8 January 1996

The Lawyer

  • 'Green' unity talks

    10-Jan-1996

    Lawyers discussed current European Commission proposals to establish a unified system of liability for environmental damage at the Law Society's Solicitors European Group on Thursday. Stephen Tromans, partner and head of environment law at Simmons & Simmons, spoke about the 1993 green paper and David Perchard, a partner at Perchards in St Albans, reviewed development of legislation in Europe which holds manufacturers responsible for recycling and disposal of their products after ...

  • A split decision on severance

    10-Jan-1996

    The decision of Mr Justice Buckley to stay further proceedings in the Maxwell case has given rise to debate on two topics: the continuation of jury trial in serious fraud cases, and the implication of the ruling for future complex trials.The debate about jury trial which follows the acquittal of any defendant in an SFO prosecution is unjustified, unhelpful and appears to be implicitly founded on a conclusion that the verdict is perverse. In the Maxwell trial the evidence ...

  • Alter prison law, but not Howard's way

    10-Jan-1996

    The RECENT furore over the way prisoners' sentences are calculated at first appeared to be normal silly season fare. But on closer examination it raised issues that bemused many lawyers, as well as their clients in prison, revealing starkly the complexities of prison law.Statutory provisions for calculating remand time are in CJA 1967 section 67. This provides that where a prisoner is detained pursuant to a court order and receives a prison sentence as a result, ...

  • Ashurst team in HMSO privatisation

    10-Jan-1996

    Ashurst Morris Crisp assigned a team of five partners and 11 assistants to advise Rupert Pennant-Rea's National Publishing Group on the purchase of HMSO from the Government for £125m.Pennant-Rea, ex-deputy governor of the Bank of England, who resigned after details of his affair with a journalist were revealed in the press, is chair of the group, a firm established by fund manager ...

  • Bakers takes public rap for share advice

    10-Jan-1996

    The Takeover Panel has taken the rare step of publicly criticising law firm Baker & McKenzie for failing to give proper advice to a company buying a majority share in another company.But the panel has decided to stop short of exercising its power to report the firm to the Law Society over its advice to three directors of machine tool distributor PCT Group.The three owned ...

  • Bar Council to cross swords with Labour over reforms

    10-Jan-1996

    Shadow Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine of Lairg was expected to warn barristers not to expect favours from a Labour government at the Bar Council conference at the weekend.Labour, which holds its conference in Blackpool this week, has said it will refer the legal profession to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission to investigate the Bar and the Law Society's current outlawing of multidisciplinary practices. It also wants barristers to have direct access to clients, rather ...

  • Berlin meeting will examine treaty to safeguard gene use

    10-Jan-1996

    International lawyers will examine a proposed treaty designed to prevent the misuse of human genetic information when they meet in Berlin this month.If the proposals, developed by the International Bar Association's medicine and law committee, are approved at the IBA conference in Berlin, they will be presented to the United Nations next year.The treaty considers what sort of legal protection is needed against abuses of the science as genetic screening tests ...

  • Brief

    10-Jan-1996

    THE CHERISHED chambers tradition of posting boards displaying the names of their tenants outside their doors has ceased to be official Bar Council policy.The Bar Council voted through a resolution to drop the requirement that chambers must display the characteristic boards at its meeting last month.The move, passed with little controversy, has been prompted by a rash of applications for the rule to be waived by chambers which have set up outside the Inns.

  • Brief

    10-Jan-1996

    Two separate initiatives encouraging law firms to implement "green" housekeeping policies kick off this month.The launch by the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) of a new campaign to make lawyers more environmentally friendly coincides with the staging of a gala fundraising green dinner for leading members of the legal community.ELF has been awarded £12,600 by the Government to encourage lawyers and their firms to undertake more recycling and to improve ...

  • Brief

    10-Jan-1996

    HERBERT Smith has replaced 33 individual fax machines with FaxSwitch, a centralised system.The 30-line system copes with the demands of the 1,000 Herbert Smith employees who send and receive about two million pages of faxes a year.It is made by Hexar, which adapts the system to suit each buyer.

  • Burges Salmon creates post to enforce training standards

    10-Jan-1996

    Bristol commercial firm Burges Salmon has created a post of director of legal training to enforce Law Society standards for continuing professional development.Assistant solicitor Pauline Holland, who has already taken up the post, will also supervise training for trainee solicitors.Senior partner David Marsh said: "We felt it important to adopt a more centralised co-ordination ...

  • Catalogue giant to drag Vat rule to High Court

    10-Jan-1996

    Walker Morris partners Gwendoline Davies and Simon Concannon are taking on HM Customs and Excise with the first High Court legal challenge to its controversial three-year cut-off rule.The rule, introduced by Customs in July amid fears it would have to pay back between £3bn and £30bn, means companies claiming to have over-paid Vat can only claim for the three years immediately ...

  • Circuit gets round to success

    10-Jan-1996

    Oasis, Eric Cantona and the IRA may have all made their marks on the North West in the last year, but the northern circuit has not been distracted from its impressive progress.As was widely predicted, Richard Henriques QC was elected with a strong mandate to take over the leadership of the circuit from much-admired counsel Rodney Klevan QC. The new leader is having to prove himself by dealing with the northern circuit's response to the radical changes afoot in the profession. ...

  • City firms to take advantage of limited liability in Jersey

    10-Jan-1996

    Top City law firms are likely to follow accountants in registering in Jersey under its new limited liability law, according to a lawyer who helped draft it.Mike Lombardi, partner at Jersey firm Ogier & Le Masurier, which helped one of the big six accountancy firms and the Jersey Parliament draft the law, said he thought solicitors would initially "wait and see". But he added: "Once some of the big accounting firms have registered, then many of the law firms will follow. ...

  • Clifford Chance Mathews' memo urges 'no split' vote

    10-Jan-1996

    Clifford Chance partner and Law Society deputy vice-president Michael Mathews has sent a memo to all his firm's London lawyers saying he hopes people will vote against splitting the functions of the society.A copy of the memo, explaining why Mathews thought splitting the society was a bad idea, was leaked to The Lawyer with the anonymous comment, "So much for presenting both sides ...

  • Consultancies create transatlantic alliance

    10-Jan-1996

    Two legal consultancies have formed an alliance to create the first transatlantic practice for law firms and in-house legal teams.London's Hodgart Temporal and America's Altman Weil Pensa Inc, which between them have offices in England and the US, and contacts in Australasia and Europe, are hoping the alliance will lead to an official merger in two years' time.The alliance takes effect immediately and involves swapping staff and joint training, ...

  • CPS halts Beccle case probe

    10-Jan-1996

    The Crown Prosecution Service has decided to take no action against Geoffrey Beccle, the former London solicitor who was arrested in January 1995 on suspicion of property frauds totalling more than £1m.Beccle was investigated for a series of alleged swindles involving former clients and four leading mortgage lenders. His activities remain the subject of civil proceedings brought by Bristol & West Building Society, which has obtained a £500,000 High Court judgment against ...

  • EC warns Poland against barring foreign law firms

    10-Jan-1996

    The European Commission has warned the Polish government that restricting foreign lawyers from practising in Poland would contravene EC regulations.The warning was prompted by concerns over draft legislation to regulate and reform the Polish legal system which, by ruling that legal services can only be provided by Polish lawyers, would effectively force foreign lawyers out of Poland.In a series of meetings with the Polish government, the European Commission has ...

  • Flotations

    10-Jan-1996

    Garrett & Co acted on a $16m flotation of the Egypt Fund

  • Flotations

    10-Jan-1996

    Franks Charlesly & Co acted for Grosvenor Land Holdings on its acquisition from Oakburn Properties

  • Focus on management issues

    10-Jan-1996

    The Lawyer has organised three evening seminars on the management and marketing of chambers.The sessions at the Inner Temple are designed to help chambers improve both their management structures and profitability.They follow up issues raised in a seminar held by The Lawyer in June, which was chaired by Bar Council chair David Penry-Davey QC and attended by more than 130 barristers, clerks and practice managers.The first session, on ...

  • Garrett poaches CMH partner

    10-Jan-1996

    Garrett & Co has poached property partner Louise Anderson from Cameron Markby Hewitt to jointly develop its London property department.Anderson, who was at CMH for nine years - the last two as an equity partner - and has acted for Scottish Amicable and the Wellcome Trust, was approached by a headhunter.She said she was not worried about Garrett's tie to Arthur Andersen. "Being a partner in a City firm there's a limit to what you can do anyway. I think ...

  • Genetic awareness

    10-Jan-1996

    As genetic information assumes a more important role in everyday life, the potential for abuse grows ever greater. The implications of such information for issues from insurance policies to rights of privacy are immeasurable. The International Bar Association's effort to tackle them is therefore very significant.The proposals developed by the IBA's Medicine and Law Committee include a look at the type of legal protection needed against abuses of the science ...

  • German conference

    10-Jan-1996

    Leading barristers addressed the British-German Jurists' Association conference in Lubeck last weekend. John Cone, a barrister from Erskine chambers spoke about methods of capitalising companies and Hugo Sakkers, legal counsel at Philips Interactive Media International, discussed the legal problems of the information age.

  • Hallett bids to be bar's first female chair

    10-Jan-1996

    Heather Hallett QC has mounted a powerful bid to become the first female leader of the Bar Council.Hallett and Douglas Day QC, both senior criminal barristers, are the only contenders for the post of Bar Council vice-chair. Both are strong candidates, and both have been nominated by senior figures.But Hallett, as one of only two candidates, stands the best chance yet of breaking the male stranglehold on the profession's leadership.Last year Hilary ...

  • Hallett's stand is a sign of the times

    10-Jan-1996

    Whether Heather Hallett QC will succeed in her bid to become the first-ever female leader of the Bar Council is yet to be decided.However, it is a sign of the times that a woman has stood for the position two years in a row. While female barristers will still say that sexism is rife at the Bar, the appointment of a female leader can only send out the right signals to a side of the profession which has long stood in the dark as regards such issues. The lengthy deliberations ...

  • Herbert Smith takes on Irish electricity price-cutting case

    10-Jan-1996

    Herbert Smith has won the task of representing Northern Ireland Electricity in its battle with the electricity regulator over price cuts.Douglas McIlboon, director general of electricity supply in the province, had proposed that Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) cut the electricity transport, meter reading and collection elements of its bills by around 40 per cent. NIE has rejected the proposal, saying it would reduce its revenue by £45m in the next five years.

  • Improvements in the rights of residential long leaseholders are made by the Housing Act 1996, which received Royal Assent on 24 July

    10-Jan-1996

    Improvements in the rights of residential long leaseholders are made by the Housing Act 1996, which received Royal Assent on 24 July.Freeholders can no longer be be heavy-handed when lessees dispute a service charge. Since 24 September a freeholder cannot forfeit for non-payment of a service charge unless the charge is agreed by the lessee or settled by an application to the county court or to a Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.Tribunals will have jurisdiction ...

  • In brief: Advocates group meets for training talk

    10-Jan-1996

    Law Society vice-president Phillip Sycamore and representatives of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates were due to meet on Monday to discuss their campaign to make it easier for solicitors to qualify as solicitor advocates. The group is due to discuss plans for training seats in advocacy departments to count towards the granting of higher-court rights.

  • In brief: Anton Pillar rule-breaker to pay £2,500

    10-Jan-1996

    Blackburn sole practitioner Bushra Anwar was ordered to pay a former client £2,500 compensation, plus costs last week after breaching the Anton Piller rules to recover a £3,500 debt. At Manchester High Court, Justice Michael Sachs said Anwar's conduct was "very serious contempt". He told Anwar: "No solicitor should behave like this. This was outrageous, disgraceful behaviour."

  • In brief: CPS marks 10th birthday with open days

    10-Jan-1996

    The CPS celebrates its 10th anniversary this month with a series of open days. Staff will be encouraged to celebrate the anniversary with quiz nights to raise money for Victim Support. Anna Zimand, branch crown prosecutor for Derbyshire, plans to take the fundraising effort further - by baking a CPS birthday cake.

  • In brief: Cricketer opens batting at Osbornes' office

    10-Jan-1996

    England wicket keeper Jack Russell opened Osborne Clarke's City offices in Hillgate House, Old Bailey, last week. Russell, a keen painter, exhibited some paintings at the opening party. Managing partner Leslie Perrin said: "Jack is the best at what he does, that's what we're trying to do; Jack comes from Bristol, that's where we started. Jack's well-known internationally. ...

  • In brief: Herbert Smith draws up MoD home leases

    10-Jan-1996

    Herbert Smith lawyers are drawing up 700 leases on Ministry of Defence married quarters to complete the UK's largest conveyancing transaction after exchanging contracts this week. The MoD appointed Herbert Smith legal adviser to the controversial £1.6bn sale of 57,000 homes after a beauty parade of six top City firms 18 months ago. About 30 lawyers, including seven partners, were involved even before the purchasers were invited to bid in February. They devised leaseback arrangements .

  • In brief: Leigh Day & Co takes on tobacco action

    10-Jan-1996

    Leigh Day & Co is taking up the cases of 40 lung-cancer victims on a "no win, no fee" basis, following the Legal Aid Board's refusal to provide legal aid in July. In Britain's first group action funded by a conditional fee arrangement, the victims seek to sue two tobacco firms - Imperial Tobacco and Gallahers - alleging failure to comply with their duty to minimise risk by reducing tar when it emerged that tar contributed to causing cancer. Martyn Day, joint senior partner ...

  • In brief: Manches & Co puts end to BCCI battle

    10-Jan-1996

    The five-year legal battle by 2,000 former BCCI employees, mainly represented by Manches & Co, has ended after the firm secured $70m in return for fees estimated at just under £1m. The BCCI Campaign Committee will pay the legal costs of four firms it has employed since 1991 out of the settlement made by the bank's liquidator, represented by Lovell White Durrant. Different sub-groups within the campaign were represented by Manches, Finers, Hallewell Bunyard, and Raymond Saul ...

  • Inn's search for tenants

    10-Jan-1996

    John Malpas reportsA FULLY-equipped, modern chambers in Lincoln's Inn, which can house about 50 tenants, is lying empty because the Inn has been unable to rent it out.The chambers, which used to house the set Hardwicke Building before it moved to a larger building nearby, is one of only a few large properties inside the Inns of Court to come up for rent in recent years.David Cocks QC's set at 5 King's Bench ...

  • Intellectual property quartet is reunited at Charles Russell

    10-Jan-1996

    A team of four media and intellectual property lawyers, who were split up when their London firm was swallowed by Eversheds, have joined Charles Russell after getting together to make pitches to four firms.The four worked together for three years at Jaques & Lewis, but split up when it became Eversheds' ...

  • Internet censorship. Clean up Internet's porn showing

    10-Jan-1996

    A recent deluge of sensationalist newspaper headlines has brought the heated arguments over the control of material available on the Internet to the boil.Headlines such as: "Stop these companies peddling filth on the Internet" and "These men are not paedophiles: they are Internet abusers" and the articles that follow them have increased concern about what is available on-line.The most inflammatory was a recent article in the Observer attacking ...

  • Ireland introduces a seven-year term for senior judges

    10-Jan-1996

    Moves are under way in Ireland to bring judicial appointments in line with other areas of public life by fixing a seven-year non-renewable term for senior judges.The change is the most radical of the recommendations made by a courts commission set up by justice minister Nora Owen to devise a more efficient judicial system.The offices affected would be the chief justice, the presidents of the High Court, circuit, and district judges.Under the plans, ...

  • Jacksons covers employment law for Environment Agency

    10-Jan-1996

    The Bristol-based government-appointed Environment Agency, formed in April, has chosen Middlesbrough firm Jacksons to provide its employment law services for 9,200 employees nationally.The agency, which put the work out to tender in July, is understood to have considered two other firms before awarding work worth anything up to £50,000to Jacksons .The firm used to provide employment advice to the Nat ional Rivers Authority, which was the largest organisation ...

  • Kilburn firm to give free legal advice

    10-Jan-1996

    Kilburn solicitor Daniel and Harris is launching a new "community legal service" offering free advice to those who may not qualify for legal aid.The four-partner firm has sent out letters to 70 referral agencies and advice centres advertising the service, which will initially consist of a three-hour surgery on the first Tuesday evening of each month.Partner Tim Daniel believes local people are finding it increasingly difficult to get advice from a solicitor. ...

  • Law Soc continues expansion

    10-Jan-1996

    THE LAW Society looks set to continue an expansion policy which was briefly put on hold during Martin Mears tenure.Letters have been sent to law societies across the country asking them if they would like a regional office in their area. The Law Society, which believes regional offices can reinvigorate areas where societies are stagnating, wants to add to its five regional offices.The letters, written by head of campaigns and development Gerald Newman, cite a ...

  • Legal Resource Group ponders over Brussels

    10-Jan-1996

    A question mark hangs over the future of the Brussels office of the Legal Resources Group following the merger of Alsop Wilkinson with Dibb Lupton Broomhead.Despite the merger, Alsops has asked to remain a member of the LRG, a group of five regional law firms that pool training, a legal research database and share the costs of a Brussels office.But the merged firm, Dibb Lupton Alsop, would be the largest in the group, supplanting Pinsent Curtis. And Dibbs, although ...

  • Legal scholarship founded as a memorial to Kalisher

    10-Jan-1996

    MICHAEL Kalisher QC has been described by his successor as head of chambers at 1 Hare Court as "among the most effective jury advocates of his generation".Kalisher died of a brain tumour in September, aged 55. A memorial service is planned later this year for the former chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, and a yearly scholarship for a young barrister will be established in his memory.Stephen Kramer QC, his successor as head of ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 01/10/96

    10-Jan-1996

    Rashpal Singh, admitted 1986, practising as R Singh & Co, Leicester, struck off and ordered to pay £2,379 costs. Allegations substantiated that he failed to act in best interests of building society clients; acted in circumstances where conflict of interests arose between building society clients; delayed or failed to complete conveyancing transaction; failed to supervise an assistant solicitor and in doing so breached accounts rules; wrongly drew and ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 01/1096

    10-Jan-1996

    The predicament of UK citizens injured on overseas holidays is to hit the spotlight. London woman Emma Wilkinson, who was seriously injured on a Spanish campsite, is taking Club Cantabrica Holidays, of St Albans, to the High Court seeking damages for personal injuries. She was injured in an accident on a site run by the firm in Majorca on 21 August, 1993. She accuses the company of breach of contract, breach of statutory duty and negligence.

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 01/10/96

    10-Jan-1996

    Exemption from competition rules the European Broadcasting Union agreement on transmission of sporting eventsMetropole Television SA v European Communities Commission (1996).Summary: Directive exempting European Broadcasting Union agreement from competition rules annulled.Application under art.173 EC Treaty by television companies who were non-members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for annulment of the exemption from EC competition rules ...

  • Litigation Writs 01/10/96

    10-Jan-1996

    Red Rooster Film and Television Entertainment is suing HTV Group over the television series Wycliffe. Red Rooster has issued a High Court writ claiming damages for lost commission arising out of HTV's alleged unlawful and repudiatory termination of a written agreement, dated 6 February last year, for the distribution of existing and future series of the programme.Writ issued by Olswang, ...

  • Lord Rodger brings controversy to role

    10-Jan-1996

    Edinburgh's legal community could be in for a shake-up when its new head takes office at the start of this month.Lord Rodger of Earlsferry, a 51-year old bachelor, is a tenderfoot in terms of judicial experience, with less than a year on the bench. But as Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session, he will be Scotland's most senior judge, head of both civil and criminal law.Unlike his predecessor, Lord Hope, Rodger is not a product ...

  • LSSA promotes trust in IT

    10-Jan-1996

    The Legal Software Suppliers Association (LSSA) is up and running. But why was it set up and what are its objectives?There are some in the legal profession who are not benefiting from IT as quickly as other professionals. Practices always aim to improve the service offered to clients and to develop management systems to enhance profitability, cash-flow and planning. IT can help achieve these objectives, but only if there is trust between buyer and supplier.

  • Matchmaking for survival

    10-Jan-1996

    Size, it seems, is everything. With the merger of Dibb Lupton Broomhead and Alsop Wilkinson making Dibb Lupton Alsop - now the largest firm in the North West in fee-earner numbers - the issue of critical mass remains one of the main considerations for success and survival in the legal market.The merger has excited comment that it is the joining of "two quite different animals" and so rather unusual. The traditional dyed-in-the-wool firm Alsops linking up with the comparative ...

  • Merged South West practices hunt for eight extra lawyers

    10-Jan-1996

    Southampton-based firm Woodford & Ackroyd and a larger firm, Trethowans of Salisbury, officially merged today (1 October), to create Trethowan Woodford.The merged firm has immediately announced plans to recruit eight more lawyers and will rank among the top 15 firms in the South West.The appointments will take the practice up to a total of 22 partners and 19 assistant solicitors. ...

  • Military coup for Greenes with 'spy' sale

    10-Jan-1996

    Edmund's practice Greene & Greene has completed its biggest deal of the year - advising the Vitec Group on the £26.9m sale of its military spy camera business W Vinten to BZW Private Equity.Partner Chris Thomson said his firm had acted for Vinten Group, which specialises in cameras for the TV industry and the military, since the mid-Seventies, when it was based in the Bury area. Greenes' senior partner David Medcalf was made a director of Vinten Group in ...

  • Mills & Reeve forced to offer scheme withdrawal

    10-Jan-1996

    East Anglian firm Mills & Reeve has offered investors the chance to withdraw from a £5m corporate sponsorship scheme for polo matches in the wake of a barrage of criticism by a firm of tax analysts.The move follows an announcement by financial analyst Allenbridge that it has reported the firm - part of the Norton ...

  • Nabarros unit defects to rival in Warsaw

    10-Jan-1996

    The Warsaw office of McKenna & Co has poached five lawyers, including one partner, from neighbouring firm Nabarro Nathanson, in a move reflecting the current scramble for the best foreign lawyers in Poland.The departure of partner Stephen Shone and his team of four leaves Nabarros without any real estate specialists and reduces its number of partners to two.The defection comes after ...

  • No discouragement

    10-Jan-1996

    A BARRISTER accused of racial discrimination by a former colleague said he hoped her "frivolous" claims would not discourage other members of the Bar from pursuing similar complaints. Nicholas Nicol was among the barristers at Staple Inn Chambers accused by Joy Okoye of racial discrimination. Earlier this month her claim was struck out by Judge Quentin Edwards QC of Central London County Court. "Every time a no-hope frivolous case is brought, it brings anti-discrimination ...

  • Office Talk peps up firm's productivity

    10-Jan-1996

    Commercial, property and litigation specialist Rosling King has installed the information package OfficeTalk.The London-based firm was looking for a system to organise employees' time and let them communicate effectively, and it says the package has increased productivity.IT manager Joyce Campbell said: "We needed a system which enabled people to coordinate activities in a timely fashion. Lotus Organiser was good but OfficeTalk beat it."

  • Omani link at Richards Butler gets approval

    10-Jan-1996

    City firm Richards Butler has formed an association with Oman firm Said Al-Shahry as part of its increasing involvement in the Middle East.The association will formally begin this month, but the two firms are already involved in a number of joint projects in Oman.Richards Butler has been involved in the Middle East since the first oil concession agreements and it opened an office in Abu Dhabi in 1978.This latest association coincides with a major ...

  • Pitmans draws yet another from City

    10-Jan-1996

    Pitmans of Reading has recruited another City lawyer in what it claims is its best-ever year.The firm, which has a policy of paying City rates to bring in good lawyers, has grown from six partners in 1990 to 15 partners. Irene Dallas, a partner with Herbert Smith for two-and-a-half years, joined Pitmans' litigation department last month.She joins Sue O'Brien, who joined from Slaught

  • Project financing

    10-Jan-1996

    Allen & Overy advised the Export-Import Bank of Japan and the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi on a $670m export credit financing of two 660mega-watt coal-fired power stations in Guandong Province

  • Project financing

    10-Jan-1996

    Herbert Smith acted for Bank of Scotland on its refinancing of three petroleum reservoirs for Petrobas

  • Project financing

    10-Jan-1996

    Berwin Leighton represented Peel Holdings on a £220m lease and bank financing of the development of a regional shopping centre at Trafford Park

  • Property

    10-Jan-1996

    Davies Wallis Foyster advised Manchester Airport on the sale of a site to be developed with a 73,000 sq ft office building.

  • Property

    10-Jan-1996

    Cobbetts acted for Eddie Shah's company Messenger Leisure by seeing through the purchase and funding of the Fornham Park Golf and Country Club in Bury St Edmund's. Cobbetts also acted for Adam & Co, who provided the funding for the purchase.

  • Property

    10-Jan-1996

    Nabarro Nathanson advised German open-ended fund WestInvest on the £29.3m purchase of a building let to the Department of Trade and Industry, 10-18 Victoria Street, London SW1.

  • Protecting rights of design

    10-Jan-1996

    The design provisions of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 for settlement of "licence of right" by the comptroller general of patents in the absence of agreement between the parties has just been put to the test for the first time.And the outcome is one that intellectual property law experts at Nabarro Nathanson, which is closely involved in what is an on-going piece ...

  • Street-wise Olswang handles biggest TV sponsorship deal

    10-Jan-1996

    David Bouchier of Olswang drew up the contracts for the UK's biggest broadcasting sponsorship: Cadbury's £10m backing of Coronation Street.Sponsorship of TV is burgeoning as programme-makers seek extra funds.Bouchier said Granada had been involved in other sponsorship tie-ups, but the arrangements had been drawn up by in-house lawyers because the deals had never ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Katherine Reid

    10-Jan-1996

    Katherine Reid was born on 14 July 1962 in New York. She is a partner at Kingsley Napley, specialising in commercial litigation and employment. What was your first job?Switchboard operator in a toy factory.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£10,000.What would you have done if ...

  • Time to evaluate role of jury

    10-Jan-1996

    The prosecutions of the Maxwells have come to a conclusion that has disappointmented many, though the judgment of Mr Justice Buckley has won approval from most members of the profession.Apart from the ritualistic condemnation of the SFO by some commentators, what is pleasing is the constructive discussion now taking place with the aim of discovering how big fraud cases can best be tried.Before I set out some thoughts of my own, let me say that all reports tell ...

  • TV company to be shot down in flames

    10-Jan-1996

    A firm that provided aircraft equipment for an episode of the Thames TV series Call Red, saw red when its equipment was returned damaged. Now it is taking Thames to the High Court with a claim for nearly £50,000 compensation.The case will centre on an episode dealing with an air crash. To add reality, Trygon, a company based at Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, was called in to provide plane parts.Trygon sold Thames a BAC 1-11 series ...

  • US lawyer dies after 75 years in practice

    10-Jan-1996

    One of the world's oldest lawyers has died aged 97, only two months after celebrating his 75th year in practice.Bernard Nath, a senior partner at Chicago firm Sonnenschein, was still clocking up a significant number of weekly billable hours right up until his death on 18 September.He joined the firm in 1921, 15 years after it opened and immediately after graduating from the University of Chicago.He was a prominent corporate and real estate specialist, ...

  • VAT men do a volte face

    10-Jan-1996

    The pending case we highlighted on August 30 in which the Vat man was scheduled to face a big challenge over his refusal to refund Vat overpayments took a surprising turn at the Vat tribunal doors. Customs and Excise were faced with a claim by the Nottingham-based Faculty of Building for repayment of more than £52,000 in respect of overpayments going back over three years. But specialist tax solicitor Clare Mainprice, who represented the faculty, says the Vat men ...

  • Verdict does not affect trial's fairness

    10-Jan-1996

    Media reaction to the decision of Mr Justice Buckley has been depressingly familiar to those concerned with Maxwell's defence over the past five years."Maxwell gets off - Official" cried the Evening Standard. Contrast that with the headline in the same paper eight months earlier, following the jury's unanimous verdict of not guilty: "Maxwell's Cleared".It is important to try to put the record straight. The jury trial of what the prosecution described ...

  • Walker joins bench

    10-Jan-1996

    FOUNTAIN Court chambers has lost one of its most experienced tenants to the High Court. Tim Walker QC was appointed to the Queen's Bench Division earlier this month. He is a specialist in aviation, arbitration, commercial law, professional negligence, insurance and re-insurance.

  • Web site bolsters software theft promotion

    10-Jan-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsMicrosoft has set up a web page aimed at preventing illegal use of software. It contains information on copyright law, consumer rights and the definition of legal software. "Microsoft's new site ensures that anyone who wants to understand licensing issues can go to a single place to get questions answered," said Sharon Baylay, the site's marketing manager. The site can be found at www.microsoft.com/uk.

  • Why gamble on witnesses?

    10-Jan-1996

    I enjoyed The Lawyer's front page article on the commercial court working party suggestions on the use of witnesses (6 August).Doing away with witnesses in commercial cases is not fanciful. The function of a witness is to earn money for lawyers. Copying documents, drafting proofs of evidence, late working, interminable meetings - all rack up as a nice little earner.If we are lucky we can dispute privilege, challenge admissibility, ...