8 January 2007
It seems all the most fun Christmas parties were held outside London. Tulkinghorn allowed himself a little chuckle at the story of a South East firm's managing partner who is now affectionately referred to as 'Skippy' following a Christmas party booze-fuelled amorous encounter with a young associate over the side of a skip.Tie me kangaroo down, sport - that's one way to get a raise.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is targeting London-calibre transactions for its Middle East office as the firm looks to improve the quality of work in an effort to lure more associates to the region.
K&L Gates (full name Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, in case you were wondering) opened the doors of its new Berlin office this morning.
In a radical overhaul of its international strategy, US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has pulled out of Brussels and opened its first mainland China office in Beijing.
Dutch chemicals company Akzo Nobel has hired a new chief lawyer from energy company NUON, following the retirement of general counsel Jan Eijsbouts.
Scottish firm Anderson Strathern has been reappointed to advise The Crown Estate on its Scottish portfolio on a three-year mandate, after surviving a competitive tender review. The Scottish portfolio includes the seabed around the Scottish coastline and much of the foreshore, rural estates throughout Scotland, including Glenlivet in Moray and Applegirth in Dumfries, and commercial properties ...
Linklaters managing partner Tony Angel is to step down later this year, prompting a succession race at the magic circle firm.
It's always important to pick your moment. Leave while your name is still in lights, when you're still vigorous enough to be a player. That way you can build a career elsewhere.
AstraZeneca is extending the reach of its legal team as it hunts for litigators to inspect the patents of acquisition targets in order to find weaknesses in their IP portfolios. The company is currently restructuring its legal group and appointing a new general counsel for subsidiary Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT).
Baker & McKenzie partners will be given the opportunity to transfer to other international offices for up to 18 months under the firm's first formal transfer programme, which is expected to be introduced in July.
Property services company Peverel Group’s top in-house lawyer Richard Bagley is to retire next month after six years.
Massive drama in France as gigantic employment firm Barthélémy & Associés (think Thompsons merged with Russell Jones & Walker with a little dash of Lewis Silkin) splinters.
US firm Bingham McCutchen has strengthed its New York office by hiring a restructuring partner from Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
Blackstone Chambers is to launch the first legal action against the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Attorney General and Prime Minister Tony Blair over the decision to drop an investigation into BAE Systems' involvement with a Saudi Arabian defence contract.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher scored lead roles on Bahraini investment bank Investcorp's £157m acquisition of oil services group Moody International.
Having navigated a charmed passage to the upper echelons of the UK legal community, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hit troubled waters at the beginning of 2007.
CMS Cameron McKenna and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher both secured roles on the Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) disposal of 47 Marriott hotels to an Israeli consortium led by Delek Real Estate. Camerons, led by corporate partners Louise Wallace and Chris Southorn, is advising longstanding client RBS on the reputedly ...
Clifford Chance London-based partner Steve Curtis has been appointed to the firm's partnership council. As first revealed by The Lawyer (18 December 2006), Clifford Chance London partners voted in a rare contested election for a place on the firm's ...
So what exactly is going on at Clifford Chance's Frankfurt office? Last month the firm was dealt a heavy blow when two of its most highly rated German corporate partners, Mario Schmidt and Georg Linde, decided to leave the firm to join Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Frankfurt.
Clifford Chance has boosted its mainland corporate China practice by hiring four associates to its Shanghai office.
Clifford Chance kicks off hiring spree in India" /Clifford Chance has made offers to a first group of qualified Indian lawyers at a time when the country is facing increasing pressure to deregulate its legal services market.
Clyde & Co has been granted a licence by the Qatar Financial Centre Authority and will open in Doha, with the launch planned for March.
Well, you have to hand it to Cobbetts. While managing partner Michael Shaw admits that "it has obviously been a difficult early part to the financial year", the firm has managed to boost turnover by 2.5 per cent, from £24.2m to £24.8m.
Collyer Bristow has bolstered its London corporate and commercial and family practices with two partner hires.
US firm Covington & Burling has become the first firm to benefit from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s withdrawal from the Brussels market, taking on senior strategy adviser and Dutch politician Wim van Velzen.
Philadelphia firms Cozen O'Connor and Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen are in merger talks to create Pennsylvania's largest legal presence.
US firm Debevoise & Plimpton has promoted seven associates to counsel, including two in its London office.
The planned merger between Dewey Ballantine and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has been abandoned amid wrangling over management control, ending one of the most anticipated combinations of the year.
Diageo has filled the vacant North American general counsel role, replacing Wally Martinez who quit the company to become managing partner of Hunton & Williams.
Tulkinghorn has actually been left considering his plans for Christmas 2007 after all the best party stories came out of Birmingham.One head of a Birmingham-based chambers was given his own fright in the night when he was intoxicated (just) enough to approach an unknown reveller at a New Year's Eve party for a midnight kiss. Unbeknownst to him the stranger happened to be one of Tulkinghorn's scribes. They're everywhere, you know.
Tulkinghorn has claimed some big scalps in his time, but he was more than a little pleased with himself last week when sources revealed the real reason behind the collapse of the Dewey Ballantine and Orrick merger talks.
Dundas & Wilson has swooped on Herbert Smith, hiring the firm’s head of property litigation Martin Thomas.
Engineering conglomerate Tyco has ditched between 175 and 200 firms in favour of a £10m agreement with Eversheds.
Faegre & Benson has announced its partner promotions for 2007, making up 11 new partners from its associate ranks.
Faegre & Benson has raided fellow US firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher hiring a corporate partner to boost its Frankfurt office.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) is considering implementing its first-ever associate bonus scheme after holding a two-day partnership meeting to look at growth plans.
The London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), the body responsible for the London Fire Brigade, has appointed its first head of legal and democratic services. Davina Fiore, currently head of legal services and monitoring officer at the London Borough of Haringey, will take up the new position in April. The role is a merger of the LFEPA's previously separate head of legal and head of democratic services positions, which follows a shake-up of its internal legal function in the ...
Linklaters Romania office has suffered a setback following the defection of five lawyers to launch their own independent firm in the country’s capital, Bucharest.
One of the world’s leading intellectual property lawyers has come out of retirement to join Howrey.
Italian firm Camozzi & Bonissoni has merged with Italian corporate finance boutique Varrenti Avvocati Associati, creating one of the largest firms in Italy.
French firm Barthélémy et Associés has split, leading to the creation of a new 29 partner firm called Capstan.
Spanish firm Garrigues has launched an ambitious expansion plan for the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) market with a launch in the Polish capital Warsaw.
What constitutes a ’material breach’ is becoming a central problem for those wishing to terminate long-running IT contracts. By Sarah Walker and Carolyn Greene
US firms have continued their 2006 trend of looking beyond private practice to make lateral hires, with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher taking on an associate general counsel of Goldman Sachs.
Poor old Travers Smith. It's terribly good at midmarket buyouts, but absolutely hopeless when it comes to strategy.
Hackney Learning Trust head of law and company secretary Tom Lewis-Brooke has proposed a multidisciplinary initiative to head off judicial reviews of decisions over children's services.
Hammonds Rossotto and Hammonds have signed a new agreement to extend the firms’ alliance.
Hammonds' construction practice has been left reeling as one partner left last week and another partner was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing.
A squad of lawyers from both sides of the Atlantic had been negotiating David Beckham’s transfer to Major League Soccer team LA Galaxy since mid December, The Lawyer can reveal.
Herbert Smith has beaten Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in a beauty parade to advise BAA on an investigation into the UK airport operator by the Competition Commission.
Herbert Smith has dealt a blow to Bird & Bird by securing the hire of rated life sciences partner David Wilson.
Hextalls has beefed up its insolvency team with the addition of Richard Curtin.
The founder of Bindman & Partners Geoffrey Bindman QC was knighted for his services to human rights in the New Year's Honours List. Other lawyers to be knighted included His Honour Stephen Oliver QC, presiding special commissioner and president of the VAT and Duties Tribunal, and director of public prosecutions and head of the Crown Prosecution Service Kenneth MacDonald. Freshfields ...
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2006 was a huge year for IP. Lawyers disputed a wide variety of issues, covering everything from patents to trademarks and copyright.
Linklaters shrugged off news of the loss of a five-person team in Bucharest, but the firm has suffered a steady drip of departing lawyers in Romania, which is the latest hot jurisdiction. And Linklaters now has competition in that corner of Europe.
There has long been a healthy debate within the profession about the most appropriate career structure for firms, often boiling down to a stark choice between an 'up or out' policy or one that incorporates 'plateaued' senior managers. Inevitably different firms with different cultures and different business models require different staffing structures, ...
Kirkland & Ellis has launched its first Asia presence by opening an office in Hong Kong after receiving final regulatory approval.
Kirkland & Ellis has made a stunning raid on SJ Berwin, further bolstering its London private equity capability with the star hire of a trio of the firm’s leading fund formation partners.
Californian intellectual property firm Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear haselected a new managing partner.
LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has continued its hiring spree of former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partners, hiring insolvency specialist Philippe Hameau in Paris.
Seven of Iberia’s top law firms have found a place on one of Europe’s biggest ever M&A battles, advising the parties in Sonae’s $14bn bid for Portugal Telecom.
Linklaters puts its weight behind new training pilot" /Linklaters has become the first magic circle firm to sign up to an alternative solicitor training scheme that will be piloted by the Law Society's regulatory arm later this year.
Legacy KPMG Belgian firm Lontings & Partners has lost its last remaining tax partner, who has joined boutique De Broeck Van Laere Van Camp Coopman.
Lovells has unveiled plans to almost double the number of lawyers it has in Italy and is moving into bigger offices next year.
The legal arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Spain, Landwell-PwC, has released its end-of-year figures, posting a turnover increase of a little more than 10 per cent to reach €84m (£56.75m).
M&A star Tim Emmerson has made a shock departure from the London office of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, defecting to Sullivan & Cromwell.
Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson plans to double its numbers in London and has moved City offices to create space for future hires.
The exponential rise in popularity of user-generated websites MySpace and YouTube has brought to the fore the fact that the copyright laws governing these media are a grey area. By Graham Simkin and Kevin Smith
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM)’s London office has looked in-house for its latest IP hire, taking on Unilever’s head of trademark filing and prosecution.
The London office of McDermott Will & Emery has continued its push into structured finance by poaching a White & Case associate.
The marketing bumf for newly merged Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons touts the South East firm as "the natural choice in law" - but it seems like the firm would like to be the natural choice for a whole lot more.
Mills & Reeve has boosted turnover by 20 per cent at the midpoint of its financial year.
As Tulkinghorn's festive season hangover enters its second week, the small joys of tittle-tattle from the Christmas parties make the throbbing just that little bit easier to bear.
A strong independent judiciary is one of the unsung assets of the City of London. The law, its processes and all the people who work in it play a vital role in the City's economy. The UK's lead in financial services would not exist without the foundation of a pragmatic commercial law that is envied (and imitated) around the world.
Cobbetts, DLA Piper and Weightmans have won places on the North West's first-ever multi-borough panel.
Norton Rose has secured a third mammoth deal in four months for Star Capital Partners, cementing the firm's relationship with the investment fund management group.
Norton Rose, BLG hoping to box clever" /As Norton Rose puts on its boxing gloves to go the rounds with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) in one of the largest third party-funded lawsuits to hit the UK, the legal profession is taking bets on which of the firms will get the KO.
With Manchester United riding high in the Premiership, head of legal Patrick Stewart is ensuring the club enjoys success off the field as well as on it. By Steve Hoare
Silverman Sherliker has hired Maeve O'Higgins as its new head of family law. O'Higgins joins from Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterston.
Pinsent Masons has boosted its Hong Kong office with a raid on Allen & Overy for partner Simon Irvine.
Salans has scooped the lead role advising turnaround expert RCapital on the rescue of struggling UK roadside restaurant chain Little Chef.
Reed Smith has released its last year-end figures before its merger with Richards Butler, showing a growth in revenue of 14 per cent to hit $644m (£332m) in 2006.
Ricksons has lost a private client team to Pannone on the day the firm completed its merger with DWF.
FTSE100 mining company Rio Tinto is overhauling its internal legal function, creating the new position of global general counsel in the process.
Salans has snared Howard Kennedy's head of employment as the expansion of its London team continues.
Yorkshire firm Schofield Sweeney has hired a corporate partner from India's biggest law firm Fox Mandal Little.
SJ Berwin has raided Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for a three-lawyer IP team in Frankfurt, led by partner Stefan Krueger. Krueger will be joined by associates Manuela Finger and Manuel Biehler when he moves to SJ Berwin on 15 January.
"If we do it, we'll do it right," says Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom China head Gregory Miao of the US firm's long-term strategy to launch in Shanghai.
Chicago firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal plans on relaunching in London in 2007 and is currently in active talks to achieve that aim.
Standard Chartered has promoted James Ellington to replace David Brimacombe as group head of legal.
Stephenson Harwood has bolstered its Paris office, swooping on White & Case to hire banking and asset finance specialist Edward CampbellCampbell, a senior associate at White & Case, joins Stephensons as a partner.
Washington DC firm Steptoe & Johnson is the latest US firm to enter the Chicago market, launching an office there on 2 January by taking nine partners from local firm Gardner Carton & Douglas ahead of its merger with Philadelphia-headquartered Drinker Biddle & Reath, also effective from 2 January. With Chicago the firm wants to leverage off its London office to offer a transatlantic team in insurance and insurance litigation. Chicago is Steptoe's seventh office and will be headed by ...
Name: Roger Blears Firm: Martineau Johnson Title: Senior partner
The Court of Appeal's decisions in Aerotel and Macrossan go some way to clarifying patent law and signal the UK's intention to concur with a European standard. By Alan Johnson, David Brown and James Boon
Travers Smith has shut down its German operations, forcing all five of its Berlin-based lawyers to find a new home at Salans.
Mrs Justice Bracewell, a senior family division high court judge, has died at the age of 72, after losing her battle with a long-term illness.
Herbert Smith, Jones Day and White & Case advised jointly on the $3.5bn (£1.79bn) acquisition of a Russian oil producer by Chinese state-owned oil company China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec). It is the largest cross-border investment from China into Russia and the second-largest single foreign investment ...
What were you doing 20 years ago? Were you at law school or primary school? Had you qualified as a solicitor or a barrister?Here are some reminders: in 1987 Margaret Thatcher was re-elected for a third term; BA was being privatised; the Single European Act was passed; the England cricket team won the Ashes in Australia; and Kylie released her first single.
The first solicitor ever to be directly appointed to the High Court bench, Mr Justice Lawrence Collins, has been promoted to the Court of Appeal.
Geoffrey Vos QC, the new chair of the Bar Council, has vowed 2007 will be the year that the wheels are firmly set in motion to make the bar more representative of society.
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White & Case’s London office has converted to a UK limited-liability partnership (LLP), with effect from 31 December.
Wilmer Hale has lost its entire Munich office after its two partners and six associates left the US firm to set up a spin-off boutique.
The nation was treated to the Queen's Speech on Christmas afternoon, and in a similar spirit of ringing out the old and bringing in the new, Allen & Overy (A&O) managing partner David Morley penned a festive missive on the firm's website over the Christmas break.
Withy King Solicitors has recruited construction and engineering law specialist Louise Garcia from Beachcroft. Garcia has extensive experience in acting for consultants in resolving disputes across the retail, leisure, education, health and transport sectors. As chairman of the Association of Women in Property's South West branch, Garcia actively supports the industry's drive to increase the number ...