22 January 2001

Clark Pips Pescod to the Post for Senior Partner Role

Senior corporate partner Clark is taking over the position from Giles Henderson who will step down after eight years in the post. Clark was pitched against senior corporate partner Michael Pescod for the senior partner role which was announced to partners this morning after the ballot process was completed yesterday (22 January). Henderson, who has […]

SJ Berwin finally opens in Paris

Private equity partner George Pinkham and tax lawyer Sylvie Vansteenkiste are highly regarded within the Paris market as a buyout/venture capital and private equity funds teams. S J Berwin already has offices in Brussels, Berlin, Munich, Madrid and Frankfurt. For full story see next week’s The Lawyer (29 January)

LeBoeuf breaks into South Africa with energy practice

New York firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & Macrae is opening an office in Johannesburg to focus on energy and project finance work. Two US partners are moving in to launch the practice, aimed at picking up a bigger chunk of the increasing volume of transactional work in South Africa and the region. Energy and project […]

Brief encounter: Manches, oxford

Manches’ Oxford office is thriving. Its primary service to specialist clients in the biotechnology and technology sectors seems to be paying off. But whether the firm can achieve sustained growth on the back of Oxford’s thriving property market and the buoyancy of the technology and biotechnology sectors is another matter. Through expansion, Manches believes that […]

Real Estate and projects

Discovery Properties embarks on joint venture with Bowmer & Kirkland and signs up tenants for new development in £20m deals. Discovery Properties advised by Lawrence Graham (Jon Lloyd and Leona Ahmed). London Borough of Redbridge advised by Dechert (Michael Hallowell).


Steering committee of bank creditors of the Guangdong Enterprises and the Nam Yue group complete restructuring of $4.4bn (£3bn) of groups’ debt. Steering committee of 14 banks led by Standard Chartered Bank as liaison bank

The Firm

Tom Henderson and Rodney Bickerthwaite, both bedecked in tuxedos, are discussing disturbing recent events in the City… Henderson: It’s effectively vanished. One minute Biddle was on our radar screens. The next minute nothing… thin air. Bickerthwaite: Like when satellites went missing in the Bond film Moonraker? Henderson: That’s the analogy we’re trying to set up, […]

Freshfields moves aside as BNFL creates panel

Freshfields Bruckhaus Der-inger has lost its position as sole legal adviser to British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) following the company’s decision to appoint its first ever panel. Freshfields has been BNFL’s main law firm since 1971, but Hammond Suddards Edge, Eversheds and DLA are now advising the company on a number of areas housed under corporate […]

The Leader column

Oh, puh-lease. When Pinsent Curtis Biddle press-released its merger last week, it all sounded so plausible. Great fit, bolstering London, big push on private equity, blah blah blah. And then Julian Tonks had to go and spoil it all. “We will be able,” he declared, “to compete with the leading firms outside the magic circle.” […]


But today, labour issues are no longer just an afterthought and are much more centre stage – witness Rover, where the threatened £40m Tupe (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981) action for non-consultation with the workforce scuppered the Alchemy bid. Add to this the effects of globalisation, with an increasing number of organisations […]

Let’s fit together

News of the Pinsent Curtis-Biddle merger was a surprise to many in the market. Fiona Callister meets Julian Tonks and Martin Lane and asks, is it a marriage of two equals? They make a sweet couple, Julian Tonks and Martin Lane, sitting next to each other in Biddle’s offices. While Pinsent Curtis’ senior partner Tonks […]

HSBC demands global discount from City firms

Firms on the panel of HSBC Holdings could scoop a huge influx of international work after being accepted as the client’s preferred global advisers. Each firm had to submit a tender to Bennett outlining their discount proposals before they were accepted. The eight firms used by HSBC in London were asked to pitch to the […]

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