14 February 2000

The Lawyer

  • 4 New Square poaches top senior junior

    14-Feb-2000

    Premier professional negligence set 4 New Square has poached leading senior junior David Halpern.Halpern, one of the top senior juniors in professional negligence and property litigation, is quitting chancery set Enterprise Chambers after 20 years.Elspeth Mills Rendall, chambers director at Enterprise, says: "It is really to do with his career aspirations. His practice has become increasingly focused on professional negligence."This is the second ...

  • Apacs general counsel leaves for LCH position

    14-Feb-2000

    General counsel of Apacs Susan Ward is quitting her post to take up a similar role at the London Clearing House (LCH).Apacs, the Association for Payment Clearing Services, is the UK payment clearing and money transmission organisation. It is responsible for the management and development of the principal electronic and cheque clearings.LCH currently outsources the majority of its commercial work to

  • APACS general counsel moves to LCH

    14-Feb-2000

    Apacs, the Association for Payment Clearing Services, is the UK payment clearing and money transmission organisation. It is responsible for the management and development of the principal electronic and cheque clearings.

  • Ashursts US merger stalled by Lathams

    14-Feb-2000

    Latham & Watkins and Ashurst Morris Crisp's plans for a merger are being blocked by the US firm's London office.It is understood that the office is resisting moves to join with Ashursts, arguing that the shift would remove any independence it has from its US parent.Last week The ...

  • Ashursts US merger thwarted

    14-Feb-2000

    The office is resisting moves to join with Ashursts, arguing the shift would remove any independence it has from its US parent.

  • Awarding the best legal marketers

    14-Feb-2000

    DJ Freeman, SJ Berwin and Simmons & Simmons were all winners at the first annual The Lawyer Marketing Awards, held at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.However, judges refused to hand out honours in the Lawtel-sponsored Client Care category because they felt the standard of entries was not of a sufficiently high calibre.DJ Freeman was awarded Best Corporate Brand, sponsored ...

  • B&M poaches German partner for Dusseldorf

    14-Feb-2000

    Global law firm Baker & McKenzie has poached a German M&A partner from a rival firm and launched a recruitment drive in London to boost the German practice.Bernd Mayer is joining the firm's Dusseldorf office from niche M&A local practice Velten Franz Mayer & Jakoby, which he jointly founded in 1997. He will bring the number of partners in his new office to six.The ...

  • Back to the law

    14-Feb-2000

    Sir Nicholas Lyell QC has had a long and prestigious political and legal career. Matheu Swallow meets the seriously straight-talking former Attorney-General upon his return to the bar.It seems only proper to introduce the Right Honourable Sir Nicholas Lyell QC with his full and formal title.After all, the former Attorney-General is a man who takes his work and his life very seriously.Lyell's one-time pupil Stephen Ruttle QC says: "He ...

  • Banker goes back to Maclay Murray

    14-Feb-2000

    Maclay Murray & Spens, the top Scottish firm, has lured Alastair Wyper back from Edinburgh merchant bank Quayle Munro.Wyper was a senior assistant at Maclay Murray when he left the firm two years ago for a career in banking at Quayle Munro. He worked on corporate financings including acquisitions and disposals, management buyouts and capital raisings.He now rejoins ...

  • Blurring the boundaries

    14-Feb-2000

    Veronica Cowan talks to Sir Richard Scott QC about changes facing the Chancery Courts and the whole profession.As Vice-Chancellor of the Supreme Court, Sir Richard Scott QC has effective responsibility for the running of the Chancery Division of the High Court.Barbara Dohmann QC, chairman of the Commercial Bar Association, describes Scott as "the human and attractive face of the judiciary", adding that he has an incisive ...

  • BP Amoco

    14-Feb-2000

    In 1998, BP stamped its authority on the energy industry with its £67.7bn acquisition of US energy giant Amoco - believed at the time to be the largest ever takeover.

  • Cameron's Iaroslavski resigns

    14-Feb-2000

    Ilia Iaroslavski, the big-billing lawyer who headed the firm's Tashkent office in Uzbekistan, resigned from the firm because of ill health.

  • Case of the week

    14-Feb-2000

    Mr Justice Hooper took the unusual step of lifting the anonymity normally applied to women who make accusations of rape after a jury found Lynn Walker had made up allegations that a colleague had raped her. Walker now faces a bill of £500,000. The judge's ruling in the defamation action came after an application by Edward Garnier QC, the defendant's counsel, who said: 'She should not be able to simply walk away and hide in her tent after she has been ...

  • CC advert receives German complaints

    14-Feb-2000

    A Clifford Chance Punder advert has ruffled feathers in Germany amid claims that it breaches advertising regulations.The ad was placed in national newspapers and magazines across Germany for the first two weeks of January to celebrate the merger of Clifford Chance with Punders and US firm Rogers & Wells.But German law firms have complained that it breaks national legal advertising ...

  • Chambers see host of movement across UK

    14-Feb-2000

    Two groups from the now defunct Queen Elizabeth Building, formerly the chambers of Lindsay Burn, have found new homes after another period of frenetic movement at the bar.Richard Mandel, Graham Blower, Lawrence Henderson, Keith Salvensen, David Scutt, and Amanda-Jane Field have all joined Francis Taylor Building.And 23 Essex Street takes Philip St John Stevens, Karen Holt and Marcus Thompson in addition to Robin Johnson and Cairns Nelson from 5 King’s Bench Walk ...

  • Changing chancery

    14-Feb-2000

    The chancery bar has seen a dramatic change in recent years as it takes on an increasing amount of traditional commercial work. Fenella Quinn reports.Dust off your gowns, fluff up those wigs and for goodness' sake buy a proper pen, all of you in chancery - you're going to find yourselves in hot demand.Word on the street is that Essex Court Chambers has a massive 13,000sq ft to fill (room for 40); Brick Court Chambers still ...

  • Christopher Hoyle

    14-Feb-2000

    Claire Smith meets KLegal's newest partner Christopher Hoyle, a telecoms expert who will be sorely missed by his old firm Rakisons.

  • Claims

    14-Feb-2000

    Rachel Medcraft of Buckinghamshire is suing motorist Keith Hunt who she claims was responsible for the death of her mother. Susan Prosser died after an accident on the B482 road at Stokenchurch on 6 October 1985. The claim alleges the accident was caused by Hunt's negligent driving and is brought under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 by Rachel through her father, Philip Medcraft.Claim issued by Bruce Lance & Co, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

  • Clifford Chance expands Paris office

    17-Feb-2000

    Marcus Billam and Frederic Peltier, who both have weighty contacts with leading French corporations and investment banks, join Clifford Chance's 35-lawyer M&A practice in Paris as partners.

  • Clifford Chance raids Dutch firm

    16-Feb-2000

    Tom de Waard and Hector de Beaufort - both mergers and acquisitions specialists - were voted in as partners of Clifford Chance on Monday.

  • Conflict over connection

    14-Feb-2000

    British Telecom is being taken to the High Court by a property company which claims it lost out on management of a portfolio of 40 properties because of delay in connecting phone lines to new premises. Bletchley-based Castle Estates Relocation Services is also chall- enging contract clauses purporting to limit the level of damages payable for losses. The claim says a contract which would have earned Castle £36,000 in the first 12 months was placed with another firm because ...

  • Court warns Lord Chancellor over contracting

    17-Feb-2000

    The caution from three judges came yesterday, even though they rejected a challenge against the Lord Chancellor's shake-up of the legal aid system.

  • Davies Wallis Foyster appoints Knight & Sons litigation head

    14-Feb-2000

    Newcastle firm Knight & Sons is smarting after losing its head of litigation to Davies Wallis Foyster.Alan Shackleton joined Davies Wallis' Manchester office last week to head its five-partner commercial litigation practice, after just two years at Knight & Sons.Jim Davies, managing partner at Davies Wallis, says Shackleton is bringing a lot of clients with him.He is currently working on a case involving air freight operator Martini Group, historically ...

  • Dibbs pulls off 'coup' to net partner

    14-Feb-2000

    Dibb Lupton Alsop's Leeds' office has poached an in-house lawyer from the Australian Olympic Committee.Andrew Symms is joining the firm's property and construction department in mid-March as a partner.Leeds regional managing partner Neil Mclean claims the appointment is a coup for the office.He says: "He was not looking to come to Yorkshire but we had some discussions with him about what we wanted to do and he was very excited about ...

  • Digests

    14-Feb-2000

    Wilde & Partners, the niche 8-partner trade finance and banking firm, is taking on the head of commercial property from Edward Lewis. Jeremy Dening joins the London firm as a partner at the same time as two other senior assistants take partnership - Martin Smith in property and Philip Jones in non-contentious receivables finance.Allen & Overy is advising Kohlberg Kravis ...

  • Dot coms net lawyers in search of a challenge

    14-Feb-2000

    First they got firms to work with them without paying cash. Instead they offered the promise of profits tomorrow, tempting the firms with share options. Now its seems the so-called dot coms are taking the law firms' rising IT stars, not only to take them through to their IPO, but beyond. In short, they are offering some of the best and brightest minds in the profession a new sort of partnership, a stake in the burgeoning new media economy and a stake in ...

  • Drugs giants get advice from US firms

    14-Feb-2000

    US FIRMS are advising on the merger between pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Warner-Lambert.Both companies have instructed New York-based lawyers on the £51.2bn merger - one of the five biggest - which will create the world's second largest pharmaceuticals group.Pfizer has instructed Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and Kaye Scholer Fierman Hays & Handler. Warner-Lambert is using

  • Embrace challenges technology presents

    14-Feb-2000

    I would imagine that most lawyers have been reflecting on the unprecedented pace of change in the marketplace for legal services.If anything, the already hectic pace of change is going to accelerate, bringing a host of further challenges and opportunities to lawyers.A major factor driving this change is the impact of information technology, which is allowing us to know what was previously unknowable.The challenge is in managing this ...

  • Energy group poaches Rowe & Maw lawyer for legal affairs

    14-Feb-2000

    Rowe & Maw is losing a top lawyer to Aquila Energy.Carole Colley, a 10-year US and UK dual-qualified lawyer, will leave Rowe & Maw's projects and banking group where she is a senior assistant at the end of February to take up her new post on 13 March.She will join Aquila Energy's in-house department as director of legal and regulatory affairs.In Europe, Aquila Energy, a subsidiary of US-based UtiliCorp United, which last year recorded sales ...

  • Eversheds plan full profit sharing

    14-Feb-2000

    The changes are expected to include a move away from the current local lockstep system to a more merit-based scheme.

  • Eversheds set to sanction full profit sharing between offices

    14-Feb-2000

    Eversheds is poised to end years of wrangling by finally agreeing to full profit sharing between its regional offices.The changes are expected to include a move away from the current local lockstep system to a more merit-based scheme.The firm currently has a national profit sharing scheme where offices contribute a small percentage of their profits into a national pool.

  • Ex-Weightmans chief probes insurance firms

    14-Feb-2000

    Top insurance companies such as Norwich Union and Axa are using the services of Weightmans' former chief executive to investigate possible overcharging by their panel law firms for bulk litigation work.Professor Martin Read left Weightmans in July 1998 after just 18 months and set up his own consultancy, providing auditing services to clients.Read is being retained by Norwich ...

  • Financing

    14-Feb-2000

    Hammond Suddards acted on the establishment of the Hart Group. The company was formed through a joint venture by three Murray Johnstone venture capital trust schemes and the South Yorkshire Venture Fund

  • Financing

    14-Feb-2000

    Shearman & Sterling's London office acted for Goldman Sachs International and HypoVereinsbank as joint arrangers and underwriters in providing senior debt finance facilities for the purchase of companies controlled by Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts & Co and GS Capital Partners. The firm also acted for Goldman Sachs in providing subordinated financing for the deal. Shearmans' banking ...

  • Freshfields lures Belgian tax expert

    14-Feb-2000

    Freshfields has taken Loeff Claeys Verbeke's head of tax in an attempt to boost its Belgian practice.Axel Haelterman joins as a partner after more than 12 years at the leading Belgian practice.He is regarded as one of the country's leading tax practitioners and is a professor of tax law at the University of Leuven.Haelterman headed Loeff Claeys' team of 25 tax lawyers.He will now be working alongside finance partner Ivan ...

  • Friction over Welsh flooding

    14-Feb-2000

    The National Assembly for Wales is taking two councils and a construction company to the High Court for damages after having to pay out more than £357,123.11 to people whose homes were flooded when the Afon Bach river burst its banks in 1993. The flooding happened during work on a new bridge for the A470 over the Afon Bach and residential streets were flooded to a depth of 1m. The assembly claims that Conwy County Borough Council, Gwynedd Council and Tywyn Construction ...

  • Greenberg Traurig opens Denver office

    18-Feb-2000

    The firm has poached six lawyers from local practice, Freeborn & Peters to run the office, including partners Ken Witt - who will head up the new practice - and Josiah Hatch and Mark Heimlich.

  • Hammonds to make liability insurance separate business

    14-Feb-2000

    Hammond Suddards is making its liability insurance department a separate business because it is not successful enough.Exactly how this will be achieved was discussed at a partnership meeting on Saturday (12 February), but a rigid policy has yet to be devised.Chris Jones, Hammonds' managing partner, says: "We will be looking at all the possible options. It may be that the partners will want to run it on its own."The department is currently part ...

  • Herbert Smith reorganises

    14-Feb-2000

    The review has been commissioned by incoming senior partner Richard Bond, who is chairing a six-strong committee.

  • Herbert Smith restructures

    14-Feb-2000

    Herbert Smith is carrying out a radical review of its internal structure, which could lead to the reintroduction of the role of managing partner.The review has been commissioned by incoming senior partner Richard Bond, who is chairing a six-strong committee. The committee is made up of representatives from each of the firm's practice areas - property, corporate and litigation - as well as Paris managing partner Neil Brimson and Hong Kong managing partner David Willis ...

  • Internet start-ups steal the UK's best IT lawyers

    14-Feb-2000

    Internet start-up companies are luring away bright young IT lawyers - leaving law firms with retention problems in the booming area.The trend reflects the problems affecting US firms in Silicon Valley, where lawyers are increasingly attracted to internet companies by the promise of lucrative share options.UK lawyers at all levels are jumping ship, with many taking on non-legal roles in the growing companies.Paul Barton, a partner in the IT and online ...

  • Irwin Mitchell hires PTO chief executive

    14-Feb-2000

    National law firm Irwin Mitchell has recruited the chief executive of the Public Trust Office (PTO) as a consultant - amid speculation that the office's work will be farmed out to private practice.The PTO is an executive agency of the Lord Chancellor's Department that deals with the financial affairs of the mentally incapacitated.Julia Lomas is the agency's ...

  • It's been a bad week for...

    14-Feb-2000

    Lawyers hoping to make use of email records to prove dodgy activity. Executives looking to cover their tracks have seen a preview of a new product that can make a company's email simply disappear. Corporate managers can use the technology developed by Disappearing Inc to set up email policies on company networks that routinely destroy potentially incriminating emails on servers and backup systems. Disappearing Inc's CEO said: "Email is actually very dangerous right now ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    14-Feb-2000

    Married men, after a female lawyer received a lot of coverage in the Daily Mail for her views. "Britain's leading female divorce lawyer" Vanessa Lloyd Platt (above) offered Mail readers her views on divorce and a set of tips for a happy marriage. Under the headline "Divorce: Why we women are to blame", Lloyd Platt suggests women should not give men "unsolicited advice", allow men to have their space, not be over-critical and not ...

  • It's good to talk out a grievance

    14-Feb-2000

    Mediation in libel cases looks likely to become a common way of settling disputes. Mark Manley comes up with five reasons why this is a positive step forward. Mark Manley is partner and head of commercial litigation at Brabner Holden Banks Wilson in Liverpool.I represented a media defendant at a mediation in a multi-party libel case last month. The libel insurers tell me this is a first in this country to their knowledge. It had a very satisfactory outcome - we settled a ...

  • Judge blames CPS for trial collapse

    15-Feb-2000

    After 11 weeks of legal argument, Judge Harvey Crush said the prosecution's failure to make proper disclosure to defence lawyers meant there had been an abuse of process and the defendants could not get a fair trial.

  • KLegal lures tax head for new group

    14-Feb-2000

    KLegal, the associated law firm of KPMG, has launched its tax litigation practice.The firm has lured James Bullock from Ashurst Morris Crisp to head the department. He joins at director level, the big five accountants' equivalent to a salaried partner.The move reunites Bullock with Stephen Machin, his former boss and head of tax at Ashursts, who moved to KPMG's M&A tax ...

  • Litigation Litigator's View 14/2/00

    14-Feb-2000

    Elizabeth Melville on changes to PI awards' interest rate. Elizabeth Melville is a barrister at Old Square Chambers.Claimants in personal injury cases could soon see an increase in the levels of compensation awarded for future financial losses, such as lost earnings and the cost of nursing care, if a recent decision in the Newcastle District Registry is anything to go by.The case of Neville v Teams Roofing Ltd, which was heard between 12 and ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 14/2/00

    14-Feb-2000

    Anthony Franklin Degaris v Mid Kent Healthcare Trust (2000) QBD (Crane J) 24 January 2000Claimant: Male, 49 years old at date of accident; 55 years old at date of settlement.Incident: On 23 December 1993 the claimant was admitted to the defendant's hospital following a road traffic accident in which he had been thrown from his van and rendered unconscious. At the hospital, the claimant was examined and x-rayed, in addition to being breathalysed ...

  • Magic Circle firms no-show in global deal league

    14-Feb-2000

    US firms dominate the table, which is based on deal value, but magic circle firms Freshfields, Linklaters & Alliance and Clifford Chance make it into the top 20.

  • McDermotts nabs Theodores partner

    14-Feb-2000

    US Firm McDermott Will & Emery has poached a leading tax partner from Theodore Goddard.Tim Sanders, who is currently head of tax at Theodore Goddard, has been with the firm since 1992.But McDermotts' London office has snapped up Sanders in a bid to bolster its tax group, which practises UK law.Sanders will work under the firm's current UK head ...

  • Mills & Reeve takes on Leicester Council work

    14-Feb-2000

    East Anglian firm Mills & Reeve has won the contract to provide legal services to Leicester City Council.Mills & Reeve beat four local firms for the work.The selection process was "arduous" according to Nicholas Hancox, head of Mills & Reeve's local authority team."They were very thorough about it. Some people do it all on paper, and some want you in there ...

  • Mother's adoption rights clarified

    14-Feb-2000

    A Department of Health circular has given natural mothers involved in adoption battles false hope, writes Roger Pearson.The recent case of the teenage mother who had second thoughts after putting her new-born baby up for adoption but who failed in a High Court Family Division bid to get him back, has focussed attention on the powers of the courts to override the wishes of natural mothers.It has also pinpointed a major misunderstanding of ...

  • National Power legal head resigns

    14-Feb-2000

    National Power's head of legal is stepping down following the demerger of its UK and international businesses.Stuart Wheeler will seek a new position after the demerger is completed.The rest of the 18-strong legal team will be split between the new companies, International Power and Npower.When the energy giant first decided to demerge in November last year, the legal department was hit by a flood of resignations. But Wheeler claimed at the time ...

  • New Court Chambers tenants move on

    14-Feb-2000

    The first of the remaining tenants at George Carman QC's dissolving New Court Chambers have found new homes.As The Lawyer exclusively revealed on its website, www.thelawyer.co.uk (24 January), Carman's set will cease to exist on 20 April.After a spate of senior tenants quit the set last year the chambers took the decision to dissolve, leaving 24 tenants and the clerking team to search for new homes.Two of those tenants have secured new tenancies ...

  • New London base for US firm

    16-Feb-2000

    Cravath has taken out a 25 year lease on the 12,500 sq ft office space in the landmark development in Ropemaker Street, EC2.

  • Norton Rose raids Davis Polk

    17-Feb-2000

    Richard Baumann, an associate in the American firm's London office, moves to Norton Rose as a partner in April

  • Oppenhoffs hires Punders partner

    14-Feb-2000

    Linklaters' German alliance firm Oppenhoff & Radler has poached a Clifford Chance Punder partner to help set up its new white collar crime department.Kai Hart-Haenig left Punders' Frankfurt office to establish the new department, which will be based in Munich.Three partners are ...

  • Personal injury damages set to increase

    14-Feb-2000

    Test case hearings in the Court of Appeal could result in a 100 per cent rise in personal injury awards. Roger Pearson reports.Personal injury damages awards are expected to soar following a group of test case hearings scheduled for the Court of Appeal later this month.Seven hearings are set for 28 February and come in the wake of a Law Commission probe into the level of general damages awarded in personal injury actions.The hearing will ...

  • Pinsents beats City giants to gain places on Tesco panels

    14-Feb-2000

    Pinsent Curtis has triumphed over a host of firms to win a place on Tesco's corporate policy panel alongside City giant Freshfields.The national firm has also been appointed as primary adviser for regulatory issues following the retail giant's wide-ranging panel review.The victories are a coup for Pinsents which was competing against big-hitters such as Clifford Chance.

  • Powell Goldstein launches Swiss office

    16-Feb-2000

    The 300-lawyer firm, which has offices in Washington and Atlanta, claims to have the world's biggest WTO practice, with more cases before the WTO than any other law firm.

  • Property

    14-Feb-2000

    Denton Wilde Sapte advised City & West End Developments on its £27.45m purchase of Savoy Court East on the Strand. The 57,700sq ft site includes the head office of Booz Allen and Simpsons Restaurant. Stan Gniadkowski, property partner at Denton Wilde Sapte, acted on the deal with a team of three lawyers. The vendor was represented by Kannter Jules.

  • Prosecutors' pay to be reviewed

    18-Feb-2000

    Government figures show that the disparity in favour of defence advocates - usually in shorter cases - is up to 34 per cent in some instances. Lawyers and ministers believe that the higher fees now paid to defence advocates are affecting the standard and experience of lawyers available to take prosecution work.

  • PWC's law firm hit by heavyweight defections

    16-Feb-2000

    Tite and Lewis - the firm's former joint senior partner - have both jumped ship to set up an associated law firm for Big Five accountancy rival, Ernst & Young.

  • Quote of the week

    14-Feb-2000

    "It's not the kind of term that you normally put into a corporate process."- Paisner & Co partner Jonathan Cameron on Hammer Films owner Roy Skeggs' demand that he should continue to own the rights to Frankenstein's boots. Paisners acted for the consortium that bought the famous horror film company.

  • Rakisons' merger talks break down

    14-Feb-2000

    Merger talks between City firm Rakisons and US firm Leboeuf Lamb Greene & Macrae have broken down following last week's departure of Rakisons' head of telecoms (The Lawyer, 7 February).The talks had reached "advanced stages". It is understood the firms had exchanged financial information.Sources say that Leboeufs has been looking for a telecoms and IP/IT practice, so the departure of head of telecoms Chris Hoyle to KLegal could have ended the talks.

  • Rozenberg

    14-Feb-2000

    .It is well known that going to court can drive you mad. These days, legal reporters can't walk down the street without people thrusting files of papers at them. You long to tell these litigants to accept defeat and cut their losses. But it's too late - they're gripped by an obsession.They speak with awe of what they call "section 42 orders". Section 42 of the Supreme Court Act 1997 allows the court to make an order preventing a person from ...

  • Scottish MDPs still under review

    14-Feb-2000

    I refer to John Thompson's letter in (The Lawyer, 31 January). As a current member and former president of the Law Society of Scotland, I was not surprised to learn that my own Law Society had apparently agreed with the CCBE ban on MDPs, but I was disappointed that it should be so.The Law Society of Scotland has a long-standing ban on MDPs, like almost all legal regulators. However, the issue is very much a live one north of the border and the ...

  • Scuffle of the week

    14-Feb-2000

    The Sun v The Mirror . David Yelland, The Sun's editor, announced on Radio 4's Today programme that he would sue The Mirror over a front page story accusing The Sun's business editor of tipping shares he owns. The Mirror story was, of course, in retaliation for The Sun's gleeful reporting of the fact that the press complaints commission was investigating The Mirror editor Piers Morgan over his share dealings and tips in the paper.

  • Slaughters and A&O fail to make top table

    14-Feb-2000

    Slaughter and May and Allen & Overy have not been included in a global league of deals for 1999.US firms dominate the table, which is based on deal value, but magic circle firms Freshfields, Linklaters & Alliance ...

  • Sole practitioner scores first in House of Lords

    18-Feb-2000

    Lionel Blackman is also the first high street practitioner to act for a client as an advocate from magistrates court up to the House of Lords. Previously the only solicitor to lead for a principal party in the highest court is Herbert Smith’s Laurence Collins QC who represented Chile in the Pinochet case: he lost.

  • Stephen Ball quits Nomura

    16-Feb-2000

    He was in charge of over 100 staff around the world overseeing legal, compliance, transaction management and audit issues worldwide. He was also a member of the board of directors and executive committee which Nomura.

  • The Firm

    14-Feb-2000

    Internal The Lawyer memo rating The Firm's chances in last week's The Lawyer Marketing Awards.The Firm has entered three categories. Senior partner Jack Pratchard even suggests we include a new award - best canapes. He writes: "Mrs Pratchard's cheddar scones are fabulous. At functions, Mr Henderson also seems to serve up a secret stash of treats in the toilets. He doesn't make them himself, I've heard him talk about his ...

  • TJG and Osborne Clarke survive Lucent panel cull

    14-Feb-2000

    Taylor Joynson Garrett and Osborne Clarke have won places on Lucent Technologies' dramatically reduced panel.The telecommunications giant, which first announced its plans to slash its panel from 10 firms to between three and four last year (The Lawyer, 23 August 1999), began hearing presentations from firms in November.But it is believed that only seven or eight firms ...

  • Top Cameron McKenna CIS group lawyer quits

    14-Feb-2000

    The Cameron McKenna lawyer at the centre of sexual harassment allegations has resigned, following The Lawyer's revelation that his legal qualifications are in doubt.Ilia Iaroslavski, the big-billing lawyer who headed the firm's Tashkent office in Uzbekistan, resigned from the firm because of ill health.A Camerons spokesman says he has since suffered a heart attack and is receiving treatment in Israel where his family lives.Iaroslavski first ...

  • Trainees' minimum salary set to rise

    15-Feb-2000

    At Thursday's council meeting, members will consider a recommendation that from August 1 2000, the minimum wage for central London be raised from £12,150 to £13,600, with a Council recommended salary of £14,600.

  • Trowers hires A&O competition expert

    14-Feb-2000

    City firm Trowers & Hamlins has poached a competition specialist from Allen & Overy to boost its corporate practice.Nicola Northway joins Trowers & Hamlins as a partner - the first specialist competition and regulatory expert in the nine-partner corporate practice.She has specialised ...

  • Two into one will take away archaic division

    14-Feb-2000

    A unified business court is the only logical step forward, argues Michael Briggs QC.Why is it that despite the wholesale slaughter of outmoded legal terminology carried out by the Woolf reformers in the cause of user friendliness, the two most opaque phrases of all - chancery and Queen's Bench - have survived intact, and continue not merely to baffle all but legal historians, but to perpetuate a split down the middle of the handling of ...

  • UK needs shift in pro bono culture

    14-Feb-2000

    I read the feature on pro bono (The Lawyer, 7 February) with some interest. Those of us closely involved in the pro bono movement in this country will have recognised very familiar points, particularly the comparison with the pro bono movement in the US.There have always been clear arguments for using the US as a model in terms of what the ABA has achieved and the management of pro bono in law firms.But beyond this it would be simplistic to say that ...

  • Which way now for Ashursts?

    14-Feb-2000

    A byword for conservatism and quality, Ashurst Morris Crisp now finds itself at a serious disadvantage in the head-long rush towards globalisation. Dominic Egan explores the options open to the firm.Ashurst Morris Crisp is a class act. For close to 180 years the partnership has maintained the strictest quality controls, frequently rejecting candidates that just about any other firm ...

  • White & Case elects new managing partner

    18-Feb-2000

    Head of the firm's bank advisory practice since 1981, Wall - who spent six years in White and Case's London office - was voted in unanimously and will succeed Hurlock on April 1.

  • Wragges wins place on online property register shortlist

    14-Feb-2000

    Birmingham firm Wragge & Co has been shortlisted to join a team of businesses that will create an online property register.The National Land Information Service (NLIS) is being set up by the Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) to make conveyancing information more accessible.Wragges is understood to be the only law firm on the shortlist. The final consortium of advisers to the ...