27 April 1998

The Lawyer

  • A question of ethics

    28-Apr-1998

    Objectivity should be the mantra of all experts, whatever the system used to appoint and pay them, says Emile Woolf. Emile Woolf is head of litigation and forensic services at accountancy firm Kingston Smith. The reforms proposed by Lord Woolf are bound to affect experts brought in to assist the court on technical and other specialist issues.Critics of the status quo cite as wasteful the engagement of two experts, one by each side, in the present adversarial system. They ...

  • Addleshaws loses top insolvency team to niche Manchester firm

    28-Apr-1998

    LEADING insolvency lawyer Shan Spencer has defected from Addleshaw Booth & Co to niche corporate practice Chaffe Street in Manchester, taking a team of three assistants with her in the process.Spencer left Addleshaws, where she was head of corporate recovery and insolvency, before Easter and is expected to start at her new firm on 5 May.Addleshaws head of banking John Priestley shrugged off the departure. Commenting on Spencer's move, he said: 'There ...

  • Bar consults Biddle over partnerships

    28-Apr-1998

    The Bar Council has commissioned a secret report to examine whether the Bar's practice rules should be altered to allow barristers to form partnerships.In February, Dan Brennan QC, vice-chairman of the Bar Council, asked City firm Biddle to consider whether the traditional structure of chambers would have to be changed in the light of government plans to replace legal aid with conditional fees in personal injury cases.Barristers have always taken pride in ...

  • Barrister packs bags for Rwanda trials

    28-Apr-1998

    Paul Hardy, of 18 Red Lion Court, has become the first English lawyer to be recruited by legal charity Avocats sans Frontieres (ASF), to take part in genocide trials in Rwanda.Hardy contacted the Brussels-based organisation after reading about its appeal for French-speaking lawyers in The Lawyer in March.He will spend a month this summer representing some of the 100,000 prisoners detained following the massacres during the 1994 civil war.Many local ...

  • Barristers benefit

    28-Apr-1998

    To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Barristers' Benevolent Association (BBA), a fundraising concert is being held on 6 May in the Temple Church. Contact Terence Mowschenson QC at the BBA, 14 Grays Inn Square for tickets.

  • Cancellation fees are the norm

    28-Apr-1998

    A survey shows that the whole gamut of expert witnesses is quick to charge cancellation fees, writes Christopher Pamplin. Dr Christopher Pamplin is editor of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses. Cancellation fees are a perennial bugbear. Solicitors wince at them and taxing masters frown on them. Yet what are expert witnesses supposed to do when hearings are cancelled through no fault of their own? Grin and bear it? If they lose business as a result, they are surely entitled to some ...

  • Cartwrights has new PET project

    28-Apr-1998

    Bristol firm Cartwrights has formed a spin-off company, Practical Employment Training, to train personnel managers in employment law.The firm has also recruited two employment lawyers - Glynis John, a senior solicitor from Eversheds, and Peter Woodhouse, a solicitor-advocate from Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh in Southampton.John and Woodhouse, to-gether with head of employment Geoffrey ...

  • CCBE fails on VAT

    28-Apr-1998

    The European Commission has rejected arguments by the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) that the VAT rate on legal services should be reduced. The commission had been considering the issue since it was raised by the CCBE last year. The professional body, which represents Bar associations in the European Union, had argued that, as private clients could not claim back VAT unlike commercial clients, the system was unfair. But the Commission decided that VAT was payable ...

  • Concept-based research is launched on CD-Rom

    28-Apr-1998

    (Elizabeth Davidson reports ). A NEW reference system known as 'metadata' has been launched, which operates on a 'concept' basis, allowing lawyers to locate relevant legal information simply by keying in a phrase connected to it into their laptops.The system was developed by Sweet & Maxwell over two years, at a cost of £2m, and has now been launched as a CD-Rom series entitled Connections.Metadata is used to describe ...

  • Councils clash over land

    28-Apr-1998

    Two Kent councils are on course for a High Court confrontation. Shepway District council has been granted leave to seek judicial review of Ashford Council's decision to discharge conditions relating to the development of a major site at Ashford. Shepway Council claims that outline planning consents granted in respect of the site did not provide for a proposed factory outlet centre. Counsel ranged against each other at the application for judicial review included QCs William Hicks, ...

  • D Day for the November Group

    28-Apr-1998

    The success of the November Group in shaking up SIF is undoubted, but is it time for the protest group to take a back seat? asks Shaun Pye. ITS VERY name, the November Group, conjures up affinities with some of history's great struggles - the October Revolution, the September Massacres.Reality is more prosaic. It is called the November Group because its first meeting was held in November 1995, when about 50 firms responded to a letter from Christopher Hale at Holman ...

  • Death penalty fight

    28-Apr-1998

    Owen Williams, a 25-year old trainee solicitor at Bristol firm Clarke Wilmott & Clarke, has been chosen to go to the US to help fight the death penalty, under a scheme organised by Amicus. Amicus, a group of UK lawyers seeking to assist US defence attorneys in capital punishment cases, is hoping to send out more lawyers to the US later this year. Williams, who flew to New York this week, will work for George Kendall of the Legal Defence Fund of the NAACP, the human rights organisation ...

  • Delaying tactics favour no one

    28-Apr-1998

  • Dentons wins dockers case

    28-Apr-1998

    A TEAM from Denton Hall has won an important victory for 1,400 striking Australian dockers, after securing the lifting of a High Court injunction banning the creation of an international campaign against their employers.Earlier this month, Mr Justice Thomas lifted an ex parte injunction banning the London-based International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) from mounting an international campaign in support of the affiliated Maritime Union of Australia.

  • Discrimination & privacy. A third sex ruled out by tribunal

    28-Apr-1998

    Transsexuals who are treated equally to members of their original sex cannot claim 'discrimination', writes Ruth Bamforth. Ruth Bamforth is a barrister at the DSS solicitor's office. Views expressed are the author's own. A recent industrial tribunal case has examined whether an occupational rule that a pension scheme that allows a survivor's benefits to be paid only to the deceased member's spouse constitutes sex discrimination.Whether the pensions ...

  • Discrimination & Privacy. IP laws protect Di's letters

    28-Apr-1998

    Possession may be nine-tenths of the law, but not in the case of Princess Diana's love letters. Bina Cunningham discovers how her 'literary works' remain protected by law. Bina Cunningham is a partner at Willoughby & Partners. James Hewitt was free to read and even destroy the letters Diana wrote to him, but that is about all. Neither he, nor any newspaper, would have been entitled to reproduce the letters without Diana's (and now her estate's) permission.

  • Donovan Leisure loses 40 to Orrick Herrington

    28-Apr-1998

    (Richard Tyler ) The future of New York firm Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine hangs in the balance following the exodus of a 40-lawyer litigation team to the New York office of bi-coastal firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.The mass defection has left Donovans with fewer than 30 lawyers, spread between its New York, Los Angeles and Paris offices.Kenneth Hart, ...

  • EELA launch

    28-Apr-1998

    The European Employment Lawyers' Association was launched last week by Cherie Booth QC at the Second Annual European Employment Lawyers Forum. The new group aims to bring together employment lawyers from across Europe. Paul Goulding, deputy chairman of the UK Employment Lawyers' Association, said: 'The creation of EELA represents an important opportunity for European employment lawyers to discuss the application of European Union law in the workplace'.

  • Financings

    28-Apr-1998

    Hammond Suddards advised a group of institutional investors on their £29m financing of Leapfrog

  • Financings

    28-Apr-1998

    Details of deals should be sent to Philip Hoult. Please include all other law firms acting on deals and the value

  • Flooding causes OSS to sink under backlog of complaints

    28-Apr-1998

    A flood at the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) in Leamington Spa has soaked the files of 2,000 complainants and will drastically slow down the work of staff already struggling under a huge backlog and a 30 per cent surge in complaints.The extent of the damage at the OSS, which was hit by the floods on Good Friday, was revealed by Paul Pharaoh, secretary of the Law Society's compliance and supervision committee, to the society's ruling council at ...

  • Four quit set over legal aid work

    28-Apr-1998

    Four barristers, including one QC, have quit Leeds set 9 Woodhouse Square to form a new chambers, after a disagreement over how best to respond to the Government's legal aid reforms.The new set, to be called Mercury Chambers and led by Benjamin Nolan QC, says it will do far less legal aid work than Woodhouse Square and will focus on handling work on a conditional fees basis.It sees itself primarily as a civil set specialising in ...

  • Gay partner bids for tenancy equality

    28-Apr-1998

    Roger Pearson previews a case in which the Law Lords will focus on the tenancy succession rights of homosexual partners. The Law Lords are to probe the question of the legal status of gay couples who live together.The case, which centres on property succession rights, is one of major importance to the gay community throughout the UK and could have far-reaching implications.Lords Justices Browne-Wilkinson, Nicholls and Hutton have given leave for ...

  • Germans advance on central Europe while other firms withdraw

    28-Apr-1998

    In a major boost to its central European practice, German firm Feddersen Laule Scherzberg & Ohle Hansen Ewerwahn has opened offices in Budapest and Warsaw.In Budapest, the firm has brought on board Hungarian lawyer Zsusza Oroszlan. Hamburg-based partner Geza Toth will oversee the operation.In Warsaw, meanwhile, a senior Polish lawyer, Anerzej Kwiasnik will head the firm's new office, with senior partner Professor Gerhard Laule in overall charge of the Polish ...

  • Immigration law contravenes human rights, claims woman

    28-Apr-1998

    A WOMAN who claims that the Government's commitment to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights into domestic law should prohibit the Home Office from deporting her husband will hear the result of her judicial review this week.In a case which could have major repercussions for the Government, Idris Patel, who is represented by Liaqat Malik, of Manchester firm Malik Adams, claims that the Home Office's decision to deport her husband contravenes Article ...

  • In brief: Amicus Legal to rival Accident Line

    28-Apr-1998

    Conditional fee insurance company Amicus Legal has set itself up as a competitor to the Law Society's Accident Line Protect policy, offering a range of policies from road accident cases to those involving drugs and pharmaceutical products.

  • In brief: ELF campaigns for road safety legislation

    28-Apr-1998

    The Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) has published a report, 'Options for Civilising Road Traffic', calling for legislation to create strict liability offences for motorists who injure cyclists and pedestrians. Under the legislation, it would be 'an offence for a driver of a motor vehicle to injure a child pedestrian or a cyclist, unless he can show good cause'.

  • In brief: KPMG on the acquisition prowl, says Rake

    28-Apr-1998

    KPMG's new senior partner Mike Rake, elected last week, has reaffirmed his firm's determination to acquire a leading law firm. The Lawyer revealed a year ago that KPMG had been talking to Eversheds and Norton Rose. At the time, then senior partner Colin Sharman told The Lawyer that the firm was almost certain ...

  • In brief: Lane-Smith elected Dibbs senior partner

    28-Apr-1998

    Former Alsop Wilkinson chairman Roger Lane-Smith has been elected senior partner of Dibb Lupton Alsop, replacing Robin Smith who stands down on 1 May. Lane-Smith was made deputy senior partner of Dibb Lupton Alsop after it was created by merger in October 1996. Dibbs' newly elected management board contains only one former Alsop Wilkinson partner and four former Dibb Lupton Broomhead partners.

  • In brief: Law Soc to amend conditional fee rules

    28-Apr-1998

    The Law Society is to amend its rules on contingency fees to reflect a ground-breaking Court of Appeal judgment that 'no win, no fee' arrangements are legal when there is no uplift for the solicitor.

  • In brief: Lord Bingham backs pro bono group

    28-Apr-1998

    The Solicitors Pro Bono Group launched its first membership drive last week, backed by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham.

  • In brief: Lovells' Gentleman goes to Fishburn Hedges

    28-Apr-1998

    Lovell White Durrant's marketing communications manager, Fenella Gentleman (pictured) is leaving to join public relations and design consultancy Fishburn Hedges as an associate director on 20 July. Gentleman joined Lovells in 1994 and headed a team of 12 responsible for public relations across the firm's offices.

  • In brief: New head for RB commercial litigation

    28-Apr-1998

    Richards Butler has appointed 37-year-old Roger Parker as group manager of the firm's commercial litigation department. It claims that Parker is one of the youngest lawyers ever to lead a major City litigation practice.

  • In brief: One Hare Court QC becomes ECHR judge

    28-Apr-1998

    Nicholas Bratza QC of One Hare Court Chambers has been elected as the UK's first full-time judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

  • In brief: Partnership promotions

    28-Apr-1998

    Stephenson Harwood will make up six partners in the areas of tax, shipping, banking and project finance on 1 May. Three are based in the UK with the others in Piraeus, Singapore and Hong Kong.Dibb Lupton Alsop has appointed 17 new partners, including four each in the corporate and commercial litigation departments with effect from 1 May.

  • Insurers face High Court claim

    28-Apr-1998

    A group of major insurance companies is being taken to the High Court in a bid to force the companies to meet claims arising out of the construction of the Metrolink Light Rapid Transit System in Manchester in 1992. The insurers are being sued for breach of contact by WS Atkins Consultants of Epsom, which is represented by Cameron McKenna.

  • Is indemnity always a must?

    28-Apr-1998

    David Brown argues that compulsory professional indemnity insurance cover for expert witnesses may be unnecessary. David Brown is a manager in the litigation support department at Ernst & Young. Many expert witnesses choose to take out professional indemnity insurance to protect themselves against the risk of a claim for negligence, arising out of their advisory work during the course of the litigation. This may be a sensible precaution since the sums of money for which they would be ...

  • Just five of top 10 are euro-compliant

    28-Apr-1998

    At least four of the top 10 UK firms have still not upgraded their IT systems to cope with the euro, despite claims that compliance is more complex than coping with the Millennium Bug.The launch of the euro in 11 EU countries is just eight months away, but the survey, conducted by The Lawyer, highlights growing fears among IT directors and consultants that neither the profession, nor its IT suppliers have got to grips with the problem.While five of the top 10 ...

  • Legal aid: the state pays and the state benefits

    28-Apr-1998

    Paul Taylor says that the removal of legal aid for personal injury litigation is based on faulty logic and that once that fallacy is recognised, the case for State funding is abundantly clear. Paul Taylor is an assistant solicitor at Lorimer Longhurst & Lees. I recently attended a lecture where the speaker - a non -lawyer, referred to the logical argument for the withdrawal of legal aid for certain types of case.The logic runs something like this: At the outset ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 28/04/98

    28-Apr-1998

    Malcolm James Cameron, 39, admitted 1983, practising at material times in partnership as Hall Cameron & Co, Radway Green, Cheshire, struck off and ordered to pay costs of £2,973. Allegations substantiated that he used proceeds of an estate the administration of which he was handling, for improper purposes. He was convicted at Chester Crown Court on 3 October 1997 of making false instrument and theft and sentenced to nine months imprisonment. ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 28/04/98

    28-Apr-1998

    Newbury v Bath District Health Authority - QBD 21 January 1998Claimant: Sandra Newbury, 48Incident: Medical negligenceInjuries: Claimant, formerly an active woman who enjoyed country walking and cycling and who was assistant manager of a firm of contract cleaners, suffered increasing back pain during the late 1980s. By the end of 1988 she was taking painkillers daily and was having difficulty walking more than 50 yards and her once-active ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 28/04/98

    28-Apr-1998

    Conditional fee agreements in arbitrations not champertousBevan Ashford v Geoff Yeandle (Contractors) Ltd (in liquidation) (1998)ChD (Sir Richard Scott V-C) 8/4/9In the context of an application by Originating Summons, the respondent firm, a company in liquidation, had a substantial claim available in arbitration proceedings, but no resources to finance those proceedings. The liquidator entered into an agreement ('the 1997 agreement') ...

  • Litigation Writs 28/04/98

    28-Apr-1998

    A major High Court damages claim has been launched over alleged structural defects at the White Lion Walk shopping centre in Guildford. The owner of the shopping centre has launched a claim over the design of the development's atrium roof. Britel Fund Trustees is suing White Lion Walk and Tarmac, both of Wolverhampton, and Crampin and Pring of Nottingham, seeking damages for breach of an agreement dated 6 April 1984, negligence and making negligent misstatements ...

  • Merger leads to Bedfordshire's biggest firm

    28-Apr-1998

    Bedfordshire commercial firms Gareth Woodfine & Partners and Batcheldors have merged to create the largest firm in the county.The new practice, Woodfine Batcheldor, will have 16 partners and 43 other fee earners.Senior partner at the merged firm Nicolas Davies said that it was now in a position to expand into other markets.He said that the firm - with existing offices in Bedford, Kempston and Sandy - was targeting Milton Keynes, Northampton and Cambridge ...

  • Nabarros angry at Olswang IP raids

    28-Apr-1998

    Nabarro Nathanson has responded angrily to the latest in a series of raids by Olswang on its intellectual property department, by calling on its rival to nurture its own talent.Assistant solicitor Jane Bunch - who is six months qualified - is the eighth lawyer to defect from Nabarros IP department to Olswang in ...

  • Napier set to lead election challenge

    28-Apr-1998

    Two of the Law Society's heavyweights, Michael Napier and David McIntosh, are understood to be poised to run for office in this summer's presidential elections.Although no formal announcement has been made, The Lawyer understands that Napier, senior partner at Irwin Mitchell, will stand against Michael Mathews for the presidency and McIntosh, senior partner with Davies Arnold Cooper, will stand for vice-president on the same ticket against Robert Sayer.

  • Northern Ireland in the firing line

    28-Apr-1998

    A fragile peace may have come to Northern Ireland, but its lawyers are still under fire, writes Marie Ryan. Marie Ryan is a freelance journalist. The murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane, in 1989, by Ulster Defence Association gunmen sent a shock wave through the Northern Ireland lawyers defending clients detained on terrorism charges.'His death delivered a very strong message to lawyers,' says solicitor Rosemary Nelson, who is in no doubt that it stopped some ...

  • Number of solicitor-advocates set to triple following approval of third training route

    28-Apr-1998

    The number of City solicitor-advocates with higher court rights of audience is expected to triple over the course of next year following Law Society approval last week for a new, simplified route to qualification.At its meeting last week, the Law Society council approved new rules, negotiated with officials from the Lord Chancellor's Department, which allow a third 'training' route to qualification.Under existing routes, solicitors with no lower ...

  • Obscenity claims halt domain name scheme

    28-Apr-1998

    TURKMENISTAN has called a temporary halt to a London company's bid to set up Internet domain names under the country's top level domain name, '.tm', because some of the addresses it is registering are regarded as obscene in that country.NetNames - a domain name registering company - began promoting the top level domain name, '.tm', last month after getting approval from Turkmenistan to register domain names under the country's ...

  • Partners mobilise

    28-Apr-1998

    The increasing mobility of partners must make any managing partner wonder if there is ever again likely to be any stability in firms. Every week we carry news of the latest defections, and recruitment consultants tell us it is a trend which is escalating rather than abating.For those firms that have invested time and resources in their departments, the prospect of key people leaving is an alarming one which can disrupt and demoralise those left behind.

  • Polish counsel

    28-Apr-1998

    The Warsaw office of Chicago-based Altheimer & Gray has named Polish lawyer Sylwester Pieckowski as its new European counsel. Piechowski joins the firm from the Warsaw office of another US firm, Detroit-based Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone.

  • Practice manager

    28-Apr-1998

    Three Verulam Buildings has appointed Khursid Khosla as its first practice development manager in charge of the set's marketing. She previously spent seven years working with Reynolds Porter Chamberlain and Titmuss Sainer & Webb.

  • Preparing the legal road ahead

    28-Apr-1998

    Investigating road traffic accidents can require the services of a whole host of specialist witnesses, says ian Smith. Ian Smith is a former policeman and an expert witness with Professional Transport Advice Services. Experts in any discipline are a mine of useful information and none more so than in the field of road traffic accident investigation.Many of them are what has been termed 'gamekeepers turned poachers' - former police officers trained in accident investigation ...

  • Prescription for medical experts

    28-Apr-1998

    Peter Marquand says use of medical experts must be streamlined following Lord Woolf's reforms and increased demands. Dr Peter Marquand is a doctor and solicitor at Capsticks. In any medical negligence action expert witnesses play a key role because of the complex technical nature of the subject and the unpredictable response of the human body to treatment.Although based on science, medicine ...

  • Property

    28-Apr-1998

    Lawrence Graham acted for Boots Properties on its £32.25m sale of a retail park in Coventry to Standard Life, advised by Herbert Smith.

  • Property

    28-Apr-1998

    Nabarro Nathanson acted for Talisker Properties on its £30m acquisition of a portfolio of properties from Britannia Life, advised by Church Adams Tatham. Allen & Overy and Dundas & Wilson advised the funders Deutsche ...

  • Property

    28-Apr-1998

    Cameron Mckenna advised Pearl Assurance on its £68m property swap of retail parks in Watford and Maidenhead with Gartmore, advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite.

  • Remove QCs' aura of secrecy

    28-Apr-1998

    Your 'Silks Special' (The Lawyer, 7 April) raised a number of interesting arguments. Much of the argument, though, seemed to focus on the income of QCs rather than whether QCs offer a value for money product.There are, from personal experience, those who seem rather fortunate to have become QCs.Several years ago I recall leaving a conference with a leader wondering why I had wasted two hours. It was clear that, despite ...

  • Rowe & Maw loses star player to Macfarlanes

    28-Apr-1998

    Leading London construction lawyer Tony Blackler has joined Macfarlanes from Rowe & Maw, to help the firm build up a construction practice.At the same time Barlow Lyde & Gilbert's construction head, Robert Oakes, has been recruited by Manches & Co for the same purpose.Blackler's departure comes as a blow to Rowe & Maw as he had headed its four-partner construction ...

  • Scottish firms stand out from flock in Dolly deal

    28-Apr-1998

    SCOTTISH firms Wright Johnstone & Mackenzie and McGrigor Donald have shown that biotechnology companies north of the border do not have to go to London for cutting edge intellectual property advice.The firms advised research organisation the Roslin Institute and 3i on how best to commercially exploit the techniques developed by the institute to create Dolly - the world-famous sheep clone.Ken McCracken, intellectual property partner at Wright Johnstone & Mackenzie, ...

  • Shipping insurers complain over costs

    28-Apr-1998

    AN INTERNATIONAL group of ship owners has accused the London Maritime Arbitrators' Association (LMAA) of inconsistencies in the way it awards costs during mediation disputes.The Swedish Club, a mutual insurance group for ship owners, claims the problem could threaten London's position as the first choice dispute resolution centre for international ship owners.The London-based club, says the LMAA rules over costs only allow clubs to win their costs back ...

  • Silks not like consultants

    28-Apr-1998

    In the Lawyer, 7 April, Nigel Pascoe QC is quoted as commenting that the appointment to silk is equivalent to the appointment of a doctor as a hospital consultant.This is far from the case. All hospital medical posts below the rank of consultant are training posts and work under the direct supervision of a consultant.A doctor can only appoint you to a consultancy if there is a post vacant in his hospital department. Appointment is a recognition that ...

  • Social security tribunals to keep lawyers on panel

    28-Apr-1998

    A YEAR-long campaign by the Legal Action Group (LAG) and the Law Society to fight the Government's proposals to cut legal representation from social security tribunals panels ended in victory last week after a government concession in the House of Lords.Together, the LAG and the Law Society spearheaded the campaign against proposals contained in the Social Security Bill to get rid of a requirement that tribunals contain three-member panels, chaired by a lawyer.

  • Stuart Chapman on the supervision of Anton Piller orders. Stuart Chapman is a litigation partner at Pinsent Curtis.

    28-Apr-1998

    The draconian search and seize powers provided by the Anton Piller order have led, in recent years, to increased protection for defendants. One such protection is the introduction of a supervising solicitor appointed by the court to serve and explain the order and the defendant's rights; to observe the execution of the order; and to report back to the judge.An Anton Piller order allows the plaintiff's solicitor to search private or business premises and ...

  • Summertime, and eventing is easy

    28-Apr-1998

    Pessimistic party planners will be organising their summer events al fresco with one eye on the weather and contingency plan B at the ready in case the skies open. Summer events should not be confined to the simple pleasures of drinking and eating indoors protected from the elements that characterises so many gatherings during the cold winter months. The good weather is an ideal time to get your colleagues and contacts into the great outdoors for some serious team building.

  • The Lawyer awards

    28-Apr-1998

    The Lawyer/HIFAL Awards is entering its fourth year. Now recognised as the premier award ceremony for the legal marketplace, it recognises excellence across the entire profession.This year, the calibre of entries is higher than ever and it is rewarding to see that so many people are putting so much effort in to taking part.It is an interesting exercise for any business to take a close look at what it does well and, while winning is wonderful, ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Charles Hattersley

    28-Apr-1998

    Charles Hattersley was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, in 1949. He is a partner and head of the marine department at Foot & Bowden in Plymouth.What was your first job?Lumberjack.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£6,000 per annum.What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer?Chief forester, British Columbia, Canada.Which law could you ...

  • Three cheers for the Competition Bill

    28-Apr-1998

    Lawyers should be welcoming, not attacking the competition Bill which is currently going through Parliament, says competition partner Marija Danilunas. Marija Danilunas is a partner in Hammond Suddards IP/ competition law group. A recent study found that 58 per cent of lawyers and 63 per cent of economists believed that the new Competition Bill 'would lead to damaging uncertainty'.Fears were expressed that companies would stop entering competitive ventures, and ...

  • Training for judges

    28-Apr-1998

    Attorney General John Morris QC has announced that more training is planned for judges and government lawyers prior to the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into English law.

  • Tribute to QC

    28-Apr-1998

    Tributes were paid last week to Richard Isaacson QC, a tenant at Liverpool's Exchange Chambers, who died last Tuesday of a heart attack. Judge David Clarke QC said Isaacson was 'in command of all the weapons available to an advocate - the rapier, the bludgeon and the steam roller when it was called for'.

  • UK firms expand China outfits

    28-Apr-1998

    Denton Hall and Linklaters have bolstered their Chinese practices, hiring the heads of the China outfits of Canadian firm Goodman Phillips & Vineberg and Australian firm Allen Arthur Robinson respectively.Linklaters has appointed Zill Shao, a Chinese-qualified lawyer and currently head of the China practice of Allens Arthur Robinson in Hong Kong.Shao's departure from Allens ...

  • When words mean everything

    28-Apr-1998

    Are basic human rights being compromised for want of a qualified court interpreter? Graham Cross believes they are. Graham Cross is chairman of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. There is increasing concern about the quality of interpreting provided in this country for foreigners involved in legal or social procedures. Should we be worried?If a British national were denied justice overseas, it would provoke national outrage, but there seems to be little public ...