15 May 2000

Eversheds acquires Linsley & Mortimer

Eversheds has snapped up Newcastle firm Linsley & Mortimer to boost its local insurance practice. The three-partner firm, which counts CGU and Iron Trades among its clients, began talks with Berrymans Lace Mawer in June 1999. But by September, negotiations were called off at the last minute. According to David Weatherburn, head of insurance and […]

Shoosmiths property partner defects to Warner Cranston

City firm Warner Cranston is taking on a new commercial property partner from nat-ional practice Shoosmiths. Mary Anderson is joining Warner Cranston’s Coventry office after spending six years as a partner at Shoosmiths in the Midlands. Before that Anderson spent six years as a partner at Mishcon de Reya in London. Anderson specialises in major […]

Finers Stephens nabs Mishcons tax expert

West End firm Finers Stephens Innocent is taking on a new tax principal from City practice Mishcon de Reya. Brian Slater is a qualified accountant and joins the firm with partner status to advise on corporate tax, property tax, VAT and employee share options schemes. Mishcons says that Slater held a “senior position” in the […]

Hammonds liability team escapes sale to go solo

Hammond Suddards’ liability insurance litigation department is striking out on its own – avoiding being sold-off to the highest bidder. The firm, which is called Praxis Partners, was going to be sold after Hammonds brought in accountants Grant Thornton to co-ordinate a purchase (The Lawyer, 3 April). Jane Dixon, one of three partners at Praxis, […]

Deborah Sabalot

Tamzin Hindmarch meets Deborah Sabalot, the New Orleans’ lawyer who is flying in the face of fashion by ditching KLegal for a future in her adopted home of London with Lovells. There is no doubt that the latest arrival in Lovells’ financial department, former director at KLegal Deborah Sabalot, has adapted quickly to her new […]

Too little, to date

Pro Bono can be an excellent marketing tool – surely enough of an incentive for media hungry law firms to devote resources to unpaid projects. However, after The Lawyer’s second annual survey on pro bono, it seems that little has changed since last year. Yes, there are several firms moving in the right direction, but […]

Case of the week… not

As hype about the amount of (insurable) losses companies suffered because of overly affectionate emails last week reached fever pitch, the bidding war began on how many years in jail the author of the ‘I Love You’ computer virus should get. But meanwhile, back in the real world, those responsible for the Paddington rail disaster […]

Litigators are content after the reform

The biggest change under the Woolf reforms has been the way in which cases are handled, writes Liz Tout. Some people may find it difficult to imagine that litigation lawyers could be expected to reach a general consensus on any subject. What then, should we make of news that a MORI poll commissioned last month […]


Lovells acted for Shaftesbury on its £42.5m purchase of National Magazine House, Carnaby Street, London W1 from Electricity Supply Nominees. The transaction was funded by a rights issue underwritten by Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Jane Rigler, commercial property partner at Lovells, acted on the deal while Eversheds advised Electricity Supply Nominees.

Quote of the week

“My mother always wished for one of each – a doctor and a lawyer – but she didn’t do too badly in the end.” – Deborah Sabalot, of counsel at Lovells, on her mother’s disappointment that both her children became lawyers.

Keeping up with technology

As the LegalTech London conference, held in association with The Lawyer, gets underway this week, John Hokkanen gives tips on how to bring your firm up to speed with the new dotcom culture. John Hokkanen is internet strategist at US firm Baker & Botts. Many lawyers feel that their firms are under attack from both […]


Linklaters & Alliance represented Matsushita Investment & Development on the pre-letting of half of its 300,000sq ft Mid City Place office to Towers Perrin. Construction on the development is expected to be completed by 2001 and Towers Perrin will take the lower half of the nine storey building. Alexandra Marks, property partner at Linklaters, acted […]

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