24 July 2006

The Lawyer

  • Boodles gets oodles from Paul Hastings

    24-Jul-2006

    Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker's real estate practice may be struggling more than at first feared. It is no secret that the US firm has been battling to develop as strong a UK real estate capability as the firm's notable US practice, especially following the departures of partners Jeffrey Bailey and Nigel Heilpern to

  • People

    24-Jul-2006

    Media firm Michael Simkins has hired Tim Curtis as a partner in the firm's film and television group. He was previously a name partner at niche media firm Harrison Curtis.

  • 175 Made silk as revamp brings about record year

    24-Jul-2006

    The revamped silks system looks safe for another year after its first run produced a list of QCs broadly welcomed by the litigation market.

  • A&O and Sidley take first half debt crown

    27-Jul-2006

    The Allen & Overy and Sidley Austin debt teams have dominated the European capital markets during the first half of 2006.

  • A&O taps bank for £75m to cover HQ relocation

    24-Jul-2006

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has secured a £75m bank facility to help cover the cost of its new offices at Bishops Square.

  • Addleshaws case queries 'without prejudice' rule

    24-Jul-2006

    Addleshaw Goddard has won a House of Lords case with significant implications for the 'without prejudice' rule.

  • Akin Gump secures most expensive office in New York

    26-Jul-2006

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has signed on for new office space in downtown New York, setting a new Manhattan record for rent and giving the firm an annual rent bill of more than $20m.

  • An expensive round

    24-Jul-2006

    How's this for a bargain? Apparently SJ Berwin is turning tour operator and offering clients an all-expenses-paid golfing trip out to Spain. The catch? You have to spend £1m with the firm in 12 months. Do that and you get to go for free. If you spend less, you have to pay a share of the costs if you want to go.

  • Ashurst oversees sale of 50-year £50m bond for Imperial College

    24-Jul-2006

    Ashurst has acted for Imperial College, London, on the sale of a £50m bond to help fund its teaching and research. The bond is one of the largest deals by a British university.

  • Ashurst partner set for Gibson Dunn

    24-Jul-2006

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has set up a UK employment practice, scooping Ashurst employment partner James Cox for its London office. Cox specialises in the employment side of M&A deals, industrial disputes, corporate governance matters and employment issues facing private equity companies. Gibson Dunn managing ...

  • Ashurst targets corporate elite

    24-Jul-2006

    Ashurst has taken a leaf out of Linklaters' book by introducing a strategy to focus on complex transactional work for a core group of premium institutional clients.

  • Atkin clerk switches to 39 Essex St director role

    24-Jul-2006

    39 Essex Street has poached Atkin Chambers' senior clerk to fill the new role of director of clerking.

  • Bakers brings in bonuses on back of revenue hike

    24-Jul-2006

    Baker & McKenzie has introduced a new bonus scheme for all UK staff after preliminary figures revealed a 9 per cent increase in London revenue to break the £100m barrier for the first time.

  • Bitter bill to swallow

    24-Jul-2006

    Three lawyers on a mission: to change the Companies Bill before it's too late. But is the City listening?

  • BLP launches structure for international network

    24-Jul-2006

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has, for the first time, implemented a formal structure for managing its international network of preferred firms.

  • BLP's fast action hero

    24-Jul-2006

    It's not often Tulkinghorn can say this, but some news of a genuinely heroic nature reached Tulkinghorn last week from Berwin Leighton Paisner. It was in the form of an email circulated by corporate finance partner and partnership board chairman Peter Robinson, to 'everyone', entitled "Adrian Rough" (one of the firm's backroom unsung heroes).

  • Bond Pearce introduces merit-based remuneration

    24-Jul-2006

    Bond Pearce is overhauling its lockstep in a drive to increase its competitive edge by adding a merit-based element, as the firm reports a 15 per cent drop in profit per equity partner (PEP).

  • Bredin Prat, Darrois feel the heat in France

    24-Jul-2006

    France's leading independent corporate firms Bredin Prat and Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier both saw drops in income in an otherwise strong financial year in France.

  • Bullish behaviour

    24-Jul-2006

    What is going on at Phillips Fox (or Frilly Frocks, as it's affectionately known at Tulkinghorn Towers)?

  • Cartwright King swallows 63 staff from Nelsons

    24-Jul-2006

    Nelsons" /Elsewhere in the East Midlands, the largest law firm merger in the region occurred when criminal and business defence firm Cartwright King took the entire business defence and criminal law teams of former rival Nelsons.

  • CC raids Freshfields for Amsterdam finance team

    27-Jul-2006

    Clifford Chance has moved to increase its Amsterdam finance and capital markets offering, taking three lawyers from magic circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

  • CC tops global infrastructure league

    24-Jul-2006

    Clifford Chance topped the league tables for global legal advisers on infrastructure projects in the first half of 2006, advising on 17 deals worth some $24.5bn (£13.38bn).

  • CC, Slaughters advise victors in £1bn McCarthy bid

    24-Jul-2006

    Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May are acting for the winning bidder for McCarthy & Stone, though rival groups are still circling the retirement home developer.

  • City of San Diego sues Vinson & Elkins

    27-Jul-2006

    Vinson & Elkins is facing a $10m lawsuit from former client the City of San Diego over claims it failed to properly conduct an independent inquiry into allegations of financial wrongdoing by City Hall officials.

  • Commission adds to directorate general

    24-Jul-2006

    A senior lawyer at the Spanish competition authority will be appointed to the European Commission's directorate general for competition. Nadia Calviño Santamaría will become the deputy director general with special responsibility for mergers. She will report to director general Philip Lowe. She is currently the director general for competition at the Spanish ministry of economy and finance.

  • Consultants create JV to advise firms on flotations

    24-Jul-2006

    One of the legal market's best-known management consultants, Alan Hodgart, has formed a joint venture with corporate finance house Lexicon Partners aimed specifically at advising firms on potential IPOs and fundraisings.

  • Court of Appeal victory paves way for Iraq inquiry

    26-Jul-2006

    Human rights firm Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) and Matrix Chambers’ Rabinder Singh QC have won a significant Court of Appeal victory which could lead to an inquiry into the Iraq War.

  • Cuatrecasas sets its sights on Shanghai for first Asian presence

    24-Jul-2006

    Cuatrecasas is planning to open an office in China, targeting Shanghai as the base for its first office in Asia.

  • Directors to benefit from age rules

    24-Jul-2006

    Companies fear being forced to follow statutory employment guidance for directors to avoid falling foul of age discrimination legislation.

  • DLA Piper appoints Shanghai motor expert

    24-Jul-2006

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has hired the former general counsel of Shanghai General Motors as a partner in its Shanghai office. Henry Wang is a US-qualified lawyer with in-depth experience of China's motor industry. He also has experience in M&A, joint ventures or wholly foreign-owned entities, IP, corporate finance, dispute resolution, employment and real estate.

  • EasyGroup ramps up IP to protect brand name

    24-Jul-2006

    easyGroup is pursuing a more aggressive brand- protection campaign against companies using the word easy, after it emerged that Memery Crystal has developed a team with the specific purpose of defending companies caught up in trademark disputes with easyGroup.

  • Energy lawyers are on the verge of making big money

    24-Jul-2006

    The Government's energy report could mean rich pickings for law firms. By David Middleton

  • FFW guides hamleys franchising deal

    24-Jul-2006

    Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) advised iconic toy shop Hamleys on a franchising deal that will see it open stores in Dubai, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The deal is Hamleys' first franchise. It will be run by Daud Investments, part of the Middle East-based Getco ...

  • Firm profile: HGF Law

    24-Jul-2006

    HGF Law is the two-partner patent litigation spin-off of patent and trademark attorneys Harrison Goddard Foote.

  • First legal chief for UK Gambling Commission

    24-Jul-2006

    The UK Gambling Commission has hired its first general counsel to oversee the UK's internet gambling industry, just as the US Department of Justice (DoJ) signalled a crackdown with the arrest of BetonSports chief executive David Carruthers.

  • Fisher Jones Greenwood creates scheme to help vulnerable children

    24-Jul-2006

    Colchester law firm Fisher Jones Greenwood has established a pilot charity legal service for young people in Essex, with assistance from the Legal Services Commission (LSC).

  • Five sets pick off Three Fountain Court remains

    26-Jul-2006

    A total of five sets of chambers have benefited from the dissolution of Birmingham Three Fountain Court by picking off new tenants.

  • Follow that client

    24-Jul-2006

    Scottish corporate lawyers are losing ground to London and the South East as clients increasingly head south of the border. By Matt Byrne

  • Fresh Resolve

    24-Jul-2006

    Finding the right dispute resolution method isn't always easy. Elizabeth Barrett reports on two cases that have brought a degree of flexibility to the options on offer

  • Freshfields appoints new management in Spain

    28-Jul-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has a new managing partner for Spain, appointing tax partner Miguel Klingenberg.

  • Get a grip on the law

    24-Jul-2006

    Is this the latest marketing attempt by law firms to hook youngsters into a future career? Nintendo, that great companion to Tulkinghorn's childhood, is about to release a new law-based game for its handheld split-screen DS console.

  • Goldman Sachs counsel joins Olympic team

    24-Jul-2006

    The international general counsel of Goldman Sachs Terry Miller is joining the London 2012 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games as its new general counsel. Miller, who is in charge of Goldman Sachs' legal team for Europe and Asia, will take up her role in October. She takes over from Charlie Wijeratna, who becomes director of commercial negotiations, reporting to commercial director Chris Townsend, who joined the London 2012 team from Transport for London. Miller takes charge ...

  • Hammonds partner quits as lock-in ends

    24-Jul-2006

    Hammonds head of real estate Chris Marks has become the first equity partner to quit following the end of the firm's lock-in.

  • Harbottle and Wiggin in Jerry Springer fight

    24-Jul-2006

    No stranger to angry confrontation, The Jerry Springer Show made its first appearance in the Court of Appeal last week. Media firms Harbottle & Lewis and Wiggin are facing off in court, representing clients Universal, which makes the show, and Flextech, which owns lifestyle cable channel Living TV. Universal ...

  • Harbottles defiant over music defections

    24-Jul-2006

    Harbottle & Lewis managing partner Lawrence Abramson has vowed to maintain a music practice at the firm despite the loss of both of its group heads in less than a year.

  • Hill Dickinson wins plum radio role

    27-Jul-2006

    Hill Dickinson has won a competitive tender to advise on a series of innovative pieces of work for independent radio producers.

  • Hunt slams government interference in Legal Services Board

    25-Jul-2006

    The committee scrutinising the draft Legal Services Bill today (25 July) warned that the current proposals will harm the independence of the legal profession.

  • Hunton high and low

    24-Jul-2006

    Lawyers are not normally connected with industrial espionage, but the legal bods at Hunton & Williams haven't let that stop them.

  • InBev ramps up global competition offering with CC hire

    24-Jul-2006

    Brewing giant InBev has reinforced its competition capability with the hire of a Brussels Clifford Chance lawyer, who will coordinate the company's global competition team.

  • International firm profile: Piergrossi Bianchini Eversheds

    24-Jul-2006

    Eversheds" /Although it shares branding, lawyers and clients with Eversheds, Piergrossi Bianchini Eversheds is still financially independent, which is a shame for the Eversheds chiefs in the UK, because managing partner Riccardo Bianchini has big plans to grow ...

  • Keeping Mum

    24-Jul-2006

    The challenges and rewards of a career in law are attracting more young women. In some law firms women now make up to 60 per cent of the graduates recruited, yet only around 5 per cent go on to achieve partnership. Why?

  • Kendall Freeman's figures take a tumble

    24-Jul-2006

    Kendall Freeman suffered from a slow litigation year with a turnover and profit drop, the firm's financial figures have revealed.

  • Latham scoops former MBRM securitisation star

    28-Jul-2006

    Former Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw securitisation star Mark Nicolaides has resurfaced at Latham & Watkins to spearhead its drive into the European asset-backed securities market.

  • Law Soc changes let Willoughby become Rouse again

    24-Jul-2006

    IP protection firm Willoughby & Partners has changed its name to Rouse Legal, after the Law Society lifted restrictions on the use of the firm’s name. Managing partner Tony Willoughby said: “The object of the name change is to underline the very close connection that exists between the UK legal practice and the global intellectual property consultancy, Rouse & Co International.” In 1996, the firm changed its name to Willoughby & Partners from Rouse & Co, when Rouse ...

  • Law Soc under fire over LPC plan

    24-Jul-2006

    Top law schools have lashed out at moves by the Law Society to more than triple the number of skills assessments on the LPC.

  • Law Society president Woolf moves to appease City critics

    24-Jul-2006

    During the past few years the City's biggest criticism of the Law Society is that it has failed to represent its needs. But that is all set to change if the society's first female president can make her wishes become reality.

  • Lay of the land

    24-Jul-2006

    Preparations for the planning gain supplement are giving cause for concern north of the border. Will this new centralisation be a step backwards for Scotland? By Iain Macniven

  • LeBoeuf boosts Moscow with Haarmann team

    25-Jul-2006

    LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae is the latest firm to profit from the dissolving German outfit Haarmann Hemmelrath, with two Moscow hires.

  • Leveson J lands Lord Justice of Appeal post

    24-Jul-2006

    Mr Justice Leveson is to become the latest Court of Appeal judge.

  • Litigation

    24-Jul-2006

    Although litigation is constantly said to be in decline, there is still a fair amount of work out there for solicitors and barristers alike.

  • Local rivals set to soak up Three Fountain Court

    24-Jul-2006

    The Birmingham bar was rocked this month when the third-largest set in the city collapsed.

  • Lovells joins CDO ranks after BNP deals

    24-Jul-2006

    As banks seek to tidy up their balance sheets ahead of the implementation of Basel II, the supply of collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) keeps growing. This, of course, means lawyers are winning their share of the spoils by acting on the many multi-billion-dollar deals coming to market. Clifford Chance, Freshfie

  • Macfarlanes poaches Hammonds pensions star

    27-Jul-2006

    Macfarlanes has poached Hammonds’ respected international benefits head Jane Marshall to boost its employment, pensions and benefits group.

  • MBR&M goes to Gherkin

    24-Jul-2006

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw's insurance and reinsurance team is moving out of its home in the Lloyd's of London building into the 31st floor of 30 St Mary Axe, aka the Gherkin. The 25 lawyers and 13 staff are due to move in to their new home in December this year. As well as moving up in the world, the team is also increasing is floor space from its current 7,500sq ft to 10,698sq ft. The extra space would ...

  • McKenna wins libel action as Eady J slams 'armchair machismo'

    28-Jul-2006

    Media boutique Swan Turton has achieved victory in hypnotist Paul McKenna’s libel claim against the Daily Mirror.

  • Merger deal creates India's largest firm

    24-Jul-2006

    Two of India's oldest law firms, Fox Mandal and Little & Co, have merged to create the country's largest legal practice and are on the lookout for further expansion opportunities.

  • Merger hopefuls should take note of Sony-BMG debacle

    24-Jul-2006

    The European Court of First Instance's (CFI) groundbreaking rejection of the European Commission's merger clearance of the Sony-BMG music joint venture following a complaint by an industry organisation took the market by surprise. Its true impact, however, is likely to be felt in the future by companies with acquisition or joint venture aspirations that give rise to more complex competition issues than just a simple overlap of business interests.

  • Midlands firms turn in record financials

    24-Jul-2006

    Some firms in the region reported record-breaking figures at the end of the financial year.

  • Milbank ace lends his weight to ex-directors' Misys takeover bid

    24-Jul-2006

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy corporate star Tim Emmerson has scooped the lead role advising three former Misys directors on their £1bn attempted takeover of the company.

  • MoFo lures Lawrence Graham IT star

    24-Jul-2006

    Lawrence Graham IT star" /Morrison & Foerster's (MoFo) London office has poached Lawrence Graham IT outsourcing partner Jon Edgell. Alistair Maughan, head of MoFo's global sourcing group, said: "Jon ...

  • Nugee steps down after 30 years as head of Wilberforce

    24-Jul-2006

    Wilberforce Chambers has reformed its management as its respected head of chambers Edward Nugee QC steps down after 30 years in the role.

  • Opportunities and knocks

    24-Jul-2006

    Last Tuesday (18 July) was the most anticipated day at the bar for three years, but after the champagne was drunk the hangovers kicked in and the grumblings began.

  • Orrick steps up New York hiring spree

    24-Jul-2006

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has swooped again in New York, scooping Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw IP litigator Paul Gupta. Gupta becomes the ninth lateral partner for Orrick’s New York office in the last three months. Last month the firm hired structured finance partners James Croke and ...

  • Presidential treat

    24-Jul-2006

    Thanks go out to Kevin Martin, outgoing president of the Law Society, for inviting Tulkinghorn down to the organisation's annual council dinner on 12 July. There were more titles on show than a Lord Levy fundraiser and Martin was on great form, with a farewell speech that brought a tear to every eye in the house.

  • Report reveals courts cost £1.5bn a year

    26-Jul-2006

    The new unified courts services is costing £1.5bn to run, its first annual report revealed yesterday (25 July).

  • Rise of the fudge

    24-Jul-2006

    The increased use of mediation has altered dramatically the English litigation system - and not necessarily for the better, argues Arshad Ghaffar

  • Safe conduct

    24-Jul-2006

    Product liability claims are on the rise as consumers, backed by tougher EU laws, are increasingly exercising their rights. By Jeanette Harwood and Gwendoline Davies

  • Scotland

    24-Jul-2006

    Where does London feature in a Scottish firm's strategy? If you are one of the big four, then right now it is at the top of the agenda. But it is not only Dundas & Wilson, Maclay Murray & Spens, McGrigors and Shepherd ...

  • Show and tell

    24-Jul-2006

    New rules covering electronic files could signal a change in how documents are produced in international arbitration cases, say Ian Meredith and Sarah Aspinall

  • Spanish firm's beef

    24-Jul-2006

    Tulkinghorn was looking forward to meeting Cuatrecasas, Spanish newcomers to London, for lunch in their Tower 42 offices. But images of succulent cured hams, olives and chorizo were soon blown away to reveal the bog-standard beef and potatoes of England.

  • Specialised local government legal qualification on the cards

    24-Jul-2006

    Talks are being held to forge a brand-new qualification for lawyers specialising in local government work.

  • Stephen McNamara: Bristol City Council

    24-Jul-2006

    Bristol City Council head of legal Stephen McNamara is a staunch defender of his city and his council. Jon Parker reports

  • Stringer Saul nets Collyer Bristow partner

    24-Jul-2006

    Collyer Bristow head of company commercial John Bailey has left to join Stringer Saul. Bailey joined Collyer Bristow as a partner 10 years ago and built the company commercial group from two to 10 partners. He will continue to work with venture capital, accountancy, corporate finance, property and financial services clients.

  • Tarlo Lyons in merger talks with Blake Lapthorn

    24-Jul-2006

    South East firm Blake Lapthorn Linnell is negotiating a merger with 20-partner London firm Tarlo Lyons.

  • Terry's all-gold for Locog

    24-Jul-2006

    The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) secured quite a coup this week when it hired Goldman Sachs international general counsel Terry Miller to replace incumbent Charlie Wijeratna.

  • The act of giving

    24-Jul-2006

    A new charity act in Scotland will change the face of charity law, with increased regulation being key to development. By Simon Mackintosh

  • The work-life quiz: Ffion Griffith

    24-Jul-2006

    What was your first-ever job?A Christmas job as a shop assistant in Curry's, aged 16. The difference between the shop floor and the stock room was a revelation and taught me a lot about business being a lot about presentation.

  • Travers tax lawyer joins Reed Smith

    24-Jul-2006

    Reed Smith has bagged tax lawyer Harriet Morgan from Travers Smith.

  • Trio of councils join forces for panel review

    24-Jul-2006

    And while some groups are falling apart, others are getting together.

  • Trouble at the top?

    24-Jul-2006

    Company directors will be left open to increased litigation when the Company Law Reform Bill takes effect. Richard Matthews and John Heaps investigate

  • Unichem GC snares Boots' top job

    24-Jul-2006

    Boots Group's company secretary Michael Oliver is set to retire following the pharmaceutical giant's multibillion-pound merger with Alliance Unichem, leaving Alliance Unichem general counsel Marco Pagni to take over as general counsel of the merged legal function.

  • Web week 24/07/06

    24-Jul-2006

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer. com.

  • Weil and Freshfields steer campbell buy

    24-Jul-2006

    Weil Gotshal & Manges and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised in Premier Foods' £460m acquisition of the UK and Irish businesses of Campbell Soup. Premier proposes to fund it primarily through an underwritten rights issue to raise around £450m. The acquisition and rights issue are ...