30 August 1999

The Lawyer

  • A&O braced for bidding war over Allied Carpets

    30-Aug-1999

    Allen & Overy is gearing up to fight in the latest City bidding war after its client, Allied Carpets, admitted that it had received offers for the company.The troubled retail giant, which has issued two profit warnings since May 1998, has received a 65p per share offer from its largest shareholder Wassall, which would value Allied at about u59m.Among a number of unsolicited ...

  • Are the Woolf reforms working?

    30-Aug-1999

    Leigh Day & Co senior partner Martyn Day examines the mixed success of the Woolf reforms. Martyn Day is senior partner at personal injury firm Leigh Day & Co.The purpose of the Woolf reforms was to speed up the legal process, cut red tape, and make it more user-friendly, with the aim of making litigation cheaper, particularly in smaller cases.Four months after the introduction of the reforms, the changes have been wide-ranging. But has ...

  • Australian firm in u9m fraud payout

    30-Aug-1999

    The partners of one of Australia's most prestigious law firms, Allen Allen & Hemsley, have been found personally liable for A$22m (u9m), arising from the fraudulent activities of a former managing partner in the London office.The 100-partner firm, which is based in Sydney and Brisbane, has been rocked by a string of adverse judgments in the courts relating to fraud and negligence."They remain one of the top five but can no longer say they are the pre-eminent ...

  • B&B reveals 13-strong legal panel

    30-Aug-1999

    Bradford & Bingley Estate Agents has announced its first panel of 13 law firms to take on bulk conveyancing work.Shoosmiths & Harrison, Hammond Suddards, Addleshaw Booth & Co, Denton Hall and Eversheds are among firms selected.Others on the panel are:

  • BT battles for access to Humber Bridge

    30-Aug-1999

    Roger Pearson reports on a row between BT and the Humber Bridge Board over access to telecom cables on the crossing.A legal battle centring on the Humber Bridge is heading for the High Court.The Humber Bridge Board faces a courtroom confrontation with British Telecom as the latest move in a row over access to the bridge which dates back to 1994.BT wants to install a second fibre optic cable on the bridge. It is seeking access to carry out the work ...

  • Case of the week

    30-Aug-1999

    Formerly law-abiding Liverpool mother Patricia McCarthy has been jailed for a year for theft and burglary by Preston Crown Court - despite winning u450,000 compensation from doctors a month earlier for brain damage which occurred during an operation and caused criminal tendencies. McCarthy's barrister, William Parkinson of 19 Castle Street in Liverpool claimed her Jekyll and Hyde transformation happened because a gynaecologist accidentally caused a bubble to form in her ...

  • Cisco Systems

    30-Aug-1999

    The UK division of information technology giant Cisco is believed to be the biggest operation outside its US headquarters.

  • City firms attack plans for LLPs

    30-Aug-1999

    The Government's proposed legislation for limited liability partnerships (LLPs) will put City law firms at a disadvantage overseas firms with offices in the UK, say critics of the bill.The draft Limited Liability Partnership Bill requires UK LLPs to disclose accounts, but does not require overseas LLPs to do so. This would mean US partnerships competing with UK firms would have access to information about their rivals' finances.Most US firms operating ...

  • City firms fear delay at Companies House move

    30-Aug-1999

    City law firms are warning of delays in completing deals following the closure of records office Companies House in London.The shutdown, say firms, is bound to hold up transactions. Hard copies of documents will be available from Companies House in Cardiff.But lawyers say delays getting details to London will affect mergers and acquisitions. Those advising US-based clients are expected to be particularly hard hit because of the time difference.Searches ...

  • City trio earns millions in Allied Domecq sale

    30-Aug-1999

    Magic Circle firms Slaughter and May, Linklaters and Clifford Chance are understood to have made millions out of the complex and bitter struggle for the control of Allied Domecq's pub chain.The multi-million ...

  • Clifford Chance to up retirement age

    30-Aug-1999

    Clifford Chance has increased its mandatory retirement age due to its merger with Rogers & Wells.The Lawyer understands that following the merger of the two firms in January, Clifford Chance partners will retire at 65, rather than 60 as they do now.The same retirement age will apply to Rogers & Wells partners, who currently retire at 70.Partners at US firms traditionally ...

  • Coming clean on money laundering

    30-Aug-1999

    John Potts, head of corporate litigation, Clifford Chance Maurice Allen, head of banking, Weil Gotshal & MangesDavid Byrne, head of investigation, Titmuss Sainer DechertThe National Criminal Intelligence ...

  • Cornhill Insurance cuts advisers to reduce costs

    30-Aug-1999

    Cornhill Insurance is cutting down the number of its external legal advisers as part of a cost-cutting exercise.The law firms facing the axe are those providing insurance litigation advice to Cornhill's claims and services department.According to industry sources, Cornhill will send out invitations to tender to a selected number of firms in late September before beginning the bidding process in December.Keith Mahon, claims and services executive ...

  • Council faces car park claim

    30-Aug-1999

    In Shops Centre and Bristol City Council are heading for the High Court in a dispute over repairs to a car park in Bristol. In Shops says that joists supporting the car park floors are in danger of collapsing unless u20,000 repairs are carried out. However, the company, which is represented by Warwick-based solicitors Moore & Tibbits, claims that although it has asked the council to carry out the repairs as a matter of utmost urgency, because of the potential ...

  • Cripps Harries hires new family chief

    30-Aug-1999

    Regional firm Cripps Harries Hall has poached a new head for its leading family law department.Michael Rowlands has moved to Cripps from fellow Kent-based firm Argles & Court. He will be charged with developing the practice, which is already regarded as one of the leaders in the South East."There is a huge difference between these two firms in terms of size, and Cripps ...

  • DAC gets judge barred from hearing

    30-Aug-1999

    The Court of Appeal has ruled Lord Justice Evans ineligible to hear a case brought by more than 3,000 South African miners after Davies Arnold Cooper filed an application to have him taken off the case.Lawyers see his disqualification as a direct repercussion from the embarrassment caused to the judiciary by Lord Hoffmann's failure to declare an interest during extradition hearings into Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet.Lord Justice Evans has ...

  • Dentons wins u12K in Matisse copyright case

    30-Aug-1999

    Denton Hall has won u12,000 on behalf of the Matisse family, a year after taking over the instruction from Stephens Innocent.A copyright claim was brought against Phaidon Press in 1992 by Les Heritiers Matisse, the family of the French artist Henri Matisse, through Stephens Innocent.However, the firm was taken off the case in August 1998 and replaced by Denton Hall, which this month reached an out-of-court settlement and an injunction against Phaidon Press for ...

  • Designers appeal to Lords

    30-Aug-1999

    Designers Guild and Russell Williams (Textiles) may go to the House of Lords in a copyright tussle. Designers Guild successfully sued Russell Williams in the High Court last year, alleging infringement of copyright in one of its fabric designs. However, Russell Williams succeeded in overturning the decision on appeal. The Appeal Court ruled there had been no copying of the whole of Designers Guild's design. Designers Guild has applied for leave to appeal to the House ...

  • Dibbs fights changes in internet law

    30-Aug-1999

    Dibb Lupton Alsop's Brussels office is launching a campaign to fight the European Commission over plans to change the laws covering e-commerce.The EU wants to make companies trading on the internet subject to the different laws of all 15 member states."It would be an untenable situation," says Mike Pullen, an associate in Dibbs' Brussels corporate department who is spearheading the campaign."If this legislation is adopted, anyone operating ...

  • Director of OSS did a good job

    30-Aug-1999

    Now that Mr Ross has resigned as director of the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS), and without commenting on the circumstances surrounding that event, it is fair to acknowledge that much of what he did in his term was well done and soundly based. The major problems of his era - the mounting delays and growing arrears in handling complaints - were symptoms not of personal incompetence, but of a collective failure or reluctance on the part of the profession ...

  • Eversheds' administrator faces pensions charges

    30-Aug-1999

    Eversheds' Newcastle-based employment services company is being prosecuted by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) for making late payments into its company pension scheme.The company, EIW Services (North East), will appear before Newcastle upon Tyne magistrates on 24 September charged with failing to pay employee earnings to the trustees of two pension schemes within ...

  • Feathering the magpies' nest

    30-Aug-1999

    Andrew Facer, a partner in Newcastle firm Ward Hadaway, has very particular views on the North East economy. "In my opinion, the economic climate seems to be linked to how the football club does."Newcastle United fans would like to agree. Because while the Magpies are struggling, the Newcastle economy is thriving and the legal market is enjoying a period of growth on the back of it.

  • Financings

    30-Aug-1999

    Garretts represented Dicom Group on the equity funding of acquisition vehicle Imaging Components Corporation (ICC) and its $70.5m (u44m) tender offer for US company Kofax Image Products. David Bolton

  • Financings

    30-Aug-1999

    Norton Rose acted for Scotia Water Dalmuir on the u50m design

  • Financings

    30-Aug-1999

    Denton Hall advised the Equitable Life Assurance Society on development of Basingstoke shopping centre Festival Place. The scheme is funded through a partnership between Equitable Life

  • Financings

    30-Aug-1999

    Herbert Smith represented Merrill Lynch International in its capacity as lead manager on a u1.15bn bond issue by Edison First Power

  • Flotations & Financing

    30-Aug-1999

    Norton Rose acted for Scotia Water Dalmuir on the £50m design, build, finance and operation of new waste-water treatment works at Dalmuir. Banking partner David Coulter led Norton Rose's team. Bird Semple acted for Scotia Water. Wilde Sapte and McGrigor Donald advised Paribas, which arranged the loan. Dund

  • Flotations & Financing

    30-Aug-1999

    Denton Hall advised the Equitable Life Assurance Society on development of Basingstoke shopping centre Festival Place. The scheme is funded through a partnership between Equitable Life, Grosvenor Estate, Hermes and the National Provident Institution (NPI). Nichola West, property partner at Denton Hall, acted on the deal with corporate partner Charles Green and assistant Joanne Knibb. Herbert Smith represented Hermes, Boodle Hatfield acted for Grosvenor, ...

  • Flotations & Financing

    30-Aug-1999

    Herbert Smith represented Merrill Lynch International in its capacity as lead manager on a £1.15bn bond issue by Edison First Power, a subsidiary of Edison Mission Energy. The issue will allow the purchase of two coal power stations, Ferrybridge C in Yorkshire and Fiddler's Ferry in Cheshire, from PowerGen. Kevin Pullen, banking partner at Herbert Smith, worked with a seven-strong team which included tax partners Heather Gething and Ross Fraser. Stephen ...

  • Flotations & Financing

    30-Aug-1999

    Garretts represented Dicom Group on the equity funding of acquisition vehicle Imaging Components Corporation (ICC) and its $70.5m (£44m) tender offer for US company Kofax Image Products. David Bolton, corporate partner at Garretts, led a three-strong team, including Mark Cathro and Matthew Dobson, both managers in the corporate department. New York firm Kirkland & Ellis ...

  • ICL gains Simmons partner

    30-Aug-1999

    Simmons & Simmons' long-standing corporate partner Richard Allnutt is leaving to join global IT services supplier ICL where he will head the legal department.Allnutt - a heavyweight in Simmons' corporate department where he has been a partner for 12 years - is due to join ICL's legal department of 20 lawyers as group counsel in September.Allnutt, who applied for an advertised position with the u2.73bn company, says: "This is an excellent opportunity ...

  • In brief: Claims Direct

    30-Aug-1999

    Claims Direct Due to production errors in last week's issue, it was wrongly reported that Claims Direct had been criticised by the Lord Chancellor's Department. Claims Direct was not among those criticised. The report also wrongly stated that Claims Direct deals with 2,000 personal injury cases a year instead of monthly. We apologise for any embarrassment these mistakes may have caused.

  • In brief: Donns Solicitors

    30-Aug-1999

    Donns Solicitors in Manchester has promoted a partner from within its catastrophic injury department. Lesley Casey has been an associate partner in the practice area for the last three years, dealing with extreme personal injury cases.

  • In brief: Gateley Wareing

    30-Aug-1999

    Gateley Wareing has appointed a new head of commercial litigation from Edge Ellison. Steve Goodrham joins the firm as an associate to raise the profile of the dedicated commercial litigation unit within the litigation services group.

  • In brief: Hughmans

    30-Aug-1999

    Hughmans' financial director Paul Stanton Hyams has admitted stealing u30,000 over two years. The City-based director pleaded guilty to 10 sample counts of dishonestly obtaining money transfers by deception and six sample charges of theft at Bow Street magistrates court. He was remanded on bail for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court.

  • In brief: Irwin Mitchell

    30-Aug-1999

    Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier is calling on the Government to use the public inquiry into the Marchioness sinking as an opportunity to improve the legal system. Irwin Mitchell represented victims of the Thames disaster. Napier is calling for a new crime of corporate killing.

  • In brief: Kent Jones and Done

    30-Aug-1999

    Kent Jones and Done in Stoke-on-Trent has recruited a partner to its corporate and commercial department from Pinsent Curtis. Andrew Tyrer was previously a senior associate at Pinsents.

  • In brief: Linklaters

    30-Aug-1999

    Linklaters has agreed a pro bono deal with Oxfam that will save the charity £40,000 over the next three years. The firm will negotiate 10 leases a year for the charity's high street shops.

  • In brief: Paisner & Co

    30-Aug-1999

    Paisner & Co has increased its fee earning staff by 12.5 per cent in the past three months, bringing the fee earning total to 155. The firm poached solicitors from Berrymans Lace Mawer, Berwin Leighton, Coudert Brothers, Garretts, SJ Berwin and Theodore Goddard as part of an expansion drive.

  • In brief: The Lord Chancellor

    30-Aug-1999

    The Lord Chancellor has appointed Robert Kerr Forret to be a full-time chairman of social security, medical appeals tribunals, disability, child support, and vaccines damage appeal tribunals until November.

  • In brief: The Solicitors Family Law Association

    30-Aug-1999

    The Solicitors Family Law Association has announced that 87 of the 130 members who applied for accreditation under its new scheme have succeeded. To qualify practitioners need to pass an examination, spend more than 550 hours a year on family work and be qualified for at least five years. The results were welcomed as evidence that the scheme was establishing a tough standard.

  • In brief: Wragge & Co

    30-Aug-1999

    Wragge & Co assistant William Brewis is working on secondment to the BUPA in-house legal team. BUPA is a new client for Wragges and the firm is hoping the appointment will lead to more work. Slaughter and May does most of BUPA's outsourced legal work.

  • It's been a bad week for...

    30-Aug-1999

    Retired cleaner Norma Lomas, one of many victims of crime for whom court orders are not worth the paper they are written on. A judge ordered the thief who stole Lomas' family heirloom gold sovereign necklace to pay her u15 compensation, but two years on Lomas has only received u6.43.Frankenstein foods. Friends of the Earth's demands for a judicial review of the decision of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    30-Aug-1999

    Immigration lawyers. Home Secretary Jack Straw is finally bowing to pressure over the excessive delays to asylum claims, appointing 600 extra staff and allocating u120m extra funds to the Home Office immigration department. About 68,000 asylum claims are expected this year, compared to last year's figure of 46,000.Employment lawyers. An employment tribunal is deciding an unfair dismissal case involving a secretary who was sacked for spending ...

  • Kingsford Stacey opens PI department

    30-Aug-1999

    London firm Kingsford Stacey Blackwell is due to open a specialist personal injury claims unit this week staffed by 60 lawyers, making it one of the largest in the UK.Kingsford Stacey went on a massive recruitment drive in May, bringing in 50 new fee earners to deal with calls from the public.The firm has taken new offices in Fetter Lane to house the staff.The expansion follows the firm's success in securing work from "a few major insurance companies".

  • Law Society launches benchmarking service

    30-Aug-1999

    The Law Society is launching an internet service which will allow firms to compare their financial performance with their competitors.Members of the society's law management section will be able to use the new benchmarking service to measure their profitability against other firms of similar size and area of work, although all the information will be anonymous.Practices will also be able to see how their performance compares to the most profitable firms ...

  • Lawyer award winner joins private practice

    30-Aug-1999

    A winner at this year's Lawyer Awards has left his local government job to join top public law firm Sharpe Pritchard.John Harrison, deputy head of legal services at the London Borough of Southwark, will join the firm as a senior solicitor.Harrison led the borough's team which won this year's Deal of the Year at The Lawyer Awards for work carried out on the Millennium Bridge project, the new pedestrian bridge over the River Thames.Harrison ...

  • Leading the market in the North

    30-Aug-1999

    When it comes to the regions, it is difficult to imagine a more competitive marketplace than Leeds.Yet not content to simply defend their regional turf, the major Leeds firms are setting their sights on the City and Europe.It is generally acknowledged that there are six main players in the Leeds market: Addleshaw Booth & Co, Dibb Lupton Alsop, Eversheds, Hammond Suddards, Pinsent ...

  • Legal Week

    30-Aug-1999

    There is a recruitment crisis at the Lawyer's firm. This means the children and I see little of him at the moment, as a "clear desk" policy only works if you've got someone else's desk to dump everything on, and he is not only working 14-hour days, but suffering from severe delegation withdrawal. He makes up for it when he comes home, with all his ordering people about now concentrated into the evening hours, like undiluted orange squash. I found myself jumping to undo ...

  • New time restriction sparks complaints

    30-Aug-1999

    Commercial litigators say a pre-action protocol on handling debt claims may lead to court-room mayhem if it becomes law because of the time restriction it imposes.Under the protocol, judges will have the power to award adverse costs against defendants if they do not respond to claims with a full case outline within a week. Parties are also given only seven days to decide on a mutually acceptable expert.But debt claims lawyers are complaining that in other areas ...

  • Northern bars seek strength through unity

    30-Aug-1999

    Talk to legal practitioners about the Leeds bar 10 years ago, and the word "dabbling" invariably crops up. Barristers, it seems, tended to have broad practices, hopping from a criminal trial one day to a tax case the next.It is an image the Leeds bar is keen to banish. In an increasingly competitive market, local sets are striving to convince solicitors that they offer a high quality, specialist service. They aim to stem the flow of work from Leeds firms to London or Manchester ...

  • Orricks steals Cameron McKenna duo

    30-Aug-1999

    US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has lured two Cameron McKenna project finance partners to join its London office.Martin Stewart-Smith and Paul Stock join the San Francisco-based firm from Cameron McKenna's energy and construction department.Ian Johnson, managing partner of Orricks' London office, says: "Martin and Paul's addition further ...

  • Osborne Clarke raids Pinsents

    30-Aug-1999

    Osborne Clarke is poaching a key corporate partner from Pinsent Curtis' City office as part of an attempt to strengthen its venture capital group in London.Geraint Lloyd will help to strengthen Osborne Clarke's City venture capital group by doubling its number of permanent partners and bringing clients with him.He starts this week. Lloyd was a partner at Pinsent ...

  • Partners at R&W to get huge payout

    30-Aug-1999

    Rogers & Wells partners are to receive a bumper payout of partner profits when the firm merges with Clifford Chance.The US firm's partners will receive extra profits because the firm is switching from cash accounting to Clifford Chance's accruals system, which takes into account unpaid bills and work in progress.Sources say this makes Rogers & Wells instantly more ...

  • Partners quit Sydney firm in MDP row

    30-Aug-1999

    Australian law firm Middletons Moore & Bevins has lost a quarter of its Sydney-based partners - after turning down a merger approach from a big accountancy firm.The 73-partner practice is one of Australia's top 10 firms but the recent upheavals have seen seven of the Sydney office's 29 partners move to other firms.All those leaving are well known in the Sydney market and Middletons may struggle to recover from the loss.It is not clear which ...

  • Paul Harter

    30-Aug-1999

    Sean Farrell meets Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Paul Harter, who is charged with implementing plans for the US firm to start practising English law in London.

  • Philip Goodchild on part-timers' bids for pension rights

    30-Aug-1999

    Philip Goodchild is a pensions solicitor at Hammond Suddards.Women part-time workers are waiting for a ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ), due 14 September, in the case of Preston v Wolverhampton Healthcare NHS Trust.This is a test case for 60,000 employees who allege that, contrary to Article 119 of the Treaty of Rome, they were excluded from an occupational pension scheme because they worked part-time. The ruling should ...

  • Pinsents scores twice with Wembley panels

    30-Aug-1999

    Pinsent Curtis has scored a double by winning two appointments to the private practice panels advising on the u475m Wembley Stadium project.The firm's tax and construction teams were selected after a competitive tender process and will join other law firms on the relevant panels.Senior partner Julian Tonks says: "We were delighted with this win which is our second major success recently, following hard on the heels of the firm's appointment by the DETR ...

  • Plea for son's sterilisation refused

    30-Aug-1999

    A recent High Court Family Division action before Mr Justice Sumner has introduced a new dimension to litigation aimed at obtaining orders for the mentally handicapped to be sterilised.A string of cases in which sterilisation orders have been sought, and often granted, in respect of mentally handicapped women has built up since 1976.Now, for the first time, an application has been made to obtain an order that a 27-year-old Down's syndrome ...

  • Property

    30-Aug-1999

    Clifford Chance property solicitor Richard Hopkinson-Woolley advised Burford Group on the u200,000 annual grant of a lease of space in London's Trocadero for an u8m James Bond "Licensed to Thrill" simulator ride. Foot & Bowden general commercial solicitor Richard Sutton advised tenants The Entertainment Team Rides.

  • Property

    30-Aug-1999

    Clifford Chance property solicitor Richard Hopkinson-Woolley advised Burford Group on the £200,000 annual grant of a lease of space in London's Trocadero for an £8m James Bond "Licensed to Thrill" simulator ride. Foot & Bowden general commercial solicitor Richard Sutton advised tenants The Entertainment Team Rides.

  • Pump Court loses fourth senior clerk

    30-Aug-1999

    London's premier tax set Pump Court has parted company with its latest senior clerk, understood to be its fourth in the last 10 years.The Lawyer understands that Graham Kettle left Pump Court Tax Chambers after returning from two weeks leave. The chambers refuses to say if he has a new job to go to.A senior clerk at a neighbouring set says: "Chambers don't realise how damaging it is to keep changing. It takes a good two to three years to bed in at the ...

  • Putting a bet on CFAs

    30-Aug-1999

    Last week, Linklaters' head of advocacy, Mark Humphries, bought a racehorse and called it "No Win, No Fee".His purchase coincides with his firm's announcement that it will be the first magic circle law firm to advise clients to enter into conditional fee agreements (CFAs) as policy in certain cases.Linklaters is hedging its bets by introducing the payment method on ...

  • Quote of the week

    30-Aug-1999

    "Judicial chambers, like any other small office, require a close working relationship among its staff, and workers routinely may be exposed to the vagaries of co-workers' or employer's sometimes eccentric personalities or uncivil behaviour."- Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court rules that Traffic Court Judge Lillian Podgorski's habits of throwing things at her assistant, cursing her family, believing repairmen were spying on ...

  • Reynolds Porter scores second internet sale

    30-Aug-1999

    Insurance specialist Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has clinched its second major internet deal in as many months with the u15m sale of website Soccernet to Walt Disney.Disney's interactive division, Buena Vista Internet, bought 60 per cent of the site, owned by Daily Mail & General Trust, to develop its ESPN.com sports service.Tim Anderson, corporate partner ...

  • Robert Hunter

    30-Aug-1999

    Nick Gillies meets Robert Hunter, the man at the heart of Allen & Overy's trust, asset tracing and fraud group.

  • Scuffle of the week

    30-Aug-1999

    London law firm Reid Minty's high-society client Lady Colin Campbell, the author of several books about royalty, has declared herself broke - owing Reid Minty u148,000 in fees and costs.Campbell aims to pay some of her debts at a rate of 13.68p per pound in an Insolvency Voluntary Agreement, but first has to convince her creditors at a meeting next month, where she is likely to get a hostile reaction from Reid Minty.

  • Shoosmiths expands after B&B victory

    30-Aug-1999

    Shoosmiths & Harrison has taken over former Inland Revenue premises in Northampton to house its expanding conveyancing operation, Property Direct, after winning panel work from the Bradford & Bingley building society.The move follows Bradford & Bingley's acquisition of Lloyds TSB's Black Horse Agency.Shoosmiths also advises the UK's largest estate agent, Countrywide ...

  • Simmons loses top IT lawyer

    30-Aug-1999

    A leading member of Simmons & Simmons' IT department is leaving to join Field Fisher Waterhouse.Paul Barton is a senior solicitor in the department and is joining Field Fisher Waterhouse as a partner.He says he has been leading the IT team at Simmons & Simmons and that he is credited with making the firm highly-regarded in the area.Sources close ...

  • Sinclair Roche bags US energy lawyer

    30-Aug-1999

    Energy specialist Gary Campbell has left top US energy firm Vinson & Elkins to join City firm Sinclair Roche & Temperley, known mainly for its shipping work. It reverses the usual trend of top UK lawyers heading for the London offices of US firms.Campbell was made a partner on his move to the company and commercial department of Sinclair Roche's London office.Industry sources say Sinclair Roche plans to make a leap into the energy sector on the back of its ...

  • Sqaure Mile

    30-Aug-1999

    One can only assume that a sudden and dramatic convergence of legal systems around the world has taken place, bringing the word "globalisation" onto the lips of so many City lawyers.Globalisation for the widget maker means selling widgets in world markets that are made in a number of countries. But for the legal profession it implies a substantial presence in all major international centres. By substantial I mean a presence able to provide a broad range of ...

  • Stephenson Harwood adises on collision

    30-Aug-1999

    Stephenson Harwood, Clyde & Co and Ince & Co are attempting to unravel the mass of claims flooding in following last week's shipping accident in the Channel.Cruise liner Norwegian Dream, owned by Norwegian ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Ewa Davis was born in Lodz, Poland in 1963. She is an assistant solicitor with Kitsons in Torquay, Devon.

    30-Aug-1999

    What was your first job?Bartender on a luxury cruise ship in the Caribbean.What subjects did you fail at school?Mathematics - the accounts department are my best friends.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?300 zlotychs.What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?A vet.What was your most satisfying professional moment?Becoming qualified in English Law - after ...

  • This week

    30-Aug-1999

    Expect a statement from the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, on the future of Old Bailey Judge Simon Goldstein, who directed a rape trial jury to decide their verdict in light of "millennium mores". The jury acquitted police officer Barry Byrne. Human rights groups are calling for Judge Goldstein to be sacked.

  • Top 100 firms break through u5bn barrier

    30-Aug-1999

    Total fee income at the top 100 law firms has smashed through the u5bn barrier for the first time, The Lawyer can reveal.The Lawyer 100 survey, a comprehensive analysis of law firms' gross fees and partner profits, today shows the extraordinary success of the UK's leading legal practices.Gross fees for the top 100 firms have risen by 16 per cent from u4.35bn in 1997 to 1998 to u5.03bn over the past 12 months. The total earnings amount to more than 2 ...

  • UK firms lead the race to rebuild Kosovo

    30-Aug-1999

    As relief agencies are still picking through the rubble and shrapnel left after the war in Kosovo UK law firms are at the forefront of attempts to rebuild the country.Some have already begun to form links with regeneration groups. And others, which specialise in construction, are following their clients into the region.Clifford Chance, however, is playing a leading role ...

  • UK firms lead the way

    30-Aug-1999

    This week The Lawyer 100 survey reveals that lawyers are contributing more than two per cent of the UK's gross domestic product.The flip side of the top 100 firms earning over u5bn in gross fees is that clients are spending a record amount for legal advice. The question they may start to ask is whether the 15.6 per cent year-on-year increase in gross fees is accompanied by a comparative increase in value for money.Clients - specifically, finance directors ...

  • Vizard Oldham sets up family law department

    30-Aug-1999

    London firm Vizard Oldham is launching a family law department just four months after forming out of the split of insurance litigation specialists Vizards.Vizard Oldham retained the private client work when 20 partners left to merge with insurance firm Bannisters under the name Vizards Staples & Bannisters. It is now keen to carve out its own niche.Julia Snow, the former managing partner at Hertfordshire firm Woolley & Weston, joined Vizard Oldham two months ...

  • Ward Hadaway moots merger

    30-Aug-1999

    Ward Hadaway has unveiled ambitious expansion plans - including the possibility of merging with a fellow Newcastle firm.The 34-partner practice plans to increase staffing levels by more than 60 per cent and increase fee income from u8.5m to u17m by April next year.But it has ruled out expanding on a national level, making merger the most likely means to carry out much of the ...

  • White & Case wins football rules case

    30-Aug-1999

    SJ Berwin lined up against White & Case for the biggest football litigation since the Bosman ruling overturned the player transfer market.UK-based sports and entertainment investment company English National Investment Company (ENIC), the owner of football clubs AEK Athens and Slavia Prague, retained ...