19 April 1999


Railtrack, created in 1993, owns almost all the UK’s vast railway infrastructure. It is one of the largest commercial estate owners in Britain, with 20,000 miles of track, 2,500 stations, and more than 40,000 bridges and tunnels. Tenants include Battersea Dogs’ Home and the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange. Railtrack’s customers are the […]

Nicole Paradise

Nicole Paradise claims that her legal career was founded on a huge mistake, but her senior partners disagree as her recent promotion demonstrates. Anne Mizzi meets Nabarro’s new managing partner.

Classic showdown

Another music-world battle – this time on the classical front – is heading back to court. TV presenter Susan Stranks, widow of broadcaster Robin Ray who died of cancer last December, has pledged to continue a battle started by her husband against Classic FM. Ray helped launch the station in 1992 and shortly before his […]

OFT could prove bad medicine for chemists

Roger Pearson reports on the Office of Fair Trading’s move to abolish the price fixing of commonly used medicines. A major legal challenge which could have wide-ranging implications for the cost of over-the-counter medicines – and which some say could lead to the closure of many small chemist shops – is now pending. The Government’s […]


Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Hoare Govett on its open offer

In brief: Bradford & Bingley Estate Agents

Bradford & Bingley Estate Agents, one of the country’s largest estate agency chains, plans to cut the number of firms handling its conveyancing work from more than 1,000 to fewer than 10. The members of its new panel will be announced in June.

Denton Hall raises City office profile with 13 new partners

DENTON Hall has boosted its City office by making up 13 new partners out of a total of 15 world-wide.It has also poached Herbert Smith construction group senior assistant Miranda Ramphul to work on non-contentious construction work. She specialised in PFI and power projects and major retail and office developments at Herbert Smith.Thirteen of the […]

Forsters dropped from DETR panel

Forsters, formerly known as Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, has been axed from the legal panel of the Department of Environment following a review.Only four leading firms have been selected by the Department of Environment Transport and the Regions (DETR), for a five-year contract advising on property matters.Cliff Duffell, procurement officer at DETR, says: “Forsters and Veale […]

Croydon Council hands largest legal contract to Wragge & Co

Wragge & Co has won Croydon Borough Council’s largest legal service contract following the local authority’s review of its legal firms.The review follows the end of Croydon’s five-year contract with local firm Stonehams. The council will decide whether to keep its panel of additional firms – Bevan Ashford, Blake Lapthorn and Speechly Bircham – over […]

In brief: Wright Hassall & Co

Wright Hassall & Co, the Leamington Spa firm, has poached two lawyers from national firms Pinsent Curtis and Garretts. Michael Curtis joins as a commercial litigation partner from Pinsents, while commercial and property litigation specialist Robin Koolhoven arrives from Garretts’ Leeds office to head Wright Hassall’s insolvency department.

Without legal aid, thin air is all this man would have

As MPs debate the Access to Justice Bill, Tom O’Sullivan and Claire Smith expose some of the cases that would never have reached to court without legal aid, and ask who exactly the proposed reforms are supposed to serve.Kenneth Williams spent 32 years working in the choking dust of Thurcroft Colliery near Rotherham. He now […]

Firm pays plaintiff's costs

A Manchester solicitor set up a company to hold his law firm’s lease, which then stayed in the building for two years rent-free while the landlord waged a court battle for rent arrears, the Court of Appeal has heard.Miller Gardner defended the company, Globe Legal Services Ltd, in the original action, but was in for […]

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