15 April 1996

The Lawyer

  • Ancient court house saved

    16-Apr-1996

    LAWYERS in Lancaster are celebrating a three-year stay of execution for an historic crown court threatened with closure.A six-month campaign to keep the court open succeeded when the Lord Chancellor's Department agreed to review plans to transfer work from ancient Lancaster Castle to a new court complex at Preston.Closure would have ended Lancaster's 800-year history as a centre of local justice. Assizes were first held there in 1166 and the town has ...

  • Answer the question

    16-Apr-1996

    Leeds firm Booth & Co has entered the world of open information with the publication of its accounts. The firm is mailing its 20-page review to clients and professional contacts in an effort to strengthen client relationships.Shoosmith & Harrison started the trend for openness some years ago when it produced a review of its performance. But the question for firms is, are clients interested in this kind of information?Of course, it is helpful to know ...

  • Bank opens lawyers' eyes to new VCT funds

    16-Apr-1996

    Small businesses will be able to draw on funds from eight new venture capital trusts launched in the last fortnight.Merchant bank Guinness Mahon, which has raised £9 million for one of the new trusts, said lawyers advising smaller companies should be aware about "this important new source of venture capital".Venture capital trusts were introduced by the Government in the 1993 Budget and the first one was officially launched in September 1995. They offer ...

  • Barrister's honour

    16-Apr-1996

    John Malpas reportsA barrister and former justices' clerk is to be awarded an honorary degree by his home city's university. Keith Clarke, who ran Southampton Magistrates Court for 18 years, will receive his Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Southampton in July. Clarke was nominated for the award by the court in recognition of his contribution to the administration of justice in the city and his role in advising the lay magistracy. He was justices' ...

  • Booth & Co publishes its accounts in openness bid

    16-Apr-1996

    LEEDS law firm Booth & Co has published its accounts, saying it is breaking new ground in openness for clients.The firm believes it is the first law practice to publish accounts showing profits both before and after partners' salaries, pensions and benefits have been taken into account.Booth & Co recorded a profit of £5.018 million under the partnership format used by most law firms, and £1.868 million after partners' benefits of £3.15 ...

  • Caesarean delivery claim

    16-Apr-1996

    A Canterbury woman who claims she was not properly anaesthetised when her baby was delivered by caesarean is taking East Kent Health Authority to the High Court. Gillian Miles claims she was admitted to William Harvey Hospital in Willesborough, Ashford, Kent, for a caesarean section and was given an epidural injection. However, she claims she suffered pain throughout the caesarean both at the site of the epidural and when each and every stitch was carried out.

  • Carman heads out of Temple

    16-Apr-1996

    John Malpas reportsGEORGE Carman QC's New Court Chambers has moved from the Temple to a newly refurbished home in Gray's Inn.The move to Verulam Buildings allows the set to put all 26 tenants under one roof.The set, which has produced a new logo to coincide with the move, says it needed more up-to-date facilities. It describes its new conference rooms, which are geared up for video conferencing, as "superb".

  • Carry on conveyancing

    16-Apr-1996

    What excellent good sense Mr FitzPatrick's recent article on conveyancing made (The Lawyer 26 March).His suggestions on, in effect, a voluntary code of practice would make excellent PR and an effective marketing tool in the hands of a committed conveyancer. We for one applaud and support his suggestions and look forward to seeing them come to fruition.W Paul Burke5 The SteyneWorthingWest Sussex BN11 3DT.

  • City firms pull off Unitech take-over

    16-Apr-1996

    Steven Turnbull and Patrick Wrignell from Linklaters & Paines and Nigel Boardman and Frances Murphy from Slaughter and May headed rival teams of lawyers who struck the £520 million agreed take-over of Unitech by Siebe.Engineering company Siebe, headed by Barrie Stephens, was represented by Linklaters ...

  • Clifford Chance faces £1m claim over millionaire's will

    16-Apr-1996

    CLIFFORD Chance is being sued for about £1 million over allegations that it acted negligently by failing to implement the final wishes of the late property millionaire Eric Hopton.The writ also names David Bowyer, former head of Clifford Chance's private client division and currently with City firm Withers.The case is expected to attract a fanfare of publicity ...

  • Conference update

    16-Apr-1996

    'Practice of international commercial arbitration'Prague, 18-21 April.Organised by the International Association of Young Lawyers.The conference will cover arbitration in the Czech Republic; comparisons of arbitration and litigation; how to choose an arbiter and how to become one; fields where disputes cannot be arbitrated and arbitration alternatives.Contact (+32) 2 347 2808.'Investing in emerging ...

  • Date set for Dunblane hearings

    16-Apr-1996

    PRELIMINARY hearings into the Dunblane massacre of 16 children and a school teacher will open on 1 May.Lawyers representing individuals or groups involved or interested will make submissions to the preliminary hearing to resolve questions of procedure and representation.Lord Cullen, head of the inquiry, will then decide who will be heard at the full inquiry in June at Stirling, near Dunblane.The families of some of the children involved in the incident ...

  • Deal pioneers solution to copyright wrangle

    16-Apr-1996

    LONDON lawyers have ended months of negotiation over payment for photocopying copyrighted materials.And lawyers all over the country are expected to follow suit by the end of the month.The Copyright Licensing Association (CLA) has drawn up model agreements in which London firms pay £12 per professional employee every year to compensate writers whose work is copied.The City of London law society has agreed the contracts and the Law Society is ...

  • Dempsey lawyer to appear before select committee

    16-Apr-1996

    THE SOLICITOR who helped pluck Dempsey the pit bull terrier from death row is to tell MPs why there should be a change in the law.Trevor Cooper is to give evidence before the Home Affairs Select Committee this Wednesday during a session on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.Cooper, partner at Kent firm Sharratts, has become an expert in the Act since he took up the case of Dempsey, who was ordered to be destroyed after her muzzle was taken off in public because she ...

  • Deprived SA trainees get funding

    16-Apr-1996

    THE BRITISH South African Lawyers Association (BSALA) has pledged to raise £25,000 to fund the training of two South African lawyers from disadvantaged groups.The lawyers will be trained through the candidate attorney programme run by the Legal Resources Centre, the largest independent non-profit making law centre in South Africa.BSALA chair Michael Polonsky, of London firm Paisner & Co, said the centre received no government funding and relied on a trust ...

  • Doubts over fast-track law

    16-Apr-1996

    John Malpas reportsTHE FAIRNESS of County Court judgments could be put at risk if Lord Woolf's fast-track litigation plans go ahead unamended, claims a London barristers' group.The London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association has questioned the ability of district judges to cope with the demands of the planned new fast-track system for cases involving claims of up to £10,000.In its response to Woolf's consultation ...

  • Equality Bill clears first hurdle

    16-Apr-1996

    THE SEXUAL Orientation Discrimination Bill looks set to be approved by the House of Lords.Lady Turner's private member's Bill has passed its committee and report stage and is expected to pass its third reading on 1 May.The Bill would amend the Sex Discrimination Act and make it unlawful for employers to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.It would also amend the Equal Pay Act in order to ensure that lesbians, gay men and bisexuals ...

  • Financing

    16-Apr-1996

    Travers Smith Braithwaite recently acted for Samuel Montagu in relation to the placing and open offer by SIG to raise about £65 million to acquire WKT Group in Germany

  • Financing

    16-Apr-1996

    Herbert Smith acted for Life Assurance Holding Corporation in relation to its recent syndicated borrowing of £135 million

  • Flotations

    16-Apr-1996

    Allison & Humphreys advised Avocet Mining

  • Future faces of discrimination

    16-Apr-1996

    A specialist lawyer in the discrimination field believes the future pattern of claims over discrimination is set for change. She envisages an increase in the number of 'white v black' and 'male v female' claims.At the same time though, she stresses that claims based on sex rather than race discrimination predominate.After her involvement in one high profile claim in which a white female nursery worker won a £10,000 discrimination ...

  • Global trade lecture

    16-Apr-1996

    John Malpas reportsBritish Airways chair Sir Colin Marshall is to deliver the Chancery Bar Association's Spring Lecture next week. Marshall, president-designate of the CBI, will examine the relationship between the law and international trade. His lecture 'The Law: highway or byway to the global market?' is on Wednesday 24 April at 6pm in the Great Hall, Lincoln's Inn.

  • Hammonds snaps up Lloyd's team

    16-Apr-1996

    HAMMOND Suddards has acquired Forsyte Saunders Kerman's Lloyd's of London insurance team in a move designed to boost its insurance operations across the UK.Both sides declined to reveal the asking price which included Forsyte Saunders office in the Lloyd's building, open for little more than a year.Chair of Forsyte Saunders' partnership board Paul di Biase said the sale suited his firm because the Lloyd's operation "was not making the ...

  • In brief: Appeal for legal volunteers

    16-Apr-1996

    Fulham Legal Advice Centre is seeking volunteer solicitors and barristers for evening advice sessions held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Anyone willing to help can contact the centre on 0171 731 2401.

  • In brief: Appeals likely after jurors investigated

    16-Apr-1996

    Incorrect procedures used to select jurors at the Crown Court centre in Stoke-on-Trent could lead to a series of appeals. The centre, in the Midlands and Oxford Circuit, was investigated by staff of chief executive of the court service, Michael Huebner, after the son of a member of court staff served as a juror on a number of occasions. This led to two convictions against Frederick Salt being quashed in the Court of Appeal earlier this year. Huebner's staff found seven people, ...

  • In brief: Aviation lawyer advises Eastern bloc

    16-Apr-1996

    Specialist aviation lawyer Mike Butler, a consultant with Crawley firm Burstows, is steering the development of aviation law in the Eastern bloc. Butler is part of a team advising the Ukraine ministry of transport on regulating the airline industry and developing aviation regulations. The Lithuanian ministry of transport is using Butler's advice on implementing a civil aviation master plan.

  • In brief: Clyde & Co cheers 15 years of growth in HK

    16-Apr-1996

    Clyde & Co is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its Hong Kong office. Managing partner Alec Emmerson said the office started with two lawyers and three support staff but had grown to almost 50. Emmerson, who has been the office's managing partner for more than 12 years, said: "Asia has become a more litigious environment in the last decade and this trend is likely to continue."

  • In brief: First solicitor to become CPA president

    16-Apr-1996

    Diana Courtney has become both the first solicitor and the first woman to be appointed president of the City Property Association in its 92-year history. She is a senior property partner at City law firm Denton Hall and a non-executive director of the Bradford and Bingley. The CPA represents property owners and occupiers in the City of London.

  • In brief: Land rules simplified and updated

    16-Apr-1996

    The Lord Chancellor has introduced rules amending and consolidating the Lands Tribunal Rules 1975, following consultation with the Council on Tribunals. The changes will update the language of the rules and simplify procedures. They include: a simplified way of disposing with small cases quickly and cheaply, simplification of the procedure for deciding cases without a hearing and a power to debar where a party has failed to comply with the rules.

  • In brief: Lindsays chair gets top Scots post

    16-Apr-1996

    The chair of Edinburgh firm Lindsays WS, John Elliot, has been appointed vice-president of the Law Society of Scotland. Elliot joined the society five years ago and was first elected to the council as a representative for the Edinburgh area in 1990. He was elected for a second three-year term in 1993. His appointment will take effect next month.

  • In brief: Partnership proposal for stipendiaries

    16-Apr-1996

    Stipendiary magistrates should work in partnership with lay magistrates by having regular meetings with them and moving from courtroom to courtroom, a working party is recommending. The working party was set up by the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice following a recommendation by the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice that there should be a more systematic approach to the role of stipendiaries. It also recommends that magistrates should undertake several areas of work, including ...

  • In brief: Roberts joins ethnic minority committee

    16-Apr-1996

    Judge John H Roberts has been appointed a member of the ethnic minorities advisory committee of the Judicial Studies Board by the Lord Chancellor. Judge Roberts, a Northern Circuit judge since 1993, succeeds Judge Nicholas Medawar. The board approves judicial study programmes and the committee is one of five that carry out its work.

  • Insolvency society gets solicitor as its president

    16-Apr-1996

    ALLEN & Overy insolvency lawyer Gordon Stewart is the first ever lawyer-president of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency.Stewart takes over from Colin Bird, a partner at accountants Price Waterhouse, who stood down earlier this month.Stewart said: "My appointment as the first non-accountant president illustrates the broad church that SPI has become and shows that it has achieved its objective of uniting the insolvency profession."His most recent ...

  • Insurance specialist to head LSLA

    16-Apr-1996

    INSURANCE law specialist Richard Evans has been elected to head the London Solicitors Litigation Association.Evans, senior litigation partner at the City firm Beachcroft Stanleys, replaces Michael Seymour at the head of the group, which aims to promote "the efficient conduct of civil litigation in London".He will be at the helm for a two-year stint, at a time when Lord Woolf's plans to improve the delivery of civil justice are bound to feature heavily.

  • Kathryn Birchwood finds an anomaly in security for costs.

    16-Apr-1996

    Kathryn Birchwood is an assistant solicitor in the litigation department at Travers Smith Braithwaite.In Condliffe v Hislop (1996), the Court of Appeal had to consider whether an order for security for costs should be made against a bankrupt individual plaintiff on the grounds that the action was being maintained by his mother.The court held that it had no power to require ...

  • Linklaters and Slaughters in running for merger jackpot

    16-Apr-1996

    Linklaters & Paines and Slaughter and May are set to share a multi-million pound City fees jackpot if the proposed merger of BT and Cable & Wireless goes through.The cheque, rumoured to be worth between £70 million and £350 million, would be shared among a number of financial advisers ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 16/04/96

    16-Apr-1996

    Christopher Michael Still, 50, admitted 1970, practised at material time under his own name in Brighton, struck off and ordered to pay £2,917 costs. Allegations substantiated he used client funds for his own purposes and those of other clients, wrongly drew client account money, failed to keep properly written accounts.Tribunal told activities had led to over £10,522 paid out at time of hearing with pending claims of £432,725 ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 16/04/96

    16-Apr-1996

    George v Jacobs and anor - QBD 29 March 1996Claimant: Linda George, 47Incident: Medical negligenceInjuries: Claimant left a "bladder cripple" after stitch was inadvertently put into her bladder at end of 1989 hysterectomy; main symptom of mistake is incontinenceAward: £75,000Judge: Mr Justice Scott BakerPlaintiff's solicitors: TVEdwardsDefendant's solicitors: ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 16/04/96

    16-Apr-1996

    Bank's breach of duty fails to result in recoverable lossMichael John Cunnington v Barclays Bank (1996).QBD (Potter J).Summary: Bank's breach of duty in failing to notify its customer of a fax from a prospective buyer of cigarettes in Eastern Europe did not render it liable in damages to its customer.Claim by the customer of a bank in negligence for the bank's failure to promptly notify the plaintiff of information it had ...

  • Litigation Writs 16/04/96

    16-Apr-1996

    Top holiday company Thomson Tour Operations is being sued by a young couple whose 1993 holiday in Torremolinos, Spain, ended in terror when fire broke out at their hotel. Keith and Toni Austin, from Romford, Essex, risked their lives in a bid to alert other hotel residents after fire alarms failed to work. But the writ says the effect of what happened has been devastating on Toni Austin. She has lost her job with a firm of solicitors, has lost confidence, ...

  • Magnets of the Midlands

    16-Apr-1996

    Birmingham may have lost its battle to host the Millennium Exhibition but England's second city had much to celebrate in 1995. It was a record year for acquisitions in the Midlands, its upbeat economy reflecting the UK as a whole, according to research by KPMG Corporate Finance.During the period 1994 to 1995, West Midlands-based plcs spent a total of £850 million on acquisitions, compared with £650 million during the 1993-94 period, an increase of more than ...

  • Mears faces acid test in Liverpool

    16-Apr-1996

    THE FIRST concrete indication of the level of support enjoyed by Law Society president Martin Mears since his election is the tantalising prospect of a Law Society by-election next month.The contested election for the Law Society Council's Merseyside and District constituency on 24 May will pit a strong Mears supporter against a well-known local figure with a distinctly different agenda.Liverpool law society president Andrew Holroyd, a specialist in immigration ...

  • Merged firms split after 29-day honeymoon

    16-Apr-1996

    TWO Manchester firms have demerged in a dramatic split which came just 29 days after they originally joined forces.Donn & Co said it instigated the demerger with Philip Conn & Co after taking counsel's advice on details that emerged after the merger had taken place.But in a statement, Philip Conn & Co said "neither side could reasonably anticipate their expectation of the other to be fulfilled".The merger, announced in February, took effect from ...

  • Merger of NOrthern Ireland firms creates top practice

    16-Apr-1996

    NORTHERN Ireland firms Wilson Nesbitt and Greene & Gribbon are merging to form one of the province's top five practices.News of the merger rekindled speculation that more mergers may be in the pipeline and speculation is mounting that two other firms in the province are talking about an alliance.There are 400 firms in Northern Ireland, about 75 per cent of which have just one or two partners.The newly formed practice will be known as Wilson Nesbitt, ...

  • No 5 goes to Edward Lewis

    16-Apr-1996

    A PARTNER from City firm Penningtons, Andrew Irvine, has joined London firm Edward Lewis.Irvine is the fifth Penningtons partner to join Edward Lewis over the past three years.He joins the commercial litigation department, headed by another ex-Penningtons partner, Brendan Murphy.The recruitment of Penningtons lawyers started in February 1993 with insurance litigation ...

  • Peer attacks Mackay's 'delays'

    16-Apr-1996

    LORD Mackay has made a thinly-veiled plea for patience in response to a volley of parliamentary questions about his alleged "delays" in reaching a decision over higher court rights of audience for employed solicitors.In a written answer to the latest of three questions tabled by Lord Ackner on the issue, the Lord Chancellor said the Law Society's application for employed solicitors to be allowed extended rights of audience raised "complex and contentious issues". He ...

  • Penry-Davey joins fray over hard-line sentencing

    16-Apr-1996

    BAR Council chair David Penry-Davey QC has joined senior judges in criticising Home Secretary Michael Howard's mandatory sentencing plans.Penry-Davey said the plans - a flagship government policy - would cause injustice and would not work."The evidence suggests that harsher and harsher sentences only have a minimal effect on crime," he said."The real deterrent is certainty of detection, not the uncertain prospect of a long sentence."

  • President pulls plug on group

    16-Apr-1996

    THE PRESIDENTIAL working party dedicated to stemming the flow of trainee solicitors has been disbanded due to "internal divisions".Martin Mears, the president of the Law Society, has written to group members saying it could do no further useful work."It is clear from the communications I have received from some members of the working party that there is considerable diversity of opinion among us, not only concerning ways and means but also our objectives," he ...

  • Products for a pensions nest egg

    16-Apr-1996

    As life expectancy in the UK and the number of retired people rises, the state welfare system faces a greater burden.But government help is on the decline and the onus is increasingly upon the individual or family to provide for retirement income and medical care. And recent cases have shown the difficulty of capital evaporating rapidly, so transferring the financial burden of care to the next generation.State pensions have increased by just over 3 ...

  • Property

    16-Apr-1996

    Herbert Smith is advising the Norfolk and Norwich Health Care NHS Trust in relation to the development of a 701-bed acute general hospital under the Private Finance Initiative.

  • Property

    16-Apr-1996

    Clifford Chance advised Wates City of London Properties on its recent purchase of the freehold of Britannic Tower, Moor Lane, London EC2 from British Petroleum. Linklaters & Paines advised BP.

  • Property

    16-Apr-1996

    Olswang acted for advertising agency M&C Saatchi Worldwide in the exchange of a leasing agreement for a new headquarters at 36 Golden Square, London W1.

  • QBD jury cases pending

    16-Apr-1996

    Pending jury trials in the Queen's Bench Division include: Flavin v Gould; Brown v Commissioner of Police for Metropolis; Christie v News Group Newspapers; Executive Telecommunications v British Telecommunications; Ludford v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis. All cases are marked to be heard not before the new legal term on 16 April.

  • Report reproached

    16-Apr-1996

    Every practising firm has recently received the eighth annual report of the Solicitor's Indemnity Fund for the year ended 31 August 1995. This 26-page report is crammed with statistics and analyses. For instance, in the eight-year period to the 31 August 1995, paid claims amounted to £513.6 million, an average of £18,073 per case. And in the year ended 1995, claims paid amounted to £222.7 million.What the report does not tell ...

  • Revealed: future for CPS lawyers

    16-Apr-1996

    THE DISMISSAL of all CPS lawyers, their re-employment on fixed-term contracts and the use of police to prosecute offences are among a series of options being considered by the service, according to an internal paper.Magistrates Court rights of audience for non-lawyers is another option suggested by the paper which appears to confirm the claim made by former CPS prosecutor Neil Addison last month that such a cost-cutting move was being considered.The paper, circulated ...

  • Revived fortunes

    16-Apr-1996

    The trend for mergers continues unabated. The two largest firms in Leicester - Harvey Ingram and Owstons - merged this month to form Harvey Ingram Owston, based at Harvey Ingram's existing offices and now with 76 fee earners.One of the merged firm's joint managers, Roger Bowder, says: "We plan to start providing some areas of legal advice that, until now, Leicester clients have had to go to London for."And while Nottingham's civic leaders are trying ...

  • Strike action test case gets green light

    16-Apr-1996

    A legal challenge over compensation for a group of Welsh bus drivers who were sacked after industrial action is to be considered by the House of Lords.And it is an action seen as a test case in employment circles which could strengthen or diminish the compensation rights of all workers who have been sacked following involvement in industrial action.The long-running legal battle centres on 119 drivers sacked by bus company Crosville Wales, in November 1990.

  • Tax planning. Conquering the dragon of tax law

    16-Apr-1996

    It seems that many partners have not yet fully appreciated the effect and potential impact of overlap relief, especially on younger members of a partnership. To some, it is perhaps difficult to understand why a relief can present a problem at all, while others are put off taking action by the complexity of the legislation.In simple terms, partnerships that began before 6 April 1994 and were subject to the old rules of assessment will soon be subject to new rules. The old ...

  • The experts' experts

    16-Apr-1996

    Your article 'How infallible is the expert's voice' (The Lawyer 12 March) brings to the fore a matter of serious concern, namely the lack of professional guidelines for those who offer their services as an expert although they have may not the expertise and/or independence to carry out the task to the high standard required.So what ethical guidelines should experts set for themselves? I suggest that these should be:1. To only accept an appointment ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Peter Cole

    16-Apr-1996

    Peter Cole is national managing partner at Eversheds. Born in Axminster, Devon, in 1942, he now lives in Edale, Derbyshire. What was your first job?Pebble picker.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£10 per week.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?

  • Three firms join LawGroup

    16-Apr-1996

    ONE of London's leading legal aid firms, Hodge Jones & Allen, is among three firms joining LawGroup UK.The firm, headed by Law Society council member and defeated presidential candidate Henry Hodge, was impressed by the profit per equity partner figures achieved by LawGroup.LawGroup head Arwyn Lewis said: "The figure has improved by an average 15 per cent with ...

  • Time to take notice

    16-Apr-1996

    Now that David Penry-Davey has added his voice to the scream of disapproval coming from the higher echelons of the profession against Michael Howard's tougher sentencing proposals, surely the Home Secretary will sit up and listen.The Bar Council chair represents a body that knows the system first hand - a body that counts the Home Secretary as one of its number.And the solicitors profession also slammed the plans in the past few weeks. Solicitors work ...

  • Titmuss gains from US partner's growth

    16-Apr-1996

    CITY firm Titmuss Sainer Dechert expects a steady flow of property work to come from the addition of seven real estate lawyers to US firm Dechert Price & Rhoads.Titmuss Sainer Dechert has a fully integrated international practice with the US firm and it is expected that this will result in a merger within the next three years.Dechert Price & Rhoads scooped the seven new lawyers ...

  • Top Euro set looks to history for relaunch

    16-Apr-1996

    John Malpas reportsA LEADING European law set has discarded its traditional name in favour of a more distinctive title.Four Raymond Buildings has relaunched itself as Monckton Chambers, named after one of its founder members Sir Walter Monckton, who advised Edward VIII on his abdication.The name change coincides with Richard Fowler QC's election as head of chambers at the set. Fowler, who replaces Jeremy Lever QC, said there ...

  • UK lawyers say 'hoi'

    16-Apr-1996

    LONDON solicitors and barristers are being invited to go Dutch to continue a 30-year friendship.Exchanges between Dutch and English lawyers have been taking place since 1966 and will continue between 6 and 11 May when up to 100 English lawyers visit The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.The five-day programme will include a reception at the British embassy in The Hague, lectures by senior Dutch lawyers and visits to Dutch law firms to see how they work.

  • UK lecture tour tackles impact of no win, no fee

    16-Apr-1996

    THE College of Law is planning a series of conferences to help lawyers assess the implications of no win, no fee cases.Parliament introduced conditional fee regulations a year ago and the college aims to explore the experience of firms that have made use of the procedure.Kerry Underwood, principal of Underwoods, St Albans, and a conference speaker said: "With the whole issue of legal aid funding in question, under proposals continued in Lord Woolf's interim ...

  • US attorney requalifies with Manchester firm

    16-Apr-1996

    US attorney Felicia Blakley-Jackson is requalifying while working with Manchester commercial law firm Davies Wallis Foyster.Blakley-Jackson handled real estate security work in California when she was working for Los Angeles firm Bronson Bronson & McKinnon.The US attorney has a masters degree in real estate development.

  • Victims of an unequal system

    16-Apr-1996

    On 1 April, a new compensation scheme for victims of violent crime came into force. The Government says the new scheme, which is based on set tariffs for each type of injury, will speed up the process of compensation and make it more equitable.Victim Support fears that the motive behind the scheme may be cost-cutting rather than efficiency and fairness and that many victims will receive considerably less compensation as a result.Of course, ...