Denton Wilde Sapte has won a competitive tender to advise the Guernsey government on its redrafting of intellectual property (IP) laws. The firm beat one unspecified US firm with a UK office to the work. It will be the first time it has represented Guernsey. IP partner Clive Thorne led the bid. The redrafting of the laws is part of an on-going programme by the Channel Islands to update its legislation. Although Thorne will not be drawn on fee income, he says: “It is going to be a fairly lengthy assignment and we are very satisfied with the arrangements.”
Lovells has taken on a senior associate from Davis Polk & Wardwell‘s New York office. Norwood Beveridge is joining the firm’s capital markets team as a partner and will be based at Lovells’ New York office. Beveridge specialises in US securities law, with experience in debt and equity transactions including those involving high yield. Lovells is not the only UK firm attempting to bolster its high yield capability in the face of increased competition from US firms – just two months ago, Allen & Overy recruited high yield specialist Adam Kupitz from Sullivan & Cromwell‘s New York office (The Lawyer, 10 July).
Travers Smith Braithwaite managing partner Alasdair Douglas, is being replaced by Chris Carroll from 1 January 2001. Carroll, who is a corporate partner, has been at Travers Smith since he started his articles in 1978. Douglas will have completed six years as managing partner and says he wants to get back to full-time fee-earning in the tax department.
11 King’s Bench Walk (Eldred Tabachnik QC and James Goudie QC) has confirmed that sports and employment specialist Tim Kerr and European specialist Sarah Moore have accepted their unconditional offers to join the set after resigning from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Both will join former chamber members Clive Lewis, Jane Oldham and Karen Steyn.
Llewelyn Zietman has changed its name following the departure of founding partner David Llewelyn and five other lawyers to the London office of White & Case last September. The 14-partner firm is now known as Arnander Irvine & Zietman, after partners Conrad Arnander, James Irvine and Clive Zietman.The change coincides with the arrival of former Clifford Chance and Watson Burton partner Stephen Aldred.
Hammond Suddards Edge’s Leicester office has closed, with seven of its nine partners going to East Midlands rival firms. Although all 80 staff were offered positions in Birmingham, many have left. Managing partner David West, head of property Brendan Walsh, and partner Simon Taylor have all joined Eversheds‘ Nottingham office.
Herbert Smith has hired a banking partner from Linklaters & Alliance’s Paris office to head the French banking team. Georges Dirani had been a partner at Linklaters since 1997 and is a former legal director of Deutsche Bank and Deutsche Morgan Grenfell in France.
CMS Cameron McKenna has started its defence against the unfair dismissal claims brought by two former CIS group assistants. During the preliminary hearing of the case at Stratford employment tribunal last week, the firm’s counsel called for the claims made by Dmitri Chebotarev and Natasha Thomson to be struck out due to delays in filing the particulars of the claims. The particulars were withdrawn and will now be reissued by the complainants. The case was adjourned for three weeks.
Norton Rose has taken on Barnett Alexander Chart’s head of employment Peter Talibart. The appointment is part of Norton Rose’s strategy to build up its employment practice to 14 lawyers. The move comes after the departure of a team of six partners who left BAC to join Altheimer & Gray’s London office.
The International Bar Association (IBA) is to say goodbye to its director. After six years in the position, Paul Hoddinott is stepping down to make way for his successor, thought to be Mark Ellis. Ellis, who is the director of the American Bar Association’s Central and Eastern Europe Law Initiative, is still awaiting approval from the IBA council before the appointment can be formalised.