30 June 1997

The Lawyer

  • ... but adds a partner in Paris

    1-Jul-1997

    In a separate move, Herbert Smith has strengthened its Paris operation by taking on international litigation and arbitration specialist Charles Kaplan as its sixth partner.Kaplan, formerly with general commercial and corporate practice Coudert Freres for 12 years, is a member of the Paris Bar.But although he is a shipping expert, his move is unconnected with Birch Reynardson's decision (see story above).Alistair Morely, Herbert Smith's head ...

  • Borrie & Lowe - The Law of Contempt (3rd Edition, 1996) Butterworths £125

    1-Jul-1997

    In the 12 years since the 2nd Edition of Borrie & Lowe was published, the law of contempt has become increasingly complex, with no fewer than nine cases concerned with contempt having proceeded to the House of Lords. The 3rd Edition deals comprehensively with these recent cases, including extensive analysis of the Spycatcher and Lonhro decisions. It also brings the subject up to date with some lessons to be learned from the media coverage of the Rosemary West trial.

  • Boutros-Ghali prize

    1-Jul-1997

    Outgoing UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is to be presented with an award by the New York State Bar Association. Boutros-Ghali will receive the distinction, an International Law and Affairs Award, during the association's annual meeting on 22 January in Manhattan. The award recognises Boutros-Ghali's "contribution to international law" and the NYSBA describes him as "a true internationalist". Previous recipients include Lech Walesa and US Secretary of State Cyrus ...

  • Chris Fogarty and Robert Lindsay on the delicate negotiations that gave birth to the UK's eighth largest law firm

    1-Jul-1997

    In the end one of the quickest and easiest decisions concerned the name.Henceforth McKenna & Co and Cameron Markby Hewitt would be known as Cameron McKenna.That decision took five minutes. Merger negotiations took four months of daily meetings.The elaborate and secretive courtship dance of the merging law firms began in June 1996 when Cameron Markby Hewitt, Britain's 20th largest law firm with more than 310 fee earners, approached McKennas, the ...

  • College axes new LPC course

    1-Jul-1997

    NOTTINGHAM Law School has been forced to axe its evening LPC course following changes to the curriculum which could force other colleges to follow suit, threatening access to legal education.Students at the college are furious that the course, which was being advertised until the beginning of December, has been suddenly dropped.But the Law School, part of Nottingham Trent University, says a revised and longer LPC curriculum, unveiled by the Law Society in November, ...

  • Commercial agency. Commission confusion continues

    1-Jul-1997

    The most controversial provisions of the Commercial Agents Regulations are those concerning the payment of compensation or the giving of an indemnity to a terminated agent. This is understandable. The regulations represent a fundamental change in English agency law, and their poorly drafted provisions have left the courts groping for an accurate statement of the law.The problem stems from provisions in the European Self-employed Agents Directive. It is arguable that the ...

  • Corporate

    1-Jul-1997

    Linklaters & Paines advised Opraf in awarding a 15-year rail franchise to Cross Country Trains/Virgin Rail

  • Court union in call for Justice Councils

    1-Jul-1997

    The Association of Magisterial Officers is calling for the creation of Community Justice Councils as part of its campaign to improve the quality of justice in magistrates courts.AMO, an independent trade union representing magistrates courts staff up to the level of deputy clerk, is concerned that the Magistrates Courts Service is not sufficiently representative and does not have adequate links with the community it serves.It has circulated a consultation document ...

  • Courts rise to the challenge

    1-Jul-1997

    Although the legal system is frequently criticised for its slowness, when the necessity arises the courts do have a quick response mechanism.This has been illustrated recently by the unusual case in the High Court Family Division of an expectant mother whose chronic terror of needles stood in the way of her receiving potentially life saving treatment for both her and her unborn child.After the development of complications during labour, doctors decided ...

  • District council moves to block courts closure plans

    1-Jul-1997

    A DISTRICT council is gearing up to mount a legal challenge against plans to close two magistrates courts within its boundaries.Wychavon District Council is planning a judicial review to prevent the Hereford and Worcester Magistrates' Court Committee (MCC) from shutting Droitwich and Evesham Courts as part of a £15m PrivateFinance Initiative (PFI) court rebuilding project, under which new courthouses may double up as conference centres or cinemas.

  • East Enders set sights on the City

    1-Jul-1997

    Chris Fogarty reportsFrom his chambers window in London's East End, barrister Samuel Owusu-Afriyie has a view of the City and, he hopes, his set's future.Owusu-Afriyie is one of 10 barristers who, 18 months ago, moved into the ethnically diverse environs of Brick Lane to work among some of the UK's poorest families.Called Tower Hamlets Chambers, the set is based in two simple, slightly shabby offices. ...

  • Education in PFI projects

    1-Jul-1997

    In the report entitled "Herbert Smith tops PFI projects league" (The Lawyer, 17 December 1996), you say that "education projects have yet to see the light of day".In fact there is at least one completed PFI project in the higher education sector, the University of Greenwich's Avery Hill Student Village.This project has been treated by the Government and by the Funding Council as a landmark achievement and at the development's ...

  • Effective Advocacy, Noel Shaw, Sweet & Maxwell £12.95

    1-Jul-1997

    It is surprising a book of this kind has not been published before. The court experience that a novice advocate receives during pupillage varies considerably in quantity and quality, so that the first months of exposure to a tribunal of law can be famously painful.Noel Shaw's text is not a legal treatise; instead, it is a thoroughly practical guide to the essential skills of courtroom etiquette and case conduct.Effective Advocacy assumes a basic ...

  • Ex-smokers unite

    1-Jul-1997

    The long-awaited test case in which a group of ex-smokers suffering from cancer is suing tobacco manufacturers, is now en route to the High Court. Leigh Day & Co has launched the action on behalf of 12 ex-smokers from the UK against Imperial Tobacco and Gallagher. It seeks compensation for each claimant in respect of personal injury blamed on the tobacco companies.

  • Eyes of the world look to the coming year

    1-Jul-1997

    As 1997 began, The Lawyer talked to top international lawyers about the year ahead and found they were hoping for a rewarding time, although they were also aware that there were challenges ahead.Geoffrey Howe, managing partner, at Clifford Chance said: "1997 will see increasing competition from major US firms in Europe and Asia. There will be at least one significant international merger ...

  • Family Finance and Tax, Martin Kaye and David Salter, Sweet & Maxwell £36

    1-Jul-1997

    Martin Kaye and David Salter's book cleverly consolidates in one publication the ever-widening aspects of family fiscal matters.The work is aimed at lay people as well as financial and professional advisers. It is divided into nine concise and well-structured chapters with each chapter being further divided into Key Points, Rules in Outline and Rules in Detail. This makes it easy for readers quickly to find the topic and degree of detail on any particular subject they ...

  • Finance

    1-Jul-1997

    Cameron Markby Hewitt acted for Lloyds Bank and The Chase Manhattan Bank on a £300m facility for United News & Media to enable UNM to purchase Blenheim Group. Allen & Overy acted for UNM.

  • Finance

    1-Jul-1997

    Garrett & Co's Manchester office advised the North of England Venture Fund

  • Finance

    1-Jul-1997

    Speechly Bircham advised Scottish Life Assurance Company on a £125m Eurobond issue made through its subsidiary Scottish Life Finance. The parent insurance company guaranteed the issue. Linklaters & Paines advised Kleinwort Benson

  • Finance

    1-Jul-1997

    Norton Rose acted for Chase Investment Bank

  • Fishing dispute enters stormy waters

    1-Jul-1997

    The international fishing rights war is scheduled to move into the High Court this summer.The timetable has been drawn up for a major legal battle to take place over a multi-million pound compensation claim by Spanish fishermen.The fishermen have already won a ruling from the European Court of Justice that they were unlawfully banned from "quota hopping" by the UK government.The controversial claim, which has infuriated fishermen's ...

  • Garretts goes east

    1-Jul-1997

    Commercial firm Garrett & Co has opened a new office in Cambridge, with Gerry Fitzsimons, former head of the company/commercial department at Taylor Vinters in Cambridge, as managing partner. "The Garrett & Co office in Cambridge gives East Anglian businesses access on their own doorsteps to all the resources of our national partnership," said Fitzsimons. "Cambridge is an exciting place in which to practise law because of the strong economy and fast growing businesses." The office is ...

  • Girling backs Official Solicitor's powers

    1-Jul-1997

    Law Society president Tony Girling has cautioned against curtailing the discretionary powers of the Official Solicitor, saying it could lead to unfair disadvantages to beneficiaries of estates administered by him.Speaking about the review on the duties of the Official Solicitor, announced by the Lord Chancellor last week, Girling also warned of the difficulties of legislating to prevent money being made out of commenting on criminal events.“I think it would be ...

  • Group pushes for relaxation of dogs Act

    1-Jul-1997

    The Law Society has safeguarded its discretion over when to compensate victims of dishonest solicitors, following a successful appeal which it says "entirely vindicated" its policies.In December the Court of Appeal held the Law Society was not obliged to compensate mortgage lenders defrauded by dishonest solicitors when the losses were caused principally by inflated valuations or a fall in the property market.The decision has saved the society from paying out ...

  • Hammonds completes Rosyth dock privatisation

    1-Jul-1997

    Hammond Suddards spent three years negotiating the £27m privatisation of the Rosyth Royal Dockyard with the Ministry of Defence, which is expected to complete by the end of February.Hammonds used a 12-strong team, mainly based in its Manchester office, and led by corporate partner William Downs, to advise the purchaser, Babcock International, on the deal.Employment partner Susan Nickson was brought in to help negotiate one of the largest redundancy buy-out ...

  • Help on IT strategy

    1-Jul-1997

    The Lawyer ninth annual Information Systems for Lawyers conference and exhibition is a two-day event focusing on getting the best out of IT and how to plan IT strategies. Richard Susskind, special advisor to Masons on information technology, will give the keynote address. Seminar topics include organising IT departments and intranets. Information Systems for Lawyers takes place on 25 and 26 February at the London Marriott Hotel. The fee per delegate is £697, plus ...

  • Herbert Smith loses shipping expert to Dibb Lupton Alsop

    1-Jul-1997

    SHIPPING expert Tom Birch Reynardson has left Herbert Smith to join Dibb Lupton Alsop's insurance and shipping group.Birch Reynardson, who is also taking his assistant Nina Hall with him, said that he was impressed with Dibbs' "existing solid and well established insurance and shipping practice".Despite the loss, Herbert Smith has maintained that its shipping practice will continue to grow.Welcoming the move, Kevin McLoughlin, head of insurance ...

  • In brief: Cardiff Law School joins premier league

    1-Jul-1997

    Lecturers at Cardiff Law School are celebrating a grade five research award rating. The grade five rating, the highest possible, is two grades better than the last assessment the school received in 1993 and puts Cardiff in the same league as Cambridge and Oxford universities. The research assessment exercise takes place every four years and plays a significant part in determining research income from the Higher Education Funding councils. The overall top five universities are Cambridge, ...

  • In brief: Managing partner for Birmingham office

    1-Jul-1997

    Banking lawyer John Hughes has been appointed managing partner of Needham & James' Birmingham office. Hughes joined the practice from rival Dibb Lupton Broomhead (now Dibb Lupton Alsop) in December 1995. He succeeds Keith James, who will continue to practise as a partner in the firm. Needham & James, which is based in Stratford upon Avon, opened a Birmingham office two years ago, after its original Birmingham operation was taken over by Dibbs in 1993. "I have no doubt that Needham ...

  • In brief: Memorial for Paisner & co partner

    1-Jul-1997

    A memorial service to celebrate the life of lawyer Graham Peter Hoar will be held at midday on 16 January at St Bride's, Fleet Street, London. Hoar, a partner in Paisner & Co's pensions and employment department, died in a swimming accident on 27 October 1996 while on holiday in Peru.

  • In brief: Patent Office trims fees by 21 per cent

    1-Jul-1997

    The Patent Office has cut fees for patent examinations from £130 to £70. The cuts, effective from this year, will see the administrative costs of obtaining a UK patent drop 21 per cent, from £285 to £225. Efficiencies in the Patent Office's operation have been credited for the fee cuts.

  • In brief: Salary climb shows no signs of stopping

    1-Jul-1997

    Competition between firms for top lawyers is driving salaries skyward, according to a survey by recruitment consultancy Quarry Dougall. It says that as well as offering attractive salaries to secure the right candidate, firms also have to demonstrate they offer the best long term career option. Banking, corporate and property work continue to be the practice areas attracting the highest salaries due to a shortage of lawyers, particularly in the one to four-years post-qualification level. ...

  • In brief: Scatcherd & Co links up with Kirbys

    1-Jul-1997

    Harrogate firm Kirbys has taken over Scatcherd & Co, a local private client law firm. Scatcherd & Co's sole principal, David Hopkins, has joined Kirbys as a consultant and his staff have moved to Kirbys' offices. Kirbys partner Mark Hutchinson said he believed that the practice now had the strongest private client department in Harrogate. Hutchinson added: "We feel that it is a further demonstration of Kirbys' determination to offer local people the very best specialist ...

  • In brief: SPG warns on conveyancing system

    1-Jul-1997

    The Solicitors Property Group (SPG) has repeated concerns about estate agent Hambros Countrywide's intention to offer conveyancing services to customers through licensed conveyancers. Hambros has promised to have the system operating by April this year and an SPG council meeting in late December 1996 again expressed concern that the Law Society was not moving fast enough to lift restrictive practices on solicitors. SPG executive officer Leslie Dubow has asked for immediate meetings ...

  • India who's who hits Internet

    1-Jul-1997

    India's first legal electronic directory has been launched on the Internet.The directory, called Locator, was created by the Law Information Centre, a company formed by Indian lawyers, including the former solicitor general Dipankar Gupta.The Locator, a who's who of India's legal profession, can be found at the Law Information Centre's Web site, which is still being developed. The site should also soon include ...

  • Insuring everybody's access to justice

    1-Jul-1997

    The debate about legal aid rumbles on. Commitments are few, platitudes are plenty, but of solutions there are none. For those who have a continuing and sincere interest in access to justice, after stripping out all question of vested interests, the position is dire.Leaving aside, for one minute, those who do qualify for legal aid, the vast majority of the population that remains has no prospect in the foreseeable future of being in a position ...

  • Law Soc wins mortgage fraud case against lenders

    1-Jul-1997

    THE GROUP which has been campaigning for the reform of the Dangerous Dogs Act is looking for an MP to sponsor a private member's bill to change the law.The move by the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Reform Group follows last month's publication of a Home Affairs Select Committee report which makes a series of recommendations on relaxing parts of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, including ending the mandatory death sentence on dogs covered by the Act.Worthing solicitor ...

  • Lawyer's Liabilities, Hugh Evans, Sweet & Maxwell £4

    1-Jul-1997

    Although well-versed in the field of lawyers' liabilities, Hugh Evans has perhaps wisely not attempted to produce a new textbook on the subject.Instead, the book's 10 chapters each discuss a more or less discrete problem area. Some sections were originally published as separate articles. Perhaps as a result, the style and format of the chapters are not completely uniform. Each is nevertheless clearly written and helpfully, but not excessively, footnoted. The main ...

  • Lawyers cautious as first companies list on Easdaq

    1-Jul-1997

    City lawyers involved in the first float on the European Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation (Easdaq) stockmarket, the pan-European market for growth companies, are cautious about its prospects.Charles Martin, a partner at Macfarlanes, which handled the first flotation on the new European exchange for computer anti-virus software company Dr Solomon's, said: "Dr Solomon's ...

  • Lawyers cautious as first companies list on Easdaq

    1-Jul-1997

    DJ Freeman advised Israeli human resource management firm Pilat on its £2.5m flotation on AIM.Travers Smith Braithwaite advised Kier Group on its £53.8m flotation on the London Stock Exchange.Olswang advised property company Minerva on its £144m flotation ...

  • Legal pitfalls in literary circles

    1-Jul-1997

    Lawyers regularly find themselves buried up to their necks in books as they attempt to track precedents and legislation when preparing cases. But while some legal publishers make a good living supplying books to the profession, authors and publishers can often find themselves at the sharp end of the law too.What follows is The Lawyer's Guide to Literature - a brief, at-a-glance guide to how publishers and authors can and do come a cropper in the legal minefield.

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 07/01/97

    1-Jul-1997

    Bayezia Djemal, 44, admitted 1977, practised as Chas E Roberts & Boyce, London N10, struck off and ordered to pay £3,054 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew client money and used it for his own purposes. Tribunal told that as a result of Djemal's activities the Law Society Compensation Fund had paid out £120,924 and further claims of £2,184 were pending. Tribunal said he had taken money to keep his practice ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 07/01/97

    1-Jul-1997

    Drake v Langdale - QBD, 12 November 1996Claimant: Leslie Drake, 3Incident: Medical negligenceInjuries: Claimant, father of two, left severely brain damaged after family doctor allegedly failed to treat him properly during an acute asthma attack. Incident took place 10 years ago after the claimant, a former Royal Marine and trainee electrician at the time, was starved of oxygen during an asthma attackAward: £2,397,890 ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 07/01/97

    1-Jul-1997

    Unfair trial where defendant is forced to incriminate himselfErnest Saunders v The United Kingdom, Application No 19187/91 (1994)Court: ECHR (R Bernhardt, President and Judges Thor Vilhjalmsson, F Golcuklu, L-E Pettiti, B Walsh, A Spielmann, J De Meyer, N Valticos, SK Martens, E Palm, R Pekkanen, AN Loizou, JM Morenilla, Sir John Freeland, L Wildhaber, G Mifsud Bonnici, J Makarczyk, ...

  • Litigation Writs 07/01/97

    1-Jul-1997

    A Kings Langley woman who gave birth after being sterilised is suing West Hertfordshire Health Authority for damages. Susan Allsop claims she was sterilised on 30 April 1993 but gave "wrongful" birth to a daughter on 20 January 1995. Her writ claims the birth was caused by the health authority's negligence over her sterilisation, which took place at St Albans City Hospital, and seeks damages as a result.Writ issued by Attwater and Liell, Harlow.

  • Major mergers of the 1990s

    1-Jul-1997

    In September 1992 Manchester firm Pannone March Pearson merged with City firm Pritchard Englefield & Tobin to form a 55-partner firm, but they later split.Then in 1993 the 45 partners of City firm Frere Cholmeley agreed to join the 20 partners of Bischoff & Co.Meanwhile Eversheds was slowly expanding its network of law firms culminating in a merger in 1995.In May 1995 ...

  • McKennas appoints Doctor of Law as telecoms expert

    1-Jul-1997

    The Hungarian arm of McKenna & Co, McKenna Ormai, has appointed a telecommunications specialist as its senior Hungarian lawyer.Dr Marianna Csabai joined the firm as a partner on 1 January. She left her previous Hungarian firm, Simon Buros & Partners, last year to develop her own telecommunications practice.Csabai, who is a qualified Doctor of Law in Hungary and a member of the Bar, said she joined McKennas to benefit from the support a large law firm could give ...

  • Merged Cameron McKenna to recruit

    1-Jul-1997

    McKenna & Co and Cameron Markby Hewitt, which have merged to form the UK's eighth largest law firm, are looking to headhunt lawyers.The firms went public with one of the legal community's worst kept secrets when they announced just before Christmas that they were to merge from 1 May 1997 to become Cameron McKenna.Managing partner designate Robert Derry-Evans, who is managing partner at McKennas, said both firms' profits were above budget and they ...

  • Mills becomes a Dame in New Year honours

    1-Jul-1997

    A TURBULENT year for Director of Public Prosecutions Barbara Mills QC has ended on an unexpected high note with the award of a DBE in the New Year's Honours List.She is among a smattering of lawyers to appear in the list. It includes former Law Society president and Linklaters & Paines senior partner Mark Sheldon, and Paulene Collins, chief training officer at the Law Society, who was ...

  • New Year cheer for solicitor IFAs

    1-Jul-1997

    Last year was a good year for independent financial advisers. Business was buoyant as the consumer "feel-good" factor returned, and volume growth in the independent sector also surged ahead.The rationalisation of the life and pensions industry claimed another few victims, but without either embarrassment or upset. And with the entry into the market of the new "direct" players such as virgin, a new division began to emerge - between basic ...

  • Notts Law Soc leaflets warn against cheap advice

    1-Jul-1997

    Nottinghamshire Law Society has published a leaflet urging people to consult qualified solicitors in a bid to hit back at advertisements for low-cost legal advice.The leaflet, titled "Don't take chances, get the best advice", is part of its public awareness campaign to warn of the risks of opting for cheap legal advice advertised by unqualified firms and claims assessors.The society, which represents more than 800 solicitors, believes people are attracted ...

  • Paul Shenton looks at an action with good news for lenders.

    1-Jul-1997

    Paul Shenton is the solicitor at Eversheds Cardiff office who handled the case for NHL. The 1990s have seen an unprecedented amount of litigation brought by mortgage lenders against valuers and solicitors. Following the House of Lords decision in Banque Bruxelles Lambert SA v Eagle Star Ins Co & Ors (BBL/ Saamco), the law in respect of claims against valuers (subject to the question of interest) ...

  • PI lawyers satisfy clients

    1-Jul-1997

    I am afraid that your account of my talk to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers ("Conference speakers take a bite out of Apil", The Lawyer, 26 November 1996) may have given the wrong impression.Yes, I said that 24 per cent of people we surveyed were dissatisfied with the help available for personal injury cases. But I also said that 60 per cent were satisfied - the highest level of satisfaction for any type of law in the survey.I ...

  • Police Station Adviser's Index, Brian Spiro and Steven Bird, FT Law & Tax £33

    1-Jul-1997

    If you need help with Pace at the police station in the wee small hours of the morning (or any other time) then make sure you have this volume handy.This first edition Index is obviously written by solicitors who know their job well and I am sure this volume will become as well-thumbed as the other Index books.It cannot, given its size, be as comprehensive as Ed Capes' Defending Suspects at Police Stations, but Police Station Adviser's Index scores ...

  • QBD to pilot applications by video link

    1-Jul-1997

    Lawyers throughout the country may be able to make applications to the Queen's Bench by video conference if a pilot scheme is successful.Under a scheme designed to save expensive and time-consuming trips to court, lawyers on the Northern Circuit will soon be able to make applications to Queen's Bench Masters by video conference. If successful the service may be extended nationwide.The pilot project, which is being funded by the Bar Council, is due to ...

  • Report backs civil recovery for retailers

    1-Jul-1997

    A NEW civil procedure should be introduced to allow retailers to claim compensation from shoplifters, according to a report published by the Nene Centre for Retail Research in Northampton.The report on the operation of civil recovery in the US and Canada, published last month, concludes that civil recovery is cheap, convenient and accessible and would be compatible with the Woolf reforms for civil justice.Professor Joshua Bamfield, author of the report and head ...

  • Restrictions put on hold after pressure on China

    1-Jul-1997

    China has delayed the implementation of a package of rules to prevent foreign firms from employing Chinese lawyers and legal assistants, following intense lobbying by the international community.The Chinese government was understood to be poised to announce the new rules just before Christmas when it was rumoured they would be taking effect as early as this month. Now it has indicated that it will delay implementing the plans to allow consultation.Among the anticipated ...

  • Scottish Company Law, Professor Nicholas Bourne and Brian Pillans, Cavendish Publishing £17.95

    1-Jul-1997

    This is a book of great value to in-house practitioners, company secretaries and students of company law. It begins with a useful review of the advantages and disadvantages of incorporation as a business medium and ends with a review of the Cadbury Report and a discussion of future changes in company law.It covers all areas of company law and each topic is covered in a separate chapter with a summary of the salient points. The chapters are clearly written and provide ...

  • Scottish Law Society gets new secretary

    1-Jul-1997

    THE LAW Society of Scotland's top administrative post has changed hands for the first time in 21 years with the appointment of a new secretary, who has pledged a policy of improved communications and more open government.Douglas Mill, former senior partner of Paisley firm MacFarlane Young & Co, takes over from Ken Pritchard as the secretary on 17 January. The influential post is the equivalent of the Law Society of England and Wales' secretary general.

  • Setting Mears straight

    1-Jul-1997

    Mr Mears' Viewpoint article on the Law Society's Disbursement Funding Scheme fundamentally misunderstands its practicalities, which we have designed with the Law Society to meet the clearly articulated needs of many of its members.Mr Mears is also wrong when he states that under the Financial Services Act a solicitor would be required to advise clients on the merits of the scheme.The scheme is valuable to practitioners and clients alike. For clients:

  • Simmons seconds partner to PFI panel

    1-Jul-1997

    Simmons & Simmons commercial partner Edwin Godfrey has been seconded to the Private Finance Panel as joint deputy chief executive.The panel is funded by HM Treasury to monitor and encourage the implementation of PFI projects and has a broad range of professionally qualified members.Rees Griffiths, who shares Godfrey's post as deputy chief executive, said that the panel needed the "well honed analytical skills of a senior legal mind"."It became ...

  • Smaller slice of burger

    1-Jul-1997

    Katina Dart, ex-wife of US burger box billionaire Robert Dart, has failed in her bid to bring about a new way of thinking on big money divorce fights in the UK. She had been seeking leave from the Law Lords to challenge the £10 million settlement made to her on the basis it was insufficient to keep her in the style to which she was accustomed. She wanted a proportional share of her husband's estimated £900 million fortune from the family business. But the ...

  • Solicitors not hopeful of rush of Scottish PFI water contracts

    1-Jul-1997

    The signing of Scotland's first PFI water contract might not be the hoped-for trigger for other Scottish PFI water contracts, according to the lawyers involved.Water authorities across the UK are having to build new sewerage works to bring water purity into line with EU standards. In England and Wales the privatised water authorities are able to raise money through customer charges and borrowing but in Scotland the water authorities are still in public hands. The government ...

  • Solicitors wanted

    1-Jul-1997

    Lord Mackay has confirmed that he wants solicitors to take part in his forthcoming pilot to test the information sessions required by the new Family Law Act. The Lord Chancellor has written to voluntary sector agencies such as Relate to invite them to tender for the pilot project which he wants to set up as early as June 1997. In his letter to the agencies Lord Mackay says that he expects them to involve solicitors in at least some of the projects. Nigel Shepherd, the chair of the Solicitors ...

  • Survey looks at attitudes to Aids patients

    1-Jul-1997

    LEGAL aid lawyers in England and Wales are being asked this week to take part in a survey to test how people with Aids and HIV are being treated by the legal system.All 10,000 legal aid firms are being sent the forms as part of a European Union project to examine ways of ending discrimination against Aids and HIV sufferers.At the same time people with Aids and HIV are being asked to complete a parallel survey detailing their experience of the legal system.

  • The Law on Financial Derivatives, Alastair Hudson, Sweet & Maxwell £75

    1-Jul-1997

    Alastair Hudson is a barrister and a lecturer in law at King's College, London, and has worked as an in-house derivatives lawyer and as a senior financial analyst. He is therefore ideally qualified to write a book aimed at providing "the first comprehensive guide for the lawyer (and non-lawyer) to the legal complexities of the [over-the-counter] derivatives market and to understand the structure of the products".The book is split into six parts: the products; the markets ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Derek Pyle

    1-Jul-1997

    Derek Pyle is a litigation partner at Henderson Boyd Jackson WS, based in Edinburgh. He was born in Cambridge. What was your first job?Waiter.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£860 a year.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Unemployed poet.Which law could you live without?Treaty of Union.

  • The Legal Professions in the New Europe, 2nd Edition, Alan Tyrell QC and Zahd Yaqub, Cavendish Publishing £65

    1-Jul-1997

    This book provides a unique, detailed and comprehensive guide to the role of the legal professions throughout the European Union at a time when increasing attention is being focused on international practice.It consists of a series of chapters specially commissioned from leading practitioners in individual member states. It is highly readable and easy to cross-reference because it is divided into easily manageable and consistent sections.It covers the EU ...

  • The Sanctuary House Case: an arbitration workbook, D Mark Cato, LLP £125

    1-Jul-1997

    At a crucial stage in one of PG Wodehouse's greatest works, Jeeves attempts to comfort Bertie Wooster, who is about to embark on a perilous cycle ride, with a story about two men called Nicholls and Jackson, whose tandem collided with a brewer's van. The collision was so violent that their corpses could not be distinguished, so those present assembled what they could and called it Nixon.The Sanctuary House Case also gives the impression ...

  • Trademarks get Net protection

    1-Jul-1997

    Existing legal principles can be applied to the Internet to protect trademarks following a landmark decision by the High Court in London.The recent decision condemns the practice in which users speculatively register "domain names" of well-known companies, in the hope that they can then sell the names, which feature in Web site addresses, to the appropriate companies for vast amounts of money.In what is believed to be the first case of ...

  • Tribunals Council slams £500 fee to leaseholders

    1-Jul-1997

    The Council on Tribunals has attacked provisions in the 1996 Housing Act to charge fees to users of Leasehold Valuation Tribunals.The valuation tribunals have been given the task of strengthening the rights of owners of leasehold flats in their dealings with freeholder landlords under the Act.But in its annual report the Council on Tribunals, which is responsible for monitoring tribunals, argues that the £500 fee to use the tribunals goes against the tribunals' ...

  • US firm mounts TV adverts campaign in bid to improve attitudes to the profession

    1-Jul-1997

    New York firm Jacoby & Meyers has launched a television advertising campaign to tackle the cynicism most Americans exhibit towards the legal profession.The firm has employed advertising company Mad Dogs & Englishmen to produce a series of television and billboard adverts which will portray lawyers as "people like me".The firm, which was the first to advertise in the US 20 years ago, has retained a strong advertising presence since then, but the new campaign represents ...

  • Victoria ends self regulation by lawyers

    1-Jul-1997

    Lawyers in the Australian state of Victoria face a raft of regulations this month that will end the regulatory powers of their professional bodies and make them disclose likely fees before taking on work.The measures, introduced by the state government, also scrap the distinction between barristers and solicitors, who will now be officially referred to as legal practitioners. It will no longer be compulsory for lawyers to belong to the Law Institute or the Bar Council, although ...

  • What was the best legal book of 1996? The Lawyer's reviewers give their verdicts

    1-Jul-1997

    Best legal book of 1996: The Future of Law, Richard Susskind, Clarendon Press, £19.99This highly readable book challenges every lawyer to consider what role he or she may have in 10 years time, when IT turns lawyers in to legal information engineers interpreting legal information available to all.Best book of 1996: Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kate Atkinson, Black Swan, £6.99This is a first novel ...

  • When the merger honeymoon is over

    1-Jul-1997

    When it came, the McKenna/Cameron Markby merger made not so much a bang as a whimper. After months of frenzied speculation about the tri-partite merger which lost one of its participants, Denton Hall, on the way, the two firms are now officially preparing for life together.The indications are that it will not be an easy relationship. While the difficulties involved in merging two firms is obvious and many issues have to be ironed out, one further ...

  • Woolf proposes shake-up of leave to appeal rules

    1-Jul-1997

    PLANS to extend the requirement for litigants to apply for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal and cut back on the number of oral applications have been announced by Lord Woolf as part of his self-styled "blitz" on court delays.The judge outlines the proposals, including a pilot under which only one, rather than two judges will hear certain leave applications, in his annual review of the Court of Appeal Civil Division's legal year.The proposals come hard ...