20 February 1995

The Lawyer

  • Aitken wants more legal expense cover

    21-Feb-1995

    Insurers have called on the Government to provide tax relief on legal expense schemes following backing from Treasury Minister Jonathan Aitken.Aitken told the Society of Conservative Lawyers that he was keen to see an extension of private insurance to ease the burden on the legal aid budget.Legal expense insurers have welcomed his support but claim more could be done to encourage new schemes.The Legal Protection Group wants to see tax relief made ...

  • Avon chief to head specialist practice

    21-Feb-1995

    Tim MillerFORMER local authority chief Basil Smith has switched to Bristol-based Veale Wasbrough to head the firm's new local government practice.Smith's move from Avon County Council to private practice is linked to the re-organisation of public services in the South West.Avon and the region's six district councils are to be replaced with four unitary authorities, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Bath and north east Somerset, ...

  • Bexley in care row

    21-Feb-1995

    Tim MillerBexley Council is being challenged in the courts after slashing home care hours for a quadraplegic. Carer Pamela Butt has been granted leave to apply for judicial review of the local authority's decision. It is alleged that Bexley overlooked guidance which forces councils to re-assess a case before care is reduced. The authority vigorously refutes this and claims a full re-assessment took place.

  • Brochure promotes UK as tax haven

    21-Feb-1995

    A BROCHURE inviting rich overseas businessmen on an action-packed trip to the UK to explore its attributes as a tax haven has been drawn up by a small immigration and tax firm.The 'travel brochure' produced by Elias Freeman invites wealthy foreigners on a visit which mixes tax and immigration advice with trips to the theatre and visits to top sporting events.It also informs them they can live in the UK without paying any tax if they are advised properly.

  • Bruce and Herbert Smith part

    21-Feb-1995

    City firm Herbert Smith has appointed Liz McDougall as head of business development, succeeding Roger Bruce.Bruce has left to undertake an MBA and is understood to be setting up his own marketing consultancy. He joined Herbert Smith in a high profile move from Theodore Goddard for a reputed salary over u100,000 in 1993. It was the first external marketing appointment by the top ten City firm.McDougall has worked at the firm for over nine years and was involved ...

  • Building a bigger business

    21-Feb-1995

    Taylor Joynson Garrett acting for Halifax Loans - a wholly owned subsidiary of the Halifax Building Society - has completed the purchase of the centralised lending business of Banque Nationale de Paris, acquiring u1.5 billion in mortgage assets representing 0.5 per cent of the total UK mortgage market. This new acquisition has raised Halifax Loans' total mortgage assets to u2.7 billion.This is the first time that Halifax has acquired a centralised lender and it plans ...

  • CASE STUDY

    21-Feb-1995

    Deep in the bowels of 65 Holborn Viaduct toil the messengers of Lovell White Durrant. The fact that this function is internally named the general office as opposed to the post room gives a good indication of its importance.The messengers' day starts at 7.30am with a concentrated team effort on Royal Mail opening and sorting. The average daily delivery can be up to eight sacks, so timing is critical to ensure all internal deliveries have been completed prior to the start ...

  • Case study

    21-Feb-1995

    One of the main topics of conversation in law firms today is marketing and McKenna & Co is no exception. We have a number of initiatives in place and one of our main objectives is to retain and develop our client base. To facilitate business, our lawyers and the information technology department are together exploring the options that electronic communications can provide.We have been developing and installing email applications with the firm for a number of years, ...

  • Catch me on my mobile

    21-Feb-1995

    Mobile phones allow you to be in when you are out, and for most business people this is a real boon. Phones are now so cheap that they have lost the the 1980s yuppie image and are now everyday items.But the clichC of time being money cuts both ways. A phone may be cheap to buy, it will also be expensive to run.The electronics in a mobile phone cost about u150 to produce, assemble and test. With normal trade and retail margins that would lead to ...

  • Compas points way ahead for pupil selection

    21-Feb-1995

    John Malpas reportsA GROUP of chambers has devised its own clearing house scheme in an effort to bring order to the current free-for-all system of pupil selection.The common law sets, which include Lord Williams of Mostyn QC's chambers at Farrar's Building and Robert Seabrook QC's set at 1 Crown Office Row, hope to bring order to the annual scramble for pupils between competing chambers.So far 11 sets have signed up to the ...

  • Conditional fees cover for all

    21-Feb-1995

    The scope of the revolutionary "no-win no-fee" approach to justice is set to expand with the launch of vital insurance cover.The Law Society's own insurance scheme will be restricted to limited cases and certain lawyers when the new rules come into force in the spring.But a new product, thought to be the first of its kind, has come on to the market and is set to open up the field.The conditional fee protection plan, offered by City-based Litigation ...

  • Conference dispenses advice

    21-Feb-1995

    The implementation stage of a system was more fraught than its selection, IT consultant Neil Cameron told The Lawyer Information systems for lawyers conference in London last week."I have told a client: 'Select the system yourself, as you can't get that as wrong as implementing it yourself'."Looking at the technical problems that arose especially in the current mix and match environment, he said it was not possible for ...

  • Corporate

    21-Feb-1995

    The Non-Fossil Purchasing Agency, on behalf of the 12 regional electricity companies in England and Wales, was advised by Herbert Smith on the award of 141 electricity power purchase agreements for the England and Wales renewables programme.

  • Corporate

    21-Feb-1995

    Bletchley Motor Group was advised by McKenna & Co on its merger with Charles Sidney, advised by Dibb Lupton Broomhead, by way of a recommended offer by Charles Sidney for Bletchley.

  • Council bike ban feud may lead to court

    21-Feb-1995

    Two local authorities are at legal loggerheads over a bike ban in the centre of Cambridge.The city council is taking the unusual step of exploring the possibility of legal action against the county council.One public law expert says it is not unheard of for a local authority to consider judicial review of another, but the scenario is "not particularly appetising" because local council tax-payers could end up funding both sides of the litigation.Simon ...

  • Councils call in CCT whiz-kids

    21-Feb-1995

    Lawyers should stick to law and leave management to the business experts, according to some local authorities gearing up for tendering.The public sector is taking a leaf out of the private sector book by recruiting non-lawyers to help run their organisations.Chester City Council and Hillingdon Borough Council are both looking for practice managers with a business background while other authorities may follow suit.Cathy Thomas, Hillingdon's head ...

  • Court 'rental' charges on way

    21-Feb-1995

    Revelations of Government plans for daily court 'rental' fees are fuelling fears of reduced access to justice.A fee of u500 per day is anticipated for the High Court and u200 per day for the County Court. A Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) spokesman says the fees, which "only represent one third of the court's running costs," may come in by the end of the year.Anne Grosskurth, Legal Action Group policy officer, is "shocked" by the fees. ...

  • CRE fights solicitor's race claim against club

    21-Feb-1995

    The Commission for Racial Equality is taking legal action on behalf of a leading London solicitor who claims he suffered racial discrimination by a former City client.Sarosh Zaiwalla, senior partner of London-based Zaiwalla & Co, claims that legal work was withdrawn from him because of his Indian origins.The CRE is suing Britannia Steamship Insurance Association, one of London's largest mutual insurance clubs.Other defendants to the CRE action ...

  • Dial-in a new line

    21-Feb-1995

    Technology is moving ahead at a ferocious rate and law firms are increasingly concerned about the investment needed to keep their business infrastructure up to date. In particular, they need to be attuned to changes in working practices in order to fully respond to client needs.Telephones are at the heart of Osborne Clarke's communications system and logical upgrades are vital ...

  • European network to take on top UK firms

    21-Feb-1995

    A EUROPEAN law firm network says its expansion means it can now rival the top UK international firms.The Punder Group says its membership has almost doubled in size as a result of signing up three new members from Belgium, France and The Netherlands. It now includes about 350 lawyers, notaries and tax advisers.The group, originally made up of law firms from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, now has a total of 16 offices based in 11 countries.A spokeswoman ...

  • Expert lists to supervise Anton Pillers

    21-Feb-1995

    Local law societies in the bigger cities are drawing up lists of supervising solicitors for Anton Piller orders.Any solicitors experienced in using Anton Pillers are encouraged to consider joining such lists, from which they can be contacted by other lawyers who need an independent solicitor to act as supervisor.The local lists, encouraged by the Law Society, follow a practice direction last summer from the Lord Chief Justice which recommended that supervising ...

  • Financing

    21-Feb-1995

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  • Financing

    21-Feb-1995

    Close Brothers was advised by Freshfields in relation to a placing to finance acquisition of a further interest in Winterflood Securities. Financial advisers SG Warburg Securities was advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp.

  • Firm accuses water authority of failing to disclose information

    21-Feb-1995

    A WEST country firm is set to break new legal ground by suing a water authority for allegedly refusing to give out information about water quality.Barnstable's Toller Beattie is launching a High Court action against South West Water Services (SWW) for breach of the Environmental Information Regulations 1992 and European directives.It is believed to be the first court action brought in this country under the regulations which force public bodies to disclose ...

  • Firms which boldly go...

    21-Feb-1995

    Winton Woods wants to run a "boot camp" in Tucson, Arizona, to teach judges and lawyers how to become part of the courtroom of the future. "I want to bring those guys in and say 'Hey, you can do this'. We'll give them the confidence that they are not going to be embarrassed."Woods, a professor at the University of Arizona, learned about the power of computers when he bought one for his children. He then realised computers could make lawyers less dependent ...

  • First member of Finnish Bar past the post in UK transfer test

    21-Feb-1995

    Nordic lawyer Christina Tolvas-Vincent has become the first member of the Finnish Bar to pass the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test in the UK.After four years with Southampton firm Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh, she can now represent clients in court.The switch was possible following Finland's entry into the European Community at the start of 1994."I'm delighted at being a 'first'," she says.Tolvas-Vincent works in the retail ...

  • Flotation

    21-Feb-1995

    Worth Investment Trust, now Caledonia Media Communications, was advised by The Brough Skerrett Law Partnership in connection with the reverse takeover of Devanha Group, advised by Peterkins.

  • Football Competition

    21-Feb-1995

    The Lawyer is pleased to announce the 1995 Legal National Five-a-Side football tournament in conjunction with Arsenal Football Club.The competition is open to all members of the legal profession and those associated with it. So law firms, barristers' chambers, in-house legal departments and courthouse staff are invited to field teams.The event will kick off in the well-equipped sports centre run by Arsenal FC at its famous Highbury ground in North London. ...

  • Getting IT together

    21-Feb-1995

    The mood was somewhat downbeat at last week's gathering of legal IT users at the 'Information systems for lawyers' conference. The concerns were about getting installations to work properly, rather than new and better systems.Concern about the market was the keynote of two legal IT suppliers, AIM and Ushers, which formally announced the Law Desk Consortium as a way of pooling resources for research. Their coming together, and they may be ...

  • Hanging on the telephone

    21-Feb-1995

    The Norwich office of Eversheds recently upgraded its telephone systems to provide a greater level of client service by the introduction of direct dialling to the telephones on all lawyer's desks, one contact number for the multi-site Norwich operation and voice mail.Eversheds briefed three large suppliers of voice telecommunications systems to explain current problems and objectives. ...

  • In brief: City firm funds Greenwich University law

    21-Feb-1995

    CITY law firm Stephenson Harwood is funding the chair of comparative law at the University of Greenwich for the next three years at a total cost of u45,000. Senior partner Donald Amlot says: "It makes sense for us to support a chair on comparative law. The University of Greenwich is a new university with a new Law School with considerable potential." Professor William Rees holds the chair and ...

  • In brief: Insurance disc bill leaps first hurdle

    21-Feb-1995

    A bill requiring motorists to display insurance discs on their windscreens confirming they are insured has passed its first reading. The Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) says it is delighted the bill, introduced by Dartford MP Bob Dunn, has passed its first hurdle. "It is a sad fact of motoring life that honest premium paying motorists are having to subsidise those drivers who are cheating the system," a spokeswoman says. The bill is scheduled to get its second reading on Friday ...

  • In brief: Law Soc says benefits pay back rule unfair

    21-Feb-1995

    The system by which accident victims on social security benefits have to pay back their benefits when they win compensation is unfair, says the Law Society in evidence to the Social Security Select Committee last week. The society called for changes to allow victims to receive the damages for pain and suffering in full, which should be exempt from benefit recovery. The government expects to claw back u100,000 in benefits from victims this year.

  • In brief: National Law Week restates lawyers' role

    21-Feb-1995

    National Law Week is a chance to put the record straight on the role of lawyers, says Law Society President Charles Elly. Addressing the Birmingham Law Society's president's dinner, he said: "This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Law Society's Charter. It is time to reflect on the service of generations of solicitors and to celebrate the immense contribution they have made to society. For too many, solicitors have become a convenient target for ill-informed criticism. ...

  • In brief: New judicial appointments

    21-Feb-1995

    The Lord Chancellor has made several judicial appointments. Hugh Bennett QC is to be a High Court judge in the family division. Recorder John Fraser is to be made a judge on the South East circuit and District Judge Rubery is to be assigned to the Midland and Oxford circuit.

  • In brief: Placements wanted for Romanian students

    21-Feb-1995

    The call has gone out for firms or chambers to take on Romanian law students for work experience. The Trainee Solicitors' Group and European Law Students' Association have been given a u14,600 Foreign Office grant to pay for 10 students to visit the UK next month. The students will attend the York TSG conference and spend a week with London University before their week's work experience beginning on 13 March. Ring Amanda Brock on 0171-379 0000 for details. For information ...

  • In brief: Professor Sherr to hold Woolf Chair

    21-Feb-1995

    The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies has appointed Avrom Sherr as the first full-time Woolf Chair of Legal Education. The new post, in honour of Alexander and Leah Woolf, parents of the Rt Hon Lord Woolf, will place the institute at the centre of research and development in legal education. Sherr is currently Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Business and Professional Law at the University of Liverpool.

  • In brief: Rochfort to head benevolent association

    21-Feb-1995

    Eila Rochfort, senior partner at Camberley firm Neale Turk Rochfort, has been appointed chair of the Solicitors Benevolent Association for 1995. Rochfort, a director of the association since 1982, was president of the West Surrey Law Society in 1985.

  • In brief: Shepherd takes on SFLA chair

    21-Feb-1995

    The Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA) has appointed Nigel Shepherd, partner with north west firm Lace Mawer, as its new chair. Shepherd was chair of the north west SFLA between 1987 and 1991 when he was elected to the national committee. He chaired the association's mediation committee from 1991-93 and then became national vice-chair.

  • In brief: Solicitors Complaints Bureau seminar

    21-Feb-1995

    A seminar to discuss the future of the Solicitors Complaints Bureau is being staged at the Law Society, Chancery Lane, at 3pm on 3 March. The event is being organised by Norwich practitioner Nicholas Oglethorpe. Anyone interested in attending should contact Oglethorpe through his firm Clapham Collinge, 35-37 Exchange St, Norwich, NR2 1EN. DX5212 Norwich.

  • In favour of local law

    21-Feb-1995

    I read with interest in last week's The Lawyer that the CCBE has once more failed to reach a common view on the rights of establishment for lawyers in Europe.I cannot believe that after all the years of junket trips to exotic locations around Europe, they are no further in finding a solution to this issue.It seems to me that there is something wrong with a profession that is taking nigh on 20 years to sort out something so simple as working in a member ...

  • It's good to talk

    21-Feb-1995

    Linda Tsang examines the growing area of communications and finds how firms are keeping track of their businessTelephone, telegram and telling the lawyer in the adjoining office used to be the quickest ways to pass on any vital information. With the arrival of email, voice mail and video conferencing, that is no longer the case.And it is not just in the area of telecommunications that firms are developing and expanding. In the related and wider ...

  • Keeping in touch

    21-Feb-1995

    Masons' communications systems have evolved to a level of sophistication which most lawyers could not have imagined a few years ago. The driving force behind these changes has been the firm's determination to exploit all appropriate forms of technology.Before Masons moved into its present accommodation in mid-1990 the various tools for communicating - post, telephone and data - were all compartmentalised, with their own strategic and support resources. ...

  • LAB faces claims of political bias

    21-Feb-1995

    The Legal Aid Board (LAB) has been accused of riding rough-shod over the consultation process on legal aid reform.President of the Law Society Charles Elly says the board has "endangered its political neutrality by acting as a cheerleader for controversial ministerial ideas".Elly's criticisms follow LAB recruitment advertisements which assume that block contracts will be introduced.The advertisements, which have appeared in both the national ...

  • LAB proposals wide of mark in cutting legal aid 'factory farm'

    21-Feb-1995

    THE LAW Society has come up with a new plan to clamp down on greedy lawyers who "factory farm" legal aid.Officials say that the Legal Aid Board's (LAB) proposals to combat abuses of the Green Form system may miss their target.Instead, the society has come up with its own radical idea to curb mass marketing scams, such as the leafleting of council estates.Russell Wallman, the society's head of professional policy, says: "We are not saying ...

  • Law Lords extend will duty of care

    21-Feb-1995

    In a landmark ruling last week the Law Lords, by a three to two majority, upheld an Appeal Court decision that two sisters, who as a result of delays in preparation of their father's will lost out on legacies intended for them, are entitled to damages and interest from the Birmingham firm of Philip Baker King & Co and one of its legal executives.The testator died before the will had been completed. But the courts have held that delays in its completion were the result ...

  • Law Soc conference

    21-Feb-1995

    Tim MillerThe Law Society's local government group is staging its annual weekend school next month. The three-day event, which will cover a number of topics including highway law, joint ventures, tendering and housing, will be held at Warwick University from 23-26 March. Paul Boateng MP will give the keynote speech.

  • Law Soc's fee-based services

    21-Feb-1995

    The Law Society is to invest in electronic information services with joint venture partners and will provide the data to solicitors on a commercial basis.The services, provided by the Legal Practice Directorate (LPD), could revolutionise the way that solicitors can receive information.Law Society members will be paying extra for services they currently receive effectively for free. However the services provided will be more extensive and will use CD- ROM technology. ...

  • Law Society may step in on pension probe actions

    21-Feb-1995

    THE LAW Society wants to hear from all solicitors who are instructed by victims of mis-sold personal pension products, to decide whether it should involve its multi-party action co-ordination service.Edwina Dunn, head of information services and in charge of the co-ordination service, says the society will, at the very least, help to provide information to firms involved by putting them in touch with the five-firm pensions action steering group, headed by Bristol law firm ...

  • Law Society ratifies South African link

    21-Feb-1995

    THE LAW Society is set to launch is 20th bilateral law association when it makes formal links with South African law firms.The British South African Law Association, due to be launched next month, comes in response to a boom in interest in the post-apartheid country.The society says the link-up will "promote fellowship" between the two countries' legal professions as well as develop business.In addition, the society says it will assist both branches ...

  • Lawyers may lose cars in public transport drive

    21-Feb-1995

    Tim MillerBIRMINGHAM City Council's head of legal could be stripped of his u20,000 staff car as part of the authority's bid to promote public transport.The council is considering scrapping "company" cars for senior officers when contracts come up for renewal.Director of legal services Stewart Dobson, and two assistant directors Janette Bird and Trevor Grannum, would be affected by the policy change which is under ...

  • Lawyers top of the class in languages

    21-Feb-1995

    Lawyers are top of the class when it comes to learning other languages, a survey reveals.Research shows that lawyers out-perform most other professionals linguistically and are particularly strong at French.One third of lawyers claim to be fluent in French compared to just under one in five marketing executives and one in 20 information technology specialists.The survey, by recruitment consultancy Michael Page Group, also reveals that lawyers excel ...

  • LEI back on agenda

    21-Feb-1995

    Is legal expenses insurance (LEI) about to be rediscovered? Some like the Lord Chancellor have never forgotten their hopes for the cover.First, LEI is not dead as our front page item about the new private insurance scheme for conditional fees shows. But the market is largely a hotchpotch of specialist add-ons and block schemes, with few providers offering the full stand-alone LEI policies that presumably Treasury Secretary Jonathan Aitken was calling for.

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 21/02/95

    21-Feb-1995

    GEOFFREY MICHAEL DIXON, 48, admitted 1973, practised as G B Dixon, Normandy, Guildford, struck off and ordered to pay u4,497 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money, failed to disclose material information to client, failed to honour professional undertakings given by him, failed to reply to correspondence from Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Tribunal told shortfall of u970,000 had been discovered on ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 21/02/95

    21-Feb-1995

    Right of public to use shopping mallsCIN Properties v Rawlins (1995) (CA 1/2/95) (Balcombe LJ, Roch LJ, Saville LJ)Summary: Right of lessee of a shopping mall to revoke licences to members of the public to enter.Appeal by lessees of the Swansgate Shopping Centre, Wellingborough and cross-appeal by young residents of Wellingborough against the decision of the Wellingborough County Court concerning the power of the appellants to revoke, ...

  • Litigation Writs 21/02/95

    21-Feb-1995

    A son alleged to have influenced his elderly mother into giving him money is being sued in a bid to make him return more than u34,000. Richard Betteridge, administrator of the estate of the late Alice Betteridge, of Black Bourton, Oxfordshire, has launched the High Court claim against Arthur Betteridge, of London N14. Mrs Betteridge died aged 94 on 11 November 1992, and had two accounts at the Halifax Building Society. According to the writ both these ...

  • Microsoft targets firms

    21-Feb-1995

    Fennell Betson reportsMajor US software house Microsoft has launched its package for the legal market.Based on its Office suite of applications, it includes access to LawTel, an on-line database of 13,000 case summaries, and to the CompuForms electronic legal forms service.Microsoft business development manager Charles Emes says that law firms are "power users of IT", particularly in relation to document preparation.

  • Mishcons picks up Bayers' pieces

    21-Feb-1995

    Mishcon de Reya will benefit from the dissolution of nine-partner London commercial firm Bayer Rosin, by taking on its entire commercial law department.The nine Bayer Rosin commercial lawyers joining Mishcons include high billing partner Kevin Gold and consultant Martin Bayer, previously senior partner and one of the joint founders of the firm.The move suits Mishcons' ...

  • Misrepresenting the share issue

    21-Feb-1995

    Roger Pearson looks at a case which will examine the assessment of damages in share dealingsA multi-million pound shares row which will focus on ways of assessing damages in cases where shares have been purchased on the basis of fraudulent misrepresentations is headed for the House of Lords.Leave has now been given for an appeal by Smith New Court Securities against a Court of Appeal ruling last year and a cross appeal by Citibank NA against the same decision.

  • Nabarros appoints McKenna as head of northern office

    21-Feb-1995

    NABARRO NATHANSON property specialist Susan McKenna is to head the firm's northern practice.McKenna, who is already head of property for the firm's northern offices, will be playing a major part in the expansion of its Sheffield operation.The firm is set to take up 40,000 square feet of office space in Sheffield's Victoria Quays by the end of the year.The move will see Sheffield staff levels swell from 40 to 180, but it will also mean ...

  • Property

    21-Feb-1995

    London Securities, advised by Lawrence Graham, has acquired a portfolio of six properties valued at u17.6m from its major shareholder Nu-Swift, advised by Richards Butler.

  • Property

    21-Feb-1995

    Merrivale Moore Commercial, advised by Frere Cholmeley Bischoff and Russell-Cooke Potter and Chapman, and Miller Samuel & Co in Scotland, has acquired a portfolio of 16 investment properties in England and Scotland from Sun Life, advised by Church Adams Tatham & Co and Carter Lemon and W&J Burness in Scotland.

  • Richard Foster on the inconsistencies of district court judges

    21-Feb-1995

    In most personal injury cases a large part of an insurance litigation lawyer's task is to use interlocutory applications as effectively as possible to expose any weaknesses in the plaintiff's claim. Sadly, however, there seems to be no consistency in the decisions of district judges on numerous important interlocutory issues, leading to frustration and wasted costs. Let me give three examples:Often plaintiffs fail to file with proceedings medical ...

  • Scottish partners face fraud charges

    21-Feb-1995

    Two partners at the Scottish office of leading personal injuries and trades union firm Robin Thompson & Partners have gone on trial at Edinburgh Sheriff court charged with fraud.The issues involved in the case concern the recovery of litigation costs from opponents following successful litigations.Partners David Stevenson and Lawrence Lumsden both deny overcharging other solicitors following completion of such cases.The prosecution alleges they overcharged ...

  • Seeds grow copyright actions

    21-Feb-1995

    Roger Pearson finds that 'seed' addresses in databases are acceptable evidence of copyright abuseThe computer industry is one of the fastest growing areas of business. But the speed with which it has grown has in many ways left it without legal machinery to protect its products and by-products.That fact was brought home by recent litigation between publishing giants Reed Business Publishing, whose titles include a number of computer periodicals ...

  • Soccer boss in libel claim

    21-Feb-1995

    Soccer boss Lou Macari is heading for the High Court seeking ordinary and aggravated damages with a libel claim over two stories which appeared in The Sun newspaper last November.

  • Survey shows firms work harder for less

    21-Feb-1995

    Law firms have been taking on more work but are being paid less, a recent survey reveals.Extra revenue from growth in 1994 has been partly wiped out by price-cutting, according to the latest survey by the Centre for Interfirm Comparison.Statistics show that the profession is gradually moving out of recession and the signs look good for 1995.But competition remains tough and although some firms are taking on extra fee-earners, lawyers are being paid ...

  • The better letter

    21-Feb-1995

    If it's not email, it's snail mail. Email is a fast and efficient way of communicating and it would be criminally negligent to have a network and not have email.Email cuts down on paper and gets your message across immediately. No need to have a memo typed and sent in the internal post. No need for telephone messages to be written out and walked round some time after the client called. It doesn't matter if someone is out of the office or not at their ...

  • The expense and disbursement of VAT

    21-Feb-1995

    When solicitors prepare fee notes for clients, the VAT treatment of expenses they have incurred is not, in all probability, a matter high on the priority list. Yet failure to appreciate the difference between expenses and disbursements may result in clients receiving higher bills than necessary. Moreover, if those clients are private individuals, businesses or organisations which are unable to recover all or any of their VAT input tax, this is an unnecessary cost for them.

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Declan Moylan

    21-Feb-1995

    Declan Moylan is partner in charge of marketing at Dublin firm Mason Hayes & Curran. He was born in Galway, Ireland, in 1950 and now lives in Dublin.What was your first job?Guide for tourist fishermen on Lough Conn, County Mayo.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?u40 a week from a small firm of solicitors in Dublin. (In view of my limited street wisdom this was hugely over generous.)What would you have ...

  • The next vox pop

    21-Feb-1995

    Voice mail can only succeed for an organisation if it achieves the vital aim that it has in common with all other means of communication; it must enhance the operation of the business.The only way to achieve this success is to establish and adhere to a voice mail strategy. This is in two distinct phases both of which are of equal importance in establishing a voice mail system that will benefit the firm and its business.The selection phase begins with a variety ...

  • Trial dates set

    21-Feb-1995

    The trial is scheduled to begin at the Old Bailey this week of Londoner Barry Mutton who is accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl, raping her and then dumping her at a motorway service station. And on 27 February the trial is due to begin, also at the Old Bailey, of Milton Wheeler who is accused of the murder of an elderly Asian couple, and rape attacks on two women at the scene of the murders.

  • US firm grabs Dentons' tax head

    21-Feb-1995

    DENTON Hall has lost the head of its tax department to US firm Sidley & Austin's expanding City operation.Tax specialist Drew Scott, an equity partner with Denton Hall since 1988, will be moving to the US firm once his leaving terms are finalised.He will be charged with setting up a tax department and is the fourth partner from a leading City firm to join Sidley & Austin since it announced major expansion plans last summer.Next week the firm ...

  • Veal battle to High Court

    21-Feb-1995

    The High Court is set for challenges to the legality of bans on shipment of live veal calves out of Humberside International Airport. No date has been fixed for the hearing, but it could be heard in conjunction with a similar action involving a ban at Coventry Airport scheduled for 20 March.

  • VIDEO CONFERENCING

    21-Feb-1995

    A video conferencing network is one facility now in use by many law firms - both in the City and in international and national practices.City firm Linklater & Paines has been using British Telecom's VC 7000 system for six months, which currently links the London office with its Brussels, Paris and New York offices.Linklaters' telecommunications manager Sylvia ...

  • Wandsworth shortlists bids for litigation work

    21-Feb-1995

    Tim MillerTWELVE firms have been invited by Wandsworth council to tender for each of the litigation contracts after more than 100 expressed an initial interest.A further 35 firms are considering putting in bids for social services work, according to borough solicitor Martin Walker. In-house teams are expected to be among the bidders for both sets of work."The response to the social services tender has been less great but this is not surprising ...

  • Welsh lawyers to spend national day in Brussels

    21-Feb-1995

    WELSH solicitors will gain an insight into Europe next week when they visit Brussels to celebrate St David's Day.Thirty lawyers will meet officials from the European Parliament and Commission and will see at first hand how the system works.The event has been staged by the Law Society and the Law Society of Scotland which has a joint office in Brussels.Patrick Oliver, the society's Brussels representative, says it is the first time that a ...

  • Women win advocacy rights in High Court

    21-Feb-1995

    EDGE & Ellison partner Jayne Willetts and College of Law lecturer Suzanne Fine have each broken new ground in gaining High Court rights of advocacy.Willets is the only woman solicitor in England and Wales to have been granted rights of audience in High Court civil proceedings while Fine, who qualified a few days later, is the first law lecturer to receive advocacy rights.Willets was among the first batch of solicitors to successfully complete the Law Society's ...

  • Worry over police red tape cuts

    21-Feb-1995

    CRIMINAL lawyers' ability to advise their clients could be adversely affected by proposals to cut red tape for police officers.The proposals, which are due to be sent to the Government and senior law officers soon, come from a Government-appointed scrutiny committee.They are expected to be wide-ranging and to recommend the use of abbreviated case files - an idea already attacked by some solicitors' groups as likely to lead to further miscarriages of ...