24 April 2000

Denton Wilde Sapte follows Cameron McKenna to Africa

Denton Wilde Sapte has made its first foray into East Africa by setting up an association with leading Tanzania firm Mkono & Company. The deal has been brokered by trade finance partner and East Africa expert Charles Morrison and head of trade finance Geoffrey Wynne. Mkono & Company consists of nine lawyers and two consultants. […]


Lee Crowder acted for Bombardier Transportation on its £30m acquisition and development of a 200,000sq ft depot at Barton Under Needwood, Staffordshire. The deal includes the storage and maintenance of Virgin Rail Group’s new CrossCountry fleet which is being manufactured by Bombardier Transportation. Lee Crowder property partner Joel Kordan acted with a 16-lawyer team on […]

It's been a good week for…

Proud Liverpudlians, following Cherie Booth’s ann-ouncement during a visit to Liverpool Football Club that she wanted to make sure her baby recognised its Scouse roots. When asked if she hoped the baby would please its Prime Minister father by becoming a Newcastle United fan, she replied: “Oh no, it will have to be Liverpool – […]


SJ Berwin acted for Wellington Square Development Company following its successful bid for a £37.4m project to redevelop Stockton-on-Tees town centre. The firm advised on a tranche of financing, planning and lease agreements with retailers situated on the site. Property partner Tom O’Grady acted with a team of three. The Bank of Scotland, which documented […]

Staying positive

In your article “LawSoc fills void left by Bahl” (17 April) you report that David McIntosh was elected deputy vice president by the council. But instead of mentioning the very positive comment he made about working alongside “Robert Sayer and Michael Napier for the good of the profession”, you referred to an election over two […]

Case of the week

Solicitor’s wife and Welsh nursery owner Margaret Price is expected to face a four-week court trial in connection with child cruelty allegations. A former assistant at Price’s Playtime Nursery in Brecon told Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court of how children under four years old, who were sent to the punishment playpen known as the lobster pot, […]


Rowe & Maw represented Road Management Services on the £200m 30-year contract for the A13 Design Build Finance and Operate (DBFO) project. The project is the first urban DBFO to be awarded by the Highways Agency. Rowe & Maw head of banking and projects Neil Morrison and projects partner designate Joanne Anderson led a five-strong […]


This is positively the last time I shall make any jokes about the Lord Chancellor promoting any Tom Dick or Harry to the higher judiciary. But the appointments of Lord Bingham as the senior Law Lord, Sir Richard Scott as the junior Law Lord and Lord Woolf as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, […]


Olswang represented Gendaq on a £5.75m financing by a group of venture capitalists. The group included UK Medical Ventures

Casualties of Law

The abolition of legal aid and the incorporation of the Human Rights Act into English law have changed the way the legal profession deals with personal injury and clinical negligence cases, writes Fenella Quinn The past couple of years have seen major changes in clinical negligence and personal injury. The largest, of course, is the […]

The Firm

Pratchard: I’m rather optimistic today, Tom. We’re on a winning streak after helping that nice Mr Irving win his libel case against that ghastly American woman. Henderson: Irving didn’t win, Jack. Pratchard: Of course he did. He’s even writing a book, What Really Happened At My Libel Trial But Wasn’t Reported By The Zionist Press. […]

Test driving trainees

It was refreshing to read Alan Burnhams’ viewpoint “Time For a radical rethink on trainees” (10 April). I have worked as a paralegal and an assistant solicitor for a City firm and am now a legal recruitment manager. There is a lot to be said for taking on LPC graduates as paralegals and giving them […]

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