3 December 2007
20 Years of The Lawyer: 1989
Commercial chambers 3-4 South Square has scored all the lead instructions in the public-private partnership (PPP) administration of Metronet, confirming the set as the bar leader for insolvency work.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's former head of insolvency Sandy Shandro will become a door tenant at 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB), the set announced today (6 December).
A trio from 5 Paper Buildings has failed to convince a jury that champion jockey Kieren Fallon and five others were guilty of race-fixing.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has scooped the lead role advising Dubai Financial Group (DFG) on its acquisition of a 24.6 per cent stake in Middle Eastern investment bank EFG-Hermes from Abraaj Capital.
Addleshaw Goddard is bringing football back home to terrestrial television, scoring the lead role for the Football League in its £264m media deal with the BBC.
It's official, Tulkinghorn is not the only lawyer with an impeccable sense of humour.
Scottish firm Anderson Strathern is to merge with commercial boutique Kerr & Co at the beginning of 2008, creating a 44-partner firm trading under the Anderson Strathern name.
Ashurst is advising North West Electricity Networks, a joint venture made up of JPMorgan Infrastructure Fund and its long-standing client Colonial First State Global Asset Management, on the acquisition of United Utilities' electricity network. The acquisition cost £1.78bn.
The Association of Women Solicitors has spoken out against the high attrition rates among female lawyers.
Australian commercial law firm, Freehills has appointed its Singapore-based special counsel Simon Taskunas to the partnership as part of a year-end intake for high-fliers.
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The BCCI working party announced that long trials should have statements of case limited but on the whole said the current civil procedure rules are already sufficient.
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The stars of the legal profession have been rewarded for their efforts this year with places in the 2008 edition of Who’s Who, with lawyers making up 17 per cent of new entries.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has poached two partners from Oxford firm Henmans.
Leading Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo has implemented a round of promotions, a week after losing five partners to Latham & Watkins.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) today (7 December) announced it will launch a pilot scheme to monitor whether chambers are complying with the bar code of conduct.
UK 200 Position: 21
IT consultancy Capgemini UK has expanded its legal panel following a review, handing SJ Berwin its first role on the roster to advise on dispute resolution.
Hedge fund GLG Partners has snared a Chadbourne & Parke partner to ramp up its in-house legal team in London and New York.
Several imported Chinese goods have been recalled in the US. Hillel Parness and Derek Craig say vendors must know how to protect themselves
Thirteen City firms have committed themselves to a summer school diversity initiative to encourage applications from students studying at non-Russell Group universities.
UK 200 Position: 12
Clifford Chance is the last magic circle firm to drop its shipping practice with Holman Fenwick & Willan picking up the one-partner team.
Clifford Chance partner cleared of Deutsche Bank shredding" /Clifford Chance partner Kersten von Schenck has been cleared of any wrongdoing after shredding meeting notes from a client's AGM.
Building equipment distributor Wolseley has scooped Corus general counsel Richard Shoylekov to take the role of company secretary and head of legal.
French independent firm Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral has launched an office in Singapore, scooping partner Philippe Taverne from DS Avocats.
We've all been there. It's the formal dinner on the last night of the annual partner conference.
UK gaming and amusement machine operator Danoptra Holdings has landed Halliwells' head of gambling law Nick Hawkins to take the newly created role of director of legal services.
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Dechert has launched an office in Hong Kong, taking a former a former M&A partner from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has boosted its Frankfurt office with the hire of a senior tax lawyer from Clifford Chance.
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Four European firms have merged under the new brand name Marccus and will make up a multidisciplinary practice of more than 100 lawyers and 30 tax advisers, focusing on M&A, tax, real estate and financing.
Kemp Little celebrated its tenth anniversary last week with a party at Bafta's headquarters on Piccadilly.
French employment boutique Flichy & Associés has moved to a new office and changed its name to Flichy Avocats, reflecting the growth it has experienced this year.
Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner has been given the green light to set up a representative office in Shanghai following an application made in February (www.thelawyer.com 5 February).
The Italian market has a new domestic player, as the 17 partners leaving Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners launch their own firm called Legance.
Fountain Court's joint senior clerk Michael Couling is set to become 11 Stone Buildings' first chambers director.
Nottingham-based law firm Freeth Cartwright is opening an office in Birmingham today (3 December), with plans to expand into London if the venture is successful.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has overhauled its management team, with current London head of corporate Tim Jones being promoted to head the London management committee.
Firms throughout Europe will be crossing their fingers next week as General Electric (GE) powers into the second phase of a series of European panel reviews.
UK 200 Position: 17
The recent trend in the Portuguese legal market is to become larger.
The Supreme Court has tightened the guidelines over who can be held accountable in fraud cases. By Alexandra Shapiro and Robert Malionek
Herbert Smith Dutch alliance firm Stibbe has elected a new managing partner for its Amsterdam office in the shape of corporate partner Heleen Kersten.
After coming in as a fresh graduate from India, Herbert Smith India group associate Siddharth Gyaltsen has moved back to his native country, but still managed to remain part of the Herbies family.
Herbert Smith, Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe have drawn a line through all merger plans, resolving to continue as independent firms, but retain ties.
Hill Dickinson's Manchester office has recruited its first patent attorney in a bid to establish itself as a full-service IP/IT practice.
UK 200 Position: 25UK/...
Taylor Wessing really should take some media training.
Howard Kennedy has advised new client Las Colinas de Marbella on the development of a luxury mixed-use development in southern Spain.
The managers of barristers' chambers have been chopping and changing like the bosses in the Premier League of late. Martin Smith dramatically quit Blackstone Chambers last week after (probably) falling out with his bosses. The full story has yet to emerge, and both sides are keeping shtoom - kinda like José Mourinho and Chelski.
Open-plan offices have never been flavour of the month, what with the heightened noise levels and decreased privacy they bring.
Herbert Smith client JC Flowers has pulled out of the auction for stricken mortgage lender Northern Rock.
UK 200 Position: 11 UK/globa...
Technology firm Kemp Little has launched its dedicated competition and regulatory practice with the recruitment of partner Susannah Sheppard.
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The legal profession is known for being a bastion of integrity and loyalty in what is too often a Machiavellian world. So given that this is the milieu into which Tulkinghorn's scribes have been socialised, they were horrified to discover that one Manchester lawyer, Graham Small of Lewis Hymanson Small, is as happy to switch his core alliegances as Henry VIII was his spouses.
Latham & Watkins --UK 200 Position: 4 UK/global turnover: £74m/£869.5mGlobal PEP: £1.01mUK/global RPL: £536,000/£444,000Latham & Watkins had a solid year, with 15 per cent growth in London. ...
Latham & Watkins is betting on a new generation of partners opening up Italy's legal market following a U-turn on its Italian strategy.
UK 200 Position: 13
Less than a week after Blackstone Chambers senior clerk Martin Smith resigned dramatically, the sign writers have been in and scrubbed him from the set's members board. Gary Oliver's name is now up where Smith's used to be.
Aberdeen Asset Management may have spread its reach far beyond Scotland, but legal head Lisa Brown is sticking to her roots. By Margaret Taylor
Lovells has expanded its international equity capital markets (ECM) practice with the addition of a partner in Milan.
First it was bank accounts, then IT staff. Now, in a sign of the times, Lovells' litigation practice has outsourced the document review process of a major case to India.
Martineau Johnson has poached a planning lawyer from local rival HBJ Gateley Wareing in a bid to expand its Birmingham planning and environment team.
Calling off an acquisition can have harmful repercussions for both the potential buyer and the target, but material adverse effect clauses exist for businesses to protect themselves, explain Patricia Lane and Jeremy Polk
UK 200 Position: 2 UK/glob...
Mayer Brown's London capital markets team is advising Imperial College's technology commercialisation subsidiary Imperial Innovations Group on a placing of new ordinary shares.
Mayer Brown has boosted its London construction and engineering group with the hire of Field Fisher Waterhouse's construction head, Chris Fellowes.
UK 200 Position: 20
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Norwich Union and Royal & SunAlliance are reviewing their panels in anticipation of a Ministry of Justice overhaul of the PI claims system.
UK 200 Position: 29
The BPI, the industry group for UK record companies, has finally ended its search for a new general counsel, hiring Kiaron Whitehead from litigation firm Forbes Anderson Free.
Nabarro and White & Case win coveted hedge fund roles on Northern Rock" /Nabarro and White & Case have found themselves holding key roles in the battle for Northern Rock.
Lord Neuberger wants to see law taught as part of the national curriculum and external funding to be made available for pupillages as part of wide-reaching proposals to reform entry to the bar.
CMS Cameron McKenna’s new managing partner is targeting US firms to bring under the CMS banner when he takes over in May.
Media lawyer Nigel Davies has joined West End media law firm Davenport Lyons as a partner in its music department.
39 Essex Street has snared Adrian Hughes QC from 4 Pump Court to ramp up its international capabilities.
UK 200 Position: 28U...
A parcel bomb has killed a legal secretary and seriously injured a lawyer in the building of French president Nicolas Sarkozy's former law firm.
Outer Temple Chambers has made an alliance with Abu Dhabi law firm Salloum & Co as part of its launch in the Middle East.
•Baker & McKenzie has appointed Graham Stuart as a corporate partner to lead the firm's climate change and environmental practice in London. Stuart was previously at Norton Rose.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has established a costs committee to advise it on what rates personal injury (PI) lawyers can charge.
Private equity has rarely been out of the media spotlight this year, with high-profile take-privates of household names and a Treasury select committee interrogation of the industry's key players.
Former Weil Gotshal & Manges private equity star Will Rosen is set to join DLA Piper in January.
If managed well, exiting from an investment via a twin-track IPO or M&A can reap huge rewards, says Stephen Lloyd
The collapse of the US sub-prime mortgage market has forced lenders to tighten the purse-strings. By Mark Davis and Eleanor West
As the world becomes smaller, the terms used in private equity deals in Europe and the US are becoming increasingly similar. Mark Mifsud and Stephanie Biggs report
With limited brand recognition among UK students, US firms find it hard to tempt the cream of the crop away from the magic circle. Will a host of new recruitment campaigns shift the balance?
UK 200 Position: 24UK/globa...
Reed Smith London promotions slump to three" /The combined entity Reed Smith Richards Butler has made up three partners in London, significantly fewer than the total promoted between Reed Smith and Richards Butler last year.
Rodés & Sala Abogados has raided the Madrid office of SJ Berwin for two senior private equity lawyers.
Salans has strengthened its Paris tax team with the hire of six new lawyers as the firm's French arm continues its hiring spree.
City firms just can't get enough of ripping off dodgy TV formats, it seems.
In-house lawyers across Scotland have hit out at the Scottish government's intention to forge ahead with a flat-rate levy to fund the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC).
Serle Court has hired Mr Justice Lightman and former Court of Appeal judge Sir Jonathan Parker, prompting speculation that arbitration at the bar is becoming saturated by the judiciary.
Shadbolt & Co has recruited Fox Williams head of property Philippa Aldrich, together with legal executive Natalie Barron, who was part of Aldrich's team.
UK 200 Position: 5
Shearman & Sterling has appointed head of Frankfurt office Stephan Hutter as the firm's new head of Asia and Europe capital markets.
Lawyers are not renowned for their punchy prose.
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The Singapore government is to allow foreign firms to practise Singaporean law following recommendations made by a review committee of its local legal market.
SJ Berwin associates flag up alternative career path" /Alternative career paths and flexible working were top of the agenda at SJ Berwin's first associate solicitor forum.
SJ Berwin has scooped a lead role advising on a key acquisition in the healthcare and fitness sector.
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Client confidence in the regulation of the legal profession is weak with the public unaware of whom to complain to if things go wrong, according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
UK 200 Position: 6
Supermarket mega-chains Asda, J Sainsbury and Safeway have pleaded guilty to fixing milk and dairy prices following a probe by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The trio will have to pay a total of £116m in fines.
07-Dec-07The A-listOn Monday you can find out if they have bagged a place in The Lawyer's Hall of Fame.
Tulkinghorn takes an avuncular interest in lawyers' progeny.
Partnership prospects for Thomas Eggar's associates are on the up as the firm advances its focus on organic growth.
If you weren't a lawyer what would you have been?A screenwriter - it can't be that hard when you see what sort of movies come out.
Trowers & Hamlins has teamed up with an environment research body and a quantity surveyor to address the potential impact of climate change in the construction industry.
At the time of The Lawyer's last US Special Report (20 August), the US private equity market was, as they say, going like a train. How things change.
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UK 200 Position: 8
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White & Case is ramping up in the Middle East by launching in Abu Dhabi - the firm's second office in the region.
UK 200 Position: 23UK/globa...