24 February 1997

Middle East firms prepare legal guide

LAW firms which conduct work in the Middle East are compiling a directory to raise their profile in the region. The directory is being drawn up by the 20 law firm members of the Middle East Association, a group made up of businesses and professions working in the region. It will be circulated to British […]

End of the millennium blues

If you have just received instructions on a matter likely to continue into the new millennium, you may find your system will not register dates and hence operate correctly after the end of 1999. This is because the year 2000 IT problem is rooted in the dating methods used by computer systems. Until recently, computers […]

Money isn't everything

One issue that I intend to cover in my keynote address at this ninth Information Systems for Lawyers Conference is, perhaps, the most fraught of all in the complex world of the management and introduction of IT. I refer to the development of what is often called a ‘cost/benefit analysis’. The underlying motivation here is […]

Practices anticipate stability after death of China's leader

Lawyers in Hong Kong and China are claiming that the death of Chinese leader Deng Xaioping will have little effect in China, or in the handover in July of Hong Kong. His death had been expected for some time, as it was well known he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and lawyers claim this has […]

Commons committee slams legal aid tests

The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons has criticised the lack of judicial accountability for criminal legal aid means testing, saying that magistrates’ courts have no incentive to get means assessments right. Taking evidence from Sir Thomas Legg, permanent secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week, the committee expressed concern at the […]

The dinosaur runs and runs

Paul Marsh’s observations on property selling by solicitors (The Lawyer, 11 February) are intriguing. He refers to instances of two claims against the Compensation Fund within my constituency of Surrey. Is he seriously suggesting that grants paid out in these cases were in respect of claims against solicitors acting in their capacity as estate agents? […]

Property

Denton Hall advised the Equitable Life Assurance Society on its acquisition of a £90m 90 per cent long leasehold interest in the Grosvenor Precinct, Chester. Grosvenor, represented by Nabarro Nathanson, kept a 10 per cent interest as freeholders.

Flotations

Brough Skerrett acted for Tea Plantations Investment Trust on its £6m private placing. Lawrence Graham acted for English Trust

Flotations

Berwin Leighton advised IT services company Avesco on raising £7.1m via a two for seven placing and open offer. Nabarro Nathanson acted for brokers Collins Stewart & Co.

Howard's political posturing over justice

Rather than trying to score points over Jack Straw, Bruce Houlder thinks it’s time Home Secretary Michael Howard took a far more responsible approach towards jury trials> The Home Secretary’s reforming zeal appears all too often to be motivated by considerations which have little to do with justice, but all to do with being seen […]

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Media's bright lights shine for Hepworth

Leading libel lawyer Brian Hepworth and his assistant are leaving Goodman Derrick to set up their own media practice with prominent film and TV IP lawyer Michael Henry. Hepworth joined Goodmans only 18 months ago from Mishcon de Reya. He said: “I noticed as soon as I joined Goodmans that it was not quite the […]

Scots get no win, no fee cover

The Law Society of Scotland has launched a new insurance scheme to cover no win, no fee compensation cases. The scheme is based on Accident Line Protect, which was launched by the Law Society of England and Wales in August 1995, but is a little more expensive. For a premium of £115, the Scottish scheme, […]

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