6 May 2002

The Lawyer

  • 'Last in, first out' redundancies on the wane

    7-May-2002

    The days of the 'last in, first out' (Lifo) redundancy selection procedure look as though they are numbered, a new survey published this week revealed

  • A&O poised to win Guardian iT after SunGard takeover

    7-May-2002

    SJ Berwin is advising debt-laden disaster recovery client Guardian iT on a recommended £56m take-over offer from US counterpart SunGard Data Systems. SunGard, advised by Allen & Overy (A&O), was the successful bidder out of a reported five companies which have been chasing Guardian iT since mid-February.The ...

  • A&O's Tokyo office gains US law capability

    7-May-2002

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has launched a US law practice in its Toyko office

  • Ape jape

    7-May-2002

    Tulkinghorn is very envious of comedians. Just how do they remember all those jokes? For the past six months Tulkinghorn has been living off one single gag: "What do you call a Frenchman in sandals? Philippe Flop." Fortunately, for those who work closely with Tulkinghorn and have already heard it six times, he now has a new ancient joke thanks to Kimbles associate Dino Wilkinson. Enjoy.A tourist walked into a pet shop and was looking at the animals on display. While he was there, ...

  • Ashursts scoops job from Kuwaiti giant

    7-May-2002

    City firm beats off seven firms to advise on major petrochemical projects

  • Ashursts takes up advisory role for Cinven in publishing buyout

    7-May-2002

    Ashurst Morris Crisp is advising Cinven as leader of a consortium of private equity houses in the biggest leveraged buyout this year.The consortium will pay £1.2bn for a 75 per cent stake in the healthcare and business publication of Vivendi Universal Publishing.Cinven is a long-term client and instructs Ashursts and

  • Blasts from the past

    7-May-2002

    Barely a day goes by without Tulkinghorn hearing of some new fangled marketing initiative to be rolled out of one of the City firms' marketing departments.Herbert Smith's latest idea is to re-enact World War I. Tulkinghorn has heard rumours of mustard gas being brewed in the kitchens and bayonets being sharpened in the client meeting rooms. The reason? Herbert Smith is teaming up with the Stock Exchange to mount a joint production of two World War I plays. Presumably ...

  • Brobeck axes thirty-five associate positions

    7-May-2002

    Brobeck Phleger & Harrison has ditched 35 associates in its third round of staff cuts since November

  • Buchanan London chief joins mass exodus with defection to Theodores

    7-May-2002

    Buchanan Ingersoll's managing partner in London Kier Barrie has become the latest partner to leave the US firm

  • Charles Russell makes up three

    7-May-2002

    Charles Russell has promoted three lawyers to partners

  • Cobbetts reaches turnover target

    7-May-2002

    Cobbetts has hit its turnover target for 2001-2002, despite investing heavily in the merger with Leeds firm Read Hind Stewart in the second half of the financial year

  • Covington's SEC hire boosts securities

    7-May-2002

    Covington & Burling has recruited the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) director of corporate finance to head up its securities practice

  • Crédit Lyonnais hires new legal affairs head

    7-May-2002

    Crédit Lyonnais is to take on Jean-Baptiste de Cabanes as its new head of legal affairs

  • Daddy sucks

    7-May-2002

    The glare of publicity can often be a heavy cross to bear, as Tulkinghorn himself is only too aware. Special sympathy should therefore go to Allen & Overy's head of property Adam Cleal, who featured in a recent story about the launch of the firm's new German real estate group.Somewhat chuffed with the piece, Cleal took a copy of The Lawyer home to show his children. But instead of a chorus of "well done Daddy", Cleal's cheeky offspring proceeded to memorise ...

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - HINES

    7-May-2002

    Norton Rose scoops Hines' first UK office development

  • Deals summary

    7-May-2002

    Ashurst Morris Crisp (Jonathan Nabarro) advised BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole d'Ile-de-France and the Royal Bank of Scotland on a e240m (£148.37m) financing of a public-to-private deal relating to Trédi Environnement and initiated by Séché Environnement. Séché advised by Brandford-Griffith ...

  • Deals summary

    7-May-2002

    CMS Cameron McKenna (Mark Heighton) advised Henderson Investors on the investment purchase of a 75 per cent interest in Romford leisure and retail centre, The Brewery. Vendor Equitable Life advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Charles Hopkins).

  • Deals summary

    7-May-2002

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (John Bennett) advised new client Resources Connection on its acquisition of the executive search and selection and interim management business of Ernst & Young in the UK. Tite & Lewis advised Ernst & Young.

  • Disabling discrimination

    7-May-2002

    The Disability Rights Commission feels the best way to win rights is through conciliation, using litigation as a last resort. But many of those it represents believe the courtroom is the only arena that will give them a fair fight. Who's right?

  • DLA in double Belgian thrust

    7-May-2002

    DLA is strengthening its Brussels office just months after completing its first full European merger as it takes on the lawyers from Arthur Andersen's Belgian firm Caestecker & Partners

  • Don't worry, be happy

    7-May-2002

    Tulkinghorn could not help but admire the good-humoured, easygoing nature of his Dutch counterparts when he received an email last week from none other than Linklaters' runaway bride De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.Remember how the Dutch partners voted in their droves against merging with scary old Linklaters last month? Well, apparently the firm is now preparing a momento of the experience ...

  • Dorsey links with high-tech specialists Flehr Hohbach

    7-May-2002

    US firm Dorsey & Whitney has merged with Silicon Valley intellectual property (IP) specialists Flehr Hohbach Test Albritton & Herbert

  • Enron creditors attack Milbank over conflicts

    7-May-2002

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy faces a challenge to its role as counsel for the 15-member Enron Corporation creditors' committee

  • Eversheds' Birmingham insurance practice shuts

    7-May-2002

    Eversheds continues trend for Birmingham closures; work scatters around the UK

  • Field Fisher wins sole role for GSCC

    7-May-2002

    Field Fisher Waterhouse has been appointed as the sole legal adviser to new regulatory body the General Social Care Council (GSCC)

  • Firms reveal strategies for World Cup fanatics

    7-May-2002

    Biggest sickie in history predicted; Charles Russell uses 'bacon buttie' strategy; A&O sits on fence

  • Five-minute smiling

    7-May-2002

    Tulkinghorn has bought himself a treadmill (which he still cannot stand up on while it's in motion) after his bravado got the better of him. You see, Tulkinghorn's friend, Taylor Joynson Garrett partner Martin Winter, was telling him the other day how he ran the Flora London Marathon in under four hours. And, momentarily forgetting his gout, Tulkinghorn boasted to Winter that next year, he will do the Marathon with him (or, at the very least, decree that one of his younger ...

  • Fixed-term employees regulations

    7-May-2002

    Long ago the land was parched by the hottest summer on record before the advent of global warming

  • Freshfields launches new German strategy

    7-May-2002

    London corporate head O'Brien moves to Frankfurt in M&A push on the banks

  • Garretts set to dissolve operations at end of May

    7-May-2002

    Andersen Legal's UK firm Garretts will close for business at the end of this month

  • GREENWOODS

    7-May-2002

    Greenwoods may be growing, but its focus will always be personal injury

  • Halliwells hires signal London growth strategy

    7-May-2002

    Manchester-based firm Halliwell Landau has hired two senior partners in London in its drive to build a City presence to rival other national firms

  • Holland & Knight axes 60 lawyers

    7-May-2002

    170 support staff to go as firm undergoes structural review

  • Insurance

    7-May-2002

    Law firms and their insurance clients are strange bedfellows. While insurers claim that their lawyers do not work quickly, efficiently and certainly not cheaply enough, lawyers argue that their clients do not understand the vagaries of handling a claim. It is therefore a market with raised eyebrows that monitors the progress of new technology risk insurer Click for Cover and its strategic partner Hammond Suddards Edge.Click is an underwriting agency for a number of Lloyd's of ...

  • Judicial appointment process gets tough

    7-May-2002

    The Lord Chancellor's Department is dragging the judicial appointments process into the 21st century

  • Keeping secrets

    7-May-2002

    The Data Protection Act 1998 is likely to have the impact that its predecessor lacked. Michael Ford reports on the new code

  • Latham makes CSFB lawyer New York partner

    7-May-2002

    Latham & Watkins has hired Credit Suisse First Boston lawyer David Brodsky as a partner in its New York office

  • Law for art's sake

    7-May-2002

    Hip and trendy Collyer-Bristow has shown that when it comes to the kids, it's the firm to get right down with them.The West End firm's music, entertainment and media team, headed by partner Howard Ricklow, has joined forces with BBC Radio One. Tulkinghorn has heard that Ricklow plays a mean tambourine, but in this instance his team will use its legal skills, rather than its musical skills, to advise musicians on interacting with the record industry. The firm will feature ...

  • Lawrence Graham takes on Simkins IP specialist

    7-May-2002

    Lawrence Graham has hired soft intellectual property (IP) and digital media specialist Jonathan Sellors as a partner for its commerce and technology group

  • Legal drive

    6-May-2002

    RAC director of legal services Jonathan Gulliford thinks his organisation is more trusted than most lawyers. Caroline Davies meets the man who wants to take on the Law Society.

  • Livingstone under fire for excessive legal bills

    7-May-2002

    London Mayor Ken Livingstone is facing criticism after racking up legal costs totalling at least £36,000 from Reading law firm Pitmans for work relating to a permission hearing

  • Londoners dominate Linklaters leadership

    7-May-2002

    Three super-global heads created; Anglo-Saxons overwhelm executive committee

  • Lords kills time-bar limitations

    7-May-2002

    The debate of 'to shred or not to shred', sparked by Andersen's role in the Enron debacle and the recent criticisms of lawyers in Australian tobacco litigation, reared its head in a House of Lords case last month

  • Love departs 2 Paper Buildings for RSPCA

    7-May-2002

    Barrister Mark Love, head of 2 Paper Buildings, is to quit the bar and move in-house as director of legal services at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

  • Lovells on third whole business securitisation with Steam Packet

    7-May-2002

    Lovells is taking on its third whole business securitisation, advising the lead arrangers on a £65m deal backed by the income from the ferry service provided by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.NM Rothschild & Sons and ABN Amro are joint lead managers on the deal and Lovells won the work through its longstanding relationship with Rothschild. The deal is a coup for the firm as it has not handled a huge amount of work for ABN, and it hopes the deal will strengthen its ...

  • Max Clifford lambasts Jeffrey Green Russell

    7-May-2002

    PR Max Clifford has hit out at West End firm Jeffrey Green Russell

  • Memery Crystal disputes £4.3m Citib@se negligence claim

    7-May-2002

    Memery Crystal is facing a hotly-disputed £4.3m negligence claim from office space provider Citib@se over advice it gave relating to a property lease in 1998

  • On the right tracks

    7-May-2002

    Railtrack chairman Geoffrey Howe has the task of retrieving shareholders' money. It could be worse - he could be running the trains

  • Opinion

    7-May-2002

    Imagine a world in which an English solicitor is suddenly informed that there is now an international rule that decrees that English solicitors are no longer able to handle client money. A world in which every foreign law firm that obtains a licence to open a new office in China is German or American. A world in which the representative body of the solicitors' profession maintains an empty chair policy at international events. This is what life could be like if the Law Society ...

  • Paul Hastings merges in China and HK

    7-May-2002

    US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has secured its first Hong Kong and China presence by merging with local firm Koo and Partners

  • Pillsbury partner takes up role on Irish Competition Authority

    7-May-2002

    Terry Calvin, a partner from US firm Pillsbury Winthrop, has been appointed to the Irish Competition Authority

  • Pinsents saves Garretts' Birmingham partners

    7-May-2002

    Pinsent Curtis Biddle has rescued the Birmingham practice of Andersen Legal firm Garretts

  • Plymouth Council's legal chief quits for Bevan Ashford

    7-May-2002

    Plymouth City Council's head of legal has joined Bevan Ashford as the firm ramps up its commitment to public sector work

  • Power to the people

    7-May-2002

    Europe's ongoing economic drive has seen the most recent developments in employment law indicate a shift in legislation in favour of employees. Donna Moxham investigates

  • Reuters appoints new head of legal in international internal restructure

    7-May-2002

    Reuters has undergone an internal restructuring, resulting in a shifting of the legal roles

  • Simmons merges with Nolst Trenité

    7-May-2002

    Simmons & Simmons and Rotterdam-based Nolst Trenité formally merged on 1 May

  • SJ Berwin shakes up management structure

    7-May-2002

    UK and European growth prompts wholesale overhaul of corporate governance

  • Slaughters' Italian best friend opens new practice in Treviso

    7-May-2002

    Slaughter and May best friend Macchi di Cellere e Gangemi has opened a new office in Treviso, one of the most dynamic areas in northern Italy

  • Spanish firms trail global competition

    7-May-2002

    UK and US firms are beating Spain's indigenous market leaders hands down in the race for profits

  • Steins Bisschop poised for action against KPMG

    7-May-2002

    Steins Bisschop Meijburg & Co, the former partner of KPMG's Dutch legal arm, is considering legal action against the big five accountancy firm to regain capital contributions

  • Stringer Saul appoints new head of litigation

    7-May-2002

    Stringer Saul has appointed Justin Ede (left) as head of its litigation and dispute group

  • The Employment Bill

    7-May-2002

    Most employers, certainly small employers, will tell you that there is simply too much employment legislation

  • The Leader Column

    7-May-2002

    It's all the rage, this corporate governance lark. You wait for ages, and then all of a sudden three reviews come along at once. In this issue of The Lawyer we reveal the results of the exercises undertaken by SJ Berwin and Linklaters. (The third, of course, is the

  • The powers that be

    7-May-2002

    Ellen Temperton reports on the Employment Tribunals Service Annual Report 2000-2001

  • Trans actions

    7-May-2002

    There can only be real change for transsexuals at work when they are equal in the eyes of the law. Rachel Crasnow reports

  • UBS reviews global panel to cut costs

    7-May-2002

    UBS Warburg has started an international review of its legal advisers in a bid to cut millions of pounds

  • US firms in London continue to set high targets and pay mid-Atlantic salaries

    7-May-2002

    The majority of US law firms in London are still paying mid-Atlantic rates to UK lawyers and setting US billing targets for all of their fee-earners

  • Wedlakes hires new head for its share scheme team

    7-May-2002

    Wedlake Bell has appointed a new head to its share scheme team from Field Fisher Waterhouse-owned company Equity Incentives

  • Weightmans takes on Reynolds Porter lawyer

    7-May-2002

    Weightman Vizards has recruited its first lateral hire since the merged firm took effect on 1 May

  • Wragges scores GlaxoSmithKline

    7-May-2002

    Wragge & Co has been appointed to the new GlaxoSmithKline panel as the chemical giant's sole UK adviser for IT and telecoms work