22 September 2003

The Lawyer

  • … As Nigel Knowles extends term as chief

    22-Sep-2003

    Nigel Knowles is to continue his reign as managing partner of DLA for another three years after partners confirmed their support of his leadership in an uncontested election last week.Knowles has already enjoyed two terms at the helm of the rapidly expanding firm. He first took on the role in 1996 when the firm was created through a merger between Dibb Lupton Broomhead and Alsop Wilkinson.Knowles told The Lawyer: "I'm delighted to be serving the firm for another three years ...

  • 5 Pump Court profits from 46 Essex St demise

    22-Sep-2003

    Michael Collard's 5 Pump Court has picked up 10 former tenants of the now-defunct 46 Essex Street, with the remainder poised to launch a new set to be known as Chancery Lane Chambers.Chancery Lane Chambers must wait for Bar Council approval before it can open for business, as four of its barristers are founding members of ADR Associates.This comprises an array of professionals set up to provide various support services such as advice and act as expert witnesses in English ...

  • A mug's game

    22-Sep-2003

    Last week, The Lawyer revealed the latest partner to have entered the Lovells senior partner race. In the article, the relative chances of success - displayed as odds - of each of the candidates was also assessed. However, a glitch in The Lawyer's plans to launch a sideline as a bookmaker has been discovered. One kind reader has contacted us to point out that our odds are not, as is customary in these things, stacked in the bookmaker's favour. Quite the contrary it would seem, ...

  • An uplifting experience

    22-Sep-2003

    With only 95 days left until Christmas, it's probably worth reflecting on the kind of behaviour that Yuletide celebrations can inspire. Take, for instance, what happened with the German offices of two magic circle firms last time the sleigh bells rang. It just so happened that these two firms booked banquet rooms within the same hotel, but on different floors. Towards the end of the evening a group of partners from one firm decided it was time for beddybyes, and duly waited for a lift ...

  • Anonymity in rape cases – a press freedom not worth fighting for?

    23-Sep-2003

    The freedom to report rape cases, it was argued in one broadsheet recently, is one press freedom that’s not worth defending. The call for the restoration of anonymity to protect those accused of rape was back in the news last week, as the Home Office proposed that police officers face disciplinary action if they leak the names of men accused of rape and other sex crimes to the media before they are charged.It was an effort to head off an attempt by MPs to push through a statutory ...

  • Asleep on the job

    22-Sep-2003

    The european court's ruling that junior doctors are working when on call - even if they are asleep - has serious implications for trade union lawyers and the future of the nhs. Jon Robins reports

  • B&M forms single North American profit centre

    22-Sep-2003

    Baker & McKenzie has completed a three-year overhaul of its North American business model that it hopes will finally rid itself of the 'McLaw Firm' label it has been given in the area.As first reported on www.thelawyer.com on 18 September, the firm's ...

  • Belgian government delays Belgacom IPO

    22-Sep-2003

    Doubts cast by Belgium's new government over what could be Europe's biggest stock market flotation since Orange in 2001, are keeping the cream of the country's lawyers on tenterhooks.Belgium's dominant fixed-line telecommunications operator Belgacom has already asked a string of firms to pitch for its proposed initial public offering (IPO), with a potential value of E10bn (£6.97bn).Secretary general and general counsel Michel Vermaerke is understood to be considering ...

  • Browne Jacobson makes redundancies

    22-Sep-2003

    Midlands-based Browne Jacobson has made four assistants in its business services department redundant. The firm's managing partner Brian Smith blamed the economic downturn for the move.

  • Burges Salmon puts up walls to juggle rivals 3 and Orange

    22-Sep-2003

    Burges Salmon has made moves to head off potentially serious conflict issues after it was instructed to advise both 3 and longstanding client Orange.Two distinct planning teams of three associates led by a senior associate have been set up to cover the work, with planning star Patrick Robinson overseeing both relationships.The firm has secured client approval to advise the two competing ...

  • Calm court for Hutton Inquiry

    22-Sep-2003

    With further barristers selected for the second innings, Court 73 will continue to be the focus of the national media

  • Camerons abandons Washington DC office

    22-Sep-2003

    CMS Cameron McKenna has decided to close its last US outpost in Washington DC after radically downsizing the office in July this year. Camerons managing partner Dick Tyler (left) told The Lawyer: "We'd hoped to be able to restructure the office around the projects team servicing one piece of work. But we haven't been able to retain the personnel." It will close at the end of this month.

  • Canary Wharf takes centre stage again as bids flow in

    22-Sep-2003

    The bidding war has started. Emma Vere-Jones discovers some surprises in the roster of advisers

  • CC review gifts associates with bonus hike

    26-Sep-2003

    Clifford Chance is increasing bonuses for its London associates after undertaking an extensive review of its current system.

  • CC shakes up trainee litigation - but throws in pro bono condition

    22-Sep-2003

    Clifford Chance has overhauled its solicitors training scheme, making a litigation seat optional for the first time.From March next year the firm will implement a new scheme allowing trainees to bypass litigation providing they take a week-long course supplied by Nottingham Law School and participate in the firm's pro bono scheme. The move echoes that of Linklat-ers, revealed by The Lawyer ...

  • Clarification

    22-Sep-2003

    On 15 September, in an article entitled 'Libel bashers', it was incorrectly stated that the former nanny to the Blairs, Ros Mark, had attempted to sell the story of her life with the Blairs. This is not the case and we are happy to set the record straight.

  • Clarke Willmott gets separate funding for PI practice as new figures show growth spurt

    22-Sep-2003

    Clarke Willmott has broken new ground by arranging a separate funding facility with its bank, RBS, for its burgeoning personal injury (PI) practice. The move is an acknowledgement of the practice area's recent growth at the firm and the nature of PI work generally.The funding, established in the current financial year, is based on a proportion of the value of the work in progress (WIP) Clarke ...

  • Class actions set for federal court move

    22-Sep-2003

    The US Senate Judicial Committee is considering proposals that would see the bulk of class actions being fought in federal rather than state courts.Critics argue that the move threatens to favour corporate defendants because federal courts are perceived to be less supportive of securities and antitrust class actions."The proposal protects corporate wrongdoing," said Carlton Carl, a spokesman for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). Carl argues that the proposal ...

  • Clyde & Co forced to scale down Iraq plans

    22-Sep-2003

    Hostilities in Iraq have forced Clyde & Co lawyers to put their strategy on hold since it established its groundbreaking association with Baghdad firm Numan Shakir Numan in June.Because of the perceived threats to Western interests, the firm's three lawyers specialising in the region have had to convene meetings on Iraq-related matters on 'neutral soil' in Jordan and Dubai.Paul Turner, ...

  • Darbys wins 3i in-houser to head corp finance

    22-Sep-2003

    Midlands and Thames Valley firm Darbys has hired a new head for the corporate finance unit. Phil Riman joins from 3i, where he spent five years in-house, advising on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and venture capital issues with an emphasis on the US market.

  • Deacons concludes case against White & Case

    22-Sep-2003

    Deacons' Hong Kong court action against White & Case and two of its former partners ended last week. The parties are now waiting for Deputy Judge Gill's decision, expected next month. Deacons alleged that the US firm's approach to four of its partners breached a confidentiality and non-solicitation clause from a 1999 merger agreement between the firms. First revealed on www.thelawyer. com, 19 September

  • DLA scores victory for Rangers FC…

    22-Sep-2003

    DLA has scored a victory for new client Rangers FC, winning the first Scottish civil action against street-traders selling counterfeit football shirts.The work came to DLA regulatory solicitor Diane Turner through Rangers' brand protection manager Alistair Campbell. The club's regular adviser is Dundas & Wilson.In what is believed to be the first civil case since Arsenal won against street trader Matthew Reed at the European Court of Justice last year, and the first ...

  • Domestic violence reforms: family law experts say 'No' to specialist courts

    23-Sep-2003

    Cases of domestic violence should remain the preserve of the family courts, family law practitioners argued this week in response to a Government consultation paper.The Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA) supported the proposals, which have the strong backing of the Solicitor General, Harriet Harman QC, and are outlined in a consultation paper, ‘Safety and Justice’. “We welcome the paper but the emphasis is very much on the criminal side and the punishment of the offender, ...

  • Ex-A&O partner to head Debevoise finance group

    22-Sep-2003

    Debevoise & Plimpton's London office is ramping up its finance practice by taking on former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Peter Hockless. Hockless practised at A&O for 24 years before leaving three months ago. He joins Debevoise today (22 September) to lead the office's finance group. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 18 September

  • Ex-Farrers partner joins Penningtons

    22-Sep-2003

    Penningtons is bolstering its family law group with the recruitment of former Farrer & Co partner Claire Hamilton-Russell. She joins as head of the family team in Newbury.

  • Ex-Osborne Clarke duo open niche corp firm

    22-Sep-2003

    Partner fall-out at Osborne Clarke has spawned a new niche corporate firm in Bristol.Bruce Roxburgh, Osborne Clarke's Bristol head of corporate until his departure in February, has launched Roxburgh and Milkins LLP together with a senior corporate lawyer from the firm, Jason Milkins.Roxburgh has worked with Milkins for many years and the two share a number of strong client relationships. ...

  • Fashion update

    22-Sep-2003

    Having weathered the storm of marks & spencer's recovery programme, the retailer's legal department is ready to work on the new-look stores. Husnara Begum reports

  • FFW targets Scandinavia with new practice

    22-Sep-2003

    Field Fisher Waterhouse has launched a Scandinavian practice from London, advising companies from the Nordic region on business in the UK and building closer relationships with law firms in the region.The firm already has a close relationship with law firms in Sweden, Denmark and Finland through its ecomlex alliance of IT firms and is now keen to focus on two or three ...

  • Firm profile: Nelsons

    22-Sep-2003

    The legal press has devoted acres of column inches to what are euphemistically called the "cultural problems" of the law firm merger. But when it comes to taking the plunge, one firm in the East Midlands has shown no reservations. Four years ago Nelsons embarked on an ambitious journey from a modest Nottingham general practice with 26 partners, to a regional heavyweight ...

  • Former Stolt-Nielsen counsel called to give evidence

    24-Sep-2003

    The former general counsel of chemical shipping company Stolt-Nielsen has been dragged into an investigation of his former employer.

  • Freshfields defends Eton against OFT

    22-Sep-2003

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has come to the aid of public school Eton in connection with an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) cartel investigation. Eton and Winchester College, which is being advised by Farrer & Co, are being investigated by the OFT for alleged fee-fixing. The Lawyer understands that the schools have offered to assist the inquiry in return for leniency. First revealed ...

  • Freshfields thinks big with new Paris office

    22-Sep-2003

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's four Paris offices are moving into single-site premises and in the process are doubling their office space to pave the way for huge expansion.Freshfields' French managing partner Jean Luc Michaud told The Lawyer that the firm is taking 15,000 square metres in the Cézanne Building in the Saint Honoré district of Paris.The firm currently

  • FSA rounds up 'dirty dozen'

    23-Sep-2003

    The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is aiming to round up a ‘dirty dozen’ of insider dealing and market abuse cases, with a view to bringing them to court over the next three months, claimed Sir Howard Davies as he bowed out as chairman of the FSA last week, handing over the watchdog to Callum McCarthy.“There are quite a lot of cases coming to fruition,” Sir Howard said. “The pipeline is going to disgorge soon and there will be some fun for my successor.” According to the FSA, ...

  • Gateshead legal chief steps up to CEO role

    22-Sep-2003

    The legal chief of Gateshead Council is tipped to become the local authority’s next chief executive.

  • Government gets bargain rate on Hutton inquiry

    22-Sep-2003

    Counsel to the Hutton inquiry James Dingemans QC works for as little as £150 an hour, a third of the £450 hourly rate commanded by the BBC's silk Andrew Caldecott QC, The Lawyer can reveal.Instructed by the Treasury Solicitor, Dingemans, of 3 Hare Court, could be commanding up to £220 an hour, but even this is cheap compared with what the BBC is likely to be paying. Heather Rogers, a senior libel junior from Matrix Chambers acting for the BBC's Andrew Gilligan, ...

  • Grapevine

    24-Sep-2003

    What a cynical bunch you lawyers are.

  • Halliwells aids insurers on Paddington claims

    22-Sep-2003

    Halliwell Landau has become the lead law firm for insurers dealing with the Paddington rail disaster, following a change-over in the companies insuring rail operators in the firing line.Last Monday (15 September), St Paul International Insurance relinquished its position as lead insurer for the group of rail companies, led by Thames Trains, and a set of 'excess market' insurers, led by Halliwells client AIG, stepped in.St Paul, which was using niche insurance firm Fisher ...

  • HBOS picks business banking panel

    22-Sep-2003

    Eversheds, Gateley Wareing and Lee Crowder have been appointed to Halifax Bank of Scotland's (HBOS) business banking panel for the West Midlands region after successfully competing in a beauty parade.The panel, which will act on transactions where HBOS is lending up to £10m to corporate or business clients, is understood to be the first of its kind in the region. Before HBOS established the ...

  • Herbert Smith to set up its own barristers' chambers

    22-Sep-2003

    City's top litigation practice in secret plan to hire leading commercial silk and six junior barristers

  • HP recruits ex-Taylor Wessing ace

    22-Sep-2003

    Former Taylor Wessing IT partner Nicola Andrews, who left the firm earlier this year, will join the services division of Hewlett-Packard (HP) as a senior member of the legal team in October. Andrews' exact job title is yet to be finalised, but it is expected to be a strategic role to support the IT provider's growing UK services needs.HP UK general counsel Gareth John told The Lawyer: "I cannot ...

  • Human rights challenge for woman forced to sleep in wheelchair

    23-Sep-2003

    A human rights challenge was launched earlier in the month on behalf of a 51-year-old disabled woman who had been forced to sleep in her wheelchair for the past year because her healthcare trust refused to sanction her carers to lift her into bed.Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust refused to permit its staff to lift Lorraine Wolstenholme, a multiple sclerosis sufferer who uses a wheelchair, on the grounds that it was unreasonable to expose its staff to the risk of injury. “This ...

  • Hunton team wins Kenya court challenge

    22-Sep-2003

    The litigation team that recently left Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw for US giant Hunton & Williams has scored a key victory in a Kenyan court.Partners Marie Kidwell and John Miles, who joined Mayer Brown last year, have successfully judicially reviewed a decision by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to impose concessionary tariff rates on their clients' rival cargo-handling facilities.With assistant ...

  • ICC considers approval for global bar

    22-Sep-2003

    The International Criminal Court's (ICC) States Parties, the decision-making body, has been debating recognising an International Criminal Bar as an official advisory body for maintaining a list of available defence counsel.The global bar was established at a Montreal conference in 2002 and has adopted its own constitution and organisation. Its application for ICC recognition was considered by the States Parties at its meeting last week in New York. Under the court's rules, its ...

  • JJB brings in big gun Grabiner on OFT

    22-Sep-2003

    JJB Sports has drafted in £1,000-an-hour QC Lord Grabiner to argue its appeal against the Office of Fair Trading's (OFT) whopping £8.37m retail price-fixing fine on football shirts.JJB reacted furiously when it was given the largest fine following the OFT's decision that it rigged the price of football shirts along with other retailers, the Football Association and sports manufacturer Umbro.In a statement, the company furiously claimed, "JJB is of the opinion that ...

  • KLegal-KPMG private equity practice lands Inflexion deal

    22-Sep-2003

    KLegal's multidisciplinary (MDP) private equity team has been appointed as primary legal adviser to mid-market fund Inflexion, its first major new client win since the team's formation.Last summer KPMG launched a joint private equity team with its law firm KLegal, with partner Moray Mac-pherson and three assistants providing legal expertise.The practice, headed by KPMG partner Oliver Tant, was set up to target the mid-market and management teams with the promise of a more ...

  • Leader

    22-Sep-2003

    It's about time the bar had a new challenge and Herbert Smith has certainly got its timing right. With the commercial bar still experiencing one of its periodical slumps, there ought to be takers from a notoriously paranoid profession for estimated guaranteed earnings upwards of £300K.

  • Legal Widow

    22-Sep-2003

    Carried away on a tide of red wine, the Lawyer bid for one of those pocket PCs at a charity do, and found himself several hundred pounds poorer and in possession of a sliver of metal with more functions and memory than he has ever enjoyed in his life.It sat on the kitchen table for days until he plucked up the courage to turn it on, except by then, Subjudice had annexed it and was using it to record her latest Atkins diet successes. It took the Lawyer a couple of days to work ...

  • Liar liar

    22-Sep-2003

    Should fraudulent insureds lose the legitimate part of their claim or just the inflated part? Alison Hart reports on the diminishing duty of good faith within the insurance market

  • Linklaters hires Latham partner for New York push

    22-Sep-2003

    Linklaters has further bolstered its New York office by recruiting a restructuring and insolvency partner, this time from Latham & Watkins.

  • Linklaters' partner drawings delayed

    22-Sep-2003

    Linklaters partners are facing delays in receiving profit distributions for September following the installation of the firm's new multimillion-pound IT system.Partners had been expecting to receive a profits pay-out, which occurs every two months at the firm, on 10 September. However, the funds, estimated to average around £75,000 per partner, will now reach lawyer's pockets ...

  • Macfarlanes wins first role for Warner Estates

    22-Sep-2003

    Macfarlanes has advised on its first major deal for Warner Estate Holdings since winning a new role as a real estate adviser on its panel in May.Clive Lampard, head of Macfarlanes' corporate real estate group, ran a massive due diligence exercise for Warner's £166m acquisition of an industrial estate portfolio from the Morley Fund.The deal was a coup for Macfarlanes. "We were pitching ...

  • Malpractice verdict returned against LeBoeuf

    24-Sep-2003

    A state Supreme Court jury in Manhattan has returned a legal malpractice verdict against LeBoeuf Lamb Green & MacRae in favour of its former client, Sheraton Corp, The New York Law Journal reports.

  • Master of defence

    22-Sep-2003

    No-nonsense and a formidable advocate, William Clegg QC is building up one of the most impressive CVs at the criminal bar. By Brendan Malkin

  • Mayer Brown handles new client Green Property sale

    22-Sep-2003

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw may be selling off one of its newest clients as it advises Green Property on the sale of its UK portfolio to Burford Holdings.It is the first major deal that Mayer Brown has handled for the Irish property company since Peter Sugden brought it with him when he joined the firm from Manches last October.Lehman Brothers-backed Burford Holdings, advised by

  • Microsoft takes on Atos lawyer for new role

    22-Sep-2003

    Microsoft UK has created the new role of director of law and corporate affairs. Rowan Winter Vevers joins from Atos UK, where she was general counsel and director of commercial and corporate affairs. She will head the six-strong Microsoft UK legal team based in Reading, and the Microsoft UK Government affairs group of three based in London. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 17 September

  • Moorcrofts hires ex-Olswang Reading partner

    26-Sep-2003

    The former managing partner of Garretts’ Reading office, now Olswang, has resurfaced at growing Thames Valley firm Moorcrofts. Commercial property specialist John Castell joined Olswang as a partner last year when the City firm snapped up Garretts’ Reading office in a two-week deal. Castell’s role as regionial head disappeared in the deal. He left the firm earlier this year. Castell was previously ...

  • Navitaire gets copyright trial on EasyJet

    22-Sep-2003

    Field Fisher Waterhouse has struck the first blow actng for Accenture subsidiary Navitaire in the case that will decide the future of EasyJet's internet booking system.Herbert Smith, advising EasyJet, applied to have the copyright case struck out, but High Court judge Mr Justice Pumfrey last week ruled that the case will go to full trial.Field Fisher Waterhouse partner Nick ...

  • Neighbours and relatives who fail to report child abuse face prison under proposals for a new criminal offence

    23-Sep-2003

    Neighbours and relatives who fail to report their suspicion of child abuse could face seven years in prison under a new criminal offence recommended by the Law Commission in a draft bill published last week.The Government has pledged to reform the law in this area because, as the Law Commission pointed out, almost two-thirds (61 per cent) of all investigations into non-accidental child deaths that conclude do not result in a prosecution. Of those cases that lead to a conviction, ...

  • Nelsons clin neg star quits for Freethcartwright

    24-Sep-2003

    Midlands firm Freethcartwright is stepping up its commitment to clinical negligence with the hire of a specialist from Nelsons as partner-in-charge of its Derby-based clinical negligence practice.

  • New ECLA president to target accession countries

    24-Sep-2003

    The development of in-house legal practice in the accession countries is high on the agenda of the newly appointed president of the European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA).

  • Norton Rose and Hale and Dorr scoop work on £300m tech IPO

    22-Sep-2003

    Technology sector poised for comeback with two listings; BLP lands CryptoLogic flotation

  • Opinion

    22-Sep-2003

    Controversy continues in the area of online marketing, courtesy of the Privacy and Electronic Communica-tions (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, which will implement the EU Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications by 31 October.The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) published the draft regulations as part of a public consultation. It remains to be seen whether (and if so, how) the DTI will deal with the apparent mismatch between the draft regulations and the directive.

  • Pinsents corporate partner jumps ship to Cobbetts

    24-Sep-2003

    Northern firm Cobbetts has hired Pinsents corporate partner Scott Barraclough for its Leeds office. Barraclough worked for Nabarro Nathanson, Hammonds and Walker Morris as well as Australian law firm Clayton Utz before joining Pinsents. His appointment brings the number of corporate partners in Cobbetts’ Leeds office to six.

  • Pinstripe criminals should be treated more like benefit fraudsters, says Attorney General

    23-Sep-2003

    The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith QC called for a more “even-handed approach” to City frauds, in a recent speech that criticised the disparity in sentencing between ‘white-collar’ criminals and ‘blue-collar’ benefit fraudsters.“It is notable how often defendants receive non-custodial or suspended sentences despite committing serious economic crimes,” claimed Lord Goldsmith before an audience of lawyers and law enforcement agents at a conference on economic crime. He talked ...

  • Pro bono & community action - Browne Jacobson gives aid to victims of violent crime

    22-Sep-2003

    Midlands firm Browne Jacobson has embarked on a unique pro bono initiative to support victims of violent crime.Last year, the firm identified a gap in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, whereby victims appealing against their compensation award have no recourse to legal aid. Accordingly, in conjunction with the charity Victim Support, Browne Jacobson is providing free advice and representation ...

  • Real estate deals round-up

    22-Sep-2003

    Simmons & Simmons (Alan Butler) advised Deka Immobilien on the purchase of Salisbury Square House from the City of London Real Property Company for more than £63.6m. Nabarro Nathanson acted for the vendor.

  • Recipe for disaster

    22-Sep-2003

    If you can keep a bunch of lawyers happy you can probably please just about anyone, or so celebrity chef Jamie Oliver seems to have decided. Either that or Oliver has spotted similarities between the sweatshop atmosphere of a working kitchen and life in a law firm. Tulkinghorn reached this conclusion after one of the trainee chefs due to feature in the second round of his TV show Return to Jamie's Kitchen - where Oliver plucks 15 young hopefuls from obscurity and trains them up to work ...

  • Reed Smith re-elects managing partner for European push

    26-Sep-2003

    Pittsburgh-based Reed Smith has elected Gregory Jordan to a second three-year term as managing partner. Jordan stood unopposed in the election in which every partner voted.

  • Rouse & Co opens second office in Vietnam

    24-Sep-2003

    Intellectual property (IP) consultancy Rouse & Co International has opened in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, where it will work with its newly established Vietnamese law firm Doan Hong Son Law Office.

  • Salans rescues Altheimers' Eastern European practices

    22-Sep-2003

    The lion's share of Altheimer & Gray's (A&G) European operation has found a new home with Salans, which plans to take on five of the collapsed Chicago firm's offices.But, in a bittersweet twist, A&G's four European-based equity partners risk losing between $500,000 (£309,500) and $750,000 (£464,300) in capital contributions in the floundering firm, which is in the process of meeting creditor demands as it lumbers towards its dissolution deadline of 1 November.

  • Salans wins $50m film company

    22-Sep-2003

    Salans has won client DNA Films - a new $50m (£31m) joint venture between the UK Film Council's existing franchisee DNA Films and US heavyweight Twentieth Cen-tury Fox.Partners Jonathan Berger and Graham Stedman, advising DNA management and top British producer Andrew MacDonald, started working on the deal while still with their former firm Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard). ...

  • Simmons eyes associates to rebuild Italian practice

    22-Sep-2003

    Simmons & Simmons' beleaguered Italian practice is rebuilding from the bottom up after losing 10 partners in the last three years, a number of them with large teams.The latest departures to hit the practice were corporate heavyweight Bruno Gattai and two junior partners to Dewey Ballantine's greenfield Italian practice.A number of assistants and clients are likely to move with them. Gattai's clients have included ABN Amro, BNP Paribas, Permira, Centrobanca, Italian insurance ...

  • Simmons' Italian slowdown

    22-Sep-2003

    Back in 2000, Simmons was at the height of its development in Italy. A staggering 85-90 per cent of its clients were Italian, business was booming, its brand was growing and the living was easy. Simmons was reaping the rewards of moving into Italy early. It formed an alliance with Grippo e Associati in 1993 and merged in 1997. Bearing in mind that Clifford Chance took until 2000 to sign an ...

  • Spice up your life

    22-Sep-2003

    Tulkinghorn has nothing but sympathy for all those global firms trying to integrate different cultures into one happy partnership, especially with all that transatlantic malarkey. Quite apart from teaching the Yanks how to spell properly, it seems another problem has reared its head: curry.So pity those poor chaps at Linklaters, welcoming the ex-Shearman litigators in New York on their first trip ...

  • St James’s Chambers raids rival to bolster chancery team

    25-Sep-2003

    Manchester-based St James’s Chambers is celebrating a coup after the hire of four senior barristers from Cobden House Chambers. Charles Machin, Sarah Harrison, Sean Kelly and Jonathan Smith join the set today, bringing with them between 12 and 30 years of experience. Machin is a specialist litigator, Kelly a company law expert and Smith a local government practitioner, while Harrison focuses on trusts.

  • Support partner

    22-Sep-2003

    Our next report is a classic instance of foot very much in mouth. Socialising at a work party, one senior partner found himself talking to one of the firm's young assistants. Making small talk over his canapés, he offered the assistant some supportive words, telling him what a fantastic job he'd been doing, to which the assistant responded: "Then why have you made me redundant?"

  • The lost boys

    22-Sep-2003

    Tulkinghorn is a big fan of Clifford Chance's fab New Age building (compulsory massages, choirs of angels on every floor, not a carbohydrate to be seen), but is rather concerned that the staff will be holed up there come the winter.Aldersgate Street, you see, was easy to get to. Ask a cabbie to take you to Clifford Chance and they'd always say cheerily: "Is that the one with the swimming ...

  • The main event

    22-Sep-2003

    What is the difference between an 'event' and an 'occurrence'? Charles Bending reports on recent insurance cases that have tried to clear up the debate

  • The middle man

    22-Sep-2003

    In response to the Insurance Mediation Directive, the FSA is slapping yet more regulations on insurance intermediaries. Maria Ross discusses the implications

  • Walkers launches in HK

    22-Sep-2003

    Cayman Islands law firm Walkers has launched an office in Hong Kong to service its Far Eastern clients on Cayman and British Virgin Islands (BVI) law.As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com on 17 September, the office will advise on capital markets and structured finance, asset finance, investment funds, insolvency and corporate recovery.The new base, which opened on 15 September, will enable Walkers to provide direct advice to its clients. Up to now it has had to struggle ...

  • White & Case boosts Asian finance team

    24-Sep-2003

    White & Case has strengthened its aviation and asset-based finance capability in Asia by relocating New York-based partner Hallam Chow to the firm’s Hong Kong office.Chow, who joined White & Case’s New York office in 1994, specialises in innovative limited recourse project financings and a wide variety of aircraft finance deals on behalf of airlines, lenders, lessors and manufacturers.

  • Zurich slashes UK legal panels by half

    22-Sep-2003

    Zurich has cut its English and Welsh legal panel from 28 to 14 firms. The insurer, which previously had five separate panels, has created one central system. In Scotland, the insurer has dropped three of its five firms. All of the firms which lost out in the panel review will continue to handle run-off work. The new line-up is operational from January 2004.