21 April 1997

The Lawyer

  • A black mark against the black horse

    22-Apr-1997

    Lloyds Bank faces what could, potentially, turn into an embarrassing and damaging confrontation with freelance photographer Nicholas Rogers.Not only is Lloyds being sued for alleged over-charging, but following its failure in the Court of Appeal last December to block the action, it now faces libel claims over statements made about Rogers' account.The case is one which, in respect of the right of Rogers to mount his libel claim outside ...

  • A matter of convenience

    22-Apr-1997

    re: "Solicitor who 'broke any law that was convenient' struck off" (The Lawyer, 8 April).If the former partners of Freeses did, indeed, break "any law that was convenient" what, one wonders, did they do when up against the many inconveniences with which Parliament has obstructed those of fraudulent intent?Stephen C MillerHarper Macleod

  • A message for men

    22-Apr-1997

    The third Woman Lawyer conference excelled itself this year, by putting Lord Woolf on the spot when, facing Jennifer Nadel, ITN's Home Affairs editor, he conceded he would like to see consideration of a fast track to help women up the legal ladder. Obviously, he said, this did not mean positive discrimination, but a recognition of the way legal careers can differ in progression because of gender.This view was also echoed by Bar Council ...

  • A move for income support

    22-Apr-1997

    Judgment is now pending in the Court of Appeal in the case of Ellis v Chief Adjudication Officer, in which Lords Justices Staughton, Otton and Schiemann have been asked to decide whether the Social Security Chief Adjudication Officer was wrong to hold that the appellant was not entitled to income support. The officer found that property had been transferred to another member of the appellant's family in order to secure entitlement to income support for the appellant. ...

  • Boycott legal aid pilot, says Law Society

    22-Apr-1997

    The Law Society has advised legal aid firms not to take part in the Legal Aid Board's green form block funding pilot project amid anger over the LAB's handling of the scheme.Members of the Law Society's council passed a resolution "recommending" firms to shun the scheme at a full council last Thursday.The pilot project, involving 145 firms, is due to start in June, but the Law Society claims firms taking part will have to undertake a huge amount ...

  • Chadbourne & Parke's Brit to lead in Singapore

    22-Apr-1997

    Ian Johnson, the first UK partner to be recruited by big spending New York firm Chadbourne & Parke, is to head the firm's new Singapore branch.Johnson, an oil expert, left Ashurst Morris Crisp's specialist energy and major projects group in November, and said that "oil law is becoming increasingly ...

  • Chancery Lane dismisses Conquest property scheme

    22-Apr-1997

    MARTIN Bowley QC is to spearhead a drive by the Bar Lesbian and Gay Group to draft a new sexual offences bill.Bowley, a former treasurer of the Bar Council, was due to officially announce the move at at a London conference for lesbian and gay lawyers, "Making the Difference", on Saturday, after The Lawyer went to press."I hope we can produce a well-researched, fully-drafted document ready to be placed on the Home Secretary's desk," said Bowley, who is president ...

  • Charles Russelll returns to Comdex

    22-Apr-1997

    CHARLES Russell will be the legal world's sole representative at the global computer exhibition Comdex/UK '97, which is being held at Earl's Court on 22-24 April.Partners and specialists from the firm will man a stand for the second year running. They will offer advice on information technology, communications and intellectual property law."All the major IT players will be there, and this is an opportunity for us to demonstrate ...

  • Colin Joseph on how litigators can offer alternatives to litigation

    22-Apr-1997

    We hear much nowadays of alternative dispute resolution. It is normally assumed that this involves the intervention of an outside party, such as a mediator, to facilitate a successful outcome. Certainly litigators should be flexible enough to apply these methods where appropriate. But they must also be prepared to use their own imagination and negotiating skills to find solutions that sometimes lie outside the reach of the litigation process.A case in point was ...

  • Courts could slash staffing following PFI privatisation

    22-Apr-1997

    The Lord Chancellors Department is proposing to cut 10 per cent of magistrates court staff under a new scheme to privatise court fines collection under PFI.Rosie Eagleson, the general secretary of the Association of Magisterial Officers (AMO), which represents more than 50 per cent of court staff, claimed: "This will inevitably lead to compulsory redundancies and a serious deterioration in the service to the public."The LCD has put the running of the courts' ...

  • Dibbs on the hunt for space to grow firm by one third

    22-Apr-1997

    Dibb Lupton Alsop is looking for at least 120,000sqft of new London office space - a third more than it currently occupies in four separate buildings in the City.Philip Perry, Dibbs' London managing partner and property partner, said: "We are looking on the market for development opportunities. We want to enter at an early stage of the development of a building and take a share in the profits."He said that since the Alsop Wilkinson merger in October, the ...

  • E5uropean directive close to fruition

    22-Apr-1997

    A "COMMON position" on the establishment rights of lawyers will probably be reached by the European Council of Ministers Working Group on the Lawyers' Establishment Directive by the end of May, according to the international director of the Law Society, Jonathan Goldsmith.The directive, which was overwhelmingly approved by the European Parliament in June last year, is designed to remove current restrictions preventing the free movement of lawyers between member states.

  • Election 97/women. New Labour, new legal challenge

    22-Apr-1997

    Presuming Labour wins the coming General Election with an overall majority, the way the profession works and the income of its practitioners is likely be radically affected.One of Prime Minister Blair's first appointments will be his Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg. Paul Boateng would initially become minister for the Lord Chancellors Department, with minister of state rank rather than under secretary, but he is likely to move on and up soon.The new ...

  • Election 97/women. Smashing the glass ceiling

    22-Apr-1997

    While Lord Woolf captured the headlines at the third Woman Lawyer Conference in London this month with his proposals regarding a 'fast track' to the top for women, a remark from the floor passed relatively unnoticed.Alexandra Marks, a partner at Linklaters & Paines, announced that the City firm said it would shortly be implementing a policy providing for flexible working for partners.

  • Election fever makes me ill

    22-Apr-1997

    The prospect of more Law Society elections fills me, and I dare say many others in the profession, with dread.I am haunted by the thought of more ramblings from our friends at Chancery Lane in the months to come as they compete for the throne, and I am rapidly coming around to the thought that Buggins was best.At least he got on with it, went off on the ambassadorial trail, and little was heard from him again.Was the end result, ...

  • Eversheds beats rivals to win Hambros conveyancing deal

    22-Apr-1997

    Eversheds fought off the efforts of more than 40 other firms to secure a joint seven-day-a-week conveyancing deal with estate agents Hambro Countrywide.Under the deal struck with Hambros, Eversheds will handle conveyancing referrals from two Hambros' conveyancing centres proposed for Manchester and Bristol.The firm follows

  • Firm lays down law on TV

    22-Apr-1997

    Reading-based firm Rowberry Morris claims it is the first in the UK to hold down a regular TV slot offering advice to viewers.The Monday evening cable show on Thames Valley TV was born after the firm impressed a member of the station's staff when giving advice about a compensation claim."It is a pre-recorded 15 minute question-and-answer slot where members of the firm are asked by an interviewer about subjects ranging from legal aid to what it's like ...

  • Firms 15 years behind in IT use, says survey

    22-Apr-1997

    LAW firms are up to 15 years behind their accountancy firm rivals in the deployment of information technology, according to an academic study.Research conducted by Warwick Business School portrays law firms as trapped in a "catch-22" situation when it comes to improving their technology, with small and medium-size firms in the "dark ages" of IT."Many law firms are not spending enough to get the full benefit of technology and so are not willing to spend any more," ...

  • Firms are pressing right buttons for PFI business

    22-Apr-1997

    Pinsent Curtis, Eversheds and Denton Hall are all celebrating taking steps forward in pathfinder local authority PFI work.Eversheds advised Lambeth Borough Council and Pinsents advised the company Serviceteam on the largest out-sourcing of council services ever to be undertaken in the UK.In a separate development, Denton Hall has been appointed to advise Essex County Council on ...

  • Firms make strong showing in Legal Aid Board's family mediation services project

    22-Apr-1997

    SOLICITORS account for half of those taking part in the Legal Aid Board pilot on family mediation services.A total of 36 firms, including 18 law firms, from 13 town and city areas throughout the UK, will offer the service during the first part of the test phase.The Legal Aid Board will hold a series of conferences in May and June for participating practitioners to explain how the pilot will run.Several firms contacted by The Lawyer said one of the ...

  • Flotations

    22-Apr-1997

    Hammond Suddards advised independent financial adviser network DBS Management on its transition from AIM to the official list of the Stock Exchange. Eversheds' Leeds office acted for the nominated adviser.

  • Flotations

    22-Apr-1997

    Bird & Bird acted for interactive educational publisher The Q Group on its £4m flotation on AIM. Titmuss Sainer Dechert acted for Deloitte & Touche corporate finance

  • Flotations

    22-Apr-1997

    Berwin Leighton acted for Close Brothers in the flotation on the London Stock Exchange of home furnishing retailer Heal's with a market capitalisation of £21.3m. Travers Smith Braithwaite advised Heal's.

  • Flying carrot class

    22-Apr-1997

    Airlines are offering a wider-than-ever choice of non-stop long-haul flights, which save passengers the time and trouble of making connections. The latest route is United Airlines' 16-hour marathon between Chicago and Hong Kong.But while direct flights are convenient, they do not lessen the adverse effects flying has on our bodies. Research shows that 75 per cent of frequent flyers find their performance affected on arrival, even after short cross time-zone flights.

  • French Bar embraces Goldsmith

    22-Apr-1997

    Peter Goldsmith QC of Fountain Court Chambers has received the unique honour of becoming the first barrister to be invited to join the French Bar.He was sworn in as a full member of the Bar last month at a ceremony that took place at the Court of Appeal in Paris.Goldsmith did not have to sit any examinations or show any aptitude for French law, but was simply invited, he believes, on the strength of his work as a former chairman of the Bar, in bringing the French ...

  • Human rights letter

    22-Apr-1997

    The president of the Law Society, Tony Girling, has written an official letter of protest to Abdel Basset Sabdrat, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Sudan, over the detention of 13 lawyers who have neither been charged with any offence nor been tried. The 13 were arrested following unrest at the beginning of the year and have been held at Kober prison in Khartoum North. The letter adds the weight of the Law Society to protests made by the IBA last month. It states the Law ...

  • In brief: African and Caribbean society launches

    22-Apr-1997

    The new African & Caribbean Lawyers Society will launch with a benefit event in aid of the Stephen Lawrence family's appeal for legal aid. The group, set up under the auspices of the College of Law, is staging its first event at the Jamaican High Commission, Prince Consort Road, on Friday, 25 April, at 9pm.

  • In brief: Keep minimum salary says committee

    22-Apr-1997

    The Law Society training committee is to recommend to the next council meeting in June that a £10,000 minimum salary for trainee solicitors should remain. The decision, announced in last Thursday's council meeting, follows a letter by five former Trainee Solicitors' Group (TSG) chairs to Law Society president Tony Girling, in which they threatened to warn students off a career in law if the salary was abolished. The council will now vote on the issue at its next full ...

  • In brief: Lovells beats challenge to development

    22-Apr-1997

    Lovell White Durrant has helped defeat a High Court challenge by a group of Camden residents which fought plans for a development scheme. Planning permission for the mixed office, retail and residential scheme had been challenged by the residents in the High Court on the grounds that the inspector had applied the wrong tests in determining the appeal and that it had been prejudiced by lack of notice.

  • In brief: Mackay legal aid refusal to be reviewed

    22-Apr-1997

    A judicial review that could revolutionise legal aid availability for tribunal cases has been given the go-ahead by a High Court judge. On 11 April, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) was granted leave to challenge the Lord Chancellor's refusal to allow legal aid for any social tribunal and commissioner cases. Lord Mackay was asked by the CPAG last November to make legal aid available for some social security appeals, but refused on the grounds of self-imposed budgetary constraints. ...

  • In brief: Magistrates Court staff force pay U-turn

    22-Apr-1997

    Hundreds of staff at the Inner London Magistrates Court will receive a 3.3 per cent pay rise after a strike ballot forced a U-turn on government ministers. Gary Streeter, parliamentary secretary to the LCD, had previously blocked the pay rise, which unions had agreed with the local courts management. But after a strike ballot, organised by the public service unions PTC and CPSA, Treasury minister Michael Jack agreed to honour the agreement.

  • In brief: Partner offer tempts assistant to Berwins

    22-Apr-1997

    Clifford Chance senior banking assistant Jennifer Mackerras has joined Berwin Leighton as its third banking partner. Mackerras was at Clifford Chance for 12-and-a-half years and said she had moved because the opportunity for partnership had arisen at Berwins.

  • In brief: Stone appointed dean at Inns of Court

    22-Apr-1997

    A 46 year-old professor who specialises in civil liberties has been appointed principal of the Inns of Court School of Law. Richard Stone replaces the current dean, Mary Phillips, on 1 September. Previously dean of Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University, Stone is a distinguished academic and the author of six books and several articles.

  • In brief: Students to face freeze on LPC places

    22-Apr-1997

    A three-year restriction on granting additional places on Legal Practice Courses has been imposed by the Law Society, although it has stressed that it is not seeking to limit entry into the profession. Training committee member and society deputy vice-president Michael Mathews said just under 7,000 of the 8,000 LPC places had been taken up. The aim of putting a freeze on granting further places to approved educational institutions, announced at last Thursday's council meeting, ...

  • Internet agencies

    22-Apr-1997

    If 1996 was the year when Internet became the word most used without any real understanding, then 1997 may well be the year when we work it all out.Last year, Internet panic swept through the travel industry as companies wondered and worried about the effect of this new medium. One moment an ugly rumour swept through the business that all customers were going to choose their holidays on the Internet, the next every customer was going to book and pay for their ...

  • Irish Law Soc slams party plans for legal ombudsman

    22-Apr-1997

    An Irish political party's election manifesto pledge to introduce an independent legal ombudsman with statutory powers to deal with public complaints against the legal profession has been met with stiff opposition from the Irish Law Society.The Progressive Democrats, a centre right party, is tipped to become part of a new coalition government after next month's Irish general election.The party's spokesman for justice, senior counsel Michael McDowell, ...

  • Jersey warns lawyers of laundering threat

    22-Apr-1997

    Lawyers and accountants are being targeted by money launderers, Jersey's senior finance civil servant has warned as he unveiled proposals for a tough new anti-money laundering law for the island.Colin Powell, States of Jersey chief adviser, warned a conference of 350 financiers in Jersey last week that money launderers were turning to lawyers, accountants and trust and company administrators as banks were becoming more vigilant about suspect money. "We must be vigilant," ...

  • Journeys with the tax man

    22-Apr-1997

    Jo is a junior solicitor employed by a London firm with offices in Regent Street. She lives in Windsor, but has to spend a week working with a client in St Albans.Instead of going to her normal place of work in London, Jo travels directly between home and a temporary place of work, St Albans, while visiting her client there. This is referred to as triangular travel.Under current law, she can get tax relief on whichever is the lesser: the travel costs actually ...

  • L&P partners to get flexitime

    22-Apr-1997

    Flexible working for both male and female partners is being introduced in at least one of the Big Five firms.Linklaters & Paines is introducing a "flexible working" policy for its partners.The policy is currently at partnership proposal stage and, on approval, is due to be implemented on 28 April - the start of the firm's next financial year.Managing partner ...

  • Law Soc reneges on promise to survey number of masons

    22-Apr-1997

    The Law Society is retreating from a promise to find out how many council members are freemasons, because it says MPs have already published their report on masons in the police and the judiciary.In February, Derek Sands, chair of the Law Society's criminal law committee, agreed to a request by the Home Affairs committee to find out, by an anonymous survey, how many of the 78 Law Society Council members are masons.But it has emerged that the society has ...

  • Learning flexibility

    22-Apr-1997

    Linklaters & Paines' move to introduce a flexible working policy for partners is to be commended for its acknowledgement that lifestyle is an important factor in any working environment.For too long firms have strived to keep up with the macho myth that long hours signal high productivity and commitment. A number of them have flexible arrangements for staff, but there are few schemes ...

  • Legal aid is hairy work

    22-Apr-1997

    I am sorry to take issue with your correspondent Mr Adam Copeland.However, he is not correct when he says that applications for legal aid are "not pored over all day by a team of lawyers with white beards".As a lawyer in legal aid with a white beard, I pore over such applications every day!Hugh JarrettLegal Aid BoardCardiffIn The Lawyer 18 March 1997, Grahame Aldous ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 22/04/97

    22-Apr-1997

    John Hynd Alexander, 52, admitted 1971, practising at material times as A Alexander & Co, Cranleigh, Surrey, struck off and ordered to pay £5,721 costs. Allegations substantiated he misused client money for his own purposes and failed to comply with solicitors accounting rules. Tribunal told investigation of his books showed minimum cash shortage of £50,191. Claims totalling £70,130 have been made against the Law Society ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 22/04/97

    22-Apr-1997

    A soldier, who was badly hurt three years ago in a tank accident, is suing the army. Jason West, of Bridgwater, Somerset, has issued a High Court writ claiming damages from the Ministry of Defence. His writ says he was injured at an army training ground in Saltare, Germany, in July 1993, and claims his injuries were caused by negligence on the part of the army. At the time of the accident West was receiving training in a tank when, during ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 22/04/97

    22-Apr-1997

    Child abduction and the effect of a parent's acquiescenceIn Re H and others sub nom H v H 1997Court: HL (Lords Browne-Wilkinson, Jauncey, Mustill, Hoffmann and Clyde) 10/4/9Summary: Important decision by the House of Lords as to proof of acquiesence by a wronged parent in international child abduction cases reversing the Court of Appeal.

  • Liverpool and London

    22-Apr-1997

    You kindly mentioned that I have taken silk, and categorise me under "Liverpool" (The Lawyer, 1 April).In addition to being joint head of Chambers with David Steer QC at the Corn Exchange in Liverpool, I also have a substantial London practice.I am a full tenant of the Chambers of Ronald Walker QC at 12 King's Bench Walk, Temple.Iain Goldrein QC12 King's Bench Walk, London

  • Mission to Estonia

    22-Apr-1997

    Gloucestershire-based firm Bretherton Price Elgoods has continued to cement its special relationship with the new Baltic state of Estonia with a four-day trade mission organised in conjunction with the Estonian Embassy. The visit, which kicked off last Wednesday, is a reciprocal gesture after Raul Malk enjoyed a successful visit to the county earlier this year. At the time, the Estonian embassy described the region as a "centre of excellence" for Estonia and paid homage to the firm's ...

  • Moscow office builds up Lovells' eastern muscle

    22-Apr-1997

    City firm Lovell White Durrant is to strengthen its Central and Eastern European practice by becoming the latest Western firm to open for business in Moscow.The practice was given the go-ahead by the Russian Ministry of Justice earlier this month, and plans to be up and and running as soon as May this year.Initially, the new office will be staffed by four lawyers - two Russian attorneys and two solicitors.Daniel Gogek, who will join Lovells in May ...

  • Murdoch takes management mantle at McGrigor Donald

    22-Apr-1997

    Leading Scottish firm, McGrigor Donald has appointed Kirk Murdoch as its managing partner.Murdoch, who will assume the role in August, has been a partner with the firm since 1982, and is the firm's current head of property. The property practice makes up more than one third of the firm's workload, just behind company and ahead of litigation, which accounts for just over a quarter.The outgoing managing partner Niall Scott, a litigation lawyer, said it ...

  • Nabarros relinquishes Polish practice to Allen & Overy

    22-Apr-1997

    Nabarro Nathanson has withdrawn from Warsaw and transferred its practice to Allen & Overy in a move that will make Allen & Overy a top three foreign firm in Poland.Under what Nabarros is describing as an "amicable arrangement", partners Michael Davies and Tomasz Dobrowolski and their associates are transferring ...

  • Norton Rose leads rash of new partner appointments

    22-Apr-1997

    NORTON Rose has appointed a record number of partners. The firm is to make up 14 partners on 1 May, bringing the total number of partners at the firm up to 117.Managing partner Roger Birkby said the appointments strengthened the firm's "core practice areas" of project and asset finance, corporate finance, and international securities.Other practices to announce partnership appointments last week were Lovell White Durrant, which is making up 15 partners, ...

  • Octogenarian search blunder?

    22-Apr-1997

    An 80-year-old woman from Bideford, Devon, is heading for a High Court confrontation with Devon and Cornwall police as a result of the effects she claims she suffered after television crews were allowed to film her home being searched for stolen goods. Frances Jarvis is to sue the police, the BBC and Touch Productions for alleged post-traumatic stress disorder, which she claims to have suffered as a result of the intrusion, and will seek ordinary, aggravated ...

  • OFT scuppers mortgage deal

    22-Apr-1997

    The Office of Fair Trading has threatened to refer the results of two years' negotiations between the UK's major building societies and solicitors to standardise mortgage instructions to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC).The Law Society and more than half the lending industry will now have to go back to the negotiating table on a deal they struck last October on Standard Mortgage Instructions (SMI).The instructions set the exact work that ...

  • Privatisation work hits a record high

    22-Apr-1997

    Lawyers advised on more privatisations around the world last year than ever before

  • Property

    22-Apr-1997

    Norton Rose is advising BICC on the £200m sale of a 700,000sqft shopping centre site in Reading town centre to Hammerson, represented by Nabarro Nathanson. Forsyte Saunders Kerman advised BICC on some pre-letting agreements and Campbell Hooper acted for Reading Borough Council.

  • Property

    22-Apr-1997

    Gordons Wright & Wright advised Wm Morrison Supermarkets on the first ever lease within a store to Midland Bank. The Bank will operate from inside Morrisons store at Enterprise 5, Idle, Bradford. Midland was represented by Nabarro Nathanson.

  • Property

    22-Apr-1997

    Berwin Leighton acted for Imry Holdings in the £248m sale of the Shires shopping centres and 14 other properties to Rodamco UK. Allen & Overy acted for Barclays Bank, Imry's owners. Rodamco was advised by Cameron Markby Hewitt.

  • Season of staff disruption over pay kicks off at Law Society

    22-Apr-1997

    Accountants and investigative staff are set to follow the first strike in the Law Society's 172-year history by a work-to-rule aimed at causing maximum disruption.On Monday the majority of the 45 staff at the society's monitoring unit and investigation accountants department were due to go out on a one-day strike over pay, and not as the Law Society had earlier claimed, reduced car allowances.Harminder Singh, regional officer for the trade union MSF, ...

  • Softly spoken lawyer given a powerful voice>

    22-Apr-1997

    Chris Fogarty reportsAt the beginning of a year in which he is expected to deal with the problems of 3,000 solicitors, newly elected Local Government Group chair Peter Pilgrem has been facing a few of his own.One of his final tasks before dashing to the Local Government Group (LGG) conference in Cambridge on 11 April, was to explain the implications of the European Court of Justice's recent Suzen decision on the Acquired Rights Directive to ...

  • SPG talks to First American

    22-Apr-1997

    The Solicitors Property Group is to meet the title insurance giant First American to discuss the group's plans to establish a network of solicitors property centres.The move follows the announcement that a second US title insurance company, Stewart Title, has joined forces with marketing firm Conquest Legal Marketing in a bid to establish a rival network of centres.News of talks between the SPG and First American, which recently joined up with the Halifax ...

  • Taking economy classes

    22-Apr-1997

    The quest for post-recession growth is forcing an increasing number of firms to take stock of how they manage their expenses. One of the main subjects that should be scrutinised by finance directors and senior partners is business travel and related expenses.European companies spend almost £94bn on business travel each year. This is often the third largest expense after salaries and information technology, representing, on average, 4.8 per cent of total costs, with ...

  • The Law Society has refused to support a plan by Conquest Legal Marketing

    22-Apr-1997

    The Law Society has refused to support a plan by Conquest Legal Marketing to establish 150 solicitors property centres within two years.Last week, the legal marketing company announced a joint venture with the US title insurance company Stewart Title to set up a chain of property centres.But in a private session, the Law Society's property and commercial services committee decided to reject an approach by the group for its official backing, because shares ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Gillian Howard

    22-Apr-1997

    Gillian Howard was born in Coventry on 23 June 1950. She lives in London and specialises in employment law. What was your first job?Selling socks in Marks & Spencer in Coventry.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£12,000.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Managed Coventry City football team.Which law could you ...

  • The qualities of the qualified

    22-Apr-1997

    Few cases in which Family President Sir Stephen Brown gives judgment in open court fail to make the headlines. One recently, however, did not. But from the point of view of the legal profession, it is, in the words of one lawyer involved, "a very important ruling".The case was over the rights of the non-legally qualified to represent litigants in court and accept fees for their roles. It focused on the approach of the courts towards the ...

  • The very least that can be done to help trainees

    22-Apr-1997

    "It's a stitch up and a PR disaster waiting to happen," is former Trainee Solicitors' Group chair Mark Dillon's verdict on the Law Society's handling of the current debate on whether to keep the minimum salary for trainee solicitors.And judging from the angry scenes at the TSG annual conference in Birmingham on 12 April, Dillon is not alone in his forthright views.Passions came to a head during the final session of the conference when Simon ...

  • Theodore Goddard site scores 100,000 visits in six months

    22-Apr-1997

    Liz Davidson reportsCITY firm Theodore Goddard's Web site has received more than 100,000 hits since its launch six months ago.This compares with 20,000 hits during a three-month period at Denton Hall and 135,000 at Clifford Chance during March.According to research conducted by Theodore Goddard, the largest group to visit the site is ...

  • Three's company for panel

    22-Apr-1997

    Clifford Chance corporate assistant Guy Norman has been seconded to the Takeover Panel as a joint secretary for two years. He is the third member of the panel's law team - a Herbert Smith and a Linklaters & Paines secondee are already on it. The panel chooses from City law firms in rotation.

  • US bond issue first

    22-Apr-1997

    Linklaters & Paines has acted on the first international US dollar convertible bond issue by a Polish company. The firm acted as English and US legal advisers to Robert Fleming & Co and MC-BBL Securities, the joint lead managers of the offering, and for the trustees to the issue, Citicorp Trustee Company. The deal also saw the first ever listing on the London Stock Exchange of convertible bonds by any ...

  • White & Case grows partners in its Paris office in the spring

    22-Apr-1997

    US firm White & Case has swelled the ranks of the partners in its Paris branch from eight to 13, with two lateral appointments and three internal promotions.Norbert Majerhole, who joins from Paris-based KPMG-Fidal, where he was a partner, becomes the firm's first tax partner. He is accompanied by a former colleague from KPMG-Fidal, Alexandre Ippolito, who joins White & Case as an ...

  • Why it's good that the Yanks are coming

    22-Apr-1997

    The news that US law firms are looking to double the office space they occupy in the City of London this year raises the question of whether this American invasion should be welcomed or feared.Some will no doubt argue that charity begins at home, and that we should be protecting our fellow professionals, not only out of self-interest, but also to reflect the wider responsibilities assumed by English firms. I would hope that the contrary arguments would prevail.