27 September 1999

Geoffrey Mead

Warner Cranston has recently appointed Geoffrey Mead as its head of employment. Anne Mizzi chats to the man who is not daunted by the depleted team he now has to oversee When Geoffrey Mead underwent the interview to become Warner Cranston’s new head of employment, he had the dubious pleasure of completing a psychometric test. […]


Ashurst Morris Crisp represented Imperial Tobacco Group on the establishment of a £2bn debt issuance programme. Under the programme

Making virtual legislation into a reality

Fancy a Sony Nicam TV for £3? Well, you’re too late, at least if you want to buy one from a legitimate source, like Argos. Just a couple of weeks ago, Argos, the famous retailer, found itself on the raw end of the e-commerce revolution when thousands of people purchased TV sets from its website […]

Litigation Personal Injury 27/9/99

Maria Petrovska v (1) Michael Mullings (2) Thames Transit Ltd & anor (1999) QBD (Burton J) 13 August 1999 Claimant: Female, 24 years old at date of accident; 28 years old at date of trial. Incident: The claimant was injured as she waited for a bus. A passing coach crushed the claimant against metal railings, […]

Insider's guide to the digital galaxy

According to pundits, e-commerce experts are few and far between. Mark Brandon examines industry’s views as to which firms are scaling the heights ‘Good e-commerce lawyers are rarer than hen’s teeth.’ That is, according to one head of department at a major City law firm which, in common with most of its rivals, is trying […]

Appeal for Guinness dance

One of the first cases scheduled for hearing in the Appeal Court when the new legal term starts is an action which has already caused ripples in the world of intellectual property. An appeal will begin on 7 October in the case of Norowzian v Arks Ltd, which centres on an advertisement for Guinness. Last […]


DJ Freeman advised Benchmark Group on the £37.9m sale of Ibex House to Jones Lang LaSalle’s pension fund clients. Johnathan Lewis (pictured), a partner in the property services department at DJ Freeman, acted on the deal with tax partner Graham Chase and property assistant Alan Rees. Lovell White Durrant advised the purchaser.

Scott Redpath on the allocation of policyholders' final bonuses.

Scott Redpath is a barrister at Hammond Suddards. Several interesting points emerged in the recent case of The Equitable Life Assurance Society v Alan David Hyman, heard by vice-chancellor Richard Scott in the High Court.The originating summons sought declarations on questions arising from the allocation of final bonuses by Equitable Life (the Society) to its […]

Acting confidently to build confidence

Certain sections of the media took great pleasure in reporting allegations about goings on at Cameron McKenna and its CIS group. For a while the hacks were round the door writing stories of wrongdoing at the heart of a profession that just a few weeks earlier The Lawyer had reported to be riding high as […]

Finding more than one stop

Once again readers of The Lawyer have been treated to news of yet another “one-stop shop”. This time it’s Simmons & Simmons whose marketing department seem incapbale of coming up with something more original (13 September). How right your reporter was in the same issue to question whether this whole trend is nothing more than […]


The oft-repeated justification for making the European Convention on Human Rights part of the laws of the UK is to save people making the long and difficult trip to Strasbourg. Anyone who relied on Air France for that journey a week or so ago will know exactly what that means. Some flights were delayed for […]

Three-way merger creates SE giant

Three South East law firms are merging to create a 40-partner practice, launching it into the top five in the region. Argles & Court, Burstows and Stonehams join forces on 1 November to form Argles Stoneham Burstow with five offices across Surrey, Sussex and Kent. Russell Bell, Stonehams’ managing partner, will retain that position in […]

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