17 January 2000

The Lawyer

  • "Forgetful" barrister cleared

    19-Jan-2000

    Ian Bullock, a tenant at Queen Square Chambers in Bristol, denied evading taxes and national insurance contributions worth £375,000. Judge David Radford said he had no alternative but to discharge the jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court after it failed to reach a verdict despite six hours of deliberations. Bullock, the court heard, has now repaid the debt.

  • Allied Domecq cuts legal team By Dearbail Jordan

    17-Jan-2000

    The in-house legal team will be cut from 12 lawyers to four or five following the £2.7bn sale of Allied's pub retail arm to Punch Taverns in August last year.

  • Axa Insurance set to slash legal panel By Anne Mizzi

    17-Jan-2000

    Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Berrymans Lace Mawer, Kennedys, Cartwrights and Merricks are among the 30-plus firms which will be waiting for the results.

  • Baker & McKenzie raids Rowe & Maw

    21-Jan-2000

    Ratzke , a Rowe & Maw partner for 11 years says Baker & McKenzie's established global presence, together with the increasing strength and reputation of the Firm's corporate practice were key factors in his decision to move.

  • Barrister in the doghouse

    21-Jan-2000

    Stephen Rich told Newcastle Crown Court that he was looking after a bull mastiff for a friend as he prepared the case of a client accused of making a threat to kill and aggravated burglary.

  • CC partner to join FSA

    18-Jan-2000

    Mayhew will take up the position of leading advocate in May. His remit will include appearing for the FSA before the new Financial Services and Markets Tribunal as well as on High Court civil and criminal actions. Mayhew joined Coward Chance in 1981, becoming partner following its 1987 merger with Clifford Turner.

  • Clayton Utz appoints new Canberra head

    18-Jan-2000

    Robert Cutler takes up his new position having previously worked in the firm's Sydney office. Formerly a lawyer in Clifford Chance's intellectual property litigation department in London, Cutler's specialisms include litigation and dispute resolution, IP, telecommunications and trades practices.

  • Denton Hall partners win top roles in DWS merger By Abigail Townsend

    17-Jan-2000

    The Lawyer can reveal that the newly-created firm will have seven practice areas - banking and finance, energy, corporate, media and technology, property, litigation and dispute resolution, and competition.

  • East Midlands solicitors appoint in-house barrister

    20-Jan-2000

    Gordon has been a barrister for ten years specialising in personal injury and medico-legal work.

  • Haarmann Hemmelrath names new UK partners

    21-Jan-2000

    Corporate partner Philip Newhouse joins from Taylor Joynson Garrett where he was the Bucharest office head until returning to London in summer 1998. He knows the German firm through its former affiliation with Taylor Joynson Garrett .

  • Lawyer becomes BZ Bank chairman

    18-Jan-2000

    Evenline Oeschslin-Saupper, has left her most recent role as a partner at Zurich law firm, Homburger, to head up BZ Bank. She replaces Konrad Fischer, another lawyer, who has been chairman since the bank was founded 15 years ago. BZ Bank is the stockbroking arm of the financial empire of Martin Ebner, one of Switzerland's wealthiest and most successful investors.

  • Management reshuffle at Clifford Chance

    19-Jan-2000

    Matthew Layton, a partner in the private equity group, has been elected Executive Partner and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the London practice.

  • Monckton Chambers and 4-5 Gray's Inn Square in merger talks

    21-Jan-2000

    Alexandrina le Clezio, Monckton's chambers director, says: "We are commencing talks with 4-5 Gray's Inn Square with a view to implementing a full merger. Full discussions between members of chambers are taking place and we expect to make a full announcement in three weeks."

  • Philadelphia firm snaps up Boston practice

    19-Jan-2000

    The new entity - which combines the 250-lawyer strength of the Philadelphia firm with the Boston based 50-attorney general practice - will be renamed Schnader Harrison Goldstein & Manello.

  • Right to trial by jury bill ditched

    21-Jan-2000

    The revamped House of Lords effectively killed off the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill when Peers from all sides - including Labour - voted by 222 to 126 against it.

  • Rowe & Maw loses environment head

    18-Jan-2000

    Hugh Devas will undertake a mix of property and environment work as a Boodle Hatfield partner from May 1, but will continue to act as a consultant for his old firm "for the time being".

  • Sydney law firm set to lose managing partner

    21-Jan-2000

    Steve Walker, who plans to take on more external board appointments, will be replaced by his deputy, Ian McGill, the head of the firm's telecommunications practice. Managing partner for four years, Walker will take on various management projects for Allens when he leaves in July but will not return to full-time practice.

  • Weil Gotshal hires Clifford Chance partner

    20-Jan-2000

    Pensions partner Joanne Etherton joined Clifford Chance as a trainee and has worked there for over ten years. Her appointment will strengthen Weil Gotshal's 30-strong corporate department

  • White & Case opens in Bahrain

    19-Jan-2000

    The firm has poached Qays Zu'bi, a partner with Bahraini law practice, Al-Mahmood & Zu'bi to head up the new office in Manama.