16 January 1995

The Lawyer

  • 'Ogden Tables' improved

    17-Jan-1995

    JUDGES deciding personal injury awards will now be able to take into account a greater number of variables including occupation, geographic location and national economic growth.The increased flexibility stems from a revised edition of the 'Ogden Tables' produced by a working party of lawyers and actuaries under the chairmanship of Sir Michael Ogden QC.The second edition includes detailed assistance for judges in calculating compensation awards in personal ...

  • A healthy interest

    17-Jan-1995

    Solicitors are no longer required to confine themselves to giving purely legal advice. The message the profession is receiving from its clients is that solicitors are expected to take a commercial approach to their work, in some instances offering commercial advice and always having a clear understanding of clients' commercial goals.This includes the developing role played by solicitors involved in banking, project and asset finance transactions and the ways in which ...

  • A&O partner heads for Warsaw

    17-Jan-1995

    ALLEN & Overy partner Stephen Denyer has moved from his London base to head the firm's Central and Eastern European practice in Warsaw.Denyer, who has controlled the practice from the UK for the past five years, officially takes over in Poland next month. Graham Donnell is returning from Warsaw to rejoin the London corporate department.Co-chair of the International Bar Association's Eastern European Forum, Denyer says the decision to move came because ...

  • Asim poised to increase profile

    17-Jan-1995

    The Association of Solicitor Investment Managers is taking steps to beef up its public profile this year.It has appointed public relations adviser Rowland Cross of City PR consultants Broadgate to work alongside ASIM ina bid to gain more media coverage for member firms offering investment management services.The appointment coincides with the publication of an updated ASIM directory, which is designed for general distribution and gives advice ...

  • Battle is on for client funds

    17-Jan-1995

    Michael Kavanagh talks to one of the South West's top firms about its decision to set up a portfolio management armSouth West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke is joining the growing ranks of provincial law firms offering fully-fledged asset management services to an extensive and affluent client base.The firm, which vies with Exeter-based

  • Bella appoints Scottish solicitor in advisory role

    17-Jan-1995

    SCOTTISH solicitor Iain Taylor has been appointed chair of the British Law Association for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Bella).Taylor, a partner at Glasgow firm Bishop and Robertson Chalmers, succeeds Michael Fysh QC who stepped down last year because of increasing work commitments at his 8 New Square chambers.Established in 1992, the organisation aims to help the legal profession in the three Baltic States to make the transition to Western trading and legal ...

  • Bill set to axe IHT loan trusts

    17-Jan-1995

    Advisers in law firms and product providers will be looking anxiously at the loan trust provisions in the Finance Bill due this month.Loan-based schemes used for inheritance tax (IHT) purposes have virtually disappeared from the market following Budget proposals appearing to make trustees subject to income tax on the loan amount.Paul Hartford, of the financial services side of Manchester-based Glaisyers Glickman says: "This looks like another nail in ...

  • Building firms' joint venture

    17-Jan-1995

    LONDON construction firm Freedmans has launched a joint venture law firm with Northern practice Aaron & Partners.Opened this month, the new firm, Aaron Freedmans, includes 17 partners and operates from the existing offices of both practices.Aaron & Partners' Julian Aaron has been named senior partner, while Freedmans' Christopher Bourgeois and Aaron & Partners' Simon Carter are joint managing partners.Carter says the firm is similar ...

  • City firm Beachcroft Stanley's IT development and systems manager, Jon Gould (above), has moved to Cripps Harries Hall in Tunbridge Wells

    17-Jan-1995

    Fennell Betson reportsCity firm Beachcroft Stanley's IT development and systems manager, Jon Gould (above), has moved to Cripps Harries Hall in Tunbridge Wells."I welcome the opportunity to see a successful firm into the next stage of its IT development. It is an exciting time to join Cripps," says Gould, who was with Beachcroft for ...

  • CITY firm Penningtons has taken on a marketing specialist for a newly-created post of head of business development

    17-Jan-1995

    CITY firm Penningtons has taken on a marketing specialist for a newly-created post of head of business development.Joan Radley, who worked in marketing and strategic planning for US pharmaceuticals and healthcare company Warner Lambert and Fisons, started at the firm's London office this month.Before joining the firm she was responsible for marketing and economic development ...

  • Clifford Chance marketing man goes to Stock Exchange

    17-Jan-1995

    CLIFFORD Chance marketing chief Robert Pay is to join the Stock Exchange.Pay is the third senior figure from the marketing department to leave since last July. Carolyn Griffiths left to train as a barrister, and Michael Belford joined top surveyors Richard Ellis.Pay's appointment as the exchange's head of marketing ends a seven-year reign which started only six months after the firm's creation through merger."I'll be sad to move. ...

  • Consortium condemns electronic tagging trial

    17-Jan-1995

    As pilot trials of electronic monitoring of offenders are due to start in spring, the Penal Affairs Consortium (PAC) has given the initiative a thumbs down.PAC, which is an alliance of 24 bodies, says the evidence so far shows that electronic tagging does little to divert offenders from crime or from prison.A PAC report says that in court-ordered experiments in 1989 with bailed defendants, the courts identified few people as suitable for monitoring, ...

  • Corporate

    17-Jan-1995

    Vanguard Medica was advised by McKenna & Co on the signing of a license agreement for kidney disease treatment with British Technology Group, advised by its in-house legal team. The firm also advised on the collaboration of Vanguard Medica with Smithkline Beecham, advised by the in-house legal team, on an anti-migraine drug. Vanguard Medica was also advised by McKennas on the u2m investment by Allstate Venture Capital, advised in-house, as an interim financing ...

  • Council struck by 'disease'

    17-Jan-1995

    Tim Miller reportsLOCAL government lawyers in the West Midlands are being bombarded with writs from legally-aided tenants.Councils have seen their bills soar as residents use the Section 82 procedure to force local authorities to carry out urgent repairs."Section 82s are like a disease - they are infectious and usually come in clusters when a solicitor at a local law centre gets a bee in his or her bonnet," one local authority housing ...

  • Dentons film expert in job wrangle

    17-Jan-1995

    DENTON Hall is involved in termination negotiations with media and technology solicitor Angela Jackson, after it made her redundant on three months notice at the end of last year.Jackson, widely-known in film and television circles, was offered a consultancy by the firm, but she says it was tied to "unfavourable and restrictive terms".She has now instructed media firm Stephens Innocent to negotiate a settlement.Jackson, who qualified as a solicitor ...

  • Disclosure puts firms ahead

    17-Jan-1995

    Michael KavanaghLife offices are warning solicitors to be guided by the quality as well as cost of investment advice, following the introduction of hard disclosure on commissions and charges on investment products.Andy McNeill, business development consultant at Prudential, suggests that lawyers could gain the edge over other financial advisers as their practice of charging fees rather than commission is seen to enhance a product's performance.

  • DoE predicts pension claim rush

    17-Jan-1995

    REPORTS that 20,000 claims have been lodged with industrial tribunals by part-time workers seeking backdated pensions payments are likely to be a "conservative estimate" of the total, according to the Department of Employment.A DoE spokeswoman says official figures have not yet been compiled, but it is thought the rush on claims before the New Year could see the figure climb.Unions in the banking and financial sector had encouraged members to lodge claims by ...

  • Dubai loan dispute gets UK hearing

    17-Jan-1995

    Roger Pearson reports on the court battle between the Al Fayeds and the Government of DubaiThe Dubai government looks set to face accusations, in a pending High Court breach of contract action, of using a loan as a tool for political pressure against Mohammed Al Fayed and his brothers.The dispute is over a $7 million (u4.5 million) loan to a shipping company and the Commercial Court has paved the way for it to be heard here rather than in the Middle ...

  • Easy in, easy out

    17-Jan-1995

    Melanie Oley on the considerable benefits of single currency fundsWith the low level of interest currently being offered on deposits by banks and building societies, savers may well be looking for a better rate of return on their deposits. Money funds or single currency funds are often able to provide this return without the risk of capital erosion.Money funds offer investors a low cost, low risk method of managing cash for both the short and long term. ...

  • Empire Stores shops around to find new legal advisers

    17-Jan-1995

    LEEDS firm Walker Morris has replaced Hammond Suddards as principal legal advisers to the UK's fifth largest home shopping company, Empire Stores Group.Hammonds provided corporate and general advice to the company for over five years.Walker Morris will also take on the company's trade mark work, previously handled by Liverpool-based trade mark agents WP Thompson.

  • Experts fear pilot scheme will lead to bad verdicts

    17-Jan-1995

    CRIMINAL law experts fear miscarriages of justice, extra cost and further delays are likely to stem from a government pilot scheme allowing the police to prepare abbreviated case files.The society says the pilots will allow police to produce their own summaries of witness statements and evidence, rather than full statements, in cases which the police consider will end up as guilty pleas in the magistrates court.The Government's Pre Trial Issues Working Group ...

  • Financial first for UK society

    17-Jan-1995

    Jeffrey Warren and Jan Karpinski on the Bristol & West u150m securitisationThe UK mortgage market is becoming ever more competitive and sophisticated. In December 1994 an important milestone was passed when the Bristol & West building society became the first UK building society to undertake a public securitisation of part of its mortgage book.The society's decision to securitise u150 million of its commercial mortgages secured on investment property continues ...

  • Financings

    17-Jan-1995

    Furniture manufacturer Sycamore Holdings was advised by Alsop Wilkinson on the u1.7m convertible loan stock and medium term debt finance provided by venture capitalists Tufton Capital and the Royal Bank of Scotland

  • Financings

    17-Jan-1995

    Owners of Reject Shop

  • Financings

    17-Jan-1995

    Wates Leisure was advised by Norton Rose on its recent equity injection of u5.5m.

  • Firms opt for paralegals in jobs upturn

    17-Jan-1995

    TRAINEE recruitment is improving but more paralegals are also being taken on by large firms in an effort to keep costs down, Clifford Chance recruitment partner Chris Perrin says.Perrin, a director of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), says trainee numbers have risen in recent months as firms attract more work, but it is unlikely they will increase further, with many firms ...

  • First users try out new Quill system

    17-Jan-1995

    Fennell Betson reportsEssex residential conveyancing practice Darcy White is one of the first to try Quill Computer Systems' conveyancing case management system.Partner Roger Morse says: "Because of this we have been able to incorporate some of our own ideas into the software."Quill's managing director Tony Landes says the new system is currently out with three practices. "This is much more than a debugging. We will adapt ...

  • Free IT reviews

    17-Jan-1995

    Andover-based IT consultants Chatsfield Technologies is offering free assessments of law firms' IT requirements. "We are aiming to perform at least 40 free reviews in the first six months of 1995." The consultancy has just advised on a system for the Institute of Legal Cashiers and Administrators.

  • Guy Harvey questions a ban on prisoner visits to lawyers' offices

    17-Jan-1995

    "Must try harder" could be seen by many as the mid-term report on beleaguered Home Secretary Michael Howard. However, in the view of this solicitor he has recently tried a little too hard in one respect.Last November the Home Secretary issued the innocuous sounding 'Instruction to Governors Number 70 of 94' which said: "Prisoners will no longer be permitted temporary release to attend meetings with their legal advisers. They should in all cases ...

  • Hawkes to LeBoeufs in Belgium

    17-Jan-1995

    FORMER SJ Berwin & Co partner Len Hawkes has joined the Brussels office of US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Green & McRae only months after quitting as Berwin's resident partner in the city.Hawkes, who started with LeBoeufs on 3 January, left the three-lawyer SJ Berwin office in Brussels at the end of September. Neither he nor the firm will comment on the reasons behind the split.Originally ...

  • High stakes in a global game

    17-Jan-1995

    Only a handful of law firms have the ability and resources to chase international project business reports Mary HeaneyOnly a small number of top international law firms are in the running for the major international project finance projects which are appearing across the globe.The firms which feature in most of the major financings include Linklaters & Paines,

  • How would you like to pay?

    17-Jan-1995

    It is a sign of these cost- conscious times that Barnards Inn Chambers has no fewer than five different fee structures for solicitors to choose from.Why the need for so many? Practice director Andrea Kennedy explains: "We want our clients to know that we are not going to hold them to ransom. Some chambers have been charging outrageous amounts. On the other hand, there are dangers in setting rates too low. We are not going to get involved in any Dutch auctions."

  • Hurley mugging

    17-Jan-1995

    Actress Liz Hurley is scheduled to take to the witness box at Southwark Crown Court later this year. She will be called as a witness in the trial of four teenage girls accused of mugging her and stealing u10 and photographs. The alleged incident took place near her Chelsea home on 23 November last year.

  • In brief: Barrister joins SJ Berwin's advocacy team

    17-Jan-1995

    Barrister Andrew Leitch has joined law firm SJ Berwin & Co's advocacy group. Leitch, who was called to the Bar in 1991, joins from the chambers of Neville Digby in Reading. He is also a part-time lecturer in company law at Holborn College, London. Richard Slowe, head of the advocacy group, says Leitch will re-qualify as a solicitor before applying for rights of audience in the higher courts.

  • In brief: Barrister wins army legal post

    17-Jan-1995

    Barrister Suzanna Woollam has been appointed as assistant Judge Advocate General to officiate at Army and Royal Air Force Courts Martial in the UK and abroad. Woollam, who was appointed as a deputy Judge Advocate in 1990, was called to the Bar in 1975 and was later admitted as a solicitor. In 1987 she was recalled to the Bar. She was the first woman officer to serve with Army Legal Services, and she also worked as a solicitor to the Metropolitan Police and as a senior Crown Prosecutor.

  • In brief: Cameras roll for fashion expert Carter-Silk

    17-Jan-1995

    Edward Lewis partner Alexander Carter-Silk starts filming this week for a new BBC television documentary on the fashion industry. A fashion and copyright specialist, Carter-Silk will discuss the legal aspects of the industry, including counterfeiting, copyright, and designer rights. The programme is the second BBC appearance by Carter-Silk, who last year discussed counterfeiting on breakfast television.

  • In brief: Diggle back to work in one year

    17-Jan-1995

    Angus Diggle, convicted of attempted rape, hopes to return to work as a solicitor when his one-year ban is up. Diggle, from Lancashire, who spent a year in jail, escaped being struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Tribunal chair Barrie Marsh said that although the matter was serious, Diggle had served his sentence, paid his debt to society and the suspension was appropriate. But the Law Society is considering appealing against the decision.

  • In brief: Durnford Ford switches lawyers

    17-Jan-1995

    Graham Durnford Ford, the struck-off solicitor facing Serious Fraud Office charges of theft, will be represented by John Harding of Kingsley Napley after being awarded legal aid. It was understood that Ford would defend himself after dismissing his previous solicitors Magrath & Co several months ago. The trial of Ford and co-defendant William Digby Bew has been moved to 6 February at Maidstone ...

  • In brief: Greenpeace addresses YSG meeting

    17-Jan-1995

    Greenpeace UK's campaign and legal director Sarah Burton will address a meeting of the London Young Solicitors Group at the Law Society on Wednesday. Burton, a lawyer with experience in litigation and environmental law, will address the issue of campaigning for the environment.

  • In brief: Irish lawyers talk on right of silence

    17-Jan-1995

    Two Irish criminal practitioners are taking part in a course on the right of silence run by the chambers of Rock Tansey QC. PJ Barra McGrory and Seamus Treacy will be offering solicitors practical advice on how to handle sections 34-37 of the new Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. The course is being staged at the Council of Legal Education on 26 January.

  • In brief: Law Soc re-opens implant help-line

    17-Jan-1995

    The Law Society has re-opened its enquiry line for women with silicone breast implants following the decision to extend to 1 March the deadline for possible claimants to register against the US settlement fund. More than 8,000 women have already called the line, and it is estimated between 30,000 and 40,000 women in the UK could be eligible to register.

  • In brief: Reuters holds privatisation conference

    17-Jan-1995

    Reuters' two-day World Privatisation Conference to be held in London on 6 and 7 March is attracting a lot of interest from law firms. The programme includes a region by region analysis of developments; speakers will include government representatives, as well as investment, finance and legal experts. For further details phone 0171-925 1000.

  • In brief: Rhatigan swaps DAC for Eversheds

    17-Jan-1995

    Davies Arnold Cooper partner Michael Rhatigan has left the firm to move to rival Manchester practice Eversheds Alexander Tatham. Rhatigan, who had headed DAC's property department, has taken his senior assistant Julie Stobart with him. Eversheds head of property Stephen Sorrell says the appointments bring additional strength and expertise to the expanding department, which represents clients across ...

  • In search of a safe haven

    17-Jan-1995

    Richard Newell finds that competition is hotting up among banks and building societies for the offshore deposits marketThe market for offshore deposits has become much more competitive in the past two years.There is a reasonable amount of choice of gross-paying deposit accounts and as a recent survey showed, for those depositing u100,000 or more, the variation in interest rates can make u1,000 worth of difference every year. So you need to ...

  • In the national interest

    17-Jan-1995

    Joe Logan says the premium bond is a good bet despite not paying interestAt first sight premium bonds may not appear to be an obvious tax-free savings scheme. But it is important to remember that with premium bonds capital is not at stake and will be repaid whenever wished. And all premium bond prizes are completely tax-free. It is the interest on the capital that is foregone in order to take part in the monthly prize draw.National Savings calculates that anyone ...

  • Invitation to treaty

    17-Jan-1995

    Project finance transactions in Europe in the energy field will be heavily influenced by the signing of the Energy Charter Treaty in December 1994.The treaty is an exciting and ambitious development in global energy policy arising from three years of negotiations between 50 countries. It will come into force as soon as 30 contracting parties have ratified it, which is unlikely to be before the end of 1995. However, the treaty will come into force temporarily as soon as it ...

  • It may be time to shift units

    17-Jan-1995

    Brought into existence in 1988 by Finance Act changes permitting unit trusts to invest directly in deposits and other near-cash instruments, cash unit trusts offer a number of attractions to financial planners and their clients.Their first and most obvious advantage is the competitive interest rate they can offer. Cash trusts invest in the interbank money markets and are therefore able to benefit from wholesale interest rates for large deposits - rates which would be ...

  • Juvenile courts given greater powers

    17-Jan-1995

    Courts handling juvenile offenders have been given powers to review lenient sentences in serious fraud cases.New legislation under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act and coming into force last week, also introduces a pilot scheme for the use of electronic tagging in curfew sentencing.Courts will be able to impose long terms of detention on 10-13-year-olds convicted of certain serious offences. Until now, only community-based sentences could be imposed ...

  • Latin America poised for onslaught from US firms

    17-Jan-1995

    US lawyers are targeting Latin America as a major growth area for legal work, in response to the business spin-off from the increasing numbers of US and British companies setting up there.Delegates from US-based Commercial Law Affiliates (CLA), the world's largest law firm network, met in Sao Paulo, Brazil, earlier this month to consider current and future opportunities for their firms.Delegates from 26 firms representing 15 countries predicted that investment ...

  • LAW SOCIETY RULES

    17-Jan-1995

    Law firms handling life and pensions policies must now disclose commissions payable to clients before business is transacted.Previously it was possible to ignore discussion about commission until the deal was completed.The new Law Society rules came into force on 1 January, but do not as yet apply to collective investment products, points out Ian Muirhead of Sifa.The rules come as a variety of commission choices from full indemnity to level ...

  • Lawyers unite on problem Act

    17-Jan-1995

    THE LAW Society is to meet with the Home Office to discuss its anxieties over "loopholes" in the new Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.The society will join representatives from the Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Bar Council, Magistrates' Association and Justices' Clerks Society at the Home Office meeting.The concerns of solicitors focus on Section 44 of the Act which relates to the ending of committals ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 17/01/95

    17-Jan-1995

    DAVID ERNEST JAMES (formerly David Ernest Rowe), 51, admitted 1980, sole practitioner in Milton Keynes, struck off. Allegations substantiated he behaved in fashion that impaired or was likely to impair his integrity and good repute of profession; acted in way that was deceitful or contrary to his position as solicitor; failed to act towards another solicitor with frankness and good faith; practised without current practising certificate; was employed as solicitor ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 17/01/95

    17-Jan-1995

    Medical council: Privy Council found no fault with decision. Medical practitioners' appeals against disciplinary sentencesDr Edward Yaw Asirifi v The General Medical Council (1995) (PC 13/12/94) (Lords Keith, Browne-Wilkinson, Slynn)Summary: Privy Council does not interfere with sentences imposed by the disciplinary committee of the General Medical Council where no fault can be found with the committee's findings of fact.Medical ...

  • Litigation Writs 17/01/95

    17-Jan-1995

    Nicholas Kerman, who was sacked from a u62,000 a year job, has issued a High Court writ claiming damages from BS Group, of Stapleton Road, Eastville, Bristol, and SR Restaurant, of New Cavendish Street, London W1. Kerman was appointed chief executive of SR Restaurant on September 4, 1990, and his employment could only be terminated with notice of four years and ten months. His work benefits included six weeks holiday a year and ...

  • Lloyd's legal chief retires before review

    17-Jan-1995

    LLOYD'S of London's John Mallinson is stepping down as head of the legal department after three years in the post.A major review of the section will now be undertaken by Freshfields partner Josanne Rickard who has been recruited on secondment.Rickard will oversee the newly-created legal services directorate, reporting directly to Lloyd's chair David Rowland.Mallinson, who remains in the post until March, says he is taking early retirement ...

  • Mackay plan plugs franchise firms

    17-Jan-1995

    FRANCHISED firms will be in the driving seat when it comes to competing for contracts under Lord Mackay's proposed new legal aid regime.Details are yet to be fleshed out, but franchise-holders will have a distinct advantage when the system is overhauled.It is understood that non-franchised firms will not be barred from applying to do legal aid work, but they will need to demonstrate some form of quality control if they are to be awarded contracts. It is ...

  • Making concessions

    17-Jan-1995

    Considerable attention has been paid to the complexities of launching concession based projects. Articles and seminars on the subject have proliferated, and the projects themselves are now appearing in greater numbers.Less public attention has been paid to the premature termination of concessions, though in practice the termination provisions in a concession contract are always strenuously negotiated.The main variables which bear upon any discussion of termination ...

  • Merger forms top German firm

    17-Jan-1995

    A NEWLY-MERGED law firm has become Germany's largest legal practice following this month's linking of RNdler Raupach Bezzenberger and Boden Oppenhoff Rasor Raue.The new tax and corporate firm - Oppenhoff RNdler - now includes more than 90 partners and 130 additional fee-earners. It has offices in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Leipzig, and operates foreign practices in New York, London, Prague and Brussels.Formed in the 1920s, Boden ...

  • MoD procurement appeal

    17-Jan-1995

    Reserved judgment is expected to be given soon by the Court of Appeal in the case of Gordon Foxley who was jailed last year for four years for corruption. Foxley, 69, has appealed against his conviction on 12 charges of corruption while he was head of ammunition procurement at the Ministry of Defence.

  • Moore settles book extract libel action with Express

    17-Jan-1995

    ENGLAND international rugby player and litigation partner Brian Moore has settled a libel action with the Daily Express over extracts published from a book by fellow rugby player Stuart Barnes.Moore, a partner at London firm Edward Lewis, had earlier settled with Barnes and the publishers of his book Smelling of Roses after an addendum to the book was issued in which Barnes says he did not intend to impugn Moore's integrity.In addition, Moore, represented ...

  • National Five-a-Side Football Competition

    17-Jan-1995

    The Lawyer is pleased to announce the 1995 Legal National Five-a-Side football tournament in conjunction with Arsenal Football Club.This is the third year of this highly popular event and last season it attracted entries from over 150 teams keen to play in a good cause. The competition is open to all members of the legal profession and those associated with it. So law firms, barristers' chambers, in-house legal departments, courthouse staff and specialists ...

  • No obstacle too large for the smaller practice

    17-Jan-1995

    Michael Kavanagh on how one firm entered the marketWessex law firm Parker Bullen may be modest in size, but not in its ambitions when it comes to financial services.When the firm sat down to review its strategy last year, a decision was made to grab the issue of financial services by the horns.The firm was determined to provide a comprehensive range of financial services for clients through its offices in Salisbury and Andover.

  • Notts school gives advice to nurses

    17-Jan-1995

    The centre for health at Nottingham Law School is running a series of seminars and workshops designed to teach medical staff how to reduce the risk of negligence in the operating theatre.The courses, aimed at theatre nurses and operating department assistants, come as claims for compensation in medical and nursing negligence cases reach a record high. The Department of Health estimates that u125 million was paid out during 1993/94.Programme organiser John Tingle, ...

  • Ombudsman pulls up Barnet over summons

    17-Jan-1995

    Tim Miller reportsBARNET Borough Council has come under fire from the Local Government Ombudsman after a poll tax court summons was sent to a resident's work address.The complainant worked in the finance department of another local authority and the summons was seen by his manager who was the Community Charge Registration Officer.The complainant says he felt "crushed and devastated" and that the incident "left a knot" in his ...

  • Pannones in north south split

    17-Jan-1995

    THE LONDON and Manchester offices of Pannone & Partners have split to become separate profit centres.But the 20-partner London office, which operated as Pritchard Englefield & Tobin until the firm's 1992 merger with Manchester practice Pannone March Pearson, will retain the Pannone name.The split became official at the start of January, with the London team trading under the new name of Pannone Pritchard Englefield. The Manchester office name remains unchanged.

  • Paving a road to success

    17-Jan-1995

    Law firms are chasing substantial business as the demand for project finance increases reports Mary HeaneyWhile law firms have seen no great increase in the amount of asset financing transactions, domestic and international project finance work has escalated."There's huge developments, particularly in electricity in Asia and high speed train networks in Europe," according to Michael Clode of Freshfields.Infrastructure development work has rapidly ...

  • Pay experts for work done

    17-Jan-1995

    As a result of a letter from Richard Freeman (The Lawyer 29 November 1994), it has been suggested that I am condoning "conditional fee testimony" where it affects quantum rather than liability.In fact, I do not believe there is any place whatsoever for expert witness remuneration to be tied to anything other than the work he has undertaken.In this context the expert operates in a unique role within the legal framework; he is permitted to give ...

  • Police accused of corruption

    17-Jan-1995

    The trial of two Scotland Yard detectives, Kevin Cressey and John Donald, who are accused of corruption involving dealing in drugs and taking major bribes is scheduled to begin at the Old Bailey on 25 April. At the time of the alleged offences they were working for a south London regional crime squad.

  • Property partner for Hambros

    17-Jan-1995

    CORPORATE property company Hambro Countrywide Relocation has appointed a head of legal to take charge of its conveyancing team.Robert Sala, a former property partner with West End firm Jacobson Ridley, will oversee a legal team of 15 and will also provide corporate advice.The position was created to broaden the scope of legal services in-house.Sala joined the company last year on a temporary basis and was formally appointed head of legal and company ...

  • Proving whole is greater than its parts

    17-Jan-1995

    THE WEDDING of medium-sized City firm Jaques & Lewis to Eversheds and the decision to adopt the Eversheds branding throughout the group from May marks the end of the beginning.The resultant combination in figure terms is impressive, second in national terms and fifth in world terms. Though Eversheds' real impact is only going to be significant in UK terms for some time to come. ...

  • Pub fights likely after appeal

    17-Jan-1995

    Roger Pearson on a publican's successful challenge against an unpopular leasePublicans from all over the country may head for the courts to challenge controversial business leases, which they claim have been imposed on them against their will, after an Appeal Court victory for a Norwich publican.Julian Maitland-Walker of Charles Russell, who spearheaded ...

  • QC lifts lid on discrimination

    17-Jan-1995

    EXAMPLES of unfair discrimination in the judicial appointments system are being considered by Parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee.The committee will take evidence from individuals and groups representing women and ethnic minorities.Early evidence has come from Martin Bowley QC, a leading criminal barrister and immediate past treasurer of the Bar Council.Bowley, a campaigner for gay and lesbian equality, claims he is providing documented ...

  • Royal appointment for ex-Ferranti head

    17-Jan-1995

    ROYAL Insurance has appointed former Ferranti lawyer Robert Dunkley to head its in-house team.Dunkley will be based in the company's Liverpool office from where he will also oversee the Royal's London lawyers.Former Royal legal head Graham Jones has joined Norwich Union and the insurers have recruited Allen & Overy's Nick Gibbon on secondment during the interregnum.

  • SCB under review

    17-Jan-1995

    THE FUTURE of the embattled Solicitors Complaints Bureau (SCB) is in the balance as a review is launched to stem the tide of criticism.Key recommendations on the future direction of the bureau will be put before the adjudication and appeals committee within the next couple of months. The proposals will then be passed on to the Law Society Council which will decide whether to revamp complaints-handling.The bureau's policy and advisory committee, chaired by ...

  • Scores of police clerks fail exam

    17-Jan-1995

    SIGNIFICANT numbers of experienced police station clerks are failing the new Law Society exams, latest figures reveal.Formal training becomes compulsory next month for police station representatives acting for legally-aided clients.But one of the main training organisations reveals that scores of advisers are failing the exam because their portfolios - assessing real cases - do not come up to scratch.Central Law Training says more than half the advisers ...

  • Small and perfectly formed

    17-Jan-1995

    Guy Fitzmaurice vists Barnards Inn Chambers, an upcoming set which is determined to buck the 'bigger is better' trendWhen people feel threatened, they tend to stick together. Perhaps that is why, faced with such an uncertain future, some sets of barristers' chambers are choosing to grow and grow, and the first 100-tenant set is becoming a distinct possibility. But the 'strength in numbers' philosophy is not one that everybody ...

  • Solicitors Trust signs network

    17-Jan-1995

    The Solicitors Trust, the co-operative national press advertising campaign for solicitors, has signed up the Conquest legal network to promote the scheme.Conquest, which has 250 members, has negotiated a 10 per cent discount off the standard u70 per week cost to join the Solicitors Trust advertising club, which intends to spend u10,000 a week in the broadsheet press to generate leads for legal firms.The network has circulated details ...

  • Stevens aims to grow

    17-Jan-1995

    SURREY firm Stevens & Bolton has appointed a new managing partner to mastermind the firm's development.Commercial property partner Michael Laver says the firm, with offices in Guildford and Farnham, is poised to expand."We saw the need for commercial expertise earlier than other provincial firms in time to benefit from the boom years at the end of the 80s.

  • Tales of the unexpected

    17-Jan-1995

    John Browne believes the key to successful financial management lies in being well-prepared for the unpredictableExpecting the unexpected used to be the preserve of strategists and corporate advisers; not any more. These days it is a skill that many people are having to acquire and, more than ever, there is widespread recognition that one of the keys to responding to the unexpected is to be financially well advised and prepared. That includes having access to liquid ...

  • The age of the train

    17-Jan-1995

    Before getting too excited about the opportunities for project finance that the privatisation of British Rail's passenger services is likely to bring, it is worth looking at the nature of the beast that is taking shape.A successful bidder for a franchise to operate a passenger service will acquire a company (a train operating company or TOC) which will already have an operating licence (issued by the Rail Regulator), various access agreements (primarily with Railtrack ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Paul Taylor

    17-Jan-1995

    Paul Taylor is senior partner at leading insurance litigation practice Berrymans. Born in Hackney, East London, in 1946, he now lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.What was your first job?Student postman in Featherbed Lane, Croydon.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?u12 per week plus 15 shillings per week luncheon vouchers.What would you have done if you hadn't become a ...

  • Thompson to head Blackburn

    17-Jan-1995

    Tim Miller reportsSOLICITOR Denise Thompson takes over next week as head of legal at Blackburn Borough Council.She joins from neighbouring Burnley where she was a senior solicitor, responsible for litigation and all non-conveyancing matters.Thompson, who was articled with Wokingham Borough Council, will be legal service practice manager and solicitor. She will be responsible for preparing the authority for CCT. Blackburn has already ...

  • Time enough for new terms

    17-Jan-1995

    The Lawyer, 3 January 1995, reports on the implementation of the EU Unfair Terms directive. Each Christmas the DTI springs a surprise on commercial lawyers when implementing EU directives. Last year it was major changes to the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations. The year before, the EU Software Directive was brought into force days after the final version was published.This year the surprise is a pleasant one - more time for industry - and results ...

  • TKB shuts up shop in Brussels

    17-Jan-1995

    CITY firm Turner Kenneth Brown has closed the doors on its Brussels office and returned its two resident fee-earners to London.The office, closed at Christmas, was the only remaining international practice operated by the firm, which is currently in merger talks with Nabarro Nathanson.Early last year it shut down its Hong Kong office and the team, which included three partners, ...

  • Tweedies for Infinity

    17-Jan-1995

    Lincoln's Inn Fields seven-partner firm Tweedie & Prideaux has installed the Infinity practice management system from ACE to replace the existing TFB system. The system will have 30 users and cost u100,000.

  • U-turn on courts privatisation

    17-Jan-1995

    PARTS of the courts service threatened with privatisation will be more secure after a Government U-turn due to political pressure from unions and senior judges.New legislation, coming into effect only four months before the deadline for Next Steps Agency status for the court service, will block government attempts to market test and contract out areas of court work in the Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD).Graeme Watt, assistant secretary of the National ...

  • Wacks Caller winners in Fox Brooks Marshall defection

    17-Jan-1995

    NEW senior partner Andrew Wright has vowed to re-build Fox Brooks Marshall following a large-scale defection to Wacks Caller.Established Manchester practice Fox Brooks was dissolved after four partners and nine other fee-earners left to join the rival north west firm.But Wright, who declines to comment on reasons for the split, has re-formed the practice and will continue to trade under the old name."I'm sad about it, but that's the modern ...

  • Waltons' upgrade

    17-Jan-1995

    Walton Hardy & Clough in Darlington is investing u30,000 in a system upgrade. Some u16,000 was invested in GA Sanderson software, including QNIX client database and accounts.