28 August 1995

The Lawyer

  • 'We're not just sipping Claret'

    29-Aug-1995

    Running the Bar Council in 1995 has been like running the country - big ideas on marketing, modernising and foreign policy, and those on the home front still complain.Rank and file barristers continue to express fears over their future in the face of competition and concern that the council appears not to be heeding their plight.This is happening at a time when the profession's leaders at the Bar Council are generating a higher-than-ever rate of positive ...

  • A new chambers has opened in Bristol headed by a former City solicitor

    29-Aug-1995

    A NEW chambers has opened in Bristol headed by a former City solicitor who believes the regions are crying out for more specialist barristersThe set, in Bristol's legal district, will operate as an annexe to the Exeter-based Castle Chambers and will be permanently staffed by its founder Andrew Marsden."The ethos of the set is that it will be able to provide practices with the services of specialist barristers rather than jacks of all trades," he said. "I ...

  • A very English affair

    29-Aug-1995

    Earlier this year, when barrister Dexter Dias was in Manchester promoting his first novel False Witness, a stranger approached him and said: "You owe me everything, mate."Intrigued as to why a stranger should be taking the credit for his success, Dias was reminded that this was the Waterstones' salesman who persuaded him to approach thriller writer Ruth Rendell at her book signing in Manchester two years before.Dias, a Rendell fan, had an idea for his own ...

  • Alternative trading places

    29-Aug-1995

    Tradepoint Financial Networks, a company based in Covent Garden and listed on the Vancouver Stock Exchange, was recognised by the Securities and Investment Board as a Recognised Investment Exchange on 8 June 1995.Tradepoint will be an order-driven market aimed at facilitating secondary market trading between institutional fund managers and broker dealers.The rules of the Stock Exchange currently govern dealing activity in domestic equity securities by member ...

  • Ashcroft masterminds Thorn EMI demerger

    29-Aug-1995

    UK entertainment giant Thorn EMI is relying on Rowe & Maw partner Charles Ashcroft in the complex legal work surrounding a possible world-wide demerger of the group.Ashcroft is advising on the demerger's tax implications across 22 countries - a move which would rival the ICI/Zeneca split in scale, and which could be even more complicated in legal terms.Robin Charlton, a barrister and company secretary to £4.5 billion turnover Thorn EMI, said: "We have ...

  • Boodles' south coast team sold to rival

    29-Aug-1995

    THE SOUTHAMPTON office of London firm Boodle Hatfield has defected en masse to Plymouth-based Bond Pearce.Boodle Hatfield sold the office along with 16 lawyers earlier this month.Just one Southampton lawyer, an agricultural property specialist, stayed on board, moving to Boodle Hatfield's new Oxford office.The firm has put a brave face on the loss of the office ...

  • Book queries use of forensic evidence

    29-Aug-1995

    CONFUSION reigns over the interpretation of forensic evidence in the courts, according to new a book which calls for a "logical" way of assessing expert evidence.In Interpreting Evidence: Evaluating Evidence in the Courtroom, authors Bernard Robertson and Professor G Vignaux claim problems in cases involving scientific evidence "arise from problems of interpretation rather than experimental errors".They add: "Where scientific evidence is misleading this is more ...

  • Campaigners want 'fairer' fund to compensate victims

    29-Aug-1995

    THE GOVERNMENT is to be pressed by magistrates, justices' clerks and crime victims' campaigners to make radical changes to the system of awarding compensation through the courts.Representatives of all three groups are to make submissions to a Lord Chancellor's Department working party asking for a "compensation fund" to be established.Victims of offences would be paid a one-off sum from the fund, covering reparation, and offenders would subsequently ...

  • Case questions City election procedures

    29-Aug-1995

    THE COURT victory of elected City of London alderman Malcolm Matson has been heralded a landmark decision by his solicitor.Michael Smyth was speaking after the High Court ruled that the City's Court of Aldermen must explain its decision not to confirm Matson's appointment.Matson had been elected alderman for the Bread Street ward last year but was effectively "blackballed" by the panel under a mediaeval appointment system.Smyth, a

  • Cole flies to US practice

    29-Aug-1995

    CITY firm Stephenson Harwood is losing high-profile litigation partner Margaret Cole, who has resigned to develop a new litigation practice at the London office of international US firm White & Case.Cole's departure is seen as a significant loss to Stephenson Harwood. Her assistant, Richard ...

  • College of Law goes on the Internet

    29-Aug-1995

    The College of Law has launched its own World Wide Web page on the Internet as a means of promoting itself to prospective students.The college's home page gives users access to information on all courses, including the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test course for overseas lawyers who wish to practise as solicitors in England.The site includes information request forms which are emailed to the college.The college has already received course ...

  • Complaints prompt Law Soc IT guide

    29-Aug-1995

    The Law Society is to issue a set of guidelines on buying IT for law firms.The guide, which will be distributed in October, comes in response to increasing dissatisfaction with suppliers' services and a call for greater supplier accountability.Richard Blasdale, IT consultant at Robson Rhodes, said: "The increasing amount of complaints which were indicated in our survey earlier this year proves that there is clearly a problem which ...

  • Court Service tackles appeals backlog

    29-Aug-1995

    THE COURT Service has slashed waiting times for criminal appeals through the efforts of court staff and the use of extra judges and information technology.The latest figures from the Criminal Appeal Office show that at the end of June 1995 the average waiting time for conviction appeals had been reduced to 10.3 months, compared with 14.7 months in June 1993.For sentence appeals, the reduction was to 4.8 months compared with 7.8 months in June 1993. This appeal ...

  • Crack childcare teams face axe

    29-Aug-1995

    TEAMS of specialist local authority lawyers who deal with childcare cases face being disbanded under council reforms.The units - which sprung out of recommendations from the Butler Sloss inquiry into alleged child abuse in Cleveland - could disappear along with the county councils which established them.Staff would either join one of the unitary authorities taking over the county councils' workload or lose their jobs altogether.Members of childcare ...

  • Crown Prosecutor Helen West

    29-Aug-1995

    West enlists the help of her newly-acquired cleaner, Cath, who is both willing and loyal. Cath also cleans for Helen's friends, the Elliotts, in a plot that is in places a little too convenient.Just as characters in television programmes never have to use the toilet, lucky Ms West seems to escape the tedium of traffic courts in favour of the cut and thrust of trials.In fact we hear little of Helen West's life at work, save to ...

  • Deepak Singh finds a criminal doesn't always forfeit all rights

    29-Aug-1995

    The desire to strip convicted offenders from the benefit of their unlawful activities led Parliament to pass the draconian provisions of the Drug Trafficking Offences Act 1986 and part VI of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA) which enables courts to make orders to confiscate amounts equal to the value of the benefit derived from crime.The recent "landmark" Court of Appeal decision in Halifax Building Society v Junior Thomas is of interest because it seemingly ...

  • Devolution would boost Scots' share of legal work

    29-Aug-1995

    SCOTTISH law students believe devolution would generate more legal work for law firms north of the border.The patriotic instincts of the part-time students attending Strathclyde University's LLB course are revealed in a survey conducted by the college.Just under 60 per cent of the respondents said a Scottish parliament or assembly would benefit solicitors while only 11 per cent disagreed.The students also called on the Law Society of Scotland ...

  • Do a good deed

    29-Aug-1995

    The Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995 may have settled the political debate on original tenant liability but it is unlikely to be the end of the story. Lawyers acting for landlord or tenant must now be aware of new issues raised by the Act and how these will impact on the drafting and enforceability of leases.The strength of the tenant's covenant has always been one of the prime concerns of any landlord. In the past, however, this has been considered in conjunction ...

  • Doubly Deviant, Doubly Damned - Society's Treatment of Violent Women

    29-Aug-1995

    Ann Lloyd - Penguin £6.99Whatever the myths would have us believe about women being "deadlier than the male", Anne Lloyd's account of society's treatment of violent women attempts to put the record straight.Dr Gillian Mezey, a consultant at St George's Hospital and Medical School, states: "If a woman commits an offence she has transgressed against the code of what it is to be feminine and she has transgressed ...

  • Fast-track deal for hospital notes

    29-Aug-1995

    CLAIMS for damages brought following the injury of hospital patients look set to be speeded up by a Law Society proposal to simplify discovery of medical records.Lawyers acting for personal injury and medical negligence claimants will be able to obtain copies of hospital notes by simply exchanging forms with the authorities involved.The system will replace the lengthy and expensive process which requires continuous correspondence between the parties and applications ...

  • Financings

    29-Aug-1995

    Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Barings Brothers Ltd in the underwriting of a rights issue of £182 million where Trinity International agreed to acquire five regional newspaper publishing operations from Thomson Corporation for £327.5 million. Addleshaw Sons & Latham

  • Financings

    29-Aug-1995

    Charles Russell advised Select Appointments (Holdings) in its £20.4 million rights issue. Ashurst Morris Crisp advised sponsors Granville & Co.

  • Finnish lawyers head to Westminster for CCT tips

    29-Aug-1995

    A DELEGATION of private sector lawyers from Finland is to visit Westminster Council for a fact-finding mission on competitive tendering.The council now claims to be attracting interest from around the globe with its pioneering stance on the contracting out of public services.Organisers of the latest consultation exercise say they chose the central London authoritybecause of its experience of private sector initiatives.The 25 members of ...

  • Firms put down names for share group

    29-Aug-1995

    Partners at Clifford Chance, Linklaters & Paines, Nabarro Nathanson and Paisner & Co have signed up to join a new body for professionals involved in executive/employee share schemes.The Society of Share Scheme Practitioners, ...

  • Given a seal of approval

    29-Aug-1995

    There is little dispute that heavyweights at the Bar will continue to be instructed by law firms. QCs such as George Carman, Geoffrey Robertson, Helena Kennedy, Anthony Arlidge, Allan Levy, Michael Mansfield, Robert Reid and Anthony Scrivener will continue to feature in the national and legal press.But the extension of the rights of audience of solicitors has already caused ripples. And with some solicitors considering that trial advocacy has a diminishing role in litigation, ...

  • Glasgow firm tries and scores

    29-Aug-1995

    THE NAME of a commercial law firm in Glasgow will be literally dragged through the mud after it signed a major sponsorship deal with the city's biggest rugby club.Harper Macleod's name will appear on the jersey of second division Glasgow High Kelvenside - known as GHK - as part of the agreement to back the team.The firm's name will also appear on match programmes ...

  • Guide exposes PI 'delay tactics'

    29-Aug-1995

    INSURANCE companies could be employing delaying tactics in personal injury litigation to put pressure on firms hired on a no win no fee basis to settle early, the Law Society has warned.The society's Conditional Fees Survival Guide raises the spectre of defendants "spinning out an action" or fighting harder in cases involving conditional fees.The warning, described as pure speculation by one leading insurance lawyer, is designed to alert lawyers to some ...

  • Hitting the spot

    29-Aug-1995

    After a shaky start at the beginning of the year, the auctions market is now much steadier, both in terms of levels of activity and levels of prices. The inertia created by the short-term view of early 1994 is unwinding and expectations are at last coming in-line with reality.Since the mid-1980s, selling property by auction has become an increasingly popular method of sale, with many major vendors choosing to sell by auction rather than by private treaty. Attend any of the ...

  • Home working on the increase, survey says

    29-Aug-1995

    Technological advances in law firms are increasing the trend for working from home. In a recent survey among 600 firms, 54 per cent of of law and accountancy practice members said they work from home at least once a week.The survey, conducted by law, business and tax publishers Tolley into the working practices of its customers, showed 59 per cent of respondents have access to a PC at home, compared with 71 per cent who use one in the office. Seventeen ...

  • IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DOING...

    29-Aug-1995

    WRITSSeveral years ago the idea of a solicitor advocate being featured in a law report in The Times would have been unthinkable. But a recent case where this occurred has left no doubt that rights of audience at the highest courts are now out of the exclusive grip of the Bar.The newspaper listed army officer-turned-solicitor advocate Tim Lawson-Cruttenden, of London firm Dawson Cornwell & Co, as the man in court for the respondent in an appeal presided ...

  • In brief: Acquisitions Monthly

    29-Aug-1995

    Information provided by Acquisitions Monthly on lawyers in mergers and acquisitions inaccurately reported that Lovell White Durrant acted for the Wellcome Trust on the Glaxo takeover. Instead, Cameron Markby Hewitt acted on behalf of the Wellcome Trust and Lovell White Durrant acted on behalf of the financial advisers to the trust.

  • In brief: Dibbs shakes up Bradford debt operation

    29-Aug-1995

    Dibb Lupton Broomhead has integrated its Bradford office and its associated repossession and debt collection work with its national building societies group. Andrew Chappell, previously regional managing partner in Leeds, will head the integrated practice at the 80-fee earner Bradford office. About half of the Bradfordoffice's work involves litigation, repossession and sales work for building societies. "So there is considerable synergy between the work done in Bradford ...

  • In brief: Goldsmith talks on Bar's equality policies

    29-Aug-1995

    Bar Council chair Peter Goldsmith QC will outline the Bar's equality policies in a talk for the Association of Women Barristers on 11 September. The talk will also touch on other issues affecting the future of the barristers' profession. The event is being held in the Smoking Room, Middle Temple, and will cost £5 a head. Information from Yvonne Cocklin on 0171 405 7211.

  • In brief: LCD takes action against squatters

    29-Aug-1995

    The Lord Chancellor's Department and Home Office have launched a county court procedure using sections of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act to combat squatting in houses, shops and other buildings. Under the procedure a person with a right to immediate possession of a building or land or part of a building or its ancillary land can go to a county court for an interim possession order. It will be a criminal offence not to leave premises within 24 hours of service of an order ...

  • In brief: Quality standards boost LawNet profits

    29-Aug-1995

    National law firm group LawNet says the six months since the introduction of its own quality standard has shown a "substantial improvement in profitability over the same period in the preceding years". It says the period for December 1994 through to May this year showed a gross income increase of 4.74 per cent on the same period last year. Overheads increased by 1.03 per cent and profits rose by 18.81 per cent. LawNet president Simon Maddox said: "The figures speak for themselves."

  • In brief: Sheffield Nabarros gets insurance expert

    29-Aug-1995

    Former Dibb Lupton Broomhead partner Paul Houghton has left the firm to join Nabarro Nathanson's Sheffield-based national centre for law in industry. An expert in insurance-related work, he joins the firm as a partner in the commercial and property litigation department. Houghton, who is dual qualified in Scottish and English law, recently qualified as a mediator with the Centre for Dispute Resolution.

  • In brief: Solicitor/surveyor joins Wragge & Co

    29-Aug-1995

    A jointly qualified solicitor and chartered quantity surveyor has joined the 50-strong property team at Wragge & Co in Birmingham. John Hobbs, one of only a handful in the country to have such a dual qualification, was taken on to strengthen the existing construction team dealing with building contracts, professional appointments, warranties and construction aspects of development agreements.

  • In brief: Taylor Joynson Garrett sues Touche Ross

    29-Aug-1995

    The partners of City firm Taylor Joynson Garrett are suing leading accountants Touche Ross for damages for breach of contract and negligence over reports to the Law Society. The writ, just issued for the firm in the High Court by London firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, centres on the accountancy firm's compilation of a report to the Law Society in compliance with the requirements ...

  • JUNIOR BAR

    29-Aug-1995

    The junior criminal Bar has been feeling the pinch. The cause is the combined effect of the introduction of standard fees and the expanding network of solicitor advocates practising in magistrates courts, who continue to take up the extended rights of audience in order to practise in the Crown Courts.What is the effect of this for the legally aided defendant?Undoubtedly most solicitors prefer to use the solicitor advocate for magistrates court work. There ...

  • Law Soc courses make grade

    29-Aug-1995

    TUTORS at the Law Society's Local Government Group claim they are beating private sector rivals at providing high-quality courses.A survey among the group's members reveals that 88 per cent approved of its courses compared to 66 per cent which approved of private courses.Peter Godber, director of training, said that its courses were more carefully tailoredto the work of council lawyers."It appears that local authority ...

  • Legal Services plc - firm of the future

    29-Aug-1995

    Financial pressures on all conveyancers are caused by too many competitors providing the same services. And the market place is simply not big enough to support this growing number of suppliers, a fact that holds true even in the City.The Law Society is not to blame for our current financial difficulties and despite pleas by some, the introduction of a minimum charging rate is not the solution. The answer is to reduce the number of competing suppliers. Just imagine ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 29/08/95

    29-Aug-1995

    ROBERT JAMES COOLES, 47, admitted 1971, practised in partnership with Abbott Cresswell, London SW14, suspended for two years and ordered to pay £1,728 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money and failed to keep proper accounts. Tribunal told investigation accountant's reports revealed client account shortfall of £285,637. Tribunal said Cooles had paid out money which was not in his possession on behalf ...

  • Litigation Forthcoming Case 29/08/95

    29-Aug-1995

    More than just the air that they breathe Roger Pearson adds the name of 1960s band The Hollies to the growing list of copyright litigationThere seems little abatement in the tide of music industry litigation. And in the wake of other major copyright cases, members of 1960s chart-topping group The Hollies are heading for a High Court confrontation with a Rochdale management company.They are seeking a court order banning Brian Gannon Management ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 29/08/95

    29-Aug-1995

    VAT on supplying land and application of input taxCommissioners of Customs & Excise v Dennis Rye (1995).QBD (McCullough J) 25/7/95.Summary: Whether input tax paid on land purchases by land dealing company was attributable to residual inputs.Commissioners' appeal under s.11 Tribunal and Inquiries Act 1992 against VAT Tribunal's decision setting aside VAT assessments for £14,036 on the taxpayer on the taxpayer' ...

  • Litigation Writs 29/08/95

    29-Aug-1995

    A top British Sky Broadcasting man who claims he lost his £179,000-a-year job as deputy chief executive of the company because of illness is suing an insurance company for more than £300,000 over its refusal to pay out on a claim made on his illness insurance policy. Graham Grist Blandford Forum, of Dorset, is suing Norwich Union Life Insurance Society. His writ says he was sacked from his job with BSkyB on 12 June 1989 because he was suffering from a ...

  • London firm forges links in Gibraltar

    29-Aug-1995

    A THREE-PARTNER London firm has joined forces with a group of Gibraltarian lawyers to expand its practice on the rock.Ilford-based Cornish & Co has linked up with the former Gibraltarian Attorney General John Blackburn-Gittings and law firm Charles Gomez & Co to form Library Chambers.The new association is designed to bring services for domestic and offshore clients under one roof while consolidating Cornish & Co's presence on the island.The ...

  • Mears goes on City fact-finding mission

    29-Aug-1995

    CITY lawyers may be relieved to know that while new Law Society president Martin Mears claims he doesn't know much about the City, he is willing to learn.He will also consult leading City legal figures on the Law Society Council in order to understand better the concerns of the City constituencies."I am conscious that many people in the City find the Law Society an irrelevancy and we need to be more attuned to the City's concerns," he said.

  • New Building plans for Booth & Co

    29-Aug-1995

    Plans for the future: major Leeds practice Booth & Co has released drawings of its proposed new office building to be known as Sovereign House. The 80,000 sq ft office is to be built next to the city's inner relief road and will put the firm in the company of other recent arrivals such as KPMG, 3i Leeds and the Halifax Computer Centre. Booth & Co - 41 partners and 480 other staff - has twice extended its premises since moving to its current location in South Parade. In 1993 it ...

  • No more secrets

    29-Aug-1995

    There are no figures to indicate the number of freemasons in the legal profession. Suffice to say, they are well represented among the ranks. Whether they will respond to Chris Mullin's plea to give evidence to the Parliamentary investigation of secret societies is another question.However, some matters need clarification. One of these is the level of influence they exert on the justice system. Even though the Code of Conduct states that members are not supposed ...

  • On an equal footing

    29-Aug-1995

    Polygram's possible action against the Hungarian Government over its decision to overlook the company in a privatisation bid may be perfectly justified in law. After all, competition rules are competition rules and discrimination is discrimination. Countries entering a market economy have to learn to deal with the trappings of such including the rigours of competition.But allowances have to be made for the development of such countries so they can compete. The ...

  • Parliament probes influence of freemasonry on profession

    29-Aug-1995

    LAWYERS are being invited to submit evidence to a Parliamentary investigation into the role of freemasons and other secret societies in public life.The Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into masonic influence is particularly interested in the police force and the legal profession.Labour MP and committee member Chris Mullin has advised anybody who wishes to give evidence to contact the committee clerk.He said: "The inquiry is not expected to commence ...

  • Polygram takes action against Hungarians over failed tender

    29-Aug-1995

    SJ BERWIN and US firm Shearman & Sterling are advising record label Polygram on possible action against the Hungarian government after the company was allegedly discriminated against in a privatisation bid.Polygram claims it was shut out of the privatisation offer involving Hungary's state-owned record company in favour of a local company. Polygram lost out to the Hungarian ...

  • Property

    29-Aug-1995

    Paisner & Co acted for GUS Property Management, in London, in its purchase of Connswater Shopping Centre, Belfast. Cleaver Fulton & Rankin advised in Belfast and Kearney Sefton advised vendors Deramore Lamont.

  • Property

    29-Aug-1995

    Pinsent Curtis acted for IM Properties on the sale of 32 industrial and office premises to Deedcrest for £19.7 million. Deedcrest is acting as general partner for the Greenridge Partnership, involving Green Properties and GE Capital instructing law firms Stones Porter and Nabarro Nathanson respectively. Mackie & Dewar and Steadman Ramage advised IM and Deedcrest respectively on Scottish aspects ...

  • Property

    29-Aug-1995

    Forsyte Saunders Kerman acted for Nestle Pension Trust in the sale of a seven-property portfolio in south east England for £5 million. Wedlake Bell advised buyer, SG Whitaker. Dundas & Wilson acted for Nestle in the disposal of a nine-property portfolio in Scotland for £7 million. Archibald ...

  • Shell played by the rules

    29-Aug-1995

    Shell played by the rulesAs an oil industry professional, I was interested to see the article by Mark Saunders "Brent Spar - a debate that's all at sea" (The Lawyer 8 August).The article revealed a possible lack of balance in the author's views. For instance, while reasoning that Shell had done everything legally required, Mr Saunders made the statement: "In a neat piece of legal footwork, the company placed an offshore ...

  • Shropshire head to Eversheds

    29-Aug-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsTHE HEAD of Shropshire County Council's legal department has left to join the public sector unit of Eversheds' East Midlands office.Stephen Matthew, formerly county secretary and solicitor, has joined partner Nigel Sternberg's team at the Nottingham-based unit.Matthew, who has been a public sector lawyer for 15 years, ...

  • Sold to the highest bidder

    29-Aug-1995

    It is always the chattels that cause the greatest number of headaches. This is theoften-heard comment of solicitors or executors dealing with a deceased's estate. The damaged, the dirty and the gaudy may be hidden gems or may be just what they appear to be - tiresome bulk to be disposed of.It is vitally important to have the technical assistance of an experienced valuer to tread a safe path through this potential minefield. The valuer and auctioneer's ...

  • Stephens sounds off

    29-Aug-1995

    "PRESS freedom doesn't mean you can publish absolutely anything. Everyone knows there are things better left unsaid."These are the words of self-styled legal "gun for hire" Mark Stephens in an interview with The Journalist, the paper of his client the National Union of Journalists.And the senior partner of Stephens Innocent goes on to illustrate his point in a colourful interview. He claims his role in the Marks and Spencer swimsuit plagiarism action involved ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Gillian Downie

    29-Aug-1995

    Gillian Downie was born in Paisley in 1961 and is now an assistant in the commercial property department at Alex Morrison & Co in Glasgow.What was your first job?Shop assistant in a pharmacy.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?So long ago I can't remember.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Been a vet.Which law could you live without?The Requirements of ...

  • UK lawyers take lead in Bosnia war trials

    29-Aug-1995

    BRITISH lawyers are taking centre stage in a historic legal action which may establish the first court ruling on genocide since World War II.The case, being heard in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague, involves an action by the Bosnian government against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro).Two Temple barristers have key roles, one in each side's international legal team. Khawar Qureshi, of Sir Patrick Neill QC's ...

  • Welcome the brothers in law

    29-Aug-1995

    While the Bar debates, the other branch of our profession is equipping itself for the future. The larger civil litigation firms are convinced there is "market demand for one-stop shopping".A small but increasing number of solicitors throughout the country are qualifying as solicitor advocates (in June 1995 some 264 had qualified, by 21 August it was 312, with a further 200 applications pending) and exercising their extended rights of audience in ...

  • WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

    29-Aug-1995

    The Bar is in a state of flux. Despite the recession and the consequent reduction in the volume of work sent to the Bar, it continues to experience exponential growth.At the same time as there are calls to restrict the number of entrants taking the Bar Vocational Course there are calls to allow a number of institutions to run the course. These and other problems are set against a rapidly changing canvas upon which the Bar's traditional monopoly on advocacy in the higher ...

  • Who's sorry now?

    29-Aug-1995

    There have been few times in the past when the valuing profession has been the subject of such intense scrutiny by the courts. Writ after writ seems to be issued by lenders whose loans of the late 1980s have gone into default and who have only been able to realise the security property at a lower price than the valuation on which the loan was originally based.Cases have come to light of valuers providing what seem hopelessly optimistic valuations, after having apparently ...

  • Wilde Sapte ex-managing partner bows out

    29-Aug-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.Wilde Sapte praised ...

  • Withers gets support

    29-Aug-1995

    Helen Sage reportsCity practice Withers has awarded a £1 million IT support contract to Norwel Computer Services. The company offers back and front office solutions. Back office solutions comprise accounting and computer-aided billing, credit control and the marketing database. This is integrated with a front office automation network to provide secretaries and fee earners with PC ...