18 October 1999


Richard James

Richard James id finally leaving the law and he says it’s for good. Ryan Dunleavy talks to the outspoken Hammond Suddards partner about his new career Richard James, corporate finance partner at Hammond Suddards’ Leeds office, is ambivalent about his career as a lawyer. On one hand, James acknowledges that his interest in the more […]


Denton Hall advised ITV on its television agreement with Formula One Administration (FOA) to cover the Formula One World Championships from 2002 to 2005. The agreement gives ITV exclusive UK rights to show the racing, except for on pay-per-view channels. Partner Mark Gay and fee earner Nick Fitzpatrick, both in the sports and leisure department […]


Herbert Smith represented Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) on its coordination and sponsorship of QXL.com’s £263m international public offering (IPO). Martina Asmar and James Palmer (pictured)

Insurance claim for Lords

A case which will probe the liability of the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) to meet certain types of claims is heading for the House of Lords. Leave has been given for an appeal by Brian White, who was injured after a car in which he was a passenger crashed. White wants to challenge a finding […]

Litigator's View

The huge public interest in the outcome of Watson v British Boxing Board of Control is not surprising. After all, more than 12 million people in the UK alone watched the events which led to the case unfold on live television. Shortly after the referee stopped the fight between Chris Eubank and Michael Watson in […]


Mary Atkins, also known as Mary Fulton, is suing Martin St Clair, Dale Wiltcher, Michael Wheeler, and Simon Steel-Carr Robinson, partners in solicitors firm Stops & Burton, whose last known place of business was in Daventry, for damages for alleged breach of contract. Atkins is claiming £516,000 after allegedly lending the partners £484,000 in June […]

It's been a bad week for…

Manchester firm Hamilton Ward & Co, which has been found liable to pay £6,176 compensation to former office junior Sarah Skinner, who lost her job after telling her employers she was pregnant. An employment tribunal in Manchester ruled the firm’s action of issuing her with a letter complaining about her work and threatening to sack […]

Scuffle of the week

A Law Lord v Lord Irvine and bar stalwarts. Lord Steyn is calling on the Lord Chancellor to reform the judicial selection process by setting up a judicial appointments commission. Lord Steyn says judges occupy a more political role since they must interpret the Human Rights Act as of next October and therefore their appointment […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Ian Rosenblatt

Ian Rosenblatt was born in Liverpool in 1959. He is senior partner at Rosenblatt. What subject(s) did you fail at school? Maths. What was your first job? Working in my uncle’s carpet warehouse. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £9,500 pa. What would you have done if you hadn’t been a lawyer? […]

It's been a good week for…

Gay judges. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine is scrapping judicial selection rules requiring wannabe judges to declare their sexual orientation when applying for posts. Lord Irvine says he wants to ensure equal opportunities. But many lawyers think the only way to do that is to abandon the “secret soundings” system of appointing judges. Geoff Hoon, […]


CMS Cameron McKenna represented Monotub Industries on its flotation on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM)

Edward Lewis prepares to dissolve partnership

PARTNERS at London firm Edward Lewis are planning to dissolve the partnership, as senior staff scramble for positions elsewhere. The Lawyer understands the 29-partner Holborn firm, subject of several sex discrimination allegations, may now wind up, with senior partners considering 1 March next year as a date for dissolution. A source close to the firm […]

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