24 July 2000

Adam Cleal

Allen & Overy’s enthusiastic head of property Adam Cleal has big plans for his department. Fiona Callister reports on the man who did not enjoy law until he started practising it Adam Cleal is an accidental lawyer. The new head of property at Allen & Overy says that he only began to enjoy law after […]

Landwell's Swiss arm hires chiefs

Landwell, the global legal arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, is bolstering its Swiss practice through a series of lateral hires. Associated firm Suter & Partners, which already has a presence in Zurich, Geneva and St Gall, is also opening an office in Lausanne. Michel Renaud and Christophe Wilhelm will head the Lausanne operation as managing partner and […]

Reynolds Porter

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain acted for OneEighty Software on the $1m (£668,000) funding being invested by NewMedia Spark. The internet investment company has taken a 20 per cent stake in OneEighty Software in return for its capital. Corporate partner Ron Norman acted on the deal with associate Marianthe Brotherton. Nabarro Nathanson advised NewMedia Spark.

Quote of the week

“It’s not rocket science – it’s just a well executed defence.” – Slaughter and May corporate partner William Underhill, who led Blue Circle’s defence against a hostile all-cash bid, discusses the service provided for his client.

Doctor spin

There is a lot of speculation in the marketing community that the giant merger between Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham is likely to lead to the new super-pharma company offloading its consumer products, such as nutritional healthcare drinks. The speculation follows the announcement that Smith & Nephew Healthcare has decided to sell its consumer brands […]

Legal Widow

The Lawyer rang me up from work at 10pm the other evening. “How do you get the children off to bed when they don’t want to go?” he asked. Hoping that this demonstrated a late flowering of paternal interest in the smaller details of his children’s lives, I talked him through the ‘firm but gentle […]

Litigator's View

Sean Wilken on the attempt to control the exchange of electronic information with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill. Sean Wilken is a barrister at 39 Essex Street. Electronic information exchange creates a tension between the need for regulation and the individual’s need for privacy. The products of this are sophisticated monitoring systems – the […]

Diplomatic immunity

While the Bar Council is no doubt smarting at barristers losing their immunity from being sued for negligence, it is refreshing to hear such a positive reaction from the vast majority of the civil bar at least. But the criminal bar’s concern at the potential for vengeful claims against barristers who fail to secure not-guilty […]

The liability of the dotcom lifestyle

Marion Simmons QC and Nicolas Shulman report on the abuse of dotcom company corporate funds. Marion Simmons is a QC at 3/4 South Square and Nicolas Shulman is CEO of Adrenaline Media. The crash in technology stocks has put much pressure on internet companies. The high-profile collapse of online designer-wear retailer Boo.com has focused media […]

Clearing the way will win the best lawyers

Commercial firms compete for people as well as work. There is plenty of work out there and it will continue to follow good people – good people, good work, good profits is the virtuous circle. But what effect will the increasing availability of statistics and information about profit sharing structures have on the marketplace? The […]

Case of the week

The Japanese finance house Nomura International has been taken to an employment tribunal by Isabelle Terrillon, one of its female City traders, who claims that she had been subjected to a barrage of sexual harassment, discrimination and ultimately unfair dismissal. The tribunal heard how Japanese bosses told Terrillon to wear ‘short, tight skirts’ while UK […]

Gray's Inn Tax hires Inland Revenue lawyer

Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers has recruited the former solicitor to the board of the Inland Revenue as a door tenant. Brian Cleave QC worked for the Inland Revenue for 32 years and was a solicitor to the board for nine years until his retirement in November 1999. Cleave’s move to the bar is unusual, because […]

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