-Jan-2008

    Lincoln's Inn-based Edwin Coe has taken on three non-equity partners to boost its non-core practices while at the same time developing its traditional areas of insolvency and litigation.

  • Eversheds builds with London merger

    21-Jan-2008

    Eversheds has merged with parliamentary agents Rees & Freres to provide a one-stop shop for planning clients.

  • Eversheds goes for Smoke

    21-Jan-2008

    Now, why on earth is Eversheds snapping up a firm of parliamentary agents?

  • Eversheds' Tyco model sparks quiet revolution

    21-Jan-2008

    One year on, Eversheds’ Tyco deal is setting a standard that others are trying to follow. By Nina Goswami

  • Every dog has its day

    21-Jan-2008

    Being self-confident and self-assured certainly comes with the territory of a legal career.

  • FFW handed Croskeep's first major deal

    21-Jan-2008

    Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has advised Croskeep on the purchase and management of the Maylord Orchards Shopping Centre in Hereford.

  • Fight night

    21-Jan-2008

    Art exhibitions, music festivals and ballet performances: generally the typical high-culture events that one expects law firms to fall over themselves to sponsor.

  • Fighting funds

    21-Jan-2008

    Third-party litigation funders and brokers seem to be flooding the UK market. But what is it about the local market that is causing others to enter the legal arena?

  • Firm profile: Harris Cartier

    21-Jan-2008

    "We have a reputation for taking on cases that other firms can't handle," boasts Harris Cartier's chief executive Paul Norris, "and for taking them up to a satisfactory conclusion."

  • French acquisition prompts GC departure at Christian Salvesen

    22-Jan-2008

    Christian Salvesen's group general counsel, Ed Peppiatt, is to step down next month.

  • Freshfields

    21-Jan-2008

    As a result of associate pressure, last year many of the firm's associates received market-leading pay-rises as well as promotion to the newly created of counsel position.

  • Freshfields to place City staff in Dubai and Moscow

    21-Jan-2008

    FRESHFIELDS Bruckhaus Deringer's corporate practice is upping its focus on mobility as the internationalisation of the legal profession continues.

  • FSA launches first prosecution of GC

    24-Jan-2008

    The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has launched its first criminal prosecution for insider dealing, accusing the former general counsel at telecoms company TTP Communications of profiting from insider information.

  • Fulbright expands Middle East presence

    21-Jan-2008

    Texan firm Fulbright & Jaworski has increased its Middle East capabilities, hiring one partner and reassigning another to its Dubai office.

  • Gordons sets sights on Leeds elite as two partners join ranks

    21-Jan-2008

    Yorkshire-based firm Gordons has recruited two partners and its managing partner Paul Ayre has vowed to join the cream of Leeds' crop.

  • Heller lures Sidley corporate partner

    21-Jan-2008

    Heller Ehrman has snared a Sidley Austin corporate partner to bolster its London corporate practice.

  • Herbies' Silicon Valley trip seals Atmel factory sale

    21-Jan-2008

    Herbert Smith won work on the sale of a Tyneside factory after a trip to Silicon Valley with alliance partners Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe.

  • House of Lords hears Norris extradition case

    24-Jan-2008

    The House of Lords will today begin hearing the case of Ian Norris, determining conditions under which a UK citizen can be extradited to the US.

  • How to make sexuality a non-issue

    21-Jan-2008

    In 2005, when gay rights campaign group Stonewall published its first Workplace Equality Index, six firms in the top 100 asked to remain anonymous, concerned about the implications of being associated with the list.

  • Ian Pittaway: Sacker & Partners

    21-Jan-2008

    Ian Pittaway, senior partner at Sacker & Partners, the City's coolest pension specialist, says it is the very arcane nature of the firm's work that means it can flourish

  • Ireland's economic growth

    25-Jan-2008

    Over the past decade or more, inward foreign investment (FDI) by foreign multinational companies has played a significant role in Ireland’s economic development.

  • Keeping the ball rolling

    21-Jan-2008

    The 2007 CEDR Audit suggests mediator pools are in danger of becoming stagnant as users learn how to mediate unilaterally. The forecast for 2009, however, looks more encouraging.

  • Kemp Little dials up extra T-Mobile coverage with Ericsson outsourcing

    21-Jan-2008

    Technology boutique Kemp Little has helped to improve mobile phone coverage for people on the T-Mobile network, advising the company on an outsourcing agreement with Ericsson.

  • King & Spalding boosts London

    23-Jan-2008

    Atlanta-based firm King & Spalding has beefed up its London office with the addition of a partner and a counsel.

  • Law firms reap £1.2bn from private equity boom

    22-Jan-2008

    UK law firms made an estimated £1.2bn from the private equity sector last year, according to new figures released by British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA).

  • Law Soc heads for Pakistan crisis meeting

    23-Jan-2008

    The Law Society is set to meet Pakistan’s High Commissioner to call for the release of lawyers and judges imprisoned in the country.

  • Lawyers who rock

    25-Jan-2008

    Lawyers who rock25-Jan-2008The appointment of Chris Saul as Slaughter and May's senior partner has set tongues wagging in the legal market. Not least when he declared in his first interview as managing partner: "I want to make sure we have fun."

  • Lefèvre snares Kramer Levin's head of real estate with swoop on Paris office

    21-Jan-2008

    French independent Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés has hired the head of real estate from Berwin Leighton Paisner's (BLP) former US ally Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

  • Let's be friends

    25-Jan-2008

    Splits are often said to be “amicable”. For the lawyers at Anderson Kill & Olick, let’s hope it’s especially true in their case.

  • Linklaters v Freshfields: the arms race starts here

    26-Jan-2008

    Linklaters’ shock ‘New World’ partner cull sparked by magic circle fight for supremacy

  • Litigation & ADR

    21-Jan-2008

    Several hefty litigations are kick-starting 2008, including mass claims such as Buncefield, The Accident Group and the dreaded bank charges. Add in the emergence of class actions, the expected fallout from Northern Rock and the credit crunch, and one can see why litigators are forecasting a busy year.

  • Lovells and Brick Court prepare to defend Terra Firma over Boxclever collapse

    24-Jan-2008

    Terra Firma is set to become the sole defendant in the case brought by French Bank Ixis over the collapse of television rentals company Boxclever.

  • Lovells staff offered direct line to top brass

    21-Jan-2008

    Lovells has created five new liaison groups to ensure that all staff have a direct line to central management.

  • MAB raids Beachcroft in City push

    21-Jan-2008

    Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) has hired Jay Das as a partner and planning and environment head from Beachcroft's planning team, where she was an associate.

  • Manches chases Charman in £48m Bermuda showdown

    21-Jan-2008

    Manches is set to pursue insurance magnate John Charman through the Bermudian Courts to recover the £48m he owes his ex-wife as part of their divorce settlement.

  • Maples and Carey sign best friends deal

    21-Jan-2008

    Caymans-based Maples and Calder and Channel Islands-based Carey Olsen are the latest offshore giants to team up following in the footsteps of Walkers and Mourant du Feu & Jeune, who are in merger discussions.

  • Mayer Brown lands A&O insolvency ace

    21-Jan-2008

    Mayer Brown is beefing up its restructuring and insolvency practice with the appointment of Allen & Overy (A&O) senior associate Ashley Katz.

  • McGrigors installs replacement chief

    21-Jan-2008

    UK FIRM McGrigors has elected corporate partner Richard Masters as its next managing partner, with the incumbent Colin Gray set to step down after two terms.

  • Nabarro in London Mayor green push

    21-Jan-2008

    Nabarro has bagged its first major instruction from the Mayor of London's London Climate Change Agency (LCCA).

  • New French corporate boutique launched

    21-Jan-2008

    Eight French lawyers have left their firms to set up a corporate boutique called Redlink, consisting of five partners and three associates.

  • New Marks & Clerk chair vows to boost Asia

    21-Jan-2008

    Marks & Clerk, the UK's biggest patent and trademark attorney firm, has appointed its youngest-ever chairman and committed to a strategy of international expansion.

  • NHS braces itself as number of equal pay claims spirals out of control

    21-Jan-2008

    The government’s equal pay programme for public sector bodies is at risk of being overwhelmed by discrimination claims.

  • Nixon fixin' to grow

    21-Jan-2008

    It could be the dawning of a new era for Nixon Peabody. The US firm announced the election of New York-based finance head Richard Langan to managing partner, replacing the handsomely named Harry Trueheart III.

  • Norton Rose calls for Africa support

    21-Jan-2008

    Norton Rose is leading a call for law firms to get involved with the UK Government's scheme to boost sustainable development and carbon market investment in Africa.

  • Nottingham's LPC wins top marks

    21-Jan-2008

    The Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Nottingham Law at Kaplan Law School has been given the highest grade by the Law Society.

  • People moves: Round up

    21-Jan-2008

    CMS Cameron McKenna has hired Diane Gwynne as director of people and development, replacing HR consultant Barbara Capstick, who was interim head of the department.

  • Poland ditches proposal for fixed legal fees

    21-Jan-2008

    A controversial bill to cap lawyers' fees at e70 (£53) per hour has been dropped by the new Polish government.

  • Proskauer: European law is becoming Americanised

    21-Jan-2008

    US firm Proskauer Rose has claimed that European legal systems will become Americanised during 2008.

  • Prudential GC takes over from Mahy as GC100 chair

    21-Jan-2008

    Prudential general counsel Peter Maynard has replaced the National Grid general counsel, Helen Mahy, as chair of FTSE100 in-house group, the GC100.

  • Putting the tax into taxis

    21-Jan-2008

    HMRC has drawn up complex new guidelines that could slap income tax on late-night taxis home for lawyers and support staff, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (11 January).

  • Reed Smith makes 55-lawyer raid in NYC

    22-Jan-2008

    Reed Smith has today secured its long-awaited deal to ramp up in New York with the hire of 55 lawyers from 120-lawyer Anderson Kill & Olick.

  • Richard Reade: ISS UK

    21-Jan-2008

    ISS does more than just clean - it manages whole buildings. And its expansionist attitude has driven general counsel Richard Reade to employ some help.

  • RJW outsources family practice after departure

    21-Jan-2008

    Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is to outsource its family practice following the departure of head of private client and family Jeremy Abraham.

  • Runaway jury

    21-Jan-2008

    It is feared by lawyers as much as the dreaded Novovirus. Once caught, there's no escape.

  • Rusal hires BP's Russian GC

    23-Jan-2008

    United Company Rusal, the biggest aluminium producer in the world, has hired BP’s former Russian general counsel to head up its legal team.

  • Sainsbury's picks 11 firms for £13m legal panel

    21-Jan-2008

    Sainsbury's has discarded a host of firms, including Biggart Baillie, Dickinson Dees, Eversheds,

  • Salans brings Hunton partner on board

    21-Jan-2008

    Salans has boosted its London office with the hire of corporate partner Rob Askew from US firm Hunton & Williams. Askew's practice focuses on equity capital markets, M&A and private equity, with an emphasis on advice to nominated advisers and brokers on AIM transactions. His appointment follows the promotions of 15 new partners at Salans, giving the firm a total of 176 partners.

  • Salans kicks off arbitration push in City

    21-Jan-2008

    Salans has launched an arbitration practice in London.

  • Schemes launched for BME students

    21-Jan-2008

    Two new programmes will be launched at the end of January with the intention of encouraging undergraduates and 13 to 17-year-olds from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds to apply to law firms.

  • Scottish body names board of commissioners

    21-Jan-2008

    The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) has named its first board of commissioners with Scottish legal services ombudsman Jane Irvine as chair.

  • Separated at birth

    21-Jan-2008

    As Jim Rishwain gears up for a full-blooded attack on the UK market, it's fair to say that a level-head and a degree of tact are paramount to the future success of his firm.

  • Supreme Court gains first chief executive

    21-Jan-2008

    The attorney general department's senior civil servant Jenny Rowe is to be the first chief executive of the new UK supreme court, the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Jack Straw has announced.

  • The silks list in full: 98 new QCs

    22-Jan-2008

    Ninety-eight lawyers have been made up to Queen’s Counsel, the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Jack Straw announced today (22 January).

  • The US green gauge

    21-Jan-2008

    Although the US's new energy bill offers some much-needed mandates for energy efficiency, targets for renewable energy fall disappointingly short.

  • Thin end of the hedge

    21-Jan-2008

    The SEC is reeling after a second court decision dismissing allegations of hedge fund fraud.

  • Time and money

    21-Jan-2008

    Over the past decade London has maintained its pre-eminence as a centre for arbitration by offering a progressive and arbitration-friendly regime that allows the parties to agree how their disputes are resolved. Key to this was the enactment of the Arbitration Act 1996. The act put in place a clear framework, the object of which "is to obtain fair resolution of disputes by an impartial tribunal without unnecessary delay or expense".

  • Time-poor, skills-rich

    21-Jan-2008

    In a world where law professionals are busier than ever, keeping one's knowledge base and skills set up-to-date is a challenge. With that in mind, firms are increasingly turning to e-learning to train staff.

  • Trust us

    25-Jan-2008

    Most people already know that the Chancellor’s pre budget report in October scored an own goal in its attempt to simplify capital gains tax. In the case of inheritance tax (IHT), a tax which given the cost of collection has more to do with politics than UK fiscal and economic need, the announcement of transferable allowances, for married couples and those in civil partnerships, has the appearance of a marginally benign, relatively pointless, headline seeking measure.

  • United States

    21-Jan-2008

    Last month President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. This apparently radical legislation will introduce many changes into the US energy policy, but does it go far enough? As this US Special Report argues, it is hard not to think that the US government has missed yet another opportunity to make its energy policy more forward-looking.

  • Web week

    21-Jan-2008

    Touching the void

  • WFW to rebuild litigation under new chief

    21-Jan-2008

    Savage will replace managing partner Michael Greville, who has been interim head since June last year after O'Melveny & Myers snared the firm's head of litigation David Kavanagh to head its own litigation group.

  • White & Case London revenue boosted by 37 per cent

    22-Jan-2008

    White & Case's London office has boosted revenue 37 per cent from $172.2m in 2006 to $235.7m in 2007 despite market volatility in the second half of the year.

  • Withers launches in Hong Kong

    24-Jan-2008

    Private client specialist Withers is to open in Hong Kong, focusing on cross-border legal and wealth planning.