13 March 2000

Linklaters acts on Aer Lingus flotation

It pitched for the work in a competitive tender with Salomons Bank which was appointed financial advisor to the Irish government. Linklaters also worked last year on the floatation of Telecom Eireann. Mason Hayes & Curran will handle the retail offering to the public after winning the tender process with corporate partner Paul Egan leading […]

First solicitor advocate to become Counsel to the Crown

Peter Woodhouse who specialises in Employment and Tribunal Law at the Bristol based firm has been appointed as a Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel). The appointment will be for three years initially and Peter can expect to be handling work from Government departments from this July. Woodhouse says of his appointment: “It is […]

Allen & Overy boosts New York Tax Capability

Robert DeJoy and Jack Heinberg joined on Monday (13 March) bringing Allen & Overy’s international tax department up to 50 tax professionals including 15 partners across the world. DeJoy was previously senior tax partner at Arnold & Porter, representing Fortune 500 companies. His practice including advising on corporate joint ventures, acquisition divestitures and separations, inbound […]

Monckton and 4-5 Grays Inn agree merger

An original deadline was passed because of a dearth of suitable accommodation for such a large set, both within the Inns and outside. Heads of agreement have been approved and the two sets are now working together to implement the merger as quickly as possible. “We believe that merger will enable us to offer strength […]

Two Garden Court in CAB advice pilot

The new service called CallCounsel will offer those advising the public immediate access to advice in housing, immigration and employment, by telephone or in writing from barristers at the chambers, without having to go through the bureaucracy previously involved. Head of Chambers Owen Davies QC said “This is a real “first” for the bar and […]


Suddenly, the job of a legal journalist seems to be getting easier. It was never very difficult to start with – all you have to do is go to court, listen to what the judge says and write it down or read it out depending on whether you’re in papers or broadcasting. Just occasionally you […]

Quote of the week

“They are a bunch of wacky, extremely talented guys.” – The Slaughters style, according to a partner at a rival firm.

Profile too low for female lawyers

I have been doing a little study of photographs in The Lawyer recently and cannot help noticing the predominance of articles and photographs about or by men in the profession. Out of a total of 29 photographs in a recent issue, 22 of those featured were of men and only seven were of women. These […]

The real problem of relocation

I was interested to read in your 28 February issue about the problem which barristers chambers have experienced in their merger talks due to the difficulty of finding suitable accommodation close to the law courts. Baker Lorenz has a number of properties available around the law courts, particularly those measuring approximately 48,000sq ft. A number […]

Daniel Lightman on the university breach of contract case. Daniel Lightman, acting for Fishel, is a barrister at Serle Court Chambers.

Before his resignation in 1997 Dr Simon Fishel was a world-renowned clinical IVF embryologist and scientific director of the University of Nottingham’s infertility unit, where he was responsible for the unit’s embryologists. While employed by the university, Fishel carried out paid treatment work abroad, sometimes using embryologists from his unit. Each of their employment contracts […]

Square Mile

How could any legal practice that wants to attract the young, thrusting professionals of the third millennium stick by a reward system which has the words “lock” and “step” at its heart? What do they suggest to you? Visions of hours behind tightly-locked City doors completing the years necessary to climb each step of a […]

It's been a good week for…

The Daily Telegraph, which successfully fought off an injunction sought by Mohamed “I beat Hamilton, I can beat you” Al Fayed (above) intended to stop publication of extracts from a book by Trevor Rees-Jones, the bodyguard who survived the crash that killed Al Fayed’s son Dodi and Diana, Princess of Wales. Judge Anne Rafferty QC […]

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