8 August 1994

The Lawyer

  • 'Intentionally homeless' ruling

    11-Aug-1994

    A challenge is to be mounted in the House of Lords against an Appeal Court decision reversing a ruling by Sir Louis Blom-Cooper in June 1993 that Victoria Awua, who had been declared intentionally homeless under the 1985 Housing Act, was not intentionally homeless. Sir Louis quashed a homeless ruling by the London Borough of Brent by judicial review.

  • Baker & McKenzie shakes up partner dismissal system

    11-Aug-1994

    International firm Baker & McKenzie has revised its system of dismissals to make it simpler to shed unwanted partners.The new procedure, unveiled at the firm's annual partners' meeting in Hong Kong last month, means lawyers can be dropped from the partnership by global ballot rather than waiting for the yearly gathering.The majority vote required to see a partner ...

  • Bar Council sets 10% fees cap

    11-Aug-1994

    THE BAR Council has set a cap on barristers' conditional fees at 10 per cent even though the Lord Chancellor will allow a maximum of 100 per cent.The cap was set as part of the Bar's draft terms of engagement for counsel. To protect the public, the Bar is also likely to propose that if the total of counsel and solicitors' success fees and expenses exceeds the client's damages and costs, the solicitor's firm and barrister will reduce their fees.

  • Benefits of a smooth operator

    11-Aug-1994

    Robert Higginbotham reports

  • Black group elects first woman leader

    11-Aug-1994

    EVERSHEDS solicitor Audrey Dorival has become the first woman to head a black and Asian legal body after being named chair of the African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers' Group (ACA).Dorival, a commercial litigator at the firm's London office, takes over the post from Lovell White Durrant's Dele Ogun.A graduate of Thames Valley University, Dorival studied for an LLM master's degree at the LSE and qualified as a solicitor in 1991.She ...

  • Blythe gains agents' account

    11-Aug-1994

    WARWICKSHIRE firm Blythe Liggins has been appointed legal adviser to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), the largest professional body for estate agents in the UK.Richard Thornton, a partner at the Leamington law firm, said: "This is quite a coup for us. We will be providing legal advice to the association and its members on general matters, as well as specific issues like internal disciplinary procedures and government legislation."The NAEA has ...

  • Boothroyd to speak at AWS dinner

    11-Aug-1994

    Speaker of the House of Commons Betty Boothroyd will address a dinner celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which allowed women to enter the professions. The black tie dinner, to be held at the London Guildhall on 9 December, has been organised by the Association of Women Solicitors.

  • Canary Wharf appeals against findings

    11-Aug-1994

    Canary Wharf Ltd will appeal against the findings of a preliminary hearing held earlier this year in an action being taken against it by a group of Docklands residents. The residents, represented by multi-party action firm Leigh Day & Co, are claiming damages for alleged interference with television reception which they claim was caused by the Docklands development. Canary Wharf's group legal counsel, Michael Ashley-Brown, says five issues were originally scheduled for hearing. ...

  • Catering for all eventualities

    11-Aug-1994

    John Browne reports

  • City firm dropped as legal adviser

    11-Aug-1994

    CITY law firm Simmons & Simmons has been dropped as principal legal adviser to Hull-based Cattle's (Holdings).The financial services group has replaced the top 10 firm with Leeds commercial practice Walker Morris.Patrick Doherty, head of the company's legal department, declines to comment on the appointment but it is understood that cost and accessibility were key ...

  • Cost-cutting still comes first

    11-Aug-1994

    Roger Pearson

  • Couderts set to open two offices in Vietnam

    11-Aug-1994

    American law firm Coudert Brothers has received approval from the Vietnamese Government to open offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.Couderts joins UK firms Freshfields, Sinclair Roche & Temperley, Lovell White Durrant and Clifford Chance, and international practice Baker & McKenzie, which ...

  • CPS lawyers in uproar over Addison suspension

    11-Aug-1994

    THE CROWN Prosecution Service (CPS) suspension of Neil Addison, a senior Crown prosecutor and employed Bar representative on the Bar Council, could jeopardise its hopes for higher court advocacy rights.One CPS lawyer says: "This is a very serious turn of events. Colleagues are outraged and there have been calls from lawyers around the country wanting to give their support."Addison, regarded as a free-thinking maverick, was suspended pending consideration of disciplinary ...

  • Deacons to be record legal receivership

    11-Aug-1994

    COLLAPSED 18-office Liverpool practice Deacon Goldrein Green is at the centre of the biggest ever law firm receivership after the Manchester High Court appointed accountants Pannell Kerr Forster to take over the running of the business.The firm collapsed suddenly two weeks ago when talks with the Royal Bank of Scotland over possible individual voluntary arrangements for partners failed.Joint receivers Andrew Thompson and Philip Long will preside over disposal ...

  • Employment partner joins 15 Old Square

    11-Aug-1994

    NORTON Rose employment partner Melanie Tether is leaving the practice to become a pupil barrister at 15 Old Square.Tether, who joined the firm seven years ago, will start a six-month pupillage in March at the chambers of John Melville Williams QC.The chambers, which has been involved in the mineworkers and dockers' disputes, is a leading union applicant set.Tether has built up a specialist niche practice within the education sector. Insiders ...

  • Financings

    11-Aug-1994

    Bayerische Hypotheken Bank was advised by Herbert Smith in the issue of A$75 million 8.75 per cent European medium term notes due 1997. Lead manager Hambro Bank was advised by Allen & Overy.

  • Financings

    11-Aug-1994

    Business Technology Group

  • Financings

    11-Aug-1994

    The Hartstone Group was advised by Travers Smith Brathwaite on its rights issue to raise £30 million

  • Firm confronts Minister on traffic

    11-Aug-1994

    HIGH-profile legal aid firm Bindman & Partners has written to the Government threatening legal action to force publication of a controversial report on its road building policy.Partner Stephen Grosz says that under the Environmental Information Regulations 1992, Transport Secretary Dr Brian Mawhinney is under an obligation to publish the report.Grosz says: "The duty stems from a European directive on freedom of access to information regarding the environment. ...

  • Firm launches fashion accessory

    11-Aug-1994

    Manchester firm Linder Myers has launched a service tailor-made for the fashion business.The service, Clothing Namecheck, will identify trademarks and brand names which are in use but unregistered and could save clothing manufacturers and retailers hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal expenses, the firm says.Registered trade marks can be found in the Trade Marks Registry ...

  • forthcoming case

    11-Aug-1994

    Roger Pearson

  • Fraser Smith in portfolio drive

    11-Aug-1994

    Financial advisory consultant Fraser Smith is launching a major marketing drive aimed at convincing law firms not to take their investment management business in-house.The firm has spent 18 months developing an asset management introductory scheme among accountants and solicitors, aimed at providing rock bottom asset management charges by fund managers by consolidating introduced business with them.The firm also claims its system is well equipped to achieve ...

  • Garretts creates Euro IP network

    11-Aug-1994

    LAW firm Garrett & Co has set up a new European intellectual property network.Reading-based partner Marcus O'Leary says that the European intellectual property group, which currently includes lawyers from Norway, Denmark, Holland, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain and Saudi Arabia, is his firm's way of competing with the big international law firms."The idea is to provide a service which gives pan-European advice on different aspects of intellectual property ...

  • Group fights Law Soc 'apathy'

    11-Aug-1994

    HIGH Street firms fed up with the Law Society's "complacent and defeatist" attitude on conveyancing are forming their own pressure group.The new forum is being set up as the society's council this week begins the debate on the controversial consultation paper 'Adapting for the future'.The Solicitors' Property Group (SPG), a loose network of firms, is behind the new initiative. It wants to take a more pro-active role in representing solicitors ...

  • Group for former Soviet states

    11-Aug-1994

    LAWYERS interested in Central Asia and Transcaucasia (Georgia and Azerbaijan) are being encouraged to join a new association.Around 30 lawyers attended a meeting at the Law Society last month and a draft constitution is being circulated.Law Society international relations manager, Babette Brown, says: "Most of the countries still have Soviet-style collectives of lawyers and few people trained to deal with commercial matters."Voluntary organisations ...

  • High-flying lawyers' pay set to soar

    11-Aug-1994

    SALARIES for high-flying assistant solicitors are rising sharply, says legal recruitment consultants Quarry Dougall.Quarry Dougall director Stephen Rodney says assistants who qualified two to four years ago in commercial property or company departments are particularly highly prized."At that time a lot of people were qualifying in litigation, but now the other specialisations have come back, especially property and company," he says."The top people ...

  • In-house lawyers need extra stamina

    11-Aug-1994

    PRIVATE practice lawyers, lured by the myth of shorter hours in-house, were warned that "sunlight is something of a luxury" in the banking sector.A panel of four employed banking lawyers, speaking at a careers seminar, confirmed that drive, stamina and commitment were just as important when working in-house.Lawyers from industry had their say, last week, at the second of the careers sessions staged by The Lawyer and recruitment consultants Robert Walters Associates.

  • Investment limit increase mooted

    11-Aug-1994

    The Law Society intends to apply to the Securities and Investments Board (SIB) to increase the limit of investment business firms can conduct but still be regulated by the society.Stewart Bushell of the society's monitoring unit says that it wants to increase the proportion investment business can contribute from the 20 per cent of income. "But we have not discussed what the level should be," he says.Other recognised professional bodies have ...

  • Irish courts poised for cameras

    11-Aug-1994

    THE IRISH Republic's Law Reform Commission has recommended that court proceeding be televised.But the commission warns of "dangers and difficulties" in letting television cameras in and suggests it should be done on a pilot basis and carefully monitored.The commission, an independent body headed by a High Court judge which makes recommendations to the Government, says in its latest report: "There may be a significant public benefit to be gained from exposing ...

  • Jones takes over at Edge & Ellison

    11-Aug-1994

    Birmingham firm Edge & Ellison has appointed Digby Jones to take over as senior partner from John Aucott.Law Society Council member Aucott, who has been in the post for the past five years, hands over the reins in May.Jones, who takes over at the age of 39 and was recently voted top deal maker in Finance Midlands, has been deputy senior partner since 1990."For regional firms, I think the next five years are going to be a cracking time. It will be ...

  • JUSTIS in industrial relations

    11-Aug-1994

    Robert Bass

  • Kent firm pushes ahead

    11-Aug-1994

    Michael KavanaghWhile most law firms are still contemplating taking their first step in providing financial services, Thanet firm Walmsley & Barnes is starting its next five-year plan.Ewan Cameron, compliance manager at the firm, is into his sixth year developing a financial services operation for the six-partner firm, which he says adds to the firm's other strictly legally related business.Cameron spent several years with ...

  • Labour eyes US pro bono model

    11-Aug-1994

    TWO American Bar Association (ABA) projects in Chicago which are successfully increasing public access to justice would be models for the Law Society and Bar Council in the development of pro bono work under a Labour government, says Labour legal spokesman Paul Boateng MP.The ABA Center for Pro Bono attracts lawyers and resources from private practice for specific projects and has now been copied in some 800 locations in the US.The ABA Law Technology Center is ...

  • Launch for Sifa network

    11-Aug-1994

    Fennell Betson and Michael Kavanagh reportThe Solicitors for Financial Advice (Sifa) has formally launched its Sifa network for firms interested in developing financial services."There has been considerable interest in the concept," says Sifa's Ian Muirhead.But he does not expect the network to start until after a meeting of the advisory firms panel set up by Sifa to advise firms interested in developing their financial services ...

  • Law Society talks

    11-Aug-1994

    The Law Society's Commerce & Industry Group for the North West is staging a meeting for in-house lawyers. Glen James and Michael Pescod, from Slaughter and May, will speak on 'Law applicable to difficult company meetings' on 30 November. At the next meeting on 25 January 1995, Janet Gaymer, of Simmons & Simmons, will speak on 'Current employment issues'.

  • Leading recruitment consultants merge

    11-Aug-1994

    Legal recruitment consultants Daniels Bates has joined forces with Harrison Willis to form a new company, Daniels Bates Legal. The merger means the new company will have offices in London, Guildford, Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds and Manchester. "Many of our clients are developing a countrywide presence either through setting up regional offices or by joining national networks, and we felt it was important to follow suit," says managing director Timothy Bates.

  • Leathes Prior opens new Norfolk office

    11-Aug-1994

    Norfolk Law firm Leathes Prior has opened an additional office in Norwich. The office will house the practice's personal injury and matrimonial departments and will be run by partners Tim Cary, Rosalind Thickett and Ian Denning. Partner Jonathon Chad says the move was caused by an enlargement of the practice in two years. "We have taken on two more partners and we are doing more personal injury work, more immigration work and more banking work. It's the product of a steady ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 08/11/94

    11-Aug-1994

    PAUL IAN ANDREWS, 41, admitted 1977, practised as Symons, Croydon, Surrey, fined u2,000 and ordered to pay u650 costs. Allegations substantiated he used client money for own purposes, failed to deliver accountants reports on time, failed to comply with solicitors investment business (SIB) rules. Andrews in his submissions to tribunal accepted he had acted "extremely foolishly". He said average amount wrongly transferred from client ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 08/11/94

    11-Aug-1994

    Refund of Vat overpayments precluded by agreementCustoms and Excise: binding agreement on tax calculations;Gus Merchandise v Commissioners of Customs and Excise (1994) (CA 20.10.94) (Steyn LJ, Saville LJ and Sir John May)Summary: Inaccurate sampling techniques resulting in over payment of Vat by mail order companies.More Vat was payable by mail order companies on sales to their agents for the agents' own use than on sales of ...

  • Litigation Writs 08/11/94

    11-Aug-1994

    Dr John Clare, of Cowley, Middlesex, is suing Patrick Hunter for aggravated damages following an alleged wrongful assault in August this year.Writ issued by Dr Clare in person. C2224The British Coal Corporation is being sued for over u2 million for alleged breach of contract. Currall Lewis and Martin, of Handsworth, Birmingham, claim the corporation breached contracts of July 1979 and May 1981. Murphy Brothers, of ...

  • Litigator's view

    11-Aug-1994

    Tony Cherry

  • Mackay soothes stipe fears

    11-Aug-1994

    THE SENSITIVE issue of working relationships between stipendiary and lay magistrates - including a possible new title for stipes - is being reviewed by the Lord Chancellor.The review is being carried out by a working party set up to consider recommendations by the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice, which could lead to structural changes among magistrates.Lord Mackay has gone as far as calming fears of a growing dispute between the lay and stipendiary bench, ...

  • Memorial service for Denton Hall partner

    11-Aug-1994

    A memorial service for Denton Hall partner Andrew Nitch-Smith will be held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street at midday on Wednesday 16 November. Nitch-Smith, one of the firm's leading litigation partners, died on 30 April this year aged 41.

  • Midland Bank sues Norton Rose for u7.5m

    11-Aug-1994

    CITY firm Norton Rose faces a u7.5 million High Court claim after the failure of a scheme for industrial development in enterprise zones.It is being sued by the Midland Bank who are trustees for around 2,700 investors in the scheme.A writ issued on behalf of the bank by Pinsent & Co accuses the firm of acting negligently and in breach of its retainer in the matter and in failing ...

  • Midlands sets show plenty of promise

    11-Aug-1994

    Guy Fitzmaurice

  • Mind sets up legal referral network

    11-Aug-1994

    MENTAL health group Mind has set up a legal advice network for referring clients to solicitors across the UK.Six hundred lawyers are taking part in the scheme which is an extension of the charity's free legal help line.Legal officers Kate Harrison, Camilla Parker and Rhys Davies answer correspondence and two afternoons a week field calls from clients with legal queries."We are often asked to take on cases but it is simply not possible," says ...

  • N Irish Law Soc conveyancing scheme

    11-Aug-1994

    The Law Society of Northern Ireland has launched the Home Charter Scheme, a conveyancing quality assurance programme aimed at providing the highest possible standard of service to people buying and selling houses. Law Society president Andrew Carnson says the scheme was introduced "so the public can see the readiness of the profession to adopt and promote best practice in its work". The scheme will be separately monitored by a monitoring officer who will make regular and random checks ...

  • New rules aid lawyers' cash-flow

    11-Aug-1994

    THE LAW Society has set new rules in motion which will improve lawyers' cash-flow.The society says the changes to the remuneration certification system, which allows clients to challenge fees, are designed to reduce disagreements over costs.Clients will now have to pay at least half the cash, all disbursements and Vat, before they can request a certificate.Natalie Breeze, of the society's legal practice directorate, says: "Some clients who ...

  • NHS LAW FIRMS SURVEY

    11-Aug-1994

    Firm Head office NHS FEs Total FEs NHS PTs NHS Assts NHS others NHS work Age of dept Do you provide risk(per cent) (years) management?1 Bevan Ashford Bristol 73 179 22 15 36 n/a 46 Yes2 Beachcroft Stanleys London 45 138 12 27 6 25 15+ Yes3 Hempsons London 41 46 19 15 7 48 47 Yes4 Capsticks London 35 35 12 9 14 90 15s Yes5 Cole & ...

  • O'Meara heads for City

    11-Aug-1994

    ICI's retiring Barry O'Meara is to act as a consultant to City firm Rowe & Mawe. O'Meara, deputy group solicitor, whose career in the group legal department spans a period of some 30 years, will not be replaced. ICI's group solicitor, Victor White, says Bob Peters was appointed as joint deputy about two years ago and he will now work as the single deputy.

  • Ouija board 'reasons' due

    11-Aug-1994

    Reasons for judgment are to be given soon in the Court of Criminal Appeal in the case of Stephen Young, who was jailed for life for a double murder. The court allowed his appeal after submissions from Young's counsel, David Penry-Davy QC, that members of the jury consulted a ouija board about the verdict. Michael Lawson, QC for the Crown, however, argued that what took place did not amount to consideration of material outside the evidence and that ...

  • PR specialist sets up lawyers' consultancy

    11-Aug-1994

    A new public relations consultancy specialising in the legal and professional sector, Spada, has been set up by PR specialist Gavin Ingham-Brooke. The new firm , which is based in London's West End, has a number of legal accounts which he previously looked after at PR firm Camargue. Spada will have a core team of four fee earners and two staff on the administrative side.

  • Private firms scoop NHS trust work

    11-Aug-1994

    THE bulk of National Health Service trusts have a budget for legal services, according to a new survey by The Lawyer.The study of 100 NHS trusts reveals that 78 per cent have a legal budget, with almost all opting to use private firms rather than in-house lawyers.The Government's controversial changes to the NHS have also affected the work law firms carry out for trusts.While medical negligence and personal injury were the predictable first priorities ...

  • Property

    11-Aug-1994

    Ragalan Properties, advised by Norton Rose, has acquired LETinvest from London & Edinburgh Trust for over u100 million, advised by Linklaters & Paines. Raglan was also advised by Norton Rose on the accompanying three-for-four rights issue to raise u20.4 million.

  • Property

    11-Aug-1994

    Sun Alliance, advised by DJ Freeman, has bought Riverside Park, Northampton for u25.61 million from Wilson Bowden Properties, advised by Edge & Ellison.

  • Property

    11-Aug-1994

    Century Life, advised by the Brough Skerrett Law Partnership, has bought its headquarters building at 5 Old Bailey, London EC4, for over u8 million from Norwich Union, advised by its in-house legal team.

  • Property

    11-Aug-1994

    Earlmoor Properties, advised by Kaura & Co, has acquired Carvynick Golf and Country Club in Cornwall from the administrative receivers of Regent Leisuretime, Arthur Andersen, advised by Dibb Lupton Broomhead.

  • Property partners fly Holmans nest

    11-Aug-1994

    PROPERTY partners Peter Welburn and Paul Springall are joining Howard Kennedy from Holman Fenwick & Willan.Welburn, who heads the department at London-based Holman Fenwick, and Springall will join Howard Kennedy's property team at the start of next year.The department comprises about 17 fee earners.Howard Kennedy's managing partner, Trevor Newey, says the moves are consistent with the firm's current drive towards creating an international ...

  • RBC's new service

    11-Aug-1994

    The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has launched a discretionary management service aimed at solicitors' private clients. The Strategic Investment Portfolio (SIP), has a minimum investment of only u25,000.Philip Darwall-Smith of Royal Bank of Canada Investment Management says: "After discussions with professional firms we have brought our minimum down from u200,000."Clients will be directly invested in equities and bonds in one of three ...

  • Review on displayed goods

    11-Aug-1994

    Judicial review is sought of the decision of Torquay justices to dismiss charges of wilful obstruction by two Torquay shopkeepers who displayed goods on the pavement. Magistrates decided that because the goods intruded into just five per cent of the 15m wide street, it did not constitute an obstruction under the 1980 Highways Act.

  • Scots firm launches CPD seminar series

    11-Aug-1994

    An initiative has been launched aimed at in-house lawyers' continuing professional development (CPD).Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens will run a programme of seminars to help lawyers in the employed sector reach this year's CPD requirements.Seminars will tackle executive dismissal, agency agreements, employee benefits and commercial contracts.

  • Shakespeares takes on investment expert

    11-Aug-1994

    Birmingham law firm Shakespeares has appointed practising solicitor Graham Englefield to head its investment management department with a brief to extend the product range and the fund value of its financial services business.Englefield, 32, joins Shakespeares after five years with City firm Peachey & Co where he specialised in private client business as assistant solicitor.Nicholas Grazebrook, partner in charge of private client work at Shakespeares, ...

  • Sinclair Roche appoints new Far East partner

    11-Aug-1994

    CITY firm Sinclair Roche & Temperley has appointed a new head of its pioneering Far Eastern operations.Finance and banking partner Ian Gaunt, who moves from London to Hong Kong, will co-ordinate the firm's offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Hanoi - where Sinclair Roche & Temperley was the first UK firm to open an office earlier this year.Specialist oil and gas lawyer Michael Horn is joining the Hanoi office.Gaunt says although the ...

  • Society wants form burden eased

    11-Aug-1994

    THE LAW Society is this week expected to call for "substantial modifications" to the Legal Aid Board's (LAB) reforms of the green form system.Measures to help combat fraud were officially backed by Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay last week.But the society's courts and legal services committee will demand that changes are made to the proposals which it feels are excessively burdensome.The LAB is recommending there should be more detailed claims ...

  • Tax specialist aids assets scheme

    11-Aug-1994

    Surrey-based tax specialist Nicholas Acomb has helped launch a Scottish Amicable insurance policy designed to help parents pass on assets to children while providing for the growing need for expensive nursing home care.Acomb, partner with Guildford and Farnham-based firm Stevens & Bolton, says people are increasingly hesitant to transfer assets to children because of fears ...

  • Taylor backs Woolf over expert evidence

    11-Aug-1994

    The Lord Chief Justice has backed the views of Lord Woolf and called for a "drastic re-evaluation" of the system which allows experts to pit their wits and jargon against lawyers and each other. Speaking on expert evidence last week, Lord Taylor said: "I see no reason why the court itself should not assist in the identification and, if necessary, appointment of an independent expert with a view to obtaining, at an early stage, a resolution of the technical issues with which in many ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: The Lawyer Inquiry

    11-Aug-1994

    London firm Lane & Partners has spent £150,000 on a new case and practice management system.The 12-partner practice installed an Arista system from IT suppliers Axxia Systems after a beauty parade which included Miles 33 and Pilgrim.Director of finance Alastair Mitchell said the firm had used a Miles 33 system for the previous nine years, but had outgrown it."We knew we needed to move on to a client server platform which would ...

  • Third of PI victims 'get no investment advice'

    11-Aug-1994

    The Law Commission has warned that personal injury victims who win compensation claims often lose out because of poor investment decisions over compensation funds.Accident victims are generally pleased at the time of settlement when faced with large sums of money. But this satisfaction fades "when the reality of long-term ill effects and reduced capacity for work bite" says a commission report.But the report also says there is a significant amount of ...

  • Three TKB lawyers to join rival

    11-Aug-1994

    THREE construction lawyers from Turner Kenneth Brown are defecting to City firm Taylor Joynson Garrett.The three include partners Peter Smith and Giles Dixon, TKB's construction department head, who join TJG as partners in January. An assistant is also leaving.TJG managing partner Richard Pertwee says: "They bring entirely complementary contacts and experience to our construction team."Giles brings Middle Eastern clients that fit with our Middle ...

  • Treading the middle ground

    11-Aug-1994

    Fennell Betson

  • UK firms soar into top 10 list

    11-Aug-1994

    SLAUGHTER and May and Freshfields have soared into the list of the world's top 10 law firms.Last year Slaughters had 581 fee earners and was the world's 18th largest firm, according to International Financial Law Review.This year the publication reports that the firm has 692 and is ninth in the table. Freshfields increased its fee earner numbers from 592 to 707, moving the firm from 17th to eighth in the table.

  • US lawyer's warning on damages

    11-Aug-1994

    THE BAKER & McKenzie $7 million sexual harassment decision showed that the employer's response was on trial as much as the conduct of the individual concerned, says a US firm.Baker & McKenzie hit the headlines last September when it made a record pay-out to a secretary who was sexually harassed by a former partner.Speaking on punitive damages at a London seminar ...

  • Venables 'severs links' with firms

    11-Aug-1994

    SOLICITORS acting for England football coach Terry Venables are expected to issue a second libel writ against the BBC after last week's 'Panorama' documentary.Nick Trainer, partner in two-man City practice John Bowden Trainer & Co, says a second libel writ is likely to be issued this week following the programme's allegations that Venables unlawfully raised money to buy into Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.Trainer has been acting for Venables ...

  • West solicitor instructs new counsel

    11-Aug-1994

    Bobbetts Mackan, solicitors to alleged mass murderer Fred West, is now instructing Martin Picton after the withdrawal of Charles Barton QC and Martin Steen of Bristol's Albion Chambers. The West Country firm's choice of leading counsel is soon to be finalised. The change follows the switch in solicitors after West sacked Gloucester's Howard Ogden in August. Ogden is due to appear before a solicitors' disciplinary hearing following allegations that he touted film ...

  • Wilde Sapte brings in the Americans

    11-Aug-1994

    CITY firm Wilde Sapte has bucked the market trend by taking on a team of US lawyers to run its new Lloyd's office.Investigative insurance law-yer Adrian Mecz has been recruited as a partner from New York firm Bigham Englar Jones Houston.Wilde Sapte takes on the US firm's entire London team including litigator Christopher Keegan and a second assistant Michelle Wilson. They are based in Wilde Sapte's new Lloyd's office which opened last week.