4 September 2006
Cripps Harries Hall has hired three property assistants: Victoria Back joins from Linklaters, Simon Schipper joins from Clarke Willmott and Oliver Morris joins from Stanley Tee. Robert Sully also joins as a commercial dispute ...
The Lawyer splashed one of the stories of the year when it revealed that Allen & Overy (A&O) had approached Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer about a merger (31 July).
The UK's richest solicitor last week appeared before a Merseyside magistrate charged with actual bodily harm of a policeman.
Birmingham giant St Philips Chambers and London-based civil and criminal set 4 King's Bench Walk (4KBW) are forming an alliance that could be the precursor to a merger.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has been shaken by another conflicts wrangle after taking dual instructions on the multimillion-pound auction of United Biscuits.
Addleshaw Goddard has raised its newly qualified (NQ) salaries to match its national peers but still leaving it behind top City rates.
Despite a rocky past, non-contentious IP work is getting the attention of law firms, prompting Davenport Lyons and Olswang to vie for the best IP agents in the business
After two years of near anarchy, the Caribbean republic of Haiti is beginning to take shape as a proper democracy. But human rights group Amnesty International warns that, even under the country's newly reinstated democratic government, thousands of people are still being detained without charge, including political prisoners.
Asda's legal and HR teams are implementing a radical recruitment strategy ahead of the introduction of age discrimination legislation.
Ashurst is kicking off a process of informally canvassing the partnership over the board’s reappointment of managing partner Simon Bromwich for a second three-year term.
Baker & McKenzie has become embroiled in a political debate after pocketing A$1.6m (£640,000) in legal fees for advising the Australian government on its aborted privatisation of the Snowy Hydro scheme.
Look out for the first in a trilogy about a fictional female barrister, set to be published in October. The book, What's Truth got to do with it?, is by David Crigman QC, described by his PR as "an eminent criminal silk in Birmingham".Apparently it's a mixture of crime thriller and courtroom drama, "together with the back story of the difficulties faced by a woman at the bar".Mrs Tulkinghorn has great sympathy - she never gets served either.
Joanne Harris and Ben Moshinsky round up what cases will be keeping the UK courts busy in the coming year
Scottish firm Bell & Scott has opened its first office in Glasgow, taking over the office of commercial firm Clairmonts. All of Clairmonts' partners and staff will be joining Bell & Scott as part of the move. Property specialists Bell & Scott's head office is in Edinburgh, with Clairmonts' lawyers building the firm's retail and leisure real estate offering in Glasgow. Bell & Scott specialises in advice to developers and investors on major city-centre developments.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) head of real estate Robert MacGregor has raided his former firm Clifford Chance for a third time to snare a new head of real estate litigation.
Boodle Hatfield has strengthened its construction team with the hire of Kendall Freeman head of construction David Johnson. Johnson, a specialist in both contentious and non-contentious construction work who advises public and private sector clients, has been a partner at Kendall Freeman (formerly DJ Freeman) since 1988. He joins Boodle Hatfield today (4 September). Construction assistant Liz Weeks will also move across from Kendall Freeman next Monday (11 September).
Lady Butler Sloss has been appointed as the coroner for the forthcoming inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed nine years ago.
Clifford Chance's Asian managing partner Jim Baird has vowed to team up with a Chinese law firm as soon as the Chinese government allows it.
A consortium of city firms have launched a £7m charitable trust to fund university lecturers in core legal practice areas after government cuts to the budgets of university law departments.The City Solicitors' Educational Trust, a charitable trust f...
Cobbetts has been selected as the main legal adviser to leisure trusts lobbying group the Sports and Recreation Trusts Association (SpoRTA).
Bryan Cave's and Squire Sanders & Dempsey's much-hyped proposed merger may have collapsed last month, but any concern over the validity of tie-ups has not prevented Cooley Godward from emerging as the hottest property in the market.
We all remember the last boom in the mid to late 1990s, with its demand for the highest-quality individuals. People moved jobs more readily than before, but few resigned without their employer trying to persuade them to stay. Employers knew the problems they would face seeking replacements.
Life at Denton Wilde Sapte's (DWS) media group is all glamour. The computer gaming team has just completed its first instruction for new client Jamba, which is based in Berlin and operates in the UK under the name Jamster.
Anders Hansen's law firm has just gone through its second transition, changing from Osborne Clark Denmark to Danders & More.
Proposed changes to inheritance tax laws affecting trusts will hinge upon the date on which the trust came into existence, reports Peter Twiddy
The Court of Appeal will hear a licensing dispute between fashion designer Ozwald Boateng and brand owner Marchpole Holdings in November, boosting the IP teams at Davenport Lyons and Memery Crystal advising on the long-running battle.
The University of Durham has completed a panel review, reappointing legal advisers Dickinson Dees and Pinsent Masons.
DLA Piper is set to radically overhaul its associate career path and is considering introducing a role akin to of counsel.
DLA Piper has scored a massive coup for its Asian banking practice with the hire of Bank of China’s (BoC) head of legal Andrew Wang.
DLA Piper's sports team has been drafted in by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to represent captain Inzamam-ul-Haq against charges brought by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Russia's largest domestic firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has negotiated the end to a major Russian antitrust dispute that will result in new legislation to bring Russia into line with European antitrust practices.
Eversheds is launching its first office in mainland China after being handed a licence to practice in Shanghai.
A former Clifford Chance associate is launching a massive compensation case against French railway operator SNCF and the French state.
Milwaukee-based firm Foley & Lardner's arbitration and litigation expertise came to good use in the firm's long-running trademark infringement dispute with Boston-based rival Foley Hoag.
News reaches Tulkinghorn that there may be a conflict of interest at Hammonds. "Surely not?" you cry. It transpires that David Hull, the partner who advised Aston Villa FC on the takeover by loaded Yank Randy Lerner, is none other than a huge fan of West Bromwich Albion. Tulkinghorn predicts a riot.
US dispute resolution group JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services) is launching its first London operations with the arrival of the former general counsel of engineering giant Bechtel.
Fountain Court has poached commercial silk Charles Béar QC from 11 King’sBench Walk in a rare QC hire. Béar was called to the Bar in 1986 and took silk in 2003. He specializes incommercial, employment and administrative law disputes. Michael Brindle QC, joint head of Chambers at Fountain Court, said: “We arevery pleased that Charles is joining us. We believe that his practice andours will make an excellent fit.”
Due to a host of tax and other incentives, Switzerland has made itself a centre for commodities trading. By Marc Gillieron
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped a mandate to advise the Irish government on the IPO of its flag carrier Aer Lingus.
The Italian arm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scored a lead role on Italy's banking mega-merger, advising San Paolo IMI on its ?64bn (£43.15bn) tie-up with Banca Intesa.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the City's most profitable firm, beating both Slaughter and May and Linklaters on the net profit it earned last year.
Freshfields has bagged the lead role on to the NHS’ £1.6bn outsourcing deal with DHL, after winning the work in a beauty parade.
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has swooped on its one-time merger prospect Ashurst once more, securing the hire of London M&A and securities partner Edward Kim.
Switzerland is looking to new fund legislation to put the country firmly on the map as a leading financial centre. By Eric Stupp
Gide Loyrette Nouel is continuing its international expansion plan by launching a 10-strong office in Kiev.
Hammonds' Brussels office has been hit by the resignation of its three most senior partners, but the firm is refusing to let the trio go without a fight.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) has completed an overhaul of its UK legal team after the US management ordered a cost-cutting scheme for the whole company last year.
Liverpool’s Hill Dickinson has merged with London shipping boutique Hill Taylor Dickinson, adding a further 20 partners to the North West firm.
Hunton & Williams has opened a Los Angeles office after coaxing fiercely independent litigation boutique O’Donnell & Mortimer to join the firm.
Other in-housers on the move included Tibco Software senior UK legal counsel Helle Jorgensen, who leaves the financial software house, which was spun out of Reuters, for US technology giant Sybase. She becomes UK general counsel.
JPMorgan managing director and assistant general counsel Tim Hailes is spearheading a major new diversity campaign aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in London and is set to open discussions with his external law firms on the issue.
Land Securities has moved to recruit a group general counsel, becoming the first major property development company to have a dedicated commercial in-house legal function.
The Law Society is planning a training programme designed to give lawyers access to 'soft skills' such as leadership, team building and client presentation in an initiative that law firms hope will help them with staff retention.
The Law Society's regulation board is set to scrap its minimum salary requirement in an effort to grow the number of training contract places available to students.
Lawrence Graham and Clifford Chance advised on the £26m sale of the 31-premises Old Orleans restaurant chain. Lawrence Graham advised purchaser Regent Inns. Corporate partner Jeffrey Elway led the team advising Regents Inn, while Glasgow firm R&JM Hill Brown & Co advised Regent Inns on Scottish law. Clifford ...
LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has hired its fourth partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the past week, with Paris arbitration partner Eric Schwartz to join the firm’s French arm in November.
Lehman Brothers has hired General Electric (GE) senior lawyer Elizabeth Lee for the newly created role of managing director and general counsel for Europe. Lee spent 11 years at GE and was global general counsel in the consumer finance division at the time of her departure. She will be responsible for Lehman's European corporate advisory division and will report to the chief legal officer for Europe and Asia Peter Sherratt. Lehman's corporate advisory team employs 160 staff.
Linklaters has made a brave attempt at rebuilding its private equity practice following the departure of partners Graham White and Raymond McKeeve to Chicago giant Kirkland & Ellis earlier this year.
Linklaters has managed to close the gap with Slaughter and May at the top of the Hemscott FTSE100 client rankings to just four clients.
A consortium of 18 local authorities in the south of England has slashed its legal costs by up to a third by selecting a combined legal panel.
Simmons & Simmons have failed to prevent the extradition of two elderly hotelliers to the US after the Lord Chief Justice rejected arguments that the US government had exploited the 2003 Extradition Treaty.
Lovells is taking an axe to its entire Berlin office following a radical review by the firm's management. The closure of the office, which is subject to approval by the partnership, will be completed by the end of the current financial year (30 April 2007). The Berlin office is home to five partners and 15 associates, who the firm has offered to relocate to other offices. Lovells' Berlin office was rocked earlier in the year following the departure of its five-person banking team. Restructuring
Macfarlanes’ corporate team has secured instructions from Hogg Robinson on the travel company's forthcoming float. The deal will see the UK’s biggest corporate travel company return to the London Stock Exchange after a six-year absence.
Maitland Chambers has poached 7 Bedford Row's Robert Graham-Campbell, making him its new chief executive.
McDermott Will & Emery’s Munich office has suffered a four-partner exodus from its tax department.
Microsoft has appointed a new in-house lawyer to lead its antitrust clash with the European Commission.
Avalon Solicitors’ profit this year hit the headlines as much for how it was made as how much was made. But a Law Society investigation into its dealings will not alter the firm’s growth strategy
One of the most prominent trial lawyers in the US has led a four-partner defection from the New York office of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw to West Coast rival Morrison & Foerster (MoFo).
Nabarro Nathanson and SJ Berwin scored roles advising on deals concerned with more than 700 hotel rooms next to the new Wembley Stadium.
The DCA is treading a fine line with its review of the issue of anonymity in family court cases. By Lisa Fabian Lustigman and Claire Blakemore
The former general counsel of Viacom has been appointed its new CEO yesterday after leaving in 2000 to set up a private equity fund.
The task of turning around the fortunes of a fading FTSE100 force is a challenge for which Cable & Wireless global legal head Nick Cooper is uniquely equipped. By Ben Moshinsky
Niche litigation firm Ferguson Solicitors is embarking on another high-profile case against Nomura, six years after representing trader Steven Clark in his breach of contract claim against the Japanese investment bank.
North West firm Mace & Jones has hired the former chief executive of financial services firm Rathbone Brothers as its first ever non-lawyer chairman.
Norton Rose has restructured its London communications, media and technology (CMT) team, hiring Mike Knapper, assistant European counsel at data provider Thomson, and recalling partners Campbell Steedman and Simon Cox from Germany.
BAA is set to review its external legal advisers as the airports operator gears up for the likelihood of a major investigation by the Competition Commission.
Clyde & Co has recruited Olswang partner Kim Nicholson as a telecoms and technology adviser.
Other lawyers who will be receiving bonuses of a different kind were P&O lawyers Michael Gradon and Iain Simm. Both were made redundant following DP World's epic takeover of P&O.
Phillips Fox's partnership has split over the firm's tie-up with DLA Piper, with the Australian firm's Vietnam offices deciding not to join the international firm's network.
Fox Williams has boosted its tax capability with the hired of Pinsent Masons tax partner Stephen Lane.
Pinsent Masons and CMS Cameron McKenna advised on the £30m secondary buyout of energy and utilities IT service provider Capula from Sintern. Pinsents advised UK private equity house Dunedin Capital Partners, which backed a management team led by Capula chief executive officer Roger Turner. Dunedin provided £15.6m for a ...
Proof that lawyers really do like to read the small print arrived last week when an anonymous lawyer called to point out what appeared to be a typo. The 'mistake' was in the EJ Legal ad on page 53 of the 21 August issue.
Private client and family lawyers have seen a flurry of activity in recent months.
The Bar Pro Bono Unit celebrates its tenth birthday this year. I want to take the opportunity of this anniversary to propose two areas where pro bono ideas could be of great value to the public, both in the UK and overseas.
Nicholas Stewart QC, a silk at Ely Place Chambers, is due to return to London after spending three years in The Hague defending Bosnian Serb Momcilo Krajisnik in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, a major war crimes trial. Krajisnik faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, with the prosecution asserting ...
Richard Butler has poached Trowers & Hamlins’ head of Oman to lead its new office in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).
How strong is the financial management in your firm? Find out in The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report 2006 - the most comprehensive financial analysis of the legal sector, and out today (4 September). As you may imagine, a benchmarking exercise of this magnitude takes months of research. It's a big read.
The South African Competition Commission has given the merger between leading South African firms Edward Nathan and Sonnenberg Hoffmann Galombik (SHG) the green light.
Stevens & Bolton snares Bristows IP star" /Leading Bristows IP partner David Wilkinson has jumped ship for Guildford's Stevens & Bolton. The Surrey firm has a historical strategy of attracting City talent such as Simmons ...
It was a tussle for the top spot in the US debt and equity markets and M&A transaction rankings for the first half of 2006.
While the summer break meant holidays for many on this side of the Atlantic, things just kept getting busier in the US lateral hire market.
Westminster City Council has given to go-ahead to convert Middlesex Guildhall into the new Supreme Court.
Switzerland is traditionally viewed as an international hub for private banking. More than a third of worldwide private assets are estimated to be managed out of Swiss banks. Although the country's appeal as a haven for wealthy individuals has been eroded in recent years as a reuslt of international pressure to combat money laundering, this trend has been somewhat recitfied by changes to withholding tax.
It's training contract interview time in the City, and Tulkinghorn is in a position to give all those spotty 20-year-olds a top tip.
Divorce maintenance payments remain a somewhat cloudy issue, with recent rulings struggling to clarify the law, says Andrew Breakwell
Neil McArthur was the star mover of the month. He will join the Gambling Commission as general counsel from the General Teaching Council (GTC) on 1 October.
You can measure success in many ways, but for Pinsent Masons managing partner David Ryan there is a sure sign that his firm has turned the corner. Yes, Ryan jokes that the firm is becoming more successful because DLA Piper has apparently started trying to poach his partners. According to Ryan, "they never used to ...
What was your first-ever job?A gardener at Bradford College - think Desperate Housewives.
Women are still under- represented at the bar, accounting for just 28 female silks in the top 30 sets and less than a quarter of their tenants.
Tulkinghorn's final column of the summer (21 August) detailed the boys with expensive toys. Yes, they were all boys, including the former Allen & Overy global head of business acceptance Mark Welling, who owns an island off the coast of Scotland.
The trust arena is on the brink of change in Switzerland, with a new bill waiting for parliamentary approval. By Filippo Noseda
The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report 2006, published today (4 September), has revealed for the first time the extent to which equity partnerships are shrinking at the UK's top firms.
While McArthur may have landed a pay rise, Miller will probably have accepted a drop from her City pay packet. But both salaries will be dwarfed by those available to the highest-earning general counsel in the US.
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A bumper year for the set's pensions practice helped Wilberforce Chambers boost revenue per barrister (RPB) by 10 per cent last year to overtake 7 King's Bench Walk at the top of the earnings table.
The summer has not been rosy for WilmerHale or Willkie Farr & Gallagher after both firms saw former New York partners suspended from practice for misconduct.