25 March 1996


Wragge & Co advised Wells Soft Drinks on the acquisition, subject to planning permission, of a 26-acre site at Swan Valley, Northampton. Wells plans to develop a new £40 million manufacturing and bottling plant. Alsop Wilkinson represented the vendor Swan Hill Developments.


Travers Smith Braithwaite acted for a German investor in the purchase of an investment property, 33 Old Bond Street, London W1, a substantial part of which is let to Gucci. The purchase price was £13 million. The vendor, Securum Property Holdings, was represented by SJ Berwin & Co.


Pinsent Curtis acted for the joint venture purchaser of the largest of the 13 infrastructure service companies being sold by British Rail in advance of the Railtrack privatisation. GT Railway Maintenance, a joint venture formed by GEC Alsthom and Tarmac Construction, has, conditional upon approval by the European Commission under EU merger regulations, purchased Central […]

Destination Jersey

Until now only a small amount of insurance business – captive, reinsurance or life – has been based in Jersey. But there is an increasing awareness that the island has much to offer the insurance market and insurance companies are showing a growing interest in using it. Why has so little insurance business been based […]

In brief: Lord Taylor heads Victim Support event

Lord Taylor, the Lord Chief Justice, is the guest speaker at the reception marking the development of Victim Support’s Crown Court Witness Service. The event is being held at Newcastle Crown Court on 12 April and will also include representatives of the judiciary, criminal justice organisations and Victim Support. The service was set up to […]

Quality award for London borough

Helen Sage reports NEWHAM Council is the first London Borough to win an independent quality award for its legal services work. The legal services department, which tendered successfully for the council’s legal work, has been awarded the quality accreditation following an assessment by the independent quality auditor SGS Yarsleys. The award, which is internationally recognised […]

In brief: Keeble Hawson

In the North East focus in The Lawyer 30 January 1996, Commercial Union should have been listed as having Sheffield firm Keeble Hawson on its panel of legal advisers.

In brief: BNFL solicitor to chair north-west group

British Nuclear Fuels solicitor Edward Smethurst has become the new chair of the north-west branch of the Law Society’s Commerce and Industry Group. Smethurst takes over from Barry Lewis, of CIS, who has been chair of the group for the last four years. The north-west group represents about 300 solicitors working in industry and commerce. […]

Russian lawyer moves to Baker & McKenzie

A RUSSIAN attorney with an international reputation for his specialist trade mark expertise has joined the Moscow office of Baker & McKenzie as a partner. Eugene Arievich is heading the office’s intellectual property practice. He joins Baker & McKenzie from Intels, a firm co-founded by Arievich in 1988 which has established eight offices in the […]

In brief: Publishing lawyer moves to Channel 5

The former corporate lawyer for UK publishing company VNU Holding, Jane Gill, has been appointed as Channel 5 Broadcasting’s company secretary and head of business affairs. Before joining VNU Holding, Gill was head of legal services and secretary at International Family Entertainment. She has also worked for Mersey Television/Brookside Productions and New Media Age.

Jersey's bold move to LLPs

In December 1995, the Jersey Finance and Economics Committee announced its intention to introduce legislation permitting the registration of limited liability partnerships (LLPs) in the island. This initiative followed the introduction of LLP law in the US state of Delaware, where the American partnerships of all the big six accounting firms have registered. The Jersey […]

Lord Chancellor's position comes under fire from Action for Justice

DEMONSTRATORS could soon be descending on the Royal Courts of Justice as part of a campaign to get the Lord Chancellor thrown out of the Cabinet. Action for Justice has launched a national petition campaign aimed at mustering support for its bid to secure a complete separation of powers between the judiciary and the executive. […]

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