8 October 2001

A different drum

Keith Clark is leaving his big chief’s throne at Clifford Chance to take on the mantle of international general counsel with Morgan Stanley

CGNU opts for Dentons on Turkish acquisition

Clifford Chance sidelined as CGNU demands Istanbul presence Denton Wilde Sapte is advising new insurance client CGNU on the acquisition of a further stake in Turkish insurance company Commercial Union Sigorta.The firm’s Istanbul office was approached by CGNU because the client was looking for an international firm with capital markets capability in Turkey, according to […]


Every Clifford Chance partner seems to be a conspiracy theorist at heart, but there’s been little to agitate about recently. So it’s no surprising that Keith Clark’s announcement that he is to join Morgan Stanley has given rise to all sorts of chit-chat around the water cooler.It’s a canny move. First, by announcing his departure […]

Excuses, excuses

Tulkinghorn is not the only person to have subliminally assimilated gangster parlance into daily life.Prosecution barrister Mark Hollier found that his artless ingénue impression did not go down well with recorder Michael de Navarro QC. In a quite brilliant piece of legal foolishness, Hollier explained that the judge could not sentence his client because his […]

Separated at birth

Tulkinghorn has noticed that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has a new managing partner in the form of Peter Jeffcote. An admirable choice Tulkinghorn is sure, although he is slightly puzzled at the reason the firm gave for choosing him. The line was that Mr Jeffcote is a whizz at the old tax stuff and because of […]

Spotlight: The conjoined twins case

Pannone & Partners acted for the parents in this case, which leapt to the front pages across the country. The Attards, parents of conjoined twins, would not give their consent to separation surgery that would kill Mary, the weaker twin. They saw their daughters as equals and could not sanction medical treatment that would kill […]

Moves and Mergers

The big moves in the North West have all seemed to involve Halliwell Landau recently, both incoming and outgoing. In November, up-and-coming property partner Paul Conroy left to join Addleshaw Booth & Co less than 18 months after being made up to partner. Less surprising, in hindsight, was the departure of commercial property partner Stephen […]

North West best

Gareth Chadwick tracks the development and expansion of the North West firms which, despite threats of recession, are continuing to produce steady growth rates As the world economy teeters on the edge of recession, the North West’s legal market shows definite signs of slowing down. But although growth over the past 12 months may not […]

Breaking news: De Montfort shuts Birmingham LPC

De Montfort University has closed its Birmingham Legal Practice Course and made six staff redundant. The decision comes a month after The College of Law launched its LPC in the area. For full story see The Lawyer on Monday.

The Italian job

Banking and finance partner Andrew Welbourn has just joined Lovells from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. The press announcement proudly stated that he had “developed a specialist capability in Italian financing work, particularly in the power sector, which will be beneficial to Lovells’ Italian and projects practices”. Admirable indeed.Tulkinghorn was intrigued to learn just how […]

Plumb jobs

The record Caradon deals in 2000 remain unmatched this year, notes Gareth Chadwick Patchy seems to be the current watchword in the North West corporate/commercial market. After the frantic pace of 2000 and the early half of this year, the market has become considerably calmer over the last month or so. “A lot of people […]

Top Litigation Cases

The North West Lambrusco LambriniPassing off action claiming the Lambrini product, produced by Halewood International, infringed the group reputation and goodwill in products sold in the UK under the name Lambrusco. Case settled with Halewood to continue to use the Lambrini brand but make changes to its labelling. The case attracted interest after Halewood lodged […]

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