19 January 1998

Le Brasseurs swallows up North & Co

NICHE London NHS casework firm Le Brasseurs J Tickle has widened its commercial business by absorbing its small neighbour North & Co. The merger creates a 57-fee earner practice with a main base in London and another office in Leeds. North & Co’s seven fee earners have moved to Le Brasseurs’ London office in Covent […]

Government criticised over Tupe paper

The Government’s proposals for the amendment of the law on transfer of undertakings do not go far enough, according to John McMullen, head of employment law at Pinsent Curtis and a leading commentator on Tupe. Tupe (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations 1981) protects the rights of employees on the transfer or sale of […]

Tripartite tie-up will form new top 10 national firm

BEACHCROFT Stanleys is in talks with Wansbrough Willey Hargrave and Vaudreys to create the a new national firm ‘centred in London’, The Lawyer can reveal. If the tripartite merger does go ahead it would create a top 10 UK firm by size with more than 400 lawyers. Last week, The Lawyer reported that Wansbroughs was […]

Price Waterhouse secures links with Belgian firm

Price Waterhouse has become the first Big Six accountancy firm to forge links with a Belgian law firm since Arthur Andersen’s failed attempt to secure a legal foothold in the country at the start of the decade. Bogaert & Vandemeulebroeke, a 10-lawyer practice, has joined the accountancy giant’s European law firm network. The firm’s two […]

Dibbs unveils immigration service

Dibb Lupton Alsop is setting up a dedicated service designed to help its clients move their staff across international borders. The firm has recruited Ann Symonds, a non-lawyer specialist in the field who once headed the business immigration department at Field Fisher Waterhouse, and later led the executive immigration services team at accountancy firm Arthur […]

In brief: Dibbs poached recruits rises to 12

Dibb Lupton Alsop is to take two more lawyers from Birmingham rival Edge & Ellison, bringing the number who have moved across to Dibbs in the past year to a dozen. They are banking associate Brian Woodcock, who joins Dibbs as partner and regional head of banking replacing Tim Travers who left for Wragge & […]

Chadbourne & Parke makes pioneering move in Australia

US FIRM Chadbourne & Parke has established a base in Australia by building an association with the niche natural resources practice Chambers & Co. Both sides describe the association as close and likely to get closer although it is not exclusive. Under the arrangement, Chadbourne & Parke has sent project finance counsel Lynne Gedanken from […]

Arbitration court overhauls rules to eliminate delays

The Paris-based International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has overhauled its rules for the first time in 20 years. Key aims of the changes are to reduce delays, to clear up uncertainties about arbitration procedures and to eliminate holes in the rules revealed by experience of the last two decades. […]

Lessons from Westminster

Leonie Cowen looks at how lawyers can avoid becoming caught up in another Westminster ‘homes for votes’-style scandal. Leonie Cowen is a solicitor and local government consultant. Just before Christmas, three Divisional Court judges handed down judgment in the infamous Westminster City Council ‘homes for votes’ case. They confirmed the district auditor’s finding of ‘wilful […]

In brief: TSG attacks Law Society over council seat

The Trainee Solicitors Group (TSG) has attacked the Law Society’s council membership committee for refusing to recommend the allocation of one of the non-constituency seats on the Law Society Council to the group. Dr Nick Armstrong, the chair of the TSG, said the group represented the largest proportion of Law Society members not yet represented […]

In brief: Justice in favour of Data Protection Bill

The campaign group Justice has welcomed the Data Protection Bill, published on 15 January, as improving the rights to privacy of individuals. But senior legal officer Madeleine Colvin warned that the Bill failed to tackle dangers arising from new technology such as closed circuit television systems, and failed to give the Data Protection Registrar effective […]

In brief: Chancery lane lobbies Govt over tax policy

The Law Society is launching a lobbying campaign against the Government’s recent proposals to change the taxation of professional businesses. It has invited representatives from all major firms throughout England and Wales to attend a meeting at its Chancery Lane headquarters on 22 January at 3pm.

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