21 August 2000

The Lawyer

  • 3i uses Lovells to sue internet company over 'copycat' name

    21-Aug-2000

    Lovells is advising venture capital group 3i on its action against Interactive Investor International, claiming that the online financial adviser's use of the acronym "iii" is creating confusion among potential clients.

  • A game of Russian roulette

    21-Aug-2000

    Even before the break-up of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, London was a well established arbitration centre for shipping disputes involving the former communist state. Many of the shipping contracts drawn up by the Soviet Union also included UK contract law or jurisdiction clauses.The reason for this was straightforward enough. Because of the UK's history as a shipping nation, it had developed one of the most sophisticated maritime case law systems in the world. ...

  • A VIEW FROM BRUSSELS

    21-Aug-2000

    During the last year, there has been much talk among the great and good in Brussels of implementing a unified policy on e-commerce. This was reiterated by the Heads of State at the recent European Council Summit in Portugal when the E-commerce Action Plan was adopted.

  • Barry Francis

    21-Aug-2000

    Fiona Callister meets Barry Francis, the managing partner of Buchanan Ingersoll, who has been working for both his old and new firms for the past ten months

  • Berwin Leighton Brussels head joins Italian PFI team

    21-Aug-2000

    Berwin Leighton's head of Brussels is stepping down to become head of legal for the Italian PFI Taskforce.

  • Big Browser is watching you

    21-Aug-2000

    It was once the proud claim of Tony Blair that the Government was determined to make the UK "the most e-friendly country in the world". But an unlikely coalition of computer techies, net users and human rights campaigners believe that the new Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act - appropriately abbreviated to RIP - has laid that particular myth well and truly to rest.The RIP Act updates the powers of the security services so that they can do battle with ...

  • Bill Tudor John signs up with Lehman Brothers

    21-Aug-2000

    Allen & Overy's former senior partner has resurfaced at investment bank Lehman Brothers.

  • Bingham Dana wins top finance lawyer

    21-Aug-2000

    Leading Baker Botts project finance lawyer and former head of Chadbourne & Parke's London office Nancy Persechino is moving to Bingham Dana.

  • Camerons gains three partners in Hong Kong

    21-Aug-2000

    Cameron McKenna is expanding its Hong Kong operations with the appointment of three new partners.

  • Camhy Karlinsky NY loses ten IT lawyers

    21-Aug-2000

    US practice Camhy Karlinsky & Stein's future is hanging in the balance after losing the bulk of its lawyers to rival firms.

  • Case of the week

    21-Aug-2000

    To appease his social conscience, the Lawyer spent the weekend helping run scout camp for the local troop, of which Subjudice is a member. Because there aren't enough guides to go round where we live, they got special dispensation to make it mixed scouts. Subjudice spends her time earning all the business management badges and terrifying the younger boys into doing knots for her.The Lawyer went off to Wales with a heavy heart, having managed nothing ...

  • CC advises on Govt fund blueprint

    21-Aug-2000

    CLIFFORD CHANCE has advised the British government on its first sponsored high-tech venture capital fund to be set up in the EU - hoping to create a blueprint for other countries to follow.

  • Chadbourne makes up part-timer

    21-Aug-2000

    Chadbourne & Parke has become one of the first US firms to promote a part-time associate to partner.The New York-based practice has promoted part-time associate Marian Baldwin to the partnership.The part-time programme for associates was introduced several years ago but this is the first time a lawyer on flexible hours has become a partner.Operations partner ...

  • Citibank Private Bank EMEA, part of Citigroup

    21-Aug-2000

    Private bank Citibank has a very select clientele, drawn from a pool of high net worth clients which have a minimum of $3m (£2m) in the piggy bank.

  • DOCTOR SPIN

    21-Aug-2000

    Those of you who still engage in that great sport of driving into London are set for a new way of whiling away those spare half hours in Clerkenwell and on the A11. A US outdoor advertising contractor claims that its set of four 85ft back-illuminated poster sites (the other two for ad-spotters are at Finsbury Square and Tower Gate) are the biggest roadside structures in the UK.Apparently the contractors have clients queuing up as fast as the motorists to take the sites ...

  • Failure to prepare is to prepare for failure

    21-Aug-2000

    LET's hope that the continuing chaos that surrounds the demise of SIF is short-lived. The abysmal take-up rate - between 5 and 10 per cent - shows an appalling lack of preparation for such an important issue, and it is certain that some firms will be paying a heavy financial price.Last year's Law Society recommendation that firms undertake a risk assessment programme appears to have gone almost universally unheeded (but then, does anyone ever listen to ...

  • Giving doctors the right treatment

    21-Aug-2000

    There is little doubt that the recent highly publicised cases of Harold Shipman, Rodney Ledward and Richard Neale have greatly undermined public confidence in the means by which the medical profession regulates itself.The long procession of women in the Ledward and Neale cases photographed outside General Medical Council (GMC) hearings after years of suffering shows just how long and cumbersome the procedures for dealing with misconduct can be. The fact that many of ...

  • Hammonds

    21-Aug-2000

    Hammond Suddards Edge represented JSB Software Technologies on its $17.3m (£11.5m) acquisition of software company CSM Security Management. Deutsche Bank also acted for JSB, while PricewaterhouseCoopers' Manchester office undertook due diligence on the company. Corporate finance partner Patrick Jolly led a team of two on the deal. Austrian firm Hausmaninger Herbst Wietrzyk acted for CSM.

  • Holmans in Greece loses head

    21-Aug-2000

    Holman Fenwick & Willan's Greek office is losing its managing partner to Watson Farley & Williams.

  • It's been a bad week for

    21-Aug-2000

    Lord Archer, who returned to the UK from a book tour of Australia to face the CPS decision on whether he should be tried for perjury or conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. The potential charges are connected with the £500,000 Daily Star libel case that Archer won in 1987. The CPS has received the results of a nine-month inquiry by Scotland Yard triggered by Archer's resignation following the revelations of his friend Ted Francis. Francis told the News of ...

  • It's been a good week for

    21-Aug-2000

    Eight Merseyside former water workers who were paid £1.2m by North West Water in compensation for developing vibration white finger. All eight were suspended from work in 1998 when they developed signs of the syndrome which is caused by working with vibrating power tools and can lead to loss of grip and constant pain. The company, however, disputed claims by the men that they had not been offered alternative employment.N.i.m.b.y.s. The 'not ...

  • Lathams' London office lures tax partner from Watson Farley

    21-Aug-2000

    Latham & Watkins has recruited a highly rated tax partner from Watson Farley & Williams - continuing the trend of US firms bolstering their UK tax capability.Oonagh Whitty, who has been with Watson Farley for 15 years, will work closely with the corporate finance team at Lathams' ...

  • Linklaters

    21-Aug-2000

    Linklaters & Alliance advised Development Securities on the £20m sale of the residential part of Paddington Goods Yard Development to St George North London. Norwich Union and Equitable Life are funding the development. Senior assistant solicitor Anne Byrne acted with a three-strong team on the deal. Stepien Lake Gilbert & Paling advised St George, while Denton Wilde Sapte represented Norwich Union ...

  • Litigator's View

    21-Aug-2000

    The Court of Appeal's decision in Turner v Grovit has been hailed as having major implications for individuals working abroad. But the decision also affects any case where European proceedings are started as an attempt to harass a party to UK litigation.Turner brought Employment Tribunal proceedings in the UK. After these had started, his employer began proceedings in Spain. Instead of challenging the Spanish court's jurisdiction, Turner applied to the ...

  • Martineau Johnson opens office in City

    21-Aug-2000

    Martineau Johnson, which has existed as a single office firm in Birmingham since 1828, is to break with tradition and open in the City.

  • NatWest head of legal joins Creditweb

    21-Aug-2000

    A National Westminster Bank head of legal has joined Creditweb as general counsel.

  • New Media

    21-Aug-2000

    Manches advised sales and customer service business Atmyside.com on a funding from Regional Interactive Media. The investment values Atmyside.com at £2.5m. Company and commercial partner Matthew Martin acted on the deal, while Macfarlanes represented Regional Interactive Media.

  • New Media

    21-Aug-2000

    Herbert Smith represented BSkyB on its acquisition of TV shopping and interactive services company Open from shareholders HSBC and Matsushita. The buyout will increase BSkyB's shareholding from 32.5 per cent to 80.1 per cent. BT will remain as a shareholder with an option to sell its stake. Corporate partner Stephen Wilkinson led a team of 10 on the deal. Bristows advised Matsushita,

  • News in Brief

    21-Aug-2000

    Lee Crowder has appointed corporate recovery and insolvency partner Zafar Rafiq from Gateley Wareing's Leicester office. Bringing to the firm a wide spectrum of experience in liquidations, bankruptcies and receiverships administrations and well-regarded in the Midlands and the North, Rafiq has previously worked for DLA in Sheffield and Leeds.

  • Nine out of ten law firms have no cover

    21-Aug-2000

    With less than two weeks to go before the demise of the Solicitor's Indemnity Fund, market sources say that as few as 10 per cent of firms are signed up for insurance on the open market.

  • Norton Rose relaunches Greek office to avoid criminal action

    21-Aug-2000

    Norton Rose's former Greek office has relaunched as a chambers style set-up to avoid criminal proceedings from the Greek authorities.

  • One Raymond barrister joins IT boutique

    21-Aug-2000

    Specialist intellectual property chambers One Raymond Buildings is losing commercial and intellectual property barrister Arthur Ashton to a boutique firm.

  • Oppenhoff partners merge in Berlin after Linklaters 'snub'

    21-Aug-2000

    Hogan & Hartson partners have voted in favour of creating a new Berlin office with a group of senior Oppenhoff & Rädler lawyers.

  • Property

    21-Aug-2000

    Allen & Overy acted for Saville Gordon Estates on the £95m cash purchase of industrial property from Resolution Property. The deal concerns 10 multi-tenanted freehold estates with a current net income of £8.25m per annum. Property partner David Williams led a team of six. Taylor Joynson Garrett advised Resolution Property.

  • Quote of the week

    21-Aug-2000

    "It's a blood bath out there."- Andy Doré, regional manager at insurers RE Brown & Others, on the break-up of SIF.The British Government is facing legal action over a broken down Royal Navy nuclear submarine berthed at the Rock in Gibraltar. Local law firm Hassan was instructed last week to pursue the removal of The Tireless through the courts. The submarine has suffered minor radioactive leaks and opinion polls in Gibraltar show ...

  • Salans recruits Masons IT partner to boost team

    21-Aug-2000

    SALANS Hertzfeld & Heilbronn has recruited a Masons IT partner to boost the London end of its high technology and e-commerce team.

  • Scuffle of the week

    21-Aug-2000

    Judge Adrian Smith sent a 15-year-old girl with no previous convictions to Styal prison in Cheshire for six months after accidentally burning down a community centre. The girl, together with five other youngsters, set fire to cardboard and placed it in a bin near the centre run by the Church of England Children's Society. While the judge accepted that the resulting fire had been an accident and the Children's Society have now forgiven her, he told her: 'I ...

  • The Dream Society by Rolf Jensen, published by McGraw-Hill ISBN 0070329672

    21-Aug-2000

    This book suffers from two problems. First, it is written by a self-proclaimed "Futurist", and second, it talks about a "dream society".This US book manages to combine connotations of cults with visions of new age mystics. A tad harsh maybe, but that is the culture we live in and it is that culture that the book addresses.Jensen claims the Information Society is passing and the new Dream Society is being born. This society ...

  • The price of advertising

    21-Aug-2000

    The decision of two-partner personal injury firm Underwoods to spend £350,000 on a primetime ITV advertising campaign last month, raised the prospect of large-scale advertising by UK firms. In the US, 85 per cent of law firms advertise but the UK take-up of the tool has been reticent since advertising rules were relaxed in the late 1980s. The most bullish advertisers are personal injury firms like Underwoods, whose television slogan is: "Underwoods work ...

  • The world's favourite lawyer

    21-Aug-2000

    Does aviation law genuinely exist as a practice area?

  • Troubled indemnity

    21-Aug-2000

    It's a blood bath out there," says Andy Doré, regional manager at Lloyd's syndicate RE Brown & Others, of the process of taking professional indemnity to the open market.A poor take-up, wildly fluctuating quotations, cherry-picking insurers, increasingly expensive premiums - all are complaints that have been widely voiced since the end of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF).But the biggest gripe is the lack of choice on offer. "There are a limited ...