19 April 2010

When in Rome

New Europe-wide regulations to harmonise non-contractual obligation laws have had the opposite affect, says Paula Jefferson and Sarah Wright Rome II, the regulation governing the law applicable to non-contractual obligations, came into force on 11 January 2009. Its aim was to standardise rules across Europe as to which country’s law will apply in claims with […]

Jonathan Edwards

On the move

DWF has appointed Jonathan Edwards as its national head of banking. He joins from Hammonds, where he had headed the firm’s Manchester office since 2007 and before that was head of its banking practice. Move of the week Edwards is experienced in all aspects of banking law from leveraged finance and asset-based lending through to […]

Mark Soundy

Work Life Quiz: Mark Soundy, Weil Gotshal & Manges

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been? A (failed) pop star, or possibly a (really bad/sad) DJ. What was your first-ever job? Door-to-door salesman for Home Genie – “trust us to clean your carpets, curtains and furniture beautifully”. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Attending a fast and furious completion […]

Path of redemption

Every time a defective product is recalled, the company responsible must follow a long, meticulous and costly process of expiation. By James Stanbury  The alleged defects in Toyota cars have dominated the ­headlines in recent months, and according to recent reports have already led to the recall of 8.5 million vehicles.Whenever a faulty product […]

The heat is on

After becoming the third-largest developer of solar energy in Europe, the Czech Republic suddenly finds itself on the verge of a national disaster. James Swift investigates The Czech Republic is suffering from too much of a good thing. In 2009, following its ­commitment to obtain 8 per cent of its electricity from ­renewable energy sources, […]

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Small is beautiful

With most UK law firms having deserted Slovakia during the recession, Tom Phillips looks at why they may be beginning to regret it After years of growth and ­stability, how well has ­forward-thinking Slovakia come out of Europe’s ­economic slump? The UK contingent has all but departed Bratislava, leaving behind just Allen & Overy (A&O) […]

Tulkinghorn: Football focused

While many commentators think the forthcoming ­general election is likely to stymie business at law firms, everyone knows that the real danger to deal flow comes later in the summer when the population of the City flees their desks to crowd round TVs in Corney & Barrow and watch ­England’s latest glorious World Cup failure. […]

Mark Elliott

Trading aces: Mark Elliott, Bank of America Merril Lynch Commodities

As global general counsel for Bank of America Merril Lynch Commodities, Mark Elliott believes that lawyers need to get their hands dirty and get involved with their product. Mark Elliott has a passion for commodities, which probably helps when you are global general counsel for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Commodities, one of the world’s leading […]

Macfarlanes advises on sale of online design store

Hammonds, Macfarlanes and Thomson Snell & Passmore have claimed starring roles on the sale of designer Cath Kidston’s global chain of shops to private equity firm TA Associates. Hammonds, Macfarlanes and Thomson Snell & Passmore have claimed starring roles on the sale of designer Cath Kidston’s global chain of shops to private equity firm TA […]

Freshfields, Links lead on Essar’s LSE listing

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are understood to have secured the top legal roles on the ­listing of the oil and power arms of Indian ­industrial conglomerate Essar on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The flotation, if it goes ahead, is expected to raise as much as $3bn (£1.9bn), with the market cap of the […]

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Focus: The General Election, Commons goal

With less than three weeks to go until the general election, The Lawyer catches up with some of the legal practitioners hoping to become the political stars of the future The general election campaign is up and running, and the leaders of the UK’s political parties are travelling the country in a bid to convince […]

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