13 November 1995

The Lawyer

  • ...and civil service

    14-Nov-1995

    French civil servants last week met with UK judges in London to discuss working practices on a wide range of legal issues. The delegation, all members of the Conseil d'Etat, the body charged with judicial oversight of French government administration, covered issues including judicial review cases which raise constitutional issues, rights and public law status of prisoners, armed forces and school pupils, and the role of the Conseil d'Etat as the court of final appeal in France. ...

  • A vision of future litigation

    14-Nov-1995

    Winton Woods wants to run a "boot camp" in Tucson, Arizona, to teach judges and lawyers how to become part of the courtroom of the future. "I want to bring those guys in and say 'Hey, you can do this'. We'll give them the confidence that they are not going to be embarrassed."Woods, a professor at the University of Arizona, learned about the power of computers when he bought one for his children. He then realised ...

  • A watery affair

    14-Nov-1995

    I refer to the article by Lewis Denton ('Showing up the cracks' The Lawyer 31 October).The article was a fair summary of the position as it applies to objectors and their advisers. However, I feel compelled to put the other side of the case and to correct a couple of misconceptions that may arise as a result of the article.Given the nature of this year's drought, the water resource position has been reviewed on a daily basis and depending ...

  • Access to experts

    14-Nov-1995

    Helen Sage reportsJS Publications has released the Expert Search Program, a Windows-based application based on its UK Register of Expert Witnesses. The current edition of the register contains entries for over 2,300 expert witnesses, all of whom are recommended by solicitors who have instructed them.

  • Auschwitz claim needs legal advice

    14-Nov-1995

    A BRISTOL lawyer whose client seeks compensation for the murder of her relatives at Auschwitz is looking for help.Jane Macdonald, of Bobbetts Mackan, has agreed to take on the client whose father's family was wiped out by the Nazis. But she is unsure whether she has a sustainable claim against the German government."I am not a specialist in this field. I am hoping that other lawyers may be able to give me some guidance as to what sort of claims are succeeding," ...

  • Bar accuses Apil of rushing fee deal

    14-Nov-1995

    PERSONAL injury barristers have broken ranks with the NewsBar to agree compromise conditional fee terms of engagement despite concern in some quarters that they are being rushed into it.The model agreement was unveiled on Friday by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, which described it as "a major step towards the smooth implementation of conditional fee agreements by both branches of the profession".Apil president Michael Napier said it was "ludicrous" ...

  • Bill lets Californians protect personal assets

    14-Nov-1995

    CALIFORNIAN attorneys have joined the growing ranks of US practitioners shielding their personal assets from seizure, following the passing of a new Bill on limited liability partnerships (LLPs).The Senate Bill 513, which passed through both houses with virtually no opposition, enables lawyers and accountants to register as LLPs provided they can show they are financially sound.Supported by 10 of the largest firms in the state, the Bill brings California into ...

  • Can you clarify

    14-Nov-1995

    I refer to the writs section of The Lawyer 7 November 1995 and would ask you to make it clear the old firm of Grangewoods referred to in relation to a claim from the Royal Bank of Scotland is not connected to this firm and that none of the partners at this firm are defendants to the writ.M IsaacsSenior partnerThe Grangewoods Partnership1 Harley StreetLondon W1A 4DGFiners would like to point out that ...

  • Carling denies media manipulation

    14-Nov-1995

    It was inevitable that the publicity over Will Carling, his wife Julia and the Princess of Wales would generate some form of litigation. But the trail to the High Court in this particular case has taken an unusual course.TV presenter Julia Carling is suing Associated Newspapers not over the allegations involving her, her husband and the Princess, but over stories which she claims suggest she planned revenge on her husband by talking to the press and manipulating ...

  • Charles Russell office goes solo

    14-Nov-1995

    THE SWINDON office of City firm Charles Russell has branched off to form a niche practice aimed at high-tech commercial and property work.Richard Clark and Jeremy Holt have formed Clark Holt with the town's third Charles Russell partner property lawyer Graham Brothwood. But they retain links with Charles Russell by forming an association.Clark said: "We decided we wanted ...

  • Conference finds ADR a hit with top lawyers

    14-Nov-1995

    THE USE of mediation leads to the immediate settlement of 90 per cent of disputes in which it is used, a conference of senior litigation lawyers was told last week.Professor Karl Mackie, chief executive of the Centre for Dispute Resolution, claimed many of the remaining 10 per cent were resolved soon after mediation ended.He was speaking at a conference in the City on alternative dispute resolution, 'ADR: Cutting the Cost of Conflict'.Successive ...

  • Court order plan faces funding row

    14-Nov-1995

    MAGISTRATES decide this week whether to mount a legal challenge to the Lord Chancellor and Home Secretary over a plan to pass the job of enforcing court orders from police to magistrates courts.They say severe underfunding will limit courts' ability to enforce orders and fines.Duncan Webster, general secretary of the Central Council of Magistrates Courts Committees (CCMCC), the body leading the challenge, said: "If they don't have the resources, MCCs ...

  • Court software to rival LiveNote and Caseview

    14-Nov-1995

    Helen Sage reportsA courtroom computer service which combines full text searching and real-time transcription with annotation facilities is being introduced in the UK.The PC-based software system, which has already been in use in Australia for six months, allows users to view transcripts and search for particular words, phrases expressions. Users can highlight particular sections of transcripts and attach notes or annotations.Stephen ...

  • Crest opens for business

    14-Nov-1995

    The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has given the go-ahead to solicitors to be full or sponsored members of Crest.Members of Asim who are preparing for the introduction of Crest's electronic share settlement system in late 1996, recently approached the Law Society and - through it - the SIF to ask whether the SIF will cover solicitors' nominees if they become sponsored Crest members. Sponsored membership means a solicitors' firm has to let the sponsor operate ...

  • Dealing on-screen

    14-Nov-1995

    One of the most significant changes in the financial services marketplace has been the reduction in the number of advisers. There are now less than 70,000 advisers where five years ago that total exceeded 250,000. This opens up a considerable business opportunity for legal practices to fill the gap.More importantly, legal practices will not be faced with the hefty marketing costs associated with this business. The practice already has an established client base and the confidence ...

  • Domestic violence/Israel. Bill sparks violent reaction

    14-Nov-1995

    After a storm of protest from some Tory backbenchers, the Lord Chancellor has been forced to postpone the Family Homes and Domestic Violence Bill.Its opponents feared the Bill would devalue the status of marriage if cohabitees were given the same rights as spouses to be protected in the home. In particular, they saw the power to transfer tenancies between cohabitees as a power to transfer "property".Alarming, but misconceived, examples were given of men being ...

  • Domestic violence/Israel. Peace plays its part

    14-Nov-1995

    Only a few weeks ago executive director of the British Overseas Trade Group Peter Stiles returned from Jordan full of excitement.He had been at the Middle East and North Africa Economic Summit in Amman where the mood was optimistic and Stiles was busy laying the groundwork for a delegation of City of London businesses to visit Israel.Since the tragic assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the immediate future of Israel and the Palestinian entity has become uncertain.

  • Edge warns against scale fees sabotage

    14-Nov-1995

    CONVEYANCING fees campaigner John Edge has told Law Society Council members the profession "will not forgive or forget" them if they try and sabotage a move to bring back scale fees.The Bournemouth campaigner is pressing ahead with his initiative, buoyed up by public support from Law Society leaders following revelations in last week's The Lawyer that he is the subject of an insolvency arrangement over personal property development work which "went wrong".

  • Elly on 'rebel' successor

    14-Nov-1995

    FORMER Law Society president Charles Elly has questioned his successor's confrontational tactics and put his weight firmly behind the move for constitutional reform at Chancery Lane.In this week's The Lawyer, Elly criticises Martin Mears' calls for supporters to challenge sitting council members who oppose him.Questioning what a change in council members would actually achieve, he says: "Time and again we have had 'reformers' and 'rebels' ...

  • Ethics on agenda at in-house conference

    14-Nov-1995

    IN-HOUSE lawyers will this week discuss the conflict between legal ethics and achieving company goals at the second annual conference of the American Corporate Counsel Association's European chapter.The conference, at London's Conrad Hotel, Chelsea Harbour, on Monday and Tuesday, will tackle the sustainable ethics in corporate practice.Susie Flook, UK representative on the chapter's board of directors and group legal counsel to the UK subsidiary ...

  • Facts about the LAB

    14-Nov-1995

    The Legal Aid Board employs 1,200 people in 13 area offices and a head office and accounts department in Gray's Inn Road, London.The basic structure was inherited by the board from the Law Society, but there has been a massive shake-up of management systems and staff at the board since then.In 1990 160 jobs at the board's head office were axed and all bill assessment procedures were handed over to the area offices.There is no doubt that ...

  • Financing

    14-Nov-1995

    Edge & Ellison acted for KPMG Corporate Finance (London) and James Capel as solicitors to a placing for Stratford-based Rubicon Group. The placing

  • Financing

    14-Nov-1995

    Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Societe Generale Strauss Turnbull Securities

  • Financing

    14-Nov-1995

    Herbert Smith acted for Bayerische Hypotheken-und Wechsel-Bank Aktiengesellschaft in relation to the issue of 11.25 per cent Euro Medium Term Notes in the value of Italian Lire 150

  • Firms break BCCI deadlock

    14-Nov-1995

    TWO London firms have cracked the sixth-month negotiations between former employees of the collapsed Bank of Credit and Commerce International and the bank's liquidators.The settlement means the ex-employees can withdraw their leave for legal action in return for payments totalling US$70 million.The money will go into two trusts: US$50 million to a trust on behalf of all BCCI staff and their families, the rest to settle outstanding staff loans from BCCI.

  • First triumph for no win no fee

    14-Nov-1995

    A SWANSEA firm has claimed a conditional fees first with the successful completion of a trial on a no win no fee basis.John Collins & Partners believes it made history when Swansea County Court found in favour of its client in a dispute over liability following a car accident.The client, a self-employed carpenter, had turned down legal aid because he could not afford the £105 monthly contribution.He decided to fund the case privately and jumped ...

  • Flotations

    14-Nov-1995

    Fladgate Fielder in Basingstoke acted for Zergo Holdings on its admission to the Alternative Investment Market. The firm's London office acted for Beeson Gregory, the nominated adviser.

  • French magistrates

    14-Nov-1995

    Senior French judge Francois Falletti will discuss the role of the Instructing Magistrate in French criminal procedure at a meeting of the Franco-British Lawyers Society next month. The meeting, run in association with the Bar European Group, will be held at Parliament Chamber in Middle Temple at 6pm on 4 December. Falletti, responsible in the Ministry of Justice for all penal matters, will deliver the speech in French with an English translation.

  • Goldberg cleared of misconduct

    14-Nov-1995

    The Bar Council's disciplinary tribunal has dropped its charges of professional misconduct against the leading defence counsel in the Roger Levitt fraud trial nearly two years after they were made.The charges related to Jonathan Goldberg QC's opening speech in the trial, which senior prosecuting counsel David Cocks QC maintained had misled the jury.The trial led to uproar in November 1993 after Levitt received a 180-hour community sentence on a specimen ...

  • In brief: Alsops partner switches to Garrett & Co

    14-Nov-1995

    One of the most senior partners in the northern operation of Alsop Wilkinson is leaving to join rivals Garrett & Co. Manchester-based corporate finance lawyer Tim Hamilton has given notice and expects to leave next summer after 11 years with Alsop Wilkinson. "I am looking forward to joining Garrett & Co," he said. "It will be a new opportunity and an exciting challenge." Nick Painter, managing partner of Garretts' northern operation, said: "Tim is well-known on the Manchester market. ...

  • In brief: Commission's estate reforms enacted

    14-Nov-1995

    Royal Assent has been granted to the Law Reform (Succession) Act 1995 which alters technical rules governing the distribution of estates of people who die intestate, claims for financial provision by the deceased's family, and the effect of divorce or annulment of marriage on testamentary gifts or appointments of executors in favour of a former spouse. The Act, which gives effect to recommendations made in two Law Commission reports, will apply to the wills, appointments and the ...

  • In brief: Denton Hall clinches Millennium deal

    14-Nov-1995

    City practice Denton Hall has completed a £42.75 million deal acting for the Millennium Group in its purchase of the Leavesden Aerodrome site from Rolls Royce. The Millennium Group, controlled by a Malaysian publicly quoted company, plans to develop a film and television studio complex with a studio tour and family entertainment centre. The Dentons team was led by property partner Diana Courtney and included planning lawyer Sandra Banks and corporate solicitor Tony Grant. Freshfields'

  • In brief: Firm signs Eversheds corporate expert

    14-Nov-1995

    Regional firm Needham & James has brought Eversheds partner Sarah Shilcof on board to boost numbers in its Birmingham office. Shilcof, who joined as head of corporate law earlier this month, has wide-ranging experience including the handling of management buy-outs, buy-ins, mergers and acquisitions. The office's managing partner Keith James said: "We are building an experienced team to provide a ...

  • In brief: Layman's guide to head injuries

    14-Nov-1995

    Betesh Fox & Co senior partner Martin Coyne is one of three experts who have co-authored a new layman's guide to head injuries - Living With Head Injury. The book, out this month, is published by Manchester University Press. It also includes the work of neuro-psychologist Martin van den Broek and consultant neurologist Dr Wolfgang Schady.

  • In brief: Norton Rose takes on asset specialist

    14-Nov-1995

    Wilde Sapte lawyer Jeremy Gibb has been appointed as a partner in the asset finance group of Norton Rose. Gibb, who has joined the London office, is the second asset finance specialist to be brought on board by the firm this year. In May, Watson Farley & Williams solicitor Deborah Clark moved to Norton ...

  • In brief: Seminar on Bar and commerce

    14-Nov-1995

    'Business and the Bar: working together' is the title of a seminar on 20 November organised by the Bar Association for Commerce, Finance & Industry. The seminar will examine ways in which the Bar and in-house lawyers can work together and will be chaired by Sir Sydney Lipworth QC, deputy chair of National Westminster Bank. The seminar at the Old Hall in Lincoln's Inn starts at 5.30pm and will be followed by a reception. For tickets, which cost £15, write to Janet ...

  • In brief: Young barristers called to open meeting

    14-Nov-1995

    Young barristers and pupils are being urged to attend an open meeting this Wednesday about the Bar Council's proposed new complaints system. Ronald Thwaites QC, head of chambers at 10 King's Bench Walk, is calling the meeting to explain his rejection of the proposals which he and 150 supporters regard as "flawed, dangerous and anti-Bar". He says barristers, in particular juniors and those in crime work, will be made vulnerable to unmeritorious complaints under the proposed ...

  • Inquiry is only key to truth, says lawyer

    14-Nov-1995

    THE FORMER partner of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane says a judicial inquiry is the only way to establish the truth over allegations of collusion by the Government and security forces in Finucane's 1989 murder.Peter Madden is acting for Finucane's widow, Geraldine, in a negligence action against the Ministry of Defence. The case is still in the process of discovery, but there are fears that essential information may never come to light."I am ...

  • Is it time to split up the society?

    14-Nov-1995

    Everyone supports efficiency, but there is only so much that can be saved through that route. This year's £20 reduction in the practising certificate fee is the result of efficiency savings and a forward-looking property strategy. No doubt further savings will be experienced in 1996, But for real cuts you need to stop doing some of the work.The pressure is in the other direction: we need to give more support to the profession and we need to communicate ...

  • It's not too late for a judicial inquiry

    14-Nov-1995

    Nearly seven years after the murder of Belfast solicitor Patrick Finucane, the case remains unsolved. Finucane, a highly respected lawyer whose firm was well-known for defending IRA suspects detained under emergency legislation, was in the process of challenging the UK's derogation for the European Convention on Human Rights when he was killed. His death came three weeks after comments by the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Office Douglas ...

  • Jones Day sets up Indian association

    14-Nov-1995

    INTERNATIONAL firm Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue has established a presence in India only months after lawyers in the country launched legal action aimed at banishing foreign practitioners.But the firm, which will work through an associated office of its partner Jai Pathak, is unlikely to face such fierce opposition from protectionist local lawyers, averting their gaze by opening under the leadership of an Indian national.Pathak, formerly a partner in the London ...

  • LAG slams Woolf on court fees

    14-Nov-1995

    LORD Woolf has been accused by the Legal Action Group of making a deliberate political decision to "play down" the Government's policy of increasing court fees.The LAG describes the planned fees hike as objectionable and constitutionally suspect. It says Woolf made an implicit political decision to duck an issue likely "to provide an additional barrier to justice for poor people".The accusation appears in a detailed briefing paper provided by the pressure ...

  • Law Soc urges NI murder probe

    14-Nov-1995

    LEADING human rights lawyers have called for an immediate judicial inquiry into the 1989 murder of Belfast lawyer Patrick Finucane.In a report released last week, the Law Society's international human rights working party urges the court to probe the cause of Finucane's death and examine the possible role played by security forces.The report, prepared by Bindman & Partners senior partner Geoffrey Bindman, Deighton & Guedalla partner Jane Deighton and ...

  • Law Society backs tenants over claims

    14-Nov-1995

    TENANTS fighting disrepair cases should be exempted from January's increase in the small claims limit to £3,000, says the Law Society.The Lord Chancellor's decision to increase the limit in line with Lord Woolf's Access to Justice report has met with lukewarm response from Chancery Lane.Suzanne Burn, secretary of the civil litigation committee, said Lord Mackay was rushing through the change, putting citizens' access to justice at risk ...

  • Lawrence Collins questions UK Mareva injunctions

    14-Nov-1995

    Lawrence Collins is head of litigation and arbitration at Herbert Smith.Common sense would suggest that if proceedings are pending in one country, and the defendant's assets are situated in another, the plaintiff ought to be able to obtain some kind of interim relief (such as a Mareva injunction) in the latter country.That is indeed the law in most countries, and courts in France and the US have recently re-affirmed their power to attach assets ...

  • Lawyers pack a punch for Bruno

    14-Nov-1995

    LAWYERS from Park Nelson Thompson Quarrell helped out in a legal bout between heavyweight boxers Frank Bruno and Lennox Lewis.They represented Bruno when Lewis sought injunctions to prevent him fighting Mike Tyson in defence of the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship.Lewis applied for one injunction to prevent the WBC sanctioning the fight and another to prevent Bruno asking for the match to be sanctioned.He claimed the WBC's Convention ...

  • Legal system stifles use of plea bargains, claims report

    14-Nov-1995

    THE FUTURE of plea bargaining in financial fraud cases has been cast into doubt by MPs who slammed its use as "veiled in shadows".The Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee's report last week, the Regulation of Financial Services, voiced concerns despite support for plea bargaining from City regulators which want closer "interplay" between civil and criminal actions.It says: "Plea bargaining... has remained veiled in the shadows and is not a technique ...

  • Lilley appeals to Lords

    14-Nov-1995

    The Secretary of State for Social Security Peter Lilley is to ask the Law Lords for the right to be joined in a legal battle over housing benefits. The case of R v Rent Officer and others ex parte Muldoon, centres on allegations that Liverpool City Council failed to determine claims and pay appropriate housing benefit. The Secretary of State has so far failed to win the right to be joined in the action both in the High Court and Appeal Court. But now the House of Lords has granted ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 14/11/95

    14-Nov-1995

    Bryan Roger Lizzimore, 43, admitted 1975, practised as Lizzimore Braithwaites, London, struck off and ordered to pay £4,418 costs. Allegations substantiated he: failed to honour terms of undertaking; was guilty of unreasonable delay or failure to act with reasonable expedition over client affairs, forwarding of former client papers to new solicitors and replying to correspondence from Solicitors Complaints Bureau; failed to adequately supervise ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 14/11/95

    14-Nov-1995

    Mable v RAM Manufacturing - QBD 27 October 199Claimant: Stephen Mable, 4Accident: Plaintiff required to pull fork-lift truck in yard of work place slipped and sustained back injuryInjuries: For six-week period he suffered low back pain radiating into left leg with pins and needles in leg together with some loss of straight leg raising. Symptoms eased but he suffered relapse, disc protrusion observed, initially treated with anti-inflammatory drugs and traction ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 14/11/95

    14-Nov-1995

    Reviewing a criminal compensation orderGamage v Director of Public Prosecutions (1995).DC (Rose LJ and Wright J) 16/10/95.Summary: A criminal compensation order which no reasonable court could have imposed.On reviewing a property compensation order imposed for obtaining by deception.

  • Litigation Writs 14/11/95

    14-Nov-1995

    Stephen Cooke, of Manchester, is being sued after allegedly disposing of 30 Renault cars worth £175,000. Network Vehicles, of London SW15, has issued a High Court writ against Cooke, of Cooke Bros, Atherton, Manchester. The company is claiming damages for wrongful interference and conversion of 30 of its cars. Writ issued by Harris Rosenblatt & Kramer, ...

  • Making money work

    14-Nov-1995

    For the practice seeking to meet the needs of the private client the addition of an investment services department can bring great benefits. But how do you make it work?Choosing the right person to run the department is a critical starting point. Not only must he or she be able to set up the necessary systems to which clients will be exposed but they must also earn the respect and trust of the partners and fee earners who may be supplying the bulk of the clients.

  • Manchester firm turns on to £100,000 system

    14-Nov-1995

    Manchester law firm Betesh Fox & Co has switched on its recently installed £100,000 computer system.The system, put in place by Solicitec Legal Systems, is a comprehensive case management system based on a database, diary system and volumes of precedent documents tailored for Betesh's main personal injury and medical negligence departments.The system will be used by all fee earners in the personal injury and medical negligence department ...

  • Mears supports pro-life prize

    14-Nov-1995

    A STUDENT essay competition run by an anti-abortion lawyers group is to receive the Law Society president's endorsement.Martin Mears has promised to give his public support to the annual competition run by the Association of Lawyers for the Defence of the Unborn.But he has pledged not to turn the highly controversial anti-abortion issue into a presidential crusade."It is an issue I feel strongly about, but it is not an issue I will be pursuing ...

  • New look for council body

    14-Nov-1995

    THE body which represents secretaries of district and unitary councils has changed its name to reflect the legal discipline of many of its members.The Association of District Secretaries became the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (ACSeS) at last month's annual meeting.Spokesman Mark Winstanley said the change was to clarify ACSeS' identity as the group for heads of legal and administrative services."This new identity ...

  • On-line labour law

    14-Nov-1995

    Helen Sage reportsAn employment law CD-ROM, combining statutes, court judgments and expert commentary is the latest legal database to be launched by Tolley Publishing and Income Data Services. Employment Law Link comprises 2,700 case reports with commentary and the full text of UK and EC employment law legislation, regulations and codes of practice. The Windows-based service provides instant recall of data across cases, commentary and source material, ...

  • Partners testify in Barings case

    14-Nov-1995

    PARTNERS at Slaughter and May and Linklaters & Paines have given evidence in a High Court battle which lawyers say will have implications for the capital markets sector.The lawyer-packed case is the first to come to trial as a result of the Barings bank collapse. A judgment is expected any time from ...

  • Pension products

    14-Nov-1995

    The Pension Act 1995, the Greenbury Report and cases such as Brooks v Brooks and Ramsay v Caboche have focused industry attention on occupational pension schemes and the repercussions of changes in legislation and practice in this area.However, the introduction of commission disclosure in early 1995 also had its own impact on the personal pension markets. In the hunt for new customers, many pension advisers have restructured contracts to provide more flexibility and openness ...

  • Player picks squad for professionals

    14-Nov-1995

    AN EMPLOYMENT lawyer and former international rugby player has set up the first players' association for the sport to tackle problems arising from the switch to professionalism.Richard Moon, an assistant and head of employment at Leamington firm Blythe Liggins, has set up the Rugby Union Players Association.Moon, who played for England and is brother of Welsh scrum half Rupert Moon, said legal pitfalls were among the most serious difficulties faced by players.

  • PRIVATE BANKING

    14-Nov-1995

    Some law firms have embraced financial services head on and applied to the Bank of England to become licensed deposit-takers.One such firm is Batten & Co, a 300-year-old family practice based in Yeovil, Somerset, which specialises in private client and commercial work.The firm itself does not have a deposit-taking licence. The licence belongs to a separate business called Dryfield Trust, which was set up for the purpose about 15 years ago. It is now an authorised ...

  • Public sector expert publishes advice

    14-Nov-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsA LEADING team of public sector law consultants has published a report outlining key recommendations for councils involved in the launch of local authority companies.Leonie Cowen & Associates' 25-page document, Local Authority Companies: Key Steps for Success, aims to highlight the main legal issues for councils and methods of tackling them.The consultancy is run by Leonie Cowen, a former high ranking legal officer ...

  • REGS IN SCOTLAND

    14-Nov-1995

    This month the Law Society of Scotland's full training and competence regulations came into force and it is one of the first law societies to implement such a regime.Consequently, every firm that offers investment advice will have to have at least one principal qualified or exempt, by qualification and experience in terms of the Investment Business Training Regulations 1994. The closing date for exemptions was 30 November 1994 and anyone not having an exemption must ...

  • Regulation or strangulation?

    14-Nov-1995

    As from this month, firms that wish to carry on investment business have to do more than simply register with the Law Society. They have to prove their competence to do the business. Once the dust has settled, it will be interesting to see how many firms the market will support.David Lough, head of financial services at Tunbridge Wells firm Cripps Harries Hall, says: "The number ...

  • Scandinavian post

    14-Nov-1995

    Eurojuris, the largest legal network in Western Europe and Scandinavia, has appointed Lamb Brooks partner David Evans as president one year before the leadership was expected to change hands. Evans, a company and commercial solicitor, was favoured for the four-year term of office due to start in 1996, but the recent Eurojuris congress in Venice appointed him as acting president with immediate effect.

  • Scots appeal rethink may breach Euro human rights

    14-Nov-1995

    SCOTTISH lawyers fear new rules limiting criminal appeals could lead to miscarriages of justice and may even be contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights.Solicitors are being warned by the Faculty of Advocates that the new appeal provisions may be "contrary to the principles of natural justice". The faculty is also sending a paper to all solicitors explaining the pitfalls of the new provisions.Andrew Hardie QC, Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, said: ...

  • Scottish solicitors to lose control of conveyancing

    14-Nov-1995

    SOLICITORS throughout the UK have questioned the wisdom of the Scottish Office which last week ended the profession's exclusive control over conveyancing work.From next autumn, the Scottish Conveyancing and Executry Services Board, set up under the Law Reform (Scotland) Act in 1990 and suspended two years later, will resume business.Scottish Office Home Affairs Minister Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, who announced the re-opening, is alleged to have bowed to ...

  • Second lease of life for Mackay's Bill

    14-Nov-1995

    THE CONTROVERSY surrounding Lord Mackay's Divorce Law Reform Bill could end this week if reports about its inclusion in the Queen's Speech prove correct.Family lawyers are standing firm in their support of the Lord Chancellor, saying his plans to introduce a no-fault divorce system are essential.And they have also welcomed claims that his abandoned Family Homes and Domestic Violence Bill could be reworked and introduced under the banner of the Divorce ...

  • Secretaries' association takes on a new name

    14-Nov-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsTHE PROFESSIONAL body which represents secretaries of district and unitary councils has changed its name to reflect the legal discipline of many of its members.The Association of District Secretaries became the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (ACSeS) at the annual meeting in Bristol last month.Spokesman Mark Winstanley said the change was intended to clarify ACSeS' identity as the group for heads of legal ...

  • Sedgfefield's pesky kids in here

    14-Nov-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsSEDGEFIELD council - the north-east authority which hit the headlines with its own "community" security patrols - claims to have struck a new blow for law and order with pioneering legal moves to tackle unruly neighbours.District solicitor Dennis Hall overcome several drawbacks in the use of housing laws to obtain interlocutory injunctions against tenants with unruly children.His in-house team used section 222 of the Local ...

  • Small practices rush to join trust

    14-Nov-1995

    MORE than 150 law firms have signed up to join the new national Solicitors' Trust network for small practices aimed at localised legal markets.And about 10,000 potential clients have asked for a copy of the booklet which outlines the services provided by the network's member firms.The response comes after the launch of a massive £10,000-per week marketing campaign highlighted by a joint promotion with The Daily Mail.Steve Royal, the ...

  • Solihull team blazes trail of care scheme

    14-Nov-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsTHE IN-HOUSE team at Solihull Council and solicitors from Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson have hammered out terms on a pioneering privatisation venture.They conducted negotiations on a contract to provide day care and home support services for the council's social services department.Martineau Johnson acted for service providers Family Care Trust in the talks with Solihull's team, led by assistant town clerk Michael ...

  • Systems' needs

    14-Nov-1995

    When it comes to technology, the starting point for most firms which conduct discrete investment business will be to fix a modem to one of the office PCs and to link up to the on-line Videotex quotations service provided by the Stock Exchange. This clearing house, established by the major product providers, helps intermediaries to obtain information and quotations. Without this facility, providing best advice about price-competitive products is impossible.

  • Teaching a lesson in fair play

    14-Nov-1995

    Recent High Court action by head teacher Marie Younie, who claims she was wrongly sacked, is being heralded by employment lawyers as a warning to disciplinary bodies that they must play by the rules.Governors of an Essex school were threatened with moves to jail them and the school board now faces a five-figure bill for legal costs.Simon Thomas labour law expert and assistant solicitor with the 30,000-member union the National Association of Head ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Lee Gleeson

    14-Nov-1995

    Lee Gleeson was born in London in 1963 and still lives in the city. She is an assistant in company and commercial at Charles Russell in London. She is one of only 12 lawyers to pass insolvency exams. What was your first job?Cinema usherette.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£10,500 pa as ...

  • The legal aid board. A quango the Law Society loves to hate

    14-Nov-1995

    John Malpas looks at the stormy relationships which have dogged the LAB and talks to the institution’s main players“A DOWNCAST institution, riven by internal dissension from the highest to the lowest levels.”That is how the Law Society described the Legal Aid Board not long ago.In a speech which sparked off a huge row between the two bodies, vice-president Charles Elly said the board was “gripped by a bunker mentality in which it can trust no one, ...

  • The legal aid board. What they say about the LAB

    14-Nov-1995

    Sir Tim Chessells, chair of the Legal Aid Board:Claims that the Legal Aid Board is setting the political agenda are "nonsense". The board is continuing to improve its bureaucratic procedures while its franchising initiative "happens to sit very well with the way legal aid seems to be evolving". The cost of legal aid, abuses of the Green Form scheme and the ordinary citizen's difficulty in receiving access to justice are worrying."Roy Douglas, ...

  • Watson Farley swaps US partners

    14-Nov-1995

    WATSON Farley & Williams is returning New York partner David Osborne to its London headquarters almost six years after he opened the firm's US office.Osborne will be replaced at the 25-lawyer US practice by banking partner Michael Kenny who moved to New York last month.Kenny, who joined Watson Farley from Norton Rose in 1991, will remain as the only English-qualified partner, ...

  • Welsh join forces for property deal

    14-Nov-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsSOLICITORS at Llanelli Borough Council in South Wales called in Cardiff firm Edwards Geldard to advise on a £20 million town centre property development.Borough solicitor Lynne Davies was supported by a team from the firm headed by partners Huw Williams and Rowland Davies.Llanelli was negotiating with Monarch Properties and Redrow Commercial Developments over the 7.5-acre shopping mall and superstore site.Edwards ...