6 November 1995

The Lawyer

  • 'Bizarre' legal aid league table confuses lawyers

    7-Nov-1995

    LEGAL aid practitioners are expressing bewilderment at a "meaningless" league table of top earning firms which has prompted one "big earner" to reveal partnership salaries of less than £20,000.The league tables for firms and barristers were sent to Labour MP Frank Field by John Taylor, parliamentary secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department.Field is reported to be "amazed" by the amounts paid to firms as revealed by the table, which has the top ...

  • A matter of keeping confidences

    7-Nov-1995

    Roger Pearson looks at alegal to maintain privacySisters Michelle and Lisa Taylor, cleared of murder two years ago, are waging a new legal battle, this time to preserve their privacy.They have won a High Court pledge from a nightclub bouncer who campaigned for their release that he will not disclose confidential documents or information about them to the press.Now the two are heading for a High Court showdown with Bernard O'Mahoney ...

  • A time bomb waiting to explode

    7-Nov-1995

    The Woolf report's proposals for small claims may cause problems, says John LymburyWoolf Report on Civil Procedure. I particularly welcome those that relate to the smoothing of procedures, the shortening of endless disclosure and discovery, and the "case management", which is clearly designed to bring matters to trial more quickly than hitherto.In fact anything that removes the present anomaly between High Court and County Court ...

  • A&O beats City to nuclear work

    7-Nov-1995

    ALLEN & Overy has won the job of advising the Government in its privatisation of the nuclear industry.The firm will act for the Department of Trade. It beat a shortlist of four City giants last week, including Slaughter and May, which advised the former Department of Energy in the electricity privatisation, and Herbert Smith.Barclays de Zoete Wedd has been appointed ...

  • ASIM sizes up Labour tax plans

    7-Nov-1995

    Labour is courting the Association of Solicitor Investment Managers with its taxation proposals, reports Mick KavanaghAndrew Smith, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, has added law firms to the Labour Party's "cocktail offensive" by addressing members of the Association of Solicitor Investment Managers (ASIM) at their annual conference.Smith, who was the keynote speaker to ASIM members at its AGM in Oxford last month, ...

  • Bar Council examines beefed-up equality code

    7-Nov-1995

    A NEW revised equality code for chambers was due to be discussed by the Bar Council on Saturday.The code has been considerably beefed up since it was first sent out to chambers throughout the country two years ago.In recent months a Bar Council implementation committee has been redrafting the code to take into account the comments of the 150 sets which responded to the draft document.A new chapter on sexual harassment has been incorporated, and ...

  • Bar presses Mackay on block contracts

    7-Nov-1995

    BARRISTERS have claimed a moral victory over the Lord Chancellor on block legal aid contracts.At the Bar Council's open meeting on legal aid last week the Lord Chancellor failed to explain how solicitors would be stopped from "keeping all the money" under block contracts.During a question and answer session, Lord Mackay was repeatedly asked how quality could be measured under the proposals.Barristers claimed solicitors would have a conflict of ...

  • Barristers fight Piper Alpha negligence claim

    7-Nov-1995

    TWO BARRISTERS accused of negligence by a disaster witness who lost a compensation fight have applied for the claim to be struck out.The High Court application was filed by law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain which is representing Nigel Wilkinson QC and Anna Guggenheim, both of Raymond Kidwell QC's 2 Crown Office Row set.The two barristers are being ...

  • Bird & Bird strengthens IT line-up

    7-Nov-1995

    City law firm Bird & Bird has recruited Simon Chalton as a consultant and Hilary Pearson as a partner to boost its IT departmentChalton, a former IT consultant with Masons, joins the firm as an adviser on databases, data protection and the developing law of privacy.Pearson, a former partner with Texas law firm Arnold, White & Durkee, joins the company department. She will ...

  • City firms develop redundancy program

    7-Nov-1995

    Helen Sage reportsTwo City law firms have linked up with a computer software company to produce Execomp, a software program designed to calculate compensation on termination of executive employment.With the assistance of Baker & McKenzie employment partner Michael Ingle and Fox Williams ...

  • Coleclough gets Simmons top tax post

    7-Nov-1995

    Simmons & Simmons tax partner Stephen Coleclough gets the top departmental job as head of corporate tax following the departure of Edward Troup.Coleclough is also appointed chairman of the Chartered Institute of Taxation's indirect taxes sub-committee.Coleclough, 33, has been with the firm since 1987 and a partner since 1991. He currently heads the firm's tax team.Troup joins the Treasury as special adviser to ministers on tax issues.

  • Computer copyright proposals 'unfair'

    7-Nov-1995

    COMPUTER lawyers have given a cool response to plans for new copyright laws to be put before the Department of Trade and Industry this week.The proposals aimed at controlling the use of protected material on the Internet have been criticised as "unfair" and "unworkable".Plans for a "transmission right" to ensure copyright owners receive payment for the reproduction of their work are contained in proposals submitted on Tuesday.They have been drawn ...

  • Couderts signs head of litigation

    7-Nov-1995

    ELBORNE Mitchell partner Jonathan Clegg has joined the London office of multi-national practice Coudert Brothers as its head of litigation.Clegg started with Couderts last week, replacing former SJ Berwin & Co lawyer Dr Julian Lew, who left to join Herbert Smith after less than three years with the firm.Couderts' London administrative partner Steven Beharrell says Clegg was ...

  • Council of Legal Education steps in to enforce costs order against ex-student

    7-Nov-1995

    THE COUNCIL of Legal Education has pursued a costs order against a former student for the first time in its 143-year history.The order, made against mature student Cecilia Hulse, was announced by Mr Justice McPherson sitting as a Visitor to the Inns of Court.The CLE, which argued it had cost almost £34,000 to mount its case, asked for an award of £25,000.However, McPherson made an order for £15,000, of which Hulse will pay £2,000 ...

  • CPS agents' work shows further drop

    7-Nov-1995

    PRIVATE lawyers' work from the Crown Prosecution Service continues to fall, according to the latest CPS annual report.The figures show that the proportion of half-day sessions covered by agents in private practice in 1994/95 was 13.4 per cent, compared to 15.9 per cent for the previous year.The CPS was hoping for a more drastic reduction to 10 per cent but says the situation was affected by the transition to 'team working', where prosecutors and ...

  • CPS set for nationwide email system in efficiency drive

    7-Nov-1995

    Pilot electronic mail (email) systems are to be introduced in the Hampshire and Suffolk Crown Prosecution Service offices this month.The initiative is part of a major project to co-ordinate IT throughout the criminal justice system.CPS IT manager Roger Barbour says the project is the first step toward a comprehensive CPS email service which will rival the telephone, courier services and fax machines.The email pilots are business rather than technology-driven. ...

  • Dan Tench on the implementation of EU directives

    7-Nov-1995

    Many lawyers must have struggled to understand the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993. Their confusion is not helped by the attitude the Government takes to implementing the EU directives.These regulations, which were passed to comply with an EU Council directive, contain numerous provisions which are difficult to interpret. For example, the regulations state that an agent may recover damages: "In circumstances which have not enabled ...

  • Dibbs loses northern employment head

    7-Nov-1995

    DIBB Lupton Broomhead's Manchester head of employment has quit the firm after his role was reduced following the transfer of national employment law heavyweight Paul Nicholls to the North.Andrew Chamberlain left the practice last Friday and will see out a reduced notice period on garden leave before Dibbsreleases him to take up his post at Addleshaw Sons & Latham on 18 September.Chamberlain was brought in by Nicholls from Freshfields two-and-a-half ...

  • Dinner ladies 'victims of discrimination'

    7-Nov-1995

    NORTH Yorkshire County Council discriminated against three dinner ladies by refusing to pay them salaries on a par with male counterparts, the House of Lords ruled last week.The women, who won their appeal before Lords Slynn, Keith, Browne-Wilkinson, Nicholls and Steyn, were chosen by their union Unison as test cases for 1,300 colleagues who were forced to accept reduced terms of employment following the privatisation of catering services. The union estimates more than £2 ...

  • Don't miss extra commission

    7-Nov-1995

    Linda Packard says law firms that avoid giving advice on Discrete Investment Business are ignoring on a prime opportunityFinancial services can be a lucrative part of a legal practice. However, many firms have been disillusioned by the ever-increasing number of regulations and rules that apply to financial services advice and have shied away from this potential area of growth.To undertake financial advice, firms are required to apply to the Law Society ...

  • Extending PEPs

    7-Nov-1995

    Is the change in rules governing corporate bond investment in PEPs liberal enough?Changes in Inland Revenue rules allowing the use of corporate bond investment in PEPs came into force last week (6 July), amid concerns by law firms that the shift in rules may not prove liberal enough.Tony Gammon is investment manager at Thesis, the investment management arm of West Sussex solicitors firm

  • Ex-TKB partners find new homes

    7-Nov-1995

    TWO FORMER partners of merged City firm Turner Kenneth Brown were appointed to new jobs last week.Richard Harrison joins commercial practice Laytons and Sarah Stowell moves to Bircham & Co, the Westminster-based private client and charity firm, both as partners.TKB joined forces with Nabarro Nathanson in May to form a new practice under the existing Nabarros name.Harrison ...

  • Eyes down for election outcome

    7-Nov-1995

    THE EAGERLY awaited Law Society election results were due to be announced on Monday, the day of the count.Politically minded lawyers will have noted the comparisons between the Law Society poll and the trifling affair of the Tory leadership battle.Parallels even extend to right-wing claims on the day of the Westminster count that the Tory establishment was rigging the poll by intimidating voters into voting for their man.As The Lawyer went to press, ...

  • Financing

    7-Nov-1995

    Titmuss Sainer Dechert advised sponsor/broker Beeson Gregory over the Stock Exchange listing of Gradus Group

  • Financing

    7-Nov-1995

    Scots firm Dorman Jeffrey & Co acted for Nitto Albion in the issue of £23 million in debentures to finance golf club construction in Oxfordshire.

  • Fleet Street condemns privacy law

    7-Nov-1995

    NEWSPAPER lawyers have warned that a new privacy law expected this month will lead to justice "behind closed doors".They say decisions on the strength of privacy claims and press defences of public interest are likely to be made by judges in chambers rather than juries in open court.Problems for newspapers in future injunction hearings could force them to publish more risky stories first and air their public interest defence later in open court, rather than alert ...

  • Flotations

    7-Nov-1995

    Withers acted for plastics company GenCel Group in the £5.7 million acquisition of two plastics moulding businesses

  • Get in shape for tax reforms

    7-Nov-1995

    The Revenue's £25 million publicity campaign for the self-assessment tax regime is an important reminder for legal firms, says Cyril Dixon.THE MAN in the bowler hat has something to offer lawyers. The taxman caricature who fronts the Inland Revenue's television advertising is bearing a self-assessment message which appears to have been missed thus far.Less than 10 months before the beginning of the first tax year to which self-assessment will ...

  • Gladiator battle

    7-Nov-1995

    Olivia King, wife of Gladiator star Shadow, is heading for a legal battle with the media. She is taking action over a story about her relationship with Shadow which appeared in the Sunday Mirror on 5 February under the heading: 'Shadow beat me senseless - TV Gladiator star is drug crazed monster, says wife'. She claims the story was based on interviews she gave in confidence, so the newspaper could assess whether it wished to publish the information and ...

  • In brief: Charity warns of non-qualified will writers

    7-Nov-1995

    Many will writers who advertise offering to prepare wills for elderly people are not legally qualified and lack the legal expertise needed to give sound advice and provide an error-free legal document, Help the Aged has warned The charity has produced an information pack which encourages people to make their own wills and gives information on how to obtain the appropriate professional advice.

  • In brief: Commission calls for change on hearsay

    7-Nov-1995

    The Law Commission has called for the admission of hearsay evidence in courts as part of a radical change in criminal evidence rules. Commissioners want a new clear definition of hearsay which will be used when the "interests of justice require it". Stephen Silber QC, the commissioner responsible for the project, says the move would lead to shorter trials and greater concentration on key issues. In addition, the commission's consultation paper proposes repealing section 69 of the ...

  • In brief: Fenners takes on top City duo

    7-Nov-1995

    Recently-formed firm Fenners has doubled its size with the appointment of two City major players as partners. Founder partner John Fenner, a leading commercial property lawyer, left City-based Berwin Leighton in order to set up the firm with his son Robert Fenner last year. The firm's new arrivals are Susan Guy, who was a partner at Herbert Smith specialising in commercial property, and environmental and planning law and fellow commercial property specialist Jeremy Taylor, a senior ...

  • In brief: Law Society voices support for PI report

    7-Nov-1995

    A House of Commons report attacking the way the Government claws back social security benefits from personal injury compensation pay outs has been welcomed by the Law Society. The report says methods used by the Department of Social Security to recover benefits goes against natural justice. The society and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers welcome the report's proposals for benefits to be clawed back only from damages for past loss of earnings. The society's civil ...

  • In brief: Lloyd's hearings denied global moratorium

    7-Nov-1995

    The prospect of a global moratorium on Lloyd's action group hearings has receded. The idea was put forward by D J Freeman, which told the Commercial Court that action groups with trial dates set before the finalisation of the Lloyd's settlement offer were effectively prevented from considering it because of the importance of retaining their place in the trial running order. The firm asked for a review of litigation and consideration of a global adjournment. But partner Dorothy ...

  • In brief: Lords review ECJ ruling on discrimination

    7-Nov-1995

    The House of Lords last week considered the decision issued by the European Court of Justice last year in the case of Webb on the link between pregnancy and sex discrimination. The hearing, held on Thursday, reviewed the contents of the Advocate General's opinion and the ECJ judgment, both of which concluded that any prejudice a woman suffers because of pregnancy amounts to direct sex discrimination. The House will now decide whether it can reconcile the ruling with the UK's ...

  • In brief: Penningtons cuts back on office space

    7-Nov-1995

    City firm Penningtons has given up its eighth-floor offices in the Dashwood House block. Penningtons, currently believed toengaged in demerger talks with partners from its Bournemouthoffice, will continue to occupy 25,000 square feet of space on the first four floors of Dashwood House.

  • In brief: Report due on Westminster city lawyer

    7-Nov-1995

    A report on the conduct of former Westminster City solicitor Matthew Ives was due out this week. John Magill, the council's district auditor, was set to deliver his view on the part played by Ives in the controversial 'designated sales' housing policy

  • In brief: SBA accounts reveal funds deficit

    7-Nov-1995

    An increase in grants and a reduction in investment income have been blamed for the £46,006 net deficit recorded by the Solicitor's Benevolent Association in its 1994 accounts. SBA president Eila Rochfort says deficits have been recorded in the past but, as the Association has put no ceiling on awards made to beneficiaries, "this must be expected from time to time".

  • Last lap of the marathon action

    7-Nov-1995

    Roger Pearson reports on the longest single civil case in legal historyA High Court marathon between two Scottish farmers and chemical giant Rechem has ended.The duration of the case has taken it into the legal record books, with 198 days in court over 14 months. The action, which employed 21 expert witnesses from around the world, generated a 323-page judgment from Mr Justice Forbes, and had an estimated costs bill of £7 million, ...

  • Law Society loosens grip on college

    7-Nov-1995

    TIES between the Law Society and the College of Law may be loosened if council members approve a proposal to relinquish Chancery Lane's stronghold on the college board.The proposal, put forward by the society's strategy committee, will go before council at this Thursday's meeting. If passed it will mean the council will give up its constitutional right to approve appointments to the college's board of governors.In the past critics of the system, ...

  • Lawyers say Banda won't get 'fair' trial

    7-Nov-1995

    LAWYERS defending Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, former president of Malawi, have raised serious doubts over whether he or other defendants charged with the 1983 murders of four politicians will ever receive a fair trial.Memery Crystal partners Bernard Clarke and Harvey Rands, who were instructed to act for Banda and two of the five other defendants following their arrest in January, say ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 11/07/95

    7-Nov-1995

    CHRISTOPHER JAMES ANDREWS, admitted 1979, practised as CJ Andrews, London W2, struck off and ordered to pay £2,074 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client funds, failed to keep books properly and had been jailed for dishonesty. Andrews is currently serving an 18-month prison sentence imposed on him at Knightsbridge Crown Court for theft on 14 October last year. Tribunal told Andrews admitted improperly withdrawing £270,045 .

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 11/07/95

    7-Nov-1995

    Farmer Gary Coomber is seeking compensation over what he claims are the effects of toxic sheep dip. Coomber, of Headcorn, Maidstone, Kent, is suing Young's Animal Health, of Glasgow, and Mallinckrodt Veterinary of South Harefield, Uxbridge. His writ claims he suffered illness, including myocarditis and heart disease, as a result of exposure to sheep dip at his farm in June 1991, June 1992 and May 1994. It says the sheep dip contained ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 11/07/95

    7-Nov-1995

    Unsatisfied performance bond in building contractTrafalgar House Construction (Regions) v General Surety & Guarantee Co (1995)HL (Lords Keith, Ackner, Jauncey, Lloyd and Steyn) 29/6/95.Summary: Surety's rights and liabilities under a performance bond for the completion of a building sub-contract and whether it was in the nature of a guarantee.Under a sub-contract for the construction of a leisure complex the sub-contractor ...

  • London set 'proud to be clerkless'

    7-Nov-1995

    THE NEWEST London set is clerkless, and proud of it.The chambers, at 95A Chancery Lane, has been set up by barrister Marie-Claire Sparrow with her accountant husband Richard, a non practising barrister.Marie-Claire Sparrow, called to the Bar in 1977, carries out a wide variety of work for the French community, and has close connections with the French consulate and embassy.She was based at 2 Middle Temple Lane until ...

  • Lovells picks up ING work

    7-Nov-1995

    Lovell White Durrant continues to act for Dutch bank ING Group in the aftermath of the rescue of crashed UK merchant bank Barings. It has also won new work from its ING clients in New York and Prague.Slaughter and May continues to act for Barings administrators Ernst & Young.Lovells worked closely with ING's Amsterdam-based general counsel Philip Klopper and his team ...

  • Make your mind up time

    7-Nov-1995

    Anthony Greayer reminds solicitors that they should be deciding where they stand in relation to the Crest share systemIt is now time for solicitors' firms to decide what they want to do about Crest. The only option that is not available is to ignore it. Crest offers private client practices the choice of either building and enhancing their custody and related services or of losing them.Informal is the best word to describe how many firms consider their existing ...

  • Portman Steps-Up

    7-Nov-1995

    - The Portman Building Society has launched a fourth issue of its Step-Up Bond with a minimum investment of just £500. Gross rates of return increase from seven per cent in the first year to 10 per cent in year four. The launch of the bond follows the rec

  • Prepare for countdown

    7-Nov-1995

    Regulatory deadlines are looming. Are the professions ready to meet them?The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales has played down suggestions that its membership has been slow off the mark in seeking authorisation to conduct financial services in time for the 1 July deadline.Product providers have expressed concerns that fewer accountants than expected have applied to meet new regulatory requirements to conduct investment business in-house.

  • Profession locks into Internet with dedicated on-line service

    7-Nov-1995

    Lawyers who supply information to the Internet have been provided with their own Web site.Nick Lockett, a barrister at 10 King's Bench Walk, has set up the Netlaw site, which provides information on a range of legal matters aimed at lawyers and the public. It includes newsletters on computer law, personal injury, and environmental law.Summaries of the new EU Directive on Unfair terms in consumer agreements and Lockett's own book, 'Unfair terms ...

  • Rise in youth remand may spark review

    7-Nov-1995

    THE PRE-TRIAL bail and remand process may be reviewed after statistics showed a dramatic increase in the number of boys under 17 being held on remand in England and Wales.A report, published last week by the Association of Chief Officers of Probation and the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, records an 86 per cent rise from 1992 to 1993 in the number of 15- and 16-year-old boys held in prisons awaiting trial.The growth has occurred ...

  • Set for recruitment

    7-Nov-1995

    - Philip Meredith's 10 Gray's Inn Square set is in the middle of a busy recruitment period. In the last few months it has taken on six recruits. Michael Forward, a former 3 King's Bench Walk tenant who was called to the Bar in 1984

  • SIFA launches client hotline

    7-Nov-1995

    Law firms offering financial service advice will benefit from a new initiativeAll law firms offering financial service advice will receive a marketing boost this autumn with the launch of a consumer hotline and Freepost facility designed to introduce potential clients to firms.The initiative is being handled by SIFA, the financial services network for law firms. But Ian Muirhead, managing director of SIFA, says the register will be open to its ...

  • SJ Berwin lawyer takes Bank of England to task over Barings

    7-Nov-1995

    SJ Berwin consultant Jonathan Stone has slammed the Bank of England for "evasion" over issues relating to the Barings collapse and is preparing to launch an independent inquiry for creditor clients.Stone, acting as chair of the Barings Perpetual Noteholders Action Group (BPNAG), says the bank "appeared reluctant to answer entirely relevant questions concerning the collapse of Barings".

  • SJ Berwin scores win for Chelsea

    7-Nov-1995

    CITY FIRM SJ Berwin & Co helped clear Premiership football team Chelsea when it was charged with misconduct over a pitch invasion after an FA Cup match.The club faced disciplinary action because its fans ran onto the pitch following defeat in the game against First Division Millwall in February.Berwins litigation partner Ian Insley and assistants David Rose and Neil Blundell handled ...

  • Solicitors lobby Mackay for better deal on advocates' fees

    7-Nov-1995

    SOLICITOR advocates are calling on the Law Society to push for changes to the Lord Chancellor's Crown Court graduated fee proposals to stop barristers getting the upper hand.The move coincides with a Bar Council announcement that it has reached agreement over graduated fees and expects them to be implemented shortly.The Law Society, however, says it is still in negotiations with Lord Mackay.The resolution to push for a better deal for solicitor ...

  • Staple ready for round two of committee grilling

    7-Nov-1995

    Mike Yuille examines the questions George Staple might face when the select committee quizzes him over the Levitt trialThe Serious Fraud Office paid £450,000 in fees to David Cocks QC and two juniors to prosecute Roger Levitt who walked away from court with a sentence of 180 hours' community service.This and other titbits will be examined by MPs on the Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee which meets this Wednesday for a second quizzing of SFO ...

  • Storm brews over conditional fees

    7-Nov-1995

    A DISPUTE between the Bar and the Law Society over terms of engagement for counsel is threatening to cloud the launch of conditional fees.Negotiations between the two branches of the profession over a model agreement acceptable to both sides have broken down.Instead of producing a single model document for solicitors and barristers to employ, the Bar and the Law Society will be promoting alternative terms.The Law Society has already advised solicitors ...

  • Study urges equality on partnership

    7-Nov-1995

    LAW firms must make concerted efforts to ensure that women receive the same opportunities as their male colleagues to reach senior levels, a report says.The report is produced by the newly-formed Young Women Lawyers group.It says that despite Law Society statistics which show 44 per cent of solicitors admitted nine years ago were women, only 25 per cent of partnerships announced this year were given to female lawyers.The report claims it takes an ...

  • Tax team advises junior Bar

    7-Nov-1995

    John Malpas reportsBUSY junior barristers in danger of allowing their tax affairs to go "horribly wrong" are to be targeted by an Inland Revenue tax advice roadshow.The tax team, from the Bloomsbury Inland Revenue office, is visiting all the Inns of Court in turn before the end of the summer to advise barristers on their personal tax affairs.It will be particularly keen to talk to members of the junior Bar, who tend to lack ...

  • Temple's new chambers relieves space problem

    7-Nov-1995

    THE FIRST purpose-built chambers to be constructed within the Temple for 40 years has opened to upbeat predictions of a healthy future for the Bar and the Inns of Court.Inner Temple says the opening of Littleton Chambers, on the site of the former students' bar Niblett Hall, is a product of the growing demand for accommodation.But demand for space is exceeding available accommodation, and the situation is not helped by the trend towards larger ...

  • The glass ceiling is still firmly in place

    7-Nov-1995

    ALTHOUGH nearly half the lawyers admitted nine years ago were women, only 25 per cent of this year's new partners are women.This is despite the fact that the majority of respondents to the survey, carried out by the Young Women Lawyers group conceded that there was no shortage of eligible women for partnership.Further, 42 law firms of the top 100 did not reply to the questionnaires. These included City firms such as

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Catherine Reed

    7-Nov-1995

    Catherine Reed is a trainee at Denton Hall. Before training as a lawyer she worked at the BBC World Service.What was your first job?Radio production assistantWhat was your first-ever salary as a lawyer?£11,000 before I started my articles.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?A radio journalist, preferably presenter of Desert Island Discs.Which law could you live ...

  • Tyndallwoods takes Wills on Wheels to housebound

    7-Nov-1995

    Birmingham firm Tyndallwoods is extending its one-hour will service by taking it into the homes of housebound clients.According to partner Judy Dyke, the new service, called 'Wills on Wheels', is one more step towards removing all solicitors' work from the office and into the homes of clients.Working with Lotus Notes, Dyke last year launched a one-hour will service which uses a system of integrated precedent and client work-in-progress databases.

  • Victoria drops minimum wage plan

    7-Nov-1995

    THE AUSTRALIAN state of Victoria has suspended plans to introduce a new minimum salary for the legal profession after lawyers claimed the unexpectedly high pay rate would result in the immediate abolition of training places.The rate - $19.97 (£8.98) per hour for both articled clerks and employed solicitors - was brought in by the Employee Relations Commission following the state's decision to abolish industrial awards across the board.But the Law Institute ...

  • Weil Gotshal signing

    7-Nov-1995

    US firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges has signed leading Brussels-based telecomms lawyer David Cantor to head the European part of its growing telecomms practice. The firm brought Cantor - European counsel to major international telecomms and mass media companies - on board last month.SA chair appointedPaisner & Co partner Michael Polonsky has been appointed as the first chair of the newly-formed British South African Law Association. Polonsky at last week's ...

  • YLL gives response to Labour plan

    7-Nov-1995

    LAWYERS seeking clarification of Labour's 'Access to justice' policy document are meeting the party's legal affairs spokesman Paul Boateng MP to air their views.The Young Labour Lawyers (YLL) meet Boateng this week to discuss how Labour's policy paper, recently approved by the party's National Executive Committee, will affect vocational legal training.YLL chair Mark Henderson, a barrister at Geoffrey Robertson QC's Doughty Street ...