29 March 2004

The Lawyer

  • A&O pops up in battle for spot on Apax panel

    29-Mar-2004

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has emerged as a surprise contender for a much sought-after place on private equity firm Apax’s leveraged transaction panel.

  • Alcatel counsel quits for Framatome

    29-Mar-2004

    The general counsel of Alcatel’s communications, information and telecoms division, Marc Jany, has quit the French company to join Framatome ANP.

  • All change for Burges Salmon senior partner

    31-Mar-2004

    Burges Salmon has elected a new senior partner to replace Richard Wynn-Jones whose term expires at the end of April.Commercial property partner Bob Smyth has been appointed to the post in an uncontested election. Wynn-Jones, the firm’s senior partner for the past three years, will return to fee-earning.The new appointment will take effect from 1 May.

  • All change for Jones Day Frankfurt leader

    29-Mar-2004

    Jones Day has promoted a corporate partner to head up its Frankfurt office.

  • Ashurst passed over as supermarket returns to long-term adviser

    29-Mar-2004

    Ashurst has missed out on the mandate to advise Wm Morrison Supermarkets on the disposal of 19 stores to Waitrose.

  • Bagge begs

    29-Mar-2004

    Times really must be tough at poor old Norton Rose. Litigation partner James Bagge, clearly strapped for cash, has headed off on his summer holiday bound not for Belize or Cannes, but the dusty trails of Spain.

  • Bar finds in favour of Bridewell man

    29-Mar-2004

    The Professional Complaints and Conduct Committee of the Bar Council has dismissed complaints against barrister Roger Davey, of Bridewell Chambers. Paralegal Susan Clarke had accused Davey of two counts of serious professional misconduct, both of which were dismissed at a hearing on 25 February 2004.

  • Bar pulled up on delays to complaints procedure

    29-Mar-2004

    Delays are tainting the bar’s record on complaints, according to the annual report of the independent complaints commissioner to the Bar Council. It states almost a quarter of complaints take five months or more to be concluded, which it describes as “unacceptable”. Overall, the bar’s record improved, with the number of complaints dropping from 743 in 2002 to 685 in 2003. Of 18 complaints concluded in 2003, 10 resulted in fines against barristers and eight were dismissed.

  • Cayman everybody

    29-Mar-2004

    Hollywood tends to portray the Caymans as a den of iniquity. Andrew Bolton says it’s all hogwash and the truth will out

  • CC votes to get tough on slackers

    29-Mar-2004

    Clifford Chance lawyers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of sweeping reforms to the firm’s constitution, simplifying the process of expelling partners. The result of a three-week ballot saw the management secure more than the 85 per cent majority needed to push through the changes, with well over 50 per cent of the equity partners taking part in the process. Until now, the firm has required an ...

  • Continental drift

    29-Mar-2004

    With France virtually invisible and the Netherlands racing into top spot, The Lawyer’s first European revenue league table threw up a few surprises

  • Delays taint bar’s track record on complaints

    29-Mar-2004

    Many barristers are taking an “unacceptable” length of time to respond to complaints against them, the independent complaints commissioner to the Bar Council has found.

  • Dickson Minto makes lateral hire

    29-Mar-2004

    Dickson Minto has raided Scottish rival Shepherd + Wedderburn for a rare lateral hire.

  • DLA aids Leeds FC with Chapter 11-style deal

    29-Mar-2004

    In a high-risk deal resembling a US Chapter 11 administration, DLA has steered Leeds United Football Club away from a potentially fatal administration and through the management-led restructure that resulted in the sale of the club earlier this month.

  • Double standards

    29-Mar-2004

    The increased demand for international cooperation among offshore jurisdictions is creating problems. Collingwood Thompson QC reports

  • Ex-7 Bedford Row senior clerk returns to bar

    29-Mar-2004

    Former 7 Bedford Row senior clerk Chris Owen has returned to the bar as a consultant with general common law set Bridewell Chambers. Owen, who will work closely with head of chambers Colin Challenger and senior clerk Lee Hughes-Gage, has been tasked with expanding the set and restructuring its administration.

  • Ex-Lovells partners go independent in Germany

    31-Mar-2004

    A duo of former Lovells partners have struck out on their own by setting up a firm in Frankfurt.

  • Firm profile: Glaisyers

    29-Mar-2004

    Manchester firm Glaisyers is a close-knit team, so much so that it has dispensed with the traditional managing partner’s role in favour of a management team of six. Nick Johnson, a litigation lawyer with Glaisyers since 1983, acts as the spokesperson and sums up the approach thus: “We work closely together, with the six partners in the management team having various ...

  • Framing Cayman

    29-Mar-2004

    The Parmalat scandal led some to point the finger at the Cayman Islands. Anthony Travers puts the case for the defence

  • Freshfields new partner numbers decline for third year

    30-Mar-2004

    Partnership promotions at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have fallen for the third year in a row, this time dropping by over 30 per cent.

  • Freshfields: Kings of Europe

    29-Mar-2004

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has come out top of the first ever financial survey of European law firms.

  • Grapevine

    31-Mar-2004

    I love this time of year.

  • ICC sets up panel to aid fraud victims

    29-Mar-2004

    The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is assembling a crack anti-fraud panel, tasked with offering advice to victims of commercial deception, money laundering and cybercrime.

  • Isle of Man fraud dispute drags in Guernsey

    29-Mar-2004

    An extraordinary dispute taking place in the Isle of Man, over whether the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or two Cypriots has the right to $250m (£135.4m) of alleged defrauded money, has now widened to include Guernsey.

  • Jaws free

    29-Mar-2004

    Offshore jurisdictions might have taken a bit of a battering in the press post-Parmalat, with allegations of dubious practices (all unfairly, of course, as Tulkinghorn maintains), but at least the lawyers in those often far-flung and sun-drenched places can fall back on the odd (and we mean odd) compensatory leisure pursuit.

  • Jones Day London loses legacy Gouldens partner

    29-Mar-2004

    Jones Day London loses legacy Gouldens partner" /Jones Day’s London office has suffered the loss of its first legacy Gouldens partner since the two firms merged over a year ago. Real estate and structured finance partner Christopher Berry is joining the London office of Hogan & Hartson. Berry, who has been a ...

  • Kart blanch

    29-Mar-2004

    If your idea of bliss is tearing around a racetrack at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (which feels at least twice as fast when you’re six inches off the ground), then you’d better sign up to the main event of the summer.

  • King & Spalding grabs funds star for private equity push

    31-Mar-2004

    King & Spalding has scored another coup for its private equity group by taking on a funds specialist from Goldman Sachs.

  • Latham boosts NY bankruptcy group

    2-Apr-2004

    Latham & Watkins has bumped up its New York bankruptcy practice with a lateral from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. Bankruptcy and insolvency expect Mitchell Seider is leaving Kramer Levin after three years to join Latham which has recently acted on a number of high profile cases including a role for the creditors committee on Enron.

  • Lawrence Graham steps in on Londis as Baker Tilly sidelined

    29-Mar-2004

    Lawrence Graham steps in on Londis as Baker Tilly sidelined" /Lawrence Graham has scooped instructions from new client Londis Holdings Limited on the sale of the mutually-owned convenience store chain.

  • Leader

    29-Mar-2004

    In this edition of The Lawyer we are publishing a special preview of The Lawyer Euro100, the first ever investigation into revenues and profits of European law firms.

  • Legal Widow

    29-Mar-2004

    The firm is having trouble with mothers-in-law.

  • Lovells litigator called as witness in BAT case

    29-Mar-2004

    Lovells litigation partner Andrew Foyle is set to face questioning over five key areas of British American Tobacco’s (BAT) document destruction policy after losing an appeal against an order forcing him to give evidence. In US v Philip Morris & Ors, the US government is alleging that since 1953 the companies have deceived the US public about the health risks of smoking. Foyle has been asked to give evidence because he advised various BAT companies on document retention policy. The ...

  • Macfarlanes, Pinsents on Bermudian mega-deal

    29-Mar-2004

    Macfarlanes, Pinsents on Bermudian mega-deal" /Two UK law firms have won work as principal advisers on one of the largest transactions in an offshore jurisdiction so far this year.

  • Mannheimer loses M&A/private equity star to its arch-rival Vinge

    29-Mar-2004

    Swedish firm Vinge has poached one of Mannheimer Swartling’s brightest stars, marking the firm’s first lateral partner hire from its closest rival.

  • Marrache & Co lands Rock’s prime property development

    29-Mar-2004

    Gibraltar’s sixth-largest firm in bid to climb property league table with £300m East Side instruction

  • Masons pulls off strategic coup with OGC win

    29-Mar-2004

    Masons has scored an important new client with its appointment to advise OGCbuying.solutions on commercial and EU procurement issues.

  • Masons pulls plug on Irish branch

    1-Apr-2004

    Masons is closing its Dublin office, with two of its local partners moving to A&L Goodbody.

  • Matrix spreads its web over Hailsham barristers

    30-Mar-2004

    Hailsham Chambers has lost a tranche of barristers to Matrix Chambers’ burgeoning competition practice.

  • McGrigors loses Macpherson

    29-Mar-2004

    The managing partner of Scottish firm McGrigors, Shonaig Macpherson, has resigned and will leave at the end of September.

  • McGrigors loses partner to Kilpatrick Stockton

    2-Apr-2004

    McGrigors (formerly Klegal) has lost its highly-rated head of employment to Kilpatrick Stockton after he refused to sign the firm’s new partnership agreement.

  • Merricks wins new South African client

    29-Mar-2004

    Struggling national firm Merricks has experienced a flicker of hope after winning tiny South African private security company Command Holdings as a new client.

  • Morgan Cole partner tally rises as corporate head quits

    2-Apr-2004

    Morgan Cole’s former London corporate head Graeme Guthrie is the next partner to join the mass exodus from the firm, after week joining London’s Campbell Hooper.

  • Morgan Lewis shakes up London management

    31-Mar-2004

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius’ London head of international litigation and arbitration has become the new managing partner for the UK office. It is understood that Robert Goldspink is taking over the post from Peter Wallace, a business transactions specialist who is also regional co-ordinating partner for Europe and a member of Morgan Lewis’ advisory board. Wallace has been managing partner for London for over two years.

  • Morgan Lewis targets Paris with De Pardieu haul

    1-Apr-2004

    Morgan Lewis is pressing ahead with plans to open a Paris office after recruiting a 15-strong team from De Pardieu Brocas Maffei & Leygonie.

  • New Vistas

    29-Mar-2004

    Stephen Moverley reports on the revolutionary Vista Trust, which limits the influence of trustees on trusts and promotes entrepreneurial spirit

  • Next generation set to take over at Nicholson Graham

    29-Mar-2004

    A new guard is to take over management of Nicholson Graham & Jones, with insolvency head Tony Griffiths succeeding Michael Johns as managing partner.

  • No5 Chambers hooks up with Spanish law firm

    29-Mar-2004

    Birmingham’s No5 Chambers has become one of only a handful of sets with an international presence after forging an alliance with Spain’s Gomez Villares & Alvarez (GV&A). No5, which opened in London in 2002, is expecting to refer property, tax and probate cases with a Spanish element to GV&A, which already handles work for the UK expatriate population. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 24 March

  • Norton Rose heads south in office move

    2-Apr-2004

    Norton Rose partners have opted for SE1 development More London as their new home, and today [2 April] started exclusive negotiations on a deal.

  • Off key

    29-Mar-2004

    What would you do if you had to litigate offshore? Christopher Edwards provides the lowdown

  • Opinion

    29-Mar-2004

    Hands up anyone who remembers development land tax (DLT)? Older readers may recall that DLT was more than just an hirsute radio DJ of long ago. Indeed, the Barker Report, ‘Delivering Stability: Securiing our Future Housing Needs’, published on Budget Day just gone, may have given them a frisson of recollection with its discussion on the possibility of taxing increases in land values ...

  • Orrick cuts back on billable hours for European lawyers

    29-Mar-2004

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe may have found the answer to the eternal question of how to run a successful global law firm: realising that European lawyers work differently from US attorneys.

  • Osborne Clarke hires Silicon Valley boss

    29-Mar-2004

    Osborne Clarke has appointed a new leader to its Silicon Valley outpost as the firm reaffirms its commitment to the Californian technology market.

  • Outer London boroughs suffer major shortfall of Law Centres

    29-Mar-2004

    Londoners in 13 boroughs are still without a law centre, despite the fact that it would cost a mere £2.5m to put a centre in every borough across the capital.

  • Palwinder Hare: Motorola

    29-Mar-2004

    Motorola’s head of legal Palwinder Hare is used to juggling a complex set of responsibilities. Steve Hoare meets a man at home in The Matrix.

  • Par for the course

    29-Mar-2004

    What a difference a few years make. The College of Law is now offering bespoke courses for three breakaway firms from the City LPC consortium, the remaining five are dealing solely with BPP, while two regional colleges have been dropped from the equation. Jon Robins asks the main players what the changes mean for the future of legal education

  • Paris Bar gives green light to Paul Hastings merger

    2-Apr-2004

    Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker can finally seal its merger with France’s Moquet Borde & Associes after gaining approval from the Paris Bar Association.

  • Partner promotions soar at Linklaters

    31-Mar-2004

    Linklaters has increased the number of new partners in this year’s round of promotions making up a staggering 31 lawyers.

  • PwC global aims foiled as Landwell chief bows out

    29-Mar-2004

    Landwell’s global legal head Gerard Nicolai is to leave the firm, signalling the end of its accounting parent PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) ambitions to have an international legal network.

  • Real estate deals round-up

    29-Mar-2004

    Linklaters (Bertrand Andriani) represented Ambac Assurance UK as the guarantor on the issue by European Property Capital of €355.45m (£236.2m) of commercial mortgage-backed securities. The transaction is supported by commercial mortgage-backed loans to eight regional property-owning special purpose vehicles owned by GFR Group, ...

  • Rich Pickings

    29-Mar-2004

    Gibraltar has always made itself an attractive place for the wealthy to live. Ben Marrache says it’s becoming even more irresistible

  • St Philips loses child care expert to London set

    31-Mar-2004

    Birmingham’s St Philips Chambers has been hit with the loss of a leading child care barrister who has joined One King’s Bench Walk in London.

  • Standards bearers

    29-Mar-2004

    Offshore business is a benchmark of quality, argues Jonathan White

  • Steering group to examine ethnic diversity in law

    29-Mar-2004

    A steering group has been set up to investigate diversity in the legal profession. The group, led by Brenda King, chair of pressure group African & Caribbean Diversity, includes lawyers, recruitment specialists and HR practitioners from UK-based law firms. Key issues include ethnic minority representation in the profession and flexibility in working practices.

  • Stephenson Harwood loses partner to Bircham Dyson Bell

    30-Mar-2004

    Bircham Dyson Bell is cashing in on the stream of departures from Stephenson Harwood by boosting its real estate finance practice with a new hire.

  • Tail of whoa

    29-Mar-2004

    Betting men at the bar be warned: if you are unfortunate enough to come up against Brick Court’s Bill Wood QC soon, watch out for him racing past you in the final furlong, particularly when the going is soft.

  • Tarlo Lyons discrimination case settles

    30-Mar-2004

    A former Tarlo Lyons corporate partner who accused the firm of sexual discrimination today (March 30) settled her case at a London employment tribunal.

  • Taylor Wessing in Paris raid on Richards Butler

    29-Mar-2004

    Taylor Wessing in Paris raid on Richards Butler" /The former joint managing partner of Richards Butler’s Paris office has quit to join the fledgling French team at Taylor Wessing.

  • The Bermuda angle

    29-Mar-2004

    Bermuda has come out of the downturn all the stronger – and despite criticism from US presidential hopeful John Kerry, international investment is on the up. By Warren Cabral

  • The Glennie’s dropped

    29-Mar-2004

    The exits at McGrigors just keep getting worse. Chasing this week’s story about the ‘will he, won’t he?’ negotiations of Robert Glennie, a scribe from The Lawyer was interested to hear word of another high-profile partner with a position to consider.

  • The sleeping giant awakes: DLA’s plans for real estate

    29-Mar-2004

    Emma Vere-Jones reports on the effects of DLA’s bid to boost its presence in the property sector

  • Tight Jersey

    29-Mar-2004

    A search for Nigeria’s missing millions in Jersey highlighted deficiencies in the ‘know-your-client’ procedures of certain institutions. Beverley Lacey reports

  • Time for Beddoes

    29-Mar-2004

    With the repeal of Order 62, everything has changed in relation to costs for contentious trust disputes. William Richmond-Coggan reports

  • TMT chief takes senior job at Vodafone

    29-Mar-2004

    Osborne Clarke’s head of technology media and telecoms (TMT) Simon Rendell has been appointed Vodafone’s acting UK head of legal.The unusual move to one of his key clients is a result of former UK head Ian Robino moving to head the information technology/intellectual property (IT/IP) department at Vodafone Group, the central legal team for the international operation.

  • Victoria law body steps up requirements

    29-Mar-2004

    Australian lawyers who qualified in the state of Victoria will have to ensure they meet the requirements of a new continuing professional development (CPD) scheme or risk losing their practising certificates.