22 July 1996

The Lawyer

  • 'Policy to tell lies' costs local council £48million in damages

    23-Jul-1996

    The case of Slough Estates & ors v Welwyn Hatfield District Council & anr is one for the legal record books.Slough Estates, developer of a home counties retail complex, took the local authority for the area to court with the accusation that the authority lied to it over provisions for the retail mix to be imposed on a rival complex.The outcome of the case, a warning to local authorities that honesty is the only policy, was an order from Mr ...

  • 'Watershed' first agreement among rival Russian Bars

    23-Jul-1996

    RUSSIA'S three largest rival groups of lawyers reached agreement for the first time ever at the International Bar Association conference in Moscow this month.Since the fall of communism and the break up of the Soviet Union, groups regulating Russian lawyers have splintered and have been competing bitterly for members. Now, in the first signs of co-operation, the three main Bar associations have sat down together to agree voting rights in the IBA.Each member ...

  • £20,000 court survey tells magistrates nothing new

    23-Jul-1996

    A £20,000 Lord Chancellor's Department survey sounding out demand for evening and weekend magistrates court sittings only confirmed what the courts had been saying all along, it has been claimed.The survey of non-professional users of magistrates courts, published last week, showed the public was satisfied with the current court sitting arrangements.The magistrates courts themselves say that the survey vindicates their long held view that there was ...

  • A Bar to practice?

    23-Jul-1996

  • A meeting of minds

    23-Jul-1996

    When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, holler."This advice to the aspiring advocate, said to be current among Tennessee attornies, is probably not the sort of advice English barristers go to the American Bar Association Annual Meeting to receive.But there is much to learn at what must be the largest lawyers' educational programme put on by any one country. Those whose ...

  • Altered states

    23-Jul-1996

    London may seem a dream posting for a successful lawyer but does the reality of living in the city match up to the image? Is there life outside the American community or are the English as reserved as their reputation says?According to some expat US lawyers, London may not "throb" like New York but it is a very civilised place to live. John Dickey, partner and commercial litigator with Sullivan ...

  • Andrew Masterson wants to a way to stop 'looney' litigants.

    23-Jul-1996

    Andrew Masterson is a commercial/IT litigator with Pinsent Curtis in Leeds.Lords Woolf and Mackay are making a start on reigning in some of the looney litigants who use the courts, but more needs to be done.Often failed businessmen teetering on the bring of insolvency, these litigants' claims are based on allegations of verbal representations and promises, conspiracy and malice. At present there are few curbs on them and they get legal aid ...

  • At death row's door

    23-Jul-1996

    For American prisoners the wait for execution can be a long one - 16 years is not unusual - and this delay has attracted the interest of British barristers opposed to capital punishment.Privy Council barristers who have defended prisoners sentenced to death in the Caribbean feel they have gained invaluable experience which can be applied to the US system. They are also well versed on important points of international law.But the real breakthrough came in Trinidad ...

  • Bakers picks up Detroit practice's Polish office

    23-Jul-1996

    Baker & McKenzie has taken over the Polish office and seven lawyers, including two partners, of Detroit firm Dickinson Wright Moon Van Dusen & Freeman.Two further lawyers have gone to Clifford Chance's Polish office.Lawyers at the Dickinson office were believed to have been ...

  • Bar acts on complaints system for shoddy work

    23-Jul-1996

    BARRISTERS have been warned that from now on they may face action under the Bar Council's planned complaints system if they provide their lay clients with a shoddy service.The rules and procedures of the Bar's controversial complaints system were approved at a Bar Council meeting earlier this month.The system, under which barristers face a fine of up to £2,000 for providing an inadequate professional service, is not expected to be launched until ...

  • Bar Council launches Web listing

    23-Jul-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsA multi-media Bar Directory is due to be launched by the Bar Council later this year.The only official Bar Council directory of British barristers in private practice or employment, the directory will be accessed through a database as well as a new Bar Council Website. Hard copies will also be available.The Bar Directory will be formally launched at the Bar Conference and Exhibition in September. It will allow chambers to ...

  • Barnards document

    23-Jul-1996

    Helen Sage reportsBarnards Inn Chambers has put together a document for local government lawyers outlining its members' public sector expertise. The document is designed to be a point of reference for local government lawyers when they need to instruct barristers. Members of the chambers have been acting for local authorities in a wide range of areas for 10 years.

  • Brief

    23-Jul-1996

    Intrepid solicitor Jenny Harris raised £3,000 for a South African school after this hair raising tandem parachute jump over Salisbury Plain. The money will go towards a project to provide a new community hall at Rorke's Drift Shiyane Secondary School in South Africa. Confirming that she has no fear of heights, Harris, a family law partner at Southampton firm Woodford & Ackroyd, last year abseiled down a tower block with fellow partner Charles Ackroyd, who also joined her ...

  • Burger box billionaire's battle

    23-Jul-1996

    The on-going battle of Dart v Dart is heading for the House of Lords. Katina Dart, divorced wife of US burger box billionaire Robert Dart, is unhappy with the £10 million awarded her in the High Court Family Division and the decision of the Appeal Court to uphold that award. She has now instructed her solicitor, leading London divorce specialist Margaret Bennett, to seek consent from the Law Lords to mount an appeal against the ruling that the award is enough ...

  • Call for Ombudsman reform

    23-Jul-1996

    Helen Sage reportsThe Local Government Ombudsman would probably be found guilty of maladministration if he investigated himself, the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (Acses) has claimed.Acses president John Hartas has accused the Local Government Ombudsman of overstepping his jurisdiction in a submission which he has made to the Government’s review of the Commission for Local Administration in England.He said the Ombudsman’s interpretation ...

  • Campaign targets equality for gay couples

    23-Jul-1996

    Gay and lesbian lawyers are launching a campaign to get homosexual couples recognised in law.Using their legal skills, they will argue that homosexual couples be given the same partnership status as heterosexual couples.This includes pension rights for homosexual couples, the right to inherit council properties from deceased partners and the right to be recognised as next of kin.Their aim is to garner support for their cause by encouraging a public ...

  • Chancery Lane IT kit deal imminent

    23-Jul-1996

    Alison Laferia reportsTHE LAW Society is on the verge of signing a deal with a leading computer company for the installation of its new IT package for small firms.The systems integration house, which the Law Society is not naming until the deal is finalised, will take charge of installing the society's High Street Starter Kit in firms up and down the country as well as training lawyers how to use the package.This month sole practitioners ...

  • Chancery Lane's recruitment service wins last-minute reprieve

    23-Jul-1996

    The recruitment service at the Law Society has been saved at the eleventh hour.A cost-cutting working party, which has stalled a decision on the future of the service several times in the last year, announced last week that it would be retained, the day before the matter was due to go to council.The decision was made on condition the service be run as a more commercial venture so it can cover its overheads.The matter has been the subject of a row ...

  • Double the rewards?

    23-Jul-1996

    Firms involved in international trade, mergers and acquisitions work are increasingly opting for lawyers who can relate to clients from both sides of the Atlantic.Although dual qualification allows a lawyer to understand the legal and cultural aspects of the case in both countries, achieving it involves a great deal of work and determination.Jonathan Wilson, a UK solicitor with Baker ...

  • Eversheds snatches deal from Dibbs

    23-Jul-1996

    DIBB Lupton Broomhead's major client Du Pont has defected to Eversheds in a deal worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to the firm.The Swiss chemical giant, which had paid several UK law firms to advise on environmental, employment and corporate law, held a beauty parade to choose a new principal legal advisor in March.Dibbs, Eversheds and an unnamed London firm were in a ...

  • Experts' solutions

    23-Jul-1996

    We are expert witnesses who act in road accident cases. Between us we have put in nearly 90 years at the organisation now known as the Transport Research Laboratory, and have an unmatched record of research and study in highway matters relevant to traffic accidents.We now find this field of work is becoming increasingly difficult, not for scientific reasons but for various organisational ones.First, we have relevant scientific and professional ...

  • Financings

    23-Jul-1996

    Lovell White Durrant has completed a $2.2 billion multi-currency revolving credit facility for Dutch publishing group Wolters Kluwer. Clifford Chance in Amsterdam advised ABN Amro, which arranged the syndicated facility agreement.

  • Footballing ups and downs at Stevenage

    23-Jul-1996

    Court 57 at London's Royal Courts of Justice has become a focus of football attention over the past fortnight.Mr Justice Carnwath has been engaged on a hearing which could challenge the way the Football League manages promotion.Judgment on the case, which is expected some time in August or September, could affect league rules which lay down ground and financial criteria which must be met before a club can be promoted.At the centre of ...

  • Girling to tackle finances as £4 million surplus is revealed

    23-Jul-1996

    The New Law Society president, Tony Girling, has promised a thorough review of the organisation's finances as it emerged that a £4 million cash surplus at the end of 1995 could not be distributed among members.Out-going treasurer Michael Howells told puzzled council members last week that plans drawn up for distributing the money ran the risk of being declared illegal.Howells took counsel's opinion on three options for returning the cash and each ...

  • Helping hands across the sea

    23-Jul-1996

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges breaks with Nabarro Nathanson and establishes its own London office; Dewey Ballantine breaks with Theodore Goddard and does likewise; other US-based firms announce major expansion plans for their London offices; UK firms expand their New York offices by hiring US lawyers.There has been a major shift in the relationships between UK and US firms in recent years. Going back ...

  • Holidaying barrister tele-commutes to court via video link to Marseilles

    23-Jul-1996

    A BARRISTER whose holiday in France unexpectedly clashed with a court case gave his closing submission to a Birmingham judge via a video link.The move coincides with the announcement of a pilot telephone summonses procedure launched by judges in Manchester and Liverpool.Under the arrangement in Birmingham Judge Malcolm Potter, who sits at Birmingham High Court, agreed to move his court to the nearby Five Fountain Court chambers.As a result, tenant ...

  • Hong Kong exodus

    23-Jul-1996

    Patrick Sherrington has become the latest top lawyer to leave Hong Kong for the UK after eight years in the colony. Sherrington, a commercial litigation partner at Lovell White Durrant and a former vice president of the Hong Kong Law Society, has taken a three-month sabbatical before he starts at Lovells' city office.

  • Howells case highlights public interest

    23-Jul-1996

    The Solicitors Complaints Bureau has come in for fierce and sustained criticism in recent years over its perceived bias in favour of the legal profession. It has been castigated by the National Consumer Council and admonished by the Legal Services Ombudsman. The consumers of legal services, the clients, are far from convinced that they can gain satisfaction when their complaints are directed to an institution run by the Law Society. They feel a truly independent complaints ...

  • IBA and Arab lawyers to debate Lockerbie bombing trial location

    23-Jul-1996

    ARAB and Scottish lawyers representing the two alleged Lockerbie bombers will meet senior international lawyers at a seminar on the deadlock over the Lockerbie trial in London in September.The seminar, 'Lockerbie: Where Now? A study of Jurisdiction and Fair Trials', is hosted jointly by the International Bar Association and the Arab Lawyers Union.Ross Harper, IBA president, explained: "This seminar is to examine the issues behind the trial of the alleged ...

  • In brief: Bar briefing secures anti-Government vote

    23-Jul-1996

    The Bar Council said it helped secure a vote against a Government proposal in the Housing Bill which would have forced leaseholders to pay up to £2,000 per day to take disputes to a tribunal. Outraged by the charges for access to the new Leasehold Valuation Tribunal the Bar Council sent out a briefing to all peers before an amendment against the proposal was voted on in the House of Lords last week. It claimed the Government's proposal represented an attempt to erode the ...

  • In brief: Booths' employment group recruits two

    23-Jul-1996

    The employment services group at Leeds firm Booth & Co has expanded with the appointment of two new fee earners. Frank Sutcliffe, 46, has left academia for Booths. After working in the penal research unit at Oxford University and teaching at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, he became a lecturer in law at Sheffield University. Paul Borne, 28, joins from Langleys in Lincoln. He ...

  • In brief: Hill Taylor opens Middle East office

    23-Jul-1996

    Shipping and insurance-based firm Hill Taylor Dickinson has opened a Dubai office staffed by partner Andrew Newitt and associate Rula Dajani, who move from the firm's London office. Hill Taylor opened a Piraeus office two years ago and more recently an office in Hong Kong. Newitt said both these had been successful, proving that opening a regional office "is a good way of servicing a local client base". The firm has had increasing Middle Eastern involvement in recent years. "Within ...

  • In brief: Isle of Man wins limited liability law race

    23-Jul-1996

    The Isle of Man has beaten Jersey to the statute books with a limited liability law aimed at attracting professional partnerships. Its Limited Liability Companies Act was granted Royal Assent on 7 July, while Jersey's law allowing limited partnerships is not expected to become law until the end of this year. The Act allows the formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC) which operates in a similar way to a limited partnership but is incorporated as a company. Instead of being ...

  • In brief: LAB declines to support smoking victims

    23-Jul-1996

    Lawyers have accused the Legal Aid Board of being over cautious in its refusal to grant aid to tobacco victims in their proceedings against cigarette manufacturers. The decision made last week brings an end to four years of preparatory case work by law firms Leigh Day & Co, Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickens and Bindmans, the representatives for over 300 lung cancer victims. Martyn Day, joint senior partner ...

  • In brief: Paisners' pensions victory sets precedent

    23-Jul-1996

    Pensions Ombudsman Julian Farrand, advised by Paisner & Co, won in the High Court when conglomerate Hillsdown Holdings was ordered to pay back £18.4 million unlawfully taken from one of its pension schemes. Hillsdown had appealed against a similar ruling by Farrand last year, which the company attempted to overturn in court. David Parkin, head of litigation at Paisners, said: "The case is important on two counts. First, the judge said that where the Ombudsman found that one member ...

  • Judicial review. Intervention in the public interest

    23-Jul-1996

    In cases of constitutional importance in the US and Canada, it is common to find a diverse range of interest groups filing briefs as amici curiae (friends of the court). An amicus curiae may not only present legal argument to assist the court, but also social and economic data (a 'Brandeis brief'). In the key abortion case of Roe v Wade [1973] 410 US 113, the US Supreme Court relied heavily on social, economic and historical data presented by amicus groups.There ...

  • Lamb and Beefy libel action

    23-Jul-1996

    The libel action in which Ian Botham and Allan Lamb are suing Imran Khan over allegations about their social backgrounds and, in Botham's case, about ball tampering, should reach judgment before the term ends on 31 July.

  • Lambeth advertises legal work

    23-Jul-1996

    Helen Sage reportsLaw firms have been invited to tender for work after Lambeth's radical voluntary privatisation initiative was passed by councillors earlier this month. The legal department has sent out a mail shot advertising 85 per cent of its work to all the law firms it has dealt with in the past.In the most radical outsourcing project to be undertaken by an in-house legal team, 18 council solicitors will have to move into the private sector via ...

  • Law Society welcomes Labour's CCT vow

    23-Jul-1996

    Helen Sage reportsLocal government lawyers have breathed a sigh of relief over the Labour party's promise to abolish compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) but say the replacement Best Value scheme will still be a severe test for any legal department.Speaking after the launch of the Labour Party's Road to the Manifesto campaign earlier this month, Peter Urwin, chair of the Law Society's Local Government Group, said law-yers would ...

  • Lawyers predict chaos without back-up for Woolf's reforms

    23-Jul-1996

    LAWYERS are warning of chaos in county courts if judges don't get the technical back-up to make Lord Woolf's reforms work.The burden of the reforms, to be announced on Friday, will fall most heavily on district judges in the county courts who will have to hold case management conferences, read papers in advance, set time-tables, time-limits and costs."They'll need training," warned secretary of the Law Society's Civil Litigation Committee ...

  • Legal aid fee plans get thumbs down

    23-Jul-1996

    The legal profession has reacted angrily to the Lord Chancellor's proposals to introduce standard fees for civil legal aid cases, accusing the Government of seeking justice on the cheap.Under the proposals published last week, standard fees would apply for family and domestic violence work carried out by litigating solicitors and all civil legal aid work carried out by advocates.Lawyers working on civil legal aid cases are currently paid an hourly rate. ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 23/07/96

    23-Jul-1996

    Philip Redmond Nari, 50, admitted 1975, practising at material times in partnership with Tisdall Nelson Nari & Co, Hove, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,510 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to keep accounts properly, improperly used funds forwarded to him by a third party for his own purposes, misapplied funds forwarded to him by a third party. Tribunal accepted solicitors in high street practices had suffered considerably ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 23/07/96

    23-Jul-1996

    Alexander v Crawford - QBD, 9 July 1996Claimant: Antigone Alexander Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Claimant suffered whiplash injuries, bruising and shock after head-on car crash; later developed ringing in her ears with post-traumatic shock and psychological symptomsAward: £55,000 (agreed damages)Judge: Judge Derek HoldenPlaintiff's solicitor: Ringrose & Co, Boston, Lincs

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 23/07/96

    23-Jul-1996

    Married illegal immigrant not to be expelledR v Secretary Of State For The Home Office, Ex Parte Urmaza.QBD (Sedley J) 11/7/96.Summary: Decision to remove illegal immigrant married to a woman settled in the UK for five months before enforcement action was taken against him, quashed.Application by a Filipino seaman who had jumped ship in the UK in March 1993 and had since married a Filipino woman with indefinite leave to remain ...

  • Litigation Writs 23/07/96

    23-Jul-1996

    North London widow Milia Kleanthous, whose husband died in hospital after an operation in 1993, is suing New River Health Authority. Her writ claims that the health authority was negligent for failing to recognise or react to the symptoms of major internal bleeding, and for failing to appreciate until shortly before his death the need for her husband to undergo a blood transfusion.Writ issued by A Rossides & Co, London N13. K162Linda ...

  • Lloyd's buoyed up by profits

    23-Jul-1996

    Storm clouds are finally lifting from Lloyd's of London after the embattled insurer reported record profits and successfully pushed through its rescue plan at meetings held last week.Litigation by Names, many of whom faced financial ruin after the market's massive losses in the late 1980s, has subsided in the past year.This has helped Lloyd's to put the past behind it and draw up plans which envisage a more important supporting role for corporate ...

  • Manchester Bar school proposed

    23-Jul-1996

    Concern at Manchester's failure to win the right to run a Bar training course has prompted one London college to consider opening a branch training centre there.Manchester, which supports the second largest Bar in the country, was conspicuous by its absence from the list of regional cities which will host training courses when the London-based Bar School loses its monopoly next year.But the College of Law, which is one of the institutions to have won the ...

  • New Irish judges

    23-Jul-1996

    Solicitors in Ireland have been appointed as judges for the first time after decades of campaigning. Three solicitors have been chosen in this year's round of judicial appointments: Michael White, of Michael D White & Co, Frank O'Donnell, of Bell Branigan O'Donnell & O'Brien, and John Buckley, of Beauchamps. The Law Society welcomed the appointments and said it looked forward to the day when the majority of judges were solicitors to reflect that 80 per cent of lawyers ...

  • Northern Irish Bar adds third woman to ranks of QCs

    23-Jul-1996

    The Northern Irish Bar will welcome its third female QC in September this year.Margaret-Ann Dinsmore, a specialist in personal injury litigation, planning law and family law, is the one of 13 barristers nominated for appointment to the Northern Irish Bar later this year.She is also the Northern Ireland Commissioner for rights to trade union members and Northern Ireland Commissioner for the protection against unlawful industrial action.The list of ...

  • Okoye race case appeal is prepared

    23-Jul-1996

    A BARRISTER who accused her set of racial discrimination is to appeal against a county court decision to throw her case out of court.Family barrister Joy Okoye alleged that the development of her practice at Staple Inn Chambers in London had been blocked by the set's senior clerk and several tenants.But her claims failed to reach a full hearing after a London District Judge Litchfield dismissed her case in March, ruling them out of time.This ...

  • Patience plea by South African Law Soc

    23-Jul-1996

    Barrister John Taylor will team up with a doctor and an architect on BBC television this week to help the residents of a typical English street with their problems. Taylor, a former prospective Tory MP, will be providing the legal know-how for the consumer series which begins at 8.30pm this Thursday. Over the next six weeks experts on The Street will be advising residents from six typical streets across the country.FACED with a flood of requests from English solicitors looking ...

  • PFI project dates back to 2000 BC

    23-Jul-1996

    Herbert Smith has landed the unusual brief of advising English Heritage as it co-ordinates a Private Finance Initiative project at Stonehenge.Adrian Clough, partner responsible for the project, said: "It is not often you are given the opportunity to be involved with a stone circle set up around 2000 BC, which predates ancient cities in Mesopotamia and Egypt."The PFI project is part of English Heritage's Stonehenge Millennium Scheme which aims to build a ...

  • Philadelphia phone lawyers go on call

    23-Jul-1996

    OPPENHEIMER Wolff & Donnelly has become only the fourth US firm to form an association with an Italian practice.The 200-attorney firm has offices in Brussels and Paris and an association with a Dutch practice as well as offices all over the US.It has now linked with four-partner Pisano De Vito Maiano & Catucci which has offices in Rome and Milan. Joseph Vicinanza, managing partner of the firm's New York office, said the link would not involve an exclusivity ...

  • Report prompts exit of Law Soc treasurer

    23-Jul-1996

    Law Society treasurer Michael Howells has resigned after The Lawyer obtained a copy of an independent solicitor's report to the Solicitors Complaints Bureau (SCB) on his handling of a personal injury claim.The investigation, which was conducted by an independent solicitor because of the sensitivity of the former treasurer's position, related to his handling of a claim while senior partner at Milford Haven firm, Price & Kelway, when he was advising the client's ...

  • Stephensons quits City's Club of Nine

    23-Jul-1996

    STEPHENSON Harwood has agreed to leave the secret information-sharing 'Club of Nine' City firms.The rarely publicly acknowledged but widely-known grouping of the senior partners from nine major City firms has met twice-yearly for many years with a formal written agenda to discuss matters of mutual interest.Stephensons is believed to have been asked to leave the "magic circle" shortly before the appointment of David Slade as senior partner in May.

  • Survey reveals pensioners left out in the cold

    23-Jul-1996

    City law firm Manches & Co reports that business opinion is split down the middle on whether employees who opted to take out personal pensions should be allowed back into company schemes.The finding comes despite the personal pensions mis-selling scandal which saw many employees wrongly advised to opt out of corporate plans during the 1980s.City watchdog the Securities and Investments Board has since said that it is rarely beneficial to switch out of schemes ...

  • Tears for Mears as protest gives Girling a go

    23-Jul-1996

    While Martin Mears clears his presidential desk and heads home, Richard Wachman reflects on the exit of the new broom and wonders whether those who swept him from power will get what they wanted from the new incumbent, Tony Girling"We all love Martin Mears here," declared my solicitor recently when I stopped off at his High Street office in Hertfordshire to sign the paperwork on my new house.Over the years he has seen conveyancing fees plummet and competition ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Karim Kassam

    23-Jul-1996

    Karim Kassam was born in Northumberland on 7 April 1961. He now lives in London and is a partner at Kenneth Elliot & Rowe.What was your first job?Answering telephones in the refuse department of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (during the bin men's strike).What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£3,800 per annum.What would you have done if you hadn't become ...

  • Title chase for Moynihan

    23-Jul-1996

    Family Division President Sir Stephen Brown is expected to give his verdict on a battle by ex-Tory sports minister Colin Moynihan over his family title. Moynihan is trying to ward off claims to the title by sons of his brother, the late Lord Moynihan.

  • Top of the taxi rank

    23-Jul-1996

    Thank you for explaining the meaning of the 'cab rank rule' (The Lawyer 16 July).Previously, I thought that it meant that, like cabs, one could never find one of our learned friends when one needed one, when one did, they came along in threes, and that they cost an arm and a leg.Michael MorrisRoyton, Oldham.

  • Trade marks move

    23-Jul-1996

    Baker & McKenzie's London trade marks unit has a new head, Roger Moore, the former head of trade marks at UK company Allied Domecq. Moore, who is qualified as a trade marks attorney but not as a solicitor, will head the group of three paralegals responsible for trade marks legislation. He replaces Margorie Goux who is transferring to the US to manage the firm's Palo Alto office.

  • US practice poaches top Lovells corporate partner

    23-Jul-1996

    Lovell White Durrant has been hit by several high profile departures, including the defection of highly respected corporate partner Andrew Curran who is joining US firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.Curran joins a growing number of British high fliers who have been tempted to move to US competitors. Last year, former Clifford Chance partners Martin Hughes and Maurice Allen were ...

  • Winning back the client's trust

    23-Jul-1996

    The new presidential team at Chancery Lane has Martin Mears to thank for, hopefully, burying the previous 'Buggin's turn' approach to the Law Society's highest offices and for the chance to take some of the opportunities which he spurned.Mears has constantly blamed the "old guard" still at the Law Society for his failure to deliver on many promises and yet he has been replaced by Tony Girling, its longest serving council member.