14 January 2002

Eye looks at The Lawyer

Tulkinghorn does love a good award ceremony. The lights, the glitter, the prizes. So he was chuffed to bits to read that The Lawyer won the highly acclaimed prize of Correction of the Year in Private Eye for the following, slightly tongue in cheek, gem.“Last week The Lawyer incorrectly stated that Maurice Millen, who was […]

The Leader Column

On the face of it, it looks like a blow. Nine partners – almost a third of the firm’s German partnership – leave Norton Rose’s Cologne office. But in fact, it looks as if they’ve simply saved the Norton Rose management some time.Roger Birkby, ever phlegmatic, talks of the nine defectors’ “different style” of working. […]

CMS links up with outplacement company

CMS Cameron McKenna is taking advantage of the downturn through a partnership with outplacement company Penna Meridian The firm will provide immigration advice to high-level executives who are sent to Penna Meridian by their companies after they have been made redundant.Penna Meridian and Camerons have not worked together before. The company, which focuses on the […]

Beachcrofts handed NHS Trust work

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has won a new contract for employment work for one of the largest hospital trusts in Central England The firm has been appointed to provide legal advice on all employment issues for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust, with the exception of work forming part of the trust’s PFI project.The appointment, which becomes […]

Legal market shrugs off lack of activity with further growth

The Lawyer’s Law Firm Business Confidence Survey for the fourth quarter of 2001 gives rise to optimism for the future According to the latest business confidence survey carried out by Wheeler Associates and McCallum Layton on behalf of The Lawyer, law firms are regaining confidence in the market.Despite the sharp downturn last year and fears […]

Company and financial services

Comment When the Uncertificat-ed Securities Regulations 2001 (USRs) came into force on 26 November 2001, they changed fundamentally the legal structure of settlement in the Crest system by introducing the concept of Electronic Transfer of Title (ETT). In the context of a transfer between two Crest members, this sees full legal title passing to the […]

OFT to grow legal dept by 20 per cent

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has been given a mandate to increase its in-house legal department by 20 per cent to cope with its enhanced powers in competition and consumer regulation, and is targeting City firms for recruits The decision to hire around six new lawyers has been prompted by the body’s increased caseload […]

Pannones hires debt team from Halliwells

Pannone & Partners has boosted its practice with a series of New Year appointments, including Halliwells head of commercial debt recovery Karl Williams, together with three of his team They will join Pannone & Partners at the end of January.Williams takes with him clients such as Hilti (GB), Micro Peripherals and companies within Speedy Hire. […]

Law Soc in bomb threat

The Chancery Lane Law Society building was under siege on Friday (11 January) from an unidentified male with a grudge against the legal profession The man, who police described as being in his 60s, locked himself inside a white van at around 4pm on Thursday and refused to leave.Police were unable to confirm whether the […]

Simmons eyes US capital markets work with strategic London hire

Simmons & Simmons’ capital markets group is assaulting US securities work with the hire of its first US-qualified structured securities partner in London Christopher Lewis joins the partnership from the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he was a senior associate. Focusing on structured securities, Lewis will provide technical and structural advice […]

Simmons links up in Brazil

Brazilian firm Veraino has been welcomed into the Simmons & Simmons network through a formal joint venture with the latter’s Lisbon office Veraino is a top-five Brazilian firm with 170 lawyers and six offices. It is well known for technology, media and telecoms (TMT) and energy and finance work.Simmons’ London office will play a large […]

M&A today

After a year of economic turmoil, who managed to hold their own and who suffered the most? Caroline Davies reports on how the top firms performed in 2001’s M&A tables Most investment bankers are desperately trying to erase 2001 from their memories. Unfortunately for them, it is league table time. Bankers cannot help but eye […]

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