25 January 1999

Litigation Personal Injury 25/01/99

Cases from LAWTEL’s PI Quantum Database. Contact Nick Conway on 0171 970 4803. Mabb v Ministry of Defence (1999) QBD (Nicholas Chambers QC) 18 January 1999 Plaintiff: Male, single, 21 years old at date of accident; 29 years old at date of trial. Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: The plaintiff was travelling as a front […]

Flotations & Financing

Philip Lamb, assisted by Alok Gangola at Lewis Silkin advised Britannic Group in connection with its placing and open offer of approximately 25 million new ordinary shares to raise over £4m.

Flotations & Financing

Finance partner David Roberts of Garretts assisted by Matthew Dobson and John Allison acted for Bearing Power International on its recommended £6.3m offer from Mining and Allied Investments, advised by Gouldens.

Lawyers discover LEA withheld report on failing school

Lawyers discovered a local education authority had withheld a damning report about a failing school by tracking it down on the internet. A special needs tribunal decided a 14-year-old boy, suffering from Tourette’s Syndrome, should go to a school chosen by his local education authority (LEA) in North Somerset. The boy’s parents had wanted him […]

Immigration firms get block contracts to redress shortfall

The Government is planning short-term legal aid block contracts to immigration firms to make up a shortfall in the sector. Under proposals in the Access to Justice Bill, only firms which currently have a legal aid franchise will be awarded a block contract. But more than 80 per cent of immigration work is carried out […]

City bullish despite poor profit figures

City firms are preparing for an economic slowdown following gloomy economic figures released today. According to Ernst & Young, company profit warnings were up by 46 per cent in the final quarter of 1998. Tony Williams, managing partner at Clifford Chance, says: “There is some concern in the UK about the second half of 1999.” […]

Miners record compensation win showcases Woolf reforms

Irwin Mitchell’s record victory for miners suffering from Vibration White Finger is believed to be the first post-litigation compensation scheme to be approved by a UK court. In an example of case management which is likely to become the norm under the Woolf reforms – the judge led negotiations after the final appeal – a […]

In brief: Dibb Lupton Alsop

Dibb Lupton Alsop acted for boxing promoter Frank Warren in negotiating a #7.2m settlement in his dispute with US boxing promoter Don King. Warren’s four-year partnership with King has been dissolved, and the agreement settles all claims and allegations against Warren. Dibbs’ litigation team was led by Daren Allen.

Leigh Day asbestos case comes to UK

Leigh Day & Co has lodged High Court compensation claims on behalf of more than 1,500 South Africans who were exposed to asbestos while working for a UK-based company. The action follows a landmark Lords ruling refusing the company, Cape, leave to appeal against an earlier ruling allowing the case to be brought in the […]

Nabarros partner defects

Nabarro Nathanson has been hit by the departure of its top energy partner, Mark Saunders, to US firm Dewey Ballantine. Saunders, who headed Nabarros’ energy group, is joining the New York-based international law firm in the next few months. He says: “Deweys is expanding in England and has a policy to recruit and grow its […]

Irvine makes historic U-turn

THE LORD Chancellor has made a historic climbdown over criticisms about his new powers in the Access to Justice Bill. Lord Irvine’s surprise concessions came on the first day of the Bill’s committee hearings in the Lords. He accepted most of the recommendations of the Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Deregulation which recently attacked […]

TSG to secure seat on Law Soc council

The image of The Law Society as old and stuffy will be put to the test this week as the Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) campaigns for a designated seat on the council. The application for a seat goes before the Council Membership Committee on Wednesday and the TSG is confident of success. However, committee chairwoman […]

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