18 October 1999

The Lawyer

  • ...and plans German office

    18-Oct-1999

    Debevoise & Plimpton has revealed its plans to open a Frankfurt office in order to increase its European capacity.New York-based managing partner Rick Evans says: "A combination of client interest and looking at the deals which are being done and are likely to happen has persuaded us to look at setting up an office there."Frankfurt provides some interesting business ...

  • A&O targets sexual harassment at work

    18-Oct-1999

    The head of employment at Allen & Overy is joining forces with a group of barristers to start a mediation business handling sexual harassment cases.Mark Mansell is working with five employment law barristers - all trained mediators - to set up the new company, which is called Workplace Mediation Services. Allen & Overy will provide all the secretarial support during the pilot stage.

  • A&O woos Simmons partner

    18-Oct-1999

    Simmons & Simmons is losing leading telecoms partner Chris Watson to Allen & Overy.Watson has a close relationship with some of the biggest names in the industry, say sources. Clients include Telewest Communications, One2One, Deutsche Telekom/France Telecom, and Global Telesystems Inc.Simmons refuses to accept Watson is head of telecoms, despite the firm's entry in ...

  • Andersen Legal loses third Sydney lawyer

    18-Oct-1999

    Andersen Legal partner Costas Condoleon is quitting the firm's Sydney practice - the third lawyer to do so in as many weeks.The series of recent defections throws into doubt Andersen's attempt to become a major player in the Australian market.Along with managing partner Phil Kapp and Anne Hargrave, Condoleon will be joining Australian number five firm Minter Ellison.Hargrave says she is leaving because she believes Arthur Andersen is down-scaling ...

  • Ashursts listed on credits for Virgin deal

    18-Oct-1999

    Ashurst Morris Crisp is heading a deal to sell £235m worth of Virgin cinemas.Virgin Entertainment's move comes four years after the company spent £190m buying up a number of MGM cinemas in the UK.Nick Angel, head of the reconstruction and insolvency department at Ashursts, is believed to be advising on the deal.A spokesman at Virgin Entertainment says ...

  • Baker & Mckenzie values global arbitration work at £6bn

    18-Oct-1999

    Thomas Schrell joins from the Frankfurt office of Freshfields-Deringer, where he was a senior associate.Dr Erich Michel, head of the Frankfurt office, says: "We are delighted that Thomas has decided to join us."His background is highly relevant to the type of work we are focusing on at the moment - mainly corporate, banking and capital markets work."Schrell says he made the move because he has room to build his practice at

  • Baker & McKenzie values global arbitration work at £6bn

    18-Oct-1999

    International firm Baker & McKenzie claims it is handling arbitration cases around the world with a total value of more than $10bn (£6.25bn).It is the first time that the firm has calculated the sig- nificance of its arbitration work.The head of the international arbitration group says that the figures indicate the increasing importance of alternative dispute resolution ...

  • Berwin Leighton team quits

    18-Oct-1999

    Berwin Leighton's financial institutions team - including partner Michael Wilson - is defecting to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, the leading firm in professional negligence.Wilson is leaving after 22 years. He set up the team which handles insurance claims on behalf of financial institutions and banks.Lyn Hassett, who took over as head of the team from Wilson a year ago, is also going.A Berwin Leighton spokesman says: "It was not core business. [But] ...

  • British Energy

    18-Oct-1999

    Last month, British Energy breathed a sigh of relief when its five-month bid for Welsh utility Hydra's subsidiary Swalec, the south-west retail gas and electricity supplier, was cleared by the Department of Trade and Industry.

  • C&W shake-up to blame for losses

    18-Oct-1999

    Communications giant Cable & Wireless is losing another in-house lawyer shortly after the departure of its general counsel.Legal adviser Bruce Macmillan is moving to ONdigital where he will become a company solicitor.Elizabeth Wall, former C&W general counsel, joined data network company Equant last month. Her departure from C&W a few months ago is thought to have been linked to an overall shake-up at the company following the appointment of its new chief executive ...

  • Case for a national defence fund

    18-Oct-1999

    Recently the Law Society announced they would be starting their defence fund scheme in November. This was encouraging news, but it raises a question about the Law Society's role in serving and protecting the interests of its members.Clearly the leaders of the profession in Surrey and the South East believe there is a genuine demand for this kind of support service, providing guidance and representation on questions of ethics and conduct. So far, the majority ...

  • Case of the week

    18-Oct-1999

    The murder trial of GP Harold Shipman, currently being tried at Preston Crown Court, is horrifying the nation. Shipman is accused of murdering 15 women patients for pleasure. Warwick firm Moore & Tibbits partner Angela Woodruff, whose mother was allegedly a victim of Shipman, uncovered the case after noticing mistakes in her mother's will. Leading counsel for the Crown is Richard Henriques QC. Defence counsel is Nicola Davies QC.

  • CC poised to woo back British Energy

    18-Oct-1999

    Clifford Chance is hoping to muscle its way back onto British Energy's lucrative US law firm panel following its planned merger with Rogers & Wells next year.The firm, which already advises British Energy in Europe and has branch offices in the US, was overlooked during a beauty parade two years ago.Instead US firms Cravath Swaine & Moore and Morgan Lewis & Bockius ...

  • City firms call time at the bar?

    18-Oct-1999

    Last week The Lawyer reported that Hammond Suddards had become the latest firm to develop a specialist advocacy unit.This new nationwide project, set in motion by the poaching of a barrister from commercial set Chancery House chambers in Leeds, suggests the leading law firms are on an inexorable roll toward devouring the bar lock stock and barrel.However, the bar has reason to be confident of survival. Despite the latest signal of intent by Hammond Suddards, ...

  • Claims

    18-Oct-1999

    Mary Atkins, also known as Mary Fulton, is suing Martin St Clair, Dale Wiltcher, Michael Wheeler, and Simon Steel-Carr Robinson, partners in solicitors firm Stops & Burton, whose last known place of business was in Daventry, for damages for alleged breach of contract. Atkins is claiming £516,000 after allegedly lending the partners £484,000 in June 1993. Atkins says she was approached by her then solicitors MJ Harvey & Co ...

  • Clifford Chance fails to win judge bias claim

    18-Oct-1999

    Clifford Chance has failed in its bid to have an arbitrator removed from a high-profile telecoms case for alleged bias.Canadian lawyer Yves Fortier had ruled against telecoms giant and Clifford Chance client AT&T in a contractual dispute with the Saudi Cable Company (SCC).SCC, represented by Freshfields, was awarded damages and costs earlier this year after a four-year dispute.

  • Cripps takes CPS property legal tender

    18-Oct-1999

    Cripps Harries Hall has beaten seven firms to a Crown Prosecution Service tender.The south-east firm will now exclusively provide legal services to the CPS' property portfolio throughout England and Wales for the next three years, with an option for the CPS to extend until 31 August 2004.Head of commercial property Michael Stevens says "We are especially pleased ...

  • Curtis Davis recruit deserts to take Lawrence Graham post

    18-Oct-1999

    Former Herbert Smith partner Charles Baker has left specialist shipping practice Curtis Davis Garrard only eight months after joining.He returns to the City as an equity partner at Lawrence Graham's 15-strong shipping group today (18 October).Baker joined the niche firm after Herbert Smith disbanded its shipping practice at the end of last year.Lawrence ...

  • DAC wins appeal case for asbestos company

    18-Oct-1999

    DAVIES Arnold Cooper (DAC) is celebrating a Court of Appeal victory for English company Cape against 3,000 South African miners suffering from asbestos-related diseases.DAC senior partner David McIntosh - appointed to head the Law Society's human rights committee last month - is taking an active role in the case, in which Cape is accused of causing suffering and death to thousands of miners.Lord Justice Pill, Lord Justice Tuckey and Lord Justice Aldous rejected ...

  • Dealing out the right advice in banking

    18-Oct-1999

    Allen & Overy advised the co-ordinating bank and lead arranger, Banque Nationale de Paris, and facility agent and lead arranger Credit Agricole Indosuez on their new mandate to arrange a £4.3bn multi-currency revolving credit facility for French industrial gases group, Air Liquide SA. The credit facility will be used by Air Liquide to finance its portion of the joint bid with US company Chemicals ...

  • Debevoise consolidates London and Paris bases

    18-Oct-1999

    US firm Debevoise & Plimpton is integrating its European operations by bringing its London and Paris offices under the sole leadership of new managing partner Jim Kiernan.Kiernan, who has headed the Paris practice for 12 years, will be based in London when he takes over as head of the joint offices in December.He will be coordinating both the offices from London, ...

  • Developer to sue Dibbs over alleged conflict of interest

    18-Oct-1999

    Dibb Lupton Alsop is being sued for £600,000 over accusations it acted for both sides in a multi-million pound property finance deal.Developer Chapel and London Estates and four private guarantors are alleging in a high court claim that, in 1994, Dibbs' Birmingham office advised both sides of a funding deal and drew up a contract that favoured the funders.A Dibb spokeswoman says the firm is defending the claim vigorously and is trying to get it struck ...

  • Digests

    18-Oct-1999

    Freshfields' Paris office is advising DaimlerChrysler Aerospace in the German company's agreed merger with France's Aerospatiale-Matra, creating Europe's largest aircraft company. Paris firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is main adviser for Aerospatiale-Matra's largest share holder, Lagardere, with Clifford Chance advising on the UK aspects of the deal. Rogers & Wells ...

  • Doctor seeks injury damages

    18-Oct-1999

    A personal injury accident is heading for the High Court. A doctor who fell off a ladder as he climbed into his car on a garage ramp has launched a damages claim against the garage owners. Dr Andreas Angelides, 55, says he wanted to get documents from his car while it was being serviced at Master Car Services of London N19, and asked staff to get them out of the vehicle. However, he alleges that instead of getting them, the staff told him to climb a ladder to ...

  • Don't allow the working holiday

    18-Oct-1999

    There have been reports recently that City banks and financial institutions are illegally employing thousands of working holidaymakers from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. With the current shortage of solicitors in some disciplines, there are concerns that law firms may be doing the same thing.Working holidaymakers are Commonwealth citizens between the ages of 17 and 27 who have come to the UK for up to two years on the understanding that they intend to ...

  • DPP challenged over decapitation ruling

    18-Oct-1999

    The High Court has agreed to hear a challenge which calls into question a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) not to bring manslaughter charges against a firm after an employee was decapitated.The action has been launched by the family of a student, 24-year-old Simon Jones, who was killed as he worked for Dutch-owned Euromin at Shoreham docks in West Sussex on 24 April 1998. He died two hours after starting his job as an untrained casual worker ...

  • Edward Lewis prepares to dissolve partnership

    18-Oct-1999

    PARTNERS at London firm Edward Lewis are planning to dissolve the partnership, as senior staff scramble for positions elsewhere.The Lawyer understands the 29-partner Holborn firm, subject of several sex discrimination allegations, may now wind up, with senior partners considering 1 March next year as a date for dissolution. A source close to the firm says Edward Lewis will cease to exist in its current form. Asked whether the firm will exist after 1 March, he says: "Not ...

  • Financings

    18-Oct-1999

    MacFarlanes advised on setting up film finance house MM Media Capital Partners. It has been financed by a bank syndicate made up of National Westminster Bank

  • Financings

    18-Oct-1999

    Hammond Suddards advised the Royal Bank of Scotland on funding Amtrak's £31m purchase of Nightspeed Group. The bank led and arranged senior debt facilities co-underwritten by the Bank of Scotland. Patrick Mitchell

  • Firms queue for Tube privatisation contract

    18-Oct-1999

    A troop of firms are lining up in a race to secure the contract for the partial privatisation of London Underground.Six short-listed bidders are pitching for the billion-pound contracts to maintain and improve the Tube.The work is split into three contracts: the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines; the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines; and the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

  • Five lawyers quit B&M's China offices

    18-Oct-1999

    Baker & McKenzie is losing four salaried partners and an assistant from its Hong Kong and Beijing offices.It is understood that the five lawyers will now be joining US firm Perkins Coie, which has an association with Hong Kong firm So Keung Yip & Sin.The departure of partner Jon Eichelberger will leave just one partner in Baker & McKenzie's Beijing office, while ...

  • Flotations

    18-Oct-1999

    CMS Cameron McKenna represented Monotub Industries on its flotation on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM)

  • Flotations

    18-Oct-1999

    Herbert Smith represented Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) on its coordination and sponsorship of QXL.com's £263m international public offering (IPO). Martina Asmar and James Palmer (pictured)

  • Insurance claim for Lords

    18-Oct-1999

    A case which will probe the liability of the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) to meet certain types of claims is heading for the House of Lords. Leave has been given for an appeal by Brian White, who was injured after a car in which he was a passenger crashed. White wants to challenge a finding that he is not entitled to damages on the basis that although he did not know the driver was uninsured he should have known. The Court of Appeal has reversed that decision.

  • It's been a bad week for...

    18-Oct-1999

    Manchester firm Hamilton Ward & Co, which has been found liable to pay £6,176 compensation to former office junior Sarah Skinner, who lost her job after telling her employers she was pregnant. An employment tribunal in Manchester ruled the firm's action of issuing her with a letter complaining about her work and threatening to sack her amounted to constructive dismissal. The experience has not put Skinner off the legal profession and she now hopes to go to ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    18-Oct-1999

    Gay judges. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine is scrapping judicial selection rules requiring wannabe judges to declare their sexual orientation when applying for posts. Lord Irvine says he wants to ensure equal opportunities. But many lawyers think the only way to do that is to abandon the "secret soundings" system of appointing judges.Geoff Hoon, former parliamentary secretary to the Lord Chancellor's Department, who finally hit ...

  • Jilted brides finally find their match

    18-Oct-1999

    The legal world awoke last Tuesday to news of the merger of Wilde Sapte and Denton Hall. It was surprised, but perhaps not shocked. As Laurence Harris, assistant chief executive of DJ Freeman, says: "This particular merger has been kept well secret, but the idea of a merger of these firms seems somehow predictable."Wilde Sapte and Denton Hall have a history of failed marriages. Some would say they have been dumped at the altar a few times, and both were looking for a long-term ...

  • Law Society buys off Dalton to rescue SIF

    18-Oct-1999

    Michael Dalton, the sole practitioner backed by 11 City law firms, has been granted a waiver on his £175,000 Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) bill, ending a three-year battle with the Law Society.In exchange for his waiver, Dalton has discontinued his judicial review application, challenging the validity of SIF as contrary to European law.The City firms, members of the anti-SIF November Group, provided Dalton with a legal team to fight the case.

  • Law Society council says yes to MDPs

    18-Oct-1999

    Multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) have been given the green light by the Law Society - but it could be years before they are introduced.A Law Society spokesman says: "There's a lot of complicated issues that need to be worked through. It's not a simple little thing that will be done and dusted in a couple of months."He says legislation would be required before MDPs can be introduced and since "legislative opportunities are in the gift of the Government, ...

  • LawSoc council members to get thousands in fees

    18-Oct-1999

    Law Society council members are to award their firms lump sums of several thousand pounds for the inconvenience of attending meetings.Council members voted for the measure last week, arguing the awards were "compensation not remuneration" and would attract a younger and more diverse membership.Members claim solicitors will be able to justify time away from work if their firms are compensated. While the figure for council members is yet to be decided, suggestions ...

  • LawSoc votes for MDPs after 10-year wait

    18-Oct-1999

    After three consultation processes spanning more than a decade, the Law Society council has finally opened the door to multidisciplinary practices (MDPs).An overwhelming council majority has voted to work towards "allowing solicitors... to provide any legal service through any medium to anyone".This would include lawyers from partnerships within other professions. Financial advisers and accountants are obvious targets but as the society's MDP paper stresses, ...

  • Legal profession is a business too

    18-Oct-1999

    I have just returned from the International Bar Association (IBA) conference on Business Law where I attended the showcase programme, The Future of the Legal Profession.The discussions which set the session alight were on multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) and the effect of IT on the practice of law.I have to admit that MDPs were, until that meeting, not something that featured very strongly on my radar screen.It came as a surprise therefore to ...

  • Legal Widow

    18-Oct-1999

    October 3rd, Letter to Jack Pratchard from Bradford J Weisenmeiker III, senior attorney at San Francisco firm Weisenmeiker Kordonsky Bachman Turner Overdrive Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (allied to San Diego firm Julian Dick Anne George and Timmy the Dog). Yo Jack,

  • Litigator's View

    18-Oct-1999

    The huge public interest in the outcome of Watson v British Boxing Board of Control is not surprising. After all, more than 12 million people in the UK alone watched the events which led to the case unfold on live television.Shortly after the referee stopped the fight between Chris Eubank and Michael Watson in the 12th round, Watson collapsed. He had suffered a subdural haemorrhage, probably as a result of being knocked down and hitting the ropes at the end ...

  • Lord Chancellor's Department gives top government post to non-lawyer

    18-Oct-1999

    Jane Kennedy MP's appointment last week to become joint number two to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has caused some bemusement, in both legal circles and in her constituency.Kennedy, who is MP for the central Liverpool constituency of Wavertree, has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary.She believes that her lack of legal training is actually an asset in taking on the job."I am coming in with a consumer's eye on things. I have done a ...

  • Making the pieces fit at Pinsent Curtis?

    18-Oct-1999

    Pinsent Curtis started 1999 on a high note. In May, head of banking Rhodri Davies joined from regional rival Eversheds. Two months later the firm lured employment lawyer Ashley Norman from Irwin Mitchell.Not much later, the firm poached Joanna Lawson-King from Birmingham practice Martineau Johnson, the first partner to leave the firm in its 20-year history.But in the last four ...

  • Marriage of convenience

    18-Oct-1999

    How ironic that on the western side of Chancery Lane last week the Law Society finally gave approval for multi-disciplinary partnerships and on the eastern side Denton Hall revealed its plans to merge with Wilde Sapte.Both decisions are great indicators of the state of the profession as we approach the end of the century. The first because it paves the way for the growth of a more modern, effective legal profession able to compete more effectively in the business world. ...

  • Media

    18-Oct-1999

    Denton Hall advised ITV on its television agreement with Formula One Administration (FOA) to cover the Formula One World Championships from 2002 to 2005. The agreement gives ITV exclusive UK rights to show the racing, except for on pay-per-view channels. Partner Mark Gay and fee earner Nick Fitzpatrick, both in the sports and leisure department at Denton Hall, acted for ITV. FOA was advised by in-house counsel Sacha Woodward Hill.

  • Mills & Reeve plans to merge with Martineaus

    18-Oct-1999

    Mills & Reeve, East Anglia's biggest law firm, is planning to merge with Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson.Mills & Reeve managing partner Duncan Ogilvy confirms that the two firms are talking to each other."Martineau Johnson is one of the premier business law firms in the region, so they are logical people for us to talk to," says Ogilvy."Our Birmingham ...

  • Muslim cleric allowed to stay in UK

    18-Oct-1999

    A ground-breaking ruling by the new Special Immigration Appeals Commission could have major implications for around two million Muslims living in the UK.The commission's role is to handle appeals against expulsions ordered on grounds of national security.In its decision in the case of Shafiqur Rehman v The Secretary of State for the Home Department, the commission, headed by Mr Justice Potts, overruled a decision by Home Secretary Jack Straw. ...

  • Nottingham merger aims to hit top five

    18-Oct-1999

    Two Nottingham-based law firms are merging to form one of the largest practices in the east Midlands.The marriage of Berryman & Co and Shacklocks, which are of equal size, will create a 19-partner firm and will be called Berryman Shacklock.The merged firm hopes to challenge Nottingham's bigger players, including Browne Jacobson,

  • Perrin's View

    18-Oct-1999

    Earlier last week a merger took place between two high-profile heavyweights. The fact that it was on TV and featured two 40-tonne reptiles must, of course, rule out the Denton Wilde Sapte nuptials, but it was memorable all the same.In fact, the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs is proving fascinating viewing. So far we've had the herbivores (big, dumb, slow-moving) and the carnivores (big, dumb, fast-moving). We learned that the ...

  • Personal Injury Awards

    18-Oct-1999

    Gregory Goussard v Post Office (1999) QBD (Butterfield J) 6 October 1999Claimant: Male, 13 years old at date of accident; 21 years old at date of settlement.Incident: The claimant was injured in May 1992 while on a visit to the UK from his home in France. He disembarked from a bus and ran out from behind it attempting to cross the road. A Post Office van, which was travelling on the road, was unable to stop in time and struck the claimant. Liability ...

  • Pinsents elects new chief

    18-Oct-1999

    Pinsent Curtis has elected Birmingham head of tax David Ryan to the new post of national managing partner.Ryan joined Pinsent & Co in 1990 from City practice Freshfields. He was made head of tax in 1997 two years after the firm's merger with Simpson Curtis.The 134-partner practice is still deciding who will replace Ryan. His opponent in the election was Carl Garvie, the head of litigation in the Birmingham office.A spokesman says: "It is absolutely ...

  • Quote of the week

    18-Oct-1999

    "My constituency have been delighted to see their own MP promoted. But there is also a sort of non-plussed attitude when I tell them what the job is. They all say 'That's interesting' and move on. I have been explaining that I will have responsibility for access to the courts and so on, which is important to them."- Jane Kennedy MP, the new Parliamentary Secretary to the LCD and representative for central Liverpool constituency Wavertree, ...

  • Richard James

    18-Oct-1999

    Richard James id finally leaving the law and he says it’s for good. Ryan Dunleavy talks to the outspoken Hammond Suddards partner about his new career

  • Scuffle of the week

    18-Oct-1999

    A Law Lord v Lord Irvine and bar stalwarts. Lord Steyn is calling on the Lord Chancellor to reform the judicial selection process by setting up a judicial appointments commission. Lord Steyn says judges occupy a more political role since they must interpret the Human Rights Act as of next October and therefore their appointment must be more open and accountable. His support for reform adds to the mounting pressure on Lord Irvine to abandon the "secret soundings" system of ...

  • Senior clerk quits 3 Verulam Buildings

    18-Oct-1999

    Premier insolvency set 3-4 South Square is poaching senior clerk Paul Cooklin from rival commercial chambers 3 Verulam Buildings.His departure will be a major blow to the set, which is currently knocking on the door of the magic circle of commercial chambers.Cooklin is one of the few "traditional" senior clerks who is rated as a leading player in the commercial field.He was employed as joint senior clerk with Roger Merry-Price but was primarily responsible ...

  • Sitting pretty in the City

    18-Oct-1999

    Banking lawyers are dreaming of a quiet Christmas - just like the ones they used to know before the market went mad. "The first six months of this year were pretty ridiculous," declares a partner with a leading City firm. "There is one hell of a lot of deals being done all around the world," says another.How quickly times have changed. A little more than a year ago, pessimism held sway and deals were not getting done. With the Russian economy seemingly close to collapse ...

  • Slater Heelis set to merge with Colliers

    18-Oct-1999

    Manchester-based firm Slater Heelis Sale is merging with Collier Littler - just a year after the firm was decimated following a three-way split by the original partners.Slater Heelis Sale was originally part of Slater Heelis, which broke up in 1998 when its senior partner Egan Brooks and six other partners joined Addleshaw Booth & Co.Cobbetts took on nine partners while the remaining staff decided to go it alone with just three partners. This increased to six ...

  • Stalker barrister awaits sentencing

    18-Oct-1999

    Barrister Justin Webster is facing a five-year jail sentence and the end of his legal career after pleading guilty to stalking a former girlfriend, barrister Bosmath Sheffi of 9 King's Bench Walk.Webster, who worked regularly as a crown prosecutor and is a tenant of London set Somersett Chambers, has been convicted for repeatedly breaching a restraining order imposed in January.Webster, 37, of west London, has already spent a month in custody on remand after ...

  • The best of the batch in the business of banking

    18-Oct-1999

    Allen & Overy"In investment banking, the two names are Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance," says one senior lawyer, but it is widely regarded that Allen & Overy just beats Clifford Chance to the title of leading banking practice. Worldwide, Allen & Overy has 60 banking partners and 250 fee-earners, 30 per cent of whom work from the UK. Key clients include Goldman Sachs and NatWest. The firm's leading banking lawyers include Philip Wood, who heads up the international ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Ian Rosenblatt

    18-Oct-1999

    Ian Rosenblatt was born in Liverpool in 1959. He is senior partner at Rosenblatt.What subject(s) did you fail at school?Maths.What was your first job?Working in my uncle's carpet warehouse.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£9,500 pa.What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?

  • This week

    18-Oct-1999

    The annual Manchester-based IT exhibition, Solex (North), sponsored by The Lawyer, is taking place at the GMEX Centre on 20-21 October. The not-to-be-missed event features top exhibitors from around the UK and the US and will showcase the latest office and legal technology from IT suppliers Solicitec, Laserform Law, Epoch Software, Axxia Systems, AIM, and Avenue, among many others.

  • Top QC quits 4 Paper Buildings

    18-Oct-1999

    One of the top professional negligence and IT silks is defecting to a rival set.Nicholas Davidson QC, a tenant at 4 Paper Buildings, will join 2 Crown Office Row when the set moves to Four New Square.Both sets are leaders for professional negligence work.But the addition of Davidson will mean John Powell QC's set, to be re-named Four New Square, will have the edge over its rivals, with six leading silks in the field.Commentators believe ...

  • US law firm accused of hacking

    18-Oct-1999

    US firm Steptoe & Johnson is being sued for alleged computer hacking.The Washington-based practice is being accused by Moore Publishing, an online information company, of breaking into one it's websites.One of Moore's businesses is cyber-squatting: it buys the rights to domain names planning to sell those rights on at a profit.It owns the rights to variations of the names of several law firms, including SteptoeJohnson.com.Moore's ...

  • White & Case hires partner in Frankfurt

    18-Oct-1999

    US firm White & Case has hired its first partner in Frankfurt since the firm reopened its office in the city in June.Thomas Schrell joins from the Frankfurt office of Freshfields-Deringer, where he was a senior associate.Dr Erich Michel, head of the Frankfurt office, says: "We are delighted that Thomas has decided to join us."His background is highly relevant ...

  • White & Case to target European ADR market

    18-Oct-1999

    US firm White & Case has transferred the head of its global litigation practice to its Paris office to expand its European, Middle East and African disputes practice.Rayner Hamilton has moved to the French capital from the firm's New York office to oversee the growth of the disputes practice, which takes in litigation, arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

  • Will the Govt beach offshore havens?

    18-Oct-1999

    The Government has introduced measures to crack down on "designer" tax systems which it claims help companies evade a reported £1bn a year in UK taxes.Under the new rules, businesses have to pay an amount of controlled foreign company (CFC) tax equal to the amount which would have been avoided by using tax havens such as Jersey, Guernsey the Isle of Man and Gibraltar.In the past, CFC rules only regarded a company as using a tax haven if it was paying a ...