27 January 2003

The Lawyer

  • A&O scoops first deal for Ciber UK

    27-Jan-2003

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is about to complete its first deal for new US client Ciber Inc. The firm is advising the Colorado-based company on a recommended cash offer to take over ECsoft Group for £34m.Corporate partner Richard Hough, who led the deal, said that A&O was recommended to Ciber by one of the firm's existing European clients.New York Stock Exchange-listed Ciber is an international systems integration consultancy to both the private ...

  • A&O’s Spitalfields headache risks second judicial review

    27-Jan-2003

    The site of Allen & Overy’s (A&O) new Spitalfields headquarters could face a second judicial review in one of the most protracted planning disputes the City has ever seen

  • AAR in talks to stop partners sitting on boards

    27-Jan-2003

    Allens Arthur Robinson, Australia's largest firm, is reviewing whether it will continue to let its partners sit on company boards

  • ADR Chambers bags Gibraltar in international offensive

    27-Jan-2003

    Taunton-based ADR Chambers has linked up with Gibraltar firm Cruz & Co as its efforts continue to establish offices in an array of other jurisdictions worldwide

  • Bar Council chair slams top-up fees

    29-Jan-2003

    Matthias Kelly fears Education White Paper "will keep the poor out of the law"

  • Bevan Ashford profits from Morgan Cole exodus

    27-Jan-2003

    Morgan Cole is continuing to haemorrhage partners, suffering its latest loss to Bevan Ashford

  • Bircham Dyson Bell appoints new chairman

    27-Jan-2003

    Westminster firm Bircham Dyson Bell has appointed private client partner Michael Wood as chairman of its executive committee, following the decision of former chairman Nicholas Brown to step down. Wood has been with the firm for 30 years, and has been on the executive committee for the past 18 months.

  • Bircham Dyson Bell ditches investment arm

    31-Jan-2003

    Closure blamed on changes in investment and regulatory environment

  • Brobeck faces collapse after merger bid fails

    31-Jan-2003

    Breakdown of talks with fellow US firm Morgan Lewis leaves Brobeck on verge of dissolution

  • Burges Salmon challenges farmers' £5m action

    27-Jan-2003

    The £5m negligence claim brought by 34 dairy farmers against Burges Salmon is due to be heard next month

  • Cadwalader partner picked for US commission

    27-Jan-2003

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft will be sharing one of its partners with the US Sentencing Commission for a term of six years. US president George Bush has announced his intention to nominate Michael Horowitz, a litigation partner in the firm’s Washington office, for a place on the seven-person body. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 21 January

  • Cadwalader slammed over Colt mishandling

    27-Jan-2003

    High Court judge rules 'no substance whatever' to telecom administration case

  • Catch you if we can

    27-Jan-2003

    this week's award for inn-ovative marketing goes to Bircham Dyson Bell. One of The Lawyer's hacks was rather bewildered to receive a black-and-white photo of a bearded gentlemen, which by her phenomenal powers of deduction she assumed to be a lawyer. But there was no documentation to give any information about this man, aside from the address on the envelope.Slightly unsure ...

  • CC partner speaks out against death row

    27-Jan-2003

    A senior Clifford Chance partner acting for Jackie Elliott, the UK-born man facing death by lethal injection in Texas next week, has criticised the justice system in the US state

  • Cisco Kid

    27-Jan-2003

    Cisco toughened up as a reaction to the tech sector's inclemency, and as Steve Hoare reports, it would appear to be paying off.

  • Citigroup poaches new general counsel

    27-Jan-2003

    Citigroup has poached Nationwide's chief strategic officer and former Wilmer Cutler & Pickering chief executive Michael Helfer to be its new general counsel

  • Corbett quits St Philips for London

    27-Jan-2003

    Silk leaves Birmingham for Serle Court

  • Corporate deals round-up

    27-Jan-2003

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Martin Taylor) advised the Rank Group on its acquisition of Blue Square, one of the UK's leading telebetting and internet betting business, for £65m. Blue Square advised by Macfarlanes.Addleshaw Booth & Co (Darryl Cooke, Simon Pilling) advised ...

  • CPS News takes blind alley

    27-Jan-2003

    Tulkinghorn's counterpart on Lawyer 2B, the Snail, has lately been enjoying a good chuckle over his favourite read, the snappily titled Crown Prosecution Service News (CPS News).In the latest issue of Lawyer 2B, in stores from today, the Snail commended CPS News for its outstanding sensitivity during a recent interview with a CPS employee.As part of an in-depth feature into visually-impaired people, the CPS News picked Shirley Grizedale, a blind typist in ...

  • De Brauw dumped by top client KLM

    29-Jan-2003

    Dutch airline terminates De Brauw's 'house lawyer' role over Alitalia advice

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - NATIONAL AIR TRAFFIC SERVICES

    27-Jan-2003

    BLP advises on NATS' £100m lease for new headquarters

  • Dechert gets its wise guy

    27-Jan-2003

    The legal profession is abundant with 'am-dram' talent, but Dechert seems to be taking things even further.The firm has just hired litigator Edward McDonald, the man who shared the screen with Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci in Martin Scorcese's classic crime drama GoodFellas.As all good film buffs will know, McDonald played himself in the film, as head of ...

  • Dentons bolsters litigation in Hong Kong

    30-Jan-2003

    Four hires coincide with firm's review of international network

  • DLA hires for Scottish tech push

    27-Jan-2003

    DLA has launched a Scottish telecoms, media and communications (TMC) practice, with the hire of McGrigor Donald technology and intellectual property (IP) specialist John McKinlay

  • Enron report pulls up Linklaters, Shearman

    27-Jan-2003

    Linklaters is understood to be among a number of firms whose roles in the Enron affair have been questioned in a confidential report filed with a US court last week

  • EU concerns rise over cartel conflicts

    27-Jan-2003

    The Competition Commission's new guaranteed immunity procedure for cartel members is already bearing fruit, with 17 companies currently acting as informants, according to a senior commission source

  • Eversheds gets curried

    28-Jan-2003

    National firm appoints former European official Jim Currie as consultant

  • Eversheds' Italian alliance gets boost as Piergrossi merges with Benvenuto

    27-Jan-2003

    Eversheds' associated Italian law firm Piergrossi Villa Bianchini-Riccardi has merged with Benvenuto Barozzi Scherini

  • Exercising restraint

    27-Jan-2003

    A landmark ruling in the Cayman Islands has shown the extent to which the Proceeds of Criminal Conduct Law can reimburse victims of crime. Diarmad Murray reports

  • Freshfields ups stakes on German leverage

    27-Jan-2003

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer intends to push up its leverage ratios in Germany to as high as 1:3 in the next few years, putting clear water between the Anglo-German firm and Germany's remaining independent law firms.Although Freshfields will be more highly leveraged than German rivals, the firms' planned rate is half what some Anglo-German firms privately ...

  • Govt to review court policy on competition law issues

    27-Jan-2003

    The government is reviewing how the court system deals with competition issues, but is unlikely to go for a dedicated competition court - the solution favoured by some members of the judiciary

  • Hale and Dorr saves Brobeck European joint venture

    31-Jan-2003

    Brobeck Hale and Dorr to be taken over by Boston-based firm

  • Halliwell Landau in fitness drive

    27-Jan-2003

    London office signs up Holmes Place senior legal counsel

  • Harrison Clark poaches new employment head

    29-Jan-2003

    George Green & Co's employment head jumps ship to bolster Harrison Clark

  • Hide and seek

    27-Jan-2003

    The swath of regulations introduced post Enron and WorldCom have yet to show any substantial improvement in finding embezzled money. Alan Gough reports

  • HIH denies wrongdoing over Blake payment

    27-Jan-2003

    As the HIH scandal continues to unfold before the royal commission, former finance manager Bill Howard has denied he knew about the company's imminent collapse when he made payouts to advisers in the insurance giant's final days

  • Hong Kong proves a graveyard for Camerons and Dewey Ballantine

    27-Jan-2003

    Dewey closes door on Hong Kong; US firms suffer from lack of dual capability; UK firms await fruition of Chinese promise

  • I wanna work for common people

    27-Jan-2003

    Lawyers at Ashurst Morris Crisp have the satisfaction of beating rivals at Allen & Overy to win Morrisons' bid for Safeway; but did they realise when they auditioned for the role that they would have to work with such common people?For the firm whose recruitment mantra is rumoured to be 'You don't have to be posh and thick to work here, but it helps' rubbing shoulders ...

  • Latham grabs SEC man for securities push

    29-Jan-2003

    WorldCom investigator William Baker to join Washington office

  • Law Centres at risk as funding slashed

    29-Jan-2003

    Central London, Hammersmith and Fulham, North Kensington and Paddington could all lose Law Centres

  • Law firms gorge on Safeway bidders

    27-Jan-2003

    As the battle for Safeway continued to hot up last week, conflicts paved the way for further law firms to get a piece of the action

  • Lindahls ramps up with double hire

    27-Jan-2003

    Swedish firm Lindahl has recruited the head of legal from client ABB Financial Services and has hired EU partner Eva-Maj Mühlenbock from the ruins of Ernst & Young's Swedish firm EY Law

  • Linklaters overhauls top real estate jobs

    29-Jan-2003

    Patrick Plant appointed global head; new position created in Europe

  • Linklaters recamps partner to Bangkok

    27-Jan-2003

    Hong Kong-based Linklaters partner Peter Treacy has moved to the firm’s Bangkok office. The move coincides with CMS Cameron McKenna’s decision to significantly downsize its presence in China and comes at a time when firms are reviewing their strategies in the region. Treacy joins fellow partner Wilailuk Okanurak ...

  • Linklaters' Terence Kyle to retire from the law

    27-Jan-2003

    Terence Kyle, Linklaters' managing partner for the Americas, is set to retire

  • Markland quits Freshfields

    27-Jan-2003

    Perry Noble to replace Ruth Markland as Asia managing partner

  • Morgan Cole takes on rival's Assembly seat

    27-Jan-2003

    Morgan Cole has scooped an exclusive three-year contract with the Welsh National Assembly from under the nose of existing adviser Eversheds

  • Mr Softy?

    27-Jan-2003

    Once seen as a popular groundbreaker, how did Lord Woolf turn into a vilified protector of criminals? Jon Robins investigates the media furore surrounding the Lord Chief Justice's controversial views on the sentencing of burglars

  • New London chambers opens its doors in April

    27-Jan-2003

    A new set, Sterling Chambers, is due to launch in April, specialising in blue-chip and white collar immigration

  • O’Melveny hires Hunton & Williams counsel

    27-Jan-2003

    O’Melveny & Myers is making the most of the battered telecoms sector by setting up a specialist regulatory group. James Young, former general counsel at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon Communications) and of counsel at Hunton & Williams, will be moving to O’Melveny as a partner. Kimberley Newman is also joining from Hunton & Williams, where she was a partner specialising in regulation and antitrust. Both will be joining O’Melveny’s Washington office. First ...

  • Ogier launches office in London

    27-Jan-2003

    The Channel Islands' legal and corporate services provider, the Ogier Group, will launch a London office in April staffed with newcomers that have been cherry-picked from London and Jersey

  • Olsens accused of overcharging £75k

    27-Jan-2003

    Jersey law firm denies overbilling Parish of St Helier for publicly funded work

  • Opinion

    27-Jan-2003

    There has been much media speculation about the recent decline in corporate work forcing some law firms to let staff go. For the first time in years, the prospect of redundancy is an issue for partners, as well as assistants and support staff

  • Overbilling barristers tackled by Bar Council

    27-Jan-2003

    The Bar Council is reviewing whether barristers are guilty of serious misconduct by overclaiming in publicly funded cases

  • Piper Rudnick gains Boston presence

    27-Jan-2003

    Piper Rudnick has cracked the Boston market after taking on 33 lawyers from the recently dissolved Hill & Barlow to open an office in the region. The hires, including 17 partners, build up its real estate, litigation and energy groups. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 21 January

  • Pitmans

    27-Jan-2003

    The hire of a GLA in-houser declares Pitmans plans for expansion

  • Provincial firms are the toast of Cafcass

    27-Jan-2003

    Beachcroft Wans-broughs and Exeter firm Michelmores have beaten off national competition to take places on the panel of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass)

  • Rhodes to nowhere

    27-Jan-2003

    Which amorous managing partner has been forced to employ a male secretary after being barred from using female PAs?Warning - some lawyers may find this next piece of information upsetting.According to reports, City Rhodes, that bastion of Square Mile gluttony, is set to close in the Summer. Apparently Sodexho, the French catering company that went into partnership with spikey-haired TV poppet Gary Rhodes, are parting ways. So far the Manchester restaurant has ...

  • Richards Butler ace leaves to go it alone

    27-Jan-2003

    A key Richards Butler shipping partner who acted in the well known Koch Shipping case will leave the firm this week to launch his own niche shipping litigation practice

  • Rollits wins lawyer from Addleshaws

    27-Jan-2003

    Hull and York-based firm Rollits has hired Caroline Hedges of Addleshaw Booth & Co’s Leeds office as a partner in its private client department. Hedges advises numerous substantial trusts and wealthy families on all aspects of estate and tax planning.

  • Safeway-mania hits M&A as six bidders go head-to-head

    27-Jan-2003

    Dearbail Jordan on how the Takeover Panel will respond to this remarkable supermarket sell-off

  • SEC backs down over 'noisy withdrawal' rule

    27-Jan-2003

    Pressure from international legal community forces U-turn on Sarbannes-Oxley

  • Sidley handles UK CDO for CIBC World Markets

    27-Jan-2003

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has closed its first UK structured finance deal with CIBC World Markets. The company was joint arranger with longstanding Sidley client Merrill Lynch on a €180m (£119.3m) collateralised debt obligation (CDO) for AIG-MezzVest.Sidley won a competitive tender for the work, which came from contacts that UK partner Sarah Smith made during a period ...

  • Skadden Arps suffers double partner defection to Kirkland

    27-Jan-2003

    New York's Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has lost two capital markets partners, including the former head of its Hong Kong office, to Kirkland & Ellis

  • Solicitor wins libel against The Mail on Sunday

    27-Jan-2003

    Maria Fernandes (left), solicitor and wife of Labour politician Keith Vaz, last week won her second libel action against The Mail on Sunday. The newspaper alleged in June 2001 that Fernandes, principal of Fernandes Vaz solicitors, had used her contacts with senior immigration officials to bypass the procedures for the regulation of UK passport applications to enable a Venezuelan client facing a criminal prosecution for fraud to obtain a passport. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/ ...

  • Sonnenschein raids LeBoeuf team

    29-Jan-2003

    Four regulatory partners join Sonnenschein's San Francisco push

  • Sotheby's capture provides Withers with artistic talent

    27-Jan-2003

    Withers has hired the former co-head of legal at Sotheby's to launch a new service for public and private art collectors

  • Speechly Bircham takes on employment lawyer

    27-Jan-2003

    Speechly Bircham’s employment group has hired Noel Deans, formerly a partner at Landwell. Before joining Landwell, Dean managed the employment team at Goodman Derrick.

  • Thank heaven for little secretaries

    27-Jan-2003

    Seminars, brochures, those website thingies… In Tulkinghorn's day, 'marketing' meant a day at the races followed by a bottle of whisky; but apparently this new stuff is what clients like these days. Not so law firms. When they are being marketed to, a new theory goes, they want nothing more than to be shown pictures of babies. Or at least that's what Legal Linx, provider of temporary legal secretaries, would have us believe.They may, of course, be ...

  • That Slaughter guy

    27-Jan-2003

    Slaughters competition veteran Malcolm Nicholson is as unique as the firm he works for. And as Helen Power reports, it certainly hasn't done him any harm

  • That's the spirit

    27-Jan-2003

    Who says that equality is still a problem in the City? The Suffragettes didn't chain themselves to the railings outside Buckingham Palace for nothing - as one delightful magic circle partner proved.The gentleman, who shall remain nameless, had bought a share in a whisky distillery and was full of excitement when the first casks of fire water emerged. As a little treat, Mr Moonshine decided to bring a few bottles into work - some for the male partners and some for the ...

  • The Douglases and OK! v Hello!: the photo finish

    27-Jan-2003

    Will the Hollywood stars force the Government to change privacy laws? Naomi Rovnick reports

  • The Leader Column

    27-Jan-2003

    Woah! That must hurt. Cadwal-ader's dressing down at the hands of Mr Justice Jacob was not so much a bruising, rather more a steel toe-capped kick in the holiest of holies. Did Cadwalader and its client, the hedge fund Highberry, really think it could put Colt Telecom into administration? Reading the judgment, it seems crazy they even tried.The firm must have thought there was a ghost of a chance or it wouldn't have made the move. There are numerous examples of ...

  • The professionals

    27-Jan-2003

    Professional funds are always on the lookout for tax-friendly environments, and as Adrian Odell reports, Jersey is poised to benefit

  • The two-year itch

    27-Jan-2003

    Guernsey's Employment Protection Law gives more rights to workers who have been continuously employed for two years, but there are still creases to be ironed out. Robert Shepherd reports

  • Theodores' paranoia extends to partners' own phones

    27-Jan-2003

    Theodore Goddard has stepped up its partner surveillance by asking all partners for itemised bills for home and personal mobile telephones

  • Thiéffry partner quits for Haarmann in Shanghai

    27-Jan-2003

    German firm Haarmann Hemmelrath has strengthened its Shanghai office by recruiting Bruno Lefebure, a partner from Paris-based Thiéffry & Associés. Lefebure managed Thiéffry’s Shanghai office for two years until 2002. He specialises in French and European investment in China and joined Haarmann as an associated partner on 1 January. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 22 January

  • Too high to pry

    27-Jan-2003

    The conspiracy culture at Theodore Goddard - the firm that The Lawyer revealed last month had hired private investigators to spy on partners who may be leaking information about potential merger suitors, is getting out of control.While no one has yet asked for a public flogging on Aldersgate Street, partners are waiting with baited breath to find out who the culprit is.Tulkinghorn understands that the latest theory doing the rounds among the partnership is that ...

  • Treasure island

    27-Jan-2003

    Bermuda has always been a step ahead on regulatory standards, but despite stringent rules, the island remains a haven in today's tough economic climate. Warren Cabral reports

  • Twelve-year anomaly in Guernsey law overturned

    27-Jan-2003

    A bizarre anomaly in Guernsey in which winning parties' costs awards were linked to fixed rates set 12 years ago has been removed

  • US firms clamour for role in Conseco Chapter 11 filing

    27-Jan-2003

    US law firms have swooped on the $6.5bn (£4bn) bankruptcy of US financial services company Conseco, the third largest Chapter 11 ever to be filed, after Enron and WorldCom.Kirkland & Ellis has taken the lead role as counsel to Conseco, with high-profile Chicago bankruptcy expert James Sprayregen leading the team.Davis Polk & Wardwell, acting for the lead unsecured creditor Bank of America, and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, acting for ...

  • Viberts partners rail against dishonesty charge

    27-Jan-2003

    The Head of the Jersey Bar, the Bâtonnier, has made a representation to the Royal Court alleging that two Viberts partners, including the firm's managing partner and assistant Bâtonnier Rose Colley, misused client funds

  • Wembley final for football shirt price-riggers

    27-Jan-2003

    In a significant U-turn, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has agreed to hold a joint oral hearing as part of its high-profile inquiry into football shirt price-rigging

  • Winston merger opens up San Fran

    27-Jan-2003

    Chicago's Winston & Strawn has acquired a San Francisco office and boosted its restructuring coverage after merging with Murphy Sheneman Julian & Rogers