7 August 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.
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.
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.
McDermott Will & Emery is planning to break into structured finance after hiring securitisation partner Paul-Michael Rebus from Baker & McKenzie.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is to put all of its partners through a rigorous internal training programme to improve their people- management skills.
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.
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.
Modern firms need a brand identity. The right training can be a cost-effective way to ensure a consistent message. By Fiona Cunningham
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.
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 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 ...
Clifford Chance's management is preparing for its latest elections in the autumn as five key positions come up for vote after four years.
After 15 years the LPC is about to get a facelift, but what could this mean for providers and employers?
New learning tools can offer an enhanced experience for students, but they should be used with caution, says Peter Crisp
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 Chambers has overhauled its management structure and poached Maitland Chambers senior clerk Andy Flanagan for the new role of senior managing clerk.
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 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.
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 Rudnick Gray Cary has tempted another in-house lawyers back into private practice with the hire of the Asia Pacific general counsel of Motorola.
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.
Parts of France's new copyright law may have to be rewritten after the Constitutional Council ruled that four articles were unconstitutional.
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 Bruckhaus Deringer advised Wolseley on its €1.5bn (£1.03bn) acquisition of Nordic distribution business DT Group from private equity group CVC Capital Partners.
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
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 ...
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.
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 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.
Francesco Gianni, the talismanic head of Italian independent Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, is used to making tough decisions.
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.
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.
Herbert Smith has landed the underwriter role on the first major international IPO to originate out of Indonesia in three years.
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 has boosted its IP and tech practice with the hire of corporate partner Peter Brown from Michael Simkins.
Washington DC-based firm Hogan & Hartson has teamed up with the Mary Ward Legal Centre in London to offer free specialist debt advice.
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 ...
Adding to a number of firsts the Wellcome Trust is now leading the way with the first charity bond issue. Lorraine Cushnie reports
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".
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.
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.
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.
South Wales firm Leo Abse & Cohen has hired two solicitors to reaffirm its commitment to practising in Welsh.
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 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 has concluded the first stage of its protracted lockstep review after agreeing to increase the number of points available to new equity partners.
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.
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.
Warning! Even if you're in disguise, Tulkinghorn will track you down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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??
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 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 Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has poached Shearman & Sterling’s structured finance chief for its New York office.
Pinsent Masons has boosted its Manchester office, scooping corporate partner Chris Moss from Halliwells
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 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 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.
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" /SJ Berwin has introduced a formal global secondment programme in a bid to strengthen its links with international law firms.
Private equity star Graeme Sloan has completed his biggest deal to date since joining Latham & Watkins in May.
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.
US technology company Sybase has appointed Helle Jorgensen as its new UK general counsel.
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.
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.
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.
What was your first-ever job?Teaching tennis and skiing at university.
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.
As City lawyers jet off for their summer holidays, training has remained a consistent story generator.
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.
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White & Case has raided Linklaters and Weil Gotshal & Manges to boost its London and Frankfurt finance groups.
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" /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 ...