23 September 1996

The Lawyer

  • African adventurers

    24-Sep-1996

    It is surprising that a year after US firm White & Case set up an office in Johannesburg, no US or UK law firm has followed suit.Peter Finlay, partner with overall responsibility for South Africa in White & Case's London office, says: "Every firm has different aspirations. We have a track record of commitment to emerging markets and we prefer having people on the ground. It's ...

  • AIM adds upgrades to Evolution system

    24-Sep-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsAIM has upgraded its Evolution practice management and workflow system.The upgrade introduces several features, including a special accounting facility for Scottish law firms, the ability to integrate voice dictation systems with AIM Evolution and to cost each fee earner's time at different rates.The update also includes a messaging system to allow users to send and receive messages and operates across the whole ...

  • Aim advisers review causes market jitters

    24-Sep-1996

    A stock Exchange review of its nominated advisers for the Alternative Investment Market (Aim) is causing investor jitters, but it is unlikely to affect long-term confidence in the market, say city analysts and lawyers.Last week restaurant group Greenhills was suspended when its nominated adviser, Neill Clerk Capital, (an Aim-listed company hived off from Scottish law firm Neill Clerk in 1994) resigned, saying that the company had not disclosed some information.

  • Andersen sets up Hong Kong Garrett & Co legal operation

    24-Sep-1996

    Arthur Andersen is setting up a law firm in Hong Kong to be headed by Garrett & Co litigation partner Justin Ede.The company has not yet decided if the Hong Kong law office will be a branch office of Garretts or a separate firm within Andersen's international legal network.Ede is currently working in Andersen's Hong Kong offices, but the company wishes him to form the nucleus of a separate law office.Alberto Terol, the head of Andersen's ...

  • Bar Council calls for speedy adoption of stalking proposal

    24-Sep-1996

    THE DISCREPANCY bet ween the routes barristers and solicitors have to take to win rights of audience amounts to discrimination, say two senior City solicitor advocates.Mark Humphries, of Link laters & Paines, and Richard Slowe, of S J Berwin & Co, are to present a proposal to the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates this month calling for radical changes to the system for granting higher-court rights.They argue that a six-month training seat in a ...

  • Bar Council calls for speedy adoption of stalking proposal

    24-Sep-1996

    Proposed anti-stalking legislation has been given the thumbs-up by the Bar Council, which is urging the Government to move as fast as possible.James Goudie QC, chair of the Bar Council's Law Reform Committee, said the acquittal last week of alleged stalker Dennis Chambers, who offered no defence in his trial, underlined the need for urgent legislation to deter stalkers.Last week Goudie's committee gave its approval to the Government's proposed ...

  • Battle stations for rent war

    24-Sep-1996

    The private housing sector is becoming a major legal battleground. Confrontations between private landlords who want to increase the rents of long-standing statutory tenants and the tenants themselves have already taken place.And all the signs are that this will be a growth area of activity, with many more such confrontations in the pipeline.At the centre of the fray is Saimo Chahal, a partner in the high-profile London Firm of Bindman & Partners and ...

  • Better the legal aid scheme you know...

    24-Sep-1996

    As the political temperature increases in the run-up to spring's general election, it will be interesting to see what happens to legal aid, its funding and development.The Government's agenda was set out in the recent white paper. It includes radical changes in the delivery of the service, making it more structured and involving larger firms - though not exclusively so. Broadly speaking, if the Government's current proposals are implemented ...

  • Bordeaux forum

    24-Sep-1996

    Over 100 lawyers from all over Europe will attend a two-day conference for business lawyers scheduled for October 24 and 25 in Bordeaux. For information call Jurist Europe on 33-556-79-50-18.

  • Brief

    24-Sep-1996

    David Hull, head of corporate services at commercial firm Edge & Ellison, will be at the opening night of Jesus Christ Superstar in London's renovated Lyceum Theatre.The curtains rise again in November - 57 years after they last fell. It will mark the culmination of years of legal negotiations to restore the theatre to its former glory. Edge & Ellison has been involved in the £14.5m renovation project from the start, over three years ago, dealing with acquisition ...

  • Bristol principal goes to Eversheds

    24-Sep-1996

    Helen Sage reportsMichael Mousdale has left his job as principal solicitor at Bristol City Council to join Eversheds of Leeds.In his first private practice post he will be in charge of the firm's public sector unit, which will involve advising local authorities on CCT, PFI and TUPE matters.His work will involve advising some private clients but the firm's ...

  • Capital times for SA firms

    24-Sep-1996

    While UK firms dither about whether to set up in South Africa, South African firms have been operating quietly in London for several years.The most established is Maitland & Co, which has four partners and four assistants. Partner John Herholdt says: "In Europe our activities are of necessity largely corporate and commercial and we have particular expertise in transnational tax. We are seeing increased banking activity as South African institutions are re-entering the international ...

  • Clifford Chance aids property investors

    24-Sep-1996

    Clifford Chance lawyer Teddy Bourne has come to the rescue of property investors by drawing up a code of practice for sellers in a bid to speed sales.Bourne, a property partner at Clifford Chance's City office, wrote to the Investment Property Forum offering to help when he heard that it was looking to set up a working party to work out a way of increasing property market liquidity.

  • Coaching for laity in minority issues

    24-Sep-1996

    Lay magistrates and tribunal chairmen are to receive training on ethnic minority issues under a training initiative of the Judicial Studies Board.Presenting the fourth annual report of the board's Ethnic Minorities Advisory Committee, chair Mr Justice Dyson said training seminars on ethnic issues for judges and stipendiary magistrates had been well received, but now needed to be extended to lay magistrates and those working in tribunals.The report states ...

  • Constitutional consternation

    24-Sep-1996

    Act 200 of 1993 heralded the arrival of the Interim Constitution for the Republic of South Africa. Prepared to enable the new government to put in place a final constitution within two years, it came into effect on the appointment of a government of national unity in 1994.The interim constitution was created after the politicians wrangled their way through the sections of the draft while taking representations from the public and interested bodies.The draft document ...

  • Consultant post

    24-Sep-1996

    Australian firm Blake Dawson Waldron has appointed a leading insolvency specialist as consultant at its London office. Ron Harmer, who is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary & Westfield College, was previously a commissioner of the Australian Law Reform commission. In that role he was responsible for conducting the most extensive inquiry ever conducted in Australia into insolvency law.

  • Cordless option to increase mobility

    24-Sep-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsMorgan Lovell, a workplace specialist, has opened the first cordless office in the City.The company predicts that the office as we know it will disappear and workers in knowledge-based services, such as lawyers, will be mobile or place-independent.Workers in the cordless office communicate through cordless telephones and local area networks that operate by infra-red and radio waves, so eliminating security ...

  • Councils consider anti-CCT action after paper is leaked

    24-Sep-1996

    Councils will seek legal advice on how to avoid implementing the proposals to increase white-collar compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) if their request for new legislation is ignored.Officials from the Association of Metropolitan Authorities (AMA) and other council associations told civil servants at a meeting earlier this month that the white paper's proposals would be impossible to implement unless new legislation was introduced.But environment minister ...

  • Courts face £25m computerisation

    24-Sep-1996

    All crown and county courts in England and Wales should be computerised by the end of next year, under the terms of a contract recently awarded to a private sector company.Electronic Data Systems (EDS) has won the tender to supply IT services to criminal and civil courts under a contract worth £20 to 25m. The Texas-based company already runs IT systems for the Inland Revenue and the DSS.The contract is the first to be awarded under a Private Fin ance Initiative ...

  • Crane crash

    24-Sep-1996

    A vehicle crash with a difference is the subject of a pending High Court action. The trustees of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster, which owns the Cardinal Wiseman Roman Catholic High School at Greenford, Middlesex, are seeking £78,000 compensation from Baldwins Industrial Services, of Mill Street, Slough. Baldwins owns a 12-tonne crane that rolled down a slope and crashed into the school in July last year, causing extensive damage. The ...

  • Cross border relations on child cases to warm up

    24-Sep-1996

    Lawyers dealing with child abduction have welcomed the latest suggestions from the Lord Chancellor's Department on how to improve international relations in child abduction cases.The LCD has asked all interested parties in Britain to help choose a list of topics for discussion at the Hague Conference meeting on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction to be held in March 1997.All contracting states have been invited to put forward topics for the ...

  • Denton Hall appointment beefs up Asia-based team

    24-Sep-1996

    Denton Hall is to boost its legal team in Asia by sending one of its top partners to spearhead its Asian practice.David Moroney, head of the firm's energy group, has been appointed head of projects, Asia, in an effort to capitalise on work flowing from governments keen to develop infrastructure and private utilities.The move is an attempt to localise knowledge and services in Asian offices and to ensure that more Asian specialists are resident in the region.

  • Educational forum debates profession's international future

    24-Sep-1996

    LAWYERS from all over the world have been debating the future of the legal profession at a marathon five-day conference in Oxford.Jesus College was the venue for the International Legal Ed ucation Forum organised by the Trainee Solicitors Group and Oxford Law Society.The stated aim of the forum is to boost global co-operation between legal academics and practitioners by exploring ways of influencing the development of the profession.A report on the ...

  • Eversheds to 'market' German states

    24-Sep-1996

    Eversheds is expanding into the consulting business after winning a contract to market the German states of Berlin and Brandenburg to investors.The firm fought off competition from one of the big six accountancy firms, two marketing companies and at least one other law firm, to win the contract from the Berlin and Brandenburg economic development corporations.It is believed to ...

  • Fares turbulence ahead

    24-Sep-1996

    A major air fares row is heading for the High Court. Easyjet Airline is suing KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for damages over an allegedly predatory fare policy. It seeks both an injunction and damages under article 86 of the EC Treaty because of KLM's alleged abuse of its dominant position in the scheduled air transport market in the Netherlands and Amsterdam to London market.

  • Financial Services. Maximise the commercial breaks

    24-Sep-1996

    The theme of the programme for this year's SIFA conference, to be held at Plaisterer's Hall, London EC2 on 2 October, is the interface between legal and financial services work. The conference is designed not only for financial services specialists, but also for their legal colleagues.Fee-earner awareness of financial services matters is becoming a big issue. Solicitors have been sued for neglecting to take account of the value of pensions on divorce and for failing ...

  • Financings

    24-Sep-1996

    Wilde Sapte acted for Finnish Export Credit in its provision of a £222m export credit financing package to Thailand's second-largest mobile phone operator

  • Financings

    24-Sep-1996

    Norton Rose advised footwear manufacturer and Marks & Spencer supplier the Fii Group on its rights issue to raise a sum of around £8m.

  • Financings

    24-Sep-1996

    Freshfields is acting for Cazenove & Co as underwriter and broker on the privatisation by way of a placing and intermediaries offer of AEA Technology to raise about £200m.

  • Flotations

    24-Sep-1996

    Clifford Chance acted for Dairy Crest on its flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Travers Smith Braithwaite acted for Rabobank in providing a five-year £90m credit facility for Dairy Crest upon its flotation.

  • Flotations

    24-Sep-1996

    Denton Hall acted for stockbroker Walker Crips Weddle Beck on its flotation

  • Forms and precedents on CD-Rom

    24-Sep-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsAn encyclopaedia of forms and precedents will be available on CD-Rom next month.Published by Butterworths, the encyclopaedia will give users instant access to more than 10,000 forms and transactional precedents.It covers every title in the 50-volume printed work on a single disk. There is cross-referencing within the encyclopaedia and with other relevant Butterworths electronic publications.The CD allows ...

  • France bids to scupper rights of establishment

    24-Sep-1996

    The French government looks set to make an eleventh hour bid to scupper the move to introduce rights of establishment in the European Union.France wants a unanimous vote, not the usual majority vote, at the council of ministers to pass the draft directive on rights of establishment, which has been approved by the European Parliament.The draft rule would allow foreign lawyers to practise their own law throughout Europe.If the move is successful, France ...

  • Fresh order for Integration software

    24-Sep-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsSolicitec and SoS have a 12th order for Integration Partner, which links the two suppliers' Windows products, six months after its launch.Integration Partner provides real-time integration between the SolCase case management system, devised by Solicitec, and the SoS Practice Manager accounts system.The firms say they design ed the product to maximise efficiency and accuracy in data entry while retaining ...

  • Guerin for top ICO job

    24-Sep-1996

    London-based ICO Global Communications has appointed Stephen Guerin as senior vice- president and general counsel.Guerin, who will lead the company's three-person legal team, will be responsible for contractual intellectual property and regulatory issues for the global mobile satellite-communications business.Guerin, from France, joins the company after a 14-year career with Alcatel Alsthom, most recently serving as vice-president of mergers and acquisitions ...

  • In brief: Conference attracts top London lawyers

    24-Sep-1996

    Top London law firms are heading for a high-profile Brussels conference next week which will discuss managing economic transition in central and Eastern Europe. Nick Holt, of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, will talk about the priorities for change in the legal systems of the transition economies, while Jeremy Carver, of Clifford Chance, and Elena Kirillova, of McKenna & Co, will lead discussions on the ...

  • In brief: Cullen starts law head-hunting agency

    24-Sep-1996

    A founder of recruitment consultants Badenoch & Clarke has set up a head-hunting agency. JCL, established by ex-Wasps rugby player John Cullen, will provide search and selection services for the legal profession. "Now that certain firms are grasping the concept of search, we will provide a tailor-made service," Cullen said. He added that the company would have a selected client base.

  • In brief: Flak for SFO after Maxwell trial dismissed

    24-Sep-1996

    The SFO is under attack again following the decision of Mr Justice Buckley in the High Court last week to dismiss the second trial of Kevin Maxwell and three other defendants. In the judgment, the judge criticised the prosecuting authorities. Maxwell's solicitor, Peters & Peters partner Keith Oliver, said the judge had considered the issue of overall fairness, and if the prosecution had ...

  • In brief: Hinton back in London after stint in Oz

    24-Sep-1996

    A former senior crown prosecutor at the CPS's Central Confiscation Unit has joined the commercial fraud unit of Burton Copeland's London office after a three-year stint in his native Australia. Martin Hinton worked for the director of public prosecutions in South Australia before returning to England.

  • In brief: Lawyers question courts' commercial role

    24-Sep-1996

    Leading lawyers will decide whether there is still a place for the courts in commercial disputes in a debate at the Thames Valley Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on Wednesday. Proposing the motion that there is no longer a place for the courts will be Derek Wood QC and solicitor and Arthur Marriot. Opposing will be Robert Akenhead QC and Professor Philip Capper.

  • In brief: Shipping firm clerk sails off with £40,000

    24-Sep-1996

    A former book-keeper at shipping law practice Zaiwalla & Co stole £40,000 from the firm, forged the senior partner's signature to open a bank account, and gave a former employee £1,800 without permission, a tribunal heard. The Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal has banned Brian Brown from being employed in the profession without Law Society consent. Brown, who is midway through a four-year jail sentence for theft and deception, stole the money between 1990 and 1994. ...

  • In brief: Watch for fee fraudsters, solicitors told

    24-Sep-1996

    Solicitors should take extra care to deflect approaches from advance fee fraudsters, Paul Pharoah, chair of the Law Society's compliance and supervision committee has warned. Pharoah told last week's council meeting too many solicitors were acting for advance fee fraudsters, and this was putting unnecessary pressure on the Solicitors' Compensation Fund. The fraud involves money lenders offering generous loans in return for a cash advance which is then pocketed. "It is ...

  • In brief: Young calls in white-collar crime experts

    24-Sep-1996

    Peter Young, the sacked Morgan Grenfell fund manager at the centre of a major investments inquiry, is instructing Peters & Peters. It is understand Young originally sought legal advice from S J Berwin before turning to the white-collar crime specialists. The firm, veteran of such cases as BCCI, Blue Arrow and Barlow Clowes, will be awaiting a decision by the Serious Fraud Office on whether it ...

  • Law centre is criticised over internal disciplinary hearing

    24-Sep-1996

    Hounslow council has slated its local law centre over its handling of an internal disciplinary hearing in a confidential report seen by The Lawyer.The report, on a disciplinary hearing involving the conduct of housing and family solicitor Yvonne Patterson, said the hearing breached good employment practice guidelines.In a note accompanying the report, the council's chief executive, Robert Kerslake, said the report raised some "very serious issues about the ...

  • Life and times of Andersen's offspring

    24-Sep-1996

    Garrett & Co celebrated its third birthday last week. Robert Lindsay looks at how the link with Arthur Andersen has workedWhen Arthur Andersen appointed Colin Garrett to set up the first British law firm associated with an accountancy firm, Garrett told The Lawyer nervously: "I think there is some danger that this move might be over-emphasised. It is a very small move indeed."Even Garrett, who retired because of ill health shortly after the firm was set up, didn't ...

  • Litigation awards. Making the quantum leap forward

    24-Sep-1996

    Roger Pearson looks at arguments in favour of settling quantum before liability. Roger Pearson is a freelance journalist.In many legal circles the idea of homing in on quantum before liability has been considered would be regarded as heresy. Yet while such a strategy might seem to put the cart before the horse, it can pay dividends.Two leading accountancy experts argue that there is a case for quantum to be given far earlier consideration than it is in many ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 24/09/96

    24-Sep-1996

    Emmanuel Chukwubiko Abaraonye, admitted 1978, practising at material times as Stuart A West & Co, London EC1, struck off and ordered to pay £2,512 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised despite notice having been given to him that the Law Society's powers of intervention had been exercised in respect of his practice, failed to ensure that the office at which he practised was and could reasonably be seen to be properly supervised, ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 24/09/96

    24-Sep-1996

    Determining whether an employee has become redundantJohnson v Peabody Trust (1996).Summary: Roofer's appeal against dismissal of his claim for redundancy where his employer had for some time required him to carry out other tasks as there was no roofing work available.

  • Litigation Writs 24/09/96

    24-Sep-1996

    The Vale of White Horse District Council has launched High Court moves to curb the pig farming activities of one of Oxfordshire's oldest established pig producers. After complaints from the public about smells and pollution said to constitute a health hazard, the council is seeking a court order to restrict the activities of RJ Allen and Partners, of York Farm, West Hagbourne, Didcot. The farm in the case is Winterbrook Farm, Blewbury, Oxfordshire, ...

  • Mears attacks Law Soc on air fares

    24-Sep-1996

    Martin Mears has attacked the Law Society for paying for two former members of staff and one of their spouses to fly out to a five-day conference in Vancouver.In a question tabled at last Wednesday's Law Society meeting, Mears asked why the society felt it necessary to subsidise the trips to the Commonwealth Law Association (CLA) conference.He also demanded to know the cost of the total delegation, which consisted of nine staff and society representatives ...

  • Meeting hears Law Soc plan

    24-Sep-1996

    A BLUEPRINT for an efficient, approachable and united Law Society was unveiled last week.During what one senior member described as the most constructive council meeting he had ever attended, members unveiled a 20-point programme for the coming year.It was compiled by a new policy-making think-tank made up of senior council members whose task is to stand above the day-to-day administration of the council in order to concentrate on policy.The programme ...

  • Merged firm hits top 10 in trade marks

    24-Sep-1996

    TWO US intellectual property firms are to merge in a move they claim will put them in the top 10 list of firms ranked by the number of US trade marks issued.Minneapolis-based Oppenheimer Wolf & Donnelly will join forces with niche intellectual property practice Poms, Smith, Lande & Rose, of California in January. The merger will boost the size of Oppenheimers' intellectual property group from 17 to 47 attorneys.In all, the merged firms will employ 250 attorneys ...

  • Merton boss becomes Brent core lawyer

    24-Sep-1996

    Helen Sage reportsThe former head of the London Borough of Merton's legal department, Peter Large, has joined Brent's core lawyers service, which provides in-house legal advice for the council's corporate affairs.He said he wanted to move away from the management role he had at Merton and start practising law again.Large was articled with Westminster City Council in 1978. He then left the public sector to become a professional ...

  • MSF launches global voice telecoms link for law firms

    24-Sep-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsMFS Communications has launched a telecommunications package for London law firms.MFS Law Exchange uses fibre optics to connect London offices to key business centres such as New York, Paris and Tokyo, at a competitive rate.Under the deal, which covers voice communication, users get a volume discount based on the spend of all the Law Exchange users, a free local minute for every international minute spent ...

  • Piraeus-based Norton Rose expert quits for rival firm

    24-Sep-1996

    Shipping finance expert Jeremy Watson has left the Pir aeus office of Norton Rose to take up a post at Holman Fenwick Willan's office in the city.Watson had been with Norton Rose for the past four years, where he specialised in shipping finance. He has lived in Greece for the past two years.

  • Post Office faces action over late delivery

    24-Sep-1996

    The Post Office is facing High Court action over alleged late delivery of tender documents.One of the country's top private market-operating companies is suing it for more than £340,000 after tender documents concerning a market at Port Talbot were discarded by the local authority because they arrived after the deadline.Wendy Fair Markets, of Uxbridge, Middlesex, claims that as a result of the delay it lost the opportunity to be ...

  • Private move for specialist

    24-Sep-1996

    Helen Sage reportsLocal authority specialist Sarah Frith has joined Hampshire firm Blake Lapthorn from the London Borough of Brent to help develop the firm's local authority department.Frith spent three years at Brent as a procurement specialist. She helped create the largest externalised revenue and benefit contract in the UK and was legal adviser on a large externalisation ...

  • Robin Campbell looks at injunctions on planning transgressions.

    24-Sep-1996

    Robin Campbell is a barrister at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square.The effICACY of injunctions in quickly stopping infringements of planning control was recently illustrated in the High Court.A case was brought by Hillingdon Borough Council against Guinea Enterprises, a firm registered in the Isle of Man, and other defendants said to be connected with importing demolition waste on to a 23-acre green belt site at the Lizzards, Yiewsley, in Middlesex. ...

  • Run courts for customers, says Boateng

    24-Sep-1996

    The courts must no longer be run at the convenience of judges and lawyers, and "if they don't like it they can lump it".That was Labour legal affairs spokesman Paul Boateng's uncompromising message to the joint Law Society and Legal Aid Practitioners Group conference on legal aid, which was held last Thursday.He called on the Law Society to do more to help the consumer who, he said, should come "first and foremost" in the justice system.His ...

  • Scottish Law Society gains a formal say on legislation

    24-Sep-1996

    The Scottish Office is to allow the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Law Commission formal access to all bills and to have a say in how they have been drafted before they are introduced to Parliament.The move is understood to have followed the hurried redrafting of acts such as the 1990 licensing reform in Scotland, which had to be re written the following year because it was badly drafted.The public airing of draft bills echoes the practice of some departments ...

  • Selection is the key

    24-Sep-1996

    Your news item on our NI training system (The Lawyer, 3 September, 1996) does not reflect our experience. We have had no difficulty in appointing suitable trainees. Academic candidates sometimes make inadequate solicitors, so our admissions procedure is based on an aptitude test as well.This year we initially intended to appoint three trainees but offered four places due to the particular qualities of the successful applicants, and we have held our offer ...

  • Shepherd to raise standard fee fears

    24-Sep-1996

    Family lawyers' concerns over standard fees will be aired this week by Nigel Shepherd, chair of the Solicitors Family Law Association, when he meets Gary Streeter, parliamentary secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department.The meeting is part of a continuing dialogue between family lawyers and the Government over proposals to introduce standard fees for civil legal aid cases, which would include family and domestic violence work.Under the scheme, set ...

  • Small firms stinting on management input, says survey

    24-Sep-1996

    Medium-sized and small firms are not investing enough in practice management, says a survey by Otterburn Legal Consulting.The survey found that many medium and small firms were yet to appoint a managing partner and that not enough time was spent on practice management. It revealed that most firms expect their senior partners to combine high fee earning levels with management responsibilities."11 out of 24 respondents were expected to bill over £100,000 ...

  • Spare us the sermons

    24-Sep-1996

    Losing an election I can take in my stride but please spare me the regular sermons from Tony Holland. Although I normally disagree with virtually everything he says I have resisted the urge to respond, but one of his recent columns contained two statements which are such fine examples of Law Society-speak that I can't let them go unchallenged.The first is his assumption that multi-disciplinary partnerships are inevitable. This is the kind of self-fulfilling prophecy ...

  • Star team for ABA

    24-Sep-1996

    As OJ Simpson returns to court for his second trial, the American Bar Association has set up a group to deal with high-profile trials. The ABA resource team for high-profile trials will comprise judges, prosecutors, defence counsel and media with experience in high-profile trials. It will advise judges and attorneys about management issues in high-profile trials, including media relations, pre-trial and trial management, jury management and court security. Among its other aims, it intends ...

  • Surrey firm taken over after senior partner's retirement

    24-Sep-1996

    A NICHE Surrey private-client firm has been taken over following the retirement through ill health of its senior partner, Theo Pike.Chertsey-based Paine & Brettell has been swallowed up by Guildford commercial and litigation firm Barlows.Although the takeover will not add any partners to Barlows' 11-strong team, it will provide its Chertsey office with a significant extra amount of probate, trust and conveyancing work.Barlows will continue to ...

  • Takeover spree expected after investment trust bid

    24-Sep-1996

    A takeover bonanza in the until now relatively stable investment trust market is expected following a proposed bid for one of the biggest trusts ever, the Kleinwort European Privatisation Investment Trust (Kepit).Nigel Farr, of Herbert Smith, acting for the TR European Growth Trust (Treg), which has bid to buy Kepit for £510m, said: "It is thought there are too many investment funds out there. The market is ripe for consolidation. But a lot depends on what happens ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Andrew Beck

    24-Sep-1996

    Andrew Beck was born in Leeds on 9 April, 1958. He is a partner at Walker Morris in Leeds. What was your first job?On the night shift at Black and Decker servicing lawnmowers.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?Not enough.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?

  • Two City firms 'road test' practice management plan

    24-Sep-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsA new practice management system is to be launched this month by Resolution Systems.Firmware, which is being beta tested by two undisclosed City firms, offers accounting, billing, time recording and management reporting modules. A case management module will also be available by the end of the year.The company says the system comes into its own because it offers true client server architecture. The system ...

  • US advocacy rules supreme

    24-Sep-1996

    Michael Bowes' article on the "revolutionary method" of advocacy teaching introduced by the Australian judiciary rightly pointed out the faults in the old "observe and learn methods" and that advocacy cannot be learned from reading.However, I feel compelled to correct him in his view that this innovative method hails from Australia. Indeed, what he described is referred to as the Nita method (National Institute of Trial Advocacy) and it ...

  • What is the matter with the CCBE?

    24-Sep-1996

    As the proposed directive on Rights of Establishment trundles through various European channels, it transpires that the CCBE has only now sent a letter of support to the Council of Ministers.The letter, written by President Ramon Mullerat, said that the directive was "closely akin" to the position of the majority of the CCBE's delegations. While such support should have been given a long time ago, it comes alongside news that the French ...

  • Wheadon to run telecoms at Simmons

    24-Sep-1996

    SIMMONS & Simmons has recruited a senior in-house communications lawyer to head its UK telecommunications group.Tom Wheadon joins the firm after spending a year working for the in-house legal team at cable company Videotron.Wheadon joins a London-based team of 16 lawyers, including six partners.The firm's recent transactions include the flotations in London and New York of Nynex CabelComms and General Cable.Wheadon said his new firm ...

  • Wickerson to take on ICS chair

    24-Sep-1996

    Sir John Wickerson, senior partner at Ormerod Wilkinson Marshall and former Law Society president, has been appointed chair of the board of the Investors' Compensation Scheme.He joined the board as a director at the beginning of this month and will replace retiring chair Richard Lawson on 1 November, 1996 for a three-year term.The Investors' Compensation Scheme was set up in 1986 by the Securities and Investment Board to award compensation to investors ...

  • World trade talks

    24-Sep-1996

    The Centre of International Investment Law Library is organising a programme of 51 conferences from 18 October on a series of World Trade development topics. The world Trade Development conferences will include sessions on project financing, co-financing, syndications, the World Trade Organisation and the settlement of disputes. Information can be obtained from Dr Robert Glah on 0171 249 6303.