21 February 2000


Tresman, who has come from West End firm Hamlins, has been given the job of boosting the firm’s family law team after it lost partner Erica Shelton and three assistants to Charles Russell last September Tresman brings 20 years experience in private practice and seven years as a Deputy District Judge on the London County […]


Leading competition and energy law partner Charles Bankes will join the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) for two years on secondment to establish the role. The regulator currently has a panel of four firms – Simmons & Simmons, Denton Wilde Sapte, Nabarro Nathanson and Maclay Murray & Spens in Scotland. Bankes says he […]

Gomes Acebo in Brazilian link-up

The firm has also signed an agreement with Lisbon based firm Vieira de Almeida which has joined it in the alliance with Pinheiro Neto. Pinheiro Neto has offices in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and London and with 200 attorneys and 50 partners is the biggest law firm in Brazil and in Latin America. […]

Law school to teach pro-bono

The goal is to provide all students with the opportunity to engage in pro bono work and get a credit for it. The College’s chief executive Professor Nigel Savage says: “Law schools have a key role to play in instilling and fostering a pro bono culture amongst their students. “Pro bono experience produces students better […]

Family set to open in West Country

The set, headed up by Eleanor Platt QC and Alison Ball QC, has recruited two new tenants who will be permanently based in Exeter, and hopes to bring a junior tenant on board soon. Kay Firth Butterfield is joining the annexe in Exeter from 1 Gray’s Inn Square in London, the chambers of The Baroness […]

Nicholsons poaches IT partner

He has been a partner in Rowe & Maw since 1973 and is regarded within the industry as a leading lawyer for Information Technology. Managing partner for Nicholsons, Michael Johns says “We are delighted that Michael Webster has chosen to join us and thereby extend the range, scope and experience of our growing IP/IT group […]

Berwin Leighton appoints strategy head

Howard Rosenberg, who is a qualified architect by background, will work closely with Berwin Leighton managing partner Neville Eisenberg in implementing and developing the firm’s strategy and in analysing different strategic options for the firm. Managing partner Neville Eisenberg says “This appointment reflects the importance placed by the firm’s management on implementing our strategy which […]

Powell Goldstein opens WTO office in Geneva

US firm Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy has opened an office in Geneva, home of the World Trade Organization. The Atlanta-based firm claims to have the world’s largest WTO practice. It also says it is the first US firm to open in Geneva to do only WTO work. The office, which opened last Monday, will […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Kingsley Napley acted for e-business and IT company IMRglobal on its acquisition of Intuitive Group for $18m (£11.25m). Commercial partner David Moss led the two-lawyer team acting for IMRglobal, while Tarlo Lyons partner Lawrence Phillips acted for the Intuitive Group and all but two of the shareholders, who were represented by Payne Hicks Beach.

Litigation Writs 21/2/2000

A van driver from Bedford is heading for a High Court showdown with Cambridge University over an accident in 1996 in which he was badly injured. Vincent Pierri of Elston, Bedford, suffered neck and back injuries, cuts, pain and shock and was left suffering from anxiety, stress and depression. His claim alleges that the accident, […]

Boom on the horizon

Fred Bartlit is founding partner of US firm Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott. THE BOOMING US economy is being driven largely by dramatic improvements of more than 5 per cent in productivity. The reason for these gains is technology. And the efficiency and productivity gains that computer technology has brought to the general economy […]

Guilty of a Cardinal sin?

I am not one known to put pen to paper and sound off on a letters page. I am no “Concerned of Croydon”. But I cannot stand by and watch the global behemoth of multinational business-law kill off another legal institution. We have few enough symbols of our profession’s status, history and value to allow […]

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