26 November 2001

The Lawyer

  • A striking match

    26-Nov-2001

    Mergers can cause tension in the ranks, but the marriage of Oppenhoff and Linklaters, assures senior partner Rudolf Cölle, is a happy one

  • A taxing time

    26-Nov-2001

    Freeserve's general council David Melville knows that his company is not getting a fair deal when it comes to UK taxes, and he is not going to take it lying down. Naomi Rovnick reports

  • Addleshaws partner departs to join client

    26-Nov-2001

    Top biller Wheldon unites with kitchen multi-millionaire client Malcolm Healey

  • AutoLogic appoints new general counsel

    26-Nov-2001

    Automotive logistics company AutoLogic has appointed Colin Armstrong as general counsel and company secretary.

  • B&M triumphs in Levi's-Tesco at European Court

    26-Nov-2001

    Linklaters, Macfarlanes, Nabarro Nathanson and H20 all with major roles on key parallel imports case

  • BLP takes on Borough of Southwark £30m IT deal

    26-Nov-2001

    Berwin Leighton Paisner's (BLP) IT outsourcing team has scooped another e-Government contract. The firm was instructed by the London Borough of Southwark to advise on a £30m contract with ITNET.Head of IT outsourcing Amanda Lewis led the BLP team. ITNET, represented by Victoria Roche from its in-house legal department, will provide the borough with information communications technology ...

  • BMA recruits new head of legal from hotel group

    26-Nov-2001

    The British Medical Association (BMA) has appointed a new head of legal.

  • Brief encounter: WILSONS

    26-Nov-2001

    Wilsons knows that success comes from sticking to what you know

  • CBA seeks approval from insurers for CFA redraft

    26-Nov-2001

    The Chancery Bar Association (CBA) is looking for approval from barristers' insurers for its redrafting of the terms governing conditional fee agreements (CFAs).

  • CC fails to reach targets despite increased turnover

    26-Nov-2001

    Clifford Chance has missed budget for the first six months of this year, but has still recorded a turnover figure well up on last year's.

  • Charles Russell partner takes property clients to Bates Wells

    26-Nov-2001

    Bates Wells & Braithwaite has hired a new property partner from Charles Russell, gaining clients that include development companies Thistle Land and HBG Properties.

  • Comment

    26-Nov-2001

    While the downturn in the economy may mean the culling of a growing number of corporate deals, the corporate techniques themselves are being hijacked by companies to deal with debt.I am, of course, referring to outsourcing. Take Dublin-based computer manufacturer Gateway - which has just signed a deal with Dublin-based multinational firm ClientLogic - agreeing to outsource both its assets and its services. In September, the computer giant announced that it was closing all its ...

  • Cravath and Skadden Arps pay out reduced bonuses

    26-Nov-2001

    New York giants Cravath Swaine & Moore and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have announced bonuses way down on last year's.

  • Crystal clear?

    26-Nov-2001

    One of Tulkinghorn's scouts was a little bit confused by Linklaters partner Peter King during a recent press trip to Frankfurt. King was telling said scout that he lived in Frankfurt during the week and returned home to London at weekends, adding that his location made it easier for him to return to Gatwick rather than Heathrow. Out of politeness, the scout asked where King called home in London. ...

  • Davies Lavery starts collective 'no win, no fee'

    26-Nov-2001

    Davies Lavery has broken new ground with a collective conditional fees agreement (CCFA) service.

  • Deal of the week - STANNIFER

    26-Nov-2001

    Andersen Legal completes £235m Stannifer acquisition

  • Deals summary

    26-Nov-2001

    Gouldens (William Oliver, Dominique Spurr, Andres Gumpert) advised Woodbridge House, Masons' City office building, on its £26.1m refinancing. The syndicated loan was provided by Münchener Hypothekenbank and Westfälische Hypothekenbank, advised by Lawrence Graham (Nick Turner, Karen Royal).Lovells (Andrew Sanders) advised Threadneedle Property Investments working ...

  • Deals summary

    26-Nov-2001

    Travers Smith Braithwaite (Spencer Summerfield, Tom Purton) acted for NTL on the disposal of part of its indirect access telephoney business to npower for £17.7m. Osborne Clarke acted for npower.Weil ...

  • Deals summary

    26-Nov-2001

    Allen & Overy (Calvin Walker) advised the mandated lead arrangers on the $570m (£401.79m) project financing of the power and water project Ras Laffan Power Company in Qatar. Shearman & Sterling advised Ras Laffan.Linklaters

  • DLA hires aviation partner from niche rival

    26-Nov-2001

    DLA's City office has taken on an aviation partner from niche aviation firm Beaumont and Son.

  • Don't judge me

    26-Nov-2001

    Forthright and critical of Government, David Pannick QC nevertheless remains its darling. Matheu Swallow talks to the Corrie fan who views his job as 'entertaining himself'

  • Dundas aids Scottish Radio on Irish move

    26-Nov-2001

    Andersen Legal member Dundas & Wilson has advised Scottish Radio Holdings (SRH) on its £36m bid for Radio Ireland, the country's largest commercial radio station.The Dundas & Wilson team, led by corporate partner Graham Sibbalt, included head of corporate David Hardie and infrastructure partner David McGowan. The firm instructed Ken Casey of leading Dublin firm

  • Eversheds advises Opus Land on joint venture with GE Capital

    26-Nov-2001

    Eversheds in Leeds has gained Opus Land as a new client, which is part of Palmer Capital Partners (PCP).A venture capital house, PCP invests and takes a share in property development companies. There are six such companies in the PCP stable, one of which is Opus Land, which has just launched a joint venture with GE Capital. The Leeds office of Eversheds acted for Opus/PCP in the setting up of the ...

  • Eversheds loses key staff to thriving Ward Hadaway

    26-Nov-2001

    Ward Hadaway has raided Eversheds for a number of new appointments to boost its construction and property departments.

  • Female lawyers are top on stress scale

    26-Nov-2001

    Female lawyers are more stressed than their male counterparts, enjoy less leisure hours and value time over money, a survey conducted by Barclays Private Clients has revealed.

  • German takeover bill in new U-turn

    26-Nov-2001

    In a last minute change to the German Takeover Bill, shareholders have lost their power to decide on how to deal with hostile takeover bids.

  • Howard Kennedy to gain in travel sector slump

    26-Nov-2001

    Howard Kennedy is set to benefit from the travel sector downturn.

  • Jones Day takes top spot in client popularity survey

    26-Nov-2001

    Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has come out top in a survey of what clients think of their US law firms.

  • Landwell scoops IT partner and clients from Tarlo Lyons

    26-Nov-2001

    Tarlo Lyons has lost an IT partner, who brought three major banking clients into the firm, to Pricewater-houseCoopers' affiliated law firm Landwell.

  • Law of the locale

    26-Nov-2001

    Local government law and practice has been the subject of much litigation over the last few months. Padraig O'Briain examines some of the more important cases that have come up

  • Legal Widow

    26-Nov-2001

    Subjudice picked an extraordinary time to ask for her first mobile phone - just three days after a girl at her school was mugged for her Nokia. There she was at the bus stop, dreaming of how to make Destiny's Child outfits with a pair of scissors and a can of glitter spray, when three older girls, allegedly from the local comp, did her over. Scandal in the school, much comparing of tariffs, concluding that Pay as You Go was the best for damage limitation in such a crisis.Naturally, ...

  • Linklaters boosts Hong Kong with City partner

    26-Nov-2001

    Linklaters & Alliance has bolstered its corporate department in Hong Kong with M&A partner Teresa Ma transferring from the London office.

  • Message in a bottle

    26-Nov-2001

    The new economy seems to have passed Tulkinghorn by. Just as he and Mrs Tulkinghorn were learning to send electronic messages, he is now told that, as a profit-making venture, this new technology has had its day. It therefore comes as no surprise, Tulkinghorn supposes, that e-commerce firm McNeive has supplemented its business of offering legal services to internet companies with what they must really need: a good drink. A clever diversification, in Tulkinghorn's eyes.McNeive ...

  • Microsoft secures new vice president

    26-Nov-2001

    Microsoft's general counsel and executive vice-president is stepping down after 22 years now that the company's antitrust problems are drawing to an end.

  • Nabarros suffers a double partner loss

    26-Nov-2001

    Planning partner quits and may leave the law; construction left short by partner loss

  • New threat for A&O HQ

    26-Nov-2001

    Lawyers acting for Spitalfields resident Jackie Remfry are launching judicial review proceedings against the developer of the scheme tipped for Allen & Overy's new headquarters.

  • News in brief

    26-Nov-2001

    A round up of stories from the UK and around the world

  • Norton Rose aims high with Hong Kong and Frankfurt appointments

    26-Nov-2001

    Norton Rose is preparing to launch with a bang in Hong Kong and is keeping up the pace in Frankfurt as it lures two new partners.

  • NWDA picks Mace & Jones for panel

    26-Nov-2001

    Mace & Jones has won a place on the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) panel.

  • Opinion

    26-Nov-2001

    In a recent Leader article, The Lawyer queried the bar's "continued fascination" with chief executives. Viewing such chambers interlopers as a passing phenomenon fails to recognise the benefits of general management to the bar and the vision of many leading sets in seeking to shape the future of their branch of the profession.The early failure of a number of chief executive posts was quickly seized upon by various commentators as evidence of this role's organisational ...

  • Oppenhoff & Rädler hires bank in-houser

    26-Nov-2001

    Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler has taken on a senior in-house lawyer from Commerzbank to head its German securitisation practice.

  • Oppenhoff speeds into Linklaters' UK lockstep

    26-Nov-2001

    German partners finally achieve parity with London as Oppenhoff posts better than expected figures

  • Party off, dudes

    26-Nov-2001

    'Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la la la la la-la la la!' Tulkinghorn is now in the Christmas spirit, able to look out from his perch on to the twinkling Christmas lights of Oxford Street. Already Mrs Tulkinghorn has made the plum pudding and placed her order at the newsagents for her festive issue of the Radio Times. She has also taken to leaving Sunday supplement 'perfect gift' features lying around, with items ringed in red.But it seems not everyone in the ...

  • Rowe & Maw and Mayer Brown & Platt negotiate final hurdles

    26-Nov-2001

    Rowe & Maw and Mayer Brown & Platt negotiating teams have hammered out a deal that will give the London firm a voice within the global organisation.

  • SEC takes on star Cleary Gottlieb partner as directorSEC takes on star Cleary Gottlieb partner as director

    26-Nov-2001

    The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has named a partner from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton as its latest director of corporation finance.

  • Shearman hikes global tax practice with four partners

    26-Nov-2001

    New York's Shearman & Sterling has pulled off a massive coup with four new partners for its international tax practice.

  • Shoosmiths wins partner from rival

    26-Nov-2001

    Regional firm Shoosmiths has taken on a commercial property partner from rival Midlands firm Browne Jacobson.

  • Sidley secures Italian securitisation work

    26-Nov-2001

    The London office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has advised Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund on a huge k1bn (£622.28m) securitisation in Italy.The firm advised the fund, for which it has acted on a number of deals in the past, on the securitisation of Italian non-performing loans.The team was led by London partner and co-head of the international finance practice Graham Penn, assisted ...

  • Slaughters loses demerger client to Baker & McKenzie

    26-Nov-2001

    Baker & McKenzie has scooped a new client from magic circle supremo Slaughter and May.

  • SunGard sidelines Jones Day as A&O nabs EU-Asian work

    26-Nov-2001

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has been nominated as the preferred counsel for global IT company SunGard's EU and Asian work.

  • Tenants help to pay off chambers' loan

    26-Nov-2001

    Ronald Thwaites QC's Ely Place Chambers has established a unique business arrangement as it tries to pay off a loan and buy its freehold.

  • The Leader Column

    26-Nov-2001

    The concern focuses on whether the wording of the FSMA successfully separates transactional legal advice from investment business, leading many to question whether or not - in the usual course of negotiations for clients - they are carrying out investment business. Most argue that they are not, but some are not so sure.Those who believe they might be, and fear the wrath of the FSA, which is keen to exert its new powers, have opted in. These firms, which include

  • The truth, the whole truth…

    26-Nov-2001

    More bad news for Clifford Chance and A&O from the early findings of website rollonfriday's law firm survey. Clifford Chance has been criticised for its "dreadful sandwiches" and for the "shocking bad breath" of some of its partners. Rollonfriday also reports that at least one trainee was forced against her will to join the Christmas choir. A&O comes in for criticism because its bar, apparently ...

  • The wonder years

    26-Nov-2001

    The Human Rights Act has been in force for over a year - but who is monitoring its continuing development? Robin Allen QC argues the case for a national human rights commission

  • Top Universal lawyer takes up with Clintons

    26-Nov-2001

    Lucinda Williams, one of Vivendi Universal's top lawyers and director of legal and business affairs at Universal Pictures, has stepped down to join Clintons, her main external legal adviser.

  • UTC plumps for Edwin Coe as external counsel

    26-Nov-2001

    United Technologies Corporation (UTC) has chosen a small Lincoln's Inn firm as its preferred counsel for the UK.

  • Vinson & Elkins lands top finance partner

    26-Nov-2001

    The London office of Texan firm Vinson & Elkins has raided Baker & McKenzie for one of its top finance partners.

  • Weil Gotshal and Baker Botts score top roles on Enron-Dynegy merger

    26-Nov-2001

    Weil Gotshal & Manges and Baker Botts have taken the lion's share of the legal advice on the $7.8bn (£5.51bn) merger between Enron, the world's largest energy trader, and its rival Dynegy.Enron's core product is a wholesale merchant business for natural gas and power, but it has strayed into a myriad of global energy and commodity investments. Some initiatives, ...

  • White & Case gives aid to Brighton & Hove memorial

    26-Nov-2001

    White & Case is helping a fundraising organisation launched by supporters of Brighton & Hove Albion FC after its founders forgot to register it as a charity.

  • White & Case wins race to relaunch Russian eurobond

    26-Nov-2001

    CC Pünder, Linklaters and Freshfields pipped as Moscow rises from 1998 ashes

  • Woolf cost regimes 'should be scrapped'

    26-Nov-2001

    A special meeting in Northamptonshire hosted by the Civil Justice Council will hear proposals for the scrapping of the costs regime set up by Lord Woolf.

  • Wragges chosen to help BA through downturn

    26-Nov-2001

    Midlands firm gets the nod over Slaughter and May on £1m property portfolio