7 June 1999

The Lawyer

  • ...and poaches Madrid high flier

    12-Jun-1999

    Clifford Chance has poached one of the Spanish government's high fliers to boost its public law practice in Madrid.Pablo Mayor Menendez, 35, moves from the ministry of development where he was technical secretary general.Menendez was responsible for a legislative programme for the state infrastructure reform in areas such as construction, civil aviation, energy, road, ...

  • A precarious situation

    12-Jun-1999

    The Christmas party season is warming up, but at least one City firm may have to redo its invitation list. This year Freshfields' celebrations will be without Citibank and the chair reserved for Wilde Sapte's James Johnson will remain empty.Freshfields is not the first firm to be blackballed by a US bank for acting against it. In the early 1990s Clifford Chance, ...

  • A strategy which robs Peter to pay Paul

    9-Jun-1999

    CMS Cameron McKenna is to be applauded for its plans to abolish the distinction between junior and senior equity partners. It is a courageous step by a firm which has hitherto been regarded as having an unremarkable approach to law firm management.Cameron McKenna risks losing high-profile senior equity partners because of the move. However, the proposal is part of a wider recognition by many ...

  • A&O risks losing client as it fields takeover bid

    12-Jun-1999

    Allen & Overy is trying to retain its long-term client Bristol United Press (BUP) as the company undergoes a multimillion pound takeover.A&O, which has represented BUP since 1991, is currently fielding a £121.5m offer from Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT), which is being advised by Freshfields. Julian Long, corporate partner at Freshfields, is heading a team of three on the deal.

  • Addleshaws centralises housing units

    9-Jun-1999

    Addleshaw Booth & Co is taking the next step towards refocusing the firm's business by leasing a building specifically designed for its housing department in Leeds.The firm has taken out an 18-year lease for the 18,826 sq ft Cardinal House, which can accommodate 500 staff.The housing department is currently split between the David Street and Sovereign House offices in Leeds and the Pall Mall offices in Manchester.The expansion comes just a month ...

  • Arts group in VAT battle

    9-Jun-1999

    A VAT battle between Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and the Commissioners for Customs and Excise is under consideration by the House of Lords. The Lords are deciding whether to grant leave for an appeal by LIPA against an Appeal Court ruling in March this year that advertising and publicity services supplied to LIPA by a German company should not be treated as if they had been made in Germany, but should be liable to VAT in the UK in the usual way. In its March ...

  • B&M hires head of tax from KPMG

    12-Jun-1999

    Baker & McKenzie has found a head of tax for its Madrid office, as the global firm builds its international tax group.Partner Isabel de Otaola y Ubieta has joined the firm from KPMG's Spanish law firm to take over leadership of the Madrid-based tax team.The position she fills became vacant following the departure of Abelardo Delgado to Arthur Andersen's law ...

  • B&M will comply with Indian rules

    12-Jun-1999

    I am writing in connection with the article which appeared in The Lawyer on 29 November (B&M plans Indian office despite limit on licenses).Although the text of the article makes it clear that Baker & McKenzie's future intention with regard to India, when finally developed, will be to operate in full compliance with the Indian regulatory environment, the headline ...

  • Baker & McKenzie in poaching spree

    9-Jun-1999

    Baker & McKenzie has poached the head of legal at investment bank Lehman Brothers' German headquarters.The global law firm is also taking on two more new German partners and says that more will follow over the next year.Matthias Gotz, head of legal and director at Lehman Brothers, will join Baker & McKenzie's investment banking group which is based in Frankfurt.

  • Baker & McKenzie tops finance table

    9-Jun-1999

    Baker & McKenzie has overtaken Clifford Chance on a table of privately-financed infrastructure deals that were completed over the last 12 months.It handled projects worth u116bn in comparison to Clifford Chance's u100bn, according to a survey by the publishers of Privatisation International.

  • Bank challenged on property-based loan

    9-Jun-1999

    Roger Pearson reports on a bid for the Lords to reject a bank's claim to a charge placed on a property as security for a loan.A major challenge over the rights of banks and other lending institutions to claw back money by activating legal charges placed on property as security on a loan is heading to the House of Lords.The problem facing lending institutions arises when one of the parties involved claims that they were coerced into agreeing to the charge ...

  • Biddle boosts media practice

    9-Jun-1999

    City practice Biddle is re-aligning its corporate and media departments as part of a restructuring programme that will move the firm from three into two London offices.The firm, which is relinquishing its Noble Street premises but taking on extra space in the Aldersgate Street office, is putting the two departments alongside each other.Head of the media department Kim Walker says: "Media is one of our core areas."We are re-aligning to ensure our media ...

  • Bringing IT work to Bristol

    12-Jun-1999

    Ryan Dunleavy discovers that Bristol firms are determined not to miss out on the boom in e-commerce work.Bristol firms are waking up to the fact that intellectual property, information technology and e-commerce are providing a huge new area of work and expertise. Each area creates regulatory, transactional, ownership and a whole host of new technological legal issues that clients need advice on.One legal analyst in the area says: "I think ...

  • Building bridges in private practice

    9-Jun-1999

    John Harrison has not yet completed a whole day in his new job, but he is already clearly at ease. The local government lawyer who scooped one of The Lawyer awards this year has made a leap into private practice and, after less than nine hours, he sits comfortably in the boardroom at Sharpe Pritchard.His relaxed state is not surprising. While working at Southwark Borough Council, Harrison had a close relationship with private practice, and he will continue to deal with the ...

  • Cameron McKenna equity threat

    9-Jun-1999

    Cameron McKenna faces a rash of departures of its most senior lawyers following proposals to change the firm's partnership structure.Later this month partners at the firm are expected to vote on plans that will abolish the distinction between junior and senior equity partners.Insiders fear the move could lead to senior equity partners quitting as they see their standing within the firm - as well as their profits - eroded.The firm wants to introduce ...

  • Case of the week

    9-Jun-1999

    Lord of The Dance star Michael Flatley has resolved a legal battle with the producers of Riverdance who sacked him four years ago after a row about star billing on posters, by accepting a payment of u42m. The famed Irish dancer, who hails from the US, originally sued the producers of Riverdance for u80m, claiming the show could not have been created without him. Flatley earns an estimated u36m per year from his own phenomenally successful Lord of The Dance.

  • Case of the week

    12-Jun-1999

    Sylvester Stallone's former servants are suing the star for nearly £1m claiming they were unfairly dismissed. According to the lawsuit, Stallone and his wife had a code of conduct, dubbed "The Emperor's Ten Commandments", which forbade employees having eye contact with the Rocky star and demanded that they search guests' suitcases for towels and silverware taken from the couple's mansion. The suit claims the five cooks and maids were ...

  • Cervical smear ruling sparks fears

    12-Jun-1999

    A health authority's costs in an appeal are more than the national cervical cancer research budget, writes Roger Pearson.The recent Appeal Court refusal to clear health service chiefs in Kent of liability in respect of three women who were wrongly given the all-clear after undergoing cervical screening has sent ripples of concern throughout the health service.East Kent Health Authority chiefs regard it as a "test case" and believe that the ...

  • Chambers' dilemna

    12-Jun-1999

    At last someone has said it. Chambers need to grasp the nettle and look for a modern business structure and model if they are to fight off competition from the solicitors. The merger madness engulfing the bar shows that some sets are desperately seeking alternatives to traditional methods of practice. Specialist groups are essential, but many continue to view any form of team ethos with scepticism. Andrew Arden's opinion in this week's issue throws down the gauntlet to ...

  • Channel Island firms offer one-stop shop

    12-Jun-1999

    Jersey's Bedell Cristin and Guernsey's Babbe Le Poidevin Allez have formed an alliance to provide one-stop legal advice in the Channel Islands.The news marks the second such link-up in three months. In September The Lawyer (20 September) revealed that Jersey's Olsen Backhurst & Dorey and Guernsey's Ferbrache Morgan had formed an alliance with a view to merging.The firms have worked together informally over the last few months in response to ...

  • Charles Russell seals its biggest ever deal

    9-Jun-1999

    Charles Russell has just completed the biggest deal in its history with the u1.14bn takeover of employment agency Select Appointments by its Dutch rival Vedior.The firm won the work through its close relationship with Select Appointments, which began when it handled a deal that rescued the company from bankruptcy in 1991."I don't think it ever occurred to Select to ...

  • City firms advise on £1.9bn power sale

    12-Jun-1999

    Allen & Overy, Norton Rose and Linklaters & Alliance have completed work on US power company AES' £1.9bn acquisition of the Drax power station from National Power.A&O acted for the lead loan arrangers, The ...

  • City firms' M&A work set to plummet

    9-Jun-1999

    Lawyers are predicting a dramatic drop in mergers and acquisitions work because of client fears over the millennium bug.John Tucker, banking partner at Linklaters, says: "Lawyers are speculating about how deals may be suspended. People are seeking to avoid completion dates over this period."Banking lawyers are consulting about what degree work flows may be affected. For example, ...

  • Clifford Chance appoints Frenchman as Paris head

    12-Jun-1999

    Clifford Chance has appointed leading media and sports partner Yves Wehrli as managing partner of its Paris office.He is the first Frenchman to head the office, which he says shows the development of the local practice. "I think the aim has been to amplify the French side as much as possible," he says. "We have advised on the sale of Indosuez to Credit Agricole and instructed the organising ...

  • Cobbetts and Pinsents clinch council deal

    9-Jun-1999

    Cobbetts and Pinsent Curtis have fought off four firms to snatch the lion's share of property work for Lancashire County Council's pension fund.The two firms competed against Nabarro Nathanson, Eversheds, Dibb Lupton Alsop and Pannone & Partners in the three-stage tendering process which began in May.

  • Colt Telecom Group

    7-Jun-1999

    On the surface, Colt Telecom is one of the UK's most successful home-grown companies.

  • Coming off the M4 corridor

    12-Jun-1999

    Anne Mizzi meets the lead players at Morgan Cole as they look back on a year of upheaval at the firm and forward to shaking off its unsexy branding.It has been a difficult year for Morgan Cole. The firm is now a bulging 100-partner law firm formed out of successive mergers with practices stretching from London to Cardiff via Oxford.Its peculiar spread has led to it being dubbed ...

  • Couderts to help Korea re-organise

    9-Jun-1999

    Coudert Brothers is leading a consortium advising the Republic of Korea on reform of its corporate governance.The team is led by Couderts partner Barry Metzger, who has joined the firm from the Asian Development Bank where he was general counsel.Metzger says Korea's inadequate corporate governance practices are partly to blame for the economic crisis that hit the country two years ago."In the absence of rigorous credit assessment and monitoring ...

  • Court allows clients to bust tax deadline

    9-Jun-1999

    Clients who fail to apply to have their legal bill taxed within the statutory time limit can still challenge the costs, the Court of Appeal has ruled.In a landmark decision, the court rejected the argument of City-based shipping and commodities firm, Turner & Co, that its client had blown the chance to dispute the bill because he did not apply for taxation under the Solicitors Act 1974 within a year.Lord Justice Evans said nothing in this, or any subsequent act, ...

  • CPS lawyers rage at DPP's plan to teach them respect

    9-Jun-1999

    Crown prosecutors have reacted with fury to the Director of Public Prosecutions' (DPP) proposal to farm them out to defence solicitors' offices to "learn respect".One of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutors, who asks not to be named, says: "It's absolutely outrageous."The DPP is making out that we're clueless novices in need of work experience."DPP David Calvert-Smith's controversial suggestion comes after he accused ...

  • Dickinson Dees raids Eversheds

    12-Jun-1999

    Newcastle practice Dickinson Dees has poached a senior PFI lawyer from Eversheds in a bid to widen the scope of its projects work.Iain Greenshields joins the firm from Eversheds in Newcastle.Greenshields specialises in local authority and education sector work. Dickinson Dees has previously ...

  • Digests

    12-Jun-1999

    CMS Cameron McKenna's European strategy has suffered a setback after the withdrawal of Swedish member firm Tisell & Co. Tisell was a founder member of CMS. But it now intends to join the legal and consulting arm of Ernst & Young. The 13-partner firm plans to merge with Ernst &Young's Swedish legal, tax and consulting offices in January 2000.

  • Digests

    12-Jun-1999

    Nicholson Graham & Jones advised Ventureworld Films on the £14m disposal of Carrington Productions International to SKD Media. Ventureworld Films will have a 26.4 per cent holding in SKD Media which will be renamed Entertainment Rights. The acquisition is conditional on a placing and open offer by SKD Media to raise £12m. Corporate finance partner John Elgar headed a team of two, including tax partner Richard Woolich.

  • Digests

    12-Jun-1999

    Olswang acted for the administrative receivers of Harvey Goldsmith Entertainments on the sale of part of the company's assets and business to Artiste Management Productions, formed and run by Goldsmith. Partner Graeme Levy was supported by solicitor Matthew Lindsey. GSC Sol acted for Artiste Management Productions while Paisner & Co represented Bank Leumi UK which appointed the receivers.

  • Digests

    12-Jun-1999

    Titmuss Sainer Dechert represented French company Consodata SA on its £15.75m purchase of Consumer Access. As part of the sale, Arcadia Group sold off a 51 per cent stake in Consumer Access. An option agreement was drawn up for the sale of the remaining 49 per cent share in the company from Hugh Villers and Tim Virdee, shareholders in Consumer Access. Corporate partner Paul Harding led a five-strong ...

  • Digests

    12-Jun-1999

    CMS Cameron McKenna represented Delphi Automotive Systems on its £538m agreement to buy Lucas Diesel Systems. Delphi will acquire the company from TRW, a US-based automotive and aerospace parts group. The purchase is subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions. Peter Smith and David Bresnick, corporate partners at Camerons, led a group of eight on the deal.

  • Digests

    12-Jun-1999

    Simmons & Simmons advised Hawkpoint Partners, the financial adviser to HLF Insurance Holdings (HLF), on Hawkpoint's £135m cash offer for Lambert Fenchurch Group. HLF was represented by Freshfields. HLF has also made an offer for Heath Group, and once both bids become unconditional, the two companies will merge to create the world's sixth-largest insurance broker. Corporate finance partner at Simmons Martin Saywell (pictured) acted on the deal with banking partner Nick ...

  • Digests

    12-Jun-1999

    Taylor Joynson Garrett represented Eidos on its £34m acquisition of a 19.96 per cent in the share capital of US internet company Maximum Holdings. Corporate partner Simon Walker (pictured) worked with Lindsey Scutt, an IT/e-commerce associate, on the deal. US firm Cooley Godward represented Eidos while Sullivan & Cromwell advised Maximum.

  • Directing debate on legal selection

    12-Jun-1999

    The debate over the use and influence of legal directories in selecting lawyers following a survey by Wheeler Associates and McCallum Layton, How Clients Choose Their Lawyers, has thrown up some questions for all involved in the business of law.And as the debate runs on both in the media and in the marketplace, certain key issues are in danger of being missed, or at least slow to come to the fore.With any business win it is hard to trace all the elements involved ...

  • Emma Taylor on allocation of damages to small children.

    12-Jun-1999

    Acting for children in settling small claims begs the issue of whether costs should be awarded. But there has been conflicting authority on this point.I recently acted for a claimant in the Uxbridge County Court. My client was seven when involved in an accident at the defendant's premises, a large supermarket. My client walked into an automatic door which failed to open and sustained minor injuries including a graze over the left eyebrow, nausea, dizziness ...

  • Eversheds steps up Euro plan with Dutch merger

    12-Jun-1999

    Eversheds is merging with leading Dutch practice Boekel De Neree (BDN) as it pursues its three-year aim of pan-European capability.The merger with BDN, a top corporate and commercial practice in The Netherlands, adds to Eversheds' European offices in Paris, Monaco, Brussels, Moscow, and associated offices in Copenhagen and Sofia.Victor Semmens, Eversheds' international ...

  • Family claim for High Court

    12-Jun-1999

    Judgment is now pending in a bizarre legal battle at London's High Court in which a firm of genealogists are fighting for the proceeds of sale of a school near Canterbury, Kent. The school was sold for £50,000 by Canterbury Diocesan Board of Finance (CDBF) in 1992. However, the site was originally conveyed to the vicar and churchwarden of Chartham by a man called Evan Lake in 1872 with a provision in the conveyance that should the building cease to be used ...

  • FFW gives birth to Incubator service

    9-Jun-1999

    Field Fisher Waterhouse is launching what it claims is the world's first one-stop shop for anyone setting up e-commerce businesses.The service, called Incubator, will be run through a website directly linked to the firm's 12-strong IT and online law group.The service is starting after an aggressive recruitment campaign for the firm's IT and online ...

  • Financings

    9-Jun-1999

    Rosenblatt acted for Credit Agricole Indosuez and Dublin-based ACT Venture Capital which financed the management buy-out of Snapper Music. Ian Rosenblatt

  • Financings

    9-Jun-1999

    Pinsent Curtis represented Royal Bank Development Capital (RBDC) on its u54m investment in the u92m management offer for Wyko Group. Paul Harkin and Andrew Eastgate

  • Financings

    9-Jun-1999

    Norton Rose acted for The Shipping Corporation of India in a refinancing of promissory notes worth $108.7m (u64m) issued by the company in connection with its new buildings programme. The Norton Rose team included shipping finance partner Harry Theochari and shipping finance assistant Richard Howley. The noteholder

  • Flotations

    12-Jun-1999

    Clifford Chance acted for Exchange Fund Investment on the launch of the largest-ever tracker fund to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The HK$33.3bn (£2.7bn) fund was four-times oversubscribed. A team of six lawyers at Clifford Chance's Hong Kong office worked on the deal led by James Walker

  • Flotations

    12-Jun-1999

    Norton Rose's Bangkok office acted for KR Precision (KRP) on the restructuring of its US dollar denominated debts. The transaction was supervised by the Bank of Thailand's corporate debt restructuring advisory committee. It involved the restructuring of debt and the injection of new monies by Prudential Asset Management Asia

  • Flotations & Financing

    9-Jun-1999

    Pinsent Curtis represented Royal Bank Development Capital (RBDC) on its £54m investment in the £92m management offer for Wyko Group. Paul Harkin and Andrew Eastgate, both corporate partners at Pinsents, were part of the team. The Bank of Scotland and Royal Bank of Scotland, which formed a syndicate to provide senior debt and working capital for the deal, were represented by Dibb Lupton Alsop.

  • Flotations & Financing

    9-Jun-1999

    Rosenblatt acted for Credit Agricole Indosuez and Dublin-based ACT Venture Capital which financed the management buy-out of Snapper Music. Ian Rosenblatt, senior partner at Rosenblatt headed the team with corporate partner Rhian Williams. Barlow Lyde & Gilbert advised the management and Halliwell Landau represented the vendors.

  • Flotations & Financing

    9-Jun-1999

    Norton Rose acted for The Shipping Corporation of India in a refinancing of promissory notes worth $108.7m (£64m) issued by the company in connection with its new buildings programme. The Norton Rose team included shipping finance partner Harry Theochari and shipping finance assistant Richard Howley. The noteholder, the State Bank of India, was represented by New York firm Foreht Last ...

  • Freedom to preach upheld in court

    9-Jun-1999

    A crackdown on street preachers in Yorkshire looks set to leave the county's police with a bloody nose in the light of a recent High Court ruling.Yorkshire police have been arresting and prosecuting street preachers in the county, but now a High Court judge has held that they have been over-zealous.Halifax solicitor Malcolm Nowell represents many of the preachers and has become an expert in the area of freedom of speech in public places. He says the ...

  • Freshfields acts for Nomura in £350m TV sale

    12-Jun-1999

    Freshfields is acting for Japanese investment bank Nomura on its bid to find a buyer for its television supply arm Quadriga.Nomura acquired Quadriga in June last year when it bought the TV rental group Thorn for £980m. Quadriga supplies TV sets to hotels in 13 countries and has been valued by some at £350m.Barry O'Brien, head of corporate at Freshfields, is leading a team of two on the deal.Nomura has also appointed fellow investment ...

  • Freshfields acts in drugs giant deal

    12-Jun-1999

    Freshfields is acting for Swedish drugs giant AstraZeneca in its merger with Swiss rival Novartis.Corporate partner Julian Long is leading the Freshfields team. It is thought that he will be dealing mainly with regulatory issues but Freshfields says it is too early to say exactly what these will be.Novartis has not yet decided which law firm it intends to use for the merger. But sources says it is thinking of appointing two UK firms to handle the work, believed ...

  • Freshfields in merger talks with German firm

    12-Jun-1999

    Freshfields is in merger talks with German firm Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Lober.Similar talks with Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch Rechtsanwalte were revealed just weeks ago but are believed to have been put on a back burner as the firm concentrates on the new target.A merger with Gleiss would give Freshfields a strong presence in Stuttgart and Berlin but not as strong in Frankfurt, which is seen by many as a key entry point into the German market. And Gleiss, while ...

  • Freshfields merges with German firm

    9-Jun-1999

    Partners at Freshfields and German firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund have voted for a merger.The union will create a 267-partner firm to come into effect in January 2000, five months earlier than expected. The firms have been in a loose alliance since January 1998.Freshfields' senior partner Anthony Salz says: "After a period of very successful integration, Deringer partners have decided to trigger the merger earlier than expected."Deringer ...

  • Freshfields plans Euro expansion

    9-Jun-1999

    After its German merger, Freshfields is seeking more organic growth on the Continent with a series of lateral hires. By Abigail Townsend.Freshfields will use its merger with German firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund as a springboard for a major expansion on the Continent, says Alan Peck, the firm's chief executive.In an exclusive interview following the successful merger vote on Friday, he tells The Lawyer of Freshfields' plans in the face of ...

  • Freshfields rocked by US bank snub

    12-Jun-1999

    Freshfields has been blackballed by Citibank, its biggest banking client, dealing a major blow to the firm's attempts to build its finance practice.Citibank has punished Freshfields because the firm is acting in litigation against the bank over the collapse of a company in Singapore.Citibank's work is said to be worth about £10m a year in fees to the firm.Freshfields is representing Prince Jefri Bolkiah and the Brunei Investment Authority ...

  • Freshfields team heads to US for death row case

    12-Jun-1999

    Freshfields is flying a team of top lawyers to Florida this week to demand a retrial for a British national who has been on death row for 10 years.The head of the firm's EU law litigation unit Paul Lomas and firm manager Jill Marsh will lead a team of lawyers working on a pro bono basis. The case is expected to incur a bill running into six figures.Krishna Maharaj was convicted of murdering a Jamaican father and son.The team from Freshfields ...

  • Gaining ground on the magic circle

    9-Jun-1999

    The American invasion is gathering pace. Hardly a week goes by without The Lawyer reporting further signs of US expansion in the City, with firms recruiting top UK partners, moving into bigger premises, switching from US law to compete for UK work, and taking clients from UK firms.And still they come, either opening offices independently or seeking merger partners. The globalisation of their clients' business and the fact that English law is the only rival to US law ...

  • German engagements

    9-Jun-1999

    For many months now Clifford Chance has hogged the merger-mania headlines. So it must have been with great satisfaction that the partners at Freshfields approved its merger with German firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund - just 24 hours or so before Clifford Chance goes down the same road with Punder Volhard Weber & Axster.Deringer should make an ideal merger partner. It is a compact ...

  • Gregorys merges with neighbour

    12-Jun-1999

    Central London firms Gregory Rowcliffe & Milners and Simmonds Church Smiles are merging.The new 18-partner firm will operate under Gregorys' name.It will run from Gregorys' Bedford Row premises and Simmonds' Tunbridge Wells office.Gregorys' managing partner John Anderson says the firm intends to expand its Anglo-German business, which it has built since merging with niche Anglo-German firm Maubie Barry & Scott in 1992.

  • Guilty until proven innocent - twice

    12-Jun-1999

    After the introduction of a Criminal Justice (mode of trial) Bill set to remove the right to trial by jury, the Attorney General is suggesting the prosecution be allowed to appeal decisions to acquit defendants. Tom O'Sullivan discusses the arguments for the defence.The murders of Rachel Nickell and Stephen Lawrence have haunted the 1990s. It is not just the brutal nature of the crimes which mark them out from the hundreds of other murders in the past decade, but the ...

  • Herbert Smith acts for BSkyB on Leeds deal

    9-Jun-1999

    Herbert Smith and Nicholson Graham & Jones are pushing through British Sky Broadcasting's (BSkyB) bid for a 9.1 per cent stake in the company which owns Leeds United Football Club.BSkyB will pay Leeds Sporting u13.8m to become the exclusive media agent on all deals, except those involving Premier League rights, which are negotiated collectively by all 20 member clubs.The agreement is expected to kick off similar pacts between UK media companies and sports ...

  • Hillsdown adviser ousted in takeover

    9-Jun-1999

    Hillsdown Holding's group legal adviser has been made redundant after six years following the company's takeover by US private equity group Hicks Muse Tate & Furst.Martin Chambers, who is also company secretary at Hillsdown Holding, was informed of his redundancy on 1 September and has yet to find another post. Chambers is the sole lawyer at the company and it is expected that the US will take over legal responsibilities.Chambers says he was expected ...

  • Home Office shambles is clearing

    9-Jun-1999

    Head of CMS Cameron McKenna's Immigration and Nationality Team Julia Onslow-Cole finds things can only get better at the Passport Office.After the well-publicised difficulties at the Home Office and Passport Office in recent weeks, Jack Straw must be glad of his summer break. Despite continuing press reports to the contrary, I believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel ...

  • In brief: Addleshaw Booth & Co

    9-Jun-1999

    Addleshaw Booth & Co has been appointed sole employment adviser to Punch Taverns, which recently acquired Allied Domecq's retailing arm. The group has no in-house legal team and has decided to appoint an external adviser on employment issues.

  • In brief: Barlow Lyde & Gilbert

    9-Jun-1999

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has appointed two solicitors to its shipping department. Nick Robinson, an Australian qualified solicitor who specialises in dry shipping and commercial litigation, joins the firm from Clayton Utz's Brisbane office. Robinson will be joined by Andrew Speake, a qualified barrister, from Holmes Hardingham.

  • In brief: Greenberg Traurig

    9-Jun-1999

    Greenberg Traurig, ranked 64th biggest law firm in the US in terms of gross revenue, has taken over 30-lawyer corporate, litigation and property firm O'Connor Cavanagh in Phoenix. Greenbergs has also opened new offices in Boston, having poached three partners and two associates from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott.

  • In brief: Greenberg Traurig

    9-Jun-1999

    Greenberg Traurig, ranked 64th biggest law firm in the US in terms of gross revenue, has taken over 30-lawyer corporate, litigation and property firm O'Connor Cavanagh in Phoenix. Greenbergs has also opened new offices in Boston, having poached three partners and two associates from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott.

  • In brief: Linklaters & Alliance

    9-Jun-1999

    Linklaters & Alliance's Hong Kong office head, David Mullarkey, has taken early retirement. He is replaced as managing partner by corporate partner Nick Rees, who left his Moscow managing partner post in April to join the Hong Kong Office. Corporate partner Phillip Heyes has replaced Rees in Russia.

  • In brief: Lovell White Durrant

    9-Jun-1999

    Lovell White Durrant has won Argent Group, one of DJ Freeman's property clients. Argent follows in the footsteps of property partner Andrew Sanders. The defection is a particular blow to DJ Freeman as Argent is run by two sons of its founder David Freeman.

  • In brief: McDermott Will & Emery

    9-Jun-1999

    McDermott Will & Emery, the US law firm, has expanded its London offices. It has taken over a second floor at 7 Bishopgate, London. Another US law firm, Altheimer & Gray has also leased part of the City building.

  • In brief: The Law Society

    9-Jun-1999

    The Law Society has introduced a rule which strengthens a solicitor's duty to give clients clear advance and regularly updated information about bills. New Practice Rule 15 also incorporates obligations for firms to deal with client complaints.

  • In brief: The Legal Aid Board

    9-Jun-1999

    The Legal Aid Board has issued a consultation paper with recommendations on what the standards should be to get a Community Legal Service Quality Mark.

  • In brief: The Lord Chancellor

    9-Jun-1999

    The Lord Chancellor has announced the latest round of district judge appointments. They include: Gillian Pearl (South Eastern Circuit); James Horan (Northern Circuit) and Robert Jordan (North Eastern Circuit).

  • In brief: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

    9-Jun-1999

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the niche technology US law firm, is opening offices in London. The Californian firm's base will be staffed by English and US lawyers.

  • IT unlocks doors for conveyancing

    12-Jun-1999

    The Government's consultation paper in support of its manifesto promise to abolish gazumping has now been published. We know that legislation will be brought into effect probably at the beginning of the next Parliament in 2001 or there about.Many people are already working on the development of a seller's pack concept and there is an official pilot starting in January in the Bristol area.More important is the development of website technology. What ...

  • It's been a bad week for...

    12-Jun-1999

    Lord Archer. Just when he thought the worst was over, the famous author and disgraced politician may well face a claim for £40,000 for winning the contest to be the Conservative candidate for mayor of London. London Tories are considering suing Archer for the money it cost to stage the first contest against Stephen Norris. With Archer likely to be thrown out of the Conservative party, officials believe the only way they will retrieve the money is through the courts. ...

  • It's been a bad week for...

    9-Jun-1999

    Mishcon de Reya partner Anthony Julius, who has been pilloried in the press for attending only two meetings of the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial committee. Julius, Diana's former solicitor, stands accused of missing six meetings. Mishcons came under fire at the time of the fund's launch after charging it u1.9m legal fees.Bob Blizzard MP, ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    9-Jun-1999

    Employment lawyers, who have hit a veritable gold rush of work if reports are to be believed. Acas, the conciliation service, has recorded a humungous 31 per cent increase in litigation between employers and employees. In the year up to 30 June, a reported 136,000 employees took action against their bosses. And this figure is set to rise higher. The new Employment Relations Act comes into force in the Spring and the Department of Trade and Industry expects unfair ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    12-Jun-1999

    Cigarette companies. After repeated batterings in the courts, the tobacco giants were given a breath of fresh air when the US Supreme Court appeared sceptical of government claims that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had the power to regulate their products. The FDA is trying to ban cigarette sponsorship of sport and limit vending machine sales.Criminal lawyers, who are set for a boom period if Home Office figures are to be believed. As Home ...

  • Jamie Perry on awarding costs under new procedures

    9-Jun-1999

    Jamie Perry is an associate in the dispute resolution department at Baker & McKenzie.Lord Justice Mance, sitting as a Commercial Court judge in Grupo Torras SA & anor v Sheikh Fahad Mohammed Al Sabah & ors, 5 July 1999, decided the question of whether a successful party should be denied all or part of its costs under the terms of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) prior ...

  • JP Morgan loses third senior in-house lawyer

    9-Jun-1999

    US investment bank JP Morgan is losing its third senior in-house lawyer in five months.Barbara Jones, regional counsel for capital markets for Europe, Middle East and Africa, is moving to the London office of US firm Kirkland & Ellis on 1 October.No replacement has been found and it remains unclear who will handle the capital markets work in her absence.In ...

  • Legal Widow

    12-Jun-1999

    The Lawyer is back from secondment hell, and is preparing a huge expenses claim for all the legal books he's had to buy to help him through it. It started on the first morning, when one of the partners of the firm where he's been working for the past month popped his head round the door and asked: "Mind if I have a quick chat?"

  • Linklaters & Alliance names litigation head

    12-Jun-1999

    Linklaters & Alliance has appointed Christopher Style as its new head of litigation.Style will replace Brinsley Nicholson who is stepping down after seven years in the post.Style has pledged to increase cross-border litigation by 50 per cent over the next three years as part of a plan to increase the firm's use of the department.Cross-border work currently accounts ...

  • Linklaters spearheads Dixons' foreign growth

    12-Jun-1999

    Linklaters & Alliance and Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein & Company have landed work on Dixons' first foray into Europe.Rupert Pearce, corporate partner at Linklaters, is leading a team of three lawyers advising Dixons on its £444m purchase of Norwegian retail group Elkjop.Einar Greve, corporate finance partner at Wikborg Rein, provided advice on domestic concerns with ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 6/12/99

    12-Jun-1999

    Bobby Corbett v (1) Dr Maloney (2) Basingstoke & North Hampshire Health Authority (1999) QBD (Gray J) 1 November 1999Claimant: Male, newborn at date of accident; eight years old at date of settlement.Incident: The claimant was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after his premature birth in 1991, allegedly as a result of the hospital obstetrician giving advice contrary to medical knowledge at the time.Injuries: The claimant suffered from quadriplegic ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 6/9/99

    9-Jun-1999

    Cases from LAWTEL's PI Quantum Database. Contact Deborah Talbot on 0171 970 4823.Williamson v The Post Office (1999) Preston CC (HH Judge Appleton QC) 29 June 1999Claimant: Male, married, 40 years old at date of accident; 48 years old at date of trial.Incident: The claimant was employed by the defendant as a postman in Preston. He was injured trying to lift a parcel bag without realising a colleague was standing on it. He ...

  • Litigation Writs 6/12/99

    12-Jun-1999

    Brighton Marine Palace and Pier Co and Noble Leasing, both of Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, are suing NDT Services of Building Castle Donnington, Derby, for damages following an accident involving a ride in Brighton on 4 March 1995. The claim says the ride had been inspected and tested ultrasonically by NDT in 1994 and the inspection should have revealed the cracks in a shaft, which failed, causing the accident. It is alleged NDT was in breach of contract ...

  • Litigation Writs 6/9/99

    9-Jun-1999

    Singapore-based Infrastructure Development International (IDI) is suing Colin Howard of Hyde Park Mansions, London NW1, for damages for alleged breach of contract in a deal to purchase rhodium from South Africa. IDI alleges that under a 1998 agreement last year, it agreed to transfer $500,000 (u312,000) to an account nominated by Howard to buy rhodium from a mine in South Africa and resell it for a 300 per cent profit, with two thirds of profits going to ...

  • Lloyd's fails to block names' fraud claim

    12-Jun-1999

    Roger Pearson reports on a bid by the insurance giant to block claims against the company of fraudulent misrepresentationLloyd's has failed to block one of the first major High Court battles of 2000, in which the insurer faces fraud allegations.The Appeal Court has paved the way for continuation of the bitterly contested action - due to begin on 11 January and last for at least three months - by refusing to give the green light for bankruptcy proceedings ...

  • Lords to hear £1m loan case

    12-Jun-1999

    A £1m loan battle is to go to the House of Lords. The Law Lords have given leave for an appeal in the case of Twinsectra Ltd v Yardley & ors in which Twinsectra won its claim to recover the loan and interest. Twinsectra lent the money but later sued for recovery in the High Court on the basis, among other things, of deceit. In the High Court in October 1997 it succeeded in its claim against the head of the companies concerned but its claim against the companies and a ...

  • Masons adds to IT department

    9-Jun-1999

    London firm Jeffrey Green Russell (JGR) is losing a corporate and commercial information technology partner to Masons.Jon Fell joins Masons' IT department this week, with the aim of improving the group's e-commerce focus.Masons' IT partner Clive Seddon says: "IT is very much a focus of this firm and he did not feel it was a focus at JGR in the same way."However, JGR company and commercial partner Tony Coles says his firm is committed ...

  • Merger mania reaches chambers

    12-Jun-1999

    Medium-size chambers are teaming up to survive in an increasingly competitive market. Matheu Swallow reports.Intense market pressure is driving chambers inexorably toward merger and rapid consolidation simply to survive.Following revelations that Christopher Purchas QC's 2 Crown Office Row and Michael Spencer QC's 1 Paper Buildings are to merge (The Lawyer, 22 November), there has been a flurry of chambers entering merger talks and reviewing their position.

  • Merger to create new Danish giant

    12-Jun-1999

    Kromann & Munter is linking up with Reumert & Partners to create the largest Danish law firm after a wave of mergers which have consolidated the market.Partners from the leading Danish practices voted after six weeks of talks to merge on 1 January 2000 to create Kromann Reumert. Thomas Kaas, head of Reumert's London office, says: "One of the main reasons for the merger is to help our English and US clients. The merged firms both have strong relationships with London ...

  • MMR vaccine case set to break compensation records

    9-Jun-1999

    The lawyer acting for thousands of families who claim their children have been damaged by the measles mumps rubella vaccine says the case could become the largest-ever litigation in the UK.Clinical negligence lawyer Richard Barr, a partner at Alexander Harris, began the action against five pharmaceutical companies at a case management conference in the High Court on Friday. He says more than 1,000 of the 2,000 cases he is bringing may warrant damages of millions of pounds ...

  • Morgan Stanley appoints new chief legal officer

    12-Jun-1999

    International bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter has appointed a new chief legal officer from Chicago-based law firm Kirkland & Ellis.Linklaters & Alliance and Allen & Overy are among the UK firms used by Morgan ...

  • NCP to fight injury claim

    9-Jun-1999

    A personal injury action against National Car Parks (NCP) is heading for the High Court. In the case, NCP is being sued by James Hayman, who was seriously injured when he fell over a wall at a multi-storey car park at Margate, Kent, in 1995. At the time of the accident he was trying to catch a basketball which had been thrown by his girlfriend. But the outcome was that he fell 15ft. Hayman claims that the injuries to his back and arm that he received in the accident ...

  • New York firms falter out west

    9-Jun-1999

    New York law firms are failing to make it in the Los Angeles market, says a report by by the National Law Journal in the US.The survey found that of the 25 largest New York firms to set up offices on the west coast in the mid to late 1980s, a third have since closed.Eleven others have significantly scaled down operations while one, Brown & Wood LLP, has retained office space in LA, but without employing any lawyers to staff it.Cadwalader Wickersham ...

  • Norton Rose advises on Lithuanian deal

    9-Jun-1999

    Norton Rose has advised on the largest-ever private loan made in the Baltic state of Lithuania.The $100m (u62.5m) loan was for partially-privatised Lithuanian telecoms company AB Lietuvos Telekomas, advised by Swedish firm Mannheimer Swartling.Norton Rose banking partner Stephen Parish was assisted by Dominic Pritchard in advising documentation agents Merita Bank. He says Norton ...

  • Norton Rose in Asia poaches A&O expert

    12-Jun-1999

    Norton Rose is poaching an Allen & Overy international corporate finance expert in a bid to strengthen its presence in Asia.Chris Moore, an assistant in A&O's Frankfurt office, left this month. He will become a partner when he joins Norton Rose's Singapore office in January. Moore's ...

  • Online documents are way forward

    9-Jun-1999

    Your story on Companies House (The Lawyer, 30 August) omits key facts about the service.Since ICC has taken ownership of the Companies House duplicate library, we have been able to implement the fastest ever turnaround times for document search orders.Fears expressed about the accuracy of online document services are also unfounded. The processes by which ICC Information collects and stores documents conform to the code of practice for the legal admissibility ...

  • Post Office set to revise international legal panel

    12-Jun-1999

    The Post Office is planning to shake-up its international panel in a further attempt to cut costs on its outsourced legal work.The consolidation of its international legal coverage is expected to begin early next year.The move comes after The Post Office reduced its UK regional panel from 40 firms to four and its City firms from 12 to two practices in April this year.The Post Office currently uses

  • Property

    12-Jun-1999

    Linklaters & Alliance acted for MEPC on the acquisition of the office development site at the former Leavesden Aerodrome. The company's total investment in the site is valued at over £43m. The phased purchase, which took place in July and October, gives MEPC 120 square acres of development and greenbelt land. Christopher Coombe, property partner at Linklaters, led the ...

  • Property

    9-Jun-1999

    Clifford Chance advised MEPC on the letting of two buildings at Ancells Business Park, Fleet. The 45,000 sq ft Fulmar House and Technology House buildings have been let to Parametric Technology (UK). Clifford Chance's team included real estate assistant Angela Shepherd and construction assistant Bruno Spence. Ann Lewin, property partner at Trevor Robinson & Co, advised ...

  • Property

    9-Jun-1999

    Clifford Chance advised MEPC on the letting of two buildings at Ancells Business Park, Fleet. The 45,000 sq ft Fulmar House and Technology House buildings have been let to Parametric Technology (UK). Clifford Chance's team included real estate assistant Angela Shepherd and construction assistant Bruno Spence. Ann Lewin, property partner at Trevor Robinson & Co, advised ...

  • Property

    9-Jun-1999

    Speechly Bircham acted for Resolution Property in two lettings at Greater London House. Property partner Mark Smith advised Resolution. Book Club Associates, which has taken a 15-year lease on 55,000 sq ft over three floors, was represented by Michael Kutner, property partner at Edward Lewis, with property solicitor Alisa Lawrence. Kieser Training took a 15-year lease ...

  • Property

    9-Jun-1999

    Speechly Bircham acted for Resolution Property in two lettings at Greater London House. Property partner Mark Smith advised Resolution. Book Club Associates, which has taken a 15-year lease on 55,000 sq ft over three floors, was represented by Michael Kutner, property partner at Edward Lewis, with property solicitor Alisa Lawrence. Kieser Training took a 15-year lease ...

  • PwC merges with Australian firm

    12-Jun-1999

    Top accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is merging with Australian law firm Dunhill Madden Butler, to create a new legal division.PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal will be based in Sydney and will specialise in IT, telecommunications and e-business law.The merger comes two months after the departure of 27 of Dunhill Madden's Sydney partners and 125 of its lawyers to the legal branch of PwC.Dunhills was left with 40 partners based in offices in ...

  • PwC plans total integration of legal network

    9-Jun-1999

    Big five accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is planning to impose a new integrated structure for its entire legal network and a common brand name before the end of the year.The accountancy giant has appointed branding consultancy Interbrand Newell & Sorrell to come up with a single global name for its law firms which include the UK's Arnheim Tite & Lewis, under one global brand name.PwC's law firms currently have 20 different titles in 40 countries.

  • Quote of the week

    9-Jun-1999

    "I didn't have to beat anyone off, they just liked us."- Charles Russell corporate partner Simon Gilbert gives too much information on how corporate departments win work, while commenting on the completion of the biggest deal in his firm's history.

  • Quote of the week

    12-Jun-1999

    "Their application to the court looks like a script for Who Wants to be a Millionaire."- Elan Steiberg of the World Jewish Congress on the news that some lawyers were charging up to £437 an hour for work on the class-action suit brought by victims of the Holocaust against Swiss Banks. One lawyer reportedly asked to be paid £1,481 for 8.6 hours work reading Tom Bower's book Nazi Gold. Most lawyers working on the case are working pro bono.

  • Rothschild snubs Gide in favour of Linklaters

    9-Jun-1999

    Linklaters & Alliance's Paris office has snatched the work on the billion pound merger of French supermarkets Carrefour and Promodes from under the nose of rival Gide Loyrette Nouel.The French arm of investment bank Rothschild is advising supermarket giant Carrefour on its euro13bn "friendly merger" with Promodes but has snubbed its usual legal adviser Gide in favour of Linklaters.

  • Rozenberg

    12-Jun-1999

    A unique hearing takes place this week. For the first time, the ordinary courts of one country are sitting in the territory of another. Lord Sutherland, a Scottish judge, is being asked to decide whether two men should stand trial as charged under Scottish law. But the preliminary hearing, like the trial itself, is taking place in The Netherlands.As a legal concept this is breathtaking. Judges sometimes travel abroad to take evidence on commission, ...

  • Scuffle of the week

    9-Jun-1999

    Civil liberties groups versus the Home Office. Thousands of offenders aged between 18 and 20 years face spending their porridge in adult jails. The Home Office says that transferring offenders from youth institutions to adult jails means they can be placed closer to their families. However prisoners' rights and civil liberties groups such as the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders accuse the Government of cost-cutting at the expense of vulnerable youngsters ...

  • Shipshape in Bristol fashion

    12-Jun-1999

    Despite attempts by London and national firms to break into the Bristol market, Ryan Dunleavy discovers that homemade firms are still the clients' favourite choice.The Bristol legal market is securely in the hands of the city's home-grown firms. National firms and London practices have set up offices there but it seems they have made more of a ripple than a splash.National firms in Bristol are Beachcroft Wansbroughs and

  • Slaughters advises on Barings damages claim

    9-Jun-1999

    A trial date has been set for the Barings case in which the former bank is seeking damages of u1bn from its auditors.The case will take place in early 2001 at London's High Court, five years after the bank collapsed with losses of u860m run up by rogue trader Nick Leeson.Michael Brindle QC of Fountain Court chambers is counsel for claimants Barings Futures Singapore (BFS) and liquidators Arthur Andersen.He says: "There was a lot of boxing about ...

  • Slaughters, Freshfields, Davis Polk in Regus float

    9-Jun-1999

    Slaughter and May, Freshfields and US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, are setting in motion the first flotation of a serviced office company.Regus Business Centres, which provides office space, support services and technical equipment, will be listed on the London Stock Exchange in October ...

  • South West firms merge to create 34-partner practice

    12-Jun-1999

    Foot & Bowden and Anstey Sargent & Probert are merging to form one of the biggest firms in the South West.The new 34-partner practice will be called Foot Anstey Sargent and will specialise in corporate, commercial and employment work. With its numbers it will rival the top five in the region. It has national clients including British Airways, Lloyds Bank and Norwich Union.Foot ...

  • Square Mile

    9-Jun-1999

    The world did not end in August as some Nostradamus interpreters would have had us believe, but some predictions do come to pass given time.I recently unearthed an article written many years ago which stated confidently that it would not be long before the most important person in a law firm was its "estimator".It argued that if open competition between solicitors was to be encouraged (it was written a long time ago), clients would not be ...

  • State of emergency

    12-Jun-1999

    As medical negligence payouts spiral out of control, the NHS is facing an onslaught of claims. Claire Smith examines the role of the lawyers trying to protect the NHS from the claims.Just like hamburgers and Jerry Springer, the compensation culture is crossing the pond. The £4.5m award made last week to a boy left brain-damaged after a consultant failed to diagnose meningitis is one of the largest in medical history, and the latest in a line of headline-grabbing settlements.

  • Surviving the collapse of legal aid

    9-Jun-1999

    The Legal Aid Board (LAB) is not having an easy time of it. In February, The Lawyer revealed that it was planning to slash pay among senior staff and introduce lower salaries for newcomers (1 February).In April, The Lawyer's campaign to protect legal aid for personal injury cases highlighted the Government's attacks on the system (19 April). And in May, The Criminal Law Solicitors Association demanded a meeting with the LAB to call for extra cash, even threatening ...

  • Sydney firms get chance to float on stock market

    9-Jun-1999

    The Australian legal market is facing a radical over-haul that will allow firms to abolish traditional partnership structures and float on the stock market.The New South Wales Law Society, which regulates Sydney firms, is expected to introduce new rules this week. They will allow firms to incorporate share profits with other professionals and raise outside capital.It is thought to be the first time a law society in any country has allowed firms to change their ...

  • The case for partnership

    12-Jun-1999

    Not long ago, the bar occupied subsidised premises maintained by the Inns, under periodic tenancies which placed the burden of capital expenditure on the landlord Inns, with self-employed senior clerks and few employees or other common expenses beyond those of the office and a library. The cost of the library was limited by ready access to the Inns of Court libraries, a smaller range of works less frequently replaced and an all-round slower pace of practice.Today's ...

  • The fine art of litigation

    7-Jun-1999

    The landscape of law covers a broad canvas. Dearbiall Jordan paints a picture of a man in love with his work.

  • The Firm

    9-Jun-1999

    Excerpt from The Lawyer's review of the top 100 law firmsThe legal market is like the premier league. At the top are a handful of firms chasing international glory. In the middle, firms just happy to consolidate. At the bottom, firms you think will go under every year, only to see them pull through in the last day of the financial season with an away draw v Slaughters in the Court of Appeal. And then there's The Firm. The Newcastle United of law. ...

  • The Lawyer and Unicef launch award

    9-Jun-1999

    LAWYERS who stand up for the rights of children are to be recognised by the first-ever Child Rights Lawyer Award, presented jointly by Unicef and The Lawyer.The award marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.It will be presented to the solicitor or barrister judged to have contributed the most to making one of the rights in the convention a reality for children.The convention is the most widely-accepted ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Martin Quinn was born in Perth, Australia in 1961. He is a solicitor with Roythorne & Co in Lincolnshire.

    9-Jun-1999

    What subject(s) did you fail at school?Music (according to my school report "not his subject").What was your first job?Newspaper delivery boy.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?NZ$10,000 (in New Zealand we had the minimum wage before it was even a twinkle in Tony Blair's eye).What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?Rock ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Tom Kerthorpe MEP was born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 1945. He is a solicitor and politician.

    12-Jun-1999

    What was your first job?As a child, a paperboy - I lasted one day. As a student, an assistant to Sunday market crockery seller - I learned to shuffle and throw plates around without too many breakages.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£2500 per annum.What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?I would have gone into advertising as a copywriter. I have always been good at producing slogans ...

  • This week

    12-Jun-1999

    Geoffrey Robertson QC and a team of English lawyers are flying to Florida in a final attempt to save a British prisoner from execution. The team will argue that Kris Maharaji, who has been on death row for 13 years, is the victim of a set-up by a drugs and money laundering gang. The lawyers will point out that the trial judge was arrested for accepting a bribe in another case and allege that he asked for money from Maharaji who refused.

  • This week

    9-Jun-1999

    Insurance lawyers are attending an international reinsurance conference in Monte Carlo from Sunday until Thursday, called Le Rendez-Vous de Septembre and run by a commercial organisation of the same name. It is described by one insurance lawyer as "the yearly bunfight of insurers, insurance hangers-on and acolytes".

  • Thomas Eggar merges with pensions firm

    9-Jun-1999

    South-east firm Thomas Eggar Church Adams has merged with specialist pensions trusteeship practice David Herbert & Co.Hampshire-based practice David Herbert & Co is led by David Herbert, a practising solicitor who has specialised in the trusteeship of pension funds for more than 27 years.He is trustee of 16 occupational pension schemes and chairman of 10 of those.

  • Threat to jury is a tyrant's charter

    12-Jun-1999

    Traditionally, the Queen's Speech at this stage of a Parliament is packed with legislation.However, no one quite imagined that the Gracious Address would be quite so full of complicated measures.The Home Office alone is responsible for nine new bills which are cascading out of Queen Anne's Gate.This comes at a time when the legal profession is already enthusiastically accepting the challenge of change in so many directions.

  • Time to call time on licensing laws?

    9-Jun-1999

    David Young, partner, EvershedsElizabeth Southorn, head of licensing unit, Richards ButlerPeter Glazebrook, partner, Field Fisher WaterhouseThe Home Office is under increased pressure from the drinks industry to review proposals on liquor ...

  • Top silks call for partnership rights

    12-Jun-1999

    A Leading silk is calling for radical changes to barristers' practice rules so they can create partnerships.Andrew Arden QC, head of Arden Chambers, is demanding the rules change because the market and the way barristers operate has changed.Arden points to increasing competition with solicitors and the consequent corporate branding of chambers as well as the potential benefits to productivity. "Chambers must cope with significantly increased revenue expenditure, ...

  • Tuckers launches new IT system

    9-Jun-1999

    Criminal law firm Tuckers has developed a new case management system.The new system contains a client database, billing information, allows staff to track cases from beginning to end, tap clients' details in at police stations, and open new case files via modem.Once an action is under way, the system will automatically alert lawyers to the relevant case documentation, such as standard letters and court forms.It will ...

  • Two more partners quit newly merged Notts firm for Nelsons

    12-Jun-1999

    Leading Midlands firm Nelsons has poached two more partners from newly merged rival Nottingham firm Berryman Shacklock.Commercial property partner Richard Staniland and company and commercial lawyer Karen Medhurst are following licensing partner David Lucas to the firm, which he joined in September.Shacklocks completed its merger with Berryman & Co on 1 December and is now called ...

  • US firms raid Nabarros for property partners

    9-Jun-1999

    US firms in London are making a major move into real estate work following the poaching of two property partners from Nabarro Nathanson.Weil Gotshal & Manges' London office has lured Nabarros partner Donna Stringer as its first property lawyer. She will provide support to the firm's international ...

  • Whittles set to expand with Newcastle office

    9-Jun-1999

    Leeds-based firm Whittles is taking its first step towards becoming a national practice by opening an office in Newcastle.The union specialist, which already has offices in Leeds, Manchester and Sutton Coldfield, plans to open its fourth office within the next two months.It has already found premises in Newcastle city centre.Partner Julie Blackburn tells The Lawyer that if the office is successful it will open further branches across the country.

  • Wilde Sapte plans to relax partner exit rules

    9-Jun-1999

    Wilde Sapte is reconsidering its controversial rule that only allows two partners a year to leave the firm.Sources say the firm's board will propose the changes to partners at a meeting at the end of this month.A Wilde Sapte source says the firm's management is "actively considering" modifying the restriction, which has earned the firm unwanted publicity in recent months.A rule change could be good news for partners Tom McDonald and Bruce ...

  • Will EC laws make net gains for firms?

    9-Jun-1999

    E-commerce is big news. Start-up companies are popping up in Europe almost as frequently as they are in the US. The first e-businesses are hitting the Stock Exchange and the Government is trumpeting the internet as the next big industrial frontier.However, lawyers and industry experts are expressing concern over proposed rules governing business over the internet. Last week, The Lawyer reported Dibb Lupton Alsop's campaign against what it calls "disaster" plans to change ...

  • Will merger reforms help or hinder?

    12-Jun-1999

    The Department of Trade and Industry has proposed plans to reform merger regulation. This week the forum asks how they will change the way competition lawyers work.The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is at the centre of a row over its proposed plans to reform merger regulation.The DTI proposes that the decision-making process for mergers should be based solely on competition issues and be controlled by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Competition ...

  • Wine law allegation is a slur on character

    12-Jun-1999

    A Freehill Hollingdale & Page partner, who is suing a French law firm over allegations that he seduced a French associate, is leaving the top Australian firm.IP partner Stephen Stern is suing two partners at French firm Coutrelis & Associes for defamation over claims he had a "very close personal relationship" with one of their solicitors at a wine law conference in Brussels last year. Stern rejects allegations of the affair.Paris-based partners Nicole and Andre ...