8 May 2006

The Lawyer

  • 3M's Linklaters claim fails

    8-May-2006

    Linklaters has avoided being sued by technology and pharmaceuticals giant 3M because the company filed its negligence claim four years too late.

  • Addleshaws, BLP, Herbies aid charity

    8-May-2006

    Several City law firms have joined forces with a new charity to help A-level students get a kick-start in a professional career.

  • Apple Computer beats Beatles' Apple

    8-May-2006

    Apple Computer has won its High Court trade mark battle against The Beatles’ record label Apple Corps.

  • Apple GC quits amid senior management upheaval

    12-May-2006

    Apple Computer’s general counsel has left the company, leaving Peter Oppenheimer, the chief financial officer, in charge of Apple's legal department while the company searches for a successor.

  • Ashurst, Linklaters slug it out for Elephant & Castle project

    8-May-2006

    Ashurst and Linklaters are vying for roles advising on the £1.5bn regeneration of London's Elephant & Castle area.

  • Bakers guides Body Shop on L'Oreal takeover

    8-May-2006

    Bakers guides Body Shop on L'Oreal takeoverIt has been a busy month in the fast-paced world of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), but one of the most high-profile deals was L'Oreal's agreed takeover bid for retailer The Body Shop.

  • Bar Council, Law Soc continue work to enhance Anglo-Chinese relations

    8-May-2006

    Law Society president Kevin Martin and Bar Council chairman Stephen Hockman QC have returned from a mission to open up further the Chinese legal market to UK firms.

  • Bates Wells tops charity client table for fifth consecutive year

    8-May-2006

    London's Bates Wells & Braithwaite is the UK's top firm for charity work, according to an annual league table.

  • Beckles in dispute after debt stories

    8-May-2006

    Global Graduates chief executive Yolande Beckles is planning to meet up with Global Graduates law firm sponsors. She aims to reassure them that the organisation's finances are in order as she becomes embroiled in a heated dispute with an occupational psychologist over the groundbreaking Diversity Management Survey (DMS).

  • Birchams strives for pole position in motoring law

    8-May-2006

    Bircham Dyson Bell has moved to develop a specialist automotive practice within the firm's corporate department, securing its first instructions on a management buyout of a dealership network for Volkswagen (VW).

  • Bird & Bird gets in a flap over erotic club

    8-May-2006

    If the staff canteens of City firms do little to excite your imagination – or your tastebuds – then you could do worse than apply for traineeship at IP specialists Bird & Bird. A burlesque club, called Volupté, has opened underneath its Chancery Lane office.

  • Bird & Bird partner fights Govt over secret cache of diamonds

    8-May-2006

    Bird & Bird partner fights Govt over secret cache of diamonds" /Few cases feature elements as unusual as an unsigned will and a secret stash of antique diamonds. But the pro bono case that faced Lorna Brazell, an IP partner at City firm Bird & Bird, had both.

  • Bird & Bird wins advisory role on first privatisation in Serbia

    8-May-2006

    Bird & Bird has won a role advising on the Republic of Serbia's privatisation of national mobile network MobTel, the republic's first-ever privatisation.

  • Blackstone earns its Spurs

    8-May-2006

    More football, and it's over to Blackstone Chambers, the undisputed champions of the chambers seven-a-side footie tourno 2006. The event took place on the balmy summer's evening of last Tuesday (2 May) and The Lawyer old boy turned Blackstone in-houser Mat Swallow was instrumental in the set's victory.

  • BLP double hire bolsters securitisation capability

    8-May-2006

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has ramped up its securitisation practice with the high-profile hires of top-rated real estate securitisation lawyer Paul Severs and Lovells partner Tamara Box.

  • BPP cold calls future monarch

    8-May-2006

    Softened up by years of teaching law, BPP lecturer Alastair Vere Nicholl felt it was time to tackle something tougher than a few sleepy students. He and three other hardy souls have just completed the first east-west crossing of the Antarctic on skis. The team set a new world record in the process, reaching the South Pole in 37 days.

  • BPP follows College of Law with disc-based GDL move

    8-May-2006

    BPP Law School is putting all of its GDL lectures onto DVD and MP3 files from the next academic year.

  • BPP students provide free translations

    8-May-2006

    BPP Law School has set up a legal translation service, providing free translations in 36 languages, ranging from Ghanaian and Japanese to Urdu.

  • BPP's GDL students get added options

    8-May-2006

    BPP Law School is launching three new courses to give its GDL students the opportunity to add a specialist subject to their diplomas.

  • BVC changes in profile

    8-May-2006

    A Bar Council consultation seeking views on radical reforms to the BVC has closed – but any changes are likely to take years to come into effect.

  • Camerons' profit to soar as firm beats fee income target

    8-May-2006

    Profit at CMS Cameron McKenna is set to rocket by 25 per cent this year, taking average profit per equity partner (PEP) over the £450,000 mark.

  • CC awards first Indian scholarship

    8-May-2006

    Clifford Chance has awarded its first scholarship to an Indian student under a scheme introduced in February this year.

  • CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

    8-May-2006

    Central and Eastern Europe can still be classified as an emerging market, but it is catching up to Western Europe at a frighteningly quick pace. Many US and UK firms have a solid anchor in the region and are growing.

  • College of Law awarded LLB powers

    8-May-2006

    In the biggest shake-up in legal education since the launch of the LPC, the College of Law has become the first non-university-affiliated law school to win degree-awarding powers.

  • College of Law wins right to award LLBs

    8-May-2006

    In the biggest shake-up in legal education since the launch of the LPC, the College of Law has become the first non-university-affiliated law school to win degree-awarding powers.

  • Collyer-Bristow five get really high

    8-May-2006

    Yet another bunch of lawyers with a yen to do something different. This time it’s a five-strong team of trainees from Collyer-Bristow who are wearing in their hiking boots in preparation for a one-day assault on the UK’s three highest peaks – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – on 2 June.As the team’s website says: “That’s a staggering total of 11,174 vertical feet, 1,000 miles of intrepid driving, 5.3 hours of sleep and 83 chocolate bars…”

  • Continental shift

    8-May-2006

    CEE countries are no longer prepared to be the Western world's poor relations. Jason Mogg and Matthew Powell analyse the growing sophistication of the area's financial markets

  • Controlling Interests

    8-May-2006

    If private practice is not for you and policing the City and public interest issues are more your thing, life as a regulator could be the answer.

  • Da Vinci judge warns media on contempt

    8-May-2006

    In Court 61 of the High Court last Wednesday (3 May), The Lawyer apologised for its scoop of TheDa Vinci Code outcome, which it revealed before Mr Justice Peter Smith had handed down judgment.

  • Deals comment

    8-May-2006

    One of the longest-running PFI sagas finally reached its zenith last month with the financial close of the controversial £1bn St Bartholomew's and the Royal London PFI redevelopment. Allen & Overy, led by projects partners John Scriven and David Lee (pictured), had been advising the Barts and London NHS Trusts throughout the six years of the project.

  • Deals roundup

    8-May-2006

    Freshfields plays part in creation of mobile giantFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York-based Dewey Ballantine and South African firm Webber Wentzel Bowens all advised in mobile phone giant MTN's $5.52bn (£3.01bn) acquisition of Investcom - a deal creating the largest mobile phone operator in Africa and the Middle East. Based in South Africa, MTN has more than ...

  • Debenhams' return to the LSE ensures saga ends well for all

    8-May-2006

    The story of Debenhams' move into private hands and its return to the London Stock Exchange in just three years is one of barefaced opportunism, great timing and good management. It is also a story of how one firm's relationship with a private equity client brought it work worth more than £6bn over just three years.

  • Doing your firm a favour

    8-May-2006

    Existing clients take on extra significance if you can sell them additional services, says Jonathan Denny

  • DWS opts to reinstate biannual trainee intake

    8-May-2006

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is reintroducing March intakes following a hiatus of almost six years.

  • Elite firms put to shame by smaller practices' diversity

    8-May-2006

    Law Soc reveals that only 8 per cent of the UK's top 100 firms' trainees belong to an ethnic minority.

  • Ethnic minority students on the up at degree level

    8-May-2006

    Ethnic minority students made up almost a third of students accepted to first degree law courses last year, new figures from the Law Society reveal.

  • Eversheds fights Bob Marley royalty claim

    8-May-2006

    Eversheds and West End firm Hamlins have been fighting a High Court dispute between reggae legend Bob Marley's record company and former guitarist Aston 'Family Man' Barrett over unpaid royalties.

  • Everyday people

    8-May-2006

    Lawyer 2B speaks to students and trainees from non-traditional backgrounds who are aiming to break the mould of the legal elite.

  • Exchange sees income rise despite tough year

    8-May-2006

    North West set Exchange Chambers has overcome a tough year to post a slight turnover rise of just more than 1 per cent to £14.3m.

  • False business heralds real prospects

    8-May-2006

    A team of CMS Cameron McKenna trainees proved there’s more to lawyers than paper shuffling by winning the Prospects Cup.The five-month competition had 145 teams devise a business strategy for a company that produces and sells its product in six different countries. The victorious Camerons team included Ziad Mantoura, Simon Thomson, Catherine Beckett, Karishma Chandhyoke and Lara Kesterton.

  • Fast learners

    8-May-2006

    BLP's semester-long bespoke LPC could herald a new approach to legal education.

  • Firm profile: Harrison Clark

    8-May-2006

    During the past four years Harrison Clark has seen its profits shoot up by more than 60 per cent, and the firm's growth rate is showing no signs of slowing down.

  • Firms get caught out

    8-May-2006

    One of Tulkinghorn's scribes found himself at The Oval on the first weekend of the county cricket season. He was particularly interested to note that, following on from Taylor Wessing's splash sponsorship of last year's cricket, Linklaters, Mayer ...

  • FSA unveils legal training programme

    8-May-2006

    The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has launched its first dedicated legal training programme in a bid to attract young lawyers who will remain at the regulator over the long term.

  • Grapevine

    8-May-2006

    BLG enjoys a spot of name droppingThe kings of law firm advertising have to be the personal injury, 'no win, no fee' set that dominate daytime television schedules. But City firms are doing their best to close the gap.

  • Herbies bags UK's first REIT

    9-May-2006

    Herbert Smith has secured the first mandate to advise on the creation of a real estate investment trust (REIT), acting for long-standing client Hammerson.

  • Herbies hires diversity chief

    8-May-2006

    Herbert Smith has recruited a permanent diversity consultant in response to increasing calls from potential clients for the silver circle firm to provide tangible evidence of a commitment to diversity issues.

  • Hill Dickinson turnover soars over £50m

    10-May-2006

    Hill Dickinson has broken the £50m turnover barrier for the first time, posting a 16 per cent income rise to £52.5m.

  • Hill Taylor snares partner from rival Holmans

    8-May-2006

    Hill Taylor Dickinson has swooped on rival shipping firm Holman Fenwick & Willan with the hire of Piraeus-based partner David Pitlarge. The appointment sees Hill Taylor fight back after a number of recent losses to Holmans, including most recently the departure of commodities partner Brian Perrott in January this year. Pitlarge will spend six months in Piraeus before joining Hill Taylor's London office in the autumn. Joanne Harris

  • International eye: Asia

    8-May-2006

    Donna Sawyer on the month in Asia: Japanese firms protect independence in wake of Mitsui defectionsOrrick hopes of liberalisation hit Chinese wallSimpson Thacher snares M&A specialist for new Beijing officeRichards Butler HK agrees to talk tie-ups with Reed Smith Sidley leads the way in Hong Kong IPO boom

  • International report

    8-May-2006

    Ropes & Gray began life in 1865 in Boston, Massachusetts. In the 140-odd years since, it has grown to 775 fee-earners - of whom almost a third are equity partners - and opened offices in New York and San Francisco.

  • IP specialist quits Olswang for Pinsents

    8-May-2006

    Pinsent Masons has hired commercial IP partner Kim Walker from Olswang.

  • Jacqueline Hill: Tate

    8-May-2006

    When the tate created an in-house lawyer function it became a trailblazer among arts organisations. Joanne Harris talks to the sole lawyer Jacqueline Hill about her broad remit.

  • Kennedys raids Minter Ellison for Aussie launch

    10-May-2006

    Kennedys has raided Australian firm Minter Ellison for a four-partner insurance team in order to launch a Sydney office.

  • Kirkland London rocked as co-founder and corporate partner resign

    8-May-2006

    Kirkland & Ellis has been rocked by the resignations of London managing partner Stuart Mills and corporate partner Nigel Dunmore.

  • Kirkpatrick in DC training plan

    8-May-2006

    Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham is sending its entire trainee intake to Washington DC in September for a series of joint training sessions with the firm's first-year US associates.The trip, which will see all of the firm's 10 trainees travel to the US, will be the second since the January 2005 merger of US firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and London-based Nicholson Graham & Jones.Kirkpatrick UK director of HR Tina Two said it was likely to become "a regular feature".

  • L2B/BPP essay winners

    8-May-2006

    Congratulations to Alex Muir and Victoria Walne, who emerged victorious from the gruelling selection process in the Lawyer 2B/BPP Law School essay competition. They will be taking up their prizes - free places on BPP's GDL and LPC courses - this September.

  • Law Soc free to pursue accountants after Lords victory

    11-May-2006

    The Law Society has won a House of Lords victory which allows it to pursue its fight against an accountancy firm accused of negligence.

  • Lawyer 2B/BPP Competition Winners: Essay 1

    8-May-2006

    After much deliberation, Lawyer 2B can reveal the winners of the Lawyer 2B/BPP Law School essay competition, who claim their prizes of free GDL and LPC places. Here are the winning essays…

  • Lawyer 2B/BPP Competition Winners: Essay 2

    8-May-2006

    After much deliberation, Lawyer 2B can reveal the winners of the Lawyer 2B/BPP Law School essay competition, who claim their prizes of free GDL and LPC places. Here are the winning essays…

  • Lawyers to benefit from Budget Reit promise

    8-May-2006

    With Chancellor Gordon Brown signalling the introduction of real estate investment trusts (Reits) in the Budget delivered on 22 March, the City's commercial property departments kicked their marketing plans into overdrive.

  • Legal Intelligence

    8-May-2006

    Despite the outflow from the City during the Easter and half-term breaks, M&A lawyers still managed to kick off the second quarter with a bang. According to Thomson Financial, 248 deals involving any UK element and totalling a collective $50.17bn (£27.25bn) were announced in April. This was only marginally down on March, when 294 deals worth $54.25bn (£29.47bn) were announced.

  • Linklaters ditches trainee secondments to Liberty and Tate

    8-May-2006

    Linklaters has claimed it is too busy for pro bono activities and has dramatically withdrawn support for human rights campaigner Liberty and the Tate museums.

  • Linklaters loses tax specialist in London

    9-May-2006

    One of Linklaters' rising star London tax partners is leaving the firm to join Morgan Stanley.Andrew Beverley, a former British Army soldier and a partner at Linklaters since 2000, is moving to the investment bank in a non-legal role. The corporate tax specialist, who also qualified at the magic circle firm in 1993, will become a managing director at Morgan Stanley in London.Linklaters ...

  • Livingstone to be witness in Thames Water inquiry

    8-May-2006

    National firm Shoosmiths is preparing to put the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on the stand as it acts for Thames Water in a forthcoming planning inquiry.

  • Lovells' Frankfurt focus causes unrest in Berlin

    8-May-2006

    Lovells' decision to focus its German banking practice on the Frankfurt office has caused a five-person team from Berlin to quit.

  • Maitland weighs up chief exec options

    8-May-2006

    Maitland Chambers has begun the hunt for a new chief executive four months after former incumbent Peter Bennett announced his departure for Bates Wells & Braithwaite.

  • Metliss quits SJ Berwin for Rosenblatt

    8-May-2006

    SJ Berwin partner Jonathan Metliss is leaving to join London-based Rosenblatt Solicitors.

  • Musical heirs

    8-May-2006

    The head of a Canadian recording company believes peer-to-peer file-sharing represents the future of the music industry. But not all lawyers agree.

  • Newly qualifieds given huge boost in latest salary hikes

    8-May-2006

    Newly qualified and trainee solicitors across the City have been celebrating after receiving their biggest pay rises for several years.

  • News review

    8-May-2006

    The Lawyer's editor Catrin Griffiths looks at the latest developments in the legal world

  • Norton Rose US team vows to rebuild following resignations

    8-May-2006

    Norton Rose's US corporate finance team has lost almost 60 per cent of its lawyers after seven associates resigned during the past eight months. But the firm has pledged to rebuild.

  • Notts Law School runs legal clinic

    8-May-2006

    Nottingham Law School is to launch a legal advice clinic where students will offer free legal advice to members of the public under the supervision of a qualified solicitor.

  • Opinion

    8-May-2006

    The European Commission should not be afraid to keep governments in check in cross-border mergers

  • Oxford law student sells out

    8-May-2006

    Lawyers are often castigated for their utter lack of management skills – but the next generation is trying to change that. Oxford University law student Harjeet Taggar was recently a finalist in a ‘Graduate of the Year’ competition organised by Real World magazine, winning £1,000. Taggar was praised for his entrepreneurial skills. While reading for his law degree, he set up www.boso.co.uk, an online marketplace exclusively for students.

  • Paris set for Short, Arse

    8-May-2006

    With the Champions League final edging ever closer, Tulkinghorn thought readers would like an update on Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner and obsessive Arsenal fan Stephen Short.

  • Paul elected corporate head at A&O and vows to build private equity

    10-May-2006

    Veteran corporate partner Alan Paul has been elected to replace Mark Wippell as co-head of the magic circle firm’s corporate group.

  • People

    8-May-2006

    Yorkshire firm McCormicks has appointed Matthew Pugh as a commercial dispute resolution associate. He joins from Ford & Warren. Colchester firm Ellisons has promoted associate Sally Hudson to the partnership. Mace & Jones has hired Chris Ellis and Frances Dixon, who will be based in the employment team in Liverpool and HR ...

  • Phillips Fox to join DLA Piper's global network

    8-May-2006

    DLA Piper's global network" /Longtime collaborators DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Australia's Phillips Fox are set to formalise their relationship, with the Australian firm becoming a full member of DLA Group.

  • Pinsents merger sees 70 per cent PEP increase

    8-May-2006

    Pinsent Masons has recorded an astronomical hike in profit per equity partner (PEP), rocketing up 70 per cent from £234,000 to £400,000 for 2005-06.

  • Pinsents moves to quell staff concerns over career issues

    8-May-2006

    Pinsent Masons staff have delivered a rebuke to the firm's management after survey results revealed a significant proportion of respondents were confused about the promotion process and felt detached from the business.

  • Pinsents to commemorate partner

    8-May-2006

    Pinsent Masons is mourning partner Shelagh Gaskill (left), who died last week following a long illness. Gaskill was a commercial partner in the outsourcing, technology and commercial group, specialising in data protection. Pinsents will set up a scholarship in her name to pay for information law training for people in charities and not-for-profit organisations which will last for three years, launching ...

  • Power snuggle

    8-May-2006

    Field Fisher Waterhouse has just finished refurbishing its office.

  • Project Advocate sets out to provide legal assistance to children in Pakistani prisons

    8-May-2006

    A former Simmons & Simmons lawyer is setting out to help vulnerable children in Pakistan and build up a network highlighting the value of pro bono work in the country.

  • Property Czechs

    8-May-2006

    A hitherto overlooked area of Czech law, recent changes will ensure that real estate becomes an important investment opportunity in the country. Tomas Bettelheim reports

  • Q&A

    8-May-2006

    Networking, teamwork, voluntary work…There’s more to becoming a successful lawyer than passing lots of exams. But fear not, Lawyer 2B’s careers agony aunt Kay Pearson is here to help.

  • RBS's Campbell seals rejig of in-house legal capability

    8-May-2006

    Former Dundas & Wilson managing partner Chris Campbell has completed his six-month overhaul of the Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) UK and Irish in-house function.

  • Research and Rescue

    8-May-2006

    Since the introduction of the Enterprise Act 2002, the use of administrations for rescuing failing businesses has increased. Lawyers from DLA Piper highlight some of the legal issues arising out of the Allders case.

  • Revenue up at 2-3 Gray's Inn Square as set enjoys 'solid year'

    8-May-2006

    Revenue per barrister at 2-3 Gray's Inn Square has rocketed to £216,000, an increase of 10 per cent from last year.

  • Salans associate trio joins Paul Hastings corporate lawyer to create Romanian boutique

    8-May-2006

    Three lawyers from Salans' Romanian operation have quit to launch a new independent Romanian firm.

  • Savage celebrates 10 years with degree success

    8-May-2006

    As the College of Law's energetic chief executive Nigel Savage enters his eleventh year at the helm, he's got plenty of reasons to celebrate.

  • Separated at birth

    8-May-2006

    It's a little-known fact that among the ranks of associates at Lovells are a number of high-profile individuals, better known for their more glamorous after-hours personae. Property partner Bob Kidby's extracurricular activities as an axeman are well documented, but now another star has emerged. Yes, it appears that TV funnyman Johnny Vegas has been moonlighting at the City firm to keep the cash rolling in, going by the name of Stephen Bennett. Now Lovells has taken the radical step ...

  • Seven proceed with formation of 'super set'

    8-May-2006

    A group of seven leading criminal barristers last week confirmed the establishment of a new 'super set' in Smithfield. As first revealed by The Lawyer (27 February), Cloth Fair Chambers is being set up by five barristers from Hollis Whiteman Chambers, plus two other notable criminal silks. The seven founders comprise Julian Bevan QC, John Kelsey-Fry QC and Timothy Langdale QC of Hollis Whiteman; 23 Essex Street's Nicholas Purnell QC; and 9-12 Bell Yard's Edmund Lawson QC; Hollis ...

  • Simmons finance pitch wins over Bear Stearns

    8-May-2006

    Simmons & Simmons has won a competitive pitch to advise Bear Stearns on its European structured capital markets business.

  • SJ Berwin boosts NQ pay to catch rivals

    8-May-2006

    SJ Berwin has joined the slew of firms increasing newly qualified lawyers’ salaries to match the new market-wide figures.

  • SJ Berwin hikes turnover by 23 per cent

    8-May-2006

    SJ Berwin has taken the riches of last year's M&A resurgence and delivered a 23 per cent jump in turnover, while Herbert Smith has struggled to maintain its momentum.

  • Slaughters allies net roles on €25bn deal

    8-May-2006

    Slaughter and May's best friends in Europe, Uría Menéndez and Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, have won the chief instructions on Europe's biggest M&A deal of the year so far.

  • Slaughters' HK office boosted by partner return

    8-May-2006

    Slaughter and May has enticed Morgan Stanley in-house counsel Lisa Chung back to the firm's Hong Kong office after a year with the global investment bank.

  • Soil barons

    8-May-2006

    Proposed changes to Russia's Subsoil Law will bring about overseas investment in the mineral sector, but they are still a way from being finalised. Jon Hines looks at the issues under consideration

  • Taylor Wessing makes up 19 associates

    8-May-2006

    Taylor Wessing has promoted a total of 19 associates into the partnership with effect from 1 May 2006, with six coming from its UK office. Three of the UK promotions are in IP with the balance in corporate, finance and projects and private client. In France and Germany the firm has promoted two and 11 associates respectively. The move takes the number of Taylor Wessing UK partners to 105 and 250 ...

  • Telecoms sector hots up in Middle East

    8-May-2006

    The Middle East telecoms and technology markets are currently attracting the attention of the world's leading lawyers.

  • The Leader

    8-May-2006

    As the College of Law’s energetic chief executive Nigel Savage enters his eleventh year at the helm, he’s got plenty of reasons to celebrate.

  • The bar

    8-May-2006

    Manners maketh the man (and barrister)It is rare for a judge to step outside the bounds of a case's facts when delivering judgment. Occasionally, they will make a comment thanking counsel for being particularly clear on a point, but generally judges do not get to wax lyrical on the handling of a case.

  • The law behind… Energy

    8-May-2006

    With the UK's natural energy resources diminishing all too quickly the Government is continually looking at initiatives that will provide viable solutions to the problem.

  • The unbalancing act

    8-May-2006

    The UK's extradition laws are designed to fight terrorism. But the cases of the 'NatWest Three' and Ian Norris have highlighted how these laws are being used against white-collar criminals.

  • The work-life quiz

    8-May-2006

    What was your first-ever job? Preparing deliveries from an off-licence during the pre-Christmas rush.

  • The youth will out

    8-May-2006

    Unconfirmed reports that a number of City firms are employing legions of child lawyers to counter chronic under-resourcing have reached Tulkinghorn Towers.

  • Top inspection marks for Cardiff, Manchester and Westminster

    8-May-2006

    Cardiff and Manchester Metropolitan University Law Schools and the University of Westminster have all won top marks for their LPCs.

  • UK put in the shade as US firms reveal record results

    8-May-2006

    More evidence that the US is where the money is: the finalised financial results are out for the top 100 US firms, and they reflect poorly on the UK.

  • University of Sydney beats London School of Economics in WTO mooting face-off

    8-May-2006

    The University of Sydney won this year's annual World Trade Organisation (WTO) moot court competition, narrowly beating the London School of Economics (LSE) in the final round.

  • Weightmans profit and turnover rocket

    8-May-2006

    Weightmans has emerged from several years of low profitability with a stunning 25 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) and an 18 per cent income rise.

  • Women solicitors reach 40 per cent of the UK's legal population

    8-May-2006

    Women now make up more than 40 per cent of the solicitors' profession, as the number of English and Welsh solicitors with practising certificates broke through the 100,000 barrier for the first time.

  • Zend in the clowns

    8-May-2006

    What the…? Does anybody out there know what Howes Percival is on?The 33-partner firm crashed into The Lawyer's top 100 last year with an £18.8m turnover. Maybe the fame's gone to its head, but the firm now appears to be claiming it possesses the necessary zen-like skills to ease its clients' worries and put them all at peace with themselves.