14 April 1997

The Lawyer

  • 'Lawyers for Liberty' human rights law network launched

    16-Apr-1997

    More than 50 lawyers from leading chambers and firms that specialise in human rights attended the launch last week of human rights network Lawyers for Liberty, which formalises Liberty's links with lawyers.Bar Council Chair Robert Owen QC, Lord Browne-Wilkinson, and Law Society president Tony Girling all spoke to endorse the initiative.The founding members of Lawyers for Liberty include Sir Ivan Lawrence, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, Michael Mansfield QC, ...

  • ...and poaches Stephensons' employment partner Seward

    15-Apr-1997

    Stephenson Harwood employment partner Karen Seward is leaving to build a London employment practice at Pinsent Curtis.Seward, at Stephensons since September 1994 and made up to partner in November last year, was number two in the firm's employment department and is currently negotiating her leaving date.Pinsents' London managing partner Graeme Brister said: ...

  • A cut above their peers

    16-Apr-1997

    Brand new silks at the Criminal Bar, who also feature in our pick of the Criminal Bar, include David Calvert-Smith QC and Peter Clarke QC, at Queen Elizabeth Building (Hollis Whiteman Chambers), Ken MacDonald QC at 2 Garden Court, Gaias Gozem QC at Lincoln House Chambers, Manchester, Nigel Lithman QC at 3 Hare Court, Steven Kay QC at 3 Gray's Inn Square and Neil Ford QC at Albion Chambers, Bristol.In the area of commercial ...

  • Abolish duty solicitor committees, says Edwards

    15-Apr-1997

    LEADING criminal solicitor Tony Edwards has joined calls for a radical reform of the duty solicitor scheme following complaints from some practitioners that local committees are operating cartels across the country.According to Edwards, who sits on the Law Society's criminal law committee and is senior partner of TV Edwards & Co, local duty solicitor committees "are a disaster area and should be abolished".Edwards said the committees suffered from a conflict ...

  • Advocates' Immunity. The immunity system

    16-Apr-1997

    It might be ridiculous to sue your school because you failed your A-levels, or your local hamburger store for not warning you that the coffee was hot, and some might rightly argue that plaintiffs and their lawyers have now reached limits of what is actionable. But there is one group of professionals, who until recently operated a closed shop, who hold themselves out as specialists - and charge accordingly - and yet escape liability for their negligence. I am, of course, referring to ...

  • Aid for an ailing system

    16-Apr-1997

    "A proper system of criminal justice requires prosecutions to be put strongly, but fairly, and defences to be conducted efficiently and fearlessly. For this, it is critical that an experienced, professional and independent Criminal Bar, capable of undertaking the most demanding work, is maintained," said Lord Irvine of Lairg at the 1996 Bar Conference.Whether or not the current administration has been committed to a proper system of criminal justice, it has shown no interest ...

  • Anger as patent agents recommended for rights of audience in higher courts

    16-Apr-1997

    ADVICE to the Lord Chancellor that employed patent agents should receive rights of audience in the higher courts but employed lawyers should not, has left the treasurer of the in-house commercial barristers group "extremely perplexed".Last month, the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) responded positively to an application by the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents for rights to appear in the Chancery Division.In ...

  • BBC barrister jumps into PR

    16-Apr-1997

    Experienced BBC lawyer David Williams has been poached by a London public relations company planning to compete directly against law firms in the lucrative field of media relations.Williams, a senior assistant in the BBC's programme complaints unit for 14 years, has joined John Stonborough & Co to advise corporate clients on regulatory and legal aspects of the media.Stonborough & Co claims it is the first PR consultancy to open what amounts to an in-house ...

  • Berensons liable for £3m defaulted loan

    16-Apr-1997

    The Court of Appeal has ruled that four-partner Kensington practice Berensons is liable for £3m to a syndicate of four banks that loaned money to one of its clients.In 1990, Berensons acted for Cavendish Funding Limited, a mortgage company that provided bridging finance to borrowers. When Thomas Peterson Hotels requested a loan from Cavendish, Berensons sent a funding request to Barclays Bank, one of the banks in the funding syndicate. The request stated that security ...

  • Big Six law firms in France square up for names battle

    15-Apr-1997

    Law firms in France with links to the Big Six accountancy firms may seek compensation from the French government if they are forced to change their names, according to one lawyer embroiled in the debate.The battle centres around the conflicting provisions of a law passed in 1992, which has only just come into force.Although primarily aimed at the merger of barristers and solicitors, the law - Le Portant Reforme de Certaine Professions Judiciaires et Juridiques ...

  • Border conference

    15-Apr-1997

    The Union of European Lawyers is holding its eleventh Congress in Palma de Mallorca, under the title of "New Aspects of Human Rights in Europe". The Congress will deal with problems that derive from the application of the Treaty of Schengen, described by immigration experts as "problematic". The treaty was designed to abolish border controls between countries that signed up to it in 1995 - the signatories were Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain. The congress ...

  • Bridging the gap

    16-Apr-1997

    For too long, those who practised at the criminal bar on circuit were regarded by many London practitioners and solicitors as country cousins. How things have changed.The local bars on the Western Circuit, in Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol, for example, now all have silks and senior juniors who are highly regarded and sought after throughout England and Wales.So what has changed the perception of the circuit practitioner? There have always been highly talented ...

  • Christie gala dinner

    16-Apr-1997

    William Christie, who headed 13 Old Square chambers for 18 years, has had his recent retirement from the set marked by a gala dinner. Called to the Bar in 1952, Christie, a former diplomat, war veteran and author, was honoured by friends and colleagues at a dinner given at the Old Hall in Lincoln's Inn. Among the speakers recalling Christie's career was Lord Oliver of Aylmerton, and, in accordance with a century-old chambers tradition, ...

  • Compensation up for review

    16-Apr-1997

    The Law Lords are considering whether to hear an appeal involving refusal of the Law Society Compensation Fund to pay out on a claim.The claims have been made against the Fund by Mortgage Express and the Alliance and Leicester Building Society, which are seeking judicial reviews. The Law Society has accepted that the claims arise from dishonesty by a member of the profession but have declined to meet them.

  • Costs conscious councils

    16-Apr-1997

    Two local authorities are heading for a legal costs showdown at the High Court. West Oxfordshire District council is suing Tewkesbury Borough Council for allegedly failing to honour a deal to share the costs of an action.It is seeking damages over what it claims was breach of a 1991 contract under which the two authorities are said to have agreed to share the costs in High Court proceedings equally.

  • Council lawyers slated over harassment case

    15-Apr-1997

    Southwark Council's legal department has been censured for its part in failing to evict a mentally disturbed man who harassed and threatened a terrified neighbour for more than 10 years.A damning report by local government ombudsman, Edward Osmotherly, accuses the London borough's legal department of delay and inefficiency over its handling of the flat owner's complaints.He has recommended that the council pay the woman £3,000 and has called ...

  • Counting the cost of a new civil approach

    16-Apr-1997

    The Lord Chancellor's policy of recovering the full cost of the civil courts through fees is wrong in principle, because it assumes the civil courts only operate for the benefit of court users, and wrong in practice, because it erects barriers to justice for people on low or modest incomes.Civil litigation, particularly in a common law jurisdiction, takes place not only for the benefit of the litigants concerned, but also to set precedents ...

  • Cream of the crime sets

    16-Apr-1997

    Criminal barristers have been getting their share of the legal headlines recently for instigating moves in the criminal justice system as well as for working within it.It is the criminal lawyers who, depending on the case and its outcome, get the glory or the brickbats. So leading criminal practitioners are looking for barristers who "even if they have taken silk, are still on the boil, still ready for a good fight and able to defend their corner".These lists ...

  • Dealers' pitch battle heads for extra time

    16-Apr-1997

    Two Gloucester drug dealers serving life sentences for the knife and crowbar murder of a rival have won the right to take a challenge to their convictions to the Law Lords.Gary Mills and Tony Poole, who were jailed for life after conviction at Bristol Crown Court on 26 January 1990 for the murder of Hensley "Willy" Wiltshire, have been given leave to appeal against a Court of Appeal dismissal of their challenges to their conviction on 16 April last year.

  • DJ Freeman sues Lloyd's syndicate for £256,000

    16-Apr-1997

    City firm DJ Freeman is suing members of Lloyd's of London syndicate, Poland Names Association, alleging unpaid legal bills of £256,000.The practice has issued a High Court writ naming James Crowley and Malcolm Milton as officers of the committee of Poland Names.They are being sued individually and as representatives of all the members of the association.The writ claims the money is owed for legal services provided to the association and ...

  • Fee defaults hit record level

    15-Apr-1997

    The Bar Council has received a record number of complaints from barristers whose fees have not been paid by solicitors.In February, there were 82 complaints - the highest ever for that time period and one of the highest monthly figures since records began more than 10 years ago.Bar Council officials are at a loss to explain the surge in failures by solicitors to pay barristers' fees."It has certainly gone up in the last two or three years," confirmed ...

  • Fighting over Forte heralds tightening of takeover laws

    16-Apr-1997

    Bidders in takeover battles will have to be much more explicit when they promise to improve their target's profits, following a new rule introduced after the Granada takeover battle for Forte.During the battle, led by Granada chairman Gerry Robinson, the company, advised by Lovell White Durrant, issued a circular saying it could improve Forte's profits by £100m in the first full financial year following takeover.Forte, advised by

  • Flotations

    16-Apr-1997

    Simmons & Simmons acted for Charterhouse Development Capital in the £17m placing and open offer of new shares by Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. Charterhouse will take £8.5m of new shares in the placing, to hold between 20 and 40 percent of the club - the largest single investment in an English football club by a City institution.

  • Former Alsops staff lose own offices in Manchester move

    16-Apr-1997

    Former Alsop Wilkinson partners are bracing themselves to work in open-plan offices when Dibb Lupton Alsop's Manchester staff move into one of the two new city centre Great Bridgewater blocks.The move coincides with Addleshaw Booth & Co's and Masons' relocation to the block next door. Donns is also moving, from Cross Street, its home of nearly 30 years, to one floor of a newly built block at 201 Deansgate.Paul Nicholls, Dibbs' Manchester managing ...

  • Gorna resigns with shot at treatment of regions

    16-Apr-1997

    Veteran advocate Christina Gorna has resigned as Head of Castle Chambers in Exeter and spoken out about the treatment of barristers on the circuit.Gorna, who had been a tenant at 4 Paper Buildings, the chambers of Harvey McGregor QC, since 1961, set up Castle Chambers in 1990 in order to spend more time with her husband, who lived in Exeter."I tendered my resignation after his death at the end of 1996 in order to better pursue my ...

  • Help, when duty calls

    16-Apr-1997

    Some duty solicitors face two related problems.First, those of us who have been targeted by a local duty solicitor committee know what a lonely and harrowing experience it can be, as there is nowhere to turn for help.Is it not time for the formation of a duty solicitor defence organisation?Second, there is an urgent need for fundamental changes to the duty solicitor arrangements, under which the regional committees appoint and ...

  • Home: where the work is

    16-Apr-1997

    Never mind sole practioners working in chambers (The Lawyer, 25 March), let them work from home with electronic connections if necessary.The economics are indisputable. Imagine a life with no partners, profits more than 90 per cent of turnover, no employees, visiting clients at home, few meetings, and so on.Anyone contemplating this should read the excellent Teleworking Handbook sponsored by the EC, which accurately addresses ...

  • Huge response to Bar IT training questions

    16-Apr-1997

    THE BAR Council has reported an "overwhelming" response to a survey designed to gauge the level of computer know-how in the profession and help it devise a strategy to beat technophobia in chambersThe questionnaire, sent out with the Bar Council's newsletter, Bar News, prompted 50 replies within a week, with more arriving as The Lawyer went to press.The answers will help the Bar Council's Bar services & IT committee devise ...

  • In brief: Bridgewater Appeal may take a month

    15-Apr-1997

    The weight of evidence could stretch the Carl Bridgewater appeal hearing, due to begin at the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, to four weeks. The court will hear 60 grounds of appeal for James Robinson alone, said his solicitor, Jim Nichol, of Taylor Nichol. The key defence evidence is the forged confession that induced Patrick Molloy (deceased) to confess, but there are also many other grounds of appeal. Appellants Michael Hickey, Vincent Hickey, James Robinson and Patrick Molloy were convicted ...

  • In brief: Cameron McKenna selects management

    15-Apr-1997

    Cameron Markby Hewitt and McKenna & Co have chosen a six-strong partnership council to run the newly-merged Cameron McKenna from its launch on 1 May. Each firm has three seats on the council, which will sit alongside senior partner Bill Shelford and managing partner Robert Derry-Evans. McKennas chose members of its existing board - Christopher Powell-Smith, Sean Watson and Ian Dodds-Smith - while, following an election, Camerons chose John Newbegin, Michael Baker and Steve Charge. The ...

  • In brief: Edge & Ellison closes matrimonial group

    15-Apr-1997

    Birmingham-based Edge & Ellison has closed its two fee earner matrimonial department in Birmingham. One associate, Kathy Turner, has moved to Birmingham family specialist Blair Allison & Co, while legal executive Lisa Daymond-King is taking time off before looking for an alternative position.

  • In brief: Miller assumes Law Society directorship

    15-Apr-1997

    The Law Society has created a new post with the appointment of John Miller as director of membership services. Miller, who is a former marketing and business development director for Westminster Health Care, begins work at the end of April.Although the post is new, Miller's ambit will include a large part of the work previously done by services director Geoff Bignall. "At a time when the solicitor's profession needs to market itself, so too must the Law Society," ...

  • In brief: Takeover takes Stonehams into new field

    15-Apr-1997

    The largest commercial law firm in Croydon - six-partner Stonehams - has taken over three-partner Croydon firm Peard Webster Pringle & John, which specialises in insolvency, personal injury and family law. Stonehams managing partner Russell Bell said: "The insolvency and personal injury work supplements the work we already do, and the family work will be a new area for us." Stonehams specialises in the mid-corporate sector, advising private companies with a turnover of between £1m ...

  • In brief: Walker Morris supports the arts in Leeds

    15-Apr-1997

    Leeds firm Walker Morris is sponsoring an exhibition of the works of Turner. The exhibition is showing at Harewood House, near Leeds, until 8 June, and more than 50 works are on display. "The cutbacks we have seen from central and local government for the arts and education are going to continue for the foreseeable future. The arts have been poorly treated when one considers the fortunes corporate ...

  • Kalisher remembered

    16-Apr-1997

    The Criminal Bar Association has established a scholarship to honour the memory of top advocate Michael Kalisher QC, who died last year aged 55. The Kalisher Scholarship, which is scheduled to begin in 1988, will give graduates financial support during their Bar vocational course and/or through pupillage. "We are targeting those students of modest background who might not otherwise stick to the career path leading to the Bar, as well as helping those of exceptional ...

  • Law Society hit by strike threat

    15-Apr-1997

    Law Society investigative staff are threatening to strike - ostensibly over a reduction in their car allowances by £30 per month.A total of 41 MSF union members in two departments - the monitoring unit and the investigation accountants - have voted to authorise strike action over a reduction in monthly car allowances from £370 to £340.However, in a memo dispatched last week to members of the society's council, secretary general Jane Betts ...

  • Lawyer fights for a fair deal for the deaf

    15-Apr-1997

    A LEEDS solicitor is single-handedly trying to set up a national register of "deaf aware" lawyers in a bid to combat disadvantage in the system.Jessica Penrose, of Harrison Bundy & Co, is to launch the Deaf Legal Access Group at a conference she is organising in Leeds on 10 June. She claimed that justice frequently passed deaf people by."Within the deaf community it has always been recognised there is a problem gain- ing legal services," said Penrose, who has ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 15/04/97

    16-Apr-1997

    Robert Edward James Wilson, 40, admitted 1984, practised as Robert Wilson, Thetford, Norfolk. Wilson voluntarily removed his name from Roll in September 1996. Tribunal banned him from having his name restored to Roll without order of tribunal, and ordered to pay £1,037 costs. Allegations substantiated he withdrew client money and used client funds for purposes of other clients. Tribunal told that as result of his activities Compensation Fund ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 15/04/97

    16-Apr-1997

    Appeal based on police not following Pace proceduresR v Scott Ian MacMath (1997)Court: CA (Henry LJ, Mrs Justice Steel, Grigson J) 26/3/97Summary: Appeal against conviction for affray based on unreliability of the Prosecution's two key witnesses and the trial judge's error in directing the jury. Appeal upheld as judge had failed to give the jury the appropriate direction in respect of evidence not obtained in strict accordance ...

  • Litigation Writs 15/04/97

    16-Apr-1997

    A former Oxford scientist accused of removing more than £41,000-worth of equipment from Oxford University is being sued for damages and return of the equipment. The Medical Research Council has issued a writ claiming damages from Kevan Martin, of Zurich, Switzerland. The council's writ claims Martin worked for it at Oxford in the department of anatomical neuropharmacology, under a 1985 contract until 31 October 1995, where he was carrying out research ...

  • Manx whiskey on the rocks

    16-Apr-1997

    In the national media, the recent battle waged by drink industry giants to stop a tiny Isle of Man distillery calling its product, a redistilled whisky, 'whiskey', was seen as the big battalions using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.In the drinks industry, however, the case in which Mr Justice Rattee ruled that the Isle of Man's Glen Kella distillery was in breach of UK passing off law and European Regulations is of some significance.

  • Masons grabs Dibb Lupton Manchester's IT expert

    15-Apr-1997

    Dibb Lupton Alsop's Manchester IT solicitor Andrew Smith has been poached by Masons in Manchester along with his assistant Peter Budd.Smith, who was approached by headhunters for the job, was due to be made a partner at Dibbs next month and will become Masons seventh Manchester partner.He started his legal career in London with Norton Rose but moved to Manchester and joined ...

  • Mears is ready to quit election as Sayer and Sycamore unite

    15-Apr-1997

    Martin Mears has announced that he may withdraw from this summer's Law Society presidential race following the move by his former comrade-in-arms, Robert Sayer, to join forces with Phillip Sycamore, the current vice-president.Mears, who announced last month that he would stand for the presidency again this year, is now weighing up his options in the light of Sayer's decision to stand as deputy vice-president on a joint ticket with Sycamore and the current deputy ...

  • Monkey business

    16-Apr-1997

    I think you may have solved a mystery which has worried me for many decades.Long ago, when I was a minnow at Freshfields and the firm resided in Princes Street, the loos were labelled Freshfields ladies, Freshfields gentlemen and Freshfields partners.I used to think the distinction had something to do with gender and, being of an innocent disposition, wondered what went on behind the door labelled Freshfields partners.Now ...

  • More partners are made up abroad than inside the UK

    16-Apr-1997

    Freshfields and Linklaters & Paines have made up more partners abroad this year than they have in the UK.Of the leading firms, Freshfields has the highest ratio of foreign to domestic partners. It has made up six domestic and 10 foreign-based partners. Five of the overseas partners are based in the Far East and five in Europe.Ian Terry, managing partner at Freshfields, said that ...

  • New regulator Opra jumps swiftly into the pensions fray

    16-Apr-1997

    The new pensions regulator Opra, which opened for business last week, has already received its first case. It is to look into the collapse of a South Wirral pension fund that left pensioners with as little as 14 per cent of the funds.The Department of Trade and Industry referred the case to the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority after questions about the collapse were asked in the House of Commons and the role of the professional advisers to the pensions trustee ...

  • NHS power group puts Bevans in charge

    16-Apr-1997

    Bristol-based law firm Bevan Ashford is to co-manage a unique project under which a consortium of NHS Trusts aims to sell surplus electricity to the National Grid.A total of 11 trusts have already signed up to a feasibility study which is due to recommend this week which of the trusts should go ahead with the full project.The energy partner behind the project is Gareth Dodds, who joined Bevan Ashford a year ago from a regional electricity company where he was ...

  • Pep launch on Net is plain sailing

    16-Apr-1997

    Liz Davidson reportsTHE SOLICITOR who advised on the launch of what is claimed to be the first interactive Personal Equity Plan on the Internet has described it as an unusual but relatively straightforward job.Macfarlane's partner Tim Cornick was called in by MBO Advisory Partners to advise on the launch of NetPep, a personal equity plan which can be subscribed to on the Internet."It was published in a medium different to the Sunday ...

  • Pinsents is first to establish client services partner role

    15-Apr-1997

    Pinsent Curtis has created what is believed to be the first partner post specifically responsible for client services.It has hired former Morgan Stanley vice-president and in-house counsel Jenny Parker to take up the post.Parker, currently on holiday in the US, will quit legal practice to fully devote her time to ensuring client services.London managing partner Graeme Brister said: "As a lawyer with four years experience of providing legal services ...

  • Property

    16-Apr-1997

    Simmons & Simmons advised German open-ended fund Despa in the £43m purchase of the Ark in Hammersmith from Securum. SJ Berwin & Co advised Securum.

  • Property

    16-Apr-1997

    Frere Cholmeley Bischoff acted for the Department of Transport in the £18.2m sale of its 250-acre research site at Crowthorne, Berkshire to Legal & General. Lawrence Graham advised Legal & General.

  • Quality statements left out of directory

    16-Apr-1997

    A controversial section of the official Bar Directory, which allowed chambers to claim they had adopted tough new practice management and equal opportunity codes, has been dropped because there is no way to check up on the truth of the assertions.The move follows surprise in some quarters of the Bar at the large number of sets which claimed in last year's Bar Directory that they had adopted the new codes, which impose a myriad of management systems on ...

  • Rogers & Wells snaps up US international finance lawyer

    16-Apr-1997

    Former Special Counsel at the US Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of International Corporate Finance, Walter Van Dorn, is to join Rogers & Wells' London office.Van Dorn will initially split his time between Rogers & Wells in London and the firm's Washington DC office before shifting to Britain permanently later this year.At the SEC, Van Dorn was responsible for US offerings of equity securities and American Depository Receipts by foreign ...

  • Sidleys recruits

    15-Apr-1997

    US firm Sidley & Austin has added to its commercial property practice by taking on Julian Goodman from Simmons & Simmons. Goodman joins as senior associate, having left Simmons' property secured lending team. He will focus on all areas of commercial property law at Sidley Austin, including property aspects of corporate and banking work. Jane Borrors, head of the firm's international finance ...

  • Solicitors' societies join forces

    15-Apr-1997

    The one-year old Solicitors Association has merged with the 30-year-old British Legal Association.Members from both groups, who were due to meet and formally amalgamate over the weekend - after The Lawyer went to press - are vowing to continue campaigning for a split in the representative and regulatory functions of the Law Society.Surrey practioner Anthony Bogan established the SA 12 months ago as an alternative to the Law Society and then unsuccessfully campaigned ...

  • Survival will require strength in diversity

    16-Apr-1997

    The whole area of client care is preoccupying the agenda of many firms and barristers chambers at the moment.Pinsents, as we see on page three, has addressed the issue by appointing a partner to specifically look after client services. Many others are dedicating marketing resources to the matter and are putting systems in place that they hope will keep clients happy.However, the issue has now moved on to the next stage, and firms must consider ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Andrew Paton

    16-Apr-1997

    Andrew Paton was born in Birmingham on 15 March 1957. He is the head of the insurance litigation team at Pinsent Curtis in Birmingham. What was your first job?Cleaning a metal-rolling factory during the summer shutdown.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£2,500 as an articled clerk with Cripps Harries Hall, ...

  • The tomorrow people

    16-Apr-1997

    With a number of the juniors mentioned last year taking silk recently, special qualities are needed to stand out from the pack. Again, this list is by no means exhaustive.The juniors to keep an eye on are, at 2 Garden Court, Henry Blaxland, Courtenay Griffiths, Simon Farrell and Anthony Jennings.Another set with a crop of promising juniors is 3 Raymond Buildings, which houses good leading junior Michael Bromley-Martin, James Rankin, who is "a rarity, very solid", ...

  • There's more than one way to stay in property

    15-Apr-1997

    A conference held in Dorking today will map out how to establish and run a Solicitors Property Centre.Jointly organised by the Surrey Law Society and the Solicitors' Property Group, it will mark the latest in a series of attempts by the country's beleaguered conveyancing lawyers to boost profits.But SPCs are just one road for solicitors to head down - all of which have their promises and pitfalls.The options include:

  • Tony Walton is a partner at Jacksons in Middlesbrough

    16-Apr-1997

    The most significant finding in what proved to be an interesting industrial deafness claim heard at Middlesbrough County Court recently, was that a company employing lorry drivers would not have known of the potential dangers of exposure to noise until 1972, much later than the usually accepted date of knowledge of 1963.For years, insurers and their solicitors have had to face deafness claims where investigation proved difficult or impossible. If a plaintiff ...

  • Trainees to provide free help with benefit claims

    15-Apr-1997

    Students from London law colleges will begin representing social security claimants for free this year, if a scheme being devised by law student Kit Johnson gets the necessary resources.Johnson, who finishes his LPC at the London College of Law in June, has a year off before he starts his training contract at Clifford Chance in March next year. He is in discussions with the college ...

  • US firms target three acres of City offices

    16-Apr-1997

    A new property survey shows that US law firms have set their sights on more than three acres of prime office space in the City of London since the beginning of the year, as part of a startling growth spurt.The survey, by Chestertons property consultants, reveals US firms have taken over, or are actively searching for, a net additional 137,000sqft.When compared with the 180,000sqft occupied by US firms at the start of the year, this is a jump in demand of more ...

  • US rival takes second fraud solicitor from Denton Hall

    15-Apr-1997

    FRAUD specialist John Wood, a former director of the Serious Fraud Office, is to leave Denton Hall to join US rivals Morgan Lewis & Bockius.Wood is the second high-profile member of the firm's specialist fraud unit to join Morgan Lewis recently, and will take up the part-time post of senior counsel.He will join former colleague Robert Goldspink, the ex-Denton Hall head of litigation, at the firm at the start of May and has already left Denton Hall, although ...

  • Washington securities official makes move to Dechert Price

    16-Apr-1997

    Dechert Price & Rhoads, the US firm allied to Titmuss Sainer Dechert, has added to its tally of ex-Securities and Exchange Commission officials by taking on Jack Murphy, who joins as a partner based in the firm's Washington office.Murphy, who held the post of associate director and chief counsel of the SEC's Division of Investment Management, joins Wallace Timmeny, a former deputy ...

  • Watkins heads for Jardines

    15-Apr-1997

    Blue chip merchant bank Schroders is losing its group legal director James Watkins to major Hong Kong company Jardine Matheson.Watkins will join Jardines as group legal director in Hong Kong next month. He was a senior partner in charge of Linklaters & Paines' Hong Kong office from 1986 to 1994 and joined Schroders last August from shipping company Trafalgar House.Watkins ...

  • Zander gives lecture

    16-Apr-1997

    London School of Economics Professor of Law Michael Zander QC will address the Chancery Bar Association 1997 Spring Lecture on 28 April. Zander, an often controversial figure, will speak on the Woolf Report and question whether it will be a forward or backward move for the new Lord Chancellor. Entry is free with the lecture being held in Lincoln's Inn Great Hall starting at 6pm.