14 July 2003


As most lawyers not living on Mars will know, the deadline for the ‘qualifying round’ of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) panel review was last Monday.The tender is run out of Brussels by a procurement company called FreeMarkets, and boy, can you tell: out of the bureaucratic capital of the world has come a […]

Deals round-up

Bingham McCutchen (James Roome, Brian Keeler) advised Huntsman Advance Material in its acquisition of Luxembourg chemical company Vantico’s debt notes for e360m (£250m) in cash and swapped notes for 100 per cent of Vantico’s shares. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom also acted for Huntsman. Allen & Overy represented Vantico. Travers Smith Braithwaite (Chris Hale, […]

Lovells and Camerons: two ways to prosper in Germany

Aled Griffiths reports on two very different firms that are making the Anglo-German relationship work Magic circle firms have suffered considerable grief with their obstreperous German offices. Lovells and Camerons have had better luck.Cornelius Brandi and Oliver Felsenstein are chalk and cheese. The managing partners of CMS Hasche Sigle and Lovells respectively have seen their […]

BLP wins Schroders and BA after Merrill instruction

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has won Schroders and British Airways (BA) Pensions Trustees as new clients on the back of property funds work the firm has handled for Merrill Lynch.BLP partner Antony Grossman led a team advising Merrill Lynch on the sale of Ashtenne Holdings’ properties. Merrill Lynch invested £35m in a fund run by […]

Peter Carter-Ruck mounts corporate defamation claim for Murray Financial

Peter Carter-Ruck & Partners got in on the battle for AIM-listed Murray Financial Corporation (MFC) last month, when former chief executive Ken Murray instructed the firm to launch an unusual defamation claim against Resurge, the institutional shareholder that forced his resignation.Murray, a high-profile Scottish businessman, was forced to resign from the board of Murray Financial, […]

Sidley sidelined as sultan picks Mayer Brown for Dorchester deal

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has scooped its first financing deal for the Sultan of Brunei, who historically has used Sidley Austin Brown & Wood.Mayer Brown finance partner Simon Pullen, who led the financing from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on behalf of the Dorchester Group, was given the work partly on the basis […]

Lovells covers A&O on British Biotech takeover

Conflict cover needed as A&O advises both sides on friendly merger Lovells has been drafted in as conflicts back-up for Allen & Overy (A&O) on the British Biotech takeover of Vernalis.A&O is acting for both the target and the purchaser at the insistence of both clients, but Lovells has also been instructed in a ‘shadowing’ […]


Clive Garston, London senior partner, Halliwell Landau In employment law the issue of age discrimination is an old one. The validity of the statutory provisions preventing those who are over 65 from bringing employment claims has been mooted since an employment tribunal in the case of Nash v Mash/Roe Group in 1998 refused to apply them. […]

Community action and pro bonoNaomi RovnickCommunity action and pro bono: White & Case joins in battle to save Battersea Children’s Zoo

Saving reptiles may not be as high profile as getting prisoners off death row, but White & Case’s new pro bono project, to keep Battersea Park Children’s Zoo open, means more than keeping a few lizards alive.The firm has teamed up with accountancy firm KPMG to stop Wandsworth Council selling the zoo and effectively privatising […]

FIRM PROFILE: Harvey ingram owstonGareth Chadwick

SUMMER is a quieter time for most law firms as markets slow down over the holiday period. Not so for Harvey Ingram Owston.The Leicester-based firm has just announced it is to open an office in Birmingham in July, its first move outside Leicester. The launch is on the back of the firm’s recruitment this month […]

Day of the dad

Fathers 4 Justice has stormed its way into the media spotlight with ‘direct action’ in a bid to stamp out what it considers gender bias in the Family Court. Jon Robins gauges the reaction of the profession Sooner or later a father is going to pick up a gun and go visit a judge or […]

PwC Veltins pushes for German merger

In the latest twist in the tale of the German accountancy-tied law firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is trying to merge PwC Veltins with its other lesser-known associated law firm Schindhelm.Last year the management of Schindhelm rebutted a merger plan from PwC as not in the firm’s interest, but it is understood that key figures at PwC […]

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