4 September 1995

The Lawyer

  • £1m racecourse deal

    5-Sep-1995

    One of the country's best-known racecourses has become council-owned after two teams of solicitors struck a deal thought to be worth more than £1 million. Doncaster Council in south Yorkshire has complete ownership of the town's course following its purchase of the St Leger Grandstand from receivers for its previous owner, AF Budge. An in-house team led by borough solicitor Judy Rolston agreed terms with a team from Dibb Lupton Broomhead in Leeds.

  • A&O partner lines up for SPI president

    5-Sep-1995

    Gordon Stewart, one of the City's top insolvency lawyers and partner at Allen & Overy, is the first lawyer to be appointed vice-president of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency (SPI).Stewart, a licensed insolvency practitioner, is almost certain to become the society's first lawyer president.Meanwhile Colin Bird, the well-known senior corporate recovery ...

  • ACE to the rescue

    5-Sep-1995

    Supplier ACE has devised a disaster protection scheme which provides pre-configured systems to replace servers put out of action by theft or damage. Under the subscription-based scheme a stand-by system for a predefined number of users will always be on hand.

  • Acton's own justice

    5-Sep-1995

    The West London-based Acton Law Shop should be congratulated for its encouraging first-year results, particularly those involved in running it and its supporters, including a range of firms and numerous lawyers - the shop acknowledges the active assistance of Bindmans.To be virtually self-funding already, albeit with a proportion of income through donations, is a considerable achievement. ...

  • All aboard the career express

    5-Sep-1995

    Congratulations! You have completed your academic training and are set to embark on professional practice. But a word of caution for the naively optimistic - success at one does not guarantee success at the other. Assuming similar backgrounds and capabilities, some candidates will shoot straight to the top, leaving colleagues far behind. This is because professional life requires more than working to academic capabilities. Those who succeed combine their capability ...

  • Apil issues battle-cry against tariff compensation scheme

    5-Sep-1995

    A CALL to arms has gone out to personal injury lawyers to help defeat the expected bill reintroducing the Government's controversial tariff compensation scheme.A letter sent out to all 1,900 members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) urges them to lobby their MPs on the injustices of the tariff system.Although Home Secretary Michael Howard's controversial scheme was declared unlawful by the House of Lords in April, it is likely a bill ...

  • Arbitrators examine libel scheme proposals

    5-Sep-1995

    SENIOR lawyers are to examine ways of settling libel actions against newspapers and magazines by arbitration.The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators has set up a working party to look at the proposal and will produce a report by the end of October.Marcus Rutherford, partner at law firm DJ Freeman, will chair the arbitration (defamation) scheme working party. Other members include Ruth Collard of Peter Carter-Ruck, judges Sir Maurice Drake and Sir Oliver ...

  • Archive system takes best from both worlds

    5-Sep-1995

    Firms using the SOS Practice Manager can now benefit from a new archiving facility combining microfiche capabilities and computing.The Bath-based supplier Solicitors Own Software has been working with microfilm experts MAB Services to help Birmingham firm Sydney Mitchell develop an archive and retrieval system.SOS managing director Michael Platt says the development is an extension to its practice management system. "A standard DOS disk containing file details ...

  • Aviation expert flies to Paris

    5-Sep-1995

    EX-WATSON Farley & Williams partner Deborah Clark has been appointed as a partner in the Paris office of Norton Rose.Clark, an aviation specialist, came over as a lateral hire at the end of March and was among six solicitors made up to partnership earlier this month.A former barrister she practised as a criminal defence advocate, squatting at 1 Pump Court, until starting at ...

  • AXA's specialist to develop sector

    5-Sep-1995

    Life office AXA Equity & Law has appointed Vanessa Carver as national accounts manager with sole responsibility for developing business within the legal profession.Carver returns to AXA after several years previously spent with the life office.Graeme Laws, who heads AXA's marketing to the IFA sector, says: "Being a company originally founded by lawyers for lawyers, I think it's appropriate to have someone who has no function other ...

  • Back on track

    5-Sep-1995

    It was good to see the Law Society firing on all cylinders in its report 'Design for the future' in the legal aid debate. The issue of barristers' fees attracted media attention to the area. But the society's raft of "principled but pragmatic" proposals are worthy of greater consideration than they are ever going to get from the present administration.There appear to be only two catchphrases in the Legal Aid Board's vocabulary at present ...

  • Bar may force equality code

    5-Sep-1995

    AN EQUALITY code including an entire chapter devoted to the problems of sexual harassment and another on fair pupil selection may soon become compulsory for chambers.'The Equality Code for Chambers', currently being revised by the Bar Council, is set to be incorporated into its code of practice effectively forcing chambers to adopt its provisions.Last week the Bar Council announced an investigation into private pupillages following its investigation ...

  • Bar rejects Law Soc's fee claims

    5-Sep-1995

    THE BAR is infuriated by a Law Society attack on the level of legal aid fees paid to barristers denouncing "excessive" QC fees of up to £300,000 a year.Law Society president Charles Elly has moved to steal the Lord Chancellor's legal aid thunder by announcing a blueprint for reform to restore public eligibility without the need for "crude cash limits".The society's 'Design for the future' consultation document strongly rejects the restriction ...

  • Board and society row over audit

    5-Sep-1995

    THE LEGAL Aid Board has attacked the Law Society, claiming it named a London law firm whose franchise was suspended. But society head of professional policy Russell Wallman says the accusation is a bid to divert attention from the board's "disgraceful" behaviour over the suspension.Evans Butler Wade is threatening the LAB with legal action following the suspension last month.But the firm is also understood to be unhappy about the publicity over ...

  • Board and society row over audit

    5-Sep-1995

    THE LEGAL Aid Board has attacked the Law Society, claiming it named a London law firm whose franchise was suspended. But society head of professional policy Russell Wallman says the accusation is a bid to divert attention from the board's "disgraceful" behaviour over the suspension.Evans Butler Wade is threatening the LAB with legal action following the suspension last month.But the firm is also understood to be unhappy about the publicity over ...

  • Booth cleared of professional misconduct

    5-Sep-1995

    PRIVATE pupillage arr-angements are to be investigated by the Bar Council following allegations of misconduct against Cherie Booth QC by a right-wing pressure group.The professional conduct committee has cleared Booth, of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, of professional misconduct following the Freedom Association's claims she risked "bringing the Bar into disrepute" in bypassing her chambers' pupil selection procedures in order to take on a family ...

  • Calling the shots

    5-Sep-1995

    Earlier this year, Bar chairman Peter Goldsmith visited the Department of Education to express concern about the worsening funding situation facing trainee barristers. With less than six per cent of students getting their full fees paid by local education authorities and only 17 per cent getting some form of assistance (compared with 47 per cent getting full fees paid and 67 per cent getting some form of assistance in 1990), the financial burdens are forcing increasing numbers to defer ...

  • Catching up with Europe

    5-Sep-1995

    Each year as the ties between the European Union's member states strengthen, lawyers are being asked to increase their knowledge of legislation coming out of the continent.But now, as the Law Society prepares to introduce a new European element to legal training, some people are questioning whether the education system is adequate in preparing students for a career in the new legal arena.At present the Legal Practice Course, which has just completed ...

  • Clerks foresee huge delays under LAB

    5-Sep-1995

    HORRENDOUS delays would follow any move to deprive the courts of the power to administer criminal legal aid, according to the president of the Justices' Clerks' Society.Peter Dawson has told the society's annual conference in Harrogate of the dangers of their losing the right to consider legal aid to the Legal Aid Board.Pointing to parliamentary concerns over the handling of legal aid applications, he said a recent meeting with the Lord Chancellor's ...

  • CMH consultant earns reward for Polish work

    5-Sep-1995

    CHAIR of the British Polish Legal Association Russell Denoon Duncan has received an Officers Cross of the Order of Merit from the Polish government for his work with the bi-lateral organisation.Denoon Duncan, former senior partner at City firm Cameron Markby Hewitt, has chaired the association for the past five years.He has been involved with many of the group's initiatives including placement programmes which bring Polish lawyers to practice in firms and ...

  • Common training rebuff

    5-Sep-1995

    BAR Council chairman Peter Goldsmith QC has spoken out against common training for barristers and solicitors.Addressing a conference on training he said there was only scope for a "small overlap" in training for the two branches of the legal profession.He said if anything more than a relatively short common course was tried, skills training for barristers would be diluted as "the large group of solicitor trainees would, by virtue of its ...

  • Couderts denies merger rumours

    5-Sep-1995

    COUDERT Brothers has hit back at speculation that it is facing a rocky future, amid rumours of merger talks between the firm and New York practice Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon.London administrative partner Steven Beharrell says the recent exodus from the 130-partner firm is a sign of natural attrition of "non-performing partners", and claims Couderts is not seeking a merger to strengthen its domestic practice in the US.He says Mudge Rose is one of a ...

  • Courses on offer

    5-Sep-1995

    Local authority lawyers are being offered the chance to increase their expertise in a new series of courses announced by the Law Society's Local Government group last week. The group is running sessions on subjects including planning offence prosecutions, local authority companies, adoption law, pollution controls and planning enforcement. Further information on the courses can be obtained from the group on 01403 822549.

  • Defence with a cool passion

    5-Sep-1995

    Stephen Pollard is calm. The media is baying at his door, and one of the world's most uncompromising jurisdictions is trying to extradite his client - he has a legal fight of Herculean proportions on his hands.He is calm because it is in his nature to be calm and because his personal policy as a criminal law practitioner is to keep cool and remain committed to the person under fire.On his side is the fact that the media seems to be warming towards his client, ...

  • Don't drop, bounce back

    5-Sep-1995

    Many law students are now facing the harsh reality that there are simply not enough training contracts to go round. Having sent numerous applications into countless law firms since the second year of their degrees, they have now resigned themselves to taking a year off and trying again in 1996.Most would like us to believe academic standards and choice of university are secondary in a firm's decisions about who to interview. These firms are proud to tell us they ...

  • Farmer signals anger to firm

    5-Sep-1995

    The senior partner and an articled clerk from a leading south east law firm are to appear at Lewes Magistrates Court on 25 May in a private prosecution brought against them by a former client.Christopher Hall, senior partner with Tunbridge Wells-based Cripps Harries Hall and his son, articled clerk Colin Hall, along with Colin Russell, not a member ...

  • Fidelity targets firms

    5-Sep-1995

    Fidelity Brokerage, part of the Fidelity Investments group, is targeting law firm investment departments with its expanded dealing and settlement services. It has introduced commission-sharing on dealing commissions and four grades of service levels for portfolio administration, including nominee accounts, annual composite tax voucher, money market account, with half-yearly or quarterly valuation and reporting.

  • Financings

    5-Sep-1995

    Alexanders Holding was advised by Fladgate Fielder in relation to a term loan facility of £1.75m to refinance acquisition costs of Alexanders of Lincoln with the Royal Bank of Scotland

  • Financings

    5-Sep-1995

    Enterprise Oil was advised by Herbert Smith in relation to a syndicated £400m revolving facility

  • Finers saves soldiers from Brunei death sentence

    5-Sep-1995

    A LONDON firm of solicitors has helped secure the freedom of three soldiers who were sentenced to death in Brunei for allegedly exchanging guns for cough mixture.Finers partner Richard Curtin handled the successful appeal of three members of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.The men had been sentenced to hang for illegally possessing firearms as a result of illegal weapons trade - believed to provide them with a supply of the painkiller codeine.Firearms ...

  • Firm mourns loss of partner

    5-Sep-1995

    LAWYERS at Denton Hall are mourning the death of corporate group head Andrew Britton in a car crash. Britton's funeral was held last week following the accident on 22 April. Colleague Simon Brown says he "had a rare combination of intellect, inventiveness and wit".He describes Britton as "a brilliant lawyer whose sense of fun enthused all those around him".Britton, 44, an experienced amateur racing driver, was secretary to the Ferrari Owners' Club. ...

  • Firm treads new path in first switch to IMRO

    5-Sep-1995

    Investment management company THESIS has become the first law firm-based investment adviser to win authorisation from regulatory body IMRO.Anthony Wands, managing director of THESIS, part of Thomas Eggar Verral Bowles, says the decision to switch from Fimbra to IMRO regulation was based on a feeling that the firm had outgrown the regulatory regimes of both Fimbra, now ...

  • Firms clinch Canary Wharf property lets

    5-Sep-1995

    Ashurst Morris Crisp, Lovell White Durrant and Slaughter and May have put to bed two major Canary Wharf property deals, one of which is the UK's largest single office leasing deal.Ashursts' team, led by partners Laurence Rutman and Adrian Dear, acted for Canary Wharf on both lettings. Barclays ...

  • Foundations for the future

    5-Sep-1995

    With the Professional Skills Course (PSC) halfway through its first year, how do firms see it shaping up?Many firms took the view that their trainees should complete the two examined modules - accounts and investment business - by the end of their first year, in case of failures at the first sitting. Initial experience with the accounts module has not been good.There have been criticisms of the materials supplied by some commercial providers. Some firms ...

  • From despair to where?

    5-Sep-1995

    As UK universities churn out law graduates at a far greater rate than the profession can handle, many would-be lawyers ask whether the needs of students and trainees are adequately represented by the Law Society.Each year approximately 7,000 people graduate from the Legal Practice Course (LPC) while students face the dismal prospect of competing for less than 4,000 training contracts offered on an annual basis by City and provincial firms.Those ...

  • Get your money's worth

    5-Sep-1995

    Richard BrockbankWhat are your lawyers doing to make it easier to work with them and your in-house IT systems and help take the strain out of litigation work?Firm's fee rates reflect many factors, including overheads. You should no longer expect to pay, directly or indirectly, for people doing work in inefficient ways. Cost-conscious firms have been investing in PCs for their fee earners with software support systems that help reduce their ...

  • Goldsmith's ABA address calls for cut in 'paper mountains'

    5-Sep-1995

    BAR COUNCIL chair Peter Goldsmith QC last week reiterated calls for a reduction in the paperwork involved in litigation during his speech to the American Bar Association conference.The five-day conference, convened in London, was told lawyers in the UK and US should learn from each other's mistakes when making plans for increased access to justice."We must co-operate internationally. We can learn from the successes of our colleagues, and their failures," ...

  • Hoopers swallows local brokers

    5-Sep-1995

    Torquay-based law firm Hooper & Woollen has absorbed local stockbroking team John and Michael Clapham to create its own in-house investment management department.The two brother stockbroking team join from stockbroking chain Allied Provincial Westlake & Co to manage Hooper & Wollen's new investment management division from 1 May. This will operate from the existing stockbroking offices in Torquay, only a few yards from the firm's offices.Nigel ...

  • Hounslow reshuffle boosts legal team

    5-Sep-1995

    EIGHT new lawyers are to be recruited because of a restructuring programme in a local authority legal department.The additional staff at Hounslow Council in Middlesex are being employed to deal with an increased workload generated by competitive tendering.Borough solicitor Mike Smith is expanding his team with four senior solicitors, three assistant solicitors and one senior legal assistant. The newcomers will work on projects associated ...

  • Hunt's legal bills queried

    5-Sep-1995

    LAWYERS for the Quantock stag hunt are demanding payment for a barrister's hunting trip as part of their £250,000 claim for costs against Somerset County Council.Sir Robert Carnwath QC, now a judge, made the outing with the Devon and Cornwall hunt in preparation to challenge Somerset's attempt to ban the Quantock (pictured above). The Quantock team is also claiming reimbursement for interviews to journalists, stress counselling for hunt supporters, ...

  • IBA makes worldwide on-line connection

    5-Sep-1995

    The International Bar Association has linked up with Lexis Counsel Connect as the provider of international on-line services to its 16,000 individual members worldwide.IBA members in 173 countries will be able to use LCC's range of services, including email and access to legal databases, through their PCs. The association's Simon Bolding says the main benefit for members is that it will allow easier communication between them. "This ...

  • In brief: Advice on how to improve your image

    5-Sep-1995

    Professional image consultants Crawford Tremblay will advise trainee solicitors on how to project professional confidence at a presentation later this week. Organised by the Holborn Trainee Solicitors' Group the meeting will be held at the Law Society on 11 May. Solicitors will be given advice on appearance, professional and social skills by advisers Pauline Crawford and Barney Tremblay, who include Air New Zealand, Selfridges and the Leeds Building Society among their clients.

  • In brief: International court judge for lecture

    5-Sep-1995

    This year's Wilberforce Lecture is being given by Gilbert Guillaume, Judge of the International Court of Justice, on the 'The future of international judicial institutions'. The address, sponsored by Clifford Chance, is at 6pm on 11 May at the Great Hall, Lincoln's Inn, London and admission is free. The British Institute for International and Comparative Law and the British ...

  • In brief: Kyle new Linklaters managing partner

    5-Sep-1995

    Linklaters & Paines has appointed Terence Kyle as its managing partner. Kyle will take over from Christopher Gorman on 1 June. A graduate of Cambridge University, Kyle qualified as a lawyer with Linklaters in 1972. He became a partner in 1979 and moved to his current position as head of the firm's international finance department in 1989. He will be succeeded by Stephen Edlmann. "Terence Kyle is ...

  • In brief: Profits the topic for financial conference

    5-Sep-1995

    The Lawyer and Coopers & Lybrand will hold their fifth annual financial management conference - Improving Profitability - at the London Marriott Hotel on 5 July. The conference will observe the economic outlook for law firms and discuss subjects such as on-line time recording, fee earner billing systems and partnership tax changes. Speakers will include Dibb Lupton Broomhead's director of finance and administration David Liddle and Michael Robinson, director of IT at Bevan Ashford. ...

  • In brief: Women take look at glass ceiling

    5-Sep-1995

    Alison Parkinson, vice-chair elect of the Association of Women Solicitors, will address a meeting of the Federation Internationale Des Femmes Des Carrieres Juridiques in London on 23 May. Parkinson will give a speech titled 'Dismissal, redundancy and the glass ceiling' at the Naval Club, W1. Two members of the group's UK section will also speak. For details call 0171 583 6207.

  • In brief: Woolf receives Legal Personality Award

    5-Sep-1995

    Lord Woolf, winner of the The Lawyer/HIFAL Awards Personality of the Year, receiving his prize from Jayne Bowtell, director of legal recruitment company Reuter Simkin, which sponsored the award. Lord Woolf, soon to publish his extensive blueprint for the reform of the civil courts, headed the line-up of 15 winners at the awards night in London. Woolf said afterwards: “I was very honoured to receive the award.”

  • In brief: Young professionals join forces in London

    5-Sep-1995

    Young solicitors, accountants and chartered surveyors have joined forces to form the London Young Professionals Group (LYPG). The group, formed to promote co-operation and understanding between younger members of the three professions, will publish papers and articles and liaise as a united organisation with professional bodies. Members will also meet for lectures, discussions and social events. For further information contact Jane Ralphs on 0171 490 4390.

  • Internet triggers libel boom

    5-Sep-1995

    LIBEL lawyers are poised for a boom in business as opportunities for defamation escalate with the trend towards high-tech communication along information "super highways". The potential has been demonstrated by a series of actions brought over offending material transmitted by computer or email. Last week, Lester Aldridge of Bournemouth became the latest firm to act on an ...

  • Jargon made easy

    5-Sep-1995

    The Association of Solicitor Investment Managers (ASIM) has produced a glossary containing definitions of over 150 investment terms. Compiled with ASIM's member investment managers, the 20-page booklet gives investors a point of reference when faced with some of the finance world's more bewildering jargon. Readers interested in obtaining copies should contact ASIM on 01892 870065 or write to Heather Martin at ASIM, Chiddingstone Causeway, Tonbridge, Kent, ...

  • Law Shop exceeds its own targets

    5-Sep-1995

    THE ACTON Law Shop, the first self-funding law centre partially supported by firms ranging from Clifford Chance to Bindman & Co, celebrates a successful first year this week.Begun in May 1994, the Law Shop is a charity hybrid of a legal aid firm and a law centre. It employs lawyers and advice workers to provide housing and welfare-related advice (The Lawyer 4 October 1994).

  • Law Soc pre-empts 'useless' claims with communications shake-up

    5-Sep-1995

    A LAW Society shake-up to improve links with the profession coincides with a Welsh assault on its communications department.The department has been described as a "useless administrative wart" by one disgruntled public relations officer.The Associated Law Societies of Wales has passed resolutions calling for the "curtailment" of centralised public relations activities and the abolition of the Public Relations Advisory Board (Prab) with the devolution ...

  • Lawyer warns of copyright pitfalls in TV documentary

    5-Sep-1995

    THE LEGAL hurdles faced by designers who bring actions for copyright infringement by larger competitors were revealed in a television documentary film last week.BBC2's 'Taking Liberties' showed how newcomers to sectors such as fashion and textiles found it tough to get justice when their ideas were stolen by the industry's big names.Alexander Carter-Silk, a partner at London law firm Edward Lewis, provided the legal commentary for the programme. ...

  • Lawyers say courts could do better, reveals survey

    5-Sep-1995

    LAWYERS remain dissatisfied with "many important aspects" of court services, says the Law Society.In response to a Court Service opinion survey of court users, the society says the results show "significant dissatisfaction with many important aspects of court services".Phillip Sycamore, civil litigation committee chair, says: "In particular, lawyers are unhappy about the listing procedure for trials, the training and calibre of court staff, the lack of private ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 09/05/95

    5-Sep-1995

    KARAMAT HUSSAIN RAJA, 56, admitted 1982, practised as KH Raja Luton, struck off and ordered to pay £2,272 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly withdrew and used client account money for his own purposes, and failed to comply with book keeping rules. Tribunal told minimum cash shortages in excess of £150,000 were established by investigation accountant, a £150,000 subvention grant had been made to the firm taking over the practice and there were further claims against the compensation ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 09/05/95

    5-Sep-1995

    Tracing funds paid in property deal Boscawen & Ors v Bajwa & Ors: Abbey National v Boscawen (1995). (CA (Stuart Smith LJ, Waite LJ, Millett LJ).Summary: Entitlement to funds in court derived from a sale under a charging order and tracing funds paid to a chargee so as to create an equitable charge over the property sold and a subrogated right to the funds in court.Defendants appeal decision that Abbey National was entitled to ...

  • Litigation Writs 09/05/95

    5-Sep-1995

    An East Sussex jeweller who designed and made a £160,000 golden gun encrusted with diamonds is being sued by a company which invested money in the gun. Goldsmith Edward Evans made the unique Colt .45 pistol with gold and diamond fittings, and sold a one third share in it to jewellery consultants Grant Walker for £20,000 in October 1992, according to a writ just issued against him. The writ says the company agreed to take the pistol to Oman to sell it, ...

  • Lockley: Spearheads review

    5-Sep-1995

    "THE Need to do better in getting over our message to the profession," is cited by Law Society secretary general John Hayes as a key reason for the Chancery Lane administrative shake-up.But Council member Martin Mears, the anti-Chancery Lane presidential candidate, is unimpressed. "It's a mere bureaucratic reshuffle without any significance whatsoever," he says.Under the changes, to come into force in August, the functions of the five current ...

  • Lords probes pension case bills

    5-Sep-1995

    The question of who foots the bill for challenges to the activities of pension fund trustees is to be probed by the House of Lords. In the case of McDonald and others v Horn and others it has given leave for an appeal. The central issue of the case is whether a beneficiary of a pension scheme who sues the trustees for breach of trust is able, in advance of trial, to obtain an order that his costs should be paid out of the scheme's assets regardless of whether he wins ...

  • Mackay rejoices in blooming profession

    5-Sep-1995

    THE LORD Chancellor has hit back at critics of working conditions in the legal world telling lawyers they are in a "healthy and expanding profession".Speaking at the College of Law in London, Lord Mackay said: "Statistics continue to suggest that your choice of profession is by no means as unhealthy as detractors would have you believe."Even in the face of critics without and pessimists within, I would maintain that the legal profession is an excellent start, ...

  • Malcolm Swift on the appointment of "representative" judges

    5-Sep-1995

    Solicitors think that, in order to satisfy the Government's policy of attempting to make the judiciary more representative of the community, they should be appointed to be judges in far greater numbers. The Law Society's head of professional policy, Russell Wallman, is quoted as saying that "performance as an advocate is given too great a weight" in the present selection system. This is far too simplistic a view. The barrister acting ...

  • Mergers give birth to 'superfirms'

    5-Sep-1995

    THE MERGER between Nabarro Nathanson and Turner Kenneth Brown has finally gone through, creating a commercial London-based firm of 128 partners and 370 other fee-earners and putting it at number 10 in The Lawyer Top 100.Nabarros brings 107 partners and 295 fee-earners and TKB contributes 21 partners and 75 fee-earners.The new firm, called Nabarro Nathanson, will have one more fee ...

  • Moving the goalposts

    5-Sep-1995

    During the 1990s, businesses, and in particular the professions, have had to confront dramatic changes in the business environment - from expansion to recession, from excess demand to over-capacity. Clients now look hard at legal costs and demand competitive pricing and quality of total service, not just technical excellence.The impact of the recession on a personnel level has been just as profound. The career environment is changing too from jobs for life to portfolio careers, ...

  • New advice manager

    5-Sep-1995

    Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice has appointed Teresa Fritz as its South East development manager. Fritz, who has previously worked in the life and pensions sector with Skandia, JRA, and Barclays Insurance Services, will be based at SIFA's Epsom office.

  • New disabled group chair aims to fight prejudice

    5-Sep-1995

    SWINDON solicitor Michelle Howard has been elected as the new chair of the Law Society's Group for Solicitors with Disabilities.Howard, who takes over as GSD head from local government lawyer Richard Dunford, was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and works as a plaintiff personal injury and medical negligence lawyer at Townsends.A tetraplegic C6 paralysed from the chest down, Howard has been confined to a wheelchair since the age of 16.During her ...

  • Next ASIM conference

    5-Sep-1995

    ASIM has also confirmed details on its conference and AGM to be held at the Randolph Hotel, Oxford, on 16-17 June. Labour MP Andrew Smith, junior shadow minister for the Treasury, will address the conference, also open to non-ASIM members. Contact ASIM on 01892 870065.

  • Official whistle blown against TI Group

    5-Sep-1995

    The US Justice Department has filed a complaint in the US against UK corporation the TI Group, according to New York lawyers Engel & McCarney.By doing so the US Government has joined a 'whistleblowing action' first launched by an ex-employee of a TI Group subsidiary, Dowty Woodville Polymer. The company allegedly overcharged the US Defense Department for components supplied for the USAF swing-wing fighters.City firm

  • Open up the investment market

    5-Sep-1995

    John DohertyThe use of offshore centres by UK legal firms still focuses on the traditional realm where legal advice and financial advice are most closely linked - that of trust formation.This is not only due to the higher cost of offshore services. The repertoire of financial advice offered by the UK solicitor has often not been dynamically developed in the budding financial services wing, but dictated by the needs of clients of the legal practice.

  • Patent battle may go to Lords

    5-Sep-1995

    A legal battle over patents for plastic nets may go to the House of Lords. In 1992 the High Court ruled that two nets patents held by PLG Research were invalid as no inventive step had been used to arrive at their design. But, last November the Court of Appeal held the nets were covered by patent protection and patent had been infringed. Now Ardon International, which was taken to court by PLG, is seeking to appeal. The Law Lords gave until 9 May for objections to be ...

  • PIMS talks attract profession

    5-Sep-1995

    Three dozen law firms are to attend leading financial services conference PIMS aboard the cruise ship QE2 next month, following a concerted drive to try and improve legal sector attendance by conference organisers.The conference, which will run from 6 to 9 June , aims to bring together representatives from key product providers and independent advisers in the sector.But top industry regulators are also scheduled to talk about pressing ...

  • Placements

    5-Sep-1995

    Last year, Clyde & Co solicitor Margaret Curzon spent a week on the bench alongside commercial judges Mr Justice Saville and Mr Justice Cresswell. It was an "unfortunate week" where "nothing went according to plan" said head of listings David Bird. Despite this, Curzon found the experience "extremely interesting for a solicitor" as "you are seeing it from ...

  • Police considering in-house legal team

    5-Sep-1995

    THE POLICE Federation is to consider recruiting in-house lawyers following a forecast that legal bills will triple to more than £12 million by the turn of the century.Treasurer Barrie Biddulph has written a report for this month's conference which outlines the soaring cost of representing its 126,000 members.The federation has no in-house team, contracting out work, mostly to Russell Jones & Walker. Remaining work goes to about 200 other firms.

  • Presidential runners line up for YSG hustings

    5-Sep-1995

    THE YOUNG Solicitors' Group has made its mark on the Law Society's election campaign by calling a presidential hustings.The group's national committee has invited candidates for the positions of president and vice-president of the solicitors' profession to take the platform in order to answer questions posed on behalf of YSG members.Taking place at the Law Society on 9 June, the hustings is aimed at allowing the profession's ...

  • Pro Bono Work

    5-Sep-1995

    The increasing emphasis on commercial law in the Legal Practice Course may make it difficult for trainee solicitors in City firms to undertake pro bono work in law centres."The new course is more focused towards City law firms," comments one, adding that new trainees need to receive some training in family law, crime and landlord and tenant law before they could handle advice sessions. And some are calling on City firms to organise joint programmes in such subjects if they ...

  • Property

    5-Sep-1995

    Greycoat, advised by Hamlin Slowe, has bought the freehold of 1 Great St Helen's in the City for £9.65m from Kumagai Gumi, advised by McKenna & Co.

  • Property

    5-Sep-1995

    J Sainsbury, advised by Denton Hall, has bought for £45m the three Cargo Club sites at Bristol, Croydon and Wednesbury from Nurdin & Peacock, advised by Travers Smith & Braithwaite.

  • Property

    5-Sep-1995

    Mercury Asset Management, advised by Manches & Co, has been involved in the interim funding and forward purchase of a £14m retail warehouse park at Oldbury Green in the West Midlands, which has been completed by St Modwen, advised by Wragge & Co.

  • Provincial firms pip City rivals to post for British Gas property deal

    5-Sep-1995

    SIX mainly provincial firms have seen off their bigger City rivals in winning the national property work for British Gas.The work may be worth a total of £2 million or more in yearly billings, and possibly a greater sum in the first couple of years if British Gas makes disposals ahead of the more competitive market after 1996, lawyers believe.The firms are DJ Freeman (London), Wragge ...

  • Richards Butler lawyer sets sail for Hong Kong shores

    5-Sep-1995

    RICHARDS Butler admiralty lawyer Frank Coles has left his City base to move to the Hong Kong office of Stephenson Harwood.Originally from Zimbabwe, Coles moved to the UK at the age of 17 and spent 13 years in the merchant marine before studying law.The Nautical Institute awarded Coles its first scholarship to study an MSc and he later completed an LLM in maritime law ...

  • Ruling sparks care scare

    5-Sep-1995

    COUNCIL lawyers throughout the country have begun examining a key High Court ruling amid fears that they face a legal challenge over the hiving off of residential care homes.They are worried that the judgement, which halts Wandsworth Council's privatisation programme, may be turned against them.Wandsworth, the south London Tory flagship borough, wants to sell off three out of its four homes for the elderly, and close the remaining ...

  • SIFA and Fraser Smith forge strong alliance

    5-Sep-1995

    TWO of the most active advisory groups in law firm financial services have formed an alliance to work together.The Fraser Smith Group and Solicitors for Financial Services say the agreement will provide firms with the most comprehensive range of services in this area of practice.SIFA, which works with around 350 firms offering discrete investment services, says it will recommend Fraser Smith to those wanting to use a permitted third party.

  • Software puts papers on Internet

    5-Sep-1995

    ILFORD-based IMYJS, the document imaging specialist, has announced a facility enabling its R/KYV system to publish documents on the Internet.The 'publisher and viewer' software allows the pages to be read internally or externally without having to gain access to the main imaging system, says Bill Cannings, managing director of IMYJS.Firms can use the Internet as an email system since it is possible to fully encrypt the ...

  • Standards software

    5-Sep-1995

    North London-based ISO 9000 (Software) has introduced TQS 9000 package used in Europe and in the US to help users conform with the ISO 9000 quality standards. The package costs around £2,500 for a single licence, less if other sites are included.

  • Strapped for cash

    5-Sep-1995

    Roger Jones, chair of the Law Society's training committee: I chair the Law Society's training committee but I am writing in a personal capacity.The Law Society cannot do much more than it already has done in putting pressure on the Government to extend mandatory grants to the vocational course and persuading local education authorities to exercise a more generous discretion in favour of law students. Maximum effort will continue to be made but I think that a degree ...

  • Take the tax advantage

    5-Sep-1995

    Jim EberweinA combination of an offshore investment with trusts can produce substantial tax savings for any well advised UK resident domiciled investor. There are different types of offshore investment but for efficient tax planning purposes the offshore insurance bond is the vehicle for sheltering income and capital gains.The insurance bond is tax efficient because income and gains can be accumulated tax-free with the exception of withholding taxes, usually ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Gary Philpott

    5-Sep-1995

    Gary Philpott has recently become a partner in the Property Services Department of Bristol-based firm Veale Wasbrough. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators and an Associate of the Institute of Indirect Taxation. What was your first job?Electrical Goods Salesman (Saturdays only)What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£2,750 per annum.What would you have done if ...

  • The offshore issue

    5-Sep-1995

    Ian MuirheadThe rule of thumb for UK residents considering investing offshore, as opposed to investing overseas through UK collective investment vehicles, is the same as that for investing in investment bonds: don't, except in a small number of specific situations. The reason for this caution in relation to investment bonds is that they are usually less tax-efficient and bear higher charges than alternative investment media. With ...

  • Till debt us do part

    5-Sep-1995

    Four hundred years ago, Francis Bacon wrote in his preface to 'The Elements of Common Law': "I hold every man a debtor to his profession." In the 1990s, those words may be considered prophetic as the obstacles facing most students entering the legal profession continue to be lack of funding and lack of places in law firms, at the Bar and in-house.With the increase in the number of institutions either seeking or already granted accreditation for the Legal Practice ...

  • Tupe two-year ruling widens right to action by employees

    5-Sep-1995

    EMPLOYEES who lose their jobs as a result of a business transfer can take action for unfair dismissal regardless of whether or not they have been employed for a minimum of two years, following a decision in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.Lawyers say the judgement, handed down last month, will have"radical implications" for those people involved with the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Tupe) Regulations 1981.

  • Unusual Hearing Locations

    5-Sep-1995

    The casebook of Kent-based sole practitioner Andrew McCooey reveals more than its fair share of unexpected names and unusual hearing locations. His clients include Myra Hindley, Nick Ingram, Tara Terry, Kenny Ritchie and Sally Croft, all of whom, except Hindley, have found themselves in trouble abroad. Court locations include the US, Greece and Belize.The name of McCooey, who practices as Andrew McCooey & Co, has been ...