24 November 1997

The Lawyer

  • A conditional fees fan...

    25-Nov-1997

    As an occasional and generally regretful user of the legal system, I am an enthusiastic supporter of conditional fees.I believe that these will concentrate lawyers' minds on the target rather than the route, lead to much earlier disclosure and contact between the parties' advisers, and encourage negotiated settlements where all advisers' fees would be paid, albeit at a lower rate.For a change, lawyers would share and hence ...

  • A diplomat's right to abduct children

    25-Nov-1997

    A diplomat used his immunity to take his children out of UK jurisdiction, and the US Government is backing him, says Roger Pearson The question of how far diplomatic immunity extends is to be the subject of debate in the Court of Appeal in the context of the Hague Convention rules relating to abduction of children.The case centres on a US diplomat who has taken his daughters back to the US and who is now accused of breaching a UK High Court order made ...

  • A matter of personal taste

    25-Nov-1997

    The role of the expert witness in the presentation of planning related evidence to public inquiries is fundamental in winning over the confidence and respect of the appointed inspector.In preparing and presenting the evidence, rebuttal evidence, and evidence to counter alternatives put forward by objectors, the expert witness must maintain credibility throughout which means maintaining a professional view that is both consistent and reliable.Experts ...

  • A no-win case for experts

    25-Nov-1997

    Christopher Pamplin believes conditional fee arrangements could place expert witnesses in a compromising position. Dr Christopher Pamplin is editor of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses.The scope for conditional fee work is likely to increase following the Lord Chancellor's announcement at the Law Society Conference in Cardiff.As solicitors generally consider expert witnesses to be part of the litigation team, this widening of conditional fee arrangements ...

  • Accounting for forensics

    25-Nov-1997

    Drug trafficking, commercial fraud, white-collar crime these are murky areas of the law in which forensic accountants increasingly find themselves acting as expert witnesses.With a worldwide drug trade worth more than $500bn a year, the profit generated by criminals from this one activity is greater than the domestic product of many nation states.The UK has introduced legislation aimed at confiscating the proceeds of crime. The first anti-laundering legislation ...

  • ANZ seeks more cash for $15m Islamic fund

    25-Nov-1997

    ANZ Investment Bank has extended the offer period on its specialised Islamic fund until the end of December to attract more private investors.Launched in May, the Guernsey-registered First ANZ International Modaraba fund (FAIM) is a specialised investment vehicle complying with Sharia investment laws. The minimum lump sum investment in the fund for private players is $10,000.The fund has so far raised $25m from institutions and a further $15m is expected in commitments ...

  • Associates' bonus

    25-Nov-1997

    US firm Rogers & Wells is to give its first year associates a special $10,000 bonus, the firm announced at its recent associates meeting. The bonus will supplement the firm's existing pay package which comprises a base salary plus a merit bonus. The firm is also increasing the base salary of first year associates at its Washington office from $75,000 to $83,000. This follows a recent increase in the base salary for its first year associates in New York from $86,000 to $91,000. ...

  • Auditing the experts

    25-Nov-1997

    Chris Mallon looks at past insolvency cases and suggests what not to look for when you are hiring an expert witness. Chris Mallon is head of insolvency at Biddle.Since 1981, and particularly during the last 10 years, we have seen the appearance of the expert witness in almost every type of case, not always with salutary effect.The field of insolvency is no exception. Expert witnesses, often accountants, have appeared in proceedings under s.236 of the Insolvency ...

  • Bar Council accepts need for advocacy qualification

    25-Nov-1997

    THE BAR Council has for the first time conceded that employed barristers may have to pass a special test before being let loose in the higher courts.At the Bar Council meeting on 14 November, Jonathan Hirst QC said that the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) had indicated that it would reject the council's calls for employed barristers to automatically receive the same audience rights as those recently granted to in-house ...

  • Bruckhaus merges with Austrian firm

    25-Nov-1997

    BARCLAYS Bank Trust Company has selected a panel of three firms to conduct its legal work in place of more than a hundred individual firms.Reading firm Field Seymour Parkes, Birmingham's Edge & Ellison, and George Davies & Co of Manchester have been chosen to handle Barclay's non-contentious probate, wills and conveyancing work for the next three years.Both Field Seymour Parkes and George Davies were previously "preferred solicitors" regularly used ...

  • City pair in line for Liberty job

    25-Nov-1997

    Sinclair Roche & Temperley and SJ Berwin & Co have emerged as front-runners to pick up the legal work for luxury West End store Liberty if their clients, two rebel shareholders, succeed in forcing their way on to the board.And their way would be made clear for them by the departure of Slaughter and May ...

  • Cross-border restitution claims stand alone, says House of Lords

    25-Nov-1997

    Jonathan Tecks is a barrister with Littman Chambers and Tom Coates is a partner with Lewis Silkin. Jonathan Tecks and Tom Coates discuss a case that has, for a while at least, settled the question of where a restitutionary claim should be heard.A recent case has for the moment decided the issue of domestic and European cross-border claims, which has been troubling practitioners ...

  • Defending the expert witness

    25-Nov-1997

  • Defending the indefensible

    25-Nov-1997

    Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 734 0534, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square.I write in reply to the letter from Elizabeth Mullins headed "SIF Replies" (The Lawyer, 18 November). The letter suggests my article, "Troubled Indemnity" (The Lawyer, 28 October), is factually inaccurate.Ms Mullins states that my complaint relating to ...

  • Deloittes legal audit partner to quit

    25-Nov-1997

    Deloitte & Touche's head of professional practices, William Barnes, who specialises in auditing law firms, is to leave next spring without a new job to go to.Barnes, who is 42 and has been a Deloittes audit partner for 10 years, said that he had only ever wanted to be in audit for "a certain number of years" and that he had agreed with management a year ago that he would leave in the spring."I just felt that it was probably time I had a change," he said. ...

  • Dutch firm is first to open office in Cuba

    25-Nov-1997

    LEADING Dutch firm Trenite Van Doorne has become the first foreign firm to open an office in communist Cuba.The offices will be headed by Sebastiaan Berger, who has spent the past one and a half years building up his firm's Cuban practice.He is joined in the new Havana office by Rotterdam partner Jan Willem Bitter.The Dutch firm has also recruited local lawyer Alijandro Cruz RomAn, who previously worked for 10 years at Cuba's central bank.

  • Evidence in the modern age

    25-Nov-1997

    The advantages of computerising evidence improved effectiveness, portability, and communication by far outweigh the initial investment, says Julie Bridge. Julie Bridge is marketing director at WestKey.Following the release of Lord Woolf's 1996 report advocating greater use of litigation support technology, the majority of litigation lawyers are now aware of the concept of computerised evidence.However, there is still widespread ...

  • Flotation

    25-Nov-1997

    Travers Smith Braithwaite acted for network integrator Workplace Technologies Property on its £50m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Cameron McKenna advised the sponsor NatWest Markets.

  • Flotation

    25-Nov-1997

    Fladgate Fielder advised Solitaire Group on its £3.6m flotation on AIM. Osborne Clarke advised broker Williams de Bro'.

  • Frustrations of the medic

    25-Nov-1997

    Michael Cohen says that Lord Irvine's 75 per cent certainty test is only serving to add to the many problems medical experts face when trying to carry out their evaluations efficiently. Michael Cohen is chairman of the Academy of Experts.Medical experts are reporting increasing frustration. Although there are many complex reasons ranging from their instructions to who pays for them to sit and wait (usually their patients) two problems are emerging as front runners.

  • Getting counsel's advice on experts

    25-Nov-1997

    Ravinder Chahal asks chambers whether expert witnesses are a help or a hindrance to promoting access to justice and finds out how they choose the right one for each case.The use of expert witnesses in legal proceedings, both here and in the US, is commonplace. In light of the mutually exclusive and confusing medical evidence put forward by experts for the defence and prosecution in the Louise Woodward case, the practice became, for a short time, the subject of intense media ...

  • Hill Samuel to keep Jersey brand in Lloyds/TSB merger

    25-Nov-1997

    HILL Samuel's Jersey-based private banking operations will remain unchanged when parent bank Lloyds/TSB unveils its merged offshore retail banking operations in the New Year, says Lloyds/TSB Jersey director Mark Smith.Both Hill Samuel and Lloyds' private banking operations will continue to operate separately with distinct brands and client lists. Hill Samuel has built a strong business on the back of its trusts and company administration side, he says. "The businesses ...

  • Hoon: putting his career on the conditional line

    25-Nov-1997

    Geoff Hoon has the tough job of making conditional fees work and, despite his genial nature, he is taking a hard-line position to ensure the profession sets up a market for them, as Robert Lindsay discoversWaiting in a soulless reception room in the office block that is the Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD), the photographer wants to know if Geoff Hoon is going to be any trouble given his boss's legendary suspicion of the media.He need not have worried. ...

  • In brief: Bar reviews 'fat-cat barrister' costs

    25-Nov-1997

    The Bar is urgently drafting proposals for slashing costs in high-cost cases, in the wake of the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine's public attack on "fat-cat barristers" and his legal aid proposals.

  • In brief: Booth & Blackwell joins Kingsford Stacey

    25-Nov-1997

    London commercial firms Kingsford Stacey and Booth & Blackwell are to merge on 1 December. Kingsford Stacey's 12 partners will be joined at their Lincoln's Inn offices by the six partners from Booth & Blackwell.

  • In brief: Chance to question Hoon on education

    25-Nov-1997

    Geoff Hoon, the Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor's department, is a guest at a Young Labour Lawyers conference on legal education at the College of Law in Store Street, London on Saturday 28 November. For more details ring 01306 886968.

  • In brief: Crown Prosecutor lied to protect boyfriend

    25-Nov-1997

    A Crown Prosecutor has been found guilty by an Old Bailey jury of attempting to pervert the course of public justice after she lied to soften the blow of a drink drive charge against her police detective boyfriend. Penelope Schofield, 35, told police that Detective Constable Nigel Phillips only took the wheel of his car while drunk after she hit a kerb. But it was discovered that Schofield had not been in the car and was covering up to get Phillips a more sympathetic court hearing. ...

  • In brief: Dibbs marketing head leaves firm

    25-Nov-1997

    Dibb Lupton Alsop's head of marketing John Day has left the firm after spending a year building up a team of 21 marketeers around its seven offices. Day, who was recruited as marketing head last October from the financial services industry, would not comment on the reasons for his departure.

  • In brief: Edinburgh University director doubles up

    25-Nov-1997

    The director of Edinburgh University's legal practice unit, Alan Barr, is to double up as a consult at Edinburgh firm Brodies. Barr, a tax specialist, said his appointment reflected the strong relationship between the practising and academic worlds in Scotland.

  • In brief: Hays Richard Owen targets partners

    25-Nov-1997

    Hays Richard Owen, the legal recruitment arm of Hays Personnel Services, has launched a partnership appointment service, in which strict confidentiality agreements are a key feature.

  • In brief: Irvine welcomes Bar direct access pilot

    25-Nov-1997

    The Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine has welcomed a limited Bar Council pilot scheme to grant advice centres direct access to barristers. "I am sure the Bar Council will consider what other areas can be opened up to direct referral in the future," he said.

  • In brief: LAG wins fee waiver extensions

    25-Nov-1997

    The Lord Chancellor's Department is extending waivers on civil court fees to those on benefits other than income support on 1 December, following a campaign by the Legal Action Group.

  • In brief: Llewelyn Zeitman

    25-Nov-1997

    In our story on Llewelyn Zeitman (11 November) we stated that three partners left Denton Hall to go to Llewelyn Zeitman. Denton Hall has asked us to point out that only one of those leaving, James Irvine, was a partner. Gerard Cronin was an assistant and Miles Laddie was a consultant. Ian MacDonald was never employed by Denton Hall.

  • In brief: Lovells loses its head of insolvency

    25-Nov-1997

    Lovell White Durrant's head of insolvency, Peter Horrocks, a leading practitioner in his field, is retiring from the firm and will serve his 12 months notice until October 1998. Horrocks has been a partner at the firm for 22 years and played a key role in the BCCI liquidation. He said he was keen for a career change away from being a "pure legal adviser". Assistant Garth Coates, Lovells' only specialist immigration lawyer, is also leaving the firm to join Simmons & Simmons' ...

  • In brief: Maddie Mogford swaps Crockers for DAC

    25-Nov-1997

    Defamation specialist Maddie Mogford has left niche IP/media firm Crockers Oswald Hickson to join Davies Arnold Cooper's intellectual property and media group as a defamation partner.

  • In brief: Russell-Cooke exits Inns of Court

    25-Nov-1997

    A law firm has joined the growing numbers of chambers that have moved out of the Inns of Court. Putney-based commercial and criminal firm Russell-Cooke Potter & Chapman's central London office has moved from Old Square in Lincoln's Inn to nearby Bedford Row.

  • In-house costs cut

    25-Nov-1997

    Despite salary increases for US in-house lawyers and a continuing trend by companies to employ more in-house lawyers, companies have still managed to cut overall legal costs, according to a Price Waterhouse survey. It found that salaries for in-house lawyers rose by 5.8 per cent last year, and that 90 per cent of companies surveyed were recruiting or thinking of recruiting more lawyers, but many companies have been successful in controlling overall in-house costs by bringing more work ...

  • Insuring the client is offered the best options

    25-Nov-1997

    The legal profession and legal expenses insurers need to work together to find the most cost-effective ways of providing access to justice for all, argues Bob Gordon. Bob Gordon is director of Greystoke Legal Services, which provides LawAssist.Amidst the learned debate and emotive headlines following Lord Irvine's speech on legal aid reform, I suspect the public are more confused than ever about what their options are if they decide to go to court.

  • Kuwait Airways claims $300m

    25-Nov-1997

    The Law Lords are considering whether to hear an appeal questioning insurance time limits. Kuwait Airways Corporation is seeking leave to challenge a Court of Appeal decision in May upholding a High Court ruling over an insurance claim relating to 15 aircraft, spares and equipment trapped at Kuwait Airport when the Iraqis invaded. The High Court dismissed its claim for more than $300m against the Kuwait Insurance Co SAK. The Lords have now put consideration of whether to let the ...

  • Legal aid lawyers becoming disillusioned, claims Booth

    25-Nov-1997

    CHERIE Booth QC took a sideswipe at the state of the legal aid system during a reception to celebrate the 20th anniversary of leading London legal aid firm Hodge Jones & Allen.The Prime Minister's wife was the star guest at the reception, which also marked the official opening of the firm's new Camden headquarters.Booth, who took some of her first instructions ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 25/11/97

    25-Nov-1997

    James Michael Evans, 47, admitted 1973, practising at material time as JM Evans & Co, restored to the Roll. Evans struck off in 1986 after allegations that, inter alia, he breached accounting rules, mishandled client money, failed to pay insurance premiums, failed to reply to correspondence. Tribunal told Evans completed articles at Ipswich and Hull, was employed as a senior clerk at Kingston-upon-Hull Magistrates Court, then joined ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 25/11/97

    25-Nov-1997

    McEwen v Grist QBD 28 October 1997Claimant: William McEwenIncident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Claimant, who prior to head-on road crash in 1986 was a successful businessman, underwent complete personality change. He has had to sell his stake in a flourishing manufacturing business and is unlikely to work again. Accident transformed him from an energetic, hard-working man to a "shy and reclusive" shadow of his former ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 25/11/97

    25-Nov-1997

    Decisions are taken from Lawtel's legal database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report.Plaintiff must prove causation to establish negligence claimBolitho v City and Hackney Health Authority (1997)Court: HL (Lords Browne-Wilkinson, Slynn, Nolan, Hoffmann and Clyde) 13/11/9Summary: In cases of professional negligence the onus is on the plaintiff to prove causation. To succeed in a case where two ...

  • Litigation Writs 25/11/97

    25-Nov-1997

    The company that owns a fishing trawler whose equipment became entangled with a North Sea oil pipeline is being sued for damages of more than £117,000. The writ claims that the Maggie M's trawling gear snagged on the pipeline in the North Sea early on 29 April 1992, that the crew spent more than three hours manoeuvring the vessel in an unsuccessful bid to recover the snagged trawler gear, and that the pipeline was damaged as a result. The repair costs totalled ...

  • Litigator's view

    25-Nov-1997

    Gareth Watkins on the proposed corporate killing laws. Gareth Watkins is head of the health and safety department at Nabarro Nathanson.A new law on corporate killing proposed by Jack Straw at the Labour Party conference should enable successful prosecutions to be brought against larger companies. But it is still directors of smaller and owner-managed businesses who are more likely to end up ...

  • Man of the match

    25-Nov-1997

    Upheavals lie ahead for expert witnesses, but the new chairman of the Expert Witness Institute (EWI) will have no trouble keeping his eye on the ball: he used to be a soccer journalist.But Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC, who still counts "watching and reporting on Association Football" among his hobbies, is better known as a tiger in lawyer's robes.He is also "a sensible bloke", according to one High Court judge, and ...

  • Mayers leaves Brussels

    25-Nov-1997

    US firm Mayer Brown & Platt is shutting down its Brussels office as of 1 December.Its resident partner Alan Hamburger has moved to the Brussels office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius while associate Stephen Brummel has gone to Weil Gotshal & Manges in the city. A third lawyer, Susan Launi, has been ...

  • Mckennas launches Hansa Law Group

    25-Nov-1997

    Cameron McKenna has relaunched its north European alliance under the banner The Hansa Law Group.The alliance was set up on an informal basis two years ago and has since brought together firms from most countries bordering the Baltic Sea.Berning Schluter Hald in Copenhagen and Tisell & Co in Sweden were founding members, but the group was expanded to include Foresta Bus iness Law Group in Lithuania, Vogt & Co in Norway, Blukis Elksne & Rosenfeld of Latvia and ...

  • Merrills turns to Freshfields

    25-Nov-1997

    Investment bank Merrill Lynch chose Freshfields ahead of Linklaters to advise it on its £3.1bn takeover of Britain's biggest fund manager, Mercury Asset Management (MAM).The bank's decision to turn to Freshfields for such a major deal has surprised City lawyers, given Linklaters' close association with Merrill Lynch. Linklaters advised on the bank's acquisition ...

  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius beefs up its tax practice

    25-Nov-1997

    US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius is beefing up its international tax planning practice with a number of high-profile appointments across Europe.David Way has joined the firm's London office from Simmons & Simmons, where he was the partner in charge of the private capital practice group.Meanwhile, Alan Hamburger has moved to the firm's Brussels office from rival US firm Mayer ...

  • Narrowing down the issues

    25-Nov-1997

    Marion Golding says that success lies in opposing expert witnesses identifying areas where they can and cannot agree. Marion Golding is a senior litigation solicitor at Lovell White Durrant.Lord Woolf's proposals for expert witnesses, now endorsed by Sir Peter Middleton, have also been accepted by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine. It is only a matter of time before the new procedures are introduced. How different will this Brave New World be in practice?One ...

  • New Italian group

    25-Nov-1997

    City firm Herbert Smith has set up an Italian practice group to deal with its "extensive" work for Italian clients. The group will provide comprehensive legal services for corporate, commercial or financial transactions and disputes, as well as to merchant banks and financial institutions involved in international transactions coming out of Italy. Chris Parsons, the corporate partner heading the new group, said: "We have long-standing experience of advising Italian clients. This group ...

  • Norway tightens up

    25-Nov-1997

    The Norwegian Law Society has asked law firms associated with the Big Six account ancy firms to explain their relationship with their parents. The society is seeking to ensure that associated law firms are operating independently.

  • Osborne Clarke resigns from the Legal Resources Group

    25-Nov-1997

    Leading German law firm Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann is set to create the largest legal practice in the German-speaking world when it merges with top Austrian firm Heller Lober Bahn & Partners early in 1998.The firms claim the move is the first full cross-border merger between German and Austrian law firms. Both firms are already among the top three in their respective countries.The new firm Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Lober will have 13 offices in nine countries ...

  • Osborne Clarke resigns from the Legal Resources Group

    25-Nov-1997

    Osborne Clarke is to resign from the Legal Resources Group the network of four regional firms which share a Brussels office.The remaining three firms in the group Dickinson Dees, Pinsent Curtis and McGrigor Donald will take their training in-house but continue to share the Brussels office and ...

  • Paying the price for a lack of leadership

    25-Nov-1997

    The Bar's response to Lord Irvine's attack on the civil legal aid scheme recommending the closer monitoring of costs in long-running criminal cases and the extension of graduated fees seems a sensible solution. However, observers are entitled to ask why these steps were not taken before now. Neither the Bar nor the Law Society have in truth taken the initiative on legal aid matters. All responses to reform have generally been defensive. Consequently, the Government ...

  • Property

    25-Nov-1997

    Cameron McKenna acted for property company Moorfield Estates in its joint venture with US investor The Blackstone Group, advised by Freshfields. The venture purchased Arundel Great Court for £94.5m from Legal & General, advised by Lawrence Graham.

  • Raided Dublin practice sues Garda after 'media circus'

    25-Nov-1997

    A FIRM of solicitors in Dublin raided by the Garda in a search which was splashed across the front pages of the Irish press last year has now been awarded £100,000 damages.Solicitors Michael E Hanahoe & Co sued the State and Garda Commissioner Patrick Byrne, claiming Garda officers had tipped off the press about the raid, which was conducted in front of a "media circus" of photo graphers, television crews and reporters.The Garda raided the Parliament Street ...

  • Rent valuation expert vindicated?

    25-Nov-1997

    Roger Pearson looks at a case that has not quite rocked the property world, but has provided pointers towards determining rents.Mr justice Neuberger recently rejected a £2m claim in the Chancery Division against valuation expert Peter Morgan for allegedly negligently undervaluing a major store unit in the Lewisham Centre. Had the decision gone the other way in the case of Lewisham Investment Partnership and Riverdale Centre (Three) v Peter Leonard Wilton Morgan, ...

  • Salaries booming across profession

    25-Nov-1997

    LAWYERS throughout the UK have upped their salaries by as much as 20 per cent over the past year and many in-house solicitors are now earning as much as lawyers in City firms, according to a new survey.The survey, which was conducted among about 200 law firms and 500 industry legal departments by recruitment specialist Michael Page Legal, in conjunction with The Lawyer, has revealed a sellers' market in which firms are competing for staff.An emerging trend ...

  • SALI claims Pru backing for drive into Euro market

    25-Nov-1997

    Following its acquisition as part of the Prudential takeover, Scottish Amicable International (SALI) is gearing up for a renewed assault on the European market next year, according to SALI chief executive Clive Cowdery."The Pru is backing our expansion plans in Germany and has given us an assurance that once other strategic matters are resolved, the international business will be expanded," says Cowdery.As a first step, SALI aims to double its sales force in ...

  • Sanlam shake-up for international moves

    25-Nov-1997

    Sanlam, one of South Africa's largest life assurers, has appointed management consultants TBOI to help it restructure its distribution capacity. Sanlam is going through a major internal restructuring to turn the sprawling conglomerate into a more efficient financial services company.TBOI's Cape Town-based operation TBOI NMG Africa will help the life company create and implement a new marketing infrastructure. TBOI has already completed the first phase of the process ...

  • Shooting down the hired guns

    25-Nov-1997

    The function of the expert witness is to present a professional and impartial opinion to the court, not to act as a kind of mini-lawyer, says Linda Tsang. Linda Tsang is a freelance journalist.The recent furore over the Louise Woodward case, and the subsequent comparisons between the judicial systems on both sides of the Atlantic, highlighted UK scepticism over the US cult of celebrity expert witnesses who are paid anything between $400 and $1,000 per hour for their testimony.

  • Spice Girls sued over copyright

    25-Nov-1997

    New Spice Girls litigation is heading for the High Court's Chancery Division. The subject is spin-off marketing of Spice Girls publications. The girls, who are already involved in other litigation, are being sued over copyright in photographs of them which have appeared in a number of publications. Ray Burmiston is suing the girls as individuals and 19 Management, accusing them of infringing his copyright. He is seeking a court order banning further infringement, ...

  • Stronger in Spain

    25-Nov-1997

    US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has strengthened its new Spanish office with the addition of four Spanish associates. Squire Sanders now has six lawyers working in Madrid. Corporate specialist Josep Maria Julia becomes the second lawyer to join Squire Sanders from Madrid firm JYB Cremades y Asociados former Cremades tax specialist Javier Santos was one of the two lawyers who started up the office ...

  • Subjecting opinions to the immunity test

    25-Nov-1997

    Jean Graham Hall is co-author of The Expert Witness with Gordon D Smith. Liability is now becoming an important issue for expert witnesses, according to Jean Graham Hall and Gordon Smith.The expert witness, when requested by a solicitor on behalf of a client contemplating litigation to provide an independent report and give evidence, may well ask: what is my liability?Their liability depends on whether they are thinking of their work prior to litigation (including ...

  • Tentative steps to full liberalisation

    25-Nov-1997

    Noises on liberalisation of legal services across the world are now beginning to sound more positive. Whilst the International Bar Association grapples with the issue, the Americans, Japanese and CCBE are also on the case. Now the Chinese are sending out signals that they too may be prepared to look at the issue again.This is all good news for international firms though doing business on a global basis necessitates new arrangements. However, it is still ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Cherry Wright

    25-Nov-1997

    Cherry Wright was born at Tettenhall near Wolverhampton in 1944 and currently lives in South Wales. She is a managing partner at Hugh James solicitors, at the Cardiff and Bristol branches.What was your first job?Christmas post in the fog (very late deliveries).What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£5 a week as an articled clerk.

  • US bancassurance bill is stalled by Congress

    25-Nov-1997

    RECENT wrangling between US Congress sub-committees has caused a major delay in the passage of key legislation that could lift US government restrictions on tie-ups between banks and insurance companies.House Banking Committee chairman Jim Leach says Congress has now run out of time in the current session to complete its work on the so-called financial services modernisation bill, HR 10. "It is my expectation that work on HR 10 will continue over the recess and financial ...

  • Why firms should not fear the package deal

    25-Nov-1997

    At the International Bar Association conference in New Delhi, Chris Arnheim discussed the threat posed by accountancy firms. Here, The Lawyer prints edited extracts from his speech. Chris Arnheim is a founding partner of Arnheim & Co.As I wandered round the International Bar Association conference I heard a great deal of concern about the entry of the Big Six into the legal market. These firms are not the mafia; they do not threaten to undermine the rule of law in democratic ...