14 December 1998

The Lawyer

  • 50 MPs support motion to abolish QCs

    15-Dec-1998

    Fifty members of Parliament are supporting an Early Day Motion calling for the abolition of Queen's Counsel.The motion was originally tabled last week by 36 Labour MPs, and the figure grew to 50 over the course of the week. The next step is likely to be either to seek an amendment to the Access To Justice Bill, or to have the proposal debated separately.Andrew Dismore MP, one of the sponsors of the motion, argues that "recent events have shown that the current ...

  • A luxury the profession can no longer afford

    15-Dec-1998

    Elizabeth Davidson asks what the future holds for the OSS and if it will be forced to become independent from the Law Society.The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) could face radical change if the Government steps up its drive to improve value for money for legal services.The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, has said many times since the election that the public deserves value for money when pursuing justice.The OSS has not been ...

  • All set for tough new regime at the OFT

    15-Dec-1998

    George Peretz examines the OFT preparations for the impending changes in the competition regulations. George Peretz is a barrister at Monckton Chambers, London.Since the Competition Act was passed last month, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has been gearing up for a revolution in competition law.The Director General of Fair Trading, John Bridgeman, says: "From 1 March 2000, the UK will move from having one of the most permissive competition regimes ...

  • Allen & Overy recruits Gide Loyrette partners to boost Paris bank practice

    15-Dec-1998

    Allen & Overy has recruited two capital markets partners and one taxation partner from Paris firm Gide Loyrette Nouel, after breaking off a seven-year association with the firm last month.The hirings mark the next move of A&O's drive to create a strong banking practice in France, and follow the end of its association with Gide which first began in 1989.Financing and ...

  • Bagnall fails to halt possession order

    15-Dec-1998

    The former chairman and chief executive of New Law Publishing, Kenneth Bagnall QC, has failed to stop a possession order over property owned by him, his wife and their company.Written submissions before the Court of Appeal said that Bagnall had fallen into mortgage arrears as a result of unexpected litigation (now stayed) involving two publishing ventures, New Law Publishing and New Property Cases, in which he was involved.He was charged in October on nine counts ...

  • Barrister pleads guilty to VAT security charge

    15-Dec-1998

    A Liverpool barrister and former head of chambers has been convicted of failing to provide VAT security.Nadine Hope, representing herself, pleaded guilty to all 16 of the charges against her.The charges all relate to her providing taxable supplies of service without giving a security. In cases where a person has poor VAT compliance (failing to pay when it is due and submitting returns late), Customs and Excise demands payment of a security. Hope failed to do ...

  • Beachcroft Wansbroughs tie forges 122-partner firm

    15-Dec-1998

    Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave merged with Beachcroft Stanleys this week to create a 122-partner national firm, specialising in commercial, healthcare and insurance.Beachcroft Wansbroughs, as the new firm is called, is the result of 18 months of merger negotiations.Wansbroughs completed its first foray into national expansion after taking over Manchester insurance firm Vaudreys in September.As a result of the merger, Wansbroughs' head office will ...

  • Big contract for A&O

    15-Dec-1998

    Allen & Overy is acting on the largest financial services offering of 1998. The team is advising the underwriters Schroders and Mediobanca on the privatisation of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL).

  • Birds Eye sues distributor

    15-Dec-1998

    Birds Eye Wall's is taking Northampton Ice Cream to the High Court in a claim for u400,000, for alleged breach of a distributor agreement. Birds Eye is claiming u177,904 for goods supplied and u220,199 for ice creams supplied. The dispute arises out of an alleged deal under which Birds Eye says it agreed to deliver wrapped ice cream and water ices to Northampton Ice Cream. Birds Eye is represented by Beachcroft Stanleys.

  • Bleak future for Peel House as merger talks fall through

    15-Dec-1998

    Merger negotiations between two Liverpool chambers have collapsed, following more departures from struggling set Peel House Chambers.Two of Peels' senior civil practitioners, Peter Gregory and James McKeon, have made applications to become members of what will be the largest set in the North West, the product of the merger between Martin's Building and The Corn Exchange, which was revealed exclusively by The Lawyer last week.A decision on whether they ...

  • Chilean exiles' lawyers fight to try Pinochet in UK

    15-Dec-1998

    Lawyers acting for Chilean exiles and human rights groups are pushing ahead with plans to prosecute General Pinochet in the UK.Geoffery Bindman told The Lawyer his legal team was seeking consent from the Attorney General to begin a criminal prosecution against the former Chilean dictator, but if consent wasn't forthcoming he would consider taking the Attorney General to a judicial review.Bindman said he had sought consent from the Attorney General to begin ...

  • Christmas Reading

    15-Dec-1998

    The Final Score: The Inside Story of Soccer's Trial of the CenturyBy Hans Segers, Mel Goldberg and Alan ThatcherCovers the match-fixing trial of footballers John Fashanu, Bruce Grobbelaar and Hans Segers in 1997. Claims to tell the true story behind the headlines.Shadow of a Doubt By Ted AllbeuryA former director general of MI6 comes under scrutiny when he decides to take the author and publishers of an ill-informed biography ...

  • Dentons in French electricity deal

    15-Dec-1998

    Electricite de France (EDF) is set to acquire 100 per cent ownership of London Electricity from Entergy Corporation for a cash payment of u1.39bn, advised by international law firm Denton Hall.Anthony Alexander, partner in the corporate group and joint leader of the purchase, commented: "Denton Hall has advised on a number of acquisitions of regional utility companies. Entergy chose to sell London Electricity by means of a controlled auction, making this an exciting and ...

  • Financings

    15-Dec-1998

    Edward Lewis acted for Charriol in placing 4

  • Financings

    15-Dec-1998

    David Wyles at Herbert Smith acted for Societe Generale in connection with an u8m financing of a local authority private finance project for street lighting in Brent. Lawrence Graham acted for Brent Council and Hewitson Becke & Shaw for PFI lighting and David Webster

  • Financings

    15-Dec-1998

    Linklaters acted for the Sanlam Group

  • Financings

    15-Dec-1998

    Toby Greenbury

  • Financings

    15-Dec-1998

    Sinclair Roche & Temperley advised the founding shareholder of the Internet-based financial systems company Interactive Investor on a capital injection by Hollinger Digital.

  • Financings

    15-Dec-1998

    Guy Billington of Cameron McKenna acted for LTG Holdings on its admission to the trading of its subsidiary

  • Freshfields pulls off a hat-trick with Scottish Power's bid for Pacificorps

    15-Dec-1998

    Freshfields' reputation for international mega-merger work was strengthened this week after it completed work for Scottish Power on the company's u4.2bn takeover of US generator Pacificorps.Scottish Power is the first-ever UK electricity utility to acquire a US power business.Only four weeks ago, The Lawyer revealed that Freshfields had been appointed legal adviser to US oil firm Amoco in its u67.5bn merger with UK oil giant BP.Both deals ...

  • Gleiss Lutz senior partners block merger with Stibble

    15-Dec-1998

    A small minority of senior partners at Stuttgart-based Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch has blocked the firm's proposed merger with leading continental firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot.The climbdown is partly due to the different approach to risk-taking adopted by senior partners in German firms to that of partners in other European jurisdictions such as the Benelux countries and the UK.The Gleiss Lutz decision may have come as a shock to Stibbe, whose managing ...

  • Herbert Smith heads for dry land

    15-Dec-1998

    It may seem an odd move, but Philip Hoult says the firm has its reasons for pulling out of shipping at an apparently lucrative time.At first glance, the news last week that Herbert Smith has shut down the bulk of its shipping practice appears rather strange.The team - led by the well-regarded Nicholas Robinson, which was set up nine years ago by three partners from traditional maritime firm Holman Fenwick & Willan - had a solid, if not stellar, reputation ...

  • In brief: 18 St John Street dismisses senior clerk

    15-Dec-1998

    18 St John Street in Manchester has dismissed its senior clerk, Michael Farrell, who has been an employee there for 15 years. A chambers' spokesman said it was not yet aware exactly what had happened. Farrell is a member of the Institute of Barrister's Clerks (IBC) management committee. Chair of the IBC, Stephen Graham, said: "It's very sad because nobody does the job better than Michael."

  • In brief: Mishcons loses Diana memorial fund work

    15-Dec-1998

    Mishcon de Reya has lost out to London media specialists Harbottle & Lewis to become legal advisers to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. Harbottle & Lewis beat a further 60 tenders to advise the fund. However Mishcon de Reya will, in the short term, continue to manage the UK end of litigation ...

  • In brief: Nabarros appoints to public sector group

    15-Dec-1998

    Nabarro Nathanson has made another appointment to its expanding public sector group. Mary Bzowska, a former local authority lawyer with the London Borough of Camden, will be joining in January. This is the third appointment made from the local authorities in recent months.

  • In brief: New partner at Hammond Suddards

    15-Dec-1998

    Nick Jones has become a partner at Hammond Suddards in the company's national employment unit. Jones, who has worked at Hammond Suddards for four years, will join Sue Nickson, head of the national employment unit.

  • In brief: Prevention of crime is cheaper than cure

    15-Dec-1998

    Spending money on family support, education and combating truancy would be more cost-effective than increasing spending on young offenders in prison, a new report by The Princes Trust and KPMG has concluded. Wasted Lives, released this week, says juveniles in prison cost the country at least u190m, while programmes to keep families together and help youth stay at school provide good results for less money. Helen Edwards, chief executive of the National Association for the Care and Resettlement .

  • In brief: Solicitor jailed over corruption and cheating

    15-Dec-1998

    Solicitor John Harry Roberts has been sentenced to three years and eight months imprisonment having been convicted of corruption and of cheating the Inland Revenue. Roberts was found guilty of perverting the course of justice by removing documents subject to a court injunction and convicted of cheating the revenue for failing to disclose his interest in a Guernsey-based company, Anglo Property Investment, through which monies were channelled following property deals.

  • In brief: Solicitors gain approval from consumers

    15-Dec-1998

    Solicitors are more popular with consumers than estate agents and mortgage lenders according to research conducted by consultants PC Martin Hamblin and the University of Stirling. The study, which coincided with the release of the Government's consultation paper, The Key to Easier Home Buying and Selling, followed the progress of 800 buyers and sellers which found that solicitors achieved the highest approval rating with 80 per cent of respondents saying they were satisfied with ...

  • Irvine extends franchise application date

    15-Dec-1998

    The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, has yielded to the pleas of legal aid lawyers and the Law Society and extended the deadline for franchise applications by three months.Lord Irvine has given solicitors until 31 March 1999 to apply for legal aid civil advice and assistance franchises, a prerequisite for those solicitors wanting to continue doing advice and assistance work after January 2000 when the Government's first block contracting scheme begins.The Law ...

  • It has been a bad week for:

    15-Dec-1998

    Lord Hoffmann, whose connections with Amnesty International threatened to throw the Pinochet affair into further chaos. Pinochet's lawyers have lodged an appeal against a House of Lords decision that Pinochet did not have sovereign immunity, believed to relate to allegations of Hoffmann's perceived bias.Designers of a futuristic magistrates' court building in Southampton, whose u13m building, due to open next autumn, was ...

  • It has been a good week for:

    15-Dec-1998

    Richard Pearce, head of services to the profession at the Law Society, who was acquitted of stalking a female commuter on a train.Pearce admitted that he had misread the signals from the middle-aged secretary. He thought he was getting the come-on, while she thought he was doing "disgusting things" under the newspaper on his lap.

  • LAB to slash firms' duty solicitor work

    15-Dec-1998

    The Legal Aid Board (LAB) is considering halving the amount of duty solicitor rota work available for non-franchised criminal law firms, in a move likely to outrage criminal law solicitors.The Lawyer understands LAB officials are actively considering plans to give firms with criminal legal aid franchises twice the space on duty solicitor rotas for police station and magistrates court work, effectively stifling a major source of clients for many firms.A LAB spokesman ...

  • Law Soc can no longer hide

    15-Dec-1998

    Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square.I couldn't agree more with your leader in The Lawyer, 1 December 1998, "Law Society laundering reaction does not wash".Congratulations on breaking this story and now tying it up with the Law Society's difficulties, which were further investigated ...

  • Law Soc cannot perform a multidisciplinary task

    15-Dec-1998

    After the events of this year, many lawyers could be forgiven if they regretted ever entering the profession. Having been lambasted by the press earlier in the year over extortionate fees, the profession's reputation went from bad to worse, as The Lawyer revealed that the police were investigating links certain City firms had with organised crime. This was then followed by a Dispatches programme uncovering the corrupt practices of solicitors all over the country.

  • Law Soc council says yes to executive committee

    15-Dec-1998

    The Law Society's reform plan received the go-ahead from the council this week, dooming 48 committees but giving birth to an executive committee from 1 February next year.However, council members were divided over plans to select, rather than elect, members of the interim executive that will drive the changes through until June next year.Vice-president Kamlesh Bahl said that the eight-person executive, including the three office-holders, needed to be made ...

  • Lawyers at play

    15-Dec-1998

    Law Society office-holders enjoyed wielding the axe over 48 Society committees this week. Although they have promised to radically streamline the society, it looks as though they are still some way from achieving a truly modern paperless organisation.

  • Leaders in their specialism

    15-Dec-1998

    Claire Collins and Gulshanah Choudhuri identify the experts that stand out within their chosen practice areas.Nicholas Green QCBrick Court ChambersCalled to the Bar: 1986Appointed QC: 1998Recommended for: EU/CompetitionProfessional achievements/associations:Lecturer in law at University of South ampton 1982-1985; visiting professor at the University of Indiana Business School 1984/85; visiting ...

  • Lichfield in negligence suit

    15-Dec-1998

    The Earl of Lichfield is facing a High Court damages claim for alleged negligence over the running of property management firm, 86 Holland Park Management. He is being sued, along with London-based Joseph Majubian, by Channel Islands company Benin, which will also ask the court for an account of all sums received by the company, the Earl or his employees from 31 August 31 1993 to 8 October 1997. Bris

  • Mathews slams Irvine over rights of audience

    15-Dec-1998

    The Law Society has accused the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, of grabbing too much power by giving himself the right to decide who is granted rights of audience in court. President Michael Mathews has joined leading judges in criticising the Lord Chancellor for taking the power previously held by an independent body like the Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) and placing it in the hands of a politician. Mathews was pleased to see the abolition of Aclec, but expressed ...

  • No easy ride for smaller firms

    15-Dec-1998

    Driven by the constant quest for new business, my firm sent a letter to the local Citizen's Advice Bureau in the hope that it would recommend people to us. It responded with the suggestion that we do some pro bono work for them.Chance would be a fine thing. From where we stand, making a living takes up all our time, however altruistic we are.In a town where several of the larger firms' have branches - including one outpost of a top 50 ...

  • No generalists required

    15-Dec-1998

    The Bar is on the threshold of great change - mergers, specialisation and perhaps the closure of many smaller sets. Matheu Swallow asks how different chambers are facing up to an uncertain future.The Lawyer last week revealed a shake-up at the Liverpool bar, with the merger of Martin's Building and The Corn Exchange to create the largest chambers in the North West.For many, the move was the latest indication that the Bar is on ...

  • Nurses get tough on health trusts

    15-Dec-1998

    No more the reluctant litigant, the Royal College of Nursing has stepped up protection of its members, writes Roger Pearson.The nursing profession has toughened its stance on taking health authorities to court over injuries suffered by their members at work.Two recent cases, one at each end of the settlement scale, serve to illustrate that injuries sustained at work by nursing personnel are increasingly likely to be followed by ...

  • Oxford's football chief succeeds in libel action

    15-Dec-1998

    Managing director of Oxford United Football Club, solicitor Keith Cox, has accepted "substantial" but undisclosed libel damages in the High Court over allegations in the local press that he had deceived or misled fans.Cox, a partner at Cox Clitheroe, also received a public apology over the article, which appeared on the back page of the Oxford Times on 27 February.His solicitor, Guy Martin, told Mr Justice Gray that the article had carried the headline: "U-turn ...

  • Part-time judges face delay over Woolf training

    15-Dec-1998

    Part-time county court judges will receive no training in the Woolf civil justice reform rules until after the 26 April launch-date.The 1,250 judges in England and Wales, who sit for a minimum of 20 days per year, will not begin training in the new rules until 19 April.In the latest setback to hit the reforms, the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) has revealed that part-time judges will not complete their training until late June, after the launch of Lord Woolf's ...

  • Peter Bourke on enforcing the true spirit of the law. Peter Bourke is an assistant solicitor at Wilsons

    15-Dec-1998

    A free-range egg farmer has successfully tackled the UK's food safety regulations in the magistrates' courts, arguing that his packaging did not place the consumer at risk.Last month the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food (MAFF) decided to put some force behind the packaging regulations for eggs. Accordingly, it attempted to prosecute Marlborough-based egg supplier Martin Pitt at Devises Magistrates' Court, Wiltshire, for incorrectly ...

  • Prisoners' rights to condoms reviewed

    15-Dec-1998

    Roger Pearson reports on the High Court decision to give the go-ahead to a case campaigning for access to condoms in jail.The right of prisoners to have access to condoms is to be debated in the High Court.The ground-breaking case is being brought by former prisoner Glen Fielding, a long-time campaigner for all prisoners to have access to condoms to protect against Aids and other sexually transmitted infections.Lord Chief Justice ...

  • Property

    15-Dec-1998

    Charles Romney at Cameron McKenna acted for AMC in gaining a leasehold at a proposed new cinema, retail and leisure complex at Deansgate, Manchester. The developer of the site, Morrison Merlin, was advised by John Scrimshire of DJ Freeman.

  • Property

    15-Dec-1998

    Tony Briam of Clifford Chance advised a subsidiary of Milner Estates, Five Oaks Projects, on the Crown Estate's surrender of its existing lease for a new 125-year lease at 130 Jermyn Street. The Crown Estate was advised by Bob Clarke of Cluttons Daniel Smith.

  • Property

    15-Dec-1998

    Stewart Brymer at Thorntons WS and Charles Gait of Cameron McKenna acted for E&J Property Investments in its u21m development of a Virgin multiplex cinema and restaurant in the centre of Glasgow. Virgin Cinemas was represented by Denton Hall and Dundas & Wilson.

  • Property

    15-Dec-1998

    Andrew Sanders, Alan Magnus and Gill McGreevy of DJ Freeman acted for Resolution Group in the u43.6m purchase and funding of Greater London House, Camden Town. The vendor, Kian Gwan Land, was advised by Charles Palmer and James Carter of Speechly Bircham.

  • Quotes of the week

    15-Dec-1998

    "The Daleks have run amok. Wherever they see a committee, it's exterminate them, exterminate them.""They want a Law Society that will roar back. Lions roar back. Monkeys just run around, scratch themselves and make noise. I want us to be a lion."- Law Society council members Kenneth Byass and Kerry MacGill respectively, at last week's Law Society council meeting.

  • Retailer banking:the (success) story so far.....

    15-Dec-1998

    There is hardly any area of consumer life that has not had the big brand treatment from major retailers and service companies.Lawyers only need to glance sideways to see Tesco selling cars and computers, American Express buying up accountancy firms in the US and Virgin selling just about everything.It is what the telecommunications industry calls "convergence" and is one of the most popular business trends of the 1990s. Companies with money to invest look "next ...

  • Rich pickings in the Rainbow Nation

    15-Dec-1998

    A growth of international activity in South Africa could prove a cash cow for corporate lawyers, writes Mike Yuille.South Africa is set to become the next major emerging market for UK corporate lawyers if a long-fought deal to boost trade between the country and Europe is concluded this month.The deal will create a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) covering markets as diverse as tinned tomatoes, steel, manufactured goods and platinum.Crucially, ...

  • Richards Butler partners to vote on merger in New Year

    15-Dec-1998

    Partners at Richards Butler are expected to vote in January over whether to proceed with the firm's proposed merger with Theodore Goddard.Last month the tripartite talks with Denton Hall broke down over the integration of Denton Hall and Richards Butler's Hong Kong offices.Theodore Goddard continued talks with Richards Butler and now, The Lawyer understands, partners at Richards Butler are expected to receive the final proposal before Christmas. The ...

  • Scottish solicitors act against fixed fees

    15-Dec-1998

    A prominent Scottish solicitor who organised a day of disruptive industrial action at Glasgow Sheriff Court has accused Scottish Office minister Henry McLeish of turning his back on lawyers' fears.Angry Scottish criminal legal aid solicitors refused to represent clients in Glasgow Sheriff Court last week in protest at Scottish Office proposals to introduce fixed fees for summary criminal legal aid and cut £10m from the budget.Under the plans, solicitors ...

  • SFLA chair says no win-no fee will lead to satellite litigation

    15-Dec-1998

    Extending conditional fees to family law will lead to endless satellite court cases trying to establish who has won or lost each case, the Chairman of Solicitors' Family Law Association (SFLA) has warned.Chairman David Salter last week joined the widespread legal opposition to the Government's plans, pointing out that "there will have to be satellite litigation to decide who has won and who has lost".Family lawyers nationwide are furious at the Government's ...

  • Steel and Morris:Every lawyer's nightmare

    15-Dec-1998

    Helen Steel and Dave Morris

  • Straw pulls justice body funds

    15-Dec-1998

    The overburdened and underfunded Criminal Cases Review Commission has had its' application for additional funding rejected by the Home Secretary, Jack Straw.The Home Office has taken 12 months to come to a decision over the funding which was desperately needed to cover this financial year.The intention of the CCRC was to employ additional caseworkers, and premises to house them, which are urgently required to cope with a major backlog of cases. Sources say ...

  • Sultan of Brunei dissolves Bruneian Ministry of Justice

    15-Dec-1998

    THE Sultan of Brunei has axed the Bruneian Ministry of Justice as part of a shake-up following the collapse of the international conglomerate Amedeo, which was controlled by his brother, Prince Jefri Bolkiah.The Sultan has offered no explanation for the move, which is reported to have come as a shock to Brunei's 70-odd legal practitioners.The Amedeo construction group sank with debts of billions of dollars after the government stopped funding it in July. ...

  • Supermarkets sweep a path to the client's door

    15-Dec-1998

    The prospect of retailers selling legal services will provide a new dilemma for the profession - whether to fight or join them.Dearbill Jordan investigates."Ten years ago Tesco did not sell petrol, newspapers, clothes, pharmaceuticals, perfumes, toys, CDs, videos or alcohol."Today, supermarkets are market leaders in most of these areas. Once multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) are introduced it could take Tesco only three years to become a market ...

  • The best players in England

    15-Dec-1998

    Gulshanah Choudhuri and Claire Collins asked leading solicitors which barristers they rated in a range of specialist fields.InsolvencyAt 13 Old Square David Oliver QC (below right) is “very user-friendly, a good advocate and very approachable”, while Carolyn Walton (below) turns work around “very quickly and is a good draftsperson”.At 3/4 South Square William Trower is “infinitely dedicated and thorough”, Robin Dicker is described as “most ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Diana Parker

    15-Dec-1998

    Diana Parker was born in Newcastle in 1957. She is senior partner elect at Withers.What was your first job?Aged 14, teaching German at a Saturday school to children of English/German parents - I have always been presumptuous.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?I don't think it reached five figures.What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?In a ...

  • Three form South African giant

    15-Dec-1998

    Three of South Africa's largest law firms have joined forces to form one of the top five legal services outfits in the country, with a partner count of more than 60.Finance heavyweight Bowman Gilfillan Haymen Godfrey is joining forces with IP specialists John & Kernick, and shipping, insurance and energy experts Findlay & Tait, to form Bowman Gilfillan.John & Kernick's senior partner, Peter James, said that with South Africa fast becoming a "global ...

  • Time to shape up to the CLS challenge

    15-Dec-1998

    A Community Legal Service will lead to a growing demand that solicitors serve the needs of the poor, and should be embraced, writes Anna Barlow. Anna Barlow is chief executive of Law For All, which is interested in assisting in the development of not-for-profit solicitor services. Telephone 0181 876 1237 for more information.Plans for a Community Legal Service (CLS) are firming up. For civil lawyers, legal aid as we know it is coming to an ...

  • Trainee lawyers require protection from bullying bosses

    15-Dec-1998

    Susannah Haan of the Trainee Solicitors’ Group says the Law Society should come down hard on firms that ill treat their trainees. Susannah Haan is chair of the Trainee Solicitors’ Group and a trainee at Clifford Chance.The number of calls that trainee solicitors are making to the Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) helpline each month is increasing rapidly.Almost ...

  • Vizards to join forces with Bannisters

    15-Dec-1998

    Martin Staples, senior partner at insurance litigation specialists Vizards, is to lead 20 of the firm's partners into a merger with London insurance firm Bannisters, following an equal split of equity partners.Staples will be senior partner and Bannisters' senior partner, Alan Bannister, will be deputy of the new firm, which will be called Vizards Staples & Bannisters and is due to launch on 1 May.Four of Vizards equity partners, 16 salaried partners ...

  • Win a different type of case this Christmas

    15-Dec-1998

    Grapple with Llewelyn Zietman's yuletide brainteaser and you could be celebrating the new year with a case of champagne.1. "You shall not permit a witch to live." This is a quotation from which of the following books?(a) The Bible(b) The Koran(c) The Talmud(d) The Spanish Inquisition Code of Ethics(e) Snow White2. Which of the following mammals has four knees?(a) ...