24 July 1995

The Lawyer

  • 'The people's representatives for change'

    25-Jul-1995

    A dialogue on the US justice system is top of Roberta Cooper Ramo's agenda, discovers Anne GallagherAs Roberta Cooper Ramo prepares to become the first woman president in the 117-year history of the American Bar Association this August, a new era dawns for the US legal profession. But now that Ramo has broken the gender barrier, she plans to herald a new era ofpublic understanding about the justice system.While Ramo, 52, will be a woman pioneer ...

  • 'We must learn from problems of solicitor tuition,' Goldsmith warns training seminar

    25-Jul-1995

    ENDING the Bar's training monopoly must not pitch the profession into the same difficulties being faced by solicitors, Bar Council chair Peter Goldsmith has warned.Goldsmith issued the warning at a seminar in Holborn earlier this month to discuss the Bar's proposals to end the Inns of Court School of Law's monopoly of vocational training.He said it was unacceptable for one institution to have a monopoly over the teaching of prospective barristers ...

  • 'White Book' on disc

    25-Jul-1995

    Helen Sage reportsThe contents of the three volume 'White Book' - 'The Supreme Court Practice 1995', have been transferred to a single CD-ROM disc.Publishers Sweet & Maxwell commissioned Cascade Systems to produce a version of its Media Sphere software specifically for the digital version of the publication.The disc can be accessed by anyone with a networked PC and CD-ROM drive and will allow quick reference to information ...

  • A swinging affair over there

    25-Jul-1995

    Networking heaven, chocolate CDs and US connections - three conference veterans give their views of the annual shindigNigel Meeson is a barrister at Queen Elizabeth Building Chambers, TempleThe ABA conference - "probably the biggest lawyer's jamboree in the world". Or so it could aptly be described since it is very much a social as well as an educative event.Many US lawyers see it as an easy opportunity to clock up their necessary hours of mandatory ...

  • Alex Nartmann argues for public High Court judgments

    25-Jul-1995

    I was recently asked to assist a foreign lawyer conducting due diligence checks prior to the acquisition of an English company. He asked where he could find out whether any court judgments had been entered against the acquisition target. I suggested he apply to the Registry of County Court Judgments (CCJs), run by Registry Trust on a non-profit basis, explaining there was no equivalent register for High Court judgments.It has always struck me as incongruous that ...

  • Appeal Court paves way for royalties row

    25-Jul-1995

    Roger Pearson looks at a Court of Appeal ruling that gives the all clear for a music video royalties challengeNew court moves are expected after a group of major record companies failed to re-instate a temporary block on High Court action in which they are accused of operating an illegal price-fixing cartel for music videos.The ban was imposed in March last year, but last November the judge refused to extend it further. Now his decision has won the unanimous ...

  • Arent Fox tight-lipped on French split rumour

    25-Jul-1995

    WASHINGTON DC firm Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn is believed to be in crisis talks with its French associate Sokolow, Dunaud, Mercadier & Carreras only months after forming links with the Paris partnership.Arent Fox was last week expected to announce a decision to sever ties with the nine-month-old firm formed by breakaway lawyers from the Paris office of Coudert Brothers.The US-based firm originally confirmed a statement on the split had been prepared for ...

  • Bar conducts democracy shake-up

    25-Jul-1995

    A BAR working party on democracy holds its first meeting this week amid rumblings of discontent among some barristers who accuse the ruling council of being unaccountable to its electorate.The working party, headed by treasurer Michael Blair, follows the Bar AGM in June when some members called for the meeting's motions to be made binding on the council.The Bar Council came under fire for being unaccountable and distant from the profession in a debate which ...

  • Bar student loses out on resits by just one mark

    25-Jul-1995

    FORMER Inns of Court School of Law student Matthew Ricks has been forced to drop plans for a career at the Bar after the Council of Legal Education refused him a second resit on a module he failed by a single mark.Ricks, who asked the CLE to use its discretionary powers to grant another resit, had intended to appeal but was deterred by warnings from CLE lawyers Stitt & Co that he could face hefty costs orders.Ricks, a former Leicester University student who was ...

  • Burmah job losses

    25-Jul-1995

    THREE in-house lawyers have lost their jobs after the team was disbanded following the £83 million sale of Burmah's petrol retailing arm.Burmah Petroleum Fuel's two solicitors and departmental head Nick Scott were not re-employed when the business was sold by parent company Burmah to the Frost Group.The blow follows a period of uncertainty, first revealed by The Lawyer three weeks ago.Scott has been retained temporarily to tie up the ...

  • Common language

    25-Jul-1995

    The National Institute for Trial Advocacy has a growing reputation both in the UK and internationally, claims Peter LyonsThey say that doctors bury their mistakes but what about advocates? An attorney who makes a mistake does so publicly, often in open court and apart from damaging the advocate's reputation, only one person pays and that is the client.In 1972 in Boulder, Colorado a group of lawyers founded the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), ...

  • CONFERENCE PREVIEW

    25-Jul-1995

    The ABA conference will play host to the former chair of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff who will be speaking on 'The management of crisis and change'. The former White House press secretary may impart useful information gleaned from a recent stint with President Clinton.As Clinton is aware, the media plays a dominant role in the legal profession and, as is to be expected from the country whose airwaves are swamped by the OJ Simpson trial, there will ...

  • Court backs clerk's dismissal from chambers

    25-Jul-1995

    A SENIOR clerk who paid a solicitors' cheque to chambers into his wife's account was "lawfully dismissed" from his post at 9 King's Bench Walk, the County Court has ruled.But Judge Anthony Diamond QC said the chambers of Ashe Lincoln QC was only entitled to use Nigel Coyne's "dishonest" behaviour as grounds for the 1991 dismissal, and not his extra-marital affair with a junior barrister.The court heard that his employment in chambers was terminated ...

  • Credit Suisse takes on in-house high-flier

    25-Jul-1995

    City firms advising Credit Suisse will now be answering to a 29-year-old legal whizkid after the bank appointed its first in-house general counsel this month.Marcel Scheiner will have wide-ranging responsibilities in advising the bank as well as being the main point of contact for City firms on the external solicitors' panel.He will monitor the quality and value for money of the panel's advice.The move follows Credit Suisse's creation ...

  • Crossmans and Radcliffes to merge

    25-Jul-1995

    WESTMINSTER firm Radcliffes & Co is the mystery merger partner poised to join forces with London neighbours Crossman Block.The merger, due for completion by the end of the month, is expected to produce an enlarged firm under the name Radcliffes Crossman Block.News of the link-up comes one week after it emerged that talks between Crossman Block and Martineau Walker had been called off.Robert Vallings, managing partner of Radcliffes, says negotiations ...

  • Dibbs' £700,000 system allows clients to access case histories

    25-Jul-1995

    Helen Sage reportsDibb Lupton Broomhead is installing a £700,000 corporate network to allow the firm's clients to gain instant access to their own case files.The network, the first of its kind to be installed in a law firm, will also provide a wide area managed data network service to connect the firm's five offices.Dibbs' IT director Guy Liddell says: "The importance of the system will be its ability to allow ...

  • Donning the advocate's gown

    25-Jul-1995

    Advocacy in the UK is set to undergo a sea change with the arrival of solicitor advocates, comments Paul HamptonIn February 1994 the Law Society announced the names of 38 solicitors who had been granted extended rights of advocacy. Today nearly 300 of us have such rights and soon this number will rise to about 400.As higher court advocates we are entitled to appear in all the criminal or all the civil courts or both according to the qualification held. This clearly ...

  • Ex-tenant sued for £7,000

    25-Jul-1995

    A HEAD of chambers is suing a former tenant for failing to pay more than £7,000 to the set before he left.In a writ issued at the High Court, Martin Thomas QC, head of chambers at 1 Dr Johnson's Buildings, claims Ashitey Ollennu owes £7,866.Ollennu, who now practises at Wilfred Forster-Jones' 1 Middle Temple Lane, is prepared to defend the action but says he would prefer to negotiate with the set.

  • Family panel should select specialists

    25-Jul-1995

    RULES of accreditation for the proposed family law panel should be stringent enough to ensure the public is offered a choice of lawyers who are true specialists in the area, says the Solicitors Family Law Association.Association chair Nigel Shepherd, a partner in Manchester practice Lace Mawer, says there is a "very strong case" for the formation of the panel, proposed by the SFLA and the Law Society's Family Law committee.But he says if the society approves ...

  • Fast-track libel hides 'dangers'

    25-Jul-1995

    Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay's proposals for fast-tracking smaller defamation claims could win support among newspapers but present hidden dangers to individuals, say lawyers.The proposed summary procedure would allow judges to dispose quickly of simpler cases for awards of up to £10,000.Santha Rasaiah, senior lawyer at the Newspaper Society which represents regional papers, warns: "This could be detrimental for individuals and could be counter-productive ...

  • Financing

    25-Jul-1995

    Andrew Page Solicitors acted for Loxleys Print in connection with the recommended offer for the entire share capital of Loxley Brothers. McClure Naismith Anderson & Gardiner

  • Financing

    25-Jul-1995

    Trowers & Hamlins and the BBC in-house legal team rescued Ealing Studios from receivership with a two-stage financial deal. The BBC

  • Firm ups its stakes in venture capital

    25-Jul-1995

    MANCHESTER firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham has set up a pioneering unit to strengthen its expertise in the venture capital market.The section, headed by new partner Darryl Cooke, is one of only a handful of specialist venture capital units in the country. It will concentrate on advising both capital companies and their clients during commercial transactions such as management buy-outs.Cooke, who joined the firm from fellow Manchester firm Halliwell Landau, says: ...

  • Firms look to stay Lloyd's trials in hope of settlement

    25-Jul-1995

    Solicitors acting for Lloyd's Names action groups whose court actions start in the next few months are applying for adjournments of their trials in order to await more details of the Lloyd's Corporation's £2.8 billion settlement plan.At least three action groups applied last week to adjourn, including the 1,250-member Wellington Names group, advised by DJ Freeman. Others may follow if those applications are successful.Wellington Names' ...

  • Flotations

    25-Jul-1995

    Pinsent Curtis advised Winchester Multimedia on its flotation onto the Alternative Investment Market - thought to be the first to raise funds on AIM. Martineau Johnson advised Winchester's stockbrokers

  • Flotations

    25-Jul-1995

    Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for McBride

  • Flotations

    25-Jul-1995

    Eversheds' Leeds office advised Farnell on its purchase of Combined Precision Components for £30.45 million. Rooks Rider in London advised the vendor.

  • In brief: Demand up for advice on right to silence

    25-Jul-1995

    The change in the right to silence provision has led to a steep increase in the demand for advice by police station duty solicitors. Figures from the Legal Aid Board show a 21 per cent increase in requests for advice over the months of April and May. The new caution was introduced on 1 April. The Law Society's criminal law spokesman Roger Ede says the figures support early fears that "the new provisions would leave most suspects bewildered and uncertain of their legal position ...

  • In brief: Judges face scale-down of lodgings

    25-Jul-1995

    Lodging managers for High Court judges face three years of intensive cost-cutting if they are to avoid a series of closures and mergers, and a switch to hotel accommodation for overnight stays. A Courts Service report has recommended a cut in the annual average cost for housing each judge from £43,608 to £30,000.

  • In brief: Law Society goes solo on fees advice

    25-Jul-1995

    The Law Society has issued its own model terms of engagement of counsel for conditional fee agreements and advised solicitors that the Bar's alternative terms "are in some respects disadvantageous to clients". The society has listed six areas of dispute including the Bar's requirement for an advice fee to be paid even if counsel does not accept instructions and the absence of a guarantee that counsel will meet any extra expense if a brief is returned and replacement counsel ...

  • In brief: Lawyers weigh up Barings litigation hopes

    25-Jul-1995

    City lawyers acting for Barings creditor groups are assessing the chances for litigation following publication of the 'Report of the Board of Banking Supervision Inquiry into the Circumstances of the Collapse of Barings'. One lawyer acting for an action group of City institutions says the report raises the possibility for suing certain Barings directors, auditors of Barings in Singapore and London, and maybe regulators such as the Securities and Futures Authority and the Bank ...

  • In brief: MacLeod appeals against 'scrubber' fine

    25-Jul-1995

    Bradford solicitor John MacLeod, ordered to pay £8,000 compensation for calling his secretary a "scrubber" and a "slag", is planning to appeal against the industrial tribunal decision. Macleod says he intends to appeal against the nature of the decision and the size of the award.

  • In brief: Top BCCI lawyer heads to Biddle & Co

    25-Jul-1995

    BCCI lawyer Chris Mallon is moving from Lovell White Durrant to become a partner at Biddle & Co. Mallon, an assistant at Lovells, was a core member of the team working on the BCCI liquidation responsible for overseeing the creditors' meeting at Wembley Arena, and the English court hearings for approval of the Abu Dhabi settlement. Mallon, understood to be taking some BCCI business to Biddles, will join partners Jonathan Reardon, Roger Fink and Bill Dixon, leading the firm's ...

  • In brief: Westminster University sets up law centre

    25-Jul-1995

    A new Centre for the Study of Law, Society and Popular Culture is being established by the University of Westminster School of Law. Funded by the university, the centre will aim "to establish a thriving centre of academic excellence in both teaching and research within a multi-disciplinary context" and "to promote the study of the interaction of law, society and popular culture, to foster critical awareness of this, and to provide a forum for debate".

  • In brief: Woolf awarded honorary doctorate

    25-Jul-1995

    Manchester Metropolitan University has conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws on Lord Woolf. The award, made last week, comes in recognition of the law reformer's contribution to the development of the law and legal education. Nigel Bastin, head of the university's School of Law, presented the award, saying Woolf's inquiry into access to justice would provide a blueprint for reform.

  • Irish law soc refutes discrimination claim

    25-Jul-1995

    Thirty five final year law students at Queen's University, Belfast, claim they are being discriminated against by the Law Society of Ireland .The students have taken action in the Irish High Court, Dublin, alleging the society refuses to recognise a Queen's law degree and insists they take a further exam before practising in the Republic.Their counsel, Dr John White, told judge Ms Justice Mary Laffoy that graduates could be accepted as a barrister in ...

  • Labour plans to dump LAB in favour of US-style defence system

    25-Jul-1995

    The Labour Party will replace the Legal Aid Board with a Community Legal Service staffed by salaried lawyers with rights of audience in the courts, in order to provide representation "at a lower cost to the taxpayer than the existing system".This first indication of a move towards a US-style public defender system is revealed in Labour's recently published 'Access to justice' policy paper.However, there is no further explanation as to whether these ...

  • Lawyers split on privacy status quo

    25-Jul-1995

    THE GOVERNMENT'S wholesale rejection of tougher privacy laws has won a mixed reaction from lawyers, with some warning that tabloid excesses will now continue unchecked.Those acting for the press welcome the Government's recognition of the difficulties inherent in privacy law.However, plaintiff lawyers criticise the Government for failing to consider "serious public concerns".Andrew Stephenson, of Peter Carter Ruck & Partners, says: "No one ...

  • Life in the windy city

    25-Jul-1995

    Anne Gallagher visits Chicago's hotspots to see where lawyers will spend their spare timeWhile that loveable urchin Oliver sings for food on London's stages, Chicago restaurateurs and bar keepers are the ones preparing for an onslaught of 20,000 hungry and thirsty lawyers expected to attend the American Bar Association's annual meeting from 4 to 11 August in Chicago.For both the conference veterans and the uninitiated, Chicago offers thousands ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 25/07/95

    25-Jul-1995

    WILLIAM MALCOLM ADAMSON, 49, admitted 1972 and DAVID HEWITT, 43, admitted 1975, practised in partnership as Malcolm Adamson & Co, Heywood, Lancashire, struck off and reprimanded respectively and ordered to pay costs of £3,399 (Adamson 80 per cent and Hewitt 20 per cent). Allegations substantiated they failed to keep properly written accounts and wrongly drew client account money. Adamson also found to have used client funds for own ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 25/07/95

    25-Jul-1995

    Noise level condition in planning permissionLondon Borough of Hillingdon and Secretary of State for Environment v Tesco Stores(1995)QBD 13/7/95Summary: Council's application to quash planning condition requiring the erection of an acoustic fence on the ground of the difficulty of giving effect to the condition.Application under Part XII Town and Country Planning Act 1990 by Hillingdon Borough Council area planning authority to quash ...

  • Litigation Writs 25/07/95

    25-Jul-1995

    - A Winchester couple whose home was damaged by a fire said to have spread from replaced electricity equipment are taking Southern Electric to the High Court. Peter and Jane Clarke, of Wonston, Winchester, Hampshire, accuse Southern El

  • Mears rethinks aid response

    25-Jul-1995

    MARTIN Mears says he will redraft the Law Society's response to the legal aid Green Paper shifting the attack away from cash limiting and cutting out the rhetoric.Mears, who has cancelled a presidential trip to Chicago in order to work on the response to the Green Paper, wants to point the Law Society's guns at the "wholly unworkable" plans to introduce competitive tendering for block contracts.But he adds that the society should recognise the Lord ...

  • Merged chambers gets all mod cons

    25-Jul-1995

    CENTRAL heating and showers are among the new facilities barristers in a newly merged chambers can enjoy since moving into their refurbished home.Fergus Mitchell's 2 Dr Johnson's Buildings set is an amalgamation of his former 3 Dr Johnson's Buildings chambers and 4 King's Bench Walk.The merger took place some time ago, but the set has had to wait until now before the joint move into its new home to allow the Inns of Court time to refurbish ...

  • Moving in on new territory

    25-Jul-1995

    Patrick Stewart examines the battle raging between UK and US lawyers to establish ascendancy in Eastern EuropeAnswering Eastern Europe's desperate call for help to rebuild viable legal systems from the rubble of communism, US law firms have grabbed the initiative from other international firms by swiftly moving to set up offices in the region.Rich in mineral wealth but short on law, Central Asia is emerging as the latest target.

  • MPs draw Bar into Levitt row

    25-Jul-1995

    MPs are asking the Bar Council to examine the conduct of barristers in the Levitt fraud trial because of Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee fears about the prosecution misleading Parliament.The committee has also decided to publish most of the evidence supplied by lawyers acting in the case, seeing it as "in the public interest" after the amount of press coverage of its investigations, says committee member Mike O'Brien MP.The decisions follow the ...

  • No going back for political president

    25-Jul-1995

    Martin Mears talks to John Malpas about his opening moves at the Law Society's helm"OF COURSE I'll stick to my manifesto," exclaims Martin Mears indignantly when it is suggested he may drop his radical agenda in exchange for a quiet life.The timing of his elevation to the presidency, just before the traditional summer "silly season", has made it difficult for him to take Chancery Lane by storm.But if a temporary summer lull has descended ...

  • Northern firm aims for paperless office

    25-Jul-1995

    Helen Sage reportsRotherham-based firm, Oxley & Coward is setting up a pilot scheme of seven networked PCs in September in a bid to streamline its office.The initiative was taken after two Oxleys partners, John Yates and Rosemary Downs, visited US law firms in the spring.The pair were particularly impressed by Boston-based firm Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton. Despite having only five partners, the firm is so highly computerised ...

  • Paris Bar takes up arms over adverts

    25-Jul-1995

    THE PARIS Bar has hit out at multi-disciplinary practice Arthur Andersen claiming a recent advertising campaign by the organisation's French consultancy contravenes the legal profession's regulations.In recent notices in the French press, Paris Bar president Jean-Rene Farthouat said the advertisements for Andersen Consulting, placed in the electronic and print media, had breached Bar rules by offering services to consumers which could involve legal work.

  • Practice director strikes deal with Fountain Court

    25-Jul-1995

    John Malpas reportsTHE FORMER practice director of the largest UK set has agreed an out of court settlement after a dispute which he says typifies the tensions between barristers and managers.Details of the settlement between David Symonds and 5 Fountain Court are not being revealed but Symonds says he is happy with the package.He left the set last spring following a contractual dispute and had threatened a constructive dismissal claim before the ...

  • Practices shop around for systems

    25-Jul-1995

    Helen Sage reportsAn increasing number of legal practices are looking to a number of specialist suppliers to meet their computer requirements.A survey among 80 law firms by chartered accountants James & Cowper and LawNet found there has been a move towards practicesinstalling single or departmental PC solutions."Many of these are very specific software packages which link into centralised client matter information and accounting systems," ...

  • Premier copyright tackled by Denton Hall

    25-Jul-1995

    DENTON HALL is acting for 14 leading football clubs and the organisers of the Premiership in a copyright battle against the publishers of a football magazine.They claim that the company behind Premier Mega-stars, LCD Publishing, used registered club names, badges and logos without first gaining permission.The Football Association Premier League says the firm, and its directors Allen and Adeline Trump, used its fixture lists.All the plaintiffs are ...

  • Report urges clarity on labour directive

    25-Jul-1995

    THE EUROPEAN Parliament last week met to discuss proposed amendments to the Acquired Rights Directive after a preliminary report for members claimed planned changes to the text did not clarify the law.The report says changes put forward last year by the European Commission "at best introduce an element of legal uncertainty" into the employment law arena.It says the lack of clarity offered in the revamp "may be good for the legal profession", which has been inundated ...

  • SCB slams City litigation tactics

    25-Jul-1995

    CITY firms have been attacked by the Solicitors Complaints Bureau (SCB) for lodging complaints against opposing firms as a tactic to gain the upper hand in litigation battles.The censure, which forms part of the SCB's annual report for 1994, has baffled London Solicitors Litigators Association president Michael Seymour who is unaware of the practice.An SCB spokeswoman says there are no statistics to back up the claim but staff who would have expected City ...

  • Serving up common sense

    25-Jul-1995

    Roger Pearson examines the Yorkshire dinner ladies' House of Lords bid to overcome backdoor discriminationThe recent sex discrimination victory won in the House of Lords by three Yorkshire dinner ladies on behalf of themselves and 1,300 colleagues is regarded as a major victory in the battle to prevent public sector privatisation being used to circumnavigate discrimination laws.The implications of the ruling will stretch beyond the case of the Yorkshire ...

  • SFO clocks up 72 cases in one year

    25-Jul-1995

    THE SERIOUS Fraud Office worked on a total of 72 cases during the year from 5 April 1994 to 4 April 1995, says its annual report.Thirteen trials were concluded resulting in the conviction of 16 individuals and 15 defendants were acquitted.The workload was dominated by fraud on banks, financial institutions, and on creditors of companies with 21 cases each. There were 14 cases of fraud on investors and five cases of fraud on central or local government.

  • Showdown over Bread Street votes

    25-Jul-1995

    THE SUCCESSFUL candidate in last November's alderman elections for the City ward of Bread Street will this week appeal against the Court of Aldermen's refusal to ratify his election.Malcolm Matson, who won the election by 54 votes to 15, is arguing against Mr Justice Latham's refusal to quash the decision.Nominated for alderman by a partner at City firm Allen ...

  • Something to declare

    25-Jul-1995

    The last few years have seen a significant increase in the number of US lawyers who have moved to London. In addition to the expansion of US law firms such as Coudert Brothers and Sidley & Austin, several large English firms have hired US lawyers.Far from discouraging them, UK immigration rules contain special concessions for overseas lawyers who wish to establish themselves in the UK.If an established US law firm is considering opening an office in the UK, it ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Sir Philip Rose

    25-Jul-1995

    Sir Philip Rose is a co- founder of City law firm Norton Rose. This month he features in the newly-published 'A History of Norton Rose' written by Andrew St George. He's no longer with us, but if he was, he'd be 179 years old.What was your first job?Medical assistant to my father, 1833.What was your first ever salary ...

  • The unacceptable face of sentencing

    25-Jul-1995

    Henry Fletcher is appalled by the rise in the number of women given prison sentencesIn the last two years, there has been a 40 per cent rise in the number of women sentenced to custody. During 1994, the number of women jailed reached its highest level ever. That trend has continued during the last six months.Last year 32 per cent of all women were jailed for less than 12 months and 33 per cent of all receptions into custody last year were for fine default.

  • They're playing it straight

    25-Jul-1995

    John Dickey, a US attorney, casts an envious glance at the ceremony and traditions at the heart of the English BarThe US received its common law and procedure from England but rejected the pomp, ceremony and costumery associated with the dispensation of UK justice.Not for New World advocates silk or stuff gowns, horsehair wigs, or red robes and ermine for its judges. Nor in our democracy a privileged right of audience. In the US, a lawyer is a lawyer and appears ...

  • Time right for reform, says Pembridge

    25-Jul-1995

    DEFEATED Law Society presidential candidate Eileen Pembridge is calling on her successful rival to conduct a radical overhaul of the constitution.Pembridge has already held a meeting with Mears to press for a constitutional review which formed a central plank of both hers and council candidate Henry Hodge's manifesto.Mears also called for reform, but restricted specific policy commitments to regular monthly meetings of the council, a reduction in committees, ...

  • TJG breaks legal ground with flotation sponsorship

    25-Jul-1995

    Taylor Joynson Garrett has become the first law firm to sponsor a company flotation on the Stock Exchange (SE) Official List.The firm acted as both sponsors and solicitors to the placing of the shares of four-year-old Toy Options Group, valued at £13 million.The flotation is another major achievement for the firm's corporate team, headed by ex-Stock Exchange legal chief Tom Mackay who joined the firm two years ago.TJG became the first law ...

  • Turkey's Bar pledge

    25-Jul-1995

    - International Bar Association president Ross Harper has welcomed the Turkish government's decision to guarantee independence and freedom to its Bars. He says that the impending legislation, which will end the Minister of Justice's current cont

  • Walker Morris seals £530m paints deal

    25-Jul-1995

    LEEDS-based Walker Morris carried off the biggest deal handled by a law firm outside the City when it advised paints group Kalon in the £530 million purchase of Euridep.The transaction is the biggest of four in which Walker Morris guided several Yorkshire companies which bought and sold businesses worth nearly £570 million.Managing partner Peter Smart says the ...

  • What's top of the agenda?

    25-Jul-1995

    This year's ABA boasts a year of firsts with plenty of official and unofficial debates. Anne Gallagher anticipates the topicsAs the ABA annual meeting draws near, the association can boast of a new era. A woman president is poised to take the helm in August for the first time in the association's 117-year history, and with her comes a hectic agenda.Plans for change include more outreach efforts to legal consumers and forthright ways of looking at the ...

  • Withers joins Mackenzies

    25-Jul-1995

    CITY Italian specialists Mackenzie Mills has merged with its larger neighbour Withers in a bid to maintain its grip on its niche field.The merger under the Withers banner marks the end of a 13-year run for the firm set up by its senior partner David Mills.The new expanded practice at the Withers premises in Gough Square will come into being on 1 October and will have 37 partners ...

  • Youngest-ever Ilex president

    25-Jul-1995

    DAVIES Arnold Cooper personal injury specialist David Pipkin has been elected as the youngest-ever president of the Institute of Legal Executives.Pipkin, a fellow of Ilex since 1979, was appointed as successor to Marron Dodds' Phillip Partridge at the first meeting of the Ilex council last week.He says his main objectives for his year in office will be to establish the institute as the professional body representing the majority of unadmitted staff working ...

  • Your mission, should you choose to accept it...

    25-Jul-1995

    Bradford Hildebrandt outlines the major issues facing the US legal profession in the 1990s and finds that there is much work still to be done before the arrival of the millenniumAs 1994 ended, most US law firms recovered from several years of flat or declining profits, painful downsizing that often reached partner levels and cost reduction exercises that required staff lay-offs.Being a managing partner through this period could tax the skill, patience and endurance ...