21 July 1997

The Lawyer

  • A damp squib of an election

    22-Jul-1997

    Even dirty tricks and defections could not set the elections on fire, says Chris FogartyIt was apathy wot won it.Only 30.3 per cent of the 83,000 solicitors in England and Wales voted in the Law Society elections. The rest could not be bothered to tick three boxes and lick an envelope which, if the protagonists in the presidential elections were to be believed, could have sealed their financial future for the next 12 months.The result saw Martin Mears ...

  • ABA heads for San Francisco

    22-Jul-1997

    As 20,000 lawyers prepare to travel to San Francisco, Anne Gallagher considers some of the issues on the agenda. Anne Gallagher is a freelance journalist.As the climax of the American Bar Association's year draws near, the 340,000-member organisation comes to San Francisco ready to debate how it can influence national policies.During ABA president Lee Cooper's term of office, four issues have emerged as priorities for the association: juvenile justice; ...

  • ABA's Ramo awarded for achievements

    22-Jul-1997

    Roberta Cooper Ramo, the immediate past president of the ABA and partner at New Mexico firm Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris & Sisk, is to receive an award in recognition of her contribution to helping women in the profession.The special award, given by the ABA Commission on women in the profession, is part of the annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement award scheme, which is designed to recognise the professional achievements of women lawyers in the US.

  • Al Fayed gets bronzed off by forgeries

    22-Jul-1997

    The antiques dealer that Al Fayed wants to sue over fake candelabra is seeking to have the claim struck out, reports Roger Pearson Harrods boss Mohammed Al Fayed is waiting to hear whether he can continue with a High Court claim over four pairs of gilded bronze candelabra that he bought but which turned out to be fakes.The Court of Appeal is to give judgment on moves by antiques dealer Emanouel Naghi, who Al Fayed is seeking to sue, to have the ...

  • Alternative funding?

    22-Jul-1997

    I wonder if Lord Irvine's next objective is to subject the legal profession to a windfall tax. Such a move could be the rationale behind his rather peculiar comments last week.In fact, it could be a great way of paying the legal aid bill. Lawyers may laugh at Irvine's about-turn but the man may well have a point.Plenty of people would love the idea of lawyers funding the legal system - after all it is they who derive most financial benefit from ...

  • At the crossroads of justice

    22-Jul-1997

    Alison Laferla talks to the influential players in the Legal Action Group's history - and its future. Alison Laferla is a freelance journalist.An intellectual powerhouse behind the radicals - that's how I want the LAG to be seen." Roger Smith, director of the Legal Action Group, is proud of the organisation and ambitious for its future.Others are amazed at how the group, which was set up 25 years ago with lots of good intentions and very little money, ...

  • Awarding time for women

    22-Jul-1997

    As the ABA prepares to honour its female lawyers, Alison Laferla looks into the vexed question of women-only awardsOne of the best attended events at this year's American Bar Association conference is likely to be the Margaret Brent women lawyers of achievement awards. The awards, which are named after the first woman lawyer in the US, "celebrate the accomplishments of women lawyers and honour them for their contributions both as lawyers but, more importantly, for what ...

  • Bitter response to Irvine's 'hijack'

    22-Jul-1997

    Pressure groups have expressed anger and bitter disappointment that last week's House of Lords debate on civil court fees was hijacked by the issue of fat-cat barristers.There is also concern that the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, used the debate as a way of warning judges, who have been highly critical of the steep rise in fees, not to speak out on controversial issues.Lord Irvine secured national newspaper headlines by attacking barristers ...

  • Booth wants Number 10 video suite

    22-Jul-1997

    CHERIE Booth QC wants to install the Bar Telecom Network in 10 Downing Street, she announced during the launch of the video conferencing equipment at the Inner Temple on Thursday.The network is a cable-based system that can handle video conferencing and other online services, as well as ordinary telephone calls, cheaply.It has been piloted in London, Birmingham and Southampton since February, where it is linked to 40 chambers and some prisons.Booth, ...

  • Briffa & Co gives designer advice on CD

    22-Jul-1997

    Elizabeth Davidson reportsINTELLECTUAL property firm Briffa & Co has launched a self-help CD Rom for clients who are great at design but "gaga" about the law.The London firm is promoting its initiative as following Richard Susskind's vision in The Future of Law, which sees lawyers as proactive information providers, not simply reactive dispute settlers.The firm believes that the CD is the first of its kind to be launched by ...

  • Caribbean may shun Privy Council

    22-Jul-1997

    New York transport specialist Haight Gardner Poor & Havens is poised to merge with Tampa-based firm Holland & Knight to create the 15th largest law firm in the US.Holland & Knight is currently the largest firm in Florida, with around 500 lawyers. It also has offices in Atlanta, Washington and Georgia, but does not as yet have a presence in New York.Haight Gardner has 76 fee earners and specialises in international transport and finance. If the merger goes ahead, ...

  • Compensation rockets

    22-Jul-1997

    VICTIMS of racial discrimination at work are this year receiving double the amount of compensation that has been awarded in previous years.According to a survey commissioned by the employment journal Equal Opportunities Review Industrial, tribunals in the UK ordered companies to pay an average award of £9,600 to victims of racial discrimination - twice as much as in 1996 - and an average of £5,500 in sex discrimination cases - an increase of 60 per cent.

  • Debevoise & Plimpton lures arbitration expert from rival

    22-Jul-1997

    Debevoise & Plimpton has poached leading arbitration lawyer Arthur Marriott QC, and two of his assistants, from the London office of rival US firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering.Marriott is to set up an arbitration unit at his new firm, which, until now, has been referring its international arbitration work to its Paris office or bringing in New York partners to handle it.

  • Denton Hall builds infrastructure group

    22-Jul-1997

    Denton Hall has set up a group in its Hong Kong office that will concentrate solely on giving advice on infrastructure projects.The infrastructure group, which is headed by partner Sheena Brand, will advise principally on transport and water projects in Asia."We set up the group to reflect how busy we are," said Brand. "We've put together people from the firm who already work on these projects full-time."She added: "Being in one group will help ...

  • FIDs abolition branded a 'penalty on success'

    22-Jul-1997

    City lawyers are becoming increasingly dismayed at the Government's confusion over foreign income dividends (FIDs).The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, evidently felt that abolishing FIDs in the Budget would be a means of raising revenue in a way that would pass unnoticed by the majority of the electorate. They are due to be scrapped in April 1999.FIDs are an aspect of advance corporation tax (ACT), which is payment made to the Inland Revenue whenever ...

  • Gearing up for the launch of the euro

    22-Jul-1997

    Patricia Godfrey explains the main legal issues surrounding European monetary union and the planned single currency. Patricia Godfrey is a partner at Nabarro Nathanson.Although the future of the single currency is by no means decided, the threat of its postponement or derailment has receded following the Amsterdam summit in June.Current indications are that the UK will not participate ...

  • Glasgow chief loses job

    22-Jul-1997

    Bird Semple chief executive Neill Mulvie has lost his job in a management shake-up.The management board of senior partners to which Mulvie reported has been abolished and Gordon Hollerin, who has been with the firm for 20 years, will become managing partner.Mulvie, a non-lawyer, was brought in during the late 1980s when Bird Semple was merged with Fife Ireland. Since the two firms demerged in 1994 it has been questioned whether there was a need for a high-powered ...

  • In brief: Dentons team wins three PFI contracts

    22-Jul-1997

    A Denton Hall team led by partner Lynn McCaw (right) has been appointed to advise the Court Service, the executive agency of the Lord Chancellor's Department, on three PFI projects. The tendering process involved two written submissions and a beauty parade in which two other firms are thought to have participated. The projects are a probate service archive, a family hearing centre in Sheffield and Crown Courts in Norwich, Ipswich and Cambridge.

  • In brief: GrandMet/Guinness appoint in-house team

    22-Jul-1997

    An in-house legal team has been appointed at GMG Brands, the working title for the merged entity of Grand Metropolitan and Guinness. Roger Myddelton, group legal director and company secretary at GrandMet, becomes company secretary at GMG. Ken Mildwaters, director of legal services at Guinness, becomes general counsel and group legal director. Dave Scott, general counsel and legal director of GrandMet subsidiary International Distillers and Vintners, takes up the same post at the GMG ...

  • In brief: Independent body to resolve disputes

    22-Jul-1997

    An independent alternative to the courts has been set up to assist people involved in share valuation disputes. The Resolution Service (TRS) is the first of its kind in the business arena, and will provide a "scrupulously impartial and independent service," according to founders Mick Ruse and Paul McKeown. They set up TRS as a way to resolve disputes without resorting to courts. Ruse and McKeown claim they aim to provide impartial valuation opinions and a mediation service which will ...

  • In brief: Law Soc spends £1.2m on Leith's caterers

    22-Jul-1997

    The Law Society has awarded the well known catering company Leith's a £1.2m contract to provide in-house catering at the Law Society Hall in Chancery Lane. The contract will last for three years and will, according to the society, "set new standards in the service it offers".

  • In brief: Montague to lead Treasury's PFI projects

    22-Jul-1997

    Adrian Montague, co-head of global project finance at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and previously a partner at Linklaters & Paines, has been appointed to lead the projects side of the Treasury's PFI task force. Reporting directly to Geoffrey Robinson, the Paymaster General, he will be responsible for assuring the commercial viability of all significant projects coming through over the next two years. ...

  • In brief: Nabarros' construction head joins Nortons

    22-Jul-1997

    Martin Bridgewater, former head of construction at Nabarro Nathanson, has joined Norton Rose as a partner. Bridgewater stepped down as head of construction to become a consultant in March because he was unhappy about restructuring in the firm. Norton Rose has also poached emerging market specialist Campbell Steedman, ...

  • In brief: Real estate practice chair joins Decherts

    22-Jul-1997

    Philadelphia firm Dechert Price & Rhoads has appointed Jack Gillies as a partner. Gillies is former managing partner and chair of real estate practice Hebb & Gitlin. "Decherts shares in my vision to create a one-stop law firm providing quality legal services to a wide variety of institutionally-oriented real estate investors," he said. Richard Jones, chair of Decherts, said the move was a major achievement ...

  • In brief: White Paper on LLPs gets mixed reaction

    22-Jul-1997

    Lawyers at a conference on limited liability partnerships (LLPs), organised by the International Bar Association earlier this month, expressed mixed feelings about the Government's White Paper on LLPs. David Goldberg QC, who helped draft the Jersey law on LLPs, said: "The paper is to be welcomed, but I do feel it suggests too much regulation." Tina Williams, a specialist in partnership law at Fox ...

  • Jonathan Haydn-Williams on speeding up the service of writs.

    22-Jul-1997

    Jonathan Haydn-Williams is senior associate at Taylor Joynson Garrett.On 3 June, the 15 member states of the EU signed a convention on the service of judicial and extra-judicial docu- ments in civil or commercial matters. This is intended to expedite service in the EU.For some time, uniform rules have operated in the EU to determine which country's courts have jurisdiction in cross-border disputes and to enable judgments of courts in one EU state ...

  • Judges pro Woolf reforms, says incoming head of JSB

    22-Jul-1997

    JUDGES are reacting to the Woolf reforms with "increasing enthusiasm", according to the future director of studies of the Judicial Studies Board (JSB).Judges attending one-day seminars on the implications of the report have reacted warmly to the proposals, said Paul Collins, a circuit judge on the South Eastern Circuit, who takes up the post at the JSB on 1 October.Preparations for the Woolf reforms include 10 one-day seminars this year and 10 three-day seminars ...

  • Law soc approves SIF fees hike

    22-Jul-1997

    The Law Society council has approved a hike of up to 50 per cent in the contributions that firms pay to the Solicitors Indemnity Fund to make up the £450m shortfall in the fund.The increase, which was voted through amid widespread criticism of the fund, will mean an increase in contributions of £4,000, to a total of £12,500, for a sole practitioner with a satisfactory claims record.A 50-partner firm with gross fees of £60m might expect ...

  • Law Society proposals to scrap HSSK group fail

    22-Jul-1997

    A MOVE to disband the Law Society committee responsible for the High Street Starter Kit fiasco and establish a committee dedicated exclusively to information technology work flopped at the council meeting on Thursday.The proposal was put forward by the society's policy committee but it was overwhelmingly rejected.The proposal had been to replace the practice development committee (PDC) with a committee responsible for IT, a working party to deal with Practice ...

  • Litigating for special education

    22-Jul-1997

    Roger Pearson looks at a mother's fight to make her local authority provide the appropriate education for her autistic sons.Education for all is a main plank of the policies of many political parties, but for some parents getting the sort of education they think their children need is an uphill struggle. Turning to the courts can result in local authorities being ordered to make provisions for children with special needs but, as a recent High Court case shows, ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 22/07/97

    22-Jul-1997

    Howard Frank Hatton, 45, admitted 1975, practising at material time as partner in Hatton Scates & Horton, Manchester, struck off and ordered to pay £4,140 costs. Allegations substantiated he dishonestly or improperly used client money for his own benefit, mishandled client money, caused false and improper entries to be made in his firm's accounts books and acted in breach of good faith to his partners. Tribunal told the matter was ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 22/7/97

    22-Jul-1997

    Buckle v Dannimac - CA 24 June 1997Incident: Injury at workAppeal issue: Duty of care and quantumAppeal contentions: Defend-ant's appeal from judgment of Judge Taylor at Middlesbrough County Court on 6 November 1996 that plaintiff recover from defendant £3,500 general damages and special damages to be assessed. Plaintiff suffered back damage while lifting. Contended judge imposed too high a duty of care on defendant. No evidence on ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 22/07/97

    22-Jul-1997

    Decisions are taken from Lawtel's legal database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report.Student's entitlement to income supportChief adjudication officer v Anthony Webber (1997)Court: CA (Evans LJ, Peter Gibson LJ and Hobhouse LJ) 1/7/9Summary: Whether a part-time student was not entitled to income support when not in fact studying by reason of a statutory deeming provision. Chief Adjudication Officer's ...

  • Litigation Writs 22/7/97

    22-Jul-1997

    ROC Construction of Folkestone is suing the Commissioners of Customs & Excise for damages for the malicious presentation of a winding-up petition. In its writ the company says that on 14 May 1991 Customs & Excise wrongly presented a petition for the winding-up on the grounds that it had failed to pay money which was the subject of a statutory demand served on 2 February 1991.Writ issued by Gentle Jayes, London W1.A Godalming widow is suing the ...

  • Lloyd's to maintain diversity

    22-Jul-1997

    Lloyd's has expressed its commitment to maintaining its variety as an insurance market.In recent years, the troubles among underwriters and the introduction of corporate funding has led to consolidation among the main agencies.However, in a policy document - Lloyd's Future Direction - issued by the Council of Lloyd's last week, the market's executive body committed itself to sustaining the diversity."The council wishes to maintain ...

  • Local council employers accused of anti-Bar bias

    22-Jul-1997

    Local authority employers are unfairly discriminating against barristers when recruiting for senior local government posts, according to the Bar Association for Local Government and the Public Sector.Mirza Ahmad, association treasurer and head of legal services at Bolton Metro, said some local authorities were blatantly refusing to appoint barristers to certain local government legal jobs."There is no sound reason why barristers should not be considered equally ...

  • Lord Chancellor's smoke screen on court fees

    22-Jul-1997

    Lord Irvine's attack on fat cat barristers might just seem to be the actions of a sourpuss, but there is a deeper game afootThere is a certain irony in the statement from a Bar Council spokesman last May that solicitors had "absolutely nothing to worry about" following the announcement of a Labour legal team dominated by barristers.This is because it is the barristers who have cause for concern after being labelled "fat cats" by ...

  • Make child abuse pilot national, says CPS

    22-Jul-1997

    THE CPS is to press for a pilot project that fast-tracks child abuse cases to be adopted nationally.The scheme has been running in the South West since 1995 and has seen the time it takes for cases involving child witnesses to get to court halved from 260 days to around 130.At the launch of the CPS annual report, Ann Reddrop, the branch crown prosecutor at Exeter, admitted the service in her region had adopted an "unco-ordinated approach" to child abuse cases ...

  • Malaysia takes on UN

    22-Jul-1997

    United Nations Special Rapporteur and former Malaysian Bar council chairman, Dato Param Cumaraswamy, is facing defamation and slander writs for RM120m (about £30m) over a magazine article questioning the independence of the Malaysian judiciary.The move has been condemned by the International Bar Association, which argues that Cumaraswamy is immune from legal action because his remarks were made in the course of his duty as Special Rapporteur on the independence of ...

  • Man of the people

    22-Jul-1997

    The Lord Chancellor's startling attack on "fat-cat" barristers certainly excited the media last week. Apart from the fact that the comments are completely meaningless in terms of the debate's subject matter, they are also pretty rich coming from one of the fattest cats of them all.However, it is a fact of life that less access to the courts as a result of higher fees is a rather uninteresting sound bite for the media compared with overpaid barristers, ...

  • Mears gives up politics after defeat

    22-Jul-1997

    Twice defeated presidential candidate Martin Mears has announced that he will withdraw from front-line Law Society politics but will stay on as a member of the council.Mears, who lost last week's election by a margin of 8,000 votes to rival Phillip Sycamore, said: "I always said if I lost by one vote I would retire from Law Society politics."He also said that if his anti-Law Society magazine, Caterpillar, was to continue, it may need to become a more broadly-based ...

  • Medical costs: should the victim pay?

    22-Jul-1997

    The Government is proposing to make insurers liable for the medical costs of road accident victims, but victims could find it is their settlement figure that is hit, says Peter Livingstone. Peter Livingstone is a partner at Clarke Willmott & Clarke.New measures proposed by the Government to recover the cost of medical care for road accident victims could hit the victims the ...

  • Merger makes 15th largest firm in the US

    22-Jul-1997

    Commonwealth islands in the Caribbean have stepped up a campaign to sever Privy Council links and set up a Caribbean Court of Appeal.It is understood that officials from the islands, which include Belize, Jamaica and Tobago, are currently discussing the details of a Caribbean Supreme Court, with West Indian judges, which would preside over all 12 English-speaking Caribbean nations.The Barbados government has appointed a Constitutional Revision Commission to look ...

  • MP calls for law centres network

    22-Jul-1997

    A PARLIAMENTARY early day motion has been tabled by Labour MP Martin Linton calling for the government to set up a national network of law centres.The tabling of the motion coincides with a meeting organised by the Law Centres Federation, being held at the House of Commons this Wednesday, to discuss plans for such a network. It is expected to be attended by about 50 MPs. The following week, the federation will meet with officials from the Lord Chancellor's Department ...

  • Neate moves from Slaughters

    22-Jul-1997

    Francis Neate, head of litigation at Slaughter and May and the firm's longest-serving partner, is leaving the firm to join Schroders as group legal director.Neate, treasurer of the International Bar Association, said that the move would provide welcome relief from the pressures of private practice.He replaces James Watkins, who left Schroders at the end of May to ...

  • Pair of Home Counties firms tie the knot

    22-Jul-1997

    st albans firm Taylor Walton has merged with Wainwrights of Hemel Hempstead to form one of the largest practices in the northern Home Counties.The merged firm will have 17 partners and 130 staff. It will be known as Taylor Walton in St Albans, Harpenden and Luton, and as Taylor Walton Wainwrights in Hemel Hempstead.John Hobson, who became senior partner of Taylor Walton on ...

  • Poulter takes reins at 36 Bedford Row

    22-Jul-1997

    Chris Fogarty reportsFormer 9 Old Square senior clerk Martin Poulter has beaten 30 of his colleagues to become senior clerk at the Chambers of James Hunt QC.Poulter will work alongside practice manager Peter Bennett after winning the fiercely contested position.A month ago Poulter's future had looked uncertain as he left 9 Old Square after seven years as senior clerk, following a difference of opinion with senior barristers over policy issues.

  • Pro bono boost

    22-Jul-1997

    The new Solicitors' Pro Bono Group is now up and running under the directorship of the very capable Peta Sweet. Finally, thanks to a group of law firms, the solicitors' branch of the profession now has an organisation which can support its pro bono efforts and provide a national focus.It is of even greater credit to those involved considering the reluctance of the Law Society to lead the way on such an important initiative.

  • Pro bono chief sets out agenda

    22-Jul-1997

    The first full-time director of the Solicitors' Pro Bono Group (SPBG) has pledged to turn it into a "national focus for pro bono work".Peta Sweet, news editor of Solicitors Journal, will take up the post in September.A legal journalist and qualified solicitor, Sweet will be responsible for promoting the group, developing guidelines on pro bono work and liaising with bodies that already provide free legal services.The SPBG was created last year ...

  • Property

    22-Jul-1997

    Lawrence Graham acted for the South Oxfordshire Housing Association in the £68.3m transfer of 5,000 council houses from South Oxford District Council, which was advised by Irwin Mitchell. The Bradford & Bingley Building Society, which lent the housing association a total of £100m, was advised by Addleshaw Booth & Co.

  • Property

    22-Jul-1997

    Linklaters & Paines advised Development Securities on its £7.25m sale of four properties to TR Property Investment Trust, advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp.

  • Put the Act into action

    22-Jul-1997

    Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, Fax 0171-734 0534 The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 came partly into force, largely unnoticed, on 21 June.The first injunctions under the Act, ordered by the High Court last week, were directed against animal rights activists. The Guardian commented with the heading "Anti-Stalking law misused". Certainly, the predictions made in your ...

  • Right to accumulate prizes

    22-Jul-1997

    The House of Lords has given leave for appeal in the case of Regina v Burt & Adams. Burt & Adams was convicted of three counts of unlawful gaming contrary to s.38(6) of the Gaming Act 1968. Appeals against two of those convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal. But the court certified the following question of law: "Does s.34 of the Gaming Act 1968 prohibit the holder of a permit to operate a machine... from offering to the player of the machine, who wins a non-monetary ...

  • Second Essex Court review

    22-Jul-1997

    One Essex Court has produced the second edition of its in-house Law Review.The 57-page publication is aimed at commercial solicitors and includes 11 articles written by members of chambers.Chambers clerk Paul Shrubsall said its aim was to facilitate communication with the chambers' clients.The review is also running a competition based on a fictitious case involving a cremated cat and feuding neighbours.

  • Share offers

    22-Jul-1997

    Norton Rose advised process engineering group GBE International on the placement of £6m new ordinary shares. Wragge & Co advised Albert E Sharp

  • Share offers

    22-Jul-1997

    Linklaters & Paines acted for financial advisor Hoare Govett in Fortune Oil's £24m rights issue

  • Solicitors to take on estate agents

    22-Jul-1997

    Solicitors will be able to compete directly against estate agents following a shock decision by the Law Society to totally deregulate property selling rules.When the changes come in to force, solicitors will be able to act for both the buyer and the seller in a conveyancing transaction and offer financial services and advice.Their firms will effectively be able to act as both an estate agent and a legal office.The unexpected move by the Law Society ...

  • Tesco trolleys on trial

    22-Jul-1997

    Tesco is being sued by Canadian-based In-Store Products for damages for alleged infringement of patents it claims to hold in shopping trolleys. Its claim seeks damages and an injunction banning Tesco from infringing their patent and an order for delivery up or destruction of material which infringes the patent.

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Richard Atkins

    22-Jul-1997

    Richard Atkins was born in Newport Pagnell on 4 November 1955. He is now the Principle Crown Prosecutor at the CPS central casework division.What was your first job?Stage hand at the Royal Shakespeare Company.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£13,000pa.What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer?Criminologist.Which law could you live without?

  • Uncertain destination for Withers' finance head

    22-Jul-1997

    Tim Stocks, head of corporate finance at City firm Withers, has announced his departure from the firm - before securing a new post.Stocks is in discussions with Taylor Joynson Garrett, which is also in the City, but no arrangements have been finalised. He claims not to have talked with any other firms and says no one from Withers will be leaving with him."It is just me. It is a ...

  • US firm poaches six more from City

    22-Jul-1997

    Wilde Sapte and Clifford Chance are to lose six more lawyers to Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, as the US firm's aggressive recruitment drive continues.Last week four assistants from Wilde Sapte: Vincent Keaveny, Timothy Hailes, James Warbey and Matthew Cain; and two from Clifford Chance: Philip Hertz and Lyndon Norley, said they would be joining the firm in August.Cadwalader ...

  • US firms limber up in London

    22-Jul-1997

    The first necessity for a US firm which is looking for global capacity is a London office, according to Francis QuinlanAs the financial markets and multinational corporations put their arms around the world, the management consultancies and Big Six accountancy firms servicing them are following.It is a trend which is now beginning to affect corporate lawyers and it is no surprise that many US firms are now setting up in London.The international legal ...

  • Wounded Girling attacks legal press

    22-Jul-1997

    Outgoing Law Society president Tony Girling has attacked the legal press, accusing it of painting an unduly grim picture of his year in office.Referring to comments in The Lawyer that the society was in crisis, Girling launched his third attack on the legal press in just three days when addressing the society's AGM."The curse of the tabloids, that seems to have afflicted the broadsheets, also appears to have spread to our legal journals," said Girling. "It ...

  • Zeroing in on rising crime

    22-Jul-1997

    Alison Laferla looks at how the UK government's response to rising crime figures is shadowing penal policies in the US. Alison Laferla is a freelance journalist.When Home Secretary Jack Straw launched his zero tolerance campaign against crime, many commentators said he was trying to out-do Michael Howard in the tough-on-crime stakes.But Straw may well have taken his inspiration from across the Atlantic, where US president Bill Clinton was re-elected on the ...