10 November 1997

The Lawyer

  • A hard Act for anyone to follow

    11-Nov-1997

    In the light of the recently introduced Protection From Harassment Act 1997 and Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996, Samantha Dawson and Rachel Prior examine the wide range of options still available to practitioners advising victims of domestic violence and harassment. Samantha Dawson and Rachel Prior are both lawyers in the matrimonial team at Blake Lapthorn.The range of remedies relating ...

  • Accommodating an asylum problem

    11-Nov-1997

    The Government's withdrawal of welfare benefits from asylum seekers last year left local authorities with a legal obligation to fill the gap - but with little money to do it. Gifty Edila focuses on the problems which still need to be resolved. Gifty Edila is head of legal services at Newham Council.The recent influx of asylum seekers into Dover has heightened public awareness of the plight of refugees and the demands they place on local authorities.In the ...

  • Andersens talks put PW's legal arm on merger alert. John Malpas reports from New Delhi

    11-Nov-1997

    Chris Arnheim, the founding partner of Price Waterhouse-tied Arnheim & Co, has admitted that a merger between rival Arthur Andersen and a major City firm might force his own firm to follow suit.He told an International Bar Association (IBA) meeting on MDPs last Thursday that his own firm would have to re-think its strategy of gradual growth if Andersens made a major move in the City.Referring to recent reports in The Lawyer that Andersens is in talks ...

  • Antipodean overload

    11-Nov-1997

    I was interested to read the article "New Zealand firm goes on recruitment drive in UK" (The Lawyer, 21 October).While I have every sympathy with firms seeking assistants and not finding suitable candidates, your readers should be aware NZ salaries have been near static for years. Major Auckland firms have recently been hiring recent graduates of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (newly-qualifieds) at salaries of around $NZ30,000 - under ...

  • Appeal judges should spend less time in court says Bowman review

    11-Nov-1997

    Sir Jeffery Bowman's year-long review of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division), published last week, calls for many appeals to be relegated to the lower courts, time limits for oral argument and more judicial case management.In a report that mirrors Lord Woolf's report into the whole civil justice system, Bowman also recommends that judges spend more time reading and less time sitting in court, and that "realistic" timetables are set for cases.The report ...

  • Are law firms recruiting for the short term?

    11-Nov-1997

    In the week following The Lawyer's graduate law fair, which was attended by 5,000 young hopefuls, Chris Fogarty asks if law firms have got their recruitment policies right yetBusiness is booming for large law firms, young lawyers are in demand and recruitment companies are riding a wave of healthy profits. So is everybody happy? Well, no.Staff shortages are driving wage bills up, overworked young solicitors are increasingly looking to opt out of the profession ...

  • Britain-Pakistan ally

    11-Nov-1997

    The Bar Council is considering a proposal to form a "twinning" agreement with the Pakistan Bar Council. Under the plan, being promoted by former Bar Council chairman Peter Goldsmith QC, British and Pakistani barristers would forge a formal link as the basis for a regular exchange of information and ideas.

  • Chambers defector blames Irvine reforms

    11-Nov-1997

    Top criminal defence set Three Gray's Inn Square has become the first chambers to lose a barrister over the Government's proposed legal aid reforms.The decision of Gary Summers, a barrister for 12 years, to join West End firm Magrath & Co as solicitor advocate comes as Criminal Bar Association chairman Roy Amlot QC warned his members that the reforms risk tearing apart the foundations of the profession.Summers said that he is leaving the Bar because ...

  • Could the Woodward verdict happen here?

    11-Nov-1997

    The Louise Woodward guilty verdict could never happen in Britain, surely? Twelve months ago it nearly did, when Stephen Packman was tried with "being concerned" in the supply of Ecstasy to Leah Betts, says John Cooper. John Cooper, British Counsel for the Louise Woodward Campaign for Justice.The death of Leah Betts two years ago became a watchword for the evils of Ecstasy. The trial of Stephen Packman accused of "being concerned" with ...

  • Denton Hall loses team of eight to niche firm Llewelyn Zietman

    11-Nov-1997

    In a major coup, the fast-growing niche IP practice Llewelyn Zietman has almost doubled, with the poaching of an eight-strong litigation team from Denton Hall, including highly-regarded partner James Irvine.Irvine's team includes commercial litigation partner Gerard Cronin; fraud partner Miles Laddie, who joins as partnership secretary; two assistants, Helene Monsche and Stephen Ipp; and three paralegals.Irvine is also bringing two of his former Denton Hall ...

  • Employed barristers threaten to boycott Bar Council over rights of audience

    11-Nov-1997

    Employed barristers are threatening to complain to the competition authorities, and to brief solicitor advocates rather than counsel, if the Bar does not push hard enough to give them rights of audience.Despite a long campaign, employed barristers currently have less rights of audience than solicitor advocates or even employed solicitors.The Bar Council is putting together a response to several questions raised by the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee ...

  • Eversheds ponders its global strategy

    11-Nov-1997

    EVERSHEDS is looking to expand in Europe and the Far East, either by opening its own offices or by linking up with an existing international alliance.Chairman Keith James said the firm would be appointing three senior partners "as soon as we can" to form a committee charged with the task of "implementing its international strategy".The firm's existing international committee, which comprises eight partners, has been considering development possibilities ...

  • Ex-employee accuses MoD of negligence

    11-Nov-1997

    A naval airman sues the MoD for allegedly exposing him to fumes, causing asthma that ended his career, reports Roger PearsonA negligence claim, in which the Ministry of Defence is being sued by a naval airman who claims he was left suffering from asthma as a result of exposure to glue while repairing equipment, is heading for the High Court.Andrew Marlborough, 35, who was discharged from the Navy as an invalid, is suing the MoD for his condition.Marlborough ...

  • First use of tough new domestic violence Act

    11-Nov-1997

    RADICAL new laws dealing with domestic violence have been put into practice for the first time.Exeter County Court issued an occupation order and a non-molestation order on 3 October, just two days after the relevant provisions contained in the Family Law Act 1996 came into force. The orders, which are intended to prevent a person pestering, harassing or threatening the applicant, were issued for a client of solicitors Ford Simey Daw Roberts.Solicitors Family ...

  • Flotations

    11-Nov-1997

    Linklaters and Cameron McKenna advised the Kazakhstan Investment Fund on its $100m flotation on the Irish Stock Exchange. Garretts advised the sponsor and lead manager Peregrine Securities. Linklaters advised on UK and Hong Kong law, Cameron McKenna on Kazakhstan law.

  • Hoon urges direct Bar-client deals

    11-Nov-1997

    Barristers should be able to directly negotiate with clients when hammering out conditional fee deals, according to government minister Geoff Hoon.The Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department, said it made sense for barristers to become closely involved in negotiating the uplift for a conditional fee.Any direct negotiation over the uplift - the percentage of the damages to which a lawyer is entitled - would end the Bar's traditional ...

  • IBA acts to stamp out prejudice

    11-Nov-1997

    Lawyers worldwide are to be called upon to act as "role models and agents for change" under the first ever IBA guidelines designed to stamp out discrimination in the profession.But the guidelines, drawn up by the organisation's Discrimination and Gender Equality Committee, stop short of compelling member Bar associations to comply. They will require the approval of the IBA council at next year's conference.The draft resolution asks the council to "call ...

  • IBA Conference - Challenge to Kempe

    11-Nov-1997

    Lalit Bhasin, honorary secretary-general of the Indian Bar Association, is to launch a bid next year to become vice-president of the IBA, threatening the bid by IBA secretary general, Dianna Kempe, to become the first woman president of the organisation.

  • IBA Conference - Effective justice

    11-Nov-1997

    The Government's drive to speed up criminal justice may lead to more miscarriages of justice, Law Society president Phillip Sycamore told the International Bar Conference on Thursday. "There are disturbing signs that saving money rather than securing justice is in danger of emerging as the driving force behind moves to speed up our justice system," he told a meeting on miscarriages of justice last Thursday. He highlighted the risks posed by the Government's plan for "straightforward" .

  • IBA Conference - India calls on foreigners to play on level playing field

    11-Nov-1997

    The Indian Bar Association appears to have removed some obstacles to foreign lawyers setting up in its country - only to raise new ones.During the inaugural ceremony, Lalit Bhasin, honorary secretary-general of the Indian Bar Association, said international lawyers were welcome to come to India "so long as they practise on a level playing field".He later told The Lawyer that his association and the lawyers' regulatory body, the Bar Council of India, had ...

  • IBA Conference - SA apologises

    11-Nov-1997

    South Africa's two main professional legal bodies have apologised for failing to prevent human rights abuses during the apartheid era. In their submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Association of Law Societies said it let down people who were victimised under white rule. The General Council of the Bar said that its members had challenged injustices but that they could have done more to expose the regime's shortcomings.

  • IBA Conference - Women provoked

    11-Nov-1997

    A senior Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) official said the UK judiciary had recognised - "not always with tremendous enthusiasm" - that abused women could suffer from "cumulative provocation". Speaking at the International Bar Conference, CPS director of casework evaluation Chris Newell referred to Crawley woman Kiranjit Ahluwalia, who burnt her husband to death. She had her murder conviction quashed and a plea of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility accepted in ...

  • In brief: Alleged legal aid fraud conspirators bailed

    11-Nov-1997

    Ten current or former legal executives of West Country solicitor Timothy Robinson, all charged with conspiracy to defraud the Legal Aid Board by dishonestly submitting various legal aid forms, have been bailed to appear in court with him on 22 December at Stroud following a three-year SFO investigation.

  • In brief: Cadwaladers recruits privatisation lawyers

    11-Nov-1997

    US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has recruited Robert Vitale to head its global infrastructure and privatisation group. It has also taken on five privatisation specialists from US firm Brown & Wood and said it will hire top project finance lawyers in London.

  • In brief: Clifford Chance partner moves to HK

    11-Nov-1997

    Clifford Chance partner Denis Brock is moving to Hong Kong from London to help develop the firm's Asia Pacific contentious business practice.

  • In brief: Clifford Chance settles claim out of court

    11-Nov-1997

    Clifford Chance has now settled out of court the £610m negligence claim brought against it by four Canadian banks for a sum thought to be between £5m and £10m.

  • In brief: Conflict of interests?

    11-Nov-1997

    Withers partner David Mills has rejected as "mischievous" Tory claims that his previous job as non-executive director at Benetton Formula created a potential conflict of interest for his wife, Health Minister Tessa Jowell, in the exemption of Formula One from the ban on tobacco advertising in British sport.

  • In brief: Construction law reform forum announced

    11-Nov-1997

    Former Construction Minister Tony Baldry MP has announced the formation of the Forum for Construction Law Reform - a group of leading construction lawyers and industry figures looking to promote changes to construction legislation.

  • In brief: Co-operation Ireland launch UK legal arm

    11-Nov-1997

    Non-political charity Co-operation Ireland will launch a lawyers group this week to support cross-border projects in Ireland. The charity, headed by Terry Neill, chairman of the Arthur Andersen board, will hold its first reception for lawyers at Collyer-Bristow's offices on Wednesday. Also sponsoring the event is Allied Irish Bank, The Lawyer and Magrath & Co. For further information contact Julia Robinson at 0171-730 5553.

  • In brief: Hoon hints at review of N Ireland legal aid

    11-Nov-1997

    Geoff Hoon, Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department, said the Government would probably be conducting a review of legal aid and civil justice in Northern Ireland "with a view to bringing forward similar proposals" to those for England and Wales, at the Legal Action Group (LAG) conference in London last week.

  • In brief: Official Referee judgments go on the Net

    11-Nov-1997

    Official Referee judgments considered by judges to be of interest to practitioners are to be made available free on the Internet, according to the Official Referees' Bar Association.

  • In brief: Red and blue redesign for Biddle & Co

    11-Nov-1997

    City firm Biddle & Co, advised by design consultancy The Partners, has shortened its name to Biddle, introduced a new blue and red look to all its stationery and promotional literature, as well refurbishing its reception and meeting rooms.

  • In brief: Richards Butler expands in Brazil

    11-Nov-1997

    Richards Butler is expanding its Sao Paulo office with the arrival of local Brazilian partner Antonio Carlos Rodrigues do Amaral and an association with local firm Albino Advogados Associados.

  • In brief: UK firms fail to keep up with the big boys

    11-Nov-1997

    UK firms have dropped dramatically in the International Financial Law Review's 1998 list of the world's biggest law firms, with only Clifford Chance retaining last year's number two spot between Baker & McKenzie (top) and Jones ...

  • In brief: US public defence systems don't work

    11-Nov-1997

    Contracted public defence systems for the poor in the US are largely underfunded and create a "disincentive" for lawyers, warned National Legal Aid and Defenders Association senior attorney Bob Burke at the LAG conference last week.

  • Irish barrister hauled up before Tribunal for setting up Web site

    11-Nov-1997

    Irish barrister Kieron Wood has been hauled before a Bar Council disciplinary tribunal for setting up a Web site on the Internet.Wood, a former journalist who has been a barrister in Ireland since 1995, set up the site at the beginning of the year, despite a request from the Bar not to. It is understood that he was determined to take on the antiquated Irish "Bar library-system".Information in the site includes Wood's e-mail address and law library telephone ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 11/11/97

    11-Nov-1997

    Kevin Michael Quigley, 36, admitted 1985, practising at material time as The Quigley Partnership, Bolton, struck off and ordered to pay £5,076 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to keep properly written-up accounts, failed to pay funds into client account, wrongly drew money from client account and used for his own purposes, and misappropriated clients' funds. Tribunal said in breaching the Solicitors Accounts Rules and ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 11/11/97

    11-Nov-1997

    Collings v Nottingham Health Authority - QBD 20 October 1997Claimant: Alexander Collings, 1Incident: Medical negligenceInjuries: Claimant suffered cerebral palsy as result of oxygen starvation at birth. Liability admitted by health authority. Despite disability, claimant is described as a bright boy who enjoys school. He will always need support but court told there is a 'realistic possibility' he will one day be able to establish himself ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 11/11/97

    11-Nov-1997

    Appeal against conviction for psychiatric actual bodily harmR v Clarence Barrington Morris (1997)Court: CA (Potter LJ, Ebsworth J, Forbes J) 22/10/97Appearances: Mr Kogan for the appellant.Summary: Appeal against conviction and sentence for actual bodily harm caused by stalking. Whether conviction was safe when harm was psychiatric and judge did not allow adjournment to enable prosecution to adduce psychiatric evidence in support.

  • Litigation Writs 11/11/97

    11-Nov-1997

    Hampshire County Council is being sued for more than £300,000 by two property development companies over its alleged failure to build the planned Southern Distributor road near Fareham within an agreed time. Beazer Homes (Yateley), of Bath, and McLean Homes South West, of Willenhall, West Midlands, are claiming £242,500 from the council, with interest of £6,238 and continuing interest of £22.92 a day. Their writ says ...

  • Making contact

    11-Nov-1997

    The Northern Legal Office Exhibition at Manchester's G-Mex last month was an ideal opportunity for lawyers to find out about the range of services available.Major players in the information technology for lawyers field branded the first ever Northern Legal Office Exhibition a success owing to the "high quality" of contacts made at the show.The exhibition - sister show of the popular annual Solex exhibition, also sponsored by The Lawyer - is set to become ...

  • Making the most of databases

    11-Nov-1997

    Do the efficiency savings resulting from installing a database litigation support system justify the costs, asks Josef Elliot. Josef Elliott is a director of Elliott Slone, specialist in litigation support systems.Litigation support has moved into a new phase, but it is not the systems that have changed; it is the market. Users are becoming more mature and aware of their requirements. We're still a few years away from the Nintendo generation reaching ...

  • MDPs are a 'fraud' says IBA's Spanish council member

    11-Nov-1997

    Spain's leading law firm J&A Garrigues Andersen has responded coolly to a combative stance taken at the International Bar Conference on associations between lawyers and accountants.Bernado Cremades, Spain's representative on the IBA's ruling council and a member of the Madrid Bar Association, told delegates that "trying to combine accountants and law firms is not admissible".He referred to "Chinese walls" between auditors, tax advisers and legal ...

  • MDPs get green light in Delhi

    11-Nov-1997

    The world's Bar leaders have for the first time conceded that partnerships between accountants and lawyers could be permitted - with restrictions.Bar leaders, meeting in private at the International Bar Association (IBA) last week, agreed Bar Associations were within their rights to ban MDPs, but also said that they could be permitted.The IBA's standing committee on MDPs suggested three restrictions under which accountancy-lawyer partnerships could ...

  • MDPs grow in popularity, according to research

    11-Nov-1997

    In a sign that English and Welsh solicitors are coming around to accepting MDPs, 51 per cent believe Chancery Lane should support the development of MDPs. Only 25 per cent of solicitors came out against in a major survey of the profession published by the Law Society last week.But while 59 per cent of solicitors foresee an increase in MDPs, just 14 per cent expect them to have arrived within the next five years.Law Society president Phillip Sycamore is open to ...

  • New era for case management

    11-Nov-1997

    Michael Belas looks at the latest case management systems for law firms and asks if they offer anything for fee earners. Michael Belas is a director of Avenue Legal Systems, which offers a case management "lite" system called Wisdom Case Assistant.Since Dibb Lupton (as the firm was then called) showed the legal world in the late 1970s that it was possible to make money out of high volume, low margin legal services such as debt recovery work - provided ...

  • Olswang boosts commercial litigation unit

    11-Nov-1997

    London-based Olswang has recruited SJ Berwin & Co partner David Stewart to be its first dedicated commercial litigation partner."We're really, genuinely excited about this," said Stewart, who specialises in international arbitration and was in charge of alternative dispute resolution at SJ Berwin & Co.

  • Pannones represents patients in paedophilia-and-drugs inquiry

    11-Nov-1997

    A lawyer at Manchester-based Pannone & Partners is representing 120 patients who are involved in an inquiry into accusations of paedophile activity, drugs and pornography in a personality disorder unit at Ashworth special hospital on Merseyside.The inquiry was launched after a former inmate absconded last year. He implicated staff and patients in his allegations that drugs and pornography were freely available in the unit, that the system of searches had broken down, and ...

  • Prince Michael faces action

    11-Nov-1997

    Prince Michael of Kent is facing the threat of being taken to court, with a new court action now waiting in the High Court wings. In the case, which is bound to make headlines, the Prince is being sued by a former business adviser in respect of fees it is alleged he has failed to pay. The claim has been launched by Giles Remnant, 52, of Saffron Walden, Essex, who alleges he is owed more than £105,000. Remnant claims that in 1996 he took ...

  • Pro Bono Watch

    11-Nov-1997

    Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 734 0534, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho SquareI read with interest the viewpoint page concerning the launch of the Pro Bono Watch campaign by The Lawyer.Pro bono work forms a very important part of a lawyer's role in the community and helps to improve the public perception of lawyers.Lawrights' free legal information ...

  • Property

    11-Nov-1997

    Travers Smith Braithwaite advised developer Swan Hill Whiteley on a development and finance agreement for the construction of a £60m factory outlet. Lawrence Graham acted for Universities Superannuation Scheme.

  • Question of liability limitation

    11-Nov-1997

    Limitation of insurance liability in respect of vessels sent to sea in an unseaworthy state is to be probed by the Law Lords. They have given leave for Uni-Polaris Shipping Co to challenge an Appeal Court ruling in February this year, in which a $2m Commercial Court award against it by Mr Justice Tuckey in 1994 was upheld. The award was to the Manifest Shipping Co, owner of the Sea Star, which caught fire and was a total loss in 1990. Uni-Polaris, which insured the ...

  • Recruitment firm collapses

    11-Nov-1997

    Nottingham-based legal head-hunter Wellman-Smith Central is talking to liquidators with a view to putting itself into voluntary liquidation.The two founders, husband and wife Karl Wellman-Smith and Liz Mitra, will go it alone as a partnership after the restructuring, specialising in executive search services for lawyers.The move comes as the legal recruitment market is going through a boom period.But Wellman-Smith said the company had recently found ...

  • Ruffling employed barristers' feathers

    11-Nov-1997

    Employed barristers are beginning to ruffle their feathers over the Bar Council’s approach to campaigning on rights of audience on their behalf.Some feel that there is a distinct lack of enthusiasm from the Bar Council for the fight, and that while the right noises are being made in public, there is rather less going on behind the scenes.One barrister equated the fight for employed barristers to get rights of audience to turkeys voting for Christmas. To date, ...

  • Solicitors 'do not threaten Bar's role'

    11-Nov-1997

    Research by academics at Bristol University has shown that very few solicitors are taking up advocacy rights in civil courts and that they are not likely to do so in the future.A team from the University's Department of Professional Legal Studies, commissioned by the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education, conducted two-hour long interviews with 60 solicitors and a dozen barristers.It found that while many solicitors with a criminal ...

  • Stephen Clarke on duty of care in unusual circumstances. Stephen Clarke is a solicitor at Veale Wasbrough in Bristol.

    11-Nov-1997

    In 1963 the House of Lords decided, in Hedley Byrne & Co v Heller & Partners, that when economic loss is a foreseeable consequence of a careless statement to a party with whom the adviser has a special relationship, there is the possibility of an action in negligence.The ebb and flow of the Hedley Byrne duty of care has exercised the courts on numerous occasions since the original judgment, so what is the present opinion in the debate?Consider ...

  • Surprise move by Japanese Bar

    11-Nov-1997

    Confusion reigns over an announcement by a leading Japanese lawyer at the IBA conference that foreign lawyers would be allowed to enter partnerships with Japanese lawyers.A Nichibenren (the Justice Ministry and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations) review on liberalising the rules concerning foreign lawyers was completed last month, and initial reports suggested that foreign law firms would not be able to hire Japanese lawyers.But Toshiro Nishimura, former ...

  • Swiss refuse to remain neutral

    11-Nov-1997

    The Swiss chocolate industry wins its fight to prevent Cadbury from marketing its Swiss Chalet chocolate, reports Roger Pearson.The fight in the Chancery Division between the Swiss chocolate industry and Cadbury is being viewed in intellectual property circles as one of the most important cases of its kind. The case, dubbed "bar wars", centres on Cadbury's right to call one of its products Swiss Chalet.It has resulted, inter ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Elizabeth Robertson

    11-Nov-1997

    Elizabeth Robertson was born in Northampton, in 1968. She is currently working as an assistant solicitor at Peters & Peters, specialising in white collar crime.What was your first job?Glass collector at the Red Lion Pub.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£60 a week - placement student at a law firm in Brighton.

  • The new FSA - is it a case of 'the emperor's new clothes'?

    11-Nov-1997

    Keith Oliver says that if the Financial Services Authority is going to be any more effective than SIB it needs to be accorded powers equivalent to the SFOWhen the Securities and Investment Board (SIB) was set up 10 years ago, it was inaccurately described as regulation by poachers turned gamekeepers. SIB has provoked neither indignation nor apoplexy among those involved in financial wrongdoing. Investigation by "SIB officers" does not have the same impact as an investigation ...

  • The right direction for consumer protection

    11-Nov-1997

    A tough new head of enforcement, civil actions for market manipulation, and "no-win no-fee" will all help improve consumer protection, says Simon Gleeson. Simon Gleeson is head of financial regulation at Richards Butler.Most financial services businesses say money spent on regulating themselves is com pletely wasted. However, ask them about the need to regulate their competitors and the response is generally: "No one would dream of dealing with that bunch without someone ...

  • Top firms seek to scrap SIF

    11-Nov-1997

    A group of 35 top law firms is threatening legal action against the Law Society if it does not swiftly revamp the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF).Known as the November Group, the firms - most of which are among the top 50 in the country - are seeking the right to get private sector indemnity insurance. They are angered by the £450m shortfall announced by SIF this year, and by the fact that firms with poor claims records are not thrown out of the fund.The ...

  • UK barrister advises on Louise Woodward case

    11-Nov-1997

    English barrister John Cooper has been trying to effect the release of Louise Woodward, using UK precedents on the adverse effect of pre-trial publicity.Cooper, of 7 Stone Buildings, has been working pro bono for the Justice for Louise Woodward Campaign. Last week he sent relevant British precedents, which he says have persuasive authority in the US courts, to Barry Scheck, Woodward's defence lawyer.These include the 1993 case of Michelle and Lisa Taylor, ...

  • Upstairs, downstairs

    11-Nov-1997

    Things are even worse than Nigel Savage thinks (The Lawyer 14 October; and Helen Cannings, The Lawyer 23 September). Some law schools in the new universities are recruiting Oxbridge graduates as LPC students, lecturers and at professorial level.Professor Peter Kunzlik, MA, LLM (Cantab), Head of Centre for Legal Research, Nottingham Trent University