5 June 1995

The Lawyer

  • Ackner in last-ditch fees fight

    6-Jun-1995

    LORD ACKNER has tabled two amendments to the Lord Chancellor's conditional fee proposals in an eleventh hour attempt to alter regulations which he claims will lay clients open to exploitation.His amendments come as the Bar Council is also voicing "profound doubts" about the scheme. Lord Mackay's Conditional Fee Agreements Order, laid before Parliament shortly after Easter, is due to be debated by the House of Lords next week.The amendments ...

  • Bar access for advice agencies

    6-Jun-1995

    John MalpasTHE YOUNG Barristers Committee has welcomed Bar Council proposals to allow advice agencies direct access to the Bar.And the Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay is also understood to be keen on proposals first mooted by Bar Council chair Peter Goldsmith at the Legal Action Group conference on legal aid on 23 May.The council says the proposals are in line with government and Labour Party policy on the need for advice agencies to deliver a more comprehensive ...

  • Barrister leads Hackney fraud probe

    6-Jun-1995

    HACKNEY Council last week appointed a senior barrister to head an internal inquiry into its record on tackling fraud and corruption in the recruitment of town hall staff.Ian MacDonald QC will conduct a six-month investigation before reporting back to the north London authority with a set of recommendations.Other inquiry panel members are Hackney councillors Ian Sharer, Madeleine Spanswick and Simon Matthews. Hackney's announcement came a week ...

  • Beauty parade for Bar PR contract

    6-Jun-1995

    PR AGENCIES are fighting it out for the prestigious £100,000-plus Bar Council media and parliamentary relations contract. The deadline for tenders for the job of promoting the Bar Council to both the public and policy-makers closed last week.The key job has been undertaken by PR and lobbying firm Westminster Strategy since 1989.Bar head of administration David Hamilton Rump says the tender, the first in six years, is not due to discontent over ...

  • BLA wants bureau axed

    6-Jun-1995

    The British Legal Association is to call for the abolition of the Solicitors' Complaints Bureau at a requisitioned meeting at the Law Society.Members of the 15,000-strong BLA voted at its annual general meeting to support a motion for abolishing the SCB, returning disciplinary matters to the Law Society and discontinuing all other SCB functions.The motion became BLA policy and the association's officers are now seeking the required 100 signatures to ...

  • Brussels gives green light to European law diploma in UK

    6-Jun-1995

    THE EUROPEAN Commission has expressed provisional support for plans to educate UK lawyers in European law.Directorate General 15, the commission body responsible for the internal market, last week told the Law Society that it agreed with the objectives of the Solicitors Diploma in European Law, which is expected to start in some teaching institutions in September.A survey carried out last year showed many lawyers practising in member states believed that they ...

  • Cause to complain?

    6-Jun-1995

    In their plans to reform the Solicitors Complaints Bureau, they have ingeniously devised a system which at first glance looks like a complete overhaul of the SCB, described last year by the National Consumers Association as a "bureaucratic nightmare". If the proposals are implemented, the Solicitors Complaints Bureau will be known as the Supervision of Solicitors Agency, removing the complaints from the complaints bureau. The new agency looks more independent with "distinguished ...

  • Charting technology's trends

    6-Jun-1995

    This is the sixth year that the Legal IT survey has been run and of the 326 firms which responded, 312 did so by the cut-off date for the analysis. The firms represent nearly 19,000 lawyers and almost 20,000 support staff, and include some of the largest UK firms.While we retained some key questions from previous surveys to monitor legal IT trends, this year we introduced a number of new questions about the strategic use of IT.

  • Chris Jackson thinks a reverse Order 14 will unclog courts

    6-Jun-1995

    The new climate of litigation, engendered in part by Lord Woolf, encourages courts to take a more proactive role in the litigation. In Bristol and elsewhere, the Mercantile Courts are already streamlining litigation by involving the same judge throughout.Notwithstanding recent developments, the remaining faults in the jurisdiction include an imbalance in the treatment of the parties on the merits. Plaintiffs have available the summary judgment procedures ...

  • Councils fail in shopping battle

    6-Jun-1995

    Cyril DixonEight councils have lost their legal bid to prevent the construction of a giant out-of-town shopping complex near Manchester.The House of Lords gave the go-ahead for the one million sq ft Dumplington development on a green field site at Trafford Park. They backed the proposals at the final hearing of a series in which victory swung from one side to the other in succession.Officials believe the ruling is a blow to authorities ...

  • Deacon continues action against trust

    6-Jun-1995

    BANKRUPT solicitor David Deacon, founder of collapsed Deacon Goldrein & Green (DGG), won a small victory in court against creditor NWS Trust last week.Banker NWS Trust, which had successfully applied for his bankruptcy order in April, failed to stop a legal action against it by Deacon.Deacon's action against NWS Trust, owed about £400,00 from the DGG collapse, started when he issued a writ in March. NWS Trust, represented by Manchester ...

  • Dedication's what you need

    6-Jun-1995

    Fiona Woolf

  • Denton Hall plays part in face-lift for Barking

    6-Jun-1995

    Cyril DixonCITY firm Denton Hall helped sow the seeds of a new community when it negotiated terms for an urban regeneration scheme for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.The Barking Reach project aims to create accommodation for 15,000 people in a complex featuring 5,500 homes plus leisure centres, shops and social amenities by the year 2010.Roger Sutcliffe, commercial and development partner at Denton Hall, ...

  • Fees talk tackles conflict of interest

    6-Jun-1995

    John MalpasA CONDITIONAL fees seminar has been organised for barristers and clerks by an enterprising solicitor who claims the Manchester Bar is "way behind" in its understanding of the issue.The controversial new "no win no fee" agreement laid before Parliament by the Lord Chancellor shortly after Easter will have a major impact on the relationship between solicitors and counsel.Frank Patterson, head of personal injury litigation ...

  • Financing

    6-Jun-1995

    Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Bankers Trust as agent and arranger in connection with the provision of a syndicated £32 million term loan and revolving credit facility to Brickbuilt in connection with the acquisition of the brick-making business of Christian Salvesen.

  • Firms buck trend with plans to boost private client work

    6-Jun-1995

    THE DROPPED Lovell White Durrant private client team has been linked with two London firms amid claims that business is booming in the sector.Holborn firm Collyer-Bristow and Lincoln's Inn-based Charles Russell are believed to be talking to the nine-strong Lovells private client department which the City firm has decided to drop. Lovells last week said its two-partner and seven-fee ...

  • Firms face potential drafting 'conflict'

    6-Jun-1995

    THE TREASURY is finalising its beauty parade of private practice lawyers to help draft the 1996 Finance Bill amid growing political controversy and lawyers' concerns about conflict of interest.A large number of City law firms, many of which are represented on the Law Society's revenue law committee, and leading barristers have been invited to tender.The contracted lawyers will work with inland revenue and customs officials, and will draw up government ...

  • Firms resolve B&C wrangle

    6-Jun-1995

    Lovell White Durrant and Dibb Lupton Broomhead advised administrators Ernst & Young in a £200 million settlement of a legal wrangle involving the sale of B&C subsidiary Gartmore Investment Management.This latest distribution to creditors brings the total pay-out to more than £1 billion since the administration started in June 1990, thought to be the biggest ever pay-out for a UK company in administration.The two law firms were instructed for the two ...

  • Flotations

    6-Jun-1995

    Ashurst Morris Crisp advised Acorn Computer Group on its flotation

  • For sale: bijou court, needs some attention

    6-Jun-1995

    The Chelsea Set's former Crown Court at 1 Hans Crescent in Knightsbridge is coming up for sale, returning it back to its former privately-owned glory 100 years after it was built.The court is to be offered with vacant possession. Although it goes on the market in two or three month's time, some uncertainty hangs over its future use. Estate agent Knight Frank & Rutley, which is preparing the 100,068 sq ft property for sale, says possible uses for the ...

  • Forming unified opposition

    6-Jun-1995

    With their local authorities facing an estimated bill of millions of pounds for litigation and for planning enquiries, residents in the Manchester area have good cause to breathe a sigh of relief over the tactics adopted by their civic leaders in a recent planning battle.The case, the subject of a recent ruling by the Law Lords, was over proposals for a £200 million shopping city by the Manchester Ship Canal and has dragged on for nearly a decade.

  • Get wired or get lost

    6-Jun-1995

    As partner in charge of the information technology law practice at Chicago's Freeborn & Peters, Craig Bradley regularly meets prospective new technology clients. At one recent meeting, Bradley listened attentively as a potential client discussed a desire for access to on-line billing from the firm. But it was when the client mentioned the possibilities of immediate electronic payment for those bills that Bradley sat up.Indeed, the new possibilities of ...

  • Group tackles MoD conmen

    6-Jun-1995

    A LEGAL advice charity is demanding more protection for "whistleblowers" in a report on fraud and corruption by officials at the Ministry of Defence.Public Concern at Work (PCW) wants a hotline for those who expose wrong-doing, and clauses written in to MoD contracts to penalise firms which do not punish fraudsters.PCW - which includes Sir Gordon Borrie, Lord Oliver, and Peter Goldsmith among its backers - was set up two years ago to identify fraud and other ...

  • Hodge says election is 'two horse race'

    6-Jun-1995

    ALL THREE presidential hopefuls claim comfort from The Lawyer's opinion poll which showed strong support for the anti-establishment candidate Martin Mears alongside general apathy over the elections.The Lawyer polled more than 1,000 practitioners. Of the 300 who had made up their mind who to support, 40 per cent plumped for Hodge, 37 per cent for Mears and just 23 per cent for Pembridge.Deputy vice-president Henry Hodge admits to an evident protest vote ...

  • Holmans appoints first Hong Kong head of corporate law

    6-Jun-1995

    LONDON litigation practice Holman Fenwick & Willan has appointed Johnson Stokes & Master partner Gavin Nesbitt as its first-ever head of corporate law in Hong Kong.Nesbitt, who moved to Hong Kong in 1987 from London firm Simmons & Simmons, plans to expand the practice's corporate portfolio by targeting listed companies in the colony.He says the four-member corporate team will also handle general commercial work in the region and build on its current client ...

  • In brief: Denton Hall backs environmental group

    6-Jun-1995

    City firm Denton Hall has sponsored a new environmental law and management group at London's Imperial College. John Salter, head of the firm's environmental law group, says the arrangement will enable Denton Hall to keep up with the "cutting edge" of environmental research. "Lawyers need to understand the scientific options, as well as the legal issues," he says. "Businesses expect their solicitors to set their legal advice in the technical context."

  • In brief: Hants solicitor new chair of WaterAid

    6-Jun-1995

    Hampshire solicitor John Isherwood has been named as the new chair of the Council of WaterAid, the UK water and sanitation charity. Isherwood, a consultant with Barker Son & Isherwood is a founder trustee of the body and has served as chair of its overseas committee for more than four years.

  • In brief: Herbert Smith

    6-Jun-1995

    Last week The Lawyer ran a story about City firm Lovell White Durrant's decision to drop its private client work, in which we stated Herbert Smith had done the same in 1991. Herbert Smith has asked us to point out this was incorrect. It has certainly not dropped private client work and has a significant private client practice.

  • In brief: Lyell faces criticism over Levitt trial

    6-Jun-1995

    Attorney General Sir Nicholas Lyell is under pressure from MPs on all sides of the house for an explanation after allegations that he unintentionally misled Parliament in relation to the Levitt trial. The Independent published alleged court documents and diaries of counsel relating to the case in 1993 which purport to show the Serious Fraud Office and its counsel plea-bargained with Levitt, contradicting Lyell's earlier statements.

  • In brief: Merger forms strong north-east practice

    6-Jun-1995

    Two Cleveland firms have merged to become one of the biggest legal forces in the north-east. Tilly Bailey & Irvine, of Hartlepool, and Bolsover Manning Scott & Co, of Stockton, pooled resources to produce a practice with 130 staff. The new practice will eventually operate under the Tilly Bailey & Irvine name, but the Bolsover side will continue under its own name for the intervening period. Both Tilly and Bolsover were among the first in Cleveland to be awarded a Legal Aid Board franchise. ...

  • In brief: Quality expert gets top LawNet post

    6-Jun-1995

    Duncan Finlayson, a former member of the Law Society's committee on quality management standards, has been appointed as the managing director of LawNet. Finlayson also developed the LawNet Quality Standard, to which all members conform. LawNet chief executive Simon Maddox spent six years in the post.

  • In brief: Simmons sets up base in Shanghai

    6-Jun-1995

    Simmons & Simmons last week opened its Shanghai office, two months after the Chinese Ministry of Justice named it as the only UK practice to receive approval for the latest batch of licences. The new office, led by managing partner Wong Kwai Huen, boosts the firm's international network to eight practices. "Over the last few years the firm has built up a strong practice relating to all aspects of trade and investment in the People's Republic of China," says Wong.

  • In brief: Sparks expected to fly at Bar AGM

    6-Jun-1995

    A series of controversial resolutions at the Bar annual general meeting this weekend will aim to redress the competitive balance between barristers and solicitors. Resolutions on barrister partnerships and full public direct access return to the agenda after being narrowly defeated last year. Meanwhile, the Council of Legal Education appears to be using cost orders as a weapon against ex-students litigating against it. The move could lead to the Bar having to fund a litigation budget ...

  • Infotech for all

    6-Jun-1995

    The main benefit from computerisation comes through the change in human behaviour which will result. People learn new skills, adopt new attitudes and make different - and better - use of their own resources of time, energy and commitment. The installation of technology is the means of enabling and requiring those changes to take place. But the process for buying technology still places the emphasis on what the equipment and software can do, rather than on ...

  • Injury case paves way for police stress action

    6-Jun-1995

    DOZENS of former police officers have received a boost in their pursuit of legal claims for stress-related depression suffered as a result of their job.They are taking court action to secure increased pension entitlements following their enforced early retirement.One solicitor alone has identified 30 actions brought by ex-policemen against forces across the country.Their cases were strengthened by a ruling last week which recognised that depression ...

  • Kuwaiti government denied immunity

    6-Jun-1995

    Roger Pearson reports on a Court of Appeal ruling regarding sovereign immunity to UK legal proceedingsThe procedural way has been paved for a major international piece of litigation against the government of Kuwait involving allegations of torture.Papers in the case, in which a former Kuwaiti airforce officer claims he was tortured by members of Kuwait's ruling family and state agents, have already been served on two members of the ruling family.

  • Kwelm creditors to have their say

    6-Jun-1995

    Creditors of Kwelm, the biggest ever insurance industry collapse, are due to meet in London on 9 June.Kwelm, a group of five insolvent underwriting businesses once owned by London United Investments, collapsed owing an estimated $10 billion. The group specialised in underwriting mainly US risks, particularly in the professional indemnity, pollution and health hazard sectors. Many US law firms were included in its PI client base. Kwelm was put into ...

  • Labour courts controversy on MMC plan

    6-Jun-1995

    LABOUR proposals to refer the legal profession to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) and to establish multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) will be thrashed out this weekend at the party's National Policy Forum.The plans, part of a raft of proposals focusing on legal aid, the judiciary and the legal profession, have already caused debate in the press.If they pass the forum's question and answer sessions and are approved by Labour's National ...

  • Law Soc plans lay-dominated SCB

    6-Jun-1995

    A BLUEPRINT to beef up the powers of a reformed Solicitors Complaints Bureau has been drawn up by the Law Society amid warnings that the profession will fragment if selfregulation is taken out of its hands.A stronger, arms-length, lay-dominated complaints handling agency with the power to fine offending solicitors and recommend changes to practice rules is proposed in a draft consultation paper unveiled by the Law Society.The paper, by secretary general John ...

  • Law Society trims cost of conference

    6-Jun-1995

    DELEGATE fees for this year's Law Society conference are set to be slashed following a sponsorship deal between Chancery Lane and the Royal Bank of Scotland.The deal, worth £60,000, means registration fees will be cut to a maximum of £160, compared to about £200 last year.The society hopes to build up delegate numbers and to improve on previous years' attendance. Paul Pharaoh, chair of the society's conference committee, ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 06/06/95

    6-Jun-1995

    PETER ALLEN JOHN HENRY, 49, admitted 1973, practised as Henry & Company, Swindon, Wiltshire, struck off. Allegations substantiated he was jailed for 18 months after being convicted of conspiracy to defraud. He was said to have certified authenticity of false documents and to have committed perjury in connection with the affairs of a client whose company had gone into liquidation and who was facing financial demands from the liquidator. In his submissions ...

  • Litigation Recent decisions 06/06/95

    6-Jun-1995

    Agricultural land qualifying for tax reliefStarke and anor v Inland Revenue Commissioners (1994). (CA (Stuart-Smith LJ, Morritt LJ, Ward LJ) 19/5/95).Summary: Farmhouse and buildings do not qualify for inheritance tax relief as agricultural property under s.116 Inheritance Tax Act 1984 (formerly Capital Transfer Tax Act 1984).Appeal from decision summarised below holding that a farmhouse, outbuildings and several small areas of enclosed ...

  • Litigation Writs 06/06/95

    6-Jun-1995

    Norfolk sweet manufacturers Sultans has launched a damages claim after a batch of Turkish delight was turned into a Turkish disaster by a fire. Sultans of Burrell Way, Thetford, Norfolk, is suing JJ and JA Humphry who trade as Cross Country Carriers of Elm Drive, Hessett, Bury St Edmunds for more than £750,000 compensation after losing massive stocks of Turkish delight in the blaze. The ruined Turkish delight, destined for major retailers, ...

  • London solicitor challenges new writ

    6-Jun-1995

    LONDON solicitor Hemamali Graham has been hit by another writ from a former client who claims she is holding US$95,000 and his passport, allegedly lodged with her last year in support of a visa application.Graham, who was recently sentenced to six months imprisonment after being successfully convicted of attempting to obtain property by deception, was last month awarded a 12-month conditional discharge by the Court of Appeal after it decided that her sentence was overly ...

  • Making documents pay

    6-Jun-1995

    At the age of 22, Osman Ismail left university. He had not been a conspicuous academic success, but outside the walls of Aston University he was already a luminary. He sold his final year project, a slick mathematical routine for calculating the stress of buildings, to Wimpeys for £5,000.Ismail's natural talent was applied maths, especially algorithms, sets of rules used for problem-solving. With the advent of micro-computers, ...

  • Mandela to deliver IBA lecture in Johannesburg

    6-Jun-1995

    SOUTH African president Nelson Mandela has been signed to speak at an International Bar Association conference in Johannesburg later this year.Mandela will deliver a lecture, 'The Rule of law: cornerstone of economic progress', to mark the 25th anniversary of the IBA's Section on Business Law. His speech will conclude the conference, to be held from 7 to 9 November.Section chair Francis Neate says the association is "honoured and delighted" that ...

  • Merged firm set to expand foreign work

    6-Jun-1995

    CITY practices Oswald Hickson Collier and Elias Freeman Solicitors are planning to expand their international client base following a merger earlier this month.The new firm, which combines media law and insurance litigation with property and commercial expertise, also provides specialist advice on immigration and tax issues to clients relocating both from the UK and internationally.Lawyers in the practice speak most European languages as well as Chinese, Japanese ...

  • Negligence lecture

    6-Jun-1995

    John MalpasProfessional negligence expert Professor Anthony Dugdale is to deliver the fourth in a series of lectures at Hardwicke Building chambers.And there are still a few seats left for the lecture, titled 'Allocating responsibility for the consequences of complex decisions: some reflections on the BBL (Banque Bruxelles Lambert) decision', in McGeagh Hall, Gray's Inn, on 8 June for lawyers who specialise in professional negligence.

  • New editor at the helm

    6-Jun-1995

    The Lawyer has appointed a new editor. Mary Heaney takes over from Fennell Betson. Heaney rejoins The Lawyer after a period editing Lawyer International. Prior to this, she was deputy editor at The Lawyer having worked on the publication for six years."I am extremely excited at the opportunity to be editor of a magazine which is avidly read across the profession. "The Lawyer is the publication which changed the face of legal journalism and I intend ...

  • Partner first to qualify in German test

    6-Jun-1995

    BOODLE Hatfield partner Chris Putt has passed a transfer test to qualify as a German rechtsanwalt.He is believed to be the only English solicitor currently practising in central London to hold the dual qualification.Formerly a lawyer with German practice Sigle Loose Schmidt-Diemitz & Partners, Putt worked in Germany from 1992 to 1993 before returning to the UK to join City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones.Last year he signed as a partner with Boodle ...

  • Party wins youth over

    6-Jun-1995

    THE YOUNG Labour Lawyers Group strongly supports Labour plans for a Judicial Appointments and Training Commission, put forward in the 'Access to Justice' paper in February, now contained in the party's draft policy statement.The judicial commission is contained in one of the three main areas of Labour's policy, which focus on community legal service, reforming the legal profession and judicial appointments/monitoring.However, Young Labour ...

  • Power handling

    6-Jun-1995

    There is no doubt about it, technology can be a rewarding investment that can deliver mass savings and improve customer service. But what does the future hold in store for law firms and where will further financial and productivity gains come from?The main battle has been won; client server, open system computing is widely accepted and installed throughout the profession; killing off proprietary systems, that held so many to ransom, has been a major breakthrough. ...

  • Property

    6-Jun-1995

    Nabarro Nathanson acted for property group Clarke Nickolls & Coombs in its renewing of a letting agreement with the Department of the Environment for 52,780 sq ft in several buildings in Washington, Tyne & Wear. Combined rents total £335,000 pa, an increase of £85,000.

  • Property lawyers furious over 'silly little children' treatment

    6-Jun-1995

    A BITTER row has broken out over new guidelines for conveyancing firms after property solicitors accused the Law Society of treating them like "silly little children". The Solicitors' Property Group says the society imposed its new conveyancing code of practice on them.They claim that they were offered just two weeks to produce a considered response to a document which covers nearly 50 points.SPG chair Gerald Funnell complains that the guidelines ...

  • Public sector fills top Scottish post

    6-Jun-1995

    Cyril DixonA PUBLIC sector lawyer has been elected to the top job at the Law Society of Scotland for the first time since it was formed nearly half a century ago.Alan Boyd, legal adviser to Irvine Development Corporation, on the West Coast, took over as president from Kenneth Ross at the end of last month.Boyd, last year's vice-president, has been with Irvine for 11 years, and currently heads a team of seven lawyers ...

  • Putting your message across

    6-Jun-1995

    These days it is common to see people quoting email addresses in correspondence and on business cards. In recent years the use of public email services has become widespread, through such services as the Internet or Compuserve which provide individuals with their own personal email service accessible by millions of people throughout the world. Most lawyers have access to their own in-house email system, but typically these do not allow you to communicate directly with clients. ...

  • Road crash deaths stun London chambers

    6-Jun-1995

    BARRISTERS and solicitors in London have been shaken by the sudden deaths of a clerk and a legal secretary who were killed in a horrific road crash over the recent bank holiday weekend.The 3 Gray's Inn Square chambers of Rock Tansey QC, has paid tribute to Vicki Raynham, the driver of a Metro which crashed at Eltham on 28 May. The crash also killed six teenagers including former barristers' clerk Miriam Tickner, who had recently left 1 Gray's Inn ...

  • Scots look at high-tech sentencing

    6-Jun-1995

    JUDGES are being offered computer-aided sentencing in a high-tech project to boost consistency in the courts.Academics from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, have designed a program to guide the judge towards the 'right' sentence. The package allows the computer operator to review sentences given to defendants for similar offences to that being heard. Designers believe it could reduce discrepancies in sentencing.Cyrus Tata, research officer at ...

  • Surrey lawyer in airport fight

    6-Jun-1995

    Cyril DixonTHE LEGAL battle against plans for a new £900 million terminal at Heathrow Airport is spearheaded by a lawyer from Surrey County Council.Surrey's principal solicitor Joanna Mortimer is co-ordinating the legal team for 10 local authorities opposing the terminal five proposals.The hearing, at the Ramada Hotel on the Heathrow complex, is expected to last two years.Mortimer is pulling together evidence from ...

  • Taking control of spending

    6-Jun-1995

    After property, a computer system continues to be the single biggest purchase that a law firm makes. Careful appraisal and financial planning are vital when making IT purchases in order to check whether the product is suitable, feasible and acceptable.SuitabilityDoes the proposed purchase fit in with the firm's business strategy? If the strategy is to streamline fee earner work by exploiting computer systems, using technology is essential. But if the firm's ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Pru Willday

    6-Jun-1995

    Pru Willday is assistant solicitor for Truro firm Bray & Dilks. She was born in Colchester in 1953. She recently master-minded the rare litigation on behalf of a 32-year old rape victim Linda Griffiths, resulting in a £50,000 damages award.What was your first job?Teacher of A-level politics.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£14,000 per annum.What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer?Continued ...

  • UK set to get Russian staff

    6-Jun-1995

    THE LAW Society has drawn up a shortlist of 40 Russian lawyers to vie for positions on its £250,000 UK-based placement programme.Funded by the European Commission's Technical Assistance programme to the Commonwealth of Independent States (TACIS), the project deal was struck by the commission and the Brussels office of the Law Societies of England and Wales and Scotland last December.The funding is being used to bring 20 lawyers to the UK to work in ...

  • Unanswered questions

    6-Jun-1995

    The Independent Financial Advisers Association and mutual insurance broker LIBM applied for a judicial review of last years' October statement by the Securities and Investments Board (SIB) on its review of pensions selling. DJ Freeman acted on behalf of the IFAA and LIBM and judgment was given on 12 May after a six-day hearing.There are some important aspects of the judgment which have not been fully highlighted.Excess of powerThe first ground ...

  • US firms differ on merger talks

    6-Jun-1995

    THE TWO major US firms believed to be involved in merger talks have issued conflicting statements about the future of the deal.Coudert Brothers and New York's Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon have for some time been rumoured to be discussing the possibility of linking up.However, while Coudert partners have received a memorandum from the chair of their executive committee, Tony Williams, saying the talks have ended, Mudge Rose maintains the door remains ...

  • Who's doing what

    6-Jun-1995

    The main objective for investing in computer systems, whether for office or home use, is that they are meant to carry out a task more quickly, more easily and more accurately. This means that they leave more time for doing the things you want or need to do either at home or in the office. However, use of computers must be appropriate - there is no point typing out a note for the milkman, printing it and then leaving it on the doorstep when "two ...

  • Without method IT's madness

    6-Jun-1995

    Often firms waste money on systems not suited to their needs and, more importantly, which do not help the practice run more efficiently or profitably. The return on capital invested in these cases is likely to be minimal. In the smaller firm this is particularly critical. They may not have a managing partner, are unlikely to have an IT manager and may not even have a partner responsible for IT or anyone IT literate. If a partner is charged with this task where ...

  • Zaiwalla in divorce fees row

    6-Jun-1995

    ZAIWALLA & Company senior partner Sarosh Zaiwalla is being sued by City firm Frere Cholmeley Bischoff over claims he owes more than £11,000 in fees for work on his divorce proceedings.But Zaiwalla says he intends to defend the action by claiming Freres ran up a "huge" bill of more than £21,000 for work which he did not authorise.Freres has issued a High Court writ claiming £11,137 in unpaid fees it claims are connected with divorce and ancillary ...