17 April 2000

Stephen Ball

After spending more than 10 years practising in-house, Nomura’s chief general counsel has joined the UK law practice of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Claire Smith talks to Stephen Ball about the career opportunity he just could not pass up. Nomura’s chief general counsel Stephen Ball says that he had a flood of job offers before […]

Perrin's View

Leslie Perrin is managing partner of Osborne Clarke. He can be contacted at leslie.perrin@osborneclarke.com Let me take you to a far-off land and time – a land and time where law firms and clients have discovered a new kind of relationship. I want you to imagine that you are a business in this far-off land […]

Third-party insurance in cyberspace

Internet service providers must perform a tricky balancing act to avoid falling foul of the law, writes Suzanne Garben. Suzanne Garben is a partner in the media litigation department at Denton Wilde Sapte. As the first libel case involving a UK-based internet service provider (ISP), Lawrence Godfrey’s action against Demon Internet has sparked a wave […]

Over here and over paid

It has been interesting to follow reports on the escalation of solicitors’ salaries which, except for the US dimension, is reminiscent of the mid-1980s when Gouldens determined to pay in excess of all City firms for newly qualifieds. Back then Gouldens decided on a heady £15,000 against a benchmark of around £12,500. What was less […]

Projects

Berwin Leighton represented four investors on a £200m alliance with BAA’s property arm, BAA Lynton, known as the Airport Hotels Partnership. Berwin Leighton’s clients include Scottish Widows, the Coal Schemes, the Shell Pension Fund and an overseas investor. Corporate finance partner Frances McLeman acted with a team of four on the deal. Field Fisher Waterhouse […]

Placements

Baker & McKenzie advised Europejski Fundusz Leasingowy on its $82m (£51.9m) international and domestic share and global depository receipt offering and listing on the London and Warsaw stock exchanges. Credit Suisse First Boston acted as lead manager on the deal. Baker & McKenzie securities partner Peter Magyar led a team of two in the London […]

It's been a bad week for…

Mark Brown, a member of one of the UK’s richest families, walked free from court this week after being found not guilty of organising an anti-capitalist demonstration which led to a riot. Brown, a former public schoolboy and grandson of Sir Derek Vestey, was alleged to have been one of the organisers of the Carnival […]

DAC common law trio quits for Barlow Lyde

Davies Arnold Cooper is facing another spate of departures – this time from its common law department. Head of common law Malcolm Henke, motor unit head Simon Curtis and the department’s senior team leader David Pipkin are all leaving the firm to join Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. Henke, who is not a qualified lawyer but […]

Legal Widow

The Lawyer was preening himself all last week in preparation for an interview with some how-to-make-a-killing-in-industry business programme on Radio Four. He was invited to speak on project management. “Ta ta tee ta ta tee ta,” you could hear him singing to the mirror in the mornings and “lo la lee la lo lee la”, […]

Case of the week

Historian and author David Irving (right) will himself become the subject of history books after losing his High Court libel action this week over claims that he was a holocaust denier. Mr Justice Gray ruled that Irving was anti-Semitic and racist. Irving, who wrote Hitler’s War, could now face defence costs of £2m. Professor Deborah […]

It's been a good week for…

The nation’s drinkers, after the Government announced that it intends to reform outdated licensing laws – some of which are nearly 40 years old – in favour of new legislation which would allow pubs and shops to sell alcohol around the clock. The Home Office’s white paper on licensing laws has also recommended the abolition […]

Property

Coudert Brothers represented MCI WorldCom on a lease for the entire Reading International Business Park, where the company will establish its European headquarters. The site is being constructed by Akeler International. Coudert Brothers managing partner Philip Burroughs acted with a team of two on the deal while Akeler was advised by Berwin Leighton.

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