18 November 1996

The Lawyer

  • 'Crazy' accounting proposals will hit profit share schemes

    19-Nov-1996

    Many companies will abandon employee profit-sharing schemes that pay bonuses in shares if they have to follow the Accounting Standards Board's "crazy" new accounting proposals, say solicitors specialising in the schemes.Representatives of around 70 solicitors belonging to the Share Scheme Lawyers Group have written to the Accounting Standards Board asking it to scrap proposals put forward by its Urgent Issues Task Force (UITF) for companies to charge the cost of their ...

  • 'Hired guns' come under fire

    19-Nov-1996

    Expert witnesses have an image problem. For some time they have been seen by many as little more than 'hired guns' fighting for their corner in long and expensive court cases.While constraints on legal aid severely limits the number of experts likely to be called in many criminal cases, expert evidence has been singled out as one of the major generators of unnecessary costs in civil litigation.In his Access to Justice report, Lord Woolf said that a ...

  • A knight into battle

    19-Nov-1996

    Sir James Goldsmith is heading for a High Court libel confrontation with Euro MP Glyn Ford. Sir James is seeking damages from Ford over a piece headed "Today your love, tomorrow the world" which appeared in Tribune at the beginning of the month and another piece headed "Fears over nasty link to Sir James" which appeared in Euro-MP at around the same time. Sir James is represented by Peter Carter-Ruck.

  • A loss of balance on the bench

    19-Nov-1996

    The recent release from jail by High Court Family Division President, Sir Stephen Brown, of a father sentenced by magistrates to six weeks for falling behind on maintenance payments has raised serious concerns about the tendency of lay magistrates to take excessive action in family cases. David Burrows, the Bristol-based specialist family law solicitor who represented the father, says that there is no way of knowing the number of cases in which magistrates overstep ...

  • Apil approves a mandatory conduct code

    19-Nov-1996

    The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has introduced a compulsory code of conduct after a heated debate about the public image of its 3,000 members.The code was backed at Apil's conference in Manchester on Friday, when president Caroline Harmer confirmed that any lawyer who does not subscribe to the code will be barred from the organisation.Apil is one of the first lawyers' groups to have taken a regulatory role, and its move follows widespread ...

  • Bacfi proposals find backing

    19-Nov-1996

    An open meeting of around 60 members of the Bar Association for Commerce Finance and Industry (Bacfi) has backed calls for partnerships between barristers.The meeting, held earlier this month, was called by Bacfi's executive committee as a means of testing the level of support within the organisation's rank and file for its reform agenda.There were also calls for an end to the rule prohibiting employed barristers from conducting litigation and the requirement ...

  • Bar Council unearths ancient rule in dispute over disbarring

    19-Nov-1996

    THE BAR Council has turned to an Inns of Court rule dating back to 1635 in its latest bid to force barristers to disbar if they qualify as solicitors.A new counsel's opinion on the thorny issue is being sought after the treasurer of the Inner Temple, Edward Nugee QC, unearthed the 17th-century rule that prohibited barristers from qualifying as solicitors.A report, which was due to be submitted to the Bar Council on Saturday, after The Lawyer went to press, ...

  • BBC and CPS make drama out of The Verdict

    19-Nov-1996

    THE CPS is embroiled in angry exchanges with the BBC over its planned screening of a documentary on the service this Wednesday.The programme, episode two of The Verdict series, has been widely trailed by the BBC, which promises a hard-hitting expose of the service.But, as The Lawyer went to press, director of public prosecution Barbara Mills QC had still not agreed to appear on the programme to state the CPS case, following protracted squabbling over the conditions ...

  • Carl Belding. Counsel of Europe

    19-Nov-1996

    It is a sign of the times: a Swedish lawyer, who has practised in the US and in various locations around Europe, now works for a US corporation in Paris.Carl Belding, IBM's EU law specialist, is a good example of the new breed of international in-house counsel. The son of a diplomat, he admittedly had a good role-model - and his career took on an international dimension soon after his graduation in law and business studies in his native Sweden.

  • CCT seen as potential career path cul-de-sac

    19-Nov-1996

    Many young lawyers are choosing not to join local government organisations because they fear their career path may be cut short by compulsory competitive tendering.Peter Keith-Lucas, president of the newly merged Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors, says the tendering of council legal services every five years means that many potential local government lawyers fear their career will hit the buffers because costs, not their talents, may determine ...

  • City Disputes Panel struggles to stay alive

    19-Nov-1996

    WHEN the City Disputes Panel was set up in April 1994, City law firms and a number of major banks were falling over themselves to be associated with the new dispute resolution service for the financial services industry.At the outset, all looked good. The panel's raison d'etre of offering a practical alternative to the courts in all financial matters anticipated the Woolf report and its call for alternative dispute resolution as a way of unclogging the courts.

  • Colin Passmore on legislation affecting directors' duty of care

    19-Nov-1996

    The Australian courts continue to take the lead in updating the nature of the duty of care which directors owe to their companies. Last year, the New South Wales Court of Appeal in Daniels v AWA (1995) displaced early English law formulations of the scope of directors' duties. These required directors to exercise a level of skill not greater than might reasonably be expected from persons with their individual knowledge and experience. In Australia, we now see a more objective ...

  • Contempt of court. When the court draws the line

    19-Nov-1996

    CONTEMPT of court: the very phrase has a medieval ring to it, evoking chains and dungeons - and the dungeon in its modern form is just what was ordered by Judge Pearson when Sarah Holt and her friend and co-witness Sophie Bird refused to give evidence at Chelmsford Crown Court.The young women had probably never heard of a "contempt in the face of the court", but it took an appeal to the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal, accompanied by the usual howls from the tabloid ...

  • Council fails to stop arcade

    19-Nov-1996

    Derby City Council's attempt to block a proposed shopping arcade by citing the traditional rights of the council's market has been thwarted by a High Court decision.In Shops Centre had gone to the High Court in October seeking declaratory relief and arguing that its proposed shopping centre would not constitute a rival and therefore contravene the Derby Council's traditional market rights.In his decision Mr Justice Timothy Lloyd agreed with In ...

  • DoE project searches for ADR answers

    19-Nov-1996

    A senior London university lecturer commissioned by the Government to examine the highly adversarial construction industry has accused lawyers of preferring courtroom battles to alternative dispute resolution.Nicholas Gould, a senior lecturer in Westminster University's Construction, Housing and Surveying department, says that lawyers often take disputes out of their clients' hands. This, he claims, can result in expensive court battles that can last several years.

  • Electrifying deal

    19-Nov-1996

    Freshfields has been appointed as the legal adviser to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand for phase one of the privatisation of its thermal power plants. Shares in the privatised power companies are expected to be floated initially on the Thai stock market in 1997. Freshfields will be coordinating the work from its office in Bangkok.Hong Kong silk bankrupted by damages granted leave to appeal to Privy CouncilFormer Hong Kong barrister Michael Ford ...

  • Eversheds sets up global network with consultant

    19-Nov-1996

    Eversheds has joined forces with a management consultancy group to set up a global franchising consultancy network which will refer its clients to the law firm.Howarth Franchise Consultancy Limited, a non-profit-making joint venture company, has been set up by Eversheds and the leisure/consultancy group Howarth International. The company will operate a franchising service, to be called the ...

  • Expert tips...

    19-Nov-1996

    "And now, Miss Cochrane, can you tell the court just exactly what an asset is?""And what were the UK interest rates doing in 1988 around about the time the defendant was increasing his borrowing to £100 million?""Can you tell the jury why the fat b****** who is the defendant should want to rip off his poor defenceless creditors?"These are just a few of the questions which an expert witness might be asked to answer when invited into the courtroom ...

  • Experts eye up legal aid reform

    19-Nov-1996

    Lord Woolf's proposals to reform court procedures have rightly been identified as of crucial importance to expert witnesses, yet the Government's initiatives to reform legal aid could be equally significant.The cost of legal aid now stands at around £1.4bn, double what it was five years ago. As an entitlement-based scheme the overall cost of legal aid can only be controlled by reducing remuneration rates or eligibility levels. In the early 1980s about 70 ...

  • F&G partners quit to set up in Dubai

    19-Nov-1996

    TWO former Fox & Gibbons partners have set up a rival firm in Dubai, where a new Zaiwalla & Co office is also to open up soon.Jeremy Key, the departing senior partner at Fox & Gibbons' Dubai office, has been joined by one of Fox & Gibbons' London partners, Christopher Dixon, to form Key & Dixon. The firm has taken over the offices that Nabarro Nathanson deserted earlier this year ...

  • Farrers sued over DNA technicality

    19-Nov-1996

    Solicitors to the Queen Farrers & Co are being sued for negligence in a paternity case because they allegedly applied for a DNA test under the wrong Act.The mother concerned, who was seeking maintenance from the alleged father, a wealthy foreign businessman, has issued a High Court writ claiming Farrers acted negligently on her behalf.She is also seeking an injunction restraining them from presenting a bankruptcy petition against her.The writ states ...

  • Fast track gets piloted after U-turn by Woolf

    19-Nov-1996

    Lord Woolf has indicated that his proposed fast track for cases in the county courts will be piloted after all, despite his initial objections.Despite constant lobbying from the Law Society, the Legal Action Group, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and other professional bodies, neither Lord Woolf, nor the Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay had so far indicated that they were in favour of piloting the fast-track reforms.In fact Lord Woolf had told The Lawyer ...

  • Filling the knowledge gap

    19-Nov-1996

    There is a growing demand for expert witnesses in a range of areas of litigation, from so-called 'cyber terrorism' to domestic violence. An effectively used witness advising on an unfamiliar area of law can help a lawyer to win a case before it goes to trial. However, the danger is that if these experts are not properly used they may cause more harm than good."If lawyers instruct an expert at an early stage, a lot of problems can be solved," says Peter Sommer, ...

  • Financing

    19-Nov-1996

    Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Bankers Trust Company and a syndicate of banks providing IR£400m loan facilities to Independent Newspapers to finance a bid offer for New Zealand newspaper company Wilson and Horton.

  • Financing

    19-Nov-1996

    Eversheds advised Bodycote International on its £115m rights issue to fund the £57.5m acquisition of Swedish company Brukens Thermotreat. The rights issue was underwritten by Kleinwort Benson Securities

  • French speaker

    19-Nov-1996

    Ex-head of the French Bar and the first ever president of the French Bar Council, Guy Danet, will speak in English about civil advocacy before the French courts at Lincoln's Inn on Tuesday, in the presence of Lord Woolf, Master of the Rolls. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion which will include the Lord Justice of Appeal, Sir Nicholas Phillips. The event has been organised by the Franco-British Lawyers Society and the Bar European Group.

  • Freshfields looks to German firms as it reviews strategies

    19-Nov-1996

    Freshfields has entered into talks with German firm Deringer Tessin Herrman & Sedemund as part of a review of its German operation.The firm, which to date has developed through organic growth in Frankfurt, is reconsidering its strategy, according to chief executive Alan Peck.He said that Freshfields was "thinking about the future" in Germany and had met with many German firms, of which Deringer Tessin was one.According to Dr Joachim Pfeffer, a partner ...

  • In brief: Dibbs poaches KPMG accountant

    19-Nov-1996

    In a move designed to help it keep ahead of the accountancy firms, Dibb Lupton Broomhead has poached a senior corporate finance accountant from KPMG for its Leeds and Sheffield offices. Peter Scaman, KPMG's head of corporate finance for the North-Eastern region, will have consultant status in the firm since Law Society rules do not allow him to be a partner. Dibbs' managing partner Nigel Knowles said that his firm was "determined to ensure that lawyers were not left behind ...

  • In brief: Re-orientation at Berwin Leighton

    19-Nov-1996

    Berwin Leighton managing partner Bernard Bartlett has had to step down after a partner vote which saw the election of Robert Jones (right), 47-year-old head of the corporate department, as managing partner. Bartlett was appointed managing partner in April 1994 after a streamlining of the management structure. Jones, a corporate partner, has been at Berwin Leighton for 21 years and was appointed corporate head two years ago. Asked if Bartlett had been voted out, Jones, a corporate partner, ...

  • In brief: Report sounds warning to accountants

    19-Nov-1996

    Accountants are being warned to diversify to meet the growing competitive threat from lawyers and other professionals. A report by the Institute of Chartered Accountants 2005 working party predicts that audit work income will continue to fall with new technology and that the big six firms could become a "big five" or even a "big four" because of competitive pressure. But it identifies insolvency work as an area where lawyers will make few in-roads, and internal audit and new types of ...

  • In brief: Salter scales the planning heights

    19-Nov-1996

    Ian Salter, associate at Burges Salmon, has gained a double honour by being elected a legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and joining the Law Society's panel of recommended planning experts.

  • In brief: Simmons helps out communities body

    19-Nov-1996

    Simmons & Simmons undertook the legal work behind the setting-up of the Pan London Community Regeneration Consortium on a pro bono basis. The consortium helps voluntary organisations to form partnerships with public and private sector bodies to regenerate local communities. It is funded by the Single Regeneration Budget Challenge and will aim to improve the social, economic and environmental life of London neighbourhoods.

  • In brief: Survey shows split decision on elections

    19-Nov-1996

    Barristers are divided over whether the Bar Council should emulate the Law Society and open up the election of its office holders to all barristers, not just members of the Bar Council. A survey of 1,345 barristers conducted by the Bar Council as part of its investigation into the accountability of the Bar's ruling body, showed 47 per cent supporting the status quo and 50 per cent supporting an electoral free-for-all. But clear majorities did support an ending of the Bar Council's ...

  • Insurance advised for council officers after liability ruling

    19-Nov-1996

    Chris Fogarty reportsCouncil officers engaged in joint commercial ventures should take out directors' insurance to protect themselves from any financial liability, says leading Nabarro Nathanson partner and local government expert Ray Ambrose.His warning comes after the High Court last month found two Waltham Forest council officers personally liable for over £1m ...

  • Irish lawyers applaud setting up of new body to run courts

    19-Nov-1996

    Irish lawyers have welcomed a government decision to set up a new court service to take over the running of the courts from the much criticised Ministry of Justice.An independent agency, headed by a chief executive, will be up and running by the end of the year.It will be known as the Court Service and will be responsible for all court administration, including support for the judges, case management and the compilation of court lists.The decision ...

  • King steps down from Denton Hall chair

    19-Nov-1996

    Henry King, Denton Hall's chair, has stepped down after his three-year term in office following an increased workload outside the firm as chair of three companies.King is chair of Rentokil, which has just successfully acquired BET, and was recently appointed chair of City Centre Restaurants. He is also the chair of GKR, an executive search company.The firm said that the timing of the announcement - The Lawyer revealed last week that Dentons had dropped out ...

  • Labour targets City law firms in £100,000 fund-raising initiative

    19-Nov-1996

    THE LABOUR party is targeting City lawyers in an initiative designed to draw on what it views as an as untapped source of funds.The Society of Labour Lawyers, which has been asked by party headquarters to raise at least £100,000, will hold a series of seminars in the New Year attended by front bench Labour MPs.Entrance fees, charged at the market rate for commercial seminars, will go to Labour.The initiative will be unveiled at the society's ...

  • Law Soc must face its responsibilities

    19-Nov-1996

    I must declare an immediate interest. I am one of the patrons of the African Caribbean & Asian Lawyers Association and have been ever since its foundation. Recently I had the opportunity of opening its annual conference.It was a most successful conference and one I enjoyed attending. It was overshadowed, however, by the fact that there were so many people there who, after several years, were still searching for a training contract.There was ...

  • Leading light jailed for fraud

    19-Nov-1996

    A FORMER Richards Butler solicitor who campaigned for two prominent young solicitors’ groups has been imprisoned for 18 months and struck off the solicitors’ roll after he stole more than £160,000 of clients’ money to support his gambling addiction.David Edwards, who worked at committee level in the European Young Bar Association and Young London Solicitors’ Group, forged the signatures of two of his colleagues on 29 cheques to a total value of £169,000.

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 19/11/96

    19-Nov-1996

    James Bradbury, 55, admitted 1981, practising at material times in partnership as James Bradbury & Co, Blackpool, struck off and ordered to pay £5,135 costs. Allegations substantiated he misappropriated client funds and used them for his own purposes, failed to pay client funds into a client account, obtained loans from clients without ensuring the client was separately represented, behaved in a way which compromised or impaired or ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 19/11/96

    19-Nov-1996

    Prinn v Plymouth and Torbay Health Authority - QBD, 21 October 1996Claimant: Steven Prinn (six years)Incident: Medical negligenceInjuries: Oxygen starvation during birth at Freedom Fields Hospital, Plymouth. Claimant has some awareness of world around him even though he is blind, suffers from spastic quadriplegia and is totally dependant on the care of his parents. Health authority has accepted he should have been delivered earlier ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 19/11/96

    19-Nov-1996

    Damages claim for pregnancy after vasectomyGoodwill v British Pregnancy Advisory Service (1996)Court: CA (Peter Gibson LJ and Thorpe LJ) 17/1/96Summary: Claim by mature woman for unwanted pregnancy made three years after birth and alleged to arise from a negligent vasectomy on the woman's sexual partner three years before she met him.

  • Litigation Writs 19/11/96

    19-Nov-1996

    Three new writs have been issued in the growing number of claims against the Medical Research Council and the Secretary of State over growth hormone treatment alleged to have caused, or alleged to have posed a threat of causing, CJD. The latest writs were issued by Steven Woodcock of Lancashire, Jacqueline McCollin of Middlesex, and Edward Gray, of Perth, Scotland.Writs issued by Jobling & Knape, Carnforth, Lancashire and Irwin Mitchell, ...

  • Lloyds' new protectors begin review

    19-Nov-1996

    Lloyds has gathered a task force of the great and good from inside and outside the insurance market to review regulatory procedures in the wake of its reconstruction and renewal programme.One of two outsiders in the 13-strong regulatory review group is John Kennedy, a former senior partner at Allen & Overy, a director of the Securities and Investments Board, and one of the corporate ...

  • Marine four get on board at Berrymans

    19-Nov-1996

    Insurance litigation specialist Berrymans is to take four marine partners from six-partner marine firm Ingledew Brown Bennison & Garrett, raising the number of partners at Berrymans to 32.The four - senior partner Martin Sutton, Ken Thwaites, Roger Miles and Stuart Armstrong - together with five assistants, will join Berrymans' office from 2 December but, for tax purposes, Ingledews will continue as a separate firm until the end of June 1997.The remaining ...

  • McKennas' Lloyds marine operation jumps ship for Hill Taylor Dickinson

    19-Nov-1996

    McKenna & Co has lost its entire 15-strong Lloyds team including its partners Robin Williams and Tim Burton to marine practice Hill Taylor Dickinson.Williams, who started the team in a satellite Lloyds office 10 years ago and still heads it, said he and Burton had been looking for a move for two-and-a-half years but that McKennas' partnership terms prevented him from doing so.It was only recently that McKennas scrapped its rule that 75 per cent of partners ...

  • Milking the system?

    19-Nov-1996

    When the right expert witness can make a case, it is not surprising the lengths to which solicitors will go to secure their evidence. Indeed, in April this year, during the hearing of evidence for the Creutzfeld-Jakob disease case, such was the eminence of Professor Brian Matthews, Professor Emeritus of clinical neurology at Oxford University, that the case was moved from London and his evidence was taken at his Oxford home where he was receiving kidney dialysis.The trial ...

  • Miners dig in for a six-month legal battle

    19-Nov-1996

    A major test case, which could extend the liability of industry to include work-induced lung diseases, is now in progress before a High Court judge in Wales and is expected to go on well into next year with further sittings in Sheffield and London.The action has been mounted by a group of eight former pitmen and widows of pitmen and is backed by Nacods, the pit deputies' union.At present British Coal, which is being sued, only accepts ...

  • Not a law unto themselves

    19-Nov-1996

    Permission for solicitors to act as expert witnesses was always granted grudgingly, but these days it hardly happens at all.A damages claim against a lawyer for negligent legal advice will frequently revolve around what procedures were or should have been adopted. Whether the procedures relate to the application of rules of court, to those customarily used in a property transaction or to something else legal, they are not necessarily or even normally the primary concern ...

  • Olswang puts on six Stones

    19-Nov-1996

    Olswang has boosted its property department from four to six partners overnight by poaching almost half of Stones Porter's property team.Two partners, two assistants and two secretaries are all going to Olswang. One of the two partners, Tim Westhead, had been at Stones Porter for 11 years; his colleague Martyn Needham joined in 1987 as a trainee and was made partner last year.

  • On the frontline of back injury

    19-Nov-1996

    Back injury is now the number one occupational health hazard in nursing. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) currently has around 700 claims in the pipeline.While claims used to be largely confined to nurses handling patients in hospitals, recent changes have increased care in the community. This has led to a wider range of people being employed by NHS Trusts and Social Services Departments and many staff providing care in the community have only the most rudimentary training ...

  • Pensions watchdog Opra shows teeth with its appointment of lawyer and senior policeman

    19-Nov-1996

    The embryonic post-Maxwell pensions watchdog is showing it intends to have teeth, with appointments thus far including a City lawyer and a policeman.The appointments to Opra (Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority) were welcomed by pensions partner at Lovell White Durrant, Harriet Dawes, deputy chair of the current Occupational Pensions Board which Opra will replace.Richards Butler pensions lawyer Jennie Kreser will be legal advisor to the board and will ...

  • Police adviser prosecutes law firm head over assault

    19-Nov-1996

    A FREELANCE police station adviser is taking out a private prosecution against the head of the firm where he used to work over an alleged assault.Robert Layton, sole partner at London firm Layton & Co, of Horn Lane, Acton, has pleaded not guilty to a section 39 assault on Joel Parkes.He is scheduled to stand trial at Tottenham Magistrates Court on 2 December.Parkes, who left the firm shortly after the alleged assault, claims he has been forced to ...

  • Property

    19-Nov-1996

    Pannone & Partners acted for Manchester Airport in securing an agreement from Radisson SAS Hotels for the building of a £35m luxury hotel at the airport. Finers acted for Radisson.

  • Property

    19-Nov-1996

    Eversheds acted for Amec Developments in securing the Independent Insurance Company's commitment to occupy a proposed 105,000sq ft office at the Cheadle Royal business park, Manchester.

  • Property

    19-Nov-1996

    Lovell White Durrant acted for property company Stakis on its £327m acquisition of Metropole Hotels from Lonrho. The deal was part funded by a £222m rights issue which used an innovative new scheme by inviting sub-underwriters to tender for a third of the issue at lower than standard 1.5 per cent fees.

  • Property

    19-Nov-1996

    Denton Hall has been appointed by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to advise on compulsory purchase work.

  • Property

    19-Nov-1996

    Linklaters & Paines acted for Raglan Estates in a £17.5m property swap with Bourne End Properties. Kanter Jules acted for Bourne End in England and Maclay Murray & Spens acted for it in Scotland.

  • Protecting the good name of lawyers

    19-Nov-1996

    Image, the perennial problem for the legal profession, is particularly pertinent to personal injury lawyers, if the US experience is anything to go by. There, the excesses of lawyers, from ambulance chasing to touting for business at the scene of accidents, have managed to give the legal profession a rather sullied reputation.The consequent loss of respect has left a sour taste in the mouth of US firms, which feel that their lawyers are ...

  • QBD actions pending

    19-Nov-1996

    Jury actions now pending in the Queen's Bench Division include: Watton v Guardian Newspapers, Bennett v Guardian Newspapers, Gillan v Guardian Newspapers, Mapp v Guardian Newspapers, Trywell & ors v Colliver, McBirnie & ors v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, Bentinck v Associated Newspapers & anr, Talbot v British Railways Board (last two not before 18 November 1996).

  • Questions of leadership

    19-Nov-1996

    I write in connection with a recent article from Tony Holland. I would first note the interesting point, that, once again, Mr Holland is cited in his capacity as senior partner at his firm. Quite clearly, his articles (which appear regularly and may be said to form part of a series) are written not because he holds that status, but because he is a former President of the Law Society and long-standing member of the Council of the Law Society and, more particularly ..

  • Russians want to take magistrates back home

    19-Nov-1996

    After 10 days scrutinising the British legal system, Vladimir Gukov, head of the international department of Russia's Supreme Court, was particularly taken with UK magistrates."Magistrates would be perfect for Russia" he said. "If 90 per cent of our cases were dealt with by officials who did not want to be paid, it would take a load off the professional judges. We're thinking about it very seriously."Gukov and 10 fellow judges will return to Russia ...

  • Simmons to lose Hong Kong partner to Andersens

    19-Nov-1996

    Simmons & Simmons has lost one of its partners in Hong Kong to the new law firm being set up by Arthur Andersen in the region.Julia Charlton, a corporate partner will help set up the Andersen-linked law firm which will be headed by Garrett & Co partner Justin Ede.It has not been decided if the firm will be a branch office of Garretts or a separate firm within Andersens' international legal network.It will have to make an announcement before July ...

  • Solicitors in Invesco merger trumpet trombone rights issue

    19-Nov-1996

    Lawyers acting for Invesco in its record-breaking $1.6bn merger with US fund manager AIM Management Group had a week to find a suitable offshore tax haven to issue bonds to help finance the deal."We eventually came up with the Isle of Man's new limited liability company legislation," said Freshfield's lead partner Lois Moore. "We are one of the first to use this sort of company. The accountants rang me up and said they'd never heard of it, and I had to explain ...

  • Switch on to the IT revolution

    19-Nov-1996

    Ravinder Singh Chahal is a freelance journalist.As we approach the end of the century, the industrial age is fast being replaced by an age dominated by information technology. More firms are becoming IT-literate through the use of online services, World Wide Web sites, networked systems and even video-conferencing; small wonder then, that it is easy to become lost in a hi-tech maze, where even those who seek to help seem to be talking gibberish.

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Jane Cooper

    19-Nov-1996

    Jane Cooper was born in New York on 9 August 1958. She now lives in London and is a political consultant based at the Bar Council Press Office. What was your first job?Editorial assistant at publishers BT Batsford.What was your first ever salary?£9,500.What would you have done if you hadn't become a political consultant?Become a political consultant!

  • US firms merge

    19-Nov-1996

    Washington firm Rudnick & Wolfe has merged with franchise and litigation law firm Brownstein & Zeidman to create the largest franchise and distribution law practice in the US. The new 50-lawyer-strong firm will be known as Rudnick Wolfe Epstein & Zeidman. It will provide a range of franchise and distribution law, intellectual property law and franchise litigation experience.

  • Warners poaches Dibbs duo

    19-Nov-1996

    Warner Cranston has created a commercial property department overnight with the recruitment of two property partners from Dibb Lupton Alsop.Until now Warner Cranston, had only one commercial property partner, Duncan Edwards, who worked in the company and commercial department.New additions, the London-based Dibbs' partners Peter Davis and Lawrence Radley, will set up a new property department.Davis and Radley worked together at City firm Adlers ...

  • Woolf defends his role in experts' group

    19-Nov-1996

    LORD Woolf has defended his decision to accept an invitation to become president of a new witnesses group following revelations that it has links with a private company.The Master of Rolls told The Lawyer he only agreed to become president of the Expert Witness Institute, chaired by the retired High Court judge Sir Michael Davies, after assurances it was not commercial.His decision to accept the invitation is understood to have infuriated the two existing expert ...