15 October 2012

Roman Abramovich

Featured Case: Contracts

Agreements; Aluminium; Intimidation; Oil companies; Profits; Russia; Shares Berezovsky v Abramovich. [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm). Gloster, J. 31 August 2012 The claimant Russian businessman failed to prove any binding agreement that he was to have an interest in a Russian oil company or a Russian aluminium company. Claims dismissed The claimant Boris Berezovsky sued the […]

Tong Lihua

IBA Conference: Bar talk

Thousands of lawyers descended on Dublin last week for the annual International Bar Association conference. Of course, The Lawyer was there too, to bring you the inside knowledge Asking a taxi driver about the mood of a city is always a good bet. Last week in Dublin the drivers were on good form and extremely […]

work papers

Slogging on

The time of your life? It’s not likely to be at work Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) lawyers Jonathan Brenner and Simon Harper, the brains behind locum business Lawyers on Demand, put on a free event last week at BLP’s London Bridge offices, designed to help lawyers manage their lives. Life With Law, it was called. […]

Matt Byrne

The new measure of success

Do you know how much money your property generates? Or, to be more precise, how much revenue per square foot of your firm’s real estate your fee-earners are churning out? If the answer’s no, you might want to take a look at our feature on page 20. Following the launch of this year’s The Lawyer […]


Let’s get ready to grumble

Partners may not like it, but new banking rules will affect their borrowings The Basel III rules on capital requirements for banks, due to come into force in January, will have a wide-ranging effect on the finance industry, but law firm partners could bear the brunt of the changes too. The nature of professional practice […]

Bryan Hughes

Support in a storm

Eversheds boss Bryan Hughes talks about leadership in a global downturn Has the prospect of running a law firm become that unattractive? The number of uncontested management elections at firms this year suggests so. Allen & Overy’s management duo both sailed back into office in January, as did Addleshaw Goddard managing partner Paul Devitt. Nobody […]


Sitting on defence

Whatever happened to the BAE-EADS deal, the lawyers were going to be okay The mooted merger of UK defence group BAE Systems and EADS, the Continental aerospace company, crash-landed last week after the companies failed to convince politicians the deal was in the interests of France, Germany, the UK and the US. But it was […]

Robert Davies

Dangers lurk in new contracts

How George Osborne’s employee-owner contracts could reduce workers’ engagement with businesses Chancellor George Osborne last week unveiled proposals to increase employee share ownership by enabling employers to offer a new kind of employment contract called an employee-owner. Under the proposals employees could be awarded £2,000 to £50,000 of shares that will not be subject to […]

Jessica Farmer

Barnet and Harrow head of legal practice: Share option

Barnet and Harrow councils have merged their legal teams, and keeping things on track is head of legal Jessica Farmer Spending money wisely might not always have been the mantra du jour in the City, but would things have been different if that money had been public – if lawyers had to choose between spending […]

Matthew Thompson

Offshore litigation boom is no bubble

There are good reasons why jurisdictions such as Jersey are seeing more disputes coming before the courts Earlier this month (1 October) the managing partner of Olephant Solicitors, Jan Mugerwa, claimed in an article in these pages that the offshore litigation boom would be just a bubble unless jurisdictions dump protectionism. As one of a […]


Judgment Call: 15 October 2012

Land Rover v Revenue and Customs Commissioners. [2012] UKFTT 562 (TC). Christopher Jenkins; Judge Kevin Poole. 06 September 2012 Tax Part of the satellite navigation system installed in motor vehicles manufactured by the appellant was an ‘assembly for GPS system having a position determination function’ within the Combined Nomenclature. Even though it was contained in […]


Good offices

Making the most of your office space is a management priority these days, as exclusive new data in the UK 200 reveals In this year’s The Lawyer UK 200 annual report we broke new ground – almost literally. Alongside the usual questions about turnover, profit and number of equity partners, for the first time we […]

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