28 September 1998

Finding children via the media

Roger Pearson looks at the basic procedures to follow when applying for reporting restrictions to be lifted in child abduction cases. At least three cases reached the High Court Family Division last month in which reporting restrictions were lifted in respect of abducted children allowing media coverage. Mr Justice Stuart-White, Mr Justice Sumner and Judge […]

Scottish whisky with a Welsh flavour

Two Scotch whisky makers claim their goodwill will be damaged by the activities of four Welsh companies, reports Roger Pearson An action which is expected to be heard in the Chancery Division in June involves a bid by two major Scotch whisky producers to put a stop to the activities of Welsh Whisky producers. Welsh […]

Lawyers score top marks for security

LAWYERS have beaten accountants, advertisers and public relations companies hands down in a survey on Internet security and “firewalling”. The survey quizzed Internet users on whether they used “firewalls”, a security mechanism which blocks computer hackers from accessing files via the Internet. Without a firewall, computer hackers can tap into confidential files or manipulate data, […]

CC caught up in Montanaro row

Clifford Chance has been drawn into a row between Montanaro Holdings and three of its company’s ex-directors. Montanaro is claiming that the law firm’s company secretarial arm, Clifford Chance Secretaries Ltd, is responsible for an invalid board meeting. The allegations come as three of the company’s directors James Baker, James Cotton and David Shapiro who […]

Shipping "notices of readiness'

Shipping lawyers will be watching out for an Appeal Court judgment which focuses on the criteria necessary to render “notices of readiness” notices stating that a vessel has arrived at port and is ready to load or discharge valid. Galaxy Energy International, charterers of the vessel Petr Smidt is appealing against an arbitration award in […]

Liquidators appeal to law lords

The law lords are deciding whether to hear an appeal by the liquidators of Park Air Services against a decision by the Court of Appeal on 22 July 1997 in a battle over money said to be due to Park Air under the lease of office buildings in Gray’s Inn Road, London. The liquidators sought […]

End of an era for legal aid

“WE do not want to create a litigious society but one in which people respect one another’s rights,” Lord Irvine’s legal aid consultation paper, Access to Justice with Conditional Fees, pronounces. It proposes the immediate extension of conditional fee funding to all cases except in criminal and family law and suggests that defendants who lose […]

In brief: Yates to be referee

Nigel Yates, managing partner at Manchester firm Horwich Farrelly, has been chosen to referee at the 10-a-side rugby tournament in Hong Kong which immediately precedes the world famous Sevens tournament.

Largest single credit

Stephenson Harwood and its Croatian associates Zuric i Partneri represented Croatia Airlines on the largest single credit to a corporate borrower since Croatia declared its independence in 1991. The US$313m financing will pay for six new passenger aircraft from Airbus Industrie and development of Zagreb Airport. Wilde Sapte acted for the syndicate of banks led […]

Norton Rose M5 alliance agrees to disband in August

The Norton Rose M5 alliance of six law firms is to split up this August to allow each member firm to concentrate on individual expansion. The move will clear the way for Norton Rose to pursue its target of a US capacity either by merger or acquisition, while the provincial members of the alliance will […]

Irvine makes Garnier an assistant recorder

Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has made Edward Garnier QC an assistant recorder, despite the fact that Garnier has been one of the most vocal opponents of his legal aid reforms. Garnier is the Conservative Party’s legal affairs spokesman and has won acclaim from lawyers and consumer groups for his scathing and forensic Commons attacks on […]

Freshfields nets Tokyo firm

Freshfields has acquired a small Japanese law firm in a bid to become the first UK firm to practice Japanese law in its Tokyo office. The firm has hired Naoki Kimani, a senior bengoshi (Japanese lawyer) and his team of two paralegals and two assistants. Kinami, who has practiced international law for 20 years, has […]

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