18 September 1995

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    19-Sep-1995

    TEXTThe introduction of measures to combat sexual harassment at the Bar is to be welcomed. However, the battle has only just begun.The reaction of chambers to the Equality Code will determine how successful the proposals will be. There is still much scepticism from some of those involved in running chambers that such a code is necessary despite the evidence to the contrary. Many still do not see a problem - one clerk from a well-known chambers described ...

  • A case that develops the cause of multi-plaintiff litigation

    19-Sep-1995

    Roger PearsonSince its emergence, multi-plaintiff litigation has charted a difficult and sometimes hazardous course.The recent £7 million settlement of the multi-handed Myodil action is, however, a result which has done much to establish the credibility of the group action system.Solicitor David Harris,senior partner at Alexander Harris, of Sale, Cheshire, masterminded the action. Harris, a specialist in pharmaceutical and multi-plaintiff ...

  • A thorn in the City's side

    19-Sep-1995

    Rather like the ratings of Brookside compared with Coronation Street, the legal professions in Liverpool and Manchester respectively have been considered a David and Goliath. But Liverpool has stolen a march on its North West rival recently, with the ratings-stealing episodes of the Jordaches' trial in Brookside and the high-profile collapse of Liverpool legal aid firm Deacon Goldrein Green.However, practitioners in the North West regard the Deacons debacle as an isolated ...

  • ABA urged to close law school doors

    19-Sep-1995

    US LAWYERS are pressing the American Bar Association to shut the doors on law schools after recent figures showed the country's attorney population had grown to almost 900,000.ABA president-elect Lee Cooper said it was "staggering" that the number of lawyers in the US had reached almost one million, compared with 400,000 in 1975.Cooper said the ABA had been approached to consider legislating on the issue.He said some lawyers were questioning ...

  • Alleged tampon coma action

    19-Sep-1995

    A 27-year-old woman who was in a coma for two weeks after allegedly suffering from toxic shock syndrome after using tampons is mounting a High Court test case against Smith and Nephew Consumer Products. Sandra Turner, of Maldon, Essex, claims she has been left with, among other things, sight and hearing weakness and has also suffered lung, liver and kidney problems. She will accuse the tampon manufacturers of failing to provide adequate warnings on its ...

  • An Impeteus for change

    19-Sep-1995

    The papers for the Law Society Council meeting on 21 September include my paper What is wrong with the Law Society? What are we going to do about it? - backed up by two resolutions urging a programme of action.One resolution proposes a review of the way in which the society is organised with a view to making it more effective. The other proposes areview of its activities, with a view to making them more focused and cost-effective.The paper was ...

  • Anthony Gold, a partner at Eversheds, Manchester, is unconvinced by conditional fees

    19-Sep-1995

    Although not yet available to the commercial client, no win no fee arrangements undoubtedly appear attractive, offering, it seems, risk-free litigation and a carrot and stick incentive for the lawyers. However, the proposition that lawyers will try harder if their own money is at stake ignores the competitive instincts oflitigators.Instead, the commercial pressures on a lawyer who must win if he is to be paid could turn a legitimate ...

  • Bar takes action to deal with harassment

    19-Sep-1995

    A RAFT of measures to combat sexual harassment at the Bar, including a network of safe haven chambers for victimised barristers, has been welcomed by the Association of Women Barristers.Bar vice-chair David Penry-Davey QC said he recognised the "significant barriers" women had encountered in the profession at a meeting of the women barristers' group last week.He outlined a reform blueprint to tackle harassment at the meeting.He announced the ...

  • Beyond the call of duty

    19-Sep-1995

    While the legal profession develops and changes, there is an individual who is an important, yet frequently under-utilised resource.Legal secretaries have had to adapt rapidly to change over the past decade as a result of technology, national economics and working procedures.Although it is accepted that all lawyers will have to obtain some level of computer literacy, legal secretaries have had to learn computer skills to stay in employment. A temporary legal ...

  • CAB report claims 'justice is luxury'

    19-Sep-1995

    CITIZENS' advice bureau lawyers have condemned the legal system in a wide-ranging report which claims that "justice is a luxury".Solicitors, court staff and legal institutions are all criticised in the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux report Barriers to Justice.The 102-page document says thousands of people using lawyers or the courts suffer expense, delay and confusion because of the way the system operates.NACAB makes 60 recommendations ...

  • City team gets Estonia disaster case

    19-Sep-1995

    SHIPPING lawyers from City-based Stephenson Harwood have been appointed to handle the legal representation in London of familiesbereaved in the Estonia disaster.They were chosen to act for the relatives' steering committee following the tragedy in which nearly 1,000 people died when the ferry sank on a voyage between Estonia and Sweden last year.The maritime team ...

  • Committee co-chair

    19-Sep-1995

    Hamilton Loeb, partner at US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, has won a two-year term as co-chair of the 1,200-member International Trade Committee - the largest committee in the ABA's Section on International Law and Practice. Loeb, who handles international trade law, technology litigation and international arbitration, co-chairs his firm's international committee.

  • Court reforms usher in first of the 'super committees'

    19-Sep-1995

    NINE magistrates courts committees (MCCs) are set to become the first to amalgamate under the Lord Chancellor's courts reforms.The Lord Chancellor's Department has named the committees in the first draft of potential amalgamations, using its new powers to reduce the number of MCCs under the Police and Magistrates Courts Act 1994.But groups representing magistrates courts say they are still concerned about the proper provision of justice under the new ...

  • CPS defends stance on Lawrence

    19-Sep-1995

    SENIOR Crown Prosecution Service lawyers have stood by their decision to reject the Stephen Lawrence case despite last week's committal to trial of two youths charged with the black teenager's murder.They have warned that the test applied by magistrates in committing the defendants to the Crown Court is less stringent than that applied by the CPS before taking the decision to prosecute.The decision to send Luke Knight, 18, and Neil Acourt, 20, for trial ...

  • EU expert swaps Bar for Ashursts

    19-Sep-1995

    A EUROPEAN Union competition law specialist has deserted the Bar to join City firm Ashurst Morris Crisp.Mark Clough, who was called to the Bar in 1978, attributes his move to the other branch of the profession to a need to expand and diversify his work.Until this month he was based at Brick Court Chambers which specialises in European Union law and has a chambers in Brussels.

  • Family firm labours under £1.2m debt

    19-Sep-1995

    ONE of the country's biggest names in family law has been forced to call in insolvency practitioners after running up debts of nearly £1.2 million.A creditors' report shows that High Wycombe-based Winter-Taylors owes 10 former partners a total of £128,000 and barristers more than £31,000.Insolvency practitioners have been called in to rescue the long-established partnership following several years of severe financial difficulties.

  • Financing

    19-Sep-1995

    Travers Smith Braithwaite acted for Clydesdale Bank's structured finance unit and the London branch of Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen Girozentrale in the provision of a £20 million refurbishment loan to Camberhurst, for the Brunel Centre shopping complex in Swindon. Norton Rose advised Camberhurst.

  • Firms wage war on LAB over Gulf work

    19-Sep-1995

    THREE law firms at the forefront of a campaign to sue the Ministry of Defence over 'Gulf War syndrome' are planning to take the Legal Aid Board to court after losing their bid to lead the multi-party action.The row flared after a consortium, made up of Donn & Co, Leigh Day & Co and Roythorne & Co, based in Manchester, London and Lincolnshire respectively, failed to win a bid for the contract to lead the Gulf War victims' case.They lost out to King's ...

  • Group taps market for mediation skills

    19-Sep-1995

    FOUR lawyers have set up a company to train legal practitioners in mediation work and to generate business after they qualify.Trainee barrister Robert Taylor has joined forces with US attorneys Bruce Hochstetler and George Pappas, and Bristol-based criminal barrister Nick Fridd.They have set up Dispute Mediation Limited to capitalise on the potential for mediation work following Lord Woolf's call for alternative settlement of disputes.Taylor ...

  • Hands on Management Style

    19-Sep-1995

    The initial panic over the first flood of RSI cases has subsided a little, and now is a good time for firms to assess the situation which exists in their offices.Where does the responsible employer start?They should perhaps begin by comparing the efficiency of their office with that which existed 15 years ago.Considerable changes have taken place during this time. Output has increased, staff numbers have decreased in many firms and efficiency, presentation ...

  • HONG KONG. A tale of two countries

    19-Sep-1995

    THOUSANDS of prisoners will be incarcerated in Hong Kong jails after the territory is handed back to China in 1997, their fate unknown because no provisions have been made to safeguard their future.Out of a prison population of 13,227, only 77 inmates are eligible to be repatriated before the handover. And the only way they can be transferred is on humanitarian grounds or if they pay for it themselves once they have cut through government red tape.With no income ...

  • Housing experts split watchdog work

    19-Sep-1995

    WELSH firm Morgan Bruce and newly-formed specialist Arden Chambers are to share the contract to advise the ombudsman for gripes against housing associations.Teams of lawyers will advise and carry out research on the legal issues arising from the complaints.Both Morgan Bruce and Arden have strong reputations for housing and other public sector work, including landlord and tenant and housing association law.Morgan Bruce, which earlier this year opened ...

  • In a league of their own

    19-Sep-1995

    Duncan Calow, a solicitor at Denton Hall, says: "Working with lawyers requires special skills - like a high boredom threshold and a toner cartridge fixation."Most law firms admit that a knowledge of the law is not essential but because most legal secretaries specialise they will eventually acquire a basic grasp of their particular field. Many law firms agree that this is particularly the case in property departments.In larger firms the ...

  • In brief: CMH to clean up contamination issues

    19-Sep-1995

    How to tackle effective management of food contamination incidents is the subject of a seminar being held by City firm Cameron Markby Hewitt. Kill or Cure? Managing product contamination in the food and drink industry, will be held on 6 October and is co-hosted by PR consultancy Hill & Knowlton. Guest speaker is Sheila Sackman, director of regulatory assurance at Pepsi Cola International. For further information telephone Anna Fairbairn on 0171 413 3060.

  • In brief: Dibbs hosts stress at work event

    19-Sep-1995

    Dibb Lupton Broomhead is holding a one-day seminar at London's Forum Hotel on 10 October to discuss stress in the workplace and the employment law issues surrounding the problem. Speakers from the firm's employment law practice will direct personnel and line managers on how to avoid legal action from employees adversely affected by pressures at work. For further details contact Mandy Belton on 0114 2720202.

  • In brief: First ELF litigation guidebook

    19-Sep-1995

    The Environmental Law Foundation has published the first three titles in its series of litigation manuals, producing guides by leading environmental lawyers in the UK. The manuals, which cover noise pollution, air pollution and private prosecutions, have been produced as part of ELF's programme to provide advice to lawyers acting for individuals and communities faced with environmental problems.

  • In brief: Law course taught by TV and tutorials

    19-Sep-1995

    The College of Law's new Professional Development Unit has produced its first combined programme/course package since linking with Legal Network Television earlier this year. The package, which includes a half-hour programme and a series of half-day courses, will discuss the implications of the abolition of privity of contract in new leases. Legislation on the issue is expected to come into force on 1 January next year.

  • In brief: Law Society fears for Woolf reforms funding

    19-Sep-1995

    The Law Society has echoed the concerns of the majority of the profession in questioning the Government's will to commit financially to Lord Woolf's proposed reforms for the civil justice system. In its response to the Woolf report the society argues the Government must make the investment necessary to streamline and simplify the system and it warns that without adequate initial funding there will be little hope of improvement. Chair of the Courts and Legal Services committee ...

  • In brief: Old hands take helm at expanded Crutes

    19-Sep-1995

    North East and borders firm Crutes has appointed two joint managing partners following its expansion into new Newcastle offices. Stephen Crute, who joined the Sunderland office in 1976, and Tim Wallis, who started with the practice 19 years ago, will lead the firm and oversee administrative, financial and personnel functions as well as business development and marketing.

  • In brief: Trainee heads off to the movies

    19-Sep-1995

    Charles Lucas & Marshall trainee David Ballantine has been seconded to the film production company which made last year's smash hit movie Four Weddings and a Funeral. From this month Ballantine will work on a number of film projects at Working Title, where he will report to the company's head of legal affairs. "It is a terrific opportunity for me. I have always wanted to specialise in legal work for the film industry and this is another step towards that," said Ballantine.

  • In brief: Urban renewal expert to Tyndallwoods

    19-Sep-1995

    Urban regeneration law specialist Phil Shiner has quit his post at the Birkenhead Resource Unit to join Edgbaston firm Tyndallwoods. Shiner, who has a strong background in housing and planning issues, as well as working with the European Court of Justice, has joined the firm's recently-established housing and community law department. Tyndallwoods marketing partner Judy Dyke says: "We are keen to develop our services involving planning, housing, environmental issues and community ...

  • India takes action to oust foreign firms

    19-Sep-1995

    ASHURST Morris Crisp may be thrown out of India if a High Court action against the firm and two other foreign practices is successful.US lawyers White & Case and Chadbourne & Parke could also go if public interest group the Bombay Lawyers Collective wins its bid to have thetrio's ...

  • Irish Bar wig option

    19-Sep-1995

    BARRISTERS in the Irish Republic have voted by a narrow majority to cut the rule obliging them to wear wigs in court and make the matter optional.The decision, taken in a secret postal ballot of the country's 1,000 barristers, is designed to pre-empt a Courts Bill being prepared by Irish Justice Minister Nora Owen, which proposes an outright ban on wearing wigs in court.By making the concession now, the profession is hoping it will be allowed to continue ...

  • L&P's bakery deal

    19-Sep-1995

    Linklaters & Paines has acted in Russia's second public share issue, launched last month by St Petersburg's largest chain of bakers Khlebny Dom. The issue follows the 1994 offering of shares in chocolate factory Red October, also handled by the UK firm. The team, drawn from the London and Moscow offices, handled the structure of the deal, gave Russian legal advice and co-ordinated the due ...

  • Law Soc gears up for reform debate

    19-Sep-1995

    THE TABLES could be turned on Martin Mears this week as the man who has persistently described himself as radical tries to stem pressure for wholesale constitutional reform.In a 'President's Paper' outlining his objectives for the year which is to be debated by the Law Society council on Thursday, the new president says major constitutional reform of the Law Society would be "premature".But two more papers advo-cating major reform will also be ...

  • Law Society red-faced over roll gaff

    19-Sep-1995

    A DOZEN lawyers who were wrongly included in a list of non-practising solicitors about to be taken off the roll have received a full apology from the Law Society.In a series of apologies printed in the Law Society Gazette which run for more than half a page, the society expresses its regret for any "distress and embarrassment" caused by the mistakes, which it has blamed on computer error.It goes on to apologise to the family of one solicitor included on the list ...

  • Leicester practice in first Bosnia stress case

    19-Sep-1995

    A FIRM acting on behalf of a soldier suffering from stress because of his inability to help persecuted Bosnian citizens is calling for solicitors handling similar cases to get in touch.The appeal has been issued by Leicester firm Lawson-West, but it suspects it may have come across the first case of its kind.The soldier is currently being invalided out of the army allegedly suffering from post traumatic stress disorder stemming from his feeling of helplessness ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 19/09/95

    19-Sep-1995

    JOHN FRANKLIN RICE, admitted 1978, practised in partnership with Breeze & Wyles Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, struck off and ordered to pay £4,524 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client funds for purposes of other clients and himself and misappropriated client funds. Tribunal told investigation accountant's report of December 1992 revealed serious misuse of client funds to extent of £422,500. The money had since been ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 19/09/95

    19-Sep-1995

    JOHN FRANKLIN RICE, admitted 1978, practised in partnership with Breeze & Wyles Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, struck off and ordered to pay £4,524 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client funds for purposes of other clients and himself and misappropriated client funds. Tribunal told investigation accountant's report of December 1992 revealed serious misuse of client funds to extent of £422,500. The money had since been ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 19/09/95

    19-Sep-1995

    Moden v Gateway Foodmarkets - QBD 3 July 199CClaimant: Alan ModenAccident: Fall through roof while on duty as policemaninvestigating burglary.Injuries: Spinal injuries; medically retired from police force; used to be keen walker but now only able to walk maximum of three quarters of mile; can no longer cycle; sex life said to have been affected.Award: Agreed damages of £50,000.Judge: Mr A Machin QC as ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 19/09/95

    19-Sep-1995

    'Dependant' under Fatal Accident Act 197Pounder v London Underground (1995).QBD (1995) PIQR P217Summary:Whether girlfriend of deceased railworker qualified as a dependant under s.1 (3) Fatal Accidents Act 1976 where there had been broken periods in their cohabitation.Claim under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 by deceased's girlfriend, who had had two children by the deceased, against deceased's employer where deceased's ...

  • Litigation Writs 19/09/95

    19-Sep-1995

    Writ issued by Dawson & Co, London WC2. C146 Milton Keynes widow Susan Campbell is suing British Railways Board over the death of her husband from an asbestos-related disease. Roy Campbell, who was 56, died on 3 February last year from mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos when he worked for British Rail at its carriage and wagon works in Wolverton between 1952-58 and 1960-62, claims the writ.The Northern Regional Health ...

  • LLoyds Bank. Giving great weight to an expert's considered opinion

    19-Sep-1995

    AS HEAD of forensic accounting at chartered accountants Baker Tilly, I gave expert evidence for the successful plaintiffs. However while initial legal opinion suggests this case does not set a precedent and it remains to be seen whether the floodgates will open with similar actions against banks, the case provides a good example of some potential pitfalls that can arise in giving expert evidence:CredibilityAn expert must be impartial, their evidence should be ...

  • Lloyds Bank. Taking things personally

    19-Sep-1995

    THe sad financial situation we are still in has been overshadowed by press excitement which has led everyone to believe we as litigants in person have achieved an amazing victory. It makes good news, but it has left us bewildered.Lloyds Bank is still pursuing us for interest on the loan. Because we mitigated the losses by the proceeds from selling Richard's house rather than being allowed to pay off our own mortgages we should in fact have no interest to pay on the ...

  • Lloyds Bank. The Dibb Lupton view

    19-Sep-1995

  • Lloyds Bank. Why the surprise?

    19-Sep-1995

    The press has described the decision against Lloyds Bank as astonishing. And it was an astonishing case but in my opinion the judge's carefully reasoned finding for the plaintiffs was the least astonishing feature. It was inevitable the plaintiffs would win on the claim. More surprising was that Lloyds Bank should have contested this part of the action and that the success should have been greeted with scepticism.In July 1988 Julia Verity and Richard Spindler went to ...

  • Lukewarm response to financial services

    19-Sep-1995

    A QUESTION mark hangs over the future of financial services as figures from the Law Society reveal that fewer firms than expected have taken up the gauntlet to carry out investment business.The society received 306 applications from firms looking to register for "qualified person" status in time for the deadline of 1 November when only qualified persons can undertake discrete investment business.Of these, 20 per cent were from solicitors.Over half ...

  • Matrimonial juniors set up own body

    19-Sep-1995

    JUNIOR-RANK matrimonial lawyers have opened an offspring group for younger members of the profession, established under the auspices of the Solicitors Family Law Association.The Young SFLA Group (London) will be officially launched on 19 October to provide regular training, educational and social events for family lawyers under partnership level.Devised by Charles Russell ...

  • Mckenna's Scandinavian Alliance grows practice

    19-Sep-1995

    LONDON-BASED McKenna & Co has boosted its European practice by forming an alliance with firms in Copenhagen and Sweden.The firm last week announced it was joining up with Scandinavian practices Berning Schluter Hald and Tissell & Co to provide McKenna's clients with access to legal services in the Nordic region.McKennas already operates offices across the continent and has a long-standing association with German firm Sigle Loose Schmidt-Diemitz & Partner.

  • Mears hits back over conveyancing fees

    19-Sep-1995

    THE STRANGLEHOLD on conveyancing business currently enjoyed by estate agents must be broken, according to Law Society president Martin Mears and his deputy Robert Sayer.The campaign to reintroduce scale conveyancing fees spearheaded by Bournemouth solicitor John Edge now claims the support of more than 9,000 solicitors.Critics of the drive for higher fees claim it could prove deeply damaging for the profession.But according to Mears and Sayer, estate ...

  • MEN AT WORK

    19-Sep-1995

    Most UK law firms have no male legal secretaries and the few men who are hired generally work for female partners. According to a legal recruitment executive at a major employment agency, only 2 per cent of the applications for legal secretaries come from men."We only get one or two applications a year from men and both were placed with female partners. For a long time in England it was an old boys' school network. When you come across a male secretary it ...

  • Northern lights

    19-Sep-1995

    "The best barrister in the world" is how Derek Hatton described his counsel, the outgoing leader of the Northern Circuit Rodney Klevan QC. Frederick West was also due to be represented by him before he decided his own fate instead. Klevan is the latest in a long line of eminent criminal silks to have come from the Northern Circuit. FE Smith (now Lord Birkenhead), Hartley Shawcross (Lord Shawcross) and George Carman QC were all Northern Circuiteers.One of the most respected ...

  • Only one in 40 trainee police station advisers make it back on LAB books

    19-Sep-1995

    JUST 20 suspended police station advisers have been put back on the Legal Aid Board's approved register since 800 trainees were suspended last month.The mass suspensions, which affect 44 per cent of all non-solicitor representatives held on the Legal Aid Board's books, occurred after the trainees failed to hand in portfolios detailing practical examples of their work six months into their year-long training stint.The fact so few trainees have handed ...

  • Open letter to Martin Mears

    19-Sep-1995

    I understand that the nominations for the forthcoming working party on entry into the profession are to be considered by the Law Society Council on 21 September 1995.In our previous correspondence, you [Martin Mears] have not committed yourself to a view on whether the Trainee Solicitors' Group should have one or more representatives on the working party. Given the imminence of the council's consideration, I now feel bound to write this open letter requesting ...

  • Plan to end home rights 'stalemate' revealed

    19-Sep-1995

    GERMANY and the UK have unveiled a new proposal on the rights of establishment in aneffort to end the "stalemate" among members of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union.At a meeting in Brussels last Friday CCBE heads of delegations were set to hear the compromised plan which Law Society officer Hamish Adamson said was sent to members in recent weeks.Although he would not discuss the contents of the proposal Adamson, the society's ...

  • Power behind the scenes

    19-Sep-1995

    Anne-Marie Watson and Andrew Levison are consultants at the David Andrews Partnership.The relationship between a secretary and the boss has always been a potential minefield, but with a little consideration it can be rewarding and productive.The problem is that this rewarding relationship is only the result of a lot of training on both sides. When a secretary is appointed to a new fee earner, or the fee earner takes on a new secretary, there are a few lessons ...

  • Property

    19-Sep-1995

    Denton Hall advised Ladbroke Group Properties on the development of an 11.5 acre site for Europe's largest multi-leisure centre at Hemel Hempstead Herts. Rank Leisure, which owns the £22 million centre, was advised by Richards Butler.

  • Property

    19-Sep-1995

    SJ Berwin acted for Securum Property Holdings in the letting of the majority of the Ark, the landmark building in Hammersmith, for a 25-year term. The firm acted for landlord Securum and tenants Seagram Distillers.

  • Provincial life

    19-Sep-1995

    'London legal market crashes as North West takes over'. OK, not really. But do you remember the 1980's TV advert for cross-channel ferries, voice-over by Kenneth Williams, where one family is seen motoring happily along the empty, scenic M62 towards a waiting ferry in Hull, contrasted with a group of bickering South Easterners stuck in an horrendous traffic jam outside Dover? Such is the perceived difference in quality of life by lawyers in the ...

  • Razzall opts for politics over law

    19-Sep-1995

    THE MAN who headed the merger of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff is to step down from his partnership at the firm.Former chief executive Tim Razzall, with the firm for 30 years, will retire later this year to concentrate on other business and political interests.Razzall was chief executive at Frere Cholmeley before it merged with Bischoff & Co two years ago and kept the position at the merged firm.His other interests include being national treasurer of the ...

  • Roger Pearson previews a European Court case to finalise journalists' right to protect sources

    19-Sep-1995

    A case with far-reaching implications for the rights of companies and individuals to prevent confidential information being made public has now reached Europe.Journalists throughout the European Community are watching the final act in the case of journalist Bill Goodwin which stretches back to 1989 when he was a trainee on The Engineer magazine.The implications for journalists' rights to protect sources of information are enormous. Depending on which way ...

  • Rowe & Maw clinches first Unilever deal

    19-Sep-1995

    LONDON firm Rowe & Maw celebrated taking over property work for the Unilever Group by negotiating terms on the exchange of a subsidiary's Bedford premises.The firm last month won the tender to supply legal services for all Unilever operating companies. Unilever's in-house property solicitor Ralph Harwood retired and assistant Nicola Morris joined the firm.Now Rowes lawyers have completed their first property deal for Unilever, the letting and forward ...

  • Sex equality talks

    19-Sep-1995

    The Equal Opportunities Commission is holding a conference on sex discrimination and the role of European Community Law. The conference, to be held at Westminster's One Great George Street Conference Centre on 25 September, is being run in association with the Law Society and sponsored by the European Commission. Speakers will provide up-to-date information on developments in Europe and the ways European law can be used to expand sex equality law. More information from Sarah Linacre ...

  • Sign up today for readers' club

    19-Sep-1995

    TIRED of taking briefs? Suffering from litigation fatigue? Fancy a break from the cut and thrust of courtroom combat?Why not swap the hectic stream of legal paperwork for the gentle ebb and flow of waves lapping on a sun-drenched beach.The Lawyer is offering readers a superb discounted holiday in the Maldives for the launch of our Readers' Club.As a reader of the newspaper for the legal profession, you can look forward to a fortnight of sun-bathing, ...

  • Tax case goes to Lords

    19-Sep-1995

    The Law Lords have given leave for an appeal in two cases titled Commissioners of Inland Revenue v Willoughby, in which the tax department challenges decisions of the Commissioner for the Special Purposes of Income Tax and the Court of Appeal. The case will centre on whether provisions in chapter III (Transfer of Assets Abroad) of Part XCII (Tax Avoidance) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988, apply to income of personal portfolios of investments held for the respondent.

  • The Dream Team

    19-Sep-1995

    Lawyers and their secretaries may not have as exciting a time as depicted in the films The Firm or The Client, but they certainly have their own views on the 'ideal' other half of the working relationship.Forget the images portrayed by Tom Cruise, Susan Sarandon or Holly Hunter, the lawyers and secretaries canvassed in a selection of law firms were in no doubt as to the qualities required for their legal dream team.City firm assistant:"A ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Andrew Rajan

    19-Sep-1995

    Andrew Rajan has just stepped into the newly-created position of head of business and legal affairs at Planet 24, which makes the Big Breakfast. Born in Belfast in 1961, he now lives in London. What was your first job?Invoice clerk at the De Lorean Motor Company in Belfast.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£4,200.What would you have done if you hadn't become a ...

  • UK lawyers support ECJ powers

    19-Sep-1995

    UK LAWYERS have condemned the UK Government for attempting to curb the powers of the European Court of Justice, saying the move isambitious and fraught with difficulties.They say plans by the Foreign Office to demand a restriction of the court's right to dictate domestic law run contrary to the ethos of the Treaty of Rome.Chair of the Employment Lawyers Association, Baker ...

  • Who holds sway at the ECJ?

    19-Sep-1995

    The number of suggestions to negotiators of next year's Inter-Governmental conference (IGC) on the revision of the Maastricht Treaty on European Union (TEU) is increasing, and among them are strong calls for the European Court of Justice's (ECJ) powers to be curtailed.While all recognise its great contribution to the development of a mature and accepted system of EC law, critics say the ECJ has given some judgments going beyond anything envisaged by the ...

  • Winning the public trust

    19-Sep-1995

    In The Lawyer 5 September Gary Hickinbottom re-stated his view that it was unacceptable for experts to have an interest in the outcome of a case.While I would not necessarily disagree I have to ask whether the principle is any different from the legal adviser having an interest in the outcome of the case.It is quite clear from the conditional fees agreement that there will be times when settlement of a claim will be best for the advisers cash flow and/or risk ...

  • Withers picks up Lovells portfolio

    19-Sep-1995

    NEWLY-MERGED Withers has been revealed as the firm to take over the private client and trust portfolio of City neighbours Lovell White Durrant.Withers has recruited one Lovells private client partner, Charles Pike, as a partner, but the second, Hugh Henshaw, will retire next April.Three other fee earners also make the move to Withers - solicitor Christopher King and legal executive ...