7 January 2008

The Lawyer

  • A big birthday for The Temple

    8-Jan-2008

    This is class. The Temple is celebrating 400 years of independence not with a couple of washed-out garden parties but with a big fat festival of music, theatre and debate.

  • A&O forced to defend religious holiday policy

    7-Jan-2008

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has defended its employment policies after a former associate from the New York office sued the firm for race discrimination.

  • A&O lures old boy back from Norton Rose

    7-Jan-2008

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has convinced Norton Rose corporate finance partner Chris Moore to rejoin its ranks.

  • A&O scoops Italian banking team

    11-Jan-2008

    Allen & Overy partner Stefano Sennhauser has raided his former firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for a team of six banking associates in a move that heralds a renewed focus on Italy by A&O.

  • A&O scoops Shearman global M&A chief

    10-Jan-2008

    Allen & Overy has raided Shearman & Sterling for its global co-head of M&A for its Düsseldorf office in the latest high-profile move in the German market.

  • A&O shares in £18.5m fees from Courts collapse

    8-Jan-2008

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has made millions of pounds in fees out of bankrupt furniture retailer Courts, which still has a pension deficit of over £14m.

  • ABN-RBS deal gives A&O a leg-up in 2007 global and European M&A rankings

    7-Jan-2008

    The protracted £50.2bn takeover of ABN Amro by a Royal Bank of Scotland-led consortium was big enough to propel Allen & Overy (A&O) up Bloomberg's global and European M&A advisory tables for 2007.

  • Andrew Levy: Stagecoach

    7-Jan-2008

    Stagecoach has expanded into the US and won some big rail franchising contracts. But it still has only one in-house lawyer, Andrew Levy.

  • Appleby bolsters Jersey offering with three hires

    11-Jan-2008

    Offshore giant firm Appleby has raided rival Ogier to hire Jeremy Leese into its corporate and commercial practice group.

  • Ashurst overhauls management team

    10-Jan-2008

    Ashurst has injected new blood into its management committee, with litigation partner Ben Tidswell and corporate partner Reinhard Eyring taking up places on the eight-person board.

  • Bermudian bank sues Links for negligence

    7-Jan-2008

    Linklaters has called in Clyde & Co to defend it from former clients demanding damages of £2.7m plus interest for negligence.

  • Bindmans sees official cleared of secrets leak

    9-Jan-2008

    Civil liberties specialist Bindman & Partners has successfully defended a civil servant accused of breaching the Official Secrets Act after leaking secret documents to the media.

  • BLG bags OFT lawyer for competition push

    11-Jan-2008

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has ramped up its competition team with the hire of Office of Fair Trading (OFT) lawyer Sheila Tormey.

  • BLG ramps up arbitration practice with Watson Farley hire

    9-Jan-2008

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has boosted its international arbitration capabilities with the hire of a former senior arbitration partner from Watson Farley & Williams.

  • BLP racks up AIM hat trick before 2007 year-end

    7-Jan-2008

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) wrapped up three AIM deals before the 2007 year-end, including its first listing of an Indian company and the flotation of the first Asia-based gaming company to seek a London listing.

  • BP gains GC from GlaxoSmithKline

    7-Jan-2008

    BP has hired GlaxoSmith-Kline's (GSK) rated general counsel Rupert Bondy as it prepares for the imminent retirement of current legal chief Peter Bevan.

  • Brown Rudnick scoops Addleshaws insolvency partner

    7-Jan-2008

    US firm Brown Rudnick has snared Addleshaw Goddard's former head of corporate restructuring and insolvency group to join its London office.

  • Byrne in the USA: Here, there, and everywhere

    10-Jan-2008

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  • Cadwalader makes 35 redundant

    10-Jan-2008

    Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has made 35 lawyers across its US offices redundant. The news broke today (10 January) in a statement from the firm which blamed "unexpected and persistent volatility" in sectors of the financial markets that have affected the capital markets, Cadwalader's clients and certain practice groups within the firm. The release continued: "Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft is responding to these market developments with a number of initiatives: Targeted personnel ...

  • CC and Links step up for latest KKR deal

    9-Jan-2008

    Magic circle rivals Clifford Chance and Linklaters dominated the latest acquisition by US private equity powerhouse Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR).

  • Civil Justice Council to debate litigation funding regulation

    7-Jan-2008

    The Civil Justice Council (CJC) is moving a step closer to regulating third-party litigation funding.

  • Clarke Willmott and Lovells settle Equitable Life claims

    11-Jan-2008

    More than 400 claimants have settled a mis-selling claim against Equitable Life because of the financial complexities of the case.

  • Clifford Chance hires EC heavyweight for regulatory push

    10-Jan-2008

    Clifford Chance hires EC heavyweight for regulatory push" /Clifford Chance clients will be able to tap into expert advice on a range of European policies following the hire of the former director general of the European Commission's legal service.

  • Clifford Chance revamps partnership council

    11-Jan-2008

    Clifford Chance revamps partnership council" /Clifford Chance has elected four new members to its partnership council with each set to serve a two-year term.

  • Cravath sends US stalwart to build London disputes practice

    8-Jan-2008

    Cravath Swaine & Moore senior litigation partner John Beerbower has moved to the firm's London office to spearhead the dispute revolution practice in the capital.

  • Credit crunch affecting real estate markets

    10-Jan-2008

    The ongoing crisis in global credit markets is having a profound impact on various sectors of the real estate market.

  • Cuatrecasas's new Latin America chief sets sights on Mexico

    7-Jan-2008

    Cuatrecasas has appointed a new lead partner for its Latin American practice as it looks to strengthen its presence in the region with a new office in Mexico.

  • DAC drops KSB name post-merger

    7-Jan-2008

    Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has decided to drop the KSB Law brand following the completion of its takeover.

  • Dewey & LeBoeuf pulls in Akin duo for Dubai

    7-Jan-2008

    Dewey & LeBoeuf has raided the Dubai office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld for its first launch since last October's merger between Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae.

  • DLA Piper promotes 12 in London

    7-Jan-2008

    DLA Piper promotes 12 in London" /The London office of DLA Piper has scored the bulk of this year's partnership promotions with a total of 12 partners being made up in the City. Last year the firm promoted 10 in London.

  • DLA Piper raids fledgling Proskauer Paris office

    10-Jan-2008

    DLA Piper has boosted its Paris arm with the hire of a three-partner team from Proskauer Rose, taking seven lawyers in total.

  • Dominos turns to AutoNation for new GC

    9-Jan-2008

    Domino's Pizza has ended a five month search for a new general counsel, bringing in car retailer AutoNation deputy legal chief Ken Rollin.

  • Dundas looks to Clifford Chance for latest City hire

    9-Jan-2008

    Dundas & Wilson has beefed up its employment practice with the addition of Clifford Chance partner Robert Davies to its London office.

  • DWS scoops lead role advising govt on Northern Irish road project

    7-Jan-2008

    A raft of firms has landed roles on a road development project in Northern Ireland that has seen Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) win its second mandate acting for the Northern Irish Department of Regional Development.

  • Easy as one, two, three

    7-Jan-2008

    As Clifford Chance shakes up its London practice groups, what effect will it have on internal culture and recruitment?

  • Eversheds advises JP Morgan on Northern Rock deal

    11-Jan-2008

    Eversheds is the latest firm to land a role on the Northern Rock saga, advising JP Morgan in the purchase of £2.2bn-worth of mortgages from the stricken lender.

  • Eversheds extends European footprint with Swiss association

    10-Jan-2008

    Eversheds has formed an association with Swiss law firm Schmid Rechtsanwaelte, adding a new jurisdiction to its international network.

  • Ex-BG in-houser takes on energy role at Fulbright

    9-Jan-2008

    The London office of Texas-based Fulbright & Jaworski has hired the former general counsel of gas giant BG Group, Stefan Ricketts.

  • Facing facts

    7-Jan-2008

    Most users of social networking websites such as Facebook have no idea how their personal data can be used. It's time to educate them on the risks, says Kevin Calder

  • Family lawyers welcome Divorce Day

    7-Jan-2008

    The UK's family lawyers are enjoying D Day (Divorce Day) today, as more divorces are expected to be filed today than on any other day of the year.

  • FFW advises Chello Zone on TV joint venture with HIT

    7-Jan-2008

    Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has embraced the world of children's television, advising international broadcaster and TV distributor Chello Zone on a 10-year joint venture with HIT Entertainment, the home of popular children's programmes such as Bob the Builder, Thomas and Friends, Angelina Ballerina, Pingu, Barney and Fireman Sam.

  • Firm profile: Kester Cunningham

    7-Jan-2008

    "Firms need to get bigger, they need to be prepared to do big things," proclaims Kester Cunningham John managing partner Simon Smith.

  • Firms cash in on Abbot takeover

    7-Jan-2008

    A raft of advisers has secured one of the biggest take-privates since the credit crisis jammed the market last summer.

  • Freshfields rainmaker spearheads Middle East push

    9-Jan-2008

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will parachute its former London head of finance to the Middle East as part of a renewed focus on the region.

  • Gide makes up diverse range of partners

    8-Jan-2008

    France's largest independent firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has made up four partners in its international network with new partners in Algiers, Beijing, Belgrade and Kiev in addition to six partners in Paris.

  • Harbottle gets happy ending in film fee dispute

    7-Jan-2008

    Media boutique Harbottle & Lewis settled its case against Hollywood producer Israel Baron after two days in the High Court just before Christmas.

  • Harneys promotes record four to partnership

    11-Jan-2008

    Offshore firm Harneys has made up a record four lawyers to partner-level in the latest round of promotions, boosting its partnership to 14.

  • HarperCollins media expert takes over as Dow Jones GC

    7-Jan-2008

    Dow Jones has snared HarperCollins associate general counsel Mark Jackson to take up the role of executive vice-president and general counsel.

  • Heaven Kent

    7-Jan-2008

    Partnership. The perennial carrot for many hardworking associates, but how to achieve it? Billing 3,000 hours a year? Improving your handicap and thereby your networking skills, perhaps? A few beers with your group head? Tulkinghorn can reveal an easier way: move to Sevenoaks.

  • Howrey takes Simmons and Taylor Wessing partners

    11-Jan-2008

    Howrey has boosted its London IP group with two new partners, taking Marjan Noor from Taylor Wessing and Paul Inman from Simmons & Simmons.

  • Ignore the Legal Services Act at your peril

    7-Jan-2008

    While the partnership as a business vehicle may not yet be dead, it could be nearing extinction.

  • Indian cope trick

    7-Jan-2008

    As the Indian legal market looks set to open up to foreign firms, LG's review of its Indian firm network is fast approaching completion.

  • IP/IT/telecoms

    7-Jan-2008

    2007 was a landmark year for IP, with enough major rulings to keep textbook writers occupied for some time. But 2008 looks set to be just as fascinating for IP professionals.

  • IPS Law homes in on Manchester music scene

    7-Jan-2008

    Manchester sports boutique IPS Law has launched a music and entertainment practice with a lawyer from Laytons Solicitors.

  • Is it time for a change?

    7-Jan-2008

    QUESTION: I'm a six year-PQE corporate associate at a top 10 firm and I'm desperate for some proper time off.

  • JJB to pay out after football shirts claim

    9-Jan-2008

    The landmark representative action brought by consumer group Which? against sports retailer JJB Sports has been settled.

  • K&L Gates assaults French market with Paris launch

    9-Jan-2008

    K&L Gates has continued its current expansionist momentum into the New Year with the launch of a new office in Paris today (9 January).

  • Kaye Scholer makes first London internal partner promotion

    7-Jan-2008

    Kaye Scholer has made up its first partner in London since opening in the City in 2002.

  • Kendall Freeman becomes EAPD UK

    7-Jan-2008

    Kendall Freeman has successfully completed its merger with US firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD).

  • Law firms ready themselves for huge taxi bill

    11-Jan-2008

    Free taxis home for late-working lawyers could be under threat from new guidance published by HMRC.

  • Lawyer quartet scoops New Year honours

    7-Jan-2008

    Four lawyers were rewarded with OBEs in the 2008 New Year's Honours List for achievements in fields ranging from law firm management, pro bono, diplomacy in Baghdad and animal welfare.

  • Letters of The Lawyer

    7-Jan-2008

    It's true. The legal profession is lightening up.

  • Linklaters hire boosts Lovells litigation in Poland

    8-Jan-2008

    Lovells has beefed up its global intellectual property media and technology practice with the addition of a new partner in Warsaw from Linklaters.

  • Linklaters trio joins breakaway firm

    7-Jan-2008

    Two more German Linklaters partners and a managing associate joined breakaway Cologne firm Oppenhoff & Partner for its launch on 1 January.

  • Links' German head steps down amid restructure

    11-Jan-2008

    Linklaters' German management structure overhaul is nearing completion with the managing partner position disappearing as Markus Hartung steps down.

  • Littleton haunts Cloisters with new raid

    7-Jan-2008

    Littleton Chambers has raided employment set Cloisters for the second time in eight months for two more barristers.

  • London comes up trumps in White & Case promotions round

    10-Jan-2008

    White & Case has made a record number of London associates up to partner in its latest round of promotions.

  • London misses out as MoFo promotes 24

    8-Jan-2008

    San Francisco-headquartered Morrison & Foerster is the latest US firm to announce its partnership promotions, making up 24 to the partnership.

  • Lovells keeps Hudd on global executive

    7-Jan-2008

    Lovells capital markets practice head David Hudd has been re-elected to the firm's international executive for a further three-year term.

  • Lovells, Macfarlanes bag roles on Maximuscle sale

    9-Jan-2008

    Lovells and Macfarlanes have played key roles on a private equity secondary exit, with the former acting for vendor Piper Private Equity while the latter advised buyer Darwin Private Equity.

  • Magister continues global drive with Georgia launch

    7-Jan-2008

    Ukranian firm Magister & Partners has launched an office in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, marking the next move in the firm's international expansion.

  • Making your mark

    7-Jan-2008

    From the shape of a sausage to Tarzan's yell, the courts are inundated with unusual trademark applications. Mary Bagnall and Susie Curtis clarify what, exactly, a trademark is

  • Mayer Brown looks to JSM merger to aid global ambitions

    7-Jan-2008

    Mayer Brown looks to JSM merger to aid global ambitions" / Mayer Brown's merger with Hong Kong firm Johnson Stokes & Master (JSM) has been designed to transform the transatlantic firm into a credible global player with presences in Hong Kong, mainland China, Vietnam and Thailand. For JSM the attractiveness ...

  • Mills & Reeve hires real estate chief

    7-Jan-2008

    Mills & Reeve has snared DLA Piper's Birmingham-based real estate partner Alex Jones to head its real estate offering in Birmingham.

  • Mills & Reeve posts fee income growth

    7-Jan-2008

    East Anglian firm Mills & Reeve has increased its fee income at the half-year stage to £28.8m, up by 10.3 per cent on last year's performance.

  • Mishcon put through the Mills stone

    7-Jan-2008

    Mishcon de Reya was all over the papers just before Christmas. In case you missed it, the firm is said to be looking to sue former client Heather Mills McCartney over her unpaid legal bills.

  • Nabarro

    7-Jan-2008

    According to managing partner Nicole Paradise, the exercise, which has been around in larger magic circle firms for some time, is not about "identifying a small elite group, but about achieving certain benchmarks".

  • New bar chair attacks law firms' in-house advocacy skills

    7-Jan-2008

    New Bar Council chair Timothy Dutton QC raised concerns about the quality standards of law firms' in-house advocacy units as he set out his vision for his 12 months in office.

  • New district judge for South East Circuit

    7-Jan-2008

    Lynda Jayne Ashworth has been appointed as a district judge. Ashworth, who was admitted as a solicitor in 1985, was appointed as a deputy district judge in 2002. She has been assigned to the South Eastern Circuit, based at Southend County Court, with effect from Monday 14 January 2008.

  • New United Utilities law chief set to rejig team

    7-Jan-2008

    United Utilities has lured Gallaher Group general counsel Tom Keevil to take up the role of general counsel and company secretary, with a mandate to reshape the in-house team.

  • New Year's constitutions

    7-Jan-2008

    All sorts of factors are converging to make 2008 a particularly fascinating year.

  • No fogeys' old dough

    7-Jan-2008

    Tulkinghorn was perusing The Lawyer's job advertisements last week when he came across a job entitled 'Private Client Partner - New Money (Sports & Media)'.Presumably this means that the said partner could take instructions from Peter Andre and Katie Price, but not, say, the old-monied Duke and Duchess of Wessex?A sign of the times, mused Tulkinghorn.

  • Obituary: Dominic Welham

    7-Jan-2008

    Linklaters’ highly regarded corporate partner Dominic Welham has died aged 44 after a battle with cancer.

  • Obituary: Lord Justice Pumfrey

    7-Jan-2008

    Lord Justice Pumfrey has died of a stroke, aged 56. Pumfrey, who became a High Court judge at the age of 46, made a significant contribution to the IP sector over the years.

  • O'Melveny star bulks up Addleshaws' finance team

    7-Jan-2008

    Addleshaw Goddard has snared a rising leveraged finance star from O'Melveny & Myers to strengthen its London finance team.

  • People moves: round-up

    7-Jan-2008

    • Norton Rose has recruited Ramu Ramaswamy as a senior associate for its London energy projects group from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

  • Peter Lawson: Burness

    7-Jan-2008

    Where's the best place to go if you want to find out what's really going on in the office?The pub below our office, especially if someone's leaving.

  • Pillsbury again posts strong PEP, flat revenue

    7-Jan-2008

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has posted a double-digit rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP) along with sluggish revenue growth for the second year running. PEP was up 12.6 per cent to $985,000 (£500,000). The increase follows the 14 per cent rise in 2006 from $765,000 (£388,000) to $875,000 (£441,000).

  • Pillsbury revenue growth stalls but profit rises

    8-Jan-2008

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is one of the first US firms to announce its financial results.

  • Practising law in the 'real world'?

    9-Jan-2008

    An increasing number of law firms are opening, or considering to open, offices in 'Second Life', the virtual three-dimensional world.

  • Prince Evans trio takes senior partner to court over closure attempt

    7-Jan-2008

    A trio of partners from Prince Evans Solicitors is battling to save the firm in the High Court after its senior partner attempted to dissolve the housing boutique.

  • Quadrant director retires

    7-Jan-2008

    Quadrant Chambers director Gordon Armstrong is set to retire in January. Armstrong, who has served as senior clerk and chambers director at the set since 1984, took the decision to take early retirement after suffering from ill-health over the last few months. During Armstrong's time in office the set has expanded from niche admiralty law set 2 Essex Court, which became 4 Essex Court and then Quadrant, a set of 44 barristers practising a broad range of commercial law.

  • Rap poison

    7-Jan-2008

    Trash-talking is not just confined to rap, it seems. Following hot on the heels of Berwin Leighton Paisner's performance of Joseph, which contained jibes to other firms, Allen & Overy (A&O) is the latest to dish out insults to rivals using the medium of song - Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, ...

  • Real estate chiefs predict a year of uncertainty

    7-Jan-2008

    An overwhelming majority of real estate bosses say that current debt market conditions are having an impact on their businesses, according to a poll that has just been released by DLA Piper.

  • Reed Smith smashes revenue target in double-merger year

    8-Jan-2008

    Reed Smith smashes revenue target in double-merger year" /US firm Reed Smith has broken the $1m average profit per equity (PEP) partner barrier and smashed its revenue target with a solid set of year-end financial results at the end of a year, which has witnessed two large mergers.

  • Schönherr extends into Hungary

    7-Jan-2008

    Austrian firm Schönherr Rechtsanwälte has launched an office in Hungary, snatching a rival Vienna firm's associated office in Budapest.

  • Separated at birth

    7-Jan-2008

    Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman 'Big' Steve Davis has recently taken to batting on both sides of the Atlantic after assuming control of the US firm's strategically important London office. It is understood the move was inspired by doppelgänger Sir Ian 'Beefy' Botham's flight across the Atlantic during the mid-'80s to have a bash at baseball. It's hoped that 'Big' Steve's transatlantic mission is a little more successful. 'Beefy' wasn't very good at baseball.

  • Shepherd acts on ScottishPower PPA

    7-Jan-2008

    Shepherd and Wedderburn has handled a major power purchase agreement (PPA) for Scottish-Power, winning the instruction on the back of senior associate Graeme Moffett's secondment to the company.

  • Sick of secondment

    7-Jan-2008

    Question: I am currently on a six-month secondment to a bank and hating every minute of it even though I know it's good for my career. How do I make the most of a bad situation? My supervisor has made it clear that he doesn't care how I feel, and my partner at my firm is on sabbatical.

  • Slaughters gets bumps from best friends

    7-Jan-2008

    It seems Slaughter and May is no longer the biggest kid in the playground, if Bloomberg's latest M&A legal advisory league tables are anything to go by.

  • SRA rejects referral fees ban

    11-Jan-2008

    The profession will escape a full ban on referral fees but tighter measures will be introduced to cut down abuse of the system.

  • Stonewall names Pinsents the most gay-friendly firm in UK

    9-Jan-2008

    Pinsent Masons is the most gay-friendly law firm in the UK, a survey by gay rights group Stonewall has found.

  • The meter's running on tax-free taxis.

    11-Jan-2008

    The meter's running on tax-free taxis.11-Jan-2008Soon hordes of lawyers will roam the City's streets after dark and clog up the Underground (that's a big tunnel with a train in), trying to find their way home. The time-honoured perk of a free taxi home is under attack from those pesky Revenue bureaucrats.

  • Third-party litigation funder joins AIM

    7-Jan-2008

    Third-party litigation funding has jumped into the mainstream of financial investments with the first admission to AIM of a specialist litigation fund.

  • This week we're all talking about....whether 2008 will be boom or bust for law firms?

    10-Jan-2008

    As the UK economy continues to teeter on the verge of an almost certain slowdown, the main preoccupation on law firms’ minds is how to mitigate such an eventuality.

  • To e or not to e. - E-disclosure debate

    11-Jan-2008

    KPMG recently published a report on litigators’ views on e-disclosure. It tells us that lawyers are concerned about the cost of handling e-disclosure exercises and that they feel the changes to Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) Part 31 have not had much of an impact. In fact, in some cases they have merely added to the confusion.

  • UK law firms bank on emerging markets to ride out credit crunch

    7-Jan-2008

    Law firms at all levels of the market are bracing themselves for an uncertain year, with management looking at geographic diversification as a means of mitigating tumultuous market conditions.

  • Web week

    7-Jan-2008

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  • Welsh lawyers in Welsh language drive

    10-Jan-2008

    Wales' Magistrates' Courts are set to encourage parties to use the Welsh language in legal proceedings.

  • Wiggin scores sport and media triple

    7-Jan-2008

    Wiggin's sport and media team has scored a hat trick of deals, picking up mandates from ITV, Virgin Media and Manchester United FC.

  • Winston debuts in Charlotte with six-partner raid

    9-Jan-2008

    Winston & Strawn has made a dramatic entry into the second-largest banking centre in the US, Charlotte, with a raid on rival Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman for at least six partners.

  • World renown?

    7-Jan-2008

    The US is facing stiff resistance over its patent reforms.