2 June 1997

The Lawyer

  • ABA launches digital satellite service at Chicago Techshow

    5-Jun-1997

    THE American Bar Association unveiled plans to launch "the first telecomputer for the legal industry" this Autumn, at the ABA section of Law Practice Management's 11th Annual Techshow in Chicago last month.ABA-sponsored digital satellite technology will enable multimedia services, such as legal news, entertainment, legal education seminars and practice-specific information, to be broadcast to a lawyer's home or office.

  • ABA woos foreign law firms

    5-Jun-1997

    For the first time, foreign firms will be given a slot to promote themselves at this year's American Bar Association conference in San Francisco.The ABA is allowing foreign delegates to book slots at a Foreign Bar Open House, in which they can promote their firms by giving out information, making presentations, showing Web sites and meeting delegates.The Law Society will be on panels in several joint sessions: with the Law Practice Management Section on ...

  • Academic researches stresses of local government solicitors

    5-Jun-1997

    Around 350 local government lawyers are taking part in a two-year study examining their ability to cope with the stress of the reorganisations of their councils.Jill Armfield, a University of Westminster lecturer in organisational behaviour, is carrying out the survey and planning in-depth interviews with between 40 and 50 solicitors.Armfield, who is conducting the research as part of an Applied Psychology PhD at Cranfield University, said ...

  • ADR on the increase

    5-Jun-1997

    Almost 90 per cent of large US companies have used mediation to settle disputes in the past three years, according to a recent survey of more than half of America's largest companies. The report also revealed that 79 per cent of companies used arbitration. However, while Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is on the increase, 50 per cent of the in-house counsel questioned said they lacked confidence in the qualifications of arbitrators who hear cases, and 30 per cent displayed ...

  • Chester firm succumbs to buyout by Hill Dickinson

    5-Jun-1997

    Marine, insurance and commercial firm Hill Dickinson has taken over The Property Law Practice - a two-partner practice in Chester, which acts for house builders and developers in the region.The PLP's founder Vincent Fairclough, said: "We are confident that with the added strength and resources of Hill Dickinson we can build on the sound foundation established over the last six years."

  • Clients flock to lessons on New Labour

    5-Jun-1997

    City firms are briefing clients on how to cope with what is expected to be a more interventionist approach from the new Labour government.At a seminar on the day election results were announced, Theodore Goddard tax partner Peter Sayer predicted a window of opportunity for companies before a business tax rise at the next budget, which is likely to be in June.Clifford Chance ...

  • Clyde & Co loses four partners in four weeks

    5-Jun-1997

    Four partners have left Clyde & Co in the past four weeks. Sheila Simison and Yvonne Jefferies left the firm to join insurance specialist Barlow Lyde & Gilbert last month, and tax partner Colin Master is due to leave at the end of this month.Master is joining City bank Coutts & Co as head of trusts and estate planning. He said his move was "not through any dissatisfaction with Clyde & ...

  • Condoms and cockroaches at Cortijo Blanco

    5-Jun-1997

    An action that could embarrass three of the country's major package holiday companies is now on its way to the High Court.Sunworld, First Choice Holidays and Flights, and Cosmosair, are being sued by more than 20 holiday makers from all over the UK as a result of dissatisfaction with a three-star Spanish Hotel.The families, which come from as far afield as Glasgow, north Wales, Bristol, Scunthorpe, Barnsley and Watford ...

  • Crockers scoops half Oswalds' partners

    5-Jun-1997

    Leading libel firm Crockers has taken on seven partners from the property and media departments of Oswald Hickson Collier, to create one of the City's largest libel practices.The newly-merged firm is to be called Crockers Oswald Hickson. The future of Oswalds' remaining seven partners and several assistants, mostly from the firm's insurance department, is not yet clear.Oswald media and property staff will move across to seven-partner Crockers' ...

  • Dancing to the new latin beat

    5-Jun-1997

    The Mexican peso crisis sent investment levels in Latin America into freefall. But just over two years later, confidence is returning to the region - and lawyers are reporting an upturn in business."The region is turning the corner," observes Beatriz Pessoa de Araujo, the partner heading the Latin American desk at Baker & McKenzie's London office. The process of deregulation ...

  • Duty to duty solicitors

    5-Jun-1997

    I thoroughly agree with Anthony Edwards concerning the urgent necessity for opening up duty solicitor schemes, and opening up the opportunity for any qualified person to take part in them.The present system may fall foul of European anti-competition law.I have been in correspondence with Brian Shieldhouse (at one time a British Legal Association committee member) and I have discussed the possibility of official support in his efforts to overcome what appears ...

  • Electrician sues British Steel

    5-Jun-1997

    A former electrician has been given the go-ahead to take his personal injury claim to the High Court. John Kirk, 64, claims his health was ruined after he was exposed to a "cocktail" of dust and fumes while working for British Steel at Appleby Plate Mills from 1958 to 1980. Mr Justice Potts has rejected moves by British Steel to strike out the claim of Mr Kirk, who alleges he was ...

  • European alliance bags leading Dutch practice

    5-Jun-1997

    Top six Dutch firm Houthoff has joined a powerful new European Alliance which is now looking at establishing a London office.Houthoff, which left Denton Hall's Denton International Group of Law Firms last December, will share the existing Brussels office of the six-month old Conference of European Lawyers.The conference is comprised of Germany's Wessing Berenberg-Gossler Zimmerman Lange, Simeon & Associes of Paris, and Belgian firm Liedekerke Wolters ...

  • Fee group pushes for reviews

    5-Jun-1997

    A newly-formed alliance of pressure groups set up to campaign against the recent hike in civil court fees, is seeking cases for judicial review to get the increases abolished.The initiative follows a successful judicial review last March which led to the reintroduction of exemption or remission of High Court and County court fees for people in receipt of income support, and the return of family court fees for people on income support, family credit or the Green Form scheme.

  • Florida is latest US state to charge for public defender

    5-Jun-1997

    Florida has become the latest in a growing list of US states to introduce fees to those defendants poor enough to qualify for public representation.From the beginning of this year, the state has charged indigent defendants who seek public representation a $40 evaluation fee.In recent years, many other states, including South Carolina, California, Colorado, Connecticut and New Jersey have implemented similar evaluation fees, ranging from $10 to $100.

  • Flotations

    5-Jun-1997

    Richards Butler has acted for Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance and Teather & Greenwood on a $37m (£59.2) London flotation of World Sec

  • Flotations

    5-Jun-1997

    London and South Wales firm Morgan Bruce has acted for Capital & Regional Properties Plc in raising £60.5m on a placing and open offer and also acted for the same firm to secure an £83m syndicated loan from Hypo loan. The funds will be used to purchase five shopping centres.

  • Garretts nabs two Pinsents partners

    5-Jun-1997

    PINSENT Curtis has lost two more key members of its Leeds practice to Garrett & Co. Both are from the firm's PFI group.PFI director Michael Longden, a non-solicitor with partner-equivalent status, left for Garretts in April. He is a specialist in charities and public sector tax and joined Simpson Curtis in 1989, after 17 years as a tax inspector at the Inland Revenue. He said: "My new job provides me with a better platform to do PFI work which I find very rewarding."

  • Going global

    5-Jun-1997

    In the cosy world of Latin American legal practice, global aspirations have traditionally been weak - but this is changing slowly as the region looks beyond its borders and law firms see the importance of creating the right image if they want to be seen as serious international players.Brazilian firm Pinheiro Neto paved the way. It's London office was set up in 1978, emerging from the close relationship which had been established by the firm and Anthony Clare, the English ...

  • Hunton's Polish win

    5-Jun-1997

    US firm Hunton & Williams' Poland office has won a major government contract relating to the "mass privatisation" of companies in the second round of the Polish government's National Investment Fund Programme. White & Case advised the government on the first round of privatisations, which put 500 companies worth approximately $2bn (£3.2bn) into the private sector. Lejb Fogelman, ...

  • IBA sponsors Seabrook in bid to stop Sri Lankan media bill

    5-Jun-1997

    The IBA has paid for a former Bar chairman to visit Sri Lanka on a joint mission with the Bar Council, to observe a Supreme Court challenge to a new "repressive" bill designed to control the media.Robert Seabrook QC was in Colombo as an IBA/Bar council monitor to ensure that proceedings surrounding the chal- lenge to the Broadcasting Authority Bill were carried out in accordance with international standards. It is hoped his presence may help sway the authorities against ...

  • In brief: Cardiff neighbours combine resources

    5-Jun-1997

    Welsh firms and next door neighbours in Cardiff, JA Hughes Walter & Hopkins and Rees Wood & Terry, have merged to form a 12-partner, 70-staff firm to be called JA Hughes with Rees Wood & Terry. It has two offices in Cardiff and three in Barry.

  • In brief: Conference discusses future of profession

    5-Jun-1997

    The future of law in the areas of damages, procedure, costs and funding, and occupational health, are tabled for debate at the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers conference on 8 May at London's Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London, which is expected to be attended by more than 200 people.

  • In brief: Convicted solicitor receives suspension

    5-Jun-1997

    Allen Chubb, the solicitor convicted of falsely imprisoning and causing actual bodily harm to a client's wife, faces a three-month suspension by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. In a hearing last week, the tribunal ordered Chubb to pay £1,927 costs and suspended him for three months, but then lifted the order pending an appeal. Chubb, 53, senior partner at Belgravia firm Child & Child, was convicted in a widely-publicised Crown Court private prosecution in April 1995. ...

  • In brief: Growth inspires Anthony Gold promotion

    5-Jun-1997

    David Marshall has been made the first managing partner of litigation practice Anthony Gold, Lerman and Muirhead. The appointment follows 18 months of growth for the central London firm, which now has 11 partners.

  • In brief: Help at hand for practitioners on the edge

    5-Jun-1997

    A charity aiming to help solicitors with stress, alcohol or drug abuse and other problems will be launched on 13 May. SolCare has been set up with the full backing of the Law Society and Solicitors Indemnity Fund to help solicitors needing advice.

  • In brief: Howe leads speeches at legal conference

    5-Jun-1997

    Clifford Chance managing partner Geoffrey Howe is among the leading speakers discussing how to transform a practice at a two-day conference organised by The Lawyer and Hodgart Temporal at The Park Lane Hotel on 22 and 23 May. The Lawyer is also holding a conference on support services for law firms at the Radisson Marlborough Hotel on 12 May. For further details on both conferences call 0171 434 ...

  • In brief: McKinnells merges with Gateley Wareing

    5-Jun-1997

    Birmingham firm Gateley Wareing has taken over McKinnell, Ervin & Mitchell, a two-partner practice in Leicester. Craig Mitchell, former senior partner of McKinnells, pictured above centre with senior partner Brendan McGeever (left) and partner Craig Ferguson (right), said: "This is an exciting opportunity. Both firms are dedicated to the Owner Managed Business sector and our combined expertise will make us the key player in this market."

  • In brief: Ten partners appointed by Pinsent Curtis

    5-Jun-1997

    National firm Pinsent Curtis has appointed 10 new partners across its three UK offices. The new partners are: in London, Jeremy Willcocks (Corporate); in Birmingham, Andrew Hornigold (Corporate), Ian Hyde (Tax) and Stephen Miles (Corporate); in Leeds, Martin Brewer (Employment), Lee Dunnill (Commercial Litigation), Greg Knowles (Corporate), Nick Maltby (Commercial), Andrew Masterton (Commercial Litigation) and Alison Tullett (Property).

  • In brief: WWH responds to its own market survey

    5-Jun-1997

    Insurance law firm Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave is launching a new London Market Service this week in response to its survey of London market claims managers. The survey revealed that, when choosing lawyers, claims managers valued individual expertise, industry experience and a close working relationship. In response, WWH is moving its London offices to larger premises at 30-40 Eastcheap, recruiting more lawyers and broadening the scope of its service. It has taken on Richard Beaty, ...

  • In support of Pembridge

    5-Jun-1997

    I can sympathise with Law Society Council member Roger Wilson's response in shutting his eyes at the sight of Eileen Pembridge breastfeeding her baby (Tulkinghorn, The Lawyer, 29 April).Some of us sitting on the press bench long to do the same when he gets up to make yet another intervention.Happily, however, we are professional - and polite - enough to keep our feelings to ourselves about the spectacle before us.Although ...

  • In-house team gets itself out

    5-Jun-1997

    A venture capital organisation's in-house legal department has set up in private practice.Yorkshire Enterprise, which was founded by the local authority to invest in and advise small businesses, became a private company and has since split off its legal team.It will now be known as James Kendall, but will operate in the same Leeds premises, with the same staff and the same clients.The split came after an increase in demand for the services of ...

  • Insanity plea rejected

    5-Jun-1997

    Magistrates at Caistor, Norfolk, are to reconsider the case of a man they acquitted of drink driving on the grounds that he was insane. The Appeal Court quashed their decision in the case of Michael Harper and have given the magistrates direction to convict. Lord Justice McCowan said that insanity could only be used as a defence in criminal proceedings where criminal intent must be proved. He said that drink driving was a "strict liability" offence with no need for ...

  • Internet law. Cyberspace: the legal frontier

    5-Jun-1997

    Law is developing rapidly in an effort to keep pace with the Internet. In cyberspace, defamation, international treaties, US Supreme Court cases, copyright infringement by "hot-linked" Web sites, and European green papers, are just a part of the legal minefield waiting to explode.The Internet evolved from an academic and military network which was also accessible to computer enthusiasts, and is now increasingly used for commercial ...

  • Irish Minister loses appeal against £6m tribunal costs

    5-Jun-1997

    The Taxing Master of the Irish High Court has gone against the country's Finance Minister by approving a £6m legal fees bill for a tribunal that lasted more than 200 days. The bill will be met by the taxpayer.The tribunal was set up to investigate allegations of fraud, tax evasion and misuse of EU funds made by the World in Action television programme in 1991, against Goodman International, a leading Irish meat processor.Goodmans was represented by ...

  • Japanese seminar

    5-Jun-1997

    The Japan Centre at Birmingham University is holding a specialist one-day seminar that is aimed at helping lawyers improve and develop services for Japanese clients. It is one of series of business seminars relating to Japan. Stephanie Oyama, a consultant at top local firm Pinsent Curtis, is deputy director of the Japan Centre and main presenter of the series. She said she had recognised a need to hold a seminar especially for lawyers when they kept turning up to other seminars not ...

  • John Berry looks at the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

    5-Jun-1997

    John Berry is director of ADR Legal Costs Assessors.TAXATION of costs has always been a slow process, but on the 15 January 1997 it also became expensive. Court taxing fees were increased to 7.5 per cent on total costs taxed, but, more importantly, when an inter partes bill is lodged, a fee of 3.75 per cent on the total claim is immediately payable and non-refundable.To tax a bill may add between 15 and 20 per cent to the total legal ...

  • Judges call for more IT to publish judgments

    5-Jun-1997

    Court of Appeal judges have called for a greater availability of email and information technology to disseminate judgments to lawyers and judges.Issuing a ruling on the Internet for the first time, Lord Justice Saville criticised the lack of information technology available to the judiciary.Lords Justices Waller, Saville and Brooke put the decision of Bannister v SGB plc & ors on the Lord Chancellors Department Web site on 25 April.Lord ...

  • Law and accountants survey finds firms predicting gloom

    5-Jun-1997

    Law and accountancy firms are predicting a gloomy year ahead despite enjoying significant growth in 1996, according to a recent survey.The survey of about 100 small and medium-sized legal and accountancy firms revealed that, although 62 per cent of respondents experienced growth of more than 10 per cent last year, none of them predict similar increases for 1997.The survey, carried out by invoice finance company International Factors and the Mail on Sunday, also ...

  • Law Soc to put £80,000 toward property centres

    5-Jun-1997

    The Law Society has agreed to contribute £80,000 towards the establishment of a chain of solicitors' property centres.The news was greeted with delight by Solicitors Property Group general secretary Leslie Dubow. "We think it's not before time, and we are looking forward to seeing some progress now," he said.The Law Society Policy Committee agreed last week to set aside the money, appointing councillors Anthony Bogan, Richard Hegarty, Michael ...

  • Law Society goes on-line

    5-Jun-1997

    The Law Society's Policy Committee has given the green light to a computer system that will allow council members to go on-line and communicate with each other over the information superhighway.A central bulletin board will only be accessible to staff and council members, and will allow them to receive information and input ideas.Treasurer Robert Sayer estimated set-up costs to be in the vicinity of £17,000 with annual running costs for the system ...

  • Lawrence Graham lawyers advise councils to take on trusts

    5-Jun-1997

    Councils struggling to fund public services, such as residential homes for the elderly and art galleries, can ease the burden by turning them into charitable trusts, according to a report by London law firm Lawrence Graham.The report, which was written by lawyers Simon Randall and Phillip Heath, says benefits of transferring services to a charitable body include:

  • Lawyers can help council PR, claims information unit expert

    5-Jun-1997

    Chris Fogarty reportsCouncils are needlessly censoring their activities and could publicise their services much more by seeking the advice of their legal departments, according to Local Government Information Unit director Dennis Reed."Too often the fear of falling foul of the law has stopped councils producing legal publicity," said Reed.His comments come after the publication of the latest edition of The Right Side of the Law ...

  • Legal group gets positive

    5-Jun-1997

    Thirty law firm members of a solicitors' marketing network, which has set up Web sites, recorded 3,000 hits in the first four weeks.The Trinity Group of solicitors, run by Sheffield-based marketing company, Law Shield, aims to help its 70 law firm members to negotiate contracts for conveyancing and non-contentious work with banks, building societies and insurance companies. It set up Web sites for 30 of its members on March 24.

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 06/05/97

    5-Jun-1997

    Paul Martin Addison, 50, admitted 1975, practising as Addisons, Poole, fined £500 and ordered to pay £499 costs. Allegations substantiated he unreasonably delayed dealing with clients' affairs, failed to reply to Solicitors Complaints Bureau correspondence and held client funds while uncertificated. Addison previously before Tribunal in 1996 and fined £250 for failure to pay counsel's fees when due.Philip ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 06/05/97

    5-Jun-1997

    Scott v Lake - QBD 8 April 1997Claimant: Christopher Scott, 2Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Claimant, 18 at time of accident, left in persistent vegetative state after accident. Can only be fed through tube, is unable to do anything for himself and is cared for at a nursing home close to his family home in Rochdale. Court was told that because of the drunken state of plaintiff at the time of the accident, proving liability would ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 06/05/97

    5-Jun-1997

    Extradition hearing unfair due to absence of interpreter Maaroufi, sub nom R v Governor of Brixton Prison, ex parte Maaroufi (1997)Court: DC (McCowan LJ and Smedley J) 18/4/9Appearances: Oscar Del Fabbro instructed by Garstangs for the applicant. James Lewis instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, Ludgate Hill for the Governor of Brixton Prison and the German Government.Summary: Applicant for habeas corpus awaiting extradition to Germany should ...

  • Litigation Writs 06/05/97

    5-Jun-1997

    A man from Quenington, Gloucestershire, has launched a High Court action after he was made redundant from his £85,000-a-year job as UK commercial director of the London- based Wace Group. Christopher Watson, who had been with the company for 22 years, claims that he was made redundant after the company under went reorganisation in August 1995. The writ says he was told by the UK managing director that his job would no longer be available, was given ...

  • Negative image of sole practitioners challenged

    5-Jun-1997

    Solicitors working on their own are unfairly labelled as dishonest and incompetent by both the public and the legal profession, said newly appointed Sole Practitioners Group chairman Tim Readman.A sole practitioner for 16 years, Readman claimed the publishing in the legal and national press of a few high-profile cases of sole practitioners behaving badly had given a distorted view of SPG members.The Plymouth solicitor said the only way to counter such images ...

  • Nelsons incorporates its insurance section

    5-Jun-1997

    Nottingham law firm Nelsons has split off its commercial insurance service into a separate company to allow the expansion of what the practice claims is a unique service.The firm believes it is the only practice to have an insurance arm that focuses on commercial insurance and is not tied to any particular insurance company.The new company, Nelsons Commercial Insurance Services, ...

  • New government should act on bogus candidates, says lawyer

    5-Jun-1997

    One of Labour's first moves in power may be to change Britain's electoral laws, according to solicitor Gerald Shamash, who acted for the party in getting a trio of bogus Labour candidates struck out before the elections.Shamash, of Steel & Shamash, who advises the party on electoral law, said Labour had been frustrated by disaffected supporters standing as "New Labour" candidates.Shamash took four cases against such candidates in the days before last ...

  • Nuisance ruling annoys occupiers

    5-Jun-1997

    TWO actions that started in the Official Referee's court more than two years ago have set a precedent in the laws of nuisance.The cases of Hunter & ors v Canary Wharf Ltd and Hunter & ors v London Docklands Development Corporation, went on to the Court of Appeal and have now become the subject of a 50-page House of Lords ruling.It is a ruling which few have reason to applaud. It curtails the rights of many members of the public to seek legal remedy ...

  • Police arrest 17 ex-employees of South West firm Robinsons

    5-Jun-1997

    Seventeen former employees of disbanded West Country law firm Robinsons have been arrested and questioned by the Serious Fraud Office, which is investigating alleged misuse of legal aid funds.The 12 men and five women were arrested over the weekend of 26 and 27 April in a series of raids on their homes by SFO detectives and uniformed officers from the police forces of Somerset and Avon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.The 17 were taken to various police stations ...

  • Project

    5-Jun-1997

    London firm Geisler Laws Manning, in association with General Motors' in-house team, acted for General Motors Acceptance Corporation (UK) in a multimillion pound software project with Pan Credit Systems. Pan Credit was advised by Irwin Mitchell.

  • Property

    5-Jun-1997

    Linklaters & Paines advised MEPC on its £80m acquisition of C&J Clark's factory outlets at Street, Kendal and Doncaster and of Ritenuto Holding BV's interest at Doncaster. Freshfields advised C&J Clark on corporate matters and Chubb Bulleid on property matters. Wright Son & Pepper advised Ritenuto.

  • Property

    5-Jun-1997

    Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for the Post Office in its agreement with AMP Asset Management on its construction of the Royal Mail's £20m, 221,000sqft Gatwick Mail Centre. The Post Office will take a 20-year lease on the new building.

  • Rewards for loyalty could pay dividends

    5-Jun-1997

    Six months ago, US firm White & Case announced that it was to hike newly qualified salaries up to £45,000 as part of its drive to attract UK lawyers. The move was greeted rather circumspectly by City firms, which, in general, hoped it was a trend that would not catch on in the top London firms.Many firms were quick to opine that their assistants had more ...

  • Ruling out direct access to better system

    5-Jun-1997

    Gavin Millar's article (Viewpoint, The Lawyer, 11 March) gives the classical arguments against allowing barristers to have direct access to clients. But none of the arguments stand up to a single moment's logical analysis.Let's remember what the rule means. It is not some minor idiosyncrasy such as wigs or "my learned friend". It says that barristers will be disbarred if they deal with clients without the involvement of a solicitor. They ...

  • Rumour mill turns up Garretts and Simmons talks

    5-Jun-1997

    SPECULATION is rife that merger talks may be taking place between Garretts and Simmons & Simmons despite denials from senior management at both firms.If a merger goes ahead, it would give Garretts' parent, accountancy firm Arthur Andersen, a massive boost in the race among the Big Six to enter top-tier legal services.But Bill Knight, Simmons' corporate finance partner, denied the rumours, adding: "We would not rule it out. We are always interested in ...

  • Salaries spiral as club breaks up

    5-Jun-1997

    Newly-qualified wages at leading City firms have spiralled upwards this month following a breakdown in salary information sharing between the top firms.Until now, the club or "magic circle" of senior and managing partners from the top firms met regularly and are known to have commissioned surveys on the going salary rates from an accountancy firm.The arrangement has meant that salaries for newly-qualifieds at all the top firms have been remarkably similar, at ...

  • SPG denies links with US

    5-Jun-1997

    There are no proposals for a joint venture between Solicitors Property Group and First American Title, as suggested in The Lawyer (22 April).However, Solicitors Property Group is always ready to discuss proposals which may be in the interest of its members.Later in the report, you quote First American director Brian Marson as suggesting that our meeting with Surrey Law Society on 23 April was "depressingly downbeat". Actually, the ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Peter John Miller

    5-Jun-1997

    Peter John Miller was born on 25 May 1951, at Prestbury in Chester. He now lives in Tooting Bec in London and is head of property at Davis & Co. He specialises in commercial property. What was your first job?Vacation draw-bench operator in Bredbury steelworks.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£800pa as an articled clerk with

  • The price of taking solicitors' time free

    5-Jun-1997

    The Law Society headquarters at Chancery Lane has its charms and membership has its privileges.The 172-year-old legal institution has the look and aura of a refined gentleman's club - some councillors have served for almost 20 years, their expenses generously reimbursed throughout that time.But the price they pay is up to six weeks of unpaid work each year, which is spent wading through a mound of council papers, and at least two days each month in London ...

  • Travers Smith still faces probe after out-of-court Co-op deal

    5-Jun-1997

    The Law Society is expected to investigate Travers Smith Braithwaite's involvement in Andrew Regan's failed hostile bid for the Cooperative Wholesale Society (CWS) as it has emerged that the firm received stolen confidential CWS documents passed to it by Regan.CWS announced that it had dropped civil actions against both Travers Smith and Regan's financial adviser Hambros, ...

  • Woman's seat on the agenda after Chancery Lane debate

    5-Jun-1997

    THE creation of the Law Society's first designated woman's seat will be on the agenda at the next Council meeting on 5 June.Last Wednesday's Law Society policy meeting discussed making one of the 14 seats allocated to particular groups on the 75-strong Council a woman's. The new seat would be regarded as a step towards removing sex discrimination in the profession.A Law Society spokesman said that although the idea of a woman's seat had ...

  • Women's networking. The talk on the town

    5-Jun-1997

    This is truly the "age of the networker", and no-one is making better use of networking than women. They do not have the historical advantages of an old boy's network, but it seems to come naturally.With an increasing number of women in the workforce, several women's networks have sprung up in recent years. There is a distinction between the natural networking that most of us do all day - at the coffee machine, in the pub and so on - and the more proactive approach, ...