28 June 2004
Over 1400 lawyers gathered at The Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday night for the biggest night of the year in the legal profession, The Lawyer Awards.
Texas-based law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has raided US rival King & Spalding for a team of 10 energy lawyers.
Baker & McKenzie (B&M) has reorganised its partnership structure becoming the first international law firm to operate as a Swiss Verein.
Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has bolstered its international finance practice by taking on the former head of Baker & McKenzie’s London-based derivatives and structured finance group.
Beachcroft Wansbroughs is celebrating after winning the largest single test case in employment tribunal history.
At a packed Lawyer Awards ceremony last week, Berwin Leighton Paisner triumphed over a stellar shortlist to become Law Firm of the Year. The judges said: “Berwin Leighton Paisner has succeeded in the mid-market like few other firms and has the results to show for it.”
The Bush administration could soon be facing its day of reckoning after the US Supreme Court yesterday granted 16 Guantanamo Bay detainees the right to pursue lawsuits against the government.
Cable & Wireless is downsizing its in-house legal team despite the improving fortunes at the FTSE 100 telecoms company.
The Garrigues Foundation and the Complutense University of Madrid have joined forces to promote the training of young law professors and legal research projects. A committee comprising members of both institutions will award six-month scholarships to Harvard Law School worth €9,000 (£6,000) each to two promising young lawyers. The scholarships are designed to give the successful candidates a chance to perform research work over a six-month stay in Cambridge, US.
Thames Valley firm Pitmans has appointed a new senior solicitor to its defendant personal injury team. Alan Davies joins from Merriman White, a firm based in London and Guildford. Davies was previously a partner at Gregory Rowcliffe & Milners and Edward Lewis in London and specialises in insurance litigation.
The last remaining partner at Clifford Chance’s San Diego is departing for Latham & Watkins.
Charles Russell has appointed a former Allen & Overy (A&O) associate as head of its EU and competition group.
As compliance with money laundering legislation reaches the next stage, law firms need to be ever-more vigilant. Nick Pointon explains why
Wayne Rooney’s lawyers, the niche sports firm Couchman Harrington Associates, has recruited former Hammonds consultant Jon Higton to be head of broadcasting and media.
Coudert Brothers is in the final stages of talks with Cleveland’s Squire Sanders & Dempsey to create a merger of equals.
DLA is set to distance itself from its debt recovery arm, joining the legion of firms that have already made the strategic move away from volume work.
Facing a claim is bad enough. Conflict with your insurer can be even worse. Derek Holwill and Helen Ager report
The High Court has ordered 15-partner City firm Druces & Attlee to pay almost £2m in damages to a former client for breach of contract, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.
Duane Morris has plucked two more partners from Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, this time to boost its corporate practice.
To paraphrase Dirty Harry, a man’s got to know his limitations. Nicholas Heaton explains why
Last Thursday evening (24 June) you were probably watching England suffer agonising defeat at the hands of hosts Portugal while drinking yourself silly, or perhaps you were a little more refined and screened the event for clients. Either way, while you might think that you spent a fortune, you will definitely have spent a great deal less than the e4bn (£2.67bn) that the Portuguese government has on hosting the event. Hopefully you will also have spent significantly less than the £250,000 ...
Despite two years of a hard insurance market and rising professional indemnity premiums, Trevor Moss argues that law firms are better off in the open market than under SIF
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is set to shake up its Rome and Milan management with the introduction of an all-Italian line-up. In September, Milan-based capital markets partner Bruno Castellini will replace Mario Ortu as co-office managing partner, while in Rome Raffaele Lener, a financial services partner, will become office administrator, taking over from partner Fabrizio Arossa, ...
Hammonds is making a play for the Latin American market with the launch of a referral alliance throughout the region.
Following a poor financial year, Hammonds has changed its drawings policy to reduce monthly drawings by 7 per cent for this financial year and delay the payment of deferred drawings by over 12 months.
Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe is to become the latest law firm to take space in New York’s Times Square Tower, the once hoped-for home of collapsed accountant Arthur Andersen.
After three months of discussion, the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitutional Reform Bill today announced it was unable to agree on the two major aspects of the proposed reforms – the abolition of the office of the Lord Chancellor and the creation of a Supreme Court.
Irwin Mitchell is treading new legal ground in the Hoffman-La Roche group claim. By Husnara Begum
Walker Morris has poached Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield public sector team.Partners Andrew Uprichard and Julie Muscroft will join the commercial, public sector and projects team in the Leeds firm later this year, leaving Irwin Mitchell with no public sector partners. They are expected to take some assistants with them.
International employment law alliance ius laboris has launched a free online compensation and benefits service in response to calls from employers for access to free advice. The Knowledge Base, as it will be known, will provide companies with information on legal developments in compensation and benefits throughout Europe.
Jones Day is boosting its burgeoning European operation with the launch of a base in Moscow.The office, which was officially launched today (1 July), will be headed up by Washington-based corporate partner Vladimir Lechtman who is due to relocate to Russia.
Legacy Gouldens IP stalwart Charters Macdonald-Brown is leaving Jones Day to set up his own practice.
King’s College London is to establish its first legal panel, posing a potential threat to Herbert Smith’s long relationship with the university.
‘Tesco Law’ became a reality this week with the launch of the supermarket’s online legal store. But in an embarrassing error, the company is referring customers looking for a Scottish lawyer to an independent website rather than the Law Society of Scotland.
The Law Society and insurers The St. Paul have renewed their joint venture for at least another five years.
Lawrence Graham has added a dedicated corporate governance arm to its litigation practice.
Eloquently, passionately and with no little wit, the man can most certainly talk. Fortunately, on this occasion, he restricted himself to one gag, and to the delight of some in the audience, it was at Campbell’s expense. Opening his copy of the Civil Service (No 2) Bill at Section 6(3) Lord Lester turned his steely gaze on the evening’s host to quote “from one former special adviser to another: ‘Special advisers shall not exercise executive powers over civil servants’.”
Frankfurt chiefs kick off massive review of German partnership as magic circle firm tightens its belt
Linklaters has topped the European M&A league tables for the first half of 2004, trumping magic circle rival Clifford Chance, which ranked number one last year.Figures released by Mergermarket saw Linklaters notching up 78 deals totalling e99.08bn (£66.24bn).
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (instructing Robin Dicker QC, 3/4 South Square, and Richard Snowden QC, Erskine Chambers) acted for Telewest Communications in its successful application for a £3.8bn financial restructuring. The terms of the prolonged debt-for-equity swap agreed by Telewest’s bondholders will leave current shareholders with 1.5 per cent of the new equity. Fried Frank ...
Matrix Chambers’ growth has stalled after two years of rapid expansion, with revenues of £9.25m in 2003-04, up just 5 per cent on last year.
Hodge Jones partner Greg Foxsmith believes mentoring young offenders could fill the hole in our justice system. And he’s asking City lawyers to help. Gemma Charles reports
The trend of “super sets” being formed at the bar continued on Friday, when Manchester’s Merchant Chambers and St John’s Buildings agreed to merge.
Civil set 39 Essex Street has scored a coup by hiring leading barrister, Matthew Horton QC from the remains of 2 Mitre Court Buildings.
Morgan Cole’s beleaguered London office has been hit by another partner departure in the shape of energy partner Oliver Drennan. He is due to join Collyer-Bristow as a partner on 28 June and is the third energy lawyer to quit Morgan Cole this year. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 23 June
Cable company NTL has brought in a Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson partner as its new US general counsel after searching for a replacement for nearly a year.
The UK’s primary legislation dealing with cyber crime, the Computer Misuse Act 1990, has recently come under scrutiny from the All-Party Parliamentary Internet Group (Apig). Apig’s overall purpose is to encourage the use of the internet in the UK and to act as a forum for discussion between industry and government on internet-related issues. The public inquiry it launched earlier this ...
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe last week confirmed that a team of eight Clifford Chance partners are joining the firm, as first revealed by The Lawyer (21 June). The haul of largely ex-Brobeck Phleger & Harrison partners, who moved to Clifford Chance two years ago, is made up of lawyers ...
Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has bolstered its Asian project finance practice with White & Case’s former global head of India. Raj Pande, who has spent his entire legal career at White & Case, the last 10 years as a partner, becomes Paul Hastings’ first dedicated project finance partner in Asia. As head of Asian project finance, he will flit between Toyko and Hong Kong.
Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker is this week understood to be gearing up to defend Wal-Mart in the largest civil rights action ever brought against a private employer in the US.
Hogan & Hartson’s French affiliated law firm is set to merge with Piper Rudnick, the Parisian outfit’s third link-up with a US firm in nine years. The deal to integrate the six-partner Cariddi Mee & Rue with Piper Rudnick marks the US firm’s first foray into the French market. Cariddi Mee & Rue linked up with Hogan & Hartson in 1996, prior to that, its partners had practised with Mudge Rose Gurthrie Alexander & Ferdon the US firm which dissolved in December 1995.
An independent report out today slams the way senior judges are appointed.
Philip Smith, the managing partner of Cheshire firm SAS Lawyers, is not one to hide his firm’s light under a bushel. “We’re very assertive on PR,” he says.
Schillings lawyer Rod Christie-Miller has joined the partnership following the departure of Martin Cruddace to head the legal function at online betting company Betfair this month. Christie-Miller will take over the bulk of Cruddace’s clients, although partner Rachel Atkins will act for ex-Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan in his estimated £1m ...
Former Merrill Lynch employee tests new water by comparing her pay with other jurisdictions in record £7.5m claim
Sidley Austin Brown & Wood’s London office has seen two of its lawyers gain partner status in the firm’s recent round of promotions.
Simmons & Simmons has bolstered its China real estate practice after appointing Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) former head of the Hong Kong office.
Slaughter and May has won out against a slew of City firms for the coveted role as legal adviser on the demutualisation of Standard Life. The demutualisation will be the first time that Slaughters has acted for the company, which undertook a review of its legal panel, beginning in March, in preparation for the mandate. Dundas
Slaughter and May is closing in New York and Singapore as it ramps up its relationship in Asia with Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR).
South West-based Clarke Wilmott and Foot Anstey Sargent are both powering ahead after recording increased profits and turnover for the last financial year.
The Lawyer can reveal that only one of the final three bidders for the Telegraph Group, the winning Barclay Brothers, who were represented by Lovells, had an agreement to pay its law firm in full, win or lose.
Net contribution clauses have yet to be tested in court, but they should always be used. George Brown explains why
The capping of liability in solicitors’ letters of engagement is crucial, argues Mike Willis
The Law Society is planning to introduce an external test for trainees that they must pass before gaining a practising certificate.
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Stephenson Harwood has lost its head of corporate and a partner to Taylor Wessing, but has gained two new recruits. James Robertson, group practice leader for corporate, and partner Adrienne Seaman are leaving for Taylor Wessing. However, Stephensons is taking on two lawyers for its banking and asset finance ...
The basic salaries of Europe’s in-house lawyers jumped on average by a moderate 4 per cent in 2004, according to a recent survey.
Training lawyers to put the law into a commercial context is imperative, but Caroline Wilson says the bean-counters have beaten solicitors back
Adding to the current international football fever pitch brought about by the 2004 European Championship, White & Case has teamed up with the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) and Scottish firm Shepperd + Wedderburn to kickstart the Homeless World Cup 2004, to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in September.
The UK’s last rail regulator is joining White & Case’s London office.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius has raided freshly merged US firm Wilmer Cutler Hale & Dorr for a team of seven business and finance lawyers for its New Jersey office.
Jane Lister, managing partner, Foot Anstey Sargent
The battle surrounding embattled Russian oil giant Yukos has escalated, with its core shareholders instructing lawyers to act against the Russian authorities should the company be forced into bankruptcy.