8 February 1999

The Lawyer

  • ...as European firms integrate

    8-Feb-1999

    Cameron McKenna has made the first steps towards its goal of forming asingle pan-European law firm, as first revealed in The Lawyer (15 March).It has integrated its Brussels office with its CMS European alliancepartner Derks Star Busmann Hanotiau.The CMS group, formed this year from four European firms and CameronMcKenna, intends to become one merged ...

  • ...as Mallesons rekindles talks

    8-Feb-1999

    First it was on, then it was off and now the merger of Australian firmMallesons Stephen Jaques and Clifford Chance is back on.In last week's The Lawyer, Clifford Chance's global head of financeStephen Popham said the merger was off because "we cannot agree on thestructure".Now a senior source at the firm says the talks are back ...

  • Baker & McKenzie Madrid Raids KPMG

    12-Feb-1999

    De Otaola, who is also a Certified Public Accountant, has over 15 years of tax experience and specialises in acquisitions and company reorganisation.Cristina Bustillo, managing partner of Baker & McKenzie's Madrid office says: "Isabel comes to us with strong credentials and extensive experience and will add significant value to the services we already offer domestic

  • BCCI ruling sets back stigma claims

    8-Feb-1999

    The rights of workers to claim compensation for alleged stigma suffered asa result of misdemeanours by their bosses have been clarified in a HighCourt ruling.The decision is bad news for some 400 former BCCI staff who had soughtdamages on the basis that stigma over the actions of BCCI had rubbed off onthem and damaged their employment opportunities for the future.At the same time though, the decision in BCCI ...

  • Berrymans IT partner in move to DWF

    8-Feb-1999

    DAVIES Wallis Foyster has poached a Berrymans Lace Mawer partner to headits competition law, IT and IP department.Berrymans salaried partner Laurence Pritchard joins Davies Wallis Foysterin September. His remit is to expand the department. Pritchard is one offour partners in Berrymans' Liverpool-based company and commercial law

  • Brewing up a storm in Benelux

    8-Feb-1999

    The Netherlands legal scene is in turmoil after a series of UK firms brokeinto their markets. Alison Laferla reports on the new European invasion.Twelve months ago, probably the best word to describe The Netherlands'legal scene would have been "stable". The market was dominated by a handfulof large local firms and poaching at partner level was rare.Local lawyers had recovered from the shock of

  • Camerons claims major signing in Singapore...

    8-Feb-1999

    Cameron McKenna has formed an alliance with a Singapore insurance law specialist firm.Camerons claims the exclusive relationship with Niru & Co is a majorstrategic move towards building an international insurance practice.But rival firms claim that the six-partner firm is not the leadinginsurance player that Camerons claims.Niru & Co was formed in 1978 and specialises in marine and non-marineinsurance, although ...

  • Carter-Ruck calls for libel reform

    11-Feb-1999

    Veteran libel law guru, Peter Carter-Ruck has called for an overhaul of the way defamation cases are run. Speaking at a seminar in Disneyland where the senior consultant at Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners went head-to-head with Private Eye editor, Ian Hislop, he said: "I think it is scandalous there is no legal aid for defamation."Why should a person of means be able to sue while someone who could be out of a job [because of the defamation] with very little money not be ...

  • Case of the week

    8-Feb-1999

    The Bruce Grobbelaar libel trial ended at the High Court with the formerLiverpool goalie vindicated. The Sun newspaper, now liable to payGrobbelaar u85,000 damages and u400,000 legal costs, is appealing thedecision. The Sun, represented at the trial by George Carman QC, hadclaimed Grobbelaar accepted u40,000 to fix a match between Liverpool andNewcastle. Grobbelaar, represented by Richard ...

  • Chris Mallon

    8-Feb-1999

    Chris Mallon made his name at Lovells as the man who co-ordinated London lawyers in the BCCI case. Now he has been lured from Biddle and handed the task of making Freshfields on of the best. Gulshanah Choudhuri reports

  • Clifford Chance shuns tradition with plc-style governing board

    8-Feb-1999

    Clifford Chance is adopting a UK corporate-style structure by electing a governing board to oversee the decisions of its executive committee.The board’s first members will be partners elected from the three firmsmerging to form the new conglomerate. But the merger document leaves roomfor captains of industry and other outsiders to join the board.Elections ...

  • Cloisters gains four new tenants in set shake-up

    8-Feb-1999

    Cloisters chambers has poached four new tenants and three new clerks,following the acrimonious split with senior clerk Michael Martin and thesubsequent loss of three tenants.Cloisters' new chambers director Vanessa Peters, after just four weeks inher new post, has revamped the clerking team and structure, sanctionedmassive investment in IT and taken on four new barristers.For the first time clerks will be divided ...

  • Clyde & Co boosts corporate practice

    8-Feb-1999

    CLYDE & Co's burgeoning corporate practice is poaching Olswang property partner David Wyatt and in-house lawyer Sophie Freeman.Wyatt, who specialises in retail outlets, will join the corporatedepartment's property section as a partner in two weeks.Michael Parker, partner and chair of Clyde ...

  • Communication break down

    8-Feb-1999

    Tom O'Sullivan unravels one of the most complex transactions in UK corporate history, the breaking up and selling off of Cable & Wireless Communications to US cable group NTLThe Timescale22 FebruaryGraham Wallace appointed as Cable & Wireless chief executive.Wallace opens internal talks about selling off some of the group'sinterests including the residential cable stake in Cable & WirelessCommunications (CWC).

  • DAC's Rochez quits for US firm LeBoeufs

    8-Feb-1999

    TROUBLED firm Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) is losing its former managing partner Nick Rochez to US giant LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae.Rochez, managing partner between 1987 and 1992, is a key player in thelitigation department, one of three major areas DAC is focusing on afterthe dramatic restructuring exercise in February when 90 staff were axed.Alan Jones, joint managing partner at LeBoeuf with Garry Pegg, refused toconfirm ...

  • Denton Hall claims victory in television football rights fight

    8-Feb-1999

    DENTON Hall has secured a victory for the FA Premier League (FAPL) over the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in a case estimated to have cost u30m inlegal fees.The director of the OFT brought proceedings against the FAPL after claimsthat it was operating as an unlawful cartel by negotiating exclusivecollective TV licensing agreements for football matches with BSkyB and theBBC on behalf of its 20 members.It also claimed ...

  • Denton Hall plans first East African tie-up deal

    8-Feb-1999

    DENTON Hall is setting up an association with an East African firm in a bid to dominate the emerging energy and finance markets. It is understoodto be the first of its kind by a UK company.The firm is cementing the move by taking on East African specialistCharles Morrison, who was previously a litigation partner in insurance,banking and insolvency at Goodman ...

  • DETR awards Denton Hall and Pinsents

    8-Feb-1999

    Pinsent Curtis and Denton Hall have been selected to advise the Departmentof Environment, Transport and the Regions' (DETR) private finance unitafter undergoing a five-month tendering process.The two firms will advise the DETR unit on public private partnerships,wider markets initiatives and private finance initiatives under athree-year framework contract, with a possible two-year extension.Crispin Tuckley, ...

  • Digest

    8-Feb-1999

    Rowe & Maw is launching a brand-building advertising campaign on LondonUnderground aimed at bringing its name home to City commuters.The Rowe & Maw poster ads will occupy space currently advertising KPMG'sservices at Bank station, says a Rowe & Maw spokesman.The spokesman says Rowe & Maw needs to raise its profile.The ad proclaims: "big on commitment... and long standing relationships."A campaign featuring ...

  • Drink firm bullish over name

    8-Feb-1999

    A drink which has captured 90 per cent of the high-energy drinks marketis at the centre of a pending High Court battle. The makers of Red Bullhave launched proceedings to stop sale of an alcoholic drink called VRB,one of the nicknames given to Red Bull by drinkers when it is mixed withvodka. Red Bull Gmbh and Red Bull Co claim that sale by Beverage Brands(UK) and SHS Sales and Marketing of VRB would confuse the public ...

  • Edge Ellison in plans to demote equity partners

    8-Feb-1999

    EDGE Ellison partners may be stripped of their equity status if they failto measure up to the "perfect partner" model drawn up by management.As reported exclusively in The Lawyer in June (7 June), the firm isreplacing lock step remuneration with a merit-based system, which uses the"perfect partner" model to gauge performance.The model lists skills which partners need to demonstrate includingmanagement/leadership, ...

  • European Court set to overload

    8-Feb-1999

    Recourse to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is increasing dramatically, the European Commission has confirmed.Complaints by citizens rose 18 per cent to 1,128 in 1998 and cases broughtby commission departments soared by more than half from 261 to 396 says thecommission's annual report.And the pace has picked up even more since then, says the commission.Lawyers involved in taking cases to the ECJ are concerned that ...

  • Eversheds poaches IP expert from Cobbetts

    8-Feb-1999

    Eversheds' Birmingham office has created a new department head after poaching intellectual property expert Philip Atkinson from Manchester firmCobbetts.Atkinson joins Eversheds' Birmingham office as head of IP this week in arole created especially for him. He spent the last year as a partner inCobbetts' IP and media department.Prior ...

  • Farrer & Co woos partners

    8-Feb-1999

    ROYAL solicitors Farrer & Co is beefing up its private client base by poaching Stephenson Harwood's head of corporate tax and swallowing theremainder of Rowe & Maw's private client department.Stephenson Harwood partner John Carrell is heading for Farrers, where he

  • Field Fisher to get fees paid in shares

    8-Feb-1999

    Field Fisher Waterhouse is poised to become the first City firm to accept share options in lieu of fees from developing IT clients.The firm is in discussions with two clients it is advising on refinancingprojects. The innovative payment arrangements will involve a significantproportion of the fees being paid in shares. Field Fisher is now taking

  • Financings

    8-Feb-1999

    Ashurst Morris Crisp is advising Texas Pacific Group

  • Financings

    8-Feb-1999

    Freshfields has advised Banco Espirito Santo on arranging a euro727m (u486.6m) commercial bank facility for the funding of the Portuguese Northern Toll Road Concession. Mota & Companhia led a number of Portuguese contractors which sponsored the project. David Winfield

  • Financings

    8-Feb-1999

    Stephen Kensell

  • Financings

    8-Feb-1999

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has acted for the Bank of America National Trust & Savings Association on the extension of u40m syndicated asset and receivables backed revolving

  • Flotations & Financing

    8-Feb-1999

    Freshfields has advised Banco Espirito Santo on arranging a euro727m (£486.6m) commercial bank facility for the funding of the Portuguese Northern Toll Road Concession. Mota & Companhia led a number of Portuguese contractors which sponsored the project. David Winfield, banking partner at Freshfields, led a four-strong team on the deal. Company partner at Ashurst Morris Crisp John May, ...

  • Flotations & Financing

    8-Feb-1999

    Ashurst Morris Crisp is advising Texas Pacific Group, which is leading a group of investors, on providing the equity element to finance Punch Tavern Group's purchase of the retail business of Allied Domecq for a consideration of £2.75bn. Corporate partner Bruce Hanton led Ashursts' seven-strong team which included corporate solicitors Christine Allen and Richie Clark, tax ...

  • Flotations & Financing

    8-Feb-1999

    Stephen Kensell, banking partner at Allen & Overy, led a five-strong team advising Banque Nationale de Paris and Credit Agricole Indosuez on a £4.3bn credit facility for L'Air Liquide SA. French industrial gases group L'Air Liquide is jointly bidding for UK group The BOC Group with US-based Air Products and Chemicals. Banking associate Nicholas Clark and trainee David ...

  • Flotations & Financing

    8-Feb-1999

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has acted for the Bank of America National Trust & Savings Association on the extension of £40m syndicated asset and receivables backed revolving, swingline and letter of credit facilities to UK Steelstock. Bank of America acted as the agent and was advised by corporate and finance partners Graham Wedlake and Jonathan Vanderkar. Both partners also acted for Bank of America on the provision of £16.5m asset and receivables backed term and revolving ...

  • Former NUJ legal officer takes union to tribunal

    8-Feb-1999

    The former legal officer for the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is taking the union to an employment tribunal after it moved its out-of-houselegal work from Stephens Innocent to Thompsons.Sally Gilbert, now a senior solicitor in Stephens Innocent's employmentdepartment, is claiming unfair dismissal and breach of contract, saying herrole was greatly reduced.She claims she was made redundant and is entitled to a redundancy ...

  • Hairdresser Clarke to face High Court case

    8-Feb-1999

    Roger Pearson reports on a row between hairdresser Nicky Clarke and hiswife, and a firm with shares in the couple's company.A legal battle in a complex shares row involving celebrity hairdresserNicky Clarke and his wife Lesley is back on course for the High Court afterbeing reinstated by the Court of Appeal.The action has been brought against the Clarkes and their companies,Southern Tropics ...

  • Hardwicke signs four new tenants

    8-Feb-1999

    Hardwicke Building has poached four new tenants as the set embarks on a major expansion drive.The new appointments come at the same time as the set seeks family andcriminal silks to head up the burgeoning practice groups.Chief executive Hilary Mundella, who joined the set in March, describesthe move as the start of a period of "significant growth" over the next 18months.Senior criminal practitioner Peter Walsh joins ...

  • Herbert Smith scoops Treasury work

    11-Feb-1999

    Herbert Smith has been appointed by the Treasury to advise on the establishment of Partnerships UK - the Government's so-called PFI bank - which will fund and develop public finance initiative (PFI) projects. Herbert Smith was selected from a shortlist of four firms, which finance and banking partner Nicholas Tott says included "the usual suspects".Tott says "We will be looking at the legal structure of how it will operate on a day-to-day basis - corporate governance, ...

  • Hot air from the Windy City?

    8-Feb-1999

    It was somewhere between the Rat Pack and Reservoir Dogs.

  • In brief: 42 Castle Street

    8-Feb-1999

    42 Castle Street, the Liverpool-based personal injury set, has taken on two tenants. It has recruited senior personal injury practitioner DavidBennett from Chavasse Court Chambers and Hama Ali from Eastbourne Chambers.The set has also taken Andrew Heap from Chavasse Court as senior clerk.

  • In brief: America Online

    8-Feb-1999

    America Online has appointed a new head of legal. Paul Cappucio, head of telecommunications and a senior partner at Washington-based firm Kirkland &Ellis, is to be the new general counsel, a position which has been vacantfor several months.

  • In brief: Eversheds

    8-Feb-1999

    Eversheds' turnover increased by 22 per cent last year, with profits per partner increasing by about 10 per cent. The firm's revenue rose to u177.5mwith profits for its 194 equity partners up from u191,000 to u211,000. Thefirm's Birmingham senior partner Adrian Bland says 16 per cent of profitstemmed from organic growth, the other 6 per cent from acquisitions ...

  • In brief: Harbottle & Lewis

    8-Feb-1999

    Harbottle & Lewis, the media and entertainment practice, has made up three new partners. Mark Owen has been made a partner in the IP department, MarkBertram in the corporate finance department and Samantha Phillips in the IPand litigation departments. Richard Penfold and Rachel Atkins have beenmade senior associates.

  • In brief: Herbert Smith

    8-Feb-1999

    Herbert Smith client the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile has received a public apology from the European Commission for leakingdocuments. Stephen Kinsella, managing partner of Herbert Smith's Brusselsoffice, says it is the first time the commission has done such a thing. Heis now pushing for costs of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

  • In brief: Tarmac

    8-Feb-1999

    Tarmac has appointed a new head of legal following the demerger of its two core businesses. Dirk FitzHugh, former group legal adviser for Tarmac, willbecome company secretary at breakaway construction business Carillion.James Stirk, formally company secretary, becomes deputy company secretaryat Tarmac. Tarmac also announced a new panel after the demerger, on whichWragge ...

  • International trade court plans internet arbitration

    8-Feb-1999

    THE InternationaL Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration is investigating ways to set up an arbitration service over theinternet.The ICC, the world business organisation which promotes internationaltrade and investment and runs the International Court of Arbitration (ICA),aims to set up a web-based service catering for general disputes.The ICA handles cases from more than 100 different countries and accepts

  • Irwin Mitchell launches rights practice

    8-Feb-1999

    Irwin Mitchell is to launch what it claims is the first national human rights practice.The six-partner department will be led by Sara Leslie, head of theemployment practice in the firm's London office.It will deal with cases arising from the Human Rights Act when it comesinto force at the end of next year."As soon as the act comes ...

  • It's been a bad week for...

    8-Feb-1999

    Legal aid funds. A civil action for unlawful arrest against Dorset Police,which cost the taxpayer a quarter of a million pounds, has created the mosthighly valued tea bags ever. Psychologist Dr Ian Anderson launched theaction six and a half years ago after being held by local police for 14hours following the discovery of a bomb near his house. Anderson allegesthat officers charged into his home, broke a garage ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    8-Feb-1999

    Employment lawyers. Since employers are responsible for their employee'swelfare while they are on work premises, they could be held liable for eyedamage suffered while their staff watch this month's total eclipse of thesun at 11am on 11 August. Employment lawyers are advising bosses to put upsafety notices at work warning employees that staring at the sun couldpermanently damage their eyesight.

  • Law Soc chief quits over 'witch-hunt'

    8-Feb-1999

    The chairman of the Law Society's Compliance and Supervision Committee has resigned his chair and council seat following the suspension of Office forthe Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) boss Peter Ross.Sources say Howard Hardy was "disgusted" at the "witch-hunt" of Ross andhis team and felt compelled to stand down both from the committee, whichoversees the work of the OSS, and the council.Ross was suspended last week on ...

  • Lawrence Graham rejigs heads

    8-Feb-1999

    Lawrence Graham has put in place the last parts of an internal shake-up by replacing long-serving head of litigation Michael Edwards and privateclient head Tim Thornton-Jones.Edwards, who had headed the litigation department for 19 years, isreplaced by Andrew Dobson, while Thornton-Jones gives way to Andrew Youngwho will head the tax and financial ...

  • Lawyers must keep independence

    8-Feb-1999

    Shadow Attorney General Edward Garnier QC argues that Lord Irvine's plansfor a Criminal Defence Service threaten the constitutional role of thejudiciary.On 5 July, the Lord Chancellor made a speech to the Third Worldwide CommonLaw Judiciary Conference in Edinburgh. He concentrated his remarks on whathe called the "cornerstone issues" of judicial independence. Without that,said ...

  • Legal and General faces court

    8-Feb-1999

    Estate agents Connell Residential and associate company, ConnellFinancial Services, are to take Legal and General Assurance to the HighCourt in a battle over insurance commission. The companies accuse Legal andGeneral of stopping payment of commission on around 10,000 policies soldaround 1996. They allege Legal and General has refused, in breach ofcontract, to continue paying the commission even though ...

  • Mediations double as reforms bite

    8-Feb-1999

    NEW FIGURES released by the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) show thatthe number of mediations it has dealt with has doubled since Lord Woolf'sreforms.Between April and June this year, the organisation dealt with 80mediations, a 100 per cent increase on the same period last year.The number of lawyers training in alternative dispute resolution at thecentre has also doubled since the introduction of the reforms.

  • Offering the best legal services

    8-Feb-1999

    How refreshing to see a firm looking for ways of offering new services toits clients. The news that Charles Russell is setting up an equalopportunity training company shows that some firms at least are thinking"outside the box".If the company does as it promises and offers bespoke advice on everythingfrom personnel issues to ...

  • Orchard in alliance link with Paris firm

    8-Feb-1999

    Ambitious City firm Orchard and Paris-based firm CMC Societe d'Avocats have struck up the first partnership of what is aiming to be a new globalalliance.Partner Ardavan Amir-Aslani at CMC says: "We are the first two partners ofthis alliance, but our objective is to create the largest independentnetwork of firms across the world."He says the next step for the alliance is expansion into Italy, Spain andthe US.

  • Osborne Clarke gains Kemp's key IT partner

    8-Feb-1999

    Osborne Clarke's London IT department has gained one partner and lost another this week.The firm is poaching Clifford Chance-trained Ashley Winton, who helped toset up Kemp & Co with Richard Kemp last year.He is leaving because he says that a two-partner firm lacks the ...

  • Partners on the move...

    8-Feb-1999

    Sheffield-based Wake Smith has made up two associates to partner level.The promotions of commercial litigator Elizabeth Smith and family lawyerPhilipa Sanderson, will bring the total number of partners to 14.Cardiff firm Dolmans has promoted Justin Harris to partner level. Harris,who joined the practice in 1996, specialises in defendant personal injurylaw and is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.

  • Paul Morton on the responsibilities of managing directors

    8-Feb-1999

    Paul Morton is a partner in commercial litigation and corporate recoveryat Halliwell Landau.The first contested prosecution under The Pensions Act 1995 has ended inacquittal.Last week in Hoban v Opra 1999, a former managing director of a potterycompany was acquitted in Stafford Crown Court on nine charges.The act makes it a criminal offence for a company, without reasonableexcuse, to fail ...

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers merges with Dunhill Madden Butler

    12-Feb-1999

    The merger comes just two months after Dunhills in Sydney saw a mass exodus of 27 partners and 125 lawyers to the legal branch of PWC.And earlier this month, David Nathan, the managing partner Dunhills' Melbourne office who was charged with rebuilding the embattled firm, defected to Baker & McKenzie to head up its Australian operation.The newly merged firm will be ...

  • Property

    8-Feb-1999

    Ronnie Hooberman, head of property at Mishcon de Reya, acted for Rialto Homes and Frogmore Estates on their application for planning consent for a u150m residential and commercial development in Paddington Basin. Property assistant Arnaud Montagna provided support on the deal, which involved negotiating planning consent with Westminster Council, which was represented by its ...

  • Property

    8-Feb-1999

    Ronnie Hooberman, head of property at Mishcon de Reya, acted for Rialto Homes and Frogmore Estates on their application for planning consent for a £150m residential and commercial development in Paddington Basin. Property assistant Arnaud Montagna provided support on the deal, which involved negotiating planning consent with Westminster Council, which was represented by ...

  • Quote of the week

    8-Feb-1999

    "I have stolen quite a nice paperweight from his office which he leftbehind."- Cobbett's managing partner Michael Shaw on the departure of intellectualproperty partner Philip Atkinson, who has been poached by Eversheds'Birmingham office to head its IP department.

  • Scuffle of the week

    8-Feb-1999

    New Labour supporter Helena Kennedy QC - once tipped to replace LordIrvine and become the first Lady Chancellor - is embroiled in a disputewith the Charity Commission over her u35,000 annual honorarium aschairwoman of the British Council. The Charity Commission is disputing thepayment of a fixed sum rather than "reasonable expenses" but the BritishCouncil says honorariums have always been paid to its chairpersons.

  • Shell UK (part of the Royal Dutch Shell Group)

    8-Feb-1999

    Aa global brands go, Shell is one of the most familiar. But its simplicity and immediacy belies a complex group structure spann ing oil and gas businesses in 130 countries around the world.

  • Square Mile

    8-Feb-1999

    Law firms have always been a good source of precedent-setting cases in theemployment field.For example, one small firm's failure to take on a black secretaryprovided interesting case law on the burden of proof in discrimination lawcases.Or when a larger firm argued at a tribunal hearing that it was only liablefor claims of sexual harassment if the harassment took place "in the courseof ...

  • Taking shares as fees could pay dividends

    8-Feb-1999

    In the week in which Dixons' Freeserve became the first big new mediaflotation in the UK, having a stake in an IT company appeared to offer thepromise of huge profits to come.Whether those who are surfing the stockmarket as well as the web will seethose profits in the short term, of course remains to be seen. Freeserve,after all, has yet to show a profit.The news that

  • Tarlo Lyons heads Euro IT advice group

    8-Feb-1999

    A GROUP of European lawyers have formed a cross-border alliance to advise technology clients.The initiative, called euroITcounsel, aims to provide legal know-how onspecific issues within the technology industry.UK firm Tarlo Lyons is the UK representative and co-ordinates the project.IT is one of its areas of expertise.Other members come from Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the EuropeanCommission, Finland, France, ...

  • The Firm

    8-Feb-1999

    Speech given by Jack Pratchard at a recent partners meeting....You know me. I'm the rainmaker - I don't often dip my toe into Lake Law.But when Toby Tucker, chief executive of Tucker's Quarrying Limited,demands our top man to help set up Tucker's Kingdom of Slate - the largestslate wholesaler in Dorset - I begin dusting down my case note law bookthingies.My, how times ...

  • The law belongs to lawyers

    8-Feb-1999

    Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax0171 970 4640, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square.In last week's letters column Brian Marson urges us not to be frightenedof MDPs. They are "not some two headed monster", he assures us, in fact, heargues, we should embrace them as a business opportunity.Indeed ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Andrew Harbourne was born in Leeds in 1961. He is a partner with

    8-Feb-1999

    What subjects did you fail at school?Grade 5 piano and all mock exams.What was your first job?Strawberry picker.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?u6,500 pa.What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?I don't know. I was rejected by most other types of employer before myfather suggested I try law.What was your most satisfying professional moment?

  • Thelen Reid trawls City for merger

    8-Feb-1999

    US firm Thelen Reid & Priest is looking for UK merger partners.The 400-lawyer firm is the first in the US to confirm that it isinvestigating a merger with a City firm, since talks between Rogers & Wellsand Clifford Chance were revealed.New York managing partner Jonathan Siegfried says: "US firms are lookingat various international options ...

  • This week

    8-Feb-1999

    Flying phobics should listen out on Thursday for transport minister Helen Liddell's expected announcement that the Government is introducing a newoffence of "interfering with cabin crew carrying out their duties", withpenalties of up to two years imprisonment or a u2,000 fine. About 1,000air-rage incidents are reported each year by UK airlines - a 400 per centincrease in the last three years.

  • Trainee barrister in High Court pay fight

    8-Feb-1999

    A High Court action has been launched to establish whether the national minimum wage applies to trainee barristers during their pupillage.Judges have been asked to clarify whether Rebecca Edmonds, a pupil at 23Essex Street whose first six months of pupillage was unpaid, is entitled tothe minimum wage.In 1997-1998 nearly 200 pupillages out of a total of 700 were unfunded.The case has been brought under procedures designed to ...

  • US hi-tech firm axes UK chief

    8-Feb-1999

    FTSE 100 aerospace company LucasVarity's general counsel Russell Kelleyhas been made redundant.The move follows the company's takeover by US-based aerospace, automotiveand systems information technology group TRW.Kelley left the company on Friday with no job to go to. TRW's existingexecutive vice-president and general counsel Bill Lawrence takes overKelley's job.According to Kelley: ...

  • US law firms in ground-breaking merger

    11-Feb-1999

    Baltimore's Piper Marbury and Chicago's Rudnick & Wolfe have announced the biggest domestic law firm merger in US history.Both firms voted on Saturday to form a 750-lawyer practice, making it the 11th largest in the US in terms of numbers. The merger takes effect immediately and the new firm is called Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe. The combined firm has offices in Chicago, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York, Tampa, Philadelphia, Dallas and Reston, Virginia.

  • Watsons director quits to run Monckton Chambers

    8-Feb-1999

    The director of operations at City firm Watson Farley & Williams is quitting to become the new chambers director at niche commercial setMonckton Chambers.Alexandrina le Clezio will take up her new post in mid-September,replacing departing practice manager Milly Ayliffe.Le Clezio, formerly a senior strategy consultant for

  • Will risk reforms need lawyers' help?

    8-Feb-1999

    Charles Mayo, partner, Simmons & SimmonsRichard Barham, partner, Wilde SapteNick Davies, head of c & c, OrchardUK-listed businesses must prepare for new proposals by the TurnbullCommittee which threaten to turn their methods of reporting internalcontrols upside down.Companies must take a risk-based management approach to all threats to thecompany - including service quality, ...