7 February 1994

The Lawyer

  • Bar sees fees policing role

    8-Feb-1994

    BARRISTERS could be given a new duty to make sure unscrupulous solicitors do not cheat clients under the new conditional fees' schemeThe duty means they will have to advise lay clients on the suitability of conditional fees in all circumstances and is likely to be contained in Bar Council guidelines to be issued to barristers this autumn.Michael Kalisher QC, chair of the Bar's legal services' committee and heading the work on conditional fee guidance, ...

  • Barrister defendant in tax fraud hearing

    8-Feb-1994

    A VERDICT is expected this week in the trial of barrister Bernard Cunningham and six accountants after what the Inland Revenue says is its longest-ever tax fraud trial.The six-month trial involves an alleged tax loss of u1.3 million and is expected to have cost more than u2 million.The defendants have been variously charged with a total of 14 counts under the common law offence of cheating the public revenue.Cunningham, of Michael Jump's chambers ...

  • Barrister issues writ against MP

    8-Feb-1994

    SOLE practitioner barrister Elikkos Georghiades has issued a writ against Labour MP barrister Gerald Bermingham accusing him of slander.The writ, issued earlier this year, claims "damages for slander contained in a statement to the members of the chambers of Ivor Richards QC at 11 South Square, published on or about 28 March 1991 by the defendant."But Bermingham's lawyers have denied the allegations and say they will defend the writ vigorously.

  • British Gas lawyers re-apply for jobs

    8-Feb-1994

    LEGAL staff at British Gas are having to re-apply for their jobs as the company goes through a massive restructuring process.Lawyers currently working for the company's UK gas business are switching from the common services unit to one of five new businesses.David Ashbourne has been appointed to head Transco, the Solihull-based transportation and storage unit. Jon Mortimer is taking charge of the legal team for Public Gas Supply, at Staines, and Christopher ...

  • Bryan Cave in Far East moves

    8-Feb-1994

    US FIRM Bryan Cave is to open offices in Hong Kong and Beijing in a bid to break into the Far East.The firm has also announced the election of Walter Metcalfe as the firm's new chairman and Mark Hillis as managing partner. The appointments are effective immediately.Partners Peabody Hutton and Michael Morgan will staff the Hong Kong office, while a third partner is to take up permanent residence in Beijing in January next year.The Chinese office ...

  • Carol Mulcahy suggests ways of beating court delays

    8-Feb-1994

    Carol MulcahyA frequently expressed concern of litigators is the shortage of judges and the time it takes to get a case heard. Despite recent improvements in the lists, what is also frustrating is the delay experienced in obtaining an appointment for an interlocutory application before a Queen's Bench Master.A carefully formuIated "offensive" strategy aimed at applying pressure to the other side by means of appropriate interlocutory orders ...

  • Chambers loses eviction fight

    8-Feb-1994

    BRITAIN'S first black chambers, 9 Stone Buildings, has been evicted over rent arrears.Head of the 14-barrister chambers Yosefaly Serugo-Lugo launched a last-minute appeal for u38,000 to save the chambers from summary eviction, but the building was repossessed on Friday lunchtime.The landlord, Lincoln's Inn under-treasurer Captain Malcolm Carver, says he will now seek to recover the money owed and have Serugo-Lugo made bankrupt, finishing his career.

  • Child Support Act "needs monitoring"

    8-Feb-1994

    THE LAW Society's Family Law Committee is renewing its call for the Government to establish a committee monitoring the operation of the Child Support Act and the agency which it established.The call comes in evidence submitted by the the society to the House of Commons Social Security Committee which is conducting a second inquiry into the Act. The society claims the agency's performance "continues to be unacceptable" and says a monitoring and advisory body is ...

  • Cities with promise

    8-Feb-1994

    Sheffield and Hull have become important legal centres for specialised firms.London-based firm Nabarro Nathanson operates an office in Hull specialising in shipping, while its office in Doncaster contains the majority of British Coal's ex-legal team. The firm's northern base has a reputation nationally for local government work (partner David Abram is based there and recognised as ...

  • College forms test base in Toronto

    8-Feb-1994

    MANY American lawyers are expected to train as English solicitors following a new venture arranged by the College of Law.The college is to open a test Centre in Toronto, Canada, for US and Canadian lawyers who want to requalify as English solicitors.The news opens the prospect of American lawyers taking tests previously only available to European and Commonwealth citizens.It was the Law Society of England and Wales which facilitated the move. It has ...

  • College of Law attracts director from City firm

    8-Feb-1994

    THE HEAD of Herbert Smith's education department, Alexandrina le Clezio, is to join the College of Law as director of continuing professional development.She leaves next month after six years at the City firm where she took articles and practised as a solicitor before setting up and heading the education department.She says: "I'm leaving one plum job for another. To be on the college board of management is very prestigious and it's a very exciting ...

  • Court committees should team up

    8-Feb-1994

    The Justices' Clerks Society is encouraging magistrates' court committees (MCCs) to team up locally and plan for greater efficiencies. The society says the committees should follow the example set by Outer London magistrates Courts' Action Group which put together a Strategic Management Body and dissuaded the Lord Chancellor from forcing mergers of MCCs.The society held a seminar in London to promote the idea to clerks.

  • Court puts accident line rival on hold

    8-Feb-1994

    A Law firm has been forced to suspend its new accident line service after being accused of deliberately trying to poach Law Society clients.The Sunderland-based practice was operating a freephone service with "a confusingly similar" number to the recently-launched Accident Line.But court action brought by the society last week forced the firm to back down after the judge threatened an injunction.Partners Ivor Griffiths and David Thomas have given ...

  • Court table scheme slammed

    8-Feb-1994

    A GOVERNMENT initiative to display information about court performance is attacked as "hollow" by Labour legal spokesman Paul Boateng.Boateng says that at the same time as the information is being published, the Lord Chancellor is cutting back on court staff and applying "Treasury-led" cuts to the service, "making a nonsense" of the notion of quality of service."The Lord Chancellor's time will be better spent winning his battles with the Treasury rather ...

  • DAC to close HK and Brussels arms

    8-Feb-1994

    DAVIES Arnold Cooper is to close its offices in Hong Kong and Brussels. Instead, the firm is to build links with local firms.Partner Nicholas Bradley will work with an unnamed Belgian firm which employs 17 lawyers."We will be able to offer better services to clients in Belgium," says spokesman Hamish Munro."We will be working in European and Belgian law. We had been in negotiations for a number of firms before we took the decision."The ...

  • Davidson goes to Cloisters

    8-Feb-1994

    Andrew Burnyeat reportsFORMER shadow attorney-general, Arthur Davidson QC has joined "left-of-centre" chambers, Cloisters.The chambers of David Turner Samuels QC has also recruited two young barristers, Christopher Quinn and Matthew Ryder, in a drive to boost its civil liberties' work.Three months ago Davidson left his post as head of legal services at Mirror Group Newspapers, the company he joined from Associated ...

  • Davis Polk & Wardwell

    8-Feb-1994

    The Lawyer regrets that in an article on the US legal market in our 26 July issue, we incorrectly stated that three partners and eight associates of Davis Polk & Wardwell joined the New York office of Clifford Chance. One associate, no partners of Davis Polk has joined Clifford Chance.

  • Edey's Sunday trading case

    8-Feb-1994

    Despite Sunday trading law changes the High Court has paved the way for self-styled anti Sunday trading campaigner, Roy Edey, a 68-year-old retired solicitor's clerk, to launch private prosecutions against Woolworths, Superdrug and Tesco for alleged Shops Act breaches. The case is to come on as soon as possible, but in giving Edey leave to bring the prosecutions Lady Justice Butler-Sloss and Mr Justice McPherson warned him that in the light of the recent ...

  • Egyptian lawyers 'peaceful protest' marred by arrests

    8-Feb-1994

    THIRTY-SEVEN Egyptian lawyers have been arrested, following the death in custody of Abd Madani, a well-known defence lawyer for Islamists.Madani's detention began in April, although no specific charges were laid and he was not brought before any judicial authority.During questioning by police he was rushed to the Qasr Aini Hospital and found to be suffering from serious injuries as a result of torture.By 6 May, when Amnesty believed he was still ...

  • Ex-Goodie will star in barristers' training video

    8-Feb-1994

    FORMER Goodie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, is to star in a training video for Bar students which will also be used for qualified barristers.The video is entitled "Do I Have To Talk To The Client?", a feeling which sums up the views of many barristers, according to its creator, Rosemary Samwell-Smith.The video aims to help barristers to interview clients, avoiding the pitfalls and disasters which can occur without proper preparation.

  • Firm to advise Italian A74 contractors

    8-Feb-1994

    Swindon and Newbury firm Townsends has been appointed to advise Italian contractors Castelli Girola on a u24 million road contract for the Scottish office. Townsends' construction litigation partner John Birch says the contract involves the conversion of the A74 to a motorway between Eaglesfield and a point near Lockerbie.

  • Forensic scientist sues Granada TV

    8-Feb-1994

    October 3, first day of the Michelmas term, has been set for a complex libel action in which forensic scientist Dr Frank Skuse who gave key evidence in the trial of the Birmingham Six is suing Granada TV over World in Action programme claims which he says questioned his evidence. The case is to be heard by a judge alone rather than a jury. Peter Carter-Ruck is acting for Dr Skuse and Goodman ...

  • Franchising logo unveiled

    8-Feb-1994

    THIS is the logo that hundreds of solicitors' offices will be parading to the public as proof of a quality legal aid service.More than 1,000 franchise applicants have heard they made it through the arduous audit.About 300 offices were weeded out but the majority are set to re-apply after making minor changes to their systems.Contracts have been sent to firms where lawyers will this week pore over the small print in the final stage of one of the ...

  • Hobson Audley opts for Pilgrim Windows networking system

    8-Feb-1994

    Linda TsangCITY firm Hobson Audley has invested u200,000 in replacing its existing Wang OIS word-processing system with a PC networking system from supplier Pilgrim.The firm opted for a network system based on Novell Netware with 40 Digital PCs running Microsoft Windows, Word and Laserforms. This system is based on two identical, mirrored servers, allowing multi-user access and resilience.Users of the network can also access a ...

  • How absent suppliers view Robson Rhodes' survey

    8-Feb-1994

    Tony Landes;THE Robson Rhodes annual legal IT survey (The Lawyer, 5 July) has again produced some interesting results. I would take issue, however, with the chart purporting to illustrate the 'most used legal software suppliers with marketshare more than 2.5 per cent'. To the cursory reader it implies, albeit inadvertently, that there are no other major players in the legal IT marketplace.I feel that it should have been qualified, ...

  • IBM pushes on-line info service

    8-Feb-1994

    Simon Rogers reportsMAINSTREAM IT supplier IBM has recently launched a new on-line information service.The new product, 'Tel-Me', is being aimed at lawyers and other business professionals. Developed by Wirral-based company Phonelink, it provides general low-cost information on-line either via modem or ISDNIt is presently on trial at one of the top five firm's offices and Phonelink chief executive Trevor Burke says lawyers ...

  • IT in firms

    8-Feb-1994

    Chester-based practice Walker Smith & Way is implementing new debt collection software. The firm has taken on Norwel's package, following its previous purchase of the company's practice management system last year. The practice plans to take on E-mail and network fax facilities.ACE is to supply Bath firm Thrings & Long with a new sys- tem for its practice management. The firm ...

  • Kicking the ball into court

    8-Feb-1994

    Roger Pearson

  • Law Soc to tackle alcohol abuse issues

    8-Feb-1994

    CHARLES Elly is set to become the first Law Society president to campaign on the problem of alcoholism in the profession.A speech to the September meeting of the Lawyers Support Group may end criticism levelled at the society of sweeping the problem under the carpet.Elly has been campaigning on the subject for four years and is keen to use his presidency to help in this area.He says: "I would agree that I will be the first president to speak about ...

  • Legal eagles take to the screen

    8-Feb-1994

    Objection, your honour! Over-ruled! Whatever your feelings about courtroom drama, lawyers hit the screens in a big way this month. A special season of legally-themed movies is being shown by Sky. The case opens with the British television premiere of 'A Few Good Men' starring Tom Cruise and Demi Moore, at the end of next week. Another six movies will play during "legal eagles" week, and prior to the season there will be a documentary which will chart the history of the courtroom ...

  • Lenders threaten to keep work in-house

    8-Feb-1994

    MORTGAGE lenders have revealed their plans for the future of conveyancing in advance of the results of the Law Society's review.If the society opts for separate representation nearly half of lenders will consider bringing the work in-house.And even if separate representation is not introduced, more than 90 per cent of lenders will restrict their panels on quality grounds.The findings come from a survey carried out by Conquest and the National ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 02/08/94

    8-Feb-1994

    SHEILA VALERIE MAISIE TENNANT, solicitors clerk, who worked for Lister Croft, Wakefield, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay u727 costs. Tribunal told Tennant received a suspended two year jail sentence at Wakefield Crown Court on October 16, 1992, for theft. Sentence imposed after she admitted three thefts from Lister Croft while working for them between May 1 and December 1990. She ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 02/08/94

    8-Feb-1994

    Challenging subpoena duces tecum for irregularityKhanna v Lovell White Durrant (1994) . (Ch.D (Sir Donald Nicholls V-C) 5.7.94.)Summary: Validity of subpoena duces tecum requiring documents to be produced before the date of the main trial confirmed under the court's inherent jurisdiction.Application by subpoena'd witness to set aside a subpoena duces tecum where the subpoena called for the documents to be produced on a day other than that ...

  • Litigation Writs 02/08/94

    8-Feb-1994

    Soccer ace Eric Cantona has launched libel action against The Sun. In his writ Cantona, seeks exemplary libel damages from publishers over a Sun story on May 7 this year headed 'Booze-ah Cantona' and 'He was nose to nose with me like a psycho.'In addition to damages Cantona also seeks an injunction preventing the further publication of the words of which he complains.Mem: Writ issued by James Chapman and Co, Chepstow Street, ...

  • Liverpool lawyer gets jail sentence

    8-Feb-1994

    A SOLICITOR who stole u66,000 from the accounts of deceased clients to pay his grandmother's nursing home bills and to finance his life-style was jailed for two years.Liverpool Crown Court heard last week how Paul Edwards was caught out by his former bosses after stealing u8,500, which he repaid by taking from another firm he had later joined.Jailing him, Judge David Clarke said: "What you did was a disgrace to yourself, your profession, the well-known firm ...

  • Long may market gravity be defied

    8-Feb-1994

    THIS YEAR'S top-up renewal season looks like being a much quieter affair, without the massive rate rise the insurance market managed to impose last year. The insurance market seems to be back to its old amorphous self with no one quite sure how it will pan out on rates and terms.The trend seems to be in defiance of all market surmise about big claims outstanding, each perhaps more than sufficient on its own to wipe out total premium income for top-up cover. ...

  • Market overt loophole to be closed

    8-Feb-1994

    VALUABLE paintings stolen from Lincoln's Inn will this week be the subject of one of the last legal battles over the ancient law of market overt.The legal loophole, allowing buyers to retain title to stolen goods if they are bought from certain open-air markets, is on the way out.A private members' bill abolishing the 800-year-old law passed through Parliament in July and will come into force two months after Royal Assent.But the change ...

  • MCC's multi-million bills

    8-Feb-1994

    FEES for the UK lawyers acting for the Maxwell administration - mainly Norton Rose and Herbert Smith - have come to $12 million, so far.US lawyers' fees, largely for Millbank Tweed, were $10 million.The figures were revealed as the second report was issued to Maxwell Communication Corporation (MCC) creditors, by administrators Price Waterhouse.The report says ...

  • MDP in action

    8-Feb-1994

    When Simpson Curtis lost five partners and five associates to Garrett & Co's new firm within Arthur Andersen, the Leeds legal community took notice.Many of Simpson's competitors did not know whether to be pleased at the firm's difficulties or concerned for the future. The practice is sanguine, with the official attitude being, as marketing director David Grimson says: "I don't think we're going to lose too much sleep over it."But what ...

  • Morison takes over at Bar Council

    8-Feb-1994

    Bar Council chief executive John Mottram retires this week after eight years in the post and is replaced by his deputy, Niall Morison. Morison, who once trained to be a solicitor and is popular choice among senior Bar members. Morison will be in charge of administering policy decided by the Bar Council. He expects to focus on education, training and professional standards issues in his first year.

  • Multi million insurance claim

    8-Feb-1994

    The case of Kuwait Airways Corporation v the Kuwait Insurance Co Sak , Warba Insurance Co Sak, Al Ahelia Insurance Co Sak and Gulf Insurance Co Sak, is listed for hearing in the Commercial Court after October. In a multi million claim Kuwait Airways claim an indemnity pursuant to the terms of an aviation hull and spares war risks and allied perils insurance contract for the period July 1, 1990 to June 30, 1991. The defendants have already paid $292 million on ...

  • Nabarros to base 180 in Sheffield

    8-Feb-1994

    LONDON firm Nabarro Nathanson has announced plans to open its new Sheffield office in October.The move, predicted in The Lawyer in June, is the first step in a two-phase project to expand the firm's northern practice.Approximately 50 staff, including members of the company and commercial, em- ployment, commercial property and environment departments, will move from Nabarro's ...

  • New faces in marketing

    8-Feb-1994

    FOUR leading law firms have re-shuffled their marketing departments after a series of departures.Clifford Chance media relations' manager Carolyn Griffiths leaves this week after four years at the firm to train as a barrister.She read law at university and says her ambition was always to practice. She will not be immediately replaced.

  • Presenting your case to PI insurers

    8-Feb-1994

    Filling in insurance proposal forms may seem a rather mundane pursuit.Generally no one welcomes the rather thankless task of having to go through the laborious claims' enquiry process, calculating the fee split of work and then completing the form.Yet so much money is at stake, and premiums have become so costly, that time and effort spent doing the job really professionally will nearly always be well rewarded in the shape of lower premiums. So filling in ...

  • Residents await Docklands' judgement

    8-Feb-1994

    Docklands residents are awaiting judgement from Judge Richard Harvey QC on whether they can proceed with a damages claim for television interference allegedly caused by the Canary Wharf development. Judge Harvey is expected to hand down his judgement during the holiday period. The Court will decide whether the English legal system can protect an individual's right to receive television pictures without interference and whether people who do not have a legal interest in the place ...

  • Review call for court closures

    8-Feb-1994

    LAWYERS campaigning against the closure of their courts are applying for an oral hearing for leave for judicial review following the failure of a written application.Sudbury is one of at least eight county courts which are being closed around the country.It shut in April after what local staff and solicitors regard as a "shambolic" government consultation exercise.London-based

  • Scott becomes new vice chancellor

    8-Feb-1994

    Lord Justice Scott, heading the inquiry into the alleged sale of arms to Iraq, has been named as the new vice-chancellor. He takes over on 1 October from Sir Donald Nicholls who has been appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.

  • Sheldon 'era' ends at L&P

    8-Feb-1994

    MARK Sheldon, ex-Law Society President and former senior partner at Linklaters & Paines, retires from the practice this week.The move marks the end of 41 years with the firm he joined in September 1953, although he remains as a consultant.Sheldon was senior partner from 1988-91 and stay-ed on as joint senior partner until last year.In 1972 he founded the firm's ...

  • Shoosmith's holiday line

    8-Feb-1994

    A LAW firm this week launches a holiday hotline for clients whose fun in the sun turns to pain in Spain.The Reading office of Shoosmiths & Harrison is offering free initial advice to victims of holiday accidents.Paul Paxton, head of the personal injury department, says the service has been set up in response to the increasing number of people seeking advice about leisure-related ...

  • SIF to look for panel members

    8-Feb-1994

    THE SOLICITORS’ Indemnity Fund (SIF) wants to appoint two new panel member firms, one in East Anglia and one in Yorkshire.The appointments will bring the number of panel members handling professional indemnity claims on behalf of SIF up to 20.Managing director John Speedman says the move is part of the fund’s policy of transferring work out of London.Two firms, Cripps ...

  • The 'facts' of franchising

    8-Feb-1994

    I FEEL I must write on the subject of franchising.Having been subjected to fellow practitioners' evangelical ramblings on the equally abhorrent subject of BS5750, I must call for my colleagues to open their eyes to the spurious debate on 'quality'.My partner and I have practised for some 25 years from a small office in the Home Counties. We have what would no doubt be seen as an old fashioned firm. While we have succumbed to the secretarial ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Brian capstick

    8-Feb-1994

    Brian Capstick, 46, was born in Upton on Severn. His firm, Capsticks, is recognised as one of the premier NHS firms in the country and it has produced a risk management software package. He lives in London.What was your first job?Delivery boyWhat was your first ever salary as a lawyer?u600 paWhat would you have done if you ...

  • The Leeds fulfils legal growth plan

    8-Feb-1994

    THE LEEDS Building Society, which is doubling the size of its in-house legal department, first considered expanding more than two years ago.But practical business developments made it difficult to take on staff who were "desperately needed", says head of legals, Ann O'Brien.The Leeds is now recruiting three specialist lawyers to deal with insurance, litigation and commercial property matters, as well as a general lawyer to act as a legal "help desk" for ...

  • The rules in tug-of-laws cases

    8-Feb-1994

    In the emotionally charged world of child abduction cases it is vital that the parties have as full an appreciation as possible of the working of the jurisdiction in which they are involved.That need, is stressed by David Sterrett of Margaret Bennett's specialist family law practice based in London. They must be aware that courts in different countries will handle similar cases in different ways, he says.Sterrett's recent case, which ...

  • Tough stance taken on outsourcing work

    8-Feb-1994

    IN-HOUSE legal departments are getting tough when it comes to outsourcing, a survey reveals.It shows that heads of legal departments are broadening the number of firms they use regularly when they out-source work and are driving down costs by negotiating better rates for their companies.The survey, carried out by recruitment consultants Taylor Root, reveals that two thirds of legal directors who negotiate fees are knocking more than 10 per cent off the bill.

  • Two top-up schemes launched for practices

    8-Feb-1994

    SCHEMES designed to help solicitors with the renewal of professional indemnity cover have been established by two insurance operations.The plans, set up by Christchurch Holdings' newly-established subsidiary company Christchurch Professional Indemnity and Windsor Insurance Brokers, will benefit firms which are due to renew their top-up insurance next month.Windsor's new Justice Insurance Plan is aimed at medium and large law firms, with top-up needs ...

  • Unison could drop some firms in legal overhaul

    8-Feb-1994

    UNISON, the second-biggest trades union, is setting out on a major shake-up of its legal panel, involving some of the top names in trades union-related work.Before "rationalising" the panel, which currently has around 12 firms, Unison is to circulate a draft code of conduct to all firms requiring them to perform to agreed standards.Panel firms include Robin Thompson & Partners, Russell Jones & Walker, Lawford & Co, OH Parsons & Partners and Rowley Ashworth, as ...

  • Watson Farley gains US securities expert

    8-Feb-1994

    TOP US securities' lawyer Robert Schreiner has left Kelley, Drye and Warren to join Watson, Farley & Williams' New York office.The move is part of Watson Farley's expansion plans for the New York securities' division. The office plans to recruit Americans in preference to British lawyers.It has not yet been decided how many new partners will be needed for the office as it expands. Schreiner says the expansion is due to closer links between ...

  • What the Practitioners say

    8-Feb-1994

    CURBS on new solicitors, less Law Society staff, a less generous compensation fund and a conveyancing insurance levy for clients, are included in Martin Mears' election manifesto.Due to be unveiled this week, it urges electors to vote in "the reform candidates" of Mears and Sayer, his running mate.Among the proposals, rounded on as unworkable by Mears' rivals Henry Hodge and Eileen Pembridge, is a plan to transfer the cost of indemnity insurance in ...

  • White joins Russell-Cooke

    8-Feb-1994

    Sole practitioner Felicity White has joined the matrimonial department of 47-fee earner firm Russell-Cooke, Potter & Chapman. The department is headed by partner Madeleine Parker, who has three assistants. White has become a consultant. The department operates from offices in Kingston and Lincoln's Inn. The news means the end of FJ White & Co, which White ran from home.

  • Will Aid campaign call

    8-Feb-1994

    The charity Will Aid is calling for solicitors to join in its 1994 will-writing campaign. The campaign, which will run throughout November, involves solicitors around the country preparing straightforward wills free of charge for clients. People then make a donation (u35 is suggested) to support charities including Actionaid, Oxfam, and Save The Children. For further information on joining the campaign, call 0865 313 102

  • Would-be Bar students lose CLE battle

    8-Feb-1994

    Four students rejected from Bar School have lost their legal battle against the Council for Legal Education's selection process. They brought judicial review proceedings against the CLE on the grounds that the selection process was flawed because it failed to take into account degree results and post-graduate qualifications. A CLE spokesman said after the hearing: "We are pleased the court appreciated the seriousness with which the CLE approached the invidious task of selecting ...