15 July 1996

The Lawyer

  • A president on parallel lines

    16-Jul-1996

    Having to fight off a bid by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission to prise fee income information out of all Scottish law firms was a rather rude and sudden introduction to the presidency of the Law Society of Scotland.But Grant McCulloch, solicitor-advocate and partner in the Edinburgh office of Drummond Miller WS, is used to fighting battles for the underdog as a specialist in medical negligence - he was involved in the Martin v Chapman case, which led to the highest ...

  • A tenant's charter

    16-Jul-1996

    As more controversial legislation caught parliamentary interest, the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995 passed quietly into law and has been in force since the turn of the year.But the 1995 Act, with its far- reaching reforms of privity of contract and privity of estate, has also failed to capture the interest of the legal fraternity.The Act provides an answer to the old difficulty which faces those who assign their interest in a leasehold property. Before ...

  • All aboard for big deals at Dickinsons

    16-Jul-1996

    North East firm Dickinson Dees has tied the knot on a spate of deals worth about £400 million in the last month.Two of the biggest briefs focused on regional bus companies where Dickinsons acted for vehicles company Cowie and the Go-Ahead Group.Cowie snapped up British Bus for £282 million and County Bus for £10 million. The British Bus deal sought funds ...

  • Applause for a modest man

    16-Jul-1996

    In his review of the important decision of the Court of Appeal in Chequepoint v McClelland (The Lawyer 9 July "Litigator's View") Paul Lomas modestly did not note that this significant case was undertaken pro bono for the new Bar Pro Bono Unit by him and his firm, Freshfields, and David Vaughan QC.Their generosity as well as success is worth noting.Peter Goldsmith QCFountain Court ChambersTempleLondon ...

  • Bar Council to confront cab rank rule

    16-Jul-1996

    THE BAR Council is reviewing the controversial cab rank rule requirement that barristers must accept legal aid briefs whatever the fee.The profession's ruling body has finally got round to tackling one of the most controversial recommendations of Lord Alexander QC's Bar Standards Review Body.His influential 1994 report on the future of the Bar argued that the much cherished cab rank rule "should not include the fiction that a legal aid fee is adequate ...

  • Battle of the Berkshire speedsters

    16-Jul-1996

    Gardeners loathe them, the French eat them and now it seems a new fate awaits the humble snail - the bulldozer.The High Court has seldom had before it stranger subject matter than the recent case of the whorl snail. For while gardeners believe Armageddon is the answer for all snails, the whorl snail has some friends.The legal battle was waged by Friends of the Earth, the Wildlife Trusts, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Naturalists Trust, ...

  • Berwins spends on full IT revamp

    16-Jul-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsCity firm Berwin Leighton is completely revamping its IT system in an attempt to "leapfrog the competition".The firm has opted to run on an Intel platform and Microsoft NT, the successor to the MS DOS operating system.The contract for upgrading the IT system, worth over half a million pounds, has been awarded to Devon-based company Mercury Computing.Bill Chisholm, IT director at Berwins, ...

  • Brief

    16-Jul-1996

    DAVID Andrews, former managing partner of London firm Clifford Turner and the first UK management consultant to specialise in advising law firms, has been inducted as a Fellow of the US-based College of Law Practice Management to recognise his contributions to law firm management. His citation called him the "best known legal management consultant outside the US". Andrews founded and chaired the IBA committee 10, which focused at the time on professional development and technology.

  • Challenge to criminal defences

    16-Jul-1996

    The House of Lords is deciding whether to allow a challenge over the defences open to those charged with failure to comply with enforcement notices. The Law Lords have invited the Crown to express its views on the application in the case of R v Wicks to appeal against conviction in respect of failure to obey an enforcement notice. The appeal, if allowed, will be based on a challenge to the vires of the notice.

  • Charles Marquand sees problems for insider dealing charges.

    16-Jul-1996

    Charles Marquand is a barrister at 3 New Square.Recent reports (The Lawyer 25 June 1996) suggested that the losers in the recent copper market turmoil were considering whether to start litigation under section 62 Financial Services Act 1986 for losses arising from insider dealing. They may be disappointed.Section 62 (1) of the Act provides inter alia that a contravention of the Core Conduct of Business Rules (CCBRs) made by the Securities and Investments Board ...

  • Chinese judges seek tips on UK law as profession grows

    16-Jul-1996

    A TEAM of Chinese judges from the city of Wuhan attended two conferences on English commercial, civil and criminal law this week as part of a legal fact-finding tour of Manchester, Wuhan's twin city.The conferences were hosted by Mason's partner Edward Davies. The delegation, headed by Yu Cuzhong, vice-director of the Wuhan Intermediate People's Court, wants to see how foreign law works and how it can be applied in China.Davies said: "Commercial ...

  • City scooping millions in global construction

    16-Jul-1996

    City firms continue to scoop millions of pounds in fees from infrastructure contracts award-ed to consortia for projects in countries as far flung as India and Peru.International project finance has been booming for several years, although some partners report a levelling off of activity in recent months.But criticism of the the UK's private finance initiative (PFI) the Government's scheme to involve private companies in public works, has obscured what ...

  • Compensation scheme badly flawed

    16-Jul-1996

    The government's new criminal compensation scheme is riddled with holes, according to the lawyer who overturned the original scheme.Andrew Dismore, who got the first tariff-based criminal compensation scheme of Home Secretary Michael Howard overturned in the House of Lords in 1994, is to publish a critique of the new scheme, in force since last April."It's early days yet," he warned. "But in six to nine months time we are going to see people who feel ...

  • CPS lawyer joins chambers

    16-Jul-1996

    THE FIRST CPS lawyer to prosecute in a Crown Court has left the service to join a set of chambers as a barrister.Philip Drinkwater, a former branch crown prosecutor, has been made a tenant at Exeter's newly named Colleton Chambers, which has just relocated.He made history with the CPS in 1986 when he prosecuted a case at Truro Crown Court. Drinkwater, who was a solicitor, puts his departure from the CPS and his requalification as a barrister down to his ...

  • Euro money must be taken as legal tender

    16-Jul-1996

    Norton Rose City lawyer Charles Proctor has warned that creditors will have no legal right to reject payment made with the Euro, the new European single currency due to be introduced at the end of the decade.Speaking at a conference in Cambridge, Proctor said that a creditor will have no valid claim for breach of contract if offered payment in the new currency."But while national ...

  • Field opens up as clubs go public

    16-Jul-1996

    Expansion at the UK's top football clubs is providing opportunities for law firms. Edge & Ellison advised Caspian, which recently acquired Leeds United for about £50 million.Newcastle United has recruited financial advisers who will consider taking the club public via a stock market flotation. Legal advisers have not yet been officially appointed.Chelsea has been listed on the stock market, and commentators expect up to six more clubs to go public ...

  • Fighting fraud in Scottish style

    16-Jul-1996

    The Proceeds of Crime (Scotland) Act 1995 which came into effect on 1 April this year is the latest weapon in the Scottish legal armoury to fight large scale international fraud and theft. Applying to all solemn and certain summary offences, Scottish civil litigators can use the Act as a vehicle to recover assets misappropriated through fraud.Similar to the English Proceeds of Crime Act 1995, the Scottish legislation allows prosecuting authorities to apply to the court for ...

  • Financings

    16-Jul-1996

    Denton Hall advised in the creation of a new independent investment company called International Pepsi Cola Bottler Investments

  • Financings

    16-Jul-1996

    SJ Berwin acted for Meglomedia for its placing of shares with Robert Flemming merchant bank in a deal worth £5 million.

  • Financings

    16-Jul-1996

    Ashurst Morris Crisp has been appointed to to advise Sumitomo Corporation

  • Financings

    16-Jul-1996

    Fladgate Fielder acted for BATM

  • Financings

    16-Jul-1996

    Nabarro Nathanson acted for Stat Plus on its off-market tender to buy back 15 per cent of its ordinary share capital for £8 million.

  • Financings

    16-Jul-1996

    Rooks Rider acted for specialist publisher Columbus Holdings which listed on the Stock Exchange via a reverse takeover of Carnell

  • FUTURE FOR FRAUD. The conman, the crime and the costs

    16-Jul-1996

    Fraudsters using false financial instruments are stealing more than £6 million a day from businesses, individuals and even governments, according to a report by the International Chamber of Commerce. (The Times 1 March).That bland but startling report conceals much more than it reveals. The cost of fraud to society runs into billions and affects us all, no matter what our own financial status. It is frequently, in criminal terms, interwoven with the distribution of ...

  • Gary Streeter: hard man goes in feet first

    16-Jul-1996

    GARY STREETER is one month into his role as parliamentary secretary for the Lord Chancellor's Department and has already created a furore by calling legally aided litigants "state-funded Rottweilers".As a qualified solicitor, Streeter may presume he is qualified to make such a comparison, especially as he spent 16 years working at Plymouth firm Foot & Bowden, which has a large legal aid practice.But his fellow professionals, who widely condemned the legal ...

  • Give us a break

    16-Jul-1996

    With devolution on the political agenda, we asked the top 50 Scottish firms if they want a separate Scottish legislature. Almost 60 per cent were in favour. From the legal professional's viewpoint, although there is separate Scottish legislation, moving it outside London would make it clearer.One firm says: "A separate Scottish legislature in the UK, not necessarily an independent one, would demonstrate continuing recognition of the separate legal system. It would allow ...

  • Going global for new alliances

    16-Jul-1996

    The beauty of Scotland is that it is big enough to be important in the UK and small enough for everyone to know everyone else."Secretary of State for Scotland George Younger's made this comment on Scotland generally, but it is particularly apposite to the country's legal profession. The legal community is small enough for everyone to know exactly what all the others are (or are not) doing. And one firm in particular has been noticed.Last December an ...

  • Hard lessons of the UK-US marriage

    16-Jul-1996

    Theodore Goddard's move to sell off its Eastern European office to its former alliance partner, US firm Dewey Ballantine, is another example of the trans-Atlantic dream failing.In the late Eighties and early Nineties, in the name of business strategy, firms looked at every option to expand. Globalisation seemed to provide the opportunity and many went down this path. And those who were not big or rich enough to do it alone found partners. At the ...

  • High Court swings to rock 'n' roll actions

    16-Jul-1996

    Even if they have little interest in the music, it seems High Court judges can keep up-to-date with pop's trends by the litigation coming before them.After a recent hearing before Mr Justice Rattee, counsel Gregory Banner revealed the all-out royalties battle between members of chart-topping group Oasis and their ex-drummer Anthony McCarroll is still 12 to 18 months away.Also waiting in the High Court wings are Shakespears Sisters Siobhan Fahey ...

  • HR&K puts its faith in niche team

    16-Jul-1996

    City firm Harris Rosenblatt & Kramer has absorbed the banking and finance department of Bromley firm Hill Bailey.Under an unusual arrangement, the department will still operate in Hill Bailey's offices as a satellite of the City firm.HR&K will gain a new portfolio of clients, mostly mortgage companies, and seven fee earners. None of the Hill Bailey practitioners will be ...

  • In brief: Business strategist leaves Binder Hamlyn

    16-Jul-1996

    Solicitor Linda Packard has left management consultants Binder Hamlyn to head the legal consulting activity of The David Andrews Partnership, part of Grant Thornton. She specialises in advising law firms on all areas of business strategy. She will be joined by ex-BT information technology consultant Tim Lavender who will focus on telecommunications.

  • In brief: Donn & Co takes on might of US Army

    16-Jul-1996

    A team of lawyers from Manchester firm Donn & Co is taking on the US Army in Atlanta this week. Senior partner Raymond Donn, partner Hilary Meredith and legal executive Nicky Hunt are fighting for compensation after UK soldiers were involved in a fatal crash in 1993. One soldier was killed and 13 others were seriously injured in the accident. The driver, an American soldier, was found to be over the drink-driving limit and was sentenced to two years for vehicular homicide.

  • In brief: Former Herbert Smith staff reunited

    16-Jul-1996

    Claire Vane, former head of human resources at Herbert Smith, now with legal recruitment agency ZMB, is being joined by her old number two at the firm, Charles Dodds. Vane and Dodds will be responsible for establishing a new offshoot at the agency which will specialise in recruiting non-legal staff for law firms in areas such as finance, IT and marketing. The new operation will eventually recruit staff for clients beyond the legal profession.

  • In brief: Handbook points to management flaws

    16-Jul-1996

    Allen & Overy is a major contributor to a new book which offers guidance on how best to manage professional firms. The Professional Partnership Handbook argues that many managing partners "have not always had the opportunity to acquire the range of skills required to run a successful business". Published by Tolleys, the book tackles human resource management, decision making and the liabilities ...

  • In brief: LAB rapped over correspondence handling

    16-Jul-1996

    The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Sir William Reid, has criticised the Legal Aid Board's handling of correspondence. Referring to a complaint that the LAB was evasive and dishonest in its handling of solicitors' correspondence, he said last week: "Delays occurred in associating letters with the file and in replying to correspondence, and points raised by the solicitors, were not answered in sufficient detail." But he rejected the notion that the LAB acted dishonestly: "Although ...

  • In brief: Law Commission evidence proposals

    16-Jul-1996

    The Law Commission has proposed changes to evidence given in court about a defendants previous misconduct. Criminal lawyers will have until the 31 October 1996 to provide feedback on the commission's proposal that a defendant should be given protection against the introduction of evidence of bad character.

  • In brief: Legal pay survey released

    16-Jul-1996

    The head of a legal department at a major stock market company commands a total pay package of around £95,000, according to a survey compiled by recruitment advisers Taylor Root. Remuneration for a top in-house legal averages £80,000 basic salary and £15,000 in perks and their pay has risen by 4.82 per cent. The market for in-house lawyers has grown strongly with 23 per cent of the survey's respondents indicating they expect to increase the size of their legal ...

  • In brief: Saints solicitor scores as FA chair

    16-Jul-1996

    Southampton solicitor Keith Wiseman has been elected chair of the Football Association, the most powerful position in English football. Wiseman will remain senior partner of Southampton litigation and advocacy practice Woodford & Ackroyd, he specialises in family child care litigation. He was formerly vice-chair of Southampton Football Club, also known as The Saints. Wiseman was not seen as a likely contender as the FA chair and his election, in the third round of voting, came as a ...

  • In brief: Scots multi-party actions recommended

    16-Jul-1996

    The Scottish Law Commission has recommended that a multi-party action procedure be introduced in the Scottish courts. Parties who opt into the group proceedings would be bound by the results on the common questions and would be liable to contribute to the expenses of the litigation. The scheme would initially be introduced in the Court of Session and may later be extended to the Sheriff Court. Kenneth Pritchard, secretary of the Law Society of Scotland, said he very much welcomed the ...

  • Inquest news to aid grieving families

    16-Jul-1996

    John Malpas reportsA CIVIL liberties barrister who provides families with free representation at inquests has launched a new bulletin detailing developments in inquest law.Leslie Thomas, of 2 Garden Court, plans to regularly update the newsletter Recent Developments in Inquest Law which he has produced in conjunction with Inquest, a support group to help the families of people who die in controversial circumstances.Included in the first ...

  • Investment for the future

    16-Jul-1996

    Behind the unassuming Georgian frontage in a genteel part of Edinburgh which was once home to Sir Walter Scott, is a bespoke information technology system which plays an integral part in the management of £180 million of investment funds.Murray Beith Murray WS was established in Edinburgh in 1849, and like other Scottish law firms has developed as a practice where the lawyers are men (and women) of business as well as advisers on the law.Murrays partner ...

  • IT Books update

    16-Jul-1996

    Alison Laferia reportsBusiness and Law on the Internet is a guide to the legal implications of doing business on the Net. The book assesses the potential risks and gives advice on carrying out legally secure activity on the Internet. Written by practising international lawyer Oliver Hance, it covers protection of intellectual property, freedom of expression and computer crime. It includes 20 standard contracts for doing business on-line. The book is published by ...

  • Leading lights shine out

    16-Jul-1996

    Landlord and tenant cases may be seen as the ultimate David and Goliath battle in the commercial property sector, but in terms of barristers many involved say that one set houses the legal giants in this very specialised area.According to most leading practitioners, Falcon Chambers is "pre-eminent in this field and very highly rated. But the caveat is that "too much work goes to them, leading to overload on occasion." Despite that comment, most barristers at the set are ...

  • Less power for barristers

    16-Jul-1996

    John Malpas reportsA MARKED shift of power away from barristers into the hands of solicitors will be caused by the proposed legal aid reforms, a leading legal pressure group has predicted.According to Roger Smith, director of the Legal Action Group, the plan to allow law firms to run block legal aid contracts will further erode the status of the young Bar.He said proposals to hand legal aid purse strings over to solicitors under a contracting ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 16/07/96

    16-Jul-1996

    Ian Alldis Coutts, 52, admitted 1971, practising at material times as Coutts, St Peter Port, Guernsey, fined £1,00 and ordered to pay £890 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to deliver accountants report on time and failed to comply with decision of conduct committee of adjudication & appeals committee of Solicitors Complaints Bureau ordering him to file his accounts. Tribunal said preparation and filing of accountants' reports ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 16/07/96

    16-Jul-1996

    Soanes v Medway Health Authority & anor - QBD 26 June 1996Claimant: Joanna Soanes, 58Incident: Medical negligenceInjuries: Claimant underwent mastectomy for breast cancer; subsequently diagnosed as suffering from extensive secondary cancer and treated with steroids, chemotherapy, radio therapy; claimant complained she was led to believe she only had short time left to live; treatment left her exhausted, hair fell out, discs ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 16/07/96

    16-Jul-1996

    Covenant prohibiting more than one house on a plotApplication of Jean Elizabeth Lee: Re 13 Hardwick Court, Pontefract, West Yorkshire: LP/6/199.Lands Tribunal (P H Clarke FRICS) 17/6/96.Summary: Application to discharge a restrictive covenant prohibiting the erection of more than one dwelling house per plot in an estate held to secure practical advantages to the objector and not to have become obsolete.Application under s.84 ...

  • Litigation Writs 16/07/96

    16-Jul-1996

    Colchester man Matthew Quinn has launched a High Court compensation claim in which he is suing Essex police for damages for alleged assault and battery. Quinn seeks damages, including aggravated and exemplary damages, for alleged assault, battery, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. His writ says the claim is a due to police actions on and after 17 March 1990 in High Street, Colchester, and Colchester Police Station.Writ issued by ...

  • London visit improves Irish links

    16-Jul-1996

    LINKS between the Irish Bar and the Middle Temple have been strengthened with the visit to London of a delegation of 40 Irish barristers.The visit at the end of last month featured a dinner at Middle Temple Hall hosted by the Inn's treasurer Michael Sherrard QC and a reception at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, given by the Attorney General, Sir Nicholas Lyell QC. The Hon Mr Justice Donal Barrington headed the Irish delegation, which boasted a string ...

  • Lords allows landmark intervention by Liberty in breach of privacy appeal

    16-Jul-1996

    IN A landmark judgment the House of Lords has allowed the human rights organisation Liberty to intervene in a case.This is believed to be the first time written third-party intervention has been allowed in a criminal case before the Lords and could set a precedent for similar interventions.The appeal concerned evidence obtained by police on bugging devices, which the appellant argued was inadmissible because it constituted a breach of privacy and because there ...

  • Mallesons cuts costs with NY and Taiwan office closures

    16-Jul-1996

    Australian international firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques has closed its Taiwan and New York offices to cut back on costs.But Mallesons' London partner Greg Hammond emphasised that its London office was staying open. "We have just reviewed all our overseas operations and the decision was taken to close the New York and Taiwan office but very definitely to keep the London one open," he said.The one-partner New York office was opened in the early Seventies, initially ...

  • Mears says no to Howells' request for open inquiry

    16-Jul-1996

    A demand from Michael Howells, Law Society treasurer, that an inquiry into his future should be held publicly has been snubbed by president Martin Mears.Three society ex-presidents are to decide whether Howells should resign as treasurer, if re-elected to the council, after it was found he had been severely reprimanded by the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. The SCB found he had failed to furnish a client with adequate professional services and ordered him to pay £1,000 ...

  • Meet tomorrow's champions

    16-Jul-1996

    As in other areas of specialist work, opinions are mixed as to whether the next wave of barristers match up to the current crop of the silks. But nevertheless practitoners have singled out a few first rate juniors.At Falcon Chambers, one of the juniors who is noted in particular as following in the leading lights' footsteps is Wayne Clark who "is very approachable, not arrogant and gets the job done on time". At the same set, ex-solicitor and "very bright" Stephen Jourdan ...

  • N&P legal office broken up

    16-Jul-1996

    THE SIX-strong legal department of National Provincial Building Society is being broken up in the run up to its takeover by Abbey National.Last week, Eversheds announced it had recruited former head of the N&P department Tony Gartland as a salaried partner to its Leeds office.But Abbey National, which takes over N&P next month, has refused to comment on the future of the remaining ...

  • Nabarros and McKennas act on record retail deal

    16-Jul-1996

    MCkenna & Co and Nab-arro Nathanson acted on the largest out-of-London property transaction this year.They spearheaded the £90 million sale of the Fort Retail Park in Birmingham to a group of City investment institutions which included Pearl Assurance, Clerical Medical and British Airways Pensions.Nabarros advised the buyers and McKennas acted for Fort's owner, Tarmac Richardson Developments.The development is substantially pre-let to tenants ...

  • Navy nurse's dismissal claim

    16-Jul-1996

    A sacked Royal Navy nurse is heading for the European Court of Justice with a test case aimed at outlawing the UK's blanket ban on gay service personnel. Mr Justice Sedley ruled there is at least an "arguable" case that the sacking of 27-year-old Terence Perkins, contravened European law provisions of equal treatment and gave him leave to challenge his dismissal. When the application for leave was made counsel Peter Duffy, for Perkins, told the judge that ...

  • New recruit heads huge tax law rewrite

    16-Jul-1996

    A MASSIVE five-year, £25 million project to put 7,000 pages of tax legislation into plain English has taken its first steps with the appointment of Ron Downhill, tax partner at Berwin Leighton, and two other tax experts as advisers on the project.Downhill said he and the other two advisers to the Inland Revenue would not take part in the rewriting, but for a consultation period of six months would give their views and the views of colleagues on how the legislation ...

  • New system speaks your language

    16-Jul-1996

    Alison Laferia reportsPC users can surf the Net or produce electronic documents simply by talking, with a new version of speech recognition technology recently launched by Dragon Systems.DragonDictate for Windows version 2.1: British English, allows the user to access Netscape browser menus and dialogue boxes by speaking.It also lets the user dictate directly into Windows, without having to cut and paste.The system includes ...

  • New York Bar wants anti-ad rules dropped by state

    16-Jul-1996

    The New York State Bar Association is proposing that restrictions on lawyers' advertising should be dropped.New York State rules currently prohibit law firms placing adverts which include "puffery", "self-laudation" and claims that "cast reflection on the legal profession as a whole".But a string of US Supreme Court rulings in the past few years have held that such restrictions on advertising are unconstitutional and many state Bars have as a result been ...

  • Partner quits Hammonds on good terms after 21 years to boost small firm

    16-Jul-1996

    A former partner at Hammond Suddards has chosen to move to a much smaller Leeds firm, Nelson & Co.Ian Shuttleworth, a partner at Hammond Suddards for 18 years, approached nine-partner Nelson & Co himself and joined as a partner last week. A specialist in commercial property and construction law, he plans to build up the firm's commercial department."I knew some of the partners at Nelsons," ...

  • PI aid figures are untrue, claims Apil

    16-Jul-1996

    The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) claims Lord Mackay is exaggerating the cost of personal injury cases to justify cutting legal aid.David Marshall, Apil legal aid spokesman, said lawyers interpreted the Lord Chancellor's recent remarks about "legal aid wasting money on too many weak, trivial and undeserving cases" as referring to class actions and PI cases.Apil also points out that the net cost of personal injury cases to the Legal Aid Fund ...

  • Plan for poor to pay slated

    16-Jul-1996

    Tory and Labour MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee have slated the plans of the Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay to make poor litigants pay a minimum contribution to their legal aid costs."I suspect solicitors will pay the money out of their own pockets," Sir Ivan Lawrence, chair of the Tory committee, told top civil servants from the Lord Chancellor's Department. "What kind of disincentive is that?" He added: "People either have a reasonable case or they do not. They ...

  • Profession loses appeal for Osbornes man

    16-Jul-1996

    The drift of senior lawyers to top flight management jobs outside the profession has continued with the appointment of Osborne Clarke corporate partner Jeremy Simon to the board of Prism Rail.Prism is one of the few privatised rail companies quoted on the London Stock Exchange.Simon will handle the development of corporate services, including possible expansion of the company.

  • Profits from the pipeline

    16-Jul-1996

    It may be known historically as the granite city, but more recently, Aberdeen's fortunes have been oil-related both directly and indirectly. The oil industry and its international dimension is one of the aspects that differentiates it from Glasgow and Edinburgh as a legal marketplace.And one of the larger firms, Ledingham Chalmers has also been distinguishing itself by setting ...

  • Property

    16-Jul-1996

    Lovell White Durrant advised Albion Property Investments which bought buildings worth £20 million from Langbourn Property Investment Services for a mix of cash and shares. Langbourn was represented by Richards Butler.

  • Property

    16-Jul-1996

    Swedish insurance group Skandia has sold a development site near Heathrow to Whitbread for £5.8 million. Whitbread was represented by Field Fisher Waterhouse.

  • Result due in vital CJD link test case

    16-Jul-1996

    Judgment on the test case alleging a link between Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and human growth hormone treatment is expected this week.The test case at the High Court, which lawyers say was fought to the hilt, is believed to be the first CJD case to be litigated anywhere in the world, as well as the first multi-party pharmaceutical case taken in this country.David Body and Delyth Jones, of Sheffield-based firm Irwin Mitchell, and Peter Llewelyn and Pauline Roberts, ...

  • SA calls for more help from UK as five give free talks

    16-Jul-1996

    Nelson Mandela's deputy minister of justice has called for training help from UK lawyers.The deputy minister, Dr Mantobazana Tshabalala-Msimang, visiting England for Mandela's state visit, spoke to members of the British South African Lawyers Association at the Law Society on 8 July."My message to you," Tshabalala said, "is do not be hesitant in coming forward. Your skills are needed."The British South African Lawyers Association has applied ...

  • SA lawyers plan to unite

    16-Jul-1996

    South Africa's leading black and white lawyers are to meet at the end of this month to thrash out a plan to create a unified post-apartheid body to govern themselves.The country's attorneys - the equivalent of solicitors - are regulated, under a 1974 statute, by the four provincial law societies of Natal, the Cape, Transvaal and the Orange Free State which together have formed the Association of Law Societies of Southern Africa.During the worst period ...

  • Shock to the legal system

    16-Jul-1996

    War on crime was the message. But the White Paper on crime and punishment of Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Forsyth had more than one battle in mind last month. Tucked in between the hard-line penal reforms was the blueprint for a radical overhaul of the criminal legal aid process in Scotland.Proposals for block criminal legal aid fees, compulsory franchising and pilot public defender schemes came as a shock to the Scottish legal profession. While franchising and ...

  • Silkin's Nickols enjoys Three Tenors concert at Norwell's cost

    16-Jul-1996

    Alison Laferia reportsSimon Nickols, head of finance at commercial practice Lewis Silkin, heard the Three Tenors in concert at Wembley, courtesy of Norwel Computer Services.Nickols won two tickets in a business card draw at Norwel's recent event, a 'Day of Difference'. He said: "The music and atmosphere were very good. It was an interesting ...

  • Stephensons forms first link in Croatia

    16-Jul-1996

    STEPHENSON Harwood has become the first UK law firm to form an association with a Croatian firm since the independent state was born five years ago.The five-partner Zuric & Partners, founded in 1992, when private law firms were first allowed, has become one of the leading firms in Croatia. Based in the capitalZagreb, it deals mainly in commercial, corporate, finance, banking, intellectual property and real estate law and has established a reputation for privatisations.

  • Striking the imbalance

    16-Jul-1996

    In the week which has seen the the Prime Minister endorsing the call by the Archbishop of Canterbury for a wider adherence to Christian values and teachings, the Government has chosen to publish its document announcing further restrictions on legal aid for the less than wealthy, entitled Striking the Balance. To judge from its contents, it could more properly be called Creating Imbalance: Injustice for the Majority.The essence of Striking the Balance is that ...

  • Talking about your generation

    16-Jul-1996

    The Law Society today faces many problems. This is nothing new; it did on a greater scale and in a more difficult context in the 1930s and 1940s. Then, by an concerted effort, the society strengthened its modest resources in order to cope.Today, despite the enormous resources available to it, the society seems unable to avoid exposure to ridicule. As one who helped substantially with the midwifery from 1938 to 1951 and was involved in bringing the society ...

  • Teething troubles expected as City switches to Crest dealing

    16-Jul-1996

    The introduction of the Crest electronic share dealing system in the City this week is awaited anxiously by lawyers who will have to deal with a plethora of new paperwork.Different documentation will be needed for rights issues and takeovers to take account of the Crest system which has been developed under the auspices of the Bank of England.The high-tech set-up drops the need for share certificates and is designed to make trading quicker and easier than under ...

  • TG sells offices to former US partner

    16-Jul-1996

    THEODORE Goddard has sold its half share of its four Eastern European offices to its US joint venture partner Dewey Ballantine, ending its hopes for a merger.The offices, which TG opened jointly with Deweys in 1991, are in Budapest, Prague, Warsaw and Cracow.TG's Warsaw partner Bruce McGregor will return to the London office in the autumn. The Cracow office was staffed only by local Polish lawyers and the Budapest and Prague offices were already managed ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Victoria Cochrane

    16-Jul-1996

    Victoria Cochrane was born in London on 3 July 1956. She played a pivotal role in building a legal team for Ernst & Young's London office, which won her in-house company/commercial lawyer of the year award at the 1996 The Lawyer/Hifal awards. What was your first job?A florist.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£4,000 per annum.What would you have done if you ...

  • US recruit to add clout to Freshfields

    16-Jul-1996

    City firm Freshfields has recruited senior US lawyer Kent Rowey to its international project finance unit in London in response to growing competition from rivals.US and UK firms have increasingly seen marketing in-house American and British legal expertise as a way of attracting clients.Freshfields partner Simon Hall said: "Having both a British and American law capability is important because most project finance contracts are governed by either UK or US law."

  • Westminster stops phone box cards in sleaze war

    16-Jul-1996

    Westminster City Council has secured an injunction to stop a man from placing prostitute cards in phone boxes.The injunction, won at Central London County Court, was sought after it became clear that court action and fines had not proved a sufficient deterrent for the Shepherd's Bush man.The injunction, only the second to be taken out by the council, marks the latest stage in the council's battle against sleaze.Robert Moreland, chair of ...