15 September 2003

The Lawyer

  • A firm pair

    15-Sep-2003

    Tulkinghorn has discovered that The Fast Show's Swiss Toni has a sideline in law firm management. One of Tulkinghorn's scribes just couldn't help noticing that Carnelutti managing partner Luca Arnaboldi had been taking lessons from The Fast Show's car salesman and self-proclaimed god of love. Apparently, according to Arnaboldi, his firm's merger with McDermott Will & Emery has something to do with the US firm's entrepreneurial spirit… or something like that. Arnaboldi's exact ...

  • A&O favourite to win Hong Kong govt work

    15-Sep-2003

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and Slaughter and May have been battling it out to win instructions to advise the Hong Kong government on its high-profile privatisation programme.

  • A&O to launch new regime on conflicts

    15-Sep-2003

    Magic circle firm to invest millions installing 24-hour global policing system

  • Addleshaw Goddard loses first partner post-merger

    16-Sep-2003

    Addleshaw Goddard has lost its first partner since the firm was formed from the merger of Addleshaw Booth & Co and Theodore Goddard on 1 May this year.

  • Apil awareness campaign stains hair dye reputation

    15-Sep-2003

    The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) has launched a campaign to raise awareness among women of the dangers lurking in hair dyes.

  • B&M merges North American profit centres

    18-Sep-2003

    Baker & McKenzie has transformed its North American business model in an attempt to offer a more harmonised service.The firm’s individual offices were previously independent profit centres with independent compensation systems, an approach that often provoked scorn from competitors.The radical overhaul sees the full integration of all the office profit centres and the implementation ...

  • Bolam out?

    15-Sep-2003

    Does the Chief Medical Officer’s report into clinical negligence in the NHS signal the end of the Bolam test? Nicholas Wilkes discusses the merits of the old method as against new plans

  • Brooke to head Court of Appeal civil division

    15-Sep-2003

    Lord Justice Brooke has succeeded Lord Justice Simon Brown as president of the civil division of the Court of Appeal. Judge Brooke was appointed a judge of the Queen's Bench Division in 1988. Between 1993 and 1995, he served as chairman of the Law Commission prior to his promotion to the position of Lord Justice in the Court of Appeal in 1996. His latest appointment was made by Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 10 September

  • Browne Jacobson makes four assistants redundant

    19-Sep-2003

    Midlands-based Browne Jacobson has made four assistants in its business services department redundant. The firm’s managing partner Brian Smith confirmed the redundancies and blamed the economic downturn for the move.Of the assistants who are affected, one is London-based and three are located in Nottingham.This is the first time lawyers at Browne Jacobson have been made redundant although ...

  • Camerons closes in Washington DC

    19-Sep-2003

    CMS Cameron McKenna has decided to close its last US outpost in Washington DC after radically downsizing the office in July this year.

  • CC finance man moves to Dentons

    15-Sep-2003

    Denton Wilde Sapte's push to ramp up its leveraged finance practice continues with the arrival of Clifford Chance's head of English acquisition finance in Frankfurt Ian Yeo.

  • CC loses out to Minters on Manulife Asia IT outsource

    15-Sep-2003

    Australian firm Minter Ellison has won a tender to advise on a multimillion-dollar Asian IT outsourcing deal for Canadian insurance giant Manulife Financial, beating off the company's regular global adviser Clifford Chance.

  • Chelsea power show

    15-Sep-2003

    Well, well, Skadden Arps Bruce Buck certainly is moving up in the world. At first, the London managing partner was one of many lawyers at the US firm who acted for Roman Abramovich as a shareholder in Russian oil group Sibneft. Then Buck was named as a director of Chelsea Village, the owning company of Chelsea Football Club. And now the lovely Bruce has been described, by the ...

  • Chicago’s Seyfarth takes over D’Ancona

    17-Sep-2003

    Chicago’s legal market is continuing to contract, with local firm Seyfarth Shaw taking over D’Ancona & Pflaum. Seyfarth, which voted through the merger last Thursday (9 September), will house all D’Ancona’s 60 lawyers, including 34 partners, in its Chicago office, which houses 270 attorneys. However, it is expected that there will be some redundancies from the firm’s administrative staff. The merger is the latest development to hit the Chicago legal sector, which has seen ...

  • Clifford Chance Pünder insolvency ace joins Jones Day's practice in Frankfurt

    15-Sep-2003

    Jones Day has raided Clifford Chance Punder's Frankfurt office for rated insolvency partner Volker Kammel.

  • Clydes expands Caracas team

    15-Sep-2003

    Clyde & Co has bolstered its Latin American practice, centred on Caracas, Venezuela, by hiring a team of lawyers, including a litigation partner from US firm Cozen O'Connor Hermes Marangos.

  • Cooley Godward fights $25m accident liability

    15-Sep-2003

    Cooley Godward faces the prospect of sharing liability for the death of a teenager struck by a car driven by one of its associates.

  • Corporate deals round-up

    15-Sep-2003

    Slaughter and May (Jeff Twentyman, Scott Nicholls) advised UK property developer Taylor Woodrow on its public offer to acquire Wilson Connolly for £480.5m in cash and shares. Herbert Smith and Gleiss Lutz/Stibbe acted for Wilson Connolly.

  • Cowboys and India

    15-Sep-2003

    A Scottish corporate lawyer was having a quiet dinner with a friend in Claridges two weeks ago when he received a shock introduction to a City firm's guerilla-style marketing tactics.

  • CRE chairman falls foul of new discrimination law

    16-Sep-2003

    Also high on the TUC conference agenda last week were the many dangers of discrimination in the workplace. The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) chairman Trevor Phillips was on hand to demonstrate how easy it was to inadvertently fall foul of legislation when he promised to back any union that licked out any member of the British National Party (BNP).

  • Deacons and White & Case await judgment as court battle concludes

    19-Sep-2003

    The controversial action by Deacons against White & Case and two of its former partners finally concluded in the Hong Kong High Court yesterday (18 September).The parties are now waiting for Deputy Judge Gill’s decision, which is expected to be announced next month.As revealed by The Lawyer (8 July 2002), White & Case became embroiled in the litigation after it hired a highly-rated insolvency ...

  • Debevoise boosts London finance group with A&O hire

    18-Sep-2003

    Debevoise & Plimpton’s London office is ramping up its finance practice by taking on a former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner.Peter Hockless, who practised at A&O for 24 years, 15 as a partner, before leaving three months ago, is set to join Debevoise on Monday (22 September), where he will lead the ...

  • DLA raids Bogaert in Belgian tech push

    19-Sep-2003

    Troubled Belgian firm Bogaert & Vandemeulebroeke has lost a large proportion of its IT and telecoms team to DLA, including department head Patrick Van Eecke. The departures come after the firm removed itself from the Landwell network in June because of changes to legislation due to take effect in October, which place severe restrictions on accountancy-tied firms. It is now a ‘correspondent firm’ to Landwell.On 15 September The Lawyer revealed that one of the firm’s founders, ...

  • DLA scoops Austria merger

    15-Sep-2003

    Weiss-Tessbach deal delivers ready-made Central and Eastern Europe capability

  • Doctors 'work' even while they sleep, rules European Court

    16-Sep-2003

    In a test case before the European Court of Justice last week junior doctors were held to be ‘working’ even while they slept, renewing concerns over the staffing crisis in the National Health Service.

  • Dorsey & Whitney boosts Asia with local hire

    15-Sep-2003

    Dorsey & Whitney has continued its Asian expansion with the hire of Japanese corporate finance lawyer Takashi Suzuki. Formerly a partner with Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Suzuki will continue to practise in M&A, banking, corporate recovery, structured finance and real estate. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com10 September

  • Duty of care ruling gives green light to 11 September lawsuits

    15-Sep-2003

    A Manhattan judge has ruled that airlines, aviation security companies and port authorities did have a duty of care to people affected by the 11 September attacks in New York and Washington DC.

  • Eversheds real estate partner quits to join client

    16-Sep-2003

    Eversheds is losing real estate partner Brandon Smith-Hilliard to a one of the firm’s clients, The Bournston Group.Smith-Hilliard will join the privately owned property development company as a director.Eversheds is currently ac...

  • Ex-Landwell equity partner resurfaces as head of financial services at Beachcrofts

    15-Sep-2003

    Former Landwell equity partner Nigel Frudd has joined Beachcroft Wansbroughs.

  • Firm profile: Webster Dixon

    15-Sep-2003

    Webster Dixon is the first firm in the City to be founded by black lawyers. However, the partners would like to make clear that it is a claim to fame that does not influence recruitment. "We just want the best, and if the best person for a position happens to be a gay, one-legged Rastafarian, then that's the person I want out in front of my client," says Dawn Dixon, ...

  • Firms in bidding scrum for first AES global panel

    15-Sep-2003

    Energy giant AES Corporation is overhauling its relations with external lawyers and establishing its first ever set of legal panels.

  • Former Osborne Clarke corporate head launches new firm

    19-Sep-2003

    The former head of Osborne Clarke’s Bristol corporate practice has launched a niche firm of corporate lawyers. Bruce Roxburgh, who left Osborne Clarke in February, has launched Roxburgh and Milkins LLP with a senior corporate lawyer from Osborne Clarke, Jason Milkins.The two of them have been close colleagues for many years and share a number of strong client relationships.The ...

  • Fountain Court head bows out

    15-Sep-2003

    Anthony Boswood QC has stepped down as head of magic circle set Fountain Court, which for the first time has appointed joint heads: high-profile commercial silk Michael Brindle QC and Michael Lerego QC.

  • Four Jenkens health lawyers defect to B&M

    17-Sep-2003

    Baker & McKenzie has raided the Dallas office of Jenkens & Gilchrist, taking four lawyers, including the national leader of Jenkens’ health law practice Ken Gordon.Gordon is joined by partner Wilson Jones and associates Nneka Egbuniwe and Pamela Nix.North American managing partner John Conroy said: “In the face of rising costs, higher patient demands and new government regulations, ...

  • Freshfields pushes 3 trial up High Court's schedule

    15-Sep-2003

    FreshfieldS Bruckhaus Deringer has managed to accelerate the trial of its client Hutchison Whampoa's case against KPN, its joint venture partner in third-generation mobile phone operator 3.

  • Freshfields steps in to defend Eton against OFT

    17-Sep-2003

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has come to the aid of top public school Eton in connection with an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) cartel investigation.Eton and Winchester College, which is being advised by Farrer & Co partner David Smellie, are being investigated by the OFT for allegedly fixing ...

  • Gay lawyers welcome civil partnerships but warn against 'legal threesomes'

    16-Sep-2003

    Gay lawyers this week called on ministers to tighten up on the detail for their Civil Partnership Registration scheme, in a broadly positive welcome to the ongoing consultation exercise. The Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association (LAGLA) gave its backing to proposals that in its view "would create a new institution that closely follows the rights and duties of marriage" and would "bring an end to discrimination against same-sex partnerships". "We welcome the Government's proposals but they ...

  • Going through a phrase

    15-Sep-2003

    One of Tukinghorn's scribes embarrassed herself in front of Lord Lester of Herne Hill last week,after she failed to translate basic Bengali phrases into English. The story goes as follows. At the end of Lord Lester's interview, the high-profile silk decided to do a bit of questioning of his own and asked her if she could speak Bengali. The scribe answered yes, but very badly. Lord Lester then asked: "What does 'shanda' mean?' The scribe replied: "Bastard." Lord Lester didn't seem very ...

  • Grapevine

    17-Sep-2003

    First DLA, now Salans: for the second time in seven days, a law firm is making a massive move into Central Europe through merger.

  • Herbert Smith secures CDO first for AIB Capital Markets

    15-Sep-2003

    Galway Bay project gives firm £285.8m kick-start in structured finance

  • HSE prosecution guide for directors slammed by CCA

    15-Sep-2003

    Legal profession voices fears that 'vague' guidelines will hamper health and safety investigations

  • Iliffes Booth takes on PI head

    17-Sep-2003

    Iliffes Booth Bennett has hired a new partner to head its personal injury (PI) practice. Malcolm Underhill, a specialist in brain and spinal injuries, was previously a partner at Vizards Wyeth, which left in July. In the past two years, Underhill has worked on claims worth approximately £30m. He plans to strengthen the firm’s position as a leader in PI and joins three other specialist PI lawyers at Iliffes Booth.

  • Larry Sonsini offered top job at NYSE

    18-Sep-2003

    The New York Stock Exchange has asked Larry Sonsini, the longstanding chairman of West Coast firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, to take over its scandal-rocked board of directors as interim chairman, The Recorder reports.

  • Lathams takes on real estate partner in LA

    15-Sep-2003

    Latham & Watkins has hired real estate partner Donald Berger to its Los Angeles (LA) office. Formerly a partner at Morrison & Foerster's LA office, Berger served as co-chair of the firm's real estate practice group. He will continue to focus on representing institutional lenders and investment banks in real estate financing transactions. The hire takes numbers in Latham's LA finance and real estate department to 38.

  • Law Soc gets tough on trainee recruitment rules

    15-Sep-2003

    The Law Society is clamping down on firms that breach trainee recruitment policy by interviewing students for training contracts before the beginning of their third year.

  • LawLand Services puts together plan to challenge the Inns as bar's landlord

    15-Sep-2003

    A property development company is offering fully serviced accommodation to the bar in an ambitious bid to become a rival landlord to the Inns, the bar's traditional home.

  • Leader

    15-Sep-2003

    It's got all the right resonances. Here's Linklaters - a firm that has explicitly prioritised corporate and finance at the expense of litigation and real estate - outsourcing part of its litigation training to an external provider. And here's the College of Law - back in the good books of the City majors after its controversial exclusion from the City LPC consortium four years ago.

  • Libel bashers

    15-Sep-2003

    'No win, no fee' was hailed as the great leveller in libel cases, aiding poor individuals in their fight against the cash-rich media giants. But as Jon Robins reports, many think these CFAs are a direct threat to freedom of speech

  • Linklaters ditches litigation 'short seat'

    15-Sep-2003

    Linklaters is outsourcing part of its litigation training to the College of Law as it dispenses with its 'short seat' in the department.

  • Lord Lester airs concerns over Government reforms

    15-Sep-2003

    Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC has called on the Government to explain how its plans to create a Supreme Court and a judicial appointments commission will secure the independence of the judiciary.

  • Loyens raids rival firms for Belgian growth

    15-Sep-2003

    Benelux firm Loyens & Loeff has hired three partners from rival firms in Belgium.Labour law specialist Christian Willems joins from Linklaters De Bandt. Geert Bogaert and Grégoire Jakhian both specialise in commercial and corporate law and join from Bogaert & Vandenmeulebroeke, where Bogaert was chairman and founding partner.

  • Magic circle firms make it onto ING global panel

    15-Sep-2003

    Giant Dutch financial services organisation ING is in the final throes of setting up its global banking panel, with four UK magic circle firms understood to have been successful.

  • Masons takes the crown in Diageo beauty parade

    15-Sep-2003

    Masons is advising new client Diageo on the $1bn (£62.8m) outsourcing of its IT systems to IBM.

  • Microsoft wins Atos in-houser for new role

    17-Sep-2003

    Microsoft UK has created the new role of director of law and corporate affairs.

  • Minters wins Paul Weiss partner in Hong Kong

    15-Sep-2003

    Minter Ellison has recruited former Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison partner Fred Kinmonth to lead its Hong Kong corporate and commercial team. Kinmonth has recently advised the Shanghai government on the establishment of a $870m (£545.8m) theme park, and advised the Hong Kong government on the establishment of Hong Kong Disney.

  • Misys appoints Fitz as its first ever general counsel

    15-Sep-2003

    Misys, the global software products and solutions group, has hired the former group general counsel of Cable & Wireless.

  • MMR cases face collapse after funding withdrawal

    15-Sep-2003

    Alexander Harris appeals Government decision to withdraw funding; cost of premium makes CFAs unlikely option

  • Ninth Circuit slams brakes on California election

    16-Sep-2003

    Citing Bush v Gore, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit postponed the election for governor in California on Monday, saying the risk of miscounting votes is too high with the punch-card ballots still in use in some counties.

  • Northern Foods legal boss joins C&I Group

    15-Sep-2003

    The C&I Group, the representative body for in-house lawyers, has appointed a new chair. Carol Williams (left), head of legal at Northern Foods, took over from outgoing chair Ann Page on 11 September. According to Williams: "The in-house community is currently underrepresented by the Law Society".

  • No-win, no-fee deals hold newspapers to ransom, libel lawyers claim

    16-Sep-2003

    Defendant libel lawyers were complaining of the 'ransom factor' of conditional fees last week, following a recent ruling in the High Court on the "chilling effect" of conditional fees in defamation cases.

  • Old Bailey

    15-Sep-2003

    Jeffrey Bailey is helping to lead Paul Hastings' real estate charge into Europe. Just don't expect him to retire anytime soon. By Emma Vere-Jones

  • Opinion

    15-Sep-2003

    Contempt of court - showing disrespect for the authority of the Queen's judges - is a familiar concept to the public. High-profile punishments doled out by judges for breach of non-molestation orders, for throwing laughing gas into the court's ventilation duct or (in an extreme case) against jurors for refusing to determine a defendant's guilt, have given this draconian prerogative extensive ...

  • Orrick steps up global restructuring push as US partner moves to London

    15-Sep-2003

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has relocated the co-chair of its bankruptcy and debt restructuring practice to its London office.

  • Page three boob

    15-Sep-2003

    Field Fisher Waterhouse associate Rachel Tan found herself unwittingly on page three of The Sun last week, according to one of Tulkinghorn's less cultured colleagues. Fortunately for Tan, it was Nikkala, 21, from Middlesex, who stole the limelight. Tan, meanwhile, was rather coyly covering up for her client Warner Brothers, which apparently makes films about young wizards. The intrepid ...

  • Plate class

    15-Sep-2003

    Tulkinghorn is kicking off a competition to find the best in-house chef at a UK law firm. Let's face it, these days a quick bite with a partner is more likely to feature curling sandwiches in a dingy room than fois gras at The Ivy. So it's important the hosts get it right from the start if they want to a make a good impression on the procession of jaded hacks that troop through the door. Oh, and the odd client as well.

  • Pre-confetti?

    15-Sep-2003

    Forget Hello!, forget OK! Magazine. And forget those shots of Anthea Turner provocatively eating a certain brand of chocolate on her wedding day. Tulkinghorn is the man and The Lawyer's diary page is where it's at. This week he brings you exclusive pictures from one of the weddings of the year.

  • Pro bono & community action: Cleary Gottlieb works some magic on Haiti school project

    15-Sep-2003

    Lawyers in the London office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are advising the children's charity Pockets of Hope on a Haiti-based educational programme. With the help of Cleary Gottlieb's corporate advisers, the Florida-based charity is establishing a school for French literacy on the tiny Haitian island of La Gonave. A London-based tax partner, tax associate and two corporate associates helped ...

  • Remote control

    15-Sep-2003

    As with any kind of new technology, telemedicine's growth is unstoppable. Will Marshall warns that this brave new world needs regulating

  • Roll up, roll up: the runners and riders in Lovells' senior partner race

    15-Sep-2003

    Lovells partner John Young has emerged as another contender in the firm's hotly-contested senior partner race.

  • Salans swoops for A&G network

    17-Sep-2003

    Salans is poised to take on five of Altheimer & Gray’s remaining offices, giving the firm a presence in four new Central and Eastern European jurisdictions and its first office in Asia.

  • Securities expert joins Baker & McKenzie

    15-Sep-2003

    Baker & McKenzie has taken to 19 the number of international partners in its Paris office, hiring Ernst & Young partner Raphaele Francois-Poncet. She joins the securities and capital markets group, where she will advise French and foreign companies on M&A transactions, capital market calls and liability under the Financial Security and Sarbanes-Oxley Acts.

  • Shearman Tokyo head moves to Linklaters

    15-Sep-2003

    Linklaters has raided Shearman & Sterling's Tokyo office, hiring its managing partner David Deck. Deck, a US-qualified structured finance lawyer, was a partner in Shearman's Tokyo office for five years before joining Linklaters last week. He specialises in leveraged lease financings, securitisation transactions, project financings, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity deals, ...

  • Simmons picks up Belgian finance team as Ernst & Young's Peeters folds

    15-Sep-2003

    Simmons & Simmons has become the first firm to profit from the breakup of Ernst & Young's Belgian law firm Peeters Advocaten. Partner and head of finance France Wilmet, who has been with Peeters since its creation five years ago, is taking three lawyers to Simmons.

  • Simmons reels as Dewey Ballantine pulls off shock raid in Italy

    15-Sep-2003

    In an aggressive push, Dewey Ballantine has acquired six partners to launch an Italian practice, tailor-made by former Simmons & Simmons rainmaker Bruno Gattai.

  • Speechly hire boosts Davenport Lyons property

    15-Sep-2003

    Davenport Lyons continues to grow its property practice with the appointment of a new partner, Susan Haggard. Haggard comes from Speechly Bircham, where she specialised in commercial property investment, funding and development and city centre/urban regeneration. The hire comes close on the heels of the recruitment ...

  • Taxing times

    15-Sep-2003

    The Inland Revenue: full of tax lawyers? Absolutely not, says its chief solicitor Philip Ridd. Steve Hoare investigates

  • Taylor Wessing takes over at L&R

    15-Sep-2003

    Taylor Wessing is understood to have usurped Lawrence Graham in the affections of London & Regional Properties (L&R), the entrepreneurial property company run by brothers Ian and Richard Livingstone.

  • Three is the magic number

    15-Sep-2003

    Stringent criteria ruling the law on psychiatric injury do not allow for cases to be judged individually. Alan Eadie says that worthy cases may not be getting the justice they deserve

  • TUC conference warns of trouble ahead … busy times for employment lawyers

    16-Sep-2003

    Now that the infighting, the promises of a “return to the 1970s” and the usual denunciations of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) meeting are over for another year, it’s a timely moment to reflect on the times ahead. To this end, national law firm DLA’s el...

  • Uganda slaps media ban on lawyers

    15-Sep-2003

    The Law Society of Uganda is to call an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in response to widespread concern among the legal profession after the country's Law Council issued a statement imposing a media gag on lawyers.

  • Underwoods teams with uni for SA training

    15-Sep-2003

    Personal injury (PI) firm Underwoods held talks last Friday (12 September) with Nottingham Law School on establishing a formal tie-up to train solicitors for its recently-launched South African operations (The Lawyer, 1 September).

  • Unspoken horrors

    15-Sep-2003

    Children in child abuse cases may go unprotected because doctors are too afraid to speak out. Bertie Leigh reports

  • US and UK firms muscle in on French top five highest billers

    15-Sep-2003

    Ashurst Morris Crisp, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Willkie Farr & Gallagher have gatecrashed France's top five most remunerative firms.

  • Walkers launches in Hong Kong

    17-Sep-2003

    Cayman Islands law firm Walkers has launched an office in Hong Kong to service its Far Eastern clients on Caymans and British Virgin Islands law.

  • Why Macfarlanes needs to show its strength in finance

    15-Sep-2003

    It's one of the City's class acts, but there's still something missing. Helen Power investigates

  • Withy & King prepares for IVF battle

    15-Sep-2003

    The judgment in a groundbreaking challenge to the current law relating to IVF treatment, as laid down by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, is expected at the Royal Courts of Justice on 1 October.

  • World Bank aids judicial reform in Philippines

    15-Sep-2003

    The World Bank is to help fund a scheme to boost the efficiency and fairness of the Philippines' judicial system.

  • Worth its weight in phlegm

    15-Sep-2003

    All lawyers looking to improve their language skills really must read a new European Commission document with the snappy title 'Economically dependant/quasi-subordinate (parasubordinate) employment: legal, social and economic aspects'. According to several highly-esteemed employment barristers who have, with remarkable self-sacrifice, actually read this landmark piece of wordy guff, the only useful facts to be drawn from it are four statistics relating to the proportion of European ...

  • Would-be London Mayors support Liberty's challenge to Met's use of anti-terrorism legislation

    16-Sep-2003

    There was cross-party outrage from London Mayoral candidates at the Metropolitan Police's use of anti-terrorist legislation against protesters picketing last week's arms fair in London's Docklands, as civil rights group Liberty launched a legal challenge.

  • Zurich slashes panel in half

    19-Sep-2003

    Zurich has cut its English and Welsh legal panel in half after a three-month review.The 14 successful firms, from an original list of 28, were informed last week. The insurer has moved from having five legal panels for the separate areas of its business to creating one central panel.In Scotland the insurer has dropped three of its five law firms. Zurich has confirmed that all of the firms that lost out in the panel review will continue to do run-off work. The new panel ...