16 October 1995

Society rejects funding proposal

The Law Society has spoken out against a bill proposed by left-wing Labour MPs to fund a “nationalised” legal service. MPs Austin Mitchell and Tony Benn are campaigning for a “National Legal Service” with a set of radical proposals indicating a potential Labour split over its legal policy. The proposals include a complete scrapping of […]

Chinese course

The School of Law at China’s Wuhan University is offering a distance learning course in Chinese commercial law for people living outside the republic. The course, prepared in both English and Chinese, covers aspects of law regulating business activities in China. Supervision for the course, suitable for those specialising or wanting a grounding in Chinese […]

Could Mudge Rose have been rescued?

WITH less than three months to go until the doors slam shut on yet another US law firm, the New York legal market has again become flush with attorneys looking for new professional homes. In the weeks surrounding its 2 October dissolution decision 126-year-old Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon released almost 200 lawyers onto […]

Lowe gets SCB consultancy

SOLICITORS Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe will still have some influence over the bureau’s future despite her decision to resign at the end of the month. Lowe will be working under secretary general John Hayes until she leaves the Law Society at the end of the year. In a message to staff she revealed she […]

Human rights/prisons. Should we sentence our judges to prison?

Should prison visiting play any part in the training of a judge? How many of the judges pictured outside Westminster Abbey at the start of this legal year have ever been inside a jail? Should they be more aware of what goes on day after day behind the prison’s walls? I have just spent two […]

Financings

Addleshaw Sons & Latham advised ECI Ventures in its further £1 million investment in the Devonshire Pub Company

Flotations

Paisner & Co acted for the Media Business Group

Names issue writ against Clyde & Co

Lloyd’s Names are suing Clyde & Co, a major legal player in the Lloyd’s insurance market in connection with one of the biggest pieces of Lloyd’s litigation to date. Clyde & Co said it will contest the action. The 4,000-member Sturge Names Action Group (Snag) is instructing Eversheds in this and other actions after collectively […]

In brief: Legal aid for divorce to be reassessed

The Lord Chancellor has been urged to reconsider his current legal aid proposals and introduce a limited certificate, based on civil legal aid eligibility, to give divorcing couples access to advice from their own solicitors throughout the mediation process. In its response to the Green Paper on legal aid, the Solicitors’ Family Law Association (SFLA) […]

Dublin firm capitalises on ceasefire

A TOP firm of Dublin solicitors is opening a Northern Ireland office in one of two moves announced last week to capitalise on the fertile post-ceasefire legal market. Arthur Cox will open an outlet in Belfast on New Year’s Day. Two partners and an associate will be based in Belfast. The launch – believed to […]

Financings

The Liverpool office of Davies Wallis Foyster advised Hoylake-based publishing company the Newhall Group in a repurchase of 22.5 per cent of its own shares. Black Norman & Co in Crosby acted for the vendor.

A safe haven in the sun

Until recently, the effectiveness of the Cayman Islands as a safe haven for the investors’ nest egg was under question. Could the islands afford any protection against the creditors of a settlor who set up a Caymans trust to protect assets? This question was brought about by an old English statute, the Fraudulent Conveyances Act […]

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