15 April 1996

Answer the question

Leeds firm Booth & Co has entered the world of open information with the publication of its accounts. The firm is mailing its 20-page review to clients and professional contacts in an effort to strengthen client relationships. Shoosmith & Harrison started the trend for openness some years ago when it produced a review of its […]


Herbert Smith is advising the Norfolk and Norwich Health Care NHS Trust in relation to the development of a 701-bed acute general hospital under the Private Finance Initiative.


Allison & Humphreys advised Avocet Mining

Carry on conveyancing

What excellent good sense Mr FitzPatrick’s recent article on conveyancing made (The Lawyer 26 March). His suggestions on, in effect, a voluntary code of practice would make excellent PR and an effective marketing tool in the hands of a committed conveyancer. We for one applaud and support his suggestions and look forward to seeing them […]

The experts' experts

Your article ‘How infallible is the expert’s voice’ (The Lawyer 12 March) brings to the fore a matter of serious concern, namely the lack of professional guidelines for those who offer their services as an expert although they have may not the expertise and/or independence to carry out the task to the high standard required. […]


Travers Smith Braithwaite recently acted for Samuel Montagu in relation to the placing and open offer by SIG to raise about £65 million to acquire WKT Group in Germany

Revived fortunes

The trend for mergers continues unabated. The two largest firms in Leicester – Harvey Ingram and Owstons – merged this month to form Harvey Ingram Owston, based at Harvey Ingram’s existing offices and now with 76 fee earners. One of the merged firm’s joint managers, Roger Bowder, says: “We plan to start providing some areas […]

Products for a pensions nest egg

As life expectancy in the UK and the number of retired people rises, the state welfare system faces a greater burden. But government help is on the decline and the onus is increasingly upon the individual or family to provide for retirement income and medical care. And recent cases have shown the difficulty of capital […]

Magnets of the Midlands

Birmingham may have lost its battle to host the Millennium Exhibition but England’s second city had much to celebrate in 1995. It was a record year for acquisitions in the Midlands, its upbeat economy reflecting the UK as a whole, according to research by KPMG Corporate Finance. During the period 1994 to 1995, West Midlands-based […]

Peer attacks Mackay's 'delays'

LORD Mackay has made a thinly-veiled plea for patience in response to a volley of parliamentary questions about his alleged “delays” in reaching a decision over higher court rights of audience for employed solicitors. In a written answer to the latest of three questions tabled by Lord Ackner on the issue, the Lord Chancellor said […]


In brief: First solicitor to become CPA president

Diana Courtney has become both the first solicitor and the first woman to be appointed president of the City Property Association in its 92-year history. She is a senior property partner at City law firm Denton Hall and a non-executive director of the Bradford and Bingley. The CPA represents property owners and occupiers in the […]

UK lecture tour tackles impact of no win, no fee

THE College of Law is planning a series of conferences to help lawyers assess the implications of no win, no fee cases. Parliament introduced conditional fee regulations a year ago and the college aims to explore the experience of firms that have made use of the procedure. Kerry Underwood, principal of Underwoods, St Albans, and […]

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