8 August 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 ...
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.
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
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.
Energy and projects boom drives City firms to the Middle East; Akin Gump, BLP, Linklaters set to follow
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's burgeoning legal team has raided Credit Suisse for a new European legal chief.
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 Law School is launching the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) in its new Leeds law school from September 2006, it announced today (Monday 8 August).
Boston-based law firm Brown Rudnick has strengthened its London presence with the appointment of three private equity and venture capital specialists.
The transitional period for the Licensing Act is coming to an end. Richard Arnot reports on the implications for property lawyers
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.
Howard Kennedy has hired a new assistant solicitor.
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.
The former senior partner of Coudert Brothers Frankfurt has joined German firm Büsing Müffelmann & Theye.
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 Rudnick Gray Cary has landed the instruction to act for the administrators of Red Letter Days, the business run by television personality Rachel Elnaugh.
Will the real Robert Armour please stand up?
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's head of litigation David Greene is taking on US coffee giant Starbucks in a fight to protect Ethiopian IP interests.
The High Court handed down a decision last month which could have far-reaching implications for insolvency professionals.
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 ...
Is there something Tulkinghorn should know about the selection criteria for heads of chambers?
Mayfair firm Forsters is kick-starting an employment practice with the hire of a senior in-house lawyer from brokerage firm Icap.
London's success in securing the 2012 Olympic Games will lead to new legislation for the development of the sites. Simon Ricketts reports
Yorkshire firm Gordons has snagged Eversheds Leeds partner Richard Piper to head up its construction team.
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 is winding up its occupational pension scheme in favour of a group personal pension plan, it emerged last week.
Which partner at a US law firm in London,...
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 has landed its first acquisition finance mandate from Mizuho Bank, working on Charterhouse's £225m buyout of baby care products manufacturer Avent.
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.
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 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. ...
Mrs Tulkinghorn loves a good reality TV show. Tulkinghorn himself does not.
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 has continued its New York hiring spree with the appointment of two partners from US firms Sullivan & Cromwell and Shearman & Sterling.
Linklaters has emerged as the top corporate practice by turnover for the second year in a row.
Eversheds has beaten Baker & McKenzie and Sydney firm Mallesons to the role of legal adviser for Indonesian mobile communications company Lippo Telecom.
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
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 Rowe & Maw has poached telecoms specialist Robert Bratby from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.
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.
An Appeal Court ruling in Vahidi leaves mediation as the preferred process for stress at work claims
Pannone & Partners has snagged Pinsent Masons Manchester property partner Stephen Chalcraft as part of its massive hiring spree.
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.
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.
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 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.
As the property derivatives market overcomes some old uncertainties, interest and deal sizes are on the up. Mark Daley reports
When used correctly the voice can be a powerful tool in most situations
Robert Cherry, corporate partner and board member, Morgan Cole
Trowers & Hamlins has boosted its rapidly expanding Dubai office with the hire of a new projects and construction partner, Nigel Truscott.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.