26 October 1998

The Lawyer

  • A full-time occupation

    27-Oct-1998

    Stephen Bedeau believes practitioners have a tough job ahead of them to keep up with employment legislation. Stephen Bedeau is a barrister at Sovereign Chambers in Leeds and a part-time employment tribunal chairman.A change of name and a mass of legislative changes herald the dawn of a new era for employment tribunals.The change of name (from industrial tribunals) ushers in important legislation which increases the rights of employees and strengthens the position ...

  • Access for all is North East goal

    27-Oct-1998

    Your North East feature last week missed an important section of the market - the growing number of small firms diversifying to ensure legal services remain available in local communities in the region.Smaller firms, such as mine in County Durham, are entering a brave new world. Our initiatives include the introduction of the successful Edinburgh Property Service and - like many small firms - the fight to keep legal aid by investing in a legal aid franchise.

  • Adoption ruling gives hope to fathers

    27-Oct-1998

    Roger Pearson reports on a recent Appeal decision which shows that a mother's needs are no longer sacred in family cases.At a time when the wishes and views of fathers are carrying far more weight in cases involving children, a new court decision adds strength to father power.The September Court of Appeal decision in the case of In Re J (A Minor Adoption Order) carries several important pointers for those handling proceedings involving adoption of a ...

  • All work and no fair play

    27-Oct-1998

    The Fairness at Work proposals highlight much-needed changes to working life. Mattheu Swallow asks: Just how effective will they be?With a swathe of new, pending and proposed legislation on its way, employment law is changing rapidly. Before you have even had a chance to work out whether taking your client to Saturday's football match can be counted as working time, there are new and bigger problems to consider.Breaking free of the shadow of the Working ...

  • ASA applauds Irvine's promise of £20m for advice agency Green Form franchises

    27-Oct-1998

    THE Advice Services Alliance (ASA) has welcomed the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine's plan to guarantee advice agencies work worth at least £20m out of the £168m Green Form legal aid budget.The money will be allocated after 1 January 2000 when the Government will introduce an exclusive contracting regime for all Green Form work.After that date, Green Form work on all civil and family matters will only be available to firms or advice agencies that ...

  • Ashursts picks pensions ace

    27-Oct-1998

    Pensions lawyer Maria Stimpson is to head up the pensions practice at Ashurst Morris Crisp.Stimpson, a manager in employment, pensions and benefits at Freshfields, will join Ashursts in January 1999. She will be the firm's first pensions partner and part of its employment and benefits group.Stimpson, who was not a partner at Freshfields, said the Ashursts offer was one she ...

  • Australian appointments

    27-Oct-1998

    Top five Australian firm Clayton Utz has taken on Paul Armarego as a partner and Wal Jurkiewicz as a senior associate.

  • Bar Council aims for direct client access

    27-Oct-1998

    The Bar Council has drawn up a blueprint to extend direct access between clients and barristers.The plan, devised by a working party under James Munby QC, suggests members of certain bodies - including building societies, housing associations, trade unions and financial service providers - be allowed to approach barristers directly. Munby also repeats the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine's call for the Bar Council to consider allowing barristers the right to ...

  • Bernard Caulfield on a landmark case for claims notification. Bernard Caulfield, who represented JRA with Christopher Symons QC, is a partner at Titmuss Sainer Dechert

    27-Oct-1998

    The recent case of J Rothschild Assurance [JRA] v Collyear could have serious repercussions for insurers, particularly those underwriting the civil liabilities of life assurance companies.JRA is a well-known provider of pensions and life assurance products which started business in 1992.In late 1993, the Life Assurance Unit Trust Regulatory Organisation (Lautro) wrote to all its members reporting that it had found widespread non-compliance in the industry ...

  • Book of the week

    27-Oct-1998

    Legal Practice in the Digital Age by Charles Christian.At last a rival to Richard Susskind's The Future of Law, although a quick look at the chapter titles reveals that Christian's style is somewhat racier. While Susskind asks "What will be possible in law?" and pronounces on "The future of justice systems and the role of government", Christian proclaims "Join the Martini Generation" and "It's the clients, ...

  • Cadwalader leaves LA

    27-Oct-1998

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft is closing its Los Angeles office, which was set up in 1988 and at one point had 30 lawyers. Marketing director Janet Zagorin said Los Angeles had not lived up to its promise of becoming a major world financial centre and thus "it has not been a focus for our clients".

  • Calm before the Scottish storm

    27-Oct-1998

    The news [of an English lawyers' invasion] hardly sparks a rush of kilt-lifting mooning A la Braveheart by Scottish solicitors - more a weary yawn and the feeling that they have heard it all before. Scotland is witnessing legal changes across the board. But ironically it is English firms that may kickstart full-scale revolution, writes Chris Fogarty.Just when Scotland thought it was getting rid of English interference by establishing its own parliament, along comes ...

  • Capital markets experts braced for cuts

    27-Oct-1998

    As the global economic crisis triggers a drop in capital markets work, legal practices will suffer, reports Mike Yuille.The crisis in global financial markets is now squeezing City law firms, where a 50 per cent fall in capital markets-related work in the past two months has forced firms to redeploy lawyers.But despite some job cuts in foreign offices, there appear to be no redundancies yet among the 500-odd capital markets lawyers in London.Yet while ...

  • Chambers must look to recruitment

    27-Oct-1998

    Observers and leading members of the Bar are failing to address key issues, writes Stephen Graham. Stephen Graham is chairman of the Institute of Barristers' Clerks and senior clerk at 4 Breams Buildings.Last Wednesday at the Inner Temple Hall, accountants and marketing consultants BDO Stoy Hayward presented their Report on Survey of Barristers' Chambers.This was the third year running that the company has carried out a survey of chambers. ...

  • City notaries to build on international recognition

    27-Oct-1998

    The City of London's scrivener notaries look set to become the first in the country to be accepted into the notary profession's two international associations.At the end of November, the scriveners will know whether they have become the first British notaries to join the Brussels-based Conference of Notaries of the European Union, which lobbies the European Commission for Europe's 25,000 notaries.Robert Urquhart, partner in scrivener notary firm ...

  • Commercial law's morning after pill

    27-Oct-1998

    After-the-event insurance is already being linked to conditional fees cases but litigators are ignoring its potential in commercial law, argues Bernard Clarke. Bernard Clarke is underwriting director of First Legal Indemnity.As a retrospective safeguard policy, after-the-event insurance has been likened to a legal morning after pill. But litigators have proved shy to catch on to it, partly because many link it to conditional fee agreements (CFAs) alone.True, ...

  • Compulsory Bar levy is only solution for trainee funding crisis

    27-Oct-1998

    Martin Bowley QC says the Bar will return to its bad old days as a bastion of white, middle class, Oxbridge privilege unless it takes radical steps.At the Bar conference this month I asked a panel which included the Lord Chief Justice and Solicitor General the following:"I frequently meet Bar students with debts in excess of £25,000 even before they have a pupillage - and this will only get worse as contributions towards undergraduate ...

  • Council in Chelsea flat appeal

    27-Oct-1998

    Kensington and Chelsea council is taking its legal battle over alleged planning consent breaches relating to two Chelsea leasehold flats to the House of Lords. The council has been given leave to appeal against earlier court rulings which over-turned breach of condition notices served on flat owners, Lawrie Plantation Services (LPS). The notices were served after LPS allowed employees to use the flats for rent-free short stays.

  • Dibbs partners switch sides to Hammonds

    27-Oct-1998

    DIBB Lupton Alsop has lost two leading professional negligence partners to rivals Hammond Suddards.David Simon, a partner at Dibbs' Leeds office for 22 years, and Manchester partner Brian McKendry have resigned and are thought to be taking their assistants with them.This is the latest in a number of partner defections from the firm this year.Last week The Lawyer revealed that Dibbs' head of IT, David Barrett, was joining US firm Arnold & ...

  • Edge & Ellison team puts Webvet in practice

    27-Oct-1998

    John Malpas reports on a new product that aims to protect companies from litigation surrounding Web site content.EDGE & Ellison has become the latest firm to attempt to exploit the Internet market by launching a fixed-price internet auditing service.Webvet, launched on 13 October by the firm's London office, offers a vetting service for companies that want to ensure that their Web sites do not break the law or lay them open to expensive litigation. ...

  • EU funding puts institute course on the Internet

    27-Oct-1998

    THE SOUTHAMPTON Institute has won funding from the European Union to start an Internet-based distance learning course on European law, making its law faculty one of the first in the country to offer an online course to law practitioners.The higher education institute, which has 1,500 students and is accredited to teach the Nottingham Trent University law degree course, has received £8,000 from EU fund, the Robert Schumann project, to pay for the scheme.Course ...

  • Eversheds to open Scottish office

    27-Oct-1998

    Merger-hungry national firm Eversheds is set to open an office in Scotland in a move which could lead to a radical shake-up in the legal market north of the border.Earlier this year, Eversheds swallowed more than half of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff including its Paris and Moscow offices. Next month it also formally takes over 22-lawyer Cambridge practice Palmer Wheeldon.Now senior ...

  • Financing

    27-Oct-1998

    Stephen Edlmann of Linklaters advised Royal & Sun Alliance on a £1.6bn syndicated loan. The Chase Manhattan Bank, advised by Clifford Chance, arranged the loan.

  • Flotation

    27-Oct-1998

    Grant Gordon and Caren Gestetner of Mishcon de Reya advised Minorplanet Systems on its £5.5m placing and open offer.

  • Flotation

    27-Oct-1998

    Andrew Sharples of Rowe & Maw advised software manufacturer Autonomy Corporation on its IPO and admission to trading on EASDAQ. The IPO raised $59m for Autonomy.

  • Frase: from PIA to TSD

    27-Oct-1998

    Richard Frase (pictured right), formerly head of litigation at the Personal Investment Authority (PIA), has joined the 11-lawyer financial services and investment management practice of City firm Titmuss Sainer Dechert. At the PIA, Frase was involved in compliance and enforcement work, including prosecuting cases brought by the body against regulated companies. At Titmuss Sainer Dechert, he will be responsible ...

  • From the bus stop to the Bar

    27-Oct-1998

    Patrick Elias QC has earned the highest ever praise from solicitors in three years of The Lawyer's specialist Bar features. Matheu Swallow finds out why.It might seem strange for one of England's most prestigious employment barristers to be so outspoken on such a delicate issue. But Patrick Elias QC is adamant. "Hoddle must go," he insists.There seems little chance then, that he will be representing the manager of England's ...

  • German firm quits Spain

    27-Oct-1998

    German firm Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener is to close its Alicante office before the end of the year. The office was opened over two years ago to process Community Trade Mark (CTM) applications at the CTM office, based in Alicante. The firm said it could handle the work from its Munich office.

  • Grave new world of fixed fees

    27-Oct-1998

    Scotland's incoming fixed fees are nothing to celebrate, says Mike Dailly. Lawyers will put the quantity of work before its quality and the real victims will be clients.Fixed fees are coming to Scotland. But does anyone want them? And does it matter that the consultation paper is a sham - little more than a long polemical letter? What Scottish Home Affairs Minister Henry McLeish forgot to mention was that fixed fees will come to Scotland in January 1999. This begs the ...

  • High Noon in Kowloon

    27-Oct-1998

    Denton Goddard Richards Butler was set to become a major player in the global legal market until Denton Hall pulled out. Philip Hoult investigates the truth behind the collapse of the mammoth deal and asks where next?A clash of personalities rather than irreconcilable differences caused the downfall of Denton Goddard Richards Butler - the planned name of the global law firm that never was.At least that is the opinion of one of the key players, who believes a ...

  • Human rights for the workplace

    27-Oct-1998

    Gavin Mansfield says it is vital that employment lawyers become familiar with the European Convention on Human Rights. Gavin Mansfield is a barrister at 4 Paper Buildings, the chambers of Lionel Swift QC.The Human Rights Bill should receive royal assent in November, incorporating the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms into English law. But many are unaware that the convention has some important applications to employment law.The convention's ...

  • In brief: Alsters merger creates 10-partner Midlands firm

    27-Oct-1998

    Leamington firm Alsters has merged with Coventry firm Lloyd Wilson, to create a 10-partner practice. The move comes less than a month after Alsters acquired another Coventry firm, Cooksey Spencer. As part of the deal, Lloyd Wilson partners Tom Lloyd and Peter Wilson become partners in Alsters.

  • In brief: Association fights for future of small firms

    27-Oct-1998

    A new association designed to ensure a future for small law firms was officially launched earlier this month. More than 100 sole practitioners and solicitors at small firms met for the Solicitors' Chambers Association meeting - "Forum for the Future" - where the group was formed. Association chair, Neil Davidson, said: "I will, with your support, work to ensure that small firms can, through solicitors' chambers, continue to provide... the one-to-one client relationship."

  • In brief: Barnet County Court appoints circuit judge

    27-Oct-1998

    John Adams, former Registrar of Civil Appeals, has been appointed circuit judge at Barnet County Court. Adams has played a key role in shaping the Court of Civil Appeal since the creation of the Civil Appeals Office in 1982. Prior to that, the day-to-day administration of the Civil Appeal courts was carried out through the Chancery Division offices.

  • In brief: Criminal lawyers blast LAB over broken promise

    27-Oct-1998

    Criminal law solicitors taking part in the Legal Aid Board (LAB) pilot to test the block contracting of criminal Green Form advice have accused the board of breaking a key promise to give bi-monthly progress reports. The LAB made the promise to participating firms before the pilot started. But the LAB has not yet issued any progress reports and the pilots are now four months old. Criminal Law Solicitors Association vice-chair Franklin Sinclair said the board had been "pretty slack".

  • In brief: Finance barrister heads to Howard Kennedy

    27-Oct-1998

    Peter Droussiotis has joined London firm Howard Kennedy as head of the corporate insurance group. A barrister and former senior corporate finance adviser with Price Waterhouse, Droussiotis specialises in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals, general corporate law and non-contentious insurance.

  • In brief: Freshfields recruits Wilde Sapte partner

    27-Oct-1998

    Pratap Amin, a corporate and banking lawyer, will be joining Freshfields in London as a partner next month, with a brief to develop the firm's business in India. Amin was previously a partner at Wilde Sapte.

  • In brief: Manches boosts property litigation team

    27-Oct-1998

    City firm Manches & Co has appointed Paul Marco as a member of the property litigation team. He joins the firm from Olswang. Manches' litigation department now numbers 14 lawyers, three of whom specialise in property litigation.

  • In brief: Race prosecutions on increase, says CPS

    27-Oct-1998

    The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecuted 1,324 defendants for committing racially motivated offences in 1997-98, an increase of 10 per cent on the previous year, according to a CPS racial incident monitoring report published last week. The report also reveals that in two thirds of the cases, it was the CPS rather than the police who realised cases had a racial element.

  • In brief: Waldrons joins up with Richard Hobbs & Co

    27-Oct-1998

    Four-partner Black Country firm Waldrons has merged with Kingswinford firm Richard Hobbs & Co. The new five-partner practice will be known as Waldrons & Richard Hobbs, with Hobbs remaining as a consultant to the firm. The merger establishes Waldrons' fourth office in the Dudley area.

  • In defence of SIF

    27-Oct-1998

    Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square.I joined SIF's Board in September 1997 having spent much of my career as a chartered accountant dealing with the professional indemnity insurance problems of accountants in general and my old firm Coopers & Lybrand in particular.I am struck by a number of misconceptions from those who attack ...

  • In-house

    27-Oct-1998

    THE BOND between in-house counsel at City banks and other financial institutions and their core City law firms is being tested to the limit as the current economic uncertainty hits home, according to a leading in-house counsel.Peter Maynard, director of group legal services at Prudential, has told The Lawyer that he expects his panel firms to be proactive in bringing to his attention financial services products which may unnecessarily expose the company.Even ...

  • Insurance lawyers rage against fees

    27-Oct-1998

    THE Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil) has reacted with fury to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine's announcement that success fees and insurance premiums will be recoverable by plaintiffs in conditional fee cases.Foil president Martin Bruffell slated the move as "political expediency" and said the group had calculated it would cost the taxpayer "at least £150m" because insurance companies were likely to escalate premiums to claw back the cost.Bruffell ...

  • Insurers set for victory over industrial illness

    27-Oct-1998

    Elizabeth Davidson says PI lawyers have vowed to fight for a register of employers' insurers, despite fears of a government cop-out.INDUSTRIAL disease specialist Frances McCarthy's clients are often dead by the time she is ready to embark on litigation on their behalf.Like all personal injury (PI) lawyers in her field, the long and often fruitless search for the insurers of companies whose workers have developed industrial illnesses is integral to her ...

  • It has been a bad week for

    27-Oct-1998

    Former judge Kenneth Bagnall, who this week found himself charged with the theft of £375,000 from New Law Publishing, a publisher of legal reports.The Lord Advocate, Lord Hardie, who has been accused of choosing a "token woman" as the fourth and final member of the team chosen to prosecute the Lockerbie suspects. According to The Scotsman, Morag Armstrong "has been selected, despite the fact that she left ...

  • It has been a good week for

    27-Oct-1998

    Michael Caplan, a partner at criminal law specialists Kingsley Napley, who is acting for former Chilean dictator General Pinochet.Corporate Identity, the Manchester-based design company which has scooped the contract to kit out five Eversheds receptionists with a new look. ...

  • Juniors worth employing

    27-Oct-1998

    Juniors of the employment Bar earn high praise from those who instruct them.Again it is 11 King's Bench Walk that sweeps the board. SeAn Jones is "very highly thought of", particularly on discrimination matters. On the "flamboyant" side is Jonathan Swift who, with his "bizarre shirts", is a bit of a showman but is "very hands-on and works as part of the team".John Cavanagh offers "expertise in discrimination and equal pay matters". He is also "very clear ...

  • Law Society aims to have MDPs operating by 2000

    27-Oct-1998

    Multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) will be given the green light as early as next year, according to Law Society president Michael Mathews.Speaking at the Law Society conference in Bournemouth last Friday, Mathews said he wanted plans to regulate MDPs to be well-advanced by the end of his presidential term next July. He is hopeful that they could be up and running by 2000."The time has come not to consider whether we can permit this type of practice but to ...

  • Law Society draws up charter for home buyers

    27-Oct-1998

    The Law Society unveiled plans to speed up the homebuying process and reduce the risk of gazumping at its conference last week.TransAction 2000 - an extension of the society's 1990 TransAction initiative - proposes that sellers must draw up draft contracts, carry out a local authority search and provide basic legal information before a house is put on the market.The plans have been presented to the Government's home buying review body, set up earlier ...

  • Lawyers at play

    27-Oct-1998

    Race horses, exhibitions, concerts and conferences are all sponsored by firms. But now Cheltenham firm Bretherton Price Elgoods has taken the concept to new heights. At the Cheltenham festival of literature the firm sponsored Chris Patten, the ex-Tory MP and former governor of Hong Kong. He gave a sell-out talk about his new book about his time in Hong Kong. Pictured left to right: John Workman, a partner at BPE, Chris Patten, and BPE partner David Kearsley.

  • LCD caves in to strike threat by court union

    27-Oct-1998

    The Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) has bowed to union demands at Bromley County Court for more funding after staff there unanimously voted in favour of strike action.Following intensive negotiations, the LCD agreed last week to an emergency package of measures with the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) to deal with staff shortages and low morale at the court.The move has persuaded the 27 PCS members at the court to suspend the planned five-day ...

  • Linklaters seizes FTSE client as SA giant relists in London

    27-Oct-1998

    Linklaters is to gain a major FTSE-100 client when South African mining giant Anglo American makes its £6bn relisting on the London Stock Exchange.The firm is taking on one of the biggest ever UK listings - a job that will take its 10-strong team about five months to complete and earn the firm about £1m in time-billed fees.After the listing is completed, Anglo American ...

  • Linklaters snatches French team

    27-Oct-1998

    Linklaters has recruited a team of French lawyers from leading Paris firm Gide Loyrette Nouel - its first expansion on the continent since the creation of its 1,900-lawyer alliance three months ago.Partners Thierry Vassogne, Olivier Diaz and Marc Loy will join Linklaters' 42-lawyer Paris office from Gide's 13-partner mergers and acquisitions department during the next two months. ...

  • Local quartet to play for 10 Park Square

    27-Oct-1998

    Leeds chambers 10 Park Square has poached four barristers from a neighbouring common law set.Anthony Hajimitsis, Simon Waley, Simon Reevell and Aelred Hookway have joined the chambers from 39 Park Square, a 14-tenant set headed by Timothy Bubb.Hajimitsis and Hookway are family practitioners specialising in ancillary relief and child care cases. Waley is a criminal lawyer and Reevell specialises in crime and personal injury work.The moves follow the ...

  • Lords to examine builder's VAT dispute

    27-Oct-1998

    Roger Pearson says an appeal to the Lords by builders Redrow could have serious implications for home-buyer incentive schemes.Tax lawyers and home builders will be closely watching the forthcoming House of Lords appeal involving the Redrow building group and HM Customs and Excise.The case, which should be heard before Christmas, centres on the VAT implications of a scheme set up by Redrow Group - one of the UK's leading home-building firms - as ...

  • Merger goes on as Dentons quits

    27-Oct-1998

    Theodore Goddard and Richards Butler are pushing ahead with merger plans despite Denton Hall's dramatic departure from tripartite talks last week.The move has left Denton Hall out in the cold for the second time in two years - in November 1996 it pulled out of talks with Cameron Markby Hewitt and McKenna & Co, paving the way for those two firms to merge.The tripartite talks, which were revealed exclusively by The Lawyer (1 September), collapsed after a ...

  • Mighty struggle for regional Bar

    27-Oct-1998

    Many regional solicitors send employment briefs to London rather than ill-equipped local sets, but there are some exceptions.The regional Bar is known to struggle in certain specialist areas. Employment is one of them. "There are few true specialists at the regional Bar," says one North East solicitor. "Even if you can find one decent barrister, there is no back-up," says another, this time from East Anglia. It is a problem for regional barristers, made worse by the fact ...

  • New DPP can breathe life into moribund CPS

    27-Oct-1998

    The new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), David Calvert-Smith QC, has a mountain to climb. Not only has he inherited an institution whose employee morale is at an all time low, but he will also have to lead it into a period of major change.Calvert-Smith's appointment will be a popular one at the Bar. You do not get to be chairman of the Criminal Bar Association unless you are a heavyweight.But when he becomes DPP, he will not only ...

  • New DPP vows to fight low morale

    27-Oct-1998

    David Calvert-Smith QC, the new Director of Public Prosecutions, admitted the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is "underfunded" and pledged to reverse the "morale problem" among its staff after his appointment last week.Calvert-Smith, a former First Senior Treasury Counsel resident at Queen Elizabeth Buildings, and chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, takes over from Dame Barbara Mills QC on 1 November. Mills agreed to step down early in June on the eve of ...

  • New York trio rewards staff with a boom year payment

    27-Oct-1998

    Three US firms have decided to pay their associates and counsel a special "boom-year bonus".The three New York - based firms - Sullivan & Cromwell, White & Case and Millbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy - will pay bonuses ranging from US$8,000 to $20,000.At the moment Sullivan & Cromwell ...

  • No such thing as easy money

    27-Oct-1998

    Although US firms may offer vast salaries, City lawyers may find that other resources are distinctly lacking, warns Richard Tyler.In recent years US firms have successfully tempted a string of high-profile lawyers away from top City practices by waving briefcases full of dollar bills. But perhaps lawyers should stop to make sure that the substance of the offer is as attractive as the greenbacks on show.Jeff Gordon, managing partner of the London ...

  • Olswang relaxes reins at firm

    27-Oct-1998

    Simon Olswang, senior partner of leading IT firm Olswang, has announced he is stepping down as senior partner in a shake-up of the firm's management.Mark Devereux becomes senior partner, Jonathan Goldstein fills the newly-created post of chief executive and Mark Akerman remains managing partner.Olswang, who becomes the first "chairman" of the firm, which scooped the law firm ...

  • Playboy in trade mark action

    27-Oct-1998

    Playboy Enterprises has launched a High Court bid to stop Play Mate Escort Services from infringing its copyright for the Playmates trade mark. Playboy is seeking an injunction restraining the escort service from using the Playmate name, either in the printed material for Playmates Gold Service and Playmates Escort Services, or for the Internet site ukplaymates.com. Lovell White Durrant is representing Playboy.

  • Property

    27-Oct-1998

    Stephen Blackshaw of Linklaters and Neil Seaton of Gouldens advised British Aerospace on the £285m sale of its property development business, Arlington Securities, to a consortium consisting of the Prudential Insurance Company of America and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Cameron McKenna advised the consortium. Al

  • Property

    27-Oct-1998

    Jeff Smith of SJ Berwin advised The British Land Company on its £206m acquisition of the long leasehold of One Exchange Square, 175 Bishopsgate, London EC2 from DGI, advised by Nabarro Nathanson.

  • Pump Court trio quit for rival

    27-Oct-1998

    Three barristers have quit 1 Pump Court to go to Doughty Street Chambers. The departures include leading civil liberties and housing junior Robert Latham, who set up the chambers and was, effectively, its head.Latham and fellow housing specialists Tracey Bloom and Stephen Reeder start at 48-tenant Doughty Street on Monday this week.Bloom said: "This is strategic development and a chance for us to link up with senior people practising housing law."Discussions ...

  • PwC enters talks with top Madrid firm in move to become number three in Spain

    27-Oct-1998

    Big five accountant Pricewaterhouse Coopers is in merger talks with 52-lawyer Madrid firm Estudio Legale to create the third largest national firm in Spain.The merger will be the second between a Big Five accountant and a law firm after J&A Garrigues and Arthur Andersen joined forces to create a 550-lawyer firm in January 1997.Paul Downing, Pricewaterhouse Coopers head of corporate development and legal, said: “In Spain our strategy is to merge with a further ...

  • Salfiti & Co sued over experts' pay

    27-Oct-1998

    London firm Salfiti & Co has been issued with a summons for failure to pay an expert witness.This is the third action taken against the firm this year relating to the payment of expert witnesses or translators.In July the firm was ordered to pay a translator who acted on its behalf in a hijacking case.It is now defending two other actions. The first alleges failure to pay a psychologist, Georgia Costa, for expert opinions to the tune of about £11,000.

  • Silk road is closed to employed Bar

    27-Oct-1998

    Out of 5,000 in-house counsel, only nine are QCs. Derek Wheatley QC wants change.You could say that 1 April 1997 was not the best day to write to the Lord Chancellor about granting honorary silk to employed barristers. But I did.I still await a reply. April Fool's Day indeed.I have been involved in the honorary silk process since 1982, through my role at the Bar Association for Commerce Finance and Industry (Bacfi) - the employed ...

  • Sinclair Roche steers maritime deal

    27-Oct-1998

    Recently-appointed Sinclair Roche & Temperley shipping finance partner Jonathan Ward led a four-partner team on a US $175m bond issue issued by Cenargo International, the international transport group.The firm acted as maritime counsel to Banc Boston Securities, the company arranging the issue.The deal comes after several similar issues by key players were shelved."There have been numerous articles in the press sounding the death-knell for high-yield ...

  • Slaughters Paris partners

    27-Oct-1998

    Slaughter and May is making up two new partners in its Paris office, bringing the number of partners up to six. Solicitor and avocat Alexander Blackburn and avocat Brigitte Leclerc, both corporate lawyers, will be formally promoted next week.

  • Stuck in the middle and blue

    27-Oct-1998

    While the big firms cream off the profits, medium-sized rivals feel the pinch of a shrinking market. Martyn Robertson and Fiona Westwood outline some practical solutions. Martyn Robertson is an accountant and Fiona Westwood is a solicitor at Glasgow-based management and training consultants Robertson Westwood.Look at the figures in the latest Scottish Law Directory and you would think the number of law firms in Scotland is fairly static. But what the statistics mask is an ...

  • The age of dissent

    27-Oct-1998

    Developments in EC legislation could prompt a raft of age discrimination claims against employers, argues David Craig. David Craig is a barrister at London's Devereux Chambers.Older staff are being openly discriminated against. Even worse, that discrimination is officially sanctioned. Section 109 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 says the right of employees to fight unfair dismissal does not apply to those individuals aged 65 or over. And if it is established that an ...

  • The Bar's iron fists in silk's gloves

    27-Oct-1998

    Solicitor acclaim for barristers is often a hard-won commodity. But London's employment Bar contains a rich seam of talent that comes highly recommended.The London employment Bar is rich with talent. Barristers are praised by solicitors for providing "an excellent service" and being "good to work with", while chambers are congratulated for having a pick of barristers who are specialists within specialist areas. Such praise is hard won and often ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Susan Thackeray

    27-Oct-1998

    Susan Thackeray was born in Hertfordshire in 1963. She is a solicitor in the commercial litigation department at Russell Jones & Walker.What was your first job?Girl Friday (on a Saturday) at Handy's Building Supplies.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£14,000.What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?Managed a Formula One racing team.

  • The next Cardinal Wolsey?

    27-Oct-1998

    Helena Kennedy

  • Time for 'market-rigging'

    27-Oct-1998

    The Legal Action Group (LAG) has called for the abolition of QCs, dismissing the system as "a market-rigging exercise" designed solely to push up the earnings of top barristers.Vicki Chapman, LAG policy director, said silk status was "a public honour for private gain". She added: "The Lord Chancellor should grasp the nettle and abolish QCs, then senior counsel would be paid at a level dictated by the wider market. The Government would save money and so would the wider public."

  • Time for law's lone guns to unite

    27-Oct-1998

    The drive towards franchising is bringing with it a supermarket culture - and small firms will lose out. Solicitors' chambers may be the answer, says Christie Davies. Christie Davies is Professor of Sociology at the University of Reading and co-author of Wrongful Imprisonment.The late 1990s are not an easy or optimistic time for small firms of solicitors or lone practitioners.Overheads are rising and net incomes are shrinking. Larger firms have expanded ...

  • US blazes discrimination trail

    27-Oct-1998

    Three recent rulings by the US Supreme Court on discrimination and harassment could point the way forward for the UK. Satvinder Juss urges lawyers to take notice. Satvinder Juss is a barrister and former human rights fellow of Harvard Law School.The US Supreme Court has issued rulings in the most highly charged area of employment law - that of discrimination. The clarity of the court's rulings stand in contrast to its often tentative and piecemeal decisions in other areas.