13 May 1996

The Lawyer

  • 'Dynamic' Ross to head SCB

    13-May-1996

    "DYNAMIC," a "high flyer" and "likeable" is how the Solicitors Complaints Bureau's new head Peter Ross was described by Law Society officials.Ross, an assistant chief crown prosecutor at the CPS, will take up the post of SCB director on 24 June.His first task will be to oversee the relaunch of the bureau as the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors in September.Ross takes over from the Martin O'Reilly who has been running the bureau as ...

  • 'We are made scapegoats' say Irish solicitors over ads furore

    13-May-1996

    The Law Society of Ireland has angrily rejected claims that irresponsible advertising by solicitors has lead to rocketing insurance cover for hospital consultants.The Irish Hospital Consultants' Association blames "ambulance-chasing solicitors" for the average cost of cover jumping from £800 to £30,000 per annum over the past 10 years."Ambulance-chasing solicitors, using billboard publicity campaigns, full-page advertising and self-promotion ...

  • .Zulu boy's emotional appeal

    13-May-1996

    Sifiso Mahlangu, the 10-year-old Zulu boy at the centre of this week's Analysis, has now flown back to South Africa to be re-united with his natural parents. But his tug-of-love case, which seems without precedent in Family Division circles, taxed the minds and emotions of some of the UK's leading lawyers and judges.Mahlangu was brought to the UK by Salome Stopford, who employed the boy's mother Selina as a housekeeper and nanny. Stopford, ...

  • 24 reasons to stay worried

    13-May-1996

    I am sure that the thrust of your front page article referring to the disquiet of female solicitors as they advance through the hierarchy of a law firm was not lost on the 24 Eversheds male partnership appointees whose smiling faces were displayed on page 5.Stuart WelburnReading.

  • Another taste of Gaelic

    13-May-1996

    Regarding the Tulkinghorn column in The Lawyer 30 April, I believe the Gaelic phrase for which your correspondent was searching is actually "Slan leat" meaning (literally) "[good] health [remain] with you".Slan agus beanachd.Craig DunfordMiddlesex.

  • Bullish firms disclose income

    13-May-1996

    Firms are becoming more open about earnings, with 20 of this year's Top 100 firms divulging gross fee income.This year, 40 firms supplied details of turnover increase.Of those responding, Birmingham firm Wragge & Co and London and Oxford firm Manches & Co both top the turnover table, claiming a 25 per cent hike in gross fee income.Wragges' increase is paralleled ...

  • Call for clerks to decide law

    13-May-1996

    MAGISTRATES have reacted cautiously to the suggestion that justices' clerks should decide on legal matters.Speaking at last week's Justices' Clerks Society Annual Conference, the group's president Tony Heath, said the time had come for the practice direction on the role of the clerk to be reconsidered.He described the current system of advising magistrates on point of law as a "charade" and asked: "Has not the time come to allow the clerk ...

  • Charles Russell on a roll with new acquisition

    13-May-1996

    London firm Charles Russell is expanding again by snapping up Surrey practice Fordyce & Co, bringing its partner tally to 47.Earlier this month Charles Russell announced it had taken on a number of fee earners from Compton Carr, based in London's West End. Comptons has disbanded, with half its staff going to Charles Russell, and the others to London firm Teacher Stern Selby.

  • Checking the pulse

    13-May-1996

    A voicemail system that recognises pulse and tone phones is now available from Leicester-based Voice Connect. Managing director Stefan Olsberg said that most phones used by the general public are pulse phones. Contact Voice Connect on 0116 232 2622.

  • Choice is key legal aid benefit

    13-May-1996

    I like Austin Mitchell and respect his views (The Lawyer 23 April). In 1993, he chaired a Fabian Society panel which made me that year's Webb Memorial Essayist. Assuming that he has, therefore, some regard for my thoughts, I ask him to consider whether he is right to prescribe a National Legal Service as a panacea for the ills of UK justice.Mitchell's basic assumption is that "a public defender service makes sense". Maybe, but ...

  • City firm is latest caught in Internet Web growth

    13-May-1996

    City firm Rowe & Maw has taken a site on the Internet. The firm can now be contacted at http://www.rowe andmaw.co.uk/index.htm.It will include specialist brochures and lists of specialist services and contacts.Managing partner Richard Powles said: "We are simply responding to the needs of our clients. A number of them, particularly those based in Japan and North America have expressed an interest in exchanging documents over the Internet."

  • Cleared solicitor rails against 'these disgraceful allegations'

    13-May-1996

    Freshfields partner and former Westminster deputy chief solicitor, Robert Lewis, was one of three people to be cleared of wilful misconduct at the conclusion of the 'home for votes' inquiry.Lewis, the council's deputy chief solicitor between 1986 and 1988, said after the release of district auditor John Magill's report last week: "These disgraceful allegations should never have been made in the first place."Lewis was one of only two of the ...

  • Co-operation is best option

    13-May-1996

    Helen Sage reportsPrivate practitioners prefer working alongside in-house local government lawyers rather than competing for their work, said departing secretary general of the Law Society and past chair of the local government group John Hayes.Speaking at the European Policy Forum on the future of the legal profession, Hayes said the trend of public and private employers outsourcing legal work had reversed."I foresee that in-house ...

  • Cost cutters threaten Law Society's recruiting service

    13-May-1996

    A cost-cutting working party of Law Society Council members is embroiled in a row with staff members and solicitors groups over its recommendations to abolish the society's recruitment service.In a confidential report leaked to The Lawyer, Geoffrey Bignell, director of Law Society Services, expresses deep concern over the potential loss of the service, which provides a recruitment service, a newsletter and general employment advice at a cost of £30,000 a year.

  • Criminal hustice system shambolic says Heath, blaming narrow aims of police

    13-May-1996

    The criminal justice system is in danger of becoming a laughing stock according to the president of the Justices' Clerks Society.Speaking at the Justices' Clerks Society Annual Conference on 8 May, Tony Heath described the justice system as shambolic and lacking an overall aim.Heath singled out the police for attack when he accused them of "retreating into the narrow culture of concentration on core business" at the expense of the smooth working of ...

  • Defining a cattlegate

    13-May-1996

    The legal status of 'stints' or 'cattlegates' is to be defined by the Law Lords. Judgment is now pending in the case of Bracken Bank Lodge (BBL) v Peart and others. The Lords have been asked to rule on whether conveyance of a 'stint' or 'cattlegate' can confer a corporeal right to a share in the land or only an incorporeal right to graze. BBL is represented by Gaynham Smith & Mellor. Peart is represented by

  • Dial 'm' for merger

    13-May-1996

    Words beginning with the letter 'm' have been taxing the legal profession recently. And mergers and moves by leading legal players to multidisciplinary practices have been hitting the headlines in the legal press.On the merger front, Eversheds has continued its growth and stayed in the number two position after its recent merger with niche London shipping firm Waltons & Morse.

  • Dibbs partners in private client split

    13-May-1996

    Dibb Lupton Broomhead has shed its private client department, paving the way for partners to establish a new Yorkshire firm focusing exclusively on private client work.Wrigleys opened offices in Leeds and Sheffield this month, where it will handle trusts, charities, tax planning, estates and heritage property.The firm was founded by Dibbs partners Matthew Wrig-ley and Ann Duchart and joined by lawyers and support staff from the private client department.

  • Euro experts line up for SJ Berwin talks

    13-May-1996

    Controversy surrounding the European Court of Justice's development of community law will be discussed at an SJ Berwin & Co seminar on Wednesday this week.Ralph Cohen, a partner in the firm's EU and competition department, said speakers include a judge, barrister and solicitor who had extensive experience of dealing with the European Court of Justice."I'm hoping ...

  • Farmers take beef ban challenge to ECJ

    13-May-1996

    The meat industry may be worried over the effect of mad cow disease on their trade but the awareness of BSE has spawned a new area of litigation and more work for lawyers.Some of that litigation is already under way. On 9 April this column focused on the case of Lancashire-based Great Harwood Food Products and its confrontation with the Government over a ban on the use of cattle vertebrae in meat removed from the bones of carcasses. Great Harwood won the right to seek review ...

  • Financings

    13-May-1996

    Stephenson Harwood acted for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group in connection with a series of loans which the bank arranged for Indian borrowers.

  • Financings

    13-May-1996

    Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Invesco English and International Trust in connection with a conditional placing and offer of shares which raised about £27 million.

  • Financings

    13-May-1996

    Wedlake Bell acted for Beeson Gregory

  • Financings

    13-May-1996

    Pinsent Curtis acted for Ingham in connection with its conversion into an investment trust.

  • FLP plays down City fears over Euro takeover code

    13-May-1996

    The Financial Law Panel (FLP) this week dismissed concern that a proposed European directive will open the floodgates to legal action designed to thwart hostile takeover bids.An EU Green Paper on takeovers suggests all member states have a similar takeover code and a designated agency to oversee bid battles. The objective is to harmonise takeover rules across the continent.But the British Takeover Panel, a self-regulatory body established with the agreement of ...

  • Good prospects for new solicitors as firms face up to trainee shortage

    13-May-1996

    Young solicitors should be in a stronger bargaining position when applying for jobs thanks to a shortage of newly-qualified solicitors predicted for this September.According to recruitment experts, the shortage has arisen because current final year trainees were recruited in the heart of the recession when business was slow.Four years later growth areas such as company and commercial, and telecommunications, have expanded, but without the staff to support the ...

  • Guide proves asset to value

    13-May-1996

    The valuation of insurance company assets on a consistent basis throughout the European Union is tackled in a new publication by the European Group Valuers of Fixed Assets (Tegovofa).A European directive on the Annual Accounts and Consolidated Accounts of Insurance Undertakings establishes a new definition of market value and requires all EU insurance undertakings to show market or current value in their balance sheets. The directive took effect at the beginning of 1995.

  • Halliwells raises a glass to Boddingtons pensions

    13-May-1996

    Halliwell Landau's recently-formed independent trustee company has been appointed trustee to a retirement scheme set up by Boddingtons, the drinks company taken over by rival Greenalls last year.The new company, Halliwell Landau Trustees, includes partner Ann Taylor who recently joined to head up the firm's pensions department."As the independent trustees of the scheme, we will be responsible for the provision of pension benefits for around 1,300 present ...

  • In brief: BBC creates intellectual property division

    13-May-1996

    The BBC has restructured its legal division in a bid to increase overall efficiency. The move is accompanied by the creation of a new intellectual property department designed to protect the BBC brand name. Legal adviser Gareth Roscoe now heads a legal division with five departments: programme legal advice, litigation, statutory and commercial legal affairs, worldwide legal services and intellectual property. The new IP department will be headed by Diana Adie, who comes from the litigation ...

  • In brief: Kirklees gets Law Society equality prize

    13-May-1996

    The legal department at Kirklees Metropolitan Council has snapped up the Law Society's annual award for equal opportunities. The award which is designed to promote the interests of equal opportunities within the solicitors profession was won by Kirklees for having the best model equal opportunities policy. Also commended were the African, Carribean and Asian Lawyers Group, and the Association of Women Solicitors. Kamlesh Bahl, chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission and one ...

  • In brief: Legal paintings to go under the hammer

    13-May-1996

    A Picasso, a Henry Moore, and a series of legal scenes by the French turn-of-the-century artist Jean-Louis Forain, are among works owned by the late Lord Goodman which are coming up for auction soon. Lord Goodman's collection of 60 paintings, prints and drawings goes under the hammer at Bonhams auctioneers on 26 June. The leading lawyer and high profile political adviser began his collection while he was still at university and continued to acquire works of art throughout his life. ...

  • In brief: Merged firms to target property sector

    13-May-1996

    Southampton firm Gore Wood has merged with Blake Lapthorn's commercial property department to create a 16 lawyer-strong unit capable of dealing with every type of property matter outside London. The unit will be based at Blake Lapthorn's new purpose-built office, Harbour Court, which is situated on the M27 near Portsmouth. Pictured (l-r) are Steven Henshaw, David Russell, and Robert Wood.

  • In brief: Protect European Court, says Bar Council

    13-May-1996

    The EU should not water down the powers of the European Court of Justice, according to the Bar Council's international relations committee. The committee and the Bar European Group have made a joint submission to the ongoing Intergovernmental Conference, arguing that no amendments should be made to the EU's constitution which could erode the rule of law or individual rights. Chair of the committee, Peter Goldsmith QC, said it was fashionable but misguided to attack the EU's ...

  • In brief: Unqualified assessors move in on victims

    13-May-1996

    Personal injury victims are being doorstepped by unqualified claims assessors in a wheeze designed to drum up extra business for solicitors, warned Michael Napier, outgoing president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. The doorstepping approach is the latest attempt by intermediaries and marketing groups to share in potential awards to accident victims. Napier told the Apil conference on 10 May that unqualified assessors were trying to draw in lawyers to cases where "quick ...

  • IT not always reasonable

    13-May-1996

    I was very interested to read your piece in the Infotech section headed "Legal aid firm counts on accounting solution" (The Lawyer 30 April).As I am a costs draftsman it was most interesting to note that the necessity for my profession is to be eliminated by means of a computer system which will deal with "all aspects of legal aid accounts from start to finish".One hopes that the computer system will take account of the distinction between ...

  • It's still a man's world

    13-May-1996

    For the second year running, the number of female managing partners in The Lawyer's Top 100 survey remains at three. This leaves open to question whether the rise of women has put a brick through the glass ceiling of male dominance yet.None of the three - one of whom is currently on maternity leave - say they experienced any discrimination or barrier on their advance through their firms. But there is growing disillusionment among many women solicitors over the ...

  • Jonathan Ross worries over a threat to interrogatories.

    13-May-1996

    Jonathan Ross is a consultant at Denton Hall.Pursuant to Order 26 Rule 1 of the Rules of the Supreme Court, a party may serve interrogatories relating to any matter provided they are necessary either for disposing fairly of the cause or matter or for saving costs.Prior to 1990, interrogatories could only be administered with leave of the court, but the 1988 Civil Justice Review recommended a party should have an automatic right to administer interrogatories.

  • LAB faces duty solicitor battle

    13-May-1996

    THREE London firms are issuing judicial review proceedings against the Legal Aid Board (LAB) in a dispute over the use of non-solicitors on a duty solicitor scheme.An application for leave will be made in writing soon.Hickman & Rose, Steven Fidler & Co and Hughmans are taking action after a decision by the City of London Local Duty Solicitor Committee to stop duty solicitors delegating night-time and weekend work to non-solicitor representatives.Jane ...

  • Leaky drums row

    13-May-1996

    A South Wirral packaging company is to be accused in the High Court of supplying faulty drums to hold chemicals. In a £118,000 claim, chemical manufacturing firm Transpek Industry, of Vadodara, India, claims the drums supplied by Van Leer (UK), of Ellesmere Port, South Wirral, were claimed to be suitable for storage of the chemical Chloro Acetyl Chloride (CAC). However, Transpek claims most of the drums leaked.

  • Legal aid fee earner league distorted, says Law Society

    13-May-1996

    A TOP 10 list of leading legal aid fee earning firms has been greeted with claims that the figures are distorted.For the first time, the Lord Chancellor's Department has published a list of the leading legal aid earners by name.But Russell Wallman, head of professional policy at the Law Society, said the figures, based on payments by the Legal Aid Board, were misleading because they included disbursements and were based on final bills, which could represent ...

  • Linklaters cashes in on Royal merger

    13-May-1996

    Linklaters & Paines has won its biggest City deal this year advising Royal Insurance on its proposed merger with Sun Alliance to form a company valued at over £6 billion.The firm is also representing two US companies, General Public Utilities and Cinergy, which are taking over Midlands Electricity for £1.7 billion.Other City firms benefiting from these takeovers include ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 13/05/96

    13-May-1996

    Anthony Michael Bertin, 44, admitted 1976, practised in partnership as Bertin Ware & Associates, Folkestone, Kent, reprimanded and ordered to pay £797 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to comply with direction of Solicitors Complaints Bureau.Arthur Giles Irving Wontner, 60, admitted 1969, practised as Wontner & Sons, London WC2, fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £533 costs. Allegations ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 13/05/96

    13-May-1996

    Kownacki v Metropolitan Police - QBD, 29 April 1996Claimant: Andrew Kownacki, 31Incident: False imprisonmentInjuries: Malicious arrest; plaintiff arrested during drug raid on public house in Hammersmith, London, where he worked as barmanJury award: £108,750 - £45,000 award for punitive damagesJudge: Mr Justice FrenchPlaintiff's solicitors: Cart-wrights, Bristol

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 13/05/96

    13-May-1996

    Busking where no one is annoyed by the buskerDe Cristofaro v British Transport Police (1996).DC (Pill LJ and Newman J) 23/4/96.Summary: Buskers may be prosecuted for playing for reward in a London Underground station even if their performance does not annoy any member of the public.Appeal by busker in the London Underground against conviction of soliciting a reward without permission for playing a musical instrument at Piccadilly tube ...

  • Litigation Writs 13/05/96

    13-May-1996

    Ian Barber, executor of Ernest Barber, who died on 1 June 1993, is claiming damages from Atlas Stone Co, of Meldreth, Royston, Hertfordshire. The writ claims Ernest died as a result of asbestosis, contracted through work for the company.Writ issued by Field Fisher Waterhouse, London EC3.North Thames Regional Health ...

  • Locums take over as CCT destroys permanent posts

    13-May-1996

    Helen Sage reportsA sharp increase in the use of locums in local authority legal departments has led to the demise of the public sector image of short hours and a job for life, it has been claimed.Specialist local government legal recruitment agency Badenoch & Clark has recorded a 30 per cent increase in the number of locums employed in local government since 1993.According to the agency, the change, affecting a whole range of jobs ...

  • Lovells gets into PFI fast lane

    13-May-1996

    Lovell White Durrant has landed another bumper deal in connection with a Private Finance Initiative to build a £290 million motorway between the M1 and A1 in Yorkshire.The City firm is advising lenders to a consortium of Trafalgar House and BICC, contracted to build the motorway by the Government's Highways Agency.Lovells acted for venture capitalists 3i, merchant bank Morgan Grenfell, and the Royal Bank of Scotland.PFI was introduced by ...

  • Macfarlanes in corporate recruit drive

    13-May-1996

    Macfarlanes is to expand its corporate finance department, which has handled advisory work for companies such as BET, Cordiant, David Lloyd and Asprey.Corporate finance partner Robert Sutton said the firm is highly selective in its recruitment policy and new people are not taken on "unless we have plenty of work on our books"."We may be a medium-sized City firm, but clients ...

  • Mediation "not always the answer"

    13-May-1996

    The Law Society is confident that it can win its fight against compulsory mediation in the Family Law Bill, after two rebel Conservative MPs tabled an amendment against the clause last week.Edward Leigh and Teresa Gorman's amendment could mean a vote on the issue, expected this week, will swing in favour of scrapping the compulsory mediation clause.The Law Society and the Labour Party both believe that by forcing the use of mediation individuals will be ...

  • Moving ahead from the 'blame' culture

    13-May-1996

    This week's announcement of a grassroots movement calling for new leadership at the Law Society must be music to the ears of many solicitors up and down the country who are becoming increasingly disenchanted with the shambles at Chancery Lane.Never have so many press pages been devoted to the internal machinations of a professional body; never before has so much interest been directed at this institution's president.Many no doubt agree with some of ...

  • Napier bows out as threat to Mears rises

    13-May-1996

    A NATIONAL campaign to oust Martin Mears from Chancery Lane received an immediate setback over the weekend when Michael Napier, the personal injury lawyers' leader, announced he would not be challenging the president.The campaign for the Law Society presidency began in earnest last Friday with the launch of a national solicitors' group determined to boot Mears out of office.The group, Campaign for New Leadership (CNL), says it is ready to support opposing ...

  • New Law lines up for judgment on the day

    13-May-1996

    The New Law daily digest service is available on-line from this month.The digest provides access to digested, indexed and cross-referenced decisions, and will complement the existing daily fax and email system. Digests are available on the day of judgment and references will be added in 24 to 48 hours.The system is divided into two parts: daily digests and a research database. The digests cover the past 14 days and can be accessed and printed at no ...

  • No go slow at end of year

    13-May-1996

    I was surprised by Christie Davis' article in The Lawyer 9 April. My memory of him at Cambridge is that he argued with academic rigour.I am not aware of any evidence that the Police or the CPS arrest and process fewer people towards the end of the financial year.I can produce figures for my own Force which I am confident are representative of the whole country.Paul C WhitehouseChief Constable, Sussex Police.

  • NW firm in buyout spree

    13-May-1996

    A TAKEOVER and forthcoming acquisition means Stockport firm Gorvin Kenyon can call itself the largest practice operating solely in Stockport.The firm completed a takeover of Bell Hough & Hamnett last month and is now acquiring Stockport firm O'Neill & Co. It now has five partners and two consultants.Ian Cook, a partner at Bell Hough for over 30 years, is now a consultant to Gorvin Kenyon and Colin Sheen joins the firm's probate department.

  • Olswang takes on finance director

    13-May-1996

    Media firm Olswang has become the latest medium-sized law firm to appoint a full-time finance director. The move reflects rapid expansion at the practice, which boasts a string of technology and communications clients.Brian Ayres, who has held financial management roles at Mobil and Polaroid, has secured the job. He said: "Olswang has grown to a point where it is now appropriate to bring in ...

  • Oppenhoffs' man in London heads home

    13-May-1996

    Michael Lappe, resident partner at the London office of German firm Oppenhoff & Radler, is leaving the UK to join the firm's office in Berlin.He is replaced by Oppenhoff & Radler partner Ulrich Wolff, who comes from the banking department of the firm's Frankfurt office.Lappe, who established the London office four and a half years ago, said that he was returning to Germany for personal reasons."After four and a half years, you really have ...

  • Partners close shop for Leeds giant

    13-May-1996

    Harrogate health care practice Leonard Oates has been swallowed up by one of Leeds' largest commercial law firms, Walker Morris.Leonard Oates' six partners all moved to Walker Morris, effectively marking the end of the firm.Andrew Oates, ex-Leonard Oates partner, said the firm's partners saw a need for a broader support network to fully use their expertise.

  • Pharaoh ups stumps for rival

    13-May-1996

    Paul Pharaoh is leaving Birmingham firm Shakespeares to join a rival firm in the city, Martineau Johnson.Pharaoh joins as a partner in the education department on 10 June. He has been a partner at Shakespeares and its predecessor firms for 20 years.He will continue his work as a member of the Law Society Council and the Birmingham law society council. He will also retain his post as chair of the Adjudication & Appeals Committee of the Law Society.Simon ...

  • Poached pair move out of Garrett & Co

    13-May-1996

    Two partners have left the corporate department of Garrett & Co's Leeds office to join rival firm Hammond Suddards.Richard James and Karen Jarvis have joined Hammond Suddards in Leeds just two years after joining Garrett & Co in a mass poaching of 12 partners from Simpson Curtis.James said Garrett & Co was missing out on work referred by corporate finance accountancy practices because of its close association with accountancy giant Arthur Anderson.

  • Poland rule change eases access for foreign firms

    13-May-1996

    International law firms will find it easier to open offices in Poland following an amendment to the country's foreign investment law.The change means foreign lawyers no longer require permits to establish offices in the country but it is too early to tell whether the more relaxed rules will lead to a flood of new international offices.Managing partner of Allen & Overy's ...

  • Poland rule change eases access for foreign firms

    13-May-1996

    London-Based Edmonds Bowen & Company has recruited international specialist Hans Marcus from the London office of Pritchard Englefield.The English-qualified solicitor specialises in compensation law in East Germany and handles general international work.He had been with Pritchard Englefield for 26 years."I am happier in a small firm," said Marcus."You can give a much more personal service and it's less departmentalised."

  • Rising sums in the East

    13-May-1996

    The number of fee earners abroad among all sizes of firm has increased this year, though in general additional lawyers are not being hired, and the growth has been caused by redeployment.The largest proportional increase in fee earners posted overseas is at Nabarro Nathanson, which doubled its lawyers abroad to 22, while largest UK-based international player

  • Russian return

    13-May-1996

    The head of City firm Watson Farley & Williams' Moscow office has returned to the London office after three years in Russia. English lawyer Michael Greville established the Moscow office in 1993, with a focus on shipping and ship financing. The office also handles more general finance, corporate and inward investment. Greville is replaced by Andrew Muriel, a partner from the London ...

  • Shoosmiths installs single number system

    13-May-1996

    Regional firm Shoosmiths & Harrison has recently invested £350,000 upgrading its telecommunications system.The firm has had 450 voice-mail boxes installed, and it plans to add the Octel HotDesk system soon.This means that employees can be contacted on any of their phones, at home or on a mobile, through a single phone number.The investment ...

  • Stress means 95% seek job change

    13-May-1996

    Helen Sage reportsLocal authority legal work is stressful and destroys lawyers' private lives, according to the local government lawyers who answered a major lifestyle survey conducted by The Lawyer.Ninety five per cent of local government lawyers who responded to The Lawyer's Attitudes to the Profession survey, published earlier this month, said their work was stressful.Over half said they worked weekends, three quarters ...

  • Technology secured

    13-May-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsIT security is an issue to ignore at your peril. The DTI produces a basic guide to security called the Business Manager's Guide to Information Security, which is available free on 0171 215 1962. Also, a free magazine aimed at combating software theft will be launched next month. Produced by Microsoft, it will be distributed to its customers and copies can be obtained from Sharon Baylay on 01734 270001.

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Sandy Pratt

    13-May-1996

    Sandy Pratt is a partner at Norton Rose and leads the corporate rescue and insolvency team. Born in Winchester in 1951, he now lives in Ashtead, Surrey. What was your first job?Selling cuckoo clocks door-to-door in South Africa.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£2,001 per annum.

  • Two Tory MPs revealed as law consultants in register

    13-May-1996

    London law firms Berwin Leighton and Bircham & Co each retain a Conservative Member of Parliament as a paid consultant, according to the recently published register of MPs' interests.Hartley Booth, MP for Finchley, is paid between £10,000 and £15,000 by Berwins, while Roy Thomason, who represents Bromsgrove, receives between £15,000 and £20,000 from Birchams.Thomason states in the register that the arrangement with Birchams will terminate ...