11 September 2000

City firms work on death row case

Simons Muirhead & Burton, SJ Berwin, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith and Kingsley Napley each advised one of six convicted murderers in the case heard in London by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. As the final court of appeal for a number of Commonwealth countries, the Privy Council ruled on Tuesday […]

Hammonds Suddards Edge

Hammond Suddards Edge advised Igroup on the £300m securitisation of residential non-conforming mortgages. The deal is made up of £264m of AAA-rated notes, £24m of A and £12m of BBB-rated notes. Associate Gary Walker led the transaction assisted by solicitor Anjlia Rajani. Igroup was also advised by its in-house counsel. Allen & Overy advised Morgan […]

It’s been a good week for

m Andre Suard, hairdresser of Cherie Booth QC (above), who Booth deemed trustworthy to look after Baby Leo while she gave a speech at the New York University Law School symposium. In-depth reports from the no-nonsense Daily Mail re… Andre Suard, hairdresser of Cherie Booth QC (above), who Booth deemed trustworthy to look after Baby […]


Linklaters & Alliance acted for Irish financial institutions EBS Building Society and the Bank of Ireland on mortgage securitisations valued at more than euro995m (£609m). Advice was given on two separate securitisations, the first on a pool of financial mortgages for the Bank of Ireland worth euro500m (£313m), and the second on a pool of […]

Quote of the week

“I just think that the whole thing is a complete waste of time.” – Gordon Pollock QC on the Woolf Reforms.

White & Case woos capital markets ace

Canadian firm Goodman Phillips & Vineberg has lost its Hong Kong managing partner to White & Case. Olivia Lee has joined White & Case to lead the firm’s capital markets and securities regulatory practice in Hong Kong. Lee believes that her main task is to challenge people’s perception of White & Case as a US-only […]

Lovells raids local firms to launch two Italian offices

LOVELLS is to enter the Italian market with the opening of fully integrated offices in Milan and Rome in October. This comes as the next step in its strategy to create a one-stop international firm. Linklaters & Alliance member Gianni Origoni & Partners will lose Paolo Criscione to the new Italian practice, which he will […]


Tania Sless reports on the impact of the Civil Procedure Rules on the extension deadlines for serving a claim form ON 28 May 1996, Michael Vinos was injured during the course of his employment with Marks & Spencer. His solicitors issued proceedings on 20 May 1999, but due to an oversight on their part, the […]

The South West & Wales: the quiet life?

Those who have made the move from the City are overwhelmingly positive about their experience in the regions. Perhaps you would expect as much, but their evidence is convincing nonetheless. Michelle Thomas left Freshfields in London for Eversheds‘ Cardiff office in October. Besides returning home, she had made a conscious decision to change her lifestyle. […]

Quality control – the key to success

Traditionally, quality management and its associated systems and standards belonged within manufacturing environments, where conformance to specifications was always paramount. Even when service businesses embraced the idea of quality in the mid-1980s, the focus was on frontline customer care-style “smile training”. Indeed, the quality of the service product or its processes were rarely considered. Quality […]

The South West & Wales: Bristol Mercantile Court

Established: January 1994 Presiding judge: His Honour Judge Raymond Jack QC A great success story of the West Country, Bristol’s Mercantile Court enjoys a very good reputation. Solicitors are particularly fond of Judge Jack because he treats them well and he doesn’t favour members of the bar. He is also an interventionist judge who “doesn’t […]

Morrison & Foerster drafts in US partner to head up London

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is moving a partner in from the US to head the London office and to spearhead an aggressive expansion. Kristian Wiggert is a corporate finance lawyer with a special emphasis on securities law and mergers and acquisitions. He replaces former office managing partner Gary Rincke, who left in […]

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