6 July 1998

The Lawyer

  • A&O focuses on "staying ahead'

    7-Jul-1998

    ALLEN & Overy has appointed a new IT director and a partner in charge of knowledge management in the second major shake-up of its back office in less than six months.Under the changes - which bring to a speedy close an experiment to job-share the firm's IT director post - Nick Taylor-Delahoy, IT manager at management consultants McKinsey & Co, will join the firm in July as head of IT, while existing banking department head Philip Wood will take charge ...

  • Accommodating two systems

    7-Jul-1998

    Much of the Basic Law of the new Hong Kong was written on the hoof. Edward Hardcastle says a lot remains to be done. Edward Hardcastle is an executive at intellectual property specialists Rouse & Co International.From 1 July 1997, the main constitutional document in Hong Kong became the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). The Basic Law was adopted by the National Peoples Congress on 4 April 1990. The HKSAR ...

  • Addleshaws loses head of corporate

    7-Jul-1998

    ADDLESHAW Booth & Co's highly rated corporate finance team has lost department head Andrew Needham, who is setting up his own firm.Needham - widely seen as a leading corporate finance lawyer in the North West - is co-founding DataGroup, an IT services group.DataGroup plans, with backing from Schroder Ventures, to become a £150m company within three years by making a series of company acquisitions in the IT sector.Needham, an Addleshaws ...

  • Aviation ace wings his way to BA

    7-Jul-1998

    BRITISH AIRWAYS has pulled off a coup by poaching leading aviation barrister Robert Webb QC from premier aviation law chambers 5 Bell Yard.The high-profile Webb appeared on the opposite side to BA in the bid by Easyjet to scupper the launch of Go, BA's low-cost airline, and in Virgin's dirty tricks action.Webb has been head of chambers at 5 Bell Yard for the last 10 years and is the second of the chambers' three silks to have left this year, after ...

  • BAe checks in to pro bono

    7-Jul-1998

    British Aerospace's legal department has become the first in-house team to sign up to the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG), a move the group hopes will herald a major increase in pro bono work done by in-house lawyers in the UK.BAe deputy legal director Terence Black said he will invite his outside legal advisers to join a US-style "partnering" scheme. In-house teams in the US often link up with external firms to work together on pro bono projects.Black ...

  • Brown to Nicholsons

    7-Jul-1998

    David Brown, former legal director of radioactive waste disposal company Nirex, has joined the planning and environment unit of Nicholson Graham & Jones. Unit head John Garbut said Brown "has a unique combination of experience in local government, private practice and industry, as well as singular experience in dealing with major and highly controversial development proposals".

  • Caroline Cummins on a new statutory right to adjudicate

    7-Jul-1998

    Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 came into force on 1 May this year. The Act is of importance to the construction industry and to construction lawyers, as it introduces a statutory right to adjudication in construction contracts entered into after 1 May 1998."Construction contracts" are widely defined - most activities normally associated with the construction process are included, but there are grey areas. There ...

  • Chinese govt opens Beijing IP training centre

    7-Jul-1998

    The Chinese government has set up an Intellectual Property Training Centre in Beijing in a sign, says the UK patent office, of growing commitment to protecting intellectual property (IP) rights.Geoff Sargant, assistant marketing director at the Patent Office who recently returned from a lecture visit in Beijing, described the office as "hugely impressive"."The Chinese are becoming more aware of IP, partly because their own companies are beginning to generate ...

  • Clerks' knees-up

    7-Jul-1998

    This is a big week in the Bar's social calendar. On Wednesday the Institute of Barristers' Clerks holds its annual knees-up at the Institute of Directors. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, the Solicitor General, Lord Falconer, the Attorney General, John Morris QC, and Bar Council chairman Heather Hallett QC will all be there, fresh from Monday's Bar Council garden party at the Inner Temple.

  • Dead end to the conveyancing high street

    7-Jul-1998

    Too little, too late could be the epitaph on the solicitors' conveyancing gravestone as big firms muscle in on the act, reports Shaun PyeHambro Countrywide Estate Agents has not set up a volume conveyancing centre in Bournemouth. But the town's high street firms should not rest easy. One month ago Hambros told its local agents to refer conveyancing work to its centre in Cardiff. In the first four days it is believed 30 sales were referred.Three weeks ...

  • Differences force Belgians and Swiss to leave Punder Group

    7-Jul-1998

    Five-firm pan-European federation the Punder Group has lost its Belgian and Swiss members after a "strategic review" revealed differences of opinion over the speed at which the group should integrate.Belgian top five Coppens Van Ommeslaghe & Faures, based in Brussels, wanted rapid progress towards integration while Zurich-based 11-lawyer Stoffel & Partner wanted to concentrate on servicing its US clients.The remaining German, Austrian and French firms - Frankfurt-based ...

  • Divorcing business partners' rights

    7-Jul-1998

    Roger Pearson examines the rights of divorcing wives in both the business and marriage partnerships with their husbands.A recent Court of Appeal decision has widened possibilities for the claims of divorcing wives who have acted in a business partnership with their husbands.The decision of Lady Justice Butler-Sloss and Lords Justices Thorpe and Mantell in White v White upgrades the potential of ancillary relief claims for such wives.The court has ...

  • DJ Freeman enjoys bumper year of profits

    7-Jul-1998

    DJ Freeman's average profits per partner increased by a whacking 30 per cent in the last financial year to £210,000.The previous year saw turnover up only 11 per cent to £23.3m when partners took home on average only £158,000.DJ Freeman chief executive Jonathan Lewis said: "We are seeing the benefits of our focused market sector strategy and we have seen an improved performance in our four business areas of property, insurance, media and ...

  • Erase pension pains for divorcees

    7-Jul-1998

    Over the last 25 years the number of divorces has doubled and more people are building up personal pensions. These trends produce difficulties which we must resolve and I believe government proposals to improve the treatment of pensions in divorce settlements through pension sharing are a major step towards doing so.The Government's recently published draft legislation setting out Department of Social Security (DSS) proposals for pension sharing for divorced couples ...

  • Euro court says "non' to aid for Air France

    7-Jul-1998

    Hammond Suddards and Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are claiming victory for their airline clients in a European court battle with Air France, represented by Paris-based Gide Loyrette Nouel.Hammonds Suddards' client British Midland and Cleary Gottlieb's clients - a group of airlines including British Airways, KLM and SAS - claimed the European Commission failed to provide ...

  • Financing

    7-Jul-1998

    Project finance partner Stephen McGairl of Freshfields advised lenders including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the $348m financing of the first phase of the development of the hydrocarbon reserves around Sakhalin Island in the Russian Federation. The project company, The Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, was advised by partners Peter O'Driscoll and John Sheedy of Coudert Brothers. Berwin Leighton advised Sakhalin Marine and Sakhalin Storage ...

  • Fleck steers Stagecoach into Vitgin territory

    7-Jul-1998

    Competition lawyer Richard Fleck (right) led the team from Herbert Smith that had four days to carry out the due diligence and regulatory clearance work for Brian Souter's Stagecoach before its purchase of a 49 per cent stake in Virgin Rail.Souter's Stagecoach paid £158m in cash and shares to buy out the four venture capitalists in Branson's Rail Group - Texas Pacific, JP Morgan, Electra and Bankers Trust. The deal meant that Virgin Rail remained in ...

  • Flotation

    7-Jul-1998

    Greg Scott of Memery Crystal advised human resource consulting company AdVal on its admission to the Alternative Investment Market and the associated £1.55m placing.

  • Flying a new flag

    7-Jul-1998

    In the last 12 months, Hong Kong has been absorbed into China, the stock market has slumped and the region has slipped into recession. Linda Tsang analyses how the legal market is coping. Linda Tsang is a freelance journalist.With Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index crashing to half its value one year after the handover, lawyers in Hong Kong are seeing the volatility of the markets in the Far East, rather than any political upheaval, as the driving force in the legal marketplace.

  • HK judge slams Deacons' and CC's alarming fees

    7-Jul-1998

    A Hong Kong judge has attacked Clifford Chance, Deacons Graham & James and Price Waterhouse for the "alarming" fees they are charging creditors in the liquidation of investment bank Peregrine and for a relationship which she believes seems "too cosy".Clifford Chance billed HK$16.9m and Hong Kong firm Deacons billed HK$21.5m in the liquidation of Hong Kong-based Peregrine. The bill of ...

  • Improve complaints system or lose self-regulation, threatens Abraham

    7-Jul-1998

    THE LEGAL Services Ombudsman Ann Abraham has given the legal profession until the end of the year to get its complaints handling right.Launching her 1997 annual report, Abraham warned the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) and the Bar Council's new complaints system still had a "long way to go" before they could satisfy her that self-regulation could survive into the next century.In her report, she praised both the Law Society and the Bar Council ...

  • In brief: Bar Council vice-chair calls for change

    7-Jul-1998

    Bar Council vice-chairman Dan Brennan QC told a meeting of over 500 barristers on 27 June that changes at the Bar were essential in the face of the Government's plans to scrap legal aid for personal injury work and extend the use of conditional fees. Drawing on the recent report prepared by City solicitors Biddle, he suggested that barristers would have to enter into fee sharing agreements.

  • In brief: Franks Charlesly set to be dissolved

    7-Jul-1998

    Fourteen-partner firm Franks Charlesly is set to dissolve at the end of September. Last week key equity partner Philip Enoch arrived at Salans Hertzfeld Heilbronn, after announcing his intention to leave at the end of May. His decision prompted the firm's 82-year-old senior partner Jack Franks to announce the firm's dissolution within two months, but partners at the firm have agreed to postpone the dissolution until the end of September, barring unforseen circumstances.

  • In brief: James Chapman & Co beefs up its PI team

    7-Jul-1998

    Manchester firm James Chapman & Co has expanded its PI team with the appointment of Sue Drinkwater a senior assistant from Halliwell Landau, and three legal executives.

  • In brief: Law lecturer joins Beachcroft Stanleys

    7-Jul-1998

    Dr Christopher Forsyth has joined Beachcroft Stanleys as a consultant on public and administrative law. Forsyth has spent the last ten years lecturing in law at Cambridge.

  • In brief: Leamington Spa merger forms Miles Rollason

    7-Jul-1998

    Leamington Spa firm Peter Miles & Co has merged with Daventry's Peter Rollason and Partners. The new firm will be called Miles Rollason. Peter Miles and Peter Rollason are pictured right.

  • In brief: Linklaters completes Romanian benchmark

    7-Jul-1998

    Linklaters has pulled-off the first international equity offering from Romania. It has advised Global Securities, the global co-ordinator and sole bookrunner, on both the English and US law aspects of the Global Deposit Receipt offering by Banca Turco Romania SA.

  • In brief: Linklaters launches new healthcare group

    7-Jul-1998

    Linklaters has launched a new healthcare group to service clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical and hospital sectors. The firm recently advised SmithKline Beecham on its aborted merger negotiations.

  • In brief: Peruvian president to address UK lawyers

    7-Jul-1998

    Alberto Fujimori, President of Peru, will address UK lawyers on Thursday at a conference in London organised by Canning House, a non-political organisation to foster relations between Britain, Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

  • In brief: Senior partner arrested over drug suspicion

    7-Jul-1998

    Jane Hickman, senior partner of legal aid firm Hickman & Rose, was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of posssession with intent to supply drugs following an incident at Wandsworth prison. A police spokesman said "a very small amount of what appears to be cannabis" had been found in clothes she was taking to a prisoner. She was questioned at Tooting police station and bailed to reappear on 6 October.

  • In brief: Survey uncovers firms' desire to find suitors

    7-Jul-1998

    A third of law firms intend to merge in the next three years owing to a "hostile " environment, according to nationwide research carried out by London Business School (LBS). A survey of 170 firms of five partners or more by LBS Professor Tim Morris revealed that firms feared increasing competition from rival law firms and other professions.

  • In whose best interests?

    7-Jul-1998

    I was surprised to read, in Rosemary Sanwell-Smith's article "Advocating a working relationship" (The Lawyer, 23 June) that: "The best interests of the client are paramount."The first duties of any advocate are to the administration of justice and the court. Even though a barrister is not an officer of the court, he or she is bound by an overriding duty not to mislead it. It follows that the best interests of the client (which may ...

  • In-house lawyers look to the future

    7-Jul-1998

    A survey of in-house lawyers provides a stern request for firms to keep up with developments in IT, writes Ben KentIN-HOUSE legal departments are embracing new technology quickly - and they want law firms to be more innovative in their use of IT.That is the message from a survey of 300 legal decision makers in the UK's largest Plc and financial institutions, carried out by research consultancy CSS.The survey shows that in-house lawyers ...

  • Irvine urged to end court secrecy

    7-Jul-1998

    THE LAWYER has called on the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine to change the county court rules after a judge blocked an application to release a clerk's summons against three barristers claiming the case had "nothing to do with human rights".The Lawyer applied for access to the summons after The Mayor's City of London County Court blocked requests to see it. It gives details of a breach of contract action by Michael Price, senior clerk at Queen Elizabeth Building, ...

  • Is this the most dangerous barrister in Britain?

    7-Jul-1998

    Martin Chitty and Nick Hurley warn against the sacking of soccer hooligans. Martin Chitty is an employment partner in the human resources group of Wragge & Co.For a former member of 11 King's Bench Walk - one of the UK's best-known employment sets - the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has displayed a sad lack of knowledge of the law in relation to dismissals for misconduct outside work.

  • It has been a bad week for...

    7-Jul-1998

    The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, the credibility of which took a severe battering when the five murder suspects stonewalled questions from Michael Mansfield QC about the circumstances surrounding Lawrence's death. Earlier, members of the militant group Nation of Islam had stormed the inquiry building.Libel lawyer Peter Carter-Ruck, who has been forced to postpone his retirement from his firm after a dispute with partners over its future direction. ...

  • It has been a good week for...

    7-Jul-1998

    Herbert Smith, which has advised on six public deals together worth nearly £984m and come top of a new The Lawyer weekly deals league table. (see City page 12).The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, who gave a smooth performance on The Today Programme last week defending his decision to appoint the first ever blind magistrates.Lord Justice Judge, who has been appointed senior presiding judge for England and Wales in ...

  • Kamlesh Bahl is the ticket

    7-Jul-1998

    I concur with your editorial (The Lawyer 22 June) in which you suggest the profession should vote for Kamlesh Bahl as deputy vice-president. She represents a constituency of more than 6,000 members who are generally under-represented.Commerce and Industry is an important sector of the profession. Apart from the expert legal work they do themselves, they spend millions of pounds on external legal fees. Kamlesh was a good chairman of the C&I Group. Since then she ...

  • Kent-based estate agent teams up with local firms

    7-Jul-1998

    Kent estate agents Ward & Co has hit back against Hambro Countrywide's volume conveyancing operation by offering clients conveyancing from local firms conforming to a new customer service protocol.In what is thought to be one of the first schemes of its kind the firms - Martin Tolhurst Partnership, Wright & Co, Dundas & Duce, James & Newell and licenced conveyancer Andrew Lee - will extend opening hours to 7pm on weekdays and between 9am and 3pm on Saturday.

  • Kirklands gears up for expansion

    7-Jul-1998

    Chicago litigation and M&A practice Kirkland & Ellis is negotiating to expand from a third (9,000sq ft) to a whole floor of the former NatWest Tower, now the International Financial Centre, as part of a drive to double the 11-strong London office by 1999.Sam Haubold, managing partner of the firm's London office, one of the few US firms in the City not to employ UK lawyers, said ...

  • Law Society elections

    7-Jul-1998

    The results of the Law Society elections will be announced next Monday (13 July). The elections haven't exactly caught the imagination of the legal profession, but for the participants the run-up to the results will be nail biting.Nobody has the faintest idea who will win but, for what it's worth, this is The Lawyer's prediction: Michael Napier for president, Robert Sayer for vice-president, and David Keating for deputy vice-president.

  • Law Society hooks up to small firms' IT needs

    7-Jul-1998

    THE Law Society has launched a joint initiative with UK computer company International Computers Limited (ICL) to provide low-cost technology to small and medium-sized firms.Under the scheme - known as SolicIT - ICL will act as broker for firms buying leading name hardware, software, training and consultancy at below market prices.The Law Society and ICL will also offer advice on legal software suppliers and have produced a booklet of recommended suppliers, available ...

  • Leading US firms in search of UK suitors

    7-Jul-1998

    Leading firms in Washington DC and New York have put themselves up for sale with an eye to attract UK firms in a "merger of equals", states a Washington-based legal search firm.Klein Landau & Romm's Garry Klein said two profitable Washington DC practices had entered the market after their senior partners conducted a review of domestic and international options. He added that they were looking for a true merger with a UK partner.He said several Washington-based ...

  • Let the City's own be the jurors in serious fraud trials

    7-Jul-1998

    What are we supposed to believe in the great debate on juries in serious fraud trials?Defence lawyers say juries are perfectly capable of deciding what is theft and what is not. Fraud prosecutors such as Rosalind Wright and some of the experts they employ, KPMG forensic accountants for example, claim that fraud trials are simply too complicated for juries.They are also of the opinion that the argument which says that the public should be tried by its peers "tends ...

  • Liability of landlords for noise

    7-Jul-1998

    Judgment is pending in a case which will centre on landlords' liability in respect of noise nuisance. Lord Justices Peter Gibson, Schiemann and Mantell have reserved judgment in an appeal in which London Borough of Southwark is challenging a ruling by Mr Justice Laddie, upholding an arbitrator's decision that the council was in breach of an express covenant not to disturb tenants' quiet occupation of their homes.

  • Linklaters waits at the altar as fate of federation is decided

    7-Jul-1998

    Linklaters' European plans hung in the balance this weekend as the partners of leading German firm Oppenhoff & RAdler decided whether to join the other four members of the Alliance of European Lawyers in a merger with the City firm.If Oppenhoff agrees then Linklaters' partners will vote this week and are likely to confirm the creation of the world's largest legal federation.

  • Millennium mover

    7-Jul-1998

    Channel 5's head of business affairs and company secretary Jane Gill has become head of legal and company secretary at Peter Mandelson's millennium dome project The New Millennium Experience. She succeeds Michael Brainsby, who has moved to English Heritage.

  • Mostyn-Williams leads Ashursts team to Shearmans

    7-Jul-1998

    Banking rainmaker Stephen Mos-tyn-Williams has led a major defection of banking partners from Ashurst Morris Crisp to the London office of US firm Shearman & Sterling.Mostyn-Williams left Ashursts at the end of May with no new destination after what is believed to be a disagreement with management.

  • Mr Blair's advice was "ill-considered'

    7-Jul-1998

    Few will disagree with the Prime Minister's opinion of English football hooligans.Mr Blair's appeal for employers to sack employees convicted of hooliganism was an understandable - but ill-considered - response, given that such action by employers may give rise to claims of unfair dismissal by employees with two or more years' continuous employment.Employees cannot be automatically dismissed for a criminal conviction gained outside the workplace.

  • Nestor lands Thomas

    7-Jul-1998

    Nestor Healthcare Group has appointed Emma Thomas, currently assistant company secretary at Kingfisher, as its group company secretary and legal adviser.

  • Newly-merged Pricewaterhouse Coopers maps out its legal team

    7-Jul-1998

    A Coopers & Lybrand lawyer has beaten his Price Waterhouse colleague to the top legal job in the newly-merged Pricewaterhouse Coopers.French lawyer Gerard Nicolay, Coopers' global head of legal, has been made global legal head at Pricwaterhouse Coopers, over the head of Ian Vaile, who held the equivalent post at Price Waterhouse, but who is nearing retirement.However, lawyers from both sides of the newly merged firm claim they are playing an equal role in ...

  • Pubs face the music over noise pollution

    7-Jul-1998

    An appeal against a noise abatement notice will question the weight given to sound-proofing in pubs, reports Roger PearsonA Gosport pub is at the centre of a pending test case over procedures to be followed by courts dealing with complaints of noise nuisance.The Court of Appeal has given Surrey Free Inns leave to challenge a High Court decision confirming a noise abatement notice in respect of one of their pubs, Oliver's Bar.The notice ...

  • Quotes of the week

    7-Jul-1998

    "He was, he said, left feeling like Alice at the Mad Hatter's Tea-Party. It was not difficult to see why." - Ann Abraham, the Legal Services Ombudsman, on the experiences of one person who complained to the Bar Council about the conduct of a barrister."You can't be engaged for ever, especially when the fragility of the arrangement is exposed every time a nice lady passes by..."- Jean-Michel ...

  • Raincock loses second underwriter

    7-Jul-1998

    Legal Expenses insurance company Litigation Protection, headed up by high profile insurer Brian Raincock, has parted company with the underwriters of its before-the-event intellectual property policy.Templeton Insurance, sole underwriters for the policy which had an expanding annual turnover of around £200,000, withdrew its support from Raincock's company last week.Raincock admitted that Templetons had lost confidence in his business but said that ...

  • Restrictive covenants dispute

    7-Jul-1998

    Lord Justices Swinton Thomas, Waller and Chadwick, have reserved judgment in an appeal by the University of Westminster against refusal by the Lands Tribunal of their application to discharge restrictive covenants on its premises situated in London's Marylebone Road. In the appeal, Nicholas Taggart argued that the president of the Lands Tribunal had been wrong not to to discharge the covenants.

  • SIF condemned by large firms

    7-Jul-1998

    NOT a single large commercial firm wants to keep the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF), according to a survey of the top 1,200 firms conducted by The Lawyer in conjunction with Pricewaterhouse Coopers.The damning verdict on SIF - which is contained in this year's The Lawyer/Pricewaterhouse Coopers Financial Management in Law Firms survey - comes amid claims from disgruntled high street solicitors that the fund could be declared insolvent.According to the survey ...

  • Sinclairs sells up Singapore outfit to rival Watson Farley

    7-Jul-1998

    Sinclair Roche & Temperley has sold its entire 10-lawyer Singapore business for a "substantial" sum to shipping rival Watson Farley Williams - giving Watson Farley its first foothold in Asia.Neale Gregson, Steven Burkill and Stuart McAlpine will join Watson Farley as partners and former office managing partner Stephen Fordham joins as a consultant on 1 September, when the sale takes effect.Sinclairs said it had been attracted to the "substantial" sum Watson Farley ...

  • Smaller firms feel the pinch as legal giants gain ground

    7-Jul-1998

    Smaller firms in London and the regions are losing public listed clients to the largest national and City firms, according to a survey by business directory The Quarterly Review.The directory lists all plcs based in the North and Midlands and their principal legal advisers. Its table (below) shows the net changes in the number of plc clients for each firm since December 1996.The northern plc client base of the top five London firms shrank 5 per cent in the past ...

  • Something in the air

    7-Jul-1998

    Case law can clarify the conflicting legislation surrounding waste disposal, writes Phil Shiner. Phil Shiner is head of Tyndallwoods' planning and environmental department and was instructed in Kirkman.There are questions as to the duplication of control between the two systems relevant to industrial plants, especially waste disposal plants such as incinerators.Many practitioners have assumed that the 1994 Court of Appeal decision in Gateshead MBC v Secretary ...

  • Success in the face of adversity

    7-Jul-1998

    Lincoln Crawford

  • Taking the self out of regulation

    7-Jul-1998

    Former Law Society president Tony Holland believes that it is time for real debate on the issue of self-regulation. Tony Holland is principal ombudsman at the Personal Investment Authority.Self-regulation has taken a decided battering of late. First in line was financial services, when the Government swiftly put an end to the prevailing arrangements and created the Financial Services Authority.There was no preliminary discussion about the existing arrangements ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: James Hunt

    7-Jul-1998

    James Hunt QC was born in Coalville, Leicester in 1943. He heads The Chambers of James Hunt QC, which won The Lawyer/HIFAL Chambers of the Year award last week.What was your first job?Milkman.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?Three Pounds, four shillings and sixpence (brief fee).What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?Sung opera.

  • The Lawyer puts Standard Mortgage Instructions back on track

    7-Jul-1998

    Negotiations between the Law Society and mortgage lenders over plans to set up Standard Mortgage Instructions (SMI) are back on track after, it seems, an inadvertent intervention by The Lawyer.So far, three years of talks have failed to produce SMI, which would help conveyancers, who currently encounter over 100 different instructions from lenders each imposing different responsibilities on the solicitor.Last week, Fiona Hoyle, senior legal adviser to the Council ...

  • The Lawyer: new look for the millennium

    7-Jul-1998

    THIS week The Lawyer has a new look as it continues to build upon its status as "The newspaper for the legal profession".An expanded two-page City section and a new comment and analysis spread with regular columns from leading legal figures are among the changes which have been introduced.The international page has been moved to the back page and our regular analysis is now in the Comment and Analysis section. Page two now contains a new listings directory.

  • TI Group legal head

    7-Jul-1998

    Global specialised engineering company TI Group has appointed David Lillycrop to its main board of directors. Lillycrop is TI Group's general counsel and group secretary and as a board director will have overall responsibility for legal matters worldwide.

  • Time to lift the lid on County Court justice

    7-Jul-1998

    A FAILED application to gain access to a County Court summons which was made by the The Lawyer on 26 June has revealed a significant discrepancy in the operation of the civil courts.It is a long held tradition of the High Court that writs are made available to the public. The practice has never been questioned because the principle that justice should not only be done, but be seen to be done, stands at the heart of our justice system. Unless there is an overriding ...

  • Traders in human commodities

    7-Jul-1998

    Clerks have a reputation for being wheelers and dealers, duckers and divers. As Shaun Pye discovers on his day out at 29 Bedford Row, that stamp is not far wide of the mark.It is 9am the Tuesday after England's last-gasp defeat by Romania in the World Cup and the atmosphere in the clerks' room at 29 Bedford Row is a little downbeat.Clerks love football. Senior clerk Robert Segal owns over 400 replica football tops. When I express surprise ...

  • Unions could be Ashursts' answer

    7-Jul-1998

    I read with concern of the "poison pen" letter incident at Ashurst Morris Crisp ("Ashurst rejects "poison pen' charges", The Lawyer, 23 June).Whatever the rights and wrongs of the grievance felt by Ashursts' staff, might I suggest they consider joining a trade union and organising within Ashursts? The Manufacturing, Science and Finance ...

  • US makes moves on UK M&A sector

    7-Jul-1998

    THE boom in transatlantic mergers is reflected in a league table which shows six of the top 20 legal advisers on UK mergers and acquisitions are US firms.The table, covering the first six months of 1998 and compiled by Corporate Money, shows the leading US firm is Shearman & Sterling in ninth position, followed by

  • US survey finds gulf in expectations

    7-Jul-1998

    US law firms expect to receive far more work in the next three years than US in-house counsel expect to send them, a nationwide survey has revealed.While less than 5 per cent of in-house counsel intend to send more corporate work to law firms, 58 per cent of firms expect to get more work, according to a Corporate Legal Times and Arthur Andersen survey.The annual survey, which this year got responses from 336 legal departments and 71 law firms, ...

  • Women in law need a pan-European dialogue on status

    7-Jul-1998

    It is not just the UK profession which has to address its lack of female representation. Cherie Booth QC uncovers a European problemThe role of women in the law is an issue close to my heart. This is not just because I am a female lawyer but because I believe it raises fundamental questions about justice and human rights.Over the last few months I have been fortunate enough to debate this matter with women from the UK and abroad. In April, I chaired the ...

  • World Software drives Worldox in UK

    7-Jul-1998

    US company World Software, producer of document management system Worldox, has begun a drive to promote the product in the UK.Systematic Corporate Solutions (SCS), a new subsidiary of The Systematic Group, has been appointed to distribute Worldox in the UK.SCS boasts Paisner & Co and Boodle Hatfield as clients and claims ten other firms are considering buying the system.SCS marketing co-ordinator Engin Yilmaz said Worldox cost ...