9 September 2002

Think global

Steven Fogel has been leading the integration of Dechert’s transatlantic business. He tells Julia Cahill that he’s now sleeping better at night


Lester Aldridge’s restructure has led to a period of rapid expansion South West firm Lester Aldridge has increased its size from a one-office practice to three in just two years. There are now 33 partners and another 89 fee-earners. It has grown from 180 people to 280 in 18 months. Turnover rose at the rate […]

Deals summary

CMS Cameron McKenna’s Moscow office (David Griston, Paul Stallebrass) advised Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich and ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria on a $33m (£21.1m) fixed-period loan facility for Ural-Siberian Bank, which was advised in-house. Norton Rose (Alistair MacRae) advised Romanian company MobiFon on a $300m (£192.2m) senior loan facility. Arrangers European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) advised […]

Working time act makes first litigation appearance

The first criminal prosecution under the 1998 Working Time Regulations Act has finally taken place Breckland Council in Norfolk prosecuted Martin’s Newsagents for failing to limit an employee’s hours to an average of 48 per week. Employee Maureen Lumbard, who had worked up to 97 hours a week, was awarded £1,200 compensation. The company was […]

Stevens & Bolton goes on hiring spree

South East firm Stevens & Bolton has won partners from Allen & Overy and Middleton Potts, growing its partnership to 22. Corporate finance lawyer Jonathan Porteous (left) joins from A&O, where he was most recently a partner in the Amsterdam office. Howard Lupton (right) joins the commercial property department from Middleton Potts, where he specialised […]

Linklaters to relegate real estate, litigation

Corporate and finance take centre stage as firm refocuses on key global clients Linklaters is set to forge ahead with a dual push in corporate and finance at the expense of future investment in its real estate and litigation departments. The move is part of a refocusing of the firm’s business on a number of […]

Carillion cuts panel line-up in overhaul

Carillion is in the final throes of a massive review of its panel following the appointment of new head of legal Richard Tapp last year and its 1999 demerger from Tarmac The panel, which had spiralled to 40, has been slashed and a number of new firms have been selected following beauty parades.All participating firms […]

Mind the gap

Schemes allowing employees extended time off work, such as career breaks, are all very well until the question of continuity arises. Sue Ashtiany reports Continuity of employment is important. If you do not have a year’s continuous service, you generally do not have protection from unfair dismissal. After two years of service, you start building […]

Outside knowledge

With all the sales and acquisitions that Spirent has gone through recently, it helps that its general counsel has worked for both its legal advisers. Vanessa Pawsey investigates The last time Spirent general counsel and company secretary Paul Eardley appeared in The Lawyer, he was being berated for jeopardising Dibb Lupton Broomhead’s (now DLA) Rottweiler […]

US firms rack up the hours as Enron bonanza goes on

In the first four months of the Enron case alone, 12 US firms have earned more than $64m (£40.8m) in fees and expenses And many more firms look set to get a piece of the action, with hundreds more parties involved in need of legal advice.With billing rates of the US firms topping $700 (£447) […]

A family affair

The press has labelled her a ‘liberal’ judge, while law reform campaigners believe that as president of the High Court’s family division she should be doing more to help their cause. Jon Robins searches for the real Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss A small group of placard-wielding protesters gathered this weekend at the Devon farm home of […]

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