7 August 2006

The Lawyer

  • People

    7-Aug-2006

    Martineau Johnson has promoted four assistants to associate level. They are Simon Barker in IP; Kim Goode in M&A; Michael Green in property litigation; and Sarah Wood in private client. Debbie Beet has been promoted to senior associate in the debt recovery team.

  • Addleshaws adds muscle to real estate with BLP swoop

    7-Aug-2006

    Addleshaw Goddard has moved to bolster its real estate capability as the firm tries to capitalise on the booming market, poaching a Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) senior associate as a partner.

  • Al Fayed fuming at Kirkpatrick negligence

    7-Aug-2006

    Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham was jubilant last week despite a judge's ruling that the firm messed up when it advised Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed over the acquisition of Fulham Football Club.

  • Bakers raid heralds McDermott finance drive

    7-Aug-2006

    McDermott Will & Emery is planning to break into structured finance after hiring securitisation partner Paul-Michael Rebus from Baker & McKenzie.

  • BLP rolls out people management scheme

    7-Aug-2006

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is to put all of its partners through a rigorous internal training programme to improve their people- management skills.

  • BLP sees gambling sector as a good bet

    7-Aug-2006

    All the furore and scandal currently surrounding online gambling might give some lawyers a few moments' pause before continuing to act in the sector. It certainly did for Mischon de Reya, which got cold feet and dumped troubled BetonSports as a client early in the year. But it hasn't been enough to stop some firms.

  • Bond Pearce doubles London space

    7-Aug-2006

    South West-based Bond Pearce has doubled the size of its London office. The firm has taken the entire sixth floor of CNA House at 77 Gracechurch Street, having occupied a suite of offices on the fourth floor since the firm opened its London office in 2004. The increased space will be used to house the firm's growing insurance group.

  • Brand new approach

    7-Aug-2006

    Modern firms need a brand identity. The right training can be a cost-effective way to ensure a consistent message. By Fiona Cunningham

  • Browne Jacobson wins art centre pitch

    7-Aug-2006

    Midlands firm Browne Jacobson has won a place as sole adviser for the Centre for Contemporary Art Nottingham (CCAN). The firm will provide advice on property, construction, employment and charity matters. It won the appointment following a tender process with corporate partner Iain Blatherwick leading the pitch.

  • Burges Salmon falls behind Osborne in PEP stakes

    7-Aug-2006

    South West firm Burges Salmon has seen its average profit per equity partner (PEP) fall below rival Osborne Clarke's for the first time in five years, despite a 13 per cent rise.

  • Burness reinstates managing partner role

    7-Aug-2006

    Burness has ended a period of almost four years without a managing partner, introducing a complete new management structure. The Scottish firm has appointed Ian Wattie to the reinstated position of managing partner following a contested election last month. The firm has had no managing partner since the exit of Alan Stewart in 2002. Burness has also ...

  • CC management gears up for election fever

    7-Aug-2006

    Clifford Chance's management is preparing for its latest elections in the autumn as five key positions come up for vote after four years.

  • Change of course

    7-Aug-2006

    After 15 years the LPC is about to get a facelift, but what could this mean for providers and employers?

  • Computer gains

    7-Aug-2006

    New learning tools can offer an enhanced experience for students, but they should be used with caution, says Peter Crisp

  • Court of Appeal cases fall as Lords continues apace

    7-Aug-2006

    The number of cases reaching the Court of Appeal is continuing to drop, while the House of Lords remains busy with a slew of administrative and public law issues.

  • Crown Office snares Maitland's top clerk

    7-Aug-2006

    Crown Office Chambers has overhauled its management structure and poached Maitland Chambers senior clerk Andy Flanagan for the new role of senior managing clerk.

  • Dawsons rebuilds with Linklaters department head

    8-Aug-2006

    West End firm Dawsons Solicitors has boosted its ranks with eight appointments, including the notable hire of Linklaters' real estate asset management head Corinne Vincent.

  • De Beers reshuffle gifts DLA Piper extra work

    7-Aug-2006

    De Beers has bucked the trend of companies bringing employment law in-house by outsourcing its work to DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary after the diamond company reshuffled its in-house capability.

  • Dentons hires pay off for Herbies with Caudwell coup

    7-Aug-2006

    Herbert Smith has scooped the mandate to advise Barclays Capital and ING Bank as financial sponsors of Providence Equity Partners' £1.46bn bid for the Caudwell Group with new lateral hire Ian Yeo leading the team.

  • DLA Piper recruits Motorola's Asia GC for tech push

    8-Aug-2006

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has tempted another in-house lawyers back into private practice with the hire of the Asia Pacific general counsel of Motorola.

  • English courts see celebrity libel cases double in past year

    7-Aug-2006

    Celebrity libel actions have more than doubled during the past year as the English courts witnessed a dramatic increase in the total number of defamation cases.

  • French copyright law under scrutiny as Constitutional Council targets filesharers

    7-Aug-2006

    Parts of France's new copyright law may have to be rewritten after the Constitutional Council ruled that four articles were unconstitutional.

  • Freshfields sells tourist icon Covent Garden

    8-Aug-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw have secured key mandates advising on the £420m sale of central London tourist icon Covent Garden.

  • Freshfields steers Wolseley through €1.5bn DT purchase

    7-Aug-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Wolseley on its €1.5bn (£1.03bn) acquisition of Nordic distribution business DT Group from private equity group CVC Capital Partners.

  • Freshfields, Linklaters ride equity capital markets wave

    7-Aug-2006

    Linklaters ride equity capital markets wave" /A jittery stock market in May and June was not enough to dampen equity capital markets in the first half of the year, which saw volume shoot up by 29 per cent, with Linklaters and

  • Fried Frank adds seven to partnership

    7-Aug-2006

    New York-based Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has promoted seven associates to the partnership, including two in London. Craig Arnott will head the firm's European antitrust team in London and Rob McBride has been promoted in the London corporate team. The others are Michael Alter in the Washington DC tax department, Tommy Beaudreau in the DC litigation team, Brian Kniesly in the New York tax team, Brian Mangino in the DC corporate group and David Shaw in the New York corporate ...

  • Gateleys-HBJ tie-up pays off as PEP jumps by 40 per cent

    7-Aug-2006

    Average profit per equity partner (PEP) at HBJ Gateley Wareing has rocketed by 40 per cent in the year the firm sealed its Anglo-Scottish merger.

  • GE counsel tops US pay league with $5.04m package

    7-Aug-2006

    General Electric's legal chief Benjamin Heineman remains the highest-paid general counsel in the US, scooping a mammoth $5.4m (£2.7m) in total cash compensation last year.

  • Geldards pokes head above bushel

    7-Aug-2006

    Geldards had a tremendous year, with turnover hitting £25.9m (up by around 16 per cent) and its average profit up to £240,000. "Who?" you say.

  • Gianni takes no prisoners as firm lays plans for 2015

    7-Aug-2006

    Francesco Gianni, the talismanic head of Italian independent Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, is used to making tough decisions.

  • Glaxo scoops King & Spalding partner to head IP

    9-Aug-2006

    GlaxoSmithKline has hired a new global head of IP, scooping King & Spalding partner Sherry Knowles.Knowles will join as senior vice president and global head of the corporate intellectual property division in September, replacing David Roberts who is retiring.Before qualifying as a lawyer, Knowles spent several years at SmithKline Beecham as a pharmaceutical synthetic chemist.

  • Govt legal head joins Bank of England

    7-Aug-2006

    The Bank of England has a new senior lawyer. Juliet Wheldon, who has been Treasury Solicitor and head of the Government Legal Service since 2000, has replaced Len Berkowitz, who has held the post from early 2005. Paul Jenkins, a solicitor who has previously worked in the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health, replaces Wheldon as head of the Government Legal Service.

  • Herbies lands deal for CLSA as Indonesia hots up

    7-Aug-2006

    Herbert Smith has landed the underwriter role on the first major international IPO to originate out of Indonesia in three years.

  • Herbies moves to boost arbitration team in Paris

    9-Aug-2006

    Herbert Smith is “rebalancing” its arbitration practice by moving partner Michael Young to Paris in a bid to bulk up in the French capital.

  • Hextalls ramps up IP practice with Simkins hire

    9-Aug-2006

    Hextalls has boosted its IP and tech practice with the hire of corporate partner Peter Brown from Michael Simkins.

  • Hogan teams up with Mary Ward Legal Centre to offer debt advice

    7-Aug-2006

    Washington DC-based firm Hogan & Hartson has teamed up with the Mary Ward Legal Centre in London to offer free specialist debt advice.

  • International arbitration needs coordination

    7-Aug-2006

    The international arbitration market is booming. It offers a highly effective means of resolving cross-border disputes away from litigation in national courts. Effective dispute resolution is important to the risk assessment and investment appraisal of a transaction. If litigating in another country will entail high costs, delays and an unpredictable ...

  • John Stewart: Wellcome Trust

    7-Aug-2006

    Adding to a number of firsts the Wellcome Trust is now leading the way with the first charity bond issue. Lorraine Cushnie reports

  • Jude awakening

    7-Aug-2006

    Embarrassment over at media boutique m-Law the other day, when a high-profile US lawyer (Tulkinghorn will spare his blushes by not revealing his name) phoned the firm to ask if "you were any relation to Jude?".That would be a "no".

  • Julius and Shackleton to replay Charles vs Di with Macca and Heather

    9-Aug-2006

    Mishcon de Reya and Payne Hicks Beach are set to meet in court after Lady Heather McCartney instructed Mishcon consultant Anthony Julius to represent her in her divorce from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney.

  • Kirkpatrick axes lockstep as guarantee period ends

    7-Aug-2006

    The London end of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham is ditching its modified lockstep system at the beginning of next year when the two-year integration period for the UK firm comes to an end.

  • Law Soc slams government plans for fraud trials

    10-Aug-2006

    The Law Society and solicitors have hit out at new government proposals suggesting that judges be allowed to dismiss defendants’ advisers in very high cost fraud trials.

  • Leo Abse hires Welsh-speaking lawyer duo

    7-Aug-2006

    South Wales firm Leo Abse & Cohen has hired two solicitors to reaffirm its commitment to practising in Welsh.

  • Looking further afield for paralegals

    7-Aug-2006

    With trained paralegals becoming increasingly difficult to source from within the legal profession, is the recruitment of applicants from non-legal backgrounds worth consideration?The legal profession has a formidable reputation for demanding excellence and places for pupillages or training contracts are known to be highly competitive. This leads to many people who have an interest in law ruling it out as a career because they do not think they have the right background or qualifications.

  • Lovells hangs on to Terra Firma with landmark securitisation

    7-Aug-2006

    Lovells has maintained its relationship with private equity house Terra Firma to advise on a landmark securitisation, even though the firm lost the original partner on the deal to Clifford Chance.

  • Lovells' latest lockstep review rewards junior partners

    9-Aug-2006

    Lovells has concluded the first stage of its protracted lockstep review after agreeing to increase the number of points available to new equity partners.

  • M&A teams face threat from associate drought

    7-Aug-2006

    London's top City firms are struggling to cope with the M&A boom due to a drought in corporate assistants that has left them unable to adequately man deals.

  • MBR&M insurance team raids Bakers

    7-Aug-2006

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) has beefed up its insurance and reinsurance practice with a high-level partner hire from Baker & McKenzie as the team prepares for its move into the Gherkin.

  • Nile counsel

    7-Aug-2006

    Warning! Even if you're in disguise, Tulkinghorn will track you down.

  • Norton Rose raids A&O to ramp up Paris and Milan practices

    7-Aug-2006

    Norton Rose raids A&O to ramp up Paris and Milan practices" /Norton Rose has made a dual raid on Allen & Overy's (A&O) European banking practice with the hire of new partners in Paris and Milan.

  • Norton Rose, Bird & Bird swoop for Hammonds practice heads

    7-Aug-2006

    Bird & Bird and Norton Rose are the latest firms to profit from Hammonds' woes after rated sports head Jonathan Taylor joined the technology, media and telecommunications firm and head of environment Caroline May quit for Norton Rose.

  • Notts Law School: is there anyone there?

    7-Aug-2006

    How ironic. Just days after CMS Cameron McKenna announced its decision to insist its trainees attend BPP Law School to study the LPC, Nottingham Law School announced the management team for its new London branch.

  • OFT ordered to pay credit card costs in 'unusual' CAT decision

    7-Aug-2006

    In A highly unusual move, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ordered the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to pay costs to intervener Visa Europe in the high-profile credit card fee arrangements probe.

  • Oostvogels Pfister Roemers

    7-Aug-2006

    Private equity might be big news now, but seven years ago, when Stef Oostvogels decided to set up his own firm that would target private equity houses, it was not the most obvious of business plans.

  • Out of order

    7-Aug-2006

    Six years ago Allen & Overy led the magic circle profit league. Since then it has been overtaken by its rivals to such an extent that it sought a merger with Freshfields. Can the firm regain its credibility??

  • P&O legal chiefs pushed out

    7-Aug-2006

    The fallout from DP World's tumultuous buyout of P&O has claimed the scalps of hugely respected legal chief Michael Gradon and the general counsel of P&O Ports Iain Simm.

  • Paul Hastings targets 20 per cent growth and Germany launch

    7-Aug-2006

    Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker is targeting 20 per cent growth for its UK revenue this financial year, at the same time as investigating launching in both Chicago and Germany.

  • Paul Weiss swoops for Shearman finance chief

    9-Aug-2006

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has poached Shearman & Sterling’s structured finance chief for its New York office.

  • Pinsents boosts Manchester with Halliwells hire

    7-Aug-2006

    Pinsent Masons has boosted its Manchester office, scooping corporate partner Chris Moss from Halliwells

  • Pinsents hires Brodies employment star

    7-Aug-2006

    Pinsent Masons has hired partner Kirsty Ayre from Brodies to head its Scottish employment team. Ayre has experience advising clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, including on religious and sexual orientation discrimination. Ayre joined Brodies in 2002 from Pinsent Curtis and became a partner in ...

  • Richards Butler wins judicial review application for GNER against ORR

    7-Aug-2006

    Richards Butler has succeeded in an application for judicial review on behalf of the Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) against the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).

  • Richards Butler, SJ Berwin in La Senza deal

    7-Aug-2006

    Richards Butler, SJ Berwin in La Senza deal SJ Berwin and Richards Butler have advised on the £100m sale of the La Senza lingerie chain to private equity house Lion Capital, the former European arm of Texas-based Hicks Muse, which broke off in 2005.

  • Silks' fleet plunder

    7-Aug-2006

    Herbies mole. "It's happened to me quite a few times. We had a particularly bad batch a few years back."

  • SJ Berwin to nurture international links

    7-Aug-2006

    SJ Berwin to nurture international links" /SJ Berwin has introduced a formal global secondment programme in a bid to strengthen its links with international law firms.

  • Sloan strengthens Latham's Carlyle ties with Avio sale

    10-Aug-2006

    Private equity star Graeme Sloan has completed his biggest deal to date since joining Latham & Watkins in May.

  • Sonnenschein appoints new Chicago chief

    7-Aug-2006

    Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has a new head for its Chicago headquarters. Robert Messerly succeeds co-heads James Klenk and Pamela Baker. Klenk became managing partner in 2000 and was joined by Baker in 2002. Messerly has been at the firm for 19 years and was most recently vice-chair of the national real estate group.

  • Sybase lures UK general counsel from Tibco Software

    7-Aug-2006

    US technology company Sybase has appointed Helle Jorgensen as its new UK general counsel.

  • Sydney partner pay exceeds A$1m mark

    7-Aug-2006

    Average pay for Sydney-based partners in Australia's largest firms has broken through the A$1m (£410,440) barrier for the first time, according to a new salary survey.

  • The same old story

    7-Aug-2006

    Law firms will never learn. If you turn the clock back to the 1990's economic boom, you'll find that firms were experiencing exactly the same problem. Work was flooding through the doors, but there weren't enough associates to staff the deals. In some cases firms were so frantic that they had to turn deals away.

  • The Smoke gets in reprise

    7-Aug-2006

    Ever a catalyst of progress in the legal world, City firms took note of The Lawyer's In-House Interview last month (24 July), in which Bristol City Council legal head Stephen McNamara took a swipe at their macho, long-hours culture.

  • The work-life quiz Juan Picón

    7-Aug-2006

    What was your first-ever job?Teaching tennis and skiing at university.

  • TLT lockstep shift rewards equity partners

    7-Aug-2006

    South West-based TLT Solicitors has finalised a review of its lockstep, with up to 13 per cent of the firm's net profit to be distributed through bonuses to high-performing equity partners.

  • Training

    7-Aug-2006

    As City lawyers jet off for their summer holidays, training has remained a consistent story generator.

  • Venice the menace

    7-Aug-2006

    Tulkinghorn's spies at the recent European PPP Forum in Venice reported recently that certain lawyers came away from the gala dinner on Saturday night tired, emotional and… er… wet.

  • Web week 07/08/06

    7-Aug-2006

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com.

  • White & Case boosts Frankfurt/London with dual hires

    10-Aug-2006

    White & Case has raided Linklaters and Weil Gotshal & Manges to boost its London and Frankfurt finance groups.

  • White-collar crime

    7-Aug-2006

    Travelling internationally? Planning on doing a bit of document mark-up on your way? Don't take a Herbert Smith pen - they explode.

  • Wragges handed UCE development work

    7-Aug-2006

    Wragges handed UCE development work" /Midlands firm Wragge & Co has scooped a role advising the University of Central England (UCE) on potential developments in Eastside, the 10-year regeneration project developing 420 acres of land to the east of Birmingham city centre. A real estate team led by commercial development ...