31 January 2000

The Lawyer

  • 'No win, no fee' reforms set for April

    2-Feb-2000

    Lord Irvine says the reforms will ensure that legal costs will not eat into compensation pay outs and it would be easier to bring a case which did not involve a money claim.

  • 2 Garden Court calls meeting after losses

    31-Jan-2000

    One of the sets worst hit by defections to the newly-established Matrix Chambers has called a meeting to discuss its future, as it faces further departures.2 Garden Court, a 60-tenant general common law set, has been rocked by the departure of its most high-profile tenants, Nicholas Blake QC and Kenneth Macdonald QC, as well as junior Raza Husain, to the new chambers.The set may be hit by a further wave of tenant departures.It is understood that a ...

  • A View from Germany

    31-Jan-2000

    German lawyers generally see things differently from their colleagues in London. While London managing partners bemoan the low leverage and mediocre profitability of German firms, German lawyers look with some incredulity at the modesty of the fees per fee-earner which are produced even by magic circle firms - and in a market such as London where billing rates are much higher and where - because of the overvalued pound - any comparison flatters the City firms.UK firms emphasise ...

  • ABN Amro Equities Holdings (UK)

    31-Jan-2000

    The new millennium has uncovered a raft of new challenges for the world's investment banks.

  • ABN Amro seeks chief to guide restructuring

    31-Jan-2000

    ABN Amro's UK operation is searching for a new head of legal to oversee the consolidation of its five in-house divisions.The bank is restructuring after moving to new premises at 250 Bishopsgate.The in-house legal department is split into five divisions: equities holdings, fixed income, equity derivatives, global derivatives and commercial banking. It houses 34 staff including qualified lawyers and paralegals across all the areas.Jenny Stevenson, ...

  • Al Fayed targets Hamilton

    31-Jan-2000

    New court moves involving Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed and the "cash for questions" libel action which ended in defeat for former MP Neil Hamilton are now under way, says Harrods. Lawyers for Al Fayed are gearing up for a further hearing in a bid to ensure that Hamilton complies with the trial judge's order to reveal the identity of his financial backers. Harrods has issued a statement saying that Al Fayed's solicitors have written to Lord Harris of High Cross, ..

  • Alan Morris

    31-Jan-2000

    Claire Smith meets the new global head of communications at Landwell, Alan Morris, who, as a non-lawyer, had run out of career options at Simmons & Simmons.The appointment to global head of operations at Landwell is a big challenge for the former managing director of Simmons & Simmons, Alan Morris.He will be charged with integrating the global network of law firms associated with accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to provide a more ...

  • B&M hires Hammonds' former derivatives head

    31-Jan-2000

    Hammond Suddards' ex-head of derivatives is set to join Baker & McKenzie.Top capital markets partner Iona Levine left Hammonds at Christmas. At the time she did not know which firm she was going to join. Her four assistants were split up between other departments within Hammonds.She says she was approached by Baker & McKenzie between Christmas and New Year with an ...

  • Baroness sues over tree roots

    31-Jan-2000

    Baroness James of Holland Park - novelist PD James - is taking the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to the High Court with a £77,000 damages claim over tree root damage to her home in Holland Park Avenue, London. She is suing the council for alleged negligence, nuisance and breach of statutory duty after subsidence to her home, which she claims was caused by roots from a plane tree planted in the pavement. She alleges that the roots encroached on to ...

  • Carman to decamp before his chambers dissolves in spring

    31-Jan-2000

    The chambers of leading defamation lawyer George Carman QC is to dissolve.As revealed exclusively on The Lawyer's website (24 January), 28-tenant New Court Chambers will close its doors for the last time on 20 April.Carman will leave the set before then to join Elizabeth Appleby QC's 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, the set currently in merger talks with Monckton Chambers.

  • Case of the week

    31-Jan-2000

    General Pinochet v the Belgian government. The notoriously sick senator faced yet another attempt to keep him in the UK long enough to arrange extradition to a country that wants to put him on trial. This time the Belgian government and six human rights groups applied to the High Court for judicial review of the Government's handling of the medical examination that convinced Jack Straw that Pinochet was unfit to stand trial.Pinochet's friend, Swiss ...

  • Catrin Griffiths new editor of The Lawyer

    31-Jan-2000

    Catrin Griffiths, director of New City Media and former editor of Legal Business magazine, is to become the new editor of The Lawyer.She will take over from Sean Brierley who steps up to the new role of editor-in-chief."Many magazines take years to achieve what we have done in the past 12 months," says Brierley. "Catrin's appointment is a major coup for us. She will be in charge of the next phase of The Lawyer's development, building our contacts in ...

  • CC forms Indonesian alliance

    31-Jan-2000

    Clifford Chance is opening in Indonesia, making it the first UK firm to venture into the troubled region.The City giant is forming an alliance with leading Indonesian firm Mochtar Karuwin & Komar and will be based in the capital Jakarta.Under the country's laws, foreign firms are not allowed to set up independent offices and must instead align themselves with national ...

  • CC's move into Jakarta is a dangerous game

    31-Jan-2000

    Despite big clients expressing doubts about the rise of the global law firm (see page 3 and The Lawyer, 17 January) Clifford Chance continues its seemingly unstoppable bid to become the world's biggest law firm, in number of offices as well as number of partners. This week it's Jakarta that welcomes the giant.Regional managing partner John East admits that Indonesia ...

  • Clifford Chance to open in Indonesia

    31-Jan-2000

    The City giant is forming an alliance with leading Indonesian firm Mochtar Karuwin & Komar and will be based in the capital Jakarta. Foreign firms are forbidden to set up independent offices there and must instead align themselves with national practices. Global firm Baker & McKenzie and US firm White ...

  • Clyde & Co has the edge in race for sports lawyer

    31-Jan-2000

    Clyde & Co has beaten Edge Ellison in the race to sign former Edward Lewis partner and leading sports lawyer Michael Breen.The signing is a coup for Clyde & Co which currently only has a one-partner sports practice.Breen, one of the last partners to leave Edward Lewis, had been in talks with Birmingham giant and leading sports practice Edge Ellison. But he is joining Clyde ...

  • Clyde & Co loses second partner to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert

    31-Jan-2000

    Clyde & Co is losing its second partner to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert in under a year.Stephen Browning, formally a company and commercial partner at Clyde & Co, is leaving after 13 years at the firm. He will become a partner in the corporate and finance division at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, specialising in insurance.He follows highly rated insurance lawyer Verner Southey, who left ...

  • CPS prosecutor wins record payout for race bias

    2-Feb-2000

    An employment tribunal said the CPS's conduct towards Maria Bamieh fell below the standard "we would have expected of a corner shop".

  • Crime memoirs given green light

    31-Jan-2000

    Broadmoor lost its attempt to prevent publication of a book, but the ruling is still seen as a victory, writes Roger Pearson.A ruling just before Christmas by Master of the Rolls Lord Woolf and Lords Justices Morritt and Waller is being viewed as good news for the authorities of secure institutions such as Broadmoor and Rampton.Although the result in the case was refusal by the court to grant an injunction banning publication of a book by a patient ...

  • DAC helps clients find firms online

    31-Jan-2000

    A Davies Arnold Cooper partner has launched an internet contact service that helps clients find a suitable firm.Anthony Armitage, who maintains his position at DAC while holding the title of chief executive of FirstLAW.co.uk, says that clients log in their problem and trained lawyers advise them who to consult.He admits that since the site's launch, every single transaction has been referred to a DAC lawyer, but he hopes to broaden the service and says it ...

  • Denton Wilde hit by Tokyo collapse

    31-Jan-2000

    Denton Wilde Sapte has been left reeling after the collapse of Denton Hall's Tokyo office, as revealed on The Lawyer's website (26 January).Herbert Smith has raided the office and is establishing its first operation in the city.Managing partner David Lewis, the only partner in the office, is taking 10 assistants and support staff with him.Denton Wilde Sapte international managing partner David Moroney confirms that Lewis' decision to ...

  • Dibbs loses IP head

    1-Feb-2000

    Neil Maybury, Dibbs' IP chief in Birmingham for the past five years, joins Putsmans as a senior consultant.

  • Digests

    31-Jan-2000

    Shoosmiths is closing its Rugby office and opening another in Milton Keynes as part of a strategic review. Last year the Rugby commercial team moved to Northampton, but it is uncertain what will happen to its remaining five partners and 10 assistants when the office shuts in April.Clifford Chance ...

  • European ruling

    31-Jan-2000

    UK property law is increasingly being influenced by European law. Allyson Colby, Suzanne Lloyd Holt, Lee Nuttall and Mark Dakeyne analyse the potential impact of the four changes to UK legislation coming into force this year.The Human Rights ActUK property law will soon be subject to scrutiny by reference to European standards on human rights.The Human Rights Act 1998 incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights into domestic law.

  • Eversheds Leeds loses property litigation head

    31-Jan-2000

    Penny Belcher is one of the top property litigation lawyers in the North-East, and has worked for clients including supermarket giant Asda and printing and packaging group Rexam. It is understood that both clients will continue instructing her at Irwin Mitchell. Belcher says: "I moved because Eversheds has become so enormous that I felt like a number in a box - it's ...

  • Eversheds scores in Wales

    31-Jan-2000

    The firm was up against four unnamed rivals to win the prestigious contract, which involves advising on matters relating to employment, equal opportunities, health and safety, property and land-related issues, commercial law, procurement and litigation. Eversheds will also advise on IP and data protection issues. The work will be done from the Cardiff office, ...

  • Eversheds wins Welsh contract

    31-Jan-2000

    Eversheds has won a three-year contract to be sole legal adviser to the National Assembly for Wales.The firm was up against four unnamed rivals to win the prestigious contract, which involves advising on matters relating to employment, equal opportunities, health and safety, property and land-related issues, commercial law, procurement and litigation.Eversheds will also advise ...

  • Financing

    31-Jan-2000

    Berwin Leighton advised HpC Kings College Hospital on its PFI redevelopment of King's College Hospital

  • Financing

    31-Jan-2000

    Stephenson Harwood acted for The Royal Bank of Scotland in relation to a £70m loan which financed the acquisition of a portfolio acquired by Friends First UK Commercial Property. Richard Light

  • Forensic accountant for Clifford Chance

    31-Jan-2000

    Clifford Chance is claiming to be the first of the magic circle to appoint a forensic accountant.Stephen Lewis has moved from PricewaterhouseCoopers to CC's litigation department.A chartered accountant with PwC for 11 years, Lewis has worked on several jobs with Clifford Chance over the past four years including a major international arbitration case.In ...

  • Freshfields strikes mega-alliance deal

    31-Jan-2000

    Freshfields has usurped Rowe & Maw to advise EMI Group on its multi-billion pound joint venture with Time Warner.Charles Ashcroft, company secretary and group general counsel at EMI, says the company chose Freshfields because of its experience in tax and anti-trust matters.But he adds: "At this stage it is possible that Rowe & Maw will have a role in the significant restructuring needed to achieve this transaction."A spokesman at Rowe & Maw says: ...

  • Haarmanns to open London office early

    31-Jan-2000

    German firm Haarmann Hemelrath is opening a temporary office in London - a month earlier than planned - because of the volume of work already flooding in to the founding partners.According to M&A specialist partner Jay Birch, potential clients have been scrambling to contact the firm since news of its City venture was confirmed last week in The Lawyer.Birch, who was poached from the Manchester office of Hammond Suddards, says that the early opening will accompany ...

  • Hammonds to advise Virgin One

    31-Jan-2000

    Hammond Suddards' online legal advice service has won the contract to advise Virgin One.HammondsDirect offers legal support for clients outside working hours via the internet.Virgin One is a subsidiary of Virgin and offers bank accounts that incorporate a client's mortgage.HammondsDirect will handle legal issues connected to re-mortgages from people switching lenders to Virgin One's new type of account.A spokesman says it ...

  • High tide at Canary Wharf

    31-Jan-2000

    Claire Smith talks to the Canary Wharf Group's legal counsel about what he wants from his external legal advisers.As group legal counsel at the second largest property company in Europe, Michael Ashley-Brown of the Canary Wharf Group demands a lot from his external legal advisers.His pride at what has already been achieved on the 4.7 million sq ft site in East London is obvious, and he wants his lawyers to feel that same kind of personal involvement.

  • Holland & Knight merges in Chicago

    2-Feb-2000

    Holland & Knight's marriage to the 40-lawyer practice which specialises in litigation, real estate, land use and employment law creates a law firm with more than 950 lawyers.

  • In-house lawyers reject globalism as too costly

    31-Jan-2000

    Globalisation of law firms merely pushes up costs and offers no guarantee of quality, a straw poll of in-house lawyers has concluded.At The Lawyer's in-house forum the 70 counsel present were asked if they favoured mass expansion and only one said yes.The thumbs-down may indicate future snubs to many of the City's largest law firms, which have already publicly committed themselves to globalisation.But while some conference delegates argue ...

  • Invensys to ditch panel of law firms

    31-Jan-2000

    Engineering giant Invensys is scrapping its panel of firms and hand-picking individual lawyers to work on different jobs.Senior vice-president Jim Bays will co-ordinate a database of selected lawyers from firms around the world and circulate it around the company on its intranet.Lawyers who advised either BTR or Siebe last year on their merger to form Invensys will be automatically included on the list.

  • It's been a bad week for...

    31-Jan-2000

    People with learning difficulties. Mr Justice Wall supported a mother's attempt to force doctors to give her disabled daughter a hysterectomy. Counsel for the daughter and the Official Solicitor, who acts for those not capable of looking after their own legal interests, argued that the operation was medically unnecessary. The mother argued that the operation was the only way she could ensure her daughter did not become pregnant.Sergio Montella, ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    31-Jan-2000

    Tony Williams (above), the new global chief at Arthur Andersen Legal. The parent company has changed its dress code to allow staff to wear "smart casual" instead of the traditional suit and tie. The professional services giant is keen to fit in with new trendy clients in e-commerce and media.dot.coms. The European Commission has agreed to push through all remaining e-commerce laws by the end of the year to help the European internet economy catch ...

  • Jill Greenfield on liability when a child fell victim to e-coli.

    31-Jan-2000

    Tom Dowling was four when he was exposed to a strain of e-coli while on a school trip to Bowman's Open Farm in north London in June 1997. One week later he was in intensive care. He developed serious brain damage and can now communicate only by blinking.Bowman's Farms and the London Borough of Barnet admitted 95 per cent liability. The 5 per cent concession was given because of the litigation risks. The apportionment of liability between the defendants is unknown.

  • Kidd Rapinet seals international tie-up

    31-Jan-2000

    London-based firm Kidd Rapinet is merging with CY Jacob & Co, an international law firm with an associate office in Tel Aviv.Kidd Rapinet, a 41-partner firm which has nine offices in the Thames Valley in addition to the London office, is also appointing Paul Taylor as its new senior partner.Taylor replaces Andy Lewis who will become a consultant to the firm on 1 May.CY Jacob & Co is run in London by senior partner Mark Jacob.The associate ...

  • Knowing me, knowing you

    31-Jan-2000

    Law firms have arrived late into the world of advertising. Since legal practices were given the go-ahead to advertise their services in 1994, few have taken the plunge. But a polarising market is forcing lawyers to consider how they are perceived by their clients and potential recruits, and whether they can create corporate brands.Advertising agencies and law firms have begun an uneasy flirtation, marked in many cases by ignorance about each other's business. ...

  • Landwell lures ex-Simmons boss Morris

    31-Jan-2000

    Landwell, the network of law firms associated with PricewaterhouseCoopers, has taken on the former managing director of Simmons & Simmons.Accountant Alan Morris will join as head of global operations, having left Simmons last spring at the end of a three-year term.He was the firm's finance director before taking on the management role, and was replaced by managing partner David Dickinson.Under his leadership Simmons introduced performance-related ...

  • Linklaters appoints first Managing Partner for Asia

    3-Feb-2000

    Andrew Roberts, a Linklaters partner with years of experience working in Asia, will oversee the management of Linklaters' five offices in the area - Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shangai, Singapore and Tokyo.

  • Litigation Personal Injury 31/1/2000

    31-Jan-2000

    S (a patient) v Methodist Homes for the Aged Central London County Court (HH Judge Butter QC) 10 January 2000Claimant: Male, aged 44 at date of accident; 49 at date of settlement.Incident: The claimant was employed by the defendant as a gardener and handyman at a nursing home for the elderly. The claimant had climbed a ladder to prune a tree when he fell onto the hard tarmac surface below and hit his head. The claimant alleged the defendant had been negligent ...

  • Litigation Writs 31/1/2000

    31-Jan-2000

    London Electricity is suing BG, trading as Transco of Reading, for damages of more than £84,000 after a London Electricity cable in Old Ford Road, London E3, was struck by a digger used by BG on 9 December 1997. London Electricity claims BG was negligent.Claim issued by Greenwoods (London WC1)Eurostar, has launched a High Court ...

  • Littlewoods names new legal chief

    31-Jan-2000

    Retail giant Littlewoods has poached the head of legal from chemicals company Brunner Mond.Neil Ogilvie replaced Paul Rew as Littlewoods' group legal director and company secretary this month.The principal legal adviser for Littlewoods has traditionally been Dibb Lupton Alsop working from Liverpool, where Littlewoods is based.Herbert Smith advises on litigation from London, and 19-partner Liverpool practice Cuff Roberts acts on property matters.

  • Manches boosts media dept with Australian star

    31-Jan-2000

    City firm Manches is boosting its media practice by recruiting a former head of business affairs at EMI in Australia.Randall Harper is joining the firm next month as a senior lawyer. He is one of the leading entertainment lawyers in Australia.He is currently in the process of requalifying in English law, after which it is hoped he will become a partner.Harper worked for EMI for 13 years before joining medium-size Australian law firm Tress Crocks and ...

  • Maurice Allen abandons Weil Gotshal & Manges

    31-Jan-2000

    Maurice Allen, joint head of Weil Gotshal & Manges' London office, is leaving the firm.It is understood that Allen told the firm's management on Friday (28 January) that he was quitting over his lack of autonomy from the US management and the firm's stilted attempt at European expansion.Allen first talked of his concerns with US management at a US ...

  • McGrigor Donald opens in Belfast

    31-Jan-2000

    McGrigor Donald has opened a Belfast office - making it the first law firm to have branches in all three UK jurisdictions.Corporate partner Richard Masters and property partner David Bankier have moved from the Glasgow head office to run the Belfast practice.They take projects assistant Gregor Hamilton with them and have poached corporate lawyer Kerry O'Hara from Belfast-based L'Estrange & Brett.Fred Shedden, McGrigors' senior partner, ...

  • McGrigor Donald opens in Belfast

    31-Jan-2000

    Corporate partner Richard Masters and property partner David Bankier have moved from the Glasgow head office to run the Belfast practice. They take projects assistant Gregor Hamilton with them and have poached corporate lawyer Kerry O'Hara from Belfast-based L'Estrange & Brett. Fred Shedden, McGrigors' senior partner, says the office is looking for another partner and six more assistants. The firm initially considered moving ...

  • Nauta faces worldwide closure

    31-Jan-2000

    The Netherlands' largest law firm Nauta Dutilh has shut its Indonesian office, and more international closures could be on the way.The firm is considering closing its international operations - which include offices in Singapore, Madrid and Prague.Rotterdam managing partner Job van der Have says that the New York and London offices will not be affected. But he confirms that Nauta is in talks to form a best friends relationship with

  • New inquest ordered into inmate's death

    31-Jan-2000

    The investigation of deaths in custody is in the spotlight after the High Court quashed a suicide verdict, says Roger Pearson.The death of a prisoner at Bristol Prison is to be the subject of a new inquest ordered by the High Court.The case is one which lawyers say focuses on the important subject of investigation of deaths in prison.They emphasise that the only place for such deaths to be probed publicly is at an inquest and stress the importance ...

  • Norton Rose raids Pinsents

    3-Feb-2000

    Jonathan Scott is charged with boosting with the firm's non contentious financial services work.

  • Olswang abandons EMI role after conflict fears

    31-Jan-2000

    Olswang is bowing out of advising EMI on its bid for the new generation of phone licences after concerns over crumbling Chinese walls.The firm won a role advising EMI, a member of Virgin's consortium SpectrumCo, after appearing at The Lawyer's Legal Monte Carlo 99 conference (The Lawyer, 17 January).However, because it is acting for rival bidder MCI WorldCom the firm feels ...

  • Olswang drops EMI work

    31-Jan-2000

    The firm won a role advising EMI, a member of Virgin's consortium SpectrumCo, after appearing at The Lawyer's Legal Monte Carlo 99 conference. However, because the firm is acting for rival bidder MCI WorldCom, it feels the conflict would be too strong. EMI has now awarded the work to its long time adviser Rowe & Maw, which was originally conflicted out since it is acting for EMI's fellow consortium member, Nextel ...

  • Osborne Clarke boosts planning

    31-Jan-2000

    Osborne Clarke has poached the head of environmental and planning law from Bristol firm Lyons Davidson.Kevin Gibbs will join the firm's Bristol office next month. Osborne Clarke's environmental group currently has one other partner, Alan John. He will remain its head.John says: "Kevin's experience will complement and broaden the service we provide. We now have ...

  • Osborne Clarke in DAC banking raid

    31-Jan-2000

    Osborne Clarke has poached most of the key players in Davies Arnold Cooper's banking department .Head of banking Chris Sykes, partner John Hayward and senior assistants Akmal Ghauri and Celena Ong will join Osborne Clarke's banking team in March.Now only two partners, John Nelmes and Paul Webster, and two assistants are thought to be left in DAC's banking department.

  • Pach no solution to bar troubles

    31-Jan-2000

    Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4640, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square.Jonathan Hirst identifies a number of problems with the bar's Pupillage Applications Clearing House (Pach) scheme (The Lawyer, 17 January). But he omits to mention the most important problem of all - that the great majority of Pach applicants do not get a pupillage. In 1998-99 there were 1,981 ...

  • Privatisation

    31-Jan-2000

    Dewey Ballantine's Richard Hildebrand advised ABN Amro Corporate Finance on the privatisation of Croatia's second largest bank

  • Property

    31-Jan-2000

    Clifford Chance advised The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan on its sale of 55 Bishopsgate, London to Pearl Assurance. Iain Morpeth, real estate partner at Clifford Chance, advised the bank. Nicholson Graham & Jones acted for the purchaser.

  • Property

    31-Jan-2000

    Norton Rose advised LG Investment Company ICVC on its authorisation as an open-ended company with variable capital by the Financial Services Authority. Simon Cox, corporate finance partner at Norton Rose, led the team on the deal.

  • Property blow for Eversheds Leeds

    31-Jan-2000

    Eversheds in Leeds has lost its head of property litigation to Irwin Mitchell - along with work from some of its key property clients.Penny Belcher is one of the top property litigation lawyers in the North-East, and has worked for clients including supermarket giant Asda and printing and packaging group ...

  • Quote of the week

    31-Jan-2000

    "People may think that because it's a little country, Estonia is of no significance, but it's going to turn into the Switzerland of the Baltics."- Malcom Price of Bretherton Price Elgoods.

  • Rakisons gains Edward Lewis property partner

    31-Jan-2000

    City firm Rakisons has picked up a commercial property partner from dissolving firm Edward Lewis - one of the last partners to announce his new destination.Lance Conway has been a partner at Edward Lewis since 1997 and is moving to the firm with his assistant and client base. His clients include property company Wiggins Group and others that he describes as "high profile".Conway says that Rakisons approached him with a view to joining the firm before the decision ...

  • Recovering from the economic boom

    31-Jan-2000

    At a time when the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency (SPI) was voting to change its name to the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (see pages 12 and 15), in order to dispense with the dreaded word "insolvency", along came the two biggest UK receiverships for a long time - TransTec and Versailles.And which firm snatched both jobs? Not Linklaters or Herbert Smith - both of ...

  • Regional firm to act for embassy

    31-Jan-2000

    South west law firm Bretherton Price Elgoods has won work as the sole legal adviser to the Estonian embassy in London.The 14-partner firm, based in Cheltenham, will handle all the embassy's affairs, particularly property and insurance issues.It won the work through one of its corporate lawyers, John Beevor, who is the Estonian honorary consul.Managing partner Malcolm Price says: "It's a great honour to act for a country."We will ...

  • Rowe & Maw plans Chinese alliance

    1-Feb-2000

    The London firm says it is in "advanced discussions" with Koo & Partners which specialises mainly in banking and corporate finance.

  • Rowe & Maw ready to take HK foothold

    31-Jan-2000

    Rowe & Maw is making its first foray into the Asian market by establishing a presence in Hong Kong.The City practice told The Lawyer in November that it was in talks with a firm in the region (15 November 1999).It is now close to signing a deal with leading banking and finance firm Koo & Partners.Rowe & Maw's head of construction, Michael Regan, has been leading the talks.He says: "We have been looking further to internationalise ...

  • Rozenberg

    31-Jan-2000

    The two Libyans accused of the Lockerbie bombing had been due to stand trial in The Netherlands this week. But there were no objections from reporters when their lawyers asked for the trial to be postponed for three months. Camp Zeist, the former military base in the woods outside Utrecht where the trial will be held, is a wet and windy place at this time of year. It should be warmer when the case starts in May. Being The Netherlands, perhaps bicycles will be provided ...

  • Salans Hertzfeld expands London office

    1-Feb-2000

    Michael Bronstein joins the employment department of the international firm's London office.

  • Scuffle of the week

    31-Jan-2000

    The fight is on on the Tube, not just for a seat but also for the right to use the name 'Metro', the title of the new range of free newspapers given out in city centres. In Manchester, the Guardian Media Group has won the right to use the name over Associated Newspapers, which started the trend with Metro in London.

  • Sema poaches legal head from rival

    31-Jan-2000

    Global IT services company Sema told The Lawyer in November it was looking for a lawyer to fill the position as part of a shake-up. Chief legal counsel and company secretary Nick Deeming said he wanted to introduce a clear management structure into the department. Loughrey will manage 10 UK-based lawyers and answer directly to Deeming, who will liaise with the 25 other lawyers that Sema employs worldwide. The appointment comes two weeks after ...

  • Sema steals Siemens' legal aide

    31-Jan-2000

    Sema has raided rival IT giant Siemens in its search for a UK head of legal.Legal adviser James Loughrey will join the Anglo-French giant at the beginning of March.He joins the group from the UK subsidiary of the German electronics and engineering giant.Global IT services company Sema told The Lawyer in November it was looking for a lawyer to fill the position as part of a shake-up.Chief legal counsel and company secretary Nick Deeming ...

  • Set for action

    31-Jan-2000

    A host of publicity has surrounded the formation of Matrix chambers, not least because of its high profile tenants. Matheu Swallow and Claire Smith ask whether the interest is justified or merely the result of a clever PR campaign.Matrix has arrived. Well, it is on its way at least - it will not be hitting a courtroom near you until April - but the question at the heart of the recent blockbuster film remains: "What is the Matrix?"Despite the ...

  • Society takes the road to recovery

    31-Jan-2000

    The Society of Practitioners of Insolvency has voted for a new name and constitution to reflect the modern market in which its members work, says Stephen Gale.For years now the market in which insolvency professionals operate has been changing from one dominated by formal insolvency appointments (for example, receiver, liquidator, administrator or trustee in bankruptcy) to a much more "upstream" focus on turnaround, rehabilitation ...

  • Solicitors bleeding NHS of millions, says report

    31-Jan-2000

    A report commissioned by the Department of Health has attacked solicitors for costing the health service millions of pounds a year.A three-year pilot study shows that far fewer cases are being referred to mediation than expected. It blames the reluctance of lawyers to use mediation and insufficient experience of the process in some of the law firms working for the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA).The report, Mediating Medical Negligence Claims: An Option for ...

  • Square Mile

    31-Jan-2000

    Nick Holt is London managing partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges..In recent weeks this column has been the place for that "new millennium" look into the future - the "what's going to happen next" bit.Although I propose to continue in that vein, I think we can learn just as much about what may come by looking at what has gone before.

  • Stephen Boughton

    31-Jan-2000

    Abigail Townsend meets Linklaters partner Stephen Boughton, who advised SmithKline Beecham on one of the world's biggest mergers

  • Surviving the property boom

    31-Jan-2000

    Claire Smith reports on how medium-size firms are holding their own as the big City firms move in on the commercial property deals.In the booming market that is commercial property, at the start of the third millennium, one old saying increasingly rings true among law firms - size does matter.A report published earlier this month claims that the City giants are stealing a march on the medium-size property firms, which far too often do not realise what they can ...

  • The Firm

    31-Jan-2000

    Downloaded from The Firm's new interactive internet chatroomPratchard: So wot are wee suposed to do in hear? Stop.Henderson: Jack, it's an internet chatroom - following on from Allen & Overy's Newchange and Clifford Chance's Fruit Net. It allows us a forum to ...

  • UK group's true feelings on MDPs

    31-Jan-2000

    I write as head of the UK delegation to the CCBE and refer to your article 'Defiance or Alliance' (The Lawyer, 10 January).In particular, that portion which isolates the position on Europe, under that name, is in error where it states that the CCBE's vote in favour of a ban on MDPs was unanimous, except for the UK.The UK delegation consists of six constituent bodies, namely the Faculty of Advocates, the Law Society ...

  • US group forces insolvency society to change criteria

    31-Jan-2000

    The Society of Practitioners of Insolvency (SPI) is rebranding and changing its membership criteria in a bid to prevent a potential split in its organisation.The 2,000-member organisation will now be known as the Association of Business Recovery Professionals, and instead of only admitting insolvency licence-holders it will welcome anyone working with under-performing businesses.The changes at SPI follow months of speculation about the future of the organisation ...

  • US-Italian alliance plans tie with UK firm

    31-Jan-2000

    US firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel is setting up an alliance with Italian-based Studio Santa Maria with a view to establishing a link-up with a UK firm.Kramer Levin established a Paris operation two months ago when Rogers & Wells' Paris office merged with it (The Lawyer, 1 November).The office decided to join Kramer Levin after its parent office in the US announced its merger with Cli

  • Warners in £200m Virgin Trains deal

    31-Jan-2000

    City firm Warner Cranston has completed a £200m deal for Virgin Trains after taking the work from top firm Rowe & Maw.It will be the first time the 21-partner firm has acted for the rail operator. Rowe & Maw was conflicted out because it acts for Swiss Air catering subsidiary Rail Gourmet, the other side in the outsourcing arrangement deal.Virgin Trains expects to give more work to Warner Cranston in the future.Director of service logistics ...

  • Weil Gotshal loses London joint head

    31-Jan-2000

    Joint head, Maurice Allen is understood to be quitting over his lack of autonomy from the US management and the firm's stilted attempt at European expansion. Allene told the firm of his intention to quit on Friday but it is only today that the resignations of managing partner, Nick Holt and Martin Hughes, a founding partner of the London office came to light. The firm's other joint head, Mike Francies will lead the London office ...