15 September 1997

The Lawyer

  • A gifted family of juniors

    16-Sep-1997

    According to solicitors in family law there is much talent to choose from among the younger members of the family Bar.Opinions differ as to whether family and matrimonial solicitors are spoilt for choice when looking for a good senior or middle-ranking junior. For the present it seems there is a whole raft of juniors who are impressing the solicitors who brief them.At Queen Elizabeth Building, headed by Ian Karsten QC, Lewis Marks is "bright and has an agile ...

  • Acronyms and acrimony in the property wars

    16-Sep-1997

    And you thought Bosnia was complicated... Chris Fogarty reports on the confusion surrounding the solicitors who would be estate agents.It's fast becoming the battle of the acronyms.A publicly well-mannered but privately bitter war of words is currently raging between solicitors' organisations preparing to wade into the dangerous waters of property selling.Solicitors are being asked to support either Solicitors Property Centres (SPC), the ...

  • Ashursts attacks rent row scheme

    16-Sep-1997

    Ashurst Morris Crisp has attacked a new scheme designed to avoid costly rent disputes for leaving out any mention of mediation.Under the scheme, which was launched by the Law Society and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in July, landlord and tenants can agree that any disputed rent or lease terms be determined by a solicitor arbitrator or an expert surveyor.The new scheme, ...

  • Assistant solicitors air their disquiet

    16-Sep-1997

    US firms will be pretty pleased with the results of the ZMB/The Times survey. It reveals, among other things, that more than one in three assistants planning to change jobs in the next year would consider moving to a US firm.Not only that, but these same assistants are more interested in the reputation of the US firm'sLondon offices than their headquarters across the Atlantic and, as these London offices are currently on the prowl for ...

  • Bar course under threat as US company closes

    16-Sep-1997

    WEST Bar Review, the US company which oversees one of only two London-based training courses for lawyers who want to sit the New York Bar exams, is being closed down by its owner, West Group.But Central Law Training (CLT), which runs the course under contract from West Bar Review, insists that its September and January courses will go ahead.The claim is at odds with a statement issued on 21 August by the Minneapolis-based West Group that all West Bar Review operations ...

  • Brief

    16-Sep-1997

    Addleshaw Booth & Co's senior partner Paul Lee is to be the first ever lawyer chairman of the North West regional CBI. He will take up the post of vice chairman in November and will become chairman a year later.The appointment of Lee (pictured far right with the CBI's Chris Clifford in front of Addleshaws soon-to-be-opened new Manchester office) is particularly notable as senior posts in the CBI are nearly always taken by captains of industry rather than service ...

  • Camerons registers in Prague

    16-Sep-1997

    Cameron McKenna has appointed a Czech partner to its Prague office and, in a unique move, has registered the office as a Czech partnership.The restructuring is the firm's response to new Czech regulations stipulating that all lawyers working in the country must be independent advocates, thereby preventing firms from employing fee earners.Under the restructuring the Prague office has become a Czech-registered general commercial partnership known as Cameron ...

  • Challenge to local authority care cutback

    16-Sep-1997

    A Yorkshire couple are preparing for a fight to maintain the level of funded care for their severely disabled son, writes Roger Pearson.The level of "respite care" to which people looking after severely handicapped relatives at home are entitled is to be considered by the High Court.A couple from West Yorkshire who care for their handicapped son at home have won the right to seek judicial review of their local authority's allocation of "relief ...

  • Chambers Web sites prove an online hit

    16-Sep-1997

    Chris fogarty reportsTWENTY sets of chambers have now launched Web sites on the Internet - and they are reporting an excellent response to their decision to go online.Commercial and shipping law set 4 Essex Court has received more than 1,500 online visits or "hits" since late July, when it became the 20th chambers to set up a Web site.The set is now averaging more than 200 hits a day. One person visiting a chambers site who looked ...

  • Clifford Chance partner issues super-SIB regulatory warning

    16-Sep-1997

    The resignation of Ken Davy, the chairman of DBS Financial Management, from the Personal Investment Authority (PIA), is proof that having financial service practitioners on the boards of financial regulators does not work, according to Clifford Chance investment partner Tim Herrington, who helped establish the PIA.Davy resigned after his company DBS - a network of independent financial ...

  • Clifford Chance recruits its seventh US securities lawyer

    16-Sep-1997

    Clifford Chance has recruited Sullivan & Cromwell New York associate Rick Ely - its seventh US securities lawyer in the London office.The firm says the appointment comes in response to increasing demand from international issuers and underwriters for it to handle the US law element of their ...

  • Dentist's brush with the law

    16-Sep-1997

    MANCHESTER firm Alexander Harris & Co has just appointed what is believed to be the UK's first dentist-turned-plaintiff lawyer.Greg Waldron qualified as a dentist in 1986 and practised dentistry for 10 years, paying his way through Nottingham Trent University law school on a part-time basis. He joined the firm on 8 September.He is to head a new dental negligence department at the firm, handling claims against dentists.Waldron, whose wife is also ...

  • Do not fear title insurance

    16-Sep-1997

    My company is providing title insurance cover to Kensington Mortgage Company and its borrowers (see "Mortgage firm promotes title cover", The Lawyer, 2 September, 1997) and I would like to add a few comments.First, I do not believe that the profession has anything to fear from London & European's products as Mervyn Rundle suggests, nor do I believe that title insurance is so widely misunderstood among solicitors.London ...

  • Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre plans outlet in London

    16-Sep-1997

    THE HIGHLY successful Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre (ESPC) is considering opening a property centre in London.Although the precise details of its plans are being kept under wraps, ESPC chief executive Annie Murray said it was considering "something that would be akin to Edinburgh".In Edinburgh the ESPC has managed to capture 90 per cent of the property market with its property display centre, run by a group of solicitors who then offer house buyers financial ...

  • Ernst & Young hunt for legal head lands Dentons partner

    16-Sep-1997

    Ernst & Young's year-long search for a leading lawyer to head its move into legal services has finally ended with the recruitment of Denton Hall's head of corporate Andrew Daws.However, at 54, Daws is being given the role of full-time consultant to Ernst &Young and is not certain to head any legal practice the firm might develop.The Big Six accountancy firm has been planning to move into the provision of legal services for at least two years but has ...

  • Euro vision of IP still unclear

    16-Sep-1997

    Roger Pearson looks at the most recent cases that have highlighted problems associated with pan-European intellectual property law.Pan-European injunctions have become a hot topic in intellectual property circles in recent years. The Dutch courts consider themselves empowered, principally by the Brussels Convention, to grant injunctions against multiple defendants throughout Europe, provided at least one of the defendants is domiciled in the Netherlands.

  • Fifth UK partner for US branch office

    16-Sep-1997

    THE LONDON office of US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius has poached its fourth UK partner this year with the recruitment of David Way, head of Simmons & Simmons' private capital group.Way, who joins Morgan Lewis in October, will team up with US partner Charles Lubar, chairman of the firm's international section and founding partner of the London office, in the office's international tax practice.Lubar said Way was a "highly recognised" tax lawyer with ...

  • Firms hit back at Cadwalader

    16-Sep-1997

    Clifford Chance and Wilde Sapte are hitting back at US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft's raid on their staff by putting their three defecting partners on gardening leave and holding them to their full notice periods.Although Cadwaladers' new London derivatives practice opened on schedule at the beginning of this month, only one partner has been able to start work - one will ...

  • Five line up for Bar Council vice-chair

    16-Sep-1997

    AS MANY as five leading QCs are lining up as possible contenders for this year's crucial elections for the vice-chairmanship of the Bar Council, the traditional route to becoming the chairman.So far only Nigel Pascoe QC, the leader of the Western Circuit and chairman of the Bar Council's publicity committee has confirmed he will stand, but the leading personal injury silk Daniel Brennan QC is "thinking about standing" and Julian Malins QC, Jonathan Hirst QC and ...

  • Flotation

    16-Sep-1997

    Theodore Goddard acted for ARM Corporate Finance, which sponsored the introduction of printing and packaging machinery distributor Fairfield Enterprises to the London Stock Exchange. Rooks Rider acted for Fairfield.

  • Get ready for Boardroom Blitz

    16-Sep-1997

    OK, you second-year law students. Reckon you could run a company? And make strategic commercial decisions that will keep your company in the black? Now's your chance to prove it. Piece together your dream team and enter the Berwin Leighton/ The Lawyer Boardroom Blitz.City law firm Berwin Leighton has introduced a novel way for undergraduates to demonstrate their commercial acumen - a business game contested by university and college law students.Berwin Leighton's ...

  • Hambro downsizes PI panel

    16-Sep-1997

    THE LAWYER is not only the most widely-read newspaper or magazine among solicitors, it is also the best publication for jobs, according to two independent surveys.A survey by legal recruiters ZMB in conjunction with The Times, confirmsThe Lawyer as solicitors' favourite legal publication with 86 per cent identifying themselves as regular readers.This puts The Lawyer ahead of the Law Society's magazine, the Gazette. It is also above The Times, ...

  • Hampstead & Highgate Express

    16-Sep-1997

    A potential £10.5m licensing deal for English football's Premier League may have collapsed after five months of negotiations between the Football Association and computer company Eidos, a major client of City law firm Manches & Co.Eidos already used the names of Premier League football teams in its computer game Champions Manager but was seeking exclusive use of the club's strips and logos.Manches partner John Rubinstein said: "If somebody offers ...

  • Headhunters look to increase share of legal IT staff market

    16-Sep-1997

    LEGAL recruitment consultancy Quarry Dougall is to open a new department specialising in information technology personnel for law firms in a bid to get a share of this burgeoning sector.The move coincides with a plan by legal recruitment specialist Longbridge Consultancy to expand its IT department and invest £175,000 on recruitment software.In the last few months the heads of IT departments of five City firms - Cameron McKenna, Lovell White Durrant, ...

  • In brief: Camerons makes up 13 new partners

    16-Sep-1997

    Cameron McKenna has made up 13 new partners, nearly all of them former McKenna & Co assistants. Five of the promotions are in the London corporate department, one in Aberdeen, two in the CIS, one in Warsaw and one in Budapest. The other three are specialists in property, healthcare and IT respectively. Senior partner Robert Derry Evans said most of the partners were made up on 1 May to coincide with the merger of McKenna & Co with Cameron Markby Hewitt, however one or two of them had ...

  • In brief: Harrogate merger fights Leeds threat

    16-Sep-1997

    Long-standing Harrogate firms Barber Robinson and Titley Paver-Crow & Fedden have merged to form one of the largest firms in the Yorkshire town. Barber Titleys will rank alongside Raworths as one of Harrogate's largest firms. Solicitors in the town have recently faced increasing competition from the large corporate Leeds law firms. The seven partners in the new firm are (from left to right) David Brawn, Tim Axe, Judith Long, Martin Blackham, James Grimshaw, Patrick Henry and David ...

  • In brief: Merger with accountants 'years away'

    16-Sep-1997

    Jean-Bernard Thomas, senior partner of Paris firm Thompson & Associes, which completed a merger with Deloitte & Touche Juridique et Fiscal at the beginning of this month, has predicted a major alliance between a City firm and a firm of accountants "within the next few years", not in a matter of weeks as reported by the Law Society's Gazette last week. He made the prediction at the annual congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats in Philadelphia earlier this month. He later ...

  • In brief: OSS solicitor joins Uzbekistan trek

    16-Sep-1997

    Mehmuda Mian, a solicitor at the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors, is joining 100 others to trek across 100km of the Pamir mountains in Uzbekistan to raise money for cancer research. Mian, who has already raised more than £1,800 from staff at the OSS, Edge & Ellison and Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave, said anyone interested in sponsoring her should call her on (01926) 822162.

  • In brief: Richards Butler seconds Cannon to SIB

    16-Sep-1997

    Richards Butler's head of commercial litigation Lista Cannon has been seconded for six months to the Securities and Investment Board from 8 September. She will be a key member of the SIB's enforcement team and form part of the SIB's chief executive's group. Richards Butler chief executive Chris Schulten said the appointment reflected his firm's track record advising on regulatory issues.

  • In brief: Rowe & Maw forms timeshare group

    16-Sep-1997

    City firm Rowe & Maw has formed a new group specialising in timeshare property, headed by corporate and commercial partner Eric Gummers, with banking partner Steven Walsh assisting. The group will also be assisted by head of aviation, travel and leisure, Mark Henrick and tax partner Peter Steiner.

  • In brief: Scottish firms table

    16-Sep-1997

    The following information was omitted from the table of Scottish firms in The Lawyer, 9 September 1997: Tods Murray WS, Edinburgh, total fee earners 74; Scottish partners 29, Scottish assistant solicitors 26; breakdown of work: commercial property 30 per cent; corporate 30 per cent; tax, wills & trusts 15 per cent; litigation 11 per cent; agriculture 8 per cent; conveyancing 6 per cent. Member of Multilaw.

  • In brief: Wilde Sapte man heads for the Midlands

    16-Sep-1997

    Midlands firm Browne Jacobson has poached Wilde Sapte planning and environmental partner Brian Smith to head its planning department. Browne Jacobson managing partner Richard Brook said the move was a major coup for his firm. "The arrival of a national player such as Brian shows we can deliver real quality for clients," he said.

  • In the running in the regions

    16-Sep-1997

    From silks to seniors and juniors, the chambers in the regions house a wealth of talent, according to leading practitioners.According to leading practitioners, the regional Bar is serving family law well.At silk level, Lindsey Kushner QC and Charles Bloom QC at 28 St John Street, Manchester are noted. New silk from this year Ernest Ryder QC at 8 King Street in Manchester continues to impress, along with David Harris QC at Peel House, Liverpool. Another new silk, ...

  • Is it time to drop the pilot?

    16-Sep-1997

    Richard Todd outlines some of the aspects of the ancillary relief pilot scheme which make it, in his view, less than perfect. Richard Todd is a barrister at 1 Mitre Court Buildings.The ancillary relief pilot scheme is now embodied in the Family Proceedings Rules 1991 as rules 2.71 to 2.77. It is no longer a mere practice direction. It is in operation in 27 county courts and the principal registry, and it looks as if it will be adopted in the remaining divorce county courts ...

  • John Norman on the Court's right to strike out a motion. John Norman is a barrister at No 1 Serjeants' Inn.

    16-Sep-1997

    In Taylor v Ribby Hall (The Times, 6 August 1997) the Master of the Rolls had to consider the court's jurisdiction to strike out a motion to commit as an abuse of process, rather than simply considering the substantive complaint, and to do so in respect of delay before issuing the material proceedings.The Court of Appeal considered that the dispute gave rise to a delicate balance between its general protective powers to prevent misuse of the court's ...

  • Justice's 40-year fight for human rights

    16-Sep-1997

    The Justice law reform group has spent 40 years battling against miscarriages of justice and for decent human rights standards. Anne Owers looks ahead to the next phaseJustice was founded in 1957, when an all-party group of lawyers went to observe the treason trials in South Africa and Hungary. Both those countries now have democratic constitutions and formal mechanisms for protecting human rights. It is therefore particularly appropriate that Justice is celebrating ...

  • Law Society makes strides towards US bar admissions

    16-Sep-1997

    Law Society president Phillip Sycamore has hailed a meeting last week with senior figures at the New York State Bar as a "significant" milestone towards the goal of setting up a consistent admissions policy for UK lawyers in New York.Currently only UK-qualified lawyers with a law degree can move straight to taking the New York bar exams, while solicitors with a non-law degree must undertake additional legal education.The meeting between Sycamore, Chief Judge ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 16/9/97

    16-Sep-1997

    Phillip Leonard George Avery, 51, admitted 1973, and Michael Lyn Barrie, 49, admitted 1985, practising at material time in partnership as Avery Barrie & Co, Taunton, Somerset, respectively struck off and ordered to pay £3,500 costs, and suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £1,494 costs. Allegations substantiated that, among other things, they failed to exercise proper supervision of their financial ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 16/9/97

    16-Sep-1997

    Neve v Wincanton - QBD 30 July 1997Claimant: Peter Neve, 4Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Cyclist injured after being involved in a collision with milk lorry in narrow country lane in 1993. Claimant suffered fractured skull and a brain injury leaving his memory permanently impaired. Accident occurred at point where lane was around three metres wide with high hedges on both sides leaving gap of about a foot on either side of the lorry. It had been ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 16/9/97

    16-Sep-1997

    Decisions are taken from Lawtel's legal database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. Alpine guide's negligence in the ascent of Mont BlancWoodroffe-Hedley v Cuthbertson (1997)Court: QBD (Dyson J) 20/6/9Appearances: Kieran Coonan QC and Tim Owen instructed by Powell Spencer & Partners, London for the plaintiff. Jonathan Barnes instructed by

  • Litigation Writs 16/9/97

    16-Sep-1997

    A legal fight over ownership of a £215,000 helicopter is heading for the High Court. Charles Cooper, of Wimborne, and Napier Martin, of Blandford, are being sued by Michael Phillips of West Moors. In a writ issued in the Queen's Bench Division, Phillips seeks an order that Cooper and Martin hand the Hughes 369 D helicopter, registration G - BPYL, over to him or alternatively hand over the £215,000 he claims it is worth. The ...

  • Maclays partner proffers vision of Scots tax haven

    16-Sep-1997

    Following the historic "Yes Yes" vote on devolution, Scotland should become a tax-free haven in the mould of Monaco or Jersey, according to the managing partner of one of Glasgow's largest law firms.Michael Walker, of third-largest Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens, has suggested Scotland could take advantage of its newly won powers to turn itself into a tax-free zone ...

  • Manchester Law Soc calls for claims penalties

    16-Sep-1997

    The Manchester Law Society has passed a resolution calling on Chancery Lane not to tolerate solicitors with bad Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) claims records.President Robin Ince said the society wanted increased contributions for the 400 UK firms with the worst claims records."It may well have the effect that they cannot afford to carry on practising," said Ince.He said there was a feeling of resentment about the huge increase of up to 50 per cent ...

  • New co-operation in personal injury

    16-Sep-1997

    HISTORY will be made this week when the groups representing personal injury plaintiff and defendant lawyers meet for a friendly out-of-court debate on mediation.The Future of Dispute Resolution in Personal Injury Claims is the title of the meeting in London being held jointly on Tuesday by The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) and the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil).The meeting is certain to delight the Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, whose mission ...

  • Norwegian firm builds up London office capacity

    16-Sep-1997

    Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein & Co has tripled the number of lawyers in its London office from one to three.Wikborgs' partner Morton Lund Mathisen, a maritime law specialist, has moved to London from the firm's Japanese office in Kobe and will join Ketil Boe, a mergers and acquisitions lawyer who recently arrived from Wikborgs' Oslo headquarters.Mathisen will be replaced at his firm's one-lawyer Kobe office by Per Ristvedt, a partner from the ...

  • Nurturing family law counsel

    16-Sep-1997

    Family law is developing at a rapid rate and specialists must keep abreast of new legislation, says Andrew McFarlane. Andrew McFarlane is a barrister at 1 King's Bench Walk.In a recent article, David Bodey QC, the current secretary of the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA), drew attention to the fact that the FLBA has now been in existence for some 50 years.During the last decade FLBA membership has soared so that now the figure is approaching 1,700, making ...

  • Pro bono group looks at referral scheme

    16-Sep-1997

    A NATIONAL solicitors' pro bono referral scheme with a quality franchise system is on the agenda at the new Solicitors Pro Bono Group.The group, formed by an alliance of leading law firms who were frustrated by the Law Society's historic unwillingness to co-ordinate pro bono activity within the profession, began its work in earnest last week after its first director, Peta Sweet, took up her post.Sweet, the former news editor of the Solicitors Journal, ...

  • Pro bono pat on the back

    16-Sep-1997

    I welcome the comments of Graeme Hydari in his letter last week (The Lawyer, 12 August 1997). The formation of the Solicitors Pro Bono Group at the end of last year and the progress made since in turning it into a reality from next month are good news for all of us.I have been delighted by the response of the large firms to whom we turned for initial core funding and I am grateful to them for their help without which the group would still be an unrealised idea. For ...

  • Probate group forms to weed out dabblers

    16-Sep-1997

    Probate and contentious trust lawyers have formed a new group in a bid to raise the standards within their specialism and act as a pressure group.The Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists wants to attract only highly experienced solicitors, barristers and legal executives to the group and only those who have devoted at least half of their last five years in practice working in the field will be able to join.Association chairman Henry Frydenson, ...

  • Property

    16-Sep-1997

    Morgan Bruce acted for the Sarova Group in its £15.5m purchase of three hotels from the Greenalls Group and De Vere Hotels and Restaurants, advised in-house.

  • Property

    16-Sep-1997

    Berwin Leighton acted for Prudential in its £110m acquisition by cash and property swapping of the freehold of 250, Euston Road, London, which it currently occupies under a long lease from office property group Minerva. Olswang advised Minerva.

  • Property

    16-Sep-1997

    Halliwell Landau advised a private trust company in the forward purchase of 5,000 sq m of office space being developed by PS Turner Construction Limited for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Northallerton, Yorkshire. Cobbetts advised PS Turner and the Government Property Lawyers acted for MAFF.

  • Property

    16-Sep-1997

    Gordons Wright & Wright acted for Wm Morrison Supermarkets in its acquisition of a 10.6 acre superstore site at Brampton, near Rotherham, from Cortonwood Limited, represented by Dibb Lupton Alsop.

  • PSA to set up Web site

    16-Sep-1997

    Property Search Agency is to launch a Web site early next year as part of an expansion of its services. The PSA conducts property and company searches for solicitors. The site will carry a free listings service, updated monthly, giving details of local authorities, their postal search fees, processing times, telephone and DX numbers.

  • Put yourself in clients' shoes, ombudsman tells lawyers

    16-Sep-1997

    Ann Abraham, who replaces Michael Barnes as legal services ombudsman this month, has told lawyers she wants them to put themselves in the position of clients.Her predecessor, Michael Barnes, warned the profession in his annual report in June, that it was "on trial" and that self-regulation would be removed if there was no improvement in complaints handling.Abraham, the former head of the National Assocation of Citizens Advice Bureaux, adopted a more conciliatory ...

  • Relatives of asbestos victims

    16-Sep-1997

    Liability to the relatives of those who die from asbestos-related diseases is to come under the scrutiny of the Law Lords. Leave has been given for an appeal by the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) against High Court and Appeal Court decisions paving the way for a claim by dependants of a man who died after inhaling asbestos. Some, though not all, of the sites where he inhaled asbestos were owned by the CEGB.

  • Safer to fight than to settle?

    16-Sep-1997

    Just how vulnerable are barristers acting in family law cases to negligence claims? John Harvey examines the evidence. John Harvey is a barrister at 4 King's Bench Walk.The liability of a barrister for negligence was restated clearly in Ridehalgh v Horsfield (1994) as follows: "The law imposes a duty on lawyers to exercise reasonable care and skill in conducting their clients' affairs. This is a duty owed to and enforceable by the client to protect him against ...

  • Same-sex couples, different rules

    16-Sep-1997

    Martin Bowley looks into the difficulties of affording gay relationships the same legal status as conventional marriages. Martin Bowley QC is a tenant at One KBW at 36 Bedford Row and president of the Bar Lesbian and Gay Group.In spite of all the Government's pre-election statements of good intent, the only sign of movement in the area of gay rights has been the decision not to contest Morris and Sutherland - "the age of consent" cases - before the European Court of ...

  • Set to run advocacy courses for cash-strapped solicitors

    16-Sep-1997

    Verulam Chambers is to launch a pioneering advocacy training programme for solicitors and pupils.The courses, beginning in October, will be run by two of the chambers' tenants, Elissa Da Costa and Society of Asian Lawyers chairman Sailesh Mehta, who say the demand for the courses has come mainly from their solicitor clients.They will also aim to compete with the Inns of Court, which provide training for recently-qualified barristers ...

  • Silks who smooth the way

    16-Sep-1997

    The QCs who really stand out in the sensitive area of family law are those who combine academic nous with approachabilityActing in divorce cases, especially those that are known as the "big money" cases, can often bring fame to the solicitors involved. But the silks are also making a name for themselves.This is inevitable because, as one solicitor comments, "It is self-perpetuating - if you do the big money cases, you get ...

  • Strong pound hits firms' profits

    16-Sep-1997

    The strong pound has affected the profits of some of the City's leading international law firms.The Lawyer has learned that Clifford Chance has lost around 10 per cent of its profits because of the strong pound while Freshfields also confesses its profits would have been bigger without sterling's strength.But the reverse has not stopped both firms from cashing ...

  • Survey finds law firm assistants at low ebb

    16-Sep-1997

    More than a third of law firm assistants looking to change jobs would consider moving to a US practice in London, and one in five to accountancy-tied firms, according to a survey published by ZMB recruitment specialists.The results also confirmed The Lawyer's own survey of a year ago which showed low morale and a high number of lawyers considering leaving the profession.Higher salaries and the type of work on offer were the main enticements for UK assistants, ...

  • Systems supplier bound for AIM after reverse takeover>

    16-Sep-1997

    Elizabeth Davidson reportsLEGAL practice management systems supplier Keystone Solutions is to be floated on the Alternative Investment Market.Keystone, the clients of which have included Stephenson Harwood, Ashurst Morris Crisp, DJ Freeman and Masons, reached agreement ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Tim Daniel

    16-Sep-1997

    Tim Daniel was born in the New Forest in 1946. He lives in Putney and is a partner in DJ Freeman where he heads the firm's public international law group. He is currently litigating at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.What was your first job?Croupier, Palm Beach Casino, London.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£600 a year.What would you have done if you hadn't ...

  • The Lawyer voted top legal read

    16-Sep-1997

    DOZENS of personal injury firms across the country have been hit by a decision by legal expenses insurance giant Hambro Assistance to slash its panel of solicitors from 50 to four.But the four firms being kept on by the Colchester-based company, including Manchester firm Pannone & Partners and Sheffield-based Irwin Mitchell, can expect a major upsurge in their work.The Colchester insurer is understood to have made the decision several weeks ago, but the move ...

  • Tree root damage allegation

    16-Sep-1997

    A pending High Court claim will focus on the responsibility of the Department of Transport (DoT) for damage caused to roadside properties by tree roots. Jonathan Perkins of Romford, Essex is suing the DoT for up to £100,000 in respect of tree-root damage to his property. When the case reaches court he will accuse the DoT of negligence and breach of statutory duty in respect of its alleged failure to manage and control the trees in a way that would prevent the damage. ...

  • White & Case opens in Brazil

    16-Sep-1997

    White & Case has become only the second US firm to open an office in Sao Paulo.The new office will initially be staffed by senior associate Donald Baker from White & Case in Miami.The Sao Paulo office is the firm's second Latin American venture, joining its 18-lawyer Mexico City office.A spokesperson at White & Case said the firm intended to add lawyers to ...