21 June 1999

The Lawyer

  • A system undergoing radical surgery...

    21-Jun-1999

    Sweeping changes are taking place in personal injury and clinical negligence law, not least with the removal of legal aid from personal injury cases and the Lord Chancellor’s announcement that clinical negligence cases are to be funded from the leftovers of the criminal legal aid budget. And, with PI and clinical negligence becoming increasingly specialised and separate areas of law, it is now essential that both solicitors and barristers can prove their credentials.In 1996, ...

  • Advertising for access to justice

    21-Jun-1999

    After the outrage expressed by the Government over the Law Society's recent advertising campaign, Michael Mathews assesses the adverts' impact.There is no doubt that the Law Society was right to launch the Justice Denied advertising campaign. Despite the reaction of the Lord Chancellor and some media commentators, there was no other way the society and its supporters could have moved the legal aid debate from the law pages and journals to ...

  • Amnesty highlights lawyer persecution

    21-Jun-1999

    Amnesty International's 1999 annual report records a disturbing increase in the persecution of lawyers worldwide.The report details a range of human rights abuses committed by governments and armed opposition groups in 142 countries, highlighting "the extreme danger facing lawyers in many countries", such as Northern Ireland and El Salvador.An Amnesty International spokesman says: "This is something which Amnesty has seen in recent years, and which has increased ...

  • Ashurst Morris Crisp joins US merger race

    21-Jun-1999

    Ashurst Morris Crisp has engaged the services of management consultancy Hildebrandt International in the hope of finding a US partner.According to a number of industry sources, Hildebrandt is advising the firm on a suitable partner with which to either merge or form an alliance and Ashursts is believed to have been in talks with a US firm in the past month.One industry source says ...

  • AVMA ends exclusive agreement

    21-Jun-1999

    Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA) is extending its exclusive insurance arrangement with Litigation Protection to include both Amicus Legal and Saturn Professional Risks.Since 1996, Litigation Protection has offered discounted policies solely to lawyers on AVMA's panel and the charity has handled the insurer's risk assessment.An AVMA spokesman says the charity has been looking for opportunities to extend the work of its successful risk assessment ...

  • Barristers fight solicitors for share of a shrinking market

    21-Jun-1999

    Rumour has it that a leading insurer recently brought together all its panel firms for a meeting. At the start of it, they were told: "Anyone not prepared to handle claims at less than £x an hour can leave the room now."It is now accepted wisdom that insurers' review of law firm panels has not stopped at simply cutting the number of firms. Pressure to lower rates continues apace and incentives such as end-of-year discounts are now also common - not just because ...

  • Berrymans moves into North East

    21-Jun-1999

    Berrymans Lace Mawer is securing a foothold in the North East in an attempt to put a stranglehold on insurance specialists in the region.The firm is proposing to take over niche firm Linsley & Mortimer, which provides specialist insurance advice for companies such as Iron Trades.Paul Taylor, national senior partner at Berrymans Lace Mawer, says: "We are determined to ...

  • Berrymans swaps Brussels alliance

    21-Jun-1999

    Berrymans Lace Mawer is ending its 10-year alliance with Belgian firm Antoine Baedens et Associes.Berrymans is transferring its allegiance to another firm in Belgium, which will be set up in August by Philippe de Clercq, currently a partner at Baedens.Paul Taylor, national senior partner at Berrymans, says the move will allow the firm to form a triumvirate between Brussels ...

  • Birchams posts record year profits

    21-Jun-1999

    Westminster-based firm Bircham & Co has posted record profits for the last financial year.Birchams' turnover has soared to more than u10m - a 16 per cent increase on the previous year.Targets were beaten in every one of the firm's departments.Birchams' partner count has also reached an all-time high of 24 with the hiring of James Denker and Penny Chapman from Rowe & Maw's private client department. They started at the firm last ...

  • British Airports Authority (BAA)

    21-Jun-1999

    British Airports Authority (BAA) is experiencing a strong year, buoyed up by the confidence provided by its latest strong set of financials.

  • Care ruling will impact rural councils

    21-Jun-1999

    The plight of society's most vulnerable youngsters has come in for High Court scrutiny in two cases against Kent County Council that have re-emphasised the problem of aftercare funding.The cases are a warning for a number of rural local authorities. These authorities often have large numbers of youngsters from nearby cities placed in foster homes in their areas.While the youngsters are under 18, responsibility for funding their care rests with the authority ...

  • Case of the week

    21-Jun-1999

    A French policeman came face-to-face with the German gang who attacked him after a World Cup football match in 1998. Daniel Nivel and his wife faced his attackers in a court in Essen for the first time since they beat him into a coma. Nivel, who attended court for just a day, has no memory of what happened. He was in a coma for six weeks and is partly paralysed and blinded in one eye. He was seen limping and staring into space in the court. He avoided speaking to the gang ...

  • CC plans new global partner structure

    21-Jun-1999

    Clifford Chance will undertake a major overhaul of its internal structure following its merger with Rogers & Wells.The most senior position at the new firm will be chairman. This post has been reserved for someone from Clifford Chance, who will almost certainly be senior partner Keith Clark.The firm will have regional managing partners in the US, UK, Europe and Asia. Rogers ...

  • CC poaches finance expert from PwC

    21-Jun-1999

    Clifford Chance has poached a former partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers to be its first financial director.Chris Merry, who was an audit partner at the accountants, will be responsible for all aspects of the company's financial operations and development.In his new role he takes over responsibilities previously shared by executive partner Garth Pollard and general manager ...

  • CC seeks IT compatibility for merger

    21-Jun-1999

    Clifford Chance is updating its IT system - and is on the lookout for one that will be compatible with the technology used by proposed merger partner, US firm Rogers & Wells.Clifford Chance has yet to make a decision on which practice management system it will eventually choose, but Chris Hoad, senior development manager at Clifford Chance, confirms there are three systems on its shortlist.

  • Claimants left high and dry

    21-Jun-1999

    In 1996, the Lord Chancellor described the English legal aid system as a "highly successful public social service". Large numbers of people were helped to bring claims that resulted in a substantial recovery of damages and they could do so without having to carry the burden of financing that litigation.However, every sensible lawyer agreed that the legal aid budget could not continue to be demand-led and escalate ad infinitum.The Personal Injury Bar Association ...

  • Denton Hall loses Asia chief

    21-Jun-1999

    Cameron McKenna has lured away the head of Denton Hall's Asian operations to be senior partner of Cameron McKenna in Asia.Christopher Clarke, former regional senior partner at Denton Hall, has just handed in his resignation to make the move.His departure is a major blow to the Denton Hall team, which, according to rumours in the financial arena, has been looking to move for some time.Clarke is considered to be one of the leading lawyers in his ...

  • Dibbs beats CC in KPMG MBO survey

    21-Jun-1999

    Dibb Lupton Alsop has topped the latest management buy-out survey from KPMG.In the latest edition of the quarterly Management Buy-Out Commentary, KPMG places the national firm ahead of both Clifford Chance and the legal section of venture capital company 3i.The survey gives a running total for management buy-outs and buy-ins (MBOs/MBIs) carried out since the ...

  • Dibbs claims victory in public to private deals

    21-Jun-1999

    Dibb Lupton Alsop has led three public firms to private transactions in three consecutive days, claiming a record in a highly active market.The reluctance of investors to buy shares in smaller companies has led to a growth of work in this area, as board directors decide that venture capital companies offer a better source of funds to the stock market.Head of European acquisition finance Mark Vickers says: "Public to private takeovers tend to be complex buy-out ...

  • Dibbs hires brewery specialist for EU dept

    21-Jun-1999

    Dibb Lupton Alsop has added a brewing sector specialist partner to its EU competition team.Martin Rees was formerly deputy director and senior legal adviser of the Brewers and Licensed Retailers Association, where he spent just over a decade.But his position at the association has now been abolished after it decided to buy in legal advice as and when needed.Rees will be based in London but will answer to the Brussels office.He comments: ...

  • Digest

    21-Jun-1999

    A former Baker & McKenzie partner who left the law to become an artist is graduating this month from Wimbledon School of Art. Richard Davidson was a member of Baker & McKenzie's international executive committee for four years before he left in 1995 to explore city life in paint. Some of his paintings, including the one above entitled "48 Shirts", are on display at Baker & McKenzie's ...

  • Edward Bishop on interest on social security benefits

    21-Jun-1999

    Edward Bishop, of No 1 Serjeants' Inn, acted for Surrey County Council.Having picked themselves off the canvas after Wells v Wells, insurers are on the ropes again in Wadey v Surrey County Council (CA).In this case, it was held by the Court of Appeal that a plaintiff in a personal injury action no longer has to give credit for social security benefits received before calculating interest on his damages.The point has arisen ...

  • European Court in danger of overload

    21-Jun-1999

    The President of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has warned that the most powerful court in the European Union is at risk of being overloaded with work, and has called for reforms to prevent the build-up of a large backlog of cases.Gil-Carlos Rodriguez-Iglesias warns that the court needs to respond to two changes - the ratification of the Amsterdam Treaty, which has given the European Commission the right to propose EU laws affecting justice and home affairs, and the ...

  • Financing

    21-Jun-1999

    Allen & Overy, led by partner David Morley, advised a six-bank group of arrangers, including Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and UBS, on the US$16bn bid financing put in place for Spanish oil company Repsol's bid for Argentina's largest privately owned company, YPF. Freshfields advised the borrower.

  • Firms seek specialist help in the battle with accountants

    21-Jun-1999

    If an emerging trend continues to grow, clients could soon be receiving advice from law firms - but not from lawyers.Firms around the City are looking to set themselves apart from the competition by offering a little bit extra - advice from non-legal, in-house specialists.Picking up on a practice that began in the US and with one eye on the potential explosion in the multidisciplinary departments of the big accountants, firms are recruiting specialist advisers ...

  • Flotations & Financing

    21-Jun-1999

    Allen & Overy, led by partner David Morley, advised a six-bank group of arrangers, including Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and UBS, on the US$16bn bid financing put in place for Spanish oil company Repsol's bid for Argentina's largest privately owned company, YPF. Freshfields advised the borrower.

  • Ford Motors appoints female head of legal

    21-Jun-1999

    Ford Motor Company has appointed its first female director of legal affairs, Natalie Jobling. She succeeds Geoffrey Ashworth, who retired in April.Jobling, 37, says: "Women think car companies are male-dominated, but this shows that at Ford we will promote women who are also the best choice for the job."She intends to continue Ford's tradition of instructing Lovell White Durrant and Freshfields for most deals, but adds that this is not an exclusive arrangement.

  • French firms face 35-hour week rule

    21-Jun-1999

    Law firms in France could soon be forced to adopt the 35 hour week that accountants in the country have already accepted.The first wave of legislation, which comes into force in January 2000, will cut the maximum working week from 39 to 35 hours for the majority of workers, but lawyers have so far remained exempt from any restrictions on their working hours.Classed as "independent professionals", lawyers, along with accountants, are currently free to spend as ...

  • French govt gives MDPs green light

    21-Jun-1999

    The long-awaited report from the French Government on multidisciplinary practices (MDPs) is believed to have given the concept the green light only weeks after it was vetoed by the French bar.French newsletter Juristes Associes claims to have seen an advance copy of the Nallet Report, which will not be officially released until a few weeks from now.According to Juristes Associes, the government report suggests that MDPs are to be welcomed as long as their internal ...

  • Herbert Smith advises Stagecoach in US drive

    21-Jun-1999

    Herbert Smith, Simmons & Simmons and US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have won a race against time to put Stagecoach on the road in the US.The firms advised on the transport group's u1.16bn takeover of Coach USA. The deal was completed in just three weeks in the face of other competing bids.Herbert Smith acted for Stagecoach in the UK, with senior corporate ...

  • Hospital sued for delay

    21-Jun-1999

    A man who claims a hospital failed to open an operating theatre in time to treat his injuries is suing for compensation. James Drew, 22, of Fleet, Hampshire, claims that as a result he will need a total hip replacement and other operations. He is suing Ashford Hospital NHS Trust for damages, claiming it was negligent in failing to open a second operating theatre at Ashford Hospital and failing to promptly reduce his fractured and dislocated right hip after an ...

  • In brief: Alfred Dunhill

    21-Jun-1999

    Alfred Dunhill is looking for a new head of legal for its Vendome Luxury Group division when the current man in the post, James Pye, takes early retirement. Pye has been with the company since 1978 and became group legal adviser in 1986. He plans to move into consultancy work after his retirement in July.

  • In brief: Attorney General John Morris

    21-Jun-1999

    Attorney General John Morris will today (Monday) be asked to make a statement on the case of prosecutor Maria Bamieh, who won her case against the Crown Prosecution Service for racial discrimination. Her Member of Parliament, Andrew Dismore, is due to put a written question to Morris, asking him to comment on the case and its implications. Bamieh, representing herself, recently won her case at a Bedford employment tribunal against the CPS for racial discrimination in a promotion bid. ...

  • In brief: Dundas & Wilson

    21-Jun-1999

    Dundas & Wilson is poaching a construction litigation partner from Simpson & Marwick. Partner Andrew Renton is leaving the firm after 10 years to focus on property and public sector litigation at D&W, which is affiliated with accountants Arthur Andersen.

  • In brief: Freshfields partner David Pollard

    21-Jun-1999

    Freshfields partner David Pollard has come out as "Top Pensions Lawyer" in a survey by Pensions World magazine. Phillip Bennett, a partner at Slaughter and May, emerges as "Toughest Pensions Negotiator". Mark Greenlees, a partner at specialist firm Sacker & Partners, and Derek Sloan, a partner at

  • In brief: Linklaters & Alliance's

    21-Jun-1999

    Linklaters & Alliance's head of advocacy, Mark Humphries, has been appointed chairman of the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates, to succeed Kerry Magill. Michael Caplan of Kingsley Napley has been elected to Humphries' former position as vice-chairman.

  • In brief: Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees

    21-Jun-1999

    Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees has exceeded its targets for turnover and profits, with turnover up 15 per cent this year. Michael Shepherd, senior partner at the 46-partner firm, says results have been "moderated" by investment in expansion, including new offices. Shepherd says: "We had a solid performance across the board, with our main growth in corporate and property departments."

  • In brief: The Lawyer

    21-Jun-1999

    The Lawyer last week reported that Cameron McKenna was being taken to an industrial tribunal by a former lawyer in its CIS group. Due to incorrect information supplied by a spokesman for the Department of Trade and Industry, it was stated that this was on the grounds of race discrimination. The claim is, in fact, on the grounds of sex discrimination.

  • In brief: The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

    21-Jun-1999

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal is striking off ever-greater numbers of practitioners. According to its annual report for 1998/99, 81 solicitors were struck off the Roll over that 12-month period - an increase of 39 per cent (only 58 were removed in the previous year). It is also the largest amount of solicitors struck off since 1994/5, when 89 were removed. Over 100 solicitors were fined this year, 29 more than last year. The total amount of fines was £328,500, nearly £100,000

  • It's been a bad week for...

    21-Jun-1999

    Balding barrister Kevin Talbot, who had to appear bareheaded and unrobed before a crown court jury in Gloucester after his wig and gown were stolen on a train.School teacher Shirley Pearce, a lesbian who claimed she was forced to retire from Mayfield School in Portsmouth because of years of taunting from pupils. She took legal action on the grounds that the headmaster had failed to halt the abuse but a tribunal in Southampton decided that she had not ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    21-Jun-1999

    The Fawcett Society, a charity devoted to promoting women in public life, which is u5,000 better off this week after the Attorney General, John Morris, agreed to give it a donation. He was responding to a claim by Jo Hayes, a female barrister, who accused him of sexual discrimination after dismissing her job application. Hayes pointed out that out of 116 barristers on the Treasury panel, 103 were men.Prisoners at Wormwood ...

  • It's too early for reform comment

    21-Jun-1999

    Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4640, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square.I read with concern an article describing the civil courts as being in chaos after the implementation of the Civil Justice Reforms (The Lawyer, 7 June).As chief executive of the Court Service Agency I feel it is my duty to correct that impression. The civil courts are not in ...

  • Law Commission steps up government pressure

    21-Jun-1999

    THE chairman of the Law Commission is increasing pressure on the Government to clear the backlog of commission reports waiting to be made law.The pressure comes as the commission's annual report is published.Mr Justice Carnwath, who took up the three-year post in February, says more than 20 reports covering key legal issues remain unimplemented.He met with Home Secretary Jack Straw recently to sound him out on the chances of the Government allocating ...

  • Lawrence Graham breaks local association for Ukraine licence

    21-Jun-1999

    City firm Lawrence Graham has won a licence to practise in the Ukraine after the collapse of its association with local firm Maritime Business and Legal Services (MBLS).Neil Everatt, shipping partner with Lawrence Graham, says the firm broke away from MBLS to set up its own office."It's a more coherent way of doing it, we use them a bit like we would use a barrister ...

  • Legal Personality of the Year: Imran Khan

    21-Jun-1999

    Imran Khan, the solicitor who represents Neville and Doreen Lawrence, has won The Lawyer’s Legal Personality of the Year Award.Khan will be honoured at The Lawyer Awards, sponsored by NatWest Bank, tomorrow night (Tuesday). He found himself thrust into the media spotlight as, alongside Michael Mansfield QC, he fought to prove that “institutionalised racism” within the police had hampered inquiries into the murder of the Lawrence’s son, Stephen.Sean Brierley, ...

  • Linklaters loses out to Simmons in Asda deal

    21-Jun-1999

    Linklaters & Alliance has lost out to Simmons & Simmons in representing US retailer Wal-Mart on its audacious bid for Asda.Both Simmons and Linklaters were considered by Wal-Mart. But after pitching against each other at a meeting on 7 June, Simmons was appointed while Linklaters was retained to advise investment bank Wasserstein Perella & Co - which made the u6.7bn offer to Asda on behalf ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 21/6/99

    21-Jun-1999

    Tahseen Safdar Choudry v Hillingdon Health Authority (1999) QBD (Buckley J) 27 May 1999Claimant: Female, new-born at date of accident; 28 years old at date of settlement.Incident: The claimant was born at the defendant's hospital in January 1971. During the course of her delivery she was starved of oxygen and was born asphyxiated. The claimant brought an action alleging that the hospital staff had been negligent in the management of her delivery.

  • Litigation Writs 21/6/99

    21-Jun-1999

    High Court action has been launched on behalf of a Crawley boy said to have suffered adverse effects following a vaccination for mumps, measles and rubella. The claim has been issued on behalf of Daniel Wakeford, through his mother Carol Wakeford, against SmithKline Beecham and SmithKline and French Laboratories, both of Brentford, Middlesex. The claim seeks damages for personal injuries, inconvenience and distress, allegedly resulting from a Pluserix ...

  • Long road to justice

    21-Jun-1999

    Tom O’Sullivan speaks to Albie Sachs, a former ANC activust who is now a judge fighting for a new South Africa

  • Nelsons announces merger with Derby practice Gadsbys

    21-Jun-1999

    East Midlands firm Nelsons is merging for the second time this year - with Derby-based practice Gadsbys.The merger with the six partner commercial property practice will take effect on 1 October and will bring the partner count to 42.Two months ago Nelsons merged with Derby firm Alfred Sevier & Son, which specialises in personal injury work (The Lawyer, 5 April).Tim ...

  • Norton Rose raids US firms to boost US securities practice

    21-Jun-1999

    Norton Rose is raiding US firms in an effort to build its London-based US securities practice.The UK firm is poised to take on US-trained partners to its US securities team - which was established in September - in a move dubbed by observers as "both offensive and defensive".Sources say a strengthened US securities practice will make Norton Rose a more attractive merger partner, ...

  • OSS faces rejig after E&Y audit

    21-Jun-1999

    The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) may have to rejig its procedures after an independent audit by accountants Ernst & Young.E&Y suggests there should be "a significant input of resources", including recruiting 23 permanent and 82 temporary caseworkers. It estimates that the changes will cost the OSS nearly u6m.Kamlesh Bahl, deputy vice president of the Law Society, says: "We are recommending that the council adopt [the proposals]. It is definitely ...

  • Partners on the move...:Digest

    21-Jun-1999

    While continuing to advise his London-based clients, Boodle Hatfield's Russell Brimelow will be is moving to the firm's Oxford office. Brimelow, head of the employment group at Boodle Hatfield, joined the firm in 1994, was appointed an associate in 1996 and a partner in 1997.Manchester law firm Kuit Steinart Levy has announced the promotion of Jai Ramsahoye from solicitor to partner. Ramsahoye joined the practice nine months ago after spending eight ...

  • Quote of the week

    21-Jun-1999

    "We're being besieged by open-toed-sandalled hippy vandals. We have armed our doorman, Bernard, with a shotgun."- An anonymous partner at Maclay Murray & Spens' City of London office in Foster Lane, when last Friday's J18 demonstrations were getting a bit out of hand.

  • R&W's Cirillo joins rival firm

    21-Jun-1999

    Rogers & Wells' former head of anti-trust, Richard Cirillo, has left to join rival US firm King & Spalding, ahead of Rogers' vote on merging with Clifford Chance next month.Cirillo, a securities and antitrust litigation partner who has spent his entire career so far at Rogers, joins the New York office of his new firm today (Monday).Cirillo claims his decision ...

  • Random House poaches publisher's head of legal

    21-Jun-1999

  • Relief sought on Norfolk land

    21-Jun-1999

    A case of "retirement relief" in respect of capital gains tax on the sale of business land has come before the Appeal Court. Judgment has been reserved in a case in which the family of a deceased Norfolk man has challenged a February 1997 High Court ruling over farm land in Norfolk. The court held that relief was not available under section 69 of the Finance Act 1995 on the disposal of land if the land constituted a business carried on by the taxpayer's family company ...

  • Robert Sayer stands by turd epithets

    21-Jun-1999

    Law Society presidential candidate Robert Sayer admits branding his opponent David Keating "a pillock" and his backer Martin Mears "a piece of dog turd" was "five seconds of indiscretion" but is refusing to apologise for the remarks.Sayer made his controversial comments in an interview with The Lawyer (7 June).He now says: "It was five seconds of indiscretion but I stand by the fact that [Keating] standing is wrong and foolish and will do damage."[The ...

  • Scuffle of the week

    21-Jun-1999

    Saatchi and Saatchi faces a $10m (u6m) lawsuit for making a bad television advertisement, which left its client very unhappy. The advert for Just For Feet, a sports shoe chain, was condemned after it showed a black man running barefoot while being pursued by white men who caught him, drugged him and placed a pair of Nikes on his feet, prompting him to cry: "No," before running off.Just for Feet's share price plummeted from $19 ...

  • Senior clerk quits Bridewell following loss of panel place

    21-Jun-1999

    Bridewell Chambers has lost its senior clerk, Norman Brooks, after being axed from the Crown Prosecution Service's "preferred sets" panel.The CPS's cull in April of 11 chambers from its list of preferred sets, which handle 80 per cent of all criminal prosecutions in London, meant the loss of an important source of instructions for Bridewell Chambers.The set has also suffered a number of defections in recent months, including Patricia Roberts to 14 Gray's ...

  • Shoosmiths to relocate PI and recovery unit after contract win

    21-Jun-1999

    Shoosmiths & Harrison is planning to relocate the bulk of its personal injury (PI) and uninsured loss recovery (ULR) work to a new office in Basingstoke by the first quarter of the year 2000.Lawyers who refuse to move from the existing operations at Shoosmiths' Solent and Reading offices face redundancy as those offices will shrink dramatically in size.The decision follows ...

  • SIF accused in phone poll row

    21-Jun-1999

    Opponents of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) are accusing the insurer of attempting to justify its existence via a "half-baked and amateurish" phone poll.SIF is believed to have engaged market research company ORC International to canvass solicitors' views on professional indemnity.The move follows a postal ballot in which 70 per cent of voters opted for an open market insurance scheme.Christopher Hales, chairman of the City anti-SIF campaigners, ...

  • Smaller firms threaten to axe training schemes

    21-Jun-1999

    A medium-sized firm has said it is considering dropping its training scheme after losing too many of its newly qualified solicitors to the richer City firms.Thomas Eggar Church Adams, a top-five South East firm, is understood to be debating the matter at a partners' meeting this week.For the past few years the firm has taken on eight articled clerks each year. But now ...

  • Solicitors duck for cover as protesters target City rich

    21-Jun-1999

    Freshfields' City office was reportedly paint-balled, hit by custard pies and abseiled down by protesters, and City lawyers donned mufti to protect themselves from rioters campaigning against global capitalism in the Square Mile last Friday.Linklaters, Lovell White Durrant, Dibb Lupton Alsop and Herbert Smith were among firms on the protesters' route who followed police guidelines ...

  • Square Mile

    21-Jun-1999

    As recently reported in this column (3 May), adopting an industry sector approach to the organisation of a law firm is not new. Indeed, a number of firms have sought to specialise further within certain industries and sectors.But that is not enough. Clients will only be properly serviced by ensuring that those best qualified - in terms of skills, market experience and location (or range locations) - are brought together. We all recognise that the client's ...

  • Stephenson Harwood loses three partners

    21-Jun-1999

    Stephenson Harwood's top insolvency partner and two other partners are set to leave the firm.Insolvency partner Geoff Woolf and banking partner Paul Diss are understood to be joining SJ Berwin.Litigation partner Roger Brown is going to Herbert Smith.They had all been at ...

  • Struan Robertson

    21-Jun-1999

    Struan Robertson may seem the epitome of Englishness but Anne Mizzi discovers Sinclair Roche & Temperly's new senior partner has spent most of his legal career in the Far East.

  • The Firm

    21-Jun-1999

    Minutes of meeting between Jack Pratchard, Tom Henderson, Alison Brett, a new partner in the corporate department, and her three-year-old son Billy.Mr Pratchard: I've been meaning to talk to you, Alison. Corporate image is very important to The Firm. We're lean and hungry in the forest of law - and quite frankly you're not exuding that image. To be tactful, you're getting fat.Ms Brett: But it's ...

  • The future lies in a truly integrated approach

    21-Jun-1999

    City firms are busy bringing in specialists from outside the profession. Soon clients will turn up at meetings with firms and find themselves confronted with economists, political analysts and even environmentalists.Ashurst Morris Crisp has a former Indian government official to advise on political matters on the sub-continent, Cameron McKenna employs an expert on Polish insurance ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: The Lawyer Inquiry

    21-Jun-1999

    Jennie Allen was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire in 1973. She is a corporate services solicitor with Charles Lucas & Marshall solicitors in Newbury, Berkshire.What subject(s) did you fail at school?Art & design.What was your first job?Saturday sales assistant in a shoe shop.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?u15,000 as a paralegal.What would you have done if you ...

  • The ones to watch

    21-Jun-1999

    Anne McGrath tracks the careers of five rising stars at the Bar and finds out why their instructing solicitors rate them.Jane Tracy Forster13 King's Bench WalkCalled to the Bar: 1975Professional achievements/associations:Professional Negligence Bar Association; Personal Injury Bar Association; Employment Law Bar Association.Areas of practice:Clinical negligence; personal ...

  • This week

    21-Jun-1999

    The only event this week, of course, is The Lawyer Awards, tomorrow night (Tuesday). The Lawyer Awards is in its fifth year and firms are bracing themselves for a slow start on Wednesday morning.

  • Tighter regulations sought on credit

    21-Jun-1999

    Mark Campbell, partner, Clifford ChanceDavid Morley, managing partner, Allen & OveryJohn Tucker, head of banking, Linklaters & AllianceThe Bank of International ...

  • Time for action on multipliers

    21-Jun-1999

    Personal injury claimants could lose out on substantial amounts of damages if the Lord Chancellor delays further in setting a rate for interest on their damages.The House of Lords' landmark ruling in July 1998 in Wells v Wells [1998] 3 ALL ER 481 led to substantially increased awards in personal injury and fatal accident cases. Their Lordships unanimously held all that multipliers should be calculated by reference to returns on Index Linked Government Stocks (ILGS). ...

  • Time to curb the personal litigant

    21-Jun-1999

    The increasing cost of litigation and the proposed draconian reforms to the UK's legal aid system are forcing many citizens to either abandon legal action altogether, or - increasingly commonly - encouraging them to take the hazardous but rather less costly route of becoming a personal litigant.As the courts system is likely to witness more personal litigants and their McKenzie Friends, particularly in the family courts, the throughput of cases will be ...

  • Travers Smith loses top partner to rival US firm

    21-Jun-1999

    Travers Smith Braithwaite is losing a top corporate partner to US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.Simon Jay, who has been at Travers Smith for 18 years, will join Clearys' corporate department in September after working his six-month notice period.Commenting on his move, Jay ...

  • Widow of veteran sues for compensation

    21-Jun-1999

    A St Helens woman is accusing the authorities of negligence in the prison suicide of her husband, reports Roger Pearson.The widow of Gulf War veteran John Callaghan, who hanged himself in Strangeways prison, is taking the MoD, the Home Office and the St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust to the High Court in a claim for compensation.John Callaghan, who was jailed for drugs offences, used his shoe laces to hang himself from ...

  • Winthrops plans UK expansion

    21-Jun-1999

    US firm Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts has poached Linklaters' finance lawyer, John White, as a partner as it prepares to move into new premises in the City.The firm's expanding UK operation will move into a 20-lawyer capacity office at 54 Lombard Street in July.It is looking to further boost its UK finance practice at partner level but has also suffered a considerable ...

  • Withers takes over niche IP firm in departmental revamp

    21-Jun-1999

    City firm Withers is taking over specialist intellectual property firm Maycock's.The acquisition will go ahead in August, with Maycock's City office shutting down.Founding partner John Maycock will head Withers' revamped IP unit.The unit will have two partners including Maycock, and two assistants.The acquisition follows the departure of Maycock's ...

  • Woolf reforms are an unrealistic Utopia

    21-Jun-1999

    Without lawyers, the Woolf reforms sound like a brilliant idea - a court-managed process of dispute resolution in which everyone operating in the personal injury system conducts open, honest litigation with a general view to achieving a fair result for both parties.In this new Utopia, defendants would recognise that the victims in cases of serious injury are entitled to substantial compensation once liability has been established. They would recognise that it was their responsibility ...