6 December 1999

Landmark Ruling Throws Scotland's Criminal Justice System Into Chaos

Scotland’s criminal justice system was thrown into chaos last night after a landmark ruling that its use of temporary sheriffs breaches European law. Three senior judges decided the Lord Advocate’s power to hire and fire temporary sheriffs at will meant defendants could not be guaranteed a fair trial as guaranteed by Article 6 of the […]

Financings

A team from US firm Latham & Watkins

Nigerian fights deportation

Ben James, a 30-year-old Nigerian-born stockbroker who came to the UK when he was 14 and is fighting moves to deport him, has won the right to mount a second High Court challenge to the Government’s insistence that he returns to Nigeria. James, who ran a u40,000-a-year stockbroking business, was on the verge of being […]

Tenant seeks landlord ruling

Tenant Cadogan Properties is seeking a declaration that landlord Mount Eden Properties of Guernsey has unreasonably withheld consent to sub-let the property. Both came under judicial fire in a skirmish which reached the Court of Appeal. Mount Eden appealed against the refusal of the High Court to strike out Cadogan’s action on the basis that […]

Teletubbies tighten Trademarks Act

The Teletubbies teamed up with a West Country council at the High Court recently to fight against the sale of counterfeit goods. Judges upheld a decision by Torbay Council to prosecute local market trader Satnam Singh for selling children’s clothing bearing a sign identical to the Teletubbies registered trademark. And they ruled that Torbay Magistrates […]

Feeling at home with new civil procedures

The new Civil Procedure Rules came into force on 26 April, making fundamental changes to the judicial process. The date itself has been looming ominously on the horizon for many litigators, who were anticipating chaos and wholesale changes to the way they conduct litigation. Landlord and tenant litigators experienced a particularly rocky start to the […]

Flotations & Financing

A Nicholson Graham & Jones team, led by banking partner Paul Salsbury, is advising Barclays Bank on a loan facility to the Lister Healthcare Group for a PFI project for the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, which will see the construction of a multi-storey car park and related facilities at Northwick Park Hospital in […]

Financings

A Travers Smith Braithwaite team

Flotations & Financing

A team from US firm Latham & Watkins, led by managing partner of the London office Joseph Blum, represented the State of Qatar in raising $1bn in the southern Arabian state’s first international sovereign debt offering. The debt was sold to US, European and other investors. The underwriters in the offering were Credit Suisse First […]

Flotations & Financing

A Travers Smith Braithwaite team, led by private equity partner Mark Soundy, acted for Nokia Telecommunications in its investment, through its UK holding company, in AirCom International, a UK-based radio engineering consultancy company, for an undisclosed amount. AirCom was advised by Michael Mahoney and Elizabeth Channer of Hammond Suddards.

Andrew Myers on fighting for costs in legally-aided actions.

Andrew Myers is a solicitor advocate at Travers Smith Braithwaite and recently obtained an order nisi from the Court of Appeal that the LAB pay his client’s costs. IT is well-known that a successful litigant is usually unable to obtain an enforceable costs order against a legally-aided opponent. Under section 17 of the Legal Aid […]

Litigation Personal Injury 12/7/99

Marc Stephen Rayment (By his father & next friend Stephen Ronald William) v Ministry of Defence (1999) QBD (Alliott J) 21 June 199Claimant: Male, new born at date of accident; 15 years old at date of settlement Incident: The claimant’s mother (‘M’) was admitted to a military hospital in July 1985 for the birth of […]

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