10 July 1995

The Lawyer

  • £1.Interview sparks new Lowe row

    11-Jul-1995

    A BIRMINGHAM Post interview which reports former Solicitors Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe attacking Martin Mears has brought her pay-off back under question.There is speculation that the interview, in which Lowe is reported to have claimed Mears had "little familiarity" with the bureau, may have breached a confidentiality agreement in her £90,000 severance package.But The Lawyer understands that the Law Society president will not be taking advantage ...

  • AER now on CD-ROM

    11-Jul-1995

    Butterworths has launched the new fully-electronic CD-ROM version of the All England Law Reports. The CD-ROM will give instant access to every significant law report since 1936 on a screen which appears exactly as it does in the printed volumes. Lisa Taylor, marketing officer at Butterworths, said: "The response we have had from the legal community with regard to this landmark publication has been extremely enthusiastic."

  • Archibald Andersen

    11-Jul-1995

    The merger of major French law firm SG Archibald and the world-wide business consulting group Arthur Andersen continues to generate a lot of heat in France, three years after the event. Much of it is professional rivalry, but the merger is a reminder to the professions that rationalisation will be necessary if it is to compete on an international footing.Xavier du Sarrau, Arthur Andersen International's managing partner says: "With the benefit of three years' hindsight, ...

  • Bring on the subs

    11-Jul-1995

    As many lawyers will be aware, employment trends have changed dramatically in the past couple of years; job security is no longer guaranteed and employers are increasingly recruiting staff on a contract basis. The flexibility which the short-term market offers is highly attractive to employers, enabling them to deal more effectively with unpredictable workloads and fluctuating staff levels. In these circumstances many organisations are unwilling to commit long-term.

  • Bullish market for commercial work

    11-Jul-1995

    LAW firms are seeing a sharp increase in commercial work in contrast to legally aided or private client work.Nearly half the firms surveyed in accountants Grant Thornton's 1995 Solicitors' Inter Firm Comparison found that 1995 was more buoyant than previous years.Over a quarter of firms (28 per cent) saw a decline in legal aid work this year compared to 18 per cent ...

  • Call for reinforcements

    11-Jul-1995

    A company trying to sell a product with a naff brand name learns to change it pretty quickly. And so it was that at this year's AGM in April, the Locum Solicitors Group became the Freelance Solicitors Group.Derek Wilkes, group chair, says: "There is a prejudice against the word 'locum'. It implies the person cannot get a full-time position, whereas the word freelance implies the person is self-employed by choice."Now over two years old, and with ...

  • Carving up the matrimonial assets

    11-Jul-1995

    The £9 million divorce pay-off to Maya Flick, ex-wife of Friedrich Flick of the Mercedes empire, recently became public in the Appeal Court.The level of the highest ever award in ancillary proceedings by our courts has been an open secret among divorce practitioners for a long time.But the profession is now waiting for the second round of the battle in which Mrs Flick is heading back to court to ask for a bigger settlement.She claims ...

  • City firm takes Windows route

    11-Jul-1995

    Helen Sage reportsCity firm Titmuss Sainer Dechert claims it is the first law firm to have migrated to Windows 95.Since the firm's upgrade programme began in June this year, 90 of its administrative staff have switched smoothly from Wordperfect for DOS to Word 7.0 and Windows 95.The contract, carried out by consultants Anthony Cook Associates is expected ...

  • Construction team goes to rival

    11-Jul-1995

    TOP construction lawyers Winward Fearon & Co have lost two partners and an assistant to SJ Berwin & Co's growing building sector team.Julian Critchlow and Nicholas Carnell have moved across to form a four-partner unit headed by Ian Insley and Geoff Haley.They have taken assistant Zakir Mulla with them as SJ Berwin tries to expand its work on major construction projects.

  • Defending legal territory

    11-Jul-1995

    The long summer vacation is a good time to sneak out bad news. While French lawyers were on their yachts, a decree was passed on 15 August denying business graduates access to legal studies, thanks to lobbying by hard-core traditional lawyers. This will mean only those with a first degree in law can go on to law school.Xavier du Sarrau, Arthur Andersen International's managing partner, is flabbergasted. "This decree is absolutely ludicrous. Few people have noticed what ...

  • Did Lloyd's mislead the markets?

    11-Jul-1995

    Did Lloyd's conceal the nature and scale of liabilities arising from asbestos claims, and thereby mislead the market?Evidence culled from the reports of US law firms combined with insiders' information and Lloyd's own statistics suggest this may be the case, say some lawyers.If this were proved the disastrous consequences for Lloyd's would be as unquantifiable as the continuing market losses arising from long-tail US asbestosis litigation. ...

  • Edge in insolvency arrangement

    11-Jul-1995

    THE MAN behind the massive grass roots campaign to put a stop to cut-price conveyancing fees is the subject of an Individual Voluntary Arrangement.John Edge entered into the IVA with his creditors earlier this year.But the campaigning solicitor from Bournemouth, who shot to national prominence in the summer at the head of a huge initiative to bring back scale fees, has stressed the private arrangement has nothing to do with his own firm, Edge Leydon Ellis.

  • Employed Bar demands more representation on Council

    11-Jul-1995

    INTENSE competition in the elections for the in-house seats on the Bar Council has prompted calls for more places to be given to the employed sector.This year 13 in-house counsel are fighting it out for the four places up for election on the Bar Council.Calls for extended rights of audience are high on the agenda.For the first time both the Association of First Division Civil Servants and the Bar Association for Commerce Finance and Industry are putting ...

  • End to eleventh hour evidence

    11-Jul-1995

    A new High Court ruling demonstrates that courts intend to implement the Woolf recommendations and will block last-minute moves to introduce new evidence into actions if they are likely to delay the trial.This tough stance comes from a patent action in the High Court's Chancery Division where Mr Justice Jacob refused to admit last minute evidence accepted by all involved in the case to be highly relevant.As a result of his decision, the plaintiffs, ...

  • Family lawyers rally to Mackay's defence

    11-Jul-1995

    FAMILY lawyers have come out in support of the Lord Chancellor as he faces mounting pressure from Tory backbenchers to drop his radical plans for divorce reform.The Solicitors Family Law Association has criticised the press and MPs leading the attack on Lord Mackay, saying claims that no-fault divorce would devalue the institution of marriage are illogical.Both the SFLA and the Law Society are known to reject some of Mackay's proposals, but lawyers are united ...

  • Financing

    11-Jul-1995

    Biggart Baillie & Gifford advised Britannia Life in connection with changes in the corporate structure of Britannia Building Society

  • Financing

    11-Jul-1995

    Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for the Electronics Boutique

  • Financing

    11-Jul-1995

    Garrett & Co advised Independent Radio Group on its placing of 10 million ordinary shares to raise £10 million and admission of its share capital to the Alternative Investment Market.

  • Financing

    11-Jul-1995

    The Brough Skerret Law Partnership advised Abtrust Asian Smaller Companies Investment Trust on its flotation and the placing of £35 million worth of shares. Herbert Smith advised the sponsors Panmure Gordon and Co.

  • Financing

    11-Jul-1995

    Berwin Leighton advised Brown & Jackson on its £30 million equity fund raising and the negotiation of a £21 million trade finance facility. The equity funding comprised offers by way of rights to shareholders and holders of warrants and a separate subscription of shares by Pepkor

  • Finers signs £50,000 deal with Axxia

    11-Jul-1995

    Central London firm Finers has placed a £50,000 order with Axxia Systems.The order calls for an integrated IT system, comprising networked PCs, a Unix server from Digital Equipment and software to connect the firm's fee earners to central information resources.At the core is Axxia's Arista practice management system which includes Fee Earner Desktop, the Arista Windows client.This module enables fee earners to interact ...

  • Firm adopts ADR for practice disputes

    11-Jul-1995

    POTENTIAL disputes among the top ranks at Baker & McKenzie will be resolved through alternative dispute resolution rather than in the courts after the firm voted to alter its partnership agreement.The change comes after partners showed preliminary support for the proposal at the firm's annual partnership meeting in Chicago last month.Partners across the globe agreed ...

  • Firm forges Hong Kong connections

    11-Jul-1995

    LONDON firm Lawrence Graham has formed an association with two-year-old Hong Kong practice Koo and Partners.The deal, which gives the firm its first presence on the Asian market, has been struck to raise the international profile of both practices.Lawrence Graham senior partner Gavin Purser said it was expected both businesses would develop through the combination of practices ...

  • Freemasons. Satanic bunkum or quiet charitable works

    11-Jul-1995

    It is six years since I wrote Inside The Brotherhood, yet I still receive half a dozen letters each month from people who believe their businesses and lives have been ruined by masonic conspiracy in the legal profession.I receive thick files about shady planning decisions, disputed inheritances, unfair dismissal claims, bank malpractice and all manner of frauds.Almost every writer complains that their adversaries have done them down in collusion with crooked ...

  • Freemasons. Satanic bunkum or quite charitable works

    11-Jul-1995

    Freemasons have long been an easy target for people whose lives have failed to meet their expectations and who look to conspiracy theories to explain their failures. And until recently freemasons would not refute such claims.Chris Mullin, MP for Sunderland South, also subscribes to the theory and has invited members of the legal profession to submit evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, of which he is a member.Mullin has described freemasonry as a secret ...

  • Freemasons. We have nothing to hide...

    11-Jul-1995

    MASONIC lawyers have spoken publicly for the first time about the forthcoming investigation into their activities by the Commons’ Home Affairs Select Committee.Senior practitioners from all branches of the profession have told The Lawyer their reasons for becoming freemasons and dismissed suspicion that their organisation is a sinister secret society.Their comments provide an insight into the role freemasonry plays in the lives of many senior judges, barristers ...

  • Freemasons. WHAT THE JUDGES SAY

    11-Jul-1995

    Judges bear the brunt of suspicion. They have been accused of using their membership to climb the judicial ladder and favouring counsel, defendants or plaintiffs who are fellow masons.Lord Justice Millett, a freemason since 1968, is a member of the Chancery Bar Lodge. He said: "I was asked if I would like to be a member by a friend who was a member. My clerk and other members of my chambers were, I knew they enjoyed it, so I agreed."I have always regarded it ...

  • Freemasons. WHAT THE SOLICITORS SAY

    11-Jul-1995

    Solicitors have been accused of favouring masonic barristers and conspiring with clients and police officers to unfairly influence cases. It is alleged that there are masonic law firms to which freemason-solicitors gravitate.Sir John Welch, a freemason since the mid-1950s, is a property partner with Covent Garden law firm Wedlake Bell. Twenty years ago, he was approached by a senior executive ...

  • Freemasons. WHAT THE WOMEN SAY

    11-Jul-1995

    Two women's masonic organisations exist: the Honourable Fraternity of Antient Freemasons and the Order of Women's Freemasons.They have a lodge system, rituals and rules which are identical to those for men. They do not mix formally with the men except on social events, although there is at least one mixed lodge.Joyce Arram, a legal executive at Walters in Lincoln's Inn Fields, has been a member of the Honourable Fraternity, which has over 2,000 ...

  • FT puts business information on-line

    11-Jul-1995

    Financial Times Information has launched its new on-line product FT Discovery.Targeted at the corporate network user, the product has been designed for Windows and Windows 95 applications and can be accessed by telephone dial-up or the Internet.The service, either network or stand-alone PC-based, draws on information from the Financial Times Group's intellectual property as well as other sources. Information can be accessed and cross-referenced ...

  • Goldsmith to examine globalisation

    11-Jul-1995

    BAR leader Peter Goldsmith QC will chair a new International Bar Association steering group examining the globalisation of law.Initiated by IBA president Professor Ross Harper, the group, which also includes former president of the American Bar Association William Ide III and current chair of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union, Heinz Weil, is expected to report on its preliminary work in January."We need greater understanding and clarity ...

  • Got a problem? Ask the family

    11-Jul-1995

    LIVERPOOL solicitor Kash Mahmood is sitting on a potential new market after the destruction of an old one.The Abenson & Co assistant was called in by his market trader father Shafqat after the premises he sold from were gutted by fire.And the family connection may provide further business, as 18 of his father's fellow traders have already contacted Kash for advice.The fire broke out last month - when the Merseyside fire service was on strike ...

  • Government must clarify future of CPS, say staff

    11-Jul-1995

    STAFF at the Crown Prosecution Service have welcomed the Government's decision not to turn it into a Next Steps agency but say the future is still uncertain for the service.The announcement to preserve the service's status as a government department was made by Attorney General Sir Nicholas Lyell.In an answer to a parliamentary question, Lyell said it would not be right to restructure the CPS. But the service, along with the Serious Fraud Office, would ...

  • Grosskurth switches to LAB

    11-Jul-1995

    A LEADING legal pressure group has lost one of its key staff members to the Legal Aid Board.In an unusual move Anne Grosskurth, policy officer at the Legal Action Group, joins the Legal Aid Board's policy department.She will be working at a senior grade as policy adviser for the board under policy director Anne-Marie Roberts.Grosskurth has been LAG's policy officer for seven years and has acted as a spokeswoman for the group on a wide range ...

  • Group aims to overhaul inquests

    11-Jul-1995

    A SUPPORT group is launching a campaign to reform inquest procedures long regarded by lawyers as fundamentally unjust.The group, Inquest, has put together a package of measures, including a call for proper rights and legal aid for families of the deceased. The proposals will be included in a Private Member's Bill currently being drafted.The organisation argues that inquest hearings are often one-sided, with bereaved families unfit to represent themselves ...

  • Group tackles Law Society complaints

    11-Jul-1995

    The Association of Legal Technology Suppliers (Alts) met last week to discuss accusations made by the Law Society against a number of its members.Alts chair John Meehan, of Management Support Systems, said: "The association has become stronger in the face of some of the Law Society's accusations that suppliers are not doing their job properly. We believe their statements were unquantified and will support our members 100 per cent."The ...

  • Have briefcase, will travel

    11-Jul-1995

    Rather like Clark Kent's transformation into Superman, the species once known as the locum solicitor has transformed itself into the freelance solicitor.Our super-hero is busy helping law firms provide a low-cost quality service to their clients without incurring huge overheads. And at the same time is pursuing a respectable alternative career to the wage slavery of a City firm.Alison Smith of recruitment specialists Badenoch & Clark says: "There has been ...

  • Ian Garrard looks at the future of dispute resolution.

    11-Jul-1995

    Ian Garrard is an associate at Osborne Clarke, Bristol.ADR has much in common with Darwin's theory of evolution. Disputes have been determined by the courts, by experts chosen by the parties, and by mediation. Each has developed in the commercial and legal environment of their time. Are they the final chapter or will a new concept of dispute resolution evolve?

  • IBM backs PictureTel

    11-Jul-1995

    PictureTel, the video conferencing system used by the Bar Council and employed in several pilot schemes run by the prison service, is to be marketed worldwide by IBM. Under a new agreement IBM and PictureTel will provide communications network services with PictureTel video conferencing systems.

  • In brief: Biddle & Co handles libel writ

    11-Jul-1995

    Biddle & Co is acting for Frank Dick, former British Athletics Federation director of coaching, in a libel and slander action against The Sunday Times. The firm is claiming damages and an injunction against the paper and former sprinter Drew McMaster over an article about the supply of anabolic steroids.

  • In brief: Courts win power to confiscate profits

    11-Jul-1995

    Courts are now able to confiscate profits gained through "serious and acquisitive crime" by persistent offenders following the enforcement last week of the Proceeds of Crime Act 1995. The Act means criminals face losing their homes, cars and possessions if courts believe they have been bought with the proceeds of crime. "It cannot be right that persistent offenders should be able to live off the profits of crime at the cost and suffering of those who live within the law," said Home ...

  • In brief: First Berkshire Medico-Legal meeting

    11-Jul-1995

    The Berkshire Medico-Legal Society will hold its inaugural meeting at the Reading Holiday Inn at 6.30pm on 7 November. About 90 people are expected to attend the event, which will include talks from barrister Dr Margaret Branthwaite, secretary of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers Roger Goodier, and Institute of Legal Executives president David Pipkin. For further information contact Paul Paxton, Shoosmiths ...

  • In brief: Law Soc warns of house transfer dangers

    11-Jul-1995

    The Law Society has issued guidelines to solicitors stressing the need for comprehensive legal advice for older people considering giving their homes to relatives or friends. Many older people seek to transfer property to avoid paying the cost of residential or nursing home care in the future. However, the society warns there are a number of potential pitfalls involved, particularly in relation to future liability for care costs and the possibility of losing the property through disagreements ..

  • In brief: Mishcons trio heads to Goodman Derrick

    11-Jul-1995

    Three lawyers have left prominent London firm Mishcon de Reya to join Goodman Derrick. Media and defamation solicitor Brian Hepworth moved over to the firm as a partner last week. He took with him Steven Shotnes as an associate and assistant Jason McCue. Hepworth's clients include Central Television and ...

  • In brief: New Birmingham office for Eversheds

    11-Jul-1995

    NatWest Group has pre-let 80,000 sq ft of office space in Birmingham to Eversheds. The space is the first phase of the redevelopment of the city's Colmore Centre. The firm, which is already a tenant of NatWest in the centre, will move into the building on completion of the development in 1998. The demolition of the old site is expected to start soon. Eversheds' Birmingham senior partner David ...

  • In brief: Sports lawyer wins damages action

    11-Jul-1995

    Sports lawyer Nick Trainer has been given "substantial" damages by The Sun for a story which suggested he had embarrassed England soccer coach Terry Venables. The article centred on the application by Trainer, Venables' solicitor and a partner with John Bowden, Trainer & Co, to become an agent for soccer players. David Price, who acted for Trainer in the High Court hearing last week, said the article, headed "Tel's mate drops him in it", implied the application put Venables ...

  • In brief: University of Sheffield

    11-Jul-1995

    The University of Sheffield wishes to point out in the HEFCE Quality Assessment Exercise it received an "excellent" rating for law, not "satisfactory" as printed in The Lawyer 24 October.

  • Insolvency expert sued for £1.5m

    11-Jul-1995

    A BARRISTER who specialises in insolvency work is being sued for £1.5 million by his bank.In a High Court writ, Lloyds Bank claims John Davies, of Colin Brodie QC's 24 Old Buildings chambers, borrowed the money secured against a Westminster property.The writ, issued by Hammond Suddards, claims Davies had not repaid the money and had refused to sell the property even though there was a potential buyer.It alleges he would not sell unless ...

  • INSTANT GUIDE TO MASONRY

    11-Jul-1995

    Freemasonry's roots are ancient but poorly documented. However, historians can trace the organisation almost continuously back to the 16th Century.It evolved out of associations of stone masons who grouped together, possibly to control trade and help each other in times of hardship.Links with stonework remain. Masons believe in a Supreme Being, which they call the Great Architect of the Universe and much symbolism relates to methods and tools. Colloquial ...

  • International role

    11-Jul-1995

    The Law Society's former deputy head of communications Jonathan Goldsmith has succeeded Hamish Adamson as international director. Adamson, who retired on 1 November, had worked with the Law Society for over 30 years. His role as information officer to the UK delegation to the Council of Bar and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) also transfers to Goldsmith.

  • IP specialists join forces with Boodles

    11-Jul-1995

    THE TWO-PARTNER practice set up by intellectual property expert David Llewelyn last year is signing up with West End firm Boodle Hatfield.Llewelyn, who left McKenna & Co with Clive Zietman to launch Llewelyn Zietman, said the association would give his practice more clients and resources. He added Llewelyn Zietman would benefit from additional clients and resources, while Boodles would gain corporate and commercial expertise."In our first year we have succeeded ...

  • Law Society cautions DTI on tribunals

    11-Jul-1995

    THE Government should fully research whether there is a need to restrict media reporting of industrial tribunals involving the disabled before actually going ahead with any proposals, warns the Law Society.The society has responded to a proposed amendment by the Department of Trade and Industry to procedural rules of industrial tribunals.The proposed changes anticipate a new discrimination law next spring and could affect a huge range of discrimination cases, ...

  • Lawyers and accountants slug it out over figures

    11-Jul-1995

    LAWYERS and accountants are to climb into the ring to wrestle over a major issue dividing the two professions.The issue this time is a technical, rather than cultural, one. It focuses on a tiny but hugely significant accounting rule which accountants and lawyers interpret differently.The rule, put out by the Accounting Standards Board on accounting for employee share ownership plans (ESOPs), can dramatically affect the figures on company balance sheets.

  • Linetime order

    11-Jul-1995

    A £61,000 order has been placed with legal software developer Linetime by London firm Stafford Young Jones. The order from Staffords, a 12 partner practice, includes practice accounting and time recording, credit control, purchase ledger, database, Wordperfect word-processing as well as Dataflow case management and Context conveyancing, Linetime's latest fee-earner support.

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 07/11/95

    11-Jul-1995

    James Edward Walker, 49, admitted 1972, practised at material times on own account in Theale, Reading, Berkshire, struck off and ordered to pay £675 costs. Allegation substantiated he was jailed for three years at Southwark Crown Court on 8 November 1994, after being convicted of conspiracy to use false instruments and two counts of conspiracy to defraud. Offences involved countersigning false passport applications for would-be immigrants from ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 07/11/95

    11-Jul-1995

    Chute v St Aubyn - QBD 20 October 1995Claimant: Julia Mary Susan Chute, 4Accident: Housewife and mother, received severe burns after methylated spirit caused barbecue to flare upInjuries: Extensive burns to arms, hands, abdomen, chest, neck, lower face and forehead, estimated at 21 per cent of total body surface area. Treated first with analgesia and intravenous fresh frozen plasma. Became apyrexial, delirious and ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 07/11/95

    11-Jul-1995

    Landlord's appeal for breach of repairing covenantBritish Telecommunications v Sun Life Assurance Society (1995).CA (Nourse LJ, Roch LJ and Hutchison LJ) 28/7/95.Summary: Landlord's duty under a repairing covenant where a defect occurs not in the demised premises themselves but in the building of which the demised premises form part.Defendant landlord's appeal on a preliminary issue that the appellant was in breach ...

  • Litigation Writs 07/11/95

    11-Jul-1995

    National Lottery organisers Camelot Group is being sued for damages over its refusal to allow a company to become a lottery retailer. RG Elms and Sons, of Hillingdon, Middlesex, has issued a writ claiming damages for breach of alleged contract last November. It claims that under the contract it was to become a lottery retailer.Writ issued by Camerons, London WC2.A chief financial officer sacked from an £80,000-a-year ...

  • Masonic lawyers speak out

    11-Jul-1995

    THIRTY-TWO serving or retired judges were named as freemasons last week in a study of the latest handbook produced by the organisation's leaders.They were identified in an analysis of the 1995 Masonic Year Book carried out by the Labour Research trade unionists' group.The research was published as leading members of the legal profession told The Lawyer their reasons for becoming members of 'The Craft'.Senior figures such as Lord ...

  • Merrett 'needs independent inquiry'

    11-Jul-1995

    CITY lawyers are supporting calls for an independent inquiry into alleged misconduct at Lloyd's, following the first successful action involving the troublesome 'long tail' claims.Lloyd's Names' victory in Merrett is the first-ever successful claim against auditors and means other Names' action groups could now have a stronger claim against other syndicate auditors.

  • No thanks to UK attorneys

    11-Jul-1995

    I trust the Law Society will vigorously oppose the Guildford College of Law proposal to introduce the title of "attorney" for persons who do not qualify as barristers or solicitors but provide services as legal advisers or paralegals.To refer to "US-style attorneys" is misleading, since the title "attorney at law" originates in England. I believe there are many solicitors who consider the 1973 reformers got it wrong when they discarded ...

  • Official link ties lawyers with police

    11-Jul-1995

    FORTY lawyers have signed up for a new UK network aimed at practitioners who advise police forces and authorities.The Association of Police Lawyers was officially launched last month after operating on an informal basis for eight years.Chris Porteous, solicitor for the Metropolitan Police, has been named president, John Kilbey, West Midlands Police solicitor, is chair and his counterpart from Cambridgeshire, Howard Llewellyn, is secretary.Porteous ...

  • Philadelphia firm to close as last-ditch rescue bid fails

    11-Jul-1995

    PHILADELPHIA'S Cohen Shapiro Polisher Shiekman & Cohen will shut down later this month after eleventh-hour merger talks failed to secure its future.The 66-lawyer firm, hit by a number of departures during the past 15 months, had hoped to link up with established international partnership Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz.Pepper Hamilton, which has 270 lawyers and a London office, was unavailable for comment but it is known that the firm rejected a merger offer from ...

  • Polish assistant

    11-Jul-1995

    City firm Allen & Overy has signed up Lucjan Jarzynski as a Polish legal assistant in its Warsaw office. Jarzynski has joined from the Polish Senate's legal department, where he had been working on Polish draft legislation. His appointment takes the number of Polish legal assistants in the office to six.

  • Prague hit by wave of job moves

    11-Jul-1995

    THE PRAGUE legal market is seeing increased activity as leading US lawyers switch allegiance to rival employers.In recent months a number of top US practices have suffered partnership losses in the Czech Republic, including Dewey Ballantine, White & Case and Squire, Sanders & DempseyEarlier this year, Squire

  • Pro bono work needs greater support

    11-Jul-1995

    The Labour Party has made its voice heard on pro bono work on many occasions - Paul Boateng's speech at the London Solicitors Litigation Association annual dinner last week was one more call to arms.Boateng acknowledged the major contribution which some firms were making in this area but emphasised that more would have to follow suit. The comments followed a warning that Labour would not make any more money available for legal aid.While lawyers must vigorously ...

  • Property

    11-Jul-1995

    Birmingham firm Edge & Ellison is acting for Barberry House Properties in a £14 million construction project in Wednesbury for catalogue giant Index, part of the Littlewoods Organisation. The Black Country Development Corporation, advised by Eversheds, is giving £3 million in grant aid to the project. Liverpool firm Cuff Roberts acted on behalf of Index.

  • Put five-year term to a vote

    11-Jul-1995

    The logic in Mr Mark Curron's letter is flawed (The Lawyer 31 October). I understand the distinction between the duties of president and secretary general. But why cannot the two roles be combined? It seems to work well in the US.While I feel that presidents should serve a five-year term, they will be elected democratically by members on the merits of their manifesto.Mr Curron's fears are completely unfounded - I don't think Mr Mears' ...

  • QC urges Bar to drop complaints system

    11-Jul-1995

    REBEL silk Ronald Thwaites will call on the Bar Council to abandon its proposed new complaints system and to stop further attacks on the Bar from "sniping" critics.In a paper the council has agreed to circulate this week, he opposes plans for compensating "distressed" clients or lay involvement in the system. The paper sets out Thwaites' own recommendations for revamping the existing complaints procedures.Attacking the proposed new system as "another step ...

  • Scots go to Europe

    11-Jul-1995

    A 20-member Scottish delegation, including the president and vice-president of the Law Society of Scotland, will visit the European institutions and the UK's Brussels-based Permanent Representation Unit later this month. The two-day visit, to be held on St Andrew's Day and 1 December, is the third in a series organised by the joint Brussels office of the Law Societies of England and Wales and Scotland.

  • Singapore deal

    11-Jul-1995

    The Singapore office of Norton Rose has acted in the establishment of a US$250 million investment fund jointly set up by the country's government and two major European groups. The fund will invest in unlisted companies focusing on China, Indonesia and member nations of the Association of South East Asian Nations.

  • Slaughters tracks down charity's £6m

    11-Jul-1995

    FIVE solicitors from Slaughter and May spearheaded an international investigation which traced nearly £6 million allegedly defrauded from the Salvation Army.Partner Richard Clark headed the London-based team which tracked the funds through 13 countries and also recovered £3 million in interest and costs.The operation involved 43 law firms worldwide, and in ...

  • Somerset hunt bill slashed by £80,000

    11-Jul-1995

    THE LEGAL bill for the battle between the Quantock Staghounds and Somerset County Council has been slashed by £80,000 by a High Court taxing master.Among the expenses disallowed from the bill submitted by the successful hunt team, was the cost incurred by sending counsel Michael Beloff QC on an outing intended to familiarise him with field sports.The cost of giving interviews to journalists and providing counselling for hunt members was also cut.

  • Stenography and the law

    11-Jul-1995

    The British Institute of Verbatim Reporters (BIVR) would draw to the attention of London law firms that they are unwittingly breaching Section 25 (1) of the Immigration Act 1971 when they assist in making arrangements for searching or facilitating the entry into the UK of American stenographers to engage in court reporting or the taking of depositions without a work permit.A ruling has been given by the Immigration and Nationality Department that in these circumstances court ...

  • The law of copper right

    11-Jul-1995

    I have been informed that the Association of Chief Police Officers is looking at ways of "copyrighting" the police force in order to protect its image from any imitators, such as private security firms who may try to pass themselves off as the genuine article in police-style uniforms.No doubt any persons apprehended by an ersatz policeman may simply plead in their defence: "It's a fake cop, guv..."

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Richard Moorhead

    11-Jul-1995

    What was your first job?Serving burgers at a beauty contest for a 50p remuneration.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£12,500.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Wept inconsolably.Which law could you live without?The law that says you can only lose socks and never find them.What was your most embarrassing ...

  • Time for consensus not confrontation

    11-Jul-1995

    Tony Twemlow is a partner at Cuff Roberts and president of the Liverpool Law Society.Tony Twemlow thinks that divisive Law Society politics serve no one's interestsDavid Thomas (The Lawyer 23 October 'Time is ripe for constructive debate') asked Martin Mears to stop fighting the Law Society Council and start building bridges. I may be biased because David Thomas is my council member but I wholeheartedly agree.The president is entitled ...

  • Unions fight privatisation

    11-Jul-1995

    LABOUR is backing two trades unions in condemning plans to "privatise" computer and administration functions in the courts service.The government plans, involving its private finance initiative, are going through without judicial consultation or parliamentary debate.The unions intend to write to all judges, from the circuits to the Supreme Court bench, and MPs to inform them of what they regard as a secretive and unnecessary privatisation.Paul Boateng ...

  • Weil Gotshals severs links with Nabarros

    11-Jul-1995

    UK NEWCOMER Weil, Gotshal & Manges has cut ties with its London associates Nabarro Nathanson.But both firms maintain the split was amicable, claiming there will be limited competition between the two.Nabarro's senior partner David Bramson said the practice, which first established links with the New York firm five years ago, would not enter into another exclusivity contract ...