2 March 1998

The Lawyer

  • A tax cloud with a silver lining?

    2-Mar-1998

    Michael Simmons says planned tax changes for the legal profession will pose problems but will also present opportunities. Michael Simmons is a partner at Finers.The Inland Revenue's insistence on equal tax treatment of professional partnerships with corporate business ignores certain realities. The search for a level playing field could have damaging consequences.Every system has built-in checks and balances. The corporate director pays tax on direct income ...

  • A taxing profession

    2-Mar-1998

    My partners and I are very concerned about the implications of the proposed changes in the taxation of professional businesses.I appreciate that the Law Society is campaigning against the move but if it is not changed I fear that it will put lots of small firms out of business.Cash flow is difficult enough in a small practice this will make life simply impossible for many.More and more I find myself wondering why we bother with life in the legal ...

  • Baker & McKenzie is first in Malaysia

    2-Mar-1998

    Baker & McKenzie is set to become the first major international firm to establish a foothold in Malaysia.The firm has negotiated a 'correspondent' relationship with Wong & Partners, a firm being set up in Kuala Lumpur.The Malaysian firm will be headed by KK Wong, a locally qualified lawyer previously with Baker & McKenzie's Singapore office, and will do ...

  • Bristol law school drops LPC course

    2-Mar-1998

    THE SENATE at Bristol University has voted to close its Legal Practice Course as a result of a global Law Society freeze on increases to the number of course places being offered across the country.The vote is almost certain to lead to the course's closure although it is uncertain whether this September's course will run or not.The move has been met with dismay by the staff at the university's Department of Professional Studies who said in a statement ...

  • Brodies appoints Drummond

    2-Mar-1998

    Top-Five Scottish firm, Brodies, has just appointed its new managing partner, Bill Drummond, after a partner-wide election process. He will take over the post on 1 May for three years.Drummond specialises in commercial property and will combine maintaining ties with a number of existing clients with his management role.He will succeed George Taylor, who has been managing partner ...

  • Buggins strikes again in Law Society election controversy

    2-Mar-1998

    THE OLD system of electing the profession's leaders which Martin Mears once famously derided as 'Buggins' turn' has been resurrected in a modified form by the Law Society's constitutional reform working group.The group, headed by Tony Girling, the immediate past president of the Law Society and one of Mears' arch political rivals, wants the Law Society's council to nominate its own preferred candidates for the presidential elections, starting ...

  • Case summaries

    2-Mar-1998

    Cases pending in the Queens Bench Division: Patel v Solanki (9 February); Matthews v Metropolitan Police (16 February); Marks & Spencer v Granada (23 February); Al Fagih v HH Saudi Research & Marketing (2 March); Jarvis v Metropolitan Police (16 March); Ferguson v Silver and ors (no date); Morgan v MGN (no date fixed); Trigwell & ors v Colliver (no date); Leverdene and anor v Frank (no date).

  • Clifford Chance to re-tender its PR

    2-Mar-1998

    CLIFFORD Chance is re-tendering its prestigious public relations contract in a bid to boost its international profile especially in Europe.The review may well see the firm's current advisers Lowe Bell Financial, which took on the Clifford Chance account in 1996, dropped.The move follows a decision by the firm just before Christmas to re-assess its public relations ...

  • Clive Alcock on special hours certificates for public houses. Clive Alcock is legal adviser for Staffordshire Police.

    2-Mar-1998

    Two recent decisions have rejected the contentions made by licensee Steven Shipley of the higher courts' interpretation of provisions in s77 of the Licensing Act 1964 concerning Special Hours Certificates (SHC).At the request of the police, Cannock Licensing Justices applied Chief Constable of West Midlands v Aubrey Marsden to Shipley's application for an SHC and imposed both a finish time and a 7pm start time. The Crown Court at Stafford concurred.

  • Finers engulfs West End neighbour Bennett Taylor

    2-Mar-1998

    Finers is to swallow up fellow West End practice Bennett Taylor Tyrell, bringing to an end a firm that traces its origins back to the 1830s.The firms will merge at the beginning of March, when seven of the 10 partners at Bennett Taylor will move across to Finers.Bennett Taylor's two assistants and two trainees will also join Finers, but there will be redundancies among the firm's backroom staff.Richard Gerstein, Finers' newly-appointed ...

  • Flagship govt legal service still under wraps

    2-Mar-1998

    Chris Fogarty wonders whether the Government's plan for a Community Legal Service will prove to be as revolutionary as many hope. By any measure it is a bold statement.'The Community Legal Service (CLS) can do for the law what the NHS did for national health when it started 50 years ago,' Law Centres' Federation chair Mahmud Quayum told a gathering of colleagues and government officials at Camden Law Centre last month.Quayum is ...

  • Freshfields seeks to make its mark in Germany

    2-Mar-1998

    AFTER 18 months of talks, Freshfields and Cologne based Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund have finally announced a 'strategic alliance' as the first phase of a full-scale merger.From May this year, Freshfields' Frankfurt office will be absorbed into Deringer Tessin.Operating under Deringer Tessin's name, the German operation will have about 100 lawyers. Meanwhile offices in Brussels and Moscow will be integrated and operate as Freshfields ...

  • Getting the German strategy right

    2-Mar-1998

    Merging with a German firm seems to be flavour of the month as UK and US firms chase their German counterparts. Linklaters and Clifford Chance led the way and now Freshfields is following suit.Freshfields' link-up with Deringer Tessin, which The Lawyer revealed some 18 months ago to be on ...

  • Glaisyers loses team to Pannones

    2-Mar-1998

    In a second blow to Manchester firm Glaisyers its five-strong construction team in Manchester, headed by partner Tom Ellis, has been poached by Pannone & Partners.The move follows the defection to Pannones of Glaisyers' head of company and commercial, Mark Hodge, which was reported in The Lawyer last week.Ellis said that he and his team had been approached by Pannones, adding that the move would allow Pannones' construction team to vie for second position ...

  • Herbert Smith in Jakarta revamp

    2-Mar-1998

    Herbert Smith has ended its 18-month association agreement with Jakarta firm Prof Dr Mariam Darus, Badrulzaram & Partners and formed a link with a new arrival on the Indonesian legal scene, Kramadibrata Karim Sani Manihuruk (KKSM).Herbert Smith's resident lawyer in the Indonesian capital, Stefan Ricketts, has moved to KKSM's offices in Jakarta where he will be a consultant in line with local Bar rules.Richard Bond, a partner at Herbert Smith, said the ...

  • In brief: Bircham & Co boosts private client unit

    2-Mar-1998

    Westminster firm Bircham & Co has beefed up its private client department with the recruitment of three lawyers from City firms. Peter Davies and his assistant Robert Moore have defected from Nabarro Nathanson's Reading office. Davies joins as a consultant. Judith Morris also arrives as a consultant after 20 years at Freshfields.

  • In brief: Continuity of contracts paper is published

    2-Mar-1998

    The Financial Law Panel has published a paper addressing the crucial issue of continuity of contracts when the European Union adopts a common currency. Panel chief executive Colin Bamford said the panel scrutinised the issue in relation to all the major financial markets and discovered no new issues, concluding that very few contracts would be affected by the introduction of a monetary union.

  • In brief: Exodus of three from Fladgate Fielder

    2-Mar-1998

    Fladgate Fielder is set to lose three senior members from its institutional property team to Charles Russell, following disagreements over strategy. All three, Lynn Povey, Ian Fisher and Juliusz Wodzianski, are partners. No date has yet been set for their departure.

  • In brief: Initiatives could cut court wait for children

    2-Mar-1998

    A report by the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate has recommended a series of initiatives which it claims could cut the time it takes for cases involving children to reach court by 10 weeks. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Dame Barbara Mills QC, is to draw up a plan of action based on the report, launched on 29 January.

  • In brief: LAB awards first mental health contract

    2-Mar-1998

    Alsters, a firm based in Leamington Spa, is the first to be awarded a Legal Aid Board franchise contract in mental health. The category is an addition to the LAB's quality assurance scheme.

  • In brief: Law Soc attacks increased claims limit

    2-Mar-1998

    Increasing the limit for claims in the small claims court will 'reduce access to real justice', the Law Society has claimed in its response to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine QC's plans to raise the limit. It says litigants should be given the option of whether or not to use the small claims procedure when the threshold is raised, and that housing claims over £1,000 should be excluded from the procedure.

  • In brief: Memorial service for meningitis victim

    2-Mar-1998

    A memorial service for Charlotte Spaldin will be held at St Bride's church on Fleet Street at 12 noon on Wednesday this week. Spaldin was an assistant solicitor in Rosling King's litigation department. She died of meningitis on 19 December 1997.

  • In brief: Nabarros tax ace joins Beachcroft Stanleys

    2-Mar-1998

    Leading tax lawyer Christopher Cox joined City firm Beachcroft Stanleys last month as a partner from Nabarro Nathanson, where he was also a partner. Cox will head a new commercial tax practice at Beachcrofts. Cox said the merger talks between Beachcrofts, Bristol-based Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave and Manchester's Vaudreys had not been a 'major factor' in his decision to join the firm.

  • In brief: NYC Brown & Wood partners to work in UK

    2-Mar-1998

    Two New York-based Brown & Wood partners, Cathy Kaplan and RJ Ruble are to share their time with the firm's London office in a move to support the firm's expanding international securitisation practice.

  • In brief: Report pushes for abolition of QC title

    2-Mar-1998

    A new report by the Adam Smith Institute, published on 2 February, calls for the abolition of Queen's Counsel to ensure a free market in advocacy. The report was written by Peter Reeves, a former Oxford solicitor, and argues that the selection of silks is an arbitrary process which enables those chosen to that position to hike up their fees. The Bar Council has described the attack as 'unfair'.

  • In brief: Stell promoted to managing partner

    2-Mar-1998

    Bradford solicitors Last Cawthra Feather partner Simon Stell (pictured right), has been appointed as managing partner of the firm. Stell joined Last Cawthra Feather last February from Hammond Suddards, where he was a partner in the litigation department.

  • Insurers line up to replace SIF

    2-Mar-1998

    THE insurance industry is ready and willing to insure law firms on the open market, according to a report undertaken on behalf of the November Group of City firms which is fighting for the abolition of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF).The report, by Trevor Moss of insurance brokers Nelson Hurst & Marsh, which specialises in insuring law firms, claims premiums last year for a range of firms would have been at least 40 per cent less if they had been able to get insurance ...

  • Investors sue for £45m

    2-Mar-1998

    The Investors Compensation Scheme (ICS) and two investors' groups are to go to court to seek an estimated £45m in damages from the West Bromwich Building Society (WBBS).The case revolves around the sale of Home Income Plans (HIPs), by Fisher Prew Smith, a firm of independent financial advisers which went into liquidation in 1991. Many of the plans were financed via WBBS.Opening speeches will be heard at the High Court in the Strand on 9 February in ...

  • Jones quits Edges for KPMG

    2-Mar-1998

    Edge & Ellison senior partner Digby Jones the man who publicly committed the firm to a merger last year is to quit the legal profession in April to join Big Six accountancy firm KPMG in Birmingham.Both Jones and Edges insist he was not forced out of the practice. But, in an unusually candid statement, the firm's managing partner, Gil Hayward, said Jones' 'high profile has sometimes obscured the firm's overall strengths'.His departure ...

  • Law Soc commissions legal aid research drive

    2-Mar-1998

    THE Law Society has commissioned a major research project into the impact the Government's reform plans will have on law firms across the country, as part of its campaign to force a U-turn on the reforms.The research, which will be undertaken by the University of Sheffield Law Faculty's Professor Joanna Shapland, will take the form of case studies of up to a dozen small to medium-sized firms currently carrying out legal aid work.It will investigate ...

  • Lawyers going solo

    2-Mar-1998

    Four solicitors give their very different views on how to develop conveyancing...Michael Garson is a partner at Phillip Hodges & Co and creator of IPSO.Much has been said and written in the last year about the opportunities for solicitors to become involved in the house transfer process.Effecting a sea-change in the composition of the market in terms of providers will take time and a great deal of capital. In the meantime, the opportunity is there for small firms ...

  • Leading lights open Bar training centre

    2-Mar-1998

    FOUR of the profession's leading women gathered at the Inns of Court School of Law last week at the opening of its £1m training centre.Cherie Booth QC, who officially opened the centre, was joined by Bar Council chairman Heather Hallett QC, Lady Justice Butler-Sloss and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Dame Barbara Mills QC.The Legal Training Resource Centre at Gray's Inn Place contains 40 personal computers, with a further 50 situated at ...

  • Linklaters leads drug firms' mega-merger

    2-Mar-1998

    LINKLATERS' senior partner Charles Allen-Jones is leading a team of partners advising SmithKline Beecham on its intended merger with American Home Products (AHP), one of the leading pharmaceutical groups in the US.The merger would create a company with sales of more than £16bn and a stock market valuation of £75bn.But the merger, the largest in history, is still being negotiated and may be derailed by a hostile bid from a third party.

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 3/2/98

    2-Mar-1998

    Rebecca Elvira Jones, 40, admitted 1983, practising at material time as assistant solicitor in firm of John Hodge Nichols Strickland in Queen's Square, Bristol, and subsequently employed by Avon County Council and Bristol City Council, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £943 costs. Allegations substantiated she failed to reply to letters from other solicitors and from the Law Society and the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Tribunal recognised ...

  • Litigation firms to discuss tactics for tax reforms fight

    2-Mar-1998

    LARGE litigation firms waging a campaign against proposed changes to the taxation of professional businesses will meet in private this week to draw up a plan of action.The firms aim to lobby the Inland Revenue over its plan to tax professional partnerships on work as it is done, rather than when payments are received.At a closed meeting held in the Law Society's Chancery Lane headquarters last week, 22 lawyers from 15 major firms elected a steering committee.

  • Litigation Personal Injury 3/2/98

    2-Mar-1998

    Quinn v MoD CA 28 November, 1997Claimant: Ronald Quinn, 65Incident: Exposure to asbestosInjuries and contentions: Appellant exposed to asbestos dust for more than 40 years while serving in the Royal Navy claimed damages from Ministry of Defence (MoD). Alleged that between 1949 and 1956 he was exposed to large quantities of asbestos dust. He now suffers from mesothelioma which has left him, inter alia, unable to walk anything more ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 3/2/98

    2-Mar-1998

    Decisions are taken from Lawtel's Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report.No contempt of court in respect of match fixing trialHer Majesty's Attorney General v (1) Sunday Newspapers (2) Thomas Anthony John Rubython (3) Anil Bhoyrul (1998)Court: DC (Pill LJ, Garland J) 20/1/9Summary: Allegations of contempt of court not proved against publishers and staff of Sunday Business newspaper ...

  • Litigation Writs 3/2/98

    2-Mar-1998

    Abbey National is suing solicitors George Plenderleath, Paul Davies, John Hobson, Paul Carr, Trever Shillabeer, Steven Griffiths, Oliver Borthwick, Michael Kelly, John James, Ian Brand, David Fryer, Dermot Carey, William Knoc, David Wilson, Thomas Thomson, Michael Bottomley and Duncan Wilcox for damages for alleged negligence and breach of contract when acting in connection with a loan to be secured over property ...

  • Lords to hear sentence appeal

    2-Mar-1998

    The House of Lords have agreed to hear an appeal in the case of France Louis Francois. Francois is seeking parole from a prison sentence. The case raises the question of aggregation of consecutive sentences imposed by different courts on different dates to be aggregated for the purpose of calculating the prisoner's non-parole release date under the provisions of s33 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991. Francois claims the present method of calculation can result in the length of time ...

  • LWD staff flood to offer pro bono work

    2-Mar-1998

    MORE than 100 partners, assistant solicitors and fee earners at Lovell White Durrant have offered to do work for the firm's new pro bono unit which was set up four months ago.The unit, headed by full-time pro bono officer Yasmin Waljee, is the first to be established by a City firm. Other firms, including Linklaters and

  • Making sure easy also means safe

    2-Mar-1998

    Linda Tsang explains which factors to consider when setting up an off-the-shelf company, and examines the importance of the company registration agent. Linda Tsang is a freelance journalist.The setting up of an off-the shelf company is not always a simple matter of taking a box file with books and company seal down from the shelf, filling in the forms, sending them to Companies House and then doing nothing else. Solicitors providing this services either through their own ...

  • More students are good news for LPCs

    2-Mar-1998

    As the Law Society slackens its policy regarding entrance to law schools, both students and the profession will benefit from greater competition, argues Jacqueline Siers. Jacqueline Siers is chief executive of BPP Law SchoolThe lifting of the Law Society's moratorium on Legal Practice Course (LPC) places could not have come at a better time for law schools like the BPP.The Trainee Solicitors Group reversed their position on the issue late last ...

  • Oppenhoffs partners take the plunge over Linklaters alliance

    2-Mar-1998

    PARTNERS at German firm Oppenhoff & RAdler were due to vote over the weekend on whether to form an alliance with Linklaters.The vote, which was scheduled to take place after The Lawyer went to press, could clear the way for Linklaters to join the powerful Alliance of European Lawyers, of which Oppenhoffs is a member.But it could also jeopardise the firm's relationship with ...

  • Personal injury pedant

    2-Mar-1998

    Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 734 0534, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square.I note with some interest and amusement the Inquiry featuring Stephen Dooley (The Lawyer, 13 January).He was asked 'which law could you live without?', his reply being 'Newton's Second I never managed to avoid the backlash'.I think he is somewhat ...

  • Process server leads campaign for national register

    2-Mar-1998

    A leading process server has launched a campaign to set up a national register of fellow process servers to help lawyers avoid incompetent and unscrupulous practitioners.Mark Wingrove, who manages 27 process servers who deliver legal documents such as writs, court summonses and injunctions is trying to enlist support and feedback from the profession for his plan to set up a database of registered process servers.Wingrove said that lawyers rely solely on word ...

  • Property

    2-Mar-1998

    DJ Freeman advised Kingsway International Christian Centre on its £2.5m acquisition of land in Hackney to build a 5,000 seat church and associated facilities. Eversheds acted for the vendors, Brent Walker.

  • Property

    2-Mar-1998

    Lawrence Graham acted for Legal & General in its £9.5m purchase of a 60 acre site at South Marston, Swindon, and its development agreement with Trencherwood Commercial, represented by Edge & Ellison.

  • Property

    2-Mar-1998

    Norton Rose acted for SmithKline Beecham on the disposal of its 20 acre former research and development site at Great Burgh near Epsom in Surrey. Taylor Joynson Garrett acted for Toyota and Howletts for the other purchasers.

  • Property

    2-Mar-1998

    Nellen & Co represented two star Michelin restaurant The Square on the acquisition of its premises from the Prudential Assurance Company, advised by Lovell White Durrant.

  • Property

    2-Mar-1998

    Masons advised the DSS on a £160m contract with the Newcastle Estate Partnership (NEP) for the Newcastle Estate Development Project. NEP is a joint venture company between AMEC Developments and the Building & Property Group and was advised by Berwin Leighton. Funding was provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland, advised by Allen & Overy.

  • Scots keeping solicitors at the heart of the deal

    2-Mar-1998

    Most people know that the process of buying and selling property is dramatically different in Scotland to elsewhere in the UK. The solicitor is at the heart of Scotland's distinct approach.Since 1980, Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre (ESPC) member firms have maintained over 80 per cent of the sellers' market in Edinburgh and the Lothians, with actual sales topping £1bn for the first time in 1997.In Scotland, most people selling their home ...

  • Seeking asylum from death sentence

    2-Mar-1998

    A pregnant Pakistani woman could face being stoned to death if she is not given refugee status in the UK, reports Roger PearsonThe Law Lords have decided to allow a battered wife from Pakistan, who fears death by stoning if she is forced to return home, to bring her plea to stay in the UK before them.In 1996 Syeda Shah, who lives in Canning Town in London, successfully challenged in the High Court the refusal of an Immigration Appeal ...

  • Shape up or ship out

    2-Mar-1998

    The legal profession must shoulder most of the criticism for the problems that exist in the slow, antiquated house-buying system in Britain.Opportunities presented to the profession over the last 25 years to progress have been ignored or sidestepped. Is there a future for domestic conveyancing as a hard-core business source for the high street firm? The answer is 'No'.The Government appears to be leaning towards pushing the packaging of properties ready ...

  • SMI could be a wasted chance

    2-Mar-1998

    The failure to implement a set of Standard Mortgage Instructions could spell disaster for high street solicitors, warns Chris Jowett. Chris Jowett is Halifax group solicitor and chairman of the Mortgage Lenders Legal Advisory Panel.More than a decade ago, the Farrand committee set up in the mid-1980s by then Lord Chancellor, Lord Hailsham to investigate how to simplify conveyancing practices acknowledged the scope for lenders to achieve uniformity in their dealings with ...

  • SocGen legal head boosts his team

    2-Mar-1998

    The head of legal and compliance at SocGen Asset Management, Nicola Horlick's new fund management company, is beefing up his legal team.Robert Guest, a former senior legal officer with investment regulator Fimbra has hired two others to his team, Sheila Redston, who has moved over from Gartmore, another fund management company; and Sara Yaffe, a paralegal who joins from Mishcon de ...

  • Society for Computers & Law Awards 1998

    2-Mar-1998

    Last week the Society for Computers & Law presented its seventh annual awards, which recognise outstanding technological innovation for the legal profession.Laserform Law topped the bill last week at the Society for Computers & Law (SCL) awards ceremony, taking first prize for its CaseControl forms system.In presenting the award, Lord Saville of Newdigate, chairman of Information Technology in the Courts, said that IT was fundamental ...

  • Solicitor attacks duty rota reforms

    2-Mar-1998

    SUSSEX criminal lawyer Alexander McCulloch has attacked as 'monopolistic' and 'anti-competitive' the recent changes to the duty solicitor scheme, which he claims prevent him from practising law in the area he chooses.The controversy surrounds 'reverse linking', by which a solicitor can only do police station work if he or she is eligible for work as a magistrates' court duty solicitor in the same area.The effect of the policy ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: David Sedgwick

    2-Mar-1998

    David Sedgwick was born in Walsall in 1956. He is head of litigation at Clarke Willmott & Clarke.What was your first job?Slaughterhouse worker, which involved pushing freshly killed pigs along a slaughter line.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£2,500p.a.What would you have done if you hadn't ...

  • The perfect title

    2-Mar-1998

    The US practice of title insurance has long been a threat to conveyancing practices in the UK, but it could also offer new opportunites, writes Mervyn Rundle. Mervyn Rundle is a founding partner of Rundle Walker. Last year he went to the US to investigate title insurance.Title insurance has long been an unwanted visitor from the US legal shores. But does it really mean instant redundancy for conveyancing solicitors in this country?Title insurance evolved in the ...

  • To sell or not to sell? That's the question

    2-Mar-1998

    Solicitors control over 90 per cent of the conveyancing market. So why are they being told to radically rethink the way they operate? asks Chris FogartyThousands of firms will have to address how they carry out conveyancing this year or face the prospect of being swept off their financial feet, according to solicitors engineering a revolution in the house-buying process.The past 12 months have seen lawyers, title insurers and banks introduce proposals aimed ...

  • Top sets combine IT resources

    2-Mar-1998

    LONDON'S largest chambers, Hardwicke Building, has joined forces with 9 Bedford Row to recruit what is believed to be the Bar's first ever full-time chambers IT manager.Former London University Astrophysics Department System Manager, Dr Basil Drolias, took up his new post at the beginning of the year, working three days a week at Hardwicke Building and two at 9 Bedford Row.Not only is it the first appointment of an IT manager, but it is highly unusual ...

  • Transformation is the only option....

    2-Mar-1998

    The recent survey by BDO Stoy Hayward into property selling by solicitors makes interesting reading. It tells us two important things: First, that if you are a conveyancer the 'do nothing' option should be avoided. Conveyancing as a stand-alone discipline is unlikely to thrive in the new millennium. Secondly and I believe more importantly it tells us that there is a market opportunity for solicitors in property selling but only if we recognise that the public expects a ...

  • Travers Smith decides against merger strategy

    2-Mar-1998

    PARTNERS at Travers Smith Braithwaite have made a strategic decision not to merge, following several approaches by other practices.The decision for the firm to remain independent was made at a strategy conference at a partners' retreat two weeks ago.Managing partner Alasdair Douglas, who has just been re-elected to the post of managing partner for another three-year term, ...

  • UK-China venture offers legal Web site

    2-Mar-1998

    SLAUGHTER and May trainee solicitor, Paul Cheng, has set up China's first non-governmental Web site produced through a joint venture with the universities of London, Peking and Tsinghua.The China Connection Legal Forum Web site was officially launched on 28 January to coincide with the Chinese New Year.The Web site offers a variety of information on developments at UK firms with Chinese offices as well as legal articles, book reviews, recent news on Chinese ...

  • Underwriting solicitors

    2-Mar-1998

    I was very pleased to read the article concerning Stewart Title's announcement that solicitors will take on the underwriters role in their title insurance scheme (The Lawyer, 27 January).This may well be news for private practice conveyancing lawyers, but it should not be.For more than 100 years, title insurance has played a pivotal role in the conveyancing process in the United States.Throughout this time, the title insurers ...

  • When teamwork breaks down

    2-Mar-1998

    Roger Pearson looks at what rights of protection an individual has over the confidentiality of work that was carried out as part of a teamA Court of Appeal ruling by Lords Justices Nourse and Schiemann and Sir John Vinelot on 11 December has focused attention on an obscure aspect of the application of the law of protection of confidential information.Laura Masterson of Eversheds, ...