19 September 1994


South Country Homes was advised by Berwin Leighton on its recent London Stock Exchange flotation.


The Mercia Square shopping centre at Foregate St in Chester has been acquired for u9m by United Friendly, advised by Tucker Turner Kingsley Wood, from Standard Chartered Bank, advised by Stephenson Harwood.


VCI was advised by Norton Rose in its flotation by way of a placing and intermediaries offer which capitalised the company at u58.3m.


Morrison Supermarkets, advised by Gordons Wright & Wright, has bought the old ground from Huddersfield Rugby Union Football Club, advised by Sugden & Co, and adjoining land from Kirklees Council, advised by its in-house legal department. The supermarket group was also advised by the firm in the acquisition of land at Bulwell in Nottingham from […]

ABA spurned in favour of provinces

A LEADING set of chambers has given up trying to get work from attendance and advertising at the American Bar Association (ABA) conference. David Steel’s chambers at 4 Essex Court, which gets 5 per cent of its work from the US, says it will spend money on promoting itself in the English provinces instead. Head […]

Legal proposals 'fail' disabled

LEGAL groups say they are disappointed by proposals put forward in the Government’s consultation paper on discrimination against the disabled. The paper calls for opinions on a range of issues including employment and access to goods and services. Several professional bodies, including Law Society committees, are preparing responses to the paper which claims “sweeping legislation” […]

Education 'in danger' from litigious trend

A LEADING academic lawyer has warned that the nation’s education process could suffer if the growing trend toward classroom litigation is not halted. The University of Buckingham’s vice dean of law, Jonathan Robinson, says caseload in the area has increased since the late 1980s when the introduction of new statutes and regulations created “a legalistic […]

Drink problem rises

SOLICITORS have emerged from the recession suffering from acute alcohol dependency and cocaine addiction, and face being struck off for corruption. These were the conclusions of participants at the Lawyers’ Support Group September meeting in London. Consultant psychologist Dr David Craggs, who deals with lawyers suffering from drug or alcohol dependency (or both), told the […]

In brief

London firm Sharpe Pritchard is holding a conference on Tupe and the Acquired Rights Directive on 30 September. The conference, to be held at the New Connaught Rooms, will address a range of issues including in what circumstances Tupe now applies and pensions. Stuart Isaacs QC, Mr Justice Mummery, president of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, […]

New body lobbies for co-op laws

LAWYERS have formed a new association to lobby the Government on updating the laws affecting co-operatives. The launch of the Co-operative Law Association, in Manchester, was inspired by the UK Co-operative Council, concerned that outdated law was holding the sector back. Law firms Croftons and Slater Heelis of Manchester and Malcolm Lynch of Leeds join […]

LawNet sets up specialist insolvency unit

LAWNET has set up an insolvency unit to provide specialist expertise for clients. The unit comprises 19 lawyers, in 17 different locations, who will be pooling their knowledge. Christopher Whitamore, the group’s director of marketing, says: “There has been informal co-operation for some time but this gives members a more concrete base from which to […]

Demands on laundering

Denton Hall is calling for the Government to be “more proactive and imaginative” in its initiatives to prevent money laundering. Partner Robert Finney claims implementation of EC money laundering legislation imposes an unfair burden on the City and financial businesses. At a seminar last week, he said that money laundering provisions extend the duty to […]

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