5 July 1999

The Lawyer

  • ...and eyes up Egypt and Estonia

    6-Jul-1999

    Norton Rose is planning an expansion into a number of emerging markets, The Lawyer can reveal.The firm has put Egypt at the top of its hitlist, while sources also claim it also targeting Estonia, the Baltic state which is next in line for EU membership.Roger Birkby, Norton Rose's managing partner, is reluctant to give details of the firm's plans, but admits: "There ...

  • ..and wins landmark ruling in US case against Du Pont

    6-Jul-1999

    Russell Jones & Walker has won a victory on behalf of clients whose babies were born without eyes, which is allowing them to have their case heard in the US.Alan Care, a litigation executive at Russell Jones, believes the decision could be a watershed judgment for foreign claimants seeking compensation in the US.The firm's clients - three UK families - are suing US chemicals giant Du Pont, which manufactures the pesticide Benlate.The mothers ...

  • A&O acts in u1.5bn estate deal

    6-Jul-1999

    Allen & Overy has ad-vised on the largest-ever European property securitisation.The firm acted for bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter on the u1.54bn securitisation of the Broadgate estate in the City of London.The deal outweighs that of Canary Wharf, which last year was thought to be the largest multi-million pound property securitisation conducted.The Canary Wharf ...

  • Addleshaws steals Standard Life work from Herbert Smith

    6-Jul-1999

    Herbert Smith has lost a huge chunk of its Standard Life panel work to Addleshaw Booth & Co.Addleshaws, which has advised Standard Life for more than three years, will take on 25 per cent of the property work normally handled by Herbert Smith.According to John Pike, head of property at Addleshaws, the firm will advise Standard Life for the whole of England and Wales while Herbert Smith will retain only the London and South East regions.Francis Salway, ...

  • Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance sweep the board in PFI awards

    6-Jul-1999

    The first awards for PFI work have seen Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy clean up.The PFI awards, organised by The Lawyer’s sister title, The PFI Report, recognised the most innovative deals struck in the sector over the last year.Allen & Overy advised on four of the eight ...

  • An insult to intelligence

    6-Jul-1999

    At a time when the Law Society is trying to fight possibly the most anti-lawyer Lord Chancellor in the history of the profession, what is the contribution to the Law Society election discussion from one of the profession's leaders? Answer: he calls his opponent a "pillock" and another lawyer a "dog turd".Leaving aside the paucity of his vocabulary, it is the level at which the election is being fought that must be of concern to us all. ...

  • Anger at proposed move for north London tribunal

    6-Jul-1999

    Lawyers are furious at proposals to move the north London employment tribunal to Watford.The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has told The Lawyer that the tribunal is running out of space on its Euston Square site and, with the raft of new employment legislation pending, needs more office space and resources."They need bigger premises and this will probably lead to taking on more staff. They're looking around north London," says a DTI spokesman. "Watford's ...

  • Bakers poaches partner and clients from US firm

    6-Jul-1999

    Baker & McKenzie has poached the head of insurance and reinsurance at the London office of Chicago-based firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal.Peter Schwartz says he will be taking clients, including AXA, C&A and Royal & Sun Alliance, with him to Baker & McKenzie. Also moving is associate Marie Colquhoun.Schwartz's departure leaves Sonnenscheins with four UK partners ...

  • Boost for Weil Gotshal in central Europe

    6-Jul-1999

    US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges is strengthening its central European practice by poaching property partner David Dederick for its office in Budapest.Dederick joins the firm from the Budapest office of Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, where he was a partner. His practice covers property and general commercial work.Joe Tortorici, managing partner of Weil Gotshal's ...

  • Bridging the transatlantic data divide

    6-Jul-1999

    Simon Rendell, head of IT law, Osbourne ClarkeSimon Charlton, IT law consultant, Bird & BirdMike Pullen, euro law specialist, Dibb Lupton AlsopThe EU and the US are currently in protracted discussions about the future of data protection.While Europe wants tight regulatory controls on how personal data can be passed between ...

  • Brochure girls fight back

    6-Jul-1999

    As a solicitor who also has experience of legal practice management (including some marketing) I read the comments made by David MacKenzie, director of sales and marketing at Michael Page ( The Lawyer 17 May, page 14) with disbelief. Has he heard of the Sex Discrimination Act?I recently met a male manager with less experience and qualifications than myself, who told me he found a legal managerial job quickly and easily through one of the main legal agencies. ...

  • Cameron McKenna loses head of tax to Deloitte & Touche

    6-Jul-1999

    Cameron McKenna has lost its head of tax to accountancy firm Deloitte & Touche - the second lawyer to quit the top-level post in less than a year.Cameron McKenna is shrugging off the loss and has acted quickly to replace Stephen Charge with corporate tax high-flier Mark Nichols.But the poaching of a top lawyer by an accountancy firm will set alarm bells ringing throughout the profession.Charge joins Deloittes as a partner specialising in M&A. His ...

  • Camerons' alliance strategy shaken by Danish takeover

    6-Jul-1999

    One of Cameron McKenna's alliance partners, Schluter & Hald, has merged with a firm from a rival alliance, leaving a question mark over the future of the firm's foreign network arrangements.The move comes just a month after Camerons launched its alliance, CMS.The firm's Danish partner has merged with Copenhagen firm Dragsted & Helmer Nielsen to create the largest law ...

  • Case of the week

    6-Jul-1999

    Midwife Ann Kelly (pictured left) has won a lengthy legal battle in Ireland's Supreme Court, allowing her to continue practising. The Irish Nursing Board has waged a u1m legal campaign against her, arguing her practise of natural childbirth and belief that mothers should be able to choose the kind of birth they want, is "a danger to patients". Kelly, who has been banned from practising since August 1997, now faces a further two inquiries and could ...

  • City firms get flexitime fever

    6-Jul-1999

    More City firms are heading down the flexitime route, with Herbert Smith poised to extend its part-time partner scheme and Kingsley Napley currently consulting on the issue.A Herbert Smith spokeswoman confirms that a pilot scheme, launched in December 1998 when commercial litigation partner Susan Black began working on a three-day week basis, has been extended to include EC and competition ...

  • City trio wage war over Hillsdown offer

    6-Jul-1999

    Herbert Smith, Clifford Chance and US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges are fighting to resolve a hotly contested multi-million pound bid for Hillsdown Holdings.UK venture capital group Candover, which is being advised by Clifford Chance, and US private equity group Hicks Muse Tate & Furst, advised ...

  • Civil court claims tumble amid Woolf reforms chaos

    6-Jul-1999

    The number of claims filed in civil courts around the country has fallen dramatically since the Woolf reforms, amid accusations that the courts are a mess.While there are no figures being collated, the Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) has confirmed anecdotal reports of the drop since the 26 April reforms.A spokesman says: "The indications are that there's been a significant falling off. It's largely felt to be down to this period of transition."

  • College to offer low cost loans

    6-Jul-1999

    London's College of Law is launching a low-interest loan scheme for Legal Practitioners Course (LPC) and Bar Vocational Course (BVC) students in tandem with NatWest bank.The college, which trains half the profession's annual intake of barristers and solicitors, is offering fixed loans at 6.25 per cent interest or variable loans at 0.75 per cent above base rate interest, for sums up to u15,000 with a repayment time of 10 years.College chief executive ...

  • Council challenges short stays

    6-Jul-1999

    DevlinJudgment is now pending in the House of Lords in the case of R v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, a test battle over alleged breaches of planning consent in relation to occupancy regulations in respect of two leasehold flats in Chelsea. The council served breach of condition notices on Lawrie Plantation Services as a result of the company allowing employees to use the premises for rent-free short stays in London. It was alleged that this breached a Greater ...

  • Council chases bus profits

    6-Jul-1999

    Hertfordshire County Council is taking London Regional Transport (LRT) to the High Court in a dispute over buses. The council claims that LRT agreed to pay profits and surpluses generated by cross-boundary bus services between Hertfordshire and Greater London. Now the council is seeking High Court declarations that LRT is bound to account for and pay profits from the bus services to the council, and is seeking an order to make it do so. The council accuses LRT of breach of contract.

  • Courting international business

    6-Jul-1999

    International courts are taking more business cases than ever before and the race is on to pick up this lucrative source of work. Matheu Swallow finds that UK firms are desperately trying to catch up with their US rivals.International litigation is booming. There has been an explosion both in the number of international courts, tribunals and other adjudicative bodies, and in the number of cases before them, and firms are looking closely at this area for new business.

  • Don't politicise death penalty

    6-Jul-1999

    I refer to the interview with Lord Browne-Wilkinson (The Lawyer, 17 May 1999).Enforcement of the death penalty, which is nothing more than state sponsored murder, must be subject to the greatest constitutional safeguards. If one allows political considerations to come into play you develop the situation in the US, where in the year leading up to elections there is a surge in death warrants being signed by incumbent governors (it should not be forgotten ...

  • Doughty Street Chambers

    6-Jul-1999

    Christine Kings, senior clerk at Geoffrey Robertson's Doughty Street Chambers, advocates a common educational programme for both solicitors and barristers owing to the shortage of tenancies.Kings says: "Many people come through and don't get a tenancy, and other people start out as solicitors because they have more prospect of a steady income, then go on to become barristers later."There is no doubt that people without a family income are struggling ...

  • Edge Ellison ditches lockstep for performance-based pay

    6-Jul-1999

    Edge Ellison has moved away from lockstep by introducing incentive-based pay for equity partners.The complex system of assessment seeks to reward both ability and performance, says new managing partner Simon Ramshaw.He describes the new system as scientific, rigorous and exacting."A percentage of partners' remuneration will be determined by performance in the year ahead," he says.Ramshaw will not say what percentage of partners' ...

  • Eversheds expands in Newcastle

    6-Jul-1999

    Eversheds' Newcastle office is bolstering its banking department with the addition of a partner from rival firm Robert Muckle.Nick On, a partner in both banking and IT/IP at Robert Muckle, is leaving the firm after seven years and is serving a three-month notice period. He will join Eversheds in August.

  • Family demands set to affect firms' fortunes

    6-Jul-1999

    Legislative change, government policies and a cultural shift are leading City firms such as Linklaters, Freshfields and Clifford Chance, to look at how to keep young professionals who want to enjoy both a career and a family. But firms are fearful of losing highly qualified and experienced lawyers who are voting ...

  • Financings

    6-Jul-1999

    Norton Rose's collective investment scheme partners

  • Financings

    6-Jul-1999

    US firm Mayer Brown & Platt represented Bozano Simonsen in its management of a 50-million-euro

  • Firms told of 'cottage industry' in laundering

    6-Jul-1999

    A leading New York prosecutor has told a London conference that international money laundering is being run through "a cottage industry" of lawyers, bankers and accountants.John Moscow, New York assistant district attorney and lead prosecutor in the BCCI case, told the gathering in his keynote speech: "There are some very well paid and brilliant people out there working to assist money launderers."The high-level discussions at the Institute of Advanced Legal ...

  • Flotations & Financing

    6-Jul-1999

    US firm Mayer Brown & Platt represented Bozano Simonsen in its management of a 50-million-euro, eight-year put bonds deal for Bombril SA, the Brazilian cleaning products company. The transaction was governed by English law, but no English firm was involved. Mayer Brown's team consisted of New York partner Peter Darrow, London partners Richard Cole and Denis Petkovic, New ...

  • Flotations & Financing

    6-Jul-1999

    Norton Rose's collective investment scheme partners, Tim Marsden and Andrew Mitchell, and Warburg Dillon Read advised the £950m Mercury European Privatisation Trust (MEPT) on defending its position from short-term investor groups and others. The requisitionists were advised by investment funds partner Nigel Farr of Herbert Smith.

  • Getting real about legal education

    6-Jul-1999

    Life for law students is set to change and their future employers are hoping the developments will reflect more accurately the needs of a profession that is itself changing.The change is happening at many levels. Students enrolling for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Leicester's De Montfort University this year, for instance, will be given laptop computers. Rival colleges dismiss the move. Nigel Savage, chief executive of The College of Law, says that his school ...

  • Hempsons suit sparks Leigh family squabble

    6-Jul-1999

    Well-known legal siblings Sarah and Bertie Leigh are squabbling over a law-suit against clinical negligence firm Hempsons.Bolt Burdon’s Louise Kerr is acting for claimant Dennis Walden, who waited six years in vain for his day in court after being injured at work in 1990.Kerr says angry correspondence between Sarah Leigh, Leigh Day & Co senior partner, and her brother Bertie, Hempsons’ senior partner, may bring Leigh Day into the dispute.Walden, ...

  • In brief: Allen & Overy

    6-Jul-1999

    Allen & Overy has redrawn its partnership deed, introducing a corporate style of governance to make the firm more accountable to its partners. The firm has introduced an 11-member board, from which seven members will stand for election in October - including managing partner John Rink and senior partner Bill Tudor John. After October's election, the board will select an executive committee ...

  • In brief: City firm Edward Lewis

    6-Jul-1999

    City firm Edward Lewis has made up three new partners in its insurance litigation department. Specialist insurance assistants Kate Whitefield, Chris Gambs and John Walker joined the partnership on 1 June. There are now 29 partners at the firm.

  • In brief: English solicitors

    6-Jul-1999

    English solicitors are twice as likely to have a complaint filed against them than their Scottish counterparts. Figures released to The Lawyer from the Law Society of Scotland show that only one in 1,000 legal transactions produced a complaint against Scottish solicitors. This compares with one in 500 transactions resulting in a complaint being made through the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS), which handles complaints against English and Welsh solicitors.

  • In brief: London's

    6-Jul-1999

    London's highest earning criminal firms - including Burton Copeland, Hickman Rose and Fisher Meredith - are holding crisis talks this week over demands by the Legal Aid Board (LAB) that they hand over commercially sensitive details of profit and loss accounts. The demands affect every civil and criminal firm seeking a franchise - a must for any firm intending to do legal aid work once the franchising pilots end. London's criminal firms are calling for a meeting with LAB franchise ...

  • In brief: Middle Temple Lane

    6-Jul-1999

    Middle Temple Lane has poached the highly respected criminal lawyer Paul Purnell QC from Richard Ferguson QC's 1 Crown Office Row.

  • In brief: The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

    6-Jul-1999

    The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has appointed three new members to its executive committee. They are: Paul Donnelly, a partner at Bournemouth practice, Andrew Isaacs; Mark Harvey from The Smith Llewelyn Partnership in Swansea and David Short, based at Lawford Kidd in Edinburgh.

  • In brief: The Environment Agency

    6-Jul-1999

    The Environment Agency has appointed David Stott as its first full-time Chief Prosecutor in a bid to crack down on law-breakers. A former CPS chief crown prosecutor, Stott joined the agency in 1997 and will oversee all its enforcement action.

  • In brief: The Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow

    6-Jul-1999

    The Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow are joining forces to create the Glasgow Graduate School of Law (GGSL), set to be the country's largest provider of the Diploma in Legal Practice (the Scottish equivalent of the LPC) when it kicks off in September. The GGSL is spending £1.4m on training facilities and has appointed four visiting professors in skills training.

  • In brief: White & Case

    6-Jul-1999

    White & Case, the US-based firm, has opened an office in Frankfurt. Dr Erich Michel, from German firm Wessing Berenberg-Gossler Zimmermann Langere, will head the office. The four-strong Frankfurt practice will concentrate on capital markets and cross-border corporate and financial transactions.

  • It's been a bad week for...

    6-Jul-1999

    Marriot Harrison, the media specialist firm which is acting for Lucasfilm, the makers of Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace. The firm is now helping Lucasfilm defeat the menace of the internet, after UK bootleggers pulled off the most sophisticated piracy job in cyberspace history. UK pirates are playing merry hell by distributing illegal copies of The Phantom Menace across the net via high quality visual compact discs - the first piracy heist of its kind according ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    6-Jul-1999

    IT lawyers. A wave of internet and e-mail related legal problems is about to hit the UK's offices, according to a report on "cyberliability" by research group Incomes Data Services. The group warns there is a "minefield of legal hazards" in the use of electronic media. Casually written emails have been found to be legally binding contracts and, in one case office workers who downloaded pornography from the internet were found to have sexually harassed ...

  • Japan looks after its own in C&W bid

    6-Jul-1999

    US and Japanese law firms are locking horns over a bid by UK-based Cable & Wireless (C&W) to buy Japanese-based International Digital Communications (IDC).C&W has offered u347m in cash for IDC. But Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, Japan's largest telecoms operator, has put in a bid to buy the company in stocks and cash for less than is now being considered - five days before C&W's tender offer closes.A source says: "The feeling is that the Japanese government ...

  • John Southworth

    5-Jul-1999

    Ryan Dunleavy talks to John Southworth, a man who is making the unusual move from in-house to join a law firm as head of Nabarro Nathanson's upstream oil and gas team

  • Juliet Mays examines the staying of multiple proceedings

    6-Jul-1999

    Juliet May is a barrister at 3 Verulam Buildings.What do you do when similar issues arise in two parallel sets of proceedings pending in different tribunals? The simple answer is to apply to have proceedings in one tribunal stayed. But what if that stay is opposed, or is refused? This was the dilemma facing plaintiffs in the recent High Court case of Chorion v Lane.Lane, formerly a director of Chorion, started an industrial tribunal claim for unfair ...

  • Jury trial safeguards must be kept

    6-Jul-1999

    Vicki Chapman explains why plans to remove defendants' rights to choose jury trial are both unjust and impractical.The Home Secretary has announced plans to remove the right of defendants to choose jury trial for a range of "either-way" offences. He has suggested the majority of defendants who elect Crown Court trial intend to plead guilty from the outset, and are engaged in a cynical manipulation of the criminal justice system. This is not ...

  • Last of DAC casualties joins Masons

    6-Jul-1999

    The final casualty of Davies Arnold Cooper's massive restructuring is joining Masons.Stephen Lane, head of tax at DAC, left the firm a week ago. DAC announced in February its intention to cull 90 members from its Manchester and London offices.Lane says: "After the decision was made to make people redundant they were given about six months to find a position. It was not like Manchester."DAC's tax department was one of the areas to be axed ...

  • Law Soc gets tough on minimum wage

    6-Jul-1999

    The Law Society is drastically reducing the amount of waivers it grants to firms which pay their trainees below the profession's minimum wage.Currently, 30 per cent of trainees are paid at or below the minimum wage - u10,850 outside the City and West London, or u12,150 in the City and West London.Many firms, however, are excused from paying trainees the minimum wage if they ask the Law Society for a waiver. The Law Society says that now there must be "exceptional ...

  • Law Society rivals sling mud as presidential race starts

    6-Jul-1999

    Law Society presidential candidate Robert Sayer has launched a furious attack on his opponent in the election race, branding him "a complete pillock" who "falls asleep in council meetings".The mud slinging began shortly after David Keating declared at the eleventh hour that he was also standing for president.Under Law Society rules, Sayer, as vice-president, would automatically have become president had no one stood against him.Sayer says the Law ...

  • LCD moots new measures to trap debtors

    6-Jul-1999

    Suspending passports and driving licences and giving courts access to government information are among new measures being considered as ways to enforce civil court orders.The Lord Chancellor's Department's second consultation paper looking at new methods of enforcement in the civil court was released last week, responding to concerns that debtors are getting away with not paying.Four expert panels have set out four main principles to be considered before ...

  • Litigation Claims 7/6/99

    6-Jul-1999

    A Romford couple whose home was badly damaged when their dishwasher caught fire are suing for compensation. David and Caroline Lawrence are suing Whirlpool (UK) over the fire at their home at Eddy Close, Romford. Their claim says the dishwasher burst into flames on 17 July 1993 and that the fire spread throughout their house. The couple had to move out during repairs and the total cost of repairs, professional fees and damage amounted to u61,040.90. They are suing Whirlpool ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 7/6/99

    6-Jul-1999

    Adam Trayfoot v Riverside Health Authority (1999) QBD (Rougier J) 11 May 1999Plaintiff: Male, new-born at date of accident; 12 years old at date of trial.Incident: The claimant suffered severe physical disabilities as a result of his negligent delivery at the defendant's hospital. Liability admitted.Injuries: The claimant suffered severe brain damage and was left physically handicapped, although his mental capacities remained unaffected. ...

  • Lords to decide dyslexia diagnosis case

    6-Jul-1999

    Roger Pearson reports on the latest move in a long-running dispute over responsibility for diagnosis of learning difficulties.A 24-year-old dyslexic woman who is suing her former schools over their failure to diagnose her condition is to take her fight on to the House of Lords.Pamela Phelps of Hayes End, West London, was awarded u45,650 by the High Court in her claim against Hillingdon Borough Council's education authority.

  • McGrigors in tactical buyout bid

    6-Jul-1999

    Scottish firm McGrigor Donald is claiming victory after spotting a legal loophole allowing its client to claim control of a u100m property company - simply by matching its rival's bid.Dotterel, advised by McGrigors, and Miller, advised by Maclay Murray & Spens, both bid to take control of CALA, a London-listed property company valued at u100m.Edinburgh-based ...

  • Medium-sized firms plan bonus schemes

    6-Jul-1999

    Cameron McKenna is understood to be one of a number of medium-sized firms considering introducing a bonus payment scheme for associates to stem losses to US firms and investment banks.A number of firms are looking at introducing bonus schemes but the payment issue is so sensitive they are remaining tight-lipped. Some are operating bonus payment schemes on the quiet to keep hold of key associates, says an industry source. Bonuses of 25 per cent of salary are increasingly ...

  • Muller hires nine new tenants

    6-Jul-1999

    Mark Muller, the 34-year-old head of chambers at 10-11 Gray's Inn Square, has poached nine new tenants for his progressive set.Muller, thought to be the youngest head of chambers at the Bar, has also poached chambers administrator Conrad Blanchard from Hardwicke Building.The new arrivals sees the set leap to 31 tenants and Muller says further announcements are imminent. "By the summer the set will be up to 40-strong," he says.The set's growing ...

  • New thinking needed on flexible working

    6-Jul-1999

    Lawyers want to spend more time away from the office. Clients are demanding they are there for longer hours and firms are caught in the middle. So much is not new.What is new is that the firms are looking at doing something about it. Last week The Lawyer revealed that Freshfields had joined Linklaters in considering part-time partnerships. This week Herbert Smith revealed that it may extend ...

  • Norton Rose courts US firms for merger talks...

    6-Jul-1999

    Norton Rose is in merger talks with a number of US law firms, The Lawyer can reveal.The news comes as Clifford Chance embarks on its pioneering merger with New York firm Rogers & Wells.Roger Birkby, managing partner of Norton Rose, says: "We talk to a lot of firms in the US about various ...

  • Olswang

    6-Jul-1999

    London firm Olswang recruits between 10 and 12 trainees a year. It is renowned for its grip on the latest state-of-the-art technology.Originally a media and communications firm, it is now expanding its practice on the back of the digital revolution to specialise in corporate finance, technology, communications, intellectual property, litigation and commercial property.However, the ...

  • Partners on the move...

    6-Jul-1999

    Cambridge-based Mills & Reeve has appointed two partners bringing the firm's total to 55. Claire Clarke will join the partnership in the corporate finance team, while Gary Attle will become a partner in the education team.Berrymans Lace Mawer has made up Julie Clarey to partner ...

  • Plowden Buildings sets up in Tyneside

    6-Jul-1999

    The 50-tenant, London-based common law set Plowden Buildings is expanding its regional coverage by establishing a Newcastle base and taking on five new barristers.The new annexe, which will house the new tenants and offer conferencing facilities, is intended to enhance Plowden Buildings' reputation on the north eastern circuit. Head of chambers William Lowe QC comments: "Our acquisition of the new premises reflects Plowden's continuing commitment to Tyneside."

  • Prince of Darkness returns to Clifford Chance

    6-Jul-1999

    Former Deutsche Bank's global general counsel Peter Brooks has returned to his old firm of Clifford Chance with "more to give" following his in-house experience.Brooks, dubbed the "Prince of Darkness", was tempted back to head Clifford Chance's expansionist European corporate unit.Brooks, who earned the sobriquet through his ruthless style, left Clifford Chance ...

  • Property

    6-Jul-1999

    Simon Corke (right), property services partner at DJ Freeman, advised the Crown Estate on a contract under which King's College, London will take a 125-year lease on the Grade II listed Rolls Estate, Chancery Lane. Property partner Gerald Bland of Herbert Smith represented King's College.

  • Property

    6-Jul-1999

    Corporate partners Janice Wall and Dick Russell (left) at Titmuss Sainer Dechert and property partner Simon McDonagh at Lovell White Durrant advised Chesterfield Properties on the corporate aspects of a class I property portfolio sale involving shareholders' approval to GE Capital. The consideration was u93.5m. Quintain Estates and Development agreed to buy the property. Property partner Gerald Bland ...

  • Property

    6-Jul-1999

    Commercial property partner Jon Vivian and commercial property assistant Kathryn Almond from Cameron McKenna acted for ProLogis Kingspark Developments on its acquisition of a freehold site from The Post Office, for a consideration in excess of u9m. Public sector partner Dion Panambalana and commercial property assistant Lisa Graham of Nabarro Nathanson acted for The Post Office.

  • Property

    6-Jul-1999

    Simon Corke, property services partner at DJ Freeman, advised the Crown Estate on a contract under which King's College, London will take a 125-year lease on the Grade II listed Rolls Estate, Chancery Lane. Property partner Gerald Bland of Herbert Smith represented King's College.

  • Property

    6-Jul-1999

    Corporate partners Janice Wall and Dick Russell at Titmuss Sainer Dechert and property partner Simon McDonagh at Lovell White Durrant advised Chesterfield Properties on the corporate aspects of a class I property portfolio sale involving shareholders' approval to GE Capital. The consideration was u93.5m. Quintain Estates and Development agreed to buy the property. Property partner Gerald Bland led ...

  • Property

    6-Jul-1999

    Commercial property partner Jon Vivian and commercial property assistant Kathryn Almond from Cameron McKenna acted for ProLogis Kingspark Developments on its acquisition of a freehold site from The Post Office, for a consideration in excess of £9m. Public sector partner Dion Panambalana and commercial property assistant Lisa Graham of Nabarro Nathanson acted for The Post Office.

  • Quote of the week

    6-Jul-1999

    "He's a complete pillock ... He comes to council meetings and falls asleep."- Disgruntled Law Society vice-president Robert Sayer on council member David Keating, who made a last minute announcement last week that he will stand against Sayer for the presidency election.

  • Religion's role in child welfare case

    6-Jul-1999

    A recent case has, for the first time, forced the courts to consider whether religion should be a decisive factor when placing children with foster parents and how far the wishes of the natural parents should be taken into consideration in respect of their children's religious up-bringing.An eight-year-old girl, known as "N" and who suffers from Downs' Syndrome, was placed with foster parents when she was just 17 months old because ...

  • Russell Jones opens first job-related illness unit..

    6-Jul-1999

    Russell Jones & Walker is launching the UK's first occupational disease unit.Simon Allen, managing partner of Russell Jones' Sheffield office, says that technology and a changing work environment will make it necessary for personal injury firms to reorganise in this way.But rivals are branding it a publicity stunt to try to drum up lucrative business.Allen says: "Occupational disease work always managed to carry on in an ad hoc way before. ...

  • Scottish bar investigates ex-Rangers chief

    6-Jul-1999

    Scotland's Faculty of Advocates, the equivalent of the Bar Council in England and Wales, is investigating whether disciplinary action should be brought against one its members, after he was alleged to have made anti-catholic comments, including, "Fuck the Pope and the Vatican."Donald Findlay, a senior defence QC, resigned as vice-chairman of Glasgow Rangers Football Club last week after being caught on video singing sectarian songs associated with Ulster Loyalists at ...

  • Scuffle of the week

    6-Jul-1999

    Flamboyant Scottish QC and former vice-chairman of Rangers Football Club Donald Findlay stands accused of singing sectarian songs - a dangerous act in Glasgow where there is tense rivalry between Catholic supporters of Celtic and Protestant Rangers fans. Leading scots criminal lawyer Findlay, who was allegedly spotted at a post-match party singing The Sash, Follow Follow, Derry's Walls and The Billy Boys, is no stranger to controversy. He is the author of novel ...

  • Somerfield appoints its first ever national panel

    6-Jul-1999

    Somerfield is putting together its first national panel of law firms.The supermarket retailer, which has 1,200 stores and more than 30 warehouses and distribution centres across the UK, is appointing firms across the country to advise it.Previously it took advice from different firms on an ad hoc basis, but insiders say its recent merger with Kwik Save led to its decision to appoint a national panel.Offers to join the panel have been sent to regional ...

  • Square Mile

    6-Jul-1999

    The radical slimming of insurance panels which has recently dominated the news pages of the legal press has come as no surprise to anyone who has been involved in insurance related litigation for more than a few years.Five years ago, the loss adjuster community was reeling from a similar tightening of the insurance belt, which heralded intense merger activity among loss adjusters, with accelerated consolidation and internal restructuring to reduce costs. Five ...

  • Stephenson Harwood

    6-Jul-1999

    Stephenson Harwood legal recruitment manager Alison Warner says: "A commercial law firm needs people with commercial skills."Warner says LPCs must be practical and she supports the introduction of courses tailored to the needs of City firms. "From day one, trainees could be meeting with clients. It is likely that they will need to know how to deal with clients and how to conduct ...

  • Syndicate of firms to offer audit service

    6-Jul-1999

    A syndicate of medium-sized firms from across the UK have launched a new type of audit and insurance scheme to protect clients from tribunal claims.The Quality Law Group has created an employment protection package called Praesidium, whereby companies pay a fixed annual rate for services rather than paying for advice on a per-hour basis.The alliance of firms includes Ward Hadaway ...

  • The Firm

    6-Jul-1999

    Potential trainees are greeted by Mr Henderson, Mr Pratchard and Mr Chalmers at The Firm's annual open day.Mr Henderson: I want to assure you that The Firm does not choose trainees solely on where they were educated. Etonians are just as welcome as old Harrow boys in my book. Just as long as you went to Oxbridge, of course, ha ha. Neither are we interested solely in academic excellence. Our very own senior partner, Mr Pratchard, ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Keate Jones

    6-Jul-1999

    Kate Jones was born in Hitchin in 1970. She is a solicitor with Charles Lucas & Marshall.What subject(s) did you fail at school?None.What was your first job?Working in a garden centre at weekends.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?u11,000 a year.What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?A professional show jumper ...

  • This week

    6-Jul-1999

    Leading criminal lawyer Tony Edwards, senior partner of TV Edwards, will chair the Annual Criminal Law Conference at Manchester's Renaissance Hotel on 10 June and at London's Cafe Royal on 11 June. Topics include the Criminal Defence Service and changes regarding criminal evidence.

  • Top German firm opens office in London

    6-Jul-1999

    Top German firm Haarman Hemmelrath & Partner is opening an office in London. The firm will focus on tax, corporate/M&A and banking work.The office will start with around six partners who will probably be evenly split between lawyers from Germany and lateral hires from London firms. The salaries on offer - of up to u500,000 - should attract lawyers from the higher echelons of the London market.Within the German market the firm, formed in 1987, is viewed as one ...

  • US bar set to drop multidisciplinary partnership ban

    6-Jul-1999

    The American Bar Association's (ABA) commission on multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) will this week recommend a rule change to allow their acceptance, according to one of its members.The ABA's rules - like those of the Law Society - do not allow lawyers to combine with other professions, such as accountants and surveyors, in one firm.Geoffrey Hazard Jr, a Pennsylvania University law professor, says the panel will recommend abolishing the ABA's ...

  • Valerie Davies

    6-Jul-1999

    Anne Mizzi talks to Valerie Davies, a partner basking in the media spotlight after acting in the high-profile Maxwell Communications case.

  • Wilde Sapte

    6-Jul-1999

    Wilde Sapte partner in charge of training Judith Mayhew says she is pioneering training in basic grammar skills with LPC students at Nottingham Trent University.Mayhew says: "The pendulum has swung from everything being paper-based, and the LPC needs more emphasis on letter-writing, basic grammar and drafting of contracts skills."Mayhew also wants the LPC curriculum to emphasise writing and research skills, and teach students "how to find things out".

  • Woolwich

    5-Jul-1999

    Woolwich Building Society underwent a major upheaval when it floated in 1997. Its transition from building society to plc has had a mixed outcome.