22 March 1999

Linklaters takes credit for Bluewater complex

Linklaters has led a host of top City firms advising on the new Bluewater out-of-town shopping centre in Kent. Billed as Europe’s largest shopping complex development, Bluewater has cost more than u350m to build. Cutting-edge property finance advice over the past year has cost a “considerable amount” in legal fees, say sources. Linklaters is advising […]


Public house, private name

The Samuel Smith Old Brewery, Tadcaster, is being taken to the High Court by a couple from Lincoln, who are seeking a court order to ban Smiths from using their business name, Wig and Mitre, for a business run by the brewery next door. Michael and Valerie Hope, who run the Wig and Mitre at […]

Cadwaladers' huge wage hike sparks US pay war

NEW YORK lawyers’ salaries are set to spiral following huge wage hikes by middle-tier firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. Its London-based associates have also been handed a bonus, with the promise of a big rise in July. First-year staff at Cadwaladers, which, with 400 lawyers, is ranked 22nd among Manhattan-based firms, now enjoy a basic […]

Rowe & Maw lands local govt expert

TOP LOCAL government specialist Anna Forge is understood to be leaving Berwin Leighton for Rowe & Maw. The move will bring two of the best-known local government lawyers, Forge and Tony Child, together. Rowe & Maw’s six-lawyer department has a strong reputation in local government law and Child’s name is synonymous with local government auditors. […]

Slaughters to pay £200k damages for negligence

SLAUGHTER and May has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 in damages after the High Court found it acted negligently in a property deal. The City firm, which is considering an appeal, must pay £204,541 plus interest to Summit Financial Group (formerly Aurit Services) to indemnify the company for possible further losses. The case […]

In brief: Cable & Wireless

Cable & Wireless’ has reorganised, leaving one of the UK’s best known in-house lawyers without a job. Elizabeth Wall had been group director of legal and regulatory affairs at C&W since 1990. A spokesman at C&W says that to date she does not have a replacement position. Her deputy Dan Fitz has already been appointed […]

In brief: Bryan Cave

Bryan Cave, the US law firm, is opening an office in Shanghai after being granted a licence to practise in China. Harold Blatt, a partner at the firm’s London office, says he expects the office to open “within the next 30 to 60 days”. The office will do a variety of corporate work.

Rosemary Nelson (1958-99)

“I BELIEVE that my role as a lawyer in defending the rights of my clients is vital. The test of a new society in Northern Ireland will be the extent to which it can recognise and respect that role, and enable me to discharge it without improper interference. I look forward to that day.” Rosemary […]

Corporate counsel told to get tough on firm over-charging

IN-HOUSE lawyers must get tough with private practice over the way they prepare their bills, delegates at the Company Lawyers Conference in Madrid were warned. The vice-president and general counsel of GE Medical Services – a subsidiary of General Electric – told the conference his company was no longer prepared to accept large legal bills […]

Lord Irvine's favourite set reveals CFA system flaws

A SET held up by the Lord Chancellor as a pioneer of controversial Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) in personal injury actions is now saying the system is flawed. Number 1 Serjeant’s Inn has taken on more than 100 cases on a conditional fee basis, which have highlighted two major potential conflicts of interest. One tenant […]

On the bench

Peter Leaver QC has joined Graham Kelly and Glenn Hoddle on the bench. John-Paul Flintoff discovers that the latest member of football’s ruling elite to be sent off still feels mightily aggrieved – and perhaps for good reason Until recently, Peter Leaver QC figured among the most important men in English football. As chief executive […]

NSPCC lawyer attacks Evidence Bill

The NSPCC’s in-house lawyer has attacked a Government Bill for failing to protect child witnesses. Barbara Joel-Esam complains that the Youth and Criminal Evidence Bill – currently in its Lords report stage – takes away the automatic right of a child to give video evidence, leaving it instead to the court’s discretion. According to the […]

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