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Amstrad wins pounds 57m damages against US supplier

Amstrad, the electronics company founded by Alan Sugar, was yesterday awarded damages in the High Court of pounds 57.5m against the world's biggest manufacturer of computer disk drives

City 'superwoman' supports Labour

Nicola Horlick, the City "superwoman" who shot to fame last week when she went to great lengths to be reinstated in her pounds 1m-a-year job, emerged as an unlikely supporter of the Labour Party at the weekend after revealing her ambition to become an MP.

Has she hurt the cause of equality?

Three millionaires out of a job: as Nicola Horlick joins Chris Evans and Brian Harvey,

Offer defends tight timetable

The senior official from the electricity watchdog, Offer, charged with implementing the move to full domestic competition in 1998, yesterday hit back at legal moves by the industry to block the planned timetable.

Legal threat to domestic power free-for-all

Professor Stephen Littlechild, the electricity industry regulator, has been warned that his plans to open up the domestic market to full competition in 1998 are unlawful. The warning is contained in a confidential letter sent last month by lawyers acting for the 12 regional electricity companies (RECs) and the two Scottish power producers.

Two Wickes directors suspended

Two directors of Wickes, the troubled DIY group, have been suspended as part of the investigations into accounting errors that led to an over- statement of the group's profits, writes Nigel Cope.

Out of the fire and into a legal inferno

King's Cross - the fight for compensation: Victim tells of harrowing years battling against London Transport's lawyers

CASE SUMMARIES 11 December 1995

The following notes of judgments were prepared by the reporters of the All England Law Reports.

Lloyd's in legal moves over rusty pipework

IAN MacKINNON

Natural born billers

Every six minutes a lot of lawyers are a lot richer. Brian Cathcart looks at what they charge and how they justify it

Bankrupt takes fight to Coopers

THE former head of a Bermuda-based insurance company that went into liquidation four years ago is stepping up his campaign against accountants Coopers & Lybrand, which made him personally bankrupt to the tune of dollars 19m ( pounds 12.6m).

Venables buys right to sue Spurs for unfair dismissal

TERRY VENABLES, coach of the England soccer team, has moved a stage further in his attempt to sue Tottenham Hotspur, the publicly quoted football club - to cries of foul by its chairman Alan Sugar.

Law Update: Shanghai express

Allen & Overy is to open an office in Frankfurt next month, while another City firm, Herbert Smith, has announced plans to open an office in Shanghai.

View from City Road: Crying out for City Disputes Panel

It's easy to be cynical about the City Disputes Panel, an independent body formed yesterday with backing from some top- drawer City names to provide practitioners with an alternative to the courts in resolving commercial disputes. Worthy though the aim is, attempts at independent arbitration and mediation of this sort in the past have nearly always ended in failure. Just look at what happened to poor old Sir John Cuckney's campaign to knock City heads together over the Maxwell collapse; it's hard to recall a single success for Sir John in the two years he's been at it.

Stain sticks at Hoover as flight farce drags on: Thousands are still fighting over free air tickets, says Andrew Bibby

IT IS almost exactly a year since William Foust, Hoover's managing director, and two other senior Hoover managers lost their jobs over the company's disastrous handling of its free flights sales promotion.
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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Who is Oliver Bonas?

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Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

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60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

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