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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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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home