9 August 2004

Terror suspects detention at Guantanamo Bay condemned by legal leaders

The heads of 28 international bar associations and law societies have joined together to condemn the continued detention of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. In an open letter, signed at the annual general meeting of the American Bar Association this week, the leaders call upon the US to abandon the “review panels” currently […]

Andrew Milne: an apology

On 12th August, The Lawyer.com apologised in court to solicitor Andrew Milne in respect of an article entitled “Zaiwallas in £1.2m profit share row with ex-managing partner” published on The Lawyer.com from 22 February 1999 until 8 June 2004. The statement was made in proceedings for libel issued by Mr Milne. We apologised for reporting […]

Bingham lateral hikes securities litigation focus

Bingham McCutchen has made another addition to its ever-growing securities litigation practice after bagging a specialist partner for its Boston office. Jordan Hershman was the former co-chairman of Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault’s securities litigation group and is joining Bingham as a senior member of the practice. In recent months Bingham has made a number of […]

Law Society lobbies Accounting Standards Board over FRS5

The Law Society president has written to the Accounting Standards Board urging clarification of new tax rules in a bid to wipe-out widespread confusion on FRS5. FRS5 Application Note G, which relates to the way profits and work in progress are calculated in accounts, was first introduced eight months ago. However there is widespread confusion […]

Canary Wharf gains new legal tenant with Adams

East London law firm Adams is opening a third office in Canary Wharf in a bid to reposition itself as a boutique corporate and finance practice. The new office, which will be located on the 29th floor of One Canada Square, will open on 1 September with an estimated 18 staff, including five new trainees, […]

Watson Burton expands North East reach into Leeds

Newcastle’s Watson Burton is poised to launch a new office in Leeds. The firm is expected to open in the city by the end of the year to initially focus on banking, insolvency and corporate work. The Leeds office will be led by Watson Burton’s head of banking Andrew Gosnay who joined the firm earlier […]

Grapevine

By now Linklaters should be more than a little concerned by the seemingly endless onslaught from US firms. Over the past couple of years, a startling number of highly rated partners from the magic circle firm have migrated to US practices, with this week Richard Hughes and Basil Zotiades joining the list. There’s been Peter […]

Parmalat firms forgo fees after spurning bank claims

Gianni Origoni and Weil Gotshal stick by deal with Bondi not to pursue action against ‘potential clients’ Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners and Weil Gotshal & Manges will miss out on millions of pounds in fees after refusing to litigate against investment banks in lawsuits connected to bankrupt Italian dairy group Parmalat. The decision by […]

Rank and file in frame for Lovells top position

A cabal of London-based Lovells partners is pushing for a non-management candidate to stand in the firm’s upcoming managing partner elections. It is understood one candidate considering standing is practice area head for commercial and trade law Andrew Skipper. Five partners considered likely candidates for the managing partner role are head of finance David Harris, […]

UK press in-housers fight privacy ruling

Associated Newspapers’ head of legal is attempting to mobilise the UK media to back lobbying efforts aimed at convincing the German government to appeal the controversial Princess Caroline decision to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Harvey Kass, head of legal at the newspaper group, has approached his colleagues in […]

Sidley Austin joins US firms’ prolonged raid on Linklaters

Linklaters has been hit by another wave of partner defections to US firms after losing highly rated structured finance expert Richard Hughes to Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. At the same time, Latham & Watkins’ Paris office has taken a second capital markets partner from Linklaters in little over a year with the hire of […]

On the crest of a wave

Life is just plain sailing at Payne Hicks Beach. The head of the dispute resolution team Richard Butcher is known as a specialist in a broad range of litigation work, including contract disputes, intellectual property, inheritance, employment, construction blah blah de blah. He is also, it transpires, five-times British National and one-time World Dinghy Sailing […]

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