14 October 1996

The Lawyer

  • Acting in the world's interests

    15-Oct-1996

    With the activities of the IBA's high-profile Section on Business Law attracting most attention, other IBA activities have been somewhat sidelined.But one area in which the IBA has a respectable track record - human rights - is fighting back with the establishment last December of the Human Rights Institute."A global lawyers' organisation had in itself a potential to do much more than we did," notes Tor Bohler, a partner at Oslo firm Hagen & Bohler, ...

  • Amhursts transfers its Italian interests

    15-Oct-1996

    Amhurst Brown Colombotti has transferred its Italian law department to an Italian firm following the retirement of its Italian law specialist.Studio Legale Sutti of Milan has taken over the department formerly led by Salvatore San Marco, who was with the firm for 25 years.Amhursts senior partner Carlo Colombotti said an Italian firm would be better equipped to do the work. The extra work has meant expanding Suttis' London office under Daniela Lanticina.

  • Averting culture clashes

    15-Oct-1996

    Can the IBA succeed where European lawyers have failed on one of the legal profession's most sensitive issues - rights of establishment?Encouraged by an IBA meeting in Budapest at which lawyers from Central and Eastern Europe expressed concern about the number of foreign lawyers arriving in their midst, the IBA decided in June 1993 to put together guidelines on the establishment of foreign lawyers outside their home jurisdiction.Three years later, draft ...

  • Bakers does Notebook trials

    15-Oct-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsInternational law firm Baker & McKenzie is piloting a support system it hopes to use in much of its litigation.Under a £100,000 contract, the firm is testing Litigator's Notebook, an American litigation support system based on Lotus Notes. The software will be piloted by 30 users, currently working on one big case.

  • Bar Council searches for lay complaints chief

    15-Oct-1996

    A lay person will be at the centre of a new complaints system for the Bar.The Bar Council seeks a Complaints Commissioner as part of its reforms. But lawyers need not apply - the £60,000-a-year post is a lay one. The commissioner will form a link between the public and the Bar Council, playing a key role in the reformed complaints system due to start in April 1997.Complaints against barristers will be lodged with the commissioner, who will ...

  • Booth & Co review sheds more light on salaries

    15-Oct-1996

    Leeds firm Booth & Co has continued its policy of financial openness by publishing details of partners' minimum salaries in its annual review.The 41-partner practice's previous review broke new ground by publishing the accounts of a solicitors' practice for the first time.But as well as detailing Booths' 1995 to 1996 profit and loss account and balance sheet, this year's review also reveals that its partners each set themselves a "notional" ...

  • Brief

    15-Oct-1996

    Matt Andrews, of Kennedys, is ambushed by Mark Atkinson and Mike Butler, of McKenna & Co, during the Law Society Sevens rugby tournament. More than 30 law firms competed for the Freshfields Bowl in this, the 21st tournament, sponsored by bankers Rea Brothers. A triumphant Herbert Smith team carried off the trophy after beating Simmons & Simmons 17-10 in a fiercely fought final.

  • Brussels base for tripartite firm

    15-Oct-1996

    Paris firm Simeon & Associes is to set up a tripartite office in Brussels this month with Frankfurt firm Wessing Berenberg-Gossler Zimmermann Lange and Brussels firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck & Kirkpatrick.The move comes three years after the collapse of the French firm's international alliance with City firm Macfarlanes.As well as operating an EU law practice from ...

  • Challenge to Kempe for IBA position

    15-Oct-1996

    THE PROSPECT of the International Bar Association electing its first female president by the millenium has been threatened by a surprise challenge to secretary-general Dianna Kempe QC.Nutifafa Doe Kofi Kuenyehia, from Ghana, is standing against Kempe as she bids to win a second term as secretary-general.The move follows Kempe's earlier agreement to do another stint in her present post after German lawyer Klaus Bohloff expressed a desire to run as vice-president, ...

  • Clarifying fee arrangements

    15-Oct-1996

    Much has been written about the subject of conditional fee arrangements.The views on their value to the public and lawyers will continue until a substantial number of cases have run their course and the results have been evaluated.One important point needs clarifying in the article in the Lawyer 8 October by Grania Langdon-Down for those who are still grappling with the basics of CFAs.The success fees "voluntary cap of 25 per cent of the damages ...

  • Conference Highlights

    15-Oct-1996

    21 OctoberFreedom of information - privacy versus freedom of the press. Are some crimes so horrible that the interests of the victims and their families outweigh the freedom of the press to inform the public of all the details involved?Art and cultural property law - should there be limits on visual art and taste? How freely should an artist be allowed to express his or her view of society and culture when balanced against the need of the state or individuals ...

  • Counsel moves on

    15-Oct-1996

    International law firm Rogers & Wells has appointed Charles Stewart as counsel at its Frankfurt office. Stewart joins the firm from the Frankfurt branch of another US firm, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle, where he was also counsel. He provided general legal services to German and non-German firms involved in cross-border transactions.

  • Cox tells how set is bucking the practice manager trend

    15-Oct-1996

    John Malpas reportsA large, thriving chambers can be run without either a chief executive or practice manager, a leading head of chambers has claimed.Laura Cox QC, head of Cloisters chambers, told a seminar on managing and marketing of chambers how her 42 tenant set was bucking the trend of using practice managers.A set run by barristers' committees could work well, she said, if it was "cohesive" and had ...

  • Denton Hall scoops satellite contract

    15-Oct-1996

    LAWYERS at Denton Hall are celebrating winning two high-tech contracts concerning satellites and pornography on the Internet.The firm advised the US satellite company Intelsat on setting up regional support centres in London, Singapore and Bombay, and the practice hopes to win more work from it.Meanwhile, two of Denton Hall's Internet lawyers have been called in by the European Commission to assess what legal measures can be employed to stamp out racism ...

  • Dunblane lawyer backs gun ban

    15-Oct-1996

    The lawyer representing the families of deceased and injured children of Dunblane has called for a radical change in the law, with a complete ban on private ownership of handguns.Speaking just before the publication of the Cullen Report on the Dunblane massacre, Peter Watson, head of litigation at Levy & McRae, said his personal views on gun ownership had been formed through his involvement with the victims of the tragedy.“I had no views on gun ownership ...

  • Easing up the disclosure burden

    15-Oct-1996

    The Department of Trade and Industry has published a consultative document containing proposals to change the law on disclosure of directors' shareholdings.The DTI had received representations from both the London Stock Exchange and from company directors that the current disclosure provisions were too onerous.The proposals in the document aim to lessen the burden on directors and companies by reducing the number of insignificant disclosures, while maintaining ...

  • Enter the Pacific Century

    15-Oct-1996

    It is received wisdom that the global legal landscape will be dominated by a few mega players, but more detailed predictions are scarce. The smart money seems to be on firms like Clifford Chance, Linklaters & Paines and Freshfields in the UK, and

  • Ex-partner tried to 'spirit away' clients, claims firm

    15-Oct-1996

    A LIVERPOOL firm has launched a High Court action against a former partner it accuses of attempting to "spirit away" clients.Paul Rooney & Co alleges that Mike Hogan breached his contract after leaving the firm in August to join the practice of another former Rooneys partner, Paul Crowley.Mrs Justice Ebsworth, sitting in Liverpool last week, heard how a clause in Hogan's three-year contract banned him from taking instructions from former Rooney clients within ...

  • Families feel law is 'hostile and threatening' says report

    15-Oct-1996

    Children and their families find the way the law operates hostile and threatening rather than supportive, according to a major report to be published on 23 October.The National Commission of Inquiry into the Prevention of Child Abuse will call for radical changes in the law and the way the profession practises and implements it. Its recommendations include:reviewing the Children Act 1989 as implemented, which still places too much emphasis on emergency ...

  • Fighting for fairness

    15-Oct-1996

    Dianna Kempe, IBA secretary general and the highest ranking woman in the organisation, is a busy woman. The only contender in this year's IBA elections to face a challenge, she has an action-packed agenda.She was in London at the opening of the legal year, which coincided with a Bar leaders' meeting to discuss the liberalisation of lawyers, a topic which will soon be considered at a World Trade Organisation meeting. And then there were meetings to discuss her idea ...

  • Flotations

    15-Oct-1996

    Moorhead James acted for Oriental Restaurant Group on its admission to the official list of the London Stock Exchange and the related placing

  • Flotations

    15-Oct-1996

    Lewis Silkin acted as solicitors on the placing of shares in Interoute Communications to raise £10m in new money

  • Flotations

    15-Oct-1996

    Travers Smith Braitwaite advised Select Industries on its reverse takeover by industrial corporate development group Gartland Whalley and Barker and its subsequent £2m placing on the AIM. Garrett & Co advised Gartland Whalley and Barker.

  • Garrett & Co eyes rival firms in bid to beef up finance dept

    15-Oct-1996

    Garrett & Co is planning to head-hunt senior banking and finance lawyers from rival firms, following the recruitment of former Baker & McKenzie partner Peter Richards-Carpenter to head its new financial markets department.Richards-Carpenter was previously head of Baker & McKenzie's financial services regulatory and custody banking practices in London.He told The ...

  • German HQ opens

    15-Oct-1996

    An office to service UK law societies and the German Federal Bar was opened last week by Mario Monti, the European commissioner responsible for the EC establishment directive. Occupied by the organisations since June, it is a "lawyers' house" representing 150,000 UK and German lawyers - a third of Europe's lawyers. The office will assist the daily work of the alliance by gathering information and lobbying. It is at 142-144 Avenue de Tervuren, B-1150 Brussels.

  • Germany's lawyers to get revamped code of conduct

    15-Oct-1996

    German lawyers get a new code of conduct next month - nearly a decade after the German Constitutional Court declared the then code of conduct for German lawyers void.The new rules will allow advertising under certain conditions and will implement the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) code of conduct into German law. Germany is the last CCBE country to adopt its code.The German code will set out specialist practice areas in addition to the ...

  • Getting down to business in Berlin

    15-Oct-1996

    What limits should be applied to the use of human genetic information? How are electronic developments affecting the legal profession? And what are the current factors influencing success at law school?These are among the subjects that will be examined at the upcoming 26th biennial conference of the International Bar Association.The conference, my last as president, brings together the three IBA sections - business law, general practice, and energy and natural ...

  • Global firms rake in biggest turnover

    15-Oct-1996

    BIG firms with a powerful presence overseas turn over half as much again as those without, according to a survey of the world's 50 largest law firms.The survey, published by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR), also found that firms which have partners and associates permanently based in foreign offices are more successful than those that only have associations with firms abroad.Of the UK practices,

  • Good works need to be coordinated

    15-Oct-1996

    The Law Society has displayed a startling lack of leadership on the issue of pro bono work. Despite the obvious public relations benefits, there is a need for a unit to co-ordinate the various schemes run by law firms.The Bar has already taken action - it set up a pro bono unit earlier this year. But the Law Society has shown little interest in taking a similar step. After setting up an initial working party two years ago, the silence has been deafening.

  • Hammonds wins insolvency ace

    15-Oct-1996

    Insolvency specialist Tim Pope has been recruited by Hammond Suddards from Dibb Lupton Broomhead, where he was a senior partner.Pope joins partner and national head of Hammonds' insolvency department Stephen Gale in the London office, which now numbers six licensed insolvency practitioners.According to Pope, the department is still recruiting "but below partner level - unless somebody outstanding comes along, in which case we're always interested".

  • Herbert Smith

    15-Oct-1996

    In The Lawyer, 8 October we stated that Beachroft Stanleys is acting for the South Buckinghamshire Trust when in fact Herbert Smith is representing the trust.

  • Herbert Smith sets sights on healthcare

    15-Oct-1996

    Herbert Smith has set up a pharmaceutical and healthcare group which pulls together the existing expertise of seven partners.But the partners will not concentrate entirely on this area of law, said associated partner, Bill Moodie.Clients include Boeghringer Manheim, Hoffman Laroche and some work for Zeneca. The group will be touting for work among smaller pharmaceutical firms and service companies. Blue chip drugs manufacturers are increasingly outsourcing work ...

  • Human rights come first

    15-Oct-1996

    The IBA is a little like the United Nations," says one insider. "It's got to have a Third World representative from time to time and, if the right candidate comes up, then he will be chosen."This is an interpretation that Desmond Fernando, the Sri Lankan lawyer who replaces Professor Ross Harper as IBA president later this year, does not dispute. "Maybe the fact that I did come from the Third World was a qualification," he says. The last such president was RKP Shankardass, ...

  • In brief: Brains top the list of trainee requirements

    15-Oct-1996

    Academic intelligence still ranks as the most important requirement for selecting trainee solicitors, according to a survey carried out by the Trainee Solicitor's Group. In a poll of training managers, 60 per cent of respondents said academic record was the most important criterion for selecting trainees, with common sense the most popular second choice. The survey also revealed that business acumen and marketing skills were increasingly regarded as important, as was previous performance ..

  • In brief: Firm eases path to debt recovery

    15-Oct-1996

    A specialist debt recovery firm is marketing itself to potential clients as having a proven track record in enhancing companies' relationship with debtors. Uxbridge-based 11-partner practice Turberville Woodbridge describes the service as being particularly suitable for firms that have an on-going contractual or service agreement with the debtor. The firm won a three-year contract, employing seven people, to recover debts for Rank Xerox from November 1995. Turberville is assessed ...

  • In brief: Get your words right, says campaign head

    15-Oct-1996

    Lawyers are doing clients a disservice by using archaic, poorly punctuated and abstruse language. This was the message spelt out by the Plain English Campaign at its fringe meeting at the Solicitors Annual Conference last Friday. Campaign founder Chrissie Maher said: "Even today many lawyers are still unsure of what plain English means. They wrongly fear that our approach to drafting law texts and writing to clients may result in a lack of legal precision or that plain English only ...

  • In brief: Justice slams poorly-drafted legislation

    15-Oct-1996

    Legal human rights organisation Justice criticises "badly planned and drafted legislation" in its 39th annual report. Justice's chair, Lord Alexander, said: "Increasingly, the parliamentary process does not assist the detailed and effective scrutiny which is necessary if laws are to be both fair and workable. Laws are often too poorly drafted, based on inadequate research, with too little time for proper consultation." Anne Owers, director of Justice, said: "Currently our main ...

  • In brief: Labour MP opens Hartlepool law centre

    15-Oct-1996

    Peter Mandelson MP was on hand to open Hartlepool firm Tilly Bailey & Irvine's new legal advice centre. He is pictured above, left, with Tilly's partner John Tilly. Members of the public can drop into the centre for advice on any legal matters.

  • In brief: Northern group sticks with men-only club

    15-Oct-1996

    Manchester Law Society council has voted to continue using a gentlemen's club which does not admit women as members after a bitterly fought battle by women lawyers to boycott the conference and training venue. President John Potter, who personally wanted to discontinue using the St James's Club, said those who supported the club argued that its service and standards were impeccable. "But I don't think this argument was about the club as a venue, it was a principle thing," ...

  • Judges in peril

    15-Oct-1996

    The issue of judicial independence has been in and out of the headlines all summer as politicians and judges have wrestled over how much discretion the judiciary should have in sentencing.Of course, on the world stage, judicial independence is not always a question of such legal niceties.It is no exaggeration to say that in some countries at certain times, the life expectancy of a judge or prosecutor is little better than that of a soldier on active service.

  • Law Soc shoulders Regis blame

    15-Oct-1996

    AT ONE stage during the installation of the Law Society's new computer system, the travel budget of its London-based technicians ran out.This meant they were unable to travel to the society's Redditch office, where those using the troubled Regis computer system were based.Instead, staff at Redditch had to make the arduous journey to London whenever they wanted to discuss the system, something they felt was "not acceptable", according to the confidential ...

  • Linklaters' head in Law Soc's Far East venture

    15-Oct-1996

    LINKLATERS & Paines senior partner, Charles Allen-Jones, is to head a new Law Society working party which aims to encourage ties with the Far East.The group will support law firms already established in the the region and encourage others to tout for business there. It will concentrate on Malaysia, The Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and surrounding countries.The group was set up by the Law Society's ...

  • Linklaters' man poached to head Pinsents' City office

    15-Oct-1996

    Linklaters & Paines has had one of its high flying litigation partners poached by Pinsent Curtis to manage its London office.Graeme Brister, 41, has been chosen by Pinsents' to succeed Paul Downing who joined Price Waterhouse last month.The move is understood to have surprised Linklaters. Brister had been with the firm 17 years and led its banking and financial services ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 15/10/96

    15-Oct-1996

    Richard Predko, 58, admitted 1971, sole practitioner at material times practising in Southampton, struck off and ordered to pay £7,600 costs. Appeal lodged. Allegations substantiated he misused client funds, failed to keep full and accurate books, allowed transfers from ledger account of one client to that of another in breach of Accounts Rules, misled Court of Probate by deliberately and/or recklessly under- stating the value of an estate, ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 15/10/96

    15-Oct-1996

    Brick v Parkside Health Authority - QBD 1 October, 199Claimant: Elliott Brick, 22Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Claimant, a pedestrian, was hit by lorry as he crossed a road near his home and suffered severe and permanent brain damage. His injuries mean that he will never be able to work or study and his personality has completely changedAward: £900,000 agreed damages. Case adjourned for consideration of structuring ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 15/1096

    15-Oct-1996

    Staying criminal proceedings in Maxwell caseR v Maxwell (1996).CCC (Buckley J)Summary: Principal factors determining the court's decision to stay further proceedings against the defendants in the Maxwell trial.Application by the defendants to stay further proceedings on an indictment. On 19 January, 1996 the jury returned unanimous verdicts of not guilty in proceedings against Kevin Maxwell, Ian Maxwell, Larry Trachtenberg ...

  • Litigation Writs 15/10/96

    15-Oct-1996

    Truro motorist John Summers, injured in a crash in which a loaded lorry fell on top of his car, has launched a compensation claim against WA Turtle, of Sudbury, Suffolk, and lorry driver Timothy Brooks, also of Sudbury. The writ says that Summers was driving his Cortina along the A1071 towards the A134 when a Volvo lorry, owned by Turtles and driven by Brooks, tipped over with its load of two heavy generators on top of his car. Summers suffered ...

  • Manches & Co invests in VoiceType Dictation system

    15-Oct-1996

    London solicitors Manches & Co has ordered eight more copies of IBM's VoiceType Dictation 3.0 system, bringing its total to 13 copies.The system, which allows users to dictate their own documents direct to screen and correct them without secretarial help, has been tested by the firm's 110 fee earners over the past two years.IT director Derek Brookes said: "We have found that as long as users are enthusiastic and reasonably IT-literate there is a tremendous ...

  • Pannones buys in computer network

    15-Oct-1996

    Manchester law firm Pannone & Partners is spending £500,000 on a computer network intended to give all fee earners individual access to word processing and email.Pannones has hired local supplier JM Computing to put together a largely off-the- shelf package, including Microsoft Word software for word processing, Soft Solutions for document management and Groupwise for email and scheduling.Each fee-earner will have his or her own desktop terminal, ...

  • Paralegal breakthrough

    15-Oct-1996

    I read with interest the article in The Lawyer 8 October whereby "Norton Rose opts for paralegals to liberate solicitors".If it takes this sort of statement and policy line to "liberate the profession" then it cannot be more welcomed, especially by people in my position who have completed law degrees and the Legal Practice Course and now seek work experience as ...

  • Pills that fizzled out too early

    15-Oct-1996

    The case of the fizzing pain killers is heading for the High Court. Sanofi Winthrop, which manufactures Panadol Soluble tablets, is suing Brunner Mond & Co, of Northwich, Cheshire, for £348,000. It claims that a batch of anhydrous sodium carbonate supplied by Brunners failed to work in the way intended with the result that the Panadol tablets effervesced in their packets. When the case gets to court the company will accuse Brunners of breach of contract.

  • Practice management. A 10-step trip to failure

    15-Oct-1996

    The current euphoria in law firm circles is being caused by a much higher demand for legal services than was projected a year ago.Unfortunately, the success of most firms may cause a return to the sort of management and decision-making that caused many of the problems firms have been struggling to overcome during the past few years. Based on our consulting experience, these are the classic law firm management mistakes leaders must be sure to avoid:1. ...

  • Pro bono - where next?

    15-Oct-1996

    I would like to alert the profession to an exploratory meeting which is being held on 2 November at the Law Society hall to review the state of pro bono work. It is supported by the society and Business in the Community.The deputy vice-president of the Law Society, Michael Matthews, will introduce the occasion.The meeting will be an opportunity for those interested in the subject to discuss in an open way what, if anything, should be done ...

  • Proactive advice

    15-Oct-1996

    According to one lawyer, working with accountants could be improved by their becoming "less expensive, more proactive, and [making] more work introductions". No doubt accountants would say the same about lawyers.This is the third year that The Lawyer and accountancy firm Baker Tilly have conducted a joint survey of law firms' views of the services they receive from accountants.Overall, the responses paint an encouraging picture for accountancy firms, with ...

  • Project finance

    15-Oct-1996

    Freshfields has been acting for US Eximbank, the largest lender, on the Uch Power Project in Pakistan.

  • Property

    15-Oct-1996

    Nicholson Graham & Jones acted for Jermyn Investment Properties on its purchase of a portfolio of properties for £14.5m from Babcock Pension Trust. Babcock was advised by Read Cooper.

  • Property group rules could be relaxed to help ailing lawyers

    15-Oct-1996

    RULES governing solicitors' property groups may be relaxed by the Law Society to help the profession's struggling conveyancing lawyers.Next week's Law Society council will vote on measures to try to emulate the hugely successful Scottish property groups that have helped solicitors win a big slice of the property market from estate agents.Among the possibilities to be discussed is the feasibility of relaxing rules that prevent solicitors operating ...

  • Public support for fee to stop weak legal aid cases

    15-Oct-1996

    THE GOVERNMent is tampering with a fundamental human right for the sake of a "piddling" sum of money, according to public opinion research on legal aid conducted by the Law Society.But there was widespread agreement that people should have to pay a fee to stop them bringing weak cases, although £10 to £20 was felt to be too high for pensioners and people on state benefits.The research involved an opinion poll conducted by Gallup and a series of "group ...

  • Pushing back frontiers

    15-Oct-1996

    While some countries such as the Czech Republic have progressed rapidly since abandoning communism and adopting market economies, Romania has experienced a more difficult transition. Yet several foreign law firms, taking a long-term view of the Romanian market's potential, have established themselves in the country.Political and economic independence is a relatively new experience for Romanians. For many years the country was controlled by the repressive Ceausescu regime ...

  • Questions over contaminated land sale

    15-Oct-1996

    Judgment is expected before Christmas in a big environmental claim before the High Court.Industrial group Blue Circle is suing the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) for damages under the Nuclear Installations Act, for allegedly con- taminating land owned by the company with nuclear material.The property in the dispute is an estate which includes offices and a conference centre next to the AWE at Aldermaston.Antony Edwards-Stuart, who is ...

  • results at a glance

    15-Oct-1996

    "There is a growing need for accountants to provide a proactive service which highlights changes in tax legislation"Respondents were asked to rate the level of importance their firm is likely to attach to each of the services listed in figure 1, with '5' equalling very important and '1' unimportant.The graph compares the results for 1995 and 1996 and these indicate a strong correlation between the rating for the two years.

  • Solicitor claims SIF error forced him out of business

    15-Oct-1996

    A Hampshire solicitor is planning to sue the Solicitors Indemnity Fund, claiming that it put him out of business because of an error.Michael Dalton, of Michael Dalton Solicitors in Hayling Island, said he was forced to stand down as a partner and become an employee in his own firm after he received a claims loading demand which doubled his insurance premium from £11, 250 to £22,500.Dalton, whose firm has annual gross fees of around £200,000, ...

  • Solicitors rally for UK pro bono scheme

    15-Oct-1996

    LEADING solicitors are to gather in London to discuss plans to set up a national solicitors’ pro bono service.The open meeting next month has been organised by leading charity lawyer Andrew Phillips and is backed by the Law Society and the national charity Business in the Community, which coordinates free legal advice to community initiatives.It is hoped that it will provide the genesis for a pro bono conference in the spring.The issue of pro bono ...

  • Specialist insurance gets Avma's approval

    15-Oct-1996

    Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (Avma) group is backing a new specialist solicitor medical negligence insurance scheme.The scheme, which is being launched this week, was devised by insurance company Litigation Protection.It provides up to £100,000 of cover for opponent's costs, own side's disbursements and counsel's fees, plus indemnity for expert witness fees where the case is lost.Litigation Protection managing director ...

  • Sporting Eversheds

    15-Oct-1996

    Eversheds has won an award for a paper on sports sponsorship law at the Association Internationale Des Jeunes Avocats conference in Montreux. The seminar, attended by 200 lawyers, was presented by EU law partner Patrick Farrant, of Eversheds' Norwich office.

  • Survey on CPS finds morale is suffering

    15-Oct-1996

    MORE than half the CPS's staff believe they are not treated with fairness and respect, according to a survey carried out by the service's senior managers.The survey, which has been distributed among staff, pre-empts a major poll to test the opinions and morale of the service's lawyers which is being conducted by the CPS section of the Association of First Division Civil Servants (FDA).It found that while 78 per cent of staff were satisfied with ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: John Taylor

    15-Oct-1996

    John Taylor was born in Birmingham on 21 September, 1952. He is a barrister now working in television and was given a peerage on 2 October this year. What was your first job?A member of Warwickshire County Cricket Club's 2nd XI. It was brief.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?Barrister: £15,000 in first year, 1979.What would you have done if you hadn't ...

  • The Net potential

    15-Oct-1996

    Simon Chalton, head of the IBA's computer and database committee and a consultant at London firm Bird & Bird, is adamant about the need for the organisation to get involved with Internet services. "The reality is that the Internet is here and it would be foolish for the IBA to bury its head in the sand," he says.Early signs indicate that many IBA members ...

  • Theodore Goddard calls in banker to head finance sector

    15-Oct-1996

    THEODORE Goddard has called in a banker to head a new financial advice service which it says represents a move to a "multidisciplinary culture".Nigel West, former marketing director of Hill Samuel Asset Finance, will lead the firm's structured finance group, which will advise clients on asset finance and leasing services and Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects.It is the first time the firm has offered its clients a non-legal service.Managing ...

  • Time to get your selling act right

    15-Oct-1996

    SEVENTY-FIVE per cent of senior pension fund advisers and administrators who responded to a recent survey on property investment think liquidity is important.The study, sponsored by AMP Asset Management and carried out by the City University on behalf of the Investment Property Forum, concludes that property is regarded as illiquid due to its indivisibility, the perceived difficulties in buying and selling it, and the time taken to complete transactions.A few ...

  • Time to remove the anti-IT culture

    15-Oct-1996

    In 1990, I visited the Washington office of a law firm widely recognised to be one of the most advanced and committed users of IT in the US legal community.The director of IT talked a lot about the culture that had been engendered within the firm. Here was an atmosphere in which IT could flourish. By way of illustration, she recalled a telephone conversation with a recruit fresh from law school. That person had called to say there seemed to have been some kind ...

  • Tom Keevil shows how Northern Bank hit back at the Revenue.

    15-Oct-1996

    Tom Keevil is a solicitor with Simmons & Simmons.Section 20 of the Taxes Management Act 1970 empowers the Inland Revenue to elicit documents or information needed to pursue investigations. Its use of S.20 to obtain documents and information from non-parties to an investigation has provoked controversy.Some practitioners believe the Revenue regards S.20 as authority to embark upon unfettered fishing expeditions.The decision of Judge Ferris in R v O'Kane ...

  • US legal agency in 'sweetheart' deal with chemical giant

    15-Oct-1996

    US chemical company Du Pont has struck a deal with the 34 law firms it instructs to ensure all lawyers who work with the firm are recruited from the same agency.The mass contract with US recruitment agency the Wallace Law Registry is believed to be a first in the US.According to agency president Shelley Wallace, it is the start of a new kind of relationship between law firms, their clients and agencies.Under the deal the agency will also recruit all ...

  • Widow's baby plea ruling

    15-Oct-1996

    Judgment is pending in a case in which High Court Family Division President, Sir Stephen Brown has been asked to rule on whether a widow is legally entitled to be artificially inseminated with sperm taken from her dying husband while he was in a coma.