1 December 2003

Beckham and management to agree split

David Beckham is to settle his high-profile management dispute with the sports agency SFX today, The Lawyer can reveal.The contract row began when the England captain refused to renew his agreement with SFX at the end of September. Entertainment boutique Lee & Thompson has been acting for the player on the dispute since then, while […]

Morgan Cole suffers double partner loss

Troubled Anglo-Welsh firm Morgan Cole has suffered two more partner losses. Corporate finance partners Duncan MacIntosh and Jeff Jenkins are understood to be joining Palser Grossman’s Cardiff office and Swindon-based Clark Holt respectively. A Morgan Cole spokesperson confirmed that both partners were leaving.

Deadline day for Jones Day on Pennie & Edmonds offer

Jones Day will today discover how many partners will join its ranks from Pennie & Edmonds as the deadline for acceptances draws to a close. Offers to move to Jones Day have been extended to the vast majority of Pennie fee-earners on the East Coast; the intellectual property specialist’s largest office is based in New […]

Grapevine

How’s your talent management? Haven’t got a clue? You’re not alone. It’s a safe bet that it won’t be top of the agenda for most managing partners. Although it sounds like something 19 Management (the chaps behind Pop Idol, in case you somehow didn’t know) wrestles with on a daily basis, talent management is actually […]

Dechert loses property finance ace to Eversheds

Eversheds has hired Dechert partner Mark Packer for its London office as part of a concerted push on real estate finance work. Packer’s move is a heavy blow to Dechert, not least because his focus on property finance is very much in line with Dechert’s strategy for its own real estate practice, branded Finance and […]

European Commission pledges to clear merger barriers

The European Commission is trying to clear legal logjams preventing companies with share capital from different European Union (EU) Member States from merging. Such transactions are illegal in the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Greece, Germany, Finland, Denmark and Austria. However, under a new proposed company merger directive, they would be allowed across the EU, and would […]

Master of the Rolls slams UK’s treatment of accident victims

The Master of the Rolls yesterday attacked the UK’s shameful record on looking after accident victims. Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers made a plea for the Government to back the rehabilitation of those affected in its forthcoming plans to deal with the spiralling costs of employer’s liability insurance. Lord Phillips told delegates at the Forum […]

Fiat legal chief replaced in management shake up

Fiat’s general counsel Bruno Cova is leaving the Italian icon to be replaced by Luciano Soldi of Pirelli. Cova leaves after almost three years with Fiat, during which the group has gone through a massive restructuring. A hugely respected figure in the legal market, Cova leaves by mutual consent as Fiat’s new chief executive Giuseppe […]

Milbank Tweed sued for malpractice

US-based Blue Pumpkin Software is suing its former lawyers Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, claiming they provided inadequate counsel in the early phase of a patent case it has just won. The company is seeking $2.5 million in damages from James Pooley, David Dolkas and their firms, Milbank and […]

Eversheds boosts real estate with Linklaters hire

Linklaters has lost a senior real estate lawyer with a specialism in IT to Eversheds, where he joins as a partner in the London office. Nick Bartlett, a managing associate at Linklaters, played a key role in the development of PISCES, which has now become the property sector’s standard method of data transfer. Eversheds real […]

White & Case wins court battle for Russia’s TNK

White & Case has won a crucial court battle enabling its client, Russian oil giant TNK, to defend itself against claims on native soil. Lawyers had to convince a British Virgin Islands (BVI) court that Russia is not “institutionally corrupt” and is an appropriate jurisdiction to hear the dispute. The claimants, minority shareholders in TNK […]

Time to deal with the myth of the common law wife

There was a mixed response last week from family law practitioners at Government plans to introduce a partnership registration scheme for same sex couples as announced in the Queen’s Speech, and there were calls for wide-ranging reform of the law for the benefit of all cohabiting couples. The Civil Partnership Bill will allow gay and […]

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