4 February 2002

The Lawyer

  • 20 Essex St takes on top arbitrator

    4-Feb-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

  • Accusations of barrister bias thrown out by EAT

    4-Feb-2002

    Nicholas Underhill QC vindicated by tribunal after dual role of barrister and judge brought into question

  • Anglo-Danish LLP created for SME work

    4-Feb-2002

    An Osborne Clarke partner and a former Ross & Craig partner have joined forces to set up their own Anglo-Danish firm in London

  • Associate pay frozen by Cooley Godward

    4-Feb-2002

    Cooley Godward has frozen associate salaries in a further attempt to rein in costs

  • Barlow Lyde hikes Oxford presence

    4-Feb-2002

    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 slashes six partners from London

    4-Feb-2002

    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 promotes five to partnership

    4-Feb-2002

    Burges Salmon has promoted five associates to the partnership, taking the number of partners at the firm to 53

  • Camerons senior partner role up for grabs

    4-Feb-2002

    CMS Cameron McKenna senior partner Bill Shelford has announced he is retiring at the end of April

  • City firms on tenterhooks as BT creates official panel

    4-Feb-2002

    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 drops barristers scheme to help restore image

    4-Feb-2002

    Claims Direct has terminated its barristers scheme

  • Cockney rebel

    4-Feb-2002

    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

  • Conflict ousts Davis Polk from Enron case

    4-Feb-2002

    JP Morgan loses Davis Polk as adviser on $1bn suit because of Chubb relationship

  • CSFB rejig sees Volk appointed chairman

    4-Feb-2002

    Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) has appointed Stephen Volk as chairman

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK: Barclays Capital and Deutsche Bank

    4-Feb-2002

    A&O leads foreign banks into ripe German market

  • Deals summary

    4-Feb-2002

    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 ...

  • Deals summary

    4-Feb-2002

    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 ...

  • Deals summary

    4-Feb-2002

    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

  • Debevoise hire boosts Italian capability

    4-Feb-2002

    Debevoise & Plimpton has broadened its European capability by hiring Italian lawyer Giancarlo Capolino Perlingieri as international counsel

  • EU directive reignites row over Belgian VAT

    4-Feb-2002

    Implementation of the Establishment Directive in Belgium sparks heated tax debate

  • Eversheds reclaims partner from Hammonds

    4-Feb-2002

    Eversheds is reclaiming a partner who was poached by Hammond Suddards Edge three years ago

  • Ex-Herbert Smith star joins CC in Hong Kong

    4-Feb-2002

    Litigation and dispute resolution star Martin Rogers has joined Clifford Chance's Hong Kong

  • Field Fisher unveils shock Euro alliance

    4-Feb-2002

    FFW scoops Wedlake Bell's German ally; French, Irish and Scottish firms sign up

  • Finance

    4-Feb-2002

    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 helps 3i back SIA buyout

    4-Feb-2002

    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, ...

  • Fried Frank told Enron to review partnerships

    4-Feb-2002

    Revelations coming thick and fast in the wake of the Enron debacle have brought the name of another US law firm to the fore

  • German Christian Democrat leader returns to law

    4-Feb-2002

    Cologne firm Cornelius Bartenbach Haesemann & Partner has taken on Friedrich Merz, the parliamentary leader of the German Christian Democratic party (CDU)

  • Hear us roar

    4-Feb-2002

    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

  • Heated debates

    4-Feb-2002

  • Herbert Smith ally hires two in Spain

    4-Feb-2002

    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

  • Highland fling

    4-Feb-2002

    Even if Scotland isn't exactly embracing PFI/PPPs, its law firms are finding them irresistible. Drysdale Graham reports

  • Hobson Audley plans merger with US ally

    4-Feb-2002

    City firm Hobson Audley is in merger talks with its US ally Faegre & Benson

  • In the lap of the goddesses

    4-Feb-2002

    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 ...

  • IPA appoints DJ Freeman partner

    4-Feb-2002

    Top commercial litigation partner defects for in-house role

  • Law Soc to mediate with Bahl as costs are evinced

    4-Feb-2002

    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

  • Legal Widow

    4-Feb-2002

    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 ...

  • Lincoln's Inn sets face hefty legal fees in rent battle

    4-Feb-2002

    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 wins construction team from rival

    4-Feb-2002

    Mace & Jones has built up its construction law capability by taking over Manchester firm Kirk Jackson's construction team

  • Macedonia bank takes on Maxwell Batley

    4-Feb-2002

    The National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia has appointed niche practice Maxwell Batley and retained it as its exclusive UK firm

  • Mapeley hires first in-houser

    4-Feb-2002

    Outsourcing company Mapeley has appointed its first in-house general counsel as part of a recruitment drive to consolidate its executive management

  • Market view

    4-Feb-2002

    Commercial law firms in Scotland are already in a period of rapid change

  • Mirror work promotes Kerman into big league

    4-Feb-2002

    Strategic hiring and Swepstone Walsh closure wins Kerman & Co top media client

  • MoFo puts US Taliban client at arm's length

    4-Feb-2002

    Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has distanced itself from one of its most infamous clients

  • Moore & Blatch

    4-Feb-2002

    It looks like a tall order, but Moore & Blatch swears that profits will increase

  • Moquet Borde recruits trio of senior partners

    4-Feb-2002

    Moquet Borde & Associés has hired three senior partners following the disintegration of its former international alliance BBLP

  • Multinational mergers

    4-Feb-2002

    Use the word 'merger' in Scotland and you will receive a funny look, particularly if you are speaking to a lawyer

  • Nabarros ally Gassner Stockman opens in Stuttgart with new hire

    4-Feb-2002

    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 in Singapore joint venture talks

    4-Feb-2002

    Norton Rose is talking to Singapore firm Rodyk & Davidson about the prospect of building a local law joint venture

  • Norton Rose rejigs management structure

    4-Feb-2002

    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

  • Off kilter

    4-Feb-2002

    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

  • Opinion

    4-Feb-2002

    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 ...

  • Petro-Canada instructs A&O on first European transaction

    4-Feb-2002

    Oil and gas giant opts for its first non-Canadian law firm on the acquisition of Veba from E.ON

  • Pinsents rebuilds insurance team after laying off four SIF partners

    4-Feb-2002

    Pinsent Curtis Biddle is rebuilding its insurance and reinsurance practice after making four insurance partners, including the group head, redundant

  • Reynolds Porter in Foot-and-Mouth battle

    4-Feb-2002

    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 merger gets Illinois blues

    4-Feb-2002

    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)

  • Royal Caribbean shareholder looks to Watson Farley for merger advice

    4-Feb-2002

    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 rides out storm with further growth and profits

    4-Feb-2002

    Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn has revealed that 2001 was a year of growth in both turnover and profits

  • Statutes and liberty

    4-Feb-2002

    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 in HSBC-iSPL outsourcing

    4-Feb-2002

    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, ...

  • Sutti client denies Pentagon hacking

    4-Feb-2002

    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

  • The buy road

    4-Feb-2002

    No longer the ugly duckling, management buyouts are proving their worth. Kenneth Shand investigates recent trends

  • The Leader Column

    4-Feb-2002

    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 ...

  • Wiggins ex-snr partner in £40m dishonesty case

    4-Feb-2002

    Lords to define 'dishonesty' as former Wiggin & Co partner fights to defend his name