27 January 1997

The Lawyer

  • "You really wouldn't expect it of law firms"

    28-Jan-1997

    The start of 1997 has not been good for personnel managers at law firms. First came the Freshfields trainee, Katherine Cawthorn, suing her firm for loss of career and claiming sex discrimination in the way she was treated on a business trip to Africa.Then there were details in the national press of young solicitor Sheena Khan's allegations of sexual discrimination by her senior partner, Robert Broudie, of Liverpool firm RM Broudie & Co.Finally there is the ...

  • A snug fit at Levi's

    28-Jan-1997

    Scott Squillace

  • Access to justice

    28-Jan-1997

    As High street legal aid solicitors, we are disturbed by the implications for access to justice caused by the latest huge increases in court fees imposed without notice by the Lord Chancellor's Department.One example is the overnight increase in the issue fee for a divorce from £80 to £150. People on income support are no longer exempt from fees, having to pay the first £20 of each fee. For many of our clients, such as a mother with ...

  • Airbus litigation appeal

    28-Jan-1997

    The Law Lords have given leave for appeals on behalf of victims and relatives of victims of the Indian Airlines Airbus crash at Bangalore, India, in 1990 in respect of a dispute over where the claims should be heard. In April last year the Commercial Court dismissed an application by Airbus Industrie to confine the litigation to India. However, in July the Court of Appeal allowed an appeal against that decision and granted an injunction confining it to India or France. ...

  • Atlantic crossings

    28-Jan-1997

    Contrary to the sentiments expressed by John Hendy QC, I think we still have a lot to learn from our American counterparts. His plea that we should find UK solutions to UK problems carries the same hollow ring as the plea of the recalcitrant litigant for a settlement in the face of defeat.The UK problems that he speaks of are long standing yet few UK solutions have been proffered to date. The reality is that those who were doing well by the system, naturally, ...

  • Bar optimistic about video links

    28-Jan-1997

    Alison Laferla reportsWhen the Bar Council took the brave step of investing £70,000 in video conferencing equipment in 1991 it was soon apparent that the council was rather more avant-garde than its members.In fact, lawyers revealed themselves to be rather reluctant to use the new technology and, according to video conference studio manager Julian Bradley, uptake was "not initially as significant as had been hoped".

  • Blair in bid to raise debate on court fees rise

    28-Jan-1997

    Tony Blair has stepped into the debate over the Government's decision to increase civil court fees by employing a procedural device to get the issue debated in Parliament.It is, however, highly unlikely that the Labour leader will be able to use the device, known as "laying a prayer", to force a vote on the fee rises, which are being introduce via a statutory instrument.The Law Society, which is campaigning against the rise and has complained to the Lord ...

  • Chancery Lane pre-emptive legal aid strike

    28-Jan-1997

    The Law Society is to consider the creation of specialist accreditation schemes for legal aid work in a defensive move designed to steal a march on the legal aid board.At a council meeting last week, vice-president Phillip Sycamore urged the profession to look at setting up accreditation schemes for family, criminal, employment, housing and immigration practitioners."The message is that if we do not address this then the whole question of control of standards ...

  • City firm that settled sex discrimination claim out of court faces two new suits

    28-Jan-1997

    Sinclair Roche & Temperley has paid £30,000 to a former assistant solicitor in settlement of a sex discrimination claim and is facing action from two former secretaries for alleged sexual discrimination and unfair dismissal.Sinclair Roche agreed in August last year to pay a £30,000 out of court settlement to Tania Merrin, who had worked as an assistant solicitor in its commercial property department.Merrin, who has not renewed her practising certificate, ...

  • Council's appeal abandoned

    28-Jan-1997

    One appeal which was scheduled to be heard in January and which was being watched closely in local government circles has now been abandoned. Welwyn and Hatfield Council was to appeal against a £49m damages award made against it in the High Court last July and reported in these pages. The award followed a finding by Mr Justice May that it had misled developers about conditions attached to a commercial development. However, Lovell White Durrant, representing developers ...

  • Decherts plucks six from Mcguires

    28-Jan-1997

    US firm Dechert Price & Rhoads, which is allied to Titmuss Sainer Dechert, has poached six lawyers from the securities practice of Mcguire Woods Battle & Boothe in Washington DC.The move was led by Wallace Timmeny, senior securities partner at Mcguires and ex-deputy director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement, who took his team with him."We ...

  • Drink driving charge for top public law QC

    28-Jan-1997

    A LEADING public law QC who is in the same set as the Home Secretary faces disciplinary action following his conviction on a drink driving related charge.David Hands QC was warned by magistrates at South Western Magistrates Court that he had only just escaped jail after he admitted a charge of failing to provide a breath test.Hands was stopped in London in November after police spotted him driving the wrong way down a one-way street.A breath test ...

  • EC tightens the screw on mergers and monopolies

    28-Jan-1997

    Companies doing business in Europe and their advisers are eagerly awaiting to hear the future of merger control regulation in Europe. One of the key questions has been whether the present threshold above which mergers have to be notified to the EC's competition directorate, DGIV, will be lowered.In November, an amendment to reduce thresholds, proposed by the Commission last autumn, suffered a serious setback when the Council of Ministers voted against it by qualified ...

  • European Court casts doubt on TUPE law

    28-Jan-1997

    The TRANSFER of undertakings law has been thrown into confusion following a European Court opinion which suggests that the employment obligations binding on one contractor may not be passed on to a successor.The recent opinion by Advocate General La Pergola at the European Court of Justice, that a changeover of contractors is not necessarily a transfer of an undertaking, has caused consternation among service providers and local councils.The Advocate ...

  • Eversheds exodus in Leeds reshuffle

    28-Jan-1997

    Eversheds' Leeds office has suffered a spate of departures from its ranks of senior litigators, who have left to join rival firms in Leeds.Six solicitors, all said to be big billers, have left or handed in their notice at the firm.Three of them have joined the Leeds office of Irwin Mitchell. James Love joined the firm last October to set up an intellectual property team. ...

  • Financings

    28-Jan-1997

    Manches & Co advised utilities company Saur (UK) in securing a £15m loan from De Nationale Investeringsbank. Clifford Chance acted for the bank.

  • Financings

    28-Jan-1997

    Pinsent Curtis acted for biotechnology company Cerebrus on raising £13.7m through a private placing by Merrill Lynch. Clifford Chance advised some of the institutional investors.

  • Financings

    1-Feb-1997

    Linklaters acted as both US and UK counsel for private equity financier BC Partners in the creation of its ECU1.1bn ($1.2bn) European private equity fund by a series of private placements in one of the largest ever private equity raisings in New York

  • Flotations

    28-Jan-1997

    Charles Russell acted in the UK for Select Appointments on its US public offering and listing on Nasdaq. Mayer Brown & Platt acted in the US. Macfarlanes and Fulbright & Jaworksi acted as UK and US advisers respectively for underwriters ...

  • Flotations

    28-Jan-1997

    Simmons & Simmons acted for BZW Endowment Fund on its listing by way of placing and offer for subscription on the London Stock Exchange.

  • Glitz, glamour and contracts

    28-Jan-1997

    Media and entertainment law has always had a touch of glamour about it, conjuring up images of lazy days spent by the pool, helping the stars negotiate their multi-million pound contracts. If the reality is rather more prosaic, it is only slightly so. This is an industry expecting good times and a practice area that is fast expanding.Today's media and entertainment lawyers need to be conversant in any number of areas - from multimedia technology to recording contract ...

  • Going to work on an ego

    28-Jan-1997

    Lawyers working in the media and entertainment field come in all shapes and sizes - just like the clients they represent.But, in the same way that all actors are "luvvies", all TV execs are "flamboyant", all authors have "fragile egos", and musicians are "creative but difficult", lawyers in the media sector enjoy a reputation of being a breed apart.Are they? Some interest or involvement in the showbiz or media world is a big plus for lawyers working in the these ...

  • Guide to managing leaseholds unveiled

    28-Jan-1997

    A book on public sector leasehold management has been published by two senior London council officers.Managing Local Authority Leaseholds: A Good Practice Guide was written by Islington Council's compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) development manager Steve Michaux and Mark Baptist, who manages a neighbourhood office in one of Lewisham Council's CCT contract areas.The book, published by the London Housing Unit, which represents 19 ...

  • In brief: Dibbs Brum poaches Eversheds duo

    28-Jan-1997

    Dibb Lupton Alsop in Birmingham has poached Graeme Bradley, head of Eversheds' Birmingham construction team and his assistant Rebecca Roth-Biester, soon after picking up five members of Edge & Ellison's commercial team. Bradley said his move was prompted by "the prospect of building the best construction team in the Midlands". Ian Jolie, managing partner of Eversheds Birmingham, said: "It is ...

  • In brief: Dunt made senior partner at Clyde & Co

    28-Jan-1997

    Clyde & Co insurance specialist John Dunt has been elected as the senior partner at the firm's Guildford office. Dunt, who joined the firm in 1975, succeeds Robert Chapman, one of the two partners who moved from the City to set up the Guildford office 26 years ago. Chapman retired from the firm recently.

  • In brief: IBA backs UN overseer in libel case

    28-Jan-1997

    The International Bar Association has written to the Malaysian secretary general, urging him to support a call to the Malaysian government to prevent a libel action brought by two commercial companies in Malaysia against a UN special rapporteur. The companies have each pressed for RM30 million (approximately £7m) in an action which relates to an interview Dato' Cumarswamy gave to International Commercial Litigation. He was quoted as saying that he was investigating complaints ...

  • In brief: Law Soc motion turns away from counsel

    28-Jan-1997

    The Law Society should seek outside opinions from experienced solicitors rather than counsel, under a motion adopted by the council last week. If an opinion is sought from counsel by staff the president or another Law Society officeholder must be notified as soon as possible.

  • In brief: London firm boss heads for Midlands

    28-Jan-1997

    FAMILY solicitor Madeleine Parker (pictured right), the former head of London firm Russell-Cooke Potter and Chap- man's family department, has joined Sutton Coldfield niche matrimonial practice Benussi & Co. Parker, who is a member of the Solicitors' Family Law Association's children's committee, joins Benussi & Co after leaving her former firm to settle in the Midlands. "I did ...

  • In brief: Mackay says no to masonic judges list

    28-Jan-1997

    The Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, has refused a request by the Home Affairs Select Committee to compile a register of judges who are freemasons. The committee is investigating masonic links in the judiciary and police, and chairman Sir Ivan Lawrence told Lord Mackay: "Our difficulty is that there is a perception by the public and the press that there is a problem. We are not likely to find anything if we can't discover how many masons are in the judiciary and the police." Lord ...

  • In brief: Major general to handle Bar complaints

    28-Jan-1997

    The Bar Council has appointed Michael Scott, an army major general, to become its first lay complaints commissioner. Major general Scott will take up the post on his retirement from the army in April. Under the Bar Council's new complaints system the commissioner will consider all complaints lodged with the Bar Council. Changes to the complaints system mean that the council will, for the first time, consider allegations of inadequate professional services, as well as professional ...

  • In brief: Retrospective legal insurance for NI

    28-Jan-1997

    The first after-the-event insurance scheme, LawAssist, is being launched in Northern Ireland by Greystoke Legal Services this week. The launch coincides with a seminar on the future of legal costs insurance at the Law Society of Northern Ireland in Belfast this Wednesday.

  • Insurance firms active as merger approaches

    28-Jan-1997

    SPECIALIST insurance firms Berrymans and Lace Mawer have both made key strategic announcements in the run-up to their widely anticipated merger.London firm Berrymans has just made nine of its solicitors partners, while the Manchester firm with which it is in merger talks has revealed that it is planning to open up an office in Leeds at some point this year.The Berrymans appointments, all salaried partnerships, affect solicitors of around five years' post-qualification ...

  • Japanese airline brings Denton Hall on board

    28-Jan-1997

    Denton Hall has been appointed to advise a new Japanese airline on all "international aspects" including financing a fleet of aircraft.The airline will be based in Sapporo, capital of the Hokkaido region in northern Japan. A name for the airline is yet to be decided but the consortium behind it is called Hokkaido Operations Systems Co. The airline will initially concentrate on the world's busiest route between Sapporo and Tokyo.There are also plans to build ...

  • Justice voices concern over power of DPR

    28-Jan-1997

    Human rights group Justice has called for greater powers of supervision and enforcement for the Data Protection Registrar, to balance a proposed increase in government control of personal data.In its response to government.direct, the Green Paper on providing central government services electronically to the public, Justice calls for adequate safeguards to protect individuals' privacy.It says: "We note the promise to consult the Data ...

  • Law Soc elects to make a few changes

    28-Jan-1997

    A contradiction lies at the heart of the Law Society's democratic structure. In two successive years, the profession has elected a president on a specific programme. And yet the president has no formal constitutional power to implement manifesto pledges.Indeed, the president's ability to persuade the Law Society Council to back his programme is potentially hampered by the fact that, as the council's chairman, he does not participate in ...

  • Law Society beats £3m claim

    28-Jan-1997

    THE Law Society has successfully fended off a £3m compensation fund claim after arguing that a Finnish company acted negligently when it trusted a sole practitioner to look after the money.Ingman Foods launched a judicial review against the Law Society after the Solicitors Compensation Fund refused to compensate any of the money the company had deposited with Charles Deacon, the sole practitioner who was jailed for nine years last year for fraud.The company ...

  • Liberty slams bugging bill

    28-Jan-1997

    Amendments to the Police Bill accepted by the Lords last week are inadequate, Liberty director John Wadham said at a Law Society briefing on the Bill in the Commons last week.Prior to the amendments, the Bill allowed a chief constable to authorise bugging operations and use information obtained as evidence. But Labour's amendment says intrusive surveillance should take place only with prior approval by a judge acting as a commissioner.Wadham said: "I think ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 28/01/97

    28-Jan-1997

    John Haydn Hughes, 47, admitted 1978, practising at material times as an assistant solicitor with Berwyn Davies & Co, Aberdare, struck off and ordered to pay £1,070 costs. Allegations substantiated that, acting as a solicitor, he gave undertaking he was not entitled to give, drew cheques on his firm's office account without authority, fraudulently completed withdrawal notice in respect of a building society account with intent ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 28/01/97

    28-Jan-1997

    Odell v Olive - QBD 16 January 1997Claimant: Joan Odell, 4Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Widow's claim over death of motorcyclist husband who was involved in a head-on collision with car. Deceased, Bernard Odell, who was general manager of a shipping business, was conscious for some time after the accident prior to his death and was said to have suffered agony from internal injuries. The couple have a son and a daughter, ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 28/01/97

    28-Jan-1997

    Challenge to alteration in VAT assessment arrangementsR v Customs and Excise Commissioners ex parte Littlewoods Group (1997)QBD (Tucker J) 14/1/97Summary: Unsuccessful challenge to Customs and Excise changes in the assessment of VAT on suppliers which accept payment for their goods by instalments.Application for judicial review of the commissioners' decision contained in letters of 17 October 1995 to rescind all agreements not to ...

  • Litigation Writs 28/01/97

    28-Jan-1997

    Steven Ravic, a motorcyclist from Romford in Essex who suffered serious injuries in a crash, is suing importer Kaw-asaki Motors (UK). Ravic was hurt in an accident on 5 September 1993 when riding his Kawasaki ZX600-E 1 (ZZR 600) motorcycle near Buntingford, Hereford. In his writ he claims the accident was caused by Kawasaki's negligence and breach of its obligations and responsibilities under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.Writ issued by David Burcher ...

  • LWD partner heads for accountants

    28-Jan-1997

    LEADING tax partner Anthony Davis has quit City firm Lovell White Durrant to join Big Six accountancy firm Ernst & Young in April as tax partner in the financial services group.Davis will be joining the firm at partner level, and consequently will not be practising as a solicitor.Ernst & Young has said it wants to set up a separate law firm to move into the legal marketplace. But, since Davis has become an E&Y partner, it is likely he will give tax advice within ...

  • Nabarros heads AIM lawyers' league table

    28-Jan-1997

    Nabarro Nathanson is top of a new AIM lawyers' league table, compiled 18 months after the launch of the Alternative Investment Market. The table was produced by the AIM Guide Quarterly Update by adding up every firm mentioned in every company's prospectus or admission document, whether it advised the company or the sponsor. If a firm acted as both solicitor to the company and to the placing it ...

  • Norton Rose offloads its private client operation

    28-Jan-1997

    Norton Rose's private client practice is set to move as a going concern to private client specialist Charles Russell.Partners Michael Macfadyen and Hugh Jackson will be joined by the entire team of 12 assistants and secretaries in the move which has been described as a "good news story" by both ...

  • Private lives, public concern

    28-Jan-1997

    News is what someone somewhere doesn't want published. All the rest is advertising," said newspaper baron Lord Northcliffe. But there are a lot of people out there who do not want the public to know their business and want the existing law extended as well as new, tough privacy legislation.The curtailment of the principle of the freedom to publish is a high priority for many in Parliament, and even some in the press. The subject of particular criticism is the paparazzi, ...

  • Profession targeted for pro bono fund raising

    28-Jan-1997

    The Solicitors Pro Bono Group is looking to raise "a significant sum of money" from within the profession to help it promote pro bono work.Chair Tony Willis, a partner at Clifford Chance, said the group's newly-formed executive committee was looking at the question of funding and recruitment, and hoped to have a set of proposals for approval by the group as a whole by mid-March.

  • Property group slams 'dinosaur' society

    28-Jan-1997

    The Law Society has been slammed as a "dinosaur" by the Solicitors Property Group (SPG), which says it will set up its own property shop rather than wait for conveyancing regulations to be relaxed.In a closed meeting last Thursday the Law Society Council agreed to send out a consultation paper on scrapping restrictive conveyancing practice rules but it will be late April before the replies are returned.The paper explains the range of options for solicitors, from ...

  • Regis rolls on as Betts takes reins

    28-Jan-1997

    The Law Society has agreed to spend up to £2.5m more on the troubled Regis computer project, as well as to appoint a further 61 members of staff.The allocation of funds for phase four of the Regis project, now called Road (Regis Office Automation Development), was passed with little debate by the society council last Thursday. Members approved immediate funding of £382,000 and handed responsibility for approving further expenditure to the finance committee.

  • Securitisation first

    28-Jan-1997

    Wall Street firm Carter Ledyard & Milburn has claimed that it has set a precedent in a $200m securitisation deal where for the first time the assets securitised were primarily equipment rather than a stream of payments.The transaction, which closed on 30 December, allowed Sea Containers, an international marine container lessor, to reduce its borrowing costs by using marine cargo containers as collateral for up to $200m in notes.

  • SIF fees hike after £248m shortfall

    28-Jan-1997

    Contributions to the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) may rise by 30 per cent following the discovery that previous contributions have been underestimated to the tune of £248m.The SIF admitted last week that it had failed to collect sufficient contributions from members over the past seven years, leaving it with a huge deficit.The admission follows hard on the heels of two other SIF blunders revealed last year. In one a computer error meant that too much ...

  • Stars and pinstripes

    28-Jan-1997

    Last year media and entertainment mega-deals had to compete for editorial space with less stellar transactions, as the sector moved towards predator consolidation and diversification at all levels.The year began with the £3bn MAI acquisition of United News and Media. The merger created one of the biggest media combines in the UK and one of the top 20 press and broadcasting groups in the world. Its effect was to send some media shares rocketing and to hone the strategic ...

  • Stuart Knowles on how PI damages ought to be calculated.

    28-Jan-1997

    Stuart Knowles is a partner at healthcare law practice The Lewington Partnership.A lot of ink has been spilt recently discussing the correct formula to apply in calculating the multiplier in major personal injury (PI) cases. But most people have missed the real point.Following the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Thomas v Brighton Health Authority et al, lawyers will continue to use the traditional calculation based on a 4.5 per cent return on investment ...

  • Team up with The Lawyer

    28-Jan-1997

    CUTTING edge legal teams are invited to enter Teampower Legal Challenge 97, the fund-raising team-building event sponsored by The Lawyer.Teams of four lawyers can enter the event, which is organised by development training company Whynot.To win the challenge teams must tackle a series of challenges over 30 hours that test their problem-solving skills.Since the first challenge seven years ago, over 70 teams have raised over £100,000 for homeless ...

  • The knowledge behind the scenes

    28-Jan-1997

    The chambers at 2 Hare Court enjoy something of a reputation as the media and entertainment set, with Robert Englehart QC and Ian Mill two of its brightest stars.Englehart says: "The classic pop case has been the artist or group that wants to get out of its recording contract, claiming unreasonable restraint of trade. Now we are seeing more disputes between members of the groups themselves, rather than between them and their record company."The George Michael ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Danny Preiskel

    28-Jan-1997

    Danny Preiskel was born in London on 7 November 1965. He is now a senior assistant solicitor with London firm Rakisons. What was your first job?A summer job packing books at a publishing house.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£16,000 (SJ Berwin & Co).What would you have done if you hadn't ...

  • The official solicitor. A fine balancing act

    28-Jan-1997

    Since the Middle Ages, there has been an official in the English justice system responsible for looking after the interests of children, the mentally ill, prisoners and others who cannot defend their legal rights.For the past 110 years this role has been taken by the Official Solicitor to the Supreme Court, appointed by the Lord Chancellor but independent of him, answerable to judges but not to the Government.The role of the Official Solicitor - held by 59-year-old ...

  • The right to work dangerously

    28-Jan-1997

    David Harrel, senior partner with SJ Berwin & Co, would welcome the opportunity to go into a gorilla compound and mingle with the apes. He has some reservations about doing the same thing with tigers but, with the right sort of supervision, says he would be prepared to enter the tigers' den as well.Given the legal battle he has recently masterminded and the landmark ...

  • Three partners for Squires' Prague set-up

    28-Jan-1997

    Three of eleven partners appointed world wide by US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey are based in the Prague office.Prague is the firm's second largest European operation with over 70 staff concentrating largely on telecommunications privatisation and financing work.One of the three new appointees is Dr. Lubos Tichy, the former president of the Czech Advocacy Bar, who has ...

  • Three partners for Squires' Prague set-up

    28-Jan-1997

    Three of 11 partners appointed worldwide by US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey are based in the Prague office.Prague is the firm's second largest European operation with more than 70 staff concentrating largely on telecommunications privatisation and financing work.One of the three appointees is Dr Lubos Tichy, the former president of the Czech Advocacy Bar who advised ...

  • Time to practise what is preached

    28-Jan-1997

    The latest survey revealing that sexual discrimination and harassment is widespread among law firms is unlikely to cause any great surprise in the legal profession. However, most cases never come to light so the extent of the problem can, at best, only be guessed at.What we can say, however, is that the legal profession, while happy to advise others on employment practices, is at best shoddy in its own.A few firms do have proper ...

  • UK plc needs European legal advice, finds survey

    28-Jan-1997

    A survey of 120 service sector businesses from the top 1,000 UK companies by NOP on behalf of Theodore Goddard concludes that "Brussels red tape is drowning British business".The report, entitled The People Business: A New Legal Frontier, makes the claim on the basis that despite 800 new regulations from Brussels last year alone, only 3 per cent of company directors "feel the need for advice on any aspect of Euro law".According to the City firm, the survey, which ...

  • US lawyer returns to manage London office

    28-Jan-1997

    David Smalley, former head of US firm Debevoise & Plimpton's London office, has returned to the branch as managing partner.Smalley returned to the New York head office in September 1993 after three months as head of the London operation."The way we tend to run our foreign offices is to staff them with people who have recent experience with the head office in ...

  • Westminster city council. Mistakes and misdemeanours

    28-Jan-1997

    Westminster City Council has spent more than £50,000 on a series of independent investigations which have concluded that no individual person or department could be blamed solely for a £7m mistake that took six years to spot.Instead, blame for the fiasco over unpaid lessees' bills has been spread across the housing, finance and legal departments. Yet it is not clear just what, if anything, Westminster's law-yers did wrong.Westminster Council's ...

  • Westminster reports rejected

    28-Jan-1997

    A series of independent reports which implicated solicitors at Westminster City Council in a £7m lessees bill blunder has been thrown out by councillors.Councillors from both the minority Labour party and majority Conservative Party are unhappy with two reports from consultants which said a failure to bill leaseholders for repairs and maintenance over a six-year period was the fault of the housing, finance and legal departments.At a committee meeting last ...

  • Where house sales are property of solicitors

    28-Jan-1997

    Perhaps it is a measure of the success of the Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre (ESPC) that the taxi driver not only drove me straight to the door but double parked and went inside for a look.Every day 8,000 people join him and march into the smart, spacious central offices to view over 6,000 properties, 300 of which are sold every week.The ESPC sold 12,703 houses and flats around Edinburgh in 1996, which is close to £1bn worth of property. It controls ...

  • Wider interest in Kleinwort swaps case

    28-Jan-1997

    A case which will be closely scrutinised by local authorities which become involved in interest rate swaps is now heading for the House of Lords.The Law Lords have given leave for Kleinwort Benson to continue its fight for the right to seek repayment of money it paid to three local authorities under a swaps arrangement.And, in a relatively rare move, Kleinwort Benson has succeeded in obtaining leave for its appeals to "leapfrog" direct from ...

  • Year 2000 solutions

    28-Jan-1997

    'Diffusing the Millennium Bomb' is a three-day conference on the year 2000 problem, sponsored by The Lawyer. The event will address the legal implications of the problem and effective corporate and marketing strategies. The conference is being held from 11 to 13 March at the Kensington Close Hotel, London. The breakfast briefing costs £195 plus vat while the price for any one day attendance is £495 plus vat. Call 0171 434 3711 for details.