Linklater in tribute to former partner

LINKLATERS & Alliance has paid tribute to former senior partner Ferrier Charlton, who has died aged 75.

Charlton was senior partner at the City law firm from 1985 to 1988. He helped to set up the Eurobond market in the 1960s and later advised the Thatcher government on the privatisation of British Telecom in 1984.

Jeremy Marriage, a senior corporate partner at Linklaters, says: “Ferrier was a wonderful man. I sat with him as an articled clerk 30 years ago, and it was a privilege to have done so. He excelled as a lawyer, teacher and human being.

“His two significant professional successes were first and foremost to go down the completely untrodden path which was the first significant privatisation of the Thatcher government.

“And he pioneered, in legal terms, the estab-lishment of the City Eurobond market.”

Charlton devised legal structures that made London's burgeoning Eurobond market workable. The market was a great success and helped create London's growing reputation as one of the world's top financial centres.

City growth was later fuelled by Margaret Thatcher's privatisation programme, in which Charlton also had a hand.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on 26 March at St Clement Danes church in The Strand, London.