7 July 1997

The Lawyer

  • £50,0000 claim against police

    10-Jul-1997

    A man who claims he was badly injured during an incident at Dudley Magistrates Court in February 1994 is making a High Court claim against West Midlands Police. Birmingham-based practice, Russell Jones & Walker, which is acting for claimant Kenneth Glewes, estimates that the claim is worth at least £50,000.

  • A degree to disagree

    10-Jul-1997

    I read the article regarding the difficulties UK-qualified lawyers had qualifying in New York state when they did not have a law degree (The Lawyer, 16 September).I would like to draw your attention to a similar problem I have encountered with the Law Society here. I have dual French and English nationality, but went to school and university in France. I have a business law degree and a post-graduation qualification called a DESS (standard qualification for in-house ...

  • Allen & Overy set to double its capacity in Frankfurt

    10-Jul-1997

    ALLEN & OVERY is looking to double the size of its Frankfurt office over the next year in a move that will mirror Clifford Chance's rapid expansion in the German legal market.According to Tim Arnheim, Allen & Overy's senior partner in Frankfurt, the German office now has 20 lawyers, twice ...

  • An all-round role

    10-Jul-1997

    A host of new EU and UK legislation is keeping the Employment Law Bar Association busy, says Robin Allen QC. Robin Allen QC is chair of the Employment Law Bar Association and a barrister at Cloisters. The Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA) plays a central role in all aspects of employment law: advising, educating and representing its members; consulting with solicitor colleagues, employment appeal tribunal judges, industrial tribunal chairmen and government departments; and providing ...

  • Andrew Pena on a new remedy for judgment creditors.

    10-Jul-1997

    Andrew Pena is a senior assistant solicitor at Allison & Humphreys.On 29 January 1997 Mr Justice Colman delivered a judgment in Soinco SACI and anor v Novokuznetsk Aluminium Plant & ors which, although it added to the remedies available to a judgment creditor, has received relatively little attention.Mr Justice Colman's decision provides for the appointment of a receiver by way of equitable execution over future debts.It is good news ...

  • Apil moves to help accident victims

    10-Jul-1997

    THE Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) is set to launch a charter for victims of injury later this month which will call for a raft of reforms designed to help accident victims.The organisation held a fringe meeting at last week's Labour Party conference to discuss the proposals and will meet again at the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool this week.It has already published a list of possible demands, but a spokeswoman stressed that they ...

  • Appeal for surgery cases

    10-Jul-1997

    A Television company is researching post-operative infection after day surgery - particularly following the use of endoscopic and key-hole techniques.It is also canvassing opinion on cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation procedures.The company would be grateful to hear from any solicitors who have encountered a case in this area.Please contact Angela Basso on 0171 837 3000.Last week's letter by Eric Packer, ...

  • Breaking down the barriers

    10-Jul-1997

    Leo Schulz reports on the regional practitioners whose expert work is demonstrating that London is not necessarily the best. It is acknowledged that the regional employment Bar can be seen as suffering from a credibility problem. Few solicitors really believe that barristers outside London do more than "dabble" in employment litigation. For a variety of reasons, expertise is concentrated in London, and even in the capital it is dominated by a handful of leading chambers."I ...

  • City firms take the driving seat in case management pilot

    10-Jul-1997

    THREE City firms are considering piloting a new US litigation support product

  • Clifford Chance to centralise in Dubai

    10-Jul-1997

    CLIFFORD CHANCE has closed its two-lawyer office in Bahrain and decided to carry out all its Middle East work from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).Richard Price, senior partner at the Dubai office, said the decision had been made to ensure the firm's lawyers were not spread too thinly across the region.He said the nature and size of the legal work carried out by a firm of Clifford ...

  • Comedy night offer. It could be you... Ha ha!

    10-Jul-1997

    Q: How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb?A: How many can you afford?Q: What do you get if you cross the Godfather with a lawyer?A: An offer that you can't understand.Alright, not all lawyer jokes are funny, but with only 79 days to go until the festivities of Christmas, it's never too early to think about where you're going to eat, drink and be merry - even if you have to go with all ...

  • Consumer Protection Act probes the pill

    10-Jul-1997

    An increasing number of manufacturers of the contraceptive pill are being sued for negligence, reports Roger PearsonA growing number of cases are going to the High Court in which manufacturers of birth-control pills are being sued.Two of the latest cases centre on the Femodene-brand contraceptive pill with one of them also involving Marvelon. The first case involves a woman who died, allegedly as a result of the effects of the pill; the second is being ...

  • Dentons' China call

    10-Jul-1997

    Denton Hall has been appointed as part of an advisory team sponsored by the Asian Development Bank to assist the Chinese government on the Chengdu Water Project, the first water treatment facility to be put out for competitive bid under the country's experimental build, operate and transfer programme. Denton Hall is also part of a consortium appointed to advise the Bulgarian government on its first major privatisation - of the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company.

  • Diabetic claims damages

    10-Jul-1997

    The case of 46-year-old diabetes sufferer Derek Beatty is set to go to the Court of Appeal. He claims doctors wrongly prescribed a change in his insulin from an animal to human-based product and then failed to diagnose that the symptoms he began suffering from were side-effects of the new drug. The case went before Luton County Court earlier this month and an appeal by Beatty against an earlier dismissal of his claim was dismissed. Beatty, a healthcare consultant, says the ...

  • Diana's legacy entrusted to safe pair of hands

    10-Jul-1997

    It may have made top City firms green with envy, but Mishcons was the natural choice to handle Diana's probate, reports Robert Lindsay. A certain amount of envy was apparent among the City's top-notch trust and estate lawyers when it became clear that Mishcon de Reya had been instructed on the probate for Princess Diana's estate and to set up the memorial fund."Nice little ...

  • Dibbs' Nairobi link

    10-Jul-1997

    Anil Ishani, a consultant at Dibb Lupton Alsop, has been appointed by the Aga Khan as diplomatic representative in Nairobi, Kenya, of the Aga Khan Development Network, a group of financial institutions which aims to improve living conditions in the developing and the developed world.Ishani, who will also work in Uganda and Tanzania, was previously senior partner at Adlers, which merged with Dibb Lupton Broomhead & Prior four years ago.

  • Dorset to lose nine courthouses

    10-Jul-1997

    Dorset's 11 magistrates courts will be reduced to two by 2007 under the county's Magistrates Courts Committee's (MCC) new strategic plan.The plan, the most radical reorganisation of courthouses in the UK, has already been condemned by local lawyers and magistrates.In August, The Lawyer conducted an exclusive survey of all non-metropolitan magistrates courts in England and Wales which showed that nearly a third had closed since 1987.Dorset ...

  • Eagle Star goes in-house to cut legal bill

    10-Jul-1997

    EAGLE Star Insurance has become the latest insurer to set up its own in-house legal team in an attempt to control legal costs.Personal claims manager Chris Dore said that the team would "initially" consist of two solicitors and five articled clerks, although the scheme is being treated as pilot project and could expand later.He stressed there were no plans to disband the existing panel of solicitors, although there would be "some reduction" in their workload.

  • Falconer brands as 'absurd' objections to lay prosecutors

    10-Jul-1997

    Labour Party Conference

  • Firms round on Which? study

    10-Jul-1997

    Two law firms criticised in a Which? survey of solicitors' advice have attacked the consumer magazine's research methods and findings.The Sheffield and Aberdeen firms' anger has re-ignited a bitter two-year war between the legal profession and the Consumers' Association, publisher of Which?Wilsone & Duffus was criticised in a survey of 79 firms for telling a researcher posing as a client that "there won't really be definites" in dealing ...

  • Flotation

    10-Jul-1997

    Lawrence Graham advised coffee retailer Whittard of Chelsea on moving from AIM to the official list of the London Stock Exchange.

  • Hegarty & Co pays out £19,000 to settle claim

    10-Jul-1997

    The firm of senior Law Society Council member Richard Hegarty has paid its conveyancing clerk £19,000 to settle her industrial tribunal claim that she was being paid less than her male colleagues.But the claim could still lead to disciplinary action by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) if it finds that Hegarty & Co has breached the Law Society's anti-discrimination rule.The clerk, Amanda Braithwaite, who was backed by the Equal Opportunities ...

  • Hodge: legal aid to be licensed

    10-Jul-1997

    HENRY Hodge, the vice-chairman of the Legal Aid Board (LAB), has confirmed the worst fears of many legal aid lawyers by warning that soon only franchised firms will be able to do legal aid work.At the Labour Party conference last week, Hodge also revealed that the LAB "confidently expected" personal injury cases to be excluded from legal aid under the Government's reforms saving the LAB £20m.He also called for a public defender pilot scheme in England ...

  • In brief: Cool response to LAB's MPA proposals

    10-Jul-1997

    The Legal Aid Board's plans to control the costs of multi-party actions (MPAs) have brought a cool response from the Law Society. The society has welcomed plans for the establishment of a panel of specialist firms with proven experience of MPAs. However, it fears contracting arrangements aimed at encouraging solicitors to abandon cases early on if they look likely to be unsuccessful will lead to lawyers taking on only those cases they are sure they can win.

  • In brief: Former diplomat gets Herbert Smith role

    10-Jul-1997

    City firm Herbert Smith has appointed former diplomat Sir Christopher Mallaby a non-executive member of the firm's governing partnership council. Sir Christopher was British ambassador to France until last year and ambassador to Germany from 1982 to 1992. He also worked in UK's Moscow embassy.

  • In brief: Former Stephenson Harwood chief fills post

    10-Jul-1997

    Michael Walter, Stephenson Harwood's former head of corporate affairs, joined Herbert Smith last week as a corporate partner. He resigned from Stephenson Harwood in May.

  • In brief: Forshaw merges with neighbour

    10-Jul-1997

    Eleven-partner Warrington-based commercial firm Forshaw Spittles has merged with local two-partner practice Dove & Hodd. To be known as Forshaw Spittles Dove & Hodd, the new firm will have 70 staff as well as offices at Frodsham and Stockton Heath. Managing partner Michael Peake said the new practice would include lawyers specialising in personal injury and medical negligence as well as a dedicated commercial team.

  • In brief: LAB drafts contract for duty solicitor pilot

    10-Jul-1997

    The Legal Aid Board will give the 25 London firms participating in the duty solicitor pilot a draft of the contract for the scheme by the end of October, according to an LAB spokesman. Local meetings are to be arranged between the LAB and the firms to discuss the proposals.

  • In brief: Maxwell lawyer to attack fraud coverage

    10-Jul-1997

    The lawyer who defended Kevin Maxwell, Peters & Peters partner Keith Oliver, is to launch an attack on the media for its coverage of fraud trials at a conference on corruption in Brussels next week. Oliver will lambast the press for unbalanced reporting of high-profile trials in his speech at the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) conference from 17 to 19 October. Oliver's ...

  • In brief: Partner appointed two years after articles

    10-Jul-1997

    A Cheltenham firm has appointed a 26-year-old as one of its nine partners. Julia Willis joins the partnership of Bretherton Price Elgoods just four years after joining the firm and only two years after completing her articles there. Willis is a personal injury specialist.

  • In brief: Quality mark launched by Law Society

    10-Jul-1997

    The Law Society has launched a new quality mark for solicitors. The Lexcel standard will be awarded to firms that have implemented the Law Society's Practice Management Standards, which are designed to improve client care. A kit, which will become available from February, has been developed to help solicitors achieve a Lexcel certification.

  • In brief: Rouse & Co sets up shop in Vietnam

    10-Jul-1997

    Intellectual property rights specialist Rouse & Co International is opening an office in Vietnam. The office, in Ho Chi Minh City, will be the City-based firm's fifth. It will be headed by Gareth Davies, who is moving to Ho Chi Minh City from Rouse & Co's office in China.

  • In brief: SA judge marks Justice anniversary

    10-Jul-1997

    Justice Arthur Chaskalson, president of the South African Constitutional Court, will on 13 October deliver the first of a series of lectures to mark the 40th anniversary of the campaign group, Justice. He will discuss the role of South Africa's judges in interpreting and enforcing rights. The lecture is at the Law Society and kicks off at 7pm. Admission is free. Call 0171 329 5100 for reservations.

  • Labour lawyers give Govt a hand

    10-Jul-1997

    Labour lawyers in the City are clubbing together for the first time to help the government on issues such as creating the "super-SIB" financial regulator, drafting the new competition bill and re-invigorating the private finance initiative (PFI).Freshfields competition assistant Catriona Munro, a member of the Society of Labour Lawyers, is forming a corporate and finance group within the society. She has secured Alistair Darling, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, to speak ...

  • Lawyers' families flee Singapore smog crisis

    10-Jul-1997

    THE FAMILIES of international lawyers working in smog-hit Singapore have begun to flee the city state to escape the pollution there.Firms are offering to fly home families with young children because there is still no sign that the suffocating cloud of smog that has hung over the city since August will disperse.At Freshfields, one lawyer has already taken up the offer to have his children flown back to the UK, while another family will return to Australia soon.

  • Linklaters in full-time pro bono move

    10-Jul-1997

    Linklaters & Paines is considering following Lovell White Durrant by employing a full-time administrator to co-ordinate its pro bono work.Linklaters' partnership secretary, John Ledley, said the firm had appointed a pro bono group, consisting of himself and three or four partners, chaired by property partner Christopher Coombe, six months ago.The group was set up after an ...

  • Linklaters races to top of advisory league

    10-Jul-1997

    Linklaters & Paines has knocked US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell from the top of a league table for advisers on international equity issues.The table, compiled by International Financial Law Review, shows Linklaters advised banks on 41 international equity issues in the 12 months to the end of ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 07/10/97

    10-Jul-1997

    Richard Alexander Dobson, practising at material times on his own account in Derby, fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £1,225 costs. Allegations substantiated that he failed or failed with reasonable expedition to lodge accountant's report and failed to respond substantively to letters written to him by applicant. Dobson previously before tribunal in 1995 when he was fined £500 for failure to comply with accounting rules. Tribunal dismayed he ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 07/10/97

    10-Jul-1997

    Professional negligence against solicitors in 87 casesBristol & West Building Society v Fancy & Jackson; Same (plaintiff) v Defendants in 1995 B2165, 1995 B2401, 1995 B2468, 1995 B2858, 1995 B3197, 1996 B0784 (1997)Court: Ch.D Bristol District Registry (Chadwick J) (4/7/97)Summary: 87 claims for professional negligence brought by a building society against firms of solicitors in Bristol for losses suffered in lending transactions ...

  • Litigation Writs 07/10/97

    10-Jul-1997

    An 80-year-old woman from Bideford in Devon is taking the police to the High Court over the effects she claims she suffered after television crews were allowed to film her home being searched for stolen goods. Frances Jarvis claims that after the search she left her home and did not return for several months, and that she also suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. She claims that she suffered further distress when the film was shown on the BBC programme Inside Story: Art Detectives ...

  • London firm courts crash victims with press advert

    10-Jul-1997

    A LONDON firm of solicitors has taken a proactive approach to attracting clients following the Southall train crash, by advertising for victims of the accident to contact it.Matthew Arnold & Baldwin placed an advert in the London Evening Standard last week, asking: "Were you hurt in the Southall train crash? Are you suffering from post traumatic stress? Have you or someone ...

  • Lord Woolf bows out after year as EWI president

    10-Jul-1997

    LORD Woolf is standing down from the presidency of the Expert Witness Institute (EWI) a year after controversially agreeing to take up the post.The Master of the Rolls was the inaugural president of the institute, which was set up in November with the help of the expert witness training company Bond Solon.His appointment sparked a whispering campaign against him because of the institute's close links to Bond Solon, which trains institute members.

  • Mind the gaps on Tupe

    10-Jul-1997

    The House of Lords must sort out the confusion regarding the transfer of undertakings regulations says Simon Mills. Simon Mills is a barrister at One Essex Court chambers. Last year's decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Wilson v St Helens Borough Council created a swell of uneasiness among employment practitioners. The EAT held that a consensual variation of an employee's contract is void where the operative reason for the variation is a transfer of the undertaking.

  • New logo marks 'watershed' in firm's history

    10-Jul-1997

    AFTER 150 years, Linklaters & Paines is dropping the "Paines" from its new logo (right) in a revamp of its corporate identity, coinciding with its move to new City offices at 1 Silk Street.Managing partner Terence Kyle said the move "will mark a watershed in the firm's history". For the first time in many years all London staff will be under the same roof.They are currently ...

  • No room at the Inns for students

    10-Jul-1997

    Just who and how many people should become barristers is generating increasing debate. In 1976 an aspiring lawyer was told by her law tutors that two things stood in the way of her becoming a barrister.She was a woman and she was black.In 1997 Baroness Patricia Scotland, a Queen's Counsel at 35 and head of her own chambers at 1 Gray's Inn Square, has confirmed the third thing her tutors told her.She had the ability to make it.

  • Norton Rose recruits

    10-Jul-1997

    Norton Rose in Singapore has recruited partner Carol Roberts from Clifford Chance's Singapore office. Roberts, who has worked for 12 years in Singapore, will join Norton Rose's international banking and project finance team in November. Norton Rose will now have six partners and 16 other lawyers in Singapore.

  • Online service spreads its wings

    10-Jul-1997

    Elizabeth Davidson reports. An Irish legal and business information provider is launching an online service in the UK in the new year.Dublin-based Lawlink signed an agreement last week with Maid, one of the world's largest business information providers, to expand its Internet service to the UK.Lawlink, a joint venture between the IFG Group and the Law Society of Ireland, offers its Irish subscribers a secure e-mail facility and direct ...

  • Opportunities ready and waiting

    10-Jul-1997

    Toby Kempster says regional barristers are now focusing on service and expertise. Toby Kempster is a barrister at Old Square Chambers, based in the Bristol annexe.Statistics disclosed by Labour Market Trends for the most recent year surveyed (to 31 March 1995), show that approximately 70,000 complaints were presented to industrial tribunals and just under 1,000 appeals were taken to employment appeal tribunals. But with the coming into force of the Disability Discrimination ...

  • Osborne Clarke expands to Reading

    10-Jul-1997

    Corporate and IT specialist Osborne Clarke is to open a new office in the rapidly developing Thames Valley region.The Reading office will initially be staffed by employment specialist Danielle Kingdon, who will be partner in charge of the office, and London-based corporate partner Richard Smerdon.Osborne Clarke managing partner Leslie Perrin said the firm expected the office ...

  • Patrick Hurd announces alliance with accountants

    10-Jul-1997

    Private client tax sole practitioner Patrick Hurd has joined forces with 11-partner accountants Hughes Allen in what is believed to be the first one-stop-shop alliance between an existing law practice and an accountancy firm.Patrick Hurd's firm Wycombe Hurd & Co, which employs a qualified accountant, will move into an office alongside Hughes Allen's existing London premises.He said Hughes Allen had first asked him to join as an in-house lawyer.

  • Project finance

    10-Jul-1997

    Baker & McKenzie's Warsaw and London offices advised Polish and international consortium Autostrada Wielkopolska on winning its contract to build the A2 toll motorway from the Polish transport ministry, advised by its in-house team and New York firm Hawkins Delafield Wood.

  • Property

    10-Jul-1997

    Howard Kennedy acted for Galliard Homes and Frogmore Developments in its sale of luxury apartments at the old Shell building at Waterloo, now the Whitehouse Development, to individual residents.

  • Property

    10-Jul-1997

    Harbottle & Lewis advised a consortium of businessmen with Falmouth interests on their purchase of the undeveloped part of the town's residential marina complex, Port Pendennis Village, from Falmouth Developments, represented by Falmouth firm Preston Goldburn. Eversheds advised English Partnerships, ...

  • Property

    10-Jul-1997

    Halliwell Landau advised WAXY Hartlepool on its £54.5m sale of Middleton Grange Shopping Centre to the Pillarcaise Partnership, advised by Gouldens.

  • Punders opens up in HK

    10-Jul-1997

    GERMAN FIRM Punder Volhard Weber & Axster has become the latest international firm to open a Hong Kong office.Punders managing partner Thomas Gasteyer said the office would not initially be a joint venture with other firms in the Punder Group, the five-country international alliance of firms to which his practice belongs.He said partners from the other Punder Group firms in Austria, Belgium, France and Switzerland were still deciding whether to take part in the ...

  • Real value-for-money juniors

    10-Jul-1997

    First-rate seniors are very much in demand but they have their price. Leo Schulz discovers who the first-rate juniors are. Given the specialisation of solicitors and the emphasis on in-depth expertise in the use of counsel, the popularity of juniors (and, in some cases, barristers who are very junior) at the bar is somewhat surprising.There is, of course, a tendency not to bother mentioning the obvious names, with the result that several of the best juniors are put forward ...

  • Seniors with the personal touch

    10-Jul-1997

    With specialist solicitors encroaching on their turf, barristers are fighting back by broadening their skills, reports Leo Schulz. The role of the barrister is changing and under pressure as solicitors increasingly sell themselves as specialists. And if clients are paying a high price for one lawyer, they are understandably reluctant to pay even more for a second."Bringing in a barrister is no longer a matter of course," says one solicitor in Manchester."It really ...

  • Set pins its colours to jag racing

    10-Jul-1997

    For a criminal barrister it is the perfect getaway

  • Setting the standards for advice

    10-Jul-1997

    John Virgo and Philip Ryley look at the common law duty of care and the statutory liability imposed on financial advisers. John Virgo is a barrister at Guildhall Chambers and Philip Ryley is a solicitor at Ringrose Wharton in Bristol - both specialise in financial services litigation. Lawyers are well-known for getting excited about matters which leave other people cold. However, when the Financial Services Act 1986 came into effect on 29 April 1988, lawyers specialising in ...

  • Sycamore 'too busy' for Labour conference

    10-Jul-1997

    LAW Society president Phillip Sycamore has been attacked for failing to turn up at the society's flagship Labour conference meeting at which government rising star Home Office minister Alun Michael spoke.Although some Law Society officials were present, none of the three key elected council members - Sycamore, vice-president Michael Mathews and deputy vice-president Robert Sayer - attended the packed meeting on crime and punishment, despite the fact that Sycamore was ...

  • Sympathy rather than punishment

    10-Jul-1997

    Roger Pearson looks at a decision in which a woman was granted relierf from forfeiture due to the peculiar circumstances of her case. A Court of Appeal decision in July gave new guidance on the law of forfeiture. It indicates that even if a criminal act has been involved there can be relief from forfeiture if the circumstances are exceptional.The latest case to focus on this area of law was unique. But the final majority decision of the Court of Appeal, while given ...

  • The great Tupe dilemma

    10-Jul-1997

    Tupe remains a grey area for employers, says Paul Gilroy. Paul Gilroy is a barrister at 9 St John Street chambers, Manchester. TUPE or not Tupe? That is the question. Providing the answer has been made more difficult for employment lawyers as a result of the European Court of Justice's decision in the case of Ayse Suzen (1997).This and other issues were considered at a recent seminar for local authority solicitors arranged by the employment law group at 9 ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Sanjay Gogia

    10-Jul-1997

    Sanjay Gogia was born in New Delhi on 28 August, 1966. He is an associate at Allen & Overy in London. What was your first job?Trainee with a law firm.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?Indian Rupees 36,000 a year.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Freelance photographer.

  • The princess, the public and the paparazzi

    10-Jul-1997

    Extreme invasion of privacy by the media has driven some to desperate measures. Paul Kaufman speaks out for those who lack the resources to protect themselves. Paul Kaufman is a partner at Wiseman Lee. The extraordinary coverage of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, prompts a number of observations.Like most in my field, I regularly act for single parents who, unlike Princess Diana, have no choice but to rely on the state for support. They frequently ...

  • US practice snaps up UK document system

    10-Jul-1997

    A LONDON software company has reversed the trend of UK firms "buying American" by exporting its information technology to the US.Manhattan firm Morrison Cohen Singer & Weinstein LLP has become the first US practice to buy DPA-Egami's litigation support software, Egami-Legal.The document management system is already used by seven major UK firms, including Lovell White Durrant,

  • Water watchdog rethinks evidence after case fails

    10-Jul-1997

    Water companies suspected of supplying unsafe water may escape prosecution after a High Court judge cleared South West Water of supplying water unfit for human consumption, even though 575 of its customers suffered ill-effects from cryptosporidiosis.The Drinking Water Inspectorate relied for its prosecution on an epidemiological report by a local health authority's outbreak control team. But the report was ruled inadmissible by the judge, who recorded a not guilty verdict ...

  • Watford partner set to become Lord Mayor

    10-Jul-1997

    Richard Nichols, senior partner at six-partner high street practice Sedgwick Kelly in Watford, has been elected the Lord Mayor of London.His election by the members of the City's livery companies was unopposed. He will serve a year in office, from his inauguration on 8 November. Lord Mayors must have been previously elected both an alderman and a sheriff of the City and must serve as "senior alderman below the chair" for a year before their turn for the Lord Mayoralty ...

  • Westminster witch-hunt

    10-Jul-1997

    The article on the Westminster City Council case (The Lawyer, 23 September) rightly predicts a comprehensive overhaul of local government procedures.However, is this not fundamentally the greatest of modern witch-hunts, the nightmare scenario, where a single individual has statutory authority to impose a penalty of millions of pounds on hapless councillors (and request payment in 14 days), with the media baying for blood in the background and, ...

  • Which? research rings warning bells

    10-Jul-1997

    The recent survey carried out by Which? magazine has caused the usual outburst of denial by all those associated with the legal profession. The research is said to be invalid, the results are deemed to be wrong etc.Whichever way you look at it, the reflection on the legal profession is not good if such a large percentage of law firms is unable to provide the basic service of giving advice.In fact, the results of the research - even allowing for ...