27 November 2000

The Lawyer

  • 4-5 Gray's Inn in constructive dismissal claim

    27-Nov-2000

    The former operations manager of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square is bringing a claim of constructive dismissal against her former set.Miriam Don resigned from the chambers earlier this year after a conflict blew up over whether her name appeared above or below that of senior clerk Michael Kaplan on a chambers Christmas card.Don was accused of failing to resolve the issue with the marketing committee or her boss, former chambers director Tony Wells. This led to disciplinary ...

  • 4-5 Gray's Inn retains emergency recruitment

    27-Nov-2000

    Leading commercial set 4-5 Gray's Inn Square is reviewing its constitution to allow it to bring in new tenants without holding a chambers-wide vote.The emergency recruitment measure was introduced by 4-5 Gray's Inn two months ago and is now under consideration to become a permanent fixture.Four new tenants have joined since members of the chambers voted in favour of setting up the management committee. The committee panel consists of an eight-strong ...

  • A VIEW FROM SINGAPORE

    27-Nov-2000

    We live in changing times. The legal community in Singapore continues to grow, evolve and move forward. Things are different from five years ago, and things will no doubt be different again in another five years.

  • a year ago this week

    27-Nov-2000

    Whitbread rejects CC for Allen & Overy

  • A&O launches online service with Cygnifi

    27-Nov-2000

    Allen & Overy has hooked up with JP Morgan spin-off Cygnifi to provide an online legal risk management service.

  • Allen & Overy appoints projects partner as new Moscow head

    27-Nov-2000

    Allen & Overy is changing the leadership of its Moscow office as it continues to build on the recovery of projects work in the region.

  • Andersen

    27-Nov-2000

    Andersen Consulting rents four floors of 60 Queen Victoria Street. Andersens advised by Field Fisher Waterhouse (Simon Gibbs, Robert Cooke). Leaseholder Heron International advised by Nabarro Nathanson (Graham Lust).

  • Andersen Legal announces results

    27-Nov-2000

    The network added that if the Euro had remained stable, growth would have increased by 30 per cent to $586m (£366m). In an accompanying statement Chief Executive Alberto Terol added that the network was in active negotiations with US firms with an eye to signing one up to Andersen Legal.

  • Ashursts client Peter Black picks Eversheds after MBO

    27-Nov-2000

    Eversheds has snatched Peter Black Holdings from Ashurst Morris Crisp after advising on one of the UK's largest public-to-private deals this year.

  • Baker & McKenzie Madrid Raids KPMG

    2-Dec-2000

    De Otaola, who is also a Certified Public Accountant, has over 15 years of tax experience and specialises in acquisitions and company reorganisation.

  • BOOK REVIEW

    27-Nov-2000

    Business and the Human Rights Act 1998, by Michael Smyth, published by Jordans (ISBN 085308565)Think Human Rights Act 1998 and by now most of us are probably ready to emit a quiet groan.But for all the recent debate about the implementation of the act and, above all, the impact it will have in criminal cases, there has been relatively little focus on what it means for directors and managers in the world of commerce and industry.

  • Brief encounter: oppenhoff & rädler

    27-Nov-2000

    The deal is done. From 1 January 2001 Oppenhoff & Rädler will be known within Germany as Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler. The move was confirmed when the partners voted in favour of merging with Linklaters at the end of July.Oppenhoffs formed an alliance with Linklaters in early 1998, and in May 1999 elected Markus Hartung as managing partner, appointed a new management ...

  • BT shake-up forces redundancies

    27-Nov-2000

    British Telecom's (BT) in-house team is facing possible redundancies as part of the business-wide restructuring announced earlier this month.

  • Camerons and Lovells battle over Warsaw notice period

    27-Nov-2000

    CMS Cameron McKenna’s Polish office is wrangling with Lovells over the notice period of three partners who have defected to the firm.

  • Cardiff sets merge to create regional giant

    27-Nov-2000

    Cardiff chambers 9 Park Place and 30 Park Place are set for a merger which will place them among the super league of regional chambers.

  • Chubb

    27-Nov-2000

    Chubb acquires South African-based BBR Security for £51m in cash. Chubb advised by Slaughter and May (Frances Murphy). BBR represented by Routledge-Modise (Miro Bvorak).

  • Corporate

    27-Nov-2000

    Lawyers and beer. It's a deadly combination, but not for the reasons one might expect. As the brewing sector has continued to shrink over the last 10 years, there has been a legal free-for-all. It was kick-started by the introduction of "tied estates" regulation over a decade ago, which limits the number of pubs that brewing companies can sell their own brands to. The big brewers were not happy about this and began getting out of the business, like Whitbread and Bass, specialising in building ..

  • Court errors cost £84m

    1-Dec-2000

    This was the public spending watchdog's first review of the £9 billion criminal court system which examined how the Crown Prosecution Service, Home Office and Lord Chancellor's Department interact.

  • DLA scoops NTL patent case

    27-Nov-2000

    DLA has been appointed to act on a forthcoming patent litigation case by telecoms giant NTL.

  • ElabsEurope

    27-Nov-2000

    eLabsEurope completes second-round funding. Lead investor inVentures advised by Latham & Watkins (Nigel Campion-Smith) and Gaedertz. eLabsEurope advised by Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner.

  • Elabseurope

    27-Nov-2000

    This deal is part of the triumphant re-emergence of former Travers Smith Braithwaite partner Nigel Campion-Smith. He resigned from the firm in 1997 following the disastrous Co-operative Wholesale Society takeover attempt. Prospective buyer Andrew Regan wrongfully obtained confidential documents. Campion-Smith, one of Travers Smith's most respected corporate lawyers, therefore resigned - Travers Smith ...

  • Falling through the net

    27-Nov-2000

    The internet is mainstream. It is only a few short years since a few brave geeks typed obscure commands at a flashing cursor and commanded their computer to dial into another machine, allowing them to send and receive data across an embryonic network. Of course, the networks themselves were not new. The scientists and military, who built the collection of servers and telecoms networks to allow communication after "The Bomb" fell, had been sending mail, ...

  • Fantastic Mr Fox

    27-Nov-2000

    With impending EU employment laws, Premiership success, a busy business facilities division and ambitious plans for a new stadium, Leicester City FC's single in-house lawyer certainly has his work cut out. Mary Murphy reports

  • France Telecom

    27-Nov-2000

    France Telecom buys stake in Equant from the Sita Foundation; Equant merges with France Telecom's US subsidiary Global One. France Telecom advised by Jones Day Reavis & Pogue (Jere Thomson), Linklaters & Alliance, Nauta Dutilh and investment bank Rothschild & Cie. Equant advised by

  • Further Scottish court chaos averted

    29-Nov-2000

    In a 30 second hearing, senior Scottish judges ruled that decisions made by Scotland’s temporary sheriffs for the past 22 years were not invalid. The court pledged to provide reasons for its decision later. It was claimed in the case that the use of temporary sheriffs contravened the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971, which allows for the use of temporaries only in times of emergency. The temporary sheriffs have now been made redundant following an appeal court ...

  • Hammonds elects new chief for London office

    27-Nov-2000

    Hammond Suddards Edge has elected its national head of corporate finance as London managing partner and the hunt to find his successor is underway.

  • Home Office

    27-Nov-2000

    Home Office awards groundbreaking IT 2000 PFI contract to the Sirius consortium, worth £350m during a 10-year period. The Home Office advised by CMS Cameron McKenna (Anthony Loring). The Sirius consortium comprised ICL, advised by Linklaters (Anne Vallely), PriceWaterhouse-Coopers, advised by Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (Kit Burden) ...

  • Insurance imitating ART

    27-Nov-2000

    For an industry predicated on the management and containment of risk, the insurance market does not appear to deal with change all that well. Now, though, it is having to learn. With the arrival of Alternative Risk Transfer (ART), the reinsurance sector in particular now competes for work with the capital markets in a way that it has never had to before.Of course, ART is still a relatively small part of the scene at the moment. Although the work ...

  • Internet Incubator

    27-Nov-2000

    Internet Incubator plc floats on AIM. Issuer advised by Berwin Leighton. Nominated advisers ING Barings and Williams de Bröe advised by Weil Gotshal & Manges (Paul Claydon).

  • Jeantet loses tax lawyer over international stance

    27-Nov-2000

    French firm Jeantet & Associés has lost a leading French tax lawyer to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and its intellectual property (IP) team to Andersen Legal's Paris office.

  • Law firms offering legal aid halved

    1-Dec-2000

    Only 5000 law firms won contracts to offer legally aided initial advice and legal assistance in civil cases under the new scheme launched by the Lord Chancellor's Department yesterday.

  • Lawyers' definitions of the internet: are they consistent?

    27-Nov-2000

    Every day law firms have to deal with the internet. Barely a client comes through the door without having a business that is not facing up to the challenges of the network effect. Whether the casework involves a clear-cut internet issue such as virtual intellectual property, online rights, dotcom takeovers or libel, or is a more traditional legal issue taking place in a new networked e-conomy, working lawyers have to provide their clients and themselves with a working ...

  • Linklaters & Alliance shuts down St Petersburg office

    27-Nov-2000

    Linklaters & Alliance is shutting its St Petersburg office as it joins the long line of foreign firms downsizing their presence in Russia.

  • Linklaters appoints new head of litigation

    3-Dec-2000

    Style will take over the position in January. For the full story see The Lawyer on Monday 6 December 199

  • Linklaters wins Northern & Shell work

    27-Nov-2000

    Linklaters & Alliance is joining Ashurst Morris Crisp as a main corporate adviser to Northern & Shell after acting on its £125m purchase of Express Newspapers.

  • Lord Chancellor to crack down on use of QCs

    30-Nov-2000

    Lord Irvine says he plans to introduce much tighter new criteria into the Criminal Legal Aid Regulations which must be met before an application to increase or alter the number or seniority of advocates is made to the Crown Court. In future, he says, it must be shown that the case warrants the assignment of a QC or more than one advocate. Government departments will have to fall into line with the new regulations when bringing criminal prosecutions, ...

  • Made to manage

    27-Nov-2000

    Roger Parker becomes Richards Butler's managing partner in December. Fiona Callister discovers the three-point plan of the man who says that management is where the heart is.

  • Masons loses partner to Beachcrofts

    27-Nov-2000

    Masons' Bristol projects team has been cut to one partner following the resignation of Iain Fairbairn, who will join Beachcroft Wansbroughs as a partner in the New Year.

  • Medi

    27-Nov-2000

    Médi Telecom completes euro1bn (£596m) financing for second GSM mobile telephone licence in Morocco - the largest ever North African telecoms project financing. Médi Telecom advised by Linklaters (Tom Wells, Bertrand Andriani, Gavin McLean, Sukhvir Basran, Asha Sharma) and Professor Mohamed El Mernisi. Arranging banks ABN Amro, Société Générale and Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur were advised ...

  • Memery Crystal captures Old Mutual float

    27-Nov-2000

    Memery Crystal has completed its first deal for leading corporate finance house and FTSE-100 company Old Mutual Securities.

  • Morgan Lewis boosts technology practices

    27-Nov-2000

    Morgan Lewis is improving its firm-wide technology practice through senior partner appointments in both Washington DC and London.

  • New department heads for Lawrence Tucketts

    1-Dec-2000

    Jonathan Hoey, who has been made up to partner, replaces Judith Brown as head of the 12-strong recoveries team. Brown has moved over to head up the dispute resolution group. Associate, David Bird has been made head of the tax and estate planning team, replacing Dr Anne Burrows who retires next Spring. Head of the property dispute resolution team, Julia Lucas has also been promoted to partner

  • North West merger called off

    28-Nov-2000

    The two North West firms, which have been in talks since April, have abandoned plans of a link-up due to an internal restructuring at Weightmans. In a joint statement, David Wareing, managing partner at Hill Dickinson, says: "Weightmans is in the process of restructuring and in these circumstances moving on to the next of discussions at present would have been inappropriate." ...

  • Opinion

    27-Nov-2000

    When Parliament enacted the Latent Damage Act (Section 14A Limitation Act 1980) it struck a fine balance between the unfairness of depriving claimants of their right of action before they know they have a claim, and the unfairness of making defendants face stale claims after documents have been destroyed and witnesses' memories have faded. No action for negligence can be brought more than 15 years after the relevant acts or omissions, even if the cause of action has not ...

  • Oppenhoff & Rädler NY head quits for Kirkland & Ellis' London office

    27-Nov-2000

    Oppenhoff & Rädler's New York head Thomas Verhoeven is quitting for US firm Kirkland & Ellis.

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers merges with Dunhill Madden Butler

    2-Dec-2000

    The merger comes just two months after Dunhills in Sydney saw a mass exodus of 27 partners and 125 lawyers to the legal branch of PWC.

  • Prosecutors may be able to appeal acquittals

    30-Nov-2000

    Attorney General, Lord Williams QC has announced that the Government has asked the Law Commission to draw up plans to allow wider rights of appeal against adverse decisions of a judge. If accepted, the Government's plans would give English and Welsh prosecutors a right of appeal if a defendant is acquitted by a jury on the direction of a judge, leaving the defendant facing a retrial. Under the present law, the Attorney General may refer ...

  • Rakisons and Steptoe & Johnson tie the knot

    1-Dec-2000

    The two firms had been locked in talks for several months. The UK practice will be known as Steptoe Johnson Rakisons for the first year; after that, Rakisons will be permanently dropped from the name. The US firm will not change its moniker. Steptoe & Johnson chairman Lon Bouknight, who will become chairman of the merged firm, confirms there will be full profit sharing but declines to discuss details.  

  • Reynolds Porter Chamberlain hires barrister

    28-Nov-2000

    Holman was called to the Bar five years ago and specialises in copyright, passing off, design and trademarks work. She will work under IP practice head Andrew Hobson. Barrister and firm have known each for some time as Reynolds has instructed Holman to represent clients in the past. One of her first cases at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain will be the ...

  • Slaughters attacks technology market

    27-Nov-2000

    Slaughter and May caves in to sector specialisation; radical marketing drive to target e-commerce clients

  • Spirent

    27-Nov-2000

    Spirent acquires Hekimian Laboratories in combined cash and paper deal worth £1.11bn. Spirent advised by Linklaters (Shane Griffin) and Debevoise & Plimpton (Robert Quaintance), financial advisers Schroder Salomon Smith Barney and Rothschild, brokers Cazenove & Co and accountants Ernst & Young. Hekimian ...

  • Sullivans hires Stibbe partner

    27-Nov-2000

    The Paris office of Dutch law firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot is losing a corporate partner to US firm Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • Survival guide

    27-Nov-2000

    If Charles Darwin were alive today, there would be no need for him to visit the Galapagos Islands to find proof of his theories. He could simply stroll down to EC3 and find clear evidence among the specialist insurance law firms that the ability to adapt to change in any environment is a fundament to survival.Moreover, the firms in question are facing huge evolutionary forces. First, of course, the environment is more hostile than ever: the trend towards ...

  • Swedish firm drops Cameron McKenna to join Ernst & Young

    29-Nov-2000

    The merger between CMS Tisell and Ernst & Young Sweden AB will result in a 160-lawyer practice - one of the biggest legal practices in Sweden. Thirteen partners and around 20 staff will join E&Y from 1 January 2000. Its principal offices will be in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmoe, Vaxjo, Karlstad and Uppsala. In line with Swedish regulations, Tisell's lawyer ...

  • Technology, Media and telecoms

    27-Nov-2000

    Online Classics completes institutional share placing and acquires Iambic Productions. Broker HSBC Investment Bank advised by Norton Rose (Mark Lloyd Williams). Online Classics advised by Field Fisher Waterhouse. Iambic Productions advised by Nicholson Graham & Jones.

  • The Firm

    27-Nov-2000

    Messrs Pratchard, Henderson and head of marketing Rodney Bickerthwaite are lounging around the boardroom chewing the fat.Henderson: I've just been watching the whole Gore-Bush wrangle...Pratchard: I thought the Vice Squad confiscated those videos during their last raid.Henderson: Enough smut Jack. It's on CNN live from Florida. At last, a triumph for western liberal democracy, something that the US people can be proud of.

  • THE INSIDER

    27-Nov-2000

    On 17 October the UK Government reached political agreement on amendments to the draft EU directive on equal treatment in employment. The purpose of these amendments is to expand the current discrimination legislation to include a prohibition on discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation. The directive is likely to be adopted in the UK before the end of the year and implementation will be staged over six years - the age and ...

  • The Lawyer Awards

    27-Nov-2000

    The Lawyer/UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer Award has been won by Thea Henley, director of the National Youth Advocacy Service. The service provides independent and confidential services in the form of information and advice and handles more than 1,500 cases a year.,

  • the Leader column

    27-Nov-2000

    One of the great delights of life as a legal journalist (and oh, they are manifold) is listening to law firm strategy. The best giggle is listening to the US firms opening in London whose entire strategy is to hire 300 lawyers. The next best is to hear law firms talk about corporate management as if it were an end rather than a means.

  • Thompsons in drastic corporate restructure

    27-Nov-2000

    Personal injury (PI) firm Thompsons has appointed a chief executive officer, a chief finance officer and a chief operations officer as part of its strategy to devolve decision-making away from the partners. Senior managing partners Geoff Shears and Frank Foy have been appointed CEO and COO respectively. Both partners are PI and trade union lawyers.

  • Thompsons opts for corporate structure

    27-Nov-2000

    Personal injury firm Thompsons has defied years of legal tradition by becoming the first major law firm to structure itself as a plc.

  • Tornado

    27-Nov-2000

    This is Taylor Joynson Garrett's second deal for technology company Tornado. Its first was when Tornado instructed the firm to act on its February AIM flotation. Choosing a law firm was aided by the fact that Tornado's managing director and co-founder Ian Watson is a lawyer - he was previously head of corporate at Sheridans - so knows the legal market.

  • Tornado

    27-Nov-2000

    Tornado Group enters into European partnership with EMI. Tornado advised by Taylor Joynson Garrett (Tim Oldridge). EMI advised by Rowe & Maw (Andrew Sharples).

  • Tory Haythe presiding partner quits over sexual harassment claims

    29-Nov-2000

    Haythe was senior partner of New York firm, Haythe Curley which recently merged with Canada's Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington to form the 300-lawyer firm, Tory Hathe. It has not been revealed exactly what Haythe did at the party on 19 November, although a firm spokesman says his actions were directed against "more than one lawyer in the firm". He adds that the behaviour was "inappropriate" and violated the firm's ...

  • Trelleborg

    27-Nov-2000

    Trelleborg acquires Laird Group UK's automotive components division for £102m. Trelleborg represented by Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (Keith Snedden) and accountants KPMG. Laird advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Richard Gubbins), Lazards and accountants Ernst & Young.

  • UK Property

    27-Nov-2000

    UK property fund LLC buys six prime London properties, including four in the City, with end value more than £200m. LLC, a joint venture between pension fund AEW and investor UKI, advised by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher (Alan Samson). Vendors: Henderson Investors advised by Simmons & Simmons (David Thompson); Hermes pension fund advised by Herbert Smith (Chris Tavener); The Royal London Mutual ...

  • UK Property Fund LLC

    27-Nov-2000

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher's London-based real estate practice is still very much in its infancy, but it is a sign that US firms are recognising the importance of having a UK property capability. After just six months, head of European real estate Alan Samson can reel off an impressive deal list, including this series of acquisitions for UK Property Fund LLC. The fund is a joint venture with ...

  • what the LAWYERS say

    27-Nov-2000

    Robbie Downing, partner at Baker & McKenzieThree definitions:1. TechieEssentially comprises two elements which address the question: is this particular communication over the internet? First, is the communication in the standard internet format, known as TCP/IP? Second, is the communication dispatched over a network which, directly ...

  • What's in store?

    27-Nov-2000

    "A damp squib" seems to be the verdict of industry commentators on the Competition Commission's report into supermarkets, which was published last month.The sense of anti-climax is all the more marked as the report was supposed to represent a high point in New Labour's crusade against "Rip Off Britain", coming after two and a half years of scrutiny into the sector by the competition authorities."It's a typical ...

  • White & Case opens Palo Alto office

    30-Nov-2000

    Black joins White & Case from Jackson Tufts Cole & Black as partner. Roy Bartlett also joins as partner from the same firm along with Ellen McGinty King who joins as counsel. Steven Betensky brings the partner count in the new office to three. He joins from White & Case's New York base. The US firm is the latest in a line of New York practices to move into the Silicon ...

  • White & Case sets up real estate team

    27-Nov-2000

    White & Case has become the latest US firm to launch a London-based real estate practice, hiring a partner from CMS Cameron McKenna to establish the new team.

  • Who pays the price?

    27-Nov-2000

    Talking to insurance clients about the service they receive from law firms can elicit some frank, honest - and sometimes downright blunt - responses. And not everything they say is good news for the lawyers."We have so many firms, I don't think I could tell you who does what," one client confides. So much for all that money thrown at branding then. Another muses: "Do I think lawyers should be innovative? No, I believe they should do ...