10 June 2002

Mover and shaker

Ever felt like you were a character in a Harold Pinter play? Kathryn Hobbs did when she met Cadwalader’s London senior partner Stephen Mostyn-Williams When I arrived at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s new offices on the Strand, senior partner of the London office Stephen Mostyn-Williams was engaging in cheery banter with The Lawyer‘s photographer and […]

Hill Dickinson targets media disputes

Hill Dickinson is continuing its resurgence with the launch of a new media disputes team Following its merger with niche commercial firm Gorna & Co at the start of this year, the firm has announced the establishment of a media disputes resolution unit.Based across the firm’s offices in Manchester, Liverpool and London, the unit comprises […]

Tackling Beckham late

Lawyers. Bless them. Always first with the news. As almost everyone knows – including Mrs Tulkinghorn, who is anything but a football fan – David Beckham has signed a new contract with Manchester United that will see his earnings rocket from £26,000 to £90,000 a week. That contract was signed – and plastered all over […]

Keeping up appearances

The Lawyer Awards 2001 honoured last year’s star players. So have they continued to ride the wave, or are they sitting back and soaking up the glory? Jennifer Currie finds out We are told that winning isn’t everything; it is the taking part that counts, right? Well, up to a point, because most people will […]

The Leader Column

In the UK, lawyers and journalists regularly top polls of the most loathed professions. Lawyers tend to feel aggrieved by this, whereas we journalists masochistically revel in our villainous status. In any case, it’s an entirely luxurious position to be in, given that being either in this country does not require a great amount of […]

Eversheds advises Swinton Insurance

Eversheds has advised Manchester-based Swinton Insurance Group on its purchase of Colonnade Insurance Brokers for £27m The acquisition of Colonnade from parent group Provident Financial makes Swinton the UK’s biggest high street insurer, with 348 high street branches.Swinton was part of the Royal & SunAlliance group until it was acquired by French mutual MMA last […]

Manchester firms see modest growth

Like the city’s infamous weather, the fortunes of Manchester’s law firms have been mixed over the past few months Unstable markets, economic doom-mongering and fears about interest rates have all had a considerable effect. Turnover figures continued to rise, but, with one or two exceptions, growth rates are well down on last year. Those hardest […]

Part-time pensions

Donna Moxham reports on the decision regarding part-timers’ pension schemes in Shillcock Pensions have been a relatively hot topic over the past year, with the advent of stakeholder pensions instigating a great deal of criticism of the entire pensions regime. The dual systems of state and personal pension arrangements is long due a complete overhaul. […]

Thorn in my side

Andy Blake argues that first impressions are deceiving when it comes to Opra’s ruling in the Thorn pensions case The Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) recently ruled in a preliminary hearing that the £100m Thorn occupational pension scheme surplus be shared between the employer (now owned by Japanese heavyweight Nomura) and the scheme’s 30,000 pensioners.Much […]

GE whizz

GE Capital European general counsel Susan Crichton’s policy of seeking a firm on a job-by-job basis ensures that lawyers are kept on their toes. Emma Vere-Jones reports When asked why she did not initially study law at university, Susan Crichton admits: “I didn’t want to be a solicitor.” It is a rather surprising response from […]

Getting the message across

You don’t need to be a pensions expert to have got wind of the fact that UK pension provision, in line with most of Europe, is in something of a pickle The gap between the quality of life that people now expect to enjoy in retirement and the reality of what most current pensions will […]


Clarkson Wright’s careful approach to growth is paying off in spades Orpington-based Clarkson Wright & Jakes has followed the trend of a number of small regional firms by creating the new non-legal position of chief executive, hiring former BMI Healthcare finance manager Frank Saxby. He started with the firm at the end of April, the […]

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