Practice Areas

The case for changing the conduct of experts

A spate of recent cases have helped to set out further guidelines for experts. Amina Somers, partner responsible for technology & construction at Irwin Mitchell’s London office, acted for BML. Amina Somers reports. Lord Woolf, in his interim report, said that two of the major generators of unnecessary costs in civil litigation were uncontrolled discovery […]

A witness to great change

Paul Clements reports on how the Civil Procedure Rules are affecting the way solicitors instruct expert witnessess. Paul Clements is head of litigation and dispute resolution at Radcliffes. Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules has created a completely new environment for the production and admissibility of expert evidence in civil litigation. The most innovative […]

The art of giving expert evidence

The court is a daunting place for the uninitiated. Gerry Lagerberg provides survival tips for the first-time expert witness. Gerry Lagerberg is a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers dispute analysis and investigations practice. Lawyers and expert witnesses often have common objectives in a case but there are some major differences in their courtroom priorities. These should be […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Weil Gotshal & Manges represented Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette International (DLJ) on a $2.8bn cash and stock takeover of European television and radio group SBS Broadcasting, by United Pan-Europe Communications (UPC). DLJ acted as financial adviser to SBS. Weil Gotshal & Manges corporate partner Doug Warner acted on the deal. Sullivan & Cromwell advised SBS […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Allen & Overy acted for News Network, the e-commerce division of News International, on the sale of its internet service provider bun.com to World Online for an undisclosed sum. A&O corporate partner Colleen Keck led a team of three on the sale. Linklaters & Alliance acted for World Online.

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Berwin Leighton represented Internet Incubator on a £12m private placement. The recently-launched internet company has raised the funds through 240 private investors including ING Barings and Babcock & Brown. John Bennett, corporate partner at Berwin Leighton, acted on the deal.

Invensys

In the year since Invensys was created from the merger between Siebe and BTR, the company’s legal structure has undergone many changes. Siebe general counsel James Bays took over as head of the newly-merged legal operation and cut the 40-strong legal team to 32. He also installed a general counsel in each of the company’s […]

American duty

Managing partner- who needs it? That’s the attitude of Stephen Fiamma, who’s calling time on ground hog day at the office and retuning to practice. Dearbail Jordan meets the man who has had enough of committees For Stephen Fiamma, head of US firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue’s London office, being a managing partner is […]

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Scottish & Newcastle

It is nearly a year since Peter Kennerley left Simmons & Simmons, where he was a corporate partner, to join Scottish & Newcastle (S&N), the UK’s biggest brewer. “I am company secretary and corporate lawyer, so I am doing the corporate law I did before but in an in-house capacity advising the board. It is […]

Denis Petkovic

Denis Petkovic tells Sean Farrell his reasons for leaving Mayer Brown & Platt for Chadbourne & Parke. “I’ll shut the door. Tell someone I’m having a haircut or something,” Denis Petkovic tells his secretary as he seals his office from his partners at Mayer Brown & Platt. The reason for the secrecy is that Petkovic […]

Scottish Power

Since Scottish Power’s creation in 1989, the utility’s three-strong in-house team has been extremely busy. The company was created out of the South of Scotland Electricity Board at the end of the 1980s privatisation trend. Since then it has embarked on an aggressive acquisition policy. Its latest purchase – Oregon-based generator PacifiCorp – is typical […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Weil Gotshal & Manges represented MediaOne Group and its subsidiary MediaOne International Holdings on the sale of its stock holdings in a number of companies to Microsoft Holdings. Akiko Mikumo, London-based head of US law at Weil Gotshal, acted with a team of two on the transaction. Sullivan & Cromwell’s New York office advised Microsoft.