4 December 2000

Silicon Valley heavyweight opens in North Virginia

The Palo Alto-based firm is world renowned for its high-tech expertise and will be well placed to take advantage of the technological business which is currently escalating in North Virginia region. The firm is also hoping to get a piece of the increasing number of securities suits presently being filed in the region. Corporate and […]

Watchdog to investigate CPS for race bias

The move by the Government’s race watchdog comes after a stream of complaints by CPS staff that they have been racially harassed and victimised. This summer alone, two separate employment tribunals found that CPS prosecutor Maria Bamieh had been racially discriminated against by her employer. CRE officials says its investigators will go into the CPS’s […]

Mishcon de Reya boosts technology and media practice

Andrew Millett and James Wilcox join Mishcon’s corporate and technology groups in February – the former comes from Ashurst Morris Crisp where he was senior solicitor while the latter leaves his own practice to join the London firm. Mishcon’s joint managing partner, Kevin Gold says: “James with his existing entrepreneurial client base will have much […]

Amnesty International wins concessions from Government over advertising

Amnesty has withdrawn its complaint over the ban to the European Court of Human Rights after the Government promised to reconsider the human rights organisation’s case. The Government conceded that Amnesty had suffered loss of income because of the ban and agreed to pay the body “an appropriate sum”. The Government wants the prohibition on […]

McGrigor Donald launch public affairs division

McGrigor Donald Public Policy (MDPP) will be headed up by McGrigor lawyer, Adam Bruce. He will be aided by the 56-partner firm’s head of commercial litigation, Niall Scott and its public sector unit director, Alan Boyd. The new unit will give advice on new Scottish legislation, provide a Parliamentary monitoring service and even push forward […]

Temple and Lincoln's Inn sets to merge

From February 2000, Lord Neill of Bladen QC – currently joint head of Temple-based chambers One Hare Court – will lead the new 44-strong set. The new chambers – which will be called Serle Court – will be based at 6 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn. Lord Neill says: “This is a unique move. Never before […]

Haarmaan Hemmelrath opens in London

Haarmaan is currently refusing to name the four UK lawyers due to “existing contractual obligations” but says all are drawn from “leading UK firms or Chambers”. The new London office will concentrate on company law, M&A work, capital market law, financial services and tax. Wilhelm Haarmaan, one of Haarmaan’s founding partners, says: “We are continuing […]

Harris & Cartwright win record damages for accident victim

The record pay-out – understood to be the second highest for personal injury ever awarded in England – was made to an American who was brain damaged in a collision with a minibus driven by a man without a license. The damages win comes just a year after Slough-based Harris & Cartwright won the highest […]

DJ Freeman partner returns

Corporate partner Jucker rejoins DJ Freeman in its media and communications department in January after two years at Sonnenschein. Jonathan Lewis, chief executive at DJ Freeman, says: “We were very sorry to see Antoinette go then, but she had an opportunity she wanted to pursue. “When we heard what had happened to Sonnenschein I was […]

Top silks call for partnership rights By Matheu Swallow

Andrew Arden QC, head of Arden Chambers, is demanding the rules change because the market and the way barristers operate has changed. Arden points to increasing competition with solicitors and the consequent corporate branding of chambers as well as the potential benefits to productivity. “Chambers must cope with significantly increased revenue expenditure, and with substantial […]

B&M hires head of tax from KPMG By Anne Mizzi

Partner Isabel de Otaola y Ubieta has joined the firm from KPMG’s Spanish law firm to take over leadership of the Madrid-based tax team. The position she fills became vacant following the departure of Abelardo Delgado to Arthur Andersen’s law firm Garrigues & Andersen, which has 43 tax partners. Otaola y Ubieta specialised in acquisitions […]

Post Office set to revise international legal panel By Dearbail Jordan

The consolidation of its international legal coverage is expected to begin early next year. The move comes after The Post Office reduced its UK regional panel from 40 firms to four and its City firms from 12 to two practices in April this year. The Post Office currently uses Slaughter and May and CMS Cameron […]