15 May 1995

Champion of the equality cause

Barbara Hewson Barbara Hewson is in conciliatory mood: progress is being made, male colleagues are supportive and the Bar is not such a bad place for women after all. Her reassurances are at odds with the vociferous attacks which have identified her in the public eye as a champion of women’s rights in a chauvinistic, […]

Practitioners form global IT network

AN INTERNATIONAL network of lawyers has been set up for computer companies which are expanding their empires overseas. The Computer Lawyers’ Consortium aims to link up 60 legal professionals in all the major trading companies of the world. They will advise clients referred by other consortium members on the dangers of establishing a high-tech business […]

Property

The British Land Company, advised by SJ Berwin & Co, has bought 75.5 per cent of Swiss Centre Ltd, owners of the Swiss Centre in Leicester Square, for £16m from Swiss Bank Corporation and Swissair Associated Companies, both advised by Allen & Overy.

Property

Wm Morrison Supermarkets, advised by Gordons Wright & Wright, has purchased land at Kirkstall Leeds from Kirkstall Valley Properties, advised by Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, and from trustees of Leeds Rugby Union Football Club, advised by Whitfield Hallam Goodall of Mirfield.

Financings

The Devonshire Pub Company

Litigation Writs 16/05/95

– A couple who claim access to their home has been blocked by a neighbour’s newly installed electronic gate are heading for the High Court in a bid to have the gate removed. Robert and Jean Heywood, of Camberley, Surrey, have issued a

Susan Gordon on the fledgling Disability Discrimination Bill

The Government’s Disability Discrimination Bill was published in January 1995 in the wake of the public furore surrounding the failure in May 1994 of the Civil Rights [Disabled Persons] Bill. Under the terms of the Bill, which applies to any UK employer of 20 or more employees, an employer will discriminate against a disabled person […]

Staff split off to establish own business

Eleven staff, including two partners and two associates, have left a London law firm to start a breakaway practice following a split in ideas over future direction. They are leaving Steggles Palmer to build a new operation based on employment law, commercial, medical negligence and personal injury, and called Fairbairn Morris. Both sides claim the […]

In brief: Blythe Liggins gets practice 'commander'

Midlands practice Blythe Liggins has appointed former NATO officer Colonel Rupert Conder as practice administrator and chief accountant. Colonel Conder has joined the firm after a 33-year career in the British Army.

Criminal Bar goes to polls

ELECTION fever has struck the Criminal Bar Association as its 2,000 members go to the polls this week to choose a successor to chair Richard Ferguson QC. Ferguson’s return to private practice after two years as CBA chair has triggered the first contested CBA election for 10 years. Three barristers are standing. The main contender […]

Practice acts for return of data on PC

Leading white collar crime firm Kingsley Napley is taking legal action to prevent a former employee disclosing confidential information. The London firm has gone to the High Court to recover a laptop computer, and any other source of sensitive material from former assistant solicitor Nicholas Greenfield. It issued a writ last week seeking delivery up […]

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TV group on hunt for media experts

WOULD-BE media lawyers are being invited to join the Royal Television Society as part of a drive to recruit new members. The society – which promotes the television industry with a series of events and awards – already boasts a presence from many top law firms. Existing lawyer-members say that the organisation is a good […]

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