17 February 1997

The Spanish monster prepares for Europe

Last year, respected Spanish firm J&A Garrigues invited leading firms across Europe, including Simmons & Simmons from the UK, to mark the 30th year of the Club de Abogados – “the first European club of lawyers” – which the Spanish firm helped set up. But founding partner Antonio Garrigues stresses the “club was set up […]

B&M loses leading partner

Clifford Chance has recruited a top Baker & McKenzie construction partner to head up a new construction unit. Tim Steadman joins Clifford Chance on 3 March and will work with partner Alan Elias and a team of seven fee-earners to develop the firm’s non-contentious construction practice worldwide. Steadman said the firm is targeting contractors, who […]

In brief: Government sentences Bill defeat hailed

The government defeat on the Crime (Sentences) Bill in the House of Lords last week has been welcomed by the Penal Affairs Consortium as striking “a blow for fairness and justice in sentencing”. Opposition amendments giving judges discretion to set aside mandatory minimum sentences were carried by eight votes in the Lords last Thursday. Home […]

College eyes global market for education

The College of Law wants to open campuses outside the UK according to chief executive Nigel Savage. “I think eventually the college will be looking to establish colleges overseas. Legal practice is becoming global, therefore legal education needs to become global,” he said. His comments came as the college unveiled a multimillion-pound strategic plan which […]

Presenting the case for the prosecution

Coverage by The Lawyer of the Law Society’s Provision of Information to Council Members missed the point! The objectives of the guidelines are simple: to ensure that Law Society staff respond promptly to enquiries from council members and to provide staff with support and guidance about how to do so. At a council meeting last […]


Frere Cholmeley Bischoff acted for C&B Publishing on its admission to AIM with a market capitalisation of £5.6m.


SJ Berwin advised vending organisation Provend Group on its £22m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Osborne Clarke advised Henderson Crosthwaite

No claim too huge for striking

If ever a case served as an argument for the profession to always carry out a full investigation into the possibility of successful striking out moves, it is the recent one involving top accountants Ernst & Young and BCCI. A massive $3.5bn (£2.2bn) claim against Ernst & Young by BCCI’s liquidators has been more than […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Hugh Ellins

Hugh Ellins was born in Shoreham-on-Sea on 23 October 1945. He now lives in Newbury and is a partner and head of commercial property at Charles Lucas & Marshall. What was your first job? Greengrocer’s delivery boy. What was your first-ever salary as a lawyer? £5 per week. What would you have done if you […]

Applying the law of nature

I was amused to read Paul Marsh’s letter in defence of dinosaurs (The Lawyer, 11 February). I am very surprised that Mr Marsh does not appear to be aware that solicitors in Scotland have successfully been selling property for hundreds of years. He also makes reference to two property cases in Surrey where claims have […]

Disabled dilemmas

The difficulties faced by disabled solicitors were all too poignantly pointed out at the inaugural conference for the Group for Solicitors with Disabilities. Finding training contracts is still extremely difficult, with firms showing little courage in their attitude to such applications. The humiliations which some have had to endure in the course of interviews are […]

Inn the right place

Many leading chancery practitioners are still bemoaning the loss of Robert Walker QC, formerly at 5 Stone Buildings, to the bench, and a few confess to being hard-pressed in their quest for outstanding silks. But for the majority, chancery leaders are still to be found in the regular hunting grounds. The sets most frequently mentioned […]

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