1 October 2001

Lady of little leisure

Four kids, listed buildings and a law firm. It’s not a title for a sitcom – it’s Lovells’ recently re-elected managing partner Lesley MacDonagh’s life Lesley MacDonagh is one of those people who unintentionally makes normal mortals feel as dynamic as the average pot plant. She has just been re-elected for her third term as […]


One suspects that these mergers did not just founder because recession was looming. The seeds of their demise were sown way before 11 September. Whatever the Theodore Goddard spin, no one seriously believes that its talks with Salans failed as a direct result of the World Trade Center atrocity – although that might have been […]

Clayton Utz loses fourth finance partner

Clayton Utz has lost another member of its finance group. Partner Mathew Allchurch has become the fourth senior lawyer to leave the Australian firm this year. Allens Arthur banking and finance executive partner Jim Dunstan said: “In recent months we’ve focused on attracting more UK lawyers into our Australian team and not making lateral partner […]

Fantastic Mr Fax

Another exclusive for Tulkinghorn: KLegal has a new managing partner. In a shock move, Steven Winters, formerly the director of document delivery (or the guy who ran the fax room) has been promoted right to the top of the ladder.Previous incumbent of the managing partner’s role Nick Holt will make it a straight swap by […]

Case history

Daly and Alconbury are the two most significant judgments since the implementation of the Human Rights Act. Tim Owen QC and James Maurici comment on their impact R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte DalyThere is nothing new about the boundaries of public law being reformulated or extended by prison litigation; […]

Falling flat

On the subject of subliminal marketing campaigns what on earth is Lewis Silkin up to? Perhaps keen to add to Tulkinghorn’s growing installation exhibition (re ‘the BLP mug’, The Lawyer, 10 September) the firm has sent through three stand-up cardboard cutout figures of its senior partner, a property lawyer and a secretary. Their arrival provided […]

A fight for rights

The implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998 has created a challenge for the courts to balance the rights of the individual with freedom of expression. Rosalind English reports The compatibility of defamation proceedings with Article 8 (right to a private life) and Article 10 (right to freedom of expression) of the European Convention on […]

Getting it right

Before the introduction of the Human Rights Act, the sceptics predicted doom and gloom. So after a year in force, did they get it all wrong? Fenella Quinn investigates A year ago the tabloids were full of it – no more school uniforms, teenage sex in the playground, no more breathalyser tests. These and other […]

The Personnelity

The relationship between large firms and the individuals who work in them has exercised the minds of management writers for decades. In the 1980s, the accepted wisdom of the supremacy of organisation over individual was turned on its head as the ‘me-first’ culture took hold. In the parlance of the day, the excellent firms would […]

Taking Liberties

The attack on the World Trade Center has pushed the Government into drafting stronger anti-terrorist laws. Jon Robins talks to the lawyers who argue that new legislation will harm civil liberties more than it hinders terrorists No one is seriously suggesting that compulsory identification (ID) cards would prevent the kind of atrocities that took place […]

French Resistance

French firms focusing on French law are having to battle hard just to retain their market share as accountancy-tied and global firms firms post record figures. Catrin Griffiths reports It was not just the Uk firms that enjoyed a bumper year. As firms in The Lawyer 100 were posting record figures, thier counterparts accross the […]

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