12 December 1994

The Lawyer

  • A&O expands Hong Kong practice

    13-Dec-1994

    UK-BASED international practice Allen & Overy has appointed three new partners in its Hong Kong office.Kenneth Chan, Michael Liu and Joseph Tse will officially take on the title on 3 January next year. Company and commercial lawyer Eric Ho will also join the firm as a senior associate.Chan, who has experience in advising corporate entities and banks doing business in China ...

  • Aclec to examine advocacy problems

    13-Dec-1994

    PROBLEMS facing solicitors and barristers practising advocacy, including the obstacles presented by awkward judges, will be examined in a major three-phase research project.The research will be commissioned by the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) with the aim of monitoring developments in the market for advocacy services following the extension of higher court rights of audience to solicitors.The Law Society's ...

  • Adam Taylor wants Order 23 amended to treat EU residents equally

    13-Dec-1994

    Adam Taylor is a litigator at Withers.Order 23 rl (1) (a) of the rules of the Supreme Court enables the court to order that a plaintiff resident abroad give security for the costs of the defendant where just to do so. A recent European Court of Justice decision reopens the issue of a possible conflict with Article 6 (formerly 7) of the EU Treaty - non-discrimination on grounds of nationality.On the face of it Order 23 applies to all non-residents, including ...

  • Allied Dunbar offers financial training courses

    13-Dec-1994

    Financial services group Allied Dunbar begins a series of introductory-level financial services training courses for solicitors next month, as part of a renewed marketing drive into the professional market.To mark the launch of the programme, Allied Dunbar is offering six free places on the opening course module to The Lawyer readers on a first-come-first-served basis (see below).The group has developed the course in conjunction with Stephan Holmes, ...

  • AmEx on the line over cheque refunds

    13-Dec-1994

    Roger Pearson looks aheadA High Court action which questions the practices of traveller's cheque companies when dealing with refund claims is scheduled to reach the High Court early next year.Although some cheque companies stress the value of instant refunds if cheques are lost or stolen abroad, solicitor Jonathan Armstrong, of Cleveland-based Smith & Graham who is spear-heading the pending action, questions if refunds are as easy to obtain ...

  • Asghari wins dismissal claim against NY firm

    13-Dec-1994

    FORMER Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle employee Joan Asghari has won her unfair dismissal case againt the New York-based firm.But Asghari, who worked full-time as London office manager and accounts supervisor for the practice from 1989, failed in her claim of sex discrimination.She is now awaiting news of a cash settlement in the case, which centred on claims that she was made redundant from her u21,500 per year position in September 1993 after returning from ...

  • At your fingertips

    13-Dec-1994

    You are a busy lawyer in a top practice, the telephone is ringing, you have an appointment with a client in five minutes and you need information fast...where do you turn?That's the question The Lawyer put to librarians at the top ten law firms in an attempt to find the definitive lawyers' bible. Leading the pack of legal publications was 'Chitty on Contracts' (Sweet & Maxwell), now in its 27th edition.Rochelle Rawlinson, library manager at ...

  • Barrister conforms to quality standard

    13-Dec-1994

    MERSEYSIDE QC Bill Braithwaite is the first barrister in the country to get a top quality standard.Braithwaite, of Exchange Chambers in Liverpool, has been registered to the BS EN ISO 900 standard, formerly known as BS 5750."It's taken 18 months to reach the necessary standard required by the British Standards Institute but it's been worth it," says Braithwaite."It has been an expensive and time-consuming ...

  • Battle for cigarettes

    13-Dec-1994

    Southsea company Eco Euro is gearing up for a High Court battle with the Customs and Excise following the seizure of 11.5 million cigarettes. The company says the cigarettes, worth u227,000, were wrongly seized from a warehouse in Bristol, and despite requests, they have not been returned. They are to accuse the Customs and Excise of acting arbitrarily, oppressively and unconstitutionally.

  • Beatson goes back to Essex Court

    13-Dec-1994

    PROFESSOR Jack Beatson, newly-created Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at Cambridge University, has rejoined Essex Court Chambers after spending five years at the Law Commission.He will combine his academic duties with giving expert advice in chambers on commercial and public law matters, particularly on financial services regulation."With ever increasing regulation in the financial world, common law lawyers can no longer remain immune ...

  • Belfast firms merge to reap peace dividend

    13-Dec-1994

    BELFAST litigation firm Harrison Leitch & Logan is merging with one of Ulster's oldest practices, Galway McIlwaine & Seeds.The new firm, to be known as Harrison Leitch & Logan (incorporating Galway McIlwaine & Seeds), will combine corporate and private client departments with a strong litigation base.It will be based at Harrison Leitch's current premises in Belfast city centre, which will be expanded to accommodate the new staff.Harrison ...

  • Brooke defends judicial review plan

    13-Dec-1994

    LAWYERS at a conference on judicial review voiced concerns that a Law Commission proposal may make it tougher for people to obtain leave.Chair of the commission Sir Henry Brooke says this had never been the commission's intention but he was happy to pass on concerns to the Government.He told the conference, jointly hosted by the Public Law Project and Warwick University, that the new test at the leave stage, proposed by the commission, had not been devised ...

  • Calcutt warns on EU directive

    13-Dec-1994

    European draft takeover laws would threaten the UK Takeover Panel's relationship with the courts and could lead to tactical litigation to delay the system, according to David Calcutt QC, the panel's chairman.Brussels has been sitting on various forms of the draft Takeover Directive, for several years."There may one day come a day when the European Takeover Directive may be appropriate for all members of the EC, but we say that day has not yet come," ...

  • Cardiff lawyer joins Welsh ombudsman

    13-Dec-1994

    Nicole Maley reportsCARDIFF City council lawyer Geoff Jones has left local authority legal services to take up a post with the Local Government Ombudsman's office in Wales.Jones, who qualified as a solicitor with the council in 1988, started as an investigator with the Bridgend office last month.Jones says he took the job - which involves investigating complaints and deciding whether the office has the jurisdiction to act - to extend ...

  • Company offers legal research service

    13-Dec-1994

    A COMPANY describing itself as an outdoor clerk locum service is being established in London.Terrier & Co is offering what it regards as a new service of precedent case research and listing, covering a minimum period of 10 years. There is a fixed fee of u25 for each search.Martin Osment of the firm says no one has yet provided such a service.Other areas covered are case references and bundle preparation, taking statements, outlining and swearing affidavits, ...

  • Corporate

    13-Dec-1994

    Guardian Media Group, advised by McClure Naismith Anderson & Gardiner, has completed a joint venture with Wired Ventures, a Californian limited partnership, advised by Simon Olswang & Co, to publish and distribute Wired magazine in the UK.

  • Council plans 'mixed bag' of legal tenders

    13-Dec-1994

    Nicole Maley reportsTHE THIRD round of tendering for legal work at Wandsworth will begin this week when the borough places its social services contract on the market.The council, which has already split its property work between the in-house team and Ipswich firm Gotelee & Goldsmith, received more than 100 expressions of interest before applications for its litigation portfolio closed last week.This week social services-related legal work, ...

  • Dean calls for probe into college's link with Law Soc

    13-Dec-1994

    A LEADING legal academic is demanding an Office of Fair Trading inquiry into the relationship between the Law Society and the College of Law.Professor Nigel Savage, the Dean of Nottingham Law School, claims the Law Society cannot act as an effective independent regulator of the Legal Practice Course while its highest office holders are all governors of the College of Law."I can think of no other area of activity where a major provider of a service in a market ...

  • Death and affordable taxes

    13-Dec-1994

    Inheritance tax has spiralled during the past 10 years. But many people are paying too much, reports John BrowneMartin Chuzzlewit is on our screens. A serial that is built around inheritance and a will. It has an audience of one million adults watching the television adaptation each week. Of these, 70 per cent do not have a will and 90 per cent think that inheritance tax (IHT) is something that only the very rich have to worry about. They are, of course, ...

  • Desperately seeking icons

    13-Dec-1994

    Lynne Curry talks to Lord Denning's biographer about her work, and about the declining genre of legal biographyIris Freeman had heard much of Lord Denning when she was newly married. Her husband, an ambitious young lawyer who founded his own commercial practice in Fetter Lane, quite often referred to non-conformist judgments in the Court of Appeal.Forty years later David Freeman was heading a firm with 300 practitioners and Iris Freeman, former child psychologist, ...

  • Development expert for Hammonds

    13-Dec-1994

    LEEDS-BASED Hammond Suddards has appointed a development specialist from City firm Wilde Sapte to act as director of development.Robert Lee, who has worked as a visiting Professor of Law in Australia, headed research at Wilde Sapte for six years.His new role will unite the practice development and marketing side of Hammonds with professional development and training. He will also advise on the use of information technology."I see myself as being at ...

  • Dibbs sick of 'Rottweiler' image

    13-Dec-1994

    DIBB Lupton Broomhead is showing signs of growing weary of its media-inspired reputation as the "Rottweiler" of the legal profession.Managing partner Paul Rhodes says: "The Rottweiler image is totally undeserved. Our assertiveness on behalf of our clients could be, and apparently is, misinterpreted as aggression."Rhodes, head of a firm described recently in the press as one of the "most hated" in Britain, says: "Part of the problem is that whereas most lawyers ...

  • DIY publishing

    13-Dec-1994

    When a law firm produces a biannual guide to its publications, two things are clear: it must bring out a reasonable number of publications, and it must take them seriously. So it is with Clifford Chance.The partnership sees publishing as an important business service for its clients and as a marketing tool. To this end, its City of London office has an in-house publications unit which ...

  • Doing the right thing

    13-Dec-1994

    I am aware that the legal profession is seriously affected by the current recession and that many students who have passed the LSF or LPC have been unable to secure training contracts.The situation is even grimmer if you are a black woman - like myself. Sometimes firms ask you to attach a passport-sized photo to your CV. Is this so that they can identify you at the reception? I don’t think so. Is it really nothing to do with wanting to check your race, sex or class before ...

  • Essential reading

    13-Dec-1994

    The Central London branch of the Institute of Legal Executives is holding its annual general meeting in the Edinburgh Tavern, London WC2 at 6.30pm on 21 February. The AGM will be followed by a lecture at 7pm.

  • Fear The Stranger David Johnston and Hector Clark Mainstream Publishing u6.99

    13-Dec-1994

    This is primarily the story of a murder hunt that lasted from 1983 until the conviction of Robert Black in 1994. During that time three children, Susan Maxwell, Caroline Hogg and Sarah Harper had died. The search was led by the author, former Deputy Chief Constable of the Lothian Police Force, Hector Clark. Upon the intervention of a member of the public Black was actually caught red-handed abducting another child.Only by solid detective work was he connected ...

  • File goes to CPS on Scrivener 'V-sign'

    13-Dec-1994

    CLAIMS that former Bar Council chairman Anthony Scrivener QC made an obscene gesture at protesters outside the Westminster homes-for-votes hearing have been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.Scrivener, representing Dame Shirley Porter at the District Auditor's inquiry, is accused of making a V-sign at the crowd outside the Marylebone Council House on day one of the hearing.But the barrister, based at 2-3 Gray's Inn Square, who is next week due ...

  • Financing

    13-Dec-1994

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  • Financing

    13-Dec-1994

    Bakyrchik Gold was advised by Norton Rose in its placing and offer to raise u25m net to finance its goldmine in Kazakstan. The issue was sponsored and underwritten by Williams de Broe

  • Firm takes action over sleaze story

    13-Dec-1994

    PARTNERS at Kent-based Stantons were "absolutely horrified" to see their firm featured in in a story about a "sleazy solicitor running a sex agency and selling drugs".The story in the News of the World alleged that a lawyer called Stephen Harvey worked for Stantons and was involved in prostitution and drugs. It carried a photograph of the firm's offices.But senior partner Jan Stanton says Stephen Harvey "does not, nor has ever worked for Stantons". The Law ...

  • Firm welcomes CVs over superhighway

    13-Dec-1994

    A legal recruitment agency has been the first to offer job-seekers a chance at an electronic application.ZMB Recruitment consultancy has a post-box on the electronic superhighway, the Internet. Applicants will be able to respond to job advertisements by sending their CV and letter to a mailbox address on the bottom of the advert.The system is being tested in an advert in this week's The Lawyer by telecommunications company CableTel for an in-house legal ...

  • Firms aid pensions victims

    13-Dec-1994

    A STEERING committee of three law firms, set up for victims of bad pensions transfer and opt out advice, is on the verge of launching legal action against the insurance industry.The committee, which meets for the first time this week, will also receive instructions from the GMB trade union, a number of whose 820,743 members were allegedly mis-sold personal pensions.Bristol firm Ringrose Wharton, Wolferstans of Plymouth and J Keith Park & Co of St Helens are pooling ...

  • Firms boost profit despite static fees

    13-Dec-1994

    LAW firms are managing to boost profits despite static fee income, according to a snap-shot survey.Cutting staff costs, reducing overheads and an increase in the use of technology have been the back-bone of the improvements.But the smaller firms, those with less than 10 partners, have continued to struggle and have failed to increase their profits, figures from accountants Grant ...

  • Firms to take on investment work

    13-Dec-1994

    Two more law firms are entering the investment management arena, with the appointment of investment managers.Norwich-based Steele & Co has recruited Philip Perry to create a stockbroking and portfolio management department to be run within the private client department, headed by partner Jeremy Whigham.The department will complement the existing life and pensions business built up by the firm over the last three and a half years.It will ...

  • Force feeding clarfied

    13-Dec-1994

    The Court of Appeal has ruled on the rights of health authorities to force feed patients who refuse food and drink. Lords Justices Neill, Hoffmann and Henry upheld the Family Division ruling of Justice Thorpe allowing Croydon Health Authority to force feed a woman in its care.

  • Fordham for 2 Hare Court

    13-Dec-1994

    BESTSELLING barrister Michael Fordham is leaving commercial chambers at 3 Gray's Inn Place for 2 Hare Court, a set specialising in both public and commercial law.Fordham, author of the 'Judicial Review Handbook', has taught administrative law at Hertford College, Oxford, since completing his pupillage four years ago."I'm not turning my back on commercial law," he says."In fact I'm ...

  • Freshfields Guide to Management Contracting Freshfield's Construction and Engineering Group Cavendish Publishing u24.95

    13-Dec-1994

    One of the aims stated in the overview chapter of 'Freshfields' Guide to Management Contracting' is to "cover the spectrum of issues which arise in relation to most types of construction contracts, picking out aspects apparently peculiar to management contracts".Readers will speculate immediately as to how this can be done in 140 pages. However, it is a guide and can only seek to outline the issues and indicate areas for future consideration or for possible ...

  • Greenwoods wins Railtrack debt work

    13-Dec-1994

    RAILTRACK has picked Peterborough firm Greenwoods to carry out its debt recovery work for England and Wales.The 14-partner practice saw off competition from about eight other firms to be selected for the contract.Managing partner Michael Taylor says he is "absolutely delighted"."It is a substantial amount of work - in the region of 1,000 cases a year," he says.

  • Guinness lawyer convicted

    13-Dec-1994

    SOLICITOR Simon Easton, who acted for one of the Guinness trial defendants, has been convicted of false accounting at Southwark Crown Court.Easton was found guilty of three counts of false accounting. The court heard he had submitted false invoices to claim legal fees for a client's divorce.The invoices resulted in money being removed from the client's business and its pension fund.Easton was a partner with Calow Easton in 1989 when the ...

  • Handbook Of Local Authority Legal Practice Christopher Robinson Sweet & Maxwell u38

    13-Dec-1994

    This is a timely piece of work in view of the organisational and management changes which local authority legal practices are currently facing. Its purpose is to assist local authorities and their chief legal advisers to cope with the implementation of CCT. The scope of the handbook, however, is far wider than this.Christopher Robinson's commentary draws together in a slim, well-organised and readable volume a considerable amount of material produced by such bodies ...

  • Hospital chief takes over at LAB

    13-Dec-1994

    THE MAN responsible for the Department of Health's overhaul of London's hospitals is to take over the Legal Aid Board.Sir Tim Chessells, chair of the London Implementation Group, succeeds John Pitts who has led the group since it was set up six years ago.Chessells was responsible for implementing the recommendations of the Tomlinson Report which includes the closure of St Bartholomews and the merger of some of the capital's teaching hospitals.

  • IBM launches voice recognition package

    13-Dec-1994

    The burgeoning voice recognition market for lawyers has received another boost with the news that giant supplier IBM is launching a UK legal vocabulary.The IBM VoiceType dictation legal vocabulary will provide over 30,000 words tailored specifically for legal use.The package is a re-launching exercise - the product was previously called the IBM Personal Dictation System.UK lawyers are now faced with a wide choice of good quality dictation systems, ...

  • In brief: Archer to present tribunals report

    13-Dec-1994

    The chair of the Council of Tribunals Lord Archer of Sandwell QC will present the council's annual report this week. Speaking at a press conference at the council's offices, Lord Archer will also outline the work of the 15-member council. The report will go before the Lord Chancellor and then be laid before Parliament.

  • In brief: Black moves to Walker Morris

    13-Dec-1994

    Leeds-based commercial law practice Walker Morris has appointed Caroline Black as marketing executive. Previously at one of Scotland's leading law firm's, Biggart, Baillie & Gifford, Black will be responsible for developing the firm's marketing strategy.

  • In brief: Dyson backs directory of black lawyers

    13-Dec-1994

    HIGH Court judge Mr Justice Dyson has called on the Law Society and Bar Council to back a directory of black lawyers. "The committees of the Law Society and the Bar Council have been working hard to reduce racial prejudice within the two professions," he said at its launch. "It is clear that there is a long way to go, although some progress has been achieved. Dyson said the directory is aimed at informing people who want to instruct a specifically black lawyer, and to help large public ...

  • In brief: Hindley press complaint upheld

    13-Dec-1994

    The Press Complaints Commission has upheld a complaint by Sittingbourne solicitor Andrew McCooey against the Sunday Mirror over an article about his client Myra Hindley last May entitled "Help Me! Myra SOS to hypno star Paul." The PCC said the headline gave the impression that the convicted murderer had actually contacted the hypnotist when she had only talked about it.

  • In brief: Merger creates largest Yorks practice

    13-Dec-1994

    Irwin Mitchell has merged with Kershaw Tudor to create south Yorkshire's largest legal practice. The 42-partner practice, with nearly 500 staff, has offices in Sheffield, Leeds and Birmingham. Michael Jelly, former senior partner of Kershaw Tudor, heads the enlarged corporate department, while Irwin Mitchell's Michael Napier is senior partner of the merged firm.

  • In brief: Pinsents takes on new marketing head

    13-Dec-1994

    Birmingham-based law firm Pinsent & Co has appointed former Coopers & Lybrand business, planning and development manager Meirion Jones as its new head of marketing. Pinsents senior partner Julian Tonks says: "Law practices are facing similar opportunities to accountancy firms in terms of competitiveness. Meirion's experience in this field is an important asset to the firm."

  • In brief: Planning specialist achieves a first

    13-Dec-1994

    A planning specialist at Bristol firm Burges Salmon has become the first private practice lawyer in the city to be admitted to both of the country's professional town planning bodies. Patrick Robinson has been elected Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and appointed to the Law Society's Planning Panel. This is seen as a recognition of the planning expertise he has built ...

  • In brief: Property expert joins Hobson Audley

    13-Dec-1994

    Former DJ Freeman partner Godfrey Bruce-Radcliffe has joined City firm Hobson Audley as partner and head of property. He will be responsible for the continuing development of Hobson Audley's industrial and commercial property practice. At DJ Freeman he was one of the founders of the firm's development partnership consultancy, which provided expertise on property development joint ventures and partnerships.

  • In brief: Quinn joins Mischon de Reya

    13-Dec-1994

    Lawyers for Persons with a Learning Disability chair Anthony Quinn has become a consultant with London commercial firm Mischon de Reya. And Mischons' head of private client work Christopher Allen has been signed as a consultant to Anthony Quinn & Co which recently moved to Mischons' Southampton Row address. "Anthony Quinn has extensive experience in advising on disability, mental health and care in the community matters and is a well-respected lawyer in this specialist field," ...

  • In brief: Tony Woolf

    13-Dec-1994

    Construction lawyer Tony Woolf, former senior partner at London firm Freedmans, has died. He joined W H Thompson in 1956, conducted the first disputed asbestosis trial and subsequently rose to partner. At Freedmans he specialised in law relating to the building and engineering industries and became senior partner of the firm in 1983. Woolf was a former chair of the Lawyers' Ecology Group and a member of the Council for Service and Society.

  • Knight to stand trial

    13-Dec-1994

    Ronnie Knight is to stand trial at the Old Bailey in January for alleged involvement in a u7 million Security Express robbery in the 1980s.

  • Lander heads Nabarros' property unit

    13-Dec-1994

    CITY firm Nabarro Nathanson has a new head of its property department.Geoffrey Lander, now completing his 22nd year at the practice, takes over from David Bramson, who becomes the firm's senior partner in May 1995.Lander says the 112-strong property department, which has the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, J P Morgan and the Chemical Bank among its clients, is recruiting at all ...

  • Law Soc clinches Russian deal

    13-Dec-1994

    TWENTY Russian lawyers will work in UK law firms for up to three months next year as part of a u250,000 deal struck between the Law Society and the European Commission.The project, funded by the commission's Technical Assistance programme to the Commonwealth of Independent States (TACIS), has been designed to help with the development of an independent legal profession in Russia.The project's academic co-ordinator, Roger Ede, and the UK project co-ordinator, ...

  • Law Society rules on corporate pensions

    13-Dec-1994

    Bob Butler, head of the Law Society's monitoring unit, has confirmed that lawyers will receive no further formal guidance on what constitutes corporate pensions business.Instead, solicitors are required to use their own common sense in declaring to the Law Society that they are involved in work which may constitute arranging corporate, rather than personal, pension schemes.The decision follows criticism that legislation concerning ...

  • Lawyers have a role in inheritance tax planning

    13-Dec-1994

    Provide a one-stop-shop for clients, advises Colin StuddInheritance Tax, a combined gift tax and death duty, was introduced in the 1986 Finance Act, replacing Capital Transfer Tax which in turn replaced Estate Duty. The act received the Royal Assent on 25 July 1986 and applies to all transfers made on or after the 18 March 1986.At the Conservative Party Conference three years ago the Prime Minister, John Major, spoke about his vision ...

  • Lawyers start personal injury consultancy for group actions

    13-Dec-1994

    TWO Liverpool lawyers are setting up a personal injury consultancy to bypass the "clubbiness" of multi-party action steering committees.The joint venture between Graham Ross and Keith Park, of Merseyside firm J Keith Park & Co, aims to research and investigate new avenues for group actions.Work will then be referred to a national network of member law firms to be called the Allied Lawyers Response Team (Alert).Ross, who heads the consultancy, says ...

  • Leeds and Newcastle in mercantile court call

    13-Dec-1994

    LAW societies in the north east will this month present a dossier of evidence to the Lord Chancellor's Department demonstrating the need for a mercantile court in the region.A joint working party, set up by the Leeds and Newcastle societies, is putting the finishing touches to its LCD submission.Lord Mackay indicated on a recent visit to Leeds that he was in favour of locally-based commercial courts provided there was a demand.Yorkshire lawyers ...

  • Listening Helpfully Jeanne Ellin Souvenir Press £9.99

    13-Dec-1994

    There is an obvious difference between the roles of counsellor and lawyer. The counsellor encourages the client to find his own solutions. The lawyer must find the solutions for the client.This book is principally about what counselling should achieve. One learns swiftly that problems can hardly be resolved unless they are first identified. One is quickly disabused of the idea of a counsellor merely sitting in a controlled atmosphere and listening. The premise of the book ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 13/12/94

    13-Dec-1994

    Office Fair Trading: appealEmployer's vicarious liability for employee's conduct In Re Supply of Ready Mixed Concrete (No.2): sub nom: Director General of Fair Trading v Pioneer Concrete (UK) (1994) (HL 24/11/94) (Lords Jauncey, Templeman, Mustill, Slynn and Nolan)Summary: Employer is still liable for contempt by employee who acts notwithstanding a clear prohibition against such conduct having been given by the employer.

  • Litigation Writs 13/12/94

    13-Dec-1994

    Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority is being sued for negligence over a patient who died from hepatitis. Richard Smith died on 7 March last year after contracting hepatitis from Factor V111 concentrate. The writ was issued by his personal representative, Brenda Smith.Writ issued by Bolitho Way, Southsea, Hampshire. S2473Royal biographer Lady Colin Campbell is being sued for libel damages by Sheila Ferguson, a member ...

  • Lovells plumps for Elite

    13-Dec-1994

    Simon Rogers reportsCity firm Lovell White Durrant is to spend some u350,000 on an accounts package from US-based company Elite Data Processing.The firm will also be taking on another US package - Carpe Diem time tracking and time entry software from Dallas-based company Prosoft. Lovells will be integrating the two systems, which will run under a Windows-based set-up.Elite's system has been modified for the firm and UK sales manager ...

  • Mackay clarifies mediation paper

    13-Dec-1994

    LEGAL advice should be used in support of mediation in divorce proceedings rather than as a matter of course, the Lord Chancellor says.Speaking at last week's annual general meeting of National Family Mediation, Lord Mackay said responses to last year's green paper on mediation and the grounds for divorce showed there was overwhelming agreement on the pressing need for divorce reform.However, he said there seemed to be ignorance and confusion about ...

  • Making crime pay

    13-Dec-1994

    US trial lawyers are making a killing out of crime. More and more attornies are earning big bucks from writing chunky legal thrillers - without even needing to charge their readers by the hour.John Grisham's 'The Firm', for instance, sold over 25 million copies in 18 months, making him the fastest-selling writer in history.And he is not alone: the best-seller lists in the US are dominated by writers such as Scott Turow, Richard North Patterson, ...

  • MPs take on Daily Express

    13-Dec-1994

    MPs Bernard Jenkin, John Townend, and Iain Smith are preparing for a High Court libel fight with the Daily Express over a story on 9 November headlined 'Twelve angry men out to get Major'. The three are seeking damages and injunctions preventing the further publication of the words of which they complain.

  • Northern firms raise profile by office moves

    13-Dec-1994

    TWO leading provincial firms are moving to new premises in high-profile office developments to be built in Manchester and Sheffield.Leading Manchester firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham has, together with accountancy firms Ernst & Young and Price Waterhouse, signed up for the city's biggest office development for 30 years.Construction work on the u58 million Great Bridgewater project beside Manchester's new concert hall is due to be completed by the end of ...

  • Polish threat to foreign offices

    13-Dec-1994

    THE LAW Society is fighting moves by the Polish parliament to introduce legislation requiring foreign firms with offices in the country to either shut down or transfer their capital to Polish lawyers.If it is enacted the draft law would affect leading firms such as Theodore Goddard and Clifford Chance which have offices in Warsaw.Patrick Oliver, from the joint Brussels office ...

  • Property

    13-Dec-1994

    Asda Property Holdings, advised by Brecher & Co and in Scotland by Archibald Campbell & Hardy WS, has acquired a portfolio of 28 properties in England and Scotland for u8.5m from Woolwich Building Society, advised by Church Adams Tatham & Co and in Scotland by Brechin Robb.

  • Property

    13-Dec-1994

    With reference to our 1 November issue in the article 'Behind the scenes of the BP buy-out', we wish to point out that Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for the buyer on equity, and not Dickson Minto as stated.

  • Property investors risk prosecution

    13-Dec-1994

    Herbert Smith says property investors and their professional advisers risk prosecution under anti-money laundering legislation because of ignorance of important provisions in the Criminal Justice Act 1993 which came into force earlier this year.A survey by the firm among key players in the property market shows 45 per cent had little or no knowledge of anti-money laundering legislation.There was, however, general recognition that liability can rest with individual ...

  • Psychological Services for Law Enforcement Theodore Blau

    13-Dec-1994

    Less than six of the 400 or so names cited in the author's index of this book will be familiar to British readers. The absence of any reference to British experts (eg Gudjonsson) is a weakness and reflects the introspection and preoccupation within the US of so much literature in this field.There is a token reference to the formation of the Metropolitan Police in London in 1829, but this book fails to recognise that since then there have been significant developments ...

  • Put money in the right hands

    13-Dec-1994

    With planning it is possible to avoid bequeathing a hefty tax bill with the contents of your estate says Ron WheatcroftMore people are seeking to avoid placing the burden of inheritance tax on their families by taking out tax-efficient policies to cover their future liabilities.The whole life policy is most suitable. With married couples the plan is normally written on a second death basis, the transfer of wealth between spouses being exempt on the first ...

  • QC attacks Inns over record on gay equality

    13-Dec-1994

    THE BAR Council's out-going treasurer Martin Bowley QC blasted the Inns of Court as "self-perpetuating geriatric oligarchies" in a speech to the Bar Lesbian and Gay Group (Blagg).Bowley also called for a radical revamp of the archaic sex laws which he says should enshrine the concept of equality.The QC, of 1 King's Bench Walk, called on the Government to bring in a new Sexual Offences Act to wipe consensual buggery and gross indecency from the statute ...

  • QC urges Brussels action

    13-Dec-1994

    Nick HilborneA LEADING QC is calling for urgent reform of the Brussels Convention on European Union jurisdictional disputes.Michael Briggs QC wants to end the "disgrace" of the current system where international litigants are forced to wait years for disputes to be settled, costing hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal fees.He also fears that English lawyers are losing lucrative cross-border litigation work to their continental rivals ...

  • RECENT PUBLICATIONS

    13-Dec-1994

    North east law firm Wilkinson Maughan has been appointed legal adviser to the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Six local firms, which have not been named, tendered for the work. The 24-partner firm, based in Newcastle, also has an office in the City. Wilkinson Maughan partner Michael Spriggs said: "We are delighted by the appointment."

  • SCB defies complaints criticism

    13-Dec-1994

    THE SOLICITORS Complaints Bureau (SCB) has hit back at stinging criticisms of its complaints system which it claims are based on inadequate and flawed research.A National Consumer Council (NCC) report has called for a complete overhaul of the current complaints procedure which it has dubbed "a bureaucratic nightmare which can last for years".The damning document details SCB inefficiency and ineffectiveness based on the testimony of those who claim to have suffered ...

  • Scots 'YTS' scheme blasted

    13-Dec-1994

    A NEW scheme designed to secure training contracts for Scottish law graduates has been condemned by lawyers south of the border.Solicitors in England and Wales say the system, which involves graduates of Scotland's Diploma in Legal Practice working for a Government training allowance plus u10 per week for the first year of articles, is detrimental to the profession.Managed by training company MI Technologies, the scheme sees trainees receiving the allowance, ...

  • Scots to unveil training shake-up

    13-Dec-1994

    THE LAW Society of Scotland will unveil radical proposals this week on the training of young lawyers and protecting the public from inexperienced sole practitioners.The proposals include revising the diploma on legal practice, delivering it through a new Law Society college rather than five main universities, increased monitoring of training, and banning newly-qualified solicitors from running their own firms.Drawn up by a working party, the proposals stem from ...

  • Securities Institute exam deadlines loom

    13-Dec-1994

    Lawyers must move quickly to beat November 1995 exam deadlines if they want to practise in discrete investment business, according to a course organiser.The Association for Solicitor Investment Management (Asim) said those hoping to become "qualified persons" under the Law Society rules should take their exams soon, as the tight deadlines leave little room for resits.Asim and Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice (Sifa) are providing ...

  • The Law Of Occupational Pension Schemes Nigel Inglis-Jones QC and Sean Hand Sweet & Maxwell u190

    13-Dec-1994

    The law of pensions is complicated. The lawyer who wants to be a pensions specialist, or the expert faced with a new problem should be grateful for this book. Indeed, it is now a standard work and, since it was first published in 1989, has become a required text for anybody who wishes to be considered seriously as an expert pension lawyer.The present supplements have updated this work. The Pension Schemes Office has tightened up on the appointment of administrators, discussed ...

  • The Professional's Guide To Successful Management Carol O'Connor McGraw Hill u24.95

    13-Dec-1994

    This edition provides one of the best insights into modern thinking about some of the most important aspects of successful management. In all the areas that are covered, plausible and workable solutions are debated leaving the reader with a variety of options to pursue.One of the criticisms of other guides to successful management is the comparative lack of realistic and workable solutions to straightforward or complicated management problems. The author provides examples ...

  • Tuck & Mann takes SA legal 'team' on board

    13-Dec-1994

    EPSOM-BASED practice Tuck & Mann has signed South African lawyers Charmaine and Greville Hast as paralegals.Greville Hast started in the firm's Guildford office earlier this year, and matrimonial lawyer Charmaine joined in Epsom this month.Greville Hast says they are both awaiting news from the Lord Chancellor's Department on the avenues open to South African lawyers wanting to qualify in the UK in the light of the country rejoining the international ...

  • TV trial gives clear picture of the future

    13-Dec-1994

    Fascinating though many viewers, both legal and lay, are finding the BBC's 'The Trial', has it brought us any further down the road in the argument about whether TV cameras should be allowed in court?Besides the interest that derived from viewers actually looking into courtrooms for the first time and seeing things "in reality", rather than fictionalised, 'The Trial' is bringing home the essential elements of what ...

  • UK slams establishment delay

    13-Dec-1994

    UK LEGAL representatives have criticised the European Commission over its lack of action in releasing a draft directive on rights of establishment.The commission had been expected to raise the matter in Brussels last Wednesday, but it did not come up. Sources predict it will be scheduled at the commission's next meeting in Strasbourg on 14 December.The representative of the joint Brussels office of the Law Societies, Patrick Oliver, says Europe's lawyers ...

  • UK Trade Marks Act 1994: A Practical Guide John Groom et al Longman u35

    13-Dec-1994

    'The UK Trade Marks 1994: A Practical Guide' has been written by four leading members of the Institute of Trade Mark Agents: John Groom, Richard Abnett, Jeremy Pennant and Adrian Spencer. It provides a useful guide to the provisions of the Trade Marks Act 1994 and contains a detailed, well constructed analysis of the key provisions.Several features of the book deserve particular mention. The text incorporates references to the debates on the Trade Marks Bill and ...

  • Verdict clears way for lease buy-outs

    13-Dec-1994

    WEST End firm Collyer-Bristow is predicting a boom in leasehold enfranchisements following a landmark tribunal verdict.Senior assistant Jessica Taylor says nervous tenants will be encouraged to take the plunge after a leasehold valuation tribunal fixed the price of an 89-year lease at u2,700, u15,800 less than the landlord asked."The decision will encourage tenants unhappy with the way their properties are managed to get rid of their landlords by buying the freehold," ...

  • Walking along a very fine line

    13-Dec-1994

    Roger Pearson reports on two decisions in the emotive area of ceasing to treat coma victimsWhen the courts finally agreed that Hillsborough victim Tony Bland should be allowed to drift from the persistent vegetative state (PVS) in which tube feeding was keeping him, there was concern that the decision would open a floodgate of similar applications to the courts.The floodgate did not open. But the legal spotlight is back on this emotive area of the law as ...

  • Ward to head Shrewsbury planning department

    13-Dec-1994

    FORMER Dibb Lupton Broomhead lawyer Geoff Ward has been appointed as principal solicitor with Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council.Ward, who finished work in Dibbs' planning department in October, took up the post at the end of last month.Articled with West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council he worked in authorities in Kirklees and Manchester before moving to Leeds-based Eversheds

  • Your subject is...

    13-Dec-1994

    Jean Graham Hall's modus operandi for legal biographies