27 May 2002

Firm conviction

In a world where parner loyalty is fading fast, SJ Berwin senior partner David Harrel is a rarity indeed. Kathryn Hobbs meets the ‘face’ of the firm SJ Berwin senior partner David Harrel’s reputation precedes him. According to any number of sources, the chain-smoking long-term head honcho is a force to be reckoned with. A […]

BPE breaks new ground by allying with Estonian firm

Cheltenham firm BPE has formed a timely but unusual link-up with a firm in Estonia, the country that played host to last Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest Sixteen-partner BPE has formed an exclusive alliance with local firm Heta, with which it shares a number of clients. It is believed to be the first UK firm to […]

Deals summary

SJ Berwin (Jon Vivian) acted for Brixton plc on the £51m disposal of two properties, in Milton Keynes and New Southgate, to Pearl Assurance. CMS Cameron McKenna (Mark Heighton) acted for Pearl. McGrigor Donald (Michael Watson) acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland on the Cheshire Police Authority’s first PPP deal, the £40m construction of […]

Deals summary

Speechly Bircham (Nick Janmohamed, Andrew Collins, Trevor Bettany) advised Applied Psychology Research on its £2.6m acquisition of the assets of Smartlogik Group. Smartlogik advised in-house (Rachel Bastin) and by Theodore Goddard. Baker & McKenzie (James Richards, Phil Suse) advised Management Consulting Group on its £37.7m acquisition of Parson Group. Parson Group advised by Katten Muchin […]


CC Pünder advises RAG in landmark German deal Clifford Chance Pünder is advising German coal group RAG Aktiengesellschaft on what is set to be the largest cash deal yet under the new German takeover code.RAG is offering German utility Eon its 18.4 per cent stake in Ruhrgas, Europe’s largest gas importer, in exchange for Eon’s […]


More than 45 representatives of leading firms attended a breakfast briefing a few weeks ago, co-sponsored by The Lawyer and entitled ‘Wake up to the potential of your property’. They heard about the open-plan pilots at Allen & Overy (A&O), wireless technologies and managing change – all pointing to the benefits of facilitating and promoting […]

The Leader Column

The eight partners of Garretts’ Reading office must be feeling much loved right now. Unused to any attention from the Andersen management, they suddenly had no fewer than four firms fighting for their favour. Charles Russell, Field Fisher Waterhouse, Olswang and Osborne Clarke were involved in a bidding war for Reading all at different stages. […]

Islands to overhaul laundering laws

The Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey started work in May on proposals for a review of their anti-money laundering regimes The Jersey Financial Industry Association has set up a committee to investigate the issue. The committee is chaired by Simon Gould, financial services partner at Jersey firm Mourant Du Feu & Jeune and includes […]

Grewcock and balls

Norton Rose wins the prize for best corporate entertainment this month and Tulkinghorn is very pleased indeed that he and other selected journalists were invited to tag along too. The firm has sponsored the Heineken Cup rugby tournament and the good news is that it chartered a train to take 700 or so clients to […]

Legal Widow

The head of department has sent round a memo warning that he’s taking special note of swipecard check-in times for the duration of the World Cup, but the prospect of watching England holds no fears for the Lawyer – he’s invited his top five clients to a series of seminars at the local Aussie sports […]


McDonald's suffers its own Macattack

Fast food giant McDonald’s has been challenged to a High Court battle by a commercial artist who claims that the burger chain’s use of corporate logos is in “flagrant breach of copyright” Allen & Overy (A&O) is acting on behalf of designer and cartoonist Don Evans, whose drawings of Ronald McDonald and the Ham-burglar have […]

Police Academy 8: nerd patrol

Not content with playing ‘bad cop’ in laying off legions of Shearman & Sterling associates, managing partner Robert Treuhold has taken a turn at hanging out with some genuine law enforcement agents. And being a man of substance, he didn’t start at the bottom.Last week, Treuhold was sworn in by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as […]

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