22 April 2002

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Former actor and professional show-off Leslie Perrin is in his element, running the country’s 56th nicest place to work with freedom and love Leslie Perrin is in an unusually subdued mood. Not in a downbeat way, but I am so used to seeing the managing partner of Osborne Clarke flinging people around the dancefloor at […]


Recent law reports have included a surprising number of cases in which the judge has taken ‘airtime’ to criticise the expert witness. Judicial fulminations have concentrated much of the heat on questions of conflict of interest and independence.But the duties of expert witnesses are set out explicitly in guidelines issued both by the court and […]

Deals Summary

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Andrew Shutter, Simon Jay) is advising Kier Group on a credit facility comprising senior, mezzanine and working capital facilities. The deal, which is part of a joint venture with the Bank of Scotland, will be used to finance the acquisition of Laing Property Developments from John Laing. Kier also advised […]


Camerons racks up deals as Enterprise buys more pubs CMS Cameron McKenna has cemented its relationship Enterprise Inns by acting on its agreed £875m acquisition of 1,860 pubs from Laurel Pub Holdings and a related £295m rights issue. The acquisition will make Enterprise the third largest pubowner in the UK.Camerons has received the lion’s share […]

The Rooks Rider Saga

Tulkinghorn has not been watching the new version of The Forsyte Saga currently showing on ITV because it stirs up too many bad memories. And at tax specialist firm Rooks Rider, it brings on severe shudders for two reasons.To explain why, here’s a little bit of history: John Galsworthy Senior (the father of the author […]

Laid back in Lancashire

Tulkinghorn is not happy. All this talk of perks used to lure associates at the top City firms has now extended far and wide, even as far as Lancashire firm Meloy Whittle Robinson.Tulkinghorn is not here to dispute its claim to be a leading modern firm, even though the last ‘news’ item posted on its […]

Staying up

The recent boom years have done wonders for the Irish legal market, but more changes are afoot. Ken Murphy reports “If you want things to stay as they are, things will have to change” – Giuseppe di Lampedusa.Although Heraclitus famously remarked that “there is nothing permanent except change”, the more subtle approach quoted above from […]

A tough competitor

He was one of the first competition lawyers in Ireland and now, as adviser to the Irish Competition Authority, Gerald FitzGerald is getting tough with cartels. Helen Power reports In 1972, Gerald FitzGerald received a phone call from Alexis FitzGerald, his uncle and a founding partner of McCann FitzGerald. At the time, Gerald was a […]

Variety is the spice of life

Exactly how raucous can a bunch of lawyers get? Top marks to Allen & Overy, whose table enlivened an already rumbustious evening at the Variety Club’s inaugural legal gastronomic event at The Dorchester last week. And top marks to Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn’s Lionel Rosenblatt, who managed to persuade a whole slew of top chefs, […]

Coming into line

The Competition Act is now law and practitioners must prepare themselves for its impact. Helen Kelly and Karen Gibbons explain how life will change under the tougher regulations The Competition Act 2002 was signed into law on 10 April, replacing existing Irish competition and mergers legislation. The changes that the new act will bring about […]

The IPO specialists

An analysis ALLEN & OVERYNumber of IPOs January 1999-June 2000: 8Number of IPOs July 2000-December 2001: 7 Had a good year considering, advising its banking clients. The equity capital markets team is still there and has allowed the firm to face up to its investment banking clients by mirroring the teams. However, partner Jonathan Lang […]

Irish financial services regulation

Following a governmental dec-ision two and a half years ago to house financial services regulation within one regulator, the shape of that regulator is seeing the light of day for the first time Responsibility for the regulation of financial services in Ireland currently rests with different regulators. The Irish Central Bank regulates the majority of […]

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