26 January 2004

The Lawyer

  • 7 Harrington St, St Johns Buildings join forces

    26-Jan-2004

    Liverpool set 7 Harrington Street and St Johns Buildings in Manchester are establishing an association to allow their silks to be members of both sets. St Johns and 7 Harrington have three and seven silks respectively, but the unique partnership will bring together a total of more than 160 barristers specialising in criminal, family, civil and commercial law. Head of 7 Harrington David Steer QC said: “It isn’t in the form of an amalgamation, simply that our silks will be members of ...

  • A&O scoops role on Eutelsat’s bid for £2.34bn Galileo launch

    26-Jan-2004

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has won a competitive tender to advise Eutelsat on its bid for one of the EU’s biggest ever satellite contracts for the €3.4bn (£2.34bn) launch and operation of the Galileo satellite navigation system, an EU alternative to the US-owned Global Positioning System (GPS).

  • A&O stays top in project finance

    26-Jan-2004

    In a year that saw the volume of global project finance work jump by 36 per cent to $108.2bn (£59.13bn), Allen & Overy (A&O) retained its position as the market leader by topping Dealogic’s legal adviser table by value.

  • Akin Gump boosts restructuring with former Eversheds leader

    27-Jan-2004

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is taking further steps to raise its profile in London’s closely-knit restructuring market by taking on the former chairman of Eversheds’ corporate recovery and insolvency group.

  • Amgen appoints new general counsel

    26-Jan-2004

    The world’s largest biotechnology company Amgen has appointed David Scott as its new senior vice-president, general counsel and secretary.

  • Arbitration updated in Spain

    26-Jan-2004

    Spain has published a new arbitration act based on UN models to make it the first choice for Latin American businesses that want to arbitrate within the EU.

  • Ashtiany reappointed to EOC

    26-Jan-2004

    Nabarro Nathanson’s head of employment Sue Ashtiany has been reappointed as Commissioner to the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).

  • B&M boosts finance in Frankfurt

    26-Jan-2004

    Baker & McKenzie (B&M) has boosted its Frankfurt finance practice with the hire of debt and securitisation partner Mark Odenbach.

  • BA attacks ‘back door’ age bias case

    26-Jan-2004

    British Airways (BA) has accused a group of former staff members bringing a claim for sexual discrimination of trying to bring an age discrimination case “by the back door.”

  • Bar to provide legal training for ambassadors

    26-Jan-2004

    Concerns that British ambassadors and senior officials at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are ignorant about basic legal issues has led to the launch of special advisory schemes run by the Bar Council.

  • Boodle Hatfield in firm-wide shake-up

    28-Jan-2004

    Boodle Hatfield has completed a major overhaul of its senior management after reorganising the firm to return to its core practice areas in property, tax and financial planning.

  • Cadwalader, E&Y in showdown with Parmalat’s administrator

    26-Jan-2004

    Parmalat special administrator Enrico Bondi is gearing up for a titanic contest with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and Ernst & Young (E&Y) as it emerges that he has dropped long-time Parmalat adviser Maples and Calder.

  • Camerons insurance ace quits for GE ERC

    26-Jan-2004

    CMS Cameron McKenna is losing high-profile and highly-rated insurance and reinsurance partner Mark Elborne to an in-house position at US conglomerate GE.

  • CGEY head of legal in quickfire review

    26-Jan-2004

    New Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGEY) head of legal Barry Wong is kickstarting a panel review just a month into his new role.

  • Citigroup puts CC’s advisory role out to tender

    26-Jan-2004

    Citigroup Global Trans-action Services (GTS) is targeting the lucrative business process outsourcing (BPO) market and is set to launch its first specialised legal panel.

  • Clydes gears up for Abu Dhabi, India and Pakistan

    26-Jan-2004

    After many years of waiting, Clyde & Co is finally set to launch an office in Abu Dhabi.

  • Coller picks SJ Berwin

    26-Jan-2004

    SJ Berwin has completed its first major UK deal for key private equity client Coller International in a deal led by funds partner John Daghlian, who is leaving the firm for O’Melveny & Myers.

  • Corporate deals round-up

    26-Jan-2004

    Allen & Overy (Jeremy Parr) is representing Imperial Tobacco Group on its €558m (£384.6m) acquisition of the remaining shares in Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH from Tchibo Holding AG. The deal takes Imperial Tobacco’s shareholding in Reemtsma to 99.2 per cent.

  • Costs minimised by advocates’ exclusion from Morris Inquiry

    26-Jan-2004

    Heralding a new era for public inquiries, the Morris Inquiry into the Metropolitan Police is proceeding without any advocates.

  • Davenport Lyons boosts corporate practice

    28-Jan-2004

    Davenport Lyons has nabbed corporate partner and former Citibank general counsel Jonathan Lass from US firm Cozen O’Connor.

  • Dorsey in Cambridge tech challenge to Taylor Wessing

    26-Jan-2004

    US firm Dorsey & Whitney is going head-to-head with Taylor Wessing to challenge for international work coming out of Cambridge.

  • DTI ditches ‘Rewards for Failure’ white paper

    26-Jan-2004

    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has decided to scrap the possibility of publishing a white paper on excessive payouts to departing directors.

  • EAT decision overturned on appeal due to drunken nap

    26-Jan-2004

    The Court of Appeal has overturned an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) decision that refused a sacked worker a new hearing despite concerns that one tribunal member had been drunk and asleep at the original hearing.

  • ECJ gets face-lift to deal with EU expansion

    26-Jan-2004

    An expansion of the European Court of Justice buildings in Luxembourg City is to take place, enabling the EU’s top judicial authority to cope with the additional workload created by May’s expansion of the EU.

  • Editorial: 'Means test' in criminal legal aid makes a return … but will it make a difference?

    27-Jan-2004

    It was time for a not-so-old idea to be dusted down and given a fresh airing this week. Proposals for a shiny new means test in the Magistrates' Courts were tentatively floated by ministers in what has widely been interpreted as a way to curb the GBP2bn legal aid bill.

  • Eight South West firms create single PI entity

    26-Jan-2004

    A group of South West firms has responded to a troubled personal injury market by banding together to promote their services. Under the banner of the ‘Wessex Accident Link’, the eight member firms, which are based across Dorset and Hampshire, have each contributed to the cost of local radio advertising and the use of a call centre. The firms, ranging in size from two partners to 14, are Biscoes, Churchers, Dickinson Manser, Glanvilles, Knight & Co, Lawcomm, Steele Raymond and White ...

  • ELF rallies lawyers to help save Thames from the developers

    26-Jan-2004

    The luxury apartment boom along the Thames is good for wealthy househunters but potentially bad for the environment. It is a phenomenon that the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) is trying to mitigate.

  • Employment Law Summit

    26-Jan-2004

    In March, The Lawyer launches its inaugural Employment Law Summit.

  • Equal rights for transsexuals to stop short at sport

    27-Jan-2004

    Sporting bodies have secured a right to ban transsexuals with a new exemption proposed for new equal rights legislation, it was revealed last week.

  • Field Fisher ties up Spanish and Italian firms to Euro alliance

    28-Jan-2004

    Field Fisher Waterhouse is poised to sign up Spanish and Italian firms to its European Legal Alliance.

  • Firm profile: Fennemores

    26-Jan-2004

    The people of Milton Keynes were, until recently, inhabitants of the largest conurbation without a league football team in Europe. The consortium Inter MK was formed to change all that. It spearheaded the drive to bring London’s Wimbledon FC to Milton Keynes. This season, Wimbledon has played in front of capacity crowds in its temporary home of the Milton Keynes ...

  • Firmwide full-service push sees Conyers open BVI litigation dept

    26-Jan-2004

    Conyers Dill & Pearman is mirroring the offshore trend of becoming full service in all locations by launching a litigation department in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), which is one of its main satellite offices.

  • Foreign employees cannot rely on UK employment rights

    27-Jan-2004

    Foreign employees of British businesses will not be able bring unfair dismissal cases in the UK, after a ruling by appeal judges last week which overturned a controversial ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).

  • Freeman sets competition precedent with GUS ruling

    26-Jan-2004

    The reclusive Barclay brothers scored a major coup last Thursday when former Simmons partner Peter Freeman unexpectedly cleared their acquisition of Great Universal Stores (GUS) while leading his first investigation as Deputy Chairman of the Competition Commission.

  • Freshfields corporate partners’ Paris conference turns into autograph frenzy

    26-Jan-2004

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer corporate partners were treated to an unusual party game at their Paris conference.

  • Grapevine

    28-Jan-2004

    The City's bored corporate lawyers must be rubbing their hands and hoping that the Hollinger deal turns into a feeding frenzy - just as Safeway did this time last year.

  • GUS is in the bag, but Hollinger is a bridge too far for the Barclays

    26-Jan-2004

    The Barclay brothers must navigate a legal maze to get Hollinger, says Dearbail Jordan

  • Hammonds hire boosts environmental practice

    26-Jan-2004

    Hammonds has shored up its environmental practice with the hire of Julie Lunt, the former Environment Agency head of legal. Lunt joins the safety, health and environment team in London after seven years with the Environment Agency. She was recently involved in implementing the Pollution Prevention Control Regulations in the power and cement industries. The hire comes amid a period of growth in the team, which focuses on the chemicals, utilities, construction and engineering sectors. ...

  • Harper MacLeod wins SLC contract

    26-Jan-2004

    McGrigor Donald has been ditched by the Student Loans Company (SLC) in favour of Harper MacLeod. The Scottish firm beat seven others to win the three-year contract, believed to include MacRoberts and Shepherd+ Wedderburn.

  • Hearsay

    26-Jan-2004

    Which head of PR at a top 10 firm attempted to rig the vote on a poll to find the UK’s most popular working environment by forcing the staff to vote several times each?

  • Herbert Smith drives push on financial institutions with FSA enforcement head

    26-Jan-2004

    Herbert Smith has stepped up its drive to align litigation with corporate and banking by hiring a Financial Services Authority (FSA) head of enforcement as a litigation partner.

  • ICL takes Co-op row to the House of Lords

    26-Jan-2004

    The row between ICL, the Co-op, Mr Justice Seymour and the Court of Appeal will be dragged to the House of Lords if ICL has its way.

  • Information overlords

    26-Jan-2004

    When data protection can kill: Information Commissioner Richard Thomas speaks out on Ian Huntley – and makes a plea for common sense. By Jon Robins

  • Karen D'Rosario: Vital Distribution

    26-Jan-2004

    Music distributor Vital was more than ready for an in-house counsel when Karen D’Rosario arrived. She has been helping save the company a small fortune ever since. By Matt Byrne

  • Kirkpatrick bolsters LA with Medialive general counsel

    28-Jan-2004

    US firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has swooped for Medialive International Holdings’ secretary and general counsel Jeryl Bowers.

  • Klegal calls time on international network

    30-Jan-2004

    KLegal today announced it would disband its international legal alliance despite its chief executive’s attempts to preserve a formal European grouping.

  • KLegal fills new managing partner role

    26-Jan-2004

    KLegal’s head of property has stepped up to become London managing partner following the departure of firmwide managing partner Nick Holt last year. Philip Burrows, who hails from the legacy accountancy-tied contingent of the firm, has been appointed to what is a newly-created role. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 21 January

  • Lady of luck

    26-Jan-2004

    Simmons senior partner Janet Gaymer says she has achieved her position purely by chance. But Emma Vere-Jones doesn’t believe her

  • Latham revenues rocket as market returns to health

    28-Jan-2004

    Latham & Watkins has smashed the billion dollar mark after reporting a searing 14 per cent increase in gross revenue for 2003.

  • Latham takes Cooley outsourcing head for pursuit of technology market

    28-Jan-2004

    Latham & Watkins has continued the aggressive expansion of its technology practice by poaching Cooley Godward partner and outsourcing head Dan Mummery.

  • Law Lords controversially preserve secrets of the jury room

    27-Jan-2004

    The secrecy of the jury room was preserved by the House of Lords in a ruling last week, despite powerful disagreement by Lord Steyn who argued that the principle was not worth 'the occasional miscarriage of justice'.

  • Law Society backs plans for independent judiciary chairman

    27-Jan-2004

    The Law Society is supporting proposals outlined by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, to appoint a lay person as chair of the new Judicial Appointments Commission.

  • Leader

    26-Jan-2004

    A beefed-up tax bill is landing on a doormat near you soon. What are you going to do about it? The answer depends largely on what kind of firm you are, and ultimately how well you manage your finances.

  • Legal widow

    26-Jan-2004

    Subjudice is not sure ‘What she Wants to Be’, and wonders whether it’s too late to change her GCSE options, carefully chosen to enable her to become any sort of solicitor or accountant she likes.

  • Maples and Calder steps up recruitment drive

    27-Jan-2004

    Cayman Islands firm Maples and Calder has made its second lateral hire in as many months after taking on an asset finance partner from White & Case.

  • Morgan Stanley loses report-rigging case

    26-Jan-2004

    Jeantet & Associés has won a landmark victory for Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) against Morgan Stanley, which could pave the way for companies to sue analysts for publishing negative research. Morgan Stanley is set to appeal the decision.

  • New Patents Bill to by-pass courts

    27-Jan-2004

    Measures to help small businesses protect their intellectual property rights were revealed last week, when the government published plans for the biggest reform of the patent laws for more than quarter of a century. The patents bill includes measures aimed at making it easier for businesses to resolve disputes without resorting to the courts.

  • NGJ raids Travers for commercial property

    26-Jan-2004

    The real estate group at Nicholson Graham & Jones (NGJ) has made a rare swoop on Travers Smith Braithwaite with the hire of commercial property partner Neil Rainey. A partner at Travers since 1990, he specialises in major property development work, investment acquisitions and sales, property finance, landlord and tenant and owner/occupier work. He advised on the Bluewater shopping scheme in Kent ...

  • Opinion

    26-Jan-2004

    The Government’s plans to reintroduce the Civil Partnerships Bill to Parliament in its amended form would introduce a scheme whereby same-sex couples can choose to register as a ‘civil partnership’. This would carry with it recognised legal (and social) status.

  • Payton’s place

    26-Jan-2004

    Michael Payton, the friendly and charming managing partner of shipping and insurance law firm Clyde & Co, showed another side of his personality last week.

  • RJW review sparks medical negligence exit

    26-Jan-2004

    Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has lost head of medical negligence Rosamund Rhodes-Kent and two assistants as the firm continues a major firmwide review.

  • Separated at birth

    26-Jan-2004

    CMS Cameron McKenna has steered a sometimes rocky course over the last few years, but its lawyers and staff must rest easy that any personnel issue, large or small, is in safe hands. After all, who could fail to be charmed by having the Sundance Kid as the head of your HR department? Movie legend Robert Redford, posing as John Renz, has been kept busy in between films with stints at the City firm.

  • Shepherd+ Wedderburn appoints new chief exec

    26-Jan-2004

    Scottish firm Shepherd+ Wedderburn has elected property partner Patrick Andrews as its new chief executive, replacing incumbent Paul Hally. Hally’s term of office comes to an end in April 2004 when Andrews will takeover subject to ratification of the election by the full partnership. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 22 January

  • Showing your hand

    26-Jan-2004

    Legal professional privilege is being eroded as laws encouraging disclosure come to the fore. David Lipworth provides the lowdown

  • Simpson Thacher, Wachtell contest to retain Bank One

    26-Jan-2004

    Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz faces a battle with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett to hold on to eight-year-old client Bank One following the bank’s $58bn (£31.69bn) merger agreement with JPMorgan Chase.

  • Slaughters undergoes changes at the top

    26-Jan-2004

    Slaughter and May head of tax Steve Edge has stood down and will be replaced by Tony Beare. Head of finance Richard Slater also intends to stand down, and head of corporate Nigel Boardman recently announced that he would give up his position because “eight years of counting paperclips is enough”. Slaughters’ annual appointments to the management board will proceed as usual this year. Of the 10 ...

  • Son in law

    26-Jan-2004

    Once we pass a certain age, we all begin to regret the passing of another year and another birthday.

  • Stephenson Harwood in ‘planned’ staff loss

    26-Jan-2004

    Stephenson Harwood has lost three partners and two consultants from its private capital team, but has stated that the moves were “anticipated” in its business planning following profitability “concerns”.

  • Tax overhaul leaves law firm futures under threat

    26-Jan-2004

    A “bombshell” that is about to radically change the way professional services firms account for work in progress (WIP) could put a significant number of firms out of business and will certainly provide all with a significant hike in their tax bill.

  • Telling it how it is

    26-Jan-2004

    Whistleblowing: Rob Riley and Richard Port clarify the law on the meaning of ‘disclosure’

  • The human cost

    26-Jan-2004

    Legislation protecting employees has thrust employment lawyers into playing a much greater role in commercial transactions. Peter Holt reports

  • Thousands of parents whose children were taken into care to have cases re-opened

    27-Jan-2004

    The Solicitor General Harriet Harman last week announced that thousands of parents whose children were taken into care on grounds of disputed medical evidence may have their cases re-opened as part of a wider review.

  • Thrill bill

    26-Jan-2004

    Lawyers are no doubt sick to death of jokes about the word ‘solicitor’ and its connection with that other age-old profession, prostitution.

  • Time well spent

    26-Jan-2004

    Anyone that works in personal injury will tell you that they see all manner of claims. But despite that, a staff member at Russell Jones & Walker was still shocked at one that landed on his desk recently.

  • Treves adds to executive CV with Korn/ Ferry role

    27-Jan-2004

    Eponymous executive Vanni Treves has secured himself another role, this time with the UK branch of international headhunters Korn/ Ferry. The former senior partner of Macfarlanes is joining the company as non-executive chairman. Treves stepped down from his role as chairman of Channel Four Television last year, but still chairs Equitable Life Assurance Society.

  • Watching the detectives

    26-Jan-2004

    Claire Gilham has her work cut out to prepare the IPCC for its April launch. The Government trusts her – now it’s up to the public. Brendan Malkin reports

  • West Ham legal head selected for seat on the board

    28-Jan-2004

    Company secretary and head of legal at West Ham United Scott Duxbury has accepted an invitation to join the board at the Nationwide first division club.

  • When worlds collide

    26-Jan-2004

    Employment law and tort: will you specialise in both? asks Brian Langstaff QC

  • White & Case spurns Allen in election

    26-Jan-2004

    White & Case London banking head Maurice Allen has been rebuffed in his attempt to win a seat on the firm’s management committee.

  • White & Case wins CC Pünder team…

    26-Jan-2004

    Clifford Chance Pünder has lost highly-rated Düsseldorf energy partner Manfred Ungemach and a small team of associates to White & Case.

  • Winston & Strawn to take IPOC case to Privy Council

    26-Jan-2004

    The London office of US firm Winston & Strawn is likely to refer a massive and complex mobile phone case to the Privy Council on behalf of its client IPOC, a Bermuda incorporated investment fund.