20 March 2000

Freshfields boosts Amsterdam office

Winfred Knibbeler, currently a partner with top Dutch firm Nauta Dutilh, is a leading light in Dutch and EU competition law – with clients including banking giant ABN Amro and Ajax Football Club. He will be the first partner in Freshfields’ Dutch office to specialise in the practice area, and will develop it to support […]

Penningtons and Walker Martineau to merge

The new firm, which will come into being on 1 May, will keep the Penningtons name and Walker Martineau lawyers will be absorbed into the four existing offices in London and the south east. Penningtons’ managing partner Lesley Lintott will remain at the helm, with Richard Underwood, Walker Martineau’s managing partner, returning to full time […]

CC & Cameron McKenna create revolutionary deal

The securitisation is a twist on traditional sale and leaseback deals carried out by the likes of House of Fraser or Tesco. Sainsbury’s keeps control of the 16 properties and cuts its tax bill. Other retailers are likely to follow suit as commercial pressures force them to make the most of their fixed assets. CMS […]

Perrin's View

Recent conversations with fellow managing partners lead me to believe that today’s most universally worrying law firm issue is not globalisation or merger strategy, but recruitment and retention of partners and staff. Nobody seems much concerned about where their next job is coming from, but many have difficulty attracting and keeping the right people. Some […]

The world of knowledge

With law firms expanding throughout the world, the ongoing training of lawyers is vital. Dominic Egan reports. The global law firm may have arrived, but the global lawyer is nothing more than a distant dream. Every country not only has its own legal code, it has its own legal culture. Consequently, the training departments of […]

Litigation Writs 20/3/00

HRH Prince Jefri Bolkiah, brother of the world’s richest man the Sultan of Brunei, is being sued for more than £30m he allegedly owes for a marina. Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company claims it agreed to design and build a marina at Jerudong in Begara, Brunei, for the Prince, who owns a boat with two […]

Educating the lawyers

The Lawyer discovers how barristers, in-house lawyers and City law firms can benefit from the right training. Continuing professional development for the bar The Bar Council is phasing in compulsory continuing professional development (CPD) for all practising barristers from 1 January 2001, as part of its commitment to improve and maintain standards. The Code of […]

Scuffle of the week

The army v families of those shot on Bloody Sunday. Lawyers for the families said that they intended to investigate Guardian reports of an army memo at the time that said: ‘The minimum force necessary to achieve a restoration of law and order is to shoot selected ringleaders among the DVH [Derry’s Young Hooligans, as […]

The soap opera that needs to be axed

As the legal profession’s favourite Aunt Sally, Kamlesh Bahl, loses, sulks and then sues, the soap opera-like farce is set to run and run until it reaches an ugly and pathetic conclusion. Wherever the profession turns it will face Law Society luminaries past and present engaging in a sordid and very public battle. After years […]

It's been a good week for…

Morality in the profession. Joanne Feldman, described by the Daily Mail as “one of the country’s most successful lawyers”, told the paper how having a family has forced her to rethink the sort of cases she takes on. “I got a thrill out of manipulating language,” she wrote. Of her commercial lawyer husband she adds: […]

Legal Widow

For our tenth wedding anniversary the Lawyer whisked me off (sans enfants) to Paris for a long weekend. I suppose it shows how we have gone up in the world – we had our honeymoon in Dorset and we got there in his Nova, the chariot of the newly-qualified solicitor. On the other hand, we […]

Quote of the week

“The sexiest growth area of all is the corporate outsourcing market.” – The Lawyer’s new editor Catrin Griffiths reporting form the MIPIM global property festival in Cannes.

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