4 February 2002
leading competition lawyer and chairman of Canadian firm McMillan Binch, J William Rowley, has joined Iain Milligan QC's 20 Essex Street as an arbitrator
Nicholas Underhill QC vindicated by tribunal after dual role of barrister and judge brought into question
An Osborne Clarke partner and a former Ross & Craig partner have joined forces to set up their own Anglo-Danish firm in London
Cooley Godward has frozen associate salaries in a further attempt to rein in costs
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is expanding its Oxford office as it takes on a second partner and a senior associate to boost its corporate and commercial practice
Buchanan Ingersoll is axing up to six partners from its London office in a bid to raise the profitability of its European practice
Burges Salmon has promoted five associates to the partnership, taking the number of partners at the firm to 53
CMS Cameron McKenna senior partner Bill Shelford has announced he is retiring at the end of April
BT is planning to formalise its legal panel. The decision has come out of an internal review of the BT legal department, which has been reorganised under the company's new head of legal Anne Fletcher
Claims Direct has terminated its barristers scheme
West Ham United's head of legal and company secretary Scott Duxbury has worked for a law firm, but views his in-house role as a promotion to the Premiership. Kathryn Hobbs reports
JP Morgan loses Davis Polk as adviser on $1bn suit because of Chubb relationship
Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) has appointed Stephen Volk as chairman
A&O leads foreign banks into ripe German market
Andersen Legal (Keith Barnett) advised London & Regional Properties on the purchase of Skipton House, Elephant and Castle, London, for in excess of £50m. Nabarro Nathanson (Graham Lust) advised the vendor.Linklaters (Julian Innes-Taylor) advised Royal & SunAlliance on the acquisition of the Lloyds ...
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy (Kevin Muzilla) is advising ING Barings as lead manager and Morgan Stanley and Barclays Capital as co-managers on a $200m (£142.2m) high-yield bond issue by Dutch energy service Bluewater. Bluewater advised by Linklaters (Cecil Quillen) and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek on Dutch law.Sid
CMS Cameron McKenna (Guy Billington) advised Cooper Companies on its £68m acquisition of Biocompatibles International's Eye Care. Linklaters (Steven Turnbull) acted for Biocompatibles.DJ Freeman (Graham Barber) acted for Capital & Regional on the establishment of two limited partnership funds with ...
Debevoise & Plimpton has broadened its European capability by hiring Italian lawyer Giancarlo Capolino Perlingieri as international counsel
Implementation of the Establishment Directive in Belgium sparks heated tax debate
Eversheds is reclaiming a partner who was poached by Hammond Suddards Edge three years ago
Litigation and dispute resolution star Martin Rogers has joined Clifford Chance's Hong Kong
FFW scoops Wedlake Bell's German ally; French, Irish and Scottish firms sign up
In light of the Enron collapse, there has been a massive focus on insolvency procedure both in Europe and the US. The interest has been consolidated by PricewaterhouseCoopers' warning that more European energy companies could follow. The argument given is that traditional European utilities lack the sophisticated trading skills needed to cope with the volatile price movements caused by the European energy market's liberalisation. So while insolvency lawyers are gearing up ...
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has helped 3i pump £18.14m of investment capital into the £49m management buyout (MBO) of international home furnishings group SIA. The SIA management team bought the business from a group of investors led by French private equity house Chequers Capital, which previously owned a majority stake.France-based SIA makes objects for the home, ...
Revelations coming thick and fast in the wake of the Enron debacle have brought the name of another US law firm to the fore
Cologne firm Cornelius Bartenbach Haesemann & Partner has taken on Friedrich Merz, the parliamentary leader of the German Christian Democratic party (CDU)
No wonder these men are happy. They’ve just pulled off an extraordinary deal. Catrin Griffiths and Julia Cahill on the inside story of the Rowe & Maw talks with Mayer Brown
Herbert Smith's Spanish ally Cuatrecasas has hired the head of legal at Spain's leading iron and steel company Aceralia as a partner and a former legal head at the Spanish government's data protection agency as of counsel
Even if Scotland isn't exactly embracing PFI/PPPs, its law firms are finding them irresistible. Drysdale Graham reports
City firm Hobson Audley is in merger talks with its US ally Faegre & Benson
Tulkinghorn would like to take the opportunity to issue a public apology to Mrs Tulkinghorn for attending what is known in common parlance as a 'lap dancing club' with two very high-profile partners from the leading international law firm Clifford Chance.Tulkinghorn is forced to make his apology this public as Mrs Tulkinghorn has taken to throwing the Le Creuset in his direction ...
Top commercial litigation partner defects for in-house role
The Law Society has belatedly agreed to enter into mediation with estranged former vice-president Kamlesh Bahl as the true cost of the whole affair is revealed for the first time
It's promotion time again in the classroom, and the Lawyer, who fancies himself a kingmaker in these matters, is advising Subjudice, who's going for head girl."You have two strategies," he told her. "Threaten to leave, or find someone whose leg you can cling to.""What about working hard and being popular?" asked Subjudice. The Lawyer snorted, and Subbie cut to the chase. "How would it help me if I threaten to leave?""Trust me," said the Lawyer. "At current rates you're ...
Chambers at Lincoln's Inn face a payout of around £840,000 if the Inn is successful in forcing all of them to court over a rent battle
Mace & Jones has built up its construction law capability by taking over Manchester firm Kirk Jackson's construction team
The National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia has appointed niche practice Maxwell Batley and retained it as its exclusive UK firm
Outsourcing company Mapeley has appointed its first in-house general counsel as part of a recruitment drive to consolidate its executive management
Commercial law firms in Scotland are already in a period of rapid change
Strategic hiring and Swepstone Walsh closure wins Kerman & Co top media client
Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has distanced itself from one of its most infamous clients
It looks like a tall order, but Moore & Blatch swears that profits will increase
Moquet Borde & Associés has hired three senior partners following the disintegration of its former international alliance BBLP
Use the word 'merger' in Scotland and you will receive a funny look, particularly if you are speaking to a lawyer
Nabarro Nathanson's German ally Gassner Stockmann & Kollegen is taking on the chairman of the board of the Stuttgart stock exchange to set up an office in Stuttgart
Norton Rose is talking to Singapore firm Rodyk & Davidson about the prospect of building a local law joint venture
Norton Rose is to overhaul its entire management structure as it makes plans to replace the positions of managing partner and senior managing partner with a chief executive officer and a chairman
The Scottish media has attacked the new human rights commission as pointless and accused the ECHR of bringing chaos to the country's courts. Jon Robins reports
The message from the European Commission and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is that life is getting more and more dangerous for cartels.In the last weeks of 2001, there was an unprecedented run of decisions from the commission imposing record fines on companies involved in price-fixing agreements. The opening salvo was a record fine of more than €855m (£530m) imposed on vitamin manufacturers - Hoffmann-La Roche received a fine of €462m (£290m), the largest ...
Oil and gas giant opts for its first non-Canadian law firm on the acquisition of Veba from E.ON
Pinsent Curtis Biddle is rebuilding its insurance and reinsurance practice after making four insurance partners, including the group head, redundant
Reynolds Porter Cham-berlain is using Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights to challenge the Government's decision to hold the Foot-and-Mouth inquiry in private
Rowe & Maw and Mayer Brown & Platt will not be able to merge fully until the State of Illinois gives the go-ahead for limited liability partnerships (LLPs)
Watson Farley & Williams is advising one of two key shareholders in Royal Caribbean on the cruise operator's merger talks with P&O Princess Cruises.The firm has advised Norwegian shipping investment specialists Anders Wilhelmsen & Co and Royal Caribbean since 1980, and it was brought in specifically to advise on the merger. Norwegian law firm Wiersholm Mellbye & Bech is advising on local law.The head of Watson Farley's international corporate group ...
Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn has revealed that 2001 was a year of growth in both turnover and profits
Shami Chakrabarti put human rights firmly on her agenda by departing her Government legal post to do battle with it as Liberty's only in-house counsel
Stephenson Harwood has advised HSBC on the outsourcing of its entire cheque and credit clearing business to Intelligent Processing Solutions Ltd (iSPL), a subsidiary of Unisys, in a deal believed to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds.A team of 10 lawyers worked non-stop for seven months on the project, completing it at the end of last November. The team was led by James Robertson, ...
Italian firm Studio Legale Sutti has been instructed to defend a client in a high-profile hacking case relating to the defacement of the Pentagon's website and almost 600 other sites
No longer the ugly duckling, management buyouts are proving their worth. Kenneth Shand investigates recent trends
Last week, the Bar Council released the results of a survey conducted in association with the Law Society on the public's view of jury trials."Public backing for jury trial 'rock solid'," roared the press release, proclaiming "overwhelming" public support for the Bar Council's attack on the Government's plan to remove jury trials in "either-way" offences.A little late, perhaps - the indication a full week earlier had been that the Government was ...
Lords to define 'dishonesty' as former Wiggin & Co partner fights to defend his name