16 March 1998

The Lawyer

  • Alternatives to CFAs

    17-Mar-1998

    Amidst all the debate about the Lord Chancellor's law reforms and the acres of coverage in both the professional press and the media generally, one point seems to have been missed there is already an alternative to CFAs.After-the-event insurance is already successfully operating in thousands of cases each year where both sides' costs are covered in the event of losing.Moreover, there is no need for either solicitor or litigant to incur upfront ...

  • An efficient operation

    17-Mar-1998

    A rise in claims and a revamp of NHS litigation funding has transformed medical negligence into a fast-moving and thriving area of practice, writes Stuart Knowles. Stuart Knowles is a litigation partner in the Birmingham office of health care solicitors The Lewington Partnership.There was a time when solicitors meandered their way through clinical negligence claims with no urgency. After all, everybody knew that the whole business was very complicated and expensive, ...

  • Attract the best staff and keep the poachers at bay

    17-Mar-1998

    Given the current shortage of skilled IT staff and the subsequent flood of poachings among law firms it is becoming increasingly difficult for firms to hold onto their staff.So how can firms build and maintain effective IT departments? Perhaps firms should first take a look at the role of their IT director. Historically the IT partner has had the strategic authority and the IT director has implemented the changes.More recently steering committees have allowed ...

  • B&M in Polish deal

    17-Mar-1998

    Baker & McKenzie has been appointed to advise on one of Poland's largest equity offerings, the US$2bn flotation of 20 per cent of shares in the country's state telephone operator Telekomunikacja Polska.

  • Barclays in possession appeal

    17-Mar-1998

    The Law Lords have agreed to probe a procedural point in the case of a woman who sought to ward off a bank's possession proceedings in respect of her home. Barclays Bank is appealing in a case in which it is seeking possession of property jointly owned by two former employees, a husband and wife. At Watford County Court, Judge Simmons ruled that the wife was not entitled to allege that the bank had constructive notice in support of her claim without making an application ...

  • Big fish in a sea of talent

    17-Mar-1998

    With such an abundance of talent in professional negligence, the juniors rated particularly high praise, writes Matheu Swallow. Matheu Swallow is a freelance journalist.With professional negligence covering such a broad spectrum of work, the names recommended are too numerous to mention. But certain chambers with a broad base of rated individuals stand out.In terms of juniors 22 different chambers are mentioned. Selection criteria, aside from the obvious prerequisites ...

  • Birmingham "super-set' goes ahead

    17-Mar-1998

    A proposed merger between two leading Birmingham commercial sets Priory Chambers and 7 Fountain Court creating a super-set with over 70 tenants, has been officially announced.The plans, revealed last week by The Lawyer, have been confirmed by the heads of chambers of the sets, Patricia Deeley, of Priory Chambers and Rex Tedd QC, of 7 Fountain Court, who said there were "detailed negotiations to establish a major new set of chambers".Tenants at both sets have ...

  • Brethertons cements relationship with top Estonian firm

    17-Mar-1998

    Cheltenham-based firm Bretherton Price Elgoods has forged a link with Heta, one of Estonia's largest law firms.The two firms have signed an association agreement which took effect at the start of the month.A lawyer from Heta is expected to be sent to the UK firm on secondment in the next month.John Beever, the driving force behind Bretherton Price's Estonian practice, said that he first met people from Heta in 1993."We slowly ...

  • Briefs

    17-Mar-1998

    Quantum hearing against Lloyd's NamesSociety of Lloyd's (Plaintiff) v Terence William Fraser & ors (Defendants) (1998)QBD Commercial Court (Tuckey J) 4/3/9Interpretation of Equitas Reinsurance Contract in hearing on quantum issues. In an earlier judgment (22 January 1998) in these RSC O.14 proceedings it had been decided that Lloyd's had produced evidence which complied with cl.5.10 of the Equitas Reinsurance Contract (the Contract) under which ...

  • Camerons snaps up Faegre & Benson's Almaty team

    17-Mar-1998

    US firm Faegre & Benson has shut down its Almaty office, transferring its Kazakh team, including London resident partner Thomas Johnson, to Cameron McKenna.James Stephenson, a partner at the firm's Minneapolis head office, said that although the office had been successful, it did not fit in with the firm's broader international strategy."Because we had not planned to branch out in that area of the world, we didn't have the support of the offices ...

  • Carnelutti setback

    17-Mar-1998

    The reunification of Italian law firm Carnelutti to fight back against English law firms has been undermined by a schism in the Milan office. It has emerged that only five of the Milan office's 16 partners have merged with Carnelutti in Rome. The remaining 11 objected to the merger and formed a new partnership Vita Samory, Fabbrini e Associati. Carnelutti in London continues to serve both sets of partners. Francesco Seassaro, resident partner in the London office, said: "No definite ...

  • CC consultancy firm loses head to AA

    17-Mar-1998

    Clifford Chance's stand-alone consultancy firm New Bridge Street has lost its managing director, Carol Arrowsmith, to Arthur Andersen's human capital services team.Arrowsmith was managing director for eight years at the executive remuneration, employee share scheme and pensions specialist firm.She leaves the consultancy with only four partners, one of whom, David ...

  • CC keeps silent over mystery exit of partner

    17-Mar-1998

    Clifford Chance's head of insolvency, Ashley Booker, has handed in his notice and is no longer working at the firm after "discussions" with the partnership on which Clifford Chance refuses to comment.Speculation about the reasons behind his departure are rife but Booker, speaking from his Wimbledon home, denied rumours of an investigation by the firm.He said he had ...

  • Charles Russell PR man to sit on board

    17-Mar-1998

    Corporate and private client firm Charles Russell is believed to be the first City law firm to promote a marketeer to a managerial role.Marketing director Simon Slater has been made operations director of the 56 partner firm with responsibility for personnel and training, know-how and information services as well as marketing.He will sit on the management board together ...

  • Creme de la counsel

    17-Mar-1998

    Daniel Holden seeks instructing solicitors' views on who are the pick of the silks. Daniel Holden is a freelance journalist.Professional negligence work is broadening and barristers are reaping the rewards.Growth in the insurance market, in particular, is creating more work, according to the more than 40 leading professional negligence firms canvassed for their opinion on leading London silks.Big hitters are Anthony Grabiner QC, head of chambers ...

  • Eye-opening fraud costs NHS millions

    17-Mar-1998

    Both individuals and businesses are defrauding the NHS, but preventing the crime is not easy, writes Sally Calverley. Sally Calverley is a commercial and property litigation partner at Capsticks.Every year the National Health Service (NHS) loses £130m of taxpayers' money through forged prescription forms and patients avoiding prescription charges. Money is also lost when doctors, ...

  • Financing

    17-Mar-1998

    Mayer Brown & Platt advised NM Rothschild & Sons and the lending syndicate on providing a US$60m dollar/gold credit facility to finance construction and development of Ashanti Goldfields Company's Bibiani gold mine project in Ghana. Norton Rose advised Ashanti.

  • Finding courtship out of court

    17-Mar-1998

    Linda Tsang says that despite hectic lifestyles and busy schedules, it is not impossible for a lawyer to find a partner. Linda Tsang is a freelance journalist.It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young lawyer in possession of a desirable salary, flat and car is in need of a partner, and that does not mean (necessarily) one of the partners on the firm's letterhead.If This Life is anything to go by, young lawyers are so entangled in their romances ...

  • Flotation

    17-Mar-1998

    Memery Crystal acted for BGR on a £3m placing and its admission to AIM. Lawrence Graham advised Beeson Gregory, the nominated adviser and broker.

  • Globalisation meet

    17-Mar-1998

    A conference on the globalisation of mutual funds is being held in Bermuda on from 3 to 6 May. It is being organised by the International Bar Association and will look at the issues surrounding the implementation of global compliance programmes in the mutual funds industry. The keynote speaker will be Barry Barbash, director of the division of investment management at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington DC. Details from the IBA, tel: (44 171) 629 1206; fax: (44 171) ...

  • Goodwill or cut, thrust and a lack of trust?

    17-Mar-1998

    Antony Gold says conditional fees have the potential for damaging solicitor-client relationships and that CFAs could have a negative effect on the public's perception of lawyers. Antony Gold is head of litigation at Eversheds.It is said that the Lord moves in mysterious ways and Lord Irvine is no exception. The proclamation of intent to move the English civil process to a conditional ...

  • Gulf War contract controversy reignites

    17-Mar-1998

    THE legal team from Cambridgeshire firm Dawbarns which is handling the Gulf War syndrome multi-party action has moved to a larger firm, reigniting controversy surrounding the way the contract to run the case was originally awarded.The four-person team, led by Richard Barr, announced last week that it was joining top London legal aid firm Hodge Jones & Allen in April because ...

  • Hardwicke Building head resigns to head Booth's set

    17-Mar-1998

    Tony Wells has "shocked" barristers at the commercial set Hardwicke Building by resigning as chief executive to become chambers director at Cherie Booth's chancery set 4-5 Gray's Inn Square.Wells was at Hardwicke Building for five years and will start "in the next six months".He takes over from the highly-respected senior clerk of 40 years, Leslie Page, who left last December after what is understood to be a dispute with the chambers over its decision ...

  • In brief: Appeal launched for Human Rights Centre

    17-Mar-1998

    Amnesty International's legal section has launched an appeal among lawyers to raise £500,000 to help pay for a new London-based Human Rights Centre. Donations should be sent to: The Human Rights Centre Appeal, c/o Peter Duffy QC, Essex Court Chambers, 24 Lincoln's Inn Field, London WC2A 3ED.

  • In brief: Austin Mitchell to call for Ministry of Justice

    17-Mar-1998

    Labour MP Austin Mitchell is to present a Ten Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons calling for the creation of a Ministry of Justice, a salaried legal service and a modernised judiciary. Ten Minute Rule Bills allow backbenchers to initiative debates in parliament. Mitchell's call for a ministry of justice whose leader would almost certainly be required to come from within the House of Commons will put added pressure on the Lord Chancellor, who is unpopular with many Labour ...

  • In brief: Bar Council working party to report on CLAF

    17-Mar-1998

    The Bar Council is forming a working party, under "an eminent chairman", to report on how a Contingency Legal Aid Fund could be structured and funded. Bankers, insurers and the Government will be invited to contribute. The Government has been unenthusiastic about public funding for a CLAF but has said it will reconsider the matter if it is demonstrated that a fund would be viable.

  • In brief: Bingham speaks against mandatory life

    17-Mar-1998

    The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, has called for the abolition of mandatory life sentences for murder. Last Friday he told an audience of senior police officers at the Police Staff College that mandatory sentences should be replaced with a discretionary maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Claiming the backing of the senior judiciary, he asked the Government to "re-examine the merits of this important issue".

  • In brief: Couderts hires Lovell White Durrant partner

    17-Mar-1998

    Lovell White Durrant banking partner Alexander Janes has joined the London office of Coudert Brothers as a partner. He will work within the firm's international banking and project finance practice. The office now has 14 partners and 15 assistants, all of whom are UK qualified.

  • In brief: Herberts hires Raine

    17-Mar-1998

    Herbert Smith has hired Credit Suisse First Boston director Henry Raine (left) as a partner for its corporate finance business group. Raine had been a corporate finance director at BZW before its recent sale to Credit Suisse.

  • In brief: Irvine extends LAB Investigations Unit role

    17-Mar-1998

    The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has extended the role of the Legal Aid Board's Special Investigations Unit to cover criminal as well as civil cases, in a move welcomed both by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group and the Criminal Law Solicitors Association. A pilot scheme will be held from 6 April until October at selected magistrates' courts and Crown Court centres allowing them to use the unit to investigate the means of legal aid applicants with complex financial affairs.

  • In brief: LCD grants funding for CAB litigants' project

    17-Mar-1998

    The Lord Chancellor's Department is giving a grant to the Citizen's Advice Bureau in the High Court to help it provide advice and assistance to litigants in person. The LCD will provide £84,500 to the scheme annually for the next three years. Twenty-two firms, mainly from the City, will provide solicitor volunteers to man the scheme.

  • In brief: Samuel Parrish stays put as 28 tenants move

    17-Mar-1998

    A mass application by tenants at Samuel Parrish's chambers, 3 Paper Buildings, to join Plowden Buildings has been accepted. The 28 tenants were due to move after The Lawyer went to press. Only Samuel Parrish has stayed. The enlarged set will have 51 tenants, specialising in commercial, chancery, PI, immigration, family and crime.

  • In brief: Steedman Ramage opens Glasgow office

    17-Mar-1998

    Edinburgh firm Steedman Ramage WS is to open an office in Glasgow. Colin Keenan and Caryn Auld, the two partners who will head the office, will be defecting from Glasgow firm Henderson Boyd Jackson with two associates.

  • In brief: TSG helpline gets short shrift

    17-Mar-1998

    A helpline set up by the Trainee Solicitors' Group received just 42 calls in its first six months, a third of which were concerning poor training and abuse at work.

  • Is it "no win, no win' for barristers?

    17-Mar-1998

    Is it true that only high risk work will be left for barristers as solicitors retain all the "dead certs', or is it just paranoia? asks Shaun Pye.If you want to know how conditional fees will affect solicitors, you can read last year's Policy Studies Institute report into how law firms are conducting "no win, no fee" work.The report was commissioned by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine as has a second report on conditional fees being written by KPMG, ...

  • It's "yes' for Wilde Sapte-AA merger

    17-Mar-1998

    More than 90 per cent of Wilde Sapte partners have voted to accept the principle of tying itself to Arthur Andersen, and the firm expects to sign heads of agreement by the end of the month.Wilde Sapte managing partner Steve Blakeley called the "yes" vote "an overwhelming majority" and said management would now consult with clients "to take their views into account and to make sure that the arrangement fits with their views"."I don't expect them to object ...

  • Kennedys, Weightmans and Jacksons in merger talks

    17-Mar-1998

    Specialist insurance firm Kennedys is in talks with North West firm, Weightmans, and North East firm, Jacksons, to create a new national law firm.If the merger gets the go-ahead, then the new firm will be in the top 25 nationally by size with 319 fee-earners.The news comes just weeks after The ...

  • LAB's "computerisation' plans under fire

    17-Mar-1998

    SOLICITORS have complained that they face mounting administrative costs under the Legal Aid Board's (LAB) plans to extend a new computerised system, currently going live at offices across the country.The LAB is forging ahead with the extension of its new Corporate Information System (CIS) despite a series of problems which included the Nottingham office having to give solicitors loans to tide them over as a result of payment delays.The system is up ...

  • Lawtel Case Law report

    17-Mar-1998

    I write with regard to Lawtel's report of the above case which appeared in The Lawyer of 17 February.The last sentence of the report is plainly wrong. the case did not hold, as is stated under (9), that Panatown's claim failed because it did not own the building, but (as is clear from the rest of the report) that Panatown's claim did not fail merely because it did not own the building.Louis Flannery

  • Linklaters goes to Lords over £1.8bn claim against E&Y

    17-Mar-1998

    Linklaters has applied to the House of Lords for leave to appeal a decision which re-instates the largest claim ever to be struck out in English interlocutory hearings $1.8bn against BCCI's former auditor Ernst & Young.Linklaters partner John Turnbull, acting for Ernst & Young, had to apply direct to the House of Lords because the Court of Appeal refused leave last month.

  • Linklaters scoops Liberty work

    17-Mar-1998

    Linklaters has scooped the corporate advisory work for luxury department store Liberty, leaving Sinclair Roche & Temperley and SJ Berwin & Co out in the cold.Sinclair Roche and SJ Berwin had advised South African investor Brian Myerson and the Liberty family respectively on their successful fight against ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 17/3/98

    17-Mar-1998

    John Dewi Williams, 44, admitted 1980, and Aidan Neal Harvey, 33, admitted 1992, practising at material time in partnership as John D Williams & Co, Washington, Tyne & Wear, reprimanded and ordered jointly to pay costs of £880. Allegations substantiated they failed to comply with decision of the Compliance and Supervision Committee and had failed to deliver accountant's reports. They had previously been before tribunal in 1995 ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 17/3/98

    17-Mar-1998

    Oliver v Taylor QBD 2 February 1998Claimant: Grant Oliver, 20Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Claimant was knocked off of cycle when 12 years old and suffered brain damage. It is now unlikely he will ever lead an independent life. Court told that lights were not fitted to cycle and there were no rear brakes. Damages awarded on the basis that he was old enough to ride on the roads and therefore had to take some responsibility for his ...

  • Litigation Writs 17/3/98

    17-Mar-1998

    Bethany Wagstaff is suing Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital Trust, of London SE1. She claims she suffered personal injuries through the trust's negligence and breach of duty between May 1992 and 18 January 1994. The writ says her "injuries" were caused by treatment, or omission of treatment, at Hedley Atkins Unit in Guy's Hospital.Writ issued by Leigh Day & Co, London EC1.Judith Fairchild of Woodlesford, ...

  • Luxembourg rejects Dane bid to make legal opinions public

    17-Mar-1998

    A Danish bid to force the EU's Council of Ministers to disclose internal legal opinions has been rejected by the Luxembourg-based Court of First Instance.The court which was asked whether documents relating to the Maastricht Treaty could be handed over to litigants in Denmark said it was in the public interest for the council to have access to internal independent legal advice.The judges added that releasing the documents could also undermine the "stability ...

  • Manchester survives the Blitz

    17-Mar-1998

    A team of law undergraduates from Manchester University has won the coveted Boardroom Blitz trophyBoardroom Blitz the business game for law students run by Berwin Leighton in association with The Lawyer reached its conclusion in a final held at the start of the month.The Manchester University team claimed first prize, coming from behind to win in the last round by an impressive margin, ahead of Southampton."We made a couple of mistakes today and ...

  • Merger creates South East giant

    17-Mar-1998

    Thomas Eggar Verrall Bowles and Church Adams Tatham are to merge in May in a move that will create one of the largest practices in the South East.The new firm, Thomas Eggar Church Adams, will have 45 partners and 52 other fee earners in what the two firms insist is a genuine merger, despite Thomas Eggar's larger size.Thomas Eggars with offices in Chichester, Horsham, ...

  • Mishcons exodus as staff quit firm in Julius' wake

    17-Mar-1998

    Defamation partner Simon Gallant, a litigation partner and three litigation assistants have joined the stream of resignations from Mishcon de Reya.Gallant will still work at the firm one day a week under a consultancy agreement and will spend four days a week as legal adviser and legal affairs director at the advertisers' trade body, the Institute for Practitioners in Advertising.

  • Moonlighter launches unfair dismissal claim

    17-Mar-1998

    A SOLICITOR who was sacked from his firm after seeking and then following advice from the Law Society on how to "moonlight" is bringing a claim of unfair dismissal against a West London firm of solicitors.Legal aid lawyer Vincent McGrath was dismissed by Ealing high street firm Elliots Bond & Banbury when it discovered he had placed adverts in the local press for a sideline business giving legal advice to clients at their own homes in the evenings.The firm claimed ...

  • MP wins battle against Mirror

    17-Mar-1998

    Former MP and writer, Rupert Allason, has won the appeal against a High Court dismissal of a malicious falsehood claim he brought over a Mirror article. Allason, who has mounted some 20 defamation claims over the years and who always represents himself succeeded in his challenge of last year's decision by veteran libel judge, Sir Maurice Drake. The Court of Appeal has held that Allason had suffered loss.

  • Nabarros campaigns away from home

    17-Mar-1998

    NABARRO Nathanson is the first law firm to advertise its services on another organisation's Web site, as part of a multimedia advertising campaign.The firm launched the advert on The Lawyer's home page last week. It is part of a 10-week campaign in the national and legal press, and at 16 separate London Underground sites.The move is designed to promote Nabarros' "corporate position" and attract applications from assistant solicitors.

  • Nabarros makes official entry into French market

    17-Mar-1998

    Nabarro Nathanson has set up an affiliated law firm in Paris, marking its formal entry into the French market. But the firm will not operate under the Nabarros banner to comply with French Bar rules.Frank Lipworth, a Nabarros partner, has established the practice Cabinet Lipworth which will act as Nabarros' exclusive correspondent in the French capital.The main focus of the ...

  • Number crunchers create new opportunities

    17-Mar-1998

    Jonathan Seitler and Michael Tennet examine the developing trends in professional negligence and ask where the future work is coming from. Jonathan Seitler and Michael Tennet are barristers at Wilberforce Chambers.Professional indemnity lawyers have prospered from the boom in claims by lenders against solicitors and valuers.Property finance negligence litigation, however, arose out of the boom-bust period of the late 1980s and early 1990s.Although ...

  • NZ firm takes flak for energy company role

    17-Mar-1998

    Leading New Zealand law firm, Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co, is facing the prospect of court action and a government inquiry over its involvement with Mercury Energy, the utility blamed for the recent power blackout in Auckland.The law firm is being attacked on two fronts. First, the role of the firm in Mercury's management has come under fire. As a result of the company's complicated ownership structure, six partners at Russell McVeagh, acting as trustees, ...

  • Osbornes departs "stone age'

    17-Mar-1998

    Elizabeth Davidson reportsOsborne Clarke is midway through a major overhaul of its IT systems which is designed to reflect its own position as a leading provider of IT law advice.Despite its reputation for the quality of its IT lawyers, the firm has, up until recently, been struggling with what it describes as "stone age" informations systems based ...

  • Osbornes recruits partners for IT dept

    17-Mar-1998

    OSBORNE Clarke has hired three new IT partners all of whom were heads of IT at their old firms.Paul Gardner joined from Titmuss Sainer Dechert three weeks ago, David Schollenberger joined from SJ Berwin & Co six weeks ago, and Russell Bowyer is to join from Frere Cholmeley Bischoff "shortly" although no date ...

  • Post Office cuts panel of firms from 40 to just four

    17-Mar-1998

    THE POST Office has slashed the law firms on its panel from 40 to just four each of which can expect to receive around £0.5m a year in fee income.Eversheds, Hammond Suddards, Weightmans and Bond Pearce are the successful ...

  • Preferences in the provinces

    17-Mar-1998

    Outside of Manchester the provincial Bar is widely avoided because of what solicitors describe as insufficient specialist support.The Birmingham Bar for example, "doesn't hold itself out as having a good record in the field of professional indemnity." One observer said that the opening of the mercantile court in Leeds may change this, although importance was placed on the resident judge.More than 20 regional firms were contacted with ...

  • Property

    17-Mar-1998

    Cameron McKenna acted for Benchmark Group on its £56.9m acquisition of 18 central London properties from GE Capital, advised by Nabarro Nathanson.

  • Raymond Hill on time limits for EC law claims. Raymond Hill is a barrister at Monckton Chambers.

    17-Mar-1998

    Can a defendant raise an English law time limit as a defence to a claim based on the EC Treaty? More specifically, can employers invoke such time limits to bar claims brought by part-time workers under article 119 EC for access to occupational pension schemes?These issues were recently considered by the House of Lords in Preston v Wolverhampton Healthcare NHS Trust and Fletcher v Midland Bank. In Preston the part-timers (who were mainly women) claimed that their exclusion ...

  • Retain tradition or face the unknown

    17-Mar-1998

    The news that 3 Paper Buildings and Plowden Buildings are to merge is another sign of the forced change at the Bar.All chambers are having to examine their options in the light of a series of attacks on traditional and long-cherished practices at the Inns.Law firms are increasingly retaining work which previously would have gone to the Bar.Meanwhile, the Government is presiding over the biggest change to legal aid in history with little sign ...

  • Should Act include sexual orientation?

    17-Mar-1998

    A man who says he was harassed at work is claiming discrimination under the Sexual Discrimination Act, reports Roger Pearson.Judgment in the Court of Appeal is pending in a legal test case which could have major implications for gay workers.London barman, Paul Smith, who claims he was discriminated against on the basis that he was homosexual, has challenged rulings by an industrial tribunal and the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) that he ...

  • Sidley & Austin advises in first pub securitisation

    17-Mar-1998

    A team of 13 English lawyers at US firm Sidley & Austin has become the first to advise in what is set to become a major new UK market public house securitisation.The firm's London office advised Morgan Stanley & Co International on arranging a £231m bond issue for the Wellington Pub Company.The bonds are the first to be secured on the rents paid by pub landlords and are likely to be the first of many issued this year by several newly-formed pub-owning ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Alastair Brunker

    17-Mar-1998

    Alastair Brunker was born in Amersham hospital in 1965. He is a solicitor in the employment department of Lewis Silkin in Wimbledon.What was your first job?Gardener (for a solicitor with a massive garden).What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£10,000 pa.What would you have done if you hadn't become ...

  • Top 10 cases of 1997

    17-Mar-1998

    Ian Hammond puts forward his selection of last year's crop of leading professional negligence cases. Ian Hammond is a solicitor at Simmons & Simmons.1 National Home Loans Corporation v Giffen Couch & ArcherGiffen Couch acted for borrower and lender in relation to a re-mortgage.Prior to completion, it discovered that the existing mortgagee was threatening proceedings for arrears. Although this cast doubt on the borrower's ability to ...

  • Tuckers in police call fee dispute with LAB

    17-Mar-1998

    CRIMINAL law firm Tuckers has clashed with the Legal Aid Board (LAB) over alleged changes in the payment rates for duty solicitors which it claims have been introduced "unilaterally and without consultation".Tuckers is appealing to the Manchester LAB office, claiming it has started paying duty solicitors for telephone advice calls to police stations on a per case rather than a per call basis.Tuckers business manager, Brian Craig, said that the change would have ...

  • UK firms take lion's share of Euro debt work

    17-Mar-1998

    Linklaters, Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance are consolidating their dominance of work helping companies and countries around the world tap the expanding global market for Euro-debt.Figures produced by the International ...

  • US firm poaches from Nabarros

    17-Mar-1998

    US firm Dorsey & Whitney has poached top corporate specialist John Byrne from Nabarro Nathanson the latest in a series of high-profile departures from the West End firm since it was restructured at the beginning of 1997.Over the last year Nabarros has lost a number of senior partners including the heads of its construction and insurance departments, Martin Bridgewater and Jennifer Donohue.

  • Using experts with expertise

    17-Mar-1998

    The expert witness has long been important in professional negligence cases but must be used with care, warns Edward Bartley Jones QC. Edward Bartley Jones QC is a barrister at Exchange Chambers in Liverpool.The use of expert evidence is considered in almost all professional negligence cases, but there are often fundamental misconceptions regarding the functions and duties of experts and the admissibility of expert evidence in particular circumstances.Experts ...

  • Victory for mothers who work

    17-Mar-1998

    Roger Pearson looks at a case which involved two women who were fired for not returning to work when their maternity leave had ended.A recent Appeal Court ruling in respect of the employment rights of women wishing to return to work after maternity leave is estimated to have implications for as many as 25,000 women each year.Mary Stacey, a partner and head of the equality section at trade union law firm Thompsons says the decision by the Master of the ...