4 May 2009

The Lawyer

  • Aero dynamic

    4 May 2009

    With surrounding legislation frequently complex, the Cayman Islands has sought to facilitate ease of aircraft ownership. By Mark Western

  • Akin’s spread of legal

    4 May 2009

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is targeting a London litigation launch later this year as part of a wider international push by the Texas firm.

  • Ashurst, Links brew up £207m rights issue for Greene King

    4 May 2009

    Ashurst and Linklaters have advised on the £207m rights issue for pub operator and brewer Greene King that will enable it to raise money to buy more properties.

  • BLG insurance trio in Clydes switch

    4 May 2009

    Clyde & Co has swooped on Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) to hire insurance partners Roger Doulton, Neil Beresford and Toby Rogers.

  • Box clever

    4 May 2009

    A Jersey cashbox vehicle has emerged as an expeditious tool for the creation of a rights issue for a UK plc. By Jonathan Walker and James Hill

  • Brabners institutes management rejig

    4 May 2009

    Brabners Chaffe Street has restructured its management, with Michael Brabner stepping down as managing partner after 15 years in the role. Brabner’s role will be taken over by former Manchester head Mark Brandwood. He will also continue in his role as a corporate fee-earner. Clients include Kinetic, Cooke Group and ServiceSource. Brabner will in turn become senior partner. On 1 May 2009 ...

  • Buncefield proves trial fees can be controlled

    4 May 2009

    THE BUNCEFIELD litigation acted as a useful acid test for the recommen­dations of the commercial court working party on long trials (The Lawyer, 15 September 2008)

  • Carphone Warehouse and TalkTalk split gets mouths watering

    4 May 2009

    CARPHONE Warehouse is preparing to split in two, with the high street retail arm separating from the TalkTalk telecoms business.

  • Chaos as MoJ scuppers litigation reform

    4 May 2009

    Judges and politicians at loggerheads as Jackson review kicked into the long grass

  • Christie’s legal roster put under hammer

    4 May 2009

    Auction house Christie’s has slashed its legal advisers from more than 70 to 13 in a radical reshaping of its global law firm roster.

  • Citigroup counsel jumps ship for ICG

    4 May 2009

    Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) has appointed its first general counsel with the hire of Citigroup global general counsel for non-resident Indian wealth management Aneta Polk.

  • EMI general counsel makes tracks for Warner

    4 May 2009

    EMI general counsel Chris Ancliff has resigned from the company to join its great rival Warner Music. He is currently understood to be on gardening leave.

  • Eyes down for UK firms as Riva Gaming sheds £100m of debt

    4 May 2009

    Riva Gaming Group, the private equity-owned bingo operator, has struck a deal with lenders to write off £100m of its debt, leading to instructions for a raft UK firms.

  • Freshfields Middle East finance head quits

    4 May 2009

    Bob Charlton, Middle East head of finance at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has announced that he is leaving the firm to pursue other opportunities.

  • Hammonds shrugs off exits with pensions vow

    4 May 2009

    Hammonds has vowed to invest in its pensions business following the departure of London head and pensions star Jay Doraisamy, who becomes the latest in a series of defections from the practice.

  • Herbies bags Links trio for Madrid launch

    4 May 2009

    Herbert Smith has pounced on the Madrid office of Linklaters for three partners to open an office in the city. The firm has brought four Spanish lawyers in total into its partnership for the launch. They include former Linklaters M&A and restructuring partner Alvaro Sainz and Miguel Riaño, an energy and infrastructure specialist. The hires will be joined by Herbert Smith finance partner David Wyles, ...

  • It's tough at the top

    4 May 2009

    Who on earth would choose to be a managing partner nowadays?

  • Legal ease

    4 May 2009

    The BVI provides a supple solution for mergers and schemes of arrangement that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, says Rachel Graham

  • Legal solutions to illegality on the seas

    4 May 2009

    The problem of high seas piracy, its causes and possible solutions, has become an increasingly high-profile staple of the international media in recent months.

  • Level headed

    4 May 2009

    Jersey is doing its bit to promote a global level playing field by managing clients’ wealth in a transparent and judicious manner, says Geoff Cook

  • LG tops AIM charts for the first time

    4 May 2009

    This month saw LG make its debut at the top of the rankings for AIM advisers.

  • Linklaters loses grip on EU tax expertise as final Dutch specialist leaves for PwC

    4 May 2009

    Linklaters has suffered another blow to its European tax practice with the loss of its last remaining Dutch tax partner.

  • Links associates see pay bands take a dive

    4 May 2009

    Linklaters has cut associate pay bands by an average of 7 per cent and slashed bonuses across the firm. Linklaters associates will move up through the salary bands this year, but reduced rates mean that most junior lawyers will receive a pay rise of between just 2 and 4 per cent. The Linklaters announcement means that first-year trainees will continue to receive £37,400. Newly qualified rates fell by ...

  • Making amends

    4 May 2009

    Nigel Meeson QC and Stephen Leontsinis highlight the many benefits to the Cayman Islands of the recently introduced Amendment Law

  • Miner compo millionaire gets struck off

    4 May 2009

    Andrew Nulty, the lawyer who boasted of his £13m fortune, has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for his part in the miners’ compensation scandal. Nulty, who launched Avalon Solicitors in 2001 with 2,000 personal injury claims on his books, is the third lawyer to be kicked out of the profession for his conduct in the compensation scheme, following Jim Beresford and Douglas Smith of Beresfords Solicitors (The Lawyer, 11 December 2008). Nulty’s fellow partner Malcolm ...

  • Mishcon gives adman development reins

    4 May 2009

    In a highly unusual move, Mishcon de Reya has hired an adman as head of business development.

  • Norton Rose swoops for DLA Piper investment funds partner

    4 May 2009

    Norton Rose has boosted its investment funds team with a raid on DLA Piper, taking on partner Michael Newell.

  • Norton Rose triggers reduced hours scheme

    4 May 2009

    NORTON Rose has put its flexible working plan into immediate action, cutting hours for entire teams in corporate, shipping, banking and dispute resolution.

  • O’Kane promoted to head Peters & Peters’ fraud dept

    4 May 2009

    Fraud and regulatory boutique Peters & Peters has promoted Michael O’Kane to lead its fraud practice.

  • On the law path: Wolf von Kumberg, Northrop Grumman

    4 May 2009

    Northrop Grumman European legal chief Wolf von Kumberg brings cutting-edge M&A nous to bear in the defence market.

  • Osborne Clarke gets on board for Navy deal

    4 May 2009

    Osborne Clarke has advised Babcock Marine on two major defence contracts, including a £150m deal to provide maintenance to the Royal Navy submarine fleet.

  • Pinsents Dubai lands spot on UAE uni panel

    4 May 2009

    Pinsent Masons’ Dubai office has picked up a role advising the United Arab Emirates University following the institution’s first ­formal tender process for an external legal adviser.

  • Profile: Expansion man

    4 May 2009

    In his 29 years at Appleby, Peter Bubenzer has transformed the firm from a three-office outfit to a global offshore player. Katy Dowell reports

  • RJW move sees London offices come together

    4 May 2009

    Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is set to bring its two London offices under one roof after completing a deal to move into refurbished premises in Chancery Lane.

  • Shoosmiths’ trainees-in-waiting leap to defend firm’s tactics

    4 May 2009

    Future Shoosmiths trainees have launched an attack against those who have criticised their firm for not compensating future joiners who have been forced to defer their start dates.

  • Simmons downsizes in Moscow

    4 May 2009

    Simmons & Simmons has reshaped its Moscow office by sending two of the four partners back to London and laying off three associates. Project finance partner David Nelligan and corporate partner Isabella Roberts have returned to London, but will continue to work on Russian mandates. The reshuffle leaves two partners in Moscow: Konstantin Orlov in energy and infrastructure and office managing partner Tony Smith. The associate redundancies took place last month.

  • SJ Berwin emerges from the wings to make most of insolvency boom

    4 May 2009

    Key hire Mike Woollard credited with putting firm in the running for big-ticket contracts.

  • Survival strategies

    4 May 2009

    The ripples felt by the downturn are far-reaching and offshore economies have been particularly vulnerable. Paul Wilkes uncovers some home truths and reveals the lessons that should be learnt

  • Taylor Wessing aims for Polish merger

    4 May 2009

    Taylor Wessing is gearing up for a merger with new Polish affiliation firm BSJP, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • The Lawyer Awards: best of the best

    4 May 2009

    The legal profession’s premier event, The Lawyer Awards, is taking place at The Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday 23 June. Here are the strongest performers of 2009 that find themselves in contention

  • The truth will out

    4 May 2009

    Current focus on the regulations surrounding offshore financial institutions is a diversionary tactic that deliberately misses the point, says Stephen Platt

  • Travers’ chief decision imminent

    4 May 2009

    THE CONSULTATION for the next managing partner at Travers Smith is entering the final stages, with a decision expected at the end of this month.

  • Two-way feat

    4 May 2009

    A recently established treaty has eased the passage for investors operating between Asia and Europe. By Frédéric Feyten and Chokri Bouzidi

  • US lawyers unite against ‘draconian’ UK Budget

    4 May 2009

    US lawyers hit out last week at the UK Government over the new 50 per cent tax band introduced in the recent Budget.

  • Vox Pop: On course for offshore

    4 May 2009

    Do offshore lawyers require different skills than their onshore counterparts? What effect has the economic downturn had on offshore firms’ recruitment? Katy Dowell finds the answers to these questions and more from those in the know