22 November 2004

The Lawyer

  • 3/4 South Square the victors in MyTravel case

    24-Nov-2004

    3-4 South Square has emerged as the one of the winners in today’s crucial court battle between MyTravel and its bondholders.

  • A very uncivil war

    22-Nov-2004

    Bush is backing big business at the expense of its victims, say his Democrat opponents. Jon Robins reports on an anticipated four years of guerilla warfare over tort law reform in the US

  • A&O sneaks Brixton deal as CC is conflicted out

    22-Nov-2004

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is advising property giant Brixton on its acquisition of the £675m Industrious property portfolio after Clifford Chance was forced to pass on the instruction because of a conflict of interest.

  • A&O takes up Countryside Alliance fight

    22-Nov-2004

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is taking on the fight for hunting on behalf of the Countryside Alliance, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • Adams Canary Wharf launch scoops Waitrose as new client

    23-Nov-2004

    Adams fledgling Canary Wharf office has won upmarket supermarket chain Waitrose as a new client.

  • Amvescap installs global risk management unit

    22-Nov-2004

    Global asset management giant Amvescap is developing an international operational risk management unit in a bid to reduce the threat of facing another massive fine for improper trading.

  • Australia opens indigenous work to private firms

    22-Nov-2004

    The Australian federal government has launched a tender process for firms interested in providing indigenous legal aid services in Victoria and western Australia.

  • Australia set to unify defamation legislation

    22-Nov-2004

    Australia could introduce uniform national defamation laws after the country’s eight states and territories agreed earlier this month to support the development of new legislation.

  • BID whetter

    22-Nov-2004

    US-inspired business improvement districts are being hailed as the answer to the UK’s declining town centres. Adrian Bland reports on the process

  • Blackstone backs up Refugee Legal Centre unfairness claim

    22-Nov-2004

    Barristers from Blackstone Chambers acting pro bono have carried out two challenges in the Court of Appeal on key elements of the Government’s policy towards asylum seekers.

  • BP demands transparency from external legal advisers

    22-Nov-2004

    BP is demanding access to key billing and financial information held by its external lawyers as part of a review of the energy giant’s global technology requirements.

  • Careers: in brief

    22-Nov-2004

    A survey of 25,000 small and medium-size business customers by web-hosting provider 1&1 Internet, found that 77 per cent of the professions acknowledged a link between the launch of a website and the rise in their sales revenue.

  • Careers: people

    22-Nov-2004

    Russell Jones & Walker announced a series of promotions across its national network of offices last week, with eight solicitors admitted to the partnership. They were: Neil Blundell, Rakesh Somaia and Jeremy Summers in the London criminal and investigations team, personal injury specialists Tristan Hallam, Nick Collins and Jonathan Reid in the London, Cardiff and Sheffield offices respectively, Julie Morris in employment in London and Adam Tulk as head of IT in Manchester. The promotions ...

  • CC loses rainmaker as partner is picked for FSA chairman role

    22-Nov-2004

    The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has appointed rated Clifford Chance investment funds partner Tim Herrington as the chairman of its Regulatory Decisions Committee, as revealed on www.thelawyer. com (19 November).

  • Clifford Chance to close Berlin office

    26-Nov-2004

    Clifford Chance (CC) is taking an axe to its entire Berlin office following a management review of profitability.

  • Cobbetts wins unique four-council instruction

    22-Nov-2004

    Cobbetts has beaten 27 other firms to the unique position as the preferred legal supplier to four Northern councils.

  • Commitment to diversity bags Reed Smith top Sara Lee place

    22-Nov-2004

    Sara Lee Corporation has promoted US firm Reed Smith to the top tier of its panel, due in part to the firm’s commitment to promoting racial and sexual diversity.

  • Conference report: The European Legal Summit 2004

    22-Nov-2004

    From 11-13 November, more than 200 delegates, including 120 in-house heads of legal, gathered in Rome for The Lawyer’s fifth annual conference, held this year in association with Lexis Nexis. Here we review five of the fifteen key sessions that took place

  • Corporate deals round-up

    22-Nov-2004

    Clifford Chance (Guy Norman, Adam Signy, Mark Stewart) has advised Melrose, a UK-based cash shell, on an unsolicited hostile offer for £625.5m for UK conglomerate Novar. Novar was advised by Freshf

  • DLA hires Pinsents' IP head to lead Birmingham push

    22-Nov-2004

    DLA has stolen Pinsents head of intellectual property to kickstart its Birmingham IP practice.

  • DLA, BLP predict £500K PEP

    22-Nov-2004

    Mid-market stars DLA and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) are predicting average profit per partner (PEP) over £500,000 as both post double-digit turn-over growth in the first half of the year.

  • Do you wanna be a record breaker?

    22-Nov-2004

    It’s not just Cliff Richard that releases Christmas records. Media and entertainment firm Harbottle & Lewis has finally realised its staff have the talent to match its client base. The Harbottles crew has released an album of Christmas ditties with a title that Sir Cliff ...

  • EBRD probes Eastern Europe law

    22-Nov-2004

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is conducting a wholesale review of the commercial law systems of Eastern Europe to pinpoint areas in need of reform.

  • ECJ judge joins CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre

    23-Nov-2004

    CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre has bolstered its European and competition expertise with the arrival of a former European Court of Justice (ECJ) judge as an of counsel.

  • Eversheds consolidates Midlands management

    22-Nov-2004

    Eversheds has announced plans to consolidate its Midlands offices under one management team.

  • Ex-CC German chief resurfaces at Mayer Brown

    26-Nov-2004

    Peter Nägele, former managing partner of Clifford Chance in Germany, is set to join the Frankfurt office of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw in January next year.

  • Faegre Benson London in bid to join the management team

    22-Nov-2004

    The London office of Faegre Benson Hobson Audley is close to securing a place on the management board of the US firm at the next elections, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • Firm profile: Eric Robinson Solicitors

    22-Nov-2004

    Sometimes it can be painful to adapt, but the Southampton firm founded in 1964 by Eric Robinson is looking to change. The firm celebrated its fortieth anniversary over the summer and Robinson was there, but the firm he built on a platform of family work and serving local businesses has ambitions to spread its name beyond its current six-office geographical ...

  • Floating charges

    22-Nov-2004

    Deals are concluded in many places – exotic countries, buildings of architectural significance… But Tulkinghorn thinks that a couple of City associates may have scooped the prize for oddest location to finish a deal.

  • Four enter the fray to become DWS chief exec

    22-Nov-2004

    Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) forthcoming chief executive elections will feature four candidates, it emerged last week. The possible replacements for Virginia Glastonbury are: Martin Kitchen, a former member of DWS’s consultation committee; former Denton Hall managing partner Jonathan Tatten (left); financial institutions head Howard Morris; and regulation ...

  • French govt looks to Herbert Smith for Snecma sale advice

    22-Nov-2004

    Herbert Smith has scored a first-time instruction from the French government to advise on a unique privatisation.

  • Freshfields hedges bets with NY and London Olympic bids

    22-Nov-2004

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, one of the firms advising London 2012 pro bono on the capital’s bid for the Olympics, has also donated over $50,000 (£27,000) in support of a rival bid by New York.

  • Glazer frustrated as Man Utd board tries nipping bid in bud

    22-Nov-2004

    Is the MUFC board’s rejection of Glazer in the best interests of the shareholders? By Helen Power

  • Grapevine

    22-Nov-2004

    Baker light

  • Growing gains

    22-Nov-2004

    Scottish Re has transformed itself. And with a new industry regulator in the shape of the FSA you have a hectic legal remit. By Joanne Harris

  • Half-year results: Addleshaws posts 13 per cent turnover hike

    24-Nov-2004

    Addleshaw Goddard is predicting average profits per equity partner (PEP) of £400,000 after the firm posted a 13 per cent increase in turnover in the first half of the year.

  • Halliwells-Cuff Roberts marriage challenges Liverpool incumbents

    22-Nov-2004

    Halliwells is breaking into the North West’s second-largest city through a merger with Liverpool-based Cuff Roberts, it emerged last week.

  • Harris wins Lovells election

    22-Nov-2004

    Lovells has elected finance head David Harris to succeed Lesley MacDonagh as its new managing partner.

  • Hill Dickinson develops industrial diseases team

    22-Nov-2004

    Hill Dickinson has bagged a new partner for its industrial diseases team from insurance specialist Plexus Law. Stephen Walsh joins the London office of Hill Dickinson in order to build up the firm’s industrial diseases team. He will be advising insurers and self-insured companies on litigation in this niche area. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 15 November

  • International firms triumph in Paris bar elections

    25-Nov-2004

    The number of representatives from international firms on the Paris bar council is significantly increased this morning (24 November) following the second round of elections.

  • Jacksons challenges the Hague Convention

    22-Nov-2004

    Niche litigation firm Jackson Parton has scored a coup by forcing the Law Lords to rethink a legal point that has been at the centre of international trade and maritime law for half a century.

  • Kendall Freeman builds banking capability

    22-Nov-2004

    Kendall Freeman is developing a banking practice with the hire of banking and finance partner Timothy Parsons from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. It will be based on the firm’s existing insurance expertise and will include advising on insurance sector lending, leasing and structured finance and cross-sector risk transfer. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 15 November

  • Kendall Freeman seeks injunction against former client

    22-Nov-2004

    Kendall Freeman is fighting for its right to light as former client Land Securities proposes to build an 18-storey building in Fetter Lane.

  • Lammy commands elite of the legal profession to embrace diversity

    23-Nov-2004

    Constitutional affairs minister David Lammy today (23 November) called on solicitors’ firms and barristers’ chambers to encourage diversity within the legal profession.

  • Latham makes up a record thirty-one partners

    22-Nov-2004

    Latham & Watkins is following aggressive expansion with the largest partnership class in the firm’s history.

  • Law Soc faces £1m fine for complaints blunders

    22-Nov-2004

    The Law Society could be fined £1m if it delivers another “inadequate” plan for complaints-handling. Legal Services Complaints Commissioner Zahida Manzoor last week said the society’s original plan contains “fundamental weaknesses” and has asked for a revised version by 6 December. Manzoor has the power to levy a fine of up to £1m if the society fails to meet her targets. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 15 November

  • Law Society and Bar Council hammer out new QC scheme

    24-Nov-2004

    The Law Society and the Bar Council are revolutionising the appointment of QCs with a new scheme announced today (23 November).

  • Law Society slams plans for UK 'FBI' agency

    23-Nov-2004

    The Law Society has criticised government proposals to introduce an "FBI-style" agency to fight organised crime.

  • Life at Lovells

    22-Nov-2004

    Helen Power, City editor

  • Linklaters ditches junior partner role in global harmonisation plan

    22-Nov-2004

    Linklaters’ German practice is phasing out the role of junior partners in a bid to harmonise the job titles used by the firm’s international offices.

  • Linklaters NY aids Gold Fields to fight Harmony’s hostile bid

    22-Nov-2004

    Linklaters NY aids Gold Fields to fight Harmony’s hostile bid" /Linklaters’ renascent New York practice has captured the US end of Gold Fields’ defence to a hostile bid by rival South African mining company Harmony.

  • Lovells faces crash in profits as City trumpets revenue hike

    22-Nov-2004

    Half-year results: Lovells’ billings falter as Slaughter and May posts 47 per cent turnover rise; Clifford Chance, Freshfields flat

  • Macfarlanes private client star resurfaces at Maitland

    23-Nov-2004

    Maitland, the South African trusts advisory group that took on Linklaters partner Rupert Weber, has also hired former Macfarlanes partner Michael Hayes.Hayes, formerly a partner in the City firm’s highly rated private client department, will join as a part-time consultant next month. He retired from Macfarlanes ...

  • Making your firm pitcher perfect

    22-Nov-2004

    Pitching requires special skills. Peter Rush explains how to turn a beauty parade into a victory parade

  • Matrix boosts revenue by a fifth despite tenant losses

    22-Nov-2004

    By Brendan MalkinDespite the loss of three key tenants, Matrix Chambers has reported a 19 per cent revenue hike for the first six months of the 2004-05 financial year.

  • Mauritius gives green light to foreign law firm access plans

    22-Nov-2004

    Global ambitions see foreign firms able to form joint ventures and partnerships with local players

  • Morton Fisher set for merger with Gwynnes

    22-Nov-2004

    West Midlands law firm Morton Fisher is to merge with Shropshire law firm Gwynnes to create MFG Solicitors. Subject to due diligence, the merger will take effect from 1 February. The new firm will have 24 partners and 200 staff in 10 offices across the region. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 15 November

  • Olswang hires Jones Day head for pensions launch

    22-Nov-2004

    Olswang has recruited Jones Day Reavis & Pogue’s UK head of pensions Martin Scott to launch its own pensions team.

  • Opinion

    22-Nov-2004

    By easing red tape on public offerings, the SEC will bring the process into the 21st century

  • Pannones takes Mace & Jones construction head

    23-Nov-2004

    Manchester firm Pannone & Partners has snapped up a partner from Mace & Jones.

  • Penningtons gains two for immigration, property

    22-Nov-2004

    Penningtons has bolstered its immigration and property practices with the hire of two partners. Philip Barth joins from Mishcon de Reya as head of Penningtons’ immigration team, while commercial property specialist Jeremy Fieldhouse is joining from the London office of Scottish firm

  • Pinsents and Masons pick joint London chiefs ahead of December merger

    22-Nov-2004

    Pinsents and Masons have named Martin Lane and Martin Roberts as joint London managing partners ahead of the national firms’ tie-up in December.

  • Press gang

    22-Nov-2004

    The Government at present is really worried about how much it’s spending on such things as its lawyers’ fees and all those nasty inquiries. Lawyer redundancies beckon, which is perhaps why the Government has instead decided to invest so heavily in the far more important communications division.

  • Sainsbury’s ditches property panel review for fixed-fee plan

    22-Nov-2004

    J Sainsbury has abandoned plans to overhaul its property panel and is now demanding a single fixed fee from its advisers.

  • Separated at Birth

    22-Nov-2004

    The Government at present is really worried about how much it’s spending on such things as its lawyers’ fees and all those nasty inquiries. Lawyer redundancies beckon, which is perhaps why the Government has instead decided to invest so heavily in the far more important communications division.

  • Shaw Pittman London ripped apart by MoFo raid

    26-Nov-2004

    Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has raided Shaw Pittman’s London office by taking its three remaining partners including outsourcing star Alistair Maughan.

  • Shell fills up on international law firms

    22-Nov-2004

    Shell International has completed an exhaustive six-month review of its global law firms.

  • Sidley names new managing partner in Asia

    22-Nov-2004

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has chosen a new managing partner for its Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore offices. William Fifield, managing partner of Sidley’s Dallas office, will take over from Kenneth Cote in March 2005. He has been with the firm for 33 years. Cote will return to Sidley’s New York corporate practice after seven years in China. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 17 November

  • Simmons identifies its next managing partner

    22-Nov-2004

    Simmons & Simmons’ head of financial markets Mark Dawkins is to replace David Dickinson as managing partner of the firm. He is standing unopposed after being the only nominated partner to confirm that he would run for the role. The appointment is expected to be confirmed at a partners’ meeting in December. Dickinson stands down on 30 April 2005. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 15 November

  • Simmons Milan in double client coup

    22-Nov-2004

    Two client wins at Simmons & Simmons’ Milan office could signal a renaissance at a firm that was decimated by departures just 12 months ago.

  • Skadden hires Sanofi counsel into Paris fold

    22-Nov-2004

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has taken on the general counsel of French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Synthelabo for its Paris office. Laurent Cohen-Tanugi joins as a partner in the M&A department after handling Sanofi’s unsolicited public bid for Aventis this summer. He lost the role of general counsel for the merged company to Aventis’s Dirk Oldenburg.

  • Speech therapy

    22-Nov-2004

    It is important to consider mediation in property disputes – not least because the row is often with a neighbour. By Stephen Shaw

  • Stibbe IP duo quit to launch boutique

    22-Nov-2004

    Dutch M&A heavyweight Stibbe is to restructure its intellectual property (IP) department following the departure of two of its partners, Jan Brinkhof and Kurt Stöpetie.The pair are leaving Stibbe along with two assistants to set up their own technology and pharmaceutical law boutique on 1 January. The departures will leave Stibbe with five fee-earners in its IP group. It will be subsequently folded into the firm’s litigation team.Brinkhof, the more senior of the two, is a former ...

  • Subject razing

    22-Nov-2004

    Thanks also to Harvest PR for proving that Tulkinghorn is not alone in offering ‘deliberate’ mistakes.

  • Sweden’s courts fall foul of ECJ

    22-Nov-2004

    Sweden faces censure from the European Commission for failing to refer enough cases to the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

  • The work-life quiz

    22-Nov-2004

    Robert Manning, senior partner, Fox Hayes

  • Two more partners quit Jones Day London

    24-Nov-2004

    Jones Day’s London office is facing the loss of two more legacy Jones Day partners.

  • UK Supreme Court’s costs estimated at £7m per year

    22-Nov-2004

    The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, gave evidence to the Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee last week, estimating the cost of the proposed Supreme Court to be £7m per year.

  • We can work it out

    22-Nov-2004

    The benefits of residential commonhold schemes are clear. But is commonhold a viable option for commercial investors? By Christopher Harrison

  • White & Case man pulls out of Paris bar race

    24-Nov-2004

    White & Case finance partner Jean-Luc Boussard has pulled out of the race for a place on the Paris Bar Council following the first round of elections yesterday (23 November).

  • Who beat Richard’s Mighty Arse?

    22-Nov-2004

    Thanks to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Richard Eaton for putting Tulkinghorn straight on his footballing facts.

  • Wilmer Cutler launches first mainland China base

    23-Nov-2004

    Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has become the latest foreign firm to launch an office on the Chinese mainland.