16 December 1996

The Lawyer

  • A firm emphasis on good management

    17-Dec-1996

    The concept of management is often seen as less of a priority in legal offices where fee-earning is seen as the key to success. But that may have to change with the long-planned - if not long-awaited - revision to practice rule 13.Following the Law Society standards and guidance committee meeting last week, which approved the change, supervisors will have to retrain to meet the requirements.For those unfamiliar with this rule - and this no doubt includes ...

  • A firm emphasis on good management

    17-Dec-1996

    The concept of management is often seen as less of a priority in legal offices where fee-earning is seen as the key to success. But that may have to change with the long-planned - if not long-awaited - revision to practice rule 13.Following the Law Society standards and guidance committee meeting last week, which approved the change, supervisors will have to retrain to meet the requirements.For those unfamiliar with this rule - and this no doubt includes ...

  • ABA wants firms to be part of year 2000 event

    17-Dec-1996

    LAW firms are being encouraged to start preparing the welcoming party for an influx of around 23,000 delegates from the US to London for the annual meeting of the American Bar Association (ABA) in the year 2000.The ABA made its decision to hold its meeting in London during the summer and the initial plans for the event are already well under way.The event is scheduled to take place from 15 to 20 July, with the official opening ceremony planned for 17 July.

  • ABA wants firms to be part of year 2000 event

    17-Dec-1996

    LAW firms are being encouraged to start preparing the welcoming party for an influx of around 23,000 delegates from the US to London for the annual meeting of the American Bar Association (ABA) in the year 2000.The ABA made its decision to hold its meeting in London during the summer and the initial plans for the event are already well under way.The event is scheduled to take place from 15 to 20 July, with the official opening ceremony planned for 17 July.

  • Altheimer & Gray's taste of eastern promise

    17-Dec-1996

    On June 26, Chicago-based law firm Altheimer & Gray opened its doors in the ancient Chinese city of Shanghai. It is yet another example of the firm's continuing commitment to emerging markets.One of Chicago's largest firms, Altheimer & Gray, founded in 1915, is noted domestically for its work in mergers and acquisitions, property development and litigation. And prompted by partners James Carroll and Louis Goldman, it was the first foreign firm to open an office ...

  • Altheimer & Gray's taste of eastern promise

    17-Dec-1996

    On June 26, Chicago-based law firm Altheimer & Gray opened its doors in the ancient Chinese city of Shanghai. It is yet another example of the firm's continuing commitment to emerging markets.One of Chicago's largest firms, Altheimer & Gray, founded in 1915, is noted domestically for its work in mergers and acquisitions, property development and litigation. And prompted by partners James Carroll and Louis Goldman, it was the first foreign firm to open an office ...

  • Appeal Court finds employer liable for racial abuse at work

    17-Dec-1996

    A Court of Appeal judgment which found a company liable for the racial abuse inflicted on a worker by colleagues has been hailed by the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) as a groundbreaking ruling.According to Makbool Jav-aid, principal legal officer for the CRE and lead solicitor on the case, Raymondo Jones v Tower Boot Co, the ruling has "huge implications for the future of racial relations and equal opportunities in this country".Raymondo Jones, a 16-year-old ...

  • Appeal Court finds employer liable for racial abuse at work

    17-Dec-1996

    A Court of Appeal judgment which found a company liable for the racial abuse inflicted on a worker by colleagues has been hailed by the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) as a groundbreaking ruling.According to Makbool Jav-aid, principal legal officer for the CRE and lead solicitor on the case, Raymondo Jones v Tower Boot Co, the ruling has "huge implications for the future of racial relations and equal opportunities in this country".Raymondo Jones, a 16-year-old ...

  • Ashursts leads the pack for company flotation advice

    17-Dec-1996

    Ashurst Morris Crisp is the country's leading legal adviser to companies seeking a flotation, according to a league table produced by big six accountants KPMG.During the period from January 1993 to 30 September 1996, Ashursts advised 28 of the 500 companies that floated on the London Stock Exchange.Slaughte

  • Ashursts leads the pack for company flotation advice

    17-Dec-1996

    Ashurst Morris Crisp is the country's leading legal adviser to companies seeking a flotation, according to a league table produced by big six accountants KPMG.During the period from January 1993 to 30 September 1996, Ashursts advised 28 of the 500 companies that floated on the London Stock Exchange.Slaughte

  • Clifford Chance's Asian exile returns

    17-Dec-1996

    Clifford Chance's Asian project finance specialist, Tim Soutar, has transferred to the firm's London headquarters after spending 14 years at its Hong Kong office.Soutar said he had returned to the UK for family reasons. In the future, he will have a broader role helping to co-ordinate Clifford Chance's 100-lawyer global projects group, led by partner Rodney Short.

  • Clifford Chance's Asian exile returns

    17-Dec-1996

    Clifford Chance's Asian project finance specialist, Tim Soutar, has transferred to the firm's London headquarters after spending 14 years at its Hong Kong office.Soutar said he had returned to the UK for family reasons. In the future, he will have a broader role helping to co-ordinate Clifford Chance's 100-lawyer global projects group, led by partner Rodney Short.

  • Council has a hand in fingerprint system

    17-Dec-1996

    Lawyers at Hampshire County Council are celebrating their role in the establishment of a national automatic fingerprint recognition system for the police.Principal solicitor Ted Mason and his team helped secure a deal with North American Morpho Systems to supply the system, which will be used by 33 of the 43 police authorities in England and Wales.Mason's involvement in the deal dates back to 1990 when he was asked to assist Hampshire's chief constable ...

  • Council has a hand in fingerprint system

    17-Dec-1996

    Lawyers at Hampshire County Council are celebrating their role in the establishment of a national automatic fingerprint recognition system for the police.Principal solicitor Ted Mason and his team helped secure a deal with North American Morpho Systems to supply the system, which will be used by 33 of the 43 police authorities in England and Wales.Mason's involvement in the deal dates back to 1990 when he was asked to assist Hampshire's chief constable ...

  • County court challenge

    17-Dec-1996

    Leicester widow Merinda Lea, who claims she was subjected to undue influence to persuade her to put her house up as security on a loan for her former boss, has won the right to challenge a county court order for possession of her home. The county judge at Nottingham also ordered that Mrs Lea should pay a further £113,417 in respect of her failure to make repayments. The Appeal Court gave Lea leave to challenge the county court ruling.

  • County court challenge

    17-Dec-1996

    Leicester widow Merinda Lea, who claims she was subjected to undue influence to persuade her to put her house up as security on a loan for her former boss, has won the right to challenge a county court order for possession of her home. The county judge at Nottingham also ordered that Mrs Lea should pay a further £113,417 in respect of her failure to make repayments. The Appeal Court gave Lea leave to challenge the county court ruling.

  • Court rules benefit refusal unreasonable

    17-Dec-1996

    The High Court has found that South Gloucestershire County Council was unreasonable in refusing housing benefit to a woman who was living in one of her father's houses.The Housing Review Board had backed the council's decision to cancel Victoria Dadds' housing benefit in November 1995 because she was living in a building that was owned by her father.According to South Gloucestershire County Council, this was not a commercial agreement but ...

  • Court rules benefit refusal unreasonable

    17-Dec-1996

    The High Court has found that South Gloucestershire County Council was unreasonable in refusing housing benefit to a woman who was living in one of her father's houses.The Housing Review Board had backed the council's decision to cancel Victoria Dadds' housing benefit in November 1995 because she was living in a building that was owned by her father.According to South Gloucestershire County Council, this was not a commercial agreement but ...

  • Defending the prosecutors' rights

    17-Dec-1996

    Kevin Goodwin

  • Defending the prosecutors' rights

    17-Dec-1996

    Kevin Goodwin

  • Development wrangle

    17-Dec-1996

    Conservationists are waiting for judgment in a case with major implications for development rights relating to listed buildings. A protest group from Bridport, Dorset, has challenged the decision by West Dorset District Council to allow the development of Downe Hall, a Grade II-listed building in Bridport which is rated as one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the country. Judgment in the case has been reserved.

  • Development wrangle

    17-Dec-1996

    Conservationists are waiting for judgment in a case with major implications for development rights relating to listed buildings. A protest group from Bridport, Dorset, has challenged the decision by West Dorset District Council to allow the development of Downe Hall, a Grade II-listed building in Bridport which is rated as one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the country. Judgment in the case has been reserved.

  • Donns set to launch Gulf War action in New Year

    17-Dec-1996

    Manchester law firm Donns is preparing to launch legal action against the Government over 'Gulf War Syndrome' in the New Year.Donns partner Hilary Meredith, who represents more than 1,000 veterans, has written to ask firms Dawbarns and Gill Akaster, which have been awarded the generic legal aid contract to sue the Government, asking them to join her in the proceedings.Donns had been locked in a long-running battle with the two firms over the awarding ...

  • Donns set to launch Gulf War action in New Year

    17-Dec-1996

    Manchester law firm Donns is preparing to launch legal action against the Government over 'Gulf War Syndrome' in the New Year.Donns partner Hilary Meredith, who represents more than 1,000 veterans, has written to ask firms Dawbarns and Gill Akaster, which have been awarded the generic legal aid contract to sue the Government, asking them to join her in the proceedings.Donns had been locked in a long-running battle with the two firms over the awarding ...

  • DPP reassures on disclosure

    17-Dec-1996

    BARBARA Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has moved to reassure critics of the new criminal disclosure rules that they will not lead to miscarriages of justice.Mills last week told a conference organised by the British Academy of Forensic Sciences that the CPS and the police were working together to comply with the Home Office code of practice to ensure new disclosure rules are properly enforced.She added that prosecutors and police would, in a unique ...

  • DPP reassures on disclosure

    17-Dec-1996

    BARBARA Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has moved to reassure critics of the new criminal disclosure rules that they will not lead to miscarriages of justice.Mills last week told a conference organised by the British Academy of Forensic Sciences that the CPS and the police were working together to comply with the Home Office code of practice to ensure new disclosure rules are properly enforced.She added that prosecutors and police would, in a unique ...

  • Ellison spearheads Eversheds' pension ambitions

    17-Dec-1996

    National firm Eversheds is aiming to build one of the leading pensions practices in Europe with the appointment of Hammond Suddards pensions specialist Robin Ellison.Currently a consultant at Hammond Suddards, Ellison will join Eversheds initially as a consultant and will become a partner and National Head of Pensions at Eversheds later in 1997. He will be based in London, but will work with ...

  • Ellison spearheads Eversheds' pension ambitions

    17-Dec-1996

    National firm Eversheds is aiming to build one of the leading pensions practices in Europe with the appointment of Hammond Suddards pensions specialist Robin Ellison.Currently a consultant at Hammond Suddards, Ellison will join Eversheds initially as a consultant and will become a partner and National Head of Pensions at Eversheds later in 1997. He will be based in London, but will work with ...

  • EU Time directive/termination payments. Sleight of handshake

    17-Dec-1996

    The assumption that the first £30,000 of a termination payment to former employees will be tax-free is an important basic principle for both employees and employers. However, over the past year, this tax-free payment has been under threat.Admittedly, there have always been limitations to this basic principle. For example, it can only be made:on retirement;as a terminal bonus referable to past achievements;in lieu of notice ...

  • EU Time directive/termination payments. Sleight of handshake

    17-Dec-1996

    The assumption that the first £30,000 of a termination payment to former employees will be tax-free is an important basic principle for both employees and employers. However, over the past year, this tax-free payment has been under threat.Admittedly, there have always been limitations to this basic principle. For example, it can only be made:on retirement;as a terminal bonus referable to past achievements;in lieu of notice ...

  • EU time directive/termination payments. Up against the clock

    17-Dec-1996

    Every lawyer is probably familiar with the European Working Time Directive, due to have been implemented by EU member states on 23 November 1996. The Press attention on the subject is hard to avoid.However, not all lawyers will be aware what precise form the UK regulations will take, as a result of the UK Government's doomed challenge to the legal basis of the Directive and its attempt to have it annulled.This was an exercise which raised eyebrows at its ...

  • EU time directive/termination payments. Up against the clock

    17-Dec-1996

    Every lawyer is probably familiar with the European Working Time Directive, due to have been implemented by EU member states on 23 November 1996. The Press attention on the subject is hard to avoid.However, not all lawyers will be aware what precise form the UK regulations will take, as a result of the UK Government's doomed challenge to the legal basis of the Directive and its attempt to have it annulled.This was an exercise which raised eyebrows at its ...

  • Eversheds reveals role in BMW contract

    17-Dec-1996

    Nine months after it was first instructed, Eversheds has revealed its involvement in safeguarding hundreds of car engine workers jobs in the Midlands with the decision by BMW, which recently took over Rover, to build a factory there.Commercial property partner Stephen Sorrell was instructed in March by the government urban regeneration agency English Partnerships to help it find a suitable ...

  • Eversheds reveals role in BMW contract

    17-Dec-1996

    Nine months after it was first instructed, Eversheds has revealed its involvement in safeguarding hundreds of car engine workers jobs in the Midlands with the decision by BMW, which recently took over Rover, to build a factory there.Commercial property partner Stephen Sorrell was instructed in March by the government urban regeneration agency English Partnerships to help it find a suitable ...

  • Financing

    17-Dec-1996

    Davies Arnold Cooper acted for traffic information provider Trafficmaster in its £16.9 million rights issue and on its deal with Vauxhall to fit at least 100

  • Financing

    17-Dec-1996

    Davies Arnold Cooper acted for traffic information provider Trafficmaster in its £16.9 million rights issue and on its deal with Vauxhall to fit at least 100

  • Financing

    17-Dec-1996

    Gouldens advised a syndicate of international banks on an $85 million loan facility for the Russian commercial bank Tokobank.

  • Financing

    17-Dec-1996

    Herbert Smith acted for Friends Provident Life Office on a £215 million bond issue by its subsidiary

  • Financing

    17-Dec-1996

    Herbert Smith acted for Friends Provident Life Office on a £215 million bond issue by its subsidiary

  • Financing

    17-Dec-1996

    Gouldens advised a syndicate of international banks on an $85 million loan facility for the Russian commercial bank Tokobank.

  • Firm issues guide to life under Labour

    17-Dec-1996

    Clifford Chance has become what is believed to be the first law firm to draw up a guide for its clients on what life under a Labour government might be like.Entitled New Labour, New Government? it has been compiled by the firm's public policy group headed by Richard Thomas, who was appointed from the Office of Fair Trading in April 1992. "We have been following Labour policy for ...

  • Firm issues guide to life under Labour

    17-Dec-1996

    Clifford Chance has become what is believed to be the first law firm to draw up a guide for its clients on what life under a Labour government might be like.Entitled New Labour, New Government? it has been compiled by the firm's public policy group headed by Richard Thomas, who was appointed from the Office of Fair Trading in April 1992. "We have been following Labour policy for ...

  • Flotations

    17-Dec-1996

    Memery Crystal acted for Emerald Energy on its move from the Unquoted Securities Market to the London Stock Exchange and a £7.5 million placing and a $4.3 million open offer to finance oil and gas exploration in Colombia.

  • Flotations

    17-Dec-1996

    Memery Crystal acted for Emerald Energy on its move from the Unquoted Securities Market to the London Stock Exchange and a £7.5 million placing and a $4.3 million open offer to finance oil and gas exploration in Colombia.

  • Framework for Boateng

    17-Dec-1996

    Many solicitors reading the comments of Paul Boateng regarding pro bono work will feel very offended (The Lawyer 10 December) .A large number of high street solicitors carry out a lot of such work in their local communities, and many assist clients either for no fee or a fee that is very nominal. The recent meeting held on a Saturday morning in Chancery, when some 40 solicitors gave up time to attend, showed how much is being done by the profession quietly ...

  • Framework for Boateng

    17-Dec-1996

    Many solicitors reading the comments of Paul Boateng regarding pro bono work will feel very offended (The Lawyer 10 December) .A large number of high street solicitors carry out a lot of such work in their local communities, and many assist clients either for no fee or a fee that is very nominal. The recent meeting held on a Saturday morning in Chancery, when some 40 solicitors gave up time to attend, showed how much is being done by the profession quietly ...

  • GLS falls foul of discrimination law

    17-Dec-1996

    The Government Legal Service (GLS) has had to introduce equal opportunity measures, having been found guilty of racial and sex discrimination against a black woman job applicant.An industrial tribunal found the GLS guilty of undermarking Chineme Nwoke in her application for a post as a solicitor in the Treasury Solicitors Department in February.The tribunal was forced to reintervene in November to award £3,000 damages when the two parties failed to agree ...

  • GLS falls foul of discrimination law

    17-Dec-1996

    The Government Legal Service (GLS) has had to introduce equal opportunity measures, having been found guilty of racial and sex discrimination against a black woman job applicant.An industrial tribunal found the GLS guilty of undermarking Chineme Nwoke in her application for a post as a solicitor in the Treasury Solicitors Department in February.The tribunal was forced to reintervene in November to award £3,000 damages when the two parties failed to agree ...

  • Goodmans of Canada moves into Singapore's legal market

    17-Dec-1996

    Canadian law firm Goodman Phillips & Vineberg is the latest firm to move into Singapore and has poached a Baker & McKenzie partner to head up the operation.The newly opened office is the firm's third in Asia, which it says reflects the growing importance of the continent in a business context.It will be headed by Deborah Blum, a corporate commercial lawyer who has ...

  • Goodmans of Canada moves into Singapore's legal market

    17-Dec-1996

    Canadian law firm Goodman Phillips & Vineberg is the latest firm to move into Singapore and has poached a Baker & McKenzie partner to head up the operation.The newly opened office is the firm's third in Asia, which it says reflects the growing importance of the continent in a business context.It will be headed by Deborah Blum, a corporate commercial lawyer who has ...

  • Hackney escapes civil claim

    17-Dec-1996

    Chris Fogarty reportsCouncils convicted of a criminal offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 are not liable for any further civil claims, the Court of Appeal has ruled.The decision in favour of Hackney Council in London means other local government organisations have escaped facing a potential avalanche of civil claims seeking damages for statutory nuisances.Tenants of a Hackney Council flat had complained of mould and condensation ...

  • Hackney escapes civil claim

    17-Dec-1996

    Chris Fogarty reportsCouncils convicted of a criminal offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 are not liable for any further civil claims, the Court of Appeal has ruled.The decision in favour of Hackney Council in London means other local government organisations have escaped facing a potential avalanche of civil claims seeking damages for statutory nuisances.Tenants of a Hackney Council flat had complained of mould and condensation ...

  • Harrods spells out the stakes in name battle

    17-Dec-1996

    A ruling is expected soon in one of the most critical battles waged by Harrods to protect its jealously guarded name.The Knightsbridge store is attempting to block moves, originating from South America, to sell off the name world-wide to the highest bidder.If the action failed, Charles Sparrow QC told Mr Justice Neuberger, the effect could be to "dissolve" the company's reputation.The Harrods motto, Omnia Omnibus ...

  • Harrods spells out the stakes in name battle

    17-Dec-1996

    A ruling is expected soon in one of the most critical battles waged by Harrods to protect its jealously guarded name.The Knightsbridge store is attempting to block moves, originating from South America, to sell off the name world-wide to the highest bidder.If the action failed, Charles Sparrow QC told Mr Justice Neuberger, the effect could be to "dissolve" the company's reputation.The Harrods motto, Omnia Omnibus ...

  • Heliport hovers in the balance

    17-Dec-1996

    The recent Court of Appeal ruling on moves to establish a unique floating heliport on London's Thames has far from cleared up the question marks hanging over the proposals.Thames Heliport, the company behind the £1.5 million scheme, wants to convert the 150ft Father Thames, at present a floating restaurant, into a floating heliport. It then plans to use it on various sites along a 10-mile tidal stretch of the Thames.If the company's ...

  • Heliport hovers in the balance

    17-Dec-1996

    The recent Court of Appeal ruling on moves to establish a unique floating heliport on London's Thames has far from cleared up the question marks hanging over the proposals.Thames Heliport, the company behind the £1.5 million scheme, wants to convert the 150ft Father Thames, at present a floating restaurant, into a floating heliport. It then plans to use it on various sites along a 10-mile tidal stretch of the Thames.If the company's ...

  • Herbert Smith helps REC attack on Offer

    17-Dec-1996

    Herbert Smith energy partner Mark Newbery is spearheading a legal attack on Stephen Littlechild, the director general of electricity regulation, on behalf of the 14 regional electricity companies (RECs) in England, Wales and Scotland.Herbert Smith was appointed to advise the RECs on implementing full competition by April 1998 in September this year.In a letter to Littlechild last week, leaked to national newspapers, Herbert Smith warned him that adoption of proposed ...

  • Herbert Smith helps REC attack on Offer

    17-Dec-1996

    Herbert Smith energy partner Mark Newbery is spearheading a legal attack on Stephen Littlechild, the director general of electricity regulation, on behalf of the 14 regional electricity companies (RECs) in England, Wales and Scotland.Herbert Smith was appointed to advise the RECs on implementing full competition by April 1998 in September this year.In a letter to Littlechild last week, leaked to national newspapers, Herbert Smith warned him that adoption of proposed ...

  • Herbert Smith tops PFI projects' league

    17-Dec-1996

    The big five City firms have been pipped at the post by Herbert Smith when it comes to private finance initiative work, according to the first-ever PFI league table, produced by newsletter The PFI Report.The City firm has advised on 38 PFI projects with a value of more than £5 million, the largest number claimed by any firm, and also has the largest number of projects signed - 13.City giant

  • Herbert Smith tops PFI projects' league

    17-Dec-1996

    The big five City firms have been pipped at the post by Herbert Smith when it comes to private finance initiative work, according to the first-ever PFI league table, produced by newsletter The PFI Report.The City firm has advised on 38 PFI projects with a value of more than £5 million, the largest number claimed by any firm, and also has the largest number of projects signed - 13.City giant

  • In brief: Chair in negligence law for Liverpool

    17-Dec-1996

    Liverpool firm Weightmans is to fund the establishment of a new Chair in Negligence Law at the University of Liverpool, which will be advertised nationally and internationally. It will allow the firm access to training facilities from the faculty of law, which is an authorised provider approved by the Law Society. Weightmans senior partner Tony Summers (above, second right) said: "Like the university, ...

  • In brief: Extra floor space for Linklaters & Paines

    17-Dec-1996

    Linklaters & Paines is taking 16 per cent more office space than it originally intended when it moves from its three offices in the City to 1 Silk Street and the adjoining Milton House next autumn. The firm signed the largest City pre-let ever two years ago, when it agreed to lease 1 Silk Street and the first nine floors of 15-storey Milton House. Now it has agreed to lease the remaining six floors ...

  • In brief: Halliwell Landau lands environment work

    17-Dec-1996

    Manchester firm Halliwell Landau has won a formal tender to handle The Environment Agency's conveyancing work in the North West. Partner Geoff Marks said the selection process was "extremely thorough". A spokesperson for the Environment Agency in the North West said this was the first time that work had been put out to tender in this way in the region.

  • In brief: Hawkins Russell Jones appoints Bruton

    17-Dec-1996

    Solicitor David Bruton has been appointed managing partner of Hertfordshire firm Hawkins Russell Jones. He replaces David Heymans, who has held the position for seven years. Bruton said: "We will continue to put emphasis on providing a quality, fast and efficient service at a fair price. Use of new technology will enable us to achieve this aim." Established in 1591, the firm is one of the oldest law firms in the UK.

  • In brief: Limits proposed for tribunal advocates

    17-Dec-1996

    The Special Educational Needs Tribunal is considering limiting the number of advocates who can attend its hearings. "The question in relation to advocates is whether there should be more than one representative for a party," said tribunal president Trevor Aldridge QC. He believes the hearings proceed best in an atmosphere of informality and this can be obtained by limiting the number of advocates and people representing or supporting clients. Aldridge said he would be taking in a wide ...

  • In brief: Power failure cuts off lines to The Lawyer

    17-Dec-1996

    Due to a power cut, The Lawyer's telephone and fax lines were down from 11:30am on Wednesday morning last week until the end of the day. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, which was beyond our control.

  • In brief: Rowe to rule over Prevention of Terrorism

    17-Dec-1996

    John Rowe QC, of 8 King Street Chambers, Manchester, has been appointed by the Home Office to undertake the annual review of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1989 for a further two years. Rowe is a practising barrister and a recorder of the Crown Court. He was a member of the Parole Board from 1987 to 1990 and was chair of the Bar General Council in 1993. He was appointed as reviewer of the Prevention of Terrorism Act in December 1993 and has to date undertaken three reports on the operation ...

  • In-house. Getting in with the in-crowd

    17-Dec-1996

    US lawyers have a reputation for being more business-minded than their UK coun- terparts, and nowhere is this better illustrated than in the role of the in-house legal adviser.While many UK companies are only just coming around to the idea that employing internal counsel is a good way of cutting costs, for years, US companies have used their lawyers as an integral management tool, even as business advisers in their own right. Those US companies that have set up shop in the ...

  • In-house. Getting in with the in-crowd

    17-Dec-1996

    US lawyers have a reputation for being more business-minded than their UK coun- terparts, and nowhere is this better illustrated than in the role of the in-house legal adviser.While many UK companies are only just coming around to the idea that employing internal counsel is a good way of cutting costs, for years, US companies have used their lawyers as an integral management tool, even as business advisers in their own right. Those US companies that have set up shop in the ...

  • James Rees says preventing squatting is easier than cure.

    17-Dec-1996

    James Rees is an assistant in the property litigation team at Denton Hall.Over the Christmas period landlords have particular problems with squatters in or on commercial property.Gypsies or new age travellers occupy open land and squatters take over empty retail premises to do their own Christmas trading.Squatters can affect trade, damage property, pose health and safety risks (particularly if they are occupying a construction site), ...

  • James Rees says preventing squatting is easier than cure.

    17-Dec-1996

    James Rees is an assistant in the property litigation team at Denton Hall.Over the Christmas period landlords have particular problems with squatters in or on commercial property.Gypsies or new age travellers occupy open land and squatters take over empty retail premises to do their own Christmas trading.Squatters can affect trade, damage property, pose health and safety risks (particularly if they are occupying a construction site), ...

  • Law goes to college

    17-Dec-1996

    I read with interest the article headed "Legal help comes to the campus". I am sorry to disappoint the South Wales firm Hugh James in their claims to be the first in the country to launch free campus-based legal advice clinics for students and college staff.Until October of this year, I was employed in Doncaster and during my last 12 months there I established and managed ...

  • Law goes to college

    17-Dec-1996

    I read with interest the article headed "Legal help comes to the campus". I am sorry to disappoint the South Wales firm Hugh James in their claims to be the first in the country to launch free campus-based legal advice clinics for students and college staff.Until October of this year, I was employed in Doncaster and during my last 12 months there I established and managed ...

  • Law Soc approves changes to rule 13

    17-Dec-1996

    Supervisors of solicitors' offices will have to retrain under a revised practice rule approved by the Law Society Council last week.But under the long-planned revision to practice rule 13 - the first since it came into force 26 years ago - existing office supervisors will be given 10 years in which to get a minimum of 16 hours Continuing Practice Development (CPD) training.For office managers appointed after the rule comes into force - expected next spring ...

  • Law Soc approves changes to rule 13

    17-Dec-1996

    Supervisors of solicitors' offices will have to retrain under a revised practice rule approved by the Law Society Council last week.But under the long-planned revision to practice rule 13 - the first since it came into force 26 years ago - existing office supervisors will be given 10 years in which to get a minimum of 16 hours Continuing Practice Development (CPD) training.For office managers appointed after the rule comes into force - expected next spring ...

  • Law society motion savages management of Regis project

    17-Dec-1996

    The Law Society's ruling council has passed resolutions condemning the "mismanagement" of its Regis project and staff's "perceived lack of disclosure of relevant information about the project".A scathing supplementary report on the Regis system was brought before the Society Council last week by former vice-president Robert Sayer. In it, he produces evidence which suggests former senior officials failed to inform the president and council members of the problems ...

  • Law society motion savages management of Regis project

    17-Dec-1996

    The Law Society's ruling council has passed resolutions condemning the "mismanagement" of its Regis project and staff's "perceived lack of disclosure of relevant information about the project".A scathing supplementary report on the Regis system was brought before the Society Council last week by former vice-president Robert Sayer. In it, he produces evidence which suggests former senior officials failed to inform the president and council members of the problems ...

  • Lawyers issue warning on Asylum Act

    17-Dec-1996

    Immigration lawyers are warning that Government plans to create a new offence of employing people who do not have permission to work in the UK may mean employers will fall foul of the Race Relations Act.Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act will be brought into force on the 27 January 1997, despite concerns voiced by the Glidewell Panel, which carried out an independent inquiry into the Act.The panel was not "convinced that the Government has thought through ...

  • Lawyers issue warning on Asylum Act

    17-Dec-1996

    Immigration lawyers are warning that Government plans to create a new offence of employing people who do not have permission to work in the UK may mean employers will fall foul of the Race Relations Act.Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act will be brought into force on the 27 January 1997, despite concerns voiced by the Glidewell Panel, which carried out an independent inquiry into the Act.The panel was not "convinced that the Government has thought through ...

  • Lawyers to probe law on clawing back NHS costs

    17-Dec-1996

    Lawyers will meet in Nottingham on Friday to discuss taking test cases against those who cause accidents, to ensure they pay for their victims' National Health Service medical costs.Organised by East Anglia University Personal Injury and Medical Law Centre director Frederick Holding, the meeting of about 20 lawyers will examine whether existing legislation allows the NHS to recoup some of the costs of patient care.Holding argues legislation dating back to ...

  • Lawyers to probe law on clawing back NHS costs

    17-Dec-1996

    Lawyers will meet in Nottingham on Friday to discuss taking test cases against those who cause accidents, to ensure they pay for their victims' National Health Service medical costs.Organised by East Anglia University Personal Injury and Medical Law Centre director Frederick Holding, the meeting of about 20 lawyers will examine whether existing legislation allows the NHS to recoup some of the costs of patient care.Holding argues legislation dating back to ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 17/12/96

    17-Dec-1996

    David Lawrence Kelly, 51, admitted 1970, practised on own account at Warrington, Cheshire, successful in application for indefinite suspension, imposed in September 1995, to be lifted. Suspension followed substantiation of allegations that Kelly practised without current practising certificate for type of practice he was running, practised in breach of condition imposed on his practising certificate, failed to deliver accountants report on ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 17/12/96

    17-Dec-1996

    David Lawrence Kelly, 51, admitted 1970, practised on own account at Warrington, Cheshire, successful in application for indefinite suspension, imposed in September 1995, to be lifted. Suspension followed substantiation of allegations that Kelly practised without current practising certificate for type of practice he was running, practised in breach of condition imposed on his practising certificate, failed to deliver accountants report on ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 17/12/96

    17-Dec-1996

    Hirrell v Securicor Ltd - QBD, 28 October 1996Claimant: Frances Hirrell, Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Claimant injured in accident in which she was motorcycle pillion passenger. Described in court as a "gre- garious, out-going" woman who had worked as a booking clerk for a motorcycle dispatch firm, her life was said to have been ruined by her injuries. She suffered multiple broken bones and catastrophic head injuries ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 17/12/96

    17-Dec-1996

    Hirrell v Securicor Ltd - QBD, 28 October 1996Claimant: Frances Hirrell, Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Claimant injured in accident in which she was motorcycle pillion passenger. Described in court as a "gre- garious, out-going" woman who had worked as a booking clerk for a motorcycle dispatch firm, her life was said to have been ruined by her injuries. She suffered multiple broken bones and catastrophic head injuries ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 17/12/96

    17-Dec-1996

    Proceedings on assignments of choses in actionBarclays Bank PLC v Kent County Council (1996)Ch.D (Sir Peter Webster)Summary: Issue as to when interest ran on costs awards made in the Lands Tribunal.On 25 January 1983 the defendant council made a compulsory purchase order in respect of land owned by a Mr Bachelor ("the order land") and on 20 January 1984 Mr Bachelor served a notice requiring the defendant to purchase land also ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 17/12/96

    17-Dec-1996

    Proceedings on assignments of choses in actionBarclays Bank PLC v Kent County Council (1996)Ch.D (Sir Peter Webster)Summary: Issue as to when interest ran on costs awards made in the Lands Tribunal.On 25 January 1983 the defendant council made a compulsory purchase order in respect of land owned by a Mr Bachelor ("the order land") and on 20 January 1984 Mr Bachelor served a notice requiring the defendant to purchase land also ...

  • Litigation Writs 17/12/96

    17-Dec-1996

    Ideal Country Homes of London W1 is suing Margaret Routledge of Wormley, Surrey and Orkney Property Services of Chichester for damages for alleged breach of a 1989 contract. The claim arises from the purported sale on 14 March 1991 of property which was the subject of the contract at a gross undervalue and for breach of a mortgage deed dated 29 April 1990. Ideal seeks a declaration that in breach of the agreement the defendant was not entitled to act in the capacity of a mortgagee ...

  • Litigation Writs 17/12/96

    17-Dec-1996

    Ideal Country Homes of London W1 is suing Margaret Routledge of Wormley, Surrey and Orkney Property Services of Chichester for damages for alleged breach of a 1989 contract. The claim arises from the purported sale on 14 March 1991 of property which was the subject of the contract at a gross undervalue and for breach of a mortgage deed dated 29 April 1990. Ideal seeks a declaration that in breach of the agreement the defendant was not entitled to act in the capacity of a mortgagee ...

  • Lord Chancellor yields to clamour for introduction of a civil justice council

    17-Dec-1996

    The Law Society and other practitioners' groups are claiming victory in a bid to get the Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, to form a civil justice council to implement Lord Woolf's reforms.Mackay conceded last week in the House of Lords that he had been persuaded of the need for such a council. He confirmed that he would be introducing an amendment to the Civil Procedure Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament.Although Lord Woolf had recommended ...

  • Lord Chancellor yields to clamour for introduction of a civil justice council

    17-Dec-1996

    The Law Society and other practitioners' groups are claiming victory in a bid to get the Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, to form a civil justice council to implement Lord Woolf's reforms.Mackay conceded last week in the House of Lords that he had been persuaded of the need for such a council. He confirmed that he would be introducing an amendment to the Civil Procedure Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament.Although Lord Woolf had recommended ...

  • Maid unveils business information systems

    17-Dec-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsMAID, the business information supplier, has unveiled two products due for release in the New Year.The products are based on the company's Profound system, which it claims gives users access to the world's largest database of business information, including news, market research and company data.Profound lets users download detailed business information quickly. Its indexing system ensures that ...

  • Maid unveils business information systems

    17-Dec-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsMAID, the business information supplier, has unveiled two products due for release in the New Year.The products are based on the company's Profound system, which it claims gives users access to the world's largest database of business information, including news, market research and company data.Profound lets users download detailed business information quickly. Its indexing system ensures that ...

  • Mandelson on the defence over Labour crime policies

    17-Dec-1996

    LABOUR'S campaigns co-ordinator Peter Mandelson was forced to defend Shadow Home Secretary Jack Straw's policy on crime at the Society of Labour Lawyers' AGM.Mandelson was the guest speaker at the packed event at the Law Society, which saw the official unveiling of the society's ambitious plan to raise £100,000 from City lawyers through seminars attended by front-bench Labour spokesmen.The MP was given a warm reception last week by about ...

  • Mandelson on the defence over Labour crime policies

    17-Dec-1996

    LABOUR'S campaigns co-ordinator Peter Mandelson was forced to defend Shadow Home Secretary Jack Straw's policy on crime at the Society of Labour Lawyers' AGM.Mandelson was the guest speaker at the packed event at the Law Society, which saw the official unveiling of the society's ambitious plan to raise £100,000 from City lawyers through seminars attended by front-bench Labour spokesmen.The MP was given a warm reception last week by about ...

  • Markets guru raises profile of US firm in Hong Kong

    17-Dec-1996

    New York-based international firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has appointed Asian capital markets expert Anthony Root as a partner in its 12-strong Hong Kong office.Root, previously a founding partner at US rival Rogers & Wells' Hong Kong office, declined to say whether or not he was headhunted for the post.He said: "I have a lot of friends in Hong Kong, and that's how I came to be invited to join the firm."Milbank has a 20-year presence ...

  • Markets guru raises profile of US firm in Hong Kong

    17-Dec-1996

    New York-based international firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has appointed Asian capital markets expert Anthony Root as a partner in its 12-strong Hong Kong office.Root, previously a founding partner at US rival Rogers & Wells' Hong Kong office, declined to say whether or not he was headhunted for the post.He said: "I have a lot of friends in Hong Kong, and that's how I came to be invited to join the firm."Milbank has a 20-year presence ...

  • Nabarros loses out to Hammonds in Hull deal

    17-Dec-1996

    Hammond Suddards is half-way towards poaching Nabarro Nathanson's client, Hull engineering company Fenner, having just completed its first major transaction for the listed company (see Flotations).David Armitage, Hammonds corporate partner in Leeds, has just advised Fenner on the £5.45 million sale of its Hull gear manufacturing facility to Sumitomo Heavy Industries of Japan. Fenner ...

  • Nabarros loses out to Hammonds in Hull deal

    17-Dec-1996

    Hammond Suddards is half-way towards poaching Nabarro Nathanson's client, Hull engineering company Fenner, having just completed its first major transaction for the listed company (see Flotations).David Armitage, Hammonds corporate partner in Leeds, has just advised Fenner on the £5.45 million sale of its Hull gear manufacturing facility to Sumitomo Heavy Industries of Japan. Fenner ...

  • Ombudsman to take no action over Howells case

    17-Dec-1996

    THE Legal Services Ombudsman, Michael Barnes, has decided to take no further action over the complaint which led to the resignation of Michael Howells as Law Society treasurer.Howells resigned from the treasury post in July after the Solicitors Complaints Bureau issued him with a "severe rebuke" for professional misconduct and ordered him to pay a client £1,000 compensation.Although he had initially argued he should remain in office as treasurer, Howells ...

  • Ombudsman to take no action over Howells case

    17-Dec-1996

    THE Legal Services Ombudsman, Michael Barnes, has decided to take no further action over the complaint which led to the resignation of Michael Howells as Law Society treasurer.Howells resigned from the treasury post in July after the Solicitors Complaints Bureau issued him with a "severe rebuke" for professional misconduct and ordered him to pay a client £1,000 compensation.Although he had initially argued he should remain in office as treasurer, Howells ...

  • Partner wins £1.1m award

    17-Dec-1996

    A successful partner in a Home Counties legal practice has been awarded £1.1 million damages after he was knocked off his bike in a devastating accident.Robert Atkins, who was a partner in the Bedford firm of Gareth Woodfines, was seriously injured in a cycling accident in May 1990."He has not been able to work since the accident," said Gareth Woodfines senior partner Nick Davies. "He has made a remarkable recovery but regrettably not a full recovery."

  • Partner wins £1.1m award

    17-Dec-1996

    A successful partner in a Home Counties legal practice has been awarded £1.1 million damages after he was knocked off his bike in a devastating accident.Robert Atkins, who was a partner in the Bedford firm of Gareth Woodfines, was seriously injured in a cycling accident in May 1990."He has not been able to work since the accident," said Gareth Woodfines senior partner Nick Davies. "He has made a remarkable recovery but regrettably not a full recovery."

  • Property

    17-Dec-1996

    Rickerby Watterson acted for Share & Fisher in the £3.3 million sale of a Texas DIY retail store in Worcester and the £1 million sale of vacant land at its Cheltenham headquarters.

  • Property

    17-Dec-1996

    Rickerby Watterson acted for Share & Fisher in the £3.3 million sale of a Texas DIY retail store in Worcester and the £1 million sale of vacant land at its Cheltenham headquarters.

  • Sayer turns private eye over Regis

    17-Dec-1996

    "Robert Sayer has missed his vocation," muttered someone during a coffee break at last week's Law Society Council meeting. "He should have been a private detective."Sayer's unofficial report into Regis to council members quotes from private e-mail memos between staff at Chancery Lane as their alarm about the problems with the computer system grew.It is interesting to compare these with the bland, confident public statements they made to their then president, ...

  • Sayer turns private eye over Regis

    17-Dec-1996

    "Robert Sayer has missed his vocation," muttered someone during a coffee break at last week's Law Society Council meeting. "He should have been a private detective."Sayer's unofficial report into Regis to council members quotes from private e-mail memos between staff at Chancery Lane as their alarm about the problems with the computer system grew.It is interesting to compare these with the bland, confident public statements they made to their then president, ...

  • Shareholders throw out bid for Greycoat

    17-Dec-1996

    Both sides' lawyers are claiming victory in the bitter six-week long shareholder battle over property company Greycoat.Property company Moorfield Estates last week withdrew an offer to buy its larger rival Greycoat after shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting voted to reject its bid. But in the process, Greycoat, advised by Herbert Smith, has agreed to put its prestigious £200 million property Embankment Place on the market and give the proceeds to shareholders.

  • Shareholders throw out bid for Greycoat

    17-Dec-1996

    Both sides' lawyers are claiming victory in the bitter six-week long shareholder battle over property company Greycoat.Property company Moorfield Estates last week withdrew an offer to buy its larger rival Greycoat after shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting voted to reject its bid. But in the process, Greycoat, advised by Herbert Smith, has agreed to put its prestigious £200 million property Embankment Place on the market and give the proceeds to shareholders.

  • Society members lash out at 'flawed' software

    17-Dec-1996

    Law Society Council members have called for the society's flagship computer package for high street firms to be scrapped following the publication of an independent consultants' report which called it "deeply flawed".As The Lawyer predicted last week, the report by Oxford Law and Computing pulled no punches in its criticism of the High Street Starter Kit on which £175,000 has already been spent. It said: "It is not yet ready for a pilot and even less prepared ...

  • Society members lash out at 'flawed' software

    17-Dec-1996

    Law Society Council members have called for the society's flagship computer package for high street firms to be scrapped following the publication of an independent consultants' report which called it "deeply flawed".As The Lawyer predicted last week, the report by Oxford Law and Computing pulled no punches in its criticism of the High Street Starter Kit on which £175,000 has already been spent. It said: "It is not yet ready for a pilot and even less prepared ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Charlotte Collier

    17-Dec-1996

    Charlotte Collier was born in Burton-on-Trent on 13 June 1959. She is a partner specialising in childcare at legal aid firm Atkins Hope in Croydon. What was your first job?Selling fruit and vegetables in a greengrocers.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£4,500.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Become an international opera singer.

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Charlotte Collier

    17-Dec-1996

    Charlotte Collier was born in Burton-on-Trent on 13 June 1959. She is a partner specialising in childcare at legal aid firm Atkins Hope in Croydon. What was your first job?Selling fruit and vegetables in a greengrocers.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£4,500.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Become an international opera singer.

  • Waiting for casualties

    17-Dec-1996

    Having read Teresa Gorman's viewpoint in The Lawyer 10 December with a certain amount of curiosity, I was interested to see her refer to "the closed shop arrangement, whereby only solicitors or one of the other professionals can open the door to a barrister".Perhaps she could consult with one of her numerous barrister colleagues in the Tory party, from Home Secretary Michael Howard QC to Ivan Lawrence QC, chairman of the Home Affairs Select ...

  • Waiting for casualties

    17-Dec-1996

    Having read Teresa Gorman's viewpoint in The Lawyer 10 December with a certain amount of curiosity, I was interested to see her refer to "the closed shop arrangement, whereby only solicitors or one of the other professionals can open the door to a barrister".Perhaps she could consult with one of her numerous barrister colleagues in the Tory party, from Home Secretary Michael Howard QC to Ivan Lawrence QC, chairman of the Home Affairs Select ...

  • Why give credit where credit isn't due?

    17-Dec-1996

    Every law firm has just received a letter from Law Society president Tony Girling in which he reveals his delight in being "able to write to you with some really good news of a scheme which offers good practical support to solicitors and their clients".During the past 12 months, solicitors have become accustomed to being told all the things their professional body is not able to do for them. So, good news at last, apparently offering practical help. ...

  • Why give credit where credit isn't due?

    17-Dec-1996

    Every law firm has just received a letter from Law Society president Tony Girling in which he reveals his delight in being "able to write to you with some really good news of a scheme which offers good practical support to solicitors and their clients".During the past 12 months, solicitors have become accustomed to being told all the things their professional body is not able to do for them. So, good news at last, apparently offering practical help. ...

  • Wilde Sapte scoops PFI specialist

    17-Dec-1996

    Leading property lawyer and Private Finance Initiative (PFI) specialist Stan Gniadkowski will take a major PFI project worth £193 million with him when he leaves DJ Freeman to join Wilde Sapte in the New Year.The Octagon Healthcare contract being handled by Gniadkowski is the first and only hospital building PFI scheme to be signed so far.The Government hopes many more such projects will follow, but health sector PFI work is less attractive than other PFI ...

  • Wilde Sapte scoops PFI specialist

    17-Dec-1996

    Leading property lawyer and Private Finance Initiative (PFI) specialist Stan Gniadkowski will take a major PFI project worth £193 million with him when he leaves DJ Freeman to join Wilde Sapte in the New Year.The Octagon Healthcare contract being handled by Gniadkowski is the first and only hospital building PFI scheme to be signed so far.The Government hopes many more such projects will follow, but health sector PFI work is less attractive than other PFI ...

  • Wynne makes tracks for Denton Hall in January

    17-Dec-1996

    Leading banking lawyer Geoffrey Wynne of Watson Farley & Williams, who left the firm last month, will be joining City firm Denton Hall in the new year.He will be a partner in its banking and financial group and will be in charge of initiatives to develop the practice.Wynne has been at Watsons since 1985. His career began at

  • Wynne makes tracks for Denton Hall in January

    17-Dec-1996

    Leading banking lawyer Geoffrey Wynne of Watson Farley & Williams, who left the firm last month, will be joining City firm Denton Hall in the new year.He will be a partner in its banking and financial group and will be in charge of initiatives to develop the practice.Wynne has been at Watsons since 1985. His career began at