20 November 2000

Hammond Suddards launches Hammonds Business Support

The new service is an independent arm of the national firm and aims to help troubled companies develop and implement turnaround strategies and encourage lenders and creditors to be more co-operative. It can also recommend re-financing options or advise on substantial organisational change. The service, presently run with four full-time staff, will draw on the […]

Irvine to ban witness payments

Lord Irvine has pledged to introduce legislation to prohibit such chequebook journalism as soon as parliamentary time can be found for it. He cited the case of pop star Gary Glitter who was found not guilty of sexual abuse charges after it emerged that the main prosecution witness, Allison Brown stood to be paid £25,000 […]

Freehills partner quits

Stephen Stern has left Freehills Melbourne office to set up his own niche trade practices law and intellectual property firm following a disagreement with management over how the IP section was run. Stern is currently suing Nicole and Andre Coutrelis of French firm Coutrelis & Associe for defamation after they accused him of “morally, ethically […]

Scottish courts crisis deepens

The temporary sheriffs – recently made redundant following an appeal court ruling that they contravene the European Convention on Human Rights, introduced in Scotland in May – are now being challenged on different grounds. It is claimed the use of temporary sheriffs on a permanent, albeit part-time basis, contravenes the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971, […]

Leading personal injury lawyer joins Nelsons

A personal injury specialist, Radcliffe spent nearly 40 years with Browne Jacobson and became senior partner in 1990. He resigned and joined Flint Bishop & Barnett in Derby in 1995. Since qualifying, he has worked solely in the litigation field with emphasis on personal injury litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants. Much of his work […]

Baker & McKenzie partner joins Goldman Sachs

David Green, who joins the investment bank in January, is the second partner Baker & McKenzie has lost to a client this year . The firm’s London office lost partner Graham Allan to client Cisco earlier this year. Green, who has been at Baker & McKenzie for 12 years, says it will be a “huge […]

Legal aid fees frozen

Lord Irvine also warned yesterday that payments made to barristers may be slashed, claiming they are “excessive” compared with those made to other publicly-funded professionals. He says: “I am considering whether fees claimed by counsel in cases outside the graduated fee scheme may be excessive and whether the graduated fee scheme itself is too generous. […]

Allen & Overy advises on landmark merger

Corporate partner, Michael Liu leads a team of eight lawyers from A&O’s Hong Kong office on the deal which sees the exchanges and clearing house consolidated into a single market operator. The new holding company, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited will be a profit making entity and will be listed on the Stock Exchange […]

New Jersey merger announced

Pitney Hardin’s management committee chairman says the 160-lawyer firm’s acquisition of the eight-lawyer practice is the first of a series of expansion plans being considered. The merger comes just months after reported merger discussions between Pitney Hardin and New York’s Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke were called off

Athlete Wins Undisclosed Libel Damages From BBC

Whitbread’s lawyer, Graham Atkins, an associate with Campbell Hooper, secured damages and an apology from the BBC in an out of court settlement. The action arose after two of the panellists on They Think It’s All Over falsely suggested that Whitbread had unnaturally high levels of testosterone in her blood during her career. After the […]

New Board and Management for Euro-Link

Steuart Howie of Russel & Aitken, Edinburgh, becomes President; Philippe Bedard of Juris Audit International, Paris, Vice President; Chris Mitchell of Cartwrights, Bristol, Secretary and Paul Sillis of Collyer-Bristow, London, as Treasurer. They will form the executive of the association, whose board includes representation from the USA, Germany, Austria, Switzerland. Luxembourg, Belgium and Denmark. Additionally, […]

Clifford Chance faces £54m suit over China deal

Southern Energy (Shajiao C) Ltd, a global energy provider and its subsidiary Consolidated Electric Power Asia, are among the five-strong consortium suing the law firm for the alleged breach of the 1991 contract. Clifford Chance, which has built up a prosperous practice in Hong Kong with 130 lawyers advising Chinese companies, grossed more than £440 […]

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