15 June 1998

Greens attack parking zones

London’s parking problems are to be aired in the Court of Appeal. An appeal is pending in which an action group from Newham is challenging the rights of Newham Borough Council to introduce controlled parking zones in the area. The Green Street Action Group is appealing against a High Court ruling by Mr Justice Owen. […]


The battle surrounding the ownership of popular Internet domain names is to continue in the Court of Appeal, reports Roger Pearson. The battle over rights to use Internet domain names continues. An appeal hearing is scheduled for 30 June in a challenge by One in a Million of Leeds, Richard Conway of Finchley and Julian […]

Litigation Writs 16/6/98

A writ for US$410,12in compensation has been issued by Considar of New York, the owner of a valuable stock of titanium, against Dunstan and Wragg, the owner of a titanium processing factory. It accuses Dunstan and Wragg, a division of Sheffield-based Midgley, of negligence and failing to take proper care of 60 tons of titanium […]

Jacksons Nets North East legal hotline

Elizabeth Davidson reports TEESIDE firm Jacksons – whose attempted merger with Liverpool’s Weightmans and London firm Kennedys fell through last month – is co-ordinating an Internet legal hotline for 12 North East firms. Jacksons is currently in the process of an IT overhaul which has cost the firm more than £600,000 – and which also […]

LCD launches IT think tank

THE Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has set up a think tank to consider ways of improving the use of IT in the civil justice system. Geoff Hoon, parliamentary secretary at the LCD and former shadow IT spokesman, is to chair a strategy group of eight civil servants and IT professionals. It will be charged with […]

Law Society extends its KPMG negligence claims

The Law Society has made fresh allegations against accountancy firm KPMG of negligence relating to its auditing of law firm Durnford Ford’s accounts. The society was forced to pay out millions of pounds in compensation to clients when the firm was closed by the Solicitors Complaints Bureau in 1992 and senior partner Graham Ford was […]

In brief: LCD focuses on judgment enforcement

The Lord Chancellor’s Department has published a consultation paper on the enforcement of civil court judgments. The paper aims to open up the debate on how enforcement might be made more effective.

Rights of audience go-ahead imminent

Long-awaited government plans giving full rights of audience in higher courts to barristers and solicitors employed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), commerce and industry will be revealed in two weeks. The radical proposals are also expected to simplify the requirements for all solicitors who want to qualify as higher court advocates. CPS solicitors were […]

IBA admits four

The International Bar Association (IBA) has admitted the ruling bar of Equatorial Guinea as its 174th member at a council meeting in Vienna. The South Australian Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the International Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya were admitted as sustaining members.

Freshfields' litigators are number two in France

Freshfields is the only firm to be rated outside its native jurisdiction in a survey of preferred litigators in 15 European countries. The firm was rated number two in France after Paris-based Bredin Prat and alongside Jeantet & Associes, Philippe Le Boulanger et Associes and Rambaud Martel. In the survey, conducted by the journal, International […]

The story behind Solcare

Solcare came about largely through the efforts of former Law Society president Charles Elly. It was Elly, president in 1994, who pushed the issue to the forefront of the legal profession. The arrival of Barry Pritchard as Solcare co-ordinator gave the organisation the credibility it needed. This is in part because Pritchard, a former Bournemouth […]


Mayer Brown & Platt acted for arranger and underwriter Standard Bank London on the underwriting of US$47.5m senior and subordinated facilities for the Wassa Gold project. Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for sponsor Glencar Mining and Clifford Chance acted for subordinated lender Commonwealth Development Corporation.

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