8 December 1997

Olswang wins place at top of Aim league

Olswang is one of the leading advisers to Alternative Investment Market listed companies – second only to Nabarro Nathanson. Olswang’s strong showing as a company Aim adviser emerges from an analysis of the listings in the directory Crawfords City Connections. In January the AIM Guide Quarterly Update ranked the 22-partner firm sixth in its league […]

Insurers attacked for 'sitting on the fence'

After-the-event legal insurer Brian Raincock has attacked the Association of British Insurers (ABI) for “sitting on the fence” over the issue of expanding conditional fees insurance beyond personal injury cases. Raincock, managing director of Litigation Protection, said that despite a request from the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) the ABI had so far not come up […]

In brief: First Legal Practice MBA graduates

The first ever students to complete an MBA in Legal Practice have graduated from the Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University. The 33 students on the course gained a Masters degree designed exclusively for those with management responsibility in law firms, legal departments and barristers’ chambers. Students included senior partners, managing partners, senior administrators […]

Legal aid extended to cover mediation cases

LEGAL aid has been extended to cover a pilot mediation scheme, in a bid to attract more participants. Solicitors are now able to receive payment from the Legal Aid Board for attending the scheme, which runs at Central London County Court and offers mediation for money claims of more than £3,000, with no upper limit. […]

Clifford Chance raids Wessings

Clifford Chance is to open a Dusseldorf office in September in a move that will make it one of the few foreign law firms with a German office outside Frankfurt. Clifford Chance has poached two partners for its new office from the Dusseldorf arm of leading German firm Wessing Berenberg-Gossler Zimmermann Lange, a move that […]

Burnt fingers

After past mistakes, few Canadian law firms have a taste for international expansionism, says Patrick Stewart. Patrick Stewart is a freelance journalist. Stikeman Elliott opened for business in Sydney earlier this year. One of Canada’s leading commercial practices, this is its fourth foreign office in the Asia/Pacific region and its ninth in the world. Four […]

Playing at home

Co-operation rather than merger is the trend in Canada, reports Patrick Stewart. Patrick Stewart is a freelance journalist. When Quebec law firm Ogilvy Renault opened an office in Toronto last year, it marked the end of the formal relationship between the firm and its longtime Toronto associate, and now competitor, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt. The […]

Mr Justice Walker takes the fast track to Court of Appeal

Chancery Division judge Mr Justice Walker has been appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in what is thought to be one of the quickest promotions ever to the court. Mr Justice Walker is one of three judges to receive promotions following the retirement of Lord Justices Leggatt and Waite, and Lord Justice Saville’s recent appointment […]

Former Mishcons partner launched dismissal claim

A MISHCON de Reya litigation partner has taken the unusual step of launching a complaint of unfair dismissal against her firm after she left before a grievance procedure had been concluded. However Mishcons is insisting it is not in dispute with Paula Feldman – and will not comment on whether the case has settled. Feldman, […]

In brief: Halliwells poaches rival's property lawyer

North West firm Halliwell Landau has poached Mary Thakkar from Manchester rivals Gorna & Co. Halliwells claims its property business has risen by a fifth over the past year and Thakkar’s appointment is part of an ongoing property recruitment drive. Halliwells’ head of property Geoff Marks said: “In the last couple of years the firm […]

In brief: Lawyer joins Horlick at new subsidiary

Robert Guest is to join Societe Generale Asset Management’s (SGAM) new UK subsidiary as its head of compliance and legal. Guest, who joins from domestic asset management firm Johnson Fry Holdings, where he has been for three years, will be responsible for setting up new funds and getting authorisation from the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation […]

Andersens' Scottish duo to merge

Scottish firms Dundas & Wilson and Dorman Jeffrey & Co will merge to form a new Arthur Andersen-tied law firm. Brian Dorman, managing partner of Dorman Jeffrey which linked up with Andersens in January 1996, said he expected to be on the executive board of the merged firm. “For marketing purposes the name is being […]

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