30 September 2002

Honour amongst men

The war on terrorism and the prospect of an attack on Iraq are set to challenge human rights laws. Nicholas De Marco reports on how the courts have been battling to strike a balance Along with life and truth, civil liberties are often the first casualties of war. The historical precedents speak for themselves. During […]

Fighting force

Although NTL has suffered debts and bankruptcy, the firm’s legal department has been left untouched. Vanessa Pawsey meets the man who held it together, Robert Mackenzie NTL has had a tough time over the past year following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. And given its forthcoming debt refinancing, things are not likely to improve fast.Since […]

Permanent fixture

He believes that he spent much of his career operating ‘below critical mass’, but Julia Cahill thinks Christopher Kandel has finally found his calling Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on only his third day at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, Christopher Kandel is convinced that he and one-time competitor Stephen Mostyn-Williams will be here growing old together. “I […]

Insolvency start-up firm Scott Wilkes opts for LLP status as business opens

Scott Wilkes, the commercial litigation and insolvency firm established by breakaway Hammonds partner Robert Scott, and which opens today (30 September), has set up as a limited liability partnership (LLP) The three-partner firm has opted for LLP status, said Scott, because that is what he would advise his own clients in non-legal partnerships to do.LLPs […]

Lyons roar comes to an end

LYON & Lyon, the Los Angeles practice, is nearing its end after Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Jones Day Reavis & Pogue scooped up some of its remaining partners A team of 10 partners are joining Orrick from the failed intellectual property (IP) specialist, including Lyon & Lyon’s former managing partner James Geriak.Orrick is making […]

29 Bedford Row takes two

Seven Bedford Row has hired two barristers from 29 Bedford Row. Employment specialists Timothy Walker and Smair Soor are joining Seven Bedford Row as a result of 29 Bedford Row’s increased focus on family law.

Irwin Mitchell to close practices in the Midlands

Irwin Mitchell is closing down three of its four commercial groups in Birmingham, leaving 15 jobs hanging in the balance, including those of its six fee-earners and two trainees The national firm is closing its Birmingham insolvency, corporate finance and property departments, leaving only employment as its remaining commercial offering in the Midlands. It aims […]

Powers quits JP Morgan

Averill Powers, the former UK general counsel of JP Morgan Chase, has mysteriously left the bank A JP Morgan spokesperson said that Powers had left to “pursue other opportunities”. The spokesperson added that the bank did not know whether Powers had taken up another post.Powers was UK general counsel at JP Morgan until the bank’s […]

Deals summary

Travers Smith Braithwaite (David Hawkins and Anthony Judge) advised Lothbury Property Trust Company on the letting of 31 St James Street, Covent Garden to jewellery designer Kit Leath. Atlantic Fund Management also advised. Leath was represented by Michelmores. Nicholson Graham & Jones (Piers Coleman and Justin Salkeld) acted for Heron Wigmore Street on the £60m […]

Halliwells solicitor retires to follow new career

Halliwell Landau’s head of planning Roger Lancaster is retiring as a solicitor to join Manchester set 40 King Street as a barrister. Lancaster, a solicitor-advocate, is changing careers to make full use of his advocacy skills. He will be replaced as head of planning by Andrew Platt, who currently heads up the planning department at […]

Ward Hadaway takes on accountant trio

Ward Hadaway is launching a multidisciplinary corporate finance practice with the recruitment of three specialist advisers from big accountancy firms The accountants are the first non-lawyer advisers to join the North East firm.Paul Duncan and David Brind have joined from Ernst & Young, while Richard Lowry joins from KPMG.The firm can now integrate legal and […]

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