19 July 1999

The Lawyer

  • 'We are partners: we have our say'

    19-Jul-1999

    In the first interview since his firm merged with Clifford Chance, Larry Cranch, Rogers & Wells managing partner, tells Sean Farrell that this is no takeover.No one has dared say it out loud, but reaction in the UK to Clifford Chance and Rogers & Wells' vote in favour of merger has treated the deal as Clifford Chance acquiring a US arm. But Larry Cranch, Rogers & Wells' ...

  • ... as Clifford Chance becomes LLP

    19-Jul-1999

    Clifford Chance will become a New York limited liability partnership (LLP) when it merges with Rogers & Wells.Rogers & Wells is a New York LLP, and managing partner Larry Cranch says keeping the US firm's protected status was a condition for the merger.LLPs protect partners' personal assets from negligence claims against the firm.They are allowed in ...

  • ...and readies for Deringer merger

    19-Jul-1999

    FRESHFIELDS is preparing to merge with German firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund before 1 May next year.Few major obstacles stand in the way as the terms of the merger were signed at the time the alliance was set up last May and they already share offices on the Continent.The move will lead to a change of name for their operations in Germany, Brussels and Moscow to Freshfields Deringer. Alan Peck, chief executive of Freshfields, says that although Deringers ...

  • Berrymans upbeat after Dubai office loses head

    19-Jul-1999

    Berrymans Lace Mawer is losing the head of its Dubai office to Denton Hall sparking a major reorganisation of its Middle Eastern practice.Nigel Truscott, partner in construction at Berrymans, is leaving the Dubai office this month and will be followed by his colleague, commercial solicitor Rita Semaani.The appointments are among the first to Denton Hall's Dubai ...

  • Brewers battle over beer tie

    19-Jul-1999

    Brewer Ushers of Trowbridge is taking rival the Glamorgan Beer Co to court for allegedly supplying drinks to its pubs. Ushers will seek a court order banning Glamorgan from unlawfully interfering with contracts made with the tenants of its pubs. The company, represented by Milton Keynes-based Kimbell & Co, which recently filed the High Court claim in London, also seeks damages. It alleges in its claim that Glamorgan has supplied beer, cider and other drinks to two ...

  • Calling banking secrecy to account

    19-Jul-1999

    Monty Raphael, senior partner, Peters & PetersDavid Kirk, managing partner, Muirhead & BurtonGwen Griffiths, head of banking, Hammond SuddardsLast week, the assistant New York district attorney called for an end to banking secrecy laws which prohibit the exploration of confidential information on individuals and companies.

  • Camerons to close California office after electricity deal

    19-Jul-1999

    Cameron McKenna is closing its San Francisco practice after just eight months.Robert Derry-Evans, managing partner at Cameron McKenna, is upbeat over the closure, saying the office had been set up to deal with the restructuring of the Californian electricity industry.However speaking to The Lawyer in November last year when the office was fully established, Derry-Evans said the number of instructions the office had received justified a permanent office.

  • Case of the week

    19-Jul-1999

    The wrangle between British Airways and Virgin Atlantic hit new heights last week when BA was fined u4.4m for offering cash incentives to travel agents who sold its flights. The European Commission ruling followed a complaint by Virgin, but BA claimed its system of rewarding travel agents was used by most major airlines. The EC rejected BA's claims it had been singled out for attention, pointing out it was the only airline against which a complaint had been made. Accepting ...

  • CC partners face extra year for rise

    19-Jul-1999

    Partners at Clifford Chance may have to wait longer to be promoted to the top level of partnership within the new merged firm.It is believed that under the new regime it will take an extra year for partners to reach "plateau" level. At present a newly promoted junior partner can expect to reach that stage in nine years, but in future it will take an extra year.Such a move ...

  • Centrica Plc

    19-Jul-1999

    Centrica, the largest gas supplier in the US, is not a company normally associated with rescuing broken-down vehicles.

  • City giants vie to build in Germany

    19-Jul-1999

    If London is the gateway to Europe, then Germany is its high street and the big international firms are eyeing up the property.Until recently, the legal worlds of Germany and the UK have remained comparatively separate in spite of growing internationalisation in business. Mutual suspicion and caution, however, are beginning to evaporate in the heat of global business and links are being forged.

  • City snobbery is behind the times

    19-Jul-1999

    I read with some surprise Leslie Perrin's patronising article advocating that regional firms with international aspirations cannot function without a City base.To advocate that regional firms are parochial in thought, word and deed seems arrogant and somewhat ill-informed. There are certainly numerous transactions of a size and complexity that will and should be handled by City-based firms with the proximity of other well-versed global professionals and advisers.

  • Client care for Bevan Ashford

    19-Jul-1999

    Bevan Ashford is introducing client care training for its partners, fee earners and support staff following a 10-month research project.The firm hired management consultant John Parker to interview 25 of its clients about their perceptions of Bevan Ashford's work.Parker also surveyed staff members and partners about their own perception of client care.The firm has since appointed former KPMG trainer Sue Brownlow as its first head of human resources ...

  • Clifford Chance eyes market to forge more overseas links

    19-Jul-1999

    Clifford Chance is already looking at more markets for future expansion, says its European managing partner.Peter Cornell says several countries are being considered for possible mergers or new offices. "We are still interested in Scandinavia," he says. "And we are looking at South America and South Africa."While Rogers & Wells, Clifford Chance's new American merger ...

  • Cottage industries toast farm ruling

    19-Jul-1999

    A recent Appeal Court ruling that wine making at a Shropshire vineyard is to be classed as an agricultural, not an industrial, process is set to have major implications in the farming world.Shropshire-based solicitor Niall Blackie has represented the vineyard owners during a protracted legal battle over their right to make and market wine from their grapes at Wroxeter Roman Vineyard, near Shrewsbury.The case of Millington v Secretary of State for ...

  • Countdown to a merger

    19-Jul-1999

    March Rogers & Wells and Clifford Chance management meet by chance at a US conference and informal discussions get under way7 December New York Observer breaks news of merger talks between Clifford Chance and Rogers & Wells. Clifford Chance also starts talks with Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques25 January Story that the two firms are in talks breaks in the UK. Clifford ...

  • Digest

    19-Jul-1999

    Pinsent Curtis is undergoing a radical management shake-up. It will cut its top executive team from five to three, appoint three non-executive partners to the board and national practice heads will be given greater control of budgets.Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong tax group has been listed as one of the top five legal advisers in nine out of 10 specialist sectors in the region according to the International Tax Review.Legal Monte Carlo ...

  • Doughty St snaps up negligence heavyweight

    19-Jul-1999

    Leading public law and civil liberties set Doughty Street Chambers has boosted its criminal and clinical negligence teams, with more additions expected soon.Heavyweight criminal practitioner David Hislop joins this week from Richard Ferguson QC's chambers at 1 Crown Office Row with senior clinical negligence expert Christopher Hough joining from 199 Strand in September.The set now has a total of 56 tenants, with a criminal team of 31 and a clinical negligence ...

  • Erica Shelton

    19-Jul-1999

    Sean Farrell meets Erica Shelton, the woman Sir Terence Conran referred to as 'bright and manipulative' after she won a £10.5m divorce settlement for his ex-wife.

  • Financings

    19-Jul-1999

    Michael Brader

  • Finers adds partner to employment

    19-Jul-1999

    Finers has recruited Pritchard Englefield employment partner Howard Goulden.Goulden's move has been announced as Anthony Barling, who is currently head of Finers' employment team, takes over from PeterJay as the head of the corporate and commercial department.Jay has stepped down after five years in the position so that he can concentrate on client development, both for the department and for the firm.Finers' employment ...

  • Flotation

    19-Jul-1999

    Lovell White Durrant advised JP Morgan Securities and Banque Nationale de Paris on their involvement in Laurent-Perrier obtaining a listing on the Second Marche of the Paris Stock Exchange. Paris-based capital market partners Philip Boys and Sharon Lewis advised both parties on the equity transaction which involved a private placement in the US and an IPO on the Second Marche of the Paris Stock Exchange.

  • Flotations & Financing

    19-Jul-1999

    Weil Gotshal & Manges acted as US counsel on the £173m initial public offering of The Future Network and advised Future on its acquisition of Imagine Media Inc. Akiko Mikumo, head of Weil Gotshal's US practice in London, led the team representing Future. SJ Berwin provided UK advice ...

  • Flotations & Financing

    19-Jul-1999

    SJ Berwin & Co, headed by property finance partner David Ryland, has advised Schroders on the securitisation of the Chiswick Park Property Unit Trust which is acquiring the Chiswick Park business development site. The site is being acquired from a subsidiary of shipping group Kvaerner for £50m.

  • Flotations & Financing

    19-Jul-1999

    Lovell White Durrant advised JP Morgan Securities and Banque Nationale de Paris on their involvement in Laurent-Perrier obtaining a listing on the Second Marche of the Paris Stock Exchange. Paris-based capital market partners Philip Boys and Sharon Lewis advised both parties on the equity transaction which involved a private placement in the US and an IPO on the Second Marche of the Paris Stock Exchange.

  • Flotations & Financing

    19-Jul-1999

    Michael Brader, corporate partner at Olswang, led a team acting for Inter-Europe.Com on its equity investment of £1.75m from Atlas Venture Fund and Botts Capital Nominees. An SJ Berwin & Co team, led by Martin Bowen, advised the investors.

  • Focusing minds on limited liability

    19-Jul-1999

    Clifford Chance has killed two birds with one stone. Not only has it created the first UK-US law firm, it has also achieved via the back door what it has wanted for years - limited liability partnership (LLP) status.LLPs protect partners' personal assets from negligence claims against the firm, and Clifford Chance should now be protected under in the US where the firm ...

  • Freshfields finds new home in former Gouldens site...

    19-Jul-1999

    Freshfields is setting up shop in the purpose-built offices of Gouldens.Desperately short of space in its two London offices, the firm has struck a hurried deal for Gouldens' 22 Tudor Street premises and will move in when the firm relocates to offices in November.The move will provide Freshfields with 37,500sq ft extra space; it has 220,000sq ft at 65 Fleet Street and 22,000 sq ft at 10 Bouverie Street.Freshfields property partner Chris Morris ...

  • Garretts loses top partner to Dibbs

    19-Jul-1999

    Garretts' Manchester office has suffered a blow with the departure of its head of corporate development to Dibb Lupton Alsop.Stephen Devlin, who set up the practice four years ago, is one of the City's top lawyers. He stepped down from the managing partner position last year."It is always disappointing to lose good people and Stephen is a good lawyer. We wish him well. I know that Stephen is proud of what Garretts have achieved in Manchester," says ...

  • Getting the best advice

    19-Jul-1999

    The families of the Hillsborough victims put their trust in what they took to be expert advice. They were sadly disappointed and now, they are planning to take legal action.In the near future, others may find virtual ambulance chasers offering legal or quasi-legal advice online. But it is not just grieving relatives who will be the targets of such marketing. The digital revolution will mean that companies too will find themselves subject to virtual pitches for ...

  • Hamburg court to ship work away from City

    19-Jul-1999

    The newly-established international maritime tribunal has settled its first case - amid claims UK shipping law firms are missing out on a potentially huge chunk of business.The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea was set up under a UN treaty in Hamburg after the German government pledged millions to invest in its development, including the building of a new courthouse.Back in 1996, when the tribunal was first mooted, lawyers accused the British government ...

  • Herbert Smith helps Electra clear its debts

    19-Jul-1999

    Herbert Smith has completed the u215m sale of PHS - owned by Electra Investment Trust - as part of Electra's fight to rid itself of u600m of debt.The sale of the washroom and tropical plant services division is the next step in Electra's five year plan to wind up the company.Head of corporate law at Herbert Smith Stephen Barnard led the team which advised the group of sellers. These included Electra Fleming Funds, a subsidiary of Electra Investment ...

  • Husband and wife team quit 'difficult' Simmons

    19-Jul-1999

    Simmons & Simmons is losing a husband and wife team in its commercial property department to Taylor Joynson Garrett.Mark Austin and Jane McKee, both partners in Simmons & Simmons' commercial property department, will join Taylors Joynson Garrett's 25-strong team in early September.Austin, who will take a step down to senior associate level when he joins Taylor Joynson, says: "I have been under pressure."As a salaried partner I have been ...

  • In brief: Baker & McKenzie

    19-Jul-1999

    Baker & McKenzie's Hong Kong tax group has been listed as one of the top five legal advisers in nine out of 10 specialist sectors in the region according to the International Tax Review.

  • In brief: Barker Gotelee

    19-Jul-1999

    Barker Gotelee an agricultural firm in Suffolk has appointed ex-National Farmers Union chief legal adviser Sally Stanyer as a consultant. Stanyer led the group action against the beef export ban.

  • In brief: Derek Larkin

    19-Jul-1999

    Derek Larkin has been elected president of the Institute of Legal Executives which represents more than 22,000 members. Larkin specialises in criminal law and runs the crown court department at Birmingham solicitors John Morgan.

  • In brief: Pinsent Curtis

    19-Jul-1999

    Pinsent Curtis is undergoing a radical management shake-up. It will cut its top executive team from five to three, appoint three non-executive partners to the board and national practice heads will be given greater control of budgets.

  • In brief: Rajeev Loomba

    19-Jul-1999

    Rajeev Loomba and Nicholas Goudie have been appointed as district judges on the North Eastern Circuit.

  • In brief: Robert Sayer

    19-Jul-1999

    Robert Sayer beat David Keating by 12,819 votes to 7,062 to become the new Law Society president in an election which saw only 21.7 per cent of the profession vote - the lowest turnout ever. Irwin Mitchell's senior partner, Michael Napier beat sole practitioner Trevor Murray, by 12,563 votes to 7,531 to become deputy vice-president. Kamlesh Bahl becomes vice-president.

  • In brief: Simmons & Simmons

    19-Jul-1999

    Simmons & Simmons has advised on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange's largest equity offering this year, worth HK$4.5m. The firm's team, led by Stephen Mok, worked on New World China Land's listing on the exchange by way of a new issue.

  • In brief: The Director of the Office

    19-Jul-1999

    The Director of the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors has given evidence at an industrial tribunal after being accused of overseeing a culture of racism while at the CPS. Peter Ross, formerly branch manager of the Bow Street offices of the CPS before joining the OSS three years ago, is accused of race and sex discrimination by senior crown prosecutor Maria Bamieh. An employment tribunal in South London heard him deny all allegations.

  • In brief: Wallace & Partners

    19-Jul-1999

    Wallace & Partners represented international currency trader Joe Lewis' Serex Enterprise in the £11.75m sale of its Hong Kong sourcing company Tamarind International to textiles business Stirling Group of Manchester, which supplies Marks & Spencer.

  • In-house counsel fight EC rule

    19-Jul-1999

    EUROPEAN in-house counsel are attacking the European Commission over a "discriminatory" policy which denies them client confidentiality and forces them to hire private practice lawyers to avoid discovery of documents.The American Corporate Counsel Association (ACCA) is campaigning against rules allowing the EC to demand in-house lawyers hand over written communications with clients.The EC is responsible for investigating anti-competition practices.President ...

  • International ruling lifts curse for Egypt investors

    19-Jul-1999

    Lawyers are predicting an influx of UK investment into Egypt after the country's government has been forced by an international body to recognise treaty rules on contracts for the first time.The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), affiliated to the World Bank, pushed a $60m claim by British hotel group Wena Hotels against the Egyptian government into an international arbitration.A bilateral investment treaty was cited ...

  • It's been a bad week for...

    19-Jul-1999

    Tony Blair, who was criticised by a High Court judge for misleading parents over the effects of scrapping assisted places in private schools. The Prime Minister, who has staged a prominent television and billboard advertising campaign to promote the teaching profession, failed to impress Mr Justice Kay in the High Court, who described conflicting government information on the issue as "a sorry state of affairs".Customs officers, ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    19-Jul-1999

    Women peace protesters, who won a High Court victory when a judge ruled their caravan could stay outside a US spy base near Harrogate so long as it was removed every night. The women were contesting an order by North Yorkshire County Council to remove the caravan, which was the last permanent peace camp in the country, but the judge ruled it came under the same highway regulations as a nearby mobile cafe.

  • Jonathan Armstrong on the pitfalls of copyright and tenders.

    19-Jul-1999

    Jonathan Armstrong is a solicitor with Keeble Hawson Moorhouse.There have been a number of cases recently highlighting the need for caution when using another's brand.In Pensher Security Doors Ltd v Sunderland City Council (1999) Pensher owned the copyright on drawings for security doors which it made and called the Pensher PS1000. Sunderland City Council circulated a tender which specified the doors as "type Pensher PS1000".It then ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 19/7/99

    19-Jul-1999

    Jeffrey Martin White v Gregory Mellusco (1999) QBD (Buckley J) 28 June 1999Claimant: Male, single, 22 years old at date of accident; 28 years old at date of settlement.Incident: The claimant was injured when he was knocked off his bicycle by a car being driven by the defendant. Liability admitted.Injuries: The claimant sustained a broken ankle fracture and a grave head injury. At the date of settlement the claimant was continuing to suffer ...

  • Litigation Writs 19/7/99

    19-Jul-1999

    Solicitor Gilbert Rowberry of 8 Ascot Towers, Windsor Road, Ascot, is suing fellow solicitor Stirling Halliday of Robin's Roost, Old Wokingham Road, Wokingham. He is seeking u116,000 allegedly owed by Halliday in respect of a loan made when most of Rowberry's practice at Sherwood House, 104 High Street, Crowthorne, carried out work under the name of Rowberry Morris and Co. A claim issued at the High Court says that on 1 November ...

  • Manchester House faces exodus crisis

    19-Jul-1999

    The future of Manchester House Chambers is in doubt following a mass exodus of tenants to rival sets.This follows a breakdown in merger negotiations with Queens Chambers earlier this year.Protracted talks between the two sets have led to the verge of merging but the last two months have seen 16 barristers depart for rival chambers.This leaves the set with only five remaining tenants.Three tenants, Arthur Stuttard, Brian Jones and Rachel ...

  • MDPs will face conflict of interest

    19-Jul-1999

    Austin Mitchell MP questions whether multidisciplinary partnerships offer a dividend for stakeholders in accountability or pose a threat to independent auditing. Austin Mitchell is the Labour MP for Great Grimsby.As long as the stock market boom continues, mergers will be all the rage. Everyone is looking for new niches to expand income and profits the easy way by swallowing other firms or finding new bedfellows.Even accountants and lawyers are ...

  • Morgan Cole banking head quits

    19-Jul-1999

    Osborne Clarke is poaching Morgan Cole's head of banking from its Reading office. The lateral hire comes just a week after The Lawyer revealed Morgan Cole is considering axing up to 15 partners in an attempt to increase profit margins.The departure of banking partner Hugh Jones is not thought to ...

  • NHS negligence work boosts Capsticks team

    19-Jul-1999

    A leading clinical negligence partner has left Le Brasseur J Tickle to join rival firm Capsticks.Mike de Graeve will be a senior lawyer in the expanding department, which earlier this month promoted four new partners from within the firm. The team has grown from eight to 13 partners in the last six months.De Graeve is the second senior lawyer to join the clinical negligence department ...

  • North East firm gets air alliance off the ground

    19-Jul-1999

    Newcastle and Darlington law firm Ward Hadaway is helping create a high-profile aerospace body out of 10 companies in an attempt to bring business to the region.The firm advised the 10 businesses on a memorandum of understanding that formed them into a corporate cluster called the Northern Defence Initiative Aerospace Group (NDI AG).The aim is for NDI AG to compete with large ...

  • Norton Rose and Ashursts save two on death row

    19-Jul-1999

    A team of lawyers from Norton Rose and Ashurst Morris Crisp have succeeded in quashing the murder convictions of two Trinidadian men.As a result, death sentences against both defendants have now been lifted.All parties acted on a pro bono basis throughout the two years the case has been running.

  • Nuns in the dock after school shuts down

    19-Jul-1999

    Roger Pearson reports on a group of parents seeking damages from the trustees of a school which closed without warning.High Court action has been launched in London against two French nuns who are blamed by a group of parents for the closure of a u3,000 a term Gloucestershire school.The 18 parents, represented by the Swindon-based Townsends, are all said to have had at least one child at St Clotilde's School who had started either ...

  • Partners on the move...

    19-Jul-1999

    Caroline Pearce joined the corporate finance department of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert on 5 July as corporate practice director. Pearce joins the firm from Pinsent Curtis where she was a corporate finance partner.Australian law firm Minter Ellison recently announced the appointment of 20 new partners. The Sydney office will receive nine of the new partners; four will go to Brisbane, three to Melbourne, two to Perth, and Canberra and Adelaide receive one each. The new ...

  • Paul Weiss plots to open in London

    19-Jul-1999

    US firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison is to open an office in London.The 350-lawyer firm has been looking at options for launching in the City since early this year, joining the throng of transatlantic firms.Paul Weiss's new managing partner Alfred Youngwood, who took up his post on 1 May, says: "We are actively looking at London and we hope within the near future to take some steps."The New York firm already has offices in Paris, where ...

  • PFI lawyers see good times ahead after Treasury announces u12bn injection

    19-Jul-1999

    Private Finance Initiative lawyers are predicting a boom in work after the Treasury announced plans to treble PFI spending to u12bn.Nick Maltby, a partner and PFI expert at Pinsent Curtis, says: "New investments will mean more money for advisers so fees are going to be substantially higher."Maltby says PFI lawyers were worried a Labour government would cut the amount spent on private enterprises in the public economy. But he says the Treasury's announcement ...

  • Pinsents attracts KPMG corporate finance specialist

    19-Jul-1999

    Pinsent Curtis has attracted a leading corporate tax specialist from big five accountancy practice KPMG.Lisa Parisi, who has worked with KPMG as a principal tax consultant for the past five years, is joining the firm's Birmingham office as a partner.She worked for Eversheds before joining KPMG and her experience includes corporate reorganisations for groups of companies and ...

  • Profession 'failing ethnic minorities'

    19-Jul-1999

    Law firms are failing to implement race relations policies so that the majority of ethnic minority legal trainees struggle to find work after they finish training.The claim comes in Let's Get It Right: Race and Justice 2000, a report by the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO), that shows only 14 per cent of minority trainees found "satisfactory employment" after training, compared to 70 per cent of whites.The report, the ...

  • Property

    19-Jul-1999

    Cameron McKenna has acted for four funds, represented by Argyll Property Asset Managers, in their sale of 620 public houses to Pubmaster. The sale for a consideration is in the region of £115m. Property partner Roger Martin led the Camerons team while Andrew Hill, senior staff solicitor in property at Theodore Goddard advised the sellers on issues of title. Partner Andrew Carnegie in property at C

  • Property

    19-Jul-1999

    Cameron McKenna has acted for four funds, represented by Argyll Property Asset Managers, in their sale of 620 public houses to Pubmaster. The sale for a consideration is in the region of £115m. Property partner Roger Martin led the Camerons team while Andrew Hill, senior staff solicitor in property at Theodore Goddard advised the sellers on issues of title. Partner Andrew Carnegie in property at C

  • Property

    19-Jul-1999

    SJ Berwin & Co, headed by property finance partner David Ryland, has advised Schroders on the securitisation of the Chiswick Park Property Unit Trust which is acquiring the Chiswick Park business development site. The site is being acquired from a subsidiary of shipping group Kvaerner for £50m

  • Quote of the week

    19-Jul-1999

    "How would we entertain the head of the American judiciary when he came over?"- One law lord's disgust at the "absurd" prospect of moving from the House of Lords to that "office block", Millbank Tower.

  • Re: "False Bills of Lading Sink Shipping Trio" (The Lawyer 5 July 1999) by Roger Pearson

    19-Jul-1999

    I was instructed by Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) for the appeal against the judgment of Mr Justice Cresswell in a case brought by Standard Chartered Bank. The sub-title of the article said Mr Pearson was reporting on an appeal against damages awarded in a shipping case centring on falsely dated bills of lading. The article, however, says little about the appeal and insofar as it mentions it, I am concerned it misses the point.PNSC was not ...

  • Riverside gift shop row

    19-Jul-1999

    London's former County Hall on the Thames is at the centre of a pending High Court action. Oceanic Village is taking the Millennium Wheel Co to court in a battle over operation of gift shops at Riverside Building. It is seeking an injunction restraining Millennium from operating a gift shop in the building along with damages. The company alleges that the Japanese owners of the site leased part of the property to Oceanic Village for a gift shop and part of the lease said the landlords ...

  • Rogue's Lawyer

    19-Jul-1999

    Following the return to the UK of the most notorious trader ever to play the stockmarket, criminal lawyer Stephen Pollard tells Dearbail Jordan what it's like being Nick Leeson's lawyer.

  • Schilling & Lom takes on ex-Virgin Interactive chief

    19-Jul-1999

    VIRGIN Interactive Entertainment's former head of legal and business affairs Pam Dalton is joining London firm Schilling & Lom and partners to set up an interactive media department.Schilling & Lom, which specialises in litigation and contracts for a celebrity clientele, hired Dalton as a full-time consultant with a view to becoming a partner.Dalton is one of only around 10 specialists in the interactive media field, which includes the rapidly expanding ...

  • Scuffle of the week

    19-Jul-1999

    Lord Irvine is embroiled in a human rights battle with the Law Society, which claims his legal aid legislation, the Access to Justice Bill, breaches the Government's flagship civil liberties' reforms, the Human Rights Act. To back its case, the society has secured the opinion of former Law Commissioner Jack Beatson QC, who says the Bill denies both legal aid and no win, no fee funding to people claiming against their landlord for property ...

  • SIF bows to pressure from City

    19-Jul-1999

    The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has finally yielded to pressure from City firms to allow bigger "deductibles" on their SIF contributions.The climbdown, announced at last week's Law Society council meeting, comes a year before the monopoly is to fold.Council members voted to let the 67 firms in the country that earn more than u1m gross fees find up to the first u1m of cover themselves, instead of buying it through SIF as presently demanded.Current ...

  • SIF sets up u5m contingency fund for Hillsborough victims

    19-Jul-1999

    The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has set aside a u5m contingency fund in anticipation of hundreds of actions against law firms who represented spectators of the Hillsborough disaster.According to the Manchester lawyer involved in bringing cases on behalf of 150 victims of the 1989 disaster in which 96 people died, this could be the biggest ever non-class action brought against law firms over one event.Peter Hales, a partner at 10-partner firm,

  • Square Mile

    19-Jul-1999

    It was recently reported the American Bar Association (ABA) had decided to relax the rules allowing multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs). However, it also appeared that the executive summary was that other professions that wanted to join would have to abide by ABA rules.It is arguable that in the US the lawyers are in the driving seat. But in the UK the professions are much more balanced.In the Law Society's paper on MDPs, the issue was raised ...

  • Stress at CPS leads to lawyer's suicide

    19-Jul-1999

    CROWN Prosecution Service staff are demanding answers from the Director of Public Prosecutions following the suicide of a senior lawyer who had complained of job stress.Jennifer Hudspeth, who was 44 and single, was a Branch Crown Prosecutor who ran the CPS office for south east London in Bexley. She was found by her mother Dorothy Hudspeth, a magistrate, hanging from a bannister at a block of flats where she lived in Hampstead.Staff sources say Ms Hudspeth had ...

  • The Firm

    19-Jul-1999

    Minutes of a meeting between Jack Pratchard, senior partner and Tom Henderson, managing partner of The Firm.Pratchard: It is simply intolerable that that big buffoon Sayer has been elected to lead the profession. Did you see that he called David Keating "a pillock" and said he was like "dog shit on his shoe". Disgraceful.Henderson: Yes, it was quite vulgar.Pratchard: Balls to that. It was pure plagiarism. ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Daniel Izza

    19-Jul-1999

    Daniel Izza was born in Bolton in 1967. He is a partner in the insolvency unit at Manchester firm Pannone & Partners.What subjects did you fail at school?None.What was your first job?Disc Jockey on a radio station in Sardinia (Radio Sigma).What was you first ever salary as a lawyer?u17,500 as a trainee solicitor in London.What would you have done if ...

  • The professions should join forces

    19-Jul-1999

    It was recently reported the American Bar Association (ABA) had decided to relax the rules allowing multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs). However, it also appeared that the executive summary was that other professions that wanted to join would have to abide by ABA rules.It is arguable that in the US the lawyers are in the driving seat. But in the UK the professions are much more balanced.In the Law Society's paper on MDPs, the issue was raised as to whether ...

  • This week

    19-Jul-1999

    The Legal Practice Managers Association will elect a new chairperson to replace Christine Kings, practice manager of Geoffrey Robertson QC's Doughty Street Chambers at its AGM on 22 July when King comes to the end of her reign.

  • Tony Williams steps down...

    19-Jul-1999

    Clifford Chance managing partner Tony Williams is stepping down from his high-profile role following the firm's decision to merge with Rogers & Wells.He is only two years into his five-year term but denies rumours circulated by rival firms that he has been sidelined in the new expansion."I have had a couple of very good years in the job and looking back at my manifesto, ...

  • Turning up the heat on the energy market

    19-Jul-1999

    As confidence returns to the energy and utilities sector, Claire Smith weighs up the pros and cons of going in-house or private practice.When Herbert Smith opened an office in Moscow last month to focus on energy and natural resources, it signalled a new optimism in a sector which had been rocked by economic crises in Asia and the Confederation of Independent States."Internationally there is a lot more confidence than there was a year ago," says Michael ...

  • US giant Latham & Watkins plots merger with City firm

    19-Jul-1999

    The fourth largest US law firm, Latham & Watkins, is looking to merge with a London firm - and Linklaters is being mooted as a possible partner.City firm Linklaters has met with partners from the Los Angeles-based US giant, which visited London on a factfinding mission. Latham & Watkins has 1,000 ...

  • Where next for Pearson?

    19-Jul-1999

    Last week The Lawyer reported the departure of head of legal at Pearson, Paul Vickers.Behind the story of one in-house lawyer leaving a major multinational there lies a broader story of how the Americanisation of the media giant Pearson has led the company to rethink the structure of its legal advice.The line from Pearson is that Vickers left because the company now needs a "US-qualified general counsel with greater American experience" following its ambitious ...

  • Who says it's time to pull the plug on in-house practice?

    19-Jul-1999

    Their pay is less lucrative than their private practice counterparts and merger mania has sparked a period of market insecurity. So how come in-house lawyers in the energy sector are reluctant to go private? asks Claire Smith.When the European head of legal at Marathon Oil and Gas jumped ship last month to head Nabarro Nathanson's oil and gas practice, he was the latest of ...

  • Wragges signs up with council

    19-Jul-1999

    WRAGGE & Co has signed a partnership contract with Buckinghamshire County Council which will see the two teams working together.The three-year agreement gives the Buckinghamshire in-house team access to the resources of the law firm to work together on training, technology and system development.It is the first deal of its kind to be the result of competitive tendering. Similar agreements exist between