29 January 1996


Herbert Smith acted for Hartlepool-based Stadium Group in its flotation. Pinsent Curtis advised NatWest Markets Corporate Finance

The non-lawyer who united Chancery Lane

THE NEW head of the Law Society’s bureaucracy has broken two of its long standing taboos before even setting foot in Chancery Lane. Jane Betts, who becomes secretary general on 1 August, is both the first woman and the first non-lawyer to hold the post. A further feature of her appointment, revealed last Thursday, is […]

Firm joins ranks of mediators

LONDON law firm Anthony Goldman has started offering mediation services to its clients in the run up to the introduction of the Family Law Bill. The practice, which has recently appointed family law solicitor and qualified mediator Kim Beatson as a partner in its family law team, rejects the idea that mediation will see the […]

Goodman Phillips & Vineberg acts for Diamond Fields in ground-breaking deal

Top 10 Canadian firm Goodman Phillips & Vineberg (GP&V) claims to be handling the two largest acquisitions Canada has seen this year, including the single largest take-over in Canadian history. The two deals, which involve five mining companies, have a combined value of over Can$6 billion. Both deals are being led by a securities partner […]

Bar claims 'success story' of China

THE BAR Council is applauding China’s “encouraging progress” towards a reformed criminal justice system at a time when Amnesty International is holding its world-wide “China – No one is safe” campaign. Bar Council leaders have made a series of visits to China and have been urging the Chinese authorities to adopt the safeguards and protections […]

In brief: Collyer-Bristow adds to matrimonial dept

London firm Collyer-Bristow has invited Alan Marco, head of matrimony at nearby firm Baileys Shaw & Gillett’s, to join its own matrimonial department. Marco will join the firm this week as a partner. He has 30 years legal experience and also sits as a deputy district judge at the Principal Registry at Somerset House.

Appeal judgment on asbestos case imminent

LAWYERS who won a landmark victory for victims of asbestos-related disease are waiting for a decision from the Court of Appeal this week. Engineering company T&N, once the world’s biggest manufacturer of asbestos products, is appealing against a decision made last October awarding damages to two victims of asbestos-related disease. This was the first time […]

Consortia continue fight to handle 'Gulf War' action

THE TWO consortia fighting it out to help hundreds of Gulf War Syndrome sufferers sue the Government for negligence have renewed their battle to win the contract to handle the action. Tendering for the generic legal aid contract to run the multi-party action has started afresh after a landmark High Court decision to quash the […]


LEADING lawyers who have observed human rights trials abroad are to speak at a special Law Society and Bar Council training day. Solicitors Geoffrey Bindman and Jane Deighton are among the speakers at the human rights event, to be held on 18 May. They will share their experiences and offer practical advice through talks and […]

In brief: City of London Law Soc supports Mears

The City of London Law Society has spoken out in support of Law Society president Martin Mears’ right to pursue his agenda. The City society’s president, Stuart Beare, said it was concerned about the problems being faced by law firms up and down the country. He said: “Whether or not one agrees with the president’s […]

Celebration in modern art for law practice's centenary

Simmons & Simmons is celebrating the past by making an investment in the future. The firm, which celebrates its centenary this year, has assembled a collection of works created in the 1990s by London-based artists. Stuart Evans, a corporate finance partner at Simmons & Simmons, worked with art dealer Thomas Dane to assemble the collection, […]

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