8 May 2000
A European court ruling on the right to remain silent could open the floodgates for appeal cases, writes Ben Emmerson QC. Ben Emmerson QC is a tenant at Matrix Chambers and acted on behalf of Liberty.
A case brought by the human rights organisation Liberty has led to a defeat for the Government at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
How could they do it? How could a German firm refuse to fall gratefully into the arms of an Anglo-Saxon powerhouse? Pünder, Oppenhoff, Boesebeck Droste and (so it seems) Feddersen Laule have realised that they cannot go it alone. So why not Bruckhaus?
Allen & Overy is expanding its intellectual property team with the arrival of Eversheds head of IP in the North, Robert Barry.
Addleshaw Booth & Co represented Opal Telecom on its flotation on the London Stock Exchange. The listing will value the company at £250m. Corporate finance partners Keith Johnston and Michael Birchall worked on the deal.
Akin Gump, the seventh largest law firm in the US, has signed an alliance with Foster Pepper & Shefelman.
It's official, there are a lot of lonely people in the world. In offices around the globe last week men and women eagerly opened an email simply because it said "I love you", little realising that the virus attached would replicate within their computer, wiping data and sending itself automatically to other machines.
Allen & Overy advised the Radiocommunications Agency, which managed the 3G Spectrum licence auction. Head of corporate Richard Cranfield worked on the deal with a team of six.
Ashurst Morris Crisp represented British Telecommunications on the £4bn bid by BT3G for a 3G Spectrum licence to offer third generation (UMTS) mobile services. Ashursts corporate partner Chris Ashworth acted with corporate solicitors Nicky Hadley, Joe Connellan and Jason Crawley on the deal.
The complexities of the BBC are a trial to many of us. So it's no surprise that it was confusing.
Berrymans Lace Mawer is losing the head of its Dubai office for the second time in less than a year.
Lords Coulsfield, Sutherland and Maclean finally began their sojourn in that part of The Netherlands that will be forever (or at least for the next year) Scotland. In the traditional garb of the Scottish court the Lords faced two men in the robes of venerated Libyans at the start of the delayed Lockerbie trial. Amid the bullet-proof glass screens and high technology, court officials warned that the case must not degenerate into a media frenzy. Behind bullet-proof screens, relatives ...
Linklaters advised Scottish & Newcastle on the £100m sale of 361 pubs to The Pub Estate Company. The sale is made up of a combination of tenanted and managed pubs in England and Scotland. Property partner Mark Burgess-Smith led a nine-strong team on the deal while DLA represented The Pub Estate Company.
The Commercial Court and the Queen's Bench Division (QBD) of the High Court are being plunged into crisis as they attempt to relieve a massive backlog of asylum and judicial review cases.
Cripps Harries Hall has beaten at least one City firm to join a small panel providing commercial property legal advice to HM Prison Service.
Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) is losing its entire media and defamation department as lawyers leave its dwindling common law unit.
Accountancy giant Deloitte & Touche is in talks with leading Australian practice Deacons Graham & James, The Lawyer can reveal.
Business at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson (DKB) is only just regaining some semblance of normality after two of the most frenetic months it has experienced in recent years.
In the dotcom age, the challenge for law firms is to meet the ever-growing needs and desires of clients through technology. From a technical standpoint, major corporate clients can be demanding. They are generally quite sophisticated in IT matters, and thus expect sophistication from their professional services providers. They have fixed protocols, complex security systems, legacy applications, and often a bureaucratic and inflexible approach to IT administration. Although many law firms ...
Eversheds is overhauling its construction practice in a bid to prevent rival firms encroaching on its traditional stronghold.
Eversheds is shaking up its management line-up in its first step towards full profit sharing.
We must do more to help members of the public doing jury service, writes John Cooper.
On 4 May 2000, the LoveLetter virus slipped past anti-virus scanners across the globe, bringing email services and networks to a standstill, destroying data and crippling communications.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is boosting its UK capability by taking on a highly-rated project finance partner from rival US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
Hammond Suddards advised Beeson Gregory on a placing to raise £36.6m in investment funds for Incepta Group. Incepta will use the resource to finance part of an initial $58m (£37.2m) offer for the purchase of Sard Verbinnen & Co. Hammonds corporate finance partner Simon Killick advised on the deal. CMS Cameron McKenna acted for Incepta.
Herbert Smith is overhauling its management structure as it begins the search for partners to head two newly-created divisions.
Geoffrey Boycott. The former England cricketer - and role model for The Firm's marketing supremo Rodney Bickerthwaite - had his appeal against a conviction for punching his lover in the face thrown out of a French court. Boycott argued that Margaret Moore fell as she tried to throw his trousers from a hotel window. The famously forthright Boycott told the court that he tried to intervene because his trousers were the most "sensitive part of the male wardrobe", to which the judge replied: ...
Vigilante bus drivers. In a week that saw one driver (in his bus) chase a motorist through the streets after he had been cut up by a car, Mark Coleman was told that he would not be prosecuted for chasing an 11-year-old boy (not in his bus) and then holding him after the boy and a group of eight youths hurled stones at Coleman's bus.
Monday 1 May. Thousands are massed in Trafalgar Square, among them a small delegation from The Firm.
City law firms were left reeling after the LoveLetter virus hit London last Thursday.
Lovells is showing its commitment to its European offices with the appointment of eight new partners to its German offices.
Lovells is making a headstart on multidisciplinary partnerships by shaking up its financial services division.
Construction specialist Masons is attempting to break into the dotcom culture by launching a website aimed at new media start-ups.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy partners Jane Templeton Knight and Mark Frewin are understood to be leaving the US firm for Virginia-based practice Hunton & Williams. It is believed that they are the first UK partners to join Hunton & Williams' London office which opened in March last year.
Norton Rose is hiking its salaries for newly qualified lawyers in line with pay increases at Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance.
Norton Rose is venturing further into eastern Europe with plans to open an office in Poland by September.
Leslie Perrin is right to point out (1 May, The Lawyer) that Clifford Chance stole a march on its magic circle competitors by being first to announce salary hikes. This could indeed be seen as a PR coup. However, I fail to see why this should impact on smaller firms which often offer much better working environments. Perrin is getting carried away with the big is best mentality.
Mishcon de Reya advised Structadene Group on its £17m purchase of London-based Victory House from Merivale Moore. Mishcons property partner Nick Doffman acted on the deal with corporate partner Larry Nathan. SJ Berwin represented Merivale Moore.
Clifford Chance represented Liffe Administration and Management on the underletting of the former Stock Exchange trading floor and nearby 61 Threadneedle Street to Knight Trimark Group. Knight Trimark will take the spaces for the remaining term of the leases which will expire in 2004. Real estate lawyer Edward Norman acted on the deal while
The Lockerbie prosecutor, Colin Boyd QC, exposed the weakness of his position before even his first witness was called to give evidence last week. Boyd told the world he was not yet ready to start the trial of the two Libyans accused of blowing up flight 103 and he wanted it postponed for eight weeks. It was all the fault of the defence, he said, they had handed over their lists of witnesses and documentary evidence at the last possible moment, just 10 days or so before the trial.
The planned DLA and Bird Semple merger has prompted me to look back at the economic drivers behind our decision to open a London office.
As legions of local authority workers and tabloid editors scrubbed Churchill clean and tried to pick the hemp seeds out of Parliament Square, the Met was forced to admit that it had used illegal tactics during the 'free Tibet' demonstration last year. The Metropolitan 'damned if we don't intervene, damned if we do' Police was forced to admit to the High Court that it had acted unlawfully in seizing banners and flags from demonstrators protesting against the reception being given to ...
With an increase in consumer awareness and new competition from the dotcoms, the retail market is undergoing a period of change. Abigail Townsend and Claire Smith report on a sector which needs to trust its law firms.
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Oxford and Cambridge have long been centres of academic excellence, but now the intellectual capital passing through these hallowed universities is driving a regional dotcom boom from which law firms can only benefit. Matt Barnard reports.
US firms are offering higher bonuses than ever before to UK lawyers.
If e-commerce is interpreted simply as doing business online, a legal team will have to consider three issues: its website, the services it wishes to sell and the services its customers wish to sell using its network.