8 August 2005

The Lawyer

  • Deals round-up

    8-Aug-2005

    Norton Rose is advising client Siemens on its £41.5m offer for medical equipment supplier Broadcastle. The acquisition will allow Siemens Financial Services to expand its operations in medical equipment financing and consolidate its position as a leading provider of financial solutions in the UK. As part of the transaction, Broadcastle has conditionally agreed to purchase the minority interests in three ...

  • ABA survey finds 66 per cent of US lawyers work pro bono

    8-Aug-2005

    In the US last year, two-thirds of the legal profession gave free legal assistance to people of limited means and groups helping the poor, according to a new survey by the American Bar Association (ABA). The first national survey of lawyers' pro bono activity found that some 66 per cent of lawyers gave free legal assistance and volunteered an average of 39 hours of work during the year.

  • Anything but Equitable

    8-Aug-2005

    Where to now as the Equitable battle pauses for the summer break? Both sides have claimed small victories and the judge is losing patience. By Jon Robins

  • Are restrictive covenants a shot in the arm or the foot?

    8-Aug-2005

    The spectre of the restrictive covenant has once again raised its head, this time in the case of a regional law firm suing the head of its banking practice over his departure.

  • Ashurst, DLA Piper, Freshfields scramble to launch Dubai arms

    8-Aug-2005

    Energy and projects boom drives City firms to the Middle East; Akin Gump, BLP, Linklaters set to follow

  • Aussie firms feel bite as pay rates outstrip growth

    8-Aug-2005

    Australia's top-tier law firms reported only minimal growth in turnover during 2004-05, at the same time as pressure increased for firms to bolster remuneration packages in order to retain staff.

  • Bank of America snares Credit Suisse MD to be new Euro chief

    8-Aug-2005

    Bank of America's burgeoning legal team has raided Credit Suisse for a new European legal chief.

  • Bar revenues continue to rise

    8-Aug-2005

    The bar has fled for its extended summer break, content that it continues to defy the rumours of its pending demise, fuelled by burgeoning numbers of solicitor-advocates and plummeting numbers of court cases.

  • BPP launches BVC in Leeds

    8-Aug-2005

    BPP Law School is launching the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) in its new Leeds law school from September 2006, it announced today (Monday 8 August).

  • Brown Rudnick raids Speechly Bircham for London boost

    9-Aug-2005

    Boston-based law firm Brown Rudnick has strengthened its London presence with the appointment of three private equity and venture capital specialists.

  • Calling time

    8-Aug-2005

    The transitional period for the Licensing Act is coming to an end. Richard Arnot reports on the implications for property lawyers

  • Careers: In brief

    8-Aug-2005

    The London Trainee Solicitors Group has submitted a voluntary response to the New Training Framework Review - Third Consultation Paper, prepared by the Education and Training Section of the Law Society.

  • Careers: People

    8-Aug-2005

    Howard Kennedy has hired a new assistant solicitor.

  • CAT backs DWS client against OFT betting block

    8-Aug-2005

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) won a landmark ruling over the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) last week, handing the regulator its first-ever defeat of an infringement decision.

  • Coudert loses former Frankfurt chief to domestic rival

    8-Aug-2005

    The former senior partner of Coudert Brothers Frankfurt has joined German firm Büsing Müffelmann & Theye.

  • Court of Appeal hits quiet patch with slump in cases

    8-Aug-2005

    The Court of Appeal was significantly quieter in 2004 than in 2003, but the House of Lords was as busy as ever, according to figures from the bar's top sets.

  • DLA Piper acts on Red Letter Days' administration

    8-Aug-2005

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has landed the instruction to act for the administrators of Red Letter Days, the business run by television personality Rachel Elnaugh.

  • Doppelclänger

    8-Aug-2005

    Will the real Robert Armour please stand up?

  • Dry weekend for LA lawyers as licence deluge strikes

    8-Aug-2005

    Local authority (LA) solicitors had to work late nights over the weekend, with some even cancelling holidays, as thousands of pubs, shops and venues deluged them with last-minute licence applications under new legislation.

  • Edwin Coe embarks on pro bono IP fight for Ethiopia against Starbucks

    8-Aug-2005

    Edwin Coe's head of litigation David Greene is taking on US coffee giant Starbucks in a fight to protect Ethiopian IP interests.

  • Employees take priority over administrators

    8-Aug-2005

    The High Court handed down a decision last month which could have far-reaching implications for insolvency professionals.

  • Firm profile: Birchall Blackburn

    8-Aug-2005

    Birchall Blackburn" /North-West firm Birchall Blackburn is taking a legal fight to the US on behalf of patients almost blinded after surgeons fitted damaged lenses in their eyes. Hundreds of mainly elderly cataract sufferers have been left with damaged vision after the lenses, part of a ...

  • First name same game

    8-Aug-2005

    Is there something Tulkinghorn should know about the selection criteria for heads of chambers?

  • Forsters launches employment practice

    8-Aug-2005

    Mayfair firm Forsters is kick-starting an employment practice with the hire of a senior in-house lawyer from brokerage firm Icap.

  • Games plan

    8-Aug-2005

    London's success in securing the 2012 Olympic Games will lead to new legislation for the development of the sites. Simon Ricketts reports

  • Gordons lands Eversheds construction partner

    10-Aug-2005

    Yorkshire firm Gordons has snagged Eversheds Leeds partner Richard Piper to head up its construction team.

  • Grapevine

    8-Aug-2005

    Adviser trio remain Apax rocks thanks to status quoAshurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Weil Gotshal & Manges will no doubt be delighted that Apax has decided (at least for the time being) against putting its three legal advisers through their paces once again.

  • Hammonds announces end of occupational pension scheme

    8-Aug-2005

    Hammonds is winding up its occupational pension scheme in favour of a group personal pension plan, it emerged last week.

  • Hearsay

    8-Aug-2005

    Which partner at a US law firm in London,...

  • Herbert Smith reveals investment plan to double finance group's revenue

    8-Aug-2005

    Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold has pledged to invest heavily in the firm's finance division to more than double its turnover.

  • Herbert Smith scoops Mizuho for Charterhouse-Avent deal

    8-Aug-2005

    Herbert Smith has landed its first acquisition finance mandate from Mizuho Bank, working on Charterhouse's £225m buyout of baby care products manufacturer Avent.

  • House cowed

    8-Aug-2005

    In February this year, Tulkinghorn reported on Hammonds' former managing partner Chris Jones and his lovely Ilkley pile, which was up for sale at £1.25m.

  • Indonesia bows to UK Law Society pressure to open up to foreign firms

    8-Aug-2005

    After more than two years of lobbying by the Asia Pacific desk of the Law Society, Indonesia has taken tentative steps to open up its legal market to foreign law firms.

  • Kuit Steinart Levy hires new IP chief

    10-Aug-2005

    Kuit Steinart Levy has boosted its contentious IP offering with the hire of new practice head Ian Morris, the former head of Manchester-based Berg Legal’s intellectual property team. Morris has been an intellectual property specialist in Manchester for 30 years and co-authored ‘The Modern Law of Design’. Morris is keen to work with partner Colin Hoffman, who heads Kuits’ non-contentious IP practice, and says the firm will be recruiting more lawyers to the team. He joins as a consultant. ...

  • Lawyers get box clever

    8-Aug-2005

    Mrs Tulkinghorn loves a good reality TV show. Tulkinghorn himself does not.

  • Legal Widow

    8-Aug-2005

    Subjudice is terribly excited because we've had the cameras in, filming us for a TV programme which shows what her class gets up to in school as opposed to kids in Grime High, the local comp.

  • Linklaters makes further gains in NY hiring spree

    8-Aug-2005

    Linklaters has continued its New York hiring spree with the appointment of two partners from US firms Sullivan & Cromwell and Shearman & Sterling.

  • Linklaters spends second year as corporate top dog

    8-Aug-2005

    Linklaters has emerged as the top corporate practice by turnover for the second year in a row.

  • Lippo instructs Eversheds on expansion

    8-Aug-2005

    Eversheds has beaten Baker & McKenzie and Sydney firm Mallesons to the role of legal adviser for Indonesian mobile communications company Lippo Telecom.

  • Mark Hynes: Lambeth Borough Council

    8-Aug-2005

    Lambeth's reputation might not be blossoming, but its legal department certainly is, with plans for adviser rationalisation and a possible London-wide legal collaboration. By Matt Byrne

  • Marks & Clerk throws in with Thales' IP dept

    8-Aug-2005

    Patent and trademark attorneys Marks & Clerk has joined up with the IP arm of electronics group Thales to launch its first office in France.

  • Mayer Brown hires new telecoms partner

    8-Aug-2005

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has poached telecoms specialist Robert Bratby from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

  • MoFo handles Chinese TV deal for Zone Vision

    8-Aug-2005

    Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has snared its first deal for Zone Vision Networks, advising the London-based company on the purchase of China's Encore International.

  • Opinion

    8-Aug-2005

    An Appeal Court ruling in Vahidi leaves mediation as the preferred process for stress at work claims

  • Pannones swoops for Pinsents property ace

    8-Aug-2005

    Pannone & Partners has snagged Pinsent Masons Manchester property partner Stephen Chalcraft as part of its massive hiring spree.

  • Paraskeva taps into water council work

    8-Aug-2005

    Law Society chief executive Janet Paraskeva has been appointed as an independent member for the shadow board of the Consumer Council for Water, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • Radcliffes risks losing UK 100 place

    8-Aug-2005

    Westminster firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur is at risk of falling out of The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report league tables altogether this year after suffering a 14 per cent drop in turnover during the 2004-05 financial year.

  • Silk quits international war crimes role

    8-Aug-2005

    Outer Temple Chambers silk Paul Garlick QC, the British barrister appointed as an international war crimes judge in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has resigned his post after just three months in protest at the work judges have been assigned to do.

  • Skadden claws back fees from US bakery

    8-Aug-2005

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is to receive $4.47m (£2.5m) in fees from US wholesale bread and cake distributor Interstate Bakeries Corp following a ruling by the judge overseeing the company's reorganisation.

  • Swap shop

    8-Aug-2005

    As the property derivatives market overcomes some old uncertainties, interest and deal sizes are on the up. Mark Daley reports

  • The voice of experience

    8-Aug-2005

    When used correctly the voice can be a powerful tool in most situations

  • The work-life quiz

    8-Aug-2005

    Robert Cherry, corporate partner and board member, Morgan Cole

  • Trowers lands Dubai projects expert

    8-Aug-2005

    Trowers & Hamlins has boosted its rapidly expanding Dubai office with the hire of a new projects and construction partner, Nigel Truscott.

  • Van spam

    8-Aug-2005

    Strolling along Chancery Lane the other day, Tulkinghorn glanced across at the shiny new refurbished offices of Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) and was intrigued to spy an equally shiny white van parked outside.

  • Walker Morris scoops BUPA acquisition

    8-Aug-2005

    Leeds firm Walker Morris has consolidated its relationship with longstanding client BUPA by advising the company on its £328m acquisition of rival health care provider Associated Nursing Services (ANS).

  • Wanted: chief to regulate standards at the bar

    8-Aug-2005

    The Bar Council is preparing for the implementation of Sir David Clementi’s review of the regulation of the legal profession by establishing a Bar Standards Board (BSB).

  • Wilson Sonsini opens new office in Shanghai

    8-Aug-2005

    West Coast law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is gearing up to launch in China in what will be its first presence outside the US.

  • Winston raids Katten for six partners

    8-Aug-2005

    US firm Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman has lost another six partners during a further raid by Chicago-based rival Winston & Strawn, meaning the US firm has haemorrhaged 14 partners since March.