24 October 1994

The Lawyer

  • 'Far-fetched and baseless'

    25-Oct-1994

    I refer to the story published in The Lawyer on 11 October, on the alleged disappearance of a pamphlet published by Amnesty International.Firstly, we strongly object to the insinuation that this High Commission's officials were behind the disappearance. Nothing could be more far fetched and baseless.Secondly, the very title of Amnesty's pamphlet is erroneous. It tends to give the impression that isolated cases of human rights violations ...

  • A tax haven made in paradise

    25-Oct-1994

    The Bahamas is the original tax haven and it still remains a favoured place for offshore funds, says Heather ThompsonThe Bahamas is known as "the first tax haven" and has long been favoured by the wealthy for the establishment of trusts. Its oldest trust company, the Bahamas General Trust Company, was established in 1936 and it continues today as a principal offshore trust corporation under the name of Coutts & Co (Bahamas).The Bahamas, lying just off the coast ...

  • Accident panel gets sole access to fees insurance

    25-Oct-1994

    NON-MEMBERS of the Law Society's Accident Line panel of lawyers will effectively be barred from taking on conditional fee cases, it has emerged.Vital insurance cover, to be launched by the society when the new regulations have cleared their final parliamentary hurdle, will only be available to Accident Line members taking personal injury cases.New council member Peter Watson-Lee says the condition is a blow for high street firms.He says generalist ...

  • At least one top City firm is known to be "seriously looking" at a new system from Wang following the troubled company's efforts to relaunch itself in the UK's legal market

    25-Oct-1994

    Simon RogersAt least one top City firm is known to be "seriously looking" at a new system from Wang following the troubled company's efforts to relaunch itself in the UK's legal market.Wang UK has also signed a deal with supplier Dart Legal Systems to market its Australian ALS practice management system.Although the law firm is not thought to be contemplating Dart at the moment, it is expected to be looking at Wang's ...

  • Bar joins CPS to cut wasted time

    25-Oct-1994

    The Bar Council and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are aiming to reduce delays by co-operating under a set of service standards for the first time.The two bodies hope to ensure that prosecuting counsel receive papers early and act on them promptly, cutting down wasted time.In a joint statement, Barbara Mills QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, and Robert Seabrook QC, Bar Council chairman, say the aim is for "early and effective action on case papers by both ...

  • Blue Arrow Berry pursues DTI

    25-Oct-1994

    LONDON firm Gordon Dadds is to make an application for costs on behalf of its client Tony Berry, former chairman of Blue Arrow, against the Department of Trade and Industry following the DTI's decision to drop the disqualification proceedings last week.The DTI has said that each side should bear its own costs, says the firm.The question of whether Berry will sue the DTI has not been ruled out, but his solicitor Hugh Elder, Gordon Dadds litigation partner, ...

  • Charity law group plans legislation

    25-Oct-1994

    THE CHARITY Law Association (CLA) is to present draft legislation on the constitution of charities to the Home Office next year.The association is sponsoring research at Liverpool University with the aim of finding a simple system to replace the present web of regulations.CLA chair Anne Marie Piper says directors of charities with ordinary charitable status are uncertain of the extent of their personal liability. Those operating as companies limited by guarantee ...

  • CICS campaigners go to Court of Appeal

    25-Oct-1994

    Campaigners fighting to save the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme go to the Court of Appeal this week to try to overturn the High Court decision allowing its abolition. Eleven trade unions, represented by Andrew Dismore of Robin Thompson & Partners, are resisting Home Secretary Michael Howard's plan to introduce a tariff system which will remove from consideration the loss of earnings suffered by victims of violent crime.

  • Clifford Chance seeks Moscow recruits

    25-Oct-1994

    CLIFFORD Chance has launched a recruitment drive in a search for new people to boost numbers in its Moscow office.The office, which opened three years ago, includes partner William Knowles and 11 other lawyers plus researchers, paralegals and support staff.The firm has placed no limit on the number of new solicitors it is prepared to take on, but London-based partner Tony Williams says because applicants are required to be fluent in Russian as well as having ...

  • Cognito bought up

    25-Oct-1994

    Legal software supplier Cognito Software Ltd has been bought by Microvitec plc. Cognito joins accountancy software supplier CSM Ltd as part of Microvitec's vertical market software strategy. The new trust and probate accounting software, Custodiens, will be the first product to benefit from the relationship. CSM head Peter Mart says: "Microvitec is committed to Cognito becoming a major force in the legal market."

  • Commission report slams civil court pay-out delays

    25-Oct-1994

    CIVIL court delays compound the sense of unfairness felt by accident victims and add to their financial and emotional hardship, according to a new report.A Law Commission study reveals that damages awarded in personal injury cases are often too low to compensate for their long-term financial and physical suffering.It also confirms that there are substantial delays in the settlement of personal injury claims. The bigger the damages, the longer plaintiffs are forced ...

  • Council uses DCA software in community tax clampdown

    25-Oct-1994

    Hackney Council in London is waging a war against council charge and community tax defaulters with the help of communications software from DCA.Using Remote LAN Node (RLN) software, recovery officers attending any magistrates' court in England can access files from CTAX Unix databases at DCA's municipal offices in east London to provide up-to-date print-outs on defaulters for the magistrate.Setting up their laptop PC and portable printer at court, ...

  • Ernst & Young sacks half US in-house team

    25-Oct-1994

    INTERNATIONAL chartered accountancy firm Ernst & Young has surprised the legal world by slashing its US in-house department by more than one half.Thirty-seven of the firm's 65 lawyers were called in on the 10 October Columbus Day holiday and dismissed.The firm's national director of public communications, Mort Meyerson, says although staff had no notice of the retrenchments, they received "generous" severance packages, including between six and 12 months' ...

  • Ethnic minority lawyers hold conference

    25-Oct-1994

    Lawyers from the UK's ethnic minorities will be offered advice and information at a conference to be held on 5 November. The African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers' Group is holding its annual conference at the Law Society. The event is open to students and lawyers and will cover subjects including articles, pupillage, outdoor clerking, paralegal work and setting up a practice. Representatives from top firms will also address the conference. Details are available from Jerry ...

  • Fighting on the streets of Liverpool

    25-Oct-1994

    Roger Pearson

  • Financings

    25-Oct-1994

    Multimedia group First Information Group was advised by Norton Rose on the u4m debt and equity investment in it by 3i Group

  • Financings

    25-Oct-1994

    Hemingway Properties was advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp on the issue and listing of a further u42.5 million 10.375 per cent first mortgage debenture stock

  • Firm's payroll switch

    25-Oct-1994

    City firm Herbert Smith has transferred its payroll processing contract to CMG Computer Management Group. A Payfact 2000 for Windows data entry system is being used to manage its monthly payroll. CMG has also developed special facilities for the automatic administration of a newly introduced profit-related pay, scheme, as well as online reporting and a Windows graphical interface.

  • Firms cash in on coal sell-off

    25-Oct-1994

    Freshfields looks set to be the on-going legal advisers for the biggest winner in the coal privatisation bonanza.The firm's client, RJB Mining, formerly a British Coal opencast contractor, is expected to take most of the British Coal regions, together with contracts estimated at u1 billion a year.Also likely to benefit is Midlands firm Fishers, which has provided technical advice.RJB Mining was one of 25 successful pre-qualifiers and it is one ...

  • First Division lobbies to safeguard CPS future

    25-Oct-1994

    The Association of First Division of Civil Servants (FDA) is to lobby politicians over the future of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) following new fears that core services such as advocacy could be thrown open to market testing as a cost-cutting move.The Government is considering either privatising the CPS or turning it into a Next Steps agency.Privatising advocacy, which takes up around half of all CPS lawyers' time, could lead to a 50 per cent cut ...

  • First lady at IBA

    25-Oct-1994

    The International Bar Association (IBA) has elected its first woman office holder.Dianna Kempe QC, the first woman in Bermuda to become a Queen's Counsel, was elected secretary general at the Melbourne meeting of the association.The appointment makes her a possible president for 1998.Scottish lawyer Professor Ross Harper was elected president from 1994 to 1996, with Desmond Fernando PC of Sri Lanka named vice- president. The treasurer is Klaus ...

  • Five-part caution 'unworkable'

    25-Oct-1994

    PLANS to allow courts to draw an adverse inference from an accused person's silence will require five new cautions and much more work from lawyers, the Law Society claims.Roger Ede, secretary of the society's criminal law committee, says the single caution proposed by the Government under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill is "unworkable, incorrect and misleading".He says it will result in a complex system, placing a burden on the police and ...

  • Flotations

    25-Oct-1994

    Exco was advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp on its u215.5 million flotation

  • Flotations

    25-Oct-1994

    Pillar Property Investments was advised by Norton Rose on its u170 million flotation on the London Stock Exchange by way of placing and public offer. Certificates of title in relation to certain English properties were prepared by Gouldens. The sponsors were BZW

  • Flotations

    25-Oct-1994

    Independent Parts Group was advised by Simpson Curtis on its u8m share placing on the London Stock Exchange.

  • Hammonds led by four-man executive

    25-Oct-1994

    LEEDS-based Hammond Suddards has announced the formation of a new executive to lead the firm following the retirement of joint senior partner Trevor Lewis.Alan Bottomley will become Hammond Suddards' sole senior partner and will chair the new executive, which will be comprised of John Heller, head of the litigation department, Noel Hutton, head of the corporate department and Chris Jones, head of insolvency and corporate recovery.Lewis, who is to retire ...

  • Hansard sales drop blamed on overpricing

    25-Oct-1994

    Sales of Hansard, the official record of parliamentary debate, are plummeting because it is overpriced, says a report published last week. Acts of Parliament and parliamentary papers also cost too much, says the report What Price Hansard? by The Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government. The report, by Lord Lester QC, Lindsay Mackie and Michael Renshall, recommends the price of the Commons Hansard drops from u7.50 to u1.07 to reverse a fall in circulation from 10,500 in 1979, to ...

  • Ian Gascoigne

    25-Oct-1994

    JUDGES and magistrates are to be trained in women's issues and the problems faced by disabled people, the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) has announced.The JSB's 16-member Ethnic Minorities Advisory Committee (EMAC) is to be transformed into the Equal Treatment Advisory Committee (ETAC) with a widened scope to tackle judicial ignorance of minorities appearing in the courts.EMAC chairman Mr Justice Dyson said ETAC would be formed in the next two months ...

  • Infrastructure advisers enjoy business boom

    25-Oct-1994

    Law firms which advise on private infrastructure developments, such as power stations, pipelines and airports, enjoyed a business boom in 1993-1994, according to a new financial survey.Firms earned legal fees worth hundreds of millions of pounds advising on a thousand billion dollars' worth of projects, says the report in Privatisation International magazine.Baker & ...

  • Jones takes over from Flynn in Norwich Union top job

    25-Oct-1994

    Norwich Union's new head of legal will be Graham Jones who will take up the post in December.Jones, currently head of group legal services at Royal Insurance, has been appointed as group legal manager and secretary.Prior to his spell with Royal Insurance, which he joined at the start of 1993, he was senior commercial solicitor with Abbey National.Jones has held other in-house posts with Texaco and Associated British Foods, but he did his articles ...

  • Judicial review guidelines aim to cut number of challenged court decisions

    25-Oct-1994

    In-house government law-yer Fred Croft has devised new guidelines for administrators, aimed at reducing the number of decisions challenged in court.Croft, deputy head of litigation, is behind the latest edition of 'Judge over your shoulder', a booklet aimed at highlighting the legal framework for decision-making.The guidelines were first published in 1987 but have now been revised, updated and expanded, to reflect the increasing scope and incidence ...

  • Justice urges appeal reforms

    25-Oct-1994

    CAMPAIGNING group Justice is demanding radical reforms to the workings of the criminal Court of Appeal.Changes to the leave stage, the role of the single judge and clarification of the grounds of appeal are among many proposals outlined in its report, 'Remedying miscarriages of Justice'.Justice also sets out its blueprint for the new miscarriage of justice body, the Criminal Cases Review Authority (CCRA).Home Secretary Michael Howard recently ...

  • Kingsmill sees the end of Rainbow

    25-Oct-1994

    High-profile employemnt lawyer Denise Kingsmill has joined Denton Hall.

  • Lawyers to figure in Westminster hearing

    25-Oct-1994

    The Westminster corruption hearings kicked off this week with district auditor John Magill announcing that solicitor Matthew Ives would be expected to explain his involvement in the housing policy. Ives, former legal head at Westminster City Council, was not included in the auditor's provisional list of those accused of gerrymandering. But at the start of the first day's hearing, Magill said two more councillors and three officers, including Ives, would be expected to explain ...

  • Leeds base for new fraud unit

    25-Oct-1994

    LEEDS-BASED Simpson Curtis has set up a specialist business crime unit in response to the rising tide of white collar fraud.Partner Guy Harvey, who will head the new section, says the unit will be looking for commercial and criminal work."This is an untapped market. You only have to look at the number of bank managers who are coming before the courts. We will be working from a commercial or criminal angle throughout the country, anything from fraud in the client ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 25/10/94

    25-Oct-1994

    BRIAN DENNIS CAPLIN, 44, struck off in June 1990, refused restoration to Roll. Caplin, struck off after substantiated allegations he misused client funds for own and other clients' purposes, misled clients, failed to pay stamp duty and Land Registry fees, breached professional undertakings, made misleading statement to bank. Law Society Compensation Fund paid out u276,572 for his activities, u126,572 of which had not been recovered. ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 25/10/94

    25-Oct-1994

    Blom-Cooper: disclosure S.62 Housing Act 1985R v Poole Borough Council, Ex Parte Cooper (1994) (QBD 03.10.94.) (Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC)Summary: Homeless housing applicant is entitled to disclosure of information obtained by a housing authority in its inquiries on whether the applicant is intentionally homeless.Application for judicial review of council finding that applicant was intentionally homeless where she had been evicted by court order ...

  • Litigation Writs 25/10/94

    25-Oct-1994

    An Ormskirk man severely injured in an attack by three fellow Englishmen at Magaluf, Majorca in 1992, has launched High Court action against those he claims were responsible. John Crolla is claiming damages for assault and battery.Writ issued by Jeffrey Green Russell, London W1. C2248Cornish businessman faces High Court action over claims that he persuaded a wealthy American woman to give him over $1 million. The claim against Sidney ...

  • London firm's major restructuring pays off

    25-Oct-1994

    LONDON 24-partner firm Winckworth & Pemberton is restructuring its practice and forming new client-led mixed-skill teams to extend its niche services.The move has so far added u700,000 to the firm's u8.5 million turnover this year by increased efficiency alone and further increases are expected from new business.The latest of the new teams is the commercial and government services department. Combining clients such as the Metropolitan Police, London Magistrates' ...

  • Lovells spurns Hanoi in Vietnam office opening

    25-Oct-1994

    CITY firm Lovell White Durrant has opened its new Vietnam office after the country's authorities granted a license earlier this month.The office, to be based in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), signals a departure from the normal route taken by UK firms moving into Vietnam. The majority of firms have chosen to base themselves in the governmental centre of Hanoi.Lovells Hong Kong partner, Stephen Hayward, will head the office, splitting his time between ...

  • Lupton Fawcett's new managing partner

    25-Oct-1994

    Leeds-based Lupton Fawcett has announced the appointment of Kevin Emsley as its managing partner. Emsley takes over from John Norris, who led the firm for the past seven years. Norris will continue on the executive board and will concentrate on his new role as head of the specialist business services department. The firm has also launched a specialist business unit dealing with town and country ...

  • Media firm forms in-house group

    25-Oct-1994

    LONDON firm Davenport Lyons has set up an association for in-house media lawyers.The first meeting of Legato, held last week, attracted a range of lawyers from television, music publishing, film and cable companies.But speaker Ray Snoddy, Financial Times media correspondent, had a gloomy message when he said he was "enormously sceptical of the information super-highway".

  • Mondial appointment boosts legal team

    25-Oct-1994

    Mondial Assistance has taken on another in-house lawyer as part of the on-going expansion of its legal services.The department, which has grown from one to eight lawyers in two years, has recruited Nicole Clark from Southampton firm Woodford Ackroyd.Clark will take charge of Mondial's uninsured loss recovery legal work.The legal department was originally set up about four years ago to fulfil the needs of motorists protected by motor manufacturers' ...

  • More FT online files

    25-Oct-1994

    The Financial Times has launched three new business files for its FT Profile online database. EIU Geographic offers all the country and regional intelligence published by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Money Management provides monthly international coverage and detailed analyses of financial products for professional advisers. Business & Finance provides weekly coverage of all aspects of Ireland's business life, as well as in-depth analyses of major Irish companies.

  • Names await Appeal Court judgment

    25-Oct-1994

    The future for around 14,000 Lloyd's Names facing legal action by the Lloyd's corporation hangs in the balance as they await a major Court of Appeal judgment. Lloyd's is seeking to recover the solvency shortfall to cover its u2 billion losses.The Appeal Court has reserved judgment on two separate but parallel cases which have been considered on preliminary issues of law.Lawyers in the cases argue that Names John Clementson and Gian Carlo Allesandro ...

  • New faces line up after Bar election

    25-Oct-1994

    THE BAR leadership elections have resulted in new faces appearing in the top three positions and the first employed lawyer admitted to the Bar's senior management team.David Penry-Davey QC was elected as the next deputy chairman, beating current treasurer Martin Bowley QC in what finally became a two-horse race.Penry-Davey is a criminal and common law barrister at past chairman Anthony Scrivener QC's set at 2-3 Gray's Inn Square. He also followed ...

  • Novell update

    25-Oct-1994

    Novell UK has announced that subsequent versions of Envoy, the portable document tool, can support integration with third-party components via a plug-in architecture called Envoy Extensions. This is the framework that will allow third-party developers to partially customise the Envoy Viewer by adding software components. These enhancements, available in early 1995, will complement the Envoy Software Developer's Kit.

  • Outward bound libel case

    25-Oct-1994

    A libel hearing is imminent between the Outward Bound Trust Ltd and Mirror Group Newspapers. It follows a Daily Mirror story on 23 March last year relating to the canoeing tragedy at Lyme Regis, Dorset, in which four teenagers died and others ended up in hospital. The article referred to the party as having been on an outward bound course and the trust, which had nothing to do with it, claim the reference could be taken to infer they had, so the article swas ...

  • Parker Bullen expands office base

    25-Oct-1994

    Parker Bullen is expanding its offices in Salisbury and Andover by strengthening its existing bases in those locations. The members of the firm's former Southampton office merged with Bell Pope & Bridgewater, another firm in the city, and not the entire practice of Parker Bullen as reported in last week's The Lawyer. Parker Bullen, which has nine partners and 17 other fee earners is taking on four new assistant solicitors. The firm's practice manager, Malcolm Morton, ...

  • PI firm's union link

    25-Oct-1994

    Personal injury firm Rowley Ashworth has made an information transfer operation between its computer system, AlphaLaw, and the Amalgamated Engineering & Electrical Union's (AEEU). The software for the transfer system was designed and implemented by Management Support Systems (MSS) and the AEEU. The system gives the AEEU automatic access and up-to-date records on the position of the cases being handled on their behalf.

  • Points wide of the mark

    25-Oct-1994

    Your 4 October edition had a number of interesting articles about what the membership thinks of the Law Society's leadership and functions. Geoffrey Adams of Cardiff is wide of the mark on two matters he mentions.The first is the history of franchising negotiations. The society did not suddenly "decide to consult with the profession" earlier this year. Nor did we then first recognise a "hidden agenda of the Legal Aid Board or Lord Chancellor". This ...

  • Property

    25-Oct-1994

    Standard Life, advised by Herbert Smith, has bought for over u9m the freehold in a 139,000 sq ft warehouse scheme in Mollison Avenue, Enfield from Sainburys' subsidiary JS Developments, advised by Lovell White Durrant.

  • Property

    25-Oct-1994

    Morrison Supermarkets, advised by Gordons Wright & Wright, has purchased land for a new superstore between Cleethorpes and Grimsby from Limes Developments, advised by Andrew & Co in Lincoln.

  • Property

    25-Oct-1994

    Anquila Corporation, advised by Norton Rose, has acquired 63/65 Buckingham Gate in London for u38.5m from the freehold vendor Trust Company of Australia, advised by Clifford Chance. Buckingham Gate, Natal Trading and Hawfinch were advised by

  • Property firm sets up regeneration unit

    25-Oct-1994

    Property firm Ross & Craig has set up a specialist land regeneration unit to advise developers and property owners on land contamination problems. The group will form part of the firm's environment division, headed by Martin Polden, chair of the Environmental Law Foundation (Elf). Elf has just appointed its first director, Katherine Davis, who joins the organisation from the West Midlands Environment Network. Polden says after three years Elf needs a full-time senior official. ...

  • Property value claim

    25-Oct-1994

    A case in which surveyors, valuers and auctioneers, Clive Lewis and Partners are to be sued by Mayfair property company Seymour Adelaide and Co, over allegedly negligent valuation of property is due in court soon. Seymour Adelaide claims the valuation of the property at u350,000 prior to refurbishment and u540,000 afterwards was an over-estimate of the true value.

  • Race victims 'get poor deal'

    25-Oct-1994

    VICTIMS of racially motivated crimes get a poor deal from lawyers and the legal system, a Law Society conference heard.But the conference was split on the Home Affairs Select Committee's recommendation for a specific crime of racial violence.Barrister Courtney Griffiths said the law was adequate and legislation would divert attention from more practical problems.Labour MP Barbara Roche argued that a new law would be a powerful weapon against ...

  • Right to self-determination

    25-Oct-1994

    Roger Pearson

  • Rowe & Maw opts for Elite package

    25-Oct-1994

    Maya MounayerUS firm Elite Data Processing has won the contract to supply City firm Rowe & Maw with a new billing system.Project "Trident", using software from Elite, will replace the current Wang system by March 1995.The Trident plan incorporates a relational database accounting system with a PC network-based front office suite of applications using open technology.Elite's Informix relational database will accommodate ...

  • Sheffield merger makes 'cracking' unit

    25-Oct-1994

    SHEFFIELD-based Irwin Mitchell is to strengthen its corporate practice by merging with local firm Kershaw Tudor.The firms say the merger has been under consideration for some time and has no bearing on the fact that Nabarro Nathanson is due to move into the city this month.Howard Culley, Irwin ...

  • Speechly advises BDO

    25-Oct-1994

    Speechly Bircham has been heavily involved in the merger between Arthur Andersen and much of BDO Binder Hamlyn.After the BDO Binder Hamlyn partnership ceased to practice on 1 October, the regional offices that were not part of the move entered new alliances with other firms.Speechlys advised seven of the regional firms. One links up with

  • Student funds crisis warning

    25-Oct-1994

    URGENT action is needed to tackle problems with law student funding, the Lord Chancellor's advisers have warned.A sharp drop in the number of discretionary grants awarded by local authorities could pose a "significant threat" to the widespread availability of general legal services.The Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) is calling on central and local government to treat the lack of grant help "as a matter of ...

  • Tesco planning battle rages

    25-Oct-1994

    Retail giants, Tesco, which lost an Appeal Court battle in May to develop a superstore at Witney is to fight on. The company has been given leave by the House of Lords to challenge an Appeal Court decision. This was that a High Court judge who gave the green-light for plans to develop a superstore at Witney, was wrong. The Appeal Court upheld refusal of consent for the development by the environment secretary.

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Douglas Stewart

    25-Oct-1994

    Personal injury lawyer Douglas Stewart, aged 50, is a partner at Stewarts and an author of legal fiction. Born in Glasgow, he lives and works in London.What was your first job?British Rail porter atFolkestone Harbour.What was your first salary as a lawyer?Overpaid at u5 per week.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Become a master of wine.Which law could ...

  • The Webber File

    25-Oct-1994

    John Webber

  • Trusting in the BVI in line

    25-Oct-1994

    The following are some of the more important changes which have been introduced by the 1993 Trustee Amendments Act in the British Virgin Islands:Settlors now have the option to create a fixed term perpetuity period not exceeding 100 years in lieu of the common law period of 21 years plus.Common law principles have been abolished under which trusts are held to be void ab initio if an interest might vest outside the perpetuity period. The concept of "wait and see" ...

  • US lawyers' northern visit

    25-Oct-1994

    US lawyers are spreading the word about northern firms following a flying visit organised by the Cowen Group.The group is named after its founder, Booth & Co joint senior partner Maurice Cowen.American members of the group gave seminars to Booth & Co clients in Leeds and to those of Addleshaws Sons & Latham in Manchester.The speakers included child abuse specialist Valerie Hoffman of Seyfarth Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson.The firm's ...

  • Vasectomy 'gone wrong'

    25-Oct-1994

    Urologist Solomon Goldenberg will face High Court action where he is being sued by a Kent couple over a failed vasectomy operation at the Raleigh Nursing Home in London. Martyn and Karen Newell complain that after Mr Newell underwent a vasectomy in the 1980s Mrs Newell became pregnant. She gave birth to a son in January 1992.

  • War veteran's battle over fees

    25-Oct-1994

    A D-DAY veteran is fighting the legal profession's "privileged position" on fees by taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights.Bill Shaw, 74, is striking a blow for litigants-in-person, whom he says are grossly discriminated against when claiming costs.He is taking his fight to Europe under Article 6 of the Convention on Human Rights, which says all individuals should have equal access to justice.Shaw, who has the backing of Norfolk ...

  • Why the world is UK firms' oyster

    25-Oct-1994

    Why have City law firms done so well? Their success has been due to that of the City's financial institutions, says the City Research Project study, which examines the competitive advantage of the Square Mile's law and accountancy firms. Firms' other strategic advantage has been the asset of English law.The law firms have succeeded by providing the services that institutions needed and persuading others of the benefits of English contracts and courts. ...

  • Wirral firm celebrates 75th anniversary

    25-Oct-1994

    Wirral law firm Percy Hughes & Roberts has completed a major refurbishment of its offices to coincide with its 75th anniversary celebrations. Former solicitor and celebrity Willie Rushton attended a reception to mark the occasion. Senior partner Peter Johnson says: "We wanted to take this opportunity of a landmark in our history to refurbish our premises and freshen our image."

  • Women solicitors seek out pioneers

    25-Oct-1994

    THE ASSOCIATION of Women Solicitors (AWS) is compiling a record of the experiences of pioneering women solicitors.The project marks the 75th anniversary of the Sexual Discrimination (Removal) Act 1919, which removed the obstacles hindering women from entering any profession.Scant information exists about Carrie Morrison, the first woman to qualify as a solicitor in 1922, four years after the act was passed.Together with four fellow law students she ...

  • Woolf wants radical courts overhaul

    25-Oct-1994

    THE BRITISH legal system has got a "major problem" and the country needs a "radically different model for conducting civil justice than exists at present", Lord Woolf said.Speaking at a press conference last Friday, Woolf, who is conducting a review of rules and procedure of civil courts in England and Wales, said a "fundamentally different approach" to justice was required.Woolf said complaints made against the system during the first half of the review included ...

  • Young lawyers set up Brussels group

    25-Oct-1994

    EUROPEAN Commission vice-president Sir Leon Brittan QC will be the first speaker to address the newly formed Brussels Young Solicitors' Group (YSG).Formed at an inaugural meeting last week, the group has already signed 50 members and more are expected to join.The group is being co-ordinated by an organising committee, including Taylor Joynson Garrett's John Grayston, Frazer Clarke, the European Parliament and YSG representative on the Law Society's ...