7 February 2000

The Lawyer

  • ...as it loses work on Candover deals

    7-Feb-2000

    Ashurst Morris Crisp has lost out on millions of pounds worth of fees from venture capitalist Candover.

  • ...as it loses work on Candover deals By Dearbail Jordan

    7-Feb-2000

    According to figures released by Candover detailing its major deals for last year, Ashursts - one of the venture capitalist's main firms - failed to act on any transactions.

  • Argles Stoneham takes Donne Mileham partner

    7-Feb-2000

    South east firm Argles Stoneham Burstows has recruited a leading commercial property partner from rival firm Donne Mileham & Haddock.

  • Ashursts in US merger talks

    7-Feb-2000

    Ashurst Morris Crisp is in advanced merger discussions with US firm Latham & Watkins as it strives to bridge the gap in its international expansion strategy.

  • Ashursts in US merger talks By Dearbail Jordan and Sean Farrell

    7-Feb-2000

    Sources close to both firms claim that Ashursts and Lathams have been in talks over the past three months, with one insider saying that discussions are: "Pretty far down the line."

  • Association moves on eviction

    7-Feb-2000

    A father and son who are alleged to have claimed they were new to the property market in order to get a housing association property, now face High Court moves to evict them. Northcote Housing Association is taking Paul Dixon and his son Karl to court in a claim for possession of the property at High Wycombe and damages. Northcote claims that Paul Dixon owned a house at Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire, with his wife Pamela Dixon, but applied with his son Karl to the association's shared ...

  • Barlow Lyde & Gilbert wins work for GE Capital Finance

    7-Feb-2000

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is acting for GE Capital Commercial Finance for the first time - distinguishing itself as being one of the firm's favoured legal advisers.

  • Can pro bono be saved

    7-Feb-2000

    Last year the Solicitors' Pro Bono Group faced collapse due to a lack of support. Dominic Egan reports on the latest attempt to revive its fortunes.

  • Cartwrights set to open Cardiff office

    7-Feb-2000

    Bristol-based firm Cart-wrights is opening an office in Cardiff after growing demand from clients for a presence in the region.

  • Case of the week

    7-Feb-2000

    From the tabloids through to the broadsheets, to Panorama, Newsnight and Thought for the Day, it was the same story. The key feature about Harold Shipman was the letters in front of his name. A convicted killer, but worse, a doctor. Journalists reporting the case, the verdict and the possible charges to follow, had to rush off to the textbooks to find the exact words of the Hippocratic oath. Unlike Peter Sutcliffe, an everyday man who murdered mainly prostitutes, here was a professional ...

  • CC not first UK firm in Indonesia

    7-Feb-2000

    I refer to the article "Clifford Chance to open in Indonesia" (The Lawyer, 31 January).

  • CFA guidelines will make business pay

    7-Feb-2000

    Proposed new measures from the Government making it cheaper for claimants to pursue "no win, no fee" claims will be a huge financial burden to business, claims a top personal injury defendant lawyer.

  • Chadbourne & Parke sued by ex-partner

    10-Feb-2000

    Stuart A Rosenthal claims he was wrongfully ousted by the firm in violation of the partnership agreement. Chadbourne & Parke however, claims he resigned voluntarily.

  • Chambers left in housing crisis as sets find no room at the Inns

    7-Feb-2000

    Leading chambers are being forced to battle for commercial leases as the Inns reach bursting point.

  • Clifford Chance lose Russian tax head

    8-Feb-2000

    Roger Fort will be the managing director of Deloitte's tax work in Moscow, Kiev, St Petersburg and Almaty.

  • Clifford Chance man returns to the WTO

    7-Feb-2000

    A top World Trade Organisation (WTO) legal consultant seconded to Clifford Chance is to return to the WTO as an in-house counsel.

  • David Pittaway on liability and health screening negligence. David Pittaway is a barrister at No1 Serjeants' Inn and acted for the health authorities.

    7-Feb-2000

    On 16 November 1999, the Court of Appeal (Lord Woolf MR, May and Hale LJJ) gave judgement in the cases of Penney Palmer and Cannon v East Kent Health Authority.

  • Davies Wallis Foyster raids Knight & Sons

    10-Feb-2000

    Alan Shackleton joins DWF as a partner and will handle the firm's heavyweight commercial litigation disputes, operating across its Manchester and Liverpool offices.

  • Dibbs loses property partner

    7-Feb-2000

    Dibb Lupton Alsop property partner Graeme Webber is leaving the firm for a business venture that is shrouded in mystery.

  • Financings

    7-Feb-2000

    McDermott Will & Emery acted for Broker-to-Broker Networks on an investment by Energis in the company. The funding will be invested on the development of a worldwide share trading platform

  • Financings

    7-Feb-2000

    Ashurst Morris Crisp represented Atlantic Telecom Group on raising £197m through a high yield bond offering. The company will use the proceeds, with £93.8m from a recent equity fund raising and £58.5m from an issue of shares to Marconi, to invest in its business. Coporate partner Jeremy Sheldon led a team of six on the deal.

  • Flotations

    7-Feb-2000

    SJ Berwin advised Totally on its admission to the Alternative Investment Market on the London Stock Exchange. The firm also acted on the placing of 5 million new ordinary shares. Johnathan Djanogly

  • Flotations

    7-Feb-2000

    Macfarlanes advised Retail Decisions on the demerger of the Card Clear UK Group and TBR Group from Card Clear to Retail Decisions. The firm also acted on the introduction of Retail Decisions shares to the Official List of the London Stock Exchange. Macfarlanes corporate partner John Dodsworth led a team of 10 on the £155m deal. Travers

  • Freshfields and Norton Rose advise P&O

    7-Feb-2000

    City giants Norton Rose and Freshfields are acting for shipping group P&O in its plan to spin off its fast-growing cruise business.

  • Going up market

    7-Feb-2000

    Law firms' marketing strategies have become more sophisticated and the right person can forge a rewarding career from going down the legal route. However, due to its specialised nature, the life of the legal marketer is not always easy. Chris Hinze reports. Chris Hinze is worldwide marketing manager for Andersen Legal.

  • Hammond Suddards and Palmer Grossman take Edward Lewis lawyers

    8-Feb-2000

    Hammond Suddards has taken on Martin Thomas as an equity partner in firm's 100-strong corporate finance department in London.

  • Hammonds beats rivals for partner

    7-Feb-2000

    Hammond Suddards has beaten three City firms to take on the final partner from collapsed firm Edward Lewis.

  • Herbert Smith to advise London Stock Exchange

    7-Feb-2000

    Herbert Smith is advising on the demutualisation of the London Stock Exchange.

  • High Court toilet row no joke

    7-Feb-2000

    A legal row is on the High Court stocks over Riverside Building on the banks of the Thames - London's former County Hall. The battle is over use of toilets. Oceanic Village claims that when it took on the lease of the basement and ground floor of the premises for use as a high-quality gift shop there were no toilet facilities, water supply, drains or sewers. It claims that part of the deal, however, was that staff would be allowed to use the nearest available toilets. But in a claim ...

  • Irvine's judge role in jeopardy

    9-Feb-2000

    The court decided that Guernsey flower grower, Richard McGonnell, was denied a fair hearing when his appeal against a planning decision was heard by the Bailiff - Guernsey's most senior judge and head of the island's legislature and executive.

  • It's been a good week for...

    7-Feb-2000

    Publishers waiting to tell "the true story of the Pinochet case". Writers look set to add another chapter to their increasingly large manuscripts, as the Belgian government launched an appeal against the latest High Court ruling, which itself had blah blah blah...

  • Join the identity parade

    7-Feb-2000

    Paul Caplan reports on the five firms short-listed for The Lawyer's corporate brand award.

  • KLegal takes head of telecoms at Rakisons

    7-Feb-2000

    KLegal, the law firm associated with top five accountants KPMG, has poached the head of telecoms from City firm Rakisons.

  • KLegal takes head of tlecoms at Rakisons By Claire Smith

    7-Feb-2000

    Chris Hoyle is one of the leading telecoms lawyers in London, and his departure will be a big blow to Rakisons. The telecoms practice generates nearly a quarter of the firm's turnover.

  • Legal & General to review panel

    7-Feb-2000

    Lawyers are facing yet another series of cuts as Legal & General (L&G) becomes the latest insurance company to review its legal panel.

  • Legal & General review panel

    7-Feb-2000

    L&G is undergoing a company-wide overhaul of its legal advisers, requiring each of its firms to provide in-depth information on their working practices and how L&G is charged.

  • Legal Marketing Research

    7-Feb-2000

    A study of 61 leading UK law firms reveals the six steps to success when it comes to marketing legal services.

  • Legal Widow

    7-Feb-2000

    Seduced by the high street savvy of Arthur Andersen, the Lawyer's firm introduced a trial "Get Casual!" policy last week. It has managed to shoehorn the policy into the "Family Friendly" part of the firm's heinous Mission Statement, viz: "We encourage our employees to see the office as supporting the home, rather than the home supporting the office."

  • Libel law reforms due this month

    8-Feb-2000

    Newspapers will be able to avoid expensive defamation trials by making an offer of amends, involving a published apology and an appropriate costs./ damages settlement.

  • Linklaters appoints first non-UK managing partner

    7-Feb-2000

    Linklaters & Alliance has appointed its first managing partner outside the UK in a move that paves the way for a restructure of its global operations pre-merger.

  • Litigation Personal Injury 7/2/00

    7-Feb-2000

    (1) Harbhajan Singh Gahir (widower and administrator of the estate of Harminder Gahir deceased) (2) Manraj Singh Gahir (3) Avneer Kaur Gahir v Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust

  • Litigation Writs 7/2/00

    7-Feb-2000

    The London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has launched a High Court action to recover more than US$27m (£16.7m). The bank is suing the owners of the ship Kemerovo, which according to the claim issued in London, was mortgaged as security for loans totalling US$27,719,159.13. The ship is said to have become security for a second priority Maltese statutory mortgage in December 1997, securing the obligations of Kusan Investments and other borrowers. Now the bank is ...

  • London is best for mediation

    7-Feb-2000

    London is the international capital of commercial dispute resolution, according to a report published by British Invisibles.

  • Macfarlanes wins work on £1bn French takeover

    7-Feb-2000

    Macfarlanes has scooped a new client - and a £1bn deal.

  • Maxwell's lawyers demand more fees

    11-Feb-2000

    Alun Jones QC - the highest paid criminal legal aid barrister in 1997 - is to ask the High Court for an additional £350,000 in basic fees he claims he earned for representing Robert Maxwell's son.

  • Memery Crystal appoints new IP head

    11-Feb-2000

    David Hansel is an IP specialist dealing with IT, e-commerce, software and all forms of converging digital technology, sports and entertainment, licensing, sponsorship and merchandising.

  • Mental patient in High Court bid for liberty

    7-Feb-2000

    The compulsory detention of patients who have a legal right to their liberty needs to be clarified. Roger Pearson reports.

  • Merging the cultures of the global law firm

    7-Feb-2000

    Size matters - so Renault would have us believe.

  • Monckton and 4-5 Gray's Inn set to vote on merger

    7-Feb-2000

    Monckton Chambers and 4-5 Gray's Inn Square are today expected to vote in favour of a full merger just three weeks after starting formal negotiations.

  • Mothers' veto on DNA testing upheld

    7-Feb-2000

    Fathers battling for paternity rights face a new hurdle as a judge backs the mothers' right to refuse tests, says Roger Pearson.

  • Name change for Freehills

    11-Feb-2000

    From July the name which the firm has used for the last 50 years will be shortened to simply Freehills.

  • No justice in limiting right to jury

    7-Feb-2000

    John Cooper argues the case for maintaining the right to jury trials, as the Government shows its determination to pass new laws on the criminal justice system. John Cooper is a barrister at 3 Gray's Inn Square and a TV scriptwriter.

  • Olswang poaches top US corporate partner

    7-Feb-2000

    Olswang is expanding its corporate practice by luring a leading partner from US firm Dewey Ballantine.

  • Part merger lifts Russell Cooke Potter

    7-Feb-2000

    Russell-Cooke Potter & Chapman has merged with part of the smaller firm Evill and Coleman to build up its commercial property department.

  • Partners at Crutes in Carlisle mutiny

    7-Feb-2000

    Northern insurance specialists Crutes has lost all the partners from its Carlisle office.

  • Perrin's View

    7-Feb-2000

    I just heard the saddest story from one of my partners. In a coffee shop in Fleet Street, he noticed an exhausted young male lawyer who looked about three years qualified, drinking coffee with his knackered-looking young female trainee. Two large boxes of documents bearing the name of one of the City's top five firms lay between them on the floor. The dialogue went something like this: Trainee: I was wondering, you know, if I could... have a weekend off in February. Solicitor: (pause) ...

  • Peter Charlton

    7-Feb-2000

    Peter Charlton is the new managing partner at the London office of Clifford Chance. Sean Farrell meets the softly spoken, yet tough talking northerner whose time has come.

  • Property

    7-Feb-2000

    Norton Rose advised Forsakringsbolaget SPP omsesidigt (SPP) and its investment manager Celexa REIM on the £25.5m purchase of White Lion Retail Park. David Sinclair, property partner at Norton Rose, led a team of five on the deal. Osborne Clarke, acted for the seller Wilson Bowden Developments.

  • Property

    7-Feb-2000

    Field Fisher Waterhouse acted for the Deutsche UK Retail Property Fund on its acquisition of Greenwich Industrial Estate from Phillips Pension Fund. Paul Houston, property partner at Field Fisher, headed a three-strong team on the deal, including head of institutional property John Pedder. Bird & Bird ...

  • Quote of the week

    7-Feb-2000

    "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps..."- Denton Wilde Sapte making use of Winston Churchill's words to proclaim its merger that took effect this week.

  • Salaries spiral as US law firms and in-house teams stalk top lawyers

    7-Feb-2000

    Rewarding fee earners is the key to retaining staff says Claire Smith, as survey shows lawyers' salaries leaping 15 per cent.

  • Scuffle of the week

    7-Feb-2000

    Disgruntled litigant Geoffrey Scriven v the entire legal profession. This week, the Cheshire businessman is being taken to the High Court by Lord Williams of Mostyn for breaching his undertaking not to 'scandalise the court', an offence dating back to 1344. In 1997 the then-Attorney General Sir Nicholas Lyell took Scriven to court for the archaic contempt of court offence after Scriven had described judges as being bent, corrupt and even members of the mafia. Scriven gave an undertaking ...

  • Slaughters acts in Blue Circle battle

    7-Feb-2000

    Slaughter and May is being thrown into the fray to defend Blue Circle against a hostile takeover bid from French firm Lafarge.

  • Top silk quits 36 Bedford Row after clerk resigns

    7-Feb-2000

    Leading set 36 Bedford Row is losing a senior QC two weeks after its silk's clerk announced his departure.

  • UK trails the US in the practice of pro bono

    7-Feb-2000

    Of course it could be argued that in a society without a legal aid system, there is more opportunity and need for free legal advice. It is true that access to lawyers in the US is even more difficult than the Government is trying to make it in the UK. But this does not explain the imbalance between the state of pro bono there and here.

  • Ward Hadaway names latest merger partner

    7-Feb-2000

    Newcastle firm Ward Hadaway is merging with Gateshead practice Keenlyside & Forster, only weeks after the collapse of its talks with Watson Burton.

  • Warner Cranston poaches partner

    7-Feb-2000

    City firm Warner Cranston has snapped up its third partner from rivals in as many months - this time taking a litigation lawyer from Nabarro Nathanson.

  • Watson Farley expands in Singapore

    7-Feb-2000

    Watson Farley & Williams' Singapore office has poached a top corporate lawyer from leading Australian firm Allen Allen & Hemsley.

  • What the client wants: BNFL

    7-Feb-2000

    What do in-house lawyers look for when engaging external solicitors?

  • Witness payments to be reviewed

    10-Feb-2000

    The Lord Chancellor has set up a working party to review contempt laws regarding payments to witnesses in criminal proceedings and the publication of information before criminal trials.

  • Witnessing better practises

    7-Feb-2000

    Following the recommendations in Speaking Up for Justice, Part II of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 includes provisions that enable a court to appoint an intermediary to assist vulnerable or intimidated witnesses, including children, to give their best evidence in criminal proceedings.