30 June 2003

The Lawyer

  • AAR scoops Rugby World Cup victory

    30-Jun-2003

    Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) has fought off competition from a host of other Australian firms to act as official law firm for the Rugby World Cup 2003.Rugby World Cup Lim-ited managing director Mike Miller said: "This is the first time that Rugby World Cup has formally selected and appointed an official law firm for a Rugby World Cup tournament."Jonathan Cocke, senior international vice-president for IMG, the events company managing the tournament, confirmed that the tender ...

  • Allen & Overy hit by fourth US defection

    30-Jun-2003

    Hale and Dorr has scored a coup by taking on Allen & Overy (A&O) intellectual property litigation partner Robert Barry (right). Barry, the fourth partner A&O has lost to a US firm, will move to Hale and Dorr's London office, where he will rejoin former KLegal lawyer Mark Haftke. Both partners have previously practised at Bird ...

  • Allen & Gledhill rejigs financial services

    30-Jun-2003

    Allen & Gledhill (A&G) has had a shake-up in its financial services department in Singapore, with Shook Lin & Bok partner Lynette Lee taking over as head of investment funds from Choo Wai Hong, who in turn is joining the Wong Partnership.Lee was previously a senior associate at A&G, Linklaters' joint venture partner, before she left to take a job as in-house counsel for the Asia ...

  • Altheimer & Gray set for shock dissolution

    30-Jun-2003

    Chicago firm nosedives amid financial crisis; London lawyers scramble for jobs

  • Bad hair day?

    30-Jun-2003

    Tulkinghorn was amused to discover that Laurie Adams, the lovely head of legal and compliance at ABN Amro's wholesale client business, was recently dragged off the investment bank's roof by its health and safety people.Apparently they thought he was going to jump from the top of the Bishopsgate HQ. Fortunately it soon became clear that Adams was not about to commit suicide at all. He had been taken up to the bank's roof to be photographed by The Lawyer.

  • Baker & McKenzie appoints new London chief

    30-Jun-2003

    Baker & McKenzie has named corporate partner Gary Senior as its new London managing partner. Senior replaces Russell Lewin, who moves up to sit on the firm's global executive committee after five years in the top job in London. Senior has also been the partner responsible for professional development and knowledge management at Baker & McKenzie's London office. First reported on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews, ...

  • Beachcrofts hires Hunt Mark II

    30-Jun-2003

    It is not quite the requisite ten, but Beachcroft Wansbroughs now has two lords a-leaping after signing up the former junior health minister who resigned over the Iraq war.What is more, they go by the same name. Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Philip Hunt) joins the firm that is headed by senior partner Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE (David Hunt). The two are entirely unrelated, however, and sit on opposite sides of the House.Philip Hunt was part of the Labour Government until his resignation ...

  • Bloom slams dual advice on cartels

    30-Jun-2003

    The Office of Fair Trading's (OFT) director of competition enforcement Margaret Bloom has told The Lawyer that she does not think law firms should represent more than one company in a cartel or price-fixing investigation.Bloom also said companies and their directors should have separate representation in criminal investigations under the new Enterprise Act.Bloom told The Lawyer: "If you ask me, I would prefer that they were not represented by one law firm because I think ...

  • BT kickstarts first ever international legal panel

    30-Jun-2003

    Having completed a review of its legal advisers in England and Wales, British Telecom (BT) is now set to launch its first ever international panel.After appointing Addleshaw Goddard, Allen & Overy, Bird & Bird, Linklaters and Wragge ...

  • Canary Wharf appeals CC rent clause victory

    30-Jun-2003

    Canary Wharf is seeking leave to appeal after losing a case that revolves around a lease drafted by prospective tenant Clifford Chance.Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) consultant Laurie Heller and Paul Morgan QC of Falcon Chambers last week won the High Court battle for the Telegraph Group over ...

  • Community action and pro bono: Reed Smith saves Borough's best bubble and squeak cafe

    30-Jun-2003

    Maria Moruzzi makes a mean bubble and squeak, and her Borough Cafe is a local legend. She caters for customers such as Sean Connery, Lord Lawson and Jamie Oliver. But when Railtrack (now Network Rail) said it was looking to build a railway through her premises, no stars came to her rescue.Moruzzi's parents owned the lease of the building, but both were ill (her father has since died). Moruzzi was scared by the thought of losing the cafe that her parents had owned for years. Luckily, ...

  • Corporate deals round-up

    30-Jun-2003

    Herbert Smith (Stephen Wilkinson) advised Biffa Waste, a subsidiary of Severn Trent, in the acquisition of Hales Waste Control and RMC Environmental from RMC for £141m. Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe also represented Biffa Waste, with Wragge & Co acting for Hales Waste Control and RMC.

  • Cruise control

    30-Jun-2003

    Even after the merger, P&O Princess Cruises and Carnival are still separate. Brendan Malkin finds out how P&O counsel Tony Kaufman keeps it all together

  • Dentons ex-aviation head joins Avion Capital

    30-Jun-2003

    Denton Wilde Sapte's former head of aviation Colin Thaine (left) has joined Airbus's financing arm Avion Capital after being on secondment at the company since the middle of last year. He has been appointed chief executive of the new financing arm. Denton Wilde Sapte is now one of the advisers to Avion Capital, after acting on its formation.

  • Domestic firms take the lead on Scandinavian M&A

    30-Jun-2003

    A steep decline in major M&A activity in Scandinavia has seen domestic firms in the region outperform their international rivals.Announced deals in the first half of 2003 plummeted in Sweden and Finland compared with the same period last year, although Norway and Denmark performed much better, with deal activity remaining virtually static.Keith Johnson, a partner in Linklaters' Stockholm ...

  • Dundas trainees left out in the cold

    30-Jun-2003

    Dundas & Wilson will not keep on any of its London trainees this year and has offered jobs to less than 60 per cent firmwide.Two London trainees are affected, while a further eight trainees across Edinburgh and Glasgow will be let go when they qualify in September.The two London trainees have had a tumultuous start to their legal careers. They began at Garretts, the English law firm of the Andersen Legalnetwork. When this collapsed following the demise of the ...

  • Field Fisher takes on accountancy big four

    30-Jun-2003

    Field Fisher Waterhouse's intellectual property (IP) practice is teaming up with its tax group to launch a direct attack on the big four accountancy firms.By combining the firm's IP expertise with its transfer pricing knowledge, Field Fisher hopes to offer what it terms "the most comprehensive asset management service in the City".Brands, technology, me-dia and telecommunications ...

  • Firms set for online RBS auction

    30-Jun-2003

    The pressure is on for law firms to finalise discounted rates for the Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) cost-cutting review of its legal services before making their bids in a controversial online auction.The bank's legal spend is estimated to be in the region of £40m a year, although RBS would not confirm this figure.The bank is breaking with previous convention by dividing all transactional work into lot sizes. The divisions, covering all corporate banking and financial ...

  • Growing pains

    30-Jun-2003

    Quality work but in a freestyle environment. Is it an impossible dream? Two German boutiques think they can do it. By Aled Griffiths

  • Hammonds partner exodus continues

    30-Jun-2003

    Hammonds has lost another four partners this week, bringing the total number of partner departures in the past year to 23.Manchester partners Pauline Cowie and Jan Levinson, who are corporate and litigation specialists respectively, are joining Beachcroft Wansbroughs, while Leeds insolvency partner Stephen Baylis is joining Langleys and sports partner David Becker is joining

  • Herbert Smith team in Merrill Lynch coup

    30-Jun-2003

    Herbert Smith has put more meat on the bones of its investment bank strategy by advising on its first structured finance deal for Merrill Lynch.Jane Borrows led the Herbert Smith team on a £150m secured warehouse facility made available by Merrill Lynch International Bank to a UK plc.Simmons & Simmons capital markets partner James Bresslaw advised the plc on the private deal.Merrill Lynch is a key target across Herbert Smith, with the relationship led by US-qualified ...

  • Hostile reception

    30-Jun-2003

    Tulkinghorn wonders whether Rosenblatt Solicitors is adopting a new, more aggressiveWhich magic circle partner put the firm's position on pro bono into perspective with his comment, "Who cares who wins this one?" as the nominations for the award were announced? approach to lawyering. Tulkinghorn has always looked forward to paying a visit to the firm's offices and sometimes even pops in unannounced.

  • Insurance litigation firms reap the benefits with profit hikes

    30-Jun-2003

    The top five insurance firms have all enjoyed massive profit hikes this year as their clients become increasingly litigious in today's hardened market.Kennedys, the best performer, saw profits per equity partner rise by 25 per cent, Beachcroft Wansbroughs profits went up 18 per cent and Reynolds Porter Chamberlain's went up 10 per cent, while Barlow Lyde & Gilbert and Clyde & Co's both saw an 8 per cent increase.Kennedys chief executive Ric Martin said: "There's a link ...

  • Israel's Shimonov Barnea dissolves after partner rift

    30-Jun-2003

    One of Israel's best-known internationally-focused firms Shimonov Barnea & Co is to split into two tomorrow (1 July). The division is believed to be the result of a disagreement between the partners over the distribution of the equity.The larger of the two new firms, with three partners and seven assistants, will be Barnea & Co, headed by well-known securities specialist Michael Barnea. The firm will also feature real estate partners Aya Lavi-Bezalel and UK-qualified partner ...

  • Jones Day takes second partner from Pillsbury

    30-Jun-2003

    Jones Day's San Francisco office is continuing to focus on recruiting partners from Pillsbury Winthrop. Commercial litigation partner Shawn Hanson is joining the firm following the high-profile departure of Robert Mittelstaedt from Pillsbury to Jones Day. First reported on www.thelawyer. com/lawyernews, 24 June

  • Lawyer turns his back on sick children

    30-Jun-2003

    DLA is now the only UK firm that really can claim full national coverage.The weekend before last, members of the firm journeyed the entire length of the country on foot - or in some cases, on hands and knees - raising money for children's charity The Wellchild Trust. While there were numerous strains, sprains, blisters, and even a hospitalisation, Tulkinghorn's greatest sympathy goes to the poor partner who turned up a little late at his starting point, only to walk 10 miles in ...

  • LEADER

    30-Jun-2003

    It's been like watching a car crash in slow motion. The news that Chicago firm Altheimer & Gray was about to dissolve - reported on www.thelawyer.com /lawyernews last Friday (27 June) - was simply a more extreme version of the rumours already circulating in the London market.Ever since Buchanan Ingersoll effectively withdrew from the City, cocktail party gossip was putting Altheimer as the US firm to go next. With a slew of partner departures in the past year, it hardly looked ...

  • Linklaters consultant joins White & Case

    30-Jun-2003

    White & Case is bolstering its capital markets practice in London by adding a new partner from Linklaters. Former Linklaters consultant and credited derivatives specialist Heather Pilley is joining White & Case as a partner. First reported on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews, 27 June

  • Linklaters London seals Montagu first

    30-Jun-2003

    Linklaters' London private equity team has scooped its first instruction from Montagu Private Equity.The magic circle firm has won a mandate to advise Montagu on its £860m leveraged buyout of Linpac, the family-owned UK packaging group. Montagu (formerly HSBC Private Equity) has existing relationships with Clifford ...

  • Linklaters loses top biller to Norton Rose

    30-Jun-2003

    Linklaters has lost German real estate partners Hans-Dieter Schulz-Gebeltzig and Axel Kunze and an associate to Norton Rose. In the past, Schulz-Gebeltzig has advised Swisscom on the outsourcing of two of its property portfolios, deals that were collectively worth around £1bn. Schulz-Gebeltzig's practice also ...

  • Litigation ace returns to White & Case

    30-Jun-2003

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy litigation partner William Spiegelberger has joined White & Case, where he will head up the Moscow litigation department.His return to White & Case after five years at Milbank marks a continuation of his new firm's efforts to build up its litigation capacity, particularly in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.Spiegelberger, a fluent German and Russian speaker, has considerable arbitration experience in construction, foreign ...

  • Lovells prepares for fresh assault on Italy

    30-Jun-2003

    Lovells is gearing up for the implementation of Italy's corporate law reform in January 2004 by hiring two chartered accountants.Domenico Borzumato and Serena Pietrosanti, were previously with Deloitte & Touche in Rome and before that were with Studio di Consulenza Legale e Tributaria, part of Andersen Worldwide.To comply with Law Society rules, both accountants will qualify as lawyers in Italy so that they can join the Lovells partnership.The hires are a significant ...

  • Manchester's Donns sues ex-personal injury partner

    30-Jun-2003

    Manchester firm Donns Solicitors is seeking damages and an injunction against a former partner after she allegedly solicited for business from clients before leaving the firm.Former personal injury partner Lesley Casey allegedly sent letters to clients on Donns' headed notepaper together with the brochure for her new firm, Alexander Harris, on 25 April this year.She is now being sued personally by Donns senior partner Raymond Donn, who is understood to hold all ...

  • Martineaus trainees get the push by group email

    30-Jun-2003

    Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson has made its trainees redundant by a group email, The Lawyer can reveal. The firm told them that it is planning to retain just one out of the 10 trainees due to qualify in September.Martineaus senior partner William Barker confirmed that the news had been communicated to trainees by email. He said the trainees were warned in advance about the possibility of not being offered jobs upon qualification and that the firm would announce ...

  • Masons set to hold elections as contenders for the top job line up

    30-Jun-2003

    After spending seven months without a senior partner, Masons is to hold elections for the role. The partnership has spent six months in consultation over what form the role should take and even whether it should continue to exist at all.After finally reaching agreement that the firm should have a senior partner, the frontrunners have already emerged. The Lawyer can reveal that all of them work out of the firm's construction department. They are partners Tony ...

  • Nicholson Graham hires Steptoe chief

    30-Jun-2003

    Nicholson Graham & Jones has taken on Steptoe & Johnson's former head of international commercial arbitration and litigation Ian Meredith as a partner in the litigation department. Meredith left Steptoe at the beginning of the year, after joining as a salaried partner from Hammonds in 2001. Adam Greaves and Chris Gibson replaced Meredith at Steptoe as co-heads of the practice group.

  • Opinion

    30-Jun-2003

    Guy Henderson, commercial litigation partner, Allen & Overy

  • Our Kid

    30-Jun-2003

    The picture desk at The Lawyer this week received an updated photo of Lovells real estate star Bob Kidby and the strict instructions that no former photos of the lovely Bob should be used again. While The Lawyer is happy to comply with the PR department's demands (which should of course be extremely grateful to us for exercising such a generous discretion), we felt saddened that some of those photos of Bob in his younger days would never be used again. So here we offer readers one last, ...

  • Quotes from The Lawyer Awards 2003

    30-Jun-2003

    "At last, I've joined the magic circle" - SJ Berwin senior partner David Harrel on finding himself seated with Tim Clark, Anthony Salz and Stuart Popham, the cabal of senior partners from Slaughter and May, Freshfields ...

  • Salans drops this year's qualifying trainees

    30-Jun-2003

    Salans is not keeping its four trainees that are due to qualify in September. Three of the trainees were looking for positions in banking, with the fourth undecided. The firm will, however, take on its regular intake of four trainees in September.

  • Slaughter and May in overcharging claim from Euro Trade & Forfaiting

    30-Jun-2003

    Slaughter and May has become embroiled in a rare £2.2m fees spat. The firm is being sued by US-based litigation client Euro Trade & Forfaiting, which claims that Slaughters has overcharged it for work done between autumn 2000 and August last year.Euro Trade filed a claim with the High Court on 19 February. The company is being represented by Hammonds' spin-off insurance litigation practice ...

  • Sonnenberg boosts employment

    30-Jun-2003

    South African firm Webber Wentzel Bowens has lost key employment specialist Rod Harper and a team of five associates to rival Sonnenberg Hoffmann Galombik.Harper founded Webber's labour law unit approximately 20 years ago and the defections are understood to reduce the firm's employment practice by around a third.Harper, who joined Sonn-enberg this week, was the first to approach the rival firm. His resignation was then followed by that of five associates."We ...

  • Steel Hector tops minorities report

    30-Jun-2003

    Miami firm Steel Hector & Davis has been rated the top firm in the US for the diversity of its employees for the third year in a row, with nearly 37 per cent of its associates from ethnic minorities.According to the Diversity Scorecard, a survey by US publication The National Law Journal, non-New York firms dominated the top five, with Miami and California well represented.Two Californian firms made new entries into the top 20: San Francisco-based Heller Ehrman ...

  • The little terror

    30-Jun-2003

    Margaret Bloom's tenure at the OFT is finally coming to an end. Helen Power talks to her about her six years of being the scourge of cartels

  • The Safeway saga: the City's finest square up for the battle

    30-Jun-2003

    Ashursts client Wm Morrison emerges as Competition Commission favourite in the race for Safeway

  • Theatre of screams

    30-Jun-2003

    Well, it wasn't quite the Party In the Park, but Party Near the Park still had its fair share of stars and prima donnas.The charity event was organised to raise money for the Unicorn children's theatre in London. As well as the good work done for charity, the event also provided the opportunity for all those in the property industry to showcase their musical talents. And the real estate lawyers were not shy in coming forward, bagging the prime positions of opening act and the ...

  • Tods Murray edges out City rivals on Dexia work

    30-Jun-2003

    Tods Murray has elbowed out rival firms in the City to score its first instruction from Swedish bank Dexia Public Finance, advising on the funding of a PFI deal involving Seeboard and the London Borough of Islington.The deal, thought to be valued at around £50m, sees Seeboard contracted to the London Borough of Islington to provide public lighting in the area for 25 years.The Scottish ...

  • Warranty and indemnity insurance: risky business

    30-Jun-2003

    Dearbail Jordan discovers some of the reasons behind the rise in popularity of the W&II safety net