19 January 1998

The Lawyer

  • ...but forges ahead with block contract advice plans

    20-Jan-1998

    LEGAL aid solicitors have reacted with shock to Lord Irvine's announcement last week that he wants to replace the existing green form advice and assistance pilots with an exclusive contracting scheme by the end of 1999.No research has been published from the two pilots now operating for private firms and voluntary organisations, but Lord Irvine has given the Legal Aid Board (LAB) until the end of February to issue a consultation paper, with the final plan submitted ...

  • Action to clarify Marine Insurance Act

    20-Jan-1998

    The murky waters of the Marine Insurance Act may become plain sailing following a court decision, reports Roger Pearson.A judgment in a Court of Appeal action will throw new light on the meaning of important provisions in the 1906 Marine Insurance Act which have never before been the subject of court challenge.Insurance brokers Lowndes Lambert Group and Lowndes Lambert Marine are challenging a Commercial Court decision by Mr Justice Toulson on 24 July 1997 ...

  • Adapting to change

    20-Jan-1998

    John Cooper says lawyers are set to benefit in the year ahead as financial institutions revamp their regulatory structures in order to combat fraud. John Cooper is a barrister at 7 Stone Buildings.The lessons to be learnt from such notable crimes as those committed by Nick Leeson and those at BCCI lie in the surprising vulnerability of international banking regulations.In the UK we have not seen the last of the fraudulent misuse of our banking and financial institutions. ...

  • Appeal case placed on hold

    20-Jan-1998

    A man jailed for life at Leeds Crown Court on 15 December 1995 for the murder of his three-month-old son, must wait to hear whether the House of Lords will entertain his appeal on a legal technicality. Stephen Leslie Woollin failed in an appeal to the Court of Appeal on 23 July 1996. But, in dismissing his appeal, Lord Justice Roch, Mr Justice Collins and Judge Myerson certified a question of law raised by the case. Now Lords Browne-Wilkinson, Steyn and Hoffman have put an application ...

  • Arbitration court overhauls rules to eliminate delays

    20-Jan-1998

    The Paris-based International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has overhauled its rules for the first time in 20 years.Key aims of the changes are to reduce delays, to clear up uncertainties about arbitration procedures and to eliminate holes in the rules revealed by experience of the last two decades.Robert Briner, a partner at Swiss firm Lenz & Staehelin and chairman of the ICC court, said: 'As globalisation of markets ...

  • Banking business builds a busier Bar

    20-Jan-1998

    Negligent advice, housing repossessions and the legal complexities surrounding demutualisations are creating a growing workload for barristers in banking & finance.Barristers in banking and finance work are finding life busy, although most admit that competition with law firms for the work is greater than ever.'A lot of solicitors are trying to retain as much of this kind of work in-house as they can,' says Terence Mowschenson QC of One ...

  • Bassey case boosts new firm's profile

    20-Jan-1998

    A NEW three-partner commercial firm has won its first high-profile case the singer Shirley Bassey's successful defence of her assistant Hilary Levy's breach of contract and constructive dismissal action against her.Edgware based firm Stock Fraser Cukier was formed after Gerard Cukier left London firm Lipkin Gorman to join the two partner practice Stock Fraser & Co, which has moved from Haringey.Bassey was represented by Gerard Cukier, whose other clients ...

  • Chadbourne & Parke makes pioneering move in Australia

    20-Jan-1998

    US FIRM Chadbourne & Parke has established a base in Australia by building an association with the niche natural resources practice Chambers & Co.Both sides describe the association as close and likely to get closer although it is not exclusive.Under the arrangement, Chadbourne & Parke has sent project finance counsel Lynne Gedanken from its Washington office to the ...

  • City firms get lion's share of 'mega deals'

    20-Jan-1998

    FIGURES showing a trend for larger and fewer buy outs could mean that only a handful of law firms are likely to be able to stay in the top end of the increasingly polarised market.Only a few larger City firms such as Ashurst Morris Crisp, Clifford Chance,

  • Combar confronts new climate

    20-Jan-1998

    The Commercial Bar Association is gearing up for a new legal climate. Ravinder Chahal reports on its efforts. Ravinder Chahal is a freelance journalist.The Commercial Bar Association (Combar) was formed in 1989 in order to represent the interests of barristers who practice in the fields of international and commercial law.Judging by the many specialisms of its 890 barrister members, which range from the traditional areas of banking, corporate, ...

  • Compensation 'clear as mud'

    20-Jan-1998

    Having this week settled probably my 50th commercial agency law case on the eve of a trial, and having spent four hours yesterday trying to advise on levels of compensation in another matter, I sympathise with Stephen Sidkin of Fox Williams (The Lawyer, 6 January).The issue of how much compensation an agent can claim under the Commercial Agents (Council Regulations) 1993 ...

  • Counting on the best

    20-Jan-1998

    Banking and finance litigation continues to be a lucrative area for lawyers on both sides of the profession, and with the financial institutions having huge sums at stake, it is no surprise that when litigation arises, they want to instruct the best that money can buy.Inevitably there is an area of overlap with the Commercial Bar. The leading sets in commercial law are also often cited as being strong in financial services and insolvency.Again, ...

  • CPS points of reference

    20-Jan-1998

    With reference to Neil Addison's piece about the re-organisation of the CPS (The Lawyer, 6 January):The recruitment exercise for the 18 chief crown prosecutor posts, evaluated as within the senior civil service, was directed not by senior CPS management, but by the Civil Service Commission in accordance with the rules for fair and open competition for civil service posts. A civil service commissioner chaired both the sift and selection ...

  • Departures unconnected to planned profit centre merger, says Eversheds

    20-Jan-1998

    EVERSHEDS corporate star Paul Scrivener is resigning from its Leeds office but the firm has denied that the move, along with the departure of three other partners from the office in recent months, is connected with its proposals to merge its profit centres in the spring.Some form of national profit centre merger has been planned ever since the firm adopted the national name of Eversheds ...

  • Dibbs unveils immigration service

    20-Jan-1998

    Dibb Lupton Alsop is setting up a dedicated service designed to help its clients move their staff across international borders.The firm has recruited Ann Symonds, a non-lawyer specialist in the field who once headed the business immigration department at Field Fisher Waterhouse, and later led the executive immigration services team at accountancy firm Arthur Anderson.

  • Drunken behaviour sinks rape-case solicitor

    20-Jan-1998

    Angus Diggle, the lawyer who was convicted of the attempted rape of a colleague after a Highland ball, has been struck off the Solicitor's Roll.Diggle was given a three-year prison sentence in January 1995. It was later reduced to two years, of which he served two months. He was also suspended from the profession for a year.The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) said there is no record of his re-application for a practising certificate and last ...

  • Freshfields defends role in Lloyd's-Equitas deal

    20-Jan-1998

    Freshfields has denied any potential conflict of interest in its unusual role advising both the Lloyd's Corporation and Equitas in negotiations for Equitas to take on the £570m reinsurance liability of Lioncover.Lioncover was set up in 1987 to take on millions of pounds in liabilities from the Peter Cameron Webb (PCW) syndicates which were fraudulently mismanaged in the 1980s. Equitas, the company set up a year ago to reinsure and ring fence the liabilities up ...

  • Gear up for incorporation, barrister warns

    20-Jan-1998

    The legal profession must prepare itself for a major adjustment when the European Convention on Human Rights is incorporated into English law, a leading barrister in the field has warned.Murray Hunt, of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, which was due to host a conference on the convention's incorporation over the weekend after The Lawyer went to press, said barristers and solicitors would have to adapt to changes in case law. But he said they would not ...

  • Government criticised over Tupe paper

    20-Jan-1998

    The Government's proposals for the amendment of the law on transfer of undertakings do not go far enough, according to John McMullen, head of employment law at Pinsent Curtis and a leading commentator on Tupe.Tupe (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations 1981) protects the rights of employees on the transfer or sale of the business in which they work. But employees currently do not have those rights when the shares of the company are transferred ...

  • In brief: Biggart Baillie hires Miller Hendry partner

    20-Jan-1998

    Scottish firm Biggart Baillie has appointed Alan Strain as a litigation partner. Strain has joined from Miller Hendry, where he was a partner and head of litigation in its Dundee office. His appointment is part of Biggart Baillie's development of a specialist construction law unit.

  • In brief: Chancery lane lobbies Govt over tax policy

    20-Jan-1998

    The Law Society is launching a lobbying campaign against the Government's recent proposals to change the taxation of professional businesses. It has invited representatives from all major firms throughout England and Wales to attend a meeting at its Chancery Lane headquarters on 22 January at 3pm.

  • In brief: Channel 4 chairman stays at Macfarlanes

    20-Jan-1998

    Vanni Treves, recently appointed as chairman of Channel 4, will continue as senior partner at Macfarlanes, where he is midway through his fourth three-year term. He concedes that his recent appointment was a surprise to some but said his wide experience of business and regulatory matters was crucial to his selection.

  • In brief: Dibbs poached recruits rises to 12

    20-Jan-1998

    Dibb Lupton Alsop is to take two more lawyers from Birmingham rival Edge & Ellison, bringing the number who have moved across to Dibbs in the past year to a dozen. They are banking associate Brian Woodcock, who joins Dibbs as partner and regional head of banking replacing Tim Travers who left for Wragge & Co last October and M&A assistant Noel Haywood.

  • In brief: Eversheds' financial services unit grows

    20-Jan-1998

    Eversheds expanded its financial services unit to a five-partner department at the start of January with the appointment of Rowe & Maw partner Michael Wainwright and Wilde Sapte partner Nicholas Walmsley.

  • In brief: Justice in favour of Data Protection Bill

    20-Jan-1998

    The campaign group Justice has welcomed the Data Protection Bill, published on 15 January, as improving the rights to privacy of individuals. But senior legal officer Madeleine Colvin warned that the Bill failed to tackle dangers arising from new technology such as closed circuit television systems, and failed to give the Data Protection Registrar effective powers to control the holding and exchange of information on large databases by public bodies such as the police.

  • In brief: Lawline offers advice to estate agents

    20-Jan-1998

    A helpline aimed at estate agents in England and Wales will be launched this month by Warwickshire firm Blythe Liggins. The Lawline service is to be made available to members of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA). Paul Waterworth, a partner at Blythe Liggins, says the service will provide preliminary advice on a wide range of matters, from company law to conveyancing and commercial property. He is pictured (right) with Hugh Dunsmore-Hardy (left) of the NAEA.

  • In brief: Morgan & Banks forms new division

    20-Jan-1998

    International recruitment consultancy Morgan & Banks has announced the formation of a new legal recruitment division. Gary Mackney, previously at Wellman Smith, has been appointed as head of the division.

  • In brief: Slaughter and May to resign from Liberty

    20-Jan-1998

    Slaughter and May has agreed to resign as solicitor to Liberty, the West End department store. This follows the conclusion of a boardroom battle last week when all the existing executive directors resigned. The resignation of Slaughters will take effect at the end of a transitional period, during which the new management will consider the appointment of new advisers. Sinclair Roche & Temperley ...

  • In brief: TSG attacks Law Society over council seat

    20-Jan-1998

    The Trainee Solicitors Group (TSG) has attacked the Law Society's council membership committee for refusing to recommend the allocation of one of the non-constituency seats on the Law Society Council to the group. Dr Nick Armstrong, the chair of the TSG, said the group represented the largest proportion of Law Society members not yet represented on the council.

  • Juniors with clout

    20-Jan-1998

    Although juniors face intense competition from silks, there are a number whose expertise makes them the first port of call for those seeking specialist knowledgeIs the junior Bar becoming an endangered species? Although a number of leading solicitors decried the growth of the cult of the individual at the expense of the Bar generally, the tradition of using silks and the market forces that will pay them four-figure daily refreshers is likely to continue.For juniors ...

  • LAB faces litigation over block contracting

    20-Jan-1998

    A PROMINENT member of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) has predicted an onslaught of litigation between practices and the Legal Aid Board (LAB), once block contracting comes into place.Gordon Wignall, of London chambers 1 Dr Johnson's Buildings, warned an LAPG seminar last week which was held jointly with his chambers that firms bidding for block contracts may follow the lead of practices involved in multi-party actions in seeking redress for 'lost business' ...

  • LCD puts brake on reforms

    20-Jan-1998

    THE LORD Chancellor, Lord Irvine, is poised to make a public admission that he will not meet the tough self-imposed 1 April deadline for the implementation of his controversial legal aid reforms.The Lawyer understands that he or his deputy, Geoff Hoon is preparing to concede that only the plan to replace legal aid with conditional fees in personal injury cases will go ahead on time.Hoon, the parliamentary private secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department ...

  • Le Brasseurs swallows up North & Co

    20-Jan-1998

    NICHE London NHS casework firm Le Brasseurs J Tickle has widened its commercial business by absorbing its small neighbour North & Co.The merger creates a 57-fee earner practice with a main base in London and another office in Leeds.North & Co's seven fee earners have moved to Le Brasseurs' London office in Covent Garden. Jonathan North, Philip Garland and William Hedley-Miller have joined the commercial department as partners, North as head of corporate ...

  • Legal aid review poses threat to justice

    20-Jan-1998

    Terry Lee questions the serious implications of Lord Irvine's vision of a 'brave new world' for civil justice and the legal aid system, and deplores the effect it is likely to have on litigation. Terry Lee is a partner at Evill and Coleman.The legal profession has responded with enormous concern to the Lord Chancellor's plans relating to civil justice and the review of legal aid.The effects upon victims will be incalculable, as will ...

  • Lessons from Westminster

    20-Jan-1998

    Leonie Cowen looks at how lawyers can avoid becoming caught up in another Westminster 'homes for votes'-style scandal. Leonie Cowen is a solicitor and local government consultant.Just before Christmas, three Divisional Court judges handed down judgment in the infamous Westminster City Council 'homes for votes' case.They confirmed the district auditor's finding of 'wilful misconduct' against former council leader Dame Shirley ...

  • Link-up with Singapore firm boosts Sinclair Roche in Asia>

    20-Jan-1998

    In a move aimed at boosting its Asian practice, Sinclair Roche & Temperley has linked up with Singapore firm Colin Ng & Partners.The firm's first international alliance will operate alongside Sinclair Roche's existing Singapore office, which has 10 English-qualified lawyers. It will also give the firm access to Singapore law capability. Under current Singapore professional rules, foreign firms cannot advise on Singapore law.Managing partner Jeff Morgan ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 20/1/98

    20-Jan-1998

    Sidney Michael Eden, 61, former solicitor of Bidborough, Kent, ordered to be restored to the Roll and to pay £357.85 costs. He was struck off in 1972 for, inter alia, failing to keep properly written up books and accounts, failing to attend to the affairs of a client and failing to honour a professional undertaking. Tribunal noted that striking off order was made some 25 years ago and observed that at the time of the offence he had suffered serious ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 20/1/98

    20-Jan-1998

    Scargill v Newell & ors CA 5 December 1997Appeal contentions: First and second defendants' appeal from order of Mr Justice Smith, QBD, 3 March 1997, giving judgment for plaintiff against the defendant with damages to be assessed. Plaintiff's claim against third defendant in contribution proceedings against the first and second defendant with damages to be assessed, First and second defendants contribution proceedings against defendant third ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 20/1/98

    20-Jan-1998

    Pensions following railway privatisationSouth West Trains v (1) Paul Wightman (2) Julie Wightman (3) Railways Pension Trustee Co (4) Derek Scott (5) Keith Victor Walker (6) David Edward Allen (7) David John McCloud (8) Shaun Terence William Brady (9) Alan McKnespiey (10) David Butler (1997)Court: ChD (Neuberger J) 18/12/9Summary: Collective agreement on pension rights between employees and employers following restructuring of working practices and remuneration ...

  • Litigation Writs 20/1/98

    20-Jan-1998

    A charity trustee accused of spending £86,000 of a charity's money on a pension for his wife and of using £41,000 of other charity money to buy five cars now faces High Court action by the Charity Commission. Graham Pattison, of Consett, Durham, and fellow trustee Ronald Morrissey, of Sherburn Village, Durham, are being sued along with the Master and Brethren of Christ's Hospital, Sherburn. The charity commissioners ...

  • Making sure that justice is served

    20-Jan-1998

    Serving subpoenas can be a dicey business, but as well as courage the ideal process server must also possess a good measure of nous and sensitivity, says Linda Tsang. Linda Tsang is a freelance journalist.The image of the process server risking life and limb to serve papers on debtors or violent spouses may be a stereotype. It is also, fortunately, a rare occurrence provided both the instructing solicitor and the server have done their jobs properly.As the circumstances ...

  • Mishcons could face life without Julius

    20-Jan-1998

    Anthony Julius may take a back seat at Mishcon de Reya in order to take up a planned professorship at University College London (UCL).The proposed seat at the Faculty of Law would involve him working up to two days a week at the university. This is likely to mean he would have to step out of the equity at Mishcons and take consultancy status, as it would leave him only three days a ...

  • Mishcons: should charity begin at home?

    20-Jan-1998

    In the week after Mishcon de Reya hit the headlines for the size of its fees, Robert Lindsay looks at the deeper problems that beset the firm.Mishcon de Reya was advertising for assistants last week with a bold half-page advert announcing it as: 'Not just any law firm.'The firm which famously advised Princess Diana is certainly unlike any other but whether it ...

  • Newcastle sets in merger rumours

    20-Jan-1998

    TWO chambers in Newcastle are understood to be contemplating a merger.But although the Newcastle Bar is awash with rumours that New Court and 67 Westgate Road are in talks the chambers are refusing to comment.The highly unusual move is believed to be fuelled by both sets' desire to grow stronger in the face of the Government's legal aid reform plans.New Court said it would not comment on the rumours. Westgate issued a statement saying the ...

  • Nursing the assault wounds

    20-Jan-1998

    Roger Pearson looks at the increasing number of litigation claims arising from cases of bullying and harassment of hospital staffLitigation involving nurses has traditionally centred on incidents such as back injuries suffered through the use of inappropriate lifting procedures. Now, though, the spectre of harassment has raised its head in the nursing field and it looks likely to become an active area of litigation.Theatre sister Andrea Sefton has just ...

  • Nurturing a quality IT team

    20-Jan-1998

    With the IT job market undergoing a period of exceptional buoyancy, Craig Coverman suggests ways of preventing your IT team leaving the fold.If you are a law firm IT director or manager, you face challenging times hanging on to your staff. Keeping quality staff starts with the salary and fringe benefits provided. Salaries have to be competitive to keep the person in the job. Staff have a habit of finding out if they are being underpaid. Benefits packages are also ...

  • Open minds on open market for SIF

    20-Jan-1998

    LET there be no mistake large commercial law firms are very angry about what has happened at the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). And they have good reason. The figures show that under SIF large firms (which tend to have good claims records) have consistently been subsidising smaller firms (which are more likely to have bad records). Now they face the prospect of having to bail out the profession by stumping up for much of the £450m shortfall in the fund.There is, ...

  • Opting for the open market

    20-Jan-1998

    As the Law Society announces its plans for a shake-up of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund, Wendy Gray argues the case for getting rid of a mutual fund altogether. Wendy Gray is a sole practitioner. She is challenging the Law Society for the right to seek private indemnity insurance.In late 1996 the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) disclosed to the profession that the fund had an accumulated deficit of approximately £454m. The profession has begun to feel the financial ...

  • Partner wins unfair dismissal claim against Finchley firm

    20-Jan-1998

    A salaried partner at a North Finchley firm who was sacked after demanding £2,800 in commission has won his claim for unfair dismissal at North London Industrial Tribunal.John Getling, a salaried partner for three and a half years at general commercial practice Peter Brown & Co, told the tribunal, held last November, that after several months trying to obtain his commission, he had finally written a memo to Brown demanding payment.He said: 'Within ...

  • Poaching war continues as set takes on top two

    20-Jan-1998

    James Hunt QC's chambers, 36 Bedford Row, is continuing its expansion by pulling aboard a family silk and a high profile criminal specialist.Family specialist Heather Swindells QC joins from Ropewalk Chambers in Nottingham while criminal lawyer Anesta Weekes joins from Cloisters.Swindells is chair of the East Midlands Business and Property Bar Association and the region's Family Law Association. She is the second barrister to have been enticed ...

  • Price Waterhouse secures links with Belgian firm

    20-Jan-1998

    Price Waterhouse has become the first Big Six accountancy firm to forge links with a Belgian law firm since Arthur Andersen's failed attempt to secure a legal foothold in the country at the start of the decade.Bogaert & Vandemeulebroeke, a 10-lawyer practice, has joined the accountancy giant's European law firm network. The firm's two partners Geert Bogaert and Marc Vandemeulebroeke split off from local firm De Backer & Associes at the end of last year after ...

  • Property

    20-Jan-1998

    Wragge & Co advised the Police Mutual Assurance Society on the sale of its entire £40m investment property portfolio, comprising 22 factories, shops and offices over the past two years.

  • Selman Ansari on how councils can legally change their minds. Selman Ansari is pupil barrister at 2 Mitre Court Buildings.

    20-Jan-1998

    The Court of Appeal has recently considered the hows and whys of a council applying to have one of its own decisions overturned.In R v Bassetlaw District Council ex parte Oxby, the leader of Bassetlaw District Council, Graham Oxby, sought to have a decision of his council quashed. The decisions concerned two planning permissions, the granting of which had become tainted by allegations of bias and possibly fraud.The scenario is not entirely ...

  • Set mourns Ungoed-Thomas

    20-Jan-1998

    Chris Fogarty reportsBarristers at 7 Stone Buildings have paid tribute to their 'quiet, strong and generous' colleague Fergus Ungoed-Thomas, who was killed in a fall during a walking expedition in Snowdonia.Ungoed-Thomas, 54, had been walking in the Crib Goch range with 24 other members of the Midlands Association of Mountaineers when he fell 300ft on 9 January.He joined the chancery set, headed by Charles Aldous ...

  • Swedish firm is forced to scrap KPMG agreement

    20-Jan-1998

    Wahlin Adokatbyra, the Swedish associate law firm of accountants KPMG, has been forced by the Swedish Bar Association to tear up its co-operation agreements with the accountancy giant.The firm was given until the end of last year to withdraw the agreements or face sanctions. Last minute pleas for the Bar to reverse its decision failed.Partner Tryggve Wahlin said: 'We protested but we couldn't convince the board [of the Bar].'He added ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Jan Middleton

    20-Jan-1998

    Jan Middleton was born in Warwickshire in 1957. She is a corporate solicitor for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and co-chairs the London Boroughs Corporate and Contracts Lawyers Group.What was your first job?Sainsbury's Saturday girl, aged 16.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?The articled clerk minimum after travel expenses, for working an average 50-hour week, it left me about £1.50 ...

  • The year in preview

    20-Jan-1998

    Simon Randall takes a look at what is in store for councils and their legal advisers in 1998 and beyond. Simon Randall is head of Lawrence Graham's local government services department.This year promises to bring some fundamental changes to local councils, their activities and their scope to act. These changes will to be on a scale not seen for many years.The principal ...

  • Tobacco case costs ruling could thwart legal aid plans

    20-Jan-1998

    THE COURT of Appeal could derail the government's legal aid reform plans next week if it rules that the firms handling a multi-party action against two tobacco companies are liable for their opponents' costs if they lose.The crunch ruling, due on 26 January, is over the tobacco companies' claim that Irwin Mitchell and Leigh Day & Co's conditional fee funding arrangements ...

  • Tripartite tie-up will form new top 10 national firm

    20-Jan-1998

    BEACHCROFT Stanleys is in talks with Wansbrough Willey Hargrave and Vaudreys to create the a new national firm 'centred in London', The Lawyer can reveal.If the tripartite merger does go ahead it would create a top 10 UK firm by size with more than 400 lawyers.Last week, The Lawyer reported that Wansbroughs was poised to take over Vaudreys.Since then London-based Beachcrofts' participation in the talks has emerged.The three ...

  • US firm boosts ranks with DJ Freeman partner

    20-Jan-1998

    The London office of US firm Sonnenschein has taken a partner from DJ Freeman to help develop its growing corporate practice.With the appointment of Antoinette Jucker, Sonnenschein now has five partners in London and more than 450 lawyers worldwide.Jucker spent 11 years with DJ Freeman where she dealt mainly with property, construction and media matters.She is also chair of the legal committee of Cisco, the ginger group in the City for smaller quoted ...

  • US firm re-recruits partners to beef up private client practice

    20-Jan-1998

    US FIRM Bryan Cave's London office has hired two partners from US firm Brown & Wood to expand its private client base.Bryan Cave re-recruited Richard Cassell and Dyke Davies who have already worked for the firm once before this month as partners to join what partner, Joe Field, claims is the 'largest US-based private client specialist in London'.Both Davies and Cassell left Bryan Cave for Brown & Wood, which practices both English and US law, ...

  • White & Case to shut Tashkent arm

    20-Jan-1998

    US firm White & Case is closing its two-year-old Tashkent office at the end of February.The seven members of staff have been given notice and are being assisted in finding new jobs.A source at the firm said that although having an office in Uzbekistan was convenient it was not necessary as a high proportion of Uzbek work was done out of other offices notably Almaty, London, ...

  • Working group divided on solution to SIF crisis

    20-Jan-1998

    TWO members of the working group set up by the Law Society to solve the crisis at the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) have attacked the group's proposal to stick with a compulsory mutual fund.Instead, in their own minority report, Edward Coulson, a partner at Hammond Suddards, and George Ritchie, of Freshfields, have called on Chancery Lane to explore more fully the possibility of allowing law firms to seek insurance on the open market.The