20 July 1998

The Lawyer

  • A Cabinet minister in waiting?

    21-Jul-1998

    For Andrew Dismore, entering Parliament was the natural next step after his outstanding achievements as a personal injury lawyer. Elizabeth Davidson talks to a back-bench MP whose drive is second only to his commitment.ONE member of the Society of Labour Lawyers "almost chinned" him after listening to his "gung ho" defence of the Government's civil justice reforms, and the mere mention of his name elicits wildly differing comments.These range from "obnoxious" ...

  • Ambassador lands advisory role at Akin Gump

    21-Jul-1998

    US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired US ambassador to Belgium, Alan Blinken, as a part-time senior adviser in its Washington DC office.Blinken, who retires in August and was once managing director of investment bank Wertheim Schroder & Co, is a supporter of the Democratic party. He had little experience of diplomacy before becoming ambassador to Belgium four and a half years ago.Bruce McLean, chairman of Akin Gump, said: "His role will be to assist ...

  • Best of the silks...

    21-Jul-1998

    For many landlord and tenant solicitors, particularly in the larger firms, counsel are only required when time restraints prevent members of the firm's own in-house team running the show in court. Leaders are brought in for that "extra bit of brain power" and expertise, and on questions of construction when it is not clear which way the judge is likely to sway.Landlord and tenant silks are generally instructed for heavyweight work and for the ...

  • Biddle makes a splash

    21-Jul-1998

    Biddle holds its annual water-skiing afternoon for its clients this Friday. They are urged to "bring a wet suit" if they have one. Also on Friday, the Entertainment, Sports and Media Group is hosting a sports seminar at the Law Society. "At the end of the season, we'll be there or thereabouts... Where will you be?" is its somewhat elaborate title. Mel Stein, Paul Gascoigne's agent, and former boxing champion Nigel Benn are among the speakers.

  • Book of the week

    21-Jul-1998

    Mad Frank and friendsBy Frankie Fraser with James Morton.When he is not editing the New Law Journal, James Morton writes books. This one, written in collaboration with celebrity ex-gangster Frankie Fraser, charts his relationships with his many friends and enemies.

  • Bovis is the first to build on CEDR's adjudication scheme

    21-Jul-1998

    Construction company Bovis has become the first major company to sign up to the Centre for Dispute Resolution's adjudication scheme.Bovis's move was prompted by the latest Construction Act, which compels companies to refer disputes to adjudicators.Its in-house legal team, led by Mark Hedderley, reviewed all the adjudication schemes available, including those of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Construction Industry Council.

  • Cameron plays key role in Exchange merger

    21-Jul-1998

    The London Stock Exchange's in-house team, led by Allan Cameron, played a key role in negotiating its strategic alliance with the Deutsche Borse.Cameron, a member of the Stock Exchange's management committee, will now sit on a joint London-Frankfurt project board, with fellow management committee member Martin Wheatley, chief executive Gavin Casey and three members of the Borse's executive.Cameron and his German counterparts now have a huge task ...

  • Camerons in water hat-trick

    21-Jul-1998

    Cameron McKenna has won three separate beauty parades to advise on water and sewerage privatisations in Bucharest, Sofia and Panama.In Panama, Camerons has been working on a risk assessment study for the government on plans to privatise the country's entire water and sewerage system. In Bulgaria, the consortium advising the Sofia municipal authority includes Price Waterhouse and Hyder Consulting. In Romania, Camerons is working with the International Finance Corporation, ...

  • Denton Hall tackles overseas screening of Premier League

    21-Jul-1998

    Lawyers this month finally completed six months of three-way negotiations to sell the English Premier League's overseas television rights - just in time for the start of the 1998/99 season.Although the deal to sell the rights to French pay-tv company Canal Plus for £100m over three years was announced back in January, Denton Hall partner Adrian Barr-Smith - who advised the Premier League - said the Asian crisis had delayed the deal and had: "created a climate ...

  • Does anyone care who runs the Law Society?

    21-Jul-1998

    With apathy once again winning the elections, Shaun Pye wonders whether this is the start of yet another year of talk and no actionCongratulations. By reading even this far you have identified yourself as one of a select, and dwindling, band of lawyers who give a jot about who runs the Law Society.For those who have not heard, last week Michael Mathews beat Michael Napier to become the new president, Robert Sayer beat David McIntosh for vice-president and Kamlesh ...

  • Donovans' break-up gives LeBoeufs a headstart in Paris

    21-Jul-1998

    New York-based LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has opened in Paris by taking on the 13-lawyer Paris practice of struggling New York rival Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine.At the same time, the 700-lawyer firm has announced that it has set up an affiliated office with SAo Paulo-based firm Tavares Guerreiro Advogados in Brazil.Donovans' Paris office went on the market after US rival

  • End of Franks Charlesly is blamed on "overreaction'

    21-Jul-1998

    A SALARIED partner at disintegrating London firm Franks Charlesly has blamed its plight on the "overreaction" of its 82-year-old senior partner Jack Franks to a key equity partner's decision to resign.The crisis at the 14-partner firm, which is to dissolve in September, was precipitated in May when Franks reacted to the decision of equity partner Philip Enoch to join Salans Hertfeld Heilbronn HRK by announcing the firm's impending dissolution.But conveyancing ...

  • Ferris will herald a new era

    21-Jul-1998

    Murdoch McKillop, president of the Society for Practitioners of Insolvency, responds to last week’s City Comment.Readers of last week’s “City Comment” might have thought that the opportunity for licensed insolvency practitioners had just passed. Apparently “the gravy train might be about to hit the buffers”.The public only believes in such a “gravy train” because headline numbers focus on the cost and not the value achieved. This is partly because the principles ...

  • Fined Streeter left partnership in May

    21-Jul-1998

    Tory shadow cabinet member Gary Streeter, who was fined £1,000 last week for professional misconduct, resigned from the partnership at Foot & Bowden in May, it has emerged.Streeter, who joined the partnership at the Plymouth firm in 1984, has now become a consultant.Both Streeter and the firm said the decision was prompted by his forthcoming elevation to the shadow cabinet, which happened in June, rather than the impending Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal ...

  • Freeth Cartwright adds to empire with Barradales merger

    21-Jul-1998

    EAST Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins has expanded into Leicester by taking over four-partner commercial practice Barradales.The move means the 41-partner firm has a presence in the three major cities in the region - Nottingham, Derby and Leicester.Three of Barradales’ four partners will become partners at their new firm, but the office will be managed by a Freeth Cartwright partner, Michael Thurston, who is moving to the office with about ten other ...

  • Freshfields fights to maintain US securities team

    21-Jul-1998

    Freshfields is battling to keep its prized London-based US securities team intact, following the defection of one associate to Linklaters and the threatened departure of three more.The firm, which has prided itself on the loyalty of its two-year-old US team in London, led by US partner Tom Joyce, is responding to the crisis by increasing pay scales within the team. It is optimistic that ...

  • Governing database use

    21-Jul-1998

    Keith Dixon on the conflicts arising from the use of litigation support databases. Keith Dixon (pictured) is an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey and works in the litigation group at Ogier & Le Masurier in Jersey.TRIAL lawyers are increasingly using litigation support databases and the courts are currently in the embryonic stages of formulating the laws surrounding their use.A litigation support database is a computerised document management system with two ...

  • Housing solicitors branded "ambulance chasers' by council

    21-Jul-1998

    BIRMINGHAM housing solicitors have been accused by the local council of "ambulance chasing" after it was forced to pay out £13m in legal costs for housing disrepair cases.The charge was levelled at the city's solicitors by the chair of Birmingham City Council's housing committee, Dennis Minnis, as he unveiled plans to borrow £34m from the private sector to improve two housing estates.Residents at the Kingstanding and Branwood estates have ...

  • In brief: Bar suggests ways to cut legal aid costs

    21-Jul-1998

    The Bar Council last week attacked government plans to scrap legal aid for cases with less than a 75 per cent chance of success and put forward its own proposals for tightening up access to public funds. The Bar wants a variable legal aid merits test where, for example, simple money actions should have "good" prospects but personal injury cases or actions involving a novel point of law might only have a "reasonable" chance (see Focus, page 8).

  • In brief: Chambers strikes secret eleventh-hour deal

    21-Jul-1998

    Michael Price, senior clerk at Lindsay Burn's set in Queen Elizabeth Building, struck a secret deal with four former tenants last week on the eve of a planned 13-day trial. Price was set to sue Paul Ozin, Garrett Byrne and Brendan Finucane (all now at 23 Essex Street) and Nicola Langridge (now at Hardwicke Building) for breach of contract. The defendants successfully fought an application by The Lawyer to see the summons lodged at the Mayor's City of London county court, and ...

  • In brief: Law Soc to stamp out "ambulance chasing'

    21-Jul-1998

    At its meeting last Thursday, the Law Society Council approved proposals to tighten up solicitors' referral rules in a bid to stamp out "ambulance chasing". Officials have been told to consult on new draft rules once they have been reworked to make them clearer.

  • In brief: Lester Aldridge revamps its management

    21-Jul-1998

    Twenty-eight partner Bournemouth practice Lester Aldridge has introduced a radical management structure. The firm has set up a management board with a majority of non-solicitor members who include newly appointed director of sales and marketing Louis Greenblatt, pictured above left with managing partner Barry Glazier. The firm has also closed its two-lawyer Poole office.

  • In brief: London hosts US firm's first European office

    21-Jul-1998

    Washington DC-based firm Shaw Pittman Plotts & Trowbridge is to open its first European office in London by the end of September. The firm is in the process of recruiting three English lawyers to join one US partner in setting up the office********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

  • In brief: Simmons declares its US link a success

    21-Jul-1998

    Simmons & Simmons is claiming a major endorsement of its 10-month-old joint venture with US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson with the completion of its biggest deal, the $8bn privatisation of state electric utility Endesa - the largest ever privatisation in Spain. The joint venture unit, International Securities Unit, advised Endesa on its global offering, while Garrigues Andersen advised it on its Spanish listing.

  • Irvine provides surprise reform U-turn

    21-Jul-1998

    THE Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, delighted the profession last week by finally admitting the folly of his plans to withdraw legal aid from personal injury cases this year.In a retreat from the original reform timetable, Lord Irvine said that the legal aid system would remain intact until October 1999 at least. Withdrawal of legal aid will be among a "package" of civil justice reforms to be included in a Modernisation of Justice Bill, pencilled in for inclusion in the next ...

  • Is all well for Saywell's revolutionary share deal? Jeremy Cohen of Slaughter and May advised Cazenove

    21-Jul-1998

    Corporate partner Martin Saywell (right) led a Simmons & Simmons team which helped his shipbroking client Horace Clarkson give £8m back to shareholders after an unsolicited bid.After rejecting a 130p-a-share offer from mutuals manager Charles Taylor Group, the board realised it would quickly have to boost the shareholder's value, including share price - which then stood at 129.5p. It needed to buy back shares, but Stock Exchange rules force companies to wait 15 ...

  • It has been a bad week for...

    21-Jul-1998

    David Keating, who must be feeling pretty rejected after being trounced in the Law Society elections, having already unsuccessfully stood for office twice before. Nevertheless, he has already announced his plan to stand again in next year's elections.The charity, Cancer Research, whose collection box in a High Court robing room was swiped by an unscrupulous thief.The Young Solicitors' Group, which ...

  • IT has been a good week for...

    21-Jul-1998

    Paul Ozin, Garrett Byrne and Brendan Finucane of 23 Essex Street, and Nicola Langridge of Hardwicke Building, who have settled their dispute with Michael Price, the senior clerk at Queen Elizabeth Building, without having to wash their dirty linen in public, thanks to District Judge Martin Samuels' refusal to release a copy of the summons to The Lawyer. Sources say the 13- day trial would have been "very juicy".(See story, ...

  • John Holmes on the rights of patients with learning difficulties. John Holmes is a partner at Beachcroft Stanleys which acted in R v Bournewood.

    21-Jul-1998

    On 25 June the House of Lords allowed an appeal by Bournewood NHS Trust against an Appeal Court decision last December. The ruling is important to health and social services across the country, as it confirms the basis upon which those suffering from learning difficulties can be admitted to hospital or other residential care (R v Bournewood Community & Mental Health NHS Trust ex parte L).For 30 years prior to last December's Appeal Court ruling, it was accepted ...

  • Keystone system wins DJ Freeman's backing

    21-Jul-1998

    CITY firm DJ Freeman has become the first practice in the UK to "go live" with the Keystone practice management system that Ashurst Morris Crisp scrapped two months ago at an estimated cost of £1m.DJ Freeman successfully completed its £1m, 18-month project to implement Keystone Systems' practice management system on 1 July - curbing market speculation that the system was difficult ...

  • LAG condemns Govt plans for use of legal aid savings

    21-Jul-1998

    THE Legal Action Group (LAG) has attacked government plans to divert legal aid savings away from the justice system.Last week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, announced plans to reduce the legal aid budget by 4 per cent by the year 2001/2.That will a mean a decrease in the budget from £1.602bn to £1.552bn - and Brown told MPs that some of the savings would be spent on policing.While solicitors breathed a sigh of relief that ...

  • Law Soc AGM opposes block contracting

    21-Jul-1998

    THE Law Society's AGM approved a resolution last week opposing exclusive block contracting for criminal legal aid work unless certain safeguards are introduced.The resolution, which was tabled by the Criminal Law Solicitors' Association (CLSA), was passed unanimously by the meeting last Thursday.It says the Law Society should oppose any block contracting scheme unless it:ensures contracts are available to all firms complying ...

  • Law Soc election promises

    21-Jul-1998

    The victors in the Law Society elections have promised a root and branch review of the society's functions.Robert Sayer, elected as vice-president, said campaigning had put reform on hold for two months but now "we can get things done".Michael Mathews, elected president, stated in his manifesto that he would lead the council in a review of all policies and "ensure they positively help solicitors not only to survive but to flourish".Asked whether ...

  • Law Soc set to lose power over asylum advisers

    21-Jul-1998

    Home Secretary Jack Straw is to release a "radical" White Paper on immigration this month.It is expected to include proposals to strip the Law Society of its powers to regulate solicitors dealing with immigration cases.The Home Office paper is also expected to include welfare plans for asylum seekers, increased powers of detention and reforms of the initial stages of claiming asylum.The government issued a consultation paper in January proposing to ...

  • Law Society announces Mickey Mouse conference plan

    21-Jul-1998

    You read it first in Tulkinghorn. Last October, The Lawyer's diary suggested the Law Society spice up the dull Solicitors' Annual Conference by holding it in EuroDisney.And now the society has decided the 1999 conference will indeed be hosted by Mickey, Goofy and pals in Paris.The society is desperate to attract younger solicitors to the conference, which it claims will not cost significantly more than traditional venues such as Bournemouth, this year's ...

  • Law Society at the crossroads

    21-Jul-1998

    Another year and another Law Society presidential election. But although those elected may change, the attitudes of the profession do not.Inertia and apathy rules amongst the electorate which simply cannot see a reason to tick a box and give the presidential candidates a mandate.The problem facing the new team is the same one that has faced candidates in recent years: solicitors simply do not seem to believe that their vote will make any difference.

  • Lawyers at play

    21-Jul-1998

    Theodore Goddard trainee solicitor Rita Bedi, who is also a professional Indian dancer and amateur dramatist, took the starring role in the City of London Solicitors' Company's production of Love's Labours Lost.Her main ambition, however, lies in practising corporate law.

  • Linklaters agrees to Euro-giant

    21-Jul-1998

    Linklaters' partnership has voted "yes" to its merger with four of the firms in the Alliance of European Lawyers - to create the largest federation of lawyers in the BAD Sources say a new French firm will be brought into the alliance to replace Jeantet - likely to be respected Paris practice Rambaud Martel.And Linklaters has been talking to firms in Italy. Rome's Chiomenti Studio ...

  • Listed building VAT decision

    21-Jul-1998

    Mr Justice Moses has ordered that a VAT tribunal decision that VAT was not due on the bill for repairs to a Grade II listed building following severe fire damage should now be reconsidered by a freshly constituted tribunal. His order follows an appeal by Customs and Excise against the decision of Malcolm Palmer, chairman of the London VAT tribunal in February last year that some of the building work carried out should be classed as "supply of services in the course of alteration ...

  • London arbitrators' cost promise is welcomed

    21-Jul-1998

    In a move welcomed by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, and the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, London arbitrators are promising to cap arbitration costs to 20 per cent of the amount in dispute.Lord Woolf, who has been calling for the concept of making costs proportionate to the amount of issue, said the promises made by the London branch of the Chartered Institute of Abitrators "will enhance London as a centre of arbitration." Bingham said: "[If the 20 per cent limit ...

  • London solicitor jailed for bribes

    21-Jul-1998

    A London solicitor who bribed an Inland Revenue official to help him track down his clients' debtors has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.At the Old Bailey on 10 July, John Cornillie admitted conspiracy to bribe a public officer and cheating the Inland Revenue of £11,265 by giving untaxed money to staff at his firm, Cornillie & Co, as bonuses and fake expenses.Jailing Cornillie, Judge Graham Boal QC said: "I must mark the public distaste for offences ...

  • Marketing for the future. Rebecca Towers is a freelance journalist

    21-Jul-1998

    What was once considered anathema to the legal profession is now a commercial reality. The regional Bar is learning to peddle its wares and market its sets, armed with a host of best working practices and media-friendly initiatives.London chambers have marketed themselves for some time and, according to Paul Slater, practice manager at Sovereign Chambers in Leeds, their success has "rippled out to the provinces". He adds: "Over the past ...

  • Med neg panel's raw deal for firms

    21-Jul-1998

    There is a fallacy underlying the positions taken by the Law Society and Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA), as described in The Lawyer, 2 June, which is that there is no middle ground between the two. I strongly support the position taken by AVMA, that medical negligence actions should be undertaken only by lawyers with expertise and experience. It does the society no credit if they suggest otherwise.However, there are some of us who ...

  • More cash please

    21-Jul-1998

    The Criminal Cases Review Commission publishes its first annual report this Tuesday. Expect calls for extra funding from the commission, which needs more case workers to cope with a backlog of cases.

  • New Bar for the new millennium

    21-Jul-1998

    The Bar will deal with the Government's proposals with confidence and its fundamental role in the legal system will continue. Dan Brennan QC says the Bar is determined to prove it can pick up the reform gauntlet thrown down by the government. Dan Brennan QC is vice-chairman of the Bar Council.The Government is set on a radical agenda of change in the provision of legal services - and how they are paid for. The Bar is ready to meet such change.Barristers ...

  • New report is a drag for tobacco business

    21-Jul-1998

    Roger Pearson reports on tobacco giants' fight to suppress a government report which could curb the advertising of tobacco.British American Tobacco, Gallagher, Imperial and Rothman's have won the right to seek judicial review of a government report calling for wider curbs on tobacco advertising and smoking in public.The tobacco companies claim the Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health's report could damage their businesses. They ...

  • Pending Queen's Bench cases

    21-Jul-1998

    Pending jury cases listed for hearing in the Queen's Bench Division after October include: Royal Bank of Scotland v Amin; Gaisiance v Commissioner of Police; Martin & anor v News Group Newspapers; GKR Karate UK v Porch; GKR Karate UK v Yorkshire Post & ors.

  • PFA's responsibility for DIY planes

    21-Jul-1998

    A recent Appeal Court ruling has increased the responsibility on the PFA to regulate home-built aeroplanes, writes Roger Pearson.An estimated 35,000 people in the UK hold private pilots' licences. Expense is a factor that drives many away from this pursuit, but for those with technical ability, increasingly, the home-built aeroplane has become a cost-cutting option.The monitoring of light aircraft, including kit-built craft, ...

  • PI lawyers celebrate landmark Lords ruling

    21-Jul-1998

    PLAINTIFF personal injury lawyers have hailed last week's landmark House of Lords ruling on the compensation of accident victims as a vindication of a 30-year campaign for a change in the law.Five Law Lords overruled the Court of Appeal and unanimously ruled that lump sum payments to accident victims for future losses should be calculated assuming that the money would be invested in risk-free index-linked government bonds - rather than on the stock exchange, where returns ...

  • Preparing for the new order in court

    21-Jul-1998

    The Government's plans to extend rights of audience to solicitors is set to spark a long-awaited revolution in the legal profession, says Mark HumphriesIN June, the Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) published a White Paper containing the government's proposals on rights of audience before the higher courts.The central theme of the proposals is that all solicitors and barristers are to have rights of audience before all courts immediately ...

  • Property

    21-Jul-1998

    Shelagh Harrison of Clifford Chance advised property company London & Manchester on its £79.5m sale of The Helicon, One South Place, London EC2, to Coal Pension Properties, advised by David Rhodes and Susan Fisher of Berwin Leighton.

  • Quotes of the week

    21-Jul-1998

    "I resigned from the partnership because of my promotion to the shadow cabinet - and if you for a second imply that it was because of this [hearing] I'll sue the pants off you."- Tory shadow cabinet member Gary Streeter, on the eve of his Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing, when asked by The Lawyer why he had stepped down from the partnership at Foot & Bowden."The most daunting thing I have ever done was to perform ...

  • Recommendations from the regions

    21-Jul-1998

    Matheu Swallow spotlights the regional barristers who attract praise for their specialist knowledge and tracks down the chambers favoured by provincial firms.The regional Bar is not particularly strong in the area of landlord and tenant work. Regional solicitors do a lot of work in-house and only turn to counsel when they do not know the answer.However, they tend to avoid instructing barristers practising in landlord and tenant work at the regional Bar because ...

  • Renoufs provides Brussels connection

    21-Jul-1998

    The former Brussels office of the disbanded Legal Resources Group (LRG), run by Michael Renouf, has signed a deal to provide advice and regular EU law updates to the clients of Hampshire firm Blake Lapthorn - effectively acting as its Brussels office.When the five members of the LRG - Osborne Clarke, ...

  • Renovating the law

    21-Jul-1998

    The existing housing laws have been described as uncertain and unsatisfactory, but the implementation of new legislation has been hampered by political issues, says Mike YuilleA roof over one's head may seem to be a citizen's inalienable right. But in both landlord and tenant law, and the related housing law field, there are still many problems and complexities.Professor Jill Martin, a legal expert at King's College, London, cites a range of problems ...

  • Sets that are safe as houses

    21-Jul-1998

    At the Bar, there are probably less than 40 barristers who specialise in landlord and tenant law, and another 40 or so for whom it represents a substantial part of their practice.There is no specific Bar association or Bar Council committee for them - those who act in this field are often found under headings such as the planning, or environmental Bar.That the landlord and tenant Bar is difficult to pigeonhole is unsurprising. It is one of the ...

  • SIF deserves a better press

    21-Jul-1998

    Your headline, "SIF condemned by large firms" (The Lawyer, 7 July), implies that not a single large commercial firm out of the top 1,200 wished to keep the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). I am not aware that you asked this firm, which is in the top 100, and your headline is misleading because it implies that you asked all firms.We support the retention of SIF. We declare an interest as a panel firm but we have endeavoured to put that ...

  • SIF reinsurance will mean further rise in contributions

    21-Jul-1998

    Contributions to the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) are set to rise again after the Law Society Council voted last week to buy reinsurance at a cost of £5m.The move will increase firms' contributions by 2 per cent from September - on top of any rises due to risk banding - but it will protect the profession if claims are much higher than expected.It is the first time SIF has used reinsurance since 1991. When it clocked up a shortfall of £450m ...

  • Tax lawyers attack shadow ACT rules

    21-Jul-1998

    The Inland Revenue's proposals for "shadow" Advance Corporation Tax (ACT) are overcomplicated and are likely to give rise to litigation, according to Francis Sandison, the Law Society's tax expert.The society's corporate tax sub-committee, chaired by Sandison, submitted its criticisms to the Inland Revenue last week.Sandison, a Freshfields partner, said that parts of the regulation had been drafted so turgidly that "we more or less despaired of ...

  • Tax network recruits record number of firms

    21-Jul-1998

    MacIntyre StrAter International, the network of independent tax, law and accountancy service firms, has seen 26 new members sign up for the first half of 1998 - a record for the group.The network provides members with the muscle to compete with the Big Five accountancy firms on tax and legal advice in cross-border transactions while maintaining their local brand name.Harriet Moore, marketing co-ordinator, said: "There is a greater need to do cross-border work ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Barbara Cahalane

    21-Jul-1998

    Barbara Cahalane was born in Dublin in 1959. She is a qualified barrister and director of communications at the Law Society.What was your first job?Peeling hard boiled potatoes for potato salad in a restaurant in Bad St Peter Ording, Germany.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?I studied at night for admission to the Irish Bar. When I was called in 1990 the day job paid £24,000.What ...

  • The week's top five

    21-Jul-1998

    David Krischer of Allen & Overy and Keith Ainsworth of Edge & Ellison advised US mortgage lender Ocwen on its securitisation of £222m worth of mortgage loans by special purpose vehicle. Sidley & Austin acted for the arranger, Greenwich NatWest and the trustee, Chase Manhattan.Peter Finlay, Douglas Peel and Witold Jurcewicz of

  • Theodore Goddard loses insolvency head to Finers

    21-Jul-1998

    THEODORE Goddard has been hit by the departure of its head of insolvency, Jonathan Lewis, to West End firm Finers.Lewis - a leading player in corporate restructurings - will join Finers this week as an equity partner and as its new head of insolvency.Lewis told The Lawyer that he was "not prepared to comment" on the reasons for his departure from Theodore Goddard.But he described Finers as "a firm I have assessed as on the way up".He arrives ...

  • Top tenants for housing disputes

    21-Jul-1998

    Matheu Swallow identifies which barristers client solicitors selected as the top five of the landlord and tenant Bar. Matheu Swallow is a freelance journalist.Since there seems to be no doubting which are the top three sets in the field of landlord and tenant work, it will come as no surprise that three of the top five barristers - consisting of three leaders and two juniors - come from Falcon Chambers, with one each selected from from 9 Old Square and 4 Breams Buildings.

  • Two more aviation specialists take off from 5 Bell Yard

    21-Jul-1998

    Leading aviation set 5 Bell Yard has lost two more aviation specialists, bringing the number of departures this year to five.Andrew Lydiard joined rival set Brick Court Chambers last week while aviation specialist Philip Reed is joining Norton Rose's commercial litigation team this week.In February Michael Crane QC and Akhil Shah went to Fountain Court and earlier this ...

  • Unity is the only way to take on the Government - and win

    21-Jul-1998

    Martin Bowley QC calls for reform of the way the profession picks its leaders to strengthen it against attacks by the GovernmentFacing a government and a Lord Chancellor apparently determined to abolish everything legal - from legal aid to the circuit system, pausing only to inflict fatal damage on the independent Bar on the way - the quality of leadership of both branches of the profession assumes even greater importance.An integral part of getting the ...

  • Weightmans chief executive quits after just 18 months

    21-Jul-1998

    Weightmans chief executive Professor Martin Read - who spearheaded its failed bid to merge with Kennedys and Jacksons - has left the firm after only 18 months in the post.Weightmans insists that Read's unannounced departure two weeks ago was amicable and nothing to do with the failed merger talks.