6 September 1999

The Lawyer

  • ...as Dibbs doubles its office capacity

    8-Sep-1999

    Dibb Lupton Alsop is to move its four London offices into one new building.The firm has signed a new lease on a building in Noble Street, directly opposite its current main London office at 125 London Wall.The move gives the firm enough space to double the number of its lawyers working in London and help Dibbs towards its stated goal of becoming a top 10 City firm.Dibbs currently has around 240 lawyers working in the City and the new office will accommodate ...

  • A new formula for the Patents Court?

    8-Sep-1999

    Described as over-priced and overly-political, but nevertheless envied for its proactive attitude to reform, Matheu Swallow investigates the 'fuzzy' old world of the Patents Court.The Patents Court, a branch of the Chancery Division of the High Court, has established an enviable reputation. At a time when the number of claims issued in the Commercial Court is suffering a steep and steady decline, the Patents Court has maintained a busy schedule.For ...

  • Arthur Cox appoints new managing partner

    11-Sep-1999

    Irish law firm, Arthur Cox has appointed commercial lawyer, Eugene McCague as its managing partner.McCague replaces Ian Scott who will resume practice within the firm as a partner in the industrial and commercial property department.McCague has been with Arthur Cox for ten years. The 38-partner firm has offices in Dublin, Belfast and New York.Chairman, James O'Dwyer says: "Eugene is taking over from Ian at a stage when the firm is recognised ...

  • Australian lawyer beats off contempt ruling

    11-Sep-1999

    An Australian lawyer who called a supreme court judge a "w*nker" was not guilty of contempt of court, another senior judge has ruled.Solicitor, Simon Harry Parsons, was charged with contempt after another solicitor reported him for accusing Justice Barry Beach of "having his hand on his dick".The comments were made when Parsons was served with an injunction, preventing him bulldozing on the disputed boundary of his Gippsland property.Justice Philip ...

  • B&M looks out-of-house in hunt for Australian chief

    8-Sep-1999

    Baker & McKenzie has broken with tradition and drawn up a short-list containing external candidates in its search for an Australian managing partner.The firm has been looking for a successor to the present partner, Paul Malliate, since he announced his resignation this year.The global practice has earned a reputation for promoting its own staff to senior positions.

  • Barrister to query role of Chancellor

    8-Sep-1999

    A barrister is to mount a legal challenge against the Lord Chancellor's control of judiciary members, such as magistrates and recorders, when the Human Rights Act is introduced in England and Wales.Neil Addison announced his plan after a challenge by Livingston law firm, Keegan Smith, on the validity of Scotland's 130 temporary sheriffs, failed on a technicality. Apparently the notice lodged was not worded correctly and the court refused to allow a redraft to ...

  • Berrymans and DAC call off merger discussions

    8-Sep-1999

    The merger talks between Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) and Berrymans Lace Mawer have been called off because, claim experts, the two firms are culturally incompatible.Industry insiders say the merger would have made good business sense.But the deal has floundered following press coverage in The Lawyer which sent partners scurrying to boardrooms with a list of concerns.

  • Case of the week

    8-Sep-1999

    Judge Valerie Pearlman presided over a u6 million international fraud trial from her hospital bed in Bartholomew's Hospital in London. Despite suffering from a badly broken leg, Judge Pearlman insisted on continuing with the case to avoid the expense of a retrial, estimated to be about u2.5m. The entire hearing moved to the main hall at St Bart's for two days and Judge Pearlman later had a video link set up by her bed so she could answer jury questions.

  • Clifford Chance loses Chinese partner to Jones Day

    11-Sep-1999

    US firm, Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has roped in former Clifford Chance partner, Winston Zhao to help set up the firm's new Shanghai office.Zhoa joins Jones Day from Clifford Chance's Shanghai practice - the first international law firm to open up in that city in 1993 when the Chinese Ministry ...

  • Clifford Chance plans Faltz & Kremer merger

    8-Sep-1999

    Clifford Chance is to sign up another merger partner, this time in European legal hotspot, Luxembourg.The proposed merger between the global giant and Faltz & Kremer is currently before the Luxembourg Bar Association. If approved, partners from both firms will vote on the move within the next couple of months.Faltz & Kremer is the country's sixth largest firm. Its strengths, ...

  • Collyer-Bristow settles dispute

    8-Sep-1999

    A senior solicitor has received u10,000 from Collyer-Bristow in settlement of a claim for unfair dismissal.The case was settled on the eve of an employment tribunal due to start last week.Barrie Barker, who joined the firm's litigation department at the beginning of 1997, was dismissed in January this year after being told his work was unprofitable."I thought I was doing extremely well," he tells The Lawyer. "The work was increasing in leaps ...

  • Council answers toilet test

    8-Sep-1999

    A case which could throw new light on the liability of landlords under the 1990 Environmental Protection Act is to be probed by the Law Lords. They have given leave for an appeal in the case, in which it is alleged that Birmingham City Council was guilty of breaching the act in respect of access to a WC in a residential council property. The Lords will be asked to decide whether, if access to the WC - which contains no washbasin and is only accessible via a kitchen - is capable ...

  • Demonstrating a need for reform

    8-Sep-1999

    Ted Baskerville argues for the use of demonstrative evidence for juries in complex cases of white-collar crime. Ted Baskerville is managing director of Buchler Phillips Lindquist Avey, forensic and investigative accountants, affiliated to the Kroll O Gara Group.As an investigative and forensic accountant, I am deeply interested in the effective prosecution of fraudsters. It is my job to provide expert analysis of how financial wrongdoings have been committed ...

  • Dibbs partner leaves to join Baker & McKenzie

    8-Sep-1999

    Top insolvency partner Jeremy Goldring has quit Dibb Lupton Alsop to join the London office of City firm Baker & McKenzie.Goldring says: "I think DLA is an extraordinary firm. But the offer I have received from Baker & McKenzie represents a wonderful opportunity to join an established global practice of quality and substance."Dibbs has lost a number of senior lawyers ...

  • Financings

    8-Sep-1999

    Norton Rose has advised HSBC Investment Bank as sponsor and broker to Liontrust Asset Management which has applied for admission to the Official List of the London Stock Exchange and the placing of 9.7 million ordinary shares at 115 pence per share. Corporate finance partner Mark Lloyd Williams led the team which advised HSBC. Tim Eyles and Paul Burke of Taylor Joynson Garrett advised Liontrust Asset ...

  • Financings

    8-Sep-1999

    Clifford Chance acted for the lead manager of HSBC Markets on the Eurobond issue of First Mortgage debenture bonds due 2024. The issuer was a Jersey SPV

  • Five more leave Llewelyn Zietman for White & Case

    8-Sep-1999

    Llewelyn Zietman's IP practice is in disarray after the exodus of five more lawyers, who are following the firm's co-founder David Llewelyn to White & Case, as revealed in The Lawyer (26 July).Llewelyn will lead the US firm's IP practice in London. He will link up with White & Case's Brussels office to head its European IP operation.The firm is also expanding ...

  • Flotations & Financing

    8-Sep-1999

    Norton Rose has advised HSBC Investment Bank as sponsor and broker to Liontrust Asset Management which has applied for admission to the Official List of the London Stock Exchange and the placing of 9.7 million ordinary shares at 115 pence per share. Corporate finance partner Mark Lloyd Williams led the team which advised HSBC. Tim Eyles and Paul Burke of Taylor Joynson Garrett advised Liontrust Asset ...

  • Flotations & Financing

    8-Sep-1999

    Clifford Chance acted for the lead manager of HSBC Markets on the Eurobond issue of First Mortgage debenture bonds due 2024. The issuer was a Jersey SPV, guaranteed by Rodamco UK BV, a Dutch company. The team on the £150m deal included Peter Kilner, Caroline Fisher, Mark Rees-Jones, Helena Stott and Armel Cates.

  • Haarmaan Hemmelrath opens in London

    12-Sep-1999

    Two existing Haarmaan partners - Claus Kohler and Norbert Jakobs - will transfer from the firm's German offices to join four British partners to form the start-up team.Haarmaan is currently refusing to name the four UK lawyers due to "existing contractual obligations" but says all are drawn from "leading UK firms or Chambers".The new London office will concentrate on company law, M&A work, capital market law, financial services and tax.Wilhelm ...

  • Harris & Cartwright win record damages for accident victim

    12-Sep-1999

    The record pay-out - understood to be the second highest for personal injury ever awarded in England - was made to an American who was brain damaged in a collision with a minibus driven by a man without a license.The damages win comes just a year after Slough-based Harris & Cartwright won the highest ever pay-out for personal injury - £9.3 million awarded to Dutchman Martjin Belsheuevel for injuries suffered in a road accident.

  • Hidden cost in mergers, says survey

    8-Sep-1999

    Newly-qualifieds at US firms are earning up to double their UK counterparts, prompting speculation that Clifford Chance may have to bump up wages for junior lawyers to bring it in line with New York merger partner, Rogers & Wells.A survey of 150 London firms by recruitment consultants Garfield Robbins shows US firms are paying newly qualifieds up to u63,000 compared with an average ...

  • In brief: Clifford Chance

    8-Sep-1999

    Clifford Chance partner Lawrence Randall has retired from practice. He was managing partner at the firm's Brussels office, which he set up in 1973. He retired last week, aged 52, and is replaced by Yves Herincx.

  • In brief: Croydon Council

    8-Sep-1999

    Croydon Council's assistant head of legal Keith Minear has been seconded to help with the establishment of the new Greater London Authority (GLA). He will assist in the development of codes of practice, the structure of the new authority and the GLA's relationship with subsidiary bodies such as the police, fire and civil defence authorities.

  • In brief: Hardwick Stallards

    8-Sep-1999

    Hardwick Stallards has poached Rosenblatt associate Tola Ogundimu as a partner to head its new employment department. Ogundimu joins the firm, formed a year ago by the merger of Stallards and Hardwick & Co, with the objective of establishing a reputation in employment law.

  • In brief: Mayer Brown & Platt

    8-Sep-1999

    Mayer Brown & Platt's London office has lost a senior associate to US firm Fredrikson & Byron. Securities lawyer Stefan Sarles, who has been with Mayer Brown's London practice for five years, is now head of Fredrikson & Byron's London office.

  • In brief: New York

    8-Sep-1999

    New York law firm Fish & Neave has topped a profits survey among mid-size US firms, by legal monthly magazine The American Lawyer, with annual profits per partner of $740,000. Washington's Williams & Connolly topped the gross revenues list, recording revenues of $110m.

  • In brief: Olswang

    8-Sep-1999

    Olswang acted for former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie's radio company Talkco (Holdings) - now The Wireless Group - parent company of Talk Radio, in its £47m acquisition of The Radio Partnership (TRP), advised by Osborne Clarke and Newcastle firm Mincoffs, completing the deal in five weeks.

  • In brief: Rowe & Maw

    8-Sep-1999

    Rowe & Maw competition partner Catriona Hatton in the firm's Brussels' office, has been poached by US firm Hogan & Hartson to head its EU competition practice in Brussels. Hatton has been replaced at Rowe & Maw by senior associate Bernadine Adkins from the Brussels office of US firm Dechert Price & Rhoads.

  • In brief: The Council of the Bar

    8-Sep-1999

    The Council of the Bar of Ireland has appointed Liam McKechnie as its chairman. McKechnie replaces John MacMenamin who has served as chairman for the past two years.

  • In brief: The International Tribunal

    8-Sep-1999

    The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is to hear its second-ever case. Australia and New Zealand claim Japan has failed to cooperate in the conservation of southern bluefin tuna stock. 3 Verulam Buildings, the London-based commercial set, has been instructed in both the cases to be heard by the tribunal.

  • Irwin Mitchell to represent BSE litigation

    8-Sep-1999

    Roger Pearson reports on an upcoming High Court action by the families of those who allegedly died from new variant CJD.Sheffield-based Irwin Mitchell is heading for a test case litigation in which the Government is being sued by relatives of adults and children who they claim died after contracting the human variant of "mad cow disease" after eating contaminated beef.

  • It's been a bad week for....

    8-Sep-1999

    The son of Lord Lucan, George Bingham. Lord Irvine has joined the ranks of those who believe Lord Lucan may still be alive. There have been several alleged sightings of Lord Lucan since his disappearance in 1974. This is bad news for Bingham, who is being denied a seat in the House of Lords after Lord Irvine denied his application on the grounds his father may not be dead.QCs. The Legal Aid Board unveiled plans to slash top silks' fees by introducing ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    8-Sep-1999

    BBC lawyers, who are scouring Des Lynam's contract to see whether the BBC is entitled to compensation over the former Match of the Day presenter's move to ITV. Lynam's contract ran until the Olympic games in 2000.Gay rights campaigners, after Home Office minister Jack Straw signalled his intention to give government recognition for the first time to same-sex couples. Following the Admiral Duncan pub bombing in Soho which killed three ...

  • Jarvis Hotels' company secretary steps down

    8-Sep-1999

    A partner at a niche law firm has quit his dual role as company secretary of Jarvis Hotels after securing deals worth millions for the leisure group.Barry Vintner, founder partner of Worfdell & Vintner - a boutique practice specialising in the hotel sector, will however continue in his role as external general counsel to Jarvis Hotels.Although his firm is on Jarvis Hotels' panel, along with

  • King's Bench set names head of chambers and first manager

    8-Sep-1999

    One King's Bench Walk, the premier family and white-collar crime set, is appointing a new head of chambers and its first practice manager.James Townend QC is stepping down after 17 years at the helm and will be replaced by Anthony Hacking QC, the highly-regarded criminal fraud barrister.Hacking prosecuted on behalf of the Serious Fraud Office in the trial of Abbas Gokal, the shipping magnate whose u800m fraud caused the collapse of the Bank of Credit and ...

  • KPMG forges link with top 25 US law practice

    8-Sep-1999

    KPMG has formed a strategic alliance with US international firm Morrison & Foerster in the first major tie-up between a big five accountancy firm and a US law firm.The move has taken global accountancy giants by surprise. The link is being viewed by insiders as extremely bold.The announcement comes three months after KPMG created its own UK law firm KLegal as a prelude ...

  • KPMG to face High Court

    8-Sep-1999

    Accountants KPMG Peat Marwick and an associated Dublin firm face a negligence claim in respect of advice given on the u10m purchase of an Irish leasing company in 1992. The action arose out of the purchase by Electra in 1992 of u10m in an Irish leasing company called the Cambridge Group. Eighteen months after the deal, Cambridge went into receivership. Proceedings were launched against KPMG on the basis of a report it had submitted to Electra on the value of Cambridge. Initially ...

  • Lawrence Graham to retain lottery tickets

    8-Sep-1999

    City firm Lawrence Graham has beaten off five firms to win a place as adviser to the National Lottery Commission for the third time.The five other London-based contenders for the contract included Field Fisher Waterhouse, which is understood to have come a "close second", after being only ...

  • Legal Widow

    8-Sep-1999

    'When you ask your husband to talk to you more, you don't usually expect him to turn over, prop himself up on one elbow and tell you about the latest development in EU tax law," a friend confided to me recently.

  • Leigh Day hits back after South African action fails

    8-Sep-1999

    Leigh Day & Co is hitting back at judicial criticism of its handling of a multi-party civil action brought by South African miners.In his judgment High Court Judge Buckley is highly critical of Leigh Day partner Richard Meeran for not telling "the full story" about the number of potential claimants.More than 3,000 miners are seeking compensation for asbestos-related diseases from English employer Cape, represented by Davies Arnold Cooper. Leigh Day is acting ...

  • Martin Stewart-Smith

    6-Sep-1999

    Fiona Callister meets Cameron McKenna enery partner Martin Stewart-Smith, who is looking forward to spending more time across the Atlantic when he joins US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

  • Masons raids Scottish firms to double office

    8-Sep-1999

    Masons has more than doubled the number of lawyers in its Scottish practice group one year after it first opened in Glasgow by continuing its hiring spree.The City firm has poached two "associate partners", the Scottish equivalent of a City salaried partner, from rival firms in Scotland.With the new arrivals, it will grow from a two-lawyer, two-partner outfit to a 13-lawyer practice group.Aileen Thomson is quitting Edinburgh-based Alex Morison which ...

  • Mayer Brown man to run GEC

    8-Sep-1999

    Mayer Brown & Platt's London senior partner is to become head of legal at GEC - threatening the estimated u10m of legal work that the multinational currently hands out to UK magic circle firms.Jeff Gordon, who is also head of the firm's international practice, begins his new role at the end of August.GEC's current main legal advisers are

  • McDonald's hands work to Wragges

    8-Sep-1999

    Wragge & Co has beaten City rivals to win lucrative property work from fast food giant McDonald's.The Birmingham firm will work alongside Forsters on the development of 100 sites over the next year.McDonald's head of legal Julian Hilton-Johnson says: "This is a big slice of work and I thought ...

  • McGrigor Donald launch public affairs division

    12-Sep-1999

    McGrigor Donald Public Policy (MDPP) will be headed up by McGrigor lawyer, Adam Bruce. He will be aided by the 56-partner firm's head of commercial litigation, Niall Scott and its public sector unit director, Alan Boyd.The new unit will give advice on new Scottish legislation, provide a Parliamentary monitoring service and even push forward private legislation.The firm is currently on the look out for an extra director and a research officer to join the ...

  • News International brings US lawyer to run UK and Europe

    8-Sep-1999

    News International is importing a US lawyer to head up the group's commercial legal affairs in UK and Europe.Jay Itzkowitz, senior vice-president and associate general counsel of News America, senior vice-president, legal affairs of Fox Television and senior vice-president, legal affairs of Fox Entertainment, begins his role as director of legal affairs for News International on 15 September.He is replacing Bruce McWilliam, former general counsel at News ...

  • Next

    6-Sep-1999

    In just over a week, Next will unveil its interim results to the City.

  • Northern firms join Standard Life Bank panel

    8-Sep-1999

    ManchesteR firms Halliwell Landau and Lyons Wilson and Walker Morris in Leeds have all been added to the Standard Life Bank line-up.The investment bank now has 12 firms on its panel, double the number of firms it had at the start of the year.The panel increase reflects the booming housing market and the huge increase in large-scale mortgage work.Plans to farm out ...

  • One-year credit blow to Law Soc

    8-Sep-1999

    The Office of Fair Trading has taken the unprecedented step of granting the Law Society group credit licence for only one year, citing its failure to monitor solicitors effectively for not giving a full five-year licence.The society has been given one year to address the office's director general's concerns and implement procedures to investigate complaints and take disciplinary action.The group consumer credit licence allows solicitors to offer consumer ...

  • Penn Bar opposes MDP plans

    8-Sep-1999

    The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) has formally opposed the American Bar Association's (ABA) recommendation to allow multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs).The PBA's board of governors voted unanimously against the proposal, just days before the ABA's annual meeting got underway in Atlanta, Georgia, last week.The ABA is expected to vote on MDPs this week. Opponents want the vote postponed until September.One of the PBA's main ...

  • Pinsents finally secures Leeds home

    8-Sep-1999

    Pinsent Curtis's five-year search for new premises to house its Leeds operation is finally over.It has bought a 25-year lease on 1 Park Row from NatWest Group Property for an undisclosed sum. Staff will move in the autumn.The employment specialist first decided to investigate alternative premises in the mid-1990s.Malcolm Lloyd, managing partner of the Leeds practice, says: "We have been looking for some time."We did not want to take ...

  • Poach the books

    8-Sep-1999

    Perhaps it's because I'm an accountant that I found myself adding up how many times your issue of 2 August used the verb "poach" - nine appearances over three pages.What is the legal profession coming to, bearing in mind the word implies an illegal act, viz the entering of another's land and stealing game? Perhaps the solution to the Government's problem about hunting is for the enthusiasts to switch their target from foxes to lawyers!

  • PwC and Standard Chartered Bank settle claim

    11-Sep-1999

    PricewaterhouseCoopers and the UK-based Standard Chartered Bank have settled a long running damages case in which the Big Five accountancy firm was accused of faulty auditing.The bank claimed PwC gave it flawed advice when it was considering buying the United Bank of America in 1987.Standard sued and was awarded record damages of $341 million, but the ruling was overturned.Many of the charges against PwC were thrown out but Standard was allowed to ...

  • Richard Taylor on disclosure documents and open justice.

    8-Sep-1999

    Richard Taylor is a partner at Stringer SaulPractitioners are familiar with the implied undertaking of parties to litigation that disclosed documents may not be used except for the purpose of that litigation. Familiar too is the rule that the implied undertaking ceases to apply where a document is read or referred to in open court.It is likely primary evidence and submissions will be produced in written form and read by the judge before a hearing. Often, ...

  • Scottish legal aid system breaches human rights

    11-Sep-1999

    The Scottish legal aid system breaches European law and the human rights convention on , a court has ruled.In a test case, Fort William Sheriff, Colin McKay ruled that two Mallaig fishermen could not receive a fair trial because the £500 cap on legal aid fees in Scotland limited their access to justice.The two defendants, who had denied a racially aggravated assault on a Spanish fisherman, were allowed to walk free, although the Lord Advocate was granted ...

  • Scuffle of the week

    8-Sep-1999

    British American Tobacco (BAT) has found a unique way to scupper anti-smoking litigation, by claiming the judge is a potential litigant. Florida circuit judge Robert Kaye has been presiding over the Engle class action by former smokers against various US cigarette makers, including BAT offshoot Brown & Williamson, for a year. However the judge is also a former smoker with a heart condition - revealed last week by BAT, who are calling on him to step down on the grounds ...

  • Sidley & Austin poaches partner from rival US firm

    11-Sep-1999

    International law firm, Sidley & Austin has poached Robert Asher from the London office of US firm, Hogan & Hartson and installed him as partner in the corporate group.The US qualified lawyer joined Sidley & Austin's London office yesterday and will boost the team of US lawyers working on finance, securities and acquisition deals.Asher has had nearly 12 years experience in project and structured finance transactions, with particular emphasis on energy, telecommunications ...

  • Slaughters plans bigger HQ...

    8-Sep-1999

    Slaughter and May is moving to new headquarters because the leases on its main City buildings run out in 2002.Its new office will be a 260,000 sq ft building at 1 Bunhill Row in the City of London, although it is still under construction.Architects Pringle Brandon will fit out the building from late in the year 2000, and the firm will move at the end of 2001.

  • Square Mile

    8-Sep-1999

    Press coverage of mergers between firms reached its zenith following the recent announcement of the Clifford Chance merger with Rogers & Wells of New York. One of the more interesting aspects of the potential culture "clash" in such mergers is the perceived differences in methods of remuneration between US and UK law firms.The lockstep system has been traditionally linked ...

  • St Mary's loses criminal team to rival set

    8-Sep-1999

    The 10-strong criminal practice group from St Mary's Chambers is leaving to join rival Nottingham set King Charles House after merger talks between the two sets were abandoned.The two sets were in three-way merger talks with London chambers 36 Bedford Row, but talks collapsed when Bedford Row failed to secure the support of three-quarters of its tenants. Talks continued between the two Nottingham sets but a full-on merger has been rejected.Instead, the criminal ...

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

    8-Sep-1999

    Mishcon de Reya advised icollector on a deal which sees the company entering into a global alliance with Bloomberg, becoming the first online auction service to link with a global media network. The deal was completed in late July for an undisclosed sum. Partner Grant Gordon (pictured) led the team. Frank Buono and James Assey of Wilkie Farr & Gallagher acted for Bloomberg.

  • Temple and Lincoln's Inn sets to merge

    12-Sep-1999

    From February 2000, Lord Neill of Bladen QC - currently joint head of Temple-based chambers One Hare Court - will lead the new 44-strong set.The new chambers - which will be called Serle Court - will be based at 6 New Square, Lincoln's Inn.Lord Neill says: "This is a unique move. Never before has there been a merger of a leading set from Lincoln's Inn with a leading Temple set."The artificial barriers between commercial practice in the ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Susan Burnell was born in Witney, Oxfordshire in 1947. She is senior partner at Charles Lucas & Marshall, Thames Valley.

    8-Sep-1999

    What subject(s) did you fail at school?Latin.What was your first job?Helping in my father's grocery shop.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?u1 a week as an articled clerk plus whatever expenses I could persuade the accounts clerk to give me.What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?Been a travel writer.What was your most satisfying professional moment?

  • The ones to watch

    8-Sep-1999

    Alison Laferla tracks the careers of five rising stars at the Bar and finds out why their instructing solicitors rate them.Michael Tappin8 New SquareCalled to the Bar: 19Professional achievements/associations:Chancery Bar Association, Intellectual Property Bar Association, The Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation.Areas of practice:All aspects of intellectual property, with a particular ...

  • This week......

    8-Sep-1999

    The American Bar Association annual conference is taking place in Atlanta, Georgia."It's not just size that matters, it's everything else that goes with size."- Ed Dawes on his move from 15-partner Stoke-on-Trent firm, Kent Jones and Done to join Wragge & Co as an equity partner in the plc team.

  • Thompsons sets UK precedent at Belfast office

    8-Sep-1999

    Thompsons is to become the first law firm to operate in all three UK Law Society jurisdictions after it announced plans to open an office in Belfast.The firm is setting up in partnership with local firm McClure & Co to form Thompsons McClure, bringing the firm's total number of offices to 17.A leading trade union and personal injury firm, Thompsons announced the opening of two new offices in Plymouth and Teesside last month as part of a major expansion plan.

  • Thomson MBO secured by double-decker

    8-Sep-1999

    Travers Smith Braithwaite and Clifford Chance have completed the secondary buy-out of Thomson Directories using an innovative insurance arrangement to secure the deal.The sale of Thomson, originally the subject of a buy-out in 1997, involved a "double-decker" insurance policy, arranged by insurance ...

  • Tree is root of council's £1m problem

    8-Sep-1999

    In an era when rain forests round the world are being decimated daily, this country's strict tree preservation laws are to be applauded.However, one London council has just received a costly reminder that, while trees are to be preserved, there is a limit to the extent to which they should be allowed unfettered growth.As a result of a recent court ruling, Westminster City Council faces a £1m bill over damage caused by an 80-year-old ...

  • Two more quit Knight & Sons

    8-Sep-1999

    Staffordshire-based firm Knight & Sons is losing two partners, bringing the number of partners who have quit to five in nine months.Nick Davenport, senior partner in the corporate finance department at Knight & Sons' two-year-old Manchester office, has left after 26 years to join local practice Turner Parkinson.Stephen Belshaw, who headed the litigation department, which specialises in construction, at the firm's Newcastle-Under-Lyme's head office ...

  • UK firms do not have a manifest destiny

    8-Sep-1999

    Much has been written in recent weeks about UK firms mergers or plans for merger. This has often been couched in terms of firm's racing to become the "global law firm for the 21st century" or other such spin.This merger race has been led by the big UK firms with even the mainstream media devoting space to Clifford Chance's worldwide aspirations. Even lawyers started ...

  • US firms feel the urge to merge

    8-Sep-1999

    Rogers & Wells and Clifford Chance are well on the way to merging, while Thelen Reid & Priest has publicly declared its intention to do so (The Lawyer, 2 August). US and UK firms are engaged in the serious business of wooing one another as transatlantic tie-ups now become a necessity for many instead of something to be avoided.UK firms need a foothold in the US for a stake in the largest ...

  • US firms feel the urge to merge

    8-Sep-1999

    There is a new wave of US firms which are looking across the water for merger partners. Chris Dignan reveals those most eligible for marriage.Rogers & Wells and Clifford Chance are well on the way to merging, while Thelen Reid & Priest has publicly declared its intention to do so (The Lawyer, 2 August). US and UK firms are engaged in the serious business of wooing one another as transatlantic ...

  • Wake up to MDPs

    8-Sep-1999

    I refer to the response by Kevin Westwood in last week's The Lawyer (The law belongs to lawyers) to my letter on MDPs.I absolutely agree that lawyers should not roll over and play dead to business expansion opportunities.That is exactly the point of my argument. Lawyers should embrace business opportunities for expansion and growth and the provision of a wider and more sustainable venue of services to our clients.The only lawyers that will suffer ...

  • Weil Gotshal beats CC to u8bn telecoms deal

    8-Sep-1999

    Weil Gotshal & Manges has beaten Clifford Chance in the fight to advise MediaOne on its multi-billion pound sale of One2One to Deutsche Telekom.The u8.4bn deal is the first major transaction Weil Gotshal has handled in the UK since Mike Francies, head of corporate and joint head of the ...

  • Welsh merger creates 40-tenant set

    8-Sep-1999

    Welsh chambers 32 Park Place and Newport Chambers are to merge from 1 September, making it the largest set in the Principality.In yet another sign that regional chambers believe consolidation is the surest way to survive, the merger will create a 40-tenant set.The merged set, to be called Temple Chambers, will continue to operate from two sites in Newport and Cardiff.David Aubrey QC will head up the new set. It is now larger than three sets at 9, ...

  • Wilde Sapte's Paris office in breakaway

    8-Sep-1999

    Wilde Sapte's Paris office is faced with the loss of a key equity partner who is setting up a breakaway firm next month, as the remaining two partners are likely to leave next year.Banking partner Olivier Tordjman is leasing half of Wilde Sapte's building space in Paris and setting up as a sole practitioner.He is taking his department with him.Tom McDonald, asset finance partner, and Richard Macklin, company and commercial partner, are tied ...

  • Will merger reforms create red tape?

    8-Sep-1999

    Alex Nourry, head of competition law, Clifford ChanceJohn Davies, managing partner, FreshfieldsGarth Lindrup, partner, Addleshaw Booth & CoThe government is attempting to shake up the UK merger market with major reforms.As part of a consultation document released last week, Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers ...

  • Wragges woos assistant back as equity partner

    8-Sep-1999

    A Wragge & Co assistant, who left the Birmingham firm five years ago, has returned to the fold as an equity partner.Edward Dawes was poached back from 15-partner Stoke-on-Trent firm Kent Jones and Done, where he was head of corporate. He will join Wragges' plc team, specialising in public to private deals.Dawes says it is Wragges' size which tempted him back. The firm has ...