25 October 1999

CC partner returns to London to strengthen Scandinavian contacts

Clifford Chance is looking to strengthen its Nordic links in preparation for its merger with US firm Rogers & Wells by bringing a Hong Kong-based partner with strong Scandinavian contacts back to London. Shipping partner Mark Morrison has been moved from Hong Kong back to London to do shipping, trade and offshore oil and gas […]

Merged set poaches 15 tenants

Newly merged chambers 11 Bolt Court and 7 Stone Buildings are poised to expand further by poaching almost an entire set. It is thought that 15 tenants and the senior clerk of provincial set Northampton Chambers are in negotiations with the London set, which will leave Northampton Chambers with only 4 tenants. The move would […]

Litigation Personal Injury 25/10/99

Cases from LAWTEL’s PI Quantum Database. Contact Deborah Talbot on 0171 970 4823. Louise Brant v Royal Leicestershire Rutland & Wycliffe Society for the Blind (1999) Lincoln County Court (Mr Recorder Butler) 14 October 1999 Claimant: Female, married, 22 years old at date of accident; 27 years old at date of trial. Incident: The claimant […]

Litigation Writs 25/10/99

Businessman Nicholas Van Hoogstraten has issued a claim at London’s High Court against Lonmin (formerly Lonrho) in which he is suing for damages in a dispute over a share deal. The claim says that Hoogstraten agreed to purchase the company Willoughby’s Consolidated from Lonmin in September 1998, but later discovered that the company had debts […]

Legal Widow

The Lawyer has just come back from a gruelling training weekend where they broke the management team down into snivelling wrecks and built them back up into confident legal achievers who know where they fit in the hierarchy of the organisation. It was a surprise to find the managing partner should be working in the […]

It's been a bad week for…

007 Granny Melita Norwood, the 87-year-old former Russian agent who spied for the USSR for 40 years and handed over top secret details of the UK’s first atomic bomb. Despite earlier reports that she would get away with it, Jack Straw told the Commons last week “that in the light of Mrs Norwood’s recent statements, […]

Morgan Cole chooses new chairman

Morgan Cole partners have chosen John Cole as the firm’s new chairman. The appointment is part of a management shake-up and follows the firm’s decision to cull partners in order to guarantee more profits for its remaining lawyers. Cole is understood to have beaten competition from the incumbent co-chairmen, Guy Clarke and John Moisson. Moisson […]

Quote of the week

“In retrospect it would have been better for the Attorney-General [Janet Reno] to appoint someone else.” – Kenneth Starr’s candid admission that his role as independent counsel in the Monica Lewinsky case was a mistake, during an interview with CNN. Starr is now returning to Chicago law firm Kirkland & Ellis, and will teach law […]


Legal journalism is not particularly well paid, but it does offer some consolations. The other day, for example, I interviewed the President of France. I don’t imagine I would have spoken to Jacques Chirac very often if I’d continued working as a solicitor. We met in Finland, where he was attending a European Union summit. […]


Ashurst Morris Crisp represented KPMG Corporate Finance and SG Securities (London)


Allen & Overy advised a group of financial institutions which provided investment into the $262m (£164m) construction of the vessel The World of ResidenSea. The firm represented Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale and The Centre Group, a subsidiary of The Zurich Financial Services Group. on the project. Clifford Chance advised on the shipbuilding contract as well as […]

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