8 June 1998

The Lawyer

  • Ashursts star in hostile double

    10-Jun-1998

    Chris Ashworth (pictured right) is leading two Ashurst Morris Crisp teams advising on different hostile takeovers, together worth over £600m.Corporate partner Ashworth is acting for lighting company TLG, the target of a £353m unsolicited takeover offer from manufacturing group Wassall. Ashworth's team also includes fellow corporate partner David Kershaw, employment partner ...

  • Barclays in milk quota row

    10-Jun-1998

    Hywel Harries has been granted leave to challenge High Court and Appeal Court rulings that Barclays Bank (which re-possessed his farm in Dyfed) was entitled to regard a charge over the property as including a milk quota allocated some years after the property was charged. Harries argues that the milk quota, having been granted after the order was made, was not subject to the charges and that the bank was not entitled to deal with it in the way they did.

  • Cadwaladers scores UK first

    10-Jun-1998

    The London office of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has won its first major new client by being appointed to advise bondholders in the rescue of troubled UK telecom company Ionica.The appointment, after a beauty parade of several top firms in the US and UK, is a vindication of the New York firm's heavy investment in a UK insolvency law practice.The London office opened last spring by recruiting some of the biggest names in restructuring from City firms, including ...

  • CC pulls corporate head and associates out of Singapore

    10-Jun-1998

    By Richard Tyler. The Asian crisis has forced Clifford Chance to bring the head of its Singapore corporate finance practice and two associates back to London.David Eatough and the two corporate finance associates have returned to London, leaving Clifford Chance with 22 lawyers in Singapore.Sam Bonifant, senior partner in Singapore, said if given the choice he would have ...

  • Closing the door on change

    10-Jun-1998

    The Government's latest proposals to reform the immigration system are fatally flawed, believes Richard Dunstan. Richard Dunstan is secretary of the immigration law sub-committee at the Law Society. No one with any experience of immigration and asylum work would dispute the Government's assessment of the current system as "a shambles".Indeed, in sharp contrast to its Conservative predecessor, the Labour government is blessed with a situation in which all credible ...

  • Copyright holder to battle over release

    10-Jun-1998

    Roger Pearson reports. The owner of copyright on a 1960s pop ballad is preparing to battle with its publishers in the High Court. A £100,000 High Court confrontation is looming over royalties for the words of the 1960s Englebert Humperdinck hit Release Me.Robert Harris, who claims to own copyright of the song's lyrics, has launched a claim against London-based Palace Music Co, accusing it of breach of contract and failure to pay royalties.

  • David Ansbro - High flyer with his feet on the ground

    10-Jun-1998

    Chris Fogarty talks to David Ansbro, Eversheds' 'Mr Nice Guy' who heads up the Leeds and Manchester offices. Coronation Street has never seen a party quite like it.A month ago, on the cobbled stones of the most famous soap opera street in the world, regulars Ken Barlow and Rita Fairclough mingled with 1,000 Eversheds lawyers, their friends and partners.

  • Drug abuse can strike anywhere

    10-Jun-1998

    "Drugs? No that couldn't happen in our house. We would know about it instantly. Thus spake a lawyer to a friend. His wife, subdued, rang the friend the following day to say that she had found drugs paraphernalia under her own son's bed on returning home.Drug abuse is a problem that can affect any family. A few months after withdrawing our son from a distinguished public school for non-performance, my wife and I discovered that he had been using ...

  • Drug Legislation - Time for a joint initiative

    10-Jun-1998

    Greg Poulter says the involvement of the Manchester Law Society in a recent debate on the legalisation of cannabis shows that attitudes are changing. Greg Poulter is a solicitor and deputy director of Release, a national drug advice agency. Arguments over the effectiveness of our drug laws have been going on for years.Those who have advocated a liberal reform have often been castigated as dangerous loonies or, at best, part of the chattering classes.But in recent ...

  • EC's Action Plan

    10-Jun-1998

    As part of the EC's Action Plan against Organised Crime, the Law Society and pan-European Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe will meet in Brussels on 26 October to examine whether European Codes of Conduct would help protect professions from the influence of organised crime.

  • Eversheds posted to Bloody Sunday Inquiry

    10-Jun-1998

    A team of 32 lawyers from Eversheds’ litigation department are being sent to Northern Ireland for two months to interview witnesses to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.The firm won a tender put out by the Lord Chancellor’s Department in July and last week placed 20 lawyers in offices in Derry’s Guild Hall where the Lord Saville-chaired inquiry is being held.A further 12 will follow before ...

  • Financing

    10-Jun-1998

    John Cleland of Pinsent Curtis advised Sunderland Football Club on the provision of a £7m finance facility from Lombard North Central to refinance debt incurred building the "Stadium of Light

  • Financing

    10-Jun-1998

    Michael Kenny of Watson Farley & Williams advised French utilities company Vivendi and its subsidiary Tysely Finance on an £88m issue to refinance construction of a Midlands waste-to-energy plant. Pinsent Curtis acted for Tysely Waste

  • Financing

    10-Jun-1998

    Alan Karter led the Simmons & Simmons team acting for Huntingdon Life Sciences Group on its £22m share issue. Slaughter and May acted for stockbrokers Kleinwort Benson Securities and for Huntingdon's financial adviser Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Charles Russell acted for the investors and Wilde ...

  • Fortune to Sinclairs

    10-Jun-1998

    Sinclair Roche & Temperley has recruited shipping and commercial litigation partner Paul Fortune from Hong Kong firm Ng & Partners. He will join the firm's Hong Kong-based maritime law practice.

  • Freshfields Deringer

    10-Jun-1998

    In line with the plans in their "strategic alliance", the Brussels offices of Freshfields and its German associate Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund have joined forces to form a 40-lawyer EU and Belgian law practice - called Freshfields Deringer.

  • Gloves off in Mears-Sayer war of words

    10-Jun-1998

    Law Society vice-president Robert Sayer and former president Martin Mears have started a vicious public row over reforms to the Law Society.Mears has written a graphic piece in this week's New Law Journal attacking the proposed reforms and Sayer's role in them and has written to Sayer personally saying: "You have for all practical purposes been absorbed into the Chancery Lane establishmentA your influence on events is virtually non-existent."He says ...

  • Good news for the over-worked

    10-Jun-1998

    ...but bad news for firms? Georgina Keane looks at new legislation that could end the long hours worked by lawyers. Georgina Keane is head of em-ployment at Richards Butler. From 1 October all employers, including solicitors, are under an obligation to comply with new working time regulations.Inexplicably, the regulations, issued on 30 July, only became available towards the end of August. Ignorance of the law is no defence - particularly not for lawyers - which makes the ...

  • Hambro captures conveyancing

    10-Jun-1998

    New figures obtained by The Lawyer show that estate agency Hambro Countrywide is now the largest conveyancer in England and Wales.Hambro Countrywide Conveyancing (HCC) dealt with 15,000 instructions from clients from January to September this year and aims to be dealing with around 30,000 in 1999."I would be extremely surprised if any other firm in the country was doing that volume," said HCC operations director Roger Wilson.HCC has kept its operation ...

  • Hambro success proof of public's disaffection

    10-Jun-1998

    The Lawyer's revelation that estate agency giant Hambro Countrywide has undertaken 15,000 conveyancing instructions in the last nine months signals the end of solicitors' traditional dominance of the market.With a slick, telephone-based conveyancing service operating extended hours, seven days a week, Hambro has shown that consumers are often confused and unhappy with the traditional service offered by high street solicitors.Solicitors ...

  • Hoon reveals IT justice vision

    10-Jun-1998

    By Robert Lindsay. The Lord Chancellor's deputy, Geoff Hoon, laid out the Government's vision for a computerised criminal justice system at the Labour Party Conference last week.Hoon revealed that ministers from the Treasury, the Lord Chancellor's Department, the Home Office and the Attorney General were meeting in order to consolidate the planning of the criminal justice system - particularly IT planning.He said that, in addition, an Integrating ...

  • in brief

    10-Jun-1998

    CWS, formerly known as the Co-operative Wholesale Society - the subject of entrepreneur Andrew Regan's failed hostile takeover last year - has appointed Nick Eyre as its company secretary. Eyre is currently general counsel at Bristol & West.

  • in brief

    10-Jun-1998

    Jonathan Hull has been appointed group legal director and company secretary at theatrical and concert production company, the Really Useful Group. Hull joined the company from Denton Hall in 1991 as legal and business affairs manager.

  • In brief: Bar Council and Govt discuss new fee system

    10-Jun-1998

    The Bar Council is in talks with the Government to introduce a transparent and accountable fee system. Bar Council chairman Heather Hallett QC said that although much of the criminal Bar's work is already covered by fixed fee rates, the Bar wanted to widen that scheme so that all criminal cases have pre-negotiated fees.

  • In brief: Beachcrofts and Wansbroughs vote on merger

    10-Jun-1998

    Partners at Beachcroft Stanleys and Wansbrough Willey Hargrave were understood last week to be voting on the final details of the proposed merger between the two firms. Lord Hunt of Wirral, Beachcrofts' senior partner, would not confirm that the vote was taking place but said: "We are closer to a final decision. The discussions have gone very well."

  • In brief: British Insurance Law Association elections

    10-Jun-1998

    The British Insurance Law Association has elected its new officers and committee. New chairman, Jonathan Sacher, is head of insurance and reinsurance at Paisner & Co.

  • In brief: Changes at The Lawyer

    10-Jun-1998

    The Lawyer has a new publisher. Rachel Lesiter, commercial director of Lawtel, is to take on the role in addition to her current responsibilities. Former publisher Mark Wyatt has left to pursue other interests.

  • In brief: Cobbetts introduces annual review process

    10-Jun-1998

    Manchester firm Cobbetts has introduced a performance review process for all its partners - from the senior partner down to the most junior. Each partner will have an annual performance review - together with a formal interim review after six months - and will be assessed on objective measures, according to partner Stephen Benson. Management consultancy Insight Business Solutions advised Cobbetts on implementing the scheme.

  • In brief: Cox joins Paisners from Lovell White Durrant

    10-Jun-1998

    Property litigator David Cox, who left Lovell White Durrant last summer, will join Paisner & Co as a partner next week.

  • In brief: Employment lawyers lobby over White Paper

    11-Jun-1998

    The Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) has called on the Government to give proper funding to the Industrial Tribunals and the Central Arbitration Committee following the changes proposed in the Fairness at Work white paper. The ELA predicts a massive increase in the workload of the two organisations.

  • In brief: New code of practice for Scottish lawyers

    10-Jun-1998

    In Scotland, a code of practice for solicitors carrying out criminal legal assistance came into effect on 1 October. The code is designed to assure clients that there is a consistent quality of service. To obtain legal aid, solicitors must sign up to it. Currently 680 firms and 1,741 individual solicitors have done so.

  • In brief: Ombudsman Barnes appointed to LAB

    10-Jun-1998

    Former Legal Services ombudsman Sir Michael Barnes has been appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Legal Aid Board for a period of three years with effect from 1 October. He will also serve as chair of the regional services committees of the East Midland and West Midland regions, based at the Nottingham and Birmingham legal aid offices respectively.

  • In brief: Publishers sponsor Cardiff Law School chair

    10-Jun-1998

    Maritime and commercial law publishers LLP is sponsoring a chair within Cardiff Law School at Cardiff University. The chair, which will be known as the Lloyd's Law Reports Chair of Commercial Law, will be held by Professor Robert Merkin.

  • In brief: Tarpey appointed managing partner at TJG

    10-Jun-1998

    Head of the corporate department, Declan Tarpey, has been appointed managing partner at Taylor Joynson Garrett, with effect from the end of September. Tarpey took over from Richard Marsh, who was appointed in 1995, and his appointment will be for three years. He was also joint head of the projects group. Corporate partner Tim Eyles will take over from Tarpey as head of the corporate department.

  • In-house - Stones in music industry move

    10-Jun-1998

    By Philip Hoult. Taylor Joynson Garrett IP partner Deborah Stones is leaving the firm after 16 years to take over as head of legal affairs at Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), the record industry copyright company.Stones will start at PPL in November and part of her immediate brief will be to lobby the Government over improving copyright protection for musicians and record companies - an area which has become increasingly complex since the advent of the Internet, CD-Rom ...

  • Irish solicitors set to challenge threat to client confidentiality

    10-Jun-1998

    Dublin solicitors are threatening to judicially review the Irish Minister of Justice, John O'Donoghue, for his "draconian" proposals that would force solicitors to report their clients for suspected criminal activity.The incoming chair of the Dublin Solicitors' Bar Association, Hugh O'Neill, said that unless the Irish Minister of Justice's proposal to extend the law against money laundering to lawyers is amended, the association will challenge the move ...

  • Is flexible working a waste of time?

    10-Jun-1998

    Richard Tyler looks at how some visionary firms are aiming to retain top staff by letting them work from home. Long hours and the legal profession go together like paracetamol and a hangover - one naturally follows the other.But for some lawyers this is a bitter pill to swallow. For them, a successful legal career would be one that allows time for life outside of the office.Last month, Simmons & Simmons lost its head of tax, Heather Savage, to

  • Is this the court of tomorrow?

    10-Jun-1998

    Bill Cannings gives a guided tour of information technology that could dispose of paper bundles in the courtroom. Bill Cannings is managing director at Valid Information Systems. A casual observer arriving at court two of Southwark Crown Court building would be forgiven for thinking that they had stepped into a Nasa control centre.The judge's podium could be mistaken for the flight director's desk, set as it is in the centre of a raised semi-circle.

  • It has been a bad week for...

    10-Jun-1998

    Tabloids who like to quote judges saying things like: "What is a Spice Girl?" The Lord Chancellor's Department has drawn up guidelines on how to avoid scandal by ill-considered remarks in court and how to explain apparently light sentences so the decisions do not become headlines.The Diana Memorial Fund, which failed in its first major attempt to crack down on unlicensed Diana products. An injunction to ban Diana dolls and plates was turned ...

  • It has been a good week for...

    10-Jun-1998

    Former solicitor Tessa Street, who at 28 has become the first woman freeman of Oxford for 500 years. The last one was a 15th century fletcher. She now has the right to graze cattle on the city's Port Meadow and to fish in the River Thames. Street was accepted because she had completed an apprenticeship with an existing freeman, Oxford solicitor Chris Butterfield. Street has now forsaken the law and works at NatWest.Addleshaw Booth & Co, which ...

  • Lawyers at play

    10-Jun-1998

    Sisters Michelle and Sara Brody, who are trainee solicitors at Newcastle-upon-Tyne firm Dickinson Dees, moonlight as fashion models by trying on the new Costelloe range by Paul Costelloe for the firm's first autumn fashion show to be held on 6 October.The show is being hosted in conjunction with Charlie Bear for Cancer Care - the Daisy appeal.

  • Lawyers must answer to new EU crime-buster

    10-Jun-1998

    By Mike Yuille. The launch this Thursday of Europol, the pan-European Union money laundering and drug smuggling investigator, will place new duties on commercial solicitors to disclose details of suspicious clients and will heighten the chances of solicitors coming under surveillance.The UK's Europol member will be the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), the same organisation that last month publicly criticised solicitors and accountants for failing to disclose ...

  • LCD boost to CAB advice

    10-Jun-1998

    A three-year-old project to advise litigants in person at the High Court through a Citizens' Advice Bureau (CAB) is set to expand, after being praised by a report from the Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD).An LCD report published last week found that most of the 1,000 clients using the office each year were "completely satisfied" with its service, although two-thirds advised to settle a dispute ignored the advice they had been given.The authors of ...

  • Legal Aid - Franchise hopefuls' time runs short

    10-Jun-1998

    Firms that want a legal aid franchise have only three months to prepare. Peter Warner warns what is involved. The recent announcement by the Legal Aid Board (LAB) of the timetable detailing the dates by which they expect to move towards exclusive contracts has dismayed many practices.The last date to make an application for a franchise in order to be considered for a contract in year one is 31 December 1998.It seems odd that the profession and the Law Society ...

  • Limited liability no substitute for good management

    10-Jun-1998

    But despite the protection offered by LLP arrangements, the best safeguards are risk management and quality control, says Robert Derry-Evans. Robert Derry-Evans is managing partner at Cameron McKenna. After the last election it was uncertain whether the new government would pick up the baton left by the previous administration and run with proposals to legislate for the creation of "Limited Liability Partnerships" (LLPs) in the UK.LLPs - a hybrid form of partnership conferring ...

  • Linklaters finds new guardian in Angel

    10-Jun-1998

    Linklaters' management board has selected 45-year-old head of tax Tony Angel as its new managing partner to replace Terence Kyle.Angel emerged as the favoured candidate over the other front-runner - litigation partner Diana Good - after the management board took partnership soundings last week. There was no vote.His appointment is a vote of confidence in Linklaters & Alliance, ...

  • LLPs could end partner secrecy

    10-Jun-1998

    New draft legislation on limiting liability could actually improve the image of the legal profession by ending the secrecy on partners' profits, according to partnership expert Ronnie Fox.Fox predicts that even small firms outside the top 100 would be likely to adopt limited liability partnership (LLP) status when the Department for Trade and Industry's (DTI) draft bill is passed into law.Fox said that greater financial openness may give the public ...

  • Long hours: a sign of poor practice

    10-Jun-1998

    Lawyers must insist on their EU-sanctioned right to a 48-hour week. And so should their bosses, says Neasa MacErlean . WHY are lawyers so likely to be workaholics? This question was indirectly addressed in a research report on long working hours from the Institute of Personnel and Development last week.Although the document did not touch specifically on solicitors or barristers, it concluded that many of the people who stay late in the office do so - consciously or unconsciously ...

  • Mavericks set up niche employment firm

    10-Jun-1998

    Former Warner Cranston lawyers David Warner and Michael Jones are to set up their own niche employment firm, Jones & Warner, and aim to employ lawyers who want to work part-time and from home.Warner founded Warner Cranston, and retired in April 1997. Jones, a barrister, founded the firm's advocacy department five years ago but left the firm this spring.The two are already practising but the firm is not yet fully staffed. Jones said he was aiming to launch ...

  • Mediation scarce in Yorkshire

    10-Jun-1998

    Nearly two thirds of Yorkshire's top 500 companies have never been offered the option of mediation by their solicitors.This is despite the fact that 98 per cent of them thought that courts should encourage mediation before a dispute reaches court - and 72 per cent thought mediation would have a role in litigation in the future.The survey was carried out by partners Gerard Khoshnaw and Andrew Callaghan of Dibb Lupton Alsop and the Centre for Dispute Resolution.

  • Merricks takes partners from Lewis Silkin

    10-Jun-1998

    NICHE insurance and construction litigation firm Merricks has profited from Lewis Silkin's continued restructuring by taking two insurance partners to launch a new London office.The two partners, Dennis Wilkins and Jonathan Suckling, joined existing Merricks partners Tim Hunt and Robert Muskath in opening the London office last month.Merricks, which has rapidly expanded ...

  • No joy for director in Guinness case

    10-Jun-1998

    Philip Wheeler and Anna Killick on the use of virtual evidence. Philip Wheeler and Anna Killick are solicitors at Crockers Oswald Hickson. As we move ever-closer to the 21st century, worldwide channels of communication are widening by virtue of the Internet.The Internet allows people to communicate by e-mail, news groups, "bulletin boards" and Web sites, possibly allowing criminal gangs - for example paedophile rings - to further their activities.

  • No joy for director in Guinness case

    10-Jun-1998

    A recent High Court ruling could reduce the copyright protection available to makers of films and videos, writes Roger Pearson. THE high Court decision by Mr Justice Rattee in the case of Norowzian v Arks and ors is seen as being of major importance to the film and advertising industries and has sent ripples across the Atlantic in intellectual property circles.The case centred on copyright in respect of a film sequence used in an advertisement for Guinness. The plaintiff ...

  • Property

    10-Jun-1998

    Cliff McAuley and Richard Hopkinson-Woolley of Clifford Chance advised Burford Holdings plc on the proposed disposal of its Darwin shopping centre in Shrewsbury to Delancey Estates for £35m. Suzanne Billington of Gouldens advised Delancey.

  • Property

    10-Jun-1998

    Oliver Drennan and Struan Penwarden of Morgan Bruce acted for Capital and Regional Properties in a partnership agreement with a subsidiary of TransEuropean Property Limited Partnership II and Hanover Property Unit Trust to develop a £57m sports village in Milton Keynes. Michael Ling of Clifford Chance acted for TransEuropean and Hanover.

  • Quote of the week

    10-Jun-1998

    "Because of their desk-bound lifestyle, lawyers have a tendency to run to fat after the age of 28. Although handsomely paid, they prefer to spend other people's money. You can tell a lawyer by his suit - it doesn't look cheap but it won't be too fashionable (plenty of double-breasted jacketsA Floppy hair (if they still have any) and small round glasses complete the look." - The London Evening Standard on how to find a perfect partner - what they look ...

  • Rent dispute reaches the Lords

    10-Jun-1998

    The Law Lords have granted leave for an appeal by the London Assessment Committee. Curtis v Chairwoman of the London Rent Assessment Committee involves annual rents registered for two flats in an East London block in June 1993. A rent officer registered rents of £3,900 and £3,640 while the landlord argued for higher figures. In October the Court of Appeal allowed an appeal by the landlord against the agreed figures. That finding is now under appeal.

  • Russia exempts lawyers from licensing laws

    10-Jun-1998

    Foreign lawyers in Russia will no longer have to go through the bureaucracy of registering with the Ministry of Justice following the passing of new rules last week designed to cut red tape for foreign businesses there.However, the Ministry of Justice is understood to have strongly opposed the new exemption for lawyers and it will now support a new regime of attestation, whereby foreign lawyers will be required to show that they have the professional training and competence ...

  • SFO must share delay blame

    10-Jun-1998

    Neil Micklethwaite says attack on defence lawyers is unjust. Neil Micklethwaite is head of litigation at Dibb Lupton Alsop. The attack by Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director Rosalind Wright on the delaying tactics of defence lawyers in fraud trials - reported on the City page two weeks ago in The Lawyer was unjustified and inaccurate.Defence lawyers' responsibilities to clients and courts are clear. So long as the criminal justice system allows for such tactics, it ...

  • Sharing out the CFA workload

    10-Jun-1998

    Conditional fee arrangements can work - if barristers are willing to change, says senior clerk Clark Chessis. Clark Chessis is senior clerk at No 1 Serjeants' Inn, the chambers of Edward Faulks QC. "Why should I work for nothing?" pleaded a barrister in my chambers when offered a set of conditional fee instructions 12 months ago. The answer, of course, was that the firm of solicitors sending the papers was unlikely to take on work if it was not going ...

  • SIF chair is far from 'jubilant'

    10-Jun-1998

    THE lead story "SIF fudge infuriates City firms" (The Lawyer, 29 September) described my mood as "jubilant" following the council meeting. My mood was far from jubilant.I was encouraged by the support shown for mutuality, but am conscious that much is to be done as we investigate offering choice in how the profession purchases indemnity insurance.Despite the consultation exercise which showed majority support for mutuality, ...

  • Straw silent on right to jury trial

    10-Jun-1998

    HOME Secretary Jack Straw's speech to the Labour Party conference last week has given fresh hope to legal groups fighting to save defendants' right to opt for trial in the crown court.Straw left out any mention of his July consultation paper proposals to strip defendants accused of theft, including shoplifting, and some sexual and drug offences from choosing trial in the crown court.The July paper prompted a campaign by the Bar Council, Law Society, ...

  • Taking a direct approach to PI cases

    10-Jun-1998

    Claims Direct has come under fire from the Law Society for existing. Peter Carlile defends his firm's record and outlines its plans for expansion. Peter Carlile is the commercial director of Claims Direct. Of the 2.2 million people who suffer in non-fault accidents each year, only 14 per cent make a personal injury claim.This problem in the road traffic accident (RTA) field has been addressed by pre-event legal expenses insurance. But for other types of accident ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Edward George Nugee TD QC

    10-Jun-1998

    Born in Surrey in 1928. He has been head of Wilberforce Chambers since 1976.What was your first job?After university I taught for a year at a prep school - maths, history, English, geography and Greek.If not a lawyer, what is your ideal job?I can't think of anything more satisfying than 40 years at the chancery Bar - an ideal combination of the academic and the practical and you are, to a large extent, ...

  • Time for rethink on hours

    10-Jun-1998

    In reality, last week's introduction of the EU Working Time Directive will probably have little impact on improving working conditions for most lawyers. After all, when a client calls, there is little scope for working out personal time sheets. The job has to be done, and that is all there is to it.However, as law firms are beginning to recognise, lifestyle is a vital factor in recruiting and retaining quality staff. The big City firms ...

  • TJG client sues for negligence

    10-Jun-1998

    Taylor Joynson Garrett is being sued for up to £465,000 by a former client, who claims the firm was negligent in the way it settled litigation.Taylor Joynson is in turn suing the client for unpaid fees.US management consultancy Kepner-Tregoe Inc and its UK subsidiary Kepner-Tregoe have issued a High Court writ, claiming that the firm was negligent in its advice and in breach of the terms of its retainer.Kepner-Tregoe instructed Taylor Joynson ...

  • Tobacco: no smoke without fire

    10-Jun-1998

    Lovell White Durrant litigation partner John Meltzer is co-ordinating the UK tobacco industry's legal challenge against the proposed European ban on tobacco sponsorship and advertising.Last week the firm applied on behalf of four giant tobacco companies - British American Tobacco (BAT), Gallaher, Imperial Tobacco and Rothmans - for judicial review of the European Council directive containing the ban.The companies are asking the High Court to refer the case ...

  • Uncertain future for refugees

    10-Jun-1998

    Tanya Goldfarb says there is a danger the Government will make the rules too strict. Tanya Goldfarb is a solicitor at Magrath & Co. The current laws and regulations governing asylum seekers and refugees are, according to the tabloid (and increasingly the broadsheet) press, too lax and all too often allow economic migrants to benefit.Mike O'Brien, the Immigration Minister would appear to agree. In a recent radio interview, he stated that the Government's intentions ...