8 June 2009


Under the sea

City-based Rosenblatt Solicitors last week won a victory in the High Court on behalf of 1,000 servicemen who had argued that they suffered ill health as a result of nuclear testing carried out by the Ministry of Defence  (MoD) in the Pacific Ocean in the 1950s. The MoD rejected the claims, saying that because the […]

India: Hard court battle

India needs to enhance its arbitration offerings and overhaul its courts’ processes to give its backlog of cases any chance of closure before the year 3000, says Kian Ganz A trip to the neo-Gothic ­Bombay High Court is an entertaining experience that should be on every visiting lawyer’s travel itinerary. Once past the sandbagged machine […]

India: Singh on song

India’s new government could be the springboard for the country’s legal system to scale new heights, says Kian Ganz The recent Indian elections saw a decisive win for the Congress Party, the stock markets rally, the various economic growth forecasts adjusted and the ­rating agencies ditching their gloomy ­outlook for the country (see ‘Elections’ box). […]

Under review

Over the last few weeks the Government has found itself out of favour with the public, thanks in part to MPs making some interesting expense claims. In the last week it has also found itself out of favour with the law after two separate judgments – handed down in the High Court and the House […]


Law Soc, SRA found wanting as Napier takes the fall for failings

The Law Society has been slammed for its handling of an investigation into a conflict of interest complaint against its former president and Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier. Michael Napier The chairwoman of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) Jane Irvine found that the Law Society’s process had failed when it investigated claims regarding […]

Tulkinghorn: Associates hit for six

The interminable football season is officially over, thank God, and sporting minds are now focused on the world’s greatest game. Yes, it’s cricket, but if you’re looking for the biggest event in the calendar, a fixture with a long history and more needle than the Glasgow derby, then you can forget the Ashes. Tulkinghorn is, […]

Fridge magnate: Alessia Oddone, Indesit

Indesit in-houser Alessia Oddone may have joined the company just nine months ago in the depths of the cycle, but she’s not in a spin. By Corinne McPartland Alessia Oddone is legal counsel for white goods manufacturer Indesit Company UK and has spent the past week fielding calls from hundreds of the company’s customer service […]

Focus: Dentons

Denton Wilde Sapte’s newest partners are optimistic about their firm’s future. But is the excitement of being made up going to their heads? Every year Denton Wilde Sapte brings together all of its partners from its global network for a two-day conference in the UK. The event was traditionally held at the luxurious Celtic Manor […]

Work Life Quiz: Steven Hodkinson, Umbro International

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?I’d like to say rock guitarist or rugby player, but in ­reality a policeman. Steven Hodkinson What was your first-ever job?I did a milk round from the age of 11. Getting up at 5.45am was good preparation for life as a corporate lawyer in private practice. […]

Moves roundup

Field Fisher Waterhouse has hired technology partner Nick ­Holland from Eversheds. Holland joined Eversheds in 2007 from Beachcroft, where he was head of technology. He specialises in IT and telecoms projects for companies based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and has a particular focus on outsourcing transactions, global data protection and privacy projects […]


Woolf reforms: lawyers continue to wrangle over merits a decade on

Has access to justice been impaired by mediation coercion? asks Katy Dowell The introduction of the Woolf reforms in April 1999 ­overhauled the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) and brought about a radical change to the litigation ­system. A decade on and the ­profession is divided over whether the reforms have had the intended effect of […]

CC, Freshfields stave off High Court case on Plus dispute

Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have helped resolve a competition dispute between the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and rival trading platform Plus, preventing the need for a High Court date in June. Plus, advised by Clifford Chance litigation partner Luke Tolaini, challenged the LSE over a rule that it claims effectively prevented AIM companies from trading on […]

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