16 February 1998

The Lawyer

  • A perfect match or a marriage of convenience?

    17-Feb-1998

    Both Wilde Sapte and Arthur Andersens will have to make compromises if their planned link is to be successful, writes Robert LindsayDespite its huge significance for City firms there is a certain inevitability about a Wilde Sapte-Arthur Andersen link.For one thing, Wilde Sapte, plagued by loss of lawyers and work, has been searching for a white knight merger partner for two or three years.Its strength in tax-based asset finance and insolvency makes ...

  • A pioneering spirit

    17-Feb-1998

    An article in The Lawyer, 3 February says: "The idea of a solicitor-run chain of property centres was pioneered by the chairman of Conquest Marketing, Richard Berenson last summer".The idea was in fact pioneered in 1984 by the National Association of Solicitors Property Centres (now Solicitors Property Group). While Berenson's endeavours are appreciated, I do not think it right that they receive credit for our years of solitary pioneering work.

  • A silent majority

    17-Feb-1998

    In her interesting review of the changes current and anticipated in commercial litigation (The Lawyer, 27 January 1998), Bibi Berki implies that women are under-represented as leading London commercial litigators.This is certainly not the case in the active and, indeed, growing specialisation of property litigation.The Chambers Directory for 1997-1998 lists 16 leading London property litigators, 10 of whom are female.

  • Accountants offer safe SIF example

    17-Feb-1998

    As the SIF shortfall reaches new depths, Emile Woolf asks what lawyers can learn from the experience of accountants. Emile Woolf is chairman of the personal injury requirements committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and head of litigation and insurance services at Kingston Smith, chartered accountants.All the major professions are experiencing the consequences of growing exposure to litigation.This is partly due to working in a ...

  • ADR at the Chancery Bar

    17-Feb-1998

    Paul Lowenstein believes that mediation can offer both a time and cost-cutting alternative to litigation. Paul Lowenstein is a barrister at Littleton Chambers and a CEDR accredited mediator.In a profession which is cautious at the best of times, the Chancery Bar has perhaps been the most innately reluctant to embrace new ideas.It is not surprising, therefore, that on mentioning Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to colleagues, responses such as: "What's ...

  • Application for habeas corpus

    17-Feb-1998

    Leave has been given by the House of Lords for Nashwan Dawood Ismail, who is wanted in Germany to answer charges of alleged fraudulent investment schemes in Germany and Switzerland, to appeal against dismissal of his High Court application in July for habeas corpus. Ismail is awaiting the Home Secretary’s decision on whether he should return to Germany on the request of the authorities there.

  • Baker's IT Ironic Terminology?

    17-Feb-1998

    Mismanagement of information is sapping corporate wealth, says Bill Cannings. Bill Cannings is managing director at Valid Information Systems.Ask any law firm finance committee how much they spent on stationery, rent or entertaining in 1997, and they could tell you in a instant.Ask them how much of their corporate wealth they wasted last year, and they would look at you as if you were from another planet.Corporate wealth is the ...

  • Bernard Simons prize

    17-Feb-1998

    The International Bar Association is seeking nominations for its Bernard Simons Memorial Prize. The award was set up in 1995 to reward practising criminal lawyers for their efforts in advancing human rights. Lawyers can enter themselves or alternatively legal practitioners, Bar associations or other interested parties can present nominations. Entries close on 8 June. Nominations should be sent to Fiona Paterson at the IBA's London office at 271 Regent Street, London, W1R 7PA.

  • Bevan Ashford expands its City capacity

    17-Feb-1998

    South-west firm Bevan Ashford is to beef up its London office as part of a new strategy to create a full-service practice in the capital.In November last year, the firm lost local government partner Malcolm Iley, who had manned the London office several days a week.The firm is sending Bristol-based employment partner David Widdowson to London to oversee the expansion.By March the firm plans to have five full-time fee earners based at the office.

  • Bhutto's spouse claims political motivation

    17-Feb-1998

    Benazir Bhutto's husband is claiming the right to basic principles of fairness accorded by the UK legal system, reports Roger PearsonBenazir Bhutto's husband is launching a High Court challenge in the wake of the Government's agreement to assist its Pakistani counterpart in investigating drug-trafficking allegations against him.Mr Justice Latham has granted leave for Asif Ali Zardari to seek a declaration that he is entitled to see a letter ...

  • Bright lights outside the big city

    17-Feb-1998

    Linda Tsang reports on the high achievers of the often overlooked regional Chancery Bar, which is increasing its practiceThe regions often tend to be overlooked when it comes to the Bar. But in the area of chancery, it may be all change with the mercantile courts which were set up last year in Newcastle and Leeds. Time will tell how these courts will affect the regional Chancery Bar.Barristers in the North say many solicitors firms have yet to get used to the ...

  • Bristol law course to be managed by De Montfort

    17-Feb-1998

    Bristol University's threatened Legal Practice Course (LPC) looks set to be reprieved under a deal which will see it run in Bristol by Leicester's De Montfort University.Although neither side would confirm the deal, The Lawyer understands that the unusual arrangement is close to being finalised.Under the arrangement the course will continue to be based in Bristol. However the content of the course will be brought in line with De Montfort's courses ...

  • City firms planning pay advice services

    17-Feb-1998

    Top city firms are attempting to branch out into remuneration advice by acquiring independent consultancies.Peter Brown, chairman of the consultancy Top Pay Research Group, which advises independent directors and companies on pay, said he had been approached by "a couple" of law firms to see whether his company would form a permanent alliance with them to offer a separate remuneration advice service.The market for such advice has taken off since the publication ...

  • Commended counsel

    17-Feb-1998

    Lincoln's Inn remains the first port of call for chancery work in the South. The sets most mentioned for traditional chancery are Wilberforce Chambers, Henry Harrod's set at 5 Stone Buildings, Lord Goodhart QC's 3 New Square and 11 New Square headed by Peter Crampin QC. Other sets include 13 Old Square headed by Michael Lyndon-Stanford QC.The list of barristers is not exhaustive, but is based on the subjective recommendations of leading chancery ...

  • Conference directs firms to next step

    17-Feb-1998

    The art of attracting and retaining the best IT staff will be among the topics at the The Lawyer's 10th Information Systems for Lawyers conference and exhibition next week.Around 200 delegates are expected to attend the annual event for IT directors and legal professionals interested in IT, being held at London's Marriot Hotel on 24-25 February.The conference the only one for IT directors in the UK will focus on how IT directors, fee earners ...

  • Counsel gives Law Soc 50-50 odds against Irvine

    17-Feb-1998

    The LAW Society has little more than a 50 per cent chance of winning a judicial review of Lord Irvine's legal aid cuts, according to its own counsel's opinion.When the society obtained the opinion from Richard Drabble QC before Christmas, it told the Financial Times that it was confident it could win a court battle to prevent the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine from using secondary legislation to withdraw legal aid.He would be forced to put legislation ...

  • Dibbs' management winners announced

    17-Feb-1998

    The three winners among nine candidates for elections to Dibb Lupton Alsop's management board have been declared.They are: Paul Nicholls, regional managing partner Manchester; Peter Wayte, a former Alsop Wilkinson London partner who has been re-elected; and Nick Seddon, regional managing partner in Birmingham.Michael Clarke, another former Alsops partner, was not re-elected and former incumbent Philip Perry did not stand again.Both Nicholls and ...

  • Discerning the consumer's taste

    17-Feb-1998

    Roger Pearson looks at case which raised the question of whether design should be judged through the consumer's or the trader's eyesIn a recent challenge to the validity of a registered design, before Mr Justice Laddie in the Chancery Division, cafetiere manufacturer, Bodum, sought deletion of a design registration held by Household Articles, of a product similar to one that Bodum had been producing.Bodum failed, but Paul ...

  • Edes continues to strengthen its team

    17-Feb-1998

    Arthur Andersen's affiliated law firm, Ede Charlton & Co in Hong Kong, has snatched a partner from Holman Fenwick & Willan's Hong Kong office as it continues to expand its operation in the city.Gavin Nesbitt, a corporate finance partner at Holman Fenwick, recently joined the firm where he will be a partner in its corporate and finance department.He will be joined by another new recruit, Philip Millward, an investment funds specialist whose work experience ...

  • Fayed pays Finers after visit from Sheriff

    17-Feb-1998

    Mohammed Al Fayed has paid the £36,000 legal costs of West End firm, Finers, after the firm sent the Sheriff of London's men to his house.Finers partner Philip Rubens, acting for Emanouel Antiques got Al Fayed's six-year-old civil damages claim against the dealer struck out in the Court of Appeal last August and Fayed had to pay Finers costs as well as the costs of his own lawyer at DJ Freeman, Marina Palomba.When Finers' bill was not paid, ...

  • Female students anticipate bias

    17-Feb-1998

    Four out of five female law students believe that they will face discrimination on joining the legal profession, according to the results of a survey conducted by the group Young Women Lawyers.The survey, carried out at last November's Graduate Law Fair, has uncovered widespread fears among female would-be lawyers.The group questioned 240 delegates at the conference, which is run by The Lawyer. Nearly three quarters thought that they would have to work harder ...

  • Following a Patten

    17-Feb-1998

    There has been so much change in and around Lincoln's Inn in the last two decades that a distinction can now be drawn between traditional chancery work comprising mainly of wills, trusts and matters pertaining to estates and property law and commercial chancery work, which covers large commercial con- tractual disputes, financial services and intellectual property.The Chancery Bar has changed a lot since Nicholas Patten took up his first tenancy at ...

  • Fountain court bags top QC in recruitment drive

    17-Feb-1998

    THE PREMIER commercial set Fountain Court has departed from its policy of nurturing its own talent to hire five tenants from three rival sets including leading aviation silk Michael Crane of 5 Bell Yard.Crane's decision to move to Fountain Court to bolster its aviation practice along with junior Akhil Shah stunned his old chambers, acknowledged to have the best aviation practice in the country.The other new recruits are the banking specialist David Waksman, ...

  • Freshfields appoints eight lawyers to Rome office

    17-Feb-1998

    Freshfields' fledgling Rome office has got off to an ambitious start with the appointment of eight new lawyers, bringing the number of lawyers based in the Italian capital to 10.More hirings are planned for later this year.The appointments include one at partner level. Raffaele Lener, a well known banking lawyer, has joined from local firm Mole and becomes the office's second Italian partner after Fabrizio Aroosa who has transferred from Freshfields' ...

  • Howells opens Euro estate agency

    17-Feb-1998

    Covent Garden firm John Howell & Co has set up a European estate agency service as a department within the firm.The European Property Centre, is billed as: "the only Solicitor's Property Centre specialising in the sale of property in mainland Europe."Partner John Howell said: "For some time it has been obvious that if we wanted to become seriously involved in the property market, we needed to get involved on the estate agency side."Six months ...

  • In brief: Access to Justice Campaign to hold meeting

    17-Feb-1998

    The Access to Justice Campaign whose sponsors include Liberty and the Law Centres Federation is holding a one day conference to discuss civil legal aid cutbacks on Saturday 21 February at Congress House, Great Russell Street.

  • In brief: Harman resigns after Court of Appeal ruling

    17-Feb-1998

    Notorious High Court judge, Mr Justice Harman, has resigned following after the Court of Appeal said his 20-month delay in giving judgment in a case "cannot and will not be tolerated". It is thought to be the first time a High Court judge has resigned in such circumstances and a sign of a crackdown on slow acting judges. He will step down on 20 April by which time he is expected to have given judgment on his one outstanding case. The 54-page appeal judgment said conduct like Harman's ...

  • In brief: Irvine sets Community Legal Service date

    17-Feb-1998

    Lord Irvine has announced that proposals for a Community Legal Service will be finalised by the beginning of next year. The service is intended to co-ordinate provision given by grass-roots advice services such as Law Centres and the Citizens Advice Bureaux. The final detailed proposals will be the subject of a public consultation.

  • In brief: Law Soc presses for rights of audience

    17-Feb-1998

    The Law Society is pressing for an amendment to the Crime and Disorder Bill to allow solicitors rights of audience at pre-trial hearings in the Crown Court. As the Bill proposes that all serious cases be sent immediately to the Crown Court from the magistrates' court, the first opportunity to assert that there is no case to answer will be in the Crown Court.

  • In brief: Liberty fights for right to silence in Europe

    17-Feb-1998

    The first case to test the abolition of the right to silence has been communicated to the Government for observations by the European Court of Human Rights. Liberty, which brought the case, contends that inferring guilt from a defendant's silence violates the right to a fair trial under Article 6.

  • In brief: Linklaters gains Shanghai licence for office

    17-Feb-1998

    Linklaters has been granted a licence for its so far unofficial Shanghai office. The firm's Hong Kong partner Andrew Carmichael said: "Having a legitimate office on the ground is a great help during negotiations on deals. Clients know people are actually there and can officially do things." The Chinese government's granting of a further batch of licences to around 20 foreign firms last week ...

  • In brief: Manchester firm builds construction unit

    17-Feb-1998

    Manchester firm Jones Maidment Wilson has appointed construction law specialist Ron Farrell to develop business in its new Construction Law Unit. Farrell was previously head of construction at Liverpool firm Lees Lloyd Whitley.

  • In brief: Olswang appoints ex-Denton Hall specialist

    17-Feb-1998

    Olswang has hired planning law specialist and former Denton Hall managing partner Geoffrey Searle to head its planning team. Searle, who was managing partner at Denton Hall between 1988 and 1992, left the firm to persue a solo career as a sole practitioner. He said that Olswang would provide the back-up that he had lacked as a sole practitioner.

  • In brief: Susan Ward elected as new Bacfi chair

    17-Feb-1998

    Bacfi the Bar Association for Commerce Finance and Industry has elected Susan Ward, in-house counsel at the banking body APACS, as its chair. Ward (pictured), who takes over from Express Newspapers legal adviser Stephen Bacon, called for a lifting of all the restrictions preventing in-house lawyers from appearing in the higher courts.

  • In brief: Women challenge Treasury appointments

    17-Feb-1998

    The Association of Women Barristers is considering challenging the way the Attorney General, John Morris QC, appoints Treasury Counsel in the courts. Such a move would echo solicitor Jane Coker's sex discrimination claim against the Lord Chancellor's Department over Lord Irvine's appointment of Garry Hart as an adviser.

  • IT director goes it alone

    17-Feb-1998

    Elizabeth Davidson reportsLAWRENCE Graham's IT director Peter Morris is leaving the firm to set up his own independent IT consultancy for law firms.Morris will remain working at the firm on a contractual basis until the arrival of his replacement on 1 March.Morris' consultancy, called PracticalITy, will officially open when he leaves the firm. It will advise firms on IT strategy and will oversee the installation of new systems.

  • Judgment for the juniors

    17-Feb-1998

    Despite a dearth of good juniors there are a number who stand up to scrutiny, says Linda TsangJuniors for chancery work are inevitably centred in the traditional chancery sets as well as the straight commercial sets which are known for doing what may be called the crossover work.But as one solicitor said: "To be honest, there is a dearth of good litigation juniors at the Chancery Bar. Because it is predominantly non-contentious trust advice and written opinions, ...

  • LAB investigates immigration appeals

    17-Feb-1998

    The Home Office has instructed the Legal Aid Board (LAB) to investigate the issuing of legal aid for judicial reviews in immigration cases.The Lawyer understands that Home Secretary Jack Straw is concerned that too many immigrants are receiving legal aid to seek reviews against government decisions to expel them.The LAB is scrutinising 200 files from the London area in a research exercise which it says is still at a "very early stage".The Conservative ...

  • LaBoeuf Lamb targets Brazil

    17-Feb-1998

    US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae is working on plans to open an office in Brazil.James Johnson, head of the firm's London office, said: "It's very early days. We haven't opened an office nor are we at the point of opening."But he added that Brazil was one of a number of locations the firm was "seriously contemplating"."Ultimately we will be there but I don't know when," he said.The news comes a few weeks after the ...

  • Lawyers crying out for new image, says research

    17-Feb-1998

    SOLICITORS are craving for more help from the Law Society to restore their battered reputation, according to major new research commissioned by the Law Society.The research was based on interviews with focus groups of lawyers carried out by the independent Business Research Unit. It has also found that solicitors want more practical help from the society and an end to in-fighting, according to the society's director of communications, Barbara Cahalane.The ...

  • Lawyers hail tobacco ruling

    17-Feb-1998

    The landmark Court of Appeal tobacco judgment marks a "watershed" for freedom of speech, as well as paving the way for a multi-party action against two tobacco companies, say lawyers.In Thursday's judgment, the Master of the Rolls Lord Woolf, Lord Justice Aldous and Lord Justice Chadwick ruled conditional fee agreements could not amount to "maintenance", an ancient tort whereby solicitors who are seen to be illegally meddling in defendants' affairs may incur liability ...

  • Lenders must not ignore lawyers' concerns

    17-Feb-1998

    Kenneth Byass hits back at claims made by Halifax solicitor Chris Jowett that the Law Society is endangering the future of planned Standard Mortgage Instructions. Kenneth Byass is a Law Society property and commercial services chairman and a member of the SMI working party.The deafening four-month silence from the mortgage lenders over the negotiations on the Standard Mortgage Instructions (SMIs) was finally broken last week in a rather extraordinary article in The Lawyer's ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 17/2/98

    17-Feb-1998

    Clive James Coble, 36, admitted 1987, practising from April 1993 in partnership as Roger Brooker & Co in New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, struck off and ordered to pay costs of £680. Allegation substantiated that he had been convicted of offences of dishonesty and sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court to eight months imprisonment. Tribunal said the damage which he had done to the reputation of the profession was incalculable.

  • Litigation Personal Injury 17/2/98

    17-Feb-1998

    Hughes v Makosz QBD 8 December 1997Claimant: Derek Hughes, 6Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Claimant received brain damage when car he was driving was involved in head-on collision. His wife, a passenger in the vehicle, was killed. Claimant will never be able to lead an independent life and faces the rest of his life in care. Claimant said to be a shadow of his former self but is said to have "flashes of insight" into his condition

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 17/2/98

    17-Feb-1998

    Decisions are taken from Lawtel's Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law ReportThe question of land ownership in damages claimAlfred McAlpine Construction v Panatown (1998)Court: CA (Evans LJ, Hutchison LJ and Mantell LJ) 5/2/9Text: Appeal against the decision of the Official Referee reversing the decision of the arbitrator to award substantial damages for defective works. The contractors, ...

  • Litigation Writs 17/2/98

    17-Feb-1998

    The family of a Wigan man who died after being given blood products in hospital which his relatives claim were contaminated, are suing Merseyside-based St Helens and Knowsley Health Authority and Mersey Regional Health Authority of Liverpool. The writ issued by Ada Thomas, a relative and the personal representative of the late Alfred Thomas says he died after developing hepatitis. It alleges he contracted hepatitis as a result of blood products received at Whiston Hospital ...

  • Magic Circle poaching pact holds despite Shandro's move

    17-Feb-1998

    The no-poaching agreement among the Magic Circle club of firms has held, despite the hiring of leading Clifford Chance insolvency partner Sandy Shandro by Freshfields.Shandro is the first partner to have been laterally hired in London from one big five City firm to another. However, Clifford Chance managing partner Tony Williams denied that Shandro's departure would lead to a breakdown ...

  • Merge or submerge?

    17-Feb-1998

    Nicholas Orr says that although the northern chancery circuits are strong, chambers are finding themselves confronted by the question of whether or not to merge. Nicholas Orr is a barrister at 14 Castle Street in Liverpool.Where it was once thought unlikely that the North would support a silk's practice, there are now five (although some of them would now describe themselves as commercial). This is a reflection of the volume and value of the work undertaken on the circuits.

  • Money men not to be under-estimated

    17-Feb-1998

    City lawyers should not reassure themselves that MDPs will not happen because clients do not want one-stop shopping.If Wilde Sapte does submit to the huge arms of Arthur Andersen it will not be to follow the wishes of clients.The motives will be based around Wilde Sapte's need for more capital and Andersens desire for more lucrative sources of revenue.No client asked the Big Six to form themselves. Clients were presented with a fait accompli.

  • Montreal merger

    17-Feb-1998

    Two of Montreal's leading law firms - McMaster Meighen and Mackenzie Gervais - have decided to merge from the start of next month, creating one of the city's largest practices with over 100 lawyers. The new firm - McMaster Gervais - will take on Mackenzie Gervais' membership of the Canadian law firm network, Borden DuMoulin Howard Gervais.

  • Moratorium should stay

    17-Feb-1998

    I could not disagree more with Jacqueline Siers's view (The Lawyer, 3 February) that the Law Society's decision to lift the moratorium on Legal Practice Course (LPC) places will improve the standard of the LPC or indeed benefit LPC students.Firstly, courses will run into administrative and design difficulties as larger numbers of students enter law schools. Secondly, the rush to meet demands of huge numbers will, in fact, reduce the quality ...

  • Murder conviction appeal

    17-Feb-1998

    The Law Lords have given the go-ahead for Stephen Woollin to appeal against a conviction for the murder of his three-month-old son in 1995. In dismissing Woollin's appeal, the Court of Appeal queried whether, where there is no direct evidence that a defendant intended to kill or inflict injury on the victim, it is necessary for the jury to be directed by the judge. It questioned whether the jury may only infer an intent to do serious injury if they are satisfied ...

  • Nabarros finds new HQ

    17-Feb-1998

    Nabarro Nathanson, the largest law firm in the West End, is moving out of the area.The firm's well-publicised search for new headquarters has come to an end with the announcement that it has agreed to take a 15-year lease on the majority of 2 Theobald's Court on Theobald's Road WC1.A spokesman for the firm said that easy access to both the Square Mile and the West ...

  • North Kent partners face £1m-theft charge

    17-Feb-1998

    TWO partners at a North Kent firm stand accused of systematically stealing more than £925,000-worth of client money over a four-year period.Partners Geoffrey Hufton, a former deputy North Kent coroner, and Robert Hammond, both partners at Tonbridge firm Skingley & Co, pleaded not guilty at Knightsbridge Crown Court last week to the thefts.Hufton faces 14 individual charges of theft between 1989 and 1993 and Hammond faces 10 similar charges.Crown ...

  • Parody prohibition?

    17-Feb-1998

    The decision against the Evening Standard's spoof, "Alan Clark's Diary" is not a blow to humour and free speech, says Clark's solicitor, Sinead Martin. Sinead Martin is a solicitor at Denton Hall.In an important case for all authors and publishers, author and diarist Alan Clark MP, obtained an injunction against Associated Newspapers, the publishers of the Evening Standard preventing further publication of their "secret" diaries in a form which constituted ...

  • Property

    17-Feb-1998

    Boyes Turner & Burrows acted for developer Barratt on its acquisition of a 44-acre site at Friern Barnet Hospital, North London, from North Thames NHS Trust, advised by Linklaters.

  • Property

    17-Feb-1998

    Linklaters advised the Swiss Reinsurance Company on its £80m conditional agreement to acquire the former Baltic Exchange site at St Mary Axe, London EC3 from Trafalgar House Developments, advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp and Cameron McKenna.

  • Property

    17-Feb-1998

    Forsyte Saunders Kerman acted for Chartwell Land on its £13.5m acquisition of a 12 acre site in Yeading, West London from Southgate Developments, a BT property-trading subsidiary advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp.

  • Radcliffes aims at corporate finance work

    17-Feb-1998

    Westminster general practice Radcliffes is planning to bolster its corporate finance market as part of strategic shake-up designed to raise its profile.Lateral hires, or even the enticement of an entire corporate finance unit to the firm, are part of the new strategy, being spearheaded by partner Richard Price, who has taken up the new position of managing partner.The 36-partner firm, which was formed two years ago with the merger of Radcliffe & Co and Crossman ...

  • Richards Butler is first in Pakistan

    17-Feb-1998

    Richard Butler is to become the first foreign firm to open an office in Pakistan. The Islamabad-based office, specialising in banking, privatisation and project finance will be open by the end of February. The firm hopes to open at least one other in Qatar, Dubai or Azerbaijan.London partner Peter Michelmore is being sent out to the firm's existing Abu Dhabi office as regional operation manager for the Middle East and South West Asia. Alongside the office head Anthony ...

  • Sarah Paneth on local authorities' liability for poor design. Sarah Paneth is a barrister at No. 1 Serjeant's Inn.

    17-Feb-1998

    In Davies v Wyre Forest District Council, Judge Alton held that Birmingham District Council which was responsible for the design, construction and operation of a swimming pool was liable following an accident involving catastrophic injuries to a young man who fell from a ledge set into the side of the pool as he was trying to get out. The issue of contributory negligence was not raised.The judge held that, despite the assertion of the defendant that the ...

  • Share options limit too low, says report

    17-Feb-1998

    Company directors should be allowed approved share options of up to £100,000 more than three times the current maximum according to Michael Jacobs, a tax partner at Nicholson Graham & Jones.Jacobs' recommendation comes in a report on "rewarding leadership" in smaller quoted companies issued last week by the lobbying group Cisco.Jacobs was the principal author of the report and chairs the share schemes committee which produced it.In the ...

  • Shoosmiths joins mortgage giant

    17-Feb-1998

    Shoosmiths & Harrison has broken new legal ground by joining with Barclays Mortgages to pilot a new conveyancing service for home buyers.For months, title insurers and solicitors' organisations such as Solicitors Property Centres have been trying to get lending institutions to enter joint ventures.But Shoosmiths appears to have beaten them by being the first to publicly ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Byron Carron

    17-Feb-1998

    Byron Carron was born in New York in 1942. He is a solicitor at Townsends in Swindon, and specialises in head injury.What was your first job?Articled clerk.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£4.00 per week.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?A farmer.Which law could you live without?Social Security recovery of ...

  • Trio makes sharp exit to Verulam Chambers

    17-Feb-1998

    A TEAM of three immigration barristers upped stumps and left their chambers for another set on the day they were offered new tenancies.The three Victoria Quinn, Matthew Sowerby and Sam Themis moved to Verulam Chambers, headed by Michael Edwards QC, from Field Court Chambers earlier this month.At Verulam Chambers, a general commercial and common law set, they will establish a new immigration practice.Although the three would not comment on the reasons ...

  • Tupper to transfer

    17-Feb-1998

    Stephen Tupper, head of Hammond Suddards' Brussels office, is being transferred to the firm's London office as part of a restructuring of the firm's EU practice which will see the practice divided between Brussels and London. Tupper will continue to head the firm's EU practice working alongside barrister, Clive Gordon, to provide UK-based clients with easier access to EU law advice. The firm currently has 12 lawyers based in Brussels.

  • US regulator sides with Lovells in fraud claims against insurers

    17-Feb-1998

    In the battle over the controversial liquidation of Emlico, General Electric's captive insurer, the Massachusetts insurance regulator appears to be swinging to the side of Lovell White Durrant and its reinsurance client Kemper Re.Lovells and Kemper Re have been claiming for the past two years that Emlico moved from Massachusetts to Bermuda so that it could liquidate there where insolvency laws are more relaxed and that Emlico's 400 reinsurers, including Kemper ...

  • Weaving trade from the Web

    17-Feb-1998

    Linda Tsang reports on how the legal profession is utilising Internet technology to maximise its client base.Setting up a Web site is more than just naming it lawyers.r.us@some.city.uk and then waiting for millions of visits or hits. The first question to consider is why your firm or chambers should invest resources in going onto the Internet what are the goals to be be achieved by going online, and are they achievable?Essentially, if all that you are doing ...

  • Weil Gotshal to open in Singapore

    17-Feb-1998

    US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges is gearing up for its first major play in Asia - with Singapore emerging as the preferred site for an office in the region.The move is being drive by the firm's office in London. Office head Maurice Allen travelled to Singapore last week on a fact-finding mission and will report this findings to his partners on his return this week.

  • Wilde Sapte in Andersens link

    17-Feb-1998

    Wilde Sapte is believed to be close to tying up a merger with Arthur Andersen.