27 March 2006
Euronext noses ahead in race for London Stock Exchange
CC cements Aviva ties with Prudential offer mandate
The South West aims to generate 15 per cent of its power from renewable sources by 2010, compared with 3 per cent at present. But planning consent is a bar to progress, says Luke Gabb
Thanks to Kamlesh Samji, a solicitor at Leeds firm Wrigleys, who suggested the following name for Bevan Brittan's new cafe: "A Taste of Brittan".Loving your work Kamlesh, but can anyone beat it?
Allen & Overy has landed the key role of advising Collins Stewart Tullett on its proposed demerger.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has completely overhauled its global management board. Only Amsterdam corporate partner Sietze Hepkema was re-elected.
Slaughter and May has strengthened its corporate ties with Associated British Ports (ABP), with the firm all set to advise ABP on a possible bid by a consortium led by Goldman Sachs.
Addleshaw Goddard has poached well-known Ashurst competition partner Mark Clough QC as part of the firm’s strategy to expand its behavioural and contentious competition practice.
Addleshaw Goddard has found itself the subject of a sexual discrimination claim brought by a construction litigator who claims she was treated unfairly after returning to work following mater-nity leave.
Another week, another takeover for Halliwells. This time the North West's most muscular outfit has done a deal in its own back yard in Manchester, with the absorption of insurance boutique James Chapman.
The increase in EU claimants filing US class actions highlights the need for a consistent legislative framework for compensation claims, say Paul Llewellyn and Colleen Davies
An Australian upstart working in-house took one of Tulkinghorn's scribes to task at a recent social outing and wanted to question our hack's journalistic ability."I listened into my boss's end of your phone conversation," he explained, "and your article covered everything he said exactly, except you didn't mention my name."Well, Barry Saraullo of Constellation Commodities Group, your name is now mentioned. Congratulations.
Typical lawyers. Cast your mind back a few weeks to the exploits of Olympic rowing champion James Crackers and TV presenter Ben Foggy in the 2005 Atlantic Rowing Race. The high-profile pouting pair were the first double-crewed boat to finish in Antigua in January. They appeared to have snagged the title. Sadly, though, they hadn't reckoned on Clifford Chance's risk management head Chris Andrews and ...
Apple Computer is facing a European IP war on two fronts against its profitable iTunes music service.
Bin Shabib & Associates has become the first United Arab Emirates-based law firm to set up shop in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).
Bird & Bird IP office strives to be Lyon king" /Bird & Bird has become the first Anglo-Saxon firm to open in France's second city of Lyon as it integrates new IP hire Yves Bizollon.
Bond Pearce managing partner Victor Tettmar (left) has been formally installed as national president of the Insolvency Lawyers' Association (ILA). Tettmar has taken over from Ken Baird at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and will hold the post for a year. Tettmar is based at Bond Pearce's Bristol ...
Tulkinghorn always suspected that practising law in Russia might be a little bit tricky, but was given an insight into it during a recent meeting with Dimitry Afanasiev, managing partner of Russia's largest firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners.
Burges Salmon has advised on an innovative commercial property Islamic finance product for longstanding client Bristol & West Property Finance.
Clifford Chance litigation partner Simon Davis (right) has been elected as the new president of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA), taking over from Lovells' Graham Huntley. He has been elected for a two-year term following his selection as the LSLA vice-president a year ago. As well as being a member of the LSLA committee, Davis is a Law Society Council member and a member of ...
City real estate practices are extolling the virtues of Chancellor Gordon Brown's Budget, unveiled last Wednesday (22 March), while corporate lawyers are eyeing a series of mouth-watering privatisations.
The French arm of the CMS alliance, CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre, has merged its corporate departments into a single team in order to capitalise on its relationships with international partners CMS Cameron McKenna in the UK and CMS Hasche Sigle in Germany.
Dewey Ballantine has made a bid to resurrect its London office with the hire of capital markets specialist Joseph Marx from White & Case.
Newcastle giant Dickinson Dees has beaten a swathe of City and national firms, including Ashurst and DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, to advise on a major upgrade of the Tyne & Wear Metro system.
Despite the cost, most firms would never forego their annual trip to Cannes. By David Middleton
A trio of East London boroughs has created an innovative shared legal panel to exploit economies of scale and avoid replicating their work. Is this the future of public sector lawyering? Jon Parker investigates
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that national court judgments that conflict with EU law should not be overturned when there is no appeal.
Eversheds and West End firm Hamlins are going head-to-head in a High Court dispute between Bob Marley's record company and Aston 'Familyman' Barrett, the singer's former guitarist, over unpaid royalties.
A former Fox Williams partner has set up an innovative employment practice in Canary Wharf with the aim of acting for companies and partnerships based in the Docklands.
Birmingham-based firm Putsmans has been in an expansionary mood during the past two years, bringing in several new recruits from big Midlands firms.
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the City Disputes Panel signed a cooperative agreement recently in an effort to share resources. The first step was an evening do at the institute's Bloomsbury Square headquarters, attended by a select group of lords, silks, arbitrators... and the odd hack.
A former partner of Farrer & Co is being sued by a woman, who claims the partner advised her negligently over the division of £5m of assets during a divorce.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's former China managing partner Mike Moser has taken a parting shot at the magic circle firm for its failure to build a viable US operation.
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has launched its first dedicated legal training programme in a bid to attract young lawyers who will remain at the regulator over the long term.
Fulbright & Jaworski's London office has bolstered its projects capacity with two high-profile hires from Vinson & Elkins and Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). UK project finance lawyer Christopher Clement-Davis joins from US rival Vinson, where he has spent the past seven years practising in project development and finance, international energy deals, banking, infrastructure and cross-border transactions. Former DWS international managing partner David Moroney joined the firm as of counsel ...
Spain's Garrigues has launched an IP practice in Portugal with the acquisition of Lisbon IP boutique Cabral Cunha Ferreira & Associados.
Juicy BlackBerry harvest reaps $200m in fees
Offshore firm Ozannes is to become the first Guernsey outfit to launch an office in Jersey.
Clarke Willmott has taken over the Birmingham office of Heatons leaving the firm with just three partners and nine lawyers in its Manchester office.
Herbert Smith's litigation department has been effectively passed over for partnership for the second successive year as the firm focuses its promotion strategy on corporate and finance.
The region's property markets are lively but the affordability gap is large and growing. David Powell and Stephen Rosser report
What can newly qualified lawyers do if they don't get their specialism of choice? By Stephen Hockey
Donna Sawyer on the month in Asia
Procopé & Hornborg, one of Finland's oldest firms, has just hired its first UK-qualified partner. In fact, not only is Andrew Cotton Procopé's first UK-qualified solicitor, he is the only one currently practising in Finland.
Halliwells and Manchester's James Chapman & Co are to merge, but the latter firm's headline-grabbing commercial team, including senior partner Maurice Watkins, has split to join Brabners Chaffe Street.
Jones Day has bagged the head of San Francisco-based Heller Ehrmann’s China practice, marking the second major lateral hire for Jones Day’s China offices this year.
Lawyers have expressed concern that the new Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill will give the Government unprecedented powers to make and change UK laws at will.
Linklaters has lost two-thirds of its Madrid-based competition team with two associates leaving to join Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Lovells.
Linklaters has pledged to remould its private equity practice in the wake of the resignation of partners Graham White and Raymond McKeeve.
Weil Gotshal & Manges will face trial in May over a long-running legal malpractice suit relating to allegations that the firm was conflicted during its representation of an unfair competition case.
Initial planning permission for the King's Cross regeneration project, one of the largest such projects in Europe, has seen the culmination of several years' work for the planning departments of City firms Lovells and Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS).
Lovells' Tokyo arm has scooped the lead advisory role on Japan's largest-ever leveraged buyout (LBO).
The Dutch office of Lovells has discontinued its domestic real estate practice in favour of subcontracting the work to a local firm.
Lovells has won a resounding judgment on behalf of Merrill Lynch in the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) this morning (31 March).
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has completed a downsizing of its legal department, cutting the number of lawyers by almost half.
Latham & Watkins has lured Maclay Murray & Spens' private equity partner Graeme Sloan in a massive setback to the Scottish giant's private equity ambitions in London. Sloan, who has been at Maclays for 15 years, is a rising star in private equity circles and appeared in The Hot 100 supplement ...
Avanade is the world's fastest-growing IT consultancy. Director of legal affairs Manoj Paul tells David Middleton how his IT background has helped him progress the company's expansion
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and Slaughter and May have secured the lead roles advising the consortium attempting to take control of ITV with a groundbreaking deal that marks the first of its kind in the UK.
Nabarro Nathanson has added three partners to its Sheffield office, including two rare lateral hires out of City firms to its employment and pensions groups.
Shoosmiths and Fladgate Fielder have finished top of the first-ever league table of diversity in the UK's top 100 law firms, The Lawyer can reveal.
Osborne Clarke London managing partner Tim Birt has been named as the successor to senior partner to Leslie Perrin.
Certain aspects of the revised Transfer of Undertakings Regulations could cost companies dear
The Milan office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker is on the hunt for more office space after nearly trebling in size since launching last May.
South West firm Stephens & Scown has hired James Orpin as a corporate partner in the firm's new Truro office. Orpin joins from Michelmores.
Lawrence Graham duo tackles Mount Kilimanjaro for charity" /Lawrence Graham real estate partners spend the majority of their time sealing high-profile property deals, but give them some spare time and there's no telling what they will get up to.
As Merck fights the case for its controversial rheumatoid arthritis drug Vioxx on both sides of the Atlantic, and with consumers becoming increasingly conscious of risks posed by unsafe food and other goods, The Lawyer turns the spotlight on product liability.
The Commission for Judicial Appointments (CJA) has warned that there is still much work to be done before true diversity in the judiciary can be achieved.
Instances of product recalls are on the rise causing companies and their insurers to bash out a new regime going forward. Stewart White and Nick Pester report
News reaches Tulkinghorn that the annual IP summer school held in Downing College, Cambridge, is relocating to London this year. This is causing much dismay among trademark and patent lawyers. How will they cope without their annual dose of punting, strawberries and Pimms?Tulkinghorn trusts that, wherever its location, the school will stay true to its high standards of intellectual rigour. Apparently, last year a mock arbitration panel reduced one poor lawyer to tears, while another ...
Devon and Cornwall - for so long dependent on tourism - are now attracting significant investment from the information and communications, biotech and renewable energy sectors. Tim Richards reports
Is it just a coincidence that Collins Stewart Tullett's head of legal Simon Clark is a dead ringer for surreal comedy supremo Vic Reeves? Surely one of the more unlikely court battles of recent years was the broker's defamation battle against the Financial Times, in which Collins Stewart initially claimed £37m and ultimately won £300,000? The claim for lost business followed an earlier special damages claim that Mr Justice Tugendhat struck out in October 2004. It was for £230.5m. ...
There's dedication to the cause, and then there's Stephen Short. Simpson Thacher's London acquisition finance geezer recently spent 14 days thinking about one thing, and one thing only - Arsenal's Champion's League return game against Real Madrid.
Simmons & Simmons is aiming to swoop on the bottleneck of senior associates striving for partnership in magic circle firms as part of a growth strategy for its corporate department.
SJ Berwin and Travers Smith are likely to be the biggest winners after venture capital group Omega Fund Management poached Abingworth Management's general counsel Claire Wilkinson.
When lawyers talk of the South West they usually mean Bristol, which is often seen as the hub for legal services in the region. However, the increasing investment in Devon and Cornwall means that law firms on the South West coast are winning exciting and lucrative mandates.
TLT's LLP case to retain probate faculty" /Speechly Bircham and TLT Solicitors have brought a test case to the High Court that will impact on all firms wanting to convert to limited-liability partnership (LLP) status ...
What was your first-ever job?A bread butterer in a sandwich factory at the age of 10 - a clear violation of the Factory Acts Legislation.
Laurence Harris has been re-elected as managing partner of Kendall Freeman for the third time, the firm announced on Thursday (23 March). Harris was first elected managing partner of DJ Freeman in September 2001 and then re-elected as managing partner of Kendall Freeman in April 2003. No partner stood against him in this month's election and he was re-elected unanimously by the partnership for another three-year term of office, starting on 1 May 2006. He will continue to practise as ...
The offer of free tickets for TV's Big Brother would please most staff, reckons Tulkinghorn, but it would seem not for those at Kroll. Simon Appell, a partner at the risk consultancy firm, recently splashed out on four tickets to the reality TV show for his staff at a charity bash, only to be royally pooh-poohed when he told them."I thought it was a cool gift," laments Appell. "Much cooler than the person that bought tickets for Mary Poppins."
Tyco is overhauling its legal function and embarking on a massive recruitment drive to build three new legal departments to align with the three new companies it is set to convert into next year.
Joanne Harris on the month at the bar
The record global revenue and profit figures revealed by The Lawyer earlier this month (6 March) are echoed by the leading firms' performances in London.
Vinson & Elkins (V&E) has made its eighth hire in nine months, taking Lovells corporate finance lawyer François Feuillat.
Failing to include allergen information on a food label is now a criminal offence. Owen Warnock and Richard Matthews look at the increased regulations facing the food industry
Bristol-based Wards civil litigation partner Elizabeth Fry has been selected as an independent peer reviewer by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. She is contracted by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). In addition, Fry has been appointed to work with the LSC's London supplier development group to review the quality assessment process on files and help produce guidelines to be used by case workers.
Hampshire firm White & Bowker will abandon its criminal defence practice when it merges with Blake Lapthorn Linnell on 1 May.
Linklaters global head of private equity Graham White has resigned from the firm along with partner Raymond McKeeve to join the London office of Chicago giant Kirkland & Ellis.
The Silicon Valley-based corporate technology powerhouse Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has transplanted its Virginia office to Washington DC.