7 April 1997

Our man in Bahrain

In the news story in The Lawyer (7 October) concerning the closure of Clifford Chance’s office in Bahrain (“Clifford Chance to centralise in Dubai”), you state that “…Norton Rose is the only other UK firm in Bahrain”. I would like to point out that Palmer Cowen (of Mayfair) continues to operate an office in Bahrain […]

Hill Dickinson builds up IP expertise

Liverpool-based insurance giant Hill Dickinson is on the expansion trail – taking over two-partner Stockport intellectual property practice Philip Woods & Co to give it an IP facility in the Manchester area. In less than a year the firm has grown from 40 partners to 60 and added Manchester, Stockport and Chester offices to its […]

In brief: Lord Irvine

In our profile of Lord Irvine last week we said he owned “a permanent place among the Tuscany set”. Lord Irvine has asked us to point out that he does not own any property in Tuscany.

HK firms ride stock market rollercoaster

Lawyers in Hong Kong are bracing themselves for more turbulence as the stock market rollercoaster continues. The immediate effect, says Donald Tsun, a consultant at Linklaters & Paines’ Hong Kong office, has been to see some deals put on hold while others have been abandoned. Allen & Overy managing partner in Hong Kong Paul Monk […]

Runeland moves

Per Runeland has left the London office of Swedish firm Lagerlof & Leman where he was resident partner to join US firm Kilpatrick Stockton in London. Runeland has been taken on as a partner in the firm’s international arbitration practice.

Werkmans loses Jo'burg partner to White & Case

US firm White & Case has poached a senior South African lawyer, John Janks, from leading South African firm Werkmans to join its Johannesburg office. Janks is the firm’s first appointment of a South African lawyer at partner level. White & Case set up the six-lawyer office in Johannesburg in 1995, becoming the only foreign […]


Lovell White Durrant advised Ford Credit and its special-purpose issuer vehicle Globaldrive on its $5bn asset-backed note programme, securitising auto receivables originated by Ford Credit’s worldwide operations and its DM1bn issue securitising $566m of US dealer loans. Freshfields advised JP Morgan Securities, the arranger of the programme.


Palmer Wheeldon advised property developer Dean Corporation on its £10m placing and open offer on the London Stock Exchange. Lewis Silkin advised the sponsor John East & Partners and Taylor Joynson Garrett acted for Hong Kong-listed property company First Shanghai which took a stake in the company.


Linklaters was US and English law adviser to Banque Paribas on its underwriting of the $67.5m dual Belgian/Easdaq flotation of Belgian microchip manufacturer Melexis. De Bandt Van Hecke & Lagae were Parisbas’ Belgian lawyers. Loeff Clays Verbeke were Belgian advisers to Melexis.

How fighting fund helped in Bristol battle

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund has come in for a lot of flak but it came into its own in the profession’s tussle with the Bristol & West Building Society, says David Robinson. David Robinson is the national head of professional indemnity at Pinsent Curtis. Anson Game and Mark Brookes also assisted with this article. The […]

Sifa's legal and financial synergy

The need to build a brand identity was just one of the issues discussed at this year’s Sifa conference, says Ian Muirhead. Ian Muirhead is managing director of Sifa. The theme underlying this year’s Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice (Sifa) City of London Conference, which was attended by a record 154 delegates, was the synergy […]

In brief: Wiseman gets seat on Shell board

Richard Wiseman has been appointed to the newly-created post of legal director at Shell UK. Wiseman, previously company secretary and head of the legal division at Shell, becomes a member of the board while continuing as general counsel.

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