8 May 1995

Judge on police bail for fraud

THE JUDICIARY is waiting the outcome of the arrest of Circuit judge Richard Gee last week for mortgage fraud. Gee, appointed in 1991 and assigned to the south-eastern circuit, was called in to Belgravia Police Station last Wednesday evening and arrested for fraud alleged to have occurred between 1980 and 1989. A spokeswoman for Scotland […]

Sexism still rife, survey says

FEW female solicitors appear to support Law Society president Martin Mears’ comments that the Equal Opportunities Commission has outlived its usefulness, according to a survey on sexual discrimination. The survey of 378 female solicitors in UK firms, conducted by legal recruitment consultants Daniels Bates, found that only 30 per cent thought they had the same […]

Mountain out of a molehill

Your article (‘Programme accuses court of self-interest’ 21 November) gives a wholly misleading account of the hearing before the Court of Appeal on 5 May. You report the allegations that “the court refused to hear crucial evidence because of qualms over criticisms of Nicholas Purnell QC’s original defence” and quote Anthony Scrivener QC as saying […]

Finance

Travers Smith Braithwaite acted for Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale as arranger and agent in connection with a syndicated £125 million five-year term loan facility to Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. McKenna & Co acted on behalf of the society. The facility comprised a £115 million sterling tranche and a £10 million eurosterling tranche. The aim of […]

Flotations

Manches & Co advised two mineral exploration companies – Pan-Andean Resources and African Gold – on flotation to the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Both companies used the transitional provisions to go to AIM, after the Stock Exchange Rule 4.2 was abolished recently.

European reforms top agenda at conference

John Malpas reports GOVERNMENT proposals to reform the European Court to allow its decisions to come under greater scrutiny were unveiled at a conference organised by the Bar European Group. Around 100 lawyers attended the conference in Brussels earlier this month, held to discuss the forthcoming 1996 Inter-Governmental Conference from the perspective of the practising […]

Glad to front a fight for justice

It is an unhappy fact of modern life that the Bar Council had no choice but to recently publish guidance on how to deal with gender and ethnic discrimination. The council sought the help of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) to create its code. While we welcome the call for help, we approached the […]

Property

Pinsent Curtis in Birmingham acted for Britannic Assurance on the disposal of a £73.5 million property portfolio to P&O subsidiary Cheverell Estates.

Litigation Recent Decisions 05/12/95

Operating private hire vehicle outside the terms of licence East Staffordshire Borough Council v Rendell (1995). DC (Simon Brown LJ and Sedley J) 3/11/95. Summary: A private hire car operator commits an offence by redirecting phone calls from his place of business in the district in which he is licensed to operate to premises in […]

Holborn set benefits from cheaper rent

A NEW chambers has officially opened up outside the Inns of Court boasting rent which works out a third cheaper than it was prior to the move. Vice-chancellor the Rt Hon Sir Richard Scott was on hand to open Holborn Chambers officially last week. The 24-member common law and criminal set, headed by Stuart Stevens, […]

Survey finds courts in cash crisis

THE MAGISTRATES courts service is burdened by a mounting crisis in funding and morale. The conclusion comes from a survey by The Lawyer, timed to coincide with the latest Public Expenditure Survey (PES) settlement figures from the Lord Chancellor’s Department. Analysis of the PES figures reveals a staggering £16.8 million cut over two years. The […]

Terrorism Act ruling 'must apply to UK”

THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice’s ruling that member states cannot expel foreign nationals without an official hearing except in the case of emergency is “entirely reasonable” and the UK Government should support it, the Liberal Democrats say. The ruling, handed down in Luxembourg last Thursday, followed a challenge by Irish national John Gallagher who argued […]

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