9 October 2006

The Lawyer

  • Lovells partner's latest fix

    9-Oct-2006

    Who do you call when management trouble rears their head? Some firms may bring in external consultants, but if you are Lovells you call private equity partner Leah Dunlop.

  • People

    9-Oct-2006

    East Lancashire firm Farleys Solicitors has promoted associate Debbie King to the partnership.

  • A&O associates to get 15 per cent salary hike in massive pay shake-up

    12-Oct-2006

    Allen & Overy is launching a radical shake-up of associate salaries as it announces a new pay scheme connected to the firm’s overall profitability.

  • A&O ups the stakes in City talent contest

    12-Oct-2006

    Allen & Overy's (A&O) London lawyers are going to be 15 per cent richer starting in three weeks' time.

  • A&O's Beringer applauded with honorary QC

    13-Oct-2006

    Allen & Overy and Irwin Mitchell’s senior partners Guy Beringer and Michael Napier have both been appointed as honorary QCs in the first honoris causa awards made since the introduction of a new silk system.

  • Al Salam Bank hires Norton Rose lawyer

    9-Oct-2006

    Norton Rose lawyer" /Bahrain’s Al Salam Bank has appointed rated Norton Rose Islamic finance associate Mohammed Paracha as its first general counsel. Paracha, 29, was Norton Rose’s senior Islamic finance associate, covering the Gulf states, Iran, Syria and Kazakhstan after moving to the ...

  • ASB Law raids A&O for new pensions head

    9-Oct-2006

    South East firm ASB Law has poached pensions specialist Martin McFall from Allen & Overy (A&O) as its new head of pensions.

  • Ashurst and Linklaters scoop mammoth Russian merger

    9-Oct-2006

    Ashurst and Linklaters have landed key roles on the $30bn merger of Russia’s aluminium giants Rusal and Sual with Glencore to create the world’s largest aluminium producer.

  • Ashurst re-elects Bromwich as managing partner

    12-Oct-2006

    Ashurst has confirmed the reappointment of managing partner Simon Bromwich for a second three-year term leading up to 2010.

  • Australian law firms to make IPO history

    10-Oct-2006

  • Bakers steers China Blue through HK IPO

    9-Oct-2006

    Baker & McKenzie maintained its impressive track record for advising People's Republic of China clients on overseas listings, and firmed up its credentials with Chinese industrial giant CNOOC to boot, when it took the lead role on fertiliser manufacturer China Blue Chemical's $341m (£180.62m) IPO last month.

  • Beating the bullies

    9-Oct-2006

    Recent cases concerning bullying and harassment in the workplace have highlighted the potential cost to employers. By Edward Goodwyn

  • Blake Lapthorn's tax team hit by Shoosmiths raid

    9-Oct-2006

    Blake Lapthorn Linnell has been left with little corporate tax capability following the departure of the firm’s group head Niall Murphy to Shoosmiths.

  • BLG, CC win roles on First Milk purchase

    9-Oct-2006

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and Clifford Chance advised on dairy farmer co-operative First Milk's £61.9m purchase of Dairy Crest's Haverfordwest and private label cheese businesses. The acquisition will make First Milk the world's biggest UK-based cheese supplier. BLG advised First Milk, led by corporate partner John Cadman. Financial backer Bank of Scotland was advised by

  • BLP scoops Macquarie water sale

    9-Oct-2006

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has closed its first corporate deal for acquisitive Australian bank Macquarie, advising it on the $1.24bn (£659.01m) sale of South East Water to Hastings Fund Management, an infrastructure investment fund led by another Australian bank, Westpac. BLP, led by partner Patrick Somers, scored the mandate after the firm advised Macquarie on a refinancing deal earlier ...

  • Bonelli and Pedersoli profit from Italian bank shake-up

    12-Oct-2006

    Bonelli Erede Pappalardo and Pedersoli e Associati have profited from the latest shake-up of the Italian banking industry, with both Italian firms taking lead roles on Banca Intesa’s disposal of key assets to its shareholder Crédit Agricole (CA) for €6bn (£4bn).

  • Brown Rudnick furthers London growth strategy

    11-Oct-2006

    Boston-based firm Brown Rudnick’s London office is continuing on its path of aggressive expansion by netting finance partner Neil Pigott from US specialist firm Mandel Katz Manna & Brosnan.

  • Camerons Aberdeen merger talks collapse

    9-Oct-2006

    CMS Cameron McKenna has signalled its intentions to bulk up in Aberdeen with an ultimately unsuccessful bid to take over oil and gas specialist Paull & Williamsons.

  • Camerons leads record Romanian deal

    12-Oct-2006

    CMS Cameron McKenna and Romanian firm Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Peterson (NNDKP) netted lead roles on Romania’s largest acquisition to date, worth €3.75bn (£2.6bn), which completed today.

  • Cash barriers

    9-Oct-2006

    With the number of equal pay cases growing rapidly, case law is amassing and companies must keep up with developments. Paul Epstein reports

  • CC finance heads set for four more years

    12-Oct-2006

    Clifford Chance is set to confirm Mark Campbell and David Dunnigan for another four years as heads of banking and capital markets.

  • CC Indian offshoring to save £10m in £30m costs war

    9-Oct-2006

    Clifford Chance is set to save £10m with its plan to transfer 300 jobs to Delhi next year.

  • CC Italy head quits

    12-Oct-2006

    Clifford Chance Italy managing partner Nick Wrigley is leaving the firm, sparking an unexpected local management election.

  • Chadbourne boosts London with EBRD hire

    9-Oct-2006

    The London office of US firm Chadbourne & Parke has galvanised its Russian offering, netting the senior counsel of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

  • Cobbetts and Halliwells join bespoke LPC bandwagon

    11-Oct-2006

    Manchester-based Cobbetts and Halliwells have become the first firms in the North West to sign up to bespoke LPCs with the College of Law.

  • Collyer in shake-up as chief steps down

    12-Oct-2006

    Collyer Bristow’s senior partner of 10 years is stepping down, to be replaced by the London firm’s head of private client.

  • Competition lawyers help OFT criminal investigation take flight

    10-Oct-2006

    The Office of Fair Trading's (OFT) investigation into alleged price-fixing at British Airways (BA) and a number of other airlines is providing plenty of work for the City's finest competition lawyers.

  • Cornell to quit Clifford Chance

    10-Oct-2006

    Former Clifford Chance managing partner Peter Cornell is to retire from the firm at the end of this year.

  • Covenant governance

    9-Oct-2006

    Windsor Recruitment is an example of how not to introduce restrictive covenants. By David Harper

  • Cravath appoints second in command

    12-Oct-2006

    Wall Street heavyweight Cravath Swaine & Moore has announced its new second in command, naming former head of corporate Allen Parker as deputy presiding partner.

  • Cripps appoints media specialist

    9-Oct-2006

    South East firm Cripps Harries Hall has beefed up its corporate team with the hire of the former head of legal and corporate affairs at communications company Mediaedge:cia, part of the WPP media group. Nigel Stanford, who specialises in the media and advertising sector, joins as a partner.

  • DaimlerChrysler names new global GC

    11-Oct-2006

    DaimlerChrysler has shaken-up its internal legal function, appointing Gerd Becht as global general counsel.

  • Debevoise & Weil lose old hands to new boutique

    9-Oct-2006

    Two septuagenarian US attorneys have left Weil Gotshal & Manges and Debevoise & Plimpton to set up their own white-collar litigation boutique - for the second time.

  • DLA names EMEA practice heads

    10-Oct-2006

    DLA Piper has finalised the second phase of its European management overhaul, naming Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) practice group heads and restructuring several practice groups.

  • DLA Piper arm extends to Bulgaria

    9-Oct-2006

    DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) arm of DLA Piper, launches today (9 October) in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia.

  • DLA Piper introduces legal director role

    9-Oct-2006

    DLA Piper is set to overhaul its associate career path with the introduction of the role of ‘legal director’.

  • DLA, Herbies, OC land Carphone AOL mandates

    12-Oct-2006

    Herbert Smith, DLA Piper and Osborne Clarke have all scooped roles on the £370m acquisition of AOL’s internet access business by mobile communications giant Carphone Warehouse.

  • DWS's relationship-building pays off with First Data's Barclays deal

    9-Oct-2006

    Denton Wilde Sapte's (DWS) technology, media and telecoms team has bagged a lead role advising First Data International on its credit card payment processing deal with Barclays Bank.

  • E&Y appoints new legal chief

    13-Oct-2006

    Ernst & Young has announced deputy general counsel Lisa Cameron is to become the next UK general counsel, replacing Victoria Cochrane to head up the 10-member in-house legal team.Cochrane is to focus on her new role in E&Y's quality and risk managem...

  • E&Y Legal Italy chief mulls options post defection

    9-Oct-2006

    The chairman of Ernst & Young Legal (E&Y) in Italy is defecting and taking an unspecified number of lawyers with him.

  • Egorov merger role kick-starts Russian revolution

    9-Oct-2006

    Russian national firms, like Russian businesses, are coming to the fore.

  • European in-housers take centre stage

    9-Oct-2006

    More than 50 delegates, including senior in-house lawyers from companies as diverse as Microsoft and Total, descended on Berlin late last month to attend The Lawyer's inaugural European Legal Forum.

  • Expanding AIM faces increased LSE scrutiny

    9-Oct-2006

    City lawyers have applauded news that the London Stock Exchange (LSE) is to review regulations of its junior market AIM.

  • Faegre falls foul of Speechly tech raid

    12-Oct-2006

    Speechly Bircham has bolstered its new technology and commerce group with the hire of Faegre & Benson’s London head of IP.

  • Falconer goes into bat for legal aid reform

    13-Oct-2006

    The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, today (13 October) rejected suggestions that the Carter reforms into legal aid will force the closure of many small practices.

  • Farrers wins court battle for Marlborough College

    9-Oct-2006

    Farrer & Co has secured a victory for Marlborough College in its fight to remove a pupil whose behaviour record was described as one of the worst the exclusive school has ever known.

  • Finers wins landmark libel ruling for Wall Street Journal

    11-Oct-2006

    Finers Stephens Innocent and Doughty Street Chambers have won a landmark judgment in the House of Lords that redefines the Reynolds defence against libel claims.

  • Firms contribute to World Bank survey

    9-Oct-2006

    Allen & Overy (A&O), Baker & McKenzie and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have ...

  • Firms unite for competition pro bono effort

    9-Oct-2006

    Twenty-one law firms have clubbed together to launch a pro bono scheme offering free advice on competition law issues.

  • Fish & Richardson seeks local tie-ups for European and Asian visibility

    9-Oct-2006

    Boston-based IP powerhouse Fish & Richardson is ramping up its exposure in Europe and Asia, including creating formal referral relationships with local firms.

  • Freshfields beats Linklaters on M&A deals

    9-Oct-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has knocked rival Linklaters off the top of the European M&A rankings.

  • Freshfields Berlin hit by partner loss

    13-Oct-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost another German partner, this time seeing Berlin-based litigation partner Alfried Heidbrink leave for German firm Lindenpartners.

  • Freshfields tops up on water work with AWG acquisition bid

    9-Oct-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped its second major water deal in as many weeks, advising the Colonial First State-led consortium on its £2.2bn bid for AWG, the owner of Anglian Water.

  • Freshfields, Herbert Smith scoop record China IPO

    10-Oct-2006

    The Industrial & Commercial Bank of China’s (ICBC) flotation set down for later this month looks set to hit the record books, eclipsing the $11bn (£6.04bn) Bank of China’s IPO earlier this year.

  • Gain in spain

    9-Oct-2006

    Gas Natural's controversial attempted takeover of Endesa would have been a lot more simple if the forthcoming competition laws were in place, says Antonio Morales

  • George Green Solicitors

    9-Oct-2006

    Three years ago West Midlands firm George Green instigated a refocusing of its strategy. It was an initiative that managing partner Richard Cliff describes as the start of "a concentration on corporate and commercial" to drive the firm forward.

  • Gibson Dunn snares LA deputy mayor

    12-Oct-2006

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has made a prestigious partner hire from Los Angeles’ City Hall, taking on deputy mayor Maurice Suh.

  • Grapevine

    11-Oct-2006

    It's all change for the management at Linklaters. As we reveal today on www.thelawyer.com, there will be not one, but two leadership vacancies in the finance department.

  • Group teams up to give development aid

    9-Oct-2006

    Advocates for International Development, the City pro bono initiative targeted at providing legal advice and assistance within developing countries, launches officially on Wednesday (11 October). More than 20 law firms and chambers have signed up to the initiative and have already provided a combined 7,000 hours pro bono. Participating firms include Allen & Overy,

  • Herbert Smith advises on Addax financing

    9-Oct-2006

    Herbert Smith advised BNP Paribas and Standard Chartered Bank as lenders of a $1bn (£529.68m) bridge facility to Addax Petroleum Corporation. The firm also advised Merrill Lynch, the lead underwriter on the C$354m (£167.4m) public offering of Addax shares. The bridge facility and share offer will be used to finance Addax's acquisition of Pan-Ocean Energy Corporation, and to refinance existing debt at Addax and the target company. The Herbert Smith team was led by acquisition finance ...

  • Hiring external leadership is a savvy move for firms

    9-Oct-2006

    The news of the appointment of Crawford Gillies, former European managing director of Bain & Company, as non-executive chairman of Hammonds has brought into sharp focus the growing practice of bringing 'people from outside' onto law firm boards and sparked a debate on the nature of law firm chairmanship.

  • Honda sends European IP head on two-year posting to Tokyo

    9-Oct-2006

    Honda has transferred its European head of IP to its Japan office for a two-year stint as part of a long-term secondment.

  • Howard Wallis: SunGard

    9-Oct-2006

    With more than 150 acquisitions in the past 20 years and itself having been a takeover target, SunGard's assistant general counsel Howard Wallis feels it's time to centralise the business. By Ben Moshinsky

  • Hunton raids DLA Piper to launch environmental team

    9-Oct-2006

    Hunton & Williams has launched an environmental practice in London following the hire of specialist Anju Sanehi from DLA Piper.

  • In the pink

    9-Oct-2006

    Pink was the colour of the day at Teacher Stern Selby's party in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer the other week.

  • International Eye: Russia

    9-Oct-2006

    Alrosa to appeal Commission diamond ruling

  • IP boutique Wallenstein & Wagner disintegrates

    10-Oct-2006

    Chicago IP boutique Wallenstein & Wagner is disintegrating, with both specialist and national firms rushing to benefit from the fallout.

  • Judges survey: Judgment day

    9-Oct-2006

    The best on the bench - and the not so good. The Lawyer unveils its exclusive survey of the judiciary and asks: How can judges manage better?

  • Kaye's capital growth

    9-Oct-2006

    London lawyers at New York firm Kaye Scholer will have a spring in their step this morning, given that the office partnership headcount has jumped an impressive 100 per cent since Friday and a brand new practice area is now on offer.

  • Kennedys sets sights on Chile with formal tie-up

    9-Oct-2006

    The shady practice of corporate espionage was highlighted in last week's podcast on Pinsent Mason's blog site www.out-law.com. The podcast features an interesting discussion on the legal merits of bugging - finding that it is possible to place a recording device in an office legally, but recording a phone conversation is a criminal offence.

  • Kirkland & Ellis announces wave of global promotions

    9-Oct-2006

    Kirkland & Ellis has bolstered its London corporate capability with the promotion of two specialists as part of a class of 64 lawyers who have been made up to the partnership globally.

  • Law Soc conference's comic touch

    13-Oct-2006

    Twenty-four hours after The Lawyer broke the news about Allen & Overy's new salary and career package for associates, it's still the talk of the City - and, according to our stats, is easily the most clicked-on news story of the week.

  • Law Soc president labels lawyers "undervalued"

    13-Oct-2006

    Law Society president Fiona Woolf this morning (13 October) told the profession that solicitors need to perform for clients in order for their contributions to society to be recognised.

  • Lex Mundi votes in new chair

    9-Oct-2006

    Global network of independent law firms Lex Mundi has elected its new chair.

  • LFEPA recruiting for new legal role

    9-Oct-2006

    The London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), which is responsible for the London Fire Brigade, is looking for its first head of legal and democratic services, following a shake-up of its internal legal function.

  • Linklaters German trademark team jumps ship

    12-Oct-2006

    Linklaters German IP partner Kay-Uwe Jonas is set to leave the magic circle firm early next year, taking the entire Cologne trademark team with him.

  • Linklaters in management rejig as finance chief takes on Asia role

    11-Oct-2006

    Linklaters is gearing up for a change of leadership as finance head Giles White moves across to become Asia managing partner.

  • Linklaters IP team flounders as pair defect to Manches

    9-Oct-2006

    Linklaters IP team has suffered another blow, with the defection of senior associates Jonathan Day and Jonathan Critchley to Manches.

  • Management skills can build a partnership

    9-Oct-2006

    Law firms often face the question of whether partners should be appointed as group heads in order to drive performance. There are three approaches to this age-old issue.

  • Mayer Brown set for Hong Kong launch

    13-Oct-2006

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) is to imminently open a Hong Kong office, getting the full Chinese legal offering that it has conspicuously lacked up until now, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • MBRM says UK way is OK

    9-Oct-2006

    Well, that didn’t take long. A week after the announcement of the new guard at Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM), there’s already a revolution in its partnership culture.

  • MBRM targets global growth with new pay structure

    9-Oct-2006

    Transatlantic giant Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) is shaking up its partner compensation as it puts global expansion at the top of its agenda.

  • Media lawyers slam Law Society stance on disclosure

    9-Oct-2006

    What Keith Schilling wants, Keith Schilling gets.

  • Media partners launch start-up

    9-Oct-2006

    Bird & Bird and DLA Piper have been dealt a blow after partners Hubert Best and Martin Soames recently left their respective firms to set up a media boutique.

  • Morgan Lewis beefs up finance with Faegre hires

    10-Oct-2006

    US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius has raided Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson for two structured finance partners, including its co-head of asset securitisation.

  • Nabarros makes quadruple partner hire

    9-Oct-2006

    Nabarro Nathanson has strengthened its corporate and construction practices with four partner hires for its London and Sheffield offices. AIM specialists Ian Binnie and Elliot Shear join the London office from McGrigors and Baker & McKenzie respectively. Corporate finance partner Ben Hendry joins the Sheffield ...

  • Norton Rose defends bid for Aer Lingus

    9-Oct-2006

    Norton Rose has won a key role on the €1.48bn (£1bn) takeover bid by Ryanair for Aer Lingus. Corporate finance partner Mark Bankes is leading the firm's team for Aer Lingus, whose board rejected the bid last week (5 October). After advising Aer Lingus on its recent admission to the Irish and London stock exchanges, Bankes, along with corporate finance partner Jill Gauntlett, has won a position on what ...

  • OFT director Priddis quits for Freshfields

    12-Oct-2006

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has bolstered its London competition practice with the star hire of the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) senior director Simon Priddis.

  • Ogier gets Asia presence with WSmiths merger

    9-Oct-2006

    Offshore giant Ogier is focusing on growth in Asia following last week’s announcement of its merger with British Virgin Islands-based (BVI) best friend WSmiths.

  • Old Square double hire boosts national presence

    9-Oct-2006

    Employment and personal injury set Old Square Chambers has bolstered its national presence, hiring two tenants and buying a new London headquarters.

  • Old Square scores double role on equal pay dispute

    9-Oct-2006

    Old Square Chambers played two high-profile roles in the key equal pay case initially brought by Bernadette Cadman that was decided by Europe's highest court last week (3 October).

  • Olswang boosts corporate with Halliwells AIM specialist coup

    9-Oct-2006

    Olswang has raided Halliwells' corporate department, snaring one of the national firm's best-known AIM specialists, Adam Fenner.

  • Osborne Clarke raids Clarke Willmott again

    11-Oct-2006

    Osborne Clarke has raided Clarke Willmott for its fourth property partner in a week, bagging head of strategic land development Elizabeth Sturgess.

  • Osbornes seeks deal on gardening leave

    9-Oct-2006

    Osborne Clarke is seeking to strike a deal to reduce the period of gardening leave placed on a four-lawyer residential property team it hired from fellow Bristol-based firm Clarke ...

  • Our friends in the north

    9-Oct-2006

    There was much hilarity at Tulkinghorn Towers following a call from a PR lackey at Newcastle-based Watson Burton. Readers will recall the firm was at the centre of gossip following the ousting of managing partner Andrew Hoyle late last month (first reported in The Lawyer, 26 September).The same issue also mentioned the delicious fact that Watson Burton was hosting a meet-and-greet bash at its new

  • Pay checks

    9-Oct-2006

    Money remittance is seen as a way of financing terrorism. But the Spanish government is introducing stringent measures to counter the problem. By José Antonio Bonilla

  • Perkins Coie opens second China office

    9-Oct-2006

    Perkins Coie is to open an office in Shanghai two years after it was forced to close in Hong Kong because of an economic downturn in the region.

  • Pinsents' DWS hire kicks off property litigation growth

    9-Oct-2006

    Pinsent Masons has boosted its Birmingham property litigation team, scooping Denton Wilde Sapte’s joint head of property litigation Alicia Foo.

  • Pinsents lawyer joins Mastertronic

    9-Oct-2006

    Video games company Mastertronic Group has hired its first general counsel, snaring Pinsent Masons IP senior associate Nav Sunner. Sunner will support the company’s growth into wireless, mobile and console games, as Mastertronic branches out from PC game publishing. ...

  • Pollution solution

    9-Oct-2006

    Environmental impact is becoming an increasingly crucial legal issue in the EU, and Spain and Portugal are preparing to toe the line. Jesus Velez and Alex Guillamont report

  • Pothecary and Witham Weld join forces

    9-Oct-2006

    Charity and education firms Pothecary & Barratt and Witham Weld have merged.

  • Putsmans and Shakespeares merger creates Brum giant

    10-Oct-2006

    Birmingham firms Putsmans and Shakespeares have signed a merger agreement, creating a new £20m player in the Birmingham mid-market.

  • Queen Mary Uni launches pro bono first

    9-Oct-2006

    London’s Queen Mary University has launched a legal advice centre, the first ever undergraduate-run legal advice centre in the capital.

  • RBS dumps procurer Ariba as it finalises legal panel

    9-Oct-2006

    Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has ditched procurement group Ariba, as the banking giant puts the finishing touches to its new roster of legal advisers.

  • Read and right

    9-Oct-2006

    Spotted in SW1: DLA Piper's chief executive Nigel Knowles surreptitiously handing a package to new Mourant counterpart Stephen Ball.

  • Russian metals giant Rusal appoints legal chief

    10-Oct-2006

    Russian aluminium giant Rusal has appointed a new managing director for legal affairs.

  • Salans lures Bakers head of real estate for Moscow office

    9-Oct-2006

    Salans has poached Baker & McKenzie's former Moscow head of real estate as the firm looks to double the size of its Russian property practice.

  • Shepherds to join ranks of LLP

    11-Oct-2006

    Scottish big four firm Shepherd & Wedderburn has confirmed that it will convert to limited liability partnership (LLP) status on 6 November this year.

  • Ship shape

    9-Oct-2006

    In the great 'my office is better than yours' war, sometimes it's necessary to bring in the heavy artillery. Norton Rose's real estate practice did just that the other week, hosting a check-out-our-new-digs party aboard HMS Belfast, moored in the Thames just opposite the firm's new Southbank location.

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon

    9-Oct-2006

    Litigation powerhouse Shook Hardy & Bacon has a very simple strategy.

  • Slaughters strengthens ties with best friends

    10-Oct-2006

    Slaughter and May has strengthened its ties with its European best friend law firms, moving into new joint offices in Brussels.

  • Slaughters, A&O wash hands of online gaming

    9-Oct-2006

    The turmoil surrounding online gaming is continuing to split the legal community in two, with Slaughter and May and Allen & Overy (A&O) becoming the latest firms to shun the sector.

  • Special report: Employment

    9-Oct-2006

    Employment law has been a hotbed of activity in recent weeks, most notably following the introduction of new age discrimination rules at the start of the month.

  • Special Report: Iberia

    9-Oct-2006

    A sudden upsurge in corporate activity in Spain has excited lawyers and businessmen alike. Mergers and acquisitions worth billions of euros, such as E.ON's e47bn (£31.85bn) takeover of Endesa and the e23bn (£15.58bn) tie up between Autostrade and Abertis Infraestructuras, have led the way.

  • Survey reveals star judges

    9-Oct-2006

    High Court judges Mr Justices Aikens, Jackson, Kitchin, Langley and Mann have emerged as the stars of the bench.

  • The kings of swing

    9-Oct-2006

    Tulkinghorn was whisked into the high life for a night last week when the always-entertaining Herbert Smith real estate team hosted a reception for hacks at the Kingly Club.

  • The work-life quiz: Michael Francies

    9-Oct-2006

    What was your first-ever job?Cutting wood and bagging nails and screws at a hardware store on Saturday morning, closely followed two weeks later (I was sacked for wasting too much wood due to bad sawing) by becoming an entertainer at children's parties.

  • UK Roundup: Management

    9-Oct-2006

    Firms are ahead of the game on new ageism law

  • US class action firm enters German alliance

    11-Oct-2006

    US securities class actions firm Schiffrin & Barroway has linked-up with German firm Winheller Attorneys at Law, in a bid to protect European investments in US securities.

  • Usual suspects win work on Harrah's bid

    9-Oct-2006

    There were no surprises on last week's private equity mega bid. When Apollo Management and Texas Pacific announced a $15bn (£7.97bn) bid for the US's largest casino operator Harrah's, all eyes were on their longstanding counsel. It was a safe bet. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton confirmed that it is acting for Texas Pacific, while Apollo instructed its panel firm Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, with ...

  • Vodafone in hunt for litigation head

    9-Oct-2006

    Mobile telecoms giant Vodafone is searching for a new head of litigation after former head Andrew Littlejohns was promoted to head of M&A transactions.

  • Watson Farley beefs up Rome with local hire

    11-Oct-2006

    The Rome office of Watson Farley & Williams has raided local player Agnoli Bernardi e Associati for a banking and finance partner and his assistant.

  • Web week

    9-Oct-2006

  • Will throwing money at real estate partners pay off for US firms?

    9-Oct-2006

    Firms are looking for big-ticket players for strictly big-ticket work. David Middleton reports

  • Withering heights

    9-Oct-2006

    London outpost in the Gherkin. Tulkinghorn's scribes were eager to attend and learn the truth about the battle straight from the partners themselves.