16 July 2001


McDermotts senior partner William Charnley still intends to pursue his original full-service UK firm ideal, but that US work is just too tempting… William Charnley, senior partner at McDermott Will & Emery’s London office, enters the room in a whirl of energy. Striding straight over to get himself a glass of water and a piece […]


As discussion topics go, preparing for the recession is right there with ante-natal classes; full of scary diagrams and useless advice, except without the beanbags. What’s more, you know it’s coming and you know it’ll be vile, and you know you won’t get any sleep for months.The most recent law firm business confidence survey from […]

Eat my shorts

Tulkinghorn would be keen to hear from a certain female tax lawyer at Clifford Chance who has a penchant for eating underpants.Said lawyer was approached late one Friday night by the Channel 4 alternative chat show So Graham Norton and asked to tuck into the edible underpants, sported by some roped-in sucker. Keen to dispel […]

Separated at birth

North East firm Watson Burton redefined its management strategy recently with the appointment of its first managing director (The Lawyer, 25 June). However, Tulkinghorn has discovered the true extent of the restructuring, which goes a lot deeper than many realised. It seems that senior partner Andrew Hoyle has been usurped by Curly Watts, formerly of […]

Tax Break?

It was the key tax case of the year. Jon Robins reports on how a Chinese takeaway defied Customs & Excise Earlier this month the Court of Appeal ruled that Customs & Excise officers had breached the human rights of two non-English-speaking proprietors of a Chinese takeaway – the Murdishaw Supper Bar in Cheshire – […]

Freshfields follows A&O lead with new US assault

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the second magic circle firm this month to announce US lateral hires as it takes on two finance partners in its New York and Washington DC offices. The move coincides with the announcement that Allen & Overy (A&O) in New York is taking on four partners to launch its US M&A […]

Conquering the Wireless World by Douglas Lamont,

published by Capstone (ISBN 184112138X) This is going to be big. Trust me. I am not talking about the mobile internet or any of those sci-fi scenarios put about by BT Cellnet a couple of years ago or the prophets of 3G now. No, I mean ‘cellspace’, the set of relationships enabled by mobile communications. […]

Gibson Dunn swoops for Sidley corporate partner

The London office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is taking on one of the founders of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood’s UK practice. Mark Pinder is joining the Los Angeles firm after four years at Sidley, where he was head of corporate for London. He moved there from Travers Smith Braithwaite, where he had been […]

In-house legal teams choose The Lawyer

The Lawyer is the undisputed publication of choice for in-house lawyers. In a Garfield Robbins survey of 3,000 in-house counsel – the biggest of its kind – The Lawyer emerged as the clear market leader, polling 89 per cent.Editor Catrin Griffiths said: “We have always put coverage of in-house legal issues at the heart of […]

SJ Berwin teams up for tax fight in Germany

SJ Berwin’s German arm SJ Berwin Knopf Tulloch Steininger and Berlin firm P+P Pöllath + Partners have set up a lobbying group to put pressure on the German tax authorities. Both firms are mounting pressure on tax authority representatives to support the European Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, and not to implement changes that […]

Lovells sets up cross-border IP service

Lovells has launched an intellectual property (IP) initiative to ensure a seamless-service pan-Euro-Asian capability. This is intended to integrate Lovells’ IP practices across the two continents with those of merger partners Siméon & Associés, Ekelmans Den Hollander and Boesebeck Droste.In a new international role, Stephen Hayward, co-head of the firm’s Asian IP and technology group, […]

Law Soc self-regulation status hangs by a thread

The Law Society is embroiled in a top-level battle over the future of its Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS). Resolutions put to the society at its annual general meeting (AGM) last week, understood to be authored by former president Robert Sayer, stated that the OSS should stop handling inadequate professional services (IPS) claims. […]

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