7 November 1994

The Lawyer

  • A tale of two names

    10-Nov-1994

    Rubinstein not Rubenstein!My grandfather, J.S. Rubinstein, first practised as a solicitor in Gray's Inn in 1889: the firm became Rubinstein Leggatt & Co.I followed my uncle, Stanley Rubinstein, practising alongside his two brothers, Harold (my father) and Ronald, as senior partner of Rubinstein Nash & Co.Now I am retiring as a consultant with its successor firm. My cousin, John Rubinstein, son of Anthony ...

  • Assessing the risk factor

    10-Nov-1994

    Ben Siddons

  • Bacfi article "nonsense"

    10-Nov-1994

    A eulogy to barristers in the Bacfi Bulletin was slammed as "palpable nonsense" by a leading in-house solicitor.Jyoti Munsiff, chair of the Law Society's commerce and industry group, said the article, which compared the qualities of solicitors and barristers, did not tell the whole story.It read: "If a company wants to employ a conveyancer, a wills draftsman, a commercial litigator, hire a solicitor. If a company wants a performer, a negotiator, a salesman... ...

  • Bar applauds fees rule change

    10-Nov-1994

    THE BAR Council has welcomed new rules on standard fees in magistrates' courts aimed at ending the pay disparity between barristers and freelance solicitor advocates.The changes to the remuneration structure will allow barristers to claim for travelling and waiting time costs in addition to the standard fee for advocacy. Previously, only solicitors could do this.The amendments, in the Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (Costs) Regulations 1989 and ...

  • Barristers called to unite

    10-Nov-1994

    The independent Bar has been told to back the campaign by employed barristers for rights of audience.Sir Sydney Lipworth QC, deputy chair of National Westminster Bank, said there was a natural empathy between in-house barristers and chambers which was potentially a significant source of work for the Bar.If the number of barristers working in-house declined, the influence of the Bar as a whole would diminish.It was important for the independent Bar ...

  • Bermans managing partner to go it alone

    10-Nov-1994

    BERMANS managing partner Ian Short has left to start his own commercial firm.No replacement has yet been found for him and the firm is considering either a joint managing partnership or a rotating system involving several partners.Partner John Hall says: "We are very sorry to be losing Ian, but he felt that the time was right for a fresh challenge."Ian presided over a time of great change for Bermans which is now paying off with expansion in our traditional ...

  • Brooke warns against return to 'dark ages'

    10-Nov-1994

    The chair of the Law Commission called on the Bar to back a campaign to make law reform easier.Mr Justice Brooke said the need to improve the quality of laws must top the all-party political agenda."I have not yet seen any evidence of parliamentary procedures which are robust enough to ensure that the quality of our law is indeed steadily improved, year by year, and that we do not slip back into the recent dark ages," he said."I hope the Bar, which ...

  • Carol Keenan

    10-Nov-1994

    Carol Keenan has joined Avon Rubber as assistant group solicitor from London firm Rabin Leacock & Lipman. She joins three in-house lawyers headed by group solicitor Peter Fairbairn.

  • Clearing up on systems

    10-Nov-1994

    I would like to clarify a few points in John Irving's article comparing DOS and Windows (The Lawyer, 4 October). Firstly, Windows is not an operating system as stated in the article. You cannot talk about this either or situation when deciding to go for Windows or DOS. Your choice of operating system is one of DOS, OS/2, Windows NT and perhaps a weird flavour of Unix or even Next etc. Only if you decided to go for DOS do you then decide whether you want to run ...

  • CMH unveils progressive recruitment package

    10-Nov-1994

    CITY firm Cameron Markby Hewitt is taking major steps forward in trainee recruitment, including a two-stage process involving new tests and an equal opportunities policy.The firm, known for its progressive personnel approach, says the latest changes are part of an on-going series of developments and are due to be in place later this year.Personnel director Roy Lecky-Thompson says: "Each year we have developed our procedures to make them more helpful and objective."

  • Collyer-Bristow expansion includes new senior partner

    10-Nov-1994

    ROGER Woolfe has been appointed senior partner at Collyer-Bristow to replace Alan Burdon-Cooper, who is stepping down after 10 years.The firm is also to take on two or three new partners to boost its private client and company commercial work.Burdon-Cooper's term was an important period for the firm, which saw office expansion and a growing matrimonial department.He says: "It is time for a new face to take over. I am looking forward to having ...

  • Coming down from the ivory tower

    10-Nov-1994

    Peter Birks

  • Consumers back will writing standards

    10-Nov-1994

    The Consumer Association (CA) is backing the Law Society's call for regulation of will writing as the society prepares to launch Make a Will Week. A survey highlights the problems faced by will-writing companies which struggle when legacies are not "run of the mill". The report emphasises the advantages of using solicitors who are professionally trained, statutorily regulated, insured and who store wills free of charge. Make a Will Week starts on 17 October.

  • Conveyancing rule aims to deflect gazump blame

    10-Nov-1994

    the Law Society Council has put guidance regulating the conduct of solicitors selling property on a more formal footing by passing a practice rule.The rule states that if a seller decides to deal with more than one buyer, then the solicitor, with the client's consent, should notify all those parties who are involved in the "contract race".It is hoped that the new rule will go some way towards protecting the public from costs which they might be forced to ...

  • Corporate

    10-Nov-1994

    Kruger Tissue Group (UK) was advised by Dibb Lupton Broomhead in a u43m development project, restructuring of the existing tissue business in the UK and an acquisition. The financing was arranged by 3i Manchester and debt was provided by Midland bank Structured Finance. The investors were advised by 3i Legal and Davies Arnold Cooper.

  • Dibbs reviews management structure behind closed doors

    10-Nov-1994

    NATIONAL law firm Dibb Lupton Broomhead is believed to be considering changes to its management structure after a partners' meeting at its London office last Thursday.Sources claim a range of proposals for change were put to partners, but no new moves had been unveiled to staff when The Lawyer went to press.Managing partner Paul Rhodes denies claims that a "major restructuring" of the firm's four divisions has been announced, saying: "We are always ...

  • Directories

    10-Nov-1994

    Anne McGrath says insolvency law reform is still high up on the Government's agenda.The Queen's Speech has come and gone with n'er a royal whisper of the proposed reform of insolvency law, which Secretary of State for Trade and Peter Mandleson have been strongly pushing for.But the DTI has confirmed that it is still very much to the fore and will appear as soon as legislative time-tabling allows. A DTI spokesman said they were optimistic ...

  • EC surveys range of Euro law

    10-Nov-1994

    THE European Commission is working to improve access to justice for its citizens with a survey into the spread of community law.It is trying to ensure that laws passed by the European Parliament are enforced in member states.The survey has been welcomed by Patrick Oliver of the Law Society's Brussels office, who says: "This is an interesting push for access to justice and one which we have been lobbying for and working on for the past 12 months.

  • Elly rallies troops over legal aid

    10-Nov-1994

    LAW Society President Charles Elly issued a rallying call to his beleaguered troops when he told the solicitors' conference: "I salute you."Elly paid tribute to the dedication of legal aid lawyers who worked for next to nothing and hit out at the constant carping by chief constables and government spokesmen.His stark warning was that the pressures on solicitors providing legal aid were becoming intolerable."There is a limit and, I fear, for many ...

  • Exchange 'is stepping up' insider probes

    10-Nov-1994

    The Stock Exchange has failed to deny reports that its surveillance group is handling around 50 per cent more suspected insider dealing cases this year compared with last."The exchange is considering proposals designed to underpin the markets it runs. We are looking at maintaining an orderly market," says a spokesman.The exchange opened 116 share deal investigations this year, including more than 75 into insider dealing, says the Financial Times.

  • FACTS FILE

    10-Nov-1994

    * Of the 54 barristers at the chambers, 13 are women while 41 are men.* Of the total barristers, 24 are in civil work, 22 specialise in crime and 18 specialise in family.* So far in 1994 the chambers has taken on eight barristers - five specialising in civil, two specialising in crime and one specialising in family law.

  • False imprisonment case a legal rarity

    10-Nov-1994

    Roger Pearson

  • Firm faces tribunal on race claim

    10-Nov-1994

    Leicester firm Ironsides Ray & Vials faces an industrial tribunal this week, accused of racial discrimination against former trainee Jenny Lindsay. Lindsay, now qualified as a solicitor, claims that as the only black trainee with the firm she was refused funding for her studies for the Law Society finals while the firm's five other trainees - all white - received assistance. She also claims she was dismissed by the firm when she failed the final examination, while others who failed ...

  • Firm gathers over 200 implant claimants

    10-Nov-1994

    Medical negligence specialist Russell Levy has registered more than 200 women in the first round of claims against over 50 US manufacturers of silicone gel breast implants. Levy, partner at Leigh, Day & Co, says although the cut-off date for first-round claims from women with severe existing injuries was 16 September, those claimants are unlikely to receive compensation within the next 12 months. Foreign women taking part in the class action against manufacturers such as Dow Corning ...

  • Freeman seeks apology from the Standard

    10-Nov-1994

    Insolvent solicitor Michael Freeman, who has declared debts of u1.5 million, is taking action to defend his reputation by seeking an apology and retraction from London's Evening Standard newspaper after it published several news stories about him.Freeman's solicitors, Jay Benning Levine & Peltz, wrote to the Evening Standard last week claiming that two articles published in September were inaccurate and that the second one was "grossly inaccurate and highly defamatory".

  • Friends of the Earth lobbies for new bill

    10-Nov-1994

    Environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth will lobby Parliament to pass a new bill aimed at changing the UK's "wholly inadequate" conservation laws. The bill, to be unveiled on 26 October, was produced by the group's lawyers.

  • Glut may 'harm' young Bar

    10-Nov-1994

    The Bar cannot continue to grow at its current pace and it is "inevitable" there will be a "significant contraction" in its size in coming years, the chair of the Young Barristers' Committee has warned.Addressing a forum on the future of the profession, Brian O'Neill said there were too many practising barristers and the "glut" was most significant at the junior level of the profession.O'Neill, of Desmond ...

  • Guinness promotes team work

    10-Nov-1994

    In-house lawyers at Guinness are leaving the office next month as part of a team building exercise fostered by the department.The move is one of a number of changes initiated by legal head Dr Ken Mildwaters who undertook a review of the in-house function when he joined from Theodore Goddard earlier this year.But Mildwaters is unsure where the group lawyers will be going because he is no longer organising the event."I have put in place a much flatter ...

  • High success rate for LPC students

    10-Nov-1994

    More than 80 per cent of students who undertook the first year of the Law Society's new legal practice course have passed. Figures released by the society last week show 17 per cent of students received distinctions while a further 44 per cent were commended. The course, taught by 16 institutions in England and Wales, took on 5,790 full-time students in its first year. Of these, 4,691 gained an overall pass with 960 winning distinctions and 2,549 commendations. Chair of the LPC ...

  • IN MY EXPERIENCE

    10-Nov-1994

    " I spent six months at the College of Law in the late 1970s.I had completed a four-year law/European studies degree at Sussex University, where we were encouraged to think for ourselves and question. To go from that into what was essentially a course which put you on auto-pilot was a tremendous shock. In those days you really didn't have to think at all. You had to assimilate an enormous amount of information which was spoon-fed by lecturers. You sat in the ...

  • In my experience

    10-Nov-1994

    "I went to Oxford for three years followed by six months at the College of Law at Lancaster Gate. We had six months of intensive morning lectures followed by our exams. It was very basic black-letter law learning - we had these little blue books which we had to learn by heart. There were classes of 60 and we all sat in long rows like primary school. There was no use of modern teaching methods; almost no use of the blackboard even.It is much more skills-based now, ...

  • In my experience

    10-Nov-1994

    "I went to Guildford for my part one and to Lancaster Gate for my part two. I remember that one took place in the middle of articles so it was like going back to being a student. It was a nice escape from the office.The teaching methods were like a crammer and the rooms were packed with people. We were only taught for about two hours every morning, so there was no collegiate atmosphere.At the end of the course there was a great tradition: our results ...

  • Judge backs insurance disclosure plan

    10-Nov-1994

    LITIGATION lawyers in favour of compulsory disclosure of insurance cover, to save time and money, have the backing of a leading judge.A proposal put forward at the Centre of Advanced Litigation conference was given qualified support by Mr Justice Otton.Delegates said money would not be wasted pursuing people unable to pay if defendants put their cards on the table first.But there is still strong resistance to the idea from insurance lawyers, who say ...

  • Keep off the drinks says judge

    10-Nov-1994

    The chair of the Law Commission called on the Bar to back a campaign to make law reform easier.Mr Justice Brooke said the need to improve the quality of laws must top the all-party political agenda."I have not yet seen any evidence of parliamentary procedures which are robust enough to ensure that the quality of our law is indeed steadily improved, year by year, and that we do not slip back into the recent dark ages," he said."I hope the Bar, which ...

  • Law Soc ballots members over halving officer compensation

    10-Nov-1994

    CASH compensation for the firms of Law Society office-holders may be halved following a call for the amounts to be fixed to legal aid rates.A postal ballot is to be held to decide the issue after an amendment to the new rules was proposed by solicitor Michael Ellman.Ellman wants compensation levels linked to 1,000 hours of green form aid rather than the salary of a High Court Judge.If the profession votes in favour, the president's firm can expect ...

  • Law Soc to debate conveyancing plans

    10-Nov-1994

    The consultation paper on conveyancing, 'Adapting for the future', is to be fully debated by the Law Society council in November. Speaking at last week's council meeting, Richard Hegarty, of Peterborough firm Hegarty & Co, told council members there had been about 450 responses. There had also been 66 submissions from local law societies. The working party will meet this month to consider the responses.

  • Lawyers call for complete CSA overhaul

    10-Nov-1994

    THE CHILD Support Agency has failed to help the most vulnerable people in society and should be completely overhauled, according to the Society of Labour Lawyers (SLL).A complete review of the CSA, both to make children the main priority and to take into account the complex circumstances of the most vulnerable and impoverished, was urgently needed, said the SLL.Solicitor Wendy Mantle, chairing the SLL fringe meeting, 'The family and the CSA', also called ...

  • Lawyers dub Bar 'too old fashioned'

    10-Nov-1994

    In-house lawyers have used the Bar conference platform to issue a stark message to barristers in private practice: "If you want work from us you'll need to get your act together."A panel of employed lawyers criticised what it called the Bar's old-fashioned attitudes and the failure by some to understand the needs of business.They said they were keen to encourage more direct access, but poor marketing did little for the cause of the independent Bar.

  • Leigh Day seeks funds for grid case

    10-Nov-1994

    Leigh, Day & Co joint senior partner Martyn Day has asked the Legal Aid Board for funding to take a case against the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to Europe. Day hopes to apply to the Court of Appeal for referral to the European Court of Justice of an action involving the National Grid Company. Last week the Divisional Court dismissed an application brought on behalf of children living in South Woodford for judicial review of the Secretary of State's decision not to ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 11/10/94

    10-Nov-1994

    ALAN GARTH BOWNES, 46, admitted 1972, practised in partnership as Garth Bownes, Newcastle upon Tyne, struck off and ordered to pay u3,696.75 costs. Allegations substantiated he misappropriated client funds and used them for own purposes, breached accounting rules and had been convicted of offences of dishonesty in course of his practise as solicitor. Tribunal told Law Society inspection of books revealed that from 29 January 1989 to 24 December 1992, ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 11/10/94

    10-Nov-1994

    Unfair dismissal - considering reason for dismissalBritish Railways Board v Jackson (1994) (CA) (Neill LJ, Hoffmann LJ, Waite LJ)Summary: Legalism which industrial tribunals should try and avoid necessity for considering circumstances which employer is entitled to take into account in unfair dismissal cases.Employer's appeal against industrial tribunal's finding of unfair dismissal where a railway steward who had broken the rule ...

  • Litigation Writs 11/10/94

    10-Nov-1994

    Dorking solicitors Downs face a u45,000 High Court claim over theft of money by a former secretary who committed suicide after confessing what she had done.The writ has been issued against the firm by the executor of an estate the firm was handling and from which the money is said to have been stolen.The writ says the firm was dealing with the estate of the late Mrs A V Rekstin and had opened a building society account containing u114,000 in respect ...

  • Lovell White Durrant backs wordsmiths

    10-Nov-1994

    Lovell White Durrant is to sponsor the 1994 International Awards for Students, a writing competition for students. This year, entrants will have to write an essay based on the title: When does lobbying become an abuse of the parliamentary system? More students than ever are expected to take part. Lord Scarman has dubbed the question "vitally important".

  • McKennas grows Moscow office

    10-Nov-1994

    MCKENNA & Co is to expand its Moscow office by moving to new premises in the city three times bigger than its current office.The new office will house up to 12 lawyers plus support staff, a conference room and the latest technology.CIS group head Elena Kirillova says: "Expanding areas of work include acquisitions and advisory work. Foreign investors are looking to purchase shares following the privatisation programmes."A lot of people who set up smallholding ...

  • Mears' debut sparks heated debate

    10-Nov-1994

    LAW Society Council new-comer Martin Mears has stirred up a hornet's nest at his first meeting by proposing a controversial motion.The Norfolk solicitor broke with years of tradition with a hard-hitting maiden speech, calling on the council to take a closer look at criticisms levelled by the honorary auditor in the society's annual report.Mears, senior partner with Mears Hobbs & Durrant, who wrote in his election manifesto that he would not be joining ...

  • More questions than answers

    10-Nov-1994

    As the new academic year opens, with perhaps record numbers of students opting for law, the very medium they are studying is up for grabs. They are standing on shifting sands.Not that this need worry any students starting now. They will probably have long graduated from university before any decisions are taken and may have finished their professional qualifications before any new system is put in place. The Lord Chancellor's advisory committee's review ...

  • Paul Llewellyn takes issue with poor reporting of cases

    10-Nov-1994

    Paul LlewellynNewspapers frequently do a disservice to the public in their reporting of the law.One field where this happens is that of personal injury litigation and in particular the so-called "RSI" (Repetitive Strain Injury) cases involving Judge Prosser QC. The judge may well have been justifiably criticised in awarding a modest sum of money to a rape victim for a holiday, but that apparent lapse of judgment has been used to add justification ...

  • Pensions court battle reignites

    10-Nov-1994

    The massive hunt for £400 million in Maxwell pensions assets has renewed in the High Court with two separate cases involving claims of up to u88 million being run in the same court room.The cases are MGN Pension Trustees Ltd's (MGNPT) u60 million action against Bank of America and Credit Suisse and the liquidator of Bishopsgate Investment Management (BIM) Robson Rhodes' u28 million action against Credit Suisse.The trial is a major piece of litigation ...

  • Pick you favourite

    10-Nov-1994

    Staff at Davies Arnold Cooper. Last week their boss, David McIntosh, told the Trainee Solicitors' Group that professional success was not inevitably linked to a life of long hours. Assistants at the firm may wish to remind David of this should they ever decide they want to leave at 5.30pm on the dot.Hammond Suddards, which won the 1998 Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) award for professional excellence in alternative dispute resolution.

  • Plum job up for grabs

    10-Nov-1994

    LAWYERS were stunned by news that a New York firm is offering a u450,000 salary - believed to be the highest advertised salary for a UK lawyer.The advertisement is appearing in major national newspapers and trade press over the next seven days and is handled by recruitment consultant Quarry Dougall.Quarry Dougall recently ran an advertisement from a US firm, offering a u400,000 salary.A Quarry Dougall spokes-man says: "This is the highest salary we ...

  • Privatised - subject to status

    10-Nov-1994

    Roger Pearson

  • Property

    10-Nov-1994

    J Sainsbury Developments, advised by Forsyte Kerman, has exchanged a forward sale agreement with AMP Asset Management, advised by Radcliffes & Co, for the sale of a retail development at Ashford.

  • Property

    10-Nov-1994

    MEPC Investments, advised by Linklaters & Paines, has acquired the Main Centre, one of Derby's major shopping centres, for u5.75m from Norse Investments, advised by Derby-based Gadsbys.

  • Property

    10-Nov-1994

    Limebank Property Co, advised by Denton Hall, which was intructed by Barclays Property Holdings, has bought land at Northampton Business Park to be used for a new headquarters for Barclaycard, from the receivers for Northampton Business Park, Coopers & Lybrand, advised by Howes Percival.

  • Property

    10-Nov-1994

    Taylor Clark Properties, advised by William Sturges & Co, has bought for around u6m the freehold interest in Crystal Court, a 40,000 sq ft tenanted office building on the Waterlinks Business Village at Aston Cross in Birmingham from Waterlinks, advised by Eversheds in Birmingham.

  • Property

    10-Nov-1994

    The British Land Company, advised by Berwin Leighton, has bought for the British Land Quantum Fund for around u24.5m a mixed office, shop and industrial property portfolio from the Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society, advised by Turner Kenneth Brown.

  • Referees face civil action from players

    10-Nov-1994

    A GROWING number of referees could find themselves in the dock, sports lawyers at the second annual conference of the British Association for Sport and the Law were told.Two rugby referees are understood to be facing civil actions from players who allege that injuries sustained were due to match officials' negligence.The cases have come to light after the first court action involving two professional footballers, Paul Elliott and Dean Saunders.

  • SCB complaints set to increase

    10-Nov-1994

    Solicitors' Complaints Bureau figures are expected to show an increase in the number of completed cases in 1993 compared with last year.But its annual report, published this week, will also show a rising number of complaints and running costs.The SCB will highlight improvements in its complaints handling procedures, which last year resulted in 18,000 matters. Almost 22 per cent of cases were referred back to firms under practice rule 15.But the ...

  • Scots fight back on house sales

    10-Nov-1994

    Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre (ESPC), which dominates domestic house sales in the Edinburgh area, has opened its fifth office as part of a growing fight back by Scottish solicitors against estate agency chains.The Sterling office, opened last month, adds to the Dunfermline, Falkirk and Kirkcaldy offices of ESPC which operate alongside its main branch office in George Street, Edinburgh.The expansion comes within a year of the ...

  • Shareholders' letter case

    10-Nov-1994

    n An action scheduled to begin in the High Court on 31 October serves as a reminder that it's not just the media who can be accused of defamation.The pending action is over a circular letter sent out to company shareholders. It has been mounted by James Anthony Rowland-Jones, chairman and MD of Bremner, who is targeting City and Westminster Financial and five named individuals in his claim.He alleges he was libelled in the circular which was distributed ...

  • SIFA plans "hotline" for financial advice

    10-Nov-1994

    Mick Kavanagh reportsA panel of more than a dozen regional law firms have signed up to lead a drive to encourage the take-up of financial services business across the profession.The scheme, established by Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice (Sifa), will offer other firms "mother hen" advice and consultancy to help establish themselves in the field.Sifa is also negotiating with a range of leading product providers to sponsor ...

  • Spawning libel actions

    10-Nov-1994

    A sub-plot has developed as the provisional hearing date next month draws nearer in the libel action being taken by former Welsh police superintendent Gordon Anglesea against the Independent on Sunday, The Observer, Private Eye and HTV.Scallywag magazine has joined the fray and served a libel writ on defamation lawyer Barton Taylor of Russell Jones & Walker, who is acting for Anglesea. This followed comments made by Taylor in an article in the North Wales ...

  • Spreading the finance creed

    10-Nov-1994

    NON-EU lawyers practising in Germany can now use their home title thanks to legislation passed by the German Parliament.The change, which has been effective since last month, was welcomed by foreign lawyers who have waged a long battle with the German government and bar authorities to have the situation changed."We are now allowed to describe ourselves as attorneys and don't have to use the title 'rechtskundiger' which means legal ...

  • Stockbroking head wooed by Birketts

    10-Nov-1994

    Norwich law firm Birkett Westhorp & Long has recruited the managing director of the Norwich & Peterborough Building Society's stockbroking arm to head a new investment division.Richard Larner joins the firm on 1 November as director of investment. Four other appointments are planned to complete the new team.Larner will directly manage private client and trust portfolios in a shift away from the firm placing advisory and discretionary asset management with ...

  • Taylor to back fees rebellion

    10-Nov-1994

    LAW Lords are expected to stage a rebellion against conditional fees next week, but the introduction of the "no win, no fee" system will not be delayed, it is claimed.The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Taylor, is backing opposition to the plans, which he says will be disastrous for litigants. He is among those supporting a challenge to the regulations by Lord Ackner on 17 October.A spokesman for Taylor says there is "a ground swell of opposition among legal peers" ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: David Burgess

    10-Nov-1994

    David Burgess, 47, is a partner in Winstanley Burgess and a specialist in refugee cases - he has acted for many asylum cases of the past 20 years, including Sri Lankan Viraj Mendis. He lives in LondonWhat was your first job?Pipe laying across the Yorkshire Dales.What was your first salary as a lawyer?u10 per week during articles.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Something ...

  • Thoroughly modern set

    10-Nov-1994

    Andrew Burnyeat

  • Training event for women solicitors

    10-Nov-1994

    A trainee evening aimed at women in the profession will be held by the Association of Women Solicitors (AWS) at the Law Society at 6.30pm on Thursday this week. The meeting will be addressed by a panel of speakers including the College of Law's director of professional development, Alex Le Clezio, and AWS chair Jane Whittaker, a partner with City firm Macfarlanes.

  • Tribunals a forum for 'Euro-claims'

    10-Nov-1994

    INDUSTRIAL tribunals have accepted a wider jurisdiction to hear "Euro-claims" against the State after a ruling handed down in Newcastle-upon-Tyne confirmed they were an appropriate forum in which to hear actions relating to the failure to adequately implement EU law in the UK.The decision, passed in a case involving mass redundancies in the Swan Hunter administrative receivership, has dispelled much of the confusion surrounding the "Francovich-style" actions.Prior ...

  • TV in courts 'possible'

    10-Nov-1994

    The attorney-general, Sir Nicholas Lyell, told Bar conference delegates the Government had an "open mind" about televised courtrooms.Speaking at the international workshop, he said "certainly photographs and possibly television" could be allowed in courts."I really don't see why there should not be still photographs, but photographers would then have to remove themselves."There is a great deal of force in the argument for television in courts ...

  • TV lawyer heads Silkins media unit

    10-Nov-1994

    WESTMINSTER-based firm Lewis Silkin has launched a new media law unit headed by the former head of legal services at Anglia Television, Robin Stephenson.Stephenson joins the firm at partner level and leads a "tailored service" for the existing clients in the world of television, radio, satellite, cable and telecommunications.At Anglia, where Stephenson also held the post of ...

  • Youth takes helm at City firms

    10-Nov-1994

    TWO young lawyers have been appointed managing partners of top City firms Wilde Sapte and Baker & McKenzie.Baker & McKenzie has elected 38-year-old Nigel Carrington, who created a special think-tank to develop the firm's international strategy.The outgoing managing partner, Bruce Porter, will sit on the international executive committee.Wilde Sapte has ...