30 October 1995

The Lawyer

  • 'Chain' divorces pull in more lawyers

    31-Oct-1995

    SOLICITOR involvement in Jewish divorce cases may be increasing the number of people "chained" to their spouses by ancient religious laws.Some sources believe the trend has weakened the ability of Rabbis to find amicable solutions when one party - usually the husband - refuses to grant the "get" or final bill of divorce.The other party becomes "chained" or "Agunot", can be stigmatised and, under Jewish law, is not allowed to remarry in either an Orthodox or United ...

  • 'High-flyer' convicted of u121,000 fraud

    4-Nov-1995

    A HIGH-FLYING Irish solicitor is being held in Dublin's Mountjoy prison awaiting sentence for fraud.Elio Malocco once mixed with Dublin's social elite and drove a Mercedes 230, with two Porsches in the family garage. He even attempted to buy a League of Ireland football club.But after a two-week trial in the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin last month he was convicted of defrauding the Irish Press newspaper group, for which he worked as a libel lawyer, ...

  • A bit of a misnomer?

    4-Nov-1995

    Tom Picton-Phillips of the mis-named County Court Users Association (the debt recovery association?) is not doing his members' interests any favours by advocating in his article 'Courting executive status' (The Lawyer 21 March) that plaintiffs in child custody and personal injury actions should pay the full cost of their use of the courts, rather than have those costs "subsidised" by his members' clients' fees for debt recovery work.

  • A case of mistaken identity

    4-Nov-1995

    Roger Pearson

  • A case worthy of further consideration

    31-Oct-1995

    Veterinary surgeon Ryan James who is serving life for the murder of his wife is expected to appear in the Court of Criminal Appeal shortly to challenge his conviction.James was said to have killed his 39-year-old wife Sandra by lacing her orange juice with a drug used to put horses to sleep.Lord Justice Roch and Mr Justice Forbes granted him leave on October 19 to appeal against his conviction at Stafford Crown Court.In giving leave for 41-year-old ...

  • A fine art

    31-Oct-1995

    Maclay Murray & Spens has been the main sponsor of the Royal Scottish Academy for nearly ten years. We are also involved in the sponsorship of events in the Edinburgh International Festival, such as the 1994 production of Torquato Tasso and the International Book Festival.Two years ago, the firm sponsored the exhibition of Degas bronzes in Glasgow.Our involvement ...

  • A Guide to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

    4-Nov-1995

    Don't leave home without one - but which one of the several new commentaries on this complex, controversial and varied Act? By now, if not before, all criminal practitioners will be confronted by the need to have ready access to the actual text of the Act whether at court, the police station or advising elsewhere. So which handbag or folder-fitting crib book to choose?James Morton's is physically suitable. The commentary preceding the text of the Act is shorter ...

  • Abuse fears over police techniques

    31-Oct-1995

    A LEADING criminal lawyer has warned of dangers posed by new police crime-fighting techniques.Tony Edwards, president of the London Criminal Court Solicitors' Association, has called for a code of conduct to protect against abuses of a new generation of sophisticated detection methods.Surveillance work, the use of informants and the practice of targeting, where resources are channelled into catching known criminals, are three techniques becoming increasingly ...

  • Addleshaws' Kirby takes 'time out'

    4-Nov-1995

    MANCHESTER firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham has lost one of its leading insolvency and banking partners who has retired from the partnership after five years.Anthony Kirby, who gave notice in recent weeks, is believed to be taking time out to consider his future.Kirby joined Addleshaws in 1989 after leaving William F Prior & Co, where he had been Manchester senior partner.His former Priors colleague Shan Spencer, who now becomes head of the department ...

  • Agency launched amid fees furore

    4-Nov-1995

    Widespread concern among UK legal and consumer groups has greeted the Government's intention to make the public pay for the full cost of using the civil courts.They are convinced that "full cost recovery", with expected daily court fees of u200- u500, will shut out thousands of people from using the civil justice system.The intention to make the public pay was reiterated at the launch of the new Court Service Agency and the Scottish Court Service agency ...

  • ALSOP Wilkinson partner Paul Webster will join the firm's Hong Kong office

    31-Oct-1995

    ALSOP Wilkinson partner Paul Webster will join the firm’s Hong Kong office from 1 December, adding his banking practice to the office’s shipping niche.Webster, currently on sabbatical, is expected to focus on business development in the Far East.He will work alongside resident partner Stewart Crowther, who assumed the role of office head following the departure earlier this month of managing partner Camille Jojo.Jojo, who left with partner Claudio ...

  • Andrew Paton speaks out in favour of ADR

    4-Nov-1995

    On 24 January the Lord Chief Justice and the Vice Chancellor handed down a practice direction "Case management in civil litigation" applying to all lists in the Queen's Bench and Chancery Divisions.To anyone who has run a recent case in the Commercial Court the direction's terms will be familiar. The first nine paragraphs are taken from a direction made by Justice Hobhouse in March 1990.However, it is nevertheless a significant development ...

  • Are you ready for reform?

    4-Nov-1995

    Mrs Justice Arden, chair of the Law Commission, has some sharp comments about the large number of commission reports which have not been implemented by the Government in the past 15 years. Some 20 reports have not seen the light of day in terms of legislation and these figures do not include reports the government has rejected.Rightly, she points out, the public does not get the benefit of the commission's work until Parliament implements it. One such report, Conspiracy ...

  • Arista accounts deal

    4-Nov-1995

    * West End-based firm Hamlin Slowe is set to purchase an Arista accounts system in a u150,000 deal.

  • Australian first

    31-Oct-1995

    Allen Allen & Hemsley's chair of partners, John Lehane, has been named as the first non-advocate to be appointed as an Australian Federal Court judge. Lehane, a commercial and corporate solicitor, worked in AA&H's London office from 1984-86 and served a three-year term as managing partner. He is a part-time lecturer at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Law and has written a number of legal texts including Equity - Doctrines and Remedies, co-authored with Justices ...

  • Bacfi puts focus on arbitration

    4-Nov-1995

    LORD Justice Saville is to deliver a keynote speech on arbitration at the Denning Lecture held by the in-house barristers' group Bacfi.The Appeal Court judge has accepted an invitation by the Bar Association for Commerce Finance and Industry to deliver the annual Denning Lecture on 22 May.Judge Saville will speak on arbitration and the courts and is likely to cover the new arbitration bill he is currently drawing up for the Government.Bacfi chair ...

  • Bar attacks legal aid waste

    31-Oct-1995

    A HEAD-ON assault on the wastefulness of the legal aid system is vital if the Government's plans for a complete overhaul of legal aid are to be averted, says the Bar Council.The co-ordinator of the Bar's response to the legal aid reform plans, Jonathan Hirst QC, has defended the tactics in its response to Lord Mackay's Green Paper. The Bar's response is highly critical of the operation of the current merits test. It says public money is ...

  • Bar Council clears libel lawyer of misconduct

    31-Oct-1995

    John Malpas reportsA LEADING libel lawyer has been cleared by the Bar Council following a plaintiff's charge that he pursued an unmeritorious action against him to earn a fee.The Bar Council's professional conduct committee dismissed the complaint against James Price QC after deciding that there was no evidence of professional misconduct over his involvement in the libel action pursued against journalist Peter Cotterell.The details of Cotterell's ...

  • Bar School set to lose monopoly on training

    4-Nov-1995

    ASPIRING solicitors and barristers may be sitting side by side in the same lecture room in less then three years' time, according to the consultation paper on the ending of the Bar School's training monopoly.The paper goes on to acknowledge that the future of separate vocational courses for solicitors and barristers may be limited in the light of an"increasing demand" for common training.It is also candid on the likely effects ...

  • Barristers excluded from fees insurance

    4-Nov-1995

    A LAW Society commitment to examine the possibility of barrister's fees being covered in its conditional fee insurance package has come to nothing.Matthias Kelly, of the Personal Injuries Bar Association, says he is "disappointed" by the news that no part of counsel's fees will be included in the Law Society package.At a meeting earlier this year with David Hartley, of the society's professional policy executive, personal injury barristers questioned ...

  • Bidding begins for Inn's communications system

    31-Oct-1995

    Helen Sage reportsBritish Telecom, Mercury and Colt Telecom will all be bidding for the Lincoln's Inn telecommunications project in the next few weeks.The first stage of the project, which involved the installation of two kilometres of ducting for the fibre optic cables was carried out during August and September and cost nearly £10,000.David Corsellis, assistant under-treasurer at Lincoln's Inn, said: "We ...

  • Boateng's brief

    31-Oct-1995

    LAW Society president Martin Mears' could face an embarrassing U-turn over his aim to bring the functions of the Solicitors Complaints Bureau in-house.Paul Boateng MP, Labour legal spokesman, is to meet both Mears and Bar chair Peter Goldsmith QC to discuss his plans for the legal system, as framed in the Access to Justice policy document. Boateng says that an independent complaints system is the cornerstone of his plans for the profession.Of Mears' ...

  • Brilliant Brochures

    31-Oct-1995

    A brochure should be seen not as a means of presenting credentials but rather as an opportunity to express the philosophy and personality of a firm.Most brochures are modern, stylish and struggle hard to look interesting. Some use a mixture of styles to provide interest but lack coherence. Some use illustration, currently in vogue with accountancy firms, but lack sophistication. A handful take an intriguing, intelligent and oblique but relevant approach.

  • Bristol & West turn up heat on SIF in Beccle fraud claim

    4-Nov-1995

    THE BRISTOL & West Building Society is putting increasing pressure on the Solicitors Indemnity Fund to pay up the u500,000 compensation resulting from the alleged remortgaging frauds totalling u1 million by ex-solicitor Geoffrey Beccle.The sale of a property in London last week acted as the trigger for Bristol & West and several other building societies, all of whom have charges on the property.Abbey National has successfully sued Bristol & West and Barclays ...

  • BT summariser may lighten workload

    4-Nov-1995

    HARD-PRESSED lawyers could soon benefit from a computer program which automatically summarises texts.The software, developed by BT Laboratories, includes an Information Agent which searches texts stored on a computer and selects those of most interest to the operator, sorting them in what it 'thinks' will be the order of priority to the reader. The summariser then abridges the text to a fraction of its length without, it is claimed, losing ...

  • Building and Engineering Contracts: A Construction Practitioners Guide

    4-Nov-1995

    Solicitors in Dundee are hanging their heads in shame.A law library at the court has had to be moved to a more secure home in the University of Abertay because so many books were being either lost or not returned.It was felt the electronic tagging system at the university library was the collection's last hope of remaining more or less intact into the 21st century.

  • Capital contract win for Bevan Ashford

    4-Nov-1995

    BRISTOL-based firm Bevan Ashford has won a three-way pitch to handle legal advice for one of London's biggest teaching hospital trusts, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust of Tooting, south London.The firm beat off rival London practices Beachcroft Stanleys and incumbents Capsticks, following a tendering process which began last August.Bevan Ashford has now begun handling ...

  • Case dates are set

    4-Nov-1995

    *The following jury cases are listed to be heard in the High Court Queens Bench Division in April: Chohan v The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford (not before April 25); Kilduff v Stott and another (not before April 25).

  • City players get chance to form own chambers

    4-Nov-1995

    CITY solicitors are being offered the chance to work alongside other specialist sole practitioners in a customised solicitor's chambers venture launched last week.The City Solicitors' Chambers, in Mansell Street, is based on a similar venture also established by solicitor Anton Alexander five years ago in north west London.But the new operation, based on sole practitioners sharing "no frills" basic legal office services, is aiming to attract commercial ...

  • Clerk feels greenhouse effect

    4-Nov-1995

    FORMER solicitors' clerk Dennis Boswell, whose 76-year-old mother was arrested for allegedly growing cannabis found in a greenhouse he had rented to a neighbour, is suing the neighbour for damages.Boswell, who according to a writ issued by him in person, was dismissed from his post as senior litigation executive with Elliott & Company in Breams Buildings, London, claims that as a result of what happened, he was arrested, lost his job, suffered financially and his reputation ...

  • Community Care Practice and the Law

    4-Nov-1995

    In an era of increasing multi-state transactions and consequential litigation, it is time to increase awareness of other legal systems and codes.The massive expansion of the international marketplace during the 1980s was epitomised by the rapid growth of a number of apparently powerful multi-national conglomerates. This was followed in the early 1990s by the dramatic collapse of some of these organisations, whose management and financial inadequacies showed them up to be ...

  • Computers and Law

    4-Nov-1995

    More than 60 lawyers from across Europe descended upon Liverpool for the annual general meeting of The Association of European Lawyers, which was hosted by Liverpool law firm Lace Mawer. Presentations were given on quality management, investors in people and the qualities of Liverpool. Andrew Scorah, a partner at Lace Mawer, said: "The most valuable part of the AGM was the opportunity to develop contacts amongst members of the association in order to encourage referrals and create new ...

  • Conference in York

    31-Oct-1995

    The Solicitors European Group has chosen York as the site for its annual conference next year. The event, to be held on 7 and 8 June, will address issues of growing importance to EU lawyers, such as the implications of EU law and policy for the IT industry and regulated industries. Speakers from across the country will also provide updates on key areas affecting everyday practice including competition law and the use of IP rights.

  • Corporate

    4-Nov-1995

    Devonport Management is being advised by Norton Rose and Bond Pearce in its bid to acquire Devonport Royal Dockyard, which it has managed since 1987 under a government-owned, contractor-operated arrangement.

  • Corporate

    4-Nov-1995

    Powell Duffryn, advised by Booth & Co, has bought shares in Teeside and Humberside Holdings ports group in a u90m deal. The acquisition was partly funded by a rights issue on which Powell Duffryn was advised by Slaughter and May, with the vendors of Humberside being advised by Garrett & Co in Leeds and 3i as the vendor of Teeside being advised by its in-house legal department. ...

  • Corporate

    4-Nov-1995

    Insurance services company Fishers Group, advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite, has reversed into Irish quoted company Celtic Gold, advised by Arthur Cox, in an u11.45m deal.

  • DAC alone among tipped companies

    31-Oct-1995

    DAVIES Arnold Cooper is the only law firm to appear on a roll call of the UK's top 100 companies of the future.The City firm joins the likes of Marks & Spencer, British Airways, BT and ICI in a study by the Corporate Research Foundation just published by McGraw-Hill.Under the DAC entry, the study says: "Law firms are in general badly managed but there are some notable exceptions and DAC is one of them."This firm is run as a business rather than ...

  • Democracy must prevail

    31-Oct-1995

    In calling for a five-year executive presidency for the Law Society, Richard Bagley (The Lawyer 10 October), misses the essential point that the post is (and indeed Mr Mears was) democratically elected. The Secretary General carries out policy, the president is crucial to its formulation. The two roles are quite distinct.If the Law Society presidents were appointed for half-a-decade at a time, they would instantly cease to be accountable for their policy ...

  • Dibbs talks to Elliotts

    31-Oct-1995

    MANCHESTER and London firm Elliott & Company could be swallowed by Dibb Lupton Broomhead if talks between the two are formalised.Both practices confirm they have held merger talks.Claims that Dibbs has offered equity partnership to only four of Elliotts' partners have been denied, and the two maintain that no deal has been struck yet."We have indeed spoken to Dibb Lupton Broomhead," said Elliotts equity partner Martin Farrell. "The discussions ...

  • Divorcee claims board interfered

    31-Oct-1995

    A MAN who claims he was ordered to pay an "excessive" bill for legal services after the Legal Aid Board allegedly interfered in a trial will this week lodge an official complaint against the body.Alan Brown's firm Jim McKenzie & Co claims the LAB should have remained impartial in an action against Brown by his former solicitors Manches & Co.Manches sued Brown for the balance of a £65,000 bill presented to him in 1991 for work carried out on a variation ...

  • Document scanning goes live

    31-Oct-1995

    Helen Sage reportsA new document scanning service that lets users instantly retrieve live and archive material from their PC or network is launched this month by Data Scanning Services.It is the first scanning service to become available in the UK that combines a new generation optical character recognition (OCR) system with the latest electronic document management capability.The service offers solicitors and legal departments the opportunity to ...

  • Drought/Libel. Showing up the cracks

    31-Oct-1995

    This summer's prolonged drought has put the Water Resources Act 1991 under the spotlight. Lewis Denton wonders how well it stands up to close scrutinyThe unprecedented drought conditions this summer have caused a number of problems for householders, gardeners and local authorities. They have also caused confusion in the legal profession.While the prompt imposition of temporary hose-pipe bans under the Water Industry Act 1991 was not unexpected the duration ...

  • Drought/Libel. Taking action on libel

    31-Oct-1995

    In response to widespread dissatisfaction with the current defamation law a working group was established under LordJustice Neill to investigate how to streamline the procedure. The committee's report has resulted in the Lord Chancellor's Department issuing a consultation paper that includes a draft Defamation Bill. The aim of the Bill is to introduce new rules to make libel cases faster and more economic.The suggestions are:A defence if ...

  • Easy rider needed for street battle

    31-Oct-1995

    WANTED: high-powered law-yer with an eye for the fast lane.

  • EC sets deadline for home title rules

    4-Nov-1995

    THE OFFICIAL text of the European Commission's draft directive on rights for lawyers practising in other member states shows the commission hopes to put new rules in place by the end of 1996.However, legal commentators claim the date is too ambitious, and it is unlikely that establishment will be regulated for some time.The draft, released at the end of March, says member states "shall bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions" ...

  • Employment team quits firm

    4-Nov-1995

    THE EMPLOYMENT team of City law firm Hill Taylor Dickinson has decamped to Bristol-based law firm Osborne Clarke - but both sides insist they remain good friends.A total of five employment specialists are due to leave the firm at the end of the month to work from Osborne Clarke's London premises, led by team head Nicholas Moore.Moore and Ralph Nathan join Osborne Clarke ...

  • Financing

    31-Oct-1995

    Beale & Co advised Indorama International Finance on its issue of 1.75 per cent convertible notes 1995-2000 of Swiss francs 40,000,000 convertible into shares of PT Indorama Synthetics, Indonesia. Swiss Bank Corporation, the lead manager, was advised by its in-house lawyers and Allen & Overy's Hong Kong office.

  • Financings

    4-Nov-1995

    Beauford was advised by Hammond Suddards on the issue of new shares to finance an acquisition

  • Financings

    4-Nov-1995

    Medway Power was advised by Norton Rose on the introduction of u160m of financing from the European Investment Bank

  • Financings

    4-Nov-1995

    The British Land Company was advised by SJ Berwin & Co in relation to its placing and open offer to raise around u210.7m. The brokers to the issue

  • Firm on a roll as media work grows

    31-Oct-1995

    HAMMOND Suddards' capture of Gouldens partner Christopher Parkinson looks set to be a big step in the national firm's bid to build a top media practice.Parkinson, known for his work on movies such as Kenneth Branagh's Henry V and the award-winning Leon the Pig Farmer, will take an impressive client portfolio with him when he switches firms next week.He is also likely to take an assistant with him.Gouldens' managing partner Max ...

  • Firms cool over US bid for City work

    31-Oct-1995

    TOP City firms have stayed cool over the US firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges' bid for a slice of London's legal work, despite some of their best lawyers being targeted by the firm's recruitment drive.Weil Gotshal, which enjoys per-partner profits of up to $750,000 in the US, is also expected to offer competitive salaries to senior assistants.Clifford Chance saw ...

  • First firms fail franchise audit tests

    4-Nov-1995

    TWO London franchise holders have been suspended by the Legal Aid Board after failing their first post-contract audits.Legal Aid Board chief executive Stephen Orchard says the firms now have three months to put things right or face the termination of their contracts.He says the suspensions will serve as a warning to other firms that "they can't allow things to slip".So far auditors have visited 30 franchised offices out of around 80 in London. ...

  • Flotations

    31-Oct-1995

    Lawrence Graham advised transport investment company The Hansom Group on its flotation on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). The Brough Skerret Law Partnership advised nominated adviser

  • Flotations

    31-Oct-1995

    Field Fisher Waterhouse advised long-standing client Wynnstay Properties on its admission to AIM.

  • Flotations

    31-Oct-1995

    SJ Berwin & Co acted for Furlong Homes Group and Shore Capital Stockbrokers

  • Flotations

    31-Oct-1995

    Druces & Attlee acted for Gerrard Vivian Gray

  • Freshfields reshuffle puts Salz in top post

    31-Oct-1995

    ANTHONY Salz, the high profile head of Freshfields' corporate department, is to become the City firm's new senior partner.Salz takes over from John Grieves, who is due to retire. Grieves has been a partner at the firm since 1964 and held the top job for the last five years.The firm says that the senior partner appointment procedure "allows for an election where there are a number of candidates," but declines to add whether an election took place on ...

  • Gary Hickinbottom analyses case management proposals. BYLN:

    31-Oct-1995

    Gary Hickinbottom is a partner at McKenna & Co.The Law Society's report, Group Actions Made Easier, was published last week.It confirms as optimal the approach developed by our courts in treating multi-party action claims as individual actions but subject to case management techniques under an assigned judge taking a pro-active and firm stance. This would mean that such cases are dealt with cost-efficiently, sensibly and fairly. However, ...

  • Good to talk on judge's summons phone line

    4-Nov-1995

    OFFICIAL Referee Judge Bowsher QC is running a pilot scheme to hear summonses by telephone.The scheme, which was suggested by Lord Woolf, is only available to solicitors whose case is in the list of the Official Referee.To comply, all the parties have to agree to be heard over the telephone and at least one of the solicitor participants must be based more than 30 miles from London.It only applies to summons expected to take fewer than 15 minutes. ...

  • Govt pans to fund CABx with lottery cash, claims Labour

    31-Oct-1995

    LABOUR claims that the Government is planning to fund citizens' advice bureaux with National Lottery cash.The allegation follows the donation of £1.5 million to 14 out of 721 bureaux. Many other CABx, as well as central body the National Association of Citizens' Advice Bureaux (NACAB), had applied for but failed to get funding.Facing a cash squeeze, the CABx may refuse to take on the enhanced role outlined for them in Lord Mackay's Green ...

  • Green impact of EU

    31-Oct-1995

    European Court of Justice Judge David Edward will chair a conference on the impact in the UK of EU environmental law at London's Centre for the Law of the European Union on Friday. The conference, with speakers from the European Commission and universities across the UK, will cover topics such as the enforcement of EU environmental law against member states and the implementation of the habitat directive. For further information telephone 0171-722 9746.

  • Howard faces struggle over CICS

    4-Nov-1995

    MICHAEL Howard will have difficulty pushing through legislation to reinstate the tariff-based criminal injuries compensation scheme declared unlawful by the Lords, the Law Society predicts.The ruling against the Home Secretary's controversial scheme has been applauded by the Law Society and hailed as a major victory for the victims of crime by the lawyers who took him to court.The society's parliamentary lobbyist, Judy Foy, says she doubts Howard will ...

  • Howard's sorry now

    4-Nov-1995

    The resounding Law Lords' rebuff to Home Secretary Michael Howard will be as sweet to his opponents as scoring the victory over his tariff scheme for compensating criminal injuries.It has been a long haul since the original judicial review application in autumn 1993, and the initial outcry at not only what Howard was doing to the compensation scheme, but how he was doing it by effectively bypassing the House of Commons. The unions involved and their legal ...

  • IBA guides ready soon

    31-Oct-1995

    In 'Where's the IBA voice' (Letters, The Lawyer, 17 October) your correspondent questions the stand being taken by the International Bar Association on the problem of foreign lawyers establishing offices overseas.The IBA, through its 164-member Bar Associations and Law Societies, is most actively addressing the difficult question of foreign legal consultants, and has drafted guidelines for use worldwide. These were debated most recently ...

  • In brief: Avon withdraws discrimination appeal

    31-Oct-1995

    Avon County Council has withdrawn an appeal to the House of Lords over a court decision which ruled it had been discriminatory in the awarding of contracts. A tenderer had used judicial review to challenge the award of a waste disposal contract to a competitor. The High Court upheld the council's decision but the Court of Appeal decided that the authority had discriminated in favour of a joint venture.

  • In brief: AWS elects Liverpool lawyer as chair

    4-Nov-1995

    The Association of Women Solicitors has elected Glenys Arden as its new chair. Arden, a partner in Liverpool firm Gamon Arden & Co, sits as an acting stipendiary magistrate and also as a part-time chair of Social Security and Child Support Appeal tribunals. She is also a member of the Law Society's committee on standards and guidance, and of the training committee of her local Law Society. She has been an AWS member for 10 years and was the founder chair of the Merseyside Chester ...

  • In brief: Clerks call for more black magistrates

    31-Oct-1995

    Black communities should be targeted for magistrate recruitment campaigns, a report by the Justices' Clerks' Society says. The document, Black People in Magistrates' Courts, says that the measure would help boost under-represented minorities. Other recommendations to improve the racial equality of the courts include reviewing the role of the oath and providing greater translation of information leaflets and proceedings.

  • In brief: Clifford Chance to pay costs to Zappia

    31-Oct-1995

    City firm Clifford Chance has been ordered to pay costs on an indemnity basis to Zappia Middle East Construction company after a writ was issued through solicitors Zaiwalla & Co. Judge Wilcox made the order after Clifford Chance decided to withdraw an application to strike out the action,which related to a claim for damages following the firm's withdrawal as legal advisers to Zappia.

  • In brief: ELF stages first conference

    31-Oct-1995

    Leigh Day & Co solicitor Charlie Hopkins, barrister Charles Pugh, and Environmental Law Foundation chair Martin Polden are among the speakers lined up to address the first conference of the ELF. The conference, to be held at London's National Council for Volunteer Organisations on 9 November, will provide a practical overview of environmental litigation and information on the latest legislation. For further information contact Alex Christians at ELF, Lincoln's Inn House, 42 ...

  • In brief: Firm opts for youth due to 'radical change'

    4-Nov-1995

    Birmingham firm Lee Crowder has deliberately appointed a younger partner to the senior partner post in recognition, it says, of the "radical change" the profession has undergone over the last 10 years. Commercial lawyer Stephen Gilmore, 39, succeeds John Baron who retired from partnership on 31 March.

  • In brief: First new partner in Orchard's operation

    4-Nov-1995

    Orchard, the former Bermans London office, has appointed its first new partner. In March this year, Bermans sold its London operation to the management team headed by David Orchard. Commercial property specialist Nicola Stewart joined the office at the beginning of the year from DJ Freeman and has now become a partner in the property and construction group headed by Andrea Burns.

  • In brief: Herbert Smith rewarded for pro bono work

    31-Oct-1995

    City firm Herbert Smith has won a Corporation of London Dragon Award for its community action programmes. The awards, sponsored by the corporation in association with Carlton Television, recognise the initiatives made by businesses toward improving community life. Herbert Smith was honoured for its wide-ranging pro bono work which includes running a children's hospital radio station and providing legal advice at Cripplegate Law Advice Centre.

  • In brief: Johnnie Cochran speaks in UK

    31-Oct-1995

    The Society of Black Lawyers has confirmed that OJ Simpson defence lawyer Johnnie Cochran will be speaking at a conference on 18 November. The high profile attorney is set to speak at the Commonwealth Institute and later that day at the SBL's West Midlands chapter meeting. Tickets for the Birmingham events can be obtained from Errol Robinson on 0121-643 4121. On the following Monday he will speak at the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill, London. More information from the SBL on 0171-274 ...

  • In brief: Jones sets CCT date forward six months

    4-Nov-1995

    Compulsory competitive tendering will be brought forward by six months in authorities not undergoing reorganisation, putting legal services on the market by 1 October 1997. Environment Minister Robert Jones says his department sent a consultation paper to English local authorities which proposed bringing forward the implementation of CCT by up to one year from the initial timetable. "I have considered carefully the associations' clear and cogent arguments for not imposing a timetable ...

  • In brief: Kilroy-Silk on war-path against Tory MP

    4-Nov-1995

    TV host and former Labour MP Robert Kilroy-Silk has issued a writ for libel against Conservative MP Warren Hawksley, through law firm Compton Carr. The legal action follows remarks made by Hawksley about Kilroy-Silk in a press release and also in the local press, following problems experienced by the MP in attempting to attend a recording of Kilroy. Hawksley is seeking legal advice.

  • In brief: New partner in Church Adams' expansion

    4-Nov-1995

    Church Adams Tatham & Co, the London and Reigate practice, has recruited Patric Sankey-Barker as a partner to its company and commercial department. Sankey-Barker, who was previously with Waltons & Morse, is keen to play a major part in the continuing development of the department. Senior partner Gordon Jones, who also heads the company and commercial department, says Sankey-Barker's broad experience will add further depth to the department following its recent expansion.

  • In brief: Queen's part-time legal secretary courses

    4-Nov-1995

    London-based Queen's Business and Secretarial College is to begin offering part-time courses leading to its Legal Secretarial Certificates. Ollie Edwards, Queen's marketing director, says: "The course is designed for secretaries who want to change direction and move into the legal field." The college can be contacted on 0171 589 8583.

  • In brief: Richards Butler partner up for award

    31-Oct-1995

    Christopher Jackson, partner with Richards Butler, has been selected as a finalist in the Ambassadors for London Awards, organised to promote the capital's business potential. Jackson is in the running for the Earls Court Olympia International Conference of the Year prize, for his presidency of the Union International Des Avocats (UIA) Congress in September. Judging will take place at a ceremony on 14 November.

  • In brief: Sex pest barrister sacked from bench

    4-Nov-1995

    Nigel Hamilton QC, the barrister suspended from the Bar for three months for sexual harassment, has been sacked by the Lord Chancellor from his part-time assistant recorder post on the Western Circuit. His dismissal follows the high-profile Inns of Court disciplinary tribunal that took place earlier this year and which found Hamilton guilty of sexually harassing a client and a solicitor's clerk. The suspension of Hamilton, of St John's Chambers in Bristol, was the first case ...

  • In brief: Speechlys gets new managing partner

    31-Oct-1995

    London firm Speechly Bircham has named finance partner Mark Musgrave as successor to managing partner Mervyn Couve. Musgrave, currently a partner in the firm's private client and charity department, starts in his new role on 1 November. Couve, who steps down after four years, will act as deputy managing partner. He remains as head of the corporate department.

  • In brief: Three Deacons partners bankrupted

    31-Oct-1995

    Three ex-partners of the collapsed Liverpool firm Deacon Goldrein Green were declared bankrupt last week. The bankruptcy orders were made against Martin Green, Patricia Reynolds and Robert Ollerhead at Liverpool County Court on Tuesday. But the District Judge Elliot Knopf ordered any further action to be stayed pending appeals which the three solicitors say they are considering. They all objected unsuccessfully to the orders, made following a two-and-a-half day hearing in chambers. ...

  • In brief: Warners switch Coventry offices

    4-Nov-1995

    City firm Warner Cranston has moved offices in Coventry. The building's official opening on 30 March was attended by the Mayor of Coventry and Judge Malcolm Lee of the Birmingham Mercantile Court. Warner Cranston has had a base in Coventry since 1987 when it acquired the in-house litigation service of the Courtaulds Group. The office has two partners and three assistant solicitors.

  • Insurance whiz joins Wilde Sapte

    31-Oct-1995

    Wilde Sapte has taken on Professor Robert Merkin, a leading legal academic in insurance, as a consultant.Merkin is now attached to the firm's insurance practice, and has a remit to deal with business development and training.Merkin will shortly become Professor of Commercial Law at Cardiff Law School. He is best-known for writing Colinvaux Law of Insurance and is also editor of Insurance Law Monthly and Journal of Business Law.He also sits on ...

  • Judge criticises CICB's 'major deficit'

    4-Nov-1995

    Kuszek v Clarke - QBD 29 April 1997Claimant: Ruth Kuszek, 45Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Claimant, a competitive horsewoman and livery stable owner, suffered disabling whiplash injuries in a road crash which caused her grave problems with running her livery stables. Her sporting activities were also interfered withAward: £55,000 (agreed damages)Judge: Judge GeddesPlaintiff’s counsel: Geoffrey Brown

  • Keeping the status quo

    4-Nov-1995

    It was a great pity you could not give further quotes from the Judges' Council response to the Home Affairs Select Committee in your edition of 28 March. The quotes given are far more entertaining than anything which has appeared in the Tulkinghorn column for years. We are told the system of monitoring and assessing judicial candidates ensures only the best suited become judges. Your report goes on to say very few systems in the private sector offer anything approaching this degree ...

  • Kienzle contracts

    4-Nov-1995

    * Southampton-based Moore & Blatch placed a u200,000 contract with Kienzle Systems for a system to run across a network of 52 PCs. The 14-partner firm is taking on the Arista practice management system with a Windows front-end. Kienzle has also sold a u175,000 system to Putney firm Evill & Coleman.

  • Knights' recruit will grow Euro business

    4-Nov-1995

    Knight & Sons, the Staffordshire-based practice has appointed international commercial law specialist Sebastian Price as an associate in its corporate and commercial department.Price's appointment fits with the firm's strategy to expand its legal business service portfolio across Europe and Russia.After qualifying in 1986 Price spent five years working with City law firms before basing himself in Cairo and Warsaw, where he provided commercial advice ...

  • Law Lords pension probe

    4-Nov-1995

    *The Law Lords are to probe the legal costs position relating to those who sue pension scheme trustees for breach of trust. They have granted leave for an appeal against High and Appeal Court rulings that in a breach of trust action against pension trustees those suing are entitled, pre-emptively, to an order that their costs should be paid out of the pension scheme assets whether they win or lose the action.

  • Lawyers take brunt of court blame as editors let off hook

    4-Nov-1995

    NEWSPAPER lawyers have been warned by the High Court that they, not editors, may have to bear the responsibility if they make a mistake which leads to their paper being taken to court.Editor of The Sun Stuart Higgins was cleared by Family Division judge Mr Justice Thorpe of blame after a photograph of one of alleged serial killer Fred West's children attending West's funeral was published in breach of a court order.Instead, the judge put the blame firmly ...

  • Lawyers, you're in the army now

    4-Nov-1995

    LAWYERS willing to take on a new way of life while practising their profession are being invited to join the army.The Directorate of Army Legal Services is on the look-out for four recently qualified solicitors or barristers in their 20s to join the army's 50-lawyer department.Directorate head Lt Col Stephen Vowles is holding a three-day selection board next month for lawyers who would be commissioned into the service at the rank of captain with a salary ...

  • LCD hits out at press confusion

    31-Oct-1995

    THE LORD Chancellor's Department has criticised the press over its confusing coverage of the Family Homes and Domestic Violence Bill and proposed divorce law reforms.Reports at the close of last week claimed Lord Mackay's divorce reform plans might be abandoned after Tory traditionalists succeeded in postponing the passing of the domestic violence Bill.MPs took eleventh-hour action after they realised legislation introduced through the Bill would grant ...

  • LeBoeufs hires finance specialist

    31-Oct-1995

    FLEDGLING multinational partnership (MNP) LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has boosted its ranks with the signing of Morgan Grenfell International deputy chair David Suratgar.London-based Suratgar has resigned his appointment as of counsel to San Francisco's Morrison & Foerster and Paris firm Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn. He took up a similar post with the new MNP - part of the ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 11/04/95

    4-Nov-1995

    PRAN HANDA, self employed, unadmitted associate with London SW9 firms of Melichior & Co and Procaccini & Co at material times banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society. Allegations substantiated that Handa misused money held by him on behalf of clients by using it for his own purposes and those of unrelated clients, that he misled the Law Society Compensation Fund as to circumstances of use of client money and that he misled ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 31/10/95

    31-Oct-1995

    Michael Charles Parker, admitted 1975, practising in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £989 costs. Allegations substantiated he was guilty of delay in administration of estate, guilty of delay in conduct of professional business and failed to reply to letters from SCB. Tribunal said fine would have been higher but for Parker's impecuniosity.Robert Walter Hood Richmond, 51, admitted ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 31/10/95

    31-Oct-1995

    Merriam v Paris Construction and Peter Howlett - QBD 10 October 199Claimant: Mark Merriam, 3Accident: Plaintiff, 28 at time of accident, injured in 1987 road crashInjuries: Serious head injury consisting of depressed fracture of frontal bones of skull causing intercerebral haemorrhages - marked persisting neurological deficit including severe memory disturbance. Plaintiff has had to give up job as self-employed chimney sweep and now needs high degree of supervision ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 11/04/95

    4-Nov-1995

    Fair selection process for redundanciesBritish Aerospace v Green & Ors (1995). (CA (Stuart Smith LJ, Waite LJ, Millett LJ)Summary: Disclosure of assessments made on retained employees in a redundancy selection irrelevant in redundant employees' claims for unfair dismissal.Claim by 235 employees that their selection for redundancy was unfair where the claimants had been granted leave to inspect redundancy selection forms not only of ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 31/10/95

    31-Oct-1995

    Reasons for deciding intentional homelessnessR v Islington Borough Council, ex parte Hind (1995)CA (Peter Gibson LJ, Otton LJ and Sir Roger Parker) 17/10/9Summary: Scope of housing authority's duty as to presenting its finding of intentional homelessness in a proper, adequate and intelligible form in accordance with s.64(4) Housing Act 1985 to an applicant.Appeal as to dismissal of an application for judicial review on the ground ...

  • Litigation Writs 11/04/95

    4-Nov-1995

    Delivery driver Simon Wheatley, 42, of Winslow, Buckinghamshire, who received severe injuries when a sheet of glass fell on him is suing his employers Merlin Distribution, of Westbury, Wiltshire. The accident happened as he was delivering a glass conservatory in Doncaster last March. Ten eight foot by five foot sheets of glass fell on him as he climbed onto the freight section of the lorry, knocking him off. Wheatley suffered a serious fracture to ...

  • Livestock transport challenge

    4-Nov-1995

    *An early judgement is expected in the High Court challenge to bans on transport of livestock through UK ports and airports. The latest round of cases, expected to lead to a ruling with wide implications, has centred on livestock traffic through Dover and Plymouth.

  • Lloyd's damned in US report

    31-Oct-1995

    ALLEGATIONS of negligence and fraud are set to rock Lloyd's of London this week.And they could lead to further legal actions and difficulties facing Lloyd's in its bid to reach a global settlement.A paper by the Names Defence Association (NDA), containing statistical evidence from US attorneys' reports, accuses the Lloyd's Corporation of concealing from the market the true picture of spiralling claims and potential losses in the US during ...

  • Long live the SFO

    4-Nov-1995

    The Serious Fraud Office must feel it has been put through one of its own long investigations after the Davie and Graham reports. It has been acquitted, but the process will have been chastening.It is probably truer of the SFO than other bodies that there is no alternative. To have buried it in the Crown Prosecution Service would have pleased many sharp operators in the financial markets but would have sent out wrong signals about the UK's resolve on fraud. Not ...

  • Lovells lures top US lawyers

    4-Nov-1995

    TOP ten firm Lovell White Durrant has pulled off a coup de grOce by poaching two leading insurance lawyers from high profile Chicago firm Sidley & Austin.The move, which will create a Chicago office for Lovells, flies in the face of current trends which have seen many of the top US firms enticing British high-fliers on board with six-figure salaries.And in a further blow to the US giant, the departing partners Joe McCullough and George Platz, who gave notice ...

  • Lowe bows out with rebuke to critics

    31-Oct-1995

    DEPARTING Solicitors Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe has defended her record with an upbeat forecast for the future of complaints handling.Lowe stood down from her post this week with the news that demand for inspections of solicitors' accounts was falling and contributions to the compensation fund were likely to be lower next year."The bureau is poised at a crucial point in its evolution. Its workload is now controlled and managed in a more professional ...

  • Making your name

    31-Oct-1995

    Law firms are relatively new to the world of commercial sponsorship, but it certainly has a significant role in their marketing and promotional activities.Frequently sponsorship is confused with patronage. The two are not the same. Sponsorship offers some form of commercial benefit to all the parties concerned.As law firms, especially larger ones, continue to become more marketing-oriented, sponsorship is expected to work hard. It has to fit ...

  • Marketing Communications for Solicitors - a practical guide to promoting your firm

    4-Nov-1995

    Company directors should be allowed approved share options of up to £100,000 more than three times the current maximum according to Michael Jacobs, a tax partner at Nicholson Graham & Jones.Jacobs' recommendation comes in a report on "rewarding leadership" in smaller quoted companies issued last week by the lobbying group Cisco.Jacobs was the principal author of the report and chairs the share schemes committee which produced ...

  • Maxwell action group tackles Morgan Stanley over assets

    31-Oct-1995

    A HUGE legal battle is unfolding in New York where the Maxwell pensions trustees, represented by the five-partner firm Orans Elsen & Lupert, are taking on investment bank Morgan Stanley and the 106-partner Lexington Avenue firm, Davis Polk & Wardwell in their $100 million claim.The lawsuit launched by the Mirror Group Newspapers Pension Trustees (MGNPT) is the latest and one ...

  • Medical Negligence Litigation - A Practitioner's Guide

    4-Nov-1995

    A budding lawyer with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who was laid off by Wilde Sapte while in hospital, has accused the firm of discrimination.In one of the first cases of its kind to reach an industrial tribunal, Rubina Cassell is bringing a claim against the firm under the new Disability Discrimination Act.Stratford Industrial Tribunal heard last week how Cassell was made redundant by the firm a year ago, while working as an assistant in the capital ...

  • MEPs push for unity on home title

    31-Oct-1995

    THE EUROPEAN Parliament has warned member state professions to find common ground over rights of establishment or face a ruling from on high.MEPs have recommended that the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) reaches an agreed position on the issue at its plenary session in Dresden next month.If the CCBE delegations cannot agree, the Parliament's legal affairs committee, due to meet again on 22 November, has indicated it will decide ...

  • Merger must come top of the agenda

    31-Oct-1995

    Merger mania has once more hit the legal profession. According to the Smith & Williamson survey which contacted 35 partnerships of varying sizes, 86 per cent of firms have made an approach or been approached by another firm to discuss merger or acquisition. All the firms surveyed which have between 11 and 49 partners, have been involved in M&A discussions.The survey also revealed that 80 per cent of solicitors' practices would consider a merger or acquisition. ...

  • Mickey taking

    31-Oct-1995

    Doubts about home secretary Michael Howard's standing within his profession were dispelled by pre-publicity for the Criminal Law Solicitors' Association's annual conference. "Is anyone taking the Michael? (How much worse does it have to get before someone does?)" was the title of the press release announcing the meeting, which took place over the weekend.A second release followed with news that the former Prison Service head Derek Lewis would also speak. Lewis ...

  • Mishcons raids property firm

    31-Oct-1995

    LONDON firm Mishcon De Reya is taking on four lawyers from the West End property firm Rabin Leacock Lipman. But at the same time fourMishcons equity partners are leaving: Brian Hepworth (litigation), Peter Armstrong (media), Graham Stedman and Paul Salmon (company).The Rabin Leacock move is Mishcon's second acquisition of property lawyers in a fortnight, and its third acquisition of a team this year.Ian Lipman joins Mishcon as a partner, with ...

  • Missing the point

    4-Nov-1995

    I am afraid that John Lymbury's letter which appeared in The Lawyer 27 March evades the real issues. It is precisely because it is "an official Group" that the Sole Practitioners Group cannot accept solicitors who are not members of the Law Society.It is also because it has chosen to be entirely dependent on grant aid from the Law Society for its source of finance that, as Mr Lymbury admits, it finds itself in financial difficulties.Surely ...

  • More Law Soc delays over Belling

    4-Nov-1995

    AROUND 850 pensioners of collapsed company Belling, victims of an alleged solicitor fraud, must wait longer than expected for a Law Society decision on whether they receive u2.25 million in compensation.Their wait comes despite pressure from the High Court in their favour, a high degree of national newspaper interest and subsequent signs from the society it would make an immediate decision three weeks ago.While the Law Society's compensation fund committee ...

  • Nabarros reviews salary situation of secretarial staff laid off with RSI

    4-Nov-1995

    A NUMBER of Nabarro Nathanson secretaries suffering from upper limb disorder have been told they will have their salaries terminated.The decision by the firm comes after some of the secretaries have been off work on full pay for between six months and two years.However, the plan is not to terminate their employment but to arrange for them to have an income based on 75 per cent of ...

  • Names' action hinges on appeal

    31-Oct-1995

    LAWYERS acting for thousands of Lloyd's Names are awaiting a crucial expedited Court of Appeal ruling following the first summary judgement victory for a Lloyd's agent against a Name last week.It is hoped that the case will go to trial, when the full defence of Lloyd's Name Dr Andrew Higgins will be heard.The case leaves the door open for a flood of actions against Names unwilling to cover losses in the Lloyd's market.However, ...

  • New scheme aims for Europe-wide legal computer standard

    31-Oct-1995

    A fully integrated computer and telecommunications system for lawyers has been promised at the launch of the Pan European Legal Telematics Programme.The programme, which aims to build common standards for integrating computer and telecommunications services in the legal profession, will focus on the development of a Legal Telematics workstation to meet the growing demand for an integrated approach to back and front office services.Gavin Maxwell, ...

  • Novell launches rival office suite in bid to capture legal market

    4-Nov-1995

    Fennell Betson reportsIn reply to Microsoft's attack on the legal marketplace, Novell UK has introduced PerfectOffice Legal Suite. This is a version of its PerfectOffice 3.0 package recently launched for the general business market.The software group has joined with Laserform to provide its legal forms package and includes access to Link, the legal information network.Novell says that with an estimated 70 per cent of UK practices using ...

  • NRA ruling means Toller wins water quality battle

    4-Nov-1995

    SOLICITOR Peter Scott of Barnstable-based firm Toller Beattie has won a battle in his fight with the Government over European guidelines on water quality.Scott is fighting a series of actions on behalf of the shellfish industry against government guidelines which he says contravene European law.Now the Department of the Environment has confirmed to Scott that the National Rivers Authority (NRA) can reject any part of the Government's AMP (2) guidelines when ...

  • Olswang loses Kean to Wiggin and Co

    31-Oct-1995

    THE LEADING media firm Olswang has lost one of its partners to Cheltenham-based niche practice Wiggin and Co.Caroline Kean ends a seven-year stint at Olswang when she joins Wiggins as head of media litigation this week.Wiggin and Co, which also has operations in London and Los Angeles, has been expanding ...

  • Packing a punch

    31-Oct-1995

    Rosalie Osias, a New York lawyer, increased new business tenfold and attracted a flood of new clients by posing in a series of unconventional ads. One featured Rosalie in a mini-skirt and cowboy hat, clutching an enormous cigar, under the banner 'Try this non-conforming law firm...who knows, you may close some loans for a change'.The adverts encapsulate a number of fundamental truths about marketing a small law firm - Rosalie knows her market, she has played to ...

  • Pembridge wins LAPG vote

    4-Nov-1995

    THE LEGAL Aid Practitioners Group has endorsed Eileen Pembridge's campaign for the Law Society presidency.Pembridge, senior partner of Fisher Meredith, has also taken on past LAPG chair Stephen Gilchrist to run her campaign.Gilchrist, of Gilchrists, promises firm support for Pembridge from the group and says he is hopeful several other special interest groups will also support her.LAPG chair Lyn Devonald says: "We represent a lot of individual ...

  • Police and Law Society declare ceasefire

    31-Oct-1995

    THE POLICE and the Law Society have for the first time agreed to hold regular meetings in an effort to co-operate over criminal justice issues.The meetings, which began on Friday, are an attempt to find common ground on issues like disclosure and the right to silence. They follow a public slanging match last spring, when the police accused Chancery Lane of trying to evade the new right to silence rules.They, in turn, were accused of disregarding the law.

  • Polish days

    31-Oct-1995

    Senior members of the Polish Bar were expected to be among more than 600 people attending the British Law Days programme in Warsaw last weekend. Organised as part of Poland's British Days event, the programme was designed to present the latest developments in English law to Polish lawyers, civil servants and government officials. Funded by the British ambassador to Warsaw, it included sessions on the supremacy of the law, fundamental freedoms and policies of the European Community ...

  • Professional help

    31-Oct-1995

    For the most part, UK law firms with more than 25 partners will either have already taken the decision to hire professional help to assist with their marketing, or have it on the agenda. But firms sometimes bring professional marketing expertise on board without having first worked out what they want. Unless the firm has carefully thought the role through, both the firm and the new recruit are likely to become disillusioned.There are two professional marketing ...

  • Property

    31-Oct-1995

    Ashurst Morris Crisp advised Canary Wharf in letting three floors of One Canada Square to Trade Indemnity Group. Canary Wharf was also advised by in-house legal counsel, Michael Ashley-Brown. Taylor Joynson Garrett acted for Trade Indemnity.

  • Property partner takes on compliance role at Tilneys

    4-Nov-1995

    FORMER Lace Mawer property partner David Wetherell has moved in-house to run the compliance department of a group of stockbrokers and fund managers.Wetherell, who was a partner at the Manchester firm for four years, has been appointed group compliance officer and company secretary at The Tilney Group.He says he was not looking to make a move in-house but was approached by his predecessor at The Tilney Group, Jeff Whitfield, who has now retired.Wetherell ...

  • Public Interest Perspectives in Environmental Law

    4-Nov-1995

    WHITE collar criminals locked up in the Australian state of New South Wales could be forced to pay AUS$50,000 (£22,000) a year for their stay in prison if a law proposed by the state's premier is passed.In an unprecedented move Bob Carr has announced plans to charge white collar offenders and prisoners jailed for drug-related crimes for the full cost of their incarceration.But the Law Society of New South Wales has opposed the plan, saying it will ...

  • RECENT PUBLICATIONS

    4-Nov-1995

    Is the Legal Aid Board's flag-bearing, area number one office not a happy ship? I ask this question because, as readers may recall, there are rumours of all sorts of comings and goings (mainly the latter) in Red Lion Street.Chief target is the gossip that failure to reach performance targets is a disciplinary offence, which the LAB has denied.Strange, then, that Tulkinghorn hears of an area one lawyer presently being disciplined by the LAB for, you've ...

  • Rosen got it wrong

    31-Oct-1995

    I take issue with Arnold Rosen's allegation in Viewpoint on 24 October that I have been disloyal to the Law Society, to the profession and to the public interest.His allegation is inaccurate, scurrilous and unworthy. It is possibly predictable in view of his track record as a biased and mudslinging critic of the SCB.I did not complain to The Guardian that I "was muzzled for speaking against dishonest solicitors and Green Forms." I repeated ...

  • Rush to deliver railway work

    31-Oct-1995

    CLIFFORD Chance is understood to be working flat out to finalise a crucial part of the British Rail network information system, said to be "fraught with problems", before privatisation starts in December.Sources say the firm and other advisers will have their work cut out for them if they are able to meet the Government's tight deadline.The firm, heavily involved in the privatisation project, has been appointed to advise on contractual elements of the "revenue ...

  • San Diego boycott

    31-Oct-1995

    Responding to opposition to affirmative action programmes from California's governor, Pete Wilson, the organisation for black lawyers in the US has chosen not to hold its annual convention in San Diego. The National Bar Association is said to be looking at Phoenix, Las Vegas, Seattle and Portland as alternatives.

  • SCB throws out conduct complaint

    4-Nov-1995

    John Malpas reportsA JOURNALIST who filed complaints of unethical conduct against a barrister and a solicitors' firm following a libel action has lost round one of his fight.The Solicitors Complaints Bureau's primary investigation unit has rejected Peter Cotterell's complaint that Macfarlanes pursued an unmeritorious libel action against him (see The Lawyer 4 ...

  • Scottish Bar shakes up training scheme

    4-Nov-1995

    THE SCOTTISH Bar has revamped its training requirements for trainees, with the introduction of a month of formal classroom study ahead of practical training.The changes to training procedure follow a review initiated by the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Andrew Hardie QC.Much of the detail of the revised training programme has been put in place by practising advocate John Sturrock, who was appointed director of training by the faculty at the beginning of last ...

  • Securitisation gets a boost

    31-Oct-1995

    New Bank of England proposals relating to banks' balance sheet treatment of securitised assets will give a boost to securitisation, according to a top lawyer.Chris Field, Clifford Chance partner and a specialist in securitisation, said the proposals, published in a consultation document, were "another important development in the growth of securitisation in the UK".For ...

  • Sentencing event

    4-Nov-1995

    * 'Crime and punishment' is the title of a one-day conference on sentencing at the Lincoln's Inn Old Hall on 24 April. The conference will feature leading judges, barristers, solicitors and other professionals involved in sentencing policy. They include Judge Stephen Tumin, Chief Inspector of Prisons, Frances Crook, director of the Howard League for Penal Reform, and William Taylor, Commissioner of Police for the City of London. The ...

  • SFO wins stay of execution

    4-Nov-1995

    Top fraud defence solicitors welcome the preservation of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) as an independent entity and, in particular, the Government's call to enlarge its role in order to create a more unified way of dealing with such cases.Attorney General Sir Nicholas Lyell, who put an end to 18 months of speculation about the body's future last week, called for the SFO to handle a wider range of cases. These will include some of the smaller cases often handled ...

  • Sharpen up your Image

    31-Oct-1995

    Barry Semark gives advice on how to make your corporate literature aesthetically appealingLawyers, like most professionals, probably do not consider themselves dull, boring and grey, but take a look at their corporate literature and that is the image that many are presenting to their clients, peers and potential employees. Few brochures project the profession in an accurate and up-to-date fashion.Most law firms' brochures have a ...

  • Simmons partner faces extradition

    4-Nov-1995

    SIMMONS & Simmons partner David Sandy is being extradited to New York to face three charges relating to suppressing evidence about the collapsed Bank of Credit & Commerce International (BCCI).The Sandy affair has also led to Simmons & Simmons being replaced by Macfarlanes as solicitors to the BCCI majority shareholders in Abu Dhabi, after four years of work.Sandy is facing prosecution ...

  • Simmons swap

    31-Oct-1995

    Simmons & Simmons Hong Kong managing partner Stephen Schofield has been replaced by London corporate partner Ken Woffenden. Schofield, who headed the office for more than 10 years, has returned to the UK, but it is expected that he will remain involved in Hong Kong work. Woffenden said he had no immediate plans to alter the office structure, although he would monitor clients and the practice with a view to building on the firm's current presence.

  • Six months jail after Graham conviction

    4-Nov-1995

    LONDON solicitor Hemamali Graham was last week sentenced to six months in prison after being convicted of attempting to obtain property by deception.Judge Jeremy Fordham, who sentenced Graham at the Inner London Crown Court last Monday, said that she had "deliberately and dishonestly" made a false mortgage application to the Yorkshire Building Society in 1992, and that consequently the only sentence the court could rightly hand down was a custodial one."The legal ...

  • Specialist group is gaining ground

    31-Oct-1995

    THE ASSOCIATION of Personal Injury Lawyers has done its best to resist the temptation to gloat.But the group is delighted at its success in breaking the deadlock between the Law Society and the Bar Council over conditional fee model terms of engagement for counsel.That breakthrough, reported in last week's issue of The Lawyer, is one of a series of recent landmarks reached by the group which is just five years old.Recently it signed up its 2,000th ...

  • Tailormade for lawyers

    4-Nov-1995

    I was pleased to see Legal & General considering a unit to deal with solicitors and accountants (The Lawyer 14 March).Allied Dunbar established such a unit last year and I can confirm that the legal profession does have different methods of working to those of the IFA market and that a tailored service for solicitors from life companies is well received.We believe that a significant number of financial services consumers are happiest being advised by solicitors ...

  • Tax expert takes off to Miami

    31-Oct-1995

    INTERNATIONAL tax lawyer Harry Wiggin has resigned his partnership with Norton Rose M5 Group member Burges Salmon and transferred his practice to Miami.Wiggin has been retained as a consultant for the Bristol firm, a role ...

  • Ten tips to help you get the most out

    31-Oct-1995

    Plan three to four issues including information on budgets, production dates, forthcoming legal developments and firm events.Get quotes and samples from three printers.Draft deadlines for the submission of text and photographs.Set up a mailing list in conjunction with individual fee earners and ensure data is up-dated automatically.Publicise production dates internally and set up an editorial committee.Subscribe to ...

  • Terrell on the Law of Patents 14th edition

    4-Nov-1995

    The Law Society has shied away from proposals to monitor the ethnic make-up of all law firms although the equal opportunities policies of those taking on trainees will be monitored. The final proposals of the society's working party on discrimination dealing with monitoring procedures were approved by the Law Society Council last week. A report to the council said "serious consideration" was given to an annual check on all firms to monitor compliance to a new anti-discrimination ...

  • THE IN-HOUSE Magazine

    31-Oct-1995

    If you ask clients whether they actually read legal firm's brochures, they often say 'no'. Yet if you respond to a call requesting your brochure by saying "Sorry, we don't have one," the caller will surely find it odd that you aren't making the effort to set your stall out. Catch 22?My initial question to Erik Brown, managing director of Publishing Business, the company that produced our literature was: "Is it possible to produce something that won't ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Ian Hunter

    4-Nov-1995

    Ian Hunter is an assistant solicitor in the employment department of London law firm Fox Williams. Born in County Down, Northern Ireland, in 1961, he now lives in Fulham, London.

  • The marketing dilemma

    31-Oct-1995

    The issues facing law firms today, as they strive to be successful, are more complex than ever before, and effective marketing is therefore a higher priority in the lives of management and partners of law firms across the country. The end is no different, however; firms need to grow.The external forces affecting marketing demand more skill, consideration and planning than has so far been necessary; indeed, the modern marketing practices that ...

  • The on-line revolution

    4-Nov-1995

    Over the last 10 years, the information manager's time has been spent increasingly in evaluating products. Baker & McKenzie is swamped with telephone calls and literature on such products and their enhancements. Lawyers are not the only ones to wonder what happened to the paperless office.Continual evaluation is essential and the information manager has to be particularly ...

  • The trainee debate

    4-Nov-1995

    Your editorial, "A short-term view", The Lawyer 21 March, is aptly titled but misconceived. It dismisses concerns about the exploitation of students, the representativeness of the profession and debt. Your short-term view is that by abolishing the minimum salary these problems will be solved. They will not.It is vital that some basic facts are considered. Historically, the number of training contracts has always been linked to the economic ...

  • The US jazz composer Illinois Jacquet is accusing UK record company Charly Records

    31-Oct-1995

    The US jazz composer Illinois Jacquet is accusing UK record company Charly Records of breaching his copyright in the jazz number Philharmonic Blues. Jacquet claims that Charly used the number on its CD Jazz At The Philharmonic - The Beginning without his consent. He is seeking an order banning Charly from producing any CDs or cassettes that include the number, an order that the record company hands over to him any records that infringe his copyright, and a court inquiry into ...

  • Time to think again

    4-Nov-1995

    In-house lawyer Susie Flook has moved from US-owned food producer CPC, where she was group legal counsel and company secretary at its UK subsidiary, to Guinness as intellectual property lawyer reporting to the company's group legal director Kenneth Mildwaters. Australian-qualified Flook spent seven years at CPC and five years before that at Coca Cola. She said: "Seven years is a long time to stay in one place. Also I was keen to move into a single, specialist area. These days if ...

  • Travellers' advice line moves forward

    4-Nov-1995

    CARDIFF Law School has launched an innovative telephone service to provide legal advice for gypsy and new age travellers.The pilot is funded by the Law School and a national charity which wishes to remain anonymous but which works to provide access to justice.It aims to offer user-friendly frontline legal advice to travellers. Project co-ordinators are building up a national network of specialist legal advisers available to travellers throughout England and Wales ...

  • Truth is a Difficult Concept: Inside the Scott Inquiry

    4-Nov-1995

    The Warsaw office of McKenna & Co has poached five lawyers, including one partner, from neighbouring firm Nabarro Nathanson, in a move reflecting the current scramble for the best foreign lawyers in Poland.The departure of partner Stephen Shone and his team of four leaves Nabarros without any real estate specialists and reduces its number of partners to two.The defection comes after ...

  • Two cheers for democracy

    4-Nov-1995

    While British lawyers spent this month's American Bar Association (ABA) conference forging contacts and drumming up business, their American colleagues spent much of their time debating euthanasia. And when they weren't discussing physician-assisted suicide, they were grappling with a host of other social issues.It all left the Brits a tad bemused. As one senior barrister mumbled: "I have lots of opinions on things but I don't go on telling everyone about ...

  • Two mergers are sign of the times

    31-Oct-1995

    TWO firms have announced separate merger moves as a new survey revealed that amalgamation is back on law firms' agenda.Personal injury practice Irwin Mitchell announced a link-up with Leeds firm Teeman Levine to form a venture with more than 600 staff and 55 partners.London firm Finers announced that it was merging with Shindler & Co to form a 34-partner outfit under ...

  • UK Merger Control: Law and Practice

    4-Nov-1995

    I am writing to correct the article that appeared in the 18 July issue of The Lawyer, 'Malaysia orders probe into UK Law courses', which misrepresents the current situation regarding UK law degrees offered to Malaysian students.What the article describes as a 'probe' is in fact a survey being undertaken into all UK law degrees offered by all universities both 'old' and 'new'.The survey covers both full-time and distance ...

  • UK solicitor loses Irish libel action

    4-Nov-1995

    AN IRISH solicitor has won libel damages of u10,000 against a member of the profession in Britain.Justin Sadleir, of Gort, County Galway, took the action in Galway Circuit Court over a letter written by Joseph Bateman, of Bovingdon, Hertfordshire.The court heard that Sadleir had represented a company called Manorcraft in an action in Limerick County Court. Bateman was a director of Manorcraft and acted as solicitor for its principal shareholder.In ...

  • US firm poaches litigation head

    4-Nov-1995

    US FIRM LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has recruited Wilde Sapte's head of commercial litigation Peter Sharp to its new multinational partnership.The MNP, formed last week, includes five US lawyers as well as Sharp. More partners are expected to sign up later this year.At present only Sharp and the London office's head US lawyer, Tom Burke, are permanently based in the UK, but Sharp says the aim is to build the office up to 50 lawyers within five years.

  • Useful disclosures

    4-Nov-1995

    Leading commercial and public law set 2 Hare Court has elected Charles Flint QC and Presiley Baxendale QC as joint heads of chambers (pictured above). Baxendale was counsel during the Arms to Iraq hearings.Colin Ross-Munro QC, head of chambers for the past 19 years, will continue to practice from the set.In August, the 52-tenant set is moving to Blackstone House on Essex Street, which was recently acquired by Middle Temple from BUPA. It will be known as Blackstone ...

  • Welsh football judgement*

    4-Nov-1995

    *Judgment is now pending in a case in which three Welsh football clubs are taking on the Welsh Football Association claiming that a ban on them playing on their home grounds because they joined English leagues is a restraint of trade.

  • When charity ends up in court

    31-Oct-1995

    A ROW between two charities has given rise to a landmark ruling in the High Court Chancery Division.The battle centres on a dispute over names between two organisations who raise cash to help the fight against diabetes.The 60-year-old, 150,000- member British Diabetic Association which has 450 groups nationwide challenged another charitable organisation calling itself the Diabetic Society.Now, after a unique passing- off action Mr Justice ...

  • Where entry is severely limited

    31-Oct-1995

    Obtaining a Higher Courts Qualification Certificate has been made akin to scaling the north face of the Eiger. That is quite deliberate despite the fact that the undoubted wish of Parliament was to ensure that solicitors appeared in criminal and civil higher courts.The Higher Courts Qualification Regulations of 1992 are a masterpiece of ambiguity and are no tribute to any drive towards clear English. They repay close study, however, and in view of the fact that ...

  • Withers creates solo operation in Spain

    4-Nov-1995

    UK FIRM Withers has established an independent presence in Spain after eight years of practising in the country as part of an association.Head of the firm's Spanish department Michael Soul, a partner in the London office, has opened Michael Soul & Asociados in Madrid and Malaga.The offices, which officially opened on 1 April, will be staffed alternately by Soul and Gerard Vasquez, ...

  • Women get their say

    4-Nov-1995

    *The Bar's women's group has been invited to give oral evidence to Parliament on the judicial appointments system. The Association of Women Barristers says it is delighted at the invitation by the Home Affairs Committee to send two representatives to appear before its inquiry into judicial appointments on 21 June. The first public evidence session will be on 17 May when officials from the Lord Chancellor's Department will give evidence. On 26 April the department's ...

  • Woolf knocks at IT's door

    4-Nov-1995

    In career terms, appointment as a partner represents both an end and a beginning. It ends the period of ambition to achieve the goal of partnership as it begins a new era when motivation is based on a new set of personal and professional goals.Instead of satisfying internal judges, in the form of partners, the new partner must satisfy external judges, the firm's clients themselves. The transition necessitates changed relationships inside and outside ...