9 August 1999

The Lawyer

  • ...as legal head goes to Barclays

    11-Aug-1999

    Henderson Investors' head of legal and compliance has left to join Barclays after five years at the company.Mark Phythion-Adams is joining Barclays' private banking unit as head of risk and compliance and will begin work at the department on 15 November.Jeremy Ogden, legal director in retail financial services at Barclays, says the move is a career change for Phythion-Adams, since his new role will focus on risk rather than solely legal matters.

  • 7 King's Bench hires former Linklaters man as set director

    11-Aug-1999

    Premier commercial set 7 King's Bench Walk has taken on Linklaters & Alliance's former director of finance.It becomes the second leading commercial set to reject the traditional senior clerk management system, adopting a City law firm approach instead.Robin Landon, who spent nine years at the magic circle firm, is the set's first chambers director. He has held ...

  • A&O goes for youth in senior partner elections

    11-Aug-1999

    Through most of the decade, Bill Tudor John has represented the public face of Allen & Overy. But in what sources claim is an extraordinary putsch, Tudor John was ousted last week in favour of A&O's youngest-ever senior partner.A&O is glossing over the loss of Tudor John, who at the age of 55 has chosen to leave the firm and take early retirement. And it point-blank refuses to ...

  • All change at Allen & Overy

    11-Aug-1999

    As Allen & Overy's plans for European expansion come good it has ousted its senior partner for a younger man. Ryan Dunleavy reports on the goings on at A&O.You can forgive John Rink, Allen & Overy's managing partner, for feeling just a little bit pleased with himself. The magic circle firm has just announced its merger with the Amsterdam and Luxembourg offices of top Benelux ...

  • Ashursts to open in New York

    11-Aug-1999

    Ashurst Morris Crisp is staking a claim in the US market by opening an office in New York.The firm intends to launch the office at the end of the month.It will be headed by corporate partner Alastair MacPherson with support from senior corporate associate Anthony Clare.The firm boasts a number of major US clients and recently acted for US-based Profit Recovery Group ...

  • Berrymans Lace Mawer and Trowers probe Iran

    11-Aug-1999

    Berrymans Lace Mawer and Trowers & Hamlins are in talks with Iranian firms in a bid to establish a foothold in the Middle East state.Jason Blick, head of Berrymans Lace Mawer's Dubai office, says: "I have high expectations of the Iranian market."We are looking for an ...

  • Berwin Leighton elects new managing partner

    11-Aug-1999

    Berwin Leighton has elected Neville Eisenberg as its new managing partner, on the eve of a strategy conference that will decide the firm's future direction.Eisenberg, aged 37, begins his three-year term this month after a handover period. He replaces Bob Jones, who is returning to fee earning after a single term in the job.Eisenberg beat off competition from one other unnamed partner to win the election, which took place last Monday. Jones did not stand ...

  • Berwin Leighton web expert joins panel

    11-Aug-1999

    Berwin Leighton partner Quentin Solt has been selected to sit on the panel of experts for First Tuesday, the networking club for internet entrepreneurs and funders.Corporate partner Solt says the firm is picking up business on the back of its involvement."Where there are appropriate start-up companies we are prepared to work on a flexible fee arrangement with them, and there are a number that we have collected on that basis," he says.Solt is part ...

  • Bevan Ashford woos drinks giant lawyer

    11-Aug-1999

    Leading regional firm Bevan Ashford has recruited an in-house lawyer from Allied Domecq as a partner in its Bristol office.Jeanette Darby has worked for the drinks giant for about 15 years and was responsible for setting up its Bristol legal department.Bevan Ashford has been one of Allied Domecq's external legal advisers for seven years.When Darby moves to the firm she will bring much of Allied Domecq's high value group property and pension investment ...

  • Brand offensive

    11-Aug-1999

    As more firms merge throughout Europe Fenella Quinn reports on marketing strategies for firms hoping to create an instantly recognisable brand in new jurisdictions.In the era of the European superfirm, it is not only getting business that is preoccupying partners, but also image.But when working and competing across different cultures, traditions and political and economic structures, how can these new firms create a consistent and reliable ...

  • Brobecks poaches Watsons corporate lawyer

    11-Aug-1999

    US technology law firm, Brobeck Hale and Dorr has poached corporate finance specialist Richard Eaton from Watson Farley & Williams and made him a partner in the London office.He recently participated in the flotation of TPSA (Polish Telecom) on the London Stock Exchange and represented SDX Business Systems plc in a public takeover by Lucent Technology.Brobeck's ...

  • Brown & Wood snaps up Simmons capital partner

    11-Aug-1999

    Simmons & Simmons has lost another top partner, this time to US firm Brown & Wood.Leading capital markets lawyer John Russell, who co-founded Simmons' securities practice, joins the London office of Brown & Wood today (Monday).Russell is the eighth partner to leave Simmons this year and the third in two months.In October, Richards Butler poached equity partner Gordon Stewart, one of the founders of Simmons' finance practice.Senior ...

  • Camerons Hong Kong IPO team gets hat trick

    11-Aug-1999

    CMS Cameron McKenna's initial public offerings (IPO) team in Hong Kong has advised on three flotations in its first month in operation.The combined deals account for 75 per cent of new issues listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.The first deal was the flotation of Cedar Base Electronics, where Camerons acted for sponsors CSC Asia.The firm then advised Bright International ...

  • Carter-Ruck threatens action against own firm

    11-Aug-1999

    Libel specialist Peter Carter-Ruck is considering legal action against his own firm in a dispute about its strategy.The octogenarian lawyer, who continues to practise as a consultant at Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners, is in dispute with several senior partners over whether the firm should remain a niche practice or expand.Carter-Ruck says an agreement over his retirement was reached 18 months ago that would guarantee expansion by inviting four new equity partners ...

  • Case of the week

    11-Aug-1999

    The Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) has been accused of sexism after letting former training manager Judy Owen (pictured) know who wears the trousers in the office. Owen, who was ordered to change into a skirt after arriving for her first day at work in trousers, is taking the PGA to an employment tribunal alleging sex discrimination. Bizarrely, a group of female PGA workers are hanging around outside the hearing in skirts to support their employer, ...

  • City firms battle for global mobile licence

    11-Aug-1999

    Field Fisher Waterhouse and Simmons & Simmons are battling for their clients to take a slice of five universal mobile telecommunications services licences, worth a total of £1.5bn.The Department of Trade and Industry, advised by Allen & Overy, launched the bidding process for the ...

  • City giants and niche firms blur the borders

    11-Aug-1999

    The distinction between City firms and the EC3 London insurance litigation specialists is dissolving as the groups vie for each other's work. Catrin Griffiths reports.If the insurance industry is suffering from overcapacity and soft rates, then so is the legal market. At the volume end, firms are being squeezed; at the high end, where more complex reinsurance advice and corporate transactions are carried out, lawyers have to prove their creativity and commitment on ...

  • Clients get a moral lesson from Warners

    11-Aug-1999

    Warner Cranston hopes to win a winter windfall with this year's Christmas cards.The firm is sending out Christmas cards warning of the dangers of going too far at end of year festivities.Employment head Geoffrey Mead advises clients not to hire strippagrams or play games which involve physical contact at their Christmas bash. The move follows a recent employee tribunal decision which considered after-work drinks to be in the course of a person's employment.

  • County court block could cost millions

    11-Aug-1999

    The vice-chancellor has blocked the progress of over 40,000 personal injury cases with a total value in the region of £80m.In allowing leave to appeal to the House of Lords in the case of Dimond v Lovell, Sir Richard Scott issued guidance that all cases of a similar type should be stayed until the appeal has been heard, to allow clarification of a confused area of law.The decision will halt approximately 10 per cent of the county court's fast-track ...

  • Credit card giant to review legal panel

    11-Aug-1999

    Bank One International's new general counsel of its European credit card operation is reviewing its panel of law firms.At present the credit card giant, which is the world's largest Visa card issuer, outsources work to Clifford Chance, Lovell White Durrant and Eversheds' office in Cardiff, ...

  • Daily news service launches on The Lawyer's internet site

    11-Aug-1999

    The Lawyer has expanded its website to include a dedicated daily online news service.The free service, launched last Tuesday, is available on The Lawyer online website - www.thelawyer.co.uk. It is updated every weekday.It includes stories about international and UK law firms, in-house lawyers, government legislation, new products and services, partner moves and deals.Sean Brierley, editor of The Lawyer, says: "This is an exciting new development for ...

  • Digests

    11-Aug-1999

    QD Legal managing director Stephen Rodney and director Adrian Fox have resigned. It is understood the two intend to set up a legal search consultancy next year.Allen & Overy's senior partner, Bill Tudor John, unexpectedly lost an attempt to be re-elected, as revealed on The Lawyer website last Monday. Head of corporate law Guy Beringer won the election. He takes up ...

  • Directory survey needs closer look

    11-Aug-1999

    On the front page of The Lawyer last week was a picture of Chambers and The Legal 500 under the headline "Directories under fire for wasting firms' millions". A sensational headline. But it bore little resemblance to the article and even less to the report on which the article was based.Last June, Wheeler Associates was commissioned by a group of disgruntled law firm marketing departments fed up with the number of directories on the market. Wheelers surveyed 500 top ...

  • DJ Freeman partner returns

    12-Aug-1999

    Corporate partner Jucker rejoins DJ Freeman in its media and communications department in January after two years at Sonnenschein.Jonathan Lewis, chief executive at DJ Freeman, says: "We were very sorry to see Antoinette go then, but she had an opportunity she wanted to pursue."When we heard what had happened to Sonnenschein I was getting numerous calls from partners saying 'Are we going to get Antoinette back?'"She has a fresh experience ...

  • English rose may find better suitors at home

    11-Aug-1999

    Ashurst Morris Crisp has surprised rival City firms by announcing it will open an office in New York. If Ian Nisse, managing partner at Ashursts, is to be believed, the opening will help the firm forge closer links with its US clients.But since Ashursts has, for a long time, been the subject of numerous rumours connecting it with various US firms looking to gain a foothold ...

  • Eversheds drops private client in Leeds to focus on corporate

    11-Aug-1999

    Eversheds' Leeds office is off-loading its private client practice to niche firm Wrigleys.Eversheds' head of private client, partner Peter Chadwick, will take assistants Carole Gibbs, Andrew Wrig- lesworth and Gerald Tyne, as well as administration staff, with him.The move was prompted by Eversheds' decision to focus the Leeds office entirely on corporate and commercial ...

  • Finers takes Stephens Innocent's name as merger ends speculation

    11-Aug-1999

    Claire Smith reports on a union that has left one firm bemused after the merger counsel ran off with the bride.West End firm Finers and City media practice Stephens Innocent have merged to form Finers Stephen Innocent, as predicted in The Lawyer last week (1 November).The new firm, Finers Stephens Innocent, will begin practising on 14 December, with Finers' senior partner Peter Jay becoming senior partner of the merged practice and high-profile Stephens ...

  • Flotation

    11-Aug-1999

    Ashurst Morris Crisp advised Invesco on the establishment of Invesco Leveraged High Yield Fund

  • Flotation

    11-Aug-1999

    Herbert Smith acted for HM Treasury on setting up Partnerships UK

  • Flotation

    11-Aug-1999

    Harbottle & Lewis represented TalkCast Corporation on the private placing of 7.5 million ordinary shares. Durlacher acted as the financial adviser on the placing which aims to raise £19m. Mark Bertram

  • Geoffrey Fieger

    9-Aug-1999

    He's loud, he's offensive, and he wins in court. Morag Preston meets courtroom dramatist Geoffrey Fieger.

  • Give the Lord Chancellor a break

    11-Aug-1999

    Edward Garnier QC defends the position of the Lord Chancellor and discusses the unfair criticisism the Lord has attracted. Edward Garnier QC is the Conservative MP for Harborough and shadow attorney general.The past two weeks have not been kind to the Lord Chancellor. But the same could be said about almost every week the incumbent of that ancient office has been on the Woolsack, although his temporary dislodgement by an irate Earl of Burford at the beginning of the ...

  • Hammond Suddards boasts record profit

    11-Aug-1999

    Hammond Suddards' turnover has hit a record high over the past six months, breaking through the firm's £40m ceiling.Income at the firm has increased by 18 per cent from May to October in comparison to figures for the same months in 1998.Hammond Suddards' partner numbers have increased from 84 in 1998, to 100 now, and the total number of staff is up from 1,177 to 1,381.Chris Jones, HammondSuddards' managing partner, says: ...

  • Hammond Suddards in drug raid

    11-Aug-1999

    Police have raided the Bradford office of Hammond Suddards and arrested four employees on suspicion of dealing the drug ecstasy.They were arrested in Well Street on Friday 22 October. Four have since been charged.A source says: "They were clerical staff. The police came into the building and handcuffed them."A police spokesman says: "In the afternoon four people were arrested in connection with suspected drug offences. They have been charged with ...

  • Henderson Investors reviews its legal panel

    11-Aug-1999

    Lovell White Durrant, CMS Cameron McKenna, Nicholson Graham & Jones and Lawrence Graham are on tenterhooks as Henderson Investors finalises its first-ever property panel review.The reshuffle comes after Henderson Investors was acquired by Australian company AMP in March 1998 and later merged with AMP Asset ...

  • It's been a bad week for...

    11-Aug-1999

    The Lucans. Lord Lucan may have been officially declared dead but the family he left behind is still fighting. His widow, the Countess of Lucan, is accusing her son George Bingham of taking documents from her home while she was in hospital recovering from tranquilliser addiction. Bingham is believed to be writing a book proclaiming his father's innocence. The Countess is now threatening to take her son to court to recover the documents.Europe's ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    11-Aug-1999

    Partner Mark Thomson of Schilling & Lom and Partners, who has obtained an exceptional costs order from the High Court for his client, restaurateur Marco Pierre White, gourmet chef and owner of the Titanic restaurant, who has been involved in a legal tussle with Oliver Peyton, owner of the Atlantic Bar and Grill. The two arch-rivals settled the case after just one day in the High Court. However, Mr Justice Rattee made the unusual ruling that under the new ...

  • LCD forces anti-judge web-site to close

    11-Aug-1999

    A website containing material critical of judges has been shut down following pressure from the Lord Chancellor's Department.In an online open letter to the Lord Chancellor, James Hulbert denounced five judges who heard cases in which he claims he was denied justice.The LCD's lawyers moved in and complained to Hulbert's internet service providers that the material was offensive. The site was "disabled with immediate effect".Hulbert ...

  • Lecturer counts cost of injunction ruling

    11-Aug-1999

    Roger Pearson reports on the efforts of a university lecturer's bid to challenge an order to pay unexpectedly high legal costs.A Cambridge University history lecturer is to challenge an award of legal costs made against her after she failed to obtain a court injunction against the university.Dr Gillian Evans, of the faculty of history, West Road, Cambridge, who has campaigned for many years to reform the university's promotion procedure, ...

  • Legal Widow

    11-Aug-1999

    The Lawyer has decided he'll never become a millionaire by waiting for the goddess Equity to bless him with another 3000 chargeable hours and an assistant capable of working the photocopier, and so has started writing his novel.

  • Litigation Personal Injury 8/11/99

    11-Aug-1999

    Malcolm Lavender v Murat Guncu (1999) QBD (Ian Kennedy J) 15 October 1999Claimant: Male, 35 years old at date of accident; 38 years old at date of settlement.Incident: The claimant was injured in February 1997 when he was hit by the defendant's car as he crossed a road. The defendant had been driving under the influence of alcohol and failed to stop after the accident. Liability admitted.Injuries: The claimant was taken to hospital in a ...

  • Litigation Writs 8/11/99

    11-Aug-1999

    Cases from LAWTEL's PI Quantum Database. Contact Deborah Talbot on 0171 970 4823.A Sevenoaks cyclist, who was seriously injured when he fell off his bike at a railway crossing, has launched High Court action against Railtrack. Clive Cooper, 52, claims his accident was caused by negligence and breach of duty on the part of the company. In August 1997, Cooper was cycling over the Teston railway crossing when his front wheel became stuck in a gap ...

  • Lovell's Boesebeck lose four partners to Bruckhaus

    11-Aug-1999

    Lovell White Durrant's merger partner, Boesebeck Droste, has lost four M&A tax partners from its Munich office who are opening a new office in the Bavarian capital for Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Lober.Rolf Fuger, Norbert Rieger, Stephan Salzmann and Bernhard Heiss are opening Bruckhaus' new Munich office on January 1.The new office will have a legal team of at least 12 lawyers and will focus on mergers & acquisitions, private equity, tax and information ...

  • Masons raids City to strengthen projects group

    11-Aug-1999

    Masons has raided its City neighbours to bolster its projects and finance group after a series of departures.The construction specialist was rocked this year when two partners and seven assistants left for rival firms.Masons has responded by poaching four assistants. Robert Franklin joins from Freshfields, Andrew Dewsnap from Norton Rose's Singapore office, Paulo Falconi ...

  • Merged US firm targets London

    11-Aug-1999

    Newly-merged US firm Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe is planning to be in London within a year and may ally with a UK firm.Baltimore's Piper & Marbury and Chicago's Rudnick & Wolfe merged on 30 October to form a 750-lawyer practice - the 11th largest in the US in terms of numbers.Jeffrey Liss, chief operating officer of the new firm, says: "London is a particular area of interest because of our corporate and M&A practice as well as our franchising and ...

  • Oil giant reshuffles in-house

    11-Aug-1999

    The world's eighth largest oil company Eni is restructuring its in-house legal department as part of a UK shake-up aimed at cutting costs.Legal counsel Richard Shoylekov has been made business development and legal manager of Agip UK, the oil and gas exploration and research subsidiary of the Italian oil producer.Agip UK uses a number of law firms, including Freshfields, Norton ...

  • Osborne Clarke poaches pensions partner

    11-Aug-1999

    Osborne Clarke is poaching a partner from Liverpool firm Davies Wallis Foyster to expand its pension unit.Kate Ive will be based in Osborne Clarke's Bristol office, where she will join the firm's two other pensions partners - Paul Matthews who was appointed a partner in May, and head of the unit Mark Womersley.Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced ...

  • Papering over the cracks

    11-Aug-1999

    City solicitors are surprised by the Law Society president's proposal to represent a unified legal profession. Claire Smith finds the City shouting 'if you can't handle what you've got, don't take on more'"Let us think the unthinkable," said Law Society president Robert Sayer last week. "One unified legal profession, no more solicitors or barristers - just lawyers. With one code of conduct, one set of rules, one regulator."His suggestion, ...

  • Pinochet's habeas corpus bid

    11-Aug-1999

    The scene is now set for further legal moves by former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet's legal team in the battle to ward off moves to extradite him to Spain, where he may have to face criminal proceedings. The High Court has given leave for Pinochet's lawyers to seek a writ of habeas corpus in the latest moves to free him and allow him to return to Chile. No date has yet been fixed for the hearing, but it is expected to take place early in the new year, ...

  • Polly Weitzman

    9-Aug-1999

    Dearbail Jordan meets Denton Hall partner Polly Weitzman, who sent the Office of Fair Trading off after a Restrictive Practices Court drubbing over Premier League football TV deals

  • Profit over duty in the age of MDPs

    11-Aug-1999

    Stephen Fiamma is managing partner at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue's London office.Multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) create economic pressure which compels professionals to compromise the duties they owe to their clients and to the traditional rules governing the professionals.The accounting profession, and indeed many lawyers, take the position that such concerns are merely ...

  • Quote of the week

    11-Aug-1999

    "I am an unashamed apologist of our existing judiciary, which I believe are as good as are to be found anywhere in the world. No one has made a case that the wrong people are being appointed or that people who would make better judges are somehow being overlooked."- The Chief Lord Justice, Lord Bingham of Cornhill, gives a ringing endorsement of the "secret soundings" system of selecting judges, claiming it would stand up to independent ...

  • Reckitt & Colman

    9-Aug-1999

    Guiseppe Sanna, head of legal at Reckitt & Colman, could make good use of a crystal ball at the moment to divine what his professional future holds.

  • Richard Price writes on the Bach trademark appeal. Richard Price is a partner at Taylor Joynson Garrett.

    11-Aug-1999

    .Ironically, Dr Edward Bach, who discovered his healing flower remedies, died young. But before his death, he published his methods widely.Healing Herbs of Hereford recently applied for the trademark registrations of Bach to be revoked on the grounds that they were generic. The defendant, Bach Flower Remedies, argued that Bach and Bach Flower Remedies were rightly registered. For other makers to describe their products as "flower ...

  • Rozenberg

    11-Aug-1999

    The revolution is less than 11 months off. When the Human Rights Act 1998 comes into force next October, nothing will be the same again. The new act will allow people in the UK to use the European Convention on Human Rights when taking legal action in their own courts. People who can't imagine what this will mean have only to look to Scotland. There, in a small but significant way, the Human Rights Convention is already part of domestic law.The Scotland ...

  • Sacking prompts contract decision

    11-Aug-1999

    A High Court judge has ruled that the Unfair Contracts Act can be applied to terms of employment, writes Roger Pearson.A High Court ruling has opened an important avenue of attack for workers who want to sue their employers after being sacked.Mr Justice Morland ruled in Brigden v American Express Bank Ltd ruled on 14 October that section 3 (2) of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 not only applies to consumer deals, but can also apply to employment ...

  • Scuffle of the week

    11-Aug-1999

    Lawyers v accountants - potentially. The High Court has ruled that accountancy giant KPMG owed a duty of care to the Law Society. This means accountants could be sued by the Law Society for fraud committed by solicitors they have audited. Accountants could see their professional indemnity premiums rocket as a result.

  • Shakespeares in merger talks with PI firm

    11-Aug-1999

    Birmingham commercial firm Shakespeares is in merger talks with local practice Philip Baker & Co.Philip Baker specialises in representing personal injury claimants.A merger between the two would come as a surprise considering the increasing volatility in the PI market.Several firms are understood to have considered off-loading their PI departments as fears grow of a squeeze on the market, following changes to the legal aid system.Shakespeares' ...

  • Shares' value to be discussed

    11-Aug-1999

    An appeal which will throw light on the valuation of shares when they are taken into account for insolvency purposes is heading for the House of Lords. Lords Hoffmann, Hutton and Hobhouse have given leave for an appeal in Phillips & anor v Brewin Dolphin Bell Lawrie Ltd (BDL) & anor. The case centres on a stockbroking company which went into liquidation and was wound up after selling part of its business and assets to BDL. Action was launched against BDL by the stockbroker's ...

  • Sonnenschein opens Geneva office

    12-Aug-1999

    The Chicago-based firm has poached Cherise Valles from the Canadian Government to head up the new Swiss outpost which will focus on world trade and e-commerce issues.As part of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Valles regularly advised on the rights and obligations arising under the World Trade Organisation and the North American Free Trade Association.Sonnenschein hopes to tap this expertise to attract work advising on diplomatic ...

  • Spiralling towards disaster?

    11-Aug-1999

    Catrin Griffiths reports on a multibillion dollar threat to London's insurance market and a personal accident crisis. Catrin Griffiths is a director of New City Media, publisher of The Insider's Guide to Insurance and Reinsurance. c.griffiths@ncm.uk.comIn January next year, the last piece of the jigsaw in the Names litigation is due to be heard. The Jaffray case, where some 150 non-accepting Names are suing Lloyd's, may represent the death throes of the Lloyd's ...

  • Stephenson Harwood builds Chinese wall

    11-Aug-1999

    Stephenson Harwood is building a Chinese wall to keep its silk away from its solicitors.Insolvency barrister John Higham QC joined the London firm in April. But he continued to be retained by a rival firm, which he refuses to name, working for the co-defendants in a piece of asset-tracing litigation in the Cayman Islands.Now, Stephenson Harwood's head of litigation, ...

  • Tenant quits 36 Bedford Row for rival

    11-Aug-1999

    London set 9 Bedford Row has poached senior tenant Gordon Aspden from local rival 36 Bedford Row.Civil practitioner Aspden is the latest to have rejected mega-set 36 Bedford Row's ambitions to become the country's first national chambers.His departure follows that of Heather Swindells QC, the leading commercial and family silk, who left for Birmingham set St Philip's Chambers in May.Swindells was followed in July by Martine Kushner ...

  • The changing face of personal injury work

    11-Aug-1999

    For many firms, general liability is not a comfortable field in which to practise. With major composites such as CGU, RSA, Iron Trades and Axa sharply reducing their panels, insurers are making higher and higher demands on fewer and fewer law firms.It is a sensitive issue for both law firm and client; no claims managers at any of the composites spoken to were willing to go on the record, but all agree that they are aiming for greater control and closer relationships.

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Morgan Williams was born in 1963 in Bedford, West Yorkshire. He is a partner in the corporate department of Lee & Priestley in Leeds.

    11-Aug-1999

    What was your first job?Floor sweeper in a textile mill.What subjects did you fail at school?Economics A level. So no hard questions please.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£9,000 as an articled clerk at Booth & Co.What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?As my father likes to remind me, I am a slug on the cabbage of industry and unemployable.What ...

  • The stars of the insurance market

    11-Aug-1999

    Catrin Griffiths picks out six of the top solicitors making a name for themselves in the insurance field.Andrew Holderness, Clyde & CoA corporate lawyer who left Titmuss Sainer Dechert two years ago to move to Clyde & Co's Guildford office. The Guildford base appears purely ...

  • This week

    11-Aug-1999

    Russell Jones & Walker is hosting a conference, "Negotiating a better deal - contracts of employment and their termination" at the Institute of Child Health, 30 Guildford Street, London WC1.

  • Thomas Eggar profits from cull

    11-Aug-1999

    South East firm Thomas Eggar Church Adams will gain from the cull of a third of the Woolwich in-house team, revealed on The Lawyer website last Thursday.The Woolwich has made four lawyers redundant under a plan to outsource more of its technical legal work and Thomas Eggar will receive a larger chunk of its commercial property work.A spokesman from the firm says: "Thomas Eggar ...

  • US giants advise on biggest ever initial public offering

    11-Aug-1999

    US firms have scooped the work on the world's largest initial public offering (IPO) - the £11.6bn($18.6bn) sale of shares in Italian state-owned electricity company Enel.Global firm Shearman & Sterling and US firms Sullivan & Cromwell and

  • Ward Hadaway enters merger talks with rival North East firm

    11-Aug-1999

    Ward Hadaway and Watson Burton, two Newcastle firms, are in merger talks, The Lawyer can reveal.Should the merger go ahead, the newly-created firm, with 47 partners, would rival the North East's current largest practice, Dickinson

  • Will tax laws give start-ups a break?

    11-Aug-1999

    Gordon Brown's Enterprise Management Incentive Scheme, to be announced this week, aims to give tax breaks to small businesses. The forum looks at the changes and asks are they enough?City lawyers are divided over the Chancellor of the Exchequer's plans to introduce tax breaks to small and start-up companies.Gordon Brown revealed the tax breaks at a Confederation of British Industry conference at Birmingham last week.And in his pre-budget ...

  • Woolf sees court cases fall by third

    11-Aug-1999

    There has been a dramatic drop in the number of cases coming to the Commercial Court in the first six months following the Woolf reforms, according to Mr Justice Rix, the judge in charge.Since the new rules were introduced in April there has been a 31 per cent fall in the applications to modify proceedings in existing cases, and a 26 per cent drop in applications for new cases.Justice Rix revealed the figures in a speech given at the British Insurance Law Association ...