14 July 1997


Ashurst Morris Crisp has been appointed to advise the National Westminster Bank on the letting of the International Finance Centre, previously the Natwest Tower.


Halliwell Landau acted on behalf of Eddie Stobart, a distribution and haulage company, on the £25m sale and lease back of a 450,000 sq ft freehold site to be developed as a high-bay warehouse complex.

Rights issues

Pinsent Curtis acted for underwriter Charterhouse Tilney Securities in a £15.4m rights issue for Cirqual

Project bond

Linklaters & Paines advised underwriters Barclays de Zoete Wedd and Merrill Lynch on a $195m bond due 2022 and a $150m bond due 2002. The bonds were issued on behalf of Sutton Bridge Power, to finance construction of a power station, the first use of a project bond in the UK power sector. Allen & […]

We, the people, need a commission

The Government’s pledge to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights is a welcome and long-overdue development. But if the Government is really committed to creating a culture of human rights in the UK, it will have to go further than that. Incorporation will not of itself be enough to bring the convention to life […]

Divide the contributions not the assets

Lady Conran’s “outstanding contribution to the home” was formally recognised by the courts in a judgment which will influence future ancillary relief cases, says Erica Shelton. Erica Shelton is a partner at Rooks Rider and solicitor to Lady Conran. The Conran divorce case has provided long overdue judicial recognition of the value of a woman’s […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Hilary Nicholls

Hilary Nicholls was born in Plymouth on 13 April 1953. She now lives in Manchester and is partner-designate at Davies Wallis Foyster. What was your first job? Serving chips in a chip shop. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £2,000pa as a trainee. What would you have done if you hadn’t become […]

Don't quote me on that

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, Fax 0171-734 0534 On the City page of The Lawyer, 17 June 1997, I am quoted as saying that I did not think the National Grid pensions case would help the National Bus Company pensions surplus case, in which we are acting for […]

In brief: Scottish practice advises Lithuanian govt

Scottish firm Bishop and Robertson Chalmers has been appointed by the European Commission and the Lithuanian government to help modernise the country’s basic commercial law. Nine other EU firms will be involved in the project, which will last 18 months.

In brief: NI QCs drop oath of allegiance to Queen

Queen’s Counsel in Northern Ireland will no longer have to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen, but instead will swear to “serve all whom I may lawfully be called upon to serve in the office of one of Her Majesty’s Counsel”. QCs in England and Wales normally swear allegiance but are not required […]

In brief: Construction head switches firms

Bell & Scott’s head of construction switched firms this month to concentrate on private finance initiatives (PFIs). Ross Campbell left the Edinburgh firm to single-handedly run the construction department at neighbouring Tods Murray. Campbell said: “I wanted to specialise in PFI as it is an active and rapidly growing field of law. This is an […]

Wall to wall rules

Norman Joss looks at the provisions and regulations of the Party Walls Act 1996. Norman Joss is a barrister at One Essex Court. Since the 1930s, adjoining property owners in parts of London have basked in the sunshine of the London Building Acts. Save for minor exceptions, the rest of England and Wales has been […]

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