28 October 2002
The New York associates of Clifford Chance have slammed the firm's culture in a damning 13-page memorandum to the partnership
Northern managing partner and national litigation head for Pinsents Nigel Kissack is certainly not one to refuse a challenge. Matheu Swallow reports
Addleshaw Booth & Co has poached Ashurst Morris Crisp client Brunner Mond, winning two new instructions in the process
In a rare move for a defendant media firm, Davenport Lyons is advising the TV presenter named by some newspapers as the alleged rapist of Ulrika Jonsson
A forthcoming rule allowing barristers to receive instructions from companies without the need for licences has led to an upsurge in targeting new direct access work by the Bar
Barents to fight on with one lawyer left in its Brussels office; merger a possibility
The court's U-turn in Halloran has left happy insurers and infuriated PI lawyers at loggerheads. Norwich Union puts the case for the insurers to Jon Robins
Thames Valley-based firm Boyes Turner has been elected the sole UK representative of international law firm association Lawrope. The firm replaces Finers Stephens Innocent, which quit the alliance for Meritas in May 2002.
Brobeck Phleger & Harrison is desperately attempting to forge links with another law firm after talks with Hogan & Hartson collapsed last week
Los Angeles partner to transfer to Washington as Bryan Cave hires two to meet increasing client demand
Baker & McKenzie's IT and e-commerce practice group is implementing a new three-pronged strategy focusing on security, privacy and outsourcing, which mirrors the Bush administration's IT security fears following the 11 September terrorist attacks. In September, the White House released a draft of its 'National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace'. While the proposals are not backed by law, they state that companies that fail to implement appropriate security measures ...
Tulkinghorn is always sad to lose hacks from The Lawyer newsdesk, and the lovely Caroline Davies was no exception. Obviously, Tulkinghorn was concerned she was a mentalist when she made a move into PR and has since been talking to Harley Street's top head doctors about a cure. It was to his great relief, then, when it recently came to his attention that Davies has actually been doing something productive. It turns out that Davies is to tread the boards to raise money for Children ...
Laura Cox QC, the head of Cloisters chambers and leading employment barrister, is to join the High Court Bench
Cobbetts has just completed a major commercial deal, acting for Frankfurt-based company AirPlus International in its joint project with British Airways to provide an upgraded cardless payment scheme for corporate travel
Former head of Addleshaws practice joins Cobbetts with two colleagues
Merger talks between New York's Pennie & Edmonds and the West Coast's Cooley Godward have collapsed after the two firms came to blows over accounting differences
Mediation centre set up in Lloyds building
Deloitte & Touche fields DLA on Leicester City administration
Linklaters and Camerons also involved in privatisation of Bulgarian telecoms industry
Stephen Irwin QC to join new chair Matthias Kelly QC
Spanish niche technology and corporate firm Ecija & Associados has taken on internet bank Bankinter's head of legal as a partner. Javier Espadas joins the firm as head of corporate, litigation and arbitration. Prior to working at Bankinter, Espadas was head of litigation at Garrigues' Canaries practice.
The French government has been censured by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for failing to write into its national laws an EU directive that would make it easier for lawyers to work across the EU
The EU Council of Min-isters has reached political agreement over the passing of a new legal aid directive, which would ease access to legal aid for litigants in cross-border civil and commercial disputes
Allen & Overy (Mario Jacovides) advised the European Investment Bank on its role as senior lender on the Japanese operating leases of two Airbus A340-300 aircraft which will be operated by Iberia. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Iberia and
A new catch-all finance law has been passed by the Spanish senate, allowing a significant number of modern financial transactions to take place on the country's capital markets
Industrial action by firefighters could leave their union open to legal action due to badly drafted legislation in the Terrorism Act 2000, claimed a leading lawyer
Can Clifford Chance clean up in the Italian securitisation market post-Grimaldi? Julia Cahill reports
The law says to be committed you have to be married, but Lord Lester says the UK is behind the times and plans to bring about change with his Partnership Bill. Jon Robins reports
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has picked up the work on Cinven's latest foray into the publishing sector.Most of the private equity house's recent publishing acquisitions have gone to Ashurst Morris Crisp, but for the Kluwer Academic Publishers auction, the work went to Freshfields ...
The government is attempting to reduce its annual £70m legal spend by 10 per cent by creating panels of law firms, but the process has been hampered by internal politics and bureaucracy
Beachcroft Wansbroughs has returned around £125,000 to a former client, Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA), after its costs estimate rose nearly six times above the level it had originally projected
Howrey Simon Arnold & White is forging ahead with its aggressive global expansion plans after scoring a coup by hiring an intellectual property (IP) litigation partner from highly-rated US niche firm Keker & Van Nest
US survey of 300 inhouse lawyers attacks stubborn attitude of firms
Mayfair firm Gordon Dadds has become the third firm to be appointed by claimants in an action against Customs & Excise
US firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue appears in the High Court today accused of professional negligence and breach of fiduciary duty
Tulkinghorn has just discovered that Keith Schilling, Naomi Campbell's solicitor and general 'lawyer to the stars', has a hidden talent. Not only has this man almost singlehandedly battled for a new law of privacy and helped his firm, Schillings, win The Lawyer Award for Niche Firm of the Year 2002 - he has also completed a touch-typing course.Schilling is so proud of this achievement that the certificate proclaiming him a touch-typist worthy of any temping ...
South African firm Sonnenberg Hoffman & Galombik has taken another KPMG international tax partner, following the appointment of 14 KPMG lawyers at the end of September
A Barclays Bank online auction process, used earlier this year for accountancy firms, may be extended to commoditisable elements of the provision of legal services
It might not be very sunny at the moment, but Leeds' second-tier firms are certainly making hay.For the city's big six - Addleshaw Booth & Co, DLA, Eversheds, Hammonds, Pinsent Curtis Biddle and Walker Morris - the past six months have brought mixed fortunes. Hammonds has been the victim ...
If there's one piece of advice I'd pass on to modern mothers, it is never do your test drives in half term
Belgian law firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick & Cerfontaine has recruited environmental law partner Bernard Deltour and his team of two associates from Bird & Bird. Deltour's practice area did not dovetail with Bird & Bird's technology-focused clients.
'Hard' IP drive sees magic circle firm trim lawyer numbers by a fifth; six months tax-free pay reward
British Airways (BA) has recruited competition specialist Niamh McCarthy from Littman Chambers. The former barrister has previously worked in Paris and Brussels. BA head of legal Maria DaCunha said: "Given the forthcoming legislative changes in both the EU and UK competition law, it is vital that we have the expertise in-house to deal with these issues."
UK partners take all bar one of global practice leader jobs
More representation for global businesses; Sleigh named as new London managing partner
Malta Financial Services Authority gets serious in preparation for EU membership. Brendan Malkin reports
Kennedys has recruited employment partner Brian Gegg (left) from Masons. This is the firm's second partner hire in a month. Kennedys chief executive Ric Martin and head of employment Marc Meryon used to work with Gegg at Masons. Gegg joins construction partner Nick Carnell who joined the firm last month.
Hire of former president of US Chamber of Commerces Institute for Legal Reform bolsters government relations practice
Robert Glennie replaces Dutch partner Bert Damstra
Travelling home through the City last Tuesday night, following a splendid evening at Mrs Tulk-inghorn's favourite restaurant Cecconis, Tulkinghorn was horrified at the sight of Simmons & Simmons' building. As impressive as the building was - shining like a beacon to all those lost in their desperate search for a lawyer - this was mainly due to it being the only building in the City that night with all its lights on. Just who are they trying to kid - does anyone really ...
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy partner William Webster has landed the role of chair on the new Securities and Exchange Commission's Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Webster, a former FBI and CIA director, had the support of the three Republican members of the five-member commission that voted on the appointment, all of whom have had previous career ties to the accounting profession. The appointment is good news for the accounting profession, as Webster's rival ...
Competition Commission faces scathing criticism as two more decisions overturned by the CFI
Of solicitors who transfer from private practice, nine out of 10 strongly prefer working for local government. This is according to a survey conducted by the Local Government Group (LGG) of the Law Society, which questioned more than 150 solicitors who had transferred from private practice into local government
Osborne Clarke has bolstered its property department with the appointment of SJ Berwin property development specialist Kathryn Almond, taking the number of property partners in the firm to 19. The firm has also taken on former Altheimer & Gray senior associate Cathy Harris to head its projects practice. Harris ...
Two more pieces to the Lovells building jigsaw. Unfortunately, there will not be space (and perhaps noparticular interest) to supply the remaining pieces in future issues. But if you'd like a complete Lovells building or Lovells boardroom jigsaw, then please send a stamped addressed envelope and a cheque for £100,000 - surely a snip for this once in a lifetime offer.
Pinsent Curtis Biddle has slashed its headline chargeout rates for new client Leeds Metropolitan University, which has just appointed the firm as its sole legal adviser
An 80-strong legal team from Pinsent Curtis Biddle has advised John Laing on the disposal of Laing Homes to George Wimpey, for a total cash consideration expected to be in the region of £297m
Pump Court Tax Chambers has hired a new senior clerk after the departure earlier this year of Geraldine O'Sullivan
Theodore Goddard has scooped one of the largest property financing deals this year, advising Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on Rotch Group's £340m refinancing of Shell Mex House.Banking partner Michael Black led the deal, assisted by property partner Andrew Hill and senior banking associate Geraldine Lord.Theodore Goddard, which is one of the bank's panel firms, advised RBS in May when it backed London & Regional's ultimately unsuccessful ...
North East firm Rollits has been appointed as sole legal adviser to the newly-created Charity Bank
Stanbrook & Hooper's Chinese practice has formed an alliance with Chinese firm East & Associates
Stevens & Bolton may want to move into the top 100, but it won't give up its culture
After 10 months of painful negotiations between Allen & Overy (A&O), Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Swiss firm Homburger, US private equity firm Texas Pacific Group is on the verge of completing its acquisition of Gate Gourmet.Swissair Group, represented by A&O and Homburger, will recoup $675m (£437m) for Gate Gourmet, the world's second largest airline ...
Company secretary and director of legal services at Carillion Richard Tapp has revolutionised both the in-house function and the external panel since his arrival. Emma Vere-Jones reports
The divorce case of White has brought the concepts of fairness and equality into contention. David Ruck and Kathryn Peat look at the arguments used to gain the lion's share
Ten years after the Children Act, battles over child contact are still every family lawyer's can of worms. Jane Craig reports on how the courts are navigating the most sensitive areas
Farrer & Co, the Queen's law firm, is to be sued by a media lawyer and six producers of the Cook Report TV programme
Silicon Valley technology firm Venture Law Group (VLG) has been forced to make a capital call to pay its way out of a property lease