8 November 1999

Lord Chancellor pushes for more judges

The Lord Chancellor is seeking Parliament’s leave to bump up the maximum number of High Court judges allowed from 98 to 106. The Lord Chancellor’s Department says the hike is required to help tackle the predicted workload increase caused by the implementation of the Human Rights Act and the Immigration and Asylum bill. Lord Irvine […]

Fujitsu chief quits

David Hyams, the head of legal at Fujitsu Computers (Europe) has resigned after Fujitsu and fellow computer giant, Siemens AG joined forces to form a new joint venture company. The new entity – Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV – was launched on 1 October. Hyams, vice president of legal and commercial affairs at the European arm […]

Norton Rose re-elects Lewis

Norton Rose has opted to maintain the status quo and have voted in senior partner, David Lewis for a second three-year term. Lewis’s re-election, which was uncontested, follows the recent agreement within the firm to give managing partner, Roger Birkby a third crack of the whip. A mergers and acquisitions lawyer, Lewis will continue to […]

News in brief

Ill-mannered barristers will have to fork out up to £2000 in fines to their offended clients if new proposals are given the go ahead. The Bar Council plan, to be discussed at a meeting later this month, aims to hit back at poor client service provided by badly behaved barristers outside the court room. The […]


Field Fisher Waterhouse advised Whitbread-owned Beefeater Restaurant & Pub on a television sponsorship deal with Channel 5. The agreement is part of a £1.5m media campaign which includes the sponsorship of Channel 5 show It’s a Knockout. Hayley Stallard, head of the advertising and marketing law group at Field Fisher, acted on the deal, assisted […]


Lawrence Graham has completed a £292.4m refinance and restructure deal for the Flagship Housing Group. A syndicate of banks

Council fears explosion risk

Bromsgrove District Council is heading for a High Court showdown in London with a man it accuses of creating the possibility of an explosion by work he has carried out on an old tip in Bromsgrove. The council is to seek court orders banning the man, identified as T O’Neill in the claim, from interfering […]


Herbert Smith assisted Eurotunnel on both a proposal to purchase its own debts and a £165m rights issue. The company will buy its own debt

Baker & McKenzie's new grandmaster

Christine Lagarde French national Christine Lagarde has just become Baker & McKenzie’s first Madame Chairman. Anne Mizzi talks to the woman who has taken on the task of making all the right moves for the world’s largest law firm. ‘I am calling myself chairman,” announces Christine Lagarde, one of the youngest people to sit in […]

It's been a bad week for…

Lord Irvine, whose advisers are set on making the Lord Chancellor more cuddly and will not rest until he becomes the “People’s Derry”. The Lord Chancellor has to defend his position because Jack Straw wants to set up a justice ministry with himself as head. Lord Irvine’s downsizing will involve a visit to the set […]

It's been a good week for…

The Community Legal Service. That’s Life presenter and champion of the aggrieved public, Esther Rantzen, is to help promote the Community Legal Service. Expect troupes of singing dogs in wigs, gavel-shaped vegetables and endless vox pops in the law centres. “Love law”. Expert in thoroughness, Eversheds, leaves no stone unturned in its quest to please […]

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