30 March 1998

Duty solicitor scheme set for shake-up in LAB review

Firms without legal aid franchises may be excluded from undertaking duty solicitor police station work as part of a major shake-up of the scheme planned for the summer. The Legal Aid Board (LAB) is to embark on a three-month review of the scheme this week in response to claims from firms with criminal law franchises […]

Trusts may face taxing times

Double-barrelled Budgets have had a varied impact on the Isle of Man and will give trustees food for thought, says Jane Bates. Jane Bates is a Scottish solicitor in practice with Isle of Man-based Mann & Partners. A double-dose of anticipation was experienced on the Isle of Man on 17 March. At 10.30am, Richard Corkill, […]

Linklaters gets $800m strike-out

Linklaters has won a round for client Ernst & Young in its battle with the BCCI liquidator, Deloitte & Touche which is being represented by Lovell White Durrant following Mr Justice Laddie’s strike-out of $800m from a $3.4bn negligence claim. Judge Laddie struck out another $1.8bn of the claim last year, but it was reinstated […]

Property

Fladgate Fielder advised Capital and Regional Investments on the £9m purchase of the Peel Centre, Bognor Regis from Bass Pensions, advised by Eversheds.

Stones swallows fellow Exeter practice

FOURTEEN-partner commercial Exeter firm Stones is swallowing up its five-partner neighbour Cann & Hallett. David Cox, practice manager at Canns, said the main reason for the move was the “tremendous competition” in the region. The new firm Stones Cann & Hallett will have 16 partners and 40 other fee earners, and will have offices in […]

CC pips Slaughters at post in £1bn student loan sell off

A year-long bidding process for the first ever private sector purchase of UK student loans won by a consortium advised by Clifford Chance has left Freshfields and Slaughter and May licking their wounds. Freshfields had been advising two of the four shortlisted bidders for the £1bn tranche of student loans being offered by the Department […]

Budget leaves islands in flux

Robert Clifford investigates how a raft of proposals announced by the Chancellor will affect the operation of offshore trusts. Robert Clifford is a partner at Theodore Goddard in Jersey. One certainty about the Chancellor, Gordon Brown’s first full Budget was that it would do no favours for the offshore islands. As expected, offshore trusts attracted […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 31/03/98

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. Copyright in categorisation of radio station playlist Robin Ray v Classic FM (1998) ChD (Lightman J) 18/3/9The plaintiff, a writer and broadcaster of classical music, claimed against a radio station, for breach of copyright. At issue […]

In brief: Eversheds Cardiff loses two partners

Leading Welsh corporate finance partner Laurence James has left Eversheds Cardiff for rival 10-partner Cardiff general practice Palser Grossman. He joins in August. On 1 May even higher profile corporate finance partner Alan Whiteley, goes to Cardiff corporate finance boutique Gambit Corporate Finance. Eversheds Cardiff managing partner David Vokes said he looked forward to working […]

ASF appeals to lawyers for Rwanda project

Avocats sans Frontieres (ASF) has stepped up efforts to recruit lawyers to take part in genocide trials in Rwanda. The Brussels-based organisation has asked the International Bar Association, the Union Internationale des Avocats, and some national Bar associations to help find French-speaking lawyers prepared to stay in the war-torn country for at least a month. […]

Trowers & Hamlin grows in the Gulf

Trowers & Hamlin continues to expand in the Gulf, with the opening of an office in Bahrain, its fourth in the region. The move comes a month after the firm announced it was upgrading its office in Oman. Driving the initiative is a growth in project finance work. Martin Amison, head of the international projects […]

Property

Linklaters advised MEPC on the pre-letting of 340,000 sq ft of the £250m Woolgate Exchange building in Basinghall Street London EC2 to Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, advised by Herbert Smith. Linklaters also advised MEPC on the conditional agreement to buy the freehold from Chase Manhattan Bank, advised by Nabarro Nathanson.

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