15 April 2002

Life support

James Oury has spent his career in efforts to save the lives of death row prisoners, but he wants to be known for more than just being a life-saver Over the years, James Oury has been up close and personal with several death row killers – and yet here he is looking scared of little […]

Norton Rose chief joins Richards Butler in Greece

Richards Butler has hired the head of Norton Rose’s litigation team in Greece John Reece has joined the office in Piraeus, where he will be managing partner. He specialises in shipping litigation, including casualties, pollution claims, cargo claims, crew disputes and ship sale and purchase arbitration.

Cuatrecasas to share profits and blend teams with Iberia alliance

Spanish firm Cuatrecasas is set to share profits and create joint practice teams with the members of its Iberian alliance The alliance, CGMP, is developing common teams of lawyers working in M&A and tax. The firms will share almost 10 per cent of their combined profits.CGMP contains Cuatrecasas, Portuguese firm Gonçalves Pereira, Brazilian firm Machado […]

Cross-border Irish work recommences

Mason Hayes & Curran and Carson McDowell have won the first piece of cross-border work placed by the Northern Irish Assembly since the resumption of the peace process The firms’ cross-border alliance i-law has won the work from the Industrial Research and Technology Unit (IRTU) of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment, which is […]

The heart of the Black Country

Exciting developments in the Black Country. Well, that’s what last week’s press release from Waldrons Solicitors promised at any rate. “Black Country solicitors have taken on a new recruit with a difference,” it proclaimed.Said new recruit, a Mr Adrian Ruffhead, it transpires, is a ‘radical’ Christian, who has just spent two years on the Ivory […]

MG Rover turns to Eversheds in joint venture with Chinese manufacturer

Eversheds has advised MG Rover Group on a deal that could safeguard thousands of jobs in the UK and which will eventually lead to the creation of two new cars.The Eversheds team acted on a new joint venture between Rover and China Brilliance Industrial Holdings, a vehicle com-ponent manufacturer and sales specialist with an annual […]

New German Takeover Act used by Weil in Texas deal

Weil Gotshal & Manges has advised on one of the first German tender offers since the new German Takeover Act came into effect.A team led by Geza Toth out of the London office and Liza Kroeger out of Frankfurt advised Texas Instruments Incorporated on a voluntary cash tender offer for German company Condat.For the deal […]

Pillars of the modern world

News of developments in the regions have been arriving on Tulkinghorn’s desk thick and fast this week, but none more groundbreaking than that from the Swindon office of Thring Townsend. Wait for it, wait for it… Thring Townsend has given up air conditioning.Yes, it’s true. But the firm isn’t going to risk the wrath of […]

Deals Summary

Pinsent Curtis Biddle (Alan Greenough, Duncan McDonald) has advised NBGI Private Equity on its investment in the management buyout of specialist recruitment agency Walker Hamill from the Marlborough International Group. Speechly Bircham advised the management team. Charles Russell (Clive Hopewell) has advised Healthtrack Media on its acquisition of AIM-listed Channel Health Interactive Lifestyle. Healthtrack Media, […]

Legal Widow

In an unfortunate incident involving children refusing to go to the loo before leaving Pizza Express and needing to run indoors as soon as we got home, I left the car keys in the ignition. Once everyone had calmed down and apologised for knocking each other over in the rush (I’d put money on Deminimus […]

Influential justice

There has been an abundance of insurance and reinsurance cases recently. Julian Flaux QC and Rebecca Sabben-Clare comment on the most influential judgments Reviewing recent case law in the field of insurance and reinsurance law is a considerable task. An electronic search produces 27 decisions in the past six months alone, of which a strikingly […]

Wise counsel

Last Wednesday was the day for all the new Queen’s Counsel to take silk, and what a day it was too. Typically, pandemonium reigned, with clerks rushing around madly, barristers all aflutter, and battles over transport. The sheer weight of numbers forced one set to resort to taxis while another opted for a ‘pimp mobile’ […]

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