13 May 2002

Kicking the habit

What do you call a Scottish lawyer in an American firm practising English law? Kathryn Hobbs talks to Shearman’s managing partner Kenneth MacRitchie

Mayer Brown hikes partnership by two

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s insurance and reinsurance group has promoted two assistants, Ingrid Hobbs and Will Glassey, to the partnership. Glassey joined the firm two years ago from Herbert Smith and is a professional indemnity specialist. Hobbs’ practice includes product liability, professional indemnity and political risk insurance.

The Leader Column

It is a momentous vote this Friday at Clifford Chance. As we report in our front page story, the partners are about to decide on a substantial group of securities litigators from San Francisco’s Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. The whole thing is at a very delicate stage, and because the entire exercise is still subject […]

Real Estate

Talk of software systems tends to elicit a yawn from the best of us; in any case, the property industry has hardly been first in line when it comes to embracing new technology.But at a recent conference on the Property Information Systems Common Exchange Standard (Pisces) there was a certain buzz in the air, a […]

Proving them wrong

With fewer challenges to utilities regulators being brought, Andrew Denny asks: are the regulators finally getting it right? Since the public utilities were privatised in the 1980s, there has been a significant number of court challenges of utilities regulators’ decisions. Yet judicial review applications against the regulators have dropped off recently, with no decided cases […]

The care of the court

The Court of Appeal has overturned the Bloody Sunday inquiry’s decision to force British soldiers to testify in Londonderry. Dinah Rose reports On Sunday 30 January 1972, British soldiers shot dead 13 unarmed civilians and wounded 13 more during a civil rights march on the streets of Londonderry. Lord Widgery’s hastily convened inquiry into the […]

Case breakdown

The result of the Damilola Taylor murder trial has sparked outrage over the way politically sensitive cases are handled by both the police and the CPS. Jon Robins asks: did the fiasco that was the Stephen Lawrence investigation push the authorities into making crowd-pleasing arrests based on shaky evidence?For both the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) […]

Feel the benefit

It seems the little darlings at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are still upset with the powers that be.Tulkinghorn was most intrigued to be collared by a Freshfields assistant who was particularly unhappy with the firm’s benefits package, including the ominously-titled ‘Long Term Incentive Plan’.Tulkinghorn, being of the era when a nice pot of tea and a […]


Despite the First American link-up, Boyds is still independent Scottish firm Boyds has recently hit the headlines by joining a new referral panel set up by the UK arm of US title insurance giant First American (The Lawyer, 18 March). It is one of six firms to sign up to the panel, which is linked […]

Deals summary

Park Nelson (Barry Skelding) and McGrigor Donald (Ian Lyall) advised pension fund clients of Royal London Asset Management on their £30m sale of a portfolio of 17 investment properties in England and Scotland to a private investment company, which was advised by Nabarro Nathanson (Kevin Stimpson, James Trundle) and Anderson Fyfe (Brian Armour). SJ Berwin […]

Deals summary

Lovells (Marco Compagnoni) advised 3i on the £267m buyout of Westminster Health Care’s Senior Living Division. 3i was also advised in-house (Simon Holland, Alastair Richardson). The vendors, a group of investors including Goldman Sachs and Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe were represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Hewitson Becke + Shaw (James Lawrence) advised Cambridge biotech […]

Camerons leads Corin on £32m IPO

CMS Cameron McKenna has advised orthopaedic device manufacturer Corin Group on its initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange. The £32m listing has been seen by many as part of a possible resurgence in market interest in healthcare and biotechnology companies.Corin has been a Camerons client since the firm advised on its management […]

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