15 November 1999

The Lawyer

  • ...and the top five juniors

    15-Nov-1999

    Matheu Swallow asked instructing solicitors who they regard as the leading junior barristers.Pushpinder SainiBlackstone ChambersCalled to the bar: 19Professional achievements/associations:Member of the Bar European Group; Administrative Law Bar Association.Areas of practice: Commercial, copyright and entertainment, public, civil liberties and sports.Publications: Co-author of: Lester & Oliver on Constitutional ...

  • ..as firm advises Vodafone on bid

    15-Nov-1999

    Linklaters & Alliance is understood to be advising communications giant Vodafone on its hostile bid - estimated at more than $100bn (£62.5bn) - for Mannesmann and Orange.The Lawyer understands the Alliance's London office and its German firm, Oppenhoff & Radler, have been enlisted to prepare the legal framework for the takeover.Linklaters acted for Vodafone on its ...

  • .Competition expert quits Linklaters & Alliance...

    15-Nov-1999

    Linklaters & Alliance's Swedish member Lagerlaf & Leman has suffered the loss of a key partner.Stockholm based Jonas Bergh has been tempted away to an in-house position with an unnamed multinational client.He is a well-respected partner specialising in commercial law, competition law, mergers and acquisitions work and intellectual property.Bergh is particularly ...

  • A&O adds to Hong Kong office as insolvency market heats up

    15-Nov-1999

    Allen & Overy is expanding in Hong Kong to cash in on lucrative litigation work.It has shipped out insolvency litigator Andrew Jeffries, who is a partner at A&O's London office.Jonathan Hitchin, partner in A&O's Hong Kong litigation and dispute resolution team, says: "For better or for worse there is a good deal of insolvency litigation in Hong Kong. It seemed ...

  • Andersen chooses London for legal HQ

    15-Nov-1999

    Andersen Legal has chosen a London base for its global marketing operations.Accounting giant Arthur Andersen's legal arm already has a UK marketing department but the new marketing function will focus on the world-wide Andersen Legal network.It has taken the head of corporate communications from City law firm Nabarro Nathanson, Chris Hinze, as marketing manager. In his newly-created ...

  • Arthur Cox appoints managing partner

    15-Nov-1999

    Irish law firm Arthur Cox has promoted the head of its commercial department to managing partner in a move to become the top corporate practice in the Republic.Eugene McCague replaces commercial property partner Ian Scott as the head of the firm. Scott has served eight years and will continue to practise at Arthur Cox."We are very much a corporate firm and my appointment does underline our focus on that whole area," says McCague."We would see ourselves ...

  • as it sets up its own notary

    15-Nov-1999

    Accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers legal services in The Netherlands is setting up its own notary law firm with ex-partners from Loeff Claeys Verbeke.Aart Heering and Anton Voorneman are joining PricewaterhouseCoopers in order to set up notary law firm Voorneman.And KPMG's law firm Steens Bisschop Meiburg is setting up a notary department with two more ex-Loeffs partners, Michel van Agt and Margot Dussel.Notary firms are involved in the drawing ...

  • Authorities test the UK's waterways

    15-Nov-1999

    Roger Pearson reports on the British Waterways Board's failed High Court fight against water being discharged into its canal.The High Court has ruled against the British Waterways Board (BWB) in a test case likely to have major implications for water authorities and owners of riparian rights.The case was one which has been watched closely by water authorities throughout the country and which may go to appeal.The BWB argued that Severn Trent Water ...

  • Boodle Hatfield poaches partner from Osborne Clarke to expand German practice

    15-Nov-1999

    London firm Boodle Hatfield has recruited a litigation partner from Osborne Clarke to head its Anglo-German group.Stuart Miller set up the Frankfurt office of Osborne Clarke in 1994 and ran the practice until 1998 when he came back to London.He will lead a group including four partners at Boodle Hatfield.Head of litigation at the firm Michael Tulloch says the ...

  • Canadian firms team up to give clients a united service

    15-Nov-1999

    Toronto firm Fasken Campbell Godfrey and Montreal's Martineau Walker are merging in an attempt to rationalise Canada's fragmented legal network.The firms' partners voted to form a 370-lawyer single practice - Fasken Martineau - last week. Faskens is also understood to be in talks with a Vancouver practice, and has set up a New York office.Faskens' London partner John Elias says business from US-based clients is booming in Canada. Faskens and ...

  • Case of the week

    15-Nov-1999

    Addleshaw Booth & Co solicitor Sally Clark was found guilty of murdering her two baby sons during a period of depression. Husband Stephen, who is a partner with the same firm, is campaigning for her release, claiming she was convicted on the basis of flawed evidence and statistics.

  • CC tips limited liability legislation for next July

    15-Nov-1999

    The Government is set to introduce its long-awaited Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Bill in the next session of Parliament, say City lawyers.Richard Thomas, director of public policy at Clifford Chance, who has been advising the Government on its draft legislation, says: "I would be very surprised now if it wasn't in the programme for 1999-2000."Limited liability ...

  • Chambers of the year becomes plc

    15-Nov-1999

    Birmingham'S leading set, St Philip's Chambers, is launching itself as a public limited company, a first in the legal profession.The move is planned to revolutionise the way St Philip's, voted chambers of the year at The Lawyer awards, is run by introducing a corporate culture and collective thinking.The set hopes the investment will cut the chambers' running costs and help the set to provide a cheaper, more competitive service to its clients.

  • Dibb Lupton Alsop to merge with Scots firm

    15-Nov-1999

    Dibb Lupton Alsop is cementing a deal with Scottish law firm Bird Semple, to become the first English firm to enter an Anglo-Scottish merger.Plans to merge are set to be concluded before the end of the year.A Scottish source says: "Bird Semple staff have been told that the merger plans should be finalised by Christmas."Dibbs' move into Scotland is believed to have been motivated by its clients Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank of Scotland.

  • Digests

    15-Nov-1999

    Fujitsu has lost its vice president of legal and commercial affairs after the company embarked on a European joint venture with Siemens AG. David Hyams left the company a month ago as Fujitsu Computers (Europe) was absorbed with the new entity Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV.Freshfields has boosted its Milan office by taking two partners and seven associates from Pavia e Ansaldo. Partners Mario Ortu, who specialises in mergers and acquisitions, and Matteo Orsingher, ...

  • DPP attacks plans to curb right to trial by jury

    16-Nov-1999

    The Director of Public Prosecutions, David Calvert-Smith has attacked the Government's plan to restrict a defendant's right to opt for trial by jury. Home Secretary Jack Straw's controversial proposals, expected to be included in the Queen's speech this week, have drawn fierce criticism from all sections of the legal profession.And now the DPP has for the first time expressed reservations about the plan, even though he said, he understands the Government's ...

  • Driving towards a better workplace

    15-Nov-1999

    Increasingly sophisticated competitive forces in the global professional services arena, together with indications that the death of the hourly billing arrangement is nigh, are driving a relentless search for improved productivity to maintain and enhance high levels of profitability.Because of this, lawyers are now in the blessed position of being contactable night and day, wherever they may be.Stress levels are soaring, not only in the ...

  • Eamon Connolly writes on the meaning of dramatic work.Eamon Connolly is an assistant solicitor in the IP/IT group at Herbert Smith.

    15-Nov-1999

    The Court of Appeal has recently given judgment in the case of Norowzian v Arks & ors. The case is expected to have a significant impact on the media and film industry.The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal brought by Mehdi Norowzian against the judgment of Mr Justice Rattee. In July 1998 Justice Rattee held that the Guinness Anticipation advertisement, featuring a man dancing around a pint of Guinness to salsa music, did not infringe the copyright in Norowzian's ...

  • Finers opens family law group following merger

    15-Nov-1999

    Finers is launching a family law department following the announcement last week of its merger with Stephens Innocent.Partner David Taylor will head the new family practice, which will launch with three matrimonial partners from the firm's litigation department. It plans to boost its numbers in the near future.The head of property dispute resolution at Finers, John Hewitt, becomes head of litigation at Finers Stephens Innocent, replacing current leader Christopher ...

  • Flotation

    15-Nov-1999

    Rosenblatt acted for The Sanctuary Group on its completion of a placing and a £10m open offer on the Official List of the London Stock Exchange. Investec Henderson Crosthwaite Securities acted as brokers on the deal. Ian Rosenblatt

  • Flotation

    15-Nov-1999

    Gouldens acted for Nash Sells & Partners on the £2m management buy-in/buyout of the audit

  • Freeth Cartwright lawyers break away

    15-Nov-1999

    The corporate crime and advocacy departments at leading 45-partner Nottingham practice Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins are forming a breakaway firm.Negotiations are in the final stages to create a new three-partner 10-lawyer firm, practising exclusively in corporate fraud, crime, advocacy and regulatory investigations and prosecutions.The new firm, to launch in January, will be called Cartwright King and will employ 20 staff. The split is being led by head of ...

  • Global CC axed for Ashursts

    15-Nov-1999

    British Midland is axing global giant Clifford Chance for a smaller firm in the belief that it will receive a "better service".The UK's second-biggest scheduled airline used Ashurst Morris Crisp for the first time last week when Scandinavian Airlines Systems sold its 20 per cent stake in British Midland ...

  • Halliwells boosts commercial property

    17-Nov-1999

    Manchester firm Halliwell Landau has expanded its commercial property department with six new appointments in a bid to become the premier property firm in the north west.The firm has poached the group solicitor from Preston-based property company The Eric Wright Group. Jane Coyle joins as a senior solicitor, as does Andrew Ward, formerly an equity partner and head of property at 11-partner Manchester firm Cooper Sons, Hartley & Williams.

  • Hamilton takes on Fayed

    15-Nov-1999

    What is being billed as the last major libel action of the millennium is scheduled to start today (Monday). Former Tory MP Neil Hamilton is suing Harrods boss, Mohammed Al Fayed over cash-for-questions allegations said to have destroyed Hamilton's political career. The way for the action was paved by the Law Lords when they ruled unanimously that Hamilton could sue despite claims that the privileges of Parliament could be undermined by such a move. Hamilton, the former ...

  • Herbert Smith Appoints New Paris Partner

    17-Nov-1999

    Herbert Smith has tempted leading EU/competition law partner, Claude Lazarus from French firm, Jeantet & Associes to join its Paris office.Lazarus, who has been a partner with Jeantet for 20 years, joins Herbert Smith early next year with a team of three assistant avocats. Neil Brimson, managing partner of Herbert Smith's Paris office says: "The arrival of Claude and his team will provide us with a first class EU/ competition law capability in Paris and constitutes ...

  • How to catch new net work

    15-Nov-1999

    With e-commerce business booming, law firms are looking for new ways to secure the legal work on start-up companies. Sean Farrell talks to Quentin Solt, who has joined internet networking club First Tuesday.The days when lawyers worked in dignified isolation from their clients' businesses, checking documents and emerging only to advise on technical points of law, are long gone.Volatility in the legal market, the increasing demands of in-house counsel, and ...

  • Independent inspectorate to monitor CPS

    17-Nov-1999

    The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will be monitored by an independent inspectorate for the first time, under plans announced today in the Queen's speech.The new watchdog body will report directly to the attorney general Lord Williams of Mostyn, the minister responsible for the CPS. The current inspectorate is not independent, reporting to the director of public prosecutions David Calvert-Smith QC, who heads the CPS.A new chief inspector will be appointed ...

  • IT adds to potential libel damages

    15-Nov-1999

    Consider the following scenario. A sensational and defamatory article concerning a music band which plans to release a new album and promote a tour, appears in a UK tabloid.Within 24 hours the article appears in numerous overseas newspapers in overseas jurisdictions, but most likely in those countries in which the celebrities fan-base is particularly strong.The damage is exacerbated by the almost instantaneous electronic exchange of the allegation by ...

  • It's been a bad week for

    15-Nov-1999

    Deaf people, who cannot become jurors because of the sanctity of the jury room, according to Judge Shirley Anwyl QC of Woolwich Crown Court. The reason given for the decision was that the sign language interpreter, as a 13th person, would not be permitted to enter the jury room. However, Lord Irvine is currently considering what can be done to assist deaf people taking part in the legal process.Oil and gas giants, following a High ...

  • It's been a good week for

    15-Nov-1999

    Rights. The Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the National Disability Council launched a pocket guide aimed at small businesses entitled Equal Opportunities is Your Business Too. It details the civil liberties and human rights legislation affecting companies.Former Conservative minister David Mellor, whose lover Penelope Cobham is reportedly seeking a £1m divorce settlement from her former husband, Viscount ...

  • John Russell

    15-Nov-1999

    John Russell is the latest lawyer to leave Simmons & Simmons. Abigail Townsend meets a man who gets as much of a buzz out of capital markets as he does from off-piste skiing.

  • Kemp & Co Announce Bumper Turnover Increase

    17-Nov-1999

    Niche IT firm, Kemp & Co has announced a whopping 68 per cent growth in fee income in its second year of practice. Turnover increased from ?0.8m to ?1.4m at the City based firm, which this week announced the launch of two new practice areas. Sarah Porter was poached from Eversheds at the beginning of this month and will head up the new employment group as partner.Lucy Vernall ...

  • LCD Agency To Be Broken Up

    19-Nov-1999

    A Lord Chancellor's Department-run agency which handles billions of pounds for mentally incapacitated people may be broken up following a damning report by independent investigators.Senior civil servant, Ann Chant, who headed the quinquennial review, says the Public Trust Office has not come up to scratch in terms of efficiency and performance in client services since it became an executive agency in 1994.The report demands that the PTO be stripped of its ...

  • Leading Bankruptcy Judge Joins US Firm

    18-Nov-1999

    Judge who has presided over some of New York's most important bankruptcy cases has joined the global law firm, Shearman & Sterling as a partner. In his eight years on the bench, Judge James Garrity has dealt with high profile international insolvency cases such as BCCI, Olympia & York, Barneys and Caldor Corp.Garrity will join Shearman & Sterlings international bankruptcy ...

  • Legal Widow

    15-Nov-1999

    A conversation overhead at Eurodisney between Jack Pratchard, Tom Henderson and Rodney Bickerthwaite, the Firm's new director of business coordination, strategy, development and coordinated strategic development.

  • Leigh Day and Fentons act for victims of Nazi slave labour

    15-Nov-1999

    London personal injury firm Leigh Day & Co and Manchester firm Fentons are acting for Second World War slave labour victims in compensation negotiations with German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder.Leigh Day senior partner Martyn Day, solicitor Bozena Michalowska and Fenton partner Kieren Macguire are due to meet the German authorities in Bonn this week to negotiate payments to Poles and Ukrainians forced into labour during the war. Germany is agreeing to pay out a total of ...

  • Linklaters Opens Three New European Offices

    17-Nov-1999

    Linklaters & Alliance is opening three new European offices and has poached a Clifford Chance partner to head up one of the three new Central and Eastern Europe offices.Csaba Berecz moves from Clifford Chance's Budapest office to become managing partner in Linklaters new Hungarian office which ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 15/11/99

    15-Nov-1999

    Richard Sheppard v Dr Simon Moore (1999) QBD (Butterfield J) 5 October 1999Claimant: Male, 40 years old at date of accident; 46 years old at date of settlement.Incident: In January 1994 the claimant attended the defendant GP's surgery with acute chest pains, believing it to be indigestion. The defendant prescribed indigestion medicine and sent the claimant home. The claimant suffered a heart attack outside the surgery and collapsed. The defendant ...

  • Litigation Writs 15/11/99

    15-Nov-1999

    Morgan Construction Vo, of Massachusetts in the US, is suing Kvaerner Metals Davy of Stockton-on-Tees, seeking injunctions restraining it from keeping, using or disposing of any documents belonging to Morgan, and from making use of confidential information. Morgan also seeks delivery of all articles and materials in Kvaerner's possession whose use or disposal would contravene the injunctions sought, an affidavit attesting that it has complied with ...

  • London set in crisis as tenants quit

    15-Nov-1999

    London set Somersett Chambers is losing nearly half its tenants.The set expanded in August taking on five new tenants and a new senior clerk, Trace Grant.But three of those barristers, Philip Mobedjii, Luthfur Rahman and Diane Nixon, have already decided to move on.They are set to join rival chambers 9 King's Bench Walk.They have been followed by Richard Craven, Robert English, Steven Pidcock, and Grant.The departures ...

  • Lord Chancellor To Review Legal Watchdog

    17-Nov-1999

    The Lord Chancellor's Department has appointed a senior civil servant, to investigate the Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman (LSO).The review of the LSO Ann Abraham's office, which oversees the handling of complaints against solicitors, barristers, licensed conveyancers and legal executives, comes two years later than originally planned.Ministers agreed to postpone the review to allow Abraham - who only took up her post in 1997 - to establish herself ...

  • Lords to fight Govt in Europe

    15-Nov-1999

    VIZARDS Staples & Bannisters (VSB) is advising disgruntled lords set on challenging the Government's House of Lords Act in the European Court of Human Rights.Several lords - whose hereditary right to vote was removed last week - are considering taking their case to Europe.The lords will argue that they have been disenfranchised.Hereditary peers cannot vote in general elections or by-elections and now that they have lost the right to sit in the ...

  • McKee Nelson Ernst & Young Nab New Partners

    19-Nov-1999

    Less than a fortnight after setting up, Ernst & Young's new associate Washington DC law firm has gone on a poaching spree and brought in two new partners.McKee Nelson Ernst & Young, which is backed by a loan from Ernst & Young and based in the accountants' Washington offices, has persuaded King & Spalding partner, Tom Wessel to follow three of his former tax colleagues to the new firm.William McKee, William Nelson and Abraham Shashy left King & Spalding ...

  • Moore & Blatch poach Capsticks partner to launch new department

    16-Nov-1999

    Southampton firm, Moore & Blatch has poached a partner from specialist clinical negligence firm Capsticks to head up a new medical negligence department. Tim Spring, a Capsticks partner for the past eight years, has worked primarily for the NHS in his time at the 19-partner London firm.He will, however, be required to 'switch sides' when he joins 15-partner firm, Moore & Blatch ...

  • New Guidelines On Judges' Bias

    18-Nov-1999

    Judges cannot be banned from the bench for being gay, a Freemason or a member of a sports club, the Court of Appeal has decided. The country's three most senior judges yesterday laid down guidelines to help check the trend of challenging judges on the grounds of bias, which has become more prevalent since the House of Lords ruling in the Pinochet case.The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham of Cornhill, Lord Woolf, the Master of the Rolls and Sir Richard Scott, the Vice ...

  • Norton Rose Bag Bulgarian Tender

    18-Nov-1999

    Norton Rose has won a lucrative tender from the Bulgarian Government to advise on the restructuring of the country's power sector. Norton Rose formed a consortium with Deloitte & Touche and Thomas & Associes and beat off competition from six other consortia to triumph in a competitive tendering process.The team will advise the National Electricity Company of Bulgaria on the establishment ...

  • Pensions panel picks Reynolds Porter

    15-Nov-1999

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain and Addleshaw Booth & Co have won panel places to advise on pensions miss-selling.The Pensions Advisory Support Service (Pass) was set up in 1998 by the Liffe offices to offer financial advisers information and advice on pensions review.The companies involved with Pass, which include Norwich Union and Standard Life, provide most of ...

  • Perrin's View

    15-Nov-1999

    Leslie Perrin is managing partner of Osborne Clarke. He can be contacted at leslie.perrin@osborneclarke.com.This week a letter arrived at the office that sent a palpable wave of despair through our marketing team. The letter was from a directory - a big two directory - advising us to start preparing our submission for the new edition.You can understand their gloom. For law ...

  • Pinsents plans to merge with Schurmanns in Paris

    15-Nov-1999

    Pinsent Curtis is in merger negotiations with the Paris office of German practice Schurmann & Partners.Pinsents had been in talks to merge with the entire Schurmanns operation. But the firm lost out in September when US-based Coudert Brothers stepped in and announced it was close to finalising a deal with the Frankfurt-based practice.A source close to Pinsents confirms talks with Schurmanns' Paris office are on-going. If the merger goes ahead the Paris team ...

  • Powergen

    15-Nov-1999

    The next two years are crucial for Powergen. The gas and electricity giant is planning to purchase a major US utility and has set aside £3.1bn to do so.

  • Property

    15-Nov-1999

    Macfarlanes represented Shalfleet Properties on the sale of 5.5 acres of North Oxford-based light industrial land to Laing Homes. The sale contains outline planning consent for 65 homes and a related purchase of the long leasehold interest of the last remaining industrial tenant. Tim Steele, property partner at Macfarlanes, headed a team including Daniel Rushbrook. Laing Homes was advised ...

  • Property

    15-Nov-1999

    Simmons & Simmons represented German-based open-ended fund Despa on the completion of its £35.5m acquisition of the office building at 10-14 Stratton Street, London W1. The offices, which are the headquarters of surveyors Grimley JR Eve, was sold by an undisclosed Dutch investment fund. Alan Butler, property partner at Simmons, led the team. Despa was also advised by surveyors Richard Ellis St Quintin. David Gidney, property partner at

  • Property

    15-Nov-1999

    Dibb Lupton Alsop advised site owner Chapel Wharf on its involvement in the construction of the Manchester-based Lowry Hotel. The hotel, which is part of Sir Rocco Forte's RF Hotels Group, will be built at the Chapel Wharf development site. Jarvis Construction (UK) will design and build the hotel. Roy Beckett (pictured), regional managing partner at Dibbs' Manchester office, led the team of four which included construction partner Peter Rout and corporate ...

  • PwC snubs ECJ by defying Dutch ban

    15-Nov-1999

    Accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers is snubbing the European Court of Justice and going ahead with the launch of its legal services division Landwell.PwC and Arthur Andersen's dispute with the Dutch bar over the ban on multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) was referred to the ECJ in August this year.But PwC is now unwilling to wait for judgment before relaunching its legal services under the Landwell umbrella.Marcel van Oosten, PwC's ...

  • Queen's Speech Heralds Limited Liability Partnerships

    18-Nov-1999

    Limited liability partnerships came another step closer this week when the Government included the promise of a bill in the Queen's speech. A Department of Trade and Industry spokesman says LLPs will be available to two or more persons carrying on any trade or profession and will have the organisational flexibility of a partnership, with the internal agreement between members remaining confidential."This is likely to be of particular interest to professional firms ...

  • Quote of the week

    15-Nov-1999

    "I am not a particular fan of global firms. We will probably get a better service from a smaller [firm] and a more focused approach for private companies."- British Midland head of legal Tim Bye reveals that and the frantic international development carried out by expansionist City firms has all been in vain. Bye is dropping Clifford Chance as its corporate adviser in favour ...

  • Rakisons refused to link with Stephens Innocent

    15-Nov-1999

    Rakisons dropped plans to merge with Stephens Innocent after discovering the media firms profits had fallen, it claims.Rakisons corporate partner Jonathan Polin says his firm found out at a late stage in the talks that Stephens Innocent was not a good commercial proposition, and told senior partner Mark Stephens it would only take him and one or two of his associates."Information was provided to us by Stephens Innocent a lot later than we had expected," says ...

  • Rakisons' former chief moves again

    15-Nov-1999

    Rakisons' former head of corporate has resurfaced as a corporate partner at Speechly Bircham after talks with Lawrence Graham broke down.Joel Adler was with Rakisons for 12 years. He left the firm in March before entering discussions with Lawrence Graham about becoming a partner there.

  • Richards Butler rejects private practice for top in-house talent

    15-Nov-1999

    Richards Butler is rejecting traditional private practice lateral hires in favour of taking on in-house counsel.Chris Schulten, chief executive at Richards Butler, says the firm is increasingly turning to in-house counsel rather than private practice for new blood.He says: "It is not a usual direction and you do not see a lot of it."People are not sure if [an in-house lawyer] is as used to operating in a way as lawyers in private practice operate."

  • Rights of the many or the power of the few?

    15-Nov-1999

    As the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into English law has less than a year to go, Matheu Swallow reports on the impact of the act on the UK's judges.The quiet life is over for judges. Even before the Pinochet saga focused the media spotlight on Lord Hoffmann because of his membership of Amnesty International, the quiet anonymity judges had previously enjoyed was being consigned to history.Transparency is the buzz word as society ...

  • Rosenblatt in Brands Hatch takeover plan

    15-Nov-1999

    Rosenblatt is advising long-term client Brands Hatch on Interpublic's £120m takeover bid.Senior partner Ian Rosenblatt who is leading a team of four on the deal, says Brands Hatch has assured him that the firm will be retained after completion. Property and planning partner Howard Salter is also working on the deal, which consists of a share-for-share offer and is expected to ...

  • Round one US, next stop Europe?

    15-Nov-1999

    What promises to be the largest antitrust case of the century has, according to experts, already generated £62.5m in legal fees, and now the EC is launching its own inquiries into computer software giant Microsoft. Anne Mizzi reports.European lawyers are bracing themselves for a mass of competition work generated by the European Commission's investigation into software giant Microsoft.The US Justice department has won the first round in its battle ...

  • Rowe & Maw plans Hong Kong office

    15-Nov-1999

    City firm Rowe & Maw is set to open in Hong Kong next year.The firm is talking exclusively to an unnamed Chinese law firm.A Rowe & Maw source says the firm is finalising plans for the tie-up.He says: "We are in discussions about opening up in Hong Kong. We have been in talks for six months and plan to announce something in the new year."The source says the main drive for the base is to capitalise on construction and projects work in the ...

  • Scottish Justices of the Peace under threat

    16-Nov-1999

    The Scottish civil rights lawyer who put the country's temporary sheriffs out of a job is now examining a possible challenge to the validity of Scotland's Justices of the Peace.Jim Keegan last week threw the Scottish criminal justice system into chaos when he won a landmark ruling that the Government was breaching the European Convention of Human Rights by its use of temporary sheriffs.The Appeal Court decided temporary sheriffs could not guarantee ...

  • Scuffle of the week

    15-Nov-1999

    The Lord Chancellor v his civil servants. Apparently Lord Irvine ruffled feathers when he ordered an inquiry into leaks to the press from Pinochet judgments. The Lord Chancellor ignored the usual protocol of appointing a civil servant to investigate, and drafted his own questions.

  • Sema holds parade after panel cut

    15-Nov-1999

    Anglo-French IT & business services giant Sema Group is considering 35 law firms in a beauty parade likely to result in just one lucrative appointment.The Lawyer understands Sema's legal team is drawing up a shortlist of between six and eight firms, scheduled to be completed on 22 November.FTSE 100 company Sema is slashing its UK legal panel from 15 to just one or two, as revealed by The Lawyer (13 September).

  • Sexual harassment case to be appealed

    15-Nov-1999

    A policewoman claiming she was sexually harassed is to have her case heard by the Court of Appeal. Roger Pearson reports.A policewoman who claims she was a victim of sexual harassment by a male colleague has been given the go-ahead to take her case to the Court of Appeal.The policewoman, who complains that a male colleague constantly sexually harassed her while she was serving in Halifax in 1994, has been given leave to appeal against earlier rulings ...

  • Shearmans set to vote on Chiomenti merger

    15-Nov-1999

    Shearman & Sterling is on the verge of voting on a merger with Italian firm Chiomenti e Associati.The vote will be the culmination of talks between Shearmans and the corporate and commercial firm, which have been on-going since March.Chiomenti recently acted on behalf of Italian state-owned electricity company Enel on the world's largest initial public offering ...

  • Should carpetbaggers be stopped?

    15-Nov-1999

    The Treasury plans to introduce laws making it more difficult for carpetbaggers to force mutual building societies to demutualise. The forum asks if the measures are necessary.Last week the Treasury announced plans to introduce tougher laws to impede the "carpetbaggers" who try to force mutual societies to demutualise.At present a 75 per cent majority of savers is needed to pass the conversion from building society to bank status. Only 50 per cent of borrowers ...

  • Skadden Arps Poach Sports Supremo

    19-Nov-1999

    US law firm, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is making the executive vice president and chief legal officer of the National Basketball Association a partner.Jeffrey Mishkin represented several sports leagues as a partner at Proskauer Rose before joining the NBA in 1992. He joins Skadden Arps on 1 January.Skadden Arps executive partner. Robert Sheehan ...

  • Slaughters replaces Linklaters in £1bn bid

    15-Nov-1999

    Slaughter and May has stepped in to represent Anglo American on its £1.2bn bid for Tarmac after Linklaters & Alliance - Anglo American's usual legal adviser - was conflicted out.Linklaters is unable to represent Anglo American as it is acting for longtime client Tarmac.Nigel ...

  • Slimmed-down Morgan Cole reshuffles directors

    15-Nov-1999

    Morgan Cole has revealed the results of its elections for new divisional directors - part of a management shake-up following a string of mergers and job cuts.Former co-chairman Guy Clarke has been made divisional director for property, and partner Bleddyn Rees will be heading the business services division.Former property director Chris Cann and former business services director ...

  • St Philip's plc breaks new ground

    15-Nov-1999

    Birmingham set St Philip's Chambers' move to create a public limited company takes it as close as practice rules allow to establishing a partnership.Some legal commentators believe that its creation could be a precursor to St Philip's shedding some of its less profitable practice groups.They also speculate that the chambers would be keen to enter into a partnership if and when the bar rules relax to allow such a move."The barristers ...

  • Stroke victim sues NHS Trust

    15-Nov-1999

    A woman who claims she suffered a stroke after being given medical treatment is taking Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Trust to the High Court. The court will hear that Marie Green, 49, is slowly recovering from the stroke, but is still unable to go out by herself and needs help with cooking and shopping. Green underwent routine surgery on her heart valves at St Thomas's Hospital in March 1997, and was given the anticoagulant Warfarin before being discharged. ...

  • Sullivan & Cromwell Name New Chairman

    17-Nov-1999

    Top US law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell has named financial institutions specialist, H. Rodgin Cohen as its Chairman in waiting.Currently the firm's Vice Chairman, Cohen succeeds Ricardo Mestres, who must retire under the firm's rules when he turns 67 next year.Cohen says he anticipates "very little in the way of change of course" at the 500-lawyer firm which ...

  • The head boy

    15-Nov-1999

    Lord Bingham

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Siobhan McCloskey-Oudahar was born in 1964 in Bellshill, Scotland. She is a partner at Garretts.

    15-Nov-1999

    What subjects did you fail at school?None.What was your first job?A Saturday job at Woolworths.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£4,500 pa.What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?Party organiser.What was your most satisfying professional moment?Seeing the British Airways London eye successfully lifted.What was your most embarrassing ...

  • The Lawyer launches in-house forum

    15-Nov-1999

    The Lawyer is launching a series of UK-based in-house forums to allow company lawyers the opportunity to meet with their peers.The first forum will be held on the afternoon of the 25 January at the Barbican in London, with others to follow on 16 May and 26 September.Participants include the director of group legal affairs at Bass, managing director and general counsel of Nomura and partners from leading law firms. Topics discussed will range from selecting law ...

  • The top five public silks

    15-Nov-1999

    Matheu Swallow reveals the top five silks at the administrative and public bar and what it is that that got them there.Lord Lester of Herne Hill QCBlackstone ChambersCalled to the bar: 1963 Appointed QC: 1Professional achievements/associations:Baron, Life Peer, 1993; special adviser to Home Secretary (Roy Jenkins) 1974-76; Standing Commission on Human Rights in Northern Ireland 1975-77; President of Interights (International Centre for ...

  • This week

    15-Nov-1999

    Cherie Booth QC is due to speak at an employment law seminar - Human Rights Act 1998, Implications for Employment Lawyers - at Red Lion Square in London. Details are available from the Mary Ward Legal Centre, on 0171 831 7079.

  • Three Internet Deals For Manches in Three Weeks

    19-Nov-1999

    Manches has successfully seen through its third high profile internet deal in three weeks.The firm's latest deal involved advising Musicunsigned Ltd (www.musicunsigned.com) - the internet company which promotes unsigned artists via the web - on a venture capital deal with a private investor. The internet deals from the previous fortnight involved Marks & Spencer and Moss Bros."We have seen an explosion of Internet business this autumn," says Matthew Martin, ...

  • UK Lawyers Negotiate Fund For Forced Labour Victims

    19-Nov-1999

    Two British law firms have won assurances from the German Government that a foundation for compensating WWII forced labour camp victims will be set up within six months.Leigh Day & Co and Manchester firm, Fentons are co-ordinating claims on behalf of British forced labour claimants and will play a consultative role in establishing a foundation in the UK.A delegation, headed by Leigh Day partner, Martyn Day and Fentons partner, Kieran Maguire met with German Government ...

  • Where does your lawyer want to go today?

    15-Nov-1999

    When he was the victim of a custard pie attack, the world sniggered; when he gives millions to kick-start schools' access to the internet, the news is met with cynical comments. And when the judge announced his findings of fact against his company, millions for whom the complexities of antitrust law mean nothing, cheered.The biggest global business story of the final year of the century is personal. It's the Rule of Law v Bill Gates. Such personal ...

  • White & Case plans return to Jakarta

    15-Nov-1999

    White & Case has taken a partner from disintegrating Benelux firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke in order to re-establish a presence in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.Loeffs partner Theodore Bakker was based at Indonesian law firm Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro (ABNR).A Loeffs insider says Bakker's move to US law firm White & Case was directly related to Loeffs' decision ...

  • Will human rights become the convention in English

    15-Nov-1999

    Richard Gordon QC and Tim Ward believe that an era of fundamental change in human rights law is already upon us, while Stephen Hocking and Simon Tucker are not convinced that the Human Rights Act will be quite so all-embracing.Although the Human Rights Act 1998 does not come into force until October 2000, it is already clear that the advent of the convention is going to have a profound effect on the everyday practise of UK lawyers.Last month, the European ...

  • Working holidays in black and white

    15-Nov-1999

    In her letter to The Lawyer (1 November) commenting on my article of 18 October, Rosemary Curtin of Learned Friends asserts that employing a working holidaymaker who is a qualified solicitor as a temporary paralegal "does not contravene the visa restrictions as currently enforced by the Home Office". She then says that the prohibition on pursuing a career in the UK "can be construed to mean just about anything".The Immigration Directorates' ...