26 July 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.
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.
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.
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 & 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" /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. ...
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.
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" /Ashurst has received its first instruction from US private equity giant Blackstone.
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 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 is in the final throes of reviewing its legal panel.
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.
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.
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 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’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
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.
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 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 has posted a strong set of year-end figures, reporting a 30 per cent rise in income for the last financial year.
DLA’s head of banking in Hong Kong is leaving after less than two years at the firm.
DLA is stepping up its all-out assault on Western Europe after securing a string of new hires to open a Rome office.
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.
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 has won Transport for London (TfL) the Government agency responsible for the capital’s transport needs as a new client.
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.
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 ...
Farrer & Co has become involved in a groundbreaking e-commerce case that could have far-reaching implications for the future of electronic banking.
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.
Linklaters in German partnership cull" /Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have both shaken up their German partnership to deal with underperformance and overpartnering.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior partner Anthony Salz has emerged as vice chairman of the BBC.
Property continues to be a strong-performing asset class, but many funds are heading offshore. Nick Kershaw reveals why
Spain’s Garrigues has become the latest law firm to strengthen its Iberian links after integrating Portuguese practice Leonidas Matos y Asociados (LMA).
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.
Which head of legal at a well-known technology company is known by the fee-earners as Swiss Tony?
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 is carrying out a radical review of its management structure, which could see the senior partner role split into two.
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.
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.
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 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).
With a more sophisticated rent review arbitration process, are expert valuation witnesses behaving too much like advocates? Jonathan Seitler QC reports
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.
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 & Watkins is ushering in a new era for its Silicon Valley office after appointing a new managing partner in the region.
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.
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
Five favourites emerge to fill incumbent Lesley MacDonagh’s shoes; decision due in November
Maitland Chambers has been hit with a rare departure as a senior trust barrister makes a move to XXIV Old Buildings.
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.
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
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 has taken on the chairman of Swedish airline SAS as an adviser to its board.
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 ...
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.
In part one of a two-part series, Sue Eccleston reveals why a PSL’s role stretches well beyond the stereotype
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 ...
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 & Sterling's Munich-based tax partner Hans Martin Schmid has quit the firm for US rival Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.
City firm hit by unprecedented discrimination claim as senior equity partner alleges anti-Semitism
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 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.
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.
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.
An era of increasingly sophisticated regeneration structures is dawning to rescue inner cities from decline. Stephen Sorrell reports
Stephenson Harwood is losing its entire private capital and family team to Charles Russell.
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 has lost the Youth Hostels Association (YHA), a client of 30 years’ standing, to Browne Jacobson.
With the growth in regeneration projects, real estate lawyers are having to adapt how they work and who they work with. David Taylor reports
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
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.”
The worldwide head of legal at Richard Branson’s record label V2 is quitting.
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.
Elizabeth Thompson reports on retailers’ disenchantment with upwards-only rent reviews
Michael Hatchwell, head of corporate, Davenport Lyons