9 August 2004

The Lawyer

  • A talent for future talent spotting

    9-Aug-2004

    Solid succession planning is a sensible way to develop future leaders. Georgina Armytage reveals why

  • Addleshaws private equity head joins DLA

    9-Aug-2004

    Addeshaw Goddard’s head of private equity has quit for DLA.

  • Amex EMEA managing counsel quits

    9-Aug-2004

    American Express (Amex) managing counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has quit after just over 18 months in the role. Mark Chambers is leaving to join Royal & SunAlliance as general counsel and group company secretary with effect from October. He is replacing Jan Miller as group company secretary. Prior to joining Amex, Chambers was general counsel for GE Insurance Holdings between 2000 and 2003. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 3 August

  • Andrew Milne: an apology

    12-Aug-2004

    On 12th August, The Lawyer.com apologised in court to solicitor Andrew Milne in respect of an article entitled "Zaiwallas in £1.2m profit share row with ex-managing partner" published on The Lawyer.com from 22 February 1999 until 8 June 2004. The statement was made in proceedings for libel issued by Mr Milne.

  • BAE Systems director moves to Bird & Bird

    9-Aug-2004

    Bird & Bird has scooped the group legal director of BAE Systems’ finance and treasury team to lead and build its international aviation and aerospace team. Paul Briggs will manage the group together with Brussels-based partner Catherine Erkelens. The firm has aviation lawyers in Belgium, France, Germany and Hong Kong. Briggs has been given a brief to bring these practices together and add a UK group.

  • Barristers swallow risk with more no win, no fee

    9-Aug-2004

    Top barristers are increasingly ditching brief fees and hourly rates for riskier conditional fee arrangements (CFAs).

  • Bingham lateral hikes securities litigation focus

    11-Aug-2004

    Bingham McCutchen has made another addition to its ever-growing securities litigation practice after bagging a specialist partner for its Boston office.

  • Bott & Co

    9-Aug-2004

    David Bott, the sole proprietor of Bott & Co, is a man on a mission. He says he wants to “put the people” back into the law.

  • Burness posts 17 per cent turnover hike

    9-Aug-2004

    Scotland’s Burness has announced a 17 per cent rise in turnover, taking gross revenues to £14.9m compared with £12.7m the previous year. Turnover is now almost 50 per cent higher than in 1999-2000. Property and employment netted many new mandates as well as more work from existing clients. Burness also increased its employees last year, while the partner count grew from 30 to 36. The firm became a limited-liability partnership in August.

  • Canary Wharf gains new legal tenant with Adams

    11-Aug-2004

    East London law firm Adams is opening a third office in Canary Wharf in a bid to reposition itself as a boutique corporate and finance practice.

  • Careers: in brief

    9-Aug-2004

    Nabarro Nathanson partner Ann Wright has been elected to the board of management of the British Council for Offices (BCO). Wright follows in the footsteps of fellow Nabarros partner Geoffrey Lander, who was president of the BCO in 1998-99. The BCO was set up in 1990 to address the needs of those working in the UK office sector.

  • Careers: people

    9-Aug-2004

    Canterbury firm Furley Page has bolstered its family law division with the hire of solicitor Anne Blenkinsop from Maidstone’s ASB Law. Blenkinsop has 14 years’ experience in family law and is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel.

  • CC misses out to Lovells on Italian hospital PFI deal

    9-Aug-2004

    Lovells has triumphed over Clifford Chance to secure the lead role on Italy’s first ever hospital private finance initiative (PFI).

  • Cuatrecasas brings back salaried partners

    9-Aug-2004

    Spain’s Cuatrecasas has made a volte-face on the issue of salaried partners by reintroducing the rank less than two years after attempting to phase it out.

  • Democrats win bulk of law firm cash

    9-Aug-2004

    US lawyers and their law firms have emerged as generous supporters of the Democrats in the party’s US presidential race, contributing almost $70m (£38.4m) to John Kerry’s bid for the White House.

  • Eversheds hire ramps up corporate crime group

    9-Aug-2004

    Eversheds joins trend with Orchard capture; future of legal aid work uncertain

  • Ex-Carlton counsel joins old team for media venture

    9-Aug-2004

    Former Carlton Communications general counsel David Abdoo has re-emerged in partnership with his old boss Michael Green and two other former directors in the media group as a management team in waiting for a successful acquisition.

  • Fladgates inches ahead with sturdy PEP figures

    9-Aug-2004

    Fladgate Fielder has posted solid results, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) almost unchanged at just under £400,000. In the previous financial year the West End outfit posted average PEP of £402,000. For 2003-04 it reached £393,000. Turnover was up slightly to £20.3m from £19.7m in the previous 12 months.

  • Grapevine

    11-Aug-2004

    By now Linklaters should be more than a little concerned by the seemingly endless onslaught from US firms.

  • Halliwells seals LCL Law takeover

    9-Aug-2004

    North West firm Halliwells last week finalised the takeover of niche insolvency practice LCL Law’s Manchester office.

  • Herbert Smith dumps client on price-fixing case

    9-Aug-2004

    Herbert Smith has pulled out of acting on one of the world’s largest price-fixing cases against a host of pharmaceutical companies because of uncertainty over fees.

  • Herbert Smith secures ABF portfolio for best friend Cravath

    9-Aug-2004

    Cravath Swaine & Moore has won Associated British Foods (ABF) as a new client, thanks to Herbert Smith.

  • High in the society

    9-Aug-2004

    The Clementi review could mean it’s all change for the Law Society – but new president Edward Nally is prepared for the challenge. Joanne Harris reports

  • International trainees launch Brussels’ first pro bono group

    9-Aug-2004

    In an unusual show of solidarity, 10 trainees from nine international law firms have banded together under the newly-formed Brussels Pro Bono Project in order to investigate and initiate pro bono opportunities for UK lawyers and trainees based in Brussels.

  • Law Society lobbies Accounting Standards Board over FRS5

    11-Aug-2004

    The Law Society president has written to the Accounting Standards Board urging clarification of new tax rules in a bid to wipe-out widespread confusion on FRS5.

  • Leader

    9-Aug-2004

    When Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners’ managing partner Francesco Gianni told Parmalat administrator Enrico Bondi he would only take the job if it didn’t entail suing global financial institutions, he was obeying one of the 10 commercial commandments: “Thou shalt not sue the investment banks.”

  • Macfarlanes partner takes P&O to Birchams

    9-Aug-2004

    Macfarlanes has lost its place instructing P&O on its London Gateway Port development following the departure of salaried partner Eliza O’Toole. O’Toole, who has been with Macfarlanes since 1996, left the firm to join Bircham Dyson Bell on Tuesday 3 August, taking the P&O London Gateway International Port regeneration ...

  • MBR&M wins Hammonds construction partner

    9-Aug-2004

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) has bagged a construction partner from Hammonds’ London office. Jonathan Hosie will join MBR&M’s City-based construction and engineering group as its sixth partner on 6 September. Hosie specialises in risk management under building and engineering contracts and handles both contentious and non-contentious work, including high-profile adjudications for projects such as the ...

  • Mind your language

    9-Aug-2004

    Shock news from VIA NET.WORKS, which is apparently a “leading provider of business communications solutions to small and medium-sized enterprises”. IT services suppliers have been slammed in a survey for using the most confusing jargon. Hard on their heels in second place is… lawyers. Who’d have thought it?

  • Monckton wins judicial adviser pair

    9-Aug-2004

    Competition specialist Monckton Chambers’ diverse approach to recruitment has scooped the set two senior judicial advisers.

  • Mourant company cleared of WestLB’s claims over Enron

    9-Aug-2004

    Mahonia, a company administered by Jersey’s Mourant du Feu & Jeune and directed by the firm’s chairman Ian James, has been cleared of any links to disguised loans for disgraced energy giant Enron.

  • Nita Tinn: Anglian Water Services

    9-Aug-2004

    The water industry is rife with regulations, so being head of legal at a water company is a demanding role. Anglian Water’s Nita Tinn, though, takes it all in her stride. Steve Hoare reports

  • Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz launches in Bratislava

    9-Aug-2004

    Germany’s Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz is opening its sixth office in Central and Eastern Europe, this time in Bratislava. The base in the EU member Slovakia’s capital will be headed by Jaroslav Melzer, who currently leads Nörr’s Prague office. He will be joined by lawyer Zuzana Spanikova. There will be three lawyers resident in the office from October onwards and numbers will increase to six professionals over the coming 18 months. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 4 August

  • On the crest of a wave

    9-Aug-2004

    Life is just plain sailing at Payne Hicks Beach. The head of the dispute resolution team Richard Butcher is known as a specialist in a broad range of litigation work, including contract disputes, intellectual property, inheritance, employment, construction blah blah de blah. He is ...

  • Opinion

    9-Aug-2004

    The decisions of the Court of Appeal in Three Rivers District Council & Others v The Governor & Company of the Bank of England (2003) have caused widespread concern in the legal profession. These decisions effectively changed the scope of the advice privilege limb of legal professional privilege (LPP). On 26 July, the Bank of England began an appeal to the House of Lords against ...

  • Owing me, owing you

    9-Aug-2004

    UK tax law is nearing a showdown with European legislation. Richard Palmer reports

  • Parmalat firms forgo fees after spurning bank claims

    9-Aug-2004

    Gianni Origoni and Weil Gotshal stick by deal with Bondi not to pursue action against ‘potential clients’

  • Privileged information

    9-Aug-2004

    The tax avoidance disclosure regime introduced in this year’s budget raised a fresh challenge to legal professional privilege. Peter Nias reports

  • Prog on the Tyne

    9-Aug-2004

    Poor old Eversheds. Those pesky persistent rumours that it’s about to close its Newcastle office (followed by the equally persistent denials from the management that it’s not) refuse to go away. Losing partners such as Andrew Davison, who joined local rival Robert

  • Quintain installs legal head to oversee adviser revision

    9-Aug-2004

    Quintain Estates and Development is kick-starting a review of both its internal legal department and external advisers.

  • Rank and file in frame for Lovells top position

    9-Aug-2004

    A cabal of London-based Lovells partners is pushing for a non-management candidate to stand in the firm’s upcoming managing partner elections.

  • Secret Service

    9-Aug-2004

    With the leading tax teams taking on a more strategic role, it’s no longer only Brad Pitt who can win a battle with a Trojan Horse. Kate Schmit reports

  • Separated at birth

    9-Aug-2004

    Cushty. Quelle fromage. You know it makes sense. This time next year, Rodders, we’ll be millionaires. Etc etc. Okay, so these are all Del Boy’s catchphrases, but poor old Cassandra didn’t exactly get many of the best lines in Only Fools and Horses. Maybe that’s why she traded hanging out in Peckham for the glamour of the HR team at

  • Separated at birth

    9-Aug-2004

    He may have peaked with The Fugitive, but Tommy Lee Jones can still strike fear into the heart of any adversary. These days, the Hollywood hellraiser can be found in the Midlands heading up Gateley Wareing and going by the name of Michael Ward. Less glamour, sure, but a glance from those steely eyes is guaranteed to bring any lazy fee-earner out in a cold sweat and start thinking ...

  • Shearman steps into British Energy rescue affray

    9-Aug-2004

    Shearman & Sterling has emerged as the adviser to British Energy rebel shareholder Polygon Investments.

  • Sidley Austin joins US firms’ prolonged raid on Linklaters

    9-Aug-2004

    Linklaters has been hit by another wave of partner defections to US firms after losing highly rated structured finance expert Richard Hughes to Sidley Austin Brown & Wood.

  • Squire Sanders’ talks with Haarmanns duo hit dead end

    9-Aug-2004

    Squire Sanders & Dempsey’s plan to grow its Italian office has been stalled after discussions with two Haarmann Hemmelrath partners hit the rocks.

  • SRT sex tribunal ‘misguided’

    9-Aug-2004

    The tribunal that found the Sinclair Roche & Temperley (SRT) partnership guilty of sex discrimination was “misguided” and failed to read crucial pieces of evidence.

  • Sun Microsystems’ law firms are threatened by cull

    9-Aug-2004

    Sun Microsystems is slicing its legal advisers in half in a move that will result in around 100 firms being axed.

  • Svengate players appoint counsel

    9-Aug-2004

    The army of lawyers involved in the Football Association (FA) scandal has grown to include Barker Gillette, Fox Williams and McGrigors, all acting for the individuals at the centre of the controversy.

  • Taylor Wessing appoints dispute resolution head

    9-Aug-2004

    Taylor Wessing appoints dispute resolution head" /Taylor Wessing has named Laurence Cobb (left) as the new head of its dispute resolution department. Cobb will succeed Michael Frawley, who will become managing partner of the firm from October this year. Cobb will assume his new role on 1 September.

  • Terror suspects detention at Guantanamo Bay condemned by legal leaders

    12-Aug-2004

    The heads of 28 international bar associations and law societies have joined together to condemn the continued detention of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

  • The anti-marketing dept

    9-Aug-2004

    While working on a story last week, one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes found himself in need of some nuggets of information from City firm Maxwell Batley. Our unsuspecting hero picked up the phone with the intention of discussing said information with a partner or, at the very least, a marketing or PR drone.

  • The work-life quiz

    9-Aug-2004

    Quentin Poole, senior partner, Wragge & Co

  • Tyco’s Europe advisers next to face the axe in panel weed-out

    9-Aug-2004

    After emerging from crippling debts and a very public accounting scandal, Tyco has launched a searing review of its global legal advisers, with European law firms next in line to face the spotlight.

  • UK press in-housers fight privacy ruling

    9-Aug-2004

    Associated Newspapers’ head of legal is attempting to mobilise the UK media to back lobbying efforts aimed at convincing the German government to appeal the controversial Princess Caroline decision to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

  • US firms lead drive for European space

    9-Aug-2004

    US practices have emerged as the driving force behind last year’s rush of City relocations, as law firms across Europe signed up for a staggering 2.4 million sq ft in total during 2003.

  • Watson Burton expands North East reach into Leeds

    11-Aug-2004

    Newcastle’s Watson Burton is poised to launch a new office in Leeds.

  • Wendel Investissement work follows Linklaters star to Weil

    9-Aug-2004

    Linklaters star to Weil" /Weil Gotshal & Manges’ Paris office has won a new client on the back of last November’s high-profile hire of Linklaters private equity star David Aknin.