24 May 2004

The Lawyer

  • Addleshaw Goddard accelerates City growth plan

    26-May-2004

    Addleshaw Goddard is aiming to strengthen its London projects practice with the addition of a new partner.

  • Addleshaws promotes to fill partnership gap

    24-May-2004

    Addleshaw Goddard is promoting 11 lawyers after losing three partners earlier this month. Three will become partners, including employment lawyer Ruth Davies, finance and projects lawyer Andrew Pettinger and corporate restructuring and insolvency lawyer Daniel Redstone. Another eight lawyers will step into legal director roles, which have been designed to provide a career development path for ...

  • Appeal Court slates Carter-Ruck on giant fees in Telegraph case

    24-May-2004

    The Court of Appeal last week slammed the “extravagant” fees demanded by law firm Peter Carter-Ruck & Partners in a defamation case against The Daily Telegraph.

  • Army legal services colonel wins in tribunal against MoD

    24-May-2004

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) unlawfully discriminated against a female legal officer by banning her from taking up a part-time judicial appointment because of her rank, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • Arnold & Porter snaps up DWS IP star

    28-May-2004

    The London office of Arnold & Porter has snatched Denton Wilde Sapte intellectual property partner Clive Thorne as part of the firm’s effort to beef up its London practice.

  • Arnold & Porter swings revolving door with new hire

    24-May-2004

    Arnold & Porter has recruited a senior European Union (EU) competition official as the second partner in its Brussels office.

  • Asbestos fears at White & Case

    24-May-2004

    Lawyers and staff at White & Case are being forced to work from an office where asbestos has been discovered as the firm’s move to its new City premises has been delayed.

  • Bar embraces flexible working

    28-May-2004

    Far-reaching employment rights should be written into barristers’ contracts when they join chambers, under new guidelines issued by the Bar Council today.Under the scheme, barristers now will be able to have statements written into their employment policies allowing them to take career breaks, work flexible hours, part-time or partly from home.It also allows barristers on maternity leave six months without having to pay rent and chambers expenses . Their place in chambers ...

  • BBC appoints new legal head

    27-May-2004

    The BBC has promoted Valerie Nazareth to the position of head of programme legal advice.Nazareth will succeed Glenn Del Medico when he retires in August. She has been with the BBC for over 10 years after joining the company from Goodman Derrick.

  • Bingham swells broker-dealer group with triple hire

    26-May-2004

    Bingham McCutchen is continuing its aggressive push to build its broker-dealer practice by recruiting a trio of experts from UBS Financial Services, Morgan Stanley DW and Wilmer Cutler & Pickering.

  • Blake Lapthorn gets specific

    24-May-2004

    Blake Lapthorn Linnell has completed a review of its practice groups and is introducing a series of sector teams aimed at specific industries.

  • Boyes Turner revenues continue to rise

    24-May-2004

    Reading-based Boyes Turner’s end-of-year results show that its impressive growth over the past five years has continued. Turnover is up 15 per cent, from £7.2m to £8.3m. Final profit figures are not available, but chief executive Andrew Chalkley said he was anticipating around £175,000 per equity partner. This would reflect a dip on last year’s £179,000, although the firm has expanded its partnership ...

  • Boys and their toys

    24-May-2004

    Canary Wharf’s Michael Ashley-Brown is a man of many talents. Readers may remember that last time Tulkinghorn featured a photo of Ashley-Brown, he was in the midst of a rendition of Stand By Your Man, dressed in a stunning gold dress. This time he appears on the pages of Tulkinghorn in one of his more manly guises. He’s pictured here in his 1958 Volpini, which he raced in Monaco at the Grand Prix Historique on 15 May. Also in the photo are

  • Breaking up is hard to do

    24-May-2004

    Alan Watts details the dos and don’ts when expelling an unwanted partner

  • Careers: in brief

    24-May-2004

    In the US, a survey has found that 81.4 per cent of paralegal managers and specialists had higher compensation than those without supervisory experience.

  • Careers: people

    24-May-2004

    Specialist pensions law firm Sacker & Partners has promoted three associates to the partnership: Claire Carey, Alison Cribbs and Joanna Matthews.

  • CC profits trail magic circle as US practice hit by weak dollar

    24-May-2004

    Profits at Clifford Chance have plummeted by 13.4 per cent, blighted by a weak dollar, while the firm’s West Coast practice starts to rupture with partner losses.

  • Cleary Gottlieb makes fourth raid on Linklaters

    24-May-2004

    Cleary Gottlieb makes fourth raid on Linklaters" /Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has plucked a fourth Linklaters lateral, this time from its London derivatives and structured products group.

  • Clydes scoops Kurdistan govt contract

    24-May-2004

    The Kurdistan government has appointed Clyde & Co to act on all negotiations and contracts with foreign companies investing in the one relatively safe region of Iraq.

  • Comment

    24-May-2004

    In a market as tough for laterals as Brussels, Riccardo Celli is not a bad hire for O’Melveny & Myers. Even more encouraging is that sources at the firm say he should be able to start in the next few weeks.

  • Counsel for Russian oligarch turns to EU

    24-May-2004

    The Canadian lawyer representing imprisoned Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky is lobbying the EU in his latest bid to win the release of his client.

  • Dentons poised for £10m tax windfall after Asia closures

    24-May-2004

    Timing of Asia network sell-off prompted by 2005 tax hike; Dentons to pour resources into Paris

  • DWF recruits fourth Weightman Vizards property expert

    25-May-2004

    North West firm DWF has added another partner to its growing haul of former Weightman Vizards property lawyers.

  • Eurotunnel: Weil Gotshal in, Herbert Smith pushed aside

    24-May-2004

    Eurotunnel’s new board has brought in Weil Gotshal & Manges to oversee its restructuring, leaving long-time adviser Herbert Smith in a corporate role.

  • Everyone’s a winner

    24-May-2004

    Something for everyone. Jon Robins on why both litigators and mediators are happy after Halsey

  • Ex-OGS man makes move to Cephalon

    24-May-2004

    The former general counsel of Oxford GlycoSciences (OGS) and British Biotech John Ilett has been named as the first European lawyer at US pharmaceutical company Cephalon.

  • Expert claims fears of tax hike are unfounded

    24-May-2004

    Fears among lawyers of tax increases caused by an accounting change that values work in progress (WIP) at selling price rather than cost are unfounded, according to Trevor Johnson of the Association of Taxation Technicians.

  • Finance deals round-up

    24-May-2004

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Don Guiney) is advising Barclays Capital and HSBC as lead arrangers on a €10bn (£6.78bn) covered bond programme for Northern Rock. Dundas & Wilson ...

  • Firm profile: JS Miller Solicitors

    24-May-2004

    JS Miller Solicitors senior managing partner Jeanette Miller knows more than just the technical side of personal injury (PI) litigation. As a trainee solicitor she became a victim herself after she fell down some faulty steps and injured her back at work. She successfully sued and the experience motivated her to form her own eponymous practice. Its ethos would ...

  • Foreign bodies

    24-May-2004

    Offshore outsourcing is the biggest thing to hit the labour market for decades. But where trade unionists see a threat, lawyers see an opportunity. Jon Robins reports

  • Freshfields mourns former chief

    24-May-2004

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partners last week attended the funeral of former co-senior partner Christian Wilde, who passed away on 9 May in Hamburg. Wilde was a major force behind the merger of Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann and Freshfields Deringer. He died at the age of 64 after a long illness and will be sadly missed in Germany and throughout Freshfields. Wilde leaves a wife ...

  • From glass ceilings to beer, a tale of this year’s promotions

    24-May-2004

    Finance assistants have decent partner prospects, but not always in the big four. By Catrin Griffiths

  • Gerry Kennedy: Lonza Biologics

    24-May-2004

    Lonza Biologics’ legal function was in chaos after the management consultants had been in. Steve Hoare meets the man who turned it around

  • Getting the marks out

    24-May-2004

    The European Court of Justice has just given trademarks a thorough run through the wash, says Andrew Hobson

  • Grapevine

    26-May-2004

    At a 45-minute press conference this morning on the future of the silks system, the Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer managed to make one Government policy U-turn and reverse hundreds of years of tradition.

  • Haarmann divides legal and audit

    24-May-2004

    Haarmann Hemmelrath is to split its legal and tax division from audit to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and German legislation. The policy will be implemented at the end of the firm’s financial year.

  • Hammonds partners hit by 18 per cent profits fall

    28-May-2004

    Hammonds’ average profits per partner have slumped 18 per cent from £330,000 to £272,000.Turnover for 2003-2004 is down 1 per cent to £136m, which includes a £7.1m loss of revenue due to the departure of the entire commercial insurance team at the beginning of the last financial year. Senior partner Richard Burns said: "We are disappointed in the fall in profits, which reflects our decision to maintain fee earner numbers and increase partner numbers."

  • Haringey Council wins law director from Ealing

    24-May-2004

    Haringey Council has hired Ealing Council’s legal and democratic services director Davina Fiore as its new head of legal services. Fiore will also act as the council’s monitoring officer.

  • Hempsons secures £250K of withheld fees for NHS class action rape case

    24-May-2004

    After months of stand-off, insurers last week agreed to pay out almost £250,000 in legal fees owed to Hempsons Solicitors, which defended the NHS against a large-scale class action funded partly by conditional fee arrangements (CFAs).

  • Ireland life

    24-May-2004

    Ireland is seeking to build on its R&D success as a European leader in life sciences manufacturing. Tom Maher and Catherine Galvin report

  • Is anybody there?

    24-May-2004

    You can complain to Ofcom about anticompetitive practice if you like, but will it take any notice? Robbie Downing investigates

  • Law Soc puts training under review

    24-May-2004

    The Law Society Council has given the green light to a plan that could spell the end of the two-year training contract period for trainee solicitors.

  • Law Society approves changes to conflict rules

    27-May-2004

    The Law Society Standards Board this week approved two of the proposed amendments to the Conflicts and Confidentiality paper recently withdrawn from Council.

  • Lawrence Graham throws lifeline to the Dons

    24-May-2004

    Lawrence Graham may have saved Wimbledon Football Club from certain death after fighting off another charge from the Inland Revenue in the Court of Appeal.

  • Leader

    24-May-2004

    Remember all the panic about the changes to accounting for work in progress (WIP)? Well now that the financial reporting season is in full flight, the one-off tax hit that Application Note G to FRS5 (doesn’t that name just make you feel warm all over?) will bring about is suddenly hideously close. It’s easy to imagine hordes of extremely worried partners contemplating their ever-emptying pockets.

  • Legal widow

    24-May-2004

    Liability has been reading Enid Blyton boarding school books, so it was just a matter of time before I heard a little voice asking: “Mum, can I go away to boarding school?”

  • Leigh Day Manchester office sets up on its own

    24-May-2004

    Leigh Day & Co’s London and Manchester offices have parted ways after the North West four-partner group opted to set up as a separate entity.

  • Linklaters joins non-movers at year-end

    24-May-2004

    Linklaters has joined a growing band of law firms reporting a flat gross for this financial year, after billings remained unchanged at £720m. Average PPP for 2003-04 reached £640,000, a 12.8 per cent decline on the previous 12 months. Turnover crept up by 0.3 per cent. The firm has also become the first magic circle firm to break the £50,000 benchmark for newly-qualified salaries. It is upping new lawyers’ ...

  • Lovells dips into accountancy for new recruit

    25-May-2004

    Lovells has taken on a KPMG partner as a senior consultant in its employee share incentive team. David Tuch led KPMG’s executive compensation practice and built up the Big Four accountant’s remuneration consulting practice. At Lovells he will concentrate on executive pay structure at main board level.

  • Maitland set for 9 Old Square tie

    24-May-2004

    Leading Chancery set Maitland Chambers is understood to be in merger talks with Michael Driscoll QC’s 9 Old Square.

  • Manches scores double lateral for practice push

    26-May-2004

    Manches has bumped up its construction and property departments with the appointment of two partners.

  • McCanns partners cash in on site sale

    24-May-2004

    Equity partners at Dublin’s McCann FitzGerald could be in line for a multimillion-euro windfall after completing a sale and leaseback of its new premises at Grand Canal Docks.

  • McDermott scoops team in latest round of CC NY departures

    27-May-2004

    Clifford Chance’s New York exodus today shifted up a gear after a team of six corporate lawyers jumped ship for McDermott Will & Emery.

  • Morality bites

    24-May-2004

    Human rights lawyer Phil Shiner is determined to bring the UK to book over the war in Iraq. Jon Robins reports

  • NGJ escapes being stung in Wasps negligence case

    24-May-2004

    Nicholson Graham & Jones (NGJ) has been cleared of any negligence in a case in which the firm bizarrely found itself as both the claimant’s solicitors and a Part 20 defendant.

  • Norton Rose suffers blow to competition

    24-May-2004

    Norton Rose has lost its second key competition partner in just over two years.

  • Opinion

    24-May-2004

    This week, two lawyer friends of mine have been reading the latest Court of Appeal decision on alternative dispute resolution (ADR),the clinical negligence case Halsey v Milton Keynes (2004). Let me introduce them. Brer Rabbit is a mediator. He is delighted to see that Dunnett v Railtrack (2002) has now been upheld and fleshed out. Better still, it is now clear that every ...

  • Orrick and Swidler to tie the knot in summer

    24-May-2004

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s merger with Washington DC’s Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman is racing to conclusion, with a partnership vote expected before the summer.

  • Overexposure

    24-May-2004

    There is, apparently, a queue 100-yards long in the corridors of DLA, stretching all the way back from the insolvency department. The reason for its new-found popularity is that it is home to secretary Emma Adams, the young lady who apparently got a carpeting recently for gracing the pages of lads’ mag Loaded and bringing the firm (and her department, which is well known for its purity of soul) into disrepute.

  • Partnership becomes TV star prize

    24-May-2004

    Despite the fashion for partner culls, a handful of US law firms are currently battling for the chance to take on a recently qualified lawyer as a partner, recruited via the rather unusual medium of reality TV.

  • Paul Hastings London backs information-sharing protocol

    24-May-2004

    A steering group has launched a protocol guide for the UK construction industry with the help of the London office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.

  • Profits back up at Speechly Bircham

    24-May-2004

    Profits at Speechly Bircham have rebounded this year, rising by 10 per cent. Average profits per partner (PPP) reached £265,000 for 2003-04, in stark contrast to the 21 per cent decline in remuneration the firm recorded in the previous 12 months, although the firm has still to reach the heights it achieved in 2001-02, when PPP rose to £310,000. Overall turnover for 2003-04 grew by 5 per cent to £25m.

  • Regional firms come good as City counterparts suffer profits slump

    24-May-2004

    Regional law firms have shrugged off the economic malaise affecting their City contemporaries by reporting solid figures for the last financial year.

  • Ring bling

    24-May-2004

    At a recent Lovells press bash partner David Harris shocked journalists when Black Eyed Peas hit Shut Up started emanating loudly from his jacket. It turned out that this wasn’t a less-than-subtle suggestion to silence the questioning hacks, the song was actually the ringtone on his mobile phone.

  • Separated at birth

    24-May-2004

    Most lawyers love a good scrap, and the chaps at Fisher Scoggins are no different. The firm acted for Thames Trains on the Paddington rail disaster, Balfour Beatty in Hatfield and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens in his five-week trial against the Health and Safety Executive. It’s an impressive list, but it pales against senior partner Mark Scoggins’ biggest ...

  • Shearman tax partner defects to Watson Farley in NY

    24-May-2004

    Watson Farley & Williams’ New York office has raided Shearman & Sterling for a new partner for the second time in 12 months.

  • Shoosmiths posts record results

    24-May-2004

    National firm Shoosmiths has posted a record set of financial results for 2003-04, with the firm’s profitability rising by a dazzling 67 per cent.

  • Simmons scoops brief for broking arm of ABN Amro

    24-May-2004

    Simmons & Simmons has leveraged its track record in advising venture capitalists on managed exits to win ABN Amro’s stockbroking arm Hoare Govett as a new client.

  • Simmons sharpens Qatar focus with new hire

    26-May-2004

    Western law firms in Qatar are continuing to expand after Simmons & Simmons has taken on a partner from leading local firm Gebran Majdalany.

  • Taylor Walton scoops place on AIB panel

    24-May-2004

    Taylor Walton scoops place on AIB panel" /Taylor Walton’s banking team has been added to the existing panel for Allied Irish Bank (AIB). The firm won the appointment earlier this month, following an introduction from former Royal Bank of Scotland business managers Peter O’Gorman and Ken Dougal, who joined ...

  • The ties that bind

    24-May-2004

    The European Commission’s decision against Microsoft is likely to be a watershed for competition law enforcement in the EU. Robert Bell reports

  • Tite & Lewis team moves to Nabarros

    24-May-2004

    Nabarro Nathanson has captured a highly rated team from the beleaguered Tite & Lewis, led by banking partner Charles Proctor and M&A specialist Andrea Cropley.

  • Travers Smith strengthens IPO standing

    24-May-2004

    Travers Smith Braithwaite is consolidating its position at the forefront of the initial public offering (IPO) market, after advising on one of the first main market IPOs of the year, that of longstanding client Pinewood Shepperton.

  • Vinson managing partner quits for LeBoeuf

    24-May-2004

    Vinson managing partner quits for LeBoeuf Vinson & Elkins London has lost managing partner John LaMaster to LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. Vinson will now have just six partners and seven other lawyers in London; two years ago it had over 30. The appointment brings the number of LeBoeuf partners in London to 16, supported by 30 associates. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 21 May

  • Watson Burton storms to another record year

    27-May-2004

    Newcastle firm Watson Burton has enjoyed its second record year, with turnover up 29 per cent.

  • What a dummy

    24-May-2004

    It seems that Leeds-based Eversheds partner Jonathan Guest has got over his enormous embarrassment at being turned into a ventriloquist’s dummy. This means it’s high time the story was brought to a wider audience so that he can go red all over again.

  • White House hopefuls gifted millions from US lawyers

    26-May-2004

    US law firms have stumped up nearly $17m in donations towards the upcoming presidential campaigns, signalling a huge rise in lawyers’ political contributions in the last race to the White House.

  • Work-life quiz

    24-May-2004

    Commercial property partner Patrick Andrews qualified in 1986 at Dundas & Wilson. A year later he moved to arch rival Shepherd + Wedderburn (S+W) and this month took up the management reins from Paul Hally, who stood down after five years at the helm. The son of a former S+W partner, Andrews ...

  • Wragges wraps up Nomura’s £245m Earls Court purchase

    24-May-2004

    Wragges wraps up Nomura’s £245m Earls Court purchase" /Wragge & Co has closed its first deal for new client Nomura, completing the £245m acquisition of the Earls Court and Olympia complex on 7 May.