24 September 2001

The Lawyer

  • Addleshaws boosts Leeds with Hammonds partner

    24-Sep-2001

    Hammond Suddards Edge has lost litigation partner Adam Aldred to Addleshaw Booth & Co.

  • All's fair in love & law?

    24-Sep-2001

    The new Partnership Register is a step towards the recognition of gay couple's rights. Jon Robins meets the lawyers campaigning for change

  • As big as his boots

    24-Sep-2001

    Michael Coleman has hurtled through his career rodeo-style, and with clients such as James Hewitt and the Hamiltons, he isn’t about to fall off

  • Ashurst Morris Crisp (Hugh Lumby) advised an undisclosed property fund managed by LaSalle Investment Management

    24-Sep-2001

    on the sale of properties in London, Worcester, Staines and Chichester. Purchasers advised by Burges Salmon (Richard Clark), Harbottle & Lewis (Alan Patten), Laurie Moran Arthur (Graham Wood) and Thomas Eggar Church Adams ...

  • Ashurst Morris Crisp (Jeremy Hill) advised the Benfield Group

    24-Sep-2001

    on the setting up of Benfield Imperial Entertainment Finance and its entry into an exclusive agreement with Los Angeles' Imperial Bank for referrals for gap finance in film and television. Imperial Bank was advised in-house by Ben Green.

  • B&M star leaves for Macchi Italian job

    24-Sep-2001

    Baker & McKenzie (B&M) has lost the head of its Italian project finance practice to boutique firm and Slaughter and May best friend Macchi di Cellere Gangemi.

  • Baker & McKenzie (Timothy Gee) advised Macquarie Infrastructure Group

    24-Sep-2001

    on its euro816m (£514.7m) acquisition of a 40 per cent interest in Grupo Ferrovial subsidiary Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte. Grupo Ferrovial advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

  • Bar probes 4 KBW over Claims Direct payments

    24-Sep-2001

    Chambers faces allegations of paying for work; Bar Council 'in discussions'

  • Bar Talk

    24-Sep-2001

    Contracts usually contain a governing law clause and then the position on which law applies is clear. But sometimes, either intentionally or through omission, the governing law clause is omitted. What happens, then, if the contract is litigated? The English courts have formerly applied detailed rules to determine the governing law. In 1990, the Contracts (Applicable Law) Act gave effect to the Rome Convention, the purpose of which was to unify the approach the courts of contracting ...

  • Beiten to vote on German merger

    24-Sep-2001

    The merger bid was given official backing by the Beiten Burkhardt partnership at the end of July, but it is understood that since then, there have been a number of difficulties that have had to be overcome.One anticipated problem was that T&G is structured as a German company and therefore will be difficult to integrate with a traditional partnership.But Treuhand managing partner Detlev ...

  • Berwin Leighton Paisner (Murdoch Currie) advised Aviation Partners Worldwide

    24-Sep-2001

    on its acquisition of National Jet Italia for £30.7m, by way of a reverse takeover to gain admission to AIM. National Jet Italia advised by Denton Wilde Sapte and Linklaters & Alliance.

  • Charles Russell scores ECJ test case victory

    24-Sep-2001

    Charles Russell has pulled off a victory in the European Court of Justice in a test case concerning pubs tied to breweries.

  • Cleary Gottlieb scoops fifth Royal Ahold deal

    24-Sep-2001

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has advised ABN Amro Rothschild, Goldman Sachs International and Merrill Lynch International as joint underwriters on one of the largest equity deals this year.Royal Ahold, advised by White & Case, issued 80.5 million shares to raise euro2.6bn (£1.64bn). The money ...

  • Coat tales

    24-Sep-2001

    Michael Skrein, head of media litigation at Richards Butler, has a thing for the television detective Colombo. And the similarities go beyond his litigation tactic of faking sudden recollection of something at the last minute to off-balance the main suspect.He also dons a similarly dishevelled raincoat, which was the focus of one client's particular attention. The happy client was sufficiently impressed with Skrein's handling of his case that at its conclusion he offered ...

  • Corporate

    24-Sep-2001

    Every US law firm in London claims to be here because its clients asked it to. Every UK firm scoffs at the fact that more than 100 US-born practices have opened their doors in the City. If you are at a US firm that is not one of the 30 largest in London, then you are probably getting used to UK lawyers declaring gleefully that they have never heard of you.Take Baker Botts, for example. Not the biggest name in the City, it has to be said. For those of you who are not entirely familiar ...

  • Cripps Harries Hall

    24-Sep-2001

    Whether single office solidarity is the key or not, Cripps is on the up

  • Cuatrecasas plans São Paulo office

    24-Sep-2001

    Spanish firm Cuatrecasas is to open a new office in São Paulo, Brazil.

  • Deal of the week - Uniqlo opts for SJ Berwin to advise on first UK stores

    24-Sep-2001

    SJ Berwin has won Japanese store giant Fast Retailing as a new client and has completed the acquisition of the first UK stores for its fashion chain Uniqlo.The new stores on Brompton Road, London and in prime retail sites in Wimbledon, Uxbridge and Romford will open on 28 September.SJ Berwin property partner Martin Wright led the acquisitions and is managing the firm's relationship with ...

  • Dentons' Uzbekistan office in fear of terrorist backlash

    24-Sep-2001

    Denton Wilde Sapte has admitted to being deeply concerned about its Uzbekistan office after the attack on the World Trade Center.

  • Dirty windows?

    24-Sep-2001

    Can Microsoft convince the European Commission that it's not really anticompetitive? Christopher Norall investigates

  • DJ Freeman opts for Ashursts legal executive to head planning practice

    24-Sep-2001

    DJ Freeman has taken the unusual step of appointing a legal executive to head its planning practice following the departure of the department's head in June.

  • DLA brings Ince & Co's Pollen into port

    24-Sep-2001

    Ince & Co is losing the head of its shipbuilding practice in a move which is believed to be the first partner defection from the firm.

  • Drake: My Jungle Hell

    24-Sep-2001

    Globalisation seems to know no bounds. At Collyer-Bristow the partners have renamed the usual pilgrimage to wannabe international behemoths, such as Germany and the US, in favour of breaking virgin territory. Head of the matrimonial department Michael Drake was sent by management to take the word of Collyer-Bristow's client care programme to the Amazon. Diligently, he tracked down lost tribes in the jungle who have had no contact with the outside world and gave them all powerpoint ...

  • Eversheds freebie for Brummie Wembley bid

    24-Sep-2001

    Regional giant offers pro bono advice on Midlands bid for national football stadium

  • French law firm turnover up twenty-four per cent

    24-Sep-2001

    French firms post record figures; accountancy-tied firms are the ones to watch

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Tom Head) and Fulbright & Jaworski (Henry Hope) advised Solvay

    24-Sep-2001

    in its agreement with BP Chemicals to swap their polypropylene and engineering polymer businesses and to form European and US joint ventures. BP Chemicals advised by Baker & McKenzie (Gary Senior) and senior in-house lawyer Jeff Durkin.

  • Germany

    24-Sep-2001

    Ever since 1996, when Garrigues merged with Andersen in Spain, the big five in Germany (and everywhere else for that matter) have been waiting for the next big bang.

  • Gordons Cranswick tempts DLA partner to Leeds office

    24-Sep-2001

    Northern firm inaugurates business recovery department with bankruptcy specialist from rival firm

  • Gouldens (David Roberts) advised Pillar Property

    24-Sep-2001

    on the disposal of its long leasehold interest in Vintners Place to the Blackstone Group for £107m to complete the rationalisation of the Wates property portfolio. Blackstone advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (John Fordham).

  • Gouldens helps Vertex bag Plus Integration

    24-Sep-2001

    Gouldens is advising US business solutions company Vertex Interactive on its expansion plans. The firm is giving English law advice on Vertex's takeover of Dutch office adviser Plus Integration Supply Chain Solutions for $40m (£27.3m).Senior partner Patrick Burgess has a longstanding relationship with Vertex. He led the team with corporate associates Jerome Lussan and Tom Conway and lawyers from the firm's employment, tax, intellectual property and pensions departments. ...

  • Harbottle wins leading role for Virgin Active

    24-Sep-2001

    Harbottle & Lewis has advised health club operator Virgin Active on a £30m debt financing deal that will be used to further expansion plans for the group.Harbottle has advised Virgin Active since it was set up in March 1999. Because Virgin Active does not have an in-house department, the media and entertainment firm has taken on a general counsel role.In the past two and a ...

  • Hogan & Hartson gives up NY office space for Sidley

    24-Sep-2001

    Hogan calls off move after NY terrorist attack; law firms donate to victims' funds

  • Is talk cheap?

    24-Sep-2001

    With the National Audit Office saying the cost of clinical negligence litigation is too high, Fenella Quinn asks: with the take-up of mediation so poor, is it the best alternative?

  • It's in the blood

    24-Sep-2001

    On the subject of those zany guys at Lovells, King Zany himself Bob Kidby has just returned from his six-month sabbatical spent travelling across the US and also laying down some tracks with his group Clarence King and the Regents.However, it seems that he has not entirely switched back into pinstripe-suit mode, as opposed to leather trouser and bandana gear. One of the first events in his diary was a property law conference. On his return, a colleague inquired how the conference ...

  • Jones Day launches Milan office with local captures

    24-Sep-2001

    Chicago and Paris partners relocate for Italian launch; local hires complete office; Rome next on list

  • Landwell lures B&M US partner to London

    24-Sep-2001

    Landwell, PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) tied law firm, is taking on a Baker & McKenzie Chicago partner to target US work out of London.

  • Leader

    24-Sep-2001

    Apologies for banging on about this, but what is it about chief executives that so fascinates the bar? Three months ago there seemed to be a consensus that the bar's flirtation with the role simply had not worked, with most sets reverting to a traditional clerking structure.Then, all of a sudden, a second batch of chief executives arrives - again recruited from outside the profession - leaving many at the bar a little perplexed. Why? Criticism of chief executives stems from ...

  • Life after the NHSLA overhaul

    24-Sep-2001

    In an apparent bid to save the public purse as much money as possible, the National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHSLA) undertook a panel review at the beginning of the year.

  • Lovells and Farrer wrap up Prince Charles's lordship

    24-Sep-2001

    Lovells and Farrer & Co have completed on the Prince of Wales’s purchase of a lordship of the manor in Herefordshire for £5,500.The title to the Lordship of the Manor of Aconbury was the largest among eight offered at auction by Prudential, advised by Lovells legal executive Ron Green.The auction followed the Prince’s acquisition of Prudential’s rural portfolio last year for £50m, when he was advised by Farrer’s head of estates and private property James Furber. Furber ...

  • Magic circle loses out in FTSE 100 promotions

    24-Sep-2001

    Seven out of eight companies dropped from the FTSE 100 use top five firms

  • McDermott Will & Emery (Stephanie Liston) and in-house lawyer Edward Gelsthorpe advised BAE Systems

    24-Sep-2001

    on the establishment of a 50/50 joint venture with back office specialists Xchanging for the provision of procurement services to BAE Systems. Xchanging advised by Clifford Chance.

  • Nabarros follows Oracle project with Hammerson development

    24-Sep-2001

    Nabarro Nathanson's London and Sheffield offices are working on one of the UK's largest retail schemes after client Hammerson was chosen to develop Sheffield's £350m new retail quarter.

  • Nabarros lands Dover regeneration instruction

    24-Sep-2001

    Nabarro Nathanson has defeated a string of competitors to win work on a major mixed-use regeneration scheme in Dover town centre.

  • National Australia Group finally reveals new panel

    24-Sep-2001

    National Australia Group (NAG) has finally set up its first panel of preferred law firms for its European group following a protracted 18-month tender process.

  • New tax partner gives Speechlys global boost

    24-Sep-2001

    Speechly Bircham is expanding its private tax team as it takes on a partner from Rothschild Trust Corporation.

  • News in brief

    24-Sep-2001

    A round up of stories from the UK and around the world

  • Norton Rose (Margaret Coltman) advised Falcon Games

    24-Sep-2001

    on its acquisition of Parker Hilton for an undisclosed sum. Parker Hilton advised by Masons.

  • Norton Rose dual hire bolsters London team

    24-Sep-2001

    Energy partner joins to service oil and gas boom as financial services gains new head

  • Norton Rose instructed by Baltic Exchange

    24-Sep-2001

    Norton Rose is advising the Baltic Exchange on the development of its new electronic trading platform. The new platform will cover many of the traditional activities that take place on floor as well as offering new services, including a vessel and cargo-matching facility and analytical software to chart trends in route rates. Norton Rose intellectual property and technology partner Mike ...

  • Olswang (Michael Brader) advised Anite Group

    24-Sep-2001

    on its acquisition of Parsec Systems for £27m. Parsec Systems advised by Tarlo Lyons (Lawrence Phillips).

  • Opinion

    24-Sep-2001

    The Law Society has put equal opportunities and diversity issues right at the top of its agenda for its forthcoming year. The new board, established during last year's reform programme, has taken on equal opportunities and diversity as key objectives for the year. In fact, the whole council debated the issue at a major conference last week, following a presentation by Lord Herman Ouseley, former chair of the Commission for Racial Equality.The council has committed itself ...

  • Orrick saves costs with support staff move

    24-Sep-2001

    San Francisco firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is moving its support staff to a new office that it is setting up in West Virginia.

  • Pitmans hire sees Osborne Clarke open litigation dept

    24-Sep-2001

    Osborne Clarke is launching a new litigation team to focus on international work at its Thames Valley office, following a partner hire from local rival Pitmans.

  • Property lawyers set up Preps group

    24-Sep-2001

    Leading property lawyers and other professionals are signing up to a new industry group to develop real estate partnerships, set up on the back of an initiative by Lovells.

  • Richards Butler takes on Posh libel

    24-Sep-2001

    Richards Butler is representing an autograph shop that is suing pop star Victoria Beckham in a substantial damages claim for slander, malicious falsehood, and damage to its business.

  • Shepherd takes on Brodies specialist

    24-Sep-2001

    Shepherd & Wedderburn has secured employment litigation specialist Susan Craig from Edinburgh firm Brodies.

  • Simmons takes on Bignons Paris ace

    24-Sep-2001

    Simmons & Simmons in Paris has taken on a corporate and arbitration partner from French firm Bignon & Lebray.

  • Simmons-TMI joint venture kick starts Japanese expansion plan

    24-Sep-2001

    Simmons & Simmons is setting up a joint venture with leading Japanese firm TMI Associates to spearhead a massive expansion plan in the country.

  • SJ Berwin (Kathryn Almond) advised Redevco

    24-Sep-2001

    on the letting of the former Marble Arch C&A store to Allders on a 30-year lease to act as its flagship store and office headquarters. Allders advised by Macfarlanes (Richard Ruben).

  • St Philips chief clerk joins North West set

    24-Sep-2001

    Birmingham set St Philips Chambers' chief clerk of 13 years Clive Witcomb is moving to Deans Court Chambers in Manchester.

  • The Callery count

    24-Sep-2001

    Has Callery v Gray resolved the contention over conditional fee agreements? Martin Farber and Richard Schaverien look at the costs consultant's, insurer's and lawyer's take on the issue

  • The going rate

    24-Sep-2001

    After years of criticism, the Lord Chancellor has set a new discount rate for PI and clinical negligence payouts, but are people happy? Daniel Bennett says it is hard to please everyone

  • The injury latest

    24-Sep-2001

    Michael Leyland looks at recent developments in personal injury and clinical negligence law

  • Theodore Goddard-Salans marriage plans fizzle out

    24-Sep-2001

    Firms cite contrasting reasons for breakdown of talks; resumption not ruled out

  • Travers win leaves Addleshaws out in cold

    24-Sep-2001

    Travers Smith Braithwaite has scooped a new client for its telecoms, media and technology (TMT) department from under the nose of Addleshaw Booth & Co.

  • Who's in the house?

    24-Sep-2001

    The new head of legal at Music Choice Europe Donagh O'Malley cites variety as the reason for going in-house. As Claire Smith reports, in a sector as malleable as music, he'll get just that

  • WTO specialists fight for place on advisory roster

    24-Sep-2001

    A roster of law firms is being set up by a multimillion-pound Geneva-based independent body that aims to help countries defend their interests in the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

  • You are what you read

    24-Sep-2001

    Tulkinghorn firmly believes in the old adage that you can tell the man by the company he keeps. Or, indeed, by his shoes - for example, never trust a man who ties his shoelaces in a double knot, he is very likely to be a bounder.But Tulkinghorn has heard that Lovells partners are opening up a whole new area of character analysis. The firm has just got a brand new email and wored-processing system that includes a voice recognition system. Tulkinghorn understands that this new-fangled ...

  • You can run but you can't hide

    24-Sep-2001

    Let this following tale be a warning to all readers of Tulkinghorn. If you do not cooperate then Tulkinghorn will be forced to track you down personally. Readers may remember seeing the above woman in full dancing queen mode at The Lawyer Awards. At the time, Tulkinghorn asked his loyal readership to find out who the foxy lady was.You can run but you cannot hide from Tulkinghorn, who sent one of his minions to Wiltshire on the trail of said lady. The delightful Vanessa Pawsey, ...