CMS and Dentons Finnish up at rugby

CMS and Dentons Finnish up at rugby
What are you doing this weekend? Out on the tiles? Catching up with the kids? Or just grouting the bathroom?
Whatever you’re doing, it’s not likely to be playing rugby at, er, midnight, in Finland.

What are you doing this weekend? Out on the tiles? Catching up with the kids? Or just grouting the bathroom?

Whatever you’re doing, it’s not likely to be playing rugby at, er, midnight, in Finland. Unless you’re a lawyer at Denton Wilde Sapte or CMS Cameron McKenna, that is (see story).

Event organiser Andy Cotton, a Helsinki-based English partner at Dentons’ local best friend Procopé & Hornborg, told The Lawyer that though the Finnish “have a good mentality for rugby,” he expects the “superior technical skills of the English and French teams” to win through.

Which given that even Finland’s national team lost to those titans of rugby football Israel this month, seems like a fair guess.

We’re just waiting to see DWS and Camerons take on the Finns at ice hockey.

Dawkins and the dosh

What would you do with a spare £47,000?

How about a 57ft traditional narrowboat, complete with washing machine? Or a pet-grooming business in Dallas, Texas?

Alternatively, you could plump for a George III statuary white marble chimneypiece with rectangular breakfront shelf centred by a tablet carved in relief and inlaid with a Greek fret.

Or just grab that two-bedroom terraced house in Hull.

Anyway, whatever they choose, this is the dilemmas facing equity partners at Simmons & Simmons, who have cracked their £600,000 PEP target by exactly that sum.

Simmons managing partner Mark Dawkins wouldn’t be drawn on the question, preferring instead to talk about practice groups and performance and that sort of thing.

Personally we’d opt for that giant golden-coloured tiger fish we’ve been dreaming about. But log on HERE to make your own suggestion.

Freshfields in the mood for dancing

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer crowned an astonishing couple of years with the Law Firm of the Year prize at The Lawyer Awards last night.

The firm has undergone a revolution which ultimately produced astonishing financial results this year. Chief executive Ted Burke was beaming as he received the gong from cheery host Lord Falconer.

Falconer was in fine fettle, presenting Tyco’s EMEA general counsel Trevor Faure with the In-house Lawyer of the Year gong for “scaring the sh*t out of Eversheds“.

Bird & Bird managing partner David Kerr put a smile on Falconer’s face when he sashayed on to the stage to collect the International Firm of the Year prize with three extremely glamorous young associates. “Kerr and his three birds”, joked one of his rivals.

“I thought it was a bit different,” he told The Lawyer afterwards. Indeed.

Slaughter and May senior partner Chris Saul and frock-coated JP Morgan associate GC Tim Hailes led the way on the dancefloor as the Bootleg Beatles rocked the Grosvenor until the early hours.

But the night belonged to Freshfields. It may have lost a few partners along the way, but that didn’t concern those such as litigation chief Ian Terry and Burke, who happily danced the night away.

Size matters

Turning out penetrating legal commentary 52 weeks a year can get tiring, so it’s a relief when a firm offers us both the story and the comedy.

Step forward Martineau, the Birmingham-based firm that got in touch to tell us it has officially cut off its Johnson.

Martineau is just the latest in a string of firms to drop names in recent years, including a de-Wansbroughed Beachcroft, Nabarro née-Nathanson and Lawrence Graham, which re-named itself after a popular brand of fridge.

Lest they be mistaken for a bunch of public schoolboys, however, Clifford, Allen and Herbert have resisted the trend.

So far the Martineau re-brand consists largely of, um, changing the website to feature an illegible paragraph about the name change.

But then with Martineau PEP up nearly half on last year, who are we to mock?

I’m suing!

Shockwaves are still reverberating around the City with The Lawyer’s revelation that JP Morgan has ejected Linklaters from its panel. See story.

Blame the litigators – again. As so many firms have found to their cost, suing banks tends to lead to trouble.

And as noted in our Leader, Linklaters finance lawyers in London won’t be too happy with their US litigation colleagues. But it didn’t start this way.

When Linklaters began acting for Barclays last year on the suit against Bear Stearns, JPMorgan was nowhere near the action.

But when Bear was taken over this year, JPMorgan was outraged to discover that one of its preferred law firms was leading the lawsuit. An epic row ensued.

So could the major global firms start backing away from financial litigation? There are plenty of transatlantic disputes specialists more than happy to take their place.

Step forward, Quinn Emanuel.