1 May 2000

SJ Berwin

SJ Berwin acted for Eurocity Properties on its listing on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange. The company will place over one million shares to raise £580,000. Corporate partners Jonathan Metliss and Delphine Currie acted on the deal.

An Appeal Court ruling clarifies exposure to risk when dealing with letters of credit transactions, writes Roger Masefield. Roger Masefield is a tenant of Brick Court Chambers.

The decision of the Court of Appeal in Banco Santander v Banque Paribas is important for those involved in letter of credit transactions. The case concerned the shipment of oil from Kazakhstan CIF Porvoo, Finland. The sale was to be by an English firm, Bayfern, to Napa Petroleum – at an agreed price of about […]

It’s been a good week for…

Claims negotiator Robert Jones, now a “nappy” man after victory in a sex discrimination case over his employer’s refusal to allow him to work part-time so that he could look after his baby daughter at home. Jones, of Longbridge, West Midlands, took his case to the Equal Opportunities Commission after insurance group Groupama UK Services […]

Scuffle of the week

Police sealed off the old court building in Santiago on Wednesday and traffic ground to a halt as clashes broke out in the Chilean capital between supporters and opposers of Augusto Pinochet when the hearing began to determine whether the former dictator would be stripped of his immunity to stand trial on human rights charges. […]

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May advised ABN Amro Rothschild on the intended flotation of Filmgroup on the London Stock Exchange. ABN Amro acted as financial adviser, global co-ordinator and lead manager on the float. Slaughters corporate partner Tim Clark and corporate assistant Peter Baldwin advised on the deal. Titmuss Sainer Dechert acted for Filmgroup.

Making the mould

At last Maurice Allen, Weil Gotshal & Manges‘ erstwhile former joint head in London, has made up his mind on where he and his team are going. But joining White & Case is hardly surprising. The US firm is crying out for the right person to drag its London practice to the forefront of banking […]

Quote of the week

“Whether or not my golf will improve I don’t know, but I might remember who my children are.” – Richard Gerstein, who has stepped down as managing partner at Finers Stephens Innocent and is returning to full-time fee earning.

Libel laws winners in historical battle

The critics should consider the Irving case closely before passing judgement on the libel laws, writes James Libson. James Libson is a partner in the contentious media group at Mishcon de Reya and headed the team that acted for Professor Lipstadt. Two questions of interest arise out of Mr Justice Gray’s decision in the case […]

It’s been a bad week for…

Dog lover Laura Bunday, who was tailed by police this week after “stealing” a stick from woodland for her pet pouch Bramble to play with. A park ranger reported Bunday to Devon and Cornwall police after seeing her toss the piece of wood into the boot of her car after walking her dog. The police […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Shoosmiths advised UK software company PWA Group on its $38m (£24m) acquisition by US-based Great Plains. Shoosmiths corporate partner Dean Drew advised on the cash and share transaction. Dorsey & Whitney represented Great Plains.


Eversheds advised the College of Law on the development of its new centre in Birmingham. The new college will house 500 law graduates. Property partner Adrian Bland acted on the deal with assistance from property solicitor Anne Clark.

SSL International

Just two years ago, healthcare giant SSL International did not exist. In 1999, the company was formed as a result of a £1.4bn merger between London International Group (LIG) and Seton Scholl Healthcare. The previous year, the latter company was created when, in an attempt to widen its worldwide spread, Seton acquired Scholl, which has […]

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