17 May 1999

Overlord

In his first exclusive since being appointed senior Law Lord, Lord Nicholas Browne-Wilkinson talks to Robert Mendick He favours a Ministry of Justice; he dismisses plans for a register of judges’ interests as “absolutely mad”; he claims to be overworked and troubled by writer’s block when penning 100-page judgments; the Pinochet affair was disastrous. And […]

John Startin

Ryan Dunleavy finds that Hextall Erskine’s John Startin laughs in the face of law firm panel cuts – he has a cunning plan up his sleeve. Hextall Erskine insurance partner John Startin enthuses about the future for insurance lawyers. At a time when many of them are worried about panel cuts and an increasingly competitive […]

Paul Gilbert blasts Law Soc democracy

Head of legal at Cheltenham & Gloucester building society, Paul Gilbert, has blasted the Law Society council for scrapping an in-house solicitor council seat – without even allowing the ditched member to speak. The council’s decision to replace local government member, Pauline McBride with a newly-qualified solicitor – a dramatic U-turn on its previous resolution […]

UK litigators target cheap Denmark

Denmark is fast becoming a top venue for litigation because it is cheaper than the UK. Litigants are now sidelining UK courts, preferring Denmark for strategic and cost reasons, say experts, forcing UK law firms to play away from their home turf. Danish-qualified lawyer Steen Rosenfalck of Osborne Clarke says this is a particular problem […]

Breaching the car deal

Nissan Motors (GB) is being sued for damages for alleged fraud, deceit, breach of contract and misrepresentation over a dealer agreement. Action has been launched against Nissan by Howard Quirk of Billericay in Essex, in respect of agreements made between October 1991 and March 1992 for financial and other commercial support to be provided to […]

Financings

Manches acted for Saur UK in its u125m loan facility

Financings

Lesley Gregory and Alex Young of Memery Crystal advised Seymour Pierce (the nominated adviser) and Ellis & Partners (the nominated broker) on the placing of 17

Securitisation

The international securities group at Norton Rose advised Stena Line in its recent reorganisation of its asset-backed commercial paper securitisation programme. This programme will expand the existing Sterling-based programme to encompass passenger and freight receivables in euro, sterling, Swedish krona, Danish krone and Norwegian krone. Lead securitisation partner at Norton Rose Jonathan Walsh led the […]

Bevan Ashford to pay damages

Bevan Ashford has been ordered to pay compensation to a trainee solicitor sacked for being drunk in public. Patricia Durham Hall claimed wrongful dismissal and sex discrimination after a colleague reported her as being “very drunk” and unsteady on her feet in Exeter city centre last December. As a result, she was sacked for gross […]

This week

The four gay members of the armed forces who were dismissed because of their sexuality are due to have their case heard by the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday. The three men and one woman claim the UK is breaching their human rights by keeping the ban on homosexuals in the forces.

In brief: Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser Partnership partner Donald Reid has joined environmental law consultants EnAct International. EnAct managing director Cormac Cullinan says Reid’s move from the Edinburgh firm is the latest in a series of departures – including Stephen Tromans from Simmons & Simmons and Andrew Bryce from Cameron McKenna.

Fear over international crime plans

The Government’s plan to give domestic courts greater powers to deal with international fraud has received a mixed response from City crime lawyers. The new powers in Part 1 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993 – effective from 1 June – allow some offences to be tried in England and Wales if any act, omission […]

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