9 March 1998

Herbert Smith cashes in on Bangkok

Herbert Smith has poached Henry Uscinski, Couderts’ head of international arbitration, to head up its new Bangkok office – set to open later this month. Uscinski will spend half his time in Bangkok and the remainder in his Hong Kong base, where he will head Herbert Smith’s international arbitration practice. Jonathan Pyne, who rec-ently joined […]

US merger reshapes top five

ACQUISITIVE Florida-based firm Holland & Knight has merged with Boston practice Sherburne Powers & Needham to become a top five US firm. The deal, which became official on 1 November, is the firm’s sixth acquisition this year and marks the latest stage of its concerted bid to become a national US firm. The addition of […]

Allen & Overy appoints full-time pro bono co-ordinator

Allen & Overy has become the fourth major City firm to appoint a full-time pro bono officer. Sophie Forsyth, a lawyer in A&O’s employment, pensions and incentives department, has been handed the role of co-ordinating pro bono work across the firm. Forsyth’s appointment comes as A&O looks to make more efficient use of time spent […]

In brief: Hammonds sponsors Welsh university chair

Hammond Suddards has agreed to sponsor an environmental law chair at Cardiff University. The deal means that Professor Robert Lee, head of the university’s law school, will become the Hammond Suddards Professor of Environmental Law.

Knight puts tunnel project back on track

Bill Knight of Simmons & Simmons is leading a legal team which claims to have saved the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) project from disaster. His team of up to 48 lawyers created structural and financial solutions over the summer that will allow Railtrack, a long-standing client, to acquire a stake in CTRL after it […]

Nelsons takes over Nottingham rival

Twenty-three partner Nottingham firm Nelsons is to swallow up its nine-partner neighbour Trumans. Although Nelsons will now have 32 partners and 150 fee earners, it will still only be the third-largest law firm in Nottingham, behind Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins and Browne Jacobson. As part of the deal, Trumans managing partner John Appleby, a prominent […]

Clifford Chance opens DC office to boost US presence

Clifford Chance is opening an office in Washington DC to strengthen its projects practice in the Americas. The firm already has a 55-lawyer New York office and the announcement comes a month after it set up an office in SAo Paulo – despite concerns that Brazil will be the next casualty of the world economic […]

Solicitors lose out in CLS proposals

Non-qualified legal advisers are set to be the winners, and private practitioners the losers, in the Government’s plans for a Community Legal Service (CLS). The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) believes that too many solicitors are involved too early in giving advice on areas such as social welfare benefits. Senior government sources have told The Lawyer […]

In brief: White & Case focus is on UK competition

White & Case has transferred its Brussels-based EU/competition law partner Alasdair Bell to London and given him a brief to build an EU/UK competition practice in anticipation of the introduction of the UK Competition Bill. He is the firm’s tenth London-based partner.

Financing

Jamie Logie of Norton Rose advised Angel Train Contracts on the £375m acquisition

Financing

Geoffrey Wynne of Denton Hall advised Standard Chartered Bank

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