25 November 2002
Allen & Overy (A&O) has lost its only Frankfurt-based securitisation partner
Addleshaw Booth & Co has won private equity house Rutland Fund Management as a new client
Stephen Dolan looks at how much power the recent ECJ ruling on 'open skies' will give to the European Commission
Wannabe barristers may be able to apply for pupillages before they embark on the Bar Vocational Course, under new proposals to improve student funding being considered by the Bar Council
Wilberforce Chambers silk Robert Ham QC has settled his dispute with the wife of well-known industrialist Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, over non-payment of £500,000 in fees. Baroness Carmen Fernandez has now paid Ham in full for his role in the infamous Thyssen litigation.
City-based firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite has seconded solicitor Abbie Rumbold to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Rumbold will help to draft new laws to set up a body named the Community Interest Company (CIC). The creation of the CIC is part of the Government's initiative to support the fast-growing social enterprise sector. Key features of the CIC include a lock on assets, preventing the payment of dividends to shareholders and the ability to issue preference ...
Bevan Ashford has scooped a CMS Cameron McKenna partner to build a corporate practice out of its new Birmingham office
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has won a double victory on residential property deals. The firm's construction group is advising St James Group on the development of luxury apartments at Grosvenor Dock on the Chelsea embankment of the River Thames and SeaCon Wharf on Westferry Road, a short walk from Canary Wharf.The mandate shows the strength of BLP's relationship ...
Reading-based firm Boyes Turner is launching specialised biotech and construction practices. Boyes Turner claims that the biotech practice, headed by new associate Kathy Minter, will be Reading's first dedicated biotech and pharmaceuticals practice. Associate Graeme Roberts, who joined the firm from Shimizu, where he was European general counsel, will head the construction practice.
Partners to forego profit distributions to stem financial woes; merger talks roll on
Clifford Chance is advising venture capital firm Catalyst and homeless magazine publisher the Big Issue on setting up a £50m social fund. The magic circle firm is setting up the fund pro bono after Catalyst's main law firm Ashurst Morris Crisp decided to charge for the work.This is the first ...
Helen Power examines PPM Ventures' efforts to follow Alchemy's lead in downsizing its legal panel
Clifford Chance has launched a tax department in its three-partner Barcelona office with the hire of senior associate José Maria Cusi from the New York office of Cuatrecasas. Cusi had worked at Cuatrecasas since 1996 and had been in the New York office since 2000. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 20 November
Three years of negotiations result in joint venture agreement for Clifford Chance and Singapore’s Wong partnership
In the 11 November edition's Client File on WWF-UK, Jacqui O'Keefe was referred to as a Denton Wilde Sapte assistant. She is in fact a partner and head of the firm's environment, health and safety team.
The EU Council of Ministers for Competitiveness has failed to agree legal proposals for setting up a so-called 'community patent'‚ which would give inventors the option of obtaining a single patent that is valid throughout the EU.
Linklaters partner Christopher Johnson-Gilbert has joined the London office of offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman as an assistant
Davis Polk & Wardwell (Eugene Gregor, John Crowley) advised Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse First Boston and JP Morgan as joint bookrunners on an SEC-registered Schedule B offering by the Korea Development Bank of $300m (£190.6m) of 5.25 per cent notes due 2007 and $450m (£285.9m) of 5.5 per cent notes due in 2012. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Kim & Chang advised the ...
Spanish firm Cuatrecasas is looking to bring a Mexican firm and a Chilean firm into its formal Iberian alliance
'Clever' growth and an understanding of the bigger picture are the drivers for David Wineman
Cleary Gottlieb and Norton Rose get M&A boost from HSBC deal
DLA's Edinburgh office has bolstered its real estate team with the hire of three partners from Scottish firm Archibald Campbell & Harley. Drew Wallace, who will head the team, brings with him Sheila Irvine and Lisa Kerr. After the appointments, the Edinburgh real estate team will grow to 15 fee-earners, including eight partners.
Edward Fitzgerald QC takes lead role in case that strips Home Secretary of his power to set minimum jail terms for convicted murderers
Has Richards Butler's Michael Skrein been hanging around with celebrities too much? Tulkinghorn bumped into Aldgate East's biggest Wolves fan the day after he'd been to the James Bond premiere, but the delightful Mr Skrein was, shall we say, a little wan.Apparently, the best bit of the night was not Madonna's performance or the Queen's presence, or even Halle Berry's dress, but the goodie bag. For inside the goodie bag was a jewel, complete ...
New Swedish laws governing the practices of accountancy firms are threatening the future of Ernst & Young's (E&Y) law alliance in the country, having already caused the dissolution of its Stockholm office
Eversheds has extended its role with Lend Lease by winning work on a second shopping centre in the portfolio
Simmons & Simmons' Paris office has hired Jacques-Antoine Robert, the former head of Andersen Legal's litigation and arbitration practice. Robert, who will bring a team of associates with him, is the second lateral to join the Paris office this month, following the arrival of finance partner Jeremy Arscott from Stephenson Harwood. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews ...
Field Fisher Waterhouse is conducting the final stages of beauty parades to select an Italian and Spanish firm to join its exclusive network European Legal Alliance
Stibbe partners to set up new firm with Brussels-based intellectual property practice Braun Bigwood
The tale of lawyers and bankers playing the last ever football match under Wembley Stadium's twin towers has already passed into City legend. But one Clifford Chance partner must still be reliving every schoolboy's dream. Kitted out in a number 10 England shirt, construction partner David Metzger scored a hat trick in the match, including the last ever goal to be scored before the bulldozers ...
City firm confirms rumours of talks with Jones Day Reavis & Pogue
Tulkinghorn has been contacted by an influential figure within one of London's premier law firms, who asks plaintively whether tax lawyers can ever be sexy.Ever wanting to help out his friends in the City, Tulkinghorn would like to ask readers to help dispel the myth that tax is for boffins. Here's the challenge: find the sexiest/grooviest/baaaadest tax lawyers around. A beauty parade before The Lawyer's editorial team will decide the winner. And the prize? ...
Tulkinghorn was delighted to see Phil Jupitus at this year's Loties Awards Ceremony for technology. Jupitus asked for a show of lawyers' hands and when his one main heckler revealed himself as one of only two lawyers in the audience, a torrent of abuse rained down. Tulkinghorn has never experienced such a withering attack. The admittedly poor heckling was savagely put down with 15 f***s, 12 c***s and a t**t thrown in for good measure. Our lawyerly heckler could only manage ...
A dear friend of mine, while holidaying in Cuba, refrained from shaving for some four weeks in respect of the revolutionary hero Che Guevara. He even turned Communist, albeit for a mere eight weeks.Anthony Scrivener QC, who certainly has revolutionary blood, having once formed a rebel group called The Slate which was committed to overhauling the Bar Council, asked his troops, the enlightened clerks of 2-3 Gray's Inn Square, not to shave for a week to raise money for ...
ING, the largest financial services group in the Netherlands, is setting up its first global banking panel in an attempt to cut costs.
Essex Court silk takes heavy flak from trial judge for 'showing no restraint' during cross-examination
US firm Latham & Watkins is set to make its fourth UK partner hire in the space of a month with former KPNQwest general counsel Christopher Hall
Corporate recovery and litigation head Kamen Zahariev becomes director for the Ukraine
Subjudice was sick the other day, and had to come home from school...
After making Brobeck popular with its associates, can CC's Tower Snow help solve his new firm's problems? Helen Power meets the man of the moment
The widely-expected litigation boom failed to materialise in Bristol as it did elsewhere. Nevertheless, the faltering economy seems to have been a boon for local litigators
A raft of recommendations drawn up by a shipping partner at Shaw & Croft to limit damage caused by stricken ships has been placed before the UN
Lord Hunt of the Wirral is re-elected as senior partner
Lovells has moved partner Andrew Welbourn to Milan to head up its Italian banking and project finance practice
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has launched a new insolvency and restructuring group in London to combine expertise from the legacy practices of both firms. Prior to the February tie-up, Mayer Brown's London office targeted banks and financial institutions for work in this area, while Rowe & Maw tended to act for corporates and insolvency practitioners. Those skill sets have now been formally ...
US class action firm Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach is taking legal action against competitors that it alleges have been copying its complaints forms to steal its clients
MPs from Wales last week tabled questions in Parl-iament querying whether the Government might be open to massive claims from UK pensioners with final salary schemes but insolvent employers
Surrey-based Mundays Solicitors has established an international best-friends network with a number of firms, including Scotland's Burness, Germany's Rossbach & Fischer, Ireland's Eugene F Collins Solicitors, Italy's Studio Legale Jacobacci & Associati and US firm Schiff Hardin & Wait, among others.The firms have agreed a non-exclusive arrangement in which they recommend ...
Not content to advise clients that are active in the booming Bristol property scene, several of the city's law firms have decided to get a piece of the action themselves
Shan Lambert has hit the big one. On 14 November, she became the first wife to be awarded 50 per cent of the marital assets on divorce by the Court of Appeal. It is the most groundbreaking monetary award since the House of Lords' landmark decision in White v White.
Gulf International Bank UK's legal head Dominic Bacon essentially works alone, relying on the help of his advisers. Husnara Begum finds out that he prefers the individual touch
Jon Robins looks at PI firms' pooling of resources to challenge the dominance of the 'short-changers'
Julia Salt and Ben Conway give the lowdown on methods of commercial aviation funding
Slaughter and May has set up a new high-level partner group to look at working practices that might block diversity and gender equality within the firm
Shearman & Sterling has scooped an instruction to advise China Netcom Corporation (Hong Kong) in connection with its purchase of the assets of Bermuda-based undersea cable operator Asia Global Crossing (AGC)
Private equity and hedge funds specialist Achim Pütz joins Munich office as partner
Wragge & Co has completed its first major corporate transaction for aerospace company Smiths Group, which traditionally sends its high-value work to Allen & Overy (A&O).Wragges has acted on a number of smaller Smiths Group transactions, with a value of up to £10m in the last 18 months, but this disposal of the Lodge business to Meggitt for £33m was by far the largest.
Speechly Bircham has doubled the size of its private equity team with two lateral hires. The firm has appointed Osborne Clarke partner Matthew Sillett and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior associate ...
The Government’s Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) has gone off-panel to appoint Allen & Overy (A&O) to the coveted role of adviser on the Network Rail securitisation and on the interim review of Network Rail ordered by the rail regulator. SRA invited firms to tender for the work because key adviser Linklaters is advising ...
Post-BBC, Angus Deayton must be short of a bob or two, because he turned up to do the after dinner speech at last week's British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) dinner. Given his recent antics with ladies of the night and the white stuff, the audience gave him a rougher ride than at The Lawyer Awards in July. But things could have been worse - apparently the BVCA had been plagued with calls from the News of the World wanting to buy a table at the Grosvenor House event - at any ...
You may think journos love a good bit of bad news. But events at Morgan Cole induce more than a pang of sympathy for its lawyers as the cracks in their firm deepen.
Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell had his own rock during his trial - his lawyer Andrew Shaw. Jon Robins finds out the truth about this dramatic case from the one who fought it
Two niche practices join Ius Laboris firm Toffoletto e Soci
Pat Monro, an adjudicator for the immigration tribunal, has been named as The Lawyer/Unicef Child Rights Lawyer of the Year
Bristol-based Veale Wasbrough has been appointed to the Treasury Solicitor's new commercial panel, established to provide commercial advice to the Treasury Solicitor's Department
Watson Burton has bolstered its commercial property department with the hire of property lawyer Richard Freeman-Wallace of Ward Hadaway. Freeman-Wallace specialises in secured lending and property investment. He has acted for Northern Rock, Barclays, Bank of Scotland and Newcastle Building Society. His move is ...
Kilpatrick Stockton's Swedish office has been decimated by the defection of four partners and two associates to rival Wistrand