28 February 2005

The Lawyer

  • Abbott Laboratories hires new general counsel

    28-Feb-2005

    Laura Schumacher has been promoted to the post of senior vice-president, secretary and general counsel at US healthcare company Abbott Laboratories, succeeding Jose de Lasa, who will retire at the end of March. Schumacher will report to chairman and chief executive officer Miles White. Previously, Schumacher was vice-president, secretary and deputy general counsel. She joined the litigation department at Abbott in 1990, where she held various positions, including that of divisional ...

  • B&M in Paul Hastings IP capture

    28-Feb-2005

    Baker & McKenzie has bagged a six-lawyer IP team from the San Diego office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.

  • Brachers awaits goat decision

    28-Feb-2005

    South East firm Brachers is awaiting the outcome of a Court of Appeal hearing over allegedly negligent advice it gave to two goat farmers.

  • Bristol palace

    28-Feb-2005

    Lawyers are beating a path to the South West, drawn by the quality of life and the quality of work. As Matt Byrne reports, Bristol may soon be attracting even more players

  • Bryan Cave shrugs off 2004's turnover drop

    28-Feb-2005

    US firm Bryan Cave's 2004 revenues have dropped slightly on its record 2003 but firm chairman Don Lents has claimed the year was still a success as 2003's figures included a massive success fee.

  • Butler-Sloss first on QC selection panel

    28-Feb-2005

    Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, the respected retiring president of the High Court Family Division, has been named as the first member of the new QC selection panel.

  • Cadwalader raids Shearman for antitrust drive

    3-Mar-2005

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has pulled off a major coup with the hire of a trio of antitrust partners from Shearman & Sterling.

  • Careers: People

    28-Feb-2005

    Beachcroft Wansbroughs has recruited three lawyers to join its 45-strong construction group. In the London office, the firm has recruited Tony Blackler as a partner from Macfarlanes. Simon Bradley, formerly with Shoosmiths, joins the Birmingham office as a partner, while Louise Garcia joins the Bristol team from

  • Careesrs: In brief

    28-Feb-2005

    Manchester firm Antony Hodari & Co has introduced an HR service designed to help staff effectively manage personal issues arising outside the office. The firm, which employs more than 100 staff, has partnered with Validium, the integrated employee assistance programme (EAP) provider and specialist HR support consultancy, to provide staff with an EAP. The programme offers staff direct access to independent and confidential counselling, as well as advice on practical matters via telephone ...

  • CC delivers Pharmacia IP victory in just nine months

    28-Feb-2005

    Clifford Chance has taken a pharmaceuticals patent case from its start to a Court of Appeal finish in just nine months.

  • CC wins Paris court battle with associate

    28-Feb-2005

    Clifford Chance’s Paris office has won its tussle with a junior associate over his status as a trade union representative.

  • CC's Cornell warns lockstep must become more flexible

    28-Feb-2005

    Clifford Chance managing partner Peter Cornell will issue a stern warning to partners at this week's annual meeting that failure to amend the firm's strict lockstep would be tantamount to closing offices.

  • Chadbourne bags White & Case team

    28-Feb-2005

    Chadbourne & Parke has boosted its Polish energy presence with the hire of a high-profile group from White & Case.

  • Clarke Willmott grows in Birmingham

    28-Feb-2005

    Clarke Willmott grows in Birmingham" /South West heavyweight Clarke Willmott has signalled its intention to grow significantly its presence in Birmingham with the acquisition of local firm Vernon & Shakespeare.

  • Deals round-up

    28-Feb-2005

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary (Jim Lavery, Natalie Town) advised Baring English Growth Fund on the management buyout of UK-based computer manufacturer Stone Computers for £20m. Stone Computers advised by Pinsent Masons.

  • Deutsche Bank leads radical e-billing drive

    28-Feb-2005

    Deutsche Bank is leading a group of nine of the world's largest financial institutions, together with Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer,

  • Dibs on Dobbin

    28-Feb-2005

    Are Scottish solicitors more sentimental than English or Welsh ones?

  • DLA Piper boosts Asia team with hire from CLP

    28-Feb-2005

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has raided Hong Kong-based power company CLP to boost its Asian project finance practice. John Yeap (left), CLP's director of group development, is joining DLA Piper to head the firm's project finance group. Yeap, who will be based in DLA Piper's Hong Kong office, has gained a combination of senior management and legal experience after nine years at CLP.

  • DLA wins Pinsents' waste specialist

    28-Feb-2005

    DLA is continuing its attack on the projects and PFI market with the hire of partner Allison Page from Pinsent Masons.

  • Euroclear gifts Wragges first instruction on IT outsourcing

    28-Feb-2005

    Wragges first instruction on IT outsourcing" /Wragge & Co's outsourcing practice has scored a massive coup by advising new client Euroclear, Europe's largest securities settlement house, on the IT and outsourcing elements of its group restructuring.

  • Events

    28-Feb-2005

    Employment Law - An Introduction2 March 2005, LondonOne-day introductory course for solicitors practising, or intending to practise, in employment law. Provides an overview of an increasingly complicated area, with an appreciation of the main rights, duties and remedies that flow from employment relationships. Significant recent developments are included. For more information visit www.thelawyer.com/events/72508.

  • Evill and Coleman, Russell-Cooke create London PI powerhouse

    28-Feb-2005

    Personal injury (PI) boutique Evill and Coleman is to merge with London's Russell-Cooke Solicitors.

  • Ex-EY Law chief launches Paris consultancy

    28-Feb-2005

    Former EY Law global head Patrick Bignon is setting up a legal management consultancy. Bignon is launching Law Management Consulting, which will be based in Paris, in response to a need for independent legal experts in Europe. Bignon said that law firms and in-house legal departments in France are facing new challenges as a result of the Loi sur la Sécurité Financière - the French equivalent of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act - and pressure on costs. First revealed on www. thelawyer.com 23 February

  • Exodus of Leeds construction team adds to Hammonds' woes

    2-Mar-2005

    Hammonds is losing a construction team to rival Addleshaw Goddard in Leeds.

  • Firm 'friends'

    28-Feb-2005

    The stormy nature of Clifford Chance's communications, media and telecoms team has passed into legal market mythology, with partners allegedly having stand-up rows at group meetings before slamming doors and flouncing out. (Sounds a bit like Tulkinghorn's house.)

  • Firm profile: Adams Solicitors

    28-Feb-2005

    Adams Solicitors, a firm well respected on East London's high streets, has undergone a radical transformation in the last year. Established in 1992 by husband and wife duo Som and Mahinder Chima, the firm, once known for its family and conveyancing expertise, appears to have hit the big time with the opening of a Canary Wharf office and a series of new client wins.

  • Floating charges

    28-Feb-2005

    Stop-and-search procedures on ships have sparked a slew of insurance claims in the wake of 11 September. Brendan Malkin reports on the P&I giant at the sharp end of the action

  • Former Testa, Altheimer partners resort to court

    28-Feb-2005

    The US legal market's most recent high-profile bankruptcies got nasty last week following audacious legal proceedings from former partners of Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault and Altheimer & Gray.

  • Forsters relocates to Berkeley Square

    28-Feb-2005

    Mayfair firm Forsters has today relocated to new premises next to Berkeley Square.

  • Grapevine

    28-Feb-2005

    Man United's Freshfields defender sticks his heels inThe lawyer currently standing between Malcolm Glazer and Manchester United - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Mark Rawlinson - also took a strong stance on a board's fiduciary duty to shareholders when advising on the failed P&O Princess-Royal Caribbean merger.

  • Hammonds' new cleaner gets his mop out

    28-Feb-2005

    Sometimes the job of a managing partner bears more than a passing resemblance to the role of Victor the Cleaner in Luc Besson's French classic Nikita.

  • Hammonds: auditors dumped, equity partners to repay £3m

    28-Feb-2005

    Crossley gets tough as 'exceptional charge' dents profits; PwC brought in to audit national firm; 60 to go in redundancies

  • Handling Conflict within the Partnership

    4-Mar-2005

    By Simon Taylor (MA Oxon and MCIArb) and Patricia Wheatley Burt (FCIPD)

  • Jet getters

    28-Feb-2005

    Iraq and Kuwait have moved off the battlefield and into the courtroom. Jon Robins reports on fourteen years of legal wranglings, armed raids and ditched lawyers

  • Law Society Council pushes ahead with training revolution despite industry flak

    28-Feb-2005

    The Law Society Council gave the go-ahead for the next stage of the controversial Training Framework Review last Thursday (24 February), which has split the profession's educational establishment.

  • Leaked document says all new QCs must be PC

    28-Feb-2005

    Barristers will have to pass a political correctness test if they wish to become QCs under the new silk selection system, according to a document seen by The Lawyer.

  • Legal Widow

    28-Feb-2005

    I've never seen squirming like it. There we were, going home from the circus at half-term to find the Lawyer's gleaming, Germanic monster of a car parked next to the 200-year-old banger driven by one of his NHS clients.

  • Linklaters leads the way in Hong Kong IPO surge

    28-Feb-2005

    After years of recession, has the Hong Kong economy finally bounced back? Last year proved to be a bumper 12 months for Hong Kong-based lawyers thanks to the record number of companies raising cash through initial public offerings (IPOs).

  • Mass appeal

    28-Feb-2005

    More musical Asian tsunami relief efforts. Following on from last week's plug for the rock bash at The Spitz on 22 March starring The Simkins Partnership, this one comes courtesy of Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). And this time the music is of a more genteel, but equally exceptional, standard.

  • Microsoft puts firms under pressure in major review

    28-Feb-2005

    Microsoft is in the middle of a global review of its law firms as it attempts to control spiralling legal costs caused mainly by its endless antitrust and patent litigation.

  • Milbank seals first deal for Sainsbury family

    28-Feb-2005

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has sealed its first deal for the Sainsbury family.

  • New LSC chair appointed

    3-Mar-2005

    Sir Michael Bichard has been appointed as the new chair of the Legal Services Commission (LSC), the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) announced today (3 March).

  • Norton Rose pledges time to Free Representation Unit

    28-Feb-2005

    Norton Rose's employment department is blazing a trail for employment representation charity the Free Representation Unit (FRU).

  • Opinion

    28-Feb-2005

    The ban on legal aid for defendants in libel cases needs to be overturned after McLibel

  • Ozannes appoints new managing partner

    28-Feb-2005

    Leading Guernsey firm Ozannes has appointed litigation partner Robert Shepherd as its new managing partner. The firm has also launched a dedicated trusts practice, to be led by partner St John Robilliard. Shepherd, who joined the firm in 2001 from Clifford Chance, succeeds Peter Harwood as managing partner. Harwood remains at the firm as head of corporate. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 21 February

  • Partnerships for Schools creates first panel

    4-Mar-2005

    Partnerships for Schools (PfS), the public body designed to support the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme, has appointed a dozen law firms to its newly created panel.

  • Pillsbury offloads insurance litigation team ahead of merger

    3-Mar-2005

    Merging US firms Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pitman have made their first bold move to offload unwanted practices sending a 20-lawyer insurance litigation team to Hunton & Williams.

  • PwC survey shows UK firms' poor showing in billing stakes

    28-Feb-2005

    The ability of UK law firms to bill promptly and collect debts within a reasonable time period has deteriorated since last year, PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) annual financial management survey has revealed.

  • Rödl legal arm posts 16 per cent revenue hike

    28-Feb-2005

    German multidisciplinary firm Rödl & Partner has reported a sharp increase in the turnover of its legal services arm.

  • Sainsbury's leans on legal team in Sudan 1 fiasco

    28-Feb-2005

    J Sainsbury's in-house legal department is playing a key role in steering the FTSE 100 retailer through the largest product recall in UK retail history.

  • School building

    28-Feb-2005

    Bristol is the hub for a revolutionary programme to improve education on a national scale. David Hutton gives the lowdown on the Building Schools for the Future scheme

  • Sending the right smoke signals

    28-Feb-2005

    Richard Nicolle and Rebecca Bennett explain the diplomatic route to banishing workplace smoking

  • Separated at birth

    28-Feb-2005

    Don't mention the eggs. Louis Cyphre (see if you can work out which supremely evil being this nom de plume could possibly represent) was the real star of 1980s chiller Angel Heart. Now he's reappeared and is still causing havoc, this time for Allen & Overy, leaving the magic circle firm's Italian banking practice in tatters with his departure to a local boutique. Going under the name Andrea Arosio, ...

  • Shearman promotes ten to partnership

    28-Feb-2005

    Shearman & Sterling has promoted 10 lawyers to its all-equity partnership. The London office promoted one lawyer into the equity - UK-qualified capital markets expert Warden McKimm - while its New York base saw three lawyers made up in asset management, litigation and IP. The remaining six promotions comprise a project finance expert from Abu Dhabi, an antitrust specialist in Brussels, an M&A ...

  • Simmons wins Singer capital markets work

    28-Feb-2005

    Simmons & Simmons has closed its first capital markets deal for niche bank Singer & Friedlander.

  • SJ Berwin Paris head pans UK LLPs

    28-Feb-2005

    SJ Berwin Paris head pans UK LLPs" /SJ Berwin Paris managing partner George Pinkham is leading a fight to clarify complicated tax laws that could lead to French members of a UK limited-liability partnership (LLP) being taxed twice.

  • Sony BMG launches Futures Division

    28-Feb-2005

    Newly merged music company Sony BMG has launched a new division which has been hailed by its head lawyer as the first of its kind for a major record company.

  • Stephenson Harwood hires Islamic finance head

    28-Feb-2005

    Stephenson Harwood has hired a new head of Islamic finance. Bilal Aquil joins following work at Calyon (formerly Crédit Lyonnais). He will be responsible for Stephenson Harwood's Islamic finance work across a range of areas including real estate and banking. The firm has also recruited John Roebuck as a consultant in the commercial litigation team, fresh from a part-time role as the group legal ...

  • Stibbe partner relocates to London to head City arm

    28-Feb-2005

    Herbert Smith's Dutch alliance firm Stibbe is relocating corporate and capital markets partner Derk Lemstra to London to head up the firm's City arm.

  • Takeover Panel chief extends stay

    28-Feb-2005

    The Director General of the Takeover Panel Richard Murley has accepted the Panel’s invitation to extend his secondment until 30 November 2005.Murley, who works for Goldman Sachs, took up office in April 2003.

  • Telfa adds four to network

    28-Feb-2005

    Four new law firms have joined legal network Trans European Law Firms Alliance (Telfa), building on its Eastern Europe expertise. Joining the network are Austrian firm Doralt Seist Csoklich, Bihary Balassa & Partners of Hungary, Romanian firm Mariana Anghel Law Firm and Hökerberg & Söderqvist in Sweden. Last year the appointment of Polish firm Kalwas & Partners gave Telfa its first foothold in Eastern Europe. The latest round of firms to join the alliance means the network now has representative

  • The power pack

    28-Feb-2005

    The renewable energy sector is growing. Patrick Robinson and Ross Fairley report on how UK regional firms are gettng involved

  • The work-life quiz

    28-Feb-2005

    Simon Pizzey, managing partner, Veale Wasbrough

  • UBS embarks on global shake-up of law firms

    28-Feb-2005

    UBS Investment Bank is in the throes of a full-scale review of its global panel in a bid to rationalise the firms it uses in the US, Europe and Asia.

  • UK companies unlock wealth from their bricks and mortar

    28-Feb-2005

    Firms are working no win, no fee to take part in the sale-and-leaseback boom. By Joanne O'Connor

  • V-lex regroups as Nabarros merger fails

    28-Feb-2005

    Leading technology boutique V-lex has relaunched in London and Sheffield despite losing three directors after a deal to merge with Nabarro Nathanson fell through.

  • West End associates win pay war

    28-Feb-2005

    Associates working in London's West End were the biggest winners in the latest round of pay reviews.

  • Word of honour

    28-Feb-2005

    English is now universally accepted as the language of business, spoken by businesspeople - and lawyers - worldwide. UK and US lawyers can cheerfully Which Lovells partner was refused entry to Will Smith's post-Hitch premier party three times?travel the world, safe in the knowledge that they won't be the ones needing a dictionary.

  • Wragge's private client team find new home at Mills & Reeve

    3-Mar-2005

    Wragge & Co's 15-strong private client team is moving to the Birmingham office of Mills & Reeve.