5 August 2002

Happy as Barrie

After downsizing at his last firm, private equity boss Keir Barrie is happier to be charged with expansion at Theodore Goddard. Kathryn Hobbs reports Keir Barrie, head of private equity at Theodore Goddard, is settling in to his new firm. He has been at Theodore Goddard since May and the novelty still hasn’t worn off. […]

Shock departure of chief exec sparks shake-up at Radcliffes

Westminster firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur is to review its management structure after the sudden departure of chief executive Vincent Denham last week Senior partner Robert Vallings confirmed that there would be a vote in September. In the meantime he will manage the firm.The split comes less than two years after Radcliffes overhauled its management structure and introduced […]

Legal aid

From being on the front line to planning long-term strategies, Oxfam’s in-house lawyer Joss Saunders is one man who knows how to make a difference. Emma Vere-Jones reports Four young children huddle round a computer screen, engrossed in pictures of flies on food. Their ‘classroom’, where the current lesson concerns hygiene, is in the Katha […]

Oftel slated for dragging its feet on local loop unbundling as BT continues to reign

As new super-regulator Ofcom is set up to regulate the market from 2002, Jon Robins asks whether it will fare any better? There has been little solace for those ever-hopeful telcos hanging in for a slice of Broadband Britain of late. Not least when the Oftel director-general was recently asked whether the unbundling of the […]

Thompsons nets £25.5m from miners' claims

The Government has paid £118m in the last four and a half years to law firms handling compensation claims for miners with respiratory disease and vibration white finger London firm Thompsons has benefited the most from this payout, netting a cool £25.5m since January 1998. The total amount of £118m was revealed in the Commons […]

Profile: Ann Conway-Hughes, CEO, Bevan Ashford

Conway-Hughes is a rarity in legal circles: first of all, she is a woman in charge of a national law firm; second, she is not even a lawyer Bevan Ashford has recently been in the news for all the wrong reasons. In May, chairman Nick Jarrett-Kerr left the firm to set up his own consultancy; […]

UK firms back in good books as partners return from US rivals

Survey shows US firms are losing their appeal as partners complain of a lack of big deals and inadequate European presence US firms in London are losing their pulling power as the number of UK partners moving from US firms back into UK firms continues to increase. According to a Garfield Robbins Inter-national survey, which […]

Camerons dispenses with Bristol corporate practice

CMS Cameron McKenna is set to close its corporate practice in Bristol Partner Michael Jones, the only Bristol-based partner in the corporate team, will transfer to the London office at the end of July. He is understood to be taking all his clients with him.Of the three corporate assistants in Bristol, one will leave the […]

Carnival coup for Latham in competition team debut

As Royal Caribbean and Carnival fight over P&O Princess, The Lawyer has learnt that Latham & Watkins had a key role alongside Slaughter and May in the European regulatory battle Royal Caribbean instru-cted Slaughters on both the corporate and competition aspects of the P&O-Royal Caribbean merger last year. But it is understood that Lath-am was […]

Walkers sets up office in BVI following Barkers buy

Cayman Islands firm Walkers has launched an office in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) after taking over the territory’s corporate and international finance firm Barkers Partner Simon Pascoe will relocate from the Caymans to head the office. He will be joined by four partners and four assistants from Barkers, with additional support from Walkers’ Cayman […]

Castren & Snellman gains maritime law

Leading Finnish commercial firm Castren & Snellman will merge with niche firm Serlachius & Ryti on 1 September to give it maritime law capability for the first time Castren & Snellman will gain access to the firm’s client base and capability in maritime, transport, aviation and insurance law matters. Serlachius acts for domestic and international […]

Hammonds faces court action over Football League contract

The Football League is considering suing Hamm-onds (formerly Hammond Suddards Edge) after failing in the High Court last Thursday (1 August) to hold Carlton and Granada liable for the £178m it is owed by ITV Digital The Football League, advised by Lawrence Graham, lost its case over a contract drawn up by Edge Ellison, now […]

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