6 January 2003
Magistrates are about to get starring roles in the new justice system. Rachel Lipscomb tells Jon Robins why the Home Office got it so wrong
Power shared between Jonathan Brayne, Stephen Gillespie and Christopher Rushton as David Morley prepares to step into managing partner role
Allen & Overy has restructured its Belgium office to launch a new real estate department in the region. Although the office previously had real estate capability, it was located in separate departments. The new team will be led by partners Bruno de Duve and Daniel Gillet. Belgium managing partner Barend Blonde said the new team, which numbers 20 lawyers, is part of a global push in real estate.
Akin Gump, the US bankruptcy specialist believed to have the largest number of bondholder clients in the US, has mounted an aggressive push into the European restructuring market
Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to reap £18m of fees through advising recovering telecoms giant Marconi - £2m more than the original estimated billings of all the law firms involved in the restructuring
Dearbail Jordan asks: is pay or culture to blame for the loss of the antitrust star to Simpson Thacher?
Baker & McKenzie is to open an office in Shanghai, its second in mainland China. The Chinese government approved the application in December and the office will open in February. The firm also has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei. Partners John Grobowski and Danian Zhang, currently based in Hong Kong and Beijing, will head up the office. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 3 January
The Bar Council has authorised a scheme that will enable legal executives to instruct barristers directly
Maidstone-based Brachers Solicitors has been appointed as joint legal adviser to Worthing and Southlands NHS Trust and a number of West Sussex primary care trusts for the next three years. Putney-based Capsticks has also been appointed as adviser.Brachers secured the appointment after competing in a lengthy tender ...
Clifford Chance has gained an extra $50m (£31.2m) through its private placement after a surge in investor confidence resulted in an oversubscribed bond issue
Tulkinghorn is not one to complain about receiving cards or gifts at Christmas time, but he does have to draw the reader's attention to a couple of pieces of Christmas correspondence he received.The first, from BLP, came in the form of a letter. The firm has chosen not to send Christmas cards this year, it read, instead donating money to the Matthew Trust - something which Tulkinghorn thoroughly applauds. But it was the next sentence that stumped him. It read: "However, we ...
Associate general counsel Schieren to join Benedicts securities defence team
Couchmans' two partners have not let the IT slump bring them down
A court has found that payments by solicitors to claims management companies are unlawful - a ruling which undermines the structure on which those companies operate
Figures released by the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal indicate that the court has fewer outstanding appeals than at any other time in the court's modern history
DLA is always trying to dispel the myth that they're a bunch of Northern hard nuts. But it's very difficult when word gets out that police were called to break up a fracas following the Yorkshire Cricket Club Christmas party at Headingley Cricket Grounds in Leeds, attended by said firm. One mole tells us that there were arrests, overturned tables and all sorts of mayhem. As it turns out, no charges were brought, and things have been smoothed over at the firm. Tulkinghorn is ...
Ernst & Young's (E&Y) beleaguered Canadian law firm Donahue has finally dissolved, ending the accounting giant's bid to build a major commercial law practice in the region
Andrew Visintin, the equity partner and London head of finance who was suspended from Hammonds in September, has resigned from the firm
Hengeler Mueller has broken with tradition to work pro bono, for the German government
The International Bar Association (IBA) has recommended the creation of an international taskforce to represent global views on the new Sarbanes-Oxley rules for the regulation of non-US lawyers
The Legal Services Commission has appointed Clare Dodgson, the current chief operating officer at Jobcentre Plus, part of the Department for Work and Pensions, as its chief executive
Soon we will be on every mailing list in existence, and the current half-dozen brochures we get daily through the door will multiply beyond the strength of even our postman (who is very tough and who wears shorts in the winter), and he will dump them all in the nearest wheelie bin and get on with delivering all those kind offers from credit card companies instead. It will be a great relief for me, because a surfeit of brochures does terrible things to the Lawyer's decision-making abilities.
Freshfields and Slaughter and May plummet; Clifford Chance and A&O move up
Linklaters is set to shift its UK construction department into real estate and projects as the firm continues to refocus on core, high-end clients
Magic circle firm offers trainees £14,500 lump sum to defer start dates for a year
Los Angeles firm Manatt Phelps & Phillips has merged with New York firm Kalkines Arky Zall & Bernstein (KAZB), giving Manatt its first office in the Big Apple. Manatt currently has offices in five other US states and two further offices in Mexico. KAZB is a niche healthcare practice, which will now use the Manatt name.
Three education clients sign up Birmingham-based firm
Marconi's former global general counsel Jeff Gordon has gone back to his roots after rejoining his former firm Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw
Philip Rees and Kathleen Harris quit US firm taking three assistants
US firm targets private equity with Sun hire
Top Eversheds property partner Mike O'Sullivan has joined the Birmingham office of Mills & Reeve. A partner with Eversheds for four years, O'Sullivan acts for high-profile clients such as Miller, Midland and City, and Coltham. Birmingham managing partner Guy Hinchley said the appointment would bring a "different sort of client" to the firm.
David Main steps down amid management overhaul at troubled firm
Richard Nelson, the senior partner of Nottingham-based Nelsons, has stepped down from the partnership after nearly 20 years with the firm. Nelson, who also heads up the firm's business defence department, will remain with the firm as a consultant. At the same time, current managing partner Tim Hastings will take up a new full-time chief executive role and deputy managing partner Chris Miller will ...
Clifford Chance's London office is ushering in the new generation of management as Jeremy Sandelson takes over the reins of the UK litigation and dispute resolution group
Japanese investment bank Nomura International has shaken up its legal department just as European general counsel David Mee leaves for an unknown destination
Law firms have a long history of charitable giving. Think volunteering, fun runs, jeans for genes days, charity grants, giving charitable donations instead of Christmas cards, pro bono services
New litigation and employment heads for Black Country firm
Christmas came early for a lucky bunch of Tulkinghorn's scribes in the shape of tickets to see Elton John live at Wembley Arena, courtesy of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). Tulkinghorn never had managing partner Neville Eisenberg down as a rocker (if that's the appropriate term for what Elton does), but how wrong he was. Neither was he expecting the white stretch limo that arrived ...
Denton Wilde Sapte ally Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek has raided rival firm Seufert, taking on its entire Berlin office
Nic Garnett to advise on digital rights management programme
Simmons & Simmons has now formally merged with its Portuguese best friend F Castelo Branco P Rebelo de Sousa & Associados. The firms have operated a joint venture in Portugal, known as Grupo Legal Português, for the last 10 years. Merger discussions between the two were revealed by The Lawyer last April (29 April 2002) and full financial integration has now been achieved. The firm's Portuguese operation, which has four partners and a total of 58 legal staff, will now ...
Simmons & Simmons has taken on former Clifford Chance corporate and projects partner David Shasha in a bid to boost its newly reshuffled corporate practice
Rows over Zimbabwe and an Australian collapse have not deterred Mark Roper-Drimie. Emma Vere-Jones meets the England and Wales Cricket Board’s head of legal
Following a shake-up of its management team, Tarlo Lyons has appointed two new managing partners, with current managing partner Nigel McEwan to take on the role of chairman
Taylor Wessing has redeployed employment partner Jonathan Croucher (left) as director of HR after his decision to quit the law. Croucher's role is newly created following the firm's decision last September to split the leadership of its HR function in two. Margaret Mannell, previously director of administration and HR, has become partnership director, with responsibility for integration ...
For UK law firms, the clock is ticking down to 26 January. By that Sunday, the unelected administrative body of a foreign government will release strict rules on what client information lawyers in London, Paris and Tokyo can keep confidential.Despite heavy lobbying from City firms over the Sarbanes-Oxley regulation, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) looks set to pass rules that require a "noisy withdrawal" where a foreign lawyer finds its SEC-registered client is fraudulent ...
Tulkinghorn would like to thank everyone for all his wonderful Christmas gifts, but a special thanks goes to generous Midlands-based firm Irwin Mitchell for sending him a lovely bottle of wine. He looked forward to sharing a glass or two with Mrs Tulkinghorn but tragically, as he opened the parcel, he was saddened to discover there was nothing more than a few shards of glass inside.Of course, ...
Watson Farley & Williams' Paris office has recruited its first partner since the defection of most of its team to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe last year. Jean Thibaud, a finance partner at Archibald and previously a partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel, will join this month. He brings the lawyer count in Paris to five. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 3 January
Weil Gotshal & Manges has finally sealed its merger with French M&A and private equity boutique Serra Leavy & Cazals
Management demands profit hike; Citibank deal off as Docklands move