14 November 1994

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Crisis over recruitment

The profession is facing a serious issue which the members of the Council of the Law Society continue to ignore. Thousands of students who have passed solicitors’ finals or the LPC have been unable to secure articles. The society’s own research shows that it is extremely difficult to find articles. White people have only a […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Sarah Pickering

Two widows whose husbands died in a September 1994 helicopter crash at Koblenz in Germany are heading for a High Court confrontation with the Ministry of Defence. Anja Bielert-Beck and Gillian Beresford, whose husbands Corporal Andrew Beck and Sergeant Leslie Beresford died when the Lynx helicopter crashed, are claiming the crash was the result of […]

Corporate

Molyneux Estates, advised by Mischon de Reya, has acquired for u14.45m Epworth House Investments and two investment properties in central London from related parties, all advised by Julian Holy. Molyneux Estates was also advised by Julian Holy on its recent upgrade to the Stock Exchange’s Official List.

Corporate

Hanson Transport was advised by Eversheds Hepworth & Chadwick in connection with an agreement for transportation of non-petro-chemical products with ICI, advised by its in-house legal team.

Equal opportunities in interviewing techniques

Nick Hilborne reports BARRISTERS responsible for selecting pupils are to receive special training in interview techniques to help fulfil the Bar Council’s commitment to equal opportunities. The Bar is responding to calls for training in “objective selection techniques” after publication of its equality code for chambers two years ago. It has hired training consultancy CEPEC […]

Experts' gravy train to hit the buffers

The expert witness gravy train may be diverted into a siding, if the signals from three top judges are anything to go by. The spotlight has been turned by judges Bingham, Taylor and Woolf on the practice of the automatic loading up of litigation by anxious lawyers with experts and counter experts, whether cases need […]

Property

Sun Alliance & London, advised by DJ Freeman has bought Great West Plaza in Brentford for u25m from Chelsfield Property Investments, advised by Carter Lemon.

Corporate

A new company Genesis Restaurants, advised by Addleshaws Sons & Latham, has been launched to open a franchise chain of 25 Burger King restaurants in the midlands and north-west. Burger King was advised by its in-house legal department. u3.5m of equity funding came from Murray Johnstone Private Equity, advised by Halliwell Landau; a term loan […]

Flotations

Select Appointments (Holdings) was advised by Charles Russell in a u44m placing and open offer on the Unlisted Securities market

Property

Andover-based Hostmead Developments, advised by DJ Freeman, has concluded a pre-let agreement for a new distribution warehouse facility with Londis (Holdings), advised by Beveridge Ross & Prevezer. The investment, with a u7.5m value on completion, has been forward sold to Barclays Bank Staff Pension Fund, advised by Lovell White Durrant.

Heliport site floats interesting points

Roger Pearson looks ahead Judgment is imminent in one of the most curious planning battles ever to reach the High Court. Deputy Judge Sir Haydn Tudor Evans is being asked to rule on the planning situation over proposals to site a floating heliport on the Thames. A decision is sought on whether, if such a […]

Solicitor charged over pornography

THE managing partner of Bournemouth firm Lester Aldridge has resigned after being charged with offences relating to child pornography. Robert Lowe appeared at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court last week charged with possessing indecent photographs of children and importing obscene and indecent material. The importation offence was allegedly committed at Heathrow and other ports and airports over […]

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