14 May 2001

A mild winter

At the deal table former Biddle senior partner Martin Winter is renowned for his aggression and drive. But is he really just a cuddly little pussy cat? It is the start of Martin Winter’s third day at Taylor Joynson Garrett and he’s having trouble with the coffee pot. That’s the trouble with moving jobs – […]

Christopher Morcom QC

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report on the competitiveness of the professions has sparked much debate recently. It can be added to a list of issues now confronting lawyers, including barristers. The relative merits of the individual debates aside, what is clear is that the competitive landscape for barristers is changing fundamentally. While mixed-profession […]

No gain without pain

While many law firms in the UK still have to get to grips with the fundamentals of advertising, there is one London firm that has certainly grasped the bull by the horns. Just take a look at the latest offerings from divorce specialists Brookman. Well, they are certainly bold. There are two ads: one, which […]

Leader

How Linklaters & Alliance must have breathed a sigh of relief when BT rang up and asked it to do the rights issue it completed last week. Not only was it the biggest ever rights issue in the UK – at £5.9bn, £1bn more than the City was expecting – thus a tasty deal, but […]

A lorra lorra lawyers

Are you a lawyer? Single? Looking for a new firm with partnership (and I don’t mean anything to do with equity) prospects? Well, the place to be is with James “Cilla” Hodgson and his crew at KLegal. Hodgson is on a mission – a matchmaking mission – and he hopes to be buying a new […]

Eversheds Norwich

In Norwich, Eversheds views its only significant competitor as Mills & Reeve, with which, according to managing partner Ian Shann, it enjoys a “friendly rivalry”. Shann is keen to play down the effect of the resignation of the office’s senior partner Richard Collier last May. His resignation followed a reprimand last summer from the Office […]

Virgin drops Camerons

Sixty firms blasted down to eleven in Virgin shake-up; Samaha and Bowker “wanted a diverse panel” The Virgin Group has dropped CMS Cameron McKenna from its panel following a radical overhaul of the way it works with external firms. For the first time, the group has set up a mandatory legal panel of 11 firms […]

Getting real

While the whole of the legal market has changed dramatically over the last five years or so, the world of the paralegal has been transformed. Once the preserve of the non-graduate, increasingly those with legal qualifications who are waiting to find the right training contract are taking refuge as paralegals. But the UK market has […]

Personal protection

modern organisations rely on vast amounts of data. Much of this data contains information identifying individuals and will be considered “personal data” within the scope of the European Data Protection Directive. This is implemented into various national laws, for example in the UK by the Data Protection Act 1998. Data used by organisations can be […]

Jones Day appoints restructuring partner

Cleveland giant Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is taking on a senior restructuring partner from New York firm Weil Gotshal & Manges to expand its practice internationally. Corinne Ball will join Jones Day’s New York office to lead the restructuring practice and take responsibility for the global expansion of the business reorganisation and bankruptcy practice. […]

CC technology group targets global market

Clifford Chance is launching an international assault on the technology market, creating a global communications, media and technology group. Although the firm has worked along sector specific lines before, until now its group has been focused on London. Now the group will have its own global chairperson and will focus on the international market and […]

SJ Berwin hires three for Munich office

SJ Berwin is recruiting three partners for its Munich office, giving it European Union (EU) and competition law capability in Germany for the first time. Corporate lawyers Thomas Pauls and Axel Pajunk join from Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner. EU and competition lawyer Alexander Rinne joins from Düsseldorf-based Bender Zahn Tigges. SJ Berwin Knopf Tulloch Steininger […]

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