19 February 2001

A VIEW from south africa

Ever since political reform in the early 1990s, investors have been interested in this country of vast mineral wealth, first-world industries and extreme social deprivation. South Africa offered the prospect of a competitive return on investment compared to South East Asia, Asia and Latin America; it offered a sophisticated commercial and financial infrastructure with high […]

Norton Rose rejigs Paris and Greece heads

Norton Rose is reshuffling its European management team following the sudden death of the head of its Paris office in December. Alain Sanchez, who died on New Year’s Eve, will be replaced by Tim Howard, the manager of the firm’s associated offices in Greece. The Greek office had to be rebranded Law Office Howard in […]

Feeling flush

Now Tulkinghorn is sure you all remember busy Clifford Chance banking star James Johnson, depicted in these pages just two weeks ago. He had the gall to call one of The Lawyer’s journalists and conduct a conversation while relieving himself. But it seems that this is just the tip of the iceberg. While most gentlemen […]

Brief encounter: McCLURE NAISMITH

McClure Naismith is a mid-range, well-known Scottish corporate commercial firm. Celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, it has revealed an ambitious business plan to increase fee income by 50 per cent and double the number of staff by 2004. Having recently conducted extensive client research, the firm has modified its corporate logo – clients told […]

the Leader column

Over the last couple of weeks, anyone flying business class to Frankfurt, Cologne and a whole host of other German cities must have been cheek by jowl with lawyers. Sitting nearest the exit were the hordes plus their dog after a piece of Gaedertz, ready to rush off as soon as the undercarriage hit the […]

Picture perfect?

Tulkinghorn would, of course, be the first to tell anyone that The Lawyer publication is of the very highest class and a world away from other tawdry rags that he cannot even bring himself to even mention. Thus he completely understands the eagerness of the legal world to appear on its pages. But even Tulkinghorn, […]

Business or pleasure?

As property lawyers gear themselves up for the sun, sea and seminar fest that is Mipim, Tulkinghorn was reminded of one lawyer who will be a bit more cautious when handing out his business cards this year. As Tulkinghorn has always been of the firm belief that what goes on tour, stays on tour, he […]

A cracking good yarn

They say that it’s all in a name and Tulkinghorn was recently treated to the charming tale of Camilla Squirrel. The delightfully named Squirrel, now a legal recruitment consultant with HaysZMB, is the subject of a rumour. Nothing sordid, mind. No, the rumour has it that when her chosen university received her application they were […]

a year ago this week

SJ Berwin sparks salary war SJ Berwin sparked a salary war by increasing newly-qualified lawyer salaries to £42,000 from the £33,000 industry standard. As documented in The Lawyer, several have followed suit, including Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Norton Rose. Later, KLegal raised salaries to £45,000. US firms i n London offering New York […]


UK firms: Allen & Overy and Shook Lin Bok Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Drew & Napier Linklaters & Alliance and Allen & Gledhill Lovells and Lee & Lee US firms: Baker & McKenzie and Wong & Leow Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Helen Yeo & Partners Shearman & Sterling and Stamford (licence yet to be […]

A united Britannic

Britannic, traditionally limited to life assurance services, has dramatically broadened its horizons, effectively making the in-house legal department group-wide. Mary Murphy meets the head of legal to see how she coped with the changes Today’s Britannic is unrecognisable from the company of two years ago. Back then, it dealt solely in life assurance, with all […]


Although there is no single central register, best estimates suggest that there are almost 20,000 lawyers practising in Brussels. Of those, perhaps 700-1,000 are UK-qualified. The vast majority are there to advise on European law. As there is no statutory monopoly on the provision of legal advice, they are able to reside in Belgium and […]

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