7 August 1995

The Lawyer

  • 'End of road' for NG&J's Jaffa

    8-Aug-1995

    CITY firm Nicholson Graham & Jones' long-standing marketing director Paul Jaffa is to leave the firm by mutual agreement this autumn.His departure coincides with NG&J's merger talks with West End practice Brecher & Co, revealed in The Lawyer last week. However, the firm says the two events are unconnected.Michael Johns, NG&J managing partner, says: "Paul's done a fantastic job for us, lifting us up from a fairly low comprehension of marketing. ...

  • Another view of the election

    8-Aug-1995

    I would like to submit a postscript to the recent Law Society election in connection with the size of the vote.A turnout of only 36 per cent does appear particularly low, familiar to all followers of municipal elections. And it is depressing to have to accept that the same level of apathy applies to members of the Law Society. The profession's lack of response is shameful.The approximate percentages of the total electorate obtained by the candidates ...

  • Australian state proposes fraud prisoners pay for own jail costs

    8-Aug-1995

    WHITE collar criminals locked up in the Australian state of New South Wales could be forced to pay AUS$50,000 (£22,000) a year for their stay in prison if a law proposed by the state's premier is passed.In an unprecedented move Bob Carr has announced plans to charge white collar offenders and prisoners jailed for drug-related crimes for the full cost of their incarceration.But the Law Society of New South Wales has opposed the plan, saying it will ...

  • Bar world tour sings praises of 'UK Legal'

    8-Aug-1995

    BARRISTERS are set to enjoy a major international marketing boost this month from an unprecedented host of Bar Council initiatives at home and abroad.Solicitors should also benefit from the efforts of the Bar Council, which claims the initiative will focus as much on publicising the UK legal profession as a whole as it will plug the activities of the Bar.As most barristers head off on their "long vac" holidays, Bar Council chair Peter Goldsmith QC is starting ...

  • Bill poses threat for actuaries

    8-Aug-1995

    Nicholson Graham & Jones (NG&J) is warning actuaries that the new Pensions Bill, which received Royal assent on 20 July, will significantly change their future role.NG&J partner Ian Pittaway says: "This Act is potentially very dangerous for actuaries."NG&J lawyers had expected wholesale amendments to the Bill due to the deficiencies of its drafting, but few of the anticipated changes were made. Whistle-blowing provisions contain none of the legal protection for ...

  • Brent Spar. A debate that's all at sea

    8-Aug-1995

    After two decades in which to ponder the question, abandonment of North Sea oil and gas facilities is headline news across Europe.Short of Liz Hurley being dropped on to the Brent Spar it is hard to see how this once dry and esoteric topic could become more newsworthy.The time has come to review recent developments and look at the environmental argument and responses to it.What is abandonment?It is the process by which infrastructure such ...

  • Changing places

    8-Aug-1995

    Successful relocation from one building to another can be a complex exercise, requiring careful management and planning by chartered surveyors.For the preliminary stages of the fitting out process, a space audit of existing accommodation, detailing specific requirements, should be prepared.Following this, the links between departments can be reviewed to establish which need to be relocated, and this will assist in consideration of building types - whether the ...

  • Defining a duty of care to residents

    8-Aug-1995

    A legal battle with wide ranging implications for local authorities anxious to hive off unprofitable residential care responsibilities to the private sector is now to be considered by the Law Lords.In June the Court of Appeal ruled that the Department of Health was wrong when it told councils they could not opt out completely from providing residential care for the elderly and others in need.Instead the appeal judges, Lords Justices Nourse, Simon Brown ...

  • Denton Hall fosters better client links

    8-Aug-1995

    At least a dozen City law firms are queuing up to buy a marketing system being developed by Denton Hall and US firm Elite Information Systems.George Brandon, operations controller at Denton Hall's business development department, says it is "the first marketing system to cover the full range of requirements for law firms or any professional practice that wants to develop its business".The database system, which will be available ...

  • Divorce in a transatlantic style

    8-Aug-1995

    When one of the world's richest men decides to divorce the case is bound to be far from simple. And proceedings leading up to the recent grant of a decree nisi in London to US billionaire Robert Dart have been no exception.And the fact that mirror proceedings are running in courts on the other side of the Atlantic has multiplied the problems.In London the case has been masterminded by top divorce solicitor Margaret Bennett who found herself at the sharp ...

  • Femodene lawyer heads LAB claims

    8-Aug-1995

    THE lawyer who pioneered claims over deaths and injuries linked to the contraceptive pill Femodene has been chosen by the Legal Aid Board to spearhead the group action.LAB officials awarded the certificate to co-ordinate claims to the newly-merged Hereford firm Carvers Lewis & Tomkins.The task of organising subsequent actions will fall to solicitor Rosalie Houghton, who has worked on Femodene cases for the past three years.As a solicitor with Carvers ...

  • Financing

    8-Aug-1995

    Hammond Suddards acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland which provided £13.5 million in term loans and working capital facilities for the £21 million management buy-out of merged canned food businesses Haigh Castle and Jack Israel. Alsop Wilkinson

  • Firm tackles cosmetics giants

    8-Aug-1995

    THE BEAUTY products of big-name companies have come under scrutiny from a Liverpool law firm as it attempts to reveal the extent of severe skin reactions suffered by cosmetics users.The Ross Park Partnership has called for victims of allergic reactions and other adverse effects caused by cosmetics to come forward and assist in its research.The firm is representing west London woman Marie Smith who has secured legal aid in her action against Clinique for injuries ...

  • Firms get windfall from Government property tenders

    8-Aug-1995

    GOVERNMENT plans to tender out property legal work relating to £1.4 billion of its departmental property portfolio will provide law firms with one of the most significant opportunities for quality property work since the recession.The amount of property involved represents a massive 60 per cent of the total civil estate. It consists of all the departments' commercial office property and work will relate to both freehold and leasehold matters, maintenance and conveyancing, ...

  • Flotations

    8-Aug-1995

    Ashurst Morris Crisp advised Stoves in its flotation involving a placing by Kleinwort Benson Securities of £6

  • Glaxo action settles with £7m payout

    8-Aug-1995

    THE PERSONAL injury action against pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Laboratories has ended in a £7 million settlement.More than 400 plaintiffs had accused Glaxo of negligence and claimed its medical dye Myodil had caused them to develop arachnoiditis, an inflammation of a spinal membrane which results in nerve damage and severe back and leg pain.The plaintiffs alleged that Myodil, which is injected into the spine during scans, had not been tested or developed properly ...

  • Group raps police cost cutting plan

    8-Aug-1995

    A GOVERNMENT plan to save £30 million by slashing police paper work is a cost-saving exercise which could lead to miscarriages of justice, warns Mark Haslam, secretary of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA).He says plans announced by the Home Office allowing police to produce "new-style abbreviated files of evidence" in cases "where defendants are likely to plead guilty in the magistrates' courts" are causing concern."This cutting ...

  • Hong Kong fee plans condemned

    8-Aug-1995

    THE HONG Kong Law Society has condemned plans to abolish scale fees for conveyancing in its response to the government's consultation paper on legal services.The response, presented to the Attorney General on 30 July, agrees with the government on points including rights of audience for solicitors in the High Court and the abolition of the two counsel rule. But secretary general Patrick Moss says the society is "diametrically opposed" to the government on plans to drop ...

  • How to conquer space

    8-Aug-1995

    Rather like a first time housebuyer, the move to a larger home for a law firm can often be a traumatic one. Outgrowing an existing office always raises a number of issues.The move for City firm Linklaters & Paines to its new international headquarters at Milton House and Shire House, Silk Street in 1997 has already been publicised as the largest pre-let deal in the UK. But setting a commercial ...

  • ICI reshuffle details kept under wraps

    8-Aug-1995

    Industry giant ICI and insurance group Eagle Star are keeping a low profile on the restructuring of their legal panels.ICI has appointed two extra firms to share employer's liability work with Hammond Suddards, the firm whose exclusive three-year contract ended in March. ICI will not reveal the identity of those firms.Bob Peters, ICI deputy group solicitor, says: "What I don't want to do is make a big song and dance about it."It is understood ...

  • In brief: Ashursts expert wins IPC co-chair

    8-Aug-1995

    Ashurst Morris Crisp litigation partner John Evans has been appointed co-chair of the International Practice Committee of the International Association of Defence Counsel. Evans is a specialist in the defence of multi-plaintiff litigation in the toxic tort arena and will share the committee's chair with Chuck Preuss of the San Francisco firm Preuss Walker and Shanagher. Ashurst also recently appointed ...

  • In brief: Bar demands simpler Consumer Act

    8-Aug-1995

    The Bar is calling on the Government to reform a section of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 to end complications and confusion to consumers. The Bar's law reform committee says section 18 of the Act only benefits lawyers who have to draft lengthy documentation and should be repealed. Committee chair James Goudie QC says: "The aim of the Consumer Credit Act was to protect consumers, but section 18 has served to confuse and obscure information. As a result, the only people who have ...

  • In brief: Course explains 'How to handle the media'

    8-Aug-1995

    A course for lawyers, 'Handling the media', has been launched by legal PR consultant Sandra Hewett. The course is designed to provide interview skills, enable lawyers to promote their firm and help litigators understand what can and cannot be said to the media. Guest speaker for part of the course will be Sue Stapely, head of the Law Society's Press and Parliamentary Unit. The first course is on 5 September, cost £325 per person. Details from Le Fevre Williamson ...

  • In brief: Law Society faces RSI damages claim

    8-Aug-1995

    The Law Society is being sued for damages over an RSI claim by a former staff journalist on the Law Society Gazette. The society denies liability. Judith Pett, a sub-editor on the magazine, claims she suffered injury arising from her work and left the society last week after agreeing to terminate employment because of her alleged condition. County Court proceedings are in progress after a summons was issued in the Romford County Court. Robin Thompson & Partners acts for Pett, whose ...

  • In brief: Legal executives win Oaths rights

    8-Aug-1995

    Legal executives have been granted power to administer Oaths under regulations introduced at the end of last month. The 1995 Commissioners for Oaths Regulations extend power to administer Oaths to full members of the Institute of Legal Executives. The Institute is the second body to be granted this power. The Council for Licensed Conveyancers was empowered to administer Oaths in June last year.

  • In brief: Nabarros shifts shipping to Lloyd's building

    8-Aug-1995

    Nabarro Nathanson is the latest law firm to open an office in the Lloyd's building. It says the move is to support its growing shipping work and the office will act as a City base for the firm's shipping lawyers. This follows the hiring of a Norton Rose specialist litigation team led by partners Dominic Lang ...

  • In brief: New taxation head at Wilde Sapte

    8-Aug-1995

    City firm Wilde Sapte has appointed NatWest's head of group taxation Krishna Bose as a senior international tax adviser. Bose has headed the bank's taxation branch for 17 years and had previously served as group tax manager for Reckitt and Coleman. He joined Wilde Sapte last week after retiring from NatWest. He says he was keen to continue work after his retirement. The firm has hailed the appointment as an important development for its tax practice.

  • In brief: SFO takes up 'no strings' Leeson interview

    8-Aug-1995

    The Serious Fraud Office will interview Nick Leeson, the derivatives trader blamed for the £860 million collapse of UK merchant bank Barings. The move follows Kingsley Napley lawyer Stephen Pollard offering the SFO the opportunity of a "no strings attached" interview, which required no guarantee that extradition to the UK would follow.

  • Insolvency Service offers new scheme

    8-Aug-1995

    Government proposals for a new company voluntary arrangement (CVA) procedure, advocated by the Insolvency Service, could make the legal framework for business rescue more uncertain and encourage insolvency practitioners to be more conservative and less commercial in their efforts, claims the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency (SPI).SPI says that if the Government gets it right, the new CVA will create "a valuable, low-cost rescue tool for smaller businesses".

  • Irish Bar to hold secret ballot on wigs and gowns

    8-Aug-1995

    The 950 members of the Irish Bar are to decide by secret ballot whether the wearing of wigs in court should be optional rather than compulsory.A resolution to that effect was endorsed at a recent Bar Council AGM and the ballot will be held over the next five weeks.Barristers are not empowered to dispense with wigs, but a vote to do so would be referred to the Superior Courts Rules Committee which can change the regulations on court protocol with ministerial consent. ...

  • Irish suicide solicitor leaves £10m compensation claims

    8-Aug-1995

    FORMER clients of a wealthy Dublin solicitor, who killed himself as his accounts were being investigated, have lodged compensation claims with the Irish Law Society totalling £l0 million.It is the largest amount claimed in relation to one legal practice since the Solicitors' Compensation Fund was established. Now the society has begun an action against the solicitor's accountants for alleged negligence.Jonathan Brooks shot himself through the ...

  • Judge to lead Barings action group

    8-Aug-1995

    RETIRED appeal judge Sir Patrick Neill has agreed to lead the SJ Berwin legal team advising the Barings 9.25 per cent Perpetual Noteholders Action Group (BPNAG) in its attempt to recover £100 million lost in the bank's collapse.Sir Patrick will work with, among others, SJ Berwin consultant Jonathan Stone who was appointed chair of BPNAG to examine options available for recovery, ...

  • Judging the drug issue

    8-Aug-1995

    Graham Ross states in his letter of 25 July 1995 ('He ought to know better') on the Benzodiazepine litigation that "the strength of the claims was not an issue in the Court of Appeal hearing".Lord Justice Stuart-Smith said: "There are very considerable problems on causation; these involve distinguishing between the effects of the drug and the underlying condition for which it was prescribed, the problems caused by previous addiction to benzodiazepine ...

  • Law Soc switches to permanent IT staff

    8-Aug-1995

    The Law Society's IT department is switching from employing contractors to taking on permanent staff after advice from accountants and management consultants Touche Ross.Until now the department has managed its general staffing needs by setting up more flexible arrangements. These currently include having over half of its work contracted out to independent agencies and contractors.Most of the work in the last two years has been for the installation of the ...

  • LCD given ultimatum on fraud

    8-Aug-1995

    LEGAL AID looks destined for further radical change following the system's mauling by the Commons' Public Accounts Committee last week.The Lord Chancellor's Department has been given less than three months to find a solution to Green Form fraud and incomplete eligibility tests.Potential victims are the Green Form scheme itself and the practice of allowing justices' clerks to assess criminal defendants' means.Robert Sheldon ...

  • Leasing on the up, LMS figures claim

    8-Aug-1995

    Half-yearly figures for legal finance and leasing specialists LMS Legal show an increased turnover of almost 50 per cent on the same period last year, one of the strongest indications yet that legal technology buyers have stopped browsing and started buying.They also show a growing acceptance of leasing and lease purchase among the profession and a growing number of software-only leasing deals and wholesale new installations.LMS Legal manager Ian Briggs ...

  • Linklaters on hunt for partner to head up Frankfurt practice

    8-Aug-1995

    LINKLATERS & Paines is looking for a partner to take charge of its Frankfurt office after current resident Tony Hickinbotham completes his term later this year.Peter King, partner in charge of the London-based German business unit, says it is likely the appointment will be an internal one made when Hickinbotham finalises a date for his departure.King says there are no plans to close the office, and the firm is intending to replace Hickinbotham.Hickinbotham, ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 08/08/95

    8-Aug-1995

    HARVEY MICHAEL ALLEN, 47, admitted 1982, practised as Allen Kandler & Co, London NW4, struck off. Allegations substantiated he misappropriated and wrongly used client money, failed to keep proper accounts and failed to comply with client instructions in relation to charge on property. Tribunal told Allen had misused mortgage funds and money deposited by a client, his handling of client funds had fallen far short of required standards and he had not ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 08/08/95

    8-Aug-1995

    Nature of litter; proving litter offencesWestminster City Council v Riding (1995).(DEC (Stuart-Smith LJ and Butterfield J) 19/7/95).Summary: When prosecuting for litter offences it is necessary for the prosecution to prove when the litter was deposited and that this was within the time limit for prosecutions to be brought.Council appeal against the acquittal of the respondent of depositing litter so as to deface a public place contrary ...

  • Litigation Writs 08/08/95

    8-Aug-1995

    Solicitors Harry and Simon Kanter are suing Laurence Begner and Martin Isaacs seeking a declaration that the partnership between them as Kanter Jules Grangewoods was dissolved on 30 April last year. They are also asking for an order that the affairs of the partnership be wound up, for all necessary accounts and inquiries and an injunction restraining Begner and Isaacs, of 1 Harley Street, London W1, from withholding partnership books, papers and records from ...

  • London set first past Internet post

    8-Aug-1995

    London-based Trafalgar Chambers is the first set to install a World Wide Web site.The multi-branch, nationwide chambers hopes the technology will offer speedier and cheaper communication.Christopher Cleverley, founder member of the chambers says email is an important way of providing a more cost-efficient service to professional clients. Trafalgar's web home page - htp://www.webcom.com/~fbtcons/traf.html - is interactive but has not ...

  • McKennas buys time on waste plans

    8-Aug-1995

    CITY firm McKenna & Co has won crucial breathing space for waste management clients by persuading the Government to slow down the implementation of new environmental laws.McKennas convinced the Department of the Environment that it should put back the deadline for applications for waste management licences for effluent plants by eight months.The previous deadline of last Monday allowed too little time for effluent plant operators to apply, says the firm.

  • Merger gives birth to Westminster firm

    8-Aug-1995

    THE merger between London firms Radcliffes & Co and Crossman Block was confirmed last week with the launch of new practice Radcliffes Crossman Block.Lyddon Simon and Robert Vallings, formerly Radcliffes' senior and managing partner respectively, take the same positions in the enlarged firm.The operation will boast 38 partners and 200 members of staff, and will work from Radcliffes' offices in Great College Street, Westminster. Ex-Crossman Block staff ...

  • Neil Mirchandani applauds the Civil Evidence Bill's clarity drive

    8-Aug-1995

    As long ago as June 1988 the Civil Justice Review Body recommended an inquiry into the usefulness of the hearsay rule in civil proceedings. In 1993, the Law Commission recommended that the ruleexcluding hearsay evidence should be abolished, subject to safeguards, pointing out that the rule sometimes operated to exclude convincing and necessary evidence and was difficult to reconcile with the more open approach to civil litigation, for example prior exchange ...

  • No room at the Inns

    8-Aug-1995

    One of the common complaints about the Inns has been that, with buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, they are ill-equipped to function as modern offices. But one, Lincoln's Inn, will be rectifying that problem during the long vacation this year with its £100,000 investment in a data network system around the Inn to connect all the tenants within the Inn and also to external user groups.The policy within Lincoln's Inn of redeveloping and modernising ...

  • Norwel gets City work

    8-Aug-1995

    Helen Sage reportsNorwel gets City workNorwel Computer Services has won a major contract from City law firm Berwin Leighton which has just completed an extensive IT review. The order is for the Norwel practice management system which includes computer aided billing, client marketing and Norwel's fee earner desktop product incorporating on-line time recording facilities. The system will link up to the word processing and office automation network and ...

  • Only if the price is right

    8-Aug-1995

    The main consideration for those organisations with a lease expiry or an option to determine in the next 12-18 months is timing. The amount of available accommodation has been declining steadily over the past few years from the peak of 3.5 million sq ft that was seen in the fourth quarter of 1991. Today, approximately 1.84 million sq ft is available in Holborn; no new accommodation will be completed in 1995 and only 90,000 sq ft will be completed in 1996.In terms of the ...

  • Pannones strikes at PI niche

    8-Aug-1995

    A BOOM in automatic strike-out negligence cases against personal injury solicitors is set to provide a niche market to Pannone & Partners through a novel use of conditional fees.The firm will focus on the strike-outs of cases under Order 17 Rule 11 where solicitors have been caught by the '15 month rule' and, usually through their own negligence, have run out of time in the County Court.Head of Pannones' PI department Frank Patterson says the potential ...

  • Pinsents employment head goes to rival

    8-Aug-1995

    REGIONAL firm Pinsent Curtis has lost the head of its Birmingham employment practice to a rival in the city, Wragge & Co.Martin Chitty becomes the third partner in Wragge's expanding employment law department.Chitty says the move is not connected with the merger between Pinsent & Co and Simpson Curtis, which produced the enlarged firm earlier this year."Wragges has ...

  • Playing by the EU rules

    8-Aug-1995

    I refer to the letter of Charles Latham in answer to my article 'Loosening the straight jacket' (The Lawyer, 18 July 1995).I am all in favour of improving European competition law. If this can be achieved without amending the EC Treaty, so much the better. But it is important there is no misunderstanding of the rules of this particular game. To my mind they are twofold. First, the jurisprudence which underlies the treaty is that of civil law. Second, ...

  • Profession wants say on disclosure

    8-Aug-1995

    THE BAR and the Law Society say they want to see safeguards built in to any new statutory scheme governing disclosure of evidence in criminal cases.Joining forces in response to Home Secretary Michael Howard's consultation paper on disclosure, the two representative bodies say the prosecution should be required to draw up a schedule of its evidence and provide it to the defence.One of their proposals is for the police to identify all unused material on a ...

  • Proudler leads Olswang boom

    8-Aug-1995

    DEFAMATION lawyer Geraldine Proudler has finally taken up her partnership at Olswang as the London firm boosts its media practice with a batch of new recruits.Proudler joins almost a year after resigning as head of defamation at Lovell White Durrant.She declined to comment on the delay, but it is believed that there had been a failure to agree on the length of notice period she ...

  • SFO disclosure triumph for Guinness defendants

    8-Aug-1995

    Lawyers attempting to overturn the convictions of the four Guinness defendants have won a court order forcing the Serious Fraud Office to give them all relevant undisclosed material by 14 August.The lawyers had expressed concern that the SFO was slow in disclosing some papers, and had pressed for disclosure of further files on Guinness to be provided. Some of these other papers are allegedly held by the Metropolitan police and by John Wood, the first-ever SFO director and ...

  • Silk go-ahead for solicitor advocates

    8-Aug-1995

    THE Lord Chancellor's decision to invite solicitor advocates to take silk has been given a warm welcome by the legal profession.Lawyers say the announcement had been expected for many months but was still of "historic significance".There are understood to be a handful of experienced solicitors set to apply when the rules become operative next year.Paul Hampton, chair of the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates, says: "This is ...

  • Solicitors get US style ad network

    8-Aug-1995

    Solicitors' firms will soon have access to a subscription-based TV and radio advertising service called the Legal Line.The service, to be launched in October, is based on commercials showing the public how to obtain advice from local solicitors. Response to the adverts is via a Legal Line 0990 number which can be accessed from anywhere in the UK for a standard rate BT phone charge.Service providers Multi Media Marketing Services will route calls ...

  • Specialist Liability Unit

    8-Aug-1995

    EDINBURGH firm Anderson Strathern chose the city's port of Leith to launch its new specialist liability insurance unit, believed to be the first of its kind in Scotland.Putting all hands on deck at the Tall Ships Race are (l-r) partners Ruari MacNeill, Robert Carr, Robert Fife and John Reid. They are key advisers in a unit of three associates and eight solicitors. The team is ...

  • Sports/Mergers. Guidelines beyond reproach

    8-Aug-1995

    It seems ironic that the credibility of international athletics as a whole has recently been damaged by a string of cases involving high-profile athletes.This is all the more ironic given the fact that the prime reason for the introduction of a system of drug testing was to protect the image of the sport which had become tarnished by rumours of drug misuse. Following in the footsteps of too many before her comes Diane Modahl - an athlete whose case must surely force a fundamental ...

  • Sports/Mergers. Marry in haste, repent at leisure

    8-Aug-1995

    The legal press is once again full of merger rumours, speculation and announcements. While the recession induced hiatus stemmed the unprecedented growth experienced by firms in the mid-1980s, a number of firms are once again blazing the merger trail while yet more firms have restored consideration of this topic to their partnership meeting agendas.An interesting question amid this increasing level of merger activity is whether this time around firms will apply the lessons ...

  • Taylors' case 'shuts doors' on contempt

    8-Aug-1995

    NEWSPAPERS will have to do "something completely appalling" before future contempt prosecutions proceed following the Taylor sisters' failed High Court action, says a leading London media specialist.Hammond Suddards solicitor Michael Mahony says of the unsuccessful action taken by Michelle and Lisa Taylor against several tabloid newspapers: "It will be very difficult for an individual to take action against the press now."He adds: "The person in the street ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Peter Cooke

    8-Aug-1995

    Peter Cooke is head of the employment department at Theodore Goddard. Born in London in 1948, he still lives in the city. He established the department in 1984 after six years as legal adviser to the Engineering Employers Federation.What was your first job?Marquee erector.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£1,500 pa.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Electrical engineer ...

  • Time to stop 'blank cheque' abuse

    8-Aug-1995

    Last week the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee described the legal aid Green Form scheme as being so lax that it represented a blank cheque to those firms determined to abuse the system.Although conceding that progress had been made, the committee criticised the Lord Chancellor's Department for not tackling some of the remaining problems, including that of solicitors who trick clients into signing for advice they do not need. The problem with the Green Form ...

  • US lawyer replaces McGuigan on Baker & McKenzie executive

    8-Aug-1995

    US LAWYER John Klotsche will take over as chair of Baker & McKenzie's executive committee when current incumbent John McGuigan steps down in October.McGuigan, who has served a three-year term, will also leave the firm's Chicago headquarters to return to his native Australia.He will remain as a member of the firm's executive committee."My plan ...

  • Who's afraid of an elected society?

    8-Aug-1995

    The achievement of our new president is that he and his vice-president openly state they intend to be judged on their record in office.To the mediocre and malevolent such intentions must spell doom for their free elections to office. I forecast that henceforth our profession will have access to information about how it has hitherto been governed. It will open eyes as to the poor leadership that has handicapped solicitors.Pessimism from an ex-president like Tony ...