19 November 2001

Czech lawyer in CC case arrested on fraud charges

Nova TV lawyer suspected of $23m damage to CME, as CC awaits arbitration appeal Czech police have arrested lawyer Ales Rozehnal on fraud charges dating back to his position at Nova TV, a company heavily invested in by Debevoise & Plimpton client Central European Media Enterprises (CME).Debevoise recently won a Stockholm Arbitration Panel victory against […]

Having a whitey

Tulkinghorn’s young scouts tell him that London discotheque Fabric used to be the venue of choice among the hip young dudes of the capital. Used to be, because recently it hosted a White & Case party full of suits. Not exactly cutting edge.Anyway, Tulkinghorn’s scouts overheard a conversation between the cloakroom attendants, who were clearly […]

Leader column

There is no getting away from the fact that the world is heading into a cycle of economic downturn, forcing businesses in all corners of the globe to seek new sources of revenue. Yet, while UK and US law firms bit the bullet some years ago, opening what are now flourishing offices outside their own […]

Manhunters

Much fun was had by The Lawyer amid the canapés and booze at Lovells’ press party last week.When senior partner Andrew Walker grabbed the microphone to make a welcoming speech, he proudly told the gathering that there were partners present from Germany, France and the Netherlands. Tulkinghorn cleverly spotted this as a telltale sign of […]

Reaching for the stars

In Tulkinghorn’s day, the only interview process needed was a quick chat about how many of the partners’ sons would need an office in the future. Now, however, with many firms strangely insisting on taking on lawyers who are not related to the partnership, recruiters are using ever-more-sophisticated methods of selection – psychometric testing, whole […]

Blom-Cooper picked for Lloyd's litigation

Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC of Doughty Street Chambers has been appointed lead counsel to represent the appeal by Sir William Jaffray’s group of Lloyd’s Names. The selection follows a beauty parade of commercial silks, including Philip Valance QC of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, Michael Howard QC of 4 Essex Court, and John Reeder QC of […]

Piper Alpha case gets ready for conclusion

After thirteen years and £20m in fees it reaches the Lords The House of Lords is preparing to hear what is believed to be its longest ever case. Eight days have been set aside for the expected conclusion to the 13-year-old Piper Alpha legal drama, which centres on the millions paid out by insurers to […]

News in brief

A round up of stories from the UK and around the world Barlow Lyde hires Herbert Smith corporate lawyer Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is taking on corporate lawyer Pollyanna Deane from Herbert Smith. Deane will focus on M&A, demutualisations and other restructurings, and securitisations. She also specialises in the development of alternative risk products in […]

Opinion

The email is a mixed blessing for the lawyer involved in litigation and regulatory investigations. The volume and informality of it is appealing to anyone attempting to find the ‘smoking gun’, but a regulated business may wish it had never been invented when a regulator can use enforcement powers to search quantities of emails covering […]

The Leader Column

There are all sorts of fun and games in the defamation world at the moment. Schilling & Lom loses Mark Thomson and gets ready to sign up Martin Cruddace from The Mirror. Swepstone Walsh comes to a sticky end. And most spectacularly, Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners gets stung when Condliffe •Private Eye – the case […]

Public domain?

After Railtrack, is PPP doomed? And is it the end of the line for project finance lawyers? Jon Robins reports The received wisdom is that the decision by the transport secretary Stephen Byers to take Railtrack back into public ownership is bad news for one of New Labour&#39s most prized policies the Public-Private Partnership (PPP). […]

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