12 May 1997

Waiting for those five magic words…

Now the election is over, we can all focus on what legislation we would like to see introduced in the next Parliament. This is the stage at which a new long-term policy can be put in place. The Law Commission is particularly keen that time should be allowed for law reform since most of its […]


Hammond Suddards advised Friends Provident Life Office on the purchase of 3 The Square, Stockley Park for £36m from Stockley Park Consortium, which was advised by Herbert Smith.

Face up to the facts

It is a pity Miss Bawdon in her letter (The Lawyer, 6 May) does not take the trouble to check her facts before rushing into print. Miss Bawdon should not believe all she reads because journalists, whether freelance or otherwise, tend to look for salacious gossip and where it does not exist seem happy to […]


Travers Smith Braithwaite advised Dragons Health Clubs on its £1.7m AIM flotation by placing. Berwin Leighton acted for nominated adviser Smith & Williamson and nominated broker Neilson Cobbold.

Court says no to Aids deportation

The European Court of Human Rights has unanimously ruled that the UK government will be in violation of the European Convention of Human Rights if it carries out its planned deportation of a man dying from Aids. The court ruled that the government would have been in violation of Article 3 of the Convention if […]

In brief: Medical negligence cases may rise

Plymouth-based Wolferstans is warning that there could be a rash of Hepatitus C medical negligence cases which could lead to a nationwide multi-party action, due to patients being given unscreened blood seven to eight years ago. It has been instructed by patients in the Plymouth area who have just received notification that they were infected […]

In brief: Dismore takes seat in the Commons

Personal injury and trade union lawyer Andrew Dismore, partner at Russell Jones & Walker and head of the Labour group on Westminster City Council, has been elected Labour MP for Hendon with a 6,000 majority – a swing from the Tories of 16.2 per cent.

Regan faces SFO probe on earlier deal

The Serious Fraud Office is investigating an earlier deal between Andrew Regan and the CWS on which Regan was advised by Alsop Wilkinson. Under the deal signed on 25 January 1995, Regan’s company Hobson Group paid out more than £5m to extend a supply deal with the CWS. But the CWS received only £2.4m of […]

Lawyers rally to death row man's cause

The legal profession is stepping in where the Government has refused to tread by raising thousands of pounds to fund a court appeal for a British citizen on Miami’s death row. The former Conservative government had refused to contribute around £75,000 to the appeal of businessman Krishna Maharaj, but solicitors and barristers have independently offered […]

“Solicitors have absolutely nothing to worry about….”

The Bar is pleased to note that prime minister Tony Blair, new Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine of Lairg, LCD parliamentary secretary Geoffrey Hoon and the bulk of the Labour legal team are barristers. But solicitors are less enamoured. Lord Irvine is described as conservative with a small ‘c’ and is expected to keep a tight […]

In brief: Dibbs hits the £100m mark on fee income

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s fee income last year topped £100m for the first time ever, the firm says. Nigel Knowles, managing partner said breaking the £100m figure had been his first target following the merger of Dibb Lupton Broomhead and Alsop Wilkinson last September. The firm has appointed 11 new partners – four in Manchester, four […]

$10K carrot dangled by Chadbourne

Chadbourne & Parke, the US firm that last year hit the headlines in London with its record-breaking offer of £700,000 for a partner, is offering its associates in New York $10,000 to introduce new associates to the firm. New York partner Jerome Katz said the firm had been unable to fulfil its demand for associates […]

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