20 May 1996

The Lawyer

  • A model association

    21-May-1996

    Arthur Andersen and Garrett & Co were the first accountancy firm and law practice to form an association in the UK. Now Price Waterhouse and Arnheim & Co have followed their example, and it seems likely more will follow suit.It can only be a matter of time before all the Big Six accountancy firms have their own associated law practices. It is also likely that the next rung down of accountants will establish law firms to complement their activities, particularly on a regional ...

  • Academics clash over Aclec training proposals

    21-May-1996

    Academics are locked in battle over proposals for a new legal training system advocated by the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec).The report, unveiled last month, has been attacked by Nigel Savage, chief executive designate of the College of Law, but welcomed by Professor Hepple of the University of Cambridge Law Department.Among Aclec's proposals are an element of common training for solicitors and barristers, ...

  • Accounting for the cost of care

    21-May-1996

    The past few decades have seen an explosion in the registered care homes industry as people live longer. However, the sector's boom has also brought with it a need for safety measures to ensure those who set up homes are not only suitable to do so but have the resources to back the venture.Although it received little attention at the time, a recent High Court ruling has clarified the position over proof of financial viability for those planning care homes. ...

  • American mediators teach India new tricks

    21-May-1996

    Mediators in the US are gearing up to start training courses at India's new International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR).The training will be provided by the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, part of Pepperdine University's school of law in California.Tim Pownal, associate director of the institute, said the Asian Development Bank had commissioned the courses, which would be conducted by attorneys or judges who were practising ...

  • Brief

    21-May-1996

    When David Telling, a principal lecturer at the Inns of Court School of Law, started out on a 40-mile marathon, there were prayers that he would finish. When he did, more than eight hours later, hymns were sung in the streets. Telling ran the double-marathon distance alone to raise more than £1,500 for restoration work on St Wilfrid's Church in his home town of Haywards Heath. "I took part in the London Marathon eight years ago, but this was nearly twice the distance," said ...

  • CABx to get direct access under Bar Council plan

    21-May-1996

    A SCHEME to allow Citizens' Advice Bureaux direct access to barristers was set to be given the go-ahead at a Bar Council meeting over the weekend.The plan is designed to boost access to justice at a time when the profession is coming under increasing pressure to provide better services for less money.A report, due to be considered after The Lawyer went to press at a Bar Council meeting last Saturday, recommended allowing direct access to designated CABx ...

  • Canadian lawyers in financial freeze

    21-May-1996

    Growing numbers of Canadian lawyers in Ontario are only earning what they generate for their firms, as part of a tough approach to partnerships designed to weather lean economic times.Harvin Pitch, of Toronto firm Teplitsky Colson, said there was a growing trend in the state towards firms operating as "profit centres", despite obvious ramifications for practice morale."A good 50 per cent of firms are now gravitating towards this type of operation," he said.

  • Chambers pioneers direct access first

    21-May-1996

    John Malpas reportsA YORK set of chambers is at the centre of a pioneering direct access arrangement with its local probation service.Under the recently-forged agreement, barristers at York Chambers will take instructions directly from probation officers for breach of probation order hearings heard at York Crown Court.The arrangement has been approved by the Bar Council for a one-year pilot period making the North Yorkshire Probation Service ...

  • City gets jitters over merger clamp-down

    21-May-1996

    City law firms are hoping that the merger gravy train will trundle on despite the Government's recent U-turn on competition policy which analysts fear could jeopardise a number of large corporate deals.Concern follows a speech by Ian Lang, president of the Board of Trade, in which he indicated that domestic competition issues will weigh more heavily when decisions are made on whether to allow proposed takeovers to go ahead.But any reduction in merger and ...

  • Council hopefuls slug it out for a seat

    21-May-1996

    STARKLY opposing views on the leadership of Law Society president Martin Mears divide the two by-election candidates battling for a seat on the society's council.Andrew Holroyd, a former president of the Liverpool law society, has sent a letter to all members of the Merseyside constituency slating rival candidate John Callaghan.The letter says Callaghan "repeats the simplistic solutions which Martin Mears and his deputy Robert Sayer put forward last year ...

  • CPS strike threat grows as Lyell snubs talks

    21-May-1996

    A ONE-day strike by CPS lawyers appears more likely following Attorney General Sir Nicholas Lyell QC's refusal to hold talks over the future of the service.The CPS section of the Association of First Division Civil Servants will meet this week to discuss its response after Lyell turned down a request for talks.A ballot for a one-day strike is a possible option.Lyell wrote to the association last week claiming its concerns were a matter for the ...

  • Crossing the great divide

    21-May-1996

    The accounting profession has already had to tackle many of the issues which are now reaching the legal agenda. And some of the most pressing are the risks inherent in expansion as a result of internal growth, mergers and alliances, particularly those with overseas firms.As is the case with the major accounting practices, the size and complexity of large law firms mean they can no longer operate effectively as owner-managed businesses - the scale of operation ...

  • Do we want second time lucky?

    21-May-1996

    The decision of Law Society president Martin Mears to drop his working party on entry to the profession has largely gone unnoticed.Mears invited me to join the working party because I had acted for the Council of Legal Education when it ran into difficulties introducing a selection system to reduce numbers seeking entry to the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law.Although an interim report of the working party was prepared for submission to ...

  • Edward Bishop finds things are not going the police's way.

    21-May-1996

    Edward Bishop is a member of No 1 Serjeants' Inn, London.The Metropolitan Police Commissioner could be forgiven for thinking that the world is against him. Only two weeks after a jury, on 26 April, awarded £220,000 to a hairdresser for wrongful arrest and assault, Daniel Goswell was awarded £302,000, having been hit over the head by an officer wielding a truncheon. Both awards were records when made and are almost certain ...

  • Expert sceptical of repressed memories

    21-May-1996

    John Malpas reportsCLAIMS that the repressed childhood memories of sexual abuse victims can be "recovered" by psychotherapists are not backed by science.That was the message delivered to the Family Law Bar Association's annual conference earlier this month by chartered clinical and forensic psychologist Bryan Tully, one of a number of speakers to address the three-day event.Tully told the gathering of around 150 barristers at the ...

  • Experts? Just ask the family

    21-May-1996

    Lord Woolf made a number of recommendations about expert witnesses in his Access to Justice report. But family judges and lawyers have already anticipated some of them and in many cases his proposals simply give the seal of approval to judicial guidelines and good practice in children and ancillary relief cases.Woolf noted that experts sometimes take on a partisan role rather than acting as neutral fact finders or opinion givers. He said a partisan approach should be avoided ...

  • External affairs

    21-May-1996

    When is David Attenborough going to cover that natural phenomenon - the relationship between the lawyer and the accountant? The two professions are like animals who service each other's needs and hunt prey on a co-operative basis while at the same time competing for the same prey and even hunting each other.It is a complex relationship, yet both parties are able to segregate the different facets of the relationship.Certainly, this firm is happy to provide ...

  • Facing the partnership

    21-May-1996

    Multi-disciplinary partnerships have been the subject of debate for a number of years. And they are now beginning to appear in the UK, the largest market for professional services in Europe.There has been a gradual blurring between the professions over the last few years and the major accountancy firms, which employ lawyers, property surveyors, engineers and management consultants as well as accountants, have been at the forefront of this evolution.The move into ...

  • Fee income soars in Wragges' bumper year

    21-May-1996

    Birmingham firm Wragge & Co is poised to reveal a 25 per cent increase in fee income to around £24 million in the year to April 1995.Industry sources suggest income per partner will be well up on last year's £131,000 per head.The firm has undertaken corporate work for 100 listed stock market companies, and clients include West Midlands engineering groups Triplex ...

  • Field Fisher and Dentons recruits reinforce IT law

    21-May-1996

    Two City firms, Field Fisher Waterhouse and Denton Hall, are appointing new partners to bolster their information technology and telecomms departments.Field Fisher has recruited Michael Chissick to plug the gap left by February's defection of IT specialist Ranald Robertson to Taylor Joynson Garret. Chissick, a lawyer specialising in IT and telecommunications, has been running ...

  • Financings

    21-May-1996

    Cameron Markby Hewitt acted for Chase Investment Bank and Lloyds Bank which were involved in the syndication of banking facilities to United News & Media

  • Financings

    21-May-1996

    Manches & Co advised Helicon Publishing in sourcing a major round of development capital which involved Microsoft Corporation taking a minority stake in the company. Denton Hall advised Microsoft.

  • Financings

    21-May-1996

    SJ Berwin acted for Megalomedia in its acquisition of a 10 per cent shareholding in The Multimedia Corporation from Inoco.

  • Fraud relevance probe

    21-May-1996

    The House of Lords is being asked to decide the weight courts should attach to unconnected fraud in misrepresentation cases. The latest round of the long-running battle between Smith New Court Securities (SNC) and Scrimgeour Vickers (Asset Management) (SV) and others is now pending hearing. The case centres on allegations of misrepresentation in the sale of shares which is said to have inflated the price of shares above market value. The Lords is being asked to decide whether an unconnected ...

  • Group champions software suppliers

    21-May-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsA trade association to boost the image of legal software suppliers has been launched.The Legal Software Suppliers Association (LSSA) replaces the Association of Legal Technology Suppliers (ALTS), whose members were severely criticised by the Law Society last November. ALTS voted to replace itself with the new organisation in March.John Meehan, chair of the membership committee, said ALTS did not have a happy relationship ...

  • Group supports UK-Israel business links

    21-May-1996

    A new British Israel Law Association is being set up in London with the support of 70 lawyers who attended a meeting at the Law Society last week.Berwin Leighton corporate finance partner Neville Eisenberg suggested the association because of increased business contact between the UK and Israel over the past two years."I've had quite a lot of contact with Israeli lawyers and the firm has a number of Israeli clients, so I've had a lot of contact with ...

  • In brief: Clifford Chance wins £1m damages action

    21-May-1996

    A High Court judge last week threw out a £1 million claim for negligence brought against Clifford Chance and former partner David Bowyer for failing to implement the final wishes of the late property millionaire Eric Hopton. Bowyer is currently with City firm Withers. The action was brought by Hopton's great nephew, Old Etonian Dominic Trusted, under legal aid. Trusted had claimed he ...

  • In brief: DJ Freeman attracts property specialist

    21-May-1996

    DJ Freeman has a new partner in its property services department. Retail property lawyer Monica Blake is closing her Milton Keynes practice, Monica Blake & Co, to rejoin the firm. She established the practice last year after leaving the Milton Keynes office of Denton Hall, where she was managing partner.

  • In brief: Lace Mawer MP signs up to Halliwells

    21-May-1996

    Stewart Harper, managing partner of Manchester firm Lace Mawer, is joining one of the city's major commercial law firms. The senior litigation partner, pictured on the left, will join Halliwells insurance litigation department as a partner later this year. Halliwells senior partner Roger Lancaster, pictured right, said there was fierce competition for Harper from other practices in Manchester. "I am delighted a lawyer with as high a profile as Stewart has been attracted to the ...

  • In brief: Lawyers dig into pockets for legal centre

    21-May-1996

    Solicitors and barristers have donated cash to London's Mary Ward Legal Centre so it can move to bigger premises. City firm Theodore Goddard donated £5,000 and 11 King's Bench Walk £7,500 to fund the centre's move from Queen Square to Boswell Street, Holborn, London. The centre will use the extra office space to recruit more staff and expand the debt advice service and provide an immigration advice service. The centre is appealing for more money to help fund ...

  • In brief: New Deal Management

    21-May-1996

    An article in the 7 May edition of The Lawyer, concerning a scheme by law firm Schilling & Lom, accountants Baker Tilly and pop artist agent Dick Sommer to form New Deal Management, incorrectly stated that Sommer managed Rod Stewart and Yes.

  • In brief: Surrey firms merge for broad practice

    21-May-1996

    Surrey firms Coleman Tilley and Tarrant Sutton merged at the start of this month in a drive to create a broad-based practice. Coleman Tilley deals with road traffic, personal injury and motor accidents. Tarrant Sutton specialises in debt recovery and property law. Partner Tony Sutton said: "The intention is to create a broad-based practice whilst still retaining our specialist areas." The new firm has four partners and will be known as Coleman Tilley Tarrant Sutton. It operates from ...

  • In brief: Talks tackle Forces compensation anomaly

    21-May-1996

    A conference to discuss compensation for ex-service personnel suffering from asbestos-related disease takes place at the House of Commons on Tuesday this week. The event will focus on the inequality between service personnel and their civilian counterparts over the right to compensation. It is claimed hundreds of thousands of service personnel were exposed to asbestos before the 1970s. But current legislation only allows personnel who sustained asbestos-related injuries before 1987 ...

  • In brief: Wansbroughs tops Top 100 turnover table

    21-May-1996

    The financial figures supplied by Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave were omitted from the turnover increase table in the 14 May issue of The Lawyer. The firm's annual turnover has increased by 27 per cent in the past financial year with the income amount at £22.4 million. This places the firm in the top position in terms of growth achieved. It ranked 32 in the Top 100.

  • Law of the land

    21-May-1996

    Expert evidence is a critical part of environmental litigation and the problems of expense, delay and complexity in civil litigation, which Lord Woolf's Access to Justice report identified, can be exacerbated in such cases. Experts can reasonably differ not only over factual information, such as how much of a contaminant is present and how it got there, but over causation issues, such as whether a particular injury resulted from exposure to a particular contaminant.Few ...

  • Law reform. Holding the key to judicial reform

    21-May-1996

    No one involved in the litigation process can dispute the catalogue of ills Lord Woolf lists in his interim Access to justice report which has brought attention to the problems of delay and expense he is trying to address. His prescription is, of course, a greater measure of judicial and court control.But my concern is that without radical changes in the operation of the senior Bar the judiciary will not be able to play its full part in the reformed system which is likely ...

  • Law reform. Peering over the pond

    21-May-1996

    Lord Woolf has found inspiration for his reforms in the legal innovations on the other side of the Atlantic. The Legal Action Group (LAG) took a leaf out of his book and visited the US and Canada.US judges have pioneered the ideas of 'managed justice' extolled by Lord Woolf. The message appears to be that fixed litigation timetables are a good idea: any greater intervention takes considerable resources and ingenuity to be effective.The most obvious ...

  • Law reform. Woolf's brave new world

    21-May-1996

    Lord Woolf's inquiry is nearing completion. His interim report, Access to Justice, was published last June and the final report will be submitted to the Lord Chancellor this summer. Christopher Style, a litigation partner at Linklaters & Paines, discusses with Lord Woolf a number of issues of concern to litigators.You are proposing a pretty radical shake-up of what was, ...

  • Law Soc set to drop divorce Bill backing

    21-May-1996

    ALL Law Society support for Lord Mackay's troubled Family Law Bill looks likely to be withdrawn.Sources indicate that the Law Society can no longer endorse the Bill, which is already coming under sustained attack from Labour.The society complains that the measures Mackay proposes will increase the costs and prolong the length of divorce. The society also feels the Bill, whose future is becoming ever-more uncertain, has become such a mess it will not work.

  • LCD and PM rally to judges' defence

    21-May-1996

    Downing Street and the Lord Chancellor's Department this week hit back at criticism of the appointment of two "anti-punishment" Appeal Court judges.Conservative newspapers were critical of the appointment of Sir Henry Brooke and Sir Mark Potter to the Appeal Court.Calling the judges "anti-punishment", the Daily Mail raised the spectre of senior members of the judiciary increasingly being made up of liberal-minded individuals who oppose Home Secretary Michael ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 21/05/96

    21-May-1996

    Phillip John Leslie Stokes, 43, admitted 1980, practised as Gardeners, Southampton, struck off and ordered to pay £568 costs. Allegations substantiated he was convicted of offence of dishonesty, practised as solicitor without current practising certificate for years commencing November 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, held himself to be entitled to practise as solicitor notwithstanding indefinite suspension of his rights. Stokes jailed ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 21/05/96

    21-May-1996

    Riley v Beacon - QBD 7 May 1996Claimant: Janet Riley, 47Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant, a former hairdresser, underwent treatment as private patient at AMI Childern Hospital in September 1990 and January 1991; she had been referred to hospital with pain in her back and right leg and treatment was recommended; contended treatment unnecessary and only served to worsen her condition; she is now confined to wheelchairAward: ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 21/05/96

    21-May-1996

    Bank's claim against a local authority over rate swapsKleinwort Benson v Birmingham City Council (1996).CA (Evans LJ, Saville LJ and Morritt LJ) 9/5/96.Summary: Bank's claim to recover money lent to a local authority for ultra vires rate swap transactions upheld on the local authority's appeal.Birmingham City Council's appeal against the judgment on the plaintiff's claim to recover £353,321 as the ...

  • Litigation Writs 21/05/96

    21-May-1996

    A man who was paralysed after falling from a ladder in a Dixons storeroom is now suing the company. Carl Jarrett, 52, of South Ockenden, has been confined to a wheelchair since the accident on 8 December 1993. Jarrett climbed a ladder on to the roof of a wire storage cage then fell to the floor, suffering head and spinal injuries.Writ issued by Kidd Rapinet, Aylesbury.Machine operator David Coll, 46, of Bracknell, ...

  • Lords take a shine to patent

    21-May-1996

    An appeal by Biogen in its battle with Medeva over genetic engineering patents involving treatment for Hepatitis B virus is now in the list of pending cases before the Lords. Questions of inventiveness, disclosure and the extent to which a patent needs to be looked at as a whole will be considered.

  • Media ace poached by Wiggins

    21-May-1996

    The head of McGrigor Donald's company department in Glasgow has left the firm to join the media practice of Cheltenham-based Wiggin and Co.Corporate lawyer Stephen Cook, who specialises in the cable and satellite sector, is now based in Wiggin and Co's London office.While at McGrigor Donald, Cook focused on corporate work for media client Flextech, which has interests in ...

  • Nabarros consultant asked to clear desk

    21-May-1996

    Nabarro Nathanson banking and finance consultant Michael Vann has left the firm after allegations he breached unspecified procedures.According to Nabarros senior partner David Bramson, Vann was asked to leave by the practice. He said the lawyer had "failed to comply with some of our internal procedures".But he declined to disclose further details, apart from saying that the matter ...

  • Nabarros takes AIM for deals boom

    21-May-1996

    City firm Nabarro Nathanson has clocked up its 18th flotation on the Alternative Investment Market where it acted for packaging group CA Coutts, valued at about £10 million.The firm boasts an impressive list of clients on the AIM, the market for smaller companies which is part of the London Stock Exchange. Its most high profile AIM connection is Chelsea Village, the holding company for ...

  • New chief aims to keep Linklaters at the leading edge

    21-May-1996

    Charles Allen-Jones is the new standard bearer at City law firm Linklaters & Paines, where he takes over from James Wyness as senior partner this autumn.Wyness, 58, is retiring from the firm in spring 1997 after six years at the helm.Allen-Jones, an avid tennis player and traveller to exotic places such as Burma, assumes command of the practice at a time when business is thriving ...

  • New man takes helm at Frere Cholmeley

    21-May-1996

    City firm Frere Cholmeley Bischoff has appointed Alan Jenkins,43, as managing partner. Jenkins will succeed Steven Sugar in the autumn.Jenkins joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1975 and became a partner in 1983. He specialises in international commercial litigation, fraud, professional negligence and insurance. He has been involved in the Guinness, Maxwell and BCCI banking trials."I am delighted at the trust and confidence partners have shown in electing ...

  • Ostrich action ruffles investors' feathers

    21-May-1996

    Livestock litigation seems to be in vogue with the current beef scare. But cattle are not the only animals at the centre of court action - ostriches are also legal flavour of the month.The fate of the beleaguered Ostrich Farming Corporation (OFC) is now to be decided by a High Court judge after it resisted moves to wind it up in the Companies Court.An application by the DTI to dissolve the Mansfield-based company was put on ice by agreement after OFC counsel ...

  • PI network targets mass asthma action with whistle-blowers' hotline

    21-May-1996

    A controversial network of law firms involved in multi-party personal injury claims has established its first campaign to actively cultivate business.The Allied Lawyers Response Team (Alert) has set up a hotline for whistle-blowers to reveal breaches of safety regulations that may be causing asthma.It plans to use the information to determine whether to start a mass claim.Alert, which has 23 member-firms throughout England, was established in June ...

  • PR guru hired to revive profession

    21-May-1996

    Sir Tim Bell, Baroness Thatcher's public relations guru, has been called in by the Law Society to look at ways of boosting the public image of solicitors.It is understood £200,000 has been earmarked to pay Bell, who helped to mastermind several Tory general election campaigns.Bell, who helped Thatcher to power in the 1980s, arrived at Chancery Lane as the society experienced yet another outburst of disunity, this time among president Martin Mears' ...

  • Property

    21-May-1996

    Linklaters & Paines acted for Lloyds Bank which recently sold the freehold of 87 bank branches for £37 million to fund managers Olim.

  • Property

    21-May-1996

    Pinsent Curtis acted for Castlemore Securities which has bought a site for a new retail park on the outskirts of Leicester. The site was bought for £24 million from William Timpson, a subsidiary of Oliver Group. Lovell White Durrant acted for the vendor.

  • Richards Butler looks east for growth by increasing partners in Hong Kong

    21-May-1996

    Two of Richards Butler's lawyers in Hong Kong have been made partners in the firm, bringing the number of partners in the office to 17.Penelope Chan, who started with the firm as a trainee, specialises in corporate finance work in Hong Kong and China.She has extensive experience with large stock exchange share issues.Constance Choy is experienced in China joint ventures. She specialises in general corporate and commercial work.Managing ...

  • Semtex finding may be tip of iceberg

    21-May-1996

    Leading criminal lawyers believe evidence of contamination found in the Forensic Explosives Laboratory may have threatened the safety of many more convictions than the 12 cited by the Government.Bindmans partner Neil O'May, who is reassessing the explosives cases he has handled, said last week's admission that laboratory equipment had been contaminated with RDX, a constituent of ...

  • Silks say farewell

    21-May-1996

    John Malpas reportsTwo senior silks have retired from leading European law set Monckton Chambers. Three hundred guests gathered at the Great Hall in Gray's Inn, London, to attend a reception held by the chambers in order to mark the retirement of Jeremy Lever QC and David Kemp QC. Lever was previously head of the chambers, which has recently changed its name from Four Raymond Buildings to Monckton Chambers.

  • Specialist qualities

    21-May-1996

    Expert evidence is an important part of litigation and cases can be won or lost on the performance of an expert in court.Selecting a suitable expert for a particular case is not easy, but the consideration of a number of practical matters at the outset can help to avoid a disappointing performance.ExpertiseCounsel for the opposition will try to undermine the credibility of an expert witness by suggesting that his expertise is limited in ...

  • Streamlining the system

    21-May-1996

    In the Access to Justice report, Lord Woolf bemoaned the fact that "the power under Order 40 has been rarely used in the past" and recommended that more use be made of court appointed experts.Although the provision of court appointed experts is still rare, two recent appointments have come about as a direct result of an initiative by the Official Referees Court.Judge Hicks made the first of the appointments in February 1995 in the case of Abbey National Mortgages ...

  • Tackle that tax return

    21-May-1996

    The introduction of self-assessment puts more responsibility on solicitors acting as, or advising, executors so that they have to act almost like accountants.Solicitors are now responsible for ensuring an estate is administered in a tax efficient manner, with tax returns completed on time and payments made in stages for the current year, according to dates laid down by self-assessment rules.In the past, it was common for solicitors to leave estate tax matters ...

  • Take the financial challenge

    21-May-1996

    Past president of the Law Society Tony Holland has accused the society of "fiddling while Rome burned" (The Lawyer 19 March). He says it has failed to respond to the challenge posed by accountants undertaking legal work. Unless steps are taken soon, he adds, firms who have "diversified into commercial work...[will] see their hard effort plundered by a local accountancy practice".The Law Society Council has considered the matter of accountants moving into areas of legal practice ...

  • Testing testimony

    21-May-1996

    The aim of an expert witness is to put forward facts which can bear the scrutiny of cross-examination in court. The admissibility of evidence is not, in theory, something which he should be concerned with. However, it must be remembered that it is primarily from the evidence provided that an expert is able to form an opinion.After receiving instructions from a solicitor, the expert is provided with documents including pleadings, statements, affidavits, counsel's opinion ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Paul Grindley

    21-May-1996

    Paul Grindley was born in 1963 and is an employment lawyer with Hammond Suddards in Leeds. What was your first job?Canvassing for lawn mower repairs.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£7,500 per annum.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Aerobics instructor.Which law could you live without?Transfer ...

  • Theodore Goddard wins on employment dispute

    21-May-1996

    THE CITY has welcomed a Appeal Court ruling seen as an important test case for the validity of employment contracts.Peter Cooke, head of Theodore Goddard's employment law department, helped to win the appeal case for investment company Credit Suisse Asset Management (CSAM).The Court of Appeal rejected an application by 10 former employees of CSAM to drop injunctions which enforced their employment contracts.The 10, all employed in the Swiss group's ...

  • Time for CPS to face facts

    21-May-1996

    The recent glut of articles and letters on the subject of the CPS which have appeared in The Lawyer (19 and 26 March, 16 and 23 April) have shown that relationships between CPS staff and higher management have broken down completely. Put bluntly, nobody in the CPS now believes a word that the DPP or CPS headquarters says.Rather than Barbara Mills and Gordon Etherington complaining that documents leaked to me or The Lawyer have been misinterpreted, do not represent ...

  • Too many lawyers spoil the broth?

    21-May-1996

    Personal injury and medical negligence lawyer Andrew Urbanek gives an object lesson in how to avoid being sued for serving pear and almond tart with a smattering of Amaretto ice cream. In an upcoming episode of BBC's Masterchef, to be shown on 2 June, Urbanek (right), a partner at London firm Cartwright Cunningham Haselgrove & Co, demonstrates to Loyd Grossman (left) and QE2 executive chef Richard Wicks (centre) how to make turbot tantalising. The episode was recorded recently ...

  • TV adverts are not the panacea

    21-May-1996

    Solicitors must be wondering what has happened to cost cutting at Chancery Lane. Millions of pounds are suddenly being promised for all types of advertising activities to polish up the image of solicitors. Sir Tim Bell has crossed the threshold of Chancery Lane, a sure sign that things have got serious on the image front.Sir Tim does not come cheap. Nor does a television advertising campaign which has been estimated to cost as much as £5 million.The ...

  • UK dismayed by courts' record on fraud

    21-May-1996

    Confidence in the ability of courts to deal with company fraud is lower in the UK than anywhere else in the developed world, according to a survey by accountancy firm Ernst & Young.The survey sought the views of senior executives in 11 countries. A large number of respondents supported the idea of special courts to try complex fraud cases.This reflects concern that major City trials have failed because of the inability of juries to grasp the intricacies of high ...

  • US Congress slashes access to justice

    21-May-1996

    Severe budget cuts and a new wave of crippling restrictions have jeopardised the future of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in the US and limited access to justice for the poor.LSC spokeswoman Niki Mitchell said the decision of Congress to cut the corporation's budget by a third this year, from $400 million last year to $278 million, would lead to the closure of up to 400 neighbourhood legal offices.She said legal aid attorneys were now prohibited from ...

  • Wanted:a judge to cater for all tastes

    21-May-1996

    Following Lord Taylor's announcement he will be standing down, Lord Mackay has consulted widely over who should be the next Lord Chief Justice. The Lawyer has made its own enquiries on the views of "the great and the good".Geoffrey Bindman, senior partner of civil liberties firm Bindman & Partners, wants the new Lord Chief Justice to follow in Taylor's footsteps. He said the successor should show the same openness, but should publicly call for the incorporation ...