20 December 1999

The Lawyer

  • 2000

    20-Dec-1999

    The lucrative field of banking is attracting a host of names to watch. Mark Western and James Chesterman from Weil Gotshal & Manges' London operation are praised for gaining "the confidence of clients so quickly" after the office opened in 1995.Staying with the US firms, Anthony Ward at Shearman ...

  • A cure for the great millennium hangover

    20-Dec-1999

    As the country wakes up to the plink, plink, fizzzzz of the new millennium on 1 January, they'll be clearing away the empties from the Dome and polishing the displays ready for the great British public to flock in and see the zones dedicated to New Britain and its great commercial successes. Or at least some of them.In all the brouhaha about .com companies, which, on the whole, have not contributed a bean to the UK economy, the success ...

  • A Female Lawyer's Tale

    20-Dec-1999

    The age of pioneers was not so long ago. When she joined Lovell White & King in 1977 as a fee-earner, MacDonagh was one of just seven female lawyers at the firm. Each and every one of the partners was a man.MacDonagh says she did not feel intimidated by the situation, but admits that her career strategy at that stage was simply to take things one step at a time. "You joined and the first thing you wanted was a really meaningful career and good work and good clients. Nowadays, ...

  • A year of living dangerously

    20-Dec-1999

    In the year when City lawyers literally came under attack from anarchist groups and metaphorically from the media, The Lawyer examines the good, the bad and the ugly incidents that shaped the legal year.The goodCozen & O'Connor was the first US firm of the year to set up in London when it moved in with Radcliffs in February. Altheimer & Gray followed in April.In October, New York firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel announced its own plans. The year ...

  • Around the world in 365 days

    20-Dec-1999

    The year has seen a flurry of activity across worldwide markets as law fims set up new alliances in the bid to go global. The Lawyer reviews the hits and misses of 1999AustraliaThis year finally saw the end of talks that would have created the first UK-Australian law firm merger when, as revealed in The Lawyer, Clifford Chance pulled out of its on-off courtship ...

  • Bringing the law to justice

    20-Dec-1999

    It may be 72 years old but the case of William Knighton, who was hanged for the murder of his father, is one of the most recent cases to arrive at the Birmingham headquarters of the body charged with investigating miscarriages of justice. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has yet to decide whether to investigate the case, which literally arrived on a desk in the past two weeks.But the case is, along with the hanging of Danny Driscoll in 1927 in Cardiff, one of ...

  • Closing the deal

    20-Dec-1999

    1999 saw a flurry of high profile mergers and acquisitions, with lawyers having to fight hard to win their trophies. Dearbail Jordan looks back at a busy yearIt was a deal that should never have happened. In February 1999 the Italian-based Olivetti Group launched its audacious £36.5bn bid for Telecom Italia, a company seven times the size of its aggressor.Financial centres around Europe sent out cries of disbelief that a company like Olivetti ...

  • Lawyer of the Century

    20-Dec-1999

    Lord Denning

  • Let's get quizzical

    20-Dec-1999

    The millennium quiz offers you the chance to win a crate of champagne - as if you haven't had enough - and the respect of your colleagues, so get your thinking caps on and your entries in soon1. According to the Roman calendar the patron saint of lawyers is:a) St Ivesb) St Yvesc) St Ginolad) St Thomase) St Nicholas2. During the year 0, how many times did the moon orbit the ...

  • Millennium Challenge

    20-Dec-1999

    The City giantsA number of firms in the City talk a good game about globalisation. However, there is a lot more to being global than a list of fancy locations at the top of a letterhead. As Clifford Chance's Keith Clark sums up: "You have got to be heavyweight in the local operations and to make those heavyweight local operations integrate effectively globally."National ...

  • Movers and Shakers

    20-Dec-1999

    With a staggering amount of mergers and an increasingly competitive marketplace, 1999 proved to be a busy year for partners on the move. Abigail Townsend looks at the major changes that took placeThere was a time when partners left firms for one of two reasons - they were either kicked out or they died. The year 1999 has shown that those days are long gone.There has been a frenzy of activity in legal recruitment this year. David Temporal, principal ...

  • Quotes of the Year

    20-Dec-1999

    "It is part of an aggressive expansion plan"- Tom Jones, partner at Thompsons, defies the laws of mathematics when explaining that the departure of 11 of Thompsons' 55 equity partners will actually make the firm bigger - 15 March."I've got 50 partners up my butt trying to find out what's going on"- A regional marketing manager who contacted The Lawyer about our story revealing that Bupa was ...

  • Rozenberg

    20-Dec-1999

    Most columns look back at this point in a millennium. This one will look forward. Not a long way, mind you: only as far as the year 2000. But what a year it will be.First, the old favourites. Myra Hindley will be back in court, challenging the Home Secretary's decision that she should never be freed. It's more than a year since the moors murderer lost in the Court of Appeal: watch for a hearing before the Law Lords early in the new year.

  • The City Lawyer's Tale

    20-Dec-1999

    Mergers had happened before, mergers would happen again. But the coming together of Clifford Turner and Coward Chance was different. It was an event that would change the UK's legal landscape and would later be the catalyst to a redrawing of the European and global legal maps.In a quintessentially British, civilised way, it all happened over lunch. Indeed, if Coward Chance's Tom Johnson-Gilbert and Clifford Turner's Max Williams had known what was going to ...

  • The Clerks' Tale

    20-Dec-1999

    Today's solicitors will find it hard to believe, but, in years gone by, barristers were even more reluctant to spend money than they are now. 1 Temple Gardens "had not been decorated or cleaned for centuries", recalls Ralphs of the set he joined as a 14-year-old in 1955. The dust was occasionally redistributed by a woman called "the laundress", who was "a dreadful old lady who used to go around with the filthiest cloth you've ever seen. I was terrified of drinking tea". To ...

  • The Editor's Tale

    20-Dec-1999

    The story goes that in 1986 Slaughter and May received a phone call from The Lawyer. "Could I speak to Mr Slaughter?" asked a journalist, only to be told that Mr Slaughter was no longer around. Undeterred, the hack responded: "Could I speak to Mr May, then?"According to Greig, the tale was invented by none other than renowned raconteur Nick Gillies, who along with Greig and Richard ...

  • The Firm

    20-Dec-1999

    Extracts from An Official History of The Firm: Centuries of Excellence...1726: For a joke, Mr The and Mr Firm decide to form a partnership. Initially, The Firm has only two departments - property and witchcraft - but Sir Thomas Nathaniel Henderson, brought in to manage The Firm, is a powerful advocate of slavery and this area of the business quickly thrives. Henderson takes home £4, 3s, 2d a year and is branded "the fattest ...

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    20-Dec-1999

    Lord Denning may be the lawyer of the century, feted for his legal accomplishments and influence on the profession, but the last 1,000 years also saw other famous, infamous and anonymous lawyers who played their part in shaping the legal millennium.Mohandas "Mahatma" Ghandi (1869-1948)Ghandi started as lawyer but moved into politics, becoming the father of a new nation. He was born in 1869 in Poorbandar, married at 13, and was sent to London to study law at the ...

  • The Judge's Tale

    20-Dec-1999

    Back in 1948, when Kerr was called to the bar, pre-reading was something judges did as an extra. "In the old days, the presentation in court digested everything for the judge," says Kerr, who sat on the High Court Bench from 1972-81 and the Court of Appeal Bench from 1981-89. "Not only was he not expected to know anything about the case, it was almost considered wrong for him to do any more than read the pleadings the night before. Whereas now, there is an immense amount of pre-reading. ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Farewell to The Lawyer Inquiry

    20-Dec-1999

    Last week The Lawyer published the final Inquiry. Sean Farrell looks back at the highs, lows, and very lows of Tulkinghorn's favourite questionnaireIn November Tulkinghorn, the magazine's diarist, received an email from fellow curmudgeon Godfrey Mather of Twitchen Musters & Kelly in Southend."What a load of rubbish this week's Lawyer Inquiry is," wrote Mather. "Week after week we get the synopsis ...

  • The Legal Revolution

    20-Dec-1999

    The legal profession has become almost unrecognisable since the 1960s with the sexual and global revolution and the realisation that it pays to advertise. Dominic Egan takes a look back over the last thirty years and gets a first-hand view from those who were involved in the legal centuryDuring the last three decades, the legal world has undergone a revolution. Indeed, the last 30 years probably witnessed more change than the previous 300. However, one factor ...

  • The Regional Lawyer's Tale

    20-Dec-1999

    John Crabtree: senior partner, Wragge & CoFor a week's work in 1971, Crabtree received from Wragge & Co the princely sum of £8. He wasn't complaining, however, because he knew there were others who were worse off. Indeed, at other firms, there were still articled clerks who were paying their principals for the privilege of being a dog's ...

  • Under Pressure

    20-Dec-1999

    Once a bastion of convention and tradition, the bar has faced many challenges which have threatened its stability. Matheu Swallow looks back at a hectic and trying year