3 April 1995

The Lawyer

  • Aclec paper backs common training

    7-Apr-1995

    SOLICITORS in London are to seek meetings with the Metropolitan Police to discuss problems they face representing clients held at stations.A newly-formed police liaison sub-committee of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association is now gathering complaints to raise with the force.Chair Colin Reynolds says most of the issues likely to be raised stem from the provisions of the new Criminal Justice Act. Examples include the attitudes of custody officers ...

  • ADR in Australia

    7-Apr-1995

    Debate continues to rage in Australia over alternative dispute resolution. In a newsletter to the recent IBA conference in Edinburgh, Michelle Sindler of Minter Ellison Morris Fletcher says arguments over whether Australian courts can require parties to participate in ADR are ongoing. However, she says the country is witnessing a "fundamental change" to its legal culture and the popularity of mediation is "testimony of its importance as a legitimate dispute resolution process".

  • Allen & Overy

    7-Apr-1995

    In May 1994, I was not entirely optimistic about the year ahead. The last quarter of this firm's 1993/94 year saw us quieter in business terms than we had been for some time - the decline of our reconstruction and insolvency work seemed to herald the end of the recession, but it wasn't matched by an inflow of the sort of work we are accustomed to seeing when our economy is on the up. Generally, clients are more fickle than before and there still is ...

  • And Who's Who in Fraud?

    7-Apr-1995

    Tenacious and often media targets, top fraud lawyers command respect from all sides, discovers Grania Langdon-DownFraud lawyers need to be tenacious, prepared to stay the distance in a long campaign, and courageous in defending clients who are often portrayed by the press as public enemy number one. So say two specialists in white collar crime: partner Tony Woodcock of Stephenson Harwood ...

  • Andrew Carruthers looks at pensions dispute resolution

    4-Apr-1995

    Andrew CarruthersThe growth of pensions disputes continues unabated. It leads to an understandable worry about costs and delay, although the originating summons procedures in RSC 0.28 provide a flexible litigation system, commended recently to Lord Woolf.Nevertheless, it has rivals. There are attempts to encourage specialist alternative dispute resolution; will solicitors support this? More significant is the growth of the pensions ombudsman. He ...

  • Arbitration laws need updating, says Hunt

    7-Apr-1995

    London's position as the premier international legal centre cannot be guaranteed, David Hunt, MP warned lawyers last week.Speaking at a special event organised by the Law Society for international lawyers based in London, Hunt said that London "must face up to the realities of competition from other centres throughout the world".The Government wants to see London remain a "vibrant and successful centre for the arbitration of commercial disputes," he said. ...

  • ASIM day sets out investment regulations

    4-Apr-1995

    THE Association of Investment Managers held a 'Meet the Law Society' day last month, attended by key society figures, to discuss investment business regulations.Among the 50 ASIM members attending, Andrew Curtis of Somerset firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke welcomed the opportunity to discuss the issues. "I come from a financial background and the society's ...

  • Australian Dart pierces the UK systems market

    4-Apr-1995

    HUSBAND and wife team Geoff and Jane Morris have acquired the UK and European rights to develop and sell the ALS practice management system through Dart Legal Systems.For the past year Dart had been working with the system's Australian proprietors to adapt the software for UK use. But communications problems have led to delays, says Geoff Morris, Dart director of sales.He adds: "The restriction of having to describe these changes over Compuserve ...

  • Authorities are pro CCT

    4-Apr-1995

    * Most local authorities have a positive approach to Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT), said the CCT and Local Government in the 'England Annual Report for 1994', published last week by the DoE. Environment Minister Robert Jones said although CCT had been extended to new services, fair competition was still promoted for existing services.

  • BAC signs up Ardiles to squad

    4-Apr-1995

    FOOTBALL legend and former Tottenham Hotspur manager Ossie Ardiles has signed up to a law firm as consultant in sport and business.Ardiles, the high-profile Argentinian who came to the UK as a player in 1978, will be an "ambassador" for Soho-based Barnett Alexander Chart (BAC) and open doors for its growing sport and commercial practice.The firm stresses that Ardiles will not be advising in a legal capacity, but providing contacts and advice, especially on Argentinian ...

  • Bakers merges with Chile firm

    7-Apr-1995

    INTERNATIONAL giant Baker & McKenzie has merged with Santiago practice Cruzat, Ortuzar & Mackenna, to establish the first multi-national law firm in the city.The firm, which has more than 50 offices in 34 countries across the globe, already operates a strong Latin American network with offices in Caracas, Bogota, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.Head ...

  • Barings never a SSPF risk

    4-Apr-1995

    I wish to correct any misunderstanding that may have arisen by the reference to the Solicitors Staff Pension Fund in the cover story 'Middle Temple hit by Barings fall' (The Lawyer 28 March).For the record, the only part of the fund at risk during the period of administration was the credit balances held with Baring Brothers & Co which were frozen. These amounted to one quarter of one per cent of the total value of the fund and have now been unfrozen.

  • Barrister faces ethics complaint

    4-Apr-1995

    John Malpas reportsA JOURNALIST who conducted his own defence against a libel action has accused the barrister and solicitors who acted for the plaintiffs of unethical conduct.Peter Cotterell has filed formal complaints to both the Bar Council and the Solicitors Complaints Bureau after the action against him was discontinued shortly before it was due to go to court.He accuses James Price, of Patrick Milmo QC's 5 Raymond Buildings chambers, ...

  • Barristers to give tribunal advice free

    4-Apr-1995

    UNASSISTED appellants appearing before the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) will be offered free representation at preliminary hearings by specialist employment advocates.A new scheme, designed by the recently-formed Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA), answers a call for assistance from EAT president Mr Justice Mummery.ELBA has formed a panel of experienced advocates who will be on call to appear at preliminary hearings.Joint organiser of the scheme ...

  • Barristers' action stirs US death row debate

    4-Apr-1995

    TWO human rights barristers believe they may be on the verge of forcing an end to the "inhumane" US system that allows prisoners to languish on death row pending execution.Philip Sapsford QC and David Marshall fly out to the US this week in the wake of a Supreme Court order for the "death row phenomenon" to be examined by the lower courts.The ruling follows the submission to the court by the barristers, both members of the Bar Human Rights Committee, of an amicus ...

  • Bates Wells is number one in charity league as sector booms

    4-Apr-1995

    A NEWLY-published league table of the country's top legal advisers to charities has highlighted the increasing importance of voluntary sector business to law firms.Firms with experienced specialists in the charity area are taking advantage of a burgeoning market, according to the analysis from this year's 'Henderson Top 2000 Charities Directory'.The table, which covers the 10 firms with the most charity clients, shows 204 organisations retained ...

  • Belfast school top of the class in mock trial contest

    4-Apr-1995

    THIS YEAR'S National Mock Trial Competition winner is Our Lady of St Patrick's College from Belfast.Lord Chief Justice Taylor presided over the grand final of the competition for state secondary schools held at Southwark Crown Court on 25 March.Sixteen schools took part in the finals, but in total 1,800 pupils have taken the roles of advocates, witnesses, court staff and jurors in mock trials staged throughout the country.

  • Birmingham jobs safe

    4-Apr-1995

    * Birmingham City Council confirms that its lawyers are not affected by the redundancy programme involving nearly 600 staff. The authority is being forced to shed jobs as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

  • Breaking Law Society's moulds

    4-Apr-1995

    The smooth conveyor belt to the Law Society's highest offices has shuddered to a halt under the sheer weight of candidates - not one, but two new contenders for the presidency, and another challenges the deputy president.The moves have brought the vigour of overt politics into the council's arena. This contrasts with the covert politics where the succession is determined well in advance, with the council supposedly like a phalanx behind the chosen ...

  • Case dates are set

    4-Apr-1995

    * The following jury cases are listed to be heard in the High Court Queen's Bench Division in April: Ardmore Construction and Others v MGN L and Others (not before 10 April); Straton-James v MGN (not before 25 April); Bookbinder v Times Newspapers and Others (not before 25 April); Monson and Another v The Sunday Telegraph (not before 25 April).

  • CCBE debate seeks consensus on rights of establishment

    4-Apr-1995

    THE COUNCIL of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union was due to continue its debate on rights of establishment at a meeting in Brussels last weekend.Speaking prior to the meeting the Law Society's international director Hamish Adamson said it was impossible to predict its outcome.However, a report released by the society's international committee last month says the CCBE presidency "is anxious to establish a common position on behalf of the European ...

  • CCT not a problem for in-house lawyers

    4-Apr-1995

    Mary Heaney

  • Chinese ban forces ABA to cancel event

    7-Apr-1995

    A conference in Beijing and Shanghai organised by the American Bar Association and the All China Lawyers' Association has been cancelled after an edict from the Chinese Government banned international conferences in banking, finance and law.The conference entitled 'The role of lawyers in the creation of a market economy in China' was due to have taken place from 9 to 18 June. But Rita Gould, of organisers China Source, says: "China is having a power struggle. ...

  • City firms join forces for bank sell-off

    7-Apr-1995

    Leading city firms Slaughter and May and Freshfields are advising on the £1 billion bid by Dresdner, Germany's second-biggest bank, for leading UK investment bank Kleinwort Benson.An offer document will now be produced and passed to Kleinwort's shareholders, who will vote on the bid recommended by the UK bank's board.The Slaughter and May team is ...

  • Clamp-down on Soho clip joints

    7-Apr-1995

    Westminster City Council is calling on MPs to approve its legal bid to curb the growth of "clip joints" on the streets of Soho.The authority made a fresh plea for support after three policemen were stabbed following a row which broke out when a customer objected to a £190 bar bill last month.Licensing chiefs say the incident demonstrates the problems caused by the bars, which charge customers excessive prices for drinks served by scantily-dressed "hostesses".

  • Commission urges psychiatric reform

    4-Apr-1995

    The Law Commission is calling for eased restrictions on compensation claims for psychiatric illness suffered by the relatives of victims of avoidable accidents.A consultation paper, issued last week, is seeking views on how easy it is for the bereaved to seek damages for conditions like traumatic stress disorder.The move follows a case in which relatives of football fans killed in the Hillsborough disaster sued South Yorkshire Police over "nervous shock" suffered.

  • Corporate work on the up

    4-Apr-1995

    The new Crawford's City league tables show a significant increase in the number of corporate clients among the top ten City law firms, reflecting the rush of new companies to market during 1994.The top ten firms had 20 more company clients this year compared with 1994.Yet the increase in the number of quoted companies listed in 'Crawford's Directory', up by more than 10 per cent, has resulted in little change in the ranking order of lawyers, ...

  • Costs Of Trial

    7-Apr-1995

    Legal experts predict the Maxwell trial could cost the taxpayer up to £25 million, placing it among one of the most expensive cases to come to court.It has taken nearly three years from the arrest of Kevin and Ian Maxwell following a Serious Fraud Office investigation into the Maxwell media empire to reach court 22 of Chichester Rents, specially designed for long and complex trials.According to the most recently published figures, the SFO spent £8.95 ...

  • Couple sues firm for severe 'disruption' of lives

    4-Apr-1995

    A FIRM is being sued over a property deal which allegedly caused a couple to live and work from a hotel for a month and twice postpone a holiday to Italy.The writ, drawn up by Islington-based Bolt Burdon, has been issued against Chesham firm Richardson Smith & Co.Richardson Smith partner Linda Wood says the action alleging negligence and/or breach of contract will be strongly defended.The writ alleges the firm caused the plaintiffs, business partners ...

  • Croydon: a case in point

    4-Apr-1995

    In 1993 the London Borough of Croydon began to explore moving legal services to the private sector, encouraged by leading members of the Conservative council. According to council lawyer Miles Smith, some of its internal client business was "withering".One example was Croydon College, a long term consumer of its services. Presented with a simple ideological target, the legal department set out to "take a fresh and basic look at what we ...

  • Deadline may leave firms behind

    4-Apr-1995

    Mick KavanaghThe Law Society has warned that applications by its members to win approval to conduct discrete investment business is now falling behind schedule.Previous society predictions suggested that up to 800 individuals might wish to apply for 'qualified person' status on behalf of their firms, which must be obtained by 1 November deadline in order to continue trading in the field.The society has issued several appeals since last ...

  • Dentons looks for laughs on Internet

    4-Apr-1995

    Fennell Betson reportsCity Firm Denton Hall is determined to mark its arrival on the World Wide Web.As there are 27,000 sites to be viewed on the web, the firm decided to run a competition for the best lawyer jokes and a legal problem spot, says Mark Turner, partner and head of the technology group. "We hope to put the best one on the page, if it's printable." The winner may get a bottle of champagne, but by more conventional ...

  • Discrimination challenge

    4-Apr-1995

    * Further moves by the gay lobby to challenge alleged discrimination in the armed forces against gay men and lesbian women are headed for the courts. Following the recent grant of leave for former RAF nurse Jeannette Smith, who claims that she was sacked because she is a lesbian, to ask the High Court to judicially review the right of the RAF to act as it did, two men, one from the RAF and one from the Royal Navy, have been given leave to go ahead with similar ...

  • Elly defends Young in title fight

    4-Apr-1995

    LAW Society President Charles Elly has mounted a spirited defence of his deputy John Young as the profession gears up for the first contested presidential election in decades.Attacking the two surprise contenders for the leadership for having the arrogance to believe they can do a better job, Elly urges the profession to vote for Young.He says he and Young have worked closely together to ensure the leadership can be handed over smoothly in the summer and warns ...

  • Employment points of issue

    4-Apr-1995

    Your focus on employment law (The Lawyer 21 March) was excellent. However, so far as your summary of the employment Bar is concerned I would like to make two points.First, Old Square Chambers undertakes a great deal of first rate respondent work and the 'traditional' emphasis on union work is misleading. Second, 4-5 Gray's Inn Square is a chamber with a strong and talented employment law membership and their omission from the summary was surprising.

  • Endowment trading may have legal snags

    4-Apr-1995

    Solicitors with clients who invest in the traded endowment policies market have been warned to advise clients to guard against potential pitfalls when buying policies.Michael Lopian, of Manchester firm Lopian Wagner which acts for leading market maker Policy Portfolio in the area, says the rapid increase in investment in the field is revealing a growing volume of legal problems which threaten purchasers' investments.The market, in which the ...

  • Engineering base expands for Barnett in major deal

    4-Apr-1995

    LONDON commercial firm Barnett Alexander Chart has succeeded in striking an important deal to expand its work in the engineering industry.The company is to advise the Engineering Employers' Federation South, which represents hundreds of businesses based in the South of England.Peter Moody, Barnetts' head of marketing, says: "We have been working at this for quite a while. We are really pleased and they are very pleased. It is a major commercial opportunity ...

  • Eversheds takes Pennine way

    4-Apr-1995

    NATIONAL practice Eversheds is merging its Leeds and Manchester offices to build a cross-Pennine powerhouse.The firm, the second-largest in the UK, will make the change on 1 June to coincide with its move to a single name.The two offices will remain open, but under a single management structure and combined profit centre.In the intervening months, Eversheds Hepworth ...

  • Financings

    4-Apr-1995

    * Symonds Engineering was advised by Wragge & Co in its placing and open offer to raise u2.5m.

  • Financings

    4-Apr-1995

    Wyko Group was advised by Wragge & Co in its one for two rights issue to raise around u7.85m.

  • Financings

    4-Apr-1995

    Menzies Hotels & Leisure was advised by Amery Parkes on the investment in it of an undisclosed amount by the North of England Venture Fund

  • Financings

    4-Apr-1995

    Arcadian International was advised by Clifford Chance on its placing and open offer to raise u13.8m net

  • Financings

    7-Apr-1995

    Leicester firm Harvey Ingram advised retailer Stead & Simpson Group in the provision of £10 million-plus additional equity funding and new banking facilities. The arrangements

  • Financings

    7-Apr-1995

    Gouldens advised UK retail conglomerate Storehouse in the negotiation and documentation of £125 million revolving credit and acceptance credit facilities. Clifford Chance acted for Midland Bank and other lending banks.

  • Financings

    7-Apr-1995

    Olswang acted for Advanced Telecommunications Modules in its raising of £7 million by subscription for new shares from US venture capitalists and 3i Group. Brobeck Hale & Dorr acted for the US investors and Booth & Co acted for 3i.

  • Financings

    7-Apr-1995

    Linklaters & Paines acted for shareholders in Lloyds

  • Finding the feel good factor

    7-Apr-1995

    Robert Martin analyses The Lawyer/Coopers & Lybrand 1995 survey of firms' financial management and finds good newsIt was another good year for the profession, according to the fourth annual The Lawyer/Coopers & Lybrand survey. It was also a year of contrasts. Profits were up, with more firms taking on professional staff, but climbing the ladder to partnership is set to become more difficult with only one in three firms likely to increase partner numbers.The ...

  • Finding the Feel Good Factor

    7-Apr-1995

    Robert W Martin analyses the findings of The Lawyer/Coopers & Lybrand 1995 Survey of Firms' Financial ManagementIt was another good year for the profession, according to the fourth annual TheLawyer/Coopers & Lybrand survey. It was also a year of contrasts. Profits were up, with more firms taking on professional staff, but climbing the ladder to partnership is set to become more difficult with only one in three firms likely to increase partner numbers.The ...

  • Firm rolls out the barrel

    7-Apr-1995

    With the alternative investment market (AIM) opening for business this month, Theodore Goddard has produced a spoof prospectus. Its intention is to demonstrate the workings of AIM, its rules and potential difficulties.The spoof details the operations of a fictitious brewery called Spoofbrew plc, looking to raise money through an issue of shares to be traded on AIM.The prospectus details Spoofbrew's production and distribution and its leading ...

  • Flotations

    7-Apr-1995

    Pinsent Curtis acted for JKX Oil and Gas in its £45 million flotation. The UK company sold 35 per cent of its equity via a placing to institutional shareholders

  • Flotations

    4-Apr-1995

    Whitchurch Group was advised by Eversheds Jaques & Lewis on its introduction to the Official List

  • Flotations

    4-Apr-1995

    Photobition Group

  • Garretts' recruits boost IT division

    7-Apr-1995

    CITY FIRM Garrett & Co has poached two City partners in a bid to revamp its IT and intellectual property (IP) division.The new recruits, partners Richard Kemp and Mark Turner, join from Hammond Suddard and Denton Hall.Garrett's announcement comes three months after Marcus O'Leary, founder of its Reading IP section, left to set up his own practice in the town.Julia Chain, Garretts managing partner, says she expects the department to expand ...

  • Head-hunters train sights on finance sector

    7-Apr-1995

    TOP IN-HOUSE lawyers from the financial sector are being targeted by a new head-hunting firm set up in the City.Hogarth Davies & Lloyd Executive Search includes a legal division which will seek out heads of department and their deputies.The company says its "fresh" approach to the recruitment of senior in-house lawyers will mirror that used in other areas of the financial sector.Nick Lloyd, a corporate finance lawyer who will head the legal section, ...

  • Healthcare. In sickness and in health

    4-Apr-1995

    Alistair McArthur

  • In brief: Business guru sues magazine for libel

    4-Apr-1995

    Anthony Robbins, the US "personal success" coach to a string of celebrities, is suing Business Age magazine for libel over stories it ran about him in its last two editions. Robbins' solicitors, Davies Arnold Cooper, has issued a writ claiming aggravated damages against the editor, author and publishers. Senior partner David McIntosh says the stories suggested Robbins, whose work has been linked with Bill Clinton and Princess Diana, was "guilty of fraud and misappropriation of ...

  • In brief: Correction

    7-Apr-1995

    Andrew Page, the firm associated with McClure Naismith Anderson & Gardiner in Glasgow, is acting for Guardian Newspapers Ltd and two Observer journalists in a libel action launched against the newspaper group by six PowerGen directors. Last week's issue of The Lawyer incorrectly stated the firm was acting for the PowerGen directors, who are suing The Observer and not The Guardian, as wrongly ...

  • In brief: CRE to examine religious discrimination

    4-Apr-1995

    The Commission for Racial Equality is to carry out an investigation into the extent of religious discrimination. It has teamed up with the UK Action Committee on Islamic Affairs and other Muslim organisations to appeal for evidence of cases to be forwarded.

  • In brief: Equality lawyers offer advice service

    4-Apr-1995

    Leading equality lawyers have set up a new organisation to improve the legal advice offered to people claiming to be victims of discrimination, harassment or abuse. The Discrimination Law Association was launched at a conference opened by Diane Abbott MP and attended by solicitors, barristers, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Equal Opportunities Commission.

  • In brief: Ex-Clydes accountant faces fraud charges

    7-Apr-1995

    The former chief accountant of City firm Clyde & Co has appeared in court charged with defrauding the firm's partners of £600,000. Peter Penrose, who worked for Clydes for four years, recently appeared before the City of London Magistrates.

  • In brief: Family law expert talks on divorce reforms

    7-Apr-1995

    Family law solicitor Richard Sax, past chair of the Solicitors Family Law Association, will speak on the Lord Chancellor's proposals for divorce law reform following the annual general meeting of the London Marriage Guidance Council this week. His address - 'Divorce law reform: good or bad?' - will be given at 7.30pm on Wednesday at the Cavendish Conference Centre W1.

  • In brief: Garretts still talking on Birmingham move

    4-Apr-1995

    Garrett & Co is still in talks over plans to open up a new office in Birmingham. The Arthur Andersen-associated firm announced its intention to move into Birmingham in January.Senior partner Julia Chain says the firm is talking to lawyers interested in setting up an office there, but has nothing to announce yet. Chain took over from the firm's founder Colin Garrett in January on his retirement due to ill health.

  • In brief: Goldsmith attacks CPS over Treasury bill

    7-Apr-1995

    Chair of the Bar Peter Goldsmith has strongly criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for its failure to check the details of Treasury Council remuneration prior to briefing the Attorney General. Sir Nicholas Lyell was forced to retract his claims that two Treasury counsel earned more than £400,000, one of whom earned more than £500,000 per year. Correct figures for the year to March 1995 show 10 counsel were paid more than £200,000 by the CPS. Six earned more than ...

  • In brief: Martineaus advises on student discipline

    7-Apr-1995

    Sixty delegates from colleges and universities throughout the UK have attended workshops on student discipline organised by the education department of Birmingham practice Martineau Johnson. The workshops were staged in response to a recent report published by the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals which gave guidance to universities on action to take when they are faced with allegations of criminal offences involving students or where disciplinary offences happen off campus.

  • In brief: Morale is low in magistrates' courts

    4-Apr-1995

    Government inspectors have highlighted poor staff morale in an official report on a county magistrates' court network. HM Magistrates' Courts Service Inspectorate published the report after visiting the courts' committee in Cheshire. It said the courts "run the risk of losing good staff" and made a number of recommendations to improve the service.

  • In brief: Narayan awaits decision on tribunal

    4-Apr-1995

    Ex-barrister Rudy Narayan is awaiting a Tribunal Court judgement on whether he can force three judges to appear before an industrial tribunal to defend their decision to disbar him. Disbarred in July 1994 following a disciplinary tribunal of the Inns of Court, Narayan claims unfavourable treatment under sections 11 and 12 of the Race Relations Act. His actions are levelled against the Council of the Inns of Court, its president Lord Justice Norse, Mr Justice Wright and Mr Justice French. ...

  • In brief: Palmer Wheeldon wins farm victory

    4-Apr-1995

    Palmer Wheeldon solicitor Jane Lichtenstein has won a "landmark" victory after a six-year legal battle, which could benefit thousands of farmers. The Court of Appeal last week judged in favour of her client, a Lincolnshire farmer. The decision allows farmers of tenancies created before 1984 who farm in partnership with their children to pass the tenancy on to their children when they retire or die, even if the property had not provided the children's principal source of income ...

  • In brief: Party tops up coffers for benevolent fund

    4-Apr-1995

    More than £20,000 has been raised by the Solicitors Benevolent Association following its recent Primrose Party. The party, which celebrated the appointment of solicitor Christopher Walford as Lord Mayor, was attended by more than 200 people.

  • In brief: Seddons appoints Czech lawyer

    7-Apr-1995

    Chair of the British Czech & Slovak Law Association Jan Grozdanovic has been appointed as a partner in the commercial department of London firm Seddons. Grozdanovic, a native Czech who defected to the UK in 1980, is qualified as a solicitor in England. In the past he has worked as an associate with the Central and Eastern European practice groups in both Allen & Overy and

  • In brief: Select committee scrutinises Levitt trial

    7-Apr-1995

    The role played by the law officers, SFO director George Staple and prosecution counsel in the Roger Levitt fraud trial comes under the spotlight when all leading counsel submit written evidence to the Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee this week. Submissions are expected from David Cocks QC, Levitt's counsel Jonathan Goldberg QC, as well as counsel for other defendants Howard Godfrey QC of 3 Hare Court, Desmond De Silva QC of 2 Paper Buildings, and Brian Lett, ...

  • In brief: Simkins takes on film specialist

    4-Apr-1995

    The Simkins Partnership has appointed a new partner to its film and television department. Antony Gostyn, a specialist in screen law, has in the past worked with Channel 4 and Carlton Television. He was previously head of the media group at D J Freeman.

  • In brief: Somerset practice conducts tennis deal

    7-Apr-1995

    Bridgwater firm Pardoes has been instructed by Millfield School, in Street, to sign a joint venture agreement between the independent school and top tennis coach Nick Bollettieri. Senior partner Colin Humphrey and entertainment law specialist Alison Whittingham worked on the contract which will enable Bollettieri, who coaches Boris Becker, to establish an international-standard tennis training programme at the school.

  • In brief: UK top of the league in energy stakes

    7-Apr-1995

    British firms have taken the top five places in an international league table based on knowledge of world energy laws. Allen & Overy came first for the second year running in the energy finance awards run by Petroleum Economist magazine. Slaughter and May came second,

  • In brief: Walford knighted in honours list

    7-Apr-1995

    Allen & Overy partner Christopher Walford has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Walford, Lord Mayor of the City of London, has been with the firm for more than 25 years.

  • In brief: Women solicitors' seminar for success

    4-Apr-1995

    The Association of Women Solicitors is holding a one-day conference on strategies for career success at the London Guildhall University on 29 April. The conference will include a panel discussion and question and answer session, a workshop on career management and advice and practical information on career planning. For further information on the event, which is aimed at trainees, newly-qualified solicitors and those planning a career change, contact Angela Crowley on 0171 320 5788.

  • IoW moves under way

    4-Apr-1995

    * Lawyers from Medina Borough Council and South Wight Borough Council are transferring to the newly-created Isle of Wight Council. At the end of March a legal executive moved from Medina, while a solicitor and part-time legal executive made the switch from South Wight. The two authorities are being abolished as part of the local authority re-organisation on the island.

  • Irving goes to BDO as unit director

    4-Apr-1995

    Leading legal IT consultant John Irving is joining BDO Stoy Hayward as director of the professional practices unit.Irving, who has been running his own consultancy for over a year since leaving Robson Rhodes, says: "I am delighted with the development."The move will enable him to undertake larger projects which he says he had to turn down. Also, he says his existing client base, largely out of London, and that of BDO Stoy Hayward ...

  • Jonathan Isted examines a new twist in the discovery debate

    7-Apr-1995

    The recommendations in Lord Woolf's interim report to the Lord Chancellor will send a shiver down the spine of any litigator who routinely deploys discovery "siege gun" tactics in the conduct of large cases. It is well known that the existing rules of Order 24 provide the opportunity for the parties and their advisers to tailor the discovery obligation to suit their particular case. In theory, one can agree or seek an order from the court as to what is ...

  • Judge condemns legal aid 'frolic

    4-Apr-1995

    Roger Pearson

  • Judges hang up their wigs for good

    4-Apr-1995

    THE LEGAL profession has said farewell to a veritable Who's Who of distinguished judges.From Friday judges over 75 were no longer allowed to sit. The result was that a number of top judicial figures from the past who have returned to the bench in their retirement must hang up their wigs for good.Among them is Sir Tasker Watkins, 76, Sir Mervyn Davies, 77, and former Lord Chief Justice Lord Lane, 76, who has sat as a Law Lord in the Privy Council.

  • Knights switches to modern home after two centuries

    4-Apr-1995

    AFTER 227 years, Staffordshire law firm Knight & Sons has moved from Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre to purpose-built offices on the outskirts of the town.The move was the result of months of planning and is considered a new chapter in the firm's history. Senior Partner Tony Bell says: "Although it is with some sadness that we have left our historic home, it was imperative to meet the demands of a modern progressive legal practice."He says the move allows ...

  • Know your limitations

    7-Apr-1995

    Keith Ryan reports on a recent case which makes it easier to sue a professional adviserA recent decision by the House of Lords could open the floodgates to legal actions for negligence against professional advisers. Accountants, solicitors, architects and surveyors can now be sued about disputed events which happened many years ago. All the client has to do is allege that some negligent act or omission occurred and that this was covered up. The House ...

  • LAB set for block contract scheme

    7-Apr-1995

    THE Legal Aid Board will be ready to launch a pilot block contracting project for legal aid lawyers in one year and hints that family solicitors may be the first targets. Chief executive Steve Orchard says the board is best placed to launch a pilot scheme for Green Form work along the lines of the project it is currently running for advice agencies.He says such a pilot could be set up "by this time next year" - but hints that the Lord Chancellor may want the ...

  • Lack of funds threatens advice shop

    7-Apr-1995

    A LEGAL advice centre is facing the threat of closure after its local council refused a request to increase its maintenance grant.Southall Rights Legal Advice Centre, west London, is complaining that Ealing Council has only provided a £7,000 grant for a service which has annual running costs of £60,000.Kashminder Bhogal, barrister and co-ordinator at the centre, calls the award "paltry" and warns the centre may not survive.He is collecting ...

  • Lawyers set up 'ethics' group for equity funds

    4-Apr-1995

    Two lawyers are among the founders of a new pan-professional association set up to "promote, regulate and maintain ethics and common standards" in the private equity funding capital market.Barrister Mark Watson-Gandy, of 3 Paper Buildings, and West Country-based solicitor Andrew Green helped start up the Private Equity Funding Association (PEFA), launched in London last month.The PEFA is calling upon professionals of all disciplines - including lawyers, accountants, ...

  • Life beyond the Square Mile

    7-Apr-1995

    Osborne Clarke's Bristol and London offices have spent the past two months working on the acquisition of 182 petrol retailing sites and depots.The 15-strong legal team, has been working on the takeover of supply contracts to 807 independently owned sites; documenting a complex asset purchase and share purchase agreement; sorting through the pensions and employment rights of 175 ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 04/04/95

    4-Apr-1995

    NIGEL LAWRENCE DUCKWORTH, who worked as litigation clerk with Hutchinson & Buchanan of Ripon, North Yorkshire, from July 1988 to June 1991, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay u1,189 costs. Tribunal told that in November 1993 he appeared at Bradford Crown Court where he was jailed for six months for acting as a solicitor when unqualified and obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception. Prior ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 04/07/95

    7-Apr-1995

    WILLIAM RAYMOND HAYNES, admitted 1981, practised as Haynes & Co, London SW12, struck off and ordered to pay £1,525 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to cooperate with Solicitors Indemnity Fund or its agent in order to enable notified claim in respect of which indemnity was provided to be dealt with appropriately, failed to comply with directions from Solicitors Complaints Bureau, was guilty of unreasonable delay in conduct of professional ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 04/04/95

    4-Apr-1995

    Morgan Grenfell: council's guarantee prohibitedCouncil's guarantee ultra viresMorgan Grenfell & Co v Sutton London Borough Council (1995). (QBD (Clarke J) 23/2/95).Summary: Local authority's guarantee for unregistered housing association's borrowing ultra vires and void.Claim by Morgan Grenfell & Co for u790,929 against Sutton London Borough Council under a guarantee and indemnity given by the council in respect ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 04/07/95

    7-Apr-1995

    Joyce v Liverpool City Council: Wynne v the same (1995). (CA (Sir Thomas Bingham MR, Hirst LJ, Aldous LJ) 28/4/95).Summary: District judge's powers to resolve a small claim referred for arbitration under County Court Rules 1981 O.19.Appeals from the confirmation of decisions of district judges that appellants' claims against their landlords for specific performance and damages under s.11 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 could be determined by ...

  • Litigation Writs 04/07/95

    7-Apr-1995

    Policewoman Michaela Hawkes, 28, of Littlehampton, has launched High Court action over whiplash injuries she received in a 1989 road accident. Her writ says she was a front seat passenger in a car driven by Vanessa Phillips, of Southampton, when it was in collision with a car driven by Rowland Hart on the A27 near Fontwell. As a result of the crash she suffered whiplash and a back injury. She says she has had to take time off from work as a result and that she ...

  • Litigation Writs 04/10/95

    4-Apr-1995

    London's Cafe Royal is being sued for damages by a 70-year-old woman who fell off a platform there during a gala evening. Eira Pazzi-Axworthy, of St Albans, has issued a writ against Perry's Catering of London N16. She was injured on 6 December 1992, as she went to leave the raised platform where she had been sitting. The writ says that as she avoided a chair she put her foot too close to the edge of the platform, overbalanced and fell. Her head became ...

  • London practitioner hit by u100,000 claim over visa

    4-Apr-1995

    DEFUNCT south London partnership Graham Peries & Co has received another writ from a former client who claims the firm owes her almost u100,000 after it failed to return money lodged in support of a visa application.The firm, which has other cases pending against it, was last week also ordered to pay $69,979 to a former client.One of its two founding partners, Hemamali Graham, is also set to be sentenced in the Inner London Crown Court this week after being found ...

  • Magill denies creating legal quandary despite attack by Westminster Tories

    4-Apr-1995

    THE DISTRICT Auditor for Westminster Council has denied claims he has created a legal dilemma for hundreds of local authorities.John Magill, the auditor investigating the Tory council's housing sales policy, said councillors making decisions with legal implications could trust the advice of their legal departments.Westminster Conservatives claim they only went ahead with the controversial designated sales policy after seeking advice from counsel.

  • Mediation course sees first batch of lawyers

    4-Apr-1995

    FIFTEEN lawyers are expected to attend the first training event of the new Divorce Mediation and Arbitration Centre in London next month.The week-long course will provide the first step in qualifying solicitors and barristers for membership of a national panel of mediators and arbitrators.Open to family law solicitors of 10 years' standing and barristers of more than 12 years' call, the course can be followed by a one-day workshop and a further advanced ...

  • Mediation is no catch-all solution

    7-Apr-1995

    Nigel Shepherd is worried that mediation will cut lawyers out of the divorce processThe 1990s must have come as a rude shock to any family lawyer who had been hoping for a quiet life. First came the Children Act, then we were hit by the Child Support Act. And now it seems likely we shall have a new Divorce Reform Act alongside the most sweeping changes to legal aid since the system was introduced.Reform of the grounds for divorce is long overdue and couples ...

  • Middle East group looks back on year of success

    4-Apr-1995

    ASSISTANT under-secretary of state at the Foreign Office, Andrew Green, was guest speaker at the first anniversary event of the British Middle East Law Council (BMELC).Green, a former Ambassador to Syria, congratulated John Young, president of the council, and Ibrahim Kanaan, secretary general, on the energy and drive they have shown in establishing the BMELC and their achievements in the last year."Promoting mutual exchanges, placements and training programmes ...

  • Motorola's one-stop on to Internet

    7-Apr-1995

    Motorola has developed an all-in-one Internet system for easy access to the information superhighway. The system, known as the Internet Solution, provides a modem, cabling and software in a single box and provides access to the full range of Internet services, including: email; browsing business, and entertainment information; access to and use of information stored on other computers; and file transfer for easy downloading of information to a PC. It also includes VocalTec ...

  • Nabarro Nathanson

    7-Apr-1995

    Productivity in a law firm is difficult to define. In essence, it is the comparison of fee income generated per head, compared with the cost of providing that intellectual capacity for clients.Understanding the client's requirements and commercial objectives enables you to select the team of fee earners best able to provide skills and expertise appropriate to your clients' needs.Because price is necessarily a limiting factor, it is important that law ...

  • Nabarros to set up Brussels base

    4-Apr-1995

    NABARRO Nathanson is set to establish a presence in Brussels, only months after its prospective merger partner Turner Kenneth Brown closed its doors in the city.One of the largest commercial practices in the UK, Nabarros will use the office as a base for its regulatory activities.The project, overseen by the partner in charge of overseas practice development, Graham Lust, is also expected to provide a focus for the monitoring of activities in Europe.

  • Naylor scores a first mixed double

    7-Apr-1995

    SOLICITOR advocate Judith Naylor has achieved a major breakthrough in her career after appearing alongside a QC in a murder trial.Naylor, a partner in the Barnsley solicitor advocate firm Orsborn Naylor, was led by QC Jonathan Hall in a murder case in which her partner Brian Orsborn was instructing solicitor.Naylor, who believes she is the first women solicitor to be part of a "mixed double", says her appearance alongside Hall at Sheffield Crown Court for a preliminary ...

  • Next 'At a Glance' release

    4-Apr-1995

    THE FOURTH 'At a Glance' booklet produced by The Family Law Bar Association is hot off the press.The booklet of court tables for ancillary relief has become universally recognised in family courts and proceedings up and down the country, according to editorial committee member Paul Coleridge QC of Queen Elizabeth Building.To order a copy costing u18.50 ring Coleridge, publicity and marketing secretary, on 0171 797 7837.

  • Norton Rose blasts back of the net to clinch 5-3 final

    4-Apr-1995

    They came from all over the UK, their hearts set on a prestigious cup, their goal to beat the cream of the nation's football-playing lawyers.Norton Rose walked away with the cup. Another 120 teams left with the memory of a good day's play at Arsenal's famous Highbury grounds.There were a couple of scuffles, a selection of interesting and impressive strips and ...

  • O'Hara wins leave to appeal

    4-Apr-1995

    * The Law Lords have now given leave for Gerard O'Hara, who was arrested by the RUC in December 1985 under the 1984 Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act to appeal against Northern Ireland High and Appeal Court decisions rejecting his claims for damages for false imprisonment on the basis of unlawful arrest.

  • Olswang poaches SJ Berwin partner

    4-Apr-1995

    S J BERWIN & Co tax specialist Kay Butler is set to join London practice Olswang to become its head of tax.Her move follows hard on the heels of corporate finance partner Graeme Levy's move to 20-partner Olswang fromSJ Berwin which was announced in January.A statement issued by Olswang ...

  • Open this mutual exclusion zone

    7-Apr-1995

    On 23 June the results of the qualified lawyers transfer test were published, giving the names of those already qualified lawyers who have successfully met the Law Society's requirements in passing further tests to become solicitors. Those from foreign jurisdictions will then gain an additional qualification, whereas the barristers qualified in England might well be thinking of voluntarily disbarring themselves, retaining only the newly acquired status of solicitor. ...

  • Papering over the cracks?

    7-Apr-1995

    John Malpas examines the divisions caused by legal aid reformsANYONE doubting that legal aid reform did not arouse passions among practitioners and administrators alike need have looked no further than the recent Legal Action Group conference in London. A passionate assault on the status quo by a leading Law Centre figure and a colourful outburst by an enraged Steve Orchard are the two enduring memories of the conference.The incidents highlight the ...

  • Pension rights cloud CCT issue

    7-Apr-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsLOCAL authorities are facing a legal dilemma over the awarding of competitive contracts in the wake of controversial new thinking on the issue of staff pension rights.They have been left confused about whether they can choose a contractor on the basis of its pension scheme.Previously, councils accepted Whitehall's advice that they could turn down an otherwise-good bid if the firm involved was offering inferior pension ...

  • Planning expert's dual role

    7-Apr-1995

    The head of planning and environment at a Staffordshire solicitors' firm has taken up two influential positions in the world of local government law.Stewart Titchener has been elected legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and admitted to the Law Society's planning panel.Titchener heads the planning and environment unit at Knight & Sons, Newcastle-under-Lyme, where he is a consultant. Titchener, former chief executive of Stoke ...

  • Plumber's hotel accident leads to writ for Trotts

    4-Apr-1995

    A LONDON firm is being sued by a former client who claims it allowed a damages action to be automatically struck out.Former plumber George Kersey says he hired Islington firm Trott & Gentry to pursue an action against Imperial London Hotels after an accident left him unable to work.A writ issued at the High Court says that the firm began proceedings at Clerkenwell County Court and then failed to prevent them from being automatically struck out 15 months after ...

  • Poll shows poor knowledge of EU law

    4-Apr-1995

    ONLY 33 per cent of European lawyers received instruction in EU law at university and two in three consider their knowledge inadequate, a Gallup poll has shown.The survey, which was carried out for the European Commission, canvassed 635 lawyers throughout the 12 European Union member states.It reveals that 48 per cent did not have the opportunity to study community law because it was not included in the curriculum, and only 30 per cent have had post-graduate ...

  • Practice split will bypass division

    4-Apr-1995

    East Anglian firm Birkett Westhorp & Long has denied that a split into two separate practices will affect the operations of its recently established financial services division.The Ipswich-based firm is to split from its Essex operation in June five years after merger.The Ipswich firm will remain with 24 partners, while the Colchester firm will have 15.There is no confirmation of the names which the two firms will use after the demerger.

  • Practices deny power backlash

    4-Apr-1995

    Law practices which acted as share shops for the PowerGen and National Power issue say they have not suffered a client backlash in the face of the post-launch debacle.Seven of the 130 share shops which handled the share issues last month were law firms, and reported high levels of interest from potential investors ahead of the deadline.But the announcement of an investigation into electricity sector profit levels by industry regulator Stephen Littlechild ...

  • Price top of agenda in external work

    4-Apr-1995

    PRICING is the "great unresolved conundrum" when local authorities are outsourcing legal work, London Borough of Croydon's solicitor to the council Miles Smith said last week.Speaking at the annual weekend school for local government lawyers, he said a substantial part of his local authority's legal work, which was outsourced to local practice Stoneham Langton & Passmore, was hourly rated.He said this was not satisfactory ...

  • Profit or loss?

    7-Apr-1995

    Before assessing improvement, partners must decide on an appropriate yardstick for measuring profitability.Commercial lawyers are familiar with corporate performance where various indicators can be used to measure improvement - higher earnings per share, increase in the dividend rate and a straightforward rise in share price.An increase in a company's profits in absolute terms is no guide. That can be achieved simply by acquiring another profitable business ...

  • Property

    4-Apr-1995

    Samsung Electronics (UK), advised by Coudert Brothers, has bought 200 acres in Cleveland from: Cameron Hall Developments and Wynyard Estates, advised by Archers; Wynyard Estates, and English Partnerships, advised by Wilkinson & Maughan.

  • Reports Find employers wise to sex equality laws

    7-Apr-1995

    EMPLOYERS are now taking sex discrimination seriously and are increasingly aware of the pay-outs they face if they do not ensure equality for workers, the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) says.In her 1994 annual report EOC chair Kamlesh Bahl says the year marked "significant progress", in the promotion of equality.She says the commission received 42,921 enquiries throughout the year - up 8.5 per cent from 39,557 - and both employees and employers are becoming ...

  • Russian workers join UK practices

    4-Apr-1995

    MORE than 300 employers, including an increasing number of the UK's top law firms, are expected to take Russian workers on placement as part of this year's Chancellor's Financial Sector Scheme.Norton Rose, Linklaters & Paines,

  • Russians get business tips

    7-Apr-1995

    A programme teaching Russian legal practices how to run a law firm is to be launched this week by the Law Society of England and Wales and the Law Society of Scotland.Forty lawyers will take part in the four-week training programme, organised in conjunction with the Russian Academy of Jurisprudence and the International Union of Advocates.The course is financed by the European Commission's Tacis programme, set up to provide technical assistance to the Commonwealth ...

  • Secret debate on home title

    7-Apr-1995

    THE EUROPEAN Parliament last week banned observers from its public gallery as members of the Legal Affairs Committee debated the establishment directive.Last week MEPs ousted observers - including the representatives of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Union - while they discussed the working document on rights of cross-border establishment which had been prepared by French MEP Nicole Fontaine.Discussion on the matter has now been postponed by the ...

  • Set to take on London

    4-Apr-1995

    David Adams led the team at Travers Smith Braithwaite which acted for Clinton Cards in its £27.5m acquisition of GSG Holdings. Norton Rose acted for the underwriter HSBC Investments and Eversheds acted for the vendors.

  • SJ Berwin report shows directors' shortcomings

    7-Apr-1995

    Research co-sponsored by SJ Berwin reveals that company directors' misunderstanding of their legal duties remains one of the key barriers to sustainable competitive success.The report, 'Tomorrow's company inquiry' advocates the "inclusive approach", as essential for successful companies. This entails building reciprocal relationships with all 'stakeholders' ...

  • Solicitor advocates await green light to apply for silk

    4-Apr-1995

    SOLICITOR advocates are set to be given the go ahead to apply for silk by the Lord Chancellor.The Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates has written to the Lord Chancellor with details of 12 solicitors who have 10 or more years advocacy experience in the High Court.The group says the Lord Chancellor promised at a meeting in January to open the competition for silks up to solicitor advocates if it could identify solicitors who met the 10-year advocacy ...

  • Solicitors take up insurance gauntlet

    4-Apr-1995

    Law firms are being challenged to fight back against mortgage providers in the battle to provide household and contents insurance with a Law Society-endorsed general insurance broking service.Lawinsure, a subsidiary of the HSBC banking group which owns Midlands Bank, is promising to provide competitive quotes through its centralised quotation and arrangement service for household insurance.Anthony Greayer, managing director of Lawinsure, says: ...

  • Swedish police make illegal software haul

    7-Apr-1995

    Swedish police have tracked down what appears to be the largest cache of illegal software found on the Internet.An estimated $1.7 million of unauthorised software, including Word, Pagemaker, Photoshop and Autocad, has been illegally transmitted to Internet users world-wide by students from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The Royal Institute of Technology, acting on a tip from the US, contacted the Business Software Alliance for help in finding ...

  • Swepstones sues former colleague

    4-Apr-1995

    THREE partners at London firm Swepstone Walsh are suing former partner Ronald Pattison for compensation over a loan.Pattison, who ceased to be a partner last October, is being sued for u26,685 with interest, an indemnity for the amount of an outstanding individual loan, and a declaration that he is liable to pay the three partners one third of the interest on the loan between January 1992 and July 1994.A writ just issued at the High Court says Swepstone Walsh ...

  • Technology for the masses

    4-Apr-1995

    Chris Woodruff

  • Technology on trial

    7-Apr-1995

    Judge Fallon, senior judge at Bristol Crown Court, is a passionate believer in the merits of computers in court. He talked in 1991 about a "horse and cart to motor car" transition when describing the process of getting lawyers and judges to use computers. "The problem with the early motor car was that it was difficult to drive, had a maximum speed of 20 miles an hour, and was unreliable," he said.Early computers had similar problems. ...

  • The harsh price of healthcare

    4-Apr-1995

    Roger Pearson

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: THE LAWYER INQUIRY

    7-Apr-1995

    Malcolm McPherson is the managing partner at Henderson Boyd Jackson, Edinburgh. He was born in Edinburgh in 1954.What was your first job?Truck driverWhat was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£950 pa.What would you be doing if you hadn't become a lawyer?Boat builder.Which law could you live without?Financial Services Act.What car do you drive?Range ...

  • Toms makes its presence in Odessa permanent

    4-Apr-1995

    UK firm BC Toms & Co has established a permanent presence in Odessa after opening a project office in the city in December.The office, headed by UK solicitor Peter Fullerton, was originally opened to accommodate the 17-lawyer firm while it handled the country's largest construction project - the building of a hotel.Managing partner Bate Toms says the firm, which already operates a "boutique practice" in the Ukraine, will remain in the region following the ...

  • Trainees must make salary choice

    4-Apr-1995

    TRAINEE solicitors are being pressured into choosing between dropping their demands for an increase in the minimum salary or losing it altogether.Roger Jones, chair of the Law Society's training committee, has told the Trainee Solicitors' Group he will not press for a vote on the abolition of the salary later this month if the group does not call for an increase in the minimum salary.The offer has forced the group to reconsider an earlier decision to ...

  • TRAINING

    4-Apr-1995

    Last year five law firms in Birmingham took the unusual step of getting together to co-ordinate a joint approach to training.Under the auspices of the 'Investor in people' project organised by Birmingham Tec, the firms, Edge & Ellison, Wragge & Co, Evershed Wells & Hind, Martineau Johnson and Shakespeares decided to pool resources to determine their precise ...

  • Training and sticky labels

    4-Apr-1995

    The fierce competition for training places generates a vicious circle whereby LPC students, such as myself, cannot feel safe writing just to those firms we would like to join, for fear our applications may fail to stand out among the 800 - 1,500 others that an advertiser may receive. So as 'insurance' we feel obliged to write to another several dozen mutually less suitable firms, thereby feeding another round of congestion in the system. Nobody benefits ...

  • Tug of love body battle to High Court

    7-Apr-1995

    Roger Pearson looks at two women's dispute over the right to cremateThe date has been set for a case in the High Court in which two women are fighting over the dead body of the man they loved.David Brinson died of pancreatic cancer in May at the age of 42. At the time he was still married to his wife Sally, 40, of Orpington, Kent. However, he had not lived with Mrs Brinson and their two children since 1983.

  • Unison warns Hull

    7-Apr-1995

    Town hall union Unison has warned that it will take legal action against Hull Council if it goes ahead with plans to keep chief officers in place after it merges with Humberside. Officials are considering using test cases involving staff from Humberside who would be affected by the proposals. Hull was advised by Anthony Scrivener QC that it is entitled to keep senior officers in place after becoming a unitary council next April, and said it will see if the same advice can be applied ...

  • US lawyers prefer paper, says survey

    7-Apr-1995

    Seventy per cent of US lawyers use technology on a daily basis, according to a study commissioned by Pitney Bowes Management Services (PBMS).The study on the impact of technology on the legal profession questioned 200 partners and associates from top law firms across the US. It claims that although 84 per cent of respondents said they prefer practising law in conjunction with technology, the majority still choose to communicate with their clients on paper rather ...

  • US practices struck by defections

    7-Apr-1995

    San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster and New York firm White & Case have been hit by the departures of top-level partners and assistants.A five-partner team and 12 associates left the Manhattan office of Morrison & Foerster to join 83-partner New York firm

  • Washington firm forges London partnership

    4-Apr-1995

    WASHINGTON DC-based firm Crowell & Moring has established its London office as a multi-national partnership between English solicitors and US attorneys.The partnership, which is relocating to Fleet Street later this month, is taking advantage of the Law Society's recent change in rules which will allow it to represent clients in litigation in courts in England and Wales.UK solicitor Peter Teare, who has also qualified as an attorney in the US, will head ...

  • White collar crime isn't paying

    7-Apr-1995

    The mega fraud trials of recent years have failed to net results. Grania Langdon-Down examines what can be doneFive years ago, the first Guinness trial raised the curtain on a series of expensive marathon fraud trials intended to serve as a high-profile crackdown on the commercial excesses of the 1980s.Today, the latest in the line, involving Kevin and Ian Maxwell, is into the second month of an estimated six-month trial which could cost the taxpayer up to £25 ...

  • White males still head profession

    4-Apr-1995

    THE LATEST breakdown of the judiciary based on sex and ethnic background confirms the continued dominance of the white male.According to the Lord Chancellor's Department there are just six women High Court judges out of a total of 93 on 1 March this year.Out of the 453 circuit judges, 27 are female and of the 819 recorders just 51 are women.Lady Justice Butler-Sloss is the only female Appeal Court judge.The position for lawyers ...

  • Who's who in the Maxwell trial

    7-Apr-1995

    Grania Langdon-Down asks veteran court reporters for their impressions of the stars in the Maxwell trial legal cast listThe high-profile, but so far low-key Maxwell trial has inevitably attracted the premier league of white collar crime legal experts.Now into the second month of the estimated six month long trial, veteran court reporters who have covered all the major fraud trials for the last five years sum up the legal performances so far.The judge ...

  • Women establish financial network

    7-Apr-1995

    Women in the insolvency and company restructuring sectors have set up a UK branch of the the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). The new network is part of an organisation started by New York lawyer Selinda Melnik of Rogers & Wells last year, and now boasts members in 20 countries.Particularly strong in the US, Canada and Australia, the IWIRC offers membership to a wide range of lawyers, accountants, bankers, academics ...

  • Woolf appoints IT expert to inquiry

    4-Apr-1995

    MASONS partner Richard Susskind, who is visiting professor to the Centre for Law, Computers and Technology at Strathclyde University, has been appointed as IT consultant to Lord Woolf's inquiry into the civil justice system.Susskind, who is also past chair of the Society for Computers & Law, hopes to identify ways in which Lord Woolf's findings can be supplemented by IT. He says: "I want also to help explain IT's potential for the re-engineering of existing ...