23 August 2004
The secret of Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) staggering profitability rise was revealed last Wednesday night. Down in West London, a posse of partners had kindly entertained a rather thrilled team from The Lawyer by taking them to Madonna’s Earls Court extravaganza. At the after-show party (BLP’s, not Madge’s) down at the Blue Elephant, head of corporate John Bennett then entertained ...
This week’s award for ‘feisty press release of the week’ goes to Hampshire firm White and Bowker. The South Coast outfit recently won a beauty parade to provide legal services to Salisbury District Council, so we’re told. Pretty good news, we’re sure you’ll agree. Equally impressive was the fact that the White and Bowker team overcame “tough competition from 40 rival firms, including…” wait for it… “one who flew three people down from Newcastle” (Dickie Dees, anybody?).
Ashurst has been dealt a blow after losing highly-rated Parisian corporate rainmaker Thomas Forschbach to Latham & Watkins.
Australian lawyers enjoyed an average salary increase of 9 per cent last year, despite an increasing emphasis on financial performance leading many firms to implement strict qualifying criteria.
Renowned human rights firm Bindman & Partners is advising Lloyds TSB’s workers’ union on its legal attack on the bank’s offshore outsourcing, which could threaten the future of the practice.
Blake Lapthorn office faces the chop after South Coast review" /Blake Lapthorn Linnell’s Fareham office could be closed as the firm moves to streamline its South Coast practice.
Berwin Leighton Paisner is to lose one of its longest-standing project finance partners to a small regional practice in Devon.
US bankruptcy firm Pachulski Stang Ziehl Young Jones & Weintraub has been disqualified from acting for a group of former Brobeck Phelger & Harrison partners who are attempting to sue Clifford Chance for $100m.
Reed Smith is to launch a professional development and leadership initiative for its staff this autumn. Reed Smith University will be run in conjunction with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and its executive education division.
City firm Dawsons has boosted its corporate department with the promotion to partner of Ute Mueller. Mueller, who qualified in Germany in 1997 and joined the firm three years ago, specialises in international law.
British African and Caribbean students may find the path to a corporate career more accessible thanks to the involvement of Clifford Chance in a programme aimed at improving educational potential among this group.
Tech company latest to adopt one-firm partnering scheme pioneered by DuPont
Bristol’s Clarke Willmott has secured its first Birmingham office through the takeover of personal injury firm Amery Parkes.
Some of the highest achievers start late in life. Some of those people end up at the very top of their professions. It’s the benefit of life experience, they say.
Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has won Olympic gold-medal hopeful Amir Khan as a new client.
The Wembley Stadium saga bore all the hallmarks of a national disaster. Steve Hoare meets Darren Berman – the lawyer who helped turn the drama into a victory
The final booking deadline for this year’s European Legal Summit, The Lawyer’s annual event for in-house lawyers, is 10 September. More than 80 in-house lawyers have already booked for the event, to be held in Rome on 11-13 November, and features speakers David Walton, Goldman Sachs’ managing director, and Andrew Whittaker, the Financial Services Authority’s general counsel. Attendance at this event is worth 10 CPD points for the 2004-05 year.
Dorsey & Whitney is leading the multibillion-pound fight against the Inland Revenue in a series of group litigation orders challenging the UK’s tax rules.
Hammonds’ former national head of construction, David Jones (left), is to retire this year following 10 years with the firm. Jones joined Hammonds in 1995 from Masons, and headed the firm’s 75-strong construction, engineering and projects practice until last month. Leeds-based partner Simon Palmer is replacing Jones as department head.
Stockport firm Gorvins has appointed its first ever female managing partner.Lorraine Lockie, currently the 16-partner firm’s joint head of commercial property, is taking over from Andrew Callaghan. As well as being the first woman to lead Gorvins, Lockie was also the firm’s first female senior associate when she joined from Eversheds in 1998, and its first female partner on being made up in 2001.
Who would be Nigel Knowles? DLA’s emperor was on a break from all the Piper Rudnick and Germany hoopla last month when he found himself embroiled in the biggest party Greece has seen since the Zorba the Greek Oscar celebration. The Greek Eleven, having just returned from their footballing triumph at Euro 2004, decamped at Knowles’ Crete beach resort. Reports that after his brush with the footy stars Knowles is considering a career change to become a beach keepy-uppy champion remain ...
A senior associate from Allen & Overy has been propelled to the head of property finance at Olswang.
Rated Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer telecoms partner Raimund Schutz has blamed his departure on the effect that conflict issues and high leverage ratios have on his ability to serve his clients.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won its first instruction for GE Consumer Finance to advise on the company’s largest Russian investment to date.
The past 18 months have not been kind to Simmons & Simmons. Falling profits, partner de-equitisations, a racial discrimination case... you couldn’t make it up.
Peter Crossley has been unanimously elected as Hammonds’ new managing partner after the firm closed its elections early. Crossley, the national firm’s current head of dispute resolution, stood unopposed for the role. In the uncontested election for senior partner, Richard Burns was re-elected for his second three-year term in office. Hammonds’ present managing partner Chris Jones will step down in May next year following nine years in the post.
Longstanding Herbert Smith client the Johnston Group Plc has fought off a hostile bid from the Ennstone Group in the nick of time.
Sometimes, not all the time, but just sometimes, I wish I was a lawyer. It’s not just for the work and it’s not just for the status – sometimes I’d like to be a lawyer simply because most of them make absolute shovel-loads of money.
Risk management is now a full-time job at the UK’s biggest law firms. Joanne Harris reports
Talent management is high on the agenda at many law firms. Sue Conder reports
Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office has appointed a new managing partner.
The collapse of Tyco left its general counsel facing prison. Anthony Davis and Pamela Jarvis report on the implications of Mark Belnick’s acquittal
Jones Day is helping two of its former IP partners to launch their own practice by offering them rent-free space in the firm’s London office.
Jones Day’s Washington partner Deborah Platt Majoras has been sworn in as chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission. The antitrust specialist was nominated for the post by President George W Bush in May and appointed last month. Majoras served as deputy assistant attorney general and principal deputy at the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 18 August
Just about anybody can now be called for jury service – even lawyers. Jon Robins reports on why some are trying to avoid doing their time
We refer to the article ‘Animal activists seek to exploit weaknesses in BOC injunction’, that appeared in the 16 August 2004 edition of The Lawyer.
Linklaters has bolstered its New York restructuring practice with the hire of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan partner Mark Palmer.
Lovells has won a criminal injuries claim for a pro bono client nine years after the client’s husband was killed by their mentally incapacitated son. The client, who has pursued a claim for criminal injuries compensation since 1995, was originally denied an award. Lovells lawyer David Vince and trainee David Hartley assisted an oral hearing of the Criminal Injuries Appeals Panel, where the panel awarded more than £300,000. Lovells believes this case is the first fatal dependency claim ...
Lucent Technologies’ European general counsel Joost Wiebenga has quit after almost 28 years at the networking company.
Masons has helped settle the NHS’s dispute with IT provider EDS, setting it up to retender the contract to Cable & Wireless.
In our article of 9 August 2004 about Merriman White, we reported that the firm was closed for business. We understand however that the firm has been taken over by two new partners: Andrew Crossley and Dominic Murphy, who have bought the practice from its former partners. Merriman White acts for the majority of its predecessor’s clients and employs the vast majority of its support staff and fee-earners and, as before, will be a specialist practice in its core areas of commercial and ...
Olswang has reaffirmed its position as a key adviser of Capital & Regional’s leisure division X-Leisure after advising it on negotiations to open a casino at the company’s Great Northern leisure development in Manchester.
Elvis Presley’s That’s All Right recently made the top three in the UK singles chart on the 50th anniversary of its first release. This anniversary also has major implications for the copyright in the sound recording of the track; it will expire on 31 December 2004. From 1 January 2005, third parties will be able to press and sell copies of this recording without infringing copyright.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has taken on a score of new recruits for its Tokyo office, including a former lawyer from Mitsui Yasuda Wani & Maeda.
The parent company of BPP Law School has announced flat profits in its interim results, despite a strong performance by the law division, which has been boosted by an explosion of part-time students.
Final reparations for Holocaust victims might seem too little too late, but Covington lawyer Stuart Eizenstat says they are a ‘symbol of accountability’. Jon Robins reports
Oh, pity the poor souls at Lawrence Graham. During a recent meeting, several of the firm’s long-suffering partners were heard to bemoan their remuneration of £300,000 and upwards.
Is Eversheds branching out into new and interesting areas of law? Just last week Tulkinghorn was at his local Tesco to stock up on his port and stilton supplies. After handing over his Coutts platinum card, he was given the receipt to sign with none other than a fancy orange Eversheds pen. Has the firm spied a trend for people who want to sort out their wills while they’re doing the weekly shop? After ...
Reality television post Big Brother, Hell’s Kitchen and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has never been hotter. As tabloids fight for exclusive interviews with the latest batch of Big Brother housemates, it can be tempting to dream of the money they’re making and the glamour of their newfound, although usually minutes-long, fame.
Ward Hadaway and PricewaterhouseCoopers-tied firm Landwell have emerged as having the most tightly held equity out of the UK’s top 100 law firms.
The controversial Reverend Jerry Falwell is to open a Christian-led law school in a bid to produce a generation of lawyers to champion right-wing causes and fight abortion and gay rights.
Half of the UK’s top 20 firms have responded to growing threats of negligence claims by appointing full-time risk managers.
Simmons & Simmons has sustained another partner loss, as a highly rated corporate partner up sticks for Lovells.
Simmons & Simmons has been hit with the double loss of its London and New York IP heads to Kilpatrick Stockton.
Simmons & Simmons has completed an executive share incentive scheme for Next, demonstrating that the firm still has a solid relationship with the retailer despite the fact that Herbert Smith muscled in on Next’s corporate work last year.
Squire Sanders and Coudert Brothers pull plug on merger" /Merger talks between Coudert Brothers and Squire Sanders & Dempsey have collapsed due to concerns over the tied firm’s international strategy.
Competition lawyers have welcomed the appointment of the Dutch “Iron Lady” to the post of EU Competition Commissioner, where insiders think she will tackle the political hot potato of state aid.
Marjorie Holmes, partner, DAC
The international implications of Sarbanes-Oxley were being examined last week as two former employees of the Swatch Group claimed for unfair dismissal under ‘whistleblower’ protection provisions.
US retail giant Wal-Mart was thrown a temporary lifeline last week (Friday 13 August) as a court gave it permission to appeal against a class action order granted in June.
North East firm Ward Hadaway has re-appointed its managing partner for a third term as the firm forges ahead to meet its ambitious growth targets.
The bankruptcy practice at Weil Gotshal & Manges now accounts for 20 per cent of the firm’s business – about $160m (£87.7m) of a total 2004 turnover of $801m ($439m) – following lead roles on MCI (formerly Worldcom), Enron and Global Crossing.
Hampshire firm White and Bowker has successfully tendered for a two-year contract to provide legal services to Salisbury District Council. The 15–partner practice fought off competition from 40 other firms this month and is now set to work alongside the council’s in-house team on employment, conveyancing, contracts, litigation, housing and environmental services.
IP boutique Willoughby & Partners last week found itself at the centre of the Orange-EasyGroup spat over the use of the colour orange in EasyMobile’s trademark.
Dechert and Kilpatrick Stockton shared the spoils of this year’s The Lawyer Cup at The Michelob Ultra London Triathlon, claiming five of the top six places between them. Their hegemony was broken only by that well-known law firm Bozzy’s Giants – Tulkinghorn would love to know who you really are.