6 December 1999

The Lawyer

  • 4 Brick Court splits for family focus

    7-Dec-1999

    FOUR Brick Court Chambers has taken the decision to split in order to specialise exclusively on its established family practice.Although no departures have yet been announced, The Lawyer understands the split could mean as many as half of the chambers' 46 tenants are looking to leave the set.The set, headed by Antony Shaw QC, covers a broad range of practice areas ranging from commercial and chancery work to immigration and personal injury work.

  • AA deal taxes Herbert Smith and Linklaters

    7-Dec-1999

    Linklaters and Herbert Smith are in the throes of finalising energy giant Centrica's u1.1bn acquisition of the Automobile Association.Linklaters set up a team of more than 20 lawyers to advise Centrica, led by corporate partner Derek McMenamin in May, which meant the firm had a limited amount of time to prepare on Centrica's behalf. Herbert Smith has been involved in negotiating ...

  • Akin Gump merges with IP law firm

    7-Dec-1999

    US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has merged with Philadelphia intellectual property firm Panitch Schwarze Jacobs & Nadel.Panitch Schwarze founding partner Ronald Panitch becomes managing partner of Akin Gump's Philadelphia office. He says: "Although a number of firms expressed interest in us over the years, we consistently concluded a merger did not make sense."However, we began talking with some of the partners at Akin Gump last year and as we got ...

  • Andrew Myers on fighting for costs in legally-aided actions.

    7-Dec-1999

    Andrew Myers is a solicitor advocate at Travers Smith Braithwaite and recently obtained an order nisi from the Court of Appeal that the LAB pay his client's costs.IT is well-known that a successful litigant is usually unable to obtain an enforceable costs order against a legally-aided opponent.Under section 17 of the Legal Aid Act 1988, the opponent's liability ...

  • Avoid the vicious circle of stress

    7-Dec-1999

    In the wake of a ruling awarding u67,000 to a victim of stress, Fraser Younson warns employers - including law firms - to take it seriously. Fraser Younson is a partner and head of employment law at McDermott Will & Emery's London office.With the UK's workforce working a longer average week than its mainland Europe counterparts, the management ...

  • Boots introduces panel in cost-cutting exercise

    7-Dec-1999

    Boots is drawing up its first legal panel in a move triggered by company-wide cost-cutting measures.In the past it has always operated a flexible structure for obtaining legal services but sources claim that company accountants have demanded that legal costs should be reduced."Boots seems to be going through a company wide efficiency drive. That is going to be applied to everything including buying in legal services," says a source close to the company.

  • C4 International hires first-ever head of legal

    7-Dec-1999

    Channel 4 International (C4I) has created its first-ever legal department following major internal restructuring.The new head of legal is Ceetah Grieves, who has been appointed to the position of manager of business affairs. She will be solely responsible for overseeing all of C4I's legal activities.C4I is responsible for managing the programme assets and all the co-production activities of the Channel 4 Corporation.Grieves previously spent three ...

  • Cadwaladers and Norton Rose rescue Alpha

    7-Dec-1999

    US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and Norton Rose have saved debt-ridden Alpha Shipping.London partner James Roome and associates Lyndon Norley and Vicki Hazelden, supported by New York partner Michael Sage and Larry Kirsh and Diana de Brito in Washington, acted for Credit Suisse First Boston's (CSFB) distressed securities group in restructuring Alpha.The deal involved ...

  • Case(s) of the week...

    7-Dec-1999

    Not one but two former council workers hit the headlines after bringing successful legal actions for stress against their employers last week. Former Birmingham City Council worker Beverley Lancaster won u67,000 damages for workplace stress in a groundbreaking case. Former Liverpool City Council worker Cath Noonan received an out-of-court settlement of u84,000 after claiming she had been bullied by a colleague while she was at work.

  • Charles Russell gains Conran divorce team

    7-Dec-1999

    City firm Charles Russell has poached family lawyer Erica Shelton, who advised Lady Caroline Conran in her high-profile u10.5m divorce from restaurateur and designer Sir Terence Conran.Shelton is quitting as London firm Rooks Rider's head of family law and will take the firm's entire family law team with her. Three assistants - Nicole Hackett, Caroline Clark and Penny Seguss ...

  • City snubs scheme for women

    7-Dec-1999

    Cherie Booth QC's Opportunity Now charter for women is being snubbed by City law firms.While most of Britain's major companies have signed up to the Opportunity Now charter, including the five big accountancy firms, not one City law firm has done so.Opportunity Now has approached several major law firms. They all refused to join the campaign.In joining the scheme a firm would have to make a public commitment to breaking down barriers to ...

  • Clerks take business lessons

    7-Dec-1999

    Commercial chambers One Essex Court has become the first set to introduce professional training in business development for its clerks.The set has employed Haines Consulting, an organisation that specialises in teaching business strategy.Haines Consulting has already undertaken similar exercises with 33 of the top 100 firms of solicitors."I thought they [solicitors] were entrenched, but barristers chambers are stuck in the dark ages," says proprietor ...

  • DAC and Berrymans enter merger talks

    7-Dec-1999

    Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) and Berrymans Lace Mawer have been engaging in secret merger talks.Nick Sinfield, managing director of troubled firm DAC, met Berrymans Lace Mawer senior partner Paul Taylor last month to discuss a possible merger.A source close to Berrymans says: "He [Taylor] was seeing if there was anything on the table for discussion."However ...

  • DJ Freeman reaps new record profits

    7-Dec-1999

    DJ Freeman's average profits per partner have broken through the u300,000 barrier for the first time, doubling what they were earning just two years ago.Profits per partner soared 43 per cent over the past 12 months, eclipsing last year's record rise of 30 per cent.Two years ago each partner earned u158,000. Typical rises through the mid-1990s averaged about 10 per cent.In 1997, the firm's turnover was u23.3m. This year it will rise ...

  • Don't forget the public LPCs

    7-Dec-1999

    We read with interest your special report on the Legal Practice Course (LPC). We fully support much of what was said in the article and commend your efforts to stimulate the debate.However, we are concerned that the article quoted, and concentrated, on the two private providers of the LPC and failed to refer, except in passing, to the other 26 providers.The public providers of the LPC offer superb courses that are cost-effective to students. ...

  • ECJ to empower sole judges

    7-Dec-1999

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will allow judges sitting alone to decide certain cases, instead of the present panel of three to five.The move is the result of an increase in workload for the Luxembourg-based court. This has been caused by intellectual property rights litigation and the application of the 1993 regulation on the EU trademark.The change will apply to the ECJ's Court of First Instance, which was itself set up as an independent sister court ...

  • Eversheds loses deputy private head

    7-Dec-1999

    Eversheds' Newcastle office has lost the deputy head of its private client department after 23 years at the firm.Kristin Andersen agreed to leave the firm in May but remains as consultant for a one year handover period.Andersen, who is now setting up his own practice, says: "We decided on my leaving by mutual agreement. We talked about it in May and we both agreed that I ...

  • Feeling at home with new civil procedures

    7-Dec-1999

    The new Civil Procedure Rules came into force on 26 April, making fundamental changes to the judicial process. The date itself has been looming ominously on the horizon for many litigators, who were anticipating chaos and wholesale changes to the way they conduct litigation.Landlord and tenant litigators experienced a particularly rocky start to the new rules. The Lord Chancellor's Department had expressed an intention to leave possession proceedings untouched. ...

  • Financings

    7-Dec-1999

    Freshfields is acting for Financial Security Assurance in the establishment of a eurobond issuance programme of up to u1bn for the financing of public private partnership and public sector -related projects. Rotch Property Group is sponsoring and promoting the programme

  • Financings

    7-Dec-1999

    A Travers Smith Braithwaite team

  • Financings

    7-Dec-1999

    A team from US firm Latham & Watkins

  • Flotations & Financing

    7-Dec-1999

    Freshfields is acting for Financial Security Assurance in the establishment of a eurobond issuance programme of up to £1bn for the financing of public private partnership and public sector -related projects. Rotch Property Group is sponsoring and promoting the programme, which has been arranged by UK investment bank Schroders. Project finance partner Nick Bliss, with tax partner Colin Hargreaves, led the Freshfields team.

  • Flotations & Financing

    7-Dec-1999

    A Nicholson Graham & Jones team, led by banking partner Paul Salsbury, is advising Barclays Bank on a loan facility to the Lister Healthcare Group for a PFI project for the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, which will see the construction of a multi-storey car park and related facilities at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, Middlesex. Amanda Gray and Jane Stubbs at Addleshaw Booth & Co advised Lister Healthcare Group and its subsidiaries. Daniel Priestley at ...

  • Flotations & Financing

    7-Dec-1999

    A Travers Smith Braithwaite team, led by private equity partner Mark Soundy, acted for Nokia Telecommunications in its investment, through its UK holding company, in AirCom International, a UK-based radio engineering consultancy company, for an undisclosed amount. AirCom was advised by Michael Mahoney and Elizabeth Channer of Hammond Suddards.

  • Flotations & Financing

    7-Dec-1999

    A team from US firm Latham & Watkins, led by managing partner of the London office Joseph Blum, represented the State of Qatar in raising $1bn in the southern Arabian state's first international sovereign debt offering. The debt was sold to US, European and other investors. The underwriters in the offering were Credit Suisse First Boston and JP Morgan Securities, which ...

  • Gibraltar firms braced for financial shake-up

    7-Dec-1999

    Gibraltarian lawyers are bracing themselves for a shake-up in their company law, after the European Commission referred a case on accounts confidentiality to the European Court of Justice.The UK-dependent territory is a major offshore financial centre, where there are almost as many companies registered as there are people (31,000). Significant change to its commercial legislation is certain to affect this sector.In particular, the European Commission wants the ...

  • In brief: Buchler Phillips

    7-Dec-1999

    Buchler Phillips partner Neil Cooper is leaving the accountancy firm in 2001 to become president of the International Federation of Insolvency Professionals, INSOL International. INSOL is a federation of accountants and lawyers specialising in insolvency. Cooper will manage projects for the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations.

  • In brief: Cloisters Chambers

    7-Dec-1999

    Cloisters Chambers has appointed its first chambers director following an internal shake-up. Freelance management consultant Vanessa Peters joined Cloisters last week. Peters, a former solicitor, practiced in the areas of administrative law, crime and general civil litigation. Leading property set Falcon Chambers is also looking to appoint a chambers director and is offering a salary of £90,000.

  • In brief: Dibb Lupton Alsop

    7-Dec-1999

    Dibb Lupton Alsop is acting for boxing promoter Frank Warren, who is suing his former solicitors Park Nelson. The claim, which is expected to run into millions of pounds, is for advice given when Warren entered into joint venture agreements with US boxing promoter Don King.

  • In brief: Linklaters

    7-Dec-1999

    Linklaters advised Bermuda's government on its new e-commerce laws. Bermuda will be the second offshore centre after Singapore to introduce e-commerce legislation. Robyn Durie, head of Linklaters' telecoms team, says because e-commerce is ever-changing, "our job was to ensure the legislation is as comprehensive and flexible as possible". The bill is going through the Bermudan parliament.

  • In brief: Nicholson Graham & Jones

    7-Dec-1999

    Nicholson Graham & Jones has helped Frank Warren settle another dispute without going to the courts. A dispute between Warren and WBC World Super-Middleweight Champion Richie Woodhall was settled in two days with the Centre for Dispute Resolution acting as mediator. Richard Cramer of specialist sports solicitors McCormicks in Leeds represented Woodhall.

  • In brief: Paisner & Co

    7-Dec-1999

    Paisner & Co has launched an employment law website called e-BRIEF. The service is free and available at the address http://www.paisner.co.uk.

  • In brief: Warner Cranston

    7-Dec-1999

    Warner Cranston has negotiated a five-year sponsorship deal between 18-year-old tennis player Anna Kournikova and its client Courtaulds Textiles, which owns the sports bra manufacturer Berlei. Kournikova will appear on promotional material and packaging for the Shock Absorber range. She was represented by her New York agent Advantage. Howard Wallis negotiated the deal for Warner Cranston.

  • Independent experts face flurry of negligence claims

    7-Dec-1999

    Titmuss Sainer Dechert is advising electrical goods retailer Currys in a rent review case that may open the door to negligence claims against a spectrum of independent experts.Lawyers have shied away from advising clients to sue independent experts because of the failure rate. No case against an expert in a rent review case has ever succeeded.This case, due to start today (Monday) ...

  • In-house attractions tempt firms' finest

    7-Dec-1999

    The latest in-house salary survey (page 10-11) might well make depressing reading for those at management levels in the top City firms.According to the survey, carried out by recruitment consultants Garfield Robbins, senior in-house counsel are now commanding salaries which rival the income of partners in top firms. On top of this, in-house lawyers are being offered benefit packages including share options, company cars and golden hellos, which make ...

  • In-house salaries compete head-on with private practice

    7-Dec-1999

    Lawyers fare better financially by moving in-house than staying in private practice six years into their career, according to a new survey by recruitment consultants Garfield Robbins.Traditionally, lawyers have moved in-house as a lifestyle choice and because they want to pursue a more business-oriented role. However, salaries for in-house lawyers are escalating.In-house lawyers are now reaping £80,000 salaries just five years after qualification in the ...

  • It's been a bad week for...

    7-Dec-1999

    Business. A new law due to take force in April requiring employers to pay national insurance on employee share option sales is coming in for criticism from millionaire entrepreneurs, who argue it will curb new internet and technology companies. Robin Saxby, head of u1.4bn microchip design company ARM Holdings, is lobbying the Government on the grounds that the law - aimed at "fat cats" who take large share options - will hit small companies which attract high-profile ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    7-Dec-1999

    Civil liberties. Nine newspapers and broadcasters succeeded in defeating an application to the Old Bailey by the City of London Police for possession of video footage, photographs and notes taken during last month's demonstrations in the City, arguing it is not the job of journalists to gather evidence for the police.Upper class drug users. Dealing Class A drugs and stashing u20,000 worth of drugs and related equipment in your flat normally ...

  • Italian ham producers don't mince words

    7-Dec-1999

    The long-running test case battle over use of the name "Parma" on ham sliced and packaged in the UK rather than in Italy is heading for another legal round, this time in the House of Lords.The Law Lords have given leave for Italian group Cornsorzio Del Prosciutto Di Parma to challenge an Appeal Court ruling in which it was held that Asda Stores and food packagers Hygrade Foods were entitled to sell Parma ham which was the genuine product but which was sliced ...

  • Joint seniors at ATL step down

    7-Dec-1999

    Chris Arnheim and Mark Lewis, joint senior partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers' associate law firm Arnheim Tite & Lewis, have stepped down, leaving the firm with no senior partner.The move leaves managing partner Christopher Tite with sole responsibility for managing the firm, though Arnheim says all three have "senior ambassadorial roles" at ATL.Tite says it was agreed last year when the two firms merged that they would step down at the end of June.

  • Landmark Ruling Throws Scotland's Criminal Justice System Into Chaos

    11-Dec-1999

    Scotland's criminal justice system was thrown into chaos last night after a landmark ruling that its use of temporary sheriffs breaches European law.Three senior judges decided the Lord Advocate's power to hire and fire temporary sheriffs at will meant defendants could not be guaranteed a fair trial as guaranteed by Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights.With the 129 temporary sheriffs declared invalid in the landmark ...

  • Law should help personal litigants

    7-Dec-1999

    As a personal litigant who has been fighting a claim for the last two and a half years I take exception to the tone in the letter "Time to curb the personal litigant" (The Lawyer, 21 June).As an "impecunious, inexperienced amateur", I have dealt with my claim from the start and been awarded judgment by the courts. I have tried to enforce the judgment by every means available, and have still not seen, or am likely to see, ...

  • Lee Crowder recruits Pannones' commercial expert

    7-Dec-1999

    Birmingham firm, Lee Crowder, has tempted company and commercial partner, Mark Hodge away from Manchester's Pannone & Partners.But the 15-partner firm denies that it has gone back on its "no-poaching" stance, revealed to The Lawyer in an interview with Lee Crowder's senior partner, Stephen Gilmore, earlier this year.Head of the company and commercial department Graham Muth says: "This is a guy who wants to relocate to the West Midlands and approached ...

  • Legal chief quits Pearson as media giant eyes US market

    7-Dec-1999

    Pearson, the international media giant, has parted company with its head of legal as it refocuses its operation towards the US.Group legal director and company secretary Paul Vickers has already left the company but a replacement has yet to be found.Pearson is now looking to recruit a US-qualified lawyer to replace Vickers as the company switches to a US-style general counsel system.Pearson's chief executive Marjorie Scardino says that the role ...

  • Legal Widow

    7-Dec-1999

    I took the children into the office on Friday night to pick up the Lawyer before driving to my parent's house for a fun-filled weekend with the older generation. I found my husband moodily pecking at his keyboard, complaining that the computer would not let him log off until he had done seven hours' work. I said that even the most bloody-minded of software packages would allow him to put his three-hour lunch under "practice development", but apparently the designers are wise to that and ...

  • Linklaters reshuffles as Finch becomes Sheriff of the City

    7-Dec-1999

    Linklaters' head of property Robert Finch is stepping down after being elected Sheriff of the City of London. His replacement will be partner Simon Clark.Clark takes over as head on 21 August. Finch, who takes on his sheriff duties at the end of September, will remain with Linklaters as a property partner.Peter Farren, senior partner in the property department, says Clark ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 12/7/99

    7-Dec-1999

    Marc Stephen Rayment (By his father & next friend Stephen Ronald William) v Ministry of Defence (1999) QBD (Alliott J) 21 June 199Claimant: Male, new born at date of accident; 15 years old at date of settlementIncident: The claimant's mother ('M') was admitted to a military hospital in July 1985 for the birth of her first child, the claimant. It became clear that M's cervix was not dilating quickly enough. Monitoring showed claimant's heartbeat ...

  • Litigation Wrtis 12/7/99

    7-Dec-1999

    Nottingham Community Health NHS Trust is being taken to the High Court by Ian While of Launceston, Cornwall, in a claim for u6,936 he alleges he earned from services provided under a 1992 written agreement with the trust. He also seeks an account of all commissions payable under the agreement and an order for payment of all sums found due along with damages alleged for breach of contract. Further damages are sought for alleged negligent misrepresentation or misstatement.

  • Mayer Brown poaches Pinsent Curtis partner

    7-Dec-1999

    US firm Mayer Brown & Platt has lured corporate finance partner David Levin from Pinsent Curtis in its latest bid to expand its London office.Levin will join the Chicago firm's London practice from Pinsents' City office in September. He is Mayer Brown's third lateral partner hire this year, as the firm aims to double the size of its London operation by summer 2000.

  • McDermotts expands London litigation team

    7-Dec-1999

    US firm McDermott Will & Emery has announced the appointment of three associates to its London litigation group.Nick Vodovich joins from Gouldens and Samantha McBain from Lovell White Durrant. Kate Learoyd will join the firm from Rowe & Maw in August.John Reynolds, who heads the litigation group, says: "They are lawyers of the very highest calibre and will enable ...

  • McGrigor Donald plans UK growth

    7-Dec-1999

    Scotland's largest law firm, McGrigor Donald, is on an expansion drive with joint ventures planned for the US and new offices being considered in both England and Scotland.The 55-partner firm says it has rejected several merger offers from Dibb Lupton Alsop and is planning to expand alone, its managing partner reveals.The firm is extending its London office, starting with the appointment of bio-science specialist Catriona Macritchie as partner in the technology ...

  • Morgan Cole in plan to axe 15 partners

    7-Dec-1999

    Newly merged Morgan Cole is considering axing up to 15 partners in an attempt to increase its profit margins.In a discussion document prepared by senior management - and seen by The Lawyer - the firm admits it will have to lay off staff if it is to raise profits per partner from an "unacceptable" u115,000 to u124,000 in the coming year.Morgan Cole, which currently has 104 partners, ...

  • Nigerian fights deportation

    7-Dec-1999

    Ben James, a 30-year-old Nigerian-born stockbroker who came to the UK when he was 14 and is fighting moves to deport him, has won the right to mount a second High Court challenge to the Government's insistence that he returns to Nigeria. James, who ran a u40,000-a-year stockbroking business, was on the verge of being deported when he launched the latest bid to remain in the UK. Granting leave to bring his challenge Deputy Judge David Pannick QC said that ...

  • Norton Rose boosts its asset finance with three partners

    7-Dec-1999

    Norton Rose is adding three partners, including poaching Wilde Sapte partner Giles Brand, and three assistants to its asset finance practice in London.The firm says asset finance is a major boom area which, over the past 12 months, has increased fee incomes by up to 20 per cent.Brand, who announced he is quitting Wilde Sapte last week, starts at the firm in January 2000.

  • Partners on the move...

    7-Dec-1999

    Capsticks now has 25 partners after the promotion of six new partners from within the firm: Trevor Mawer (employment), Neil Grant (healthcare law), and - all in the clinical negligence department - Victoria Stewart, Penelope Radcliffe, Iain Pickering and Lorna Hardman. Before qualifying as solicitors Stewart and Radcliffe were qualified barristers.David Cubitt, employment partner ...

  • Pensions duel could be deadly for Equitable Life

    7-Dec-1999

    Denton Hall and Norton Rose are advising in a High Court test case which could sound the death knell of the UK's largest mutual life insurer.A Denton Hall team, led by senior partner in litigation and arbitration Cindy Leslie, is fighting on behalf of Equitable Life in the case, which concerns guaranteed annuities. If it loses the case, the insurer faces u1.5bn liability costs, which ...

  • Perrin's View

    7-Dec-1999

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away a band of rebels set out on a mission to end the Empire's domination of the universe... at least, that's how it seemed at the time. If the theme sounds familiar, it is hardly surprising. As themes go, the "Do we stay in the regions or open in the City?" debate was probably one of the greats.I use the past tense advisedly. It seems to me that like Star Wars' original cast, this particular ...

  • Perrin's View

    7-Dec-1999

    The force is still with the City

  • Punders partners to vote early over CC merger bid

    7-Dec-1999

    Punder Volhard Weber & Axster, the third largest German firm, will bring forward the date of its annual partners meeting to next month so it can rush through its vote on the merger with Clifford Chance.Clifford Chance partners, who voted over the weekend, were expected to approve the merger with Punders and US firm Rogers & Wells, making it the largest global law firm, with 2,700 lawyers.

  • Quote of the week

    7-Dec-1999

    "Henceforth, all former heads of government are potentially at risk."- Lady Margaret Thatcher, speaking in the House of Lords for the first time in three years to issue a staunch attack on the arrest of General Augusto Pinochet. She is allegedly fearful that she may suffer a similar fate if she travels abroad again.

  • Richard Cranfield

    6-Dec-1999

    Ryan Dunleavy meets Richard Cranfield, the new head of corporate law at Allen & Overy, who despite his love of tradition, is planning a few changes.

  • Riding Japan's new wave

    7-Dec-1999

    "It's boom time out here at the moment," says Andrew Castle, a partner in Allen & Overy's Tokyo office.The head of Denton Hall's Japanese operation, Steve Lewis, agrees: "Last week, if we got out of here before 4am we were doing well," he says. "Things are really booming."The big firms are bullish.

  • Scuffle of the week

    7-Dec-1999

    Lord Irvine is provoking human rights organisation Justice by insisting on sitting as a judge in the House of Lords in an employment law tribunal appeal. Lord Irvine is steadfastly ignoring calls to step down from the case. Critics claim every House of Lords case has some political relevance and say Lord Irvine faces a conflict of interest between his roles of senior judge and cabinet minister. Last month Justice issued a report saying the Lord Chancellor should not sit as a judge and ...

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn woos partner

    7-Dec-1999

    Shepherd & Wedderburn, one of Scotland's big four law firms, has poached the head of corporate finance from rival Edinburgh firm Fyfe Ireland.Stephen Gibb has also brought two assistants to the 30-partner firm.His move from Fyfe Ireland brings the total number of partners in Shepherd & Wedderburn's corporate department to 13.The firm's ...

  • Silk hopefuls face u335 selection bill

    7-Dec-1999

    Would-be silks will have to cough up a u335 fee to enter the QC selection process, the Lord Chancellor's Department has confirmed.The fee system will be introduced via the Access to Justice Bill which goes to the Lords for final consideration this week.In a letter leaked to The Lawyer, Keith Vaz, parliamentary secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department, says the fee has been upped from the original estimate of u200 to pay for providing feedback to ...

  • Slaughters, Herbert Smith and Simmons eye Tokyo

    7-Dec-1999

    Slaughter and May, Herbert Smith and Simmons & Simmons are all understood to be looking at establishing a presence in Japan.UK and US lawyers based in Tokyo say the market is booming, creating a great deal of interest from other international firms.According to sources, the three City firms are planning to open up offices in the capital, while rival firms claim that all ...

  • Teletubbies tighten Trademarks Act

    7-Dec-1999

    The Teletubbies teamed up with a West Country council at the High Court recently to fight against the sale of counterfeit goods.Judges upheld a decision by Torbay Council to prosecute local market trader Satnam Singh for selling children's clothing bearing a sign identical to the Teletubbies registered trademark.And they ruled that Torbay Magistrates Court was wrong to clear Singh of breaching the BBC children's TV show's trademark.The ...

  • Tenant seeks landlord ruling

    7-Dec-1999

    Tenant Cadogan Properties is seeking a declaration that landlord Mount Eden Properties of Guernsey has unreasonably withheld consent to sub-let the property. Both came under judicial fire in a skirmish which reached the Court of Appeal. Mount Eden appealed against the refusal of the High Court to strike out Cadogan's action on the basis that papers were wrongly served outside England and Wales. The Court of Appeal agreed that the papers had not been correctly served. However, ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Chris Edwards

    7-Dec-1999

    Chris Edwards was born in London in 1955. He is a partner and head of the property department at Titmuss Sainer Dechert.What subject(s) did you fail at school?Nothing academic, but I was terrible at PE.What was your first job?Cleaning offices in beautiful downtown Croydon during school holidays.What was ...

  • The Lawyer is in-house favourite

    7-Dec-1999

    A survey of in-house lawyers reveals that The Lawyer is by far the most widely read legal publication.The survey of 700 lawyers at 200 in-house departments was conducted at the end of April by legal recruitment consultants, Garfield Robbins in association with The Lawyer.It revealed that 85 per cent of in-house lawyers read The Lawyer.Its nearest rival, In-house Lawyer, had a 40 per cent readership. All other legal publications fell between 10 and ...

  • The ones to watch

    7-Dec-1999

    Ruby Sandhu tracks the careers of five rising stars at the Bar and finds out why their instructing solicitors rate them.Timothy FancourtProfessional achievements/associations:Chancery Bar AssociationAreas of practice: Property, chancery anhd commercial litigation as well as advisory work, particularly commercial and residential property.What others say about him:Fancourt is described as an exceptional barrister, ...

  • This week

    7-Dec-1999

    Watch out for the results of the ranting, hooting, mud-slinging, headache-inducing insult-fest known as the Law Society elections.

  • Titmuss Sainer enjoys third record growth

    7-Dec-1999

    Titmuss Sainer Dechert is celebrating its third consecutive year of record fee income growth, which it attributes to its transatlantic alliance.This year fee income increased by 13 per cent, and the two previous years saw a growth of 14 per cent.Until 1996 the firm's gross fees had not increased by more than 10 percent.This year the average fee-earner brought u202,000 ...

  • Top City firm sets salary ceiling for associates

    7-Dec-1999

    A TOP 10 City law firm is taking the unusual step of imposing an u80,000 salary ceiling on its senior associates.Nick Robbins, partner of recruitment consultants Garfield Robbins, says that salaries for the two thirds of solicitors not making partnership in City firms tend to stick around the u80,000 mark. However this is the first time a firm has set a limit on salaries.Robbins refuses to disclose the firm, but predicts other City firms will follow suit.

  • Will new US bank law threaten work?

    7-Dec-1999

    David Morley, head of banking, Allen & OveryPeter Kohl, head of banking, Dorsey & WhitneyPeter Gaines, partner, Baker & McKenzieA long-awaited change in US legislation may lead to the first major re-structuring of US banking in more than ...

  • World Bank legal dept faces corporate claim

    7-Dec-1999

    The World Bank is facing its first-ever corporate claim over allegations that its legal department failed to carry out its functions properly.The Bank is accused of assisting in the expropriation of diamond mining rights by the government of Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa.Several Lesotho companies, led by Swissbourgh Diamond Mines (Pty), have made 12 allegations against the Bank relating to mining rights which were revoked in order to implement the ...