16 June 1997


Simmons & Simmons advised the receivers (DTZ Debenham Thorpe) of the IRA-bombed Docklands site South Quay Plaza Phase II on a £22.9m management contract with Laing Management to rebuild the development. Laing was advised in-house.


Travers Smith Braithwaite advised SGB Group on its £112.6m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Sponsor Kleinwort Benson was advised by Freshfields and SGB Group’s parent construction company


Simmons & Simmons advised tobacco company Gallaher Group on its demerger from American Brands and related listing on the London Stock Exchange. It also acted as UK counsel for American Brands. Chadbourne & Parke advised on US law and Freshfields advised Morgan Stanley

German lawyers' registration passes from ministry to Bars

The German Federal Bar has won an important step in a long-standing battle with the Ministry of Justice to bring the registration of new lawyers under the control of local Bars. A resolution passing control from the Ministry of Justice to the local Bars was made at the general assembly of the German Federal Bar […]

CPS reverses policy on chief prosecutors

THE CROWN Prosecution Service (CPS) has performed a policy U-turn and decided to invite private practitioners to apply for the 42 new chief crown prosecutor (CCP) posts being created by the Labour Government. The news was broken to senior CPS prosecutors in an internal memo sent out last week by director of corporate services David […]

The Lawyer Golf Challenge

For all those budding Tigers (the golfer, that is) out there, The Lawyer, in association with recruitment consultants Hughes-Castell, invites you to put on those Rupert Bear trousers, choose your caddy and club carefully and enter the first ever Lawyer Golf Challenge. The Challenge will tee off with a number of regional play-offs which will […]

Goodbye CCT, but good riddance?

When the Government announced the demise of Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT) and its replacement, Best Value, there was hardly a damp eye in the House. So why, within days of the announcements of the suspension of CCT, could voices be heard from these same quarters pleading that the new Government should not “throw out the […]

Law training study secures funding from Linklaters

Lawyers working on more than 120 health Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects will have to stand down at the end of this month when health minister Alan Milburn announces a list of around a dozen schemes that will be allowed to proceed. Milburn has announced that his officials are reviewing the 43 hospital schemes to […]

Deaf Legal Access Group pulls a crowd

MORE than 100 people attended the launch conference of the Deaf Legal Access Group in Leeds last Tuesday. The group, which now looks likely to become a national body, aims to improve legal services to deaf people. Its plans include the setting up of a register of deaf-friendly legal service providers, becoming a centre for […]

Labour decimates PFI health work

LINKLATERS & Paines is to sponsor a senior law lecturer to conduct a four-year research programme to examine the training needs of qualified lawyers. As part of the terms of his research fellowship, which is in professional legal education, Scott Slorach, the principal law lecturer at Nottingham Law School, will help Linklaters to develop its […]

In brief: Thanksgiving service for Lord Taylor

A service of thanksgiving for the life of Lord Taylor of Gosforth will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral at 5pm on Tuesday 15 July. Lord Taylor, who was Lord Chief Justice of England from 1992 to 1996, died late last April. The service will be open to all who wish to attend.

Prime Minister puts faith in Lord Irvine

Tony Blair’s old head of chambers, Lord Irvine of Lairg, has emerged alongside Peter Mandelson as one of the new Prime Minister’s key trusted lieutenants following his appointment to seven of Labour’s 19 cabinet committees, three of which he will be chairing. By contrast, Irvine’s predecessor as Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, sat on only three […]

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