8 November 2004
With the High Court set to approve the Abbey National- Santander Central Hispano (SCH) merger today (8 November), it has emerged that Abbey spent around £9m sending out legal documentation to its 1.8 million shareholders.
Baker & McKenzie has elected Laurent Epstein as the firm’s new Paris managing partner.
The London office of Baker & McKenzie (B&M) is set to convert to limited-liability partnership (LLP) status in the first half of next year.
Baker & McKenzie’s German practice has lost six Frankfurt partners, including its head of finance Rainer Magold, to US rivals.
Beachcroft Wansbroughs is launching a specialist financial crime and integrity services unit with the hire of Professor Barry Rider (left) as a consultant. Rider, a former director of the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, will advise on issues linked to financial crime. The firm will offer risk-based evaluating systems ...
Bevan Ashford’s twin arms formally demerged on 1 November after 18 years, creating Bevan Brittan, the legacy Bristol, Birmingham and London arm, and Ashfords, the Exeter, Plymouth and London side. One of Bevan Brittan’s first acts has been to create a pensions department with the appointment of Gary Delderfield, a senior associate from Martineau Johnson.
Bingham McCutchen has snapped up former DLA litigation head Neil Micklethwaite as it prepares to launch a litigation and regulatory practice in London.
Former European Court of Justice judge Sir David Edward QC has joined Blackstone Chambers as a full-time tenant.He will focus on arbitration and mediation, bolstering the set’s growing ADR expertise. In 2002, Blackstone tenant and former head Presiley Baxendale QC became a full-time mediator. Edward’s appointment follows the election of Ian Mill QC and Thomas Beazley QC as the new joint heads of the public law and commercial set.Edward served as an ECJ judge from 1992 ...
£800,000 deal convinces CC real estate star to head jaded team. By Gemma Westacott
Brabners Chaffe Street is developing its Liverpool construction team with the hire of a solicitor from Hammonds’ Manchester office.
Magic circle firm in shock U-turn as it plans to hire thirty lawyers in California
US firm Sullivan & Cromwell has shocked the Paris legal market by taking on Clifford Chance partner Dominique Bompoint, rated by many as the most talented lawyer of his generation.
The Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) is calling for the requirement that lawyers report money laundering suspicions to be removed from a European directive.
Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the internet, has launched a radical new legal model which has seen it drop all its UK law firms in favour of Eversheds.
Three solicitors and the head of education and train-ing at Clyde & Co have had their unfair dismissal claims against the firm dismissed.
CMS has at last signed an Iberian member after scooping one of Spain’s few remaining independent firms, Lovells’ former prospective merger partner Albinana Suarez de Lezo (ASL).
The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) is launching a six-week consultation into proposed new legal aid arrangements for asylum seekers.
Paris firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is expanding its public law practice with the hire of Vatier & Associé’s public law head.
Business development specialists are playing an increasingly important role in today’s law firms. Jonathan Newey explains why
DLA is reinforcing its contentious tax practice with the hire of four specialists. Aileen Barry, Dave Tyrer and Andy Sharp have all joined as national tax investigation directors, while Hartley Foster has joined from McGrigors to head the contentious tax arm. The hires are intended to meet tougher requirements set by the tax authorities.
DLA is accelerating its push into Germany with the hire of Clifford Chance corporate partner Martin Schulte.
Doughty Street Chambers’ Andrew Hall QC has scooped this year’s Bar Pro Bono Award.
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The announcement last week that French giant Fidal had reappointed Jean-Louis Paul as managing partner and scooped tax partner Hervé Bidaud from rival EY Law comes as a turbulent year draws to an end for former accountancy-tied firms in Paris.
The Zimbabwe row, drugs testing and burning referees are all in a day’s work for the International Cricket Council’s Urvasi Naidoo. Ben Mitchell reports
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Paris office has hired Shearman & Sterling finance counsel Linda Hesse and broken with tradition by allowing her straight into the firm’s equity.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May, two firms heavily targeting private equity, have secured vital new instructions ...
In a statement to The Lawyer, DB Real Estate said: "According to our investigations so far, there is no reason to suspect damage to either our open-end or closed-end funds." However, it has also clarified that the company "will do everything possible, in consultation with the authorities, to ensure that the allegations are fully cleared up".
US investment banking giant Goldman Sachs is taking an innovative step in managing its external legal costs by moving away from traditional paper billing.
London law firms Goodman Derrick and Berger Oliver have agreed to merge. The merger, which will take effect from next January, will see Bergers property partners Simon Mapstone, Simon Catt and Guy Martin join Goodman Derrick as partners. Bergers litigation partner Paul McAndrews will become a consultant at the merged firm. The merger will bolster Goodman Derrick’s team to 36, including 20 partners. ...
The government has today (November 10) vehemently denied suggestions that there is a growing "compensation culture" in this country – a stance welcomed by the insurance industry.
For those of you who woke up this morning to the sound ofCharlie Falconer on The Today Programme criticising claimsfarmers – here’s the antidote.
Eversheds is a firm renowned for its marketing prowess while certain partners have been known to come over all evangelical when it comes to the firm’s vision and values. One partner, who is a keen biker, has taken to promoting the firm on highways across the land. As the partner cruises down the A1, the Eversheds logo can be seen emblazoned on the back of his leathers.
Scottish mid-sizer Henderson Boyd Jackson (HBJ) has scooped five rival firms to win a five-year contract for all of BT’s legal work north of the border.
Herbert Smith has landed its first securitisation for Deu-tsche Bank after triumphing in a competitive tender.
The big four Scottish firms – McGrigors, Dundas, Maclays and Shepherd + Wedderburn – are holding their own. But it is London that is providing the means. By Brendan Malkin
Pictons has been chosen to host the 2004 European LawPact Conference. Attending firms are due to come from as far afield as New York, California, Chicago, Mexico, Cyprus, Spain, Germany and the Czech Republic. Pictons’ IP team will launch the event. Head of IP Sarah Staines will lead the first conference session, entitled ‘Trade Mark Rights and Global Trade’. LawPact is an international affiliation of accountants and lawyers. Conferences and other business events are a key aspect of ...
The salaries of in-house lawyers are still failing to compete with the amounts awarded to their private practice counterparts.
The government is planning to axe scores of its lawyers, reversing a rate of growth in its legal system that is 1,000 per cent higher under New Labour than under the Conservatives.
Ex-accountancy firm Landwell & Associés has lost another tax partner, this time to Baker & McKenzie’s Paris office.
Tulkinghorn is excited by the news that Bird & Bird has installed a babyfoot table in its technology, media and telecoms department. Apparently the table footballers have yet to abuse the genius privilege, but that could all change if the department expands the leisure facilities in the traditional manner.
LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has scooped an intellectual property (IP) partner from Hammonds.
Ashurst, Baker Botts, Eversheds, Norton Rose gear up – but where is Clyde & Co?
Linklaters has hired Lovells banking partner Adam Freeman as it continues to bolster its acquisition finance practice.
Four years after the Hammonds merger with Edge Ellison, London turnover is down by £4m. Can Richard Burns and Peter Crossley make their City office pay its way? By Joanne Harris
Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ senior partner, Lord Hunt of Wirral, is taking on a new role as chair of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)’s professional standards board.
The House of Lords today reaffirmed the rules governing legal advice privilege in its full judgment in Three Rivers.
Lovells has bolstered its tax practice with the hire of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) partner Trefor John as head of the tax knowledge management team.
Lovells litigation partner Andrew Foyle received a reprieve last week after a US appeal court ruled that British American Tobacco (BAT) did not have to hand over a potentially damning internal memo written by Foyle.
Leeds firm Lupton Fawcett has given two members of its personal injury (PI) department ‘partner equivalent’ status, although neither are lawyers. Legal executive Baksho Sowam joined as a secretary and worked her way up, while Sarah Jamieson is the PI operations manager.
How ‘wired up and fired up’ are your staff? Are you getting the most out of your people? Can you afford to be under performing by 35%? If your firm was losing £4.7million each year through poor people management, would that gain the Partners’ attention?
Star partners are increasingly likely to join a new firm with their clients in tow. Law firms need to cover their backs. By Stephen Ralph
Birmingham’s Anthony Collins Solicitors is mourning the death of senior partner Martin Knox, who died on 30 October aged 48. Knox began his career in-house at Sheffield and Birmingham City Councils before joining Anthony Collins in 1989, where he specialised in social housing. He became senior partner, taking over from Anthony Collins, in May 2003. Knox leaves a wife, Janet, and three children.
Martineau Johnson and Pinsents have won a competitive tender to secure the University of Plymouth as a new client.
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has boosted its partnership with 33 promotions globally. In London, six partners have been made up, including two – Tim Nosworthy and Michael Wallin – in the corporate department. The promotions bring the London partnership count to 101.
Teams of lawyers have been left with empty diaries after two film finance cases – widely believed to be two of the largest of 2005 – have settled.
There are important liability issues for partners to consider before their firms convert to LLP status. By Peter Garry and Peter Ashford
Memery Crystal has bolstered commercial property with the appointment of three partners from London law firm Park Nelson. Eugene O’Keeffe, Colm Flood and Ruth Deehan have all joined Memery Crystal’s property department from Park Nelson, where they were also partners. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 3 November
Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has added to its IP and antitrust litigation practices with the hire of two partners. Rory Radding joins MoFo from IP boutique Pennie & Edmonds and will head the IP and patent group in MoFo’s New York office. Meanwhile, commercial and antitrust litigator Michael Miller comes to MoFo from Sul
A love of music, plus support from his firm, has helped Cobbetts Leeds employment head Ronald Drake win an award for his work with Huddersfield charity Music and the Deaf.
Nabarro Nathanson has closed its final salary pension scheme to future accruals in a bid to limit the firm’s future pensions liabilities.
The European Commission has launched a public consultation exercise on plans to create a European Union (EU) watchdog ensuring that all significant legal rights available to EU citizens are respected. This Fundamental Rights Agency would replace the Vienna-based EU Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, taking over its existing mandate. EU heads of governments have already approved the idea in principle, but decisions need to be made on the work the agency would carry out. Brussels ...
After thirty years on the drawing board, a true pan-European company is now possible
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has won a landmark $1.3bn (£710m) asbestos case for client Union Carbide.
w Wedlake Bell has appointed planning law specialist Susan Hawker to its property team. Hawker, who joins as a senior assistant from Lovells, has extensive experience working for both public and private sector clients.
It’s time the word ‘Greeks’, in the ancient idiom “beware of Greeks bearing gifts”, was replaced with the barristers’ set ‘Fountain Court’. At least in the former context ‘Greeks’ was concerned only with a wooden horse. In contrast, ‘Fountain Court’ offered a razor-sharp penknife, no less, which was recently linked to a potential international hijacking.
Nabarro Nathanson (Tim Herbert-Smith) advised the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead on its development agreement and agreement for lease with Sainsbury’s Supermarkets on a mixed-use development in Maidenhead Town Centre. Denton Wilde Sapte (Penny Davis, Miriam Best) acted for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets.
Tucked away in the heart of London’s insurance hub, between the London Underwriting Centre and Lloyd’s, is a niche firm with a global reach.
“He’s a quirky little man, but I’ve grown to like him very much.” Now, does this refer to Herbert Smith’s new senior partner, litigation legend David Gold, or the idiosyncratic and inquisitive Belgian detective Hercule Poirot? Tulkinghorn for one can’t tell them apart. Exercising those little grey cells will be all the more important now the man that also inspired Spandau Ballet’s 1980s hit is at the Herbert Smith helm (altogether now, “Gooooooold!”). Now, whenever there’s an inexplicably ...
Weil Gotshal & Manges has been taken on pro bono by Shareholders United, the shareholder group fighting Malcolm Glazer’s attempts to take over Manchester United Football Club, as exclusively revealed by www.thelawyer.com last Friday (5 November).
Shearman & Sterling antitrust partner Chris Bright has taken on a role of non-executive director of Jersey’s new Competition and Regulatory Authority (JCRA).
The Italian office of Simmons & Simmons has scored a massive coup by winning a first-time instruction from private equity house Permira.
Ashurst sees off DWS, Herbies for TfL contract
When Tulkinghorn recently received a phone call from Dechert chief executive Sir Peter Duffell, he was expecting the bigwig to leak a hugely significant story about the firm. So no wonder Tulkinghorn was terribly amused when he realised that the purpose of Duffell’s call was not to tell all about Dechert, but to boast about the achievements of one of the firm’s London-based property support lawyers.
What was your first ever job? Car park attendant at Wicksteed Leisure Park.
Law firm merchandise is popping up all over London. Following on from the spotting of an Eversheds pen in Tesco earlier this year, Tulkinghorn was intrigued to discover a similar model hailing from Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) in his local Sainsbury’s. Granted, this was no recent specimen, but an older ...
LLPs – and the problems they bring with them – are becoming more common. William Wastie on the numerous hurdles to overcome
United Biscuits' (UB) head of commercial law Ian Haslegrave has quit the UK’s biggest biscuit maker to join Viacom.
Watson Burton is forging ahead with plans to launch the firm’s first office outside its home city of Newcastle after signing up a second partner for its Leeds arm.
The exodus of Linklaters corporate partners is continuing following the departure of Rupert Weber.
Slaughter and May has worked some magic with Goldman Sachs. It is not every law firm that can act against a powerful US investment bank on über-hostile bids such as Six Continents and Marks & Spencer (M&S) and yet still get lucrative referrals from the same source.
Several years ago everyone was hailing a new generation of female law firm leaders. A whole host of smaller to midsize firms were electing women to management: Penny Francis at Lawrence Graham, Diana Parker at Withers, Nicky Paradise at Nabarros, Sally Field at Bristows, Samantha Phillips at