10 May 1999

The Lawyer

  • Australian law firm in republican row


    Partners at Australian firm Clayton Utz have pledged to back one of their clerks who has been barred from legal practice because he refuses to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen.Australia's Court of Appeal have rejected Republican pleas that Carl Moller should be allowed to exempt himself from taking an oath as part of an admission ceremony to practice law in Victoria.The Court ruled that the oath was to the Queen as Queen of Australia, not Queen of ...

  • Court battle funds - millions of pounds unclaimed


    The spoils of thousands of court battles - amounting to more than ?33 million and dating back in some cases to the 18th century - remain unclaimed, it has been revealed.And according to a damning report by the National Audit Office (NAO), records fail to identify the rightful owners of nearly ?10 million worth of funds.The funds - managed by the Court Funds Office (CFO) - includes cash paid into court to cover costs and winnings arising from litigation, both ...

  • Finers and Stephens Innocent merge


    Niche media law firm, Stephens Innocent has announced its merger with property and commercial practice, Finers, after talks were exclusively revealed by The Lawyer magazine last week (1 November 1999).The new firm will be called Finers Stephens Innocent and will operate from Finers' offices in Great Portland Street from December 14.Richard Gerstein, Finers' managing partner will remain in that position in the new firm, while Stephens Innocent senior ...

  • Lord Bingham defends judges secrecy


    The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham of Cornhill has defended the secret soundings system for appointing judges and claims it could withstand scrutiny by an independent watchdog.In what could be construed as a side swipe against the Law Society which has boycotted the secret soundings, Lord Bingham said a system which delivers such a high quality product "cannot be nearly as defective as its critics suggest".The Law Society has dismissed the secret soundings ...

  • Mirror Group


    The Mirror Group has provided a flood of headlines in the financial press over the past few months. Viewed by some as a company that has lost its way, the group now has two other media firms circling around each other looking at whether it would be a good link-up.

  • Peter Kavanagh


    Gulshanah Choudhuri talks to Theodore Goddard's Peter Kavanagh about mergers, alliances and his reasons for stepping down as managing partner.