29 April 2002

The Lawyer

  • 3/4 South Square

    29-Apr-2002

    3/4 South Square's expanding practice is key to its European incursion

  • A dying law

    29-Apr-2002

    Euthanasia law has changed little in this country, but recent cases being referred to the European Court of Human Rights could herald a serious change. Sally Roberts reports

  • Accountancy-linked firms clean up in Spain

    29-Apr-2002

    Landwell and KPMG outperform Spain's top three; Clifford Chance looks over its shoulder as Linklaters makes its mark

  • Addleshaws finalises UK's largest university accommodation farm-out

    29-Apr-2002

    Addleshaw Booth & Co has completed the UK's largest higher education estate transfer in its first deal for the University Partnership Programme (UPP) launched by Jarvis.The deal with Nottingham Trent University involves the transfer of 2,326 bed spaces in eight separate halls of residence to Jarvis UPP under a 33-year lease.This is the first time that a UK university has transferred almost its entire estate to the private sector. The development cost of the project ...

  • Andersen Legal links with HSD E&Y in France

    29-Apr-2002

    The French arm of Andersen Legal is merging with Ernst & Young's associated French law firm HSD Ernst & Young

  • Andersen Luther, E&Y to merge

    29-Apr-2002

    Andersen Legal's German legal arm Andersen Luther has voted in favour of a merger with Ernst & Young

  • Bar Council at loggerheads with OFT over MDP probe

    29-Apr-2002

    The Bar Council has issued a stinging response to the Office of Fair Trading's (OFT) statement last week that it will continue investigations into the bar's restrictions on multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) and allowing barristers to litigate.In a strongly-worded response to the OFT, the bar chairman David Bean QC expressed his surprise that, in the context of the Enron debacle, the bar is being asked to reform its policies to allow chambers to enter into MDPs.

  • BLP lands work on £220m RBSI deal

    29-Apr-2002

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has advised a syndicate of banks led by the Royal Bank of Scotland International (RBSI) on a £220m property deal, the first transaction it has closed for the offshore bank.The syndicate, comprising RBSI, Bradford & Bingley and Britannia Building Society, financed the acquisition by a private overseas investor of major City office development ...

  • Boies Schiller settles sex discrimination case

    29-Apr-2002

    Boies Schiller & Flexner has settled a sex discrimination suit brought by two former female associates and agreed to pay $37,500 (£25,800) to each plaintiff

  • CC Italian cooperation agreement in disarray

    29-Apr-2002

    Clifford Chance is still struggling to sign off a cooperation agreement on the exit of disgruntled Italian partners over issues including the ownership of its Rome premises

  • Children in care

    29-Apr-2002

    A staggering 36,400 children are currently accommodated by local authorities under care orders. The number has increased by 27 per cent in the past six years.

  • Class Law poised for battle against accountants

    29-Apr-2002

    Class Law is gunning for three of the big five accountancy firms as it seeks redress for private investors that have lost money in split capital investment trusts

  • Collyer lawyer criticised over ex-colleague's fraud

    29-Apr-2002

    A Collyer-Bristow lawyer owes $250,000 (£172,000) plus considerable interest claims after being found liable for the involvement of a consultant of his former firm in a letter of credit fraud

  • Commission fronts plans for European enforced debt order

    29-Apr-2002

    The European Commission has proposed a regulation that would force courts and other judicial authorities across the EU to recognise an uncontested order secured by a creditor for the recovery of owed money held in another member state

  • Czech Andersen Legal in talks with E&Y

    29-Apr-2002

    Andersen Legal's law firms in the Czech Republic and Slovakia are in merger talks with the Ernst & Young network

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - LATTICE-NATIONAL GRID MERGER

    29-Apr-2002

    Camerons and Linklaters on Lattice-National Grid merger. But which firm will become the top adviser to the merged company?

  • Deals summary

    29-Apr-2002

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (Richard Page, Fiona Holland) advised Herald Ventures as underwriter to a £2.32m placing and open offer by Manpower Software. Manpower advised by Gouldens.Middleton Potts (David Rabagliati) advised Chinese state-owned company China National Cereals Oils & Foodstuffs Import & Export Corporation in the negotiation and conclusion of a $20m (£13.8m) ...

  • Deals summary

    29-Apr-2002

    Weil Gotshal & Manges advised Barclays Capital as lead manager in a £357m securitisation of credit card receivables originated by Capital One Bank. Capital One advised by Clifford Chance (Kevin Ingram).Davis Polk & Wardwell (Warren Motley, John Brandow) advised Morgan Stanley & Co as lead managers of $7.3bn (£5bn) Securities and Exchange Commission-registered notes ...

  • Deals summary

    29-Apr-2002

    SJ Berwin (John Eldridge) advised Chelsfield on its £20m acquisition of a 1.2 acre island site at Bankside from National Grid. The site includes the London head office of Energis. BrookStreet des Roches (Charles Seaward) advised National Grid.Lawrence Graham (Richard Miles, Tim Railton, Nick Turner) ...

  • Dentons instructed on King's Cross scheme

    29-Apr-2002

    Denton Wilde Sapte has been selected from a group of 12 firms to advise Camden Council on the proposed 10 to 15-year redevelopment of King's Cross

  • Desperate measures

    29-Apr-2002

    KLegal's expansion - well-planned strategy or the whim of a football fan desperate to guarantee himself a ticket to the game?News reaches Tulkinghorn of the unusual agenda rumoured to be behind KLegal's latest law firm merger with Scottish firm McGrigor Donald. Let us consider the evidence: KLegal managing partner Nick Holt is a Manchester United fan; the Champions League final is to be held at Hampden Park in Glasgow; at the time of its merger with McGrigors, Manchester ...

  • Doctors accused of tribunal bias

    29-Apr-2002

    The future of social securities appeal tribunals throughout the UK is under threat because of allegations of bias against the hundreds of doctors who give evidence in them

  • Eagle-isation

    29-Apr-2002

    Tulkinghorn has been looking forward to the third issue of Lawyer2B for weeks. It arrived on his desk last week and he was pleased to catch up on all the latest gossip from the world of legal education, not least the progress of Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards, the ski-jump hero and now a wannabe lawyer. In between his second-year law degree studies at De Montfort University, Edwards is now preparing to get involved in the film being made about him. A host of stars have been lined ...

  • Fighting fit

    29-Apr-2002

    Memery Crystal, BLP and Hammonds were the big winners in The Lawyer AIM Survey 2001, while TJG and Lawrence Graham slipped. Caroline Davies investigates

  • Finance

    29-Apr-2002

    One way of analysing a firm's strategy is to look at its partner promotions, and this year, although I'm sure both firms view their banking departments with equal importance, Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy (A&O) are showing different attitudes towards growth.While last year Clifford Chance made just four lateral hires in banking (in London, Paris and New York), A&O ...

  • Former Equitable Life directors instruct A&O

    29-Apr-2002

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has been instructed by nine former non-executive directors of Equitable Life to defend claims brought against them by the mutual

  • Freshfields and Mayer Brown win top roles on HMV flotation

    29-Apr-2002

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw have scooped the main advisory roles on the £1bn initial public offering of HMV.Freshfields is advising the banks underwriting the flotation and Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is advising HMV. Denton Wilde Sapte is advising EMI, ...

  • Giuliani fights Merrill Lynch's corner in NY

    29-Apr-2002

    Merrill Lynch plans structural change after New York Attorney General's attacks

  • Goldsmith slashes Govt provincial panel

    29-Apr-2002

    Panel members to be cut from 150 to 100; ninety-four barristers asked to reapply

  • Hogan & Hartson and Cooper & Kirk score civil victory against Zanu-PF

    29-Apr-2002

    US firms Hogan & Hartson and Cooper & Kirk have won a US civil case against Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party

  • Howes Percival wins ex-BMW legal chief

    29-Apr-2002

    Midlands firm Howes Percival has taken on BMW's former head of legal Andrew Armitage to launch a specialist automotive unit

  • I'm a Brummie innit Geez

    29-Apr-2002

    At the inaugural Birmingham Law Society Awards a couple of weeks ago, Tulkinghorn was entertained by a coterie of boisterous Brummies. Tulkinghorn holds no truck with the award winner, who muttered "What a joke" when stepping off the stage to a round of enthusiastic applause.

  • Imperial rule

    29-Apr-2002

    A series of international acquisitions have transformed the UK's leading tobacco company into a major global player. Kathryn Hobbs reports on Imperial's five-strong legal team

  • KLegal gets a lift from SwissAir/CrossAir work

    29-Apr-2002

    KPMG-linked KLegal has earned millions of pounds for employment law advice on the huge SwissAir/CrossAir restructuring

  • Landwell wins Ansbacher and Handelsbanken work

    29-Apr-2002

    Landwell, PriceWaterhouseCoopers' tied law firm, has won Ansbacher and Handelsbanken as clients

  • Latham opens Italian office as London partner departs

    29-Apr-2002

    Latham & Watkins is continuing to focus on Europe as it sets up its second office in Italy

  • Law Society president blasted over £200k travel expenses

    29-Apr-2002

    Law Society president David McIntosh is under fire from Law Society Council members for spending a reputed £200,000 of funds on foreign travel

  • Legal Widow

    29-Apr-2002

    I absolutely hate partners' conferences. Just when you need a break after a week of strenuous peace negotiations with your children over excessive text messaging (Subjudice), shooting pigeons with grandfather's airgun (Deminimus) and cutting hair with the bread knife (Liability), the dress shirt lands on the ironing board and you realise that not only will you be at war without allies all weekend, but that your husband will be sipping champagne at a posh country house hotel while you're ...

  • Lonely hearts

    29-Apr-2002

    Recent cases have seen divorce law shaken up, with the courts in dispute about what's fair. Martin Loxley reports

  • Lovells

    29-Apr-2002

    The Lawyer is happy to print the following statement

  • LSC plans for quality mark threaten chambers' unity

    29-Apr-2002

    The Legal Services Commission's (LSC) plans to introduce a so-called 'quality mark' for chambers, could force chambers working in both the public and private sector to split

  • Mason Hayes' NY foray sees Bear Stearns hire

    29-Apr-2002

    DUBLIN firm Mason Hayes & Curran is poised to open a New York representative office

  • New arbitrator panel will cut marine costs

    29-Apr-2002

    The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is drawing up a panel of arbitrators and mediators to oversee marine disputes

  • Norton Rose calls a halt to newbies' salary rises

    29-Apr-2002

    Norton Rose is freezing the salaries of its newly qualified and trainee lawyers, following the example set by other top City firms last week

  • Nowhere to hide

    29-Apr-2002

    The Family Court was always regarded as private. But that was before a judgment allowed Glory Anne Clibbery to talk to the press about her broken relationship. Jon Robins reports

  • Opinion

    29-Apr-2002

    Just over one year on from the implementation of the New Electricity Trading Arrangements (NETA) in the England and Wales wholesale electricity market, discussions are now focusing on the success of the arrangements and their impact on market participants.NETA was intended to encourage greater competition in the electricity market, drive down prices, promote market liquidity and reduce system balancing costs. It is a system far more aligned to the trading of other commodities ...

  • Revealed: how Andersen abandoned its UK partners

    29-Apr-2002

    Seven Andersen Legal partners hung out to dry; TJG in talks with Garretts team

  • Rouse targets fakes with New Delhi office

    29-Apr-2002

    Rouse & Co, the intellectual property (IP) consultancy which has Willoughby & Partners as its legal arm, has opened an office in New Delhi

  • Roy of the ruckers

    29-Apr-2002

    Talking of Manchester United, a bizarre award was bestowed on club captain Irish midfielder Roy Keane last week.Keane has been awarded an honorary doctorate in law by University College Cork. The Observer sports section commented: "A proud moment for a man with a sparkling legal background. Keane picked up his first arrest in 1992, and after a 1999 row in Manchester's Henry's Bar, spent a night in the cells - collected by a steaming Fergie the next morning. This, plus ...

  • Say it with silk

    29-Apr-2002

    Herbert Smith partner Julian Lew QC is a bit shy about his latest feat of taking silk. And even shyer about wigs and gowns

  • Sidley launches Continental office with ten-partner hire

    29-Apr-2002

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has ramped up its international trade practice and simultaneously boosted its presence in Europe by luring a 10-partner group from Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy

  • Silk earns over £2m from Bloody Sunday Inquiry

    29-Apr-2002

    Silk Edwin Glasgow QC of 39 Essex Street has been paid more than £2m from the public purse for his work representing members of the armed forces in the Bloody Sunday Inquiry

  • Simmons and Castelo to merge

    29-Apr-2002

    Simmons & Simmons is merging with its Portuguese best friend F Castelo Branco P Rebelo de Sousa & Associados

  • Studio Legale Sutti grows dispute resolution with double Rome hire

    29-Apr-2002

    Studio Legale Sutti has overhauled its Rome presence and hired two partners to strengthen its dispute resolution practice

  • The AIM players

    29-Apr-2002

    MEMERY CRYSTAL

  • The famous four

    29-Apr-2002

    When 1 Mitre Court scooped up four family barristers from 29 Bedford Row it was big news at the bar. Brendan Malkin discovers what drives them

  • The Leader Column

    29-Apr-2002

    As quotes go, it was pretty juicy. Jean Eaglesham's piece in the Financial Times last Thursday on salary freezes for assistants caused sharp intakes of breath all round the City. Not because of the comment from Herbert Smith's Iain Rothnie, who confided that his firm was "not even considering" redundancies. (Well, that's a relief, then.) No, the quote which really got the lines buzzing was one from

  • Thelen Reid welcomes nine Arent Fox partners

    29-Apr-2002

    Thelen Reid & Priest's Washington DC office has taken on nine partners, all of whom have defected from local rival Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn

  • Time limit for negligence claims restored by Lords

    29-Apr-2002

    Beachcroft Wansbroughs scores victory as Appeal Court's 1999 decision overturned

  • Vanco ditches Osborne Clarke for Ashurst Morris Crisp after flotation

    29-Apr-2002

    Osborne Clarke has lost key technology client Vanco to Ashurst Morris Crisp

  • Verner Liipfert scoops Afghanistan govt work

    29-Apr-2002

    Washington DC-based Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson and Hand has scooped the interim government of Afghanistan as a new client

  • Vinson & Elkins partner faces $500,000 fine after mistrial

    29-Apr-2002

    Client faces $900,000 costs payout as lawyer is accused of contempt of court

  • Willkie Farr joins with Belgian firm

    29-Apr-2002

    New York firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher has opened a Brussels office following a merger with boutique Belgian corporate practice Dieux & Associés