7 June 1999

Family claim for High Court

Judgment is now pending in a bizarre legal battle at London’s High Court in which a firm of genealogists are fighting for the proceeds of sale of a school near Canterbury, Kent. The school was sold for £50,000 by Canterbury Diocesan Board of Finance (CDBF) in 1992. However, the site was originally conveyed to the […]

Lords to hear £1m loan case

A £1m loan battle is to go to the House of Lords. The Law Lords have given leave for an appeal in the case of Twinsectra Ltd v Yardley & ors in which Twinsectra won its claim to recover the loan and interest. Twinsectra lent the money but later sued for recovery in the High […]


Norton Rose’s Bangkok office acted for KR Precision (KRP) on the restructuring of its US dollar denominated debts. The transaction was supervised by the Bank of Thailand’s corporate debt restructuring advisory committee. It involved the restructuring of debt and the injection of new monies by Prudential Asset Management Asia

Linklaters & Alliance names litigation head

Linklaters & Alliance has appointed Christopher Style as its new head of litigation. Style will replace Brinsley Nicholson who is stepping down after seven years in the post. Style has pledged to increase cross-border litigation by 50 per cent over the next three years as part of a plan to increase the firm’s use of […]


Clifford Chance acted for Exchange Fund Investment on the launch of the largest-ever tracker fund to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The HK$33.3bn (£2.7bn) fund was four-times oversubscribed. A team of six lawyers at Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong office worked on the deal led by James Walker

Freshfields team heads to US for death row case

Freshfields is flying a team of top lawyers to Florida this week to demand a retrial for a British national who has been on death row for 10 years. The head of the firm’s EU law litigation unit Paul Lomas and firm manager Jill Marsh will lead a team of lawyers working on a pro […]

B&M hires head of tax from KPMG

Baker & McKenzie has found a head of tax for its Madrid office, as the global firm builds its international tax group. Partner Isabel de Otaola y Ubieta has joined the firm from KPMG’s Spanish law firm to take over leadership of the Madrid-based tax team. The position she fills became vacant following the departure […]


Linklaters & Alliance acted for MEPC on the acquisition of the office development site at the former Leavesden Aerodrome. The company’s total investment in the site is valued at over £43m. The phased purchase, which took place in July and October, gives MEPC 120 square acres of development and greenbelt land. Christopher Coombe, property partner […]

A&O risks losing client as it fields takeover bid

Allen & Overy is trying to retain its long-term client Bristol United Press (BUP) as the company undergoes a multimillion pound takeover. A&O, which has represented BUP since 1991, is currently fielding a £121.5m offer from Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT), which is being advised by Freshfields. Julian Long, corporate partner at Freshfields, is […]

It's been a bad week for…

Lord Archer. Just when he thought the worst was over, the famous author and disgraced politician may well face a claim for £40,000 for winning the contest to be the Conservative candidate for mayor of London. London Tories are considering suing Archer for the money it cost to stage the first contest against Stephen Norris. […]


A unique hearing takes place this week. For the first time, the ordinary courts of one country are sitting in the territory of another. Lord Sutherland, a Scottish judge, is being asked to decide whether two men should stand trial as charged under Scottish law. But the preliminary hearing, like the trial itself, is taking […]

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