12 June 2006

Big Nigel gives Brazil a taste of Boardmania

Friday afternoon and Tulkinghorn is itching to get out and amongst the World Cup fever! There’s nothing like a World Cup to keep the bars full for weeks on end and put a smile on everyone’s face. Well, at least until England meets Germany in the second round anyway. In frank recognition of where most […]

DLA Piper raids Orrick Italy for six-lawyer team

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has raided Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Milan office, scooping a six-lawyer team as part of a nation-wide recruitment push. DLA bagged public law partners Guido Bardelli and Alessandra Bazzani, along with associates Paolo Bertacco, Jacopo Recla, Gabriella Rondoni e Chiara Brunelli. Federico Sutti, DLA’s managing partner for Italy, said the […]


Lactating girlfriends, seven foot Rooneys and Lovells systems crash

Well, it finally happened – Wayne Rooney played for England in the World Cup. Now we can get back to the important things, like telling tales of the lawyers and their friends who helped prop up bars across the city. Tulkinghorn hears of dramas from the Lovells project finance party, where the sound system failed […]

Freshfields pips SJ Berwin to lead role on British Land’s first REIT

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has handed a hefty blow to SJ Berwin’s corporate and tax teams, scooping the much sought-after mandate to advise British Land on its conversion to a real estate investment trust (REIT). Freshfields first advised British Land last year on its £811m acquisition of Pillar Properties after SJ Berwin was conflicted out of […]

CC scoops Macquarie mandate in £2.6bn APB bid war

Clifford Chance has landed the mandate to advise the Macquarie-led consortium on its £2.58 billion bid for the UK’s biggest port operator Associated British Ports. A team led by London corporate partner Ian Bagshaw is advising the bidding group, which also incudes 3i, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Canada Pension Mangement. Bagshaw, who last […]

Phillips Fox becomes DLA Phillips Fox

Phillips Fox has adopted the DLA moniker as part of its entry into the DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary alliance. The firm will rebrand as DLA Phillips Fox when its becomes a member of DLA Piper Group later this year. Tony Crawford, Phillips Fox chief executive said: “The creation of DLA Phillips Fox is our […]

Bakers downs tools to lead Fantasy Football

As for that fantasy football, Tulkinghorn is pleased to reveal the leaders following completion of the first round of games. Gavin McPherson, an avid reader of The Lawyer from Welsh firm George & D’Ambra Solicitors, is leading the pack with 38 points so far. 38 points?? That makes Tulkinghorn’s 11 seem downright ordinary! Remind me, […]

Pinsents bans pubs as England fever hits the City

If you’re anything like Tulkinghorn, you’ve been fast and furious with the work this morning to get out in time for England’s big game against Trinidad & Tobago this afternoon, and not making last minute tinkerings to your fantasy football team. With a 5pm kick-off, there’s plenty of firms hosting clients this afternoon for the […]

Reed Smith and Richards Butler vote in favour of merger

The partnerships at the UK’s Richards Butler and US firm Reed Smith last night voted to confirm the merger between the two firms. Both votes were carried with an overwhelming majority. Between 98 and 99 per cent of the partnerships voted in favour of the merger. Richards Butler needed just two-thirds to vote in favour […]

Profit remains static at Ward Hadaway

North-East player Ward Hadaway has announced its year end results, showing increased turnover but static profits. Turnover was £21.6m, a six per cent increase on last year’s £20m. However profit per equity partner (PEP) has remained the same as 2004/5’s £370,000. Managing partner Jamie Martin defended the results: “This year is the eighteenth anniversary of […]

Vinson dragged in to fresh Enron suit

Vinson & Elkins faces yet another saga in the ongoing Enron nightmare with a fresh filing in a shareholder litigation detailing allegations the firm knew of improper dealings at Enron as early as 1999. Lawyers for shareholders, who lost billions in the energy giant’s 2001 collapse, filed a 281-page brief this week alleging the Texan […]

Hammonds partners reaffirm Crossley strategy

Hammonds partners have returned from their biennial partners’ conference optimistic for continued improvement. The firm’s entire international partnership met in Cannes on Friday and Saturday (9 and 10 June) to discuss Hammonds’ new strategy and how to implement it. Managing partner Peter Crossley said that the partners were “very pleased” with the conference, adding: “This […]

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