31 March 2008

The Lawyer

  • People

    31-Mar-2008

    Reddie & Grose has hired two new associates for its London and Cambridge offices.

  • A&O corporate co-head's wining bid

    31-Mar-2008

    Elections are always fun at Allen & Overy (A&O). Take the recent senior partner contest between managing partner David Morley and co-corporate head Richard Cranfield.

  • A&O Düsseldorf hires Shearman M&A duo

    31-Mar-2008

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has ramped up its M&A corporate capacity in Düsseldorf with the hire of Shearman & Sterling M&A partner Birgit Reese.

  • A&O, Freshfields bag £15m from Northern Rock

    1-Apr-2008

    A&O and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have made at least £15m in combined fees from the collapse of Northern Rock, it was revealed yesterday.

  • A&P's NY focus aims to boost financial regulatory arm

    31-Mar-2008

    Arnold & Porter (A&P) is ramping up the investment to its New York office, with an additional focus on its financial institutions regulatory practice in particular.

  • Addleshaws doubles promotions

    4-Apr-2008

    Addleshaw Goddard has promoted nine to the partnership, almost double last year's figure, with a major emphasis on making up female associates compared with last year.

  • Addleshaws: managing associates

    4-Apr-2008

    The noteworthy fact about Addleshaws promotions this year wasn't that it promoted almost double the number it did last year, despite an economic downturn.

  • All at sea

    31-Mar-2008

    Tulkinghorn associates the word ‘cruise’ with the word ‘booze’ or maybe ‘Caribbean’, but certainly not ‘partnership meeting’.

  • Andrew Carpenter: Addleshaw Goddard

    31-Mar-2008

    What car do you drive?Mercedes ML 350 - you never know when the Thames will flood.

  • Apprentice barrister gets all fired up

    31-Mar-2008

    Aspiring barrister Nicholas De Lacy-Brown was the first to be booted off the new series of The Apprentice last week and spoke to The Lawyer's student publication Lawyer2B following his eviction.

  • Ashurst promotes 17; best female count so far

    1-Apr-2008

    Women and corporate celebrate in Ashurst promotion round.

  • Ashurst promotions: expectation management

    1-Apr-2008

    Ashurst may have made up a handful fewer partners than last year in this year’s crop of 17, but if you are a minority at the firm - e.g. you are a woman, are based outside London or, indeed, you are a barrister - you would have been laughing. See story.

  • Ashurst reveals review of lockstep

    31-Mar-2008

    Ashurst's long-running partnership lockstep review has been completed.

  • Burges Salmon and Halliwells advise in £46m Pontins sale

    2-Apr-2008

    Burges Salmon and Halliwells advised in the £46m sale of family holiday business Pontins to Ocean Parcs, an investment company led by Pontins' former chief executive, Graham Parr.

  • Camerons' bull about China chop

    31-Mar-2008

    Doing business in China can be daunting, but fortunately the CMS network is here to help.

  • CC New York facing $75m race discrimination suit

    31-Mar-2008

    Magic circle firm Clifford Chance is gearing up to contest a race discrimination case brought against it in New York.

  • CC New York partner Kirsch to succeed Peter Chaffetz

    2-Apr-2008

    Clifford Chance New York partner Mark Kirsch is to become the firm's litigation and dispute resolution head, succeeding Peter Chaffetz on 1 May. Kirsch, who has headed the firm's US litigation practice for the past four years, stood uncontested for the global role. He will serve a four-year term. He said: "I look forward to working with partners and other practice area leaders ...

  • CC's diversity credentials go up a notch

    31-Mar-2008

    Arcus is Latin for 'rainbow' and is hence an entirely fitting name for a law firm's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network.

  • Computer whizz

    31-Mar-2008

    In an exact reverse of the fate of global markets, alcohol consumption at this year's Mipim this year rocketed, fuelling one or two episodes of depravity.

  • Cornwall County Council: One vision

    31-Mar-2008

    Cornwall's switch to a unitary authority will throw up a host of staffing and planning issues.

  • Corporate promotions to the fore as Herbert Smith and Freshfields unveil partnership lists

    31-Mar-2008

    Corporate has led the way at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith - the two largest firms to have announced their promotions.

  • Correction

    31-Mar-2008

    Last week (24 March) in the City column on retired judges, the photo was of Sir Anthony Colman, not Sir Gavin Lightman as stated.

  • Davis Polk raids OMM for Beijing head

    1-Apr-2008

    Davis Polk & Wardwell has ramped up its China M&A capability with the hire of Howard Zhang, the former Beijing managing partner O’Melveny & Myers.

  • Druces & Attlee

    31-Mar-2008

    "At one stage, 10-15 years ago, we were the recruiting ground for Linklaters, which irritated me greatly," says Druces & Attlee joint managing partner Richard Monkcom.

  • Dundas promotes six again but women miss out

    2-Apr-2008

    Dundas & Wilson has promoted six lawyers to its partnership, with half of the new promotions in the corporate group.

  • Ethics revamp sees Cuatrecasas limit itself to one bidder at a time

    31-Mar-2008

    Spanish independent firm Cuatrecasas has revamped its code of ethics, setting up an ethics board and banning the practice of advising two separate bidders on a single deal.

  • Eversheds supports office with green bras

    31-Mar-2008

    Eversheds has hit on an uplifting way to be green by recycling the underwire of bras to support what it hopes will be the most environmentally friendly office in the City.

  • Eversheds to run sheep pilot scheme at new City base - APRIL FOOL!

    1-Apr-2008

    Eversheds to run sheep pilot scheme at new City base - APRIL FOOL!" /In a bizarre turn in its campaign to create London’s greenest law office, Eversheds is to let sheep loose on the roof of its new building at One Wood Street.

  • Fountain Court QC joins buddy at Cloisters

    31-Mar-2008

    Employment set Cloisters has raided Fountain Court for its star silk Brian Napier QC.

  • Freshfields and White & Case: Outside influence

    31-Mar-2008

    Banking partners Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz are no strangers to building a business from scratch. But can they help Freshfields catch up with the rest of the magic circle?

  • Freshfields corporate set for major shake-up

    31-Mar-2008

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's incoming corporate head Mark Rawlinson is restructuring the department's management team to give responsibility to a wider group of partners.

  • Freshfields makes friends with White & Case

    31-Mar-2008

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer finance partners Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz are setting up an informal conflicts referral relationship in London with their previous firm White & Case.

  • Gazprom turns to Hunton UK for TruRead investment

    31-Mar-2008

    The UK office of Hunton & Williams has won a mandate from trophy client Gazprom, advising its UK subsidiary on the purchase of an equity stake in smart metering company TruRead.

  • Ginestié brings in extra partners to strengthen corporate practice

    31-Mar-2008

    French independent firm Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent has boosted its corporate practice with the hire of two new partners.

  • GLA standards committee elects chair

    31-Mar-2008

    Claer Lloyd-Jones, a partner at legal consultancy Rockpools, has been elected chair of the Greater London Authority (GLA) standards committee.

  • Goodbody, Covington secure ryanair stake

    31-Mar-2008

    A&L Goodbody and Covington & Burling have struck a blow for client Ryanair in its bitter dispute with Aer Lingus after the European Court of First Instance ruled it could not force Ryanair to sell its holding in acquisition target Aer Lingus.

  • Hammonds hires to boost Birmingham

    31-Mar-2008

    Hammonds is ramping up its Birmingham office with the hire of Eversheds property partner Monique Sutherland.

  • Hardwicke swoops on 5 Raymond for IP snr jnr

    31-Mar-2008

    Hardwicke Building has ramped up its IP capabilities with the hire of senior junior Madeleine Heal from 5 Raymond Buildings.

  • Heuking launches Zurich outpost

    31-Mar-2008

    Denton Wilde Sapte's former German network firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is opening an office in Zurich in April.

  • Howrey banks on investment

    31-Mar-2008

    One firm that missed out on a spot in last week’s The Lawyer US Top 50 was Howrey.

  • Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is unethical

    31-Mar-2008

    'Monstrous attack on human rights', 'Frankenstein embryos', 'spare-part children', 'no need for a father' and free votes… What is the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill all about?

  • Hunton & Williams: The London eye

    3-Apr-2008

    Dearbhla Quigley's promotion at the London office of US firm Hunton & Williams is further evidence that its good to be a woman in corporate.

  • Hunton promotions plummet, London gets one

    3-Apr-2008

    US firm Hunton & Williams has promoted 11 new partners, including English-qualified AIM specialist Dearbhla Quigley.

  • I want to eventually train as a solicitor and am thinking about taking a gap year between my A-Levels and university. What would be the best way to spend this time?

    2-Apr-2008

    As you’ve probably guessed – there’s no ‘right’ answer to this question – only suggestions. Focus on using your time well, making the most of the opportunity. Some time out is a great way to build some skills, whether it’s learning a language or gaining industry exposure. Given the diversity of law, you can then recall your gap year experiences as evidence of ‘initiative’, ‘enthusiasm’, ‘teamwork’, ‘communication’, and all those other buzz words, which transfer across easily as valuable ...

  • ICC left reeling as arbitration court chairman Tercier resigns

    31-Mar-2008

    The resignation of Pierre Tercier as chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) International Court of Arbitration has given the impression that the organisation is in turmoil.

  • Institute of Barristers' Clerks gets new chair

    31-Mar-2008

    Wilberforce Chambers senior clerk Declan Redmond has stepped down as the chair of the Institute of Barristers' Clerks (IBC) following a rejig of its executive committee.

  • ITV installs new compliance chief as 30-year incumbent retires

    31-Mar-2008

    ITV managing editor and director of compliance Ian McBride is to retire in June after more than 30 years' service with Granada and ITV.

  • Judge: There is no evidence of Diana conspiracy

    31-Mar-2008

    The Diana Inquest coroner said today (31 March) that Mohamed Al Fayed's lawyer, Michael Mansfield QC of Tooks Chambers, had to stop pursuing the Harrods owner's murder theories as they were "without foundation".

  • Judges named for The Lawyer Awards 2008

    31-Mar-2008

    The Lawyer Awards 2008 will take place on 24 June at The Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London.

  • Law firms fail to reach top of best employers league

    31-Mar-2008

    Law?firms?feature heavily in a survey of the best professional services firms to work for, but only two reached the top 20.

  • Law Soc and LSC end Legal Aid feud

    2-Apr-2008

    Civil legal aid lawyers are to see current contract terms improve for a two-year period, it was announced today (2 April). Under a deal brokered by The Law Society, the Legal Services Commission (LSC) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) practitioners will, among other things, see fixed fees increase by 2 per cent from 1 July. The pact will also see the Law Society drop its judicial review against the LSC for inaction after a Court of Appeal judgment last year ruled ...

  • Lawyers - not so hot at PR, are they?

    4-Apr-2008

    Lawyers - not so hot at PR, are they?04-April-2008This time last week we brought you news of Nicholas De Lacy Brown, the would-be barrister and Apprentice reject who managed to raise the hackles of Sir Alan Sugar, chavs, non-graduates, football fans and people with a 'B' grade GCSE in the course of 60 minutes.

  • Lovells forges ahead with global IP expansion strategy

    31-Mar-2008

    Lovells has strengthened further its international IP practice with the addition of Wragge & Co patent litigation partner Adam Cooke.

  • MacRitchie steps down as Shearman's London chief

    1-Apr-2008

    Shearman & Sterling's long-serving UK managing partner Kenneth MacRitchie is stepping down after six years in the role.

  • Mcgrigors' valiant role on aim listing

    31-Mar-2008

    McGrigors has advised Valiant Petroleum on its £50m AIM listing, which gave it a market capitalisation of £200m on admission. Martin Finnegan, head of McGrigors' capital markets practice, led the team acting on the IPO, with Watson Farley & Williams partner Jan Mellman advising Oriel Securities as nominated adviser and Tristone Capital as joint broker and global bookrunner.

  • Merited? Maybe. Heartening? No

    31-Mar-2008

    It's just a week into the partner promotion season and already some trends are emerging; the firms we feature are a fascinating cross-section of the market.

  • Mum suing CC over sex discrimination

    31-Mar-2008

    Clifford Chance is facing a sex discrimination claim and is due to defend itself in a Budapest court next month.

  • Nabarro promotes five to partner

    3-Apr-2008

    Nabarro promotes five to partner" /Nabarro has promoted five associates to the partnership this year, two down on last year's total of seven.

  • Nabarro promotions down (under)

    3-Apr-2008

    So Nabarro continues with its cautious attitude towards internal promotions, making up a modest five this year.

  • Nabarro victory saves FA Cup contenders from financial ruin

    31-Mar-2008

    Nabarro victory saves FA Cup contenders from financial ruin" / Nabarro has landed a High Court ruling that has rescued Cardiff City FC from financial disaster.

  • Nabarro, Hunton & Hosseini

    4-Apr-2008

    Those that have recently been promoted to the partnership must be letting out a sigh of relief. For it will have been a tough year.

  • No bank deals in the UK? Try a slice of Turkey

    31-Mar-2008

    Clifford Chance and Cleary are already looking at the Turkish market

  • Olswang closes Danny Boyle film deal

    3-Apr-2008

    Olswang has advised independent film company Celador Films on the new movie by Danny Boyle.

  • Olswang doubles Berlin office with Links IP team

    31-Mar-2008

    Olswang's Berlin office has doubled in size after taking on Linklaters' highly rated IP team of two partners and six fee-earners.

  • Patton Boggs snares top Iraqi lawyer in Qatar

    31-Mar-2008

    Iraq's most high-profile business lawyer Hussein Damirji has retreated from Baghdad to join the Qatar office of US firm Patton Boggs.

  • PI lawyers hit back at insurers' claims of rocketing costs

    31-Mar-2008

    The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) has hit out at fresh claims of spiralling costs in the legal arena.

  • Pinsents cuts promotions, projects group takes a third

    31-Mar-2008

    Pinsent Masons has cut the number of new partners in this year’s round of promotions, making up 17 new partners after 20 last year.

  • Pinsents' Leeds' ladies take the lead

    31-Mar-2008

    Today was a good day to be a woman in Pinsent Masons’ Leeds office.

  • Promotions kick off with rise in female partners

    31-Mar-2008

    The year’s partnership promotions round is shaping up to be the best ever for female lawyers.

  • Property

    31-Mar-2008

    With the words 'climate change' on everybody's lips, addressing sustainability in its widest sense is perhaps one of the most important issues facing the property sector, as the following special reports illustrate.

  • Property hotspot

    31-Mar-2008

    Demand for housing is keeping lawyers busy in the South West, says John Bosworth

  • Pupillages nosedive by 20 per cent since 2000

    31-Mar-2008

    The number of Bar Vocational Course (BVC) graduates invited to take pupillage has dropped by 20 per cent since the turn of the century, with less than a third of graduates securing pupillages last year.

  • Reed Smith hikes global shipping nous

    31-Mar-2008

    Reed Smith is upping its focus on its international shipping practice with the relocation of a lawyer apiece to Dubai and the associated Richards Butler office in Hong Kong.

  • Reed Smith reunites ex-Freshfields finance duo

    3-Apr-2008

    Reed Smith reunites ex-Freshfields finance duo" /Reed Smith Richards Butler has boosted its finance practice with the addition of Clyde & Co asset finance partner Siva Subramaniam.

  • Reuters GC to become intelligence business CEO

    2-Apr-2008

    Reuters general counsel Rosemary Martin has moved to a new role as chief executive officer at legal market intelligence provider Practical Law Company (PLC). Martin, who is also Reuters' company secretary, leaves the media information provider after 11 years and will join PLC in the summer. She will be responsible for growing the company, which offers a range of legal know-how products to business lawyers. Martin said she felt that PLC was well positioned ...

  • Rödl & Partner vows to hit 80 offices by next year

    2-Apr-2008

    German legal and professional services firm Rödl & Partner has begun a worldwide expansion drive that will include five new offices in the next 12 months.

  • Sidley taps SJ Berwin for hedge funds expert

    4-Apr-2008

    SJ Berwin for hedge funds expert" /Hedge funds and financial markets partner Bruce Gardner has left SJ Berwin after eight years to join the London office of US firm Sidley Austin.

  • Simmons rebuilds Hong Kong team

    31-Mar-2008

    Simmons & Simmons Hong Kong has hired technology, media and telecoms (TMT) partner Damien Bailey from Minter Ellison, where he headed the Chinese TMT practice.

  • SJ Berwin strengthens European presence

    31-Mar-2008

    SJ Berwin has made two lateral partner hires in Milan and Paris.

  • Slaughters completes management overhaul

    31-Mar-2008

    Slaughter and May has appointed its first female head of corporate in the final round of management elections.

  • Social climbers

    31-Mar-2008

    The social housing market is about to receive a massive shake-up, widening the gap between the larger and smaller housing associations.

  • South west

    31-Mar-2008

    For those firms that spend time investing in the West Country, the rewards are bountiful. While the economy cools elsewhere, the South West continues to attract substantial outside investment.

  • Stephen Lerner: 3

    31-Mar-2008

    Making the UK mobile phone market more competitive is just one of Stephen Lerner's goals as 3 general counsel.

  • Stockbrokers in the clear following High Court win for Memery Crystal

    31-Mar-2008

    Memery Crystal has landed a High Court judgment that dismissed an investor's allegations of unauthorised trading.

  • Support groups join forces on solicitors' welfare

    4-Apr-2008

    Support organisations the Solicitors Benevolent Association, Solicitors' Assistance Scheme and LawCare pledge to work together to support solicitors.

  • Sweet and low down

    31-Mar-2008

    Sir Alan Sugar might have power and wealth but Tulkinghorn wonders why he never seems to be happy. It might be because he has to contend with three lawyers on the new series of The Apprentice.

  • The corporate partnership: Superwomen only?

    2-Apr-2008

    So as it turns out, the new female corporate partners in the Leeds office at Pinsent Masons weren’t celebrating with a bottle of bubbly Monday lunchtime (see earlier post below: March 31st, 17.20). They were locked in client meetings in the final stages of a deal.

  • The family seat

    31-Mar-2008

    Emilio Cuatrecasas heads one of the top firms in Spain and he's in no hurry to link up with the Brits

  • Tods Murray appoints new executive partner

    31-Mar-2008

    Scottish firm Tods Murray has elected a new executive partner in the shape of corporate head David Dunsire, who takes over from incumbent Peter Misselbrook in June.

  • Towering ambition

    31-Mar-2008

    The drive by developers to build ever-taller buildings requires expert scrutiny - including that of lawyers

  • Travers Smith lands leading role on Dorset Cereals sale

    31-Mar-2008

    Travers Smith has bolstered its private equity roster after helping new private equity client Langholm Capital offload portfolio company Dorset Cereals to Wellness Foods.

  • Trio make partnership at Skadden London

    4-Apr-2008

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has promoted a record number of partners to its London office this year, with three being made up out of a worldwide total of 25.

  • Trowers creates new, Dubai-based international HR head role

    31-Mar-2008

    Trowers & Hamlins has appointed its first ever head of international human resources (HR), who will be based in Dubai.

  • US firm smashes £100k pay barrier for City NQs - APRIL FOOL!

    1-Apr-2008

    US private equity law firm Bankes & Weschler has become the first firm in the City to offer newly qualified solicitors (NQs) salaries of more than £100,000.

  • US unveils blueprint for modernised regulatory regime

    1-Apr-2008

    The Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson yesterday (31 March) unveiled his long-awaited shake-up of US financial regulation.

  • Wealth and efficiency

    31-Mar-2008

    The introduction of Energy Performance Certificates looks set to have a profound impact on how commercial properties are valued.

  • Web week

    31-Mar-2008

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web.

  • What's happening over at Davis Polk?

    2-Apr-2008

    The elite New York firm seems to have gone on a wild lateral hiring rampage. Well, OK, it's hired a partner in Beijing (see story). But for Davis Polk, even one lateral is a marquee event.

  • White & Case number one as bankruptcy cases soar

    31-Mar-2008

    The contenders for the title of 'leading US bankruptcy practice' were revealed this month in a new list showing the number of pending cases at year-end 2007.

  • World-Check creates in-house role for former EMR GC

    3-Apr-2008

    Risk information provider World-Check has appointed its first ever general counsel, hiring Jonathan Beak from outsourcing company EMR Europe Insurance Services.