25 September 2000

This week

International Development Secretary Clare Short is fighting a Cabinet battle to have her reforms to end world poverty through overseas aid enshrined into law in the next session of Parliament. Her department is drafting the first international development act for over 20 years.

Holland & Knight boost IP practice

Three partners are joining with their associates from Boston-based firm Gadsby & Hannah, with another two moving over from in-house positions at Tiffany & Co and Motorola. The team from Gadsby & Hannah boasts partners Carol Matthews, Paul Kilmer and Thomas Brooke. The three bring an impressive client list including sportswear giant LA Gear, publisher […]

Legal widow

Nine years of evenings and weekends spent trapped in important meetings have finally caught up with the Lawyer. Invoking some obscure amendment, I have decamped to a girls’ week away, leaving the Lawyer to cope with the tail-end of the summer holidays. The Lawyer is, of course, in complete panic. Nothing in the world of […]

One country's rules should be enough

The British Olympic team competes in Sydney this month without two of its most talented athletes: European 200m champion Dougie Walker and winner of the British Olympic 400m trials Mark Richardson. Both these athletes tested positive for the substance 19-norandrosterone but were later acquitted of any doping offences by UKA, which regulates athletics in this […]

Underwriting the new relationships

It seems like the same old story. Lloyd’s syndicates Hiscox and Brockbank – two of the most influential in the market – are radically reviewing their use of outside lawyers. With a combined legal spend of $30bn (£21.3bn), the two syndicates are able to flex their muscles, get a better deal and insist on a […]

Cms Cameron McKenna

CMS Cameron McKenna advised Warner Bros on commercial, immigration and service agreement issues concerning the new TV mini-series Mists of Avalon. The series is set in England in the 900s and stars Sigourney Weaver and Anjelica Houston. Senior associate Peter Valet led the transaction from CMS Cameron McKenna’s Prague office.

Case of the week

Lord Melchett, the chief executive of Greenpeace, and 27 other members of the environmental group, were found not guilty of criminal damage after destroying a field of genetically modified (GM) maize. The jury not only found in their favour, but also ordered that the prosecution should award them £250,000 costs. The decision enraged farmers and […]

Media & new media

Advisers (THLi) to inject £32.5m to fund its internet businesses, beeb.com and freebeeb.net, focusing particularly on key technological developments. Subsidiary company beeb Ventures has also been formed and is valued at £240m. Commercial partner Selina Potter, corporate partner Adrian Bott and taxation partner Mark Joscelyne led a team of three on the transaction. THLi was […]

Scuffle of the week

British Olympic gold medal winner Richard Faulds has lost a court case brought against him by residents in his home town. Dead-eyed Dick, as he has been tagged in Australia, won gold in the clay pigeon double trap event against stiff competition. However, neighbours in Longparish near Andover have won a case prohibiting the 23-year-old […]

Gibson Dunn scores New York M&A recruitment hat trick

Los Angeles firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is raiding Chadbourne & Parke to snatch a team that includes one of New York’s top M&A lawyers. Chadbourne is losing the head of its corporate finance group Dennis Friedman and two other partners, Barbara Becker and Scott Kislin. Friedman is one of the city’s well-known rainmakers, with […]

NAB chooses McGrigor Donald as sole UK employment adviser

McGrigor Donald has been appointed sole mainland UK employment provider to banking giant National Australia Bank (NAB). The appointment comes after the bank, which owns a range of operations including Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, decided earlier this year to reduce its employment panel from several firms to just two. Irish practice McCann Fitzgerald has […]


Rowe & Maw represented Brador Properties on its surrendering of the C&A stores at Brent Cross Shopping Centre for £26m and 21/27 Merseyway for £1.5m. Both properties were leased back to Brador Properties through short-term leases but will remain as C&A stores until January 2001. Head of property Jeremy Clay acted on the deals with […]

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