10 September 2001

Deal of the week – claims direct Ashursts scoops Ware-Lane Claims Direct job

Ashurst Morris Crisp has done its first big deal for private investor Simon Ware-Lane, advising on his complex acquisition of shares in Claims Direct.Ware-Lane instructed the firm after coming across it during the initial public offering of Fitness First, in which he is an investor. On this deal Ashursts advised the issuer.For his most recent […]


So Linklaters & Alliance has finally come out with it. The partners want a US merger, so off goes new US managing partner Terence Kyle to find one for them. Surprised? Thought not. Asking whether UK firms want US capability is rather like the old question about bears and woods. Most of the top-10 firms […]

Tri and tri again

Congratulations are in order. For all you crazy fools that took part in The Lawyer Cup, part of the London Triathlon, the world’s third-largest and the UK’s biggest triathlon event. Tulkinghorn wonders why on earth anyone would want to swim 1.5km (in the Thames), run 10km and cycle 40km, but you did. Anyway, while none […]

Why not drop everything?

What would you do if hundreds of lawyers came from out of the sky, descending on your back yard in much the same way as Robert Maxwell’s busy team of legal advisers must have descended on his victims in times gone by?That’s exactly what’s going to be happening this October when several hundred ‘leaping lawyers’ […]

The artful codger

Following last week’s feature in The Lawyer’s HR manager section about art in the workplace, Tulkinghorn has become a little bit miffed about his own workplace environment. One is just not sure that The Yorkshire Post calendar (September features a charming picture of two children returning to school by Jessica Godley, aged five), a picture […]

Atlas of Cyberspace by Martin Dodge and Rob Kitchin

published by Addison Wesley (ISBN 0201745755) As the holiday season ends and the day-to-day demands of managing a networked business, an internet presence and the mass of connections that go with it resurface, it might be time to take a step back and take a wider view.Martin Dodge’s and Rob Kitchin’s book will not solve […]

Linklaters picks four for New York hitlist

Linklaters & Alliance has already identified four US firms with which it could do a transatlantic deal – just as former Alliance chief executive Terence Kyle steps into his new role of managing partner of the Americas. “We’ve done a fairly intensive analysis,” said Kyle. “They’re very different organisations in many different ways.”Kyle declined to […]

View from the profession

Has mediation failed to make its mark? The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution’s (Cedr) mediation statistics may show that mediation growth was at a virtual standstill last year, but are commentators right to paint a gloomy outlook for mediation?In short, no. Evidence suggests that, although the mediation market – both users and providers – are […]

Mapeley and Nabarros in row over legal fees

Leading business accommodation specialist Mapeley has initiated a major shake up of its legal outsourcing following a disagreement over fees with longstanding adviser Nabarro Nathanson. One source close to Mapeley said the disagreement centred around fees for Mapeley’s high-profile property outsourcing deal (Steps) with the Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise.Chief executive Robin Priest […]

Dickson Minto scores shock first place as Scottish Firm of the Year

Dickson Minto has beaten Scotland’s biggest firms McGrigor Donald, Maclay Murray & Spens and Shepherd & Wedderburn to the accolade of Scottish Law Firm of the Year. In a peer poll of Scotland’s solicitors conducted by business magazine Unlimited, 634 people named the 15-partner firm as their firm of the year.Dickson Minto’s fee income was […]

Grosvenor retains Boodle Hatfield for £60m project

Boodle Hatfield is advising Grosvenor Estates on a high-profile £60m office and residential development close to Victoria Station.The development reached a turning point last month with the unravelling of BP’s leasehold at Belgrave House on the site at 76 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1.Tim Manning, who manages Boodle Hatfield’s relationship with Grosvenor, led on the deal. […]

The best alternative

ADR is now commonplace in construction, and as its advantages become increasingly apparent, Mark O’Callaghan argues that litigation is fast becoming an outmoded practice In recent years there has been an ongoing shift from the use of litigation to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures in a number of practice areas. In some of these areas, […]

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