28 December 1998

Litigation Writs 1/3/99

Luton based electrical appliance giants, Zanussi and Electrolux Finance, face a claim for more than u100,000 over a fire which was allegedly caused by a defective washing machine. The claim has been launched by Ashok and Urmica Bhatt of Kenton, Middlesex, in respect of the fire which took place in November 1992. Writ issued by […]

Barrett summons one day out

Barrett Homes has won the right to challenge a decision by Bexley Justices giving the green light for it to be prosecuted for making allegedly false and misleading statements over a property price list. Barretts claim the summons on 19 June 1998 was laid over a year after the discovery of the alleged offence. It […]

Peter Carey looks at the new Data Protection Act 1998.

Peter Carey is senior lecturer at Guildford College of Law. Any solicitor worth their salt must be equipped to advise clients on their radically altered responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998, which establishes a new regime for the processing of personal data. The new legislation, repealing the 1984 Act ushers in fundamental changes to […]

Flotations & Financing

Pinsent Curtis acted for merchant bank Close Brothers in raising up to £30m for two business ventures under the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). One, the Television Production Company, will produce programmes for worldwide distribution. The other, Traditional Free Houses, plans to acquire a portfolio of freehold pubs. The teams in both cases were led by […]

Nabarros made regional agency sole adviser

NABARRO Nathanson has boosted its public sector profile by successfully securing the appointment as sole legal adviser to the South East Regional Development Agency (RDA). It is understood that Eversheds, which had previously acted for many RDAs including the South East, put in a tender for the appointment, but lost out to Nabarros. Eversheds’ commercial […]

Will Birds' wings be clipped?

Bird & Bird turned itself into a top-notch IT firm at breathtaking speed. But now that it has plans to expand its practice internationally, this small player needs to be aware of problems lurking on the horizon. By Anne McGrath. Size isn’t everything – as the success of London firm Bird & Bird has consistently […]

Troubled OSS to face massive shake-up, leaked letter reveals

THE LEGAL Services Ombudsman, Ann Abraham, is threatening to overhaul the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS), according to a letter leaked to The Lawyer. The withering attack on the OSS was sent to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Chris Smith MP. Smith’s constituent John Collins last week issued a […]

AMO claims 2.4 per cent offer derisory

THE likelihood of industr ial action in magistrates courts has increased following what unions have branded a derisory and divisive pay offer. The Association of Magisterial Officers (AMO), the trade union for court staff, says it will consult its 6,000 members over the 2.4 per cent pay offer. According to AMO, it is the lowest […]

Trio unite to offer insurance litigation

JACKSONS, Cartwrights and Hextall Erskine are forming a consortium to pool their insurance litigation services. Bill Goyder, managing partner of Stockton-on-Tees-based Jacksons, says the consortium is considering adding further members and an announcement will be made in “a short time-span”. He comments: “It is best described as a strategic alliance. I am not aware of […]

Firm's appeal court damages claim against Midland fails

A LAW firm that accused Midland Bank of breach of contract for failing to inform it of a new account offering better returns, has failed in its damages claim. Suriya & Taylor, based in Ilford, Essex, brought a test case against the bank, claiming it lost £33,000 because it was not told in May 1994 […]

The outsider moves Inn

WITH a gleaming collar and matching nail varnish, Hilary Mundella cuts a bright and confident figure. “They say the sun shines on the righteous,” she beams, when caught by a ray of sunlight streaming through the window of the Berners Hotel, where we met for coffee. Yet in the conservative Inns of Court, will such […]

Judith Mayhew

Senior Wilde Sapte lawyer Judith Mayhew tells Sean Farrell why she’s out to break law firms ruling dominance in the City. Wilde Sapte lawyer Judith Mayhew is set to emerge as the third candidate standing against Ken Livingstone and Jeffrey Archer in the elections for mMayor of London. She already works 18-hour days, combining her […]

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