6 March 1995

The Lawyer

  • A Better Banker

    10-Mar-1995

    The Law Society's rules and statutory requirements for handling client or other third-party funds lay down stringent guidelines about the management of clients' funds. Your bankers should be able to help generate methods to meet these with a minimum of administration on your part.We believe the bank's main consideration should at all times be client liaison and building the partnership's business; any administration functions that can be streamlined or ...

  • Adopt or adapt code Bar warns chambers

    10-Mar-1995

    A MODEL code for chambers is to be sent out to sets up and down the country to encourage them to adopt the Bar Council's new Equality Code.Chambers will be encouraged to adopt or adapt the model code to bring them in line with the new Equality Code, which was agreed at the recent Bar Council meeting.The extensive 65-page document, which has been welcomed by the Association of Women Barristers, covers discrimination, harassment, fair selection of pupils and ...

  • Angry voices, but how high the cost

    10-Mar-1995

    Last week's ruling by the European Court of Human Rights on the Gibraltar Three raised a predictable outcry from the usual quarters. Blaming the messenger, government spokesman after government spokesman and Eurosceptic after Eurosceptic condemned the judgment.The decision was described in terms varying from "ludicrous" to "discraceful". The underlying theme (in the light of 36 adverse decisions for the UK out of 76 cases, with only Turkey ...

  • Are you really being served?

    10-Mar-1995

    Over the past five years, we have examined the bank statements of more than 70 solicitors and small businesses, and have saved them over £1 million.These savings come from three main sources. First, the contract with the bank, usually in the form of an arrangement letter, is often ignored. Unless the law firm has the time and ability to check in detail, it will not pick up on overcharges. We have found more than 2,000 errors and very few are in the customers' ...

  • Bar Council voices fears over effect of deferring call to Bar

    10-Mar-1995

    BAR Council plans to defer call to the Bar for non-qualified barristers are still generating fears over potential racial discrimination, despite the council's belief that its revamped equality code will deal with such concerns.The Bar intends to defer call for pupils and trainees of less than six months.At the council's meeting last weekend, members debated deferment among a host of other pressing issues.A Bar spokesman said: "Debate remains ...

  • Be nice to the banks

    10-Mar-1995

    Pity the poor banker. In the game of life he aspired to be a player, maybe even the scorer. Instead, all does is provide the kit. If this wasn't bad enough, he incurs everyone's wrath whenever he wants his ball back.I like banks and bankers. They are always nice to me and, as a firm, Simmons & Simmons has always enjoyed the best of relations. I put this down to a number of reasons.We spread our financing arrangements across four major banks. They compete ...

  • Beware conmen bearing gifts

    10-Mar-1995

    Alistair Walters is a partner at Walker Martineau. His book on advance fee and prime bank instrument fraud is published by Sweet & Maxwell.The recent publicity about the discovery of an advance fee fraud run from Torquay has once again thrust this type of scam into the spotlight.There have been many similar frauds over the past few years with victims ranging from the Salvation Army to the Belling Pension Fund. On each occasion, there is a flurry of newspaper ...

  • Biddle & Co.

    10-Mar-1995

    Bill Dixon , a partner at Biddle & Co., asks how reliable is memory in witness testimonyA great deal of psychological research is now available on both human memory in general and witness testimony in particular.The dramatic effect of leading questions, for example, has been documented.A US researcher Elizabeth Loftus, showed film of a car accident to the subjects. Some were asked how fast the first car was going when it "hit" ...

  • Biddle & Co.

    10-Mar-1995

    Bill Dixon , a partner at Biddle & Co., asks how reliable is memory in witness testimonyA great deal of psychological research is now available on both human memory in general and witness testimony in particular.The dramatic effect of leading questions, for example, has been documented.A US researcher Elizabeth Loftus, showed film of a car accident to the subjects. Some were asked how fast the first car was going when it "hit" ...

  • Board rapped in BMA letter

    10-Mar-1995

    DOCTORS have accused the Legal Aid Board of unrealistically raising the hopes of medical negligence plaintiffs by handing out legal aid casually.The claim, made in the British Medical Association's response to Lord Mackay's legal aid Green Paper, has been met with fury by personal injury lawyers and prompted a vigorous LAB defence of procedures.In a letter seen by The Lawyer, the BMA claims "the current 'merits' test is failing to discriminate ...

  • CJD. Height without harm - a tall order

    10-Mar-1995

    In 1984, Alison Lay, a 22-year-old bank typist from Winchester, Hampshire, began staggering for no apparent reason. Her health declined rapidly until she was unable to talk or respond in any way and she died 11 months later. A post-mortem revealed her brain was pitted with tiny, spongy holes unlike those seen in any other disease except the rare Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) that usually afflicts elderly people.Her death came eight years after she had completed a four-year ...

  • Close Brothers banks on Freshfields for rights issue

    10-Mar-1995

    Freshfields' work on the £53.4 million rights issue of UK merchant bank Close Brothers demonstrates the advantage of retaining acorn clients. They grow into oaks, as the bank's value today testifies.Close, which started in 1979 as a £1 million management buy-out by three directors, now has a market capitalisation of around £360 million following the rights issue.Freshfields has nurtured Close since the earliest days, said Peter Winkworth, ...

  • Commission backs Law Soc training

    10-Mar-1995

    THE LAW Society has won European Commission support for its legal training initiatives after meetings in Brussels earlier this month showed the subject was high on Europe's list of priorities.Chair of the Law Society's training committee Simon Baker and legal education and training group chair Richard King met with commission officials to discuss continuing professional development in the UK. King said it was clear that Europe "fully supports" the UK programmes.

  • Courting clients

    10-Mar-1995

    AT LEAST one High Court judge has condemned the practice, a Queen's Counsel has spoken out against it, and now the Legal Services Ombudsman has called for action.But still the Law Society refuses to ban its members from sleeping with clients.Unlike doctors who are governed by strict ethical rules, solicitors in England and Wales remain free to romance their clients. According to professional guidelines a lawyer can take a client to bed and to court, so long ...

  • Defeated Gulf War syndrome firms win right to judicial review

    10-Mar-1995

    THREE firms fighting to lead the Gulf War syndrome multi-party action, claim the Territorial Army links of one of their lawyers unfairly barred them from winning the contract.But the consortium, made up of Donn & Co, Leigh Day & Co and Roythorne & Co, has been granted leave to judicially review the Legal Aid Board over its decision to deny them the contract to lead the case against the Government.At the High Court, Mr Justice Dyson granted leave for an expedited ...

  • Dibbs rides to Knight investors' aid

    10-Mar-1995

    DIBB Lupton Broomhead has come to the rescue of the Knight Williams Investors Action Group (KWIAG) by offering its services on a pro bono basis to help its members recover money lost through alleged bad advice.Dibbs is fielding a four-lawyer team, led by head of commercial litigation Neil Micklethwaite, and hopes to add to it a barrister and forensic accountant.The firm decided to help the cash-strapped and mainly elderly investors of the collapsed company after ...

  • Disclosure reform 'threatens equality'

    10-Mar-1995

    THE GOVERNMENT'S disclosure reform plans would probably infringe the European Convention on Human Rights if enacted, the campaign group Justice has warned.In its response to Home Secretary Michael Howard's consultation paper on disclosure, the group attacks what it sees as a distinct prosecution bias.And it says plans to limit disclosure by the prosecutor to the defence will erode the balance between the two sides in breach of European Court of Human ...

  • Eurotunnel contract dispute edges closer to arbitration

    10-Mar-1995

    Trans Manche Link (TML), the 10-company consortium which received a Eurotunnel contract claim of FF8 billion (£1 billion), has yet to appoint lawyers to defend it or make a formal response to Eurotunnel.However, a TML source said the construction companies would be consulting their own lawyers prior to meeting to thrash out a joint response.The claim is likely to be handled by the arbitration panel set up under the Channel Tunnel's disputes procedure. ...

  • Experience counts for Wilde Sapte duo

    10-Mar-1995

    Wilde Sapte's plans to develop its project finance practice took several steps forward last week when it announced the addition of two City lawyers to its major projects practice.The two are Bruce Johnston from Linklaters & Paines and Christopher Clement-Davies from SBC Warburg, both in their mid-30s.Wilde Sapte said the two have considerable UK and international project ...

  • Fast puts brakes on program theft

    10-Mar-1995

    The Federation Against Software Theft (Fast), last week brought a successful criminal prosecution against Computer Component Marketing, of Altringham, Cheshire. The action concerned the importing and professional counterfeiting of Microsoft's Windows 3.11 for Workgroups operating system.The company pleaded guilty to charges of possession and supply of counterfeit product under the Trademarks Act 1994 and the Trade Descriptions Act 1968.The ...

  • Financings

    10-Mar-1995

    Macfarlanes advised Morgan Grenfell Development Capital on the launch of its third-party investment fund

  • Financings

    10-Mar-1995

    Pinsent Curtis advised FKI on a syndicated £120 million revolving multicurrency and Sterling acceptance credit facility led by Barclays Bank. Clifford Chance advised Barclays.

  • Financings

    10-Mar-1995

    Dibb Lupton Broomhead acted for UCB Invoice Discounting which provided working capital for the £2.8 million purchase by Tambalan of the Ross Consumer Products and technical services group.

  • Financings

    10-Mar-1995

    DJ Freeman advised Hill Samuel Property Unit Trust in a forward-funding agreement with Swan Hill developments

  • Financings

    10-Mar-1995

    Pinsent Curtis in Leeds acted for Natwest Ventures on equity financing for the £17.5 million management buy-out of Tricom Automotive from Elcar SPA.

  • Firms take centre stage for SE action

    10-Mar-1995

    EDGE & Ellison and Cambridge two-partner firm Ritchie Samuel played a central legal role in the Stock Exchange climb-down over its unprecedented libel action taken against one of its own members.The two practices represented their clients David Jones, chief executive of share dealing service Sharelink, and Cambridge computer company Electronic Share Information (ESI), in the widely-reported rift with the exchange over joint agreements to launch a real-time share price system ...

  • Fisher Meredith shows its wares on the buses

    10-Mar-1995

    Solicitor Eileen Pembridge's firm, Fisher Meredith, has launched an advert- ising campaign on buses for its twentieth anniversary."Twenty years of serving the community," says the advert for the London legal aid firm which is being carried on buses running up and down 11 bus routes.Pembridge, senior partner at the firm and unsuccessful Law Society presidential candidate, set the practice up in 1975 with Mike Fisher, who left in 1985.The firm, ...

  • Fountain takes jump into marketing

    10-Mar-1995

    John Malpas reportsA BACKROOM shake-up at the largest UK set has created a new post with the dreaded term "marketing" in its title.But for the newly-appointed director of marketing at Five Fountain Court, the term has been one which barristers have been afraid to use for too long.The huge Birmingham set, which has over 60 tenants, has appointed French lawyer Olivier Morel as director of marketing. His brief is to give "structure ...

  • Fraudulent transactions

    10-Mar-1995

    There are a number of different types of transactions offered by fraudsters.Trading in financial instrumentsThe victim may be offered the opportunity to invest in the trading of standby letters of credit (SLCs), discounted letters of credit (LCs), prime bank guarantees (PBGs) or bank debenture instruments. The deal might be based on 'rolling over' SLCs or LCs, or the release of tranches of instruments or money.References may ...

  • Garretts takes Arista

    10-Mar-1995

    Helen Sage reportsCity firm Garrett & Co has placed a six-figure sum software order with Axxia Systems for its practice management system Arista. The firm, which recently celebrated its second anniversary, opted for the system after investigating a total of eight solutions. Partner Keith Barnett said: "Whatever system we chose had to guarantee accurate time capture with a minimum of disruption to the fee earner."

  • Grimsby's lawyer plans nationwide sports link

    10-Mar-1995

    A national network for sports lawyers is being proposed by the solicitor for First Division football club Grimsby Town.William King wants to set up an association which would provide a nationwide link between all the lawyers who work in this expanding sector.The body would provide an information and work exchange for its members, and would offer an effective quality guarantee for clients of the member solicitors.King, partner with Grimsby firm Beetenson ...

  • Hammicks CD-ROM

    10-Mar-1995

    Hammicks and Whitaker have joined forces to produce Hammicks' Legal Catalogue on CD-ROM, utilising the software interface used to access Whitaker's bibliographic files.Hammicks has made a commitment to produce the catalogue more frequently, on a quarterly basis initially, and to provide the information on CD-ROM and eventually on the Internet.

  • Hard copy has edge over software

    10-Mar-1995

    An electronic version of the The Supreme Court Practice 1995 otherwise known as the White Book is likely to provoke the interest of any computer-literate litigation lawyer and on the face of it the facilities provided by the digital edition are impressive.Its many features allow the user to search for any word or words in all or any parts of The White Bookview the results of any search in a prioritised list of importancewhen viewing text, move ...

  • Have a say on freemasons

    10-Mar-1995

    The Home Office Select Committee is investigating the influence of freemasons in the legal profession (The Lawyer 29 August).What do you think? Do you believe a sinister force is exerting undue control over the workings of legal bodies or are you convinced freemasonry is an outlet for harmless socialising and charity work?Write to The Lawyer 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX or fax 0171 734 053Angry voices, but how high the cost

  • Hong Kong/Amnesty. Chinese puzzle for Hong Kong firms

    10-Mar-1995

    Unlicensed UK and US law firms practising in China are being forced to pack their bags following a crackdown by the Ministry of Justice on illegal offices. Foreign firms say authorities are enforcing long-ignored restrictions on their local operations without warning.The hard-line stance appears to have spread to those practices working legally on the mainland. Since 1994, the number of foreign law firms officially licensed to operate in China has been cut by 9 per cent.

  • Hong Kong/Amnesty. Deafened by the sound of silence

    10-Mar-1995

    Stephen Grosz is a partner at Bindman & Partners, which acted for Amnesty International"Listen. Can you hear it? It's the sound of the hillsides and fields of Rwanda, where in their hundreds and thousands the dead lie silent."This is a quote from the beginning of the advert which the British Section of Amnesty International wanted to broadcast on commercial radio.The Broadcasting Act 1980 prohibits adverts by bodies "whose objects are wholly ...

  • How to get ahead in banking

    10-Mar-1995

    Banks have been aiming increasingly aggressive marketing campaigns at law firms. The Royal Bank of Scotland is sponsoring the 1995 solicitors' annual conference and many of the major clearing banks are using direct mail to try and shake the loyalty law firms have to their bank.But how effective are these marketing strategies?Laytons' national partnership administrator Douglas Knowles is unimpressed with the marketing efforts banks make towards law firms. ...

  • IBA pushes insolvency rules

    10-Mar-1995

    BUSINESS lawyers are hoping to encourage an international ruling on insolvency proceedings through the introduction of an agreed set of multi-jurisdictional guidelines.The agreement, drawn up by 20 countries across the world, recommends uniformity in rules covering cross-border proceedings.Prepared last month by lawyers of the International Bar Association, it provides a framework for harmonising insolvency issues in both civil and common law jurisdictions around ...

  • In brief: Apil wants better targeting of PI work

    10-Mar-1995

    Legal aid for personal injury work should be channelled to "competent" lawyers, according to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. In its submission to Lord Mackay's Green Paper the association suggests aid should be targeted at firms containing members on the relevant Law Society panels once problems relating to membership have been sorted out and local access is ensured. Apil also "completely rejects" plans for a cash-limited legal aid scheme with block contracts. It says ...

  • In brief: Extradition hopes improve for Leeson

    10-Mar-1995

    Extradition to the UK of Nick Leeson, the dealer blamed with bringing down Barings bank, could follow an action launched by the Barings Perpetual Noteholders' Action Group, whose members lost £100 million in the bank's collapse. The City of London Magistrates' Court issued eight summonses on behalf of the group requiring Leeson to appear on 30 October to answer charges. The alleged offences are within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court. The action group ...

  • In brief: Family group plans fund-raising event

    10-Mar-1995

    The Family Rights Group is holding a reception for family law practitioners next month in a bid to raise funds for child protection work. The 2 November event, the first of its kind, will be hosted by Dame Margaret Booth DBE, patron of the FRG's financial appeal. Appeal committee members include Alan Levy QC and James Munby QC. Entertainment, in the form of a sketch based on the Children Act 1989, will be performed by QCs David Bodey and Paul Coleridge. More information from Richard ...

  • In brief: Lambeth lawyer faces investigation

    10-Mar-1995

    The head of legal services at Lambeth Council appeared before a disciplinary hearing last week. Paul Lally, who has been suspended since March, was brought before an investigating panel of three councillors at the town hall on Thursday. The meeting is private and Lambeth Council has refused to discuss the nature of the charges against him. But it is understood that the evidence is extremely detailed and will take several weeks to hear. The investigating committee consists of councillors ...

  • In brief: Merger boosts private client work

    10-Mar-1995

    London firm Gregory, Rowcliffe & Milners has amalgamated with the partnership of Pettit & Westlake to form a specialist private client and litigation practice. Partners Peter and Morwen Pettit have taken their staff to the 1 Bedford Row offices of Gregorys, which will remain as the practice name. Gregorys has strong international links with an Anglo-German bias. Established in 1784, it has always practised from the same offices.

  • In brief: New Year start for ICI chief legal adviser

    10-Mar-1995

    ICI has appointed a new general counsel. Michael Herlihy, currently taxation controller, will take up his new post on 1 January next year. He will be the company's chief legal adviser with responsibility for ensuring the effectiveness of legal and company secretarial services throughout the group. The assistant company secretary Ken Rushton will become company secretary on the same date.

  • In brief: TSG suggests replacement for LPC

    10-Mar-1995

    A proposal by the Trainee Solicitors' Group could see the Legal Practice Course pared down and some of its content transferred to the training contract. In its response to the review of legal education conducted by the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (ACLEC), the TSG says the LPC should be cut and specialist and skills training introduced during articles. The new plan would cut student debt and do away with unnecessary study. A new Legal ...

  • Labour puts legal issues high on conference agenda

    10-Mar-1995

    LEGAL issues play a leading role at this week's Labour Party conference in Brighton.The event will culminate with a debate on Labour's Access to Justice policy paper and its planned radical reforms of the legal profession.On Sunday the Society of Labour Lawyers meets, with guest speakers Paul Boateng MP, Labour legal spokesman, and Roger Smith of Legal Action Group.The Liberty and Charter 88 debate on democracy, 'Power to the people', ...

  • Laundering code

    10-Mar-1995

    The International Bar Association Council has urged its members to promote common professional standards on money laundering and embody them into a code of practice for lawyers worldwide. Recent estimates place the amount laundered around the globe at £500 billion per annum. The council has agreed to institute practice rules aimed at denying criminals access to legal services which would assist in laundering the proceeds of crime.

  • Law directory update

    10-Mar-1995

    Martindale Hubbells' CD-ROM version of its international law directory is to be launched this autumn in Windows format.

  • LCD faces shutdown over IT tenders

    10-Mar-1995

    ESSENTIAL computer systems in the Lord Chancellor's Department, Courts Service and the County Courts could be switched off by staff this week in protest over a £60 million IT privatisation plan.Tendering by the LCD is already under way, with four large computer service companies shortlisted, including General Motors subsidiary EDS, once owned by US ex-presidential hopeful Ross Perot.Staff are uneasy about the privatisation, required under "private ...

  • Lib Dems reveal ideas to save legal aid

    10-Mar-1995

    A UNIVERSAL right to legal redress must be enshrined in a written constitution, according to the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association.The association unveiled its blueprint for legal reform at the House of Commons on Friday.In its Access to Justice report the group goes out of its way to distance itself from Labour, which has promised there will be no more money for legal aid.The group claims any predetermined budget is incompatible with access to ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 03/10/95

    10-Mar-1995

    IAN GORDON COCKBURN, 49, admitted 1969, practised as Cockburns, Brighton, struck off and ordered to pay £3,665 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised or held himself out as being entitled to practise without current practising certificate, failed to reconcile books of account, delivered accounts late, failed to keep accounts correctly, failed to pay client funds into client account, used client funds for own purposes. ...

  • Litigation Forthcoming Case 03/10/95

    10-Mar-1995

    Roger Pearson looks at the first piece of major lottery litigationSIBThe High Court's Family Division is set for the first major lottery litigation. Mukhtar Mohidin, who won £18 million on the lottery, is now locked in dispute with his wife Sayeeda over who gets the money.Mr Mohidin, 40, one-time Blackburn factory worker, was the first major jackpot winner in December. But he and his wife now accuse each other of ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 03/10/95

    10-Mar-1995

    Richardson v Wood - QBD 12 July 199Claimant: Valerie RichardsonAccident: Road trafficInjuries: Plaintiff suffered whiplash injuries resulting in reduced energy, reduced capacity to work for the marketing company where she was employed, difficulty in carrying heavy shopping. Also claims injury has had effect on sight in her right eyeAward: £122,100Judge: Mr Justice RougierPlaintiff's solicitors: Moore ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 03/10/95

    10-Mar-1995

    Securities and Investments Board v Radhe Sham Uberoi and Anil Uperoi (1995).Ch.D (Millett J).Summary: Action by the Securities and Investments Board against unauthorised dealers in investments.Application by The Securities and Investments Board for summary judgment under RSC O.14 against the defendants for carrying on investment business in the UK in contravention of s.3 Financial Services Act 1986 and against the second defendant in respect of false ...

  • Litigation Writs 03/10/95

    10-Mar-1995

    Michael Parri-Hughes, former managing director of Cray Systems, of Frimley, Surrey, is being sued for damages for allegedly failing to use reasonable skill and care in his work. Cray's writ claims damages for breach of his employment contract and damages for breach of trust and confidence during his time as managing director and head of sales and marketing of Cray-owned company Message Handling Systems, Watford.Writ issued by

  • Mears cites Barnes over SCB dispute

    10-Mar-1995

    MARTIN Mears has claimed the support of the Legal Services Ombudsman in his battle to bring the Solicitors Complaints Bureau in-house.The Law Society president's response to the reform plans for the bureau, sent out for consultation before he took office, is critical of the proposal to make the SCB more independent.And to the president's delight, ombudsman Michael Barnes agrees the regulatory functions of the bureau should be brought in-house.

  • Mistaken statistics

    10-Mar-1995

    The response of the Society of Black Lawyers to The Freedom Association's expose of the Commission for Racial Equality's false claim that "Only 1 per cent of solicitors in England are from ethnic minority groups" is disappointing.The CRE did not just get the fact wrong. It chose this "fact" to illustrate the failure of ethnic minorities to enter the legal profession. An SBL spokeswoman accused the Freedom Association of being "extremely ...

  • Morgan Bruce fills up with BP deal

    10-Mar-1995

    OIL company BP has struck a property deal which gives Welsh firm Morgan Bruce the legal work for nearly 1,000 filling stations, distribution depots and other commercial premises.Morgan Bruce will take on two senior in-house property lawyers from BP Oil UK in what amounts to a major expansion for the firm.David Rosmarin will handle BP's legal property representation at the firm's London offices, while Stephen Room joins the property unit at Swansea. ...

  • Nabarros warns users of IT liability pitfalls

    10-Mar-1995

    Top 10 law firm Nabarro Nathanson has advised IT suppliers and users to check that insurance policies cover them for all their liabilities.Their advice comes through a report issued by Nabarros in response to a series of multi-million pound cases brought by users against suppliers such as ICL, Ernst & Young and Dun & Bradstreet.According to partner Nigel Wildish, suppliers ...

  • NACAB slams trainee waiting lists

    10-Mar-1995

    VOLUNTEER advisers at citizens' advice bureaux are being forced to wait months for places on legal training schemes, it has been revealed.The delays are caused by an underfunding of bureaux coupled with a soaring demand for training in specialist areas such as employment law.They were revealed in the annual report of the National Association of Citizens' Advice Bureaux (NACAB), launched at the group's conference in York last week.A ...

  • No breach at Shoosmiths

    10-Mar-1995

    The introduction of the Accident Line Protect Insurance scheme removes the problem of costs which had arisen on some cases, whereby the agreement had been signed prior to the availability of ALP.In your article, 'Storm brews over Conditional Fees' (The Lawyer 11 July), I was quoted as saying we had got around the problem of insurance cover by indemnifying the first conditional fee client until insurance came into force. I wish to make it clear that ...

  • Nuclear protest

    10-Mar-1995

    The Law Council of Australia has issued a statement condemning the French government for its programme of nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean and calling on the country to cease testing until a determination is handed down by the International Court of Justice. The council, which made its statement with the support of the 22 member countries of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific and professional bodies in New Zealand, Noumea, the Solomon Islands and the Norfolk Islands, said ...

  • One-stop practice is the shape of things to come

    10-Mar-1995

    Finers partner Michael Simmons has predicted that a growing number of firms will establish themselves in multi-disciplinary practices as clients increasingly opt for one-stop-shopping for legal services.But he said specialist lawyers could continue to win work by building boutique practices and appealing to the buyers' right to choose.Speaking at the recent Paris meeting of the International Bar Association, Simmons warned that accountancy-led MDPs were ...

  • Penningtons heads SA speaking tour

    10-Mar-1995

    UK FIRM Penningtons will lead a delegation of European lawyers next month on a speaking tour of South Africa.Representatives from the European Law Group - which brings together firms in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK - will speak at a series of one-day seminars to be staged in the country from 16 to 20 October.The Penningtons ...

  • Planning for Asia

    10-Mar-1995

    The International Bar Association will hold a meeting of its Asia Pacific Forum in Bombay later this year. The meeting, 'New Business Oppor- tunities in India and Asia', will cover topics including foreign investment, infrastructure development and reform in Asia. For further information on the conference, which is being held from 23 to 26 November, telephone 0171 629 1206.

  • Polish parliament softens its line on restricting foreign practices

    10-Mar-1995

    THE POLISH parliament appears to be back-tracking over plans to force foreign firms to transfer their capital to Polish lawyers or shut down offices in the country.Initial signs show the draft law, which has been before the parliament since late last year, will be altered to allow lawyers admitted as advocates or legal advisers in Poland to continue practising in the country.But foreign practitioners awaiting news on the future of partnerships between Polish ...

  • Race event pulls top US attorneys

    10-Mar-1995

    THE DEFENCE lawyers who acted for OJ Simpson and Rodney King are to speak at a major London conference on black people in the criminal justice system.Johnnie Cochran and Milton Grimes have accepted invitations to speak at next month's 'Race for Justice' conference.Cochran, head defence attorney for Simpson, and Grimes, who acted for King during his civil action against police officers who assaulted him, are two of most high-profile black lawyers ...

  • Receivers close file on Butler's Whar

    10-Mar-1995

    Law firms Howard Kennedy and Clifford Chance acted in the final wrapping up of the Butler's Wharf Estate, which went into receivership in 1990.Howard Kennedy and property agents Cluttons advised Frogmore Estates in its purchase of the remaining freehold and leasehold properties in the London estate from joint administrative receivers Nigel Hamilton and Alan Bloom of Ernst & Young.

  • Reinstated solicitor rejects LAB overtures

    10-Mar-1995

    Hilda Amoo-Gottfried, the London solicitor judicially reviewing Legal Aid Board area committee moves to deselect her from a duty solicitor scheme, is pressing on with her action despite an LAB offer to pay her legal costs and settle, it is understood.Amoo-Gottfried was reinstated by LAB chiefs several weeks ago after a judge gave her leave to apply for judicial review.She was thought not only to be determined to have a judicial review but also to be considering ...

  • Seizing the impetus for reform

    10-Mar-1995

    David Thomas is a council member and partner at Lees Lloyd Whitely, Liverpool.Those who expected confrontation between the new president and the council at the September Law Society Council meeting were disappointed. Sweetness and light abounded, despite differences in opinion.The council recognised the new president has a democratic mandate and will consider his ideas with an open mind. The president recognised that constituency council members have ...

  • Set listens to clients' view

    10-Mar-1995

    A COMMERCIAL set has embarked on a research project to determine how pleased clients are with its work.The perceptions research has been undertaken for Temple-based Fountain Court by PR agency Ludgate Communications which conducted detailed interviews with the chambers' clients over a two-month period.Fountain executive manager and senior clerk Barry Down said the set wanted to ensure it was providing the best possible service to clients."We ...

  • Sokolows and Arent Fox go their separate ways

    10-Mar-1995

    PARISIAN practice Sokolow, Dunaud, Mercadier & Carreras has terminated its association with US firm Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, less than a year after the two joined to provide a Franco-American legal service.Jean-Francois Carreras, who had worked as a partner in both firms, left the New York office of the Washington DC practice in September. He remains as the sole US partner of Sokolows.The association between the two firms began last year when the Sokolows' ...

  • Temple sets make plans for October wedding

    10-Mar-1995

    TWO CHAMBERS in the Temple have merged after a mass of tenant defections from one of the sets.Raymond Walker QC's set in 1 Harcourt Buildings will be joining Simon Buckhaven's set in the same building from the beginning of October.The move follows the departure of 10 barristers from Walker's chambers over the past few months due to what one of the departing tenants described as "personality difficulties". It is understood some of the tenants were ...

  • The age of electronics

    10-Mar-1995

    As an international firm, Lovell White Durrant has bank accounts with 20 different banks around the world. In the UK, banking is split between two banks, which provide us with almost all services. This allows the firm to pick the provider of each service, choosing whether we benefit from the method used to provide the service or through using the cheapest one.Increasingly, services are provided electronically. We have had an in-house CHAPS system ...

  • The Banking Experience

    10-Mar-1995

    As a solicitors firm heavily committed to providing legal aid services, we need an accessible bank which offers a wide range of banking related services at the lowest possible cost.Like any business, we also need to earn as much interest as possible on all balances and to pay as little as possible for money we borrow.Having balanced convenience with cost, the rest is largely down to the efficiency of the bank selected and the ability of the account manager to ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Damian Wells

    10-Mar-1995

    What was your first job?Drawing white lines around corpses at the scenes of crimes.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?Salary? You mean I can get paid for this?What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Midfield dynamo for Brazil, nationality notwithstanding.Which law could you live without?The ones which compel pubs to shut down for the ...

  • Westminster Council enlists CPS in fight against 'carders'

    10-Mar-1995

    THE CROWN Prosecution Service is to be pressed to join a court offensive against gangs which control prostitutes' advertising on cards placed in telephone boxes.Westminster Council will urge the CPS to follow its initiative using planning legislation against the "carders".The move follows a warning that the council may have to curtail the number of prosecutions brought per week because of a cash shortage.Lawyers at the council have successfully ...

  • When the mixed approach works

    10-Mar-1995

    First a little history. Bevan Ashford was formed in 1987 as an amalgam of Bevan Hancock of Bristol and Ashford Sparks and Harwood of Devon, which was itself the result of a merger.The three principal offices, Bristol, Exeter and Tiverton, were banked by Midland (Bristol and Tiverton) and National Westminster (Exeter).When Edward Lewis of Cardiff joined, it too banked with Midland.At the time of the original merger, each office had its own arrangements ...

  • Whose decision is it anyway?

    10-Mar-1995

    Roger Pearson finds a successful private prosecution of rape originally thwarted by the CPSWRITSThe successful private prosecution brought by two Kent prostitutes against a man they accused of rape, indecent assault, false imprisonment and actual bodily harm has called into question the Crown Prosecution Service's use of its discretion not to prosecute.The Crown Prosecution Service claimed it dropped the case against Christopher Davies, ...