29 August 1994

The Lawyer

  • ACE Infinity pacakage

    30-Aug-1994

    Cardiff firm Dolmans has opted for the ACE Infinity package to provide its practice management system. The initial phase of the contract will be worth u55,000 and the network will expand to incorporate the firm's 100 staff.

  • Advice centre wins legal aid franchises

    30-Aug-1994

    The Mary Ward advice centre in London has been awarded legal aid franchise contracts for a total of six categories. Lawyers have demonstrated their quality in the fields of debt, employment, housing, matrimonial, personal injury, and welfare benefits. The centre is one of the first advice agencies to be awarded such contracts.

  • Aircraft cover

    30-Aug-1994

    Commercial Court action is forthcoming in a battle between Kuwait Airways Corporation and a group of insurance companies over aircraft cover.Kuwait Airways is seeking a ruling that it was indemnified from the period of July 1 1990 to June 30 1991 under an aviation hull and spares war risks and allied perils insurance contract.Fifteen aircraft with a total value of $692 million are claimed to have been covered.

  • Antiques or old lace?

    30-Aug-1994

    William Rouse advises solicitors to be more realistic when valuing estatesSix hundred pounds was the sum the solicitor agreed to, but thanks to a thoughtful neighbour (a policeman) who bought in professional valuers, the contents of a deceased's estate went for u15,000. This happens all the time.A solicitor's job is to yield the maximum amount from a client's estate, yet they will often dispose of the contents of a house for a fraction of their ...

  • Arista accounts

    30-Aug-1994

    London-based Jarvis & Bannister is to integrate the Arista accounts, practice database and marketing modules from Kienzle Systems into its existing network. The system will be based on Digital's DECpc XL Unix set-up. The firm already operates two Novell-based networks in its offices.

  • Asim boosts membership intake

    30-Aug-1994

    The Association of Solicitor Investment Managers (Asim) has accepted three new full members and now boasts more than 50 firms. Batten & Co of Yeovil, Brachers of Maidstone, and Wilsons of Salisbury have all taken on investment managers and are capitalising on strong private client departments. Asim now has 20 full members ...

  • Atlantic cousins disagree over power of the media

    30-Aug-1994

    UK and US lawyers found themselves on opposite sides of the fence in a controversial ABA debate on trial by television.The argument was triggered by the OJ Simpson trial. Simpson was seen on national television driving at top speed away from chasing police cars before being apprehended.The public has been well-informed on the nature of the forensic evidence against him, and there is a fear that no juror could sit with an open mind.In one of his last ...

  • Atlantic legal wrangle worsens

    30-Aug-1994

    The mass of legal actions involved in the disastrous acquisition of Atlantic Computers by British & Commonwealth Holdings is set to become more entangled following the start of legal action by partners of former accountants Spicer & Oppenheim.Spicers, the former auditor of Atlantic, has issued a writ against KPMG Peat Marwick, which had audited certain Atlantic subsidiaries.Linklaters ...

  • Audit Commission warns of financial fraud

    30-Aug-1994

    The chance of financial fraud is increasing among the privatised areas in the public service sector, says the Audit Commission in its annual report. The commission blames blurring of accountability, leading to "increased risks of waste and more opportunities for dishonesty". The incidence of fraud in local government appears low but there are "some signs that it could be on the increase," says the commission. The commission calls for laws requiring independent auditing of government-related ...

  • Bacfi workshop

    30-Aug-1994

    The Bar Association of Commerce Finance and Industry (Bacfi) held a workshop in conjunction with Baker & McKenzie on alternative dispute resolution. About 20 Bacfi members took part in the practical sessions, designed to give lawyers an insight into the mediation process.

  • Back to the future

    30-Aug-1994

    Clifford Chance managing partner Geoffrey Howe unveiled the firm's strategy for the 21st century at an American Bar Association seminar on global practice.He said City firms would have to look abroad increasingly because of the unreliable long-term condition of the UK economy."There will be fewer firms offering a lower cost to the client," he said. "The importance of ...

  • Board tackles 'rich' loopholes

    30-Aug-1994

    THE LEGAL Aid Board is conducting "on the ground" research into legal aid loopholes which allow apparently wealthy people to claim public funds.The board wants to devise its own proposals, which will follow last week's publication of the Law Society's views on how the rules can be tightened up.The need for action was highlighted by a recent high-profile case involving a gang of fraudsters who lived a life of luxury on social security payments. The legal ...

  • Booths brimming with authors

    30-Aug-1994

    THE PROLIFIC lawyer-writers of Booth & Co in Leeds have penned or contributed to more than one dozen books over the past year.The family law department has proved particularly industrious, coming up with eight books, two yet to be published.One of them, the first book by family lawyers on pensions, had to be code-named 'Operation Llama' in correspondence to stop the opposition hearing about the subject matter.One of its authors, family department ...

  • Burton's first to win sponsorship award

    30-Aug-1994

    THE chambers of Michael Burton QC at 2 Crown Office Row has become the first set to win a Business Sponsorship Incentive Scheme award for backing a concert in the Purcell Tercentenary Festival.The money will be used to sponsor another concert in the series, which will be staged at London's Wigmore Hall from October through to February.An award was also made to solicitors Field

  • Case Study

    30-Aug-1994

    After lengthy involvement in commercial and mass-volume consumer debt recovery, Tarlo Lyons' solution was to provide a single source of debt recovery. Our philosophy is that we should be able to handle any type of debt, whether that means collecting u50 by telephoning, or u1 million through the High Court. The emphasis is on collecting as cheaply and quickly as possible - to stay competitive - while avoiding the adverse publicity which is courted by debt collection.Computerised ...

  • Chasing the debt

    30-Aug-1994

    The growth in cross-border trading activity, particularly since 1992, has meant the problem of late payment has emerged on a new stage. Statistics show that debts are paid more quickly by debtors in northern Europe than in southern Europe. Indeed, many UK companies find northern European customers pay up more quickly than those in the UK.Law firms and debt collection agencies have found their clients now want debts pursued throughout the Continent. It is not enough to offer ...

  • Children take court to pieces

    30-Aug-1994

    COURT officials in Liverpool are soon to be seen building Lego with young witnesses in a scheme funded by the taxpayer.The officials have brought in a three-and-a-half foot long by 18-inch wide model courtroom, which they show to children due to appear in a real court as witnesses.The Lego model comes complete with a little judge, opposing barristers with wigs and gowns, and 12 jurors. In the midst of it all is a small child in the witness box.Witness ...

  • City briefs

    30-Aug-1994

    City firm Withers has recruited a corporate financier to its corporate department. Hugh Devlin qualified as a solicitor in Scotland before joining British Linen Bank in 1989. While there he was in the team advising the Government on privatisation of the two Scottish electricity companies. He also advised on transactions for both public and private companies.

  • City briefs

    30-Aug-1994

    Cross-border insolvency is the subject for a seminar held by the Law Society and the International Association of Young Lawyers from 30 September to 2 October. The aim is to allow lawyers to discuss different approaches to such insolvencies and debate the effect of changes in the law. Speakers will be practitioners from centres including New York, Paris, Helsinki and Toronto. Contact David Allen at Rowe & Maw or Chris Mallon of Lovell White Durrant.

  • City Computers gets a slice of the Action

    30-Aug-1994

    The takeover of legal supplier Timeslice by insurance software company City Computers is causing concern among legal users about the future of their networks.The company is contacting its 60 law firm clients to reassure them that their Lawman and Action software is safe.Sources say some users are considering their future with Timeslice, although this reflects uncertainty rather than discontent with the system.Many Timeslice users have parent ...

  • Commission to rule on PI structures

    30-Aug-1994

    THE LAW Commission will give its verdict next week on reforms to the system of structured settlements in personal injury cases.Plaintiff lawyers say clients should have a statutory right to periodic payments rather than a lump sum.Insurers are also broadly in favour of the principle of structured settlements but want to see changes to the system to make them a more attractive option to defendants.The commission's report will contain recommendations ...

  • Conquest Group signs up Baker Tilly

    30-Aug-1994

    Legal network the Conquest Group has signed chartered accountants Baker Tilly to provide accountancy, taxation and consultancy expertise. Group chair Richard Berenson says Conquest is "very pleased" to be working with Baker Tilly and says the working relationship will provide "consistent support and advice for our members, particularly in areas of rapidly changing legislation such as partnership taxation".

  • Copitrak 2000

    30-Aug-1994

    CITY firm Freshfields has introduced a photocopying charge system from Emos Information Systems. The Copitrak 2000 has been installed in 24 copiers in Freshfield's London offices. The system can compute copying costs so that disbursements are calculated accurately. Each user has a code number to identify them to the system.

  • Debate rages over gay rights

    30-Aug-1994

    A UK-based IT company, Prince plc, has successfully obtained a High Court declaration that trade mark infringement proceedings which had been threatened by Prince Sports Groups were unjustified. It has also obtained an injunction against the continuation of such threats.The decision is an eye-opener for trade mark owners, and for anyone interested in Network Solutions Inc's (the body that registers domain names) domain name dispute resolution policy.Prince ...

  • Dibbs partner wins Chamber re-election

    30-Aug-1994

    Dibb Lupton Broomhead's London employment partner, Jill Andrew, has been re-elected as director of the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Andrew, chair of the Employment Lawyers' Group, has specialised in employment law for more than 13 years. She joined the chamber's board in 1992 and was the first woman to be elected as a director. She is the only woman among the chamber's 14 directors.

  • Elite billing system

    30-Aug-1994

    Watson Farley & Williams has bought an Elite billing system. The firm has opted for the US software which includes nominal ledger, purchase ledger, conflict of interest, marketing and collections modules. The firm will set up on-line access to the system for lawyers in its six overseas offices. New York will be the first office to come on-line via a kilostream link.

  • Ethnic minorities 'fare better' in Bar exam

    30-Aug-1994

    Ethnic minority students have fared far better in this year's Bar Vocational Course results, says the Council for Legal Education (CLE). The pass rate has risen from 85 per cent to 89.5 per cent. CLE registrar Graham Hamer says he is still concerned about the disparity and Birkbeck College is being commissioned to carry out a detailed analysis of the results.

  • EU immigration judgment on transfers

    30-Aug-1994

    A European Court judgment in a major immigration case will lead to Continental businesses being allowed to transfer non-European employees between European Union states without needing work permits, say immigration lawyers. The ruling in the Belgian case, Vander Elst, should affect companies providing a service within Europe and, by extension, may affect any firm setting up business in another EU state, says Cameron Markby Hewitt partner Julia Onslow-Cole.

  • European Informatics Market

    30-Aug-1994

    A British IT group is to enquire into proposed European legislation which would affect payments between banks. Eurim (European Informatics Market) is canvassing around 1,000 companies for their views on the proposals - which will affect all money transfers. Among other issues, the proposals aim to identify originators of transactions.

  • Expressfax 3.0

    30-Aug-1994

    Wordperfect has announced Expressfax 3.0, an integrated fax, data and OCR product for the Macintosh, which allows users to send and forward faxes. The product will cost between u29 and u79.

  • FAST

    30-Aug-1994

    Anti-piracy group Fast (Federation Against Software Theft) has announced the first jail sentence for a company director for illegal software reproduction. David Boyle, director of Oxford-based AMD Systems, was jailed for six months and ordered to pay u5,000 costs after u40 million worth of illegal software was seized by anti-piracy officers.

  • Financing

    30-Aug-1994

    Graduates Appointments Ltd was advised by SJ Berwin & Co in a reverse take-over of United Tin Areas, advised by Charles Russell & Co.

  • Firm opens limited law company

    30-Aug-1994

    YORKSHIRE lawyer Philip Hamer has unveiled plans to open a new limited legal company in the burgeoning northern law centre of Sheffield.Hamer, managing partner of Hull-based practice Philip Hamer & Co, will head the company as managing director after its opening next month.A separate entity to the Hull firm, the company, Philip Hamer Ltd, will operate with shareholders rather than partners.Four lawyers, recruited from South Yorkshire firms, will form ...

  • Flying club faces negligence charges

    30-Aug-1994

    Roger Pearson looks aheadClaims resulting from a widely publicised mid air crash between two light aircraft over a busy motor way junction are expected to reach the High Court later this year.In one case - Brewin v Redhill Flying Club Ltd and another - the dependant of the pilot of one of the planes is accusing the flying club of negligence.The dead man was one of four who died when the Piper Archer he was flying was in volved in a collision with ...

  • Group pushes for sports arbitration

    30-Aug-1994

    LAWYERS are working on a model contract which could form the basis of a sports arbitration service for sponsorship disputes.The Institute of Sports Sponsorship (ISS) is putting together a framework for an arbitration system to cut down on the cost of contractual disputes.The idea is to build up an effective system of case law on which to judge future conflicts.ISS legal sub-committee member Richard Glynn, of City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones, says: ...

  • Groups support civil service tribunal role

    30-Aug-1994

    GOVERNMENT plans to let civil service lawyers sit as part-time tribunal chairs may improve the judicial prospects of women and ethnic minority lawyers, say lobby groups.And while the Lord Chancellor's decision does not go far enough for some civil service lawyers, they say the move will also increase their chances for career changes by moving towards full-time tribunal jobs.Charles Blake, convenor of the Association of First Division Civil Servants' ...

  • Integrate

    30-Aug-1994

    Systems Direct has launched Integrate, a database for transaction management and business information, aimed at lawyers. The Windows-based product has been developed in conjunction with a leading City firm.

  • Law Society hitches a ride to Romania

    30-Aug-1994

    The LAW Society 'bookbus' will leave the UK this week on a teaching tour of Romania.The trip, organised by the society and the Trainee Solicitors' Group (TSG), will include presentations on English language legal terminology and discussions on related matters of law.The 12 participants, including TSG chair Fiona Boyle and Young Solicitors' Group chair Andy Unger, will also provide workshops on negotiation.The group will meet representatives ...

  • Lawyer to explain in-house 'mystique'

    30-Aug-1994

    IN-HOUSE lawyers are foreigners on their own soil - misunderstood by employers who fail to grasp their legal language and distant from the purists in private practice.But now one of their number is setting out to interpret the work of the employed sector by putting together a translation.Richard Bean, litigation manager with Yorkshire Electricity, is carrying out detailed research into the in-house lawyer's role.He is embarking on a part-time ...

  • Lawyers form group to fight changes feared in High Court debt moves

    30-Aug-1994

    LAWYERS have united in a new body to fight expected Government moves to shift High Court smaller debt proceedings to the County Court.The High Court Users' Association for Commercial Debt, will lobby the Lord Chancellor to retain the High Court facility for issuing proceedings for debts of up to u5,000.The association, whose members handle all types of commercial debt, says the High Court sheriff's system is faster and more effective than the bailiff ...

  • Lawyers to advise revenue on performance

    30-Aug-1994

    THE INLAND Revenue is to pick lawyers' brains on how well the taxman performs.The survey, part of its Citizen's Charter commitment, will focus on how effectively the Revenue administers the tax system on corporate and personal tax returns.It will be aimed at lawyers, accountants and other "agents" involved in preparing returns. It sets out to discover agents' requirements of the system, how far those requirements are met and how well agents believe ...

  • Lawyers urged to ban sexist judges

    30-Aug-1994

    LEADING corporate finance lawyer Mike Francies, one of Clifford Chance's highest billers, is quitting the firm to head US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges' corporate practice in London.Francies, who is thought to have billed about £3m last year, has been given a mandate by his ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 30/08/94

    30-Aug-1994

    KARINA MAY ALLAN, 36, admitted 1982, practised as Allan & Co, London N22, struck off and ordered to pay u1,980 costs. Allegations substantiated she failed to keep books correctly, wrongly drew and used client money for her own purposes, failed to deliver accountant's report on time, acted for both sides in property transaction where there was potential conflict of interests, failed to provide building society client with new information ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 30/08/94

    30-Aug-1994

    Interest on overdue taxR v Inland Revenue Commissioners, Ex Parte Barker And Another (1994) (QBD (Latham J) 22.6.94.)Summary: Date on which interest on unpaid tax begins to accrue is not altered by subsequent events.Application for judicial review of assessment to tax charging interest from the date of an original assessment notwithstanding later subsequent events reducing the sum which the Revenue claimed, dismissed.

  • Litigation Writs 30/08/94

    30-Aug-1994

    An elderly couple who say they stand to lose their home after taking out a scheme to provide them with an income are suing for damages.William Hull, 75, and his wife Dorothy, 71, of Sutton, Surrey, have issued a writ against DBS Management plc, and DBS Financial Management Ltd, both of Edgerton, Huddersfield, and employee Richard Panchaud, of Epsom.The Hulls, described as "financially unsophisticated, ...

  • Liverpool set and law firm vie over premises

    30-Aug-1994

    Andrew Burnyeat reportsEXCHANGE Chambers' plan to expand its Liverpool base may be thwarted by a firm of solicitors.Exchange shares the Pearl Assurance Building in Derby Square, Liverpool, with Pearl Assurance and solicitors Hill Dickinson Davis Campbell.Pearl Assurance, the landlord firm, is understood to be planning to move, vacating ...

  • LYSG holds annual international bash

    30-Aug-1994

    The London Young Solicitors' Group (LYSG) will hold its annual International Weekend from 30 September to 3 October. Between 75 and 100 lawyers representing groups around the world have been invited to the weekend which will consist of a series of lectures including a session organised by the European Young Lawyers' Association. The weekend will also include the LYSG's black tie Flamingo Ball which will be held at the Roof Gardens in Kensington.

  • Management Interface Ltd

    30-Aug-1994

    Management Interface Ltd has scored two legal goals with the sales of systems to firms across the country. Northern firm Dickson Child Green & Greensmith has taken on a WordPerfect network, while Brand & Co of Surrey has opted for an AlphaLAW accounts, time recording and trusts set-up, following advice from Stoy Hayward's Andrew Levison.

  • Nick Hancock thinks it is time for justice to be made affordable

    30-Aug-1994

    At a recent conference, separate panels of English and German lawyers solved a case study. The audience was impressed by the English solicitors' Anton Piller order and broad discovery - until it emerged that it would cost ten times more to bring the case to trial here than in Germany.As Lord Woolf prepares for another review of access to civil justice, this tale highlights his dilemma. We have the finest tool for resolving disputes, but at breathtaking ...

  • Norwich firm appoints director

    30-Aug-1994

    Leathes Prior of Norwich has appointed a partnership director for the first time. A former finance director with AT&T Istel, Philip Day left Booth & Co in Leeds, where he was director offinance and administration, to take up the post. Leathes Prior, Norwich's third largest firm, says the appointment was made to help the partnership deal with 1990s market conditions.

  • Paisners claims Esop first

    30-Aug-1994

    City firm Paisner & Co claims to have set up the first statutory employee share option scheme (Esop) since Government reforms to Esop legislation in the 1994 Finance Act in MayThe scheme involves Tullis Russell, a Scottish papermaking and specialist coating business valued at u37 million.Paisners partner David Cohen says the reforms are important because the previous legislation was "unworkable" and "only a handful" of companies had introduced statutory Esops.

  • Panel advocates use of set-off agreements

    30-Aug-1994

    Banking lawyers should advise banks to use set-off agreements to protect their interests, the Financial Law Panel (FLP) says in a practice direction on security law.The advice is on how banks can secure their interests against cash deposits without taking a charge - the most common way for taking security.Lawyers favour a variety of ways for securing banks' interests. The FLP says the problem is that this diversity can be confusing to banks and other market ...

  • Pannone Napier dissolves

    30-Aug-1994

    PANNONE Napier - the joint venture partnership set up by former Law Society president Rodger Pannone and leading personal injury lawyer Michael Napier - has dissolved.The specialist multi-party action firm, which brought in 50 partners from Sheffield's Irwin Mitchell and Manchester-based Pannone & Partners, was the first of its kind when it was formed in 1986.Pannones' ...

  • Partner quits McKennas' Hong Kong practice

    30-Aug-1994

    VETERAN Hong Kong lawyer John Bellhouse is returning to London to work for US firm White & Case after 25 years with McKenna & Co.As senior resident partner in Hong Kong, Bellhouse was instrumental to the Port and Airport Development Scheme, representing the Hong Kong government.In London, McKennas' managing partner Robert Derry-Evans is keen to emphasise that the departure ...

  • Paul Bowden counsels against public comment on current litigation

    30-Aug-1994

    The recent media coverage of the Gloucester investigations and the "baby Abbie" case questions the limits of trial and pre-trial reporting and the increasing difficulty of identifying the line between fair public comment and contempt.This is not an issue just for the press, the police and the prospective witness. There is great public appetite for detailed contemporaneous reporting of high-profile litigation. Press coverage is now routinely used to attract ...

  • Pimcroft is called to join Bar

    30-Aug-1994

    Simon Rogers reportsA new supplier has joined the burgeoning barristers' IT market.Pimcroft Legal Software plans to launch its Chambers Management System in October at the Bar Conference.Run by programmer Christian Thomas and ex-chief clerk Perry Coysh, the new package is Windows-based and designed to run on 486 SX PCs. It will run under Novell networks or Windows NT.Microsoft is closely involved with the product and it integrates ...

  • Polly Peck lawyers fear for their safety

    30-Aug-1994

    LAWYERS acting in the Polly Peck administration abroad are becoming caught up in the escalating violence facing British professionals on the case.Joint administrators Coopers & Lybrand, Turkish authorities and the British embassy in Istanbul are to step up security after a Coopers employee was shot earlier this month.A partner at the accountancy firm was also beaten up. He is now back in the UK and may not return.Cameron Markby Hewitt partner David ...

  • Principality changes

    30-Aug-1994

    The Principality Building Society has appointed Haydn Warman as company secretary and head of its legal department. Warman has switched from the Cardiff-based building society's customer services division. Before joining the Principality he worked in the legal division of the Welsh Office, having qualified as a solicitor in Cardiff.

  • Property

    30-Aug-1994

    David Lloyd Leisure, advised by Macfarlanes, has bought a 26-acre Bristol site for the construction of a tennis and fitness centre from joint venture companies Ashton Vale Land and Longmoor Land, advised by Lawrence Tucketts on planning and purchase, and Osborne Clarke on agricultural tenancies.

  • Property

    30-Aug-1994

    Chelsfield, advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp, has acquired a 50% interest in a new special purpose company with a private German investor, advised by Bond & Co, which has purchased for u35m St Catherine's House in London's Aldwych area.

  • Property

    30-Aug-1994

    Strathclyde Regional Council Pension Fund, advised by Nabarro Nathanson, has acquired for u22.93m the Octagon Shopping Centre in Burton on Trent from St Mowden, advised by Wragge & Co.

  • Protest sparks fees debate

    30-Aug-1994

    Anti-lawyer protesters demonstrated outside the American Bar Association conference in New Orleans chanting: "Stop the lawyers. Stop the lawyers."One protester said: "No-one in this country can afford justice except the millionaire. I'd rather go to jail than pay some of those fees they charge."Inside, attorneys were worried. The ABA spent $750,000 this year in an attempt to restore the profession's reputation to the good opinion of the US public. A ...

  • QUADS

    30-Aug-1994

    Sussex firm Rawlison & Butler has launched a new debt recovery package, QUADS. The package is designed to produce step-by-step progress reports prior to commencement of proceedings, judgment in default and enforcement with cost estimates.

  • Second stab for Bar exam process

    30-Aug-1994

    THE selection procedure for Bar School is to be turned on its head following the controversy surrounding this year's entry process.Under the new system the degree result "will carry more weight than any other element" and the selection criteria will include an oral test.This year, degree results were disregarded completely and presentational skills were gauged through an application form. But scores of disgruntled students complained and the Council of Legal ...

  • Seltek

    30-Aug-1994

    Seltek has improved security on its voice processing systems to prevent unauthorised users deleting mailboxes and messages. A mailbox is locked automatically after five incorrect attempts have been made to access it. If two mailboxes are locked within a two-minute period the system locks up.

  • SHE flies through the air with the greatest of ease

    30-Aug-1994

    SHE flies through the air with the greatest of ease... then goes and takes down details from suspects at police stations.Solicitor Lucy Morgan ran away to the circus at the age of 25. Three years on, she is about to start her second term in trapeze at one of the world's most prestigious circus schools.And in between terms at Canada's L'Ecole National de Cirque, she goes back to her first profession, working as a freelance legal aid lawyer in London.

  • Solicitor extradited to stand trial

    30-Aug-1994

    A FORMER Derbyshire solicitor was extradited from Ireland to the UK to face charges of abusing clients' funds and obtaining a house by deception.Peter John Gallagher changed his name from John Laurence Tym when he moved in 1989 to live near Dublin.He was arrested and sent before the local District Court in Trim, Co Meath, on 20 extradition warrants alleging he abused his trust as a solicitor and obtained a house using a false name.The court heard ...

  • Solicitor for MM&K

    30-Aug-1994

    Financial adviser MM&K has appointed City solicitor Sarah Pickering as head of its advisory scheme. Chair Tony Minns says Pickering's arrival, from Paisner & Co, is timely. "She will provide further strength to our service as many major companies review the effectiveness of their approved share schemes as they approach the expiry of their initial 10-year term."

  • The return of the natives

    30-Aug-1994

    Roger Pearson

  • UK lawyers are more willing to slam trial by television

    30-Aug-1994

    UK and US lawyers found themselves on opposite sides of the fence in a controversial ABA debate on trial by television.The argument was triggered by the OJ Simpson trial. Simpson was seen on national television driving at top speed away from chasing police cars before being apprehended.The public has been well-informed on the nature of the forensic evidence against him, and there is a fear that no juror could sit with an open mind.

  • University invites graduates to reunion

    30-Aug-1994

    The University of Central Lancashire is calling on former law graduates to get in touch for a reunion. The event, on Saturday 15 October in Preston, is open to law graduates of the university or from its polytechnic days. Contact course leader John Hindmoor on 0772 893084.

  • VOID SPACE DILEMMA

    30-Aug-1994

    "Everyone in the City has had a problem with void space," says City property expert Peter Thursfield of agents Savills.Void space is where a tenant cannot get rid of existing property and it arises in various ways: business shrinkage caused by recessionary and staff cutbacks or over-optimistic planning.Mergers or moves to new addresses without assigning the existing lease are a prime cause of void space. You can find a new tenant to sublet, but success depends ...

  • Yorkshire Electricity

    30-Aug-1994

    Part of the commercial facts of life for Yorkshire Electricity - a business with a turnover of over u1.3 billion - is that legal issues have to be taken seriously.Yorkshire Electricity's Group Legal Services acts on behalf of all group businesses, and the bulk of its time is spent dealing with cases of customers who cannot, or will not, pay their electricity bills. Of 25,000 cases that may be in arrears on any one occasion, over 2,000 will be passed on for legal action.

  • Young Bar nets u100,000 for Eurotwin scheme

    30-Aug-1994

    THE PROLIFIC lawyer-writers of Booth & Co in Leeds have penned or contributed to more than one dozen books over the past year.The family law department has proved particularly industrious, coming up with eight books, two yet to be published.One of them, the first book by family lawyers on pensions, had to be code-named 'Operation Llama' in correspondence to stop the opposition hearing about the subject matter.One of its authors, family department ...