2 September 1996

Litigation Writs 09/07/96

Boxer Lennox Lewis faces High Court breach of contract accusations. A writ has been issued against him and Frank Maloney by Products of Far East based in St Helier, Jersey. It claims damages for breach of a written contract dated 19 February 1991. The writ does not specify the nature of the contract at the […]

Property

Berwin Leighton acted for Banque Nationale de Paris in the sale of a portfolio of residential mortgage loans to Skipton Mortgages involving around 300 cases valued at £8 million. Skipton Mortgages was represented by Dibb Lupton Broomhead.

Property

Lovell White Durrant acted for Albion Property Investments in its acquisition of a £20 million portfolio from Langbourn Property Investment Services for a mix of cash and shares. The deal boosts Albion’s property assets to £115 million and gives Kleinwort Benson Property Fund, managed by Langbourn, a 15.9 per cent stake in Albion. The initial […]

Marketing a must

The latest survey on financial management compiled by this magazine and Big Six firm Coopers & Lybrand looks at the link between marketing and increased business. For the many doubting Thomas lawyers who ponder the worth of marketing, the survey clearly shows the most profitable firms spend twice as much time on marketing as their […]

Property

Wragge & Co advised Kingspark Developments on its development of the 40-acre Heinz manufacturing site at Harlsden, London. Kingspark bought the first phase of the development on a sale and leaseback arrangement with Heinz, represented by Clifford Chance. The development, a 165,000 sq ft warehouse, was forward sold to Pearl Assurance, represented by McKenna & […]

Arbitration slammed as costly and slow

Arbitration has been slated as costly, time-consuming and inflexible, in a survey conducted by City firm Berrymans. The survey revealed that arbitration, introduced as a cost-effective and speedy alternative to litigation, is not popular with insurance companies. Paul Taylor, a leading insurance litigator and senior partner at Berrymans, presented the results of the survey to […]

Law Society elections. The trouble with the profession is…

There can be little doubt that Law Society president Martin Mears has tapped into a reservoir of disaffection. But there is a danger that the current elections will increase polarisation at a time when we need to find common ground to revive the profession. The key issue is that the profession has not taken on […]

AMA steps up threat of action over CCT plans

LOCAL government lawyers have endorsed council threats to take legal action against the Government if it goes ahead with plans to extend compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) to white collar work. The initiative is being led by the Association of Metropolitan Authorities (AMA) with the support of the Association of District Councils and the Association of […]

In brief: Woolf consults on court committee merger

Lord Woolf has issued a consultation paper on merging the County Court and the High Court rule committees in a bid to simplify procedures. Proposals include: giving the unified committee a statutory duty to simplify procedure; dispensing with formal transfer provisions between High Court and county court; and appointing three lay members, such as academics, […]

Talks tackle 'homes for votes' implications

Helen Sage reports The licensing of sex shops and the legal implications of the Westminster ‘homes for votes’ scandals are among subjects included in the Law Society’s latest programme of courses for local government lawyers. The training unit of the local government group, which spearheaded training for local authorities on how to win CCT, has […]

Malawi opening

The British Council has opened a legal and management centre in Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial capital. A council spokesman said: “In a country where one management text book can cost a month’s salary for a middle-ranking civil servant, the centre aims to provide easy access to up-to-date British materials, in order to improve the quality of […]

More Dutch target London

NAUTA Dutilh, the largest law firm in the Netherlands, has become the third Dutch firm to open a London office since 1990. The office, in the City, will be staffed by partner Diederik van Wassenaer and two associates. Van Wassenaer said there were three reasons the firm had opened shop in London. “First, quite a […]

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