7 August 1995

Who's afraid of an elected society?

The achievement of our new president is that he and his vice-president openly state they intend to be judged on their record in office. To the mediocre and malevolent such intentions must spell doom for their free elections to office. I forecast that henceforth our profession will have access to information about how it has […]

Flotations

Ashurst Morris Crisp advised Stoves in its flotation involving a placing by Kleinwort Benson Securities of £6

Financing

Hammond Suddards acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland which provided £13.5 million in term loans and working capital facilities for the £21 million management buy-out of merged canned food businesses Haigh Castle and Jack Israel. Alsop Wilkinson

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Sports/Mergers. Guidelines beyond reproach

It seems ironic that the credibility of international athletics as a whole has recently been damaged by a string of cases involving high-profile athletes. This is all the more ironic given the fact that the prime reason for the introduction of a system of drug testing was to protect the image of the sport which […]

How to conquer space

Rather like a first time housebuyer, the move to a larger home for a law firm can often be a traumatic one. Outgrowing an existing office always raises a number of issues. The move for City firm Linklaters & Paines to its new international headquarters at Milton House and Shire House, Silk Street in 1997 […]

Linklaters on hunt for partner to head up Frankfurt practice

LINKLATERS & Paines is looking for a partner to take charge of its Frankfurt office after current resident Tony Hickinbotham completes his term later this year. Peter King, partner in charge of the London-based German business unit, says it is likely the appointment will be an internal one made when Hickinbotham finalises a date for […]

Silk go-ahead for solicitor advocates

THE Lord Chancellor’s decision to invite solicitor advocates to take silk has been given a warm welcome by the legal profession. Lawyers say the announcement had been expected for many months but was still of “historic significance”. There are understood to be a handful of experienced solicitors set to apply when the rules become operative […]

Pannones strikes at PI niche

A BOOM in automatic strike-out negligence cases against personal injury solicitors is set to provide a niche market to Pannone & Partners through a novel use of conditional fees. The firm will focus on the strike-outs of cases under Order 17 Rule 11 where solicitors have been caught by the ’15 month rule’ and, usually […]

ICI reshuffle details kept under wraps

Industry giant ICI and insurance group Eagle Star are keeping a low profile on the restructuring of their legal panels. ICI has appointed two extra firms to share employer’s liability work with Hammond Suddards, the firm whose exclusive three-year contract ended in March. ICI will not reveal the identity of those firms. Bob Peters, ICI […]

Group raps police cost cutting plan

A GOVERNMENT plan to save £30 million by slashing police paper work is a cost-saving exercise which could lead to miscarriages of justice, warns Mark Haslam, secretary of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA). He says plans announced by the Home Office allowing police to produce “new-style abbreviated files of evidence” in cases “where […]

Firm tackles cosmetics giants

THE BEAUTY products of big-name companies have come under scrutiny from a Liverpool law firm as it attempts to reveal the extent of severe skin reactions suffered by cosmetics users. The Ross Park Partnership has called for victims of allergic reactions and other adverse effects caused by cosmetics to come forward and assist in its […]

London set first past Internet post

London-based Trafalgar Chambers is the first set to install a World Wide Web site. The multi-branch, nationwide chambers hopes the technology will offer speedier and cheaper communication. Christopher Cleverley, founder member of the chambers says email is an important way of providing a more cost-efficient service to professional clients. Trafalgar’s web home page – htp://www.webcom. […]

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