12 February 2001

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John Lewis purchases the UK arm of internet retailer buy.com. John Lewis represented by Lovells (Frances Le Grys). Financial adviser Lazards. Buy.com represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Neil Radford). Unilever sells its sauce business to Campbell Soup Company for £633m. Unilever advised by Slaughter and May (Gary Eborn). Financial adviser Goldman Sachs. Campbell Soup Company […]

Tact and diplomacy

Lawyers – can’t live with them, can live without them, especially a particularly charming in-house lawyer Tulkinghorn had the good fortune to meet at The Lawyer Monte Carlo. City editor Dearbail Jordan was chatting to this silky smooth fellow when the subject of her name came up. After discerning that her name harked from Ireland […]


Bourne End Properties had long been a suspect for bowing to the sector’s trend for going private when the Merrill Lynch-led consortium BEP Acquisitions made its £45m bid in December. Last June, when Bourne End was trading at a 33 per cent discount to net asset value, it announced plans to liquidate the company and […]

Brief encounter: henmans

For a small regional firm, Oxford-based Henmans enjoys strong brand recognition. Not surprising really, given that the managing partner’s son is none other than tennis star Tim Henman. The firm itself has enjoyed its greatest successes in professional indemnity, most recently retaining its place on the panel of Hiscox, one of the largest Lloyd’s syndicates. […]

Perks of the job

Lawyers have a reputation for working long hours, and although larger law firms deny that they actively encourage staff to work late, they do not exactly persuade them to go home. In fact, they offer a range of lifestyle benefits based firmly around the workplace. The largest City firms run in-house gyms and swimming pools […]

The Leader column

Anyway, so there we all were at The Lawyer Monte Carlo (you know, the premier networking event in the legal calendar). At one of the industry sessions, a group of heavyweight in-house lawyers were talking to private practice specialists. But one partner seemed uncomfortable among all the conversational spontaneity. Sandwiched between two telecoms giants, the […]

Monte Carlo or bust

Tulkinghorn is very protective over the lovely ladies who work on the newsdesk of The Lawyer. Being fragrant beauties, he does not like to hear that their modesty has been affronted. So he was frankly shocked to hear of the approaches from one of the heads of legal attending Monte Carlo. The reporter had left […]

Finnegan’s stake

The head of Osborne Clarke‘s new Silicon Valley office has more than one thing in common with the firm’s managing partner Leslie Perrin. Like him, Angus Finnegan was rejected by the firm when he applied for a training contract and, again like Perrin, he went back for more and has since rocketed to the top. […]

Playing it down

Despite the robust economy, litigators in the North West are enjoying a steady workflow, with most departments reporting an increase in turnover. Commercial litigators are enjoying a large amount of flotation work, while the insurance litigation market – despite Woolf and the seemingly endless panel reviews – is providing a healthy flow for specialists in […]

Bradford & Bingley sets up commercial law panel

Bradford & Bingley is setting up its first ever formal legal panel for corporate and commercial work. The bank currently uses a number of firms on an ad hoc basis, but it will now instruct only those firms that make it onto the panel. Last year Bradford & Bingley, which demutualised late last year, slashed […]

Gaedertz Munich breaks off to reinstate pre-merger firm

The Munich office of disintegrating law firm Gaedertz is splitting. The news follows the merger of the Cologne office with Norton Rose and the Hamburg office with Latham & Watkins. Local Munich firm Illert Bernstorff Zapp merged with Gaedertz in 1999 but will now demerge. A number of partners will join Norton Rose although the […]

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