3 February 1997

The Lawyer

  • 13 Old Square poaches six in aggressive recruitment drive

    9-Feb-1997

    Top Chancery chambers 13 Old Square has chosen the traditionally quiet summer break to raid three neighbouring sets of its junior tenants to appoint six new barristers.The move by 13 Old Square, the chambers of Michael Lyndon-Stanford QC, coincides with a similar poaching spree by Birmingham's 5 Fountain Court, and has prompted one senior clerk to compare the movement of tenants to the football transfer market.The set said it received "dozens" of replies ...

  • A legal duty to explain

    9-Feb-1997

    Lucian Pollington says BT shareholders have little choice on the MCI acquisition. Lucian Pollington is a lawyer at Simmons & Simmons.At the trial of a dentist for negligence, the presiding judge remarked that "there can be no doubt that... he was a disgrace to his profession. Conduct of this kind seriously undermines the confidence that patients are entitled to be able to place in their dentists." What was it that so alarmed the court?The duty of a dentist is ...

  • A right time to complain

    9-Feb-1997

    You refer to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission's rigid adherence to time limits coming under High Court scrutiny in the case of Countess Ilona Esterhazy (The Lawyer 29 July).I would just like to set the record straight. The commission does not adhere rigidly to time limits - these are for guidance only. When complaints are received outside the guideline of three months from the date of the broadcast in the case of a television programme, or six weeks in the ...

  • A tough nut to crack

    9-Feb-1997

    South Africa's long exile from the global stage does not mean its legal market is a pushover, says Ravinder Chahal. Ravinder Chahal is a freelance journalist.The abolition of apartheid saw South Africa reopen its doors for business with the world once more. After years of being sidelined, its lawyers are now playing in the global league, while at home the profession is experiencing a mini-revolution of its own.Justin Hardcastle, managing partner of Cape ...

  • Appeal Court extends barristers' immunity beyond courtroom

    9-Feb-1997

    The Court of Appeal has ruled that the concept of barristers' immunity extends beyond the courtroom door following a case against family lawyer and Labour MP Jean Corston.In a significant decision, the the Appeal Court has ruled that in some instances lawyers who negotiate pre-trial or mid-trial settlements are protected from any subsequent negligence claim.Corston, a barrister at St John's Chambers in Bristol and Labour MP for Bristol East since 1992, ...

  • Asim talks tactics

    9-Feb-1997

    The Association of Solicitors in Investment Management (Asim) recently held a strategy meeting to draw up plans for the organisation and its members. Top of the agenda was the issue of how firms could increase the amounts of money being invested through their firms. A spokesperson said it was fairly easy for firms to get between £10m and £15m in investment funds from regular business. But she added that it was much more difficult to improve on this level. The meeting resolved ...

  • Barrister helps bring justice to Sarajevo

    9-Feb-1997

    Chris Fogarty reportsSix months service in the legal minefield of Bosnia has left barrister Jessica Simor with a renewed faith in the English justice system.The Monckton Chambers junior has just returned from the city of Sarajevo where she was a legal adviser for Bosnia's Human Rights Ombudsperson, Dr Gret Haller. "It made me incredibly aware of how wonderful our dreadful English legal system is," said Simor of her Bosnian experience.

  • Barristers vote with their feet

    9-Feb-1997

    Tenancy in chambers is no longer, it seems, tenancy for life. Hopping to and fro between chambers has become increasingly frequent with many barristers uprooting and simply moving on. Why this new flexible approach? Five years ago, barristers moving chambers was almost unheard of. Equally, those poaching talent from other sets would find themselves blackballed.However, many junior barristers have become disillusioned with life at the bar. Some chambers ...

  • Berman shuts US practice to join Dibbs in New York

    9-Feb-1997

    Dibb Lupton Alsop has recruited UK lawyer Keith Berman of Bermans in New York, formerly the US office of Bermans in Liverpool, as a consultant for its New York office.Berman's consultancy position will see him working as a general commercial litigator for Dibbs. According to Dibbs partner Andrew Chappell, he will bring his own practice to an end and concentrate solely on Dibbs work.The move brings Dibbs' New York presence up to five lawyers, including ...

  • Bishops installs resident partner in Lithuanian office

    9-Feb-1997

    A Leading Scottish law firm, Bishop and Robertson Chalmers, has boosted its Lithuanian presence, with Edinburgh partner Rodger Murray becoming a resident of the country.Murray, jointly responsible for opening the Vilnius office two years ago, had been spending a week each month in Lithuania but said a recent business "upsurge" for the office, including last month's appointment by the European Commission and Lithuanian government to help modernise Lithuanian commercial ...

  • Canada fears MDP threat

    9-Feb-1997

    The new president of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Andre Gervais, has highlighted the increasing threat his 34,000 members are facing from the creeping presence of big-six accountants in the Canadian legal market.Gervais, who made his inaugural speech at last week's CBA annual conference, said there was a "growing concern among Canadian lawyers about the shifting areas of practice to non-legal professionals"He added that he planned to "champion" the ...

  • Claire Sheehan on the developments in Factortame. Claire Sheehan is an assistant solicitor at Thomas Cooper & Stibbard.

    9-Feb-1997

    Play up, play up and play the game. This is the message coming through loud and clear from Europe and which has recently been given practical effect by the Divisional Court in the most recent instalment of the Factortame litigation (R v Secretary of State for Transport ex parte Factortame & ors). If the UK wants to play in the European game it is not possible to take back the ball and go home sulking if the game does not go its way.Factortame or, as it has become ...

  • Couderts in surprise UK merger

    9-Feb-1997

    US firm Coudert Brothers has taken the City by surprise by taking over specialist London commercial property firm Debenham & Co this week and revealing that it is seeking a merger with a "top-tier" UK practice.Couderts has struggled to make an impact on the City since it became the first US firm to establish a London multinational practice seven years ago and some observers have questioned the logic of its merger with the niche West End property firm.But Couderts' ...

  • Courting solicitors to untie the knot

    9-Feb-1997

    A matrimonial case has highlighted the increasing problem of couples who litigate rather than conciliate, reports Roger Pearson.A matrimonial action has brought condemnation from high up the judicial ranks of couples who resort to the law before trying to settle their differences themselves.The case involves a couple whose marriage collapsed after the wife confessed to a brief affair with a friend of the family. The husband, a deputy headmaster, ...

  • Crackdown on immigration advisers

    9-Feb-1997

    THE GOVERNMENT is considering relaxing client confidentiality rules to allow lawyers to report unscrupulous immigration advisers who are preying on the vulnerability of immigrants.A consultation paper is due to be unveiled by the government later this month proposing a regulatory regime for legally qualified and unqualified immigration advisers.There are growing concerns about advisers who mislead clients on the availability of legal aid and their chances of ...

  • Ernst & Young - a correction

    9-Feb-1997

    In an article in The Lawyer, 12 August - "E&Y's £800m claim against Bank of England struck out" - we stated that Ernst & Young was the liquidator of BCCI. In fact the liquidator is Deloitte & Touche and it was Deloittes who brought the claim against the Bank of England, not Ernst & Young.

  • Exchanging control for freedom

    9-Feb-1997

    Relaxation of strict exchange controls means greater financial freedom for the republic's investors, says David Lancaster. David Lancaster is a partner at Webber Wentzel Bowens.Since 1961, South Africa has been subject to stringent exchange controls under the Exchange Control Regulations 1961. But on 1 July 1997 the republic introduced important relaxations to these restrictions.Prior to this date, individuals resident in South Africa were prohibited from ...

  • Financings

    9-Feb-1997

    Boodle Hatfield advised Tradepoint Financial Networks

  • Financings

    9-Feb-1997

    Linklaters & Paines advised the lead manager

  • Financings

    9-Feb-1997

    Travers Smith Braithwaite advised Baring Communications Equity and Spectrum Equity Investors on their £6m investment in Internet services provider Internet Network Services

  • Giving legal shelter to tenants

    9-Feb-1997

    Roger Pearson looks at how a ruling in a housing case has reversed an earlier decision which left tenants unprotected by law.A Court of Appeal ruling has given tenants who live above business premises good reason to celebrate.The decision in the three-case appeal of Wellcome Trust v Alhammad, Ebied & anor v Hopkins & anor and the Church Commissioners for England v Baines, reverses a 1989 Appeal Court ruling and, according to a leading housing lawyer, ...

  • Good associations

    9-Feb-1997

    During the long years of apartheid, anyone who tried to establish an organisation in the UK whose objectives were to promote fellowship and good understanding between the legal professions in South Africa and the UK would have been considered a fool or an optimist.Following the election of the ANC government, however, it soon became evident that the enormous store of goodwill towards the new administration could be tapped to establish just such an organisation.

  • Gray's Inn helps out over-taxed practices

    9-Feb-1997

    In an innovative commercial move, tax specialist set Gray's Inn Chambers is outsourcing three of its junior barristers to at least six City and commercial solicitors' firms with over-stretched tax departments.The trio - Conrad McDonnell, Hugh McKay and Aparna Nathan - charges an hourly rate, effectively acting as assistant solicitors. The three attend meetings with clients, draft tax deeds and provide general tax advice. McKay and Nathan spend 50 per cent of their ...

  • Green form pilot deadline extended

    9-Feb-1997

    The Legal Aid Board (LAB) has now extended the deadline for green form block contract pilot applications in the wake of a poor turnout for the scheme. The pilot scheme was originally due to begin on 1 September, but an LAB spokesman said last week "it would be no skin off our nose" if applications arrived as late as 8 September. As The Lawyer went to press, only 89 applications had been received. Interest in the scheme was originally expressed by 840 firms and the LAB narrowed the applicants ...

  • Herbert Smith gets £3m payout

    9-Feb-1997

    Herbert Smith was paid £3,256,000-worth of taxpayers money in fees for the sell-off of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) married quarters - twice as much as the MoD budgeted for.The National Audit Office's report on the controversial £1.6bn sell-off of 57,000 married quarters homes to Nomura-led consortium Annington Homes, in the UK's largest ever conveyancing transaction, reveals that the MoD originally made internal budgets for legal fees of only £1.6m.

  • Hodge Jones' move takes it into the 21st century

    9-Feb-1997

    EXPANDING London firm Hodge Jones & Allen is celebrating its 20th anniversary by moving office, hiring extra staff and adopting new technology.The practice, which began in September 1977 with three solicitors and now has 70 staff, was due to move 100 yards from its Camden High Street premises to new offices on Camden Road at the weekend.Partner Patrick Allen said the ...

  • In brief: Donns opens medical negligence unit

    9-Feb-1997

    Manchester personal injury firm Donns has launched a medical negligence department. Solicitor Alexandra Hill (pictured with Donns senior partner Raymond Donn) joined Donns last week as an associate partner and is to head the firm's new department. She joins from Cottrill Stone Lawless, also in Manchester, where she was the sole solicitor in the medical negligence department.

  • In brief: Dundas/Dorman Jeffrey merger on track

    9-Feb-1997

    The merger of Edinburgh firm Dundas & Wilson with Dorman Jeffrey & Co to join the Arthur Andersen network looks set to go ahead this week - marking Andersens' largest acquisition so far in the UK legal marketplace. The move, as Dorman Jeffrey partner Brian Dorman told The Lawyer last month, will involve his firm's Edinburgh office moving in with Dundas & Wilson's Edinburgh office, ...

  • In brief: Europe to fund legal training in Middle East

    9-Feb-1997

    The European Commission is funding a £320,000 programme which will see the Law Society of England and Wales run training programmes for Middle Eastern lawyers. Beginning in Lebanon early next year, the programmes will cover areas such as the importance of an independent judiciary, the rule of law and equal access to justice. English and Welsh solicitors will give their time free of charge for the training programmes, which will be held in Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan.

  • In brief: Goldsmith to head finance review panel

    9-Feb-1997

    Former Bar Council chairman Peter Goldsmith QC has been appointed as the new chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel. He replaces 39 Essex Street head of chambers Edwin Glasgow QC who retires after completing his five-year term. The panel examines the annual accounts of public and large private companies to see if they comply with the Companies Act and acceptable accounting standards. Goldsmith, who is a tenant at commercial set Fountain Court, said he intends to combine his ...

  • In brief: LCD publishes paper on court costs rules

    9-Feb-1997

    The Lord Chancellor's Department has published a consultation paper on proposed new rules of court relating to costs. Comments on the paper, which does not include draft rules relating to Lord Woolf's proposals for fast track or fixed costs, are invited by 31 October.

  • In brief: Norton Rose accused of discrimination

    9-Feb-1997

    A former Norton Rose secretary, Cheryl Pascal, is claiming unfair dismissal and racial discrimination against the firm, its head of personnel Celia Staples and director of administration Patrick Stone. Stratford Industrial Tribunal heard how Pascal had worked at the firm for eight years before her dismissal in February last year. "There was a systematic attempt either to dismiss me or force me to resign, ...

  • Law Soc sponsors Kazakhstan workshops

    9-Feb-1997

    The Law Society is sponsoring its second visit to Kazakhstan this month with its Book Bus and Bar Leadership project, which visits this week.A team of 19 young UK solicitors, trainee solicitors and law students will run workshops on comparative UK and Kazakhstan law, and will distribute free law books to the Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan students attending.The project visited Uzbekistan last year and its workshops were attended by over 120 people. This ...

  • Law Soc sponsors second workshop visit to Kazakhstan

    9-Feb-1997

    The Law Society is sponsoring its second visit to Kazakhstan with its Book Bus and Bar Leadership project visiting the Central Asian country this week.The project involves a team of 19 young UK solicitors, trainee solicitors and law students running workshops on comparative UK and Kazakhstan law.The group will also be distributing free law books to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan students attending the workshops.In addition, the College of Law ...

  • Leeds appointment

    9-Feb-1997

    Leeds-based Lupton Fawcett has hired a new investment manager. Philip Cramer replaces John Hanratty, who left the firm to specialise in pensions related work at Pinsent Curtis. Cramer, who was a director of financial services at Leeds chartered accountancy firm Grants, said he would be assisting partner John Eaton and undertaking hands-on portfolio management for clients. He joined ...

  • Legal aid firm Magrath & Co loses leading criminal lights

    9-Feb-1997

    Leading criminal lawyers Mark Haslam and Aileen Colhoun have both deserted the niche commercial and legal aid firm Magrath & Co.Haslam, secretary of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association, is joining fraud practice Burton Copeland as a salaried partner after being a partner at Magrath & Co for four years.Colhoun, who acted for a defendant in the second Maxwell trial, was made a partner in 1990 and was head of Magrath & Co’s criminal department.

  • Linklaters scuppers shredding attempt

    9-Feb-1997

    AN ENGINEERING company has been fined £125,000 and is likely to face more than £1m costs for deliberately trying to hide confidential documents during a court-ordered search by Linklaters & Paines.The High Court held the company, steel mill producer VAI Industries (UK), in contempt last month after Linklaters' lawyers arrived at its headquarters to execute an Anton Piller ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 2/9/97

    9-Feb-1997

    James Alexander Gregg, solicitor's clerk of Bedfordshire, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay £1,407 costs. Allegations substantiated that he had been involved in an international financial transaction involving a proposed loan of US$25m and a proposed advance fee of US$250,000. Gregg said to have written series of letters to a Canadian lawyer and London solicitors referring to the ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 2/9/97

    9-Feb-1997

    Duty owed by a local authority to a child in its careBarrett v London Borough of Enfield (1997)Court: CA (Lord Woolf MR, Evans LJ and Schiemann LJ) 25/3/9Appearances: Allan Levy, instructed by Thompson Smith & Puxon, for the appellant. Nigel Baker QC and Brendan Roche, instructed by Browne Jacobson, for the local authority.Summary: Striking ...

  • Litigation Writs 2/9/97

    9-Feb-1997

    Prestigious City offices taken on by Badenoch & Clark at 16-18 New Bridge Street, London EC4, failed to meet up to expectations, according to a writ issued in the Chancery Division. It claims that some of the furniture at the offices, which cost £124,623 a year, had a "Steptoe and Son" look about it. The reception porter was alleged to have been asleep at the reception with his feet up in the middle of the afternoon on one occasion. Badenoch ...

  • Lititgation Personal Injury 2/9/97

    9-Feb-1997

    Young v Lewisham and Southwark Health Authority - QBD 21 July 1997Claimant: Eleanor Young, 13Incident: Medical negligenceInjuries: Claimant born with several congenital abnormalities including a missing left kidney and right thumb and an enlarged heart, which was damaged after heart surgery went wrong when she was nine months old. During the operation to close a heart duct in May 1984, a senior registrar at Guy's Hospital saw what ...

  • Magistrates' courts cuts

    9-Feb-1997

    The otherwise extremely well-researched and important article by Andrew Millington (The Lawyer 5 August) failed to mention that one of the reasons why courthouse closures have accelerated is the provision in the Police and Magistrates' Courts Act which required the appointment by courts committees of a chief executive, a new level of management to magistrates' courts' administration.It is mainly in areas where a joint appointment has been made of justices' ...

  • Middle East Association lists members in free directory

    9-Feb-1997

    The Middle East Association (MEA) has published a directory of its law firm members for use by businesses and organisations working in the UK and the Middle East.The MEA was set up by British companies to promote trade between the UK and the Middle East. It is the largest organisation of its kind.The 25 MEA law firm members are listed in the directory with additional information on their particular skills. Members include

  • Middle East directory unveiled

    9-Feb-1997

    The Middle East Association (MEA) has published a directory of its law firm members for use by businesses and organisations working in the UK and the Middle East.The MEA was set up by British companies to promote trade between the UK and the Middle East. It is the largest organisation of its kind.The 25 MEA law firm members are listed in the directory, with additional information on their particular skills. Member firms include

  • Mitre Court quintet forms Fleet Street set

    9-Feb-1997

    FOUR barristers at Mitre Court Chambers have left with its senior clerk, Robert Ruegg, to found a new set.According to Ruegg, a dispute between him and his former chambers, where he was senior clerk for five years, prompted his move to open Fleet Chambers at 44-46 Fleet Street.Neither Ruegg nor his former set would comment on the dispute.The new common law chambers will be headed by criminal specialist James Cartwright, ...

  • MMC gives property shops the green light

    9-Feb-1997

    The Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) has ended an 18-month investigation into Scotland's solicitors' property centres by clearing them of anti-competitive behaviour.The MMC's long-awaited ruling, announced last Friday, said Scotland's property centres enjoyed a monopoly but acted in the public interest.Law Society of Scotland president John Elliot said the MMC's decision was a victory for the profession.Edinburgh Solicitors' ...

  • Mortgage firm promotes title cover

    9-Feb-1997

    A small London-based mortgage company is pioneering free title insurance for its customers in a move that will herald less work and lower fees for conveyancing solicitors.Under the scheme, Kensington Mortgage Company, which works with about 5,000 new borrowers each year, will offer clients free title insurance for mortgages or remortgages on properties up to a value of £150,000.The policy will cover local authority searches - negating the need for solicitors ...

  • NatWest wants US practices as tenants

    9-Feb-1997

    The NatWest is in negotiations with a number of US law firms interested in taking several floors of its newly-renamed International Financial Centre, the tallest building in the City.Ashurst Morris Crisp has been advising NatWest on leasing the tower, which was closed three years ago following damage caused by an IRA bomb.A NatWest spokesman said the company expected to be able ...

  • Nine sign up with insurer to advise on crisis-busting

    9-Feb-1997

    Nine top law firms, including one US practice, have been placed on a panel to provide emergency advice to companies faced with embarrassing scandals which could hit their share price.Insurer AIG (Europe) has developed a new "crisis containment" policy which gives companies 30 days free legal, PR and other advice in the event of a crisis such as revelations of fraud by a director.The company chooses which law firm of the nine -

  • OU set to be largest single provider of law courses

    9-Feb-1997

    THE OPEN University is on course to become the largest single provider of law degree courses, according to the head of its new degree course.Gary Slapper, formerly director of Staffordshire University's law degree course, offic ially took up his post this week, but has been working with the College of Law's director of academic studies Roger Earis over the summer to devise the new course.The course will begin in February and the university is currently ...

  • Perth merger goes ahead

    9-Feb-1997

    The Perth office of Australian firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page has finally merged with Perth firm Parker & Parker following the resolution of a major conflict of interest.The merger took place on 1 September, nearly a year after talks between the two firms commenced.Marketing manager Mike Godrich said the merger will "position us very strongly in the marketplace. There is a strong synergy between the two firms."The firms had announced their intention ...

  • Police duty on livestock traffic

    9-Feb-1997

    The House of Lords is to consider an appeal by International Trader's Ferry (ITF). ITF accused Sussex police of failing in their duty by seeking to prevent livestock lorry convoys reaching the port in the face of demonstrations. The Divisional Court upheld its challenge on 26 July 1995, but that decision was reversed by the Court of Appeal this January. ITF says once the ban on livestock traffic is lifted it wants to continue shipping live animals and therefore seeks a definitive ...

  • Ringing the changes at the Bar. Victoria Thompson urges chambers to reorganise to survive

    9-Feb-1997

    Many solicitors still perceive the Bar as being a long way from providing an efficient, business-like or even courteous service. But with the changing economic climate, survival and growth is guaranteed only for those sets that are client-led and focused.Solicitors are simply demanding value for money and business professionalism. If the Bar continues to ignore its clients' needs then surely its entire future is in doubt.Chambers must re-think ...

  • Shake-up at 10 KBW uushers in new regime

    9-Feb-1997

    TEN King’s Bench Walk head of chambers Jan Paulusz has left the set, which has also lost its senior clerk and two barristers.Paulusz, a recorder and long-standing member of the common law set, has joined nearby 8 King’s Bench Walk. His former chambers has reconstituted itself and voted in a new head, Claudius Algar.Paulusz was unavailable for comment on the reasons for his departure - but the chambers is understood to have been beset with internal disputes, with ...

  • Successful US alliances

    9-Feb-1997

    The article about the Simmons & Simmons joint venture (The Lawyer 5 August) was very interesting. However, you are wrong to say all alliances in the early 1990s have failed.We have had an alliance with Rosenman & Colin since before 1990. It continues to be a source of work for both sides. We never set out with extravagant expectations and we always understood that it was non-exclusive and, indeed, we work very comfortably with other firms in the US.

  • Taxing time for the Inland Revenue

    9-Feb-1997

    Karen Methold questions whether the Inland Revenue should take a more conventional approach to constitutional matters by letting Parliament decide when we pay our taxes. Karen Methold is a partner at Rooks Rider.The House of Lords judgment in the case of Commissioners of Inland Revenue v Willoughby last month was excellent news for tax practitioners in all disciplines and, as it happens, for Professor Willoughby himself.Such was the strength of Professor ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Simon Chandler

    9-Feb-1997

    Simon Chandler was born in Bristol on 6 April 1962. He is an assistant solicitor in the insurance litigation department at Cameron McKenna's Bristol office.What was your first job?Paper boy, without a bike.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£45 per day as an outdoor clerk in Lincoln's Inn.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?I would still ...

  • The overseas advantage

    9-Feb-1997

    Ravinder Chahal reports on the experience of the few South African firms that have opted to build an international presenceAlthough much attention has recently been focused on domestic activity, several South African firms have chosen to cast their nets further afield. There have been three South African firms operating in London since the late 1980s - Maitland & Co, Bowman Gilfillan Hayman Godfrey and Mallinick Ress Richman & Closenburg.Of the three, the most ...

  • Think-tank to look again at Drugs Act

    9-Feb-1997

    CRIMINAL lawyers have welcomed the appointment of a police think-tank which will investigate whether or not certain controlled drugs should be decriminalised.The Police Foundation's committee of inquiry, which will examine the effectiveness of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, is due to meet for the first time on 30 September, and reports back in two years' time.Barrister Rudi Fortson, a drugs law specialist based at 3 Gray's Inn Square, and Leonard ...

  • Threat of price rise on non-Crest deals

    9-Feb-1997

    LawShare is planning to increase its charges for members who do not make use of the electronic share-dealing service, Crest.The company is currently looking at how it can balance out charges for those using Crest and those who prefer to use share certificates.Spokesman Chris Bishop said: "The costs of not being in Crest are higher than being in it. The charges we will make will reflect those variable costs."No final decision has been ...

  • Turcan Connell plans in-house finance service

    9-Feb-1997

    Edinburgh firm Turcan Connell, the private client offshoot of Dundas & Wilson, is to launch an in-house investment management service later this year.The seven-partner firm, which opened its doors last month and which has remained in the same building as its old firm, has appointed ...

  • Use lottery to pick peers says barrister

    9-Feb-1997

    A BARRISTER has won a national award for his plan to use a weekly national lottery draw to choose members of the House of Lords.Chancery specialist Daniel Lightman is this year's winner of the Politics Social Innovations Award, handed out by the Institute for Social Innovations.In his entry, the barrister from Charles Sparrow QC's Thirteen Old Square chambers argued that replacing hereditary peers in the House of Lords with lottery winners would preserve ...

  • Victuallers seek damages

    9-Feb-1997

    The Society of Licensed Victuallers is taking its former financial controller, William Hall, to the High Court. It is suing him for damages in respect of an alleged seven-year fraud. The society is seeking damages for breach of employment contract, conversion of a series of cheques, and fraud between 1990 and 1997. Inter alia, it accuses him of forging the chief executive's signature on cheques, causing cheques to be paid to a G Swanson, and causing ...

  • Watchdog calls for tribunal chiefs

    9-Feb-1997

    The tribunals watchdog has warned that many of the country's tribunals are losing their independence from government because they lack the leadership of an appointed president.In a report, the Council on Tribunals argues that most of the UK's 78 tribunals should be led by presidents capable of asserting their independence and fighting for resources.Council chairman Lord Archer of Sandwell QC told the lawyer that the Mental Health Review Tribunal was ...

  • Wielding greater power to ensure fair play

    9-Feb-1997

    Robert Lindsay assesses lawyers' attitudes to Labour's draft Bill which proposes to give the OFT extended powers to regulate competitionLabour's draft Competition Bill, published two weeks ago, went virtually unnoticed by the media. But it will make John Bridgeman, the director general of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), one of the most powerful non-elected administrative officials in the UK and it is sure to create a huge demand for competition lawyers.