24 April 1995

The Lawyer

  • "No win no fee" looks set to get rubber stamp

    25-Apr-1995

    LAWYERS will be entitled to work on a "no win no fee" basis within months if plans put to Parliament are approved.The scheme will establish conditional fee agreements for personal injury and insolvency cases and those before the European Court of Human Rights and European Commission.In successful cases lawyers will be entitled to uplift fees, to a level agreed between clients and lawyers before settlement, by a maximum of 100 per cent.Lord Mackay's ...

  • Age should be no barrier

    25-Apr-1995

    Regarding the front page headline about judges being forced to retire at 70 (The Lawyer April 4). Nowadays a lawyer seeking alternative employment over 35 (if male) or 30 (if female) is considered too expensive and/or brain dead.A friend told me of her interview experience with a large City solicitors firm. She carefully omitted to make any mention of age, only too well aware of age discrimination which is a bar to otherwise suitable candidates. When the conversation turned ...

  • Agency row continues over client list

    25-Apr-1995

    LEGAL recruitment agency Reuter Simkin is considering criminal charges against rival agency Daniels Bates Partnership over the alleged theft of confidential client-related information.Such charges would follow Reuter Simkin's successful civil action last month for the return of documents taken out against an ex-employee and the Daniels Bates agency, which allegedly poached her (The Lawyer 21 March).Jayne Bowtell, Reuter Simkin director of legal recruitment, ...

  • All change as Pannones loses a son but gains a daughter

    25-Apr-1995

    PANNONE & Partners newest equity partner Neil Gerrard has left the Manchester practice to join rival firm Dibb Lupton Broomhead in the city.Gerrard, who started with Pannones in 1989, took partnership in 1993 and was made up to equity status a year ago. His switch to Dibbs has been negotiated over the past three months.His departure again focuses attention on Pannones which recently demerged its London and Manchester practices. Last year the firm ended its joint ...

  • Barrister takes on rugby Super League

    25-Apr-1995

    A LONDON barrister has been appointed to spearhead a legal challenge to the proposed u80 million rugby Super League.Jonathan Crystal, a specialist in sport and defamation, is acting for West Yorkshire rugby league side Keighley in its bid to oppose the plan.The new elite league will feature 14 of the sport's top clubs.Keighley, which is currently in the second division but in line for promotion, has not been invited to join.The club ...

  • Bath firm builds on MCS range

    25-Apr-1995

    A probate package developed by a Bath firm has now been added to the range offered by Micro Computer Services (MCS).Nine-partner Withy King & Lee has developed a number of applications based on the MCS document processing system it installed in 1991. These cover personal injury, matrimonial and debt collection, as well as probate.MCS was so impressed with the probate ...

  • Disclosure plans provoke anger

    25-Apr-1995

    SENIOR criminal lawyers are attacking the Home Secretary's plans to force disclosure on to the defence and limit prosecution disclosure as an "erosion of a fundamental principal of English law".The plans treat the criminal justice system as a "political football" and are merely a response to police pressure, they say.Richard Ferguson QC, chair of the Criminal Bar Association, says: "My immediate reaction is that this is part of a continuing tendency by this ...

  • Euro court rules out fees VAT recovery

    25-Apr-1995

    A European Court has ruled that VAT on UK corporate lawyers' fees cannot be recovered.The judgement supports the view of HM Customs & Excise which, since 1989, has meant UK businesses pay 17.5 per cent more for their lawyers than their European counterparts. It was made despite the fact that most continental countries have allowed full recovery of VAT charged on such fees.It also dashes the hopes of many corporations withholding millions of pounds in unpaid ...

  • Eversheds logs on for cost system

    25-Apr-1995

    * Eversheds in Birmingham and Manchester is installing theRadius Costlog cost recovery software system for photocopier and fax machine usage by matter code. In Manchester existing PCs monitor three photocopiers and four faxes, while in Birmingham a notebook PC will be networked to run the software. Costlog works by linking the operator functions and disabling the system until the client ...

  • Financings

    25-Apr-1995

    Dalgety was advised by Slaughter and May

  • Financings

    25-Apr-1995

    *Telecommunications group Ionica L3 was advised by Olswang in its refinancing exercise to raise u30m on an equity basis; Morgan Stanley was advised by Clifford Chance and

  • Firms lift lid on earnings

    25-Apr-1995

    DIBB Lupton Broomhead has emerged as the highest-earning legal firm in The Lawyer's analysis of its most comprehensive list of financial figures supplied by the profession.The firm brought in u56 million last financial year to head a list of those prepared to give income details.Dibbs was followed by Leeds-based Hammond Suddards with u33 million. Hammonds was also the fastest-growing firm, with annual growth of 18.5 per cent.The table of high-earners ...

  • Flotations

    25-Apr-1995

    *Nursing Home Properties was advised by Eversheds on its flotation by way of u15m placing sponsored by Close Brothers Investment

  • Flotations

    25-Apr-1995

    Superframe Group was advised by Goodman Derrick in connection with its admission to the Official List and the placing of shares. Sponsor Keith Bayley Rogers & Co was advised by Bircham & Co.

  • Graduates opting for paralegal career path

    25-Apr-1995

    AS THE number of graduates vying for training contracts grows, more people are opting for the legal executive route into the profession, a new study shows.Figures released by the Institute of Legal Executives show 16 per cent of people studying with ILEX last year were graduates - often of law - compared with only 13 per cent in 1990.The institute's senior education and training executive Patrick Casey says the increase in graduate recruits shows newcomers ...

  • Herbert Smith boosts Far Eastern presence

    25-Apr-1995

    HERBERT Smith is expanding its Far East practice by establishing a new office in Singapore.The City firm, which already operates a substantial international network, is also working with lawyers, clients and government agencies in China while it waits for permission from the Chinese Ministry of Justice to open in Shanghai.The firm is hoping to be named in the Government's next round of practice licenses.Partner Andrew Calderwood will leave Hong ...

  • Hodge's presidency manifesto promises to unite Law Society

    25-Apr-1995

    HENRY Hodge, who joined the Law Society presidency race last week, has unveiled a 50-point manifesto aimed at bringing "evolution and change" to the organisation.Hodge, sitting deputy vice-president and senior partner with London firm Hodge Jones & Allen, entered the fray after vice-president John Young withdrew amid sexual harassment allegations.The new candidate ...

  • In brief: Compensation scheme hits stormy waters

    25-Apr-1995

    Law firms and unions have urged the Home Secretary to reconsider his plans to re-impose a tariff system under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme following a landmark decision which ruled it unlawful. Trades Union Council general secretary John Monks has written to Michael Howard saying there should be proper discussions on the subject and a debate in Parliament. And Wolferstans partner Neil Groves says people who have received reduced compensation under the scheme, which began ...

  • In brief: Denton Hall wins Home Office tender

    25-Apr-1995

    Denton Hall has won a tender to assist the Treasury Solicitor on a Home Office scheme which aims to set up five secure training centres. The centres will be designed, constructed, managed and financed by the private sector under the Government's Private Finance Initiative. A Denton Hall team led by partner Edwin Marlow will advise on legal issues related to financing of the project, to be completed this year.

  • In brief: Firm takes second Edwin Coe partner

    25-Apr-1995

    London firm Edward Lewis has taken on public companies and corporate finance specialist Martin Thomas, the second partner to move over from Edwin Coe this year. The move follows the recruitment of Rob McKellar to the firm's property group in January. Thomas, who deals in all aspects of corporate finance transactions, started in the company and commercial department on 18 April.

  • In brief: IBA hosts next finance seminar in Milan

    25-Apr-1995

    The International Bar Association will hold its 12th annual seminar on International Financial Law in Milan next month. The seminar, which runs from 10-13 May, will include presentations on project finance, new Euro-market products, bank guarantees and other on-demand payment instruments. For further information contact the IBA on 0171 629 1206.

  • In brief: Lord Hoffman to give Upjohn lecture

    25-Apr-1995

    Lord Hoffman will address the Association of Law Teachers at this year's annual Upjohn lecture which will be held at the Inns of Court School of Law next month. His lecture, 'Anthropomorphic justice: the reasonable man and his friend', will be presented at 6pm on 12 May.

  • In brief: Marshalls hooks up to national network

    25-Apr-1995

    Surrey-based Marshalls has joined a national networking organisation for lawyers. The firm, which has offices in Godalming and Woking, is now part of the Nationwide Independent Solicitor Group. Partner Sara Coate says the firm can make use of the network's French links and conveyancing strengths. "It is imperative that when buying abroad, one takes full professional advice. This should include using a solicitor who is fully conversant with the local language and can anticipate ...

  • In brief: Midlands correction

    25-Apr-1995

    Our table of Midland firms (The Lawyer 4 April) omitted George Green & Co of Cradley Heath, which has 34 fee earners. Also missed out was Leamington Spa's Blythe Liggins with 29 fee earners. In the same survey Wragge & Co's principal areas of work should have included commercial property at 27 per cent.

  • In brief: Pembridge to address new women's group

    25-Apr-1995

    Law Society presidential candidate Eileen Pembridge and Leigh Day & Co partner Geraldine McCool will address the first meeting of new national group Young Women Lawyers. The group, which has registered an initial membership of more than 300, will stage the event at Parliament Chamber, Middle Temple, at 7pm on 3 May.

  • In brief: Wragge & Co appoints trade mark agent

    25-Apr-1995

    Birmingham-based Wragge & Co has appointed a trade mark agent to its intellectual property group. Susan Evans joins the firm with a brief which includes expanding international business. She has previously worked for pharmaceutical giant Fisons, and in private practice and is an affiliate member of the Institute of Trade Mark Agents.

  • In brief: Young Bar groups' stage liability event

    25-Apr-1995

    The European Young Bar Association in conjunction with the Rotterdam and Dordrecht Young Bar Association and the Hamburg Young Lawyers Group is holding a one-day seminar in Rotterdam next month. The seminar, which will address the issue of civil liability resulting from the carriage of dangerous goods, is aimed at those practising maritime and general transport law. Held on 12 May, the seminar will include speakers from London, Antwerp, Hamburg and Rotterdam.

  • Ince & Co integrates Elite into its system

    25-Apr-1995

    * City firm Ince & Co has ordered Elite's legal billing, nominal and purchase ledger, conflict of interest and marketing systems. They will be operated on a central Hewlett Packard Unix server and integrated with the firm's front-office PC LAN. Andrew Jennings, director of finance and IT at the firm, says: "The only way our requirement for a more detailed analysis ...

  • Kienzle management buys out firm in quest for fresh markets

    25-Apr-1995

    Fennell BetsonThe former management of Kienzle Systems has bought out the company from Digital Equipment in a surprise deal and formed a new company Axxia Systems.Axxia managing director Stuart Holden says the buy-out team wanted to eliminate speculation so the transaction was kept under wraps until the deal was completed. "We suggested the concept last autumn and made a formal proposal in January."Kienzle grew by 26 per cent last year with ...

  • Law Society's civil blueprint

    25-Apr-1995

    THE LAW Society has called for a single civil court to be established as part of a package of measures designed to speed up and cut the cost of litigation.Other proposals include specialist judges and courts, better disclosure and discovery, "plain English" pleadings and a new Standing Commission that would review civil law procedures.The proposals are contained in 'Civil Justice: The Way Ahead', the society's first submission to Lord Woolf's ...

  • Left-wing group urges shake-up of legal system

    25-Apr-1995

    A LEADING group of left-wing lawyers is launching a campaign to revolutionise the legal system's approach to justice.The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers says it will use Justice 2000 to fight for a fairer application of the law by analysing areas in which it affects people's lives.It has organised a series of meetings with guest speakers, leading up to a major conference and the publication of a book at the end of this year.Among the ...

  • Mills orders report after judge calls CPS 'dilatory' over escapee case

    25-Apr-1995

    THE DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has ordered a full internal report after "obvious" errors by the Crown Prosecution Service caused the collapse of the trial of a prisoner accused of making an airborne escape bid.Recorder David Elfer QC told Southampton Crown Court it would be an abuse of process to try Graham Jones, who is serving a four-year sentence for possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.In November 1993, Jones, on leave from Send Prison, ...

  • Outing top figures

    25-Apr-1995

    ONE fifth of firms surveyed in the The Lawyer's Top 100 decided to bite the bullet and take the lid off their fee earning figures for their most recent full financial year.The list includes three from Leeds: Dibb Lupton, Hammond Suddards and Booth & Co - never afraid to take the lead. The major City names are predictably absent, but full credit for their openness goes to Baker ...

  • Overseas posts feature in partnership appointments

    25-Apr-1995

    MORE than one new partner in five appointed by a crop of leading law firms this year are based overseas.Some sources believe the figure reflects a trend in which UK firms are trying to open up fresh markets by expanding abroad. In the latest batch of appointments, eight firms have announced 81 new partners, including 17 in foreign offices.One senior partner says: "There are great opportunities in these markets and firms are trying to take advantage."

  • Package for homebuyers promotes legal services

    25-Apr-1995

    CONVEYANCING clients will be issued with free information booklets alerting them to further uses they may find for their solicitors under a new scheme.The Home Mover Completion Pack, devised by marketing firm Targeted Business Programmes, will be given to clients by around 1,000 law firms taking part in the scheme on completion of conveyancy deals.The pack contains an information booklet on moving home along with leaflets from advertisers offering special deals ...

  • Paris partner raises Decherts' Euro stake

    25-Apr-1995

    US FIRM Dechert Price & Rhoads has increased its European portfolio by placing a resident partner in Paris.The firm, which last year joined up with London's Titmuss Sainer & Webb, was one of the first US firms to establish offices in Europe. It now operates an established Brussels practice and employs almost 150 lawyers on the continent.The Paris practice, which will serve ...

  • Policeman wins first email libel

    25-Apr-1995

    A POLICEMAN has been awarded "substantial" damages in what is believed to be the first action for libel brought over material transmitted by electronic mail.PC David Eggleton reached an out-of-court settlement with the supermarket chain Asda over a description of him which was circulated between its stores.The circular went out after the crime prevention officer complained about meat he had bought at the Spondon, Derby, store. He was told about it by a friend ...

  • Praxis turns up trumps with DNA database

    25-Apr-1995

    A new National DNA database has been designed by Bath-based software firm Praxis, part of Touche Ross Management Consultants.Praxis project manager Nigel Reckless says the brief provided by the Forensic Science Service required that the system contained the technical precautions to support the scientific and legislative safeguards built in."The database only retains details of current suspects and convicted criminals. Details are removed if there is ...

  • Property

    25-Apr-1995

    Football club Manchester United, advised by James Chapman & Co in Manchester, has bought for u9.125m the 20-acre United Trading Estate at Trafford Park from Trafford Park Estates and Trafford Industrial Buildings, the vendors being advised by Slaughter and May. It will enable capacity at Old Trafford Stadium to be increased by a new three-tier stand.

  • Property

    25-Apr-1995

    Pearl Assurance, advised by Brecher & Co, has acquired a 50 per cent stake in Moor House on London Wall for u10m, from Greycoat, advised by Herbert Smith.

  • Property

    25-Apr-1995

    *Norwich Union Life Insurance Society, advised by its in-house legal department, has bought the freehold interest in the 21 acre Merton Industrial Park, London SW19 for u23.35m from Electricity Supply Nominees, advised by Eversheds Jaques & Lewis.

  • Right to silence may return

    25-Apr-1995

    THE RIGHT to silence may be reinstated if key cases set to be heard in the European Court of Human Rights later this year are successful.But practitioners are divided over the likely result of the cases. Many believe the hearings of former Guinness chair Ernest Saunders and Northern Ireland kidnapper John Murray could see the UK backtracking on its decision to abolish the right in the 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.Saunders, forced to answer questions ...

  • Ruling paves way for tax challenges

    25-Apr-1995

    LONDON firm John Singh & Co has lost its High Court fight against swingeing taxation of a legal aid bill for defence at a Southwark Crown Court fraud trial.The case represents a signpost ruling that the decisions of taxation masters can be susceptible to judicial review, although Mr Justice Latham made it clear the circumstances for such moves to be successful would be "extremely rare".The High Court action by Singhs followed taxation of a u98,784 bill down to ...

  • Sandy's defence sees BCCI statements

    25-Apr-1995

    US lawyers prosecuting Simmon & Simmons partner David Sandy have presented his defence attorneys with records of statements where he admits to having made and kept copies of the Iqbal diaries.Sandy is charged with tampering with evidence relating to the BCCI inquiry. He denies any wrong-doing.In an interview in April 1984 in Abu Dhabi, he allegedly said he took computer disks containing the diary from the Shareholders' Committee Office (SCO) in Abu Dhabi, ...

  • Society of Computers & Law conferences

    25-Apr-1995

    * The Society for Computers & Law is holding two conferences next month in London. The first on 2 May is in conjunction with the EDI Association and is on 'Electronic commerce and the law 1995'. The second, 'Strategic use of information technology in a legal practice', is being held on 10 May. Further details are available from SCL on 0117 923 7393.

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Nigel Lipton

    25-Apr-1995

    Nigel Lipton is a lecturer at the College of Law in London. Aged 34, he was born in London, and still lives there.What was your first job?Articled clerk.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?u5,100.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Become self-employed - half as successful and half as happy as Richard Branson.Which law could you live without?The ...

  • Tinlaw eases Lincoln's Inn library strife

    25-Apr-1995

    THE HONOURABLE Society of Lincoln's Inn Library has provided the information on a new library management and document retrieval system designed for law libraries.The Tinlaw system is based on the library and information management system Tinlib and allows for rapid searching of Acts of Parliament and statutory instruments including tracking dates, amendments and implementation of European legislation.Lincoln's Inn Library says it has found the ...

  • TSG woos Europe's trainees

    25-Apr-1995

    Over 300 trainees from around Europe are expected to attend the first Euro Ball in London later this year.The ball, co-organised by the national committee of the Trainee Solicitors Group and its London branches, will be held on the night of the group's annual international event Project Europe.Staged at Westminster Boating on 8 July, the ball is expected to include a black tie buffet meal, jazz band, disco and themes from countries throughout Europe.

  • Union condemns CPS job plans

    25-Apr-1995

    THE CROWN Prosecution Service's ability to review cases before trial could be "significantly" compromised because of plans to halve the numbers of assistant chief crown prosecutors, warns the Association of First Division Civil Servants (FDA).And the Law Society fears that problems, including delays and extra paperwork caused by poorer reviews, will be exacerbated after new transfer for trial procedures replace existing committal procedures in July.However, ...

  • Who's afraid of elections?

    25-Apr-1995

    Recent copies of The Lawyer have contained much comment on the challenge for the post of Law Society president. One council member reflected "it could herald the break up of the society" and even the president is quoted as saying it was "disappointing we are going to have the distraction of an election when there are so many things to be grappled with".The fact such a challenge has not occurred before is irrelevant, especially as the society's ...

  • YSG debate looks at lawyers' lifestyle

    25-Apr-1995

    LAW Society presidential candidate Henry Hodge is among the speakers signed to address this year's annual Young Solicitors' Group conference.The Quality of Life conference, being held in Nottingham next month, will cover topics including discrimination, sabbaticals, stress and managing and motivating lawyers.Staged in conjunction with the Association of Women Solicitors, the Group for Solicitors with Disabilities and the Trainee Solicitors' Group, ...