8 November 2004

The Lawyer

  • Abbey merger: £18m spent on Slaughters, print and postage

    8-Nov-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.

  • B&M elects new Paris managing partner

    10-Nov-2004

    Baker & McKenzie has elected Laurent Epstein as the firm’s new Paris managing partner.

  • B&M follows Verein conversion with London LLP transformation

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • B&M suffer raft of departures in Germany

    11-Nov-2004

    Baker & McKenzie’s German practice has lost six Frankfurt partners, including its head of finance Rainer Magold, to US rivals.

  • Beachcrofts hire sparks financial crime dept

    8-Nov-2004

    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 splits into two firms

    8-Nov-2004

    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 takes litigation to London with DLA hire

    8-Nov-2004

    Bingham McCutchen has snapped up former DLA litigation head Neil Micklethwaite as it prepares to launch a litigation and regulatory practice in London.

  • Blackstone hires ECJ judge for arbitration push

    8-Nov-2004

    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 ...

  • BLP drafts in MacGregor to lead high-end property drive

    8-Nov-2004

    £800,000 deal convinces CC real estate star to head jaded team. By Gemma Westacott

  • Brabners hires new Liverpool construction head

    8-Nov-2004

    Brabners Chaffe Street is developing its Liverpool construction team with the hire of a solicitor from Hammonds’ Manchester office.

  • CC looks to reignite faltering West Coast

    8-Nov-2004

    Magic circle firm in shock U-turn as it plans to hire thirty lawyers in California

  • CC Paris star quits to take up Sullivan Euro drive

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • CCBE attacks EU money laundering directive

    9-Nov-2004

    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 dumps panel for one-on-one with Eversheds

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Clydes dissenters lose dismissal case

    8-Nov-2004

    Three solicitors and the head of education and train-ing at Clyde & Co have had their unfair dismissal claims against the firm dismissed.

  • CMS seals Iberian link-up with former Lovells suitor Albinana

    8-Nov-2004

    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).

  • DCA targets legal aid in asylum cases with new consultation

    8-Nov-2004

    The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) is launching a six-week consultation into proposed new legal aid arrangements for asylum seekers.

  • De Pardieu signs up new public law head from rival

    10-Nov-2004

    Paris firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is expanding its public law practice with the hire of Vatier & Associé’s public law head.

  • Developing a taste for growth

    8-Nov-2004

    Business development specialists are playing an increasingly important role in today’s law firms. Jonathan Newey explains why

  • DLA develops contentious tax with four experts

    8-Nov-2004

    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 furthers German push with CC hire

    8-Nov-2004

    DLA is accelerating its push into Germany with the hire of Clifford Chance corporate partner Martin Schulte.

  • Doughty Street Chambers scoops pro bono award

    8-Nov-2004

    Doughty Street Chambers’ Andrew Hall QC has scooped this year’s Bar Pro Bono Award.

  • Events

    8-Nov-2004

    ioPharm Licensing – The Fastest Route to New Markets, Expanded Business Opportunities and Increased ProfitsCorporate Accountability fourth Annual Conference

  • Fidal makes double hire amid accountancy-tied firm exodus

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Field days

    8-Nov-2004

    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 in straight-to-equity hire

    8-Nov-2004

    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, Slaughters secure roles on Warner Chilcott buyout

    8-Nov-2004

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May, two firms heavily targeting private equity, have secured vital new instructions ...

  • German lawyers poised for fall-out from property fund bribery scandal

    8-Nov-2004

    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".

  • Goldman Sachs bins paper billing

    8-Nov-2004

    US investment banking giant Goldman Sachs is taking an innovative step in managing its external legal costs by moving away from traditional paper billing.

  • Goodman Derrick to join up with Berger Oliver

    8-Nov-2004

    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. ...

  • Government fights accusations of UK's "growing compensation culture"

    10-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Grapevine - Lawyer News Weekly

    10-Nov-2004

    For those of you who woke up this morning to the sound ofCharlie Falconer on The Today Programme criticising claimsfarmers – here’s the antidote.

  • Healthy rev per partner

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Henderson Boyd beats rivals to five-year BT legal bonanza

    8-Nov-2004

    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 scoops Deutsche securitisation

    8-Nov-2004

    Herbert Smith has landed its first securitisation for Deu-tsche Bank after triumphing in a competitive tender.

  • Highland bling

    8-Nov-2004

    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

  • In brief

    8-Nov-2004

    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 ...

  • In-house pay can’t catch private practice

    8-Nov-2004

    The salaries of in-house lawyers are still failing to compete with the amounts awarded to their private practice counterparts.

  • Labour to take axe to government lawyers as civil service cuts bite

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Landwell Paris loses tax partner to B&M

    10-Nov-2004

    Ex-accountancy firm Landwell & Associés has lost another tax partner, this time to Baker & McKenzie’s Paris office.

  • Law firm

    8-Nov-2004

    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 scoops Hammonds IP star

    10-Nov-2004

    LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has scooped an intellectual property (IP) partner from Hammonds.

  • Libyan oil stocks become next big pull for law firms

    8-Nov-2004

    Ashurst, Baker Botts, Eversheds, Norton Rose gear up – but where is Clyde & Co?

  • Linklaters tempts banking star from Lovells

    8-Nov-2004

    Linklaters has hired Lovells banking partner Adam Freeman as it continues to bolster its acquisition finance practice.

  • Living on the Edge

    8-Nov-2004

    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

  • Lord Hunt of Wirral appointed as new CII chair

    10-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Lords stand firm on legal advice privilege

    11-Nov-2004

    The House of Lords today reaffirmed the rules governing legal advice privilege in its full judgment in Three Rivers.

  • Lovells gives tax a lift with MBR&M specialist

    8-Nov-2004

    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’ BAT letter to remain confidential

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Lupton Fawcett non-lawyers get partner status

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Making the most of your People – Dumping the Dollops and Cheering the Champions

    10-Nov-2004

    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?

  • Man power

    8-Nov-2004

    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

  • Martin Knox, Anthony Collins senior partner

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Martineaus, Pinsents first class for Plymouth Uni

    9-Nov-2004

    Martineau Johnson and Pinsents have won a competitive tender to secure the University of Plymouth as a new client.

  • MBR&M promotes 33 to partnership

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Mediation puts paid to two major film finance disputes

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Members only

    8-Nov-2004

    There are important liability issues for partners to consider before their firms convert to LLP status. By Peter Garry and Peter Ashford

  • Memery Crystal makes triple hire for property

    8-Nov-2004

    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

  • MoFo’s IP, antitrust depts each get new partner

    8-Nov-2004

    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

  • Music and the Deaf awards Cobbetts’ employment head

    8-Nov-2004

    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 shuts door on final salary pension scheme

    10-Nov-2004

    Nabarro Nathanson has closed its final salary pension scheme to future accruals in a bid to limit the firm’s future pensions liabilities.

  • New EU rights watchdog launched

    9-Nov-2004

    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 ...

  • Opinion

    8-Nov-2004

    After thirty years on the drawing board, a true pan-European company is now possible

  • Orrick emerges victorious from Texas asbestos showdown

    8-Nov-2004

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has won a landmark $1.3bn (£710m) asbestos case for client Union Carbide.

  • People

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Putting the knife in

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Real estate deals round-up

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Robin Simon Llp

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Separated at birth

    8-Nov-2004

    “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 ...

  • Shareholders United calls up Weil Gotshal for Glazer fight

    8-Nov-2004

    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 partner wins director role on JCRA

    8-Nov-2004

    Shearman & Sterling antitrust partner Chris Bright has taken on a role of non-executive director of Jersey’s new Competition and Regulatory Authority (JCRA).

  • Simmons scoops instruction from Clifford Chance regular Permira

    8-Nov-2004

    The Italian office of Simmons & Simmons has scored a massive coup by winning a first-time instruction from private equity house Permira.

  • TfL Thames Gateway Bridge project

    8-Nov-2004

    Ashurst sees off DWS, Herbies for TfL contract

  • The seraph of Nottingham

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • The work-life quiz

    8-Nov-2004

    What was your first ever job? Car park attendant at Wicksteed Leisure Park.

  • The writing’s on the wall

    8-Nov-2004

    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 ...

  • Under pressure

    8-Nov-2004

    LLPs – and the problems they bring with them – are becoming more common. William Wastie on the numerous hurdles to overcome

  • United Biscuits legal chief quits for Viacom role

    9-Nov-2004

    United Biscuits' (UB) head of commercial law Ian Haslegrave has quit the UK’s biggest biscuit maker to join Viacom.

  • Watson Burton boosts Leeds plan with Deacons hire

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Weber adds name to list of Linklaters corporate departures

    9-Nov-2004

    The exodus of Linklaters corporate partners is continuing following the departure of Rupert Weber.

  • Withholding a grudge

    8-Nov-2004

    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.

  • Women on top

    8-Nov-2004

    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