28 February 2000

The Lawyer

  • 'Gipsy Joe' faces financial ruin in court

    28-Feb-2000

    Entertainer Joe Longthorne is being taken to court in an attempt to force him to declare bankruptcy. Roger Pearson reports.Slough County Court looks set to become the scene for TV favourite Joe Longthorne's financial downfall later this year.Richard Segal, the supervisor of a £1m bankruptcy petition which Longthorne originally warded off in 1996 by entering into a voluntary arrangement, is now taking him back to court seeking a bankruptcy ...

  • ...as College of Law sets up clinics

    28-Feb-2000

    The College of Law is establishing pro bono clinics in all its branches - becoming the first law school to integrate pro bono into its teaching programme.The goal of the clinics is to provide students with the opportunity to engage in pro bono work and get credit for it.The college's chief executive, Professor Nigel Savage says: "Law schools have a key role to play in instilling and fostering a pro bono culture among their students."Pro bono ...

  • 3i

    28-Feb-2000

    Venture capitalist 3i is known to be the type of company that gives businesses a leg up in expanding their operations. But 3i itself is acquisitive by nature.

  • A&O reshuffles pack to make big gains in Spain

    28-Feb-2000

    Allen & Overy is moving the head of its Prague and Bratislava offices to Madrid in an attempt to expand in Spain.Graham Donnell is moving to Spain in May. He will be replaced by Stephen Pollard, who is moving to Prague from the London office next month.A&O, which merged with Madrid firm Satrustegui & Asociados last October, will have five partners in its Madrid office when ...

  • Andersens forms first Belgian link

    28-Feb-2000

    Arthur Andersen's Belgian arm is forming the country's first formal alliance between an accountant and a law firm.Arthur Andersen Bedrijfsrevisoren has agreed in principal to link up with Caestecker & Partners. It has had an informal alliance with the firm since its inception in 1997.A formal relationship bet-ween lawyers and non-lawyers had been outlawed in Belgium until 6 February when the Institute of Corporate Auditors and the French Order of Lawyers ...

  • Another two silks opt for Wilberforce

    28-Feb-2000

    Wiberforce Chambers announced this week that two silks are joining it.Terence Mowschenson QC and Michael Bloch QC move from One Essex Court, capping a bad month for the top commercial set. Last week, Jeffrey Gruder QC left One Essex Court for Essex Court Chambers.Mowschenson is known for his arbitration work and has experience of banking, corporate insolvency and commercial work.Bloch, an IT and IP expert, says of his move: "My practice will fit in ...

  • Arthur Andersen forms Belgian link

    28-Feb-2000

    Arthur Andersen Bedrijfsrevisoren has agreed in principal to link up with Caestecker & Partners. It has had an informal alliance with the firm since its inception in 1997.

  • BA reshapes legal department as company secretary leaves

    28-Feb-2000

    A MAJOR overhaul of British Airways' legal department is under way as its company secretary retires after 14 years at the company.Gail Redwood is taking early retirement and will leave on 31 March.She will be replaced by Alan Buchanan, principal legal adviser, finance, on 1 April.Buchanan says he will still have some legal responsibilities within the department."The job I currently have is very specialised in aircraft finance and ...

  • Barclays plans law panel cull

    28-Feb-2000

    Barclays Bank is planning another cull of its law firm panel.The high street bank is reviewing its main panel of legal advisers and also plans to cut the number of other law firms it instructs.The only external legal advisers that will not be scrutinised are the ones on the bank's corporate recovery panel, which was cut from 13 firms to five last year (The Lawyer, 5 July).The bank's main panel - which it calls The Matrix - consists of 11 ...

  • Barclays plans panel cull

    28-Feb-2000

    Only the external legal advisers on the bank's corporate recovery panel - cut from 13 firms to five last year - will not be scrutinised.

  • Barristers admit denigrating rape victims in court

    29-Feb-2000

    The report from Sussex University's Professor Jennifer Temkin also reveals that barristers who prosecute rapes are often inexperienced. This is backed up by Government figures which show that QCs are ten times more likely to defend alleged rapists than prosecute them. Lord Chancellors Department figures show that between April 96 and April 97, 170 payments were made to QCs defending rape trials, compared with just 17 made to prosecuting QCs. The ...

  • Berwin Leighton appoints director of business strategy

    28-Feb-2000

    Berwin Leighton has appointed Howard Rosenberg to the new position of director of business strategy.Rosenberg, who is not a lawyer, will be working closely with managing partner Neville Eisenberg to devise and implement the firm's strategy.Rosenberg says: "I will be developing new products and services for the firm to be closer aligned in the marketplace. I will be looking at profitability and new services, identifying threats to our marketing position and ...

  • Bob Peters

    28-Feb-2000

    Ryan Dunleavy meets Bob Peters, who is leaving his role as ICI’s deputy general counsel and re-entering the City at Rowe & Maw.

  • Camerons partner moves to Sackers

    28-Feb-2000

    Sacker & Partners, the UK's largest pensions practice, has hired a key partner from CMS Cameron McKenna.Julia Miller is one of only four Camerons partners in the pensions department. She joins Sackers in April, along with Rowe & Maw assistant Alison Cribbs.Miller says the main reason she is moving ...

  • Case of the week

    28-Feb-2000

    A five-year-old boy who has just learned to write has been told to explain in writing why he should not be deported. Patrick Wandia Njuguna, who was born in the UK, received a letter on Christmas Eve telling him that if he wished to avoid being deported to Kenya, he should 'attach to the form a statement of the reasons why you object to removal'. Njuguna is appealing before an immigration tribunal. If he loses he faces being deported without his mother, ...

  • Challenge to legal aid system fails

    28-Feb-2000

    Roger Pearson reports on the challenges facing the Government following the implementation of the legal aid allocation system.In the wake of the recent High Court rejection of a challenge to the new legal aid contract allocation system, one of the UK's leading specialists in legally-aided mental health and community work has slammed the Government's move.Under the new system the Government has pledged to prioritise social welfare cases. But Nicola ...

  • City firms raid coffers to protect assistants from US salary hikes

    28-Feb-2000

    The UK market is reeling after news broke of SJ Berwin's plan to hike assistants' salaries.Assistants' salaries have been the hot topic on both sides of the Atlantic in the last week. Sean Farrell reports.The UK market was shaken by the news that SJ Berwin plans to raise assistants' salaries by as much as 25 per cent to attract and retain the best assistants (The Lawyer, ...

  • Clerking shake-up at 36 Bedford Row

    28-Feb-2000

    A senior clerk to head a new team-based clerking structure has been appointed at 36 Bedford Row.The appointment of Bill Conner, who left George Carman QC's dissolving New Court Chambers to join 36 Bedford Row, heralds the introduction of an innovative clerking structure at the fast-growing practice.Conner's arrival brings to an end an unsettled period at 36 Bedford Row, which has seen silk's clerk Graeme Logan leave for 4 King's Bench Walk ...

  • CMS Cameron McKenna client gets what it really really wants

    28-Feb-2000

    CMS Cameron McKenna is celebrating victory against the Spice Girls in a dispute over a failed sponsorship deal.High Court judge Mrs Justice Arden ruled last Wednesday that the Spice Girls had been guilty of “unintentional misrepresentation” when they failed to inform Italian scooter manufacturer Asprilia SpA of Geri Halliwell’s departure from the band.Asprilia, based near Venice, developed ...

  • CMS Cameron McKenna scores over Spice Girls

    28-Feb-2000

    High Court judge Mrs Justice Arden ruled last Wednesday that the Spice Girls had been guilty of "unintentional misrepresentation" when they failed to inform Italian scooter manufacturer Asprilia SpA of Geri Halliwell's departure from the band.

  • College of Law is managing change

    28-Feb-2000

    In response to a report in The Lawyer (21 February), I would like to say that a £2.5m programme is under way to improve the College of Law's Store Street branch. A total of £1.5m was spent in the summer of 1999 and a further £1m will be spent in refurbishing it this summer.One of the most important changes has been to improve information and research facilities. The library resources have been brought together into a three-floor library block, ...

  • Digests

    28-Feb-2000

    Chadbourne & Parke and a former partner in the firm have settled a law suit claiming the ex-partner was wrongfully expelled from the firm in 1992. Stuart Rosenthal, who was investigated but not prosecuted for unlawful currency dealings in connection with Atlantic City casino winnings, was paid $460,000 (£288,000).

  • E-commerce boom aids TJG expansion

    28-Feb-2000

    Taylor Joynson Garrett has expanded its private client department on the back of the boom in electronic commerce and the new economy.Mark Buzzoni joins the firm as a partner, leaving Alexanders, the trust and litigation specialist based in Temple.TJG managing partner Declan Tarpey says the appointment reflects the amount of wealth created by the electronic economy."We are seeing increasing synergies between our corporate and IT departments and our ...

  • Eversheds consolidates management boards

    28-Feb-2000

    Eversheds international director Victor Semmens says the firm will meet in May to finalise plans to create an all-encompassing board to cover each of its offices.

  • Eversheds reports commercial boom

    28-Feb-2000

    Eversheds' commercial practice is growing at the expense of its corporate department, the firm's annual report for 1998-1999 shows.The report shows the corporate department contributed £34.9m to the firm's overall turnover of £177.5m for the period.While this was an increase of £31.8m on 1997-1998, the corporate department only made a 20 per cent ...

  • Eversheds restructures Euro management boards

    28-Feb-2000

    Eversheds is consolidating its three management boards across Europe in a bid to boost its international business.Eversheds international director Victor Semmens says that the firm will have a review meeting in May to finalise plans to create an all-encompassing board to cover each of its offices.The firm currently has three management boards which oversee the UK region, Amsterdam ...

  • Flexibility the key if firms are to prosper

    28-Feb-2000

    To all intents and purposes Linklaters remains the most modern, forward-thinking and progressive of firms in the magic circle. The news that its flexible working scheme - which launched with great flourish two years ago - has flopped, is a disappointment not only for the firm, but the profession as a whole.It is clear that there needs to be a commitment and a cultural change ...

  • Flotations

    28-Feb-2000

    McGrigor Donald in London represented Just2clicks.com on its AIM flotation. The initial offer of 34.6 million shares at 150p, which was more than two times oversubscribed, values the company at £130m. The float will also raise £50m for further business development. McGrigor Donald senior corporate solicitor Christopher Phillips, corporate partner Ian Binnie and head of corporate Colin Gray acted on the deal.

  • Freehills adopts national partnership structure

    1-Mar-2000

    Partners in the Sydney (incorporating Canberra and Brisbane), Melbourne and Perth partnerships this week voted to adopt the new structure from July 1.

  • Freehills set to merge with Singaporean firm

    29-Feb-2000

    At present, foreign law firms are banned from having shares in local legal institutions. But the Legal Professional Practices law are likely to be amended which would allow the marriage to go ahead. A 200-partner firm with 700 lawyers in Australia and Asia, Freehills' is reportedly attracted to Alban Tay's modern approach and its experience in telecoms, intellectual property, construction and corporate law. The two firms are among ...

  • Freshfields partner's US accolade

    28-Feb-2000

    A Freshfields partner has become the first lawyer from a non-US firm to chair the New York State Bar Association's tax section.Robert Scarborough, a New York-based tax partner with the firm, will lead the 3000-member group for a year.The tax section's main role is to prepare reports on tax law topics for submission to federal, state and city government officials. The reports analyse and make recommendations on proposed legislation and regulation.

  • Globalisation set to create M&A boom

    28-Feb-2000

    In the wake of Vodafone's hostile takeover of Mannesmann, Germany's traditionally quiet M&A market looks set to become increasingly active. Dominic Egan investigates.A deal as big as Vodafone-Mannesmann would have caused ripples anywhere. But, in a pond as quiet as the German M&A market, it has been making major waves.Since the end of World War Two, German companies have enjoyed an enviable level of security and stability. Stephen Denyer,

  • Gomez-Acebo plans to open in London

    2-Mar-2000

    The 20-partner firm has set a June deadline for establishing a small City presence, to be jointly funded with its two new allies.

  • Gomez-Acebo steps up South American strategy

    28-Feb-2000

    Top Spanish firm Gomez-Acebo & Pombo has tightened its grip in South America by entering a formal alliance with Brazil's largest law firm, Pinheiro Neto Advogados.The 20-partner Madrid firm announced last year it was abandoning an expansion strategy in Europe in favour of alliances in South America.Spain is the second largest foreign investor in Brazil, but differences in standards and work practices have often hindered legal tie-ups.The deal ...

  • Hammonds lures top lawyers for corporate finance drive

    28-Feb-2000

    Hammond Suddards is poaching a partner from Halliwell Landau as part of a nationwide corporate finance expansion drive.Darren Warburton moves to Hammonds' Manchester office next month.He will be joined by Garretts senior corporate finance manager in Manchester, Paul Ellaby, who will become a partner when he arrives at Hammonds.William Downs, managing partner of Hammonds in Manchester, says: "You will see expansions across the board. But we need ...

  • Hempel takes Fujita to court

    28-Feb-2000

    Top designer Anouska Hempel is heading for the High Court in a battle over control of exclusive London hotel The Hempel. Hempel has launched High Court action against Japanese investment company Fujita, which owns The Hempel. She is seeking to prevent Fujita from becoming more closely involved in the management of the hotel, which is a favourite haunt of top stars visiting London and where rooms and suites cost from £225 to £775 a night.

  • Holme Roberts & Owen hires Clyde & Co partner

    28-Feb-2000

    US firm Holme Roberts & Owen has launched its multinational partnership (MNP) by luring corporate finance partner Michael Prosser from Clyde & Co.The Colorado-based firm told The Lawyer last year that it would become an MNP and begin recruiting UK partners to meet the needs of its US clients in international transactions (8 November 1999).The firm already has UK and German ...

  • Insurers stick with CC and Slaughters

    28-Feb-2000

    Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May have been chosen to advise on CGU's merger with Norwich Union announced last week.The decision sees both firms retain their regular corporate instructions from the insurance giants - Clifford Chance for CGU and Slaughters for Norwich Union.

  • Irwin Mitchell chief nets Wednesday role

    28-Feb-2000

    Howard Culley claims to be the only practising lawyer at the helm of a major club. He has been a director of the Yorkshire club for five years. Culley says his appointment will not affect Irwin Mitchell's position as the club's sole legal adviser. He says: "It will take some of my time, but it will not detract from what I'm doing as managing partner of the firm.

  • Irwin Mitchell partner leads soccer giants

    28-Feb-2000

    The managing partner of national firm Irwin Mitchell has been appointed chairman of Premier League football club Sheffield Wednesday.Howard Culley claims to be the only practising lawyer at the helm of a major club. He has been a director of the Yorkshire club for five years.Culley says his appointment will not affect Irwin Mitchell's position as the club's sole ...

  • IT warning follows porn case

    28-Feb-2000

    EAST Anglian law firm Birketts is warning others to beware after its IT manager admitted running an internet porn racket from the firm's office.The 20-partner commercial firm, based in Ipswich, discovered the activities of Andrew Croft after he had been with the firm for two and a half years.Croft pleaded guilty to two charges of publishing adverts on the internet offering ...

  • It's been a bad week for...

    28-Feb-2000

    Norman Green, who received a bill for £526 for damage to a bus and a threat of court action if he refused to pay. The bus company, First Leicester, has suspended the summons until Green's finances improve. Green missed 14 weeks of work after being hit by the bus when he was crossing a road.Sotheby's and Christie's (above). The auction houses are bracing themselves for a series of lawsuits following accusations of price-fixing ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    28-Feb-2000

    Judges who are "door-stepped" by reporters outside their homes. The more controversial members of the judiciary are to receive training in how to deal with tabloid hacks demanding that they explain why they have "let someone off with a slap on the wrist". The training is part of a new package of measures which includes giving judges the same right to public funding of libel actions that applies to other public servants.Victims and families ...

  • Law Lords sink teeth into case

    28-Feb-2000

    A legal battle over the right to market a product aimed at keeping teeth white is on its way to the Law Lords. Lords Hope, Browne-Wilkinson and Hutton have given leave for Optident to challenge Appeal Court backing for moves by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which it says amount to unlawful obstruction of its marketing programme. The company claims that Opalescence, the product at the centre of the battle, is "a medical device" and in Germany ...

  • Lawyers must learn to master art of pricing

    28-Feb-2000

    The issue of salaries dominated the front page of The Lawyer once again last week, reviving concerns among private practitioners about the cost of delivering legal services.But important as the perennial concerns of salaries and other law firm costs are, the real issue for firms today is learning how to estimate the value of their services to their clients and how to price accordingly.While most of us now buy into this in principle, we still find it hard to live ...

  • Linklaters debates retirement policy

    28-Feb-2000

    Linklaters and its alliance partners are locked in a series of talks to thrash out a common retirement age following merger.But chief executive Terence Kyle says the merged practice is most likely to adopt the UK firm's mandatory age of 65 "because it seems to be pretty universal throughout industry, not just in law firms".Retirement ages differ from country to country. ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 28/2/00

    28-Feb-2000

    Olga Ploumi (personal representative of the estate of Evangelina Ploumi) v Lewisham London Borough Council (2000) 10 January 2000Claimant: Female, personal representative of the estate of the deceased (D) aged 27 at date of accident.Incident: In July 1996, D was a tenant/visitor in premises controlled by the defendant council. Following a burglary a security door was installed by a company employed by the defendant. The door that was installed was inappropriate ...

  • Litigation Writs28/2/00

    28-Feb-2000

    A couple who have to regularly pump water out of their new billiards room despite spending more than £1m on building work are suing architect Charles Brice for damages of more than £500,000. The below-ground billiards room was built only yards away from an artesian spring in Maida Vale, where the couple live. Immediately after the space for the room was dug out, it filled up with water, and despite various building works, it remains unsatisfactory. ...

  • Lloyd's appoints 29-year-old legal chief

    2-Mar-2000

    Sean McGovern, presently head of finance and international, takes over as director of legal services on 1 April.

  • Lovells advises London Underground bidder

    28-Feb-2000

    The firm was offered the work after Trilliam's usual adviser Freshfields had to withdraw because of a conflict of interests.

  • Lovells advises London Underground PFI bidder

    28-Feb-2000

    Lovells is tipped to work on London Underground's £2bn PFI initiative if first-time client Trilliam's bid for the project is successful.The firm was offered the work after Trilliam's usual adviser Freshfields had to withdraw because of a conflict of interests.Lovells is acting for the consortium which is made up of Trilliam and Land Securities.The project - entitled London Underground Property Partnership - involves the development ...

  • Lovells Boesebeck in Deutshe Post IPO

    28-Feb-2000

    Lovells Boesebeck Droste is advising the German government on the initial public offering (IPO) of Deutsche Post in a deal involving law firms from three countries.The Anglo-German firm will handle the sale of up to 35 per cent of the company, planned for later this year.Werner Michael Waldeck, a partner at Lovells Boesebeck in Frankfurt, is leading the team working on the deal.Deutsche Post is thought to be worth between £17bn and £18bn, ...

  • Management change at Devonshires

    1-Mar-2000

    The firm saysformer Freshfields lawyer Bradley aged 38 is the youngest female managing partner ever to be elected to such a position.

  • Management shake-up at Edge Ellison

    2-Mar-2000

    Hayward's new role is understood to be predominantly administrative and he will remain as head of Edge Ellison's London operation.

  • Masons forges Asian alliance

    2-Mar-2000

    The two lawyers who run Masons' current Singapore operation will move into the offices of CLL's 30-lawyer practice.

  • Nigel Pleming QC on the implications of the Pinochet case. Nigel Pleming QC, a tenant of 39 Essex Street, was lead counsel for the Kingdom of Belgium. Nigel Pleming QC on the implications of

    28-Feb-2000

    The case of R v Secretary of State of the Home Department, ex parte the Kingdom of Belgium is perhaps the final UK round of the Pinochet saga before the senator returns to Chile, too unwell to stand trial in Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, France, or the UK, in response to allegations of responsibility for torture and enforced disappearances.The Kingdom of Belgium was seeking the assistance of the UK courts to compel the Home Secretary to ...

  • Norton Rose's Singapore ally wounded by mass defection

    28-Feb-2000

    Norton Rose's Asian arm is reeling after an associated firm in Singapore was decimated by walk-outs.Ally practice Lee & Lee, one of the top firms in Singapore, lost seven partners and up to 10 associates when the entire litigation department left to start a rival firm.Norton Rose, which has 30 lawyers in the island state, is barred from practising Singapore law under local ...

  • One Garden Court to open in Exeter

    28-Feb-2000

    Leading family law chambers One Garden Court is to open an office in the South West after demand from local solicitors.The set, headed by Eleanor Platt QC and Alison Ball QC, has recruited two new tenants who will be based permanently in Exeter, and hopes to bring a junior tenant on board soon.Kay Firth-Butterfield is joining the office from 1 Gray's Inn Square in London, the chambers of The Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC.Gillian Downham is also ...

  • Pannones secures top IP clients from DJ Freeman

    28-Feb-2000

    Top Manchester law firm Pannone & Partners has won two major intellectual property clients from City firm DJ Freeman.The 56-partner regional firm will act for the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourism Council protecting their intellectual property rights worldwide.The clients approached Pannones to act for them after because they did not want to pay London rates for the work, which demands more than 15 hours every month from the partner dealing with ...

  • Partner attacks Rowe & Maw's retirement policy

    28-Feb-2000

    Top Rowe & Maw IT partner Michael Webster has attacked the firm's retirement policy as he prepares to join Nicholson Graham & Jones.Webster, 58, says he is joining Nicholsons' IP and IT group because Rowe & Maw would not let him continue as an equity partner after April."Our retirement age is officially 60 but most people don't stay much past 55."In the US, they keep their senior people until well into their 60s if they are making a ...

  • Power provider jolts advisers

    28-Feb-2000

    Independent Energy, the largest independent provider of gas and electricity in the UK, has decided to move some of its legal work in-house.The move will come as a blow to Masons and Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson which have handled the majority of the company's legal work in the past.The Solihull-based company has taken on two lawyers, both with experience of the energy industry.John Stubbs will be the company's chief legal counsel. ...

  • Power regulator recruits first general counsel from Simmons

    28-Feb-2000

    The authority regulating gas and electricity has recruited its first general counsel from City firm Simmons & Simmons.Leading competition and energy law partner Charles Bankes will join the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) for two years on secondment to establish the role. Four firms - Simmons & Simmons, Denton Wilde Sapte, Nabarro Nathanson and

  • Property

    28-Feb-2000

    Gouldens advised Delancey Estates on its forward funding, letting and £15m acquisition of Henblas Square, Wrexham, from developer Centros Miller. David Roberts, property partner at Gouldens, acted on the sale. Centros Miller was advised by Macfarlanes.

  • Quote of the week

    28-Feb-2000

    "The police have taken a blow. They have to get over it. Undoubtedly some officers were given a pretty rough time. They deserved it."- Sir William Macpherson telling the Metropolitan Police to stop "whining and complaining" about his report into the mishandling of the case of Stephen Lawrence.

  • Rooks Rider appoints head of family law

    28-Feb-2000

    Tax specialist Rooks Rider has started to rebuild its family law division with the appointment of leading div-orce lawyer Janet Tresman.Tresman has been given the job as head of the division after the firm lost a family law partner and three assistants to Charles Russell last September.Tresman brings with her 20 years experience in private practice and seven years as a deputy ...

  • Rozenberg

    28-Feb-2000

    So, farewell then, Augusto? But just think how it might have been. What if the English courts had handled his extradition as they should have done? Wouldn't General Pinochet now be sitting in a Spanish prison awaiting trial for torture?The first Law Lords hearing began early in November 1998. Judgment was given just three weeks later. Lord Hoffmann famously sat while disqualified.Writing in The Pinochet Case, a new book of essays edited by ...

  • Scuffle of the week

    28-Feb-2000

    Kamlesh Bahl v the Law Society. The low-key inquisitorial procedure that the Law Society first anticipated into the allegations of bullying brought against Bahl is a far cry from the full-blown adversarial fight it has now become. Bahl faced six complainants at a 'City law firm's offices' as her lawyers from Lewis Silkin line up against the complainants' lawyers from Herbert Smith. ...

  • Shaw Pittman plans merger and LA office

    28-Feb-2000

    Washington DC firm Shaw Pittman has launched a three-pronged attack on the US legal market.The high-tech industry specialist will merge with fellow Washington practice Fisher Wayland Cooper Leader & Zaragosa and open its first west coast office in Los Angeles in March.The merger with Fisher Wayland is effective from 1 March and will add 35 lawyers to the 330-lawyer Shaw Pittman.The two firms shared a client in XM Satellite Radio, and Fisher Wayland ...

  • Sights set on the big three

    28-Feb-2000

    The largest firms in Germany have a great deal to offer UK firms looking to forge stronger links across Europe.Bruckhaus Westrick Heller LaberNumber of partners: 141Number of lawyers: 370German offices: Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Munich and Leipzig.Areas of practice: Full service.The firm is listed as the largest in Germany by the JuVe national ranking system. 'It is clearly recognised that we ...

  • SPBG joins force with Law Centres group...

    28-Feb-2000

    The Solicitors' Pro Bono Group (SPBG) and the Law Centres Federation are setting up a partnership to organise pro bono services across London.A new scheme called LawWorks is being developed which will offer pro bono in each London borough and will be resourced by City firms.The SPBG will act as a clearing house for solicitors wanting to get involved and will staff the project, while the Law Centres Federation will provide the premises and backup services.

  • Stanbrook & Hooper expands Brussels office

    1-Mar-2000

    Partners Marcel Houben, Fred Lukoff and Wang Lei have been poached from rival Brussels firm, Oppenheimer Wolff. Houben is to establish a labour law department, while Lukoff and Wang Lei - a former member of China's WTO membership negotiating team - join the trade department.

  • Start-Up

    28-Feb-2000

    Allen & Overy advised Dutch telecoms company Equant on the formation of a new company with Reuters. Ian Ferguson and Laurence Jacobs, corporate partners in the communications and technology group at Allen & Overy, headed a team of six on the deal. Slaughter and May advised Reuters.

  • Taylor Joynson Garrett raid Alexanders

    29-Feb-2000

    Buzzoni has been a partner at Alexanders, the London-based niche private client firm, since 1994. Michael Stanford-Tuck, head of TJG's private client department says the synergies between his firm's corporate and private client practices have never been stronger and that Buzzoni arrives "not a moment too soon". He says: "The internet and IP-rich technology sectors which are keeping the M&A teams busy are peopled by successful ...

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

    28-Feb-2000

    Weil Gotshal & Manges represented MediaOne Group and its subsidiary MediaOne International Holdings on the sale of its stock holdings in a number of companies to Microsoft Holdings. Akiko Mikumo, London-based head of US law at Weil Gotshal, acted with a team of two on the transaction. Sullivan ...

  • The Firm

    28-Feb-2000

    Conversation over lunch at The Firm between Jack Pratchard and Tom Henderson...Pratchard: I think it's a wonderful idea of Keith Clark's. Clifford Chance is lucky to have him. A leader. Dare I say, a living saint. I'd say a few other things, but he'd probably take out an injunction to make sure they weren't published...Henderson: What are ...

  • Things fall apart

    28-Feb-2000

    London’s Commercial Court is currently hearing a case involving SJ Berwin, Stephenson Harwood, Dibb Lupton Alsop, an ex-dictator, a Swiss company, and accusations of paying the expert witness. David Wigan reports.A few hundred yards from the neo-gothic grandeur of London’s High Court, in a quiet corner ...

  • UK firms go Deutsch

    28-Feb-2000

    Germany offers many attractions for UK law firms with an international agenda. Ryan Dunleavy discovers how far they have gone towards securing a slice of the lucrative German market and the possible pitfalls which could hinder plans for further expansion.UK law firms are in a race to dominate the German legal market. This year has already seen Clifford Chance become the largest firm ...

  • Weil Gotshal lifts salaries in London

    28-Feb-2000

    US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges will today announce major salary increases for its London associates.Many London US firms are reviewing their rates in the wake of the huge hikes in New York. But Weil Gotshal's decision stands out because the London office has traditionally billed itself as an English practice and paid only a moderate premium of about 15 per cent on magic ...

  • Weil Gotshal ups London associates' salaries

    28-Feb-2000

    Many London US firms are reviewing their rates following the huge hikes in New York. But Weil Gotshal's decision stands out because the London office has traditionally billed itself as an English practice and paid only a modest premium of about 15 per cent on magic circle rates.

  • When 'guilty' is the better choice

    28-Feb-2000

    The chances of prisoners gaining parole are heightened if they admit to being guilty. But, as John Cooper writes, this is a double-edged sword for those who are innocent. John Cooper is a barrister at 3 Gray's Inn Square.During the course of a contested criminal trial defendants will vigorously assert their innocence. Sometimes the jury does not believe them. If this is the case the next stage of the trial process takes place - as the Americans call it - "the ...

  • Why the Yanks aren't coming

    28-Feb-2000

    While US firms hungrily eye successful UK firms in the hope of marriage, IP/IT practices in London seem anything but keen. Claire Smith discovers why the merger talks keep on breaking down.When the partners at Bird & Bird read of the failed merger talks between IP/IT firm Rakisons and US practice LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae (The Lawyer, 14 February) they probably already knew ...

  • Wragge & Co merges with IP practice

    3-Mar-2000

    The merger confirms Wragge's strategy of growth by stealth, following its strategic merger with Birmingham construction firm Neil F Jones in October last year.