27 January 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 ...
The site of Allen & Overys (A&O) new Spitalfields headquarters could face a second judicial review in one of the most protracted planning disputes the City has ever seen
Allens Arthur Robinson, Australia's largest firm, is reviewing whether it will continue to let its partners sit on company boards
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
Matthias Kelly fears Education White Paper "will keep the poor out of the law"
Morgan Cole is continuing to haemorrhage partners, suffering its latest loss to Bevan Ashford
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.
Closure blamed on changes in investment and regulatory environment
Breakdown of talks with fellow US firm Morgan Lewis leaves Brobeck on verge of dissolution
The £5m negligence claim brought by 34 dairy farmers against Burges Salmon is due to be heard next month
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 firms Washington office, for a place on the seven-person body. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 21 January
High Court judge rules 'no substance whatever' to telecom administration case
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 ...
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 toughened up as a reaction to the tech sector's inclemency, and as Steve Hoare reports, it would appear to be paying off.
Citigroup has poached Nationwide's chief strategic officer and former Wilmer Cutler & Pickering chief executive Michael Helfer to be its new general counsel
Silk leaves Birmingham for Serle Court
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 ...
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 ...
Dutch airline terminates De Brauw's 'house lawyer' role over Alitalia advice
BLP advises on NATS' £100m lease for new headquarters
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 ...
Four hires coincide with firm's review of international network
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
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
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
National firm appoints former European official Jim Currie as consultant
Eversheds' associated Italian law firm Piergrossi Villa Bianchini-Riccardi has merged with Benvenuto Barozzi Scherini
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 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 ...
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
Brobeck Hale and Dorr to be taken over by Boston-based firm
London office signs up Holmes Place senior legal counsel
Halliwell Landau has instructed Deloitte & Touche to audit its client accounts over an alleged misappropriation of funds carried out by expelled debt collection partner Mark Dennis
George Green & Co's employment head jumps ship to bolster Harrison Clark
The swath of regulations introduced post Enron and WorldCom have yet to show any substantial improvement in finding embezzled money. Alan Gough reports
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
Dewey closes door on Hong Kong; US firms suffer from lack of dual capability; UK firms await fruition of Chinese promise
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 ...
WorldCom investigator William Baker to join Washington office
Central London, Hammersmith and Fulham, North Kensington and Paddington could all lose Law Centres
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
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
Patrick Plant appointed global head; new position created in Europe
Hong Kong-based Linklaters partner Peter Treacy has moved to the firms Bangkok office. The move coincides with CMS Cameron McKennas 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 ...
Terence Kyle, Linklaters' managing partner for the Americas, is set to retire
Perry Noble to replace Ruth Markland as Asia managing partner
Morgan Cole has scooped an exclusive three-year contract with the Welsh National Assembly from under the nose of existing adviser Eversheds
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
A new set, Sterling Chambers, is due to launch in April, specialising in blue-chip and white collar immigration
OMelveny & 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 OMelveny 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 OMelvenys Washington office. First ...
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
Jersey law firm denies overbilling Parish of St Helier for publicly funded work
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
The Bar Council is reviewing whether barristers are guilty of serious misconduct by overclaiming in publicly funded cases
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
The hire of a GLA in-houser declares Pitmans plans for expansion
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)
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 ...
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
Hull and York-based firm Rollits has hired Caroline Hedges of Addleshaw Booth & Cos 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.
Dearbail Jordan on how the Takeover Panel will respond to this remarkable supermarket sell-off
Pressure from international legal community forces U-turn on Sarbannes-Oxley
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 ...
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
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/ ...
Four regulatory partners join Sonnenschein's San Francisco push
Withers has hired the former co-head of legal at Sotheby's to launch a new service for public and private art collectors
Speechly Birchams employment group has hired Noel Deans, formerly a partner at Landwell. Before joining Landwell, Dean managed the employment team at Goodman Derrick.
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 ...
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
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 ...
Will the Hollywood stars force the Government to change privacy laws? Naomi Rovnick reports
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 ...
Professional funds are always on the lookout for tax-friendly environments, and as Adrian Odell reports, Jersey is poised to benefit
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
Theodore Goddard has stepped up its partner surveillance by asking all partners for itemised bills for home and personal mobile telephones
German firm Haarmann Hemmelrath has strengthened its Shanghai office by recruiting Bruno Lefebure, a partner from Paris-based Thiéffry & Associés. Lefebure managed Thiéffrys 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
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 ...
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
A bizarre anomaly in Guernsey in which winning parties' costs awards were linked to fixed rates set 12 years ago has been removed
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 ...
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
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
Chicago's Winston & Strawn has acquired a San Francisco office and boosted its restructuring coverage after merging with Murphy Sheneman Julian & Rogers