20 September 1999

The Lawyer

  • A&O's £50m Jersey venture falls through

    20-Sep-1999

    Allen & Overy's first deal for Ernst & Young's trust company has fallen through at the 11th hour.The accountant's Jersey-based trust arm, Ernst & Young Trust Company, had been in talks since June to secure a £50m buyout by German investment bank Dresdner.The German bank pulled out of talks at the last minute, blaming differences discovered between the ...

  • Aitken keeps his books after all

    20-Sep-1999

    As you may be aware this firm represents Jonathan Aitken. In the edition of The Lawyer dated 13 September 1999 you identified that it had been a good week for him as he had been granted Emergency Legal Aid in respect of his battle to stop the sale of his private letters.I am writing to let you know that the hearing concerning that matter took place on 9 and 10 September 1999 and also encompassed the issue of the sale of his book collection.On the morning of 9 ...

  • Ashursts to strengthen Italian links

    20-Sep-1999

    Ashurst Morris Crisp is attempting to set up a profit-sharing scheme with its Italian alliance partner to strengthen links between the two firms.Ian Nisse, managing partner at Ashurst Morris Crisp, has been in discussions with Negri-Clementi Montironi & Soci.“We want to participate in each others’ profits,” Nisse says.“Subject to regulations, we think we can do this ...

  • Bar Council fails to act against barrister stalker

    20-Sep-1999

    Lawyers and women's organisations are criticising the Bar Council for not disciplining a barrister who was convicted of stalking and who breached a restraining order.Justin Webster, formerly of Hardwicke Building, admitted in January he harassed Bosmath Sheffi of 9 King's Bench Walk.He was sentenced to a conditional discharge and a restraining order was issued against him. But he continued to harass Sheffi and was committed to hospital for a week under ...

  • Berrymans' Newcastle merger plan collapses

    20-Sep-1999

    Berrymans Lace Mawer's proposed merger with Linsley & Mortimer has been called off at the last minute.The merger was first announced in June (The Lawyer, 21 June) and Berrymans had completed due diligence on the three-partner firm and was believed to be reaching the final stages of negotiation.However, it is understood that it is the insurance specialist Linsley ...

  • Brothers row over house value

    20-Sep-1999

    A family battle over the value of a house in Lewes, East Sussex, is threatening to block sale of the property. Now the dispute is heading for the High Court. Brothers Graham and Christopher Chaplin want to sell their late mother's house for £230,000, but the other brother, John, argues that the property is worth £300,000. Potential buyers are threatening to pull out unless the dispute, in which John has threatened to take action ...

  • Camelot Group Plc

    20-Sep-1999

    Camelot Group is about to embark on yet another period of intense public scrutiny.

  • Cameron McKenna stalls equity changes

    20-Sep-1999

    Cameron McKenna has failed to pass changes to its equity partners status in a first vote.The changes, which will abolish the distinction between senior and junior equity partners and increase the bonus pool, were first revealed by The Lawyer (6 September).A first vote last week resulted in 70 per cent of the partnership agreeing with the proposal. However, under partnership rules a majority of 80 per cent is required.Cameron McKenna's managing ...

  • Case of the week

    20-Sep-1999

    Denise Fergus, mother of murdered toddler James Bulger, set a legal precedent when she appeared before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to challenge a ruling that Bulger's killers were denied a fair trial.John Dickinson and Dominic Lloyd, the lawyers for Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, complained in 1994 that the trail was unfair because it had been in an adult court and that the boys' sentence had been set by the Home Secretary ...

  • Debenhams legal chief joins food brand giant

    20-Sep-1999

    Debenhams is losing its head of legal to Associated British Foods. High street retail company Debenhams' general counsel and company secretary David Wilson is set to join food producer and processor Associated British Foods in December.Wilson will join the FTSE 100-listed company as its director of legal services and company secretary. He will report to its chief executive Garry Weston.Associated British Foods is taking Wilson to replace its company secretary ...

  • Deloitte & Touche starts Australian merger talks

    20-Sep-1999

    Accountancy giant Deloitte & Touche is in talks with four "first-tier" Australian law firms to merge or form an association.Sources from some of Australia's top firms tell The Lawyer that Freehill Hollingdale & Page - a 220-partner corporate firm with 700 lawyers nationwide - is the favoured target for a link-up with Deloitte & Touche - one of the world's big five accountancy firms.A senior Deloitte & Touche source in Australia, who asks not to be named, ...

  • Dibbs signs lord to EC lobby unit

    20-Sep-1999

    Dibb Lupton Alsop has landed a major coup for its Brussels practice by signing up Liberal Democrat Lord Tim Clement-Jones as head of its new government policy unit.The unit will act on behalf of Dibbs' clients in a fact-finding and lobbying capacity within the European Commission.Clement-Jones still has to receive clearance from the House of Lords to take up the position, which will not happen until Parliament opens in October.Clement-Jones is ...

  • Donns wins insurance contract

    20-Sep-1999

    Manchester personal injury firm Donns Solicitors has won a multi-million pound contract for one of the UK's leading insurance brokers.The work for Bennetts is worth £2.7m annually and involves dealing with over 13,000 insurance claims a year.National firm Shoosmiths had previously held the contract for the insurer's personal injury work, which accounts for a third ...

  • Dundas & Wilson senior partner quits

    20-Sep-1999

    The driving force behind Arthur Andersen's link-up with Dundas & Wilson, Brian Dorman, has left the Scottish law firm.His departure is prompting rivals to question whether three-year salaried contracts for partners, introduced after the Arthur Andersen link-up, will lead to an exodus of partners from the Scottish firm.Dorman, the former managing partner and founder ...

  • Eversheds unveils five-year plan for European campaign

    20-Sep-1999

    Eversheds is pumping funds into 15 "A-list" departments and curbing investment into the firm's other 20 legal disciplines.The firm has drawn up a number of "priority" areas which will receive increased funding as Eversheds progresses with its plans to expand into Europe, specifically Italy and Germany (The Lawyer, 24 May).However, the firm refuses to detail how much increased ...

  • Eversheds' former head of tax goes back to chambers

    20-Sep-1999

    Eversheds' former head of tax has returned to the bar, five months after leaving the firm in a storm of acrimony.Reg Nock, a qualified barrister specialising in stamp duty, has joined revenue law set 24 Old Buildings after resigning from Eversheds just eight months after joining the firm.At the time of his departure, Nock branded his decision to join the firm as "a mistake", ...

  • Fee incomes and profits slowdown sends warning signal to law firms

    20-Sep-1999

    Despite firms recording bumper fee incomes, a report reveals worrying trends. Ryan Dunleavy reports.Ineffectual managment and clients demanding lower fees and better service are beginning to affect law firm profitability, according to a survey published by The Lawyer and PricewaterhouseCoopers.The underlying trend for law firms' profits and fee income shows that increases have slowed considerably over the last 12 months.Though The Lawyer 100 ...

  • Field Fisher seeks to expand hi-tech practice

    20-Sep-1999

    Field Fisher Waterhouse is looking for 10 senior corporate lawyers to bolster its service for high-technology clients.The 60-partner firm aims to have an extra 10 staff focusing on the corporate needs of technology companies by the middle of next year.Practice development partner Mark Abell confirms the recruitment drive. He says: "We are looking for two or three ...

  • Flotation

    20-Sep-1999

    Simmons & Simmons represented Barclays Global Investors as manager and The Royal Exchange Trust Company as trustee on the launch of ChariTrak

  • Flotation

    20-Sep-1999

    Gouldens acted for Linden on its £20.1m fund raising. Funds were raised through placing shares on the stock market

  • Freshfields prompts Euro court change

    20-Sep-1999

    A case brought by Freshfields challenging a European Commission ruling is prompting procedural changes to how the European courts handle commercial cases.The firm's client, RJB Mining, challenged the way the Commission awards mining subsidies.Since the case was heard in the Court of the First Instance of the European Communities in Luxembourg, a white paper has been drawn up to look at ways of speeding up cases which have fundamental importance to the European ...

  • Guernsey and Jersey firms to form first inter-island alliance

    20-Sep-1999

    A Jersey and Guernsey firm have formed the first alliance between Channel Islands firms.Jersey firm Olsen Backhurst Dorey and Guernsey practice Ferbrache Morgan have come as close to merging as possible within the rules of the offshore centres' law societies and bar associations.Ferbrache Morgan will now be known as Olsen Ferbrache Morgan and will expand into bigger premises.The move has been instigated by the establishment of the Channel Islands ...

  • Hammond Suddards poaches Eversheds full equity partner

    20-Sep-1999

    Hammond Suddards has poached Eversheds equity partner Simon Palmer - bringing its number of construction partners to 11.Palmer has been with Eversheds for 15 years and is a full equity partner.He is still negotiating when he will be allowed to leave Eversheds.But Hammonds is confident Palmer will be with the firm by the new year.Mark Hilton, head of Hammonds' ...

  • Hammonds loses media chief to Howard Kennedy

    20-Sep-1999

    Hammond Suddards is losing the founder and head of its media department to Howard Kennedy.Partner Brian Eagles is moving next month to establish a media department at his new firm. He will head it up with Mark Westaway who currently runs his own one-man media practice.Two Howard Kennedy partners will change departments to help run the unit. They are asset finance and media projects partner Keith Lassman, and IP/IT partner John Fleming. Eagles says he will hire ...

  • Hays DX recognises post monitoring system

    20-Sep-1999

    Legal mail delivery service Hays DX is to recognise a new monitoring process after allegations of overcharging were exposed in The Lawyer.A number of law firms claimed earlier this year (The Lawyer, 11 January) that the company was charging too much because its system for calculating fees was based on inaccurate estimates.The new device from franking machine company Frankotyp Postalia will accurately record all DX usage and provide a printout showing how many ...

  • Herbert Smith enjoys a second Highland fling

    20-Sep-1999

    Herbert Smith has just completed its second major deal for Highland Distillers in under a month.The firm advised the Famous Grouse whisky distiller on last week's recommended £601.4m take-over by the 1887 Company.1887 Company is an enterprise set up by the Edrington Group and William Grant & Sons. Maclay Murray & Spens and

  • Hold the champagne

    20-Sep-1999

    Just a few weeks ago the profession was patting itself on the back as The Lawyer 100 survey revealed fee income had broken through the £5bn barrier. As the mainstream media ran with the story, firms congratulated themselves on an exceptional year and the promise of better still to come.But this week we reveal a worrying trend behind those figures. Profits and fee income are indeed at an all-time high but the rise has been less than in previous years and firms ...

  • In brief: Barnett Alexander Chart

    20-Sep-1999

    Barnett Alexander Chart has three new partners. Corporate and commercial partner Peter Bohm was a partner at Berrymans Lace Mawer. Commercial property partner Laurence Begner joins from Jay Benning & Peltz. Senior assistant Michael Scott has been made a partner in the PFI and projects department.

  • In brief: Bradford & Bingley

    20-Sep-1999

    Bradford & Bingley has sent out tender forms to the remaining 15 firms on its legal panel inviting them to tender for the work by 4 October. The former building society, which became a bank in April, has already dropped 50 per cent of the 30 firms that do its "bulk work".

  • In brief: Browne Jacobson

    20-Sep-1999

    Browne Jacobson has recruited Olivier Morel, head of Eversheds' London French group, to its London office. Morel is an avocat a la cour.

  • In brief: Cameron McKenna

    20-Sep-1999

    Cameron McKenna's head of project finance in Asia, David Renton, is to join Herbert Smith's Hong Kong office. Electricity specialist Renton has been in the Cameron McKenna Hong Kong office for six years.

  • In brief: James Chapman & Co

    20-Sep-1999

    James Chapman & Co in Manchester has appointed an in-house lawyer from Fifa's marketing agency ISL in Switzerland. Jason Smith spent time at Denton Hall and Cobbetts before joining ISL a year ago. He will work with senior partner Maurice Watkins advising Manchester United as well as doing other commercial work.

  • In brief: Lovell White Durrant

    20-Sep-1999

    Lovell White Durrant is setting up a retail financial services team to service its consumer banking and fund management clients. The group, which will begin operating from the beginning of next month, will be headed by financial services partners Richard Stone, Rachel Kent and Emily Reid.

  • In brief: Paris Smith & Randall

    20-Sep-1999

    Paris Smith & Randall has taken on three property lawyers. Dominic Beeton and Rachel Saint have come from Blake Lapthorn while David Thompson has joined from Hammond Suddards. Beeton has been made an associate at the Southampton firm.

  • In brief: Pinsent Curtis

    20-Sep-1999

    Pinsent Curtis' former head of private equity at the Birmingham office Nick Cockcroft has left the firm after a brief spell in its London office. It is believed that Cockcroft does not have a replacement position to date and Pinsents says that he has left the firm because he was having problems commuting from his Bristol home.

  • Irwin Mitchell hires top Halliwell Landau partner

    20-Sep-1999

    Irwin Mitchell has poached the head of pensions at Manchester firm Halliwell Landau to lead its national pensions practice in Leeds.Anne Taylor is recognised as one of the leading pensions lawyers in the North West. She will head the pensions group in the company and commercial department of Irwin Mitchell when the firm moves from Sheffield in November."I am very excited ...

  • It's been a bad week for...

    20-Sep-1999

    The Crown Prosecution Service, which this week was attacked for allowing people facing charges to go free because of errors. The CPS inspectorate found that in some cases the accused had to be released because lawyers had miscalculated how long they could be held, and that one in four charge sheets prepared by CPS lawyers contained mistakes.George Michael (above), whose lunch at a Beverley Hills restaurant was rudely interrupted by a court official ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    20-Sep-1999

    Former friends of Jonathan Aitken, who can breath easily knowing that correspondence with the disgraced and bankrupt former cabinet minister cannot be sold to the media by trustees. Aitken is currently serving an 18-month sentence for perjury after the collapse of his libel case against The Guardian and Granada Television which had investigated his dealings with businessmen and heads of state.Almost any civil lawyer, who may see a flood of work after ...

  • Jessica Ross on the obligations of transferring employers.

    20-Sep-1999

    Jessica Ross is a partner at Veitch Penny.The 1981 Tupe Regulations provide continuity of service for employees. Under Regulation 5, the transferee of a business inherits the rights and obligations of the previous employer.The regulations are designed to protect employees' rights, but little thought appears to have been given to the effect of transfer on personal injury actions and the impact for insurers.Two issues arise: Who is the ...

  • Judgment day for pupils' pay

    20-Sep-1999

    The Minimum Wage Act 1998 took effect on 1 April 1999. Following its enactment, the Bar Council quickly realised that the legislation might well apply to some pupillages, many of which are currently unfunded.The Bar Council therefore sought expert opinion on the matter. Faced with conflicting opinions as to whether or not the act did in fact apply to pupillages, and after careful consideration, the Bar Council took the view that the matter could only ...

  • Keeping clients on a single track

    20-Sep-1999

    The internet is not the only place where a shopping revolution is taking place. Legal services are seeing a mini-revolution as firms launch one-stop shops.Law firms are queuing up to broaden their services and provide a multidisciplinary approach. They are recruiting from other professions or forging links with firms of consultants to offer advice on everything the client needs to know about employment, international trade or e-commerce.It seems that in the run-up ...

  • Kuit Steinart head takes in-house role

    20-Sep-1999

    Manchester-based Kuit Steinart Levy's managing partner is stepping down after 20 years at the firm to take over as managing director at Airline Services.Bryan Bodek will join the airline support services company next year.He is already a non-executive director at Airline Services, which has been one of Kuit Steinart Levy's clients since 1988.Bodek, who also heads the corporate and commercial department at the 15-partner firm, has been managing ...

  • Lawrence Graham reviews network

    20-Sep-1999

    Lawrence Graham is reviewing its network of European law firms, Associated Business Lawyers in Europe (Able).Martyn Gowar, senior partner of Lawrence Graham, says: "We are reviewing our relationship and will be reporting to our firms in due course."The London law firm has drafted in a management consultancy to prepare a report on the future of the association.The ...

  • Linklaters celebrates £1bn pub chain buy

    20-Sep-1999

    Linklaters and Travers Smith Braithwaite are dining out on the £1bn sale of Greenalls' pub and restaurant division to Scottish & Newcastle.The £1.135bn transaction was completed last week and involved the sale of 531 managed pubs, including the Squares chain, 234 pub restaurants and 61 ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 20/9/99

    20-Sep-1999

    Susan Perry v Salford and Trafford Health Authority (1999) QBD (HH Judge Peter Baker) 19 August 1999Claimant: Female, 35 years old at date of accident; 40 years old at date of settlement.Incident: The claimant, a 40-year-old woman, who suffered from severe learning difficulties and some degree of physical disability, was resident in a care home run by the defendant health authority. She was injured when she climbed into a bath which, ...

  • Litigation Writs 20/9/99

    20-Sep-1999

    Two widows whose husbands died when the main rotor fell off their helicopter are taking the company which owned the aircraft to the High Court. Helen Husler of Epworth, Doncaster, whose husband Peter was flight observer on the Augusta Bell Jet Ranger 111, and Engelberta Thorne of Weybridge, Surrey, whose husband Peter was pilot, are suing Yorkshire Helicopter Centre. They allege that the Sheffield-based company, now in liquidation, was negligent ...

  • Met appeal against negligence

    20-Sep-1999

    The case of former policewoman Laura Dyer, who was awarded £175,792 High Court damages in respect of hearing loss caused by use of covert surveillance equipment last year, returns to court in November. The Metropolitan police, which Mr Justice Garland found had failed to prevent avoidable dangers associated with the equipment, is to appeal. In his ruling the judge held that Dyer, 48, who was forced to retire early from the police as a result ...

  • Minicab group VAT case heads for Lords

    20-Sep-1999

    Roger Pearson reports on a long-running wrangle over an Eastbourne association's bid to be exempt from VAT payments.An Eastbourne car hire communications network is at the centre of a complex and long-running VAT test case that is now heading for the House of Lords.The Law Lords have given the Eastbourne Town Radio Cars Association (ETRCA) leave to challenge a May 1998 Court of Appeal decision that requires the association to be registered for VAT in respect ...

  • Morgan Lewis loses key partner

    20-Sep-1999

    The head of commercial property at the London office of US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Stephen Turner, is to join Baker & McKenzie.It is understood that Morgan Lewis has still to decide who will take over Turner's position. The firm has no other lawyers advising on property.Turner says he is taking clients with him, as he did when he moved from

  • New female partner for 'macho' firm

    20-Sep-1999

    Dickson Minto has created what is understood to be its first female partner by poaching from top Scottish firm McGrigor Donald.Scottish intellectual property and information technology partner Fiona Akers has joined the Edinburgh office of Dickson Minto.A senior source says: "This will be a blow to McGrigor Donald. Fiona is very well regarded and this leaves only one IP name ...

  • New recruit to rethink Bank of Ireland's UK legal panel

    20-Sep-1999

    Bank of Ireland has expanded its UK legal department and plans to review its panel of outside law firms.The bank has recruited Matthew Lorimer to its UK legal team from Slough solicitors Harris & Cartwright where he was a commercial assistant.Previously the bank's UK legal team had only one full-time lawyer, barrister Margaret O'Flanagan. Lorimer will work under O'Flanagan.Traditionally, the bank has received legal advice from

  • Perrin's View

    20-Sep-1999

    Leslie Perrin is managing partner of Osborne Clarke. He can be contacted on leslie.perrin@osborneclarke.com.Living on the edge as we managing partners do, I ventured out recently with the Bathwick Group futurists at The Churchill in Portman Square to talk turkey (or is that turk-e?) on e-commerce. Given Tony's recent cri de coeur on the theme (if you're not in it in three ...

  • Property

    20-Sep-1999

    Macfarlanes advised Ironbridge Estates and Morrison Developments in their joint purchase of the Bligh's Meadow site in Sevenoaks town centre from Sevenoaks District Council. The scheme will create 50,000 sq ft of new retail space. Richard Reuben, commercial property partner at Macfarlanes, headed a team which included construction lawyer Patrick Holmes and property assistant Daniel ...

  • Quote of the week

    20-Sep-1999

    "It's actually quite offensive for a Muslim to be called Mr Mohammed. There is only one Mohammed."- Judge David Pearl, director of studies at the Judicial Studies Board which is drawing up guidance to stop judges offending ethnic minorities.

  • R&W partner quits to join US rival

    20-Sep-1999

    Rogers & Wells partner Michael Immordino is to join the London office of rival US firm Latham & Watkins because of the firm's decision to merge with Clifford Chance.Sources say Immordino's Italian practice, based at the firm's London office, has referral relationships that would ...

  • RSI ruling puts strain on employers

    20-Sep-1999

    A Court of Appeal judgment sounds warning bells for employers on the need to protect their workforce against the risk of repetitive strain injury (RSI).The ruling will make it easier for workers suffering from the hardest form of RSI to diagnose to mount damages claims.The appeal judges have backed a county court decision dating from May 1998, in the case of Alexander & ors v Midland Bank plc, in which Judge Byrt QC awarded damages of around £60,000 ...

  • Rugby Union appoints company secretary

    20-Sep-1999

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has appointed its first company secretary to provide in-house expertise on sports law.Jonathan Hall joins the RFU from sports marketing and management company International Management Group.He is currently the international vice president of the company. His role involves dealing with the group's legal affairs.His new role will see him advising the RFU on commercial and sponsorship issues as well as regulatory and ...

  • Safe havens or all at sea?

    20-Sep-1999

    What does the future hold for Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, amid international pressure for greater disclosure, ever-tighter financial regulations and potentially threatening tax demands?On the islands themselves, life is looking good. Their economies are buoyant, business continues to flow in, local expertise is growing and there is an air of confidence that they can adapt to whatever lies round the corner.In Jersey, for instance, bank deposits went ...

  • Scuffle of the week

    20-Sep-1999

    Jack Straw and 'so-called civil liberties lawyers'. The Home Secretary this week moved his attack from the people who clean BMW windscreens at traffic lights to those who drive them.In a speech to the Police Superintendents' Association, Straw accused lawyers of "'running a campaign' against his plans for anti-social behaviour orders.'They represent the perpetrator of the crime, and then they get into their BMWs and ...

  • Simmons sets up one-stop IT shop

    20-Sep-1999

    Simmons & Simmons is launching a one-stop online shop for e-commerce entrepreneurs looking for funding.The site, called MatchCo, aims to match entrepreneurs with investors as well as providing legal, financial and business advice.The City firm has set up the service with internet company Eurobell, which is owned by Dutch Telecoms, a client of Simmons.Field ...

  • Simon Twigden

    20-Sep-1999

    Simon Twigden, the head of Addleshaw Booth & Co's London office, has big plans for the firm. Abigail Townsend talks to the man who has his work cut out for him.

  • SJ Berwin names financial director

    20-Sep-1999

    SJ Berwin has appointed a new financial director from international estate agents CB Richard Ellis.Mike Giles was previously the international finance director for the property consultants. He is replacing Lindsay Birch, who has left the firm following the birth of her third child.Before working for CB Richard Ellis, Giles was UK financial controller for Heidrick & Struggles, ...

  • Skadden Arps poaches CC partner

    20-Sep-1999

    Clifford Chance securities partner Rick Ely is joining the London office of US firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.A Clifford Chance spokesman says: "We can confirm that Rick will be leaving us in October and will join the London office of Skadden Arps later this year.

  • Square Mile

    20-Sep-1999

    It's a seller's market again in property. Homeowners everywhere are going round with that faintly "cat-that-got-the-cream" look after seeing the value of their pile of bricks and mortar rise, and suddenly it's: "Here I am, an investment whizz."Unfortunately, the same appears to be true of the legal recruitment market, where lateral hires are now the name of the game.In certain cases, some quite devastatingly ...

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

    20-Sep-1999

    Norton Rose advised UK company Internet Technology Group (ITG) on a £146m takeover offer by California-based Concentric Network. ITG shareholders will receive a combination of cash and Concentric shares valuing each ITG share at 253p. Barbara Stephenson (pictured), corporate finance specialists partner worked on the deal with assistants Ed Lukins and Paul Whitelock.

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

    20-Sep-1999

    McGrigor Donald represented DX Communications on the £42m sale of its retail operations, comprising 140 stores, to BT Cellnet. BT Cellnet already holds a 26 per cent stake in DX Communications, which it acquired in 1996. Property partner Mark Johnstone and property assistant Ian Gilmour, both at McGrigor Donald, acted for DX Communications. Lovell White Durrant advised BT Cellnet.

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

    20-Sep-1999

    Masons acted on the launch of free internet service provider, Totalise. The Masons team consisted of corporate partners Russell Booker and Victor Hawrych with data protection partner Shelagh Gaskill, IT assistant Gillian Bull, and corporate assistants Michael Radford and Andrew Wood.

  • The alternative investment

    20-Sep-1999

    From a fiscal point of view, there is no reason why non-resident or non-UK domiciled individuals should have investments placed in the UK. But time and again we meet clients whose investments are onshore and subject to the UK tax authorities. "No one advised me otherwise," they will say.Many lawyers will have strong relationships with bankers and investment managers in the City of London. However, they would not have the opportunity to liaise with similar organisations in ...

  • The cream of offshore centres

    20-Sep-1999

    Jersey is one of the world's premier financial centres. According to figures recently released, more than 30 per cent of the top 500 European companies and over 10 per cent of the top 700 companies in the Asian Pacific are making use of the island's facilities.Twenty per cent of the world's top 100 banks have undertakings in Jersey and all of the top five accountancy firms are represented on the island.Debt instruments and preference shares issued ...

  • The evidence on withholding taxes

    20-Sep-1999

    Heather Corben, partner, SJ BerwinPaul Hale, head of corporate taxes, Simmons & SimmonsKevin Ashman, group manager of tax, Lovell White DurrantCity lawyers are keeping a close eye on how Gordon Brown steers the UK's way through the EU debate on whether withholding tax will be introduced here.Various pundits have pointed ...

  • The Firm

    20-Sep-1999

    Minutes from The Firm's annual September Partners Strategy Meeting

  • The Lawyer circulation rises 70 per cent

    20-Sep-1999

    The Lawyer has received its first official Audit Bureau of Circulation certificate since increasing circulation by 70 per cent this year.The average net circulation for January to June has increased from 17,893 to 28,698 year on year. Because of the circulation boost, the average figure is below the actual circulation figure which has been running at around 31,000 since March. The next average ABC figure for July to December is expected to reflect the true circulation.

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Dinah Spence

    20-Sep-1999

    Dinah Spence was born in 1970 in Northallerton, North Yorks. She is a solicitor with Charles Russell.What subject(s) did you fail at school?Latin.What was your first job?Sales assistant in children's clothes at Woolies.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£14,000.What would you have done ...

  • Waiting for the dust to settle in Indonesia

    20-Sep-1999

    Where there is danger there is opportunity," says Angeline Suparto, head of the Indonesian practice group at Asian firm Colin Ng & Partners, quoting a famous local proverb.Suparto is optimistic about the outlook for Indonesia despite the intermittent political crises which have brought setbacks to economic recovery.It has been a turbulent year for foreign firms in Indonesia, which first arrived to cash in on the pre-crisis boom. The questioning by police of Morgan ...

  • Walter Mondale

    20-Sep-1999

    Walter Mondale was a peanut farmer's vice-president, got Reagan rattled in a television debate, and served as ambassador to Japan. Sean Farrell talks to the man who is now a roving envoy for US firm Dorsey & Whitney.Vice-president of the United States should be a desirable job. In theory, you are the second most important person in the executive branch of the world's richest and most powerful nation, a heartbeat away from the big job.

  • Wilson Sonsini shocked as partner defects to Davis Polk & Wardwell

    20-Sep-1999

    A leading technology partner at Silicon Valley's largest law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has been poached by New York giantsDavis Polk & Wardwell.Davis Polk's international presence is said to have been the bait which lured Francis Currie away from the Wilson Sonsini where he has been a partner since 1984.For the last six months he has been helping to set up a London office for the Silicon Valley outfit.That plan will now go ahead ...

  • Wragge & Co offers clients all-in-one set fee package

    20-Sep-1999

    Wragge & Co is offering clients a package to do all their annual legal work for a set fee.Wragges' managing partner Quentin Poole says the deal would save both the firm and the client money.He claims the savings would derive from a cut administration costs for both sides, when the yearly fees can be estimated reasonably accurately.Poole says the deal would particularly ...