31 October 2005
2 Temple Gardens is launching a specialist media and entertainment practice group.
4 Pump Court is losing senior clerk Simon Slattery to construction specialists Atkin Chambers, as Atkin clerk John Wiggs moves to Maitland Chambers. Slattery will move next April. In turn, 4 Pump Court is bolstering its clerking team with the hire of Essex Court Chambers clerk Jon Robinson. Wiggs, an executive clerk at Atkin, will start at Maitland at the end of November.
Today may be Halloween, but there are some things scarier than ghoulies. Such as email howlers. Everyone's been there. You press 'send', the message goes, and your hands make their way to your head.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has leveraged its role on the Glazer bid by scooping the mandate to advise Och-Ziff and Perry Capital on the first UK leveraged buy-out by hedge funds.
A Slaughter and May conflict has gifted Allen & Overy (A&O) a mandate to advise Swedish telecoms equipment company Ericsson on its £1.2bn cash deal to buy the bulk of Marconi's assets. Slaughters, which is retained as corporate legal adviser to both Ericsson and Marconi, is acting for the latter company ...
Addleshaw Goddard has strengthened its relationship with Travelodge after advising the budget hotel group on the £52m sale of roadside restaurant chain Little Chef to The People's Restaurant Group.
Hammonds is the only firm to retain its position on Advantage West Midlands' legal panel following a competitive beauty parade by the regional development agency.
West country law firm Ashfords has snared a lawyer from General Motors' (GM) in-house legal department as it looks to double the size of its Plymouth office during the next three years.
Ashurst was left red-faced after a misdirected email led to a dispute with its client over an underestimated fee arrangement.
Former First Choice Holidays general counsel Andrew Garner has moved to take the helm of Associated British Ports' (APB) legal functions. Garner had been with First Choice for four years and will join ABP on 1 November. He succeeds Stephen Walsh, who served as the group's general counsel for three and a half years. Walsh is leaving to join Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers as global general counsel. Garner qualified at L
British Airways (BA) general counsel Robert Webb QC was in the House of Lords earlier this month to defend the airline's record on deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
The president of the French Bar Council last week demanded legislative change to enable French law firms to compete on the international stage.
The epic and costly court battle between the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) and the Bank of England sensationally ended this morning when the Chancellor of the High Court held it was “no longer in the best interests” of creditors for the litigation to continue.
Beachcroft Wansbroughs has commissioned outgoing managing partner Bob Heslett to launch a sweeping review of its international strategy.
Bird & Bird has won a major House of Lords victory for Dutch pharmaceutical company Synthon against SmithKline Beecham (SKB) (now GlaxoSmithKline).
Scottish mid-sizer Fyfe Ireland is splitting in November, with the bulk of the firm set to join larger rival Brodies.
The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs Lord Falconer and former US Assistant Attorney-General Eldie Asheson are to address an International Policy Summit on Judicial Diversity later this week. The summit, arranged by the Commission for Judicial Appointments, is being held for senior members of the judiciary, government and legal profession in London on 2 November. Lord Falconer will open with a keynote address. Contributions will also be made by judges ...
Haarmann Hemmelrath has strengthened its London energy practice with the hire of Field Fisher Waterhouse's (FFW) head of wind energy. Stefan Schmitz joins as a partner, having been a senior associate at FFW, where he spent five years specialising in wind energy, geothermal and solar projects.
Clifford Chance’s regional head of litigation and dispute resolution in Asia is returning to the firm’s London office.
Clifford Chance looks set to secure an instruction from German engineering and technology conglomerate Siemens, which is interested in buying French electrical equipment producer Legrand from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). It is understood that Siemens recently held talks with KKR, the private equity group that led the buyout of Legrand in 2002, in conjunction with French investment group Wendel. ...
Nice to see that Skadden's PR department has got its priorities right.After spending 10 minutes of being passed around on the phone last week, Tulkinghorn finally spoke to a helpful assistant, who offered a timely: "Sorry, it's a bit confusing here, what with the Christmas party and everything."
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has poached Cravath Swaine & Moore senior securities and capital markets partner Clayton Johnson, for its new Beijing office.
A row is brewing over the cost of the collapsed Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) trial, with each side blaming the other for the time and money spent fighting the case.
Can the US firm build a UK client base with its pure energy practice? By David Middleton
Dewey Ballantine has hired two new partners for its international practice.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has won its first IP deal for Citigroup as a result of its Taylor Wessing hires earlier this year.
US firm Epstein Becker & Green has continued its expansion with the hire of two corporate partners in New York, despite the firm facing a lawsuit for almost $4m (£2.3m).
EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes has called for wholesale reform to encourage private litigation of competition abuses.
THE EUROPEAN Comm-ission is set to overhaul its rulebook, with plans to simplify or abolish 1,400 EU rules on a variety of topics, ranging from company law to the EU Customs Code.
The Sun newspaper will gain a new deputy legal adviser later this year as Justin Walford joins from the Daily Express. Walford, who will be deputy to Tom Crone, legal manager for The Sun and News of the World, starts his new role in December. Walford will leave his current position in November. He commented: "The move isn't a reflection on the Daily Express. I've been here 20 years and it's time for a fresh challenge."
Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer has urged solicitors to become judges in an effort to boost judicial diversity.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has snapped up Reynolds Porter Chamberlain’s Jill Greenfield as partner to strengthen its personal injury and clinical negligence department.
Finers Stephens Innocent has recruited corporate partner Paul Glassberg from Lewis Silkin.
There is no shortage of energy at Eon. With rapid growth and acquisitions it is now the UK’s second-largest power company. David Middleton reports
IBB Solicitors" /Managing partner: Steven Booth Turnover: £12m Total number of partners: 26 Total number of fee-earners: 100 Main practice areas: Commercial, community legal services and private client Key clients: Bellway Homes, Frontier ...
Bevan Brittan, Hammonds and McGrigors will be in court this week to argue on behalf of the various owners of the collapsed Gadget Shop, one of the most highly-charged cases of the year.
Nature is taking its toll on insureds, insurers and local authorities alike as floods cause a wrangle over the availability of insurance and liability costs. Carys Oatham reports
In the 10 October edition of The Lawyer, it was incorrectly stated that Uefa lawyer Richard Verow would be replacing Urvasi Naidoo as the in-house lawyer for the International Cricket Council (ICC). In fact Verow's role is in addition to Naidoo's and she remains at the ICC.
Former Mishcon de Reya managing partner Anthony Julius is being sued by a former client as part of a wider dispute between the executives of an offshore metals business.
Used to the soothing tones of Vivaldi as hold music, Tulkinghorn was delighted to be treated to a much more upbeat tune when calling French firm Caubet Chouchana Meyer the other day.A pity that the song on offer, Sex Bomb, wasn't the recent Tom Jones cover but an even more camp version.Still, points for effort - and for an attempt to update the faded image of law firms.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have won a full settlement for a group of financial institutions in a case that threatened to derail cross-border restructurings.
Gide Loyrette Nouel is set to carry out its second IPO for the French government this year in the long-awaited partial privatisation of Electricité de France (EdF).
French independent Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent & Associés is launching an academic team with the hire of law professor François Testu as a partner.
Now that's a turn-up for the books. Clifford Chance's former joint Italian managing partner Luigi Chessa has rejoined the magic circle firm's Rome office as of counsel just two years after quitting.
The London Borough of Hackney is preparing to set up its first barristers panel in an effort to rationalise the number of chambers it instructs.
Gibraltar firm Hassans has snared CMS Cameron McKenna's Stephen Foster, formerley a managing partner of the firm's Hong Kong and Hungary offices. Hassans senior partner James Levy QC said: "Stephen's international experience and track record in corporate transactions will help us develop and support our international client base." Hassans is the largest law firm in Gibraltar with 56 lawyers, 20 of whom are ...
Cna the US firm build a UK client base with its pure energy paractice? By David Middleton
What have those crazy West Coast cats at US firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton been reading? Too many Elmore Leonard thrillers, thought Tulkinghorn as he skimmed the firm's blogs (how US can you get?) the other day. Or does just living in California do this to you: "The year was 1927. A brave young aviator named Charles Lindbergh took off from a dirt airstrip in San Diego, flew east to New York and then into the pages of history. Meanwhile, three men in Los Angeles, pioneers in their ...
It has emerged that neither Mr Justice Tomlinson nor the Bank of England were aware that the liquidators of the Bank of Credit & Commerce International (BCCI) were planning to discontinue their 12-year claim until it was revealed in Court this morning.
3 Verulam Buildings' pupillage pay to top £40,000 next year; guaranteed earnings and interest-free loans on increase
Lawrence Graham has advised Grundon Waste Management on its £180m project to develop an energy-from-waste facility at Colnbrook, near Slough. Grundon's plans for the new facility will be realised through Lakeside, a company established by Grundon, which recently became a joint venture between Grundon and Viridor Waste Management. Lakeside will build and operate the plant, with commissioning scheduled ...
Alex Haslam, a corporate finance associate at Norton Rose, is planning to run six marathons over six days through the Sahara Desert. Alex, if you want to leave, just go. There's no need to go mad.
Linklaters has continued its New York hiring spree, capturing capital markets specialist Adele Hogan from Cravath Swaine & Moore.
Linklaters has won the mandate to advise the Department for Transport on the Crossrail project.
Lovells has completed a radical overhaul of its central management by slashing its international executive and reconfiguring its international operations committee (IOC).
Scottish firm McClure Naismith has hired Beachcroft Wansbroughs partner Ashok Ghosh for its London projects team. Ghosh will strengthen McClures' banking capability in addition to adding PPP and PFI expertise. He moves to McClures after three years at Beachcrofts, joining the firm from Altheimer & Gray in 2002. Steven Brown, head of projects at McClures, said the hire was in response to client ...
McDermott Will & Emery has hired Attila Bodi as a corporate partner in the firm’s New York office from mid-size Manhattan firm Golenbock Eisman Assor Bell & Peskoe.
Lawyers who provide real commercial advice are the most sought after by clients. By Jim Hever
In-house team halved, external advisers cut back and City firms dismissed as poor value for money
US IP specialists Merchant & Gould and Welsh & Katz are set to merge, creating a 160-lawyer firm with six offices.
South West firm Osborne Clarke has recruited financial services specialist Paul Anning from Lovells.
Canadian lawyer Bob Amsterdam has relocated to London as a consultant with Olswang following his eviction from Russia for his role representing Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
The AIT ruling shows how seriously the courts take offences against the financial markets
A gold star for effort goes to XXIV Old Buildings.
No fee-earner in their right mind is going to say they don’t want the sort of pay increases that have recently been announced by certain firms. We could all do with a little extra money. But in firing the opening salvos in the latest round of knee-jerk pay hikes, firms are storing up ‘double-trouble’ for themselves.
The ability of local authorities to access prudential borrowing has changed the way councils can provide commercial services. By Peter Keith-Lucas
Should private schools provide the same human rights as those in the public sector? Two recent cases highlighted the issue. By Gemma White
German firm Schindhelm is preparing to launch offices in Shanghai and Bucharest just weeks after it announced its separation from PwC Legal (formerly Landwell Germany).
Finnish firm Roschier Holmberg has raided Swedish firm Cederquist for two partners to launch its new Swedish office in Stockholm.
Clifford Chance London litigation head Jeremy Sandelson (left) has been confirmed as the firm's new London managing partner. His appointment will start from 1 January 2006 following the announcement of the result of a partnership vote last week (26 October). Sandelson ...
Poor old Taylor Wessing. Every time it comes up against Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) it seems to lose out. First DWS raids Taylor Wessing's IP practice - not once, but twice - taking five lawyers, including Citigroup relationship partner John Linneker. Then, to add insult to injury, it beats Taylor Wessing 3-1 at footy in the London Legal League. It's enough to have you crying into your IT outsourcing contract.
Raquel (aka Sarah Lancashire), the wannabe model and barmaid formerly of Coronation Street, has branched out considerably since leaving Weatherfield. Although happily ensconsed with vineyard owner Armand and his daughters in their French chateau, Raquel occasionally turns her hand to advising businesses on what makes them successful and profitable. These skills were ...
Shearman & Sterling has overhauled its New York banking and finance capabilities, combining them into a single practice area in an effort to bolster profitability.
Simmons & Simmons has scooped the largest M&A deal in the UK so far this year, advising Telefonica on its £17.7bn takeover of O2.
Bates Wells & Braithwaite (BWB) is celebrating its move into posh new premises.
A pro bono initiative for lawyers is targeting in-house legal teams as a new and relatively untapped market.
Taylor Wessing made staggering progress up The Lawyer's top 100 list this year. But do the figures truly reflect a unified firm? Matt Byrne reports
The Law Society's latest proposals in its controversial review of education and training have been broadly welcomed by the legal market. However, the new plans have been overshadowed by continued criticism of the Training Framework Review (TFR) and the way in which the Law Society has handled its training reforms.
Adrian Clark, head of corporate, Ashurst
Laytons has hived off its Bristol office to South West firm Thring Townsend, spelling the end of the firm's presence in the region after a string of departures.
A host of law firms is launching in Dubai in a bid to cash in on the booming Middle East energy and projects sectors.
The annual Association of Corporate Counsel Conference was held in Washington DC the other week, but delegates could be forgiven for thinking they had landed at some weird legal Olympics.
Birmingham giant Wragge & Co has advised 3i on the sale of its stake in sandwich and coffee company Eat. Penta Capital has acquired the stake in a £39m refinancing, to which Barclays has committed £18m. Private equity head Maurice Dwyer and associate Sarah Massey handled the deal, working closely with 3i portfolio managers Eamon Nolan and James Cox. Wragges has advised 3i on more than 50 deals this year, ...