15 June 1998

The Lawyer

  • 14 split from 3 Temple Gardens to form new set

    16-Jun-1998

    Nearly two-thirds of the tenants at Donald Gordon’s 22-strong set 3 Temple Gardens have quit to form their own chambers.It is understood that of the 14 departing barristers, who include senior figures such as John Benedict and Bita Bhalla, two are believed to have left following a dispute over rent, with the rest following in sympathy.One source at the new set hinted that the bust-up was also the result of disagreements over strategy in the broad-based common ...

  • A legal future of doom or boom

    16-Jun-1998

    It is easy to look back and comment on the past 10 years of recruiting in the legal market but it is far more exciting to gaze into the crystal ball and view the future.This is especially so at the moment, because in my 15 years of experience in the legal profession - four in practice as a solicitor, the balance as a recruitment adviser - the market has never been in greater turmoil.It is a turmoil caused largely by the clash of the very different players ...

  • A legal system fit for the 21st century

    16-Jun-1998

    Sir Gavin Lightman shares his wide-ranging vision of a reformed and rejuvenated system of justice for the next millenniumI have been concerned since I began in practice that there is a public perception of the legal profession - and in particular litigators - as a self-serving clique exploiting for its own profit the public's need for legal services.The public's sense of alienation is deep and all pervasive. An example of the reaction to the unacceptable ...

  • A risk at the Bar

    16-Jun-1998

    Lawyers bear the financial risk in personal injury cases but, unlike barristers, solicitors can withstand losses by spreading the risk, says Andrew Hannam. Andrew Hannam is a partner at Clarke Willmott & Clarke.The litigation landscape is changing constantly, bringing threats as well as opportunities to the two branches of the legal profession.Conditional ...

  • A vision for the future

    16-Jun-1998

    Kamlesh Bahl says her experience as head of the EOC makes her well qualified to tackle the Law Society's problems. Kamlesh Bahl is chairwoman of the EOC.I passionately believe that solicitors make a great contribution to British society which needs to be properly valued.My vision is for solicitors to be the first choice as trusted advisors for legal services. I want solicitors to be the public's first choice as legal advisers for some of the most important ...

  • Advocating the best counsel

    16-Jun-1998

    Approachability, objectivity and good judgement are among key skills that solicitors look for in counsel, says Daniel Holden. Daniel Holden is a freelance journalist.Personal injury work at the London Bar is represented by a wide range of silks, while medical negligence work tends to attract top-class specialists.If there is one name on everyone's lips however, it is that of Daniel Brennan QC at 39 Essex Street, rated in both areas for his "brilliant advocacy" ...

  • Amnesty court alert

    16-Jun-1998

    Amnesty International said that the establishment of a permanent international criminal court at the United Nations conference in Rome this month is in jeopardy. It is threatened because governments, including those of the US, China and Russia, oppose an independent prosecutor and are joined by the UK in wanting to delay criminal investigations of genocide and war crimes.

  • Anonymity refused for LAB appeal firm

    16-Jun-1998

    A London firm battling the withdrawal of its Legal Aid Board (LAB) franchise has failed to retain its anonymity.Three appeal judges, headed by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, have ruled that if Kaim Todner wants to pursue its challenge it must be identified.The two-partner London firm was granted leave to challenge the LAB's decision in the High Court by Mr Justice Kay last june but he refused its application for anonymity.Lord Woolf said ...

  • Apil set to contest Irish ban on solicitors' PI advertising

    16-Jun-1998

    The UK-based Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) is prepared to challenge the Irish Department of Justice in the courts when a ban on solicitors advertising for personal injury cases reaches the Irish statue book.Irish Justice Minister John O'Donoghue plans to push the proposed measure through parliament before the summer recess. The Solicitors (Amendment) Bill 1998 prohibits "advertising expressly or by implication referring to claims for damages for personal ...

  • Bar pressed to take action against age discrimination

    16-Jun-1998

    Barristers are pushing for a clause in the Bar's code of conduct outlawing age discrimination.The move comes after statistics compiled by students at Middle and Inner Temple showed that applications from candidates over 30 were nearly twice as likely to fail compared to ones made by those under 30.The Bar's recently established equal opportunities committee was last weekend due to consider the demand from the special committee on ageism. It will be ...

  • Bar pressed to take action against age discrimination

    16-Jun-1998

    Dibb Lupton Alsop no longer wants to be known as a national firm and is rebranding itself as a "City firm with regional offices".In a business plan voted on by all partners, it has also agreed to aim to have French, German, Spanish and Italian practices within the next 12 months; to expand its new Brussels office; and to strengthen its City base.The Lawyer revealed in February that the firm was in talks with a group of lawyers in Paris and that it aimed to have ...

  • Chancery lane's dream team?

    16-Jun-1998

    As ballot papers go out for another Law Society election, the Lawyer begins its election coverage by looking at the current state of the Law Society and asking whether Michael Mathews, Robert Sayer and Kamlesh Bahl can turn the society around.They make an odd alliance and appear the most unlikely of reformers.But Michael Mathews, standing for president, Robert Sayer, vice president, and Kamlesh Bahl, deputy vice-president, are united in being quietly confident ...

  • Consulting clerks

    16-Jun-1998

    Daniel Holden asks clerks which barristers they would cherry-pick for a dream setEach month, The Lawyer asks solicitors to name their barrister dream teams. Solicitors pick the leader and junior, without thought to expense or availability, whom they would want fighting in their corner.But such is the specialism at the personal injury and medical negligence Bar that most solicitors feel unable to name their ideal senior and junior.So instead, clerks ...

  • Dim view of Lightman

    16-Jun-1998

    Mr Justice Lightman enlightened the Chancery Bar Association spring lecture on 3 June with his vision of litigation in the 21st Century.Pitifully, his views regarding recruitment to the Bar were not so forward thinking. Mr Justice Lightman stressed his desire to afford full equality of opportunity to those who wished to become barristers as necessary to maintain both quality and public confidence in the profession.However, he then dismissed every entrant ...

  • Financing

    16-Jun-1998

    Mayer Brown & Platt acted for arranger and underwriter Standard Bank London on the underwriting of US$47.5m senior and subordinated facilities for the Wassa Gold project. Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for sponsor Glencar Mining and Clifford ...

  • Freshfields' litigators are number two in France

    16-Jun-1998

    Freshfields is the only firm to be rated outside its native jurisdiction in a survey of preferred litigators in 15 European countries.The firm was rated number two in France after Paris-based Bredin Prat and alongside Jeantet & Associes, Philippe Le Boulanger et Associes and Rambaud Martel.In the survey, conducted by the journal, International Commercial Litigation, more than 230 clients and contacts in industry and private practice in Europe were asked: "Who ...

  • Greens attack parking zones

    16-Jun-1998

    London's parking problems are to be aired in the Court of Appeal. An appeal is pending in which an action group from Newham is challenging the rights of Newham Borough Council to introduce controlled parking zones in the area. The Green Street Action Group is appealing against a High Court ruling by Mr Justice Owen. He found that while the council had failed to consult fully over the plan, the interests of the action group protesters had nevertheless not been substantially ...

  • Group of 10 threatens high street

    16-Jun-1998

    Eversheds is rallying 10 of the UK's largest property firms to promote low-cost volume conveyancing and bypass the Law Society in talks with mortgage lenders and government.The 10 firms undercut high street practices by using paralegals and telephone-based conveyancing. They include Eversheds, Dibb Lupton Alsop, Hammond Suddards, Addleshaw Booth & Co,

  • HK finds a PI solution

    16-Jun-1998

    Much can be learned from Hong Kong's PI litigation system, writes Neville Sarony.Those ignorant and arrogant enough to characterise Hong Kong as a mere far eastern municipality would do well to ponder Hong Kong's remarkable role as a dynamically innovative jurisdiction.The same dynamics that attracted judges of the calibre of David Hunter, Michael Kempster and Gerald Godfrey, also inspired a generation of young British and New Zealand lawyers to influence ...

  • http://www.domain_name/~appeal.co.uk

    16-Jun-1998

    The battle surrounding the ownership of popular Internet domain names is to continue in the Court of Appeal, reports Roger Pearson.The battle over rights to use Internet domain names continues.An appeal hearing is scheduled for 30 June in a challenge by One in a Million of Leeds, Richard Conway of Finchley and Julian Nicholson of New Malden, against High Court summary judgments granted against them last November.Proceedings were launched ...

  • IBA admits four

    16-Jun-1998

    The International Bar Association (IBA) has admitted the ruling bar of Equatorial Guinea as its 174th member at a council meeting in Vienna. The South Australian Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the International Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya were admitted as sustaining members.

  • IBA nominations

    16-Jun-1998

    The IBA ruling council has nominated Dianna Kempe QC as the organisation's first women vice-president. Francis Neate, ex-Slaughter and May partner and now with merchant bank Schroders, was nominated to retain his post as treasurer.

  • IBA resolution votes

    16-Jun-1998

    At the IBA's Vienna meeting its council voted on two resolutions. The first was to lobby the World Trade Organisation and the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OECD) to look at the legal profession as a unique case in plans for global regulation. The second was to acknowledge the rights of lawyers to establish in foreign countries. Both resolutions were passed. The Law Society of England and Wales opposed the second resolution on the grounds that it was a "deplorable ...

  • Imro could have contributed to DMG directors' legal fees

    16-Jun-1998

    Investment regulator Imro has said that the four Deutsche Morgan Grenfell asset management directors suspended from working in the City, following the Peter Young scandal, could have requested that Imro pay their legal fees.Imro suspended the four directors - Graham Kane, Glyn Owen, Michael Wheatley and Paul Ebling - for failing to prevent Peter Young's "highly irregular investment activities". Each has to pay Imro's investigation costs of about £90,000.

  • In brief: Arctic challenge for Herbert Smith cycle duo

    16-Jun-1998

    Herbert Smith shipping group partner Mike Allen (above left) and solicitor Alex Davis (above right) are to cycle 450km to raise funds for the RNLI as part of its 1998 Arctic Cycle Challenge from 18-26 July. To sponsor them, call Mike Allen on 0171 374 8000.

  • In brief: Bird & Bird reels in film specialist Dally

    16-Jun-1998

    Bird & Bird has appointed film lawyer Peter Dally as a partner. Dally, who specialises in film production finance and distribution, was formerly a partner at Denton Hall and latterly at Marriott Harrison.

  • In brief: DJ Freeman appoints property partner

    16-Jun-1998

    DJ Freeman has appointed Jonathan Martin as a partner in the firm's property services department. Martin previously worked for Herbert Smith and Cameron McKenna.

  • In brief: EBRD chief counsel joins US firm in London

    16-Jun-1998

    Wayne McArdle, former chief counsel at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), has joined the London office of US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP. The EBRD is currently cutting the number of law firms it uses for English and local law advice in financing projects in Eastern Europe and Russia.

  • In brief: Law Society fills non-constituency seats

    16-Jun-1998

    The Law Society has elected three new members to fill non-constituency seats. Maria Fernandes has been appointed to the ethnic minorities seat, Pauline McBride has been elected to the local government seat and Robin Healey has been elected to the international practice seat. Kamlesh Bahl has been re-elected as commerce and industry representative.

  • In brief: Lawyers' association gets barrister head

    16-Jun-1998

    The Employment Lawyers Association has appointed barrister Paul Goulding of 2 Hare Court as its chairman. Goulding is the first barrister to be elected to the post.

  • In brief: LCD focuses on judgment enforcement

    16-Jun-1998

    The Lord Chancellor's Department has published a consultation paper on the enforcement of civil court judgments. The paper aims to open up the debate on how enforcement might be made more effective.

  • In brief: LeBoeufs poaches Gibson Dunn partner

    16-Jun-1998

    New York-based LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has recruited US-qualified partner Mitri J Najjar from the London office of US rivals Gibson Dunn and Crutcher. He will establish a Middle East and Gulf commercial practice at LeBoeufs' London office.

  • In brief: Lord Bingham voices legal aid concerns

    16-Jun-1998

    The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham of Cornhill, expressed concerns about the Government's legal aid reforms in the annual Barnett lecture at Toynbee Hall last week. Lord Bingham pointed to uncertainty over the availability of insurance at reasonable cost for conditional fee agreements. The speech was welcomed by Heather Hallett QC, chairman of the Bar Council.

  • In brief: Occupational therapist for Irwin Mitchell

    16-Jun-1998

    Irwin Mitchell has appointed what it believes is the first occupational therapist to a national firm with the appointment of Jayne Heslop as client liaison manager within the firm's personal injury department. She will liaise between lawyers and clients and represent clients to other agencies such as employers and schools.

  • In brief: Paisners wins Forsyte Saunders solicitor

    16-Jun-1998

    Paisner & Co has recruited leading asset finance lawyer Dennis Rosenthal from Forsyte Saunders Kerman.

  • In brief: Priority to be given to partnerships Bill

    16-Jun-1998

    The leader of the House of Commons, Ann Taylor MP, has announced that a new bill on limited liability partnerships is to be given priority. The draft bill will also be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny by select committee and consultation with outside organisations.

  • Jacksons Nets North East legal hotline

    16-Jun-1998

    Elizabeth Davidson reportsTEESIDE firm Jacksons - whose attempted merger with Liverpool's Weightmans and London firm Kennedys fell through last month - is co-ordinating an Internet legal hotline for 12 North East firms.Jacksons is currently in the process of an IT overhaul which has cost the ...

  • Jilted Wilde Sapte receives offers from Andersens' rivals

    16-Jun-1998

    Wilde Sapte has been approached by three big six accountancy firms and three "perfectly credible law firm suitors" since its talks withAndersens failed, according to managing partner Steve Blakeley.Blakeley e-mailed all his staff last week to reassure them. He said: "Now the Andersen deal is over it might be easy for us to lose sight of the quality and strength of our practices and instead to feel rather unwanted and unloved..."Since the press reported ...

  • Jonathan Moore asks: "when is a genuine product a counterfeit?'Jonathan Moore is an intellectual property partner at Hammond Suddards.

    16-Jun-1998

    Tommy Hilfiger has announced that it is to sue Tesco for allegedly selling "fake" products.Tesco maintains that it bought the products legitimately on the "grey market" (from the US), and that it is entitled to sell them in the UK.The case brings to the fore the difference between branded goods bought outside the European Economic Area (EEA) for sale in the UK and goods bought within the EEA for sale in the UK.A judgment, ...

  • KPMG argues for end to juries in serious fraud trials

    16-Jun-1998

    Big six firm KPMG has called for the scrapping of juries in serious fraud trials and said that arguments for retaining them could be put "forward by defence lawyers rather than members of the public".The Home Office is currently undertaking a consultation exercise on whether juries should be retained for fraud trials.John Ellison, chairman of KPMG's forensic accounting arm, said in a letter to the Home Office: "We do not believe the arguments for retaining ...

  • L&P Euro alliance in disarray

    16-Jun-1998

    Linklaters' plan to create the world's largest legal federation has been throw into disarray by the refusal of leading French firm Jeantet & Associes to join.The Lawyer understands that Linklaters and the executive of the Alliance of European lawyers have identified 55-lawyer full service Paris firm Rambaud Martel as the preferred replacement to Jeantet in its planned pan-European ...

  • LAB accelerates move to criminal block contracting

    16-Jun-1998

    The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, will next month ask the Legal Aid Board (LAB) to draw up plans for exclusive block contracting for criminal legal aid - even though pilots of it have only just begun.The LAB closed negotiations with firms taking part in the two-year criminal block contract pilot on 31 May, although some contracts are still to be signed.The Law society has for some time been urging firms not to take part in the pilots.Many criminal ...

  • Labour lawyers attack Govt for lack of human rights funding

    16-Jun-1998

    Government plans to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights have been attacked by the Society of Labour Lawyers.The society, which is affiliated to the Labour Party, said more money had to be made available to enable the public to enforce the rights guaranteed by the Human Rights Bill.Specifically, it claimed a Human Rights Commission should be set up to educate the public about its new rights and to pursue key test cases. It also wants an announcement ...

  • Law centres rap Govt plans for funding community legal service

    16-Jun-1998

    New Labour's plan to use savings from legal aid for its much-heralded nationwide community legal service has been attacked by the law centres bidding to be at the core of the new service.Delivering a speech at the Law Centres Federation (LCF) annual reception for MPs at the House of Commons last week, LCF chairman Mahmud Quayum said: "The insistence that the community legal service can only be created if there are savings in other areas of legal aid could wreck the ...

  • Law Society extends its KPMG negligence claims

    16-Jun-1998

    The Law Society has made fresh allegations against accountancy firm KPMG of negligence relating to its auditing of law firm Durnford Ford's accounts.The society was forced to pay out millions of pounds in compensation to clients when the firm was closed by the Solicitors Complaints Bureau in 1992 and senior partner Graham Ford was jailed for theft.It has been suing KPMG, in particular partners Stephen Cawley and Neil Chapman, for £8.5m over the past ...

  • LCD launches IT think tank

    16-Jun-1998

    THE Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) has set up a think tank to consider ways of improving the use of IT in the civil justice system.Geoff Hoon, parliamentary secretary at the LCD and former shadow IT spokesman, is to chair a strategy group of eight civil servants and IT professionals. It will be charged with producing a five to 15-year strategy for the use of IT in the civil courts.The group, which was launched on 4 June, has until ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 16/6/98

    16-Jun-1998

    David William Gambrill, 46, admitted 1976, practising at material times on own account as Lewis Bell Darley & Gambrill, Rochester, struck off. Allegations substantiated that he drew monies from client account other than in accordance with the rules, used clients' funds for his own purposes and those of his wife or of a business controlled by him, failed to account to clients for monies held on their behalf in both the manner in which those monies ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 16/6/98

    16-Jun-1998

    Atkinson v Associated Electrical Industries & anor - QBD 29 April 1998Claimant: Wendy Atkinson, 54Incident: Asbestosis fatalityInjuries: Claimant is widow of electrical engineer who died, aged 53, from mesothelioma, 30 years after being exposed to asbestos fibres while working in a north Wales colliery on a project which lasted just two and a half months. Atkinson left a grown-up son and three daughters, aged 14, 19 and ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 16/6/98

    16-Jun-1998

    Comedy team wins dispute over licensing agreementsPython (Monty) Pictures Ltd v Paragon Entertainment Corporation & Anor (1998)Ch.D (Rattee J) 21/5/98Action in respect of rights to the film "The Life of Brian". The members of the Monty Python comedy team who wrote the film assigned their copyright to Python, a company owned by the team. Python made a production agreement with Handmade Films Ltd ("Handmade') and a distribution ...

  • Litigation Writs 16/6/98

    16-Jun-1998

    A writ for US$410,12in compensation has been issued by Considar of New York, the owner of a valuable stock of titanium, against Dunstan and Wragg, the owner of a titanium processing factory.It accuses Dunstan and Wragg, a division of Sheffield-based Midgley, of negligence and failing to take proper care of 60 tons of titanium sponge brickettes sent to the factory for processing. A fire and an explosion took place at the factory in Wreakes, ...

  • Meddling with the nation's retirement

    16-Jun-1998

    New Labour has endangered occupational pension schemes, warns Jane Marshall. Jane Marshall is a partner and head of pensions at Hammond Suddards.The importance of retirement provision has never been more recognised - but are traditional occupational schemes suitable with today's labour market and work patterns?Pension provision is particularly tax efficient. Contributions paid by an employer are not taxable in the hands of the employee. Some estimate that ...

  • Non-practising barristers call for end to advocacy ban

    16-Jun-1998

    Non-practising barristers last Saturday called on the Bar Council to reverse a “farcical” rule change which bans them from acting as advocates.The alteration to paragraph 212 of the Bar’s code of conduct came into effect on 1 June and removes rights of audience from any barrister not in independent practice or working in-house.The rule applies not only in courts but also in tribunals and public inquiries, unless a waiver is granted.So far about 60 ...

  • Norton Rose wins whole Jeantet insurance team

    16-Jun-1998

    Norton Rose's Paris office has head-hunted the entire insurance practice of leading Paris firm Jeantet & Associes - rated in the market as one of the best insurance practices in France.Partner Christian Bouckaert leads the five-lawyer team. He will become a partner at Norton Rose along with Jeantet associates Pascal Ormen and Beatrice Haricheaux on 29 June.Michael Lee, ...

  • Number of judicial assistants set to grow

    16-Jun-1998

    A MAJOR expansion of the Court of Appeal's judicial assistants scheme was predicted last week by the newly formed Association of Judicial Assistants.Slaughter and May solicitor Trevor Barnes, chairman of the association, said that the Woolf reforms meant judges would need more judicial assistants - first appointed last year to help Court of Appeal judges prepare cases - to cope ...

  • One-all draw' in challenge to Word Cup committee

    16-Jun-1998

    The way in which the Paris-based World Cup organising committee, the CFO, distributed tickets could be held to be discriminatory, according to the Paris Civil Court.But the 31 MEPs who brought the action against the CFO, represented by Clifford Chance, failed on a technicality last week.The French judge ruled that the case was inadmissible on the grounds that the MEPs were ...

  • Playing the devil's advocate on CPE

    16-Jun-1998

    Mr Justice Lightman's speech to the Chancery Bar Association earlier this month has certainly stirred up something of a hornet's nest.His comments on the education of young barristers in particular have provoked fury among those many lawyers who have trained via the Common Professional Examination route.Judge Lightman asks how such an education could "qualify a barrister to be let loose on the public" and compares it to a doctor who has "studied ...

  • Prison access to be reviewed

    16-Jun-1998

    The Law Lords have given leave for a probe into the rights of journalists to professional access to those serving prison sentences. The Lawyer recently reported that they were considering granting leave for an appeal against an Appeal Court ruling that prison authorities can ban visits to prisoners by journalists in the absence of undertakings that material obtained during such visits will not be used in the media.

  • Pro bono: taking the lead from the US experience

    16-Jun-1998

    Elizabeth Davidson reports from the first Solicitors' Pro Bono Group conference on how the group is working to put the "public' into pro bonoTHE difference in attitude of US and UK firms to pro bono work became apparent at this month's Solicitors' Pro Bono Group (SPBG) conference.According to White & Case pro bono co-ordinator Val Ciptak, lawyers at her ...

  • Property

    16-Jun-1998

    Wilde Sapte acted for Greycoat on its £13m purchase of the freehold of 76-88 Wardour Street, London W1, from London & Regional Properties, advised by Hamlin Slowe.

  • Property

    16-Jun-1998

    Clifford Chance is advising Prestbury Group on its £32.55m acquisition of a portfolio of properties from Brixton Estates. Linklaters co-ordinated a team of lawyers acting for Brixton Estates, including Cameron McKenna and Clyde ...

  • Protecting those who protect us

    16-Jun-1998

    Roger Pearson looks at the rights of those working for the emergency services to sue their employers over work-related traumaAn Appeal Court ruling has reinforced the rights of police and members of other emergency services to seek damages after witnessing traumatic incidents while at work.The case reinforces the principles established by cases such as those of police present during the horrors of the Hillsborough stadium disaster.In Schofield v Chief ...

  • Putting the PI victim first

    16-Jun-1998

    Bill Braithwaite QC argues that victims' rehabilitation lies not only in the hands of medics, but also in the actions of lawyers. Bill Braithwaite QC practises from 2 Crown Office Row, London, and Exchange Chambers, Liverpool. He is consultant editor of Kemp & Kemp, The Quantum of Damages.In recent months there has been considerable criticism of the lengthy and expensive legal process involved in managing personal injury claims. Not surprisingly, cases where individuals ...

  • Putting the stress on support

    16-Jun-1998

    Barry Pritchard reveals the extent of alcohol and stress-related problems of solicitors uncovered by Solcare in the past year. Barry Pritchard is co-ordinator of Solcare.Stress, depression and addictive behavioural illnesses, including alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling and eating disorders, to name but a few - all thrive in the legal profession.Chemical dependency, in particular, is known to be prevalent in the legal profession. In this country lawyers are dying ...

  • Rich pickings in the regions

    16-Jun-1998

    Daniel Holden finds that while there is plenty of regional talent for PI, medical negligence cases are still referred to London The regional Bar hosts a wealth of personal injury specialists which solicitors are happy to instruct, but medical negligence cases are almost invariably referred to London counsel.In Wales, Cardiff and Swansea sets are highly regarded. The "very specialist" Ian Murphy QC is "a safe pair of hands" at 9 Park Place, Cardiff. Peter Griffiths ...

  • Rights of audience go-ahead imminent

    16-Jun-1998

    Long-awaited government plans giving full rights of audience in higher courts to barristers and solicitors employed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), commerce and industry will be revealed in two weeks.The radical proposals are also expected to simplify the requirements for all solicitors who want to qualify as higher court advocates.CPS solicitors were given limited rights of audience last year, and last month the Bar Council sent a recommendation to the ...

  • RJW signs up to Elite system

    16-Jun-1998

    PERSONAL injury specialist Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has bought a US-made Elite practice management system as part of the firm's five-year IT strategy.RJW made the decision to replace its Kisol Gold accounting system - a precursor of Axxia Systems' Arista package - a year ago.The firm said it had been intending to overhaul its IT systems "for some time".IT manager Ian Lauwerys said RJW surveyed all the leading practice management ...

  • Solcare reveals the grave health of lawyers

    16-Jun-1998

    At least 3,000 solicitors from City and large commercial practices are likely to have serious alcohol problems according to Barry Pritchard, the co-ordinator of the solicitors' charity Solcare.Writing in The Lawyer this week, he reveals that in Solcare's first year of operation, all but two of the 83 solicitors it helped were from high street practices rather than large City or provincial commercial firms. Only 20 of them were sole practitioners.Concerned ...

  • Stones Porter exodus continues

    16-Jun-1998

    Leading housing association partner Chris Smith has become the latest in a series of partners to leave City firm Stones Porter in the past 18 months.Smith is joining the London office of Maclay Murray & Spens where he will be reunited with another ex-Stones Porter partner, Chris Woodruff, who moved there last September to lead the firm's London litigation practice.

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Peter Keith-Lucas

    16-Jun-1998

    Peter Keith-Lucas was born in Oxford in 1950. He works for Wragge & Co as local government partner.What was your first job?Bus conductor with the East Kent Road Car Co, where I learnt about customer care.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£3,333 as an articled clerk with Berkshire County Council.What ...

  • The promises we guarantee we will keep

    16-Jun-1998

    Michael Napier sets out his stall for election as Law Society president on a joint ticket with David McIntosh, promising to fight for the profession and deliver on their mandate of reform. Michael Napier is senior partner of Irwin Mitchell.Solicitors are facing a new agenda that raises anxiety levels to a once unthinkable level.The Government calls us complacent; at almost every turn the ground is being cut from under our feet. No solicitor is immune. This ...

  • The story behind Solcare

    16-Jun-1998

    Solcare came about largely through the efforts of former Law Society president Charles Elly. It was Elly, president in 1994, who pushed the issue to the forefront of the legal profession.The arrival of Barry Pritchard as Solcare co-ordinator gave the organisation the credibility it needed. This is in part because Pritchard, a former Bournemouth solicitor, knows what he is talking about - he is a recovering alcoholic.He stopped drinking in 1984 and retired from ...

  • Top juniors are in high demand

    16-Jun-1998

    Daniel Holden takes a look at the outstanding PI and medical negligence juniors making a name for themselves in the City setsMany skilled juniors practise in the personal injury field, which attracts work from both London and the regions. But although the list of medical negligence juniors is long, solicitors still consider them to be in short supply. The best ones are very busy and the competition to instruct them is fierce.At 12 King's Bench Walk, Allan ...

  • Watson Farley buys multi-platform scanner

    16-Jun-1998

    LONDON practice Watson Farley & Williams has become the first firm in the UK to buy a US-designed scanning system that allows lawyers to send documents to clients - regardless of what computer platform they use.According to the promoter, document management supplier IGL, one top 10 firm is currently test-driving the system, which uses the portable document ...

  • Weil Gotshal's top fee earner quits over its global strategy

    16-Jun-1998

    One of Weil Gotshal & Manges highest fee earners, New York litigator Dennis Block, is leaving the firm over disagreements about strategy, including the expense of the London office.It is understood that Block, who is said to have personally taken $2m in profits last year (the firm's average per-partner profits last year are estimated at $735,000), was one of only three ...

  • Well prepared for law career

    16-Jun-1998

    I was disappointed to read of Mr Justice Lightman's attack on barristers who have undertaken the CPE - a course I attended before qualifying as a solicitor.Since qualifying I have experienced nothing to suggest that a law degree is any better preparation for a legal career than any other degree. By the time I did the CPE I was an experienced learner embarking on a fixed career path. The distractions of student life were rather less.I do not believe that ...