28 November 1994

ESPC slams fair trade referral

ESPC is a company run by solicitors which displays details about houses for sale. The DGFT is concerned about the centre’s policy of preventing members from submitting property details if an estate agent is also advertising the property. Sir Bryan says this discourages home-owners from placing properties with both an estate agent and a solicitor. […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Bryan Gibson

Stephenson Harwood acted for Middle East-backed joint venture company Helios Properties in its purchase of two development sites from transport and distribution group NFC.

Linklaters to build up US team

CITY-BASED international practice, Linklaters & Paines, is recruiting a team of US lawyers to handle its securities work in the US. Edward Fleischman, former commissioner with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), starts in the firm’s New York office on 1 December. Linklaters head of international finance Terence Kyle says his appointment is the first […]


Scottish Amicable, advised by Cameron Markby Hewitt, in association with London & Paris Estates, advised by Jaques & Lewis, has exchanged contracts with Prudential Assurance, advised by Berwin Leighton, to purchase Fox Court for around u7m, an office block on London’s Gray’s Inn Road and adjacent to the Prudential’s Holborn head office.

Irish code aims to cut complaints

A NEW statutory code of conduct for solicitors is being considered by the Republic of Ireland’s Incorporated Law Society after a “disturbing” level of complaints by the public. The society, which regulates the conduct of Ireland’s 4,000 solicitors, says it is “acutely aware of the need for resolute action to reduce the volume of complaints”. […]


In our issue of 15 November, we should have said that Molyneux Estates was advised by Mischon de Reya on its upgrade to the Stock Exchange’s Official List.

Litigation Writs 29/11/94

Bristol wine producer Hiram Walker (1992) has launched a claim over a disaster which resulted in contamination of thousands of bottles of wine. It claims the wine was contaminated with resin beads from a water softener in the company’s premises at Whitchurch Lane, Bristol. In its writ it claims wine worth u463,000 was contaminated, and […]


William Sindall, advised by Taylor Vinters, was the subject of a u13.55m reverse takeover by Morgan Lovell, advised by Charles Russell. The deal involved raising u2.64m by means of a placing and open offer underwritten by Singer & Friedlander, advised by Alsop Wilkinson.

Ilex courses

The Institute of Legal Executives is holding a series of courses for lawyers in local government. ILEX Tutorial Services and Resource is holding one-day seminars throughout November and December on subjects ranging from building contract law to drafting business leases.

Barings rent deal boosts City hopes

Property development in the City could get a kick-start following one of the biggest deals since before the recession, say lawyers and corporate estate agents. Freshfields and Slaughter and May have just completed a top-price (u35 per sq ft) single letting on Scottish Widows’ landmark 235,600 sq ft office development at 60 London Wall, EC2 […]

Consortium challenges livestock ban

Roger Pearson looks ahead A High Court test case is now pending over the rights of port and airport owning local authority to interfere in livestock exports from the UK to Europe. The case centres on a challenge by a consortium of farmers and animal dealers, CC Freight, and an air transport company, Phoenix Aviation, […]

Taylor Walton sets up Luton base

Home Counties law firm Taylor Walton has set up a new business law unit in Luton. The unit, comprising two thirds of the firm, will handle all company, commercial property, employment and litigation law matters referred to the firm. The unit’s managing partner, Clive Borthwick, says: “In these days of increasingly complicated transactions it will […]

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