8 February 1999

Baker & McKenzie Madrid Raids KPMG

De Otaola, who is also a Certified Public Accountant, has over 15 years of tax experience and specialises in acquisitions and company reorganisation. Cristina Bustillo, managing partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Madrid office says: “Isabel comes to us with strong credentials and extensive experience and will add significant value to the services we already offer […]

PricewaterhouseCoopers merges with Dunhill Madden Butler

The merger comes just two months after Dunhills in Sydney saw a mass exodus of 27 partners and 125 lawyers to the legal branch of PWC. And earlier this month, David Nathan, the managing partner Dunhills’ Melbourne office who was charged with rebuilding the embattled firm, defected to Baker & McKenzie to head up its […]

Carter-Ruck calls for libel reform

Veteran libel law guru, Peter Carter-Ruck has called for an overhaul of the way defamation cases are run. Speaking at a seminar in Disneyland where the senior consultant at Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners went head-to-head with Private Eye editor, Ian Hislop, he said: “I think it is scandalous there is no legal aid for defamation. […]

Herbert Smith scoops Treasury work

Herbert Smith has been appointed by the Treasury to advise on the establishment of Partnerships UK – the Government’s so-called PFI bank – which will fund and develop public finance initiative (PFI) projects. Herbert Smith was selected from a shortlist of four firms, which finance and banking partner Nicholas Tott says included “the usual suspects”. […]

US law firms in ground-breaking merger

Baltimore’s Piper Marbury and Chicago’s Rudnick & Wolfe have announced the biggest domestic law firm merger in US history. Both firms voted on Saturday to form a 750-lawyer practice, making it the 11th largest in the US in terms of numbers. The merger takes effect immediately and the new firm is called Piper Marbury Rudnick […]

Denton Hall plans first East African tie-up deal

DENTON Hall is setting up an association with an East African firm in a bid to dominate the emerging energy and finance markets. It is understood to be the first of its kind by a UK company. The firm is cementing the move by taking on East African specialist Charles Morrison, who was previously a […]

Drink firm bullish over name

A drink which has captured 90 per cent of the high-energy drinks market is at the centre of a pending High Court battle. The makers of Red Bull have launched proceedings to stop sale of an alcoholic drink called VRB, one of the nicknames given to Red Bull by drinkers when it is mixed with […]

Legal and General faces court

Estate agents Connell Residential and associate company, Connell Financial Services, are to take Legal and General Assurance to the High Court in a battle over insurance commission. The companies accuse Legal and General of stopping payment of commission on around 10,000 policies sold around 1996. They allege Legal and General has refused, in breach of […]

BCCI ruling sets back stigma claims

The rights of workers to claim compensation for alleged stigma suffered as a result of misdemeanours by their bosses have been clarified in a High Court ruling. The decision is bad news for some 400 former BCCI staff who had sought damages on the basis that stigma over the actions of BCCI had rubbed off […]

Property

Ronnie Hooberman, head of property at Mishcon de Reya, acted for Rialto Homes and Frogmore Estates on their application for planning consent for a £150m residential and commercial development in Paddington Basin. Property assistant Arnaud Montagna provided support on the deal, which involved negotiating planning consent with Westminster Council, which was represented by its in-house […]

Property

Ronnie Hooberman, head of property at Mishcon de Reya, acted for Rialto Homes and Frogmore Estates on their application for planning consent for a u150m residential and commercial development in Paddington Basin. Property assistant Arnaud Montagna provided support on the deal, which involved negotiating planning consent with Westminster Council, which was represented by its in-house […]

Law Soc chief quits over 'witch-hunt'

The chairman of the Law Society’s Compliance and Supervision Committee has resigned his chair and council seat following the suspension of Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) boss Peter Ross. Sources say Howard Hardy was “disgusted” at the “witch-hunt” of Ross and his team and felt compelled to stand down both from the committee, […]

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