10 January 2000

Akin Gump sued for $1.3 million

APCO Associates claims Akin Gump failed to pay up for eight months of work it had farmed out to the public affairs firm in 1997 on behalf of the Korea International Trade Association (KITA). APCO’s task was to come up with a grass-roots lobbying program to drum up support for South Korea in the US. […]

Senior US in-house lawyers see big wage increases

The survey by US legal consultants, Altman Weil, reveals that chief legal officers (heads of legal) received an average 13 per cent increase in salary and 18 per cent rise in total cash compensation (salary plus cash bonuses). Deputy chief legal officers fared even better with an average 23 per cent increase in salary and […]

Crown Court Judge refuses to try juveniles

At Southwark Crown Court, Judge George Bathurst-Norman said he was not attempting to set a precedent of banning children from being tried in crown courts. However, he said, the facts of the case demanded that the European Court of Human Rights’ finding in the case of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, be taken on board. […]

Irwin Mitchell appoints new pensions head

Taylor worked in the pensions department of Hammond Suddards’ Leeds office until 1995 when she left to head up the pensions department at Halliwell Landau in Manchester. Taylor has extensive experience of acting for pension funds of all sizes, advising trustees and companies on pensions arising out of company take-overs and pension fund mergers

Kingsley Napley poaches construction partner

Formerly a lawyer at Masons and Cameron McKenna, Janney spent seven years as a construction partner at Speechly Bircham. His experience includes acting for contractors, engineering, property and development firms, local authorities, and international consortia on major contentious constructions and engineering claims. Kingsley Napley’s senior partner, David Speaker says: “We are delighted that Michael has […]

Legal Aid reform forces firm closures

The new contracting scheme, which cut the number of firms allowed to offer civil legal aid by more than half to just 5000, is having a “profound and immediate effect” on law firms in England and Wales, Richard Gordon QC told the court. Organisations which refer people to solicitors, he said, were having “massive difficulty” […]

McKee Nelson raids King & Spalding again

The firm has again plundered King & Spalding – from where MNE&Y co-founders, William McKee and William Nelson originate – bringing in trial lawyer David Curtin from the DC office. The other three partners, Scott Farmer, John Magee and Richard Stark, come from Washington firm, Miller & Chevalier. Farmer is head of Miller’s international tax […]

Irvine challenges QC's trial costs

Lord Irvine has lodged a claim in the High Court challenging the costs claimed by Colin Nicholls QC of 3 Raymond Buildings and Philip Hackett QC of 2 Bedford Row’s for representing one of the BCCI defendants. The costs challenge relates to the case of former shipping tycoon, Abbas Gokal who was jailed for 14 […]

Cherie Booth poised to launch new set

Sources say that Booth, currently a tenant at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, and her prospective partners plan to launch a “new kind of legal practice” which will almost certainly see them take on the Government – particularly when the Human Rights Act is introduced in the autumn. Among those understood to be joining Booth in […]

White & Case partner elected ACCJ president

Grondine, a partner in the US firm’s Tokyo office, will head up the organisation which represents more than 3000 members and more than 1200 companies in Japan. He says: “Our new leadership team will be working hard to continue the ACCJ’s past success and effectively represent the interests of American companies in Japan as we […]

BAC raids DLA

Associates Richard Stader and Stuart Long have been made up to partners in Barnett Alexander Chart’s Corporate and Finance Litigation Group and Corporate Finance Group respectively

New look Lords threaten rebellion

Peers from all sides of the new look second chamber are reportedly planning to unite behind a cross-party motion which could effectively kill off the controversial measure. Many Labour peers are expected to join the rebels, who believe that the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill is fundamentally flawed and should not become law. If […]

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