20 September 1999

New recruit to rethink Bank of Ireland's UK legal panel

Bank of Ireland has expanded its UK legal department and plans to review its panel of outside law firms. The bank has recruited Matthew Lorimer to its UK legal team from Slough solicitors Harris & Cartwright where he was a commercial assistant. Previously the bank’s UK legal team had only one full-time lawyer, barrister Margaret […]


Gouldens acted for Linden on its £20.1m fund raising. Funds were raised through placing shares on the stock market

Brothers row over house value

A family battle over the value of a house in Lewes, East Sussex, is threatening to block sale of the property. Now the dispute is heading for the High Court. Brothers Graham and Christopher Chaplin want to sell their late mother’s house for £230,000, but the other brother, John, argues that the property is worth […]

Jessica Ross on the obligations of transferring employers.

Jessica Ross is a partner at Veitch Penny. The 1981 Tupe Regulations provide continuity of service for employees. Under Regulation 5, the transferee of a business inherits the rights and obligations of the previous employer. The regulations are designed to protect employees’ rights, but little thought appears to have been given to the effect of […]

Minicab group VAT case heads for Lords

Roger Pearson reports on a long-running wrangle over an Eastbourne association’s bid to be exempt from VAT payments. An Eastbourne car hire communications network is at the centre of a complex and long-running VAT test case that is now heading for the House of Lords. The Law Lords have given the Eastbourne Town Radio Cars […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Masons acted on the launch of free internet service provider, Totalise. The Masons team consisted of corporate partners Russell Booker and Victor Hawrych with data protection partner Shelagh Gaskill, IT assistant Gillian Bull, and corporate assistants Michael Radford and Andrew Wood.

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

McGrigor Donald represented DX Communications on the £42m sale of its retail operations, comprising 140 stores, to BT Cellnet. BT Cellnet already holds a 26 per cent stake in DX Communications, which it acquired in 1996. Property partner Mark Johnstone and property assistant Ian Gilmour, both at McGrigor Donald, acted for DX Communications. Lovell White […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Dinah Spence

Dinah Spence was born in 1970 in Northallerton, North Yorks. She is a solicitor with Charles Russell. What subject(s) did you fail at school? Latin. What was your first job? Sales assistant in children’s clothes at Woolies. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £14,000. What would you have done if you hadn’t […]

Judgment day for pupils' pay

The Minimum Wage Act 1998 took effect on 1 April 1999. Following its enactment, the Bar Council quickly realised that the legislation might well apply to some pupillages, many of which are currently unfunded. The Bar Council therefore sought expert opinion on the matter. Faced with conflicting opinions as to whether or not the act […]

It's been a good week for…

Former friends of Jonathan Aitken, who can breath easily knowing that correspondence with the disgraced and bankrupt former cabinet minister cannot be sold to the media by trustees. Aitken is currently serving an 18-month sentence for perjury after the collapse of his libel case against The Guardian and Granada Television which had investigated his dealings […]

Quote of the week

“It’s actually quite offensive for a Muslim to be called Mr Mohammed. There is only one Mohammed.” – Judge David Pearl, director of studies at the Judicial Studies Board which is drawing up guidance to stop judges offending ethnic minorities.

The Firm

Minutes from The Firm’s annual September Partners Strategy Meeting Pratchard: I love it when we all go away for the weekend together. I have happy memories of the partners holed up in the picturesque 18th-century Cuthbertson Hall country retreat, debating strategy before getting arseholed and cruising for chicks. When Mrs Pratchard’s away, this cat likes […]