25 September 1995

The Lawyer

  • A short lesson in history

    26-Sep-1995

    I do not wish to open a Second Front by arguing with both The Lawyer and the Bar Council but Tulkinghorn is wrong in assuming last week that I confused the military strategies of Hitler and Stalin in the battle for Stalingrad.On 23 November 1942, General von Paulus, commander of the German Sixth Army, informed Hitler that it was "essential to withdraw all our divisions from Stalingrad".Hitler's reply was a Furher order to the Sixth ...

  • Accessories after the fact

    1-Oct-1995

    You can never have enough hats, gloves and shoes, a shell-shocked Patsy, the glossy mag editor, tells the chat show cameras in an episode of 'Absolutely Fabulous'.She's talking accessories, and accessories, as every reader of Jackie in the 70s will remember, are the essential finishing touch to the perfect "outfit".Then, they were red plastic belts with matching crocheted hats, rows of plastic bangles (never bracelets, always bangles) and a sprinkling ...

  • Addison makes exit from CPS

    1-Oct-1995

    Neil Addison, the Bar Council member and Crown Prosecutor who was controversially suspended last November after writing newspaper articles without his employer's consent, has left the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) with a settlement in hand.But issues raised by the suspension continue to worry barristers and a call to terminate the Director of Public Prosecution's ex officio Bar Council post will still be made as planned later this month.A statement ...

  • Advice from DPP under the spotlight

    1-Oct-1995

    Director of Public Prosecutions Barbara Mills QC and High Court judge John Chadwick QC could be called to provide affidavits and oral evidence to the Court of Appeal concerning their role in advising the Serious Fraud Office in the first Guinness trial.As senior members of the prosecution team, they are understood to have advised the SFO on the non-disclosure of the findings of a Licensed Dealers Tribunal in the City during the first trial, which the original four defendants ...

  • Appeal over B&C sale begins

    1-Oct-1995

    This week the Court of Appeal will hear appeals by Quadrex Holdings and Samuel Montagu & Co arising out of their long running litigation with British & Commonwealth Holdings (B&C). The appeal is expected to occupy the court for at least three months.The appeals arise out of the abortive sale by B&C to Quadrex of the wholesale money broking division of Mercantile House Holdings in 1987 for u280 million. Samuel Montagu acted as Quadrex's merchant banking advisers in the ...

  • Are the ladies hemmed in?

    1-Oct-1995

    Mary Heaney looks at a minor revolution as more women lawyers swap their skirts for trousers in the workplaceFour months ago, City firm Linklaters & Paines found itself the subject of press attention when it changed its dress code allowing females to wear trousers. Until then, it was "generally-speaking, not appropriate for women to wear trousers," says partner Stephen Edelman.

  • Barings. Nick Leeson - villain or victim

    26-Sep-1995

    The case against, by John Woods, a consultant at Denton Hall and former director of the Serious Fraud OfficeIn a speech to a seminar in Cambridge recently, the director of the Serious Fraud Office commented ruefully that the SFO had received more column inches in the newspapers than most others, testifying, perhaps to the ever-increasing interest in fraud not only among lawyers and City professionals but members of the public as well. A sensational fraud case will generate ...

  • Barings. Nick Leeson - villain or victim?

    26-Sep-1995

    When the Barings crisis first hit the headlines, there was a clearly identified villain to blame. One of the City's great financial institutions had been brought to its knees by a champagne-swilling, yacht-owning, reconstructed Thatcherite yuppie who spent his life in Singapore barking instructions down a mobile phone in between mouthfuls of caviar.It is to the immense credit of Stephen Pollard and his team that the media's, and hence the public's, perception ...

  • Belvir moves up a rung at Southwark

    26-Sep-1995

    Cyril DixonA FORMER trainee solicitor with Southwark Council has been appointed to the top legal job with the authority.Julie Belvir becomes borough solicitor and secretary following the departure of Dr Clive Grace to a chief executive's post in south Wales.Belvir qualified in 1988 and began her career as an articled clerk with Southwark nine years ago, rising to the post of principal solicitor then assistant director five years ago.

  • Briefs

    26-Sep-1995

    Linda Tsang reportsDundas & Wilson, leading legal practice in Scotland, has chosen Netware 4.1 as the base for its IT infrastructure. Part of a major IT investment to provide the business with a scalable information systems platform, Netware 4.1 will provide centrally managed business services to 300 employees at Dundas offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. ...

  • Care centres meet with approval

    1-Oct-1995

    Family lawyers have welcomed the opening of nine new care and family hearing centres.Eileen Pembridge, chair of the Law Society's family law committee, says waiting times have been growing and travelling has proved a problem in some areas.The Lord Chancellor's Department decided to increase the number of nominated County Courts after a review last year.Two new care centres have been opened at Canterbury and Swindon, while family hearing ...

  • Case for the fraud prosecutors

    1-Oct-1995

    The dismantling of the Serious Fraud Office appears to have become an idea whose time has finally come.Public commentators have questioned the effectiveness of the SFO, while at the same time, a chorus of uninformed opinion has suggested that the way in which the City conducts its affairs should be realistically left to the regulatory authorities. Those who promote these views either do not understand our system of criminal justice, or significantly fail to ...

  • Change due for small claims court

    1-Oct-1995

    A report on small claims courts by Consumers' Association magazine Which? has met with a cautious welcome from the Law Society.But the report's most important recommendation, to increase the limit on the value of cases from u1,000 to u5,000, will be controversial.Suzanne Burn, secretary of the Law Society's Civil Litigation Committee, says any increase in the size of small claims should be coupled with safeguards excluding all personal injury cases.

  • City firm casts net for corporate experts

    26-Sep-1995

    MORE THAN 10 experienced lawyers are to be taken on as part of a recruitment drive by big City firm Herbert Smith.The new staff are being recruited for the corporate department and will bring the number of lawyers employed by the firm across the globe to about 500.Herbert Smith is looking for solicitors from eight disciplines following its appointment to work on a number of major corporate projects.Corporate partner Stephen Barnard said the firm also ...

  • Clerks reject paper's 'outrageous' claims

    26-Sep-1995

    Justices' clerks are furious over a Sunday Express newspaper article alleging that clerks are advising magistrates to be "too lenient on thugs".The story, which the Justices' Clerks Society (JCS) calls "inaccurate, outrageous and mischievous", claims clerks are advising magistrates to hand out light sentences because of fears they could be financially liable in the event of a successful appeal against sentence in a higher court.The paper's editorial ...

  • Clients step up action against lawyers

    26-Sep-1995

    Practitioners around the world are taking steps to restrict their potential liability as aggrieved clients become increasingly willing to take action against their lawyers, a new report claims.Produced by the International Bar Association's committee on insurance, Liability of lawyers and indemnity insurance charts a boom in negligence claims against lawyers in recent years.In England and Wales claims notified by solicitors on the fund, which provides compulsory ...

  • Clutch of New Year honours for legal profession

    1-Oct-1995

    Solicitors have figured prominently in the New Year honours list.

  • Colleagues remember 'kind friend

    26-Sep-1995

    COLLEAGUES of murdered senior partner Nigel Lightfoot have paid tribute to a "kind and generous friend".The Southampton legal community was left shocked by the fatal stabbing of the Lamport Bassitt senior partner last week.The 60-year-old father-of-three was attacked after opening the front door of his family home to the assailant. He died within minutes of the attack.Lamport Bassitt partner Sean Kelly said the firm was distressed over the killing, ...

  • Corporate pensions

    26-Sep-1995

    The Law Society has finally arrived at a solution on the fraught question of corporate pensions after spending 18 months examining the issue. In a move which is likely to be followed by other pensions regulators, it defines corporate pensions as including all types of company scheme, including SIPPs. Those looking to advise on such pensions will now have to have an Advanced Financial Planning Certificate from mid- 1996. "The Law Society says there are certain types of ...

  • Couderts in mass recruitment drive

    26-Sep-1995

    COUDERT Brothers will introduce 80 new attorneys to its US practice next month if current merger talks with intellectual property lawyers are successful.Chair of the firm's executive committee Anthony Williams last week confirmed Couderts was planning to strengthen its IP practice through acquisitions in New York, Washington and Los Angeles.New York, the base for the team, would be the biggest hiring with 50 lawyers, while 20 would start in Washington and ...

  • Councils get tough on school fraud

    26-Sep-1995

    Cyril DixonPARENTS who fraudulently obtain school places for their children could be prosecuted for perjury, a council's lawyers have been told.Their children could also be expelled, according to counsel guidance given to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.Barking's lawyers sought advice from barrister Nigel Giffin on how to deal with parents who use false addresses to get children into the comprehensive school of their ...

  • Cripps Harries Hal

    26-Sep-1995

    Cripps Harries Hall is putting the final touches to a private banking package for clients which will include a link with a merchant bank."This will mean that if we have clients who have a portfolio with us, they will be able to get an automatic borrowing facility," said David Lough, head of the firm's financial services department.The borrowing ...

  • Custody battles across the seas

    26-Sep-1995

    AN English woman who fled to the UK from Australia with her 18-month-old daughter has been ordered by the High Court to return the child to Australia where her father is a resident.The recent case has highlighted the increasing number of such custody battles reaching the High Court.The order to return the daughter to Australia was obtained on the application of the child's father under the provisions of the Hague Convention. These favour that children with ...

  • Cut custody warns Beith

    26-Sep-1995

    FEWER custodial sentences and better treatment for asylum seekers have been highlighted by the Liberal Democrats as two key domestic reform proposals.Home affairs spokesman and deputy leader Alan Beith told the conference in Glasgow that putting more people in prison was not a solution to the country's crime problem.He pointed out that 14 per cent of the country's women prisoners had been locked up for not paying TV licence fees.And he added: ...

  • DEFENCE CUTS

    1-Oct-1995

    Defence cuts have seen the army legal team cut in size but it continues to bear up well to the squeeze.Army Legal Services (ALS) now has 53 lawyers. Before Options for Change - the services' fundamental review - swung into action, the number was 58.But the aim of the cuts is to shave the army's hierachical pyramid from the side allowing recruitment to continue."We have suffered our fair share of redundancies. Two last year, two this year ...

  • Denton Hall International says bonjour to sixth firm

    26-Sep-1995

    NINE-partner French practice Sales Vincent & Associes has become the sixth European firm to be admitted to the Denton International Group of Law Firms.Sales Vincent, which officially joined the group during the IBA conference in Paris last week, has a strong international bias, employing French and US lawyers and handling clients on the continent as well as in the UK, Japan, Korea, Middle East, Africa and the US.Denton Hall chair Henry King said Sales Vincent ...

  • Dentons involved in property gaffe

    26-Sep-1995

    DENTON Hall has emerged with egg on its face after a mistake was made in what is described as the largest ever residential property deal.The error occurred over the sale of the Kensington Estate by the Smith's Charity to the Wellcome Trust for £280 million.Twenty-six blocks of tenants did not receive the proper notification on the deal after Denton Hall misinterpreted the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.The Act states that leases capable of ...

  • DTI adds its voice to India licences row

    26-Sep-1995

    THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry is calling a special meeting this week to discuss the crisis facing foreign lawyers in India.Officials will meet law firms on Friday to discuss how to ease the situation for foreign firms with offices in India. The Law Society has also been invited to attend.The move comes following the Bombay Lawyers Collective's efforts to revoke thelicences of three foreign practices including UK firm

  • Eager for business

    26-Sep-1995

    India's liberalisation policy has put the economy back on the path to recovery. The bureaucratic constraints, which denied India growth and prosperity ended as the government introduced a series of economic reforms in 1991.The macro-economic indicators prove the point, indicating improved export performance, a stable currency and declining interest rates.The manufacturing sector and the capital goods sector (a precursor to economic growth) have both registered ...

  • English law schools skimp on ethics training, says academic

    26-Sep-1995

    THE BAR, Law Society and law teachers are falling down on ethical training, claims a legal academic.And he says the English bodies are putting out misleading information on the extent to which the subject is taught.Delivering a paper to last week's International Bar Association conference, the University of Warwick's Roger Burridge said English legal education "largely ignored" the significance of ethics and the concept primarily existed in lawyers' ...

  • Europe set for liability ruling

    26-Sep-1995

    EUROPE could institute a community-wide ruling on limited liability if proposals before the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) prove fruitful.The details emerged at the International Bar Association's (IBA) 12th Biennial Conference on the section on business law in Paris last week.Member states vary in their approach to capping the liability of practitioners, with responses ranging from the German Bar's liberal attitude on ...

  • Eversheds and Jaques merge

    1-Oct-1995

    THE long-awaited merger between national practice Eversheds and City firm Jaques & Lewis has been finalised.The move took place on 9 January after months of talks between Eversheds and several City firms, including Theodore Goddard.The new London practice will be known as Eversheds Jaques & Lewis until June, when regional titles will be dropped and all firms will adopt the name ...

  • Financial events

    26-Sep-1995

    This week, The Lawyer is organising a conference Financial Services - an expanding niche market for solicitors. The Thursday conference will look at how solicitors can create and expand their financial services business. Contact Steve Warshal on 0171 287 9800. SIFA is also organising a conference next month entitled Achieving success in financial services. The event will be held in London on 17 October.

  • Financings

    26-Sep-1995

    Howard Kennedy acted for the City Mortgage Corporation in the £1 billion mortgage facility granted to it by an affiliate company of a major US investment banking firm

  • Financings

    1-Oct-1995

    Huddersfield University was advised by Dibb Lupton Broomhead in a u16.5m development financing of a new campus of over 700 accommodation units. Financing came from a syndicate made up of Lloyds

  • Financings

    1-Oct-1995

    * Hypobank was advised by Herbert Smith in connection with the issue of ILire 200bn (u78m) 11.10 per cent Euro-medium term notes due 1996.

  • Financings

    1-Oct-1995

    BCE Holdings was advised by Wallace & Partners in relation to an u11m placing of shares primarily to fund acquisitions.

  • Firms challenge LAB choice

    1-Oct-1995

    Four law firms are applying for a judicial review of the Legal Aid Board (LAB) following a wrangle over who should co-ordinate a multi-party action.The four firms, which have formed a steering committee for vibration white finger (VWF) claims against British Coal, are challenging the board's decision to grant generic legal aid work to rival firm Traynor & Co. A full hearing may take place next month after leave was granted in November.The board invited firms ...

  • Firms jostle for Chunnel claim work

    26-Sep-1995

    Legal activity around cash-strapped Eurotunnel is reaching a new level of intensity with Nicholson Graham & Jones taking a surprise lead in a £1 billion action against contractors. At the same time, big City firms are re-negotiating the company's massive £8 billion bank debt.Speculation is rife about whether other law firms previously involved in the project will take a slice of the action. In particular, it seemed questionable whether Freshfields, which ...

  • First Name action could set off Lloyd's avalanche

    26-Sep-1995

    THE FIRST legal action taken by Lloyd's of London agents against a Lloyd's Name could start an "avalanche" of cases against other individual defaulting Names, according to the agents' lawyers.The action, against Dr Andrew James Higgins, was the subject of an Order 14 hearing last week and should result in a judgment within days.Dibb Lupton Broomhead partner Susan Dingwall, overseeing all agents' cases, said the recovery action by client Merchant ...

  • Flotations

    1-Oct-1995

    Lloyd's corporate capital vehicle Kiln Capital was advised by Clyde & Co in connection with its u25m Stock Exchange listing

  • Flotations

    1-Oct-1995

    Oxford Molecular Group was advised by Booth & Co on its u29.5m flotation

  • Flotations

    1-Oct-1995

    Eurovein was advised by Shoosmiths & Harrison on its u23m flotation

  • Flotations

    1-Oct-1995

    RAP Group was advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite on its u15m flotation raising u6m

  • Halliwells banking arm greets McDaid

    1-Oct-1995

    Manchester firm Halliwell Landau has strengthened its banking service by taking on Ray McDaid from Nabarro Nathanson.McDaid, who joins as a partner, was a founder member of Nabarro's banking department."I regard it as a major coup for the firm that he has decided to join us," says senior partner Clive Garston.McDaid previously worked as assistant vice president ...

  • IBA rewards human rights achievement

    1-Oct-1995

    A NEW award honouring the late civil liberties lawyer Bernard Simons has been created by the International Bar Association.The Bernard Simons Memorial Award, presented by the IBA's Section on General Practice (SGP), will recognise personal endeavour in the practice of criminal law which makes a substantial contribution to the promotion, protection and advancement of human rights.The award is open to all legal practitioners and the international dimension ...

  • If we all pull together...

    26-Sep-1995

    Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, Fax 0171-734 0534The more I consider the John Edge conveyancing fee initiative the more I think it is misconceived. The backlash has already started and it will further tarnish the image of the profession.Over the past five years I have grossed, on average, £80,000pa from residential property conveyancing. To do that my volume of work was on occasion, ...

  • In brief: Addleshaws appoints personnel director

    1-Oct-1995

    Manchester firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham has appointed Graham Kershaw to the newly-created post of personnel and administration director. Kershaw, formerly company secretary of the Tetley Pub Company, will act as a member of Addleshaws executive board, reporting directly to managing partner Paul Lee. He is a JP and director of the West Yorkshire Probation service.

  • In brief: Bar equality rethink due to kick off

    26-Sep-1995

    The Bar Council's revamped equality code is expected to come into effect this week after being finalised at the weekend council meeting, unless further refinements are to be made. Other major issues to be debated include controversial proposals for deferring call to the Bar until six months' pupillage are completed. An announcement was expected on the progress of proposals over the future of the Inns of Court School of Law. Under current proposals, the school may be taken ...

  • In brief: Berwins conference for Israeli business

    1-Oct-1995

    City firm Berwin Leighton is hosting a conference for Israeli businesses at the Sheraton Hotel on 17 and 18 January. The event, organised in association with the Israel Export Institute, covers raising capital and business expansion in the UK and Europe.

  • In brief: Booth & Co seminar flies flag for Leeds

    1-Oct-1995

    Leeds firm Booth & Co has joined forces with the Leeds Development Agency to mount a seminar on the future of the Leeds economy on 16 January. Chairman of the seminar, Booths joint senior partner Maurice Cowen, says: "Leeds can act as a model by marrying the future employment needs of an expanding finanical and commercial business community with the need to resolve some of the serious unemployment issues in the city."

  • In brief: CCBE still out on establishment plan

    26-Sep-1995

    The CCBE is still pondering the question of rights of establishment after Germany and the UK put forward new proposals to break the deadlock at a meeting in Brussels last week. According to Law Society head of international Hamish Adamson, the Spanish and French delegations did not reject the proposals out of hand. Further discussions are expected to take place in October.

  • In brief: Eversheds appoints planning head

    1-Oct-1995

    National firm Eversheds has appointed Paul Winter as head of its planning sector, in addition to his role as head of planning at Eversheds Hepworth & Chadwick in Leeds, where he previously ran the property department. He is replaced as head of property in Leeds by Andrew Latchmore, who continues as head of commercial property for Eversheds' national practice.

  • In brief: Ex-IBA director sets up pro bono award

    26-Sep-1995

    Former International Bar Association executive director Madeleine May, who resigned her post at the end of 1994 after more than 15 years in the role, has established a new award for excellence in pro bono work. May made an announcement at a formal dinner given in her honour at the opening of the IBA conference. A farewell collection from more than 250 former officers and past IBA presidents raised more than £5,000 for May who matched it with £5,000 of her own funds to establish ...

  • In brief: Four Weddings actress in College video

    1-Oct-1995

    'Four Weddings and a Funeral' actress Robin McCaffrey plays the lead role in a new College of Law promotional video. McCaffrey, who played the woman who married Hugh Grant's brother in the film, appears as a student visiting the College's four branches to view facilities and learn about the Legal Practice Course. The 30-minute video will be used by college lecturers when they visit careers centres to talk about the LPC.

  • In brief: Heaps returns to Council of Tribunals

    1-Oct-1995

    Christopher Heaps, chairman of the Law Society Adjudication and Appeals Committee, has been reappointed member of Council on Tribunals. He is a partner at Jaques & Lewis, which is merging with national law firm Eversheds. He was first appointed member of the Council on Tribunals, the independent watchdog on tribunals in England and Wales, in 1991.

  • In brief: ILEX holds its annual general meeting

    1-Oct-1995

    The Central London branch of the Institute of Legal Executives is holding its annual general meeting in the Edinburgh Tavern, London WC2 at 6.30pm on 21 February. The AGM will be followed by a lecture at 7pm.

  • In brief: LAB U-turn on duty solicitor dismissal

    26-Sep-1995

    The Legal Aid Board has reinstated solicitor Hilda Amoo Gottfried to the south London duty solicitor scheme shortly after she won leave for judicial review of the LAB London area committee's decision to deselect her. The LAB area and regional committees were overruled months ago by the LAB national committee which ordered her reinstatement and rejected their reasons for deselection. The area and regional committees had not obeyed the order, it is understood. Amoo-Gottfried is pursuing ...

  • In brief: Nabarros construction expert leaves

    26-Sep-1995

    Akbar Ali, a leading international construction law expert, has left London-based Nabarro Nathanson to join Davies Arnold Cooper as a partner. Formerly an in-house lawyer with Trafalgar House, he has been involved in major civil engineering arbitrations, including attracting business from European civil engineering contractors in former common law jurisdictions, such as West Africa and the Caribbean. He ...

  • In brief: Outdoor clerks set up own association

    1-Oct-1995

    The first body specifically for outdoor clerks is being set up. The Outdoor Clerks Association aims to increase the profile of its members and improve training. "Outdoor clerks do what is often a very important and responsible job without a great deal of notice being taken of them," association member Martin Osment says. "Training and experience are both essential if clients are to be properly represented."

  • In brief: Paper adds to debate on modern legalese

    1-Oct-1995

    Two Commonwealth lawyers, Spring Yuen Ching Fung and Anthony Watson-Brown from the Attorney General's chambers in Hong Kong, have produced a working paper on "deconstructing legislative sentences". It is part of a bigger project undertaken by the authors as Nuffield Foundation research fellows at the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies to help developing Commonwealth countries strengthen legal institutions.

  • In brief: Queen's Counsel applications

    26-Sep-1995

    The Lord Chancellor has invited applications for appointment as Queen's Counsel. The applications are open to advocates who hold, or are entitled to exercise, full rights of audience in the High Court or Crown Court. Forms and Notes for Guidance, are available from David Stobie, Lord Chancellor's Department, Room 6.33, Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT. Forms must be returned by 16 October.

  • In brief: Shoosmiths advises clients on the piste

    1-Oct-1995

    Reading-based Shoosmiths & Harrison is setting up a Ski Line to follow on from the Holiday Hotline which ran this summer. "We already have potential claims against tour operators and ski resorts despite the fact the skiing season is only a few weeks old," head of the personal injury department Paul Paxton says. As with the Holiday Hotline, injured people are encouraged to telephone from abroad, reversing ...

  • In brief: SJ Berwin flies flag at SA exhibition

    26-Sep-1995

    SJ Berwin says it is the sole UK law firm participating in the Britain Means Business exhibition in South Africa this week. The Johannesburg event, to be opened by the UK's new Minister for Trade Anthony Nelson, will see up to 100 major UK companies, including British Aerospace, Rolls Royce and BP, and many small and medium-sized exporters taking part.

  • In brief: Touche Ross offers host of workshops

    1-Oct-1995

    Partnership taxation, employee benefits, marketing and IT systems are three of the topics to be covered in a new series of workshops for law firms being run by accountants Touche Ross. Two workshops a month led by tax partner Joe Swift will be held from 11 January in London and Liverpool. They are free of charge.

  • In brief: Trainees' book eases jump to practice

    26-Sep-1995

    Two trainee solicitors have written a book to bridge the gap between academic legal study and the practice of law. Gerald Montagu, of Macfarlanes, and Mark Weston, of Allen & Overy, pooled their skills to write The Legal Practice Companion after completing the Legal Practice Course and then moving into private ...

  • Irish hit back at 'negligence culture' claims

    26-Sep-1995

    IRISH solicitors claim they have given their business community a "bloody nose" during a media scrap over ambulance chasing allegations.The Law Society of Ireland has accused the Irish business community of fostering a "negligence culture" in an effort to counter claims that no win no fee rules are encouraging spurious compensation actions.The society is currently reviewing its advertising code in an effort to curb advertising it considers objectionable such ...

  • Is democracy 'unthinkable' too

    26-Sep-1995

    The speed of the president in calling last week's special meeting of the council surprised the staff. His own paper was countered by a paper from the hitherto discreet intelligentsia of Chancery Lane known as the Ginger Group.Appointed by the secretary general John Hayes, it is established "to think the unthinkable" and it is sufficiently influential to have its paper circulated to all council members for last week's meeting. But, entitled Simply ...

  • Isma signs Perfect deal for on-line prospectuses

    26-Sep-1995

    Linda Tsang reportsOn-line information provider Perfect Information has signed an exclusive agreement with the International Securities Market Association (Isma) to provide its users with access to over 11,000 prospectuses for international securities.Perfect users will be able to access any document, which will be displayed as an image on a PC screen. The facilities also allow users to find a prospectus by identifying its main features, such as ...

  • It's got a widget

    1-Oct-1995

    Since I built my first crystal set at the age of eight, technology has been a fascination.By the age of 12 my bedroom was wired for sound and much more besides. Visitors had to announce their identity over an intercom system. If I wanted to see them I would press a button on the control panel on my desk and a Meccano motor under the bed would open the door. If I didn't want to see them, a different button would send a mild electric current through the door-handle.

  • JOINING UP

    1-Oct-1995

    Richard Batty had spent four and a half years with a high street firm and he was fed up."I had been working pretty hard, driving many miles and generally beginning to feel the stresses of dealing with other people's problems."After spotting an advert for Army Legal Services and making a tentative call he found himself thrust into unchartered territory. Following an interview, he was invited to the selection board which was staged over two and a half days ...

  • Keeping the scales in balance

    26-Sep-1995

    Cyrus Tata, the research officer at Strathclyde University's Centre for Law, Computers and Technology.looks at a program for Scottish judges to iron out variations in sentencingPERHAPS the most difficult decision which a judge has to face is that of sentencing. It is an uncertain task which often places judges in the firing line of public criticism as different judges pass quite different sentences for similar cases.Inconsistency can largely be ...

  • Kienzle shows legal market commitment

    1-Oct-1995

    Over 60 law firms attended the Kienzle Solicitors User Group annual meeting and conference in Reading.Delegates "were impressed by the commitment of the group to the legal market," says user group chair Andrew Priest, finance director of Davies Arnold Cooper.Kienzle says its ARISTA practice management system had over 40 new law firm users in 1994 and its first local authority, bringing total users to over 80. It predicts 20 per cent revenue ...

  • Law firms on hit-list for IT thieves

    1-Oct-1995

    Gangs across Britain are targeting law firms and stealing computer equipment worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, suppliers warn.The profession is being hit by a "thefts-to-order" campaign, according to a founder member of the Association of Legal Technology Suppliers.Stephen Taylor-Parker says that highly computer-literate gangs are targeting legal practices in a series of break-ins."These people know exactly what they are looking for and who requires ...

  • Law Soc defends confidentiality

    1-Oct-1995

    Law firms no longer face the onerous task under money laundering rules of providing banks with proof of identity of clients for whom they hold money in client and trust accounts.This important concessionwas won by the Law Society in talks last week with the British Bankers' Association (BBA), over what has been a growing problem for solicitors.Diane Burleigh, head of the society's courts business team, says: "The banks won't ask for such information. ...

  • Law Soc fine tunes investment rules

    26-Sep-1995

    The Law Society has received a "fair" response to the consultation paper to simplify the Solicitors' Investment Business rules.Although the draft rules have few changes of substance, the SIB required the Law Society to consult with the profession and other interested parties, including consumer groups.The rules, which came into being in 1990, were designed to offer investors "equivalent protection" to the rules of ...

  • Law Society takes show on the road

    1-Oct-1995

    The Law Society this week launches its programme of roadshows to improve links between the leadership and the membership.Society President Charles Elly, director of the Solicitors Complaints Bureau Veronica Lowe and head of the legal practice directorate Andrew Lockley will be among the team of top officials meeting members in Exeter."We are not going to lecture; we are going to listen and inform," says Henry Hodge, the society's deputy vice president.

  • Lewisham supports ethnic training

    26-Sep-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsLEWISHAM has joined the growing band of local authorities which are taking positive action to train solicitors from ethnic minority groups.The south-east London council has joined forces with a law centre in the borough to start a two-year training scheme for a black law graduate.About 400 people have enquired about the contract, created under section 37 of the Race Relations Act 1976, to boost representation of black ...

  • Libel/Food Contamination. True extent of the damage

    26-Sep-1995

    The case of Walker Wingsail Systems, where a jury awarded £1.485 million libel damages against the editor and publishers of Yachting World in 1994, has now been settled prior to the appeal.Rather surprisingly, the defendants publicised the settlement figure under which they pay £760,000 in damages, costs and interest to the plaintiffs.As their own legal bill amounted to roughly the same again, the case is likely to have cost Yachting World a horrendous ...

  • Libel/Food Contamination. When food isn't quite so glorious

    26-Sep-1995

    Incidents of food and drink contamination, whether malicious or accidental, are never out of the news for long. Only recently it was reported that Marks & Spencer had launched a campaign to recall certain chocolate cakes on the same day that Sainsbury's were recalling wafers because of possible contamination. The two incidents were unrelated.Such recalls present an interesting legal problem for manufacturers and suppliers.Under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 ...

  • Linklaters takes NeXT step in IT

    26-Sep-1995

    Linda Tsang reportsCity firm Linklaters & Paines is in the process of rolling out a £15 million IT project which, it believes, will put it level with or even ahead of many of its clients.The controversial system is intended to give all the firm's lawyers, both in its international offices and at client sites, 24 hours a day, seven days a week ...

  • Linklaters wins Railtrack work

    1-Oct-1995

    City firm Linklaters & Paines is to handle the legal work in the flotation of Railtrack as part of the British Rail privatisation programme.The firm will advise the Department of Transport on all aspects of the flotation, including matters relating to titles to land and property, European law that might be affected by the float, and on matters of contract.Linklaters already has ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 26/09/95

    26-Sep-1995

    NATHLYN SONIA BERTLYN COCHRANE, 40, admitted 1984, practised as Cochrane & Co, Walthamstow, London E17, fined £1. Allegations substantiated she failed to pay counsel's fees when due and failed to respond to correspondence from Bar Council and SCB. Tribunal told Cochrane entered ill-fated venture with Michael Grant, a solicitor who had been struck off for dishonest use of client money and permitted situation to arise where she was held out ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 26/09/95

    26-Sep-1995

    Holland v Smith - QBD 23 June 1995Claimant: Bernard HollandAccident: Motorcycle accidentInjuries: Plaintiff received severe, multiple injuries to head, arm, leg and remains disabledAward: £219,24Judge: Mr Justice MaySolicitors: McGrath & Co (London)Turner v Plessey Research Caswell - QBD 26 June 1995Claimant: James Turner, 56Accident: Research worker ...

  • Litigation Recent decisions 26/09/95

    26-Sep-1995

    Contempt of defective committal orderC v Hackney London Borough Council (1995).CA (Leggatt LJ, Aldous LJ and Hutchison LJ).Summary: Error in activating suspended sentence corrected without causing injustice: A father twice breached an order prohibiting him from removing his child from its guardian and was sentenced to two suspended sentences totalling three months imprisonment. On breaching the order again a suspended sentence of six months concurrent ...

  • Litigation Writs 26/09/95

    26-Sep-1995

    A Sutton woman 'widowed' a fortnight before she was to be married, is seeking compensation in respect of her fiance's death. Pauline Whybrow's fiance fell to his death from scaffolding in a building site accident two years ago. She is suing the former employers of Stuart Whybrow, SGB Services of Isleworth, Middlesex. The writ says Whybrow was killed two weeks before he and Pauline were to marry and that despite his death she changed her name to Whybrow.

  • Mackay sides with fundholding

    1-Oct-1995

    The current legal aid system will face its most serious challenge yet when, this week, the Lord Chancellor hints at his support for the "fundholders for justice" proposals.Lord Mackay will hail the demise of the demand-led legal aid fund at a seminar on access to justice staged by the Social Market Foundation (SMF).Andrew Cooper, head of research for the centre-right think-tank, says: "We have been led to believe that he is going to make a significant speech ...

  • Making resolutions about pro bono work

    1-Oct-1995

    One laudable new year resolution more individuals in the profession are making is that of doing pro bono work.A recent report from Lawyers in the Community (071-383 2200) says that more than 200 lawyers have been involved in its scheme of helping local charities. Over 100 voluntary organisations in 16 London boroughs have had a lawyer from the scheme join their management committee.City firm Herbert Smith has issued a newsletter on the five community charitable ...

  • Mears defeated over Lowe's pay-off

    26-Sep-1995

    MARTIN Mears' bid to veto Solicitors Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe's pay-off has been blocked by the Law Society Council in the first major defeat of his presidency.There was speculation that John Hayes might resign if Mears' resolution to "examine" the pay-off of around £80,000 agreed by the secretary general had been passed.Mears was furious when he heard about the package which had been drawn up just before he took office without ...

  • Mears not impressed by reform plan

    26-Sep-1995

    A RESOLUTION committing the Law Society to a closely timetabled reform programme has been described as "innocuous" by the president.The motion calling for recognition of the need for reform and a "timetabled programme to produce proposals" was approved unanimously by the Law Society council at its meeting on Thursday.A second resolution to establish an Activity Audit working party to examine the viability of all the Law Society's various functions was also ...

  • Multi-class disease action gathers strength

    26-Sep-1995

    Roger Pearson previews the action over Creutzfeldt Jakob DiseaseCreutzfeldt Jakob Disease, dubbed the human equivalent of 'mad cow' disease, will be the subject of a major High Court class action next year.The Health Department and the Medical Research Council are to be sued over deaths said to have resulted from it.The claims will centre on allegations that growth hormones unlawfully derived from the pituitary glands of dead people ...

  • Mutiny over bar reforms

    26-Sep-1995

    THE BAR Council faces rebellion against the proposed reform of its complaints system because of fears that barristers will be exposed to a welter of unreasonable compensation claims from dissatisfied clients.Ronald Thwaites QC, criminal silk and head of chambers at 10 King's Bench Walk, is mounting a challenge to the council by calling for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM), by which he hopes to overthrow the reforms.Thwaites said a Bar Council open ...

  • Nabarros helps seal coal deals

    1-Oct-1995

    Nabarro Nathanson's Niall Logan helped create industrial history in what is believed to be British Coal's biggest single legal transaction.The property partner took part in a marathon five-hour signing and sealing of hundreds of documents transferring mining rights to the private sector.Each document had to be stamped up to 10 times with the official British Coal seal ...

  • Neither hair nor there

    1-Oct-1995

    Christopher Millard's best accessory is his electronic office "Life in a wig is to a large class of people much more terrifying and impressive than life with its own head of hair." - 'The Old Curiosity Shop', Charles Dickens.Here is a brief guide to the "wigs in court" debate:

  • Netherlands breaks in-house deadlock

    26-Sep-1995

    IN-HOUSE lawyers in the Netherlands will be invited to join the local Bar for the first time in the history of the profession after negotiations between the government and the Bar resulted in the drafting of new rules.Bar president Tom de Waard said the compromise had been reached earlier this month after the Bar heard a government proposal that employed lawyers should be admitted after satisfying a clause covering political independence.De Waard said that at ...

  • Ogden case brought forward

    1-Oct-1995

    The case of solicitor Howard Ogden, who is facing disciplinary proceedings, will be heard sooner than expected following the suicide of former client and alleged mass murderer Frederick West.The Solicitors Complaints Bureau confirms that the date for Ogden's hearing is likely to be brought forward from November.The Gloucester solicitor is accused of attempting to use confidential information for publication. Ogden denies the allegations. A hearing had been ...

  • On the front line of legal practice

    1-Oct-1995

    Tim Miller explores the military option and finds out about the strategic operations involved in Army Legal ServicesClad in their nuclear-biological-chemical warfare protection suits, they carried a 'Manual of Military Law' under one arm and a 9mm pistol under the other.The weapons training and the combat fitness test may have seemed like cosmetic extras when the lawyers were first put through their paces - but Saddam Hussein and Scud missiles changed ...

  • Outside bidder wins Winter-Taylors

    26-Sep-1995

    Troubled Home Counties firm Winter-Taylors was snapped up last week in a surprise eleventh-hour merger move by neighbouring practice Blaser Mills.Blaser Mills stepped in with a rescue deal which was accepted by partners of the debt-ridden firm ahead of that from Kidd Rapinet.The moved shocked Winter-Taylors creditors and partners of Kidd Rapinet who had previously thought theirs was the only rescue package on offer.Last week, The Lawyer revealed that ...

  • Party plans raft of legal reforms

    26-Sep-1995

    A MAJOR Liberal Democrat policy paper on legal reform is to be unveiled at the House of Commons next week.The paper, to be called Access to Justice, will provide a benchmark for lawyers ass-essing the different approach of the three major parties to law reform.It has been produced by the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association after wide consultation and tackles the legal aid reform Green Paper and Lord Woolf's review of civil law.The group's ...

  • Paul Mitchard is head of litigation at Simmons & Simmons.

    26-Sep-1995

    Paul MitchardLord Woolf's proposals may in the long term remove or mitigate the problem but at present RSC Order 38 Rule 38 does little to encourage agreement between experts in a way which promotes a narrowing or reduction of the issues at an early stage.The Chancery and Queen's Bench Division practice is typically for meetings of experts once the exchange of reports has taken place.By then each side has set out its perception of the facts ...

  • Playing the waiting game

    26-Sep-1995

    Despite US firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue bid to launch its new office in Bombay, the mood among investors in India has soured after a decision by the government of Maharashtra, an Indian state, to pull the rug on the US$2.8 billion power station project to be run by US gas company Enron.Worse still for foreign lawyers, an association of lawyers in Bombay is suing the three foreign law firms ...

  • Police paperwork cuts planned planned

    1-Oct-1995

    Cutting red tape in the criminal justice system is the aim of a Home Office initiative, with particular attention paid to reducing administrative burdens on the police.An 'efficiency scrutiny' team of police officers, lawyers, and civil servants from the Home Office, Lord Chancellor's Department, and Crown Prosecution Service is being formed to carry out the work.The remit is couched in terms similar to those in Michael Heseltine MP's failed ...

  • Powering down

    26-Sep-1995

    Philip Hurst is a partner at the Energy & Major Projects Group and country partner for India at Ashurst Morris Crisp, London.For the last two or three years, India has been the emerging market in the view of many Western and East Asian investors. In particular, the independent power sector has attracted the interest of most of the world's major players, including National Power, Power-Gen, ...

  • Profession lags behind in executive pay

    26-Sep-1995

    LEGAL directors of the top corporations earn two-thirds of the average boardroom salary, a new survey reveals.Research by New Bridge Street Consultants shows that legal specialists can expect to be paid about £75,000 less than other members of the board.The survey also shows that the profession is under-represented in the top corporate echelons, with less than four per cent of leading positions taken up by lawyers.David Tankel, director of New ...

  • Property

    26-Sep-1995

    SJ Berwin & Co acted for computer software company Lightworks Editing Systems on taking its new offices at Ariel House, Charlotte Street, London W1. Landlord Britannic Assurance was represented by its in-house legal team.

  • Property

    26-Sep-1995

    Fladgate Fielder acted for Kyle Stewart Properties in its freehold purchase of Phase II Southmead Industrial Estate, Didcot, from Prudential Assurance, represented by Lovell White Durrant.

  • QCs slug it out for Bar vice-chair

    26-Sep-1995

    TOP criminal advocate Anne Rafferty QC is understood to be in the running for the vice-chairmanship of the Bar.She is among four QCs believed to be fighting for the nomination.Rafferty, of 4 Brick Court, has been chair of the 2,000-member Criminal Bar Association since May and served on the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice in 1991-93.Robert Owen QC, of 1 Crown Office Row, and Rodney Klevan QC, of Manchester set 18 St John Street, are certain to ...

  • Quorum makes acquisition to improve service quality and broaden range

    1-Oct-1995

    Quorum Litigation Services' acquisition of Information Scanning Services (ISS) in Aldershot was not just a case of buying a company because it liked its service.Quorum UK director Kelvin McGregor-Alcorn says the purchasing of ISS from the Headway Technology group is part of a strategy to broaden the US group's range of services, both to the legal profession and more widely in the UK and Europe. Up to now, Quorum has only been offering litigation support ...

  • Research confirms Oxbridge bias in High Court

    1-Oct-1995

    EIGHTY-TWO per cent of judges appointed to the High Court during the past two years were Oxbridge graduates and all attended private fee-paying schools, according to newly-released Labour Party research.Published by Stephen Byers, chair of the party's Home Affairs Committee, the study says that of the 26 appointments made during 1993 and 1994, only three were women. The average age of the appointees was 53, and the oldest was Judge Michael Sachs, who was more than 60 ...

  • RITA BAKSHI

    1-Oct-1995

    Faced with the question "Would you like to go shopping for a work outfit with a professional clothes consultant, all expenses paid?" what could any self-respecting City solicitor say but "yes"?Clothes shopping is something I rarely have time to enjoy, and rather than make costly mistakes I have tended to buy what I know suits me.When I met Ruth, we discussed the type of clothes I normally wore to work and I described my wardrobe. Ruth did not (as I had privately ...

  • Rivals join R&D forces

    1-Oct-1995

    Fennell Betson reportsTWO leading legal IT suppliers have decided to pool their resources so they can undertake a common research programme.Edinburgh-systems company HG Usher & Co and Hull-based AIM Professional are at the early stages of a joint approach which has surprised the legal market.AIM managing director John Wilde says the two companies, which are often in competition but have a good relationship, decided to look at what could ...

  • SA Bill set to open doors to strike action

    26-Sep-1995

    SOUTH African workers could see their right to strike "significantly" extended if a Bill before the parliament is passed.The new Labour Relations Bill, which is set to replace present legislation, is expected to come into force in the middle of next year, cutting the number of employees banned from striking and opening the door to additional industrial action.The workforce is governed by two sets of laws, one for the private sector and one for public sector staff. ...

  • Scots society tackles host of reforms

    1-Oct-1995

    THE LAW Society of Scotland starts the new year with a full agenda of law reform and professional practice issues.THE LAW Society of Scotland starts the new year with a full agenda of law reform and professional practice issues.Talks also continue between the society and Faculty of Advocates on the troubled issue of "mixed doubles", where Scottish barristers are prevented from acting alongside solicitor advocates by a practice rule introduced last year.

  • Scottish law snubbed by Parliament, say Lib Dems

    26-Sep-1995

    WESTMINSTER has treated Scottish law with contempt by ignoring its uniqueness, according to the Liberal Democrat Scottish leader Jim Wallace.Speaking at a lawyers' fringe meeting during the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow, Wallace said a new Scottish parliament would end 300 years of neglect of its legal system.Earlier the conference had endorsed joint Labour and Liberal Democrat plans for a Scottish parliament drawn up by the Scottish Constitutional ...

  • Service sets lawyers on the move

    1-Oct-1995

    A travel service specifically aimed at lawyers and offering a 24-hour hotline for their clients has started up.Clients can call the Lawyer's Travel Service at any time of the day or night, and switchboard operators will pass the message on to their travelling lawyer as arranged.The service is an offshoot of the City-based World Travel Agency, which already has more than 20 London law firms on its books."By the nature of their profession, lawyers ...

  • Shock to the System

    26-Sep-1995

    Fiona Woolf, head of the utilities practice at McKenna & Co, plugs into the project's historyDemand for electricity in India far outstrips supply and there is simply not enough cash available in the public sector to invest in the power stations that the country needs. Five years ago the Indian government attempted to encourage foreign or private sector investment by offering tariffs which provided an attractive rate of return for independent power projects (IPPs). This ...

  • Shropshire's top post for Brierley

    26-Sep-1995

    Cyril DixoinBIRMINGHAM firm Wragge & Co has added Wycombe District Council to a 30-strong list of local authority clients.Lawyers from Wragges' public sector department will advise the council's in-house team on its western sector development programme.The scheme, started two years ago, involves a strategic redevelopment of the western side of Wycombe.

  • SIMON HALL

    1-Oct-1995

    Regardless of what any man may tell you, to have what you wear looked at critically by anyone is an unpleasant experience. To have your clothes evaluated by a fashion expert is terrifying. These fears, however, proved unfounded when I met Ruth Davis of the Fashion Advisory Service, whose brief was to look me over and advise me as to how I could best improve my image.Ruth definitely knows her stuff, having not only advised professionals on their image, but also advised major ...

  • Slaughters serves Barings protective writ

    26-Sep-1995

    Slaughter and May is handling a 'protective' legal action on behalf of Barings' administrators, Ernst & Young, against former derivatives trader Nick Leeson.A High Court writ was issued to "preserve the position of the administrators of Bishopscourt (BS) and Bishopscourt (BB & Co)", formerly Baring Securities and Baring Brothers & Co said a spokesman for the receivers.

  • Solicitor controls press frenzy

    26-Sep-1995

    MANCHESTER solicitor Andrea McWatt was called in when a local couple faced a barrage of press inquiries on the imminent birth of their siamese twins.McWatt, head of the employment practice at Davies Wallis Foyster, helped Brian and Melanie Astbury hammer out a contract which would "control" the press and give exclusive rights of the story to one newspaper.The story was splashed across the Daily Mail under a world exclusive tag last week, three days after the ...

  • Sports lawyers confer on Bosman

    26-Sep-1995

    FOOTBALL lawyers are set to examine the future of players' contracts and transfers following the European Advocate-General's decision in the case of Belgian Jean-Marc Bosman.The implications of the Bosman opinion last week will be on the agenda at the next meeting of the Premier League legal working party.Authorities also believe big clubs will independently consider adjusting their contractual arrangements in case the Advocate General's decision ...

  • The draftsman's contract

    26-Sep-1995

    Michael Simmons is partner at Finers and a consultant on professional practice problems.It is surprising how many firms of solicitors are prepared to leave the regulation of their own affairs to chance, or to the lottery of that ancient statute the Partnership Act 1890. Yet no self-respecting lawyer would advise their client to establish a business with anybody else without seeking to regulate the relationship in a written, binding form.Who wants to be a member ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Kim Beatson

    26-Sep-1995

    Kim Beatson specialises in family law and divides her working week between City practice Berrymans and Barnes practice Ashbys. Born in Sheffield, she now lives in Wimbledon. What was your first job?Selling cigarettes from a kiosk outside Sheffield Market.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£3,250 in 1982 (the Law Society recommended minimum rate at the time, and augmented by my waitressing ...

  • The work of an amicable man

    1-Oct-1995

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  • Thornton gets all clear from Mackay

    26-Sep-1995

    The furore surrounding Judge Anthony Thornton QC looked set to rumble on this week despite Lord Mackay giving him the all clear to resume judicial duties.Lord Mackay backed Thornton last week after meeting him to discuss newspaper allegations about his personal life.The Lord Chancellor accepted the judge's denial that he had smoked illegal drugs. He also believed Thornton did not know that a woman he met had a criminal record.Last week, the News ...

  • Time to wake up to reality of reforms

    26-Sep-1995

    AN ASTONISHING degree of complacency was displayed by the Law Society council at its meeting last Thursday. A confused and directionless debate on Martin Mears' policy paper was bad enough. But the most incredible aspect of the meeting was the way council members, including very senior ones, lined up to defend the current constitutional arrangements at Chancery Lane. One member claimed in all seriousness that the system had "responded well" during the elections.

  • TKB woos Nabarros

    1-Oct-1995

    City firm Turner Kenneth Brown is in merger talks with Nabarro Nathanson. If successful, the union would ensure Nabarros' position as a top ten law firm by adding TKB's 34 partners to Nabarros' 100-plus.Both firms are cautious about discussing their courtship, however, following the collapse of TKB's talks with Alsop Wilkinson last summer.Jeffrey Greenwood, Nabarros' ...

  • Tread very carefully

    26-Sep-1995

    Ian Muirhead is the managing director of legal financial services network Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice.Solicitors are prime targets for money launderers. Our whole ethos and apparatus lends itself perfectly to the purpose of those seeking to conceal the origin of criminal funds. Client accounts, offshore trusts, money transmissions, powers of attorney and client confidentiality, the hallmarks of respectability and discretion can all too ...

  • Tuition kicks off National Law Week

    1-Oct-1995

    STUDENTS in up to 2,000 schools across the UK are set to receive legal tuition from members of the profession as part of National Law Week.Senior pupils will have the opportunity to take a lesson from lawyers in schools throughout the country through the Young Solicitors' Group's Outlaw programme.YSG chair Andy Unger says the group is looking for solicitors to take part in the project, which will run from 22 to 28 May. The Citizenship Foundation is ...

  • UK lawyer advises Slovenia on marital work

    26-Sep-1995

    A UK family lawyer is to speak at an international conference next month in an attempt to shape domestic violence legislation in the emerging state of Slovenia.Sara Blazey, a partner and head of the family law department at Sheffield firm John Howell & Co, will detail the UK legal experience of marital assaults.Blazey will give a speech and a workshop at the Centre for Social Work Suzine conference taking place in Ljubljana on 12-13 October.The ...

  • Volunteer army

    26-Sep-1995

    There has been an explosion of interest in legal services in the last 12 months. Against this backdrop the CAB service has dealt with over half a million inquiries connected with legal aid, lawyers and the courts.Barriers to Justice, a report of CAB clients' experience of the legal system, draws on evidence from over 350 CABx throughout England and Wales, and shows that the legal system is failing many people.As any legal aid solicitor will be aware, cuts ...

  • Wansbroughs homes in on health work

    1-Oct-1995

    Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave is opening two new offices as part of a strategy to tap into the burgeoning health market.The firm is set to take over the Sheffield office of Oxley & Coward having recently taken on nine lawyers from Wessex Legal Services in Winchester.Five partners, 19 solicitors and a further 27 support staff will join Wansbroughs from Oxleys this month and will expand the firm's national network to seven offices.The health sector ...

  • Who says looks don't count?

    1-Oct-1995

    Mark Barrowcliffe charts the progress of fashion for lawyers and discovers the de riguer dress code for the 90sFashion consultant Ruth Davis takes two lawyers in hand to help polish up their professional imageMark Barrowcliffe charts the progress of fashion for lawyers and discovers the de riguer dress code for the 90sThe courtroom and the catwalk seem to have little in common. Law-yers are a sober bunch who reflect their personalities in their businesslike ...

  • Wragges picks upWycombe contract

    26-Sep-1995

    Cyril DixonSHROPSHIRE has app-ointed a new county solicitor to replace Eversheds recruit Stephen Matthew.David Brierley is promoted to the county council's top legal job following a three-year spell as deputy county secretary.Brierley's chief role will be to handle his division's bid for contracts under competitive tendering.He has been with ...