20 May 2002

Freshfields turnover takes a hike

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to post a turn-over this year of £735m, up from £625m last year While the provisional 17.6 per cent increase of £110m looks spectacular, it is tempered by the fact that last year’s figures only partly covered the Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber merger. Last year’s £625m only included nine months of […]

Law maker and rule breaker

It’s good to know that even senior partners bend the rules. Tulkinghorn and a couple of his reporters were having lunch with one in the City the other day, but when the coffee arrived, no one wanted to be the first to reach for a cigarette.Finally, after much fiddling with rings on fingers and tuneful […]

A load of old bull

Tulkinghorn is a big fan of Horse Law, the official journal of the Equine & Animal Lawyers Association, and also uses it to keep abreast of all things bovine.The most recent issue reports on a fascinating case seen before Manchester County Court, which arose after the claimant was charged by a large cow or bullock […]

They know where you live

Tulkinghorn has learned that the paranoia that pervades the legal world may not be totally unjustified. One US firm in London is presided over by a managing partner who formerly worked for the FBI. Not only was he responsible for providing the director with reports on counter-terrorism and espionage, this man had to read all […]

Empty promises

Tulkinghorn remembers the days when law firms would tell his colleagues on the news desk absolutely nothing. “We are a partnership,” they would shout, every time an intrepid young reporter asked them about, well, anything at all really.Tulkinghorn understands that some regional law firms are still slightly behind the times in this respect. So how […]

The Leader Column

Accidents will happen. One day the Clifford Chance reception is mysteriously croded with tall, tanned and toothy blokes in button-downs. The next day, the mass lateral hire out of Brobeck – revealed last week by The Lawyer – is off, just when the Metropole hotel was readying itself for an influx of CC partners ready […]


Above the law

After a stomach-churning ride in Charles Flint QC’s flying machine, Matheu Swallow finds out what makes this multitalented silk tick – and it certainly isn’t gardening “Let me start by running through the safety procedures quickly,” Charles Flint QC says. (Pause.) “There aren’t any.” Great. Here I am, no parachute, no air traffic control, well… […]

Valley of the dole

The reverberations of the technology crash are still being felt today, not least by those law firms servicing the industry in Silicon Valley. Kathryn Hobbs reports on the ultimate losses – jobs When Brobeck Phleger & Harrison announced its third round associate redundancies earlier in the month, the shockwaves were still felt across Silicon Valley. […]

Brummed out

Birmingham insurance teams are going down like flies, but the market is apparently fine. Emma Vere-Jones finds out what’s really happening One could be forgiven for thinking that life must be bleak in the Birmingham insurance market at the moment. Two weeks ago, as revealed in The Lawyer (6 May), Eversheds closed its Birmingham insurance […]

Speechlys picks up Royal London development deal

Speechly Bircham is advising Royal London on the £155m Southpoint development at Blackfriars Road, London, the first major property deal for the mutual insurance society since its merger with Scottish Life last year.Royal London has formed a limited partnership with Dechert client Arial Trade to develop a Will Alsop-designed office building.The deal has now gone […]

Deals summary

White & Case (Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes) represented ABN Amro Bank and JP Morgan Europe on the $150m (£103.5m) bond issue for Kazkommerts International. Issuer advised by Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (Drew Salvest). Linklaters (Roberto Christofolini) advised Crédit Lyonnais and Crédit Agricole Indosuez-Lazard as arranger and sole underwriter for the e143.7m (£89.6m) convertible bond issue by […]

Hugh James opens advocacy unit

Hugh James Ford Simey has launched a new advocacy unit to offer solicitor and barrister services under one roof The launch of the unit follows recent changes in the rules on legal service provision. The Welsh firm has three in-house barristers who can provide instant, independent advice to their solicitor colleagues and the firm’s clients.

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