15 November 1999

McKee Nelson Ernst & Young Nab New Partners

Less than a fortnight after setting up, Ernst & Young’s new associate Washington DC law firm has gone on a poaching spree and brought in two new partners. McKee Nelson Ernst & Young, which is backed by a loan from Ernst & Young and based in the accountants’ Washington offices, has persuaded King & Spalding […]

Three Internet Deals For Manches in Three Weeks

Manches has successfully seen through its third high profile internet deal in three weeks. The firm’s latest deal involved advising Musicunsigned Ltd (www.musicunsigned.com) – the internet company which promotes unsigned artists via the web – on a venture capital deal with a private investor. The internet deals from the previous fortnight involved Marks & Spencer […]

UK Lawyers Negotiate Fund For Forced Labour Victims

Two British law firms have won assurances from the German Government that a foundation for compensating WWII forced labour camp victims will be set up within six months. Leigh Day & Co and Manchester firm, Fentons are co-ordinating claims on behalf of British forced labour claimants and will play a consultative role in establishing a […]

Skadden Arps Poach Sports Supremo

US law firm, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is making the executive vice president and chief legal officer of the National Basketball Association a partner. Jeffrey Mishkin represented several sports leagues as a partner at Proskauer Rose before joining the NBA in 1992. He joins Skadden Arps on 1 January. Skadden Arps executive partner. […]

LCD Agency To Be Broken Up

A Lord Chancellor’s Department-run agency which handles billions of pounds for mentally incapacitated people may be broken up following a damning report by independent investigators. Senior civil servant, Ann Chant, who headed the quinquennial review, says the Public Trust Office has not come up to scratch in terms of efficiency and performance in client services […]

Leading Bankruptcy Judge Joins US Firm

Judge who has presided over some of New York’s most important bankruptcy cases has joined the global law firm, Shearman & Sterling as a partner. In his eight years on the bench, Judge James Garrity has dealt with high profile international insolvency cases such as BCCI, Olympia & York, Barneys and Caldor Corp. Garrity will […]

Norton Rose Bag Bulgarian Tender

Norton Rose has won a lucrative tender from the Bulgarian Government to advise on the restructuring of the country’s power sector. Norton Rose formed a consortium with Deloitte & Touche and Thomas & Associes and beat off competition from six other consortia to triumph in a competitive tendering process. The team will advise the National […]

Queen's Speech Heralds Limited Liability Partnerships

Limited liability partnerships came another step closer this week when the Government included the promise of a bill in the Queen’s speech. A Department of Trade and Industry spokesman says LLPs will be available to two or more persons carrying on any trade or profession and will have the organisational flexibility of a partnership, with […]

New Guidelines On Judges' Bias

Judges cannot be banned from the bench for being gay, a Freemason or a member of a sports club, the Court of Appeal has decided. The country’s three most senior judges yesterday laid down guidelines to help check the trend of challenging judges on the grounds of bias, which has become more prevalent since the […]

Linklaters Opens Three New European Offices

Linklaters & Alliance is opening three new European offices and has poached a Clifford Chance partner to head up one of the three new Central and Eastern Europe offices. Csaba Berecz moves from Clifford Chance’s Budapest office to become managing partner in Linklaters new Hungarian office which opens in Budapest early next year. Linklaters has […]

Lord Chancellor To Review Legal Watchdog

The Lord Chancellor’s Department has appointed a senior civil servant, to investigate the Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman (LSO). The review of the LSO Ann Abraham’s office, which oversees the handling of complaints against solicitors, barristers, licensed conveyancers and legal executives, comes two years later than originally planned. Ministers agreed to postpone the review […]

Halliwells boosts commercial property

Manchester firm Halliwell Landau has expanded its commercial property department with six new appointments in a bid to become the premier property firm in the north west. The firm has poached the group solicitor from Preston-based property company The Eric Wright Group. Jane Coyle joins as a senior solicitor, as does Andrew Ward, formerly an […]

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