15 December 1997

The Lawyer

  • 2KBW trio spread their wings in Goldsmith Building move

    16-Dec-1997

    Chris fogarty reportsCommon law set Goldsmith Building has poached three leading education law barristers from 2 King's Bench Walk, headed by Lord Campbell of Alloway QC.The arrival of John Friel, Deborah Hay and Clive Rawlings, who will develop a public and administrative law practice at the set, is part of the chambers' strategy to increase the range of services it offers to its clients.Rawlings said the trio had decided ...

  • A new kind of security

    16-Dec-1997

    Andrew Visintin investigates the advantages of invoice discounting over bank lending. Andrew Visintin is a partner at Manches & Co.When sourcing finance, an increasing number of companies are turning away from traditional bank overdraft lending towards the more flexible options provided by invoice discounting companies, the most recent being "packaged finance".Receivables finance, the umbrella under which invoice discounting sits, involves a stream of receivables ...

  • Allen & Overy banking head maps out money-saving financial atlas

    16-Dec-1997

    AN ATLAS containing a series of world financial law maps could save banks millions of pounds, according to the man who drew up the maps, Allen & Overy head of banking Philip Wood.The book, Maps of World Financial Law, published by allen & Overy, shows the differing attitudes of countries around the world to creditors, debtors, trusts and security.Wood said each of the atlas's ...

  • Arthur Cox takes over Belfast firm

    16-Dec-1997

    TOP THREE Irish firm Arthur Cox is set to add to its growing Northern Ireland presence with the takeover of Belfast firm Martin & Brownlie.The merger, which signals Arthur Cox's continuing expansion plans in Northern Ireland, follows a similar move in July last year when the lawyers from another Belfast firm, Norman Wilson & Co, joined forces with Arthur Cox just six months after the Dublin firm had set up its Belfast office.Arthur Cox is one of only two ...

  • Belgian boost

    16-Dec-1997

    Ashurst Morris Crisp has recruited Belgian corporate and commercial specialist Carl Meyntjens from Linklaters as a partner for its Brussels office. Ashursts partner Julian Ellison, head of the firm's Brussels office, said: "Carl will be invaluable in supporting our efforts to fulfil demand for Belgian and cross-border ...

  • Bevan Ashford goes for IT

    16-Dec-1997

    BRISTOL firm Bevan Ashford is to install an intranet system at Bristol Law Society.The firm, which has relaunched itself as a provider of technological as well as legal expertise, has already installed five personal computers at the society's offices and is also designing its Web site.Bevan Ashford IT director Mike Robinson said the intranet would be installed by next spring.The five-staff society is installing the intranet to help ...

  • Campaigning QC stages Bar Council comeback

    16-Dec-1997

    ROBIN de Wilde QC - the veteran Bar democracy campaigner - has completed the first stage of a political comeback after being elected back on to the Bar Council.And de Wilde - who caused a furore at the Bar Council's AGM in June when he likened the council to a communist regime - has not ruled out making a bid to lead the profession.The professional negligence specialist burst on to the Bar Council political scene in 1985 when he helped found the Bar democracy ...

  • Chambers takes on IR in bid to win tax breaks

    16-Dec-1997

    A CHAMBERS which has set up its own limited company to run its administration is attempting to convince the Inland Revenue that it is entitled to significant tax breaks.According to 10-11 Gray's Inn Square, if the chambers wins its argument with tax officials it will reap huge tax rewards as well as serving as a model for a new type of chambers.The Revenue is currently considering the tax status of the chambers, which set itself up as a limited ...

  • Clifford Chance duo leads the way on bank mergers

    16-Dec-1997

    Clifford Chance's head of corporate David Childs and regulatory finance partner Tim Plews have scored a hat trick advising on all three of Europe's bank mergers this winter.They are currently acting with Allen & Overy on the merger of Swiss Bank Corporation with Union Bank of Switzerland ...

  • Countdown to millennium crisis

    16-Dec-1997

    I was asked last week what I thought the cause of the next recession would be. The cyclical nature of economies suggests that there does not necessarily have to be a particular cause, although that w ill not stop people looking for one. I do, however, believe that the so-called "millennium bug" is likely to have a major impact.The millennium bug is shorthand for the problem caused by the fact that most IT systems run on software which was written ...

  • Edge & Ellison and Lewis Silkin sign up with Axxia

    16-Dec-1997

    Elizabeth Davidson reportsCommercial firms Edge & Ellison and Lewis Silkin have both signed deals with the IT provider Axxia Systems.Edge & Ellison is paying the company £400,000 to equip each of its 300 fee earners with a Windows-based practice management system in its Birmingham, London and Leicester offices.IT director Andy Rudall said the firm ...

  • End-of-year report

    16-Dec-1997

    Last year was a good one for most lawyers. We hope 1998 will be as busy, but there are those who feel that it is only a matter of time before there is a slowing down in the legal marketplace. Certainly for legal aid firms, the changes likely to take place will have major repercussions for the high street practitioner.It may also be the year when we see some major link-ups between accountancy firms and legal practices. And US firms will no doubt consolidate their ...

  • Eversheds gets advice from Tory ex-minister

    16-Dec-1997

    FORMER Tory minister Jonathan Evans is to use the contacts and experience he gained during his time at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to help develop Eversheds' national insurance practice.Evans, whose other government posts included a spell as parliamentary secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department, has been appointed to the new London-based post of director of ...

  • Financings

    16-Dec-1997

    Stephenson Harwood advised share pundit Jayesh Manek on the creation of his fund management company Manek Investment Management.

  • Financings

    16-Dec-1997

    Herbert Smith advised British American Tobacco on its $300m joint venture with race car designer Reynard

  • Financings

    16-Dec-1997

    Wedlake Bell acted for UK-based Intrepid Energy North Sea in a US$220m reducing revolving credit facility. Herbert Smith represented facility arranger and co-underwriter Chase Manhattan.

  • Flotations

    16-Dec-1997

    Pinsent Curtis advised Sunderland-based retailer ScS Upholstery on its £33m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. The sponsor, Singer & Friedlander, was advised by Addleshaw Booth & Co.

  • Fogel to wield new broom at Titmuss

    16-Dec-1997

    Titmuss Sainer Dechert's property head Steven Fogel has been chosen as the firm's new senior partner to replace Michael Smith, who stands down on 1 May next year.Fogel, 47, who is regarded as one of the top 10 property lawyers in the City, is expected to bring a fresh eye to the firm's organisation. He was chosen by Titmuss's board after it took soundings with all 38 partners ...

  • Form-filling folly

    16-Dec-1997

    Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 734 0534, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho SquareThe article by Professor Christie Davies, "The great legal aid franchising fraud" (The Lawyer, 2 December), touches upon the failing not only of franchising by the Legal Aid Board but of any system of kite marking that I have seen. None of them address the quality of the advice given.

  • Friends or foes?

    16-Dec-1997

    Ravinder Chahal reports on the likelihood of multidisciplinary practices taking insolvency work from law firms. Ravinder Chahal is a freelance journalist.The threat posed by accountants to the legal profession in the tax battlefield has been well documented, but when you consider that Arthur Andersen now holds the strongest corporate recovery legal team in Scotland, is it time for insolvency lawyers to review their traditionally cosy relationship with the bean-counters?

  • Haarmanns opens Milan office

    16-Dec-1997

    GERMAN firm Haarmann, Hemmelrath & Partner is set to become only the second German firm to enter the Italian legal market when it opens a Milan office early next year.Haarmanns, which had a formal association with Taylor Joynson Garrett until recently and still maintains some loose links with the UK firm, also opened a Paris office in July this year.The Milan office will initially be staffed by 10 or 11 fee earners, including three partners and a mix of lawyers ...

  • Hallet keeps mum over switch of chambers

    16-Dec-1997

    Incoming Bar Council chairman Heather Hallett QC has switched chambers on the eve of taking up the demanding role - but she is refusing to say what sparked the move.Hallett, one of the most senior members of common law set 6 Pump Court, will join criminal set 23 Essex Street from 1 January.Pump Court colleagues Christopher Kinch and Simon Russell Flint will also make the move with her.Hallett, a criminal practitioner, said the decision behind her ...

  • Head-hunters take their pick

    16-Dec-1997

    Recruitment firms are reporting a demand for insolvency experts, says Mike Yuille.Demand for insolvency lawyers is picking up, seemingly in preparation for what many expect will be an increase in company collapses next year due to growing global economic difficulties.This renewed demand is taking two forms: demand for experienced big hitters, who can bring much-needed visibility to the handful of large firms which lack a high profile in the business, ...

  • High Court date for Cilla

    16-Dec-1997

    ITV's Blind date hostess Cilla Black is heading for a date of her own in the High Court with Granada Television and Channel 4 Television Corporation. She has launched a damages claim against the two accusing them of wrongly rescinding a contract she says she entered into orally with Granada in 1996 and 1997 to take part in a TV programme. She claims that she was induced to enter the contract by misrepresentation on the part of Granada which knew that what it was telling her was ...

  • In brief: Chancery Lane's £7m surplus queried

    16-Dec-1997

    Former Law Society treasurer Mike Howells has queried a £7m surplus which has been built up by the society over the past year. "We just can't go on pocketing money and spending it," Howells told last Thursday's meeting of the Law Society council meeting. "It's the profession's money." Council member Edward Nally said a newly established audit committee of which he was a member was looking at ways to improve Chancery Lane's financial management.

  • In brief: Field Fisher bags Powergen legal manager

    16-Dec-1997

    Field Fisher Waterhouse has recruited Michael Crookes, the legal manager of Powergen, who has 15 years' experience on electricity gas and infrastructure projects, for its energy group.

  • In brief: Hitch in legal aid plans, claims Law Soc

    16-Dec-1997

    The Law Society claims the government's legal aid reforms could be delayed by up to a year after it commissioned a counsel's opinion which argued that the changes will need primary legislation. But a spokesman from the Lord Chancellor's Department said the Lord Chancellor had himself sought counsel's opinion on the matter, adding: "He would not have proceeded in the way he did unless he was sure he had the power to do so."

  • In brief: Holman Fenwick woos insurance lawyer

    16-Dec-1997

    Holman Fenwick & Willan has poached Elborne Mitchell insurance partner Roger Balson.

  • In brief: Irwin Mitchell lawyer elected to Apil post

    16-Dec-1997

    John Pickering, who heads Sheffield firm Irwin Mitchell's personal injury department, has been elected as secretary of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers in England.

  • In brief: Manchester firms decide to tie the knot

    16-Dec-1997

    Four-partner Manchester firm Hammelburger Marks is to merge with 12-partner Kuit Steinart Levy. The new practice will have 80 fee earners and will retain the Kuit name. Based in central Manchester, the new firm will have four principal departments: company law, property, taxation and litigation. Pictured above are (left) Jonathan Marks of Hammelburger Marks and (right) Bryan Bodek of Kuit Steinart Levy.

  • In brief: Returned briefs cause for concern at CPS

    16-Dec-1997

    The National Audit Office has highlighted the problems caused by prosecuting barristers returning their briefs. In a report on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the comptroller and auditor general, Sir John Bourn, says the most recent figures show that barristers hired by the CPS return their briefs in 75 per cent of cases. Elsewhere in the report, Bourn praises the CPS for "working constructively" with the police.

  • In brief: Scientist duo set to advise at Lovells

    16-Dec-1997

    Lovell White Durrant has recruited two scientists to provide logistical support and advice to its product liability and pharmaceuticals/biosciences group. Post-doctoral scientists Marion Palmer and Duniya Shah will help lawyers sift through complex scientific and medical evidence. They will also identify and assess expert witnesses that the firm may wish to use.

  • In brief: Warwickshire practices head for merger

    16-Dec-1997

    South Warwickshire firms GF Lodder & Sons and FB Hancock & Co are to merge from 1 January. Established in 1850, Lodders has five partners, and specialises in private client and commercial work. Hancocks, with three partners, has a similar client profile. The newly merged firm will have 33 fee earners, use the Lodders banner and will operate out of offices in Henley, Shipston and Stratford.

  • In brief: Women top admissions to the profession

    16-Dec-1997

    A record number of students were admitted as solicitors in 1997, with more than 5,400 gaining practising certificates, according to Law Society research. The Research and Policy Planning Unit also shows that the number of women being admitted in the past decade has increased by 166 per cent with females now accounting for the majority of admissions.

  • International criminal court plan hits trouble

    16-Dec-1997

    PLANS to establish an international criminal court received a setback last week when the US, France and China were accused by the human rights lobby of blocking the establishment of an effective and fair court.The recriminations came as representatives from more than 100 countries met at the United Nations in New York in an attempt to thrash out the details of the proposed court.Although the court has the backing of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, it emerged ...

  • Internet summit to draw up regulatory framework

    16-Dec-1997

    A LONDON computer training and consultancy company is urging leading IT lawyers to attend an Internet summit in London next month which aims to draw up a regulatory framework for the Internet.Delegates at the "Internet Executive Summit", being held by Prince at Westminster's Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre from 19-21 January, will discuss the technological, ethical and legal issues of World Wide Web regulation.Prince joint managing director Sally Tate ...

  • Irvine takes Hart from Herberts

    16-Dec-1997

    Herbert Smith former property head Garry Hart, one of the top four planning lawyers in the City and a personal friend of Tony Blair, has resigned after 35 years at the firm to become the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine's special adviser from next March.Hart is a friend and Islington neighbour of the Blairs and Lord Irvine, and he is godfather to one of the Blairs' children. The Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) said Hart would be providing advice on the "development ...

  • Italian job for B&M

    16-Dec-1997

    Baker & McKenzie has been appointed as English legal adviser to Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Roma (CRR), one of the two shareholders involved in the global offering of ordinary shares in Banco di Roma, one of the biggest privatisations implemented in Italy to date. Banco di Roma and the second shareholder, IRI, a joint stock company owned by the Italian treasury, are being advised by

  • Judges to get wider training on discrimination in court

    16-Dec-1997

    JUDGES and magistrates are to be trained in women's issues and the problems faced by disabled people, the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) has announced.The JSB's 16-member Ethnic Minorities Advisory Committee (EMAC) is to be transformed into the Equal Treatment Advisory Committee (ETAC) with a widened scope to tackle judicial ignorance of minorities appearing in the courts.EMAC chairman Mr Justice Dyson said ETAC would be formed in the next two months ...

  • L&G halves Lawrence Graham property work

    16-Dec-1997

    Lawrence Graham will lose almost half the lucrative property work it does for Legal & General's life fund with the insurer's appointment of Berwin Leighton, revealed by The Lawyer two weeks ago.Lawrence Graham has advised Legal & General since it helped found the company in 1836 and until now has handled the work relating to all the life fund's property investments.

  • Law Soc set to lock horns with mortgage lenders

    16-Dec-1997

    The Law Society is set to clash with powerful mortgage lenders in the new year after backing plans to impose restrictions on when solicitors can act for both borrower and lender.Last week, the Law Society Council approved in principle plans to stop solicitors representing both lender and borrower in conveyancing trans- actions unless the instructions were approved by the society.The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) is deeply unhappy about the decision and will ...

  • Law Soc's legal aid plan based on case strength

    16-Dec-1997

    THE LAW Society has come up with a plan for a self-financing legal aid fund which it believes meets the Government's objections to the Bar Council's proposals for a Contingency Legal Aid Fund.The proposals are to be unveiled by the Law Society this Tuesday and have already been submitted to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine.The Law Society refused to give details of the plans to The Lawyer as it went to press, but it is understood that the society has ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 16/12/97

    16-Dec-1997

    Robert Edward Collard, 40, admitted 1984, practising at material time as Collards, Reading, suspended indefinitely and ordered to pay £2,218 costs. At the time of the hearing he was not practising as a solicitor. Allegations substantiated that he failed to deliver an accountant's report, failed to comply with a requirement of Solicitors Complaints Bureau (SCB), failed to pay counsel's fees as they became due and failed to reply ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 16/12/97

    16-Dec-1997

    Nelm v Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority - QBD 27 October 1997Claimant: Beth Nelm, Incident: Medical negligenceInjuries: Claimant suffered oxygen starvation during birth atSt Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth, in 1990, resulting in severe cerebral palsy. She is now quadriplegic and will never be able to lead a normal life. It was the recollection of the claimant's parents that her foetal heart rate began ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 16/12/97

    16-Dec-1997

    New sentencing guidelines for children and young personsR v (1) Aaron Mills (2) Daniel Marsh (3) Carl Lamb (4) Robert King (5) Brendan Moloney (6) Gavin Howe (7) Damien Holder (8) Lee Whittaker (1997)Court: CA (Bingham LCJ, Douglas Brown J, Kay J) 5/12/97Summary: New guidance was provided and conclusions drawn by the Appeal Court in light of the changed sentencing regime which now prevails in relation to children and young persons.

  • Litigation Writs 16/12/97

    16-Dec-1997

    A Welsh milk-producing company is facing a £1.2m claim from the Government over allegations that it vastly exceeded its milk quotas. The Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce, which is part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, has issued a writ in London against Elm Farms of Whitland, Dyfed, accusing it of producing more than six million litres of milk above its quota levels. The Intervention Board is suing for £1,260,796 ...

  • Litigator's View

    16-Dec-1997

    As an independent law costs draftsman, my view of the fast-track experiment which runs from 1 October 1997 for one year is that these arrangements seem to be more for the benefit of the administration of the process and for the profit of the Taxing Office than for the benefit of the other parties involved.Mark the words of Mr Justice Colman that this new procedure necessarily involves a "broad-brush" approach to the taxation of costs, and all parties' ...

  • Lord Irvine gives ground on merits test as legal aid plans take battering

    16-Dec-1997

    The Lord Chancellor's legal aid reform plans took a severe battering in the House of Lords last week as peers lined up to attack the proposals.Lord Ackner, who accused Lord Irvine of being a handmaiden of the Treasury, and Lady Wilcox, who said there was too little research available on conditional fees, were among his severest critics.But Lord Irvine stood his ground on the plans - although he did concede that proposals for a strict 75 per cent merits test ...

  • Lords to hear Kueaiti appeal

    16-Dec-1997

    The way has been paved for the House of Lords to probe the insurance position of Kuwaiti-owned aircraft and equipment damaged during the Iraqi invasion of the country. The Kuwait government and the national airline, the Kuwait Airways Corporation, launched action against Kuwait Insurance after 15 aircraft, spares and equipment were damaged during the invasion. In December 1995, Mr Justice Rix dismissed the airline's bid to sue for more than US$300m in losses. ...

  • Merchant recruits

    16-Dec-1997

    Merchant Chambers in Manchester has head-hunted two new tenants. Catherine Fisher and Neil Berragan have joined the set from Ropewalk Chambers in Nottingham and 9 St John Street in Manchester, respectively. Established a year ago, Merchant chambers, which is headed by David Berkley, has set out to capture banking work in the North West and aims to woo the business community.

  • Names claim victory on premiums

    16-Dec-1997

    The cases of about 450 non-paying Lloyd's names were adjourned last week with both sides claiming victory in the five-year battle over whether the Names had to pay their premiums.Dibb Lupton Alsop partner Susan Dingwall, acting for the Society of Lloyd's, said Mr Justice Tuckey had last week ordered nearly all the Names to pay their premiums with the amount to be determined in a separate hearing this week.But Michael Freeman, of Epstein Grower & Michael ...

  • Norton Rose partner defects to US firm

    16-Dec-1997

    Norton Rose has put one of its most senior partners, Douglas Colliver, on gardening leave after hearing that he was jumping ship to US firm Dewey Ballantine.Colliver, a pivotal player in the firm's international securities unit, is widely regarded as one of Norton Rose's top partners. He headed the firm's banking group for a number of years before moving to capital markets ...

  • Olswang lends a hand in Ginger takeover of Virgin

    16-Dec-1997

    A dozen Olswang lawyers, including senior partner Simon Olswang, were treated to a night on the town by DJ Chris Evans last week after he pulled off his takeover of Richard Branson's Virgin Radio.According to Evans, the team set off for a celebratory pub crawl in matching pink shirts which soon became stained with vodka and tomato juice - but Simon Olswang would only say: "If we were wearing ...

  • Ontario opts for breakaway lawyers' union

    16-Dec-1997

    LAWYERS in Canada's most populous province are in the process of setting up a single union which they hope will give them greater representation than their law society, the Law Society of Upper Canada.Prime movers behind the plan to build the new union for lawyers in Ontario, which can be compared to the grassroots bid to break up the Law Society of England and Wales last year, have said their law society cannot possibly both regulate and act on behalf of lawyers.

  • Passing the initiative test

    16-Dec-1997

    Your editorial in The Lawyer, 25 November asserts that the Law Society has never "taken the initiative on legal aid matters". In May 1995, we published a consultation paper, Design for the Future, putting forward a raft of proposals to make legal aid more cost effective and efficient. Later that year we published Better Value Better Justice containing further suggestions about improving value for money for legal aid and our response in September 1996 to ...

  • Polish legal practice strengthens PW network

    16-Dec-1997

    BIG SIX accountancy firm Price Waterhouse has brought Polish law firm Krzysztof Wierzbowski into its international legal network, signalling its ambition to dramatically expand its Polish legal capability over the next year.The move is part of a concerted legal push by PW into central and eastern Europe this year which has already seen the establishment of a Moscow law firm. The Russian firm has been on a huge recruiting drive since it opened and, according to Paul Downing, ...

  • Prague appointment bolsters Lovells' east Europe presence

    16-Dec-1997

    LOVELL White Durrant in Prague has landed a leading investment banking specialist as part of a bid to expand its capital markets presence throughout central and eastern Europe.Simon Hawken, a qualified barrister who has spent most of his career in investment banking, joins Lovells from the Prague office of ING Baring Capital Markets. Hawken set up the ING Baring office in 1991.The presence of Hawken doubles Lovells’ capital markets presence in Prague.

  • Procedure gets in the way of settlement

    16-Dec-1997

    Roger Pearson looks at a dispute over the purchase of soya bean meal which is going all the way to the European Court of Justice.The European Court of Justice is to probe the impact of Brussels Convention provisions on situations where disputes become split between two jurisdictions.The move comes as a result of an action between Alfred C Toepfer International and Societe Cargill France. The case centres on a dispute over a consignment of soya bean meal pellets ...

  • Prognosis poor for medical negligence

    16-Dec-1997

    Conditional fees work well enough for personal injury cases but there are fears that they will deter many from pursuing medical negligence claims. John Peysner is a solicitor and a principal research fellow at the Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University. John Peysner explains why.Your editorial, "Taking a risk by being positive" (The Lawyer, 2 December), raises important issues for lawyers and insurers facing up to the challenge of conditional ...

  • Property

    16-Dec-1997

    Clifford Chance advised Canary Wharf on its £555m property securitisation, the world's largest. US investment bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, advised by Allen & Overy, which acted as arranger and lead manager.

  • Property

    16-Dec-1997

    Wilde Sapte advised Hostmead Developments on its £1.85m acquisition of a three-acre former industrial site in Crawley from construction group James Longley (Holdings), advised by Horsham-based Paul Davidson Taylor.

  • Quality counts at the Bar

    16-Dec-1997

    The leading lights of the insolvency Bar are enjoying a brief respite after the hectic activity of the recession, reports Mike YuilleBarristers specialising in insolvency have rediscovered the pleasures of home life over the past year or so, although the top practitioners in this field have remained busy as the steady flow of corporate recovery activity continues.Levels of post-recession work at the bar reflect the situation among law firms: quality ...

  • Racine to London

    16-Dec-1997

    Canadian firm McCarthy Tetrault has brought corporate partner Georges Racine over to its London office. Racine relocates from McCarthy Tetrault's Quebec city office. The Canadian firm now has three lawyers, including two partners, working from its London office.

  • Raising the issue of a lower threshold

    16-Dec-1997

    The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine's flexibility on the merits test for cases involving actions by citizens against the state and public interest cases is to be welcomed.As he said in his address to the House of Lords last week, these important cases would never be approved for legal aid if the merits test was to stand at its current 75 per cent, so a lower threshold for such cases may be necessary. However, he seems determined to go ahead with the ...

  • Return of the troubleshooters

    16-Dec-1997

    With forecasts of an imminent mini-recession, specialists are devising ways of keeping companies afloat. Mike Yuille reportsInsolvency lawyers are once again packing their bags in readiness for a major tour of duty. After the recent wave of upheavals in global markets, some now expect an imminent economic downturn which will result in a glut of company failures as early as next summer.Opinions differ as to the exact timing, or the degree of severity, but most, ...

  • Return of the troubleshooters

    16-Dec-1997

    With forecasts of an imminent mini-recession, specialists are devising ways of keeping companies afloat. Mike Yuille reports.Insolvency lawyers are once again packing their bags in readiness for a major tour of duty. After the recent wave of upheavals in global markets, some now expect an imminent economic downturn which will result in a glut of company failures as early as next summer.Opinions differ as to the exact timing, or the degree of severity, but most, ...

  • Schofield moved to open prison following hostility at Holloway

    16-Dec-1997

    Crown prosecutor Penelope Schofield, jailed this month for lying to protect her policeman boyfriend, has been transferred to an open prison after inmates shouted and spat at her on her arrival at Holloway.It is understood her reception was so unpleasant that she had to be moved to the maternity unit at the prison hospital for the few nights that she stayed at the London women's prison.Her solicitor, John Hume, a partner at London practice Ralph Hume Garry, ...

  • Simmons partner appeals conspiracy charges in NY

    16-Dec-1997

    SIMMONS & Simmons partner David Sandy is to appeal against a New York court's decision to reinstate tampering and conspiracy charges against him which a lower court had thrown out last year.The charges, relating to the collapse of the Bank of Credit & Commerce (BCCI), were reactivated on 4 December by the New York Supreme Court's appellate division following an application by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.Sandy was originally indicted ...

  • SPI on practitioners

    16-Dec-1997

    Ravinder Chahal looks at what the SPI is doing to draw attention to the positive aspects of the insolvency professionHave you heard the one about the insolvency practitioner? He is the person who comes in and bayonets the wounded. Do you know the three great lies in life? "Of course I love you"; "The cheque's in the post"; and "I'm an insolvency practitioner, I'm here to help."The Society for Practitioners of Insolvency (SPI), which was founded ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Duncan Walls

    16-Dec-1997

    Duncan Walls was born in Victoria, Australia in 1943 and currently lives in Guildford, Surrey. He was the managing partner of Allens Arthur Robinson's London office, which closed this summer. He now works as a consultant.What was your first job?General hand in a building supplies yard, but I was sacked for dropping a hammer on the boss's foot.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£1 ...

  • The OSS:caught between a rock and a hard place

    16-Dec-1997

    Even in a society obsessed with complaints and in a culture antagonistic towards solicitors the figures make stark reading.In the 12 months from September 1996 to September 1997 there were 22,305 complaints to the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) against the 68,037 solicitors in England and Wales.Last July the Law Society and OSS combined to launch a client care booklet for solicitors in an attempt to reduce the number of complaints.But ...

  • The Top 5

    16-Dec-1997

    Insolvency work is dominated by five firms, with others building their reputations by recruiting big hitters, says Mike Yuille.There may be many solicitors who can competently handle insolvency work, but few are specialists.At the peak of the last recession many banking, litigation, and corporate lawyers acted for medium to small corporate failures, but over the past 18 months most of the significant work has gone to the leading firms, leaving the competent part-timers ...

  • UK lawyers in China

    16-Dec-1997

    Lawyers from Cameron McKenna and Herbert Smith recently took part in a delegation to China to discuss "the effect of the rule of law on economic growth". Pamela Castle, head of Camerons' environment practice, was joined by Martin Rogers, of Herbert Smith Hong Kong, and barristers Michael Beloff QC, Johnny Veeder QC and Helen Mountfield. The delegation, which was funded by the European Union, was headed by Lord Howe of Aberavon.

  • Uzbekistan first

    16-Dec-1997

    Cameron McKenna partner Elena Kirillova, head of the firm's CIS group, has become only the second foreign lawyer to qualify as a lawyer in the Republic of Uzbekistan. Kirillova, who has been working in Uzbekistan since 1993, said: "Advising foreign investors in this region requires a thorough understanding of local law and an ability to apply it in an imaginative way to what are often bespoke legal structures."

  • When non-treatment is last resort

    16-Dec-1997

    Doctors hacve won the backing of the courts to not forcibly treat a patient in need of kidney dialysis, reports Roger Pearson.A judgment by High Court Family Division President Sir Stephen Brown has added a further dimension to the so-called “right to die” cases in which courts are asked by doctors to consent to the withholding of, or the withdrawal of, life-sustaining treatment.A series of cases, starting with that of Hillsborough disaster victim Tony Bland, ...