29 November 2004

Yule log

Lawyers should take advantage of the twelve days of Christmas to review their finances. David Dale provides the lowdown on how to extend your festive cheer The ghost of Christmas presentsChristmas is a time for giving and receiving – which in our modern, consumerist age usually means spending money. In order to make sure you […]

A&O back in the frame for Baugur

Allen & Overy (A&O) has won back Baugur after scooping an instruction to advise the Icelandic retail investor on a key deal. The magic circle firm is advising Baugur on a possible offer for the Big Food Group (BFG), which owns the Iceland chain and the Booker cash-and-carry business. A&O had an exclusive relationship with […]

FOIL elects new president

Keoghs partner Andrew Underwood has taken up a new role as president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL). Underwood succeeded Davies Lavery’s Claire McKinney to the post at FOIL’s annual general meeting after a year as vice-president. Keoghs was a founder member of the forum, which represents the needs and issues of defendant insurance […]

Sky lawyer to head new division

Rob Webster, a senior in-house lawyer at Sky, has been promoted out of the legal department to the newly created role of director, third party channels. Webster has been the senior lawyer in Sky’s team responsible for distribution deals with non-Sky channels such as Channel 4, ITV and MTV. He will now be responsible for […]

Rhodes to chair accountancy regulator disciplinary panel

Further steps have been taken towards the establishment of the new regulatory body for accountancy, including the appointment of a senior fraud QC as chairman of its disciplinary panel.Robert Rhodes QC, who has successfully defended a host of claims brought by the Serious Fraud Office, competed for the influential post against 1,000 other applicants.As chairman […]

Legal group gets first COO at Barclays

Barclays has appointed Richard Daniel as the banking giant’s first ever chief operating officer (COO) for legal and compliance. Daniel, the former business risk director of Barclays’ international banking arm, takes up his new post today (1 December). In his new role Daniel will be responsible for managing Barclays’ relationships with external legal advisers and […]

Cravath gifts Herbies early Xmas present with Ripplewood referral

Herbert Smith has scooped Ripplewood Holdings as a new client following a referral from US best friend Cravath Swaine & Moore. The City firm was brought in by Ripplewood’s longstanding adviser Cravath to advise the leading US private equity house on the acquisition finance aspects of its purchase of Honsel International Technologies (HIT) from The […]

Brooke LJ warns lack of funding is placing UK courts in crisis

The vice-president of the civil division of the Court of Appeal last week sounded a warning on the future of the civil justice system, saying it was in a state where “things can only get worse”. Lord Justice Brooke was giving the Society for Advanced Legal Studies’ annual lecture, in which he said that the […]

Government to hike civil court fees

Civil court fees are set to rise from 4 January, it was announced this morning (30 November). In the revised civil court fees, first outlined in May 2004 but unveiled by the government today, new fees have been introduced in a number of areas. These include money claims in the High Court valued at £200,000 […]

Eversheds wins place on Transco panel; Pinsents, Hammonds retained

Eversheds has won a place on the National Grid Transco (NGT) panel for the first time. The combined Pinsent Masons has also won a place on the panel thanks to Pinsents existing relationship with NGT. Hammonds has cemented its relationship with the electricity and gas supplier by becoming the third firm to win a place […]

Fulbright & Jaworski raids Richards Butler for UK litigation launch

Houston firm Fulbright & Jaworski is hiring Richards Butler litigation partner Lista Cannon as it prepares to launch a UK litigation practice. Fulbright has had a London outpost for two decades, but Cannon’s hire marks a strategic change in direction. It is understood that Cannon has been tasked to build a disputes practice to complement […]

MoFo swoops on Shaw Pittman to snare last three London partners

A two-year string of departures culminated last week in the exit of Shaw Pitt-man’s last three London partners. The loss of the trio, who are to join vibrant US rival Morrison & Foerster (MoFo), has sparked a rearguard action by the Washington firm to keep any London lawyers. Alistair Maughan, London managing partner and co-chair […]

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