24 May 1999

The Lawyer

  • ...as court rules on regional fees

    24-May-1999

    MANCHESTER law firms were given a boost in the Court of Appeal after judges declared that claimants should use local firms and not London firms in Manchester-based cases.The ruling throws into doubt the ability of London firms to charge London rates in provincial court cases.The court decided that a judge assessing costs in a previous hearing was wrong to say that the claimant was reasonable to instruct a London firm - charging London prices - in a Manchester ...

  • ...while Wilde Sapte loses two

    24-May-1999

    The london offices of US firms have poached two key partners from Wilde Sapte's London and Brussels office.Crowell & Moring has hired the managing partner of Wilde Sapte's Brussels office, James Ashe-Taylor. He is joining the London office as a competition partner.Peter Teare, partner in the London office of Crowell & Moring, says: "Ashe-Taylor was targeted because we have a strong antitrust practice in the US, and US multinationals now want advice ...

  • Allen & Overy boosts its European offices

    24-May-1999

    Allen & Overy is relocating three of its London banking partners to boost its Paris and Frankfurt offices.Peter Hockless, banking partner at A&O, set up the firm's Paris office in 1989 and is returning to join the banking department's two partners.Heather McCallum and George Link, both banking partners, are moving to A&O's Frankfurt office, bringing the number ...

  • Ashursts continues its Singapore recruitment

    24-May-1999

    Ashurst Morris Crisp is bolstering its Singapore office with a number of new appointments, including the recruitment of its first local lawyer.Corporate law specialist Mimi Ton joins Ashursts' office from the Wong Partnership, while London-based energy partner Huw Thomas is relocating to head up the firm's energy and project finance department.Richard Gubbins, Singapore ...

  • Bar Council to set up supply company to serve legal sector

    24-May-1999

    The Bar Council is on the verge of setting up its own company to supply barristers with IT equipment, pensions, insurance, and even travel, The Lawyer can reveal.The company - the first significant move into the commercial world by the council - will seek out bulk discounts for the profession and encourage suppliers to develop package deals specifically for barristers.The council approved the proposal "in principle" this month, and Owen Davies QC, vice-chairman ...

  • Bircham & Co wins client a Lords seat

    24-May-1999

    Westminster law firm Bircham & Co has won a seat in the House of Lords for its client.The firm has proved its client's barony, which comes with a seat in the upper chamber, after a 50-year gap in the Arlington line. But it is likely to be a short-term tenure since hereditary peerages are due to be scrapped.The parliamentary and public affairs arm of Bircham & Co, Dyson Bell Martin, proved Jennifer Forwood's peerage through a female line of descent.

  • Broadway House opens set in Leeds

    24-May-1999

    Bradford's only set of chambers, Broadway House Chambers, is expanding its operation by opening new premises in Leeds.The 31-tenant set, headed by Graham Hyland QC and established for more than 70 years, is also planning to recruit additional criminal and family barristers.Senior clerk Neil Appleyard says the aim is to improve the service to existing clients, many of whom are based in Leeds, and to attract new work from this growing provincial market.

  • Case of the week

    24-May-1999

    Television queen Anthea Turner was named as "the other woman" and may have to stump up some of the costs for her lover Grant Bovey's divorce from his wife Della.

  • Celebrated solicitor struck off

    24-May-1999

    An award-winning lawyer has been struck off after admitting a series of breaches of professional conduct.Bushra Anwar, one of the few Asian women in the UK to run her own practice, received the Award of Merit at the North West Womens’ Achievement ceremony and was described as “a valued member of the Blackburn community”.Anwar admitted to being fined for contempt of court, employing a struck-off solicitor, making a false statement to her bank and two internal ...

  • Change of climate

    24-May-1999

    Rumours that the Bar is in crisis are spreading like wildfire. Matheu Swallow looks beyond the gloomy forecasts. By Matheu SwallowCrisis, what crisis? That, at least, is the public response of many barristers practising at the commercial bar.However, statistics from the Commercial Court, gloomy prophecies from the solicitor's side of the profession and a mass of anecdotal evidence tells a different story.On ...

  • Clients sue Simon Olswang

    24-May-1999

    Olswang senior partner Si-mon Olswang is being sued for breach of trust, breach of duty and negligence amid claims he mishandled a trust fund.The claimants - beneficiaries of the trust fund comprising nearly 250,000 shares - say Olswang's failure to make a decision over the sale of shares in 1991 caused them to suffer loss and are now seeking damages in the High Court.The writ ...

  • CPS harbours institutional racism

    24-May-1999

    According to one of its employees, the Crown Prosecution Service is inherently racist, and it is no wonder when all the top jobs belong to white men.THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), David Calvert-Smith QC, addressing a group of minority lawyers on 5 May, said: "We who are white and male are prone to intuitive discrimination... I do hope and believe that the period of overt discrimination in the CPS is at an end." He ...

  • Damages case sets precedent

    24-May-1999

    Judgment is now pending in a case of considerable significance to owners of property which has suffered subsidence damage and is located in defunct mining areas. The Court of Appeal has been asked to decide whether damages for depreciation in the value of a property caused by mining subsidence can be claimed under the Coal Mining (Subsidence) Act 1957. The appeal is against a Lands Tribunal decision in March 1998 that it had no power under the Act to make such an award. The tribunal ...

  • Dibbs beats Addleshaws in gross income survey...

    24-May-1999

    DIBB Lupton Alsop has topped a survey of the highest grossing firms in Manchester.Dibbs, which was second last year, displaces last year's top firm Addleshaw Booth & Co, which is refusing to reveal its Manchester figures for the first time in three years.Dibbs is now in first place with an 18.5 per cent increase in gross income to u18.18m for the year ended 30 April 1999.Halliwell Landau takes second place with a 32 per cent increase in turnover ...

  • Dibbs gears up to storm top ten

    24-May-1999

    There was a "honeymoon period" after Dibb Lupton Broomhead merged with Alsop Wilkinson in 1996 when "DLA" (as the firm is now known) outperformed the combined budgets for the component firms. But after that, the current managing partner admits the firm faced "a hard year"."We had to get everything properly integrated and establish a third culture, which sounds rather like Tony Blair's Third Way, but we did it first. It was all internally focused that year and it was ...

  • Digest

    24-May-1999

    A Cameron McKenna team, led by property partner Edward Benzecry, acted for The Wellcome Trust on its purchase of 28 properties from the Northern Foods Pension Fund. Andrew M Jackson represented Northern Foods in the consideration, which is estimated to be worth u60m.

  • Eversheds sets sights on Italy

    24-May-1999

    Eversheds is setting up an Italian office as part of its strategy to establish itself as a major City player, The Lawyer can reveal.The firm's plans to open in Italy come just two months after it announced its intention to merge with a Dusseldorf practice within six months.Eversheds' move is part of a concerted effort to market itself as an international commercial practice.

  • Ex-finance minister joins Couderts Paris

    24-May-1999

    Coudert Brothers' Paris office has recruited a senior French Ministry of Finance official to strengthen its antitrust team.French advocate Dom-inique Brault joins the firm as a consultant and will work closely with Couderts partner Jean-Patrice de la Laurencie in overseeing the nine-lawyer antitrust department. He will advise clients on all aspects of competition law.He will also work closely with Couderts' antitrust team in Brussels. Brault, who is ...

  • Financings

    24-May-1999

    Rowe & Maw's property partner Lesley-Anne Avis acted for Argent Development Consortium's Birmingham development Brindleyplace. Avis acted for Argent on four pre-lettings

  • Financings

    24-May-1999

    A u230m bond issue securitised on the income of the Tussauds Group - including Madame Tussaud's wax museums in London and Amsterdam

  • Financings

    24-May-1999

    Berwin Leighton advised Barclays Bank on providing loans to three partnerships to buy films including An Ideal Husband and eXistenz. The partnerships

  • Firms challenge new immunity guidelines

    24-May-1999

    Roger Pearson reports on the pending Law Lords debate on the extent of immunity for lawyers against negligence claims.The extent of the immunity of lawyers from suit is under preliminary consideration by the Law Lords. They are currently considering whether to grant four law firms leave for a challenge which could throw out new immunity guidelines. The case focuses on the circumstances in which immunity to the allegedly negligent conduct of a case when it is ...

  • Firms face exorbitant IT millennial contract fees

    24-May-1999

    IT consultants will charge law firms up to u4,000 a day for working over the millennium, The Lawyer can reveal.City firms unprepared for this period are likely to fall prey to the exorbitant fees. Many are still formulating their strategy for coping with the potential millennium bug and IT staff problems over the holiday period.While some firms are recruiting IT staff now to cope with the problem, others have still to get off the mark.A spokesman ...

  • Freshfields loses FTSE 100 client

    24-May-1999

    Freshfields is losing a major client - aerospace giant LucasVarity - following its takeover by US-based autoparts and space group TRW.TRW completed its take-over of FTSE 100 company LucasVarity this month. Virtually all corporate legal work will now be US-based, although the operations side of the business is not affected, says LucasVarity's general counsel and company secretary Russell Kelley.Freshfields handled LucasVarity's corporate work.

  • Gadgets, gizmos and legal geeks

    24-May-1999

    Many law firms are looking at the internet and new media as part of their business. The cyber gold rush has started and law firms have not been slow off the mark in making the most of the digital revolution.This may be true as far as clients and contracts are concerned, but it seems it is not as true among the lawyers themselves. It seems that as far as embracing new technologies is concerned, legal professionals are lagging behind their colleagues in other professions.

  • Health move for Browne Jacobson

    24-May-1999

    Beachcroft Stanleys' former head of health litigation, Gay Wilder, is joining Browne Jacobson to set up a health practice at the firm's London office.Wilder's appointment coincides with the opening last week of Browne Jacobson's Birmingham office, first revealed in The Lawyer (12 April). The office will concentrate on health and insurance law.Carole Ayre, ...

  • Herbert Smith silk in bias row

    24-May-1999

    A Herbert Smith partner, sitting as a deputy judge, has come under fire for refusing to step down from a case in which he is accused of having a conflict of interest.Lawrence Collins, one of the few solicitor silks, ruled there was no conflict of interest in hearing a property case in the Chancery Division. Stephenson Harwood claimed Collins had a conflict because in a previous action ...

  • How can e-trading be regulated?

    24-May-1999

    Harry Small, head of IT, Baker and McKenzieConor Ward, partner, Lovell White DurrantKim Nicholson, head of e-commerce, OlswangThe speed with which the internet is beginning to impact on business has left legislators standing. Issues of cross-border unregulated trade and security have led to both the European Commission and UK Government ...

  • Husband and wife appeal

    24-May-1999

    The Law Lords are considering whether to give leave for an appeal by husband and wife Lee and Kathleen Montgomery, who were made the subject of a restraint order imposed at the request of the US. The case raises the question of whether the UK courts have the jurisdiction to make such an order. The order under challenge was made by Bow Street Magistrates Court in September 1997. However, the High Court allowed an appeal against it in February 1998, but that decision was ...

  • In brief: Davies Arnold Cooper

    24-May-1999

    Davies Arnold Cooper partner Catherine May is joining niche 14-partner insurance practice Davies Lavery, which has offices in London, Birmingham and Kent. May is joined in the Birmingham office by former Berryman & Co insurance partner Claire McKinney following a split between Berryman & Co and Davies Lavery which have co-operated in running the Birmingham office as a joint venture since 1990.

  • In brief: Manches

    24-May-1999

    Manches has launched a website, providing information on services, partner profiles, the firm's clients and a news section - www.manches.co.uk

  • In brief: Roythorne & Co

    24-May-1999

    Roythorne & Co has been appointed to the panel of legal advisers for the new East Midlands Development Agency, which has a budget of £59m this year. The 18-partner firm, based in Lincolnshire, is one of five on the panel. It will advise on areas of law, including commercial property, planning, environment, finance, employment and the public sector.

  • In brief: Simmons & Simmons

    24-May-1999

    Simmons & Simmons has poached Daniel Liew from US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy to join its corporate group as a partner. Liew will be in the group's major projects practice. He is a specialist in Chinese issues. A spokesman for Simmons & Simmons says: "He brings with him extensive experience of advising project sponsors and financiers on the development, financing of power, and other projects in China and worldwide."

  • In brief: The Association of Solicitor Investment Managers

    24-May-1999

    The Association of Solicitor Investment Managers (ASIM) has elected Lawrence Graham partner Tim Thornton Jones as vice chairman. He was a director of ASIM for a year and then its treasurer for two years. Thornton Jones says the whole regulatory framework will change when the Financial Services Authority which begins work next year. He says: "ASIM is working to ensure that clients who choose the ...

  • In brief: The Human Rights Act 1998

    24-May-1999

    The Human Rights Act 1998 will come into effect in England and Wales on 2 October 2000, the Home Office has announced. The Government had previously warned that implementation of the new act - which will incorporate the rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law - may be delayed until 2001 because courts would not be ready.

  • In brief: The Law Society

    24-May-1999

    The Law Society has continued its campaign against the Government's plans for reforming legal aid, labelling its draft funding code "flawed and inappropriate". President Michael Mathews says that under the code, which will determine how legal aid is to be rationed, funding will be decided according to the "crude" financial value of a case, rather than the importance to an individual. "If the new code goes ahead unchanged, it will create gaping holes in the legal aid safety net. ...

  • In brief: The Legal Aid Board

    24-May-1999

    The Legal Aid Board expects that up to 200 immigration firms will fail to meet franchising standards before contracts begin in January 2000. A report by the LAB last week found serious abuse among immigration firms and predicted that of the 950-odd currently practising, only 750 will survive franchising. To fill the shortfall, the LAB wants to encourage quality firms to expand by paying their bills earlier and extending legal aid to cover representation before immigration tribunals.

  • IP specialist goes global

    24-May-1999

    Ernest Kay, the leading intellectual property lawyer, is moving his base from rural Dorset to the City, while establishing a number of European and US alliances.Sole practitioner Kay, who doubles up as a scientist, will retain his Poole office in Dorset but has been forced to move to London to service what he claims is a growing demand from existing clients in the UK and abroad.He has also established a base in Nice. "There is a dearth of technological expertise ...

  • IR's solicitors found guilty of racism

    24-May-1999

    The Inland Revenue's Solicitor's Office has been accused of "institutionalised racism" by an employment tribunal.The tribunal's damning indictment came as it found the department guilty of racially discriminating against black barrister Marlene Morgan. It was ordered to pay u6,681 for lost earnings and emotional distress.Morgan, who claims she has been unfairly treated since she joined the Revenue nine years ago, is taking her case to tribunal ...

  • Is the commercial bar at crisis point ?

    24-May-1999

    The rise of solicitor-advocates, the increasing use of mediation - do they pose a real threat to commercial barristers? Susan Ward and Mark Hapgood QC discuss the future. Susan Ward is chairman of the Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry.One of the earliest writers on economics, Adam Smith, wrote: "Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production". Unfortunately, this philosophy has not found its way through ...

  • It's been a bad week for...

    24-May-1999

    The Lord Chancellor. Not only has he been found guilty by an industrial tribunal of sex and race discrimination for appointing his friend Garry Hart as his special adviser, but he has now been accused of contempt of court. Lawyers Jane Coker and Martha Osamor, who brought the case alleging indirect bias against Lord Irvine, are now seeking legal advice on taking him to court again over "demeaning and insulting" remarks he made about them. Lord Irvine called ...

  • It's been a good week for...

    24-May-1999

    The Law Society, which can finally see a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel following the appointment of Keith Vaz as Parliamentary Secretary of the Lord Chancellor's Department. Relations between the society and the Lord Chancellor hit an all-time low following the society's advertising campaign against the Access to Justice Bill. The society may now have an ally since Vaz's wife Maria Fernandes is a member of the Law Society council. (see page 8)

  • Jack-boot Straw stomps on justice

    24-May-1999

    Words can barely describe Jack Straw's arrogant U-turn in deciding the right to a trial by jury should be scrapped.But here are some anyway: despicable, deplorable, shameful, hypocritical, contemptible, nauseating, underhanded, unpardonable and treacherous.Straw, a lawyer by trade, has no interest in justice.He is a Home Secretary interested in the only two things Home Secretaries are ever interested ...

  • Jan Levinson on sportsmen's personal injury compensation

    24-May-1999

    Jan Levinson is a partner in the commercial disputes resolution unit at the Manchester office of Hammond Suddards.Seven-figure sums compensating personal injury claimants are rare - especially when the individual retains the ability to continue his chosen trade. However, Gordon Watson - a professional footballer at Bradford City, now in the Premier League - has been awarded such a sum.The award represented compensation for a horrific fracture which ...

  • John Phipson

    24-May-1999

    As the first lawyer at Linklaters to doff his bowler hat, John Phipson knows how to let his hair down. Chris Dignan meets the family man.

  • Kingsford Stacey set to hire 40 new fee earners

    24-May-1999

    Mid-sized London firm Kingsford Stacey Blackwell is on the lookout for 40 new fee earners in the next six months as part of an aggressive growth plan.The 40 are being sought for the firm's personal injury department, which has just won commitments of work from "two or three insurance companies". Managing partner Charles Rankmore, however, refuses to name the companies.The hirings represent the early stages of the firm's declared five-year plan which ...

  • Lawyers didn't vote to scrap SIF

    24-May-1999

    You are doing yourselves no favours, nor any favour to those of us who voted for solicitors to have the option of going to the open market, in the headline stating that "70 per cent vote to scrap SIF" (The Lawyer, 10 May). That was not the proposition put: it was simply that there should be freedom of choice. Or am I wrong? I strongly agree that there should be such freedom, but such headline gives every opportunity to those opposed to say that we are not ...

  • Lawyers fight Straw's bid to axe jury trial

    24-May-1999

    Lawyers, legal groups and academics plan to lobby MPs in a bid to stop Jack Straw pushing through plans to restrict defendants' rights to a trial by jury.The Home Secretary's enormous U-turn - which will see magistrates deciding whether "either way" cases should go to Crown Court - has been met by outrage across the legal profession.In 1997 Straw called the same proposals a "massive own goal" because they would lead to lower sentences.Colette ...

  • Linklaters tackles grey area with Macfarlanes

    24-May-1999

    Macfarlanes and Linklaters are battling head-to-head in a case involving grey imports.Macfarlanes is representing A&G Imports, which had brought a consignment of Davidoff aftershave into the UK that had originally been sold in Singapore.However, at some point in the supply chain, the last two ...

  • Linklaters takes lead in South Africa

    24-May-1999

    Linklaters is claiming to be the leading international law firm in South Africa after sealing its fourth big demutualisation deal there this year.Linklaters has completed work advising underwriters on the u4.1bn demutualisation and listing of South Africa's largest life assurer Old Mutual. It will list on the London Stock Exchange on 12 July.Linklaters advised Merrill Lynch ...

  • Litigation Personal injury 24/5/99

    24-May-1999

    Samantha Raven (widow and administrator of the estate of Tony Mark Raven) v Dr Patel, Dr Rao, Queen Mary's Sidcup Trust (1999) QDB (Buckley J) 10 May 99Plaintiff: Female, 27 years old at date of accident; 31 years old at date of settlement. The plaintiff was the widow of the deceased ('D'), who had died on 30 March 1995 at the age of 27.Incident: In August 1994, D suffered injury while playing football. He attended the ...

  • London could pay price of high-cost litigation

    24-May-1999

    For a long time now, anecdotal evidence has hinted at the declining use of London's courts to resolve commercial disputes. But the figures published today in The Lawyer reveal the true extent of that decline.Industry is increasingly resorting to alternative dispute resolution and mediation, and the one over-riding and fundamental reason for this is the sheer cost of litigating in London's courts.The knee-jerk reaction is to blame this decline ...

  • London courts lose out as litigants head for regions

    24-May-1999

    There has been a dramatic reduction in the number of writs issued in London's commercial courts over the last two years, according to figures obtained by The Lawyer.Last year, the number of writs issued dropped 21 per cent to 1,879. For the first four months of this year, the number of writs lodged is 448. If that trend continues, 1999 will see a further fall of 23 per cent.The figures confirm for the first time the extent of the decline in commercial litigation. ...

  • McDermott Will & Emery lures employment head

    24-May-1999

    US firm McDermott Will & Emery has lured Warner Cranston's head of employment to its London office.David Dalgarno - regarded as one of the City's leading employment lawyers - will join employment guru Fraser Younson, who arrived at McDermotts from Baker & McKenzie in April.

  • National Grid Group

    24-May-1999

    National Grid Group is already, without doubt, a formidable company. From its privatisation in 1990, the group went on to float on the stock exchange in 1995, placing it at the forefront of the UK's energy sector.

  • Oppenhoff & Radler votes for radical shake-up of management structure

    24-May-1999

    Oppenhoff & Radler, Linklaters & Alliance's partner in Germany, is to undergo a radical management shake-up and select its first ever managing partner.The Cologne-based firm last week voted to appoint a managing partner, along with a new board and new system of administration.The move will bring its management structure in line with that of its UK partner.The ...

  • Partners on the move...

    24-May-1999

    Halliwell Landau has announced four internal partner appointments. Charles Glaskie and Tim Jackson-Smith have become a partners in the corporate department. Liz Aboud is now a partner within the commercial property department, where she will be joined by new partner Paul Conroy.Hextall Erskine has appointed Jane Beacham, who has been at the firm since 1992, as a partner specialising in commercial insurance litigation.

  • Pinsents looks to new partner to boost employment practice

    24-May-1999

    Pinsent Curtis has lured a new employment partner to its Birmingham office in a "push forward" aimed at making it one of the biggest employment departments in the country.Ashley Norman, lead employment lawyer at Irwin Mitchell's Birmingham office, will move across town on 10 June to join employment partner Colin Goodier. The move will bring the number of Pinsents' employment partners to six nationwide. The firm now has 26 employment lawyers, bigger than many City ...

  • Privatisation full of Eastern promise

    24-May-1999

    Oil prices may be down but firms are increasingly looking to the Middle East as work in power projects and privatisations surges."Law firms are extremely focused on what is going on in the Middle East and Africa," says Peter Taylor, projects partner at Clifford Chance."The Middle East is more immediate than Africa, which is slow-moving and viewed as a medium to long-term ...

  • Profession faces united front at LCD

    24-May-1999

    In his first interview since his appointment, Keith Vaz talks to Ryan Dunleavy about legal reforms and New Labour values.The legal profession faces a united New Labour front at the Lord Chancellor's Department with the appointment of Keith Vaz.Vaz - who has been both a barrister and a solicitor - is a party man to his bootlaces.Speaking in his first interview since taking up the post of Parliamentary Secretary of the Lord Chancellor's ...

  • Proteus gains Swedish wing

    24-May-1999

    European law firm alliance Proteus - which has practices in nine European countries - is adding a Swedish practice to its network.Wagenius & Partners, which is based in Hellingborg, is expected to join Proteus in June, becoming its 10th member firm.The association comprises small and middle ranking firms.Two Dutch firms are already included in the line-up alongside practices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain and the UK.Managing ...

  • Quote of the week

    24-May-1999

    "There is no place in our judicial system for an ancient, insanitary, decaying mass of congealed horsehair."- Andrew Dismore, MP for Hendon, who tabled an amendment to the Access to Justice Bill seeking to abolish wigs as the Bill progressed through its Commons committee stage.

  • Scuffle of the week

    24-May-1999

    Home Secretary Jack Straw is getting flack from virtually everyone over his plan to axe the right of defendants whose case could be heard in either the magistrates' or Crown Court to choose a jury trial. Straw has done a U-turn since his days in opposition when he said that such a reform would be "wrong, short-sighted and likely to prove ineffective". The Bar Council, Law Society and civil liberties groups say the move will disproportionately affect the poor ...

  • Shearmans and A & O act in France Telcom claim

    24-May-1999

    Shearman & Sterling's Paris office and Allen & Overy's Italian office are advising France Telecom in its two-pronged attack on Deutsche Telekom, which has recently broken its partnership to merge with Telecom Italia.Shearmans is advising the French telecommunications giant on its ...

  • Shearmans and Brown & Wood poach from Clifford Chance...

    24-May-1999

    Clifford Chance is the latest City firm to lose fee earners to US firms.Brown & Wood has snapped up capital markets specialist Michael Doran as a partner in its London office, while Shearman & Sterling has lured arbitration and litigation lawyers Christopher Colbridge and Rajinder Bassi.

  • Sherwins recruits ex-Barclays man

    24-May-1999

    Commercial practice Sherwin Oliver is making a bid to strengthen its corporate credentials in the South by appointing a former banking director with Barclays as its new chairman and chief executive.Adrian Davis will join the Portsmouth-based firm in September. His duties will include strategic planning, marketing, and firm development.Sherwins managing partner Nigel Steward says the 13-partner firm is recruiting Davis because it wants to raise its profile - particularly ...

  • Shoosmiths name-drops to modernise

    24-May-1999

    Shoosmiths & Harrison is indulging in name-dropping by ridding itself of "& Harrison".Graham New, the firm's managing partner, explains: "Shoosmiths is the name by which most clients know us. We are making this common usage official."The decision marks the end of a 100-year association. Named partner Frank Harrison, the Northampton-born son of a local shoe manufacturer, ...

  • Square Mile

    24-May-1999

    How refreshing to read David Bramson's column (The Lawyer, 3 May) on meeting the needs of clients through the creation of industry groups. Client is a word mentioned surprisingly infrequently by the authors of these columns - and for the sake of the whole profession we should know better.Thinking about what clients want should occupy every waking hour of every lawyer and every marketing department of every firm. Bizarrely, it does not.Lawyers will ...

  • St Philip's adds top QC and four juniors to its growing portfolio

    24-May-1999

    The biggest chambers in the UK, St Philip's Chambers in Birmingham, is continuing its rapid expansion by poaching five barristers from rival sets.The influx is being led by commercial and family silk, Heather Swindells QC, who joins from leading London set 36 Bedford Row.Swindells, a recorder, is founder and chairman of both the East Midlands Business and Property Bar Association and the East Midlands Family Law Bar Association, and a member of the Bar European ...

  • Straw should turn again

    24-May-1999

    There are moral reasons why Jack Straw's U-turn - on abolishing the right to trial by jury - is wrong. It is a fundamental safeguard in the criminal justice system. Without it, innocent people could be convicted of crimes they did not commit.There are certain fundamental principles that need to be be preserved not only for the good of society but also for the good of the profession. It is true that criminal lawyers may lose out on cases in a fast-track system, ...

  • The Firm

    24-May-1999

    Minutes of a meeting between Tom Henderson, managing partner, and Angela La Croix, corporate events manager.La Croix: Apparently Linklaters has opened up its own in-house shop - Silks Essentials - to sell everything from newspapers to pain killers to their staff. I was wondering if we could set up something similar.Henderson: Don't I already do ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Simon Lipson

    24-May-1999

    Simon Lipson was born in 1958 in Stoke Newington. He is a solicitor and managing director of legal recruitment company Lipson Lloyd-Jones. He is also a stand-up comedian, whose new series of the Radio 5 show, Interesting... Very Interesting begins on 24 May. What subject(s) did you fail at school?Cross-country running - a stupid way to waste an afternoon.What was your first job?Delivery boy for a food company.

  • The ones to watch

    24-May-1999

    Anne McGrath tracks the careers of five rising stars at the Bar and finds out why their instructing solicitors rate them.Claire BlanchardEssex Court ChambersCalled to the Bar : 1992Professional achievements/associations: Member of COMBAR.Areas of practice: Commercial practice, including shipping, insurance, banking, and employment law.What others say about her: Blanchard is a "tenacious, ...

  • This week

    24-May-1999

    A conference on international financial fraud and money laundering is being held at London's Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre at Westminster from 26-28 May, with high-ranking speakers from the United Nations and the European Court of Justice and Commission.

  • US firms merge in Euro strategy

    24-May-1999

    Two US firms are to merge and combine their London offices in a bid to expand into Europe.Boston-based firm Bingham Dana LLP and Hebb & Gitlin, based in Connecticut, will merge on 1 July.Jay Zimmerman, managing partner of 325-lawyer firm Bingham Dana, says investment opportunities in Europe prompted the merger, which is part of a plan to advise global capital markets investors.He says: "We've been in London since 1973 and have built up a variety ...