30 November 1998

Princess in rent wrangle

Princess Nouf Bin Musad Bin Abdullah Al-Saud is heading for a High Court battle with holiday letting company Ivington London. She is suing it for for damages over its alleged refusal to allow her access to a flat she had rented. She claims she was to pay £78,000 to rent the three apartments for a […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 12/5/98

Decisions are taken from LAWTEL’s Case Law database. LTL: LAWTEL report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report Right to compensation under Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 David Robert Steed v Secretary of State for the Home Office (1998) CA (Beldam LJ, Ward LJ) 1/5/98 Appeal by the Home Secretary against the order of His […]

Chambers merge to create super sets

THE SPECIALIST chancery chambers 17 Old Buildings has been swallowed up by 10 Old Square to create one of the largest chancery sets. And in another move, Birmingham chambers 7 Fountain Court and Priory Chambers have agreed to merge to create the country’s biggest set with 78 tenants. The moves, which follow the merger in […]


Denton Hall advised Equitable Life Assurance Society on its £40m acquisition of the entire commercial retail element of the Royal Opera House development in Covent Garden. Linklaters advised the Royal Opera House.

Global Bar conference aims to step up legal liberalisation

BAR associations from the world’s leading nations are being urged to attend a special forum to examine ways of speeding up the global liberalisation of the legal profession. The invitation for the gathering, scheduled for Paris this November, has been sent out to Bar leaders from all 27 member states of the Organisation for Economic […]

Peregrine high flyer

A former managing partner of Herbert Smith’s Hong Kong office has joined the Hong Kong office of US firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. Fred Kinmonth will move from his current position as managing director of Peregrine Capital, the corporate finance arm of the Hong Kong-based Peregrine group.

Israel link support

London firms are supporting efforts to strengthen ties with Israel. Paisner & Co is sponsoring British week in Tel Aviv from 10-14 May, while Nabarro Nathanson is supporting government efforts to promote business ties with Israel.

Weil Gotshal poaches CC £3m corporate biller

LEADING corporate finance lawyer Mike Francies, one of Clifford Chance’s highest billers, is quitting the firm to head US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges’ corporate practice in London. Francies, who is thought to have billed about £3m last year, has been given a mandate by his new firm to build a corporate finance and M&A […]

Sanderson steps in to buy up LegalMIND

A WELL-known practice management system used by 30 firms has been sold off to a rival supplier after owner Admiral made a “strategic decision” to withdraw from the legal IT marketplace. International IT services group Admiral sold its LegalMIND product to IT services and software company Sanderson last month. Admiral has promised its small-to-medium-sized customers […]

More hiring at Orrick

Bi-coastal US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has continued its lateral hiring binge, with the appointment of the managing partner of US firm Shearman & Sterling’s Tokyo office. Grant Finlayson, a specialist in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and licensing agreements, will take one associate with him to Orricks. Shearman & Sterling will replace Finlayson with […]

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