7 February 2000
Ashurst Morris Crisp has lost out on millions of pounds worth of fees from venture capitalist Candover.
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.
South east firm Argles Stoneham Burstows has recruited a leading commercial property partner from rival firm Donne Mileham & Haddock.
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.
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."
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 is acting for GE Capital Commercial Finance for the first time - distinguishing itself as being one of the firm's favoured legal advisers.
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.
Bristol-based firm Cart-wrights is opening an office in Cardiff after growing demand from clients for a presence in the region.
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 ...
I refer to the article "Clifford Chance to open in Indonesia" (The Lawyer, 31 January).
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.
Stuart A Rosenthal claims he was wrongfully ousted by the firm in violation of the partnership agreement. Chadbourne & Parke however, claims he resigned voluntarily.
Leading chambers are being forced to battle for commercial leases as the Inns reach bursting point.
Roger Fort will be the managing director of Deloitte's tax work in Moscow, Kiev, St Petersburg and Almaty.
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.
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.
Alan Shackleton joins DWF as a partner and will handle the firm's heavyweight commercial litigation disputes, operating across its Manchester and Liverpool offices.
Dibb Lupton Alsop property partner Graeme Webber is leaving the firm for a business venture that is shrouded in mystery.
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
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.
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
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
City giants Norton Rose and Freshfields are acting for shipping group P&O in its plan to spin off its fast-growing cruise business.
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 has taken on Martin Thomas as an equity partner in firm's 100-strong corporate finance department in London.
Hammond Suddards has beaten three City firms to take on the final partner from collapsed firm Edward Lewis.
Herbert Smith is advising on the demutualisation of the London Stock Exchange.
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 ...
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.
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...
Paul Caplan reports on the five firms short-listed for The Lawyer's corporate brand award.
KLegal, the law firm associated with top five accountants KPMG, has poached the head of telecoms from City firm Rakisons.
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.
Lawyers are facing yet another series of cuts as Legal & General (L&G) becomes the latest insurance company to review its legal panel.
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.
A study of 61 leading UK law firms reveals the six steps to success when it comes to marketing legal services.
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."
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 & 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.
(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
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 the international capital of commercial dispute resolution, according to a report published by British Invisibles.
Macfarlanes has scooped a new client - and a £1bn deal.
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.
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.
The compulsory detention of patients who have a legal right to their liberty needs to be clarified. Roger Pearson reports.
Size matters - so Renault would have us believe.
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.
Fathers battling for paternity rights face a new hurdle as a judge backs the mothers' right to refuse tests, says Roger Pearson.
From July the name which the firm has used for the last 50 years will be shortened to simply Freehills.
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 is expanding its corporate practice by luring a leading partner from US firm Dewey Ballantine.
Russell-Cooke Potter & Chapman has merged with part of the smaller firm Evill and Coleman to build up its commercial property department.
Northern insurance specialists Crutes has lost all the partners from its Carlisle office.
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 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.
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.
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 ...
"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.
Rewarding fee earners is the key to retaining staff says Claire Smith, as survey shows lawyers' salaries leaping 15 per cent.
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 ...
Slaughter and May is being thrown into the fray to defend Blue Circle against a hostile takeover bid from French firm Lafarge.
Leading set 36 Bedford Row is losing a senior QC two weeks after its silk's clerk announced his departure.
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.
Newcastle firm Ward Hadaway is merging with Gateshead practice Keenlyside & Forster, only weeks after the collapse of its talks with Watson Burton.
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 & Williams' Singapore office has poached a top corporate lawyer from leading Australian firm Allen Allen & Hemsley.
What do in-house lawyers look for when engaging external solicitors?
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.
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.