16 April 2001

London calling

Peter Wallace has moved to London to improce cooperation between Morgan Lewis’ European offices. But will he be so happy when the sun stops shining? Peter Wallace has timed his arrival in London rather well. Moving from the Los Angeles office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius to London, where he will be in charge of […]

The bold and the beautiful

Clifford Chance might be the biggest, brashest and brightest law firm in the world right now, but it wasn’t always that way. And here’s the picture to prove it (below). While trawling through The Lawyer’s picture library, Tulkinghorn came across a motley crew of youngish lawyers, several of whom are now at the forefront of […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Funny things, telecoms companies. Sitting at the forefront of the IT revolution, they are as new economy as they come. But despite all their newfangled technology and snappy marketing speak, these are industrial giants. Vodafone/Mannesmann, the Orange flotation, British Telecommunications (BT), NTL – the list of big acquisitive names goes on and on. But in […]

Where's the cox now?

Last week’s Observer Sport Monthly contained one highly important piece of nostalgia for two of the UK’s top City lawyers. Remember that day in March 1978 when, during the 124th Oxford/ Cambridge boat race, the Cambridge boat sank? “We felt we handled bad conditions well and didn’t need to alter our boat,” Cambridge president Mark […]

Dangerous property

After last week’s tales of poor banking lawyers being lumbered with drunken au pairs, Tulkinghorn has been informed that, in fact, property law is where the real rough stuff takes place. Conveyancing, it transpires, is a much tougher world than Tulkinghorn had previously imagined. Take Tom Barth, a partner at Cumberland Ellis Peirs solicitors. Mr […]

Nick Carter: Capital One

After testing the water in the UK, Capital One is expanding into Europe. Brendan Malkin meets Nick Carter, the man charhed with overseeing the move and building up the in-house team. After five years experimenting in the UK, Capital One, the Visa and MasterCard credit card specialist, is getting ready to invade Europe. The UK […]

The Leader column

Here’s a question for UK managing partners: are US lawyers better at negotiating European mergers than the Brits? Paris has virtually turned into Wall Street-sur-Seine. Latham & Watkins’ opportunism in swallowing the Hamburg office of Gaedertz is being echoed in its current talks with the Paris office of Stibbe. Unfortunately for those of us who […]

A year ago this week

Brobeck Hale and Dorr sparks US assault on regional law firms US firm Brobeck Hale and Dorr took three top partners from Morgan Cole to set up an Oxford office. Corporate partners Joe Pillman, Jonathan Loake and Kate Eavis, the mainstay of Morgan Cole’s Thames Valley corporate practice, left to join the first US firm […]

Liquid assets

Organisation: awg plc Sector: Water and asset management FTSE 250 ranking: 30 Market capitalisation: £1.6bn Employees: 4,000 in the UK and a total of 10,000 worldwide Legal capability: 11 solicitors and 10 support staff Head of legal: Patrick Firth Reporting to: Group finance director Elliott Mannis Main location for lawyers: Huntingdon Main law firms: Herbert […]


The frenzied merger activity that has taken place in the global legal market over the past few years has led to a series of link-ups between the major international firms and local law firms, and as a consequence, managing integration has become a critical skill. I experienced the challenge first hand when developing an office […]

Book Review

E-business to the Power of 12 by Thomas Power, published by Pearson Education (ISBN 0273650211) It is somewhat ironic that Pearson and its flagship site FT.com have just begun the long and painful process of retrenching. After Pearson’s last set of results, the company announced it was halving its internet investment, and more recently FT.com […]

Dr Martens wins lawyer from Abbey

R Griggs Group, the company which makes the Dr Martens brand, has appointed William Johnson from Abbey National as group lawyer and company secretary. The hire comes as part of an internal restructure. Johnson will be based at the company’s Northamptonshire headquarters. He joins on 1 May from Abbey National after four years of service […]

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