12 November 2001

Goodbodys on financial project for Irish govt

Dublin firm A&L Good-body has won a mandate from the Irish government to create a single regulatory authority for financial services. The firm was one of four invited to tender for the project. The Ministry of Finance said it was chosen on the basis of cost and “the level and depth of experience and comprehensiveness […]


Wilmer Cutler’s acquisition of the delightfully-named Quack – the last remaining part of Gaedertz – shows what US firms in Germany can achieve outside the glare of Frankfurt. Wilmer Cutler set up in Berlin at a time when the city was a legal backwater dominated by old-school firms. For the rest of the decade Andreas […]

Legal Widow

The Lawyer has spent all weekend in a telephone queue for the local multiplex box office, trying to get tickets for Harry Potter. “Only 365 people before me,” he said cheerfully, as I put the potatoes on for Saturday lunch.He thinks he’s doing it for Subbie, but in reality he’s dying to see this film […]

Split decisions

At most such conferences, competition between law firms is at its most fierce when it comes to party time, and the IBA was certainly no different. On the Tuesday night, for example, a whole host of leading firms went head-to-head – Allen & Overy (A&O), Norton Rose, D&P (DLA & Partners), SJ Berwin and CMS […]

The bribe tribe

Despite muttered accusations of pomposity, at least one English silk at the International Bar Association (IBA) conference in Cancun upheld ethical conduct befitting his profession.Buenos Aires veteran litigator Mareno Ocampo, a renowned courtroom figure in his native Argentina, suggested a hypothetical scenario to a crowded session on corruption: “How would you advise your client,” he […]


On 30 November 2001, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) will acquire its full range of powers under the Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA). Originally scheduled for 1999, the two-year delay indicates how problematic the task has been to unite such a wide array of regulatory and supervisory bodies under one statutory regulator.Solicitors are faced […]

The Cancun kid

The charming Keith Oliver, who specialises in business crime, commercial litigation and financial regulation at Peters & Peters, had his work cut out in Cancun. His multifarious talents were put to the test when he was drafted in as a last-minute replacement for firm colleagues Louise Delahunty and Monty Raphael, as well as Kingsley Napley’s […]

The kids are alright

Marriott Harrison lawyer Andrew Astachowicz may be a hotshot property practitioner, but the home where his heart is resides in San Salvador There is a small but growing band of Arsenal FC supporters living in a San Salvador children’s home that have Andrew Astachowicz to thank for their devotion to the North London football club. […]

New lease of life

The CPR is finally encompassing landlord and tenant claims and other acts are making inroads into the sector. Malcolm Sheehan reports on the changes practitioners need to be aware of On 15 October, the majority of landlord and tenant (L&T) claims were finally brought within the main body of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), producing […]

Death tolls

After the recent CPS decision not to prosecute over the Paddington rail crash, Jon Robins asks: will a new corporate killing law quench the public’s thirst for justice? Or would it be impossible to hold an individual person accountable? Christian is leading the legal action on behalf of the families of the 31 passengers who […]

The tall guys

The ramifications of the inquiry into the proposed Heron Tower are far-reaching for the future of the capital’s tall building developments. Eleanor Levenson investigates It is not quite the Erotic Gherkin, as one planned skyscraper for London has been nicknamed, but the less outrageously named Heron Tower is not without controversy. A planning inquiry into […]

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