15 January 2001

This man needs help

Leslie Perrin (below). Now there’s a man to conjure with: raffish, erudite, an ironic smile playing on his lips and with always a quip at the ready, Leslie is truly the Will Self of the West Country. Tulkinghorn has long been an admirer of The Lawyer’s former celebrity columnist, recalling such gems as “The Law […]

Imagination run riot

Tulkinghorn hopes the response to the above competition is a little better than the one hosted by Eversheds: to come up with a name for its new Manchester office. In a stunning display of creativity, the best the firm’s collected wits could manage was… Eversheds House. Richard Eaton at Brobeck Hale and Dorr did the […]

The law is an ass

These pages have been dominated recently by (male) lawyers making optimum use of their time by continuing to work even when relieving themselves. Tulkinghorn is sure you all remember the partner at a top 20 firm who regularly makes calls from his mobile while on the toilet, often to his longsuffering secretary, who has reported […]

… and takes on Landwell partner in Paris

Haarmann Hemmelrath in Paris is poaching a partner from Landwell, the legal arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Alfred Fink, who heads the German desk of Landwell’s Paris office, will join Haarmanns in April. He currently heads a team of eight lawyers who advise German clients on tax, M&A and capital markets. One source says that conflicts […]

Dorsey boosts Brussels office with Trenité hire

US firm Dorsey & Whitney is expanding its Brussels practice with the former head of competition from Dutch firm Trenité Van Doorne. Pierre Bos, who headed the Brussels office of Trenité before moving to Rotterdam in 1999, has been a partner at the firm since 1985. Trenité split in two at the end of last […]

Watson Farley wins two partners from DJ Freeman

Leading asset finance firm Watson Farley & Williams has recruited two partners from DJ Freeman. Tax partner Christopher Comyn and corporate partner Jonathan Martin are still negotiating their departure dates. They will join Watson Farley as partners. Comyn and Martin say that the main reason for their departures is to take advantage of Watson Farley’s […]

Brief encounter: Mallesons

Mallesons Stephen Jaques appears to be something of an Anglophile. UK merger talks have been high on its agenda in recent years. When the on-off talks with Clifford Chance finally collapsed last year, it was understood to have jumped straight back into UK negotiations, this time with Linklaters & Alliance. Mallesons is one of only […]

campaigning Organisations

Amnesty International Amnesty is not a charity, but regards itself as a humanitarian organisation. Under charity law, its objects are political, as it seeks to change law and government policy in various countries. It does have a charitable arm for education and research activities, which fall explicitly within the ambit of charity law. Christian Aid […]

Second committee recommendations

The intake of local undergraduates to the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore will be increased. The number will increase from 150 to 185. This will then be increased again to 200. Graduates with law degrees from an additional 10 universities will be able to apply for admission to the Singapore Bar. […]

Ever the twain?

“What a really super guy – does a lot of work for charity; doesn’t like to talk about it.” Harry Enfield’s DJ parodies Smashie & Nicey gave the UK charity sector a comic appeal, but with around a £24bn turnover in 2000, it is anything but a joke. There are now over 185,000 organisations on […]

case study: war on want

War on Want is a registered charity set up to combat world poverty and promote human rights. It is involved in a dispute with the Foreign Office (FO) about the FO’s decision to permit the export of gun parts to Morocco for use in its occupation of Western Sahara. War on Want believes that the […]


It does not seem like only five months since the European Convention on Human Rights was incorporated, with much fanfare, into our domestic law. To a commercial or other civil litigator, human rights have already become a familiar feature of the legal landscape because of the number and variety of human rights points that have […]

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