21 June 2010

Talks resume

First it was on, then it was off and now it’s back on again. Yes, Simmons & Simmons and Mayer Brown are back in talks (see story). We can hardly keep up (see story). After The Lawyer reported that initial talks had collapsed between both firms (see story) management went AWOL last week, meeting in […]

Nigel Clark

Work Life Quiz: Nigel Clark, Minter Ellison

What was the first record you ever bought? Fantastic by Wham. What was your first-ever job? As a student I was a court coverer at Wimbledon. Best job in the world when it was sunny. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Having a charge registration form 395 rejected by Companies House and my […]

Nigel Clark

People moves

Hailsham Chambers has announced that Bernard Livesey QC will become the latest tenant to join the set. Move of the week Deputy High Court Judge, Livesey leaves Four New Square after 18 years. When asked what prompted his move, Bernard said: “Although after 18 years I am naturally very sad to be parting ­company from […]


Moving up a grade

An unlikely union between foreign and domestic firms has thrust Serbia closer to opening its legal market. James Swift reports Just over two weeks after the UK general election, lawyers in Serbia also went to the polls. Their election centred on a new board and president of the ­Belgrade bar association. And they voted in […]

Striking accord?

As Greek lawyers are forced to down tools in protest over the government’s austerity measures, not everyone agrees that this is the best course of action. On June 7 lawyers across Greece put down their pens and statute books, and began a 48-hour strike in protest over their government’s ­proposed austerity measures. It is the third strike […]

Tulkinghorn: Safety first

Tulkinghorn recently got the inside track on how the mind of a politician works. Well, at least one of the newest politicians on the block, former Rochman Landau employment lawyer turned Labour party ­Member of Parliament for Streatham, Chuka Umunna. Umunna’s former managing partner Teresa Cullen revealed that the lawyer was so superstitious in the run-up […]

Julia Harrison

High diplomacy: Julia Harrison, BA

After strike action, snow and volcanic ash, nothing surprises BA head of employment law Julia Harrison. She talks to Tom Phillips about battles with the elements, staff and angry customers It appears the old holiday adage is true: the rain in Spain does fall mainly on the plane. Except, for planes with British Airways (BA) […]

Trevor James

The human element

MoFo London is outperforming the global business and its success in Asia is plain to see, but if this people-orientated firm is to challenge at the very top level, investment in Europe is a must There is something a bit ritualistic about arriving at a law firm’s office. While the ubiquitous ­security checks can differ in […]

Michael Wistow

BLP hiring spree and tax umbrella policy paves way for City supremacy

Benjamin Franklin was famously quoted as saying: “The only things ­certain in life are death and taxes.” Given this assurance, should year-on-year double-digit revenue and profit growth in Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) broad-based tax department, which includes everything from corporate tax to estate planning for ultra-high-net-worth ­individuals, be taken for granted? Or does the explanation lie elsewhere? The […]

John Wood

LG and TLT hit the right spot with snooker rights deal

LG and TLT have potted leading roles on promoter Barry Hearn’s acquisition of the commercial rights of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA). Corporate finance senior associate David Ponsford acted for Hearn’s Matchroom Sports, which acquired a 51 per cent stake in the sport’s governing body. Corporate finance head John Wood led the TLT team […]

SJ Berwin cleans up with Wheb Ventures launch

SJ Berwin’s funds team has advised on its second closure this month with the launch of Wheb Ventures’ £105m Clean Technology Investment Fund. The close of the venture capital fund follows that of the £450m Phoenix fund earlier this month, with private equity funds partner Josyane Gold leading on both of the deals. Tax partner Dominic Adams […]

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