7 February 2005

The Lawyer

  • Addleshaws takes Hammonds head of PFI/PPP

    7-Feb-2005

    Hammonds is losing yet another construction lawyer as its respected head of PFIs and PPPs Nigel Proctor leaves for Addleshaw Goddard. Proctor, a partner in Hammonds’ Manchester office, will move to Addleshaws at the end of the financial year. His departure follows the 28 January announcement that Birmingham construction partners James Bessey and Mark Robinson are to go to Cobbetts.

  • AWS drops Prettys in favour of Shoosmiths

    7-Feb-2005

    Shoosmiths has triumphed over a host of firms to advise Anglian Water Services (AWS) on all of its self-insured public liability and property damage litigation, elbowing out previous adviser Prettys Solicitors in the process.

  • B&M Hong Kong tax partner departs

    7-Feb-2005

    Baker & McKenzie tax and commercial partner Daniel Chan left the firm’s Hong Kong office last Monday (31 January). A spokesperson for the firm said: “Baker & McKenzie can confirm that Daniel Lap Fung Chan, a partner of Baker & McKenzie Hong Kong, left the firm with effect from 31 January 2005 in order to pursue other opportunities.”

  • Beachcrofts in triple raid to bolster construction

    11-Feb-2005

    Beachcroft Wansbroughs has bolstered its construction team with the hire of three new partners.

  • Bevan Brittan launches licensing team

    9-Feb-2005

    Bevan Brittan has established a dedicated licensing practice for the first time, with the hire of two lawyers into its Birmingham office.Former Hammonds senior assistant Sharon McCann and ex-Heatons head of licensing Rob Westwood-Payne joined Bevan Brittan on 1 February.McCann joins the firm as a partner, while Westwood-Payne is an associate. The pair will be responsible for setting ...

  • BLG partner joins Primary Group

    7-Feb-2005

    Insurance distribution company Primary Group has appointed Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) partner David Arthur as group corporate counsel. A partner in BLG’s professional liability and commercial litigation team, Arthur joins Primary after 24 years at the firm – 20 of those as a partner. His experience includes acting for large accountants and insurance firms in litigation, including the BCCI and Barings cases. Primary is headquartered in Bermuda and has broking and underwriting capabilities.

  • Brodies’ cash reserves swell by 700 per cent

    7-Feb-2005

    Scottish firm Brodies has reported a 700 per cent increase in its cash reserves, according to its annual report published last week.

  • Careers: in brief

    7-Feb-2005

    North West recruitment consultancy Clayton Legal announced the results of its first local legal salary survey in January. Manchester remained the dominant centre in the North West, with salary levels still significantly outweighing those of other cities locally. In Liverpool, despite continuous image strengthening, salaries at all levels and in all disciplines remained lower. Chester and Cheshire salaries fell just behind Manchester but ahead of Liverpool. The survey also showed increasing ...

  • Careers: people

    7-Feb-2005

    East Anglian firm Kester Cunningham John has announced two new associates in its personal injury team. Jenny Holt, who specialises in claims on behalf of amputees, and Simon Davis, an expert in catastrophic spinal and head injury cases, both joined the firm in 2001.

  • Causation effect

    7-Feb-2005

    A recent clinical negligence case made all professionals sit up and take notice. But lawyers need not worry – the ruling does not apply to them. By Peter Causton

  • CC insurance head boosts DLA Germany

    7-Feb-2005

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has secured German insurance capability for the first time with the hire of Clifford Chance insurance expert Herbert Palmberger.

  • Charles Russell tops AIM game

    7-Feb-2005

    Charles Russell has stor-med the list of the top 10 legal advisers on AIM flotations.

  • Chelsea scores again

    7-Feb-2005

    One of Tulkinghorn’s scribes was keen to follow up a News of the World story regarding the alleged blossoming relationship of Hammonds sports partner Louise Quinn and Chelsea chief Peter Kenyon.

  • City coalition slates Law Soc’s planned education changes

    7-Feb-2005

    City law firms have joined the chorus of opposition to the Law Society’s proposed changes to the training of lawyers, lobbying Law Society council members ahead of this month’s crucial vote on the proposals.

  • Commercial Court suffers five-year decline in cases

    7-Feb-2005

    The number of trials heard in the Commercial Court has dropped continuously for the last five years, it emerged last week.

  • Counting costs

    7-Feb-2005

    Keeping the lid on excessive litigation costs is extremely important to the courts. Mike Willis details the tools being used

  • Court of Appeal: witness training is not acceptable

    7-Feb-2005

    Lawyers involved in preparing witnesses for trial will need to keep transparent records following a Court of Appeal ruling on Wednesday (2 February).

  • Dentons loses out on English Partnerships panel

    9-Feb-2005

    Denton Wilde Sapte has lost its place on the English Partnerships panel after an exhaustive eight-month review.The firm was one of the regeneration agency’s original five-firm panel, but was dropped from the new list of 11 advisers announced last week.Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Eversheds, ...

  • Dorsey’s US partners hit out over global strategy

    7-Feb-2005

    London partners owe the firm $20,000 each in drawings after failing to meet profit projections

  • Double top

    7-Feb-2005

    With much of Commerzbank's business based in Germany, its small UK Legal team is carving its own niche. Husnara Begum reports

  • Dress stroke

    7-Feb-2005

    Being a fitness fanatic (ahem), Tulkinghorn was horrified when he heard about a Deutsche Bank in-house lawyer’s terrible experience at LA Fitness.

  • Equitable Life v Ernst & Young: good, old-fashioned litigation

    7-Feb-2005

    Equitable and E&Y may want closure, but as Joanne Harris reports, the lawyers are loving this one

  • Eversheds recaptures Stanley work from Ashurst

    7-Feb-2005

    Eversheds has reasserted its grip on its client of 20 years Stanley Leisure after losing out to Ashurst on a big corporate instruction late last year.

  • Ex-Deacons defector quits White & Case for HK firm

    7-Feb-2005

    One of the White & Case lawyers who was part of the team that was embroiled in a lengthy court battle over its departure from Deacons has now quit the US firm.

  • Expansion signals new Paris focus for Hogan

    7-Feb-2005

    Washington DC-based Hogan & Hartson has taken its first lateral partner since losing the majority of its associated Paris office to Piper Rudnick (now DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary) last summer. The firm is also sending a heavyweight management partner to Paris to spearhead a renewed growth drive.

  • Firm profile: Bermans

    7-Feb-2005

    Niche commercial firm Bermans celebrated the start of 2005 by securing two important panel appointments.

  • Freshfields faced?

    7-Feb-2005

    HR issues are at the top of everybody’s agenda these days, and a good thing too. But it was not always so.

  • Gianni moves into Turin with new hire

    7-Feb-2005

    Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has recruited the former head of legal and senior vice-president at Italian technology company Finmeccanica to spearhead its debut in Turin.

  • Grapevine

    7-Feb-2005

    Call it the curse of The Rising 50, but one of the firms that was profiled in The Lawyer’s new supplement last year has predicted that revenues this year will fall, not rise.

  • Hammonds slashes partner drawings ahead of expected profit slide

    7-Feb-2005

    Hammonds partners are bracing themselves for a crash in profitability, which has forced management to cut partner drawings by 12 per cent.

  • Hearsay

    7-Feb-2005

    Which City partner scored a whopping 97 per cent on the legendary Tart Test?

  • Hong Kong corporate star quits Linklaters

    9-Feb-2005

    Linklaters’ Hong Kong-based corporate partner Dominic Tsun has quit after almost eight years with the magic circle firm.Tsun’s departure is a blow to the firm because of his close relationships with a number of investment banks, including Goldman Sachs and HSBC.Last April Tsun advised HSBC as global coordinator, bookrunner, lead manager and sponsor on the listing of Nam Tai Electronic & ...

  • ICI's Herlihy to quit

    9-Feb-2005

    ICI’s general counsel and company secretary Michael Herlihy has quit the FTSE 100 company after 26 years service.Herlihy, who has been general counsel since January 1996, will be replaced by Andy Ransom, the group vice president for mergers and acquisitions. Ransom has been with ICI for 18 years and prior to his current role worked as general counsel for ICI in the Americas.Herlihy is due to retire from ICI at the end of June.

  • Ince moves London and Paris bases

    7-Feb-2005

    Ince & Co is sprucing up its image by relocating its operations in London and Paris.

  • Ince pleads innocence in discrimination case

    7-Feb-2005

    Ince & Co has been hit with a sex and disability discrimination claim from a former reinsurance lawyer who left the firm last April.

  • Jones Day handed Allders work thanks to referral from Olswang

    7-Feb-2005

    Jones Day handed Allders work thanks to referral from Olswang" /Jones Day has scooped its first instruction from Allders, the department store chain that was recently forced into administration.Insolvency partner Adam Plainer ...

  • Jones Day newbies receive pay increase

    7-Feb-2005

    Jones Day is upping its first year trainees’ pay packets to £36,000 to break the £35,000 benchmark set by most of its US rivals.

  • Kirkland scoops Gibson restructuring head

    7-Feb-2005

    Kirkland & Ellis has hired Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s high profile restructuring head Rick Cieri. Cieri is best known for his work for debtors and secured creditors and was debtors’ counsel in a host of Chapter 11 cases and restructurings including Solutia, Napster and Trans World Airlines. He joins ...

  • Kirkpatrick private client pair joins Forsters

    7-Feb-2005

    Mayfair firm Forsters has raided Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham to bolster its private client team. Partner Carole Cook and consultant Eliza Mellor joined Forsters last Tuesday (1 February), increasing the firm’s private client team to seven partners and two consultants. Cook and Mellor specialise in providing tax and trust advice to individuals, trustees and companies, with a strong emphasis on ...

  • Kirkpatrick wins Testa IP team

    7-Feb-2005

    Recently-merged Anglo-American firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham is the latest to profit from the demise of Boston technology and venture capital powerhouse Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault.

  • Latham hires Herbies star to push global dispute resolution

    7-Feb-2005

    Latham & Watkins’ London office has scored a coup with the hire of Herbert Smith’s head of public international law Robert Volterra.

  • Lawrence Graham-L&R hostilities end

    7-Feb-2005

    Property company London & Regional (L&R) last week settled its £30m negligence claim against Lawrence Graham and runaway partner Michael Fielding on the first day of the trial.

  • Lewis Silkin takes Villalba case to appeal

    7-Feb-2005

    Lewis Silkin has filed an appeal on behalf of its client Stephanie Villalba (left), the former investment banker who lost her sex discrimination case against Merrill Lynch. The firm had 42 days to appeal against the December decision of the Croydon employment tribunal, which found that Merrill Lynch had not discriminated against Villalba on grounds of gender. She had claimed £7.5m in compensation for ...

  • Linklaters in fresh New York raid on Latham

    8-Feb-2005

    Linklaters has hired Latham & Watkins New York partner Scott Bowie as it bolsters its investment management practice in theUS.

  • Litigation round-up

    7-Feb-2005

    Ward Hadaway (Tiejha Smyth) acted as Privy Council agents for Gulf Insurance in a claim against the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago heard by the Privy Council in mid-January. Gulf was appealing against a decision of the Trinidad and Tobago Court of Appeal, seeking a declaration that the bank acted unlawfully in transferring shares during a 1993 merger. The Judicial Committee reserved judgment, ...

  • Losing your site

    7-Feb-2005

    Kudos is due to Herbert Smith on its snazzy new website, launched on Monday (31 January) with absolutely no fanfare. Although, on second thoughts, the site’s quiet introduction might be just as well.

  • Lovells acts for 200 UK MPs to overturn death sentence

    7-Feb-2005

    A death row prisoner who was once only an hour away from execution will now be either set free or retried following a three-year campaign by Lovells.

  • Lovells gets green light for Singapore arbitration

    7-Feb-2005

    Lovells’ Singapore office is launching a local arbitration practice. The firm has been awarded a licence that will allow the firm to extend its joint venture with local firm Lee & Lee to encompass arbitration.

  • Manches property team expansion continues

    9-Feb-2005

    Manches has bolstered its resurgent property team with the hire of two partners, including the former head of Davenport Lyons’ team Graham Atkins. Atkins, who joined the firm on Monday (7 February), stepped down from a management role last year and had been at Davenport Lyons for 31 year. He is a retail property specialist and counts French Connection, Nicole Farhi and Swarovski among his ...

  • MBR&M bags Midland Group for Jordan Grand Prix buyout

    7-Feb-2005

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) has won a new client, Midland Group, after advising the Canadian company on its acquisition of Jordan Grand Prix.

  • Norton Rose rehires lawyer for Greek push

    7-Feb-2005

    Norton Rose has rehired a former assistant as a partner to help build its Greek law practice. Vassilis Koroxenidis, who worked at Norton Rose between 1997 and 1999 as an assistant before forming his own firm, joins existing partner Dimitri Sofianopoulos in the Piraeus office. He will be responsible for helping to develop Norton Rose’s burgeoning Greek law department, especially in the banking and finance ...

  • O’Melveny raids Wilson Sonsini and McDermott

    7-Feb-2005

    O’Melveny & Myers is ramping up its M&A offering in San Francisco and New York after raids on Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and McDermott Will & Emery.

  • Opinion

    7-Feb-2005

    As the Hunting Act approaches, the pro-hunting brigade is fighting a losing battle in the courts

  • Paul Hastings hires private equity star Toth-Feher

    7-Feb-2005

    Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has taken its first tentative step toward establishing a German presence with the hire of high-profile German private equity lawyer Geza Toth-Feher. Toth-Feher, who founded Dewey Ballantine’s German operation, has been charged with building a small team of German lawyers in the firm’s London office with a view to eventually opening in Germany. He left Dewey Ballantine in late 2003 to form specialist finance advisory service, CB Equity Partners.

  • Pillsbury, Shaw Pittman seal merger agreement

    10-Feb-2005

    Last night Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman finally confirmed their intention to merge.

  • Pinsent Masons loses partner to Dundas

    9-Feb-2005

    Pinsent Masons has lost its first legacy Pinsents partner since the firm’s merger went live in December last year.The former London head of banking and finance Rhodri Davies has quit Pinsent Masons to join Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson.Davies’ departure comes hot on the heels of the resignation ...

  • Pinsents elbows out DLA Piper on Liverpool Uni

    7-Feb-2005

    The University of Liverpool has ditched DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary in favour of Pinsent Masons.

  • Rebels with a clause

    7-Feb-2005

    The relative might of two of the legal market’s heavy hitters was on show recently.

  • Renamed and famed

    7-Feb-2005

    The Solicitors Family Law Association is now known as ‘Resolution’. And with its push for collaborative law, the organisation is changing more than just its name. By Jon Robins

  • Repeat offence

    7-Feb-2005

    Vexatious litigants have been a problem for the courts for more than a century, but there are now measures to stop the rot. By Simon Love

  • RPC turns its back on the NHSLA

    9-Feb-2005

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has dramatically turned down its place on the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) panel.The firm, which has been a member of the panel for the past seven years, says the work offered by the NHSLA no longer fits in with its strategy.Chief executive Adrian Martin said that the decision was taken after a review of RPC’s work profile over the last ...

  • Ryanair looks to Brick Court silk to fight BAA

    7-Feb-2005

    Cost-conscious Ryanair has just instructed one of the bar’s most expensive competition barristers, Brick Court silk Nicholas Green, to act in its dispute over fuel levies with the British Airports Authority (BAA).

  • Scribble me ree

    7-Feb-2005

    For those who curse the invasion of all-pervasive technology (or indeed those who, like Tulkinghorn, just curse their cranky iMacs 10 times a day) comes a warning tale of how Luddite tendencies can cause havoc.

  • Separated at birth

    7-Feb-2005

    So what could possibly have prompted the normally so intractable Lord Hoffmann to plump for such a major volte-face in Kirin-Amgen v Transkaryotic Therapies? When every angle has been considered, perused and minutely mulled, there is only one possible explanation: he has been possessed by the undead soul of that master of the macabre Boris Karloff. Not content with having worked alongside luminaries such as Dick Tracy, Tarzan and Charlie Chan; unfulfilled by his successes in cases such ...

  • Skadden helps Deutsche contest Yukos Chapter 11

    7-Feb-2005

    The London office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is going into battle on behalf of Deutsche Bank in an attempt to dismiss a US bankruptcy claim by embattled Russian oil giant Yukos.

  • Snail's pace international expansion threatens Dorsey

    7-Feb-2005

    Steve Hoare , senior reporter

  • The work-life quiz

    7-Feb-2005

    Martin Powell, managing partner, Withy King

  • Top Israeli firm raids Freshfields to boost international M&A

    9-Feb-2005

    Freshfields corporate associate Tomer Maharshak is leaving to join Israel’s second largest law firm Balter, Guth, Aloni & Co.

  • UK firms gear up as class action culture hits Europe

    7-Feb-2005

    UK law firms are preparing for a potential deluge of work if the floodgates to class actions across Continental Europe are opened.

  • Using your influence

    7-Feb-2005

    A lack of influencing skills is stopping lawyers achieving their goals. Colin Williams reports

  • Virgin rues loss of legal chief prior to group’s panel review

    7-Feb-2005

    Virgin Group has been left without a legal chief as the annual review of the group’s legal panel approaches.

  • White & Case and Lovells set for lockstep overhauls

    7-Feb-2005

    White & Case and Lovells set for lockstep overhauls" /White & Case has unveiled its new-look partner compensation system at the same time as Lovells concludes the first phase of its own remuneration review.

  • Wilmer Cutler posts 14 per cent revenue hike

    10-Feb-2005

    Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has recorded a strong performance in its first full financial year as a merged firm.

  • Wragges IP chief departs to join Marks & Clerk Solicitors

    7-Feb-2005

    Wragges IP chief departs to join Marks & Clerk Solicitors" /Wragge & Co’s head of IP Gregor Grant has quit the Birmingham-based outfit for Marks & Clerk Solicitors, the associated law firm of the world’s largest firm of patent and trademark attorneys.

  • Zurich singles out six firms for global panel

    7-Feb-2005

    Insurance giant Zurich has concluded its secretive review of global advisers, with six firms making it on to its preferred list.