6 March 2006
Slaughters earns respect on Pilkington buyout
David Middleton on the month in-house
Lawyers are breathing a sigh of relief after the Court of Appeal judgment in Aer Lingus pushed the limits for contribution claims. Neil Jamieson reports
Allen & Overy is fighting for HSBC in the employment tribunal today as the first ever sexual orientation discrimination claim comes to trial.
Bircham Dyson Bell has bolstered its private client team with the hire of the former head of capital taxes at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Peter Twiddy joins as a consultant directly from HMRC, where he spent 40 years working on UK tax policy, including three years as head of litigation and five years as head of capital taxes. Gemma Westacott
BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) finally bowed to NTP’s demands, striking a $612.5 million licensing deal with the Virginia-based patent holders.
David Middleton wonders what BLP is risking in the attempted breakaway from its real estate roots
Clifford Chance acquisition finance partner Mark Stewart is set to become head of the powerful London banking practice as current head Tim Plews steps down from the role.
Cable & Wireless (C&W) is to downsize its legal department as part of a series of sweeping changes that will see a cultural overhaul of the team.
With the Company Law Reform Bill in the Lords, it seems auditors may be awarded their longsought-after limited liability. Nicholas Heaton reports
Carnival Corporation, P&O's leisure cruise company, has appointed Simon Walters as the first general counsel of its UK division.
Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins have advised a six-strong private equity consortium on its EUR7.5bn recommended cash offer for media giant VNU.
David Childs was confirmed as Clifford Chance's new managing partner on Friday (3 March). He succeeds Peter Cornell. Childs, currently chief operating officer (COO) at the global firm, was elected unopposed after a two-week voting process. The COO role will be scrapped. The vote was a formality after Paris managing partner Yves Wehrli - considered to be the only other serious candidate - indicated ...
Eversheds has dropped out of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list, plummeting from 63rd place last year.
Teacher Stern Selby’s Graham Shear has turned to the internet in a search for witnesses to support footballer Ashley Cole’s libel claim against The News of the World and The Sun.
Wow. We knew it was busy out there, but Maclay Murray & Spens must really be rocking.
Offshore law firm Walkers has added to its London office with the hire of a partner from rival Conyers Dill & Pearman. Stephen Pollard has joined the firm's City office, where he will advise on Cayman and British Virgin Islands (BVI) funds and corporate matters. Before joining Conyers in 2003, Pollard was a partner in Allen & Overy's corporate department. He is the fifth lawyer to join Walkers' ...
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is set to slash spending by £34m through a radical transformation in which it will cease to use external advocates.
CC and Linklaters help with sale of HJ Heinz arm
Dechert has raided Clifford Chance's New York office to bag a new partner for its Islamic finance group.
Dewey Ballantine has made a capital call on its partners that will see it clear all debt that is recourse to partners by April.
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has embarked on two alliances as its continues to expand in the Middle East and Africa.
Denton Wilde Sapte has scooped a 20-year mandate as sole legal adviser to the EDF Energy and Thames Water joint venture, in a multimillion pound utilities services contract for the Thames Gateway.
Despite being just a two-man operation, printing giant Danka's European legal team has made a big impression. It's all down to a flexible and practical approach, says Jon Parker
Eversheds has raided Pinsent Masons’ Manchester office for a five-lawyer corporate team including two partners.
Eversheds real estate partner Meg Heppel has stepped down from her role as Birmingham senior office partner, with corporate partner Sue Lewis set to take the reins.
Linklaters telecoms specialist Tim Schwarz is to replace Christopher Millard as global head of the firm’s technology, media and telecoms group, effective 1 May 2006.
Constellation Energy has appointed its first European in-house lawyer, with former Enron Europe general counsel Mark Evans set to oversee the Baltimore-based company's European expansion.
Competition lawyers have slammed the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) after it provisionally dropped a four-year, £1.5m cartel investigation into the telecoms market.
Birmingham-based firm Shakespeares was founded by a solicitor named William Shakespeare, along with one other partner, in 1856. It has grown steadily to now boast 76 fee-earners, of whom 22 are partners.
Boston-based IP powerhouse Fish & Richardson is expanding its international operations, in a strategy that could ultimately see the firm open its first non-US office.
Chadbourne & Parke has hired the former global chief executive officer (CEO) of Ernst & Young (E&Y) as its new chief operating officer (COO).
After steering Clifford Chance's London office through its Canary Wharf move Peter Charlton was handed the reins to the global corporate department. Husnara Begum reports on his progress
The wizardness of Oz
The Government has high hopes for its shake-up of the legal complaints procedure, but will the proposals take the profession back into the realms of Dickens' Bleak House? By Graham Reid
Herbert Smith is kicking off a recruitment drive down under for Australian corporate and finance associates.
Hogan & Hartson has made its fifth French partner hire in a year with the appointment of high-profile tax specialist Hervé Bidaud.
Hunton & Williams has boosted its competition practice, snaring two new partners for its Brussels office.
West End dispute resolution firm Spring Law has made a triple hire, which adds a second partner to its roster of fee-earners. Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) senior associate Mark Spiro has joined as a director (partner equivalent). James Russell, a partner with Sydney firm Surry Partners, also joins as an assistant, as does DWS assistant Andrew Day.
The African roots at Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados run long and deep. Founding and managing partner Agostinho Pereira de Miranda spent much of his formative years in Angola, returning after graduating from law school to practise and teach.
David Middleton on the month in Europe
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel has strengthened its French real estate offering with the hire of former in-house lawyer David Blondel.
Clarke Wilmott is a fun place to work. Tulkinghorn knows this because its senior associate training programme is called 'Fame Academy'.Tulkinghorn also runs a training programme for his scribes. It's called 'I'm In A Meeting With A Tax Lawyer… Get Me Out Of Here!'
Latham & Watkins last week kicked off the process of appointing two replacement members to its seven-strong executive committee, with the final vote due this Friday (10 March).
Law firms are increasing their professional indemnity insurance cover as well as limiting liability contractually, indicating an ever-heightened awareness of risk.
The Law Society is failing to support the needs of a significant number of the solicitors that it represents, according to new research.
A heavyweight corporate quartet of French independents Bredin Prat, Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have bagged lead roles on the merger between Gaz de France (GdF) and Suez.
Ballet lesson crisis after Madame Ludmilla said Liability wasn't ready to go in for an exam that all her little tutu-clad friends are entering. Liability in tears and saying her life is over; me contemplating going to the next lesson with a baseball bat; and the Lawyer acting as if the sky hasn't just fallen in on his daughter.
Linklaters applies City skills to Charity Bank pro bono advice" /Linklaters has advised on a groundbreaking piece of pro bono work that has allowed a charitable financial institution to raise capital through a debt issue.
Linklaters is celebrating after closing its first transaction for new client Somerfield.
Linklaters has scooped the lead instruction from L'Oréal on its potential takeover of The Body Shop International.
Linklaters’ China arm has poached Slaughter and May corporate partner Paul Chow for its Hong Kong office.
Charlie Wijeratna (left), the commercial and legal director of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog), has relinquished his legal role to focus on a new role as commercial director. The move is part of a wider change to the management team during the final phase of the organisation's conversion from bid company to staging ...
Tulkinghorn's brain was rattling around at a recent outing as two Lovells partners tried to explain the intricacies of the jargon and acronyms surrounding infrastructure project finance.
Martineau Johnson has rocked Cobbetts' Birmingham office by poaching a construction team to increase its market share of work arising from the burgeoning building and civil engineering sectors.
Norton Rose is losing its former global head of dispute resolution Peter Rees to the London office of Debevoise & Plimpton.
More stringent laws and checking systems are needed to protect the elderly living in care homes
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has overhauled its senior management structures in Europe and the US, creating a number of new management roles to oversee the firm's international growth.
Penningtons ordered to repay 'misused' £200K" /South East firm Penningtons has been forced to repay more than £200,000 after a judge ruled that it had misused money held in a trust in a property transaction.
Dawsons has hired Sarah Burns from Simmons & Simmons as an assistant. Louise May, Mark Burrows and Laura Conway have also been promoted to assistant.
The US East Coast associate pay war has spread from New York to Philadelphia, with the city’s leading firms all raising newly-qualified salaries.
Clarke Willmott has reorganised its management structure in response to the prediction that profit will break through the £250,000 barrier.
3 Verulam Buildings has strengthened its commercial and admiralty offering with the hire of Quadrant Chambers junior Nicholas Craig. Craig joins the set today (6 March). He has a strong shipping practice, appearing on cases such as last year's House of Lords decision on Hague Rules in Jordan II. Craig will be 3 Verulam Buildings' 58th tenant and its 40th junior. Joanne Harris
French litigation and corporate boutique Racine is celebrating a fifth successive year of growth, with turnover above the ?10m (£6.8m) mark for the first time.
Ever since Phoenix Nights ended, one of its stars, nightclub bouncer Max (with his best mate Paddy) has been searching for new adventures. Now, after months on the open road in their beautiful mobile home, Max appears to have ended up in about as far-flung a location as is possible. Obviously going under a nom de plume to avoid Bolton-related repercussions (it's where ...
Shearman & Sterling has snared Norton Rose corporate heavyweight Laurence Levy for its London M&A team. Levy is a specialist in M&A, equity offerings, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. His key clients include power giant Drax Holdings and Corus. Norton Rose head of corporate finance Tim Marsden ...
Slaughter and May has retained its corporate crown despite falling victim to the frenzy of takeovers of UK companies during the past three months.
What's going on at Clifford Chance? Is the transfer of power from Cornell to Childs bizarrely heralding a new cuddly approach to business?It seems unlikely, although Childs is said by some insiders to have softened recently as he bid for the top job. Further evidence is provided by fruit juice the firm is offering hacks at internal meetings. It's called 'Love Potion'. Is that the secret of ...
Ivan Jackson discusses the career options available for lawyers who don't want to become partners
With attrition rates among assistant solictors on the rise, can City firms learn anything from the bar? By Joanne Harris
What was your first-ever job?I was an articled clerk with Glanvilles Wells & Way in Portsmouth. My mentor, Judge John Wroath, recommended me to the firm, so they had no choice.
The past 12 months have been kind to the top 20 US firms - that is, unless you're Coudert Brothers.
Global exclusive: top 20 US firms’ revenues and profits for 2005 revealed; seven firms break the billion-dollar barrier
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Sullivan & Cromwell have scooped the lead roles on the mammoth $67bn merger between US telecoms companies AT&T and BellSouth.
Bristol firms were recently graced with a visit from one of Tulkinghorn's scribes and, true to form, they provided a veritable Glastonbury Festival's worth of weirdness from the West.Special mention goes to Burges Salmon PR chap Ollie Pykett. The firm may have £6m sitting in the bank, but Pykett's fortunes appear not to be so rosy. The hapless chap kindly took Tulkinghorn's minion
Weil Gotshal & Manges is enlisting the assistance of its US partners in attacking the UK private equity market after a disappointing set of results, which lagged 6 per cent behind budget.
White & Case has won the mandate to advise the bank consortium funding Linde’s £8bn takeover of BOC.
White & Case has launched a global Islamic finance unit formalising its sharia-compliant capabilities.