17 June 2002

Fully composed

Charles Russell’s Laurie Watt has not let his accession to senior partner hold him back from the fray – or from playing the horn. Kathryn Hobbs reports Describing a litigator as lovely has to be an oxymoron. But Laurie Watt, Charles Russell’s senior partner, is a lovely man, although he probably won’t thank me for […]

Deals summary

Weil Gotshal & Manges (Jacky Kelly) advised UBS in connection with structuring and executing a e176m (£113.8m) synthetic collateralised debt obligation. Lead manager Schroder Salomon Smith Barney was advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Erica Handling). Allen & Overy advised Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank as joint lead managers and joint bookrunners, and ABN Amro Bank […]


On 31 May 2002, the European Insolv-ency Regulation came into force throughout the EU, with the exception of Denmark. It has been a long time coming. Insolv-ency proceedings were excluded from the 1968 Brussels Convention on Jurisdiction and the Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters, with the intention that there would be a […]

You're forgiven (hiccup)

Bless you Adams Creative. You will remember this particular PR agency from last week’s issue, in which Tulkinghorn issued it a firm rebuke for ‘economising’.The poor agency fell short by 6p on the postage of a press release sent on behalf of Kingsfords Solicitors. Tulkinghorn was very grateful to receive “an apology for mugging you […]

Disaster handling criticised

Personal injury (PI) law-yers renewed calls for a new approach to handling major disasters after last month’s Potters Bar train crash “The aftermath of the crash begins to bear all the hallmarks of previous disasters at Paddington, Southall, King’s Cross and the sinking of the Marchioness riverboat,” said Patrick Allen, the president of the Association […]

The care bearers

With the NHS’s legal bill spiralling, changes have to be made. Michael Leyland looks at the latest developments in clinical negligence law affecting one of the causes – future care In April this year, the National Audit Office released figures showing that the NHS is facing a £4.4bn legal bill for clinical negligence claims. This […]

Refereeing decision

Mediation has not proved popular for resolving clinical disputes. Arnold Simanowitz looks at the reasons why and a new initiative that could spark a change in attitude Mediation as an alternative means of resolving disputes has been increasing in popularity and has many supporters among the legal profession.As so often happens with the legal profession, […]


The definition of PI has never been broader. Claimants and their lawyers have not been slow on the uptake. Michael Leyland reports What is the first thing that comes into your head when you hear the words ‘personal injury’? A broken leg? Brain damage? How about deep vein thrombosis or work-related stress? The first two […]

PI Bar offers tentative support for Govt structured settlements

The personal injury (PI) Bar offered ‘two cheers’ for Government plans to introduce structured settlements at its recent spring conference The Government has been consulting on the idea of introducing structured settlements as a means of providing for the long-term care of injured parties, as an alternative to conventional lump-sum awards.“No doubt, health ministers are […]

Playing with lives

Did the Association of British Insurers play fair on Fairchild? Jon Robins reports on the anger at the insurers’ tactics “Sanity has finally been restored.” That is how Adrian Budgen, a partner at Irwin Mitchell, views the unanimous decision of the Law Lords last month to overturn earlier rulings that had barred victims of asbestos […]

PI firms quick to take up online settlement option

Leading personal injury (PI) firms were signing up to a new online ‘blind bidding’ settlement service last week Five firms are to sign up to the WeCanSettle scheme, pioneered by trade union firm Thompsons. Manchester PI firm Donns Solicitors last week became the first firm to make a formal commitment to use the system firmwide.The […]

Calvert-Smith QC honoured by Queen

David Calvert-Smith QC (left), the Director of Public Prosecutions at the Crown Prosecution Service since November 1998, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list He was previously the treasury counsel and chairman of the Criminal Bar Association.

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