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CMS Cameron McKenna is set to close its corporate practice in Bristol Partner Michael Jones, the only Bristol-based partner in the corporate team, will transfer to the London office at the end of July. He is understood to be taking all his clients with him.Of the three corporate assistants in Bristol, one will leave the […]

Clarification

Regarding the story ‘Gibson Dunn scores Lehman Triple’ (The Lawyer, 29 July), we would like to clarify that the work for Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners on the Burford deal remained with Paul Hastings after partner Wayne McArdle moved to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

Deals summary

Wragge & Co (Jonathan Denton) advised Chelsea Building Society on the renewal of a e750m (£471.6m) medium-term note programme and on a £100m bond issue. HSBC, which acted as the dealer and trustee, was advised by Linklaters. Ashurst Morris Crisp advised Deutsche Bank as arrangers on a e165m (£103.7m) high-yield bond issue by AGZ Finance. […]

The happy day

Flacker Shipping Limited v Glencore Grain Limited (sub nom ‘The Happy Day’) (CA, 2002) raised a question which Lord Justice Mustill, in The Mexico I [1990], left open for “detailed exploration” should it arise in the future This question was: what are the rights of owners to demurrage and charterers to despatch when, under a […]

Hammonds faces court action over Football League contract

The Football League is considering suing Hamm-onds (formerly Hammond Suddards Edge) after failing in the High Court last Thursday (1 August) to hold Carlton and Granada liable for the £178m it is owed by ITV Digital The Football League, advised by Lawrence Graham, lost its case over a contract drawn up by Edge Ellison, now […]

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