24 April 2006

The Lawyer

  • In brief

    24-Apr-2006

    The Commercial Litigators Forum will host its Lawyers for London reception at Somerset House on 20 April to raise funds for three London-focused charities. Cherie Booth QC is to be guest of honour at the event, which the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone is also expected to attend. Money raised from the event will go to the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund, the London Air Ambulance and the Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust.

  • A&O's version of 'marketing'

    24-Apr-2006

    Allen & Overy's Italian arm appears to have resorted to subliminal (or should that be barefaced and blatant) messaging in order to attract much-needed lateral hires. Either that, or the firm is angling to become a key competitor to Tesco Law.

  • Addleshaws halves promotions

    28-Apr-2006

    Addleshaw Goddard has halved its partner promotions from 2004-05, with five associates promoted to partner for the new financial year.

  • Age shall not wither Eversheds

    24-Apr-2006

    So Eversheds is reconstructing its entire partnership because it doesn't want to be ageist. Even bearing in mind that it's the job of employment lawyers to scare their clients witless, that's a pretty apocalyptic vision of the forthcoming age discrimination legislation.

  • Appeal hearings on the rise after immigration tribunal figures soar

    24-Apr-2006

    The number of civil appeals heard in the Court of Appeal during the last court year rose by nearly 8 per cent from the previous year, the court's annual report found.

  • Ashurst hires International Power GC and German M&A star

    26-Apr-2006

    Ashurst has hired International Power Middle East general counsel David Wadham for its Dubai office.

  • Asia gets the cold shoulder despite Lovells' partner promotions hitting a three-year high

    24-Apr-2006

    Lovells has elected 18 new partners this year in its biggest round of promotions for three years.

  • Awards judges revealed

    24-Apr-2006

    The Lawyer today unveils another stellar cast of judges to adjudicate The Law-yer Awards 2006, the premier event in the legal calendar.

  • Bakers hires BLP private banking expert

    26-Apr-2006

    Baker & McKenzie has hired Berwin Leighton Paisner private banking expert Henry Frydenson.

  • Balkan firms look to bolster alliance

    24-Apr-2006

    Ten firms from South East Europe (SEE) are working together to form a regional powerhouse.

  • Beachcrofts boosts financial services with FFW hire

    28-Apr-2006

    Beachcroft Wansbroughs is strengthening its financial services team with the hire of a partner from Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW).

  • Bedside spanner

    24-Apr-2006

    Now how does this work? A lawyer, in the hospital with his sick mother, is apparently unable to use his mobile phone after having already been warned off by hospital staff. But that doesn't stop our dedicated partner, who risked matron's wrath by happily emailing away from his BlackBerry instead.

  • Bindmans challenges Govt's pension cop-out

    24-Apr-2006

    Bindman & Partners is set to make legal history by seeking a judicial review into the Government's refusal to follow the Ombudsman's recommendation on pension compensation.

  • BLG promotes in all practice areas

    27-Apr-2006

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has made up five associates to partner, promoting its first employment lawyer for several years.

  • Call of the wild

    24-Apr-2006

    The restrictions controlling the development of conservation areas are playing a large part in the future of Thames Basin sites. Douglas Evans and Gary Sector look at the provisions protecting the wildlife

  • Camerons' partner appointments dip to four

    24-Apr-2006

    Only four associates at CMS Cameron McKenna made partner this year, the lowest count in four years.

  • CC, Freshfields left hanging by Galileo

    24-Apr-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance have been left waiting in the wings while eight European companies fight over the E3.2bn (£2.21bn) Galileo project.

  • Clifford Chance kicks off Wembley litigation

    25-Apr-2006

    Clifford Chance and Walker Morris began a long-awaited face-off in the High Court today as litigation over the construction of the new Wembley Stadium kicked off.

  • Conference call mutiny

    24-Apr-2006

    Tulkinghorn has participated in many a dull conference call, but has never quite had the courage to pass the time in the same way as some Linklaters associates.

  • Continental practices bolstered as SJ Berwin introduces thirteen associates to partnership

    24-Apr-2006

    SJ Berwin introduces thirteen associates to partnership" /SJ Berwin has elected 13 new partners this year, the biggest round at the firm for at least three years and more than double the number made up in 2003.

  • Conyers targets Middle East work with new Dubai office

    24-Apr-2006

    Conyers Dill & Pearman has become the latest offshore law firm to try to tap into the booming Middle East market through its new office in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).

  • Corporate takes lion's share of Osbornes' new partners

    24-Apr-2006

    South West firm Osborne Clarke has promoted eight lawyers to its partnership, more than doubling last year's total.

  • Crossley secures key vote for Hammonds restructure

    24-Apr-2006

    Hammonds’ partners have voted in support of proposals which will see the firm’s senior partner role axed and a move away from lockstep.

  • DAC senior partner steps down

    26-Apr-2006

    Davies Arnold Cooper’s (DAC) long-standing senior partner David McIntosh is stepping down at the end of the month, following 28 years in the role.

  • Deals roundup

    24-Apr-2006

    Eircom looks to Freshfields on Babcock takeover offerFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, led by corporate partners David Sonter and Stephen Hewes, has cemented its ties with client Eircom by advising on a potential E2.36bn (£1.63bn) takeover offer from Australian investment group Babcock & Brown, which made a formal approach last week. Eircom has given Babcock the go-ahead to examine ...

  • Dentons rebuilds partnership with record promotions

    27-Apr-2006

    Denton Wilde Sapte is set to rebuild its partnership with 26 promotions after losing almost of fifth of its partners over the last two years.

  • DLA Piper raids Hunton to launch in Atlanta

    28-Apr-2006

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary’s US operation has caught the expansion bug and opened a new office in Atlanta.

  • DWS leads Rolta India through its London Stock Exchange flotation

    24-Apr-2006

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has landed the lead mandate for new client Rolta India on its landmark flotation on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

  • EU backs International Criminal Court to the hilt

    24-Apr-2006

    THE EU has promised that its institutions will cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) and will even exchange information with its investigators.

  • Eversheds bins lockstep before age laws kick in

    24-Apr-2006

    Eversheds bins lockstep before age laws kick in" /Eversheds is ditching lockstep entirely in favour of merit-based remuneration as it braces itself for the introduction of age discrimination legislation later this year.

  • Eversheds German ally bags McDermott Munich partner

    27-Apr-2006

    Eversheds German alliance partner Heisse Kursawe has scooped a team of corporate lawyers from McDermott Will & Emery for its Munich office.

  • Eversheds to splash out £20m in City office move

    24-Apr-2006

    Eversheds has signed an 18-year contract for a new 165,000sq ft office close to St Paul's Cathedral, with fit-out costs estimated at £20m, which represents nearly a third of Eversheds' 2005 net profit of £57.4m.

  • Farrers boosts corporate team with Wedlake hires

    26-Apr-2006

    Farrer & Co has made a double raid on Wedlake Bell, poaching two corporate lawyers, including the firm’s former practice head.

  • Fear of foreign firms fuels merger that creates Japan's largest firm

    24-Apr-2006

    Japanese powerhouse Nishimura & Partners and Asahi Koma Law Offices are set to form the biggest law firm in the country following the firms' shock announcement that they are to merge.

  • Finance star Gillespie quits A&O for Kirkland

    27-Apr-2006

    Leading Allen & Overy banking partner Stephen Gillespie has resigned from the magic circle firm to join Kirkland & Ellis.

  • Firm profile: Edwards Abrams Doherty

    24-Apr-2006

    Liverpool-based law firm Edwards Abrams Doherty (EAD) moved to new offices at the beginning of April to accommodate its rapidly expanding team.

  • For a few dollars more

    24-Apr-2006

    In three years US firms have become a major force in European private equity and they have done it through the hire of the sector's major players. The Lawyer analyses the practices of the City's most influential dealmakers

  • Goodwin launches in San Fran and LA with Pillsbury and Cooley raids

    26-Apr-2006

    Boston-based Goodwin Procter has launched an assault on California, opening offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, on the back of raids on Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Cooley Godward.

  • Grapevine

    24-Apr-2006

    Co-op puts RAC legal team back on the road

  • Gunderson raids Wilson Sonsini for San Diego launch

    24-Apr-2006

    Silicon Valley-based Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian is launching a San Diego office with two former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partners.

  • Halliwells trousers £45K Lottery money to keep fit

    24-Apr-2006

    Halliwells has bagged £45,000 in National Lottery money from Sport England to fund a fitness drive for its staff.

  • Herbies brings in diversity expert to appease client demands

    24-Apr-2006

    Herbert Smith has recruited a permanent diversity consultant amid increasing requirements from potential clients to provide tangible evidence of a commitment to diversity issues.

  • Herbies raises associate salaries by 17 per cent

    28-Apr-2006

    Herbert Smith has pushed its newly qualified salary up 10 per cent to £55,000.

  • International report: Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

    24-Apr-2006

    The European Commission is to report in May on Romania's suitability to join the EU from 1 January 2007. National firm Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen is playing a key role in the process, helping the government draft new legislation to appease Brussels.

  • Irwin Mitchell expands through PI merger

    26-Apr-2006

    Irwin Mitchell is merging with niche firm Alexander Harris in a move creating a 94 partner personal injury powerhouse.

  • Latham aids Barbados in flying fish hostilities

    24-Apr-2006

    Latham & Watkins has helped Barbados safeguard the future of its national delicacy, flying fish, with a landmark arbitration deciding fishing boundaries between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Lawrence Kehoe: Grant Thornton UK

    24-Apr-2006

    Grant Thornton UK was ahead of the game when it hired head of legal Lawrence Kehoe 19 years ago. Lorraine Cushnie reports on the man who keeps risk at arm's length

  • Linklaters kicks off City pay round with six per cent salary hike

    28-Apr-2006

    Linklaters has kicked-off this year’s salary increases, raising newly qualified lawyers’ salaries by six per cent to £55,100.The magic circle firm announced that it was increasing salaries for fee-earners in London by between 5.5 and 12 per cent depe...

  • Linklaters suffers Giuliani raid in NYC

    26-Apr-2006

    Linklaters New York office has suffered what is understood to be its first group defection after three lawyers, including US head of corporate Mark Palmer, left to join US firm Bracewell & Giuliani.

  • MoFo beefs up entertainment team with Sony hire

    24-Apr-2006

    Morrison & Foerster has hired the former general counsel of Sony Music.

  • Moving down in the world

    24-Apr-2006

    You're a UK top 100 law firm and you're moving house. So how do you let the world know you're moving into a new building? A new address card bulk mail-out? Boringly practical. How about a cracking party? Much more preferable for Tulkinghorn.

  • Nabarros cleans up on county waste contracts

    24-Apr-2006

    Nabarro Nathanson has won three competitive tenders to provide advice on waste management projects to UK public sector clients.

  • Nabarros cuts loose charities group to Stone King's benefit

    24-Apr-2006

    Nabarro Nathanson has hived off its charities practice, with the three-lawyer group set to join Bath-based charity specialists Stone King from the start fo the new financial year.

  • Norton Rose to rival magic circle on NQ pay

    28-Apr-2006

    Norton Rose is increasing newly-qualified pay to £55,000 in a move designed to ensure the firm offers competitive associate and trainee salaries.

  • Opinion

    24-Apr-2006

    Further debate regarding changes to company law will present a whole new set of challenges

  • People

    24-Apr-2006

    US firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has hired John Stigi as a partner in San Francisco from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

  • Pinsents threatens to sue Baker Tilly after Revenue probe

    24-Apr-2006

    Pinsent Masons is considering legal action against its former accountancy firm after the Inland Revenue launched an investigation into a suspected underpayment of taxes by Masons.

  • Richards Butler nets Salans' media team

    24-Apr-2006

    Richards Butler has raided Salans, taking the firm's entire London-based media team.

  • Separated at birth

    24-Apr-2006

    White & Case London litigation head Alistair Graham should be used to performing to a crowd - after all, he's been moonlighting as entertainer Brian Conley for years now. Conley spent most of 2005 starring in the West End musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, while his alter ego Graham ...

  • Shearman advises Citigroup and Goldman Sachs on ISS bond issue

    24-Apr-2006

    US firm Shearman & Sterling scooped the mandate to advise the lead managers on the long-awaited high-yield bond issue from Danish cleaning company ISS.

  • Shearman NQs cash in on £12,000 pay hike

    28-Apr-2006

    Shearman & Sterling is hiking salaries for newly-qualified UK lawyers by a massive £12,000, it was announced today (28 April).

  • Simmons in revolutionary high-tech focus shift

    24-Apr-2006

    Simmons & Simmons is preparing to revolutionise its business model by investing in technology to assist with the delivery of legal solutions at a hugely reduced cost.

  • Skadden partner tops M&A rankings

    24-Apr-2006

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom partner Scott Simpson has confirmed his position as the top European M&A rainmaker, securing first place in the individual league tables for the first quarter.

  • Slaughters, Latham lead on Cadbury Schweppes drinks deal

    24-Apr-2006

    Slaughter and May is understood to be acting for longstanding client Cadbury Schweppes on its acquisition of the US Dr Pepper and Seven Up Bottling Group from the Carlyle Group.

  • Snout drought

    24-Apr-2006

    Another firm making a huff and puff about a new office is Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC). Well, actually, huffing and puffing is the last thing RPC lawyers will be doing when they move into their new premises at Tower Bridge House.

  • Sobering fought

    24-Apr-2006

    Tulkinghorn is used to rubbish surveys from marketing types floating across his desk, often quickly hurried along on their way to the circular file. But one recent missive caused a double take and a spray of digestive biscuits across Tulkinghorn's otherwise spotless desk.

  • Solicitors keen on advocacy despite limited opportunities

    24-Apr-2006

    Earlier this month, Herbert Smith competition associate Ronit Kreisberger announced that she was leaving the firm to join Monckton Chambers. Kreisberger believes that she can best focus on advocacy work at the bar, despite being a qualified solicitor-advocate.

  • South east

    24-Apr-2006

    Law firms in the South East are enjoying one of their busiest periods. The buoyant M&A market has not been confined to City law firms, and corporate lawyers in the Home Counties have been enjoying their fair share of deals.

  • Staff bonuses: handle with care

    24-Apr-2006

    Bonuses may be a minefield, but if handled right they can be a huge staff incentive. By Mark Brandon

  • Tales from the riverbank

    24-Apr-2006

    The hype surrounding the Thames Gateway regeneration projects may be a bit over the top, but as Mike Scott reports, the benefits are nevertheless on the horizon

  • Taylor Wessing partner promotions bolster IP

    24-Apr-2006

    Taylor Wessing has boosted its IP practice, announcing three new partner promotions for the team.

  • The work-life quiz

    24-Apr-2006

    What was your first-ever job?

  • The Yank's a plank

    24-Apr-2006

    BCCI. Big case. Judgment splashed all over the newspapers on Thursday 13 April. Lawyers accused of mishandling the case, hefty costs blah, blah, blah.

  • Trading places

    24-Apr-2006

    Citigroup's German legal head has made his team integral to the development of the bank's fixed-income business. Aled Griffiths talks to Jean-Claude Zerey about how he pioneered a new relationship between legal and compliance

  • Troutman strengthens energy team with double London hire

    24-Apr-2006

    Atlanta-based firm Troutman Sanders is the latest US firm to beef up its energy team by recruiting two energy specialists from European firm Castaldi Mourre Sprague.

  • US Federal Trade Commission makes double hire for Bureau of Competition

    24-Apr-2006

    The US Federal Trade Commission has recruited two senior competition lawyers to take up leading roles at the Bureau of Competition.

  • Weil joins forces with UN to help on unique disaster relief scheme

    24-Apr-2006

    Weil Gotshal & Manges has acted as pro bono counsel in an initiative by the United Nations World Food Programme to create the world's first weather-derivative transaction for humanitarian emergencies.

  • Wragges doubles promotions

    24-Apr-2006

    Wragge & Co has doubled the amount of partners promoted this year compared with last year, making up six.