BLP prepares for managing partner vote
Berwin Leighton Paisner is preparing for its global managing partner vote next Tuesday. Neville Eisenberg has held the role for 16 years and intends to replace Harold Paisner as senior partner this year. The two candidates hoping to replace Eisenberg are Lisa Mayhew, current head of employment, who represents a fresh vision of the future of the firm with a focus on real estate; and David Collins, head of the corporate practice, who has been on the board for almost twenty years and has pledged to return the firm’s finance and corporate practices to their former glory.
Lawyers head to South Korea to encourage use of English law
Delegates from the English Law Society have been in South Korea this week to encourage the use of English law for business contracts. A new trade agreement between the UK and South Korea is expected to increase the number of businesses from the country operating in the UK; there are 200 already. With the South Korean legal market opening up slowly the Law Society held an English Law Day in the UK Embassy in Seoul.
Companies’ registrar destroys firm … with a typo
A simple typing error by a government agency has put a firm out of business and resulted in successful legal action for compensation. Companies House which is the official registrar of companies for England & Wales recorded that Taylor & Sons Ltd. had gone into administration. However, it was the similarly named Taylor & Son that should have been named. Contracts and credit for the firm with the plural Sons dried up and the 124-year-old business was destroyed. The owners of Taylor & Sons appointed Clyde & Co to sue Companies House and this week won the case with damages estimated at AU$17 million.
US Department of Justice says Republicans can’t sue the President
Lawyers from the US Department of Justice have called for a dismissal of a long-standing plan by a group of Republicans in the House of Representatives to sue President Obama for allegedly rewriting the federal health law illegally to push through his Obamacare program. The White House’s lawyers say the attempted law suit is a political move and should not be heard in court adding that there should be no mechanism for the President to be sued for not implementing a law. The case has already seen the hiring of a number of prominent lawyers who have then pulled out after their firms were put under pressure from clients with political affiliations.