23 August 1999

Jeff Gordon

Fiona Callister meets Mayer Brown & Platt’s senior partner Jeff Gordon, whose move in-house to GEC may result in his new employer being added to the firm’s client list. Senior partner at Mayer Brown & Platt’s London office and head of the firm’s international practice, Jeff Gordon, is taking it easy. Lightly tanned from a […]

…as Netherlands merger creates top five practice

Ernst & Young’s three associated law firms in Holland are to merge, creating a top five Dutch practice. The firms, Van Gijzen Advocaten, Banning Van Kemenade & Holland and Van Benthem & Keulen, will become a single firm on 1 September. The new firm, to be called Holland CS, will have more than 175 lawyers […]

Millennium appeal to be rushed through

Roger Pearson reports on a last-minute hearing hoping to clear the way for the funding of a millennium park in Liverpool. The start of an appeal expected to last two days has been set for 25 August in one of the fastest cases to pass through the courts recently. The case involves a last-minute bid […]

Flotations & Financing

Herbert Smith partner David Wyles advised BSkyB on taking out a £750m facility to refinance existing facilities of the BSkyB group and to provide working capital. Norton Rose acted for the joint arrangers of the facility Toronto Dominion Bank Europe and Citibank NA. The Norton Rose team was led by telecommunications finance partner Michael Ings.

Publisher fights for costs

Publisher David Elias is heading for a High Court confrontation with Paul Brookes Architects in a battle over a listed building in west London. Elias, represented by West End firm Jeffrey Green Russell, claims that work on an extension at the property in Neville Street, Kensington, was carried out in breach of the terms of […]

Flotation

Addleshaw Booth & Co has advised Royal Doulton on its bid to raise u31.2m through a placing and open offer. Corporate finance partner Richard Fleetwood led the deal. Freshfields acted for financial advisers Cazanove.

Property

Linklaters advised two clients on major shopping centre deals: the £93m acquisition of the Brunel Centre in Swindon and the acquisition of Wolsey Place in Woking, Surrey. In Swindon the Linklaters team, led by Christopher Coombe, advised MEPC, which acquired the Brunel Centre from Swindon Borough Council, which was advised by Berwin Leighton. In Woking, […]

The catch-22 blocking bankruptcy

Three of the country’s senior judges have refused to close a catch-22 which is pricing thousands of potential bankrupts out of bankruptcy, but called on the Government to resolve the anomaly. The problem exposed by Lightfoot v The Lord Chancellor, 23 July 1999, is that before anyone can go bankrupt, they must put up £250 […]

PwC and Andersens to challenge MDP ban…

The challenge by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Arthur Andersen against the ban on multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) in Holland has been referred to the European Court of Justice. The court’s decision on PwC’s dispute with the Dutch Bar Association will have a significant impact on the restrictions on establishing MDPs in the rest of Europe. PwC’s head […]

Property

Rowe & Maw advised on the sale of two home counties shopping centres for u39m. The Quadrant shopping centre in Dunstable and the Kingsland shopping centre in Dalston were sold by the Phillips & Drew Property Partnership to the Charterhouse Shopping Centre Fund for u26m and u13m respectively. Ian Thomas, property partner at Rowe & […]

Flotations & Financing

Eversheds advised BAX Global on an outsourcing project granted by British Airways for the provision and management of engineering stores and logistic parts with a value of approximately £500m. The team was led by commercial partner Ros Kellaway and included Kris Ashman, in-house lawyer at BAX Global. BA was advised by Simmons & Simmons. The […]

Property

Linklaters advised two clients on major shopping centre deals: the u93m acquisition of the Brunel Centre in Swindon and the acquisition of Wolsey Place in Woking, Surrey. In Swindon the Linklaters team, led by Christopher Coombe, advised MEPC, which acquired the Brunel Centre from Swindon Borough Council, which was advised by Berwin Leighton. In Woking, […]

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