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PricewaterhouseCoopers claims to have opened the floodgates for tax offence appeals. Andrew Young (left) successfully argued that suspected tax evaders should be given the rights of defendants in criminal cases. Citing the Human Rights Act 1998, he disputed the Customs & Excise practice of treating tax evasion as a civil offence.
The Garfield Robbins Group is splitting up after 12 years of partnership between Nicholas Robbins and Gavin Crocker. They believe that the legal recruitment firm, that formed in 1989, would work better as separate organisations. The group comprises three consultancies – Garfield Robbins, Garfield Robbins International and GR Law. Robbins will take control of Garfield Robbins and Garfield Robbins International, which has branches in London, New York and Sydney, while Crocker will head GR Law and its Australian branch. The move will come into effect at the end of the month.
Hammonds Suddards Edge and Italian firm Rossotto & Associati have secured a merger, giving Hammonds offices across Northern Italy. The Italian firm, best known for its corporate, intellectual property (IP) and media practices, will be called Hammonds Rossotto. Earlier this year, the firm linked up with Hausman & Associés in Paris. Shortly after this, it also took five partners from German firm Knauthe Paul Schmidt to set up practices in Munich and Berlin.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is moving six of its structured finance partners around the globe over the next four months in an attempt to develop its European reach and share expertise around offices. The partners are: Ian Falconer (right), James Lawden, Neil Falconer, Alan Newton, Ian Harvey Samuel and Graham Scott. Ian Falconer, practice head, is moving from London to Paris in September. Lawden, managing partner of the Bangkok office, is relocating to Tokyo, while Neil Falconer will move from Rome to Frankfurt, also in September. Newton is returning to London from Milan. Harvey Samuel is also returning to London from Singapore and Scott has moved from Paris to Milan.
TLT has released its figures for its first year since its merger, formed from Lawrence Tucketts and Trumps in May 2000. The Bristol-based firm has recorded a turnover of £12m for its first year. Managing partner Robert Bourns said that the firm has won work in the banking and lender sectors, and the employment team experienced a rise in turnover of 68 per cent. Although Bourns would not reveal the year's profits or a profit-per-partner figure, he did say that the year had been profitable despite the necessary costs of a merger.
Addleshaw Booth & Co has lost commercial and insurance litigator Roger Ibbotson to a career as a judge on the North Eastern Circuit. He has officially retired from the firm to take up the position after a 31-year stint as a partner.
Baker & McKenzie has made up 50 new partners globally. Nearly half of the promotions (44 per cent) are located in Europe and the Middle East, 28 per cent are from North and Latin America and 28 per cent are from the Asia Pacific region. The appointments bring the number of partners at the firm worldwide to 618.
Barclays Bank has announced a full list of the 24 firms that will be on its new legal panel to service the lending and finance needs of business banking. They are: Allen & Overy (A&O), Barlow Lyde and Gilbert, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Bond Pearce, Boyes Turner & Burrows, Clifford Chance, Davenport Lyons, Denton Wilde Sapte, Dickinson Dees, DLA, Edwards Geldard, Eversheds, Fennemores, Hammond Suddards Edge, Herbert Smith, Linklaters & Alliance, Lovells, Pinsent Curtis Biddle, Richards Butler, Rollitt Farrell & Bladon, Simmons & Simmons and Ward Hadaway. A&O, Clifford Chance, DLA, Eversheds, Linklaters, Lovells, Pinsent Curtis and Simmons were appointed to the panel during phase one of the selection process.