6 May 1996

The Lawyer

  • 'Guesswork' jibe at govt legal aid plans

    11-May-1996

    The Government's plans to end free legal aid are based on misinformation and guesswork and should be dropped, according to a report by the National Consumer Council.In a detailed submission to the Government, published on Monday, the influential group says the plans will not necessarily save taxpayers' money.The report warns that the costs of recovering contributions towards legal aid from people on very low incomes could be prohibitive, as could the ...

  • ACA protocol eclipsed by concern over placements

    11-May-1996

    Budget cuts may force the CPS to freeze its legal trainee placement scheme next year.News that the scheme, which saw 30 trainee lawyers taken on this year, may not go ahead in 1997 has overshadowed the signing of a protocol designed to boost the number of ethnic minority lawyers who work for it.The protocol was announced at the fifth annual conference of the African Caribbean and Asian Lawyers Group on 26 October.The joint agreement between CPS and ...

  • Advocating the status quo

    11-May-1996

    Mark Humphries believes solicitors are disadvantaged by the current requirements for advocacy training imposed by the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee (The Lawyer, 8 October).There are two short answers to the points he makes. First, anyone wishing to specialise in advocacy should become a barrister. The second is that in the training requirements he is not comparing like with like.From the moment a student enters the Bar Vocational Course ...

  • Andrew Long on dispute resolution. Should the market decide?Andrew Long is a litigation partner at Pinsent Curtis.

    11-May-1996

    Courts competing for cases? During the Thatcher era, competition and market forces extended to some unexpected areas. This applies to the dispute resolution and court systems; clients and lawyers now often have a wide choice of forums to determine disputes.In the past it seemed simple. For disputes between citizens the State provided the court system. The County Court had strict financial limits. The High Court had three Divisions, each dealing with different types ...

  • Bar students threaten to ignore Pach

    11-May-1996

    Bar students are threatening to set up an alternative pupillage clearing scheme following a wave of discontent over the Bar Council's own system.The students' anger stems from the fact that 1,400 of them have been left stranded in the first round of the Bar Council's Pach scheme after all the available 865 pupillages were offered to just 365 students.The second round of the system is supposed to tackle this imbalance, but the students at the Inns ...

  • Block contracts by 1999, says Orchard

    11-May-1996

    MUCH green form work will be delivered through block contracts by the end of 1999, the Legal Aid Board has predicted.Last Friday, the board's chief executive, Steve Orchard, delivered the most detailed timetable yet of the pilot projects the board will be mounting in preparation for the wholesale reform of the legal aid system planned by the Government.Family lawyers are first in line to take part in a programme which shows just how many changes the board ...

  • Booth and Moore take key roles in Graduate Law Fair

    11-May-1996

    CHERIE Booth QC and Brian Moore are to play key roles in this week's Graduate Law Fair, organised by The Lawyer.Thousands of tickets have been sent out for the fair, which takes place at the Barbican on Wednesday and Thursday. The event will boast 64 stands manned by law firms, chambers, colleges and lawyers' groups.There will also be a series of lectures to help graduates plan their careers.Booth will officially open the event, while Moore, ...

  • Brief

    11-May-1996

    Fountain Court Chambers celebrated an unprecedented year of judicial appointments with a party at the Wallace Collection. It was hosted by head of chambers Peter Scott QC (front).Among the appointees were: (l to r) Charles Gibson QC (Circuit bench); Lord Justice Potter (Lord Justice of Appeal); Timothy Walker QC, (High Court); Lord Justice Brooke (Lord Justice of Appeal); Lord Bingham of Cornhill (Lord Chief Justice); and Gordon Langley QC (High Court).

  • Bypassing a legal roadblock

    11-May-1996

    The legal team undoubtedly played a major role in steering the recent case, of a Norfolk couple whose luxury home at Wroxham was blighted by bypass plans, back before the Parliamentary Ombudsman.But, in what is regarded as a case that breaks new ground in respect of the legal right to overturn the Parliamentary Ombudsman's decisions, credit for the victory should go far wider than just the legal team, according to planning and local government ...

  • Call for avenue of redress against auditors

    11-May-1996

    Inept or malicious district auditors should be able to be sued if it is proved they have damaged the career of an individual, a barrister specialising in local government has claimed.Elizabeth Andrew, a tenant at Devereux Chambers, says that while a council can sue for a negligent audit, an individual whose reputation is soiled by an inept or malicious auditor has no legal comeback.Andrew's comments come as debate over the local government ...

  • Call for free market indemnity

    11-May-1996

    The call to allow a free market in solicitors' indemnity insurance has been echoed by indemnity expert Clive Boxer of Davies Arnold Cooper, who told delegates at a conference on professional indemnity that it was time the Solicitors Indemnity Fund was changed.Speaking at the conference, sponsored by Lloyds of London and DAC, he said only outside insurers could police standards in the professions by imposing higher premiums or refusing to insure practices which are not ...

  • Campaigner's flat demand

    11-May-1996

    This Thursday will see judicial review moves at the High Court by veteran anti-Sunday trading campaigner and retired solicitors clerk Roy Edey. This time Edey, along with his wife Marilyn, will be taking on Harrow School authorities. He is seeking a ruling that a county court order for damages after the school took possession of a flat he and his wife shared should be stayed pending the outcome of unfair dismissal proceedings his wife is taking against the school authorities ...

  • CEDR claims solicitors avoid use of mediation

    11-May-1996

    Solicitors are still not accepting mediation as a method of dispute resolution - that was the view from business at the Centre for Dispute Resolution at its conference last week.At the CEDR awards - in which Baker & McKenzie won the legal category for taking "ADR into the heart of its firm" - Lord Alexander of Weedon QC, chair of National Westminster Bank, told assembled lawyers ...

  • Chambers seek regular wages

    11-May-1996

    CHAMBERS practice managers are to meet with a leading bank to discuss a new scheme to provide barristers with a regular salary.The unique project is the brainchild of Peter Bennett, practice manager at James Hunt QC's chambers at 36 Bedford Row, and is already up and running at the set.So far 30 tenants have signed up to the scheme, which gives them a guaranteed monthly income based on their projected income for the year.The newly formed Legal ...

  • City firms do £5bn merger in a week

    11-May-1996

    Around 25 lawyers from four City law firms took just under a week to put together the complex £5bn merger of Cable & Wireless telecoms subsidiary Mercury and three cable companies.The merger deal, signed on 23 October, is one of the largest and most complex put together in the UK, and represents one of the biggest single sources of income for the commercial department of Slaughter ...

  • Coming to market

    11-May-1996

    In the Cayman Islands, financial services initiatives include legislation addressing trustee investment powers and duties, and new rules facilitating private or special purpose trusts. Plans are also well advanced for the establishment of a Caymans monetary authority in January.The Proceeds of Criminal Conduct Bill was passed by the Cayman government and strengthens the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty signed with the US. Under the legislation, which is based on the UK's ...

  • Conference looks forward to a positive future

    11-May-1996

    The young boy in the red cap who sat patiently beside his mother throughout an afternoon of speeches was blissfully unaware that the future of his generation was being carefully mapped out.Speaker after speaker at the Association of African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers Group fifth annual conference, held in London on 26 October, was not so much looking back in anger as forward in anticipation.If there was a discernible mood at the conference it was one of positive ...

  • Conference told of Net gains

    11-May-1996

    Multidisciplinary corrals and online advice sessions are two developments of the Internet that could benefit law firms, according to Liam McNeive, a partner at Masons.Addressing a conference on the Internet for Professional Services last week, McNeive said lawyers should not ignore the Internet as a potential source of income. He said the Net could be used as a marketing tool, to raise a firm's profile, to cater to existing clients and possibly to generate fees and ...

  • Consultants call for 'no lawyer' tribunal

    11-May-1996

    A personal injuries tribunal that will operate without lawyers is to be established in Ireland in an effort to cut the cost of insurance claims.Its aim will be to deal with compensation cases arising from motoring and workplace accidents in which liability is not disputed, and where both parties have agreed to adjudication. No legal representation will be necessary, though both sides will have the right to appeal any decision in the courts.The tribunal is one ...

  • Couderts loses Thompson

    11-May-1996

    The London office of US firm Coudert Brothers has lost one of its founding partners to City firm Richards Butler.Hugh Thompson will take up his appointment as a banking partner later this month.He rejoins a UK firm after six years at Couderts. Prior to that he was head of banking at Lawrence Graham.After founding the London office of Couderts, Thompson oversaw ...

  • Council bid to protect market charter given in Middle Ages

    11-May-1996

    A COUNCIL is launching the latest in a series of court battles to preserve a traditional market's historic monopoly.East Staffordshire Borough Council has applied to the High Court for an injunction to prevent a market from setting up in Uttoxeter as a rival to the council market, which has a charter granted in the Middle Ages.Staffordshire Council solicitor Lynne Kelly said the application was the latest in many launched by the local authority over ...

  • County solicitor heads for Dead Sea charity cycle expedition

    11-May-1996

    Staffordshire County Council solicitor David Brammer is training for a 340km cycle ride around the Dead Sea in a bid to raise funds for a cancer charity.He will set out on 23 November with around 50 other Britons who are seeking to raise £200,000 for the Cancer Relief MacMillan Fund.Brammer is well on his way to raising the £2,000 sponsorship required. "I've found parts of the legal community quite generous," he said.

  • Dibbs leaves Legal Resources Group after funding dispute

    11-May-1996

    Newly-merged Dibb Lupton Alsop is to drop out of the Legal Resources Group - the association of five regional firms that jointly runs a Brussels office and pools training and legal research - following disagreements over funding.Dibb Lupton Alsop and the other members could not agree funding arrangements following Dibb Lupton Broomhead's merger with existing member Alsop Wilkinson.Liverpool-based Alsops had been in the group since it began eight years ago ...

  • EC takeover proposals facing defeat says anti-trust co-chair

    11-May-1996

    The European Commission is likely to have to admit defeat over attempts to gain greater regulatory control over takeovers, according to Allen & Overy partner Michael Reynolds, co-chair of the International Bar Associations' anti-trust committee.Instead, he said, it is likely to allow companies to opt into EC control if takeovers affect at least three member states.At ...

  • Electronic info fair set to visit six cities

    11-May-1996

    AN ELECTRONIC legal information fair sets out next week on a tour of six cities.Manchester is the first port of call for the fair, which is being organised by the CTI Law Technology Centre based at the University of Warwick.It will also visit Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol, Birmingham and London.The aim of the non-profit-making venture is to disseminate IT know-how to the legal profession.Publishers and information providers ...

  • Eversheds installs £2m system

    11-May-1996

    National law firm Eversheds has invested over £2 million in what is reported to be the largest practice management system of its kind in the UK.The firm says it is installing a US computer system, Elite, in response to the "growing trend among UK clients to demand detailed, US-style billing and reporting from their solicitors".The first phase of ...

  • Financings

    11-May-1996

    Beachcroft Stanleys advised East Surrey Holdings on its capital restructuring in which it issued £12.3m-worth of bonus preference shares

  • Financings

    11-May-1996

    Norton Rose advised ANZ on arranging a $105m syndicated loan facility to the Pakistan State Oil Company under the guarantee of the State Bank of Pakistan.

  • Flotations

    11-May-1996

    Lewis Silkin acted for stockbroker John East & Partners

  • Flotations

    11-May-1996

    Cameron Markby Hewitt acted for Victory Corporation on its admission to AIM and its placing by Societe Generale Strauss Turnbull Securities.

  • Flotations

    11-May-1996

    Lawrence Graham acted for Second St David's Trust on a £46m flotation by introduction and a £2.715m placing on the London Stock Exchange .

  • Garretts reveals fee income for first time

    11-May-1996

    Fast-growing Garrett & Co and its Scottish associate firm Dorman Jeffrey & Co have revealed their fee income for the first time. Together they earned £14.9m in the year ended August 31, a respectable but not dazzling performance for a Top 100 firm now ranking around 50 in terms of size.The figures, released by Garretts' parent Arthur Andersen, also show that income from Garretts and Dorman Jeffrey so far accounts for 2.4 per cent of Andersen's total UK revenue, ...

  • Going for gold

    11-May-1996

    With the Olympic flame extinguished in Atlanta, attention has turned to preparations for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad to be held in Sydney in 2000.Inevitably, questions are being asked as to whether the facilities will be ready. SOCOG (the Sydney Organising Committee for the Games) firmly believes they will be. In the meantime, scores of firms await invitations from the New South Wales government to tender for the provision of a range of facilities, or for their tenders ...

  • Herbert Smith claims success as gas case heads for appeal

    11-May-1996

    Herbert Smith has claimed success for its client United Gas in a court battle with National Power over a controversial "take-or-pay" gas contract.Under the three-year deal, of a type common to the North Sea gas industry, United Gas agreed to pay National Power a specified amount each year for gas delivery, whether or not it takes the gas.But at one point, National Power, instead of supplying a fixed volume of gas to United Gas from its own resources, substituted ...

  • High-flying transatlantic wage splits partners

    11-May-1996

    Opinion is divided on White & Case's move to hike London newly-qualified salaries to New York levels, reports Helen SageNews that US firm White & Case is to start paying New York-level salaries to newly qualified lawyers in London has been met with confusion by the City.UK City firms suggest they may be forced to raise their salaries, but only if the other US firms with ...

  • Images of child pornography from the Internet

    11-May-1996

    Fellows v Arnold (1996)

  • In brief: C&L appoints stamp duty expert Quinlan

    11-May-1996

    Coopers & Lybrand has appointed Inland Revenue stamp duty solicitor Michael Quinlan to head its stamp duty group following a series of departures from its law team. Coopers had been planning to follow Arthur Andersen and Price Waterhouse in setting up a standalone law firm with Peter Preston, a former Theodore Goddard partner, at its core. But departures of lawyers over the last six months have brought the tax legal team from 14 to four, and Preston's contract has not been renewed. ...

  • In brief: DPP to deliver Fawcett lecture on equality

    11-May-1996

    Director of Public Prosecutions Barbara Mills QC will be answering the intriguing question "What does a woman want?" when she delivers the Second Fawcett Library Lecture. Mills will examine the barriers to making equal opportunities at work a reality for women, and what is being done by the Civil Service and the CPS in particular in order to overcome them. She will argue that men and women alike, their families and employees, will all benefit from the achievement of genuine equality. ...

  • In brief: Isherwood leaves Ricksons for Vaudreys

    11-May-1996

    Stephen Isherwood has joined Manchester law firm Vaudreys as a partner in the corporate department. Isherwood has left the Manchester office of Peter Rickson and partners. He will replace Paul Brown, who himself left Vaudreys last month to go to neighbouring firm Cobbetts.

  • In brief: Nottingham firm merges with neighbour

    11-May-1996

    Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins is to swallow up its smaller Nottingham neighbour - seven partner Bramleys - adding around 10 per cent to its turnover. Freeth Cartwright, already the largest law firm in Nottingham, will, from January 1, increase from 33 to 40 partners and from 137 total fee earners to around 150. Bramleys clients consist of "a number of significant businesses and high-quality private client work", according to Freeth Carwright senior partner Ian Payne. Freeth chief executive ...

  • In brief: Survey finds limited liability a priority

    11-May-1996

    More than 50 per cent of professional partnerships are considering ways of limiting their liability, according to a survey by chartered accountants Smith & Williamson. The telephone survey of over 90 professional partnerships, of which 60 per cent were solicitors firms, also found strong support for mergers. Eighty per cent of solicitors firms said they would consider a merger, while 75 per cent have either made or been approached about a merger. The main issue for firms is improving ...

  • In brief: Three new partners join SJ Berwin & Co

    11-May-1996

    SJ Berwin & Co has appointed three new partners to the firm's corporate finance, property and securities practices. Graham Nichoson, who left Baker & Mckenzie's Moscow office in July, has joined the firm's corporate finance practice. Nichoson said there was nothing significant in his move from Moscow other than a desire for a career change. He said that despite the city's rough-and-ready ...

  • In brief: Withers promotes partners from within

    11-May-1996

    London solicitors Withers have appointed six new partners from within its own ranks. The six - Janette Catell, Paul Brecknell, Adam Taylor, Meriel Schindler, Stephen Digby and Hugh Devlin - takes the number of partners in the firm to 44. Withers says it has been expanding in the last two years after following a policy of building strength in complementary specialisms.

  • Jersey scraps French study

    11-May-1996

    Jersey's parliament has scrapped the law which requires the Island's advocates to study Norman and French law at the University of Caen.Introduced in 1993, the rule stemmed from the fact that Jersey's customary and contract laws are based on French law.The Jersey Law Society said the rule was preventing mature students from training to be an advocate, Jersey's equivalent of a barrister, because it meant mature students had to spend time away ...

  • Landing in trouble

    11-May-1996

    Reading the Native Title Act is "like reading porridge", according to one Australian businessman. Robyn Glindemann, a lawyer at Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks, is more respectful, describing it as "a very intricately drafted piece of legislation" - and one that, since its introduction in 1993, has been rarely out of the news.The Act was a response to the landmark High Court of Australia case that was named the Mabo decision after aborigine Eddie Mabo. His action against the ...

  • Law Soc queries cost of changes to civil justice

    11-May-1996

    The promise of full funding to implement radical changes to the civil justice system will mean a drain on resources in other areas, according to the Law Society. Responding to the Lord Chancellor's outline strategy for introducing changes within two years, a spokeman for the Law Society said that, although it welcomed the Lord Chancellor's commitment to Woolf's proposals, the changes would mean 'robbing Peter to pay Paul'.The Lord Chancellor's ...

  • Lawyers for council tenants labelled "morally deplorable"

    11-May-1996

  • Litigation Personal Injury 05/11/96

    11-May-1996

    Black v Webb & anr - QBD, 9 October 1996Claimant: Michael Black, 6Incident: Road traffic accidentInjuries: Claimant, a world acclaimed sculptor, injured when his car was struck from behind by a baker's van on the M4 in 1991. Incident said to have resulted in injuries that have taken away his ability to work. Defendants admitted liability for the accident but claimed his back problems pre-dated the crash.Award: £67,497 ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 05/11/96

    11-May-1996

    Refusal of health authority to provide various therapiesR v The Brent and Harrow Health Authority, ex parte the London Borough of Harrow (1996)

  • Litigation Writs 05/11/96

    11-May-1996

    An Abingdon man is heading for a new legal confrontation with a motorist he blames for injuries he received in 1988 and for which he has already received agreed compensation of £80,000. In a sequel to the settlement of the case, David Clubb has now issued a writ against Roger Fowler, of Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire, seeking to set the award aside. He claims he agreed to settle the action after being sent reports by two enquiry agents allegedly claiming ...

  • Liverpool solicitor fails to jail ex-partner

    11-May-1996

    A SOLICITOR has failed in his bid to have a former partner committed to jail following a row over the alleged poaching of clients.Paul Rooney, senior partner at Liverpool firm Paul Rooney & Co, had accused his former colleague, Mike Hogan, of breaching an interlocutory injunction binding him to a partnership agreement preventing him from soliciting the firm's clients.But, at Liverpool High Court last week, Mrs Justice Ebsworth rejected the application.

  • London and Asia

    11-May-1996

    Australian law firms are taking a hard look at their foreign operations and discarding those that cost too much.In New York, Mallesons Stephen Jaques and Allen Allen & Hemsley shut down their offices, while in London, Freehill Hollingdale & Page recently announced the closure of its office and demonstrated that the London connection is no longer sacrosanct.How times have changed. At the end of the 1980s a London office was viewed as an essential accoutrement ...

  • McQuaker to head British Computer Soc

    11-May-1996

    Ron McQuaker will replace Dr Geoff Robinson as president of the British Computer Society, the chartered body for all information systems professionals, at the end of this month.The incoming president has pledged to work with judicial authorities to enforce professional standards in the IT trade.A qualified mediator and fellow of the Academy of Experts, McQuaker served on the Academy's code of practice working party and study group, chaired ...

  • Mercury says enhanced software will reduce slip-ups

    11-May-1996

    Mercury Computing has added new functions to its workflow management software, InControl Legal, that are designed to appeal to City and commercial practices.InControl Legal is an information management system designed to help solicitors manage their workloads and simplify quality assurance and legal aid franchise requirements. The system is compatible with most software packages and can be tailored to an individual practice's requirements.The new ...

  • Mock trial exposes dangers of expensive contamination cases

    11-May-1996

    A MOCK trial organised by the Sheffield business community has highlighted the dangers posed to local authorities by the government's planned contaminated land laws.The trial, organised by the Sheffield Green Business Club at Sheffield Magistrates Court, saw a Sheffield City Council environmental health officer serve clear-up notices on two imaginary companies.Nabarro ...

  • Nepal deportation judgment

    11-May-1996

    High Court judgment is pending in the case of the Nepalese orphan Jay Khadka. Khadka, 21, and his adoptive father, 42-year-old businessman Richard Morley, have challenged the decision of the Home Secretary Michael Howard to deport Khadka. Morley, who claims his life was once saved by the boy's father following an accident in the Himalayas.

  • Northern merger creates top 20 firm

    11-May-1996

    Addleshaw Sons & Latham and Booth & Co are merging in February next year to form Addleshaw Booth & Co. With 89 partners and more than 325 fee earners, the new firm will be one of the 20 largest in the UK, and the largest in the North.The chair and senior part ner will be Paul Lee, currently managing partner of Addleshaws, and the managing partner will be Mark Jones of Booth & Co.Lee said: "We are bringing together the leadership Booth & Co has in banking and ...

  • On the up and up down under

    11-May-1996

    Over the last year the Australian corporate sector has turned the corner. Inward investment, company flotations and takeover activity are all rising, which is good news at last for the country's recession-weary commercial law firms.John Shirbin, acting managing partner of Clayton Utz, says the recovery has been spurred by reforms initiated by the right-wing coalition government that came to power earlier this year, including an overhaul of industrial relations.

  • Owners of Harrods - but UK citizens?

    11-May-1996

    Millionaire Harrods boss Mohamed Al Fayed and his brother Ali are currently waiting the outcome of their latest legal bid to overturn the Home Office's refusal to grant them UK citizenship.The Egyptian-born Al Fayeds failed in a High Court action this February to overturn the Home Office decision. Now they have renewed their challenge and judgment has been reserved by Master of the Rolls Lord Woolf and Lords Justices Kennedy and Phillips on their claims that the Home ...

  • Paisners shocked by death of young pensions partner in holiday accident

    11-May-1996

    Staff at Paisner & Co have been devastated by news of the tragic accidental death of pensions partner Graham Hoar aged 33, while on holiday.Hoar, who completed his articles at Paisner & Co in 1988 and was made a partner last year, died in a swimming accident on Monday (Oct 28) while on holiday in Peru. He had arrived in Lima two days earlier and was on a day-trip with a tour group to Santa Maria.Wading into the sea to thigh depth with three others, a strong undercurrent ...

  • Partners swap seats

    11-May-1996

    Two lawyers specialising in Korean shipping at Clyde & Co are swapping seats. Peter Shelford has moved to Hong Kong, while Nick Graydon is returning to the City. Both partners work for ship owners, charterers and insurers.

  • Practices should be on MDP red alert

    11-May-1996

    The legal profession is facing a period of dramatic change. As accountancy firms creep more and more into the equation, the proposition of a major law firm getting it on with one of the Big Six accountancy firms is no longer out of the question. In fact, it is becoming ever more likely as the carving up of the legal profession begins in earnest.Despite the current boom, survival is a major issue for all firms. The days of laissez-faire are gone, and firms ...

  • Press Responsibility. Do actions speak louder than words?

    11-May-1996

    The savage murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common in July 1992 remains unsolved.Colin Stagg, the man who was accused of her murder, could reasonably have expected that his 15 minutes of celebrity, as predicted by Andy Warhol, would have ended with his acquittal in September 1994. He could have expected to be free and anonymous once more after the trial judge ruled that much of the evidence brought against him was inadmissible before going on to roundly criticise the ...

  • Project finance

    11-May-1996

    Scottish firm MacRoberts has been appointed to manage Edinburgh Royal Infirmary's PFI contract.

  • Property

    11-May-1996

    Stephenson Harwood acted for Middle East-backed joint venture company Helios Properties in its purchase of two development sites from transport and distribution group NFC.

  • Question of trust

    11-May-1996

    The fundamental characteristic of a settlement is that its trusts are administered for the benefit of the beneficiaries. It ought therefore be a matter of real concern if its trustees learn that beneficiaries are not content with the way in which they have run it.If trustees are to benefit their beneficiaries, they must know what their beneficiaries' needs and interests are. They ought to communicate with the beneficiaries, if the beneficiaries are not already in touch ...

  • Report looks at duties to the disabled

    11-May-1996

    Further education colleges and government agencies are risking court action because of ignorance of their legal duties towards students with disabilities and learning difficulties, according to Beachcroft Stanley's education unit.The City firm has been commissioned to write a report, Duties and Powers, on the laws governing provision of further education to people with learning difficulties. The report will be published by the Further Education Funding Council

  • Securing an offshore haven

    11-May-1996

    While it is true that there are horses for courses, it is difficult to distinguish between the courses when comparing offshore jurisdictions.Publications that profess to shed light on the advantages of one jurisdiction over another frequently silence critical analysis in favour of maximising advertising revenue, and at conferences representatives of competing jurisdictions appear to have a tacit agreement not to dispute the propaganda of their fellows.If we believe ...

  • Silicon Valley jobs

    11-May-1996

    Lovell White Durrant lawyer Julie Miller has been appointed head of a new office in San Francisco designed to encourage US companies in Silicon Valley to create jobs in the UK. Miller is a solicitor in Lovells' corporate finance department and vice consul in the British Consulate General in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Helens appeal to test tribunal's TUPE ruling

    11-May-1996

    Chris Fogarty reportsA small Merseyside council has found itself embroiled in a legal argument over TUPE after its bid to alter the pay and conditions of workers at a secure unit for dangerous teenagers was blocked.St Helens Borough Council is appealing an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling that strictly applied the European Union Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) directive governing the rights of employers to alter wages and ...

  • Streeter heads for legal aid reform showdown

    11-May-1996

    GARY STREETER, Lord Mackay's parliamentary secretary, is to travel to Birmingham, home of a long-running legal aid franchising boycott, in an attempt to promote the Government's planned reforms to legal aid.But Birmingham Law Society, which is arranging an open forum with Streeter, has already warned that if he expects merely to explain how the Government's controversial legal aid White Paper proposals are going to be enacted he should forget it.

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Hilary Ross

    11-May-1996

    Hilary Ross was born in Ayrshire on 25 April 1969. She now lives in London and is assistant solicitor with Sonnenscheins. What was your first job?General dogsbody in a law firm.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?A shiny bead and a feather.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Married a rich old man, stayed at home eating chocolates all day.

  • The wages of professional inequality

    11-May-1996

    As a solicitor, I am always deeply concerned that even in what I consider to be an enlightened and just profession there remains evidence of deep-seated discrimination between men and women.Every female in the profession can probably now recite the statistics released last week by the Law Society - whereas on average a male assistant solicitor earns £24,000, a woman earns only £21,000. At salaried partner level, men earn £37,000 ...

  • Treasure island

    11-May-1996

    Anguilla, with a population of 10,000, is a small, quiet island in the north-east Caribbean known primarily as an upscale but tranquil holiday destination. Much less well known is that for many years the island has been a tax haven. The low-key approach means the island's offshore finance industry has developed without the hustling image of other centres, giving service as opposed to discount prices. In late 1994, the trust and company ordinances were modernised to the extent that ...

  • Tripartite rumours increase

    11-May-1996

    Managing partners of Cameron Markby Hewitt, McKenna & Co and Denton Hall went to ground last week as speculation grew that a vote on a tripartite merger was to take place this week.All were unavailable to respond to The Lawyer's inquiries. Only McKennas senior partner Christopher Powell-Smith broke cover, to say "nothing was imminent".Partners in all three firms have been ordered to keep silent, but the firms' respective spin doctors are careful not ...

  • US Lawyers discuss tackling US sanctions against Cuba and anti-European legislation

    11-May-1996

    US lawyers are to meet next week to discuss ways of tackling proposed new US laws restricting companies from establishing offices in Cuba and to counter legislation emerging from Europe.Joseph Griffin, a Washington-based partner with US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius, will chair a conference of senior lawyers and US and UK government officials in London.They will discuss the impact of the sanctions imposed by the US government under the Helms Burton Libertad Act, ...

  • Virgin territories

    11-May-1996

    The British Virgin Islands is a good example of a successful co-operation between a local financial community and a pragmatic government intent on retaining the distinctive nature of island life. This year, the Financial Services Department has been active in widening the palette of financial options.The BVI government is keen to promote financial services, and by all accounts is proactive in listening to the private sector. But there is disappointment at the lack of progress ...

  • Whitewater counsel. Starr puts Kirklands on the map

    11-May-1996

    Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr is fond of using themes when he tells stories. In the Whitewater investigation, a matter that can be as perplexing as it is complicated, he says the story is all about the truth."Ultimately, Whitewater is about truth-telling in connection with loans made in the 1980s as well as with more recent events in the White House," he says.But as a partner at US-firm

  • Wrangle over representation of justices' chief executives

    11-May-1996

    A dispute has broken out between various magistrates' courts groups over how best to represent justices' chief executives without undermining the courts' judicial independence.In an open letter to the Lord Chancellor's Department, the Chief Executives' Group, one of three groups claiming to represent chief executives, has called for a national debate on the issue.It was responding to claims from Gary Streeter, parliamentary secretary ...

  • WTO to consider free cross-border practice

    11-May-1996

    The World Trade Organisation looks set to launch an investigation into the right of lawyers to practise freely across national borders.A spokesman from the WTO working party on professional services, which is currently examining the liberalisation of the provision of accountancy services, said plans to look at lawyers were likely to be unveiled during a meeting in Singapore next month.International lawyers have been lobbying officials from the working party to ...