21 April 1997

Journeys with the tax man

Jo is a junior solicitor employed by a London firm with offices in Regent Street. She lives in Windsor, but has to spend a week working with a client in St Albans. Instead of going to her normal place of work in London, Jo travels directly between home and a temporary place of work, St […]


Gordons Wright & Wright advised Wm Morrison Supermarkets on the first ever lease within a store to Midland Bank. The Bank will operate from inside Morrisons store at Enterprise 5, Idle, Bradford. Midland was represented by Nabarro Nathanson.


Norton Rose is advising BICC on the £200m sale of a 700,000sqft shopping centre site in Reading town centre to Hammerson, represented by Nabarro Nathanson. Forsyte Saunders Kerman advised BICC on some pre-letting agreements and Campbell Hooper acted for Reading Borough Council.

In brief: Mackay legal aid refusal to be reviewed

A judicial review that could revolutionise legal aid availability for tribunal cases has been given the go-ahead by a High Court judge. On 11 April, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) was granted leave to challenge the Lord Chancellor’s refusal to allow legal aid for any social tribunal and commissioner cases. Lord Mackay was asked […]

Election fever makes me ill

The prospect of more Law Society elections fills me, and I dare say many others in the profession, with dread. I am haunted by the thought of more ramblings from our friends at Chancery Lane in the months to come as they compete for the throne, and I am rapidly coming around to the thought […]

Liverpool and London

You kindly mentioned that I have taken silk, and categorise me under “Liverpool” (The Lawyer, 1 April). In addition to being joint head of Chambers with David Steer QC at the Corn Exchange in Liverpool, I also have a substantial London practice. I am a full tenant of the Chambers of Ronald Walker QC at […]

Norton Rose leads rash of new partner appointments

NORTON Rose has appointed a record number of partners. The firm is to make up 14 partners on 1 May, bringing the total number of partners at the firm up to 117. Managing partner Roger Birkby said the appointments strengthened the firm’s “core practice areas” of project and asset finance, corporate finance, and international securities. […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Gillian Howard

Gillian Howard was born in Coventry on 23 June 1950. She lives in London and specialises in employment law. What was your first job? Selling socks in Marks & Spencer in Coventry. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £12,000. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Managed Coventry […]

Legal aid is hairy work

I am sorry to take issue with your correspondent Mr Adam Copeland. However, he is not correct when he says that applications for legal aid are “not pored over all day by a team of lawyers with white beards”. As a lawyer in legal aid with a white beard, I pore over such applications every […]

Softly spoken lawyer given a powerful voice>

Chris Fogarty reports At the beginning of a year in which he is expected to deal with the problems of 3,000 solicitors, newly elected Local Government Group chair Peter Pilgrem has been facing a few of his own. One of his final tasks before dashing to the Local Government Group (LGG) conference in Cambridge on […]

Dibbs on the hunt for space to grow firm by one third

Dibb Lupton Alsop is looking for at least 120,000sqft of new London office space – a third more than it currently occupies in four separate buildings in the City. Philip Perry, Dibbs’ London managing partner and property partner, said: “We are looking on the market for development opportunities. We want to enter at an early […]

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