30 December 1996

The Lawyer

  • 'Eldorado' loses its shine

    4-Jan-1997

    Foreign lawyers started flooding onto the Brussels market at the end of the 1980s. Several years on, many are wondering what they are still doing there. The eternal question remains: is a Brussels office necessary?From a purely commercial viewpoint, the answer would seem to be no, especially if, as one Brussels-based lawyer believes, only one third of the Brussels branches of foreign firms operate profitably.Most of the firms arrived between 1989 and 1992 when, ...

  • A division of power that does not add up

    4-Jan-1997

    Just over a month ago two decisions were announced affecting the CPS. On 26 February Crown prosecutors were refused rights of audience in the crown Court and a day later the Home Secretary announced plans to base all CPS lawyers in police stations and for the CPS to lose its right to discontinue cases it considers they are not in the public interest. These changes tie in somewhat with proposals from the Labour Party to return the CPS to police force areas.There is an emerging ...

  • A tangled web of IP questions

    4-Jan-1997

    It was only a matter of time before the Internet began to raise serious questions for the courts.Now an action looks scheduled to become the High Court's first full-blown test case to centre on the Internet. The dispute is between Internet publisher and conference specialists Mecklermedia Corporation and Mecklermedia and a rival German concern, D C Congress GmbH.Even at the interlocutory stage it has already resulted in what in intellectual property ...

  • ABA champions pro bono scheme

    4-Jan-1997

    AN AMBITIOUS pro bono project has been launched in the US to provide a lawyer to help each of an estimated 150,000 disabled and impoverished children due to be cut-off from a federal supplemental security income (SSI) fund.Two American Bar Association (ABA) committees - the Center for Pro Bono and the Standing Committee on Lawyers' Public Service Responsibility - are to coordinate the project, prompted by rule changes tightening up eligibility for the fund.

  • Added-value solicitors making partner grade

    4-Jan-1997

    A SERIES of leading law firms have announced their annual partnership appointments amid claims that the criteria they are looking for in their new partners have changed so that they must now be good managers as well as being good lawyers.Clifford Chance has appointed 22 partners this year, plus George Staple who returns after a stint as Director of the Serious Fraud Office.

  • All together now?

    4-Jan-1997

    A survey conducted by The Law Society's Research and Policy Planning Unit last year revealed that over one third of law firms had formally considered the issue of multi-disciplinary practices (MDPs) and that more than 70 per cent of those were in favour of the concept. The Labour Party is committed to legalising MDPs, should it form the next government. The time is ripe for serious debate about the whole issue of MDPs.The problem is that the level of thinking on ...

  • At the legal aid coalface

    4-Jan-1997

    AS PART of our house training programme, our managing partner, Ann Alexander, arranged for our trainee solicitors and legal executives to attend an open day at the Legal Aid Board's area office in Manchester on 12 March.Members of staff at the board gave short talks on all aspects of their operations, from the legal decision making process to their latest computer systems.Applications for legal aid are not pored over all day by a team ...

  • Bakers man retained for Avis flotation mark two

    4-Jan-1997

    Baker & McKenzie partner Chris Bown says he and car rental company Avis Europe have learnt the lessons of its disastrous flotation 11 years ago in time for its second flotation on Friday (4 April).Bown advised Avis Europe on its £278m flotation on the London Stock Exchange by US parent Avis Inc in 1986. Now he believes he is the only lawyer to float the same client twice.

  • Bank/software link-up aims to aid law firms

    4-Jan-1997

    The Royal Bank of Scotland and Elite Information Systems have come together to create the first partnership between a bank and a software company specialising in the legal sector.The move allows solicitors to reconcile client and firm accounts directly with the bank.Elite, which is based in Los Angeles, has more than 20 legal clients in the UK.The agreement with the bank will result in the company's software being compatible with Roylink ...

  • Bar directory launch

    4-Jan-1997

    The latest Chancery Bar Association Directory has been published. According to the directory there are 790 specialist Chancery barristers practising out of 100 chambers in England and Wales. To obtain a copy, send a £3 cheque payable to "Lincoln's Inn" to the Under Treasurer, Lincoln's Inn, London WC2A 3TL.

  • Barristers pitch in to set up Bar Sports Law Group

    4-Jan-1997

    Around 50 barristers have formed the Bar Sports Law Group which aims in part to take games out of the courtroom and back on to the sports field.A meeting at 11 Stone Buildings two weeks ago saw juniors and silks from a range of chambers discuss the goals of the organisation, which has been established in response to the rapidly expanding discipline of sports law."It was felt that the law relating to sport was developing so quickly and widely that there ought ...

  • Beauty parades. Shaping up for the competition

    4-Jan-1997

    Beauty parades have become an inevitable feature of the process of winning new assignments in the mergers and acquisitions field, with sophisticated clients trying to choose the best-qualified and most competitive team of lawyers for a particular job.The use of beauty parades has accelerated in recent years because of a greater number of in-house solicitors and ex-solicitors in corporate finance houses - or "poachers turned gamekeepers". An important part of their function ...

  • Birmingham Six sue Evans

    4-Jan-1997

    The Birmingham Six are heading for a High Court libel confrontation with Tory MP David Evans over comments he allegedly made about them last month. They claim that at the same talk that Evans is said to have described the Heritage Secretary, Virginia Bottomley, as being "dead from the neck up" and a Labour Party parliamentary candidate, Melanie Johnson, as having "three bastard children", he accused them of being murderers who were guilty, ...

  • Brief

    4-Jan-1997

    Chris fogarty reportsCommercial barrister Kenneth Rokison QC is retiring from 20 Essex Street and has marked the event by embarking on an Egyptian adventure. He joined 120 other cyclists on a six-day trip along the banks of the River Nile to raise money for mental health charity Mencap. The silk, who turns 60 in April, plans to retire later this year and saw the bike ride as the ideal opportunity to celebrate both events. He finished the arduous 500 kilometre ride ...

  • Brussels under the influence

    4-Jan-1997

    Lobbying used to be considered something strange and nasty that Americans do, something too vulgar for the rarefied legal circles of Brussels. It is still an activity that some lawyers, in particular continental European ones, frown upon. But, with the arrival of a number of US firms such as Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts and Hogan & Hartson, which were keen to transplant client advocacy practices fine-tuned in Washington DC to the European market, it has since become an entrenched ...

  • Businesses wise up to e-mail abuse

    4-Jan-1997

    A leading IT and telecommunications lawyer says a growing number of clients are asking him to devise policies to protect themselves from legal actions resulting from the use of e-mail.Michael Chissick, partner in charge of Field Fisher Waterhouse's IT and Internet group, said there were no current cases of alleged e-mail abuse in the UK. But he said that in the ...

  • Chancery Lane combats Act with 'active defence' guide

    4-Jan-1997

    A newly published guide is aiming to help solicitors practise so-called "active defence" in the face of new restrictions imposed by the Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act.The Act comes into force this week, despite a vociferous campaign by lawyers against its introduction. Under its provisions, it will be the responsibility of the police to decide what information should be disclosed to defence solicitors in criminal trials, including facts about the weakness of ...

  • China makes its debut on LSE with Simmons' help

    4-Jan-1997

    Lawyers from Simmons & Simmons raised their glasses at the London Stock Exchange last week at a private party to celebrate the first UK listing of a Chinese company.The firm advised Chinese power generating company Beijing Datang on its $400m flotation by placing on the London Stock Exchange. Lead partner Colin Leaver said Datang's listing could herald the arrival of many more Chinese companies."Several companies we are advising are looking seriously at ...

  • City calm in face of Labour election win, report lawyers

    4-Jan-1997

    In what is being interpreted as a sign of City confidence in the Labour Party, lawyers are reporting an unprecedented amount of flotations and takeovers scheduled for after the General Election.Sean Watson, corporate finance partner at McKenna & Co, said: "In all previous elections I have known where there is a chance of a Labour government getting in, corporate activity has gone on hold because of the uncertainty. But this year we've got two flotations planned for ...

  • CPS masonic link questioned

    4-Jan-1997

    The Burnley branch of the Crown Prosecution Service has come under question from MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee over possible masonic links.In the report, which recommends a register of freemason prosecutors, judges, magistrates and police officers, the MPs reveal claims about an alleged malicious prosecution of two non-masons who were involved in a fracas at a masonic lodge's "ladies night" at a hotel in Blackburn in April 1988.The two were acquitted ...

  • DAC restructures Madrid office

    4-Jan-1997

    UK firm Davies Arnold Cooper has expanded its Madrid operation by integrating its long-time Spanish associate firm, Estudio Juridico Muniz (EJM), under the DAC name.The new firm will have 16 lawyers, two thirds of whom will be ex-EJM. It will be headed by Pablo Wesolowski, a Spanish-qualified DAC partner. The restructured branch will mark its growth by moving to new offices in Madrid.Wesolowski described the Spanish branch as generalist but with a focus on the ...

  • Earnings leap for lawyers at top American companies

    4-Jan-1997

    A survey of in-house legal officers for multi-billion dollar US companies has revealed a 20 per cent increase in average pay for 1996, a rate which outstrips increases for any other group of executives in this sector and pushes their earnings through the one million dollar mark.The report, published by consultants Pearl Meyer & Partners, revealed that top legal officers earned $1.18m on average in 1996 compared to $987,700 in 1995.The survey looked at the average ...

  • EC pickings for UK barristers

    4-Jan-1997

    From Moscow to Melbourne, from Paris to Paraguay, UK lawyers can be found. Mostly, these fearless legal expatriates are solicitors. The reason for this is clear. Although the commercial world no longer operates in a British empire in which its legal system rules supreme, non-contentious work is universal in nature and more and more clients require servicing on a global basis. This, essentially, is the area of the solicitor's expertise.English barristers, on the other ...

  • Election law. Rocking the vote

    4-Jan-1997

    THE LAST time the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys looked at the electoral register, it found that three to four million people were missing from it. That many people could vote in a new government. They could keep the existing government in power, for that matter.These are the unknowns - the young, the homeless, those who have moved house and fallen off the register - who will count in the next election. And the signs are that their absence from the register is ...

  • Eversheds reshuffles at top

    4-Jan-1997

    Eversheds is to set up a new "national management committee" to replace its national managing partner Peter Cole, who is stepping down to concentrate on running the firm's consulting arm.Cole is moving to head Eversheds Consulting Limited (ECL), after spending four years steering the firm through a period of rapid growth.He will not be replaced, and, according to a statement, ...

  • Financing

    4-Jan-1997

    Linklaters & Paines acted for Merrill Lynch, the underwriter to a $875m issue of Exchangeable Capital Units made by a UK subsidiary of National Australia Bank, advised by Cameron Markby Hewitt on English law.

  • Flotations

    4-Jan-1997

    The Preston Partnership and Morley & Scott acted for Oxford Technology Venture Capital on its £5m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Halliwell Landau advised John Sidall and Son, the sponsor and broker.

  • Getting self-centred

    4-Jan-1997

    The self-assessment system, which will affect the tax year ending 5 April 1997, does not involve a new tax, nor will it affect the overall amount of tax you pay. There are, however, many issues to consider and changes in practice to implement. If you have not already started planning, you cannot afford to wait any longer.Personal liability for partnership taxThe "joint and several" liability that used to exist for partnership tax is being replaced ...

  • Hillsborough case goes into extra time

    4-Jan-1997

    The case of the four members of the South Yorkshire Police Force who claimed damages over mental trauma they claimed they suffered as a result of involvement in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster in April 1989 may now go to the House of Lords.Three Law Lords have already considered an application by the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire for leave to appeal against last October's Court of Appeal ruling that the four policemen concerned were entitled to damages for mental ...

  • In brief: Baileys reunion at Bracher Rawlins

    4-Jan-1997

    The first of the six Baileys Shaw & Gillett partners who are not merging with Speechly Bircham has moved. John Gaymer, property partner at Baileys for 18 years, has joined Bracher Rawlins, which was formed by Baileys defectors Alan Bracher (commercial partner) and Simon Rawlins (litigation partner) three years ago. Fellow Baileys' partner Laurence Kingswood joined

  • In brief: EOC unveils first European equal pay code

    4-Jan-1997

    The Equal Opportunities Commission has released its Code of Practice on Equal Pay, the first code of its kind in Europe. The code, which came into effect last Wednesday, explains in plain language the legislation which outlaws sex discrimination in pay, indicates the causes underlying pay inequality and provides a step-by-step process for detecting and addressing sex bias in pay systems.

  • In brief: Garrett & Co name drops to be Garretts

    4-Jan-1997

    Garrett & Co, the national chain of law firms associated with the accountants Arthur Andersen, is changing its name to Garretts. The firm said it made the change "because we are already known as this in the marketplace and because it has a modern feel". It has also brought out a new brochure to mark the change.

  • In brief: LAB defends block contract scheme

    4-Jan-1997

    The Legal Aid Board has been attempting to reassure the critics about its pilot green form block contract scheme. The move follows Law Society concerns over aspects of the first phase of the project involving 145 franchised firms around the country. The society's president, Tony Girling, has said that the project could "introduce competitive tendering by the back door". But the board has replied: "We have made it clear that offices in the experimental groups are not in any sort ...

  • In brief: Nabarros man joins Lawrence Graham

    4-Jan-1997

    Urban regeneration and local government lawyer Carl Hopkins is leaving Nabarro Nathanson to join Lawrence Graham. Lawrence Graham's senior managing partner Bill Richards said that Hopkins was invited to join the firm to help extend the its expertise in the area of urban regeneration and public administration.

  • In brief: Pinsents hires Price Waterhouse partner

    4-Jan-1997

    Pinsent Curtis is hiring a senior Big Six accountant as its financial director. One of Stephen Hancock's roles at the national firm will be to prepare the way for further mergers, although Pinsents is reluctant to expand on what its plans are in this area. Hancock, who starts in May, is a partner at Price Waterhouse's St Albans office. He joined the practice in 1975 and became a partner at the Birmingham office 12 years later.

  • In brief: Rough Justice reaches its quarter century

    4-Jan-1997

    The BBC marked its landmark 25th programme of Rough Justice, which highlights miscarriages of justice, with a reception at The Reform Club last week. The guests included legal luminaries such as the legal team for the Bridgewater Three.

  • In brief: Scott promotes corporate litigators

    4-Jan-1997

    Sir Richard Scott, the Head of Civil Justice and Vice Chancellor of the Supreme Court, has called for an end to the rule that all companies must have a lawyer to represent them in court. Scott told a conference, the Justice Forum, which was organised by court and civil service unions, that the costs of civil litigation had escalated so that more and more people were appearing as litigants in person rather than hiring lawyers. "A company has to take every step through a solicitor and ...

  • In brief: SNP mounts challenge over TV debate

    4-Jan-1997

    The Scottish National Party has launched a court battle to stop the broadcasting of a televised election debate without the participation of its leader, Alex Salmond. At the Court of Session in Edinburgh last week, the SNP's lawyers challenged representatives from the two television channels, STV and Grampian, and also the Independent Television Commission, to stop the channels going ahead with the debate involving John Major, Tony Blair and Paddy Ashdown. Colin Sutherland QC, ...

  • Law Soc election hopefuls close to a deal

    4-Jan-1997

    Discussions over Easter look likely to have sealed a three-way Law Society presidential election ticket between Phillip Sycamore, Michael Mathews and Robert Sayer.When The Lawyer went to press, Sayer was still deliberating over Sycamore's surprise offer for him to stand with him as his deputy vice-president and treasurer in this year's elections.But there are indications from both sides that a deal may be in the making, although little was given away ...

  • Law Soc manifesto calls for govt action

    4-Jan-1997

    The Law Society has called on the next government to "stop talking and start acting" on implementing long-overdue changes to the British justice system.In its recently released election manifesto, the Law Society argues for reform of the current legal system to make it simpler, cheaper and easier to use. It sets out a number of proposals to this end.Key manifesto issues include: ensuring that the Woolf Report recommendations on streamlining civil justice are ...

  • Lawyers adopt the recovery position

    4-Jan-1997

    Personal injury lawyers could travel to car breakdowns and accidents with a major motoring organisation if a proposed new scheme gets the green light.The Solicitors Association of Personal Injury Practitioners (Sapip) has confirmed it is negotiating to place lawyers in the cars of crews travelling to breakdowns and minor accidents, although it will not say whether it is talking to the RAC or AA.The highly secret negotiations have been going on for two months, ...

  • Less tinkering, more action

    4-Jan-1997

    The list of silks is with us again. Once more, it is the same old story - few women and even fewer lawyers from an ethnic background.It is good to see that two solicitors have made the grade. But five women to 63 men is not so good. And there is only one new silk from an ethnic minority background. There can be little surprise that the public's image of a QC is of a white upper class male - this latest roll call does little or nothing to alter that stereotype.

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 01/04/97

    4-Jan-1997

    Jeremy Paul Andrew Reichelt, 40, admitted 1983, practising as Jeremy Reichelt & White, Peckham, London SE15, suspended indefinitely and ordered to pay £917 costs. Allegations substantiated that he failed to deliver accountant's reports subject to conditions imposed on his practising certificate and/or an accountant's report confirming he had ceased to hold client funds. Tribunal told Reichelt was previously before it in May 1994 when he ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 01/04/97

    4-Jan-1997

    Buck v Farrell - QBD 10 March 1997Claimant: Samantha Buck, Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Claimant suffered multiple fractures, lacerations to her face and major brain injury when struck down by motorbike as she crossed Northumberland Avenue in central London. Frontal lobe brain damage has left her permanently impaired and there has been severe damage to her short-term memory. She cannot be left alone and her personality has altered

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 01/04/97

    4-Jan-1997

    Passing off and trade mark infringementUnited Biscuits (UK) v Asda Stores (1997)Ch.D (Walker J) 18/3/97Summary: Whether or not the sale of own-brand items directly targeted at a market leader and packaged and marketed in a similar way amounts to passing off and an infringement of trade marks.The plaintiff, a major biscuit manufacturer, sought injunctive relief and damages for passing off and trade mark infringement against the ...

  • Litigation Writs 01/04/97

    4-Jan-1997

    A woman from Winslow in Buckinghamshire is being taken to the High Court in a dispute over a will. Timothy Trusted, of London SW1, has issued a High Court writ against Susan Fennell. The writ says Trusted is the sole proving executor in the last will of Eileen Muriel Trusted, late of Little Hoewyck, Fenhurst, Haslemere, Surrey, who died in August last year. Trusted is asking the court to pronounce for the force and validity of her will, dated ...

  • Mackay issues media warning

    4-Jan-1997

    Judges are being advised to pre-empt adverse media coverage by issuing press releases before they make controversial decisions.In a letter to all judges, Lord Mackay said he was concerned about the standard of some press reporting of judicial decisions.He said in the letter that he had contacted the Press Complaints Commission saying he felt it was "unfair to the individual judge concerned, as well as to the public's perception of the judiciary as a whole, ...

  • Mind your language

    4-Jan-1997

    I READ your editorial in The Lawyer, 11 March with great interest. In it you urge high street lawyers to take "a long, hard look at their practices".A good starting point for most high street lawyers might be for them to drastically alter how they communicate with their clients. People do not need to be bombarded with complex, jargon-ridden letters in order to be convinced they are getting value for money.Chrissie Maher

  • Northern networking

    4-Jan-1997

    The 1997 series of Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice (Sifa) financial services roadshows reached its climax in Scotland in March, with events in Dundee and Glasgow drawing large and enthusiastic audiences.In Dundee there were 90 delegates and in Glasgow 110, with firms travelling the length and breadth of Scotland for the events, from Tain, Inverness, Macduff and Peterhead in the north to Fort William in the west and Newton Stewart in the ...

  • Norwich firm returns to its roots

    4-Jan-1997

    Norwich law firm Fosters is going back to a traditional partnership structure this week, four years after having scrapped the concept of partners in a radical restructuring that won plaudits."Increasingly the firm realised it was missing something," said managing partner Andrew Saul, who in 1993 oversaw the introduction of a four-strong management board to shape long-term strategy and a monthly committee of all the department heads.But Fosters found that some ...

  • Pach update

    4-Jan-1997

    More than 220 chambers are taking part in the Bar Council's pupillage clearing house scheme Pach this year. Pach has proved controversial and last month it was revealed that 320 pupillages had been left unfilled by the scheme in its first year. But a working party headed by Stephen Kramer QC has made a series of recommendations to improve the scheme this year which have been adopted by the Bar Council. They include reducing the number of chambers students can apply for from 20 ...

  • Partners in funding

    4-Jan-1997

    The 1990s have seen a considerable change in the financial performance of professional partnerships. Historically, lending to partnerships and their partners has been relatively safe and during the 1980s partnerships benefited. However, the recession of the early 1990s caused a number of partnerships to experience difficulties, with the result that banks have reassessed their lending criteria.One area of change has been the increased need to consider the aggregate financial ...

  • Peter Cooke on the qualifying period for unfair dismissal.

    4-Jan-1997

    Peter Cooke is a partner in the employment department at Theodore Goddard.What period of employment is needed to make an unfair dismissal complaint? And who decides that question?These are two simple questions but so far they have occupied the courts since 1991.The latest round was decided by the House of Lords, on appeal from the Divisional Court via the Court of Appeal (in R v Secretary of State ex parte Seymour-Smith and anor), on 13 ...

  • Property

    4-Jan-1997

    Linklaters & Paines advised a mystery foreign investor on his (or her) £39.6m acquisition of a 250-year underlease of 223,000 sq ft Dukes Court, Duke Street, Woking from MEPC. Dibb Lupton Alsop advised MEPC.

  • QBD cases pending

    4-Jan-1997

    Cases pending in the Queen's Bench Division jury list include: Halligan v Liverpool 8 Law Centre (not before 14 April); Khashoggi v IPC Magazines (not before 14 April); Leverdene and anor v Frank Lawrence (Slough Observer) (not before 14 April).

  • QC's '97: This year's silk crop

    4-Jan-1997

    LondonBrick Court Chambers (Christopher Clarke QC): Andrew Popplewell, George Leggatt, Stephen RuttleMonckton Chambers (Richard Fowler QC): Peter Roth, Nicholas Paines, Christopher VajdaDevereux Chambers (Peter Weitzman QC): Robert Glancy, David BeanEssex Court Chambers (Gordon Pollock QC): Andrew Hochhauser, Peter Joseph DuffyFalcon Chambers (Jonathan Gaunt QC and Kim Lewison QC): Jonathan Brock, Nicholas Dowding

  • Russell Jones advertises externally for non-lawyer managing partner

    4-Jan-1997

    Russell Jones & Walker is advertising for a senior management executive to conduct a "radical reappraisal" of the firm in a role equivalent to managing partner.Currently John Webber juggles both senior and managing partner positions at the practice.But an advertisement in the Financial Times said Russell Jones was seeking to appoint a senior corporate executive whose responsibilities would include undertaking "a thorough analysis with a view to rationalising ...

  • Saphra gets call-up from One 2 One

    4-Jan-1997

    LEADING telecommunications lawyer Robin Saphra is leaving City firm Allison & Humphreys for a directorship created for him at One 2 One, the mobile-phone subsidiary of Cable & Wireless and US West.A partner at Allison & Humphreys since 1995, Saphra was headhunted for his new role as One 2 One's director of public policy and legal affairs, which he will take up on 21 April.Saphra said he was attracted to the position because he wanted to work in the telecommunications ...

  • Senior clerk to make way for chambers director

    4-Jan-1997

    Commercial chambers Fountain Court is poised to join the growing band of sets with practice managers by appointing its first chambers director .And The Lawyer understands that Ric Martin, the partnership secretary at City firm Masons, will get the job.He is believed to have been chosen from 70 applicants for the post, after a vigorous round of interviews which included requiring hopefuls to complete personality profile questionnaire containing 187 questions.

  • Stephensons takes off in Croatia with airline deal

    4-Jan-1997

    Stephenson Harwood has sealed its association with Croatian firm Zuric Partneri in less than a year by acting in a deal that is worth more than $270m for Croatian Airlines.The two firms acted for the airline in its pre-delivery financing of six A-319 airbuses from Airbus Industries, to replace the existing five Boeing B737-200 aircraft.The firm signed an agreement of ...

  • Strength in numbers - or splendid isolation?

    4-Jan-1997

    Solicitor Peter Ievins is proof you can have it both ways. He is an independent sole practitioners, yet he need only take a few steps to consult one of six other legal colleagues at The Solicitors Chambers in Peterborough.Established in 1990 by Neil Davidson, Peterborough's chambers pioneered an idea that Law Society president Tony Girling has now suggested other high street practioners should follow.Ievins says to succeed you do not need a fabulous building ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Frank Panford

    4-Jan-1997

    Frank Panford was born in Ghana on 23 January 1949. He is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. What was your first job?Law lecturer.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£5,000.What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer?Something worthy, like an eye surgeon or a jazz saxophonist.Which law could you live without?All of the ...

  • Theodore Goddard's private client department decides to go it alone

    4-Jan-1997

    Theodore Goddard is to become the third large firm to lose its private client practice in a month.The department, comprising partners Joyce Smyth and Caroline Barkham and two assistants, will break away to set up on their own, Smyth Barkham, in Fleet Street on 1 May.Smyth said the split was amicable and that they had jumped rather than being pushed. She said Theodore Goddard had not asked them to leave "but I felt they might have done in five years' time".

  • TJG strengthens Romanian presence

    4-Jan-1997

    Charles Vernon, a US-qualified attorney, has joined the Bucharest branch of City firm Taylor Joynson Garrett, strengthening its presence in a region it sees as having "huge potential".He joins from the Saudi Arabia office of US firm Graham & James, which is affiliated to TJG. He is the third expatriate lawyer in TJG's Romanian office, having joined English-qualified Nicholas Hammond and Oliver Meister. In addition there is a team of three-to-five local-based lawyers. ...

  • Touching on tender points

    4-Jan-1997

    Your report on 18 March on the ECJ judgment on Suzen suggested that local authority in-house departments might now be more competitive against tendering bids.Under the current CCT regime, if there is no Tupe transfer and the in-house team has not won the bid, then local authorities are entitled to add a figure representing the council's redundancy costs on to the value of the external bid in any event. The external bids are then evaluated in comparison with ...

  • Trainees swap roles to find out how the other half works

    4-Jan-1997

    Chris Fogarty reportsBristol's St John's Chambers and law firm Bevan Ashford have pioneered an exchange programme between trainee solicitors and pupil barristers in a bid to improve communication and understanding between the two legal sectors.Under the scheme pupil barrister John Dickinson spent two days in March working in Bevan Ashford's commercial litigation department, while trainee solicitor Ed Crosse was packed off to chambers.

  • Two more partners for Couderts' London office

    4-Jan-1997

    US firm Coudert Brothers has appointed two more English-qualified solicitors to partnership at its London office.Christine de Ferrars Green and Dean Poster bring the total to nine English-qualified partners out of 10 in the London office in what is described as a "multinational partnership".De Ferrars Green is an eight-years qualified property lawyer who left City firm Gouldens to join Couderts at the start of 1996.Dean Poster, who has been with the ...

  • Two solicitors make the QC grade

    4-Jan-1997

    The historic appointment of two solicitors as Queen's Counsel has brought a welcoming but cautious response from within the profession.Herbert Smith partner Lawrence Collins and Arthur Marriott, a partner at US firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, were named last week among the 68 new QCs.The pair were among six solicitors who applied for silk. Their appointment comes three years after solicitor advocates were first allowed access to higher courts. Both men qualified ...

  • Vicky Thompson

    4-Jan-1997

    In The Lawyer, 18 March, Vicky Thompson, who has launched a new practice management and marketing service for the Bar, was incorrectly described as being a solicitor.

  • Wallace Bogan & Co loses canvassing case

    4-Jan-1997

    East End firm Wallace Bogan & Co has lost a court battle aimed at preventing three of its former assistants from canvassing its clients.The Court of Appeal has ruled that the three, who wrote to clients the day after their gardening leave at the firm had expired, did nothing unlawful.Lifting an injunction placed on Sarah Cove, Amanda Dench and Hayder Al-Hassan, Lord Justice Leggatt said "there was no express contractual reason" why they should not have written ...