11 December 1995

The Lawyer

  • A name for the dotted line

    12-Dec-1995

    I have seen a copy of the letter written to you by David Keating and others relating to the Presidents Reform Group. I wish to accept their invitation to be named as a signatory to that letter.JB PickupCouncil memberMoss & Haselhurst2 Castle StreetNorthwich.

  • Arden takes over helm at commission

    12-Dec-1995

    THE HIGH Court judge who helped raise the profile of the Law Commission is stepping down as its chair.Mr Justice Brooke's term of office at the commission has come to an end and his position is being taken next month by Mrs Justice Arden, a High Court Chancery judge since 1993.The commission has seen a leap in the number of its reports implemented. In the last two sessions of Parliament 13 were implemented, compared to four in the session before.

  • Australian firm signs A&O's Walls

    12-Dec-1995

    AUSTRALIAN practice Allens Arthur Robinson has appointed Allen & Overy lawyer Duncan Walls to head its London office.He will replace the current managing partner Jim Dunstan, who has run the London office for the past three years.Dunstan is returning to Sydney in March to run the banking department of Allen Allen & Hemsley, one of the member firms of the Allens Arthur Robinson ...

  • Behind closed doors: THE CCBe. Divided they stand on Euro legal practice

    12-Dec-1995

    EACH week while Europe's legislators debate the pros and cons of a single currency five of the member states' top lawyers meet by telephone to forecast the future of the union's legal profession.Since its establishment 35 years ago the five-member presidency of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) has been responsible for canvassing the views of legal bodies across the continent and producing opinions on a wide range of European ...

  • Bevan Ashford picks MDI for network

    12-Dec-1995

    Helen Sage reportsBevan Ashford has selected SCSI-Express software and CD-ROM drives from Micro Design International to supply partners with electronically stored reference material on its Novell 4.1 NetWare system.The system, located in the firm's Bristol office, already serves 30 lawyers as well as researchers in Bristol. Researchers in London are supported using a kilostream link, while staff in Cardiff and Plymouth have access to the main ...

  • Cabinet reshuffle spreads load

    12-Dec-1995

    HOME Secretary Michael Howard has allocated new responsibilities to his ministers, following the appointment of Tom Sackville as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.The department now has five ministers under Howard. Nicholas Baker resigned as Under Secretary of State earlier this year on medical grounds and was replaced by Timothy Kirkhope.Sackville joined the team last month and will work alongside fellow Under Secretary Kirkhope and Ministers of State David ...

  • Cause for concern

    12-Dec-1995

    Imagine struggling away at your job and ending the year without making any money out of it. Not so hard to imagine for a vast number of practitioners, who will find the newly-released figures on earnings and profitability in the solicitors' profession a depressing confirmation of what they already know to be true. According to the report less than half the firms operating in this area were actually making money out of it.It's easy to say that the profession ...

  • CEDR founder returns for three-month secondment

    12-Dec-1995

    LOVELL White Durrant's former joint managing partner Charles Dodson is being seconded to the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR).Dodson, who set up Lovell's Chicago office this summer, will spend around three months with the leading ADR (alternative dispute resolution) body he helped found five years ago.Karl Mackie, CEDR chief executive, said the centre was "lucky to have enticed him away from Lovell White Durrant for a few months and [he] will be ...

  • Circuit judge defends his honour after fraud arrest

    12-Dec-1995

    CIRCUIT judge Richard Gee has released a press statement saying that he is confident he will emerge from mortgage fraud inquiries with his reputation "intact".Gee, who was arrested last week and questioned at Belgravia police station, is alleged to have been involved in fraud occurring between 1980 and 1989.His arrest was confirmed in a statement released last week by the Lord Chancellor's Department, which has suspended his sitting until the outcome of ...

  • City firms set their sights on advocacy

    12-Dec-1995

    CITY firms are gearing themselves up to take on the Bar in the higher courts.

  • Clients ditch loyalty in search for better value

    12-Dec-1995

    CLIENTS are increasingly shopping around on the grounds of price and quality to find the most suitable law firms, according to a report on the buying and selling of legal services.The report, which includes findings from a survey of the top 60 law firms, reveals that clients are becoming less loyal to their law firms and are spreading their work around a number of practices.Published by FT Professional Publishing last week, the study observes that many client ...

  • Colombia. On the wrong side of political justice

    12-Dec-1995

    COLOMBIAN human rights lawyer Luis Perez thought he was safe. Death threats last year forced him to move his pregnant wife and young son to a secret location outside Bogota. He even stopped defending political prisoners and families of the tortured, murdered and disappeared. But it wasn't enough.Colombia's paramilitary death squads run a wide network of terror and secretly benefit from the training and intelligence support of local police and military commanders.

  • Conveyancing and the case for reform

    12-Dec-1995

    I am labelled an outspoken critic of the proposals fronted by John Edge for the introduction of a minimum fee scale for conveyancing (The Lawyer, 14 November). Yes, I am against the proposals but I am also totally in favour of good quality conveyancing being carried out for much greater reward than it is currently possible to obtain.It should be noted that although conveyancing accounts for about 10 per cent of gross fee income to the profession, it results in almost 55 ...

  • Court unions claim partial victory over PFI moves

    12-Dec-1995

    A PARTIAL climb-down by the Court Service over plans to "privatise" court computing and administrative functions has averted a national court strike this week.The Court Service is negotiating with foreign multinational companies over the plans, brought under the Government's Private Finance Initiative (PFI), and involving an extensive £50 to £70 million five-year outsourcing contract.The Court Service move still leaves some elements in place, ...

  • Courts gear up to fight fines plan

    12-Dec-1995

    THE HIGH Court has granted magistrates committees leave to judicially review the Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor over the transfer of police enforcement duties.The action is being taken by the Central Council of Magistrates Courts Committees (CCMCC), an organisation which represents the 105 Magistrates Courts Committees around the country.Duncan Webster, general secretary of the CCMCC, said the application for leave was finally made because "we didn't ...

  • CPS lawyers could 'lose objectivity' under a proposed police link-up

    12-Dec-1995

    PLANS being hatched between the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for some Crown Prosecutors to be based in police stations could lead to CPS lawyers 'going native'.Roger Ede, secretary to the Law Society's criminal law committee, said: "We see dangers in the CPS being too closely involved with the police. There is a risk of CPS lawyers losing objectivity."There is also the possibility such CPS lawyers could become witnesses to a case. "The ...

  • Dechert signings

    12-Dec-1995

    The Washington DC office of Dechert Price & Rhoads has signed five lawyers from defunct New York firm Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon. Senior litigation lawyer Leonard Garment, former managing partner of the Mudge Rose DC office I Lewis Libby, Ralph Oman, Joseph Aronica and Edith Albert have moved. Their signings have expanded Decherts' capabilities in public policy and administrative law, intellectual ...

  • Domino Run

    12-Dec-1995

    If you enjoy John Grisham and Scott Turow you will enjoy Andrew Iyer's first novel, Domino Run. Iyer, a City solicitor with a practice in international trade and shipping law, has written a thriller set in Europe after the dismantling of the East's Communist regimes.The hero, David Bowstead, is a senior litigation assistant in one of the City's oldest law firms. He is handsome, clever and on the brink of partnership. Iyer has ...

  • Employment In The NHS

    12-Dec-1995

    I like this book. It is packed with practical advice, untrammelled by too many references to cases or statutes. It is very much a market-focused work and seems more designed for human resources professionals in the NHS than for lawyers.The book aims to provide a practical examination of the law relating to employment and personnel management in the health service.In the first two pages there is a helpful analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of the ...

  • Exchange Chambers

    12-Dec-1995

    A DELEGATION of Chinese lawyers visiting the UK were welcomed to the North West by Exchange Chambers and Davies Wallis Foyster. The UK lawyers co-hosted the visit of the deputy directors from the Legislative Affairs Commission of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, which develops legal policy in China.

  • Farewell to dog days?

    12-Dec-1995

    So, it's goodbye to Paul Rhodes, the managing partner of Dibb Lupton Broomhead who is stepping down at the end of the year (The Lawyer, 5 December).Does that mean it's also an end to all those terrible cliches about rottweilers and tigers?Name not supplied,LeedsCW8 1AB.

  • Fighting over the name game

    12-Dec-1995

    Most litigation involves navigating turbulent waters. But those waters are seldom more turbulent than in a current 'what's-in-a-name' battle which promises to establish precedents in trademark law.When the case recently reached court and an interlocutory judgment was given for a pending High Court battle between two leading opinion poll organisations, Mr Justice Robert Walker said that because of the "turbulence" it was "impossible to see ...

  • Financings

    12-Dec-1995

    Ashurst Morris Crisp is advising ING Bank as arranger and underwriter of the $97 million project financing for the Gul Ahmed power project in Karachi

  • Financings

    12-Dec-1995

    Pinsent Curtis advised UK software development company Software One on an investment by major US software corporation Sybase. The investment is by way of a loan with an option to convert into shares and a development agreement. Hammond Suddards advised Sybase.

  • Firm leads the way in finance deals for housing

    12-Dec-1995

    TROWERS & Hamlins is celebrating the achievement of an impressive stranglehold on the public housing market after helping a housing association raise £105 million in the largest venture of its kind.The firm says it has now helped the housing movement raise £5 billion of private finance, amounting to more than 60 per cent of the £8.5 billion raised altogether.The most recent stock issue handled by the firm was for the Preston-based North British ...

  • Firm rises to grid challenge

    12-Dec-1995

    Herbert Smith's massive task of floating the National Grid reached its conclusion when trading in the privatised utility started on 11 December.The flotation involved at least 35 lawyers, including a dozen partners, in a deal valued at more than £5 billion. Together with related demergers by the regional electricity companies (RECs), it was one of the biggest and most complex transactions of the year.Herbert Smith acted for the 12 RECs which owned ...

  • Flotations

    12-Dec-1995

    Lovell White Durrant advised electronics company Vero Group on its London Stock Exchange listing by way of a placing and intermediaries offer. Slaughter and May advised sponsors SBC Warburg.

  • Flying the flag of legal standards

    12-Dec-1995

    The emerging need for help and advice on chambers management began to take shape with the release of the report to the Bar Council in November 1993 of Work of the Young Bar.A key recommendation in this report was that the council should publish guidance to encourage barristers to meet the high standards of practice expected of them.Following endorsements by Lord Alexander, chair of the Bar Standards Review Body, in early summer this year, the Bar ...

  • Given In Evidence

    12-Dec-1995

    "The truth won't always set you free" proclaims the cover of Given in Evidence by Jonathan Davies and you know you are in for a dose of realism as you enter the folds of this intriguing first novel.This is a story about drug trafficking and a trial which enters into the personal life of the prosecution barrister Jeremy Scott.In the most unexpected ways, apparently unconnected events merge into the trial of a drug courier from Pakistan that eventually explodes ...

  • Government unveils plans to modernise trust law

    12-Dec-1995

    City lawyers will find increasing demand for advice from stockbrokers and fund managers as a result of a series of sweeping reforms proposed in trust law, according to top lawyers.The lawyers welcome new governmental backing for extensive modernising of what they say is an archaic area of statute law.Support for change, which comes from both the Lord Chancellor and the Treasury, will initially result in greater freedom for trustees in their choice of investments.

  • Group actions finally face up to the winds of change

    12-Dec-1995

    The past few months have seen a variety of often contradictory proposals about changing group actions to make them more cost effective. The main suggestions come from the Lord Chancellor's Green Paper, Legal Aid - Targeting Need, Lord Woolf's proposals, and the report by the working party of the Law Society examining group actions.Lord Mackay produced his Green Paper in May 1995, suggesting a thorough review of the legal aid system. The proposals fall into five ...

  • Group members reject 'party' tag

    12-Dec-1995

    FOUR members of Law Society president Martin Mears' new reform group have moved to downplay the extent of its cohesiveness.In a joint letter in this week's issue of The Lawyer, council members Angela Deacon, David Keating, David Savage and John Pickup insist the President's Reform Group (PRG) is not a party or faction within the council (see page 14).The four council members claim the motives behind their decision to join the group, unveiled by ...

  • Guild of Editors claims Howard Bill will place new 'gag' on press

    12-Dec-1995

    NEWSPAPER lawyers have slammed clauses in the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Bill restricting report- age of trials as "new fetters upon open justice".In a letter to Home Secretary Michael Howard, lawyers for the Guild of Editors say that proposed new court order powers carrying criminal penalties will "gag" the press by "more and more complex and frequently unworkable rules".The guild, which represents regional newspaper editors, is concerned about the ...

  • Homing in on the Web

    12-Dec-1995

    Helen Sage reportsInternational law firm Allen & Overy launched its own World Wide Web 'home page' on the Internet last week. Clients will be able to access information on legal services, current events and Allen & Overy publications. To complement the new service, the firm is producing a booklet for clients, called New Methods of Communicating with Allen & ...

  • Housing debate goes into Web cyberspace

    12-Dec-1995

    DEBATE over the proposed Housing Bill will take place in cyberspace with the launch of its very own Internet site on the World Wide Web.The Law Centres Federation and the Housing Centre, a London charity, have combined with Ferret Information Systems in a new venture to use the Internet as a universal lobbying tool.Matthew Waddington, housing development project worker at the Law Centres Federation, said of the move: "The Housing Bill covers so many different ...

  • IBA puts rights on global agenda

    12-Dec-1995

    HUMAN rights will no longer be left to the "whim" of individual countries as law becomes more supranational, says the president of the International Bar Association, Professor Ross Harper.Speaking at last week's launch of the IBA's human rights institute, Harper said that the importance of supranational courts "cannot be overemphasised".He added that all countries should be subject to the scrutiny of their neighbours.As reports emerged that ...

  • If Divorce Is The Only Way...An Emotional and Practical Guide to the Essential Do's and Don'ts of Divorce and Marital Breakdown

    12-Dec-1995

    John Bieber has hit the button in his book If Divorce is The Only Way. In 39 well-written chapters, he sets out how a spouse going through or contemplating a divorce can best avoid the pitfalls often encountered during, as well as beyond, the process and how he or she can cope with the trauma and upset of the marriage breakdown in a dignified manner.There is also a useful section dealing with children.The spouse is rightly reminded of the importance of putting ...

  • Immigration - Employment & Business Practice

    12-Dec-1995

    Laura Devine's new book, Immigration Employment & Business Practice, is handsomely published with a clear, if not innovative, layout. This slim work could function as an aide-memoire to assist when that unexpected telephone call comes.But other comparable texts are of a manageable size and offer more. For example, the JCWI Handbook covers the EU Association and Co-operation Agreements,whereas Devine's answer is to refer readers to "specialist legal advice".

  • In brief: Barrister is Cosmopolitan top achiever

    12-Dec-1995

    London barrister Dinah Rose has beaten 100 finalists to become this year's Cosmopolitan/American Express Achievement award winner. A sex discrimination lawyer, Rose represented police officer Alison Halford in her case against the Chief Constable of Merseyside and fought for women in the armed services who were dismissed after they became pregnant. More recently, she took the Government to the European Court of Justice over discrimination against men on prescription charges. Rose, ...

  • In brief: Betesh Fox ups office space by 50 per cent

    12-Dec-1995

    Manchester law firm Betesh Fox has increased its office space by more than 50 per cent after buying two three-storey units. The extra 16,000 feet are in the Ralli Courts office complex in the West Riverside area of the city. The space will be filled by February next year with the overspill from the original offices together with six new staff to be recruited to serious fraud investigation, personal injury and medical negligence, intellectual property and commercial litigation.

  • In brief: Communications ace for Baker & McKenzie

    12-Dec-1995

    The communications and multi-media group at Baker & McKenzie has recruited Stephanie Liston from Freshfields. Liston, who is admitted in the UK and US jurisdictions, was a senior lawyer with MCI Communications Corporation before joining Freshfields. She has acted for companies entering and diversifying into the UK and European communications markets and advised MCI in its joint venture with ...

  • In brief: Deacons partner appeals bankruptcy

    12-Dec-1995

    A former partner of collapsed north-west firm Deacon Goldrein Green has lodged an appeal against her bankruptcy. Patricia Reynolds was declared bankrupt after a hearing at Liverpool County Court in October, along with two other former partners, Martin Green and Robert Ollerhead. Further action was then stayed until 30 November to allow them time to lodge appeals, but only Reynolds has done so. A date has yet to be fixed for her appeal. The trio had all objected to the bankruptcy petitions ...

  • In brief: Group launches support for accountants

    12-Dec-1995

    A new litigation support panel has been launched by the UK 200 Group of practising chartered accountants. The panel, which combines member firms' expertise in forensic accountancy, has been established to meet a growing demand for professional skills and expert witnesses in cases such as contractual disputes, commercial fraud and personal injury. For further information contact the group on 01252 333 511.

  • In brief: Hammond Suddards pioneer retires

    12-Dec-1995

    Hammond Suddards senior partner Alan Bottomley has announced plans to retire after 24 years building the firm to its current position. Bottomley has been influential in the firm's development since the mid-1970s, having seen it grow from his family practice Gaunt, Fosters & Bottomley through several mergers finally to become a 900-staff commercial firm with offices in Leeds, London, Manchester, Bradford and Brussels. Bottomley retires on 30 April 1996. He will be succeeded by head ...

  • In brief: Leo Abse

    12-Dec-1995

    We have been asked to point out that Leo Abse, the former MP who spearheaded divorce reforms in Parliament in 1969, was a member of the Labour party and not a Conservative.

  • In brief: New home for Brooke North & Goodwin

    12-Dec-1995

    Leeds firm Brooke North & Goodwin is relocating to new purpose-built offices this week. The firm, which has spent the past 30 years in its Yorkshire House offices, will move to Great George Street's Crown House.

  • In brief: Touche Ross takes on barrister

    12-Dec-1995

    Chartered accountant Touche Ross has signed barrister Andrew Young as a member of its VAT team. Young, who has represented the Commissioners of Customs and Excise in more than 200 VAT and Duties Tribunal hearings, will represent clients appealing against indirect tax assessments and interest penalties.

  • Injection of young blood for Council

    12-Dec-1995

    CORNWALL-BASED Helen Davies has swept on to the Law Society Council with massive support in the first by-election since Martin Mears was elected to the presidency.At 31, Davies, who works for the Launceston firm Parnall Langsford, will be the youngest member of the council when she takes her seat at next week's council meeting.She easily won a four-way contest for the seat. David O'Hagan, chair of the Sole Practitioners Group, came last.The ...

  • Judges to get major training shake-up

    12-Dec-1995

    THE JUDICIAL Studies Board (JSB) plans major improvements to judge training in response to Lord Woolf's proposals for judicial case management, rapid changes in criminal law, and the public's expectations of a better service.More training for all levels of judges as well as magistrates and tribunals are in the pipeline. More regular reporting of such developments are also expected, with the introduction of an annual rather than four-yearly report from 1996.

  • Judicial Review Proceedings: A Practitioner's Guide

    12-Dec-1995

    As with most LAG productions, the emphasis in this well-produced book is practical. Jonathan Manning, a practising barrister, has written a short but comprehensive guide to judicial review in its procedure and substantive law.The book is logically structured with chapters on bodies susceptible to review, available remedies, and grounds for judicial review applications. There are helpful appendices which contain most of the forms and precedents the ...

  • Law In A Digital World

    12-Dec-1995

    The impact of new technology on the practice of law has been seen by many as being no more significant than the introduction of the fax 10 years ago - an increase in immediate contact with colleagues and clients.One of the aims of this book is to demonstrate that this idea is false. The client is increasingly able to obtain information alone and the successful digital lawyer will add value to the information, either by linking it to other relevant information or by ...

  • Lawyers hit out at LAB's plan for 'nightmarish' block contracts

    12-Dec-1995

    LEGAL aid solicitors have attacked Legal Aid Board proposals for "short term" block contracts, claiming they would have a destabilising effect on firms.The Legal Aid Practitioners Group has reacted to the publication of the board's response to Lord Mackay's Green Paper by homing in on the suggestion that contracts should last just two years under a new contractual legal aid regime.The group says it will be impossible for legal aid firms labouring under ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 12/12/95

    12-Dec-1995

    Alexander George Mitchell, admitted 1985, struck off in April 1989, re-admitted to Roll. Mitchell struck off after allegations substantiated he misappropriated money from estate of deceased client, wrongly drew and used client money, failed to account to partners for work done by him on behalf of partnership. At time of striking off Mitchell was salaried partner in firm at Chichester. He was said to have been a compulsive gambler and to have admitted taking ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 12/12/95

    12-Dec-1995

    Maitland-Walker v Seventh Dial and Mothercare UK - QBD 20 November 199Claimant: Oliver Maitland-Walker, 7Accident: Serious burns after 'Moses Basket' supposed to be fireproof was set alight when child's sister dropped lighted match into itInjuries: Claimant received extensive burns to head, face, shoulders and arms; total burns covered around 30 per cent of his total body surface area; admitted to hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 12/12/95

    12-Dec-1995

    Compulsory acquisition of land by authorityR v Northumbrian Water, ex parte Able UK (1995).QBD (Carnwath J) 1/12/95.Summary: Water company held entitled to withdraw its notice to treat notwithstanding having taken possession of the land which it sought to acquire. Position concerning the advance payment made to the landowner.In 1991 the respondent sewerage undertaker (the water company) in the Hartlepool area made a compulsory purchase ...

  • Litigation Writs 12/12/95

    12-Dec-1995

    Home Secretary Michael Howard, Keith Vaz, Labour MP for Leicestershire East and Rupert Allason, Conservative MP for Torbay are heading for High Court libel showdowns. Howard is suing The Guardian over a story on 11 November headed "Fayed blames Howard as LBC radio deal fails". Vaz is suing The Sun over a story on 27 November headed "MP: I want a 'colony' of Asians". Allason is seeking damages over a 3 November story in General Practitioner ...

  • Mackay not amused by Telegraph speech story

    12-Dec-1995

    LORD Mackay's problems from within his own political party seemed to return last week, when he took an unprecedented step over another unprecedented step later revealed to have never occurred at all.The Daily Telegraph's front page splash last Thursday asserted: "Lord Mackay, the Lord Chancellor, is to take the unprecedented step of reminding judges that the courts are not superior to Parliament."Mackay's alleged message, in a story headlined "Judges ...

  • Man of action

    12-Dec-1995

    The Lord Chancellor is used to seeing his name in the press. Recently, with all the right wing indignation over his divorce reforms, he has seen it coupled with talk of back-tracking and revolt.But it was a story in the Daily Telegraph last week which finally shook him out of his reserve to put a halt to a story. The Telegraph claimed the Lord Chancellor was to "take the unprecedented step of reminding judges that the courts are not to overstep their powers ...

  • Mears squares up to 'old guard'

    12-Dec-1995

    A CRUNCH vote this week on conveyancing threatens to blow apart any semblance of unity within the Law Society Council as it struggles to respond to the clamour for higher fees from the profession.Law Society president Martin Mears says a motion to exclude cut-price conveyancers from the indemnity insurance scheme, to be put before the council on Thursday, is one of the most important ever.The move to fight the slump in fees coincides with the release of the society's ...

  • MP defends LCD grant shortfall for magistrates

    12-Dec-1995

    JONATHAN Evans MP, the new Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department, has given a controversial description of magistrates courts service funding."In spite of the very heavy pressure on running costs, we have managed to maintain the current grant at its baseline level," Evans told delegates at the annual conference of the Central Council of Magistrates Courts Committees.His statement follows the previous week's LCD settlement of £265.6 ...

  • Music row makes crescendo to High Court

    12-Dec-1995

    In August we spotlighted a music industry row over the name of 60s group The Hollies. That dispute has now been settled, giving the group all they were seeking including undisclosed damages.But in the wake of the settlement, the solicitor who handled the case, Brian Eagles of Nabarro Nathanson, says two new actions are heading for early hearings in the High Court's ...

  • New LESI president

    12-Dec-1995

    A meeting of the international delegates of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) saw a City partner elected as the group's new president. Jeremy Brown, head of intellectual property, technology and communications at Linklaters & Paines, was voted in during the meeting in Orlando. Made up of 27 member societies representing 35 countries, LESI is the international professional society ...

  • No factions in council

    12-Dec-1995

    An item appears on the front page of The Lawyer, 28 November which creates the wrong impression.We have been anxious to ensure that the work of the Law Society Council is unhindered and a much-needed programme for reform is pursued for the benefit of our profession.When each of us was approached by our president and asked if we would be willing to be part of a group of council members upon whom he would be able to call for advice, we saw this as an ...

  • Penningtons forges links in former Soviet state

    12-Dec-1995

    CITY and Home Counties firm Penningtons is acting for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on a proposed loan to a major Belarussian company.A team from the company and commercial department headed by partner Roger Duncan is advising on ownership and security of assets and will regularly be visiting factories in the capital Minsk with Belarussian consultant Oleg Gvozd.

  • Programme pilots integrated computer systems for law firms

    12-Dec-1995

    The Coolfin Partnership, the manufacturer of an integrated computer and telecommunications system, is looking for law firms prepared to take part in a pilot programme.The Pan-European Legal Telematics Programme, which was announced in September after three years of research, aims to build common standards for integrating computer and telecommunications services in the legal professionGavin Maxwell, the project co-ordinator said: "Many of the firms analysed during ...

  • Property

    12-Dec-1995

    Clifford Chance acted for Burton Group in its £94.5 million purchase of the head leasehold interest in its flagship property at London's Oxford Circus. Nicholson Graham & Jones acted for the vendor, a joint venture between Heron International and Societe Generale.

  • Property

    12-Dec-1995

    Iliffes Booth Bennett and Paynes Hicks Beach acted for Lands Improvement Holdings in its £50 million contract to acquire 19,500 acres of farmland together with associated farming subsidiary British Field Products from Royal Insurance Asset Management in what is claimed to be the biggest agricultural property deal so far. Linklaters & Paines acted for Royal Insurance.

  • QC takes top job at Axxia

    12-Dec-1995

    Helen Sage reportsJohn Boyd QC has been appointed chair of IT systems supplier Axxia Systems.Boyd's career has spanned both the legal profession and the IT industry. He was appointed QC in 1982 and in 1988 he became the first industrial lawyer to be elected Bencher of Gray's Inn.For the past 10 years he has been a prominent figure in the world of IT where he held the position of director at Digital Equipment. He retired from the company ...

  • Quill makes mark in the North West

    12-Dec-1995

    Helen Sage reportsQuill Computer Systems, which supplies legal technology, has come 44th in a league table of the top performing private limited companies based in the North West.The research was conducted by Newsco Publications on behalf of Entrepreneur magazine. The criteria used in compiling the table was based on figures from audited accounts.Quill Computer System's managing director Tony Landes said: "The past three years ...

  • Reinsurance talks

    12-Dec-1995

    City firm Lovell White Durrant is jointly hosting the 1996 International Reinsurance Dispute Resolution conference with its newly-opened Chicago office. The event, to be held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 19 to 21 June next year, carries on the tradition of reinsurance conferences held over the past five years by Joe McCullough, George Platz and Eric Haab, who opened the firm's Chicago office in April 1995. The partners were formerly with US firm Sidley & Austin. Lovells ...

  • Report sounds recession alert

    12-Dec-1995

    FEWER than half the law firms operating in conveyancing work are making money out of it, the Law Society's annual statistical report has confirmed.The report, released on Friday, predicts that the profession may be on the brink of a recession and makes particularly gloomy reading for sole practitioners and high street firms.It says growth in the financial turnover of private practice firms this year was insufficient to maintain previous levels of earnings ...

  • Sandra Banks finds a case where EC law holds sway. BYLN:

    12-Dec-1995

    Sandra Banks is a partner at Denton Hall.The controversial issue of the export of live veal calves has been aired more than once in the High Court. In April, the court took the view that as the export of live animals was lawful, it was the duty of the harbour authorities to accept the trade and the duty of the police and others to ensure it was not impeded.In the light of the conclusions reached under national law in that case, the court decided ...

  • Solicitors urged to invest more money in IT

    12-Dec-1995

    Helen Sage reportsMany legal firms are not capitalising on the technology revolution and are consequently not as profitable as they could be, according to David Higdon, computer consultancy partner with chartered accountants James & Cowper.He told a recent seminar, attended by Thames Valley solicitors, that computer strategy needed to dovetail into the practice's business objectives. "Big city firms have taken IT to their hearts, ...

  • Source of systems

    12-Dec-1995

    Helen Sage reportsThe IT Legal Guide is the latest publication from the database division of VNU Business Publications. It is designed to meet the needs of lawyers sourcing IT suppliers, systems software and services. The guide provides detailed profiles of 400 suppliers which provide IT solutions for the legal profession and more than 300 software products covering every type of legal application from accounts to the preparation of wills. A reference section provides ...

  • Tales from the scripts

    12-Dec-1995

    Behind every legal screenplay lies a legal eagle who attempts to mould artistic creativity into legal dictum. And out there in the audience lurks a gaggle of beady-eyed lawyers waiting to pounce on any errors which slip through the net.Kavanagh QC proved such a case. The highly acclaimed series had one little legal error - there was no red sash on the judge's robes in a particular episode. A letter from a lawyer viewer was dashed off to The Times and all hell broke ...

  • Teams line up in Welsh Water's bid for Swalec

    12-Dec-1995

    Slaughter and May and Herbert Smith were in pole position in the £872 million Welsh Water bid for Welsh regional electricity company Swalec.The bid was delayed to coincide with the latest valuation of the National Grid.Swalec is one of the 12 regional electricity company (REC) shareholders in the grid, the sale of which will provide extra dividend for shareholders.

  • Telecomms expert gets call to head TJG team

    12-Dec-1995

    LEADING telecommunications lawyer Ted Mercer is leaving Allison & Humphreys to head a team at Taylor Joynson Garrett.Mercer has been a partner in the telecommunications and broadcasting department at Allison & Humphreys since 1990. He specialises in the regulatory field, interconnect procurement agreements and the cable industry.However, discussions are still under way as to when Mercer will leave Allison & Humphreys.His notice officially expires ...

  • Tenancy battle ends

    12-Dec-1995

    The battle over the tenancy status of market operators at Wallasey Market Hall has ended in victory for landlord P&O Property Holdings. The Lords held that market operator Graysim Holdings, one of the UK's oldest private market operators, is not a protected tenant of the hall. It accepted P&O's claims that traders occupied the stalls so Graysims is not the "occupiers".

  • The International Libel Handbook - a practical guide for journalists

    12-Dec-1995

    In his foreword, Ian Hargreaves talks about "fair business risk" and here we are looking at a newspaper's approach to libel rather than a book or magazine publisher's. But all publishers have to insure themselves. And a libel underwriter is not interested in "fair business risk", but whether publication would be a fair insurance risk.Editor Nick Braithwaite claims this is a practical handbook which will guide readers through the risks, ...

  • The Law of Entertainment and Broadcasting

    12-Dec-1995

    This is an ambitious work which seeks to cover a variety of topics affecting entertainment and broadcasting law in 530 pages of text.Vincent Nelson approaches his task by dividing the book into six parts: entertainment, contracts, copyright and related rights, equitable remedies, defamation, regulation of television and radio, and consumer protection. As he is a barrister a large part of the book is devoted to the legal process, including injunctions, passing off and other ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Caroline May

    12-Dec-1995

    Caroline May is head of the environmental unit at Lawrence Graham, London. Born in 1962, she now lives in Hertfordshire.What was your first job?Shop assistant, M62 motorway services.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£7,000, as an articled clerk, 1985.

  • The Relationship Between European Community Law and National Law: the Cases Andrew Oppenheimer

    12-Dec-1995

    This book is a selection of 90 case reports on the relationship between European Union law and national law of the 12 member states on key issues such as the Maastricht Treaty, the supremacy and direct effect of EU law, the remedies available before the national courts, and the impact of EU law on sovereignty and constitutional rights. There is also a useful introduction for those who are unfamiliar with the key issues which form the basis of the reported cases.A foreword ...

  • The Spectator hit by libel writ

    12-Dec-1995

    Eminent consultant microbiologist Professor David Reeves, medical director of Southmead Health Service NHS Trust and honorary professor at the University of Bristol, is fighting The Spectator, claiming it libelled him in July. The article headed "Now then, what seems to be the trouble? Alasdair Palmer reveals how the medical profession is often better looking after itself then after its patients" indicated he would give a dishonest medical opinion because ...

  • Top of the books

    12-Dec-1995

    Best legal book of 1995: Project Finance: a legal guide, Graham Vinter, Sweet & Maxwell, £6 Few books address the legal dimensions of project financing and this admirably fills the gap. Concise and well structured, it explains technical terms and acronyms as well as the law.Best book of 1995: The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Andrade and GuerreroIf you can lift these two weighty volumes, you are in for the delight of seeing and ...

  • Up-to-date legal CD

    12-Dec-1995

    Helen Sage reportsLegal publisher Sweet & Maxwell is releasing current legal information on CD-ROM Online. The database, which will be updated every month, contains abstracts and indexes for cases, statutes, journals, books, press releases, law commission reports and newspaper articles from 1986 to the present. Database searches can be general or specific, and can be accessed by name, subject, case or court.