3 April 2006
Lewis Silkin helps Hutchison burst O2's bubble
LSE legal head Catherine Johnson has been at the centre of the biggest bid saga of the year. Donna Sawyer meets the woman who shaped the defence of the City's trophy target
Allen & Overy (A&O) and McDermott Will & Emery have won a five-firm beauty parade to advise Tyco on its groundbreaking multibillion-dollar three-way split.
Allen & Overy has announced 33 partner promotions - the highest number of associates ever to have been promoted at the firm.
Addleshaw Goddard has poached Ashurst competition partner Mark Clough QC after identifying competition litigation as a key growth area. Clough, one of the few solicitor-advocate QCs active in the competition sphere, has been a partner at Ashurst for 10 years and will become the eighth partner in Addleshaws' competition ...
London's Bates Wells & Braithwaite has appointed a new senior partner and plans to become an LLP within 12 months.
Bird & Bird has swooped on Loyens & Loeff in Brussels, hiring IP/IT and media practice head Benoit Van Asbroeck.
Boodle Hatfield private client partner Ian Cain has resigned to become head of Goldman Sachs' UK strategic wealth advisory team. The departure, while a blow to the firm's private client practice, is likely to result in a stronger link between Boodles and Goldman Sachs. Additionally, Boodles announced it had promoted three solicitors to the partnership, two in real estate and one in tax. On the same date, partners Simon Fitzpatrick (litigation), Caroline King and Karen Mason (property) ...
Allen & Overy and Wragge & Co have been dumped as primary advisers to BT, following a major review of the telecoms giant’s legal panel.
Following the resounding success of The Lawyer's inaugural internet-based diary (for the uninitiated, Tulkinghorn is assured the correct technical term is 'blog', deriving from 'web log'), Tulkinghorn is delighted to offer the final few fragments of scurrilous gossip emanating from Mipim in that fleshpot of the south, Cannes.
A group of Clifford Chance corporate partners is set to launch a fund of funds to put money into their clients' investments as the private equity boom reaches new heights.
Clifford Chance has won a rare patent case after the London International Financial Futures Exchange (Liffe) won an important victory that clarifies case law regarding the owner of an invention.
Clifford Chance has continued its management shake-up confirming the appointment of Chris Perrin and David Harkness to the firm’s management team.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is to use a loophole in Chinese licensing laws to secure licences for both the Beijing and Shanghai offices it is set to inherit from Coudert Brothers by mid-April.
Forty-three of London’s biggest law firms have handed the City of London Law Society a mandate to be their representational and campaigning body.
Clarke Willmott takes over Heatons' Birmingham base" /Clarke Willmott has taken over the Birmingham office of Heatons, leaving the latter firm with just three partners in its Manchester office.
CMS Cameron McKenna, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons all landed roles on the biggest Private Finance Initiative (PFI) accommodation contract in the UK advising a Carillion-led consortium.
The London office of Covington & Burling has blamed the weak dollar for its poor performance in London and has addressed the problem by becoming one of the few US firms to bill in sterling.
Do or die for Ferrovial on BAA bid
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary's Spain arm has added two new competition partners to its ranks following a raid on Jones Day. Brothers Jose Maria and Juan Jimenez-Laiglesta have joined DLA Piper from Jones Day. The appointments have raised the number of competition partners in DLA Piper's Madrid office to three, making it ...
DLA Piper sets up mentoring scheme to help GCSE pupils" /DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has been working with two London secondary schools on an e-mentoring scheme for GCSE students.
Philadelphia-based Duane Morris is planning to open an office in Singapore in the next 12 months in a move that will give the firm its second international office.
Only 3 per cent of partners in the UK's top 100 law firms come from ethnic minorities. A third of the firms surveyed have no partners from ethnic minorities at all.
Two former Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz partners have set up a finance boutique in Germany in bid to offer a more “personalised” service to clients.
When is an alliance not an alliance? When it's led by Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW).
Partners from Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and the European Legal Alliance (ELA) will fly to New York this month to beauty parade US law firms, with the aim of extending the reach of the alliance in the US.
Founded in 1826, niche London firm Sharpe Pritchard specialises in work for public authorities, acting for more than 250 public sector organisations, including local authorities, central government bodies, trusts, schools and housing associations.
Catrin Griffiths looks at the options for firms wanting to bolster their borrower finance practices
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Cologne partner Klaus Beucher has taken over from Peter Chrocziel as joint head of global IP and IT, along with London partner Avril Martindale.
An ability to switch your thinking dimensions will enhance your career prospects, says Paul Conway
CC fancies its chances with clients' private equity assets
Spanish IP boutique Grau Baylos & Angulo has opened an office in the Canary Islands and is moving to larger premises in Barcelona.
Hammonds has bolstered its German offering with the hire of a new corporate partner in Berlin.
The row between former Hammonds partners and the firm has escalated, with legal action now imminent as the disagreement over repayment of drawings drags on.
Herbert Smith has scooped rivals Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons to advise Indian IT company Tata Consultancy Services on a £600m IT outsourcing contract with life insurer Pearl Group.
Roger Wyand QC (left) and Alastair Wilson QC are the new heads of Hogarth Chambers, replacing Christopher Morcom QC. Morcom was a head of chambers for 20 years, first at Essex Court then at One Raymond Buildings, where he led the merger with 5 New Square to form Hogarth Chambers in 2001. The appointments take effect on 2 April. Hogarth Chambers is ...
The Private Equity Lawyers Forum Annual Conference will be on Friday 28 April at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's London offices. Roundtable discussions will be led by: Freshfields (funds constitution and fund management), Lovells (employment law) and Wragge & Co (strategic deals and engaging advisers). ...
Moray McLaren on the month in Iberia
Following its stormy merger with, and then demerger from, Clifford Chance, Studio Legale Grimaldi e Associati now follows a staunchly independent course in the Italian market.
US firm Morgan & Finnegan has opened an office in Shanghai, becoming the first US IP boutique to launch in China.
Sabah Bayati came to London last month with two aims. The treasurer of the Iraqi Bar Association was on a fact-finding mission to look at how the legal process works in the UK, but more importantly he wants to bring the plight of Iraq and its lawyers to the attention of the international community.
Kirkland & Ellis has bolstered its Munich restructuring group with the hire of Leo Plank from Frankfurt boutique Broich Bayer von Rom. Plank previously worked in the New York and London offices of Bingham McCutchen in the global financial restructuring group. Kirkland has a 100-lawyer restructuring group spread across the globe. Its most high-profile instruction was the United Airlines deal. ...
News reaches Tulkinghorn that Landmark Chambers has moved from its previous dingy and dungeon-like premises in Breams Buildings into swish new offices on Fleet Street. The set has undergone a few changes too during the year, notably on the administrative staff side, with a new fees administrator and IT manager. There is also a new reception manager, who apparently used to be head of reception for the New Zealand Parliament. From that to Landmark. How the mighty…
The Law Society has hit back at one of its harshest critics the Legal Services Ombudsman and the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner Zahida Manzoor.
The president of the Law Society Kevin Martin has responded to criticism from the director general of the Confederation of British Industry Sir Digby Jones by branding the former Hammonds boss out of touch.
Dundas & Wilson took Tulkinghorn back to the 1970s recently, and thanks are due to London corporate dude Ewan Robertson. But this was no glitter ball, John Travolta, cheesy version of the decade taste forgot. Scotland's finest plumped instead for Rolling Stones-inspired, guitar (and, God forgive them, drum) solo-laden, dope and joss stick-fuelled rock mayhem courtesy of The Black Crowes.
Well, they offered him equity on Friday, but at a terrible price: they informed him that the firm was nosediving and they were almost certainly going to make a six-figure cash call on partners later in the year.
Linklaters has secured the lead advisory role for longstanding client J Sainsbury on its £2.07bn commercial mortgage-backed securitisation (CMBS).
Linklaters has promoted 32 lawyers to its partnership, including 12 in London.
Linklaters has revamped its its senior governance body by adding two new members to its international board.
Lovells is embarking on another shake-up of its remuneration structure as it moves to compress the firm's lockstep and increase the number of points available to new equity partners.
Boston firm Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo has launched in Palo Alto, taking over patent filing boutique Reed Intellectual Property Law Group.
Nabarro Nathanson has added three partners to its Sheffield office, including two rare lateral hires from City firms to its employment and pensions groups.
Law consultancy NetworkLaw has launched with the hire of four lawyers.
Yorkshire-based commercial firm Rollits has appointed Richard Field as managing partner. Field, a corporate specialist, was head of the firm's company and commercial department and has been at Rollits since 1988. He takes over from Steve Trynka, who returns to the corporate department after 10 years as the firm's managing partner. Field begins his new role on 1 May. Ben Moshinsky
The Olswang partner that led the UK's first-ever AIM listing of an Indian company has left the firm to join Taylor Wessing.
From today, divorcees will be responsible for their own legal costs unless exceptional cases arise
Offshore firm Ozannes is to become the first Guernsey outfit to launch an office in Jersey.
Commercial property firm Bell & Scott has appointed Ross Taylor as a solicitor in its construction team. Taylor joins from Drummond Miller.
Tulkinghorn understands that there is nothing lawyers like more than a good crisis meeting, possibly lasting for many hours. But when one ignores all calls, including that of Mother Nature, problems must surely be on the horizon.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Herbert Smith are celebrating after advising on NTL's £962.4m ($1.62bn) recommended takeover of Virgin Mobile.
Reed Smith and Richards Butler have today announced that they have signed a letter of intent to complete a full merger by 1 January, 2007.
Simmons & Simmons has announced former managing partner David Dickinson will take the reigns from Janet Gaymer as senior partner.
Simpson Thacher & Batlett has announced plans to launch on China’s mainland after raiding local law firm Fangda Partners for a new recruit.
SJ Berwin helps entrepreneurs with launch of property investment fund" /SJ Berwin's property department has helped launch a new £150m property fund for two high-profile industry entrepreneurs, starting with the purchase of an office building in St James's.
Slaughter and May has strengthened its corporate ties with Associated British Ports (ABP), with the firm set to advise on a possible bid by a consortium led by Goldman Sachs.
Tulkinghorn recently attended a do at party central, the Gherkin, thrown to celebrate Philadelphia-based Duane Morris's recent merger with San Francisco firm Hancock Rothert Bunshoft.
What was your first-ever job?Cutting grass in Kingston Cemetery.
The rise of international firms within the UK market continued unabated in 2005, with the top 30 international firms depriving UK rivals of total revenue worth more than £1bn for the second year running.
David Middleton on the month in-house
Times have changed at Capital One. Instead of sending legal work straight out to external advisers the in-house lawyers are now almost wholly self-sufficient. By Lorraine Cushnie
White & Case managing partner Duane Wall has been a global pioneer among UK law firms. But there is more to do, he tells Gemma Westacott
The West Bromwich Building Society has hired its first legal counsel in the shape of former Wragge & Co lawyer Simon Welch.
White & Case has poached a pair of Simmons & Simmons partners to boost its Düsseldorf office.
Investors in the UK are protected from insider dealing by corporates better than other European investors - but regulation is lagging behind jurisdictions such as New Zealand and the US.