17 November 1997

The Lawyer

  • Andersens continues search as it admits failure of link-up

    18-Nov-1997

    Arthur Andersen has pledged to continue the search for a top City law firm merger partner following a public admission of the failure of talks with Simmons & Simmons.The Lawyer first revealed speculation that Simmons was in talks with Andersens in May but neither side would confirm it until last week, when Simmons announced that it had been in talks "to join Arthur Andersens international legal network" but had decided not to go ahead.The announcement, which ...

  • Arnheims scoops role in international buyout

    18-Nov-1997

    Price Waterhouse-tied Arnheim & Co has won a role for itself in one of Europe's largest ever buyouts: the £620m sale of engineering conglomerate BTR's polymer products group.Ashurst Morris Crisp did the lion's share of the work on the deal - advising buyout vehicle Unipoly and the equity backer, Legal and General Ventures, on due diligence on the 32 businesses that were ...

  • Arun Srivastava looks at the term 'irreconcilable judgments'. Arun Srivastava is an associate with Baker & McKenzie.

    18-Nov-1997

    What is the meaning of the term "irreconcilable judgments" in article 22 of the Brussels Convention, and what are the forms of relief available to the court under that article? These issues were the subject of an appeal to the House of Lords in Sarrio v Kuwait Investment Authority.Article 22 provides that where there are related actions pending in the courts of two contracting states, the court second seized may stay in proceedings or decline jurisdiction ...

  • Bar PR firm lures Labour spin doctor into its fold

    18-Nov-1997

    One of Labour's leading spin doctors has switched sides, and will now lobby politicians and the press on behalf of the Bar Council.Jo Moore, who has headed Labour's press office since 1993, will join lobbyist Westminster Strategy on 1 December as an account director. She will be advising - among others - the Bar Council.Described by the Daily Telegraph as "Labour's toughest spin doctor", she will be charged with spearheading the Bar's battle ...

  • Barristers pioneer the first global forum for advocates

    18-Nov-1997

    Barristers from across the world have set up the first international group for advocates.The Forum for Bar Advocates was formally established at a meeting during the International Bar Association's (IBA) New Delhi conference at the beginning of November.It aims to help barristers promote their skills to solicitors as well as enabling them to exchange information and ideas on best practice. So far, barristers from the UK, South Africa, Australia and Hong ...

  • Booth's chambers axes senior clerk

    18-Nov-1997

    Cherie Booth QC's chambers is set to part with its senior clerk, after more than 40 years' service, in favour of a new chambers director.Leslie Page is understood to be devastated by the commercial set 4-5 Gray's Inn Square's decision to join the growing number of sets replacing their traditional senior clerks with practice managers.The chambers, headed by Elizabeth Appleby ...

  • Cameron McKenna

    18-Nov-1997

    In an article on 21 October, we said Dmitri Chebotarev, Natalia Zakhorova and Svetlana Bystrova had joined the new Moscow office of Price Waterhouse. The three lawyers have in fact joined the CIS practice of Cameron McKenna.

  • Can the UK do any better than the Americans?

    18-Nov-1997

    A leading US lawyer has dexcribed the American experience of criminal defender contracts as "dismal".UP UNTIL now, it has been the civil legal aid practitioners who have been in the government's line of fire.But in his speech at the Solicitors' Annual Conference in Cardiff in October, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, said he wanted criminal lawyers to work under the same pre-determined contracts as civil practitioners.In its search for ...

  • Cleary Gottlieb enters Italy

    18-Nov-1997

    US FIRM Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is set to become only the third major US firm with an Italian office when it opens in Rome in the spring of 1998.The firm's move comes at a time when several UK firms are examining ways of entering the lucrative Italian legal market.The Rome office will initially be staffed by two or three partners and five or six associates ...

  • Clifford Chance tackles Bar fees

    18-Nov-1997

    Clifford Chance has launched a scathing attack on the "antiquated" fee structures employed by barristers, and introduced a radical scheme to get a grip on counsel fees.Under the new arrangement, all 150 solicitors in its contentious business department will have to instruct counsel via a new negotiating team made up of four partners, who will be in charge of all negotiations with chambers.

  • Covingtons tightens its links with Paris practice

    18-Nov-1997

    Partners from US firm Covington & Burling and French firm August & Debouzy are gathering in Paris this week to launch a new co-operation agreement.The exclusive referral arrangement between the two firms, approved by the Paris Bar last year, gives the firms access to each others' offices.Covingtons has offices in Brussels and London, and already has a lawyer stationed ...

  • Dame Porter likely to appeal if surcharged

    18-Nov-1997

    Dame Shirley Porter's appeal against the "homes for votes" surcharge may not be the end of the matter, reports Roger Pearson.Judgment may be given before Christmas in the case in which Dame Shirley Porter and former colleagues on Westminster City Council are challenging a £31.6m surcharge imposed on them by the district auditor.The surcharge was imposed in the so-called "homes for votes" affair, in which Porter and the ...

  • Develle moves on

    18-Nov-1997

    Laurent Develle has joined White & Case's Tokyo office. He will provide legal advice on Franco-Japanese legal matters. Previously he had spent four years at Clifford Chance on secondment to Japanese law firm Nakagawa & Takashina. Develle specialises in mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, ...

  • Dutch-Belgian firm DSH opens Dusseldorf office

    18-Nov-1997

    Dutch-Belgian firm DSH Derks Star Busmann Hanotiau has become the third international firm - after Shearman & Sterling and Clifford Chance - to establish a permanent base in Dusseldorf.From the start of next year, Ton Heebing, a dual Dutch-German-qualified partner in the firm's Arnheim ...

  • Ellison accused of removing yellow lines

    18-Nov-1997

    Eversheds partner Robin Ellison has been reported to the police by his local council for criminal damage, after he was allegedly spotted painting over double yellow lines outside his Hampstead home.The bizarre incident occurred last month during a legal tussle between Camden Council and Ellison over ownership of the land, which the council wants to use as an access point for six units of ...

  • End for banking 'triple cocktail'

    18-Nov-1997

    A banking law "triple cocktail" concocted some 10 years ago as a means of meeting a 1987 signpost ruling in respect of charges over bank deposits is likely to be served less regularly in future. Banking law experts say that a new House of Lords decision has just swept away "10 years of uncertainty" created by the ruling in 1987 by Mr Justice Millett, as he was then, in Re Charge Card Services Ltd.The issue was whether or not customers of a bank ...

  • Ex-Pritchards partners form new Italian specialist firm

    18-Nov-1997

    Pritchard Englefield's two-partner Italian department has split away from the firm to form its own practice advising on Italian trade.Dominic Pini, corporate partner and former head of the Italian group, has left together with litigation partner Dimitri Iesini and commercial assistant Rocco Franco, and has joined forces with former in-house Eagle Star Insurance litigator Nicholas Bingham.All four will be partners in the new practice, Pini Bingham & Partners, ...

  • Field Fisher takes over Allison & Humphreys

    18-Nov-1997

    CITY firm Field Fisher Waterhouse is to take over highly regarded media and communications specialist Allison & Humphreys early next year.Field Fisher claims the move will give it one of the biggest media practices in the country, with an expected core team of around 14 lawyers. But other media lawyers claim the firm still has some way to go to enter the circle of leading media ...

  • Flotations

    18-Nov-1997

    Norton Rose acted for sponsor Robert Fleming & Co and investor Blakeney Management on the £13.4m placing and open offer of 33.5 million ordinary shares in London-based company African Lakes. Wedlake Bell advised African lakes.

  • Flotations

    18-Nov-1997

    Berwin Leighton acted for County Gardens in its flotation on the London Stock Exchange with a £10m rights issue underwritten by Brewin Dolphin

  • Garretts' head of IT leaves to set up his own practice

    18-Nov-1997

    Garretts' head of IP/IT, Richard Kemp, is leaving the firm at the end of this month to set up his own practice.Kemp, one of London's top information technology lawyers, only joined five-year-old Garretts in July 1995 from Hammond Suddards. In that time he has recruited about 10 IT/IP lawyers and built up billings of £1.8m to £2m a year.Kemp, who is also head of Arthur Andersens' IT/IP European network, said he was unable to comment ...

  • Getting into the limelight

    18-Nov-1997

    Juniors have to work hard to shine in this field. We single out a number of talented barristers who have made a big impression.Public and administrative law is not a specialism noted for its plethora of talented juniors, simply because of the nature of the work, particularly in the field of judicial review. As one source puts it: "Silks tend to take the limelight, because the work itself is particular court-heavy, as opposed to paper-heavy. This is an area where advocacy ...

  • Hong Kong to restrict access of UK barristers to its courts

    18-Nov-1997

    UK barristers could lose their privileged access to the courts of Hong Kong under plans unveiled by the Hong Kong government two weeks ago.Elise Leung, Secretary of Justice, announced that foreign lawyers will have to sit an examination before they can practise as barristers in the city.At present, barristers from the UK and some Commonwealth countries enjoy automatic recognition of their qualifications.However, Audrey Eu, chairman of the Hong Kong ...

  • In brief: Field Fisher wins Camerons' patent head

    18-Nov-1997

    Field Fisher Waterhouse has poached Cameron McKenna's head of patent litigation Peter Jennings. He said he had joined Field Fisher's IP/IT department because he "saw it as a better opportunity than where I was."

  • In brief: Ilex to get extended rights of audience

    18-Nov-1997

    The rights of audience enjoyed by members of the Institute of Legal Executives (Ilex) have been extended by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine. Subject to parliamentary approval members of the institute will have new rights of audience to appear before: district judges in the county courts for all matters including family proceeding; magistrates' family proceedings courts; magistrates hearing "matters originating by complaint or application" but not affecting "the liberty of the ...

  • In brief: Insurance lawyers elect new president

    18-Nov-1997

    Berryman Lace Mawer head of personal injury Martin Bruffell was elected president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil) at the organisation's annual general meeting in London on 7 November. He succeeds Beachcroft stanley partner Tony Cherry, who stood down after two years in office.

  • In brief: Law Soc lobbies Lord Irvine on court fees

    18-Nov-1997

    The Law Society has urged the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to rethink the government's court fees policy. In a paper it has sent to him, it argues that the policy of recovering all the costs of running the civil courts from litigants is wrong. It says payment of court fees should be waived in public interest cases.

  • In brief: LCD consultation papers on the Internet

    18-Nov-1997

    The Lord Chancellor's Department has issued two consultation papers on proposed procedures for clinical negligence papers and multi-party actions which build on the plans unveiled by the Lord Woolf inquiry. They are available on the LCD's Web site at: http://www.open.gov.uk/lcd/index.htm. The deadline for comments is 31 December.

  • In brief: Linklaters snaps up Herbert Smith lawyer

    18-Nov-1997

    Herbert Smith corporate banking partner Richard Hughes is to leave the firm to join Linklaters. Hughes would not comment on the move, but it is understood that he is negotiating to reduce his 12-month notice period.

  • In brief: Lord Chancellor warned on premiums

    18-Nov-1997

    Premier legal expenses insurer Abbey Legal Protection has warned the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, that the poor must receive help to pay for their premiums. It says either a continuing legal aid scheme will have to help poorer litigants or the solicitors must include the cost in their fees - and be prepared to write it off if they lose. It also believes only specialist solicitors should be able to do conditional fee work.

  • In brief: Manches nabs Ashursts associate

    18-Nov-1997

    Ashurst Morris Crisp associate Maeve Bromwich has joined Manches & Co to expand and develop its regulatory and financial services group. She will be made a fixed equity partner next year.

  • In brief: Penry-Davey is elevated to the High Court

    18-Nov-1997

    David Penry-Davey QC, who was chairman of the Bar Council last year, has been made a High Court judge. Penry-Davey was appointed as a recorder in 1986.

  • In brief: Pinsents' recruit aims to develop practice

    18-Nov-1997

    Construction law partner Jonathan Hawkswell has left Dibb Lupton Alsop's Sheffield office to join Pinsent Curtis in Leeds. He will be charged with developing Pinsents' construction practice. Hawkswell said: "There is the experience and resource here to represent clients in resolving their disputes commercially and effectively."

  • In brief: Wynnes swallows up Brighton practice

    18-Nov-1997

    Twenty-one partner East Sussex firm Wynne Baxter Godfree has taken over the niche two-partner Brighton medical negligence practice Selwood Leathes Hooper. As part of the deal, Selwoods' former senior partner Martin Costin will manage Wynnes' Brighton office, which will be known as Wynne Baxter Godfree and Selwood Leathes Hooper.

  • Jersey training

    18-Nov-1997

    Jersey firm Ogier & Le Masurier has opened a management and staff training division providing training courses for members of the island's financial services sector. Ogier Compliance and Training will offer 14 training courses, run by members of the firm and some external experts - including Tim Herrington, head of Clifford Chance's fund practice. Ray Currie, former UK director of training ...

  • Justice hands over casework to criminal cases appeals body

    18-Nov-1997

    Justice is winding down one of its core activities: the campaigns it has waged for 40 years against individual miscarriages of justice.Instead the group will concentrate its limited resources on scrutinising the new Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to ensure it does its job effectively.Justice legal officer Razia Karim said the setting up of the CCRC had prompted the group to change its approach to the large amount of individual casework it had traditionally ...

  • Keeping an eye on the executive

    18-Nov-1997

    Richard Clayton focuses on a key concern of the public law Bar - judicial review. Richard Clayton is a freelance journalist.Public and administrative law is a catch-all term for a broad swathe of disciplines covering charities, ecclesiastical law, civil liberties, education law, parliamentary and electoral law, lobbying, local government, planning, housing and health issues. Inevitably, the overlap between disciplines is considerable.The public face of public ...

  • Law Soc and Bar unite to fight for student funds

    18-Nov-1997

    BAR Council chairman Robert Owen QC is to join forces with Law Society president Phillip Sycamore in a bid to persuade the government to think again over funding for law students.The pair, along with the Bar Council's head of legal education, Nigel Bastin, are to meet junior education minister Kim Howells on 3 December to argue that students on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) should have the same access to student loans and funding ...

  • Leaders of the major league

    18-Nov-1997

    This high-profile field often attracts the media spotlight with the result that many of the top practitioners make the headlinesDespite the large number of specialised areas which come under the umbrella of public and administrative law, and the spectacular growth in judicial review cases over the past 20 years, virtually all the leading silks are based in London with no regional public law Bar as such.In addition, because many of the cases are high profile and ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 18/11/97

    18-Nov-1997

    Michael John Jervis, admitted 1970, practising at material time on own account in Leamington Spa, was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £1,157 costs. Allegation substantiated that he failed to comply with a decision of an assistant director of the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Tribunal was told that he failed in divorce proceedings to deal with a wife's solicitor's enquiries, which resulted in his client, the husband, having ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 18/11/97

    18-Nov-1997

    Dixon v Sussex University - QBD 21 October 1997Claimant: Peter Dixon, 4Incident: Injury at workplaceInjuries: Claimant, a university groundsman, wrenched his back shifting 40 paving slabs each of which weighed 70lb at grounds of university in Brighton. Claimed his injury was result of him being negligently required to do a task that carried with it the risk of serious injury. Judge held that nothing had been demonstrated to the court that showed ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 18/11/97

    18-Nov-1997

    Victimisation of job applicant of Asian originLondon Underground Ltd v Gregory NagarajanCourt: CA (Peter Gibson LJ, Ward LJ and Sir John Vinelott) 7/11/9Summary: Employee's appeal against dismissal of his allegations of victimisation in rejecting his two job applications for employment with London Regional Transport and London Underground.Two appeals by a former station foreman employed by the respondent against 1996 orders of the Employment ...

  • Litigation Writs 18/11/97

    18-Nov-1997

    A man who claims he lost out on a divorce settlement by remarrying is suing his former solicitors for compensation. Anthony Chilton of Bracknell has issued a writ claiming damages against Druces & Attlee of London, EC2, alleging he lost the chance of a settlement of about £200,000 as a result of the firm failing to apply for ancillary relief in divorce proceedings before he remarried.Writ issued by

  • Masons and Barlows are latest to lose IT directors

    18-Nov-1997

    Elizabeth Davidson reportsCity firms Barlow Lyde & Gilbert and Masons are both losing their IT directors as the flurry of poachings which first hit the IT legal sector in September continues unabated.The moves will see Barlows' head of information technology, John Rowland, become IT director at Titmuss Sainer Dechert.Masons' IT director, Martin ...

  • Mission to Croatia

    18-Nov-1997

    A delegation of lawyers, backed by the International Bar Association (IBA), is travelling to Croatia on a mission to help the country's lawyers rebuild its legal system. Dianna Kempe QC, secretary general of the IBA, and British barrister Margaret McCabe arrived in Zagreb last Thursday. On Friday they travelled to Split to meet the country's chief justice and other senior judges.

  • New head for Dentons in Moscow

    18-Nov-1997

    Denton Hall has taken on American in-house lawyer Pat Seferovich as head of its Moscow office.Seferovich, who will replace Larry George, comes from US oil company Occidental. He has spent the past five years in Moscow as vice-president of the company's Russian subsidiary involved in oil and gas projects in the CIS.Malcolm Groom, head of Denton Hall's energy group, said: "We were lucky to find someone who had been there for five years and wanted to stay ...

  • No currency in betting on the collapse of EMU

    18-Nov-1997

    Fears that speculators will gamble on the break-up of EMU during its transitional period have been overplayed, says Clifford Chance finance partner Chris Bates.Lawyers always think of the worst that can happen - that, after all, is what they are paid for. A question often asked is: what will happen if European Monetary Union breaks up?The Maastricht Treaty does not contemplate ...

  • North East Law Soc to set up pro bono unit

    18-Nov-1997

    The North eastern office of the Law Society wants to set up a pro bono unit to co-ordinate with the national Solicitors Pro Bono Group, headed by Peta Sweet in London.Ian Croft, the Law Society's regional secretary for Yorkshire and the North East, said the move had been triggered by interest from local law societies in the Yorkshire region - the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies - whom Peta Sweet addressed at a conference two weeks ago.According to Croft, ...

  • Open to review

    18-Nov-1997

    The cascade of judicial review case law continues. Michael Fordham takes a look some of the most important recent cases in this increasingly fertile area of the law. Michael Fordham is a barrister specialising in judicial review at 2 Hare Court. He is author of the Judicial Review Handbook and editor of the quarterly journal, JR.Freeze the frame on a typical working day. There will have been a judicial review case reported in The Times, one in that week's All Englands, ...

  • Orchard's IT practice blossoms

    18-Nov-1997

    EX-Freshfields partner Paul Taylor is to head a new information technology and intellectual property department at expanding City firm Orchard.Taylor joined the firm on 3 November after four months "unofficial" gardening leave from Freshfields where he was a founder member of its IT/IP practice.And The Lawyer understands Orchard is gearing up to hire between 8 and 10 assistants over the next few months. It is understood that it is already negotiating with two ...

  • Property

    18-Nov-1997

    Cameron McKenna acted for retail warehouse specialist Edge Properties on its sale of Great Yarmouth's Gapton Retail Park, making Edge a £3m profit. Eversheds acted for the buyer.

  • Property

    18-Nov-1997

    Norton Rose acted for Helical Bar on its the acquisition of 8-10 Mansion House Place, London, and for the £12m funding of the development with Depfa Bank. Joint sellers The Drapers' Company and the City Parochial Foundation were advised by Bircham & Co and Farrer & Co, respectively.

  • Property

    18-Nov-1997

    Nicholson Graham & Jones acted for Pearl Assurance on its purchase of 100 Berkshire Place, Reading, for £13.9m. Gouldens represented the vendor, Pillar Developments.

  • Qualified, but for what?

    18-Nov-1997

    I am in a similar position to Ian Oldfield (4 November) but awaiting a training contract with a firm of solicitors. The total number of applications I have made to date mirrors Mr Oldfield's. This does not include the 55 firms, advertising for trainees, from whom I have received no reply. Common courtesy does not seem to be a virtue that these solicitors possess. In the interim, I have been forced to undertake unreliable temporary work. My years of studying are going ...

  • Rouse & Co benefits from Dallas Brett dissolution

    18-Nov-1997

    Seven-partner Oxford commercial practice Dallas Brett is dissolving, with its three intellectual property partners, Anna Booy, Ben Goodger and senior partner Hugh Brett, leaving for Rouse & Co International.At the time of going to press, managing partner and leading South East corporate finance lawyer Jonathan Loake was believed to be still considering his position.Property and planning and environment lawyer Richard Smith is joining another firm in the region ...

  • Scots set up London Property centre

    18-Nov-1997

    Scottish solicitors are looking for a conspicuous location in London's West End for their first English property shop, which is due to open in summer 1998.The London Property Shop (LPS) will be modelled on the successful Edinburgh Solicitors' Property Centre (ESPC), which acts as a property display centre and has captured more than 90 per cent of the property market in Edinburgh.It wants 350 firms in the South East to join the venture. They will be ...

  • SGP name change

    18-Nov-1997

    The IBA's Section on General Practice (SGP) has voted to change its name to the Section on Legal Practice in a bid to encourage more business lawyers to join. The IBA is divided into three sections: the Section on Business Law, the SGP, and the section on Natural Energy and Natural Resources Law. SGP secretary Andrew Primrose said the name change reflected the fact that the group covered many issues of interest to commercial lawyers, such as practice management. He said: "In North ...

  • Shetland Internet copyright case is settled out of court

    18-Nov-1997

    A CRITICAL Internet court case has been settled out of court, but could still have implications on future judicial views of the World Wide Web, according to Simmons & Simmons head of IT, Lawrence Haines.The case arose on the Shetland Isles, when electronic news publisher Shetland News set up hypertext links connecting its Website to articles in a local newspaper, the Shetland Times, using the publication's headlines.Shetland ...

  • SIF replies

    18-Nov-1997

    Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4395, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square.I refer to the article by Graham Balchin headed "Troubled Indemnity" (The Lawyer, 28 October). The article contains factual inaccuracies that require correction and raises issues on which I should like to comment.SIF has at its disposal a claims handling resource of considerable ...

  • Steering SIF back in the right direction

    18-Nov-1997

    Despite having been one of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund's strongest critics, Robert Sayer does not think it should be shelved; instead, he says, the way it is run needs to be improved.Very shortly, the first of the Law Society working parties looking into various aspects of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) will be reporting to the profession.Despite my having been a long-term critic of SIF, I hope the working party recommends ...

  • Stoy Hayward comes out against MDPs

    18-Nov-1997

    Accountancy firm BDO Stoy Hayward has launched a public campaign against MDPs in an attempt to woo law firm clients.Following Arthur Andersen's attempt to merge with Simmons & Simmons, and the launching of law firms by Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand, several accountancy firms on the rung below the big six are publicly stating their opposition to the one-stop shop.Clerk Whitehill, which has a high proportion of law firm and professional service clients, ...

  • Stumbling over the MDP vision

    18-Nov-1997

    The multidisciplinary partnership debate remains one of the key talking points for law firms at the moment as speculation continues about who is talking to whom.But, as the Simmons & Simmons experience shows, the thought of getting into bed with an accountancy firm is still, in the end, an unpalatable thought for most major law practices.There is no doubt that a number are happy to mull over the idea. But law firms, on the whole, ...

  • Tesco claims clean-up costs

    18-Nov-1997

    Tesco is heading for a High Court confrontation with consulting civil and structural engineers Ernest Green Partnership. It accuses the firm of failing to warn it of chemical contamination of a site it bought for £8.7m for a superstore in Redbridge, London. Tesco says it cost it £1.42m to clean up the site after it discovered it was contaminated with arsenic, cadmium and mercury at levels which exceeded guidelines. The firm claims that if it had been warned beforehand,

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Patricia Dilley

    18-Nov-1997

    Patricia Dilley was born in 1943 in Nottinghamshire and is now president of the Institute of Legal Executives (Ilex).What was your first job?As an elf helping Father Christmas in the local department store on my first holidays from FE college.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£11 10s per week.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Something on the stage ...

  • US firm recruits

    18-Nov-1997

    US firm Brown & Wood has head-hunted Freshfield international securitisation expert Neil Campbell. Campbell, a senior lawyer at Freshfields, joins the US firm as a partner in its Hong Kong office. Previously with Citicorp Investment Bank and Clifford Chance, he is the second UK lawyer to join the Brown & Wood multinational partnership.