24 February 2003

The Lawyer

  • A&O ramps up New York asset finance practice

    24-Feb-2003

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has further expanded its US asset finance practice with a partner hire from Bingham McCutchen. Barry Biggar joins the firm's New York office a week after it took on a partner and of counsel to set up a litigation practice. Prior to Bingham McCutchen, Biggar was a partner at Mayer Brown & Platt. He specialises in structured and asset finance principally representing ...

  • A&O, Cadwalader face court probe over TXU

    24-Feb-2003

    Administrator Ernst & Young turns to Commercial Court for ruling on conflicts

  • Accidental success

    24-Feb-2003

    TAG might not be the most popular company, but it is certainly successful. Its founder Mark Langford meets Jon Robins and tries to dispel some myths

  • Adam and Yves provoke sinful behaviour at CC

    24-Feb-2003

    Tulkinghorn has heard of the growing bewilderment among Clifford Chance lawyers about the (arguably) unwarranted amount of female interest in partners Yves Wehrli and Adam Signy. And with good reason. The mere mention of Adam and Yves, the most swoonsome twosome since Butch and Sundance, threatened to engulf a recent bash in a cyclone of oestrogen.Poor Stuart Popham, Clifford Chance's ...

  • Asia Global Crossing lawyer goes to Latham

    24-Feb-2003

    Latham & Watkins has hired Asia Global Crossing's former general counsel for Japanese operations for its corporate team in Tokyo

  • Baker & McKenzie adds three to San Francisco

    24-Feb-2003

    Baker & McKenzie has signed up a three-partner team from Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. Partners Shane Byrne, Phillip Bush and Jason Kuhns, and four associates will join the corporate securities practice at the firm's San Francisco office. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 18 February

  • Baker & McKenzie clinches Austrian debut with local merger

    27-Feb-2003

    Baker & McKenzie has opened an Austrian office following a merger with local 21-lawyer firm Kerres & Diwok.The two founding partners of the Austrian firm, Dr Christoph Kerres and Georg Diwok, have joined Baker & McKenzie’s international partnership. The office will also have two local partners.Baker & McKenzie's executive chairman Christine Lagarde said the merger would further develop the firm’s central and eastern European practice. "Vienna ...

  • Bless me partner, for I have billed

    24-Feb-2003

    True to its Italian blood, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo has found itself an historic new home in London. The firm has just moved into a converted Christopher Wren church dating back to 1671.St Olave's House on Ironmonger Lane has been through it a bit: it was partly demolished in 1892, then rebuilt and used as a rectory until the late 1980s, when Sullivan & Cromwell became its first lawyer tenants.Bonelli has now ta-ken on the listed building and brought ...

  • Bonelli adds banking, M&A to London office

    24-Feb-2003

    Slaughter and May's Italian best friend Bonelli Erede Pappalardo is in expansionist mode at its new London office

  • British Waterways claims contract breach in face of £41m Marconi compromise

    26-Feb-2003

    A unique dispute in which a petition for reduction of Marconi’s share capital in a company was challenged has resulted in a settlement between clients of Norton Rose, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Ashurst Morris Crisp. The compromise means Marconi, represented by A&O, is due a repayment of £41m from ...

  • Brobeck IT team heads off to Mayer Brown

    24-Feb-2003

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is the latest firm to benefit from the collapse of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison by hiring its IT outsourcing group

  • Cadwalader aids British Energy bondholders

    26-Feb-2003

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft played a key role in negotiations with British Energy on behalf of bondholders in the stricken nuclear power generating company. A restructuring package was agreed on 14 February, just in time for the Government’s deadline. Cadwalader partners Andrew Wilkinson and Matthew Williams led the negotiating team for the bondholders. The UK’s ailing nuclear company was hit again yesterday when the Government made clear in its White Paper ...

  • Camerons provides select team for Taylor Woodrow

    24-Feb-2003

    CMS Cameron McKenna is creating a dedicated Taylor Woodrow team in its Bristol office as part of a deal to massively expand its role with the developer

  • Carnelutti helps Israeli telco move into Europe

    24-Feb-2003

    Italian law firm Carnelutti scooped the role of adviser to Israel's Dai Telecom on its first transaction in Europe

  • CC unites New York practice under Deutsche Bank's roof

    25-Feb-2003

    Clifford Chance is taking the next step in strengthening its New York presence by consolidating its three Midtown offices under one roof.The firm’s Manhattan-based lawyers are set to move to the Deutsche Bank Building by May 2004, where the lease covers 380,000 sq ft or 14 floors within the 29 floor building. The move is a significant development for CC’s New York operation, ...

  • Channel Islands demand EU fair play

    24-Feb-2003

    Reports being drawn up by law firms in the Channel Islands on the future of their transparency and tax regimes are likely to spark a political war that will include the EU, the UK Government and other European tax havens

  • Cobbetts enters merger talks with Lee Crowder

    25-Feb-2003

    Manchester firm Cobbetts is in preliminary talks with Birmingham-based Lee Crowder about developing a tie-up. The two firms have not decided whether to enter full blown merger negotiations but The Lawyer understands that the prospect of a merger is being discussed. At the moment, only a select number of partners from each firm are involved in the talks. One insider said: "The talks are at an extremely preliminary stage. At the moment they are being termed ‘synergy talks’ ...

  • Coudert negligent on Russian privatisation

    24-Feb-2003

    Coudert Brothers is facing a multimillion-pound damages claim after a judge ruled it acted negligently while advising on a £5.5m share purchase

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - CAMBRIDGE ANTIBODY TECHNOLOGY

    24-Feb-2003

    Mayer Brown ejects Camerons to advise CAT on OGS takeover

  • Deals round-up

    24-Feb-2003

    Linklaters (Peter Erbacher) advised Deutsche BP Aktiengesellschaft on the sale of 313 petrol stations in Germany, Hungary and Slovakia to OMV Deutschland for e377m (£253.8m). Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom advised OMV Deutschland.Nicholson Graham & Jones (Jeremy Landau) ...

  • Dewey seals first deal for Croatian govt

    24-Feb-2003

    Dewey Ballantine has closed its first deal for the Republic of Croatia's government. The firm advised on its client's e282m (£190m) financing for the first and second phases of a motorway project.Jonathan Simpson, a projects partner at Dewey who led the deal, got the work after acting for the government at his previous firm, Allen & Overy, which he left in May 2002.The two-stage transaction first involved advising on the arranging of bond issues ...

  • DJ Freeman culls property and TMT teams

    24-Feb-2003

    DJ Freeman is making a round of redundancies that will hit its property and media and technology departments

  • EU to consider Europe-wide contract law to resolve cross-border disputes

    24-Feb-2003

    Legal professionals across the European Union (EU) are to be asked whether or not they support the idea of creating a parallel body of European contract law that would exist alongside national legislation

  • Europe in union

    24-Feb-2003

    With 75 million people preparing to join the European Union, Sarah Biontino and Tim Castorina discuss the criteria that the ten new member states need to meet

  • Eversheds creates top job for Paris push

    25-Feb-2003

    Eversheds has appointed its first managing partner with sole responsibility for Paris. Head of operations Colin Brown will take on the new role which previously came under the remit of London managing partner Michael Brown. The decision to appoint a separate managing partner for Paris follows the rapid expansion of the office. Eversheds doubled its space in the city with an office move late last ...

  • Eversheds welcomes KLegal property partner

    24-Feb-2003

    Eversheds' London office has hired KLegal real estate partner Bruce Dear (left). Dear has worked on a number of high-profile projects for clients such as Halladale, a Scottish listed property company on AIM.

  • Family man

    24-Feb-2003

    After a rocky start in 2001, for which it has received much criticism, Cafcass's legal director Charles Prest says that the organisation is getting on track. Emma Vere-Jones reports

  • Firms sweat it out as Joint Committee slams Enronitis

    24-Feb-2003

    Law firms' 'complicity' highlighted in damning report to US Congress. Emma Vere-Jones reports

  • Freshfields in need of woman's touch

    24-Feb-2003

    A recent survey has revealed that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has the lowest number of UK female partners of any magic circle firm

  • Freshfields' fingers in every pie on Deutsche Telekom sale

    24-Feb-2003

    Aled Griffiths reports on how the firm justifies acting for more than one bidder on the same deal

  • Fried Frank election promises green light for Ashursts

    26-Feb-2003

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has elected new co-managing partners as it teeters on the brink of a potential merger with Ashurst Morris Crisp.Valerie Ford Jacobs, head of the firm’s capital markets group, and corporate partner Paul Reinstein will replace the current incumbents Peter Cobb and Michael Rauch from 1 March.The move is the clearest indication yet that the talks between ...

  • Gateley lures Hammonds tax partner

    24-Feb-2003

    Hammonds has lost tax partner Nicholas Ashton and property litigation partner Gordon Scott from its Birmingham office. Ashton will join Birmingham rival Gateley Wareing, but Scott's destination is unknown.

  • Getting in a state

    24-Feb-2003

    The development of international law on investment arbitrations has been chaotic, making it difficult for foreign investors to bring a claim. Matthew Weiniger reports on their options

  • Halliwells hire boosts environment capability

    24-Feb-2003

    Halliwell Landau has set up a specialist environment team with the hire of Dickinson Dees head of environment Denise Dowen. Dowen will work closely with Halliwells head of litigation Ian Austin and head of planning Andrew Piatt to build up the firm's environment practice.

  • Healthcare Enterprise latest in string of Norton Rose AIM deals

    24-Feb-2003

    In the latest in a string of small AIM transactions, Norton Rose is to advise soon-to-be-formed US-based company Healthcare Enterprise Group on its flotation on AIM."It [AIM] is not an area we're particularly targeting," said corporate finance partner Richard Sheen, who led the recent deal. "I think it's just that in the current climate there are a lot of smaller company ...

  • Holman lands work for aviation insurers

    24-Feb-2003

    Holman Fenwick & Willan has beaten several rival law firms in an informal competitive tender to win the exclusive legal work for a network of international aviation brokers

  • Huntleigh’s new legal head to review international firms

    24-Feb-2003

    Medical engineering and services group Huntleigh Technology has appointed Richard Newbery as legal director and company secretary

  • Insurance claim under scrutiny as Sun Life and Phoenix pay out early

    24-Feb-2003

    In one of England’s most unique insurance cases, a court has been asked to consider whether an insurance policy still stands if the insured has no legal relationship with what it is insuring itself against

  • Insurance claim under scrutiny as Sun Life and Phoenix pay out early

    24-Feb-2003

    In one of England's most unique insurance cases, a court has been asked to consider whether an insurance policy still stands if the insured has no legal relationship with what it is insuring itself against.The question was raised in a claim concerning Steamship, a protection and indemnity club, which insured itself against personal injury and death of people on board vessels owned by its members. The reinsurers, Sun Life Ass-urance of Canada and Phoenix, which for the ...

  • JuVe been famed

    24-Feb-2003

    International firms are doing well in the German market, as legal magazine JuVe Rechtsmarkt's latest research shows. Aled Griffiths reports on the country's best

  • Lander quits Nabarros for new business venture

    27-Feb-2003

    Nabarro Nathanson’s former head of property is leaving private practice to launch a new property business. Well-known industry figure Geoffrey Lander is leaving the law to team up with Jonathan Edwards, the founder and managing director of corporate real estate consultancy Jonathan Edwards.Their new venture, known as Tricore Equity Partners LLP, will act as principal investor in corporate real ...

  • Latin lawyers

    24-Feb-2003

    Inspired by Graham Norton's 'Dancing Dads' competition, Tulkinghorn thinks it's high time we saw some Dancing Lawyers in action.Any likeminded folk with rhythm in their souls should head to Baden-Powell House, South Kensington, on 8 March, from 7pm to 12.30am. There you can prance away in a stylish modern partner dance known as Ceroc, inspired by Tulkinghorn's faves - jive and salsa.Louise Norman, who works in-house at the Society of ...

  • Lawyers 'smuggle' in to scoop foreign work

    24-Feb-2003

    Lawyers have made 'fly-in fly-out' - the practice of visiting foreign countries where their firm does not have an office and advising clients from hotel rooms - into a £1.6bn business

  • Lawyers fear litigation rate rise will not cover assistant pay hikes

    24-Feb-2003

    The Supreme Court Costs Office will allow City litigation rates to rise by 5 per cent over the next two years, but City lawyers are concerned the decision has not taken into account predicted hikes in assistant wages

  • LCD to unveil Commercial Court funding plan

    24-Feb-2003

    The Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) has invited City lawyers, key judges and the Corporation of London to a secret meeting at the end of March, where it will reveal funding proposals for a new Commercial Court

  • Lieberman joins with Dickstein

    24-Feb-2003

    New York intellectual property (IP) firm Lieberman & Nowak has merged with Washington DC's Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky

  • Lord Lester to head Human Rights Lawyers Assoc

    24-Feb-2003

    The Human Rights Lawyers Association will be launched on 27 February by barristers, solicitors, academics and other lawyers at the Parliament Chamber of the Inner Temple. Lord Lester, who campaigned for 30 years for a human rights act, is to be president designate. Charles Bourne of 2 Harcourt Buildings (Roger Henderson QC), will be chairman. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 19 February

  • Make law, not war

    24-Feb-2003

    Could Tony Blair, George Bush et al ever end up in the International Criminal Court should they attack Iraq? Jon Robins reports on some heavyweight legal challenges to the threat of war

  • Morgan Cole chair offers hope

    24-Feb-2003

    Morgan Cole insurance head Robin Havard will become the troubled firm's next chairman

  • Muckle builds property with Beachcrofts hire

    24-Feb-2003

    Newcastle firm Robert Muckle has hired Beachcroft Wansbroughs property partner Barney Frith. Robert Muckle property head Jonathan Combe said: "Barney's been involved in high-profile projects, including acting for Akeler Developments (now part of Lend Lease) in the development of Doxford International Business Park, Sunderland."

  • Not interfering with the jury

    24-Feb-2003

    Tulkinghorn would like to convey his sympathies to Swansea's rugged six-foot barrister Dyfed Thomas this week.Tulkinghorn has often found himself to be the object of desire among the women that cross his professional path, and it seems that Thomas is facing the same plight. In a story that sounds as if it were plucked straight out of Ally McBeal, a passionate juror was thrown out of Swansea Crown Court on Valentine's Day after taking a fancy to Thomas during a ...

  • Opinion

    24-Feb-2003

    While there have been seismic chan-ges over the past few years affecting personal injury (PI) victims and their advisers - with the abolition of legal aid, the introduction of new procedural rules and Byzantine regulations for the funding of claims - there has been no detectable change in the behaviour of insurance companies.

  • Patent enforcement threatens shipping and aircraft funding

    24-Feb-2003

    Investment in shipping and aircraft research and development is under threat as a result of a Court of Appeal decision that greatly restricts enforcement of patents around the world.

  • Paul Hastings launches in San Diego with Brobeck haul

    26-Feb-2003

    The last remnants of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison are finally disappearing after Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker hired 41 lawyers.Ten partners will join Paul Hastings, including intellectual property partner Doug Olson who was a member of Brobeck’s nine-strong policy committee. The haul spans three locations: San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. As a result Paul Hastings is opening an office in San Diego which will add to its seven US operations, three of ...

  • Paul Hastings loses employment group

    24-Feb-2003

    Leading US employment partner Lawrence Ashe has quit Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker and taken a team of three partners and one associate with him following a row over conflicts

  • Perfectly placed

    24-Feb-2003

    The economic downturn stopped merger mania at the Austrian border, but as a gateway to new European Union members, Vienna is looking enticing again. Alex Wade reports

  • Pillsbury Winthrop asks court to halt $45m defamation suit

    24-Feb-2003

    Pillsbury Winthrop has asked the US courts to stay a $45m (£28.2m) defamation lawsuit brought against it by former partner Frode Jensen over allegations of sexual harrassment

  • Reid Minty health lawyer ups sticks to Capsticks

    24-Feb-2003

    Healthcare boutique Capsticks has poached mental health law specialist Ashley Irons from Reid Minty. Irons joins as a partner on a team of five specialising in mental health law. He has successfully defended more than 30 judicial reviews on mental health matters in the last two years.

  • Rosenblatts attracts Collyers employment chief

    24-Feb-2003

    Collyer Bristow head of employment Keith Corkan has left to join Rosenblatt Solicitors as a partner and head of employment. Corkan is vice-chair of the employment committee of the British American Chamber of Commerce and chair of the discrimination committee at the International Bar Association. First revealed ...

  • Selborne Chambers

    24-Feb-2003

    Selborne's sector-focused strategy and international outlook are paying off in spades

  • Simmons lures Richards Butler corporate ace

    24-Feb-2003

    Simmons & Simmons has hired corporate partner Loretta Lau from the Hong Kong office of Richards Butler

  • Simmons resolute on ICC articles

    24-Feb-2003

    The war between the International Cricket Council (ICC) and MP Derek Wyatt continues to wage this week, with the cricketing body’s law firm Simmons & Simmons still refusing to hand over the ICC’s articles of association

  • Slaughter and May woos back Hugh Osmond

    24-Feb-2003

    Slaughter and May has won back key client Hugh Osmond with instructions on Sun Capital's £7bn bid for Six Continents and several other embryonic projects

  • South African law firms gear up for RAG liquidation probe

    24-Feb-2003

    Four South African law firms will be the big winners in a storm that has erupted over last year's liquidation of Johannesburg-based company Retail Apparel Group (RAG)

  • Stikeman partner quits for Bell Canada

    24-Feb-2003

    Lawson Hunter, one of Canada's most respected competition and trade lawyers, has quit private practice to become executive vice-president at media and communications company Bell Canada Enterprises

  • The Leader Column

    24-Feb-2003

    It has been a painful period of readjustment. Osborne Clarke has found itself recast from ‘best new talent’ to whipping boy for the malaise forcing law firms across the land to contemplate that rudest of four letter words – cull. ‘Manage out’, ‘ease out’, ‘get out’… however you want to put it, the season to trim, trim, trim those fee-earners is still ...

  • The story so far

    24-Feb-2003

    The Lawyer reported last week that Allen & Overy has taken the first step in building a litigation practice in New York. The firm has hired Michael Feldberg from New York firm Schulte Roth & Zabel, where he was a partner for 11 years and chaired the litigation department. Meanwhile, former Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft partner Pamela Rogers Chepiga has joined as senior counsel. With the exception of Cliffor

  • UK Patent Office calls on Danish to share its load

    26-Feb-2003

    The UK Patent Office is to shift some of its patent application work to its Danish equivalent in a move to speed up the progress of its caseload. The Danish Patent and Trademark Office will handle around 750 UK patent applications over the next two years following an agreement signed last week. The move is being hailed as part of a strategy to get the various national patent offices in Europe working closer together.

  • UnumProvident gains new head of legal

    24-Feb-2003

    Income protection provider UnumProvident has hired Mark Williams, formerly of Skandia Life, as head of legal. He will advise on all legal issues across a range of disciplines and will take over the appeals department.

  • US firms scoop Croatian oil and gas privatisation

    24-Feb-2003

    Baker Botts advises Ministry of Economy; shortlisted buyers instruct Hogan & Hartson and Allen & Overy

  • Weil Gotshal opens third office in Texas

    24-Feb-2003

    Weil Gotshal & Manges has added a new Austin branch to its presence in Texas, which also includes Houston and Dallas. Gregory Coleman, national head of Weil Gotshal's Supreme Court and appellate litigation group, will relocate to Austin from Houston with four lawyers to head up the new branch. Atlanta firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart has also opened in Austin. Bruce Griggs, a former partner from Locke Liddell & Sapp, will head up the new office. Ogletree has ...

  • White & Case hires tax lawyers for Slovakia

    24-Feb-2003

    White & Case has established a tax capability in its Bratislava, Slovakia office with the hire of two Ernst & Young tax advisers

  • White & Case repackages Annington

    24-Feb-2003

    White & Case has completed a bespoke repackaging of Annington Group's residual bonds, sealing its London relationship with Morgan Stanley and working with Nomura and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for the first time.White & Case London partner Richard Reilly led the deal, which took an illiquid second tranche of Annington Group bonds and added liquidity, increasing the rating from A2 to Aa3.The repackaging was carried out jointly by Morgan Stanley, ...

  • Who needs law when you've got ice-cream?

    24-Feb-2003

    Tulkinghorn has recently been taking great pleasure in his quieter moments dipping into a book written by former RadcliffesLeBrasseur lawyer Arturo Barone. Entitled Italians First!, it is an A-Z of everything that has been achieved first by Italians.The Italians lay claim to all number of fascinating firsts, including the first coffee house in the Western world, the first to invent ...

  • Will the Commercial Court resort to PFI for revamp?

    24-Feb-2003

    The Corporation of London is considering its options after funding refused

  • Wragges property team wins Pearson

    24-Feb-2003

    Wragge & Co has won international multimedia company Pearson as a new property client

  • Yahoo! acquitted over Nazi content as case moves to US

    24-Feb-2003

    Yahoo!'s three-year legal struggle in France may finally be over as former boss Timothy Koogle has been acquitted by a French court of justifying war crimes and crimes against humanity by selling Nazi memorabilia on its auction sites