19 June 1995

The Lawyer

  • A profession divided?

    20-Jun-1995

    The Bar Council AGM, in the panelled Great Hall at Lincoln’s Inn, amply demonstrated two distinct groups co-existing at the Bar.Each group held such entirely contrary views of the world that they could only call to each other distantly across the void. One represented the middle ground. This included many of the regional and employed Bar and those in London ranking below the profession’s top echelon who are feeling the effects of competition from solicitor advocates. These ...

  • A very different type of clerk

    20-Jun-1995

    Chambers have finally succumbed to the business ethic, finds Richard BudworthGone are the days when the senior clerk of a chambers would disappear for a long, working lunch and not return to the diary until after four. Such a practice would not be seen as business-like these days.John Bowker, chair of the Institute of Barristers' Clerks, puts any changes in clerking practices down to the "massive increase in barristers" coupled ...

  • A&O goes on record to staff

    20-Jun-1995

    CITY firm Allen & Overy, described in the press as the most profitable firm in the UK, has gone on the record about the true state of its finances.In a frank article in the firm's in-house newsletter, senior partner Bill Tudor John describes how the firm has fared since the last quarter of 1993/94 which "saw us quieter in business terms than we had seen for some time".

  • Ackner narrowly loses fees revolt

    20-Jun-1995

    THE LORD Chancellor is likely to receive two separate reports giving contrary advice on the rights of audience for employed solicitors, both from the same organisation.The 17-member Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) has informed the Law Society that, by a "small majority" of nine to eight, it opposes the application and will inform Lord Mackay this week.But the Law Society understands the minority group will also ...

  • Action urged on planning delays

    20-Jun-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsBARRISTERS and solicitors appearing in planning inquiries face strict new guidelines to prevent 'time- wasting' during cross-examination.Inspectors could be urged to intervene during lengthy exchanges or to impose time limits on opening statements.The measures are among recommendations made by a firm of independent consultants following a survey of customer attitudes to the planning appeal procedure.Among its ...

  • Bar motions carried

    20-Jun-1995

    That the Bar Council should make representations to the Home Secretary to withdraw changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in his forthcoming Bill. Proposed by Robert Latham, seconded by James Goudie QC, chair of the Bar Council Law Reform committee.That treasurer Michael Blair will examine concerns over lack of democracy in the Bar Council system, particularly over obligation to put into effect resolutions passed at the AGM. Blair's amendment ...

  • Barnes urges curbs on fees

    20-Jun-1995

    LEGAL SERVICES Ombudsman Michael Barnes has called for the introduction of a new solicitors' fee at cost or below to curb soaring legal bills for private clients.He wants the rate to takeeffect after an action has overrun a time threshold which would be agreed at the opening of the action.The measure would cut the number of cases in which the client had run up legal bills which exceeded the amount they were trying to recover from the plaintiff.

  • Basic instincts

    20-Jun-1995

    The basics of debt litigation are often forgotten in the misguided pursuit of speed and cost cutting. Despite the obvious need for speed, litigators must not lose sight of the need to advise on the client's overall transacting process, how the process can be improved and how the client can take steps to help themself.From the litigator's point of view, the ideal scenario for speedy collection of a debt must be based upon: an identifiable or traceable debtor; relevant ...

  • Bradford to challenge DoE

    20-Jun-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsLAWYERS at Bradford City Council are preparing to challenge a government ban which prevents one of its direct labour organisations (DLOs) carrying out municipal services contracts.Leaders of the West Yorkshire authority are poised to consult counsel on the best way to overturn the decision announced by the Department of Environment two weeks ago.Minister for the Environment Robert Jones issued a direction preventing the council's ...

  • Cash on delivery

    20-Jun-1995

    In December 1993, a survey carried out by Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave revealed that small to medium-sized companies viewed late payment of debts as less of a problem than in the late 1980s. Respondents cited two reasons for the improvement: their own tighter debt recovery procedures and their use of a professional debt recovery service.However, further questioning revealed the true extent of this "minor" problem; 38 per cent were still having to wait up to eight weeks for ...

  • CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS

    20-Jun-1995

    BAR Council chair Peter Goldsmith QC outlined a dual role for the Bar of asserting itself in the debate over changes to the justice system while adapting to the threat of professional competition.Speaking at the Bar's AGM about proposed changes to the system, he singled out the Lord Chancellor's legal aid Green Paper and Lord Woolf's package on civil justice reform as needing "the most important areas of debate outside our own agenda"."We are deeply ...

  • Climb into the driving seat

    20-Jun-1995

    As with many areas of law practice, it is critical for the right person to be dealing with the right job. While this firm's asset recovery and consumer credit department is computerised in relation to its straightforward debt actions, certain aspects of the debt recovery process simply do not require qualified lawyers to be involved which obviously impacts on maintaining a cost effective service for clients.This firm's clients are primarily finance houses, leasing ...

  • College offers one-stop training shop

    20-Jun-1995

    A NEW combined professional development unit designed to provide a one-stop training shop for lawyers in the UK has been launched by the College of Law.The unit links the college's Professional Skills Course and its Continuous Professional Development programme with video training service Legal Network Television (LNTV).Based at the college's Bream's Buildings premises, the unit provides video, public and in-house training courses.The ...

  • Conference awards Mandela honorary IBA membership

    20-Jun-1995

    THE INTERNATIONAL Bar Association has amended its constitution to appoint its first honorary member - South African president Nelson Mandela.The change to the constitution, proposed by Slaughter and May's Francis Neate - chair of the IBA's Section on Business Law (SBL) - was introduced following a vote at the council's recent annual general meeting in Edinburgh.

  • Contrary reports due from Aclec

    20-Jun-1995

    THE LORD Chancellor's conditional fee proposals were cleared by the House of Lords last week despite a massive wave of protest which split the vote virtually down the middle.Only 105 Lords agreed the plans in their unamended form as 100 backed a radical amendment tabled by Lord Ackner.Ackner wants the uplift charged on fees cut from the 100 per cent proposed to just 20. Alternatively, he suggests a limit on the proportion of damages a lawyer can take for ...

  • Council 'leaves door open' for hunt bans

    20-Jun-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsSOMERSET County Council claims it has paved the way for successful bans on hunting - despite losing its bid to prevent the Quantock Staghounds riding across its land.Leader Chris Clarke made the claim after the council finally gave up plans to take its battle with the Quantock to the House of Lords.Somerset had been willing to pursue the case to the highest court in the land if other anti-hunting councils believed the move was worthwhile.

  • Dentons picks up Pakistan telecomms contract

    20-Jun-1995

    CITY firm Denton Hall has been signed by the Pakistani government to act in the planned sale of a US$1.5 billion share portfolio from the Pakistan Telephone Company.The sale, to an international telecomms group, is being handled by a consortium whichincludes Denton Hall, accountancy firm Coopers & Lybrand and merchant bank Morgan Grenfell.The Denton Hall team, led by media and technology group partner Nick Higham and Andrew Daws, a partner in the ...

  • Ethics threatened by hard-up profession

    20-Jun-1995

    POVERTY is the greatest threat to ethics facing the legal profession, with lawyers being tempted to take on dubious cases in an effort to compete with the "billable hour syndrome", the Law Society's secretary general says.Speaking at the International Bar Association's eighth biennial conference of the Section on General Practice, Law Society secretary general John Hayes said there was a "pressure and potential conflict" between getting the maximum financial return ...

  • European judge speaks at TSG event

    20-Jun-1995

    JUDGE David Edward of the European Court of Justice has been signed to speak at this year's Trainee Solicitors' Group Project Europe day.To be held at the Law Society on 8 July, the event will include discussion on media and competition law, advice for taking cases to Luxembourg and information on developments in EU intellectual property law.Jill Gelineau, a partner in US firm Schwabe Williamson Wyatt, will compare US and European environmental law ...

  • Ev'ry time we say goodbye

    20-Jun-1995

    Once you are labelled as an unproductive partner, it is only a question of time before you depart. Many firms have 30 April as their year end, and the decision to part company, if not the actuality of departure, tends to be made at that time, if only for the sake of tidiness.In those firms which operate on a 'revolving door' basis, to be asked to leave can come as no great shock. But it is still a serious blow to the ego to be labelled as a partner who has not ...

  • Expanding the customer base

    20-Jun-1995

    Solicitors frequently fail to exploit their most valuable asset - clients. The fact that it costs between five and ten times as much to obtain a client than to retain one should be sufficient incentive for a long hard look at the client base to establish precisely what potential exists for expanded high quality business.Asking 'What legal and associated services do our clients use that they do not obtain from us but which we could profitably supply?', not only ...

  • Financing

    20-Jun-1995

    Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for bankers Trust Company and a syndicate of banks in the provision of £60m of loan facilities to Independent Newspapers and nominated subsidiaries.

  • Flotations

    20-Jun-1995

    Norwich firm Mills & Reeve advised USM company Sentry Farming Group on its admission to the Official List by an introduction of the whole of its issued ordinary share capital.

  • From first hand experience

    20-Jun-1995

    Prominent lawyer Stephen Jakobi is no stranger to litigation. As a one time member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and the Law Society's Litigation Committee he knows the pitfalls of heading to the courts better than most.Today, however, he has added reason to advise against any courtroom confrontation. He has just been involved in an eleventh hour settlement of major libel litigation in which he was the plaintiff.It resulted from ...

  • Gibraltar firm to set up NY office

    20-Jun-1995

    GIBRALTAR firm Marrache & Co has announced plans to establish a presence in New York, only weeks after opening a London office under the direction of former Richards Butler lawyers.Managing partner Benjamin Marrache confirms the practice, which incorporates both barristers and solicitors under Gibraltan fused profession rules, is talking to a "top five" commercial firm in New York.One of the largest law firms in the colony, Marraches opened an office in Knightsbridge ...

  • Gloucester fishing row set for High Court

    20-Jun-1995

    Roger Pearson looks at a court challenge to allow the continuation of Gloucester elver fishing rightsFive elver fishermen are heading for the High Court to challenge what they claim is an attempt to strip them of centuries old rights to fish the River Severn.They are also suing a well- known Gloucester farmer and six hospital trustees for damages over what they claim has happened.The men say they have been using rights granted since "time immemorial" ...

  • Goldsmith rejects calls from 'fusionists and defeatists'

    20-Jun-1995

    THE CHANCES of radical rule changes to allow barristers to compete equally with solicitors evaporated at the Bar Council annual general meeting (AGM) last weekend, despite vocal support for change.Newcastle-based council member Neil Addison and Rachel Brand, a criminal barrister of Coleridge chambers in Birmingham, braved accusations of being "fusionists" by proposing partnerships between barristers and with solicitors, full direct access for the public, and employment by ...

  • Hackney chief sues Private Eye

    20-Jun-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsSENIOR Hackney Council executive Sam Yeboah is suing satirical magazine Private Eye for libel over stories which he claims implicated him in fraud and corruption.Yeboah, director of human resources at the east London authority, has issued a writ over two pieces which appeared in the magazine's local government section.Robin Lewis, partner at Bindman & Partners which is acting for Yeboah, confirmed that his ...

  • In brief: A&O tight-lipped on press link to Scott

    20-Jun-1995

    City firm Allen & Overy refused to confirm or deny last week that it has been hired by two cabinet ministers caught up in the arms to Iraq Scott inquiry, as reported in the national press. The practice was said to represent William Waldegrave, former Foreign Office Minister, and Lord Howe, ex-Foreign Secretary. Labour pressed ministers to reveal the full cost to the taxpayer of advice to ministers ...

  • In brief: Alsop Wilkinson in merger talks

    20-Jun-1995

    City-based Lawrence Graham is in merger talks with national firm Alsop Wilkinson. If successful, the merger would create a firm with over 400 fee earners and 129 partners placing it 12th in size in The Lawyer Top 100 listing. Alsop Wilkinson was most recently in merger talks with the now-defunct Turner Kenneth Brown and latterly Nabarro

  • In brief: Another writ for dissolved London firm

    20-Jun-1995

    Bolt Burdon has issued another writ against the partners of dissolved law firm Graham Peries & Co. Hemamali Graham and Indrani Peries, who have been hit by a series of writs in recent months from former clients claiming they are owed money and passports lodged with the firm in support of visa applications, are being sued by Sylvester and Marie Cecilia Charles who claim they are owed more than £47,000 in connection with the sale of a property in Hackney.

  • In brief: Bar Council reduces budget shortfall

    20-Jun-1995

    The Bar Council has slashed its operating deficit from £143,000 in 1993/94 to £18,500 for the last nine month period - the changeover period to a new financial year. Treasurer Michael Blair told the Bar AGM this was due to work by previous treasurer Martin Bowley QC and ex-chair Robert Seabrook QC. The deficit reduction was nearly 10 per cent below budget. However, income was also below budget by about £100,000, of which £60,000 was due to a fall in bank interest.

  • In brief: Birketts brings in environmental partner

    20-Jun-1995

    Ipswich firm Birketts has brought in former Cameron Markby Hewitt partner Andrew Bryce as a consultant in its environmental law division. Formerly the head of environmental services at Cameron Markby Hewitt, Bryce also runs his own specialist practice. He joins at the same time as Penningtons' planning specialist ...

  • In brief: Commission sets out reform programme

    20-Jun-1995

    An extension of its study of consent in the criminal law, a systematic review of the law on limitation periods and a re-examination of third parties' rights against insurers are among items on the Law Commission's sixth programme of law reform issued last week. The release of the programme, which sets out most of the work to be carried out by the commission until the end of 1998, coincides with the body's 30th birthday. It also includes plans to look at the effect of ...

  • In brief: Constitutional think tank kicks off

    20-Jun-1995

    A new cross-party think tank was launched last week to focus on proposed constitutional reform. The Constitution Unit is pooling the knowledge of lawyers, academics, civil servants and parliamentary experts to scrutinise any reforms and to make sure they are workable. Funded by the Nuffield Foundation and other trusts and based in the law department of University College London, the unit is to be headed by former Nuffield director Robert Hazell. Members of its advisory committee include ...

  • In brief: Kuwaiti govt immune from jurisdiction

    20-Jun-1995

    The article entitled 'Kuwaiti government denied immunity' on 6 June incorrectly stated that the government of Kuwait had been denied immunity in respect of an action by a former member of the Kuwaiti Air Force. The judgment was given in January 1994 following the plaintiff's ex parte application for leave to serve out of the jurisdiction. The government was not represented at the hearing. During a hearing in March 1995, at which both parties were represented by leading ...

  • International court wins full support

    20-Jun-1995

    A UNANIMOUS vote of the International Bar Association council has passed a proposal for the establishment of a cross-jurisdictional criminal court.Put to the council by IBA president J Ross Harper, the motion was passed after the introduction of an amendment to include environmental crimes.The plan will now be put to the UN, which has in the past supported the idea of an international criminal court."The UN has passed several motions throughout the ...

  • Irish 'whistle blowing' bill gets rewrite

    20-Jun-1995

    The Irish Republic has passed a revamped Finance Act after solicitors won their fight against being legally compelled to report tax evasion to the Revenue Commissioners.They had claimed that to do so would contravene the traditional lawyer/client relationship and undermine the citizen's constitutional right against self-incrimination.The proposal, covering auditors, accountants and tax advisers, as well as solicitors, had been put forward in a new Bill by ...

  • Kensington wins review

    20-Jun-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsTHE COURT of Appeal has cleared the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea of unreasonable behaviour towards a tenant seeking council accommodation.Three Lords ruled that the authority did not have an obligation to explain why it felt the woman's medical needs suited her to a seventh-floor flat.The woman was offered the flat, but turned it down because the lift was not working and she would have to climb flights of stairs ...

  • Law Society slams legal aid 'lottery'

    20-Jun-1995

    A CRITICAL response to the Government's legal aid proposals has been released by the Law Society which claims plans for rigid new controls would do little to make the system more cost-effective.The society says the Green Paper proposals have been designed to serve the interests of the Treasury and not the public with planned cash limits turning legal aid into a "lottery"."Despite the fact that legal aid expenditure is no longer rising at an unsustainable ...

  • Levy calls for children's champion

    20-Jun-1995

    BAR COUNCIL member Allan Levy QC has called on the UK to introduce a Children's Rights Commissioner to protect the interests of the nation's youth.Levy, who raised the issue at the eighth biennial meeting of the International Bar Association's Section on General Practice, said the idea had gained support among the UK legal profession in recent years.He said attempts had already been made to introduce such a role through the Children (Scotland) ...

  • Litigation Discliplinary Tribunals 20/06/95

    20-Jun-1995

    DEREK PETER WATMOUGH, 48, admitted 1971, practised as Watters & Watmough, St Helens, Merseyside, struck off and ordered to pay £4,583 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised without practising certificate, used client funds for own purposes and those of other clients, sought to mislead client about professional conduct of her matter, forged a letter purporting to come from another firm of solicitors, failed to keep properly ...

  • Litigation Recent decisions 20/06/95

    20-Jun-1995

    Disapplying time limit for a personal injury claimChristine Marie Crocker v British Coal Corporation (1995). (QBD Merthyr Tydfil District Registry (Mance J) 7/6/95).Summary: Whether the limitation period should be disapplied to a claim for personal injury sustained as a result of the Aberfan pit disaster in 1966.Plaintiff's application under s.33 Limitation Act 1980 to disapply the s.11 time limit to enable her to claim for psychiatric injury ...

  • Litigation Writs 20/06/95

    20-Jun-1995

    A High Wycombe artist whose work has suffered as a result of injuries to his little finger is suing Brent and Harrow Health Authority. He accuses it of negligence in its treatment of him at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow. John Easterling claims that because of lack of effective treatment he can no longer carry out fine and intricate art work. The writ says he went to the hospital's casualty department on 11 May 1992 after injuring the little finger of his right hand, ...

  • LPC scheme fosters links in London

    20-Jun-1995

    LEGAL Practice Course students at the University of Westminster have formed a new organisation aimed at fostering links with the legal community in and around London.The organisation, LPC Links with Legal London, is described as a "self-help group" for students without training contracts.Designed to secure work for those on the 1994/95 intake, the organisation hopes to establish a permanent link between the university and firms for the benefit of future students.

  • McKennas snaps up EC green work

    20-Jun-1995

    MCKENNA & Co's environmental team has won a year-long contract from the European Commission for work expected to contribute to a future EC environmentaldirective.The job is to undertake a study of member states' law and relates to the 1992 EC Green Paper on 'Civil liability for remedying environmental damage'.The study is thought likely to underpin forthcoming EC proposals for reviving a wide-ranging directive imposing liability ...

  • No longer quiet on the debt front

    20-Jun-1995

    Cross-border debt recovery - is there a peace dividend for Irish lawyers?Over the past 25 years, Irish lawyers, both north and south of the border, have tended to continue with their day-to-day business without a great deal of interaction.The two business communities have tended to cater for their own and, with a few notable exceptions, have tended to regard the people on the other side of the border with some misgivings.The border itself was a physical ...

  • Nothing but the truth

    20-Jun-1995

    What the Internet is not:A hotbed of pornography. Uninformed journalists will write about what they know. They do not know very much about the workings of the Internet.A club for computer nerds. Sure, there are some nerds lurking out there. But there are many more ordinary people just like you and me.An exclusive discussion forum for academics. Yes, the academic community has played a leading role in nurturing and developing the Internet, ...

  • Nottingham offers joint US diploma

    20-Jun-1995

    NOTTINGHAM Law School has announced plans to provide a post-graduate diploma in litigation and advocacy through its new Anglo-American partnership with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in the US.Described as a "powerful union of two outstanding institutions", the venture launches NITA (UK), based at Nottingham's Centre for Advanced Litigation.The sole provider of NITA programmes in Britain, NITA (UK) is led by Nottingham's head of professional ...

  • Ombudsman's workload on the increase

    20-Jun-1995

    THE WATCHDOG for legal services is being bogged down by a shortage of staff and the rise of complaints at a rate of 30 per cent per year.Those who complain to the Legal Services Ombudsman are being told they face a wait of six months for their problem to be investigated. Ombudsman Michael Barnes warns the depth of investigations could be affected if the workload continues to rise.In his annual report, he says the number of complaints was up 30 per cent last year ...

  • Penningtons believed to be in talks with partners

    20-Jun-1995

    CITY and Home Counties practice Penningtons is believed to be in talks over the future of one of its offices.The firm will not confirm that it is holding the talks with partners from its Bournemouth office but a decision is expected to be reached this week.The talks are thought to centre around the possibility of a demerger.The eight-partner Bourne-mouth office, ...

  • Peter Parke says 'no win no fee' will not follow the US example

    20-Jun-1995

    The Lord Chancellor's proposed 'no win no fee' scheme has provoked a spate of colourful headlines in the last few weeks. Some raise the spectre of litigation in the US, with all the imagined horrors of huge awards and overpaid ambulance-chasing lawyers. Others complain that the scheme will lead to a massive explosion in litigation.The proposed scheme will only apply to personal injury, insolvency and human rights cases. It will allow solicitors to ...

  • PI firms 'alert' to TV accusations

    20-Jun-1995

    A NATIONAL network of law firms was launched amid controversy this week to "cultivate" multi-party personal injury claims.ALeRT - Allied Lawyers Response Team - aims to spot potential multi-party actions and research the subject, then develop and co-ordinate claims.The project has been masterminded by two Liverpool solicitors, Graham Ross and Norman Hughes, who claim their service will be "quicker than the AA".But Tuesday's launch is coinciding ...

  • Plea bargaining issues resurface

    20-Jun-1995

    THE ROW between two leading criminal silks has resurfaced 20 months after Roger Levitt's fraud trial ended in uproar over his lenient sentence. Media attention has been focused on the allegations made by prosecution counsel David Cocks QC and Jonathan Goldberg QC, who led the defence, about each other.In November 1993, after the trial had started and following a deal, Roger Levitt pleaded guilty to one count of misleading Fimbra. The remaining charges were not pursued. ...

  • Property

    20-Jun-1995

    Boots Properties, advised by Hammond Suddards, has exchanged agreements with Marks and Spencer, advised by SJ Berwin & Co, and BHS, advised by Field Fisher Waterhouse, to anchor the £50 million Priory Shopping Centre in Hastings.

  • Property

    20-Jun-1995

    Titmuss Sainer Dechert acted for the Crown Estate Commissioners in the £22.5 million purchase from Hypo Property Investment of St James's House, St James's Square, Manchester. Slaughter and May acted for Hypo.

  • Property

    20-Jun-1995

    Nabarro Nathanson advised Financial Insurance Group, part of GE Capital, in its taking of 116,000 sq ft at Wimpey's Vantage West office complex in Brentford, London. The company was advised by its in-house solicitors. Ashurst Morris Crisp advised Wimpey and agents Jones Lang Wooton and Chestertons.

  • Prosecutors join forces for world-wide association

    20-Jun-1995

    A NEW world-wide grouping of prosecuting lawyers is set to be officially launched in Budapest next April.Planning for the International Association of Public Prosecutors has already begun and an organising committee has been established.Committee member Eamonn Barnes, Director of Public Prosecutions for the Republic of Ireland, says the proposal for the formation of the group was first introduced by Hungary's National Association of Public Prosecutors.

  • Protection from insolvency

    20-Jun-1995

    The collapse of the Kwelm companies has given rise to the world's largest insurance insolvency.Through HS Weavers, their underwriting agent, the Kwelm companies underwrote insurance risks situated mainly in North America and have suffered massive losses in respect of pollution, asbestos, professional indemnity, medical malpractice and other claims.These claims have a "long tail" and will continue to come in over the next 30 or 40 years. The present estimate ...

  • Scrivener's advice raises staff issues

    20-Jun-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsLOCAL authority watchdogs are to question Hull City Council about a controversial staff transfer policy based on advice by Anthony Scrivener QC.Officials from the Local Government Staff Commission have written to Hull asking for further details of Scrivener's guidance and its implications.The advice has provoked conflict between Hull and the county council, Humberside, which will merge into a single authority from ...

  • Seminar highlights role of ADR

    20-Jun-1995

    Alternative dispute resolution has become standard practice for insurers and consumers, according to insurance specialist and Jarvis & Bannister partner Richard Houseago.The firm's recent seminar, attended by insurance ombudsman Laurie Slade, examined how the number of disputed insurance claims could be reduced.The 1994 Ombudsman's Report highlighted evidence of misunderstanding between insurers and their policy-holders, with 66 per cent of general ...

  • Sinclairs' shipping team sails to rival

    20-Jun-1995

    SHIPPING firm Sinclair Roche & Temperley lost another batch of key staff last week as eight lawyers - including four partners - quit to join a rival practice.The departing members of Sinclair Roche's shipping group will join Stephenson Harwood to strengthen its expanding maritime division.They follow on from the departure announced two weeks ago of Robin Hallam, ...

  • The eye of the beholder

    20-Jun-1995

    People think more highly of solicitors than they do of bank managers and estate agents - according to the Law Society report, 'Client perceptions', prepared by the society's research and policy planning unit.This is a report with attitude. A total of 1,630 people were questioned in a survey commissioned by the Law Society. The statistical analysis of their views covers the use, image and awareness of solicitors' services, the existing and potential market ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: The Lawyer Inquiry

    20-Jun-1995

    Michele O'NeilMichele O'Neill is an associate with West End firm Peters & Peters. She was born in Carlow, Republic of Ireland in 1963 and is currently moving house.What was your first job?Saturday sales assistant at John Lewis - my favourite store.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£7,250 - Law Society ...

  • Turn on, tune in, hook up

    20-Jun-1995

    INFOTECHEveryone is talking about the Internet but is it of any commercial use to law firms developing their practice? Articles appear every week on connectivity, service providers and the wide range of facilities available, but what are the strengths and weaknesses of the system from the viewpoint of a firm of solicitors.Email is the most widely used application on the Internet, with the number of subscribers rocketing. It is extremely cost effective ...

  • Where credit's due

    20-Jun-1995

    When this firm formed its specialist debt recovery unit in 1990, it adopted a novel approach. The firm wanted to ensure that the service it offered matched client requirements, and in what was considered a major departure from accepted practice, it employed credit managers to show it what sort of service they would want as credit managers in an ideal world.The unit has prospered as a result. And the image of lawyers within the credit management field has been radically transformed. ...

  • Woolf 'grasps nettle' of civil reforms

    20-Jun-1995

    LORD Woolf has called on the Government to hand pick a top judge to overhaul the civil justice system in England and Wales.The proposed appointment of a head of civil justice is among a raft of reforms suggested by the Law Lord in his interim report on access to justice.Woolf, who has ruled himself out of the role, says the office-holder, a senior judge, would be subject to the direction of the Lord Chief Justice. The judge would work in consultation with the ...