4 March 2002

Irish Competition Authority to boost staff by one-third

Competition Bill set to boost workload; fifteen new staff needed to keep up The Irish Competition Authority (ICA) intends this year to increase its staff level by one-third at a time of growth for the authority in both competition legislation and power.The authority has been hit by a rapid turnover of staff, which reached its […]

Finance

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s London finance practice has achieved an impressive first. Already accustomed to working on a number of the largest-to-date European deals, it has now brought a new structure to Europe. In February, the Netherlands became the first European country to agree to a contractually, rather than structurally, subordinated high-yield bond financing.The […]

Deals summary

Gouldens (Tom Budd) and Shepherd & Wedderburn (Nick Ryden) advised Pillar Property on its partnership with Capital & Regional to develop Glasgow’s first shopping park. DJ Freeman (Graham Barber) and Cole & Co (Ron Cole) advised Capital & Regional. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher (Nick Turner) advised Dynegy on the disposal of its existing headquarters at […]

Brobeck and Camerons in Antisoma rights issue after failed drugs launch

Brobeck Hale and Dorr and CMS Cameron McKenna are working on the £22m rights issue proposed last week by cash-strapped pharmaceutical company Anti-soma. Camerons is advising the company while Brobeck is advising joint underwriters SG Cowen and ING Barings.Antisoma, a research and development spinoff from Cancer Research, has only £5.2m in the bank. Its first […]

Access all areas

When it comes to IT, the bar continues to lag way behind law firms, but what do barristers really need? Gareth Mason assesses their requirements Network? Firewall? Email? Internet connection? Central servers? Microsoft NT, Outlook and Word? PCs used by everyone? Web-based remote access? Yes to all of these at most commercial chambers. IT support […]

User-friendliness

Paul Caplan asks: do law firms have the means to get the most out of their knowledge? In the heady days of the dotcom bubble, management-speak reached new levels – or depths. In fact, a number of websites such as www.dack.com/web/bullshit.html made it even easier to write that business plan on the back of a […]

Opinion

The Lawyers Christian Fellow-ship celebrates its 150th year today (4 March), with a service of thanksgiving led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Rt Honourable Dr George Carey, at the Temple Church. Other distinguished guests include the president of the Law Society and Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, the Master of the […]

Information relations

A law firm’s biggest capital asset is its knowledge. John Lipsey reports on how to use IT to harness that knowledge and the investment needed to maximise return The last decade has witnessed some of the most intense changes in the legal community in generations. Mergers and acquisitions have transformed the legal landscape. The rise […]

Man about the House

There have been numerous calls to reform the way in which the House of Lords operates. Daniel Jonas talks to the man responsible for running England’s highest court, James Vallance White, who believes the House is not doing too bad a job as it is Principal clerk of the Judicial Office of the House of […]

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Milberg accused of greasing palms

Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, the firm that The Lawyer last week revealed had been selected to lead the claims against Enron and Arthur Andersen, is the subject of a federal investigation Federal and Pennsylvania authorities are assessing whether Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel was paid consulting fees from the US firm in exchange […]

World Wildlife Fund beats wrestlers into submission

The World Wrestling Federation has been smacked down by the World Wildlife Fund in their second-round rematch over the WWF title The nature-lovers, who had the initials first, have been fighting the big guys in rubber shorts over their use of the WWF title for more than a decade. In recent years, the wrestlers have […]

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