4 October 2004

The Lawyer

  • Accounting scandal pushes CA into restructuring its legal group

    4-Oct-2004

    US software giant Computer Associates (CA) is putting the finishing touches to the post-scandal revamp of its legal department, following a year of upheaval.

  • Beachcroft drills down into financial services with new partner

    4-Oct-2004

    Beachcroft Wansbroughs is bolstering financial services practice after snaring a specialist from the sector.

  • Beaumonts makes U-turn on instruction to sue RBS

    4-Oct-2004

    An aviation company suing the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has been forced to instruct the bar direct after its law firm withdrew.

  • Blake Lapthorn Linnell scoops PMA role from Manches

    6-Oct-2004

    Manches has lost its long-standing position as the principal legal advisers to the Property Managers Association (PMA) to regional law firm Blake Lapthorn Linnell.

  • Blandy takes on Manches family law partner

    4-Oct-2004

    Manches have lost a family law partner to Thames Valley firm Blandy & Blandy.

  • BLP boss in Commission for Racial Equality role

    4-Oct-2004

    Berwin Leighton Paisner’s head of public affairs and public policy has been named as the new director of private sector at the Commission for Racial Equality. Brenda Stern will take a two-year secondment from the City firm to take up the role in October. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 28 September

  • BLP wrings £3m costs out of ConocoPhillips

    4-Oct-2004

    Costs totalling some £3m have been awarded to Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and its barrister Lindsay Boswell QC in the longest energy case ever heard before the Technology and Construction Court.

  • Brick Court welcomes back Sir Roger Buckley

    4-Oct-2004

    Former Brick Court barrister Sir Roger Buckley has returned to the set as a door tenant. He has been a judge in charge of the Queen’s Bench non-jury list for six years, and has served as a judge on the Employment Appeals Tribunal. He will specialise in mediation and arbitration.

  • Brighton ruck

    4-Oct-2004

    Perhaps it’s because of election year, but there was precious little legal presence at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton last week. Tulkinghorn’s mole found many exhibits advertising charities and trade unions, but only one dedicated legal stand.

  • Careers: in brief

    4-Oct-2004

    Lawyers are no longer relying on professional qualifications but are heading in their droves to business school MBA programmes. That is the verdict of education specialists TopMBA.com. Its annual survey has revealed lawyers now make up 9 per cent of MBA students across Europe, up from 6 per cent in 2003. MBA courses can cost as little as £5,000 or as much as £32,000, so the UK stop-off of the MBA Tour on 18 October at London’s Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre is a good chance to ...

  • Careers: people

    4-Oct-2004

    Manby & Steward has hired a new partner for its dispute resolution division. Brian Aikman, a recently-appointed deputy district judge, joins the firm from Birmingham’s Martineau Johnson, where he was a partner in the litigation department.

  • CC, Deneys join forces on Barclays’ Absa bid

    4-Oct-2004

    South Africa firm Deneys Reitz has reignited its old ties with Clifford Chance to act for Barclays on its attempt to secure a majority shareholding in the country’s largest retail bank Absa.

  • Commission slammed by Microsoft general counsel

    4-Oct-2004

    As epic antitrust case reaches court, Smith calls for more objectivity in Brussels

  • Community Legal Service slammed by DCA report

    4-Oct-2004

    The Community Legal Service (CLS), which from 1 April 2000 replaced the old civil scheme of legal aid, has been criticised following an independent review on behalf of the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA).

  • Co-op cuts its losses on two-year battle with ICL

    4-Oct-2004

    The Co-operative Group has finally settled its epic battle with ICL (now Fujitsu Services) without any money changing hands.

  • Court battles

    4-Oct-2004

    Two years on since new EU-wide insolvency laws were introduced, cherry-picking your jurisdiction for insolvency is increasingly tough. By Cary Kochberg and Laurence Crowley

  • Crutes merges with Doberman Horsman

    4-Oct-2004

    North East firm Crutes has merged with Doberman Horsman. The tie-up between three-office Crutes and the 67-year-old Middlesbrough firm will create a regional base in the town. Each firm will initially retain its Middlesbrough office, but in 2005 the two sites will be combined.

  • David Ludlow: TI Automotive

    4-Oct-2004

    A thriving automotive business is facing a barrage of industry-specific regulation. Jodi Bartle reports on the pressures facing TI Automotive

  • Dewey gears up in Italy with Milan acquisition

    5-Oct-2004

    Dewey Ballantine is ramping up its Italian presence after absorbing Milanese boutique Casella Minoli e Associati.

  • Dickinson Dees retains Braithwaite as leader

    4-Oct-2004

    Neil Braithwaite has seen off a challenge from litigation partner Jen Smurthwaite to secure a third term as managing partner of Dickinson Dees following the first contested election at the Newcastle-based firm in more than seven years.

  • Disclosure imposed on tax avoidance schemes but lawyers retain privilege

    8-Oct-2004

    The government bypassed the issue of legal privilege in tax avoidance schemes with the announcement today (Friday, 8 October) of a legislative amendment forcing disclosure.

  • DLA Group entices Polish firm Lukowicz into the fold

    4-Oct-2004

    DLA’s international association DLA Group is expanding its presence in Eastern Europe after securing its first Polish member.

  • DWS left shellshocked as eleven media/IP partners defect to DLA

    4-Oct-2004

    DWS’s TMT practice left with skeleton crew; defectors cite lack of investment as reason for exodus. By Joanne O’Connor

  • Ex-Cisco legal head takes Flextronics job

    4-Oct-2004

    Cisco’s former UK legal head Alfred Farha has resurfaced at the world’s largest technology industry contract manufacturer Flextronics.

  • Fair dues

    4-Oct-2004

    The Government hopes its Pensions Bill will deal with final salary pension scheme deficits. Ken Titchen and Francois Barker report

  • Firm profile: Lawyers Direct

    4-Oct-2004

    Now that work-life balance is firmly on most lawyers’ to do lists, new ways of working are at the front of most people’s minds. Enter Lawyers Direct, a two-year-old firm that gives lawyers with wanderlust the chance to go freelance and still win quality work.

  • Firms face greater hurdles when trainee contracts end

    4-Oct-2004

    Law firms failing to implement new employment regulations correctly could see a rise in unfair dismissal claims from trainees who are not kept on upon qualification.

  • Focus Wickes counsel quits post to join Drax

    4-Oct-2004

    A merry-go-round in the retail and energy sectors is in full swing as DIY giant Focus Wickes loses its head of legal to Drax Power, to be replaced by an in-house lawyer from Boots.

  • Focus Wickes new legal head to shake-up law firms

    6-Oct-2004

    DIY giant Focus Wickes is set to overhaul its law firm panel following the appointment of a new head of legal.

  • Four fit for forfeits

    4-Oct-2004

    Taylor Wessing showcased its new managing partner Mike Frawley’s talents when it hosted an all-star quiz show on 22 September.

  • From librarian to knowledge manager

    4-Oct-2004

    New technology has made legal librarians think strategically, says Jitendra Valera

  • FSA’s tough line forces Invesco legal shake-up

    4-Oct-2004

    SEC fine and UK regulatory burden spark massive investment in legal function

  • Gibson Dunn duo overturns decision by Commission to disallow MCI tie-up

    4-Oct-2004

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher lawyers Peter Alexiadis and Miranda Cole were last week (28 September) celebrating a moral victory for MCI, a client they brought with them from former firm

  • Grapevine

    6-Oct-2004

    Another week and another partner quits Simmons & Simmons.

  • Guantanamo detainee’s lawyers want statement ignored after torture claim

    4-Oct-2004

    Lawyers for one of the Britons imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay have filed a unique pleading demanding that the US does not use witness statements allegedly obtained by torture against their client.

  • Hannes Snellman in profit bonanza

    4-Oct-2004

    Finland’s Hannes Snellman has recorded a 48 per cent rise in profits, smoothing the way for a new managing partner in 2005. The firm made a post-tax profit of €6.75m (£4.6m) in the last financial year. The previous year profit slumped 10 per cent to €4.56m (£3.1m). Turnover rose 13.6 per cent to €29.3m (£20m) during managing partner Antti Heikinheimo’s ...

  • Hogan & Hartson boosts Munich with A&O partner

    5-Oct-2004

    Hogan & Hartson Munich office has added a former Allen & Overy (A&O) corporate partner to its ranks.

  • House rules

    4-Oct-2004

    What happens when a bankrupt’s house has negative equity? This year’s changes to the Insolvency Act provide the answer. Adrian Hyde reports

  • Howes Percival gains major dispute resolution client

    4-Oct-2004

    Howes Percival has scooped a prime London real estate contract for the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IRDC) ahead of City stalwarts.

  • Johnson Stokes rejigs top jobs as senior partner retires

    5-Oct-2004

    Johnson Stokes & Master has reshuffled the senior roles within its Hong Kong-based head office following the retirement of the firm’s senior partner.

  • Kirkpatrick puts new admin partner in SF office

    4-Oct-2004

    Nicholson Graham & Jones’s merger partner Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has shaken up its San Francisco management. It has appointed IP specialist Deborah Bailey-Wells as administrative partner, taking over from Peter Sheats. Bailey-Wells will also become a member of the firm’s management committee. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 28 September

  • Lambeth Council goes in-house at Peterborough CC for new recruit

    6-Oct-2004

    Lambeth Council has turned to Peterborough City Council for its new director of legal and democratic services.

  • Latham names US vice chair of global corporate

    4-Oct-2004

    Latham & Watkins has turned its attention to its corporate department, promoting a Los Angeles-based partner to US vice chair of the global group.

  • Legal Widow

    4-Oct-2004

    We started dismantling the children’s climbing frame at the weekend. The kids are too big for it now, or at least think themselves too grown-up for it, and despite my best efforts to throw them outdoors at the weekends they prefer to vegetate inside, little hunched shapes in darkened rooms, silent except for the insistent pulse of thumbs on mobile phones and gameboy keypads. ...

  • Lend Lease selects first legal panel

    4-Oct-2004

    Lend Lease has selected its first ever formal panel of firms, with Allen & Overy (A&O), DLA, Eversheds, Linklaters, Masons and Pinsents all winning roles advising the Australian property developer.

  • Linklaters replaces Sweden managing partner

    4-Oct-2004

    Linklaters Sweden is ushering in a new managing partner. Jorgen Durban is replacing Rolf Johansson, who is returning to full-time fee-earning. Durban is the current head of banking and finance there and has been a member of the management committee for seven years. He was key in the Lagerlöf & Leman merger. The new appointment takes effect from 1 May. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 29 September

  • Linklaters turns up heat in NY with another Shearman hire

    5-Oct-2004

    Linklaters’ New York office has returned to Shearman & Sterling for new recruits, this time taking on the former co-head of the US firm’s securitisation and derivatives group.

  • Lupicinio Eversheds in double Spanish link-up

    4-Oct-2004

    Eversheds’ Spanish alliance partner Lupicinio Eversheds has tied up with two niche practices.

  • McDermott takes on Dorsey corporate partner

    4-Oct-2004

    McDermott Will & Emery’s London office has hired a corporate lateral from Dorsey & Whitney. Michael McFall’s clients include Intel, Pearson and the Carlyle Group. The hire follows the appointment of David Dalgarno as London managing partner. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 29 September

  • McGrigors introduces real estate first in firm rejig

    6-Oct-2004

    An internal reorganisation at McGrigors has resulted in Katharine Hardie becoming the firm’s first head of real estate for Scotland.

  • Middletons takes over Acuiti

    4-Oct-2004

    Australia’s Acuiti Legal will dissolve in November when its remaining corporate and commercial practices merge with Middletons, the law firm that the practice originally split from.

  • Morgan Lewis makes double hire for London

    4-Oct-2004

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius’ London office has scored a double after recruiting the former head of Norton Rose’s IP and IT group as well as the general counsel from client Cantor Fitzgerald International.

  • Mourant takes first steps as limited company

    8-Oct-2004

    Channel Islands professional services group Mourant has scored a first in the legal market by incorporating as a limited company.

  • New rules for magistrates courts

    7-Oct-2004

    Magistrates will be able to sentence offenders for up to 12 months’ imprisonment under changes being introduced by the Criminal Justice Act in December.

  • New Zealand firms beef up domestic offering in face of Australian onslaught

    4-Oct-2004

    Heavy Australian banking presence sees NZ firms ‘provincialised’; boutiques attempt to win back work

  • Norr Stiefenhofer names former Dresdner CEO as partner

    5-Oct-2004

    Germany’s Norr Stiefenhofer Lutz has appointed the former chief executive of Dresdner Bank as a partner.

  • Opinion

    4-Oct-2004

    David Beckham has apparently registered more than 100 domain names in his name. Wayne Rooney has also begun to capitalise on his recent international success at Euro 2004, registering his name in at least 10 different domains. However, there is one more very important domain, on which these and other celebrities and brand owners should be keeping a close eye – the new .eu domain name.

  • Orrick gains SEC recruit for securities litigation push

    4-Oct-2004

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has landed a former lawyer from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its Washington DC office.

  • Palmer Wade scoops midwife employment case

    4-Oct-2004

    City employment boutique Palmer Wade has landed work in a landmark case for trainee midwives today (Monday 4 October).

  • Park Nelson tie-up gives Lester Aldridge London base

    4-Oct-2004

    Lester Aldridge is set to gain its first foothold in London after absorbing 200-year-old real estate, commercial services and private client boutique Park Nelson.

  • Phantom menace

    4-Oct-2004

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) seems to be preparing for the real estate panel reviews at Tesco and Legal & General (L&G) in an odd way.

  • Pinsents-Masons merger gets green light

    4-Oct-2004

    The merger between Pinsents and Masons is set to go ahead after favourable partnership votes. The merger will go live in early December, creating a firm with a £150m turnover. Pinsent Masons will house 240 partners, 900 lawyers and 1,500 staff. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 27 September

  • Real estate deals round-up

    4-Oct-2004

    Lawrence Graham (Roger Benson) advised Telereal, a joint venture between BT and William Pears Group, on the sale of the site of a former BT telephone exchange in Chesham Place, Belgravia, to residential property developers Candy and Candy. SJ Berwin (Bryan Pickup) acted for Candy and Candy.

  • Separated at birth

    8-Oct-2004

    According to a Hammonds source, the new top man at Hammonds appears to have something of a decent pedigree. Perhaps Peter Crossley’s double life as Sir Roy Gardner, chief executive of Centrica, was the reason he won the managing partner election unanimously in August. Litigator Crossley stood unopposed for the role while doubling not only as the Centrica boss, but also as chairman of the Apprenticeships Task Force. Hammonds will at least be sorted for plumbers, mechanics and plasterers, ...

  • Serco braves its lawyers’ wrath over online tender

    4-Oct-2004

    Business support services company Serco has hit back at criticism levelled at its new online tender process, which is being used for the selection of its new group legal panel.

  • Simmons completes first deal as main adviser to Anite Group

    7-Oct-2004

    Simmons & Simmons has closed its first deal for new client Anite Group after being appointed as principal legal adviser in a competitive tender earlier this year.

  • South Eastern promise

    4-Oct-2004

    South East firms need to rationalise unwieldy offices and raise profits if they want to rival Bristol firms in attracting City lawyers. By Joanne O’Connor

  • Stanbrook welcomes back partner as firm restarts expansion

    4-Oct-2004

    Brussels boutique Stanbrook & Hooper has brought a former EU law partner back to the firm.

  • Stephensons boosts corporate team to eleven

    4-Oct-2004

    Stephenson Harwood has reappointed former corporate finance partner Peter Bradley, bolstering the London corporate team to 11. Bradley left in December 2000 to join KLegal (now McGrigors), which he left in March when the firm restructured its London corporate team.

  • Stop the press

    4-Oct-2004

    The Government is considering new laws to stop third parties influencing high-profile trials. Jon Robins reports on the profession’s reaction

  • Swansea outsourcing prompts strike action

    4-Oct-2004

    Swansea City Council has provoked an ongoing strike over plans to outsource its IT department, but new laws coming in next year may help make such disputes a thing of the past.

  • Taking on the banks: Texan firm offers hope

    4-Oct-2004

    Our story last week on the banks’ legal panels denying their adversaries a choice of legal advisers has prompted a certain amount of humbug on the part of the banks and their advisers. A number of law firms, scared of antagonising their paymasters, say on the record that panels “don’t necessarily” cut off client choice. You may not be entirely astonished ...

  • Taylor Wessing re-shuffles corporate leadership

    4-Oct-2004

    Taylor Wessing has appointed a new head of corporate to replace Tim Eyles, who has stood down after 12 years.

  • The work-life quiz

    4-Oct-2004

    Paul Taylor, senior partner, Kidd Rapinet

  • UK firms’ pro bono efforts put to shame by US counterparts

    4-Oct-2004

    UK lawyers are still lagging behind their US counterparts in their commitment to pro bono work after a nationwide survey highlighted a damning lack of policies at some law firms.

  • UK real estate practices left in a real state by US rivals

    4-Oct-2004

    Ian Nisse’s defection from Ashurst to Shearman could be the tip of the iceberg, says Gemma Westacott

  • Vinson opens in Tokyo while closing Singapore

    4-Oct-2004

    Vinson & Elkins has opened a new office in Tokyo and closed its Singapore branch. Tokyo will assist US clients investing in Japan. The Chinese practice has also forged a consulting relationship with its former administrative partner Handel Lee, who will become chairman of China’s King & Wood on 18 October. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 29 September

  • What a ruckus

    4-Oct-2004

    Denton Wilde Sapte romped to triumph at the recent Taylor Root Law Society Rugby Sevens, winning its first two matches with a cumulative score of 71 without reply. The firm’s victory over Linklaters in the final was met with roars of approval from the crowd, which delighted in any defeat ...

  • White & Case and client APP face contempt of court charge

    4-Oct-2004

    US firm White & Case has been accused of contempt of court following its representation of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) in the $6.7bn (£3.74bn) debt restructuring of its Indonesian subsidiaries.

  • White & Case lures Morano ace

    4-Oct-2004

    White & Case has snared the name partner of Italian independent Morano e Associati and a team of 20 lawyers for its Milan practice.

  • Work-life swizz

    4-Oct-2004

    Oh, what a funny little introspective world it is, that of the managing partner. A recent entrant to The Lawyer’s increasingly popular Work-Life Quiz is obviously accustomed to making things up as he goes along. He is also, perhaps, guilty of confusing The Lawyer with a session with a life coach.