11 June 2001

Fox and the terrier

Jonathan Fox, new chief executive of Collyer-Bristow, likes to think of his new firm as a little dog. Unfortunately he does not specify which particular breed – shih-tzu are terribly fashionable this season – but I think it’s fair to say that he’s thinking terrier rather than toy poodle.`This is all part of the Fox […]


So the bar doesn’t want Tony Blair. Well, it’s just a shame they didn’t get out to vote then, isn’t it, because he’s back. But the reasons for the overwhelming rejection of a hypothetical tenancy application to the UK’s top 20 sets from our Prime Minister might actually have less to do with politics and […]

Box clever

Having received an edict from on high that no one at Clifford Chance should speak to The Lawyer about anything at all, lawyers at the firm have been breaking the curfew to contact us on the most serious of matters: where to find a leather circular box for the detachable collars used on court shirts.`Our […]


Down in Chancery Lane, the announcement of the election result has been greeted with a giant yawn. Once again, an election has led to the triumph of apathy and abstention. No, I am not talking about the general election, but the election for the vacant seat on the ruling council of the Law Society for […]

Don't ask, don't get

Jonathan Fox is very happy in his new position as chief executive of Collyer-Bristow, but the firm is not the only one after his services.`Fox, who joined from DLA where he was client relationship manager for Barclays, was also offered a position at Marks & Spencer, but Fox will not even shop there, let alone […]

Bad sport

Tulkinghorn would like to send his condolences to Andy Ryde at Slaughter and May.`Just weeks after recovering from a broken rib, incurred by a stray elbow in a rather feisty football match, Ryde has damaged some ligaments in his ankle after a tennis lesson. But before you laugh, he had been up until 3am working […]



Tulkinghorn wonders whe-ther anyone could find a more bizarre use for one’s home than criminal barrister Colin Campbell, whose half-renovated house in Clapham has been transformed into possibly the smallest theatre in the world. A dividing wall has been knocked through to make space for four actors to perform a play entitled Rooms of the […]

Gone fishing

Readers of this esteemed organ may recall SJ Berwin litigators Tim Taylor and Louis Flannery having to endure unspeakable poverty in the Ciragan Palace Hotel (The Lawyer, 16 October 2000). The pair, who were working on a $100m (£69m) dispute at the time, were forced to stay in the $2,500 (£1,728) a night presidential suite […]

Morgan Lewis coaxes clerks into pro bono

Morgan Lewis & Bockius is offering its summer clerks money to stay out of the office. `The firm has asked its 124 summer clerks in six offices to spend the second half of their 10-12 week clerkship doing public interest work.`Their summer salaries will continue throughout the programme, at between $1,700 (£1,227) to $2,400 (£1,732) […]

UPM-Kymmene buys German-based paper producer G Haindl'sche Papierfabriken

UPM-Kymmene buys German-based paper producer G Haindl’sche Papierfabriken for euro3.85bn and sells two of Haindl’s mills to Norske Skog for euro1.1bn. Haindl advised by Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch (Gerhard Wegen). UM-Kymmene advised by Hengeler Mueller Weitzel Wirtz (Julius Budde). Norske Skog advised by White & Case (Andreas Stilcken).

Home sweet home…

So, A&O is considering Hackney for its next home. The move would certainly raise a few eyebrows, but not half as much as Norton Rose moving to Elephant & Castle.`Rumour has it that the firm is keen to build its office on the roundabout, with the circling road doubling as a moat to keep any […]

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