3 January 2005

The Lawyer

  • Amsterdam, Bob - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    It is a brave man who is willing to take on the might of the Kremlin, but that is exactly what Bob Amsterdam, of two-partner Amsterdam & Peroff, is doing.

  • Andrews, Mark - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Chapter 11 is always a difficult situation for a company to be in. But when climbing out of that hole involves satisfying creditors on both sides of the Atlantic, dealing with future asbestos claims and saving the pensions of thousands of people, everything becomes that little bit harder.

  • Ashdown, Katherine - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Katherine Ashdown is leaving Bank of America on a high after spending 18 months there as assistant general counsel.

  • Aspinall, Tim - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Under the leadership of Tim Aspinall, the South East’s most dynamic player, DMH Solicitors, has grown from a small-time regional player with £6m in turnover in 1996 to a £15m firm last year.

  • Austin, Ian - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Litigator Ian Austin became managing partner of North West firm Halliwells in February 2004 following a contested election in which he stood against then incumbent Paul Thomas.

  • Barker QC, Anthony - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    No 5 Chambers in Birmingham owes much of its turnover growth in the past year (up 21.3 per cent on the previous year to £21m) to the improvements handed down by Anthony Barker QC, the set’s current head of its criminal group, from his time as chambers head between 1995 and 2002.

  • Barter, Charles - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Travers Smith Braithwaite’s corporate team had an excellent year, and Charles Barter was instrumental in that performance. As head of private equity he has consolidated the firm’s classy reputation in mega-deals for management teams, and celebrated another stellar year after closing one of the sexiest private equity deals of 2004 – the £1.35bn sale of insurance and holiday group Saga.

  • Beaumont and Son picks up Paris aviation boutique

    5-Jan-2005

    Aviation specialist Beaumont and Son has sealed a takeover of Paris firm Cabinet Garnault.

  • Beckles, Yolande - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Nearly five years ago, a heavily pregnant Yolande Beckles marched into Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and told Hugh Crisp that his firm was suffering for its failure to recruit non-white, non-privileged trainees.

  • Bedford, Stuart - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Stuart Bedford is an associate with the sort of deals under his belt that many City partners would dream of (although working with Linklaters’ star partner Charlie Jacobs helps).

  • Bickle, Justin - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Justin Bickle was made up to special counsel at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft only last February, but he has already made his mark as one of the rising stars of Cadwalader’s stellar bondholder practice.

  • Blendis, James - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    When T-Mobile restructured its UK legal team last year, James Blendis became one of the youngest legal heads in the country.

  • Boardman, Nigel - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    The Slaughter and May trio fought off Philip Green in the key UK M&A bid of 2004. Nigel Boardman – still regarded by many as London’s M&A king – often gets the credit. But while he deserves considerable credit, the deal actually broke while he was on holiday.

  • Bompoint, Dominique - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    The hire of Dominique Bompoint by Sullivan & Cromwell’s Paris office rocked the French market in November 2004. But Bompoint is no stranger to making a splash, having moved just three years previously from Bredin Prat to Clifford Chance.

  • Bredin Prat tops French M&A tables

    4-Jan-2005

    French independent Bredin Prat has overtaken Clifford Chance and Linklaters to come top of the league table for announced deals in 2004.

  • Bromwich, Simon - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Simon Bromwich has been in his post at Ashurst for exactly a year. The City firm ousted its managing partner Justin Spendlove early last January following the failed merger attempt with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson.

  • Brown, Nick - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    As one of CMS Cameron McKenna’s most consistent performers in property, Nick Brown has been instrumental in securing some of the sexiest deals to pass through the department in recent years.

  • Calderwood, Lisa - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Lovells construction specialist Lisa Calderwood is carving out a niche in PFI healthcare projects. She advised both the senior lenders and sponsors on the construction aspects of the Doncaster Hospital PFI and Nuffield Hospital PFI healthcare projects.

  • Campbell, Mark - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Not content to rest on his management laurels, Clifford Chance’s global head of banking is also one of the firm’s most prolific billers and a driving force behind the firm’s formidable acquisition finance practice – the best in the City and which brings in more than 10 per cent of the entire turnover of the London office.

  • Cannon, Lista - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Lista Cannon is one of Richards Butler’s highest billers, but she will soon be joining the London office of Texas-based Fulbright & Jaworski.

  • Caton, Michael - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    The publication of The Lawyer Rising 50 in November 2004 recognised a group of firms for the first time that challenge the top 100 in many areas but are considerably less well known.

  • CC loses first US partner of 2005

    5-Jan-2005

    Clifford Chance has lost another US partner just one day after the news broke that managing partner Peter Cornell is relocating to New York.

  • CC ups ante on US practice as Cornell moves to New York

    4-Jan-2005

    Clifford Chance management has signalled its frustration with the progress of the US practice by relocating managing partner Peter Cornell to the New York office.

  • Chakrabati, Shami - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Since Shami Chakrabati took over as Liberty’s director in September 2003, the human rights organisation has lived through one of the most challenging periods of its existence. With the crackdown on terrorism and continued concerns over the Government’s immigration policy, it has had to stand as a forthright campaigner on Government policy, both in the courts and in front of the media.

  • Charles Russell scores IP head

    7-Jan-2005

    Charles Russell has scooped senior Faegre Benson Hobson Audley partner Michael Cover who joins as the firm’s head of contentious IP.He fills the position left vacant by Tim Bamford who joined Withers in December.Commenting on his move to the three-partner department, Cover said: "There are greater opportunities ...

  • Childs, David - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    As chief operating officer (COO) of the world’s largest law firm, Clifford Chance’s David Childs is used to wrestling with issues that could safely be described as ‘hot’.

  • Clementi, Sir David - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Non-lawyers are not usually granted a place in the Hot 100, but the influence of Sir David Clementi on the legal profession is such that his spot was virtually guaranteed.

  • Clifford Chance finally finds FD

    5-Jan-2005

    Clifford Chance has ended its yearlong search for a permanent finance director with the appointment of Stephen Purse, the group finance director of Management Consulting PLC.

  • CMS Hasche Sigle seals Norton Rose Cologne takeover

    5-Jan-2005

    CMS Hasche Sigle has finally taken control of Norton Rose’s Cologne office after the completion of lengthy talks between the two firms.

  • Collins, John - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    We will definitely be seeing more of John Collins, ABN Amro’s new global legal head, in 2005. Collins was promoted to global head of legal last October following the departure of Laurie Adams.

  • Collyer Bristow to take on Fox Hunters

    7-Jan-2005

    Collyer Bristow is preparing to battle for the hunting ban on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports.

  • Compagnoni, Marco - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    It is hardly news that Marco Compagnoni is one of the best private equity lawyers in town. His European private equity group has been the most profitable in the firm this year and has always been a stellar performer.

  • Conceicao, Carlos - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Carlos Conceicao was promoted to head of market integrity at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) last March, at a time when the UK securities regulator was under immense pressure to speed up the investigation process and deliver results.

  • Davies, Simon - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    While other foreign firms have been scaling back their presences, Linklaters bucked the trend by doubling the size of its Tokyo office overnight last December.

  • Dawkins, Mark - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Barring an unprecedented partner revolt, Simmons & Simmons head of finance Mark Dawkins will succeed David Dickinson as managing partner in May. That Dawkins was the only favoured candidate willing to stand should take nothing away from the fact that he was the obvious choice.

  • de Pury, Christopher - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Arguably the hottest property in the real estate market at the moment, everyone – both clients and headhunters alike – appear to want a piece of Christopher de Pury.

  • Debevoise boosts Paris with Linklaters raid

    5-Jan-2005

    Debevoise & Plimpton has boosted its Paris corporate capabilities with the hire of Linklaters’ Patrick Laporte.

  • Dechert bulks up in NY with mass raid on Swidler

    4-Jan-2005

    Dechert has made a dramatic swoop on US firm Swidler Berlin’s New York office, with a mass hire of 57 corporate and litigation lawyers, including 27 partners from Swidler Berlin’s New York office. A further eight lawyers will join Dechert from the firm’s Washington DC headquarters.

  • Dobbs, Dame Linda - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Linda Dobbs hit the headlines in early autumn when her appointment to the High Court bench was announced.

  • Dormann, Ulrike - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    It was the most important lateral move of 2004, heralding major investment of top New York firms in the German market. Norbert Rieger, Rolf Füger and Peter Nussbaum were a vital part of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s most profitable German office, Munich. Their departure rocked the firm and gave Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy a running start into Germany’s booming private equity market.

  • Drennan, Oliver - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Holborn-based Collyer-Bristow became the first firm to gain a presence in Switzerland when Oliver Drennan spearheaded its Geneva launch in late 2004.

  • Drewitt, Stephen - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Stephen Drewitt presents some evidence that there is now more to Macfarlanes’ private equity offering than only the Charles Martin generation.

  • Duncan, Mike - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    As head of the global loans group at Allen & Overy (A&O), the understated Mike Duncan had a stellar 2004. His group – the engine room of the all-powerful banking department – simply hoovered up syndicated loan work last year and delivered some of the strongest figures in the firm – and this in a relatively sluggish lending market.

  • Edwards, Bryant - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    The champion of the mezzanine note, Latham & Watkins’ Bryant Edwards enters the Hot 100 this year off the back of one of the standout deals of 2003. Edwards advised Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on the Focus Wickes deal, which saw the birth of a new hybrid debt instrument in the shape of the mezzanine (or ‘mezz’) note. This high-yield bond variant was the brainchild of Edwards and his Latham team, ...

  • Elsey, Mark - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    In recent years, Ashurst’s head of projects Mark Elsey has overseen the growth of the practice into one of the most respected and high-profile projects and PFI teams in the market.

  • Evans, Chrissi - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    DaimlerChrysler UK’s (DCUK) general counsel Chrissi Evans had her hands full in 2004. The affable lawyer, who has 10 years’ in-house experience behind her, has been responsible for making astute changes to DCUK’s legal function and the company’s relationship with external lawyers to ensure they deliver the best advice.

  • First partner quits DLA Piper as firm gets too big

    7-Jan-2005

    Herbert Frerichs Jr has become the first partner to leave DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary citing the need for a regional platform as opposed to the new international platform at the merged firm.

  • Fortunato, Karen - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Within a year of Karen Fortunato taking the helm as Abbey’s legal chief the bank hit the headlines after it became the subject of an £8.75bn takeover bid by Spain’s Banco Santander.

  • Frankland, Matthew - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    There is a direct link between Matthew Frankland and the massive changes underway in Customs and Excise – in particular, the separation of its prosecution and investigation arms.

  • Frawley, Michael - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Taylor Wessing’s managing partner Michael Frawley could be forgiven for feeling a touch jaded when he took on his new role in October last year.

  • Freestone, Louise - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Junior Herbert Smith partner Louise Freestone proved that she is one of the rising stars in the firm’s corporate department after her involvement in three of last year’s most high-profile deals.

  • Friend, Sara - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    There are few lawyers who can claim to have won an Olympic gold medal, but that’s pretty much what Sara Friend did this summer. In fact, she also played a vital part in winning five silver medals and a bronze.

  • Füger, Rolf - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    It was the most important lateral move of 2004, heralding major investment of top New York firms in the German market. Norbert Rieger, Rolf Füger and Peter Nussbaum were a vital part of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s most profitable German office, Munich. Their departure rocked the firm and gave Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy a running start into Germany’s booming private equity market.

  • Gander, Fred - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Dewey Ballantine’s London managing partner Fred Gander demonstrated his financial nous repeatedly in 2004, negotiating a bumper property deal and taking a proactive stance on currency protection for his firm’s London lawyers.

  • Gielen, Charles - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Nauta Dutilh IP partner Charles Gielen helped make history last summer when his client, Lancôme, won its groundbreaking copyright dispute in the Court of Appeal of Den Bosch in the Netherlands. The highly controversial decision for the first time gave perfume the same legal protection as any other copyrighted material.

  • Gloster, Dame Elizabeth - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Not satisfied with being one of the bar’s top earners, with an annual take-home pay of some £2m, this year Dame Elizabeth Gloster rose further up the slippery ladder when she was appointed the first female judge of the Commercial Court.

  • Gray, Brian - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s rare foray into lateral hiring started to pay off last year. The magic circle firm had a change of heart on banking; after years of neglect, it finally decided to focus on work for lenders. And at the heart of that strategy was one of Freshfields’ younger partners, Brian Gray. Together with another lateral, Chris Howard of

  • Gulliford, Jonathan - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    The RAC is most commonly known as a motoring organisation, providing breakdown cover for members wherever they may be. But a lot more goes on at the RAC than saving stranded motorists. The legal services arm, led by its enthusiastic head Jonathan Gulliford, has been spearheading a challenge to the traditions of the legal profession.

  • Harris, Laurence - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Less than two years have passed since the split that saw DJ Freeman spin off its media and property practices, rebranding the remaining lawyers as Kendall Freeman. Yet already the firm has celebrated rises in profit and turnover and is enjoying a strong reputation in its niche sectors of insurance and litigation.

  • Harvey, Mark - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Welsh firm Hugh James Solicitors is swiftly building up a reputation as one of the country’s leading group action specialists, having won every case it has handled.

  • Healy-Pratt, James - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    In a busy year for the insurance industry, James Healy-Pratt has been busier than many, his remit extending far beyond those of most in-house lawyers.

  • Hengeler beats Freshfields to top spot in German M&A

    5-Jan-2005

    Slaughter and May’s best friend Hengeler Mueller has overtaken Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance to top mergermarket’s league table for announced deals by value in 2004.

  • Hess, Beat - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    As global head of legal at Shell, Beat Hess has certainly made his presence felt since joining the Anglo-Dutch oil company in June 2003. After appointing four new senior legal heads, he then centralised the legal department in The Hague, summoning almost half of the London team to the Dutch capital.

  • Hitching, Malcolm - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Herbert Smith senior associate Malcolm Hitching moved over from Norton Rose in November 2003 and has since become a key part of the firm’s drive to build its finance division.

  • Hopkins, Catherine - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    For a team of lawyers to carve out a favourable settlement in a group action is no mean feat. But Catherine Hopkins, a mere assistant, managed to do exactly that singlehandedly.

  • Howrey digs deep for tsunami relief fund

    6-Jan-2005

    Washington DC-based Howrey Simon Arnold & White has pledged to donate $1m to the Indian Ocean tsunami relief efforts and is urging other firms to make similar contributions.

  • Hughes, Geraint - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Since returning from Asia, Geraint Hughes has fostered his relationship with Shell and in 2004 it paid dividends. Big time.

  • Hunt, Jeremy - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Allen & Overy’s (A&O) corporate department has had a tough time, and private equity has been particularly criticised for losing the advantages it once had over newcomers to the sector, such as Linklaters and Freshfields ...

  • Hussein, Sajid - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    At only 34, Sajid Hussein is already making a name for himself in Deutsche Bank – and among his external advisers to boot. They describe him as being "very sharp, very commercial and good fun", and "really perceived as going places".

  • Irwin Mitchell's Napier gets CBE for championing pro bono

    4-Jan-2005

    Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List for his work promoting pro bono.

  • James, Ian - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    The offshore legal community has been experiencing a period of considerable upheaval as it attempts to adapt to a rapidly shifting marketplace. Ian James has put Mourant du Feu & Jeune firmly at the forefront of this period of change by bidding to make the Channel Islands firm a leader of the new breed of offshore practice. In July 2004 Mourants launched a Cayman Islands office, setting the trend for firms to develop centres in multiple offshore jurisdictions.

  • Jeffs, Claire - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    The latest competition star to emerge from Slaughter and May is senior associate Claire Jeffs.

  • Jeveons, Tim - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Tipped as the next leader of White & Case’s London capital markets group this year, Tim Jeveons – who joined the US firm as an associate from Linklaters only two years ago – has already built up a formidable emerging markets practice.

  • Johnson, James - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Warm, bright and highly businesslike, Clifford Chance’s James Johnson is also one of the magic circle firm’s most consistent performers.

  • Jones Day Hong Kong partner quits for Pacific Media

    6-Jan-2005

    Jones Day Hong Kong corporate partner Steven Goodman has left to join leading Asian telecoms company Pacific Media.

  • Keal, Tony - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    He may be aggressive. He may be abrupt. He may even, on occasion, be a little bit rude. But when you are as good as Tony Keal, you can get away with it.

  • Keaton, Sean - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    The presence of associate Sean Keaton in the Hot 100 illustrates the contrasting fortunes of two technology teams.

  • Kempley, Delia - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Nabarro Nathanson does not shout about its property practice very much, despite having picked up a few stellar clients over the last 12 months thanks to real estate partner Delia Kempley.

  • Kinch, Katherine - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    The arrival of Katherine Kinch last year heralded a new era for J Sainsbury’s legal function.

  • Kitchin QC, David - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    It was a vintage year for patent disputes, with two House of Lords judgments and the titanic Cambridge Antibody Technology v Abbott Biotechnology rounding off proceedings.

  • Knowles, Nigel - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    In a year when many of its mid-market rivals stumbled, the DLA juggernaut rolled on, thanks in no small part to its iconic managing partner Nigel Knowles.

  • Lawson-Cruttenden, Tim - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    For years Tim Lawson-Cruttenden has been taking a stand against animal rights activists in the courts. This year his efforts resulted in death threats being made against him, as well as against several High Court judges who have ruled in his favour.

  • Lee, David - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Over the past three years, Allen & Overy’s (A&O) PFI wunderkind has found himself at the centre of the most groundbreaking PFI deals.

  • Lee, Sarah - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    The Slaughter and May trio fought off Philip Green in the key UK M&A bid of 2004. Nigel Boardman – still regarded by many as London’s M&A king – often gets the credit. But while he deserves considerable credit, the deal actually broke while he was on holiday.

  • Lex Mundi adds four general counsel

    5-Jan-2005

    International legal network Lex Mundi has added four new in-house lawyers to its Client Advisory Council.

  • Linklaters builds NY with finance hire

    7-Jan-2005

    Jones Day banking partner Michael Bassett has become the latest US finance lawyer to join Linklaters’ growing New York office.

  • Linklaters cruises to top in 2004 M&A rankings

    4-Jan-2005

    Linklaters has regained the top spot in the European M&A league tables for 2004, knocking off 2003’s top dog Clifford Chance.

  • Locke, Guy - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Guy Locke has had an astonishing year. The roll call of cases he and the insolvency and corporate recovery group have handled in 2004 offers a neat summary of nearly all the key work to have taken place in this field in the last year.

  • Lygo, Carl - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    BPP Law School has had a storming year under the guidance of chairman Carl Lygo. In March, legal education was all shook up when three firms broke away from the consortium of eight top firms signed up to the ‘City LPC’, with both the College of Law and BPP winning out. While Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and ...

  • McDonnell QC, John - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    A man rarely afraid of a fresh challenge, John McDonnell this year managed to set up from scratch a new set of chambers, Thirteen Old Square, house it with 14 tenants and equip it with ultra-modern technology while maintaining a first-class practice. A bold move in the current climate, but in 2005 McDonnell expects the set to double in size to 30 tenants.

  • McQuater, Gavin - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    In just a few years, Lovells’ head of project finance Gavin McQuater has built the practice from nothing into being one of the firm’s most profitable and respected offerings.

  • Mellett, Diane - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Cambridge Antibody Technology’s (CAT) general counsel Diane Mellett had a spectacularly busy 2004 handling the work relating to CAT’s major litigation against pharmaceutical giant Abbott Laboratories.

  • Miller, Neil - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Norton Rose’s Islamic finance practice has built a name for itself as the market leader in this niche, but expanding, area. The team is headed by Neil Miller from London and encompasses lawyers from related practice areas based in London, Bahrain, Dubai and Singapore.

  • Montgomery QC, Clare - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Testimony to the breadth of Clare Montgomery QC’s skills as a barrister is exemplified by her involvement in two of 2004’s leading cases, one commercial, the other criminal.

  • Moran, Michelle - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    It has been a trying year for asset manager Invesco UK after its US parent company Amvescap was fined $450m (£235.5m) in August 2004 for improper trading in mutual funds.

  • Nicholls QC, Colin - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Colin Nicholls must win the accolade of humanitarian barrister of the year.

  • Norton Rose, Wacks Caller left in the lurch by "Plumber's" bankruptcy

    6-Jan-2005

    Norton Rose and Wacks Caller must wait to see whether or not they can recoup debts from former client Paul Davidson, the bankrupt businessman known as ‘The Plumber’.

  • Nussbaum, Peter - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    It was the most important lateral move of 2004, heralding major investment of top New York firms in the German market. Norbert Rieger, Rolf Füger and Peter Nussbaum were a vital part of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s most profitable German office, Munich. Their departure rocked the firm and gave Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy a running start into Germany’s booming private equity market.

  • Okoro, Sandie - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Schroders’ head of legal for corporate services Sandie Okoro was the driving force behind the creation of the fund manager’s first ever legal panel last April.

  • Oldenburg, Dirk - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    He was the man that got the job. Twice.

  • Owen, Gerallt - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Eversheds hired Gerallt Owen last summer as part of a concerted push to build up its London regulatory practice.

  • Pannones posts record half-year figures

    4-Jan-2005

    North West firm Pannone & Partners recorded a turnover increase of 15 per cent for the first six months of 2004-2005, on target for a record £32m for the full year.

  • Prat, Jean-François - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Jean-François Prat is one of the Paris market’s elder statesmen, responsible for the continued strength of the firm that bears his name, Bredin Prat.

  • Quigley, Dearbhla - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Former Hammonds corporate associate Dearbhla Quigley has settled quickly into her new role at Hunton & Williams and is fast developing a fantastic reputation in the AIM arena.

  • Richards Butler loses second top litigator as Latham swoops

    7-Jan-2005

    Richards Butler’s litigation group has been rocked by the loss of a second rainmaker in the space of two months.

  • Rieger, Norbert - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    It was the most important lateral move of 2004, heralding major investment of top New York firms in the German market. Norbert Rieger, Rolf Füger and Peter Nussbaum were a vital part of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s most profitable German office, Munich. Their departure rocked the firm and gave Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy a running start into Germany’s booming private equity market.

  • Rous, Simon - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    The managing partner of the lesser-known Exeter, Plymouth and London branch of Bevan Ashford is finally having his day in the sun following the 1 November split with its larger Bristol, Birmingham and London partner.

  • Ryde, Andy - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    The Slaughter and May trio fought off Philip Green in the key UK M&A bid of 2004. Nigel Boardman – still regarded by many as London’s M&A king – often gets the credit. But while he deserves considerable credit, the deal actually broke while he was on holiday.

  • Schmidt, Mario - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    2004 saw Clifford Chance secure one of the most coveted roles in German private equity – that of lead adviser to 3i. And young Frankfurt partner

  • Scott, Stephen - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Vodafone’s Stephen Scott told The Lawyer (26 April) last year that, as far as general counsel are concerned, he has "the best job in the world". The main reason, he said, was the variety of work on offer in one of the fastest-moving sectors in business.

  • Simmonds, Tim - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    While everyone else in the real estate industry has been paying lip service to the proposed property investment funds (PIFs), or real estate investment trusts (Reits) as they are otherwise known, Tim Simmonds has been putting money where his mouth is.

  • Slorach, Scott - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    A good year for the College of Law was topped by its capture of Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and Linklaters for its new bespoke LPC courses.

  • Soundy, Mark - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Former Travers Smith Braithwaite partner Mark Soundy quit in June only to reappear a couple of months later in one of the biggest jobs in private equity: the right-hand man to Weil Gotshal & Manges dynamo Mike Francies.

  • Stothard, Paul - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Shoosmiths’ chief executive Paul Stothard dazzled the market last year after announcing a record set of financial results for 2003-04. Profitability skyrocketed by a whopping 67 per cent, from an average of £136,000 in 2002-03 to £226,500, while turnover rose 25 per cent, from £44.3m to £55m. And all the while, the equity pool remained stable at 35 partners.

  • Taylor, Jonathan - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Jonathan Taylor is Hammonds’ head of sport and one of the few lawyers in the sector who really enjoys breaking new ground in an area that is still getting used to being a business.

  • Turner, Jon - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Monckton Chambers junior Jon Turner had a key role in the biggest competition case this year – the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s (CAT) hearing of JJB Sports and all:sports’ appeal against the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) decision in the football shirts price-fixing case.

  • Urquhart, Linda - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Under Linda Urquhart’s leadership, Morton Fraser has taken great leaps forward this year. First off has been its conversion to limited-liability status, reflecting Urquhart’s position as a forward-thinking manager.

  • Vernon, Liz - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    It was one of the highest-profile cases of the year, and well and truly put Clintons partner Liz Vernon on the map. Not that she was anonymous beforehand – Vernon played a key role in the divorce of another reasonably famous couple: the Prince and Princess of Wales.

  • Verrill, Louise - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    In the male-dominated world of insolvency, Louise Verrill achieved something special when she became the first woman, and also the first lawyer, to be voted president of the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA), where she was already the first female council member.

  • Wittig, Arne - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    The 42-year-old Arne Wittig is a relative youngster in Germany’s most venerable financial institution. He is now general counsel for Germany and Central Europe and is driving forward the internationalisation of Deutsche Bank’s domestic in-house department with its 180 lawyers. It has always been seen as a class outfit (Frankfurt lawyers defer to Deutsche as if it was one of the leading law firms), but under Wittig the reputation of the lawyers – particularly in capital markets – has made ...

  • Wright, Rachel - Hot 100

    7-Jan-2005

    Rachel Wright has been at Lewis Silkin for less than two years, but has already stamped her mark on a firm known for its employment expertise.