12 June 1995

Litigation Recent Decisions 13/06/95

VAT input tax on goods for business and entertainment Thorn EMI v Customs and Excise Commissioners (1995). (CA (Stuart-Smith LJ, Hobhouse LJ and Millett LJ) 11/5/95). Summary: Supplies which are made for both business and business entertainment qualify for partial input tax credit. Commissioners of Customs and Excise Appeal from decision of Justice Turner (QBD […]

Financings

Manches & Co acted for borrower Saur Water Services in securing a £92 million loan from a banking syndicate led by Barclays. Clifford Chance represented the Barclays syndicate.

All done for the common good

To blame the Law Society for not pre-empting the Government’s changes to legal aid and for not guiding the profession through the technological revolution which ultimately will reshape legal services is a waste of time and resources. It would be far better if the candidates in the presidential elections concentrated on bringing the various branches […]

Financings

Top names advised on the Heron Corporation’s completion of a £60 million syndicated loan facility

Joint venture CD-ROM for construction

Linda Tsang reports ELECTRONIC publishers Context and Building Law Information Subscriber Service (BLISS) have joined forces to put comprehensive information for the construction industry on CD-ROM. BLISS is the construction law information service which developed as the library catalogue of construction consultants James R Knowles. The joint venture will provide digests of legal cases and […]

Election round-up. On the Law Society campaign trail

HENRY HODGE: “Has the experience and the ability to effectively lead the profession, promoting service to the clients and decent remuneration for solicitors.” – Promote a guideline fee structure for conveyancing and proceed with work on defined retainers. – Cut the practice certificate by 10 per cent, promote no-claims bonuses for indemnity funds and penalty […]

Competition expert signs up to rivals

COMPETITION law specialist Geraldine Tickle has left Birmingham firm Wragge & Co to join local rivals Martineau Johnson. Tickle has been charged with developing her new firm’s commercial agreements and competition law service alongside its expanding intellectual property department. She was made a partner at Wragge & Co four years ago where she led the […]

Raymond Ball

THE BRITISH Library’s director of administration Raymond Ball has been appointed as chief executive of the Institute of Legal Executives. Ball combines the posts of secretary general and director of forward planning, vacated after the coming retirement of Leonard Evans and Cyril Broom. “My first task will be to learn a great deal more about […]

In brief: Law Society South African Association

Approximately 150 people including Master of the Rolls Sir Thomas Bingham attended last week’s official launch of the British South African Law Association at the Law Society. The association, which held its first meeting in March, already has a substantial membership. Its first annual general meeting will be held on 3 July to elect officers […]

CRE scraps plans for race bias probe

THE COMMISSION for Racial Equality has dropped plans for a formal investigation into allegations of racial discrimination at the Inns of Court School of Law (ICSL), instead entering into a written agreement on race relations with the Council of Legal Education. But the CRE claims it has not backed down from probing race issues at […]

UK plays host to Middle East group

ATTORNEYS from EcoPeace, a major new Middle Eastern environmental law organisation, will be the guests of UK environmental lawyers this week to raise awareness of pressing issues in their region. EcoPeace is a coalition of established environmental law groups in Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan. All the eight main member bodies, two from each country, […]

Swift injection of capital

As a growing number of contractors join the rush of private sector businesses trying to get into private finance initiative schemes (PFI), lawyers from construction firms have found themselves thrust into the eye of the storm. This is a more commercial role for the construction lawyer as a natural consequence of the changing business focus […]

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