6 August 2001

Man of the match

Stephen Townley, founder of sports boutique Townleys, remains pragmatic when it comes to his firm’s marriage with Hammonds – it’s part of the game Arriving at sports boutique Townleys is a very different experience to arriving at Hammond Suddards Edge – the former’s new merger partner. When I arrive, there is already one man waiting […]

Namimg and shaming

Tulkinghorn would like to thank those responsible for the deluge of entries for the ‘Name the Eversheds Café’ competition. Never has a competition without a prize had such a response.One response is from Angela Woodruff, who writes from her hotmail account, presumably to help mask her identity (although Tulkinghorn’s sources tell him that she may […]

Question time

Tulkinghorn hears of high jinks in the North East, where Dickinson Dees is hiring a local theatre to put on its very own gameshow later this month.While the firm’s results this year suggest that playing Who wants to be a Millionaire? would be a little bit optimistic, the firm has opted for a hybrid. Whether […]

The phantom throatwobbler

There have been some strange goings on at CC Towers, with a spate of nuisance calls from a rambling whisperer who, according to an internal email, when asked who is calling, replies: “Throatwobbler Mangrove.”Apparently, the caller uses the Clifford Chance freephone number, which is reserved for the firm’s staff, and on occasions has left voicemails […]

Law Soc to appeal Bahl judgment

The Law Society has launched an appeal against the Kamlesh Bahl judgment only weeks after it stated that it would not do so.

Herbert Smith partner quits

Herbert Smith litigation partner Tom Custance has moved to 14-partner employment law specialist Fox Williams. He joined the firm last week as head of litigation. Custance said he moved to a smaller firm to extend his experience as a solicitor advocate.“I just dealt with insurance litigation at Herbert Smith and wanted more flexibility,” he said. […]

Abbey roadblock

Despite Slaughters’ concern that Lloyds TSB’s bid for Abbey National would be blocked by the Competition Commission, Clifford Chance encouraged its client to push ahead. Helen Power reports on the bank’s unexpected result Before last November, Lloyds TSB bank had been eyeing Abbey National for a few years without making any concerted effort to capture […]


Last week saw another blow in the profession’s attempts to gain Joe Public’s affection. The three firms on the now defunct Independent Insurance panel – Davies Arnold Cooper, Berrymans Lace Mawer and Davies Lavery – went back to 2,000 companies that held policies with the insurance company and asked them to put their hands in […]

EU ministers seek public opinion on single contract law regulation

A review of contract law has been launched by the EU with a view to introducing a single EU contract law regulation. The review, which is being carried out in the 15 member states, looks at existing contracts between national legal systems to see whether they obstruct the EU from functioning as a single internal […]

Cornell favours finance candidate for new COO

Proposal to elect Palmer bypasses deputy chief operating officer Perrin Clifford Chance’s future chief executive officer (CEO) Peter Cornell is planning to install one of the firm’s finance practice heads as his new right-hand man.Cornell has appealed to the partnership to elect Phillip Palmer, the joint managing partner of finance, as the new chief operating […]

Mishcon equity partners left nonplussed as 1996 accounts fiasco remains unresolved

Mishcon de Reya has not fully signed off any of its accounts since 1996, leaving former and existing equity partners unsure about their account balance for that year. Mishcon claims that it has not finalised the accounts because a financial dispute involving equity partners who left the firm in 1995 has not been resolved. Mishcon […]

Morgan Cole agriculture ace joins Bircham Dyson

Morgan Cole has lost its highly-rated head of agriculture Christopher Findley to Westminster firm Bircham Dyson Bell. Findley has left his role at Morgan Cole’s Oxford office to join the 36-partner firm later this month.Bircham Dyson’s executive committee chairman Nicholas Brown said that Findley would be bringing many of his clients with him from Morgan […]

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