22 October 2001

The Lawyer

  • A financial clout

    22-Oct-2001

    Solicitors' 'mainstream' services will soon come under the remit of the FSA. Nevin Weakly looks at the advice that many can no longer give and the costs involved to become authorised

  • All engines running

    22-Oct-2001

    Twenty-two years after joining London Transport, and many governments later, Frances Low is in charge of some of the most high-profile public work in recent history. Helen Power reports

  • Andersen Legal hikes capital markets

    22-Oct-2001

    Andersen Legal, in its bid to boost its presence in French capital markets, has signed up Serge Durox, the founder of Coudert Freres' Paris capital markets practice.

  • Andersen Legal wins administration work to save Australian airline giant

    22-Oct-2001

    Andersen Legal in Australia has won a mandate to act on the administration of collapsed airline Ansett.

  • Arent Fox-Pepper talks break down

    22-Oct-2001

    Pepper Hamilton and Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn have called a halt to their merger talks.

  • BAR TALK

    22-Oct-2001

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has become the latest US firm to attempt a foray into the UK and European litigation markets. As revealed by The Lawyer (8 October), Paul Mitchard, former head of litigation at Simmons & Simmons and more recently with Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, joins the firm with the task of recruiting a five-strong team and to assess the needs of Skadden's ...

  • Berrymans in bid to rebuild employment law department

    22-Oct-2001

    Berrymans Lace Mawer is implementing plans to reassert employment as a national practice area, after its sole employment partner left for Reading firm Boyes Turner.

  • Blue is the colour

    22-Oct-2001

    Shailesh Vara, in-house lawyer to a webcam business, is also the new Conservative vice-chairman. It's lucky he has a trade to fall back on

  • Bond Pearce as it takes up cause of Professional Contractors Group against the revenue

    22-Oct-2001

    The appeal by the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) against the IR35 legislation has been set down for 19 November and will include a host of European points of law.

  • Bond Pearce sweeps the board in wind farm development

    22-Oct-2001

    Specialisation pays off for planning and environment head Trinick as companies flock for advice

  • Brief encounter: James Chapman & Co

    22-Oct-2001

    James Chapman does more than just name-drop its most famous client

  • Business management news

    22-Oct-2001

    InterCall, a conference call service provider, has appointed Helen Roberts as business development officer for its new specialist division LegalConnect. LegalConnect will provide a telephone-conference facility designed specifically for the legal profession. Roberts joins InterCall from BT, where she set up BT Legal Call. She is now responsible for sales, marketing and coordinating operations at LegalConnect.Abacus Financial Services Group, which has been based in ...

  • Case book

    22-Oct-2001

    Shafiq Ur Rehman v Secretary of State for the Home Department (11/10/01) HLLords: Slynn, Steyn, Hoffmann, Clyde, HuttonWhen considering the deportation of a foreign national, the meaning of 'national security' was not restricted to the prevention of threats directed at the UK.Appearances: Sibghat Kadri QC (6 King's Bench Walk), Arthur Blake (13 King's Bench Walk) instructed by Bhatti & Co for the respondent. Philip Sales (11 King's Bench Walk), Robin Tam (1 ...

  • Clyde in Central European drive with Belgrade office

    22-Oct-2001

    Clyde & Co has opened an office in Belgrade in the first leg of its planned expansion into the former Yugoslavia and its surrounding countries.

  • Comment

    22-Oct-2001

    The Auld report on the criminal courts is already proving controversial. Much heralded, and supposedly much delayed, the report of Lord Justice Auld's review of the criminal courts - all 700 pages of it - has finally seen the light of day early.

  • Court on camera

    22-Oct-2001

    Eversheds stuck its neck out this year when it became the only firm to set up a public inquiry practice, but if CNN has its way, the firm - and the inquiry process itself - will come under unprecedented scrutiny. Jon Robins reports

  • Deal of the Week: ATLANTIC TELECOM

    22-Oct-2001

    Lathams and Ashursts scoop first UK telecoms insolvency

  • Deal summary

    22-Oct-2001

    SJ Berwin (Graeme Carney) advised the Future Network on a £35m senior debt facility amendment and restatement. Clifford Chance (Alan Inglis) advised lenders BNP Paribas.Clifford Chance (Stephen Harder) is advising Anglian Water and Mitsubishi on a $200m (£138.1m) project financing to design, ...

  • Deal summary

    22-Oct-2001

    Herbert Smith (Michelle Howie) advised Hammerson UK Properties on the disposal of its interest in the Queensmere Centre, Slough, to a private property company for £105m. DJ Freeman (David Coupe, Peter Taylor) advised the purchaser.Maples Teesdale (Declan Power) advised Royal & SunAlliance Property Investments on the forward purchase of a prime retail warehouse development of 130,000sq ft in Stoke-on-Trent, from Sheffield-based developer Henry Boot. The total commitment ...

  • Deal summary

    22-Oct-2001

    Olswang (Stephen Hermer) advised Imagination Technologies Group on its acquisition of Cross Products from Sega Corporation. Bird & Bird (Felicity Reeve) advised Sega Corporation.Gordon Dadds (Michael Jepson) advised five directors in the management team of WT Foods on the £128.5m buyout and refinancing ...

  • Dechert securitisation bid signals more Nomura losses

    22-Oct-2001

    Dechert is making a bid to move its securitisation practice up a gear with the hire of a specialist.

  • Dirty briefs

    22-Oct-2001

    Either students aren't what they used to be, or this dress-down nonsense has gone too far. A partner at a top 10 firm recently confided to Tulkinghorn that a prospective trainee rejected the offer of a place, saying: "The guy who interviewed me was just too scruffy." Students: Pot? Kettle? Black?

  • DLA leads Cavanagh to AIM success

    22-Oct-2001

    DLA has snagged Cavanagh Group as a client and advised it on a successful AIM flotation - one of the few flotations not to be plagued by current market conditions.The DLA team was led by senior associate Tracey Renshaw. She said: "It was a pleasure to get a float away in this market and not have to tell the clients they'd have to wait."Cavanagh Group, a firm of independent financial advisers, was admitted to AIM in mid-October. The placing price was £1.50 per share, giving ...

  • Doctor Spin

    22-Oct-2001

    Clearly, the legal business is a global one. It is not just the law firms, their offices and globetrotting teams that make international law the norm, it is the fact that the very law they are dealing with is increasingly international.And it is not just M&A lawyers who are running up against this global village. The techies in the basement are having to work with a global networking system navigating national systems; the marketers, too, face an international future.On ...

  • Dorsey gets Lundin work due to good Talisman

    22-Oct-2001

    The London office of Dorsey & Whitney has acted for Canadian oil and gas giant Talisman Energy for the first time and gained a new role advising Swedish target Lundin Oil.London partner John Basnage advised Talisman on its successful £248m public offer for Lundin, now delisted from the Stockholmbörsen and Nasdaq.The firm's Seattle office has a longstanding relationship with Talisman. Basnage, now the principal UK contact for Talisman, said that London expects to be involved ...

  • Dyoo spill my spritzer?

    22-Oct-2001

    Tulkinghorn hears whispers of most unpartner-like behaviour in the North. During a partnership conference of a firm that will remain unnamed for fear of embarrassing its better-behaved members, one partner overimbibed and caused merry havoc in a North West hotel.Tulkinghorn is well aware of the effect that alcohol can have on testosterone, leading many a drunken fellow to believe himself invincible at fisticuffs, but was nevertheless scandalised to hear that this particular partner ...

  • European company becomes reality

    22-Oct-2001

    Some 30 years after the idea was first proposed, the creation of a European company has become a reality.

  • Eversheds finally shuts the door on family law

    22-Oct-2001

    Eversheds is to bow out of family law and refocus its private client department in Norwich in the latest round of reforms, which has seen a strategic shift towards corporate and commercial work.

  • Firms pitch online for place on GE Frankona legal panel

    22-Oct-2001

    GE Frankona Reinsurance has selected its first formal set of panels for legal services.

  • Freshfields pounces on De Bandt in Brussels

    22-Oct-2001

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deri-nger has raided Belgian firm De Bandt van Hecke Lagae & Loesch, taking corporate partners Chris Sunt for its Brussels office.

  • GE lines up new set of firms for fresh competition battle

    22-Oct-2001

    Shearmans loses out as Clifford Chance keeps mandate; Cherie Booth QC drafted in

  • Haarmanns hires boost European presence

    22-Oct-2001

    Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner is strengthening its European links as it takes on a Central and Eastern European expert as a partner in its Berlin office.

  • Herbert Smith four-way merger vote looms

    22-Oct-2001

    Herbert Smith is planning to vote next year on whether to take its relationships with four foreign firms through to mergers.

  • High Court seeks to wrap up Dubal case

    22-Oct-2001

    Amhurst Brown Colombotti claims $10m from third party

  • Houthoff Buruma says no to UK merger

    22-Oct-2001

    One of the Netherland's last remaining independent commercial practices has voted against a UK merger.

  • Hunton & Williams in Philippines scoop

    22-Oct-2001

    US firm Hunton & Williams has won work in the Philip-pines advising the authorities on the privatisation of state-owned electricity company National Power Corporation (Napocor).

  • Independent minds

    22-Oct-2001

    At the recent Bar Conference 2001, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, singled out the independence of the bar and judiciary. Here, The Lawyer reproduces his keynote address

  • Law firms move in on Railtrack administration

    22-Oct-2001

    Ashursts and Theodores land bondholder claims; conflict relegates Linklaters

  • Law Society council says yes to cold-calling

    22-Oct-2001

    The Law Society Council has passed a resolution allowing solicitors to cold-call potential commercial clients.

  • Leader

    22-Oct-2001

    A year ago, Rodgin Cohen took over as senior partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, saying he anticipated "very little in the way of change of course".Hardly. Cohen's reign has coincided with a serious strategic shift in Sullivan & Cromwell's European practice. Last year, the firm elected 14 lawyers to partnership, and no fewer than five were resident in London. It transferred three ...

  • Legal insurers list dwindles two years after SIF's demise

    22-Oct-2001

    Eight insurers opt to leave the Law Society's minimum terms list despite premium hike of fifteen per cent

  • LegalTech

    22-Oct-2001

    The Lawyer is an official exhibition sponsor of LegalTech London 2001, the UK's most successful technology and communications event serving the legal community, to be held from 31 October-1 November 2001 at Excel in London's Docklands.LegalTech consists of an exhibition, featuring leading technology vendors, and an educational programme that includes breakfast briefings and conference sessions to help you understand the latest issues, trends, ideas and opportunities.

  • Letters

    22-Oct-2001

    You know you've got the opposition rattled when they resort to calling you names. So I was not too surprised when David McIntosh, the president of the Law Society, summoned me to the headmaster's study to admonish me for being a "maverick" and for playing truant [The Lawyer, 1 October].I expected to be ordered to do detention and to have to write out a hundred times: "I must not propose the reform and modernisation of the Law Society."Being called a maverick is ...

  • Liberty sets up human rights pro bono unit

    22-Oct-2001

    Pressure group Liberty is launching a human rights litigation unit involving a panel of 150 barristers, including Cherie Booth QC, who have offered their services for free.

  • Linklaters hires Jim Wadia as COO

    22-Oct-2001

    Linklaters & Alliance has appointed Jim Wadia, former worldwide managing partner and chief executive officer of Arthur Andersen, as a non-lawyer chief operating officer (COO).

  • Lord Hailsham - 1907-2001

    22-Oct-2001

    The demise of Lord Hailsham brings to a close two long chapters of legal and political history of this remarkable family and of their 20th century achievements.

  • Mason Hayes handles CIRCle examinership

    22-Oct-2001

    Dublin firm Mason Hayes & Curran has advised the US investors on the first examinership of an Irish internet business. Corporate partner John Kehoe represented the undisclosed US venture capitalists bidding for online retail and banking venture Circle Network.Circle's longstanding adviser is Matheson Ormsby Prentice. However, when the preliminary order for the examinership was given at the beginning of the summer, the company received consent orders and lost the need for its own ...

  • Masons takes on DJ Freeman partner

    22-Oct-2001

    Masons has bolstered its industry strengths in IT and construction with the hire of a partner from DJ Freeman's media department.

  • Maxwell Batley wins Land Securities as a new client

    22-Oct-2001

    Niche firm Maxwell Batley has won Land Securities as a new client and is advising the property giant on one of the City's largest office developments.

  • McGrigors forms new bonus scheme

    22-Oct-2001

    McGrigor Donald is working on a new practice-based bonus scheme which will force lawyers to rely on their whole department for most of their annual bonus.

  • New judge for patents court

    22-Oct-2001

    Intellectual property (IP) specialist chambers 8 New Square is looking for a successor to its head, Michael Fysh QC, who has been appointed judge at the Patents County Court.

  • News in brief

    22-Oct-2001

    A round up of stories from the UK and around the world

  • Norton Rose moves in on CGI Paternoster purchase

    22-Oct-2001

    Norton Rose has acted for Commerz Grundbesitz Investmentgesellschaft (CGI) in the acquisition of the last development site at Paternoster Square, and of an additional property on the Strand. The deal is valued at between £70m and £80m.Paternoster Square was bought from One Paternoster Row, which is a subsidiary of CCF Charterhouse.CGI is forward funding the office buildings and retail units ...

  • Ofgem loss prompts in-house shake-up

    22-Oct-2001

    Energy regulator Ofgem has made a series of changes to its in-house team following the return of seconded partner Charles Bankes to Simmons & Simmons.

  • Raffle baffle

    22-Oct-2001

    Tulkinghorn is frankly shocked. All those lawyers went all that way to Richmond for the Law Society Sevens in the pouring rain… but didn't stay around for the prizes. Does no one appreciate freebies any more?One of the rare exceptions to this was the fragrant Amanda MacFarlane of Wedlake Bell, who won first prize in the draw. But for any of those still holding on to those sodden raffle ...

  • RBS puts squeeze on as it shakes up legal panel

    22-Oct-2001

    Biggest reshuffle since NatWest link-up sees bank throw open the doors to fifteen City law firms

  • Separated at birth

    22-Oct-2001

    It seems that one tennis player has found ways to fill the other 50 weeks of the year after the Wimbledon fortnight is over. Rather than traipse all over the world playing in tournaments which are mere shadows of the strawberries and mad Henmanites fest, Greg Rusedski has seemingly opted for the more exciting world of commercial disputes at Richards Butler. Adopting the name John Hull is a cunning foil, but not clever enough to beat Tulkinghorn. Tulkinghorn just hopes that Hull does ...

  • Simpson Thacher launches EC practice

    22-Oct-2001

    US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has launched an EU competition practice in London for US clients increasingly entangled within the European Commission's (EC) regulatory procedures.

  • Squire Sanders wins Mongolian clients with new Moscow chief

    22-Oct-2001

    Squire Sanders & Dempsey has strengthened its position in Mongolia by hiring a new managing partner for its Moscow office who has significant Mongolian connections.

  • Sullivans and Lovells gain from German defections

    22-Oct-2001

    Sullivans gains German capability in Frankfurt; Lovells hires trio from Wessing

  • Surrey Council and Trowers take to the road

    22-Oct-2001

    Trowers & Hamlins is to advise Surrey County Council on its £300m highway services contract. The contract will cover the repair and maintenance of the local authority's road network, and Trowers will work with the council to achieve 'best value'.This is the first time that a local authority has used a partnering process for such a large procurement plan.Partner David Mosey is leading ...

  • Thames Valley high

    22-Oct-2001

    Tulkinghorn is delighted to announce the winner of The Lawyer's competition to win a sumptuous weekend in Cliveden, in the Thames Valley. Despite Mrs Tulkinghorn spending hours sending numerous entries, all the while muttering, "I'm not going to take a curmudgeonly old man with me, I've got other options you know," she failed to scoop the prize.Instead, Nicholas Eleanor, who is a legal risks manager at Norwich Union, was picked from hundreds of entries to get away ...

  • The bar's the star

    22-Oct-2001

    The UK bar's increased turnover means it is now a £1.6bn business, but a recent survey predicts that the profession has yet to face some stiff challenges. Matheu Swallow reports

  • The old school

    22-Oct-2001

    Tulkinghorn would like to officially put a stop to rumours that lawyers are no longer focusing on internet-related work. Last Monday, Mrs Tulkinghorn returned from her weekly Computing for the Elderly class at the village hall, all excited about a new electronic phenomenon called 'Friends Reunited'.This is a site on the information superhighway, she said (as you can see, the class is having an effect on her vocabulary), that people can use to find their old school friends. ...

  • The regions' finest

    22-Oct-2001

    The new edition of Chambers has been released and the regional bar has come out glowing. The Lawyer gives a round up of the old and new faces that have made an appearance

  • The saint and the sinner

    22-Oct-2001

    Tulkinghorn was very excited when Sir Bob Geldof decided not just to feed the world, but to feed all the hungry solicitors at a reception and awards ceremony held for the winners of the student pro bono challenge. But not, it seems, as excited as Solicitor General Harriet Harman, who sneaked away from the front row during a speech by Clyde & Co's head of employment Paul Newdick to ensure she ...

  • There is still a place for traditional professional values

    22-Oct-2001

    Money, money, money, it's a rich man's world. Swedes are back in fashion, it seems, with Mr Erikkson being the toast up and down the land. But money just never seems to go out of fashion, or out of the headlines, when it comes to the legal profession.The recent survey by The Lawyer (13 August) suggests that further "clear blue water" has developed between the highest City salaries and those being paid in the regions.Fear not, this is not a gripe about the existence ...

  • Thomas Cooper extends into Canada

    22-Oct-2001

    Thomas Cooper & Stibbard has opened an office in Vancouver to expand its shipping network.

  • TMT

    22-Oct-2001

    Like boy bands, technology practices within law firms seem to have gone out of fashion. And the similarity doesn't end there. As boy band Take That lost its two best performers Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams to solo careers, poor Bird & Bird has been deserted by two star technology heads in under 12 months. Meanwhile, many e-commerce groups seem to be doing a Boyzone, a once chart-topping group ...

  • VLG and Gunderson shed staff as downturn digs in

    22-Oct-2001

    Two years after sparking the salary war, Gunderson cuts jobs; VLG in second round of slashes

  • War crimes lawyers in UN corruption probe

    22-Oct-2001

    The Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Hans Holthuis is investigating allegations by the United Nations (UN) that lawyers are fee-sharing legal aid with their clients.

  • Weightmans trainees in for texting times

    22-Oct-2001

    Weightmans is to use text messaging as the focal point of a trainee recruitment campaign.

  • White & Case scoops top arbitration lawyer

    22-Oct-2001

    White & Case has boosted its Latin American capability with the appointment of the former secretary general of the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris.

  • Willoughbys in Asprey Appeal Court victory

    22-Oct-2001

    Willoughby & Partners has won a Court of Appeal (CA) victory for client Asprey & Garrard in a trademark infringement and passing off case.

  • WTC victims rebuff legal charity efforts

    22-Oct-2001

    New York lawyers offering free advice to small businesses destroyed in the World Trade Center attacks have found their services largely unwanted.