9 December 2002

The Lawyer

  • A&O's dapper crapper

    9-Dec-2002

    Urgent news story just in - or out: Allen & Overy (A&O), international magic circle law firm and all that, has just won the Loo of the Year Award 2002 from the British Toilet Association.The firm is flushed with success after being voted number one for number twos and is bursting with pride to be ranked alongside the comfortable facilities of the Lakeside Shopping Centre and even the Tower of London.Unfortunately, an A&O spokesman was "away from his ...

  • A&O builds up IP team with Lovells' international head

    9-Dec-2002

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has taken on the highly-rated former co-head of Lovells' international intellectual property (IP) practice Dr Henning Harte-Bavendamm

  • Albania mania

    9-Dec-2002

    Does Allen & Overy know something the rest of the City doesn't? Alex Wade reports on the Albanian legal market

  • Amhurst Brown owed £6m after fraud case

    9-Dec-2002

    Liability of ’innocent’ partners broadened in key professional indemnity case

  • AMP hires AAR star for general counsel role

    9-Dec-2002

    Australian insurance giant AMP has shaken up its in-house legal team, appointing top Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) partner David Cohen to the position of general counsel

  • Because you're worth it

    9-Dec-2002

    Could you put your trust in these people? Jennifer Currie meets the faces that launched a thousand training contracts

  • Board member quits Radcliffes for Wilsons

    9-Dec-2002

    The Head of Radcliffes-LeBrasseur's private client and tax department has quit. This will be the second departure from the management team in six months

  • Brogue traders

    9-Dec-2002

    The Irish economy has been hit by the cold light of reality following the economic downturn. David O'Donnell reviews the activity in the corporate market

  • CC sorts its site out

    9-Dec-2002

    What a caring and sharing place Clifford Chance is. Instead of the usual 'partner' search facility the firm includes on its website, Clifford Chance has changed it into a more inclusive 'lawyer' search function.

  • CC to raise $100m in US private placement

    9-Dec-2002

    Magic circle firm in UK first; external investors wooed with pioneering bond issue

  • 'Chinese walls' change their name as banks get twitchy

    9-Dec-2002

    The banks have taken flak for their use of Chines walls. Dearbail Jordan asks: why not so for law firms?

  • Clayton Utz cleared in BAT shredding case

    9-Dec-2002

    The Victoria Court of Appeal overturned a decision in the case against British American Tobacco (BAT) which found that BAT and Sydney-based firm Clayton Utz had wilfully shredded documents relevant to litigation against the company. Last week, the court found that there was no evidence to justify the finding in April that BAT or its law firm Clayton Utz had devised a strategy for the destruction of documents, or had changed the policy on document destruction in order to make it appear ...

  • Cobbetts king of Manchester as Read Hind tie-up boosts turnover

    9-Dec-2002

    Cobbetts' year-end turnover following its merger with Leeds-based Read Hind Stewart will see it overtake single-site Manchester rival Pannone & Partners

  • Corporate deals round-up

    9-Dec-2002

    Memery Crystal (Lesley Gregory) has completed its first acquisition for Daniel Stewart & Company, the broker to Centurion Electronics, in connection with its AIM admission and share issue. Finers Stephens Innocent advised Centurion.Pinsent Curtis Biddle (Graham Middlemiss) has advised internet-based education provider Goal on its acquisition of the business and certain assets and ...

  • Cost riposte

    9-Dec-2002

    Threadneedle Investments' head of legal Tom O'Connor won't stand for high hourly rates from his external advisers. And a panel shake-up may be on the way. Husnara Begum reports

  • Coudert partner in Microsoft defection

    9-Dec-2002

    Coudert Brothers has lost a Brussels competition partner to Microsoft

  • Coudert partner joins ICC arbitration court

    9-Dec-2002

    Coudert Brothers' Paris partner Michael Polkinghorne has been appointed to the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Polkinghorne joins colleague Jingzhou Tao, managing partner of the firm's Beijing office, as a member of the court. His term commences on 1 January 2003.

  • Court rules Jones Day negligent on Saab case

    9-Dec-2002

    Gouldens' US merger partner Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has lost a professional negligence claim brought by the Saab brothers

  • Court steps in as Enron fees spiral

    9-Dec-2002

    Lawyers' fees related to the Enron Chapter 11 reorganisation are continuing to snowball, sparking fears of dwindling returns to disgruntled creditors

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - FOCUS WICKES

    9-Dec-2002

    CC's Duke Street relationship clinched by Focus Wickes sale

  • Dechert associate joins Orchard as partner

    9-Dec-2002

    City-based corporate firm Orchard has appointed a new partner to its litigation department. Gerallt Owen joined last month after four and a half years at Dechert, where he was a senior associate in its investigations unit. Owen has handled investigations and prosecutions by the Serious Fraud Office, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Financial Services Authority, the Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise.

  • Dickson has collar Feltzed

    9-Dec-2002

    Poor Alastair Dickson. As if the indignity of a £6m divorce was not enough, the founding partner of Dickson Minto has to cope with Vanessa Feltz commenting on his love life. The "Scottish divorce of the year" was widely covered by papers on both sides of the border. However, a Daily Express column from Feltz, whose own divorce and swimming pool relations with her personal trainer have hardly ...

  • DLA loses sports star to Addleshaws

    9-Dec-2002

    Addleshaw Booth & Co has poached DLA's sport business group head Andrew Price

  • End of an era for Blandy & Blandy

    9-Dec-2002

    The last in a long line of lawyers from the Blandy family, Nicholas Blandy, is retiring from Reading-based law firm Blandy & Blandy at the end of the year. Blandy & Blandy is the UK's 25th oldest law firm, dating back to 1733. The first Blandy joined the firm in 1783 and there has always been a member of the family working there until now. The family used to live on the upper floors of the firm's current office, which is even purported to have its own ghost.

  • English Heritage drops Bond Pearce from panel

    9-Dec-2002

    Burges Salmon, Farrers, Norton Rose, Ward Hadaway and Wragges all on panel

  • Eversheds elects regional successor to Gray

    11-Dec-2002

    Stephen Hopkins to step into David Gray’s shoes as managing partner for Leeds and Manchester

  • Eversheds to facilitate client's casino purchase

    9-Dec-2002

    Competition issues have forced longstanding Eversheds client Stanley Leisure into an alliance with private equity house H-G Capital as it considers a £250m bid for casino operator London Clubs International (LCI), represented by Lovells.

  • Firm refusals for escorts

    9-Dec-2002

    Apparently Aussie lawyers are not quite as laid back as Tulkinghorn had thought - quite literally.

  • Freshfields recruits top Linklaters man

    9-Dec-2002

    The Brussels office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has poached Linklaters corporate partner Vincent Macq

  • Good communication

    9-Dec-2002

    The worst of the downturn seems to be over for Irish companies. Even more amazingly, the information, communications and technology sector is still holding up. Andrew Doyle reports

  • Herbert Smith’s Fleck to chair auditing standards body

    11-Dec-2002

    Worldwide practice partner Richard Fleck appointed chairman of Auditing Practices Board

  • How to mocha accountant

    9-Dec-2002

    Already a further example of idiocy from accountants - and after last week's demonstration of how to behave like a pompous ass at the dinner table. (Tulkinghorn had to endure a translation of the entire menu, before being told he was not allowed to order a cappuccino since it was a French, not Italian, restaurant, and cappuccino comes from Italy, don't you know.)Anyway, a solicitor colleague has written to expand on our frothy theme: "My accountant, who hails from ...

  • Irish firms sent race hate email from office of DPP

    9-Dec-2002

    Director of Public Prosecutions investigates as poem attacking immigrants is emailed to Irish practices

  • Irwin Mitchell hires DLA employment expert

    9-Dec-2002

    Irwin Mitchell has appointed employment law expert Marie-Claire Maney as a partner and head of the firm's Sheffield employment team. Maney rejoins Irwin Mitchell from DLA where she was an associate. Maney has been tasked with building the team at Irwin Mitchell.

  • Labour of love

    9-Dec-2002

    Julia Cahill meets Salans' Barry Mordsley, the man who lured Peter Cooke from Theodore Goddard after the firms' merger talks collapsed

  • Lawyer apologises for copying Lupton ad

    9-Dec-2002

    A West Yorkshire-based sole practitioner has been forced to apologise to Leeds firm Lupton Fawcett after running the same advertisement with a different firm name in a local Asian magazine

  • Legal Widow

    9-Dec-2002

    Perdita, the Lawyer's new assistant, is one of those odd people who have made the leap from other, sometimes real, jobs, to solicitor

  • Lovells gets HIH creditors quick payout

    9-Dec-2002

    A unique scheme of arrangement drawn up by Lovells means that thousands of creditors of Hong Kong subsidiaries of Australian insurer HIH, currently in liquidation, will be paid years earlier than they would normally expect.

  • Markforce Associates loses MD to Field Fisher

    11-Dec-2002

    Allan Poulter leaves Markforce Associates to join Field Fisher’s TMT group

  • Mass Ernst & Young defection could spell doom for Sweden

    9-Dec-2002

    Ernst & Young's law firm in Sweden is on the verge of collapse following the defection of 12 lawyers from its Gothen-burg office to Magnusson Wahlin Qvist Stanbrook

  • Mayer Brown team defects to Hunton & Williams

    9-Dec-2002

    US firm Hunton & Williams has raided Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw in a bid to ramp up its disputes capability in London. Partners John Miles and Marie Kidwell will be taking a team of five associates to the US firm. Miles and Kidwell, who were formerly at Denton Wilde Sapte, joined Mayer Brown & Platt in London to set up a litigation capability just months before the firm's merger with Rowe & Maw. First revealed ...

  • McLachlan departs Herbert Smith for NZ

    9-Dec-2002

    Herbert Smith's public and international law group head has stepped down from full-time practice

  • Morgan Cole boosts numbers with double hire

    9-Dec-2002

    Morgan Cole has hired two partners to boost its finance and intellectual property (IP) businesses. Hedd Vine, formerly of Citibank, is to head the firm's banking team while Belinda Isaac, formerly with IP boutique Arnander Irvine Zietman, will join the IP litigation practice. The hires come in the wake of a series of departures at the South West firm. More than 40 partners have left the firm in the past ...

  • Morley triumphant in A&O managing partner election

    11-Dec-2002

    Banking star to take the helm of magic circle firm next May

  • North East turns its back on employed barristers

    9-Dec-2002

    The North Eastern Circuit, the largest in the country, has barred employed barristers from full membership following a vote last Thursday

  • Opinion

    9-Dec-2002

    Is London the legal 'bridgehead' to Europe? Many US law firms appear to view their London office in this way. If they are right, then UK law firms should be looking at Europe as a source of opportunity and a means to expand

  • Osborne Clarke drops international merger plans

    9-Dec-2002

    Osborne Clarke's European alliance has abandoned merger plans in favour of pursuing its practice group structure

  • Osborne Clarke picks Beswick to succeed Perrin

    12-Dec-2002

    International head of private equity Simon Beswick to become managing partner from May 2003; Leslie Perrin to be Osborne Clarke's first full-time senior partner

  • Outside influence

    9-Dec-2002

    The importance of inward investment to Ireland is no secret. But as Gareth Chadwick reports, the obvious overseas offices option is not as cut-and-dried as you'd think

  • Partners predict fee income hike

    9-Dec-2002

    Irish firms predict a modest growth in fee income and profitability over the next six months, according to a business confidence survey of partners carried out by The Lawyer

  • Pay freezes come too late for Pillsbury 12

    9-Dec-2002

    Pillsbury Winthrop is continuing cutbacks with voluntary redundancies after freezing the salary levels of its 900 employees

  • Protecting Your health

    9-Dec-2002

    The case of Louis Blehein could have set new precedents in the treatment of mental health patients in Ireland, but the courts held firm. Kieran Doran investigates a case which could have broken new ground

  • Queensland Law Society's disciplinary powers under threat from government

    9-Dec-2002

    A scathing report on the Queensland Law Society (QLS) in parliament last week sparked a major overhaul of the state's legal profession by the Queensland government, which may see the QLS lose its disciplinary powers

  • Saab: the final judgment

    9-Dec-2002

    Judge slams Jones Day lawyer after Saab brothers claim misconduct on Samba share placement deal

  • SCOTTWILKS LEGAL LLP

    9-Dec-2002

    After a year at Hammonds, the ScottWilks partners wanted to go niche

  • Stanbrook scoops former Commission lawyer

    9-Dec-2002

    Stanbrook & Hooper has been joined by the former head of the air transport division at the European Commission. Frederik Sørensen drafted and negotiated the three so-called Air Transport Packages concerning market access, capacity and prices. He retired from the commission in October 2001. As aviation counsellor to Stanbrook, Sørensen will be working with the Air Transport Group advising clients on all aero-political and regulatory matters.

  • Sutti Milan eyes South and Central America

    9-Dec-2002

    Studio Legale Sutti has launched a Latin desk at its head office in Milan to target markets in South and Central America

  • The direct approach

    9-Dec-2002

    If directors think they can desert their sinking ship they should think again. The authorities are clamping down and are prepared to use force. Barry O'Neill reports

  • The Leader Column

    9-Dec-2002

    What's this pair thing going on with Theodore Goddard (TG) partners? Last week we revealed that employment partners Peter Cooke and Jane Bullen had resigned to go to Salans. Banking partners Michael Black and Jayesh Patel are about to jump to Denton Wilde Sapte. And, as we report in this week's issue, corporate partners Graham Stedman and Paul Salmon are also set to join Salans.The fact that there have been so many departures to international firms points to the ...

  • Theodores ousts Dentons from Reubens bros work

    9-Dec-2002

    Theodore Goddard has scored its first real estate instruction from real estate tycoons Simon and David Reubens, muscling in on work that has traditionally gone to Denton Wilde Sapte.

  • Theodores rocked by double defection as corporate partners head to Salans

    9-Dec-2002

    Theodore Goddard has been hit by two further departures in the torrent of partner defections that has hit the firm since the collapse of the Salans merger talks last year

  • WeightWatchers.co.uk hires first lawyer in the UK from Premium TV

    9-Dec-2002

    Weight loss company WeightWatchers.co.uk has recruited its first UK lawyer from NTL subsidiary Premium TV

  • Wragges, Graf create international alliance

    9-Dec-2002

    Former Osborne Clarke alliance partner picks Wragges after 14-month talks