6 May 2002

On the right tracks

Railtrack chairman Geoffrey Howe has the task of retrieving shareholders’ money. It could be worse – he could be running the trains On my way to interview Geoffrey Howe, the chairman of Railtrack Group, I was not quite sure whether to take a box of tissues with me. But as it turned out, Howe was […]


Law firms and their insurance clients are strange bedfellows. While insurers claim that their lawyers do not work quickly, efficiently and certainly not cheaply enough, lawyers argue that their clients do not understand the vagaries of handling a claim. It is therefore a market with raised eyebrows that monitors the progress of new technology risk […]

Law for art's sake

Hip and trendy Collyer-Bristow has shown that when it comes to the kids, it’s the firm to get right down with them.The West End firm’s music, entertainment and media team, headed by partner Howard Ricklow, has joined forces with BBC Radio One. Tulkinghorn has heard that Ricklow plays a mean tambourine, but in this instance […]

Five-minute smiling

Tulkinghorn has bought himself a treadmill (which he still cannot stand up on while it’s in motion) after his bravado got the better of him. You see, Tulkinghorn’s friend, Taylor Joynson Garrett partner Martin Winter, was telling him the other day how he ran the Flora London Marathon in under four hours. And, momentarily forgetting […]


Imagine a world in which an English solicitor is suddenly informed that there is now an international rule that decrees that English solicitors are no longer able to handle client money. A world in which every foreign law firm that obtains a licence to open a new office in China is German or American. A […]

Daddy sucks

The glare of publicity can often be a heavy cross to bear, as Tulkinghorn himself is only too aware. Special sympathy should therefore go to Allen & Overy’s head of property Adam Cleal, who featured in a recent story about the launch of the firm’s new German real estate group.Somewhat chuffed with the piece, Cleal […]

Blasts from the past

Barely a day goes by without Tulkinghorn hearing of some new fangled marketing initiative to be rolled out of one of the City firms’ marketing departments.Herbert Smith’s latest idea is to re-enact World War I. Tulkinghorn has heard rumours of mustard gas being brewed in the kitchens and bayonets being sharpened in the client meeting […]

Lords kills time-bar limitations

The debate of ‘to shred or not to shred’, sparked by Andersen’s role in the Enron debacle and the recent criticisms of lawyers in Australian tobacco litigation, reared its head in a House of Lords case last month In Cave v Robinson Jarvis & Rolf, the Law Lords overturned a ruling last year that restricted […]

Firms reveal strategies for World Cup fanatics

Biggest sickie in history predicted; Charles Russell uses ‘bacon buttie’ strategy; A&O sits on fence Lawyers were joining in World Cup fever in the only way they know how last week, with a flurry of press releases spelling out the employment law implications of too much football-related fun.Bosses would be liable for workers that came […]

Disabling discrimination

The Disability Rights Commission feels the best way to win rights is through conciliation, using litigation as a last resort. But many of those it represents believe the courtroom is the only arena that will give them a fair fight. Who’s right? The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) have […]

Power to the people

Europe’s ongoing economic drive has seen the most recent developments in employment law indicate a shift in legislation in favour of employees. Donna Moxham investigates Employment law has been undergoing radical changes for some time and reforms seem set to continue indefinitely. Recent advancements both in Europe and in the UK are overwhelmingly legislative. The […]

The Employment Bill

Most employers, certainly small employers, will tell you that there is simply too much employment legislation But they may sigh with relief that at least the Employment Bill – expected to get royal assent in July – provides for employment tribunal reform designed, in part, to deter spurious claims. These claims have clogged up an […]

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