11 March 1996

The Lawyer

  • ABA opens first US museum of law in its Chicago offices

    12-Mar-1996

    The American Bar Association opened a law museum in the lobby of its expensive Lake Shore Drive headquarters in Chicago last week.The Museum of Law is reputedly the only museum dedicated to the trials and tribulations of US lawyers.ABA executive director Robert Stein hopes the exhibition will grow into one of Chicago's major tourist attractions. "It's part of our programme of public education and fostering understanding of the rule of law," he said.

  • Accounting for legal rivals

    12-Mar-1996

    Lawyers in the Netherlands are facing a new threat to their livelihood as the country's accountants step up their fight for a chunk of the legal services market.Two accountancy firms, Price Waterhouse and Arthur Andersen, have begun court action against the Dutch BarAssociation over its rules on multi-disciplinary partnerships. Meanwhile, Price Waterhouse has also turned to Brussels, lodging a complaint with the European Commission, ...

  • Appeal judges to work unpaid

    12-Mar-1996

    Court of Appeal judges are to work unpaid at least two extra hours a week for the next six months in an attempt to clear a backlog of 1,000 applications for leave to appeal.Lord Woolf, the Master of the Rolls, is keen to reduce the backlog by next summer when the results of a review to speed up processes in the civil division of the Court of Appeal are due to be announced. He said appeal judges in all 10 divisions had agreed to sit the extra hours to clear the backlog, which ...

  • Bermudian lawyer calls for end to bank secrecy

    12-Mar-1996

    Leading Bermudian lawyer, Saul Froomkin QC publicly called for an end to bank secrecy laws and "shell" banks in offshore jurisdictions when he visited London last week.The former Attorney General of Bermuda and senior partner at the Bermudian law firm Mello Hollis, Jones & Martin told delegates at Shorex Conference of Offshore Services that these banks are "a plague on the international business community."Froomkin has long been involved in international efforts ...

  • Candelabras cause a cross channel stir

    12-Mar-1996

    Judgment is pending in a legal battle over a pair of candelabras which are said to form part of the artistic heritage of France. Mrs Justice Arden is currently pondering the ownership of the pieces.Nicole de Preval, an 80-year-old aristocrat, claims that in 1986 the gilt bronze candelabras were stolen from her country chateau.Her counsel, Michael Gattleson, told Mrs Justice Arden that the candelabras were the work of French sculptor Antoine-Louis ...

  • Capturing the stalker in words

    12-Mar-1996

    "Stalking" has suddenly become an in-vogue legal term. It only emerged relatively recently, but it is now rare to pick up a newspaper without finding it applied to some legal action or other.One of the definitive rulings to emerge on the subject - and one in which the case began before the term was even being widely used - came in the recent High Court case in which college lecturer Robert Fine was awarded £5,000 damages by Mr Justice Thompson after ...

  • Caribbean panel

    12-Mar-1996

    A panel of solicitors who assist death row prisoners in the Caribbean will meet this Thursday at Allen & Overy. The panel, made up of solicitors from a number of prominent firms, will be discussing how to persuade Jamaica to abide by a United Nations demand for the judicial review of a number of cases. Panel member Jackie Lewis said they would also be looking at how to assist prisoners whose death ...

  • Cleaning up the profession

    12-Mar-1996

    Reading the front page of last week's The Lawyer, with what may be seen as five negative stories on one page - including headlines with words such as "fiasco", "conman", and reports of magistrates being forced to admit membership of the freemasons, as well as a barrister facing a disciplinary hearing - lawyers may be feeling rather insecure and worried about the state of their profession.Given your readership, perhaps we ...

  • Conference hears of benefits of teleworking

    12-Mar-1996

    Teleworking increases productivity and profitability and is the way forward for law firms, according to Christopher Davis, chief executive of City firm Davis & Co.Speaking at the Telework UK '96 conference in Docklands in November, Davis said teleworking was a key factor in reducing overheads because it liberates firms from the need for expensive office space."Teleworking improves the quality of service to clients because it makes advisers ...

  • Denton Hall to advise private court project

    12-Mar-1996

    Denton Hall has been appointed to advise on what the Government hopes will be the first clutch of privately constructed and operated magistrates courts.Dentons will advise Hereford and Worcester Magistrates Courts on the tendering procedure to select a consortium which will build and operate three magistrates courts at an estimated capital cost of £15m.The Lord Chancellors' Department froze all new capital projects work on magistrates courts in February ...

  • Directive criticised

    12-Mar-1996

    The president of the Paris Bar has criticised the proposed European Rights of Establishment directive. Speaking last month at the opening of the Paris Bar year, Bernard Vatier said that it gave foreign lawyers and host state lawyers similar status in terms of professional activity and codes of practice, but gave them different titles. He also opposed the World Trade Organisation's concept of a foreign legal consultant.

  • Donn & Co sets its sights on insurance work with the opening of defence section

    12-Mar-1996

    Manchester firm Donn & Co has recruited insurance litigation specialist Nick Close to head up a new defence section within its personal injury department.Close will join the firm in January when he leaves Liverpool-based Davies Wallis Foyster. He will be responsible for expanding the department.Senior partner Raymond Donn said the firm engaged in extensive market research before deciding to set up the department and is confident of competing at a national ...

  • Dutch dabble in City set-ups

    12-Mar-1996

    Historically, Dutch firms have been reluctant to set up in London. But this view has changed with two firms - Nauta Dutilh and Trenite van Doorne - opening offices in the past six months.De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek was the first to arrive in the UK when it set up six years ago - and it remained the only Dutch law firm in town until the arrival of Stibbe Simont Monahan & Duhot in late 1994. "There was so much transactional work being done in London. The move brought us ...

  • European Parliament hands out £3m for EU law training

    12-Mar-1996

    Nearly £3m has been provided by the European Parliament to help train lawyers and judges in the use of EU law.Ministers have approved the Robert Schuman action scheme which was designed to enable EU citizens to rely on European law by ensuring lawyers and judges are properly trained.The scheme will fund a number of projects which will be tendered for when an application form appears in the 1997 Official Journal of the EC.They will include training ...

  • Extra PFI advice on the way for councils

    12-Mar-1996

    District auditors may formally assist councils on the financial and legal implications of taking part in Private Finance Initiatives, after discussions involving the Audit Commission and the PFI panel.PFIs, which are essentially projects between a local authority and a private sector partner, have been beset by problems, with councils often unsure if they can legally enter schemes.In one case, council employees were left facing personal ...

  • Firms headhunt financial experts

    12-Mar-1996

    The battle for financial service lawyers is hotting up with at least three firms poaching partners and announcing expansion plans.Hammond Suddards' banking and financial services group last week headhunted SJ Berwin partner Bruce Gardner and two Slaughter and May assistants, and is proposing to ...

  • Flotations

    12-Mar-1996

    Halliwell Landau acted for DIY retailer the Limelight Group on its £175m Stock Exchange flotation. Halliwells claims it is the largest deal this year for law firms in the North West.

  • Former MI5 adviser slams offshore bank secrecy rule>

    12-Mar-1996

    David Bickford, a former legal adviser to MI5 and MI6, has called on the Government to end the "shield of sovereignty and offshore bank secrecy" behind which money launderers hide.Bickford, who drafted Commonwealth anti-money laundering legislation and currently runs his own legal consultancy, was speaking at a workshop on combating financial crime which was hosted by Titmuss Sainer Dechert.

  • Four firms wrap up takeover deal in one day

    12-Mar-1996

    Lawyers from Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith, Goodman Derrick and Slaughter and May acted on one of the fastest transactions they had ever encountered when Carlton Television made a sudden £85m bid for Westcountry ...

  • Freshfields sweeps into Italian market

    12-Mar-1996

    Freshfields has pulled off a major coup as it prepares to enter the Italian marketplace, by scooping up a Milan firm and entering into talks with a Rome-based firm.It has taken over Milan-based Lega Colucci Albertazzi & Arossa (LCAA), a full service firm which will form the kernel of the Freshfields practice.This follows the firm's employment of US headhunters to hire partners in Milan.The move, which echoes the

  • Fulbrights takes on high-flier

    12-Mar-1996

    US Firm Fulbright & Jaworski has added a high-profile partner to its office in New York.Lionel Hest joins the firm from Wall Street securities broker Gruntal & Co, where he was executive vice president and general counsel. Hest was also the corporate ombudsman and head of the Management Audit Committee. At Fulbrights, he will be responsible for the legal and regulatory needs of securities broker-dealers and financial institutions.Hest estimated that Gruntal, ...

  • Gambling. Don't put money on it

    12-Mar-1996

    A consultation document was published on 12 November which suggests that the Government is showing considerable interest in gambling ahead of the General Election.It follows an earlier document in February with regard to deregulation of the casino industry, and appears to be a welcome initiative after almost 30 years of regulatory stagnation in the field.There was disappointment a few weeks ago, when, following the first round of consultation, draft regulations ...

  • Girling returns Mears to Law Soc fold

    12-Mar-1996

    President of the Law Society Tony Girling has brought his maverick predecessor Martin Mears back into the fold by appointing him to head a client care initiative.Mears, who claims he was turfed off three sub-committees, has been given the task of cutting the 20,000 annual complaints to the Office of the Supervision for Solicitors by improving attitudes to clients.Both men have discussed their uneasy past relationship and Mears says, while there was no statement ...

  • Glick brought in to be group legal director at Ladbroke

    12-Mar-1996

    Marie Stevens, the high-flying group legal affairs director of Ladbrokes, has been replaced by Steven Glick from electronics company Graseby.It is understood that Stevens resigned because she did not want to move from central London to new offices in Watford.Glick's appointment comes as Ladbroke moves into the US hotel market, following a deal with Hilton, and as it prepares to operate gambling activities in the US state of Nevada."I think they were ...

  • Hertfordshire lawyer seeks refuge in church

    12-Mar-1996

    The Long-serving director of law and administration at Hertfordshire County Council, Bill Church, has moved on to a higher calling - the Church of England.Church, who has been with Hertfordshire since 1979 and a local government solicitor for 29 years, left his position last month to train for ordination.He retains some contact with the county, dividing his time between a position as Police Authority deputy clerk and his religious studies.

  • Hill Taylor Dickinson heaves to after storm of recruitment

    12-Mar-1996

    After poaching its ninth lawyer in two weeks, maritime and insurance firm Hill Taylor Dickinson is preparing to take stock of its dramatic recent growth.Nabarro Nathanson Lloyds office partner Russell Gardner is the latest to join Hills, just days after The Lawyer revealed the entire 15-strong McKenna & Co Lloyds team was defecting to the firm.Gardner has a strong client base of ...

  • In brief: A&O senior partner on financial panel

    12-Mar-1996

    Allen & Overy senior partner Bill Tudor John has been appointed as one of the three new members of the Financial Law Panel, the Bank of England and Corporation of London-sponsored body which identifies problems and anomalies in the operation of existing financial law. The other two new members are Michael Crystal QC and Bernard Asher, chairman of HSBC Investment Bank.

  • In brief: Bambridge bags Lincolnshire presidency

    12-Mar-1996

    Dennis Bambridge, senior litigation partner at Roythorne & Co, has been elected President of Lincolnshire Law Society for the second year in succession.

  • In brief: Bristol lecture to be delivered by Woolf

    12-Mar-1996

    Lord Woolf is to give Bristol University's fourth Campaign for Resource lecture on 13 December. The lecture, "Proportionate Justice", will take place in the Reception Room of the Wills Memorial Building at 11.15am, and will be attended by members of the university's governing body and the legal profession.

  • In brief: English Heritage stays with Burges Salmon

    12-Mar-1996

    Bristol firm Burges Salmon has been re-appointed to act as external legal adviser for English Heritage in the South West. The firm was first appointed in 1993, but as a quasi-governmental body English Heritage had to re-tender the work this year.

  • In brief: Hobsons' IT department expands further

    12-Mar-1996

    City solicitors, Hobson Audley Hopkins & Wood, have further strengthened their IT department with the appointment of Iain Stansfield from Halliwell Landau. Stansfield will be involved in issues from negotiating software agreements to the largely unchartered territory of the Internet. His appointment, which brings the IT team to three, follows the recent arrival of Alan Hawley from an in-house legal position with US computer company, Digital Equipment Corporation.

  • In brief: Judiciary opens up recruitment policy

    12-Mar-1996

    The post of deputy district judge is to be advertised publicly for the first time this week. A Lord Chancellor's Department spokeswoman said: "This is all part of wanting to open up the judicial system and to get as many people from as wide a spectrum as possible to become judges. Vacancies for district judges are already advertised publicly." Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay said: "It is my hope that candidates from very wide backgrounds will put themselves forward. My advice is: if ...

  • In brief: Oxley partner oversees Millennium Wheel

    12-Mar-1996

    Rotherham firm Oxley & Coward partner David Hainsworth has been appointed to oversee the town planning arrangements for the Millennium Wheel venture involving British Airways and the Millennium Wheel Company. The wheel, intended to celebrate the turn of the millennium, will be 152 metres in diameter and will be positioned over the River Thames by Jubilee Gardens. Hainsworth will be responsible for settling the planning agreements on behalf of Lambeth Borough Council. This will involve ...

  • In brief: Practising certificates released in Welsh

    12-Mar-1996

    The Law Society has launched Welsh language practising certificates. Society president Tony Girling presented the certificates - Tystysgrif Ymarfer - to Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos and MP Elfyn Llwyd at a function last week. The establishment of the certificates follows a recommendation by the Society's Welsh Language Working Party.

  • In brief: Savage secures college professoriate

    12-Mar-1996

    The Governors of the College of Law have approved the appointment of a college professoriate. They have conferred the title on new chief executive, Nigel Savage, and has announced the appointment of its first externally appointed professor, Dr Barry Dean. Formerly professor and dean of the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town, Dean has been responsible for professional training and development at Linklaters ...

  • In brief: Watsons' senior partner steps down

    12-Mar-1996

    The senior partner of Newcastle law firm Watson Burton is to step down in January and will stand for election as President of Newcastle Law Society. David Foster (left), senior partner of the firm for 16 years, will be succeeded by 37-year-old Andrew Hoyle (right). Foster will continue as a partner with the firm.

  • In shape in Bristol fashion

    12-Mar-1996

    The past 18 months has been a much happier period than the preceding year-and-a-half for most lawyers in the South West. It seems that the regional economy has turned a corner and the legal market is following suit. Many firms are now looking to the future having taken some lessons from the past.The South West covers a huge area, from Cornwall and Devon, through the south central area to Bristol, the major legal centre, and on to Swindon on the most easterly fringe. Not ...

  • Irish curb 'no win no fee' advertising

    12-Mar-1996

    The Irish Law Society is to curb "no win no fee" advertising in the Republic of Ireland.Under regulations to be introduced shortly, future advertisements will be required to explain to clients that they could be liable for costs and expenses awarded against them by the courts if they lose.The advertisements will also have to make it clear that clients who lose may have to pay costs - such as the bills for medical examinations necessary for a damages claim.

  • Lawyers reject criticisms of treatment of child witnesses

    12-Mar-1996

    Criminal lawyers have hit back at a recent report criticising the treatment of child witnesses, describing it as inaccurate and out of date.The report, Going to Court: child witnesses in their own words, published last week by the charity Childline, claimed the criminal justice system was stacked against child witnesses and in need of urgent reform.It argued that too many child abuse cases were dropped without explanation, that children were denied counselling ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 03/12/96

    12-Mar-1996

    Anthony Ian Carr, 48, admitted 1977, practising at material times as Carr & Co, London W1, fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £910 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to secure payment of counsel's fees, failed to reply promptly to letters from SCB, was guilty of unreasonable delay in complying with professional undertaking. Carr previously before Tribunal in November 1989 when he was fined £1,500. It was accepted ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 03/12/96

    12-Mar-1996

    Prinn v Plymouth and Torbay Health Authority - QBD, 21 October 1996Claimant: Steven Prinn (six years)Incident: Medical negligenceInjuries: Oxygen starvation at birth at Plymouth's Freedom Fields Hospital. Claimant now suffers spastic quadriplegia, is blind and utterly dependent on care of parents, but does have some awareness of the world around him.Award: Case settled with health authority agreeing that claimant should ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 03/12/96

    12-Mar-1996

    Prisoners had no legitimate expectation of home leaveR v (1) Secretary of State for the Home Department (2) The Governor of HM Risley ex parte (1) Briggs, (2) Green and (3) Hargeaves (1996)Summary: No infringement of a legitimate expectation or breach of the European Convention on Human Rights by changes in the rules on granting prisoners home leave.

  • Litigation Writs 03/12/96

    12-Mar-1996

    The Institute of Neurology is suing its deputy finance officer and three others for damages in respect of missing assets. The Institute, part of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in central London, has issued a writ against deputy finance officer Murugesu Rajendran for damages for breach of his employment contract, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of trust, and is also seeking a declaration that Rajendran and Yogambikai Rajendran, ...

  • Lord Chancellor stresses importance of client care within the legal profession

    12-Mar-1996

    The Lord Chancellor has called on solicitors to improve client care, saying he shared concerns that clients are not being particularly well treated.In an address to the London Young Solicitors Group last week, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, said he received many letters of complaints from dissatisfied legal clients. "My impression is that there are many clients who aren't particularly well-handled."There is a tendency sometimes to regard complaints and ...

  • Lord Woolf's report whistles in the wind

    12-Mar-1996

    Lord Woolf underlines the importance of public law, when he states in his recommendations that: "Many... public law proceedings... are of considerable constitutional significance, since they are the means whereby the lawfulness of decisions of public bodies can be examined by the courts."It is also, therefore, of the utmost importance that the ordinary citizen and public interest groups are able to access the public law courts to ensure that ...

  • Mori survey shows a fifth of law clients may change firm

    12-Mar-1996

    A newly-elected Bar Council member is calling for the creation of a bar defence association to help barristers deal with complaints against them.Marc Beaumont, head of Harrow on the Hill Chambers, has accused the Bar Council of failing to support barristers in their times of greatest need.As a result, he said, barristers who face a complaint for misconduct are left feeling distressed and isolated.Beaumont is campaigning for the Bar Council to fund ...

  • Mori survey shows a fifthe of law clients may change firm

    12-Mar-1996

    More than one in five companies which have floated may change their legal adviser, according to a Mori survey commissioned by Osborne Clarke.Mori warned that recent research indicates any customer satisfaction rating less than "very satisfied" represents a real risk of client loss, and 22 clients out of 100 interviewed fell into this category.But of 100 company directors ...

  • Mundays in joint venture

    12-Mar-1996

    Surrey firm Mundays has joined with an accountancy firm and an equity firm to establish a "one stop shop" for businesses looking to raise capital.The Equity Funding Partnership sees Mundays join Surrey accountants Menzies and private equity advisers Beer & Partners to provide advice on raising capital through private equity, debt finance, institutional placings, and listings on the Alternative ...

  • No support for borough's bid to speed closure of problem clubs

    12-Mar-1996

    Chris Fogarty reportsThe attempt by London's Wandsworth Borough Council to have the licensing laws changed so that nightclubs linked with illegal activity are quickly closed, has failed to win the support of other London councils.Wandsworth assistant borough solicitor Sally Novell said clubs where illegal activities were occurring remained open while protracted legal action took place.Novell said one club, with problems including drug ...

  • Petersons sets up MDP in City for insurance clients

    12-Mar-1996

    Chicago firm Peterson & Ross has chosen London for the location of its first international office.The office, which is a multinational partnership, is located on Lime Street in the City, and will be headed by partner Michael Skrbic who has joined the firm from McKenna & Co's Hong Kong office, where he had been an insurance partner since 1994.Peterson & Ross currently has 110 lawyers in seven offices around the US and specialises in insurance. Its work involves ...

  • Plain speaking DJ Freeman launches A-Z of legal terms

    12-Mar-1996

    City firm DJ Freeman has produced an A-Z of legal language to help "demystify" the profession for clients.The Language of Litigation follows a series of highly successful books on the language of finance which saw well in excess of 14,000 copies snapped up by clients."These books stay on the shelf - they are a useful reference," said Freemans' director of marketing Linda Phelan."To the outsider, the language used by lawyers and the courts can ...

  • Power scheme finished at eleventh hour

    12-Mar-1996

    Three City firms are celebrating winning a race against time to finish a $467m gas power financing project which could have been scuppered by an imminent Turkish Supreme Court decision.The non-retrospective ruling, which is due in the next few days, could still affect other infrastructure projects, together worth billions of pounds, which City firms and foreign sponsors are working on.It will come in a Turkish Supreme Court test case that will set a precedent ...

  • Projects

    12-Mar-1996

    Dibb Lupton Alsop advised Victory Railway Holdings, the joint venture between the Go-Ahead Group and the management of Thames Trains, on its successful bid for the rail passenger franchise for the Thames area. Go-Ahead was advised by Dickinson Dees Group and Travers Smith Braithwaite advised Lloyds ...

  • Property

    12-Mar-1996

    Izod & Co advised property company European Settled Estates on its purchase of 20 properties from the Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society. Le Brasseur J Tickle advised the Friendly Society, while the Brough Skerrett Law Partnership acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland on funding the purchaser.

  • Rewarding time for legal excellence

    12-Mar-1996

    This week sees the launch of The Lawyer Awards, the third-year running for this major event in the legal calender. When the awards were started three-years ago, it was difficult to envisage that they would catch the imagination of the profession to the extent that they have.Last year's entries surpassed all expectations and we are expecting a record number this year. But why should lawyers want to put themselves forward? First, an award concentrates the ...

  • Roscoe takes chair at London criminal solicitors association

    12-Mar-1996

    Robert Roscoe, partner at Victor Lissack & Roscoe and the chair of the Law Society criminal law committee, was elected president of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association last week.Roscoe had been acting president since May, following the appointment of Robert Winstanley as a circuit judge. He said that the association, which now has over 500 members, would seek to respond to the current political debate on law and order to ensure that balance was maintained.

  • Roscoe takes chair at London criminal solicitors association

    12-Mar-1996

    Robert Roscoe, partner at Victor Lissack & Roscoe and the chair of the Law Society criminal law committee, was elected president of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association last week.Roscoe had been acting president since May, following the appointment of Robert Winstanley as a circuit judge. He said that the association, which now has over 500 members, would seek to respond to the current political debate on law and order to ensure that balance was maintained.

  • Serb lawyers freeze courts during seven day strike over tax

    12-Mar-1996

    Serbian courts were brought to a standstill last month when the legal profession went on strike over tax.The strike started in Belgrade, but spread nationally over the seven-day stoppage. Courts have now reopened, pending the Serbian government meeting the demands of the legal profession.The conflict is over the state taxes lawyers are obliged to pay. They were increased by 200 per cent in the last year as the government tried to finance an economy recovering ...

  • Six unions join Justice Forum to fight cuts in legal resources

    12-Mar-1996

    Six unions with legal connections have launched a Justice Forum designed to "unveil the full chaos that exists in the justice system".The forum, which aims to coordinate the interests of those working in and using the justice system, says it will "maintain a watching brief" across the whole justice system and demonstrate the full impact of cuts in resources.The unions, which represent workers in the civil and criminal justice system, are: the Civil and Public ...

  • Staff hired for Regis

    12-Mar-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsThe Law Society is investing more than £100,000 in permanent IT staff following its recent admission that the Regis computer system has suffered from inadequate financial and project management which resulted in a massive overspend.In an IT services department shakeup, the society has advertised four key posts - IT projects manager, senior customer account manager, IT resources and quality manager, and IT support ...

  • The Aim of the prosecution

    12-Mar-1996

    In 1991, City firm Allison & Humphreys was instructed by Dutch reinsurer NRG to act in a £400m professional negligence claim which was heard in the Commercial Court in the Royal Courts of Justice last year. The defendants were Bacon and Woodrow, Ernst & Young and Swiss Bank.During the preparation of the case and in the hearing itself, Allison & Humphreys used the document image management system, Aim Litigate, to manage the inspection, ...

  • The call of the West Country

    12-Mar-1996

    With the revival in the South West's legal market, perhaps the phrase 'Go West, young lawyer' will be heard more often in London chambers.There has been a notable expansion in many of the chambers on the circuit, such as All Saint's Chambers in Bristol, which now has 12 more barristers in chambers than last year, bringing the total to 36.The new recruits have joined from a range of chambers within the circuit - including four from St John's ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Grahame Stowe

    12-Mar-1996

    Grahame Stowe was born in Leeds on 22 May 1949. He is now a partner at Grahame Stowe Bateson in Leeds. What was your first job?Selling sandwiches in Park Square, Leeds - like Nell Gwynn - from a wicker basket.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?Qualified salary £2,600 per annum - in articles £10 per week.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?

  • The recent Court of Appeal decision in Re Oasis Merchandising Services, delivered on 9 October 1996, considered whether a liquidator could assign the benefit of any proceeds of an action to

    12-Mar-1996

    The recent Court of Appeal decision in Re Oasis Merchandising Services, delivered on 9 October 1996, considered whether a liquidator could assign the benefit of any proceeds of an action to a company specialising in litigation support for liquidators.The question before the court in Oasis was whether the liquidator's statutory powers to sell "the company's property" enabled the liquidator to sell the fruits of the wrongful trading action and ...

  • Thompsons strikes deal with trade union Unison

    12-Mar-1996

    Thompsons has won the bulk of outside legal work from the UK's largest union, under a recent agreement with Unison.Partner Tom Jones revealed that Unison, the public service union, has agreed to refer all its legal business outside London to Thompsons - London work will be referred to OH Parsons & Partners.The agreement will bring a substantial amount of work to Thompsons, which was born of a merger between Robin Thompson & Partners and Brian Thompson & ...

  • Time to face the music

    12-Mar-1996

    I read Tony Holland's article "The Law Society must face its responsibilities" (Viewpoint, The Lawyer, 19 November) with great interest.While I was relieved to find that there was someone in the higher echelons of the legal profession who expressed concern about the plight of the many hundreds of unsuccessful candidates, I found that his suggestions fell rather short of a solution to the problem.At the very least, I share his ...

  • TJG claiming computer win

    12-Mar-1996

    Taylor Joynson Garrett is claiming success in forcing management consultant Baker Tilly to pay £575,000 compensation to a client over alleged negligent advice in selecting a computer supplier.TJG's client, Lancashire-based textile company Hamilton McBride & Co, sought Baker Tilly's advice on the tendering process for procuring a computer system.But the company alleges that it ended up with a system that was not appropriate for its needs and more ...

  • Unwanted adoption

    12-Mar-1996

    An unmarried mother’s bid to prevent her seven-year-old son being put up for adoption is being considered by the Law Lords. They are considering whether to give the mother, who has already failed before a county court and the Court of Appeal in attempts to prevent the child being adopted, leave to appeal to them.

  • What lies in the past of a job-seeking lawyer

    12-Mar-1996

    When it came to getting a job at prominent law firms, Jeffrey Doss-Lindsey did not so much sell himself as completely reinvent himself.Over a three-year period, he fooled The Law Society, senior solicitors, recruitment companies and, ultimately, himself with a fictitious background and a litany of lies.From 1992 to 1995 he was employed by and then thrown out of Slaughter and ...

  • When is whisky whisky?

    12-Mar-1996

    A "when is whisky whisky?" legal battle is heading for the High Court. The Scotch Whisky Association is taking Isle of Man drink producer, Glen Keller, to court in an action seeking orders to prevent Glen Keller calling their Manx Whisky whisky. They claim Glen Keller's product does not fall within the Council of Europe's definition of whisky.

  • Youth courts pledge faster justice system

    12-Mar-1996

    Youth courts are to deliver swifter justice to persistent young offenders in a bid to bring home the impact of each sentence and to prevent re-offending.In a joint statement issued by the Magistrates' Association and the Justices' Clerks' Society, youth courts are being encouraged to bring persistent young offenders to trial for individual offences as soon as is possible and not wait to tie up outstanding cases.When young offenders commit a number ...