27 October 2003

The Lawyer

  • ‘Truly horrendous’: Lord Woolf on asylum test case

    28-Oct-2003

    Lord Woolf damned the legal costs in three asylum law test cases as “truly horrendous” and claimed that they had no prospects of success.

  • A&O clocks up hours with personal time plans

    27-Oct-2003

    Allen & Overy is pushing ahead with the introduction of personal time plans for all its lawyers, despite earlier opposition from associates over new targets exceeding 2,000 office hours.

  • Addleshaws boosts employment team

    27-Oct-2003

    The arrival of former Manches senior partner and employment head Alasdair Simpson at Addleshaw Goddard last week will kickstart an expansion in the national firm's London employment team, a spokesman claimed.

  • Aviva hands Lovells first property work

    27-Oct-2003

    Lovells has landed its first property job for Aviva, after being instructed to advise on the outsourcing of the insurance giant's property portfolio.

  • Bird & Bird competition ace joins SJ Berwin

    27-Oct-2003

    Bird & Bird has lost competition partner Simon Topping to the Brussels office of technology rival SJ Berwin.

  • Black charter spells boom for South Africa's law firms

    27-Oct-2003

    A black ownership push in the finance sector is welcomed by international firms.

  • BLM takes on Jacksons' insurance arm

    27-Oct-2003

    The seven-partner insurance department of North-East firm Jacksons, which this year announced it was splitting in two, has found a new home with Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM).

  • BLP victorious in battle for GIB UK

    27-Oct-2003

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has triumphed over a host of firms, including Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons, in the race to replace Dechert on the UK panel of Gulf International Bank (GIB).

  • Bosses approve of new flexible working rights

    28-Oct-2003

    Businesses have responded positively to new family-friendly working practices and are not deterred by the costs, according to a survey that has reviewed the impact of the flexible working regulations introduced in April 2003.

  • Brotherhood of scam

    27-Oct-2003

    Tulkinghorn has uncovered a dastardly family plot to take over Freshfields. The firm has called in consulting giant McKinsey to look at its finance practice - and McKinsey is headed up by none other than Ian Davis, one of the four ultra-high-achieving...

  • CC stunned as partners shun lockstep overhaul

    27-Oct-2003

    US and Germany vote for Childs' proposals; legacy UK partners force new ballot

  • CC: hunting for a corporate head?

    27-Oct-2003

    As David Childs becomes chief operating officer, who will be in the running to replace him as global corporate chief?

  • Central defender

    27-Oct-2003

    Advising three footballers on the media fallout of the alleged Grosvenor House rape has thrust Graham Shear into the limelight. Naomi Rovnick meets him

  • Clementi invites comment on regulatory changes

    27-Oct-2003

    David Clementi, the Prudential chairman appointed by the Government to overhaul legal services in England and Wales, is to issue a consultation document early next year seeking responses on the future of regulation for the profession. "I really want to hear what people have to say on the issues. This is an opportunity to contribute to a root-and-branch review of regulation of legal services. I'd encourage all to engage in the process," he said on Monday 20 October. Clementi is embarking ...

  • Cobbetts gains mining niche with Fox Brooks merger

    30-Oct-2003

    Cobbetts has taken over niche Manchester mining firm Fox Brooks Marshall. Fox Brooks Marshall has an impressive list of quoted clients in the mining sector, including African Eagle Resources, Gold Mines of Sardinia, Highland Gold Mining and Tertiary Minerals. At the end of 2002 Fox Brooks Marshall advised Highland Gold on its £210m AIM placing, the second largest placing on AIM to date at the time.

  • Corporate deals round-up

    27-Oct-2003

    Field Fisher Waterhouse (Jon Fife) advised the Whitbread Hotel Company on the £57m sale of 13 of its Swallow Hotels to property investor Leo Noé. Companies within Leo Noé's Reit Group acquired the hotels for £52m and leased the properties to Maycastle, which has paid £5m for the hotel operating business and the Swallow name. Kanter Jules (Simon Kanter, Jeremy Kanter) ...

  • Crackdown on asylum lawyers continues

    28-Oct-2003

    The continued crackdown on underperforming and corrupt asylum lawyers continued apace with a number of new initiatives revealed yesterday, as the Government detailed new legislation to be announced in the Queen’s Speech next month.

  • Dechert hires former SEC man in securities push

    29-Oct-2003

    Dechert has hired a former Assistant Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Enforcement Division.

  • Dentons acts on Islamic bonds job for Qatar state

    27-Oct-2003

    Denton Wilde Sapte has advised the government of Qatar on the world's second Islamic bond and the Middle East's first.

  • Dept of Work and Pensions snubs Arnold & Porter for DLA's Bonnar

    27-Oct-2003

    DLA's prolific IT partner Richard Bonnar has triumphed over Arnold & Porter, Bird & Bird, Masons and Simmons & Simmons in a beauty parade of legal advisers for a series of projects which aim to rejuvenate the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

  • DJ Freeman employment head joins Masons

    27-Oct-2003

    Masons has hired DJ Freeman's former head of employment Jane Moorman as part of a major expansion of its employment team.

  • DMH beats competition to TM Retail contract

    27-Oct-2003

    DMH has scooped a national contract to advise TM Retail on the sale of 50 of its retail businesses. The regional firm's 39-strong property department beat competition from two other firms, Brabners Chaffe Street and EDC Lord & Co, to win the work for the retailer, which owns the McColls, Forbuoys and Martins facias. Head of commercial property Marion Willcock said there was no open beauty ...

  • Earning a crust

    27-Oct-2003

    Now that's the way to win new clients. Forget seminars, free lunches and themed parties - Tulkinghorn is doffing his cap to those enterprising chaps at Salisbury-based firm Trethowans.

  • Eversheds partners and staff told to shape up to new values or ship out

    27-Oct-2003

    Eversheds partners and staff at all levels are being told to shape up to a new set of 'visions and values', or face the consequences in their performance appraisals.

  • Father time

    27-Oct-2003

    Trying to keep all parties happy post-divorce often seems impossible. Ann Northover looks at how fathers are helped and hindered by the law

  • Firm profile: Manby & Steward

    27-Oct-2003

    Manby & Steward has just had a record-breaking year. The firm's corporate deal list, which includes the management buyouts of QA Ironbridge and Circus Technologies, is its best ever.

  • Fladgate sues client over £100,000 unpaid fees

    28-Oct-2003

    Mayfair firm Fladgate Fielder is suing client Andrew McLeod-Ross for more than £100,000 in a dispute over allegedly unpaid fees.

  • For better or worse?

    27-Oct-2003

    Increasing numbers of couples are entering into prenuptial agreements, but the courts are still making up their own minds. By Louise Spitz

  • Freshfields veteran moves to King & Spalding

    27-Oct-2003

    Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer project finance partner Roger McCormick has joined US practice King & Spalding, which opened its London office earlier this year. McCormick will be the firm's first English-qualified partner in London. First reported on www.thelawyer.com 22 October

  • Games masters

    27-Oct-2003

    Hasbro's run-in with the OFT proves that life is not all fun and games for the company's in-house legal team and its advisers. Husnara Begum reports

  • Görg lures Luther Menold team

    27-Oct-2003

    DLA's best friend Görg has raided ailing Ernst & Young's German law firm Luther Menold for a second time, taking a team of lawyers to establish a Hamburg base.

  • Grapevine

    29-Oct-2003

    It's been a momentous few days over at Clifford Chance. At long last it seems that the magic circle giant has resolved the prickly issue of partner compensation. Or has it?

  • Howard Kennedy makes Abbey panel

    27-Oct-2003

    Howard Kennedy was appointed to Abbey's commercial conveyancing panel last week following a competitive tendering process. Partner Jason Lewis (left), who led the pitch, said the firm has had a business banking relationship with Abbey for some years, but this was a "completely new" client to the firm. The Abbey beauty parade was led by head of commercial Mark Stephens.

  • Illinois legal settlements climb

    27-Oct-2003

    The findings of the ninth annual Chicago Lawyer Settlement Survey confirm that large legal settlements are on the increase in the US.

  • Judge condemns Blunkett for not informing asylum seekers of benefits

    28-Oct-2003

    The Home Secretary was recently reprimanded by a High Court judge for not informing failed asylum seekers that they might qualify for ‘hard case’ support in the case of two Iraqi Kurds.

  • Kneedy clients

    27-Oct-2003

    Russia might be getting back on the map for those firms with international ambitions, with Hammonds clinking vodka glasses with Moscow outfit Zhigachov & Christophoroff earlier this year, but it's still a pretty dodgy place to work. According to a senior partner at another firm with big-hitting ideas, the way to get deals done over there is to threaten people with a kneecapping.

  • Lanky chat

    27-Oct-2003

    We all hate to be late for a meeting. Normally one will try and sneak in at the back or hope that a gentle "excuse me" will not provoke too much tutting. There are, however, those that prefer the grand entrance.

  • LEADER

    27-Oct-2003

    While White & Case licks its wounds and goes away to consider an appeal, Deacons claims to have been fully vindicated in its rigorous pursuit of one of the most extraordinary examples of inter-law firm litigation in recent years. Not least because such a cumbersome outfit as a law firm partnership - with its creaking decision-making structure and the limited scope for any trial to bring commercial ...

  • Linklaters appoints new Singapore chief

    30-Oct-2003

    Kevin Wong has taken over from Andrew Roberts as managing partner of Linklaters’ Singapore office and co-chairman of the Linklaters Allen & Gledhill joint law venture.

  • Linklaters ex-New York chief finally quits

    28-Oct-2003

    Linklaters’ former New York office head has resurfaced at Thelen Reid & Priest.

  • Loco logo

    27-Oct-2003

    The Lawyer was amused to receive a press release from Masons recently featuring quaint little pictures of a bomb, a skull and crossbones and two flags at the top of the page. This was apparently supposed to be Masons' logo. More charmingly, there was a little hand waving 'hello' at the bottom of the page.

  • Martineau Johnson loses private client head to Mills & Reeve

    30-Oct-2003

    Birmingham-based firm Martineau Johnson has lost Matthew Hansell, the head of its private client department, to Mills & Reeve.

  • Martineaus shakes up senior positions

    27-Oct-2003

    Martineau Johnson has appointed William Barker as its new managing partner and promoted Hugh Carslake to the role of senior partner. Longstanding managing partner David Gwyther has stood down after 15 years in the top job, although he will remain an equity partner with the firm. Formerly the firm's youngest-ever senior partner, Barker paid tribute to Gwyther in a statement. "Now that the plans are in place for our move in Birmingham, and our London office has a seven-figure turnover, ...

  • Martyn Day hits wall in Kenyan rape cases as evidence proves unreliable

    27-Oct-2003

    Martyn Day, the solicitor handling the rape claims brought by Kenyan women against the UK army, said his case has reached an impasse because the UK has denied him access to vital Kenyan police records.

  • McDermott fails to dismiss malpractice claim

    29-Oct-2003

    A legal malpractice claim against Chicago-based McDermott Will & Emery can proceed to trial based on an opinion letter the firm provided to the plaintiff, an investor in one of the firm's clients.

  • Northern & Shell gunning for Linklaters in £2m claim

    27-Oct-2003

    Linklaters is being sued for £2.1m by Richard Desmond's Northern & Shell for allegedly acting negligently on the first job it was ever instructed on by the company.In 2000, Linklaters won the high-profile role of advising Desmond on ...

  • Norton Rose conflict gifts Ashursts Ashanti

    27-Oct-2003

    Ashurst Morris Crisp has secured Randgold Resources as a client following a conflict at the company's usual adviser Norton Rose.

  • Not all about Granada: how Lovells rode its corporate luck

    27-Oct-2003

    Turnover up by 20 per cent, cross-selling into the Continent: it's textbook stuff. By Catrin Griffiths

  • Olswang IT partner takes up new challenge at Clyde & Co

    29-Oct-2003

    Olswang IT and telecoms partner Matthew Cowan is leaving the firm to join Clyde & Co in Guildford in January. Cowan, who has been at Olswang for 10 years, said the move was primarily a lifestyle decision, though the office’s hi-tech client base and position near Oxford offered a “great opportunity”.

  • Opinion

    27-Oct-2003

    The High Court ruling in the case of Watts v Bedford Primary Care Trust carries important implications for the Government, the health service and patients. The case was brought by Yvonne Watts, who needed a hip replacement and sought prior authorisation from Bedford Primary Care Trust (PCT) for treatment in Belgium, where surgery was expected to take place within two weeks. The PCT ...

  • Palser Grossman staff to reapply for their own jobs

    27-Oct-2003

    Welsh insurance and property firm Palser Grossman has brought in management consultants to examine its business and is making nearly half of its 75 lawyers, including five salaried partners, redundant and asking them to reapply for new jobs.

  • Partner quits Cleary for client Sanofi

    27-Oct-2003

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton corporate partner Laurent Cohen-Tanugi has jumped ship to become general counsel at French pharmaceutical company and client Sanofi-Synthélabo.

  • Paul Hastings raids City firms in real estate push

    27-Oct-2003

    Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker is making good its promise to go full-service in the London real estate market. This month the firm is launching capabilities in environmental, construction and property litigation.

  • PI partner quits Russell Jones

    27-Oct-2003

    The Birmingham office of Russell Jones & Walker is to lose one of its three partners at the end of the year, with the departure of John McDonnell and a senior associate.

  • Plane failing

    27-Oct-2003

    Apparently Francesco Gianni, managing partner of top Italian M&A firm Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, has been receiving some strange phonecalls lately. People keep calling him up offering to sell him their Which public relations professional at a top 10 firm is supplementing his income by modelling for life-drawing classes?aeroplanes. Is Gianni planning to fly around his growing empire of offices in a private jet? After all, Italy's finest lawyers are well known for earning ...

  • Pro bono & community action: Bakers partner aids the UN on asylum for refugee objectors

    27-Oct-2003

    Baker & McKenzie's partner in charge of pro bono, Tom Cassells, is hoping to lead a pro bono push in London. This initiative follows his work on several key test cases for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

  • Pushing the boundaries

    27-Oct-2003

    The laws relating to international child abduction are becoming increasingly complex. Mike Nicholls reports

  • Racist crimes to gain specialist prosecutors

    28-Oct-2003

    A body of specialist prosecutors for racist crimes is to be set up following a two-year investigation into Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) case files, which found that many such crimes were not being prosecuted correctly.

  • Rates sink to keep London ship litigation work afloat

    27-Oct-2003

    Low-value, high-volume work provides boost to London as Continental rates bite. By Brendan Malkin

  • Serle Court chief executive quits for Marks & Spencer

    28-Oct-2003

    Helena Miles, Serle Court Chambers’ first ever chief executive, is to leave the set at the end of the year for a new role at Marks & Spencer.

  • Shrink before you're in

    27-Oct-2003

    Tulkinghorn hears that Dechert has been giving London property agents a headache. The firm is due for a move and London managing partner Stephen Fogel has been viewing numerous options for months now. But can they please him? No. Whatever the agents show him, nothing seems to suit.

  • Sidley Austin fires tax shelter chief

    29-Oct-2003

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has fired the controversial head of its tax shelter practice for breaches of fiduciary duty and violations of the firm's partnership agreement, the New York Law Journal reports today (Wednesday 29 October).

  • Sidley wins over Paragon to score place on finance panel

    27-Oct-2003

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has scooped a place on the panel of Paragon Group and has advised the specialist mortgage lender on its first securitisation to tap the US capital markets.

  • Sinclair Roche denied in bid to overturn £18m Somatra ruling

    27-Oct-2003

    Sinclair Roche & Temperley, now merged with Stephenson Harwood, has lost its appeal on the Somatra negligence case and is now facing a total bill of £18m.Somatra, a shipowner, originally sued Sinclair Roche ...

  • Slaughters dumped as CC takes GE reins

    27-Oct-2003

    The Lawyer can reveal that General Electric (GE) switched antitrust counsel part way through its recent £5.7bn acquisition of UK healthcare group Amersham, which completed a fortnight ago, replacing Slaughter and May with Clifford Chance.

  • Susat link gifts A&O H&R Wasag

    27-Oct-2003

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has secured a new corporate client in Germany thanks to a loose referral relationship with rated Mittelstand multidisciplinary partnership (MDP) Susat & Partner.Susat introduced A&O to Frankfurt-listed chemicals group H&R Wasag, which used A&O on its recent acquisition of BP's Europewide oil refinery business.Both Susat and A&O worked on the deal, which saw A&O cream ...

  • The Child Rights Lawyer Award

    27-Oct-2003

    The fifth Child Rights Lawyer Award will be presented at an official ceremony at the Law Society on Wednesday 19 November 2003, in association with The Lawyer and Unicef. This award is open to all members of the profession based in the UK, and will go to the individual who has, in the opinion of the judges, done the most to make the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child a reality for children. The deadline for receipt of entries is Friday 31 October 2003. Email childrights@ thelawyer.com ...

  • When in Rome

    27-Oct-2003

    Italian law firms have their own way of doing things. So how are US firms in the country faring? Better than their UK counterparts, says Julia Cahill

  • White & Case bags ninth Linklaters lateral in capital markets push

    28-Oct-2003

    White & Case’s capital markets group is continuing to feather its nest with Linklaters lawyers after recruiting its ninth attorney from the UK firm.

  • White & Case loses Deacons Hong Kong battle

    27-Oct-2003

    White & Case last Friday (24 October) lost out in a bitter court battle started by Hong Kong firm Deacons over a team of star insolvency partners that the US firm poached in 2002.

  • White & Case vows to appeal Deacons Hong Kong ruling

    27-Oct-2003

    White & Case intends to appeal against Friday’s (27 October) ruling from the Hong Kong High Court that it behaved illegally when hiring a rated restructuring team from Deacons.

  • Withy King sign up Masons litigation partner

    29-Oct-2003

    Former Masons partner Andrew Kearney has quit the firm to join Bath and Wiltshire-based firm Withy King Solicitors.