2 April 2001

It ain’t over till it’s over

It has taken eight years for Lovelle’s litigation partner Chris Grierson to win the right for Deloitte & Touche to sue the Bank of England- but there’s more to come If only a Hollywood director had been called in to choreograph the end of the BCCI case. Picture it now: it is the end of […]

Real Estate and Projects

The Airline Group beats rival bidder Serco to become the Government’s strategic partner in the public private partnership for Britain’s air traffic control system. The Airline Group advised by Norton Rose (Alan Crookes). Serco advised by Altheimer & Gray (Anthony Fine). The Government advised by Slaughter and May (Mark Horton). National Air Traffic Services advised […]

Swan capital investments

Another nice public to private deal from Travers Smith, this time brought to the firm by Jim Morris, who left Travers Smith to join WestLB a few years ago and is now a director in its legal department. WestLB provided the financing for the deal and Morris called on Travers Smith partners Spencer Summerfield and […]

Party on lawyer dudes

Tulkinghorn is finding it very difficult to keep up with the times these days. Recently he was invited to a party at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, some upstart Yank firm that has recently moved to rather swanky new premises near Temple. Splendid, he thought, a chance to stand around with a glass of warm Chardonnay […]

A year ago this week

Dibbs in merger talks with Amsterdam firm DIBB Lupton Alsop (now DLA) was reported to be in advanced talks with Dutch firm Schut & Grosheide about joining its alliance with a view to a possible merger. The deal was expected to take place within weeks, resulting in the mid-sized Amsterdam firm, which specialises in corporate […]

Terror at 20,000 feet

Tulkinghorn is well aware that banking partners in the City are not always the gentlest of people, but he was nevertheless shocked to hear of the pure terror one Rowe & Maw partner could inflict. The said partner was taking on a new au pair to look after his young clan and his wife kindly […]


A revolution was set in motion on 6 April 2001 when the Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Act 2000 came into force, but it had very little to do with the limited liability issues in which the legislation has its origins. Partners in law firms and other professions that decide to become LLPs will have to […]

Brief encounter: 12 king's bench walk

The advent of conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) has struck fear into the hearts of many chambers, and apathy in most. In a survey conducted by The Lawyer on 16 October 2000, only one of 30 sets could supply information of their exposure to CFAs. However, for the chambers of Richard Methuen QC, 12 King’s Bench […]


Barristers out of pocket on CFAs

Barristers’ fees have dropped significantly in conditional fee arrangement (CFA) work even if they are winning the bulk of their cases. The Lawyer has obtained details of a report’s mid-stage findings which claim that barristers are faring badly in terms of fees and control over cases. The findings appear at a time when senior barristers […]

Time waits for no court

To an extent, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is a victim of its own success. Its ever increasing docket illustrates the successful pervasion of European Community (EU) law throughout the European Union (EU). Reforms introduced by amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the ECJ and Court of First Instance (CFI), and the Nice […]

Stand by your man

If success can be measured in column inches – as many law firms think – then Vanessa Lloyd Platt is without doubt the most successful divorce lawyer in the land. In the last few months there have been full page photo-features in both The Sunday Telegraph and the Independent on Sunday, not to mention a […]

SJ Berwin wins B&M global partner

SJ Berwin‘s German branch has taken on an international partner from Baker & McKenzie‘s Frankfurt office. Sebastian Gronstedt, who specialises in private equity and M&A transactions, will join the firm’s Frankfurt office where he will focus on buyout work. Gronstedt has previously acted for multinational corporations, but in his new role he will move away […]

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