17 January 2000

Barrister in the doghouse

Stephen Rich told Newcastle Crown Court that he was looking after a bull mastiff for a friend as he prepared the case of a client accused of making a threat to kill and aggravated burglary. When he momentarily left the room, Nalla, a one-year-old bitch, devoured half of his copy of a closed circuit TV […]

Monckton Chambers and 4-5 Gray's Inn Square in merger talks

Alexandrina le Clezio, Monckton’s chambers director, says: “We are commencing talks with 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square with a view to implementing a full merger. Full discussions between members of chambers are taking place and we expect to make a full announcement in three weeks.” Chambers director at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Tony Wells says: “There were […]

Baker & McKenzie raids Rowe & Maw

Ratzke , a Rowe & Maw partner for 11 years says Baker & McKenzie’s established global presence, together with the increasing strength and reputation of the Firm’s corporate practice were key factors in his decision to move. “I am clear that international reach and branding will increasingly be the major influences in clients’ choice of […]

Haarmann Hemmelrath names new UK partners

Corporate partner Philip Newhouse joins from Taylor Joynson Garrett where he was the Bucharest office head until returning to London in summer 1998. He knows the German firm through its former affiliation with Taylor Joynson Garrett . Newhouse will work alongside Jay Birch, previously a partner at Hammond Suddards and legally qualified accountant Peter Vaines […]

Sydney law firm set to lose managing partner

Steve Walker, who plans to take on more external board appointments, will be replaced by his deputy, Ian McGill, the head of the firm’s telecommunications practice. Managing partner for four years, Walker will take on various management projects for Allens when he leaves in July but will not return to full-time practice.

Right to trial by jury bill ditched

The revamped House of Lords effectively killed off the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill when Peers from all sides – including Labour – voted by 222 to 126 against it. This is thought to be the first time a mainstream bill has been killed off before it reached the elected house: since the measure […]

Weil Gotshal hires Clifford Chance partner

Pensions partner Joanne Etherton joined Clifford Chance as a trainee and has worked there for over ten years. Her appointment will strengthen Weil Gotshal’s 30-strong corporate department

East Midlands solicitors appoint in-house barrister

Gordon has been a barrister for ten years specialising in personal injury and medico-legal work. Gordon, who plans to qualify as a solicitor, says he has moved because the exciting and interesting work is increasingly carried out by solicitors and he feels the skills he uses at the bar can best be used as part […]

Management reshuffle at Clifford Chance

Matthew Layton, a partner in the private equity group, has been elected Executive Partner and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the London practice. He takes over from Peter Charlton who was recently elected the firm’s London Managing Partner. Layton joined Clifford Turner in January 1984 as an articled clerk and made partner […]

"Forgetful" barrister cleared

Ian Bullock, a tenant at Queen Square Chambers in Bristol, denied evading taxes and national insurance contributions worth £375,000. Judge David Radford said he had no alternative but to discharge the jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court after it failed to reach a verdict despite six hours of deliberations. Bullock, the court heard, has now repaid […]

White & Case opens in Bahrain

The firm has poached Qays Zu’bi, a partner with Bahraini law practice, Al-Mahmood & Zu’bi to head up the new office in Manama. The new office will focus on banking, infrastructure and other financial transactions in the Gulf. Through Zu’bi, the firm will also have full local litigation and counselling capability covering banking, company and […]

Philadelphia firm snaps up Boston practice

The new entity – which combines the 250-lawyer strength of the Philadelphia firm with the Boston based 50-attorney general practice – will be renamed Schnader Harrison Goldstein & Manello. Goldstein’s managing partner, Robert Somma says his firm has been seeking a big merger partner since the summer of 1998 but until now have been unable […]

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