10 April 2000

US firm sets up provincial office

The technology firm is taking the bulk of Morgan Cole’s Thames Valley corporate practice, with lawyers Joe Pillman, Jonathan Loake and Kate Eavis all joining the firm. Brobeck’s London managing partner Tom Kellerman says: “We targeted the M4 corridor because it has become an internationally recognised technology centre. “Our new team will provide us with […]

A View from South Africa

The South African legal market is unique in many ways. To start with, in Johannesburg we have so far seen the arrival of only one international law firm, and though others are looking around they have so far made very little impact. Also, last year we saw a world first when an investment bank bought […]


Baker & McKenzie acted for Polish leasing company, Europejski Fundusz Leasingowy (EFL) on its $82m (£51.3m) combined international and domestic offering and listing of shares and global depositary receipts on the Warsaw and London stock exchanges. International securities partner Peter Magyar led a team of seven from the firm’s London and Warsaw offices.


Regular readers will remember that last month I said how easy legal journalism was – you just sit in court and write down what people say. Technology has moved on and the job is now even easier. Four weeks ago I mentioned the unsolicited email I received from the head of litigation at a City […]

The Firm

Minutes of an extraordinary meeting between Tom Henderson and Jack Pratchard to discuss potential new partners at The Firm. Henderson: So Jack, it’s that time of year again and we can’t carry on using that dodgy French ruse of not promoting anyone. At the rate we’re losing partners there’ll soon be only you, me and […]

Case of the week

He has invited more hatred, abuse, parodies and custard pies than most incredibly rich men and now, according to some, he has met his nemesis in the form of the US government. Bill Gates faces the prospect of watching his company split up as punishment for running foul of US anti-trust legislation. As expected, a […]

Share Trading

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton represented Goldman Sachs Equity Securities (UK) and Deustche Bank London on the £3.2bn block trade of shares of Vodafone AirTouch. Clearys corporate partners Sebastian Sperber and Edward Greene led a team of four on the deal. Dewey Ballantine acted for Vodafone AirTouch.

Burness hires client as new head of the corporate group

Edinburgh-based Burness has appointed a solicitor who has worked outside the legal market for the past four years as the head of its corporate department. Alan Stewart, former head of legal services at Clydesdale Bank, and more recently chairman of football pitch operator Pitz, joined Burness’ Glasgow office on 3 April. Stewart’s experience in corporate […]

Edge Ellison partner quits to go in-house with ITNET

Edge Ellison partner Andrew Batchelor is quitting the firm to go in-house with IT outsourcing company ITNET. Batchelor will replace Andrew Williams as head of legal when he joins on 3 July in a move that may see new work for his current practice. Batchelor told The Lawyer that Edge Ellison could well win work […]


Martineaus overhauls property department

Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson has restructured its property department following the departures of two partners. Martineaus is losing Barry Sankey, the former head of its property development group, to Browne Jacobson. Joanna Lawson-King left the firm for Pinsent Curtis in October 1999. David Gwyther, managing partner at Martineaus, says: “In March last year Barry had […]

Royal & SunAlliance drops Keogh Ritson

North West-based Keogh Ritson has been dropped from Royal & SunAlliance’s legal panel. The insurance specialist, which counts CGU and AXA Insurance among its clients, has been dropped from Royal & SunAlliance’s main line-up of firms but has retained a place as a nominated adviser on a number of insured companies. It is understood that […]

It’s been a bad week for…

Kamlesh Bahl (when is it ever a good week for her?). The fallout from the Demon verdict reached Bahl’s website when her service provider shut down her site after a complaint that it contained defamatory comments. The site contained legal opinions from Cherie Booth who concluded that the Law Society’s investigations were open to legal […]

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