12 October 1998

The Lawyer

  • Aclec member blasts Lord Irvine over audience rights

    13-Oct-1998

    A leading member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) has launched a scathing attack on Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine over his plans to speed up the extension of audience rights.In what he describes as a "personal response" to the Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) consultation paper on rights of audience, issued in June, Professor Lee Bridges has dismissed the controversial proposals as "inadequate and short-term solutions".

  • Addleshaws looks to new blood to end profit woes

    13-Oct-1998

    National firm Addleshaw Booth & Co has brought young blood onto its management board as part of a bid to boost profits by 50 per cent, a hike that will bring it on parity with its national rivals.The appointment of corporate partner Tim Wheldon, 39, and employment partner Andrew Chamberlain, 35, to the eight-partner board follows a bumpy year for the firm.The Lawyer top 50 survey in August revealed that Addleshaws' average profits per partner last year was ...

  • An obligation taken too far?

    13-Oct-1998

    Whatever the rights and wrongs of the Government's decision last week to drop mortgage fraud proceedings against Mr Justice Gee on health grounds, the case highlights the problems surrounding the thorny issue of confidentiality.During his first trial, which ended in a hung jury, Judge Gee's counsel conceded that lies were told in a string of mortgage applications against his law firm, but added that "any conveyancing solicitor was entitled to believe applicants ...

  • Andersens promotion

    13-Oct-1998

    Xavier Sarrau is the new head of legal services at Arthur Andersen for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has been replaced as head of Paris firm Archibald Andersen by Patrick Bignon.

  • Are you a master of your domain?

    13-Oct-1998

    If you really want it, you can buy the domain name "billgates.com" through a company called Domainmart. The asking price is $1m.The activities of domain name speculators are getting out of hand. Although technically the names are little more than addresses, enabling one computer to find another over the Internet, the value that can be attached to them is enormous.Over 200 national registries administer domain names. Each registry has ...

  • Ashursts hired by EC

    13-Oct-1998

    Ashurst Morris Crisp has been hired by the European Commission to examine the implications of developments in electronic commerce for the EU pharmaceutical sector.

  • Bar Council asks for IT ideas

    13-Oct-1998

    The chairman of the Bar Council's practice management and development committee, Stephen Hockman QC, has called on barristers to contribute to the debate on the role of information technology in civil justice reforms.Addressing a seminar called "Tomorrow's Barrister: Developments Today" at the Bar conference on 3 October, Hockman predicted IT would transform the entire legal system over the next few years. Barristers could no longer ignore ...

  • Bar speaks out over audience rights plan

    13-Oct-1998

    SENIOR barristers clashed with the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham over the Government's plans to hand control of the Bar's professional rules and rights of audience to the Lord Chancellor.Speaking at the conference, Lord Bingham said the system for changing professional rules and rights of audience, which requires the unanimous consent of four designated judges, frustrated Parliament's intention to broaden rights of audience.

  • Battleplans and bitter pills

    13-Oct-1998

    Behind the upbeat talk of big profits, there are jitters in the north-east market. Competition is cut-throat and Chris Fogarty finds that, forced into a mantra of merge, specialise or die, it's small firms that suffer.In the middle of Addleshaw Booth & Co's hugely impressive Leeds headquarters sits a massive chessboard, complete with three foot high pieces. Upstairs, in the office of managing partner Mark Jones, a much more intricate and complicated game is afoot ...

  • Book of the week

    13-Oct-1998

    A Guide to Arbitration and Litigation in Central and Eastern EuropeBy Neil Aitken and Charles Spragge.The two Cameron McKenna lawyers draw on the firm's considerable Central Eastern European experience to produce - you guessed it - a guide to arbitration and litigation in Central and Eastern Europe. The book covers The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russian Federation.

  • Conveyancing revolution hits the high street

    13-Oct-1998

    Estate Agent Hambro Countrywide is tactful enough not to say it was as easy as taking candy from the proverbial baby.But in setting up Hambro Countrywide Conveyancing (HCC), Hambro met about as much opposition from the profession as the All Blacks get from the Welsh rugby team."If you look at the profession, it is a highly fragmented one," says Hambro's new business development manager Richard Sawtell."Certainly we did think when we went into ...

  • Corporate advice boost for Lester Aldridge

    13-Oct-1998

    Bournemouth firm Lester Aldridge has hired an accountancy-qualified corporate financier to expand its corporate advice work.Tim Beech comes on board as a consultant four days a week. He will focus on fund-raising, and management buy-outs and buy-ins.Partner David Ashplant remains head of corporate finance.Managing partner Barry Glazier said: "TIm Beech brings the ability ...

  • Corporate counsel: key to MDP success

    13-Oct-1998

    IN-HOUSE counsel will play a key role in deciding whether multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) succeed, delegates were told last week at the fifth annual conference of the world's largest in-house lawyers' association.Speaking at the American Corporate Counsel Association (ACCA) conference, Garrigues & Andersen president Antonio Garrigues said: "You will be the ones to decide in what cases MDPs will be useful and in what cases they will not be useful."

  • Cost-led reforms spell 'disaster'

    13-Oct-1998

    Proposed reforms to the legal system threaten the existence of the specialist criminal advocate and could spell disaster in the long term, Bar Council chair Heather Hallett QC has warned.Delivering her address at the Bar's annual conference on 4 October, Hallett condemned a series of proposed and recent reforms which, she said, amounted to "a chipping away at the edges of the system in the name of cost-cutting and market forces which could prove ...

  • Council tenants to appeal

    13-Oct-1998

    The tenants of a council flat in Camden, in north London, who sought to end their joint tenancy agreement on the basis that the tenancy would then be taken over by just one of them, have been given leave to appeal to the House of Lords against Camden council's refusal to amend the agreement. Last May, the central London Civil Trial Centre refused an application by one of the tenants that she was entitled to be regarded as sole tenant.

  • CPS advocates get go-ahead

    13-Oct-1998

    CPS lawyers have finally begun to appear as prosecutors in the crown courts - a full 17 months after they were originally granted extended rights of audience.Although the then Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay granted CPS solicitors limited crown court rights of audience in March 1997, the service has had to clear a series of hurdles before finally being able to deploy its solicitors in the courts.The way was finally cleared for the 95 solicitors, who have so far ...

  • Crash victim sues hotel group

    13-Oct-1998

    A hotel employee who suffered brain damage when he was run over by a colleague parking a high-powered car has launched a High Court damages claim against his former employers, Warrington-based De Vere Hotels. Royston Dummett, 66, who suffered a cerebral haemorrhage after the accident at Brighton's Grand Hotel in 1997, claims De Vere failed to ensure that the driver who hit him was competent to drive all types of car.

  • Crystal Palace challenge given go-ahead

    13-Oct-1998

    Roger Pearson says the architectural integrity of the site of the Great Exhibition is soon to be investigated by the High Court.The plan for a massive multiplex cinema on the site of London's old Crystal Palace - which was destroyed by fire in 1936 - is to be the subject of a major High Court probe later this year.Plans for a new glass and steel building on the 12-acre site have run up against a legal challenge from protesters who claim the planned new building ...

  • Delegates applaud set's pro bono work

    13-Oct-1998

    Two Garden Court has clinched the 1998 Bar Pro Bono Award.The common law set, headed by Ian Macdonald QC & Owen Davies, was singled out for its commitment to pro bono work, which includes representing bereaved families at inquests, assisting refugees seeking political asylum and appearing in Privy Council death row cases.It was nominated by London firm Christian Fisher & Co, which the chambers assisted in several of the cases.

  • Dentons swallows Fox & Gibbons

    13-Oct-1998

    Denton Hall has acquired the 42-lawyer Middle East practice Fox & Gibbons, but is taking only one of its 11 partners into full equity.Fox & Gibbons senior partner Robert Gibbons and managing partner Robert Sprawston will assume consultancy status while company commercial partner Paul Sheridan becomes a full equity partner.Fox & Gibbons' 14 London-based lawyers will join Denton Hall's City office and its offices in Istanbul, Cairo and Gibraltar will ...

  • Dublin old hand absorbs niche practices

    13-Oct-1998

    One of Dublin's oldest firms, 13-lawyer corporate practice Orpen Franks, has acquired a niche private client and a commercial practice, to bring it into the top 15 in the country.Four-lawyer private client firm Reeves - at 295-years-old reputed to be the oldest firm in the country - and two-lawyer commercial property firm Tweedy & Co will be absorbed into Orpens.Reeves partner Reginald Roper said the firms were reacting to client pressure to specialise and ...

  • Euro rights law will force judges' hand

    13-Oct-1998

    Incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights will force judges to make decisions based on social policy, despite their traditional reluctance to do so, claims a legal ethics expert.Professor Ian Kennedy, professor of health law, ethics and policy at University College London, told the conference that courts could no longer hide behind the phrase "it's a matter for Parliament" after incorporation. He said judges would have ...

  • Europe: a new boule park

    13-Oct-1998

    What do Euro-lawyers do in Brussels? How can their UK counterparts get a slice of the action? Ian Forrester explains. Ian Forrester is a partner in Forrester Norall & Sutton in Brussels which is incorporated into White & Case.The European Commission is usually the institution with which European legal practices have most contact. It drafts proposals for legislation, enforces the treaty's ...

  • Financings

    13-Oct-1998

    Oliver Brookshaw of Shoosmiths & Harrison's Nottingham office advised London and Henley on the institutional buyout and re-financing of Security Capital Global Realty to a value of £150m.

  • Financings

    13-Oct-1998

    John Shelton of Norton Rose advised Stena and Ugland Nordic Shipping on obtaining a $150m loan arranged by Chase Manhattan Bank

  • Flotation

    13-Oct-1998

    Michael Livingstone and Caroline Rollestone-Brown of Maclay Murray & Spens advised Private and Commercial Finance Group on its placing and admission to trading on Aim. Andrew Saul of Osborne Clarke advised the nominated advisers Brown Shipley.

  • Fraud advisory panel set to demand prevention training for solicitors

    13-Oct-1998

    The new pan-industry anti-fraud body chaired by Clifford Chance partner George Staple is to call for the introduction of anti-fraud training for solicitors and other professionals.One of the first moves of the Fraud Advisory Panel - set up by the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA) in February - was to appoint Detective Inspector Tom Craig from the National Criminal Intelligence ...

  • Gentle touch in the city of steel

    13-Oct-1998

    Observers prepared to watch a battle for supremacy when Nabarros set up in Sheffield. But the firm refused to play.When Nabarro Nathanson rode into town four years ago, Sheffield's big guns prepared for a legal showdown. "When Nabarros arrived we had to reposition ourselves," admits Dibb Lupton Alsop regional managing partner Paul Firth. The firm need not have bothered. "I have to say, ...

  • Government says justices' clerks have a vital role to play in magistrates' future

    13-Oct-1998

    The Government has come out in support of justices' clerks, stating that their role of providing the best possible advice and support to magistrates should not be compromised or diluted.Its views come in a consultation paper, "The Future Role of the Justices' Clerk", issued as part of moves to modernise and improve the operation of the courts. The paper calls for a more strategic and united system of criminal justice agencies, including amalgamation of Magistrates' ...

  • Has Scotland's 'justice by astrology' got its dates wrong?

    13-Oct-1998

    On 1 October The Public Defence Solicitors' Office opened in Edinburgh.For those who are unaware of the implications, the five-year pilot scheme involves a team of six defence solicitors who are being paid an annual salary by the Scottish Legal Aid Board to deal with summary criminal cases.It has been described as justice by astrology, given that only those with birthdays in January and February who cannot afford to pay for their own defence, will be represented ...

  • High Court help for bereaved children

    13-Oct-1998

    The recent reassessment of Hayden v Hayden means children will be paid for loss of service when a parent dies, writes Roger Pearson.A recent High Court ruling has resulted in a revised interpretation of a 1992 decision which which is widely used as a pointer in cases involving compensation claims for children who have lost a parent.Judicial remarks in the 1992 Appeal Court case of Hayden v Hayden - now branded obiter by the recent High Court decision - had ...

  • High Street 'not running scared'

    13-Oct-1998

    I am sick and tired of reading how concerned high street practitioners must be at the reputed continuing success of organisations such as Hambro Countrywide.My firm has just had its most successful year, our IT is as good as that of many large City firms, our partners (not teams of telephonists), are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and our clients come back every year for advice.Our fees can match anything that Hambros may try ...

  • Huge rise in pro bono help

    13-Oct-1998

    Applications to the Bar Pro Bono Unit for assistance trebled in its second year of operation, according to its recently published annual report.The unit received 750 requests for help in the year to May 1998, as opposed to 250 in its first year of operation. Some 40 per cent of applicants received assistance.The unit's chairman, Peter Goldsmith QC, said the priority over the coming year was to improve liaison with solicitors, both in terms of getting more ...

  • In breif: Russell Jones defamation specialist retires

    13-Oct-1998

    Russell Jones & Walker's head of commercial litigation Barton Taylor has retired from the firm. Taylor, a defamation specialist, was a partner at the firm for over 20 years. The defamation and commercial litigation department will now be headed by Jeremy Clarke-Williams.

  • In brief: Bakers elects eight new partners in London

    13-Oct-1998

    Baker & McKenzie has elected eight new partners for its London office: Graham Allen, Ross Denton, Robbie Downing, Ian Jack, James Richards, Bernard Sharp, Ellen Temperton and Annie Williams. London firm Wedlake Bell has also appointed three new partners - Simon Jones, Adam Walker and Peter Day.

  • In brief: Ex-Freres partner in property venture

    13-Oct-1998

    Former Frere Cholmeley Bischoff senior property partner Christopher Digby-Bell has launched a venture capital company specialising in commercial property, Palmer Capital Partners, with Ray Palmer, the former head of property agents Lambert Smith Hampton. Digby-Bell, who was managing partner of Taylor Joynson Garrett before joining Frere Cholmeley in 1988, will also act as consultant to London law practice Forsters.

  • In brief: Ground-breaking Korean joins Richards Butler

    13-Oct-1998

    Korean lawyer Michael Kyong-Hwa Kim, one of the first Koreans to qualify as an English solicitor, has joined international firm Richards Butler. Kim, formerly a navigating officer with Hanjin Shipping, has just completed his traineeship. Kim joins the firm's Korea group where he will work with Jonathan Hunt.

  • In brief: Lewis Silkin in OSS investigation over Diana story

    13-Oct-1998

    The Office for Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) is investigating whether a false document was passed to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) through London firm Lewis Silkin. The PCC was considering the News of the World story which accused James Hewitt, the ex-lover of Diana, Princess of Wales, of selling her letters. During the PCC investigation, the News of the World supplied the PCC with a sworn ...

  • In brief: Mears attacks Government child support plans

    13-Oct-1998

    Former Law Society president Martin Mears has launched a strong attack on the Government's Green Paper on child support, "Children First", in a paper published by a newly formed group of lawyers called Jurisconsultus. He described the plans as "fundamentally flawed".

  • In brief: Non-lawyer joins Nabarros partnership board

    13-Oct-1998

    Nabarro Nathanson has appointed non-lawyer James Arnold-Baker as a non-executive director on the partnership board. Arnold-Baker is a former chief executive of Oxford University Press and BBC Enterprises.

  • In brief: PI motorbike specialist joins Manchester firm

    13-Oct-1998

    Personal injury lawyer Philip Shuker has joined five-partner Manchester firm Cottrill Stone Lawless. Shuker (pictured immediate right with new fellow PI partners Ian Lawless - seated - and Philip Mogg - far right) is a specialist in motorbike accident claims. He set up his own practice in 1994 after leaving Furness Evans Oates.

  • In brief: Pilot steers future of conveyancing

    13-Oct-1998

    We are forever being bombarded with portentous statements about how our world is changing, how we live in a technological age and how those of us who do not adapt our philosophies and systems will be cast adrift.The future involvement of technology in conveyancing is a certainty rather than a probability. But from my own experience taking part in the National Land Information Service (NLIS) pilot scheme, this is to be viewed with enthusiasm rather than trepidation.

  • In-house call for closer anti- fraud ties with accountants

    13-Oct-1998

    In-house lawyers should liaise more closely with their accountant colleagues to stamp out internal fraud.The call for greater co-operation came from David Sherick, director of group fraud control and revenue assurance at Cable & Wireless in Hong Kong, who predicted an increase in fraud if the current worldwide economic downturn worsened.Sherick told ACCA delegates at the Versailles conference that legal departments should ensure their company had a "clear and ...

  • Is the region ready for the euro?

    13-Oct-1998

    Most, but not all, law firms in the North East are geared up for the introduction of the euro, writes Rebecca Towers.Mixed is probably the best way to describe the reaction of north-eastern firms to the European single currency. And while the first stages of monetary union - due to come into effect on 1 January next year - will not affect smaller practices in the short term, the majority of the big players in the region are making a concerted effort to prepare for the euro.

  • It has been a bad week for:

    13-Oct-1998

    The Family Law Consortium, whose High Court bid to ensure a £1.6m negligence claim brought against it by the former wife of Earl Spencer, Victoria, was rejected last week. She claims that the group handled her divorce negligently.Islington Borough Council, which has agreed to pay £500 in damages to The Newspaper Licensing Agency for copying cuttings from newspaper members of the agency without a licence.

  • It has been a good week for:

    13-Oct-1998

    Brixton solicitor Angello Hornby and Linklaters litigation partner Katie Bradford, who are among 500 leading women who are attending the 43rd Women of the Year Lunch this week. Hornby co-founded the Brixton all-female firm Hornby Ackroyd & Levy in 1980 and has created strong ties with the local community. Bradford is a property specialist and heads up Linklaters' property litigation unit.

  • Just how liberal is the head of the judiciary?

    13-Oct-1998

    The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham has been in the post for three years now. The judges under his wing have seen a welter of policy initiatives from both the Tory and new Labour governments - all of which will undoubtedly affect the way justice works in the next millennium.So how does he feel about them? When he got the job he announced he would be holding a series of annual press conferences at which the press could ask his views. He has been as good as his word.

  • Law Soc:judge in December

    13-Oct-1998

    Your analysis on the programme of reform at the Law Society, (The Lawyer, 6 October), takes a most negative view. According to your article, the project is doomed to failure.Regardless of what The Lawyer may think, there is a clear commitment to radical reform of the Law Society's decision-making structure.This will lead to a streamlined, more responsive organisation. The details for the changes will be decided and published ...

  • Law Society moves to liberalise SIF waiver rules

    13-Oct-1998

    The Law Society has relaxed the rules governing applications for Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) waivers, on the eve of a legal challenge against the fund's monopoly.Until now, solicitors hit by huge SIF bills have only been let off paying them if they can prove they have been subjected to serious injustice because of an anomalous situation.But last week the society announced that the criteria had been changed to allow waivers when a "strict operation" of ...

  • Lawyers at play

    13-Oct-1998

    "Lawyers drop their trousers" is the somewhat misleading title of a press release from Hampshire firm White & Bowker.Last Friday staff at all three of the firm's offices came to work in their jeans as part of the national Jeans for Genes day.Led by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, the appeal asked supporters to go to work in jeans and donate £1 to help raise £2m for research into genetic disorders which affect children.

  • Linklaters group aims to nip pension suits in bud

    13-Oct-1998

    Linklaters has launched a 10-lawyer strong pensions litigation group in a drive to resolve disputes early on.The group is led by partner Mark Blyth and will focus on Pensions Ombudsman complaints and pensions disputes, including professional negligence and non-hostile litigation brought by trustees.Blyth said although more cases were going before the ombudsman and the courts, ...

  • MCC member helps stump ladies' ban

    13-Oct-1998

    Jerry Walter, head of corporate at Simmons & Simmons, acted for the club of which he is a member - the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) - when it ended a 211-year-old tradition on 28 September and voted to admit women to the club.A special general meeting was held at Lord's cricket ground, which recorded a majority of almost 70 per cent in favour of admitting women for the first time, exceeding the two-thirds majority needed to change MCC rules.Simmons & Simmons ...

  • MDPs get cautious approval from law society in Canada

    13-Oct-1998

    The Law Society of Upper Canada, which covers the financial capital Toronto, has lifted a long-standing ban on lawyers and accountants forming multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs).But the decision - which comes just as the Law Society of England and Wales is about to release a consultation paper on the issue - holds lawyers responsible for any breaches of conflict of interest or client confidentiality by non-lawyers within the MDP.The ruling means that Ernst ...

  • Merger forms Thames Valley giant

    13-Oct-1998

    Welsh firm Morgan Bruce and Oxford's Cole & Cole will merge in November, creating a top 25 firm by size with an annual revenue of £30m.The new 92-partner firm will be called Morgan Cole and will unite Morgan Bruce's offices in Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and London with those of Cole & Cole in Oxford, Reading and Croydon.The firm will be the largest practice in ...

  • Next week's news

    13-Oct-1998

    This Friday Cherie Booth QC will appear before the High Court on behalf of Hampshire sole practitioner Michael Dalton to seek leave to bring a judicial review against the Law Society for refusing to let him opt out of the Solicitors' Indemnity Fund. Prediction: Cherie's on a roll and should get the thumbs up from the judges.

  • No good from hypnosis case

    13-Oct-1998

    Paul McKennaI read with some surprise the comments made by Martin Smith of Martin Smith & Co in Roger Pearson's article (The Lawyer, 22 September, page 18). I was the subject of the action brought by Mr Gates. I am responding to Smith's suggestion that "some good has come of the action".The findings of Mr Justice Toulson went further than was suggested in your article. The link postulated by Professor Gruzeller (on behalf of Gates) ...

  • North East can weather the storm

    13-Oct-1998

    Every economic forecast reaches the same painful conclusion. There is an economic “slowdown”. The UK might even be heading for recession.So what. The North East has been in recession for so long it has become a way of life. The region consists of a handful of conurbations bounded on three sides by the Scottish border, the Pennines and the North Sea and is geographically separated from the rest of the country to the south not just in terms of distance but also in the sub-standard ...

  • Northern soul move south

    13-Oct-1998

    Firms in the North East have thrived on fierce competition over the past few years. Now they are setting their sights on London and beyond, writes Chris Fogarty.London firms with their eyes firmly fixed on catching up with the "big five" risk getting an unexpected kick in the backside from the Leeds "big six".The "big six" - Eversheds, Hammond Suddards, Addleshaw Booth & Co,

  • Open market's hollow promise

    13-Oct-1998

    Loud voices trumpet the fall of SIF and promise a better tomorrow. One should be aware of Greeks bearing gifts - especially when they are promises for the future.Premium rates for SIF are fixed without a profit element and assess a firm's claim records. If one's premium has increased because of claims loading this is because claims have been made on that practice. This is the claim record which an insurer will consider when fixing the premium for your practice ...

  • Pay review sparks job cut fears at LAB

    13-Oct-1998

    Experts are being brought in by the Legal Aid Board (LAB) to review pay and conditions at the board, sparking fears of job cuts among the staff.The board has commissioned independent consultants The Hay Group to compare how the pay and conditions it offers compare with the private sector.An internal LAB memo announcing the move and issued on 29 September told staff to expect neither an increase nor a decrease in pay.But a source at the board said ...

  • Philip Leach on how an ECHR ruling will affect domestic law.

    13-Oct-1998

    Philip Leach is legal director at Liberty.The recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of McLeod v the UK (1998) places important safeguards on police common law powers to enter a home to prevent a breach of the peace.Following their divorce, the applicant's ex-husband, Mr McLeod, accompanied by his solicitor's clerk and other members of his family, went to the former matrimonial home to collect certain items ...

  • Property

    13-Oct-1998

    Susan Hall of DJ Freeman acted for Gatedale in its development of a £15m leisure development site at Newcastle-under-Lyme. Peter Dawson of Russell-Cooke Potter & Chapman acted for leaseholder Municipal Properties, Debbie Dimock was the in-house legal adviser to Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Fosters' Sophie Hamilton acted for Warner.

  • Property

    13-Oct-1998

    Mark Kingston and Huw Witty of Nabarro Nathanson acted for DGI, the management company of Deutsche Bank's Open Ended Property Fund on the sale of its leasehold interest in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development headquarters at 1 Exchange Square, Bishopsgate, for over £200m. The purchaser, British Land was advised by Stephen Wilson of

  • Property

    13-Oct-1998

    Dickinson Dees associate Deborah Kirtley (right) advised Barclays on its funding and development of the £42m redevelopment of Newcastle United's St James' Park. Andrew Price, Newcastle United's director of legal affairs and Bruce Bentley of Dibb Lupton Alsop acted for the club.

  • Pupillage system must evolve

    13-Oct-1998

    I fully endorse Susan Ward's viewpoint (The Lawyer, 29 September) on the outdated practices of the legal profession - and the Bar in particular.One restrictive practice is the requirement for barristers to undertake a pupillage before being allowed to exercise rights of audience.Fewer than half of those called to the Bar are able to obtain a pupillage. According to Bar Council figures, in 1998 there were 1,826 applications for 747 pupillages ...

  • Quote of the week

    13-Oct-1998

    "I encourage the noble and learned Lord to read an article in this week's The Lawyer magazine by a senior barrister's clerk, explaining how more than half the tenants in his chambers have undertaken work on the conditional fee basis for plaintiffs in personal injury cases..."The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg, House of Lords, 7 October.

  • Rose heralds the virtual chambers

    13-Oct-1998

    Anthony Rose, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert's former corporate head, is to set up a "virtual" law chambers along with five other leading City partners.Rose, who left Barlows in April to set up a sole practice, aims to launch the chambers, Hampden Legal, in the New Year. It will provide back-office services to a network of former City practitioners, including himself, who want to work alone or from home.He said the head of banking at a top 10 City firm, the head ...

  • Rouse & Co launches Net trade mark service

    13-Oct-1998

    INTELLECTUAL property specialist Rouse & Co International (RCI) has developed a global trade mark and domain name clearance and protection service on the Internet, called Geodesia.The international firm - whose London office is Willoughby & Partners - has a six-member team working on the project in Oxford, which it hopes to expand when it wins more clients.The team uses selected trade mark specialists across the world to search trade mark registers, ...

  • SBL uses Lawrence inquiry to call for legal shake-up to fight race hate

    13-Oct-1998

    The Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) has called for a radical rethink in handling and combating race hate crimes.In a submission to the Stephen Lawrence inquiry last week, the SBL put forward 34 proposals, including creation of UK-wide racial investigation units which would be monitored locally but accountable at a national level.It also called for dedicated CPS units to prosecute race hate crimes, and for the creation of a centralised complaints procedure for ...

  • SCL to debate online outlaws

    13-Oct-1998

    ILLEGAL Internet material and online contracts are due to be discussed at the third annual conference of the Society for Computers & Law (SCL) this week, "IT Law Beyond the Millennium".The conference, which will take place this Friday at the former National Liberal Club at 1 Whitehall Place, London, will be chaired by Richard Christou, director of commercial and legal affairs at computer giant ICL.A key speaker will be Richard ...

  • Second chance for 'guilty' lawyer

    13-Oct-1998

    A former Wilde Sapte partner escaped being struck off last week despite being found guilty of acting dishonestly by the Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal.Stephen Brower, who now works for London firm Edwin Coe, had transferred £5,000 from a client account at Wilde Sapte to the account holding the estate of his late father.But Brower cancelled the cheque the next day, ...

  • Shadbolt enters HK

    13-Oct-1998

    Reigate-based Shadbolt & Co - a niche construction law practice set up by the former head of McKenna & Co's construction department - has opened a two-lawyer Hong Kong office, to be run by former Simmons & Simmons partner Colin Dodd.

  • Solicitors call time at the Bar

    13-Oct-1998

    Disaffected with their barristers, north-east firms turned to London and forced the local Bar to take a hard look at itself.While solicitors in the North East have rapidly honed their businesses in the past 10 years, barristers have lagged behind. Much as Yorkshire clients once sought out London firms, Leeds solicitors now go to the London Bar when they need advice.Time and again the message from senior partners in the North was that they were ...

  • Space - marketing's final frontier

    13-Oct-1998

    So you think your firm has a good name in property? You may be right, but who have you been asking?A survey for Square Foot magazine asked 200 clients, from the largest property giants to smaller developers, about their attitudes towards the purchase of property legal services. The results hold little comfort for those firms confident that their "brand" of property law is strong. But for the pioneering few that push a strong marketing plan in an aggressive drive to target ...

  • Teleworking threat to City is piecemeal only

    13-Oct-1998

    Is the very model of the modern City law firm about to come under threat? This time the opposition comes not from globalisation, nor the Big Five accountants, nor US firms, but from a new kind of organisation - the "virtual law firm".This week we reveal how Anthony Rose, former company commercial head at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, is about to launch a network of individual former City practitioners who will work from home with their back-office ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Richard Leeming

    13-Oct-1998

    Richard Leeming was born in Lincoln in 1967. He is a corporate banking associate at Burges Salmon.What was your first job?Mortician's porter at the Salisbury Infirmary.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£17,500 as a trainee at Ashurst ...

  • The unsung superhero of equality

    13-Oct-1998

    Vicki Chapman

  • Time to follow the UK flow?

    13-Oct-1998

    Benelux firms are facing a crisis of conscience and identity as the need to link with UK firms becomes more pressing. Richard Tyler reports.Do I want to be part of a UK-led firm? That is the question that partners in leading Dutch and Belgian firms are asking now that 76-partner Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and 42-partner Belgian firm De Bandt van Hecke & Lagae have joined up with Linklaters ...

  • US firm's Belgian link-up

    13-Oct-1998

    Cleveland-based US firm Thompson Hine & Flory has associated with Belgian firm Platteeuw De Witte & Grisar and plans to merge its Brussels office with Platteeuw.

  • US lawyer quits Linklaters after a month

    13-Oct-1998

    A senior US associate has left Linklaters after less than a month to rejoin the London office of her former firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.Asset management specialist Cynthia Cobden is believed to have been enticed back by the offer of partnership status.Brinsley Nicholson, ...