24 July 1995

The unacceptable face of sentencing

Henry Fletcher is appalled by the rise in the number of women given prison sentences In the last two years, there has been a 40 per cent rise in the number of women sentenced to custody. During 1994, the number of women jailed reached its highest level ever. That trend has continued during the last […]


Pinsent Curtis advised Winchester Multimedia on its flotation onto the Alternative Investment Market – thought to be the first to raise funds on AIM. Martineau Johnson advised Winchester’s stockbrokers


Trowers & Hamlins and the BBC in-house legal team rescued Ealing Studios from receivership with a two-stage financial deal. The BBC


Eversheds’ Leeds office advised Farnell on its purchase of Combined Precision Components for £30.45 million. Rooks Rider in London advised the vendor.

Practice director strikes deal with Fountain Court

John Malpas reports THE FORMER practice director of the largest UK set has agreed an out of court settlement after a dispute which he says typifies the tensions between barristers and managers. Details of the settlement between David Symonds and 5 Fountain Court are not being revealed but Symonds says he is happy with the […]


Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for McBride


Andrew Page Solicitors acted for Loxleys Print in connection with the recommended offer for the entire share capital of Loxley Brothers. McClure Naismith Anderson & Gardiner

Dibbs' £700,000 system allows clients to access case histories

Helen Sage reports Dibb Lupton Broomhead is installing a £700,000 corporate network to allow the firm’s clients to gain instant access to their own case files. The network, the first of its kind to be installed in a law firm, will also provide a wide area managed data network service to connect the firm’s five […]

Firms look to stay Lloyd's trials in hope of settlement

Solicitors acting for Lloyd’s Names action groups whose court actions start in the next few months are applying for adjournments of their trials in order to await more details of the Lloyd’s Corporation’s £2.8 billion settlement plan. At least three action groups applied last week to adjourn, including the 1,250-member Wellington Names group, advised by […]

Credit Suisse takes on in-house high-flier

City firms advising Credit Suisse will now be answering to a 29-year-old legal whizkid after the bank appointed its first in-house general counsel this month. Marcel Scheiner will have wide-ranging responsibilities in advising the bank as well as being the main point of contact for City firms on the external solicitors’ panel. He will monitor […]

Report urges clarity on labour directive

THE EUROPEAN Parliament last week met to discuss proposed amendments to the Acquired Rights Directive after a preliminary report for members claimed planned changes to the text did not clarify the law. The report says changes put forward last year by the European Commission “at best introduce an element of legal uncertainty” into the employment […]

Arent Fox tight-lipped on French split rumour

WASHINGTON DC firm Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn is believed to be in crisis talks with its French associate Sokolow, Dunaud, Mercadier & Carreras only months after forming links with the Paris partnership. Arent Fox was last week expected to announce a decision to sever ties with the nine-month-old firm formed by breakaway lawyers […]

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