22 May 1995

The Lawyer

  • ACCREDITATION

    23-May-1995

    'Suspect expert evidence' is a phrase we hear all too often. If we add to this the 'high cost of experts', 'it takes at least six months to get a simple expert report' and a handful of similar comments about partiality and advocacy by experts, we begin to understand the problem. Or do we?It is easy to eliminate a disease by treating the symptoms and changing its name. However, I believe that experts are too important to our society and legal ...

  • AIM takes on Ushers in £0.5m rescue deal

    23-May-1995

    Linda Tsang reportsTOP legal software supplier AIM has acquired the business of financially troubled Scottish systems company HG Usher in a £0.5 million deal. Both companies had been working together in the LawDesk Consortium which pooled their research spending.A leading Scottish supplier, Ushers also has a significant market share south of the border, where AIM Professional is dominant.But the intention is to run the Usher business ...

  • Art of persuasion

    23-May-1995

    Written communication is an essential part of being an expert witness. The expert's report provides an opportunity to exhibit the quality, excellence and innovation in the expert's thinking. But presenting a report in evidence is also a challenging and complex task. The other side in the dispute will have their own expert whose responsibilities include challenging any reports that threaten their position. It is not enough for the expert's report to be well-written. It ...

  • Bar Council scheme overhauls 'haphazard' selection process

    23-May-1995

    THE BAR Council this week unveiled its long-awaited proposals for revamping the system for processing pupillage applications to chambers.Modelled on the UCAS system for awarding university places, the Pupillage Applications Clearing House (PACH), aims to link candidates and their prospective employers with a single application.PACH would remove uncertainty from the process by ensuring that students have a full list of options, and their prospective ...

  • Binding agreements

    23-May-1995

    The expert determination of disputes is proving to be a cost-effective and popular alternative to both arbitration and litigation. David Ashton explains its advantagesThe expert determination of disputes has steadily gained popularity during the past several years. It serves as a useful adjunct to other means of resolving disputes without recourse to costly and time-consuming litigation.The process of expert determination can best be described by ...

  • Bring the house to order

    23-May-1995

    As concern grows about the time and money involved in resolving a dispute by litigation, the role of the expert witness is coming under close scrutiny. This is particularly true of disputes relating to construction work where cases routinely take five or six years to get to court, and legal costs become a major factor in arriving at a settlement (or being unable to do so) as they approach or overtake the amount originally in dispute. There now seem to be two ...

  • BRINGING IN ACADEMICS

    23-May-1995

    Last year, the technology transfer organisations of UK universities formed the University Companies Association (UNICO) to ensure the results of university research are rapidly transferred into commercial exploitation. One such technology transfer company is University of Leeds Innovations (ULIS). Established 25 years ago it now employs over 100 staff and has a turnover of nearly £6 million.ULIS has a consultancy division which offers access to university ...

  • Building societies attack retainer plan

    23-May-1995

    Building society chiefs are set to provide more quality work to corporate law firms while continuing a tough line on poor standards, negligence and fraud among conveyancers.And Law Society efforts on default issues are seen as protectionist attempts to preserve work for an over-populated profession.Building Societies Association (BSA) deputy director general Ron Armstrong, speaking at the BSA annual conference, attacked the Law Society plan for 'limited' ...

  • Bumper buying spree

    23-May-1995

    McKenna & Co's venture capital team has had a busy start to 1995 including advising Legal & General Ventures on the management buy-out (MBO) of the yarns and fabrics division of Coats Viyella which had a total funding value of £102.5 million - easily the largest buy-out of the first quarter. This was in contrast to a relatively slow start to the year for the MBO market as a whole with only seven buy-outs over £10 million being completed during the first quarter.

  • Business on the Internet

    23-May-1995

    Linda Tsang reportsLiverpool-based practice the Ian Short Partnership has put its business on-line on the Internet. Name partner Ian Short explains that the idea is to involve lawyers in the running of a business to save or earn more money, and identifies two key components for the change, including abolishing, where possible, charging clients by the hour, and providing clients access to their accounts and files within a watertight security system. ...

  • City specialists set to join IFA task-force

    23-May-1995

    City lawyers may be asked to participate in a review task force being set up by the independent financial advisers' association (IFA), following its judicial review of the Securities and Investments Board (SIB) guidelines for compensating investors.The review task force will aim to negotiate with and advise frontline regulators.The group will consist of IFAs, product providers and professional indemnity insurers. It may also have a public interest involvement. ...

  • Clifford Chance faces High Court breach of contract writ

    23-May-1995

    CLIFFORD Chance faces High Court action after allegedly pulling out of a $1,742,800,544 court case.Zappia Middle East Construction Co, of Abu Dhabi, and Joseph Zappia, of Rome, have issued a writ against the firm claiming damages for breach of contract and fiduciary duty.The writ says the firm acted for the Zappias from May 1992 in their claims against the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, the ruler and government of Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Investment ...

  • Clifford Chance opens office number two in Vietnam

    23-May-1995

    TOP UK firm Clifford Chance has opened a second Vietnam office in the country's commercial centre in Ho Chi Minh City.The firm has operated an office in Hanoi since May last year, and practice head Fraser White says the country's "ever-growing attraction" to foreign investors has prompted the establishment of a second presence.White, who specialises in finance ...

  • Colleagues bid Goodman farewell

    23-May-1995

    SENIOR lawyers and politicians will be among scores of people to pay tribute to Lord Goodman at a special thanksgiving service next month.The retired lawyer and government adviser, who died last week aged 81, was buried on 17 May at the Liberal Jewish Cemetery, in Willesden, north-west London.About 150 friends, clients and business acquaintances attended the service. The thanksgiving ceremony will be an all-ticket affair at the Jewish Liberal Synagogue, St John's ...

  • Councils headed for court over welfare cuts

    23-May-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsCOUNCILS face a stiff challenge to their welfare policies next month when the High Court begins hearing a series of legal bids to block cuts in social services. Gloucestershire, Lancashire and Islington councils will be brought before the court in seven separate cases over their attempts to withdraw services.The authorities are among dozens which claim they are being forced to make substantial cuts because of a shortfall in ...

  • Dentons' Dale spurns Dibbs overture

    23-May-1995

    DENTON Hall employment head Stephanie Dale has rejected an offer from rival practice Dibb Lupton Broomhead to move to its London office.Dale was expected to fill the void left by former London head of employment Jill Andrew, who quit the practice in March.The employment group is operated on a national basis by partner David Bradley.Bradley says Dale's move to Dibbs was never a "cast iron certainty", but he admits she would have been a "special ...

  • Derby office puts Freeths expansion into top gear

    23-May-1995

    NOTTINGHAM law firm Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins has unveiled ambitious expansion plans after opening an office in neighbouring Derby.Chief executive Colin Flanagan says the firm aims to take on up to 100 staff for the offshoot over the next five years.The firm - formed last year from the merger of Freeth Cartwright and Hunt Dickins - has appointed Joanna Underwood as managing partner of the new office, with four fee earners and support staff.Senior ...

  • Drive to deregulate Sunday trade laws

    23-May-1995

    LOCAL authorities want to see the relaxation of legal restrictions on Sunday trading, a new survey has revealed.Research by property consultants Healey & Baker shows that nearly one third of councils favour increased deregulation of the law.Some want to remove the restrictions altogether and are planning to encourage the trend towards full Sunday opening.Paul Orchard-Lisle, senior partner at Healey & Baker, says: "We believe that ...

  • Eviction challenge

    23-May-1995

    The Public Law Project is challenging a council's power to evict trespassers such as New Age travellers. Last year's Criminal Justice and Public Order Act gave authorities the right to order trespassers off private property, with magistrates granting an eviction order if they refuse. Lawyers for the travellers, supported by the project, will argue the Housing Act 1985 and Children Act 1989 lay down a duty of care which overrides recent statutes.

  • Family law mediation launch by Conquest

    23-May-1995

    NATIONAL Solicitors Network Conquest is to launch a family mediation programme to enable members to integrate Lord Mackay's recommendations on mediation-related client support into their own practices.Members voted overwhelmingly to introduce the new initiative following the recent release of the White Paper on divorce reform.Network chair Richard Berenson welcomes the positive response from members, saying it is essential for solicitors to take a central ...

  • Fees attacks weaken aid: Goldsmith

    23-May-1995

    John Malpas reportsBAR Council chair Peter Goldsmith has defended the fees paid out to the silks involved in the Barlow Clowes fraud trial.Details of the fees were released by the Lord Chancellor's Department just days before the publication of the Green Paper on legal aid reform.Complaining of "unwarranted and misleading" attacks on a tiny minority of legal aid cases, he warns of a hidden agenda to weaken the legal aid system ...

  • Financings

    23-May-1995

    Stephenson Harwood advised Langdons Food on its flotation to the Stock Exchange main list. It also advised Prime People on its Stock Exchange listing

  • Financings

    23-May-1995

    McKenna & Co acted for NatWest Markets Corporate Finance on the Stock Exchange flotation of Colleagues Group. The flotation was by way of a placing which valued Colleagues at around £26 million and which raised £8.2 million. NatWest Markets was sponsor and issuing house to the placing

  • Financings

    23-May-1995

    Gouldens advised Fidelity Medical

  • Giving science the hard cell

    23-May-1995

    Since the advent of forensic DNA testing less than a decade ago, DNA profiling has become an integral part of a number of areas of the legal system. DNA profiling is an umbrella term which covers a growing range of practical technologies, but as complex as these techniques may appear, DNA testing in any of its forms can fulfil only two basic functions - identity testing and relationship testing. The applications of identity testing are most obvious and most widely ...

  • High-flying start for East End set

    23-May-1995

    AN ARRAY of legal names made the short journey from the Inns of Court to London's Brick Lane to open a new multi-ethnic chambers in the street famous for its market and curries.Tower Hamlets Barristers' Chambers, the second set to open in Brick Lane, has six tenants specialising in immigration, housing and criminal law.Tenants hailing from Bangladesh, Uganda, Mauritius and the UK and operating from two rooms, have the minimum ...

  • Historic Jersey firms join in 'ideal match'

    23-May-1995

    Le Masurier Giffard & Poch has merged with Ogier & Le Cornu to form Ogier & Le Masurier, in a venture which will offer advice to clients at home and abroad.The new operation claims to have the "strongest team of business lawyers in the island" with 12 partners and a total of 30 lawyers.Malcolm Sinel, the firm's chair, says: "It is an ideal match. Ogier & Le Cornu developed a strong international and finance-related practice while Le Masurier Giffard & Poch's ...

  • Human rights specialist rewarded for 'dedicated' death row work

    23-May-1995

    HUMAN rights specialist Saul Lehrfreund has been named as the first recipient of the Bernard Simons Memorial Award.Established in memory of Simons, who died in 1993 during his presidency of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association, the award recognises personal endeavour in the practice of criminal law and in the promotion, protection and advancement of human rights.It will be presented to Lehrfreund, who works at Simons' firm Simons ...

  • In brief: Associate makes partner at Glasgow firm

    23-May-1995

    Ex-McGrigor Donald associate Hugh Macmaster has joined Glasgow-based firm Harper Macleod as a partner. Macmaster, who has also worked for Slaughter and May in the past, is specialising in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. "The acquisitions and mergers market in Scotland is going through an exciting ...

  • In brief: Bird & Bird signs up music expert

    23-May-1995

    Mark Haftke, a specialist in music litigation, has joined the multi-media group at Bird & Bird. Haftke was previously a partner at the music law firm Russells. Trevor Cook, head of Bird's intellectual property department, says: "Mark's entertainment industry expertise will be a tremendous asset. We look forward to his contribution."

  • In brief: Conditional fees protection plan on offer

    23-May-1995

    A new conditional fee protection plan is being launched by Litigation Protection in response to the Lord Chancellor's recent announcement on "no win no fee" arrangements. The plan will cover all classes of litigation included in the new conditional fee regulations - cases of personal injury and medical negligence, insolvency work, and applications to the European Court of Justice. A conditional fee scheme, set up by the Law Society, will cover only personal injury cases.

  • In brief: Corrections

    23-May-1995

    Clifford Chance wishes to point out that the figure it provided for its litigation department for 1995 in The Lawyer Top 100 feature (25 April) was incorrect. The number of fee earners in that department is 204. The entry under the firm name 'Hill Dickinson' should have read Hill Dickinson Davis Campbell. ...

  • In brief: Judges job advert attracts top response

    23-May-1995

    The Lord Chancellor's Department has been bombarded with inquiries about vacancies for judges which were advertised last week in the largest judicial recruitment campaign yet. Officials said 80 people asked for information packs in the first two days of the campaign. The department wants to recruit 32 circuit and 16 district judges. This year is the first time that positions on all circuits will be filled through advertising. Last year, the department sought candidates on three ...

  • In brief: Lincoln's Inn hosts charity garden party

    23-May-1995

    The Solicitors Benevolent Association, the United Law Clerks’ Society and the Holborn Law Society are among groups organising this year’s Legal Charities Garden Party. The party, to be held at Lincoln’s Inn North Lawns on 21 June, is also being run by the Barristers’ Benevolent Association, the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks Benevolent Fund, the Institute of Legal Executives Benevolent Fund and the City of London Solicitors Company. All proceeds are going to the legal charities.

  • In brief: Report brands civil courts 'too slow'

    23-May-1995

    The civil court system is condemned in a new survey as too slow, too complicated, open to manipulation and not user-friendly enough. Three quarters of people who have been involved in a dispute criticised the procedure and only 13 per cent found it easy to understand. The survey for the BBC Radio 4 'Law in Action' programme and the National Consumer Council found that people wanted an alternative system. Only one quarter of the respondents said the system was well-run, fair, ...

  • In brief: Women get go-ahead for trousers in court

    23-May-1995

    Women lawyers can now wear trousers in court following the Bar Council's receipt of a letter from Lord Chief Justice Taylor approving the practice. The Bar has welcomed the move, which is described by many women as a practical step. The Association of Women Barristers has operated a long-running campaign to end the skirt-wearing mandate in operation in UK courtrooms.

  • In search of the audit trail

    23-May-1995

    One type of special reporting work which has attracted increasing interest in many quarters is auditors' work in relation to Lloyd's syndicates. In recent years, claims resulting from asbestosis and pollution have resulted in enormous losses by many syndicates. Some actions by groups of Lloyd's Names alleging negligence against underwriting agents and syndicate auditors have already been launched, and expert accountants instructed by their solicitors are now ...

  • IT expert to head Pacific venture

    23-May-1995

    US LEGAL management consultants Altman Weil Pensa has announced plans to establish a presence in the Pacific Rim under the direction of former Cameron Markby Hewitt information technology head Wendy London.London, who left CMH in 1994, will also become head of a new information, media and communications group at 21-partner Australian firm Price Brent from August. She will divide her time between Melbourne and New Zealand.A dual UK-US ...

  • Keeping it clean

    23-May-1995

    The potential areas of liability under environmental law which affect businesses in this country are well known. The Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Water Resources Act 1991, provisions under the Environmental Bill and the legacy of common law provide the framework within which industry and commerce operate. There are very good reasons for operating within this legal framework - to avoid prosecution, fines and legal costs; to maintain confidence, whether ...

  • Law Soc answers addicts' cries for help

    23-May-1995

    A SUPPORT scheme aimed at helping the growing number of solicitors who havealcohol and drug problems is currently being considered for funding by the Law Society.The independently-run scheme would start off by treating lawyers for alcohol dependency, before expanding to provide additional counselling for other forms of addiction.Jacqueline Davis, a guidance officer with the society's professional ethics unit, told more than 150 delegates at the ...

  • Law society's experts code

    23-May-1995

    In response to increasing demand for information from solicitors and expert witnesses, the Law Society is producing a code of practice for experts and guidelines for solicitors to be launched in its 'Directory of Expert Witnesses' in November.There are a number of sources you can tap for expert advice, including other practitioners in the field, counsel and forensic services. But in addition to these, the directory will help solicitors choose the right type of ...

  • Linklaters takes on second US partner

    23-May-1995

    LINKLATERS & Paines has brought in a second solely US-qualified partner only months after announcing plans to take on up to a dozen American finance lawyers by the close of 1995.The London-based firm has signed Peter Ruhlin, a former senior associate in New York practice Millbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.Ruhlin, who had been with Millbanks for seven years, is a graduate of Boston College Law School. He started in

  • Mackay snubs Law Soc aid plan

    23-May-1995

    THE LORD Chancellor has dismissed the Law Society's blueprint for legal aid reform and called for a more imaginative response to his own radical proposals.A cash-limited legal aid fund and the restriction of legal aid delivery to franchised firms are central tenets of the Lord Chancellor's reform Green Paper.The proposals are vigorously opposed by the Law Society and the Bar Council along with an array of special interest lawyers' groups.

  • Mackay's plans: what lawyers think

    23-May-1995

    Why the change?The system is failing because "clients and money are directed to solicitors" leading to court-based lawyer-led services. Solicitors are able to run cases the way they want which is "often not the way that either the client or the Legal Aid Board would choose". The cost of legal aid is rising at a rate which the country cannot afford under a system which does not encourage barristers or solicitors to control their costs. Law Society president Charles Elly comments: ...

  • McKennas in Sri Lanka deal

    23-May-1995

    INTERNATIONAL development agency US AID has retained UK practice McKenna & Co to advise the Sri Lankan government on its new 40 megawatt power project.The project, a benchmark deal in the country's efforts to attract private funding for infrastructure projects, is an extension of McKennas' work in India, where the firm acts for the Ministry of Finance and several federal state governments on fast track power projects and power purchase agreements.

  • Mears airs reform ticket

    23-May-1995

    CURBS on new solicitors, less Law Society staff, a less generous compensation fund and a conveyancing insurance levy for clients, are included in Martin Mears' election manifesto.Due to be unveiled this week, it urges electors to vote in "the reform candidates" of Mears and Sayer, his running mate.Among the proposals, rounded on as unworkable by Mears' rivals Henry Hodge and Eileen Pembridge, is a plan to transfer the cost of indemnity insurance in ...

  • Midlands firm 'wired'

    23-May-1995

    Linda Tsang reportsMidlands firm Edge & Ellison has joined Clifford Chance, Denton Hall, and Jeffrey Green Russell, on the Internet. The move is believed to be the first by a Midlands-based legal practice. Senior partner Digby Jones says: "More and more of our clients are now established on the Internet, so it made sense for us to offer our services over it ...

  • Money talks loudest at reform's table

    23-May-1995

    In 1992 the Lord Chancellor addressed the Law Society's national conference and set the tone for his legal aid reforms; the tone uncompromising, the measures unpopular. The speech is significant because it gave the firmest indication of Lord Mackay's calm but determined approach to reform. He outlined his plans for franchising, conditional fees and legal aid eligibility. They have all come to pass despite substantial efforts by ...

  • Partners raided over laundering claims

    23-May-1995

    TWO LONDON partners from US firm Faegre & Benson were last week questioned by police over the alleged laundering of "at least $US50 million" on behalf of organised crime gangs in Russia.The partners, who have not been named, were arrested in London last week along with one of their wives, a Russian businesswoman.The three were questioned over allegations that London financial institutions, including a high street bank, had been ...

  • Paying the piper

    23-May-1995

    Just as there is a lively debate on ways in which litigation lawyers can or should be remunerated (many involving contingent or conditional fees, dependent upon the result of the case), lawyers are seeking ways in which the remuneration of experts can be made similarly dependent. Some proposals relate to an uplift in case fees, others to fees being conditional on success, others to the prospect of future work. In most cases this is doubtless a legitimate attempt to spread the risk of ...

  • Property

    23-May-1995

    Gordons Wright & Wright acted on the purchase of land at Oulton Lane, Rothwell for Wm Morrison Supermarkets, which aims to develop the site as a new superstore. Eversheds Hepworth & Chadwick advised United Transport Tankers and BET on the deal.

  • Property

    23-May-1995

    Church Adams Tatham & Co advised the Woolwich Pension Fund Trust Company on the purchase of a site from Wickes Developments, advised by in-house lawyer Helen Black, and a lease to Wickes Building Supplies following a funded development for an overall price of around £2.843 million.

  • Reid Minty claims union client owes £80,000 fees

    23-May-1995

    London firm Reid Minty is suing construction union UCATT (Union of Construction, Allied Trades and technicians) for alleged unpaid fees totalling more than £80,000.It is understood that the firm's action against the 157,201-member union dates from 1992 and includes bills for work on successful libel cases brought against rival union officials and a building sector magazine.Reid Minty litigation partner Simon Moore is understood to be acting for the ...

  • SCB chief announces plans to quit amid furore over reforms

    23-May-1995

    SOLICITORS Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe says that she knew she was writing herself out of a job when she drew up plans to reform the bureau.Lowe has told staff she expects to resign in summer 1996 with the conclusion of the Law Society's two-year review of the bureau, which she believes will require a non-lawyer to take charge to boost its public credibility.The future of the bureau, however, has been thrown into even greater uncertainty with the ...

  • Southwark lawyer set for Harvard

    23-May-1995

    A SENIOR council lawyer has beaten more than 400 competitors to win the chance to study at the prestigious Harvard University law school in the US.John Harrison, deputy head of legal services at Southwark Council in south London, has been awarded a Harkness Fellowship.He will examine public sector dispute-solving methods in a year-long research programme, beginning in September under Professor Lawrence Susskind, a world authority on the subject.

  • SPG meeting brings report row to boil

    23-May-1995

    A SIMMERING row between senior figures in the Law Society Sole Practitioner's Group looks set to boil over this week when the group holds its annual meeting. The meeting - attended by the society's presidential candidates - will be fired up by claims that chair Arnold Rosen is being censored by his own ruling committee.Rosen has been forced to distribute his own report as chair after the committee refused, on the grounds that the document contained ...

  • Staying on the white side of the law

    23-May-1995

    Keith Oliver

  • Stone heads Barings action group

    23-May-1995

    SJ Berwin consultant Jonathan Stone has been appointed as chair of the Barings Perpetual Noteholders Action Group (BPNAG), which seeks action to recoup losses to members following the collapse of merchant bank Barings.The BPNAG group represents more than 50 per cent of the 100 million bearer notes outstanding.Stone says: "A substantial fighting fund is required to pay for the ...

  • Survey shows software piracy on the up

    23-May-1995

    Linda Tsang reportsINFOTECHSoftware piracy costs in Europe in 1994 amounted to £4.2 billion. This is an increase of 22 per cent over the previous year's figures.This is one of the Business Software Alliance's (BSA) findings in its annual survey of 25 European countries. The figures are despite successful prosecutions against software pirates resulting in custodial sentences and heavy fines imposed on directors in Finland, Spain ...

  • The catch-all solution?

    23-May-1995

    During Lord Woolf's review of the civil justice system it has been suggested that the current system of expert witnesses should be replaced by one of using a single court appointed expert. Questions have been raised about the cost of experts, the time which they take up in trials and their perceived lack of independence. A single court appointed expert is expected to solve these problems. However, for several reasons, it is not obvious that a single court appointed ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Tim Maloney

    23-May-1995

    Tim MaloneyWhat was your first job?Form monitor (unpaid); barman (paid).What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£1,000 pa.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Sulked.Which law could you live without?The rule against perpetuities.What car do you drive?My wife's.

  • Top notch line-up for Maxwell trial

    23-May-1995

    A ROLL call of big name silks has been lined up for the multi-million pound fraud trial of the Maxwell brothers beginning next week.Top barristers from earlier high-profile City fraud cases will appear for the prosecution and defendants Kevin and Ian Maxwell, Larry Trachtenburg and Robert Bunn.The trial opens on 31 May at a court specially designed for major fraud cases at Chichester Rents in Chancery Lane. Over the last two weeks, the court has been selecting ...

  • Welsh sex cases need Euro help

    23-May-1995

    WELSH employees are far less active in challenging sex discrimination than their English counterparts, and those cases which do reach industrial tribunals are less likely to succeed, the Equal Opportunities Commission says.Commission chair Kamlesh Bahl says lawyers in Wales could benefit from using European law to expand the scope of UK legislation.She says: "On many indicators of equality, Wales fares particularly poorly in relation to other parts of the UK, ...

  • Wilde Sapte hits top note in noise case

    23-May-1995

    OPERA lovers are applauding the performance of City firm Wilde Sapte after it succeeded in overturning a conviction for "noise nuisance" against the organiser of the Garsington Opera Festival.The victory by partner Brian Smith, lawyer Kate McDonald and QC Richard Beckett, means the much-publicised open air festival will go ahead at Oxfordshire's Garsington Manor this summer.Oxford Crown Court quashed the conviction against Leonard Ingrams earlier this month. ...