7 May 2001

The Bright side of life

Chris Bright feels that his work for Clifford Chance is done and so is moving on to Shearmans. For his next challenge he might even take on Brussels It is a sweet irony that walking away from the offices of The Lawyer on my way to Shearman & Sterling I am going against the flow […]

Leader – There is only one candidate for a Theodore Goddard merger

It was only a matter of time before Theodore Goddard entered into merger talks. The more cynical among us saw last year’s extraordinary rise in profits as pre-merger beautification. According to The Lawyer 100 Survey, turnover last year leapt 48 per cent to £39m, with average profits per partner rising from £270,000 to £400,000. Much […]

Monkey business

Tulkinghorn was delighted to receive further correspondence from Cumberland Ellis Peirs partner Tom Barth. Readers will remember his tales of lawyers turning up drunk for interviews and of the client who croaked it while on the phone before Barth could tell him his fees. Tulkinghorn reported this believing that nothing could happen between then (16 […]

A year ago this week

Davies Arnold Cooper media unit jumps ship for ReynoldsThree members of Davies Arnold Cooper’s (DAC) media and defamation team left to join rival Reynolds Porter Chamberlain. This was a blow for DAC, as these were the latest in a line of resignations, which included the departure of Malcolm Henke, head of the common law department, […]

It's painful to be beautiful

Sticking with the marketing theme, appearance is obviously of vital importance to one’s personal branding. Take Shearman & Sterling’s former head of European acquisition finance Stephen Mostyn-Williams, who is known for being something of a snappy dresser. A recent experience of our friend Mr Mostyn-Williams offers a salutary lesson to readers that there is more […]

Surplus to requirements

The question of who owns an occupational pension scheme’s surplus has once again reared its ugly head in the form of the recent House of Lords ruling in the case involving the National Grid pension schemes. Two National Grid pensioners objected to the use of the pension scheme’s surplus to fund redundancy packages subsequent to […]

Follow that car

The wait is nearly over for sufferers from asbestos-related illnesses and they should start receiving compensation this month [May]. But the tragedy serves to illustrate the point that there is a need for a formal employers’ insurers’ liability bureau – along the lines of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) – to act as an insurer […]

Tale from the right bank

Storm clouds may be gathering over the Arc de Triomphe, but their origin is a matter of debate among law firms in Paris. UK and US law firms would have us believe that they are closing in on the Paris market, snatching work from under the noses of their French counterparts. Law firms in France, […]

ALL-STAR CAST: top players in French firms

Thierry Vassogne Age: 49 Firm: Linklaters & Alliance Focus: M&A and stock exchange Number of partners: 25 Deals: Advised Tetra Laval on its euro1.7bn (£1.05bn) tender offer for Sidel (March 2001). Advised France Telecom on its euro10bn (£6bn) purchase of 54.3 per cent of Equant (November 2000). Advised Peugeot and Faurecia on the euro1.480m (£900,000) […]

Salans scoops team of three from New York rival

Franco-US firm Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn is expanding its New York intellectual property (IP) practice with a team from Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn. The group is led by partner Jeffrey Laytin and includes two of counsel – Mitchell Stein and Richard Verner. This is the latest move in the international expansion of Salans’ IP/IT […]

NGJ rolls out PFI group with Row & Maw hire

Nicholson Graham & Jones is expanding its presence in targeting the growing PFI and public-private partnership (PPP) market with the hire of a projects partner from Rowe & Maw. Christopher Causer takes up the new role as head of Nicholson Graham’s PFI team within its construction and engineering department. Head of department David Race says […]

The reluctant defector

French lawyers are, on first impressions at least, gentlemen, and Gérard Mazet, who managed French firm Jeantet & Associés at the height of its success, is probably the smoothest of them all. His English accent could not be further from the comic pronunciation of the French policeman in television comedy series ‘Allo ‘Allo or indeed […]

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