25 September 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.
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 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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Allen & Overy (A&O) partners have voted to extend managing partner David Morley’s tenure by another year to 2008.
Allen & Overy (A&O) boasts a long and proud tradition. So does Spitalfields, the East End location that the firm is relocating to.
Associated British Ports (ABP) has hired its first lawyer since being taken over by the Goldman Sachs-led consortium Admiral Acquisitions in June.
Amlin general counsel James Healy-Pratt is leaving the insurer to join niche litigation firm Stewarts as its new head of aviation litigation.
Associated Newspapers is suing the Law Society over its refusal to disclose details of a secret hearing at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).
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.
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.
Baker & McKenzie is going through a turbulent period in Germany as US firms raid it for several partners.
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.
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.
Icelandic investment company Baugur has looked to its principal law firm Allen & Overy (A&O) to strengthen its in-house legal team.
Those Birmingham sets keep on getting bigger. Well, the ones that are still in existence.
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.
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.
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.
Clifford Chance's New York office has poached a senior associate from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy to co-head its asset finance group.
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.
The Chinese government has plunged law firms into a period of uncertainty by introducing new laws for M&A deals.
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.
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.
Birmingham is at the forefront of ensuring the legal world stays ahead of the game when it comes to diversity. By Alex Bishop
French independent Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral is launching a Japan office with the hire of former Gide Loyrette Nouel partner Laurent Dubois.
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 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 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’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 has boosted its Oslo office with the hire of two general counsels.
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" /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 Piper has successful defended Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq against ball tampering charges.
Regeneration of the Longbridge car plant will have beneficial repercussions beyond the confines of the plant itself, says Mitchell Ball
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: 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.
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' ...
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 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 has bagged a new partner for its Paris office with the hire of corporate partner Antoine Martin.
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
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.
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 ...
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 & Sterling securitisation specialist Marke Raines hasresurfaced at the London office of Taylor Wessing.
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.
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 Bruckhaus Deringer is to close its two-partner Singapore office to focus its Asia strategy on China.
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).
Nabarros scoop Land Securities development" /Nabarro Nathanson and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have landed mandates to advise on the redevelopment of
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has raided the China practice of Simmons & Simmons to launch its first operations in the region.
Looking at the past few months, you may be forgiven for thinking that the trend in Germany at the moment is for mass walkouts.
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).
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.
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?
The London borough of Hackney has assembled a panel of barristers, becoming the first local authority in the UK to do so.
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 has strengthened its tax offering with the hire of a tax accountant from DLA Piper.
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.
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.
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 Dickinson has hired property lawyer Alistair Johnson from rival firm Halliwells to strengthen its commercial property practice.
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.
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 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 ...
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".
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.
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.
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 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" /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" /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 and KPMG are to split a pot of £5m for a two month investigation into the accounts of building company Interserve.
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.
The traditionally tranquil summer at the bar has been a bit less quiet this year, with a number of high-profile moves and hires.
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
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 Tweed Hadley & McCloy has launched an office in Beijing to boost its Asian presence.
Norr Stiefenhofer Lutz has raided Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for the second time this month.
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 ...
The BBC came under fire last week after those featured in its Panorama football exposé instructed the country's leading media litigators.
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.
Spanish independent firm Pérez-Llorca has boosted its tax department with the hire of Clara Jiménez from the Spanish Inland Revenue.
Campbell Hooper raided Pinsent Masons for property partner Peter Stockdale, along with a team of two associates and five plot-sales specialists.
But the jury's still out on Wragges' move into the London private equity market. By Caroline Binham
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.
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.
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 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.
US firm Reed Smith today announced it will merge its two New Jersey offices and wind down operations in Newark by early 2007.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has poached a tax litigation partner from its rival team at McGrigors.
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 ...
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 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.
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.
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
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.
Anti-suit injunctions have become the shipping world's most useful tool. By Nick Parton
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' 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.
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.
Financial and political developments on a global scale are driving a renewed focus on shipping law in the City. By Nicholas Poynder
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 ...
Yum! Brands' regional counsel Tim Ashby has the Far East in his sights. He talks China and chicken with Jon Parker
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 & 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 ...
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 ...
Public sector union Unison went head-to-head with the Government last week in a judicial review hearing over local government pensions.
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.
French independent Veil Jourde has reinforced its corporate team with a four-lawyer hire from Gide Loyrette Nouel.
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
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 & Williams has launched a Greek law practice with the appointment of Efstratios Paschalidis as a partner in its Piraeus office.
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White & Case has boosted its Berlin corporate team with a three-lawyer raid on Clifford Chance’s Dusseldorf office.
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.
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" /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 has slashed its UK legal panel from over 25 firms to just five after an extensive review of its legal provision.