Client highlights

Imperial builds healthy international relations

Author: Peter Wienand

Advising Imperial College London on a significant overseas venture.

We advised Imperial College London on its collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to establish a new medical school in Singapore, which will offer a joint undergraduate medical degree programme when doors open to students in 2013. 

Paving the way for £366 million merger

Author: David Smellie

Advising senior executives on new contracts meeting strict deadlines.

Our Employment team is increasingly being asked to advise senior management on corporate activity. The recent acquisition of investment management business, Gartmore Group Ltd, by their rivals Henderson is a case in point.

A matter of trust

Author: Jeremy Posnansky QC

A complex divorce case taken to the Court of Appeal.

We acted for a wife in a complex financial claim following her divorce, which included a major issue about the husband’s interest in a family trust. After a hard-fought trial, the High Court judge found that the husband had tried to conceal the truth behind his trust holdings. Taking the trust assets of circa £7million into account, the judge awarded our client a substantial lump sum, far in excess of what the husband had offered.

A licence to succeed: Duchy Originals tie up with Waitrose

Author: Peter Wienand

Farrers advised long-time client Duchy Originals Limited on its widely publicised strategic partnership with Waitrose, announced by The Prince of Wales in September 2009.

High-value, complex trust litigation

Author: Toby Graham

Farrer is acting for Russa Management Limited and others, trustee of Intertraders Trust, in proceedings brought before the Royal Court in Jersey by members of a wealthy Saudi-based family.

Growing the UK’s greenest data centres

Author: Andrew Bailey

Developing innovative funding structures to help our clients progress.

Highbridge Properties secured £263 million of funding to expand their Cobalt Data Centre Campus near Newcastle, which has a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification: a possibly unique award for what is generally thought of as other than environmentally friendly. But there were significant challenges, not least the reluctance of the banks to commit new debt finance to development projects in the current turbulent markets.

Going for gold

Author: Richard Lane

Mining and exploration company listed on the Alternative Investment Market and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

This year we advised on our first listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange, creating a dual listing for Serabi Gold plc, who we previously advised on their admission to London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in 2005. Serabi is a gold exploration company involved in the evaluation and development of gold deposits in the Tapajos region of northern Brazil. The company’s primary interest is the 100 per cent-owned Palito Gold Mine and a surrounding 53,000 hectares of highly prospective exploration tenements.

Farrers advise supporters on acquisition of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club

Author: Anthony Turner

Farrer & Co has advised Wycombe Wanderers Trust Limited on its acquisition of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club from previous owner Steve Hayes.

Wycombe Wanderers are now one of the few Football League clubs in the country to be owned by their own supporters. Under the terms of the deal, the Trust has acquired all of the voting shares in the Club, and has incorporated a separate holding company which will be responsible for the Club's stadium (Adams Park), its Training Ground and the heritage aspects of the Club.

Handing control back to charities and schools

Author: Sam Macdonald

Independent Schools Council wins judicial review.

In October, the Independent Schools Council (ISC) was granted its application for judicial review of the Charity Commission’s public benefit guidance on fee-charging in the context of educational charities. We acted for the ISC throughout this influential case.

Successful litigation recompenses client for their loss of £7.65 million

Author: Adrian Parkhouse

Protracted professional negligence case results in welcome conclusion for client.

We successfully brought a claim against a client’s former solicitors for negligence in respect of a settlement made with HMRC in 2003. The client was one of several hundred UK companies who filed suits against HMRC, involving a number of test cases in the House of Lords. The issue of negligence stemmed from whether the original solicitors had received the client’s instructions to settle or protect a specific aspect of the claim – its potential entitlement to compensation based on compound rather than simple interest. The difference between the two was £7.65 million, an amount which then formed the basis of our claim.