3 October 2005
The newly merged Pinsent Masons team is giving DLA Piper a run for its money. By Steve Hoare
SJ Berwin advised private investment bank Evans Randall on a novel property deal that saw two major sites bought for £110.1m via a corporate structure. B&Q's major distribution warehouse in Doncaster was bought from Propinvest Holdings for £53.6m, while a Rolls-Royce manufacturing and distribution unit in Glasgow was sold by Glenn Maud for £56.5m. Real estate partner David Ryland led the SJ Berwin team.The ...
There was much mirth at Slaughters last week as several partners took advantage of the firm's proximity to Linklaters' overspill facilities.
Magic circle firm Allen & Overy has shot up 13 places to rank third on the European M&A league tables published by Bloomberg, Thomson Financial and Mergermarket for announced deals.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has finally bowed to the criticisms levelled against it from the firm's growing number of disenchanted assistants, who are pushing for alternative career paths.
There is an ige crisis in the legal market that could lead to missed opportunities. By Mark Brandon
Arthur Cox leads the first financial ranking of Ireland's leading law firms.
Ashurst, Davis Polk & Wardwell and Travers Smith have teamed up to advise NTL on its $6bn acquisition of Telewest.
Silver circle firm Ashurst is back in favour with key private equity client Candover as it clinches the £2.18 billion acquisition of bookmaking chain Coral Eurobet by bingo and casino operator Gala.
Axa has reshaped its in-house department following the departure of group general counsel Noleen John to Norton Rose.
French private equity star Thomas Forschbach has completed his first deal for Boston buyout shop Bain Capital since his departure from Ashurst to Latham & Watkins ...
Bird & Bird has recruited former DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary senior associate Sarah Walker (left) as a partner.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has raided Dewey Ballantine’s London office for a new head of the firm’s global projects practice.
To accommodate for the growth in Ireland's economy, the construction industry has had to keep pace. Rory Kirrane reports on the contractual developments
White House counsel Harriet Miers has been nominated to the Supreme Court by US President George W Bush.
The Law Society has announced the members of two new boards to oversee consumer complaints and regulation. The Consumer Complaints Board and the Regulation Board will be responsible for the policy and operations of the Law Society's complaints handling and regulation functions respectively. The Complaints Board is chaired by Professor Shamit Saggar and features Susan Hodkinson, Christopher Hughes, Mohammed Arif Khan, Jennifer Isabel Kreser, Michael Spencer Tildesley as solicitor members. ...
w Peters and Peters has appointed a new partner, Tony Lewis, to the civil fraud/commercial litigation department, with effect from 1 October.
Clifford Chance has lost its second tax partner in as many weeks.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is gearing up to launch its first office on China's mainland - the latest in a line of international law firms swooping to cash in on the country's booming economy.
Robin Saphra has joined Colt Telecom as commercial director and head of regulatory.
Hunton & Williams has snared two new partners for its Bangkok office from collapsing US firm Coudert Brothers.
Criminal barristers are today (3 October) beginning a national walk-out over the Government's refusal to raise legal aid fees. The action follows months of unsuccessful negotiations between the Department for Constitu-tional Affairs and the Bar Council.
The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) has announced the appointment of the first chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission.
French independent firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has picked up one of Coudert Brothers’ two remaining Paris partners.
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary is preparing to storm Africa after the DLA Piper Group alliance signed up Egyptian law firm Matouk & Bassiouny.
After 19 years as senior partner of Edwin Coe, John Tomlins has decided to stand down.
Edwin Coe has launched an appeal to the Competition Appeals Tribunal on behalf of 32,000 independent shopkeepers calling for an inquiry into massive supermarket chain stores’ monopoly on the market.
A coalition of some of the world’s most powerful chief executive officers (CEOs) today launched a new front on industry’s global war on intellectual property pirates.
Equitable Life has settled claims against two of the 15 former directors it was suing for negligence, it was announced this morning (Monday 3 October).
The group of former Hammonds partners fighting the firm's demand for the repayment of overdrawings is calling for the firm to demonstrate clearly that the amounts it is asking for have been allocated properly.
Hammonds' former managing partner Chris Jones will leave the firm in May next year as the 15-month equity partner lock-in comes to an end.
Magic circle firm in massive career path review as attrition rate hits 25 per cent
Congratulations to the lean and mean team from Henderson Homes for its triumph in this year's Formula Law Marathon for The Lawyer (hosted by Pro-Kart Series). Some 20 teams, including brave souls from Addleshaw Goddard, Milton Keynes firm Fennemores,
It's been clear for weeks that Coudert has been deluded about its future. Even after it announced its dissolution, spokespeople were talking about "the firm's strengths".
Higgs & Sons" /Senior partner: Ian Shovlin Turnover: £7m Total number of partners: 24 (15 equity) Total number of staff: 150 Main practice areas: Commercial property, company and commercial, employment, family, insolvency, litigation, ...
Six candidates have come forward to stand for the post of senior partner at Freshfields just a few days before the magic circle firm’s partnership conference in Paris this weekend.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has landed its first M&A transaction for Reckitt Benckiser, the household and personal care group.
French independent and former DLA ally Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent is ramping up its new Lyon office with the hire of tax partner Rémi Gouyet from CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre.
Lawyers taking part in the pro bono effort to help the victims of the London bombings have been attacking the government-run compensation scheme. Immediately after the attacks, the Law Society set up a helpline to direct the victims and their families to free legal advice.
Harbottles, sad to say, has a history of losing key people from its music department to glitzy new jobs.
Herbert Smith has bagged its new chief operating officer (COO) from software company Oracle.
In an exclusive interview, Gate Gourmet's European general counsel defends the actions taken by his company throughout the high-profile striking saga. By Husnara Begum
House of Lords judge Lord Steyn is retiring from his post to return to practice at Essex Court Chambers as an arbitrator.
Masons' IT group brought in a revenue of £9.5m in its last year before the merger with Pinsents. This year Pinsent Masons' outsourcing, technology and communications (OTC) budget is £17.6m and the group believes it is well on track to smash £20m.
Five years on, the Human Rights Act wins applause from practitioners, who warn that the only danger is the new terror laws
IBM Europe, Middle East and Asia vice-president and general counsel Carl Belding has quit the company after more than 20 years to become the chief legal officer at Nokia.
Herbert Smith. Litigation group. Press party. Words that caused much giggling at Tulkinghorn Towers last week as the proximity to the firm's highest-profile defeat (Excitable Lie) and a bash to meet and greet a boozed-up press neared.
The revival of a long forgotten law banning women from working through the night is threatening to derail the boom in the Indian outsourcing market.
Top Isle of Man firm Cains has opened its first office in the UK as the offshore firm seeks to take advantage of the expansion of the island’s economy powered by its zero tax strategy.
Chicago bankruptcy specialist Kirkland & Ellis has promoted senior associate Partha Kar to partner within the London restructuring group.
BARRACK Rodos & Bacine of Philadelphia and Manhattan's Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann reaped more than $194m (£109.9m) in fees from the latest WorldCom settlement.
BPP Law School's London branch has lost its 'excellent' rating following the latest round of visits by the Law Society.
They might turn their noses up at it in the office, but there was no escaping the class of the Law Society on the playing field.
LeBOEuf Lamb Greene & MacRae's London office has landed its first-ever deal for German power company Eon.
Linklaters has knocked Clifford Chance from the top spot for brand value this year, with a total brand value of £1.69bn.
One of the former executive directors of Equitable Life, Shaun Kinnis, is understood to have settled his dispute with the society late last week, as settlement negotiations over the ongoing £1.7bn negligence claim against 14 other directors continued.
Lord Steyn is to be nominated as chair of human rights organisation Justice’s council.
Lord Woolf, the retiring Lord Chief Justice, has joined Blackstone Chambers as a non-resident mediator and arbitrator.
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) has hired White & Case lawyer Dominic Griffiths as a partner in its London securitisation group to boost its UK structured finance practice.
The UK's largest media organisations launched an assault last week against a change to the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), which they say is an "unnecessary and disproportionate interference with the right to freedom of expression".
Morgan Lewis & Bockius has announced a new joint venture in Japan with TMI Associates, Simmons & Sim-mons' joint venture partner. TMI has had an official relationship with Simmons since 2001.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has recruited the head of legal and business affairs from client Music Choice Europe.
Uncertainty over the new QC selection process has led to a lower than expected number of applications, with just 440 junior barristers and solicitor-advocates putting themselves forward.
Mike Hamersley's decision to blow the whistle on KPMG's tax shelters helped the US Department of Justice nail the big four accountancy firm. Jon Robins reports
Burges Salmon" /South West firm Burges Salmon has won a beauty parade to become Imperial College London's legal adviser on nuclear law issues.
The EU Prospectus Directive is receiving a warm welcome in Ireland, which boasts the expertise to take full advantage of the benefits it confers. Tara Doyle reports
The CFA system is fundamentally flawed and should be rethought
US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has bagged employment specialist Christopher Walter from rival firm Covington & Burling.
US firm Reed Smith has raided rival firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker’s to secure two new partners for its New York office.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has picked up former Hammonds partner Kathleen Harris in a boost to its IP practice.
Clifford Chance London litigation head Jeremy Sandelson is emerging as the frontrunner for the job of London managing partner, as nominations close at 3pm today (3 October).
Civil and criminal set Seven Bedford Row has hired Pump Court Chambers tenant Luke Blackburn in a boost to its fraud and criminal team.
Leading sports agent SFX Sports Group Europe has appointed Couchman Harrington Associates as the company's sole legal adviser.
UK entertainment and media firm Sheridans is set to launch a new film and television practice after poaching two partners from The Simkins Partnership.
Dublin's leading firms have always been tight-lipped, but are they starting to show signs of transparency? Matt Byrne reveals all
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom jumped from fourth place at the half-year mark to first place in the US M&A league tables after the first three quarters.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has landed its most lucrative work to date from Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, advising the majority shareholder of Sibneft in its $13.1bn (£7.4bn) sale to Russian natural gas company Gazprom.
A Slaughter and May conflict has gifted Allen & Ovey (A&O) with a mandate to advise Alliance UniChem on its multi-billion pound merger with Boots.
Slaughter and May is set to expand its best friends network to Central and Eastern Europe to take advantage of the EU accession economies.
Recent legislation promises to revolutionise personal injury cases in Ireland. Margaret Muldowney outlines the most significant changes
French boutique Arsene has raided the Paris offices of Landwell and Taj for two tax specialists and their teams.
The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) is today (3 October) launching a guide which will give judges and counsel a clear path to best practice in the court.
They humiliated Equitable and out-lawyered Herbert Smith: the E&Y defence team on bullying tactics, press strategy and holding their nerve. By Catrin Griffiths
Matthew Rhodes, director, RollOnFriday
With the end of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the area can start looking forward to fulfil its commercial potential. Nemonie Fulton reports
Tulkinghorn was delighted to hear that the standards at the High Court are being maintained.
Weil Gotshal & Manges and Linklaters' Warsaw office are celebrating after advising Polish energy company PGNiG on a successful IPO on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
WEIL Gotshal & Manges is being sued for $40m (£22.7m) over a bankruptcy filing in the US by a former not-for-profit client.
By Sam Roberts, a consultant with EJ Human Resources
The introduction of the non-UCITS common contractual fund into Ireland's economy has helped the funds sector thrive. Brian McDermott reports