27 March 2000

Finers Stephens Innocent in further expansion

Michael Lewis will head up Finers Stephens Innocent’s private client department, while Michael Kutner joins the property department, Alan Kaufman the family division, Peter Carter the corporate department and Howard Zetter the commercial litigation department. The five will join as partners on 31 January, along with six other fee earners. Finers’ managing partner, Richard Gerstein […]

Law firms may be needed to draft new laws

The Government’s lawyers are reportedly so snowed under with the weighty workload that Labour’s legislative programme is facing delay. The utilities bill, for example, – which reforms utility regulations – was due to be published before Christmas, but is now, apparently, on hold. There are also growing fears that the financial services and markets bill […]

Clifford Chance appoints new global tax head

The global law firm, which became the largest in the world when it merged with Rogers & Wells and Punder Volhard Weber & Axster on January 1, has tasked de Vos with presiding over the tax groups in central Europe, the US and Asia. De Vos joined Clifford Chance Amsterdam in 1990, becoming partner a […]

Donne Mileham & Haddock win Council litigation work

The firm triumphed from a shortlist of six to gain the council’s non-routine civil and criminal litigation work. A total of 14 firms expressed interest in the work. Donnes will take over from Bromley’s Judge & Priestley in July but will begin doing work for Wandsworth before then. Wandsworth borough solicitor Martin Walker says some […]

Billy Hinshelwood

Ryan Dunleavy meets the charming Billy Hinshelwood who, at just 43, is retiring as head of film production law at Marriott Harrison with dreams of his two sons becoming rock stars, novelists or brain surgeons The most striking thing about Billy Hinshelwood, head of film production law at Marriott Harrison, is his charm. It appears […]

What is commercial awareness?

What is commercial awareness? Commercial awareness is a phrase you hear a lot if you are planning to be a lawyer. Everyone wants to have it, but not many people really know what it is or how to get it. Students will be relieved to know that being commercially aware does not mean having an […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Allen & Overy acted for News Network, the e-commerce division of News International, on the sale of its internet service provider bun.com to World Online for an undisclosed sum. A&O corporate partner Colleen Keck led a team of three on the sale. Linklaters & Alliance acted for World Online.

It's been a good week for…

Diane Maddox and Clair Ward-Jackson, who became the UK’s first legally married “lesbians” after transsexual Maddox produced a birth certificate proving she had been born male. Although same-sex marriages are not legal, this union is allowed because a person’s gender is determined by their birth certificate. The “Pinochet defence” one. In Austria, the trial of […]

A conversation between Tom Henderson and Rodney Bickerthwaite

Henderson: … I’ll have another vodka martini, and garcon, don’t bruise the vodka this time. You know Rodney, I’m feeling frisky. How about we hit the dance floor, see if we can get lucky with some petite crumpet. Bickerthwaite: I thought this was supposed to be a seminar on “Property Deeds: The Next Ten Years”. […]


There are two types of libel action: the cases I’ve covered as a reporter and the ones I wish I’d covered. Libel trials are the ultimate entertainment, much more exciting than you’d imagine from the wooden reconstructions sometimes served up on television. But just as no theatre-goer would climb onto the stage and start addressing […]

All is fair in mediation

Marion Simmons QC sets out many reasons why mediation will not work (The Lawyer, 13 March). Many a litigation specialist with particular skills in negotiating has said the same before. We did too – until, some years ago, we tried mediation. The simple fact is that it works and we have completed scores of mediations […]

Taking your first steps to the City

The trainee solicitors of today are the future of any firm. This should be the starting point for the development of every trainee. At Clifford Chance approximately 95 per cent of trainees stay on as solicitors. With this starting point a firm will be acting contrary to the interests of the firm and its clients […]

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