28 July 1997

The Lawyer

  • A case for reform

    29-Jul-1997

    Public defenders could save money and improve the system, argues Mike Dailly. Mike Dailly is a solicitor and editor of SCOLAG, the Scottish Legal Action Group journal.Expenditure on criminal legal aid per capita in the UK is among the highest in the world. How long can this continue?The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) has asked the Government to give the green light for its experimental public defender project. If this project is successful we could see a network ...

  • A foreign approach to legal aid

    29-Jul-1997

    John Malpas looks at the recent outrage in the press over foreigners receiving legal aidEVEN for such a highly emotive topic as legal aid, things are getting rather out of hand at the moment.Last Wednesday a front-page lead in The Guardian reported "outrage" at the fact that a fraud case taking place in the UK, but exclusively involving foreign nationals, was likely to cost "the British taxpayer" £10m in legal aid."Some legal experts are predicting ...

  • Addleshaws seals £1m deal with pharmaceuticals giant

    29-Jul-1997

    ADDLESHAW Booth & Co has ousted Wilde Sapte as the legal adviser to the giant pharmaceuticals retailer and wholesaler AAH in a deal worth £1m to the Manchester firm.Addleshaws will act as the company's outsourced legal department in what the firm is describing as its "most significant new business win" since the merger which formed it last year.The practice beat off Wilde Sapte and Edge & Ellison to win the contract to handle the property work generated ...

  • Asset rejig may solve trust funds' discount problem

    29-Jul-1997

    Cameron McKenna is advising a trust fund on a pioneering restructuring that could show the way for all the other funds in the country plagued by the problem of trading at a discount to net asset value.First Ireland Investment Company shares are worth around £60m on the London and Irish stock exchanges, 10 per cent less than the underlying value of the assets in which the company has invested. This leaves it vulnerable to takeovers by rival funds keen to liquidate the ...

  • Burnley appoints new head of legal

    29-Jul-1997

    Solicitor Freda Sharkey has been appointed as head of legal services at Burnley Borough Council.Sharkey has had an extensive legal career which began at Liverpool City Council while she was studying to become a solicitor. She will replace Roger Hutchinson who is retiring from the Lancashire council.She was articled at Chelmsford Borough Council, working there for five years before joining Ashfield District Council in Nottinghamshire as principal legal officer.

  • Clifford Chance takes on world

    29-Jul-1997

    Clifford Chance is aiming to take on and beat US firms in their own market within 10 years, according to the practice's new internally-circulated mission statement.In its first such statement since it was formed by merger a decade ago, Clifford Chance's management board effectively states that it wants to provide a full US corporate/commercial legal service for multinational ...

  • Contract liability fears unfounded, says Govt

    29-Jul-1997

    Chris Fogarty reportsThe Government has moved to allay fears that local authority officers could be held personally liable if a contract with a private sector partner was later found to be invalid.Although the Government is refusing to amend its Local Government (Contracts) Bill, it has insisted that fears that it will expose council officers to legal action are unfounded.The Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow tabled an amendment to the Bill which ...

  • Coopers' legal head in Warsaw departs

    29-Jul-1997

    Coopers & Lybrand's legal consulting practice in Warsaw has lost its head partner to US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges.Zdzislaw Wieckowski quit Coopers earlier this month to join Weil Gotshal as managing partner of the Warsaw office.Coopers partner Krzysztof Pawlisz has replaced him as partner-in-charge in Warsaw.Wieckowski, who had only been with Coopers ...

  • Couderts snaps up BNP markets expert

    29-Jul-1997

    Coudert Brothers has poached capital markets specialist Serge Durox from the Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP).Durox, former head of the legal department at BNP's London office, will be working principally in Couderts' London and Paris offices and will help develop the firm's derivatives practice in France.He will also work on convertible bonds issues and commodity swaps, and development projects in Russia and other emerging markets.Durox, ...

  • Cyberlibel becomes a reality

    29-Jul-1997

    Roger Pearson looks at case where false rumours about a competitor on an internet e-mail system cost a company dear.The advent of e-mail has brought with it the worrying potential for an increase in libel. It has put the means of communicating in "publishable" form at the fingertips of millions throughout the world and created a new form of defamation - "cyberlibel".Anyone who doubts the libel potential of e-mail, whether on the Internet ...

  • Damages claim on food guide

    29-Jul-1997

    Leading restaurant critic Egon Ronay is heading for a High Court confrontation with Global InfoCom. An action is now pending in which he is suing the company for damages following reports that inspectors who visit restaurants for the Egon Ronay Guide have not been paid and are refusing to carry on working. Ronay, one of the world's best-known food critics, sold the rights to his guides in the 1980s, and Global InfoCom took over the guides from the AA in 1985.

  • Dibbs leads the way with major IT outsourcing deal

    29-Jul-1997

    DIBB Lupton Alsop has taken a rare decision to outsource a major part of its IT in a move which consultants have said could spark a new trend.The firm's Bradford office is to outsource part of its technology requirements for its debt management and recovery systems to Integris, the global outsourcing and systems integration arm of Bull Information Systems.Bull, an international IT provider, will provide the Bradford office with a mainframe ...

  • Duncan Black on football managers who change clubs.

    29-Jul-1997

    Duncan Black is a partner at Titmuss Sainer Dechert.THE LATEST development in the career of football club manager Howard Kendal, who has made a disputed move from Sheffield United to Everton, makes a recent decision by an FA tribunal all the more interesting.The tribunal was set up following the mid-1994-5 season move by manager George Burley from third division Colchester ...

  • EC urges Taiwan to relax rules

    29-Jul-1997

    The European Commission is pressing for greater rights of access for foreign lawyers in Taiwan, as part of its negotiations over the country's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).The move is backed by the Law Society, which wants to see the strict regulations for foreign lawyers practising in Taiwan relaxed.Although foreign lawyers can practise in Taiwan, they can only advise on their own national law and may not employ, or set up in partnership ...

  • Eversheds makes its mark in £1.8bn DuPont/ICI deal

    29-Jul-1997

    Eversheds has handled its largest ever single deal with 40 of its lawyers advising US chemical giant DuPont on its £1.8bn purchase of three chemicals divisions from ICI.The firm became DuPont's primary UK legal adviser a year ago when, as part of a programme to streamline its legal advice worldwide, the chemicals company held a UK beauty parade which included the then Dibb Lupton ...

  • Fat cats and doormats

    29-Jul-1997

    I am not a lawyer but unfortunately have experience of the legal profession. Recent reports of Lord Irvine's comments on "fat cat" barristers really rings true when you become entangled in the legal system.If the other side have top legal counsel you have to do likewise. If you do not, you are at an immediate disadvantage. Once you get involved the legal costs escalate and the only winners are the lawyers.Lord Irvine certainly struck a chord ...

  • Fat cats or court fees - what is the issue?

    29-Jul-1997

    The recent debate on the level of court fees was diverted by Lord Irvine's attack on "fat cat" lawyers, but should the Lord Chancellor have run a different argument? asks Roger Smith. Roger Smith is director of the Legal Action Group.Those that live by the sword have a tendency to die by it. Lord Irvine might do well to remember that. The intemperate rhetoric of his attack on "fat cat" lawyers may be hard to disown.The role of the ...

  • Financial advisers agree to refer conveyancing clients

    29-Jul-1997

    More than 2,000 independent financial adviser are to refer clients wanting conveyancing services to one of 170 law firms following a deal struck between IFA Portfolio and Legal Marketing Services (LMS).Under the IFA Portfolio agreement, members will offer clients a fixed-fee conveyancing service at any one of LMS's 350 member companies in the UK.Clients will be charged £245 for a purchase and £195 for a sale (both plus VAT), disbursements and ...

  • Financing

    29-Jul-1997

    Stephenson Harwood advised Christies on issuing $100m worth of notes in a private placement to finance the refurbishing of premises in New York. New York firm Chapman & Cutler was Christies' US counsel and Hebb & Gitlin advised the noteholders.

  • Flotations

    29-Jul-1997

    Wragge & Co has advised computer software company Delcam on its £15.4m listing on the AIM.

  • Flotations

    29-Jul-1997

    Clark Holt of Swindon advised computer software company AIT Group on its admission to the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of £30m. Osborne Clarke advised sponsor Greig Middleton.

  • Flotations

    29-Jul-1997

    Berwin Leighton acted for London bus company Metroline on its £37m listing on the London Stock Exchange. Rowe & Maw acted for the sponsors to the listing.

  • Herbert Smith loses banking expert

    29-Jul-1997

    Banking lawyer David Yeo has quit the Hong Kong office of Herbert Smith to join rival firm Allen & Overy.Yeo, a former international partner at Herbert Smith, said he would be able to develop his loan-syndication practice more easily with Allen & Overy, which has a larger presence in the field in Hong Kong.He joined Allen & Overy as a consultant this month after six years ...

  • In brief: Law Society extends applicant deadline

    29-Jul-1997

    The Law Society is to extend the deadline for applicants for the international seat on its ruling council following complaints from the City of London Law Society that larger City firms did not have enough time to identify interested partners. Anthony Pugh-Thomas, City of London Law Society president, said he was "slightly miffed" that the society had given its applicants only three weeks, until mid-July, to apply for both the international seat on the Law Society council. He said the ...

  • In brief: Lay people appointed to OSS committee

    29-Jul-1997

    The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors has appointed three lay people and one solicitor to its compliance and supervision committee: Philip Davis, legal/industrial injuries officer at the General, Municipal and Boilermakers trade union, Manjot Dhanjal, senior urban policy officer with Birmingham City Council, Valerie Moore, former head of finance and resources at the National Consumer Council and John Lymbury, past chairman of the Sole Practitioners Group. The chair of the committee, ...

  • In brief: Lord Irvine offers judicial olive branch

    29-Jul-1997

    The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, has given the strongest indication yet that he will extend exemption for civil court fees, in a move which has been welcomed by legal pressure groups. Speaking at the Lord Mayor's annual dinner for judges last week, Lord Irvine said: "I will be considering whether the existing exemptions can be extended to those receiving other categories of benefit than income support, perhaps in particular those on the job seeker's allowance, ...

  • In brief: Scotland highlights devolution concerns

    29-Jul-1997

    The Law Society of Scotland has identified several areas that the legal profession needs to address during consultation on the government's White Paper on devolution. President John Elliot said the society had a key role to play in the devolution debate and would be closely examining the proposed division of powers between Westminster and a Scottish Parliament. He said other areas of concern were how disputes between a Scottish Parliament and Westminster would be resolved, the ...

  • In brief: Selection of magistrates to be revamped

    29-Jul-1997

    The Government is to issue directions on the appointment of lay magistrates, in a bid to make the magistracy more representative of the communities it serves. Speaking at the Magistrates' Association council meeting last week, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, said his officials were working to produce compulsory criteria directions for selecting magistrates. He said: "I believe it important that any person who shows an interest in becoming a magistrate, in any part ...

  • In brief: Walker-Arnott re-elected at Herbert Smith

    29-Jul-1997

    Edward Walker-Arnott has been re-elected senior partner of Herbert Smith in an uncontested election. First appointed senior partner in May 1992, he will remain in the post until April 2000. "It is a great honour to be able to lead Herbert Smith into the new millennium," he said. "We are excellently placed to take advantage of a number of exciting new opportunities, particularly on the international front, and we are approaching the new century with enormous confidence.

  • In brief: Wragge & Co welcomes new associate

    29-Jul-1997

    Jane Pittaway, former managing partner at Fox & Gibbons' Dubai office, has joined Wragge & Co as an associate in the commercial group. "Using my connections throughout the Middle East countries, I hope to be able to open a few doors for Wragge & Co clients," she said.

  • Jersey starts work on new financial watchdog

    29-Jul-1997

    SENIOR Jersey advocate Julian Clyde-Smith has been selected to help set up an independent financial services watchdog on the island.Clyde-Smith, a partner at Jersey firm Ogier & Le Cornu, joins a panel of six experts who have the task of setting up the Financial Services Commission. They have until next spring to draw up the commission's remit and determine how it will be funded.It will replace the existing Financial Services Department, a government body. ...

  • LAG unveils web site at 25th birthday party

    29-Jul-1997

    THE party continued on into cyberspace for the Legal Action Group (LAG), which celebrated 25 years of cam- paigning last Friday with the launch of an Internet site and electronic legal services network.The organisation's web site and an Internet database of legal groups around the world, were due to be unveiled during celebrations at Church House in Westminster, london, on Friday.LAG director Roger Smith said that the web site would be ...

  • Law Soc SMI deal comes under fire

    29-Jul-1997

    A SPECIALIST professional indemnity lawyer has attacked the Standard Mortgage Instructions (SMI) agreement hammered out between the Law Society and lenders, saying it is a bad deal for solicitors.Reynolds Porter Chamberlain partner Clare Jaycock has also advised that the instructions, the product of two years of protracted negotiations, should be scrapped.Jaycock ...

  • Law Soc wins in compensation case

    29-Jul-1997

    Around £35m of mortgage lender claims against the Law Society's Compensation Fund have been thrown out by the House of Lords Appeals Committee.Last week, the committee backed an earlier Court of Appeal ruling that the society was not obliged to compensate mortgage lenders defrauded by dishonest solicitors when the losses were caused principally by inflated valuations or a fall in the property market.The case was brought by Mortgage Express and the ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 29/7/97

    29-Jul-1997

    George William Joseph Bridge, 62, admitted 1969, practising at material times as GW Bridge & Co, London SW3, fined £5,000. Allegations substantiated he made false and misleading statements in correspondence with the Citizens Advice Bureau. Bridge previously before the tribunal in 1970 when he was struck off after convictions for dishonesty. He was restored in 1976. Tribunal said that in imposing fine it took into account Bridge's unblemished ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 29/7/97

    29-Jul-1997

    Chapman v Newberry - QBD 1 July 1997Claimant: Heather Chapman, 16Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Claimant, now 22, suffered spinal injuries which have left her a paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She was a rear-seat passenger in car which ran out of controlAward: £679,051 (agreed damages)Judge: Mr Justice PottsPlaintiff's counsel: Philip Mott ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 29/7/97

    29-Jul-1997

    Decisions are taken from Lawtel's legal database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law ReportGuidelines on political asylum appealsR v (1) Secretary of State for the Home Department (2) Immigration Appeals Tribunal ex parte Anthonypillai Francis Robinson (1997)Court: CA (Lord Woolf MR, Potter LJ and Brooke LJ) 11/7/9Summary: Guidelines from the Court of Appeal on political asylum appeal in the case of a Tamil ...

  • Litigation Writs 29/7/97

    29-Jul-1997

    Milton Keynes Borough Council and Buckinghamshire County Council are being taken to the High Court over claims that they have no power to levy a charge for connecting a development site at Wellingborough Road, Olney, to the public highway network. The writ has been issued by the residents, John and William Colson; Ivor, Betty, Gary and David Pibworth; and Norman and Rachel Wright. They seek a declaration that the councils have no power to levy a charge for connecting ...

  • Looking at the bigger picture

    29-Jul-1997

    Clifford Chance's mission statement for the next 10 years takes the form of a simple yet determined document.In it, the firm's strategy is clearly laid out as a series of ambitions. It lays down the gauntlet as far as its US aims are concerned. The firm wants to take on and beat these firms on their own territory - the only UK practice to have made this a central tenet ...

  • Manches takes over Oxford firm

    29-Jul-1997

    City firm Manches & Co has taken on five of the seven partners and all four assistants of 224-year-old Oxford firm Morrell Peel & Gamlen, nearly doubling the size of its Oxford office.The two remaining Morrell partners - private client lawyer Nigel Roots and property lawyer Richard Bell - are to join Boodle Hatfield's Oxford office. It is understood they were not invited to join Manches.Morrell's former senior partner, property lawyer Peter Webber, ...

  • Masons decides to put down roots in Singapore

    29-Jul-1997

    Masons is to open an office in Singapore next month, making it the latest in a series of firms to establish a permanent presence in the country.The office, due to be officially launched in mid-August, will be headed by Iain Black, a former resident senior partner at the firm's Hong Kong office who had returned to London last year to concentrate on major projects.He will be joined by Vincent Rowan, a partner from the Hong Kong office, and senior associate ...

  • Milbanks' Moscow practice secures former Russian adviser

    29-Jul-1997

    New York firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has appointed a leading specialist capital market and project finance lawyer in a bid to resurrect its presence in Moscow.Holly Nielsen, a former senior adviser to the chairman of the Russian Federal Securities Commission and former head of US firm Baker & Botts' Moscow office, was appointed partner and head of Milbank Tweed's Moscow office this month. She replaces David Slade, who was poached by

  • Ministry of Justice back on the cards

    29-Jul-1997

    The Government is revisiting Labour's historic pledge to establish a Ministry of Justice.The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, is understood to be looking at the possibility of establishing a new ministry with responsibility for all aspects of the legal system.And a source close to the Lord Chancellor has said such a move could be in place midway through the government's five-year term.The creation of a Ministry of Justice, responsible ...

  • MPs back plans for law centres network

    29-Jul-1997

    A BID by the Law Centres Federation to form a national network of law centres received an enthusiastic response from MPs at the House of Commons last Wednesday.A parliamentary early day motion calling for a network of law centres across the UK had received 59 MPs' signatures at the time The Lawyer went to press. If 150 signatures are obtained the issue will be brought to the attention of the Cabinet.Labour MPs Austin Mitchell and Hazel Blears, and Liberal ...

  • Norwich Union libel case alerts companies to dangers of e-mail

    29-Jul-1997

    A LANDMARK e-mail libel settlement should set alarm bells ringing in all multinational companies and firms using internal e-mail systems, according to an Internet law expert.In an out of court settlement, Norwich Union recently paid £450,000 to Western Provident for circulating untruths on its internal e-mail system about Western Provident's alleged financial problems.Nick Lockett, in-house barrister at

  • Partner helps forge Lib Dem/Govt pact

    29-Jul-1997

    SJ Berwin partner and former Liberal Democrat candidate Philip Goldenberg was called in by the party to help devise the legal framework for last week's move to provide the Lib Dems with their first real voice in Government.Before the election Goldenberg, who stood and lost against Conservative MP Humfrey Malins in Woking, Surrey, advised his party not to take a seat in cabinet if one ...

  • Penning their way in law

    29-Jul-1997

    Ravinder Chahal discovers that the competitive world of publishing is a business not unlike the law. Ravinder Chahal is a freelance journalist.The world of legal publishing mirrors the legal services market itself. Several major league players dominate the market, followed by a second tier of significant concerns, then a host of minor niche concerns which operate at the lower end of the scale.Like their legal counterparts, dominant publishers have an international ...

  • Pensions Ombudsman slams Robin Ellison

    29-Jul-1997

    Pensions ombudsman Julian Farrand has singled out Eversheds partner Robin Ellison in a public attack on solicitors and judges who he claims have been undermining his legislative role.In his annual report, Farrand tells how a "prominent pensions solicitor" - who Ellison accepts is him - had "publicised his personal opposition to me as ombudsman through a series of unsoundbites".Ellison ...

  • Pilot could flop, warns LAPG

    29-Jul-1997

    The vice-chair of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) has predicted that so many firms will pull out of the green form block contract pilot that it will not be able to go ahead, despite the lifting of the Law Society "boycott".The Law Society's ruling council voted earlier this month to advise its members to take part in the pilot only if their participating costs would be covered. But LAPG vice-chair Richard Miller said the group was advising firms to remember ...

  • Practice opts for Network Computing

    29-Jul-1997

    A LANCASHIRE practice is believed to be the first in the country to install a computing system which cuts maintenance costs by keeping all data in a central store.Eight-partner Brighouse Jones has dispensed with the need to have a PC on every desk by installing Videss Computer Systems' Network Computing product, a system which uses a central server as its base.Videss claims that the product makes it easier to eliminate the threat of viruses and maintain ...

  • Private sector set to repair Lambeth error

    29-Jul-1997

    The London Borough of Lambeth will use private sector solicitors to rectify a problem caused when its own legal team unwittingly sold off part of a tenant's house.The blunder, outlined in a report by the Local Government Ombudsman Edward Osmotherly, occurred when the tenant's neighbours bought their council house in 1992 and gained ownership of an alleyway which provided access to her back garden.When the council lawyers sold the house they ...

  • Property

    29-Jul-1997

    Wilde Sapte advised Amresco Retail Ventures on its £26.4m acquisition of 13 investment properties from Land Securities, represented by Nabarro Nathanson.

  • Property

    29-Jul-1997

    Nabarro Nathanson advised the Post office on the sale of its sorting office at King Edward Buildings to Merrill Lynch, advised by Linklaters & Paines. Merrill Lynch plans to convert the historic building into its 500,000 sq ft European headquarters.

  • Property

    29-Jul-1997

    Lovell White Durrant acted for the Prudential on the £107m purchase and 35-year lease-back of ICI's London headquarters at 9 Millbank, London SW1, to ICI. Field Fisher Waterhouse acted for ICI.

  • Property

    29-Jul-1997

    Norton Rose acted for BICC on its sale of Reading's 700,000 sq ft Oracle shopping centre site to a joint venture between developer Hammerson, represented by Nabarro Nathanson and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, advised by Simmons & Simmons, which took a 50 per cent interest in the venture.

  • Property shop chain ready for take off

    29-Jul-1997

    Property selling solicitors will begin a charm offensive this week to try to convince the national press and the public of the worth of their move into property selling.Solicitors' Property Centres (SPC) will launch a national chain of property shops at a press conference this Thursday and is expected to announce that hundreds of firms have already signed up to its scheme.SPC director Richard Berenson said the organisation would argue that solicitors selling ...

  • Rakisons loses out on Ecuador contract

    29-Jul-1997

    Ten-partner City telecoms practice Rakisons has missed the chance to advise the Ecuadorean government on privatising its telecoms operator because it could not get its detailed submission in on time.The firm was shortlisted to advise on the the privatisation of Ecuadorean state telecom operator Emetel alongside four US international giants - O'Melveny & Myers, Skadden ...

  • Scotland to be test bed for public defenders

    29-Jul-1997

    A PILOT for a public defender system is to run in Scotland in the face of opposition from the solicitors' profession.Six public defenders will be appointed to take criminal legal aid cases in either Edinburgh or Glasgow, in a five-year pilot which implements part of the Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Act 1997.The pilot, due to start in October, aims to cut the rising cost of legal aid in Scotland, which has doubled over the past 10 years. It has been welcomed ...

  • Solcare proves its worth as solicitors seek its help

    29-Jul-1997

    Two solicitors with heroin addictions are among 38 who are receiving help for alcohol or drug dependency from the newly opened advice centre, SolCare.SolCare, a referral service for solicitors suffering from drug and alcohol dependency, stress or depression, opened two months ago.It aims to help solicitors face the fact that they have a problem and guides them towards appropriate treatment centres.Former solicitor and recovering alcoholic Barry Pritchard ...

  • Solicitor is reprimanded for poaching

    29-Jul-1997

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has severely reprimanded an East London solicitor who breached an injunction and poached clients from his old firm, saying that the case should sound a warning for all advocates.The tribunal heard last week that Daniel Jerome, a solicitor at Bow firm Wallace Bogan & Co, agreed to bide by an injunction not to poach former clients when he moved across the road to join another firm, Breeze Benton.But in March last year he was ...

  • Support for the successors

    29-Jul-1997

    I was sorry to see Martin Mears defeated in the recent elections. At least he had the measure of Chancery Lane.There are so many issues facing the profession these days, yet it seems that things will never change. While it is difficult to say what the Law Society should do, few speak well of it. Maybe they will argue that that is the nature of the beast.I hope that with the new Government taking such an active interest in the profession, the Law ...

  • Taking the time limit out of complaining

    29-Jul-1997

    The Broadcasting Complaints Commission is to defend its adherence to complaint time limits in the High Court, says Roger Pearson.The Broadcasting Complaints Commission's rigid adherence to time limits within which complaints must be made is to come under High Court scrutiny.Countess Ilona Esterhazy, a mental health consultant, is taking the commission to court to challenge its insistence that complaints should be launched within three months.

  • Tax case reporting takes to the Net

    29-Jul-1997

    Elizabeth Davidson reportsTHE SPECIALIST tax set Gray's Inn Chambers has launched a case reporting service on the internet.The Tax Case Reporting Service, launched by the chambers on 15 July, will make the results of some tax cases available within half an hour of a decision being reached.Initially it will only include details of cases with which barristers at the set have been involved. However, the service's creator, ...

  • Tenancy tussles

    29-Jul-1997

    The Law Lords are considering whether to give leave for an appeal in a tenancy dispute which could have significant implications for divorced couples. The case centres on moves by a housing trust to regain possession of property in north London from a divorced man. He and his wife used to share the property under a tenancy granted to the wife. However, when they divorced, the wife moved out but the husband remained in occupation. Then the landlord, the Newlon Housing ...

  • Texas firm sizes up London with view to setting up shop

    29-Jul-1997

    Leading Texas firm Baker & Botts is "evaluating" the legal marketplace in London with a view to opening an office in the capital.It is understood the move was prompted by the firm's Moscow office, where Russian clients are keen to have access to Western markets.Baker & Botts, a 394-lawyer commercial firm, has offices in Texas, New York, Washington and Moscow.Partner Joel Swanson said: "We are evaluating the London market and the opportunities." ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Eamon Moloney

    29-Jul-1997

    Eamon Moloney was born on 25 August 1954. He is a partner in the shipping and international trade department at Eversheds.What was your first job?As a midshipman, washing up for 600 sailors on HMS Fearless while in the terminal stage of seasickness.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£45 per week as a vacation student with ...

  • The paperless alternatives

    29-Jul-1997

    Even in its simplest form electronic publishing can be a cheap and easy way of adding value to a book, says Chris Pamplin. Chris Pamplin is the editor of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses. It is easy to see why so many publishing houses favour moving into electronic publishing. It is all about image. Take a book, throw a basic level of IT knowledge at it, and readers think they are dealing with a progressive publishing house with a great product ...

  • We are pro pro bono

    29-Jul-1997

    Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, Fax 0171-734 0534 I see that the beatings about pro bono work are going to continue until morale improves (The Lawyer, 21 July).Contrary to your frequent editorials, can I point out that the Law Society is totally supportive of moves to encourage pro bono work in the profession and is an enthusiastic participant in the work of the Solicitor Pro Bono Group.

  • Wilkinsons agrees Eversheds merger

    29-Jul-1997

    Newcastle firm Wilkinson Maughan has agreed to be taken over by Eversheds, creating the largest firm in the north east.But it is understood that at least half Wilkinsons equity partners may become salaried, and one source at Wilkinsons said the merger was only agreed after its company law department threatened to join Eversheds on its own, taking 30 per cent of the work.However, ...