3 May 2010


So what is this Tory proposal for a Bill of Rights?

The Conservatives are committed to replacing the Human Rights Act 1998 with a British Bill of Rights. But what does this actually mean? In one way this means that they can have it both ways. If the application of human rights law leads to some perceived unwelcome result, they can just blame the Human Rights […]


Postcard from… Singapore

In the latest of our ’Postcard from…’ series, Hill Dickinson associate Andrew Lee shares his experiences of life in Singapore: Singapore’s zing In the five years I worked as a shipping lawyer in London I barely saw a ship from one year to the next. Singapore, the world’s busiest port, is rather different. In the […]

A&O, Cleary and Herbies lead on Bank of Ireland fundraising

Allen & Overy (A&O), Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Herbert Smith led a clutch of firms advising on Bank of Ireland’s (BoI) e3.4bn (£2.9bn) ­integrated debt and equity capital raising. Corporate partner Alun Eynon-Evans and capital markets partner Stephen Miller led the way for the A&O team that advised longstanding client BoI on both […]

Indian newcomers

Indian companies are increasingly looking to list on the UK markets. Ben Robins and James Ruane explain why Jersey has become the ideal jumping-off point for investors from the subcontinent  With some equity ­markets beginning to thaw, it is likely that we will see an increasing number of IPOs in Europe and elsewhere over […]

Childs defends US headcount drop as CC posts worst magic circle figures

Matt Byrne and Andrew Pugh report on CC’s dwindling people power THE NEWS that Clifford Chance’s US partnership has shrunk over the past year may not come as too much of a surprise.After all, the firm recently embarked on one of the widest headcount-slashing exercises of any of the world’s largest ­international law firms. But […]

Tulkinghorn: Scotch missed

Tulkinghorn is perplexed by the behaviour being ­displayed by his brothers- and sisters-at-law in bonnie Scotland. They appear to have gone stark raving mad, and all over these new-­fangled alternative ­business structures (ABSs) everyone seems to be talking about.  Scotch missedTulkinghorn is perplexed by the behaviour being ­displayed by his brothers- and sisters-at-law in […]


Eversheds’ whistleblower

MAYHEM on the field, chanting in the stands, provocative gestures, trouble in the tunnel, accusations and denials… all in a day’s work for Eversheds associate Gareth Planck, who is a qualified football referee. “It’s fair to say I have in the past given referees a hard time on the pitch, so I decided to take […]

Perfectly reformed

The latest regulatory reform in the British Virgin Islands is part of the government’s efforts to bring the territory in line with other financial centres. Robert Briant and Anton Goldstein report The regulatory landscape in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has undergone significant changes since the beginning of the year. With the ink ­barely dry […]

Milbank lures Shearman star as Brazilian bar restrictions see firms scrap for work

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s decision to poach Shearman & Sterling’s Brazil head and capital markets star Andrew Jánszky to open a São Paulo office marks the culmination of a five-year courtship with the country. Milbank Latin America chair Mike Fitzgerald said the firm had been looking at Brazil since 2005 and had been “aware of the […]

Promotions on the wane – particularly in the UK

The latest firms to announce their partner promotions have all made up fewer than last year. Linklaters has promoted 14, eight of whom are based in the UK. Not only is this less than last year’s total of 18, but it also leaves it trailing Allen & Overy and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which promoted 18 apiece. […]


PPP hospitals are the financially healthy choice

Specialist healthcare lawyers are playing an increasing and fundamental role in solving a critical issue – the NHS funding crisis. Despite the political rhetoric, the view of industry operators and commentators is that state expenditure on the NHS will be much reduced over the next few years. Although this seems a rather negative message, this […]

Olswang fills top posts for real estate, construction

Olswang has hired a new head of construction to replace current departmental chief Richard Wilson, who is leaving the firm. Former Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) partner David Weare is joining Olswang imminently to work alongside construction partner Nick Lane. Weare was previously a partner and head of construction at DAC, where he was employed from 1997 to […]

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