10 January 1994

The Lawyer

  • 2 Hare Court tally gets a boost with Oliver's arrival

    11-Jan-1994

    PROFESSOR Dawn Oliver has joined 2 Hare Court along with two new tenants, taking the total number of barristers at the chambers to 43.Oliver is a professor of constitutional law at University College, London. She is working with several other barristers at 2 Hare Court, including Lord Lester QC, on producing a reissue of the fourth edition of Halsbury's Laws, Constitutional law and human rights.The two new tenants are Joanna Pollard ...

  • A sporting chance of success

    11-Jan-1994

    Osborne Clarke acted for the management on its £65m buy out of Fairey Hydraulics from Fairley Arlon BV, advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp. Equity was provided by Candover, advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite, ...

  • Academy of Experts on the move

    11-Jan-1994

    The Academy of Experts has moved to Chancery Lane. Its new address is 116-118 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PP. The telephone and fax numbers remain the same: 071-637 0333 and 637 1893 respectively. At the recent AGM, the existing council and officers were reappointed. The deputy chair of the academy, Richard Freeman, has joined accountants Kidsons Impey as head of litigation services in London.

  • Action on race violence

    11-Jan-1994

    * Local authorities are being called on to introduce tough new measures to eliminate the threat of racial violence. A motion passed at the recent Law Centres Federation (LCF) annual general meeting, says the "failure by local authorities to acknowledge the true prevalence and impact of racial harassment and violence" is a serious cause of concern for the community.

  • Action threat on silk refusal

    11-Jan-1994

    THE SOLICITORS' Association of Higher Court Advocates is understood to be pressing the Law Society to take legal action against the Lord Chancellor for his refusal to allow solicitor advocates to apply for silk.The association is taking counsel's advice on its chances of taking action, probably in the form of judicial review.The association's chair, Paul Hampton of Piper Smith & Basham, says: " We hope to be able to resolve this matter without ...

  • Advocates hope for listing change

    11-Jan-1994

    The Law Society is attempting to ensure that new listing arrangements in the Crown Courts suit solicitor advocates.The advocates have complained it is almost impossible for them to conduct criminal trials when courts fail to fix dates.But new arrangements for plea and direction hearings, so far tried in three courts, are to be implemented nationally early next year.Roger Ede, secretary of the society's criminal law committee, says: "Our concern ...

  • Authorities liable for contractors' errors

    11-Jan-1994

    LOCAL authorities will continue to be held liable for compensation awarded as a result of maladministration, regardless of whether the pay-out relates to work which has been contracted out, the Commission for Local Administration has warned.Commission solicitor, John Bash, says to avoid footing the bill for poor services provided by the private sector, council lawyers are advised to place an indemnity clause in contracts.Bash, who ...

  • AWS to turn spotlight onto media

    11-Jan-1994

    The London group of the Association of Women Solicitors is putting the spotlight on the media with a seminar on communication skills. Sue Stapely, head of the Law Society's press and parliamentary unit and the author of Media Relations for Lawyers, will address the seminar at the society's council chamber on 7 November. Tickets from the Law Society conference office.

  • Bar sponsorship numbers on increase

    11-Jan-1994

    More than 200 Bar School students are taking part in this year's mini-sponsorship scheme. Numbers are up on last year when the twinning idea was first pioneered by the Council of Legal Education (CLE). Students are linked to sponsors who have recently completed the year-long course. Christine Rees, CLE information officer, says: "The sponsors give encouragement to new students at the school."

  • Barristers demand action on harassment

    11-Jan-1994

    Barristers have called for more effective action to combat the "urgent" problem of racial and sexual harassment at the Bar. Speaking last week at a meeting of the Young Barristers' Committee, Bar chairman Robert Seabrook QC said the problem was "despicable" and "unacceptable" and urged chambers to introduce proper procedures for dealing with complaints. Vivienne Gay of the Association of Women Barristers said harassment was deeply damaging to young barristers' self-confidence ...

  • Behind the scenes of the BP buy-out

    11-Jan-1994

    The $425 million price on the buy-out at BP's nutrition business made this the biggest UK buy-out since Gardner Merchant. But other statistics also made this deal huge: the business sold to the buy-out vehicle (now renamed Nutreco) included over 150 legal entities, in 19 jurisdictions, operating from over 250 main sites, and with a turnover of over $2 billion.BP instructed Baker ...

  • Blom-Cooper to chair Victim Support

    11-Jan-1994

    Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC is to take over as chair of the charity Victim Support. Blom-Cooper, vice-president of the Howard League for Penal Reform, will succeed Mary Tuck CBE at the charity's AGM this month. His involvement with issues relating to the victims of crime include chairing the committee on the current Criminal Injuries Compensation scheme.

  • Booth & Co in merger talks with Addleshaws

    11-Jan-1994

    LEEDS-BASED Booth & Co has confirmed it is talking to Manchester firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham with a view to a possible merger.Booths' senior partner, Maurice Cowen, stresses discussions are at "a very early stage" and merger is only one option.But Paul Lee, Addleshaws' managing partner, says merger talks are not on the agenda."We talk to Booth & Co all the time. That's because we are both members of the M5 Group," he says.

  • Certificates deadline warning

    11-Jan-1994

    SOLICITORS were warned this week to provide the cash for their practising certificates or risk being struck off and sued by clients.Lawyers who miss the 1 November deadline could be forced to pay back fees, it has emerged.Each year the Law Society cancels about 3,000 certificates. The majority are solicitors' who alert the society that they are no longer practising.But Sarah Adams, manager of regulatory functions, says a few hundred who fail ...

  • Denton Hall firms Czech markets

    11-Jan-1994

    DENTON Hall aims to extend its capital markets work in the Czech Republic by firming up the country's regulatory structure.The firm says the Czech regulatory structure may be unable to properly protect the new class of capital markets funding about to come on stream from individual investors, whose funds will be handled by the new personal pensions companies now being set up.Partner Robert Finney, of Denton Hall's capital markets group, says the new ...

  • Entering financial services lottery

    11-Jan-1994

    A number of factors are propelling firms to reconsider the question of financial services within practices, whether or not they are involved. There is certainly an upsurge in interest, not least stimulated by the debate on conveyancing.Within the next year, firms thinking about taking the plunge into discrete investment business, and those already involved, will have to decide whether to advise on "retail branded products" only or the more sophisticated securities and portfolio ...

  • Financing

    11-Jan-1994

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  • Financing

    11-Jan-1994

    Wm Morrison Supermarkets was advised by Gordons Wright & Wright on its u150 million revolving credit and sterling acceptance facility with 24 banks

  • First foreigners to open Krakow office

    11-Jan-1994

    THE POLISH joint venture between City firm Theodore Goddard and US firm Dewey Ballantine will create the first foreign law firm based in Krakow.The office is opening in association with a local group of lawyers under Professor Tomasz Studnicki. Theodore Goddard partner Stephen Jones, who manages Dewey Ballantine Theodore Goddard in Warsaw, says: "We have built a solid relationship with this group and will have six local lawyers based in the city."He sees opportunities ...

  • Germans claim discrimination

    11-Jan-1994

    A High Court challenge is due to be heard soon in which three Germans are fighting to establish that they are entitled to income support under UK law. The three claim the Government was wrong to refuse them money from public funds. The case is viewed by their solicitor, Jay Sharma, as raising for the first time the question of whether EU citizens have an unfettered right to free movement in any capacity.

  • Gooda Walka appeal

    11-Jan-1994

    The defendant agents in the Gooda Walker action are to appeal against the judgment of Mr Justice Phillips, in particular on the approach to be adopted in assessing damages recoverable.

  • Government set to adopt Bar 'counsel numbers' proposal

    11-Jan-1994

    Mike YuilleTHE BAR Council's proposal for new regulations limiting the numbers of barristers used in criminal cases may be taken up by the Government sooner than many expect.The proposal appears in the Bar's current clutch of measures for cutting waste in the criminal legal aid system.It is, in fact, a repeat of a proposal the Bar first made in 1992 to the Lord Chancellor's Department, which was not taken up. However, ...

  • Hardwicke underlines its expansionist policy

    11-Jan-1994

    HARDWICKE Building is to take on two new women barristers as part of long-term plans to build Britain's first 100-strong set.The Lincoln's Inn chambers now has 56 tenants, including 15 women.The two will work as part of the chambers' growing civil department. Julia Jarzabkowski will work in property and commercial, while Emily Formby will specialise in PI and professional negligence.Head of chambers Walter Aylen QC says: "We ...

  • Ilex calls for action on wills

    11-Jan-1994

    The Institute of Legal Executives (Ilex) is calling for the establishment of a central wills registry. No safeguards are in place to ensure that a will is the last one drawn up by the deceased and Ilex is aiming to set up a way of checking the validity of wills. Ilex says the registry should be operated in a similar way to the Land Registry and has recommended a working party is set up to consider the proposal.

  • Jellicoe puts Bills on the fast track

    11-Jan-1994

  • Johnson exchanges private for public

    11-Jan-1994

    Nicole Maley reportsDONNE Mileham & Haddock partner Geoff Johnson has left private practice to return to his local authority roots as assistant solicitor to Chichester District Council.Johnson, who took up the post last month, was employed from 1990 as a salaried partner with the firm which has a strong reputation for local authority work.Donne Mileham & Haddock was one of the five firms shortlisted last year by Croydon Council for a u1 ...

  • Judges get cash top-up in salary rise

    11-Jan-1994

    JUDGES are to receive extra cash on top of their pay rises to bring salaries up to levels recommended by the Senior Salaries Review Body.Top-up levels have been set at 1.57 per cent for High Court judges, 0.63 per cent for senior circuit judges, with higher increases of 2.48 for the Lord Chief Justice and 2.41 for the Master of the Rolls and the Law Lords.The additional rise will run for five years from April and is designed to bring salaries up to levels recommended ...

  • Law student fights council over grant

    11-Jan-1994

    Roger Pearson looks aheadA County Council faces High Court test case action soon over its refusal to make a discretionary grant to a law student. The challenge, which is likely to have significant bearing on the discretionary grant policies of many local authorities, has been mounted against Warwickshire County Council.Law student Simon Williams is to ask for a judicial review of the council's decision to refuse him a grant for his course. As a ...

  • LAWTEL

    11-Jan-1994

    Owned by: Centaur Communications, publishers of The Lawyer.Costs for subscribers: u1,275 per annum plus 15p per minute usage charge. Some special offers are currently available to particular interest groups.There is also an option to pay as you go.Content: Lawtel is divided into four groups: reports, legislation, research and daily update. These are subdivided as follows:Reports: administrative, medical, insurance, ...

  • Lawyers attack government disabled paper

    11-Jan-1994

    DISABLED lawyers have delivered a damning response to the Government's consultation paper on discrimination against the disabled.In a report presented to the Government last week, the Law Society's Group for Solicitors with Disabilities (GSD) says statements in the paper are "insulting" and it fails to address the problem properly.The group says the paper's claims that legislation would result in spiralling litigation are unsupported, and similar ...

  • LCD 'pleased' with judge ads response

    11-Jan-1994

    THE LORD Chancellor has received 250 applications for positions of district judge from lawyers answering the first ever judicial advertisements in the UK.Another 50 applications for the job of circuit judge on the North Eastern, Wales and Chester and Western circuits have also been received as a result of the advertising campaign.A spokesman for the Lord Chancellor's Department says: "We are pleased with the response to the advertisements."The ...

  • Legal Information Network - Link

    11-Jan-1994

    Owned by: Legalease, publishers of Legal Times and Legal Business.Cost to subscribers: Software is free, no registration, on-line or subscription charges. Some services do attract a charge (eg ordering a company report).Content: Thousands of full case transcripts and daily legal updates, court lists, COU press releases, The Legal 500, Land Registry practice information, Lexis/Nexis direct, Hammicks bookshop on-line, Bar Directory, Laserform legal forms, law firms ...

  • LEXIS/NEXIS

    11-Jan-1994

    Lexis/Nexis legal, news and business information online service.Owned by: Mead Data Central and distributed in the UK by Butterworths. Reed-Elsevier, owner of the Butterworth Group, has agreed to acquire Lexis/Nexis for $1.5 billion. The deal is scheduled for completion by the end of 1994.Costs for subscribers: Monthly subscription: u50 per month and connect time charge, ranging from u2.11 to u3.25 per minute depending on volume usage.

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 01/1194

    11-Jan-1994

    EDWARD GORDON EMMANUEL BOWMAN, who practised as Edward Bowman and Co and who was struck off in 1987, refused restoration to Roll. Bowman, admitted 1981, struck off after allegations substantiated he misused client money and breached accounting rules. Bowman said that since being struck off he had found it difficult to gain employment. He was unemployed for a year from October 1987 when the order was made. He had since done some lecturing in law. Refusing restoration, Tribunal said that ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 01/11/94

    11-Jan-1994

    Legal Aid Act 1988 s.18 Keller v Keller and Legal Aid Board (1994) (CA 20.10.94.) (Neill LJ, Wilson J)Summary: Costs to a successful and deserving non-assisted party will not be awarded against the legal aid fund unless such an order would be made if neither party was assisted by legal aid.Wife's appeal against dismissal from orders that her costs of u8,000 should not be paid by the Legal Aid Board (LAB) in custody proceedings concerning ...

  • Litigation Writs 01/11/94

    11-Jan-1994

    A trainee pub manager is suing the Metropolitan Police for unlawful arrest and false imprisonment after being cleared of drug charges. Andrew Kownacki, of Lincoln, is seeking compensation after an incident while he was working as a trainee assistant manager at the Three Kings pub in Talgarth Road, London W10. The writ says he was arrested on 17 May 1991 when 200 police swooped on the premises making a number of arrests.Later he was charged with and prosecuted ...

  • Liverpool firm in record collapse

    11-Jan-1994

    LIVERPOOL's legal community has been rocked by a Solicitor's Complaints Bureau (SCB) emergency intervention over 18-office legal aid firm Deacon Goldrein Green - the biggest ever law firm collapse involving the bureau.The fate of the firm's lawyers and staff hangs in the balance this week as the appointed intervening firms get to grips with the work for almost 30,000 clients and investigate the financial problems leading to the crash.Deacon Goldrein ...

  • LIX messaging network.

    11-Jan-1994

    Owned by: Legal Information eXchange Limited.Costs for subscribers: LIX messaging software costs u325 for a single machine and u1,500 for a full network version. Neither restrict the number of users on site. Felix conferencing software is available for u175.Contents: LIX products use standard BT and Mercury networks. Messaging can also be routed via X400, the Internet or any other major carrier. LIX can also access the following from any of a firm's ...

  • Mackay demands 'legal system for all'

    11-Jan-1994

    The UK legal system is not reserved for British subjects alone and legal aid should be available to people of all nationalities, the Lord Chancellor says. Speaking at a meeting of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association last week, Lord Mackay said: "Anybody who has a dispute which the courts have jurisdiction to hear is entitled to be heard. Whether in criminal or civil cases the interests of justice do not end at national boundaries. My present view is that it would not ...

  • Mencap calls for lawyers' understanding

    11-Jan-1994

    Lawyers should be alert to the problems of the mentally disordered when dealing with clients in custody, says charity Mencap. It says lawyers should not hesitate to call in an appropriate adult under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, if they feel a client has difficulty understanding or communicating his or her needs. Mencap spokeswoman Lydia Sinclair says: "Lawyers should act if they feel that someone has any difficulty understanding their situation." Mencap's report ...

  • New head for Dumfries

    11-Jan-1994

    * Dumfries and Galloway Regional Council has appointed Brendan Kearney as its head of legal services. Kearney was previously acting regional solicitor following the early retirement of previous incumbent John Fleming.

  • North East shuffle

    11-Jan-1994

    * Northumberland County Council's head of legal services Henry Warne will move over to Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council later this year. Warne, who has been with Northumberland since 1986, has headed the legal department for the past two years. He will join Newcastle on 5 December as head of its new administration department.

  • Panel offers barristers financial advice

    11-Jan-1994

    A NEW advisory panel is aiming to help barristers with their personal and professional finances.The Bar Council, together with Rossalynd Lavington, senior consultant at Allied Dunbar, has assembled a service to help combat cash flow problems and poor financial planning among barristers.Allied Dunbar says barristers are in a vulnerable financial position because their advocacy work is paid for only when their cases have come to an end.

  • Paris leads Coudert exodus

    11-Jan-1994

    INTERNATIONAL law firm Coudert Brothers has lost 17 lawyers, including five partners, in a walkout from its Paris and New York offices.In a surprise move last week, partner Jean-Francois Carreras left the firm's New York base to join Parisian defectors Nicolas Sokolow, Patrick Dunaud, Jean-Francois Mercadier and Patricia Elsen.Four of the five have joined forces as founding partners of new Paris firm Sokolow, Dunaud, Mercadier & Carreras, which will also ...

  • Pitmans buoyant despite staff losses

    11-Jan-1994

    PROPERTY lawyer Anthony Cooley is the sixth partner to leave Reading-based Pitmans this year by joining rivals Boyes Turner & Burrows.But Pitmans says business remains buoyant despite the partnership losses.The number of partners at the firm is now 12. Since the start of the year the firm has made two appointments - John Cole and Peter Jeffery - and one partner, John Linneker, ...

  • Poor response for investment approval

    11-Jan-1994

    LAW firms could be prevented from handling discrete investment business (DIB) next year if they do not have qualified people in charge of the area, the Law Society has warned.The society has received only 70 applications so far from people wanting approval as a "qualified person" to handle DIB.Speaking at the Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice conference in London, the society's monitoring unit head, Bob Butler, said: "We had expected more applications ...

  • Popular with accountants

    11-Jan-1994

    As a Liverpool firm of chartered accountants involved in looking after the financial and taxation affairs of solicitors and barristers, and also having a specialist litigation support department, I read The Lawyer avidly and regularly.Surprising as it may seem to your legal readers, I find much of interest and help.Johnny CohenAlexander Myerson & CoChartered AccountantsMartins Building4 Water Street

  • Price Waterhouse wins crime specialist

    11-Jan-1994

    TOP white collar crime specialist Anthony Vernon is leaving City law firm Richards Butler for accountants Price Waterhouse.The highly rated 41 year-old partner joined Richards Butler in June 1992 from Boodle Hatfield. Business development manager Geoffrey Parker says client confidentiality prevents him from commenting on Vernon's caseload.Parker says no assistants are leaving with Vernon and that Richards Butler will continue to maintain a team of lawyers ...

  • Recruitment guide comes under fire

    11-Jan-1994

    LEGAL groups will meet to discuss amendments to the profession's recruitment guide after an independent survey reveals many firms find it difficult to adhere to.The survey, carried out by the Standing Conference on Legal Education, prompted more than 50 responses from firms, groups and individuals involved in the recruitment of legal staff.Conference secretary Alistair Shaw says the survey's results show a number of firms want to see a change in the ...

  • Reforms 'in public interest'

    11-Jan-1994

    THE LAW Commission has taken an important step towards strengthening the public interest element in the judicial review system, says a leading authority in the field.Richard Gordon QC, the first barrister to take silk in public law, welcomes the commission's proposed reforms which will give pressure groups the right to take on cases, lay down rules for the High Court to grant advisory declarations and give courts the power to award costs out of central funds where a ...

  • Robert Smart believes pensions actions need re-evaluation

    11-Jan-1994

    Members of pension funds who believe their trustees may be guilty of misconduct will not get justice. Anecdotal evidence suggests there are a number of instances where pension fund trustees are not being brought to book.The grievous problem that members face is how to finance an action against their trustees and possibly their employers.In McDonald v Horn, the Court of Appeal confirmed that members can be indemnified from the fund against past and future ...

  • Rugby official fights dismissal

    11-Jan-1994

    Sacked Welsh Rugby Union general secretary, Dennis Evans, is to challenge his dismissal on two fronts. Evans has an industrial tribunal claim pending over his dismissal. He has also mounted High Court action to show he should never have been dismissed.

  • Russians check out UK property law

    11-Jan-1994

    A TEAM of Russian legal academics has returned from a fact-finding visit to Newcastle under Lyme firm Knight & Sons.The visitors, from Russian juridical firm LEX, were particularly interested in how property development is carried out in the UK.Steve Elder, European partner at Knight & Sons, says the two Russian law professors and their interpreter spent two weeks at the firm as part of a mutual co-operation arrangement between the firms, initiated earlier this ...

  • Self-regulation condemned

    11-Jan-1994

    Self regulation in the investment markets has failed and should be replaced with a statutory regime tough enough to enforce the law, according to leading City figure John Henderson, chairman of investment management house Capel-Cure Myers.Speaking to a group of City and media guests at an event celebrating Capel-Cure Myers' 200th anniversary, Henderson said: "Statutory regulation will bring compliance within the law of the land."Not only will it bring regulation ...

  • Simmons & Simmons poised to pick network

    11-Jan-1994

    Top ten firm Simmons & Simmons is negotiating with several IT suppliers, including Wang, as part of its new networking strategy.Wang is just one of a number of IT suppliers hoping to provide the firm's new system, which is part of a five-year IT plan. The winners of the system bid will be announced in the next few weeks.The firm is upgrading to a PC network from an old Wang VS-based system, linked to overseas offices and direct to clients. ...

  • Sunday market keeps running

    11-Jan-1994

    The fight to keep one of the country's biggest Sunday markets open is to continue in the courts. Leave has been given by the Appeal Court to challenge a High Court ruling upholding stop notices aimed at closing the Sunday market run by private operators, Wendy Fair, at Brooklands race track in Surrey. The market is still running pending an appeal.

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Alan Wiseman

    11-Jan-1994

    The Taxing Master of the Irish High Court has gone against the country's Finance Minister by approving a £6m legal fees bill for a tribunal that lasted more than 200 days. The bill will be met by the taxpayer.The tribunal was set up to investigate allegations of fraud, tax evasion and misuse of EU funds made by the World in Action television programme in 1991, against Goodman International, a leading Irish meat processor.Goodmans was ...

  • TSG lines up Law Society speakers

    11-Jan-1994

    Law Society president Charles Elly and Secretary General John Hayes are among the speakers at the Trainee Solicitors' Group's (TSG) AGM this month. The meeting, to be held in Bristol from 11 to 13 November, will cover a general theme of justice. John Wadham, legal director of Liberty, will take a session on the Criminal Justice Bill. A session on discrimination and access to the profession is also planned. "Discrimination has been preoccupying the group for quite a while and ...

  • Uni visit was worthwhile

    11-Jan-1994

    I have been asked to point out that the comments made by Kevin Thorpe in his article (The Lawyer, 11 October) 'Second class citizens,' regarding the visit to the University of Hertfordshire by representatives of Herbert Smith, do not, in the opinion of university law staff, accurately represent what transpired on that occasion, and that the university had no knowledge that this article was going to be written by Mr Thorpe.Indeed, ...

  • US firm homes in on PMS market

    11-Jan-1994

    US supplier Gilbert Technologies has become one of the first major US suppliers to tackle the UK legal practice management systems market.The company has launched Professional 3.0 Desktop, and already has a beta test site at Slaughter and May.The system which will be available to law firms in the UK has been designed in conjunction with Slaughters.Gilbert ...

  • West End merger finalised

    11-Jan-1994

    COMMERCIAL firms Forsyte Kerman and Saunders Sobell Leigh & Dobin will merge on 1 December.The new firm, Forsyte Saunders Kerman, is the result of merger talks last month (The Lawyer, 27 September) and claims to be the second largest in the West End. It will be based at Forsyte Kerman's refurbished and expanded offices in New Cavendish Street.Forstye Kerman carries its corporate structure to the new firm. Day-to-day decisions are taken by a board which makes ...