5 October 1998

The Lawyer

  • 'Misled' by the Law Society

    11-Oct-1998

    The Milton Keynes and District Law Society responded to the solicitors' indemnity consultation questionnaire having digested all the information then available.The thrust of the Law Society's representation to local societies and members was that a mutual fund was not only cost-effective but had the overwhelming support of members.While we in Milton Keynes had serious reservations, particularly about the effect proposals would have on small firms ...

  • Andersen Legal poaches three partners in Sydney

    11-Oct-1998

    Arthur Andersen's Australian law firm Andersen Legal has poached three leading partners from other top firms in Sydney, sparking fears of a major shake-up in Australia's legal market.Stephen Hibbert joins from Allen Allen & Hemsley, Tony Latimer from Ebsworth & Ebsworth, and Hean-Lay Gan from Freehill Hollingdale & Page.One source said there were "lots of lawyers in Australia's top 20 firms looking around, particularly at the accountants" because ...

  • Anticipated CLS proposals receive muted response

    11-Oct-1998

    Lord Irvine's long-awaited proposals for a Community Legal Service (CLS) have won only cautious approval from advice groups, who say they lack detail and any concrete funding commitment.The proposals, outlined in The Lawyer last week, are for a network of legal services that will operate under a standard "kite mark" and be supported by "co-ordinated funding".They were officially outlined by the Lord Chancellor in a speech to Holborn Law Society last Monday.

  • Apil continues fight for liability register

    11-Oct-1998

    The Government has rejected calls by personal injury lawyers to introduce a national employer's liability register to help solicitors find the insurers of clients who have developed industrial illnesses.Instead, the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) has yielded to the insurance lobby by deciding that a new insurance industry code of practice is the best way forward.Personal injury lawyers have constant problems trying to locate ...

  • Attila the Welshman

    11-Oct-1998

    Robert Sutton is stepping into the shoes of Macfarlanes' legendary senior partner, Vanni Treves, determined to be his own man. Linda Tsang reports.When asked how he found time to be chairman of the London Business School, chairman of Channel Four and personal adviser to John Paul Getty II, the outgoing senior partner at City firm Macfarlanes, Vanni Treves said: "It's all down ...

  • Blue chips gunning for legal panels

    11-Oct-1998

    BP's decision to slash the number of law firms it uses is just the latest example of a rationalisation trend, says Mike Yuille. City pages edited by Richard Tyler.Petrochemicals giant BP is the latest blue-chip company to join the "panel beaters" club after revealing to The Lawyer last week that it plans to reduce its global panel of law firms from 120 to 12.The company wants to slash its #40m-plus legal bill following its #67.5bn merger with US oil company ...

  • Boat fall victim awaits Lords

    11-Oct-1998

    The House of Lords is considering whether to allow the appeal of Justin Jolley against the London Borough of Sutton over an accident in which a boat fell on him. Jolley suffered severe spinal injuries while carrying out restoration on an abandoned boat owned by Sutton. He is now confined to a wheelchair. The council does not dispute negligence but says the accident was not foreseeable. The High Court found for Jolley in May 1997 but the decision was reversed by the Court of Appeal in ...

  • Book of the week

    11-Oct-1998

    Delivering on the promise. How to attract, manage and retain human capital by Brian Friedman, James Hatch, David Walker.You just know this book would have to be written by accountants from Arthur Andersen. Human capital is what lawyers stupidly refer to as staff or people.

  • Breaking up is not so bad

    11-Oct-1998

    Philip Hoult looks at the continuing trend of law firm demergers and says they can offer a viable escape route for divided firms.Last week Vizards, a profitable 29-partner firm with a history stretching back more than 200 years, became the sixth small to medium-sized practice to split up in the past three months.On 1 May 1999, it will follow Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, Stones Porter, Slater Heelis, Forsyte Saunders Kerman, and ...

  • Casely-Hayford relishes legendary role

    11-Oct-1998

    Partner Margaret Casely-Hayford at Denton Hall is leading the team advising Bristol developer Legend Court on a #500m technological theme park planned for Magor, near Newport, South Wales.The theme park will be the second largest in Europe, behind Euro Disney, and the largest in the UK.The theme park is to be based on legends and time, from King Arthur through to the UK's first space camp. It is being built with the approval of the National Aeronautics and ...

  • City 'nonsense' over PFI claims

    11-Oct-1998

    What a lot of self-interested nonsense from City PFI chieftains (The Lawyer, 3 November). Provincial firms and small practices are perfectly capable of handling PFI work competently.Like all legal services it is "horses for courses". Large City firms are better equipped to deal with major DBFO transport projects - but it is not economical to use them for #10-20m accommodation projects.Provincial and niche practices, such as my own, offer ...

  • Clifford Chance leads final bid to rescue Russian debts

    11-Oct-1998

    Clifford Chance lawyers will make a final attempt this week to strike a deal for Western banks with the Russian central bank on how businesses and institutions there will repay billions of dollars in defaulted domestic debt.The lawyers have until 17 November, when the 90-day debt moratorium imposed by the Russian government expires. If no deal is made, a raft of litigation is expected.

  • Clifford Chance lures Brussels partner from Rowe & Maw

    11-Oct-1998

    Rowe & Maw has lost its battle to keep Brussels-based competition partner Simon Baxter, who has quit to join Clifford Chance.Baxter was one of four Rowe & Maw corporate partners planning to join Clifford Chance but, in September, The Lawyer reported that three others in London - Paul Maher, Andrew Copley and Peter Dickinson - had decided to stay.Rowe & Maw is known to have ...

  • Clyde & Co goes global

    11-Oct-1998

    INTERNATIONAL firm Clyde & Co has developed a world-wide know-how system with the help of IBM to give its lawyers access to the firm's files via the Internet.The system - an intranet based on an IBM server and containing an extensive database - has been up and running in Clyde & Co's London and Guildford offices since last month and is due to go live in the firm's Hong Kong ...

  • Counting the cost of negligence

    11-Oct-1998

    Medical negligence victims can now expect record payments. But, Anne McGrath asks, will lawyers face a backlash and can more sensible settlements be established?Last month's record pay out of over #3m to cerebral palsy sufferer Sam Mansell signals a new era in personal injury law.Mansell, a young boy who developed cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence, was the first beneficiary of the July House of Lords decision in Wells v Wells, which established ...

  • Denton Hall appointed to review Net porn watchdog

    11-Oct-1998

    THE Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) and the Home Office have jointly appointed City firm Denton Hall and Big Five accountants KPMG to review independently the effectiveness of pornography watchdog the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).Denton Hall and KPMG jointly set up a web site last month that allows the public to express its opinion on the IWF and on the regulation of illegal and obscene material, particularly concerning child pornography.Visitors ...

  • Derry's community care

    11-Oct-1998

    In the last two years the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, has done the dance of the seven veils with his talk of a Community Legal Service (CLS) - promising much but revealing little. But during his speech at BPP Law School last week he finally unveiled a legal nirvana, where the poorest of the poor will be represented by hard-working advice organisations determined to fight the good fight.It sounds wonderful. But the devil is in the detail Derry.Advice ...

  • Dundas & Wilson poaches rival firms' leading partners

    11-Oct-1998

    Dundas & Wilson's biggest hiring exercise since its tie-up with Arthur Andersen last year has netted it two leading partners from rival firms.Commercial property partner Iain Doran joins Dundas' Glasgow office from Miller Samuel, while licensing partner John Loudon has taken his team of three assistants from Ma

  • Eversheds eyes Veale Wasbrough for merger

    11-Oct-1998

    Eversheds is understood to be in merger talks with 29-partner Bristol firm Veale Wasbrough.If the merger goes ahead it will be a significant boost to Eversheds' as yet unfulfilled ambitions to rival the leading Bristol firms, such as Osborne Clarke, Bevan Ashford and

  • Financings

    11-Oct-1998

    Trevor Borthwick of Allen & Overy led the team which advised ABN Amro Bank as arranger of a Euro 350m multi-currency revolving credit facility made to ICC Investment Bank and guaranteed by its parent company ICC Bank. Irish firm William Fry also advised ABN Amro and ICC was advised by its own in-house counsel.

  • Financings

    11-Oct-1998

    Barbara Stephenson of Norton Rose led the team which advised Rea Brothers in relation to the #6.1m rights issue by Bloomsbury Publishing to raise #6.1m. Bloomsbury was advised by a team led by Michael Steinfeld from Titmuss Sainer Dechert.

  • Financings

    11-Oct-1998

    Bill Noad of Simmons & Simmons led the team which advised German fund Despa on a #140m forward funding package with Helical Bar on its Chiswell Street office development

  • Firms win work at Monte Carlo '98

    11-Oct-1998

    Beachcroft Stanleys is one of a number of law firms to win new work after attending Legal Monte Carlo '98 last week. The leading insurance firm was appointed to healthcare provider Bupa's panel after a one to one meeting at the conference.Beachcrofts senior partner, Lord Hunt of Wirral, said he was pleased with the appointment. "The conference was a marvellous opportunity to find out from in-house lawyers exactly what they are looking for from their external law ...

  • Government plans can allow true access to justice for all

    11-Oct-1998

    Vicki Chapman says that the government plans for a community legal service must be carried out - by refocussing legal aid funding.The idea of a community legal service first surfaced in Labour's 1995 Access to Justice document.This survived into a manifesto commitment, with the emphasis on regional plans and partnership between private practice and the voluntary sector. While the detail is still being worked on, a broad outline of the Government's ...

  • Government to force MDPs on Law Society

    11-Oct-1998

    The Government will impose multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) on the legal profession if the Law Society refuses to allow them.A senior government source has told The Lawyer that it is preparing to follow up a threat made in opposition three years ago to refer the legal profession to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission if the society refuses to budge on the issue.Senior legal observers say that the Government's renewed enthusiasm for MDPs has been ...

  • Greene honoured

    11-Oct-1998

    LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae partner and former chairman Donald Greene has been appointed an Honorary Commander of the British Empire. Greene was principal US legal consultant at Lloyds for 20 years and advised on the construction and renewal programme that led to the creation of Equitas.

  • High street heartache

    11-Oct-1998

    With traditional work drying up, Alison Laferla reports that small firms are set to suffer.Perhaps more than any other area of the profession, high street practitioners are praying that a recession does not hit.High street practices tend to earn the bulk of their income from legal aid work and residential conveyancing. Many fear that while government cutbacks and the introduction of block contracting will badly affect the former, the latter is likely to be badly ...

  • Hildebrandt warns clients of slump in growth in 1999

    11-Oct-1998

    US legal consultancy Hildebrandt has warned its 5,000 clients to expect a fall in growth in the coming year due to fluctuating international and US markets and a slowdown in the US economy.The firm sent out a "client advisory" bulletin last week, saying it had reduced its estimate for net income growth for well-managed firms from between 10 and 11 per cent to between 5 and 8 per cent.The bulletin adds that M&A lawyers report transactions being postponed or cancelled ...

  • If your face does not fit, forget it

    11-Oct-1998

    I read with interest your special student issue (The Lawyer, 20 October). It appears that employers place an extraordinarily high emphasis on academic achievement. Furthermore, one human resources manager referred to the importance of team spirit and the need for your "face to fit in".These two areas are of great concern because of equal opportunities. Many extremely hard working trainees tend to come from new universities, and they are often the ...

  • In brief: Bahl proposes draft anti-discrimination Act

    11-Oct-1998

    Law Society deputy vice-president and Equal Opportunities Commission chair Kamlesh Bahl has unveiled a draft Sex Equality Act. One proposal is for employers to monitor the pay and gender of their workforce.

  • In brief: Bevan moves split Welsh NHS in-house team

    11-Oct-1998

    The National Health Service's (NHS) in-house team in Wales has lost five of its 14 lawyers to Bevan Ashford. Chris Mayers joins as a partner, Mark Trillo and Jon Thompkinson as associates, and Andrea Thomas and Richard Thomas as assistants. Bevan Ashford said the five had approached the firm because they wanted to develop their careers in Wales "from a company with a solid NHS client base".

  • In brief: CPS found guilty of sex discrimination

    11-Oct-1998

    The Employment Tribunal ruled last week that senior crown prosecutor Neeta Amin, represented by Russsell Jones & Walker, was racially and sexually discriminated against by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). It criticised the inadequacies of the CPS' equal opportunities policies and procedures. The tribunal is hearing a second discrimination case brought by CPS prosecutor Maria Bamieh.

  • In brief: Firms invited to LAB's youth courts pilot

    11-Oct-1998

    Firms taking part in the criminal law block contracting pilot were invited last week to take part in the Legal Aid Board's youth courts pilot, aimed at raising standards in the youth courts.

  • IN brief: Freshfields and Deringers confirm Austrian link

    11-Oct-1998

    Freshfields and Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund has announced an association with leading Austrian law firm Wolf Theiss & Partners, as predicted by The Lawyer in June. Deringer's senior partner, Joachim Sedemund, said the association meant the firms could provide an "integrated service across all the major German-speaking markets".

  • In brief: Government house sale changes welcomed

    11-Oct-1998

    The Law Society has welcomed a government proposal that sellers, not buyers, pay for structural surveys and legal expenses, as part of its crackdown on gazumping.

  • In brief: Irvine advised to extend rights of audience

    11-Oct-1998

    The Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct has advised the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to extend rights of audience to patent agents in intellectual property cases, including appeals from the High Court.

  • In brief: Kohler urges eastern/central European reform

    11-Oct-1998

    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) president Horst Kohler has urged central and eastern Europe to speed up legal reform and demonstrate commitment to the rule of law, in the EBRD's journal, Law in Transition.

  • In brief: Southern niche practices seal merger

    11-Oct-1998

    Two niche practices run by ex-City solicitors have merged. Guildford property firm HD Ferguson & Co, formed by ex-Richards Butler solicitor Hamish Ferguson, has merged with commercial firm Gordons, formed by lawyers from Linklaters and Baker & McKenzie. The new five-partner firm, Gordons, will practise from ...

  • In brief: Taylor Vinters names new managing director

    11-Oct-1998

    East Anglian firm Taylor Vinters appointed Christine Berry as managing partner last week. She said it was a "prime time to take up the reins" at the 22-partner firm, which has strengthened its intellectual property, commercial litigation and company commercial work in the past year.

  • In brief: Veale Wasbrough change

    11-Oct-1998

    Bristol firm Veale Wasbrough has promoted its head of litigation, Simon Pizzey (right), to managing partner. He succeeds Derek Bellew, who becomes chairman of the 22-partner firm.

  • Injustice done to small firms

    11-Oct-1998

    I was very interested to read your report (The Lawyer, 3 November) about the Government's bid to stem the PFI gold rush frenzy.I was even more surprised by Denton Hall's comment about the unacceptably low quality of service from some smaller firms.Categorising smaller or bigger firms on quality of service does not add to the debate on streamlining PFI. From our experience - we have completed six deals and are involved in many more - quality of ...

  • It has been a bad week for:

    11-Oct-1998

    Law student and convicted killer Louise Woodward, who was warned by lawyers acting for the parents of baby Matthew Eappen that she would be "chased around the world for 20 years" if she tried to write a book on the sensational case.The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, who was ordered to give evidence at an industrial tribunal in Croydon next March over claims by lawyers Jane Coker and Martha Osamor that he discriminated against them in appointing ...

  • It has been a good week for:

    11-Oct-1998

    City firm Theodore Goddard, which got the first bit of positive press in the tabloids for lawyers since the Pope was a goalkeeper. It forced high street retailer Next to pay #70,000 to a "struggling potter" who claimed the store had ripped off his vase design.Solicitor John Davies, who has persuaded more than 20 passengers to sign up for an action against First Choice Holidays after their Airbus plane shot off the runway due to brake ...

  • Joint Anglo-German legal initiative launches on web

    11-Oct-1998

    TWO WEB sites have been launched as part of a joint Anglo-German initiative to increase UK lawyers' access to information on German law.The sites were officially launched on 4 November by German ambassador Gebhardt von Moltke at Gray's Inn.One of the sites is an archive of German law in English while the other provides links to information on German law and institutions.The archive (http://units. ox.ac.uk/departments/eurocomplaw/gla/) - ...

  • Keeping out of the red (tape)

    11-Oct-1998

    Sally Eaglesfield believes managing a small practice is a matter of avoiding bureaucracy and finding practical solutions. Sally Eaglesfield is an associate at Delano Williams in Godalming, Surrey.In a small firm, practice management and survival are one and the same thing. The two firms with which I am associated are surely not the only ones who occasionally feel in danger of being crushed under a mountain of red tape.There is an endless string of rules: solicitors' ...

  • Last hope of the condemned

    11-Oct-1998

    Stephen Jakobi

  • Law Soc hosts crisis meeting over ethnic minority legal aid

    11-Oct-1998

    Ethnic minority solicitors will call on the Government this week to change its legal aid reform timetable or risk depriving black and Asian communities in the UK of legal representation.The call will be made at a crisis meeting of more than 100 ethnic minority solicitors at Law Society headquarters.The meeting was organised by Maria Fernandes, the Law Society council member for ethnic minority solicitors. It is taking place on Monday against a background of increasing ...

  • Lawyers at play

    11-Oct-1998

    Giving the working time directive a whole new meaning, Raymond Donn from Donns solicitors gives paralegals Alison Sherlock, Michelle O'Callagahan and Adele Thompson a beautiful clock for a decade of hard slog.The alarm goes off when they work 48 hours in a week.

  • Local society changes tack to round on SIF

    11-Oct-1998

    A local law society that initially backed the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has now blasted Chancery Lane for "fundamentally misleading" the profession.Milton Keynes and District Law Society was one of 19 law societies that called for the retention of SIF during the consultation on the future of solicitors' professional indemnity insurance in the summer.But in a letter to The Lawyer this week, the Milton Keynes society's president, Kristine Pratt, ...

  • Manchester set leads way on Woolf

    11-Oct-1998

    MANCHESTER IP chambers Lancaster Buildings has stolen a march on its rivals by producing a guide to the new court rules that will underpin the Woolf reforms.The 38-page guide, which is being sent to all the chambers' clients and major law firms in the Manchester region, has been written by head of chambers John Lambert.He has drawn together the various draft rules and practice directions published by the Lord Chancellor's Department in a bid ...

  • MDPs hold out hope for high street firms

    11-Oct-1998

    The High Street has taken a battering in the past decade and the latest downturn in the economy will sound the last post for many small firms. Furthermore the Government has made it clear it does not want "jack of all trade" solicitors.Behind the legal reforms is a drive for greater specialisation and accountability. Many small firms will not meet these requirements but that does not mean they are staffed by inadequates who should be cast out into the legal wilderness.

  • Media mistaken over hearing award

    11-Oct-1998

    Lawyers for ex-policewoman Laura Dyer say the hearing damage she suffered was not a 'risk of the job'. Roger Pearson reports.The AWARD of #175,000 made to the former undercover detective who sued the Metropolitan Police over her damaged hearing has been widely misunderstood by the media, according to her lawyers.The High Court awarded the money to 48-year-old Laura Dyer of Bishop's Stortford after she claimed the use of covert surveillance ...

  • Mills & Reeve swallows up beleaguered Lewington Partnership

    11-Oct-1998

    Troubled niche healthcare firm The Lewington Partnership has been taken over by East Anglian firm Mills & Reeve.The move comes just seven months after The Lewington Partnership's exclusion from the National Health Service Litigation Authority's (NHSLA) panel of law firms handling medical negligence claims.The merger will safeguard jobs at The Lewington Partnership's ...

  • Morris to hire 50 civil junior counsel

    11-Oct-1998

    Attorney General John Morris QC is advertising 50 new government civil counsel posts for the junior Bar in what he claims is a new era of "opportunity and transparency" for government appointments.Morris, fighting a sex discrimination claim over the appointment of government civil counsel, is recruiting counsel and solicitor-advocates of between two and five years' experience to a new panel of civil counsel.The C panel of counsel has been added to two panels ...

  • Neil White on how far the Reynolds case bolsters free speech

    11-Oct-1998

    Neil White is litigation partner at Taylor Joynson Garrett.The Court of Appeal decision in Reynolds v Times Newspapers and Ors has been hailed as a breakthrough for free speech - but is it really quite such an advance?Reynolds, former Irish Taoiseach, said The Times had accused him of lying to parliament and sued for libel. The Times relied on the defence of qualified privilege.This protects untrue statements published by those with a legal ...

  • Next week's news

    11-Oct-1998

    The Legal Action Group's one-day conference - Legal aid contracting lessons from North America - will offer an interesting lesson on how the Government's theories work in practice.

  • Practising abroad

    11-Oct-1998

    Members of 42 Bars worldwide meet in Paris this week to discuss ways to make it easier for lawyers to practise abroad. The meeting has been organised by the American Bar Association, the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Community, and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

  • Quickening the pace of justice

    11-Oct-1998

    Danny McNamee's Appeal Court hearing this week is the latest triumph for the Criminal Cases Review Commission. By The Lawyer reporters.At 10am on Thursday morning, an Irish man named Gilbert "Danny" McNamee will walk into court six of London's Royal Courts of Justice.His Court of Appeal hearing against a 1987 conviction for conspiracy to cause explosions - including the 1982 IRA bombing in Hyde Park - is expected to last two weeks. But, at the end of ...

  • Quote of the week

    11-Oct-1998

    "My council is now unanimously of the view that we were fundamentally misled by the representations made by, or on behalf of, the Law Society."- Extract of a letter by Milton Keynes Law Society president Kristine Pratt published in The Lawyer this week (see page 16). In an editing technique much favoured by Pravda during the Cold War, this paragraph strangely disappeared when the letter was printed in The Law Society Gazette.

  • Recession:let's twist again

    11-Oct-1998

    With a UK recession likely to follow hard on the heels of financial turmoil in Russia and the Far East, Alison Laferla says lawyers must remember the harsh lessons of the early 1990s. Andrew Tylee is a partner at Sterling Associates.The word recession might get insolvency solicitors rubbing their hands together in anticipation, but for many lawyers it has less pleasing ramifications: redundancies, voluntary arrangements, low profits and few jobs.There have been ...

  • Safeway sued over stray grape

    11-Oct-1998

    A stray grape on a supermarket floor will dominate a pending High Court damages action. Safeway Stores is being sued by Esla Cathline of Highbury, London, who says she was injured while shopping at the Safeway store on Holloway Road in October 1995, after slipping on the grape. Cathline is represented by Tottenham's Purcell Brown & Co.

  • SCL builds site for cash-strapped SPBG

    11-Oct-1998

    THE SOCIETY for Computers and Law (SCL) has come to the aid of the Solicitors' Pro Bono Group (SPBG) by building it a web site .The site, launched at the SPBG's first anniversary celebrations last month, would have cost the SPBG around #10,000 to set up and maintain.The SCL came to the SPBG's aid after one of its members, IT consultant John Irving, struck up a conversation with SPBG director Peta Sweet during The Lawyer/ ...

  • Special needs case set for Lords appeal

    11-Oct-1998

    Roger Pearson on how the right to send special needs children to the school of their choice is being challenged by Harrow Council.The right of parents of children with special educational needs to specify where they want their children schooled will be probed in a major test case now heading for the House of Lords.Harrow Borough Council has won leave from the Law Lords to challenge a signpost ruling made by the Court of Appeal in March this year. The ruling centred ...

  • Spotlight: Genealogy:Making the most of gene genius

    11-Oct-1998

    Tracking down lost beneficiaries may seem like the ideal task for a trainee, but employing experts makes financial sense for a firm, says Linda Tsang.Unsurprisingly, now is a busy time to be a solicitor winding up an estate. As one genealogist comments, many beneficiaries who have been told that they may be entitled to a share in an estate are hoping that the estate will be paid out in time for Christmas.Whether the beneficiaries traced are the only two remaining ...

  • Strasbourg reopens

    11-Oct-1998

    The remodelled European Court of Human Rights opened in Strasbourg last week. The court, staffed by 40 judges, combines the old commission and human rights court. The commission filtered alleged breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights by deciding if they were admissible. This will now be done by a judge rapporteur, who will refer doubtful cases to a special judicial committee and the rest straight to the court.

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Hardeep Singh Nahal

    11-Oct-1998

    What was your first job?Sales assistant at a Conran Shop.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?Around #18,000.What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?Cricket commentator.What was your most satisfying professional moment?Qualifying as a solicitor advocate earlier this year.What was your most embarrassing professional ...

  • Time to fully arm a single regulator

    11-Oct-1998

    John Stapleton says in the age of 'one-stop shops' it is time for a single regulator to govern the conduct of all professions.Despite the indifference with which many lawyers will greet yet another Law Society consultation paper, the society's latest effort - this time on multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) - deserves to be taken very seriously.At the centre of the MDP consultation lies a vital debate about public interest and consumer protection ...

  • Travers Smith Braithwaite to shut Isle of Man office

    11-Oct-1998

    Travers Smith Braithwaite is closing its Isle of Man office by next January after admitting the 11-year experiment has been rendered redundant.The office opened in 1987 to service the City-oriented needs of six clients based on the island. But in recent years, it has been focusing more on practising Isle of Man law.The closure means no City firm is represented there.

  • Truth Commission slates South African legal establishment

    11-Oct-1998

    South Africa's entire legal establishment, particularly its senior judiciary and magistrates, has been fiercely criticised by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report .More than 100 senior judges - most of them appointed under the apartheid government - and hundreds of magistrates were singled out for their "lamentable" and "extremely disappointing" decision not to appear in person before the commission, which sat for three years under Archbishop Desmond ...

  • Unfair support for BVC failures

    11-Oct-1998

    The article "Cash crisis and poor prospects for young Bar" (The Lawyer, October 20) usefully highlighted the problems faced by students wishing to be called to the Bar.Peter Goldsmith QC's recommendation for pupillage to be secured before the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) is useful, but it should be remembered that the BVC has a reasonably high failure rate.Of greater concern is that students who fail the BVC are permitted to continue in ...

  • Why going global will not change the world

    11-Oct-1998

    Philip Hoult asks whether the latest trend in the legal profession - globalisation - is such an essential tactic for growth and survival.BUZZ words come and go in the legal profession. "Globalisation" is the current fad. The dreaded "g" word dominated the International Bar Association's recent conference in Vancouver when it was declared as inevitable. And it cropped up again at The Lawyer's conference Legal Monte Carlo '98.But this time, the issue ...

  • Year 2000 Bills ran out of time

    11-Oct-1998

    You recently published an article by Hammond Suddards referring to Y2k legislation (The Lawyer, 20 October).I think the article gave the impression that the two Bills introduced by David Atkinson MP might become law, perhaps early next year.That is not the case. Both Bills ran out of time. Although a third Bill on Y2k has now been introduced, it too is unlikely to be given time in Parliament and it is highly unlikely that it will be passed onto ...