6 January 2003

The Lawyer

  • A piece of the justice

    6-Jan-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

  • A&O in three-way split on banking head

    10-Jan-2003

    Power shared between Jonathan Brayne, Stephen Gillespie and Christopher Rushton as David Morley prepares to step into managing partner role

  • A&O rejigs Belgium for push on real estate

    6-Jan-2003

    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 in assault on European bondholder market with City raid

    6-Jan-2003

    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) set for £18m fee bonanza on Marconi restructuring

    6-Jan-2003

    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

  • Arquit exit compounds CC's transatlantic merger upsets

    6-Jan-2003

    Dearbail Jordan asks: is pay or culture to blame for the loss of the antitrust star to Simpson Thacher?

  • Baker & McKenzie sets up in Shanghai

    6-Jan-2003

    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

  • Bar broadens direct link to barristers

    6-Jan-2003

    The Bar Council has authorised a scheme that will enable legal executives to instruct barristers directly

  • Brachers scores NHS trust coup

    6-Jan-2003

    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 ...

  • CC bond issue exceeds expectations

    6-Jan-2003

    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

  • Christmas madness

    6-Jan-2003

    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 ...

  • Clifford Chance targets US litigation with Merrill Lynch hire

    8-Jan-2003

    Associate general counsel Schieren to join Benedict’s securities defence team

  • Couchman Harrington Associates

    6-Jan-2003

    Couchmans' two partners have not let the IT slump bring them down

  • Court clamps down on Claims Direct payments

    6-Jan-2003

    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

  • Court of Appeal's outstanding case numbers hit record low in 2001-02

    6-Jan-2003

    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 mistakes punch bowl

    6-Jan-2003

    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 Canadian outfit splits into two firms

    6-Jan-2003

    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

  • Finance head Visintin quits Hammonds due to ill-health

    6-Jan-2003

    Andrew Visintin, the equity partner and London head of finance who was suspended from Hammonds in September, has resigned from the firm

  • Hengeler Mueller in pro bono first for German government minister

    6-Jan-2003

    Hengeler Mueller has broken with tradition to work pro bono, for the German government

  • IBA pushes for non-US lawyers' taskforce

    6-Jan-2003

    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

  • Legal Services Commission appoints new chief executive

    6-Jan-2003

    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

  • Legal Widow

    6-Jan-2003

    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.

  • Linklaters holds M&A top spot while rivals slip down the ranks

    6-Jan-2003

    Freshfields and Slaughter and May plummet; Clifford Chance and A&O move up

  • Linklaters in construction reshuffle

    6-Jan-2003

    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

  • Linklaters introduces trainee deferral programme

    10-Jan-2003

    Magic circle firm offers trainees £14,500 lump sum to defer start dates for a year

  • Manatt opens New York with Kalkines merger

    6-Jan-2003

    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.

  • Martineau Johnson scoops three new contracts

    8-Jan-2003

    Three education clients sign up Birmingham-based firm

  • Mayer Brown lures back former Marconi counsel

    6-Jan-2003

    Marconi's former global general counsel Jeff Gordon has gone back to his roots after rejoining his former firm Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw

  • McDermotts loses IP duo to Hammonds

    10-Jan-2003

    Philip Rees and Kathleen Harris quit US firm taking three assistants

  • Milbank raids Goldman Sachs for Asia push

    10-Jan-2003

    US firm targets private equity with Sun hire

  • Mills & Reeve takes on Eversheds property ace

    6-Jan-2003

    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.

  • Morgan Cole chief exec quits

    9-Jan-2003

    David Main steps down amid management overhaul at troubled firm

  • Nelsons senior partner hands over reins

    6-Jan-2003

    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 ...

  • New chiefs take City seats at CC

    6-Jan-2003

    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

  • Nomura restructures legal team

    6-Jan-2003

    Japanese investment bank Nomura International has shaken up its legal department just as European general counsel David Mee leaves for an unknown destination

  • Opinion

    6-Jan-2003

    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…

  • Pinsents and Weightmans partners bolster George Green

    8-Jan-2003

    New litigation and employment heads for Black Country firm

  • Queens for the day

    6-Jan-2003

    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 ...

  • Seufert's Berlin office jumps ship to Heuking

    6-Jan-2003

    Denton Wilde Sapte ally Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek has raided rival firm Seufert, taking on its entire Berlin office

  • Simkins consultant aids DTI

    8-Jan-2003

    Nic Garnett to advise on digital rights management programme

  • Simmons merges with Portuguese best friend

    6-Jan-2003

    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 recruits former Clifford Chance partner for corporate push

    6-Jan-2003

    Simmons & Simmons has taken on former Clifford Chance corporate and projects partner David Shasha in a bid to boost its newly reshuffled corporate practice

  • Sporting chance

    6-Jan-2003

    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

  • Tarlos starts new year with management rejig

    6-Jan-2003

    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 lawyer becomes HR director

    6-Jan-2003

    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 ...

  • The Leader Column

    6-Jan-2003

    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 ...

  • The vin bin

    6-Jan-2003

    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 Paris hires Archibald partner

    6-Jan-2003

    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 secures Euro presence with Paris tie-up

    6-Jan-2003

    Weil Gotshal & Manges has finally sealed its merger with French M&A and private equity boutique Serra Leavy & Cazals

  • White & Case to stake all on global shake-up

    6-Jan-2003

    Management demands profit hike; Citibank deal off as Docklands move