26 April 1999

British Airways

Last year British Airways (BA) appeared to be on its way to becoming a truly global company. Under the Oneworld banner, BA announced an alliance with American Airlines which aimed to offer customers seamless travel between countries. Also involving link-ups with Cathay Pacific, Canadian Airlines and Qantas, Oneworld’s potential to increase BA’s 183 destinations in […]

Nigel West

Nigel West has been cast into the limelight as Theodore Goddard’s head of banking – and he’s not a lawyer. Dearbiall Jordan finds out how he thinks he’ll fit in Nigel West is a mass of contradictions. On the one hand, the new head of banking at Theodore Goddard is clearly excited about being promoted […]

Property

The property team at Edge Ellison in London advised Henderson Investors and Commercial Union on the recent £95m sale of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch, to Thornfield Properties and Lehman Brothers, a US investment bank. Partner Jonathan Morshead led the team, which has also recently advised Commercial Union on the sale of a mixed portfolio, […]

Digests

Stansted Airport is seeking High Court permission, under the Civil Aviation Act 1982, to sell two Lockheed L011-385-1 aircraft which were formerly UK registered but are now without nationality registration. The airport’s action is against Investors Asset Holding Corp of Massachusetts, USA, represented by Theodore Goddard. It is also suing Elmo Ventures of the British […]

Union backs freelancers in bid for paid leave

Roger Pearson The European Court of Justice is to consider a trade union’s legal challenge to government regulations which restrict the holiday entitlement of thousands of freelance workers who are employed on short-term contracts. The case, mounted by the Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (Bectu), has been referred to Europe by Mr Justice Sullivan. […]

Working the Media Machine

A journalist telephoning the marketing departments of certain larger law firms could be forgiven for thinking they had accidentally got through to the Kremlin in the 1970s. In some quarters, calls from the media are met with a mixture of fear and suspicion, followed by a fair dose of interrogation. While some lawyers have become […]

Vote now for 1999 Legal personality

The lines are open for the profession to vote for the Fifth Annual Lawyer Awards Legal Personality of the Year. Held on 22 June, in the Great Room, Grosvenor House, London, the evening will once again celebrate and recognise excellence within the legal profession. There are 20 other categories at this year’s ceremony, including Chambers […]

Report calls for big hike in PI awards

A new Law Commission report calling for the level of damages for non-pecuniary loss to be doubled in some serious personal injury cases has been hailed as “excellent news” by a leading City lawyer. The report claims that damages for matters such as pain and suffering and the loss of enjoyment of life are too […]

Ashursts adds Andersens partner to Frankfurt office

Ashurst Morris Crisp has taken on Andersen Legal’s senior tax partner in a move to bolster its Frankfurt office. Dr Klaus E Herkenroth, who was with Andersens in Frankfurt for only eight months, joined Ashursts on 15 April. Herkenroth’s arrival coincides with the appointment of Dr Wulf Merkel, a senior lawyer specialising in mergers and […]

Brobecks appoints new London head

US firm Brobeck Hale & Dorr International has appointed a new managing partner at its London office. Thomas Kellerman joins the technology law firm from the Palo Alto, California, office of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, one of its parent firms in the US, where he was also managing partner. Kellerman, a US-qualified lawyer, has worked […]

Financing

City-based Rosenblatt has successfully acted for the Revelan Group on the refinancing, with Halifax, of 27 industrial estate investments worth more than £20m. The commercial property department at Rosenblatts, led by Peter Kay, worked on the deal. The industrial estate developments are located throughout the UK.

Making good news out of bad

The entire tax department of a large City firm has walked out to join a rival. The head of department took the team largely because he hated the senior partner and is not afraid of telling people so. Journalists are on to the story and will soon be calling. Advise the firm’s managing partner on […]

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