15 May 1995

The Lawyer

  • 'No solution' to fund crisis

    16-May-1995

    THERE is "no immediate solution in sight" to the current funding crisis for legal education but a call for voluntary contributions from the profession may not go unheeded, lawyers have heard.Speaking at last week's Law Society legal education conference - 'Developing the individual and the business' - training committee chair Roger Jones said although firms may inject funds into the training system, law teachers should continue to tell students about the problems ...

  • After the furore

    16-May-1995

    BARBARA Hewson's first few days as chair of the Association of Women Barristers couldn't have been more tempestuous.She is angry at the way her claim that "a number" of CLE students were promised pupillages in return for sexual favours was seized upon by the national media.But she will inevitably be accused of naivete by some for failing to appreciate the explosive nature of her claims. Nobody seriously believes senior barristers make a habit of offering ...

  • Bar in trouble over subscriptions

    16-May-1995

    THE FUTURE of the Bar Council in its present form may be cast into doubt after its two-year bid to establish a rule forcing barristers to pay subscriptions was rejected by the Lord Chancellor and the four designated senior judges.The Bar's long-running battle for a mechanism enforcing payment was fuelled by the refusal of more than 570 private practice barristers - around five per cent of the total - to pay because of apparent dissatisfaction ...

  • Body blow to Bar

    16-May-1995

    What's going on at the Bar Council? Its mission a year ago was to think the unthinkable. Now, it's defending the indefensible.The latest blow from the Lord Chancellor has laid low the Bar's efforts to marshall its own forces and balance its books. So what's happened? For two years, the Bar Council has watched the tortuous progress of its application under the courts and Legal Services Act for a new mechanism in its code of conduct to allow ...

  • Brick Court to produce EU database

    16-May-1995

    John MalpasBRICK Court Chambers has joined forces with a new publishing company to produce an EU law database.The tenants working from the Brussels branch of the set, which specialises in European Union law, is providing the legal commentary to the data- base of cases due to be heard by the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance.Celia Trenton, of Trenton Publishing, says the commentary provides "added value" ...

  • Champion of the equality cause

    16-May-1995

    Barbara Hewson

  • Civil courts set for 'pay as you go'

    16-May-1995

    PLANS for a controversial new structure of daily fees for civil court users are expected to be published later this year, according to Court Service agency chief executive Michael Huebner.Speaking at the County Court Users Association (CCUA) annual conference held in Birmingham last week, Huebner said that the agency aimed to introduce "a new structure which spreads costs across the life of a case. This would ensure that "payment of fees is on a step-by-step ...

  • CPE students are high-fliers

    16-May-1995

    A GREATER number of Common Professional Examination students are passing the Legal Practice Course with distinctions than those who have a law degree, new national figures show.And CPE students who go on to sit the Bar Vocational Course are also outstripping law graduates academically.National CPE figures for 1993-94 show 87 per cent of CPE students passed the LPC, while passes were awarded to 82 per cent of people with law backgrounds.Distinctions ...

  • Criminal Bar goes to polls

    16-May-1995

    ELECTION fever has struck the Criminal Bar Association as its 2,000 members go to the polls this week to choose a successor to chair Richard Ferguson QC.Ferguson's return to private practice after two years as CBA chair has triggered the first contested CBA election for 10 years.Three barristers are standing. The main contender is current vice-chair Anne Rafferty QC, of 4 Brick Court.Rafferty is the only candidate to have served as CBA secretary ...

  • Delia Venables goes in search of the business uses and abuses taking place over the World Wide Web

    16-May-1995

    Delia VenablesIn physical form, the Internet is just many thousands of computers linked together over telephone lines or satellite lines. In that sense, it is not really new at all - people have been logging in to remote computers for some years now.However, as a concept, the Internet is more than this and it is often described as the 'Information Superhighway'. The transportation system is in fact quite a good analogy. There are ...

  • Ex-Ladbrokes chief plugs property gap

    16-May-1995

    A FORMER Ladbrokes legal director has set up his own property law consultancy.Martin Boxer says he has identified a gap in the market for a consultant capable of taking on an in-house role for companies and institutions which cannot afford to employ a full-time legal team.Boxer lost his job in the property recession earlier this year when Ladbrokes downsized its property division.He believes there is a market for a property law consultant capable ...

  • Extended family

    16-May-1995

    STATISTICS issued from the Lord Chancellor's Department last month show that the number of divorces in England is down by 4.6 per cent and in Wales by 6.8 per cent. But the family department of Welsh firm Hugh James Jones and Jenkins, which now totals 17 family fee earners (see table), has seen little evidence of this in its day-to-day practice.The firm was formed in 1960 and has seven ...

  • EYBA hosts conference in Budapest

    16-May-1995

    YOUNG lawyers from around Europe meet in Budapest this week for a major conference.The European Young Bar's third AGM and conference is the biggest event the group has organised and will play host to delegates from 30 countries.As well as debates like 'Why young lawyers groups in Central and Eastern Europe are essential', the event gives delegates a chance to make contacts among top European business and government figures.EYBA publicity ...

  • Financings

    16-May-1995

    The Devonshire Pub Company

  • Financings

    16-May-1995

    The Pathfinder Developer series of companies

  • Financings

    16-May-1995

    Northern Rock Building Society was advised by Allen & Overy in relation to a £400m multi-currency revolving credit agreement

  • Firms jostle for nuclear work

    16-May-1995

    CITY firms will soon know when they can tender for work on the nuclear generating industry sell-off following the Government's announcement to go ahead.A host of City names are already involved in the industry, and may continue to advise their clients during privatisation. Advisers to the Government are yet to be appointed, however."Everything is uncertain as to who is doing what, and everyone is jockeying for position," says a law firm insider.

  • Firms signed up for Warburg deal

    16-May-1995

    Slaughter and May and Clifford Chance are chief legal advisers on the £860 million deal negotiations that would end the independent existence of the leading British investment bank SG Warburg.Swiss Bank Corporation (SBC), the leading Swiss Bank, confirms it has appointed Clifford Chance ...

  • Government has second crack at CICS

    16-May-1995

    A BILL to introduce a new criminal injuries compensation scheme has been welcomed by the Law Society "as a great improvement" on the Government's last effort.The new scheme will replace the highly controversial fixed tariff system which was declared unlawful by the House of Lords in April.It will still be based on tariffs, but it will take into account loss of earnings and medical and care costs. The Law Society, which has been briefed ...

  • Group wants action over small print

    16-May-1995

    THE NUMBER of court actions brought over misleading "small print" in consumer contracts could escalate if a campaign by lawyers is successful.The Consumers' Association is campaigning to make it easier for victims to seek redress through the courts. Association lawyers are challenging a government regulation which prevents anyone but the Office of Fair Trading from taking legal action over small print.Now they have won the backing of a High Court ...

  • Home title in ECJ's hands

    16-May-1995

    LAWYERS hoping to gain a permanent right of establishment in foreign countries may be aided by the European Court of Justice following an oral hearing in Luxembourg last week.Italian authorities have asked the ECJ to interpret the 1977 Directive on Lawyers Services after German lawyer Reinhard Gebhard challenged the country's right to ban him from opening up a full-time office in Italy.Depending on the court's interpretation of the two questions put ...

  • Impartial view

    16-May-1995

    The Divorce Mediation and Arbitration Centre (DMAC) is a new concept in the provision of mediation services. It is the commercial centre of the newly formed Institute of Family Mediation and Arbitration which will train mediators and arbitrators who are barristers and solicitors with at least 10 years' experience in family law. Those who complete the training may be selected for the DMAC panels of mediators and arbitrators.The objective of the centre is to provide the ...

  • In brief: Blythe Liggins gets practice 'commander'

    16-May-1995

    Midlands practice Blythe Liggins has appointed former NATO officer Colonel Rupert Conder as practice administrator and chief accountant. Colonel Conder has joined the firm after a 33-year career in the British Army.

  • In brief: Conditional fees explained at seminar

    16-May-1995

    Central Law Training is holding a seminar - 'Conditional fees: costs in personal injury cases' - in London later this month. The seminar, to be held on 31 May, will include an address from Tony Girling, recently named as the Law Society's choice for deputy vice president in its forthcoming elections. Girling, who sits as a High Court costs assessor, will help to provide a detailed explanation of the new conditional fee regulations.

  • In brief: EOC wants reactions to pay code

    16-May-1995

    The Equal Opportunities Commission has called on lawyers to respond to its newly-released Draft Code of Practice on Pay which it hopes to lay before Parliament next year. The code is the first to be drawn up in any member state in the European Union and is described as a "significant step" toward closing the gap between men and women's earnings. EOC chair, solicitor Kamlesh Bahl, says: "This code will provide practical guidance on good practice on equal pay, based on decisions ...

  • In brief: First financial crime talk calls in experts

    16-May-1995

    Some of the country's leading authorities on financial crime are to speak at the first major conference on the subject in London next month. They include Chris Dickson, senior criminal lawyer at the Serious Fraud Office, and solicitor Monty Raphael who worked on the Guinness, Barlow Clowes and Blue Arrow trials. The event will be held at the Cafe Royal on 6 and 7 June.

  • In brief: Last call for Apil's annual gathering

    16-May-1995

    There is still time for members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers to register for its annual general meeting and spring conference at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London this Wednesday. The keynote address will be by Professor Michael Zander, professor of law at the London School of Economics, who will talk on the reform of civil justice. There will be a discussion on PI litigation and a series of practical workshops. To register ring the Apil headquarters on 0115 958 0585.

  • In brief: Law Society stages international event

    16-May-1995

    The Law Society will hold its second Special Event for the International Legal Community at Chancery Lane on 28 June. The event, established last year to encourage contact between the Law Society, foreign lawyers and UK solicitors interested in the field of international law, will include a speech from Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster David Hunt MP, a former practising solicitor. Hunt will speak on Britain and the European Union: 'The opportunities for London as a legal and ...

  • In brief: NHS entitlement and disputes conference

    16-May-1995

    The Royal Society of Medicine is holding a one-day conference 'Entitlement to NHS treatment: the resolution of disputes' at its Wimpole Street offices on 14 June. Arbitration and non-formal routes for complaint will form two of the discussion topics. For further information call 0171 290 2900 ext: 4936.

  • In brief: Penningtons returns to permanent base

    16-May-1995

    City firm Penningtons this week returns to its Dashwood House premises, more than two years after its offices were damaged by the Bishopsgate bombing. The firm left its temporary base at Royex House at the weekend. Contact numbers stay the same.

  • In brief: SPG set to nominate chair candidates

    16-May-1995

    The Law Society's Sole Practitioners' Group is holding its annual meeting next week. At a separate meeting afterwards candidates for the group's chair will be nominated. The AGM will be held on 23 May at the Law Society.

  • In brief: YSG hears medical negligence talks

    16-May-1995

    Pannone & Partners partner Grainne Barton will speak on medical negligence at a meeting of the London Young Solicitors Group later this month. The meeting, to be held at the Law Society at 6.30pm on 23 May, will cover recent developments in medical negligence law.

  • In peace talks

    16-May-1995

    Over the past 10 years, family law practitioners have been using mediation in resolving disputes. But the emphasis has been and remains - mediation with knowledge and advice.The existing practice is governed by numerous practice directions, as well as the Solicitors Family Law Association good practice standards, which include the initial interview stage. And the first question that any new client asks is what their rights are, and where they stand. The initial ...

  • Independence call for college

    16-May-1995

    THE LAW Society is being called on to relinquish its stronghold on the College of Law's governing body by reducing the number of seats its officers occupy.Presidential candidate Henry Hodge says the society, which also acts as regulator of the college, must end its "dominance" of the board of governors in the interests of independence.At present the Law Society council approves appointments to the board, which currently numbers approximately 20 governors ...

  • In-house adviser for global sail race

    16-May-1995

    THE multi-million pound Whitbread Round the World Race has appointed its first permanent in-house legal adviser.Commercial lawyer Nicholas Campailla initially joined the Southampton-based race organisers on a six month secondment from Clifford Chance. But the scale of the workload necessitates a permanent adviser and he has been appointed legal adviser and contracts manager.

  • Irish lawyers rise up against government 'informers' charter'

    16-May-1995

    SOLICITORS in the Irish Republic are in open revolt over new government legislation which they say is attempting to make them spy on their clients for the tax man.Under the measure, proposed in the Finance Bill, solicitors, accountants and auditors must inform the Revenue Commissioners about any suspected tax evasion by their clients.The measure covers not just non-payment of taxes but also late PAYE and VAT returns involving amounts over £5,000.

  • LAB set for pill group action

    16-May-1995

    THE LEGAL Aid Board is to appoint a lawyer to co-ordinate claims in what looks set to be a major group action over deaths linked to a contraceptive pill.Lawyers have been approached by more than 100 people who believe a friend or relative may have died or been injured as a result of taking Femodene.The board decided last week to invite firms already handling claims to tender. A spokeswoman says: "All the firms which made applications on behalf of clients will ...

  • Law week boasts 'cocktail' of events

    16-May-1995

    LAWYERS from civil rights group Liberty have backed a campaign to clear the name of a man found guilty of the shotgun murder of his fiancee's parents.John Wadham, the group's legal director, said the conviction of Jonathan Jones is being added to a file of 200 alleged miscarriages of justice compiled by his staff.Jones was convicted of shooting Harry and Megan Tooze, the retired parents of his fiancee Cheryl, at their farm near Bridgend, south Wales.

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 16/05/95

    16-May-1995

    - RICHARD WILLIAM MORAND, 44, admitted 1979, practised as Richard Morand, Peterborough, suspended indefinitely and ordered to pay £3,709 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly used client money for benefit of other clien

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 16/05/95

    16-May-1995

    Challenging mode of review of taxationR v Supreme Court Taxing Office, ex parte John Singh & Co (1995). (QBD (Latham J) 11/4/95).Summary: Availability of judicial review to challenge decision of a Taxing Master of the Supreme Court.Application for judicial review by solicitors who challenged the decision of the Supreme Court Taxing Office refusing them a certificate under regulation 16(1) Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (Costs) Regulations ...

  • Litigation Writs 16/05/95

    16-May-1995

    - A couple who claim access to their home has been blocked by a neighbour's newly installed electronic gate are heading for the High Court in a bid to have the gate removed. Robert and Jean Heywood, of Camberley, Surrey, have issued a

  • Lords ruling extends time limits for concealment

    16-May-1995

    A MILESTONE decision by the House of Lords could have a major impact on litigation, allowing the statutory limitation period of six years to be extended where defendants have deliberately concealed information that would be a cause of action.The case relates to a Lloyd's of London negligence action being taken against the RHM Outhwaite syndicate.In interpreting legislation in the Limitation Act 1980, the Lords ruled that, where a deliberate act of concealment ...

  • Melton Medes fraud case ends

    16-May-1995

    The Melton Medes pensions fraud trial has settled after two weeks in the High Court.The lawyer-intensive trial was expected to last up to 10 weeks, at an expected cost of £2 million. The litigation, which has rumbled on for several years, is thought to have cost around £5 million in legal fees.The case centred on litigation by seven pension holders alleging breach of contract against private company Melton Medes Group, its owner Natha Ram Puri, fellow director ...

  • Page clinches boxing case

    16-May-1995

    London firm Andrew Page won £100,000 damages for a client after taking on world featherweight champion Steve Robinson in an action over a boxing contract.The firm, associated with McClure Naismith Anderson & Gardiner in Glasgow, acted for promoters Tommy Gilmour and Barry Hearn who sued Robinson for breach of contract. The boxer had agreed to give them the option to promote his ...

  • Partner fulfils auction addiction at Sotheby's

    16-May-1995

    JAMES Jowitt has ended nearly 30 years' service at Frere Cholmeley Bischoff to become the tax and heritage adviser at Sotheby's.The former company commercial and private client partner moved in-house at the beginning of the month to become head of tax and heritage at the well-known auction house. His role is to advise Sotheby's clients and lawyers on the tax and legal problems of buying and selling works of art. He will also be advising the Government ...

  • Partner urges Wirral council to settle asbestos damages claims

    16-May-1995

    THE SOLICITOR co-ordinating a multi-million pound claim for damages from asbestos fall-out has urged the council defending the case to settle out of court.Graham Ross, senior partner with the Liverpool-based Ross Park Partnership, says the deal would save Wirral Borough Council ratepayers' money.The action by approximately 400 residents relates to fall-out which followed a fire at a disused tannery in Birkenhead last year.Some residents ...

  • Pensions guidance ultra vires

    16-May-1995

    The Securities and Investments Board (SIB) guidance intended to make the pensions industry proactive in compensating victims of missold pensions is ultra vires, it has been ruled.The ruling says part of the guidance is wholly irrational and must be amended.However, the guidance is not ultra vires in relation to SIB's powers, and so will not have to be withdrawn, ruled Lord Justice Staunton and Mr Justice Mitchell in their judicial review judgement last Friday.

  • Practice acts for return of data on PC

    16-May-1995

    Leading white collar crime firm Kingsley Napley is taking legal action to prevent a former employee disclosing confidential information. The London firm has gone to the High Court to recover a laptop computer, and any other source of sensitive material from former assistant solicitor Nicholas Greenfield. It issued a writ last week seeking delivery up of the property, and is seeking ...

  • Practice manager plans expansion

    16-May-1995

    John MalpasONE King's Bench Walk is gearing up to move out of the Temple under the direction of a new practice manager.James Hunt QC's set will move into modern and more spacious offices in Bedford Row once the terms of the lease have been finalised. The move will be the first major task of new practice manager Peter Bennett.The set has 43 tenants and specialises in criminal fraud, personal injury, employment law and ...

  • Practitioners form global IT network

    16-May-1995

    AN INTERNATIONAL network of lawyers has been set up for computer companies which are expanding their empires overseas.The Computer Lawyers' Consortium aims to link up 60 legal professionals in all the major trading companies of the world.They will advise clients referred by other consortium members on the dangers of establishing a high-tech business under unfamiliar legal systems.Roger Loosley, a senior partner with

  • Profession awaits 'barmy' cash limits

    16-May-1995

    PLANS to impose cash limits on criminal legal aid have been described as a "barmy red herring" by the Law Society.Lord Mackay is expected to suggest that the cash limited block legal aid contracts planned for civil work are extended to the criminal field when he unveils his legal aid Green Paper this week.But the society's head of professional policy Russell Wallman dismisses the proposal as a red herring and a deliberate attempt by the Government to divert ...

  • Property

    16-May-1995

    Mercury Asset Management, advised by Manches & Co, has purchased a site at Cripps Causeway, Bristol, for an undisclosed sum from Wyndham Investments, part of Allied Domecq, advised by its in-house department.

  • Property

    16-May-1995

    A purchaser, advised by Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, has bought a pre-let retail park development scheme in Workington, Cumbria, from Workington Estates (a joint venture of Ironbridge Estates and Morrison Developments), advised by Macfarlanes.

  • Property

    16-May-1995

    The British Land Company, advised by SJ Berwin & Co, has bought 75.5 per cent of Swiss Centre Ltd, owners of the Swiss Centre in Leicester Square, for £16m from Swiss Bank Corporation and Swissair Associated Companies, both advised by Allen & Overy.

  • Property

    16-May-1995

    Wm Morrison Supermarkets, advised by Gordons Wright & Wright, has purchased land at Kirkstall Leeds from Kirkstall Valley Properties, advised by Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, and from trustees of Leeds Rugby Union Football Club, advised by Whitfield Hallam Goodall of Mirfield.

  • Protection at all costs

    16-May-1995

    Legal history was made in June 1993 when Justice Vinelott in McDonald v Horn granted a new type of costs order to beneficiaries seeking to sue among others the trustees and principal employer of their scheme, with costs met out of the fund, win or lose, at trial. That decision was upheld, and the jurisdiction defined by the Court of Appeal in August 1994. The defendants were refused leave to appeal to the House of Lords but subsequently obtained leave. That appeal is not now to proceed. ...

  • Raft of proposals on way to Bar's AGM

    16-May-1995

    Radical resolutions affecting the way barristers can work will be put to the Bar Council's annual general meeting on 10 June.The resolutions involve public direct access and partnerships for barristers. The proposals are likely to be taken seriously by the Bar - several of them very nearly succeeded when drafted and submitted by Bar Council member Neil Addison at the 1994 AGM (The Lawyer 22 November 1994).The first resolution seeks direct access to the public, ...

  • Rights to import duty free goods

    16-May-1995

    The tobacco industry, the licensed trade and the Customs and Excise will be watching closely for the Divisional Court judgment, scheduled for 26 May, in a test case on duty free personal imports.Mr Justice Popplewell is being asked to outlaw moves by the Customs and Excise aimed at preventing large scale importation of cheap tobacco products from the continent using Common Market personal import provisions.Two companies argue that they are entitled ...

  • Separate issues but still related

    16-May-1995

    The recent High Court battle to outlaw livestock export bans in the UK resulted in a landmark law and order ruling. It was also, says one of the key players, Bruce Potter of Oxford solicitors Cole and Cole, a triumph of case organisation and co-operation between legal teams with a cast that read like a lawyers' 'Who's Who'. Potter views the action as a blueprint for future actions involving large numbers of parties with similar but not ...

  • Simmons' record crop of partners

    16-May-1995

    CITY-based Simmons & Simmons has bumped up its partner list with a firm record of 18 newcomers.The figure is also believed to be the biggest batch of new partner appointments to be unveiled by any law firm this year.Simmons now has 137 partners, after confirming the 10 appointments to the London office, four to Hong Kong, three to Paris and one to Shanghai.The firm says there have been no departures during the year. "The appointments reflect striking ...

  • Staff split off to establish own business

    16-May-1995

    Eleven staff, including two partners and two associates, have left a London law firm to start a breakaway practice following a split in ideas over future direction.They are leaving Steggles Palmer to build a new operation based on employment law, commercial, medical negligence and personal injury, and called Fairbairn Morris.Both sides claim the division is an amicable separation which evolved from a wish to concentrate on different areas.Peter Steggles, ...

  • Susan Gordon on the fledgling Disability Discrimination Bill

    16-May-1995

    The Government's Disability Discrimination Bill was published in January 1995 in the wake of the public furore surrounding the failure in May 1994 of the Civil Rights [Disabled Persons] Bill.Under the terms of the Bill, which applies to any UK employer of 20 or more employees, an employer will discriminate against a disabled person if he treats them less favourably than others who do not have the disability. This will impact on all aspects of the employment ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Chris Parnell

    16-May-1995

    Chris Parnell is a barrister and legal editor of Lawtel, the on-line legal database. Born in London in 1956, he still lives in the city.What was your first job?DJ.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£20 a week as a gofer to Martin Lampard at Ashursts.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Run a ski resort.Which law could you live without?Complex ...

  • The right message

    16-May-1995

    If asked whether I like a law firm's brochure, I usually say: "Yes. What do you do with it?" We are shown a lot of brochures, and it is often apparent that a lot of work has gone into their preparation. The answers we get to my opening question reveal, however, that the use to which the finished brochure will be put has often not been so clearly thought through.This innocent question raises three issues: for which clients (or target clients) is the brochure ...

  • Through a child's eyes

    16-May-1995

    International child abduction cases have increased - 273 in the High Court in 1993 and 323 in 1994 - along with the number of countries, most recently Italy, now bound by the Hague Convention. But what does a court do when faced with a request for a return under the convention, where there are Children Act proceedings ready and waiting, but stayed by the convention, where there has been a technical abduction, where there is no defence, but where to order a return would be contrary to ...

  • TSG presses for State loan help

    16-May-1995

    A RADICAL new system of State-funded student loans could be introduced if the Government adopts proposals put forward by the Trainee Solicitors' Group.The TSG has voted in favour of abandoning the present "ad hoc" grants system, replacing it with a "sensitively designed loans scheme" devised by a group working party.The scheme would provide sufficient funds to cover both fees and maintenance costs for post-graduate students studying the Legal Practice Course, ...

  • TV group on hunt for media experts

    16-May-1995

    WOULD-BE media lawyers are being invited to join the Royal Television Society as part of a drive to recruit new members.The society - which promotes the television industry with a series of events and awards - already boasts a presence from many top law firms.Existing lawyer-members say that the organisation is a good way of becomingimmersed in media culture and gaining an insight into media law.Practices with members in the society include ...

  • Uproar may deter sex complaints, says Hewson

    16-May-1995

    EXAGGERATED reports that pupillages are regularly offered in return for sex may deter women from becoming barristers, warns the barrister whose harassment claims sparked off a media furore.Barbara Hewson, chair of the Association of Women Barristers, has joined forces with Bar Council chair Peter Goldsmith to play down the extent to which traineeships are offered for sex.She says damaging media reports that pupillages are "regularly" promised in exchange for ...

  • Welsh firm sets sights on City

    16-May-1995

    The biggest law firm in Wales is planning a push for fresh business in London with a £1.2 million investment in offices and equipment in the heart of the City.Cardiff-based Morgan Bruce will launch the expansion with the opening of a £500,000 base in Fleet Street this month.The company will also spend nearly £700,000 on high-tech computer equipment to link the new branch with headquarters and the second Welsh office in Swansea.Morgan ...

  • What's in a name?

    16-May-1995

    With the Bar as inhospitable a place as ever for its more junior members, it is hardly surprising that some disillusioned young barristers turn to law firms to further their legal careers. Some of them, but by no means all, decide to re-qualify as solicitors. Others, perhaps hoping for a return to the Bar at some later date, remain in the no man's land of being a barrister employed in a law firm. Until such time as they re-qualify, they lose their ...

  • Women get top marks at College of Law

    16-May-1995

    WOMEN students at the College of Law are gaining a higher percentage of commendations and distinctions than their male classmates on both the Legal Practice Course and the Common Professional Examination.Figures compiled by the college show that 48 per cent of those who completed the the 1994 CPE course and 53.9 per cent of LPC finishers were women.On both courses they scored "significantly higher" on their exams, with 22.86 per cent of female students on the ...

  • Zaiwallas joins mission to China

    16-May-1995

    LONDON firm Zaiwalla & Co says its representation on Michael Heseltine's trade mission to China is proof the Government takes the profession's trade-boosting potential seriously.Senior partner Sarosh Zaiwalla flew out to China with the President of the Board of Trade last week in what is the largest ever trade mission undertaken by the British Government.Zaiwalla & Co has strong Asian connections and specialises in advising British companies on joint ...