22 April 2002

The Lawyer

  • A site for sore eyes

    22-Apr-2002

    Tulkinghorn's done it!! He's found an interesting law firm website. Usually the world of legal cyberspace is about as interesting as the radio version of Baywatch, but finally he has found one which stands out from the greyness.It belongs to Powers Phillips, a small firm based in Denver.Here is a sample from its welcome page: "The firm is composed of lawyers from the two major strains of the legal profession, those who litigate and those who wouldn't be caught ...

  • A tough competitor

    22-Apr-2002

    He was one of the first competition lawyers in Ireland and now, as adviser to the Irish Competition Authority, Gerald FitzGerald is getting tough with cartels. Helen Power reports

  • A&O builds up tax potential in swoop for Haarmaans partner

    22-Apr-2002

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has finally succeeded in recruiting a partner to head its German tax practice, hiring a specialist from the Frankfurt office of Haarmann Hemm-elrath & Partner

  • Addleshaws hires two from a foundering Garretts

    22-Apr-2002

    Addleshaw Booth & Co is to take on two partners from the Manchester office of disintegrating Andersen legal network Garretts

  • An act to follow

    22-Apr-2002

    The introduction of the European Convention on Human Rights into Ireland's constitution will see Irish eyes looking to the UK's experiences with the HRA. Alan Miller reports

  • Barlow Lyde promotes four to partnership

    22-Apr-2002

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has made up four new partners, bringing the total number of partners in the firm to 77

  • Barlows defends E&Y against Equitable Life

    22-Apr-2002

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert to square up against Herbert Smith on £2.6bn claim

  • Browell Smith & Co

    22-Apr-2002

    PI firm Browell Smith may be small, but it's always fighting fit

  • Burton Copeland fraud team quits

    22-Apr-2002

    Burton Copeland's nationally-recognised white collar crime team in Manchester is splitting from the firm's general criminal arm

  • Cadwalader appoints Banoun as managing partner for DC office

    22-Apr-2002

    Raymond Banoun has succeeded David Williams as managing partner of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft's Washington DC office

  • CC chiefs struggle to manage Grimaldi exit

    22-Apr-2002

    The Grimaldi e Associati Clifford Chance (CC) saga has taken another twist, causing further confusion within the partnership

  • China meets WTO commitments with five extended licences for HK firms

    22-Apr-2002

    The Chinese government has issued the first set of licences to foreign law firms that have applied for second offices on mainland China

  • Clarification

    22-Apr-2002

    In a deals story entitled 'Dicksons and McCanns tuck into C&C flotation' (The Lawyer, 8 April), the quote: "It's a crucial deal for the flagging Irish Market where it will probably be the biggest deal of the year," was wrongly attributed to Alastair Dickson, senior partner at Dicksons. It should have been attributed to Barry Devereux of McCann Fitzgerald.

  • Clarke Willmott merger creates sporting giant

    22-Apr-2002

    Clarke Willmott breaks out of West Country with £20m Southampton link-up

  • Clayton Utz shreds evidence and reputation at same time

    22-Apr-2002

    A paper-shredding scandal likened to a local Enron has rocked Australia’s legal community

  • Coming into line

    22-Apr-2002

    The Competition Act is now law and practitioners must prepare themselves for its impact. Helen Kelly and Karen Gibbons explain how life will change under the tougher regulations

  • Corporate

    22-Apr-2002

    Freshfields Bru-ckhaus Deringer has decided that small is beautiful. Co-head of the securities practice Tim Jones revealed to The Lawyer last week that the corporate department was going to start hunting clients outside its primary territory, the FSTE 100. Freshfields has not abandoned the lions of the corporate world, but its new safari strategy will leave room for the smaller cats - unlisted but fast-growing small and medium-sized companies.Freshfields says the corporate department ...

  • David Price wins first no-win no-fee libel victory for defendant

    22-Apr-2002

    David Price Solicitors & Advocates has won what is believed to be the first successful libel case for a defendant using a conditional fee arrangement

  • De Brauw takes on Unilever in-houser

    22-Apr-2002

    De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has hired Jaap Winter, legal adviser to Unilever's managing board, as a partner

  • De Wilde to ease LSC worries for chambers

    22-Apr-2002

    A working party has been set up to investigate ways of helping small and medium-sized chambers to comply with Bar Council and Government requirements

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - ENTERPRISE INNS

    22-Apr-2002

    Camerons racks up deals as Enterprise buys more pubs

  • Deals Summary

    22-Apr-2002

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Andrew Shutter, Simon Jay) is advising Kier Group on a credit facility comprising senior, mezzanine and working capital facilities. The deal, which is part of a joint venture with the Bank of Scotland, will be used to finance the acquisition of Laing Property Developments from John Laing. Kier also advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Penny Davies) on property matters. ...

  • Deals Summary

    22-Apr-2002

    Allen & Overy (Roberto Casati) advised Montedison on the sale of its 56 per cent share in the Euronext-listed starch manufacturer Cerestar to food distributor Cargill. Cargill advised by Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May.Hobson Audley (Paul Taylor) advised Lighthouse Group in its acquisition ...

  • Deals Summary

    22-Apr-2002

    Herbert Smith (Tom Phillips, Nicholas Downing, Mark Turner) advised the Health & Safety Laboratory on its £210m relocation project. CMS Cameron McKenna (Frank Dufficy, Jonathan Beckett, Jason Davies) advised project company Investors in the Community (Buxton), comprising Charterhouse, Shepherd Securities and Interserve Investment, which will provide the new facilities.

  • Dutch Steins Bisschop declared bankrupt after KPMG pulls plug

    22-Apr-2002

    KPMG's former Dutch legal practice Steins Bisschop Meijburg & Co was declared officially bankrupt last week as the big five accountant prepared to launch a new legal capability

  • Enter stage left

    22-Apr-2002

    Former actor and professional show-off Leslie Perrin is in his element, running the country's 56th nicest place to work with freedom and love

  • Eversheds advises AWM on lease and development of Pebble Mill

    22-Apr-2002

    Eversheds has gained a key role advising on the redevelopment of the BBC studios at Pebble Mill in Birmingham after advising Advantage West Midland (AWM) on its deal to take over the lease of the site.

  • Foot Anstey scores Ringpress deal

    22-Apr-2002

    Foot Anstey Sargent has scooped a complex demerger and sale deal thanks to former Allen & Overy partner Mark Lewis.The South West firm acted for Ringpress Books as it hived off its pet publishing business into a separate company and sold it on to Lawrence for £3.4m. Lawrence was represented by Stephenson ...

  • Freethcartwright makes up three new partners

    22-Apr-2002

    Freethcartwright has appointed three partners from within the firm

  • Freshfields joins MoFo on Ceva's merger with Parthus

    22-Apr-2002

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been brought in to advise alongside Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) on the UK aspects of the most significant merger the technology industry has seen in the past year.DSP Group subsidiary Ceva, which is an intellectual property (IP) licensing group, has announced a merger with Irish chip designer Parthus Technologies. The merger is expected ...

  • Garretts begs the City to take on its trainees

    22-Apr-2002

    Andersen Legal senior partner Williams in last-ditch scramble to save forty-four jobs

  • Gibson Dunn top biller steps up to be new managing partner

    22-Apr-2002

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has appointed Kenneth Doran as its new worldwide managing partner

  • Halliwells poised to add gardening leave to deed

    22-Apr-2002

    Halliwell Landau is set to introduce gardening leave for partners in the next financial year

  • Hammonds partners gain reprieve in Football League-ITV Digital fracas

    22-Apr-2002

    Hammond Suddards Edge partners have escaped being sued in the Football League's litigation of ITV Digital

  • Hireland

    22-Apr-2002

    With legal recruitment in Ireland enjoying the good times, Michael Benson reports on the plans to keep them rolling

  • Holland & Knight loses partner

    22-Apr-2002

    Holland & Knight has lost the co-chair of its technology group Raymer McQuiston to the New York office of US-Canadian firm Torys

  • In the Director's care

    22-Apr-2002

    The limited liability company has been a safety net for Irish businessmen, but with a new act and the introduction of a Director of Corporate Enforcement, Sean Nolan says this will change

  • In-houser charged with fraud and tax evasion

    22-Apr-2002

    A New York in-house lawyer has been charged, along with four other men, with bank fraud and income tax evasion as part of a scam to avoid paying monies owed to Chemical Bank and other lenders

  • Inland Revenue slashes barristers' fees

    22-Apr-2002

    The Inland Revenue has dramatically reduced the fees it pays to barristers, in some cases by up to 75 per cent

  • Iran-US Claims Tribunal on verge of winding up

    22-Apr-2002

    After 22 years of handling almost incessant litigation the Iran-US Claims Tribunal is about to finally close shop

  • Irish financial services regulation

    22-Apr-2002

    Following a governmental dec-ision two and a half years ago to house financial services regulation within one regulator, the shape of that regulator is seeing the light of day for the first time

  • Irwin Mitchell high-flyer and Pinsents partner drop firms for new partnership

    22-Apr-2002

    Irwin Mitchell's national head of construction David Kilvington is leaving the firm to set up a niche construction practice in Leeds

  • Keeping a float

    22-Apr-2002

    After a bumper 2000, last year was a tough time for IPO lawyers - except Linklaters. Caroline Davies reveals how the magic circle firm managed to put clear blue water between itself and its rivals

  • Laid back in Lancashire

    22-Apr-2002

    Tulkinghorn is not happy. All this talk of perks used to lure associates at the top City firms has now extended far and wide, even as far as Lancashire firm Meloy Whittle Robinson.Tulkinghorn is not here to dispute its claim to be a leading modern firm, even though the last 'news' item posted on its website was in July 2001, a fact whichmust surely conceal the undoubted frantic pace of life in Preston.Now Tulkinghorn might make the odd smug remark, but if the truth ...

  • Law firm alliances in Ireland

    22-Apr-2002

    Like royal marriages, it seems that alliances between Irish law firms north and south of the border may not be built to last

  • Lawrence Graham appoints new company head

    22-Apr-2002

    Lawrence Graham has appointed corporate and finance partner Richard Elphick as head of the firm's company and commercial department

  • Linklaters finalises governance board

    22-Apr-2002

    New international board loses two places after De Brauw votes against merger

  • Martineaus hires energy consultant

    22-Apr-2002

    Martineau Johnson has taken on former NPower in-house lawyer John Stubbs as a consultant in the energy and projects team

  • Martyr to focus on international strategy as Norton Rose new CEO

    22-Apr-2002

    Change in management structure 'symbolic' of new firm culture; firm to target Gibson Dunn, Willkie, Debevoise and Paul Weiss

  • Memery Crystal shines in Lawyer AIM Survey

    22-Apr-2002

    The Lawyer AIM Survey 2001 shows that Memery Crystal has increased its lead on competitors in the market.Memery Crystal is soaring above the pack, managing to gain a 15-deal cushion in terms of the volume of floats between it and the firm in second place, Hammond Suddards Edge.The survey covers the period from July 2000 to December 2001. In the previous year, Memery Crystal was also ...

  • Mills & Reeve launches new banking practice

    22-Apr-2002

    Mills & Reeve has set up a dedicated banking and finance practice to service its institutional clients, including Halifax Bank of Scotland, Nationwide and Royal Bank of Scotland

  • Morgan Cole clients switch sides for Morgan LaRoche

    22-Apr-2002

    Newly-founded Swansea practice Morgan LaRoche has hired two more Morgan Cole lawyers as partners and has been approached by Morgan Cole clients, including Associated British Ports, Shimano and Liberty Properties

  • Mullerat launches in Palma de Mallorca

    22-Apr-2002

    Madrid-based firm Mullerat is opening an office in Palma de Mallorca

  • Nicholsons' ten-year 'Homes for Votes' role is terminated

    22-Apr-2002

    Nicholson Graham & Jones has ceased to act on the long-running 'Homes for Votes' scandal, 10 years after being first instructed by Dame Shirley Porter, the former member of Westminster City Council, to deal with the action.The council has recently issued a claim and is moving towards recovering millions of pounds against Porter and her former deputy David Weeks at a summary judgment court hearing, currently fixed for one day in mid-July 2002.A week after the ...

  • Opinion

    22-Apr-2002

    Recent law reports have included a surprising number of cases in which the judge has taken 'airtime' to criticise the expert witness. Judicial fulminations have concentrated much of the heat on questions of conflict of interest and independence.But the duties of expert witnesses are set out explicitly in guidelines issued both by the court and by the Academy of Experts. The expert's duty is to the court and this overrides any other duties the expert may have to ...

  • Partner is granted early leave to join Howreys

    22-Apr-2002

    Norton Rose has allowed competition partner Trevor Soames to cut short his gardening leave in order to join his new firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White

  • Partner vote approves Wessing-TJG merger

    22-Apr-2002

    Partners at German firm Wessing have voted in favour of a merger with City firm Taylor Joynson Garrett (TJG)

  • Shearman gives Englishman top London job

    22-Apr-2002

    The head of Shearman & Sterling's English law practice Kenneth MacRitchie has been appointed as the firm's new managing partner in London

  • Shock over Judge's no costs decision

    22-Apr-2002

    Costs experts have expressed shock at a landmark decision of a High Court judge not to award costs to a winning party

  • Skadden Arps loses partner to Lazard

    22-Apr-2002

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom Chicago partner David Kurtz has been recruited by investment bank Lazard as a managing director

  • Star laws

    22-Apr-2002

    Space technology company Astrium is one of Europe's premier players in the sector. Kathryn Hobbs talks to general counsel Stefan Seyfarth about how he keeps its feet on the ground

  • Staying up

    22-Apr-2002

    The recent boom years have done wonders for the Irish legal market, but more changes are afoot. Ken Murphy reports

  • The IPO specialists

    22-Apr-2002

    An analysis

  • The Leader Column

    22-Apr-2002

    As you may have read in last week's leader, I am moving on from The Lawyer and the legal market to go and work for aid agency Cafod.I have loved my time at your favourite legal magazine, but despite many lunches with many lawyers there are a few questions that did not get answered. I leave them with you for quiet contemplation and riotous debate.Why is it that the legal market is still not seen as an asset to our country and economy? You are genuinely world leaders, ...

  • The Rooks Rider Saga

    22-Apr-2002

    Tulkinghorn has not been watching the new version of The Forsyte Saga currently showing on ITV because it stirs up too many bad memories. And at tax specialist firm Rooks Rider, it brings on severe shudders for two reasons.To explain why, here's a little bit of history: John Galsworthy Senior (the father of the author of The Forsyte Saga) was admitted as a solicitor in 1838. He later joined his nephew Edwin Galsworthy to form Galsworthy & Co. In the 1930s the firm merged ...

  • Three law firms win Queen's Award for enterprise

    22-Apr-2002

    Herbert Smith, Linklaters and Richards Butler have all won a Queen's Award for enterprise. They were among 131 companies that received the award yesterday (21 April), the Queen's birthday.Linklaters senior partner Anthony Cann said the award was an endorsement of the firm's international strategy and reflected its reputation for advising on complex cross-border transactions. Linklaters ...

  • UK barrister recalled to Montserrat as stand-in

    22-Apr-2002

    A barrister has been reappointed attorney general of the Commonwealth territory of Montserrat after his predecessor resigned because of a disagreement with the island's government

  • Variety is the spice of life

    22-Apr-2002

    Exactly how raucous can a bunch of lawyers get? Top marks to Allen & Overy, whose table enlivened an already rumbustious evening at the Variety Club's inaugural legal gastronomic event at The Dorchester last week. And top marks to Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn's Lionel Rosenblatt, who managed to persuade a whole slew of top chefs, including Antonio Carluccio and Michel Roux, to contribute ...

  • WIPO begins first hearings following seven-year hiatus

    22-Apr-2002

    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has just hosted its first hearings to resolve disputes, even though it has been open for business since 1995 to handle the hundreds of thousands of intellectual property (IP) disputes that occur worldwide each year.Despite not conducting a single hearing in the six years up to April 2001 (it has since started five mediations and four arbitrations, some of which are ongoing), WIPO is confident that its future looks bright.

  • Zaiwalla & Co gives Saddam free advice

    22-Apr-2002

    London firm Zaiwalla King is acting pro bono for the Iraqi foreign ministry to unfreeze its UK-based assets

  • Zoom in peace

    22-Apr-2002

    Boys will be boys and immigration judge Toby Davey has always had a fondness for fireworks. But a short while ago his innocent and not unimpressive pranks, involving the construction and unleashing of fireworks, took a turn that casts some light on how 21st century people view life and death. Or at least, what happens between life and death.Before I indulge you with the facts, consider the background. Toby was witness to the throwing of a person's ashes into the sea. Unfortunately, ...