16 September 2002

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Kathryn Hobbs meets Robin Allen QC, who says he is determined to revamp the image of the Bar Robin Allen QC is chairing the forthcoming Bar Conference and wants to talk about it. He is surprisingly media savvy for a barrister and is focused on getting in as many plugs as possible. To be fair, […]

A letting man

Canary Wharf Group legal head Michael Ashley-Brown keeps Ashursts and Clifford Chance on their toes. Julia Cahill investigates When Britain’s third-largest listed property company announced a pre-tax profit of £203.1m last week, it did so amid growing market concern about the strength of demand for office space. Its shares fell by 2 per cent, despite […]

Sidley man in Simmons U-turn

Simmons & Simmons’ Hong Kong office has taken back a consultant who left the firm six months ago to join Sidley Austin Brown & Wood Korean lawyer Jae Chul Lee has returned to Simmons as a consultant to the Hong Kong office’s financial markets practice.He rejoins the firm from Sidley, together with former Simmons lawyer […]

New López Velarde partner sees name change

Mexican firm López Velarde Heftye Abogados has become López Velarde Heftye Abogados y Soria after appointing the commissioner of the Mexican government’s federal telecommunications division Gerardo Soria as a name partner to the firm. Prior to his role as commissioner, Soria was a partner in the telecommunications and corporate finance department at Franck Galicia Duclaud […]

Debevoise takes on Linklaters finance partner

Debevoise & Plimpton has hired Linklaters partner Eryl Besse. Finance specialist Besse will join Debevoise’s Paris office in November. The addition of dual-qualified English solicitor and French advocat Besse gives the office additional capability for the firm’s cross-border M&A, capital markets and financing transactions.

Lovells goes limp on condoms

The Lawyer can exclusively reveal that Lovells has removed all the condom machines from the toilets in its new Holborn headquarters, just days after having them installed Lovells senior sources have blamed the situation on a mix-up with the vending machine suppliers, rather than an attack of management indecision over condom policy.Lovells installed vending machines […]

Dechert ups pay for new associates

Dechert has raised the game in first year associate salaries in the US after announcing an increase from $105,000 (£67,558) to $125,000 (£80,426) in its Philadelphia and Princeton offices, effective from January 2003 The raise brings associate salaries closer to those paid in Dechert’s Boston, New York and Washington DC offices. The move was quickly […]

Board member's plans to lobby Law Soc raise conflict concerns

A member of the Law Society’s main board has launched the Legal Services Reform Group to lobby the Law Society, attracting conflict of interest allegations from society backbenchers In-house lawyer Paul Gilbert formed the group in response to the deregulation of the legal services market. Backbenchers are expected to criticise Gilbert’s dual role at the […]

Lawyers finally called to account in Enron debacle

Will Vinson & Elkins and Kirkland & Ellis be dragged through the mud? Emma Vere-Jones reports Accountants have often felt the finger of blame in corporate accounting scandals. Maxwell, BCCI and last year’s Waste Management scandal are just a few instances that spring to mind. The legal advisers have usually managed to avoid the spotlight, […]

Russell Jones bags CTC work

Russell Jones & Walker has beaten off 14 other firms to be appointed as the sole provider of legal services to CTC, The National Cyclists’ Organisation Other firms understood to have pitched for the business include Shoosmiths and Van Damm Walters, a small firm based in Fleet Street, which previously acted on CTC’s panel and […]

Money laundering – ignorance is no defence

Professional practices are uniquely placed as facilitators to the business community and this, combined with a culture of trust and confidentiality, means that lawyers can become unwitting accomplices to money laundering activities. But this risk is often viewed as remote.There are three key elements to anti-money laundering legislation. First, it is an offence to assist […]

Vetting in practice

The vetting of prospective staff can be an employer’s first line of defence in weeding out undesirables, explains Andrew Durant Recent events leading to the fiasco over the vetting of teaching staff by the newly-formed Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) have at last highlighted the need for the thorough vetting of individuals taking up employment.But why […]

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