7 February 2000

Name change for Freehills

From July the name which the firm has used for the last 50 years will be shortened to simply Freehills. National chairman, Peter Mansell says the firm is already known by the condensed moniker in the market. He says the firm has done little market research on the change and not consulted clients but is […]

Memery Crystal appoints new IP head

David Hansel is an IP specialist dealing with IT, e-commerce, software and all forms of converging digital technology, sports and entertainment, licensing, sponsorship and merchandising. He joins the London firm to head up the newly formed IP and digital technology unit, bringing with him his existing client base. The firm is now on the hunt […]

Maxwell's lawyers demand more fees

Alun Jones QC – the highest paid criminal legal aid barrister in 1997 – is to ask the High Court for an additional £350,000 in basic fees he claims he earned for representing Robert Maxwell’s son. He will be joined by Clare Montgomery QC – like Jones a tenant at 3 Raymond Buildings – who […]

Chadbourne & Parke sued by ex-partner

Stuart A Rosenthal claims he was wrongfully ousted by the firm in violation of the partnership agreement. Chadbourne & Parke however, claims he resigned voluntarily. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Herman Cahn dismissed an action for legal malpractice brought by Rosenthal against the firm, but allowed trial to go ahead over the wrongful dismissal allegations. Rosenthal […]

Davies Wallis Foyster raids Knight & Sons

Alan Shackleton joins DWF as a partner and will handle the firm’s heavyweight commercial litigation disputes, operating across its Manchester and Liverpool offices. Shackleton, a qualified mediator, spent seven years in the banking sector at City firm, Wilde Sapte, joined Davies Arnold Cooper in Manchester before moving to Knight & Sons. He says: “More and […]

Witness payments to be reviewed

The Lord Chancellor has set up a working party to review contempt laws regarding payments to witnesses in criminal proceedings and the publication of information before criminal trials. Officials from the LCD, Home Office, Law Officers Department and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are charged with producing a report on the issue by […]

Irvine's judge role in jeopardy

The court decided that Guernsey flower grower, Richard McGonnell, was denied a fair hearing when his appeal against a planning decision was heard by the Bailiff – Guernsey’s most senior judge and head of the island’s legislature and executive. Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights guarantees the right to a fair and […]

Clifford Chance lose Russian tax head

Roger Fort will be the managing director of Deloitte’s tax work in Moscow, Kiev, St Petersburg and Almaty. Fort, who helped establish Clifford Chance’s Russian practice in November 1997, says his new post is within a much more established practice and will cover a much wider geographical area. He says his new job will be […]

Hammond Suddards and Palmer Grossman take Edward Lewis lawyers

Hammond Suddards has taken on Martin Thomas as an equity partner in firm’s 100-strong corporate finance department in London. Insurance specialists, Palmer Grossman has appointed Chris Gambs as a personal injury partner. A further seven personal injury solicitors have been hired in the firm’s Cardiff, Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton offices. Formerly an equity partner in […]

Libel law reforms due this month

Newspapers will be able to avoid expensive defamation trials by making an offer of amends, involving a published apology and an appropriate costs./ damages settlement. If the offer is refused, papers can use the offer as a defence when a case goes ahead, and to use to argue for a lower damages pay out. Judges […]

Peter Charlton

Peter Charlton is the new managing partner at the London office of Clifford Chance. Sean Farrell meets the softly spoken, yet tough talking northerner whose time has come. Meeting Peter Charlton is a big disappointment. “A Geordie thug who got fed up listening to Iron Maiden and drinking 20 pints a night, who came to […]


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