HARBOTTLE & LEWIS, the lawyers advising The Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, and Lawrence Graham, representing her estate, have been asked for their legal opinion of female underwear. The Fund is trying to prevent a German company from marketing a range of `Lady Di' lingerie. Although entrepreneur Andre Engelhardt claims it will be done in the best possible taste, the Fund says it has instructed its lawyers to "vigorously oppose" the patent application.
SENIOR BOARD members at Clifford Chance and its US merger suitor, Rogers & Wells, will be holding their breaths next month when the firms' partners vote on a merger deal. If they give their approval, it will lead to the first truly global firm with combined revenues of $US1bn, claim both firms. The deal is being viewed as the first of more UK/US tie-ups to come. Clifford Chance's senior partner, Keith Clark said: "Our vision is to create the world's premier law firm, with leading practices in the world's primary financial centres, as well as unsurpassed legal presence in the US, Europe and Asia." If the partners reject the deal, we can expect some fast back- tracking.