18 March 1996

The Lawyer

  • 'Conveyancers will get it in the neck if this goes ahead'

    19-Mar-1996

    LAST summer a group of solicitors in Burnley got together to thrash out a set of guideline conveyancing fees.They are now being investigated by the Office of Fair Trading for alleged fee fixing, although Burnley and Pendle Law Society is confident it has done nothing wrong. It was, after all, following the Law Society's own advice when it called its members together to produce the fee guidelines.Now Martin Mears' and Robert Sayer's bid to solve ...

  • A negligence house of cards

    19-Mar-1996

    There may be no formalised professional negligence Bar, but our soundings of the sector have uncovered names to watchThe term 'professional negligence' might seem a contradiction in terms. But oxymoron or not, it has been an extremely lucrative area of practice for lawyers.Unfortunately, there is also a down side. Solicitors (and occasionally barristers) have increasingly found themselves on the receiving end of a writ. And it is well-known that many ...

  • A question of protection

    19-Mar-1996

    The arrival of March brings with it the annual renewal season for barristers' professional indemnity insurance. The General Council of the Bar of England and Wales requires every practising barrister to purchase insurance against claims made in respect of civil liability arising out of their practice.A minimum limit of £250,000 must be obtained by paying a basic contribution to the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) calculated at specific rates applicable to gross ...

  • Accountants add to uncertainty

    19-Mar-1996

    Nero is widely credited with fiddling while Rome burned, although serious classicists doubt the accuracy of that story. While events at The Law Society represent an almost weekly soap opera, important issues remain unresolved and the picture is akin to ancient Rome's fate during Nero's reign.Multi-disciplinary partnerships are about to become a hot topic once again. The Labour Party is wedded to the idea, according to its most recent thoughts on ...

  • Advocates with know-how

    19-Mar-1996

    Practitioners have singled out other barristers outside the recognised professional negligence sets but who are flavour of the month.Ben Patten, at John Samuels QC's set at 22 Old Buildings, Temple, is "quick and good on detail", and Teresa Rosen Peacocke at Benjamin Levy's set at Enterprise Chambers is "good on detail. A real terrier in court. Sometimes gets carried away in cross-examination, but relishes really difficult cases."Paul Smith at 1 Hare ...

  • An extended burden of liability

    19-Mar-1996

    The duties of professional advisers whose clients have controlling interests in family companies can be extremely onerous when the clients want to make gifts inter vivos of part of the holding with the rest being given on death.There are many traps for the unwary solicitor, barrister or accountant caused by the unforeseen consequences of altering the balance of control and losing the client the ability to secure the continuing availability of reliefs, such as business relief, ...

  • AWS chair spearheads quest for the top posts

    19-Mar-1996

    NEW chair of the Association of Women Solicitors Alison Parkinson has stressed her commitment to getting more women to the top of the profession.More than 50 per cent of entrants into the profession are now women and the association, which has increased its membership by over 1,500 in the last year to 8,000, now has 25 per cent of all women solicitors as members. But at a senior level, figures from the Law Society show that of solicitors of 10 to 19 years in practice, 54 ...

  • Brief

    19-Mar-1996

    Glasgow firm McClure Naismith Anderson & Gardiner is riding high after clinching Scotland's biggest privatisation deal. Partners Dr Kenneth Chrystie and George Frier (centre and right) advised on the sale of BR's infrastructure services division. MD of the division Tony Smith bought it for around £27.5 million and has renamed it First Engineering. Dr Chrystie said: "We're ...

  • Butler-Sloss gives AWB her seal of approval

    19-Mar-1996

    AN UPBEAT verdict has been pronounced by the UK's leading woman judge on the progress made by the Bar's women's group since it was founded five years ago.Appeal Court judge Lady Justice Butler-Sloss was one of the guests at the Association of Women Barristers' fifth anniversary celebrations held last month.She told the group it had gone from "strength to strength" during its five years in existence.Her encouragement came ...

  • Carving out their own niche

    19-Mar-1996

    Some barristers have carved out a particular niche for themselves in a particular discipline in the area of professional negligence.In the Lloyd's litigation, for example, when an instructing firm is looking for "more intellectually rigorous counsel" rather than counsel for a 'knockabout' insurance broker's case", Bernard Eder QC at Gordon Pollock QC's set at Essex Court Chambers has become acknowledged as an expert in the field, even though he is ...

  • Chancery Lane sets out EU agenda

    19-Mar-1996

    The GENERAL public should have access to European Union meetings on proposed legislation, according to a manifesto issued by the Law Society of England and Wales.It was prepared by the Brussels office for the 1996 European Intergovernmental Con- ference (IGC), starting in Turin later this month.The paper claims the public should also have access to all EU documents, including drafts, proposals and minutes, with limited exceptions.The society's ...

  • Contractors sound off at profession

    19-Mar-1996

    BUILDING lawyers have received a pasting for being expensive, unprofessional and superior in a poll of the UK's major contractors.A "deep dissatisfaction" with the legal profession is displayed in the survey in the New Civil Engineer magazine.The magazine questioned the country's top 60 contractors on their attitude towards their lawyers. Cost was a common bone of contention in the replies with anger the most common emotion displayed by the builders.

  • Family law committee posts plans for practice accreditation

    19-Mar-1996

    THE COUNTRY'S 20,000 solicitors who practise family law could be consulted as to whether they should be governed by an accreditation scheme.As part of her latest drive to introduce accreditation, Hilary Siddle, chair of the Law Society's family law committee, has suggested that a questionnaire should be sent out to all family lawyers.Siddle, who has been involved in the accreditation issue for about 18 months, said: "On the general issue of accreditation ...

  • For whom the dinner bell tolls

    19-Mar-1996

    THE AGE-old tradition requiring would-be barristers to attend term dinners is in line for a major shake-up which could even herald its demise.An Inns of Court working party report on plans to deregulate training and defer call to the Bar recommends a reduction in the number of dinners students have to have from 18 to 12. It also suggests that training sessions could provide a useful substitute for dinners.The Bar plans to allow colleges outside London to run ...

  • Formal professional negligence Bar as such

    19-Mar-1996

    Although a number of practitioners commented that they doubted whether there was a "formal professional negligence Bar as such", with recommendations spanning commercial, chancery and even family counsel, the names are very much horses for courses.What leading practitioners are looking for is a realistic assessment at an early stage, and whether it ties in with and backs up their view or provides a different line, the advice work should ...

  • Four Raymond Buildings takes on first practice manager to target marketing

    19-Mar-1996

    A LEADING European law chambers has appointed its first practice manager.Former Norton Rose solicitor Milly Ayliffe is due to take up her new post at Four Raymond Buildings on Monday this week."The brief is a marketing one," she said. "The chambers is keen to act as a corporate body, it recognises this is the way of the future."Ayliffe, ...

  • Had a close shave? Call Brigitte Goff

    19-Mar-1996

    A HAIRDRESSING negligence specialist at the forefront of a national campaign to regulate hairdressers was herself the victim of a negligent cut.Brigitte Goff's legal career changed forever after her hair was badly damaged during a bungled highlighting session three years ago.The personal injury lawyer successfully sued the hairdressers and has since used the expertise she gained to develop a niche practice as a specialist in the hairdressing field.

  • How to get more satisfaction

    19-Mar-1996

    The 1995 Robson Rhodes survey highlighted the decline in the legal market's satisfaction with its suppliers, a theme echoed since by many people involved in the industry. But what is the root of the problem and what can be done about it?The main area of dissatisfaction identified in the report is quality of service. In late 1995 Axxia Systems commissioned an in-depth survey of its own user base and the results of this survey backed up the Robson Rhodes report.

  • Howard stands ground over asylum appeal

    19-Mar-1996

    Judgment is currently pending in the case of Nigerian asylum seeker Ade Onibiyo, who is fighting a legal battle to remain in the UK as a political refugee.Home Secretary Michael Howard has ordered that Onibiyo, son of a Nigerian pro-democracy activist who "disappeared" after returning to Nigeria, is not entitled to UK asylum, a decision backed by the High Court last December.However, Onibiyo has challenged this judgment at the ...

  • In brief: Access to Justice researcher heads talks

    19-Mar-1996

    One of Lord Woolf's Access to Justice inquiry team members will address a conference by the National Council for Access to Law. District judge Dick Greenslade will lead the one-day event in addressing issues ranging from how litigants in person should present their cases and how changes to civil court claim limits will affect solicitors, advice workers and lay representatives. Small claims court expert Professor John Baldwin, of Birmingham University, will also speak at the one-day ...

  • In brief: Eversheds, Birmingham, pulls off CCT win

    19-Mar-1996

    Eversheds' Birmingham branch has won the competitive tender to act as solicitors and advocates to Shropshire County Council in its local minerals plan. The Eversheds planning and environmental team in Birmingham, which includes Rod Bull and Judith Damerell, will provide advice on the council's quarrying plans, deal with negotiations and act as advocates at any public inquiries.

  • In brief: Follow US on tobacco claims, urges firm

    19-Mar-1996

    Personal injury specialist Leigh Day & Co, which is representing tobacco victims, has called on UK tobacco companies to settle claims after the first settlements for American victims by US company Liggett were announced last week. Legal aid was granted last year to allow Leigh Day & Co to carry out investigations on the strength of each UK case. A decision is expected to be announced in May as to whether the Legal Aid Board will fund the claims in court.

  • In brief: Gateley Wareing non-executive recruit

    19-Mar-1996

    Birmingham firm Gateley Wareing has appointed a non-executive director as part of its continuing expansion. Frank Graves, a chartered surveyor and former president of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will join Gateley Wareing as a consultant. The appointment is unusual for a professional practice but is more common in limited companies. Pictured are senior partner Brendan McGeever (right) and Graves.

  • In brief: Halliwell Landau clinches magazine sale

    19-Mar-1996

    Manchester firm Halliwell Landau assisted in the sale of The New Statesman magazine, following the High Court clearing the way for transactions to proceed. The deal will transfer the publication's assets and liabilities to new owner, Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson. It was sanctioned by Mr Justice Harman in the Companies Court. The sale follows the publication's financial backing being withdrawn last December.

  • In brief: Law student not discriminated against

    19-Mar-1996

    A student at the Inns of Court School of Law who complained of racial disadvantage had her appeal dismissed by Mr Justice Gage, acting as Visitor to the Inns of Court. Justice Gage felt the student's failure was related to her failure to take advantage of academic assistance provided, rather than as a result of racial disadvantage or unequal opportunity. The student has been ordered to pay a portion of the legal costs incurred by the council but this order was not to be enforced ...

  • In brief: New construction head for Lewis Silkin

    19-Mar-1996

    London firm Lewis Silkin has recruited Helen Garthwaite as a partner to head the firm's construction and engineering unit. Garthwaite, who left Nabarro Nathanson, specialises in negotiating and drafting documentation for construction and engineering projects. She is also experienced in advising on administration ...

  • In brief: Public unaware of small claims process

    19-Mar-1996

    The public seems generally to be unaware of the small claims procedure, the National Audit Office says in a report. NAO head Sir John Bourn told Parliament last week that the county courts provided an accessible, speedy and cost-effective service. The NAO examination included a survey of litigants involved in 3,000 small claims cases and found that although the extent of awareness of the procedure among the public is not known, "there are indications that it may be low". Three quarters ...

  • Increase in fraud figures for lawyers and accountants

    19-Mar-1996

    ACCOUNTANCY firm KPMG's annual 'fraud barometer' reveals a 42 per cent increase in the number of lawyers and accountants charged with serious fraud.Partner in KPMG's fraud investigation unit Adam Bates said although the figures for lawyers and accountants were lumped together, most cases related to lawyers.The barometer recorded 17 lawyers and accountants charged with fraud in 1995, compared with 12 for the previous year. The money involved ...

  • Israeli barrister is elected to head set

    19-Mar-1996

    THE GAME of basketball is a key source of inspiration for the new head of chambers at Lamb Building.And the fact that it is basketball rather the more traditional British sports such as cricket or rugby which inspires Ami Feder can be easily explained.Feder is the only Israeli barrister practising in the UK and used to play the game in his youth.Now, by virtue of his election to replace Kenneth Wheeler as head of the common law set, he has ...

  • Johnathan Arks welcomes more power to the landlords' arm.

    19-Mar-1996

    Jonathan Arkush is a barrister at 11 Stone Buildings.The House of Lords' decision in Hindcastle v Attenborough Associates is significant for its rejection of the long-standing Court of Appeal authority in Stacey v Hill (1901) 1 QB 660 which prevented a landlord from suing a guarantor for an original tenant who became insolvent while the lease was vested in him. The basis of that authority was that in that event the leasehold interest disappeared and with it any future ...

  • Justice for all from a global courtroom

    19-Mar-1996

    As it approaches its 50th anniversary, the World Court is busier than it has ever been. It recently finished hearing the biggest case in its history in which over 40 states provided written pleas and 24 gave oral testimony. The issue at stake was whether the use or threatened use of nuclear weapons violated international law. A judgment is expected in the first week of April."The fact that all of the nuclear states showed up and gave opinions showed that states ...

  • Legacy of libel damages

    19-Mar-1996

    I write with reference to the article by Lawrence Abramson on the recent decision of the Court of Appeal to allow directions on personal injury damages to assist libel juries (The Lawyer 16 January 'Damages made good').Mr Abramson referred to the David Ashby libel case as being the first libel action since the Court of Appeal decision in John v MGM.In fact that is not entirely accurate. There were three libel actions taking place in the High Court at ...

  • Linklaters IT answers call of Essex

    19-Mar-1996

    CITY firm Linklaters & Paines is relocating its revamped IT system to Essex.The Nextstep desktop operating system, which has taken 15 months to install, will be based in a purpose-built unit in Colchester along with 40 IT support staff.The firm's head of IT Andrew Taylor will remain in Linklaters' City office with a core support staff of about 10.Managing ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 19/03/96

    19-Mar-1996

    Michael Fabian Spungin, admitted 1962, practised as Armstrong Spungin & Scott, Nottingham, struck off and ordered to pay £5,675 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew client money, falsified accounting documents and failed to pay money into client account in breach of accounting rules.Andrew Jesson, formerly clerk with Emsleys, Leeds, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 19/03/96

    19-Mar-1996

    Day v 266 Operations Battery Royal Artillery and Brandon Hire - QBD (sitting in Bristol) 11 March 1996Claimant: Andrew Day, 28Incident: Claimant was attending Territorial Army ball and fell from bouncy castleInjuries: Neck broken; paralysis below waist and right upper limbs; settlement takes into account loss of earnings as garden centre manager (claimant unlikely to work ever again);Award: £950,00 (agreed damages)

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 19/03/96

    19-Mar-1996

    Test for recalling a life prisoner from paroleR v Parole Board, ex parte David Adam Watson (1996).CA (Sir Thomas Bingham MR, Rose LJ and Roch LJ).Summary: Recalling a life prisoner from parole although no criminal offence was actually proved against him nor any breach of any condition in his licence established.Appeal against dismissal of a renewed application for judicial review of the Parole Board's decision to refuse ...

  • Litigation Writs 19/03/96

    19-Mar-1996

    News Group Newspapers and News of the World columnist Michael Winner are being sued for libel damages by Dixons Group. Dixons has issued a High Court writ over a story in Winner's 5 February column in the newspaper, headed: "Have rule that bites".Writ issued by Linklaters & Paines, London EC2. D10Veteran peace campaigner Lindis Percy is heading ...

  • Lockley leaves Law Soc for new life in Sheffield

    19-Mar-1996

    PREDICTIONS that Law Society infighting will lead to an exodus of senior staff are beginning to bear fruit with news of a top official's impending departure.Andrew Lockley, director of corporate and regional affairs at the society, is to leave Chancery Lane on 1 May to take up jobs at both Irwin Mitchell and the University of Sheffield.With secretary general John Hayes ...

  • LPC wins law school backing

    19-Mar-1996

    NOTTINGHAM Law School has followed the College of Law in giving a thumbs up to the new Legal Practice Course.A survey carried out by the school among 2,633 trainees and solicitor supervisors from the top 100 firms, revealed over 75 per cent of supervisors were satisfied with the levels of knowledge shown by trainees in compulsory and skill subjects.Proposed changes to the LPC suggested by the survey included the introduction of a financial element and a course ...

  • Management talks

    19-Mar-1996

    Successful ways of leading and managing chambers will be explored at a conference being staged by The Lawyer. The June event, which will be chaired by Bar Council chair David Penry-Davey QC, is aimed at both barristers and administrators. Sessions will be held by management consultant Alan Hodgart, of Hodgart Temporal, James Hunt QC, head of chambers at 1 King's Bench Walk, and Doughty Street Chambers practice manager Christine Kings. The evening conference

  • Negligence specialists by close association

    19-Mar-1996

    The mushrooming of professional negligence work has been reflected in the growth of the Professional Negligence Bar Association. With fewer than 30 members when it started in October 1990, it now has more than 550.Coincidentally, the secretary Andrew Goodman and chair Robin de Wilde QC of the association are both in the same set at 199 Strand. Goodman says one of the reasons for starting the association was to ensure the profession was aware that there is a distinct specialist ...

  • New firm for CSA 'clean-break' case lawyer

    19-Mar-1996

    SUSAN Deas, whose "clean-break" case cast a spotlight on the workings of the Child Support Agency for the first time, has moved firms.The family lawyer has started as a partner at Gamlins Storrar Cowdry in Chester where she is part of the matrimonial team.She was formerly a partner at Liverpool-based Brabner Holden, where she handled the high-profile case of Gary Crozier, who appealed against a court clean-break ruling after the CSA said he would still have to ...

  • NI lessons in PI costs

    19-Mar-1996

    I read your article in March with some interest (The Lawyer 5 March 'Apil slams unreal Woolf paper').I have re-qualified in England having previously qualified in Northern Ireland. The system in Northern Ireland is somewhat different from that of England.First, the population in Northern Ireland is very much more "personal injury claim conscious" and the county court limit for personal injury costs is £15,000. From my experience ...

  • No call for secrecy

    19-Mar-1996

    Yet again the former CPS barrister Neil Addison has opened a can of worms, speaking out on a streamlining exercise at the Crown Prosecution Service which could have resounding effects on its use of lawyers.Although the CPS has denied the accusation that it is seeking to upgrade clerks to carry out magistrates court work instead of lawyers, the First Division Association of Civil Servants is already so concerned about the implications of the CPS' case officer ...

  • No place for self-regulation of complaints, says Sayer

    19-Mar-1996

    THE LAW Society should consider washing its hands of complaints handling and allowing an independent body to take over, according to one of its leaders.Vice-president Robert Sayer has moved to reopen the complaints handling debate just days after the Law Society Council settled on a new-look complaints-handling body.At its council meeting earlier this month, the Law Society agreed to relaunch the Solicitors Complaints Bureau in the shape of a more independent ...

  • No truth in local authority 'easy market', say lawyers

    19-Mar-1996

    HOUSING lawyers have fought back against press reports which accuse them of profiting from council housing funds by touting for business among dissatisfied tenants.Lawyers were accused of forcing local authorities to spend up to 10 per cent of their housing repair budgets on litigation costs.The article which appeared in The Times last week refers to solicitors targeting estates for an "easy market" and the emergence of a legal industry in pursuing local authorities.

  • Price Waterhouse pulls in Pinsents partner for Europe

    19-Mar-1996

    PRICE Waterhouse has appointed Paul Downing, managing partner of the London office of Pinsent Curtis, to head its network of European law firms.The move, which centres Price Waterhouse's network in London, was announced last Friday to the Pinsent Curtis partnership.Downing will join Arnheim & Co, headed by ex-Hammonds Suddard partner Christopher Arnheim, in Pinsents' Southbank office.Downing is obliged to stay with Pinsents until the autumn, ...

  • Property

    19-Mar-1996

    DJ Freeman advised Ravenseft Industrial Estates, the industrial arm of Land Securities, in its £5.7 million acquisition of the 102,955 sq ft Frogmore Industrial Estate, London NW10, from Frogmore Investments, advised by Mishcon de Reya.

  • Scots face MMC property probe

    19-Mar-1996

    PROPERTY centres, the one-stop property shops run by Scottish solicitors, are to be investigated by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.But the Law Society of Scotland has come out in support of the lawyers, saying their centres dominate the marketplace because the solicitors are good at their jobs.Announcing the investigation last week, director general of fair trading John Bridgeman said that since the 1960s Scottish solicitors had increasingly advertised ...

  • Storm over CPS training 'agenda'

    19-Mar-1996

    A CPS hidden agenda to use law clerks as magistrates court prosecutors to save money and secure greater staff loyalty has been claimed by a former crown prosecutor.Barrister Neil Addison claims he was shown internal CPS documents which complain the requirement for all prosecutors to be lawyers is "unnecessarily expensive".According to Addison, the papers said prosecutors had to realise they owed "corporate loyalty to the service" and added: "This can best be ...

  • Sty's the limit in nuisance claim

    19-Mar-1996

    A Finely honed legal argument can at times be upstaged by the strangest things. Newcastle-upon Tyne solicitors AT Bryson & Co and Wilkinson Maughan, and counsel Ron Mitchell and Philip Walling will vouch for that after their most recent courtroom conflict.They headed for Newcastle County Court to argue over the law of nuisance. Two sets of Newcastle neighbours were at loggerheads over dog barking, music and vibration. Had that been the sum total of the case, ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: John Bishop

    19-Mar-1996

    John Bishop is a barrister and head of chambers at 7 Stone Buildings in London. He was born in Whitstable, Kent, in 1947 and still lives there. What was your first job?Freezing peas and beans.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?What's a salary?What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Something sensible.Which law ...

  • The US eagle takes flight

    19-Mar-1996

    The JANUARY-February Corporate Money league tables for 1996 show a leaning towards advisers based in the UK and Canada. Although not dominating these charts, this representation from across the pond accounts for almost 25 per cent of entries in the law firms' Top 25 list.But each US or Canadian firm entering the league tables has been on the back of just one, albeit substantial, transaction. Will these foreign advisers be one-deal wonders in the UK bids and deals scenario, ...

  • Threat from without

    19-Mar-1996

    The latest move by Price Waterhouse is the clearest indication yet that accountancy firms are seriously positioning themselves for an onslaught on the legal market.Accountancy firms have been very successful in the legal markets of countries such as France and Spain, and there is no reason why, with the right resources, they should not be equally successful in the UK market.Lawyers have not wanted to contemplate this possibility. But now the accountancy ...

  • Thumbs up to murder appeal

    19-Mar-1996

    The Law Lords have granted leave for an appeal in the case of Anthony Glasford Powell who, along with another, was convicted at the Old Bailey on 28 February 1994 of the murder of a small-time drugs dealer. He was jailed for life with a recommendation that he serve a minimum term of 20 years. The Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal but certified the following question as a point of law: "Is it sufficient to found a conviction for murder for a secondary party to a killing ...

  • Time to stop dealing behind closed doors at the IGC

    19-Mar-1996

    Uncertainty about the agenda for the Intergovernmental Conference may decrease public support for the EU, says Rose D'SaSecrecy is a common, perhaps indispensable, phenomenon of inter-governmental negotiations. Yet the lack of a clear, published agenda for the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) in Turin is particularly odd when viewed in the context of one of its objectives - to increase public support for the European Union in its member states and make it more relevant ...

  • Top banking job is up for grabs

    19-Mar-1996

    BANKING ombudsman Laurence Shurman is to step down at the end of the year.Shurman gave up his managing partner post at Kingsley Napley in March 1989 to take up the ombudsman post.His pending retirement at the end of the year has prompted the Council of the Banking Ombudsman to advertise for a senior solicitor or barrister to take over the position, which has a £100,000 ...

  • Top Canadian firms withdraw from partnership

    19-Mar-1996

    LEADING Canadian firms Olgivy Renault and Osler Hoskin & Harcourt (OHH) are demerging their international partnership, Osler Renault.The two firms, which practise separately in Canada, established a joint international venture in 1989, establishing Osler Renault offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and London.OHH partner in London David Drinkwater said the demerger followed Olgivy Renault's decision to open an office later this year in Toronto, where OHH is based.

  • Toyota mounts flood claim

    19-Mar-1996

    Toyota (GB) is heading for the High Court with a £700,000-plus claim against Asda Group and Elmswood after rainwater flooded its spare parts and accessories warehouse at Lutterworth, Leicestershire, in 1994.

  • UK lawyers could lose out in Hong Kong practice rule change

    19-Mar-1996

    UK lawyers may find it more difficult to practise in Hong Kong following a review by the Hong Kong law society's standing committee on standards and development.The law society's director of standards and development, Margaret Hill, said overseas lawyers generally had to sit a series of examinations before being able to practise Hong Kong law."English solicitors, whose first jurisdiction of administration is England or Wales, are exempted automatically ...

  • Women's law event presses for equality

    19-Mar-1996

    THE FOLLOW-UP to last year's controversial 'Woman Lawyer' event promises to go much further in promoting the position of women in the legal profession.This year's conference, 'Woman Lawyer II' which takes place on 20 April, hosts a range of leading barristers and solicitors who are directly involved in the equality debate.Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission Kamlesh Bahl will discuss the new Equality Code for the Bar and the ...