23 August 2004

The Lawyer

  • A lean, mean billing machine

    23-Aug-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 ...

  • A proud moment

    23-Aug-2004

    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’s Forschbach leaves for Latham & Watkins

    26-Aug-2004

    Ashurst has been dealt a blow after losing highly-rated Parisian corporate rainmaker Thomas Forschbach to Latham & Watkins.

  • Australia reports salary rise in line with higher performance

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Bindmans leads Lloyds TSB union in data battle

    23-Aug-2004

    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

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • BLP stalwart changes pace with move to Devon firm

    25-Aug-2004

    Berwin Leighton Paisner is to lose one of its longest-standing project finance partners to a small regional practice in Devon.

  • Brobeck partners’ firm knocked-out of CC law suit row

    26-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Careers: in brief

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Careers: people

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • CC mentoring scheme offers black students a helping hand

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Cisco poised for move to DuPont legal model

    23-Aug-2004

    Tech company latest to adopt one-firm partnering scheme pioneered by DuPont

  • Clarke Willmott heads north with Birmingham acquisition

    25-Aug-2004

    Bristol’s Clarke Willmott has secured its first Birmingham office through the takeover of personal injury firm Amery Parkes.

  • Clarkson Wright & Jakes

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • DAC boxing clever with Khan

    27-Aug-2004

    Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has won Olympic gold-medal hopeful Amir Khan as a new client.

  • Darren Berman: Wembley National Stadium Limited

    23-Aug-2004

    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

  • Deadline draws near for European Legal Summit

    23-Aug-2004

    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 takes on Revenue for multinationals

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Ex-construction head retires from Hammonds

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • First female managing partner for Gorvins

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Football fever

    23-Aug-2004

    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 ...

  • Former Allen & Overy associate bags lead role at Olswang

    25-Aug-2004

    A senior associate from Allen & Overy has been propelled to the head of property finance at Olswang.

  • Freshfields counts cost of commercial conflicts as German talent walks

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • GE turns to Freshfields on DeltaBank purchase

    23-Aug-2004

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won its first instruction for GE Consumer Finance to advise on the company’s largest Russian investment to date.

  • Grapevine

    25-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Hammonds names new managing partner

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Herbert Smith defends Johnston Group from hostile bid

    24-Aug-2004

    Longstanding Herbert Smith client the Johnston Group Plc has fought off a hostile bid from the Ennstone Group in the nick of time.

  • I wish I was a lawyer

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Indemnity deadline pushes claim-cutting up the agenda

    23-Aug-2004

    Risk management is now a full-time job at the UK’s biggest law firms. Joanne Harris reports

  • Investing in the future

    23-Aug-2004

    Talent management is high on the agenda at many law firms. Sue Conder reports

  • Irwin Mitchell names Knaggs as new Leeds leader

    25-Aug-2004

    Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office has appointed a new managing partner.

  • Jail break

    23-Aug-2004

    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 donates office to ex-partners for start-up

    23-Aug-2004

    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 partner wins US government role

    23-Aug-2004

    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

  • Judge and jury

    23-Aug-2004

    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

  • Letter

    23-Aug-2004

    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 builds New York restructuring practice

    23-Aug-2004

    Linklaters has bolstered its New York restructuring practice with the hire of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan partner Mark Palmer.

  • Lovells triumphs on nine-year pro bono case

    23-Aug-2004

    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 general counsel quits for FMO

    23-Aug-2004

    Lucent Technologies’ European general counsel Joost Wiebenga has quit after almost 28 years at the networking company.

  • Masons wins NHS EDS work after A&O and DLA conflicted

    23-Aug-2004

    Masons has helped settle the NHS’s dispute with IT provider EDS, setting it up to retender the contract to Cable & Wireless.

  • Merriman White still open for business

    23-Aug-2004

    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 handles casino deal

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Opinion

    23-Aug-2004

    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 boosts Japanese corporate base with mass hire

    26-Aug-2004

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has taken on a score of new recruits for its Tokyo office, including a former lawyer from Mitsui Yasuda Wani & Maeda.

  • Part-time students ramp up BPP’s interim results

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Pay back

    23-Aug-2004

    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

  • Pay mates

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Pen pushers

    23-Aug-2004

    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 bites

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Revealed: the most tightly guarded equities in The Lawyer UK 100

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Right-wing US evangelist opens like-minded law school in Virginia

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Risk managers become popular choice for firms

    23-Aug-2004

    Half of the UK’s top 20 firms have responded to growing threats of negligence claims by appointing full-time risk managers.

  • Simmons hit with third partner departure

    25-Aug-2004

    Simmons & Simmons has sustained another partner loss, as a highly rated corporate partner up sticks for Lovells.

  • Simmons loses two IP heads to Kilpatrick

    25-Aug-2004

    Simmons & Simmons has been hit with the double loss of its London and New York IP heads to Kilpatrick Stockton.

  • Simmons scoops Next share scheme project

    23-Aug-2004

    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

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • State aid hits spotlight as ‘Iron Lady’ replaces Monti

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • The work-life quiz

    23-Aug-2004

    Marjorie Holmes, partner, DAC

  • Unfair dismissal claim questions reach of Sarbanes-Oxley

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Wal-Mart wins right to lodge appeal against class action

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Ward Hadaway managing partner gets third term

    25-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Weil Gotshal & Manges reports post-MCI increase in bankcruptcy share of turnover

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • White and Bowker scoops Salisbury contract

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Willoughby’s future is bright with Orange

    23-Aug-2004

    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.

  • Winning combinations

    23-Aug-2004

    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.