21 August 2000

Barry Francis

Fiona Callister meets Barry Francis, the managing partner of Buchanan Ingersoll, who has been working for both his old and new firms for the past ten months Barry Francis, the managing partner at Buchanan Ingersoll, has the dubious honour of being possibly the first ever lawyer to be subject to a joint custody order. When […]

Holmans in Greece loses head

Holman Fenwick & Willan’s Greek office is losing its managing partner to Watson Farley & Williams. John Krzywkowski, who was set to move back to Holman Fenwick’s London office next year, has decided to remain in Piraeus. He is taking shipping partner Jeremy Watson with him. Krzywkowski has already been replaced by Charles Lowe, who […]


Hammond Suddards Edge represented JSB Software Technologies on its $17.3m (£11.5m) acquisition of software company CSM Security Management. Deutsche Bank also acted for JSB, while PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Manchester office undertook due diligence on the company. Corporate finance partner Patrick Jolly led a team of two on the deal. Austrian firm Hausmaninger Herbst Wietrzyk acted for CSM.

Case of the week

To appease his social conscience, the Lawyer spent the weekend helping run scout camp for the local troop, of which Subjudice is a member. Because there aren’t enough guides to go round where we live, they got special dispensation to make it mixed scouts. Subjudice spends her time earning all the business management badges and […]

Quote of the week

“It’s a blood bath out there.” – Andy Doré, regional manager at insurers RE Brown & Others, on the break-up of SIF. The British Government is facing legal action over a broken down Royal Navy nuclear submarine berthed at the Rock in Gibraltar. Local law firm Hassan was instructed last week to pursue the removal […]

Big Browser is watching you

It was once the proud claim of Tony Blair that the Government was determined to make the UK “the most e-friendly country in the world”. But an unlikely coalition of computer techies, net users and human rights campaigners believe that the new Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act – appropriately abbreviated to RIP – has laid […]

Failure to prepare is to prepare for failure

LET’s hope that the continuing chaos that surrounds the demise of SIF is short-lived. The abysmal take-up rate – between 5 and 10 per cent – shows an appalling lack of preparation for such an important issue, and it is certain that some firms will be paying a heavy financial price. Last year’s Law Society […]

New Media

Herbert Smith represented BSkyB on its acquisition of TV shopping and interactive services company Open from shareholders HSBC and Matsushita. The buyout will increase BSkyB’s shareholding from 32.5 per cent to 80.1 per cent. BT will remain as a shareholder with an option to sell its stake. Corporate partner Stephen Wilkinson led a team of […]


Citibank Private Bank EMEA, part of Citigroup

Private bank Citibank has a very select clientele, drawn from a pool of high net worth clients which have a minimum of $3m (£2m) in the piggy bank. Bruce Hogarth-Jones is vice-president and legal officer of the bank’s Europe, Middle East and Africa division (EMEA) in which clients are drawn from 46 of the 118 […]

Oppenhoff partners merge in Berlin after Linklaters ‘snub’

Hogan & Hartson partners have voted in favour of creating a new Berlin office with a group of senior Oppenhoff & Rädler lawyers. The move follows discontent among some of the Oppenhoff partners in Berlin because Linklaters & Alliance, which the firm has recently merged with, was mainly interested in the Frankfurt office. The US […]

Bill Tudor John signs up with Lehman Brothers

Allen & Overy‘s former senior partner has resurfaced at investment bank Lehman Brothers. Bill Tudor John, who lost the position as A&O’s senior partner to head of corporate Guy Beringer in November last year, will become managing director and chairman of the European commitment committee at Lehmans. Tudor John left A&O after 33 years at […]

Giving doctors the right treatment

There is little doubt that the recent highly publicised cases of Harold Shipman, Rodney Ledward and Richard Neale have greatly undermined public confidence in the means by which the medical profession regulates itself. The long procession of women in the Ledward and Neale cases photographed outside General Medical Council (GMC) hearings after years of suffering […]

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