25 September 2006

The Lawyer

  • BLG throws caution to the wind

    25-Sep-2006

    Lawyers have a reputation for being cautious people. But Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) took a stand against this stereotype with its now legendary advertising campaign in May.

  • People

    25-Sep-2006

    US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has hired corporate partner Sandra Esquiva-Hesse from the Paris office of Clifford Chance, where she was of counsel.

  • SJ Berwin bags hilton health club sell-off

    25-Sep-2006

    SJ Berwin and Newcastle's Ward Hadaway acted on the £90m sale of the Livingwell Premier health club chain to Bannatyne Fitness, the gym business owned by TV's Dragon's Den entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne. The deal involved 24 UK clubs with a combined membership of approximately 80,000. It followed an auction that ...

  • 2 Temple Gardens boosts pupillage earnings to £47k

    28-Sep-2006

    Commercial and civil set 2 Temple Gardens (2TG) has upped its pupillage award by £2,000 for the October 2008 intake, making it one of the highest paying chambers for new barristers.

  • 5 Raymond Buildings

    25-Sep-2006

    There are those out there who think that the libel and defamation bar is in serious danger of going under. The arguments are persuasive. Numbers of claim forms are gradually diminishing and so is the size of damages.

  • A&O firms up Och-Ziff ties on Whitehead Mann bid

    25-Sep-2006

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has strengthened its relationship with Och-Ziff Capital Management, scooping a role to advise the secretive US hedge fund on a bid for headhunter Whitehead Mann.

  • A&O votes to extend Morley's term as managing partner

    28-Sep-2006

    Allen & Overy (A&O) partners have voted to extend managing partner David Morley’s tenure by another year to 2008.

  • A&O: the pearly kings of Tower Hamlets

    25-Sep-2006

    Allen & Overy (A&O) boasts a long and proud tradition. So does Spitalfields, the East End location that the firm is relocating to.

  • ABP makes first post-takeover legal hire

    25-Sep-2006

    Associated British Ports (ABP) has hired its first lawyer since being taken over by the Goldman Sachs-led consortium Admiral Acquisitions in June.

  • African queen

    25-Sep-2006

  • Amlin high-flyer joins Stewarts

    25-Sep-2006

    Amlin general counsel James Healy-Pratt is leaving the insurer to join niche litigation firm Stewarts as its new head of aviation litigation.

  • Associated News sues Law Soc over cover-up

    25-Sep-2006

    Associated Newspapers is suing the Law Society over its refusal to disclose details of a secret hearing at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).

  • B&M and DLA thrash out Accenture exit from NHS deal

    28-Sep-2006

    IT lawyers from DLA Piper and Baker McKenzie are locked in talks to negotiate Accenture’s exit from the £12.4bn National Programme for IT in the NHS.

  • Bakers and CC score largest private carbon deal

    25-Sep-2006

    Clifford Chance has advised longstanding client Morgan Stanley on the syndication of a deal to buy 29.5m tonnes of carbon emission credits from a Chinese chemical plant, the largest private syndication of carbon.

  • Bakers comes under pressure

    25-Sep-2006

    Baker & McKenzie is going through a turbulent period in Germany as US firms raid it for several partners.

  • Bakers offers IT support to NetHope charities

    25-Sep-2006

    Baker & McKenzie's IT team has been working on a pro bono project bringing satellite IT and telecoms support to a string of major charities, including Action Aid, Oxfam and Save the Children.

  • Banks set to thrash out transparency on billing

    25-Sep-2006

    ABN Amro and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are looking at radical plans to ditch traditional billing methods in a bid to make more savings on the amount spent on their law firm panels. Part of the process will include access to billing details on live transactions.

  • Baugur bolsters in-house team with A&O raid

    25-Sep-2006

    Icelandic investment company Baugur has looked to its principal law firm Allen & Overy (A&O) to strengthen its in-house legal team.

  • Birmingham chambers' growth continues apace

    25-Sep-2006

    Those Birmingham sets keep on getting bigger. Well, the ones that are still in existence.

  • Born to ride

    25-Sep-2006

    Seasoned readers of Tulkinghorn's esteemed column may have formed the opinion that the great man has a weakness for tales involving cute babies. This is because he does.

  • Breast stroke

    25-Sep-2006

    Halliwells' involvement in Sport England's scheme to get North West companies fitter backfired when its participation was announced back in April and it was accused of profiting from funds that should have gone to poor, needy organisations.

  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel

    25-Sep-2006

    Recruitment is a tricky issue for everybody. Even for a firm as profitable as Cahill Gordon & Reindel, the main challenge remains hiring enough talented young lawyers.

  • CC raids Milbank for asset finance co-head

    25-Sep-2006

    Clifford Chance's New York office has poached a senior associate from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy to co-head its asset finance group.

  • CC recruits litigators for China assault

    27-Sep-2006

    Clifford Chance has boosted its China litigation presence by 25 per cent with further plans for growth in Greater China within the next three months.

  • China M&A rejig holds lawyers in suspense

    25-Sep-2006

    The Chinese government has plunged law firms into a period of uncertainty by introducing new laws for M&A deals.

  • Cleary and Linklaters crowned kings of IPOs

    28-Sep-2006

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Linklaters have secured top spots in the Bloomberg Q3 2006 league rankings for global IPO issuer and manager legal advisers respectively.

  • CMS Hasche Sigle forges ahead with Russian growth

    25-Sep-2006

    German firms are also looking for ways to expand their client bases. After taking the entire Moscow team of Haarmann Hemmelrath, Germany's CMS Hasche Sigle will have the largest Russian office of any German law firm.

  • Colour code

    25-Sep-2006

    Birmingham is at the forefront of ensuring the legal world stays ahead of the game when it comes to diversity. By Alex Bishop

  • Cotty Vivant brings in former Gide team for Japan launch

    25-Sep-2006

    French independent Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral is launching a Japan office with the hire of former Gide Loyrette Nouel partner Laurent Dubois.

  • DCA succumbs to media demands for disclosure

    28-Sep-2006

    The rules governing the disclosure of court documents to the media and other parties are set for reform next week (2 October), making it far easier to obtain copies of particulars of claim and other pleadings.

  • Diageo relocates in-house legal chief to boost US IP capability

    25-Sep-2006

    Diageo is set to expand its in-house IP team in the US after IP chief Bruce Proctor shifted offices from London to the company's Connecticut base.

  • Dickinson Dees bolsters family team

    25-Sep-2006

    Dickinson Dees has hired an in-house barrister. Ian Kennerley, who specialises in ancillary relief cases, joins the North East giant's family law team. Kennerley has been a member of Broad Chare Chambers in Newcastle since 1983 and is also a member of the Family Bar Association, the specialist bar association for family barristers. His hire brings Dickinsons' family team to seven lawyers.

  • DLA Piper begins Inzamam defence

    27-Sep-2006

    DLA Piper’s sports lawyers have begun their defence of Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who faces ball-tampering and disrepute charges at a disciplinary hearing at The Oval today.

  • DLA Piper boosts Norway with dual GC hire

    28-Sep-2006

    DLA Piper has boosted its Oslo office with the hire of two general counsels.

  • DLA Piper names new managing partners

    25-Sep-2006

    DLA Piper has announced its two new UK managing partners as a result of a comprehensive firm review across Europe and Asia. The UK's two-head system will be filled by Catherine Usher as the London office's managing partner, while Paul Firth will manage all the UK offices, overseeing 350 partners. The changes will become effective on 1 January. Up until now one managing partner, Andrew Darwin, oversaw ...

  • DLA Piper targets IP/IT sector in Munich

    25-Sep-2006

    DLA Piper targets IP/IT sector in Munich" /There is heavy traffic of lawyers between law firms in Germany at the moment, with plenty of firms still vying to get in on the German action. But where in Germany? After Lovells' decision to axe its Berlin office, one question had to be asked: if firms cannot make ...

  • DLA wins Inzamam ball tampering case

    28-Sep-2006

    DLA Piper has successful defended Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq against ball tampering charges.

  • Driving regeneration

    25-Sep-2006

    Regeneration of the Longbridge car plant will have beneficial repercussions beyond the confines of the plant itself, says Mitchell Ball

  • easyGroup appoints head of IP

    25-Sep-2006

    easyGroup has filled its head of IP role, hiring Anthony Robb-John as managing director of easyGroup IP from mobile content company Monstermob Group.

  • E-billing: thrilling or chilling?

    25-Sep-2006

    E-billing: it's not just for techno nerds, you know. As we report today, what Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and ABN Amro are all independently discussing could change the client relationship for everyone.

  • ECJ ruling favours taxpayer

    25-Sep-2006

    On 12 September the European Court of Justice (ECJ) released its landmark decision in Cadbury Schweppes. The case concerned whether the UK's controlled foreign companies (CFC) legislation, under which profits earned by a subsidiary company resident in a 'lower-tax' jurisdiction can be attributed to the parent company resident in the UK and thereby taxed in the UK, is lawful. The ECJ held that the legislation is contrary to European Commission law, where 'wholly artificial arrangements' ...

  • End of the road as Coudert files for bankruptcy

    25-Sep-2006

    Defunct firm Coudert Brothers is nearing its official end after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court late on Friday.

  • Eversheds launches advocacy unit

    25-Sep-2006

    Eversheds has followed Herbert Smith's lead to become the second major UK firm to launch a dedicated in-house advocacy service with the hire of a barrister from Fountain Court Chambers.

  • Eversheds Paris bags Winston corporate ace

    25-Sep-2006

    Eversheds has bagged a new partner for its Paris office with the hire of corporate partner Antoine Martin.

  • Eversheds: Brummie ache

    25-Sep-2006

    Eversheds is trying to build its international network while carrying out damage limitation in the regions. But it mustn't lose sight of the importance of its City office

  • F Castelo splits as founding partner quits

    25-Sep-2006

    Lisbon law firm F Castelo Branco & Associados has split after one of the founding partners quit to start up another new firm with seven of the firm's lawyers.

  • Firms converge on rich private equity sector

    25-Sep-2006

    The former Lovells private equity team has had a bumper month. Marco Comapagnoni, who is now at Weil Gotshal & Manges, has handled his first deal for HG Capital since scooping a place on the UK private equity house's legal panel. HG Capital is backing the management buyout of UK recruitment and staffing services company SHL Group. Surrey 4, the acquisition vehicle formed by the management ...

  • Flotations: the good, the bad… and the money

    25-Sep-2006

    UK law firms may soon list on the stock exchange. If allowed by the Legal Services Bill, flotation provides an attractive source of much-needed capital to firms with ambitious growth plans. But firms need to consider the impact on their people. How will floating affect the career paths of existing employees and what does it mean for future recruitment and retention?

  • Former Shearman finance head joins Taylor Wessing

    26-Sep-2006

    Former Shearman & Sterling securitisation specialist Marke Raines hasresurfaced at the London office of Taylor Wessing.

  • Forty per cent of companies are not ready for age discrimination laws

    29-Sep-2006

    Over 40 per cent of employers have failed to train managers in how new age discrimination legislation will affect recruitment, according to a new survey carried out by Eversheds.

  • Fountain Court swoops for 11KBW silk

    25-Sep-2006

    There is also an unusually large number of QCs on the move. Fountain Court Chambers scooped up 11 King's Bench Walk's (11 KBW) Charles Béar QC after an almighty row over where 11KBW should move. Béar was apparently on the losing side of the argument.

  • Freshfields quits Singapore to pursue China strategy

    25-Sep-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to close its two-partner Singapore office to focus its Asia strategy on China.

  • Freshfields sees Siemens through Bayer purchase

    25-Sep-2006

    July proved to be a good month for Freshfields. The firm's Munich office scooped the lead advisory role for Siemens on its purchase of Bayer's diagnostics division for e4.2bn (£2.91bn).

  • Freshfields, Nabarros scoop Land Securities development

    25-Sep-2006

    Nabarros scoop Land Securities development" /Nabarro Nathanson and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have landed mandates to advise on the redevelopment of

  • Fried Frank launches in China with devastating Simmons raid

    27-Sep-2006

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has raided the China practice of Simmons & Simmons to launch its first operations in the region.

  • German offices suffer in lawyer merry-go-round

    25-Sep-2006

    Looking at the past few months, you may be forgiven for thinking that the trend in Germany at the moment is for mass walkouts.

  • Government gives green light to LDPs

    25-Sep-2006

    The government has agreed to bring in regulation allowing different types of lawyers to work together without the need for a special licence, it was announced this morning (25 September).

  • Grand plan

    25-Sep-2006

    Tulkinghorn is a voracious consumer of new knowledge, so a big 'thank you' goes to Birmingham firm Shakespeares for pointing out that 23 September is Grandparents Day.

  • Grapevine

    27-Sep-2006

    Why would the partners at a firm that has seen nothing but major growth and record profit over the past few years suddenly decide to oust its senior partner?

  • Hackney Council names barrister panel line-up

    25-Sep-2006

    The London borough of Hackney has assembled a panel of barristers, becoming the first local authority in the UK to do so.

  • Halliwells hires for Sheffield launch

    25-Sep-2006

    Halliwells has hired DLA Piper partner Steven Fennell to launch its Yorkshire corporate recovery practice. Fennell leaves DLA Piper's Birmingham office and will be based at his new firm's office in Sheffield. He commented: "This is a unique opportunity to launch a corporate recovery practice in Yorkshire. We'll be looking to grow the team and the client base from day one."

  • Hammonds bolsters tax with DLA hire

    25-Sep-2006

    Hammonds has strengthened its tax offering with the hire of a tax accountant from DLA Piper.

  • Hammonds' sports dept hit by partner exit

    25-Sep-2006

    Hammonds' highly regarded sports practice has been rocked after the second partner in the space of two months has quit, with sponsorship partner Andy Korman joining sports boutique Couchman Harrington Associates.

  • Harbottles to solve Maria's problems

    25-Sep-2006

    The TV talent show for the most coveted job in the West End - the role of Maria von Trapp in Andrew Lloyd Webber's upcoming production of The Sound of Music - was mirrored by the beauty parade to find a legal adviser for the lucky winner.

  • Herbies and Stibbe team up for final KPN sale

    27-Sep-2006

    Herbert Smith and its Benelux best friend Stibbe have reprised their role advising the Dutch State on the sale of its final stake in Dutch telecoms company Royal KPN.

  • Hill Dicks raids Halliwells for property push

    26-Sep-2006

    Hill Dickinson has hired property lawyer Alistair Johnson from rival firm Halliwells to strengthen its commercial property practice.

  • HP counsel quits and pleads the fifth at hearing

    28-Sep-2006

    Hewlett Packard’s (HP) general counsel Ann Baskins has quit the embattled technology company and will use the fifth amendment at a House Committee appearance today.

  • Judge gives the green light to £100bn tobacco class action

    26-Sep-2006

    A host of US firms are preparing for battle after a New York judge ruled that a case against tobacco firms could go ahead as a class action.

  • Kennedys set for EC3 move

    25-Sep-2006

    Kennedys has signed a lease on new London premises. The firm will occupy the fifth to ninth floors at 1 Fenchurch Avenue, EC3, accounting for approximately half of the building's 122,000sq ft of space. The development is expected to be completed in 2007. Malcolm Headley of Faegre & Benson advised Kennedys and Linklaters ...

  • Kirkpatrick goes DLA-lite

    26-Sep-2006

    On Preston Gates' website it claims the firm's roots stretch back to 1883, when "Harold Preston arrived in Seattle on a train from Iowa".

  • Kirkpatrick targets Asia with Preston Gates merger bid

    26-Sep-2006

    US firms Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham and Preston Gates & Ellis are in merger talks that, if successful, would see the creation of a 1,400-lawyer firm.

  • Law Soc regulators take to task referral fee breaches

    25-Sep-2006

    The Law Society's regulation board is set to overhaul completely the rules and guidance governing the use of referral fees in what could be its first reversal of a decision made by the old-style society.

  • Law Soc: Carter will devastate law firms

    26-Sep-2006

    The impact of the Carter report on the future of legal aid will be devastating for legal aid firms, a study commissioned by the Law Society warned today (26 September).

  • Lawrence Graham wins ASB waste law expert

    25-Sep-2006

    Lawrence Graham has made a return to waste law, hiring the head of ASB Law's environmental practice.

  • Linklaters celebrates the hire of Bellamy from the CAT

    25-Sep-2006

    Linklaters celebrates the hire of Bellamy from the CAT" /There was only one thing that occupied the minds of competition lawyers last week and that was the news that Sir Christopher Bellamy was stepping down from the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) to join Linklaters as a senior consultant.

  • Linklaters' New York office fails to achieve 'platinum' grade

    25-Sep-2006

    Linklaters' New York office fails to achieve 'platinum' grade" /Linklaters' New York office is embarking on a campaign to win over the firm's 'platinum' core of banking and corporate clients after failing to meet targets to globalise relationships with them.

  • Linklaters-KPMG share £5m for two-month job

    29-Sep-2006

    Linklaters and KPMG are to split a pot of £5m for a two month investigation into the accounts of building company Interserve.

  • London & European scores legal head

    25-Sep-2006

    Property services company London & European has hired Southern Pacific Mortgage's (SPML) head of legal and compliance Gemma Sampson to head its legal team. London & European chief executive officer Chris Taylor said: "We haven't had a head of legal and compliance for two years and it was time to bring someone in at a higher level. We're very excited by the specialised skills [Sampson] will bring." Sampson joins London & European's three-lawyer team on 25 September.

  • Maitland nets chief exec from 7 Bedford Row

    25-Sep-2006

    The traditionally tranquil summer at the bar has been a bit less quiet this year, with a number of high-profile moves and hires.

  • Media Boutiques: Little smitten

    25-Sep-2006

    Clients get better value for money and flexibility, while the lawyers get a work-life balance that suits them. It's no wonder that the boutique is back

  • Merger spurs Reed Smith's change at top

    25-Sep-2006

    Reed Smith's change at top" /Reed Smith is in the process of overhauling its practice group management structure as part of its merger with Richards Butler.

  • Milbank secures go-ahead for Beijing office

    25-Sep-2006

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has launched an office in Beijing to boost its Asian presence.

  • Norr makes second Freshfields hire

    29-Sep-2006

    Norr Stiefenhofer Lutz has raided Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for the second time this month.

  • Olswang guides BBC into digital age

    25-Sep-2006

    Media specialists Olswang bagged a key role on the switchover from analogue to digital television, advising the BBC on the contractual arrangements for the change in its television services. Media and telecommunications partners Matthew Phillips and Selina Potter led the Olswang team. The firm advised on the renegotiation of the transmission agreements with National Grid Wireless to prepare for the new ...

  • Panorama sparks litigator frenzy

    25-Sep-2006

    The BBC came under fire last week after those featured in its Panorama football exposé instructed the country's leading media litigators.

  • Par for the bores

    25-Sep-2006

    The Third Inter-Chambers Golf Competition was held the other week. The secret behind the recent merger creating Field Court Chambers came out, as its team of two barristers, Michael Joy and Jonathan Pennington Legh, and clerks Ian Boardman and Mark Townsend, emerged victorious.

  • Pérez-Llorca raids Inland Revenue to boost tax team

    25-Sep-2006

    Spanish independent firm Pérez-Llorca has boosted its tax department with the hire of Clara Jiménez from the Spanish Inland Revenue.

  • Pinsents regeneration veteran quits for Campbell Hooper

    29-Sep-2006

    Campbell Hooper raided Pinsent Masons for property partner Peter Stockdale, along with a team of two associates and five plot-sales specialists.

  • Poole confident of happy ending in London Wragges to riches story

    25-Sep-2006

    But the jury's still out on Wragges' move into the London private equity market. By Caroline Binham

  • Posh vice

    25-Sep-2006

    There was a jolly good show from Norton Rose's polo team in the recent Pro-Am City Polo Championships. Three Norton Rose lawyers - Fiona Reilly, Raphael Singh and Peter Pollak - were joined for the day bythe stereotypically named polo professional Tarquin Southwell.

  • Price fights for Bond after Newcastle sacking

    26-Sep-2006

    David Price Solicitors & Advocates has come out fighting after Newcastle United sacked its client, assistant manager Kevin Bond, over the allegations made in the BBC’s Panorama documentary.

  • PwC launches 140-lawyer tax and legal outfit in Italy

    27-Sep-2006

    PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has launched a combined tax and legal firm in Italy, raiding former network firm Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati for eight partners and 80 lawyers.

  • Quadrant appoints joint heads

    25-Sep-2006

    Quadrant Chambers has elected Lionel Persey QC and Simon Rainey QC as joint heads of chambers following the recent elevation of Nigel Teare QC to the High Court.

  • Reed Smith merges New Jersey operations

    25-Sep-2006

    US firm Reed Smith today announced it will merge its two New Jersey offices and wind down operations in Newark by early 2007.

  • RPC raids McGrigors as tax litigation rivalries escalate

    25-Sep-2006

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has poached a tax litigation partner from its rival team at McGrigors.

  • Shipping

    25-Sep-2006

    Shipping law used to be a hugely fashionable practice area for City law firms, keeping major practices such as Norton Rose busy on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. In recent years marine work has dropped off, forcing some firms to merge, others to close and the bigger ones to diversify. But work is now picking up for the main shipping practices as demand for exports from far-flung jurisdictions ...

  • Simmons suffers Chinese burn

    28-Sep-2006

    There was a time in the not so distant past - well, 2004 to be precise - when Simmons & Simmons was in the headlines on an almost weekly basis, succumbing to a raid here or undergoing mass exodus there.

  • SJ Berwin sets sights on Poland, Sweden

    25-Sep-2006

    SJ Berwin is looking to expand its European network into both Poland and Sweden in a bid to ramp up its core private equity transaction and funds formation business.

  • Sonsini calls on Akin Gump for Hewlett-Packard probe

    25-Sep-2006

    Silicon Valley's legendary technology lawyer Larry Sonsini, name partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, has hired one of the country's leading white-collar crime lawyers as he comes under fire for his role in the Hewlett-Packard (HP) leaks scandal.

  • Sporting chance

    25-Sep-2006

    With the right planning from local councils, the benefits of the 2012 Olympic Games could be felt all across the country. Penny Rinta Suksi reports

  • Tax barristers emerge as bar's biggest earners

    25-Sep-2006

    The exclusive list of top earners at the bar was unveiled over the summer (The Lawyer, 21 August), and the big news this year was that tax barristers are doing phenomenally well. They work in a narrow and complicated field and need detailed, up-to-date legal knowledge. They also benefit from doing more advisory work than advocacy, and charge more for it.

  • The anti-suit route

    25-Sep-2006

    Anti-suit injunctions have become the shipping world's most useful tool. By Nick Parton

  • The internationalisation of Reed Smith

    25-Sep-2006

    Reed Smith is on the move ahead of its merger with Richards Butler. As first reported in the Estates Gazette in June, Reed Smith is moving all the way from Coventry to Solihull. But it’s not just small-town UK that’s being affected by changes at Reed Smith. Yes, small-town US is going through the same process.

  • The Midlands

    25-Sep-2006

    The Midlands' legal market is hotting up. As Birmingham attracts ever-increasing outside investment, such as MGM Mirage's regional casino development with the National Exhibition Centre, law firms are competing both for mandates and talent.

  • The new old boss at A&O

    29-Sep-2006

    Congratulations to Allen & Overy managing partner David Morley, whose partners have just given him a vote of confidence by extending his term by another year, as revealed yesterday on www.thelawyer.com.

  • The tide is nigh

    25-Sep-2006

    Financial and political developments on a global scale are driving a renewed focus on shipping law in the City. By Nicholas Poynder

  • The work-life quiz Jeremy Hoyland

    25-Sep-2006

    Name: Jeremy Hoyland Firm: Simmons & Simmons Position: Head of international financial markets Education: High Storrs Comprehensive, Sheffield; Durham University; Nottingham Polytechnic Lives: Highgate, London Work history: 1989: Joined Simmons as a trainee 1991: Qualified ...

  • Tim Ashby: Yum! Brands

    25-Sep-2006

    Yum! Brands' regional counsel Tim Ashby has the Far East in his sights. He talks China and chicken with Jon Parker

  • Trigen secures legal head from Eversheds

    25-Sep-2006

    Anglo-German biopharmaceutical company Trigen has recruited Eversheds lawyer Justin Penman as its new head of legal. As Trigen's sole in-house counsel Penman has overall responsibility for all legal matters, including protecting Trigen's confidential information; liaising with external counsel and the company's patent and trademark attorneys; and general contract negotiation and management. Trigen has ...

  • Trowers snares SJ Berwin partner

    25-Sep-2006

    Trowers & Hamlins has poached SJ Berwin commercial property specialist William Clements. Clements is the third addition to the firm's commercial property group in recent months following the appointments of partners Adrian Leavey from Fladgate ...

  • UK firms on the prowl for German opportunities

    25-Sep-2006

    Lawrence Graham is also looking towards Germany. It is starting to rebuild its presence in Europe by forming links with independent law firms in jurisdictions such as France, Italy, Spain and, of course, Germany, where the firm is still working with old ...

  • Unison forces court case over Govt pension plan

    25-Sep-2006

    Public sector union Unison went head-to-head with the Government last week in a judicial review hearing over local government pensions.

  • US firms storm German market

    25-Sep-2006

    US firms have made the most impact in the German legal market compared with their UK and German rivals, according to last year's financial results published by Juve Rechtsmarkt magazine.

  • Veil Jourde rebuilds with Gide raid

    26-Sep-2006

    French independent Veil Jourde has reinforced its corporate team with a four-lawyer hire from Gide Loyrette Nouel.

  • War wounds

    25-Sep-2006

    The blockade of Lebanese ports during and after the Israel-Hezbollah war left around 50 ships stranded. Charles Weller highlights the legal implications for insurers, owners and operators

  • Watson Burton coup ousts managing partner Hoyle

    26-Sep-2006

    The highest paid lawyer in Newcastle, Watson Burton’s managing partner Andrew Hoyle, has been ejected from the firm after the partnership staged a coup.

  • Watson Farley launches Greek practice and doubles energy

    25-Sep-2006

    Watson Farley & Williams has launched a Greek law practice with the appointment of Efstratios Paschalidis as a partner in its Piraeus office.

  • Web week 250906

    25-Sep-2006

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer.com.

  • White & Case raids CC for German M&A team

    27-Sep-2006

    White & Case has boosted its Berlin corporate team with a three-lawyer raid on Clifford Chance’s Dusseldorf office.

  • Wiggin secures starring roles in upcoming UK film productions

    25-Sep-2006

    Wiggin's film department has managed to carve out a new niche by acting as both lawyers and executive producers on two UK films set to be released this year.

  • Wiggin to usher in of counsel role

    25-Sep-2006

    Top media and entertainment boutique Wiggin is mulling over plans to create an of counsel role to give its associates the option of an alternative career path.

  • Wragges lands Praemium mandate

    25-Sep-2006

    Wragges lands Praemium mandate" /Birmingham-based Wragge & Co has bagged the role of UK adviser to listed Australian portfolio administrator Praemium. Wragges' funds and financial team will advise Praemium on its entry to the UK market, led by financial services director and head of the funds and financial team ...

  • Zurich chops UK panel by 80 per cent

    29-Sep-2006

    Zurich has slashed its UK legal panel from over 25 firms to just five after an extensive review of its legal provision.