3 June 2002

Fruits of labour

Trevor Soames, the new head of Howrey Simon’s Brussels practice, talks to Kathryn Hobbs about how being arrested led him to a career in law

The World Cup blues

It’s not every day that a lawyer gets awarded The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. But after spending nigh on 40 years fostering relations between the US and Japan, which included setting up and running an office in Tokyo, Baker & McKenzie’s senior counsel […]

Spot The Lawyer

A special competition this week in honour of the Jubilee. All you have to do is to correctly identify the famous TV series in which The Lawyer played a starring (albeit fleeting) role sometime over the last two weeks. A plate of pie and liquor to the winner (just a subtle hint).

Information to choo over

All firms take note. Norton Rose needs to be congratulated on its successful sponsorship of the Heineken Cup, an event that led to a superb day out for Tulkinghorn and his merry men and women.The trip to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to see the Leicester Tigers beat Munster in the championship final surpassed all […]

Cast of thousands on NCP buyout sees Ashursts pip Lovells to win bid

The $1.2bn (£821.6m) buyout of National Car Parks (NCP) has kept numerous corporate, property and finance lawyers busy for the last couple of months. Two of the key players, NCP’s owner Cendant and successful bidder Cinven, were represented by their long-term advisers Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Ashurst Morris Crisp respectively. However, the […]


Eversheds meets magic circle on UK utilities deal Eversheds has won a large slice of work on a major transaction for client United Utilities, acting alongside Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters. The water and power distribution client recently won the UK’s first competitive gas metering contract. The contract, worth £225m over an initial five-year […]

The big six

As with just about every other facet of life, the Human Rights Act has found its way into property law. Joanna Goldsworthy looks at the effect on planning applications Although the first attempt to use the Human Rights Act (HRA) to overturn a planning decision was rejected in 2001, planning has nevertheless been pervaded by […]

Uncivil service

Local councils will do anything – even break the law – to protect their monopoly on conveyancing. Suzanne Hart investigates Conveyancing and its practitioners have suffered much negative press over recent years. Lawyers have been pressed to reduce their fees and speed up processes. The client, the potential purchaser, wants things done yesterday.However, the councils, […]

Learning curve

Education law – the next big thing? A rising number of claims against schools and universities has already prompted some firms to launch dedicated education departments. Jennifer Currie reports on an emerging market Robert Boyd, head of Veale Wasbrough’s schools team, recollects: “When I started out there was no such topic as education law. But […]

Conflicts force Rotch to expand legal panel

Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose, SJ Berwin, Wragges to benefit from review Real estate conglomerate Rotch is looking at a number of new advisers after setting up its first panel last year.Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose, SJ Berwin and Wragge & Co all stand to gain as group counsel Meena Heath looks to carve up […]

Doctor of war

Tulkinghorn was astonished to learn from Donoghue Snail, his opposite number on Lawyer 2B – The Lawyer’s student offering – that disgraced Ireland football captain Roy Keane has just been awarded an honorary doctorate in law. With absolutely impeccable timing, University College Cork has conferred the degree in recognition of Keane’s services to football over […]

Hammonds mergers see profits take a tumble…

Hammond Suddards Edge has recorded a sharp drop in profits after completing three mergers and opening two international offices this financial year.The firm has recorded a 2001-02 turnover of £135m. But average profits per partner dipped by 11 per cent, from £305,000 to £275,000. The profit margin was 20 per cent.Managing partner Chris Jones said […]

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