22 February 1999

Accountant invasion looms over Irish firms

The accountants are coming. That is the alarm cry echoing through certain sections of the profession in the Irish Republic right now, at a time when law firms, like the economy, are experiencing an unprecedented boom. The alarm was sparked off by plans to establish an Irish practice that will be closely associated with the […]

Ireland's tribunal millionaire

If prominent Irish lawyer Eoin McGonigal kept a career scrapbook, it is unlikely that it would include the headline that made him a household name – and which prompted some cynics to refer to the Dublin Four Courts as the Four Goldmines. “Beef Tribunal’s First Millionaire,” trumpeted the headline back in 1994, spelling out in […]

…as pressure groups slam youth justice in N Ireland

LEADING children’s rights organisations are calling for a review of the youth justice system in Northern Ireland. Voluntary organisations met with the Criminal Justice Review Body last week to discuss changes to the law they would like to see brought in. Paddy Kelly, director of the Belfast-based Children’s Law Centre told The Lawyer: “Under the […]

Environmental Agency in court

The Environment Agency faces a major challenge in the High Court in March over its powers to police a revolutionary waste oil process. It is being taken to the High Court by Petrus Oils, which is challenging moves to revoke a licence granted for a plant at Stoke on Trent which converts waste oil into […]

Litigation Personal Injury 22/2/99

Maxwell v Bray (1999) QBD (HH Judge MacDuff QC) 8 February 1999 Plaintiff: Male, married, 34 years old at date of accident; 40 years old at date of trial. Incident: The plaintiff received damages for fractures, a contusion and a soft-tissue injury sustained in a road traffic accident. He was severely handicapped and had difficulty […]

Songwriter sues over copyright of Cher hit

Roger Pearson reports. The author of Cher’s number one hit, Believe, claims his copyright has been infringed. SONGWRITER Mark Scott is seeking an injunction to stop three music companies, and his former partner Brian Higgins, from selling copies of Cher’s number one hit Believe – which Scott claims he co-wrote. He is also seeking an […]

In brief: Geoffrey Topham

Geoffrey Topham and Nigel Inglis-Jones QC performed £250,000-worth of work for free when they acted for National Grid pensioners. The figure is likely to grow due to a further hearing in the Court of Appeal. National Power and National Grid are expected to be granted leave to appeal to the House of Lords.

Book of the week

No Smoke Without Fire By Jill Morrell. The ideal present for any relative/friend/client incarcerated in some hell-hole jail and left to rot. This is the book every prison library has been crying out for. Miscarriages of justice are so commonplace that someone has written an ABC guide to coping from the time of arrest to […]

Litigation Writs 22/2/99

A man who was badly hurt in an accident at the base at RAF Coningsby in June 1995 has launched High Court action against the Ministry of Defence. The writ claims that injuries received by Mark Anderson in an accident – the nature of which is not specified – were the result of negligence and […]


Berwin Leighton property partner Peter Rudolf acted for Legal & General in the sale of the freehold interest at 59-67 Gresham Street to CGI, on account of the German open-ended fund, HausInvest, for £203m. Rudolf was assisted by head of tax, John Overs and construction partner, John Hughes D’Aeth. CGI was advised by a team […]


Corporate partner, Christopher Johnson-Gilbert, led a team at Linklaters which advised Lend Lease Group on the establishment of £500m Lend Lease Retail Partnership. Property partners Martin Elliott and Elizabeth Bennett advised Lend Lease on the proposed transfer of the property interests to the Retail Partnership.

Herbert Smith wins High Court battle against Inland Revenue

Herbert Smith senior partner Edward Walker-Arnott has won a major test case victory in a battle with the Inland Revenue. Walker-Arnott represented himself and the firm’s other partners as taxpayers in a two-and-a-half day hearing at the High Court. The case concerned how tax relief on £5m losses, from leases which the firm was left […]

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