30 September 2002

The Lawyer

  • 29 Bedford Row takes two

    30-Sep-2002

    Seven Bedford Row has hired two barristers from 29 Bedford Row. Employment specialists Timothy Walker and Smair Soor are joining Seven Bedford Row as a result of 29 Bedford Row's increased focus on family law.

  • ABA chairman scooped for Hunton & Williams

    30-Sep-2002

    US firm Hunton & Williams has appointed Robert Grey, former vice president of rival Virginia law firm LeClair Ryan as a partner on the regulated industries and government relations team.

  • Abbey's £10m negligence claim settled with barrister

    30-Sep-2002

    The biggest claim against a barrister since the Lords ruling in Hall Simons, which abolished barristers' immunity from being sued for negligence in court, has settled

  • Allen & Overy scoops Olympic contract for 2008 China games

    30-Sep-2002

    Allen & Overy has scooped the first piece of work on the 2008 Beijing Olympics, beating more than 100 local and international firms which applied

  • Aussie IT specialist appointed to Perth law firm

    30-Sep-2002

    Wojtowicz Kelly, an Australian firm based in Perth, has appointed former Jackson McDonald partner Anthony Quahe. Quahe specialises in IT and e-commerce. He has also been appointed to the board of the Western Australian Tourism Commission.

  • Bird & Bird expands biotechnology with recruit

    30-Sep-2002

    Bird & Bird has recruited life sciences expert Paule Drouault-Gardrat. Drouault-Gardrat will head up Bird & Bird's life sciences practice and will help develop the practice internationally. The hire follows recent expansion in life sciences at Bird & Bird's London and Stockholm offices.

  • Bird & Bird targets biotechnology in Paris

    30-Sep-2002

    Bird & Bird has recruited life sciences expert Paule Drouault-Gardrat and an associate from Lovells. Drouault-Gardrat, who was not a partner at Lovells, will head up Bird & Bird's life sciences practice. She has been hired to help develop the practice internationally. Drouault-Gardrat has worked in the sector for more than 20 years, both in private practice and as an in-house lawyer at pharmaceutical companies Sanofi and Debat.First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews ...

  • BLP set for transatlantic deal with NY's Kramer Levin

    30-Sep-2002

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is forging a strategic alliance with New York firm Kramer Levin, as it embarks on an ambitious international growth plan

  • Brobeck hangs on to $10m of owed cash

    30-Sep-2002

    Tensions mount as dozens of former partners demand return of millions in capital

  • Carrick Carr partners lose human rights court battle

    30-Sep-2002

    Four-partner Yorkshire firm Carrick Carr & Wright has been shut down after improperly paying nearly three quarters of a million pounds - half of it client money - into the office account

  • CC senior partner contenders square up for round three

    30-Sep-2002

    The contenders for Clifford Chance's senior partner role face another agonising week of voting after the second round failed to produce a clear winner

  • Counting the pennies

    30-Sep-2002

    Poor old Slaughter and May must be having a tough time of it at the moment. After being hoofed out of the magic circle by this very tome, the firm has been forced to endure yet more indignities.Last week, one of its clients was due to send more than £1.5m to a particular company it was investing in, represented by Cl

  • Court to decide ownership of £1m in home loans scam

    30-Sep-2002

    The ownership of funds in client accounts is the issue at the centre of an important trust case arising out of the misconduct of a solicitor

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - HARVEY NICHOLS

    30-Sep-2002

    Macfarlanes to take Harvey Nicks private

  • Deals summary

    30-Sep-2002

    Eversheds (Susan Lewis) acted for Jessops on its £116m secondary management buyout. CMS Cameron McKenna advised ABN Amro Capital on private equity. Clifford Chance acted for HSBC, which provided debt facilities.

  • Deals summary

    30-Sep-2002

    Travers Smith Braithwaite (David Hawkins and Anthony Judge) advised Lothbury Property Trust Company on the letting of 31 St James Street, Covent Garden to jewellery designer Kit Leath. Atlantic Fund Management also advised. Leath was represented by Michelmores.Nicholson Graham & Jones (Piers Coleman ...

  • Deals summary

    30-Sep-2002

    Herbert Smith (Stephen Wilkinson and Ben Ward) represented Amerada Hess on the £670m restructuring of Premier Oil. Slaughter and May acted for Premier while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Petronas, which exited its 25 per cent stake in Premier.

  • DES: can acquisition finance survive another setback?

    30-Sep-2002

    As leveraged finance head Coucher quits for Bingham McCutchen, Catrin Griffiths asks whether DWS has lost the plot entirely

  • E&Y's Madrid office gets labour law partner

    30-Sep-2002

    Garrigues labour law partner Mario Peña has joined Ernst & Young Abogados in Madrid. Peña joins the accountancy-tied practice with a senior associate from Garrigues and will work alongside Ernst & Young's head of labour law Miguel Angel Arcaraz. Peña is a specialist in restructuring within labour law.

  • Eversheds divided over managing partner vote

    30-Sep-2002

    The Lawyer can reveal that the Eversheds board is split between the rival camps backing managing partner candidates David Gray and Michael Brown

  • Fighting force

    30-Sep-2002

    Although NTL has suffered debts and bankruptcy, the firm's legal department has been left untouched. Vanessa Pawsey meets the man who held it together, Robert Mackenzie

  • Hair today, gone tomorrow

    30-Sep-2002

    Tulkinghorn has once again heard rumours about law firms and Sex and the City - but this time it has nothing to do with Clifford Chance. Apparently, Leamington firm Withers & Rogers is protecting the lovely, albeit synthetic, locks of Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker. Parker is one of a number of stars, including EastEnders' Letitia Dean and Gillian Anderson from The X Files, ...

  • Halliwells solicitor retires to follow new career

    30-Sep-2002

    Halliwell Landau's head of planning Roger Lancaster is retiring as a solicitor to join Manchester set 40 King Street as a barrister. Lancaster, a solicitor-advocate, is changing careers to make full use of his advocacy skills. He will be replaced as head of planning by Andrew Platt, who currently heads up the planning department at DLA (The Lawyer, 12 August 2002).

  • Herbert Smith boosts Gleiss tie in £260m Johnson Matthey deal

    30-Sep-2002

    Herbert Smith has galvanised its alliance with Gleiss Lutz after persuading Johnson Matthey to use the German firm for its £260m acquisition of ICI's catalyst business Synetix.The deal, which is part of ICI's drive to reduce its £2.3bn debt mountain, required both German and Indian legal expertise as the transaction also included the disposal of the company's Indian catalyst business.Simon Farrant, head of legal at Johnson Matthey, said it was the ...

  • High profile consultant joins DJ Freeman

    30-Sep-2002

    DJ Freeman has appointed Anthony Aust, deputy legal adviser at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as a consultant to its public international law group. Aust was legal adviser to the UK mission to the United Nations in New York between 1988 and 1991. High-profile cases include acting as deputy agent for the UK in Libya v United Kingdom (Lockerbie) before the International Court of Justice between 1993 and 2002.

  • Honour amongst men

    30-Sep-2002

    The war on terrorism and the prospect of an attack on Iraq are set to challenge human rights laws. Nicholas De Marco reports on how the courts have been battling to strike a balance

  • HOWARD KENNEDY

    30-Sep-2002

    With 100 fee-earners, Howard Kennedy maintains that personal touch

  • In the lap of the law

    30-Sep-2002

    As Allen & Overy's property developers fight with local traders at Spitalfields over the firm's planned new office location, Clifford Chance lawyers moving to their new Docklands office are facing a rather different local uprising. Last week, Tulkinghorn reported that a second strip club was planning to open in the Docklands, possibly inspired by the firm's various flirtations ...

  • Insolvency start-up firm Scott Wilkes opts for LLP status as business opens

    30-Sep-2002

    Scott Wilkes, the commercial litigation and insolvency firm established by breakaway Hammonds partner Robert Scott, and which opens today (30 September), has set up as a limited liability partnership (LLP)

  • Irwin Mitchell to close practices in the Midlands

    30-Sep-2002

    Irwin Mitchell is closing down three of its four commercial groups in Birmingham, leaving 15 jobs hanging in the balance, including those of its six fee-earners and two trainees

  • Lawyers to debate fixed costs on fast-track cases

    30-Sep-2002

    Largest costs overhaul predicted since the Woolf reforms as insurers complain of spiralling costs

  • Legal Widow

    30-Sep-2002

    David Blunkett has a greater problem with language in the home than he realises. While he frets over immigrant families failing to chatter away in English over the dinner table, he ignores the horrifying truth that hardly anyone, at least in my house, speaks the language properly anymore. If we do get them all round the dinner table at one time it sounds like a meeting of some bizarre international commission for whaling perhaps, or snowboarding.A lifetime of Australian soaps ...

  • Lovells stays loyal to LMUK on Nectar card scheme

    30-Sep-2002

    Lovells has been drawn into the retail sector’s obsession with customer loyalty schemes after advising Loyalty Management UK (LMUK) on its high-profile launch of the Nectar card.The loyalty card, a joint venture between Sainsbury’s, Barclaycard, BP and Debenhams, was launched to much publicity on 16 September.The unveiling of Nectar, which experienced computer glitches within hours of its launch, is the culmination of 18 months of work by a Lovells team led by corporate ...

  • Lyons roar comes to an end

    30-Sep-2002

    LYON & Lyon, the Los Angeles practice, is nearing its end after Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Jones Day Reavis & Pogue scooped up some of its remaining partners

  • Mitsubishi counsel goes down under

    30-Sep-2002

    Australian law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth has appointed the former counsel for Mitsubishi Corporation in Tokyo, Kanaga Dharmananda, as a partner in the corporate advisory and energy & resources practice groups.

  • N ö rr takes on another in-house recruit

    30-Sep-2002

    Macfarlanes ally Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz has scored another recruitment coup from an in-house department

  • New tenants for 199 Strand

    30-Sep-2002

    Four new tenants have been recruited by 199 Strand. Anthony Higgins, a commercial and professional negligence barrister, has joined from the now defunct Goldsmith Buildings. Employment, immigration and commercial litigation specialist Alan Payne has moved from 1 Harcourt Buildings. Meanwhile, housing and employment barrister Kuljit Bhogal has joined the set from Bracton Chambers, and common law barrister Abigail Wright has moved from 46 Essex Street.

  • Old Square loses tenants to judiciary

    30-Sep-2002

    Several Old Square tenants have been appointed to judicial positions, including Matthias Kelly QC, the vice chairman of the Bar Council, who is now a Bencher of Gray's Inn. Kelly, who has been appointed a recorder, is due to be next year's Bar chairman. Old Square is losing William Birtles, who was sworn in as a circuit judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court last week. John Hand QC, a tenant at Old Square and circuit judge, has been appointed a recorder at the Employment Appeals ...

  • Olsman loses £1.3m in South African 'scam letter' fraud

    30-Sep-2002

    Michigan law firm Olsman Mueller & James is considering legal action against its bank after it was fiddled out of more than $2.1m (£1.3m) by South African 'scam letter' fraudsters

  • Opinion

    30-Sep-2002

    Does lightning ever strike twice in the legal world? Those who practise in the field of professional negligence are looking at the skies and scratching their heads about this very question.No one who profited from the increase in professional negligence work as a result of the recession at the beginning of the 1990s can forget the flood of litigation that washed over. In the wake of property market and corporate collapses, banks and secondary lenders found themselves in possession ...

  • Permanent fixture

    30-Sep-2002

    He believes that he spent much of his career operating 'below critical mass', but Julia Cahill thinks Christopher Kandel has finally found his calling

  • Powers quits JP Morgan

    30-Sep-2002

    Averill Powers, the former UK general counsel of JP Morgan Chase, has mysteriously left the bank

  • Russell Jones strengthens criminal team

    30-Sep-2002

    Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has recruited Dermot Clarke from Gadd & Partners to head its criminal team in Birmingham. Moving from Gadds' Cheltenham office, Clarke has been dealing with issues such as public safety, professional risks for the emergency services and the effect of crime on victims. Clarke said: "This is a time when major decisions are being made about how we deal with crime in the future and it is crucial that a firm like RJW is at the forefront of how these ...

  • Simmons and Allen & Overy get ready to set up Dubai free zone

    30-Sep-2002

    Simmons & Simmons and Allen & Overy have been instructed to assist in setting up a unique free zone in Dubai, which previously was wholly handled by Clifford Chance

  • Skadden rescues Completel from debt

    30-Sep-2002

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has helped secure the future of Dutch telecoms group Completel Europe in a precedent-setting, US-style restructuring plan.The programme to recapitalise the business, which first announced in May that it needed an extra e30m (£18.8m) to break even, was undertaken using a Dutch suspension of payments procedure and pre-negotiated ...

  • Slaughter and May: still gunning for private equity

    30-Sep-2002

    So Slaughters still thinks it can challenge CC for major buyouts. Is it deluded?

  • Sonnenberg lifts international team from KPMG

    30-Sep-2002

    South African law firm Sonnenberg Hoffmann & Galombik has poached a 15-strong team of international tax lawyers from KPMG. The entire team had joined just months earlier from Andersen. The group includes three partners, six senior associates and six associates.

  • Staking claims

    30-Sep-2002

    Was it the insurance companies, the media or its own flawed strategy that sparked the downfall of Claims Direct? Jon Robins reports on how the company that sold us the slogan 'Where there's blame, there's a claim' has had it thrown back in its face

  • The Leader Column

    30-Sep-2002

    So Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has finally managed to snare US capability in the shape of a strategic alliance with New York firm Kramer Levin.You can just hear it: Kramer who? Here's the bluffer's guide: solid New York practice, good on real estate, bankruptcy and litigation, strong finances, with average profits per partner of $795,000 (£510,000). And some top-flight ...

  • The right conventions

    30-Sep-2002

    The Human Rights Act was expected to create a revolution, but many rulings show that its impact has been less than dramatic. Rosalind English reports

  • The rights angle

    30-Sep-2002

    From Diane Pretty who wanted the right to die, to Al-Qaeda's effect on the right to liberty, human rights laws have been pushed to the limit. Robin Allen QC and Tom Coghlin report

  • Tite & Lewis axes staff in pressure to economise

    30-Sep-2002

    Tite & Lewis has become the latest accountancy-tied law firm to succumb to economic pressures by enforcing a swathe of redundancies

  • Ward Hadaway takes on accountant trio

    30-Sep-2002

    Ward Hadaway is launching a multidisciplinary corporate finance practice with the recruitment of three specialist advisers from big accountancy firms

  • WFW opens office in Rome

    30-Sep-2002

    Watson Farley & Williams has set up an Italian partnership in a bid to capitalise on the projects market

  • Wragges loses energy head to W&C

    30-Sep-2002

    White & Case has recruited Neil Upton, head of utilities and project financing at Wragge & Co

  • Your name's not down

    30-Sep-2002

    Lovells' new offices have given Tulkinghorn more than a few reasons to smile of late. First there was a giant sculpture that was almost too big to fit in the atrium, then those vending machines with those, erm, condoms, in the loos - shocking business. And in the name of good reportage, Tulkinghorn has now taken it upon his good self to try to bring readers a weekly update on how things are bedding down. This week, he decided to investigate the new hospitality suite - very trendy ...