15 July 1996

The Lawyer Inquiry: Victoria Cochrane

Victoria Cochrane was born in London on 3 July 1956. She played a pivotal role in building a legal team for Ernst & Young’s London office, which won her in-house company/commercial lawyer of the year award at the 1996 The Lawyer/Hifal awards. What was your first job? A florist. What was your first ever salary […]

Silkin's Nickols enjoys Three Tenors concert at Norwell's cost

Alison Laferia reports Simon Nickols, head of finance at commercial practice Lewis Silkin, heard the Three Tenors in concert at Wembley, courtesy of Norwel Computer Services. Nickols won two tickets in a business card draw at Norwel’s recent event, a ‘Day of Difference’. He said: “The music and atmosphere were very good. It was an […]

Applause for a modest man

In his review of the important decision of the Court of Appeal in Chequepoint v McClelland (The Lawyer 9 July “Litigator’s View”) Paul Lomas modestly did not note that this significant case was undertaken pro bono for the new Bar Pro Bono Unit by him and his firm, Freshfields, and David Vaughan QC. Their generosity […]

Financings

Rooks Rider acted for specialist publisher Columbus Holdings which listed on the Stock Exchange via a reverse takeover of Carnell

Property

Lovell White Durrant advised Albion Property Investments which bought buildings worth £20 million from Langbourn Property Investment Services for a mix of cash and shares. Langbourn was represented by Richards Butler.

Financings

Denton Hall advised in the creation of a new independent investment company called International Pepsi Cola Bottler Investments

All aboard for big deals at Dickinsons

North East firm Dickinson Dees has tied the knot on a spate of deals worth about £400 million in the last month. Two of the biggest briefs focused on regional bus companies where Dickinsons acted for vehicles company Cowie and the Go-Ahead Group. Cowie snapped up British Bus for £282 million and County Bus for […]

In brief: Handbook points to management flaws

Allen & Overy is a major contributor to a new book which offers guidance on how best to manage professional firms. The Professional Partnership Handbook argues that many managing partners “have not always had the opportunity to acquire the range of skills required to run a successful business”. Published by Tolleys, the book tackles human […]

Mallesons cuts costs with NY and Taiwan office closures

Australian international firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques has closed its Taiwan and New York offices to cut back on costs. But Mallesons’ London partner Greg Hammond emphasised that its London office was staying open. “We have just reviewed all our overseas operations and the decision was taken to close the New York and Taiwan office but […]

Stephensons forms first link in Croatia

STEPHENSON Harwood has become the first UK law firm to form an association with a Croatian firm since the independent state was born five years ago. The five-partner Zuric & Partners, founded in 1992, when private law firms were first allowed, has become one of the leading firms in Croatia. Based in the capital Zagreb, […]

Profits from the pipeline

It may be known historically as the granite city, but more recently, Aberdeen’s fortunes have been oil-related both directly and indirectly. The oil industry and its international dimension is one of the aspects that differentiates it from Glasgow and Edinburgh as a legal marketplace. And one of the larger firms, Ledingham Chalmers has also been […]

Investment for the future

Behind the unassuming Georgian frontage in a genteel part of Edinburgh which was once home to Sir Walter Scott, is a bespoke information technology system which plays an integral part in the management of £180 million of investment funds. Murray Beith Murray WS was established in Edinburgh in 1849, and like other Scottish law firms […]

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