7 April 1997

The Lawyer

  • A very British incorporation

    11-Apr-1997

    Issues: Human Rights

  • Anguilla legislates for growth

    11-Apr-1997

    Shrewd legislation has made Anguilla much more attractive to financial services professionals, writes Richard Carpenter. Since the enactment of a comprehensive package of financial services legislation in 1995, Anguilla has experienced steady growth. Government revenue from the sector has increased by more than 250 per cent since 1994 and the number of companies incorporated continues to grow.The government and the private sector appreciate, however, that the island's ...

  • Assured futures

    11-Apr-1997

    Another bumper year for Bermuda. David Lines looks at the latest innovations. David Lines is a solicitor at Appleby Spurling and Kempe in Bermuda. For Bermuda's ever-growing international business sector, 1995 and 1996 proved to be bumper years. 1997 is also showing signs of being a substantial year of growth. While Bermuda continues to build on its strengths as a premier offshore jurisdiction, it ...

  • Bahl 'independent' says Mathews

    11-Apr-1997

    Law Society deputy vice-president Michael Mathews has moved to quash suggestions he has endorsed Equal Opportunities Commission chair Kamlesh Bahl in her bid to become deputy vice-president in 1998.Bahl revealed to The Lawyer two weeks ago that she would be standing for the post after being approached by Robert Sayer who stood with Mathews in last year's election.However, Mathews has now made it clear that Bahl is an "independent" candidate and not part ...

  • Bar Council pilot gives public direct access to Bar

    11-Apr-1997

    The Bar Council is set to launch a pioneering scheme which will enable the public to bypass solicitors when consulting barristers.The "direct access" pilot will be launched at the end of this month through advice centres in Milton Keynes, London, Sheffield and Cambridge.The barristers' fees will be funded through legal aid, or privately, a Bar Council spokesman said. Non-solicitor advice centre employees will refer members of the public requiring legal advice ...

  • Better business base

    11-Apr-1997

    BVI is enhancing its reputation as a financial centre, writes Robert Mathavious. Robert Mathavious is director of financial services with the government of the BVI. Robert Mathavious is director of financial services with the government of the BVI. The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is already well known as a full-service financial centre with a reputation for integrity, flexibility, quality and innovation. It has made its name as an excellent jurisdiction for company formation and management, ...

  • City firms eye up marketing software

    11-Apr-1997

    Elizabeth Davidson reportsSEVERAL City firms are understood to be on the verge of buying a software program that will help them market themselves more effectively.The firms have been viewing Market Ease, the UK version of San Francisco company Cole Valley Software's Legal Ease product which has sold to 130 firms in the US, Australia and Canada.The product is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK in that it specialises solely ...

  • Claims over congestion drugs

    11-Apr-1997

    A man who claims that drugs he took for nasal congestion turned him into "psychotic and bizarre monster" and increased his sex drive is suing Camden and Islington Health Authority and consultant Howard Jacobs for around £5m. Magazine publisher Richard Davies, 50, who went bankrupt four years ago owing £500,000, claims the drug wrecked his life and made him do irrational things. He says he never gave his informed consent to the dopamine drugs ...

  • Convicted murderers appeal

    11-Apr-1997

    Two convicted murderers are to challenge their convictions in the House of Lords. Graham Carlo Bingham and Samuel David Cooke, convicted by Mr Justice Higgins at Belfast Crown Court on 10 December 1994, have been given leave to appeal on the question of whether the judge was entitled to refuse the cross-examination of a defendant who has been sworn under the Provisions of Article 4 of the Criminal Evidence Order (Northern Ireland) 1988 on the grounds that his counsel had not ...

  • Coopers drops claim of 'dishonesty'

    11-Apr-1997

    Coopers & Lybrand has dropped its claim of dishonesty against two Canadian law firms and reached an out of court settlement over its loss of £32.5m.Toronto-based Fraser & Beatty and Edmonton-based Milner Fennerty reached the settlement with Coopers a quarter of the way into a projected three-month hearing at the High Court in London.Although the settlement figure is confidential, partners at the two Canadian firms are said to be satisfied.Coopers ...

  • Coopers' law arm seeks staff

    11-Apr-1997

    Tite & Lewis, the firm tied to Coopers & Lybrand, has launched a recruitment campaign for corporate, finance and commercial property lawyers.However, it may face difficulty persuading people to join because of uncertainty over Coopers' merger with Price Waterhouse (PW), which has its own law firm, Arnheim & Co.Tite & Lewis senior pensions assistant Richard Leckey left last month to join Hammond Suddards.Although he said his main motive was to ...

  • Extortionate insolvency fees come under close scrutiny

    11-Apr-1997

    Trade minister Nigel Griffiths MP has warned lawyers and accountants who practise insolvency that he will be looking closely at the way they charge fees following the expected publication of a report into the matter by Mr Justice Ferris.A working party representing all professional bodies involved in insolvency was set up last year under the aegis of Mr Justice Ferris to examine the fees charged by court-appointed insolvency practitioners and their lawyers. It is expected ...

  • Financings

    11-Apr-1997

    Lovell White Durrant advised Ford Credit and its special-purpose issuer vehicle Globaldrive on its $5bn asset-backed note programme, securitising auto receivables originated by Ford Credit's worldwide operations and its DM1bn issue securitising $566m of US dealer loans. Freshfields advised JP Morgan Securities, the arranger of the programme.

  • Firms taking risks in dash for Internet, finds survey

    11-Apr-1997

    National firm Eversheds has conducted a survey which shows that companies rarely take legal advice before setting up a Web site.The survey, based on telephone interviews conducted last month among 111 companies with an annual turnover of more than £250,000, also showed roughly three quarters of companies choose domain names without first checking their legality.

  • First public victim of SIF as sole practice goes to the wall

    11-Apr-1997

    The sole practice of former Eversheds partner Jocelyn Taylor has become the first public casualty of the massive hikes in Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) contributions.Taylor, who left Eversheds to work part-time from home three years ago, says her SIF contribution has rocketed from £1,600 last year to £9,110 for the year ahead, and her construction practice is no longer viable ...

  • Flotations

    11-Apr-1997

    Linklaters was US and English law adviser to Banque Paribas on its underwriting of the $67.5m dual Belgian/Easdaq flotation of Belgian microchip manufacturer Melexis. De Bandt Van Hecke & Lagae were Parisbas' Belgian lawyers. Loeff Clays Verbeke were Belgian advisers to Melexis.

  • Flotations

    11-Apr-1997

    Palmer Wheeldon advised property developer Dean Corporation on its £10m placing and open offer on the London Stock Exchange. Lewis Silkin advised the sponsor John East & Partners and Taylor Joynson Garrett acted for Hong Kong-listed property company First Shanghai which took a stake in the company.

  • Going by the book

    11-Apr-1997

    We are glad to see that the Chambers Directory is being used by journalists at The Lawyer and that our comments about leading lawyers are being quoted. However, these quotes are not always attributed correctly. The front-page story on Andrew Wilkinson and Clifford Chance last week contained several direct quotes from Chambers but were described as being "from legal directories". ...

  • Hill Dickinson builds up IP expertise

    11-Apr-1997

    Liverpool-based insurance giant Hill Dickinson is on the expansion trail - taking over two-partner Stockport intellectual property practice Philip Woods & Co to give it an IP facility in the Manchester area.In less than a year the firm has grown from 40 partners to 60 and added Manchester, Stockport and Chester offices to its existing Liverpool and London branches.The two ...

  • HK firms ride stock market rollercoaster

    11-Apr-1997

    Lawyers in Hong Kong are bracing themselves for more turbulence as the stock market rollercoaster continues.The immediate effect, says Donald Tsun, a consultant at Linklaters & Paines' Hong Kong office, has been to see some deals put on hold while others have been abandoned.Allen & Overy ...

  • How fighting fund helped in Bristol battle

    11-Apr-1997

    The Solicitors Indemnity Fund has come in for a lot of flak but it came into its own in the profession's tussle with the Bristol & West Building Society, says David Robinson. David Robinson is the national head of professional indemnity at Pinsent Curtis. Anson Game and Mark Brookes also assisted with this article. The legal profession faced a stiff and expensive test when the Bristol & West Building Society brought 87 cases of professional negligence against solicitors for ...

  • IBA struggles to find MDP common policy

    11-Apr-1997

    The International Bar Association's (IBA) working party on multidisciplinary partnerships is meeting behind closed doors this week in an attempt to thrash out a common policy on MDPs.The working party, which was set up in July, has been up against the clock in an attempt to finalise a draft position paper in time for the IBA's annual conference in New Delhi.David Andrews of legal consultancy, The David Andrews Partnership, who sits on the working party, ...

  • In brief: Angus Andrew

    11-Apr-1997

    A story in our 14 October issue on proposed Law Society moves to relax practice names referred to council member Angus Andrew as a partner at Osborne Clarke. Andrew is in fact senior partner at Camden firm Osbornes.

  • In brief: Barrister to relate Bosnia experiences

    11-Apr-1997

    A barrister who worked in Sarajevo as a legal advisor for Bosnia's Human Rights Ombudsman will address a seminar on the subject. Barrister Jessica Simor of Monckton Chambers, who returned in August from a six-month spell of work in the country will join with the former Professor of Law at the University of Sarajevo, Dr Pajic, to speak on the subject of Human Rights: The Lessons of Bosnia for an open meeting of the British Bosnian Law Group at 8-10 New Fetter Lane, London, on 13 ...

  • In brief: Barristers offer 'glass ceiling' guidance

    11-Apr-1997

    Cherie Booth QC and her barrister colleague at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, Jane Oldham, were guest speakers at a seminar, Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling, at the inaugural meeting of City firm Berwin Leighton's Women In Business Group. About 80 businesswomen attended the event at London's Tallow Chandlers Hall last week. The group, which is the initiative of Berwin Leighton senior assistant Joanne Gubbay, aims to encourage an exchange of views among women in executive and ...

  • In brief: Channel 5 appoints BBC Broadcast head

    11-Apr-1997

    Channel 5 has poached Colin Campbell as its director of legal and business affairs from BBC Broadcast, where he was head of business affairs. Campbell takes over next January from Jane Gill, who is leaving to set up her own media law practice.

  • In brief: Law Soc lobbies Lords on legal aid cuts

    11-Apr-1997

    The Law Society is to send a letter to all MPs and peers today expressing the view that the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg's decision to withdraw legal aid from all non-family civil claims is a restriction of access to justice for the poor and for those who want to bring complex cases. The letter has been jointly drawn up by the Law Society, consumer associations and advice groups.

  • In brief: Lord Irvine

    11-Apr-1997

    In our profile of Lord Irvine last week we said he owned "a permanent place among the Tuscany set". Lord Irvine has asked us to point out that he does not own any property in Tuscany.

  • In brief: Masons sends IT partner to Hong Kong

    11-Apr-1997

    City firm Masons is sending IT specialist partner Peter Bullock to set up a new IT department in its Hong Kong office. Hong Kong partner Timothy Hill, senior associate Richard Bates and associate Leonora Ip will join Bullock's team.

  • In brief: Wiseman gets seat on Shell board

    11-Apr-1997

    Richard Wiseman has been appointed to the newly-created post of legal director at Shell UK. Wiseman, previously company secretary and head of the legal division at Shell, becomes a member of the board while continuing as general counsel.

  • In brief: Wragge & Co hires public sector partner

    11-Apr-1997

    Birmingham firm Wragge & Co has appointed Peter Keith-Lucas as partner in charge of its public sector practice. Keith-Lucas, a former director of legal and administration services for Swansea City and County, will join the firm on 17 November to head a 60-strong legal section. Wragge & Co also hired Taylor Woodrow legal director Peter Davies as head of the construction group in July, and insurance lawyer ...

  • Law Commission plugs ADR for shares actions

    11-Apr-1997

    The Law Commission is recommending changes to the law to make costly court actions by shareholders faster and cheaper and to encourage alternative dispute resolution procedures.Shareholders who feel they have been wronged by the company in which they hold shares have at present only limited remedies - such as court action using the "unfair prejudice" clause of the Companies Act - which are "notoriously lengthy and costly" says the Commission, citing one case that lasted ...

  • Law Soc loses investment fight

    11-Apr-1997

    The Law Society is to lose its role in regulating solicitors doing investment business.But fears that solicitors would have to hive off their investment practices have been allayed.The financial regulator formerly known as Newro - now officially named the Financial Services Authority (FSA) - last week issued a consultation paper which declared, as predicted by The Lawyer last May, that Treasury ministers were intending to put the Law Society's authorisation ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 4/11/97

    11-Apr-1997

    Keith Francis Carter, 63, admitted 1959, practising at material time on own account as Keith Carter and Co, London SW1 fined £1,000. He ceased practising in December 1996. Allegations substantiated that he failed to properly maintain written books of account and drew or permitted money to be drawn from client account in breach of accounting rules. Tribunal said case was a sad one. He had been badly let down by his cashier, bookkeeper and reporting ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 4/11/97

    11-Apr-1997

    Watchus v Ministry of Defence - QBD 13 October 1997Claimant: Ross Watchus, 7Incident: Medical negligenceInjuries: Ministry of Defence, which ran British military hospital in Kowloon where claimant was born, made no formal admission of liability but offered settlement sum. Claimant's mother said to have been given excessive doses of a drug to induce delivery causing her uterus to contract so fiercely her baby was starved of oxygen. ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 4/11/97

    11-Apr-1997

    Whether a payment in lieu of notice is a taxable emolumentEMI Group Electronics v Martin Coldicott (1997)Court: Ch.D (Neuberger J) 22/10/97Appearances: Michael Flesch QC and Conrad McDonnell instructed by Rowe & Maw for the appellant. Launcelot Henderson QC and Timothy Brennan instructed by the solicitor for Inland Revenue for the respondents.Summary: Whether a payment in lieu of notice to an employee is a taxable emolument from which ...

  • Litigation Writs 4/11/97

    11-Apr-1997

    Floyd and Lorraine Robichaux of Auckland, New Zealand, are suing Harvey Speakman, trading as Thames and Chilterns Letting and Management, of Marlow, Buckinghamshire, for more than £105,000 and damages. Their writ alleges they retained Speakman to manage property owned by them in High Wycombe from November 1994, and told him to put the central heating on for two hours every morning and night in autumn and winter to stop water pipes from freezing. ...

  • Local govt lawyer leads fight against court closures threat

    11-Apr-1997

    A small district council legal department has convinced the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to keep two magistrates courts open after a string of closures across England and Wales.Now solicitor Nigel Roberts, who led Wychavon District Council's successful fight to retain its local courts, is urging other councils not to accept court closures as a fait accompli."Councils must stand up to the Magistrates Courts Committee decisions," said Roberts.The ...

  • London solicitor offers video link-up systems

    11-Apr-1997

    A LONDON solicitor has set up a video conferencing company aimed at solicitors and barristers.Kaye Tesler & Co senior partner Michael Kaye has launched a company called Video Conferencing for Lawyers (VCL), which aims to cut lawyers' travelling costs by offering them a system of communicating by video links.VCL offers the service in two ways - either through a small videophone for one-to-one use or a "top box" which sits on top of a conventional ...

  • Lovells Czech deal

    11-Apr-1997

    Lovell White Durrant advised National Power on what is thought to be the largest direct investment into the Czech Republic by a UK company to date. National Power paid £100m for a 48 per cent stake in Czech power company, Elektrarny Opatovice. The deal makes National Power the biggest stakeholder in the Czech company.

  • Making a move on liberalisation

    11-Apr-1997

    Liberalisation of legal services is proving a thorny issue for the legal profession worldwide.In Europe, the debate has taken almost two decades to achieve any type of agreement with the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) leading the way. In the US, many states stubbornly cling to Dark Age views on liberalisation and show no inclination to open up their legal marketplaces.The American Bar Association (ABA) has avoided making a stand ...

  • MCCs to be slashed under Irvine plans

    11-Apr-1997

    FEARS among magistrates court staff that the number of Magistrates Courts Committees (MCC) will be slashed have been confirmed by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine.He announced an amalgamation programme - reducing the existing 96 MCCs to 86 - in a ministerial statement to the House of Lords last Wednesday.Lord Irvine said that his first task was to consider the position of the metropolitan MCCs, but that he would shortly be issuing consultation papers proposing ...

  • MP accuses opponents of legal chicanery

    11-Apr-1997

    The Labour MP for Leeds North East must face a private prosecution which he says is purely political.Roger Pearson reports. Allegations of politically motivated use of the law are likely to surface in a forthcoming private prosecution against Labour MP Fabian Hamilton.Hamilton, who represents Leeds North East, has already accused his own accusers of politically motivated abuse of the legal process in the action that they are taking against him.Four ...

  • Nabarros finally gets its man

    11-Apr-1997

    Bevan Ashford's leading local government partner, Malcolm Iley, has finally been able to join Nabarro Nathanson as head of its 10-strong public/private projects group.Nabarros set up the unit three months ago in readiness for Iley's arrival. However, it is understood that Iley had to serve out his notice.Iley - eight years a partner at Bevan Ashford - was managing partner ...

  • New hope for in-house teams in battle for legal privilege

    11-Apr-1997

    THE EUROPEAN Commission has promised to consider demands from in-house lawyers that their advice should enjoy legal privilege during competition investigations.In-house lawyers have seized on the promise, which was made in a speech last month by Jonathan Faull, director of general competition policy, as a sign that their long-standing campaign to secure professional privilege is making ground.But Faull set out a number of conditions which the lawyers would have ...

  • Non-practising barristers to set up law centre 'chambers'

    11-Apr-1997

    Chris Fogarty reportsA group of non-practising barristers is poised to set up a law centre “chambers” in a bid to capitalise on the Government’s controversial legal aid reforms.Non-Practising Bar Association secretary Dr Peter Gray has written to the Bar Council outlining plans to establish a pilot law centre in Sittingbourne, Kent.Gray’s proposed law centre will be staffed by non-practising barristers and he is counting on funding from the Government ...

  • OSS under fire over its race procedures

    11-Apr-1997

    A SOLICITOR who won £10,000 compensation from her former firm for racial discrimination has complained to the Legal Services Ombudsman about the way the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors handled her case.Jenny Lindsay won her racial discrimination case against East Midlands firm Ironsides Ray & Vials in November 1994. But her attempts to get the Solicitors Complaints Bureau (SCB) and its successor, the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS), to discipline ...

  • Our man in Bahrain

    11-Apr-1997

    In the news story in The Lawyer (7 October) concerning the closure of Clifford Chance's office in Bahrain ("Clifford Chance to centralise in Dubai"), you state that "...Norton Rose is the only other UK firm in Bahrain". I would like to point out that Palmer Cowen (of Mayfair) continues ...

  • Owen defends Bar

    11-Apr-1997

    Bar council chairman Robert Owen has attacked those who label the Bar as a greedy, Dickensian profession.In an address to European lawyers attending the stage conference in London, Owen cited the implementation of a new complaints system, practice management guidelines for chambers, and the development of new technology as evidence of the Bar being a forward-thinking profession.Owen added that he was determined that a career as a barrister ...

  • Prison prompts pro bono plan

    11-Apr-1997

    A FORMER solicitor who was jailed in 1992 for mortgage fraud is leading a drive to set up a new pro bono service after his time in prison convinced him of the need for more free legal advice.Michael Davis is one of 12 volunteers attempting to set up the new group, to be called Opportunities for Justice.Up until September he had been a salaried administrator at Access to Justice Ltd, the London-based pro bono company which was wound up by the Department of Trade ...

  • Qualified - but for what?

    11-Apr-1997

    Being a subscriber to your paper for two to three years, I believe I must write and state my experiences of the post-year of passing the Bar Vocational Course. It is not a happy story and I hope that if you publish this, it will put off anyone seeking a career at the Bar and so stop getting themselves heavily into debt.I was called in November 1996 and passed the course at the Inns of Court School of Law in the same year. I was, unfortunately, one of ...

  • Remortgaging service could push solicitors out of picture

    11-Apr-1997

    A subsidiary of banking giant Abbey National has launched a new 10-day remortgaging service that will cut the borrower's solicitor out of the remortgaging process.The Household Mortgage Corporation (HMC) will this week go public with its Fastrak service that guarantees a remortgage within 10 working days. If the deadline is missed, the £200 fee for the service will be refunded.HMC will use a scheme piloted by First American Title Insurance, which last ...

  • Runeland moves

    11-Apr-1997

    Per Runeland has left the London office of Swedish firm Lagerlof & Leman where he was resident partner to join US firm Kilpatrick Stockton in London. Runeland has been taken on as a partner in the firm's international arbitration practice.

  • Salaries on decline

    11-Apr-1997

    Salaries paid to company lawyers in the US are on the decline, according to US legal consultants Altman Weil Pensa. Its latest survey of in-house legal departments, which is published jointly with the American Corporate Counsel Association, showed a 5 per cent drop in compensation paid to legal department heads. It also found there had been a 10 per cent drop for less senior in-house attorneys. The survey found that department heads were paid, on average, US$286,621 in 1997.

  • Sea-change in the Caribbean

    11-Apr-1997

    The Atlantic/Caribbean region is fighting hard to shake off its reputation as a money-laundering centre, says Richard Newell. Competition and the drive for cleaner markets continue to be the main elements driving the development of offshore centres in the Atlantic/Caribbean region.The sector is still beset with problems and in the last six months we have seen the collapse of the European Investment Bank, an Antiguan-based operation marketing itself on the Internet, the removal ...

  • Shipping specialist Clyde & Co nets Penningtons pair

    11-Apr-1997

    Shipping firm Clyde & Co has head-hunted Penningtons' two leading energy partners Martin Byatt and Michelle Dunne.Byatt was head of Penningtons' corporate department. Dunne was head of its natural resources unit. Byatt, who joined Penningtons with Dunne in 1993 when his niche natural resources ...

  • SIF coughs up over £1,000 claim after two-year tussle

    11-Apr-1997

    THE SOLICITORS Indemnity fund (SIF) has finally paid a £1,000 claim against a criminally-convicted solicitor last week, two years after it was originally filed - and will face costs likely to be six times the original claim.The settlement follows a story in The Lawyer two weeks ago in which the solicitor acting for the plaintiff, Graham Balchin of London firm Bolt Burdon, attacked SIF for dragging its heels.On the same day as the article appeared, SIF's ...

  • Sifa's legal and financial synergy

    11-Apr-1997

    The need to build a brand identity was just one of the issues discussed at this year's Sifa conference, says Ian Muirhead. Ian Muirhead is managing director of Sifa. The theme underlying this year's Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice (Sifa) City of London Conference, which was attended by a record 154 delegates, was the synergy between legal and financial services.Law Society secretary general Jane Betts opened the proceedings by expressing ...

  • Singapore in bid to win arbitration work

    11-Apr-1997

    The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) has beefed up its rules in a bid to lure more arbitration work to the city state.Changes include allowing parties to conduct proceedings in languages other than English, empowering the chairman to choose arbitrators if parties cannot agree and allowing parties to opt out of using SIAC rules.SIAC came into existence six years ago and has carved out a respectable reputation in the closely knit international ...

  • Solicitor in Andrews case charged with fraud

    11-Apr-1997

    Tim Robinson, the solicitor of Tracie Andrews, the woman convicted for the murder of her boyfriend in a Worcestershire country lane after she had claimed that he had been a victim of road rage, was last week charged with conspiracy to defraud the Legal Aid Board.Robinson, the former senior partner of Robinsons, which is now disbanded but was once one of the UK's biggest criminal law firms, will appear in court on 22 December after being charged at Stroud police station.

  • Sounding a valuations warning

    11-Apr-1997

    Roger Pearson looks at a Court of Appeal ruling that lender was negligent in failing to check two very different property valuations. A Court of Appeal ruling, in which damages and interest amounting to £1,049,853 awarded by a High Court judge in March last year in respect of admitted negligent property valuation were cut by 25 per cent to £817,048, serves as a warning to all in the property industry. Valuations should not be accepted without close ...

  • Spanish agreement

    11-Apr-1997

    One of Spain's largest law firms, Barcelona-based Bufete Cuatrecasas, has signed a co-operation agreement with a Seville firm, Montero-Aramburu, which could pave the way for a merger between the two firms in the next few years. Bufete Cuatrecasas has been expanding in Spain over the last few years. The firm is believed to be considering a similar arrangement in Mallorca.

  • Sparrow takes flight

    11-Apr-1997

    Charles Sparrow QC's chambers at Thirteen Old Square is to move to new refurbished premises at 6 New Square in late 1999.The move follows the set's recent poaching of six juniors from other sets making the 30-strong set the largest chancery chambers in Lincoln's Inn."Taking the new premises will enable us to continue our policy of strategic expansion so as to provide in-depth expertise at all levels across the commercial/ chancery spectrum," ...

  • Stamp out office bullying says equal rights barrister

    11-Apr-1997

    Leading equal opportunities barrister Margaret McCabe has called for law firm partners to undergo training to open their eyes to bullying and harassment within their firms after winning a £50,000 out of court settlement for a trainee from a three-partner Manchester firm.Andrea Harrison, a trainee at Whitfield firm Laurence Murphy & Co, told an industrial tribunal that she became ill and developed a nervous condition following harassment by a legal executive at the ...

  • Stephen Lansdown

    11-Apr-1997

    In The Lawyer (28 October 1997) it was reported that Clifford Chance insolvency assistant Stephen Lansdown had moved to Dibb Lupton Alsop in Liverpool. In fact he has gone to Hill Dickinson, where he works as an assistant solicitor out of its Manchester and Chester offices.

  • Temple set prepares for mediation future

    11-Apr-1997

    Littleton Chambers is to develop an extensive mediation service for clients in anticipation of a move away from advocacy work at the Bar.Twelve of the civil and commercial law set's 35 barristers have now undertaken mediation training as part of a policy to develop its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice.In a pioneering move, the Temple set brought trainers from the Centre For Dispute Resolution (CEDR) into chambers over the summer break to ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Kem Ihenacho

    11-Apr-1997

    Kem Ihenacho is a trainee solicitor at Morgan Bruce. He was born in Birmingham in 1972. What was your first job?Labourer for a building contractor.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?Comfortably above Law Society minimum.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?My ideal alternative career would be as a diplomat in a tropical location.

  • Vicki Swanton on striking out a plaintiff's claim. Vicki Swanton is a solicitor at healthcare solicitors The Lewington Partnership.

    11-Apr-1997

    In the case of O'Grady v Worcestershire Health Authority, Judge McEvoy upheld the decision of Deputy District Judge Williams, striking out the plaintiff's not insubstantial claim for want of prosecution following an accident at work in May 1988.Proceedings were commenced on the deadline of the limitation period but the plaintiff's representatives failed to progress the action.Four years later, with no exchange of evidence, the ...

  • Werkmans loses Jo'burg partner to White & Case

    11-Apr-1997

    US firm White & Case has poached a senior South African lawyer, John Janks, from leading South African firm Werkmans to join its Johannesburg office.Janks is the firm's first appointment of a South African lawyer at partner level. White & Case set up the six-lawyer office in Johannesburg in 1995, becoming the only foreign practice to venture into the country.Ronald Goodman, ...

  • Will the new racist crime proposals work?

    11-Apr-1997

    Plans to create eight new offences relating to racial harassment and violence have prompted a mixed reaction. HOME Office plans to create new crimes of racially-motivated violence and racial harassment would seem at first glance to be a laudable attempt to crush the 400 or so racist incidents which occur in the UK each day.Immigration minister Mike O'Brien spoke eloquently of the Government's wish to wipe out racist violence once and for all when he outlined the ...