7 November 1994

A tale of two names

Rubinstein not Rubenstein! My grandfather, J.S. Rubinstein, first practised as a solicitor in Gray’s Inn in 1889: the firm became Rubinstein Leggatt & Co. I followed my uncle, Stanley Rubinstein, practising alongside his two brothers, Harold (my father) and Ronald, as senior partner of Rubinstein Nash & Co. Now I am retiring as a consultant […]

More questions than answers

As the new academic year opens, with perhaps record numbers of students opting for law, the very medium they are studying is up for grabs. They are standing on shifting sands. Not that this need worry any students starting now. They will probably have long graduated from university before any decisions are taken and may […]


Kruger Tissue Group (UK) was advised by Dibb Lupton Broomhead in a u43m development project, restructuring of the existing tissue business in the UK and an acquisition. The financing was arranged by 3i Manchester and debt was provided by Midland bank Structured Finance. The investors were advised by 3i Legal and Davies Arnold Cooper.

Litigation Recent Decisions 11/10/94

Unfair dismissal – considering reason for dismissal British Railways Board v Jackson (1994) (CA) (Neill LJ, Hoffmann LJ, Waite LJ) Summary: Legalism which industrial tribunals should try and avoid necessity for considering circumstances which employer is entitled to take into account in unfair dismissal cases. Employer’s appeal against industrial tribunal’s finding of unfair dismissal where […]


Limebank Property Co, advised by Denton Hall, which was intructed by Barclays Property Holdings, has bought land at Northampton Business Park to be used for a new headquarters for Barclaycard, from the receivers for Northampton Business Park, Coopers & Lybrand, advised by Howes Percival.


MEPC Investments, advised by Linklaters & Paines, has acquired the Main Centre, one of Derby’s major shopping centres, for u5.75m from Norse Investments, advised by Derby-based Gadsbys.


The British Land Company, advised by Berwin Leighton, has bought for the British Land Quantum Fund for around u24.5m a mixed office, shop and industrial property portfolio from the Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society, advised by Turner Kenneth Brown.


J Sainsbury Developments, advised by Forsyte Kerman, has exchanged a forward sale agreement with AMP Asset Management, advised by Radcliffes & Co, for the sale of a retail development at Ashford.

In my experience

“I went to Oxford for three years followed by six months at the College of Law at Lancaster Gate. We had six months of intensive morning lectures followed by our exams. It was very basic black-letter law learning – we had these little blue books which we had to learn by heart. There were classes […]


* Of the 54 barristers at the chambers, 13 are women while 41 are men. * Of the total barristers, 24 are in civil work, 22 specialise in crime and 18 specialise in family. * So far in 1994 the chambers has taken on eight barristers – five specialising in civil, two specialising in crime […]

Guinness promotes team work

In-house lawyers at Guinness are leaving the office next month as part of a team building exercise fostered by the department. The move is one of a number of changes initiated by legal head Dr Ken Mildwaters who undertook a review of the in-house function when he joined from Theodore Goddard earlier this year. But […]

Coming down from the ivory tower

Peter Birks Peter Birks is an outspoken critic of the legal education world, to which he is dedicated If anyone inhabits the perfect academic ivory tower, it has to be Peter Birks. Regius professor of law at Oxford, he is a Fellow of All Souls College and has his rooms directly over the picture book […]

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