2 January 1995

The Lawyer

  • A tale of toasters and training shoes

    8-Jan-1995

    Peter Lane's continued involvement in Green Form is a reminder to the authorities that their vision of an ideal free aid and advice service has yet to be realised.Nobody now denies that the system, reliant upon the honesty of the solicitors who use it, has been exploited in ways ranging from clear fraud to imaginative manipulation.Last March, almost a decade after Green Form fraud was first identified, the Public Accounts Committee heard that the level of ...

  • Absolute power

    8-Jan-1995

    John Cooper feels that the judge's power to recommend a sentence should be prescribed by legislationWhen a defendant is convicted of murder, he faces a mandatory life sentence. The trial judge can then recommend to the Home Secretary, through a pronouncement in open court, the minimum term of years that he, the trial judge considers appropriate for the convicted person to serve.The figure arrived upon by the judge is absolutely discretionary and seems to ...

  • Another case for small is beautiful

    8-Jan-1995

    Patrick McKenna thinks that the bigger the practice group, the less that is achievedTo reach their maximum potential in productivity and profitability, more law firms are focusing on the development of effective practice groups.However, many firms choose the wrong lawyers to lead their groups.Firms have tended to make practice leader that lawyer who is the most senior in the practice area, who is most competent in attracting clients or who bills the ...

  • Assessing the real value of property

    8-Jan-1995

    Roger Pearson looks at a case of overvaluation that has leapt from the QBD to the House of LordsA multi-million pound action which will focus on the legal obligation of surveyors to provide accurate valuation advice to clients and their liability if they fail to do so has leapt from the High Court's Queen's Bench Division direct to the House of Lords.Earlier this year South Australian Asset Management (SAAM) won £7,337 damages and interest ...

  • Bar cracks down on court conduct

    8-Jan-1995

    A GROWTH in the number of fierce attacks by barristers on colleagues' behaviour in court has led the Bar Council to draw up new professional rules governing such criticism.David Penry-Davey QC, Bar Council deputy chair, is heading an inquiry into the trend of counsel-to-counsel hostilities and aims to have new guidelines available in October.A draft practice direction is now being considered by the Lord Chief Justice which, if accepted, will extend the White ...

  • Bexley's £35,000 tab for BNP case

    8-Jan-1995

    BEXLEY Council will foot the £35,000 bill for its legal action to enforce planning restrictions at the headquarters of the far-right British National Party.The council's case was presented at the inquiry by John Howell QC, instructed by the council's chief solicitor Leyland Birch, and his number two, principal solicitor Bob Posner.A council spokesman says the costs include fees of about £10,000 for Howell, with ...

  • Businessman touts Green Form work

    8-Jan-1995

    BUSINESSMAN who is the subject of a Green Form fraud inquiry has set up "consultancies" to introduce legal aid clients to law firms.Peter Lane, a self-styled business "organiser", has consultancy arrangements with three firms of solicitors.Under the arrangements, he is paid to "find" clients. The firms then carry out the work and claim reimbursement from the Legal Aid Board.Birmingham-based Lane has been interviewed by the Serious Fraud Squad about ...

  • Chicago gets ready for ABA invasion

    8-Jan-1995

    LAWYERS from across the globe are jetting their way to Chicago this week, as the city moves up a gear for the annual meeting of the American Bar Association.Delegates are expected to take over Downtown Chicago and North Michigan Avenue as more than 12,500 lawyers and another 8,000 attendees take part in the week-long programme.Over 2,600 events have been planned, including meetings, receptions, dinners and speeches, and 16 hotels along with boats, restaurants, ...

  • City firms cash in on £280m property deal

    8-Jan-1995

    CITY firms Cameron Markby Hewitt and Denton Hall have hit a fee-earning jackpot by handling Britain's most valuable residential property sale.Cameron Markby Hewitt's property team, led by partner Louise Anderson, acted for the Wellcome Trust in its £280 million purchase of the Kensington Estate. The estate forms one of the largest tracts of residential property in central London, covering 54 acres and 2,300 properties.Nine property assistants ...

  • Come to terms with law's new face

    8-Jan-1995

    Get used to change, says Tony Holland - young lawyers and other professions haveSo the vote is over. The shouting has died down, and just over one in five of our profession has installed Martin Mears and Robert Sayer in Chancery Lane to lead us onward and, hopefully, upward.I am younger than Mears and have two of my sons in the profession, so I still have a great deal left to play for in terms of its future. It is that future that the ...

  • Court blind to visions of headmistress

    8-Jan-1995

    AN ACTION which cited 59 defendants including the Pope, Lord Mackay and the Home Secretary as co-respondents in the "unfair, wrongful and illegal" sacking of a Catholic school headmistress has been dismissed by the High Court.The case, brought by litigant-in-person Frances Warburton Staley, was struck out in the Chancery Division last week by Mr Justice Blackburn.The action, which also named judges, barristers and solicitors, concerned the 1993 dismissal of Staley ...

  • Court charter falls short on listings issue

    8-Jan-1995

    FAILURE by the Court Service to improve the complaints handling system for listings and judicial incompetence is the main flaw in its new courts charter, say lawyers.And the lack of an adequate system for handling such complaints could lead to growing numbers of complaints by civil court users if Lord Woolf's well-received proposals for increasing judicial case management are introduced.Diane Burleigh, head of the Law Society's court business team, ...

  • Creditors slug it out for share of Barings' assets

    8-Jan-1995

    Lawyers acting for Barings investors are squaring up for a High Court battle over the future ownership of $150 million of assets in Barings BV, the Dutch wholly-owned Barings plc subsidiary.Two groups of Barings institutional creditors holding $150 million of guaranteed floating rate capital notes apiece have competing claims on the BBV assets.One group, with notes issued in 1986 (the '86 Notes), is going to court to seek a half share of the BBV assets in ...

  • Dentons tests Internet ads

    8-Jan-1995

    Helen Sage reportsA lawyers' guide to the Internet is promoting on-line services as a means of advertising.At present there are only a handful of firms which have Internet pages, including Clifford Chance, Denton Hall, Edge & Ellison, Maxwell Batley, Fox Williams ...

  • Dibbs sues Lloyd's defaulters for £3m

    8-Jan-1995

    DIBB Lupton Broomhead litigators are issuing writs for more than £3 million against defaulting Lloyd's Names - the biggest tranche of legal actions yet issued on behalf of Lloyd's agents.They will also be handling the first test case against Names, due in court on 21 September.Up to 111 UK Names and 21 US Names will face at least as many writs from managing and members' agents, expected within the next few days.The actions seek ...

  • Discovering your true worth

    8-Jan-1995

    Michael Robinson looks at the benefits of a dedicated time recording systemIn the future, all fee-earning staff will produce on-line draft bills. Although the billing software is still at a prototype stage, the working systems of fee earning staff for both time recording and billing will eventually change with the new technology.Effective and efficient time recording and billing are a basic requirement of any legal practice and one application to which ...

  • DoE gives authorities pat on back for use of powers

    8-Jan-1995

    LOCAL authorities have been praised for making effective use of the most recently-created legal powers to enforce planning restrictions.The commendation comes in a Department of the Environment report based on a survey of over 100 local authorities.Researchers found that the authorities were making good use of provisions laid down in the Planning and Compensation Act 1991.Environment minister Sir Paul Beresford says: "Authorities are generally ...

  • DTI calls last orders on S&N brewery bid

    8-Jan-1995

    Scottish & Newcastle's £425 million bid for Fosters-owned Courage, the mega brewery deal involving Freshfields and Linklaters & Paines, could be delayed by Government proposals for company undertakings.The DTI's undertakings aim to ensure the newly-formed business will conform to Government policy relating to pub property ownership, as set out in the MMC's Beer Orders. ...

  • East meets West in Brechers match

    8-Jan-1995

    A West End/City engagement between Brecher & Co and Nicholson Graham & Jones (NGJ) could end with a late summer wedding.Brechers' dowry will be its vast property and related client base, sought after by corporate finance-oriented NGJ. Brechers would provide an equivalent of around 25 per cent of the income of a combined practice, says NGJ managing partner Michael Johns.The new firm would remain under the name Nicholson Graham & Jones, he adds."We ...

  • Financing

    8-Jan-1995

    Herbert Smith acted for Newspaper Publishing in connection with its refinancing.

  • Financing

    8-Jan-1995

    Pinsent Curtis advised FKI on a syndicated £120 million revolving multi-currency and sterling acceptance credit facility led by Barclays Bank. Barclays was advised by Clifford Chance.

  • Flotations

    8-Jan-1995

    Maclay Murray & Spens acted for broker Williams de Broe in a deal creating the first start-up company to have shares traded on AIM. The new company

  • Flotations

    8-Jan-1995

    Herbert Smith acted for Kleinwort Benson Securities in its role as underwriter/sponsor of the flotation of Stoves at an initial market capitalisation of £47 million.

  • Flotations

    8-Jan-1995

    Bevan Ashford placed the Old English Pub Company on to the Alternative Investment Market.

  • Green Form business - easy pickings?

    8-Jan-1995

    Hard sell or just bending the rules? Starting a new series of in-depth reports, Cyril Dixon looks at the "easy business" of winning Green Form clientsPETER LANE is sharp, hard-working, and has an unerring eye for a business opportunity. He is also a source of irritation to the Legal Aid Board.Lane is the entrepreneurial "fixer" who established Clan, a legal consultancy which organised the generation and processing on a massive scale of Green Form legal aid work.

  • Hague tribunal stands in judgement over warlords

    8-Jan-1995

    The International Tribunal of War Crimes indicted two Bosnian Serb leaders last week. Peter Weiss examines its powersBosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and General Ratko Mladic have been charged with crimes against humanity and genocide by Justice Richard Goldstone, a former South African judge and the independent prosecutor for the International Tribunal of War Crimes.The tribunal was set up in the Hague in 1993 by the United Nations to deal with war crimes ...

  • Hereford and Worcester lifts hunt ban after warning

    8-Jan-1995

    HEREFORD and Worcester Council has decided to lift a ban on fox hunting after its county solicitor warned that the policy could lead to a successful challenge in the courts.The warning from head of legal Roger Yates follows Somerset County Council's failed attempt to ban the Quantock Staghounds.A committee report by Yates says the Somerset case established that a ban laid down on moral and ethical grounds could be considered lawful.However, ...

  • Hoover fails to stem tide of flight compensation claims

    8-Jan-1995

    HOOVER has failed in its latest attempt to fight a multi-million pound compensation claim from customers who say they were "duped" by the company in its free flights promotion.The appeal by Hoover to the St Helens County Court was dismissed by Judge Peter Urquhart who found in favour of claimants.Urquhart supported a decision made earlier in the summer that the company should face claims for damages as well as the replacement of air tickets. He also refused to ...

  • In brief: Chancery judge available for hire in North

    8-Jan-1995

    Mr Justice Jonathan Parker, the vice-chancellor of the County Palatine, is calling on lawyers to contact his clerk for matters needing a Chancery Judge in northern England. He says if a matter "can be identified as justifying a hearing by a Chancery High Court judge, arrangements can be made for the attendance of a Chancery judge in the North". His programme until the end of the year covers Liverpool (3-13 Oct); Manchester (6-17 Nov); Leeds (20-24 Nov); and Newcastle (27 Nov-1 Dec). ...

  • In brief: Environmental law handbook launched

    8-Jan-1995

    A book written to give solicitors crucial information on the environmental obligations and liabilities of their clients has been written by College of Law senior lecturer Trevor Hellawell. The manual - entitled 'The Law Society's Environmental Law Handbook'- explains the various effects of environmental law, including the Environment Act. The book is available through the Law Society Shop.

  • In brief: Firms unprepared for computer crashes

    8-Jan-1995

    Half of the UK's law firms have no recovery plan if their computer systems fail, according to a new survey. IT Southern, the business technology arm of Southern Water Group, says 30 per cent of practices have had a least one system crash in the last four weeks. It says out of those firms which have contingency plans, three quarters say it would be at least one day before they couldaccess their computer files and one in three firms say that it would take two days or ...

  • In brief: Herbert Smith switches PR agent

    8-Jan-1995

    Herbert Smith has appointed Ludgate Communications as the firms' PR agent. The appointment was made by Liz McDougall, an experienced lawyer who became the firm's head of business development some months ago. Ludgate replaces Tavistock Communications, which was introduced to the firm by Herbert Smith's short-lived former marketing chief Roger Bruce, who departed last year. McDougall is seeking to recruit a "number two" for her marketing team.

  • In brief: Line-up for international banking event

    8-Jan-1995

    Clifford Chance partner Michael Bray, William Blair QC, and New York-based Shearman & Sterling partner Ronald DeKoven are among the speakers listed for this year's International Banking Law Conference to be held at London's Claridges in October. Issues to be discussed include insolvencies in ...

  • In brief: Pensions law too complex say lawyers

    8-Jan-1995

    The Association of Pension Lawyers has called for reform of share disclosure law which demands disclosure of holdings above a three per cent threshold in public companies. The association warns current rules regarding the aggregating interests throughoccupational pension schemes are overly complicated and it has called for simpler rules to avoid trustees being subjected to "complexities which are little understood by those who are placed under a duty to disclose".

  • In brief: Think-tank demands employment reform

    8-Jan-1995

    The Institute of Employment Rights, the think-tank supported by trade unions, has published a report arguing for reform of the law surrounding strike and industrial action. Gwyneth Pitt, professor of law at the University of Huddersfield, argues for new positive rights to protect employees against dismissal for taking strike action. She also says courts are interpreting an employee's duty of good faith far too severely when employers challenge the legality of refusing voluntary ...

  • In brief: Train expert makes tracks back to Dentons

    8-Jan-1995

    Partner Tom Winsor is heading back to City firm Denton Hall after the end of his two-year stint at the Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR). Winsor, an expert on rail privatisation and regulatory affairs, was first chief legal adviser and then general counsel to the rail regulator while at ORR. Back at the firm he will become joint head of the firm's railway law practice.

  • In brief: War criminal demands Japanese apology

    8-Jan-1995

    Japanese war criminal Hiroshi Abe has admitted his country maltreated British prisoners during World War II and has called on his government to issue a formal apology. Abe, an engineer in charge of working parties on the Burma-Siam railway, apologised in a statement read in London's Imperial War Museum. The comments come amid a court case over a £0.5 billion compensation claim masterminded by Leigh Day & Co joint senior partner Martyn Day on behalf of 25,000 Allied prisoners ...

  • Infinity upgrade woos chambers

    8-Jan-1995

    Helen Sage reportsMore sets of chambers are installing ACE Systems' latest version of Infinity software.The new software has attracted both Pick users who have decided to switch from their existing system and Unix users upgrading from the previous version of the software.The strategy planner enables greater user control over data and includes the following application areas for law firms: accounting, time recording, management reports, ...

  • Inland Revenue appeal

    8-Jan-1995

    Inland Revenue appeal- The House of Lords is considering whether to allow an appeal by the Commissioners of the Inland Revenue which will entail a probe into the provisions of Chapter III (Transfer of Assets Abroad) of part XVII (Tax Avoidance) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988. The question raised is whether these provisions apply to income from personal portfolios of investments. So far the Commissioner for Special Purposes of Income Tax and the Court of Appeal ...

  • Judges join study board

    8-Jan-1995

    THE JUDICIAL Studies Board is to appoint two circuit judges to share the newly created post of director of studies, in a bid to bolster its training role.Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay announced the move last Monday. He praised the board and its five committees for devoting their own time to developing the board’s work.But he added: “I do not think it is satisfactory that the board’s work should be so dependent on their voluntary efforts and accordingly my department ...

  • Labour to review planning law

    8-Jan-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsTHE CONDUCT of lawyers is to be scrutinised in an extensive review of planning law set up by Labour.Shadow planning minister Keith Vaz is heading a panel which will look at the cause of delays, costs, confusion and anomalies in the system.Vaz says that one of the key areas to be examined in the four-month review is the part played by members of the legal profession.In the past, solicitors and barristers ...

  • LawGroup focuses on public sector

    8-Jan-1995

    COUNCIL lawyers are being targeted by a legal firms network which offers a quality accreditation scheme as part of its membership package.The programme run by LawGroup UK aims to give councils a quality standard which will give them an edge as they fight for work under competitive tendering.Surrey-based LawGroup already has more than 80 private sector members and is now turning its attention to local authorities gearing up for re-organisation.Wiltshire ...

  • Lawyers slam DoE liability plan

    8-Jan-1995

    LAWYERS have universally rejected a proposal to introduce a "sole liability" rule for construction projects which suffer from inherent building defects.City firms, the Law Society and the Bar roundly condemned the idea in a consultation exercise by the Department of the Environment.The exercise aims to produce a set of clauses governing how claims over "latent defects" are made under a new Construction Contracts Bill and on suitable insurance cover for projects.

  • Leeds firm revamps litigation software

    8-Jan-1995

    Helen Sage reportsFive-partner Leeds firm, Nelson & Co is developing the debt recovery work in its commercial litigation department with help from specialist legal software created by Linetime.The software, Debtime, is a County and High Court debt recovery package which helps the firm provide a more efficient service.Head of Nelsons' commercial litigation ...

  • Legal standard bearers

    8-Jan-1995

    Mark Green believes firms can buy themselves a bargaining chip or two by taking on board a quality mark for servicesSolicitors know as well as any professionals the importance of quality service. But how do you ensure that you deliver just that?Quality standards were developed to meet this need, a formal standard which provides a guarantee that all the elements which go to make up a quality service are in place.It benefits both solicitors and their ...

  • Linklaters usurps Ashursts at SNC

    8-Jan-1995

    LINKLATERS & Paines' reward for ground-breaking legal work on Merrill Lynch's takeover of top UK market-maker Smith New Court (SNC) is expected to yield a business windfall after SNC is integrated into the US giant.Ashurst Morris Crisp which, after many years of advising SNC, including on the Merrill Lynch £526 million acquisition, is likely to lose the SNC work after US integration.

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 01/08/95

    8-Jan-1995

    - JOHN BARRY SIMON MCKAY, 48, admitted 1975, practising at material time as Simon McKay, Ongar, Essex, fined £1,500. No order made as to costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and utilised client money and fail

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 01/08/95

    8-Jan-1995

    Goods Vehicle Access PermitsTNT Express (UK) v Richmond on Thames London Borough Council (1995).(DC (McCowan LJ and Waller J) 14/6/95).Summary: Nature of goods vehicle operator's obligations under a Goods Vehicles Access Permit with regard to use of restricted roads.Carrier's appeal against convictions for offences committed contrary to s.8 (1) Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for failing to minimise its vehicles' use of ...

  • Litigation Writs 01/08/95

    8-Jan-1995

    - Eva Kopp, of Romney Marsh, Kent, has launched High Court action over a missing will. Kopp is suing Joan Newman, of Billericay and Paul Walling, of Watford. Her writ says she is a beneficiary in the last will of Dennis Walling�

  • Litigator's view

    8-Jan-1995

    Henry Sherman questions Lord Woolf's revised role for expertsIn his initial report published last month Lord Woolf makes clear his allegiance to the present adversarial system.The section of the report which has attracted least attention is that relating to experts which if implemented will give the court a range of powers and responsibilities akin to the inquisitorial model as he describes it.There are clear problems with the present system ...

  • Lloyd's trials halted

    8-Jan-1995

    The Commercial Court has adjourned the start date of trials for two Lloyd's Names action groups until next year.The two actions, involving more than 2,000 Names seeking damages of more than "several hundred million pounds" were due to start soon.The Wellington action, involving 1,250 Names seeking "tens of millions" in damages from members agents, due to start in November, has been put back to January 1996 following an application to Mr Justice Cresswell.

  • Lovells lawyer takes on US consular post

    8-Jan-1995

    CORPORATE finance solicitor Julie Miller has been seconded from the London office of Lovell White Durrant to act as an investment officer to the British Consulate General in Atlanta.Miller, who joins for a two-year term on 7 August, is the first lawyer among a number of British professionals to work as part of the Invest in Britain Bureau - USA, which aims to encourage US companies to form a British base or expand their facilities in the UK.She did her articles ...

  • Make yourself more inviting

    8-Jan-1995

    The rules of the tendering game have changed, says Martin Davies, and prospective players must be proactive or lose outInvitations to tender are being issued at an alarming rate, particularly as CCT takes a hold. If you are not one of the major players is it worth taking the time and trouble to put together a tender? If so how do you go about it to maximise your chances of getting on to the shortlist?Perhaps the first word of advice is that tenders come in many ...

  • Masters degree for top lawyers

    8-Jan-1995

    SENIOR LEVEL solicitors and specialist practitioners can now undertake a two-year masters degree as part of new post-qualification programmes being offered by Central Law Training (CLT).The courses, provided in conjunction with De Montfort University, the University of the West of England and Staffordshire University, will run at 35 UK centres.Solicitor Peter Hibbert, De Montfort's professor of legal practice, will act as director of the Specialist Masters ...

  • Moving onwards and upwards

    8-Jan-1995

    The hard lesson of the recession that no one can rely on a job for life has created a highly competitive and challenging recruitment market within the legal profession.Headlines in The Lawyer over the last few months give an insight into high-profile moves which have sent shock waves through the profession: 'Sinclairs shipping team sails to rival'; 'Couderts pair defect to Hammonds'; 'US firm grabs Dentons tax head'; 'TKB woos Nabarros''.

  • New rules allow German limited liability practices

    8-Jan-1995

    GERMAN law firms can now limit liability claims to partnership-owned assets and the individual property of specific lawyers following the introduction of new legislation last month.Brought in via the Statute Concerning Partnerships for Members of the Independent Professions, the rules mark the first creation of a new German legal entity since 1900.The optional rules - similar to those introduced in other jurisdictions - mean lawyers can adopt alternative methods ...

  • New-look injuries Bill 'still unfair'

    8-Jan-1995

    THE GOVERNMENT faces further opposition from lawyers to its Criminal Injuries Compensation Bill following the earlier debacle when it was ruled unlawful by the Lords.Two senior practitioners have identified outstanding criticisms of the tariff-based scheme in separate briefing papers on the revised proposals.Andrew Dismore of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and Suzanne Burn, secretary of the civil litigation committee of the Law Society, say the scheme ...

  • No justice for Leeson in Singapore says QC

    8-Jan-1995

    BARRISTER Alun Jones QC has attacked the Singapore criminal justice system saying Nick Leeson, the derivatives trader blamed for the £860 million collapse of Barings, may not get a fair trial if extradited there.He warns other barristers to think twice before considering defending Leeson in any Singapore trial, as that would be used by the country's authoritarian government to lend credence to its criminal justice system.Jones, a seasoned trial lawyer ...

  • Parliament may be key to Guardian deadlock

    8-Jan-1995

    MOVING The Guardian's cash-for-questions libel action to Parliament could be a "very intelligent" solution to current problems involved in staging the trial in the High Court, a leading libel lawyer says.The libel case revolves around an action against the newspaper by Tory MP Neil Hamilton and political lobbyist Ian Greer.Anthony Julius, head of litigation at Mischon De Reya, says moves by senior MPs to get the Commons Committee of Privileges to restart ...

  • PI lawyers ready to strike fees deals

    8-Jan-1995

    PERSONAL injury solicitors gearing up for conditional fees are confident they can strike up workable deals with barristers despite the continuing gulf between the Law Society and the Bar Council on terms of engagement.The Law Society, which published its advice to solicitors last week, advises that the Bar's model terms of engagement are "in some respects disadvantageous to clients".It says despite "long-running discussions", the two bodies have failed to ...

  • Praxis system targets disk pirates after liability scare

    8-Jan-1995

    Helen Sage reportsControl and information systems consultancy Praxis has developed a system to prevent the distribution of pirated software within companies. The initiative comes in response to recent reports in the national press that the company director is liable for any stolen software used in their organisation.The Praxis system, Auditor, is a computer-based auditing package that can quickly scan the hard disks on personal computers and produce ...

  • Puddephatt signs up to Charter 88

    8-Jan-1995

    THE TOP job at one of Britain's leading legal rights pressure groups is up for grabs following the resignation of Andrew Puddephatt as general secretary of Liberty.Puddephatt will join political campaign group Charter 88 in September as full-time director after six years at Liberty, replacing Colin Darracott.He leaves behind him a five-strong legal team including two full-time lawyers.A key role for his successor will be to develop Liberty's ...

  • Radcliffes duo heads for Richards Butler

    8-Jan-1995

    RADCLIFFES & Co partners Christopher Jackson and Martin Walsh have left the Westminster firm as it gears up for its imminent merger with London practice Crossman Block.The pair, who handed in their notice in January, start this week as partners in the 14-partner corporate and commercial group at Richards Butler.They join trainee solicitor Helen Burridge, who has transferred her articles to the firm.Walsh will handle management buy-outs and mergers ...

  • Ranks swollen by raft of jobs

    8-Jan-1995

    THREE district councils have announced important new appointments to bolster their legal departments.Stroud, in Gloucestershire, has recruited Mark Williams to become its head of legal services from Carrick District Council in Cornwall.Williams, a member of the experts' network of the Law Society's Local Government Group, has been with Carrick Council for the past four years, where he was also head of the legal department. He ...

  • Report raps lawyers in Lambeth

    8-Jan-1995

    LAMBETH Council's legal department has been criticised for its failure to prevent the misuse of decision-making procedures in the official report on fraud in the borough.Elizabeth Appleby QC's inquiry found the department failed to prevent the use of "urgency procedures" when they were inappropriate.The report says the procedure - intended for emergency decisions between ...

  • Slaughters stays top of M&A stakes thanks to Glaxo deal

    8-Jan-1995

    THE RECOVERING mergers and acquisitions (M&A) business is keeping Slaughter and May at the top of the Acquisitions Monthly deals list for firms acting for both companies and financial advisers.The figures, due to be published next month, show that the firm has advised on 12 deals worth a total of £12.7 billion.Freshfields, Herbert Smith and

  • Sullivan & Cromwell opens Frankfurt 'finance' office

    8-Jan-1995

    NEW YORK firm Sullivan & Cromwell has opened its first German office in the finance capital of Frankfurt.Launched on the back of a sizeable contract as US counsel to the global co-ordinators and international underwriters for the privatisation of Deutsche Telecom, the Frankfurt office is permanently staffed by two lawyers, including office head and European counsel Steve Connor.

  • Sydney Conference

    8-Jan-1995

    A Senior Freehill Hollingdale & Page lawyer Dr Ellen Beerworth will this week chair an Australian forum on product liability. The conference, which will take place in Sydney, will pinpoint preventative practice as the key to avoiding product liability suits. It follows on the heels of a spate of recent actions in the country involving asbestos, breast implants, pacemakers and packaged meat products. "Australia's tough new product liability laws, together with changes to procedural ...

  • Tailor-made package hits Law Society quality mark

    8-Jan-1995

    Helen Sage reportsEIS Prestige has designed a Volenti quality assurance package that will comply with both the quality recommendations of the Law Society and the Legal Aid Board's franchise requirements.The system, which is customised by EIS Prestige to meet individual practice procedures, will supply ongoing support and marketing back-up to ensure quality assured practices maximise their new status.EIS Prestige director Andrew Young ...

  • The fall of los intocables

    8-Jan-1995

    Michael Gillard looks at the machinations of a Spanish judge's crusade against corruption in the highest government ranksPhoney companies set up to secretly channel kickbacks into party coffers; a fugitive police chief charged with embezzling public funds to amass a £2 million real estate portfolio and rogue elements in the intelligence service who bug judges, journalists and even the King.These are just some of the scandals which engulf the 12-year ...

  • There's more than one way to track down the ideal employee

    8-Jan-1995

    Splitting from a law firm at a senior level is "a bit like getting divorced," according to one partner who recently joined a rival practice."It is a risk but if you suss out that the people in the new firm share the same goals and ideas, it can work out very well."For those involved, a partnership break up is "never amicable", says another senior partner. "The factions go right through to the secretarial staff. It's something I never want to experience again."

  • Turning principle into practice

    8-Jan-1995

    Roger Pearson reports on a ruling over classification societies which could impact shipping lawA recent House of Lords decision on classification societies and their legal liability has pushed the subject to the top of agenda in shipping and commercial circles.The ruling came on a preliminary issue over classification society liability which had never been before the courts. Although only a preliminary issue, the Law Lords' decision has effectively ended ...

  • Walsall head loses department and job

    8-Jan-1995

    THE legal department of a district council is to be scrapped and the chief solicitor sacked as part of a controversial restructuring plan.Sheila Bull, director of legal and administration, is among eight chief officers who have been served notice by Walsall Council in the West Midlands.Legal work will subsequently be supervised by a "resources" director - one of five appointed to replace the current top management tier.The abolition ...

  • We want you as a new recruit

    8-Jan-1995

    Except if you're openly gay. Martin Bowley QC examines the recent case upholding the ban on homosexuals in the militaryThe judgments in the recent gays in the military case (Regina v Ministry of Defence ex parte Smith and others) were delivered on 7 June 1995. Presumably they will be fully reported in due course, but so far most people have had to rely on a brief report in The Times and on the news pages of the national press - few of which will have found their way ...

  • White & Case sets up in Johannesburg

    8-Jan-1995

    NEW York international firm White & Case is opening its 28th office, relocating Paris partner Ronald Goodman to Johannesburg to head up the operation.Goodman and other White & Case staff are currently in South Africa looking for suitable premises, and chair of the firm's executive committee James Hurlock says the office will open as soon as a site is found.The 575-lawyer ...