19 December 1994

The Lawyer

  • 'Play down' judges' role in recorder recruitment

    20-Dec-1994

    JUDGES' opinions should count for less when considering candidates for assistant recorder appointments, according to a Law Society report.The report, going to the House of Commons' home affairs committee on judicial appointments, outlines a number of reforms to the appointments system in the light of increasing numbers of solicitor applications.It says reliance on views of the existing judiciary "leads to serious gaps in the information available to ...

  • Bar pilots 'new partnership' with solicitors

    20-Dec-1994

    THE BAR aims to promote a "new partnership" with solicitors, introduce a university-style pupillage clearing house, and encourage use of modern management techniques during the course of next year.It also hopes to put in place a "speedy and affordable" complaints procedure, modelled on the Solicitors Complaints Bureau, by 1996.Peter Goldsmith QC, the Bar chairman-elect, told the Bar Council of his plans in his inaugural speech, which traditionally sets the agenda ...

  • Barrister calls for civil overhaul

    20-Dec-1994

    A LONDON Barrister has called for a “cheap preparation procedure” as part of a radical overhaul of the civil law system.Writing in the current issue of Bar magazine Counsel, Anthony Speaight says the present system should be retained in addition to a new procedure which involves “no paper apart from traditional pleadings, no witness statements, and one court-appointed expert instead of each party calling its own”.Speaight, of 12 King’s Bench Walk, says the cost ...

  • Barrister writes on Lloyd's Names tax

    20-Dec-1994

    Barrister David Harris has written a new edition of 'Tolley's Taxation of Lloyd's Underwriters' to help lawyers cope with the boom in litigation by Lloyd's Names.Harris, based at Prince Henry's Chambers in London, has worked with accountants Pannell Kerr Forster to produce the book, which emphasises the practical implications of the legislation for those who advise Lloyd's Names.The book includes a case study ...

  • Belfast students in discrimination case

    20-Dec-1994

    THIRTY-FIVE final year students from Queen's University in Belfast have started an action in the Irish High Court in Dublin against the Incorporated Law Society, the Irish State and the attorney general. They allege discrimination.The students claim they cannot become solicitors in the Irish Republic unless they sit an examination which law students with the same degree qualifications from universities in the Irish Republic are not required to sit.Their ...

  • BR finishes legal outsourcing

    20-Dec-1994

    THE FINAL stage of outsourcing of British Rail's legal work has been completed, with its litigation tender being split between London firms Vizards and Kennedys.Eighteen lawyers have moved with the work - nine to each firm - leaving BR's legal department with 14 solicitors. Staff start at Kennedys on 9 January, while Vizards has already placed its lawyers.Solicitor to ...

  • Caroline May predicts the end of the foreseeability

    20-Dec-1994

    EARLIER this year, the House of Lords' decision in the Cambridge Water case introduced a forseeability test into claims made in nuisance and under the rule in Rylands v Fletcher. In future, courts will have to consider whether, at the date the causative action took place, the damage which subsequently occurred (maybe several years later) was reasonably foreseeable.In environmental pollution cases like that of Cambridge Water, those most concerned ...

  • Central Asia legal society takes shape

    20-Dec-1994

    LAWYERS interested in the expanding markets of the former Soviet Union have taken a further step in setting up a new association.The Central Asia and Trans-caucasia Law Association isthe latest in a chain of legal associations now covering Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.The group covers Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (Central Asia) and Georgia and Azerbaijan (Transcaucasia).Members have adopted ...

  • Cinema murder trial begins

    20-Dec-1994

    The trial of David Lauwers, for the specimen murder of one of many businessmen who died in a London sex cinema fire, is scheduled to commence at the Old Bailey on 16 January.

  • Conference aims to help students understand Bar

    20-Dec-1994

    Geoffrey Robertson QC's Doughty Street chambers is boosting its criminal practice by taking on four additional barristers.David Farrington and David Bentley join the chambers from Andrew Mitchell's chambers at 171 Fleet Street. The addition of Paul Bogan from David Barnard's chambers at 33 Bedford Row and Hugh Barton from Walter Aylen QC's chambers in the Hardwicke Building will bring the number of criminal barristers at Doughty Street up to 24.

  • Contempt review granted

    20-Dec-1994

    n Leave was granted last Tuesday for an application for judicial review of the Attorney General's decision not to take contempt action over national newspaper reporting of the trial of the Taylor Sisters. Stephens Innocent partner Mark Stephens, acting for the sisters, said the hearing is expected to take place in April.

  • Cooper heads Mondial team

    20-Dec-1994

    ASSISTANCE group Mondial Assistance has recruited Howard Cooper from private practice as joint head of its expanding legal department.Cooper, formerly with Cameron Markby Hewitt (CMH), will lead the team alongside Nicole Clark, who was recently recruited from Southampton firm Woodford Ackroyd. Cooper's appointment boosts the uninsured loss recovery unit which has grown dramatically since it was set up four years ago.Cooper, who worked for William Davies ...

  • Couderts' pair defect to Hammonds

    20-Dec-1994

    COUDERT Brothers partners Christopher Haan and Peter Simpson have quit the firm to take up partnerships at the Leeds-based practice Hammond Suddards.The move comes only two years after the pair sent shock waves through the legal community by defecting to Couderts from City practice SJ Berwin & Co, where Haan was senior partner.Haan and Simpson, who specialise in tax work and mergers ...

  • Death Row appeal rejected

    20-Dec-1994

    LOVELL White Durrant partner Graham Huntley has lost his appeal to the Privy Council in a test case which may determine the fate of many of Jamaica's death row prisoners.Huntley has been acting on a pro bono basis for a prisoner who has been on death row for "capital murder" for 11 years.Huntley argued that the distinction between " capital" and "non-capital" murder, which carries life imprisonment, was unconstitutional and unfair in that it breached the ...

  • Debt forcing trainees to quit high street

    20-Dec-1994

    THE NUMBER of trainees entering high street practices is diminishing as student debt forces graduates to look to City firms for financial support during the year of their Legal Practice Course (LPC).And the College of Law warns the reduction in high street trainee numbers may mean members of the public will find it increasingly difficult to get legal help in areas such as family law, personal injury and crime.College chair Richard Holbrook has issued the warning ...

  • Doughty Street recruits four

    20-Dec-1994

    Geoffrey Robertson QC's Doughty Street chambers is boosting its criminal practice by taking on four additional barristers.David Farrington and David Bentley join the chambers from Andrew Mitchell's chambers at 171 Fleet Street. The addition of Paul Bogan from David Barnard's chambers at 33 Bedford Row and Hugh Barton from Walter Aylen QC's chambers in the Hardwicke Building will bring the number of criminal barristers at Doughty Street up to 24.

  • Edward Lewis secures winning deal for Hill in F1 negotiations

    20-Dec-1994

    EDWARD Lewis partner Michael Breen has successfully negotiated a 1995 racing contract for Formula One driver Damon Hill.Hill signed a one-year deal with his current team, Williams Grand Prix Engineering, after Breen started negotiations during a flying visit to the Australian Grand Prix last month.Breen, who has represented Hill since his days as a trainee solicitor almost 10 years ago, confirms the driver will be free to talk with other teams at the end of 1995.

  • Ex-Deacons partners oppose action

    20-Dec-1994

    BANKRUPTCY proceedings against the 11 equity partners of collapsed Liverpool firm Deacon Goldrein Green, were adjourned last week until 17 January.Proceedings were issued by practice loans business NSW and supported by Frizzells Banking Services. The hearing of a winding up petition against the firm, also issued by NWS and Frizzells, was also adjourned to the same date.Ex-partners David Deacon and Patricia Reynolds, who left before the October collapse, are understood ...

  • Extended liabilities

    20-Dec-1994

    As the party season approaches, computer lawyers have been rehearsing their chat-up lines in front of the mirror and practising their dance routines. But this year we sad people have something new to talk about at Christmas parties - the High Court's decision in St Albans City and District Council v ICL on the limitation of liability in computer contracts.Billions of pounds of computer products and servicesare supplied on suppliers' standard terms of ...

  • Financings

    20-Dec-1994

    FKI was advised by Simpson Curtis in the $120m private placing by its subsidiary FKI Industries

  • Financings

    20-Dec-1994

    The Emerging Markets Country Investment Trust was advised by Herbert Smith in a u20m share placing.

  • Firms need 'proactive' approach to lobbying

    20-Dec-1994

    EXPENSIVE, cautious and reactive are the criticisms levelled at law firms working in the public policy sector by a selection of the UK's top companies.A report by the NOP for clifford Chance reveals that companies believe lawyers need to become "more proactive and politically aware" if they are to realise their full potential in the expanding area of public policy services and political lobbying.But lawyers score highly on monitoring current legislation, ...

  • Flotations

    20-Dec-1994

    Lloyd's corporate member Euclidian was advised by DJ Freeman on its u20m flotation

  • Flotations

    20-Dec-1994

    Tele-Cine Cell Group was advised by Howard Kennedy on a placing and the application for a full listing on the London Stock Exchange which raised u8m. The sponsors Beeson Gregory was advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite.

  • Freeman quizzed on Lloyd's billing

    20-Dec-1994

    SOLICITOR Michael Freeman will have to justify his total billings of more than u800,000 for work done for a Lloyd's Names group following a Taxing Master's order last week.The order was granted after the Oakley Vaughan Names Association issued an originating summons for taxation of the bills in May. Freeman had opposed the application.The summons called for the return of the money transferred, allegedly without proper billing. That summons was withdrawn ...

  • Fundholding 'seriously flawed'

    20-Dec-1994

    The Social Market Foundation's "fundholders for justice" scheme for legal aid, currently being considered by the Government, is based on out-of-date statistics and contains "seriously flawed" analysis, says the Law Society.In a damning report, the society says the money-saving proposal would turn legal aid into "a lottery"."Cash-limiting legal aid might be attractive to the Treasury, but it would be bad for the public the legal aid system exists to serve," ...

  • Ghost in the machine proves hard to handle

    20-Dec-1994

    Gillian Bull says it is impossible to assign ownership to every type of data

  • In brief: Beith to enlarge on Lib Dem policy

    20-Dec-1994

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman Alan Beith will address the annual dinner of the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association at the National Liberal Club on 23 January. Beith, who was recently appointed to the post, will speak on current issues in the home affairs policy.

  • In brief: Lawyers aim to raise cash for homeless

    20-Dec-1994

    The Young Solicitors' Group is hoping to raise u25,000 in a charity quiz night in support of Shelter. The event, held during Shelter Week from 20 to 24 February, is the first charity programme organised by the 40,000-member group. YSG national committee member and Rawlins Davy partner, Paul Verlander, says the group aims to run quiz nights in at least 25 venues and the money raised by the group will be used to employ a second solicitor to specialise in housing law in the charity's ...

  • In brief: Liverpool wins equality award

    20-Dec-1994

    A joint scheme organised between the Liverpool Law Society and voluntary organisation Access to Law has won the Law Society's first Equal Opportunities Award. The award, which was co-sponsored by The Times, was set up this year to promote good equal opportunities in firms, local law societies and other organisations which employ solicitors. The winning scheme encourages young people from ethnic minorities to take up work in solicitors firms in Liverpool.

  • In brief: Morgan gets ITV lawyer 'Oscar'

    20-Dec-1994

    Leon Morgan, senior partner at London-based Davenport Lyons, has been named "Lawyer of the Year" by judges at this year's Independent Television Association annual legal and business affairs party. Morgan was presented with the award - an ITV "Oscar" - last Wednesday night.

  • In brief: New PSA chair to fight for patent reform

    20-Dec-1994

    Fighting London's corner as a centre of intellectual property law excellence is the priority of the newly-elected chair of the Patent Solicitors' Association. Taylor Joynson Garrett partner Richard Price will be working for reform of procedure in the Patents Court to help it compete with increasing competition from specialist courts in Germany, the Netherlands and France. Also elected to the committee of the PSA were Nicholas Macfarlane (Lovell White Durrant) as secretary, ...

  • In brief: SCL makes computing award

    20-Dec-1994

    Link, the electronic legal information service from Legalease, won the Society for Computers & Law 1994 IT Award last week. The two other finalists were the Open Law Document Listing software from Oxford Law and Computing and Stafford University Law School's training programs on evidence and advocacy. The judges were impressed by the quality and level of the 30 entrants, says former SCL chair James Mackintosh, who was one of the four on the judging panel. The award was presented ...

  • In brief: Tods Murray moves under one roof

    20-Dec-1994

    Scottish law firm Tods Murray WS is expanding by moving to adjacent offices in Edinburgh's Queen Street. The move now brings the firm's office space to almost 24,000 sq ft, comprising four interconnecting buildings. Charles Abram, chair of the firm's managing board, says the move will put the entire firm under one roof.

  • In brief: Woolf seminars come to London

    20-Dec-1994

    Civil Court reformer Lord Woolf has reached the London leg of his nationwide seminar programme. Four regional seminars which cover his proposals for the future of civil litigation were well attended. The final two seminars will be on 27 January (on access to justice for individual litigants) and 3 February (on commercial litigation). They will be held at the University of London's Senate House. Those interested in attending should contact Amanda Finch of the Woolf Inquiry team ...

  • In brief: Young solicitors discuss quality of life

    20-Dec-1994

    The London branch of the Trainee Solicitors' Group has met with Young Solicitors' Group chair Andy Unger to discuss quality of life in the legal profession. The meeting, held at Wilde Sapte's new Fleet Place offices earlier this month, included input on control over hours, more flexible approaches for fee-earners, use of technology, and team work. Particular concern was also voiced on what effect having children has on the careers of women lawyers.

  • Irish Bar will vote in secret on Whelehan's readmission

    20-Dec-1994

    HARRY Whelehan, the former Republic of Ireland Attorney General who resigned as Irish High Court president only a week after being appointed, has still not been readmitted to practise as a barrister despite the full backing of his profession.The Irish Bar Council, at Whelehan's request, called a special meeting to amend its code of conduct, which prohibits a retired judge from acting as a barrister in any court on which he or she sat, or any lower court.It ...

  • Is it time to season law with politics?

    20-Dec-1994

    Some will look askance as another import from North America takes root on our soil. But political lobbying or 'political advocacy' as its proponents this side of the Atlantic like to refer to it, may be a new practice development area.City firm Lovell White Durrant has just formally set up its service. Two years ago Clifford Chance established its public policy group.

  • IT BARRISTERS

    20-Dec-1994

    The recently-published 'Havers' Companion to the Bar' claims 74 barristers specialise in computer law. This compares with 266 who specialise in intellectual property law.Because cases are seldom clear cut, many of the IP barristers do computer law cases. But solicitors claim it is hard to find barristers who have a clear understanding of the technology involved.It is even more difficult to find a Queen's Counsel because the area is so ...

  • IT system fulfils Crutes' business wish-list

    20-Dec-1994

    A powerful new networking system has allowed the northern firm to avoid taking on more specialists, writes John ParkIN 1989, the north east firm Crutes recognised that its business aims were only realistically achievable by one of two routes.At that time, the firm employed partners and fee-earners in different offices skilled in each of the areas in which the company worked - civil litigation, company and commercial work, conveyancing, ...

  • Joint call for West Bank links

    20-Dec-1994

    THE LAW Society and the Bar Council should establish both formal and informal links with the legal profession in the West Bank, Jericho and the Gaza Strip, a new report says.Prepared by human rights lawyers, barrister Bill Bowring and solicitor Geoffrey Bindman, the report documents the pair's visit to the area in July.They say building links with the region would promote the rule of law and the enforcement of human rights.The report says the ...

  • Judges rule on client accusations

    20-Dec-1994

    Nick HilborneWHEN a defence barrister accused of acting improperly by his client seeks leave to withdraw from a criminal trial, the judge is not obliged to investigate the truth of the allegations, the Court of Appeal has held.James Chadwin QC represented William Hunter, on trial for murder at Sheffield Crown Court. Evidence disclosed by the prosecution revealed that Hunter complained bitterly about the QC's conduct of the case, and accused ...

  • Klevan takes over brief in West case

    20-Dec-1994

    MANCHESTER-based barrister Rodney Klevan QC has been instructed by alleged serial killer Fred West.Klevan, who defended former Liverpool Council deputy leader Derek Hatton, is a recorder of the Crown Court and leader of the Northern Circuit. He has been head of chambers at Manchester's 18 St John Street since 1990. A bencher of Gray's Inn, Klevan was called to the Bar in 1966 and appointed as QC in 1984.West and his wife Rosemary are jointly accused ...

  • Law fails to crush cartels

    20-Dec-1994

    YOU MIGHT be forgiven for thinking that the decision of the House of Lords two weeks ago in the second Ready Mixed Concrete Case (In re Supply of Mixed Concrete (No. 2)) heralded a startling development in competition law.Your thinking might have been influenced by the speech of Lord Templeman, who described the fines imposed by the Restrictive Practices Court as "derisory". Your thinking would be wrong.In the last few weeks three important events have occurred ...

  • Law Soc backs army rights of audience

    20-Dec-1994

    IN-HOUSE army lawyer Lt Col Stephen Vowles has been successful in his bid for rights of audience.The Law Society has given the army officer a block exemption from the society's training programme and exam on the strength of his considerable court martial experience.Vowles, who last year prosecuted a murder case in Germany, is now hoping that other officers will be encouraged to put their names forward.As employed lawyers they will still be barred ...

  • Law Soc edges towards curbs on conveyancing representation

    20-Dec-1994

    THE LAW Society has moved a tentative step nearer to separate solicitor representation for borrower and lender in conveyancing matters.But council members, who took three hours to decide the issue last week, removed some of the proposal's teeth, agreeing to "unrestricted joint representation of borrower and lender may in some circumstances no longer be an option".THE LAW Society has moved a tentative step nearer to separate solicitor representation for borrower ...

  • Law Soc members vote to halve president's salary offer

    20-Dec-1994

    LAW Society President Charles Elly will receive u45,750 remuneration as the first senior office-holder to be compensated for his contribution to the society.Elly originally stood to receive u90,000 - the salary of a High Court judge - to cover fees lost by his practice during his time as president. However, the figure was slashed by half last week after a postal ballot of members voted overwhelmingly against it.Vice president John Young and deputy vice president ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 20/12/94

    20-Dec-1994

    HOWARD LYN DAVIES, admitted 1984, practised as Howard L Davies & Co, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, struck off and ordered to pay u3,241 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and misused client funds for own purposes and failed to keep accounts properly. Tribunal told claims totalling u65,969 made against compensation fund as result of activities of Davies and costs of intervention in his practice were just short of u35,000. Davies told ...

  • Litigation Recent Desicions 20/12/94

    20-Dec-1994

    Appeal against tax costs. Tribunals Rules 1986/590 R.29 - Power to award costs. Commissioners of Customs & Excise v Valerian Raz and Portcullis (Vat Consultancy) Ltd (1994) (Macpherson J) 21/11/94Summary: Costs are only awarded at common law on an indemnity basis so that if a party has no liability for costs there is no jurisdiction to make an order in his favour.Appeal by Customs & Excise Commissioners against VAT tribunal decision awarding costs to the first ...

  • Litigation Writs 20/12/94

    20-Dec-1994

    A London health authority is being sued for alleged negligence by a woman who underwent an unsuccessful abortion. Denise Fitzsimmons, of Mitcham, Surrey, accuses Wandsworth Health Authority, of London SW17, of negligence following the abortion on 13 June 1990.Writ issued by Godfrey Davis & Baldwin, East Mitcham, Surrey. F813The former managing director of the North Humberside company of Stoneville International is suing his former employers for ...

  • Magistrates 'underfunded' says inspectorate report

    20-Dec-1994

    THE TRAINEE Solicitors' Group is supporting a proposal to hold admission ceremonies in regional centres as well as at Chancery Lane.The proposal - first raised by Law Society vice-president John Young - has recently been researched by the society. Its head of legal education Nick Saunders says a "prototype ceremony" will be held in the provinces next year.He says a venue has not been booked for the ceremony, but it is likely it will be held either in Yorkshire ...

  • Management service meets resistance

    20-Dec-1994

    FORMER head of legal Martyn McCarthy has set up his own consultancy followingthe outsourcing of the legal team at Blackhorse Financial Services.The aim is to offer quality and management advice to private practice firms as well as carrying out legal work for companies.But McCarthy says that there has been resistance from some private practitioners who may be concerned about conflicts of interest and client-poaching."My initial idea hasn't ...

  • Mother accused of infanticide

    20-Dec-1994

    The trial of Daphne Thorne, who is accused of murdering three of her toddler children, is scheduled to start at the Old Bailey on 11 January.

  • Much more to marketing

    20-Dec-1994

    Delia Venables' article on client databases (The Lawyer, 29 November) presents a very simplistic view of marketing and marketing systems.There is a lot more to marketing than simply selling more services to existing clients, however important that might be. It is not simply a question of sending out mail shots. Marketing is, amongst other things, about nurturing relationships.A good marketing system should be able to hold details of contacts ...

  • Pensioners fight against care withdrawal

    20-Dec-1994

    Roger Pearson looks aheadThe High Court is set for a major test case early next year which will have wide-ranging implications for hard up local authorities.Two Gloucester pensioners are fighting to show that county councils are not entitled to cut off home care services purely because the councils are short of money.They are challenging the right of Gloucester County Council to cut off their home care on the basis that the local authority can no ...

  • Port awaits judgment

    20-Dec-1994

    n A House of Lords judgment is now pending in the case in which conservationists are fighting on wildlife protection grounds to block moves to expand the Kent Port of Sheerness. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, in a case with widespread significance, is seeking to outlaw plans to reclaim part of the Lappel Bank in the Medway Estuary for development of the Port of Sheerness. The case could result in a reference to Europe on the interpretation of the European Birds ...

  • Robertson sleighs 'em as Santa

    20-Dec-1994

    HIGH-PROFILE QC Geoffrey Robertson added a white beard to his wig and delighted some of his younger fans by a virtuoso performance as Father Christmas at his chambers' annual children's party.Emerging from his grotto in the basement at Doughty Street Chambers the Santa listened to their Christmas Day requests. and was heard to say in response to one: "I know how much your father earns. You may get that."One star-struck insider who saw the events unfold ...

  • Safety fears grow for Guatemalan judges

    20-Dec-1994

    CONCERN is growing over the safety of three judges in Guatemala City who have been subjected to threats and other intimidation.Judge Maria Villasenor, Judge Hector Orellana and Judge Mario Jiminez, all of the third chamber of the Court of Appeal in the Guatemala City, have all recently reviewed appeals in controversial human rights cases, particularly the Hunapu case.This case implicates 30 members of the security forces in the murder of a university student ...

  • Sayer takes over from Griggs at Ince & Co

    20-Dec-1994

    NICHE shipping and insurance firm Ince & Co is to get a new senior partner.

  • Shake-up planned for industrial tribunals

    20-Dec-1994

    PLANS to streamline and speed up the UK's industrial tribunal system are likely to receive a cautious welcome by employment lawyers.In a Green Paper unveiled last week, the Government is proposing to clamp down on "hopeless cases", increase the role of legally-trained chairmen, and ensure that as many disputes as possible are settled voluntarily.If the Green Paper proposals, which were drafted by the Department of Employment, are accepted tribunals would ...

  • Tale of two countries

    20-Dec-1994

    I refer to the article in The Lawyer (15 November) regarding the refusal of the (English) Law Society to permit Scottish lawyers to use their firms' names when practising south of the border, despite the Law Society of Scotland permitting English firms to do just that when setting up branch offices in Scotland.I am a dually-qualified Scottish and English solicitor. A few years ago I established the first Scottish firm of solicitors practising simultaneously in ...

  • Texaco promotes lawyer on to board of directors

    20-Dec-1994

    TEXACO'S legal department chief David Codd has been appointed to the company's board of directors.Codd, who leads a team of six lawyers, was taken on as chief legal adviser four years ago.He also serves as company secretary.Codd qualified with City firm Lovell White Durrant but he has held previous in-house positions in the oil industry with Britoil and Burmah Oil Exploration.He was the senior legal adviser at Conco UK before ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Martin Polden

    20-Dec-1994

    I write with reference to the letter from Miss Castle "Training cap is needed" in your edition of 14 February.The powers of the Law Society under the Solicitors Act relate to qualifications to be obtained by individuals. They are about standards to be achieved, not numbers who achieve those standards. If we were to attempt to limit numbers of places available on courses we could be open to legal challenge.The "market" is not some alien ...

  • Tribunal system strains at seams

    20-Dec-1994

    BRITAIN'S tribunal system is so overloaded hearings are being held in church halls, portable buildings, pubs and in one case even a tin shack, the Council for Tribunals says."When you visit the tribunals, particularly the ones which sit irregularly, you see some peculiar sights," council chair Lord Archer of Sandwell QC told a press conference last week."Desks are so small people can't put their papers out properly, and rooms are so poorly designed ...

  • TSG backs regional admission ceremony

    20-Dec-1994

    THE TRAINEE Solicitors' Group is supporting a proposal to hold admission ceremonies in regional centres as well as at Chancery Lane.The proposal - first raised by Law Society vice-president John Young - has recently been researchedby the society. Its head of legal education Nick Saunders says a "prototype ceremony" will be held in the provinces next year.He says a venue has not been booked for the ceremony, but it is likely it will be held either ...

  • Vegas to see pro bono gamble

    20-Dec-1994

    LAWYERS in the US state of Nevada are awaiting the go-ahead from the state Supreme Court for a radical plan to establish the US's first mandatory pro bono scheme.If successful, the scheme is likely to be copied in other states. It would be a major influence on thinking about such schemes by the UK profession and the Labour Party.The US scheme is proposed by leaders of the State Bar of Nevada and would require its 4,000 lawyers to provide 20 hours free advice ...

  • When the judge shoots back

    20-Dec-1994

    Roger Pearson examines a case where critical reporting led to a judge explaining his decisions in a national newspaperMEDIA interest in a court case is an occupational hazard for the profession. But it has seldom resulted, as it did in the civil action decided recently at Nottingham Crown Court, in a High Court judge writing to a national daily newspaper to explain his actions.Mr Justice Rougier explained his actions after widespread media criticism ...

  • White & Case in recruitment drive

    20-Dec-1994

    THE LONDON office of US firm White & Case is gearing up to provide a full English law practice across its international financial sectors.UK lawyers of all levels from the big City firms who specialise in litigation, arbitration, international project finance and construction are likely to be in demand in the immediate future.While the six-partner London office currently ...