26 June 2006
Hampshire firm Warner Goodman & Streat's commercial arm, Warnergoodman Commercial, has promoted Steve Grant to associate level.
The battle lines have been drawn within the London office of White & Case over the latest potential shake-up of the office's management.
These pages regularly feature tales of the charity and generosity that feature so prominently at some of the legal market's top firms. Tulkinghorn has lost count of the thousands of pounds raised by some of the UK's finest legal brains.
Thanks to Marvel Comics for the following insight into what might have been: "Reed Richards, the only son of wealthy physicist Nathaniel Richards and his wife Evelyn, was a child prodigy with special aptitude in mathematics, physics, and mechanics. Evelyn Richards died when Reed was seven. Nathaniel encouraged and guided young Reed in his studies and Reed was taking college-level courses by the time he was 14."
Allen & Overy (A&O) partners - don't panic. If the discovery that you're all personally liable for £85,000 towards filling the gaping hole in your firm's pension fund comes as news to you, take comfort in the fact the whole liability is not payable today.
Allen & Overy has poached magic circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former China practice head for its Beijing office.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Macfarlanes advised on the E550m (£380m) sale of Italian publisher Arnoldo Mondadori Editore to the French arm of magazine publisher Emap. The deal is conditional upon EU regulatory clearance. Emap France has a portfolio of more than 40 consumer titles, including TV listings, lifestyle ...
Allen & Overy battles £26.2m pension hole" /Allen & Overy (A&O) partners have been subsidising a multi-million-pound hole in the firm's staff pension fund for the past four years, it has emerged.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is conducting a wholesale strategic review of its underperforming Tokyo office.
Assurant Solutions has appointed its first European senior counsel as it looks to expand its operations in Europe. Tara Caithie joins from the legal team at RBS Insurance, the insurance arm of Royal Bank of Scotland, and will assume the roles of company secretary and senior counsel UK and Europe. She will head the legal and compliance team responsible for providing legal and regulatory guidance to Assurant's UK and continental European businesses.
Baker & McKenzie has become the latest firm to sign up to the College of Law's bespoke LPC.
The hunt is on for the City's most ecologically sound firm and Mishcons has just driven straight to the front row of the grid. Investigative reporting reveals that three partners, including head of property Nick Doffman, all drive electric cars. That's around a tenth of the partnership buzzing around in little leccie motors.
French independent Bignon Lebray has launched a Chinese law practice with the hire of a partner from Haarmann Hemmelrath and the opening of a new office in Shanghai.
Pritchard Englefield's managing partner Stuart McInnes received an MBE in the Queen's 80th birthday honours list. John Fitzpatrick, director of the Kent Law Clinic, received an OBE, as did Judge John Phillips; Neil Franklin, chief crown prosecutor at the CPS; Martin Polen, president of the Environmental Law Foundation; Leo Scoon, a solicitor at the Law and Special Policy Group at the Department for Work and Pensions; and Celia Wells, a professor at Cardiff University Law School.
BT has recruited two lawyers as part of its drive to ramp up its in-house capability across its legal function following the creation of its Openreach division in January.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has raided Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft for two structured finance partners, including the high-profile James Croke, for its New York office.
Clifford Chance scooped the top prize at last night’s Lawyer Awards, winning Law Firm of the Year after a stellar 12 months.
Clifford Chance has formed an association with a Romanian firm as the first step to a potential merger as it looks to capitalise on the growing work coming out of the country.
Court of Appeal judge Lord Justice Chadwick has slammed Addleshaw Goddard solicitor-advocate Mark Clough QC for the content of his skeleton argument in Sony's case against HM Revenue & Customs.
Clyde & Co is breaking into the US market with offices in New York and Los Angeles and the hire of four partners from US firm Condon & Forsyth.
Germany's CMS Hasche Sigle has bolstered its Russian operation by taking the entire Moscow arm of Haarmann Hemmelrath. The move was agreed between Hasche Sigle and the liquidators of Haarmann Hemmelrath last week. Around 28 lawyers will join forces with Hasche Sigle, making it the largest Russian office of any German law firm.
Cobbetts has suffered a blow to its social housing practice with the loss of partner Mike Gaskell to the Manchester office of Trowers & Hamlins.
The Crown Prosecution Service has been rocked by accusations of racism by one of its own prosecutors, former barrister Uma Bhardwaj.
New York firms Cravath Swaine & Moore and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft have both grabbed the top roles on Johnson & Johnson’s $16.6bn acquisition of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer has bolstered its London restructuring and insolvency capability with the star hire of Nick Segal from the New York office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.
The future of Global Graduates is hanging in the balance with a number of its law firm sponsors indicating that they are exploring options to work with alternative diversity organisations.
Two days without football - can you believe it? Tulkinghorn couldn’t either, and went into hibernation in silent protest at the lack of legitimate reasons to duck out at 4pm for a swift pint or three.
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary is actively looking for a Munich office to add to its rapidly expanding German operation.
The Europe and Asia offices of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary generated a fee income of £366.7m for the last financial year.
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has taken the first step in building up a debt capital markets (DCM) practice with the appointment of an Allen & Overy (A&O) senior associate as a partner in its London banking group.
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has won a competitive bid to secure the role of legal adviser to the Glasgow 2014 bid for the Commonwealth Games.
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Ashurst advised on North West-based John Morphet's sale of nine UK leisure complexes to Legal & General Ventures for an undisclosed sum. John Morphet owns a number of leisure sites, including caravan parks in the UK, and the Royal Westmoreland resort in Barbados. DLA Piper advised John Morphet, ...
Bristol set Guildford Chambers is launching a team of barristers dedicated to education law. The 10-strong team will be led by head of chambers Simon Oliver and will focus on advising on issues related to education and special educational needs. Senior clerk David Smith said barristers within the set had previously done education work as individuals, but the team would bring the expertise together.
After England’s, ahem, heroic exploits at the weekend, the nation’s lawyers are returning home to pop in on The Lawyer Awards tonight before heading back out for the Portugal game on Saturday.
North West set Exchange Chambers has secured a judicial review for a group of local campaigners battling to save vital healthcare services.
DLA Piper plans to focus on English finance law" /Following its December acquisition of the Madrid practice of Squire Sanders & Dempsey, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has signalled its intention to develop an international ...
FIFA has hit back at the first high-profile guerilla marketing activity at the World Cup after Dutch brewery Bavaria provided football fans with thousands of pairs of branded lederhosen for Holland's group match against Ivory Coast.
Reed Smith and Richards Butler say they will succeed where other US-UK mergers have failed. But only one man can pull it off
Eight-year-old Bradford-based firm Schofield Sweeney recently merged with long-established local rival Sampson Horner, which was founded in 1891.
The investigation into the alleged price-fixing at British Airways (BA) and a number of other airlines is providing much work for the City's biggest competition practices. As first reported by The Lawyer (26 February), Slaughter and May is advising BA on the latest investigation, but Allen & Overy,
Property-based Mayfair firm Forsters has confirmed its best year ever with an average profit per equity partner of £487,000, a rise of 29 per cent.
Tulkinghorn was at The Lawyer Awards last night, along with 1,500 of the best and brightest of the legal profession who quite rightly made the choice to sacrifice the opportunity to watch Spain take on France in favour of non-stop comedy from host Rory Bremner and boogying the night away until the sun came up.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith have scooped the Hong Kong roles on the estimated $12bn (£6.51bn) Industrial & Commercial Bank of China's (ICBC) flotation.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has landed instructions from its new clients Boston Ventures and Clarity Partners on a management buyout of cinema operator Vue Entertainment.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped an instruction to advise EMI as its larger rival Warner Music launches a counter-bid for the UK music company.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s partners have voted in favour of introducing salaried partners across all of the magic circle firm’s offices.
Blackstone Chambers’ Michael Fordham and Friends of the Earth’s Rights & Justice Centre have won a High Court victory on behalf of hundreds of cyclists.
Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has been hit by the departure of two partners, losing New York head Stefano Crosio and Rome litigation chief Aulo Cossu.
Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has revolutionised its internal structure, handing 14 partners management roles and setting up governance committees. The decision was approved at the partners meeting held on 13 June. Previously, Gianni Origoni only had a five-partner executive committee, but has now set up a remuneration committee and an opinions committee to give more say in management. M&A partner Giovanni Nardulli becomes the firm's Rome head and corporate specialist Bruno Bartocci ...
Firms must beware of the insurance implications of any mergers or lateral hires, says Frank Maher
Hammonds has seen a dramatic turnaround in fortune with average profit per equity partner (PEP) up 61 per cent to £328,000 after a year of tough management.
Hammonds was celebrating last week (23 June) after winning the bulk of the £150m negligence claim brought against it by the Football League.
Herbert Smith is set to conduct a major employee opinion survey on diversity and inclusivity at the firm.
Hextalls has appointed its head of employment Jane Liddington as its first non-executive chairman as part of a new management structure.
Howrey has scooped a third new lawyer for its Brussels office with the hire of former Haarmann Hemmelrath competition partner and Martina Maier.
A trio of New York firms have scooped roles advising on the $3.5bn (£1.9bn) litigation filed against World Trade Center insurers yesterday.
Tulkinghorn's thanks go out to the pregnant PR who cheered up a grumpy, post-England v Trinidad and Tobago beerfest editorial team with the following bon mot: "My breasts are huge and I'm really horny."
A couple of late entries for Tulkinghorn's quest for the most comical email addresses. First this blatant bit of self-promotion from Michael Franks of William Sturges & Co: "If you go back to the days of telex and telex 'answer back', Harris Chetham & Co (commonly known as 'Harass and Cheatem') had a telex answer back of 'Jethams'. Smiles & Co had an answer back of 'Mirth'. Chethams merged with William Sturges & Co in 2000."
The Law Society’s annual deficit rose again last year to nearly £8m, the recently-published accounts reveal.
Eversheds, Hammonds and Hill Dickinson are among 25 firms picked as part of the Law Society’s new panel of intervention agents that will help wind up solicitors’ practices ...
With Gas Natural's €22.5bn (£15.35bn) hostile bid for Endesa halted by a Madrid commercial court, some are suggesting that the only beneficiaries of the drawn-out affair may be the law firms advising.
Lester Aldridge names managing partner" /South East firm Lester Aldridge has elected Michael Giddins as managing partner. Giddins, head of the dispute resolution group, beat rival candidates Rachel Lapworth, the head of real estate, and corporate partner Tim Ford to the post. Head of fast-track Karen ...
Linklaters' new senior partner warns against complacency" /Linklaters senior partner-elect David Cheyne has pledged to drive forward the firm's current strategy in the wake of his high-profile election.
Jones Day’s City arm has raided Lovells for a employment partner Mark Taylor.
Lovells has finally moved to rebuild its German securitisation practice with the hire of a three lawyer team from the Ernst & Young associate firm Luther.
It only took seven years and two public inquiries, but Lovells has finally managed to secure permission for client Riverside Resource Recovery to build the UK's largest energy from waste power station in Belvedere, South East London. The application was first made in September 1999. The first public inquiry was high profile and lasted some four months. The Department of Trade & Industry failed to come to a decision, and reopened the inquiry for a further three-week hearing in September ...
If he isn't yet the best-dressed lawyer in London, Maninder Gill ought to be. Harvey Nichols' first legal director talks shop with Joanne Harris
Maxwell Batley has poached London niche firm Kingsley Napley's head of construction Michael Janney. Janney, who has worked previously for the pre-merger Masons and Cameron McKenna & Co, joins as a construction partner and specialises in contentious construction and engineering ...
I congratulate the Technology and Construction Court on its initiative to trial judges as mediators (The Lawyer, 5 June). But, as with every such pilot, there are qualifications to be made and useful tips to be gained from others' experience.
The lawyer acting for the three former NatWest bankers facing extradition to the US today slammed the UK and European courts after the trio’s final appeal failed.
Lawyers are frequently working with owners and directors of companies during periods of development and change, and are often aware that their clients need general business advice and support alongside their legal advice. This is most effectively delivered by a non-executive director (NED) supporting the company through strategic decision-making and periods of growth or change, sometimes for several years. Lawyers are often asked if they know of a suitable NED in these circumstances and ...
So far all the focus has been on BA and what the impact could be on the airline . But there is as much at stake for the regulator, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), in this investigation as there is for the airline industry.
Offshore law firms have been talking about incorporated cell companies (ICC) for so long that they were beginning to look like an urban myth. But the first two transactions have now been completed with Ogier winning a role on both deals. ICCs are a company made up of different cells that contain different assets, but, unlike a protected cell company, each cell is treated as a separate legal entity. The firm acted for Bank Société Générale in launching the first ICC to be set up in Jersey. ...
Berwin Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and
What do you get if you mix that most enigmatic and intangible of concepts - law firm branding - with a leading international sportsman? Motivational presentations to lawyers, obviously.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has absorbed boutique Studio Legale Pocci to bolster its corporate practice in Rome.
Manchester firm Pannone stands to win thousands of new personal injury cases a year after being appointed to handle all of insurance broker Marsh's uninsured loss recovery (ULR) claims.
Teacher Stern Selby and specialist advocacy firm David Price Solicitors have secured apologies and damages for footballer Ashley Cole and DJ Masterstepz after The Sun and The News of the World published articles allegedly linking the pair to a “gay sex orgy”.
South East firm Penningtons has announced its year-end financial results, revealing increases in turnover and profit per equity partner (PEP).
Negligence claims against firms of accountants, solicitors and other professionals are increasingly common in this litigious age. The law of negligence is in constant development, as major cases come to trial and new legislation makes its way through Parliament.
Partners at ASB will be taking comfort from the fact that profit per equity partner (PEP) is up by 24 per cent on last year, hitting £161,000 after 2004-05's £130,000. Bizarrely, the firm declined to reveal fee income, which is understood to have remained static at last year's £18.2m.
A new UK reform bill is set to remove existing limits on auditor liability, forcing company and auditor to come to an agreement themselves. Nicholas Heaton and Andrew Wigston report
With its trophy hires, Weil Gotshal & Manges will not have a problem getting private equity mandates. But resourcing the deals will be trickier
UK firm Richards Butler and Swiss law firm Chabrier & Partners (Geneva) have signed an agreement to form an association.
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti became the first New Jersey firm to open a London office when it launched in the City a fortnight ago.
Lateral movement may be good for the headhunters but it is bad news for law firms; and rumours abound of impending US arrivals in Iberia.
Schillings has accepted a fraction of the total costs it claimed for acting for DJ Sara Cox in a privacy claim against The Sunday People and Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN).
The ABS conference is a big draw. Even Girls Aloud turned up. Lorraine Cushnie reports
Lawyers from Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Linklaters and Travers Smith have been appointed to the European Commission’s European ...
It's summer so it must be Big Brother. Sadly, this year it's even more inescapable than ever, with countless hugely annoying contestants and wall-to-wall coverage 24 hours a day, probably until Christmas. Mrs Tulkinghorn is in reality TV heaven. Talking of annoying contestants, none has been more unpopular than this year's first evictee, Sezer. The wannabe ladies ...
Shearman & Sterling and Clifford Chance have bagged the key roles on the €16bn (£10.97bn) merger of Nokia and Siemens' network businesses.
Shoosmiths posted profit per equity partner (PEP) of £396,000, marking the firm's fifth consecutive year of profit increase. The 2005-06 financial year saw PEP up 16 per cent on £342,000 for the 2004-05 financial year. Turnover was up 23 per cent on last year, from £60.8m in 2004-05 to £74.7m for 2005-06.
Last year it was the English law firms in Spain that made headlines with the departure of many mid-level and senior associates. Now it is their turn to sit back and watch while the premier-league Spanish practices review their recruitment and retention strategies.
Chicago-based firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has elected Elliott Portnoy as the firm’s next chairman, succeeding incumbent Duane Quaini in 2007 when his term expires.
US firm Steptoe & Johnson has launched a new office in Century City, California, with the hire of four partners from local firm Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan.
Steptoe & Johnson has taken the highly unusual step of replacing its London managing partner with a committee of four partners.
South East firm Stevens & Bolton has recorded profit per equity partner (PEP) of £280,000, one of the highest PEP figures in the region.
Tesco has lost its senior in-house lawyer, Deborah Prince, to the publisher of Which? magazine, the Consumers' Association.
Birmingham firm The Wilkes Partnership has formed an alliance with Italian practice Studio Legale Paoletti.
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Despite two recent cases in the House of Lords, limitation law has become an increasingly grey area, say Stuart Hall and James Robertson
T-Mobile has reshuffled its in-house legal team, merging the legal and regulatory departments into a single group as the company's new managing director shakes up the senior management team.
Tower Hamlets' head of legal has lashed out at the Government's failure to remedy problems with the voting system that she says led to legal challenges against the local election results.
Swiss firm Lenz & Staehelin, Linklaters and Sullivan & Cromwell have secured roles on Axa's acquisition of Winterthur, the insurance arm of Credit Suisse, for SFr12.3bn (£5.9bn).
The GMB union is threatening to sue recruitment agencies that provide temporary staff to the supermarket giant Asda.
The University of Salford is building a new law school to compete with local rivals BPP Law School’s Manchester branch, the University of Manchester Law School and Manchester Metropolitan University Law School.
The South East has seen shake-ups and departures in senior management at both Lester Aldridge and ASB Law.
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Weil Gotshal & Manges has joined the swathe of US firms out-paying their UK rivals, increasing associate salaries in London by up to 20 per cent.
It seems that Blake Lapthorn Linnell's merger with Hampshire-based White & Bowker - the firm's third merger in less than five years - proved not to everyone's taste.
White & Case has won the instruction to advise the lead arrangers providing the financing of Mittal Steel’s EUR26.9bn acquisition of rival Arcelor.
Winston & Strawn is continuing the expansion of its Paris office with the hire of a team from French giant Fidal.