11 October 1999

The Lawyer

  • Amnesty International wins concessions from Government over advertising


    Amnesty has withdrawn its complaint over the ban to the European Court of Human Rights after the Government promised to reconsider the human rights organisation's case.The Government conceded that Amnesty had suffered loss of income because of the ban and agreed to pay the body "an appropriate sum".The Government wants the prohibition on political advertising on TV and radio to remain but has agreed to reconsider how Amnesty and other human rights bodies ...

  • Baker & McKenzie poaches managing partner from Dunhills


    Baker & McKenzie has poached the managing partner of Dunhill Madden Butler in Melbourne to head up its Australian operation.David Nathan has been confirmed as the national managing partner, ending a four-month hunt for a new leader after Paul Malliate resigned in July.Nathan's departure from Dunhill came as he fought to rebuild the embattled firm after 27 Sydney ...

  • Blackstone Chambers hires EU expert


    Blackstone Chambers has appointed an EU Commission lawyer to join its team of European law experts.Nicholas Khan joins the set next week after 11 years at the European Commission.His remit as a member of the Legal Service included advising the Commission on EU and national law, reviewing draft legislation and representing the Commission before the European Court of Justice and the court of First Instance.He is a specialist in state aid, anti-dumping, ...

  • Elizabeth Wall


    Elizabeth Wall has just started a new job as general counsel at communications firm Equant. Fiona Callister talks to the woman who gives away nothing about her past.

  • Lehman Brothers


    US investment bank Lehman Brothers is a name that will be familiar to most, if not all, major international companies as it has either funded or advised on some of the world's most important deals.

  • News in brief


    One of the UK's biggest insurance litigation firms, Berrymans Lace Mawer is calling for insurers to resist Law Commission recommendations that the category of dependants under the Fatal Accident Act be widened. The firm claims the new dependency test will cause a raft of small claims for trivialities such as lifts to work, thus reducing the damages received by the main dependants.

  • Silicon Valley heavyweight opens in North Virginia


    The Palo Alto-based firm is world renowned for its high-tech expertise and will be well placed to take advantage of the technological business which is currently escalating in North Virginia region.The firm is also hoping to get a piece of the increasing number of securities suits presently being filed in the region.Corporate and securities partner, Trevor Chaplick and senior litigation partner, Laurie Smilan will jointly head up the new Reston office. Newly ...

  • Top Canadian law firms merge


    Canadian law firms Gowling Strathy & Henderson and Code Hunter are merging to form the second biggest firm in the country.The new firm, which opens up under the Gowling name in January, will have more than 450 lawyers working from six Canadian offices in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Hamilton and Waterloo Region. Its only foreign office will be in Moscow.Both Gowlings and Code Hunter have strong litigation practices, particularly in commercial, insurance, ...

  • Watchdog to investigate CPS for race bias


    The move by the Government's race watchdog comes after a stream of complaints by CPS staff that they have been racially harassed and victimised.This summer alone, two separate employment tribunals found that CPS prosecutor Maria Bamieh had been racially discriminated against by her employer.CRE officials says its investigators will go into the CPS's offices next month under the powers it holds under the Race Relations Act.The move comes ...