18 February 2002

Mathesons allies with Fulton Cleaver Rankin

Latest cross-border partnership formalises close relationship between firms Matheson Ormsby Prentice and Cleaver Fulton Rankin have become the latest Irish firms to team up with a cross-border alliance linking their practices in Dublin and Belfast.The move comes shortly after the most high-profile Irish cross-border partnership – the alliance between A&L Goodbody and Elliot Duffy Garrett […]

UKCC adds three new firms to panel line-up

Increased workload forces healthcare body to expand exclusive list of advisers The UK Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (UKCC) has reviewed its advisory panel and added Field Fisher Waterhouse, Blake Lapthorn and Hempsons to its exclusive list of legal advisers.The UKCC is a statutory body responsible for ensuring that nurses, midwives and […]

Mayer Brown lures Weil Gotshal partner

Weil Gotshal & Manges partner Richard Ben-Veniste has joined Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s Washington DC office Ben-Veniste is a high-profile litigator who came to public prominence through his work leading the Watergate Task Force and as the Democrats’ legal representative to the Senate Whitewater Committee.Kenneth Geller, head of Mayer Brown’s Washington office, said: “Richard […]

Vinson defends itself against Enron report

Vinson & Elkins has come out fighting in response to criticism levelled at it in a report by Wilmer Cutler & Pickering partner William McLucas on behalf of a special committee of the Enron Corporation board The report asserts that the Houston firm was instrumental in a number of Enron’s more controversial deals. But in […]

Home front

Head of legal for homelessness charity Shelter Russell Campbell talks to Fiona Callister about the increase in his workload and how larger firms can contribute more effectively It would be great if Russell Campbell’s role became redundant, but unfortunately that is very unlikely to happen anytime soon. He is head of legal for Shelter, the […]

CAC ruling on union recognition quashed

The chair of the Employment Bar Association has won a crucial judicial review against the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), the government’s arbiter on union matters John Bowers QC of Littleton Chambers overturned the CAC’s earlier decision on the basis that it wrongly interpreted the trade union recognition legislation within the Employment Relations Act 1999.The CAC […]

Top NY lawyer admits racketeering charges

Porges and wife instrumental in immigration scam; other staff also plead guilty Prominent New York immigration lawyer Robert Porges, who heads the Porges law firm, has admitted to conspiring with smugglers to bring thousands of illegal immigrants from China to the US.During their trial for racketeering and tax evasion, Porges and his wife Sheery Lu […]

Basket cases

Most feel that deregulation is both necessary and imminent, but as Jon Robins reports, the idea of supermarkets and banks offering law advice doesn’t sit well with traditionalists The Law Society came up with a striking vision of the future last month. One day, happy shoppers will nip down to their local Sainsbury&#39s for their […]

Deals summary

Nicholson Graham & Jones (Paul Salsbury) advised HSBC Bank on a £214m facility for the development of 196 luxury apartments and eight new mews houses in Knightsbridge, London SW7. Withers (Craigie Pearson) advised the borrower. Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (Trevor Nicholls, Archana Hogarth) advised Laing on a £175m deal to construct four new Metropolitan […]

Professional indemnity premiums set to rocket

Law firms should prepare themselves for a whopping rise in professional indemnity (PI) insurance premiums Insurance brokers Alexander Forbes Professions has gone on the offensive, alerting solicitors to a potential 30 to 40 per cent increase in premiums.Alexander Forbes director Trevor Moss observed two key factors behind the predicted rises. Reinsurance capacity has been diminished […]

H20 scraps merger talks

After splitting in half when its intellectual property (IP) team decamped to KLegal and then entering into merger talks with various firms, media outfit H20 has decided to go it alone Merger talks with firms such as Charles Russell, Halliwell Landau and media outfit Schilling & Lom have all been aborted. H2O is now seeking […]

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