30 July 2001

Cleaning up their act

Some believe Law Society chief executive Janet Paraskeva is giving the society a spring clean, while others believe she is denting it all out of shape Call me cynical, but I would imagine that given the choice between trying to sort out the Law Society or settling back to some anaesthetic-free root canal surgery, most […]

Uría champs at bit as it plays EU-Portuguese waiting game

The transposition of the European Union (EU) Rights of Establishment Directive into Portuguese law is delaying the opening of a number of offices, including a Uría & Menéndez office. On 20 July, the directive allowing EU firms to open in any EU country was transposed into Portuguese national law.Spanish firm Uría hopes to be able […]

Legal Widow

Three minutes after we arrived at the firm’s Family Fun Day, Liability went missing. For some unaccountable reason she couldn’t even make it through the managing partner’s opening speech about how well everybody had done – especially in his department – and how he hoped pensions would be thinking a lot more carefully about their […]

A redhead and a red face

Seeing through a merger is terribly time-consuming and it is inevitable that those at the forefront might miss out on what is going on in the wider world.But the formation of Berwin Leighton Paisner does not suffice as an explanation for why Harold Paisner seems to have let popular culture pass him by for the […]

Eversheds' turnover up 7 per cent

Eversheds has posted a slight increase in turnover for the last financial year. Gross fees went up 7 per cent from £212m to £227.1m while average profits per partner rose from £260,000 to £301,000.Top equity partners moved up 18 per cent from £380,000 to £450,000. Managing partner David Ansbro said: “Bearing in mind what we […]

Party poopers

Much satisfaction at the Tulkinghorn residence that The Lawyer Awards made it into Private Eye. Having procured a copy of The Lawyer’s ‘Rewarding Excellence’ booklet from the recent awards night, it then proceeds to rip it apart.“We’ve made the big time,” croaked Tulkinghorn to his fragrant lady wife. But pity poor Sir Sydney Kentridge, recipient […]

A view from frankfurt

When the Neuer Markt, Frankfurt’s segment for growth stocks, was launched in March 1997, it was welcomed as Europe’s first serious answer to Nasdaq and a boost for Germany’s embryonic equity culture. With high admission standards and listings of almost 350 companies from Germany and other countries, it became the most important initial public offering […]

… as litigation partner opts for Brabners

Halliwell Landau commercial litigation partner Paul Morton has joined North West firm Brabners as a salaried partner. Morton, who was a junior salaried partner at Halliwells for four years, stated that one reason he moved was to speed up his career progression.“I’m still a salaried partner at Brabners,” he said. When asked if he would […]

Lawrence Graham picks from Orchard

Lawrence Graham is taking on a second partner for its employment practice from City niche practice Orchard. Simon Malcolm joins head of the practice Yvonne Gallagher. He will focus on contentious work despite her practice being largely non-contentious.In April, the firm lost high-profile employment partner Georgina Keane when she left to set up her own […]

JP Morgan capital markets panel overhaul snubs Slaughters and Herbert Smith

JP Morgan has carried out a massive overhaul of its advisers to set up its first UK-specialised capital markets panel, with a number of top City firms failing to make the grade. In a shock move, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Ashurst Morris Crisp have both been sidelined following a 10-firm beauty parade.Other firms, including […]

Law society reform

One cannot help noticing that during the past two weeks, the legal press has been inundated with articles on the case of Han and Yau (the Court of Appeal held that the imposition by Customs and Excise of penalties for alleged VAT and duties evasion gave rise to criminal charges within the meaning of Article […]

Client lures Nabarros partner away

Nabarro Nathanson is losing one of its up-and-coming corporate talents to venture capital client Benchmark Capital. Partner Jerome Misso is joining the global early-stage venture capital firm as operating partner for Europe. The role is legal and business related and focuses on structuring and closing deals. The appointment is part of a recruitment drive prompted […]

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