4 February 2008

The Lawyer

  • People

    4-Feb-2008

    • Berwin Leighton Paisner has promoted business intelligence team manager Quentin Vaile to international business manager.

  • Simmons retains managing partner

    4-Feb-2008

    Simmons & Simmons has reappointed managing partner Mark Dawkins for a further three years.

  • Victimisation case put on hold

    4-Feb-2008

    Dickinson Dees, Hammonds and Pinsent Masons are facing an employment tribunal claim from a lawyer formerly at all three firms - but will now have to wait until September.

  • A&O's tales of the unexpected

    4-Feb-2008

    Many are predicting that Allen & Overy (A&O) managing partner David Morley taking over from senior partner Guy Beringer will be a shoo-in, but it is worth bearing in mind that the A&O partnership votes in mysterious ways.

  • An uncertain future

    8-Feb-2008

    Personal injury lawyers now have another deadline. The Ministry of Justice has at last made a statement on the proposed claims process reforms for personal injury claims, following the consultation which closed in July last year.

  • Arrow escape

    4-Feb-2008

    Norton Rose is apparently very happy living next to London mayor Ken Livingstone's City Hall offices by Tower Bridge. So much so that the firm held a family fun day in the summer.

  • Baker Botts hires three special counsel

    4-Feb-2008

    Baker Botts has made three special counsel hires. Steven Lim and Alejandro Escobar arrive to boost the firm's international dispute resolution group.

  • Bar Standards Board ready for post-Clementi revolution

    6-Feb-2008

    The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched a consultation that could change the future regulation of barristers.

  • Bird & bird's shooter strikes diamond deal

    4-Feb-2008

    Bird & Bird IT partner Simon Shooter has advised De Beers in his first major deal for the diamond giant since joining the firm from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) a year ago.

  • Bond Pearce boosts health and safety

    4-Feb-2008

    Bond Pearce has bolstered its health and safety practice with the hire of partner Melissa Jones from Hill Dickinson.

  • Borough to become first 'private practice' council

    4-Feb-2008

    A London borough is remodelling its legal services department to mirror that of a private sector law firm. Barking and Dagenham council's radical shake-up will be a UK first for the sector, and involves recruiting three senior lawyers.

  • Bristows adds two to partnership

    4-Feb-2008

    Bristows has ramped up its partnership with the promotion of two associates.

  • BT reshuffles legal team and appoints new company secretary

    7-Feb-2008

    BT has appointed BT retail general counsel Andrew Parker as company secretary, after moving former secretary Larry Stone into a new public affairs role.

  • Cadwalader and Simpson Thacher scoop Microsoft bid for Yahoo!

    4-Feb-2008

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has assembled a top tier M&A team to help Microsoft win its $44.6bn battle for Yahoo!

  • Cadwalader first US firm to post faltering figures

    5-Feb-2008

    Cadwalader has posted a 6 per cent fall in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for 2007.

  • Cadwalader in shock raid for Latham private equity chief

    7-Feb-2008

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft made a spectacular raid on the New York office of Latham & Watkins yesterday (6 February), snaring the latter's global head of private equity, Ronald Hopkinson.

  • Cadwalader's big dipper

    8-Feb-2008

    Talk about a rollercoaster week. Cadwalader began it by confirming that its head of antitrust, Rick Rule, had scooped a role on one of the deals of the year, Microsoft's $44.6bn bid for Yahoo!

  • Can clients come too?

    4-Feb-2008

    Will building my own practice be too much of a challenge? Will I be able to take my clients with me? How should I manage the change?

  • CC follows rivals to Abu Dhabi

    4-Feb-2008

    Clifford Chance plans to open in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

  • Civil Justice Council set for independent probe

    4-Feb-2008

    The Civil Justice Council (CJC) is to undergo an independent review, the Ministry of Justice has announced today (4 February).

  • Claimant libel lawyers hit back at media demands for CFA caps

    4-Feb-2008

    Hollywood actress Sharon Stone has used it. Supermodel Naomi Campbell has had it. Hell, even hypnotist Paul McKenna has utilised it.

  • Clients defend expelled Clarke Willmott partner

    4-Feb-2008

    Accountancy firm Baker Tilly is to review its relationship with Clarke Willmott following the expulsion of long-serving partner Stephen Allinson.

  • Clifford Chance and Macfarlanes wade into Rio Tinto battle

    6-Feb-2008

    Clifford Chance and Macfarlanes have won key roles in battle for control of Rio Tinto, the UK-listed mining giant.

  • College of Law threatens SRA with anti-diversity suit

    4-Feb-2008

    The Solicitors' Regulation Authority (SRA) has been attacked for taking action that will undermine the diversity of the British legal profession.

  • Dentons secures St Petersburg alliance

    4-Feb-2008

    Denton Wilde Sapte has become the first London law firm to secure coverage in St Petersburg after forming an alliance with Duvernoix Legal.

  • Deringer for Beringer?

    4-Feb-2008

    Although those in the running for the managing and senior partner posts at Allen & Overy (A&O) have vowed to run a clean election fight, the firm's other partners seem to be leaving nothing to chance in making sure that outgoing senior partner Guy Beringer will not run again.

  • Dewey helps Arcelor enter Russian market

    4-Feb-2008

    Dewey & LeBoeuf has advised ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel company, on the purchase of three Russian coalmines.

  • DLA and LG help MyFootballClub score first web-based takeover

    4-Feb-2008

    Couchman Harrington, DLA Piper and LG advised on the first web-based takeover of a business after an online community took over Kent football club Ebbsfleet United.

  • DLA Piper lands Mifid regulatory guru

    4-Feb-2008

    DLA Piper has recruited prolific financial institutions lobbyist Michael McKee of the British Banking Association (BBA) into its partnership.

  • DLA Piper's people officer moves on

    4-Feb-2008

    DLA Piper's global people officer Robert Halton is leaving the firm after 11 years to pursue other opportunities.

  • Dorsey team defects to LG to sue banks

    8-Feb-2008

    A four-lawyer litigation team has defected from the London office of US firm Dorsey & Whitney to LG so that it can sue financial institutions.

  • E-auction decides Abbey panel review

    4-Feb-2008

    Abbey has used an innovative e-auction process for the first time to get the best deals from law firms pitching for its panel.

  • Egorov opens door for Rostar takeover

    4-Feb-2008

    Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners succeeded where US law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf failed by securing permission for the sale of a can manufacturer from Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS).

  • Firm profile: Rothera Dowson

    4-Feb-2008

    Nottingham-based Rothera Dowson is known locally for its niche transport and private client practices.

  • Four men went to sue

    8-Feb-2008

    Four men went to sue08-Feb-2008When news filtered through that LG was taking a four-lawyer team from the London office of Dorsey & Whitney, the immediate reaction was "poor old Dorsey, not another raid", but that's not really the case this time.

  • FoxMandal becomes first Indian firm to open in UK

    4-Feb-2008

    India’S largest law firm FoxMandal Little has revealed details of its new London base - the first-ever opening in the UK by an Indian commercial law firm.

  • Freshfields pledges international commitment in CSR report

    4-Feb-2008

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer published its latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) report last Wednesday (30 January).

  • Genworth finds new European GC within

    4-Feb-2008

    Insurance company Genworth Financial has appointed a new general counsel for Europe after looking internally for someone to fill the post.

  • Gibson Dunn hires Herbies' arbitration chief

    7-Feb-2008

    Herbert Smith's international arbitration practice is to be headed by a duo of partners after incumbent Laurence Shore takes up a partnership role in Gibson Dunn & Crutcher's New York office.

  • Gibson Dunn rehires old hand

    5-Feb-2008

    Former Gibson Dunn London finance partner has returned to his former firm after a 10-year stint at Leboeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae and Dewey & LeBoeuf. Mitri Najjar, who will split his time between the London and Dubai offices of Gibson Dunn, was snared by Leboeuf (now Dewey & Leboeuf) in 1998 to beef up the firm's London corporate finance team. Najjar commented: "I am thrilled to be back at Gibson Dunn. The firm's plans in London and its focus on the Middle East fit ...

  • Gómez-Acebo strategy reaps rewards as it breaks e50m barrier

    4-Feb-2008

    Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has reaped the benefits of its 2007 strategic review, breaking the e50m (£37.16m) turnover barrier for the first time.

  • Graham Prentice: Dewey & LeBoeuf

    4-Feb-2008

    Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?Any of the Blairs: Tony, Cherie or Sir Ian, or anyone smug or full of conceit.

  • Halliwells' panel place down the Tupe

    4-Feb-2008

    Berrymans Lace Mawer has landed a team of seven Halliwells associates after winning a place on Norwich Union's disease claims legal panel.

  • Hammonds toasts new winery client

    4-Feb-2008

    Hammonds, led by partner Marco Zavala, has snared one of the largest and oldest Chilean wine producers as a new client.

  • Heller Ehrman revenue drops after string of settlements

    7-Feb-2008

    West Coast-based US firm Heller Ehrman has followed New York's Cadwalder Wickersham & Taft as the second US firm to record a drop in revenues and profit in 2007.

  • HG Capital cements Weil ties with new GC

    5-Feb-2008

    Private equity firm HG Capital has snared Weil Gotshal & Manges private equity consultant Alison Hampton as its new general counsel and compliance officer. Hampton, who will replace retiring general counsel and former Lovells partner John Kitching, appears to further cement Weil Gotshal's relationship with the private equity house. Hampton joined the firm from Lovells ...

  • James Welch: Liberty

    4-Feb-2008

    Whether defending the BBC against blasphemy charges or holding the police to account over DNA records, Liberty legal director James Welch has his hands full. By Katy Dowell

  • JPMorgan names new GC for Emea territories

    4-Feb-2008

    JPMorgan has appointed Karen Linney to the newly created role of general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea).

  • Judicial appointments must be distanced from the executive

    4-Feb-2008

    The Law Society supports the development of an appointments system, which enhances the integrity and independence of the judiciary and continues to inspire public confidence. However, the current system is in need of reform.

  • Kennedys merger heralds Manchester launch

    4-Feb-2008

    Kennedys launched in Manchester on Friday (1 February) after raiding local rival Halliwells for a team of three and merging with Kershaw Abbott Solicitors.

  • Latham breaks $2bn with record results

    7-Feb-2008

    Latham & Watkins has reported record results, becoming the first US firm ever to break the $2bn revenue barrier.

  • Lawyers and a reality cheque

    4-Feb-2008

    One of the most depressing comments I heard recently was by an otherwise highly intelligent and engaging magic circle corporate partner. "Us lawyers are at the bottom of the pile now," he said, referring to his remuneration.He earns, dear reader, more than £1m a year.

  • Lawyers' racket

    4-Feb-2008

    Rock stars come in unlikely guises these days. Last week's BBC Horizon documentary on gravity was fronted by particle physicist Dr Brian Cox, who turned out to have been the keyboard player in '90s chart-toppers D:Ream.

  • Lawyers' salaries catch up with investment bankers'

    5-Feb-2008

    Trainee solicitor pay has finally caught up with the graduate salaries on offer at investment banks, a new survey reveals.

  • LG's new chief settles in

    4-Feb-2008

    LG managing partner Penny Francis officially took up her new role of senior partner at the firm on Friday 1 February.

  • Life after law: Family man

    4-Feb-2008

    Eleven years on, Black is the founder of My Family Care, which offers employee benefits services from training to emergency childcare.

  • Linklaters bags £800m extra for S&N shareholders

    4-Feb-2008

    The Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) saga has finally come to a close after the £7.8bn offer by the Carlsberg and Heineken consortium was accepted.

  • Linklaters launches Dutch insolvency team with Simmons hire

    5-Feb-2008

    Linklaters has launched a restructuring & insolvency practice in the Netherlands with the hire of a Simmons & Simmons partner.

  • Links shakes up TMT and IP groups with merger

    4-Feb-2008

    Linklaters has merged its technology, media and telecoms (TMT) and IP practices as it prepares to boost both departments internationally.

  • Magic circle moves into middle lane as banking bubble bursts

    4-Feb-2008

    Can mid-sized firms fight back as the UK elite elbow their way into midmarket?

  • Magister ups Kiev banking presence

    4-Feb-2008

    Ukrainian independent firm Magister & Partners has made its seventh hire in three months, after bringing in a new finance partner in Kiev.

  • Malhotra exit sparks InBev structural turnaround

    4-Feb-2008

    Drinks company InBev has restructured its legal team following the shock resignation of its high-profile European general counsel Deepak Malhotra.

  • Manches targets Russian oligarchs

    4-Feb-2008

    Manches has launched a marketing initiative to target work from oligarchs in the Russian Federation, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Ukraine.

  • Mayer Brown scoops French Shearman partner

    8-Feb-2008

    Mayer Brown has boosted its international arbitration practice with the hire of a Shearman & Sterling partner in Paris.

  • Nestlé bars Freshfields over Mars connection

    4-Feb-2008

    Nestlé has cut loose Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer following its first European panel review in almost five years because of a business conflict of interest with Nestlé's arch-rival Mars.

  • New London offices and hires for Pitmans

    4-Feb-2008

    Thames Valley firm Pitmans is ramping up its two-year-old London operation with two senior hires and a move to more spacious offices.

  • Nokia European patent chief set for senior Bird & Bird role

    4-Feb-2008

    BIRD & Bird has boosted its London IP team with the hire of Nokia's head of European patent litigation.

  • Olswang cements Minerva relationship with St Botolph's deal

    8-Feb-2008

    Olswang has closed a deal for property development and investment company Minerva, overseeing the signing of a 20-year lease on a landmark City of London building.

  • Olswang hikes international arbitration

    4-Feb-2008

    Olswang is ramping up its international arbitration group with the hire of at partner at Swiss firm Bär & Karrer.

  • O'Melveny denies bad times

    4-Feb-2008

    O'Melveny & myersCredit crunch not to blame for associate exitsThe managing partner of O'Melveny & Myers' New York office denies that the credit crunch has precipitated the layoffs of up to 15 associates.

  • Orrick scoops Jones Day's UK corporate chief

    5-Feb-2008

    The London office of US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired Jones Day's London head of corporate Hilary Winter.

  • Outer Temple cements US ties with capture of trial lawyer

    4-Feb-2008

    Outer Temple Chambers has firmed up its US alliances by bringing trial lawyer Vance of NY firm Morvillo Abramovitz on board.

  • Pastures new for Freshfields as Moroccan government comes calling

    4-Feb-2008

    The Moroccan government has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to advise on a trio of massive construction projects near Tangier.

  • Paul Weiss satisfied with modest growth

    7-Feb-2008

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison’s chairman Alfred Youngwood claimed yesterday (6 February) that his firm was “very happy” with the modest 4 per cent growth in profits per equity partner (PEP) his firm posted for the 2007 financial year.

  • Pay daze

    4-Feb-2008

    What should happen when bankruptcy and divorce proceedings coincide?

  • Plea for understanding as conference shines a light on 'third legal community'

    4-Feb-2008

    For years they were the poor relations of the legal world, earning less and working fewer hours than their illustrious counterparts in City firms.

  • Private Client and Family

    4-Feb-2008

    The economic slowdown is making it more important than ever for individuals in any wage bracket to take care of the pennies. Family law is particularly emotive when disputes over cash arise. Shockingly, 66 per cent of people fail to make a will, which can cause a myriad of problems for distressed family members.

  • Question of trusts

    4-Feb-2008

    Sharia trusts' use of forced heirship rights tends to fragment share ownership down the generations, in some cases sparking disputes. Toby Graham advises on what to watch out for.

  • Revenue sneaks up at WilmerHale

    5-Feb-2008

    WilmerHale has reported a 5 per cent increase in total revenue for the 2007 financial year, with turnover up from $897m to $944m.

  • Sallie Mae GC resigns

    7-Feb-2008

    The general counsel of US student loan company Sallie Mae has resigned just three days after settling a suit against JC Flowers after the private equity house abandoned its $25.3bn bid for the company.

  • Samaha quits DLA Piper for Euro GC role with US consultancy

    8-Feb-2008

    DLA Piper for Euro GC role with US consultancy" /Former DLA Piper partner and Virgin legal chief Helena Samaha has taken up a new role as European general counsel at financial consultancy AlixPartners.

  • Separated at birth

    4-Feb-2008

    Stefan Cross's all-consuming Action for Equality crusade is exactly the type of socio-political fodder befitting a topical quiz show.

  • Should that be an ironing board?

    4-Feb-2008

    'Diversity' is a phrase Tulkinghorn hears often these days, indicating a willingness in the modern profession to welcome the unmarried, heathens, women and even Welshmen into English legal practice.

  • Sidley Austin UK revenue breaks £60m

    5-Feb-2008

    Sidley Austin has reported a 12.4 per cent increase in turnover in London for the 2007 financial year. The Chicago-based firm grew its London revenues from £55.03m at the end of 2006 up to £61.87m at the end of last year. Sidley Austin London managing partner, Drew Scott, commented: "We are very pleased with the increase given what happened in the markets during the last five ...

  • Size matters

    5-Feb-2008

    Ireland’s geographic size has forced companies and investors to look further afield for big M&A deals.

  • SJ Berwin mediation chief Shapiro goes freelance at 80

    4-Feb-2008

    SJ Berwin mediation chief David Shapiro is leaving the firm. The 80-year old partner is to become an independent mediator to avoid conflict issues.

  • Slaughters and A&O battle for control of pub chain M&B

    5-Feb-2008

    Slaughter and May is acting for longstanding client Punch Taverns in a merger bid that would create the UK's largest pub group.

  • SocGen eschews big players as niche Paris firms line up in fraud case

    4-Feb-2008

    Specialised Parisian boutiques are set to be the only winners resulting from the crisis at French bank Société Générale (SocGen) following trader Jerome Kerviel's loss of almost e5bn (£3.74bn).

  • Squire Sanders raids Gide for Polish team

    7-Feb-2008

    Squire Sanders & Dempsey has hired two senior tax associates from the Warsaw office of French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel as part of a continuing expansion drive in Poland.

  • Survival tactics

    5-Feb-2008

    Two high-profile cases of companies entering insolvency proceedings have shed light on the workings of Ireland’s examinership regime.

  • The class of '87

    4-Feb-2008

    Twenty one years on, we find out how the legal profession has treated the trainees who were just starting out back in 1987. Many of them are now among the biggest names in the law

  • Tony Blair's brother appointed Queen's Bench judge

    5-Feb-2008

    Tony Blair's brother, William Blair QC of 3 Verulam Buildings (3vb), has been appointed a judge in the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court.

  • Trio of firms act on revised Biffa offer

    8-Feb-2008

    A trio of City firms have bagged roles on the proposed £1.2bn take-private of waste collection company Biffa.

  • Tsar of CSR

    4-Feb-2008

    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is all the rage among our nation's law firms. Frankly, if you're not carbon-neutral and diverse and doing several hundred thousand hours of pro bono a year, then you're not at the races.

  • UK should eschew US class action model, says CJC

    8-Feb-2008

    Procedures governing group actions by UK consumers need to be reformed but should not resemble US class actions, research commissioned by the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has found.

  • Web week

    4-Feb-2008

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer. com.

  • Where there's a will...

    4-Feb-2008

    Recent changes to the inheritance tax threshold have the potential to make wills an easier sell than ever before.

  • Winston London gains first partner promotion

    4-Feb-2008

    US law firm Winston & Strawn has made up the first partner in its London office since launching in the capital in 2003.

  • Wragges triumphs as Appeal Court ends Cinpres patent saga

    4-Feb-2008

    Wragges triumphs as Appeal Court ends Cinpres patent saga" / One of the country's longest-running patent cases has ended with a Court of Appeal victory going to the IP team at Wragge & Co, after 12 years of bitter courtroom battles.