14 January 2008

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Popham and the PM

Popham and the PM18-Jan-2008Let us just take a moment to applaud Stuart Popham, the delightful senior partner of Clifford Chance. Let us just take a moment to applaud Stuart Popham, the delightful senior partner of Clifford Chance. While some law firm bosses have difficulty enough working a room, Popham is working a planeful of British […]

PM takes Popham to China

Clifford Chance senior partner Stuart Popham is accompanying prime minister Gordon Brown on his current trip to India and China as the only representative of the legal profession. The prime minister is leading a delegation of 25 business representatives that includes business minister John Hutton, Virgin boss Richard Branson and CBI chief Richard Lambert. The […]

Aussie firm Slater makes sixth post-float acquisition

Australian firm Slater & Gordon has made its sixth acquisition since becoming the world’s first law firm to float on a stock exchange. The firm has secured the personal injury and professional negligence practice areas of Quinn & Scattini Lawyers. The deal, which is subject to formal documentation and due diligence, confirms Slater’s aggressive assault […]

Hammonds wins new pension client in Birmingham

Hammonds pensions team has won a new instruction from engineering company IMI, adding to a wave of high-profile instructions for the practice group. The firm will advise the trustees of the company’s pension fund on issues affecting its members and assets. The scheme has almost 20,000 members and around £1bn in assets. Partners in the […]

Arnold & Porter shakes it up

Guess which firm is the latest to break cover and start making sabre-rattling noises about its New York growth plans? If you said “Arnold & Porter”, you deserve an extra-special prize. The DC-based firm isn’t particularly known for its all-out bombast but check out Mike Gerrard, the firm’s New York head, on what’s in store […]

OFT’s bank charge proceedings get underway

The Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) High Court test case about “unfair” bank overdraft charges has got underway. Seven high street banks and a building society agreed to participate in the case and will defend OFT claims that the unfairness rules of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contract Regulations apply to excess charges. The line […]

Slaughters overhauls management team; new senior partner speaks out

Slaughter and May is facing a wholesale change of leadership as head of corporate Chris Saul is elected as senior partner. Saul, who has been head of corporate at the firm for four years and has been a partner since 1986, will take over from Tim Clark at the end of April. He said: “The […]

Keeping up with Equal Opportunities

2007 was the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All. According to the European Commission, the aim was “to make people more aware of their rights to enjoy equal treatment and a life free of discrimination”. Equality issues 2007 was the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All. According to the European Commission, the aim […]

FFW leads on Midlands property sale

Field Fisher Waterhouse‘s (FFW) burgeoning real estate practice has won an instruction on a key transaction in the Midlands. The firm represented Croskeep, the property holding company of DRE Group, on the purchase and ongoing management of the Maylord Orchards Shopping Centre in Hereford. Croskeep bought the centre from Prudential Assurance Company. FFW won the […]

Hong Kong plans new Companies Bill

In order to modernise Hong Kong’s company law, a new Companies Bill is planned for consultation in mid-2009. In order to modernise Hong Kong’s company law and to keep in line with the evolving requirements of local investors, in Mid-2006 the Hong Kong government decided to rewrite the Companies Ordinance. In March 2007, the Financial […]

The art of selecting experts

Instructing the ‘right’ expert is often no easy task. Whilst guidance has been provided to those instructing experts, there remain a myriad of practical problems for practitioners. Instructing the ‘right’ expert is often no easy task. Whilst the 2005 Civil Justice Protocol for the Instruction of Experts to give Evidence in the Civil Courts has […]

Law Soc gives Nottingham at Kaplan top marks

Nottingham Law at Kaplan Law School’s Legal Practice Course (LPC) has won top marks across the board from the Law Society. The Society awarded the LPC its highest ‘commendable’ grade on all six assessment areas: teaching, learning and the curriculum; assessment; students and their support; learning resources; leadership and management; and quality assurance and enhancement. […]

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