2 December 1996

In brief: Finers appoints construction expert

London practice Finers has taken on construction specialist Jonathan Collins as a partner. Collins, who has a special interest in and has advised on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994, joins from Lewis Silkin where he was a partner. He will help Finers develop its construction law group and brings the firm’s partner count […]

Hands off our profession

I am somewhat alarmed to read about the increasing interest of accountants in the legal profession. It is a worrying trend and one on which the legal profession must take a stand. Multidisciplinary practices are not even allowed and yet we see the major firms of accountants preparing to go down this route. It means […]

Outlaw age discrimination urges report

LEGISLATION to outlaw age discrimination in employment is recommended by a report from the Law Society’s employment law committee. The report, ‘Age discrimination and employment law’, said persuasion and voluntary action had a part to play against ageism, but “lasting change will only come with legislation”. Janet Gaymer, committee chair and partner of City firm […]

Over here and moving in

London continues to attract a cosmopolitan mix of firms, from Gibraltarian to Iranian, Panamanian to Finnish. But the most noticeable foreign law firms in London are, unsurprisingly, the American ones. Some US firms have had offices in London since the early 1960s. Coudert Brothers, for instance, opened its doors in London in 1962. But it […]

Equality is better business

South Africa’s first fully democratic national election on 27 April 1994 prompted a renewed interest in investment in the country. The period after the election was one of uncertainty in which corporate players conducted research and undertook feasibility studies rather than placing direct investment in South Africa, and it is only recently that the renewed […]

Bates Wells stays top of the charity league

BATES Wells & Braithwaite retains its title as the country’s leading charity firm, according to the 1996 Henderson Top 2,000 Charities guide, with Farrer & Co coming in at second place. Following its merger with Turner Kenneth & Brown, Nabarro Nathanson enters the table for the first time in third place with 27 charity clients. […]

Let's hear it for separation

Your suggestion that there should be two separate bodies dealing with the regulatory and trade union aspects of the profession in last week’s editorial ‘Time for a solution’ is not new. The British Legal Association was set up in 1964 and since that time has been campaigning strenuously for such a situation. Indeed, in its […]


Manches & Co acted for Reed International in the sale of its leasehold interest in 83 Piccadilly and 29 Bolton Street, London W1, to Warnford Investments for £8.2 million. Nicholson Graham & Jones acted for Warnford Investments.


DJ Freeman acted for Coin Street Community Builders in a property deal granting Harvey Nichols Restaurants a 25-year lease on the eighth floor of the London landmark OXO Tower Wharf. Harvey Nichols Restaurants was represented by Holman Fenwick & Willan.

In brief: Call for firmer control of Children Act cases

Members of the Lord Chancellor’s Department Children Act Committee have called for firmer judicial control and case management for Children Act cases. The committee’s annual report emphasises the need for close liaison and communication between all those involved in Children Act cases. It also gives guidance on the duties of expert witnesses and on video […]


Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for East Hampshire District Council on the transfer of 4,000 tenanted properties to East Hampshire Housing Association for £53 million. The association was represented by Trowers & Hamlins, and Allen & Overy instructed National Westminster Bank which led the funding consortium in relation to the £94 million loan facilities.


Ashurst Morris Crisp is acting for NationsBank Corporation in connection with the waiver of its option rights and rights of pre-emption in relation to the recommended cash offer to be made by National Westminster Bank for the entire issued share capital of Gartmore, valuing Gartmore at £472 million. NatWest was represented by Linklaters & Paines, […]

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