26 July 2004

The Lawyer

  • 14 Tooks Court to dispense with expensive Holborn HQ

    26-Jul-2004

    Michael Mansfield QC’s criminal chambers is set to relocate to new premises in Clerkenwell due to concerns over high property rates around Holborn, for centuries the heartland of all London barristers.

  • 5 Fountain Court leaps up rankings with double-digit turnover bonanza

    26-Jul-2004

    Birmingham’s 5 Fountain Court is likely to find itself propelled into the upper echelons of the UK’s biggest-billing chambers this year after reporting a 21.3 per cent lift in turnover.

  • A brief mis-spell

    26-Jul-2004

    We all make mistakes, so Brownie points to Taylor Wessing for fessing up to a howler last week, which was buried in the recesses of a press release trumpeting Mike Frawley’s impending elevation to managing partner.

  • A&O Italy’s dual management in doubt

    26-Jul-2004

    Allen & Overy’s (A&O) volatile Italian operation could be on the verge of another strategic shake-up as local lawyers push for the firm to abandon its dual management structure.

  • Al Tamimi deepens Middle East reach

    26-Jul-2004

    Al Tamimi & Co is embarking on a dual expansion plan by extending its reach from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) into both Iraq and Qatar. The firm, made up of a mixture of both local and UK-qualified lawyers, has opened a new office in Doha, Qatar, initially staffing it with three assistants. Al Tamimi is one of a growing number of firms setting up in the region, which has the world’s largest liquefied natural gas reserves.

  • Allen & Overy targets investment funds with Clifford Chance team

    26-Jul-2004

    Allen & Overy targets investment funds with Clifford Chance team" /Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to make a push on the investment funds market with the hire of a team of six associates from Clifford Chance in London. ...

  • Allseas liable for DWS fees as P&I club Gard wins cap

    26-Jul-2004

    Insurers have pulled out of providing legal expenses cover in an arbitration that has grossed the largest lawyers’ fees – some £100m – in any case of its kind in English history.

  • Andrew McCarthy: Procter & Gamble UK

    26-Jul-2004

    Procter & Gamble is one of the most ambitious consumer goods companies in the world. Joanne Harris reports on how head of legal Andrew McCarthy keeps ahead of the game

  • Ashurst picks up Blackstone work

    26-Jul-2004

    Ashurst picks up Blackstone work" /Ashurst has received its first instruction from US private equity giant Blackstone.

  • Ashurst: profits hit, turnover flat

    26-Jul-2004

    Ashurst’s average profit per equity partner (PPP) has tumbled by 11.7 per cent on unchanged turnover for the last financial year.

  • Bevan Ashford lands cut-price London base

    26-Jul-2004

    Bevan Ashford is taking advantage of London’s soft property market after securing a bargain lease and hefty rent-free period for space at Fleet Place House.

  • Birmingham City Council in law panel revamp

    26-Jul-2004

    Birmingham City Council is in the final throes of reviewing its legal panel.

  • Careers: in brief

    26-Jul-2004

    STL Group, the UK’s largest comprehensive legal services company, has appointed a new non-executive director to its board. Hugh Dunsmore-Hardy has joined STL Group from the National Association of Estate Agents, where he held the post of chief executive for nearly nine years. Dunsmore-Hardy will head up STL’s Home Information Pack (HIP) development team, working on the initiative that looks set to transform the home-buying process in 2007.

  • Careers: people

    26-Jul-2004

    Langleys Solicitors has appointed a new partner to bolster its commercial team. Andrew Argyle has joined the firm’s Lincoln office, where he will specialise in commercial litigation. Argyle arrives from Birmingham firm Shakespeares, where he was a partner in the commercial litigation department.

  • CC, Freshfields snubbed on key asset finance panel

    26-Jul-2004

    In a development that has caused consternation in the asset finance market, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have been overlooked for the export credit agencies’ (ECAs) first ever joint aviation legal panel.

  • Cisco move sees UK lawyer forgo his position

    26-Jul-2004

    Cisco Systems’ only UK-based corporate lawyer has left following the US technology giant’s decision to relocate a number of business functions to its West Coast headquarters. Alfred Farha, (left) who was senior counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for four years, has opted to remain in the UK. His former co-head of the EMEA team Hans Albers ...

  • Clarke Willmott in Equitable Life battle

    26-Jul-2004

    Clarke Willmott’s financial services department is acting for 700 Equitable Life policyholders in fresh claims against the mutual society. The policyholders have formed an action group, Equitable Life Trapped Annuitants (ELTA), which two weeks ago launched an action for compensation for its reduced annuity rates. Class Law and Irw

  • Clayton Utz scoops Paul Weiss partner

    30-Jul-2004

    Australia’s Clayton Utz has bolstered its corporate and TMT expertise after tempting a Hong Kong-based partner from New York law firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison’s back to Sydney.

  • Conflicting emotions

    26-Jul-2004

    Excellent news reaches Tulkinghorn. Freshfields, stung by its experiences during the Marks & Spencer debacle, has decided to start taking conflicts seriously. No longer will the magic circle firm be embarrassingly caught out in the full gaze of the public for acting for a client when it shouldn’t. No longer will its partners have to hang their heads in shame as their fellow partners blame them for lost fees or, worse, costs. For Freshfields has entered the 21st century and has put out ...

  • Dechert’s partnership dwindles further

    26-Jul-2004

    Dechert’s string of partner losses has lengthened after a London corporate partner opted to join Reading firm Pitmans. Janice Wall will leave at the end of this month. Her exit follows that of insurance partner James Lewis, who left for LeBoeuf Lamb Green & MacRae in March. Prior to Lewis’s decision to leave, Charles Brown, former head of Dechert’s City construction practice, moved to the London office of ...

  • Dickson Minto posts turnover hike as private equity revives

    26-Jul-2004

    Dickson Minto has posted a strong set of year-end figures, reporting a 30 per cent rise in income for the last financial year.

  • DLA HK banking chief quits post

    26-Jul-2004

    DLA’s head of banking in Hong Kong is leaving after less than two years at the firm.

  • DLA scoops former A&O trio for Roman ramp-up

    26-Jul-2004

    DLA is stepping up its all-out assault on Western Europe after securing a string of new hires to open a Rome office.

  • Don’t stop the press

    26-Jul-2004

    According to a recent press release, Addleshaw Goddard has reinforced its “undisputed leadership” of the North West property market by reappointing one of its property partners (Paul Conroy) after a sabbatical.

  • Employment tribunals in 17 per cent hike

    26-Jul-2004

    The Employment Tribunals Service (ETS) this week announced a rise of 17 per cent in the number of employment cases it handled. The ETS’s annual report show that 115,042 applications were registered in 2003-04, compared with 98,617 the previous year. A third of applicants were claiming for unfair dismissal from work, while 17 per cent brought sex, race and disability discrimination claims.

  • Eversheds chosen for coveted Transport for London role

    30-Jul-2004

    Eversheds has won Transport for London (TfL) the Government agency responsible for the capital’s transport needs as a new client.

  • Eversheds retained by FA in Sven scandal

    29-Jul-2004

    Eversheds’ employment partner Peter Norbury has emerged as the solicitor acting for the Football Association (FA) on its inquiry into the Sven-Göran Eriksson scandal.

  • Exchange Chambers bags four new tenants

    26-Jul-2004

    Liverpool’s Exchange Chambers has hired four tenants just as the set reports a 9 per cent turnover hike to £13m. Scott Redpath joins from Clifford Chance and is the first pensions barrister to join the Northern Circuit. Commercial litigator Dr Digby Jess joins from Manchester’s 8 King Street, crime barrister Rachael Woods from Manchester’s Queens Chambers and personal injury specialist Chris Barnes ...

  • Farrers takes on HSBC in test case for Chaps banking system

    26-Jul-2004

    Farrer & Co has become involved in a groundbreaking e-commerce case that could have far-reaching implications for the future of electronic banking.

  • For the record...

    26-Jul-2004

    In the McDonald’s Restaurants Client File (5 July), Hamlins should have been cited as the fast-food chain’s external adviser on marketing matters, rather than Trowers & Hamlins as stated.

  • Freshfields, Linklaters in German partnership cull

    26-Jul-2004

    Linklaters in German partnership cull" /Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have both shaken up their German partnership to deal with underperformance and overpartnering.

  • Freshfields’ Salz named as BBC vice chairman

    29-Jul-2004

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior partner Anthony Salz has emerged as vice chairman of the BBC.

  • Fund land

    26-Jul-2004

    Property continues to be a strong-performing asset class, but many funds are heading offshore. Nick Kershaw reveals why

  • Garrigues bolsters Portuguese presence with LMA combination

    26-Jul-2004

    Spain’s Garrigues has become the latest law firm to strengthen its Iberian links after integrating Portuguese practice Leonidas Matos y Asociados (LMA).

  • Grapevine

    28-Jul-2004

    A fortnight ago we trailed this year's The Lawyer 100 survey with an early-doors glimpse of the top 50. Now most of the figures are out, and the full glory, or disaster, of this year's performance is almost ready to be released.

  • Hearsay

    26-Jul-2004

    Which head of legal at a well-known technology company is known by the fee-earners as Swiss Tony?

  • Heller Ehrman strengthens Washington with office move

    28-Jul-2004

    Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe has cemented its focus on building its Washington DC base by signing up for new office space. The firm, which has made six lateral hires in Washington since 2002, has signed a lease for 83,000 sq ft of space at an office on Rhode Island Avenue where it will become the primary tenant in the building. Heller Ehrman expects to move its 115 attorneys and staff to the space by early 2005.

  • Herbert Smith rejigs management

    26-Jul-2004

    Herbert Smith is carrying out a radical review of its management structure, which could see the senior partner role split into two.

  • Herbert Smith's new leadership

    26-Jul-2004

    Lawyers, we are often told, don’t like to be managed. It seems being told what to do just doesn’t sit well with our great legal community. Because law firms are partnerships, that’s how they should be run, as a collective. Which is all very noble until you think of what the alternatives are. Lord of the Flies-style anarchy? Imagine the fights over who gets the conch shell and which poor sod turns out to be Piggy.

  • Hindu haloes

    26-Jul-2004

    Imagine this: two barristers and a solicitor sitting at the hand of a god. The start of a bad joke? (“And one of them said to the god…”.) An attempt at irony? Lawyers and gods hardly go hand-in-hand, after all.

  • House of Lords to overturn Three Rivers ruling

    29-Jul-2004

    The House of Lords today indicated that it will uphold the Bank of England’s appeal in the Three Rivers District Council case.

  • Howard Kennedy wins $150m redress for KAC

    26-Jul-2004

    Howard Kennedy has won damages of $148.5m (£80.8m) on behalf of the Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) in its ongoing case against the Iraqi Airways Company (IAC).

  • Identity crisis

    26-Jul-2004

    With a more sophisticated rent review arbitration process, are expert valuation witnesses behaving too much like advocates? Jonathan Seitler QC reports

  • Kirkpatrick mulls over LLP status for NGJ link-up

    26-Jul-2004

    US firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart is considering converting to a UK limited liability partnership (LLP) in London if its merger with Nicholson Graham & Jones (NGJ) goes ahead.

  • Knowing what Knowles knows

    26-Jul-2004

    Last week David Redfearn, entertainer extraordinaire and master magician, performed something never tried before in legal history. He read the mind of a managing partner. But not just any old managing partner: DLA’s very own Nigel Knowles, no less, whose recent gambits (coming close to opening a Rome office, merger talks with Chicago-Baltimore giant Piper Rudnick, ...

  • Latham tech expert promoted to Silicon Valley head

    28-Jul-2004

    Latham & Watkins is ushering in a new era for its Silicon Valley office after appointing a new managing partner in the region.

  • Law Society appeal upheld in Bahl case

    30-Jul-2004

    The Court of Appeal has today (Friday 30 July) upheld the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s finding that the Law Society did not discriminate against former president elect Kamlesh Bahl on grounds of race and sex.

  • Lifting the lid

    26-Jul-2004

    The introduction of the Freedom of Information Act is still months away, but it is already worrying those involved in public sector projects. Jon Robins reports

  • Lovells’ hopefuls gear up for managing partner race

    26-Jul-2004

    Five favourites emerge to fill incumbent Lesley MacDonagh’s shoes; decision due in November

  • Maitland hit with exit on cusp of finalising merger

    28-Jul-2004

    Maitland Chambers has been hit with a rare departure as a senior trust barrister makes a move to XXIV Old Buildings.

  • Mallesons plumps for Hong Kong merger with local firm

    28-Jul-2004

    Australia’s Mallesons Stephen Jaques has taken the next step in beefing up its Hong Kong presence, announcing a merger with local firm Kwok & Yih.

  • Mourant pushes into Cayman Islands

    26-Jul-2004

    Jersey’s Mourant du Feu & Jeune has extended its reach to the Cayman Islands, making it the third Channel Islands firm to launch a Caribbean practice this year. Mourant is hoping to win corporate instructions through the move and is also waiting for the outcome of a licence application from the Cayman authorities to establish a trust administration service on the island. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 20 July

  • Nigel Knowles tours UK to drum up support for ‘DLA Piper Rudnick’

    26-Jul-2004

    DLA has issued a rallying cry to its European alliance members to back its transatlantic merger with Piper Runick, as the UK firm’s management embarks on a roadshow to urge partners to sign up to the deal.

  • Norton Rose appoints SAS man for strategic guidance

    30-Jul-2004

    Norton Rose has taken on the chairman of Swedish airline SAS as an adviser to its board.

  • Opinion

    26-Jul-2004

    Law firms, like investment banks, have been facing a succession of high-profile discrimination claims. Why? And what can firms do to prevent future employment tribunal litigation? Sex discrimination and equal pay claims in particular have proliferated for many reasons. Since 1993, compensation for sex discrimination has been unlimited and, as lawyers tend to be highly paid, tribunal ...

  • PI firms to donate £100 per claim to benefit community

    26-Jul-2004

    In a nationwide first, more than 70 law firms throughout England and Wales have pledged to donate a proportion of their fees from personal injury (PI) cases in order to benefit local communities. The Community Claims scheme, launched in May this year, will see solicitors donate £100 for each PI claim they accept.

  • PSLs: the guiding light in large firms

    26-Jul-2004

    In part one of a two-part series, Sue Eccleston reveals why a PSL’s role stretches well beyond the stereotype

  • Robert Muckle makes first equity partner lateral

    26-Jul-2004

    Newcastle’s Robert Muckle has hired its first ever lateral directly into the firm’s equity, taking on a former Eversheds corporate partner. Andrew Davison, who was also company secretary with high street bakery chain Greggs while practising with Eversheds, left in April, speaking to several firms before finally plumping for ...

  • Separated at birth

    26-Jul-2004

    Beachcroft Wansbroughs professional risks partner (a suitable role for a one-time troubleshooter) Mike Willis may have hung up his gun, aviators and tan leather jacket since his halcyon days in the 1970s, but he can still engender a ripple of fear among lawyers that haven’t got enough cover (that’s professional indemnity cover, not dustbins and car bonnets). Formerly ...

  • Shearman Germany loses tax partner to Gibson Dunn

    30-Jul-2004

    Shearman & Sterling's Munich-based tax partner Hans Martin Schmid has quit the firm for US rival Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

  • Simmons partner files race claim against his own firm

    26-Jul-2004

    City firm hit by unprecedented discrimination claim as senior equity partner alleges anti-Semitism

  • Skadden brings in Chicago ace for Moscow post

    26-Jul-2004

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has appointed joint heads for Moscow, drafting in Chicago-based project finance and M&A specialist Dmitri Kovalenko. He will become European counsel and co-head of the office along with resident lawyer Alexey Kiyashko. Partner Pranav Trivedi will continue to split his time between London and Moscow, advising on international corporate finance, ...

  • Slaughter and May faces Uria on Abbey takeover bid

    26-Jul-2004

    Slaughter and May and its Spanish best friend Uria & Menendez are sitting on opposite sides of the deal table on the surprise proposed £8.9bn acquisition of Abbey National by Banco Santander Central Hispano.

  • Slaughters IP/TMT head takes a year out stateside

    26-Jul-2004

    Slaughter and May’s head of IP and co-leader of technology, media and telecoms (TMT) is taking a year-long sabbatical as opposed to the magic circle firm’s usual three-month leave.

  • Slaughters to advise Jarvis on restructure

    26-Jul-2004

    Slaughter and May has scooped a huge instruction from Jarvis, having been brought in by the troubled infrastructure group earlier this year to advise on its strategic review.

  • Slicker cities

    26-Jul-2004

    An era of increasingly sophisticated regeneration structures is dawning to rescue inner cities from decline. Stephen Sorrell reports

  • Stephenson Harwood’s private capital team defects

    26-Jul-2004

    Stephenson Harwood is losing its entire private capital and family team to Charles Russell.

  • Students delayed in using barrister title under new rules

    28-Jul-2004

    Bar Vocational Course (BVC) students will no longer be able to call themselves barristers until they have completed pupillage under new regulations passed by the Bar Council.

  • Taylor Wessing loses YHA to Browne Jacobson after thirty years

    26-Jul-2004

    Taylor Wessing has lost the Youth Hostels Association (YHA), a client of 30 years’ standing, to Browne Jacobson.

  • The regeneration game

    26-Jul-2004

    With the growth in regeneration projects, real estate lawyers are having to adapt how they work and who they work with. David Taylor reports

  • The REIT path

    26-Jul-2004

    REITs are not a magic bullet, but the markets in the US and Australia, where REITs have been around the longest, are notably more dynamic than in the UK

  • Tuckers Solicitors

    26-Jul-2004

    Barry Tucker, managing partner of Tuckers Solicitors, has a clear vision on the world of criminal law. “It’s like a gladiatorial arena,” he insists. “If you have someone fighting for you who’s a good person and also a great lawyer, you can survive.”

  • V2 legal head leaves to begin new business venture

    28-Jul-2004

    The worldwide head of legal at Richard Branson’s record label V2 is quitting.

  • Weil Gotshal taps FSA over Premier IPO column

    26-Jul-2004

    Weil Gotshal & Manges’ London office has taken the unprecedented step of complaining to City watchdog the Financial Services Authority (FSA) over comments made by two fund managers on the Premier Foods flotation.

  • What goes up ...

    26-Jul-2004

    Elizabeth Thompson reports on retailers’ disenchantment with upwards-only rent reviews

  • Work-life quiz

    26-Jul-2004

    Michael Hatchwell, head of corporate, Davenport Lyons