23 June 2008

The Lawyer

  • A&O, CC and Norton Rose win £4.5bn Barclays deal

    25-Jun-2008

    Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Norton Rose have scooped lead roles on Barclays' £4.5bn share issue.

  • Addleshaws serves libel writs for tennis player dubbed 'world's worst'

    23-Jun-2008

    Addleshaw Goddard is stepping into battle against the publishers of the Daily Mail, the Independent on Sunday and news agency Reuters over stories that claimed 21-year-old Robert Dee was the world's worst tennis player.

  • Addleshaws, Macfarlanes, CMS bag Freightliner buyout

    23-Jun-2008

    Addleshaw Goddard, CMS Cameron McKenna and Macfarlanes have won key roles in the estimated £340m secondary buyout of rail logistics company Freightliner Group.

  • Air travel worst offender in firms' carbon counts

    23-Jun-2008

    Thirty-two law firms make up the vast majority of the 50 professional services firms that have audited independently their carbon footprints, a survey of 1,200 professional services firms by the Managing Partners' Forum (MPF) has revealed.

  • And relax…

    23-Jun-2008

    Tulkinghorn feels pity for those poor partners whose firms force them to go on team-building retreats. It is one thing to sit with these people in the partners' dining room and quite another to spend free time with them.

  • Back in the day

    23-Jun-2008

    Tulkinghorn is a stickler for tradition and still stands by and bows his head when a woman enters the room. He would do well at Altrincham firm Keoghs and Nicholls Lindsell & Harris, which is celebrating its 275th anniversary in September.

  • Bad review prompts SFO to create GC-style role

    23-Jun-2008

    The Serious Fraud Office is to create a general counsel-style role in response to a scathing review that branded the organisation as lacking clarity, focus and management.

  • Bakers fails to follow its own advice in Narnia saga

    23-Jun-2008

    Baker & McKenzie, the firm suing an Edinburgh dad on behalf of the CS Lewis estate after he purchased the ‘narnia.mobi’ domain name has not ­managed to protect its own .mobi domain name.

  • Bircham breaches £300K PEP ceiling

    23-Jun-2008

    Bircham Dyson Bell has broken through the £300,000 average profit per equity partner (PEP) barrier, recording a jump of 23 per cent to £312,000.

  • Bird & Bird crowned International Firm of Year

    25-Jun-2008

    Bird & Bird won International Firm of the Year at The Lawyer awards last night, in recognition of a global expansion strategy that has helped the firm triple its revenue over the last seven years.

  • BLG revenues up 7 per cent to £80m

    27-Jun-2008

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has seen its turnover break the £80m-barrier, with the firm's litigation team bringing in more than three-quarters of the revenue.

  • Boyes Turner: Andrew Chalkley

    23-Jun-2008

    Boyes Turner: Andrew Chalkley" class="inline_image inline_image_left" src="/pictures/web/images/12514_9_firm.gif" /Reading-based firm Boyes Turner has a “strategy of growth”, says partner and chief executive Andrew Chalkley. Closer examination reveals that this strategy divides into two prongs - heavy recruitment at all levels and the marketing of the business to increase cross-selling ...

  • Bright idea

    23-Jun-2008

    Forget bonuses: the next time you want to show your appreciation to associates give them an energy-saving light bulb. Taylor Wessing saved itself some electricity - and money - by doing just that. role as the chairman of the American Bar Association.

  • Burges Salmon, Foot Anstey post growth

    24-Jun-2008

    Bristol firm Burges Salmon has reported a year end rise in turnover of 11 per cent while Westcountry firm Foot Anstey has ended the year on a 21 per cent turnover rise.

  • Canadian M&A

    23-Jun-2008

    Over the past few years the US's tried-and-trusted sources of cross-border M&A work have added another name: Canada.

  • Clifford Chance ramps up regulatory with RJW hire

    27-Jun-2008

    Clifford Chance ramps up regulatory with RJW hire" /Clifford Chance has ramped up its white-collar crime capabilities with the hire of Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) financial fraud star Judith Seddon.

  • CMS and Dentons Finnish up at rugby

    27-Jun-2008

    CMS and Dentons Finnish up at rugby27-June-2008What are you doing this weekend? Out on the tiles? Catching up with the kids? Or just grouting the bathroom? Whatever you're doing, it's not likely to be playing rugby at, er, midnight, in Finland.

  • CMS Cameron McKenna to pilot Russia merger

    23-Jun-2008

    CMS Cameron McKenna to pilot Russia merger" /The CMS alliance has taken its first steps towards full integration with a plan to merge the Moscow offices of three of its members.

  • Couchman and Onside seal Twenty20 cricket deal

    23-Jun-2008

    Sport boutiques Couchman Harrington Associates (CHA) and Onside Law have finalised a deal that will see a new Twenty20 cricket tournament in England funded by Texas billionaire Sir Allen Stanford.

  • Cox takes over as Herbert Smith real estate chief

    25-Jun-2008

    Herbert Smith has appointed Ian Cox to the role of head of real estate.

  • Danny Davis: Mishcon de Reya

    23-Jun-2008

    What do you do at weekends?Perform stand-up comedy.

  • Davies Lavery spurns DWF for Kennedys

    23-Jun-2008

    Insurance firm Davies Lavery knocked back a takeover bid from DWF in favour of a merger with Kennedys, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • Doughty Street co-head handed UN IJC role

    23-Jun-2008

    Doughty Street Chambers joint head Geoffrey Robertson QC has been appointed to the UN's Internal Justice Council (IJC). Together with four other IJC members, he will recommend 15 judges to preside over UN disputes, including corruption allegations.

  • Draft excluders

    23-Jun-2008

    A recent Court of Appeal judgment offers commercial contract drafters some potentially valuable insights into what might constitute an unreasonable exclusion clause.

  • DWS vs. Camerons in night-time Nordic rugby slam

    27-Jun-2008

    Teams from CMS Cameron McKenna and Denton Wilde Sapte will compete in a late night rugby match this weekend as part of an international “Midnight Rugby Tournament” in Finland.

  • FFW: surprise performer

    28-Jun-2008

    Ok, hands up. We were completely wrong last year when we recommended Field Fisher Waterhouse as a sell. Anyone holding on to imaginary shares in the London firm would have been quids in, with PEP leaping 27 per cent to over £750,000, on preliminary figures.

  • Fifty jobs to go as crunch hits Howard Kennedy

    23-Jun-2008

    Howard Kennedy is set to axe up to 50 jobs, including 20 fee-earning roles, as the firm seeks to stave off the full impact of the credit crunch.

  • Foreign lawyers get new UK transfer rules

    27-Jun-2008

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is set to bring in revised guidance for foreign lawyers looking to practise in England and Wales from 1 September after a delay of six months.

  • Hardwicke study calls on sets, Bar Council to hike direct access

    23-Jun-2008

    Direct access to the bar has increased by 150 per cent in the past two years, but more needs to be done by the Bar Council and chambers, a new report claims.

  • Herbies City corporate man to lead Singapore

    23-Jun-2008

    Herbert Smith has appointed a London corporate partner to head its Singapore office.

  • Herbies thaws out junior lawyer salaries

    23-Jun-2008

    Herbert Smith has become the second firm in recent weeks to renege on its decision to freeze junior lawyer salaries.

  • Hill Dickinson stuck with flat PEP

    23-Jun-2008

    Hill Dickinson has not seen its profit per equity partner increase at all this year.

  • Hill Dickinson: A tale of two cities

    27-Jun-2008

    Like LG (see below), Hill Dickinson has failed to push up its PEP this year.

  • Holroyd back in practice with LSA, legal aid brief

    23-Jun-2008

    Law Society president Andrew Holroyd, who completes his term of office next month, will return to Liverpool-based Jackson & Canter Solicitors to manage the firm's Legal Services Act (LSA) and legal aid strategy.

  • Home guard

    23-Jun-2008

    Investors may think twice about Canada after the government scotched a major foreign takeover of a domestic company.

  • HR Focus: BLG pleased with stepping stone for partners

    23-Jun-2008

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) made up a record eight staff to the partnership this year, all of whom were previously associate directors (AD) - a role brought in at the firm 12 months ago.

  • JPMorgan axes Links from panel after litigation row

    23-Jun-2008

    JPMorgan has ditched Linklaters from its list of preferred advisers following a row over the magic circle firm’s role in suing Bear Stearns on behalf of ­Barclays Bank.

  • Keeping up appearances

    23-Jun-2008

    Sonnenschein and Cadwalader got plaudits for being open about their redundancies. Others were more coy. Which is best: transparency or stealth?

  • Kimbells to cut 11 jobs as credit crunch bites

    24-Jun-2008

    Milton Keynes firm Kimbells is the latest firm to feel the impact of the credit crunch with up to 11 jobs facing the axe.

  • Lawyers lambast FSA's new short selling rules

    23-Jun-2008

    City lawyers have warned of chaos over the Financial Services Authority's (FSA) new rules on short selling, following fierce criticism of the regulatory body's handling of the issue.

  • Links London takes a hit

    23-Jun-2008

    The decision by JPMorgan to ditch Linklaters because of its involvement in the Bear Stearns ­litigation is reminiscent of Clifford Chance’s spat with Bank of America in the 1990s and Freshfields’ row with Citibank at the turn of the decade.

  • Lovells gets Peking University training gig

    23-Jun-2008

    Lovells has joined forces with Peking University to develop new legal training courses for Chinese lawyers.

  • Luke Flynn: AEG Live

    23-Jun-2008

    Hobnobbing with Kylie may only be part of the story, but music fan Luke Flynn says his GC role with tour and events organiser AEG Live is definitely the best job he's ever had.

  • Macfarlanes' figures hit by credit crunch

    23-Jun-2008

    Macfarlanes' figures hit by credit crunch" /Macfarlanes has achieved a modest 6.7 per cent rise in revenue but failed to increase its average profit per equity partner.

  • Maitland, Harneys in Cayman ventures

    23-Jun-2008

    Offshore services firm Maitland Group is to launch a Cayman Islands-based law firm after recruiting former Walkers partner Sara Collins.

  • Martineau Johnson re-brands as ‘Martineau’

    24-Jun-2008

    Martineau Johnson has rebranded itself as ‘Martineau,’ dropping the ‘Johnson‘ from its name.

  • McGrigors swaps Manchester office

    23-Jun-2008

    McGrigors has moved into new offices in Manchester after launching in the city in January.

  • Milberg's '$75m get-out-of-jail card'

    23-Jun-2008

    Plaintiff bar left 'reeling' by fine and lawsuit One inhabitant of the defense bar, Brad Simon of Simon & Partners, summed up the situation as follows: "The greed of these individuals will make it much more difficult to bring suits and will subject suits to much more scrutiny by the courts.

  • Mincoffs, Jacksons in Tyne-Tees tie-up

    23-Jun-2008

    Two North East firms have merged to create a major player within Newcastle's second tier.

  • Minter Ellison promotes 14 to partner; one in London

    27-Jun-2008

    Australian firm Minter Ellison has promoted a bumper crop to the partnership including one in London as the firm makes a concerted push in the City.

  • MoFo raids Sonnenschein for trio of IP partners

    24-Jun-2008

    Morrison Foerster has hired a three-partner IP team from Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal for its Palo Alto and Washington DC offices.

  • MoJ names first HMCS chief executive

    23-Jun-2008

    The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has appointed its first chief executive for Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) since it announced the new court structure in January. HMCS North West regional director Chris Mayer is the new chief executive. She succeeds Sir Ronald De Witt, who held the post for four years. A new structure for the HMCS, announced at the end of January, sees the leadership of the service stay in the hands of a board of 11 members, including the chief executive.

  • Music industry body fills GC vacancy after year

    25-Jun-2008

    Music industry association IFPI has ended its year-long search for a general counsel, promoting litigation head Jo Oliver to the top job.

  • Narnia domain name battle may not be baddy vs daddy

    23-Jun-2008

    Debate has raged on TheLawyer.com all week about the merits of Baker & McKenzie client CS Lewis estate's trademark dispute with a couple who claim they bought the domain name 'narnia.mobi' for their 11-year-old son.

  • Norton rose oversees power plant finance

    23-Jun-2008

    Norton Rose advised on the $600m (£308.1m) financing of a Java power plant for the Indonesian state electricity utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), which has become a regular client of the firm. The project to develop a 1,000MV coal-fired power plant is the third fast-track financing Norton Rose's Singapore team, led by partner Jeff Smith, has signed to date.

  • Olswang bags mid-market corporate team of year

    25-Jun-2008

    Olswang was the surprise winner of the Mid-market Corporate Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2008 last night.

  • One Essex Court hikes revenue by 7 per cent for second year running

    23-Jun-2008

    One Essex Court has recorded a 7 per cent growth in turnover, reflecting a steady year at the commercial bar - but some common law sets are feeling the pinch due to problems with legal aid fees.

  • Osborne Clarke scoops Real Estate Team of Year

    25-Jun-2008

    Osborne Clarke won the Real Estate Team of the Year award at last night’s The Lawyer Awards 2008.

  • Outer Temple, Mark Howard QC win Bar's top awards

    25-Jun-2008

    Outer Temple Chambers won Chambers of the Year at The Lawyer Awards last night (24 June), while Mark Howard QC of Brick Court scooped Barrister of the Year.

  • Pakistan law defender scoops Editor's Award

    25-Jun-2008

    The Lawyer Editor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement has been won by Hina Jiliani, Pakistan’s most high-profile campaigner for rule of law and victims of violence.

  • Parallel drives

    23-Jun-2008

    Canada's provincial governments have been examining each other's approaches in their bids to develop the use of public-private partnerships.

  • People Moves

    23-Jun-2008

    US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has appointed David Elder as a partner and head of the energy and global transactions practice. He joins from Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell and will be based in Houston.

  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Assoc launches

    23-Jun-2008

    The Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (Pocla) was launched on Monday (16 June) at the Inner Temple Hall in front of 400 guests.

  • Salans appoints first global HR head

    27-Jun-2008

    Salans has hired its first ever global head of human resources, snapping up former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer HR manager Judith Hesketh.

  • Separated at birth

    23-Jun-2008

    Comedian Alan Carr has clearly had enough of his much trusted Sunday Night Project comrade Justin Lee Collins and ditched his hairy West Country friend for the considerably more respectable lawyer Kate Wild. He and Wild have joined Pannone as personal injury partners, with Carr assuming the identity of Craig Oliver. On The Sunday Night Project, Carr has grown accustomed to making sport while the guest host does all the donkey work - Tulkinghorn thinks Pannone is ...

  • SFO prepares to adopt the American way as challenges mount

    23-Jun-2008

    The new Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director Richard Alderman started his new role three months ago and so far has had to contend with an appeal over the BAE fiasco, a scathing review by former New York City prosecutor Jessica De Grazia and the departure of four senior prosecutors from the unit.

  • Simmons & Simmons smashes PEP target

    26-Jun-2008

    Simmons & Simmons has boosted its average profit per equity partner (PEP) by nearly 22 per cent, smashing through its target.

  • Smiths Group calls on ICI lawyer after GC exit

    23-Jun-2008

    UK technology company Smiths Group has hired former ICI legal chief Michael Herlihy as its interim general counsel following the departure of head lawyer David Lillycrop.

  • Squire Sanders concludes Ann Summers dispute

    26-Jun-2008

    Squire Sanders & Dempsey has brought a US arbitration involving adult retailer Ann Summers to a successful conclusion.

  • Storm Trooper

    23-Jun-2008

    Tulkinghorn's preferred mode of transport is his own two legs - he doesn't trust these modern aeroplanes. And Speechly Bircham IP chief Robert Bond would probably agree after enjoying a harrowing trip to Minneapolis during the storm season in the US last week.

  • The civil state

    23-Jun-2008

    Ten years on from the introduction of Lord Woolf's new civil procedure rules, the verdict on their efficacy is still coming in, while uncertainty remains over whether further reforms are needed.

  • The electric avenue

    23-Jun-2008

    At face value, dealing with electronic evidence may seem no different to any other, but there are some serious pitfalls for the unwary or unprepared.

  • The Lawyer Awards 2008: Photo Gallery

    27-Jun-2008

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  • The Lawyer Awards winners 2005: where are they now?

    23-Jun-2008

    The Lawyer Awards 2008 take place at The Grosvenor House Hotel next week (24 June). To find out who has won this year, tune in next week.

  • The Lawyer Awards: Freshfields scoops Law Firm of Year

    25-Jun-2008

    Lord Falconer presented Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer with the coveted Law Firm of the Year prize at The Lawyer Awards, which took place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last night (24 June 2008).

  • The Lawyer Awards: Freshfields scoops Law Firm of Year

    25-Jun-2008

    Lord Falconer presented Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer with the coveted Law Firm of the Year prize at The Lawyer Awards, which took place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last night (24 June 2008).

  • Thomson Snell lands new senior partner

    23-Jun-2008

    Tunbridge Wells-based firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has elected James Partridge as its new senior partner. He takes over the role from Michael Sugden, who has retired. Partridge has been with the firm since 1986 and has been head of corporate and commercial since 2000. Thomson Snell's revenue this year increased by £1m to £14.7m.

  • Trio picks up buyout of Partnership

    23-Jun-2008

    Clyde & Co, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Travers Smith have been instructed in the private equity buyout of retirement solutions company Partnership. Freshfields corporate partner Adrian Maguire ...

  • US heavyweights score roles on CSX's court battle with UK funds

    23-Jun-2008

    A quartet of US firms snared lead roles on a bitter foreign investment dispute involving UK hedge funds The Childrens' Investment Fund (TCI) and 3G Capital Partners.

  • US patent pre-eminence under threat as China posts 25 per cent increase

    23-Jun-2008

    China is on course to overtake the US as the world's largest patent-filing jurisdiction by 2012 if the growth in both countries continues at its current rate.

  • Varying degrees of success: grade inflation hits profession

    23-Jun-2008

    Whether it is the cost of petrol or a loaf of bread it is impossible to read the papers at the moment without some sort of reference to inflation.

  • Walker Morris: Turn down the volume

    27-Jun-2008

    Despite the axing of Walker Morris’ matrimonial practice in 2007 and the sale of its unfashionable volume business in 2006, the firm’s turnover and average profit per equity partner (PEP) have barely increased this year (see story, 2 June 2008)

  • Why scoring a place at football's top table is a goal worth shooting for

    23-Jun-2008

    Football is becoming more soap opera than sport and each character in the cast has their own legal team backing them up. As money pours into the game from sponsorship and media deals, the stakes have increased along with the legal complexities.

  • William Hill unveils streamlined panel

    23-Jun-2008

    Bookmaker William Hill has slimmed down its internal legal panel of advisers.An invitation to tender was sent to around 10 firms, with Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst ;and ;Pinsent Masons making the cut.