26 March 2007

The Lawyer

  • People

    26-Mar-2007

    •Richard Kovalevsky QC of 18 Red Lion Court and Dean George of 15 New Bridge Street have joined criminal law set 2 Bedford Row.

  • 39 Essex St overhaul increases global push

    26-Mar-2007

    39 Essex Street is planning to increase its international work by more than 200 per cent in the next three years with an international strategy inspired by the set's new director of clerking.

  • A&L Goodbody crosses the border

    26-Mar-2007

    Dublin-headquartered firm A&L Goodbody opened an office in Belfast last week, while rival Dillon Eustace opened in Cork.

  • A&O wins Germany's largest private equity deal

    27-Mar-2007

    Allen & Overy’s corporate partner Derek Baird has been quietly building up the magic circle firm’s private equity practice, scoring new client Exponent and advising on Germany’s biggest buyout this year in the same week.

  • ABN Amro goes double Dutch

    26-Mar-2007

    Ostensibly there were no massive surprises concerning the line-up for the exploratory talks that might create an £80bn merger between Barclays and ABN Amro.

  • Action on diversity will reap rewards

    26-Mar-2007

    Diversity is not just the latest buzzword, it's a business imperative. Law firms have to continually seek the brightest and best talent in the marketplace, which means looking for talent beyond the traditional university milk round.

  • Alliance-Boots opens books for KKR and CC

    30-Mar-2007

    Slaughter and May client Alliance-Boots will open its books to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) now that the private equity house has upped its offer for the high street giant by 40p per share.

  • An eye on partnerships

    26-Mar-2007

    We are devoting much of this week's issue to career development and partnership prospects, because today The Lawyer publishes the second issue of its groundbreaking Career Report.

  • Ashurst faces Kirkland in tapas bidding war

    29-Mar-2007

    Ashurst and Kirkland & Ellis are going head-to-head as their respective clients are locked in a bidding war for tapas restaurant chain La Tasca.

  • Aspen creates associate GC position

    26-Mar-2007

    Offshore insurance group Aspen Insurance Holdings has created the new role of associate group general counsel, promoting Patricia Roufca to the position. London-based Roufca will report to group general counsel David Curtin, who said: "This promotion recognises the tremendous contributions Patricia has made since she joined Aspen two years ago." Roufca ...

  • Beiten overhauls management committee

    27-Mar-2007

    Beiten Burkhardt has re-elected Frank Obermann as the firm’s managing partner and has expanded its management committee by two partners, representing the firm’s growth.

  • Bills come under scrutiny as GCs reveal widespread padding concerns

    26-Mar-2007

    In-house lawyers are widely sceptical of their external advisers' bills, according to one of the largest-ever surveys of in-house counsel undertaken.

  • Bircham ramps up with Simmons raid

    26-Mar-2007

    Bircham Dyson Bell has moved to expand its burgeoning planning practice with a raid on Simmons & Simmons.

  • Blackstone seals diversity directive win against Govt

    26-Mar-2007

    Blackstone Chambers has scored a major victory for the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) in a judicial review against the Government.

  • Bond Pearce culls PI team after panel failure

    26-Mar-2007

    Bond Pearce culls PI team after panel failure" /Bristol-based Bond Pearce will shed up to 25 lawyers as part of a major restructuring of the firm's personal injury (PI) group.

  • BSkyB reverts to Herbert Smith as rivals demand Ofcom probe

    26-Mar-2007

    BSkyB has returned to longstanding adviser Herbert Smith to help it navigate its latest regulatory hurdle.

  • Career Report 2007: The only way is up

    26-Mar-2007

    The magic circle has a patchy record on female partner promotions. Clifford Chance leads the pack, but Linklaters scores best on homegrown talent

  • Charles Russell heralds new chief and extra office

    26-Mar-2007

    Charles Russell heralds new chief and extra office" /Mid-size London firm Charles Russell is gearing up for a change of management as it opens a satellite West End office as part of a strategy to boost the private client department.

  • Charlie Falconer's empire just got bigger

    29-Mar-2007

    The announcement today that the Home Office is to be splitinto two, with the justice functions amalgamated with theDepartment for Constitutional Affairs, gives the currentSecretary of State for Constitutional Affairs an even biggertoybox than usual.

  • Chef and dumb

    26-Mar-2007

    Maybe something was lost in the translation, but an invitation to the opening of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy's new London offices at 10 Gresham Street was somewhat devalued when it got the name of its star chef wrong.

  • Chiomenti launches in Beijing

    30-Mar-2007

    Chiomenti will be the first Italian independent to launch in China, which it is doing with a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate.

  • Chris Ancliff: EMI Group

    26-Mar-2007

    EMI Group general counsel Chris Ancliff talks to David Middleton about fighting pirates and keeping pace in a rapidly evolving sector

  • Clerksroom opens Strand mediation suite

    26-Mar-2007

    Barristers' clerking service Clerksroom has opened dedicated suites opposite the Royal Courts of Justice.

  • Cobbetts postpones partnership round

    26-Mar-2007

    Cobbetts has set in motion plans for a new corporate structure that will radically overhaul the firm’s routes to partnership.

  • Co-op launches first post-Clementi firm

    30-Mar-2007

    The first ‘Tesco law-style’ legal service was launched today (30 March) by the Co-operative Group as it takes advantage of the Clementi reforms.

  • Cornwall Street Chambers to open in May

    26-Mar-2007

    Birmingham-based set Cornwall Street Chambers is to launch officially this May, with the ribbon being cut by Mr Justice Anthony Hughes.

  • Corporate dominates again in latest Herbies promotions

    26-Mar-2007

    Last week Herbert Smith became the first of the big City firms to announce its promotions for the coming financial year.

  • Darby snares MoFo tech expert to head DC

    26-Mar-2007

    East Coast IP firm Darby & Darby has swooped on West Coast rival Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) to hire the firm's nanotechnology practice co-head Raj Davé.

  • David Gray: The Gray days

    26-Mar-2007

    David Gray has overseen a steady increase in PEP since becoming Eversheds' managing partner in 2002, but he is not resting on his laurels. By Jon Parker

  • Dewey Ballantine, Italy

    26-Mar-2007

    The path to success in Italy is strewn with monuments to failure. UK and US-headquartered firms, known locally as anglosassoni, find it particularly difficult to make the marriage of cultures a happy one. Think of the 2004 divorce of Linklaters and Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, the 2005 split between McDermott Will & Emery and Carnelutti, or even the amicable arrivederci from Allen & Overy to Pavesio e Associati.

  • Dispute revolution

    26-Mar-2007

    A property boom in Ireland has brought with it increased scrutiny of how the Commercial Court deals with property litigation. By Lisa Broderick

  • DLA Piper cuts adrift Rotterdam practice for Amsterdam focus

    26-Mar-2007

    DLA Piper last week announced that it will dispense with its Rotterdam office as the firm seeks to ramp up its Amsterdam presence.

  • DMH unveils new Gatwick base

    26-Mar-2007

    London and South East-based firm, DMH Stallard, hopes to progress its ambitious growth plans by expanding its Gatwick operations.

  • DWS left sharia-less as Lovells swoops

    26-Mar-2007

    As has been reported (5 February), finance partner Rahail Ali and his team at Denton Wilde Sapte's (DWS) Dubai office are moving to Lovells - ideally by the end of April, should departure negotiations go to plan.

  • DWS scores first Dubai-London Sukuk

    29-Mar-2007

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) advised the Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) on the first Sukuk to be listed on both the Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

  • EU criminalises breaches of IP rights

    26-Mar-2007

    The infringement of IP rights is set to become a criminal offence after the European Parliament's legal affairs committee backed a directive to harmonise EU criminal laws.

  • Falconer bags top job at new Ministry of Justice

    29-Mar-2007

    Lord Falconer has been unveiled as the UK's first secretary of state for Justice.

  • Falconer condemned over court failings

    26-Mar-2007

    The Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips sent a stark warning to the Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer last week, saying that unless court funding improved the Secretary of State must be held to account for breach of his statutory duty.

  • Falconer: media threatens Freedom of Information

    26-Mar-2007

    The Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer has outlined his vision for freedom of information, stating: "People, not the press, must be the priority."

  • Fast developers

    26-Mar-2007

    A new act will fast-track Ireland's most significant building projects through the long-drawn-out planning process. By Alison Fanagan

  • Federal tax probe forces Jenkens to shut

    30-Mar-2007

    Jenkens & Gilchrist’s long-running tax scandal has brought the 56-year-old firm to its knees, with it finally closing its doors for good.

  • FFW scraps Euro alliance after German row

    26-Mar-2007

    Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has dissolved its European Legal Alliance of independent European firms after falling out with its German ally Buse Heberer Fromm.

  • First choice revisits Herbies for tui tie-up

    26-Mar-2007

    First Choice turned to longstanding adviser Herbert Smith in the latest German-UK tie-up in the tour operator industry: its £10bn combination with Tui. Client relationship partner David Paterson led the advice at Herbert Smith for First Choice, with finance partner Clive Barnard and competition partners Jonathan Scott and Veronica Roberts. Herbert Smith's German ally Gleiss Lutz also teamed up with the City firm to provide advice on German aspects. Meanwhile, Tui looked to

  • Foucaud takes the plunge into Turkey

    26-Mar-2007

    Eurotunnel's French adviser Foucaud Tchekhoff Pochet & Associés has launched its first overseas office in Turkey to take advantage of increased client activity in the region.

  • Freshfields bows to associate power

    28-Mar-2007

    Associate-led groups are to be set up to discuss best working practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a result of last Friday’s (23 March) inaugural associate conference.

  • Freshfields hits the fast lane with Porsche deal

    28-Mar-2007

    City heavyweights Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have bagged the lead roles on the increase of Porsche’s stake in Volkswagen.

  • Freshfields' tragic carpets given the brush-off

    28-Mar-2007

  • FSA bankrupts boiler room scam lawyer

    29-Mar-2007

    Solicitor Adrian Sam has been made bankrupt by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) after his law firm Adrian Sam & Co (ASC) assisted an illegal overseas boiler room scam.

  • Germans pour cold water on FFW's alliance plans

    26-Mar-2007

    Field Fisher Waterhouse's (FFW) European Legal Alliance has been scrapped, a week before its fourth birthday.

  • Going north

    26-Mar-2007

    The effects of a sustained period of underdevelopment in Northern Ireland look set to be reversed with a £16bn infrastructure overhaul. Lisa Boyd reports

  • Government report slams employment tribunals

    30-Mar-2007

    Employment tribunals are "too costly and complex" and make "inconsistent decisions", according to a government report.

  • Hammonds lands ex-Capgemini CEO as non-exec

    29-Mar-2007

    Hammonds has appointed the former UK CEO of Capgemini as a non-executive director. Clive Williams, who was also formerly a managing partner at Ernst & Young UK, was CEO for Capgemini for UK & Ireland until 2005, as well as head of its consulting services arm for Northern Europe.

  • HBJ launches Glasgow transport group

    30-Mar-2007

    Anglo-Scottish firm HBJ Gateley Wareing has launched a shipping and transport group at the firm’s Glasgow office.

  • High Court deals second patent blow to software developers

    26-Mar-2007

    The High Court has dealt a blow to companies looking to patent software-related inventions after rejecting Bloomberg's bid to patent a computer program.

  • Howard Kennedy boosts private client

    26-Mar-2007

    West End-based Howard Kennedy has hired Ruth Moore, the former head of private client at Northern Home Counties-based Pictonsas, as a partner to boost its private client department. Moore will add strength to areas including estate planning, probate and trusts. Partner Jo Summers, head of private client, said "Ruth's appointment reflects our ongoing commitment to providing a first-class service to our clients. "The private client department will also be welcoming another associate in ...

  • Howrey adds to IP strength with Taylor Wessing raid

    26-Mar-2007

    Howrey has swooped on Taylor Wessing for the head of its life sciences practice Mark Hodgson in a move that signals the increasing depth of Howrey’s European IP team.

  • Ince London enjoys boost from latest promotions

    28-Mar-2007

    Ince & Co's London office has picked up six of the seven firmwide partnership promotions following a barren round this time last year.

  • In-housers unhappy with hourly rates and padding

    26-Mar-2007

    An astonishing 67 per cent of in-house counsel believe that hourly rates are outdated, according to the latest findings from The Lawyer’s groundbreaking survey of the legal profession, compiled by polling company YouGov.

  • Ireland

    26-Mar-2007

    There appears to be no let-up in the Irish boom, and with increasing political stability in the North, the good times have also reached Belfast.

  • Jellied squeals

    26-Mar-2007

    Following on from this year's nationwide extravaganza for Comic Relief earlier this month, when Freshfields' lawyers got to play Scalextric, Linklaters partner Gillian Chapman went to lunch in a red wig and Hawaiian ra-ra skirt and

  • Jenkins wins second term as Eversheds chair

    26-Mar-2007

    Eversheds chairman Alan Jenkins has been re-elected to serve a second three-year term.

  • Law Society CEO blasts 'cavalier' Government

    28-Mar-2007

    The Government received another blow to its legal aid reforms yesterday (Tuesday 27 March) as an overwhelming 99 per cent of firms surveyed by the Law Society rallied against the “perilous” reforms to the forthcoming unified contract.

  • Lerach looks to reverse court's Enron ruling

    26-Mar-2007

    San Diego-based law firm Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins has vowed to challenge a US court ruling that the multibillion-dollar class action filed by the Enron investors against the energy company's banks must be thrown out.

  • Lights out in California for CC

    28-Mar-2007

    Clifford Chance’s Californian outpost is now officially dead and the magic circle firm is left without a global head of IP following the resignation of the last remaining partner at the firm's Palo Alto office.

  • Linklaters breaks the mould with Euro banking deals

    29-Mar-2007

    Linklaters has scored two deals on groundbreaking covenant-lite transactions in Europe.

  • Linklaters secures HG Capital buyout role

    26-Mar-2007

    Linklaters' burgeoning private equity team may not have Weil Gotshal & Manges' Mike Francies on board, but it did land an instruction from shared client HG Capital. HG Capital led a £91m management buyout of Computer Software Group, advised by

  • Linklaters tops 2007 IPO chart

    30-Mar-2007

    Linklaters has been ranked first in a global survey of IPO transactions for the first quarter (Q1) of 2007.

  • Linklaters tops Q1 M&A rankings

    26-Mar-2007

    Linklaters has overtaken Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to become Europe’s top M&A firm so far this year, according to the latest research announced today by Mergermarket.

  • London's smaller firms fall behind the regions

    26-Mar-2007

    Partners at small law firms in London and the South East are being outperformed by those in the Eastern, East Midlands and Yorkshire and North East regions, a new Law Society survey has found.

  • MAB's five-lawyer haul sees City office grow by three

    26-Mar-2007

    South East firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) has hired five new partners, with three joining the City office it opened in late 2005.

  • Management team buys out Forster Dean

    26-Mar-2007

    North West personal injury firm Forster Dean has undergone a management buyout.

  • More woe for McGrigors as Pinsents poaches four

    26-Mar-2007

    Pinsent Masons has rocked McGrigors’ London office with the hire of national IP/IT head Catrin Turner and her team of three associates.

  • Morgan Lewis eyes London expansion

    26-Mar-2007

    Philadelphia-headquartered Morgan Lewis & Bockius is launching an ambitious growth plan for its 32-lawyer London office.

  • Nabarro elects seven to partnership

    27-Mar-2007

    Nabarro has elected seven associates to partnership, the biggest number in two years, which brings the firm’s total to 127.

  • No more exam excuses to avoid Pro Bono Week as organisers shift date

    26-Mar-2007

    A campaign to raise awareness of pro bono in the UK has succeeded in one of its key aims - moving National Pro Bono Week (NPBW) from June to November.

  • No promotion commotion at Slaughters

    27-Mar-2007

  • Nomura GC retires as bank moves into Russia

    26-Mar-2007

    Nomura general counsel Terence Kyle is retiring this week after three years in the role. But no successor to Kyle has been named.

  • Ogier joins influx of offshore law firms into Dubai

    26-Mar-2007

    Ogier is the latest offshore firm to announce a plan to establish an office in Dubai.

  • Olswang lures Taylor Wessing partner

    26-Mar-2007

    Taylor Wessing partner Richard Clifton joined Olswang as a partner in the private equity team last week (19 March). Clifton, who specialises in technology, media and telecommunications, real estate and general corporate work had been a partner at Taylor Wessing since 2002. Clifton acted for the management and acquisition ...

  • Pay (and biscuits) come top of Freshfields assistants' wish list

    26-Mar-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s London associates told chief executive Ted Burke that career development and remuneration were foremost in their thoughts at the magic circle firm’s first-ever associate away-day last Friday (23 March).

  • Qualify treat

    26-Mar-2007

    Qualifying investor funds look set to take the Irish financial markets by storm, says Patricia Taylor

  • 'Rebel' without applause

    26-Mar-2007

    Tulkinghorn has heard that White & Case has had many bemused US lawyers walking around its London office since litigation partner John Reynolds joined five months ago.

  • Reid Minty set for Ukraine opening

    26-Mar-2007

    London-based Reid Minty has announced the launch of a new office in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. The firm, which employs Russian, Ukrainian and Armenian-speaking solicitors, made the move as part of its strategic plan to increase the scope of its services in this area. The launch of the overseas marketing arm in Kiev, which will be called Reid Minty International, was led by increased Anglo-Ukrainian business activity. Managing partner at Reid Minty Nick Neoclous said some of the firm's ...

  • Roman-ticizing

    26-Mar-2007

    Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson is becoming something of a regular favourite of Tulkinghorn's. This week he was impressed by senior partner Roger Blears, who like Tulkinghorn himself is a leader of men. Blears has started a blog for the firm's lawyers as a window unto greatness.

  • Sharia flaw

    26-Mar-2007

    Apparently Conyers Dill is trying to get into Islamic finance. The firm is organising a seminar and has sent out invitations to clients, financial institutions and Islamic scholars.The event? A champagne reception.

  • SJ Berwin helps thousands lose the pounds

    30-Mar-2007

    If you were one of the 400,000 people who didn’t get paidtoday, blame SJ Berwin.

  • Slaughters' allies team up for Endesa bid

    28-Mar-2007

    The founding partners of European best friends Uría Menéndez and Bonelli Erede Pappalardo have been thrown together on the fight for Spanish utility Endesa.

  • Slaughters lands BOC Edwards sale despite parent's panel snub

    26-Mar-2007

    Despite being knocked off Linde Group's panel of legal advisers, Slaughter and May has advised BOC Edwards, a Linde subsidiary, on its acquisition by CCMP Capital.

  • Slaughters promotes five, two in finance

    27-Mar-2007

    Slaughter and May has elected five associates to its partnership.

  • Slaughters sides with Taylor Woodrow for £5bn mega-merger

    26-Mar-2007

    Slaughter and May had to decide to back Taylor Woodrow rather than George Wimpey in the £5bn merger announced today between the two housebuilders.

  • Software augurs hard decisions

    26-Mar-2007

    It's been a busy few weeks for IP in the UK courts, particularly regarding the tricky issue of software patents. The UK Patent Office has taken a strong stance against awarding patents to inventions with a software element, but ambiguity in the law has led to more litigation over these decisions.

  • Special friends

    26-Mar-2007

    The Irish government is committed to providing a market-friendly regime for special purpose vehicles. By Conor Hurley and Alan Heuston

  • Stephenson Harwood hikes oil and gas team

    26-Mar-2007

    Stephenson Harwood has boosted its energy practice with the hire of senior associate Marc Hammerson from Vinson & Elkins.

  • Taylor Wessing in Paris Jones Day finance raid

    30-Mar-2007

    Taylor Wessing has raided the Paris office of Jones Day for a real estate finance lawyer to head its French finance practice.

  • 'Tesco law' will take over if law firms don't shape up

    26-Mar-2007

    The legal landscape is changing, but a large number of lawyers do not even seem to have noticed. Discussions around the Legal Services Bill, which is making its way through Parliament, have focused almost exclusively on the minutiae of regulation and have largely failed to look at the big picture of what the industry will look like in 20 ...

  • Textual dealing

    26-Mar-2007

    The lowering of standards in the legal market is the issue du jour in certain circles, ever since Sir David Clementi opened the door to the Co-op and the AA and other oiks to start playing at being proper lawyers.

  • The latest squeeze

    26-Mar-2007

    A lower squeeze-out threshold has helped make Ireland a takeover hotspot and has boosted numbers on the Irish Enterprise Exchange. By Justin McKenna

  • The work-life quiz with Peter Crisp

    26-Mar-2007

    What was your first-ever job?Delivering the post at Christmas for the Royal Mail.

  • Travers cleans up on second MBO in two days

    28-Mar-2007

    Addleshaw Goddard, Travers Smith and DLA Piper have grabbed the lead roles on the £500m management buyout of cleaning and maintenance company Enterprise.

  • Trowers boosts Binladin Group ties with Saudi civil aviation first

    26-Mar-2007

    Trowers & Hamlins is advising construction giant the Saudi Binladin Group on a $300m (£153.37m) deal to rebuild Saudi Arabia’s Hajj Terminal Complex, the air passenger terminal built for religious pilgrims.

  • UK associates set for promotions bonanza

    26-Mar-2007

    Clifford Chance and Linklaters retain their positions as the largest promoters of associates to the partnership, but DLA ...

  • Web week

    26-Mar-2007

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com.

  • Weil's Austin head quits for local boutique

    27-Mar-2007

    US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges has lost the head of its Supreme Court and appellate litigation group who founded the firm’s Austin office.

  • White & Case PEP bonanza augurs 20 per cent profit hike

    26-Mar-2007

    White & Case PEP bonanza augurs 20 per cent profit hike" /The London office of White & Case is predicting another year of double-digit growth for 2007, on top of posting a massive 67 per cent hike in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for 2006.

  • Wragges promotes two in latest round

    28-Mar-2007

    Birmingham-based Wragge & Co will promote two associates to the partnership this year.

  • Zoo forced to apologise over Koo Stark porn jibe

    26-Mar-2007

    Media law firm Carter-Ruck won actress Koo Stark an apology she sought from Zoo magazine after it published an article alleging that she had been a porn star.