24 September 2007

The Lawyer

  • ...while dispute teams prepare for bonanza

    24-Sep-2007

    Dispute resolution practices across City law firms have been flooded by enquiries for legal advice since the credit crunch has taken hold.

  • 15 barristers tackle Betfair fraud case

    26-Sep-2007

    A raft of 15 barristers packed the Old Bailey today prepared to fight the case of champion jockey Kieren Fallon and five others who have been accused of race-fixing.

  • A sense of belonging

    24-Sep-2007

    For one day only, Dewey Ballantine's lawyers belong to LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. Well, to its website anyway. Jumping the gun slightly, LeBoeuf has listed all of Dewey's lawyers on its website.

  • Addleshaws creates managing associate position

    28-Sep-2007

    Addleshaw Goddard has added a further level to its career development path via the introduction of a managing associate position.

  • Addleshaws looks to insurance group litigation…

    24-Sep-2007

    Addleshaw Goddard’s insurance practice is linking up with its newly created class actions group as the firm repositions itself in expectation of an economic downturn.

  • Atkin Chambers loses silk to High Court

    24-Sep-2007

    Atkin Chambers has raided 4 Pump Court for top silk David Sears QC in the week it saw its first barrister, Robert Akenhead QC, join the High Court bench.

  • Atkin Chambers loses silk to High Court

    24-Sep-2007

    Atkin Chambers has raided 4 Pump Court for top silk David Sears QC in the week it saw its first barrister, Robert Akenhead QC, join the High Court bench.

  • Axiom secondee model set for London roll-out

    24-Sep-2007

    US law firm Axiom has launched its unusual legal model in London, which sees all of the firm’s lawyers seconded to clients.

  • Beachcroft hires public law associate

    28-Sep-2007

    Beachcroft has bolstered its public law group with a key hire from NHS regulator, Monitor.

  • Billing probe reveals in-house resentment

    26-Sep-2007

    An investigation into law firm billing has revealed that in-house counsel are being left in the dark by law firms and are disillusioned with billing methods.

  • Bingham advises Northern Rock creditors

    28-Sep-2007

    Bingham McCutchen has secured a high-profile mandate advising the creditors of Northern Rock on protecting their interests throughout the bank's crisis.

  • BLG's Canning quits for Mayer Brown

    26-Sep-2007

    Mayer Brown" /Mayer Brown has dealt a major blow to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG), poaching a three-partner team led by commercial litigation head Clare Canning.

  • Bond Pearce secures wave farm permission

    24-Sep-2007

    Bond Pearce has advised the South West of England Regional Development Agency on the first wave farm in the UK to gain planning approval.

  • BSB questions Govt’s barrister grading plan

    25-Sep-2007

    The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has voiced major doubts over the Government’s plans for a quality assurance scheme for publicly funded defence work.

  • BSB ups compensation levels

    24-Sep-2007

    The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has increased the amount of compensation consumers can get when barristers provide inadequate services, from £5,000 to £15,000.

  • Canon’s Euro GC quits for Govt tech role

    24-Sep-2007

    Canon Europe general counsel Gordon Stewart will be leaving the Japanese multinational to lead and develop a legal team at the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council.

  • CC ties up licensing for kids’ TV show

    24-Sep-2007

    Magic circle firm Clifford Chance has advised interactive media company Ludorum on a licensing agreement for the UK broadcast related rights to a new animated children’s series.

  • CFI to tighten the screw on market dominance abuse

    24-Sep-2007

    Competition lawyers are predicting that Europe’s competition regulators will pursue abuse of dominance cases with renewed vigour now that Microsoft’s record fine has been upheld by Europe’s Court of First Instance (CFI).

  • CFI’s in-house privilege ruling lambasted

    24-Sep-2007

    Last week (17 September) Europe’s second highest court, the Court of First Instance (CFI), ruled against Akzo Nobel in the case of Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd and Akcros Chemicals Ltd v European Commission (www.thelawyer. com, 17 September).

  • CFI’s Microsoft verdict highlights differing US and EU stances

    24-Sep-2007

    The implications of the long-awaited judgment by the Court of First Instance (CFI) in the Microsoft case last week are far-reaching, both for business and for competition policy.

  • Cohen Milstein mulls UK’s first class action

    24-Sep-2007

    Class action law firm Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll is considering kick-starting the first collective action in the UK with a case against supermarkets and dairies for price-fixing.

  • Covering all angles

    24-Sep-2007

    The Treasury is planning to bring the UK covered bond market into line with the EU by ringfencing assets and giving the FSA more powers. Alan Newton and Will Higgs report

  • Credit check

    24-Sep-2007

    After a summer spent watching how the US sub-prime market would cope with its downfall, David Koschik reports on a somewhat uncertain future

  • Cricket race hearing gets underway

    28-Sep-2007

    Controversial cricket umpire Darrell Hair's race discrimination claims against the International Cricket Council (ICC) will be heard in the London Central Employment Tribunal on Monday (1 October).

  • CVC turns to Kirkland for $6bn fundraising

    24-Sep-2007

    Chicago-headquartered Kirkland & Ellis has cemented its relationship with blue-chip private equity client CVC Capital Partners, advising on the record $6bn (£3.01bn) fundraising for its latest Asia fund.

  • DAC appoints two new partners

    24-Sep-2007

    Davies Arnold Cooper has promoted associates Andrew Cooper and Matthew Westcott to its partnership. Cooper is a practice development lawyer in the firm’s real estate group. He is also involved in the firm’s IT and knowledge strategies. Westcott joined the firm’s dispute resolution group in 2004 and is a commercialand insurance litigator. Westcott also handles regulatory and investigative work for the firm.

  • Dewey & LeBoeuf merger given green light

    26-Sep-2007

    The merger between Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has gone through as of 4:30pm BST today (26 September).

  • Dewey Ballantine

    24-Sep-2007

    Dewey Ballantine’s impending merger with LeBoeuf promises exciting and expansionist times ahead for London managing partner Fred Gander

  • Dewey partners uploaded to LeBoeuf

    28-Sep-2007

    LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae's website now includes all of Dewey Ballantine's partners, despite the combination between the two firms not going live until Monday 1 October.

  • Dewey to accept LeBoeuf structure

    24-Sep-2007

    Dewey Ballantine’s partnership agreement will be dissolved as part of its merger with LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae, with the enlarged firm’s business operating on LeBoeuf’s systems.

  • Electrocomponents launches panel review

    24-Sep-2007

    Electronic components supplier Electrocomponents has launched a full panel review after announcing that Linklaters has been handed the role of lead corporate adviser.

  • Eversheds develops Qatar with Islamic finance expert

    24-Sep-2007

    Eversheds is ramping up its Middle East capabilities, parachuting a key London Islamic finance partner into its Qatar office.

  • Eversheds hit with second negligence claim

    27-Sep-2007

    Eversheds_office.jpg" alt="Eversheds hit with second negligence claim" /Eversheds is heading for an £850,000 High Court showdown after being sued by two of its former clients in a negligence claim.

  • Eversheds seals $600m Islamic loan for Barwa

    24-Sep-2007

    Eversheds’ London and Qatar Islamic finance teams have advised on a $600m (£300.43m) loan for Qatar real estate company Barwa.

  • Eversheds sued by Nationwide Building Society

    26-Sep-2007

    Eversheds.jpg" alt="Eversheds sued by Nationwide Building Society" /Eversheds is being sued by Nationwide Building Society for more than £20m after the financial lender found itself the victim of a mortgage fraud.

  • Firm profile: Warners

    24-Sep-2007

    Kent-based Warners Solicitors can trace its foundations back to 1785 – the age of Mozart, Napoleon and Benjamin Franklin.

  • Foot Anstey to merge with Cornwall's Hancock Caffin

    27-Sep-2007

    South West solicitors Foot Anstey and Cornish firm Hancock Caffin are merging to become the largest law firm in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

  • Fraud: a booming business

    24-Sep-2007

    The Midlands is suffering an upsurge in business fraud. Tim Green on why the region is so attractive to fraudsters and how the problem can be tackled

  • Freshfields promotes two in US competition practice

    26-Sep-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made two promotions in its US competition practice, making up a pair of its Washington DC-based associates to counsel.

  • Goldsmith to take the Yankee dollar

    26-Sep-2007

    In an unexpected move Lord Goldsmith QC is joining Debevoise & Plimpton as its new European chair of litigation.

  • Greenberg alliance comes good as Olswang picks up energy deal

    24-Sep-2007

    Olswang’s US alliance with Greenberg Traurig, along with its new office in Berlin, has helped the firm score a new corporate client in Europe.

  • Greenberg brings in GSK’s head of trademarks

    24-Sep-2007

    Olswang’S US ally Greenberg Traurig has lured GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) global head of trademarks to boost its New York office.

  • Guildhall QC bolsters Vickery defence

    24-Sep-2007

    Guildhall Chambers silk Richard Smith QC has managed to get England rugby captain Phil Vickery a lenient punishment after his trip on USA centre Paul Emerick.

  • Has the Langbar scandal damaged AIM’s healthy reputation?

    24-Sep-2007

    LG finds itself embroiled in the first major scandal to hit the junior market. By Margaret Taylor

  • HBJ hires shipping expert

    24-Sep-2007

    Litigation lawyer Jon Sharpe will join HBJ Gateley Wareing as a partner in its London office.

  • Heller opens in Shanghai after green light for third China office

    24-Sep-2007

    Heller Ehrman has underscored its commitment to China through plans to open a third China office in Shanghai within the next month.

  • Howrey enters Spain via local tie-up

    24-Sep-2007

    US firm Howrey is set to be the next Anglo-Saxon entrant into the Spanish market, merging with Madrid competition boutique Martínez Lage & Asociados.

  • Indian govt says ‘yes’ to foreign law firms

    25-Sep-2007

    In a groundbreaking decision, India’s minister of law has promised that foreign law firms will be allowed to practise in India. Anglo-saxon firms have already been planning their entry to the jurisdiction.

  • Judges demand Euro data protection accord

    24-Sep-2007

    Judges and eminent legal figures across Europe are set to launch a steering group to harmonise data protection for criminal proceedings.

  • Kirkland lands Apax US pharma acquisition

    24-Sep-2007

    Kirkland & Ellis has scored a coup for key private equity client Apax Partners, closing a US acquisition despite prevailing credit market conditions.

  • Latin lovers

    24-Sep-2007

    As the old ways falter, has the time come for Anglo-Saxon firms to triumph in Italy? They certainly think so

  • Leading light

    24-Sep-2007

    A change in leadership at Banca d’Italia has seen a much-needed change in the Italian banking market. By Gianluca Belotti

  • LeBoeuf partner returns to in-house roots with ITV job

    24-Sep-2007

    ITV has appointed LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae corporate partner Andrew Garard as its legal director to replace the outgoing Kyla Mullins.

  • Linklaters banking chief moves to New York

    25-Sep-2007

    Linklaters banking chief moves to New York" /Linklaters’ global head of finance & projects John Tucker is being relocated to New York to become the firm’s managing partner for the Americas.

  • Linklaters raids Freshfields for Düsseldorf launch

    27-Sep-2007

    Linklaters raids Freshfields for Düsseldorf launch" /Linklaters has carried out a daring raid on Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to open an office in Düsseldorf.

  • London Underground to launch PPP review

    24-Sep-2007

    London Underground Limited (LUL) has promoted head of legal Sarah Atkins to director of reviews in preparation for its PPP contract review, which is slated for 2010.

  • London: not as sexy as Bradford, apparently

    25-Sep-2007

    London lags behind Bradford, Leicester and Glasgow as a centre for UK law firm headquarters, according to a survey of managing partners.

  • Lovells forms class action team

    24-Sep-2007

    Lovells is set to join a raft of UK law firms, such as Addleshaw Goddard and DLA Piper, in launching its own international class action unit.

  • Low take up for Which? Football-shirt action

    27-Sep-2007

    Representative action from consumer group Which? for wronged football-shirt customers has only signed up 130 individuals, The Lawyer understands.

  • Man Utd hikes legal team with Addleshaws signing

    24-Sep-2007

    Manchester United FC has doubled the size of its legal team with the hire of a lawyer from Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Managing employee happiness

    24-Sep-2007

    We spend a large proportion of our lives at work and therefore it is vital that we are happy in what we do.

  • Market thrall

    24-Sep-2007

    The tie-up between Borsa Italiana and the LSE could herald the opening up of a wealth of new investment opportunities, say Anthony Indaimo and Luca Bonetto

  • Mayer Brown wins two more partners for London

    24-Sep-2007

    Mayer Brown has upped the pace of its lateral hiring spree with the addition of a partner apiece in its corporate and real estate practices.

  • McDermott loses its way in City as US management keeps shtoom

    24-Sep-2007

    Last week (17 September) The Lawyer reported on the departure of McDermott Will & Emery corporate rainmaker William Charnley, who defected to rival firm May

  • Mid-market firms bullish on results as credit crunch bites…

    24-Sep-2007

    Record first-quarter deal activity helps firms maintain healthy financial positions; magic circle also confident

  • Minter Ellison closes US office

    27-Sep-2007

    Australian law firm Minter Ellison is closing its San Francisco office and bringing US-based partner Richard Horton back to Australia.

  • Mishcon boosts headcount with five hires

    26-Sep-2007

    Mishcon de Reya has bolstered its associate and assistant numbers with five appointments.

  • Moving with the times

    24-Sep-2007

    The location of a company’s registered office is vital during insolvency proceedings. Georgia Quenby reports on how a German company survived after ‘migrating’ to England

  • Nabarro swoops for Howrey dispute resolution duo

    28-Sep-2007

    Nabarro has strengthened its dispute resolution team having recruited two partners from Howrey.

  • No consumer apathy in Which? case, say lawyers

    28-Sep-2007

    The lack of consumers named in Which?'s landmark representative action is not due to consumer apathy, according to lawyers on the case.

  • No lull for the mid-market

    24-Sep-2007

    Our day must come again!” Rarely have I heard such unalloyed glee from a litigator – or at least not since the glory days of 2003, when contentious practices ruled the roost.

  • Nomura promotes new GC with additional Russia remit

    24-Sep-2007

    Nomura International has appointed Mark Chapman as general counsel and executive committee member following the retirement of Terence Kyle in March.

  • NY proposes conflict rule relaxation

    24-Sep-2007

    The Appellate Division in New York is considering an amendment to the local professional conduct code, which could radically affect current conflict restrictions on US lawyers.

  • O’Melveny nets third green energy role

    24-Sep-2007

    O’Melveny & Myers has scored a deal advising new banking client Climate Change Capital on the launch of its first clean technology private equity vehicle, the €200m (£137.82m) Climate Change Capital Private Equity Fund.

  • OFT promises private competition actions

    25-Sep-2007

    The OFT yesterday (24 September) promised to push through measures that would make it easier for individuals and smaller businesses to seek compensation from anti-competitive groups.

  • Pannone swoops for Watson Burton banking head

    27-Sep-2007

    Manchester-based Pannone has raided the Leeds office of Watson Burton, poaching its banking head Andrew Gosnay.

  • Paul Dolman, Travers Smith

    24-Sep-2007

    Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?Ken Livingstone – he’d probably claim it was congested and charge me.

  • People moves

    24-Sep-2007

    Napthens has hired two trainees. Stacey Carter joins the commercial property group, having studied at BPP Law School in Manchester, and Ben Dredge joins the litigation team after completing the LPC at Lancashire Law School.

  • Peter Roberts: Centrica

    24-Sep-2007

    Brought in to head the upstream legal team, Centrica general counsel Peter Roberts is spending a large amount of his time getting to grips with the liquefied natural gas market

  • Planning woes

    24-Sep-2007

    For the West Midlands, and Birmingham in particular, a great deal hangs on the outcome of the Government's deliberations on the planning gain supplement.

  • Polish elections delay legal fee cap

    24-Sep-2007

    The controversial law to cap legal fees in Poland is likely to be put on hold until next year, with national elections set to disrupt its progress.

  • Regional firms dine out on Symington’s buy-in

    24-Sep-2007

    Addleshaw Goddard, Hammonds, Pinsent Masons and Linklaters have all benefited from one of the smaller private equity deals being announced in the regions, despite the credit crunch.

  • Salans plunders CC for new Polish capital markets team

    24-Sep-2007

    Salans has launched a capital markets practice in Poland, raiding Clifford Chance’s Warsaw office for four senior lawyers.

  • Saving face

    24-Sep-2007

    The Saving Law is just one of a number of regulatory changes that have been implemented on the back of recent scandals in Italy. By Stefano Padovani

  • Simmons vows organic TMT expansion

    24-Sep-2007

    Simmons & Simmons has pledged to focus on organic growth in its London communications and outsourcing group following the loss of two-fifths of its London partner capability in a matter of months.

  • Slaughters joins Northern Rock saga

    26-Sep-2007

    Slaughter and May is the latest City firm to be enlisted into the saga of Northern Rock.

  • Stadlen takes seat on bench

    28-Sep-2007

    The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) today (28 September) confirmed that Fountain Court barrister Nicholas Stadlen QC is to join the High Court bench.

  • Stephenson Harwood in Singapore AIM focus

    24-Sep-2007

    Stephenson Harwood has ramped up its international capabilities with the launch of a Singapore corporate practice.

  • Stuck in the middle

    24-Sep-2007

    The US sub-prime mortgage decline has had a knock-on effect in Europe. Thank heavens for the mid-market, says Stuart Brinkworth, which is keeping leveraged deals alive

  • The great divide

    24-Sep-2007

    Tighter regulation of investment products will spark higher costs for professional advice and leave the mass market out in the cold. By Simon Gleeson

  • The great divide

    24-Sep-2007

    Tighter regulation of investment products will spark higher costs for professional advice and leave the mass market out in the cold. By Simon Gleeson

  • The US firm and Tony’s crony

    26-Sep-2007

    How do you create a transatlantic litigation practice? In Debevoise’s case, the answer seems to be this: replicate your US hiring strategy in London.

  • Thompsons hit with £150K travellers’ action

    24-Sep-2007

    Trade union and personal injury specialist Thompsons Solicitors is being sued for negligence by a travellers’ warden for more than £150,000.

  • Triple Asia boost for Paul Hastings

    25-Sep-2007

    Paul Hastings has raided three of is US rivals - Skadden Arps, Baker & McKenzie and Latham & Watkins - to bolster its Asian practice with the hire of three partners.

  • Tucker takes to New York

    26-Sep-2007

    You have to laugh when a New York lawyer says of John Tucker’s move at Linklaters: “It might help stop them being perceived as an outpost of a London firm”.

  • Tycoon offers legal chief to McCanns

    24-Sep-2007

    Double-glazing magnate Brian Kennedy has offered the services of his in-house legal chief Edward Smethurst to the parents of missing Madeleine McCann.

  • Weil’s India head moves to Hong Kong for Asia push

    24-Sep-2007

    Weil Gotshal & Manges has underlined its commitment to Asia through plans to send New York-based corporate associate and head of India Lavesh Samtani to its Hong Kong office next year.

  • Welcome to the new look

    24-Sep-2007

    You may have noticed that we have given TheLawyer.com a shake-up.