17 January 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.
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.
Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Berrymans Lace Mawer, Kennedys, Cartwrights and Merricks are among the 30-plus firms which will be waiting for the results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gordon has been a barrister for ten years specialising in personal injury and medico-legal work.
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 .
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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".
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.
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
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.