6 June 1994

The Lawyer

  • A blueprint for cementing relationships

    12-Jun-1994

    Blue Circle head of legal Richard Henchley has realised a 10-year ambition - working alongside his key external legal adviser, he has come up with a comprehensive set of guidelines for steering the approach to legal work.The seven-page guide, produced by Henchley and his City lawyers Slaughter and May, lays down the framework in which the firm should operate for Blue Circle Industries.

  • A positive career move

    9-Jun-1994

    LEGAL bodies are continuing to recommend local government as a career path to lawyers, despite the current controversy over reorganisation, and the nearing start date for compulsory competitive tendering.Lawyers across the public and private sectors believe the benefits of a career in local authority still outweigh the disadvantages, with the rights of audience available to council solicitors and the greater level of responsibility placed on lawyers at an early stage.

  • Accidents waiting to happen

    12-Jun-1994

    NHS risk management is often more concerned with budgets than clinical risks to patients. Arnold Simanowitz reportsWhen risk management consultants, involved in the NHS, talk about risk management they invariably mean risk to the hospital or trust. The driving force behind the development of the practice, which started many years ago in the US, was the need to reduce the escalating cost of accidents incurred by these institutions.Although those concerned with ...

  • ADR establishes complaints procedure

    9-Jun-1994

    Mediation organisation ADR Group is launching a complaints and disciplinary procedure for dissatisfied clients. The group, which provides solicitor mediators for bodies including the Bristol Law Society and the Housing Tenants Ombudsman Service, is establishing the service as part of a long-term plan to set up a national control body. The group has already contacted the Department of Trade and Industry to discuss a UK body, and managing director Simon Anderson says the new procedure, ...

  • Alleged Dolphin defects

    12-Jun-1994

    The House of Lords is to decide whether Darlington Borough Council can sue Wiltshire Northern over alleged defects, amounting to u2 million, in the Dolphin Centre development at Darlington. The Law Lords Appeal Committee has allowed the council to lodge objections to moves by Wiltshires to challenge an Appeal Court ruling on 28 June paving the way for action against Wiltshires over the defects. It will then decide whether leave for an appeal should be given or to uphold the ...

  • Alsops open to merger partners

    9-Jun-1994

    THE DOOR is not yet closed on the Alsop Wilkinson-Turner Kenneth Brown merger proposal. But there are no further talks planned between the two firms to discuss the matter.Alsop managing partner Roger Lane-Smith says: "If TKB came back to us with a new proposal, we would look at it."However, TKB marketing partner Rhidian Jones says: "We are not looking for a merger. We have just had the highest August billing for many years. We learnt a lot from our talks with ...

  • Association stages Versailles conference

    12-Jun-1994

    AT THE first annual conference of the European Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association in Versailles, its members predicted there would be a rise in litigation in Europe.The association, which was established in 1982 to represent lawyers in industry, has over 10,000 members.Its new European section boasts in-house lawyers with experience in the US and Europe. They emphasised that a legal adviser's knowledge of the local environment is one of ...

  • Audit office criticises court failure to stamp out delays

    9-Jun-1994

    THE FAILURE of most crown courts to eradicate delay and meet statutory waiting time limits indicates "grounds for concern", says a National Audit Office (NAO) report.And the behaviour of defence lawyers and a shortage of judges on Circuit may be contributory factors to the problem, it says.The NAO's recommendations, which have been largely accepted by the Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD), include further measures for checking performance, researching ...

  • Back to school for judges says JSB

    12-Jun-1994

    JUDGES may have to attend college before sitting on the bench if one of the proposals considered by the Judicial Studies Board's internal review is taken up.Chair of the board Lord Justice Henry will head the steering group, which is conducting a review of the board's structure, resources and activities.The current system of training judges is carried out on an ad hoc basis by a number of bodies including the board and the Lord Chancellor's Department.

  • Bar Council rules against

    12-Jun-1994

    PARTNERSHIPS for barristers are ruled out for the foreseeable future, under proposed changes to Bar Council rules.But public direct access for all non-contentious work is under consideration as well as permission to engage in direct contact with clients, according to the package of measures laid before the Bar Council in its last meeting.The partnerships issue was laid to rest by James Munby QC's policy unit in a report to council members. The report followed ...

  • BBC programme seeks HDC lawyers

    12-Jun-1994

    The BBC's investigative current affairs programme Here and Now is on the look-out for solicitors with clients interested in the activities of the Health Development Club (HDC). Assistant producer Sally Webb says: "We know there has definitely been one solicitor, but there could turn out to be lots." She can be contacted at the BBC on 081 752 7221.

  • Braintree council

    9-Jun-1994

    One of the smaller legal departments in the local authority arena, Braintree District Council's team should stay relatively untouched by CCT's introduction.With much of its work already farmed out to local firm Holmes & Hill, Braintree expects its in-house legal element to fall beneath the Govern-ment's designated u300,000 de minimis level - protecting it from further tendering exercisesThe legal services division, established in 1974, ...

  • Bristol Law Society elects president

    12-Jun-1994

    Local government lawyer Dudley Lewis has been invested as president of Bristol Law Society. He is believed to be the first local authority lawyer to head the society, which is the oldest in the country. Lewis, city clerk for Bristol City Council, says his main message for the year is equal opportunity and accessibility. He said: "We need a balanced society with equal commitment to all sizes of firm, all types of people regardless of sex, colour or background." Lewis takes over from ...

  • Brocket trial abandoned

    9-Jun-1994

    Lord Brocket's legal proceedings against a number of insurers due to go to trial nextonth have been abandoned. The proceedings against General Accident, Lloyd's and insurance brokers John Scott and Partners, were issued following the insurers' refusal to pay a claim of u4.5 million. The claim arose from the theft of three Ferraris, one Maserati and four Maserati engines from Brocket Hall in 1991. Lord Brocket now accepts that General Accident, Lloyd's ...

  • Broome creditors await IVA decision

    12-Jun-1994

    Lawyers for creditors of leisure industry chief John Broome, who built and sold Alton Towers, are waiting for the outcome of a reconvened creditors' meeting that will decide whether his individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) is to be accepted.If not, bankruptcy proceedings may follow.A creditors' meeting several weeks ago accepted proposals by Broome's wife to inject cash into a proposed IVA.Law firm Jeffrey Green Russell is representing ...

  • Budget gives City firms leg-up

    12-Jun-1994

    CITY firms and their partners are most likely to benefit from the budget, which has created new areas of financial services work and greater flexibility on private pensions pay-outs.Private client lawyers may also benefit by advising on tax changes, but high street firms may gain little from what has been a cautious budget.Venture capital trusts were the most exciting announcement for firms acting for institutions - largely the City practices.The ...

  • Capital chambers seek pastures new in America

    9-Jun-1994

    LONDON barristers are considering career moves to the US as competition in the City hots up.Some 30 barristers travelled to the American Bar Association conference in New Orleans last month and a number of them realised there was life outside the Inns of Court.Amanda Green, of 3 Gray's Inn Place, who was at the ABA conference, says: "There is a lot of pressure on London chambers these days, some of it coming from America. It's not often that barristers ...

  • CCT revolution turns authorities towards IT

    9-Jun-1994

    Simon Rogers

  • Changes are for the better

    9-Jun-1994

    As a member of the LGC and an erstwhile local government lawyer, now in private practice, I would hope that local government lawyers are eagerly awaiting the final reports from the commission, due this autumn, and subsequently the decision of the Secretary of the State for the Environment on these reports which have to be approved by Parliament.However, I am aware from personal experience of previous local government reorganisations that anyone employed in local government ...

  • Charities seek legal advice over EU debts

    9-Jun-1994

    UK CHARITIES are to take legal advice in a bid to recover millions of pounds of debt from the European Union.Their efforts coincide with a European Commission condemnation of late payments by European businesses.The charities are having to borrow money from the Trustee Savings Bank at one per cent above base rate to continue with their activities.Naval charity Inter-Action has taken up the cudgels with a threat to sue the EU. Chief executive Ed Berman ...

  • Circuses seek ruling

    9-Jun-1994

    The possibility of future High Court action similar to that mounted by huntsmen against local authority bans on hunting on their land has been raised by the Association of Circus Proprietors. Many local authorities ban circuses with animal acts from using their land and now the association says it may seek a court ruling on the subject.

  • City firms question cost of payouts to prize-winners

    9-Jun-1994

    CITY law firms are reviewing their policies of awarding incentive payments to recruits who excel in their qualifying examinations after this year's College of Law results revealed a greater number of students gaining distinctions.In the past many of the top firms made one-off bonus payments to those students who achieved first and second-class honours in their Law Society Finals.But outstanding results for the first year of the college's new legal practice ...

  • Clampdown on the 'cowboy' barristers

    9-Jun-1994

    SOLICITORS are getting tough with "cowboy" barristers who double book and let down their clients.The Criminal Law Solicitors' Association (CLSA) is to launch a barristers' charter pinpointing standards that counsel should meet.The charter aims to put the solicitor-barrister relationship on a more formal footing and includes sanctions against those who fail to come up to scratch.Michael Hopkinson, who is compiling the charter to be launched ...

  • Clearing up the Deacons aftermath

    12-Jun-1994

    The reverberations from the shocking collapse of Deacon Goldrein Green will sound a long time. Leaving aside the financial and human suffering, the lessons have more than a local significance.There will be a perverse pleasure on the part of some that a firm regarded as a model by the authorities was shown to have been vulnerable and culpable. That the collapse will play a part in future negotiations on legal aid rates is only to be expected. But what went wrong points ...

  • Compensation case sparks City Airport solicitors' row

    9-Jun-1994

    PLAINTIFFs claiming compensation from London's City Airport over its alleged effect on their house values suffered a major setback when a judge ruled that official forms for claiming compensation were incorrectly completed and therefore invalid.Judge Michael Rich QC ruled the forms failed, under the Lands Compensation Act, to specify the amount of compensation claimed.Instead, the 230 plaintiffs had entered "an amount in excess of u50 to be agreed".

  • Contempt review after 'trial by media'

    12-Jun-1994

    Roger Pearson looks aheadHigh Court moves are imminent which could tighten contempt procedures.Leave is requested to seek judicial review of the Attorney General's decision not to take action for contempt against a number of national newspapers following sensational coverage of the trial of the Taylor sisters.The sisters, Michelle and Lisa, were convicted of killing Alison Shaughnessy, the wife of a man one of them was alleged ...

  • Convicted soldier to appeal to Lords

    9-Jun-1994

    Roger Pearson looks aheadThe House of Lords is to hear an appeal by a soldier jailed for life for murder after a car passenger was killed in a shooting incident in Northern Ireland. He has now been given leave to challenge his conviction.Lee William Clegg, a private with the Parachute Regiment, was given a life sentence by the Northern Ireland Crown Court on 29 January 1992, after being convicted of murder.In September 1990 Clegg fired ...

  • Costly learning curve

    9-Jun-1994

    Cleveland County Council is seeking leave to take its judicial review action against the Local Government Commission to the Court of Appeal.By the end of the year many more local authorities in England will have tried to challenge the commission in the courts.Is this merely local authorities fighting for their own survival at the expense of their council tax payers or are there fundamental deficiencies in the way the commission has attempted to carry out its ...

  • Couderts' City build-up

    12-Jun-1994

    International firm Coudert Brothers is poised to take on a clutch of partners and senior lawyers from City and US competitors as part of its second phase of growth in London.The recruitment drive will increase the firm's London-based fee-earners from 28 to 40 lawyers by the end of 1995 and to 50 in 1996. Couderts' aim is to increase specialised finance work for international clients.The main areas targeted for "phase two" growth include funds work, ...

  • Courts: the ideal family day out

    9-Jun-1994

    STEP back in time visit an English court.

  • CPS draws up tough assault guidelines

    9-Jun-1994

    NEW guidelines on assault charges are set to make it easier to convict threatening telephone callers of actual or grievous bodily harm.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidelines to police and prosecutors contains a checklist of injuries and other factors for each crime of assault, designed to increase consistency across Britain.But prosecutors will have to prove that any threats caused psychiatric injury to the victim to win a conviction. Actual bodily harm ...

  • Deacons partner speaks out for first time on 'faded dream'

    12-Jun-1994

    THE FORMER senior partner of Deacon Goldrein Green has called for a package of urgent reforms to save other firms from insolvency, following the collapse of the high-profile Liverpool legal aid chain.Andrew Macfarlane, who took charge of Deacons when it was re-formed in 1992, says: "Some of the problems we had are probably festering away out there in other practices."DGG the concept is a faded dream but it may be that there are some firms who can learn the lessons ...

  • Dibbs and JGR swap angry letters

    12-Jun-1994

    DIBB Lupton Broomhead may have overstepped the mark in its no-nonsense approach to the law when it sent a fax to another firm.The exchange between the firms has arisen over the case of Dibb Lupton's client John Broome, who is facing insolvency hearings. Jeffrey Green Russell acts for the creditors (see City page).It began with a letter from Dibbs to JGR head of litigation Philip Cohen and headed 'John Broome v Jeffrey Green Russell'. It complained ...

  • Distance is no object

    12-Jun-1994

    Some may confuse distance learning with correspondence courses, but Fennell Betson reveals there is a world of differenceDistance learning may be seen as the modern equivalent of correspondence study, but its proponents say it it is a lot more than that. An increasing number of universities are now offering LLBs through "off campus" study and some even see this see this as an important new market opportunity.The University of London's external programme, ...

  • DPP warns of 'vulnerable' witnesses

    12-Jun-1994

    A JUSTICE system where decisions of guilt or innocence are based on the fortitude of witnesses rather than the truth of allegations should not be permitted, the Director of Public Prosecutions says.Addressing last week's Tom Sargant memorial lecture for law reform group Justice, CPS head Barbara Mills QC said everyone in a trial had a right to justice but "regrettably, from time to time, counsel overstep the mark of courteous, firm cross examination"."There ...

  • EC ad rules may hurt UK lawyers

    9-Jun-1994

    NEW advertising rules could be enforced on British lawyers following a European Commission inquiry into standards.The commission is sending out questionnaires to test the views of law societies, bar associations and other self-regulating bodies. New advertising standards could then be put before the European Parliament.The Law Society is concerned that restrictions could damage profits just as the economy moves into recovery. It is believed that the most liberal ...

  • ECJ may crack down on directive dodging

    12-Jun-1994

    THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice could extend its doctrine on the failure to implement EU directives to include a provision for action against member states which only partially meet their obligations, says Lord Clinton-Davis.Speaking at a recent Solicitors European Group (SEG) dinner, he said there appeared to be a "real possibility" in cases now before the court that the doctrine would be extended beyond the "Francovich" boundaries.Clinton-Davis is a former member ...

  • ESSEX

    12-Jun-1994

    Essex is a small market, which looks north to East Anglia, rather than south to Kent or west to London for work."I've never been sure whether we're in the South East or East Anglia," says one local lawyer and many of the firms which are important in the area have practices elsewhere. For example, Birkett Westhorp & Long has offices in Ipswich and Colchester. It also has a strong reputation. For criminal work, Twitchen Mustard & Kelly is well known.Chelmsford ...

  • Eversheds

    9-Jun-1994

    With an up-front policy against predatory bidding and a commitment to training local authorities in the legalities of CCT, Leeds firm Eversheds Hepworth & Chadwick has secured itself a safe niche in the public sector market.One of the few practices to pledge not to tender, Eversheds has a growing reputation as the private practice arm of local government.Last autumn, the firm ...

  • Ex-legal head back in spotlight

    9-Jun-1994

    THE FORMER head of Westminster City Council's legal department, Matthew Ives, has been re-interviewed about his role in the alleged homes-for-votes scandal after the examination of new documents by district auditor John Magill.Magill's solicitor, Tony Child, confirms the auditor, with the co-operation of Westminster's managing director, took joint custody of documents in March this year.Ives, who denies any wrong-doing, says he has responded to ...

  • Figures show legal aid cuts

    12-Jun-1994

    THE LORD Chancellor has been accused of breaking promises after budget figures revealed cuts in planned legal aid expenditure.Cash set aside for the next two years has been trimmed back by about five per cent.The budget statistics also reveal a u70 million underspend for 1993-94 which legal aid lawyers say is due to the "over-the-top" eligibility cuts.Lawyers are demanding that Lord Mackay reinstates the eligibility changes which he said he would ...

  • Financing

    12-Jun-1994

    Badgerline Group was advised by Burges Salmon in connection with the replacement of its existing debt and guaranteed loan note facilities by a new composite u25.7m facility from Hill Samuel Bank

  • Financings

    9-Jun-1994

    National Coal Supply Corporation of Israel

  • Financings

    9-Jun-1994

    Delta was advised by Theodore Goddard in its $75m private placement of debt with US institutional holders.

  • Financings

    9-Jun-1994

    Wates City of London Properties was advised by Norton Rose on its 2 for 7 rights issue to raise u31m net.

  • Firm speeds access to Russian submarine

    9-Jun-1994

    London firm Lawrence Graham has acted for the owners of a Soviet foxtrot class submarine which has been granted permission to moor near the Woolwich Barrier in Greenwich. The firm's planning partner Trevor Blaney, who handled the case for Russian Submarines UK, says the firm moved "exceedingly quickly" on the case so the vessel could be opened to the public.

  • Firms co-operate in marketing drive

    12-Jun-1994

    More than 25 firms have joined the Solicitor Trust co-operative marketing campaign and another 150 are "seriously considering" whether on not to join, say the Bournemouth-based organisers. Up to 200 participating practices will have their exclusive area for responses to a u10,000 per week national press advertising campaign for personal investment and legal advice.

  • Firms follow TJG's floats lead

    12-Jun-1994

    LAW firms ambitious to get a foothold in to Stock Exchange flotation work could soon follow the lead set by Taylor Joynson Garrett last week.And joint venture arrangements with stockbrokers or merchant banks could be one of the ways law firms might achieve it.So far, Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson and London firms Gouldens and Howard Kennedy are known to have achieved SE authorisation, together with a number of accountants."We are breaking new ...

  • Firms liaise on Cornish tin mine share offer

    9-Jun-1994

    Cornish commercial firm Stephens & Scown has teamed up with fellow Law Group member, London firm Lawrence Graham, on the u1.8 million public share offer for South Crofty, owners of Cornwall's last working tin mine.Such significance was attached locally to the Redruth mine that local people have made up 20 per cent of the overall investment, through a mass of u200 share blocks.

  • Firms reject implant claims

    12-Jun-1994

    FIRMS acting for claimants against the makers of silicone gel breast implants have hit back at plastic surgeons who accused them of initiating unnecessary litigation.The consultant behind a study which failed to prove any link between the implants and increased risk of cancer, said matters had been "all blown up out of proportion by some US women and lawyers".But Leigh Day & Co partner Russell Levy says: "Women across the world who have developed symptoms consult ...

  • First class cricket

    12-Jun-1994

    Reading Mary Heaney's piece in The Lawyer 27 September 1994, took my mind back 30 years to a time when, as a schoolboy, I was avidly studying 'Wisden' and other works on cricket and taking an interest in all the names which appeared, including those of batsmen from the universities.The name of FW Neate is one which has remained in my memory, particularly because he appeared to be one of the few Oxford and Cambridge University cricketers ...

  • First expert witness show at Barbican

    9-Jun-1994

    Britain will host the world's first exhibition for expert witnesses - the Expert Witness Event - in London later this year. The exhibition, to be held at the Barbican on 22 and 23 November, will allow visitors from the legal profession, industry and finance to meet experts in a range of topics including handwriting, ergonomics, the environment and industrial injury.

  • Flather warns of ethnic division

    12-Jun-1994

    SOCIETY is facing "huge dangers of fragmentation" over ethnic minority issues, according to lawyer and leading race relations campaigner Baroness Flather.Delivering the 1994 Kapila Lecture on the theme of 'diversity within unity', hosted last week by the Council of Legal Education, Flather outlined her personal assessment of being British and of the British stereotype.Flather, of Indian origin and called to the Bar in 1962, is the British member of ...

  • Flotations

    12-Jun-1994

    Ennemix was advised by Gouldens in connection with its u11.5m listing on the London Stock Exchange.

  • Flotations

    12-Jun-1994

    Mackie International Group was advised by Hammond Suddards on its u17m flotation on the USM

  • Flotations

    12-Jun-1994

    Filtronic Comtek was advised by Ralph C Yablon Temple-Milnes & Carr on its recent u44m flotation by way of a placing

  • Foot & Bowden steps up expansion in office move

    9-Jun-1994

    FOOT & Bowden has bought the Plymouth city centre offices of Television South West for a knockdown u700,000.The book value of the offices was estimated at u1.25 million.Joint senior partner Tony Holland says: "This building has enormous potential. It will allow us to plan long-term growth."There had been a period of uncertainty as our future accommodation has been under discussion."The substantial office development will give the firm ...

  • Forum to discuss stress at work

    12-Jun-1994

    London law firm Barnett Alexandra Chart is adding its voice to the stress-at-work debate with a seminar this week. Speaking at the event are Dr Elaine Gadd, consultant psychiatrist at the Department of Health, Dr Graham Lucas, consultant psychiatrist and adviser to the Health and Safety Executive, and the firm's employment law specialist, Ruth Harvey.

  • Free pension advice all round

    9-Jun-1994

    The Solicitors' Staff Pension Fund (SSPF) will provide free pension advice to lawyers in half-hour consultations at the Law Society this month. The clinics, organised in conjunction with the London Young Solicitors Group, will be held on 7 and 13 September. SSPF representatives will provide individual advice between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Contact Clare Jones at Dibb Lupton Broomhead on 071 814 6334.

  • French firm hires lecturer to aid Kazakh expansion

    9-Jun-1994

    FRENCH firm Salans Hertzfield & Heilbronn has taken on a university lecturer from Kazakhstan as a consultant to help develop its new office in the capital, Almaty.Anatoly Didenko, head of the civil law department, will work with the firm's full-time lawyers, Karen Widess, a Russian-speaking Western corporate lawyer, and Aigoul Kenjebayeva, a Kazakh natural resources lawyer.The firm's clients in the former Soviet Republic include foreign construction ...

  • Gouldens nets record rate in County Court appeal taxation

    12-Jun-1994

    CITY firm Gouldens has scored a major taxation appeal victory, securing what is believed to be the highest level of hourly rate awarded for legal work in any County Court.The firm recovered a rate of u217 per hour, including uplift, after an appeal hearing in the Central London County Court for litigation conducted by a partner. It was double that originally allowed for the disputed legal costs in NSP v Truebell. Gouldens acted for NSP.Gouldens partner Allan ...

  • Green light for spoiling tactics?

    12-Jun-1994

    Roger Pearson reports on a decision that could open the floodgates for election sound-alikesTwo High Court judges sitting as an election court refused to outlaw the actions of a retired headmaster who stood in European elections as the Literal Democrat candidate.The unsuccessful Liberal Democrat, Adrian Sanders, who had challenged his opponent's candidacy, declared: "This judgment, if it is to stand, is now declaring open season ...

  • Group advises on laundering training

    9-Jun-1994

    A training programme from the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group on new government regulations, similar to those used by the financial sector, has been produced for solicitors . It comprises a video explaining how money is laundered, the regulations and impact on solicitors, computer-based training including testing, and a staff guide for reference and reinforcement. The programme was produced with the help of Pe

  • Guardian of legal aid

    9-Jun-1994

    For once I can begin a report about the Legal Aid Board (The Lawyer, 30 August 1994) and be pleased by the end of it.I refer, of course, to the plans to tighten up on those richer members of society who have been able to secure legal aid in recent high profile cases.As a legal aid practitioner (and proud of it) I have grown tired of the constant attacks from various sectors (the LCD, the Tory press, and so on) on the legal rights of those ...

  • Holland rejects aid stance

    9-Jun-1994

    Tony Holland, a member of the Lord Chancellor's fundamental review team, is "stunned" by reports that his proposal for legal aid fund-holders is being used to cut the annual budget.It has been claimed that Lord Mackay is negotiating with Jonathan Aitken, the chief secretary to the Treasury, over ways to slash the legal aid bill.But a Lord Chancellor's Department spokeswoman says it is too early to know what will be included if a green paper is published. ...

  • IBA spawns sets of international twins

    9-Jun-1994

    THE International Bar Association (IBA) has successfully twinned the Norwegian Bar Association with the Mongolian Supreme Court.The association's third world liaison committee chair, Alf Skogly, won Norwegian government sponsorship for a trip to Mongolia to see Chief Justice Dembereltseren and other senior lawyers there.The Norwegians were accompanied by IBA representatives. As a result, a twinning agreement was signed, but has still to be ratified by the ...

  • Ilex offers police station force

    9-Jun-1994

    THE INSTITUTE of Legal Executives (Ilex) has unveiled a new distance learning course to provide accreditation for solicitor's representatives.The scheme was launched after the Legal Aid Board's decision to cut funding for the provision of legal advice in police stations.From February, only representatives accredited by the Law Society or registered as probationary representatives with the board will be funded.Ilex president, Marron Dodds ...

  • Insider dealing legislation fails expectations

    9-Jun-1994

    INSIDER dealing regulations in the Criminal Justice Act 1993 have failed to win the City's confidence, research says.The new law and related Stock Exchange guidance have "fallen some way short" of their laudable objectives, concludes the study by Focus Communications.Only one per cent of 500 respondent listed companies felt the Act would better private investors' cause.Ninety-two per cent said it would have no impact on relations, with seven ...

  • International business gets new law degree

    12-Jun-1994

    A NEW degree, which is aimed principally at European and South American lawyers wishing to specialise in international business, is set to start next September.The Spanish and English language master's degree course in International Business Law (MIBL) is being organised by the Instituto de Empresa and the Bar Association in Madrid.The one-year course will be taught in Spain in conjunction with the teaching staff of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy ...

  • Irish lawyers' ceasefire hopes

    9-Jun-1994

    NORTHERN Irish lawyers will face a major shift in their working lives if there is lasting peace in the province.Until now, terrorism has generated legal work and led to attempted coercion of, and death threats to, both lawyers and judges.Richard Ferguson QC, chair of the English Bar's Criminal Bar Association, says: "With the lifting of the risk of assassination, many more people will be willing to consider ajudicial career. One possible change ...

  • IT in brief

    9-Jun-1994

    The new data protection registrar has taken up her post. Elizabeth France's main priority will be deciding whether to lobby for changes to the 1984 Data Protection Act or to wait for the EC draft directive on data protection, now under review, but not expected to be adopted in the UK until 1997. The office of the data protection registrar is holding eight free, one-day seminars for holders of information on individuals into the requirements of the Data Protection Act.

  • John Smith replays recent football decisions

    12-Jun-1994

    John Smith is a partner in Davies Arnold Cooper.The article in The Lawyer 1 November, 'A sporting chance of success', argued that the outcome of the O'Neill v Fashanu case had opened the door to sports injury claims and that the settlement was a good one from John O'Neill's point of view.I acted for Dean Saunders and Liverpool Football Club in the action brought against them by Paul Elliott, and also represented John Fashanu ...

  • Justice calls for insolvency law changes

    12-Jun-1994

    Justice, the legal campaigning group, has attacked current law for creating a "serious imbalance of power" in the insolvency system by being overwhelmingly prejudicial to small businesses and individuals. The group calls for changes including an insolvency ombudsman, more advice for small debtors, a two-tier bankruptcy system, a national insolvency strategy, a creditors' charter, and the offering of pro bono services by insolvency practitioners.

  • Justice predicts deluge of reviews after Home Secretary's defeat

    12-Jun-1994

    CAMPAIGNING group Justice is expecting a flood of former clients to demand a review of their cases following the Home Secretary's defeat in the courts over the handling of alleged miscarriages of justice.The High Court ruled that the Home Secretary should disclose evidence which comes to light when cases are re-investigated. The judges said that the test used by the minister in refusing to refer cases for appeal was "unacceptably high".Madeleine Colvin, ...

  • KENT

    12-Jun-1994

    Kent is a fragmented county, hit hard by the ravages of the recession.There is no one legal centre. To the north of the county the Medway towns of Rochester, Gillingham and Chatham were hit the hardest. Closed dockyards created high unemployment and little industry, although the region is trying to attract industrial development. The area is also exploiting the Charles Dickens connection in a bid to win tourist trade. Rochester is described as the 'City of Great Expectations'.

  • LAB did not 'drag heels'

    9-Jun-1994

    Your report on the Bar's survey of legal aid payments to barristers, "LAB drags its heels over payments", and especially its headline, was misleading (The Lawyer, 9 August 1994).The Bar survey did not show that the Legal Aid Board "drags its heels over payment". This was not surprising as it was not a survey of the board's performance in paying bills. Indeed, such a survey would be unnecessary as the board monitors its ...

  • LAB to fight smokers' claims to funds

    9-Jun-1994

    The Legal Aid Board has applied for leave to appeal a decision which will enable 20 smokers to reapply for funds to act against tobacco manufacturers. The board, which had an earlier application for leave dismissed by the High Court, went to the Court of Appeal last month to overturn a decision made in June. In the High Court Mr Justice Popplewell threw out the board's decision to refuse legal aid to the smokers. He said the smokers, taking a test case on behalf of 300 claimants, ...

  • LAG gathers experts for radical review

    9-Jun-1994

    THE LEGAL Action Group (LAG) and the Nuffield Foundation announce this week they are undertaking an alternative fundamental review - more wide-ranging than the Lord Chancellor's.Eight experts at the cutting edge of legal developments around the world will be among those taking part in the project, called Shaping the Future.A one-day conference in November, at which Lord Woolf will chair a discussion on the future for civil litigation, will be followed by ...

  • Laundering guide focuses on lawyers

    12-Jun-1994

    New guidelines on money laundering are being targeted at solicitors.

  • Law Soc hails tax tribunal shake-up as end to secrecy

    9-Jun-1994

    SWEEPING changes to the tax tribunal system, including ending the 200-year secrecy of Special Commissioners' hearings, will lead to more taxpayers' appeals and work for lawyers.The changes, allowing publication of Special Commissioners' decisions, have been welcomed by the Law Society for creating a more open and even-handed systemSociety revenue committee secretary Jill Hallpike says: "We certainly welcome the opening up of the tribunals to provide ...

  • Law soc officials win pay rises

    9-Jun-1994

    LAW society and Bar association presidents in Europe and America are to receive large pay rises.The American Bar Association, at its conference earlier this month, voted for the first time to pay its top officials. The president will receive $100,000 and the vice-president $50,000.Meanwhile, the presidents of the Law Society of Scotland and the Dutch Bar Association are to have their salaries increased.The moves follow the English law society's ...

  • Law societies compete for Yorks base

    12-Jun-1994

    THREE Yorkshire law societies have put in a bid for the Chancery Lane regional secretary to be based in their areas.Law Society officials have announced that the fifth regional office will be based in the county. But the decision on the exact venue is to be left to the local law societies.Martin Simpson, secretary of the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies, says a sub-committee was formed to look at the issues and will report in February.Three local ...

  • Law Society to iron out qualifications

    9-Jun-1994

    THE hotch-potch of courses available to para-legals has prompted the Law Society to work towards its own qualifications for solicitors' staff.A questionnaire is being sent out to practitioners to identify areas to be tested.The idea is to develop a recognised training programme within the framework of National Vocational Qualifications to ensure standards are maintained.Nick Saunders, the society's head of legal education, says: "We are ...

  • Law students fail on free Gazette bid

    12-Jun-1994

    THE LAW Society's refusal to distribute its weekly journal The Gazette to upcoming members of the profession has been described as a "slap in the face" to students.And Trainee Solicitor's Group (TSG) chair Richard Moorhead says the decision not to resume distribution has dismayed the group, which had viewed the magazine as an important resource for entrants to the profession.In a recent submission to the society's strategy committee, the TSG said ...

  • Lawyer blasts 'shocking' council

    12-Jun-1994

    A former local government lawyer has shed light on the "appalling treatment" meted out to officers in highly politicised authorities.Robert Lewis, former deputy chief solicitor at Westminster City Council, says nothing could have prepared him for his "shocking" experience at the flagship Tory borough.Officers came under attack from both Conservative councillors and Labour members.He told the public inquiry in to the homes-for-votes allegations: "A ...

  • Lawyer quits Far East for Nabarros in Sheffield

    9-Jun-1994

    FORMER Richards Butler solicitor Charles Reynard has left the firm's Hong Kong practice to join Nabarro Nathanson's new Sheffield office.Reynard, who moved to Hong Kong six years ago as a founding member of Alsop Wilkinson's branch in the colony, returns as a senior company and commercial solicitor.While practising in the Far East he moved to Richards Butler, where ...

  • Lawyers host US exchange party

    9-Jun-1994

    Nine US judges and lawyers are to meet nine of their UK counterparts on 11 September as part of an ongoing exchange scheme. Master of the Rolls Sir Thomas Bingham will lead the welcoming party. The two sides will discuss the appointment and training of judges, judicial control and alternative dispute resolution. A UK delegation will visit the US in 1997.

  • Lawyers offered reductions on long-distance phone calls

    9-Jun-1994

    Fennell BetsonA new telecommunications network using the National Grid's electricity carrying system is offering law firms and chambers reductions of at least 10 per cent on British Telecom rates for their national non-local calls.On average, 60 to 70 per cent of the legal profession's calls by value are long-distance - over 30 miles - and qualify for the savings, which can be up to 40 per cent, says ENERGIS, the National Grid owned ...

  • Lawyers prepare for TUC role

    9-Jun-1994

    LAWYERS set off to Blackpool at the weekend to take part in John Monks' new-look TUC conference.TUC solicitors Russell Jones & Walker, represented by managing partner John Webber and partner Fraser Whitehead, will advise on the legality of conference motions and decisions.Whitehead says: "We will be there in our official capacity as TUC lawyers to help with any problems which may arise during the conference." The firm is holding a reception on Tuesday night ...

  • Legal duo take senior posts as practices move

    12-Jun-1994

    TWO law firms have announced new senior partners to take over the running of their practices as they move to new premises.John South is now at the helm of 46-partner London firm Charles Russell, while Tony Bell becomes senior partner at Knight & Sons, in Staffordshire, in January.South, former head of the company commercial department, succeeds John Davis in time for the ...

  • Legal-aid changes problematic

    12-Jun-1994

    Doing away with the demand-led legal aid system would be riven with practical problems, according to Law Society President Charles Elly in a speech. He warned that the need for legal advice did not fit a predictable pattern, as concern grows that the Lord Chancellor's imminent green paper on legal aid might seek to cap the legal aid fund. "Less deserving applications may be granted at the end of the year if there is a surplus or, conversely, more deserving ones turned down where ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 06/09/94

    9-Jun-1994

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  • Litigation Recent Decisions 06/12/94

    12-Jun-1994

    Lloyd's syndicate: arbitration results confidentialInsurance company sub nom v Lloyd's syndicate [1994] (Ch.Div) (Colman J)Summary: When parties agree to go to arbitration over a dispute concerning an insurance contract, this agreement contains an implied term which imposes on both parties to it a duty to keep confidential from third parties the award, the reasons and all other documentary materials relating to the arbitration; an exception ...

  • Litigation Writs 06/09/94

    9-Jun-1994

    A firm of Birmingham estate agents which fell victim to an alleged cheque fraud when one of its bookkeepers made out cheques for hundreds of thousands of pounds to herself, are suing Barclays Bank and the Midland Bank claiming they should never have honoured the forgeries.Steven Champion & Slater of Birmingham, seek repayment of money paid out by the banks to a former bookkeeper, Dinah Taylor.It is alleged that between 16 September 1991 and 15 ...

  • Litigation Writs 06/12/94

    12-Jun-1994

    Specialist pig vet Graham Wheeler, of Wells, Somerset, is to seek libel damages over stories which appeared in the News of the World and the Solihull Evening Mail. Wheeler, who specialises in intensive livestock rearing, has issued a High Court libel writ against author Jennifer Morgan following the News of the World story on 9 October headed 'You filthy swine' and 'Pig prof sent sexy faxes to herb girl', and the 10 October Solihull ...

  • LOCAL VIEW

    12-Jun-1994

    Away from London, there has been a build-up of large, modern multi-site practices. Usually competing with City players in terms of skills, they have a clear cost and convenience advantage.During the early 1980s, attracted by lower rents and good communications, many large companies moved to Reading, followed by the major accountants. These exploited the lack of a high-level local infrastructure, and legal services seemed set to follow. Yet, although several London firms ...

  • Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay is pictured at the launch of House of Lord transcripts on CD-ROM

    12-Jun-1994

    Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay is pictured at the launch of House of Lord transcripts on CD-ROM. HMSO Books has developed the CD-ROMs, which will contain one complete parliamentary session on each disc. Each disc can be searched by using a particular word or speech.The system goes back to 1992/93 and costs between u350 and u500 for each disc, depending on which parliamentary session is covered.

  • Lord Chancellor outlines reforms

    12-Jun-1994

    The lord Chancellor has outlined the legislation needed to establish a "fast track" for defamation claims. The proposed reforms include a new defence, recommended by Lord Justice Neill's working group, doing away with the need for a trial if the defendant is prepared to offer amends and pay damages assessed by a judge. He is also proposing a summary procedure where claims are heard at an early stage by a judge who assesses whether the claim is suitable for summary disposal, or ...

  • Lovell White Durrant

    9-Jun-1994

    LOVELL White Durrant senior partner Cavan Taylor met US ambassador William Crowe at a Lancaster House reception hosted by environment secretary John Gummer MP.Lovell's environmental partner, Michael Gallimore, also attended the event, which the firm sponsored.The firm is developing closer links with the 125 international companies from around the world who sent representatives.

  • Manchester council

    9-Jun-1994

    Manchester City Council’s solicitor’s office has more than 80 fee-earners, making it one of the largest in the country.Headed by Susan Orrell, the office employs solicitors, legal executives and a barrister, and provides services across the council on matters ranging from child protection to the development of new city projects.Staff recently carried out land transactions and provided advice on agreements on the new international concert hall to be opened in ...

  • Markus moving to Doughty St Chambers

    9-Jun-1994

    LEGAL Aid Board member Kate Markus is to join Doughty Street Chambers next month.She has been working at the Brent Law Centre for 10 years, is a former chair of the Law Centres Federation and is also chair of the Public Law Project.She says: "I want to specialise in public law and judicial review, and that is going to be my role at Doughty Street."She adds: "After 10 years, I feel I need a change. My current work covers a very wide field and does ...

  • Masons supports construction initiative

    12-Jun-1994

    London law firm Masons has teamed up with the Building Employers Confederation in a drive to generate more construction projects under the Government's Private Finance Initiative (PFI). It has worked with accountants Ernst & Young in publishing a guide, 'Profiting from investment', which explains how construction companies can become involved in PFI projects. Head of the firm's structured finance unit, Steven Janes, says: "PFI is about putting skills together. You ...

  • Microsoft on the case for legal market

    12-Jun-1994

    Simon Rogers reportsUS giant Microsoft is to target the UK legal market.Next year a number of products, as yet unannounced, will be launched. They have been designed specifically for UK lawyers, rather than adapted from US software.The move is significant as it is the first time a worldwide IT supplier has targeted the UK legal marketplace.Although suppliers like WordPerfect have had legal packages on sale in the US for ...

  • Nessie copyright battle

    12-Jun-1994

    The Loch Ness monster looks set to surface at the High Court at the centre of a copyright row. News Group Newspapers faces action for alleged infringement of copyright in a model of the monster made for the film 'Loch Ness'. An injunction is sought by Working Title, Loch Ness Films, Polygram Filmed Entertainment Productions and Jim Henson Organisation to stop it infringing copyright in the model.

  • New faces set to take up position at Bar Council

    12-Jun-1994

    Linda TsangTHREE QCs, Allan Levy, David Steer and Bruce Houlder, have been elected to the Bar Council and will take office in January.David Steer QC is joint head of chambers at The Corn Exchange, Liverpool, and Bruce Houlder QC, of 6 King's Bench Walk, acted for the CPS in the Blakelock case.Levy is head of chambers at 17 Bedford Row and well-known as a specialist in child and medical law. He chaired the inquiry ...

  • NHS Managment

    12-Jun-1994

    Risk management is the process of reducing losses due to accident or misadventure. It is a subject of more than passing interest to the NHS, which is thought to have liabilities for medical malpractice claims of about u1 billion at a cost of u150 million per annum, rising by 25 per cent annually.The first step in the risk management process is the analysis of claims to find out where accidents are occurring. About 60 per cent of the total liabilities for the NHS arise from ...

  • No longer a game of chance

    12-Jun-1994

    Mary Heaney reports on the growth of risk management. Is it proactive lawyering or another way of attracting client cash?Two years ago, Bevan Ashford entered uncharted territory for most law firms - it entered into a joint venture with international risk management consultancy Willis Corroon.The resultant company, QRM Healthcare, advises on all aspects of risk in the health service, particularly trusts. It deals with clinical and non-clinical risk as well as ...

  • North west recruitment crisis

    9-Jun-1994

    ONLY one of the 200 trainee barristers applying to Liverpool-based Exchange Chambers can hope for pupillage there next year.And only one out of 250 applicants for a place at the Manchester office of Davies Arnold Cooper will get the job.The figures make alarming reading for lawyers wishing to work in the north-west.Roger Lane-Smith, managing partner at Alsop Wilkinson which has a large Manchester presence, says: "There is no more room for lawyers ...

  • Northern Ireland's ploughshare option

    9-Jun-1994

    "IF terrorism is taken out of the equation, then we must do better," commented one Northern Irish lawyer of last week's momentous events. The axiomatic quality of his statement, is tempered by the conditional. False dawns aplenty have broken.But doing better will mean significant changes for the legal community, which has often had its pattern of work dominated by the violence.The criminal injury and damage compensation work ...

  • OXFORD, BEDS & BUCKS

    12-Jun-1994

    Oxfordshire's lawyers suffer from the proximity of Reading, the large Northampton and Midlands firms and even Birmingham practices. Perhaps as a result, local firms have created a market which appears separate to the rest of the region. "Oxford is a bit of an island unto itself," says one Reading lawyer.The largest Oxford firm is Cole and Cole, whose success is acknowledged by lawyers outside the city.Partner John Cole says: "The firm has changed quite dramatically ...

  • Paisners oversees Ascot shake-up

    12-Jun-1994

    Paisner & Co is advising on the £173 million restructuring of leisure group Ascot Holdings.If successful, the refinancing will eliminate negative net worth of around u25 million and will replace this with shareholder funds of between u51 million and u61 million.The legal team is led by partner Keith Stella, with partners Stephen Nelson (on new bank facilities and mezzanine finance) and Stephen Marshall (on Swiss bond offers).

  • Pannone Napier split 'not final'

    9-Jun-1994

    DISSOLVED multi-party action firm Pannone Napier could reform if a spate of disasters similar to those which plagued the UK during the past decade occur again.But former Law Society president Rodger Pannone, who formed the joint venture firm in 1986 with fellow personal injury lawyer Michael Napier, says it is more likely that his practice, Pannone & Partners, would put in joint tenders for such work with Napier's Irwin Mitchell.Pannone says the practice, ...

  • Partners opt for banking

    12-Jun-1994

    Two London-based Coudert Brothers partners are leaving to take up top City in-house banking jobs.Banking and corporate tax partner Jeremy McCallum is to join Credit Lyonnais as legal department head on 9 January.He replaces Jennifer Goodwin, who left to go to UBS two months ago (The Lawyer 20 September).International banking and finance partner Barry Metzger has been granted a leave of absence to become general counsel at the Asian Development Bank.

  • Peppers bridges St Petersburg 'culture gap'

    12-Jun-1994

    US FIRM Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz has stolen a march on its larger compatriots and UK City firms with its appointment as legal adviser to the city of St Petersburg.The agreement between the firm and officials representing St Petersburg was signed on 9 November.The chair of Pepper Hamilton's 20-lawyer Russian and central Asian Practice Group, Edward Lieberman, says: "We are delighted to have been retained by the city. In this engagement, we will be focusing ...

  • Political punch up

    12-Jun-1994

    Boxer Terry Marsh is shaping up for a legal bout with the local Labour Party in Basildon, Essex. Marsh is heading for the High Court with accusations that the party is in breach of contract and has infringed his rights as a member of the Nethermayne branch.

  • Postcards from the edge

    12-Jun-1994

    LEADING corporate finance lawyer Mike Francies, one of Clifford Chance's highest billers, is quitting the firm to head US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges' corporate practice in London.Francies, who is thought to have billed about £3m last year, has been given a mandate by his ...

  • Publication of Arms-to-Iraq report delayed

    9-Jun-1994

    The publication of the report from Lord Justice Scott into the sale of defence equipment to Iraq has been delayed until early next year. Publication of the report, scheduled for the autumn, has been postponed due to the need to gather and assess extra information. The conduct of the Attorney General, Sir Nicholas Lyell QC, was brought into question at hearings held earlier this year.

  • Record cards on way out at County Court

    12-Jun-1994

    Simon Rogers reportsCounty Court records could be computerised by next year if a multi-million pound scheme goes ahead.The Caseman scheme, developed by computer experts at the Lord Chancellor's Department, will translate the thousands of manual record cards stored in county courts into on-screen data.It will be a module of the present Local County Court System (LCCS) system.Caseman has been on test at London's Edmonton ...

  • Recruitment in the South East

    12-Jun-1994

    Recruitment in the South East has tended to focus on specialist areas. Much of the external recruitment in the region in the last three years has been at senior level - attracting highly qualified lawyers with the aim of developing niche markets. This has largely proved successful.Areas in demand include personal injury, medical negligence, childcare and local authority work, financial services and corporate/commercial. The most encouraging sign from all counties ...

  • Repeat offenders

    12-Jun-1994

    The environmental risk which needs to be managed in a company is primarily the risk of being prosecuted in a criminal court.This happens in two ways. Either the company is prosecuted or the individual officers or directors end up in court. The second concern must be the risk of being sued in a civil action - either by a regulator trying to recover clean-up costs or by an aggrieved third party, possibly a neighbouring landowner or resident, seeking to recover damages for ...

  • Robert Highmore wants more stringent laws against harassment

    9-Jun-1994

    Finding a cause of action to support a claim for an injunction in commercial situations is usually not difficult.Advising a client who is being harassed - perhaps being "stalked" or having their offices picketed by someone bearing a grudge - on their cause of action is not so straightforward.While media or sports personalities are particularly vulnerable, invasion of privacy in one form or another affects many not in the public eye.One ...

  • Safety first

    12-Jun-1994

    Janet Gaymer advises prevention rather than cure as far as Health & Safety at Work legislation is concernedEmployment law is rather like the film 'Jaws'. Just when you think that it is safe to give advice, another shark of a statute or case appears on the horizon. Risk management is therefore a crucial aspect of the employment lawyer's work.A recent high profile example of this was the decision by Justice Colman that John Walker, a Northumberland ...

  • SBL launches ethnic directory

    12-Jun-1994

    A DIRECTORY of ethnic minority lawyers was launched last week by the Society of Black Lawyers.The publication aims to bring attention to minority lawyers but also to highlight their scarcity in City firms.SBL Chair Makbool Javaid says the directory is a result of research carried out by Bristol University, which found that "ethnic minority clients are not getting the kind of service they are entitled to"."On occasion they find solicitors are unsympathetic, ...

  • Scrum half joins Blythe Liggins team

    9-Jun-1994

    FORMER England rugby international scrum half Richard Moon has joined Warwickshire firm Blythe Liggins as head of its employment law unit.Moon, who trained and worked with City firm Freshfields for eight years, moved to Birmingham practice Wragge & Co last year. He started at Blythe Liggins last month.An England B international, Moon won rugby Blue alongside high-profile Cambridge ...

  • Sparks flying in liability dispute

    9-Jun-1994

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  • SPG election loser heads strategy group

    12-Jun-1994

    The Sole Practitioners Group (SPG) has formed a strategy committee to be headed by the loser in the recent leadership campaign.The new sub-committee will be chaired by David O'Hagan, who failed in an attempt to oust SPG chair Arnold Rosen in the summer's election campaign.John Lymbury, from Nottingham, who unsuccessfully stood as vice chair against Naomi Turl, is also on the strategy group, as is SPG treasurer, Norfolk-based Andrew Blencowe; Rosen is ...

  • Stonehams

    9-Jun-1994

    When regional firm Stoneham Langton & Passmore won the u1 million contract for Croydon Council' s legal work earlier this year it stamped its name on the local authority market.The firm, which operates from three offices around the country, including a six-partner Croydon practice, was awarded the tender after beating more than 70 top City and regional practices in the bid to take on the bulk of the council's legal services.Since then, Stoneham's ...

  • Strangled by a necklace of bad debt

    12-Jun-1994

    Tim Miller explains the background to the demise of Deacon Goldrein Green, which is facing bankruptcy proceedingsWhen Andrew Macfarlane addressed the Law Society's legal aid conference three years ago he issued a chilling warning: "Bankers don't have social consciences."Macfarlane, the then managing partner of Deacon Goldrein Green (DGG), told the Lord Chancellor that many of the major players would "go under" unless urgent steps were taken to improve ...

  • Support grows for Addison

    12-Jun-1994

    THE CROWN Prosecution Service is facing a growing storm of protest and a possible civil action over the suspension of Neil Addison, a senior Crown prosecutor and Bar Council member.The Bar Council and leading public sector lawyers are supporting Addison, who was suspended last month for writing newspaper articles on Bar matters. They have blasted the CPS as "insane" for continuing with its disciplinary action.London firm

  • Tench takes Lovells into lobby work

    12-Jun-1994

    FORMER Consumers' Association director of legal affairs, David Tench, is leading the lobbying revolution at City firm Lovell White & Durrant.Lovells partner Michael Hutchings, who specialises in competition regulation, recruited Tench at the end of October in preparation for the firm's launch of its political lobbying service last week.Hutchings had experienced lobbying first-hand during his four-year tenure at the firm's Brussels office, where ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Gill Doran

    9-Jun-1994

    THE COLLEGE of Law has been sidelined at a crucial stage in the Bar Council's move to end the Inns of Court School of Law's monopoly by farming out training to other institutions.The college is absent from a list of eight institutions drawn up by the Bar. These institutions, according to the Bar, have the best chance of winning validation when its training monopoly ends in 1997.As part of the tendering process the Bar Council has divided the ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: James Ware

    12-Jun-1994

    At its last session the Council of the Law Society met in camera to determine its views on the future of conveyancing.Since the public and legal press were excluded the only information we have was contained in a news-managed report in last week's Law Society Gazette which stated that the council "had confounded expectations by holding fast to its support for separate representation of borrowers".This calls for two comments. First to express distaste ...

  • Things can only get better

    12-Jun-1994

    Law firms in the South East were the hardest hit by the recession, but Simon Rogers discovers that things are improvingThe South East is not the homogeneous region of popular imagination. Dominated by London in the centre, it suffered more than any other area in the recession and is only just beginning to pull itself back from the precipice.This is not an area dominated by large firms, nor is it cohesive. Apart from Oxford and Reading there are no legal centres ...

  • TKB Dutch expert joins Howes Percival

    9-Jun-1994

    Dutch lawyer Wilma Lloyd-Schutt has left Turner Kenneth Brown to join Howes Percival. A high-profile Dutch advocate and English solicitor, she is known for her talks on EU law and trade with Holland. Lloyd-Schutt worked for TKB's European and Competition Law Group in London. Howes Percival says it is keen to expand its European specialist legal advice because of increased trade with EU member ...

  • Treading carefully

    12-Jun-1994

    Does risk management have any relevance to the technology industry or to other industries' dealings with it?I believe it does. Where an industry has established a regular pattern of behaviour - where the legal problems which face that industry are well-known - it is reasonable to assume that people working in that industry have a reasonable degree of legal awareness: that is, awareness of the risks attached to certain actions and of the need to take precautions ...

  • We're duly chastised

    12-Jun-1994

    Consider your knuckles rapped for saying on the front page of The Lawyer 22 November that the Legal Aid Board "wrapped" the knuckles of TV Edwards.It sounds like something you would buy from Sainsbury's: 'Honey-roast Edwards' knuckles - u1.20/lb'.Young & Solon6 Blackheath Road SE10 8BY

  • Westminster accused ready for battle

    9-Jun-1994

    It has been described as "the largest act of corruption in the history of local government; corruption of the machinery itself".But now those with blackened reputations will have the chance to put their case at public hearings next month.Among them will be Robert Lewis, at Freshfields since 1988, but who joined Westminster Council in 1986 as deputy city solicitor. One of his most important roles was to advise on housing matters. The respondents are accused of ...

  • WIN A BOTTLE

    12-Jun-1994

    The Lawyer is delighted to announce 'The Jameson Smooth Irish Whiskey' award for the best letter published on this page.The prize will be a fine bottle of Jameson's Whiskey delivered direct to your address - so pick up your quills and start scribbling.The prize will depend on the quality of letters and may not be awarded each week.

  • Women encouraged to join judiciary

    12-Jun-1994

    Women solicitors were encouraged to apply for judicial posts at a presentation last week by Robin Holmes, head of the judicial appointments group at Lord Chancellor's Department, and sponsored by the Association of Women Solicitors. New LCD figures show there are six women High Court judges compared with 89 men, 29 women circuit judges compared with 485 men, and 41 women recorders out of a total of 868. At the lower levels, there are 84 women deputy district judges out of a total ...