5 April 2004

The Lawyer

  • 1KBW snares St Philips childcare barrister

    5-Apr-2004

    Birmingham’s St Philips Chambers has lost a leading childcare barrister, who has joined London’s One King’s Bench Walk. It is understood that David Hershman QC has made the move to practise in a smaller set with a more specialist family focus. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 31 March

  • A&O scoops outsourcing first for Trillium

    7-Apr-2004

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is to undertake its first major property outsourcing for Land Securities Trillium, after insurance giant Aviva opted for the group over Linklaters’ client Mapeley.

  • Bevan Ashford boosts London office with two appointments

    5-Apr-2004

    Bevan Ashford has accelerated its push into London with the appointment of two new partners in the space of a month.

  • Bingham lose eleven to New York firm

    5-Apr-2004

    Bingham McCutchen’s New York office has been hit with the loss of an 11-lawyer real estate team to Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.

  • BPP goes all-out on pro bono with launch of SPBG scheme

    5-Apr-2004

    BPP Law School is ramping up its commitment to pro bono work with the launch of a dedicated pro bono centre and the signing of the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG) Joint Protocol for Pro Bono Legal Work last month.

  • Burges Salmon elects new senior partner

    5-Apr-2004

    Burges Salmon has elected commercial property partner Bob Smyth (left) to replace Richard Wynn-Jones as senior partner. Smyth was appointed in an uncontested election and will take up the role on 1 May. He will continue working with clients including English Heritage and English, Welsh & Scottish Railway. Wynn-Jones, the firm’s senior partner for the past three years, will return to fee-earning when ...

  • Camerons sticks with managing partner Tyler

    5-Apr-2004

    Dick Tyler has been re-elected for his second four-year term as CMS Cameron McKenna’s managing partner. Tyler was uncontested for the role, which takes effect from 1 May. He joined McKenna & Co in 1983 and has been a partner in the corporate department since 1992. This will be his last term, as the firm has a two-term limit for the roles of both managing and senior partner.

  • Carter-Ruck in Fleet Street storm over CFA libel costs

    5-Apr-2004

    Defamation firm slammed over £750-an-hour partner rates; two Court of Appeal judges criticise CFAs

  • CC sees new partner numbers slump

    6-Apr-2004

    Partner promotions at Clifford Chance have plummeted falling to 18 from 31 in the previous year.

  • Chadbourne rejigs private equity group

    5-Apr-2004

    Chadbourne & Parke has implemented a firm-wide reorganisation of its private equity group, rearranging it along industry and geographic lines.

  • Chambers make use of imaginary silks system

    5-Apr-2004

    Chambers have already begun touting as quasi-QCs some of their juniors who would have got silk this year had appointments in 2004 not been suspended.

  • Cobbetts targets Russian market for AIM listings

    5-Apr-2004

    Cobbetts AIM team has embarked on a marketing tour of Russia in the wake of a series of successful deals for Russian client Highland Gold, one of the largest mining companies in the world.

  • Corporate Deals Roundup

    5-Apr-2004

    Osborne Clarke (Greg Leyshon) advised ECI Partners and a newco on the £34m institutional buyout of Nuaire Holdings. Eversheds acted for the vendors, while Morgan Cole advised the management team. Bank of Ireland provided debt funding, ...

  • Covington kick-starts UK arbitration with Coudert hire

    6-Apr-2004

    Covington & Burling’s London office is taking the plunge into international arbitration after recruiting a partner from Coudert Brothers.

  • Credit Suisse First Boston wins new group general counsel

    5-Apr-2004

    Leading European investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) has appointed Urs Rohner as its new group general counsel.

  • Dentons shocks market with mass Asia closure

    8-Apr-2004

    Denton Wilde Sapte is to completely withdraw from Asia, axing four offices in the process.

  • Drax lawyer quits for energy newco

    5-Apr-2004

    AES Drax Power, the UK subsidiary of US energy group AES Corporation, has lost its only in-house lawyer less than a year after he was appointed.

  • ECJ and Court of First Instance suffer serious backlog of cases

    5-Apr-2004

    The caseload of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has increased by more than 17 per cent in the last year. According to the institution’s 2003 annual report, there were 561 new cases brought to the ECJ last year and 466 to its sister court, the Court of First Instance. This is compared with 477 being brought to the ECJ in 2002 and 411 to the Court of First Instance.

  • EU accession countries hit language barrier

    5-Apr-2004

    The European Commission has raised fears that citizens of some countries joining the EU in May could defy EU regulations because they may not all have been translated into their national language. News service MaltaMedia has reported concern from officials working for EU Enlargement Commissioner Günter Verheugen that the translation of the 85,000-page ‘acquis communautaire’ was behind schedule, especially in small countries such as Malta and Estonia, where few specialist translators ...

  • Eversheds acts for five parties after shipping disaster leaves six crew members in prison

    5-Apr-2004

    Eversheds is leading negotiations between the EU and Pakistan over a major human rights dispute linked to one of the world’s largest existing insurance claims.

  • Exchange rate

    5-Apr-2004

    The downgrading of many top reinsurance companies by ratings agencies has raised a number of serious questions. Simon Kilgour reports

  • Ex-Lovells partners create Frankfurt boutique

    5-Apr-2004

    A duo of former Lovells partners have struck out on their own by setting up a firm in Frankfurt. Corporate partners Hanns-Christian Salger and Thomas Forsterling have established the practice, to be known as Salger Rechtsanwalte, which will focus on small to medium-sized clients. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 31 March

  • Firm profile: Warner Goodman & Streat

    5-Apr-2004

    Hampshire firm Warner Goodman & Streat recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, making it one of the longest-established South Coast practices. But longevity is allied with expansionist and forward-thinking policies. Family-friendly policies are the norm, with staff working regularly from home. Profit, while clearly important, is not the sole motive ...

  • First-quarter M&A results: Freshfields and CC excel

    5-Apr-2004

    Sanofi bid swells the figures as nine firms surge into the German top twenty. By Joanne O’Connor

  • Goldman Sachs funds ace joins King & Spalding

    5-Apr-2004

    King & Spalding has scored another coup for its private equity group by taking on a funds specialist from Goldman Sachs. Stephen Culhane served as vice-president and associate general counsel at Goldman Sachs & Co and was legal director of the private equity group. He will join King & Spalding’s New York private equity group, where he will specialise in fund formation work. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 31 March

  • Halliwells boosts London office with corporate duo

    5-Apr-2004

    Halliwell Landau has doubled the size of its London corporate department with the hire of two new partners. The firm has recruited Richards Butler partner Matthew Puhar and Berwin Leighton Paisner partner Ian Brent.

  • Hammonds beefs up in Italy with White & Case IP partner

    5-Apr-2004

    Hammonds is continuing its push in Italy with the hire of White & Case partner Lorenzo Attolico and a team of assistants and the expansion of its office space in Rome.

  • Hearsay

    5-Apr-2004

    Which female partner in the overseas office of a City firm was sacked for encouraging her assistants to sleep with clients?

  • Herbert Smith tops M&A rankings with help from Sanofi-Synthelabo

    5-Apr-2004

    Herbert Smith is at the top of Mergermarket’s announced European M&A league tables by value for the first time, partly thanks to its role on the first quarter’s mega-deal Sanofi-Synthelabo’s €53bn (£35.36bn) hostile bid for Aventis.

  • Herbies helps Antigua in WTO outsourcing victory

    5-Apr-2004

    Herbert Smith has secured a key World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling on cross-border gambling for Antigua, the wider implications of which could put the kibosh on US Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s anti-outsourcing campaign.

  • Heussen loses Cologne and Düsseldorf over PwC split

    5-Apr-2004

    The Cologne and Düsseldorf branches of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) German law firm Heussen, previously known as PwC Veltins, are to split from the firm after a dispute over the firm’s management buyout from PwC.

  • HK companies look West for IPOs

    5-Apr-2004

    US law firms could lose out in Hong Kong as Rule 144As increase and Chinese companies turn away from Nasdaq

  • Jones Day takes A&O partner for Italian push

    7-Apr-2004

    In a bid to ramp up its real estate and corporate capability in Italy, Jones Day has hired Allen & Overy partner Marini Giovanni from the magic circle’s firm Milan office.

  • Linklaters old boys bow out

    5-Apr-2004

    Two members of Linklaters’ old-guard are retiring from the partnership this year. Highly-rated intellectual property partner Jeremy Brown is leaving the firm in July, while corporate partner Alan Barker is set to depart in June.

  • Logo stick

    5-Apr-2004

    DLA has brought it to Tulkinghorn’s attention that, following a comprehensive rebranding of the firm’s corporate identity, it has a new logo. Apparently, in an unforgivable oversight, The Lawyer has been failing to use it for some time.

  • Male addiction

    5-Apr-2004

    The feisty female contingent at The Lawyer news desk last week was shocked, saddened and dismayed to see that sexism – yes, sexism! – is well and truly alive within the UK legal profession. The evidence? None other than an innocent-looking press release from that bastion of ‘right-on’, wimmin-supporting, PC-influenced ethics, the Association of District Judges.

  • Masons gives up on Dublin after competition hots up

    5-Apr-2004

    Masons has closed its Dublin branch, a niche projects and construction practice, citing increased competition from the full-service domestic firms as the reason behind the decision.

  • McGrigors suffers loss of corporate duo

    5-Apr-2004

    McGrigors’ Glasgow office is losing corporate director Paul Pignatelli and corporate assistant Andrew Wardrup to DLA. Both are expected to leave by the summer. The departures come at the same time as the unrelated Edinburgh exits of former head of projects Jim Smith, who retires on 9 April, and projects partner Donna Stevenson, who is leaving for a position outside the law.

  • Media and IT collide with McNeive merger

    5-Apr-2004

    Boutique McNeive Solicitors is merging with a group of specialists from Lewis Davis Shapiro & Lewit to form entertainment and technology firm, Smiths.The newly merged firm, which went live today (April 5), is made up of three partners: internet...

  • Mishcons shunts a third of partners out of equity

    5-Apr-2004

    A radical restructuring of the equity at Mishcon de Reya has seen a third of the partners either leave the firm or lose their equity status.

  • Morgan Lewis lures fifteen lawyers from De Pardieu for new Paris base

    5-Apr-2004

    Morgan Lewis has become the latest US firm to launch an assault on Paris after taking a 15-strong team from French independent De Pardieu Brocas Maffei & Leygonie.

  • Morgan Lewis replaces UK managing partner

    5-Apr-2004

    The London head of international litigation and arbitration at Morgan Lewis & Bockius has become the new managing partner for the UK office. It is understood that Robert Goldspink is taking over the post from Peter Wallace, a business transactions specialist who is also regional coordinating partner for Europe and a member of Morgan Lewis’s advisory board. Wallace has been managing partner for London for over two years. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 31 March

  • Norton Rose expands in Italy with Rome launch

    5-Apr-2004

    Norton Rose expands in Italy with Rome launch" /Norton Rose is making a bid to shore up its struggling Continental practice with a new office in Rome next month. The firm has had an office in Milan since September 2000.

  • Norton Rose man convicted for child porn

    5-Apr-2004

    Norton Rose’s former head of operations Mike Walker has been convicted on charges of downloading child pornography on his work computer.

  • Norton Rose plumps for More London HQ

    5-Apr-2004

    Norton Rose partners have opted for SE1 development More London as their new home, and last Friday (2 April) began exclusive negotiations on a deal. The firm selected More London over its other two short-listed options: former Clifford Chance building 201 Bishopsgate and the Moorhouse scheme in EC2. The building, ...

  • Opinion

    5-Apr-2004

    The war of the Apples in the High Court (the Beatles’ Apple Corps v Apple Computer Inc) highlights the failure of intellectual property agreements to account for technological advancements. The purpose of a trademark is to distinguish one person’s goods or services from those of others. Nevertheless, it happens that two – and sometimes more – traders end up using the same brand. ...

  • Pinsents set to separate its banking and finance group

    5-Apr-2004

    Pinsents is launching a dedicated banking and finance group to help the national firm strengthen its relationship with institutions.

  • Quack attack

    5-Apr-2004

    Feathers are flying at US law firm Crowell & Moring. Hundreds of yellow rubber ducks are quacking in fear following reports of a serial duck killer.

  • Reaction time

    5-Apr-2004

    The repercussions of 11 September are still being felt by the insurance industry, which is making some important changes. Marian Boyle reports

  • Richards Butler to lead PwC panel

    5-Apr-2004

    Richards Butler has won a lead role on a new law firm panel set up by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to advise on all outsourcing work of which it is a customer.

  • Safe keeping

    5-Apr-2004

    When the value of a company’s intangible assets is sky high, insurance to cover any losses is essential. Matthew Hogg reports

  • Schroders review: CC, Wragges out

    5-Apr-2004

    Schroders has appointed 11 firms to its legal panel, with Clifford Chance and Wragge & Co both failing to win places.

  • Separated at birth

    5-Apr-2004

    The M&A market may have dropped off a cliff in the last few years, but those disputes keep rolling in. There’s no shortage, not least in relation to trusts – a fact highlighted in an article last week by Fladgate Fielder solicitor-advocate William Richmond-Coggan. As the litigation star regaled the readership with tales of Part 64 of the Civil Procedure Rules, Tulkinghorn (a die-hard soap fan) couldn’t ...

  • Shaw Pittman targets China with new office opening

    6-Apr-2004

    Washington’s Shaw Pittman is attempting to grab a slice of lucrative Greater China-based IP and litigation work by opening an office in Taiwan.

  • Silk quits 3 Verulam for 3 Stone

    5-Apr-2004

    Leading trust and property barrister Richard de Lacy QC has left 3 Verulam Buildings to join Geoffrey Vos QC’s 3 Stone Buildings.

  • SJ Berwin scores Kennedys partner for arbitration drive

    5-Apr-2004

    SJ Berwin is taking steps to prepare for the upcoming 10-country EU accession after recruiting Kennedys' former co-head of international arbitration.

  • Slaughters injects new blood in top level reshuffle

    6-Apr-2004

    Slaughter and May has competed its firm-wide management reorganisation with Chris Saul taking over as head of corporate from Nigel Boardman.

  • Smooth as silks

    5-Apr-2004

    The demise of the silks system left the bar without a quality mark. Not anymore. The Lawyer proudly brings you the alternative silks list. By Matheu Swallow

  • Softly softly

    5-Apr-2004

    Eversheds’ Alan Jenkins is as ambitious for his firm as any other law firm chairman – but is that ambition tempered by too much caution? Emma Vere-Jones reports

  • Spell heck

    5-Apr-2004

    Tulkinghorn has just caught wind of a rather massive faux pas occurring at one of the US’s finest London-based firms.

  • Terry Neville: John Lewis Partnership

    5-Apr-2004

    John Lewis has been bucking its own anti-acquisitive trend by boosting its supermarket portfolio and extending its e-reach. Husnara Begum provides the lowdown

  • The Apax panel review: putting the worry into work

    5-Apr-2004

    When a private equity giant rejigs its adviser panel, lawyers’ hearts skip a beat. By Dearbail Jordan

  • The Leader - Alternative Silks List

    5-Apr-2004

    There is renewed hope for the long-term future of the QC – and not just because The Lawyer has assumed the role of Lord Chancellor to offer its own annual quality mark, the TLC.

  • The truth blurts

    5-Apr-2004

    Calling your clients rude names, especially to their faces, is never an ideal tactic. One partner discovered this to be the case at this year’s international property shindig, Mipim 2004.

  • Top-up fees to be sky high on law degrees

    5-Apr-2004

    Law degrees at England’s top universities will be among the most expensive courses to read if the Government is able to push through its controversial top-up fees policy, a survey by Lawyer 2B can reveal.

  • Trouble for the top

    5-Apr-2004

    The regulatory spotlight has now fallen on senior management in the insurance sector, which should beware of the FSA. By Nigel Davenport