30 April 2001

It's hard to be humble

Eversheds’ new Manchester office is open and ready for business, and the firm is feeling just a little bit pleased with itself. Not only was the competition to find a name for the building a roaring success, with the inspired “Eversheds House” the victor, but the firm has decided to issue a guide on how […]

Land of the ghee

Globalisation is all very well for the Clifford Chancers of this world, but not that easy for everyone. Take the Wilkes Partnership’s Andrew Yendole. He is planning to travel across the US in three weeks to spread the word (not about the strength of his Midlands-based firm, but English cuisine) and raise some money for […]

Sex lines, MPs and barristers

Speaking of lawyers in the news, does anyone remember a certain Mr Jerry Hayes? Hayes is the former MP for Harlow, star of a late-night TV show with that lovely man James Whale, as well as hosting a sex phone-in. Hayes is also a barrister (kinky sex and barristers – for some reason that sounds […]

Singapore slingbacks

If the Honourable Michael Beloff QC wasn’t getting enough stick already for regressing on his “present intention” to join set-of-spin Matrix Chambers for his former home at Blackstone, he is now getting it in the neck for his dress sense. In a recent interview The Times, (20 April) Beloff’s so-called friend Jeffrey Archer named Beloff […]


This could be the most explosive issue Clifford Chance has had to deal with yet, and its US partners are terrified. The major topic – the only topic – at the New York office right now is the impending restructuring of the equity. “There’s a huge element of paranoia in New York,” says one exasperated […]

Brief encounter: Anthony collins solicitors

Next year’s president of the Law Society will be Anthony Collins. The licensing specialist founded Anthony Collins Solicitors 27 years ago, where he is now senior partner. Then it was just Collins himself and a secretary, whereas today there are 160 people working for the Birmingham-based firm, 17 of whom are partners, with a further […]

Berrymans’ Leeds construction team quits six months after Liverpool loss

Berrymans Lace Mawer has been hit by the departure of its Leeds-based construction team to Irwin Mitchell. David Kilvington is the first partner to leave the Leeds office, taking with him assistants Elizabeth Wilcox and Simon Smith and the team’s administrative support. Kilvington’s move brings the number of partners who have left Berrymans in the […]

Case book Judgments

Amoco (UK) Exploration Co & ors v (1) Teesside Gas Transportation Ltd (2) Imperial Chemcial Industries Plc & ors (4/4/01) HL Lords: Bingham, Hoffmann, Hope, Hobhouse and Scott Case related to the construction of an agreement for the transportation of natural gas from the North Sea to Teesside. Herbert Smith instructed Gordon Pollock QC of […]

France Telecom legal chief joins B&M to launch team

France Telecom is losing its general counsel to the Paris office of international law firm Baker & McKenzie. Emmanuel Guillaume will join Baker & McKenzie as a partner at the beginning of June. He will take with him the legal director of France Telecom subsidiary Branche Enterprises, Christian Blomet, who will join the firm as […]

The man behind the liquidation

Brian Smouha, lead liquidator at Deloitte & Touche Speak to those who worked both with him and against him and you will be hard pressed to find anyone involved in the BCCI liquidation with a bad word to say about Brian Smouha. The man from Deloitte & Touche, then Touche Ross, appointed to run the […]

Immigration rights

On 6 March 2001 the European Court of Human Rights found that the UK’s proposed expulsion of a “bogus” Tanzanian asylum seeker to Tanzania would violate the European Convention on Human Rights. The court found that the UK’s assessment of the risk of torture to the asylum seeker was inadequate and his return unsafe. It […]

Beachcroft IP head goes to Field Fisher

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has lost its head of intellectual property (IP) and an assistant to Field Fisher Waterhouse. Jonathan Radcliffe was headhunted to lead Field Fisher’s patents practice and moves with his assistant Annabel Dumbell. Beachcrofts partner Alan Wood says the role of IP head is currently being shared, while a decision is being made on […]

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