13 March 2000

The Lawyer

  • Allen & Overy boosts New York Tax Capability

    14-Mar-2000

    Robert DeJoy and Jack Heinberg joined on Monday (13 March) bringing Allen & Overy's international tax department up to 50 tax professionals including 15 partners across the world.

  • Cadwalader poaches CMS Cameron McKenna's head of African practice

    13-Mar-2000

    US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has lured CMS Cameron McKenna's highly-regarded project finance partner Paul Biggs to join its London office.Biggs is the head of Camerons' African group. His departure will come as a blow to the firm as it restructures its management team to boost its ambitions for international expansion.Biggs has masterminded the firm's African ...

  • Camerons management shaken up for Euro drive

    13-Mar-2000

    CMS Cameron McKenna has restructured its senior management to drive through plans for European expansion.The firm has elected senior corporate partner Dick Tyler to replace Robert Derry-Evans as managing partner. Derry-Evans takes up the new post of chief executive. Senior partner Bill Shelford stays in his post.A Camerons spokesman says the firm decided to "beef up" its management ...

  • Case of the week

    13-Mar-2000

    The film industry in the US is locked in a battle which lawyers believe could have massive implications for the future of the new DVD medium. DVD - Digital Versatile Disc - is the new high quality medium for distributing films for viewing at home. The discs have an encryption built in that stops a user copying the film onto his or her computer and then copying to other discs or distributing via the internet. Unlike pirate copies of videos, each DVD copy is perfect. Last November, ...

  • Daniel Lightman on the university breach of contract case. Daniel Lightman, acting for Fishel, is a barrister at Serle Court Chambers.

    13-Mar-2000

    Before his resignation in 1997 Dr Simon Fishel was a world-renowned clinical IVF embryologist and scientific director of the University of Nottingham's infertility unit, where he was responsible for the unit's embryologists.While employed by the university, Fishel carried out paid treatment work abroad, sometimes using embryologists from his unit. Each of their employment contracts required the university's consent to do outside paid work.

  • Davies Wallis enters London

    13-Mar-2000

    Leading north-west firm Davies Wallis Foyster is opening a London office - the second big regional player to move into the capital in as many weeks.The 42-partner firm is taking office space in Mayfair to establish its London capability and is looking to make appointments.Last week top Birmingham firm Wragge & Co made its first move into the City, merging with niche intellectual ...

  • Denis Petkovic

    13-Mar-2000

    Denis Petkovic tells Sean Farrell his reasons for leaving Mayer Brown & Platt for Chadbourne & Parke.

  • Dibbs wins public affairs contract at first attempt

    13-Mar-2000

    The public affairs practice of Dibb Lupton Alsop has won a big client in its first ever pitch - advising the trade body for British advertisers.The department, dubbed DLA Upstream, is headed by Liberal Democrat Lord Tim Clement-Jones and acts for clients in a political fact-finding and lobbying capacity.The account to advise the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers (ISBA) - the body representing the interests of advertisers in the UK - has been won from ...

  • Digests

    13-Mar-2000

    The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, last week overturned a landmark High Court decision that the minimum wage applies to pupil barristers. The Court of Appeal has ruled that pupils over 26 should not be entitled to the minimum wage. The original High Court action was brought by Rebecca Edmonds, a pupil at 23 Essex Street, who was backed by her chambers and the Bar Council.Addleshaw Booth & Co has hired

  • DoE and P&O face a battle for Waterloo

    13-Mar-2000

    Roger Pearson reports on a case which sees the Secretary of State fight off the largest High Court dilapidation claim to date.The scene is now set for the final round of the largest ever High Court dilapidation action, with a claim which could go as high as £18m.The claim, which centres on Elizabeth House at London's Waterloo, has been mounted against the Secretary of State for the Environment (DoE) by P&O Property Holdings ...

  • Dot com gets head of legal from bank

    13-Mar-2000

    Online financial services company Interactive Investor International has appointed its first head of legal from investment bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.As counsel in the law and compliance department at Morgan Stanley, Anil Raval was responsible for all legal and regulatory issues surrounding international private wealth management.He has been appointed head of legal and compliance at rapidly expanding Investor Interactive, which floated on the London Stock ...

  • Ernst & Young appoints team for litigation unit

    13-Mar-2000

    The law firm of accountancy giant Ernst & Young in Paris has poached a top litigation partner and his team from US firm Shearman & Sterling.Eric Teynier, two senior assistants and a paralegal will join Ernst & Young to set up a litigation and arbitration department.The practice will work with the accountant's London law firm when it is established later this year.

  • Fertility expert breaches contract

    13-Mar-2000

    Roger Pearson reports on the ruling that an academic was in breach of contract with his university by taking on outside work.The recent High Court decision that leading fertility expert Dr Simon Fishel - who has worked with test-tube baby pioneers such as Patrick Steptoe - breached his contract with Nottingham University in respect of work he did abroad without telling the university, is expected to cause major ripples throughout the academic world.

  • Fiamma quits Jones Day to become A&O partner

    13-Mar-2000

    Allen & Overy has enticed Stephen Fiamma, the high-profile managing partner of US firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue's London office, to join the firm.Fiamma has been head of the Cleveland-based firm's City practice for 10 years and has overseen its expansion into one of the largest US offices in ...

  • Financing

    13-Mar-2000

    Gouldens advised KPMG Corporate Finance and Investec Henderson Crosthwaite as sponsors to Alphameric on a £72m fund raising to enable Alphameric's £60m acquisition of Pennine Retail Systems (Holdings). Gouldens corporate partner Simon Allport worked on the deal, Nabarro Nathanson represented Alphameric and Addleshaw Booth & Co advised the vendors.

  • First solicitor advocate to become Counsel to the Crown

    16-Mar-2000

    Peter Woodhouse who specialises in Employment and Tribunal Law at the Bristol based firm has been appointed as a Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel).

  • Flotation

    13-Mar-2000

    CMS Cameron McKenna acted for West LB Panmure and Marshal Securities, joint sponsors and financial advisers to Wilmington Group, on its placing of 7.3 million new ordinary shares subject to the right of shareholders to apply for the Wilmington shares under an open offer. The shares were placed at £4 per share, raising gross proceeds of over £29m. John Burton, corporate partner ...

  • Garrigues & Andersen gains new joint managing partners

    13-Mar-2000

    Garrigues & Andersen, the Spanish member firm of Andersen Legal and the largest law firm in Spain, has appointed new joint managing partners.Jose Maria Alonso and Miguel Gordillo take up their posts from 1 April for a four-year term. They replace current managing partners Alberto Terol, who retains his position as worldwide managing partner of the Andersen Legal network, and Daniel Garcia-Pita.Alonso is head of litigation and arbitration while Gordillo is managing ...

  • Gordons Wright enters Leeds with Cranswick Watson merger

    13-Mar-2000

    Gordons Wright & Wright and Cranswick Watson are merging to create one of the largest firms in Yorkshire.The new firm, to be called Gordons Cranswick, will have 31 partners and 79 fee earners out of a total staff of 200.The link-up gives Bradford and Keighley-based Gordons its first Leeds operation.An insider in the city says: "Gordons wants to get into Leeds and it is actually the dominant player in the merger. The Bradford market is disappearing."

  • Gouldens partner wins case

    13-Mar-2000

    A leading defamation partner from City firm Gouldens has successfully persuaded the Court of Appeal to throw out a libel claim against him.Barton Taylor, one of London's top libel lawyers, has fought off a claim by the editor of now defunct magazine Scallywag for comments he made to a Welsh paper about it after it defamed his client.The claim by Scallywag editor Simon Regan has been struck out after the judge ruled it was likely to fail.Taylor ...

  • Haarmanns opens office in Moscow

    13-Mar-2000

    German legal practice Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner has opened a Moscow office as part of a global expansion drive.Gerd Lenga, previously the partner in charge of German rival Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Laber's Moscow office, has been appointed to head the new Russian practice.Ulrich Schrader has moved from Haarmanns' Berlin and Bucharest offices to be joint head of the Moscow office. The pair will lead a team of seven lawyers.The firm is ...

  • Herbert Smith advises e-bank

    13-Mar-2000

    Herbert Smith and Irish firm Arthur Cox are advising on what they claim will be the first global online bank.Herbert Smith, in conjunction with Spanish law firm Uria & Menendez, is advising Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and the largest European and South American-quoted internet company, Terra Networks.The bank and the internet company are forming Uno-e, which will merge with existing Irish internet financial services company First-E. Arthur Cox is advising ...

  • It's been a bad week for...

    13-Mar-2000

    Arthur Farrer, former partner at Farrer & Co, the Queen's firm of solicitors. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham said Farrer had breached the 1989 Firearms Act by telling his 81-year-old mother where he kept the keys to his gun cupboard. The police never suggested that his mother has handled the guns or "expressed any interest in them whatsoever" but the Appeal Court ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    13-Mar-2000

    The Daily Telegraph, which successfully fought off an injunction sought by Mohamed "I beat Hamilton, I can beat you" Al Fayed (above) intended to stop publication of extracts from a book by Trevor Rees-Jones, the bodyguard who survived the crash that killed Al Fayed's son Dodi and Diana, Princess of Wales. Judge Anne Rafferty QC told Al Fayed's lawyers they should have made an application earlier.Low paid prosecutors, ...

  • Kingsford Stacey wins council work

    13-Mar-2000

    City firm Kingsford Stacey Blackwell's county roots helped it win one of its biggest ever property contracts - a disposal for Hertfordshire County Council of properties worth £27m.The firm won the work against competition from larger firms, one of which was national. The council refuses to name the competition.Kingsford Stacey, which has 24 partners, has an office in Hertfordshire and the City.Andrew Laycock, county secretary at Hertfordshire, ...

  • Lariam claims discontinued

    13-Mar-2000

    I refer to the claims section of the 21 February edition of The Lawyer on page 25.You report that a woman named Rebecca Shaw has launched proceedings against her doctor and Roche Products in connection with the anti-malarial drug Lariam.However, Shaw discontinued her claim approximately two years ago. What has happened is that the case, and a number of other discontinued Lariam cases, has been transferred to the Royal Courts of Justice for the ...

  • Law firms waste money on poor marketing according to survey

    13-Mar-2000

    Law firms have miscalculated their marketing strategies and are wasting vast amounts of money on them, according to a new survey.The report, produced by corporate branding specialists Springpoint, also reveals that there is little differentiation between the top six law firms and that business is dependant on the people and the relationships that clients have with them. It concludes that if a relevant partner leaves so will the work.Another conclusion drawn from ...

  • Licensing

    13-Mar-2000

    Weil Gotshal & Manges advised CeNeS Pharmaceuticals on a development licence agreement with Hertfordshire-based Bioglan Pharma to work on the production of an aerosol inhaler version of a drug to combat pain in post-operative and cancer patients. James Gubbins, pharmaceutical and biotechnology partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges, led the team that represented CeNeS.

  • Linklaters acts on Aer Lingus flotation

    16-Mar-2000

    It pitched for the work in a competitive tender with Salomons Bank which was appointed financial advisor to the Irish government.

  • Listening without prejudice

    13-Mar-2000

    Jim Drake and Peter MacDonald Eggers reports on the different types of ADR and the part that the courts play.Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to all means of resolving disputes, other than by a decision of the court after a trial, with the assistance of an impartial third party. The essence of ADR is that the procedures are consensual and the parties are not bound by any decision or process unless they agree. There are a number of well-known ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 13/3/00

    13-Mar-2000

    Cases from LAWTEL's PI Quantum Database. Contact Deborah Talbot on 0171 970 4823.(1)Sun Microsystems Ltd (2)Latham (3)Murphy v Brown (2000) QBD (Brian Smedley J) 19 January 2000Claimant: (3)Female, 37 years old at date of accident; 42 years old at date of settlement.The claims brought by the first and second claimants had settled previously.Incident: In 1994 the claimant was a passenger in a vehicle driven by the ...

  • Litigation Writs 13/3/00

    13-Mar-2000

    A listed building at Wrexham, Clwyd, has become the centre of a High Court claim. Thomas Smith, who was given grants to repair historic Althrey Hall, is facing a claim for repayment after selling the property. Smith sold the building without telling the National Assembly for Wales which had paid him the grants. The assembly is now seeking the repayments and is suing Smith for £56,456, with interest of £5,358.75 and continuing interest of ...

  • London leads way in mediation boom

    13-Mar-2000

    Mediation and arbitration is a growth area throughout the legal market - and London has become the leading centre for settling cross-border cases. Claire Smith reports.The litigation market is experiencing a radical shake-up. "Those firms that are into mediation and arbitration work are well placed," says leading alternative dispute resolution (ADR) partner Stephen York of Hammond Suddards. "But those firms that are not in it are going to ...

  • Masons' private client group goes to Forsters

    13-Mar-2000

    Leading construction specialist Masons has ditched its private client practice.Group head Peter Instone is taking his five-strong team to niche firm Forsters. Senior assistant Fiona Smith will join the group as a partner.Masons will refer any new private client work to Forsters. William Barnes, Masons director of operations and business development, says the firm did not initially ...

  • Mediators offer little value

    13-Mar-2000

    Marion Simmons QC argues that lawyers possess the skills necessary to have a structured discussion between themselves, their client and the other parties without requiring the intervention of a mediator to reach a compromise. Marion Simmons QC practises at 3/4 South Square.Is a decision by a judge always the best way to resolve a dispute? The judges do not think so. Some of them are promoting alternative dispute resolution.In a recent case, ...

  • Mishcons poaches planning specialist

    13-Mar-2000

    Mishcon De Reya is poaching a key Eversheds planning lawyer in a bid to expand its property department.Gordon Campbell says he was head of planning and environment at Eversheds in the capital, but the firm maintains he did not hold such a title.He is recognised as one of the leading planning lawyers in London and acts for clients including housing and retail developers.

  • Monckton and 4-5 Grays Inn agree merger

    14-Mar-2000

    An original deadline was passed because of a dearth of suitable accommodation for such a large set, both within the Inns and outside. Heads of agreement have been approved and the two sets are now working together to implement the merger as quickly as possible. "We believe that merger will enable us to offer strength in depth in our core areas, particularly in public law," says John Swift QC, Monckton's head of chambers

  • Nabarros client leads e-market

    13-Mar-2000

    An internet company set up only six months ago has become the leading one of its kind in Europe - and has been advised throughout by Nabarro Nathanson.The firm has acted for NewMedia Spark since the company was formed in October. Nabarros has just advised on its £85m acquisition of Scandinavia's top internet investment company Cell Internet Commerce Development.NewMedia ...

  • National courts set to get European role

    13-Mar-2000

    NATIONAL courts will be given a greater role in untangling disputes involving European law if proposals made by European Commission president Romano Prodi are taken forward by EU ministers.Prodi has voiced concern about the lengthening "excessive" delays for European Court of Justice cases to come to judgment. The average wait is 21 months, with cases at its sister Court of First Instance (CFI) taking 30 months.As a result, Prodi and European Commissioner Michel ...

  • New Court Chambers silk moves

    13-Mar-2000

    Leading employment set Old Square Chambers is the latest set to profit from the dissolution of George Carman QC's New Court Chambers.Frederic Reynold QC, a contract and employment law specialist, will join John Hendy QC's set this week.Reynold was one of four silks based at New Court. Carman himself has joined 4-5 Gray's Inn Square and Charles Howard QC joined 1 King's Bench Walk.Reynold's departure leaves only Peter Susman ...

  • Norton Rose and Linklaters beat A&O and CC to bank's £4m panel

    13-Mar-2000

    Linklaters and Norton Rose have been appointed to Canada's largest bank's legal panel, pushing Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy ...

  • Pharmaceuticals

    13-Mar-2000

    In the first of a new series, Abigail Townsend asks which type of firm is likely to get a significant share of the rich pickings that are on offer in the pharmaceuticals sector.The new millennium got under way in style for the pharmaceuticals industry as two industry giants started work on one of the world's largest mergers and the wraps came off a second tie-up.By the end of January, SmithKline Beecham and Glaxo Wellcome had set about arranging ...

  • Pilots fight for property rights

    13-Mar-2000

    Associated British Ports Holdings (ABPH) is heading for a High Court showdown over property it is alleged to have commandeered and sold in Humberside. The association is being sued by Hull-based association Humber Pilots, which is seeking declarations, court orders and damages in a claim valued at more than £200,000. The pilots, who can date their origins back to 1512, claim that the land on which the Pilot Office stands was conveyed to their then Commodore ...

  • Pinsents wins PFI housing contract

    13-Mar-2000

    Pinsent Curtis has beaten three leading projects firms to advise on the standardisation of housing PFI work.Dibb Lupton Alsop, Trowers & Hamlins and Nabarro Nathanson were shortlisted for the work by the Treasury Taskforce. Each was invited to enter the competitive process at the beginning of this ...

  • Pleming to head 39 Essex Street

    13-Mar-2000

    Leading public lawyer Nigel Pleming QC is to become the new head of chambers at 39 Essex Street.Pleming, who recently won the latest round of the Pinochet saga as lead counsel for the Kingdom of Belgium, will replace Edwin Glasgow QC at the beginning of April.Glasgow has completed his three-year term at the helm of the top public law set but may have been forced to step down in any event because of his commitment as lead counsel for the soldiers in the Bloody ...

  • Profile too low for female lawyers

    13-Mar-2000

    I have been doing a little study of photographs in The Lawyer recently and cannot help noticing the predominance of articles and photographs about or by men in the profession.Out of a total of 29 photographs in a recent issue, 22 of those featured were of men and only seven were of women. These included photographs of Cherie Booth, Germaine Greer and Mo Mowlam in an advert for the Millennium Woman Lawyer Forum!Perhaps The Lawyer needs to send a representative ...

  • Property

    13-Mar-2000

    Allen & Overy represented Schroder Exempt Property Unit Trust on the £40m purchase of Phase 1 of Kensington Village, a business park, from Marylebone Warwick Balfour subsidiary, Rysbridge Estates. Nick Bird, property partner at Allen & Overy led a team of eight. Andrew Sanders, property partner at Lovells, acted for the vendors.

  • Quote of the week

    13-Mar-2000

    "They are a bunch of wacky, extremely talented guys." - The Slaughters style, according to a partner at a rival firm.

  • Rocky time for US firms

    13-Mar-2000

    John Edwards is leaving Sidley & Austin's London office, which he ran for nearly six years, to join Taylor Joynson Garrett in the same week that Stephen Fiamma, managing partner of Jones Day Reavis & Pogue's UK practice, departs for Allen & Overy.Could the two incidents ...

  • Rozenberg

    13-Mar-2000

    Suddenly, the job of a legal journalist seems to be getting easier. It was never very difficult to start with - all you have to do is go to court, listen to what the judge says and write it down or read it out depending on whether you're in papers or broadcasting. Just occasionally you might need to find a lawyer who can explain a point of law or comment on a case. But even that's a chore no more.Take the case of the Blairs' nanny. In the early hours ...

  • Scottish & Newcastle

    13-Mar-2000

    It is nearly a year since Peter Kennerley left Simmons & Simmons, where he was a corporate partner, to join Scottish & Newcastle (S&N), the UK’s biggest brewer.

  • Scuffle of the week

    13-Mar-2000

    Cherie Booth v The Mail on Sunday. Booth certainly knows which friendly judge to phone at 2am, managing to get an early morning injunction to stop the Mail on Sunday presses and force the paper to try and retrieve 1.5 million copies that had already been printed. The injunction bans the Mail on Sunday from publishing tales of life with the Blairs from their ex-nanny Ros Mark. Booth is claiming damages of £15,000 from the paper which is retaliating with its own claim ...

  • Slaughtering the opposition?

    13-Mar-2000

    Slaughter and May's ultra-conservative policy of turning its back on globalisation has served the firm very well, but Dominic Egan reports that its big five rivals say Slaughters needs more than a little help from its best friends on Wall Street to get by in the next decade.The Slaughter and May creed has always been a simple one: God is an Englishman and Slaughter ...

  • Square Mile

    13-Mar-2000

    How could any legal practice that wants to attract the young, thrusting professionals of the third millennium stick by a reward system which has the words "lock" and "step" at its heart?What do they suggest to you? Visions of hours behind tightly-locked City doors completing the years necessary to climb each step of a long career ladder before earning a small incremental reward? It's more like Dickens than the 21st century.In a culture ...

  • Stanbrooks lures lawyers from closed Belgian firm

    13-Mar-2000

    Stanbrook & Hooper and Bird & Bird have benefited from the break-up of Belgian firm Cannart Andre-Dumont Erkelens Goethals.Brussels-based Stanbrooks has lured two of the firm's partners - Emmanuel de Cannart d'Hamale and Hubert Andre-Dumont - and four associates to set up its Belgian corporate and commercial department.Another Cannarts partner, Catherine Erkelens, ...

  • Taylor Joynson Garrett lures ex-Sidleys managing partner

    13-Mar-2000

    Taylor Joynson Garrett has struck a blow for City firms against acquisitive US rivals by luring John Edwards, former managing partner of Sidley & Austin's London office.Edwards has headed Sidleys' London information industries group since his arrival from Clifford Chance in 1994.He joins Taylor Joynson's IT telecoms internet group as a partner.Edwards, ...

  • Testing compensation levels

    13-Mar-2000

    Judgment is now pending in a Court of Appeal battle which may see the level of personal injury compensation increase. A rare five-judge court, led by Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has been asked to hold that present guidelines on compensation levels are "no longer fair and reasonable". Eight test cases involving a spread of personal injury situations, are being considered in an action brought in the wake of a 1998 Law Commission report recommending that ...

  • The cost of changing the system

    13-Mar-2000

    John Cooper argues that by implementing cost-cutting acts, the Government is in danger of repeating the mistakes of the past. John Cooper is a barrister at 3 Gray's Inn Square.We all know that the primary purpose of any new government act in relation to the criminal justice system is to save money. But based on past experience, the opposite is usually achieved.The last administration considerably undermined a defendant's right ...

  • The Firm

    13-Mar-2000

    Minutes of a meeting at the Firm between Jack Pratchard, Tom Henderson and corporate partner Wally Baxter.Pratchard: Tom, I got a lovely letter from an old chum this morning. He's 78, yet he's planning on running a marathon. Marvellous.Henderson: What old chum?Pratchard: Augusto Pinochet. He's back home in Chile now apparently. Says he never felt better. Look, there's a picture of him doing the Lambada ...

  • The real problem of relocation

    13-Mar-2000

    I was interested to read in your 28 February issue about the problem which barristers chambers have experienced in their merger talks due to the difficulty of finding suitable accommodation close to the law courts.Baker Lorenz has a number of properties available around the law courts, particularly those measuring approximately 48,000sq ft.A number of chambers have inspected the buildings, and while they seem to be contemplating offers, the ...

  • Top insurance firms escape giant's axe

    13-Mar-2000

    Three top insurance law firms are breathing a sigh of relief after confirmation from Royal & Sun Alliance (RSA) that they have survived the company's first round of panel cuts.Berrymans Lace Mawer, Davies Arnold Cooper and Vizards Staples Bannister have all been told they will continue to advise on commercial litigation work.But the futures of Herbert Smith, Dibb ...

  • Top London lawyers fly to Africa to advise on Malawi election dispute

    13-Mar-2000

    Three of the City's top lawyers are flying to the African state of Malawi to argue a constitutional point which could bring down the government.Lawrence Graham's head of litigation Andrew Dobson and leading silks James Goudie QC and Clive Stanbrook QC will debate whether the voting system of the country is flawed.The opposition parties in the country are challenging ...

  • Two Garden Court in CAB advice pilot

    14-Mar-2000

    The new service called CallCounsel will offer those advising the public immediate access to advice in housing, immigration and employment, by telephone or in writing from barristers at the chambers, without having to go through the bureaucracy previously involved.

  • UK law firms snubbed by German financial giants

    13-Mar-2000

    Financial giants Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank have chosen independent German firms to advise on their merger rather than UK-based firms with German links.Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Laber, Germany's largest firm, is acting for Deutsche Bank, while Stuttgart-based Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch Rechtsanwalte is representing Dresdner Bank.The merger will create the world's largest financial company - with £750bn of assets - and pundits claim it will ...

  • Wedlake Bell hints at US merger

    13-Mar-2000

    Wedlake Bell is launching its first joint practice group with associated US firm Fredrikson & Byron.And head of the newly-formed e-commerce group Jonathan Cornthwaite hints that it may be the first step towards full merger.The two firms, which established an alliance in 1996, have set up an e-business group which will target start-ups and companies aiming to go online.

  • White & Case elects Euro partner to board

    13-Mar-2000

    US firm White & Case is boosting its commitment to Europe by electing a second European partner to its management board.The move comes amid speculation that chairman James Hurlock, who is being replaced as the head of the firm next month, is seeking clearance to come to London to oversee the hunt for a merger.The firm is replacing its chairman with a managing partner, a role ...

  • Wragge & Co joins top biotech company panel

    13-Mar-2000

    Wragge & Co has won a new biotechnical client because of a meeting organised through The Lawyer's in-house forum Legal Monte Carlo 99.The Cambridge Antibody Technology Group, which has a market capitalisation of £382m, uses technologies to discover and produce antibodies for drugs.The company was formed 10 years ago and was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1997.