26 July 1999

The Lawyer

  • ...as it prepares for fresh employment work after City sees red on sexsites

    26-Jul-1999

    Lawyers are set to cash in on an anticipated spate of sackings by Citybanks of employeesfound emailing pornography.David Green, head of employment at Charles Russell, says heis currentlyworking on four cases with City institutions involving porn on theinternet."Sackings will start very soon," says Green.He says banks are, for the first time,taking ...

  • 39 Essex St gains commercial director and six more tenants

    26-Jul-1999

    Leading construction, commercial and public law set 39 Essex Street hasappointed itsfirst chambers director, lost its third tenant in two months,and at the same time isgaining six new ones.Michael Meeson, partnership secretary dealing with operationalmanagementat City firm Rowe & Maw, will join the set as chambers directorinSeptember.The new role for Meeson, a former barrister, will be two-fold: managingtheadministration of ...

  • A&O gives green light to merger

    26-Jul-1999

    TheNetherlands operation of Benelux firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke - excluding theRotterdamoffice.Loeffs' Rotterdam office is joining Dutch tax firm Loyens & Volkmaars.Loyensvoted on Thursday (22 July), to accept 26 partners and 65associates from Loeffs.Thisenabled 35 partners at the Dutch part of Loeffs to announce itsmerger with A&O thefollowing morning.The Belgian arm of Loeffs snubbed A&O because it was demanding Loeffsshedhalf ...

  • Addleshaws shuts debt recovery unit

    26-Jul-1999

    Co'sdefunct debt recovery department.Addleshaws announced the shutdown of its 85-strongdebt recovery unit,part of the Recovery Management Group (RMG) on 22 July.Clients havebeen informed the firm will stop taking instructions from theend of August.Jonesdismisses rumours the firm will sell the RMG and says staff will beoffered jobs in thefirm.He says: "There are a number of existing vacancies in the housing department."It

  • Adverse possession - legal theft

    26-Jul-1999

    The recent decision to award property title to a squatter has highlightedthe urgency ofthe Law Commission’s proposed land registration reforms,writes David Taylor. DavidTaylor is head of property at Berwin Leighton.Media attention has focused this week onthe doctrine of adversepossession with cries of incredulity from the tabloids that thelaw isprepared to legitimise what Lord Justice Nourse has previously describedas”possession ...

  • Altheimers marches into London

    26-Jul-1999

    thefirst stage in its plan to expand into western Europe.Louis Goldman, chairman ofAltheimers' international practice group, saysthe London office will have at least 25lawyers by the end of this year andbetween 75 and 100 lawyers within threeyears.Altheimers has poached Watson Farley & Williams corporate partner NickTowle and

  • Berrymans merges with Badhams

    26-Jul-1999

    Berrymans Lace Mawer is merging with insurance specialist Badhams Thompson.London-basedBadhams is the second firm Berrymans has approached within amonth after announcing amerger with niche Newcastle firm Linsley &Mortimer (The Lawyer, 21 June). The merger isdue to be announced in thenext few weeks.Both firms have been involved in talks since1990. ...

  • Boesebecks partners quit over Lovells merger talks

    26-Jul-1999

    German law firm Boesebeck Droste is losing partners as it continues todiscuss a mergerwith Lovell White Durrant, as revealed in The Lawyer (5July).Dr Manuel Lorenz, a partnerin Boesebeck Droste's banking and financegroup, has quit the partnership and isunderstood to be heading for Baker &McKenzie.He follows hot on the heals of Dr ClaudiaSeibel, who joined Baker &McKenzie as an international partner on 1 July. She is now a

  • Burges Salmon top partner dies

    26-Jul-1999

    Bristol firm Burges Salmon's head of employment George Dyson has died atthe age of53.His death last week follows a fight of several months against skin cancer.BurgesSalmon partner Christopher Seaton, who managed the employment teamduring Dyson'sillness, now formally takes on the role of head ofemployment.Dyson was regarded as thetop employment ...

  • Case of the week

    26-Jul-1999

    Squatter Timothy Ellis now owns the u200,000 Brixton council house he hasoccupied for16 years, to the outrage of local residents who, unlike Ellis,have been faithfullypaying council tax and rent. Ellis is sitting on asmall fortune owing to soaring houseprices in London - local estate agentspredict the property could be worth up to u275,000given a lick of paintand a tidy up. Ellis owns the property owing to a law ...

  • Caymans gag stays on ex-Linklaters lawyer

    26-Jul-1999

    An injunction has been upheld against a former Linklaters and CliffordChance lawyerbeing sued for allegedly misusing confidential information inthe Cayman Islands.The 27May injunction restrains Ann Nealon, who left the Cayman IslandsStock Exchange (CSX) aweek before as chief executive, from disclosingconfidential information about eightprevious stock exchange ...

  • CC advises International Petroleum

    26-Jul-1999

    Clifford Chance is among firms advising on the first-ever demutualisation of an investment exchange.The International Petroleum Exchange is converting from a mutual organisation to a profit-making one. Corporate partners Simon Burgess and Hillary Evenett at Clifford Chance are advising the IPE with finance partner Lynn Johanson. One plan involves an offer from the New York ...

  • CC calls off Mallesons talks

    26-Jul-1999

    CliffordChance is off, according to a senior lawyer at the City firm.Stuart Popham,global head of finance at Clifford Chance, tells The Lawyerthe talks have ended becausethe firms could not agree on the structure ofthe merged practice.He says: "We haddiscussions with Mallesons, as we do with firms, and wehave concluded these negotiationsbecause we ...

  • CC names executive committee

    26-Jul-1999

    The appointments to Clifford Chance's new global executive committee havebeen finalised,The Lawyer can reveal.As Rogers & Wells managing partner Larry Cranch revealed to TheLawyerlast week, two of the global practices will be headed by partners from theUS firm.Head of the litigation practice group will be James Benedict,while Bob King will take

  • Charles Russell to set up equal opportunity training company...

    26-Jul-1999

    Charles Russell is setting up an employment consultancy company inpartnership with ahuman resources firm.It is understood to be the first time that a law firm has enteredintosuch a venture.The company will offer bespoke advice to commercial clientscoveringissues from updates on employment law to practical advice on how totacklepersonnel issues.It ...

  • Clubbed in the head

    26-Jul-1999

    Tulkinghorn sends a get well message to Burton Copeland partner HarryTravers, who isnursing a head injury following a freak golfing accident.Travers, a top fraud lawyerwith clients ranging from Darius Guppy toVictoria Aitken, hit a shot of Jean van deVelde proportions while playinga course on holiday in Spain.Young Harry, his ball upagainst a tree, attempted to thrash it out of theundergrowth. But how the best laidschemes of ...

  • Cohen joins Collyer-Bristow

    26-Jul-1999

    Collyer-Bristow has poached a partner from City firm Beveridge Ross &Prevezer to headits intellectual property unit.Joe Cohen has replaced Christopher Rennie-Smith who hasbeen appointed tothe Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office in Munich.The IPteam at Collyer-Bristow now totals seven lawyers.Cohen says: "I am delighted to bejoining such a thriving team. I wasoffered a much better position and I am now a headof a ...

  • Coming up from down under

    26-Jul-1999

    AT least some people at Clifford Chance are now admitting that the firm'splans for global domination will not extend down under just yet. Theplanned merger with Mallesons Stephen Jaques may be off but other UK firmsareeyeing up the Australian market with great interest (see news, frontpage).But it is notall one-way traffic. Australian firms too are showing ...

  • Common land ruling on hold

    26-Jul-1999

    The House of Lords has put consideration of an appeal over grazing rightson common landadjoining farm land in Cornwall on hold. Lords Hope, Clydeand Hobhouse have set a 23July deadline for objections to be lodged to thepetition for leave to appeal. The casecentres on Sina Farm in Cornwall.The owners of part of the land seek a declaration thatthe grazing rightsover Tawna Down are annexed to, and could only run with, their ...

  • DJ Freeman foils property partner exit

    26-Jul-1999

    Rising star City firm Orchard thought it had scored a coup by poaching atop propertypartner from giant rival DJ Freeman.David Coupe even went so far as to announce hisdeparture as deputy headof DJ Freeman's property services team. An email was sent to allstaffinforming them of his move. Orchard photographed him for publicity purposesand evensent out a press release.But to Orchard partners' surprise, Coupe changed his mind. He

  • EU tightens laundering directive

    26-Jul-1999

    Lawyers will be required to demand identification from clients under aproposed EUextension to its money laundering directive.The proposals will extend obligations beyondinvestment lawyers and applyto transactions of u9,950 or more.Legal professionalshandling client money, securities and client assetswill all come under therequirements.Proposals are also targeting financial transactions, bankaccountsmanagement, the operation ...

  • Firms should take time and resist merger mania

    26-Jul-1999

    Mallesons Stephen Jaques is not a small firm - with almost 200 partners itis the biggestfirm in Australia, indeed in the region. But it is not inthe same league as CliffordChance, let alone the Clifford Chance-Rogers &Wells-Punders giant set to stride acrossthe legal landscape.A merger would have served both parties. As our analysis shows (page

  • Flotation

    26-Jul-1999

    Allen & Overy represented the State of Israel on the public offering of a 5 per cent stake in Bank Hapoalim on the London Stock Exchange. The offering was managed by Goldman Sachs International

  • Flotation

    26-Jul-1999

    Allen & Overy represented the State of Israel on the public offering of a 5 per cent stake in Bank Hapoalim on the London Stock Exchange. The offering was managed by Goldman Sachs International

  • Freshfields snaps up IT expert

    26-Jul-1999

    Freshfields has poached Richard Lister, the driving force behind BerwinLeighton'scommercial IT department, as it seeks to build its IP/ITpractice.Lister, 32, specialisesin telecoms, new media and e-commerce and willjoin Freshfields as a partner.Hisdeparture will come as a severe blow to Berwin Leighton, where he iscredited with havingbuilt up the corporate side of the firm's IT business.Berwin Leighton corporate partner,

  • Human Rights Act threat to judiciary

    26-Jul-1999

    A challenge to Scotland's temporary sheriffs could herald copycat actionsagainst thejudiciary elsewhere in the UK when the Human Rights Act isintroduced, a constitutionalexpert claims.Barrister Neil Addison predicted in The Lawyer (23 March) that theactcould invalidate 90 per cent of the judiciary in England and Wales sincethe way inwhich the Lord Chancellor can remove circuit judges, recordersand magistrates, meansthey ...

  • Imperial Chemical Industries Plc (ICI)

    26-Jul-1999

    Last week ICI announced it would axe 600 jobs in the next 18 months,which should seem like a drop in the ocean for a company that boasts 50,000 employees.

  • In brief: Clintons

    26-Jul-1999

    Clintons, the entertainment law firm, has taken on one of the founding partners of US law firm Costello & Joelson. Stephen Joelson, a specialist in international commercial litigation, commercial transactions, bankruptcy and insolvency, joins as a consultant.

  • In brief: Coudert Brothers

    26-Jul-1999

    Coudert Brothers is understood to be holding merger talks with leading Belgian law firm Coppens Van Ommeslaghe & Faures. Coppens lost itsinternational capability when the Punder group dissolved last year.US-based international firm Couderts has recently been linked to German lawfirm Schurmann & Partners.

  • In brief: Goldsmith Buildings

    26-Jul-1999

    Goldsmith Buildings senior clerk Edith Robertson is the new chair of the Legal Practice Managers' Association, replacing Christine Kings,practice manager at Doughty Street Chambers. Chambers director at Wilberforce Chambers Suzanne Cosgrave becomes deputy-chair and secretary, and One Garden Court's chiefexecutive Nicholas Martin becomes treasurer.

  • In brief: Herbert Smith

    26-Jul-1999

    Herbert Smith has won a final victory in its battle with the Inland Revenue.The Revenue last week decided not to appeal against a High Court ruling that the firm was correct to deduct expected tax relief on £5m rent losses from its accounts. In February's hearing, senior partner Edward Walker-Arnott dispensed with counsel and represented the firm's partners in court.

  • In brief: Herbert Smith

    26-Jul-1999

    Herbert Smith has won a final victory in its battle with the Inland Revenue. The Revenue last week decided not to appeal against a High Court ruling that the firm was correct to deduct expected tax relief on £5m rent losses from its accounts. In February's hearing, senior partner Edward Walker-Arnott dispensed with counsel and represented the firm's partners incourt.

  • In brief: Linklaters

    26-Jul-1999

    Linklaters' Belgian alliance member De Bandt van Hecke & Legae and Luxembourg firm Loesch & Wolter have officially merged, first revealed by The Lawyer (31 May). The Luxembourg bar is discussing details of how the newly merged firm will operate within the country's restrictive legal market

  • In brief: Pinsent Curtis

    26-Jul-1999

    Pinsent Curtis' managing partner John Pratt is trying to persuade the Government to introduce a new Company Act. As chair of a Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry Committee, Pratt proposes a 10-point plan designed to modernise the country's "over-complicated and archaic company law system".

  • In brief: The Commission for Racial Equality

    26-Jul-1999

    The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) will decide this week whether to investigate institutional racism in the Crown Prosecution Service. However, sources close to the CRE claim the investigation is unlikely to proceed due to lack of resources and because CPS management is likely to "close ranks"

  • Ince & Co gains Hong Kong partner

    26-Jul-1999

    Leading City shipping firm Ince & Co is poaching Richards Butler's partnerin charge ofadmiralty law in Hong Kong.Harry Hirst is returning to Ince & Co where he worked as anassistant inHong Kong and its London office from 1989 until 1997.Hirst joined RichardsButler in 1997. He will re-join Ince & Co's HongKong office as an assistant.He is aqualified ...

  • In-house lawyers' spend on private practice soars

    26-Jul-1999

    In-house counsel are spending more than ever before on instructing outsidelaw firms,with one-quarter spending u1m or more on legal advice, accordingto a new survey.Managingpartner at Taylor Root legal recruitment Nick Root says: "Theview with companies is thatthey are spending more on outsourcing legalwork than ever before."The in-house report,based on FTSE 100 companies, shows that the 24 percent of companies that responded to

  • Irwin Mitchell sweeps up Challinors' medical team

    26-Jul-1999

    regionalrival Challinors Lyon Clark.The seven-strong team, which includes partnersRichard Follis and LisaJordan, joins the clinical negligence unit at Irwin Mitchell'sBirminghamoffice to more than double its size.The move makes Irwin Mitchell the leadingmedical negligence practice inthe Midlands, and with 10 partners working in the fieldnationally, ...

  • It's been a bad week for...

    26-Jul-1999

    Unauthorised biographers. Mandelson: the Biography landed in the pulpingmachine lastweek after former Labour press officer John Booth won a libelaction against the book'sauthor Donald Macintyre.Social standing among lawyers. Solicitors are unable to holdtheir headsup in polite society due to shame about what they do for a living,accordingto a NatWest Professions Unit survey of 300 solicitors, whichfound 44 per cent would ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    26-Jul-1999

    International sports lawyers, who are queueing up to offer legal advice toAustralianplayer Simon Colosimo, whose knee had to be reconstructed afterbeing tackled by Man Ustriker Andy Cole during a match against theAustralian national team in Melbourne lastweek.Litigants in person. There are so many amateur "lawyers" keen torepresentthemselves in court that the legal process is grinding to a halt, thecorridors

  • Italy taken to Euro court over foreign law firm ban

    26-Jul-1999

    European Court Justice(ECJ) over alleged discrimination against foreign lawyers. If the case is successful, it could open the doors to many UK and US lawfirms wanting to set up in thebooming Italian market.Two separate cases have been brought by unnamed individuals overobstaclesfor professionals trying to set up in the country.At present Italian lawprohibits English lawyers who provide services inthe country from opening offices.Tobypass ...

  • Jumbo rental firm challenges noise rules

    26-Jul-1999

    Roger Pearson reports on a jet leasing company's bid to overturn EuropeanCommissionregulations in the High Court.The High Court has paved the way for a legal challenge tonew ECregulations aimed at reducing noise and gas emissions from aircraft.CouncilRegulation (EC) No 925/199 came into force on 8 May this year, butis not due to be putinto effect until next May.Consultations are already under way over whether it should

  • Kushner, Neaves quit 36 Bedford Row for St Philip's

    26-Jul-1999

    Two senior tenants have left 36 Bedford Row Chambers, following the sets'failed mergernegotiations and the departure of leading silk, HeatherSwindells QC.Leading familypractitioners Martine Kushner and Andrew Neaves arefollowing Swindells to St Philip'sChambers in Birmingham.In May, 36 Bedford Row's planned merger with Nottingham sets KingCharlesHouse and St Mary's Chambers collapsed.It had hoped to become the first ...

  • Latham & Watkins expands office to cope with demand

    26-Jul-1999

    US firm Latham & Watkins is moving into bigger premises as part of plansto expand itsLondon office.The West Coast-based firm has taken three floors at 99 Bishopsgate.It willoccupy two floors and rent out the remaining floor on a flexiblebasis to allow forfurther expansion of its operations.Joe Blum, managing partner of the London office,

  • Lee & Pembertons poaches CLA's agricultural specialist

    26-Jul-1999

    Lee & Pembertons has taken on the Country Landowners Association's (CLA)chief legaladviser to strengthen its agricultural team.Anita Symington will join the leadingprivate client firm, based inLondon, as a partner in September.She has been chief legaladviser at the CLA for three years. She wasformerly a private client partner at LovellWhite Durrant before quittingto go it alone for five years. She joined the CLA in1996.Giles ...

  • Legal Widow

    26-Jul-1999

    There comes a time, the Lawyer tells me, somewhere near the middle of adisastrous pitch,

  • Litigation Personal Injury 26/7/99

    26-Jul-1999

    Jordan Ovenden v North Essex Health Authority (1999) QBD (Burton J) 1 July 1999Claimant:Male, new-born at date of accident; 7 years old at date ofsettlement.Incident: Theclaimant was born at the defendant's hospital in January1992. Just six weeks later hesuffered an intracranial haemorrhage. Hebrought an action alleging that he could haveavoided injury had he beengiven vitamin K, which guards against haemorrhaging and

  • Litigation Writs 26/7/99

    26-Jul-1999

    Two soldiers, one from Nottingham and the other from the Isle of Wight,who claim theyhave been injured after their medical conditions were notproperly diagnosed, are suingthe Ministry of Defence for compensation.Dean Cumberpatch, 27, of Skegby,Sutton-in-Ashford, Nottingham, and DarrenLambert, also 27, of East Cowes, Isle of Wight,accuse the MoD ofnegligence, breach of contract, ...

  • Lords threat to public defenders

    26-Jul-1999

    The Lord Chancellor may have to drop his controversial public defenderscheme from theAccess to Justice bill if the Lords once again throw outthe offending clause today(Monday).In an impassioned speech to journalists last week, Lord Irvine pledged nottoallow "the opposition in an unelected body" to kill off the scheme.The idea has drawnfierce criticism from the Bar Council which claimspublic defenders could cause standardsto ...

  • Lords to discuss evidence

    26-Jul-1999

    The extent to which information obtained from unauthorised interception ofcommunicationsmade by means of a public telecommunications system can beused as evidence in court isto be argued over before the Law Lords. Theyhave granted leave for an appeal in the caseof Stephen Morgans, convictedof unauthorised access to a computer system. The High Courtlater quashedhis conviction but the House of Lords has been given leave to

  • Morgan Cole restructure gives greenlight to shed 15 partners

    26-Jul-1999

    management to axe up to15 of thier number.The restructuring proposals of the Cardiff-based firm were first revealedby The Lawyer on 12 July following the leak ofa discussion document drawnup by senior management.The partnership cull representsnearly 15 per cent of the existing 104partners of the newly merged firm made up of Cole& Cole, Morgan Bruce andFishburn Boxer.Job losses are also expected in supportdepartments. The discussiondocument ...

  • New York City Bar cautiously welcomes MDP profit scheme

    26-Jul-1999

    The New York City Bar has given its qualified support formultidisciplinary partnerships(MDPs).The Bar's decision follows an American Bar Association (ABA)commission'srecommendation that lawyers should be allowed to share their profitswithother professionals in MDPs.The executive committee says the "core values" oflawyers should prevailin an MDP. Its strongest objection is to MDPs providing both auditandlegal services.This ...

  • Partners on the move...

    26-Jul-1999

    Manchester law firm James Chapman & Co has promoted three lawyers topartner. SharonKamil joined the firm in 1997 from Halliwell Landau. Kamilspecialises in defendantpersonal injury work for insurance sector clients.Anne-Marie Morgan-Barrett, whospecialises in professional indemnity work,joined James Chapman from London-based BarlowLyde & Gilbert. MichelleGarlick joined in 1996 from Irwin Mitchell. Garlick also advisesonprofessional ...

  • Peter Frost on the rules governing share deal contracts

    26-Jul-1999

    Share options granted to executives can normally only be exercised while the executive remains in employment. They are granted pursuant to the rules of a share option scheme.These rules customarily provide that the options will lapse on termination unless an employee leaves their job for one of a limited number of reasons.The rules normally also provide that if the options lapse on termination the employer has no liability in this regard to the employee.This situation has been seen ...

  • Property

    26-Jul-1999

    Trowers & Hamlins has acted for Hyde Housing Association and its subsidiary, Hyde Southbank Homes, which was set up to take the transfer of 2,300 homes in Stockwell from Lambeth Council. Hyde Southbank Homes raised up to £38m in a stock transfer to finance the project. Trowers & Hamlins also advised Hyde and Hyde Southbank Homes on funding arrangements. Jonathan Adlington, ...

  • Quote of the week

    26-Jul-1999

    "He must be unbelievably thick"- Crime victim Matt Holden on possibly the most ineptcriminal in history.Lee Hosken admitted car theft at Bristol Crown Court last week afterhebroke into Holden's car, took pictures with the owner's camera of himselfholding thescrewdriver he used to gain entry and his girlfriend in thecar, drove off and crashed,leaving the camera behind.

  • Richards Butler in lateral spree after merger collapse

    26-Jul-1999

    Richards Butler is embarking on a series of hires following the collapseof its mergerwith Theodore Goddard.Last week, the firm announced the poaching of Hill TaylorDickinson's onlyinsolvency partner Mike McCarthy.The firm says McCarthy is the first ofseveral "lateral hires".The merger fell through in January after Theodore Goddard'scorporate andfinance partners raised objections (The Lawyer, 18 January).StephenEdwards, ...

  • Scuffle of the Week

    26-Jul-1999

    Lord Irvine is at loggerheads with a group of right-of-centre familyvalues campaigners,who are attacking Lord Irvine's plans to introducelegally binding prenuptial agreementson the grounds they are incompatiblewith a couple's vows to stay together "till deathus do part". However theLord Chancellor's Department has hit back at its critics, theFamily PolicyStudies Centre, claiming the agreements "promote ...

  • Silk Road pathfinder

    26-Jul-1999

    Ben Aris travels to Uzbekistan to meet Mayer Brown & Platt's 29-year-oldpath findingpartner Mwana Logogo, head of the firm's Tashkent office.Tashkent, the capital ofUzbekistan in Central Asia, is about as far fromeverywhere else on earth as it ispossible to be. A major nexus on the SilkRoad, Marco Polo passed this way on his way toChina as ...

  • SJ Berwin & Co has acted for the shareholders of Kall Kwik Printing (UK) on the sale of its entire share capital to Adare Printing Group (UK)

    26-Jul-1999

    SJ Berwin & Co has acted for the shareholders of Kall Kwik Printing (UK) on the sale of its entire share capital to Adare Printing Group (UK). The £10m consideration was paid in cash. Delphine Currie, corporate finance partner at SJ Berwin & Co, advised on the sale with support from corporate assistant Jonathan Adelman. Kevin Sumner, corporate partner at Leicester-based firm Marrons, represented ...

  • Smith leaves Field Court for Essex Court

    26-Jul-1999

    Leading shipping and professional negligence barrister Chris Smith ismoving to "magiccircle" commercial set Essex Court Chambers.His departure will be a blow to Steven GeeQC, formerly of One Essex Courtand the incoming head of Smith's former chambers at 4Field Court.However, Smith stresses that the decision to move is unconnected toGee'sarrival, but acknowledges that he was unhappy at 4 Field Court.His departure echoes

  • Square Mile

    26-Jul-1999

    Law firm management is a perilous area. My own journey began by joiningthe thenmanagement committee of my firm on a part-time basis.I underwent all the usualpreparation given to law firm managers, namelyschool, university and college, passingexams and advising clients forseveral years. But for business management all that isvirtually useless.My interest in this area coincided with a holiday so I decidedthat,rather ...

  • Stuart Popham

    26-Jul-1999

    Abigail Townsend talks to Stuart Popham, global head of finance at Clifford Chance, about life before, during and after the mergers with Rogers & Wells and Punders.

  • Syndicate rows need not be a lottery

    26-Jul-1999

    The recent battle between an airline pilot and his ex-wifeover sharesfrom a pub syndicate lottery win is unique on its own particular facts,thoughof course not the first case involving a dispute over a lottery win.And the popularityof the lottery and other forms of gambling syndicatespoints towards more cases involvingdisputes over wins in the future.The judgment cries out as a warning to syndicates toput their intentionsin ...

  • Takeover rivals enlist US firms for oil battle

    26-Jul-1999

    French oil rivals Elf Aquitaine and TotalFina.Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has martialled18 lawyers from its Paris, NewYork, London and Washington offices to represent TotalFinain a hostiletakeover euro42bn (approx u28bn) bid for Elf made on 5 July.Now Elf hasenlisted Sullivan & ...

  • Tax silk sued for 'bad advice' over church alcohol sales

    26-Jul-1999

    whoseearnings are reported to put him in the "million pounds a year club".This is thesecond negligence action against Goldberg in as many years.Last year, he successfullydefended an action brought by Matrix Securities.The Liverpool Roman CatholicArchdiocesan Trus-tees Incorporated accusesGoldberg, a tenant at top tax practice Gray'sInn Tax Chambers, of givingthem bad advice over tax on the sale of drink in November1989.The ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Suzanne Durey was born in Northumberland in 1963. She is a partnerin the property

    26-Jul-1999

    What subject(s) did you fail at school?Home Economics, as anyone unfortunate enough tohave experienced food thatI've attempted to cook will confirm.What was your first job?Ona farm, co-ordinating a 24-hour-a-day crop harvesting programmeacrossNorthumberland.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?u8,200What would youhave done if you hadn't been a lawyer?The worlds of behind the scenes television and/or

  • The ones to watch

    26-Jul-1999

    Linda Tsang tracks the careers of five rising stars at the Bar and findsout why theirinstructing solicitors rate them.Laurie FransmanTwo Garden CourtCalled to the Bar:1979Professional achievements/associations:Co-founder and first chair of the ImmigrationLaw PractitionersAssociation, now executive member. Publications include BritishNationalityLaw and the 1981 Act (1982) and Fransman's British Nationality Law (1989).Has

  • The Taylor report

    26-Jul-1999

    Sitting on Paul Taylor's desk in Berrymans Lace Mawer's office inSalisbury House is aconfidential dossier containing his "four point plan"for transforming the firm into anational player.The masterplan documents are headed "current", "previous" and"hybrid".They reveal the changing fortunes of the firm and the future strategyofclient-led ...

  • This week

    26-Jul-1999

    Scottish lawyers will challenge the judicial independence of Scotland's129 temporarysheriffs at Linlithgow Sheriff Court. The argument is thattemporary sheriffs dependdirectly on the Lord Advocate - the senior lawofficer in Scotland - for their one-yearcontracts and therefore fail thehuman rights test of a fair trial before an "independentand impartialtribunal" which is required by the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • Time to make a decision on MDPs

    26-Jul-1999

    A decision on MDPs will have to be made by the Law Society, hopefullysooner rather thanlater, although it is fair to say that the Law Societycannot have been much helped bythe poor response to the discussion paper.The arguments continue, but all have a commonthread. On one side of thedebate are the traditional lawyers who believe that MDPsshould be banned.They raise three objections:Unauthorised practice of law. Rules and

  • Top movie lawyer quits after landmark victory

    26-Jul-1999

    The executive vice-president and general counsel of United InternationalPictures (UIP),the worldwide movie distributor, is standing down afterachieving a landmark ruling fromthe European Commission (EC).US lawyer Brian Reilly, who has been with UIP for eight anda half years,is taking the unusual step of moving to Costa Rica.He will become generalcounsel of Nueva Costa Rica, an internationalmanufacturer of construction materials and

  • Travers Smith leads in scramble for telecoms

    26-Jul-1999

    Travers Smith Braithwaite is advising US company NTL on its u8bn bid forCable & Wirelesssubsidiary Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC),represented by Linklaters.Telewest,represented by Freshfields, was considered the frontrunner tobuy CWC after bidding u8bnin April.But NTL made ...

  • What price sanctuary under the Asylum Bill?

    26-Jul-1999

    With hindsight, sometimes I wish I hadn't been born." This is not thecomment of an asylum-seeker or refugee, but the reaction of one immigrationpractitioner to the implications of the proposals in the Immigration andAsylum Bill currently going through Parliament, which the Government hasdescribed as "faster, firmer and fairer".But immigration law and practice is an increasingly complex area with moreand more potential clients and potentially ...

  • White & Case hires Euro IP team

    26-Jul-1999

    US firm White & Case has poached top IP lawyer David Llewelyn and keymembers of his teamto set up its London IP practice.Llewelyn joins from Llewelyn Zietman, which he foundedwith Clive Zietmanfive years ago.He will effectively be head of IP for the whole ofWhite & Case's Europeannetwork, working with the telecoms, competition and internationalM&Apractices. ...

  • Will break fees become the norm?

    26-Jul-1999

    Richard Godden, partner, LinklatersCarol Shutkever, partner, Herbert SmithTim Emmerson, partner, FreshfieldsThe debate over the US practice of compensating companies which lose out on an acquisition to a counter-bidder is set to continue in the UK.The compensation, commonly known as a "break fee", is a ...