3 March 2003

The Lawyer

  • 9/11 investigators pulled up for airline favouritism

    3-Mar-2003

    Conflict of interest allegations have been levelled again-st three lawyers investigating the 11 September attacks

  • A&O gets Biggar with partner hire

    3-Mar-2003

    Allen & Overy has further expanded its US asset finance practice with a partner hire from Bingham McCutchen. Barry Biggar joins the firm's New York office a week after it took on a partner and counsel to set up a litigation practice. Prior to Bingham McCutchen, Biggar was a partner at Mayer Brown & Platt. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/ lawyernews 26 February

  • Actuaries take swipe at claimants

    3-Mar-2003

    "Cynical mischief-making" was the less-than-impressed view of a leading personal injury (PI) lawyer on a recent report which concluded that compensation culture was costing the UK 1 per cent of its gross domestic product

  • Ashursts-Fried Frank merger: all systems go

    3-Mar-2003

    Governance committees recommend the deal; vote set for end of this month

  • B&M makes Euro push with Austria initiative

    3-Mar-2003

    Baker & McKenzie has opened an Austrian office, following a merger with 21-lawyer firm Kerres & Diwok

  • Barrister to be sued again after court throws out case

    3-Mar-2003

    A leading barrister is being sued for negligence for the second time by the same claimant, a former solicitor, after the first attempt was thrown out of court

  • Beachcrofts raids LG for insolvency leader

    3-Mar-2003

    Beachcroft Wansbr-oughs has hired Lawrence Graham's former co-head of corporate recovery Mike Stubbs, doubling the partner capacity in its fledgling insolvency practice

  • Bishop & Sewell joins Stumbles & Rowe to help Zimbabwe farmers

    3-Mar-2003

    London-based commercial and private client firm Bishop & Sewell has formed an association with Zimbabwe firm Stumbles & Rowe, which last year successfully defended hundreds of farmers against President Robert Mugabe's attempts to seize their land.The two firms have been working together closely over the past 12 months, obtaining compensation for farmers that have had their assets expropriated, and negotiating with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ...

  • Charles Russell in Hello! blunder

    3-Mar-2003

    Judge slams firm over inadvertant submission of false evidence; administrative cockup blamed

  • Clifford Chance forced into new Italy shake-up

    3-Mar-2003

    Clifford Chance's volatile Italian arm has finally hit on a new post-Grimaldi structure to bring it in line with the global firm and limit the damage caused by Luigi Chessa's resignation

  • Cobbetts and Crowder in merger talks

    3-Mar-2003

    Manchester firm Cobbetts is in preliminary talks with Birmingham-based Lee Crowder about developing a tie-up. The two firms have not decided whether to enter full-blown merger negotiations, but The Lawyer understands that the prospect of a merger is being discussed. At the moment, only a select number of partners from each firm are involved in the talks. One insider said: "The talks are being termed 'synergy talks' rather than merger talks." First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyerne

  • Corporate deals round-up

    3-Mar-2003

    Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (Rajeshree Bhojanni) acted for Lufthansa Technik in relation to its 50-50 joint venture with Rolls-Royce. The partners' investment exceeds e100m (£68.4m). Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Rolls-Royce.TLT (Robin Staunton) advised Stiell Facilities, ...

  • Costs controlling

    3-Mar-2003

    Fixed costs in personal injury (PI) cases have nothing to do with 'certainty' for claimants about how much they will have to pay

  • Crap rock 'n' roll swindle

    3-Mar-2003

    Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren is still busy hitting out at the establishment, this time by allegedly refusing to pay his lawyers.Music firm Russells was forced to launch a High Court claim against McLaren for close to £20,000 in unpaid legal fees and interest. Bizarrely, the firm gained permission to serve legal documents on McLaren via his email address, which is itself revealed on the claim form.Tulkinghorn is too kind to print it here lest ...

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - SIX CONTINENTS

    3-Mar-2003

    KKR jumps to attention as 6C is targeted by Hugh Osmond

  • DJ Freeman partner to head up IP for Manches

    3-Mar-2003

    Manches has boosted its IP department with the appointment of DJ Freeman partner Alex Carter-Silk (left) to its technology and media practice. He will be joined at Manches by his trademark attorney Gary Tarrant. Carter-Silk, previously head of the intellectual property law group at DJ Freeman, will start at Manches on 24 March.

  • DJ Freeman rocked as DLA raids four partners

    5-Mar-2003

    DLA has swooped on DJ Freeman's property department, winning over property finance head John Clark, and three of his fellow partners.Joining Clark at DLA will be fellow partners Terry Green, Stephen O'Brien and Helen Dyer. It is understood that a number of assistants are also set to join DLA, although the final head count is still being negotiated. At the same time, DJ Freeman's head of property litigation Vivienne King has decided to retire from the firm. ...

  • DLA tops law firms in 'best places to work' list

    3-Mar-2003

    Regional and national firms have once again showed up their City and international rivals in The Sunday Times survey of the 100 best places to work

  • E&Y bucks trend with expansion in Chicago

    3-Mar-2003

    The legal network of Ernst & Young (E&Y) has expanded its US operations against the prevailing trend of receding international networks at accountancy-tied firms

  • EC reaps profits of cartel-busting

    3-Mar-2003

    From the IBA's Second International Corporate Counsel Conference in Barcelona

  • Emmerson quits Freshfields for Milbank

    7-Mar-2003

    In a move that will shock London’s magic circle, leading corporate partner Tim Emmerson is leaving Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.Emmerson, who has practised at Freshfields for 11 years, will become Milbank’s first UK qualified corporate partner in London when he joins the firm in April. The surprise announcement ...

  • European patent offices to take on UK work

    3-Mar-2003

    The UK Patent Office is to shift some of its patent application work to its Danish equivalent in a move to speed up the progress of its caseload. The Danish Patent and Trademark Office will handle about 750 UK patent applications over the next two years following an agreement signed last week. The move is being hailed as part of a strategy to get the various national patent offices in Europe working closer together. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 26 February

  • Eversheds battles to keep Birmingham chief Bland

    5-Mar-2003

    Eversheds is battling to come up with an offer that will keep former managing partner candidate Adrian Bland at the firm.Bland, who is currently Birmingham senior partner, is understood to be in talks with management about his future with Eversheds. His move to a competitor would be a serious loss to the firm. Bland stood for the Eversheds managing partner role last year, but then pulled ...

  • Eversheds makes IP comeback

    3-Mar-2003

    Eversheds' intellectual property (IP) practice is fighting back after losing three senior partners late last year with the hire of Clyde & Co partner Sally Shorthose to its London office

  • Ex-Camerons lawyer takes lead role at ELF

    5-Mar-2003

    The Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) has appointed Pamela Castle as chairman of its board of trustees. Castle, formerly the head of environmental law at CMS Cameron McKenna, joined ELF on 1 March 2003. She replaces Stephen Hockman QC, leader of the south eastern circuit, who remains on the board of trustees.Castle, who is also co-chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission, has stood ...

  • Ex-Osborne Clarke head resurfaces

    3-Mar-2003

    Osborne Clarke's former head of Nordic, Per Troen, has launched his own firm, Per Troen Anglo Danish Law Firm, following a short break

  • Freshfields takes on work from opposing 6C bidders

    3-Mar-2003

    The lawyer can reveal that Freshfields Bruckhaus Der-inger is advising both the Hilton Group and the financial backers of Hugh Osmond on potentially competing bids for Six Continents (6C)

  • God of IT gets recognition

    3-Mar-2003

    Those merry pranksters in Baker & McKenzie's technology, media and telecoms department were most amused when boss Harry Small was referred to as an "IT legend" in the latest edition of Chambers Directory. While one suspects Harry wasn't too upset with this characterisation, and may even cope with his colleagues' supremely witty 'leg end' jibes, he may not be quite as happy with Legal 500's description of him as an "IT heavyweight".

  • Hammonds faces insurance practice walkout

    5-Mar-2003

    Hammonds looks set to lose its entire commercial insurance practice of around 35 lawyers.The Lawyer has discovered that eight partners of Hammonds' commercial insurance team are holding talks with senior partner Richard Burns and managing partner Chris Jones about setting up an independent niche insurance practice.The team had the opportunity to leave Hammonds when the firm floated its high-volume personal injury business Praxis three years ago but at the time decided ...

  • Herbert Smith sunk as Anglian Water switches to Linklaters

    3-Mar-2003

    Anglian Water Group (AWG) has axed Herbert Smith as its main adviser

  • High Court puts costs negotiators in jeopardy

    3-Mar-2003

    Future of costs negotiating industry in doubt following ruling that relationship with insurer is illegal

  • HSBC points Slaughters to BIL deal

    3-Mar-2003

    Slaughter and May has sealed its first major deal for Singapore-based investment company BIL International following a valuable referral from HSBC.Nigel Boardman, head of Slaughters' corporate practice, and corporate partner Richard de Carle are advising BIL on a possible bid for Thistle Hotels plc.HSBC has been instrumental in getting both corporate and financing ...

  • Hungary gears up to join EU

    3-Mar-2003

    For Hungarian lawyers, accession to the EU brings mixed blessings. Alex Wade reports on a potential boom nation

  • I'll just get my coat

    3-Mar-2003

    In case you're wondering how to make friends and influence people, look no further than Milbank Tweed's London managing partner Phil Fletcher. At a recent bash, lovely Phil was in the middle of a conversation when he was introduced to a lawyer standing nearby. "And what do you do?" enquired the inquisitive Phil. "I'm the managing partner at Clifford Chance," was the reply. Nice one ...

  • I'll be my own judge

    3-Mar-2003

    Once again Mr Justice Collins has ruffled more than a few Parliamentary feathers. But as Jon Robins reports, the 'dictator in a wig' is unrepentant

  • In the spotlight

    3-Mar-2003

    After his promotion to commercial director, Shine's Simon Vyvyan has taken to TV deal-making like a duck to water, with contracts across the pond already in the bag. Steve Hoare reports

  • Kirkland & Ellis wins legal work for Deutsche Bank spin-off MidOcean

    3-Mar-2003

    Kirkland & Ellis has emerged as the frontrunner to become the main legal adviser to newly-formed transatlantic private equity house MidOcean Partners, after advising the management on its $1.6bn (£1bn) spin-off from parent Deutsche Bank.MidOcean is the result of the management buyout of 80 per cent of DB Capital, Deutsche's private equity arm, led by New York-based DB Capital chief executive Ted Virtue and European chair Graham Clempson.Much of ...

  • Lander quits Nabarros for real estate launch

    3-Mar-2003

    Nabarro Nathanson's best known property partner is leaving private practice to launch his own business

  • Landlord forces Skjerven partners to pay their rent

    3-Mar-2003

    Skjerven Morrill, the San Francisco firm that collapsed shortly after Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, is facing a massive bill for unpaid rent after its landlord launched a suit against its former tenant

  • Lawyer elevated to role of Dexia chairman

    3-Mar-2003

    Dexia has a new general counsel in Belgium after former Clifford Chance partner Axel Miller was promoted to chairman of the management board of Dexia Banque Belgique

  • Legal Widow

    3-Mar-2003

    When things get very bad indeed, and it seems that everyone, from the plumber to the bursar at the girls' school, is conspiring to get one over on me, I always have the secret satisfaction, shared by every lawyer's spouse, that I am going to win the battle. I speak, of course, of the weapon that the UN would ban outright if it were used on a worldwide scale - the solicitor's letter.

  • Linklaters chooses Eastwell to head global capital markets

    4-Mar-2003

    Linklaters has named its managing partner of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as the new global head of capital markets.Nick Eastwell, who has been in charge of the firm’s growth in the CEE region since 1999, is taking over responsibility for the global practice from Michael Canby who is returning to full-time fee-earning. Canby, who has led the London capital markets team since 1995 ...

  • Linklaters' Peter Gray set for retirement

    3-Mar-2003

    Linklaters projects partner Peter Gray is retiring from the firm. Gray, 50, has been with the practice since 1984 and during his partnership served as the head of Linklaters' Tokyo office. The firm confirmed Gray's retirement and said he will depart on June 30.

  • Lovells and Freshfields in landmark Euro deal

    3-Mar-2003

    Lovells and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have completed the lion's share of the work on a landmark Alstom deal - the first pan-European real estate sale and leaseback.The e120m (£81.9m) deal saw Alstom, advised by Lovells, sell 15 industrial and office sites situated in France, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland to CDC Ixis Capital Markets, which was advised by ...

  • Maclay Murray & Spens

    3-Mar-2003

    With its successful growth strategy for London, Maclays is making Scottish history

  • Money laundering revamp threatens South African partners with prison

    3-Mar-2003

    South African firms are fearing the effects of tough new money laundering legislation, which could see advisers imprisoned for up to 15 years or fined up to R10m (£789,500) if they fail to correctly verify a client's identity or report a dodgy transaction to the authorities.The Financial Intelligence Centre Act (Fica) was introduced in 2001, but legislation in relation to 'know your client' rules only took effect at the beginning of this month.

  • Morgan Lewis caught in pay claim by ex-Brobeck lawyers

    3-Mar-2003

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius could be hit by millions of dollars in severance pay and lost fees after taking on the bulk of lawyers from collapsed firm Brobeck Phleger & Harrison

  • Multistupid car lark

    3-Mar-2003

    It seemed like just another ordinary day when Neil Micklethwaite, head of DLA's contentious group, pulled up at the office last week. But that wasn't to last for long. After hopping out of his prize BMW convertible to call the car lift, he turned back to see the car slowly inching forward towards the door. Despite engaging the handbrake, he had left the car in gear. Moving faster than ever before, Micklethwaite jumped back in his car in a bid to jam on the brake. But rather ...

  • New increased fixed fee system will leave 'scope for argument'

    3-Mar-2003

    The pressure was being piled on last week for a wider fixed fees system that is extended to post-issue claims, as the Government figures out its final touches to the new scheme

  • New ombudsman gets tough on complaints

    5-Mar-2003

    Zahida Manzoor, the new legal services ombudsman, has pledged to take a robust stance to raise complaints handling standards after the office received 1,750 new cases in the last 12 months.The new cases were from members of the public who remained dissatisfied with the way their complaints had been dealt with by the lawyers’ own professional bodies. Manzoor, who takes office this week, said there was a lot to be done to improve procedures, especially in relation to the Office ...

  • O'Melveny first in Times Sq Tower

    3-Mar-2003

    New York's O'Melveny & Myers is set to become the first of many law firms to take space in Times Square Tower, the infamous building left empty after the hoped-for anchor tenant Arthur Andersen collapsed

  • Opinion

    3-Mar-2003

    Law firms are normally excellent at dispensing cautionary advice to clients about the failure to heed legislative and political changes. However, often they are not so good at implementing good practice themselves. This seems particularly so in the case of immigration changes.

  • Paris looked after by new Eversheds partner

    3-Mar-2003

    Eversheds has appointed its first managing partner with sole responsibility for Paris. Head of operations Colin Brown will take on the new role, which previously came under the remit of London managing partner Michael Brown. The decision to appoint a separate managing partner for Paris follows the rapid expansion of the office. Eversheds doubled its space in the city with an office move last year. First ...

  • Paul Hastings washes out Brobeck with hires

    3-Mar-2003

    The last remnants of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison are finally disappearing after Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker hired 41 lawyers. Ten partners will join Paul Hastings, including intellectual property partner Doug Olson, who was a member of Brobeck's nine-strong policy committee. The haul spans three locations: San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 26 February

  • Pensions lawyer to move Reed Smith ahead

    3-Mar-2003

    Reed Smith has appointed Ashurst Morris Crisp pensions lawyer Michael Calvert to head up its pensions practice. Calvert has been at Ashursts since 2000, where he was a senior associate, before which he was a partner at Charles Russell. ...

  • R3 hits out at high street banks over withheld £200m

    5-Mar-2003

    John Verrill, Vice President of insolvency professionals’ association R3 has slammed the UK’s high street banks for failing to apply a Privy Council ruling that says they should pay out millions to key creditors of insolvent companies, including former employees.Speaking at the Future of Corporate Rescue Culture conference last week, Verril said, "Banks are in denial about preferential creditors’ claims to funds and they’re causing a stalemate. We currently ...

  • Revenge of the lawyers

    3-Mar-2003

    Personal injury lawyers have realised that joining together to launch aggressive marketing campaigns is the only way to compete with the claims management companies. But as Jon Robins reports, not everyone is so optimistic

  • Road from recovery

    3-Mar-2003

    With personal injury work increasingly becoming untenable for lawyers, Kerry Underwood puts forward the case for scrapping recoverability and returning to legal aid

  • Russell Jones & Walker in shock acquisition of Claims Direct

    3-Mar-2003

    In a dramatic development for the claimant personal injury (PI) field, Claims Direct is to be reborn under new ownership after being bought by national firm Russell Jones & Walker

  • Sarbanes-Oxley: will it destroy the in-house role?

    3-Mar-2003

    From the IBA's Second International Corporate Counsel Conference in Barcelona

  • Secondary victim of medical negligence receives award

    3-Mar-2003

    For the first time, a secondary victim of medical negligence recovered damages for her trauma in the Court of Appeal case of a mother whose baby died in her arms after two days of suffering

  • Separated at birth

    3-Mar-2003

    Tulkinghorn thought hunky actor Brendan Fraser had enough on his hands rubbing shoulders with Michael Caine in The Quiet American and fighting off the bad guys in The Mummy Returns. But no. Not satisfied with life as an international film star, Fraser has been filling his free time by masquerading as a Memery Crystal corporate finance partner. Going by the name of Alex Read, Fraser's swashbuckling ...

  • Sidley and Baker & McKenzie snap up more Brobeck partners

    6-Mar-2003

    The bun fight over former Brobeck Phleger & Harrison partners is grinding to a halt as Sidley Austin Brown & Wood and Baker & McKenzie announce new additions to their West Coast practices.Sidley has taken on Debra Pole, a prominent product liability partner who is known for her work on silicon breast implant litigation for Baxter Healthcare. She will be joined at Sidleys by former ...

  • Six US lawyers charged over hospital PI plot

    3-Mar-2003

    Six US personal injury (PI) lawyers have been charged by the Manhattan District Attorney (DA) for participating in a multimillion-dollar scam to gain clients by bribing hospital staff

  • Skadden bills $4m on NTL restructuring - twice as much as fellow legal advisers

    3-Mar-2003

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom's fees for its lead role on the NTL restructuring have topped nearly $4m (£2.5m) - almost double the bills from the three other firms on the deal

  • The Leader Column

    3-Mar-2003

    Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at the inaugural meeting of Clifford Chance's Italian manage-ment committee. As if the Grimaldi saga was not enough, Nick Wrigley's team has had to turn its attentions to shoring up its finance practice in preparation for Luigi Chessa's imminent departure to Standard & Poor's.The Italian rumour mill went into overdrive when ...

  • The story so far

    3-Mar-2003

    Last week The Lawyer reported on the findings of a survey carried out by Winmark Research and Inspirational Development Coaching on the proportion of female partners in the top 50 UK law firms. The survey revealed that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has the lowest number of female partners of any magic circle firm. Just 11.7 per cent of its partners are female, 2 per cent lower than ...

  • Uría drafted in to save the day as Spain tackles Prestige disaster

    3-Mar-2003

    The Spanish government has finally engaged lawyers to work out who to sue for damage inflicted on the Galician coast by the sinking of the Prestige

  • US private equity houses and US law firms: a family affair?

    3-Mar-2003

    Are US firms beginning to wake up to the competition posed by the magic circle? asks Dearbail Jordan

  • War waged on PM over Iraq conflict

    3-Mar-2003

    Lawyers on both sides of the Atlantic have stepped up legal attacks on the US and UK governments in a bid to prevent war with Iraq

  • Wragges snatches Eversheds Birmingham chief

    6-Mar-2003

    Eversheds has lost Birmingham senior partner and highly-rated property lawyer Adrian Bland to Midlands rival Wragge & Co.The move follows a series of attempts by Eversheds to hold on to Bland, who last year ran for the firm's managing partner job before throwing his weight behind unsuccessful candidate Michael ...

  • Zaid Ibrahim unveils Singapore practice

    3-Mar-2003

    Zaid Ibrahim & Co has opened an office in Singapore, and in so doing has become the first Malaysian firm to be issued a foreign licence in the region