2 October 2000

Brennan Jumps Ship to Matrix

Brennan has a reputation as a specialist personal injury lawyer but since his return to practice after chairing the bar in 1999 has expressed a desire to develop his environmental law practice. In addition to his practice Brennan is currently the bar representative on the Council of the International Bar Association and in May 2000 […]


TDL Infomedia sold for £308m to Seat Pagine Giall. Infomedia and shareholders (Apax, Advent, 3i) advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite (Mark Soundy) and Negri Clementi Toffoletto Montironi & Soci (Alberto Toffoletto). Seat Pagine Giall advised by Slaughter and May (Simon Robinson) and Bonelli Erede Pappalardo (Sergio Erede). Taylor Barnard Holdings sold to TNT Post Group […]

Brief Encounter: Ozannes

Who would have thought that a Channel Island firm would have cropped up quite so often in The Lawyer IPO 2000 Survey? But Guernsey firm Ozannes did, making an appearance in the top 10 (albeit at number nine) of the league table charting which firms acted on the largest number of UK IPOs between January […]

The Leader Column

When US firm Cravath Swaine & Moore billed Time Warner $35m for advising on its merger with AOL earlier this year, the envy over here was palpable. City firms might have balked at the risky contingency element that was part of that bill, but at the same time, many are increasingly chafing at time-based billing. […]


Memery Crystal is a 12-partner firm with a leading reputation among AIM-nominated advisers (nomads) as the predominant AIM firm. Its corporate finance practice consists of four partners – Peter Crystal, Lesley Gregory, Jonathan Davies and Greg Scott – supported by 10 further fee-earners. Corporate finance is the biggest part of the corporate group. The remaining […]


Simmons & Simmons spent an enormous amount of time last year trumpeting its place as adviser to Wal-Mart on its acquisition of Asda. And why not? The deal was impressive, since Simmons had to do some serious manoeuvring to shoe-horn the US retail giant into the right position in order to leapfrog Kingfisher’s seemingly definitive […]

The Insider

Richard Hastings, group legal counsel at Interoute Telecommunications (UK) Richard Hastings left Hammond Suddards, where he was an IT/IP assistant, to take up his role as group legal counsel at European telecommunications company Interoute. Hastings made the move because he sought a more commercial role within his area of expertise. He says: “I love my […]


I was quite dismayed to read your article on Sinclair Roche & Temperley and Romanian bar rules (The Lawyer, 4 September), not least because of its misleading banner headline. I hope you will afford me the opportunity to redress the erroneous impression that may have been communicated to your readership. I would make the following […]


Good Lord! You are surly not going to read this? How can you spare the time? You cannot possibly work in the City of London and probably not even in the law. This year the City has seen two magic circle law firms achieve million pound profit shares. By any reference point we should be […]


Brixton Estate buys industrial units from MEPC for £103.25m. Vendor: MEPC, advised by Linklaters & Alliance (Christopher Coombe). Purchaser: Brixton Estate, advised by CMS Cameron McKenna (Jon Vivian).


BA in major outsource of mission critical services to Amadeus. BA advised by Wragge & Co (Ian Metcalfe). Amadeus Global Travel Distribution advised by Rawlison & Butler (Tim Sadka).

Dennis Publishing

Dennis Publishing/Maxim takes equity stake in Firebox.com in return for promotion; Firebox to raise £1m through direct public offering. Firebox.com advised by Berwin Leighton (Daniel Rosenberg). Dennis Publishing advised by Simons Muirhead & Burton (Simon Goldberg).

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