18 September 2000

DLA forms Singapore alliance

J Koh & Co, which has 21 lawyers, specialises in cross-boarder transactions, project financing, M & A, private equity, structured dept and securities. The move follows DLA’s recent announcement that Italian law firm, De Berti, Jacchia, Perno & Associati will joining D&P in January 2001. DLA’s Singapore office will focus on shipping, marine insurance and […]

Norton Rose takes on Barnett Alexander employment head

Norton Rose’s employment practice has grown under the leadership of Tim Russell having recently announced a £1.5m increase in annual turnover but lacked another partner to sustain the expansion in PFI and multi-jurisdictional work.

City firms to help war torn countries

Chair of the business law section J William Rowley QC made the announcement at the opening ceremony, saying that the contribution is inline with the interests of the group. He says: “Investment will not come without protection.” The consortium was the brainchild of the IBA’s new executive director, Mark Ellis, three years ago and will […]

Slovakians rethink law in EU move

The Slovak government is set to clarify whether foreign lawyers are practising illegally as the country gears up to become a member of the European Union (EU). Under the current law, foreign lawyers can not practise in the region if they are not members of the Slovak Bar Association (SBA). The government has stated that […]

Simmons was always on track

YOUR reference to Railtrack becoming a client of Simmons & Simmons (The Lawyer, 11 September) does not represent fairly the process by which Simmons & Simmons was engaged as our principal lawyers. This is not the first time the position has been misrepresented in the legal press. Simmons & Simmons was one of six firms […]

Case of the week

A primary school head has won the right to return to work part-time following maternity leave. The case could open the floodgates to similar claims from women who held positions of authority before leaving for maternity leave. A tribunal found that school governors at Langtree Primary School in Torrington Devon breached sex discrimination laws by […]

Scuffle of the week

City law firm Charles Russell faces questioning from the Financial Services Authority after one of its lawyers told the High Court that its client Scoot.com was in advanced takeover talks only hours before a Stock Exchange statement denying reports of a takeover bid. Following a report in The Sunday Telegraph that Scoot.com was in takeover […]

Teething problems loom as SIF expires

The sky did not fall in on 1 September because the Solicitors’ Indemnity Fund (SIF) had passed away – but although it is too soon to write the biography, it is not too soon to write an obituary. SIF owed its birth in the mid-1970s to two decisions taken by the Law Society, the first […]


Established: January 1994 Presiding judge: His Honour Judge Raymond Jack QC Bristol’s Mercantile Court has perhaps the best reputation of all. It’s success is largely due to the ability of Judge Jack, whose judgments are repeatedly upheld on appeal. He has a reputation for being a down-to-earth, interventionist and reliable judge. His impartiality and lack […]

De Besche splits from Denton Wilde network

Norwegian firm de Besche & Co is pulling out of Denton Wilde Sapte’s international network, Denton International, following its merger with local Oslo firm Arntzen Underland & Co. Arntzen is closely linked to the Stockholm office of Baker & McKenzie and a potential conflict of interest between Denton Wilde Sapte and Baker & McKenzie means […]

Revealed: the IPO UK market winners

City firms have been cashing in on a bumper period of UK IPOs, with Linklaters & Alliance outstripping its magic circle rivals to work on flotations worth £17.2bn. In the first The Lawyer IPO 2000 survey, Linklaters has emerged as the clear leader for UK IPO work by volume and value, for both the investment […]


Established: 1992 Presiding judges: Judge Michael Kershaw QC (left) and Judge Brendan Hegarty QC The oldest of the UK’s Mercantile Courts, Manchester’s backlog and popularity problems have been solved in part by the arrival several years ago of Judge Hegarty, formerly a commercial silk practising at 8 King Street chambers. Both judges have a reputation […]

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