29 May 1995

The Lawyer

  • Balance of power

    30-May-1995

    Ireland, to paraphrase LP Hartley, is a foreign country - they do things differently there. On the face of it, local government appears similar to the pre-1974 position. There are county and urban district councils and county borough corporations - but things are still not quite as they seem. The functions are not quite on a par with England and Wales. For example, Irish authorities have no responsibility for the administration of education, but through vocational educational ...

  • Barrister wins appeal over wasted costs order

    30-May-1995

    John Malpas reportsTHE BARRISTER who won his appeal against his wasted costs order says he is glad the judges understood the problems faced by barristers acting for legally aided clients.Kieran May, of Robin Stewart QC's 199 Strand chambers, won his appeal against the order earlier this month.It was made during a personal injury trial last year which had to be adjourned following May's use of a letter in his opening ...

  • Barristers to be fined for poor work

    30-May-1995

    BARRISTERS could soon be fined up to £2,000 for the first time for giving clients poor service, if radical Bar Council proposals are accepted.The Bar Council, in keeping with its evolutionary strategy for high standards of service, and against a background of growing numbers of complaints, aims to revolutionise the Bar's complaints system with a new procedure that could be put in place by 1997.In the most fundamental departure ...

  • Conference quotes

    30-May-1995

    Steve Orchard, Legal Aid Board (LAB) chief executive: "What he [criminal legal aid lawyer Roy Douglas] said came out of an orifice and it wasn't between his ears."Paul Boateng, Labour legal affairs spokesman: "I have to say to you that there is no more money for legal aid."Roger Smith, Legal Action Group director: "The Labour party has time to discuss and consult over its proposals and I think it needs it."Lord ...

  • Coopers restocks after Warsaw exodus

    30-May-1995

    ACCOUNTANCY giant Coopers & Lybrand has recruited a second new lawyer to its Polish office in an effort to replenish the team following a walkout last December.Wojciech Nowak started in the office's eight-member tax and legal department earlier this month, joining senior Dutch lawyer Camiel Van der Meij who was brought in from Coopers' Holland practice in February.The partner in charge of Coopers in Poland, accountant Tim Heaton, says Nowak, who moved ...

  • Council lawyers slam judge's remarks

    30-May-1995

    A HIGH Court judge was at the centre of a row last week after publicly criticising the use of council in-house lawyers for child care cases instead of specialist barristers.Mr Justice Thorp was condemned by local authorities and by Henry Hodge, the deputy vice-president of the Law Society. Some council solicitors are said to be considering complaining to the Lord Chancellor.Mr Justice Thorp was upholding an appeal by Bolton Borough Council against a county court ...

  • Dangerous sports boost legal work

    30-May-1995

    THE RISING popularity of dangerous sports is generating a boom in legal work as an increasing number of accident victims bring claims for damages.Sporting law experts predict that more cases will reach the courts as an increasing number of people take part in hazardous pastimes in managed surroundings.Likely plaintiffs include those who take part in martial arts, trampolining, and gymnastics, or rock climbers who use indoor facilities at leisure centres.

  • Deacons bankruptcy hearing delayed over new evidence

    30-May-1995

    A BANKRUPTCY hearing for three former partners of collapsed law firm Deacon Goldrein Green has been postponed because an unexpectedly large number of witnesses have been called.The bankruptcy hearing involving former partners Martin Green, Patricia Reynolds and Robert Ollerhead, who was struck off the roll last year, was due to take place several days ago in Liverpool County Court but will now not occur until later this summer.The appeal-type review hearing called ...

  • Debt collecting IN EIRE

    30-May-1995

    Debt collecting in Southern Ireland is considered, comparatively, more expensive and time-consuming than in most other jurisdictions. Part of the difference that exists between debt recovery practice in Southern Ireland and that in England is attributable to the fact that the Irish District Court deals with matters which would normally be handled by the County Court in England.And an examination of similar recovery procedures in existence in the European Union ...

  • Dentons says it's good to talk

    30-May-1995

    Linda Tsang reportsAs part of its major investment in information technology amounting to £3.2 million, City and international firm Denton Hall has just completed implementing a Banyan Vines network to link its 650 PCs in its three London offices and its Milton Keynes base, together with an email/workflow package BeyondMail. The law firm has about 400 lawyers and 800 staff in total.Director of services Paul Dickinson explains: "We ...

  • Dentons' Tully makes tracks to Pirelli in Milan

    30-May-1995

    DENTON Hall corporate lawyer Ian Tully has moved to Milan to join Pirelli's in-house legal team.Tully, who joined Denton Hall as a trainee in 1990, took advantage of the firm's international connections, spending time in Brussels and Prague, where he worked with the team setting up a capital markets structure.He believes the international flavour of his work helped him land the job with the Italian company which uses Denton Hall for much of its UK work.

  • Doing things southern style

    30-May-1995

    Irish firms are always happy to speculate on how their competitors are doing. McCann Fitzgerald is frequently the topic of such conversation, probably due in part to their move out of the centre of legal Dublin into the International Financial Services Centre. Whilst William Fry and Arthur Cox is frequently quoted as being involved in the major transactions, McCann's is less frequently mentioned ...

  • Facts about Acts

    30-May-1995

    In the past year, the legal profession in Ireland has found itself under attack from several quarters. Solicitors are currently heaving a collective sigh of relief after the Government modified proposals which would have forced them to report clients suspected of evading tax to the Inland Revenue.The so-called 'whistle-blowers' charter, section 153 of the Finance Bill, caused a rumpus among the legal profession with the Incorporated Law ...

  • Farewell to life of Riley

    30-May-1995

    It is not a happy time for the Irish Bar. As more and more move from the traditional library system set up in 1916 to swish new offices in the vicinity, it is conducting a review of its future. "We are seeing what provisions we are going to make for the future," says Bar secretary-general John Dowling.Part of this exercise involves setting up annexes where the Bar library can live on - one was opened last October and accommodates 90 barristers, giving them their own rooms ...

  • Fighting for their true worth

    30-May-1995

    An ongoing battle between the Law Society and the Taxing Master has resulted in the society going to the courts to challenge a number of taxation decisions by Christopher Napier. The society is claiming in its paper 'The Hourly Rate' by John Meehan of Meehan, Murphy & Co that the Master does not, in principle, want to increase the rate beyond £40 per hour. And it feels that it is time for solicitors to mount a more concerted challenge to the present Northern ...

  • Finance

    30-May-1995

    Gouldens advised Peel

  • Firm aims for football club clients

    30-May-1995

    LAW firm Memery Crystal is pitching for work from professional football clubs in an attempt to expand its portfolio of sports clients.The partnership has already been in contact with several interested teams after displaying its legal skills at an exhibition for football clubs' commercial managers this month.A spokeswoman says there have already been successful follow-up ...

  • Firm opts for Linetime

    30-May-1995

    Linda Tsang reportsNorth East law firm Punch Robson has placed a £55,000 order with Linetime for software which includes database and credit control facilities.The system for the two-branch firm, which has 14 partners and 60 staff, will include an Altos 7000 Unix server supporting accounting, time rec-ording, database and credit control software with 11 PCs linking into the system via ethernet.IT partner ...

  • Firms to lose out as AA drops scheme

    30-May-1995

    MORE than 350 law firms face losing work from the AA following the motoring organisation's decision to drop free legal advice for members accused of driving offences.They will have to win more clients independently rather than having them referred by the AA's in-house lawyers.Peter Newman, head of the AA's legal services department, says the automatic free advice for members will be replaced with a limited service for "deserving cases", backed ...

  • Flotation

    30-May-1995

    Gouldens advised Precoat International

  • Flotations

    30-May-1995

    Halliwell Landau advised Coral Products on its admission to the Official List of the London Stock Exchange by way of a placing

  • Full steam ahead for finance

    30-May-1995

    Irish solicitors are reporting a growth in business as the economy shows signs of a significant upturn. Increasing numbers of European companies have set up operations in Ireland in the past year, particularly in Dublin's International Financial Services Centre, where the EU extended the deadline for the licensing of new companies from last December to the year 2000. A recent issue of the US Business Week magazine referred to the Irish "Celtic Tiger" and quoted Morgan ...

  • Going back to their roots

    30-May-1995

    One area in which the peace process may have a direct part to play is the return of the natives, those solicitors who left the North in search of a better life elsewhere. Carson & McDowell partner Brian Turtle says his firm has had "more and more enquiries of a genuine nature", from solicitors anxious to return to enjoy the higher quality of life which Northern Ireland can offer. Many of these solicitors are working in City of London firms, and although they are earning ...

  • Gulf victims win legal aid in MoD case

    30-May-1995

    CAMPAIGNING lawyers have welcomed last week's decision to grant legal aid to the first batch of ex-servicemen claiming compensation for 'Gulf War Syndrome'.Nearly 550 victims are planning to take action against the Ministry of Defence for a catalogue of symptoms which begin with fatigue and hair loss, and have ended with violent behaviour and suicide.The mass claim has been handled by the Gulf War Action Group. Hilary Meredith, joint ...

  • Hewson sues Sunday Telegraph for libel

    30-May-1995

    THE BARRISTER whose harassment claims sparked off a media furore has launched a libel action against The Sunday Telegraph.Association of Women Barristers chair Barbara Hewson claims that an article in the paper by columnist Minette Marrin attacked her integrity by accusing her of inventing her widely reported harassment claims.She has hired prominent libel lawyer David Price, of David Price & Co, to take on the newspaper.A writ issued by Price alleging ...

  • How they do it over there

    30-May-1995

    The advice given to creditors generally is that once their own procedures have failed to produce the money owed, the matter should then be passed to the specialists for collection.Solicitors are often considered one of the specialists for debt recovery, provided that the action taken is efficient and objective. Belfast firm White McMillan & Wheeler recently compiled a list of the various factors affecting the selection of a firm of solicitors for debt recovery, ...

  • Hungary pleads for foreign legal help

    30-May-1995

    HUNGARIAN government officials called on young European lawyers to help the country in its economic restructuring process.Delegates at the European Young Bar Association's third annual conference heard how the country needed investment and economic stability as it adapted to a market economy. Dr Lajos Bokros, the Hungarian Minister of Finance, said his government was setting out on privatising two "white elephants" - the Budapest Bank and the National Savings ...

  • In brief: Appeal judge president of mining group

    30-May-1995

    Barrister Sir Peter Millett QC, a Lord Justice of Appeal, has been named as the new president of the Mining and Mineral Law Group. Millett, who took silk in 1973, was frequently involved in mining law issues following his appointment to the High Court in 1986. Founded last year, the group has a 60-strong membership which includes lawyers from both sides of the profession.

  • In brief: Environmental jargon explained

    30-May-1995

    Experts on environmental law have published a guide to steer lawyers through the maze of terminology used by specialists. ‘The Concise Lexicon of Environmental Terms’ has been compiled by the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association and City firm McKenna & Co. Richard Hawkins, a barrister and founder-member of UKELA, and Professor Malcolm Grant, of Cambridge University’s department of land economy, edited the book.

  • In brief: Evans regains legal aid franchise

    30-May-1995

    London-based firm Evans Butler Wade revealed last week it has won back its legal aid franchise following a fresh audit of the practice. The franchise was suspended last month after the Legal Aid Board identified "non-compliance" with normal procedures. Evans says its counsel, Nigel Pleming QC, argued the shortcomings were trivial and did not justify suspension.

  • In brief: Fund raising for Shelter's own lawyer

    30-May-1995

    Young members of the profession have raised more than £10,000 towards funding a new solicitor for Shelter through a series of quiz nights across the UK and Brussels. The National Campaign for Homeless People is now seeking a further £28,000 to fund the lawyer who will work on major test cases aimed at fighting for the rights of homeless people. Sixteen branches of the Young Solicitors Group participated in the event, with a Brussels team raising the most money - £763.

  • In brief: Linnells moves offices to allow IT growth

    30-May-1995

    Oxford practice Linnells is leaving its King Edward Street premises after 60 years to move to offices in Norfolk Street's Greyfriars Court. The new base, more than twice the size of the firm's previous premises, is designed to accommodate Linnells' plans for expansion and investment in information technology.

  • In brief: NSPCC pushes for pre-trial video hearings

    30-May-1995

    The NSPCC is calling on the Government to introduce pre-trial hearings to allow children to give evidence and be cross examined on video shortly after an offence is alleged to have been committed. The call follows the release of Leicester University research which shows evidence given by children on videotape or by live link does not have less impact on juries than live accounts.

  • In brief: Sole practitioners vote in new leader

    30-May-1995

    The Law Society's Sole Practitioner's Group last week voted in new faces for the four top positions. David O'Hagan replaces Arnold Rosen as chair, John Lymbury becomes vice-chair in place of Naomi Turl, Tim Readman becomes secretary, and Andrew Blencowe is treasurer. All the positions were uncontested.

  • In brief: Straight talking firms win Clarity award

    30-May-1995

    Ireland Abrahams, TG Baynes & Sons, Minshall Pugh & Co, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council, Lovell White Durrant and Bircham & Co have all been honoured in the first presentation of the Clarity awards. The awards, sponsored by City firm DJ Freeman, reward clarity in legal language. Winning entries included terms of engagement, information on buying and selling homes, wills and housing tenancy agreements.

  • In-house lawyers urged to police external firms

    30-May-1995

    IN-HOUSE lawyers must assert vigorous control over external lawyers and should involve their business colleagues in their company's legal affairs, an in-house conference heard.Lawyers who gathered at the Law Society earlier this month to discuss relationships with external lawyers spoke of the need for a flexible but strictly policed working relationship with outside firms.A crackdown on overstaffing and the use of trainees by law firms, monthly billing ...

  • Irish solicitor jailed for fraud

    30-May-1995

    A HIGH-FLYING Irish solicitor, who once bid over £1 million for a Dublin football club, has been jailed for five years for fraud.A judge in the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin was told that Elio Malocco was likely to be struck off by the Incorporated Law Society.He has been suspended since 1991, when the society impounded files and closed his high-profile Dublin practice.Malocco, who qualified at 20 and was rarely out of the headlines after, ...

  • Litigation Discliplinary Tribunals 30/05/95

    30-May-1995

    THOMAS WILLIAM MAY, admitted 1962, practised as Marshall Hall & Levy, Tyne and Wear, struck off and ordered to pay £5,280 costs. Allegations substantiated he permitted client account to be operated by persons not authorised to do so, failed to maintain books correctly, wrongly drew and used client funds for his own purposes and purposes of company controlled by himself and his wife. Tribunal told Law Society investigating accountant ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 30/05/95

    30-May-1995

    Breathalyser procedure and quashing of conviction R v Burton upon Trent magistrates court, ex parte Phillip John Woolley (1994). (DC (Beldam LJ and Buxton J) 11/11/94).Summary: The Crown Prosecution Service's advice to a defendant that it had presented inadmissible evidence was incorrect, and procedure for taking blood specimens from drivers in hospital.Application for judicial review of conviction on a plea of guilty to driving with ...

  • Litigation Writs 30/05/95

    30-May-1995

    Burglar alarm manufacturers Chubb Alarms is being sued by robbery victim Michael Clarke-Jervoise who lost paintings and antiques worth more than £193,000 after thieves broke into his home in Basingstoke, Hampshire. In 1977, Clarke-Jervoise purchased Clevedge House, in North Warnborough, Basingstoke, and arranged for Chubb to install a burglar alarm which the company then serviced and maintained, according to his writ. But while he was away in ...

  • Lovells drops private clients

    30-May-1995

    LOVELL White Durrant has finally succumbed to "market forces" and decided to drop private client work.The firm's two partner and seven fee earner private client team is in talks with a number of London firms with the aim of transferring the whole department, a move made by many of the other City firms in recent years.Lesley McDonagh, Lovells' managing partner, confirms the partnership decision.She says: "We have announced that we will be ...

  • Magistrates set to get two-year skills review

    30-May-1995

    BRITAIN'S 30,000 magistrates are to have their legal skills examined in a two-year review by a training supremo appointed by the Lord Chancellor last week.Michael Wooley has been selected to replace the retiring Geoffrey Norman as magistrates' training adviser at the Lord Chancellor's Department.A spokesman says that the brief for the job has been widened to allow Wooley to assess where justices' expertise needed to be improved.

  • Mears and Hodge slug it out in election

    30-May-1995

    MARTIN Mears is virtually neck and neck with deputy vice-president Henry Hodge in the battle for the Law Society presidency, reveals an opinion poll by The Lawyer.The strength of the Norfolk solicitor's anti-establishment challenge in the first contested Law Society election for 40 years has been dramatically revealed by the poll of more than 1,000 lawyers published today.Thirty seven per cent of the 300 lawyers who definitely planned to vote plumped for ...

  • Meet your witness says Bar Council

    30-May-1995

    John Malpas reportsBARRISTERS should make a point of introducing themselves to nervous witnesses in order to steer them through the often daunting trial procedures, according to the Bar Council.The Bar has reversed its rule preventing barristers from speaking to witnesses and is now asking counsel to make a point of introducing themselves. An amendment to its code of conduct was passed at the last council meeting following a motion by Bar chair ...

  • Nabarros set for Polish recruitment

    30-May-1995

    LONDON firm Nabarro Nathanson has moved to larger premises in the Polish capital of Warsaw, further expanding its presence in the country.The firm, which opened in Poland more than four years ago, recently relocated to offices in the centre of Warsaw, upgrading from 500 to 670 sq metres of office space.Practice head Michael Davies says additional Polish lawyers will ...

  • New Eversheds chief set to integrate practices

    30-May-1995

    CARDIFF-BASED solicitor Keith James has been named as the successor to Eversheds chair Victor Semmens.James, currently the firm's vice-chair, takes over on 1 June as the practice switches from its regional titles to a single national name.His appointment is announced this week following a recent vote by the Eversheds board.Currently the chair of Cardiff's ...

  • No longer living for the City

    30-May-1995

    AS A six-figure earner in one of the country's big name law firms Jill Andrew seemed to have it all. So when the high-profile employment partner quit the City earlier this year to move to a three-member niche practice, the legal world was left stunned.The first woman director of the Chamber of Commerce and a Conservative Party councillor, 39-year-old Andrew had signed at Dibb Lupton Broomhead a little over a year ago amid a flurry of press and professional ...

  • North East practice launches one-stop trade mark database

    30-May-1995

    Linda Tsang reportsNorth East firm Smith & Graham is making its mark with the launch of a new trade marks search database service which offers instant access to all UK registered trademarks.In a move considered to be the first in the area, it is envisaged that the computer link can be used to provide instant access to the trade marks database, through Waterlow's Information Services, and so help prevent companies using a trade name which ...

  • Orchard gets personal at conference

    30-May-1995

    A SOLICITOR who was insulted by Legal Aid Board head Steve Orchard at a conference has questioned the chief executive's ability to run the board. Orchard claimed that what Roy Douglas said at the Legal Action Group conference last week "came out of an orifice and it wasn't between his ears". But he was forced to retract the comment afterwards.He made the remark after Douglas, of Douglas & Partners in Bristol, alleged the board assured lawyers franchising ...

  • Police say no to in-house team

    30-May-1995

    POLICE officers have rejected a move towards recruiting in-house lawyers as a means of cutting the soaring cost of their legal representation.The Police Federation conference threw out an amendment calling for finance officials to examine whether an in-house system would be cheaper.Delegates agreed to continue with the contracted out system, which uses Russell Jones & Walker as its main adviser along with about 200 other firms handling minor work.The ...

  • Police shortfall leads to trade challenge

    30-May-1995

    THE ISSUE of live animal shipments is to return to the High Court again. After the recent ruling that port and airport authorities have no legal right to ban such shipments because of fears over the action of demonstrators, exports have been resumed.But a new legal twist has emerged in the saga. It is not the authorities which are to have their actions questioned in court but the police.International Traders Ferry (ITF) has won leave to seek urgent judicial ...

  • Profession split over Green Paper

    30-May-1995

    THE LEGAL profession is showing signs of division over legal aid reform - a week after the Lord Chancellor unveiled his controversial Green Paper. However, speakers at the Legal Action Group conference on legal aid were united in condemning Lord Mackay's cash limits.Law Society deputy vice-president Henry Hodge said Lord Mackay's proposals were "treasury-driven" and "pernicious". He defended the current legal aid system, saying, with improvement, ...

  • Rafferty takes up top CBA position

    30-May-1995

    ANNE Rafferty QC will take over as chair of the influential Criminal Bar Association on 1 June after winning the CBA's first contested election in 10 years.The favourite in the elections and current vice-chair, Rafferty beat two competitors - Rock Tansey QC and Ronald Thwaites QC - to the two-year post.Rafferty, of 4 Brick Court, says: "I'm very pleased that the electorate has put me there. To a very large extent, a sense of duty prompted me to stand. ...

  • Reforms turn legal aid into 'lottery'

    30-May-1995

    TWO senior Law Society figures took the attack on government legal aid reforms to the regions last week with a twin-pronged rebuke during a conference in Liverpool.Russell Wallman, head of the society's professional policy, and Phillip Sycamore, chair of civil litigation committee, criticised the proposals in separate speeches at the Liverpool Law Society conference on Wednesday.They called Lord Mackay's Green Paper a crude, unfair plan which was aimed ...

  • Rights issues

    30-May-1995

    Dickinson Dees advised Cowie Group in a One for Eight rights issue sponsored by NM Rothschild & Sons

  • Serugo-Lugo to challenge bankruptcy

    30-May-1995

    John Malpas reportsTHE BARRISTER who unsuccessfully campaigned against his chambers' eviction from Lincoln's Inn has been declared bankrupt.But Yosefaly Serugo-Lugo says he was unaware of the proceedings earlier this month prompted by the Inland Revenue and has already filed an application to have the ruling set aside.Serugo-Lugo is now head of chambers at Essex House Chambers, Stratford, alongside many of the barristers who worked ...

  • Snapshot of change

    30-May-1995

    Nobody's saying a poll is infallible. Even taking the margin of error into account, they can be treacherous things, as the last general election proved. But The Lawyer's poll on Law Society voting intentions in the coming presidential elections has thrown up some remarkable data.For one thing, of more than 1,000 people who spoke to the canvassers, half were undecided whether they would vote or, if they would, who they would vote ...

  • South London practice 'first' to use new company rescue scheme

    30-May-1995

    LONDON two-office firm Abbot Cresswell has been put into administration, the status under insolvency law often referred to as a "company rescue".The firm is believed to be the first solicitors' practice to take advantage of new insolvency law allowing partnerships to do so, avoiding the often lengthy process of Individual Voluntary Arrangements for all the individual partners in a firm.Francis Abbot, senior partner, says: "It's a positive move, allowing ...

  • Suspects may fight cautions

    30-May-1995

    CRIME suspects have been given greater powers to mount a legal challenge to police cautions in a crucial High Court ruling announced last week.Two judges decided that a caution could be subjected to judicial review if there had been a clear breach of Home Office guidelines.Lord Justice Simon Brown and Mr Justice Curtis were considering the case of a 12-year-old boy arrested for theft and taken to Forest Gate police station, east London.The caution ...

  • Technology will take lawyers out of the office

    30-May-1995

    TECHNOLOGY will not only reduce office-based secretarial staff but will also get rid of more lawyers EYBA delegates were told.Chair of the UK Young Solicitors Group Andy Unger told young lawyers from around Europe how new technology meant practitioners could do much of their work from home.Speaking at a workshop based on the EYBA's Europe-wide 'Quality of life' survey, Unger said the strategy was to discuss the results for a year to give a ...

  • The death of Lord Goodman and the subsequent tributes have focused on his reputation as a legal Mr Fix-it

    30-May-1995

    The death of Lord Goodman and the subsequent tributes have focused on his reputation as a legal Mr Fix-it.Without concentrating specifically on Lord Goodman and on the qualities that he possessed, we have an opportunity to reflect on what makes the perfect litigator.Of course, there are the obvious qualities - tenacity, forcefulness, intelligence and a love of the rules of the Supreme Court.As settlement of litigation will not ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Eric Galbraith

    30-May-1995

    Eric Galbraith is head of the corporate department at Dorman Jeffrey & Co's Glasgow office, a solely commercial law practice with offices in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. He was born in Glasgow in 1959 and still lives in the city.What was your first job?Pierhand (later promoted to Purser!).What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£4,200 per annum.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?

  • THE NATIONAL Trust's in-house legal team

    30-May-1995

    THE NATIONAL Trust's in-house legal team entertained their external lawyers and other trust staff to a charity concert at the Middle Temple Hall earlier this month. The Pavilion Opera Company provided the entertainment at the event, part of the Trust's centenary celebrations, with an opera cabaret. National Trust secretary David Pullen, a solicitor, welcomes trust chair Lord Chorley and sponsors Stuart Hall, of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert and Jonathan Trafford, of

  • The practice of Murphy's law

    30-May-1995

    It was a baptism of fire for Ken Murphy when he took over the role of director-general of the Irish Law Society two months ago. Solicitors advising on tax were included in the so-called "snitchers" law, section 153 of the Finance Bill, to the society's horror. Murphy's task was to fight the clause. And fight it he did in a blaze of publicity through the Irish newspapers, writing articles and commenting as well as giving forceful interviews on prime-time radio and ...

  • Voice recognition package aims to promote free speech

    30-May-1995

    Linda Tsang reportsElectronics giant Philips and Technology for Business have linked up to launch the latest in the line of voice recognition products. The Voice Partner product will enable continuous speech to be converted directly into text.At present, most systems can only deal with discrete speech, where the speaker has to pause between each word, but it is envisaged this package will allow users to dictate directly to a PC, which will ...

  • Waiting for the goldrush

    30-May-1995

    Northern Irish law firms are wondering about the 'peace dividend', the much heralded predictions of economic revival which were expected in NI in the aftermath of the ceasefire. So far, there have been some signs of increased business activity but no major rush to invest in the war-weary province. "It is slow to percolate through," says Brian Stewart, name partner at O'Reilly Stewart, echoing the view of a number of firms."We hear all this on the ...

  • Winners in the bidding war

    30-May-1995

    Unprecedented merger mania facing the building society sector, reaching a head after several years of market uncertainty, is creating significant demand for lawyers' services.The leading regional commercial firms are benefiting, yet also feeling a cold draught of anticipation as to whether clients considering merger will be able to retain them.City firms have been retained for the last few years as merger and conversion issues have materialised. Now, many ...

  • With the benefit of foresight

    30-May-1995

    The old saying 'More haste less speed' has a topical ring to it in legal circles following the recent House of Lords ruling in the case of road crash victim Ronald Page. Page is seeking compensation over the condition myalgic ecephalomyelitis (ME) which he claims was brought on as a result of the road accident. The Law Lords have ruled that ME was a foreseeable outcome of the accident, and the courts should not distinguish between physical and psychiatric ...