20 October 1997

The Lawyer

  • A new frontier for immigration clients

    21-Oct-1997

    Immigrants have a notoriously hard time at the hands of their legal advisers. Sue Wilman suggests some measures to tackle the serious problems in this area of practice. Sue Wilman is a solicitor at Hammersmith & Fulham Community Law Centre.Desperate clients are typical clients at the Law Centre where I work. Among the stream of sad stories, immigration clients stand out as having endured the most extreme circumstances.It is immigration clients ...

  • A special relationship

    21-Oct-1997

    India's historical context has a direct bearing on its present, says Tony Khindria. Tony Khindria is senior partner of Lexindia and is the author of Foreign Direct Investment in India (Sweet & Maxwell). India is likely to be the most populous country in the world within a few decades. Like China, it represents one of the largest remaining markets for developing countries.Even today, it has an estimated middle class of between 150 to 200 million people. Naturally, foreign ...

  • A to Z of the SGP

    21-Oct-1997

    Hugh Stubbs on the valuable contribution of the IBA's Section on General Practice. Hugh Stubbs is a partner at Freshfields and chair of the IBA Section on General Practice. The International Bar Association is a unique organisation. In addition to almost 20,000 individual lawyer members - most of whom belong to one of its three sections - the IBA is also made up of 173 corporate members, national bar associations and law societies from countries all over the world.As ...

  • Andrew Warnock on a landmark case for education authorities

    21-Oct-1997

    Andrew Warnock on a landmark case for education authorities. Andrew Warnock is a barrister at No 1 Serjeant's Inn. IN Phelps v London Borough of Hillingdon (23 September, 1997) Mr Justice Garland held that a local education authority was liable to pay damages to the plaintiff for its failure to diagnose her dyslexia in the mid-1980s.The judge found that the authority's educational psychologist had been negligent in her assessment of the plaintiff when she ...

  • Authority sued over blood

    21-Oct-1997

    A Southampton woman is taking a local health authority to the High Court accusing it of giving her infected blood products. Valerie Watts is suing South West Hampshire Health Authority, claiming that she developed an infection after being given Factor VIII concentrate on seven occasions between 1983 and 1990. She accuses the authority of negligence, claiming that the concentrate was infected with hepatitis.

  • B&M profits hike

    21-Oct-1997

    Baker & McKenzie announced record annual revenues of US$700m for 1997 at its annual partnership meeting in Toronto last week. This represents an 8 per cent increase on the 1996 figures. The firm said that net profits also reached record levels, although it declined to give exact figures.

  • Bird & Bird still rules UK IP roost

    21-Oct-1997

    While Bird & Bird is still seen as the UK's top intellectual property practice, Linklaters & Paines has slipped from second place to fifth in an opinion poll of 3,000 practitioners worldwide.The second annual survey by the journal Managing Intellectual Property also shows 25-partner firm

  • Brennan beats favourite to become Bar chairman

    21-Oct-1997

    The Bar Council has snubbed one of its most senior members - commercial silk Jonathan Hirst QC - by electing relative newcomer Daniel Brennan QC to the post of vice-chairman.Brennan, one of the country's leading personal injury silks, also defeated Nigel Pascoe QC and Julian Malins QC in the contest. Traditionally, the vice-chairman automatically takes over as chairman once he or she has completed a year in the post.The result was announced last Thursday, ...

  • Brent Walker demise ends Simmons link

    21-Oct-1997

    Simmons lucrative seven-year stint keeping Brent Walker alive will finally end next month when the company goes into liquidation following the £700m sale of its last major asset, the William Hill betting shop chain, to Japanese finance house Nomura.Simmons has been the Brent Walker Group’s principal law firm for more than a decadeIt advised the group when its founder, George Walker, led it through heady expansion in the 1980s, and stayed on as adviser to the ...

  • Building contacts

    21-Oct-1997

    The IBA's Section on Business Law is trying to bridge the gap between cultures around the world, says Willem Calkoen. For more than 50 years, the International Bar Association (IBA) has occupied a place of influence and importance in the global legal profession. Since its inception in 1947, at the offices of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the IBA has grown in size and stature to become the international legal profession's largest and most active organisation.

  • CC gives way in 'gardening leave' battle

    21-Oct-1997

    After pressure from a client, Clifford Chance has conceded defeat in its battle to hold its high-profile insurance insolvency partner Andrew Wilkinson on gardening leave for his full 12-month notice period.Wilkinson handed in his notice in June, intending to join the new London derivatives practice set up by US firm Cadwalader Wickerham & Taft, which opened last month.Although ...

  • Clifford Chance 'weeks away' from Canary Wharf settlement

    21-Oct-1997

    Clifford Chance is believed to be a matter of weeks away from agreeing to pay up to £10m plus costs to four Canadian banks in settlement of a £610m negligence claim, thought to be the largest claim ever against a UK law firm.The Lawyer revealed in June 1995 that the banks - Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada, National Bank of Canada and the Bank of ...

  • Clifford Chance seals deal to reschedule Soviet debt

    21-Oct-1997

    Clifford Chance finance partners are celebrating the completion the world's last outstanding sovereign debt rescheduling with the signing of an agreement by Russia to repay the former Soviet Union's $33bn debt over the next 25 years.The firm's two London finance partners, Cliff Godfrey and Andrew Yianni, have spent the past four months drafting the details of the massively ...

  • Conns tries its hand at legal recruitment

    21-Oct-1997

    Manchester commercial practice Philip Conn & Co has become the first practice to take the unusual step of setting itself up as a legal recruitment consultant.The four-partner firm is advertising itself as a "new organisation, comprising only practising solicitors" and offering to charge only 10 per cent of starting salary for placing someone - half the usual rate.Employment partner Andrew Gibson, who is co-ordinating the venture, said: "We thought we would try ...

  • Contract taken out on London lawyer

    21-Oct-1997

    A CONTRACT has been taken out on the life of a high-profile lawyer by the clients of an opponent in court.The lawyer, a top London solicitor who asked not to be named, had to resort to bodyguards after contract killers were hired to target him, his wife and his family.He said that he has suffered "direct threats and intimidation" for the last year and a half, to the extent that he and his family have had to have special protection from the police and security ...

  • Counting the cost of inquiry

    21-Oct-1997

    Chris Fogarty finds the solicitor fighting the Terminal Five inquiry in upbeat mood, despite serious funding problems. The council solicitor leading the opposition to the proposed Terminal Five building at Heathrow Airport has admitted that her legal team may have to scale back its efforts because of a lack of funds.Surrey County Council principal solicitor Joanne Mortimer has revealed that eight out of the 10 councils that have funded her legal team since the Terminal ...

  • Criminal solicitors unveil strategy for youth justice

    21-Oct-1997

    THE Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA) has joined in the national youth justice debate by drawing up a package of measures designed to tackle delays in the system.CLSA chairman Steve Wedd presented the plans to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, and Home Secretary Jack Straw at last week's Speeding Up Youth Justice conference in London.Its key proposal is a call for compulsory legal representation at police stations for young offenders. It also wants, ...

  • Dibbs loses second regional banking partner in a week

    21-Oct-1997

    Dibb Lupton Alsop has lost a second senior banking partner from its regional offices in the space of a week.Leading banking lawyer Nicholas Fisher, recruited by Dibbs four and a half years ago from Wilde Sapte to establish and build up its banking departments in Manchester and Liverpool, has announced his intention to move back to London to join Simmons & Simmons. This leaves only one banking partner for Dibbs' north western region.Fisher said: "I was offered ...

  • Dispute over Gloucester plan

    21-Oct-1997

    Gloucester City Council is to take the Secretary of State for the Environment to the High Court in a dispute over the city's local plan. The council has just been granted leave by Mr Justice Sullivan to seek judicial review of a direction issued by the Environment Secretary requiring the council to consider modifying policies laid down in the deposit draft version of the City of Gloucester (additional Areas post-1991 Boundary Extension) Local Plan. No date has yet been fixed for ...

  • Establish tax-friendly Net zone, says lawyer

    21-Oct-1997

    Elizabeth Davidson reportsTHE UK could attract $500m- worth of Internet-based commerce if it set itself up as a tax-friendly zone, according to a computer lawyer.Computer Lawyers Consortium chair Roger Loosely, a partner at Fladgate Fielder and head of its technology law unit, has called on the UK Government to "act quickly" and take VAT and taxes off Internet ...

  • EU streamlines rules

    21-Oct-1997

    New rules abolishing many of the restrictions on UK lawyers who want to practise in EU countries could be introduced by the end of the year. The member states of the EU have been trying to standardise the rights of establishment rules for nearly 20 years. Last week, a draft directive came before the legal affairs committee of the European Parliament, which set a tight deadline for amendments to be tabled. Patrick Oliver, the Law Society's representative in Brussels, said he hoped ...

  • Flotations

    21-Oct-1997

    Eversheds acted for HSBC bank

  • Flotations

    21-Oct-1997

    Cameron McKenna advised software servicer NSB Retail Systems on its £4m admission to AIM.

  • Global path to MDPs

    21-Oct-1997

    MDPs are a way of providing clients with an all-round solution, not of locking out competitors, says Chris Arnheim. Chris Arnheim is one of the founding partners of Arnheim & Co. The recent announcement by Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand of their plans to merge, creating the world's biggest professional services firm, has once again brought the issue of multidisciplinary partnerships (MDP) to the fore. But just what does this proposed development ...

  • Govt drops legal aid bombshell

    21-Oct-1997

    THE GOVERNMENT has confirmed the profession's worst nightmare by announcing it will withdraw legal aid from the bulk of civil actions while delivering the rest of it through cash-limited block contracts.Its plan to substitute a large swathe of legal aid with conditional fees was widely leaked, but practitioners assumed the Government was bluffing.Law Society president Phillip Sycamore said the plans would lead to a severe curtailment of access to justice.

  • Hong Kong meeting

    21-Oct-1997

    The New York State Bar Association is hosting the first major legal conference in Hong Kong since the handover to China. The conference, which will deal with a range of issues affected by the handover, is taking place at the Island Shangri-La Hotel, from 21-26 October. The line-up of speakers includes Hong Kong Solicitor-General Daniel Fung, US consul-general Richard Bouchard and Hong Kong Court of Appeals judge Justice Barry Mortimer.

  • In brief: Denton Hall starts Israel practice group

    21-Oct-1997

    City firm Denton Hall has set up an Israel practice group to be headed by corporate partner and Israel specialist Anthony Alexander. The group will include commercial litigation partner John Rosenheim, corporate partner Steven Goodman, banking partner Geoffrey Wynne and intellectual property litigation partner Hilary Newiss. They will be assisted by Israel-qualified Iko Meshoulam and media and technology specialist Bonella Ramsay.

  • In brief: LAB's Hodge says small firms may die out

    21-Oct-1997

    Small firms are set to disappear, says Legal Aid Board deputy chairman Henry Hodge. He told the Solicitors' Annual Conference in Cardiff that with all of the top firms already earning 43 per cent of all the fees, sole practitioners and small practices were destined to die out. "Small firms will disappear, I think, just like the corner shop," said Hodge.

  • In brief: Leigh Day faces costs over tobacco case

    21-Oct-1997

    Leigh Day & Co could be forced to drop the case of the 47 lung cancer victims who are suing Gallaher and Imperial Tobacco, after a ruling which could make it liable for costs of up to £20m if it loses. The tobacco companies claim that the pursuers' firm should be liable for costs because it is funding the litigation, an argument given force last week by Mr Justice Popplewell, who ruled at a private hearing that he would not prevent the tobacco companies from trying to recover ...

  • In brief: Mishcons consultant banks on new firm

    21-Oct-1997

    Theodore Goddard has lured David Harvey from Mishcon de Reya's banking team. In February, The Lawyer revealed that Harvey had left Mishcons' equity at the start of the year to become a consultant following what is believed to have been a dispute with the firm's remuneration committee. Theodore Goddard managing partner Peter Kavanagh said: "On the banking side, David has good contacts ...

  • In brief: QC Mansfield faces Bar conduct enquiry

    21-Oct-1997

    Leading criminal barrister Michael Mansfield QC is facing enquiries from the Professional Conduct and Complaints Committee of the Bar Council after an allegation that video evidence from the Stephen Lawrence case was passed to the producers of a Channel 4 documentary. It is contended that the videos, originally used as part of the Lawrence family's private prosecution, were police property. Mansfield has denied handing over any tapes.

  • In brief: Survey highlights expert witnesses' fears

    21-Oct-1997

    Confirming fears about the independence of expert witnesses, a survey of 500 of them has found that 71 per cent had at some stage in their career been asked to modify their reports by a solicitor or barrister, and of those asked, a third then agreed to do so. The survey, by expert witness training company Bond Solon, also shows that 60 per cent of expert witnesses think the Woolf Report's recommendations support the giving of expert evidence, although Lord Woolf has criticised ...

  • In brief: Tory chief meets with Leeds businessmen

    21-Oct-1997

    Yorkshire firm Lee & Priestley hosted a private meeting for businessmen with Conservative Party leader William Hague (pictured above centre) at its Leeds headquarters this month. Senior partner John Priestley (pictured right with chief executive David Gale, left) said: "We are a progressive and forward thinking practice." Hague also opened a new extension to the Leeds office.

  • In brief: White & Case ramps up Asian operations

    21-Oct-1997

    US-based White & Case is expanding its Asia practice. The firm's Hong Kong office has brought two Chinese lawyers into its China practice group. Hao Mei-Ying and Chao Xia join as associates. Meanwhile, Dennis Soliven, who has spent a year in the firm's New York office, is being transferred to Hong Kong to develop its Philippines practice.

  • IT society searches for the most innovative firm

    21-Oct-1997

    INNOVATIVE lawyers have until 31 October to submit entries for the annual Society for Computers and Law (SCL) IT award.The award is given to the firm which shows the most outstanding application of IT to law in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.Kim Walker, a partner at last year's winning firm, Rundle Walker of Exeter, said that the award "had raised the firm's profile immeasurably and also been of considerable commercial benefit".

  • Japanese govt blocks plans to let foreign firms hire local lawyers

    21-Oct-1997

    THE JAPANESE government is poised to reject proposals that foreign firms should be allowed to practise domestic law - dashing the hopes of US and UK firms based in Tokyo.The committee set up by the government two years ago to examine the issue is due to make its final report at the end of this month.But it is an open secret that it will recommend that the current ban on foreign firms employing local lawyers should remain in force.The news has disappointed ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 21/10/97

    21-Oct-1997

    Sidney Davidson, 75, admitted 1947, practising at material time as solicitor on own account under name of Davidsons, London N7, struck off and ordered to pay costs of £6,015. Allegations substantiated that he failed to keep proper accounts, failed to pay clients' money into client account, drew money from client account other than permitted by rules, used clients' funds for his own purpose and acted where his own interests ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 21/10/97

    21-Oct-1997

    Decisions are taken from Lawtel's legal database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. Bateman v Industrial Orthopaedic Society - QBD 6 October 1997Claimant: John Bateman, 5Incident: Medical negligenceInjuries: Widower's claim in respect of death of wife, 41-year-old Christine Bateman, in December 1991. Bateman admitted to the Manor House Hospital, Golders ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 21/10/97

    21-Oct-1997

    Tenant's acts do not amount to surrender of tenancyZionmor v Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Islington (1997)Court: CA (Chadwick LJ gave judgment) 10/10/97Appearances: Jonathan Manning for the appellant. Anne Seifert for the respondent.Summary: Appeal on preliminary issue whether the tenant surrendered his tenancy to the landlord, thereby losing his right to buy a property at a discounted price.Appeal ...

  • Litigation Writs 21/10/97

    21-Oct-1997

    A couple from Hythe in Kent who say their home is subsiding because of badly-laid foundations have launched a High Court claim for more than £75,000 against Quarry Homesmiths of Lewes; Maunsell Associates, trading as Maunsell Management, of London SE20; Gyoury Sely Partnership of Eastbourne; Fairclough Homes of Billingshurst; SBH Design Group of Lewes; and Homesmiths Consultants (South) of Lightcliffe, Halifax. Martin Hodges and Christine Hawes are claiming ...

  • Lord Irvine hints at magistrates' areas cuts

    21-Oct-1997

    THE Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg, has given a strong indication that he is preparing to halve the number of magistrates' areas in England and Wales from 96 to 42.He told the annual general meeting of the Magistrates' Association that such a move would correspond with the current reorganisation of the Crown Prosecution Service into 42 areas, one for each police force."How many separate, independent, administrative units are there in the magistrates' ...

  • Making inroads into India

    21-Oct-1997

    The relative stability of India has made it an attractive proposition for firms looking to do business there, writes Leo Schulz. Leo Schulz is a freelance journalist. In India, a deeply and intensely politicised country, small groups can hold up progress for long periods and the whole country may have to wait while a few individuals express their opinions.Successive governments have started, stopped, sped up and slowed down the process of economic liberalisation.

  • Manchester practice homes in on interactive Internet system

    21-Oct-1997

    A MANCHESTER firm has become the first in the UK to buy and use an interactive Internet system which allows lawyers to practise law from their home page.Sole practitioner Stephen Baker & Co has installed NKT Interactive, a system which allows solicitors to carry out the preliminary stages of legal work with clients over the web.A dozen firms have signed contracts to buy the system and a further 12 are considering buying it, said an NKT spokesman.

  • Nabarros brings Reading operation under one roof

    21-Oct-1997

    Nabarro Nathanson's five-partner, 32-fee-earner Reading operation is to move under one roof into two floors of a town centre office block, The Anchorage, at the end of this year.Nabarros acquired a Reading office from Turner Kenneth Brown which founded it in 1988. It has nearly doubled in size since May 1995 and has established a strong reputation for its work advising companies seeking ...

  • New Zealand firm goes on recruitment drive in UK

    21-Oct-1997

    A LEADING New Zealand firm is dispatching two partners to London in a bid to entice Kiwi lawyers who have settled in the City back to their home country.The move is a response to the drain of talent in New Zealand caused by the steady stream of young lawyers travelling to the UK.Rudd Watts & Stone started its recruitment forays to the UK three years ago - and last year it received 70 job applications, interviewed 35 solicitors and eventually took on just three.

  • Polish firms fight to deny tax advisers court rights

    21-Oct-1997

    Lawyers in Poland have launched a last-ditch attempt to halt a radical plan to allow tax advisers, who form a separate profession in the country, rights of audience before the courts.Earlier this month, Polish president Alexander Knasniewski vetoed changes to the law which would have given tax advisers limited appearance rights.He had been lobbied hard by the Polish Bar and the Polish Solicitors Association, the two main professional bodies in the country.

  • Pro bono work treated as poor relation, finds Law Soc survey

    21-Oct-1997

    THE MAJORITY of firms which give pro bono advice are not keeping proper records of the work they are doing, according to a survey of 460 firms conducted by the Law Society.The survey, published last week, found that 68 per cent of the firms which were giving free advice "kept no record of the time spent on such activities".The figure has been seized on by the Solicitors' Pro Bono Group (SPBG) as evidence that firms are not treating pro bono work seriously ...

  • Property

    21-Oct-1997

    Norton Rose advised AIM-listed Trocadero on its £210m sale of the Trocadero Centre and London Pavilion to Burford Holdings, advised by Clifford Chance.

  • Race for Russian lawyers hots up

    21-Oct-1997

    The new Moscow legal office of Price Waterhouse (PW) has poached Russian lawyers from Deloitte & Touche and Denton Hall, as competition among international firms for the best Russian lawyers hots up.Alexander Podulsky, a director in Deloittes' legal and tax department, joins PW this week to head its tax litigation department.Also joining the 20-strong PW team is Igor Pozhitkov, a senior intellectual property lawyer at Denton Hall, and Alexei Patsez, who ...

  • Receiver use nothing new

    21-Oct-1997

    With regard to Andrew Pena's Litigator's View (The Lawyer, 7 October), the reason the decision in Soinco SACI & anor v Novokuznetsk Aluminium Plant & ors has received relatively little attention may well be because the appointment of a receiver by way of equitable execution over future debts is not in fact "ground breaking in the field of enforcement".In October 1990, this firm acted for the judgment creditor in Fenton Insurance Company ...

  • Restorative scheme extended

    21-Oct-1997

    A RADICAL Thames Valley Police restorative justice scheme, which sees convicted criminals introduced to their victims, is to be extended throughout the region.The police authority's chief constable, Charles Pollard, will announce the project's extension at a conference next week in front of the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, who is also due to speak.If all goes to plan, by next April, every police station in Thames Valley will be holding voluntary meetings ...

  • Salvage expert looks to sink police action

    21-Oct-1997

    The owner of a sea salvage company is challenging the police's withdrawal of his explosives certificate, reports Roger Pearson. The rights of sea salvage companies to use explosives in their work are to form the basis for a High Court test case action.The case is being brought by salvage expert Colin Martin, who is challenging the revocation by the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall of his explosives certificate. Martin has now been given leave to seek ...

  • SIF and pro bono: it is time to act

    21-Oct-1997

    For some time now, this newspaper has regularly been running stories about two vital issues which affect solicitors throughout the country - the Solicitors Indemnity Fund crisis and the initiative to establish a national solicitors' pro bono scheme.For years, The Lawyer has been asking the Law Society to provide leadership on pro bono provision. Exactly a year ago, we revealed the initiative by a group of leading solicitors - who were frustrated by the ...

  • SIF under fire for failing to settle claim for £1,000

    21-Oct-1997

    THE SOLICITORS Indemnity Fund (SIF) has been attacked for dragging its heels over a £1,000 claim against a criminally convicted solicitor which was filed two years ago.Graham Balchin, head of professional negligence at Bolt Burdon, the Islington firm representing Nigerian immigrant Henry Adelana, said Adelana's costs already "significantly exceeded" the value of his claim and said it "must be likely" that the same could be said for SIF.Adelana's ...

  • Simmons does the double as Freshfields record goes stale

    21-Oct-1997

    SIMMONS & Simmons is basking in the glory of an unprecedented month of sporting success.Fresh from giving Freshfields a 32-5 thrashing in the final of the Law Society rugby sevens tournament, the firm has also walked away as winner of the Young Lord's Taverners solicitors indoor six- a-side cricket competition.And two of the firm's paralegals - Russell Osman and Angus McLean - played in both of the sides.The practice's success in the ...

  • Singapore consults over liberalising domestic rules

    21-Oct-1997

    Foreign firms in Singapore are rushing to meet this month's deadline to respond to questionnaires sent to them by a government committee which is examining whether they should be allowed to practise domestic law.The Legal Services Review Committee, which was set up last month, is surveying foreign and local firms, financial institutions and banks in order to get their views on liberalisation.Foreign firms have been asked the most questions - more than 20 ...

  • SLAB proposes criminal code

    21-Oct-1997

    The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) has published a draft code of practice which it intends to impose on all solicitors conducting criminal legal aid work.The code covers the management of cases, staff training, compliance with legal aid guidelines and legislation, and the maintenance of a suitable complaints procedure.In a move which currently has no parallel south of the border, the board intends to introduce the code next April after consulting with the legal ...

  • Southampton firm sets up advocacy unit

    21-Oct-1997

    A Southampton firm has set out to compete directly with chambers on the south coast by setting up its own employment advocacy unit.Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh, a 14-partner firm, has written to the top 75 firms in the country to alert them to a service it promises will compete with counsel on both performance and price.The scheme is the brainchild of Hepherd Winstanley solicitor Peter Woodhouse, an ex-barrister who has higher court rights of audience in all jurisdictions.

  • Sycamore aims to make legal profession 'fit for 21st century'

    21-Oct-1997

    The Law Society needs to "tighten up its act" its president Phillip Sycamore has admitted, announcing a three-year review designed to make the society "more effective, more efficient and, above all, more relevant to those it serves".Addressing about 800 delegates at the Solicitors' Annual Conference in Cardiff last Friday, Sycamore's comments were in marked contrast to those of his predecessor, Tony Girling, made in July, when he launched a defiant defence of the ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Reuben Taylor

    21-Oct-1997

    Reuben Taylor was born in Brighton and is a barrister at 2 Mitre Court Buildings. What was your first job?I was a waiter in a hotel in Paris.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£30 for a non-effective hearing at Hampstead Magistrates' Court.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Played keyboards in the rock band Van Halen.

  • The quiet man leading India's velvet revolution

    21-Oct-1997

    On the eve of the IBA conference in New Delhi, John Malpas recalls an encounter with the unlikely people's champion of Indian law. IT WAS all rather bizarre.One evening in early September - when any self-respecting member of the London legal establishment was still on holiday - The Hon Mr Justice J S Verma, the chief justice of India, sidled modestly into a rather shabby Bloomsbury lecture theatre at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.He was there to ...

  • Westminster procedures

    21-Oct-1997

    Your correspondent, Leslie Wolfson (The Lawyer, 7 October), may not understand the district auditor procedure, generally or specifically, in relation to Westminster City Council.Far from being a witch-hunt on "hapless councillors", the investigation by Mr Magill was thorough, taking seven years to complete, involving the study of over 10,000 documents, despite attempts to obstruct his inquiry, by, for ...

  • When art is part of the building

    21-Oct-1997

    Roger Pearson looks at how a recent appeal dismissal strengthens the hand of local authorities seeking to preserve listed properties. The Recent dismissal by consent of an appeal over the right of a hotel owner to remove a work by a famous sculptor from the hotel's premises is being viewed as a move which has strengthened the hand of local authorities in their fight to protect listed premises.Had the appeal gone ahead it would have focused attention on the vitally important ...

  • Why nurses are different

    21-Oct-1997

    I read with some surprise the comments of the Solicitor General, Lord Falconer, in response to the Bar's criticisms of Government plans to use non-lawyers to prosecute criminal cases (The Lawyer, 7 October). The Law Society supports the Bar's views.The Government and Lord Falconer would have the public think that the proposal is to use non-lawyers to prosecute merely straightforward driving offences.This is not the case. The recommendations ...

  • Working for a better world

    21-Oct-1997

    The international power of the IBA makes the Human Rights Institute a force to be reckoned with, says Peter Goldsmith QC. Peter Goldsmith QC of Fountain Court Chambers is a former chairman of the Bar and chairman of the IBA's human rights committee on legal systems, procedures and independence of the legal profession.The International Bar Association (IBA) is well-known as a powerful organisation for education and networking in many areas of law. What is ...