26 August 1996

The Lawyer

  • 'I've worked with doctors. I'm used to dealing with egos'

    27-Aug-1996

    When the appointment of Jane Betts as secretary general of the Law Society was announced, you could almost hear the muttered chorus of "Who is she?" rising from the corridors of Chancery Lane.From the point of view of the Old Guard, and probably the several internal candidates who had been after the job, she had several things against her. She was a woman, she was not a lawyer, and she had been secretary of an obscure medical organisation, the British Postgraduate Medical ...

  • A classic 'no can doism'

    27-Aug-1996

    In the 13 August issue you quote Karen Aldred of the Law Society as saying that the society "favoured the principles of the schemes but attempts to create them had proved unviable in the past" ("Call for Scots-style housing groups").Unfortunately, Ms Aldred's negative statement is wholly redolent of the "no-can-doism" which has been so prevalent at Chancery Lane. Over the years they have resisted our appeals to make changes in the ...

  • A global challenge

    27-Aug-1996

    Canada's proposed reforms to its civil justice system is indicative of the pressure on lawyers worldwide to become attuned to client needs. The Canadian Bar Association, in an effort to make the law accessible, has come up with a report which mirrors Lord Woolf's thinking. Many ideas in the report are already in force here - written disclosure to clients on billing, emphasis on dispute resolution and a court charter to assist users.The CBA's ...

  • All change in Kazakhstan

    27-Aug-1996

    US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has pulled out of Kazakhstan after less than two years, at a time when US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius is setting up connections in the resource-rich country.Squire Sanders made its move after deciding the "near-time prospects for that practice" were not strong enough, said former London co-ordinator of the European practice Mark Cusick, now returned to ...

  • Axxia system gets the vote from Irish eight

    27-Aug-1996

    Alison Laferia reportsEight of the top Irish law firms have unanimously opted to install Arista case and practice management systems.The deal provides the supplier, Axxia Systems, with a major foothold in the Irish market.The firms grouped together to assess case and practice management systems in order to boost their buying and negotiating power. The practices all needed technology which could be adapted to accommodate the Irish Law Society ...

  • Banks get benefit of firm's support

    27-Aug-1996

    Hammond Suddards has launched a national bank recovery unit offering a wide range of advice and support to banks involved in litigation with borrowers.The unit will be headed by the firm's London-based partner Ian Searle and senior solicitor Adam Plainer.Plainer said: "Our aim is to bring focus and additional resources to an already important part of our work. We will advise banks in every situation where they seek to recover loans where borrowers default.

  • Brief

    27-Aug-1996

    A TRAINEE solicitor at Elborne Mitchell barred from crewing the yacht Arbitrator in a prestigious amateur yacht race after he was labelled a professional has proved he was too busy to moonlight as a sailor. Graham Bailey's duties at the London firm came under scrutiny after the Royal Ocean Racing Club attempted to ban him from the Rolex Commodores' Cup. But the England team captain instructed Elborne Mitchell to challenge the ruling before an international jury. It agreed ...

  • Brief

    27-Aug-1996

    Ashurst Morris Crisp is to open a Singapore office on 1 October with two partners and three assistants.The office will be headed by corporate and commercial partner Richard Gubbins (right). He will work alongside project finance partner Scott Brodsky (left) who worked in Hong Kong for Linklaters & Paines until ...

  • Canada looks to overhaul justice

    27-Aug-1996

    Lawyers in Canada must become more attuned to clients and more focused on early settlement of disputes, according to a Canadian Bar Association inquiry which calls for sweeping reforms of the country's justice system.A 100-page report on the reform of Canada's civil justice system, compiled by the CBA's Task Force on Systems of Civil Justice, will be released this week at the association's annual meeting and 11th Commonwealth Law Conference.

  • Capitalising on foreign interests

    27-Aug-1996

    The past year has been one of the best for Canadian law firms in recent times. The top practices have seen an increase in business, from mergers and acquisitions to initial public offering work. The real estate market has also picked up, although litigation shows only sluggish signs of recovery.According to Goodman Phillips & Vineberg marketing director Jim Bliwas: "The top 10 firms are having a good year, a few of us are having a very good year and small boutiques are doing ...

  • City lawyer's Japanese role

    27-Aug-1996

    Barrister Andrew Fitch-Holland has been appointed executive director and general counsel at Sumitomo Finance International (SFI), a subsidiary of Japanese-owned Sumitomo Bank.Fitch-Holland has worked in the City for the last eight years, most recently as legal adviser to the debt and derivatives trading group at ING Barings.Sumitomo has been building up its SFI investment banking subsidiary by recruiting heavily from City institutions. Barings' credit rating ...

  • City saviours bring hope

    27-Aug-1996

    Two City law firms acting in a pro bono capacity have helped to save the lives of two Caribbean death row prisoners.Nabarro Nathanson civil litigation specialist George Brown helped persuade the UK Privy Council to overturn a death sentence imposed on a Trinidad man convicted of murder.And in a separate case Simmons & Simmons lawyer Andrea Dahlberg helped persuade the United Nations ...

  • Clifford Chance advances on Frankfurt

    27-Aug-1996

    In the first major breakthrough by a UK firm into the German legal world, Clifford Chance's Frankfurt office has poached 11 lawyers, including three partners, from the Frankfurt office of one of Germany's leading law firms.The defectors from Wessing Berenberg-Gossler Zimmerman Lange, include Bernhard von Braunschweig, ex-managing partner of the national management committee, ...

  • Commercial property still slack in '95

    27-Aug-1996

    Residential and commercial conveyancing levels remained subdued last year, according to the latest annual report and accounts from the Land Registry.Chief executive Stuart Hill said: "For the sixth consecutive year, activity in residential and commercial convey- ancing, and in the mortgage markets, has rested at a modest level."But the overall workload of applications handled by the Land Registry increased by 4.8 per cent over the previous year, reflecting the ...

  • Commonwealth conference pulls in the crowds

    27-Aug-1996

    Around 2,500 lawyers and judges from around the globe arrived in Vancouver last Sunday for the triennial Commonwealth Law Conference which will run until the week's end.James Vilvany, conference co-chair, said attendance was higher than the last conference, in Cyprus in 1993, and added that a South African delegation will be attending for the first time since South Africa rejoined the Commonwealth after the end of apartheid.Around 150 English and Welsh barristers ...

  • Contact counts for counsel

    27-Aug-1996

    Contrary to the saying, mounties do not always get their man. But when they do, responsibility for prosecution passes to Canada's provincial attorney generals. In British Columbia, prosecutors are termed crown counsel and are civil servants in the attorney general's department.Unlike English Crown Prosecution Service lawyers, crown counsel have full rights of audience in all courts and some go on to become judges. And although employed as civil servants, they regard ...

  • Conveyancing champion Sayer fronts fight for property groups

    27-Aug-1996

    LAW Society conveyancing campaigner Robert Sayer has drawn up proposals he believes will allow law firms in England and Wales to set up profitable Scottish-style property groups.The former vice-president, who has been asked by president Tony Girling to be deputy treasurer, has already entered informal talks with Chancery Lane staff to present his views on ways of importing the highly successful Scottish idea.Sayer has been spurred on by calls from the 150-firm ...

  • Debt work deal

    27-Aug-1996

    US lawyers have helped broker a debt restructuring deal for the Republics of Slovenia and Croatia. White & Case corporate partners James Hurlock and Troy Alexander and associates Lawrence Pettit and James Berman represented Croatia in issuing $1.46 billion in bonds in exchange for its share of a $4.3 billion debt owed by the former Yugoslavia to western banks, led by the Chase Manhattan Bank. Slovenia ...

  • Defendant dilemma

    27-Aug-1996

    Rape victim Julia Mason's ordeal in court last week at the hands of her attacker has put the spotlight on a defendant's right to self-representation. The case illustrates the dilemma when the rights of the defendant and the rights of the victim conflict.It is an issue already tackled in the case of victims of violent offences under the age of 14 and victims of sexual offences under 17 whom defendants cannot cross-examine in person.But the question posed ...

  • Financings and flotations

    27-Aug-1996

    Olswang advised drinks machines group Selector on its flotation on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) which raised £3 million of new money. Olswang also acted for Xaar

  • Financings and flotations

    27-Aug-1996

    Mills & Reeve advised Oceonics Group on the flotation of its subsidiary

  • Financings and flotations

    27-Aug-1996

    Herbert Smith acted for NatWest Securities

  • Financings and flotations

    27-Aug-1996

    SJ Berwin & Co acted for Plasmon

  • Financings and flotations

    27-Aug-1996

    Lewis Silkin acted for John East & Partners as nominated adviser to London & Edinburgh Publishing in connection with the placing of 13.9 million shares at 10p each and its admission to the AIM.

  • Freshfields faces action by Bank of Ireland

    27-Aug-1996

    Freshfields faces a possible £10 million damages claim brought by the Bank of Ireland.In its statement of claim, the bank says Freshfields failed to advise BI Mortgages Services, a subsidiary of the Bank of Ireland, to notify its insurer of a possible damages claim from merchant bank NM Rothschild.When Rothschilds sued, the insurers refused to cover BIMS.The writ issued by BI and BIMS claims Freshfields was under a duty of care to act with reasonable ...

  • Girling targets flexible budgets as way forward

    27-Aug-1996

    Tony Girling this week hinted at the possibility of a shake-up in the way budgets are set at Chancery Lane.The Law Society presid-ent's aim is to ensure enough money reaches services earmarked as priorities as he believes the current system of fixed budgets for each directorate may be "too inflexible".He said: "We need a new approach to ensure resources end up where they are most needed rather than [one department] saying 'We can't do that, we ...

  • Groups clash over sentencing

    27-Aug-1996

    A CONTROVERSIAL report by the national probation officers' group recommending the restriction of magistrates' sentencing powers has been undermined after chief probation officers described it as "untenable".The Association of Chief Officers of Probation (Acop) has backed the Magistrates Association in rebutting a report by the National Association of Probation Officers (Napo), the trade union of probation officers, which said sentencing was haphazard and inconsistent ...

  • In brief: Apil ramps up asbestos campaign

    27-Aug-1996

    The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has stepped up its campaign to get compensation for ex-service personnel suffering from asbestos-related diseases. It has joined the recently-formed working group of the National Asbestos Related Disease Association, whose members include David Jamieson MP and Major Tom House of the Royal British Legion. Under current legislation, service personnel who sustained asbestos-related injury before 1987 cannot claim compensation for their injuries. ...

  • In brief: Franchise ace moves to Pinsent Curtis

    27-Aug-1996

    Pinsent Curtis has poached top franchise lawyer John Chambers (right) from the Norwich office of Eversheds. Pinsent Curtis says his arrival as an associate means it can boast 40 per cent of all new franchise work in the UK. Chambers, 41, qualified eight years ago after a career in business. He is the third franchise appointment to be made by Pinsent Curtis in the past year. It has also recruited Andrew ...

  • In brief: LCD consults on immunity against costs

    27-Aug-1996

    The Lord Chancellor's Department has published a consultation document considering the provisions on awards of costs against magistrates and other officials such as coroners. The move follows a number of recent cases in which costs have been awarded against magistrates, and concern has been expressed that they could, in theory, be asked to pay. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, has expressed sympathy over the anxieties of magistrates and has said he is committed to finding a solution ...

  • In brief: Legal aid pilot proves a success

    27-Aug-1996

    A report published by the Policy Studies Institute concludes that an initial pilot on legal aid franchising of non-solicitor advice agencies was successful and that advice centres have "an important role to play in extending access to legal advice". The report coincided with the publication of the Legal Aid Board's proposals for the second phase pilot on block contracting in the not-for-profit sector. Roger Smith, director of the Legal Action Group, said: "Advice agencies need ...

  • In brief: Polo tax scheme gets the all-clear

    27-Aug-1996

    East Anglian firm Mills & Reeve's £5 million corporate sponsorship scheme for polo matches has been backed by a leading firm of tax analysts. The contracted exit EIS Polo Scheme sells licences for polo matches and tournaments at Ascot Park so investors can get a return from sponsorship and media rights as well as substantial tax relief. Earlier this month, The Lawyer reported the claims ...

  • In brief: Schroders appoints group legal director

    27-Aug-1996

    Blue chip merchant bank Schroders has recruited in-house lawyer James Watkins from shipping company Trafalgar House, which was recently taken over by Norwegian group Kvaerner. Watkins, 50, will be group legal director at Schroders, a post he held at Trafalgar House. He was articled with Linklaters & Paines and qualified as a solicitor in 1969. He worked in Cleveland, US, from 1970 to 1971 as a visiting ...

  • Investigator falls foul of data law

    27-Aug-1996

    Alison Laferia reportsIn the first case of its kind, the Data Protection Registrar has brought a successful prosecution for unlawfully obtaining and selling personal data.The case concerned a part-time private investigator who was convicted last month of procuring the disclosure of personal data and selling the information in contravention of the Data Protection Act.The investigator was paid by a client to obtain the name and address of the registered ...

  • Josephine Hayes reviews the role of the ombudsman.

    27-Aug-1996

    Josephine Hayes is a barrister at 3 New Square.The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Pensions Ombudsman can appeal against an order of the High Court which overturns his determination on a point of law under s.151 Pension Schemes Act 1993 (CA Miller v Stapleton 30/7/96).The current practice in s.151 appeals, derived from Dolphin Packaging Materials v Pensions Ombudsman, is to name the Pensions Ombudsman as a respondent. He thus becomes a party to the ...

  • Juries/conditional fees. No win, no fees sets the standard

    27-Aug-1996

    Six years ago Parliament passed the Courts and Legal Services Act and Section 58 promised nothing short of a revolution in access to civil justice.It allowed the introduction of conditional no win, no fee arrangements, and the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 1995 brought in conditional fees for insolvency work, European Court of Human Rights cases and personal injury work.In PI cases, the solicitor decides whether to take the case on a no win, no fee basis. ...

  • Juries/conditional fees. Trial by jury gets a vote of confidence

    27-Aug-1996

    At a recent London School of Economics seminar, George Staple, director of the Serious Fraud Office, questioned whether a randomly selected jury of 12 members of the public was a suitable tribunal to try the complex criminal fraud cases of today's financial world.This question has been posed for at least 10 years. As Staple reminded his audience, the Roskill Committee on fraud trials recommended in December 1995 that, in this category of case, the jury should be replaced ...

  • Law Soc goes back to the drawing board on leaflets

    27-Aug-1996

    ONE HUNDRED thousand Law Society public advice leaflets on how to instruct solicitors, which caused a storm of protest over their constant reference to costs, are to be pulped and rewritten at a cost of thousands of pounds.Controversy surrounding the leaflets, 'Working with your solicitor', flared up shortly before the Law Society's elections when the then vice-president, Robert Sayer, lambasted them for steering clients towards the cheapest solicitor.

  • Law Society in names for cash row

    27-Aug-1996

    A Law Society initiative to sell members' details to advertisers has led to a string of complaints from angry solicitors.Chancery Lane has received 15 complaints about the initiative since January and now plans to place announcements in its journal, the Gazette, to alert members.Solicitors will be advised that they can take their names off the lists if they wish to.The details supplied, including solicitor names and office addresses, allow advertisers ...

  • Lawyer heads Irish gang-busting team

    27-Aug-1996

    A FLAMBOYANT Irish solicitor has been given the task of ridding the country of its increasingly powerful criminal bosses and drug barons.Crusading solicitor Barry Galvin has been given a new title - the Elliot Ness of the Irish Republic.Like the legendary and incorruptible American gang-buster, the 52-year-old Chief State Solicitor for Cork now has the task of putting the country's top criminals out of business.He has been named as head of a ...

  • Lawyer homes in on Internet

    27-Aug-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsSteven Vincent, Clifford Chance's litigation support manager, has left the firm to become more involved with the Internet.He has joined Internet solution provider Go Interactive Solutions as a director. The company runs courses, develops Web pages and carries out other Net-related work.Vincent, who helped build Clifford ...

  • LeBoeufs recruit

    27-Aug-1996

    New York firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has recruited a government lawyer to head its international maritime and land boundary team in Washington DC. David Colson was the deputy assistant US Secretary of State for Oceans and former assistant legal advisor for oceans, environment and science.

  • Leeds woos Lancashire solicitor

    27-Aug-1996

    Helen Sage reportsStuart Turnock has been appointed assistant director of the legal services agency at Leeds City Council.He joins Leeds from Lancashire County Council where he has been manager of the legal services unit and deputy head of the child care legal department.Turnock trained in private practice in 1974 and worked in Manchester before moving to the civil service as a senior legal assistant with the director of public prosecutions.

  • Linklaters lights the path to Egyptian offer

    27-Aug-1996

    Linklaters & Paines played a key advisory role in the first offering by an Egyptian company of global depository receipts to international investors.The receipts enable foreign investors to hold shares in Egypt's Commercial International Bank, in which the Egyptian government has reduced its holding for the second time in two years. In the latest deal, the state cut its stake in the ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 27/08/96

    27-Aug-1996

    Richard Newbery, admitted 1979, practising at material times as Ian Newbery & Co, Poole, Dorset, fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £620 costs.Allegations substantiated he behaved in manner unbefitting a solicitor and that his conduct brought the profession into disrepute. Tribunal told that during a confrontation at Bournemouth railway station, Newbery hit in the face a female former employee who had been making damaging allegations ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 27/08/96

    27-Aug-1996

    Miller v Ryder - QBD 16 July 1996Claimant: Ian Daniel Miller, 3Incident: Fatal road traffic accidentInjuries: Claim brought by widow of dead man on behalf of herself and her two sons who were aged 22 months and six years when their father was killed in a 1991 car crashAward: £250,000 agreed damagesJudge: Mr Justice Ian KennedyPlaintiff's solicitors: Gepp & Sons (Chelmsford)Plaintiff's counsel: ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 27/08/96'

    27-Aug-1996

    Follow the settlements' clause in reinsurance. Decisions are taken from Lawtel's legal database. TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Reports; LTL: Lawtel; WLR: Weekly Law Reports.Berry & ors v Mercantile and General Reinsurance Co; Hill & anor v Mercantile and General Reinsurance Co (1996).HL (Lords Mackay LC, Goff, Mustill, Slynn and Hoffmann) 24/7/96.Summary: Before a 'follow the settlements' clause in a reinsurance ...

  • Litigation Writs 27/08/96

    27-Aug-1996

    An Austrian insurance company is suing a Northumberland woman for damages after she took a car without consent and crashed it in Austria. The writ has been issued by insurance company Erste Allgemeine Versicherungs SA, of Graz, which seeks £4,479 compensation it says it paid out after the crash. The writ says Lisa Smouth destroyed 15 Thuja trees, 12 metres of mesh fencing, four fence posts, and two gates in the crash near Graz.Writ issued ...

  • Management/agent contracts. Making tracks over Woolf's legal landscape

    27-Aug-1996

    There is little doubt that Lord Woolf's proposals will be implemented in full, probably at the beginning of the 1998 legal year. And to survive in the new civil justice landscape partners responsible for litigation management must start the re-engineering now.Many will argue that Woolf's reforms are a threat to their livelihood. But for those with the management skills, the recommendations are a huge opportunity to implement practice changes, develop competitive ...

  • Management/Agent Contracts. What protection for commercial agents?

    27-Aug-1996

    "Commercial agents are a down-trodden race and need and should be afforded protection against their principals."With these sweeping words, Lord Justice Staughton sought to protect agents in Graham Page v Combined Shipping and Trading (24 May 1996). The decision of the Court of Appeal granting the appellant agent a Mareva injunction has been interpreted as clearing confusion over much of the Commercial Agents Regulations.But, on analysing at the judgment, is this ...

  • Matter of grade concern

    27-Aug-1996

    North London teenager Simon Zekaria is suing the University of Cambridge for damages over low grades received for his English Literature GCSE exams two years ago. When the case gets to court he will accuse the university of failing to mark his papers fairly and with reasonable skill and care. He claims he has been deprived of the chance to study English literature for his degree as a result of what happened.

  • Mix of the best

    27-Aug-1996

    When asked what he thought of Canada a laconic Texan once replied that he tried not to. Sadly, that attitude exists in the UK too. The Canadian province of Newfoundland was England's first overseas colony, Nova Scotia was Scotland's first, Canada was the first colony to become a self-governing dominion and the country stood by the UK in two World Wars when the US was neutral. And yet most Britons know far less about Canada than they do about the US.Among lawyers ...

  • MoD picks Robson McLean

    27-Aug-1996

    Edinburgh firm Robson McLean has won a competitive tender worth millions of pounds to provide legal services to the Ministry of Defence in Scotland.Under a five-year contract estimated to be worth £3-£4 million, the firm will advise all the armed forces and the procurement executive in Scotland.The eight-partner practice, which has advised the navy for over 50 years, was the smallest of four firms shortlisted in the tender. The other three were Morton ...

  • Model of independence

    27-Aug-1996

    Unlike the US, Canada does not separate its federal and state courts and judiciaries but has a mixed system. Each province has a court of appeal, a high court (often called Court of Queen's Bench) and a provincial court and all have civil and criminal jurisdiction. Courts are organised and paid for by provincial government but the federal government appoints and pays for appeal and high court judges.Above the provincial courts of appeal is the Supreme Court of Canada ...

  • Pension doctors look to cure business ills

    27-Aug-1996

    Garrett & Co is pulling in its links with international accountancy giant Arthur Andersen to take advantage of an upheaval in pensions law.The two firms have formed a "pension doctors" group that aims to help local businesses meet the requirements of the Pensions Act, which comes into effect in April 1997 and has been described as the biggest shake-up ever seen in the pensions market.The Corporate Pensions Service Group, believed to be the first of its kind in ...

  • Pilot public defender scheme falls foul of Scottish lawyers

    27-Aug-1996

    Government proposals to pilot a public defender system in Scotland have been condemned by Scottish lawyers who say they will create "a clear and present danger" of miscarriages of justice.In its response to a white paper by Scottish Secretary Michael Forsyth proposing a pilot public defender scheme, the Law Society of Scotland says it would be "against natural justice and the right of the accused to appoint the lawyer of his choice".The White Paper on criminal ...

  • PNAG fails in attempt to foil Lloyd's rescue plan

    27-Aug-1996

    London law firm Warner Cranston represented the Paying Names Action Group (PNAG) which last week failed in the High Court to scupper a £3.2 billion rescue plan for the Lloyd's of London insurance market.PNAG wanted the plan declared illegal on the grounds that it penalised those Names who continued to pay their debts during years when other investors were unable to meet their liabilities.Warner Cranston senior associate John Abramson said the case ...

  • Protesting lawyer wins fight over arrest

    27-Aug-1996

    A solicitor has received a full apology and damages from Hampshire Police after she was unlawfully arrested at an anti-motorway demonstration at Twyford Down.Kathryn Tulip, 37, a solicitor at the Kilburn, London, law firm Daniel and Harris, was awarded £8,000 by Winchester County Court after the police admitted illegal arrest and false imprisonment.Tulip was a trainee in May 1993 when she attended a protest against the controversial M3 motorway extension ...

  • Public makes a beeline for fees insurance plans

    27-Aug-1996

    Conditional fee insurance schemes are becoming increasingly popular, according to insurance providers.Premiums paid for the two existing conditional fee insurance schemes - the Law Society's Accident Line Protect and Litigation Protection - have exceeded all expectations. They topped £1 million in their first year and are reported to be increasing month by month.David Hartley, professional policy executive at the LawSociety, said it had ...

  • Rape case horror splits profession

    27-Aug-1996

    THE PROSECUTOR who watched a rape victim being cross-examined for six days by her attacker has called for a tough sentence to deter future defendants from putting victims through a similar ordeal.Stephen Holt, of Furnival Chambers, said the case had left him "completely schizophrenic" about whether the defendant in a sexual offence case should have the right to cross-examine the alleged victim."Half of me says this should never be allowed to happen again. But ...

  • Rights ace moves

    27-Aug-1996

    Richard Koppes, renowned American shareholders' rights expert, has joined Jones Day Reavis & Pogue from his post as the second in command of the US's largest public pension fund, the Californian Public Employees Retirement System. As deputy executive officer at CalPERS he helped develop and implement the pension fund's corporate governance programme and became a major player in the US ...

  • Saboteur's claim dropped

    27-Aug-1996

    In April this year The Lawyer's forthcoming case section highlighted a county court case in which 59-year-old leading huntsman Brian Fanshawe, retired master and huntsman of Leicestershire's Cottesmore Hunt, was being sued for compensation by hunt saboteur Martin Casbon, who claimed he was deliberately trampled by Fanshawe's horse. Solicitor Mike McNally, of Tunbridge Wells firm Knights which represented Fanshawe, said the case, scheduled ...

  • Scots firm expands its base in the Baltic

    27-Aug-1996

    The Lithuanian office of Scottish practice Bishop and Robertson Chalmers, the only European law firm with an office in the Baltic state, moved to larger premises in Vilnius this month as it expects to recruit up to six more full-time Lithuanian lawyers.The Vilnius office opened in June last year and is run by Lithuanian lawyer Ramune Duleviciene with the support of Scottish partners Iain Taylor and Rodger Murray, who visit one week in four.The office also has ...

  • Splitting the Law Society. Regulator or union - the choice is yours

    27-Aug-1996

    Solicitors in England and Wales will shortly be balloted on the possibility of splitting the Law Society's twin roles of representing and regulating the profession. What would be the likely outcome in parliamentary terms if the majority recommended such a split?It is hard to find anyone who is entirely happy with the current complaints handling system. Many MPs are not - their most frequent complaint to the Law Society is on this subject. The system, they and their ...

  • Springsteen pours scorn from the USA

    27-Aug-1996

    Bruce Springsteen has joined the pop persona currently beating a trail to the High Court. He has launched action over what he claims are illicit recordings of previously unreleased songs presented on a double album, Unearthed.Springsteen is suing Flute International, based in Clifton, Bristol, and Robert Tringham, of Potters Bar, seeking damages. He is also seeking a court order restraining them from copying or authorising the copying of any ...

  • The big issue of small claims

    27-Aug-1996

    "The outcome of this case has more meaning to the plaintiff than a sum of money, because the defendants claim to have been entitled to dismiss her summarily because she is alleged to have smacked a child." The judge added: "What school is likely to employ her in the future in the light of that knowledge?"This quote is taken from a recent judgment at Clerkenwell County Court. On this occasion, our employment law unit acted for the plaintiff who ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Michael Ashe

    27-Aug-1996

    Michael Ashe QC was born in Hendon on 10 March 1949. He is now a barrister at 11 Stone Buildings. What was your first job?Civil servant, Estate Duty Office, Inland Revenue.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?First brief fee £15.What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer?Probably stayed in the civil service.Which law could you live without?

  • There's no smoke without fire

    27-Aug-1996

    However frivolous an action may at first appear, when the likes of David Pannick QC are drafted in someone is taking it very seriously.Such was the case with a recent battle waged in the Queen's Bench Division over the rights of British Rail to ban a long-haul commuter, Peter Boddington, from smoking on a train. However, his solicitor Jeremy Maloney, of Kenwright & Lynch, based in Tooting, London, said many saw the battle being ...

  • Three cheers for the CPS

    27-Aug-1996

    Tony Holland (Viewpoint The Lawyer 13 August) asks whether he is the only person who has noticed the importance of the CPS and feels concern for his future.He is not. I fully share his concern. The CPS is an essential pivot in the magistrates courts system. Cuts to its budget affect not only workload, but courtroom use, justices' sittings and the deployment (and possibly unemployment) of staff. They could even, if matters go too far, contribute to ...

  • Title schemes endanger jobs

    27-Aug-1996

    Solicitor Brian Marson warns that if solicitors expect to be paid something by lender clients they could well lose conveyancing work altogether ("Are we pricing ourselves out?" The Lawyer 6 August).It really is rather demeaning to suggest that any labourer (including a solicitor) is not worth his or her hire. I sometimes wonder whether we are returning to the Dark Ages under the guise of technological advancement. A combination of on-line communication and the ...

  • Top recruit welcomed on board at Lovells

    27-Aug-1996

    Lovell White Durrant has appointed Christopher Sheridan, former chief executive of investment bank Samuel Montagu, as a non-executive member of its partnership board.He replaces non-executive John Wood who retired from the board earlier this year.Sheridan is seen as an impressive catch for Lovells given his long experience at Samuel Montagu. He spent his working life with the bank, culminating in a 1984 appointment to chief executive. He won the additional role ...

  • Vaudreys builds on PFI work

    27-Aug-1996

    Manchester firm Vaudreys is playing an important role in the drive to rebuild the city centre after winning a government contract to advise on the construction of an Inland Revenue office complex there.The practice has completed the first stage of its role as adviser for the Private Finance Initiative-managed development after handling the bidding for the contract to build the multi-million pound complex.The project, the first of its kind for Vaudreys, follows ...

  • Westminster makes clean sweep of illegal traders

    27-Aug-1996

    Helen Sage reportsA clamp-down on illegal street trading has been the focus of Westminster City Council's drive to clean up the streets of central London.The council obtained three injunctions against persistent licence evaders and set up an undercover operation to trap the operators of a mock auction racket in Oxford Street.Central London County Court awarded injunctions against three men with a string of convictions for selling food without ...