23 March 1998

The Lawyer

  • Accountancy-tied firms begin talks

    24-Mar-1998

    Accountancy-tied law firms Tite & Lewis and Arnheim & Co have begun formal talks to merge, following last week's regulatory clearance for the merger of their parents Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse respectively.But Chris Arnheim, founding Arnheim & Co partner, conceded that the brand name and management structure of the combined legal practice would ultimately be up to the two "sponsoring" accountancy firms.He said: "The most important aspect is ...

  • Advocates organise "flag-waving' event

    24-Mar-1998

    Solicitor advocates are preparing to celebrate their coming of age this spring with their first national annual conference.The conference, taking place in May, has just been announced by the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA) which is buoyed up by a government promise to ease the restrictions governing the rights of audience of solicitors.Vice-chair Mark Humphries, a partner at

  • After-the-event insurer in talks with banks

    24-Mar-1998

    AFTER-the-event insurer Litigation Protection Ltd (LPL) is talking to two high street banks to set up premium-funding loans for solicitors as part of a new package of insurance products for conditional fees.LPL intends to launch the package, Access to Justice 2000, on 1 July to coincide with the introduction of the first tranche of the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine's legal aid reforms.LPL says it is in talks with two high street banks and a commercial bank ...

  • Anger as Bristol LPC heads for De Montford

    24-Mar-1998

    Bristol University is close to handing over its legal practice course (LPC) to Leicester's De Montfort University against the wishes of its own law lecturers and the local law society.Bristol Law Society council voted unanimously last week to back a counter bid for the course from Bristol-based University of the West of England (UWE), and the course's nine lecturers issued a statement also backing the UWE bid.Although De Montfort would run the course ...

  • BBC to spotlight immunity problem

    24-Mar-1998

    A television programme is to claim that rules for granting Public Interest Immunity to prosecution witnesses were established during a case in which three men were wrongly convicted.Raphael Rowe, Michael Davis and Randolph Johnson were wrongly convicted of murder, robbery, grievous bodily harm and firearms offences in 1990.The case was built around information given by three informants who were granted immunity. No forensic evidence was used in the case.

  • Bindmans flexes its muscles over sets' equal opps record

    24-Mar-1998

    Civil liberties firm Bindman & Partners has asked all the chambers it instructs for an assurance they are complying with equal opportunities legislation as well as a list of its ethnic minority and women barristers.Letters making the request have been sent out to 50 chambers and will be viewed by some sets as a warning that they must either improve their equal opportunities record or lose Bindmans' ...

  • Booker exit prompts CC to bolster unit

    24-Mar-1998

    Who would have thought that the Post Office, once a byword for bureaucracy, would be at the forefront of a new drive by large companies to get the most out of their external lawyers?But with the recent announcement of swingeing cuts to its panel of law firms reduced from 40 to just four the Post Office is doing exactly that.While granting the lucky four firms Eversheds, Dibb ...

  • Booker exit prompts CC to bolster unit

    24-Mar-1998

    Clifford Chance has announced that it is pulling back insolvency partner Roger Best from Hong Kong a move which comes in the wake of Ashley Booker's resignation from the firm earlier this month for "personal reasons".Best, a partner since 1990, had been a long-standing member of the Hong Kong office and, according to Clifford Chance, had always been scheduled to return to London. ...

  • Brixton firm writes Caribbean law guide

    24-Mar-1998

  • Bypass bother goes to appeal

    24-Mar-1998

    Judgment is pending in the Court of Appeal in the case of Dennis and Doreen Clift of Wales, who claim that the Llanfairfrechan bypass and other roadworks cut off direct access to their home and reduced its value. They sought compensation from the Welsh Office for inconvenience and loss of enjoyment of their home but the Welsh Office refused to pay. The Lands Tribunal awarded the Clifts £400. Now, the Welsh Office, worried the award could lead to similar claims against ...

  • CA Bar to split?

    24-Mar-1998

    The California State Bar has thrown its weight behind proposals which would split the Bar into two sections, one with compulsory membership, the other voluntary. The move is part of its bid to circumvent legislation currently before the state's legislature which would strip the association of most of its functions. The Bar's action follows the refusal earlier this year by California governor Pete Wilson to authorise its mandatory fees. Wilson is said to be keen on reducing ...

  • City Disputes Panel under fire over Barings settlement

    24-Mar-1998

    Barings bondholders are set to receive a pay-off of £190m under a settlement plan unveiled last week but one lawyer described the two-year conciliation process which brought it about as a "shambles".If approved by bondholders, the settlement hammered out by the City Disputes Panel (CDP), which was asked by the Barings liquidators to conciliate between litigating parties more than two years ago, will provide pay-outs to three separate groups of bondholders who had ...

  • Clifford Chance to advise via the Net

    24-Mar-1998

    Elizabeth Davidson reportsCLIFFORD Chance has become the second UK law firm to launch a Future of Law-style legal advice and information service across the Internet.The service, Nextlaw (nextlaw.com), became available to "selected clients" for an as yet undisclosed annual subscription fee three weeks ago, although it is due to be officially launched in May.It offers advice on data protection law in 30 jurisdictions in the ...

  • Egami recruits two

    24-Mar-1998

    Litigation support system supplier DPA-Egami has hired former Theodore Goddard litigation support administrator Jacqui Rawlinson and former Commonwealth barrister Nirdosh Kutty to provide software training for client firms.

  • Enterprise snubbed by chosen director

    24-Mar-1998

    Shaun Pye reportsEnterprise Chambers is going back to square one in its search for a chambers director after its chosen candidate turned down the job.The chancery set decided to appoint a chambers director last year, after consultation with BDO Stoy Hayward.It is seeking a director to oversee the clerking and general administration of the 21 tenants based in London and the seven based across its Leeds and Newcastle anexes.The one ...

  • Fee reforms may out-price litigants

    24-Mar-1998

    Derek O'Brien and Pamela Abrams believe that new proposals on court fees could reduce the volume of willing litigants. Derek O'Brien and Pamela Abrams are senior lecturers at the University of Westminster School of Law.The Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) has published a discussion paper on the proposed introduction of a new regime of court fees. The underlying aim of the proposals is to reflect the cost to the Government of running the civil courts.

  • Fee reforms may out-price litigants

    24-Mar-1998

    Derek O'Brien and Pamela Abrams believe that new proposals on court fees could reduce the volume of willing litigants. Derek O'Brien and Pamela Abrams are senior lecturers at the University of Westminster School of Law.The Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) has published a discussion paper on the proposed introduction of a new regime of court fees. The underlying aim of the proposals is to reflect the cost to the Government of running the civil courts.

  • Financing

    24-Mar-1998

    Norton Rose advised the Toronto-Dominion Bank on the NLG1.1bn and US$125m financings for cable operator United Pan-Europe Communications NV, advised by Theodore Goddard. The funds were used to buy out the interests of Philips Electronics NV, advised by White & Case.

  • Fladgates bails out of Thames Valley

    24-Mar-1998

    West End firm Fladgate Fielder is pulling out of the Thames Valley region by closing its Basingstoke office. The office, which opened in 1985, carried out property and corporate work the litigation department moved back to London three years ago and the firm claims it was having difficulty appointing suitably qualified assistants.The firm said it hoped that this autumn all the ...

  • Flotation

    24-Mar-1998

    Berwin Leighton advised fashion retailer Monsoon on its listing on the London Stock Exchange, valuing the company at £352m. Norton Rose advised the sponsors.

  • Hardman and Slater Heelis dispute over

    24-Mar-1998

    MANCHESTER commercial firm Slater Heelis has settled its dispute with partner Peter Hardman over the terms of his retirement and is continuing in partnership despite issuing a writ to dissolve itself.Hardman declined to resign from the firm last December after a dispute. In an effort to remove him, the firm's 20 other partners issued a High Court writ to dissolve the partnership.Hardman's lawyer Paul Thomas of Halliwell Landau said at the time that ...

  • Hollands opens in Mexico City

    24-Mar-1998

    In its first push outside the US, Holland & Knight, Florida's largest law firm, has opened for business in Mexico City and is planning on setting up in other locations abroad by the end of the year.In Mexico, the firm has established a joint-venture office with 10-lawyer local firm GallAstegui y Lozano, to be called Holland & Knight-GallAstegui y Lozano SC.Jose Sirven, executive partner at the firm's headquarters in Miami, said the firm had no immediate ...

  • IBA to vote on MDPs

    24-Mar-1998

    The vote of the International Bar Association's Council on the liberalisation of the legal profession has been set for 6 June. The Council will be voting on three matters: multi-disciplinary partnerships; rights of establishment; and the need for regulators and intergovernmental bodies to take account of the distinct nature of the legal profession.

  • In brief: Apil attacks Freedom of Information Act

    24-Mar-1998

    The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has told the Government that its Freedom of Information Act does not go far enough because it excludes information relating to investigation, prosecution or prevention of crime or the bringing of civil proceedings by a public body. It says this means victims of crime or accidents caused by negligence could be prevented from pursuing compensation claims.

  • In brief: Bircham & Co poaches fund manager

    24-Mar-1998

    Westminster firm Bircham & Co has appointed fund manager Philip Yarrow from rival Cripps Harries Hall to its investment management group.

  • In brief: Eversheds opens Bristol housing unit

    24-Mar-1998

    Eversheds has opened a Housing Association Unit in its Bristol office, the ninth such unit around the country. The move brings the four lawyers with relevant specialities under one roof in the Bristol office.The photograph shows the unit's legal team (from left to right), solicitor Nerys Lloyd, partners Bridgette Wilcox and Fiona O'Kane and associate Claire Rankin.

  • In brief: Lawyers could do better, say interpreters

    24-Mar-1998

    Interpreters are claiming that the legal profession's "short-sighted attitude" to interpreting means that foreigners are denied a fair trial in the UK. The Institute of Translation and Interpreting has for the first time invited lawyers to its annual conference on 23-24 April in Cambridge where the issue will be discussed. For details call 0171 713 7600.

  • In brief: Legal TV makes pro bono programme

    24-Mar-1998

    The College of Law's Legal Network Television has teamed up with the Solicitors' Pro Bono Group to produce a 20-minute special report on pro bono work to celebrate the production of the network's 500th training programme.

  • In brief: More Wirral work for Hill Dickinson

    24-Mar-1998

    Hill Dickinson has been kept on by Wirral Metropolitan Council to handle its insurance litigation work after a beauty parade of over 20 firms.

  • In brief: Scottish legal hotline launched

    24-Mar-1998

    The Law Society of Scotland has launched its "Dial-a-Law" telephone hotline with 24-hour pre-recorded information on any of more than 40 topics and day-time operators to refer callers to a local practice.

  • In brief: The Lawyer holds 'know-how' conference

    24-Mar-1998

    The Lawyer is holding the first annual "know-how" conference for lawyers, "Knowledge Management Within Law Firms", on 29 April at the London Marriott Hotel. For more information or booking ring 0171 970 4770.

  • In brief: United Utilities promotes Rayner

    24-Mar-1998

    Tim Rayner, group legal adviser at United Utilities and formerly a solicitor at Addleshaw Sons & Latham, has been promoted to company secretary.

  • In brief: Women solicitors group elects new head

    24-Mar-1998

    Judith Willis, a senior lecturer at London Guildhall University, has been elected chair of the Association of Women Solicitors. She replaces Jenny Staples.

  • Intranet use at peak, say consultants

    24-Mar-1998

    LEGAL IT consultants report an "avalanche" of Intranet installations by medium-sized firms, which are attracted by the low cost and user-friendly nature of the systems.BDO Stoy Hayward IT consultant John Irving said many medium-sized firms had now advanced and stabilised their document and practice management systems and were now installing Intranet services.According to independent consultant Neil Cameron, almost all of the large firms have ...

  • Invalid SIF comparison

    24-Mar-1998

    I read with interest Emile Woolf's article on chartered accountants' response to the requirement for professional indemnity insurance (The Lawyer, 17 February), and note that he is described as chairman of the Personal Injury Requirements Committee.I chaired the committee (then known as the Practice Insurance Requirements Committee but a succession of claims does sometimes provoke a physical response!), at the time when the Approved Insurers Scheme ...

  • Investigate to avoid liability

    24-Mar-1998

    Prospective partners should thoroughly research the financial history and current status of their potential firm, says Philip Brown. Philip Brown is a consultant with Hodgart Temporal.During the recession, press reports of partnerships going bust leaving partners with heavy liabilities were not uncommon.As a result, when the offer of partnership is made today, a sensible lawyer will study the available financial information before signing. The partnership deed ...

  • Irvine in climb down over housing small claims plan

    24-Mar-1998

    HOUSING lawyers and action groups have won a major victory against the Lord Chancellor, forcing him to back-track on his plans to increase the threshold for all small claims procedures to £5,000.Lord Irvine issued a consultation paper last December proposing to increase the small claims limit from £3,000 to £5,000 but a concerted campaign was waged by the Legal Action Group, the Law Society and housing lawyers against housing disrepair cases being included ...

  • Jackdaw japery in Wales

    24-Mar-1998

    The legal right of the public to get rid of jackdaws is to be disputed in the High Court. A guesthouse owner from Gwynned is seeking leave to judicially review his conviction by Bangor magistrates for causing a breach of the peace by firing a rocket and an airgun in a public place. Lawrence Ridyard claims he was entitled to act as he did because the local authority had failed to remove a statutory nuisance, jackdaws, from a public place. He claims they are classed as vermin and that ...

  • Jersey firm set for property boost

    24-Mar-1998

    The property consultancy arm of leading Jersey firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune is set for a major boost following the launch of a joint venture with UK property consultancy giant Weatherall Green & Smith.In what is effectively a franchise operation, Mourant du Feu's existing property company, Grenville Property Services (GPS), has negotiated to use the Weatherall Green name and has put in place a profit-share agreement with the UK consultancy.However, the company ...

  • Justice for all is necessary

    24-Mar-1998

    On behalf of the 3,700 plaintiff lawyers represented by Apil, I would like to correct the impression, which may have been created by Anthony Barton, that lawyers do not recognise the merits of conditional fees (The Lawyer, 24 February).Apil has always supported conditional fees, but they are not without problems, especially for low income earners, many of whom would not be on low incomes if they had not been injured by someone else.

  • Kuits goes for Wisdom

    24-Mar-1998

    MANCHESTER firm Kuit Steinart Levy is to install a practice management system provided by Avenue Legal Systems following its merger with Hammelburger Marks. The 16-partner firm awarded the £250,000-contract to Avenue for its Wisdom Suite practice management system which will be installed on every desk of its 80 fee earners.

  • LAG steps up social security campaign

    24-Mar-1998

    THE Legal Action Group (LAG) has stepped up its campaign to stop the Government changing the format of social security tribunals, by issuing a briefing letter to 60 House of Lords peers.The Lords will discuss the Social Security Bill on 30 March.The LAG and other groups, including the Law Society and the Council on Tribunals, are opposed to the Bill's proposal to replace the existing three-person tribunals chaired by a legally-qualified person with non ...

  • Lawrence Graham hires from Stephensons

    24-Mar-1998

    City firm Lawrence Graham has hired Stephenson Harwood corporate partner Victoria Younghusband. Younghusband has been a partner at Stephensons for nine years, four of which where spent at its Hong Kong office.

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 24/3/98

    24-Mar-1998

    David Alan Barrowclough, 30, admitted 1994, practising at material time on own account as Collinson Barrowclough & Co, struck off and ordered to pay costs. Allegations substantiated he drew money out of client account other than permitted, failed to pay clients funds into client account, rendered false and misleading account to executor and beneficiary, used money received from Legal Aid Board for own purposes, had been convicted of dishonesty ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 24/3/98

    24-Mar-1998

    Swan v Pragnell QBD 2 February 1998Claimant: Jamie Swan, 18Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Claimant sustained serious brain injuries when only a few months old while travelling in a car driven by a family friend. The car collided with another car, the driver of which, (the defendant) was convicted of causing death by reckless driving. Judge said that Jamie's mother and step-father had played a vital part in his recovery. ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 24/3/98

    24-Mar-1998

    Decisions are taken from Lawtel's Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report.Challenge to legislation relating to release datesR v (1) Secretary of State for the Home Department (2) Governor of Swaledale Prison, Ex Parte Francois(A P) (1998)HL (Lords Browne-Wilkinson, Slynn, Nolan, Hope, Hutton) 12/3/9A prisoner's application for judicial review was dismissed ...

  • Litigation Writs 24/3/98

    24-Mar-1998

    Peter Chandler of Chalfont St Peter is suing Fisons Erba Science (UK) and Fisons, both of West Malling, Kent, over his wife's death from an asbestos-related disease. Janet Chandler died on 20 January 1995. The writ alleges it was the result of her exposure to asbestos while working for the companies between 1973 and 1981.Writ issued by Field Fisher Waterhouse, ...

  • Lloyd's claims Names victory

    24-Mar-1998

    Lloyd's of London claimed a significant victory last week in the latest round of its battle against 450 Names who refused the settlement offer made under its 1996 reconstruction and renewal (R&R) plan.High Court judge Mr Justice Tuckey entered Order 14 judgments against the Names, allowing Lloyd's to collect the £130m debts they owed under the Equitas contract which is part of the R&R plan.Susan Dingwall of Dibb Lupton Alsop, acting for Lloyd's, ...

  • Local authorities gear up for new tendering regime

    24-Mar-1998

    Uncertainties surround the introduction of the "best value' replacement for compulsory competitive tendering. Some local government lawyers are, however, coming to grips with the issues, writes Guy Campos. Guy Campos is a freelance journalist. In December 1997, the London Borough of Camden learned that its pilot scheme to replace compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) with a simple duty to obtain "best value" for the taxpayer was one of 37 in England to be given approval ...

  • London media specialist suffers loss of three partners

    24-Mar-1998

    LONDON media firm The Simkins Partnership has been hit by the departure of three partners, including leading defamation lawyer Rod Dadak, who has defected to Lewis Silkin after a disagreement over strategy.Dadak, whose departure coincides with the decision of film and music law specialists Tim Curtis and Lawrence Harrison to set up their own niche firm, was only at The Simkins Partnership ...

  • Looking for a piece of the bigger picture

    24-Mar-1998

    The legal profession has reacted with varying degrees of shock, horror, sympathy or dismay to the news of Wilde Sapte's vote to join Arthur Andersen. How could they? is the question being asked by everyone.But, as is becoming blatantly obvious to all, the profession has some tough choices ahead of it. In the past, alliances with US practices were similarly sniffed at.Cultural differences were alluded to, as was the endless and exhausting number of billing ...

  • Manchester's 40 King Street opens new premises in Leeds

    24-Mar-1998

    Manchester set 40 King Street has opened premises in Leeds in a bid to tap into the city's chancery and commercial work, much of which is still being sent down to London.Although some Manchester sets have annexes in Preston, it is thought to be the first time a set outside London has opened up in another major city.The chambers acknowledges that the new office at 5 Park Place is not an annex as no tenants will be based there permanently, but ...

  • MDPs do not hold a quick fix for firms

    24-Mar-1998

    Clive Parritt believes the advantages behind multidisciplinary practices are only short-term and will result in nothing more than a hike in consumer charges for less specialised advice. Clive Parritt is chairman of accountancy firm Baker Tilly.The notion of solicitors and accountants practising together and sharing profits, offices and management continues to enthral the media. The idea of successfully combining professionals with different disciplines and cultures ...

  • Melanie Gilbert

    24-Mar-1998

    Melanie Gilbert is a consultant at recruitment consultants Greythorn plc, not Greystoke, as stated in Infotech last week.

  • New Canada Bar rule

    24-Mar-1998

    The Law Society of Upper Canada, the country's largest Bar association, has passed a new practice rule which obliges lawyers to advise clients undertaking conveyancing work of all the options available to them to protect their interest in property, including the availability of title insurance. The practice rule was introduced at the behest of the Ontario Insurance Commission.

  • New set in Newcastle

    24-Mar-1998

    A new chambers has been set up in Newcastle which specialises in employment law. Milburn House Chambers in Dean Street has two tenants both former tenants of New Court Chambers and a pupil. Head of chambers, Paul Cape, said he believed that it was the only specialised employment set outside of London. "Leaving New Court Chambers, which is a typically broad provincial set, has allowed us to be more flexible."

  • No Orricks merger

    24-Mar-1998

    Merger talks between San Francisco-based Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and New York's Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine have collapsed, in spite of the resolution of a conflict problem reported in The Lawyer on 3 March. The collapse is believed to be due to disagreement over some commercial aspects of the deal. Despite this, Orrick Herrington is reported to be keen on taking ...

  • Non-racial lawyers' body launched in South Africa

    24-Mar-1998

    South Africa's first non-racial lawyers' body, the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA), was finally launched last week, ending two years of sometimes acrimonious debate over its establishment.The Pretoria-based LSSA, to be headed by two co-chairs, Esme Du Plessis and Willie Seripi, will act as an umbrella organisation, representing the country's four provincial Bars and two national bodies, the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Nadel) and the Black ...

  • OSS admits to substandard service as complaints surge

    24-Mar-1998

    THE 18-month-old Office for Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) which was supposed to restore confidence in the profession's ability to regulate itself is privately admitting to disgruntled complainants that it is providing a sub-standard service.Despite confident proclamations from the Law Society that the OSS is getting to grips with complaints handling, The Lawyer has learned that it is being forced to send out letters to members of the public apologising for delays ...

  • Planning for life

    24-Mar-1998

    Tobin Roberts says planning early is the crucial step for a sound financial future. Tobin Roberts is head of private banking at Rea Brothers, which specialises in advising lawyers.It is fair to say that most lawyers have neither the time nor the inclination to plan their financial affairs properly. If they did it might be reasonable for their partners or colleagues to wonder what was happening to their billing hours.Fifteen to 20 years ago, the concept of financial ...

  • Polly Peck property proceeds probe

    24-Mar-1998

    Polly Peck is challenging a decision by Mr Justice Rattee to allow four companies to bring proceedings against it, reports Roger PearsonJudgment is now pending in a Court of Appeal case in which the right of four Greek Cypriot companies to pursue claims against the administrators of Polly Peck International (PPI) in respect of property in the unrecognised Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is under challenge.Marangos Hotel Co, Pharos Estates, ...

  • Property

    24-Mar-1998

    Coudert Brothers advised the Hilstone Corporation on its £25m acquisition of a portfolio of properties from the Daily Mail Group, advised by Freshfields and Swepstone Walsh. Brough Skerrett advised Century Life, who provided finance for the acquisition.

  • Property

    24-Mar-1998

    Denton Hall advised Middle Eastern investors on the £40m purchase of a property in Red Lion Square, London WC1, from Cable & Wireless, advised by Nabarro Nathanson.

  • Reid & Priest forms link with breakaway Singhania & Co firm

    24-Mar-1998

    New York firm Reid & Priest has set up an affiliation with a breakaway firm from the leading Delhi practice Singhania & Co, six months after abandoning its own link with the practice.The firm has linked up with Titus & Radhakrishnan, recently set up by former Singhania partner Diljeet Titus, and TP Radhakrishnan, a former Indian Ambassador to the US and senior adviser to Reid & Priest.David Hardy, a partner in Reid & Priest's New York office, said the firm ...

  • Roger Pearson looks at an Appeal Court ruling which makes the passing on of unexpired underground tickets a criminal offence.

    24-Mar-1998

    Andrew Lockley is head of professional services at Irwin Mitchell and acted for Rafina.The reasons given by public bodies for administrative decisions has been one of the most consistent areas of scrutiny by the courts.The spotlight recently fell on the workings of the Legal Aid Board (LAB) in the case of R v LAB ex parte Rafina. Rafina is a firm of solicitors which challenged ...

  • SFLA reports rise in divorce

    24-Mar-1998

    The Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA) has reported a marked increase in the number of couples filing for divorce on the grounds of adultery or unreasonable behaviour a trend it is blaming on uncertainty surrounding the introduction of the Family Law Act.The SFLA says government dithering over when to introduce part two of the Family Law Act 1996 which contains controversial "no fault" divorce provisions is behind the rise reported by its membership. Under ...

  • Software for Solicitors

    24-Mar-1998

    More than 300 people visited the the Software for Solicitors Exhibition at the Bristol Marriot Hotel on 4-5 March, the highest number for four years. The exhibition is the sister show of the Solicitors and Legal Office exhibition at the Barbican in June.

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Robert Berg

    24-Mar-1998

    Robert Berg was born in London in 1953. He is a partner at Janes solicitors.What was your first job?Loading lorries for a distribution company.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£5 per week.What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer?Journalism.Which law could you live without?The limitation on a suspect’s right to silence.

  • Tube ticket transfer is theft

    24-Mar-1998

    Roger Pearson looks at an Appeal Court ruling which makes the passing of unexpired underground tickets a criminal offenceA recent Appeal Court ruling for London Underground has been greeted as one of the best legal developments for years. The company now has a potent legal weapon with which to fight the widespread practice of "ticket touting" which it estimates costs around £3m to £5m a year in lost ticket revenue.However, the decision ...

  • White & Case is first Kazakhstan licensee

    24-Mar-1998

    White & Case has become the first foreign law firm to be licensed in Kazakhstan under rules issued by the Kazakh Ministry of Justice last year.The Ministry's Agency for the Registration of Immovable Property and Legal Entities granted the licence to the firm's subsidiary in Almaty, White & Case Kazakhstan LLP.The firm has been in the city since 1992.Yurij ...

  • Young Bar exempt from professional tax change

    24-Mar-1998

    THE INLAND Revenue is to exempt newly-qualified barristers from forthcoming changes to the way lawyers pay tax, after the Bar showered it with objections to the proposals.In last week's Budget, the Government confirmed it would be pressing ahead with its controversial plan, announced just before Christmas, to tax professionals on their earnings, including work in progress, as opposed to a cash received basis.However, it deferred the change for a year to ...