10 July 2000

The Lawyer

  • £450m shortfall was not cause of SIF's collapse

    10-Jul-2000

    In her first interview since leaving the Solicitor's Indemnity Fund, former managing director Elizabeth Mullins has denied that the fund's £450m shortfall was the cause of its demise.

  • 'A very regular guy'

    10-Jul-2000

    Cravath Swaine & Moore's head of corporate John White may be overshadowed at home by his federal prosecutor wife Mary Jo, but that has not stopped him building up one of the country's most formidable and profitable capital markets practice. Claire Smith finds out more about this unusually shy New York lawyer

  • A VIEW FROM DUBAI

    10-Jul-2000

    Dubai is the commercial centre of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) located on the southern shore of the Arabian Gulf. It is the second largest of the seven Emirates which make up the UAE with Abu Dhabi being the capital. The seven Emirates were British protectorates between 1892 and 1971. On the British withdrawal, the Emirates linked to create the federation of the UAE.

  • A&O adds employment partner to Paris office

    10-Jul-2000

    Allen & Overy is hiring a former partner at French firm Pouget Delsaud Garnier Bachasson (PDGB) to set up an employment law practice in Paris.

  • A&O dresses down five days a week

    10-Jul-2000

    Allen & Overy is breaking with magic circle formality by offering staff the chance to dress down five days a week.

  • AIG general counsel joins Lloyd's in NY

    10-Jul-2000

    Lloyd's of London is recruiting a new general counsel for US regulatory affairs in New York.

  • B&M opens fifth office in Mexico

    10-Jul-2000

    Baker & McKenzie is opening its fifth office in Mexico in the country's second largest city Guadalajara.

  • Book Review

    10-Jul-2000

    The Soul at Work by Roger Lewin and Birute Regine, published by Orion ISBN0752811851

  • Camerons launches start-up web service with FirstStage

    10-Jul-2000

    CMS Cameron McKenna is launching the first-ever website to vet technology start-ups and help find them funding.

  • Can firms keep up with the demand of supply?

    10-Jul-2000

    Our practice is not one for the detailed business plan.

  • Case of the week

    10-Jul-2000

    Pamela White, who worked as an equal partner for 33 years helping her husband to build up his farming business, is claiming a half-share in the £4.5m venture. The House of Lords heard the case last week, which is considered the most important divorce cases for years.

  • CC Pünder wins partner from Deloittes

    10-Jul-2000

    Clifford Chance Pünder is luring Deloitte & Touche lawyer Hans Stamm as a partner.

  • CC sets up European conflict check team

    10-Jul-2000

    Clifford Chance has taken responsibility for conflict checks away from partners and has set up an internal compliance function - the first of its kind in Europe.

  • Confiscating money does not pay

    10-Jul-2000

    Ian Smith says greater powers to confiscate the proceeds of crime could

  • Cost cuts see Biddle's partner profits double

    10-Jul-2000

    Biddle's profits per partner have soared by 50 per cent after cutting costs and tackling slack habits in recording billable hours.

  • Dressing up what really matters

    10-Jul-2000

    So Allen & Overy has become the first magic circle firm to adopt a full-time dress down policy. And while there is sure to be a rush on men's fashion magazines around EC4 as partners who live in pinstripes suddenly need to know whether pleats or flat fronts are de rigueur this season, the rationale behind the move goes beyond just making lawyers feel more comfortable.

  • Field Fisher

    10-Jul-2000

    Field Fisher Waterhouse represented Appliancezone on establishing its business to business internet service for the home appliance industry. The firm's remit also included arranging the first round of funding for the deal. The FFW team was led by IT and e-commerce partner Paul Barton and included tax partner Graeme Nuttall and corporate partner Edward Miller.

  • Firms under pressure as Kingfisher reviews panel

    10-Jul-2000

    Firms advising Kingfisher are facing a tense couple of months as the retail giant begins its first panel review for more than two years.

  • Holman loses HK partner to Bird &Bird

    10-Jul-2000

    Hong Kong partner Edward Alder is leaving Holman Fenwick & Willan to join Bird & Bird's expanding Far East practice.

  • It's been a bad week for

    10-Jul-2000

    Judges who want to surf. New rules issued by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine ban judges from using the internet for online shopping or general surfing. One thousand laptops will be issued to judges to provide regular updates on cases.

  • It's been a good week for

    10-Jul-2000

    Liz Abbott, a blind teacher who received £60,000 in damages after an employment tribunal ruled that her school broke the law by failing to provide a classroom assistant to help her. The tribunal hearing in Stratford, east London, found that St Mary's Roman Catholic primary school in Chingford had breached the Disability Discrimination Act and the Employment Rights Act 1996 by failing to ensure that Abbott was provided with "reasonable adjustments" so she could perform her job.

  • Jonathan Goldstein

    10-Jul-2000

    With the launch of LongAcre, Olswang's corporate finance house, chief executive Jonathan Goldstein has been thrust into the public eye. Fiona Callister talks to a man with no doubts.

  • Joseph Tan merges with Koh & Choo

    10-Jul-2000

    Joseph Tan Jude Benny, one of Singapore's largest specialist shipping practices, is merging with corporate firm Koh & Choo.

  • Legal Widow

    10-Jul-2000

    I was playing the lying down game with the children the other day, a game I much appreciate as it involves a lot of lying down - something a mother of three rarely gets the chance to do, even at legitimate hours of the night.

  • Linklaters

    10-Jul-2000

    Linklaters & Alliance advised Lend Lease on the launch of the Lend Lease Overgate Partnership. The partnership, which includes Barclays Bank UK Retirement Fund, BG Group Pension Scheme, Morley Properties and NFU Mutual Insurance Society, has committed £137m to purchasing the Dundee-based Overgate shopping and leisure centre. Linklaters real estate partners Martin Elliott and Elizabeth Bennett led the ...

  • Litigator's View

    10-Jul-2000

    Duncan Wiggetts reports on the BBC's attempts to protect its reputation in sports broadcasting BBC v talkSPORT

  • Martineaus launches e-business network

    10-Jul-2000

    Martineau Johnson is launching a website aimed at matching high-tech entrepreneurs with venture capitalists.

  • Money can't buy you.....

    10-Jul-2000

    Bright red waistcoats, polka dot braces, yellow bowties, multi-colour bowties, were all shown to their full offensiveness in Tulkinghorn's review of The Lawyer Awards (3 July).Perhaps it should be shown to those who have been griping in the national press about the size of lawyers' pay packets.It would conclusively prove that money does not buy style.Wendy Carey, Bromley

  • New Media

    10-Jul-2000

    Paisner & Co advised Miami International on the establishment of a £8.5m debt and equity funding to invest in the expansion of its AskAlex internet directory business. The funding was raised through Dun & Bradstreet and its affiliated companies, and Granville Baird Capital Partners. Corporate partner David Collins led a team of four on the deal. Hammond Suddards acted for Granville Baird while Dun & Bradstreet was advised by its in-house lawyers and Linnells.

  • Norton Rose hires telecoms partners

    10-Jul-2000

    Norton Rose is boosting its technology capabilities with two lateral hires from the telecoms and IT sectors.

  • Perrin's View

    10-Jul-2000

    It's one of the pitfalls of being a dress down firm five days a week. One minute you're in your bespoke two-piece smooching a multinational board, and the next you're in the back of a cab acrobatically slipping out of your turn-ups and into chinos and Paul & Shark when you notice... the cool, assessing gaze of a busload of Japanese tourists. Still, as they say in the smart-casual business these days - chic happens.

  • Personnel services

    10-Jul-2000

    As more and more lawyers move firms, personnel departments are employing the services of independent careers consultants in a last-ditch attempt to retain staff. Alison Clarke reports

  • Placements

    10-Jul-2000

    Allen & Overy's Hong Kong office advised Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) on its listing on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Trading on HKEx, which is the new holding company of the stock exchange, futures exchange and their associated clearing houses, commenced on 27 June when it initially listed more than one billion shares valued at HK$1.00 (8p). Head of corporate Michael ...

  • Professional Consultants

    10-Jul-2000

    BG Careers

  • Property

    10-Jul-2000

    Simmons & Simmons acted for Despa, the German open ended fund, in the £63m sale of its property at 49 Leadenhall Street to the City of London Real Property Company. The building was previously the headquarters of the Institute of London Underwriters. The team was run by property partner Alan Butler while Nabarro Nathanson advised the purchasers.

  • Quote of the week

    10-Jul-2000

    "We were prepared to lose a little of our precious independence in return for its name and the quality of its activities."- Gianni Origoni partner Alessandro Giuliani becomes the first lawyer to admit the real reason why not everyone wants to be alone.

  • Richards Butler

    10-Jul-2000

    Richards Butler acted for the Commercial Bank of Qatar on arranging a £120m loan agreement to finance future public and private sector initiatives. The facility was arranged with a number of international, regional and local banks. Richards Butler banking partner Hugh Thompson acted on the deal from the firm's associate office in Qatar. Clifford Chance's Dubai office advised the arranging and lending ...

  • Salary hikes out of ocntrol

    10-Jul-2000

    I am head of legal for a medium size manufacturing company which exports the majority of its output.

  • Scotland's first LLP firm gets approval

    10-Jul-2000

    Scotland has gained its first-ever limited liability partnership firm - ahead of the LLP Bill being passed by Parliament.

  • Scuffle of the week

    10-Jul-2000

    The Government v The Guardian and The Observer. The newspapers' lawyers accused the Government of using oppressive tactics to prevent them reporting allegations of abuse of power by MI6. The papers are challenging a March ruling by Judge Martin Stephens which ordered them to give police any emails or notes they may have relating to former MI5 staffer David Shayler. Prosecution lawyers are maintaining that newspapers and former security service officers must be stopped from disclosing ...

  • Slaughters loses out on Orange web deal

    10-Jul-2000

    Telecoms giant Orange has instructed Bristol firm Burges Salmon on a corporate deal for the first time, snubbing Slaughter and May.

  • Standard Chartered

    10-Jul-2000

    Global expansion has been the dominant theme for Standard Chartered over the past two years.

  • The fraud squad

    10-Jul-2000

  • The Italian job

    10-Jul-2000

    Fine wines, fashion and food to die for are just a few of the attractions which might tempt the downtrodden rain-drenched UK lawyer to ditch the City in favour of la dolce vita.

  • The Personnelity

    10-Jul-2000

    You'd have thought it was pretty obvious that hiring the right people is one of the most important strategic issues for a law firm. Look how obsessively everyone is discussing the salary hikes, for example, as if they couldn't have been predicted. After all, how else were top City firms going to try and square the US circle? (As for the medium to small firms, just make your decision. Increase pay or don't increase pay, but stop banging on about it.)

  • Top partner quits Burges Salmon unit

    10-Jul-2000

    Veale Wasbrough has lured a top property investment lawyer from Burges Salmon.

  • Turning things around

    10-Jul-2000

    There has been a fundamental shift in the insolvency and restructuring profession, with smaller accountancy firms voicing a growing sense of unease. Catrin Griffiths reports on the firms that have come out on top

  • US firms struggle to hire local talent as partners resist the lure of profits

    10-Jul-2000

    Despite having plenty of cash, US firms in London are finding it hard to recruit local lawyers. Claire Smith reports