25 November 2002

The Lawyer

  • A&O's sole Frankfurt securitisation partner heads to Orrick

    25-Nov-2002

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has lost its only Frankfurt-based securitisation partner

  • Addleshaw Booth scoops first work from Rutland

    25-Nov-2002

    Addleshaw Booth & Co has won private equity house Rutland Fund Management as a new client

  • Air control

    25-Nov-2002

    Stephen Dolan looks at how much power the recent ECJ ruling on 'open skies' will give to the European Commission

  • Bar Council urges sets to hire pupils early

    25-Nov-2002

    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

  • Baroness coughs up to Thyssen – finally

    25-Nov-2002

    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.

  • Bates Wells & Braithwaite posts lawyer to DTI

    25-Nov-2002

    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 hires CMS partner for Birmingham

    25-Nov-2002

    Bevan Ashford has scooped a CMS Cameron McKenna partner to build a corporate practice out of its new Birmingham office

  • BLP scores double whammy on St James Group developments

    25-Nov-2002

    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 ...

  • Boyes forms biotech and construction teams

    25-Nov-2002

    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.

  • Brobeck seeks loyalty oath from partnership

    25-Nov-2002

    Partners to forego profit distributions to stem financial woes; merger talks roll on

  • Catalyst turns to CC for pro bono after Ashursts refuses

    25-Nov-2002

    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 ...

  • CC and Macfarlanes come out winners in PPM review

    25-Nov-2002

    Helen Power examines PPM Ventures' efforts to follow Alchemy's lead in downsizing its legal panel

  • CC brings in Cuatrecasas lawyer for tax launch

    25-Nov-2002

    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

  • CC finally ties knot with Wong

    28-Nov-2002

    Three years of negotiations result in joint venture agreement for Clifford Chance and Singapore’s Wong partnership

  • Clarification

    25-Nov-2002

    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.

  • Community patent gets waylaid

    25-Nov-2002

    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.

  • Conyers takes on Linklaters partner

    25-Nov-2002

    Linklaters partner Christopher Johnson-Gilbert has joined the London office of offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman as an assistant

  • Corporate deals round-up

    25-Nov-2002

    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 ...

  • Cuatrecasas looks to grow CGMP alliance with Mexican and Chilean recruits

    25-Nov-2002

    Spanish firm Cuatrecasas is looking to bring a Mexican firm and a Chilean firm into its formal Iberian alliance

  • DAVID WINEMAN SOLICITORS

    25-Nov-2002

    'Clever' growth and an understanding of the bigger picture are the drivers for David Wineman

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - HSBC/HOUSEHOLD INTERNATIONAL

    25-Nov-2002

    Cleary Gottlieb and Norton Rose get M&A boost from HSBC deal

  • DLA hires shore up Edinburgh real estate

    25-Nov-2002

    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.

  • Doughty’s Fitzgerald gives lifers new hope

    27-Nov-2002

    Edward Fitzgerald QC takes lead role in case that strips Home Secretary of his power to set minimum jail terms for convicted murderers

  • Drag bag

    25-Nov-2002

    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 ...

  • E&Y's Swedish legal network under threat

    25-Nov-2002

    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 bags more work from Lend Lease

    25-Nov-2002

    Eversheds has extended its role with Lend Lease by winning work on a second shopping centre in the portfolio

  • Ex-Andersen Legal litigation chief joins Simmons

    25-Nov-2002

    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 ...

  • FFW auditions European Legal Alliance hopefuls

    25-Nov-2002

    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

  • Five partners quit Herbert Smith ally in Brussels

    27-Nov-2002

    Stibbe partners to set up new firm with Brussels-based intellectual property practice Braun Bigwood

  • Football lore

    25-Nov-2002

    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 ...

  • Gouldens in merger talks with Jones Day

    27-Nov-2002

    City firm confirms rumours of talks with Jones Day Reavis & Pogue

  • Great figurers wanted

    25-Nov-2002

    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? ...

  • Had your Phil?

    25-Nov-2002

    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 ...

  • Hair today…

    25-Nov-2002

    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 to force City banking firms to earn their keep

    25-Nov-2002

    ING, the largest financial services group in the Netherlands, is setting up its first global banking panel in an attempt to cut costs.

  • Judge Langley lambasts Pollock over Noboa case

    25-Nov-2002

    Essex Court silk takes heavy flak from trial judge for 'showing no restraint' during cross-examination

  • Latham hires yet another UK partner

    25-Nov-2002

    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

  • Lawyer takes senior commercial role at EBRD

    26-Nov-2002

    Corporate recovery and litigation head Kamen Zahariev becomes director for the Ukraine

  • Legal Widow

    25-Nov-2002

    Subjudice was sick the other day, and had to come home from school...

  • Let the Snow settle

    25-Nov-2002

    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

  • Litigation booms in Bristol Gareth Chadwick

    25-Nov-2002

    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

  • London partner calls for UN action on shipping disasters

    25-Nov-2002

    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 keeps hold of Beachcroft’s top job

    27-Nov-2002

    Lord Hunt of the Wirral is re-elected as senior partner

  • Lovells shifts banking ace to Milan post

    25-Nov-2002

    Lovells has moved partner Andrew Welbourn to Milan to head up its Italian banking and project finance practice

  • Mayer Brown launches new London group

    25-Nov-2002

    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 ...

  • Milberg Weiss attacks rivals for 'copying' its complaints forms

    25-Nov-2002

    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 question Govt on pensions

    25-Nov-2002

    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

  • Mundays creates international network

    25-Nov-2002

    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 ...

  • Offices spring up as firms catch Bristol property bug

    25-Nov-2002

    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

  • Opinion

    25-Nov-2002

    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.

  • Personal banking

    25-Nov-2002

    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

  • PI firms come together to take on claims companies

    25-Nov-2002

    Jon Robins looks at PI firms' pooling of resources to challenge the dominance of the 'short-changers'

  • Raising finance

    25-Nov-2002

    Julia Salt and Ben Conway give the lowdown on methods of commercial aviation funding

  • S&M enters part-time partner debate

    25-Nov-2002

    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 lands China Netcom work

    25-Nov-2002

    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)

  • SJ Berwin grows German funds practice

    26-Nov-2002

    Private equity and hedge funds specialist Achim Pütz joins Munich office as partner

  • Smiths uses Wragges on £33m sale

    25-Nov-2002

    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.

  • Speechlys makes private equity double hire

    25-Nov-2002

    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 ...

  • SRA sidesteps panel to use A&O on review

    25-Nov-2002

    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 ...

  • Talk of the town

    25-Nov-2002

    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 ...

  • The Leader Column

    25-Nov-2002

    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.

  • The Queen and I

    25-Nov-2002

    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

  • Toffoletto forges double employment merger

    26-Nov-2002

    Two niche practices join Ius Laboris firm Toffoletto e Soci

  • Unicef names child rights award winner

    25-Nov-2002

    Pat Monro, an adjudicator for the immigration tribunal, has been named as The Lawyer/Unicef Child Rights Lawyer of the Year

  • Veale Wasbrough scoops place on the Treasury Solicitor's commercial panel

    25-Nov-2002

    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 wins one from Ward Hadaway

    25-Nov-2002

    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 ...

  • Wistrand hires Kilpatrick malcontents

    25-Nov-2002

    Kilpatrick Stockton's Swedish office has been decimated by the defection of four partners and two associates to rival Wistrand