21 June 1999

Struan Robertson

Struan Robertson may seem the epitome of Englishness but Anne Mizzi discovers Sinclair Roche & Temperly’s new senior partner has spent most of his legal career in the Far East. Struan Robertson, senior partner at Sinclair Roche & Temperley, is a man clearly suited to his firm. Sinclairs, which specialises in shipping, is well known […]

Lawrence Graham breaks local association for Ukraine licence

City firm Lawrence Graham has won a licence to practise in the Ukraine after the collapse of its association with local firm Maritime Business and Legal Services (MBLS). Neil Everatt, shipping partner with Lawrence Graham, says the firm broke away from MBLS to set up its own office. “It’s a more coherent way of doing […]

Litigation Writs 21/6/99

High Court action has been launched on behalf of a Crawley boy said to have suffered adverse effects following a vaccination for mumps, measles and rubella. The claim has been issued on behalf of Daniel Wakeford, through his mother Carol Wakeford, against SmithKline Beecham and SmithKline and French Laboratories, both of Brentford, Middlesex. The claim […]

Widow of veteran sues for compensation

A St Helens woman is accusing the authorities of negligence in the prison suicide of her husband, reports Roger Pearson. The widow of Gulf War veteran John Callaghan, who hanged himself in Strangeways prison, is taking the MoD, the Home Office and the St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust to the High Court in a […]

British Airports Authority (BAA)

British Airports Authority (BAA) is experiencing a strong year, buoyed up by the confidence provided by its latest strong set of financials. At the beginning of June, the multi-faceted company, which has ventures in retail, railways and property, revealed a 7.5 per cent surge in pre-tax profits that smashed market expectations. But although 1999 is […]

Relief sought on Norfolk land

A case of “retirement relief” in respect of capital gains tax on the sale of business land has come before the Appeal Court. Judgment has been reserved in a case in which the family of a deceased Norfolk man has challenged a February 1997 High Court ruling over farm land in Norfolk. The court held […]

CC seeks IT compatibility for merger

Clifford Chance is updating its IT system – and is on the lookout for one that will be compatible with the technology used by proposed merger partner, US firm Rogers & Wells. Clifford Chance has yet to make a decision on which practice management system it will eventually choose, but Chris Hoad, senior development manager […]

Dibbs hires brewery specialist for EU dept

Dibb Lupton Alsop has added a brewing sector specialist partner to its EU competition team. Martin Rees was formerly deputy director and senior legal adviser of the Brewers and Licensed Retailers Association, where he spent just over a decade. But his position at the association has now been abolished after it decided to buy in […]

Ford Motors appoints female head of legal

Ford Motor Company has appointed its first female director of legal affairs, Natalie Jobling. She succeeds Geoffrey Ashworth, who retired in April. Jobling, 37, says: “Women think car companies are male-dominated, but this shows that at Ford we will promote women who are also the best choice for the job.” She intends to continue Ford’s […]

Travers Smith loses top partner to rival US firm

Travers Smith Braithwaite is losing a top corporate partner to US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Simon Jay, who has been at Travers Smith for 18 years, will join Clearys’ corporate department in September after working his six-month notice period. Commenting on his move, Jay says: “I have never worked anywhere else before and […]

In brief: Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees

Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees has exceeded its targets for turnover and profits, with turnover up 15 per cent this year. Michael Shepherd, senior partner at the 46-partner firm, says results have been “moderated” by investment in expansion, including new offices. Shepherd says: “We had a solid performance across the board, with our main growth in […]

In brief: Attorney General John Morris

Attorney General John Morris will today (Monday) be asked to make a statement on the case of prosecutor Maria Bamieh, who won her case against the Crown Prosecution Service for racial discrimination. Her Member of Parliament, Andrew Dismore, is due to put a written question to Morris, asking him to comment on the case and […]

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