6 March 2000

Cameron McKenna's Head of Africa jumps ship to US firm

Biggs is the third Camerons projects partner to leave for a US firm in just over six months. In August Martin Stewart-Smith and Paul Stock decided to jump ship for the London office of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Biggs is head of Camerons’ African group and his departure will come as a blow to the […]

Cameron McKenna in management change to boost European growth

The firm has elected senior corporate partner Dick Tyler to replace Robert Derry-Evans as managing partner. Derry-Evans takes up the new post of chief executive. A spokesman for Camerons says the firm decided to “beef up” its management to pursue its European and global expansion strategy more aggressively

Mishcon De Reya takes on Eversheds lawyer

Gordon Campbell is one of the leading planning lawyers in London and acts for clients including housing and retail developers. At Mishcons he will become head of planning and environment, joining a property department of 11 partners and 20 other fee-earners. Head of property Nick Doffman says: “We have recognised for some time the increasing […]

Kingsford Stacey beat City firms in Hertfordshire County Council deal

City firm Kingsford Stacey Blackwell has won one of its biggest ever property contracts – a disposal for Hertfordshire County Council of properties worth £27 million. The firm won the work against competition from larger firms, two of whom were City based and one which was national. The council refuses to name the competition. Kingsfords, […]

Ernst & Young boosts Paris office

Eric Teynier, two senior assistants and a paralegal will join Ernst & Young to set up a litigation and arbitration department. The practice will be cross-border and will work with the accountant’s London law firm when it is established later this year. Last month highly regarded Christopher Tite and Mark Lewis deserted PricewaterhouseCoopers’ law firm […]

Appeal Court hunts out real victim

The Appeal Court found a hunter was acting in self defence when he retaliated against a saboteur, writes Roger Pearson. A recent Appeal Court ruling has given new guidelines on the approach courts should take when a defendant claims that they were acting in self defence when they injured a personal injury claimant. The case […]

Airfield sale in High Court

A battle over the £8m sell-off by the MoD of a famous airfield is to go to the High Court. Mr Justice Jackson has given leave for campaigners to seek judicial review of the plans to sell the 536-acre Kemble airfield near Cirencester to developers MEPC. The judge ruled that a consortium made up of […]

High fees for juniors fail value test

It is time for firms that charge clients a premium rate for work done by inexperienced junior lawyers to reduce the charges or increase the value on offer, says Paul Newton. Paul Newton is head of legal at Bupa. Being a lawyer myself, it is a painful admission to make that the legal profession is […]

Linklaters backs flexible working

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4640, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. Your article and editorial on flexible working in The Lawyer (28 February) are entirely wrong and very damaging to a policy which is important both to this firm and to the profession as a […]

Share Placing

Paisner & Co represented Granville Markets, sponsor and stockbroker to CFS Group, in connection with a placing and open offer of new ordinary shares to raise £10m. Paisners finance partner David Collins acted on the deal. Bird & Bird advised CFS Group.

Will case awaits judgment

Judgment is now pending in a Court of Appeal case in which a farm manager is challenging the will of his former boss, while his former boss is still alive. Geoffrey Gillett, 59, claims that for three decades his wealthy landowner boss, Kenneth Holt, 85, promised him that all would be his when he died. […]

Patrick Hann on responsibility for investors’ financial losses. Patrick Hann is a partner and head of the commercial litigation group at Middleton Potts, which represented the defendant in Morgan Stan

In the past, the courts have displayed little sympathy towards investors seeking to resist liability for losses sustained as a result of trading in commodities, futures or derivatives. In 1991 Morgan Stanley recommended to its client Puglisi, an Italian businessman, that he invest in Perls, a structured investment devised by Morgan Stanley. Its redemption value […]

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