5 February 2001


Following the Austrian government’s plan to privatise a number of state-owned companies such as Austria Tabak (the former Austrian tobacco monopoly), Telekom Austria and Flughafen Wien (Vienna airport), the tension among the big law firms trying to win these assignments is growing. But discussions arise about firms being barred from participating in the various beauty […]

Real Estate and Projects

BP Pension Fund to sell Mayfair Berkeley Square estate for a likely price of more than £300m. BP Pension Fund advised by Linklaters (Alexandra Marks).

Brief encounter: bates wells & braithwaite

Bates Wells & Braithwaite is a firm with just 100 staff. It has a host of familiar names among its clients, and most of them are charities. Its profits, though respectable, are nowhere near the same as could be gleaned from commercial clients of the same pedigree. With up to half of its income coming […]

the Leader column

The best way of goading a Clifford Chance corporate partner – and indeed, an Allen & Overy (A&O) corporate partner if it comes to that – is this: adopt an ever-so-slightly sorrowful expression, and whisper sympathetically: “Of course, you’re really a finance firm, aren’t you?” While both A&O and Clifford Chance perform okay on the […]

Job don

“Five full-time solicitors and all Oxbridge graduates,” says Jonathan Anelay, proudly describing his in-house team. Anelay is Oxford University’s director of legal services. Articled at Ashurst Morris Crisp, Anelay later built up a practice at Morrell Peel & Gamlen, where he was senior partner, working for university clients in technology transfer matters. In 1997, the […]

Dancing on the ceiling

moving in-house has always been a popular goal for lawyers, often from day one of their training contract. A two-year stint in private practice to earn your spurs and then off to that sexy in-house post to deal with real people and real problems. That is the theory, but for the very ambitious there is […]

a year ago this week

Mills & Reeve poaches top partner for London launch Mills & Reeve, East Anglia’s biggest firm, lured Cameron McKenna insurance partner Geoff Barnett to open its London office. Barnett had previously spent 14 years as a partner at Cameron McKenna. There are currently three partners based at the London office – insurance partners Barnett and […]


When a client appoints an in-house legal counsel, how should the firm respond? Is it a threat or an opportunity? A law firm should not fear such an appointment as it rarely leads to less work and usually leads to more, as someone is appointed who recognises the need for legal advice and assistance. After […]

Positive attitude

Despite the pay cut, Kenneth Gray is looking forward to leaving Norton Rose and escaping from the City to work with people living with HIV Kenneth Gray has three months left before he clears his desk and leaves Norton Rose after 15 years to step into the great unknown. The Norton Rose aviation finance partner […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Railtrack Telecom Services and Marconi in joint venture to create EuroMast. Railtrack Telecom Services advised by Simmons & Simmons (Jerry Walter). Marconi advised by Allen & Overy.


Tom Glocer will take up his appointment as group chief executive officer (CEO) of Reuters in July 2001. He is currently CEO of Reuters Information, a business division of the group, a role he has held since June 2000. Glocer joined Reuters’ legal department in September 1993 from US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, where […]

Confusion as LPC ratings are published before completion

The Law Society has caused confusion by publishing new ratings of the LPC providers half way through the assessment period. Although some schools have been told their new ratings, others have not yet been assessed. Adding to the confusion, a new five-point grading system replaces the previous four-point assessment gradings. But the LPC institutions will […]

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