27 February 1995

The Lawyer

  • 'Allow pay increase for legal aid lawyers'

    1-Mar-1995

    Three wishes is the classic number. My first for 1995 is that the Lord Chancellor announces that he is now in a position to carry out a review of eligibility levels for legal aid to include raising the threshold at which family credit recipients are required to pay u10 a week towards legal aid and also re-introducing the contributory system towards green form advice.People of conspicuously modest means are still not able to afford the contributions required to gain access ...

  • 'Barristers and solicitors to achieve parity of pay'

    1-Mar-1995

    I want 1995 to be the year in which the Bar takes concrete steps to establish its reputation as a robust and competitive professional service.The Bar can be justifiably proud of its integrity, professionalism and excellence. I want to build on that by implementing reforms that ensure that education, training and working practices at the Bar lead to a truly efficient and competitive service, meeting the modern client.In January, I will put before the Bar Council ...

  • 'City firms lead the way'

    1-Mar-1995

    Canadian mother Donna French, whose daughter was abducted, raped and murdered, broke down as she told delegates how the judge in the case should not have had transcripts from a videotape of the rape and torture read out to the media during the trial. "It seems to offer no benefit other that to satisfy the passing interest of the media and the perverse curiosity of a handful of the public. We felt totally betrayed. We felt total disgust."

  • 'I want 1995 to bring full employment'

    1-Mar-1995

    I would wish 1995 to be the year of full employment for all ILEX members employment prospects, particularly for trainees, have improved but are not yet back to the 'good old days'.The go-ahead for increased rights of audience for suitably qualified fellows is high on my list of priorities. I would like to point out that the rights of audience applied for in magistrates courts are available to solicitors as soon as they have qualified. Fellows, on the other hand, ...

  • 'Solicitors benefit from disabled bill'

    1-Mar-1995

    The main topic of interest in 1995 for members of the Law Society Group for Solicitors with Disabilities, as for any person with a disability, is likely to be the progress of the new Disability Bill through Parliament.Heralded as " the greatest advance for disabled people in the history of this country" by the Minister for Disabled People when he introduced the bill in November 1994, the bill nevertheless falls short of the comprehensive civil rights legislation demanded ...

  • 'The poor quality of training is a very common complaint'

    1-Mar-1995

    The end of 1994 saw the first glimmers of hope that a decline in training contracts could be weakening. Contrary to expectations, the number of admitted solicitors has grown and so have the number of training contracts. While for many would-be trainees the chances of securing a training contract seem as slim as a win on the National Lottery, there is at least more hope. Many, however, will remain disappointed.My wishes for 1995 are simple: more jobs, less debt and better ...

  • A glance askance that has paid off

    1-Mar-1995

    The Law Society's sideways look at other UK professions and how they are organised shows that the grass is not that much greener elsewhere. Most of the professions under scrutiny are being squeezed by increased external regulation and a more demanding public. Total self-regulation is a thing of the past - no profession is an island.Professional bodies which have to discipline members are less popular with their members than those which don't - the society can corroborate ...

  • Acquitted Scots partners slam 'groundless' fraud prosecution

    28-Feb-1995

    TWO partners from the Scottish office of leading personal injury and trade union firm Robin Thompson & Partners were acquitted of fraud charges by the Edinburgh Sheriff's court.Partners David Stevenson and Lawrence Lumsden had both denied accusations of overcharging other solicitors when recovering litigation costs after successful cases.The prosecution alleged they had overcharged 13 times from December 1985 to May 1992 to a total value of u2,673.

  • Act forces greater role on solicitors

    1-Mar-1995

    SOLICITORS who visit clients in police stations will have to make more trips, stay for longer, and take a "more pro-active role" when sections of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act come into force early this year.And costs to the Legal Aid Board will increase "enormously" as a result, according to Mark Haslam, partner at Magrath & Co and secretary to the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association.Speaking at a two-day seminar given by James Mulcahy ...

  • Allen & Overy advises on building society first

    1-Mar-1995

    Allen & Overy advised the Bristol & West Building Society in a u150 million commercial mortgage securitisation secured on investment property.The deal is believed to be the first of its type.A total of u150 million of Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities were issued, underwritten, and lead managed by Goldman Sachs. Around 83 per cent of the issue is expected to receive ...

  • Andrew Spooner on the implications of new practice legislation

    28-Feb-1995

    The Practice Direction on Case Management in Civil Litigation handed down on 24 January 1995 contains much that will be applauded by members of the public and profession alike. Its twin objectives are to speed up civil litigation and cut costs. However, the question remains will it do so in practice, particularly as regards discovery, witness statements and pre-trial reviews?

  • APIL tackles Woolf proposals

    28-Feb-1995

    LORD Woolf will this week discuss his proposed shake-up of the civil justice system with officials from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).Plans for a four-tier system, with cases streamed according to complexity and importance, are likely to form a key part of Woolf's report to the Lord Chancellor.The review team also favours case management training for judges and a system of payment into court for plaintiffs in order to encourage settlement, ...

  • Barnards Inn mourns loss of colleague

    28-Feb-1995

    TRIBUTES have been flooding in to Barnards Inn Chambers following the fatal stabbing of junior clerk Darren Parker.Parker, 23, from Catford, was stabbed in an alley in Sydenham, London, on 11 February as he returned home from a night out with a friend.The popular clerk had worked for Barnards Inn since its inception in 1993.Director of chambers Andrea Kennedy says the set has been overwhelmed by messages of sympathy from solicitors ...

  • Barristers briefed on police powers

    1-Mar-1995

    POLICE powers to stop and search, due to come into force soon, will give officers the right to search all pedestrians and vehicles in a given area in a 24-hour period if there is a suspicion of serious violence at an event due to occur.Barristers at 2 Gray's Inn Square, in a seminar given to solicitors, warned lawyers to be aware of the new "blanket power" under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. Once a police superintendent or more senior officer ...

  • Barristers in death row case

    28-Feb-1995

    John Malpas reportsTHE FATE of two Texan prisoners on death row may hinge on last minute pleas drawn up by two UK barristers for their sentences to be commuted.Bar Human Rights Committee members Philip Sapsford QC and David Marshall were last week drawing up amicus curiaes briefs on behalf of Calvin Burdine and Clarence Lackey, whose executions by lethal injection are imminent.The Texas legal centre which asked them to intervene believes the ...

  • Berrymans snaps up Courts partner

    1-Mar-1995

    BERRYMANS, the 19-partner London insurance litigation firm, has taken on commercial partner Peter Bohm from niche commercial practice Courts & Co. Bohm will head the firm's developing company and commercial department.Bohm brings extensive experience in acquisitions, joint ventures and disposal work to the firm.He was with five-partner Courts & Co for 10 years and was previously an in-house lawyer at Ladbroke Group for six years, after several years with ...

  • Business growth good news for lawyers

    28-Feb-1995

    LAW firms are set to benefit from a year of business expansion which will see companies pushing more work their way, according to a survey of UK companies.But the 1995 Manches Corporate Survey shows companies are more discerning about which solicitors to hire, and that they are considering taking on more in-house lawyers."There could be casualties among those firms which are not geared to deal with this competition," predicts Manches & Co senior partner Alasdair ...

  • Change in rules lets Canadian firm snap up Hong Kong practice

    28-Feb-1995

    CANADIAN firm Stikeman Elliott has taken over Hong Kong law firm Shum & Co following changes in Hong Kong's rules permitting foreign firms to employ local lawyers.Shum & Co has adopted the Stikeman name and Stikeman partner Calin Rovinescu says it "has a similar philosophy which is entrepreneurial and with a view to building up something from scratch".It is the Canadian firm's first foray into local practice as well as being its first merger with another ...

  • Change of style

    28-Feb-1995

    Lively times are predicted for the pensions scene. The new pensions ombudsman Julian Farrand QC made this quite clear when talking to the Association of Pensions Lawyers last week.In a matter of months, he has given 50 determinations, compared with his predecessor's 160 over a period of years. And the style will be different. Four appeals have been lodged so far against his decisions (not all will proceed), compared with two in the previous ombudsman's ...

  • Church wedding for Freedmans

    28-Feb-1995

    LONDON niche construction law firms Freedmans and Church & Church have merged, creating a 20-lawyer specialist practice with a focus on UK and international projects work.The new 11-partner practice is now called Freedman Church. The merger, effective from this month, also coincides with the transfer of Michael Crooke, a senior energy project lawyer from Powergen, which is a client of both law firms.The new merged firm continues to act for Powergen on a variety ...

  • City backing for Euro-law chair

    1-Mar-1995

    INTERNATIONAL academic Professor Basil Markesinis has been appointed as the first chair of European Private Law at Oxford University.Markesinis is currently Professor of European Private Law at University College London and Professor of Anglo-American Private Law at the University of Leiden.His appointment at Oxford takes effect from 1 October this year.Called to the Bar in 1973, Markesinis was an advocate to the Greek Supreme Court from 1975 to 1986, ...

  • CLA welcomes employee code

    1-Mar-1995

    THE NEW chair of the Commission for Local Administration has welcomed the publication of a code of conduct for council employees, saying the reputation of local government is one of its "most precious assets".Edward Osmotherly, who succeeded Sir David Yardley in October, says local government "cannot flourish unless everyone believes it is straight" and has called on councils to adopt the Local Government Management Board's code or ...

  • Cloisters to set up base in Manchester

    1-Mar-1995

    CLOISTERS Chambers is the first London set to open for business in Manchester.The opening of premises in St John Street makes the chambers, headed by David Turner-Samuels QC, the latest in a wave of provincial moves by London sets. "We're getting more and more work from the big cities of the North," senior barrister Philip Engelman says."The new chambers will provide a strategic base for access to Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield. ...

  • Conveying a crisis

    28-Feb-1995

    Clarke Willmott & Clarke, with long roots in deepest Somerset, no longer has conveyancing sections. It has CWC-HomeMover, a drop-in-anytime office that owes more to the supermarket than the traditional solicitor's office."Conveyancing is a retail product; don't let anybody kid you it's anything else," declares Jonathan Stokes, the partner who is head of CWC's HomeMover ...

  • Cornish lawyer covers IP market

    1-Mar-1995

    A LAWYER with a small specialist legal advisory firm in Cornwall spotted a gap in the market for intellectual property insurance and is now providing the cover for businesses operating in the US and elsewhere.Ernest Kay, a non-practising barrister, runs Law Business & Technology Services, a firm specialising in international IP advice and based in St Mawes.Kay, who previously worked as an in-house lawyer with Shell, discovered that business clients were not able ...

  • Corporate

    1-Mar-1995

    The DTI is being advised by McKenna & Co on the implementation of the Board of Trade's proposals for privatising three Government Laboratories: the National Engineering Laboratory, the Laboratory of the Government Chemist and the National Physical Laboratory.

  • Corporate

    1-Mar-1995

    The purchasers of the ordinary shares and 10 per cent of the listed preference shares of Boscombe Property were advised by Berwin Leighton and Morgan Bruce Binks Stern. All the vendors were advised by Lewis Silkin. Boscombe, advised by Berwin Leighton then acquired Newcrest Management Services for u3m. The enlarged and reorganised company is applying for the new ordinary shares to be fully listed. ...

  • Corporate

    1-Mar-1995

    The BOC Group, advised by its in-house legal department, has bought shares for an undisclosed sum in the Heathrow-based London Cargo Group, the Manchester Airport-based ManCargo, and Birmingham International Airport-based Elmdon Cargo Handling, the vendor shareholders being advised by Mundays.

  • Corporate

    28-Feb-1995

    Sturge Holdings, advised by Norton Rose, has introduced a new holding company Ockham Holdings, to be effected by means of a scheme of arrangement under S.425 of the Companies Act 1985. Financial adviser Samuel Montagu was advised by Herbert Smith.

  • Council secures private loan

    28-Feb-1995

    HERTFORDSHIRE County Council has overcome "immensely complicated" legal pitfalls and helped to secure a u30 million loan for a housing association.Lawyers working on the deal have come up with a scheme which satisfies all sides, despite the recent Allerdale v Credit Suisse case which led to uncertainty over the legality of guarantees.Banks were told to be wary of such schemes after the authority was judged to have acted ultra vires.But in this case, ...

  • Courts face staff decimation

    28-Feb-1995

    GOVERNMENT plans for the Courts Service Next Steps Agency due for launch in April will result in a ten per cent reduction in numbers of court staff over three years.It will also mean more court fee hikes and a cost-saving drive to close the widening shortfall in civil court income.A copy of the Government's court service corporate plan leaked to The Lawyer shows that cost-cutting, rather than access to justice, is the prime consideration of the new agency.

  • Cripps takes on C&E work

    28-Feb-1995

    South East firm Cripps Harries Hall has won the tender to act for the HM Customs and Excise (C&E) property portfolio in England and Wales.The firm will undertake mainly commercial property and related litigation work. The contract lasts until March 1998.The firm's volume of work will increase in April 1996 as the C&E takes on property currently administered by the ...

  • Cutting down the paperwork

    1-Mar-1995

    Roger Pearson finds courtroom technology comes into its own dealing with expert evidenceNew technology is increasingly evident in our courts. with laptops fast taking over from counsel's notebooks in more complex cases.One court at the High Court where Lloyd's litigation has been under way could at times be likened to a computer showroom with its array of laptops and PCs.But lawyers are agreed that new technology also came into its own in ...

  • Dissolving contractual ties that bind

    28-Feb-1995

    Roger Pearson looks at the High Court battle that will attempt to untangle the Saatchis webThe High Court is set for a clash of the advertising titans. Three of the top Saatchi & Saatchi advertising companies are preparing for a battle with the organisation's former chairman Maurice Saatchi in a bid to prevent him and three executives forming a rival agency.A precursor to the forthcoming Chancery Division battle has already taken place with top flight QCs ...

  • Do the eyes have it?

    28-Feb-1995

    According to Peter Heims of the Association of British Investigators (ABI), private eyes have a lot to thank lawyers for. He explains: "A private investigator is often the very last person a client would think of coming to. I think it is fair to say that about 90 per cent of our work comes via solicitors' firms."Private eyes have always lived a precarious existence and, as elsewhere, there are pressures on the industry to adapt. Cost-conscious law firms are trying to ...

  • Double murder trial date set

    28-Feb-1995

    The trial is scheduled to begin at the Old Bailey on 15 March of Robert Napper who is accused of the double murder of Samantha Bissett at her Plumstead home and her toddler daughter Jasmine. Samantha was stabbed to death and her daughter was smothered with a pillow.

  • Durnford Ford faces u8 million theft charge as case goes to trial

    1-Mar-1995

    STRUCK-OFF solicitor Graham Durnford Ford will defend himself against Serious Fraud Office charges of stealing u8.5 million from his clients - including the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association - in a trial due to start this week.The trial will be the culmination of a two and a half year investigation by Sussex police and the SFO following the collapse of Durnford Ford, which in 1990 was the South East’s eighth-biggest law firm.Ford will defend himself after ...

  • Easy guide to tricky subject

    1-Mar-1995

    'Judicial review' is a term used almost daily in the media, but few people understand what it means. Your readers may be interested in a publication for members of the public and lawyers unused to the procedures for judicial review.'Is it lawful?' is a short guide recently published by the Public Law Project and explains the nature of judicial review, the source of the legal powers under which a public body can take a lawful decision or action, ...

  • EC directive could prompt insurance policy review

    1-Mar-1995

    Lawrence Graham warns that the EC Directive on unfair terms in consumer contracts will lead to a wholesale review of standard private individuals' insurance policies.The directive, which came into force on 31 December, applies to all contracts concluded between insurers and their clients. It will hit insurers hard, since other industry is already subject to similar rules under ...

  • EC moves on lawyers' rights

    1-Mar-1995

    AFTER more than two years in the pipeline the European Commission has adopted a draft directive on the rights of establishment for foreign lawyers.The long-awaited move has been welcomed by lawyers in Europe, who say the topic will now be publicly debated for the first time.The directive was scheduled for discussion by the commission early last year, but it was delayed until 21 December.It contains a provision for a right to practice under home title ...

  • Elliotts drops marketing man

    28-Feb-1995

    ELLIOTT & Company has made its first marketing manager redundant less than a year after he was appointed to help consolidate strengths and develop new markets for the firm.Mike Cousen, due to leave the Manchester-based firm imminently, says he is not going voluntarily.Neither he, nor senior partner Katherine Mellor, will comment on the reasons for his departure.A marketing professional at a rival firm says Cousen is highly regarded in Manchester and ...

  • Energy expert gets top ORR position

    28-Feb-1995

    DENTON Hall regulatory specialist Tom Winsor has been appointed General Counsel at the Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR).But the Denton Hall partner, who has just completed an 18-month secondment as ORR's chief legal adviser, is only to remain with the rail regulator until 31 March when he rejoins his firm.His short term as general counsel will allow him time to hand over to his successor as chief legal adviser, Michael Brocklehurst, former chief legal ...

  • Essex firm takes Aim

    1-Mar-1995

    Essex practice Attwater & Liell has installed an AIM evolution practice management system from AIM Professional. The firm's system is an upgrade of AIM's MicroCharter system for smaller practices.

  • Eversheds and Jaques to reveal all

    1-Mar-1995

    NATIONAL law firm Eversheds and City-based Jaques & Lewis are set to announce the result of their merger talks.Discussions have reached an advanced stage and a formal announcement is expected next week.For the moment, however, both firms are remaining tight-lipped about the developments.If the merger goes ahead, as expected, it will create the largest law firm in the ...

  • Food for thought

    28-Feb-1995

    Just as the Northern Ireland framework document is supposedly not a blueprint, Labour's 'Access to justice' consultation paper is labelled 'not a statement of party policy'. It is a rummage through the legal system and 'you tell us what should be on the shopping list' approach.Legal issues at all levels are on the political agenda. There is original thinking: Aclec certainly needs review; QCs' fees under legal aid require scrutiny. ...

  • Football Competition

    28-Feb-1995

    The Lawyer is pleased to announce the 1995 Legal National Five-a-Side football tournament in conjunction with Arsenal Football Club.The competition is open to all members of the legal profession and those associated with it. So law firms, barristers' chambers, in-house legal departments and courthouse staff are invited to field teams.The event will kick off in the well-equipped sports centre run by Arsenal FC at its famous Highbury ground in North ...

  • Foots steps into London office

    1-Mar-1995

    SOUTH West firm Foot & Bowden has opened an office in London to step up its drive for new business.The firm will use its new base to cope with its national and international work and is also offering a court agency service to provincial practices.Partner Gary Streeter MP will oversee the London operation, which will serve the firm's shipping, media and banking interests.The firm has been relying on space in one of its client's offices but ...

  • Freeman forced to submit outstanding taxation bill

    28-Feb-1995

    INSOLVENT solicitor Michael Freeman still faces taxation for work totalling over u1 million after an appeal against the order was dismissed by a judge.Freeman, latterly of Michael Freeman & Co, is subject to a Taxing Master's order for a final bill. He has three months to produce bills for work he did for the Oakley Vaughan Names Association in 1990-91.Freeman took out an Individual Voluntary Arrangement last September with u1.5 million debts, after his ...

  • Freres' Airbus leasing deal takes flight

    1-Mar-1995

    Frere Cholmeley Bischoff's aviation practice advised International Airways on negotiation and conclusion of lease agreements for three new Airbus A320 aircraft. They are due for delivery in April.International Airways will be launched this spring. It is owned by USM-listed tour operator Inspirations.The aircraft were leased from Wilmington Trust Company as trustee for Kawasaki Leasing International, which was advised by

  • Government's U-turn on part-time workers 'no surprise' say lawyers

    1-Mar-1995

    EMPLOYMENT lawyers have responded with astonishment to press coverage of the Government's climb down over the House of Lords judgement on part-time workers rights, saying reports have "made a mountain out of a molehill".They claim Employment Secretary Michael Portillo's acceptance of the ruling was "inevitable" and tribunals had already begun adapting the law to give part-timers the same rights as full-time workers.At the end of last year Portillo said ...

  • Grabiner takes over at 1 Essex Court

    1-Mar-1995

    ANTHONY Grabiner QC has taken over as head of London's biggest commercial chambers, 1 Essex Court, following the death of Sam Stamler QC.Stamler was one of the UK's leading commercial practitioners, specialising in takeovers, and involved in a string of high-profile cases in the 1980s.In 1982 he acted for Heron International in an attempt to prevent Robert Holmes a Court from acquiring Associated Communications Corporation and in ...

  • Grant Thornton and DAP join forces to form specialist group

    28-Feb-1995

    LEGAL consultants The David Andrews Partnership (DAP) has merged with national firm Grant Thornton (GT) to form what may be the largest specialist consultancy for the legal profession.DAP chair David Andrews will head the new practice, which will continue to use his name. He becomes a Grant Thornton partner.Michael Rogerson, head of GT's legal business services group, ...

  • Green group makes EU noise over rail pollution

    28-Feb-1995

    A NEWLY-FORMED environmental law group is trying to launch a court action against Railtrack under European rules on access to information.London-based EarthRights is seeking legal aid for a client whose request for information on machinery noise levels was turned down. It hopes to use the Environmental Information Regulations 1992 to force Railtrack to release details about a contractor's machinery.But Andrew Litherland, Railtrack principal litigation solicitor, ...

  • Grennan at helm of Goodbodys in City

    28-Feb-1995

    IRISH firm A & L Goodbody has appointed a new managing partner in its London office.James Grennan takes over from Eithne Fitzgerald who has returned to Dublin after a three-year stint fronting the London office.Grennan has worked for the firm for the past 10 years and has been involved in a number of high profile cases including the Larry Goodman case.Although a commercial lawyer, he has latterly specialised in financial services work as a result ...

  • Highbury chief faces review

    28-Feb-1995

    LONDON firm Sonn & Co has been granted leave to seek a second judicial review against the chief clerk at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court.The firm argues that clerk Alan Gooch was wrong to turn down legal aid to one of its clients who the partners say was in danger of being put in custody.Leave was refused by Mr Justice Brooke who said Sonn & Co did not have a legitimate interest in the case which should be brought by the client.But the application ...

  • House of Lords cases

    28-Feb-1995

    Judgment is pending in the House of Lords for the case of Regina v H which will focus on contaminated evidence and the admissibility of evidence in sex cases. Newspaper law is also to be thrown under the House of Lords spotlight in the case of Charleston and another v News Group Newspapers and another. The Law Lords will be asked to define whether a headline and photographs or photographs and captions are capable of bearing a defamatory meaning on their own, irrespective of the ...

  • How the West was won

    28-Feb-1995

    Linda Tsang shoots a glance at those barristers leaving London to blaze the trail and open up the Western CircuitMore and more barristers have been heading west out of London due to increasing competition from solicitor advocates, lack of work at the junior Bar and legal aid cut-backs to become Western Circuiteers. Many chambers on the Western Circuit, such as King's Bench Chambers in Plymouth and Winchester's Pump Court Chambers which is an annexe of Guy Boney's ...

  • In brief: Appeal Court cuts Cunningham sentence

    28-Feb-1995

    Bernard Cunningham, the barrister jailed for 15 months for a u1.3 million tax fraud, has had his sentence cut to nine months in the Court of Appeal. Cunningham was jailed, along with three accountants, after a six-month trial at Nottingham Crown court. It was the Inland Revenue's longest-ever tax fraud trial and cost £2 million. The accountants also had their sentences reduced. Ringleader Christopher Charleton's sentence, the heaviest of the three, was cut from five ...

  • In brief: Calows partner jailed for false accounting

    1-Mar-1995

    A former partner of London law firm Calow Easton has been jailed for a year. Simon Easton was convicted of three charges of false accounting at Southwark Crown Court. Judge Robin Laurie said that Easton senselessly threw away an "enormously successful" career to help a greedy client pay a divorce bill. The Solicitors Complaints Bureau confirms that the case is being investigated and it is likely the matter will be referred to a disciplinary tribunal.

  • In brief: Colemans appoints commercial partner

    1-Mar-1995

    Manchester-based law firm Colemans has appointed Robert Meaton as partner in charge of commercial property and liquor licensing. Meaton has acted as a specialist in licensing law for major hotels and breweries.

  • In brief: Conference tackles drugs legislation

    1-Mar-1995

    The British Juvenile and Family Courts Society is focusing on the decriminalisation of drugs for its annual conference in London in February. Chaired by BBC news presenter Martyn Lewis and The Observer's home affairs correspondent David Rose, the conference will discuss problems associated with the prohibition of drugs. The conference is on 10 February. For further details contact the BJFCS on 071 224 3566.

  • In brief: Craig joins Tuckers as business manager

    28-Feb-1995

    Tuckers Solicitors has appointed Brian Craig as business manager. Craig, who joins the London and Manchester-based criminal practice this week, is the former south east group duty solicitor manager with the Legal Aid Board. Senior partner Franklin Sinclair says Craig's appointment will ensure that a high quality service is maintained.

  • In brief: DAC appoints ex-barrister to motor unit

    28-Feb-1995

    Davies Arnold Cooper has appointed an ex-barrister, Carl Atkinson, to its common law department. Atkinson, who has extensive experience in civil litigation, will specialise in high profile motor claims litigation as part of Davies Arnold Cooper's motor claims unit.

  • In brief: King wins Herbert Smith training head

    28-Feb-1995

    Richard King has joined City firm Herbert Smith as head of education and training. He replaces Alexandrina le Clezio, who joined the College of Law as director of education last year. King was with Linklaters & Paines, where he was training development manager from 1990 to 1994.

  • In brief: Lewis Silkin clarifies advertising law

    1-Mar-1995

    London practice Lewis Silkin is holding a one-day seminar on advertising law on 24 January. The seminar is aimed at providing practical solutions to legal problems within advertising - including advice on what can happen if things go wrong, agency/client contracts, and comparative advertising.

  • In brief: Liberty champions Balfour appeal

    28-Feb-1995

    Civil rights group Liberty takes the case of Andrew Balfour to tribunal this week arguing that he was unfairly dismissed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Central to the case is the debate over Public Interest Immunity Certificates which were signed by the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary to prevent the disclosure of a number of documents which Balfour believes would help his appeal.

  • In brief: Mackay urges speedy violence remedies

    28-Feb-1995

    At the second reading of the Family Homes and Domestic Violence Bill last week, the Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay said it was essential that domestic violence remedies were obtained swiftly in emergencies. He added that the bill widened the categories of people who could apply for orders and strengthened enforcement powers held by the courts.

  • In brief: Mining group wins coal bill amendments

    28-Feb-1995

    The Mining and Mineral Law Group had considerable success in obtaining amendments to the Coal Industry Bill on ongoing liabilities for subsidence and industrial disease and injury, members heard at their first annual general meeting. They were also told that the Law Society was not yet ready to recognise them as a special interest group although chair Brian Youngman, deputy legal adviser to the National Coal Board, said he was optimistic about winning recognition.

  • In brief: New marketing head for Vaudreys

    1-Mar-1995

    Former Eversheds Hepworth & Chadwick marketing manager Deborah Ascott-Jones has joined Manchester-based Vaudrey Osborne & Mellor as director of marketing. The firm has also announced the appointment of partner Paul Brown as head of its corporate department. He takes over from Tony Martin who continues his role as joint senior partner.

  • In brief: Next Law Soc advocacy training course

    28-Feb-1995

    The Law Society is holding another advocacy training course for solicitors and trainees. Those attending the course, which runs from 4-7 May at the Abbey Hotel in Great Malvern, will be trained by an experienced team of advocates who will take them through a number of advocacy situations, with the chance to be filmed. The course has been approved as an advocacy module of the PSC and counts for 37 professional development hours. Contact Sarah Linacre on 0171-320 5791.

  • In brief: Pannones under one roof in Manchester

    1-Mar-1995

    Manchester-based Pannone & Partners has moved its lawyers to one site. Staff have left the Spring Gardens office and are now at Lincoln House adjacent to the Deansgate head office. The firm has acquired two floors of Lincoln House from a firm of architects.

  • In brief: Patent solicitors become 'Intellectual'

    28-Feb-1995

    The Patent Solicitors' Association, set up in 1982, has changed its name to the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association. The change has been made to reflect the widening of the association's scope and focus from purely patent litigation to all aspects of industrially-based intellectual property law. Further information from secretary Nicholas Macfarlane, at Lovell White Durrant, 0171-236 0066.

  • In brief: Pinsents partner publishes share guide

    1-Mar-1995

    Laws governing employee share schemes are highly complex and schemes are becoming more sophisticated, according to Pinsent & Co partner David Pett, whose book 'The Employee Share Schemes Handbook' has just been published by Longman. Written with Leslie Moss, director of the Human Resource Partnership, the book comes in response to the growing trend in share schemes.

  • In brief: Professor calls for unified consumer law

    1-Mar-1995

    Malcolm Leder, Professor of Consumer Law and head of the School of Law at Middlesex University Business School, has called for a more coherent system of consumer law in the UK. Speaking at his inaugural lecture, he said the law was currently oriented towards commercial rather than consumer transactions. "Repairs, replacements and credit notes are everyday occurrences. How extraordinary that the law has no clear provision in relation to them," he said.

  • In brief: Shepherd swaps Leeds for Manchester

    1-Mar-1995

    Hammond Suddards' Mike Shepherd is leaving the firm's Leeds office to develop the commercial litigation service for clients in Manchester. Shepherd, who heads the firm's environmental law unit, has been a partner for 20 years. Liam Buckley, head of the property department in Manchester, has been made a partner. The appointment follows an upturn in the region's property market.

  • In brief: Steyn appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary

    1-Mar-1995

    Lord Justice Steyn, a Lord Justice of Appeal since 1992, has been appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. Mr Justice Otton, who sits in the High Court, will take over the Appeal Court position. Mr Justice Otton has been in the High Court since 1983.

  • In brief: Trades unions notch up record damages

    1-Mar-1995

    Workers suffering from injury or ill-health as a result of their jobs were awarded u335 million in legal damages last year as a result of trade union action. Figures released by the Trades Union Congress show unions are winning record levels of damages - up by 8 per cent on the previous year's record of u310 million. Unions took action on behalf of more than 125,000 members, providing them with free legal advice and representation against employers, insurance companies and government ...

  • In brief: Trainees conference pulls the crowds

    28-Feb-1995

    The Trainee Solicitors' Group annual conference has been flooded with bookings for its weekend event in York starting on Friday. The organisers expect at least 200 lawyers will attend the weekend of seminars and social activities. The full delegate package including accommodation at The Royal York Hotel is now completely booked but a day pass is available at u60 for trainees and u75 for newly qualifieds. For details ring Cathy Hill at the Law Society on 0171-242 1222.

  • In by the back door

    28-Feb-1995

    Davies Arnold Cooper has issued a warning bulletin to all its clients about the potential legal problems that can arise from using email.Practitioners in the intellectual property department at the firm said that if used appropriately email is a quick and efficient way of communicating. However, they warned if it is used carelessly it could seriously prejudice a legal dispute.Catrin Turner, senior assistant solicitor in the firm's IP department, ...

  • Inquiry gives IR increased access to files

    1-Mar-1995

    The Inland Revenue will have increased powers to gain access to tax advisers' confidential files, following the Government inquiry led by Law Society ex-president Philip Ely.Accountants Pannell Kerr Forster says it is concerned that this may represent a "serious invasion of privacy".The firm says that safeguards called for by Ely have not been incorporated into the new rules, published in draft clauses to the Finance Bill.Such safeguards would ...

  • INTERNATIONAL WORK

    28-Feb-1995

    Here are some useful pointers in selecting an investigator for cross-border work:

  • Invitation to good behaviour

    28-Feb-1995

    Roger Pearson finds proprietors of private retail complexes now have power to decide right of entryA recent ruling by the Appeal Court over a ban imposed on a group of rowdies who had been plaguing a Northampton shopping centre has increased the rights of proprietors of privately owned retail complexes to police their premises.The decision is one which Nabarro Nathanson partner ...

  • IT triggers growing amount of litigation

    1-Mar-1995

    Litigation is increasingly being used to solve technology disputes, says consultancy KPMG Peat Marwick.KPMG says the results of its survey into the way businesses install IT systems shows one fifth of those who have experienced problems with putting in a system have threatened litigation.The survey of 130 bodies, including companies and government organisations, show-ed that 62 per cent had also suffered from a 'runaway system' - where ...

  • John Cooper questions the application of personal costs orders

    1-Mar-1995

    John CooperWe are moving into the era, of the personal or wasted costs order. For some time, solicitors have, in certain cases, been directed by the judge to pay the costs of a case or an adjournment out of their own pockets.Most recently, this ultimate sanction has been applied to the Bar and barristers throughout the country are now at personal risk should a judge feel that they are personally responsible for loss incurred at trial.

  • Judicial process blocks 'rich vein' of talent

    28-Feb-1995

    AN INDEFENSIBLE judicial selection system biased against employed barristers is depriving the judiciary of a rich vein of talent, according to the in-house barristers' group, Bacfi.In a hard hitting submission to the House of Commons Home Affairs select committee, the Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry calls for a reform of the law preventing in-house barristers from becoming senior judges.The group also complains of bias against the employed ...

  • Justice acts on juvenile sentencing

    1-Mar-1995

    CAMPAIGNING law reform group Justice, which has won an important battle in its fight for juvenile justice, is considering taking new legal steps to keep politics out of the courts.The Home Secretary's intervention in fixing mandatory life terms could be the next target of Justice following its recent first-round victory in Europe.The European Commission has ruled unanimously that juveniles serving life sentences should be treated the same as many other discretionary ...

  • Justice asks for separate review body

    28-Feb-1995

    THE LONG-AWAITED review body for investigating miscarriages of justice begins its legislative journey amid fears that its independence could be compromised.Campaigning group Justice argues the Criminal Cases Review Commission, should have its own team of investigators rather than using police.Justice has also raised concerns that commission members will be appointed by the Government and will not be independently selected.Director Anne Owers says ...

  • Kingsford Stacey orders Sun Windows system from Ushers

    1-Mar-1995

    Lincoln's Inn firm Kingsford Stacey is buying a u250,000 system from Edinburgh-based supplier HG Usher & Co.The 13-partner firm is buying an 80-terminal system for practice management and word processing and includes both software and hardware.It will be implementing the U-Legal Unity Practice Management software along with WordPerfect 6 word processing package. The hardware is supplied by Sun and includes the multi-user X-Windows terminal.

  • Labour plan 'constructive'

    28-Feb-1995

    THE LAW Society may support abolition of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee (Aclec) and slashing QC's fees on legal aid cases if an in-coming Labour Government was to include these moves in its policy.These changes are among a raft of proposals in Labour's widely-supported consultation paper 'Access to Justice, Labour's Proposals for Regenerating the Justice System'.Russell Wallman, head of the society's professional policy ...

  • Law Soc compares professions

    1-Mar-1995

    THE LAW Society is planning to embark on an in-depth study of the way complaints are handled by different professions.The initiative has been prompted by more general research which reveals that solicitors and barristers are facing the same problems as accountants, dentists, architects and engineers.Secretary-General of the Law Society John Hayes says: "One of my most important roles is to look sideways as well as ahead."A society report reveals that ...

  • Lawyer top for news

    28-Feb-1995

    The Lawyer has been overwhelmingly voted the most "entertaining and newsy" legal publication on the market.An independent poll of in-house lawyers also reveals that The Lawyer is better read than any other legal magazine apart from the Law Society Gazette.The study, carried out by NOP Corporate and Financial, ranks the Gazette, In-House Lawyer (IHL) and PLC as the most respected publications for in-house lawyers.It also describes the growth in the ...

  • Lawyers defend SFO role in Guinness trial

    1-Mar-1995

    Saunders: 'strong point'

  • Lawyers have say on legal aid for the rich

    1-Mar-1995

    LAWYERS have until the end of next month to respond to the Lord Chancellor's package of measures designed to prevent rich people milking the legal aid fund.The Bar Council and the Law Society have broadly welcomed the plans but could object to individual proposals.Society president Charles Elly says that turning legal aid into a loan would damage the system by "frightening people" out of accepting legal aid.He adds that the problem of apparently ...

  • Lawyers in Germany win home title rights

    28-Feb-1995

    NON-EU lawyers practising in Germany can now use their home title thanks to legislation passed by the German Parliament.The change, which has been effective since last month, was welcomed by foreign lawyers who have waged a long battle with the German government and bar authorities to have the situation changed."We are now allowed to describe ourselves as attorneys and don't have to use the title 'rechtskundiger' which means legal consultant and ...

  • Lawyers volunteer for violence hotline

    28-Feb-1995

    A TEAM of family lawyers is offering support for victims of domestic violence.The 17 solicitors, from Welsh firm Hugh James Jones & Jenkins, are running the UK's first free legal 24-hour helpline for victims.The lawyers have been trained by the Samaritans to handle the calls and take it in turns to go on round-the-clock duty.Set up by Hugh James solicitor Debbie ...

  • Leading set switches Inn

    1-Mar-1995

    THE CHAMBERS of John Melville Williams QC at 15 Old Square is moving to Gray's Inn.The chambers, currently spread over three buildings in Lincoln's Inn, will be united in refurbished premises next month, with room for further expansion."We've gone from strength to strength since I moved to Old Square from the Temple 20 years ago," Melville Williams says."We're now very overcrowded. I'm sure ...

  • Legal aid could feel the full force

    1-Mar-1995

    Roger Pearson looks at a case which may affect legal aid eligibility for enforcement proceedingsLegal Aid policies for the funding of challenges to enforcement proceedings will come under the High Court spotlight early next year.Upper class fraudster Darius Guppy has won leave to seek judicial review of refusal of legal aid for him to contest enforcement proceedings which threaten to keep him in prison for a further three years. The proceedings look set to provide ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 28/02/95

    28-Feb-1995

    DAVID ROBIN JOHN HARBRIDGE, 40, admitted 1979, practised in partnership at Christchurch, Dorset, struck off and ordered to pay u1,050 costs. Tribunal told he pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court in June last year to five specimen counts of theft and was jailed for 42 months. For 14 years prior to discovery of offences he had been treasurer of Christchurch Hospital League of Friends. An audit of the charity's accounts revealed he had taken u56,832 ...

  • Litigation Recent Desicions 28/02/95

    28-Feb-1995

    Supplying of limousine to take passengers to airportVirgin Atlantic Airways v Commissioners of Customs & Excise; Canadian International Airlines v the same. (QBD (Turner J) 3/2/95)Summary: The provision of a limousine service for first class passengers from their homes to the airport is an integral part of the supply of air transport and is not subject to standard rate VAT as a separate service.Appeals by two airlines against decisions made by a VAT ...

  • Litigation Writs 28/02/95

    28-Feb-1995

    A boy whose mother died after falling from a hospital window is suing the London health authority controlling the hospital. Joolyon Gibbs, who sues through his grandmother Cherry Cummings, has issued a writ claiming damages from Rohn and Haas, of Masons Avenue, Croydon, and Camberwell Health Authority, of King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE3. His mother, Cheryl Cummings, died on 6 January 1992 after falling from a broken ...

  • Local authority legal advice may be 'worthless' say Westminster Tories

    28-Feb-1995

    ADVICE from local authority lawyers could prove worthless in future if the District Auditor in the Westminster homes-for-votes case sticks to his original view, it is claimed.Councillors across the country will run the risk of surcharge even if they follow legal officers' instructions, according to Westminster's Conservatives.But solicitor Graham French, who represents the Westminster objectors, says the nightmare scenario outlined by the council's ...

  • London to get extra LPC places

    28-Feb-1995

    NEARLY 200 extra students will be admitted to the next Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, in London, despite mounting concerns about the glut of students who cannot find jobs.The Law Society has agreed to the expansion because of the huge demand for course places in the capital.But Richard Moorhead, chair of the Trainee Solicitors Group (TSG), says the society should be restricting numbers. Capping course expansion is due to be discussed at the TSG ...

  • Looking for the US accent

    28-Feb-1995

    Managing the annual financial accounts is a redundant exercise. Financial accounts are a snapshot of past performance and you can't manage business on this basis. Managing information is the key to success.Financial goals are necessary over a relevant future period, say three years, and partners' support in achieving those goals.Budgets are short term, covering key revenues and expenses. Good cash flow projections will demonstrate commercial awareness ...

  • Mackay pulls up LAB over advert

    28-Feb-1995

    THE LORD Chancellor has rapped the Legal Aid Board (LAB) over the knuckles for pre-empting his plans for legal aid reform.Lord Mackay wrote to Law Society President Charles Elly to stress his concern over a board advertisement which assumed block contracts would be introduced.Richard Collins, planning manager, originally said the board would not re-word the advertisement, given the chance. But LAB chief executive Steve Orchard, having seen the Lord Chancellor's ...

  • Magisterial Officers vote to join TUC

    1-Mar-1995

    THE ASSOCIATION of Magisterial Officers has voted overwhelmingly in favour of affiliation to the Trades Union Congress in a climate of concern over major changes to the courts system.Rosie Eagleson, the 5,000-member association's general secretary, says the landslide vote to join the TUC is an "indication of the changing times in the courts services".The association, whose members include court clerks, legal advisers and all grades of court staff, is concerned ...

  • Marchioness in libel action

    1-Mar-1995

    The Marchioness of Milford Haven, is to seek injunctions banning further publication of a News of the World story linking her to James Hewitt. She is also seeking libel damages over the story which was printed alongside photographs of her and Hewitt under the heading 'Hewitt is at it again'. The London firm of Harkavys is acting on behalf of the Marchioness.

  • Media floats draw firms

    1-Mar-1995

    Top City firms Herbert Smith and Clifford Chance led the legal work on the multi-billion pound international flotations of cable company Telewest and satellite television broadcaster BSkyB.The two deals could herald a series of major deals in the electronic media sector.Cable business competitors are already thought to be planning similar floats to Telewest, and lawyers ...

  • Media lawyer blasts funds waste on 'evil bastards'

    1-Mar-1995

    A SCOTTISH media lawyer is claiming that the legal aid system pays out too much to "evil little bastards" who commit crime.Alistair Bonnington, solicitor to BBC Scotland, says a major overhaul of the system is needed and that scarce resources should be diverted from the criminal fund to the civil fund.Writing in the The Defender, the magazine of the Legal Defence Union which represents individual solicitors' interests in Scotland, Bonnington laments diminishing ...

  • MoD cases hinge on document appeal

    28-Feb-1995

    LAWYERS acting for pregnant women sacked from the services are eagerly awaiting the outcome of an employment appeal tribunal hearing.Hundreds of women with outstanding claims for aggravated damages could be affected by an appeal against an interlocutory judgment on discovery of Ministry of Defence (MoD) documents.Leeds Industrial Tribunal has ordered the MoD to hand over policy documents on sex discrimination in the forces.But MoD lawyers have challenged ...

  • Multi-party firms reach agreement

    28-Feb-1995

    FOUR law firms have settled their court action against the Legal Aid Board (LAB) over who should co-ordinate a multi-party action.The four firms, which comprise the official steering committee for vibration white finger (VWF) claims against British Coal, have reached a compromise with the board after it originally awarded the generic work to rival practice Treanors.The Sunderland-based firm has now agreed to team up with the official steering group as part of ...

  • National Audit Office criticises court clerks over legal aid means testing

    28-Feb-1995

    COURT clerks are not doing enough to make legal aid applicants provide evidence of their earnings, according to the National Audit Office.More than one third of applicants failed to submit documentary evidence on their means despite new rules introduced last year.The Comptroller and Auditor General Sir John Bourn has refused to grant the Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) an audit certificate for the fourth year running because of fears that regulations ...

  • Negligence case dropped

    28-Feb-1995

    TWO law firms say they have been vindicated following the discontinuation of negligence claims against them over a multi-million pound property deal that went wrong.Jeffrey Green Russell and Lovell White Durrant were accused of failing to warn their clients, Rentaminster and SBG Holdings, a property they bought for u2.5 million was overvalued. They denied acting negligently when drawing up certificates of title to the property.The claims against them were discontinued ...

  • NHS trust nets British Gas ace

    1-Mar-1995

    THE FORMER head of legal at British Gas UK has joined a national health service trust.John Bundock, ex-head of UK gas business, takes charge of legal work at Calderdale Healthcare NHS Trust.The move coincides with the near completion of a massive restructuring at British Gas.Charles Twiss, general director of legal services for the whole of British Gas, says the company has managed to avoid making compulsory redundancies among legal staff. It is understood ...

  • No curbs on market entry

    28-Feb-1995

    I write with reference to the letter from Miss Castle "Training cap is needed" in your edition of 14 February.The powers of the Law Society under the Solicitors Act relate to qualifications to be obtained by individuals. They are about standards to be achieved, not numbers who achieve those standards. If we were to attempt to limit numbers of places available on courses we could be open to legal challenge.The "market" is not some alien ...

  • Property

    28-Feb-1995

    The Capital Properties, a joint venture between Capital and Regional Properties and JLW Finance, was advised by Morgan Bruce in the acquisition of 31 retail and office investment properties from Norwich Union for u25.35m, advised by its in-house legal team. Senior debt was provided by SocietC Generale, advised by Wilde Sapte; mezzanine finance came from Real Ventures (Funding), advised by Berwin Leighton.

  • Property

    28-Feb-1995

    Prior, advised by the Brough Skerrett Law Partnership, has through its subsidiary Touquet Properties, acquired a portfolio of six properties for over u5m from Pearl Assurance, advised by its in-house legal department.

  • Property

    1-Mar-1995

    Standard Life was advised by Herbert Smith on the purchase of the former Belling Lee factory site in Enfield where Pickfords, advised by Berwin Leighton, proposes to establish a 215,000 sq ft warehouse and headquarters, developed by Kingspark Developments, advised by Wragge & Co, and funded by Standard Life.Land Securities industrial arm Ravenseft Industrial Estates, ...

  • QC's petition put pressure on Pakistan

    28-Feb-1995

    SIBGHAT Kadri QC was overwhelmed with support as he canvassed for signatures to a petition calling for the lifting of the death penalty imposed on two Pakistani Christians accused of blasphemy.And he believes the letter to the president of Pakistan signed by 75 barristers helped increase the international pressure against the convictions which were quashed in the Lahore High Court last week.Salamat Masih was just 11 when he and his uncle were accused of writing ...

  • Race awards open

    1-Mar-1995

    The Commission for Racial Equality has opened entries for the second year of its Local Authority Race Awards. The awards, open to authorities in England, Scotland and Wales, include categories for education, tackling racial harassment and violence, and initiatives for young people. Entries close on 28 February.

  • Redress on cards for pension victims

    1-Mar-1995

    The Legal Aid Board is due to meet the personal pensions steering committee of solicitors' firms, set up to litigate on behalf of victims, with the aim of examining how it should handle claims and to explain the types of cases likely to arise.The board has also nominated its Bristol office to handle all claims.The steering group, comprising Bristol firm Ringrose Wharton, Plymouth-based Wolferstans, and J Keith Park & Co of St Helens, will also invite Law ...

  • Reed signs up Lexis

    1-Mar-1995

    Publisher Reed Elsevier has completed its $1.5 billion purchase of Lexis-Nexis from forest products company Mead Corporation in the US. The purchase also includes state legal publisher The Michie Company and legal information management software suppliers Jurisoft and Folio Corporation. Lexis-Nexis regards Reed Elsevier as a more strategic partner than its previous parent. The group sees itself providing legal publishing in various formats.

  • Reorganisation cash

    1-Mar-1995

    Reorganised local authorities will be able to apply for supplementary credit approvals to provide additional funds to cover the costs of implementing reorganisation, the Government has announced. The first authorities invited to apply for the funding will be the Isle of Wight and councils in Cleveland, Avon, North Yorkshire and Humberside.

  • Right man, wrong place

    1-Mar-1995

    I am writing regarding an article in The Lawyer 13 December. The article concerned comments by Professor Nigel Savage of Nottingham Law School and my observations on his statement. Unfortunately, you associated me with the wrong institution.I am head of Professional Legal Studies at De Montfort University Leicester which runs an LPC programme. We also offer a full-time course in association with the University of Birmingham and not the University of Central England ...

  • SCL puts IT video on show

    1-Mar-1995

    The Society for Computers & Law with the Law Society has issued a video to drive home to law firms the opportunities IT presents. Based on a presentation at last October's Law Society conference, 'No IT please - we're solicitors', it was launched in London before Christmas.It depicts an imaginary but realistic scenario, where a buy-out has to be completed within hours and how IT makes this possible, where traditional communications ...

  • Scots anger over fee hike

    1-Mar-1995

    HOGMANAY heralds further outrage for Scottish lawyers and court users over additional rises in court fees, including a half-hourly fee rate for the High Court.Both the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Consumer Council will lobby MPs on what the latter describes as "a further erosion of the Scottish civil justice system".The swingeing hikes are in the Court of Sessions, Scotland's High Court, and will effect the costs of personal injury plaintiffs ...

  • Scrivener crosses swords with judge over funeral

    28-Feb-1995

    THE APPEAL Court was the scene of an unprecedented and bitter clash between former Bar Council chairman Anthony Scrivener QC and a senior judge.The clash centred on the death of Scrivener's father at Canterbury on Wednesday.On hearing of his father's death, Scrivener, who had been conducting a murder appeal, tried during that evening to have the appeal adjourned by phoning the judge's clerk.But he was told that Lord Justice Russell ...

  • Seddons wins Barclays appeal

    28-Feb-1995

    Barclays: £1.8m pay-out

  • Sharpe's seminar

    1-Mar-1995

    London firm Sharpe Pritchard is holding a seminar on the legal and practical implications of local government reorganisation on 25 January. The seminar has talks on assets and liabilities and finance and contracts. Speakers will include Sharpe Pritchard's Stephen Millen and Helen Kemp, local government consultant Tom Caulcott and Local Government Staff Commissioner Judith Lovelace.

  • Shires face CCT deadlines under Government plans

    1-Mar-1995

    Nicole Maley reportsSHIRE authorities unaffected by reorganisation may be forced to adhere to a new timetable for the implementation of compulsory competitive tendering if proposals put forward by the Government are accepted.But the Law Society's Local Government Group claims the move would disrupt plans already in progress and place in-house departments at a disadvantage in the bidding process.The Government had originally agreed that authorities ...

  • Slaughters shuts Frankfurt base

    28-Feb-1995

    CITY firm Slaughter and May is to close its Frankfurt office three years after it opened in the city.The two resident lawyers, partner Graham Childs and assistant lawyer Peter Carstensen, are returning to London in April when the office shuts.Partner Charles Randell, who originally opened the office, says the firm concluded "if you have an office and you want to expand, ...

  • Something bugging you?

    28-Feb-1995

    Nick Hilborne finds it's sometimes difficult to stay on the right side of the law in investigationsInformation is power. The problem for the private investigation business is the means used to acquire that information. Illegal methods tend to be quicker and cheaper than legal ones.Imagine a jealous wife wants a 24-hour watch put on her home while she goes away on a week's business. Few people can afford to have a team of private detectives staking out ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Michael Spencer

    28-Feb-1995

    Michael Spencer QC was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1947. Based at 1 Paper Buildings in London, he is the founder of Compas, a clearing house scheme for pupils which is due to start this autumn. He lives in Amersham in Buckinghamshire.What was your first job?Labourer on a building site.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?u3 for a brief in Marylebone County Court defending Stewart's TaxisWhat would you ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Patrick Lefevre

    1-Mar-1995

    Ravinder ChahalBARBARA Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has moved to reassure critics of the new criminal disclosure rules that they will not lead to miscarriages of justice.Mills last week told a conference organised by the British Academy of Forensic Sciences that the CPS and the police were working together to comply with the Home Office code of practice to ensure new disclosure rules are properly enforced.She added that ...

  • Tolley's buy-out

    1-Mar-1995

    Accountants Ernst & Young has bought Tolley's Tax-Link electronic database. The database contains six years' of legislation for the major direct taxes, plus VAT, in addition to relevant statutory material.

  • Trial date for Maxwell case

    1-Mar-1995

    The Old Bailey trial of Kevin and Ian Maxwell, who are on trial along with Larry Trachtenberg and others, is scheduled to begin on 18 April next year. They face charges of theft and false accounting in connection with the multi-million pound fraud involving Daily Mirror pension funds. The case is expected to last several months and will probably be held in the Chichester Rents building in Chancery Lane.

  • TSB appoint head of tax.

    1-Mar-1995

    CITY practice Travers Smith Braithwaite has appointed the head of its tax department Alasdair Douglas as managing partner.Douglas took over from Robert Harman on 1 January. He will retain his title as head of tax in addition to his managerial duties.Harman, now heading the property department, was one of the City's longest-serving managing partners, clocking up nine years.

  • Twemlow takes helm in Liverpool

    1-Mar-1995

    CUFF Roberts lawyer Tony Twemlow continues a long tradition for his firm as he takes over as president of Liverpool Law Society.He is the fifth solicitor in the practice to lead the profession locally since joining the firm in 1965. Twemlow, a former treasurer and deputy president, takes the reins from Andrew Holroyd, of legal aid firm Jackson & Canter."Liverpool sees itself playing on a national stage and we will try to make a constructive input into all issues ...

  • Two Dibbs partners quit after one year

    1-Mar-1995

    DIBB Lupton Broomhead partners Paul Howard and Roger Mason have left the practice only a year after moving over as part of the Needham & James merger.Howard, who had been partner in charge of litigation, started at rival Birmingham practice Wragge & Co on 1 January.A departure date is yet to be set for property lawyer Mason. He is returning to Needham & James, which is planning to ...

  • UK firms clean up

    1-Mar-1995

    UK law firms are cleaning up in Europe and keeping the Americans at bay, a new report reveals.And City firms consistently hit the top of the charts in the 'Financial lawyers on lawyers 1995' report on clients' favourite firms.Clifford Chance emerges as the dominant player world-wide, while Norto

  • US academic talks on death penalty

    28-Feb-1995

    A LECTURE series on capital punishment in the US by a leading academic marks the beginning of a busy year for a London-based institute devoted to study of the death penalty.The Centre for Capital Studies at the University of Westminster is hosting three lectures on the death penalty in the US by visiting professor Michael Radelet.Last week Radelet, a professor at the University of Florida, examined the wrongful conviction of prisoners who have already been executed ...

  • Video squeeze

    1-Mar-1995

    A video-conferencing system has been launched by US company Compression Labs Inc for use in classrooms and auditoriums for large group viewing.The company expects to have 200 sites worldwide by the beginning of 1995.

  • Welcoming in the technology revolution

    28-Feb-1995

    Vicky Edwards is marketing manager at Jeffrey Green

  • West committal date set

    1-Mar-1995

    14 February 1995 has been set for the committal hearing before magistrates at Gloucester in the case of builder Fred West, 53, and his wife Rosemary, 41. They face charges of murdering nine young women whose remains were found at their home in Cromwell Road Gloucester. Fred West also faces a further three charges of murder.

  • Wetherspoons lawyer moves up as director

    28-Feb-1995

    AN IN-HOUSE lawyer with J D Wetherspoon has been promoted to its top legal job.Rosalyn Schofield has been appointed director of legal services and company secretary at the Watford-based company which operates 101 pubs.She takes over from Christina McLellan who is returning to private practice but will continue to do consultation work for J D Wetherspoon.Because the company specialises in converting old buildings into pubs, planning permission and ...

  • WIN A BOTTLE

    1-Mar-1995

    The Lawyer is delighted to announce 'The Jameson Smooth Irish Whiskey' award for the best letter published on this page.The prize will be a fine bottle of Jameson's Whiskey delivered direct to your address - so pick up your quills and start scribbling.The prize will depend on the quality of letters and may not be awarded each week.

  • Women try to get clerks 'on their side'

    28-Feb-1995

    FREEMASONRY among clerks is one controversial issue likely to be aired at a talk for women barristers this week.'Getting your clerk on your side' is the first of two seminars on how to succeed at the Bar organised by the Association of Women Barristers.All three speakers at the seminar are women practice managers or senior clerks and include Christine King, practice manager at Doughty Street Chambers.Barbara Hewson, spokeswoman ...

  • Year and day rule review

    28-Feb-1995

    ABOLITION of the year and a day rule should be put on the statute book as soon as possible, according to Law Commissioner Stephen Silber QC.Silber, responsible for criminal law, says the almost unanimous support to abolish the centuries-old law is proof of the need for swift action.A commission report says the rule does not account for technological advances, which keep patients alive for years. This can lead to overly lenient sentences for those accused of crimes ...