27 March 1995

The Lawyer

  • ABA pro bono event debates US funds cuts

    28-Mar-1995

    THE FUTURE of federal funding for legal services in the US is at the top of the agenda for US pro bono lawyers as congressional leaders meet to discuss trimming costs.The 11th American Bar Association conference in Nash-ville next month will focus on how to respond to the likelihood of cuts in federal legal services, says Steven Scudder, ABA staff counsel at the Centre for Pro Bono.Around 600 lawyers will attend the conference, the only national gathering on ...

  • Action over charity cash

    28-Mar-1995

    * The Charity Commissioners are heading for the High Court in a rare action against a woman and her son who are said to have taken u127,000 cash from a charity they ran and that they then spent on gambling, trips abroad, cars and setting up a bar in Turkey. The claim is made against Ruth Hilali, who helped to

  • Adoption directory clarifies the issues

    28-Mar-1995

    A NEWLY-PUBLISHED directory is aiming to provide legal and agency contacts in international adoption.'The International Adoption Guide', published last week, was compiled by child psychologist Patrick O'Connor who hopes it will be useful for lawyers as well as the public.O'Connor holds a law degree, but spent most of his career as a security consultant to various governments around the world before researching a doctorate in child psychology.

  • Andrew makes exit from Dibbs

    28-Mar-1995

    DIBB Lupton Broomhead's head of employment law in London, Jill Andrew, has resigned after only one year with the firm.At least one of her three assistants is thought to be following in her wake.Andrew is restrained from speaking about her departure by an agreement with the firm. Baker & McKenzie employment partner Fraser Younson, acting for Andrew, is similarly restrained.

  • APIL delight over awards index link

    28-Mar-1995

    PERSONAL injury lawyers are delighted at the Government's decision to follow Law Commission advice on making damages awards inflation-proof and encouraging structured settlements.The Lord Chancellor says he will introduce legislation implementing all the recommendations in the commission's paper on structured settlements and interim and provisional damages "when a suitable opportunity arises".The paper, issued in September last year, recommended the ...

  • Are derivatives still worth the risk?

    28-Mar-1995

    Conveyancers are constantly being told that they must adopt a commercial attitude to their work and must no longer look upon conveyancing as their bread and butter.Most solicitors are happy to do this but Practice Rule 6 inhibits solicitors from being properly commercial.The word "conflict" rears its ugly head and solicitors who would like to be effective and commercial are being prevented from doing so. We are told that the practice rule gives us the moral high ...

  • Belgian openings

    28-Mar-1995

    * Two Austrian firms have opened offices in Brussels following Austria's membership of the EEA. Schoenherr Barfuss Torggler & Partners opened in the city as did Heller, Lober, Bahn & Partners.

  • Called to the stage

    28-Mar-1995

    *The controversial euthanasia theme gets an airing this week with the staging of 'Whose Life is it Anyway?' by the Bar's top theatrical lights.David Dabbs, of Goldsmith Chambers, stars in and directs the Bar Theatrical Society production, playing from Tuesday to Friday at Lincoln's Inn Old Hall. Dabbs plays a dying patient, and fellow Goldsmith tenant Stephanie Farrimond his doctor, in the Brian Clark play, originally starring ...

  • City should pick up bill in frauds, says group

    28-Mar-1995

    LEGAL aid in corporate fraud trials should be paid for by the City's own regulators not the taxpayer, according to the Legal Action Group.The suggestion comes in the pressure group's response to the Lord Chancellor's consultation paper on legal aid for the apparently wealthy. The group says media uproar over spiralling legal aid bills has been largely confined to criminal cases involving serious fraud.City regulators should set up a special fund ...

  • Come to the Ball

    28-Mar-1995

    *Tickets have gone on sale for the Inns of Court Ball.This year's annual summer event has been set for Saturday 24 June and will take place at the Inner Temple's hall, rooms and gardens. The organising committee promises a fun-packed night to include music from chart-topping live acts.A ticket for two costs u150 and the proceeds will be divided between the London Lighthouse charity and the Bar's Young Homeless Appeal.For tickets ...

  • COMPARING OFFSHORE TRUST JURISDICTIONS (GUERNSEY, JERSEY, IOM)

    28-Mar-1995

    A major conference at the end of this will month begin with a murder and end with a debate on the state of legal education. The Association of Law Teachers is kicking off its 31st annual conference with a pre-conference social event - a murder mystery dinner called Murder on the Ocean - at the Dickins Inn, overlooking Tower Bridge in London. The main conference, which begins the following day on 31 March, will feature key speakers Lord Slynn of Hadley and Bar Council chair David Penry-Davey ...

  • Concern over compulsory mediation

    28-Mar-1995

    FAMILY lawyers fear proposals to offer mediation to couples involved in divorce may become compulsory by the back door.The proposals, which are to be published in a white paper, are part of a package scrapping 'quickie' divorces, removing the notion of 'fault' and ending lengthy court actions.The Lord Chancellor has not indicated he will make mediation compulsory but the changes will offer every couple the opportunity to reach agreement informally.

  • Conquest draws up supplier shortlist

    28-Mar-1995

    Fennell Betson reportsFour software firms have been chosen by Conquest for its IT supply and development panel. The 350-firm network manager has selected Avenue, Linetime, Solicitec and TFB as "recommended computer suppliers".Conquest's head of practice development Harry Ewins says the selection was made after a full examination of the market. "We sent questionnaires out to those on our database of over 100 people supplying software ...

  • Correction

    28-Mar-1995

    * In the table of foreign firms in London (The Lawyer , 7 February), the entry in relation to Jones, Day Reavis & Pogue, should have read that the firm has four partners and 10 fee earners in its London office, none of whom are UK-qualified. The firm is not a multi-national partnership and does not advise on English law matters.

  • Court warns on libel risk for missing children stories

    28-Mar-1995

    A HIGH Court warning has been given on libel risk when court reporting restrictions are lifted to gain media publicity that may help trace missing children.Sir Michael Davies last Monday refused to allow a woman seeking to sue the Daily Mirror and three local papers to continue with her libel claim because she launched it several years too late.But in doing so, he also warned that the lifting of reporting restrictions in such cases was not a "licence" for the ...

  • Custom-built vehicles

    28-Mar-1995

    Ship Ahoy! Kathleen Herbert is one of four art students from the University of the West of England sponsored by Bristol law firm Lawrence Tucketts to record the 'International Festival of the Sea', held recently at the city's old harbour. Tucketts awarded commissions worth £3,000 for the students to "paint from life" and record the largest maritime event ever staged in the UK. The paintings are expected to adorn Tucketts' office where a small art collection ...

  • Czech association marks new era

    28-Mar-1995

    The British Czech and Slovak Law Association has appointed a new president and chair to take it into a "new kind of relationship" with the European republics.At its annual general meeting this month, attended by the Czech and Slovak ambassadors together with their diplomatic staff, Professor Roy Goode and Stephen Rayner, of Rayner, De Wolfe, retired as president and chair.They had held the roles since the association was formed in 1990.The new president ...

  • DAP builds team of IT specialists

    28-Mar-1995

    Specialist IT consultant Andrew Levison is joining legal management consultants the David Andrews Partnership (DAP), which recently merged with Grant Thornton.Levison, who joins from BDO Stoy Hayward, will be the lead consultant responsible for IT within DAP.The aim is to build up a team of specialists, with two based in London and one in both the Leeds ...

  • Financings

    28-Mar-1995

    * Yorkshire Electricity Group was advised by Herbert Smith in relation to its u200m 9.25 per cent bond issue

  • Financings

    28-Mar-1995

    English & Overseas Investments was advised by McKenna & Co when refinancing a portfolio of properties with a u13.5m facility in favour of DepFa Bank

  • Forsytes sets up satellite base in Lloyd's building

    28-Mar-1995

    A NEWLY merged firm has opened a satellite office in the Lloyd's building for its insurance team which was hampered by having to work from the West End.Forsyte Saunders Kerman has acted quickly to set up an office in Lloyd's for its expanding insurance litigation group headed by Michael Robin.When commercial firms Forsyte Kerman and Saunders Sobell Leigh & Dobin merged in December 1994, Robin moved his team from the City to the Forsyte Kerman West End ...

  • Frankfurt recruit

    28-Mar-1995

    * Freshfields has hired another senior German lawyer to work in its Frankfurt office. Alexander Mentz, previously with German chemical company Degussa AG, has joined the 16-strong office.

  • Health warnings for treatment

    28-Mar-1995

    An in-house legal team has been appointed at GMG Brands, the working title for the merged entity of Grand Metropolitan and Guinness. Roger Myddelton, group legal director and company secretary at GrandMet, becomes company secretary at GMG. Ken Mildwaters, director of legal services at Guinness, becomes general counsel and group legal director. Dave Scott, general counsel and legal director of GrandMet subsidiary International Distillers and Vintners, ...

  • Hong Kong partners go separate ways

    28-Mar-1995

    FIVE of Hong Kong firm Hampton Winter and Glynn's 11 partners have left or are currently in the process of leaving the practice.The firm, which lost its two shipping partners Nicholas Mallard and Nigel Binnersley to London firm Hill Taylor Dickinson, has lost senior commercial partner Tim Gallie. Also leaving the firm is partner Martin Liston. David Cotterill becomes a consultant."It was all very amicable," says partner Sharon Ser. "We are regrouping and ...

  • In brief: Charity needs your old computer chairs

    28-Mar-1995

    The charity Disability Law Service, which gives free legal advice to people with disabilities, is on the look-out for computer operators' chairs from law firms where they are no longer needed. The service recently moved to Bedford Row in London and needs the furniture for its staff. Contact Sally McLean on 0171-831 8031.

  • In brief: Correction

    28-Mar-1995

    Roderick Dadak, who represented Paul Butner in his successful libel case against Harpers & Queen (The Lawyer, 21 March), has asked for it to be pointed out that he is a solicitor and not counsel, as he was described in the story.

  • In brief: Elly returns to speak to trainee solicitors

    28-Mar-1995

    AROUND 200 members of the London branch of the Trainee Solicitors' Group gathered in the Law Society's common room on Tuesday last week to hear president Charles Elly speak. The first such meeting of its kind was hailed as a great success by London TSG spokeswoman Sara Chandler who welcomed Elly's commitment to get out and meet the people. "It was great to see so many people there and many of them took the opportunity to speak to him after the meeting."

  • In brief: Geldard retires as senior partner

    28-Mar-1995

    Robin Geldard, well known in the Welsh business and commerce community, is retiring from the senior partner post of leading Welsh firm Edwards Geldard. He is being replaced by Rod Thurman, who joined the firm in 1976 after several years in the City and, before that, some time as a lecturer at the University of Zambia. Geldard, who joined the firm in 1952, is the honorary Japanese consul for Wales and currently national president of the Associated British Chambers of Commerce.

  • In brief: Hogg to speak at Middle East dinner

    28-Mar-1995

    Foreign Office Minister Douglas Hogg MP QC is the guest speaker at the British Middle East Law Council's first annual dinner this week. The event, on Tuesday evening at London's Gloucester Hotel, is open to firms and individuals interested in the Middle East. During the year the council has sponsored a conference in Beirut on the theme, 'The Lebanon - legal update for redevelopment and recovery.'

  • In brief: Shoosmiths builds new office block

    28-Mar-1995

    Work has begun on Shoosmiths & Harrison's new offices at the Lakes Office Park on the outskirts of Northampton. The £7 million development will take 12 months to complete. Local managing partner Michael Orton-Jones says: "By the summer of 1996 we will have all our commercial departments under one roof which will be a major improvement." But he stresses that the firm will maintain a strong ...

  • In brief: Solicitor seeks Forces pregnancy cases

    28-Mar-1995

    Norman Lamb, the Norfolk solicitor at the helm of the Armed Forces Pregnancy Dismissal Group, is calling on all lawyers who are handling cases of women who terminated their pregnancies to stay in the armed forces to contact him. Lamb, of Steele & Co, says Treasury solicitors have lodged an appeal against a decision made in Newcastle at the end of last year, when a woman was awarded u12,000 compensation for injury to her feelings when she had a termination. Contact Norman Lamb on 0603 ...

  • In total control

    28-Mar-1995

    NICHE insurance and construction litigation firm Merricks has profited from Lewis Silkin's continued restructuring by taking two insurance partners to launch a new London office.The two partners, Dennis Wilkins and Jonathan Suckling, joined existing Merricks partners Tim Hunt and Robert Muskath in opening the London office last month.Merricks, which has rapidly expanded ...

  • IT, the jury's friend

    28-Mar-1995

    Judge May's comments in The Times about the courts' adoption of information technology after the abandonment of a mortgage fraud trial, home in on a point often overlooked in the IT debate.The argument is usually conducted in terms of the increased efficiency that the new technologies bring through their ability to process, store and retrieve data speedily. The need for more use of IT in case management was among the points put by City firm Simmons & ...

  • Jobs freeze starts to thaw as market moves up a gear

    28-Mar-1995

    THE IN-HOUSE job market is picking up, according to a new business salary survey.Legal recruitment firm Michael Page Legal says it has noticed signs of a distinct improvement in the job market for in-house lawyers who can generally expect to earn more than they would in private practice.The average starting salary for a newly qualified in-house lawyer stands at u25,000 and moves to u50,000 for lawyers with 10 years' experience, according to the firm's ...

  • Joining forces for progress

    28-Mar-1995

    John Wilde is managing director of AIM Professional.

  • Law Society sets deadline over franchise fight with Lord Mackay

    28-Mar-1995

    THE LAW Society plans a swift response to the Lord Chancellor's new two-tier legal aid policy to allow firms time to apply for franchises if the society concedes defeat over the issue.A crucial decision on the Law Society's tactics in next year's legal aid pay round with the Lord Chancellor's Department is likely to take place as early as July.Head of professional policy Russell Wallman says: "We have to decide whether to stick to the present ...

  • Lawyers' fury over Brussels 'tax'

    28-Mar-1995

    BRITISH law firms are protesting over proposals from the Brussels Bar to charge up to u400 per lawyer per office for registration on a list of foreign lawyers."We have made it clear that we want it substantially reduced," says Law Society head of international Hamish Adamson.The list is being drawn up by the Brussels Bar. The suggested rates follow on from protracted negotiations between the Brussels Bar and the Law Society of England and Wales on how to regulate ...

  • Legality of glue sniffing

    28-Mar-1995

    * The legal implications of glue sniffing will come under the House of Lords in the case of Regina v Morhall. In an appeal from the Court of Criminal Appeal the Law Lords are to be asked whether chronic addiction to glue-sniffing should be referred to by a trial judge as "a special characteristic" when a defence of provocation is put forward by the defendant. The case is listed to be heard on 9 May.

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 28/03/95

    28-Mar-1995

    ANITA BOSE, 54, admitted 1983, practised at material times on own account as Lipman Bose & Co, and Lipman Bose & Maharaj both of London NW11, struck off and ordered to pay u3,665 costs. Allegations substantiated she wrongly drew and used money from client account, failed to honour professional undertakings and failed to keep accounts properly. Tribunal told Bose admitted minimum liability of just under u400,000 to two building society clients. ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 28/03/95

    28-Mar-1995

    Chemical patent infringement claim. ICI: valid patent had not been infringed. Imperial Chemical Industries v Montedison (UK) & Anor (1995). (CA (Stuart-Smith LJ, Morritt LJ, Sir John May) 7/3/95)Summary: Claim for infringement and counterclaim for invalidity of plaintiff's patent.Plaintiff's appeal from dismissal of its claim for infringement of Patent No.1,493,393. In the action the defendants accepted they had carried out the actions ...

  • Litigation Writs 28/03/95

    28-Mar-1995

    Portsmouth company Eco Euro is being sued by the Commissioners of Customs & Excise following the seizure of more than 11 million cigarettes. The writ says the cigarettes were seized because of false documents which named a consignee who did not exist and stated that the destination for the cigarettes was Morocco. Customs & Excise officials claim the cigarettes are liable to forfeiture, but both Eco Euro of Copnor, Portsmouth, and Fabio Ghiselli, of London N6, ...

  • Litigators View

    28-Mar-1995

    Law firms are chasing substantial business as the demand for project finance increases reports Mary HeaneyWhile law firms have seen no great increase in the amount of asset financing transactions, domestic and international project finance work has escalated.“There’s huge developments, particularly in electricity in Asia and high speed train networks in Europe,” according to Michael Clode of Freshfields.Infrastructure development work has rapidly ...

  • Malins wins Independent libel case

    28-Mar-1995

    SOLICITOR and former MP Humphrey Malins has cleared his name of allegations he acted in conflict of interest when representing a defendant on charges involving a bogus arms-to-Iran deal.Malins, former Croydon North West MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to a Home Office Minister, last week accepted undisclosed "substantial" libel damages and an apology at the High Court over the allegations in The Independent last April.His solicitor, Frank Presland, told ...

  • Meade King in Bath splits from Bristol HQ

    28-Mar-1995

    MEADE King's Bath branch office has de-merged with its Bristol headquarters to join forces with its neighbour Stone King & Wardle.Senior partner at the Meade King satellite office Tom Charrington describes the move as the best solution to the problem caused by a freeze on expansion at his office.Although he stresses the office he set up in Bath 15 years ago was profitable, ...

  • Mears may challenge presidency

    28-Mar-1995

    THE LAW Society could face its first contested presidential election for decades following a council member's announcement that he is considering a challenge to president elect John Young.Council member Martin Mears, senior partner with Mears Hobbs & Durrant, has threatened to break with years of tradition by standing against Young, the current deputy president. He makes his decision this week.Young, a partner at Cameron Markby Hewitt, says such a move could ...

  • Middle Temple hit by Barings fall

    28-Mar-1995

    THE BAR'S Middle Temple Inn of Court has lost assets worth around u100,000 in the wake of the Barings collapse.The loss could make a dent in Middle Temple's income. Invested assets with all the Inns contribute an income stream, which covers running costs and overheads including scholarships and expensive upkeep of their old properties.The Inn is still assessing its loss. Brigadier Charles Wright, Middle Temple's under treasurer, says: "We have ...

  • New Zealand laws

    28-Mar-1995

    * New Zealand has liberalised its laws to make it easier for Australian lawyers to practice in New Zealand. The New Zealand government recently announced that Australian legal qualifications will be recognised provided that Australian lawyers have five years' work experience in Australia following admission as legal practitioners.

  • Official groups cannot 'sell out'

    28-Mar-1995

    I write following an article which appeared in The Lawyer 7 March under the heading 'SPG 'sold out' to Law Society says member'.While I make no claim to any personal knowledge as to what Mr Dubow said to your reporter, it is fair for me to say the article is at best misleading. It must be pointed out that the Sole Practitioners Group is funded by the Law Society because it is an official group of the Law Society, in common with many other groups ...

  • offshore Alternatives

    28-Mar-1995

    The current state of the property market and the opening of trade borders is facilitating many forms of investment in the UK by foreign nationals.Commercial property offers respectable returns with a reasonable level of security for foreign investors. And efficient tax planning will ensure that the proceeds of sale or rental income can be extracted from the UK or reinvested without incurring a heavy tax burden.The Government's decision not to pursue the ...

  • Ombudsman dresses down LAB

    28-Mar-1995

    DEFECTIVE communication, mishandled correspondence and a complacent attitude to complaints are all highlighted in an ombudsman's report on the Legal Aid Board.The Parliamentary Ombudsman William Reid has given the LAB a severe telling-off in his annual report.Last year 53 complaints about the LAB were referred to him by MPs, just one less than for the Home Office and five more than for the Department of Transport."I was disappointed to find, ...

  • On razor's edge

    28-Mar-1995

    That franchised firms got the lion's portion of the meagre pay-out in this year's criminal legal aid fees uplift brought understandable howls of fury. The even more unequal treatment for Green Form work rubbed salt in the wound.The Lord Chancellor clearly decided to reward firms which franchised after criticisms that there was not sufficient in it for those taking the step. The system's paymaster is calling the tune and those who play it are going to benefit.

  • Opportunity still knocks

    28-Mar-1995

    BUSINESS conglomerate Hanson is favouring smaller and local law firms in its high-profile £500 million new town project, which is expected to generate millions of pounds in fees for professional advisers.And Norton Rose, advising on environmental issues surrounding the now equally high-profile colony of great crested newts resident on Hanson's development site, is the only big ...

  • Partner joins board of EDS

    28-Mar-1995

    Roger Alexander

  • Property

    28-Mar-1995

    * The purchasers of Westminster Retail Park in Ellesmere Port for u2.225m were advised by Berg & Co, the vendors being advised by Halliwell Landau.

  • Property

    28-Mar-1995

    White Rose (Leeds), a joint venture company of Evans of Leeds and Yorkshire Water, was advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite, in concluding a development agreement with Land Securities, advised by Nabarro Nathanson, for a 650,000 sq ft centre including a department store, superstore, ...

  • Property

    28-Mar-1995

    Developers Tremerton, advised by Lee & Pembertons, has won the bid to purchase for u20m and redevelop the major part of London's Royal Brompton Hospital, from the Royal Brompton NHS Trust, advised by Norton Rose.

  • Prosecutors get advocacy training programme

    28-Mar-1995

    DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions Barbara Mills has launched a training scheme for Crown Prosecutors, aimed at establishing a national standard of advocacy throughout the CPS.All new prosecutors joining the CPS from 1 April will undertake a formal programme of training, covering areas such as professional ethics, courtroom etiquette and presentation skills.Speaking at the formal opening of a second CPS headquarters office in York earlier this month, Mills said: ...

  • QBD jury list

    28-Mar-1995

    * The following cases are pending in the High Court Queen's Bench Division jury list: Kearns and Ors v Williams (3 April); Giwa-Osagie v Hall and Ors (not before 3 April).

  • RC mission writ for Wansbroughs

    28-Mar-1995

    TRUSTEES of the Roman Catholic Mission to Italian Emigrants in Great Britain are taking solicitor Christopher Blythe and his firm Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave to the High Court claiming damages for negligence.Writs have just been issued by London firm Witham Weld on behalf of the mission against Blythe and Wansbroughs accusing them of negligence and breach of duty and contract between October 1984 and March 1993.It is claimed they failed to exercise a proper level ...

  • Romanian trip

    28-Mar-1995

    * Ten Romanian law students have just spent three weeks in London on a legal education trip funded by the Know-How fund. The students, who spent a week's work experience in London law firms and chambers on an exchange organised by the European Law Students Association, were guests of the London Young Solicitors Group and the Trainee Solicitors Group. The Know-How Fund donated u13,000 to subsidise the trip.

  • Ruling sparks claims scare

    28-Mar-1995

    The shock House of Lords ruling on Paramount, which makes administrators and receivers liable to claims from redundant company staff, will lead to increased litigation worth hundreds of millions of pounds, say top lawyers and accountants. There will also be more dissatisfied creditors, and possible bankruptcy for some insolvency practitioners (IPs).But the only people likely to benefit would be redundant 'fat cat' company directors on rolling contracts, they say. ...

  • Scots 'inner sanctum' develops legal package

    28-Mar-1995

    Six Scottish law firms worked with IT supplier CB Business Systems to launch a new specialist software package for the profession.For the past 18 months the group of firms, called the 'inner sanctum', has collaborated with CB in the development of the Signet 2000 package.This is the first time a computer company has created a system in conjunction with its users in this way, claims Jim McGinty, managing director of CBBS, which ...

  • Scots clients left in dark over complaints

    28-Mar-1995

    DISSATISFIED clients wishing to complain about their solicitors are unlikely to know how to register their complaint, according to research by the Scottish Office.Eight per cent of those questioned in an official survey said that they had been annoyed with the way their legal adviser had handled their case, and two thirds of these considered complaining.But only 13 per cent of those using legal services had been informed by their adviser of the complaints procedure, ...

  • Sexual preferences in the armed forces

    28-Mar-1995

    WILDE Sapte's first full-time managing partner is retiring from the partnership to apply his management skills to a consultancy firm.Philip Brown became management partner at the City firm in 1988 and stood down last year to make way for Steven Blakeley.Brown, who is currently on sabbatical, was unavailable for comment. He will join Hodgart Temporal & Co, which advises on strategic and management issues, at the end of September.

  • Simmons wins practice rights in China

    28-Mar-1995

    THE CHINESE government has granted its latest batch of licences to foreign firms looking to set up offices in the People's Republic of China.Sixteen firms were granted licences last week by the Ministry of Justice, bringing the number of foreign firms with licences to around 70.London practice Simmons & Simmons was the sole UK firm to be granted a licence to set up.According to senior partner Alan Carr, the firm will open in Shanghai because ...

  • STEP IN OFFSHORE ISLANDS

    28-Mar-1995

    The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) will be four years old this July.During that period, STEP has experienced phenomenal growth. With a membership fast approaching 2,500, STEP is the fastest-growing professional body known. What is the reason for this extraordinary level of interest?First, STEP crosses a number of professional barriers, covering practitioners from the legal profession, (solicitors, barristers and legal executives), the accounting ...

  • Study in Hong Kong

    28-Mar-1995

    * The Hong Kong government is offering places to Chinese lawyers to study common law in Hong Kong. The courses will last one year and will be offered at one of Hong Kong's tertiary institutions. They will include a work placement in a government department.

  • Supreme Court revamps pilot plan

    28-Mar-1995

    THE SUPREME Court Taxation Office has launched a revised version of its pilot scheme for a radically faster and cheaper taxation process, after the failure of its first scheme last year.The SCTO dropped elements that had triggered concern among lawyers and which led to an almost non-existent take-up of the earlier scheme.The pilot will be run in London for High Court cases for 12 months, and possibly later in Bristol and Liverpool where solicitors have already ...

  • Sussex barrister made bankrupt

    28-Mar-1995

    A SUSSEX barrister has been made bankrupt by the High Court.But John Mannion is continuing to practise as a barrister at Westgate Chambers in Lewes, East Sussex, where he is a tenant.Under the Bar Council's code of conduct no automatic practise ban is imposed on barristers who have been declared bankrupt.Mannion's bankruptcy earlier this month followed a High Court petition by the Customs and Excise department.Mr Registrar ...

  • System is 'incorruptible' say judges

    28-Mar-1995

    SENIOR judges have defended the current process of judicial appointment as the fairest and most effective system for sustaining an "incorruptible, impartial and expert" judiciary.And most other alternative processes proposed so far would "inevitably" lead to the politicisation of the judiciary, the judges warn in a submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee.The Judges' Council, which represents the most senior judges, explains in its submission how ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Kevin Greene

    28-Mar-1995

    Observers prepared to watch a battle for supremacy when Nabarros set up in Sheffield. But the firm refused to play.When Nabarro Nathanson rode into town four years ago, Sheffield's big guns prepared for a legal showdown. "When Nabarros arrived we had to reposition ourselves," admits Dibb Lupton Alsop regional managing partner Paul Firth. The firm need not have bothered. ...

  • Top Birmingham sets in manager showdown

    28-Mar-1995

    John Malpas reportsTWO leading Birmingham sets have lost their senior managers - one after a contractual dispute, the other following reports of a vote of no confidence among barristers.Former 3 Fountain Court senior clerk Malcolm Elder is instructing solicitors following his abrupt departure last month from the set he joined in 1987.His resignation is understood to have come hard on the heels of a vote of no confidence cast among the barristers ...

  • US firms separate

    28-Mar-1995

    * Two US firms which merged four years ago have split up. Lewis D'Amato Brisbois & Bisgaard merged with Buxbaum & Choy to form Lewis D'Amato Brisbois Bisgaard & Choy. The firm's Asian offices will now be run by Arnberger, Kim, Buxbaum & Choy while Lewis D'Amato Brisbois & Bisgaard will continue to operate its five offices in California.

  • WIN A BOTTLE

    28-Mar-1995

    The Lawyer is awarding a fine bottle of Jameson's smooth whiskey for the best letter published on this page each week. The winner is marked by the picture of a bottle of Jameson's.You carried an article in the 24 January issue of The Lawyer about NHS Trust legal panels.Some of the information that the contributor gave was a little misleading and as we are a firm that has been closely following the developments of the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts ...