30 April 2012

Steve Davis snookered by Manhattan prosecutors

Two experienced managers are certain to be feeling glum this morning. Harry Redknapp, an inspirational wheeler-dealer who once seemed a shoo-in for the job as England football boss, is licking his wounds after finding out that he’s been overlooked for the position in favour of West Bromwich Albion gaffer Roy Hodgson. And now Steve Davis, […]

Offshore: Cases Q1 2012

Highlights include the fallout from Hurricane Ivan and the Carlyle liquidation Cayman Islands Embassy Investments Limited v Houston Casualty Company Financial Services Division of Grand Court of Cayman Judgment: 26 January 2012 Mr Justice Quin was asked to consider an application to strike out the plaintiff’s insurance claim for policy proceeds in connection with an […]

Mark Bennett
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Gift of the gab

Giving time and money to charity is no longer enough. Firms need to learn how to shout about it too To butcher a well-worn philosophical phrase about trees and forests, if a law firm gives money to charity but no one knows about it, does it still make an impact? For the strangled non-profit sector, […]

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Collyer Bristow defiant in face-off with Rangers administrators

Collyer Bristow speaks out about the Rangers FC case. By Sam Chadderton Collyer Bristow has spoken for the first time about how it will fight the claims that are threatening to drag the firm’s name through the muddy waters of a Scottish football administration. Following another week of negative headlines, the firm has spoken exclusively […]

Case of the week: Legal profession

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) v Rahman. Unreported. Queen’s Bench Division (Administrative Court). Holman J. 4 April 2012 The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) had been excessively lenient in imposing a 12-month suspension on a solicitor who had forged letters from his former law firm in support of a fraudulent insurance claim. The only appropriate sanction was […]

Blackstone Chambers’ James Eadie QC

Judgment call: 30th April 2012

The content of a contractual obligation to use ‘best endeavours to promote’ another person’s business was not so uncertain as to be incapable of giving rise to a legally binding obligation, although it might be difficult to determine whether there had been a breach of it. Aviation Jet2.com Ltd v Blackpool Airport Ltd (2012) EWCA […]

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Brand aid

Do you know what’s on your firm’s Wiki page? Given the proliferation of online tools law firms can use to get their brands out into the ether, it is hardly surprising that few seem bothered about Wikipedia. Indeed, the news that Allens Arthur Robinson’s (AAR) Wiki entry had been updated with details of its alliance […]

Paul Murray, Beachcroft
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Corp value

Signs are that DAC Beachcroft is leaning towards a corporate strategy While some firms are ploughing ahead with alternative business structure (ABS) conversion, others are still considering their options. DAC Beachcroft is hardly a firm to act off-the-cuff, with managing partner Paul Murray and senior partner Simon Hodson driving innovation in conservative fashion. The firm […]

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To be shore

Irish funds specialist Dillon Eustace turns the tide, moving into offshore territory As this week’s offshore feature (see page 30) reports, all the talk in the sector recently has been of firms moving onshore. Both Maples and Calder and Walkers have found success in Dublin in recent years. But last week saw an onshore firm […]

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Kurd your enthusiasm

Erbil lawyers want action taken against outsiders they feel are muscling in  A band of local lawyers in the Iraqi city of Erbil, angry that foreign lawyers are homing in on their racket, has petitioned its bar association to take action. The group of lawyers has drawn up a list of around 50 foreign […]

It’s just an illusion

This all sounds like news to gladden a magic circle associate’s heart. Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and Linklaters all promoted more this year than last: A&O from 21 to 23, Links 18 to 23 and Clifford Chance 23 to 27. The more cautious Freshfields promoted 20, the same as last year. You might […]

Training, trainees and trainers

Associating Scotland with lack of exercise is a lazy cliché that Tulkinghorn is not about to repeat. And there was nothing idle about a group of Balfour & Manson trainee solicitors who were put through their paces by Olympics hopeful and law student Lynsey Sharp. Unfortunately for them, Balfour partner Andrew Gibb is a friend […]

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