10 February 1997

Holman Fenwick bolsters French shipping practice

Shipping firm Holman Fenwick & Willan has opened its third office in France in the port of Nantes. The office will be headed by French avocat, Helene Cadiet, who joins from local firm Menard Quimbert & Associes. London partner Michael Donithorn said that the initiative had been driven by the firm’s Paris office which was […]

A&O partner to Oz

Allen & Overy has lost one of its project finance partners, Andrew Trahair, to Australian firm Clayton Utz. Trahair has left London to join Clayton Utz in its Sydney office. Trahair became a partner at Allen & Overy in 1994 and worked primarily in international project finance deals in power, infrastructure and telecoms. Clayton Utz […]

Trustham cleared of drug money charges

Jack Trustham, the former senior partner of West End firm Wigram & Co, who in August last year was arrested on the Isle of Man on drug money laundering charges and flown in handcuffs to London, was last week cleared of all charges at Southwark Crown Court. Customs officers had released Trustham on bail the […]


Pinsent Curtis advised HSBC on a £135m private equity investment in AM Paper Group’s planned paper mill in Skelmersdale. Chaffe Street acted for AM Paper and Slaughter and May advised JP Morgan on providing senior debt.


Linklaters advised the Italian Treasury on the $13bn sale of its 44.7 per cent stake in Telecom Italia by way of a private offering and a global public offering including an SEC-registered public offering in the United States. US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell advised Telecom Italia.


Henmans advised computer component repairer CRC Group on its £3m placing and flotation on AIM. Edge & Ellison acted for the nominated adviser Smith & Williamson and the nominated broker Neilson Cobbold.

Litigation Personal Injury 02/12/97

Lawrence v Osborne – QBD 21 October, 1997 Claimant: Peter Lawrence, 39 years Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: Claimant, once a successful accountant, suffered severe head injuries in road crash in which he was knocked off his motorcycle in 1991. As result of accident he underwent personality change, became bad tempered, suffered severe memory impairment […]


The great legal aid franchising fraud

Christie Davies believes that the franchising of legal aid work as proposed by the Lord Chancellor will threaten civil liberties and lead to a decline in the quality of defence work. As we now know, it is the intention of the Lord Chancellor, his civil servants and the Legal Aid Board (LAB) to introduce a […]

Defending the utterly defensible

The Supreme Court will establish when and how employers can use race-based policies this term. Satvinder Juss reports. Dr Satvinder Juss is a Harkness Fellow working in Washington DC and a Human Rights Fellow at Harvard Law School. “Affirmative action” remains a much neglected social policy in Britain. It grants judges in the US the […]

French full partner

Pascal Roux, a corporate finance and banking partner based at Richards Butler’s Paris office, has become the first registered foreign lawyer to become a full partner at the City firm. Roux has been a local partner at the Paris office since 1995, having joined the firm a year previously. The firm has also promoted two […]

Lovell White Durrant advises Barclays on its sale of BZW

Barclays used its principal lawyers Lovell White Durrant to advise it on the controversial sale for only £100m of part of its troubled merchant bank arm BZW to Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). Barclays group general counsel Howard Trust assisted by two other in-house lawyers, Rachel Harris and Mark Edwards, led and co-ordinated Barclays’ legal […]

Fifteen defect from Lagerlof to set up new practice

A group of 15 lawyers, including five partners, are defecting from leading Swedish firm Lagerlof & Leman to form a new commercial practice in Stockholm. Partners Peder Hammarskiold, Bengt Karde, Thomas Lindqvist, Jacob Melander and Per Sundin are leaving to set up Hammarskiold & Co which starts operations on 1 January next year. Melander, the […]

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