6 September 2004

The Lawyer

  • Adam Cowell - 1 October 1963-29 July 2004

    6-Sep-2004

    The sudden death of Adam Cowell on 29 July at the age of 40 marks the loss of one of the profession’s leading business crime lawyers.

  • Ashurst rainmaker in Latham move

    6-Sep-2004

    Ashurst rainmaker in Latham move" /Ashurst has been dealt a blow after losing highly rated Parisian corporate rainmaker Thomas Forschbach to Latham & Watkins.

  • Balfour & Manson hooks up with GW Tait

    6-Sep-2004

    Edinburgh firm Balfour & Manson has bolstered its private client practice by merging with GW Tait & Sons. The move will see two GW Tait partners, George Tait and Allen Kerr, join the partnership, along with three associates and the majority of the firm’s staff. The 18-partner firm has expanded significantly this year with the acquisition in May of a substantial part of the personal injury practice of Aberdeen firm Burnside Kemp Fraser and the opening of an Aberdeen office, its first outside ...

  • Beau jest

    6-Sep-2004

    It’s always tough when a relationship breaks down, but never more so than when the couple live together.

  • Big, swinging clicks

    6-Sep-2004

    One would think that being a partner at Slaughter and May would be reward enough, what with all that kudos. But that isn’t enough for some folks over at One Bunhill Row.

  • Blake Lapthorn loses corporate partner to Charles Russell

    6-Sep-2004

    Southampton-based law firm Blake Lapthorn Linnell’s corporate practice has suffered a blow after losing a partner to Charles Russell.

  • British Olympic Assoc head of legal pushes for ambush marketing laws

    6-Sep-2004

    No sooner had the British Olympic Association’s (BOA) head of legal affairs Sara Friend stepped off the plane from Athens, than she was back in the office working on the London 2012 bid and demanding legislative change.

  • Byrne and Partners

    6-Sep-2004

    Byrne and Partners, an independent six-partner boutique specialising in commercial litigation, was founded on high aspirations. “We aren’t yet a name in the marketplace that everyone thinks of first, but that’s what we’re aiming for,” says partner Matthew Frankland. “We want to be the pre-eminent business crime firm, offering real solutions to real problems and adding value ...

  • Careers: in brief

    6-Sep-2004

    Wigan’s Greenhalghs Solicitors has appointed a new solicitor in the wake of a recent firm relocation to larger premises. Richard Kerr joins as an assistant solicitor from Manchester law firm Nexus Solicitors, where he will practise as a commercial litigator.Greenhalghs, a six-person firm, moved from a rented office space to a new, wholly-owned premises two months ago.

  • Careers: people

    6-Sep-2004

    Thames Valley firm Pitmans has hired ex-Dechert corporate finance partner Janice Wall as a partner in the corporate commercial team. Wall, with Dechert for seven years, specialises in national and international M&A, property finance and joint ventures.

  • CC beats Freshfields and CMS to be 3i’s top German adviser

    6-Sep-2004

    CMS to be 3i’s top German adviser" /Clifford Chance has dealt a blow to rivals Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and CMS Hasche Sigle after winning a place on 3i’s German panel.

  • CC’s CMT team suffers another departure

    6-Sep-2004

    Clifford Chance partner Nick Elverston will be the latest partner to leave the firm’s troubled communications, media and technology (CMT) team after announcing his departure for Herbert Smith last week.

  • China loosens up on foreign regulations

    6-Sep-2004

    China has unveiled a second phase of reforms that will next year see further relaxation of the tough restrictions on the country’s legal market. However, the new regulations still fall short of granting foreign lawyers the right to practise local law.

  • Clementi sparks surveyors into review of industry regulation

    8-Sep-2004

    Sir David Clementi’s review of legal regulation is sparking action in other professional services industries.

  • Cobbetts snaps up niche housing practice

    8-Sep-2004

    Cobbetts is onto its fourth merger in 10 months as it takes on the Leeds office of niche housing practice Walker Charlesworth & Foster.

  • Competition expert returns to fold at Stanbrook & Hooper

    8-Sep-2004

    International competition law and trade practices firm Stanbrook & Hooper has re-appointed a former partner of the firm to boost is competition and intellectual property expertise.

  • Dechert gets close to conclusion in its search for the perfect home

    6-Sep-2004

    Dechert’s long-running search for new premises at a bargain basement price, which has resulted in more than 100 different sites being inspected, may finally be drawing to a close.

  • Dentons closes door on Asia as Beijing practice joins Mallesons

    6-Sep-2004

    Denton Wilde Sapte has closed the final chapter of its exodus from Asia after securing a deal to transfer the bulk of its Beijing practice to Mallesons Stephen Jacques.

  • Field Fisher raids Mayer Brown for property litigator

    8-Sep-2004

    Field Fisher Waterhouse has further bolstered its real estate department with the hire of a property litigator from Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw.

  • Finding fault

    6-Sep-2004

    Amid fears of the onset of a US-style compensation culture, Australia’s Ipp Review has recommended a crackdown on payouts. Jon Robins reports

  • Fleck v Gold for Herbies top job

    7-Sep-2004

    Herbert Smith has formally kick-started the process to appoint a new senior partner, with two candidates emerging as early contenders for the post.

  • Food for thought

    6-Sep-2004

    The ECHR is set to decide whether multinationals should be able to sue individuals for libel. Jon Robins reports on how the McLibel case could change the rules of the game

  • France is EU’s environmental black sheep

    6-Sep-2004

    The European Commission has concluded that France is Europe’s laggard for implementing EU environmental law.

  • Fresh start for McGrigors London after KPMG split

    6-Sep-2004

    McGrigors has distanced itself further from its former allegiance with KPMG by signing an agreement for new offices in London.

  • Freshfields plays give and take in Land Secs roundabout

    6-Sep-2004

    Merger aftermath throws up surprising winners for legal instructions. By Gemma Westacott

  • FSA in search for chairman

    6-Sep-2004

    The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has begun the hunt for a new chairman of its regulatory decisions committee following the resignation of former Slaughter and May partner Christopher Fitzgerald in June.

  • Giving up the smoke

    6-Sep-2004

    Leaving the City is on many lawyers’ minds during the summer. Jonathan Kay reports on two who did

  • Gowlings gifts Morgan Cole client Vanguard

    6-Sep-2004

    Morgan Cole is celebrating after winning Canadian terrorist defence company Vanguard Response Systems as a client.

  • Grabiner and Sumption case settles before trial

    6-Sep-2004

    A courtroom clash between the titans of the commercial bar, Lord Grabiner QC and Jonathan Sumption QC, has been called off following a late settlement deal in the six-year long Metro Trading dispute.

  • Grapevine

    8-Sep-2004

    News that Admiral’s £700m-plus flotation is on track has been greeted in some quarters as an indication that the UK’s new issues market is about to get a much-needed kick up the backside.

  • Hammonds Berlin scoops new partner from Freshfields

    6-Sep-2004

    Hammonds’ Berlin office has added a second partner to its projects and planning team after a swoop on Freshfields.

  • Hatfield trial scheduled for January

    6-Sep-2004

    After last week’s collapse of the corporate manslaughter and health and safety charges against Railtrack, prosecutors over the Hatfield rail crash now have four months to prepare their case against Balfour Beatty Rail Infrastructures and a number of its former executives.

  • Herbert Smith picks up Macquarie work on NGT gas network buyout

    6-Sep-2004

    Herbert Smith has gained a further foothold in the private equity arena after winning Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund as a new client.

  • High Court appoints first black judge

    6-Sep-2004

    Criminal barrister Linda Dobbs QC has been appointed the first black full-time High Court judge in English legal history.

  • Hogarth, 19 Old Buildings join to create IP mega-set

    6-Sep-2004

    Hogarth Chambers has merged with 19 Old Buildings to form the bar’s largest IP set.

  • Information underload

    6-Sep-2004

    The postmodern age of the minimalist press release has arrived – and not a moment too soon. So thanks to Oury Clark Solicitors for setting the trend with its one-line release about a recent deal.

  • In-house teams tackle new employment laws

    6-Sep-2004

    In-house lawyers and HR teams are gearing up for a raft of new employment legislation coming into force on 1 October, with those that do not comply facing increased claims from disgruntled staff.

  • James Chapman boosts catastrophic injury

    6-Sep-2004

    Manchester insurance litigation firm James Chapman & Co has expanded its specialist catastrophic injury team with the appointment of partner Philip D’Netto. D’Netto, recently a partner with Ilford firm Edward Duthie Solicitors, specialises in advising insurance clients on catastrophic injury cases. He brings with him client Highway Insurance.

  • Land craft

    6-Sep-2004

    Jean Bursle and Matthew Edwards report on how the Australian property market and the recognition of native title have found some middle ground

  • Land Securities returns to Nabarros

    6-Sep-2004

    Nabarro Nathanson has gained a major property swap instruction from client Land Securities, re-establishing the firm as a key legal adviser to the company.

  • Law firm coffers fuelled by UK’s switch to liquefied natural gas

    6-Sep-2004

    UK’s Dragon LNG terminal to use project finance techniques to fund development. By Joanne O’Connor

  • Law Society condemns mental health bill

    8-Sep-2004

    The Law Society today condemned government proposals for a new mental health bill.

  • Leader

    6-Sep-2004

    Every summer, the entire reporting staff of The Lawyer turns into a bunch of geeks – and we love it. The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report is the biggest statistical exercise in the legal profession bar none, and we spend weeks researching the figures. We talk to managing partners, equity partners, finance directors, bankers, accountants, headhunters, management consultants, heads of chambers and senior clerks. It’s bliss, alright.

  • Legal & General in review of its UK external advisers

    6-Sep-2004

    Legal & General (L&G) is in the throes of a full-scale review of its UK law firm panel.

  • Legal widow

    6-Sep-2004

    Bang! Waaah! So begins another fun-filled day in the Lawyer’s household, this time with Liability sobbing her heart out in the bathroom because her father won’t let her have a mobile phone.

  • Lester Aldridge ace becomes the ‘Flying Lawyer’

    6-Sep-2004

    Ex-Lester Aldridge partner James Daly has left private practice to launch the Flying Lawyer, a new mobile legal concept designed to meet the needs of businesses in the asset, consumer and motor finance sectors. Daly, who has 20 years of expertise in asset and consumer financing and on industry committees, aims to provide a client-tailored service. Specifically, the Flying Lawyer will offer an in-house ...

  • Licensing Legal signs up Weightmans partner

    6-Sep-2004

    A partner from Liverpool firm Weightmans is joining a new niche practice specialising in licensing and regulatory law.

  • Linklaters NY makes second lateral in a week

    6-Sep-2004

    Linklaters’ New York office has made its second lateral hire in just over a week, this time paving the way for a US structured finance and derivatives practice. Adam Glass is moving to Linklaters from Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, which he joined in 1997. His appointment arrives hot on the heels of Mark Palmer, a restructuring ...

  • Lord Mayor calls for freedom of practice for international law firms in South Korea

    8-Sep-2004

    The Lord Mayor of London this week praised South Korea’s efforts to allow international law firms to have a presence in the country.

  • Lovells adds dispute resolution capability in Madrid

    8-Sep-2004

    Lovells’ fledgling Madrid office has been boosted following the appointment of Jose Luis Huerta to head the firm’s Spanish dispute resolution practice.

  • Lovells and Lewis Silkin return to fray in Villalba

    6-Sep-2004

    Lovells and Lewis Silkin were back in action in Croydon last week as Merrill Lynch began its defence of former banker Stephanie Villalba’s £7.5m claim for sex discrimination.

  • Lovells wins landmark criminal injuries case

    6-Sep-2004

    The widow of a man killed by her son has won a substantial criminal injuries claim, thanks to the pro bono efforts of lawyers at Lovells.

  • News capers

    6-Sep-2004

    A raft of newspaper raids has heightened fears of an attack on press freedom. Keith Brandt investigates

  • Nick Carter: Capital One Bank

    6-Sep-2004

    A former City lawyer is heading the legal team at Capital One, a company that markets itself as ‘fun’. Jodi Bartle goes looking for a laugh

  • No change for DAC senior management

    6-Sep-2004

    Davies Arnold Cooper’s senior management will remain unchanged after nominations for the posts of executive and operations partners closed without any names being put forward. Daniel Gowan (left) and David Hertzell, who have held their respective posts for four years, will continue in their roles for another two. However, there will be a contested election ...

  • Opinion

    6-Sep-2004

    Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Juan Antonio Samaranch declared the Sydney Olympics “the best Games ever”. Could the Athens Games rise to this challenge? The Greeks certainly had a tough act to follow and the doom-merchants had a great time cataloguing the problems facing the organisers, but by the closing ceremony the praise was all but unanimous: the Greeks ...

  • Pachulski conflicted on Brobeck-CC case

    6-Sep-2004

    US bankruptcy firm Pachulski Stang Ziehl Young Jones & Weintraub has been disqualified from acting for a group of former Brobeck Phleger & Harrison partners who are attempting to sue Clifford Chance for $100m (£55.8m).

  • Penningtons acts for Equatorial Guinea president against three Britons

    6-Sep-2004

    Penningtons is advising the President of Equatorial Guinea on a civil action arising from an alleged conspiracy to overthrow the government of the oil-rich African state.

  • PepsiCo wins US Justice Department heavyweight

    6-Sep-2004

    PepsiCo has hired the former number two at the US Department of Justice as its new general counsel and head of government affairs.

  • Personal injury law firm network to launch in London

    6-Sep-2004

    A new network of London firms is being launched to give personal injury advice across the capital.

  • PI lawyers hit out over referral fees

    9-Sep-2004

    Personal injury lawyers hit out yesterday (Wednesday 8 August) at the Law Society’s stance on referral fees.

  • Quadrant Chambers hires DWS aviation expert

    6-Sep-2004

    Quadrant Chambers is continuing its hiring spree after recruiting a former corporate partner from Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). Hugh O’Donovan is joining the set after 13 years at DWS, where he was a member of the firm’s aviation practice specialising in the growing area of airline regulatory and competition work. His clients include easyJet and travel company Opodo. The move is a coup for Quadrant, which has made seven lateral hires in the last year, including Julian Malins QC from Littleton ...

  • Real estate deals round-up

    6-Sep-2004

    Ashurst (Ian Nisse, Hugh Lumby) advised Chelsfield on the funding arrangements agreed with Commerz Grundbesitz Investmentgesellschaft (CGI) for the White City regeneration project in West London. The project, believed to be the largest singular investment of an open real estate fund, will ...

  • Regrettable situations

    6-Sep-2004

    Whatever happened to the cringe-making email? The Bradley Chaits and Andy Dowdney’s (of Norton Rose and Charles Russell respectively, just in case you’d forgotten) of this world seem to be taking more care with those pesky digits, judging by the drop-off in mirth-making cyberspace screw-ups. Or perhaps the mistakes ...

  • Sex, race and disability claim payouts total £4m

    6-Sep-2004

    Compensation totalling more than £4m was paid out by employers last year in compensation for sex, race and disability discrimination cases.

  • Simmons loses fifth partner in one month

    6-Sep-2004

    Simmons & Simmons has lost a fifth partner in a month, with US-qualified Christopher Lewis quitting for Thacher Proffitt & Wood.

  • Simmons takes on Qtel work

    6-Sep-2004

    Simmons & Simmons has acted on a major instruction for Qatar Telecom (Qtel) for the first time since the firm’s arrival in Doha one year ago.

  • Simmons wins Fantuzzi restructure

    6-Sep-2004

    Simmons & Simmons’ Rome office has scooped a new client, crane and container manufacturer Fantuzzi, after advising on its successful financial restructuring.

  • The work-life quiz

    6-Sep-2004

    Matthew Higdon, partner, M-Law

  • The yawn chorus

    6-Sep-2004

    Australia’s former prime minister Bob Hawke revealed his plans for a career change, from political heavyweight to pop icon, at a recent star-studded event to celebrate Aussie law firm Holding Redlich’s tenth year in Sydney.

  • Thomas Eggar in lockstep overhaul

    6-Sep-2004

    South East firm Thomas Eggar is set to overhaul its partner remuneration structure in a bid to boost profits and attract new talent.

  • TLT Solicitors lures Osborne Clarke duo

    6-Sep-2004

    Bristol’s TLT Solicitors is ramping up its leisure practice with the appointment of two new partners to the group. Former Osborne Clarke senior assistants Matthew Phipps and Julian Mant have joined the firm as partners, specialising in work for leisure clients. Phipps will head the dedicated five-lawyer licensing practice, ...

  • UK government attempts to avoid impact of EU on employment legislation fail

    8-Sep-2004

    An EU law expert will next week tell trade unions that the government’s attempts to avoid the effect of the European constitution on employment legislation have failed.

  • US firms circle Ashurst as Shearman and Debevoise lure away top players

    6-Sep-2004

    US firms have turned their acquisitive attentions to Ashurst as, in a shock move, former managing partner Ian Nisse moves to Shearman & Sterling and Jeremy Hill, head of the financial institutions, products and services group, prepares to join

  • US firms smash pay scale for UK private equity talent

    6-Sep-2004

    Top stars offered up to forty per cent on top of UK earnings as US firms enter into City bidding war

  • Walt Disney European general counsel quits

    8-Sep-2004

    Walt Disney’s European general counsel Rosemary Bloom has quit after 10 years with the media giant.

  • Watson Farley parries pay claim from Orrick defectors

    6-Sep-2004

    Watson Farley & Williams has successfully fended off a claim for holiday pay from the Paris team that defected to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.

  • Whistling an unhappy tune

    6-Sep-2004

    The Steve Moxon case shows that whistle-blowing legislation may not protect employees if they go to the press. By Jon Robins