A year ago this week

Former managing partner of Clifford Chance moves to Arthur Andersen

The Lawyer revealed that former Clifford Chance managing partner Tony Williams was to quit the newlymerged firm to join the legal arm of accountants Arthur Andersen.

Williams was attracted by the high-profile international role of senior partner and a salary reported to be around £1m. He eventually joined Andersen Legal in March, followed by Antoine Allez, former joint managing partner of Clifford Chance's Prague office, who joined Andersen's Paris operation.

Williams was replaced by Michael Bray, Clifford Chance's former head of finance, who took on the new role of chief executive, while Peter Charlton was named London managing partner. Bray played a key role in the mergers with Rogers & Wells and Pünder Volhard Weber & Axster.

Andersen Legal has since made a number of lateral hires, including ex-Norton Rose head of international securities Gilles Thieffry (The Lawyer, 4 September 2000), making it the first accountant's law firm doing capital markets work in London. In September 2000, it also appointed the chairman of its associated Scottish law firm Dundas & Wilson as its worldwide practice director. Neil Cochran, who was already UK legal practice director for Andersen Legal Garretts, took on responsibility for all firms within the Andersen Legal network while retaining his existing roles.

In November 2000, DLA took over all of Garretts' Leeds practice with the exception of two litigation lawyers, a tax lawyer and a support lawyer (The Lawyer, 13 November).

Qualifications of Cameron McKenna lawyer questioned

A document obtained by The Lawyer cast doubt on the qualifications of Ilia Iaroslavski, head of CMS Cameron McKenna's Tashkent office.

Iaroslavski claimed to have qualified as a Master of Law from Tashkent University, but according to the document, a three-week inquiry by the university could find no record of him ever attending.

Within days of The Lawyer's revelation, an investigation was instigated by Camerons. Iaroslavski, who was already at the centre of sexual harassment and discrimination allegations, resigned in February due to ill health.

Two former lawyers at the Tashkent office, Dmitri Chebotarev and Natasha Thompson, had been preparing their claims for unfair dismissal against the CIS group. But at a tribunal in November the claims were struck out because of delay.

At the hearing, Langley & Co, the solicitors for the applicants, were accused of improperly using Cherie Booth QC's political connections. It was argued that correspondence to the Uzbekistan authorities "implies there is some official interest in the case".