29 April 2002
3/4 South Square's expanding practice is key to its European incursion
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
Landwell and KPMG outperform Spain's top three; Clifford Chance looks over its shoulder as Linklaters makes its mark
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 ...
The French arm of Andersen Legal is merging with Ernst & Young's associated French law firm HSD Ernst & Young
Andersen Legal's German legal arm Andersen Luther has voted in favour of a merger with Ernst & Young
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.
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 & Flexner has settled a sex discrimination suit brought by two former female associates and agreed to pay $37,500 (£25,800) to each plaintiff
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
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 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
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
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
Andersen Legal's law firms in the Czech Republic and Slovakia are in merger talks with the Ernst & Young network
Camerons and Linklaters on Lattice-National Grid merger. But which firm will become the top adviser to the merged company?
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 ...
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) ...
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) ...
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
Memery Crystal, BLP and Hammonds were the big winners in The Lawyer AIM Survey 2001, while TJG and Lawrence Graham slipped. Caroline Davies investigates
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 ...
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 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, ...
Merrill Lynch plans structural change after New York Attorney General's attacks
Panel members to be cut from 150 to 100; ninety-four barristers asked to reapply
US firms Hogan & Hartson and Cooper & Kirk have won a US civil case against Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party
Midlands firm Howes Percival has taken on BMW's former head of legal Andrew Armitage to launch a specialist automotive unit
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.
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
KPMG-linked KLegal has earned millions of pounds for employment law advice on the huge SwissAir/CrossAir restructuring
Landwell, PriceWaterhouseCoopers' tied law firm, has won Ansbacher and Handelsbanken as clients
Latham & Watkins is continuing to focus on Europe as it sets up its second office in Italy
Law Society president David McIntosh is under fire from Law Society Council members for spending a reputed £200,000 of funds on foreign travel
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 ...
Recent cases have seen divorce law shaken up, with the courts in dispute about what's fair. Martin Loxley reports
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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
DUBLIN firm Mason Hayes & Curran is poised to open a New York representative office
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is drawing up a panel of arbitrators and mediators to oversee marine disputes
Norton Rose is freezing the salaries of its newly qualified and trainee lawyers, following the example set by other top City firms last week
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
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 ...
Seven Andersen Legal partners hung out to dry; TJG in talks with Garretts team
Rouse & Co, the intellectual property (IP) consultancy which has Willoughby & Partners as its legal arm, has opened an office in New Delhi
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 ...
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 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 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 & Simmons is merging with its Portuguese best friend F Castelo Branco P Rebelo de Sousa & Associados
Studio Legale Sutti has overhauled its Rome presence and hired two partners to strengthen its dispute resolution practice
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
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 & Priest's Washington DC office has taken on nine partners, all of whom have defected from local rival Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn
Beachcroft Wansbroughs scores victory as Appeal Court's 1999 decision overturned
Osborne Clarke has lost key technology client Vanco to Ashurst Morris Crisp
Washington DC-based Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson and Hand has scooped the interim government of Afghanistan as a new client
Client faces $900,000 costs payout as lawyer is accused of contempt of court
New York firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher has opened a Brussels office following a merger with boutique Belgian corporate practice Dieux & Associés