4 March 2002

The Lawyer

  • A&O's new home to be Spitalfields

    4-Mar-2002

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has chosen the Spitalfields Market redevelopment as its new HQ and has placed a formal offer on the site

  • Access all areas

    4-Mar-2002

    When it comes to IT, the bar continues to lag way behind law firms, but what do barristers really need? Gareth Mason assesses their requirements

  • Addleshaws' Chidley quits for RBS

    4-Mar-2002

    Addleshaw Booth & Co national head of banking Mark Chidley is replacing Derek Arnott as director of group legal services at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), The Lawyer can reveal

  • Allen & Overy makes Sakhalin-2 shortlist

    4-Mar-2002

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has made the shortlist of potential legal advisers to the financiers of Sakhalin-2, a $10bn (£7.1bn) energy project, which is set to be Russia's largest ever foreign direct investment

  • Amelans victory sets out ATE insurance framework

    4-Mar-2002

    Manchester personal injury specialist firm Amelans has won a landmark victory and set a precedent for the recoverability of after-the-event (ATE) insurance premiums

  • B&M and Linklaters in Chinese office bid

    4-Mar-2002

    A&O, Freshfields and Herbert Smith 'express interest'; red tape still limits growth

  • BA legal director takes off for Associated British Ports

    4-Mar-2002

    British Airways (BA) legal director Stephen Walsh is exchanging the skies for the sea - he is leaving after 11 years of service to join Associated British Ports (ABP) as its first general counsel

  • Barlow Lyde wins Lloyds panel place

    4-Mar-2002

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has been appointed to the commercial finance panel of Lloyds TSB

  • Barrister accreditation schemes come under attack from all sides

    4-Mar-2002

    The privately-funded bar has expressed its concerns over rumoured plans to force members to be accredited at a time when concrete proposals for accrediting publicly-funded barristers is on the agenda

  • Brobeck and Camerons in Antisoma rights issue after failed drugs launch

    4-Mar-2002

    Brobeck Hale and Dorr and CMS Cameron McKenna are working on the £22m rights issue proposed last week by cash-strapped pharmaceutical company Anti-soma. Camerons is advising the company while Brobeck is advising joint underwriters SG Cowen and ING Barings.Antisoma, a research and development spinoff from Cancer Research, has only £5.2m in the bank. Its first drug to be sent to market, the ovarian ...

  • CC's quest for top-eight spot spurs NY M&A hire

    4-Mar-2002

    Dewey Ballantine loses M&A star; US-qualified partner to strengthen investment bank relationships

  • CC, Linklaters in tax row

    4-Mar-2002

    Clifford Chance is appealing a decision by an Indian tax tribunal that it has underpaid on tax

  • Charles Russell under Law Society investigation

    4-Mar-2002

    The Law Society is investigating Charles Russell after its dispute with a former secretary concerning an allegedly racist email

  • Clarke Willmott slashes entire volume conveyancing practice

    4-Mar-2002

    South West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke is making one partner and 34 other staff redundant following the decision to close its loss-making volume conveyancing unit

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - BG GROUP

    4-Mar-2002

    A&O revises BG's share capital acquisition of Eogil

  • Deals summary

    4-Mar-2002

    Linklaters (John Tucker) advised JP Morgan as lead arranger and joint bookrunner on the $2bn (£1.4bn) debt funding for Swiss group Xstrata's acquisition of Australian and South African coal business Glencore International for $2.5bn (£1.75bn). Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised ...

  • Deals summary

    4-Mar-2002

    Landwell (Leon Flavell, Simon Walker) is advising Caffé Nero on its acquisition of the Aroma coffee shop chain from McDonald's. Reed Smith Warner Cranston is advising McDonald's.Ashurst Morris Crisp (Edward Baker) is advising United Auto Group on its recommended cash offer for Sytner Group, valuing ...

  • Deals summary

    4-Mar-2002

    Gouldens (Tom Budd) and Shepherd & Wedderburn (Nick Ryden) advised Pillar Property on its partnership with Capital & Regional to develop Glasgow's first shopping park. DJ Freeman (Graham Barber) and Cole & Co (Ron Cole) advised Capital & Regional.Gibson Dunn & Crutcher (Nick ...

  • Dentons votes in new management board

    4-Mar-2002

    Denton Wilde Sapte has elected a new management board

  • EC gears up for investigation into airline insurance cartel

    4-Mar-2002

    The European Commission has launched a formal cartel investigation into price-rigging in the airline insurance sector, following the 11 September attacks

  • Enron reels under level of legal fees as Weil cleans up

    4-Mar-2002

    Former employees of Enron Corp have been astounded at the fees commanded by law firms handling the collapsed energy trader's bankruptcy

  • Finance

    4-Mar-2002

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy's London finance practice has achieved an impressive first. Already accustomed to working on a number of the largest-to-date European deals, it has now brought a new structure to Europe. In February, the Netherlands became the first European country to agree to a contractually, rather than structurally, subordinated high-yield bond financing.The $260m (£182.6m) Bluewater Group deal closed on 22 February when acquisition finance partner Kevin ...

  • Firms await word on Energis future

    4-Mar-2002

    To wind up, to sell, or to wind up and then sell? This is the less than tantalising menu troubled telecoms company Energis may be choosing from right now. But whatever cold dish the future serves up for the company, it is bound to send lawyers into a feeding frenzy of Marconi-like proportions.At the time of going to press Energis shares were trading at just 3p. Just five weeks after its £725m bond issue, Energis announced that it was at risk of breaching its financial covenants, ...

  • Firms sweat on outcome of Granada panel review

    4-Mar-2002

    Lovells remains in the fold; DLA's, Goodman Derrick's and Olswang's places less sure

  • GERALD PHILIP JONES v 3M HEALTHCARE LTD

    4-Mar-2002

    GERALD PHILIP JONES v 3M HEALTHCARE LTD : NICHOLAS KIRKER v (1) AMBITIONS PERSONNEL (NOTTINGHAMSHIRE) LTD (2) BRITISH SUGAR PLC : D ANGEL v NEW POSSIBILITIES NHS TRUST : CHARMAINE BOND v HACKNEY CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU (2002) LTL 27/2/2002On 27 February 2002 the Court of Appeal ruled that you can’t try an action under s.4 Disability Discrimination Act 1995 if based on events that occured after termination of employment.That decision echoes previous Court of Appeal decisions ...

  • Halliwells forms new executive committee

    4-Mar-2002

    Halliwell Landau's London office has created its own executive committee and taken on Manchester firm Elliotts' head of insurance litigation John Groome as an equity partner

  • Hammonds loses Baylis to Norton Rose

    4-Mar-2002

    Norton Rose has hired Hammond Suddards Edge private equity head David Baylis to beef up its European buyout practice

  • Hammonds' Midlands gap filled by City partner

    4-Mar-2002

    Hammond Suddards Edge's Birmingham office has drafted in a partner from London to fill the hole left by the defection of the regional head of construction to Midlands firm Gateley Wareing

  • Holland & Knight cuts partner pay to save associate bonuses

    4-Mar-2002

    Holland & Knight partners have bucked the trend for lower associate bonuses by paying themselves less

  • Information relations

    4-Mar-2002

    A law firm's biggest capital asset is its knowledge. John Lipsey reports on how to use IT to harness that knowledge and the investment needed to maximise return

  • Irish Competition Authority to boost staff by one-third

    4-Mar-2002

    Competition Bill set to boost workload; fifteen new staff needed to keep up

  • It's just not ticket, old man

    4-Mar-2002

    News reaches Tulkinghorn of a rumoured parting shot from a disgruntled Pinsent Curtis Biddle lawyer. He is sure it cannot possibly be true, given how gentlemanly all the Pinsents lawyers are, but here goes: when the unnamed chap was leaving the firm he told a fellow partner he had some tickets to a rugby international that following weekend, which he had booked to entertain clients. Due to him leaving the firm, the lawyer obviously could not use them and so offered them to his colleague, ...

  • Japan set to penalise firms with foreign joint ventures

    4-Mar-2002

    The Japan Federation of Bar Associations has passed a protectionist measure designed to penalise Japanese firms in joint ventures with foreign lawyers

  • KLegal and McGrigors in first joint instruction

    4-Mar-2002

    KLegal and McGrigor Donald will formally seal their merger today and the two firms will begin the process of physical integration

  • Knife-wielding mugger was Law Soc archivist

    4-Mar-2002

    A former Law Society employee has been sent to prison for four and a half years for carrying out knifepoint robberies at Brixton station

  • Legal widow

    4-Mar-2002

    The Lawyer was grumpy all last week. Not only was a new lateral hire taken on at equity level (ouch!) but the new partner turned out to be:a) entirely process-driven; andb) a document presentation fiend.Even in the safe haven of the home, where communication is largely loud (shouting) or terse (notes on the fridge: Pick up Son Judo 5.30pm; Take Rubbish Tip or Divorce) the man's influence is felt."I've had to take all the round bullet points out of my tender document ...

  • Linklaters plans global practice head elections

    4-Mar-2002

    Linklaters is poised for partnership elections to appoint three global practice heads

  • Lovells wins finance star from Creditweb

    4-Mar-2002

    Lovells has hired the general counsel of mortgage and consumer finance company Creditweb as of counsel in London

  • Lupton Fawcett boosts commercial property

    4-Mar-2002

    Lupton Fawcett has increased its commercial property capability with the hire of partners Mark Appleyard and Robert Kelly from the Frith Partnership

  • Man about the House

    4-Mar-2002

    There have been numerous calls to reform the way in which the House of Lords operates. Daniel Jonas talks to the man responsible for running England's highest court, James Vallance White, who believes the House is not doing too bad a job as it is

  • Manches launches info service for IT companies

    4-Mar-2002

    Manches has launched a new technology service called Fortech

  • Marriott Harrison hires Steptoes litigation partner

    4-Mar-2002

    West End law firm Marriott Harrison has appointed its fourth new partner in 12 months with the hire of litigation partner Franco Barone from Steptoe & Johnson

  • Milberg accused of greasing palms

    4-Mar-2002

    Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, the firm that The Lawyer last week revealed had been selected to lead the claims against Enron and Arthur Andersen, is the subject of a federal investigation

  • Miller & Chevalier launches in Brussels

    4-Mar-2002

    Miller & Chevalier, the US best friend of Price-waterhouseCoopers (PwC), has opened a Brussels office

  • Mills & Reeve gains GMC instruction

    4-Mar-2002

    Mills & Reeve has won the General Medical Council (GMC) as a new client

  • Morgan Cole wars with ex-partners

    4-Mar-2002

    Former partners complain of money being held back; injunction brought against ex-insurance head

  • My first job...Mike Pullen, fairground boy

    4-Mar-2002

    Tulkinghorn would like to introduce a new regular feature, which gives you an insight into what shaped today's lawyers before they were shoved into the legal sausage machine.

  • Norton Rose scores Kirch coup

    4-Mar-2002

    Bondholders give City firm a German boost; DLA best friend Görg brought in

  • Norton Rose's US group challenges magic circle

    4-Mar-2002

    Norton Rose comes up trumps on Rule 144a equity deals; results show US practices burgeoning

  • O'Melveny boosts core areas in NY and Frisco

    4-Mar-2002

    O'Melveny & Myers has appointed Jose Fernandez as head of its New York office

  • Olswang scores Barclays as client

    4-Mar-2002

    Olswang has won Barclays Private Equity as a client, muscling in on main advisers Pinsent Curtis Biddle and Addleshaw Booth & Co

  • Opinion

    4-Mar-2002

    The Lawyers Christian Fellow-ship celebrates its 150th year today (4 March), with a service of thanksgiving led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Rt Honourable Dr George Carey, at the Temple Church. Other distinguished guests include the president of the Law Society and Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, the Master of the Rolls.The fellowship began as a prayer union in 1852, when John McGregor persuaded Christian lawyers in the Temple to meet on a regular basis ...

  • Pepper Hamilton duo return to Piper

    4-Mar-2002

    Pepper Hamilton litigation partners James Brogan and Chris Wasson have left the Philadelphia firm for Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe, the firm they left four years ago

  • Prisoners of law?

    4-Mar-2002

    Louise Christian is not a woman to be taken lightly, evidenced by her latest test - demanding that the Government interjects in the Guantanamo situation

  • Rayfield launches London practice

    4-Mar-2002

    Newcastle upon Tyne maritime firm Rayfield Mills has opened a London office with the aim of giving the likes of Clyde & Co, Ince & Co and Richards Butler a run for their money

  • ROOKS RIDER

    4-Mar-2002

    Lincoln's Inn firm Rooks Rider sees flexibility as key to its growth strategy

  • Sackers in senior partner compromise

    4-Mar-2002

    Boutique pensions firm Sacker & Partners has named not one but two senior partners to replace Jonathan Seres, who steps down at the end of March to return to fee-earning work

  • Separated at birth

    4-Mar-2002

    Occasionally Mrs Tulkinghorn is unable to sleep - she claims it's something to do with the sound of a wild boar emanating from alongside her, but Tulkinghorn has checked and checked again for traces of said creature in the garden, and there are none.When this happens, she has developed a penchant for a certain US talkshow host - a Mr Jerry Springer - whose shows are even more scandalous than the average chambers' Christmas party. Just last week, the shows included ...

  • Sidley goes all out for Californian litigation with Wilson Sonsini hire

    4-Mar-2002

    Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has lured Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner Timothy Scott to its San Francisco office by offering him the chance to set up a litigation practice

  • Stephenson Harwood's pensions partner quits

    4-Mar-2002

    Stephenson Harwood's pensions capability has suffered a severe blow as the department's only pensions partner joins DLA

  • Sticking at it

    4-Mar-2002

    Galileo International is like the glue that holds the travel industry together, but like much of the sector, has it become unstuck post-11 September? Fiona Callister investigates

  • The Leader Column

    4-Mar-2002

    A couple of weeks back (11 February) we reported on the news that Slaughter and May was taking an active role in the Government-sponsored report into women's employment. Along with Simmons & Simmons, Slaughters is one of the few firms to go public on the issue of the gender gap at partner level.Very laudable, but one rather wonders if they're barking up the wrong tree. The fact ...

  • UK team in last-ditch death sentence plea

    4-Mar-2002

    UK lawyers are preparing a last-ditch attempt to save UK national Tracy Housel from execution after a US judge signed his death warrant last week, despite a call for clemency from UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw

  • User-friendliness

    4-Mar-2002

    Paul Caplan asks: do law firms have the means to get the most out of their knowledge?

  • Weightmans in hiring spree for practice areas drive

    4-Mar-2002

    Weightmans has taken on construction and engineering partner Andrew Davies from DLA and barrister Jason Searle from Bullivant Jones

  • World Wildlife Fund beats wrestlers into submission

    4-Mar-2002

    The World Wrestling Federation has been smacked down by the World Wildlife Fund in their second-round rematch over the WWF title