22 October 2007

The Lawyer

  • Process is not smooth as silk

    22-Oct-2007

    Another year, another tweak to the QC application process. The QC selection panel will be reviewing the system yet again after the current round is done and dusted.

  • A&O comms chief quits

    26-Oct-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O)’s global head of communications David Crundwell is stepping down after just a year in the job.

  • A&O hires Freshfields Italian banking head

    24-Oct-2007

    Allen & Overy has taken the first step in rebuilding its Italian banking practice, snatching Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Italian finance chief Stefano Sennhauser

  • A&O, Mayer Brown and Cleary scoop credit crunch superfund

    24-Oct-2007

    Allen & Overy, Mayer Brown and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have secured roles advising on the mortgage securities superfund designed to help ease the credit crunch.

  • Baker & McKenzie hires fresh faces for IP

    22-Oct-2007

    Baker & McKenzie has hired a raft of IP lawyers in Asia to recover from last month's raid by Jones Day, opening up a new front in the war for IP talent.

  • Bakers axes partner charged with money laundering

    26-Oct-2007

    Baker & McKenzie has forced New York corporate partner Martin Weisberg to resign after he was charged with participating in a $55m (£26.83m) fraud and money laundering operation.

  • Bakers uses record results to help realise global ambition

    22-Oct-2007

    Long regarded as a conservative beast, Baker & McKenzie, still glowing after breaking the $1m average profit per equity partner (PEP) barrier earlier this year, has embraced a new value: ambition.

  • Bakers wins Nike role on £284m Umbro takeover

    23-Oct-2007

    Baker & McKenzie has scored a stunning coup by scooping the lead role advising Nike on its £284m takeover bid for UK sportswear maker Umbro.

  • Balfour wins SABMiller in-houser for GC role

    22-Oct-2007

    Construction and utility giant Balfour Beatty has snared SABMiller deputy general counsel Chris Vaughan to take on the newly created post of general counsel.

  • Beating about the bush

    22-Oct-2007

    Tulkinghorn's scribe has promised not to reveal the identity of the partner who embarked on a secret mission to poach a young associate and ended up stuck in a bush, but the tale is still worth telling.

  • BG Group appoints A&O partner as GC

    23-Oct-2007

    Allen & Overy head of global projects, energy and infrastructure, Graham Vinter has scooped the role of general counsel at BG Group.

  • BLG stakes all on City litigation referrals

    22-Oct-2007

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) is to make litigation the linchpin of the firm, signalling the end of any pretence at focusing on transactional practices.

  • Brandford-Griffith stakes French claim on Dubai with office launch

    22-Oct-2007

    Brandford-Griffith & Associés is set to become the first French firm to launch an office in Dubai when it opens for business on 1 November.

  • Brick Court silk takes top CAT job

    22-Oct-2007

    The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has finally announced its new president, more than eight months after Sir Christopher Bellamy retired from the post.

  • Bridge Capital hands Olswang Czech deal

    25-Oct-2007

    Olswang has advised new client Czech Property Investment (CPI) on a Eu89m (£62m) hypermarket portfolio refinancing in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

  • Byrne in the USA: DLA Piper takes on NY giants

    22-Oct-2007

    The fourth quarter is still young, but DLA Piper is already projecting global a evenue of $2.5bn (£1.23bn) - an increase of around 15 per cent - for its 2008 financial year.

  • CC and Links act on DP World's Dubai flotation

    22-Oct-2007

    Clifford Chance and Linklaters have scooped lead roles on Dubai Ports World’s (DP World) landmark listing on the Dubai Stock Exchange (DIFX).

  • Chadbourne makes up six to partnership

    23-Oct-2007

    Chadbourne & Parke has made up six partners across its global offices, including one in London.

  • Chadbourne Moscow partner joins Norton Rose

    22-Oct-2007

    Norton Rose has raided US firm Chadbourne & Parke for its only English-qualified partner in Moscow, Chris Owen.

  • Clydes beefs up Abu Dhabi with DWS hire

    24-Oct-2007

    Clyde & Co has taken on Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) former Muscat managing partner Andrew Watson as a partner in its Abu Dhabi office.

  • Cohen Milstein pours scorn on UK firms' claimant action handling

    22-Oct-2007

    US firm Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll claims that only a handful of UK firms could take on the might of the US legal world when it comes to winning instructions on the claimant side of class actions.

  • Confidentiality waivers split market

    22-Oct-2007

    A year after the Law Society clarified its position on confidentiality waivers, City firms are still debating whether or not to use them in their standard terms of business (STBs).

  • Court of Appeal redraws rules on design and trademark rights

    22-Oct-2007

    IP practitioners will need to update their textbooks on trademark and design rights after the Court of Appeal handed down two judgments within a week.

  • Dewey ditches London managing partner role

    22-Oct-2007

    Dewey & LeBoeuf's decision to scrap the London managing partner role has been greeted with surprise across the firm, effectively bringing an end to the post-merger honeymoon period.

  • Dickson Minto and Halliwells advise on Saints takeover

    26-Oct-2007

    Dickson Minto and Halliwells have scored lead roles on hedge fund Sisu Capital’s approach to Southampton Football Club.

  • DLA Piper and Travers handle CVS Aim listing

    22-Oct-2007

    DLA Piper and Travers Smith have played major roles in the AIM listing of veterinary service provider CVS Group, which entered the junior market via a private equity exit.

  • DWS, Herbies handle Sainsbury's crisis

    22-Oct-2007

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) and Herbert Smith are thrashing out key pensions issues that are vital if Delta Two's acquisition of J Sainsbury is to go ahead.

  • E&Y hire maintains TwoBirds' Italy growth

    22-Oct-2007

    Bird & Bird has raided Ernst & Young's (E&Y) Italian corporate practice as it continues its European hiring spree.

  • Equitable strife

    22-Oct-2007

    Equity partnership may be many lawyers' Holy Grail, but rushing in before considering the implications could leave you vulnerable, warns Nigel Rushton

  • Eversheds flies in to survey Indian legal landscape

    22-Oct-2007

    Eversheds is repositioning itself in anticipation of the liberalisation of the Indian market, with its new India head Gauri Advani flying out to the region for the first time since joining the firm.

  • Eversheds hires from Linklaters

    22-Oct-2007

    Eversheds has poached managing associate Stuart Dutson from Linklaters and has promoted him to the partnership in its London office.

  • Eversheds leads henderson acquisition

    22-Oct-2007

    Eversheds' real estate funds group has represented the Henderson UK Shopping Centre Fund on its £253m acquisition of Canterbury's White Shopping Centre from Land Securities.

  • Eversheds reduces finance operations

    22-Oct-2007

    Eversheds is set to make up to 15 staff redundancies as the firm centralises its finance operations.

  • Eversheds revamps recruitment process

    22-Oct-2007

    National firm Eversheds has radically overhauled its online trainee application form to make the system fairer for students from non-traditional backgrounds.

  • Firm in focus: SJ Berwin

    22-Oct-2007

    SJ Berwin's flexible working policy has seen significant take-up from fee earners and support staff in London since its introduction in July.

  • Firm profile: Steeles Law

    22-Oct-2007

    Steeles Law recently changed its name from Steeles, but it was not just an attempt at a flashy rebrand, the firm decided to change its name because its web address was very close to that of a car dealer.

  • Firms sink teeth into West Cornwall Pasty buy-in job

    22-Oct-2007

    Addleshaw Goddard, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Burgess Salmon and DLA Piper have all played a role in the private equity-backed management buy-in of the West Cornwall Pasty Company.

  • Five's legal director calls it a day

    22-Oct-2007

    Five's director of legal and business affairs Colin Campbell will leave the channel, having been with it since its creation in 1997.

  • Gilbert & Tobin hires TwoBirds' Asia corporate chief

    22-Oct-2007

    Sydney-based Gilbert & Tobin has poached Bird & Bird’s Asia corporate head Julian Courtney-Stubbs and has launched an assault on its local rivals to bring in four more partners.

  • Hammonds' chief seeks second term

    22-Oct-2007

    Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley has declared that he will run for a second term in office.

  • Hammonds regulatory team leaves over strategy

    26-Oct-2007

    Hammonds has axed its Birmingham professional regulation team as the practice no longer fits with the firm’s strategy.

  • Harris Cartier makes triple promotion

    22-Oct-2007

    London and Slough firm Harris Cartier has appointed three new partners.

  • Herbies latest to dabble in Abu Dhabi

    23-Oct-2007

    26-Oct-2007Money laundering, the axe and the old Bill

  • Herbies steps up Middle East push with Abu Dhabi launch

    25-Oct-2007

    Herbert Smith is set to open an Abu Dhabi office in January with the intention of having a Saudi Arabian presence in due course.

  • Human rights lawyers in firing line as China cracks down on dissenters

    22-Oct-2007

    Chinese human rights lawyers who challenge the authorities continue to place themselves at risk from being threatened, beaten and imprisoned.

  • Lawyers tackle Zimbabwe corruption

    22-Oct-2007

    Lawyers in Zimbabwe who have been subjected to beatings, harassment and torture at the hands of their government have come to London today (22 October) to speak out about their dire situation.

  • Legal Services Bill passes final hurdle

    26-Oct-2007

    The House of Lords yesterday approved the House of Commons’ amendments to the Legal Services Bill, with the legislation expected to receive Royal Assent next week.

  • Links leads the IT crowd

    22-Oct-2007

    Linklaters has once again proved itself to be one of the more IT-savvy firms in the City, having launched its second computer program documentation system.

  • Links wins role on Sino-African banking deal

    25-Oct-2007

    Linklaters guides Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) through its £2.6bn investment in Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank.

  • Lovells Hamburg chief bids adieu

    22-Oct-2007

    Lovells Hamburg managing partner Volker Meinberg has stepped down to leave the firm, making way for employment partner Eckard Schwarz to take over.

  • Lovells lands waste PFI for Veolia

    25-Oct-2007

    Lovells has advised Veolia Environmental Services on a 27-year waste PFI deal, having been appointed to the company’s panel earlier this year.

  • Lovells looks to consultants to boost expertise

    24-Oct-2007

    Lovells’ Madrid office has hired the former chair of one of Spain’s biggest utilities companies as it seeks to bolster its non-legal knowledge base.

  • Manchester unveils largest civil court for 100 years

    23-Oct-2007

    The opening of the Manchester Civil Justice Centre tomorrow will free up other Manchester courts to process criminal cases.

  • Mayer Brown partner returns from Newcastle sojourn

    23-Oct-2007

    Former Mayer Brown partner Michael Hutchinson has rejoined the firm following a brief spell in Dickinson Dees’ Newcastle office.

  • Mayer Brown sues client Vantis over unpaid fees

    22-Oct-2007

    Mayer Brown is suing client Vantis for unpaid fees, claiming more than £400,000 plus interest.

  • McDermott suffers as IP head jumps ship

    22-Oct-2007

    McDermott Will & Emery's head of IP Larry Cohen has defected to the London office of US firm Latham & Watkins.

  • MoFo raids O'Melveny for Japanese boost

    22-Oct-2007

    Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) Tokyo has raided rival US firm O’Melveny & Myers for a corporate team.

  • Norton Rose bags role on KKR's first private equity deal in Turkey

    22-Oct-2007

    Norton Rose's strategy of targeting Turkey-based deals has paid off, with the firm landing a lead role on Turkey's biggest private equity transaction to date.

  • Nuala Cosgrove: The Guardian

    22-Oct-2007

    Looking after Guardian News and Media Group's legal wellbeing is a 24-hour job, but it is one that Nuala Cosgrove relishes. By Nina Goswami

  • Official: Mourant and Walkers in merger talks

    22-Oct-2007

    Offshore heavyweights Mourant du Feu & Jeune and Walkers have confirmed that they are in merger talks to create the world's largest offshore firm.

  • Opinion: Colonial management is destroying German firms

    22-Oct-2007

    Heads of UK firms with German offices met a couple of years ago to determine that they ought to hold their respective German affiliates on a much shorter leash.

  • Orrick hires Mintz Levin corporate star

    22-Oct-2007

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe's London office has snared Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo head of corporate Lena Hodge.

  • Pannone swipes Beachcroft pair

    22-Oct-2007

  • Partnerships

    22-Oct-2007

    Every corporate lawyer worth their salt is prepared for the changes that the introduction of the Companies Act 2006 will have on their clients. But as this Partnerships Special Report points out, far fewer lawyers have considered the impact that the changes will have on their own businesses.

  • Partnerships: Limited thinking

    22-Oct-2007

    The Companies Act 2006 promises some big changes for limited-liability partnerships. Tina Williams and Daniel Sutherland report

  • People moves

    22-Oct-2007

    Veale Wasbrough has bolstered its Bristol office, taking on secondee Zhang Hui from Guangzhou firm Whobound Law Firm for three months as part of the Lord Chancellor's Training Scheme for Young Chinese Lawyers.

  • Private equity and hedge fund lawyers gear up for regulatory bonanza

    22-Oct-2007

    Will voluntary codes have the desired effect? Or is this just a quick-fix ruse?

  • Prize fighter

    22-Oct-2007

    Awards are a tricky business. Every City lawyer professes not to care whether or not they receive one and yet there is much pouting if there isn't a trophy to decorate firms' lobbies and mantelpieces.

  • Rain clouds gather at McDermott

    22-Oct-2007

    McDermott Will & Emery London office head David Dalgarno said this week: "We don't want to maintain the rainmaker model that is typical of the London market."

  • Ready for NED

    22-Oct-2007

    Many law firm partners reaching retirement want to become non-executive directors (NEDs), as many assume that their skills are in huge demand and that this is a natural next step in their career.

  • Reed Smith's Foster gets Facebook fan club

    22-Oct-2007

    Management changes at the London office of Reed Smith Richards Butler have sparked a rare outpouring of emotion from the firm's ranks.

  • Regional Focus: Birmingham

    23-Oct-2007

    Thanks to its convenient geography, excellent transport links and competitive size, Birmingham is arguably one of the UK's most important legal centres outside London. More to the point, the city has shrugged of its industrial image and become a vibrant playground for young professionals who want a good alternative to working in the capital.

  • Resource management main challenge for M&A

    22-Oct-2007

    Pensions, resource management and private equity issues dominated The Lawyer's two-day due diligence conference for in-house lawyers, held last week.

  • Richards Butler HK finally succumbs to Reed Smith

    22-Oct-2007

    Reed Smith" /US firm Reed Smith has finally signed up the Hong Kong arm of Richards Butler nearly a whole year after merging with Richards Butler's UK operations.

  • Shacklocks builds Derbyshire presence

    22-Oct-2007

    East Midlands firm Shacklocks has acquired Don Partridge's sole practitioner firm Partridge's in Allestree, Derby. Shacklocks has eight offices spread across the East Midlands and Partridge's move is aimed to strengthen itslegal and financial services expertise in rural and suburban Derbyshire , where the firm now has five offices.

  • Simmons and Ogier act on AbCap dispute

    22-Oct-2007

    Simmons & Simmons and offshore firm Ogier have landed lead roles on a dispute between beleaguered hedge fund Absolute Capital (AbCap) and a group of its investors.

  • Simon Davies: Linklaters

    22-Oct-2007

    Simon Davies has come from nowhere to lead Linklaters. How much is he tied to the old regime?

  • Singapore fling

    22-Oct-2007

    Why Singapore has become a secret weapon for firms wanting to launch in Asia

  • Sole mates

    22-Oct-2007

    McGrigors' new relationship with shoe retailer Jimmy Choo has been a big win for the firm's real estate team.

  • Spanish firms edged out of largest domestic IPO

    22-Oct-2007

    Anglo-Saxon firms have completed a clean sweep in Spain, edging out domestic players to win all the major roles in the country's largest IPO to date.

  • SRA defends allegations of racist investigation process

    22-Oct-2007

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) chief executive Antony Townsend met with MP Keith Vaz and 40 aggrieved lawyers to rebuff allegations that the SRA is racist in its investigations of black and minority ethnicity (BME) lawyers.

  • Sullivan settles gay discrimination claim

    26-Oct-2007

    Sullivan & Cromwell has settled out of court with former New York associate Aaron Charney, who sued the firm for sexual orientation discrimination earlier this year.

  • Taken for a ride

    22-Oct-2007

    Tulkinghorn has to apologise for a case of mistaken identity.

  • Technology Law Alliance bags Norwich Union IT specialist

    22-Oct-2007

    Boutique IT outfit Technology Law Alliance has bolstered its financial services practice with the hire of senior Norwich Union in-house lawyer Jess Brown.

  • The cream of the crop

    22-Oct-2007

    One of Tulkinghorn's scribes had the delight of witnessing the annual Hokey Cokey "not-so-real" horserace at the Institute of Barristers' Clerks ball.

  • To C or not to C

    22-Oct-2007

    Clifford Chance's quality internal monthly mouthpiece has until now simply been called C - surely a stroke of minimalist genius.

  • Trinity tie gives Nixon Peabody City base

    22-Oct-2007

    US firm Nixon Peabody is launching its first London office via an alliance with emerging markets boutique Trinity.

  • Unilever in-houser wins INTA presidency

    22-Oct-2007

    The International Trademark Association (INTA) has named Unilever global anti-counterfeiting head Richard Heath as its president for 2009.

  • Wachtell Lipton set for shock London launch

    22-Oct-2007

    New York M&A powerhouse Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz is exploring the opportunity of launching its first international office in London.

  • Watch out for Wachtell

    22-Oct-2007

    At Harvard Business School, there's a case study on what makes one of the world's most profitable law firms tick. They'll have to rewrite it.

  • Watson Burton wins multi-million pound miners' victory

    23-Oct-2007

    Leeds firm Watson Burton has scored a multi-million pound Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision for miners against Britain’s largest producer of coal UK Coal.

  • Way out quest

    22-Oct-2007

    Dealing with an exit from a limited-liability partnership can be a thorny issue, especially when no partnership agreement has been put in place, say Peter Garry and Troy Wano

  • Wayne King: 7 Bedford Row

    22-Oct-2007

    What was your worst experience as a trainee?Dropping my first junior's sandwich. I picked it up, put it back in the bag and gave it to him - then hid in the corner.

  • Web week

    22-Oct-2007

    Making a mark

  • What a performance

    22-Oct-2007

    It is not often a lawyer is required to ask the question 'what's my motivation here?'. Enter stage right Weil Gotshal & Manges, which recently branched out into the rather kooky world of performance art.