27 September 2004
Linklaters.jpg" alt="‘Farce’ as Linklaters’ Galileo satellite job goes to Lovells" /Linklaters and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu missed out on key roles on the mammoth Galileo satellite project following a “farcical” EU-run procurement process, which saw the pair left high and dry at the eleventh hour.
The new chancery set 13 Old Square, headed by former political speechwriter John McDonnell QC, has hired 14 tenants.
With top sets growing in size to improve financial security, 1 Crown Office Row (1COR) has hired four tenants, including leading clinical negligence silk Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC.
Partners are often quirky, unpredictable creatures. Sometimes they can’t be beat for their loveliness, other times their behaviour just seems wrong. Take this sad story.
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) Turin office is losing corporate partner Fabio Alberto Regoli.
The magic circle firm is poised to reap the benefits of the burgeoning Greek market in the wake of the Olympics
Ashurst and Clifford Chance are gearing up to face each other in the High Court next week (4 October) as the final stage of the Sumitomo fraud scandal comes to trial.
Ashurst sextet follows Forschbach to Latham" /Thomas Forschbach (left) will be joined at Latham & Watkins by six lawyers from his former firm Ashurst. Partner Nathalie Alibert, as well as Gaetan Gianasso, who will become ...
Bevan Ashford has boosted its Birmingham real estate capability with the hire of a new partner. Former Kent Jones and Done partner Amanda Hanmore joined earlier this month. Birmingham lead partner Sara Woffenden said Hanmore will be instrumental in helping the firm enhance its position in the Midlands real estate market. The hire takes to 13 the total number of real estate partners across Bevan Ashford’s (soon to be Bevan ...
Bircham Dyson Bell has bolstered real estate and major projects with the arrival of Richards Butler’s head of development projects unit. Nigel Brown joins Birchams this week as head of the firm’s non-contentious construction unit, which services both the real estate and major projects teams. A specialist in both non-contentious construction and real estate development, his appointment bolsters ...
Bird & Bird has recruited an M&A and capital markets partner from Norton Rose to join its burgeoning German operation.
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s head of public affairs and public policy has been named as the new director of private sector at the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE).
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s managing partner Neville Eisenberg may think twice about initiating any friendly banter with fellow arts lovers after his usually unflappable composure deserted him on a recent night out.
The former general counsel of US software giant Computer Associates (CA) could face 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to securities fraud.
Peter Godber, the driving force behind the LGG training unit for lawyers in local government, is to leave the organisation he set up 20 years ago. Godber, who launched LGG in 1984,will develop his own management and skills training consultancy, offering courses on in-house management and leadership skills. LGG represents around 3,200 lawyers working in local government and is frequently used by lawyers at City firms, including
Linklaters Madrid has strengthened its M&A and private equity practice with the hires of two associates from magic circle rivals. Alexander Kolb arrives from Clifford Chance’s corporate department, where he has worked since 1999, while Victor Manchado joins after five years at
Clyde & Co has picked up a former Clifford Chance litigation partner as a consultant.
A host of City law firms are giving London’s Olympic bid their financial support. And it’s all thanks to London 2012 commercial and legal director Charlie Wijeratna. By Steve Hoare
Two men at the centre of a far-reaching fight for the rights of older workers have had their case turned down by the Court of Appeal and are now considering their next move.
Customs & Excise has instituted a wave of internal reform in a bid to avert any further damage to future prosecution cases.
DLA is set to deliver a devastating blow to Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) after securing over 40 lawyers from the firm’s flagship technology, media and telecommunications department.
Mrs Tulkinghorn was in turn astounded and then relieved by the latest news flying from Coudert Bros.
Sidley Austin Brown & Wood (Graham Penn, Partha Pal) represented Morgan Stanley on the first synthetic securitisation in the ELoC series, a commercial mortgage-backed securitisation programme arranged by the bank. Five loans were transfered secured by mortgages on Italian commercial real ...
Plans to evacuate scores of lawyers and staff from the Cayman Islands were scrapped as law firms restarted operations last week in the wake of Hurricane Ivan. Firms were planning to restart their Cayman operations in London, the US and neighbouring unaffected Caribbean islands. But with power and water returned to Cayman ahead of schedule, evacuated lawyers are in the process of being flown back to the island. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 22 September
In ‘British Olympic Assoc head of legal pushes for ambush marketing laws’ (6 September) it was incorrectly stated that Collyer-Bristow advised Olympic sailing gold medal winner Ben Ainslie. Ainslie is sponsored by Collyer-Bristow, but is advised by Richard Butcher, head of dispute resolution at Payne Hicks Beach.
The Bar has scooped one of its most high-profile recruits from the other side of the profession to date, with Brick Court Chambers securing the services of former Clifford Chance head of litigation Tony Willis.
The College of Law (CoL) has trained up its first qualified solicitor since becoming a registered contractor.
SJ Berwin conflicted out" /Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has emerged as the front-runner to act on the high profile sale of Chelsfield after key adviser SJ Berwin was ...
Fried Frank has raided Ashurst and Simmons & Simmons for two high-profile partner laterals. The US firm has poached securitisation star Siân Withey from one-time merger prospect Ashurst and corporate energy rainmaker Jerry Walter from Simmons.
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) expects to increase its external legal spend again next year after more than doubling its budget for external enforcement to £5m for the 2004-05 financial year.
General Electric’s (GE) general counsel has been named as the highest-paid in-house lawyer in the US, after pocketing a staggering $4.365m (£2.449m) in 2003.
Tim Russell gives the lowdown on the forthcoming changes to employment tribunal regulation
Just when you think Nigel Knowles had gone quiet for a couple of weeks, back he comes with yet another grand gesture. As we revealed yesterday on www… lala la, the DLA managing partner is about to pull off the biggest team move ever in the legal sector by taking on a 40-lawyer team from Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS).
It’s been a long time coming, but it seems lawyers are finally getting a taste of their own medicine.
A Privy Council hearing next month in the Grupo Torras case – one of history’s longest fraud cases – could result in the UK’s overseas and Commonwealth territories gaining greater independence from UK parliamentary rule.
Finland’s second largest firm Hannes Snellman has recorded an astonishing 48 per cent rise in profits, smoothing the way for a new managing partner in 2005.
Which regional managing partner had a pre-law incarnation as a nude life model?
Herbert Smith has hired Coudert Brothers competition specialist Dominique Brault for its Paris office.
There’s nothing like a bit of team building and, as one magic circle firm recently discovered, softball can be nothing like a bit of team building.
Kilpatrick Stockton is forging ahead with its aggressive UK recruitment drive after taking on a former Clifford Chance partner. Mary O’Connor, formerly an arbitration partner at the magic circle firm, will become a partner in the litigation department at the Atlanta firm’s London office. Just over a month ago, Kilpatrick scooped two senior IP partners from Simmons & Simmons. Its London head of IP ...
Nicholson Graham & Jones’ (NGJ) imminent merger partner Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has shaken up its San Francisco management.
KPMG International has announced its first UK-based general counsel, bringing in senior Linklaters corporate partner Tom Wethered.
August saw the launch of Last Cawthra Feather’s (LCF) sports law team, an unconventional development for a regional firm made all the more unusual by the presence of former professional footballers-turned-consultants Jim Pearson and John Hendrie.
The Law Society is attempting to help develop human rights in Nigeria with this week’s launch of the British Nigerian Law Forum.
Lester Aldridge will gain its first foothold in London after absorbing 200-year old property, commercial services and private client boutique Park Nelson.
Linklaters is drafting in a London corporate partner to manage its Moscow office as the incumbent prepares to return to the UK after 13 years in Russia.
Linklaters’ Swedish office is shaking-up its management by ushering in a new managing partner.
With big projects deals thin on the ground, Joanne O’Connor reports on a surprise blow for Linklaters
McDermott Will & Emery’s London office is bumping up corporate with a lateral from Dorsey & Whitney.
Lawrence Graham and T&L" /Lawrence Graham is in advanced discussions with Tite & Lewis (T&L), the former law firm of accounting giant Ernst & Young (E&Y).
Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is blazing ahead with the expansion of its Tokyo office after scooping a senior finance partner from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Tsugumichi Watanabe has worked in both New York and Tokyo and has more than 20 years’ experience of acting on complex financing transactions. MoFo is also taking on an extra floor at its Tokyo offices, allowing it to expand from 65 lawyers ...
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has joined the growing throng of firms shaking up its Asian strategy as the US firm re-jigs the regional management.
Australia’s Minter Ellison has raided Masons in China to strengthen its Shanghai office with a new figurehead. David Cox has been appointed to the new position of Shanghai head and replaces senior associate YiYi Wu, who has been the firm’s key contact in Shanghai since 2001. Cox joins from Masons, where he was a key member of the Greater China team. His appointment brings Minter Ellison’s team in Shanghai to six. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 21 September
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe picked up its second partner from Japan’s Mitsui Yasuda Wani & Maeda.
Morgan Cole is reviewing the viability of its Croydon office as news emerges that the firm’s head of employment has quit for Eversheds.
Nabarro Nathanson has seen its first deal for hard-fought-for client Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (FHR) come to fruition as the Canadian company prepares to take over the management of the Savoy Hotel.
DLA has had its role on the high-profile Dabhol power project arbitration terminated. It is understood DLA’s instruction from the Indian government was cancelled earlier this month following a change in government and the appointment of the new Indian Attorney General Milon Banerjee.
The first transatlantic merger of the year is going ahead after partners at Nicholson Graham & Jones and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart voted through a tie-up.
Norton Rose may be on the verge of losing its entire Cologne office as its partners accelerate talks with CMS Hasche Sigle.
Employment lawyer wishes to meet mediator with view to harmonious relationship. Every employment lawyer knows there is more workplace litigation about than ever before. The latest annual report of the Employment Tribunals Service (ETS) acknowledges a 17 per cent increase in tribunal applications for 2003-04. The reasons are many and include the Government’s penchant for introducing new ...
The Lawyer’s exclusive examination of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s LLP accounts show that the London partners have been on a premium since the merger. But with the war chest from MBR&M’s global coffers, where’s the growth? Catrin Griffiths reports
The merger between Pinsents and Masons is set to go ahead after the firms’ partners voted in favour of the tie-up. The combination will go live in early December, creating a merged entity with £150m in turnover. The new firm, which will be known as Pinsent Masons, will house 240 partners, 900 lawyers and 1,500 staff.
The scenic route to partnership. By Clio Demetriades
Coudert Brothers is set to pick up the remaining vestiges of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Bangkok office, beating DLA and Australia’s Minter Ellison to secure the deal.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is known for having slightly unusual methods for paying its staff. For some time the formula for paying barristers who represent the CPS has been based on a belief that it takes only a few seconds to read a document. Not unreasonably, not a small number of barristers have disagreed with this formula.
The Romanian government will inaugurate the country’s first specialised commercial court on 1 October as part of a process to match its legal system with the EU’s.
Sometimes… you know… you get to feeling blue. Feeling down, like the world’s cares are on your shoulders and nobody loves you any more. Heck, you know the kind of feeling – despair, despondency, desperado (why don’t you come to your senses…?). It’s come around again now, like it does every year, and you know the reason why, don’t you? Yep, it’s because now is the time for ...
Shearman & Sterling is forging ahead with its Californian recruitment drive after scooping its second lateral in less than a month. IP litigation partner Brian Cannon leaves Fish & Neave for Shearman. He will rejoin former colleague Vicki Veenker who left Fish & Neave four years ago to establish Shearman’s IP group at Menlo Park.
SJ Berwin has secured its first major instruction for Goldman Sachs Asset Management after the fund manager’s longstanding firm Clifford Chance was conflicted out.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has teamed up with Slaughter and May to act on one of this year’s largest takeovers as Mexican cement maker CEMEX acquires the UK’s RMC for £2.3bn.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has become the latest US firm to transfer a heavyweight partner to its Paris office in the form of senior corporate partner Blaine Fogg.
Collapsed claims giant Tag’s former employees are seeing life from the other side as they try to claim through no win, no fee. Jon Robins reports
Getting past the 1940s-style receptionists, episode six: “I’m not authorised to give out email addresses,” announced the glum receptionist at Broxbourne District Council when asked for contact details for its head of legal as part of a research project at Lawyer Towers.
Our front page story this week highlights an issue which goes to the heart of the debate on conflicts: client choice, or in this case, the lack of it.
Ronnie Fox, senior partner, Fox Williams
Trowers & Hamlins has signed up South East firm Kidd Rapinet’s private client head. David Semmens joins Trowers as a partner in the firm’s developing private client department, under the direction of group head Luke Valner. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 22 September 2004
Texas-based Vinson & Elkins (V&E) has realigned its Asian operations with a new office in Tokyo and the closure of its Singapore branch.
How the banks have played the panel system and firms’ fear of conflicts – and destroyed client choice
White & Case has snared the name partner of Italian independent Morano e Associati and a team of 20 lawyers for the US firm’s Milan practice.
From October, the Disability Discrimination Act will apply to businesses with fewer than fifteen employees. Christopher Fisher reports on two important and relevant cases
Insurer Zurich has launched a global review of its external legal services in a move to rationalise its legal spend and will form its first official panel of preferred advisers as part of the process.