20 March 2000

The Lawyer

  • ...as it advises Burmah Castrol on BP sell-out

    20-Mar-2000

    Allen & Overy is advising one of its oldest clients on its final deal as lubricants company Burmah Castrol sells up to global giant BP Amoco.The firm has acted for Burmah Castrol since the 1960s, and corporate partner Richard Rowland has worked for it since taking partnership in 1974.BP Amoco has agreed to buy the company for £3bn in a deal that was rushed through ...

  • 10-11 Gray's Inn Square poaches top tenant and moves in downstairs

    20-Mar-2000

    International public law set 10-11 Gray's Inn Square has poached a senior tenant and taken on new premises.Michael Murphy, an immigration and criminal practitioner, has joined from 8 King's Bench Walk.Senior clerk Richard Loasby says the set is boosting its environmental crime and immigration teams to meet a booming demand.Murphy's addition brings the immigration team up to nine practitioners.The new premises, beneath their ...

  • 2 Temple ADR service heralds retiring Lord Justice of Appeal's return to set

    20-Mar-2000

    Commercial and common law set 2 Temple Gardens today launched its alternative dispute resolution (ADR) service with the return to chambers of retiring Lord Justice of Appeal The Rt Hon Sir Murray Stuart-Smith QC.Smith has been a Lord Justice of Appeal since 1998. During this time he has also been Commissioner for the Security Service (1989-2000) and Commissioner for the Intelligence Services (1994-2000).He was first appointed as a High Court judge in 1981 after ...

  • 4-5 Gray's Inn loses two staff as merger agreed

    20-Mar-2000

    Two members of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square's administration team have quit just days after the set confirmed it is to merge with Monckton Chambers.In a widely-predicted move, the two sets announced a formal commitment to merge last Tuesday (The Lawyer website, 14 March). The move will create one of the largest sets in the country with 73 tenants, including 26 silks.4-5 Gray's Inn clerking team leader Amanda Campbell and operations manager Miriam Dom ...

  • A guide to surviving the e-business boom

    20-Mar-2000

    For law firms in Manchester business is booming. We are all busier than ever, doing deals that are bigger than ever. Gone are the days when multimillion pound transactions would disappear to London, leaving us to pick up the smaller, less profitable deals.Today the reputation of Manchester's professional advisers is such that only a tiny percentage of local activity is handled outside the region. And for every deal that escapes the regional advisory net, ...

  • A&O boosts New York tax practice with Us partners

    20-Mar-2000

    Allen & Overy has poached two US partners from Arnold & Porter to strengthen its New York office.Robert DeJoy and Jack Heinberg joined last week, bringing Allen & Overy's international tax department to 50 tax professionals, including 15 partners, worldwide.DeJoy was previously senior tax partner at Arnold & Porter, representing Fortune 500 companies. His practice included ...

  • American duty

    20-Mar-2000

    Managing partner- who needs it? That's the attitude of Stephen Fiamma, who's calling time on ground hog day at the office and retuning to practice. Dearbail Jordan meets the man who has had enough of committees

  • Axa and Norwich Union hatch plan to axe firms from panel

    20-Mar-2000

    Axa Insurance and Norwich Union are secretly planning to axe their external law firms if they cannot compete with in-house teams on price.Both insurers, which have employed the services of ex-Weightmans chief executive Martin Read to audit their law firms, have been holding talks to set up in-house departments in the next two years to handle claims work internally.Axa and Norwich ...

  • Back to school

    20-Mar-2000

    Law firms have come to realise that continuous training for lawyers is one of the best ways to win clients in an increasingly competitive market. And, as Ryan Dunleavy reports, nobody is too old to learn.Law firms are looking closer at training as their next big gun in the battle for work from their ever more demanding clients.In the past most qualified lawyers viewed continuous legal training as merely a matter of clocking up 16 continuing ...

  • Bank set for first ever panel review

    20-Mar-2000

    One of the largest banks in the UK is about to launch its first ever domestic panel review.The National Australia Bank (NAB), which has a market capitalisation of £12bn, owns the Yorkshire and Clydesdale banks. It is the largest bank in the UK after the four main retail banks.Its UK firms include Addleshaw Booth & Co, Shepherd & Wedderburn,

  • Bird & Bird to advise Prison Service on IT contract work

    20-Mar-2000

    Top IT firm Bird & Bird is advising the Prison Service on a major procurement project to computerise all prisons in England and Wales.The Prison Service has awarded the contract to provide the information technology to Electronic Data Systems, which is being advised by its in-house team. Electronic Data is also using Cl

  • Bribery battle in Belgium carves law

    20-Mar-2000

    A signpost ruling has closed defence loophole for those offering bribes to curry favour in business, writes Roger Pearson.A battle over bribery at the Port of Antwerp has set out new guidelines on how courts should treat employees who accept or tender illicit commissions.The Commercial Court judgment of Mr Justice David Steel is said to be the first to deal with bribery since a Privy Council decision in the 1970s.The case of Petrotrade ...

  • Brick Court forms Polish partnership

    20-Mar-2000

    Top commercial set Brick Court Chambers has formed a partnership with a Polish law firm to increase its access to multinational clients.Leading EU law silk David Vaughan QC is flying to Warsaw to meet a team from top firm Wardynski & Partners to discuss how the two parties can work together to get the cream of European clients.The relationship will be the most formal of its kind, and will be based on the pair's common interest in EU law. Brick Court is one ...

  • Case of the week

    20-Mar-2000

    'The only thing this court case has proved beyond reasonable doubt is that UK libel law is a disgrace to democracy and a menace to a free press. We apologise for nothing. But we will not be appealing. Life is too short...' So said LM editor Mick Hume after his magazine lost its case against ITN and its journalists Penny Marshall and Ian Williams. A jury found unanimously that an LM article headlined 'The picture that fooled the world' amounted to a highly-damaging ...

  • CC & Cameron McKenna create revolutionary deal

    23-Mar-2000

    The securitisation is a twist on traditional sale and leaseback deals carried out by the likes of House of Fraser or Tesco. Sainsbury's keeps control of the 16 properties and cuts its tax bill.

  • College of Law to open in Midlands

    20-Mar-2000

    The College of Law has announced it is opening a school in Birmingham, after losing out on the lucrative City LPC contract.The £7m project will take on 500 students a year from September next year to provide courses for the 794 law firms in the West Midlands - which between them employ more than 4,000 lawyers.The move will boost the national coverage of the college, which has been snubbed by the top eight City firms, which have opted to use BPP Law School ...

  • Crowning glory for Cartwrights player

    20-Mar-2000

    A Cartwrights associate has become the first solicitor advocate to become one of the Attorney-General's Counsel to the Crown.Peter Woodhouse, who specialises in employment and tribunal law at the Bristol-based firm, has been appointed as a Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel).The appointment has been made for three years initially and he can expect to be handling work from government departments from July.Woodhouse says of his appointment: ...

  • Digests

    20-Mar-2000

    Freshfields has made a record number of partnership appointments. Its 21 internal promotions is a 62 per cent increase on last year's figures. The majority of the new partners will be based outside the UK. The City giant now has 298 partners out of a total of 1,498 fee-earners.The Lawyer is holding its second in-house forum on Tuesday 16 May 2000. Chaired by Stephen Ball, the former chief general counsel to investment bank Nomura, it will include talks on ...

  • Ditched manager sues over 'broken' deal

    20-Mar-2000

    Teen star who made millions faces High Court action as her ex-manager claims breach of contract. Roger Pearson reports.Teen star Charlotte Church and her parents are heading for a High Court showdown with Jonathan Shalit, her former manager and promoter.Charlotte, now 14, found fame after an appearance on the Jonathan Ross Big Big Talent Show at the age of 11. She has since become a millionairess, but is being sued along with her ...

  • Educating the lawyers

    20-Mar-2000

    The Lawyer discovers how barristers, in-house lawyers and City law firms can benefit from the right training.Continuing professional development for the barThe Bar Council is phasing in compulsory continuing professional development (CPD) for all practising barristers from 1 January 2001, as part of its commitment to improve and maintain standards.The Code of Conduct says that a barrister must not accept any brief or instructions ...

  • FFW beats off magic circle for telecoms job

    20-Mar-2000

    A consortium of the world's leading telecoms companies has snubbed Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy and chosen Field Fisher Waterhouse to represent it in one of the industry's biggest ever deals.

  • Foil appoints new general manager

    20-Mar-2000

    The Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil) has appointed the general manager of the Copyright Licensing Agency as its new executive director.Qualified barrister Elizabeth Bramwell is taking over the running of the organisation after Sue Bucknall left to become director of the Solicitors' Pro Bono Group.Bramwell will oversee the day-to-day management of the group, whose president is Martin Staples, the senior partner at top insurance firm Vizards Staples & Bannisters.

  • Freehills patents arm merges

    20-Mar-2000

    The intellectual property arm of leading Australian firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page is to merge with niche practice Carter Smith & Beadle.Freehill Patent Attorneys (FPA) will join forces with Carter Smith at the beginning of May to form Freehills Carter Smith Beadle.The new firm will have 27 partners out of a total 87 fee-earners.Peter Hay, national executive chairman of Freehills, says: "The combined strength of the two organisations will double ...

  • Fresh pastures for final Carman silk

    20-Mar-2000

    Peter Susman QC, the last of the silks from George Carman QC's dissolving New Court Chambers to find a new home, is joining 4 Field Court.Susman, a leading information technology practitioner best known for his computer supply litigation practice, will bring the number of silks at 4 Field Court to nine and, in total, 32 tenants.Susman, who took silk in 1997, originally practised as a lawyer with leading US firm

  • Freshfields boosts Amsterdam office

    24-Mar-2000

    Winfred Knibbeler, currently a partner with top Dutch firm Nauta Dutilh, is a leading light in Dutch and EU competition law - with clients including banking giant ABN Amro and Ajax Football Club. He will be the first partner in Freshfields' Dutch office to specialise in the practice area, and will develop it to support the office's corporate and tax groups. He also has a regulatory practice specialising in the electricity and telecoms sectors

  • Garretts hit by departure of top corporate partner

    20-Mar-2000

    Garretts has been hit by the resignation of corporate and banking partner Brian Rutherford.The acquisition finance specialist quit the firm on Thursday last week. His destination remains unclear, but sources say he is close to joining the London office of US firm Altheimer & Gray.Rutherford set up the London office of Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson in 1994, before moving ...

  • Harper Macleod launches web service backed by Field Fisher

    20-Mar-2000

    Glasgow firm Harper Macleod is launching the first online advice centre for internet start-ups north of the border, backed by London firm Field Fisher Waterhouse.The 15-partner Scottish firm has developed the service, known as dotcomstartup, to provide support for companies wanting to move ...

  • Head of chambers at 11 Stone Buildings resigns

    20-Mar-2000

    Michael Beckman QC is stepping down as head of chambers at 11 Stone Buildings after leading it since its inception 25 years ago.Beckman will be replaced by commercial chancery and sports law expert Murray Rosen QC.Rosen is the founding chairman of the Bar's Sports Law Group and his practice covers commercial fraud, insolvency, entertainment and media law, and financial services, with a broad client base ranging from The Football League in the Crystal Palace ...

  • Invensys

    20-Mar-2000

    In the year since Invensys was created from the merger between Siebe and BTR, the company's legal structure has undergone many changes.

  • It's been a bad week for...

    20-Mar-2000

    Shareholders, whose rights to sue auditors for unlimited damages for negligence are threatened by the Government's plans to review company law. The plans, which are designed to stop investors from suing auditors when directors may be more at fault, are in response to big payouts such as the £67.6m settlement relating to Coopers & Lybrand's work for the business empire of Robert Maxwell. A committee of the Law Society has criticised the state of company ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    20-Mar-2000

    Morality in the profession. Joanne Feldman, described by the Daily Mail as "one of the country's most successful lawyers", told the paper how having a family has forced her to rethink the sort of cases she takes on. "I got a thrill out of manipulating language," she wrote. Of her commercial lawyer husband she adds: "My ability to stand up for people accused of the most odious crimes never ceased to amaze him." But motherhood changed ...

  • Jeantet loses out to Bird & Bird Paris

    20-Mar-2000

    Parisian firm Jeantet & Associes has lost its employment specialist to Bird & Bird's Paris office as frustrations mount within the firm over its long-running bid to pull off an international merger.Benjamine Fiedler is the latest senior assistant to leave Jeantet, which has frozen promotions to partnership for the past two years to keep profits attractive for US and UK suitors.

  • Law Society votes on Bahl suspension

    20-Mar-2000

    The Law Society is increasing pressure on Kamlesh Bahl after council members voted to suspend the vice-president.At a meeting on 16 March, members of the council opted for suspension until the middle of next month when there will be a vote to remove Bahl from her position on the council of the society.The move comes after an inquiry led by former Law Lord Lord Griffiths upheld five complaints of bullying and harassment made against Bahl by Law Society staff.

  • Legal Widow

    20-Mar-2000

    For our tenth wedding anniversary the Lawyer whisked me off (sans enfants) to Paris for a long weekend. I suppose it shows how we have gone up in the world - we had our honeymoon in Dorset and we got there in his Nova, the chariot of the newly-qualified solicitor. On the other hand, we got up late every morning and walked for miles, hand-in-hand on the beaches, and were happy eating ice cream in the rain.

  • Linklaters flies high after winning Aer Lingus work

    20-Mar-2000

    Linklaters has won a place advising on the forthcoming flotation of Ireland's state-owned airline Aer Lingus.The firm pitched for the work in a competitive tender with Salomons Bank, which was appointed financial adviser to the Irish government. Linklaters will advise the government on international matters.Linklaters also worked on the flotation of Telecom Eireann last ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 20/3/00

    20-Mar-2000

    Keith Cox v Airtours Plc (2000) QBD (Buckley J) 25 February 2000Claimant: Male, 25 years old at date of accident; 29 years old at date of settlement.Incident: The claimant arrived in Fuerteventura on 14 February 1996 at the beginning of a week-long package holiday arranged with the defendant travel firm. Once at the hotel he drank alcohol, provided free. At midnight the claimant dived into the swimming pool and suffered a broken neck. The claimant alleged ...

  • Litigation Writs 20/3/00

    20-Mar-2000

    HRH Prince Jefri Bolkiah, brother of the world's richest man the Sultan of Brunei, is being sued for more than £30m he allegedly owes for a marina. Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company claims it agreed to design and build a marina at Jerudong in Begara, Brunei, for the Prince, who owns a boat with two launches. But the claim alleges that the prince was late in making 18 payments for the work, and has failed to pay seven invoices. Now ...

  • Looking after the pupils

    20-Mar-2000

    Lord Bingham's ruling that the minimum wage does not apply to pupil barristers should not send a negative message to prospective students of the bar (The Lawyer, 13 March). In any event most chambers pay pupils considerably more than the minimum wage.Immediately after last week's ruling, I commented that it was perhaps time for the bar to reconsider its recommended minimum level of payment to pupils - currently £5,000 per annum. Your magazine ...

  • Lords weigh up VAT spat

    20-Mar-2000

    The Law Lords are trying to decide whether to hear an appeal in an off-beat VAT battle. Sinclair Collis is seeking leave to challenge an Appeal Court ruling made in June last year that vending machines in public houses, hotels and other premises "occupy land" in the eyes of the law. The case centres on whether the installation of a cigarette vending machine in a public house constitutes a licence to occupy land and as such is a supply that is exempt from VAT. The Customs ...

  • Macfarlanes wins work on £2bn Rover sell-off

    20-Mar-2000

    Macfarlanes has won a contract to advise on the £2bn sale of Rover Cars to venture capitalists Alchemy.The deal, which comes just a month after it was appointed Alchemy's principal legal adviser, covers the acquisition of the former British car manufacturer and Longbridge plant from German car giant BMW.Charles Martin, Macfarlanes commercial partner, is leading the ...

  • Marriott Harrison drops film production practice

    20-Mar-2000

    Top media firm Marriott Harrison is abandoning its leading film production practice after losing both partners from the team.Billy Hinshelwood is one of the top lawyers in the field and is retiring next month. He was one of the founding partners of the firm in 1985 and has acted for clients including Lucas Films and Universal Pictures.He will remain a consultant to the firm.Fellow partner Phil Rymer, described by some as being in the shadow of Hinshelwood, ...

  • Moorhead and Dibbs score on e-lottery

    20-Mar-2000

    Moorhead James and Dibb Lupton Alsop helped kick off what is claimed to be the world's first internet football lottery - Premiership Lotter-e.Sports and leisure firm Moorhead James advised the Football Society of Great Britain and Alladdin Lotteries on setting up the game, which has its first draw on Thursday (16 March).Moorhead James senior partner Ben Moorhead has been advising his clients for nearly three years in negotiations with the Gaming Board.

  • Mullins quits as SIF managing director

    20-Mar-2000

    Elizabeth Mullins, managing director at the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (Sif), is resigning just six months before the company is due to close.Mullins, who has been with Sif for 16 years and managing director for three, is believed to have resigned last week.It was expected that Mull-ins would continue as part of the joint venture company, which will take over the provision of professional indemnity for the legal profession.But in a statement, Mullins ...

  • Nabarros appoints for property boom

    20-Mar-2000

    Nabarro Nathanson has appointed corporate partner Amanda Howard to head its commercial property marketing group.The internal move comes as the firm aims to expand its share of the sophisticated property finance market.The commercial property industry sector group coordinates the cross-selling of services to property clients.Howard takes over on 1 May from Geoffrey Lander, ...

  • Nigel Pleming

    20-Mar-2000

    Matheu Swallow talks to the self-effacing Nigel Pleming QC about his new role as 39 Essex Street's head of chambers."Not bad for a couple of months work," says Nigel Pleming QC on a run of form that has seen him involved in Pinochet, the battle over legal aid franchising and, most recently, successfully acting for Ashworth Hospital against hunger striker Ian Brady.The new head of chambers at 39 Essex Street has enjoyed ...

  • Penningtons and Walker Martineau to merge

    24-Mar-2000

    The new firm, which will come into being on 1 May, will keep the Penningtons name and Walker Martineau lawyers will be absorbed into the four existing offices in London and the south east.

  • Perrin's View

    20-Mar-2000

    Recent conversations with fellow managing partners lead me to believe that today's most universally worrying law firm issue is not globalisation or merger strategy, but recruitment and retention of partners and staff. Nobody seems much concerned about where their next job is coming from, but many have difficulty attracting and keeping the right people. Some are having major problems in this area.Of course, this is not helped by headhunters (including ...

  • Placements

    20-Mar-2000

    Simmons & Simmons advised hongkong.com in relation to the HK$1.22bn (£99.2m) placing and listing of 640 million new shares on the Growth Enterprise Market of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (GEM). The deal has been sponsored by BNP Prime Peregrine and Lehman Brothers

  • Placements

    20-Mar-2000

    SJ Berwin acted for Bristol & West Investments on its move from OFEX to the Alternative Investment Market. The firm also acted on a share placing to raise £1.4m. Seymour Pierce was the nominated adviser and broker for the transaction. SJ Berwin senior corporate finance partner Jonathan Metliss led a team of four on the deal. Seymour Pierce was represented by

  • Public sector

    20-Mar-2000

    The booming private finance market means that multimillion pound government contracts are up for grabs, but who will win them and why? Claire Smith reports.The Government might not have the strongest reputation for putting its hand in its pocket, but when it comes to choosing outside legal advisers the public sector does not shy away from top City talent.The booming Private Finance Initiative (PFI) market means there are multimillion pound contracts ...

  • Quote of the week

    20-Mar-2000

    "The sexiest growth area of all is the corporate outsourcing market."- The Lawyer's new editor Catrin Griffiths reporting form the MIPIM global property festival in Cannes.

  • Scuffle of the week

    20-Mar-2000

    The army v families of those shot on Bloody Sunday. Lawyers for the families said that they intended to investigate Guardian reports of an army memo at the time that said: 'The minimum force necessary to achieve a restoration of law and order is to shoot selected ringleaders among the DVH [Derry's Young Hooligans, as Bogside rioters were called], after clear warnings have been given.' The memo also said that troops should use smaller bullets 'to enable ...

  • Second tier firms start LPC

    20-Mar-2000

    Fifteen leading firms are joining forces to discuss how they will respond to the deal that the top eight firms have struck with law schools to develop a City Legal Practice Course.Nabarro Nathanson is organising meetings for the group, described as the 15 firms directly below the top eight. The group is talking to the three providers - Nottingham Law School, BPP Law School in London and the ...

  • Silverman Sherliker appoints consultant

    20-Mar-2000

    Niche City firm Silverman Sherliker has appointed the former legal director of Associated British Ports (ABP).Andrew Whittaker was previously solicitor and company secretary at London Electricity and will bring several large clients in the electricity industry field with him.His appointment as consultant to the five-partner firm coincides with its move into bigger premises as part of an expansion plan. Silverman Sherliker specialises in software and utilities ...

  • Simon Baggs on the principle to apply for litigation costs. Simon Baggs is a solicitor at Wiggin & Co. He acted on behalf of the claimants in the case.

    20-Mar-2000

    The principles of the overriding objective and proportionality that underlie the Woolf reforms have led to a new emphasis on costs in litigation.There can be no doubt that the Civil Procedure Rules have produced some profound and beneficial changes in litigation.The decision of David Foskett QC in Little v Sebire is positive proof that some of the best aspects of Woolf, such as the Part 36 provisions, will make, and are making, a real difference ...

  • Talk of the town

    20-Mar-2000

    As the property market goes global, firms are stepping up their European marketing initiatives. Catrin Griffiths meets the pathfinders at MIPIM in Cannes.The buzz in the Martinez bar - the best place to network in Cannes - is all about how the global property festival, MIPIM, is changing. "It's getting so big nowadays," complains one UK lawyer, noting that delegates now number some 12,000 compared with 10,000 just a year ago. "Three years ago it was just ...

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

    20-Mar-2000

    Berwin Leighton represented Internet Incubator on a £12m private placement. The recently-launched internet company has raised the funds through 240 private investors including ING Barings and Babcock & Brown. John Bennett, corporate partner at Berwin Leighton, acted on the deal.

  • The soap opera that needs to be axed

    20-Mar-2000

    As the legal profession's favourite Aunt Sally, Kamlesh Bahl, loses, sulks and then sues, the soap opera-like farce is set to run and run until it reaches an ugly and patheticconclusion.Wherever the profession turns it will face Law Society luminaries past and present engaging in a sordid and very public battle. After years of self-important posturing, petty political machinations and personal vendettas, the supposedly leading ...

  • The world of knowledge

    20-Mar-2000

    With law firms expanding throughout the world, the ongoing training of lawyers is vital. Dominic Egan reports.The global law firm may have arrived, but the global lawyer is nothing more than a distant dream. Every country not only has its own legal code, it has its own legal culture. Consequently, the training departments of international law firms cannot afford to adopt a blanket approach."Just because we're global, ...

  • Tree felling in High Court

    20-Mar-2000

    A woman who was fined £500 and ordered to pay £2,500 in legal costs after felling a tree in her garden has been given the green light to challenge her conviction in the High Court. A hearing is expected before the summer vacation. The fine and legal costs order were imposed on 76-year-old Josephine O'Hare by magistrates at Cambridge on 26 January last year, after they convicted her of contravening a tree preservation order. Lord Justice Rose and Mr Justice ...

  • Two partners quit Simmons property dept

    20-Mar-2000

    Simmons & Simmons property partners John Stephens and John Mitchell have left the firm.Mitchell has gone to Gouldens as a full-time consultant after 15 years as a partner at Simmons and Stephens is understood to be talking to a number of firms.Mitchell says: "I think the emphasis in Simmons has changed and over the years the profile of property has diminished and the profile of corporate has become stronger. The City has not been the best place to be a property ...

  • Warner Cranston wins Anchor work

    20-Mar-2000

    City firm Warner Cranston has won a major debt recovery client after meeting the company's head of legal services at The Lawyer's in-house forum, Legal Monte Carlo 99.The firm has picked up work advising Anchor Trust, the top not-for-profit provider of housing and care for the elderly in the UK, after being invited to enter a beauty parade following Monte Carlo.The firm pitched against some of the top names in debt recovery to win the work - and the ...

  • Weightmans loses top partner to Addleshaws

    20-Mar-2000

    Weightmans is losing its Manchester head of professional indemnity to Addleshaw Booth & Co as the firm undergoes a strategic review of its business.Highly-rated partner Mike Grant is leaving insurance specialist Weightmans after four years to join Addleshaws' litigation and dispute resolution department in Manchester.The departure comes at a time when Liverpool-based Weightmans ...

  • What's gone wrong with the LPC?

    20-Mar-2000

    Stephen Nathanson says the Legal Practice Course must shed its vocational skin and focus on providing all entrants with professional education. Stephen Nathanson teaches at the University of Hong Kong and is a consultant to Nottingham Law School.The move by a group of City firms to enrol their law graduates on a tailor-made Legal Practice Course (LPC), highlights a problem that has plagued the LPC since its launch.The problem is that it was originally ...

  • White House adviser joins US law firm

    20-Mar-2000

    The senior environmental adviser at the White House has stepped down from her government post to join US firm Holland & Knight.Beth Viola served in the White House since 1994 offering advice on environmental issues to President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore.When she joins the Washington office of the 216-partner firm she will become a senior adviser for public affairs.Richard Gold, head of the firm's federal public law group, says: ...