5 February 1996

The Lawyer

  • 'In your face, seven days a week'

    7-Feb-1996

    American lawyers may cast an envious eye over the legal traditions of the UK, but they would not be so keen on the country's stricter laws on advertising.Ever since the Supreme Court lifted the ban on lawyer advertisements in 1977, US law's honeymoon with advertising has shown no signs of ending and the American Bar Association's (ABA) commission on the issue found that in 1994, the most recent year for statistics on lawyer advertising expenditure, spending ...

  • A revision that further complicates awards

    7-Feb-1996

    English libel juries are among the most generous in the world - so generous that plaintiffs will cross the Atlantic for the booty. But extravagant awards have damaged the law of defamation and although the Court of Appeal has had the power to reduce them since 1990, juries continue to make enormous awards.But juries are not entirely to blame. They have been left to pluck figures from the air, with awards like Jeffrey Archer's £500,000 to give them a clue. In (Elton) ...

  • All change at the top for Debtco supplier

    7-Feb-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsStephen Taylor Parker has been appointed managing director of Aim Law Data, the supplier of arrears management technology.Taylor Parker joined the company as director in January 1995 and oversaw the launch of Debtco Progression in February this year.He succeeds David Hewitt who has become sales and marketing director of print and packaging company Harlands. Hewitt will retain his shareholding in Aim Holdings."The ...

  • All change on the form front

    7-Feb-1996

    Last month, the Immigration Law Practitioners Association applied for judicial review of the new rules over immigration applicants. The move prompted the Home Office to undertake its current review of the relevant rules and forms.The reason for the association's application lies in the history of the rule changes. On 2 April 1996, the Home Secretary laid before Parliament a statement of changes in immigration rules. This introduced a requirement that all applications ...

  • Answers to old arguments

    7-Feb-1996

    The letter from Richard Hegarty last week upon the subject of conflict in conveyancing comes as no surprise to me or my group. It repeats what we have been told at regular intervals over the last 10 years or so.I make the following points:The Government has had plenty of opportunities to alter the law but has not done so.We have been told many times that the Council for Licensed Conveyancers was proposing to alter its rules - after 10 ...

  • Beloff spells out priorities

    7-Feb-1996

    AN OXFORD university pro bono unit staffed by dons and students is one of the ambitions of Michael Beloff QC, who will become president of Trinity College at the end of July.Speaking at a Public Law Project conference on public interest litigation last week, Beloff, joint head of chambers at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, said a pro bono unit would fit into his plans to "start to build bridges between the professors and the professional".

  • Brief

    7-Feb-1996

    Larry George, the senior legal adviser for BP Oil International, has been poached by Denton Hall to head its Moscow office.George replaces Blanche Sas, who set up Dentons' Moscow office in 1993 and is returning to the London office after her three-year secondment.Dentons set up the office to work with international energy clients considering investing in CIS countries.One of Dentons' clients, Rosneft, has as many reserves as BP. The office ...

  • Cartwrights raises a glass to pub sell-off

    7-Feb-1996

    Bristol firm Cartwrights is drinking to success after advising millionaire entrepreneur Michael Cannon on the sale of his Magic Pub Company to Greene King for £200 million.It is one of the biggest City deals for 16-partner Cart-wrights, which advised Cannon two years ago when he formed MPC by acquiring 282 Chef & Brewer pubs for £78 million from Scottish & Newcastle.Cartwrights also handled the property and licensing work.

  • Chambers picks up an Ace

    7-Feb-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsTHE CHAMBERS at 12 King's Bench Walk has invested £100,000 in a major IT overhaul.The set, which has 36 tenants, has spent the money on networking its entire chambers in a bid to improve speed and efficiency.The Ace Infinity network will link clerks and barristers in the chambers for the first time.It will also allow solicitors to contact barristers direct through email.The network ...

  • Chinese visit

    7-Feb-1996

    A delegation from the All China Lawyers Association visited the UK last week to see how England, Wales and Scotland trained its lawyers. A law passed on 15 May allowsChina's lawyers, previously regarded as state employees, to apply for business licences to set up in practice. It also set the structure for the All China Lawyers Association and provincial Bar associations.

  • City firms get thumbs up in China licence spree

    7-Feb-1996

    City firms Freshfields and Richards Butler have been granted permission to set up offices in China in the first batch of approvals from the Chinese government for over two years.Thomas Jones, Freshfields partner resident in Beijing, said the firm planned to base around four lawyers in the capital and also hoped to open branch offices.The firm applied to open in Beijing nearly three years ago after poaching Jones and Norman Givant, both fluent in Mandarin, from ...

  • CPS to lose 60 staff as budget cuts bite deep

    7-Feb-1996

    SIXTY prosecutors are to be axed from the Crown Prosecution Service as it grapples with an £8 million cut in its annual budget.But the lawyers will all be leaving the service voluntarily and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Barbara Mills, said there were no plans for compulsory redundancies.Speaking at the launch of the service's 10th annual report, Mills said she was confident it could survive a tough public spending round by making efficiency ...

  • East Anglian fisherman mounts a legal challenge against the Department of the Environment.

    7-Feb-1996

    A David and Goliath court case will open this month when a lone East Anglian fisherman mounts a legal challenge against the Department of the Environment.King's Lynn boat skipper David Bryant claims the shrimp population in the Wash is being severely reduced by government-sanctioned dredging operations which threaten his livelihood. Norfolk firm Hawkins is fighting for Bryant, whose application for judicial review will be heard at the High Court later this month.

  • Eleni Pavlopoulos salutes the use of pre-trial reviews. Eleni Pavlopoulos is a solicitor at Linklaters & Paines.

    7-Feb-1996

    Lord Woolf's report Access to Justice envisages the pre-trial review (PTR) as an integral part of case management: it provides "an opportunity to set a programme, timetable and budget for the trial". Currently, the Lord Chief Justice's practice direction (Civil Litigation: Case Management) of 24 January 1995 says a PTR should be applied for in cases estimated to last over 10 days in the Queen's Bench and Chancery Divisions. It should be conducted between ...

  • Expert predicts role change for lawyers

    7-Feb-1996

    Hazel VidlerIf lawyers are to succeed in an IT-dominated market they must become "legal information engineers" rather than legal advisers, according to Richard Susskind, technology consultant for Lord Woolf's access to justice inquiry.Speaking at the launch of his book, The Future of Law, earlier this month, Susskind claimed the legal profession was on the brink of the type of revolution not experienced since the 15th century ...

  • Financings

    7-Feb-1996

    Ashurt Morris Crisp advised Critchley Group in a rights issue to raise £11.4 million net of expenses. Ashursts also acted for Hoare Govett Corporate Finance on its private placing of shares in Bioglan Pharma for a total subscription price of £10 million. Norton Rose acted for Bioglan Pharma.

  • Financings

    7-Feb-1996

    Berwin Leighton acted for Tesco in the development of Clubcard Plus

  • Financings

    7-Feb-1996

    Allen & Overy acted for British Aerospace on the $600 million syndicated financing for Trident Group. Slaughter and May acted for the arranging banks

  • Firm claims a first in East Europe

    7-Feb-1996

    Baker & McKenzie has advised on a deal which saw the first Western European company listed on an Eastern European stock exchange.It represented ING Barings and Creditanstaldt Investment Bank as underwriters of a $83 million international offering of shares in Cofinec, a French packaging group.Following the shares sale, Cofinec was admitted to the Budapest Stock Exchange.

  • Firm settles compensation dispute at the eleventh hour

    7-Feb-1996

    A MANCHESTER firm whose senior partner is seeking election to the Law Society Council on a pro Martin Mears ticket has been forced to pay compensation to a former secretary following the threat of winding up proceedings.Joan Durkin, of Bolton, won her claim of constructive dismissal against her former firm Latimer Lee, of Prestwich, Manchester, on 13 March.An industrial tribunal ordered the firm to pay £1,600 compensation for breaching her terms of employment ...

  • Firm sings praises of on-line Link network

    7-Feb-1996

    Alison Laferla reportsReading solicitors Rowberry Morris says the benefits of IT are fully appreciated by clients.Richard Leathem, head of litigation, has used the email system Link to send client instructions to chambers in London and received a fully documented reply in 18 minutes. He said the process could take weeks using the postal system."Using the lawyers' Internet enabled the barrister to deal with my request at his own ...

  • Flotations

    7-Feb-1996

    Paynes Hicks Beach and Iliffes Booth Bennett acted for Lands Improvement Holdings on its introduction to the London Stock Exchange. Scottish issues were handled by Gillespie MacAndrew. Lawrence Graham advised broker Beeson Gregory.

  • Fox & Gibbons looks East

    7-Feb-1996

    Middle East law firm Fox & Gibbons has sent London partner Christopher Dixon to Istanbul to help establish its first Turkish office.The firm said in the Turkish press that Dixon would be resident partner but now says Dixon, who has completed two stints at the firm's Dubai office, has "gone out for a period to establish and develop the office".The office will be run in association with Turkish lawyer Ece Guner who said the office's main goal would be ...

  • Franchising needs reform, admits LAB

    7-Feb-1996

    The Legal Aid Board has acknowledged that the franchising of legal aid is too bureaucratic and needs reform.Speaking at the Legal Action Group conference on legal aid franchising last week, Sir Tim Chessells, chair of the LAB, admitted the current system was imperfect and outlined the board's plans.He acknowledged criticism that the system was too bureaucratic and expensive and did not measure quality. He added that "the franchising process needs to be improved ...

  • Girling raises election stakes with threat to quit if Mears wins

    7-Feb-1996

    Law Society presidential challenger Tony Girling will quit the council if he loses the election to president Martin Mears because he is worried Mears will become "dictatorial" if he wins a second term.Girling told The Lawyer: "I don't think I could sit on a council led by Mears with what he would see as an almost dictatorial mandate if elected for a second time. He would demand that matters should be pushed through without dissent."Mears responded: "I am ...

  • Group woos set managers

    7-Feb-1996

    John Malpas reportsA group for practice managers has been established to act as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas.The Practice Management Group already has around 20 members but it is keen to expand and will be holding an open meeting this month.The group is chaired by Christine Kings, of Doughty Street Chambers, who is one of the longest serving practice managers in the country.So far it has been operating on ...

  • HK link for Bird & Bird

    7-Feb-1996

    SPECIALIST technology firm Bird & Bird is to move its two Hong Kong-based lawyers into the offices of Hong Kong law firm Robertson Double & Lee.Bird & Bird will now pass Hong Kong work to Robertsons, and Robertsons will pass UK communications and technology law to Bird & Bird.Bird & Bird business ...

  • In brief: Advice on hand for city's bomb victims

    7-Feb-1996

    Manchester lawyers have staged a series of free advice sessions to help people affected by the recent IRA bomb. The sessions, which were held at Manchester town hall, were organised by the Manchester law society and were supported by the council and the chamber of commerce. A panel of lawyers offered advice on insurance, property, personal injury and employer-related legal problems. Anne Kershaw, president of the local law society, said the scheme had been designed to avoid ambulance ...

  • In brief: Anti-counterfeiting group adds to numbers

    7-Feb-1996

    Leeds firm McCormicks has accepted an invitation to join an anti-counterfeiting group. The group operates as a forum for discussion and as a pressure group on matters relating to counterfeiting. Members include law firms, trading standards officers and companies with a strong interest in brand issues. Clifford Chance, Eversheds, ...

  • In brief: Banking expert moves to Rowe & Maw

    7-Feb-1996

    Christopher Causer, former senior assistant solicitor at Lovell White Durrant, has joined City firm Rowe & Maw as a partner in the banking and projects team. Causer, a former assistant director at Lloyds merchant bank, joined Lovells in 1990, where he helped extend the firm's PFI practice. Richard Powles, Rowe & Maw's managing partner, said: "With his project finance and banking expertise, Christopher is a valuable addition to the firm."

  • In brief: England wins alternative Euro cup

    7-Feb-1996

    City firm Paisner & Co has played host to a Euro football challenge between its clients. The Brockbank Group, representing England, defeated SCOR(UK), representing France, in a penalty shoot-out in the final of the Paisner Euro Challenge on 19 June. The host team was eliminated from group one and so failed to make it to the semi-finals. Mark Lichfield of the Brockbank Group, was presented with a cup and medals by Jonathan Sacher, head of the Paisner & Co reinsurance and insurance group.

  • In brief: Firm snaps up Linklaters' marketing head

    7-Feb-1996

    Linklaters & Paines head of marketing Conor Boden is quitting to join management consultancy Mercer Management Consultancy, part of US insurance giant Marsh & McLennan. Boden, 34, joined Linklaters in October 1992 as the firm's marketing number two, and became head of the department in May 1994. He was previously with accountants Arthur Andersen.

  • In brief: Tribunal rules on fraud case lawyers

    7-Feb-1996

    Four solicitors admitted bringing the profession into disrepute at a disciplinary tribunal hearing last week. A total of £8 million was plundered from clients' accounts at Hastings firm Durnford Ford, which collapsed in 1992. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard that the fraud was masterminded by former senior partner Graham Ford and that three senior equity partners had simply "rubber-stamped" the decisions. Ford was given a 10-year sentence for fraud in December last ...

  • In brief: University scores a moot point

    7-Feb-1996

    Bristol University has won a national mooting competition sponsored by Lovell White Durrant. Sixty-four institutions took part in this year's Observer/English Speaking Union/Lovell White Durrant competition, the only national mooting event. The winning team was Chris Bailey, leader for the appellants, and Bernard Robinson, junior. The two beat Corryne MacLean, leader for the respondent, and Helen Spencer from Thames Valley University, at the final in The Great Hall at Gray's ...

  • International criminal court/legal aid. Modern answer to an old problem

    7-Feb-1996

    While the former Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal in the Hague is trying to secure the co-operation of the international community to prosecute war criminals, Amnesty International is pushing the United Nations General Assembly to form an international criminal court.The court's aim would be to prosecute the most serious criminal offences in the international community, including genocide, war crimes, drug trafficking and crimes against humanity. The court would be permanent ...

  • International criminal court/legal aid. Time to change reform tactics

    7-Feb-1996

    Barring further delays, practitioners should get a chance this week to read the long-awaited legal aid White Paper. Although the White Paper working party at the Lord Chancellor's Department has been disbanded, no team has been put in its place to consider a Bill. And if one is planned, it is being left rather late, unless a truncated version involving tinkering rather than wholesale reform is planned.This is no time for complacency, however. The continued call for ...

  • Judge faces conspiracy allegations

    7-Feb-1996

    Circuit judge Richard Gee has been charged with conspiracy to defraud various mortgage lenders and building societies between 1980 and 1989.Gee, 53, who was appointed in 1991 and assigned to the South Eastern circuit, was admitted as a solicitor in 1968 and worked as a senior partner with south London firm JB Wheatley & Co prior to his appointment as a judge.Suspended by the Lord Chancellor since his arrest at the end of last year, Gee said he welcomed the chance ...

  • Judge wins damages over 'unfit' claim

    7-Feb-1996

    A Crown Court judge has won a public apology and damages over "distorted" reports of a sex assault case he presided over at Winchester.The High Court heard last week how reports of a case handled by Judge David Griffiths falsely gave the impression he was "wholly unfit to sit on the bench".The judge's solicitor, Christopher Hutchings, of Peter Carter-Ruck & Partners, told Mr Justice French the reports, by the Solent News and Photo Agency, concerned a sex ...

  • Judges appointed by secret 'whispers'

    7-Feb-1996

    The appointment of judges will remain unfair and secretive if the recommendations of the Conservative dominated Home Affairs Committee are followed.So say women and black lawyers after the publication of a Home Affairs Committee report which recommends that judges should continue to be appointed by secret soundings of senior barristers.The committee also says the Lord Chancellor should widen his system of consultation, taking soundings from senior silks and Bar ...

  • Knight investors have 'valid claim'

    7-Feb-1996

    Investors who lost money with crashed financial adviser Knight Williams are entitled to claim millions of pounds in compensation, believes City firm Dibb Lupton Broomhead.The firm, which is offering advice to the Knight Williams Action Group free of charge, has compiled a report which concludes investors have a valid legal claim for breach of statutory duty.The report is designed to put pressure on the Investors Compensation Scheme to pay claims which could top ...

  • LAG despondent as tribunals refused aid

    7-Feb-1996

    The advice sector is shattered by the news that legal aid will not be extended to tribunal representation.Addressing the conference, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, said he was committed to extending the role of non-solicitor advice agencies. But, in an answer to a question from the floor, he confirmed that legal aid would not be available for representation in tribunals.Vicki Chapman, policy officer for the Legal Action Group and ex-policy adviser of the National ...

  • Law Soc rejects TV ads in favour of the Press

    7-Feb-1996

    The Law Society has ruled out launching a television advertising campaign as part of a wider marketing blitz to improve the public image of solicitors.Officials have accepted advice from advertising agency J Walter Thompson that a television campaign would not deliver value for money.Law Society spokeswoman Jane Farrin said: "JWT feels it would be better to go with press advertising which can be better targeted. We don't have the budget of a BT."

  • Lawyer calls for court reform pilot

    7-Feb-1996

    A MEMBER of Lord Woolf's "fast-track" working party has warned of chaos in the courts on an unprecedented scale if Woolf's proposals on speeding up justice are not properly piloted.On 20 June, Woolf told the Association of Women Solicitors that it was "not practicable" to test the whole of the new system in one court before it was implemented nationwide.But he added that fixed timetables being used in courts around the country were sufficient evidence ...

  • Legal duo targets City firms to drum up funds for Liberty

    7-Feb-1996

    City solicitors are being asked to dig deep into their pockets in support of the human rights organisation Liberty.Michael Skrein, from Richards Butler, and Maggie Rae, from Mishcon de Reya, have initiated a campaign to raise funds for the organisation's legal department.The two partners, who were involved in setting up the City Firms Pro Bono Panel, have written to ...

  • Linklaters beefs up its Far Eastern offices

    7-Feb-1996

    Linklaters & Paines is strengthening its presence in the Far East with the appointment of Andrew Carmichael to head its Asian capital markets operation, based in Hong Kong.Carmichael's brief is to oversee the work of all three of Linklaters' offices in the region, include those in Tokyo and Singapore.The appointment reflects the firm's desire to treat the area ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 02/07/96

    7-Feb-1996

    Richard Ward Slocombe, 50, admitted 1972, practising at material time in partnership with Bird Franklin, Oxford, fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,121 costs. Allegations substantiated he was guilty of inordinate and inexcusable delay in conduct of professional business, failed to reply to correspondence from client and from Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Slocombe told tribunal he was under financial pressure at the time of complaints referred to.John Elmer Williams, ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 02/07/96

    7-Feb-1996

    Stewart v Elsden - QBD 12 June 1996Claimant: Thomas Stewart, 6Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Pedestrian knocked down crossing the road; now left in persistent vegetative stateAward: £55,000 (agreed damages) based on claimant being 80 per cent liable for the accidentJudge: Judge Michael Harvey QC (sitting as additional judge of the High Court)Plaintiff's solicitors: Fancy & Jackson, Camberley

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 02/07/96

    7-Feb-1996

    Reviewing Lord Chancellor's appointment of a judgeR v Lord Chancellor, ex parte Maxwell (1996).DC (Henry LJ and Sachs J) 19/6/96.Summary: Challenging by judicial review the Lord Chancellor's refusal to request the trial judge who had presided over the trial of earlier counts in a severed indictment to preside over the trial of the remaining counts in the Crown Court notwithstanding that judge's elevation as a Lord Justice of Appeal.

  • Litigation Writs 02/07/96

    7-Feb-1996

    The owners of industrial units in Croydon which were destroyed in a £1 million blaze have launched a High Court damages claim. Multibright is suing John Mason International, of Liverpool. It claims the September 1993 fire started in two skips filled with crates and pallets which were the responsibility of John Mason.Writ was issued by Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave, London WC2. M44Twenty-two people have issued a High Court writ claiming ...

  • London loses its appeal for three-man Australian firm

    7-Feb-1996

    Australian firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page is closing its three-lawyer London office, although the other five Australian firms say they will stay.Kevin Lewis, London partner at Freehills, said his term of duty was coming to an end and the firm had decided to review whether it was worth staying."When we decided to open here in 1989 our competitors were here and we were worried about the effect that might have on our client base back home. But they are not doing ...

  • Macfarlanes' deals success shows City in good health

    7-Feb-1996

    Look no further than Macfarlanes if you want evidence that the City deals bubble is far from bursting. The firm has struck seven transactions in the last three weeks.Recent triumphs include advising Candover Investments, which backed managers who bought two collieries from the administrators of mining group Coal Investments.Banking partner Mark Furman said: "It has been very ...

  • McKennas enjoys rise in biotechnology work

    7-Feb-1996

    McKenna & Co has clinched another three City deals on behalf of emerging companies specialising in biotechnology and pharmaceutical research.The transactions mark another milestone in the career of the firm's veteran biotech partner Julian Thurston.Thurston cut his teeth on one of the earliest biotech companies to float on the stock market, Celltech, listed in 1980 and now with a market value of £480 million. Since then, the number of biotech groups ...

  • Moves at the top

    7-Feb-1996

    US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has appointed a new chair. Mel Immergut, a partner in the firm's corporate and banking department since 1980, succeeds Francis Logan who has retired. Partners Trayton Davis, from the capital markets group, and Frank Puleo, co-head of the firm's banking and institutional investment group, have been elected to the executive committee. Immergut's work includes private placements, mergers and acquisitions, financing, leveraged leasing ...

  • Mr Whatsisname strikes again

    7-Feb-1996

    You could call it 'the son of Mr Whatsisname': it is related, it will bear similarities and it will almost certainly have an identical effect in dividing the profession.The offspring in question is the Law Society's proposed advertising campaign to raise the public profile of solicitors. And in its aims it follows the same path as the society's first initiative, in which a fictional busybody called Mr Whatsisname claimed to have enough legal expertise ...

  • Open the doors over judicial appointment

    7-Feb-1996

    The Home Affairs Select Committee has given a resounding vote of confidence to the status quo in its report Judicial Appointments Procedures.It states boldly that there is no need for large scale change in the procedures for appointing professional judges and lay magistrates. It is not the procedures themselves but the restrictive scope within which the procedures operate that is the problem. The committee goes on to arrogantly state it would have been more concerned if ...

  • Porkers' pong problems

    7-Feb-1996

    High Court moves are being brought by the Vale of White Horse District Council in a bid to curb the activities of one of Oxfordshire's most established pig farmers. The moves follow public complaints about smells and pollution said to amount to a health hazard. The council has issued a summons seeking a court order to restrict the farming work of Didcot-based RJ Allen and Partners, at Winterbrook Farm, Blewbury, where the summons says Allens has kept pigs since 1952.

  • Preferred sets scheme 'anti-competitive'

    7-Feb-1996

    CRIMINAL barristers have launched an investigation into a controversial Crown Prosecution Service scheme to restrict the number of chambers which regularly receive briefs.Under the "preferred sets" system the CPS passes the bulk of its work to a restricted number of chambers.The CPS argues the scheme, which operates on the South Eastern circuit, is good for the public because it means the service can draw up performance agreements with individual sets to guarantee ...

  • Profession braced for White Paper

    7-Feb-1996

    The profession is preparing itself for the publication of the White Paper on legal aid this week. Barristers and solicitors are united in opposition to the widely-leaked proposals for cash-limiting and block contracts for franchised firms.Speaking at the Legal Action Group's conference on legal aid franchising last week, the Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay urged lawyers to recognise "that public expenditure will remain under increasing pressure, and competition for a share ...

  • Publicity Practice

    7-Feb-1996

    Advertising is a phenomenon which came late to the legal profession and although embraced by some, it is still widely treated with suspicion.The profession's rumour mill circulates stories of Californian lawyers advertising two divorces for the price of one, or of a TV commercial in the US which featured both a lawyer and his female receptionist emerging from beneath the water of a swimming pool, determined to prove lawyers are not stuffy. At least not ...

  • Questions of right-to-buy

    7-Feb-1996

    The rights of law-breakers to use their ill-gotten gains to take advantage of government right-to-buy legislation are being put to the Appeal Court. In one of his first cases since taking over as Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf heard an appeal by Bristol City Council against a ruling that it must transfer a house under right-to-buy legislation, to an un-named man who is currently in prison awaiting trial on drug charges. Counsel Robert Levy, for the City Council, ...

  • Scott suspicious of Titan's market muscle

    7-Feb-1996

    Already branded a "snowball" scheme by Vice Chancellor Sir Richard Scott, the Titan Business Club looks set to live up to its name in litigation.It seems a fair bet that litigation already under way over the club is set to snowball as well and the first action appears to be on course for the Court of Appeal.The case has already caught the public interest. After a recent hearing that ended with Scott granting injunctions to effectively suspend the ...

  • Sounding out global opinion

    7-Feb-1996

    REGARDING last week's story "Euro Bars stand firm on MDPs", during its spring council meeting, the International Bar Association voted to establish an ad hoc committee on multi-discipline practices.The remit of the committee was to devise from scratch a global IBA strategy regarding such practices. It is intended that the committee will report regularly to the IBA Council.The IBA represents practitioners of 183 countries and our members ...

  • Talks to spell out danger of finance fraud

    7-Feb-1996

    Former fraud squad detective Rowan Bosworth Davies, now a senior consultant with Titmuss Sainer Dechert, is to host a three-day conference on financial crime.Executives from some of UK's largest companies are being invited to attend the gathering where Bosworth Davies will explain how fraud works and what can be done to combat the problem.He said: "People are still very lax ...

  • The asylum seeker's champion

    7-Feb-1996

    Conflict between the Government and the courts continues unabated with the latest in a string of rulings overturning the decisions of ministers coming on 21 June.The controversial Court of Appeal ruling centred on rules introduced in February by Social Security Secretary Peter Lilley which banned payment of benefits to those seeking asylum in the UK.On 21 June, London specialist civil rights firm Christian Fisher hailed the ruling as a major victory for ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Tony Girling

    7-Feb-1996

    Tony Girling, 52, manages the Kent practice Girlings and is deputy vice-president of the Law Society. This month he is locked in a battle with Martin Mears for the society's presidency. What was your first job?Farm labourer.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?I forget, but my income was £2,400 in the first year of partnership.What would you have done ...

  • The revolution has just begun

    7-Feb-1996

    The central issue in this election is simple - did you like the Law Society as it was before the Mears/Sayer revolution? If you did (and only if you did), then Tony Girling and his associates are the men for you.But does Girling, in fact, represent the old regime? He can hardly deny it. After next month, he will be the longest serving member of the Law Society's Council. Last year, the council chose him as its official candidate for the deputy ...

  • Theodore Goddard says it with flowers

    7-Feb-1996

    No political statement was intended when Peter Cooke, head of employment at City firm Theodore Goddard, presented guest of honour Cherie Booth QC with a bouquet of red Gerberas, not roses.The occasion was the launch of a book and CD-Rom, Negotiating Employment Agreements, written by Cooke with colleague Felicity Gemson.Cooke said the book aimed to give practical guidance to help businesses avoid costly mistakes when employing people, adding it was a "starting ...

  • Time-limited trial attracts Woolf's attention

    7-Feb-1996

    LORD Woolf has told devisers of a strictly time-tabled trial, in which barristers were subject to a "guillotine", that it is likely to be cited in his forthcoming proposals to speed up justice.The unusual trial at the Official Referee's Divisions of the High Court began in November last year when Judge Bowsher QC had only a five-week gap in his case list to hear a complex action to determine liability in the faulty construction of two office blocks. More than £1 ...

  • Training update

    7-Feb-1996

    Learning Tree, an independent IT training provider, is offering three new courses to IT professionals. The Internet Certified Programme covers the Internet's business applications, including web site development and Net security. The course leads to a qualification as an Internet Certified Professional. The Hands-on Lotus Notes Application Development course trains users to get the most out of Lotus Notes 4.0. Courses will be held in London this summer. Training ...

  • US merger cashes in on IP boom

    7-Feb-1996

    THE WORLD'S 18th largest law firm, Californian-based Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, is to swallow up intellectual property specialist Cushman Darby Cushman, based in Washington DC, to become the 10th largest firm in the US.Under an agreement signed by the two firms on 20 June and effective on 1 August, the 65 Cushmans attorneys will stay in Washington but will be known as the Cushman Darby Cushman intellectual property group of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro.They ...