5 January 2004

The Lawyer

  • Asda in-house counsel jumps ship to Eversheds

    5-Jan-2004

    In a shock move, high profile Asda legal director Denise Jagger has left the supermarket group to take up partnership at Eversheds.

  • Bingham gears up for bondholder battle in Parmalat scandal

    5-Jan-2004

    Bingham McCutchen has been drafted into to fight for bondholders in the ever-worsening financial crisis surrounding Italian food group Parmalat.

  • Blair's backing for animal testing lab was an 'abuse of the planning process'

    6-Jan-2004

    Government support for an animal research centre amounted to "an abuse of the planning process", claimed the lawyer acting for animal welfare groups this week as a High Court challenge was launched.

  • Blunkett's 'life means life' policy falls foul of judiciary

    6-Jan-2004

    From this week on, that well-worn mantra 'life means life' becomes a reality. The pursuit of whole life sentences for the most heinous murderers has been a political obsession of past home secretaries, with Both Michael Howard and Jack Straw, for example, insisting that the now deceased Myra Hindley remained behind bars for life. And now David Blunkett has finally had his way, and judges will have to consider 'whole life' sentences for child killers, terrorists and multiple murderers when ...

  • Bryan Cave review threatens Hong Kong office

    5-Jan-2004

    US firm Bryan Cave is undertaking a full-scale review of its Far East practice, which is expected to result in a significant downsizing of its Hong Kong office.

  • CC New York reels after latest departure blow

    9-Jan-2004

    The partner exodus at Clifford Chance’s New York office is gathering pace as its head of litigation and dispute resolution heads for Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison.

  • Chadbourne grabs Altheimer offices for Euro expansion

    5-Jan-2004

    Chadbourne & Parke has finalised the takeover of the Warsaw and Kyiv offices of defunct Chicago firm Altheimer & Gray.

  • Chancery Lane joins forces with judiciary to help more solicitors onto the bench

    6-Jan-2004

    The Law Society has teamed up with the judiciary to launch a new initiative to help solicitors make it on to the bench. Under a new training programme, solicitors will be helped and supported in applying for judicial appointments. "The experiences of working in a practice, managing cases and having direct contact with clients make solicitors particularly well suited for judicial appointments," said Law Society president Peter Williamson. "We hope these training programmes will ...

  • Class action launched as lawyers grab share of Parmalat spoils

    6-Jan-2004

    The first of many expected class action lawsuits has been launched the against scandal-hit Italian food group Parmalat with New York’s Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach leading the charge.

  • Clifford Chance takes Linklaters’ crown in corporate rankings

    5-Jan-2004

    Clifford Chance has knocked Linklaters off the top spot in annual European M&A activity, gaining the number one position in the MergerMarket league tables for the first time.

  • Clifford Chance US hit by IP lawyer migration

    7-Jan-2004

    Clifford Chance New York is continuing to lose lawyers as a group of eight intellectual property (IP) attorneys jump ship for Hogan & Hartson.

  • Conrad Black chooses S&C for Hollinger war

    8-Jan-2004

    Sullivan & Cromwell has emerged as counsel to embattled newspaper baron Conrad Black in his increasingly acrimonious negotiations with Hollinger International.

  • Disabled patient's right to life claim prompts judicial review in landmark hospital case

    6-Jan-2004

    The courts will hear the case of a disabled girl who was allegedly refused life-saving medical treatment this month in a landmark case on the right to life for the handicapped.

  • Establishment Rewards Law’s Leading Lights

    5-Jan-2004

    The New Year’s Honours List has yielded glowing results for the legal sector including a CBE for Simmons & Simmons’ senior partner.

  • Eversheds secures Denton’s Spanish off-shoot

    7-Jan-2004

    Eversheds has become the first UK firm to pick up pieces from the collapse of Denton Wilde Sapte’s international network by signing an association with Spanish firm Lupicinio.

  • Grapevine

    7-Jan-2004

    You read it here first. Schillings, the celebrity law firm par excellence, has finally got the House of Lords to commit to a hearing date for client Naomi Campbell's long-running privacy case.

  • Lord Falconer: 'Don't wait for the Clementi review to reform'

    6-Jan-2004

    The Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer warned Law Society Council members that they should not wait for the Clementi review to report before implementing change and also to expect no "sacred cows" when it comes to reforms to the legal profession.

  • Nomura finds general counsel in former Linklaters leader

    5-Jan-2004

    Japanese investment bank Nomura has completed a 12-month long search to replace its general counsel by appointing its third head of legal in just over three years.

  • NYSE raids Citigroup legal to fill regulatory post

    8-Jan-2004

    The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has appointed Citigroup’s general counsel for global corporate and investment banking, Richard Ketchum, to the newly created role of chief regulatory officer.Ketchum who has been with Citigroup since last summer, is due to join the NYSE in June.

  • Orchard expansion plan bears more fruit

    6-Jan-2004

    City firm Orchard has kicked off the New Year by recruiting two new partners, continuing a hiring spree that has tripled the partnership in the last eighteen months.

  • Partner losses rise at Clifford Chance New York

    8-Jan-2004

    Clifford Chance US has lost yet another partner, this time to McDermott Will & Emery.

  • Pillsbury elects new blood to management

    6-Jan-2004

    Pillsbury Winthrop is continuing its management shake-up with new leaders for its San Francisco and Northern Virginia offices.

  • Pinsents names construction practice leader

    9-Jan-2004

    Pinsents has appointed consultant Neil Jones as the national head of its 12-lawyer construction team.

  • Soham murder trial sparks data protection review

    6-Jan-2004

    A spate of cases with fatal consequences last month, most notably the Soham murder trial, has prompted the Home Secretary to review the workings of the Data Protection Act 1998. George Howarth, the former Home Office minister who piloted the legislation through the House of Commons last year, said the rules should be operated with common sense and that it was "never intended that people should end up dying". He also revealed that David Blunkett had set up a review of particular aspects ...

  • Spendlove out as Ashurst names new managing partner

    9-Jan-2004

    Ashurst has announced litigation partner Simon Bromwich as its new managing partner, taking over from incumbent Justin Spendlove.

  • Steptoe scoops CC lawyer for insurance push

    6-Jan-2004

    Steptoe & Johnson is branching out into the UK insurance and reinsurance market after setting up a new practice with the hire of a former Clifford Chance senior associate.

  • Supermarket merry-go-round yields job bonanza

    7-Jan-2004

    Asda has found a new legal director in Tesco’s trading law and technical director who in turn has been replaced by a Safeway in-house lawyer.