17 October 1994

The Lawyer Inquiry: Jon Vivian

Jon Vivian is a property law partner at City firm McKenna & Co. Aged 40 he was born, and still lives, in Sussex. What was your first job? Labouring long and hard in a saw mill. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? Negligible. Some things never change. What would you have done […]


The joint venture of Development Securities and Bryant Properties, BDS Properties, was advised by Evershed Wells & Hind has pre-let its first development at the Birmingham International Park to Rover Group, advised by Wragge & Co, and completed the forward sale with British Rail Pension Funds, advised by Berwin Leighton.

Litigation Recent Decisions 18/10/94

DTI: No duty to provide guidelines Article 130r EEC Treaty – white paper 1990 ‘This common inheritance’ R v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, ex parte Duddridge and Ors (1994) (DC 03.10.94.) (Farquharson LJ, Smith J) Summary: No duty on the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to provide guidelines on the […]


Fenchurch Investments, advised by Halliwell Landau, has acquired a Gloucester development site and has entered into development agreements for two retail stores with German supermarket chain, Lidl UK Properties, advised by Baileys Shaw & Gillett.

Making the most of UK connections

Roger Pearson looks ahead The High Court scene is set for two legal battles which could have far-reaching implications for workers in undeveloped countries who suffer illness or injury working in their homelands for companies with UK power bases. Leigh Day & Co’s Richard Meeran is spear-heading claims over the death and illness of workers […]

Portsmouth's lawyer heads north

Nicole Maley reports PORTSMOUTH City Council’s principal solicitor Michael Lancaster has left the public sector to join Leeds firm Eversheds Hepworth & Chadwick. Lancaster, who started with Portsmouth in 1989 after completing his articles at Leeds practice Hammond Suddards, joined the firm’s public sector unit last month. He will provide specialist advice on the law […]


TU cases could hit privatisation

GOVERNMENT policies on privatising parts of the public sector will be severely damaged if two current legal actions from major trades unions are successful, say employment lawyers. The actions, both over the question of whether privatised workers’ pension rights can be transferred, could also leave Tupe, the UK legislation meant to enact the European Acquired […]

L&G action group swaps Hammonds for Nabarros

Nabarro Nathanson is replacing Hammond Suddards in acting for the action group challenging Legal & General over allegedly excessive pensions surrender penalties. The switch is due to the fact that one of Hammond Suddards’ northern offices is acting for L&G, says Hammond pensions partner Robin Ellison. “It is an exciting case, so we are obviously […]

City pair join Hammond Suddards

Senior Lovell White Durrant commercial property partner Gary Watson and Charterhouse Bank property lawyer Robin Cole are leaving to join Hammond Suddards. Watson says: “Hammond Suddards has offered me a very interesting challenge. As far as the work goes, there won’t be a great deal of difference.” Lovells joint managing partner, Michael Maunsell, says: “It […]

Hants firm centralises commercial team

Hampshire firm White & Bowker is centralising its commercial team as part of a three-point strategy. It is setting up White & Bowker Commercial, a team occupying the Southampton office, a business development team (BDT) and revamping its logo. Marketing director, Martin Davies, says: “We are regrouping our commercial team into one building. This will […]

Booth Bennet opens up in Uxbridge

SOUTH east firm Iliffes Booth Bennett has set up a commercial unit in new offices at Uxbridge. Six commercial lawyers have been drafted in to form a specialist business team at the new premises. The firm now has seven offices in the region. The team, led by Susan Mawson, will deal with all aspects of […]


Mr Z, the principal of Z & Co, a small firm in the north, is planning to stop using his big six accountancy firm – because of its charges and, he says, its lack of understanding of the legal market. Z’s firm had used a medium-sized firm of accountants for some years, but decided to […]

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