8 March 1999

The Lawyer

  • British law firms target Malaysia

    11-Mar-1999

    Three British law firms - understood to be City practices - have applied for a special licence to allow them to practice in Malaysia.The Bar Council there is reportedly strongly opposed to the entry of foreign lawyers but the final decision rests with the Malaysian Attorney-General, Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah.The A-G has been empowered to issue special certificates to admit foreign lawyers to practice in Malaysia since the relevant section of the Legal Profession ...

  • Lord Chancellor slams legal aid lawyers

    11-Mar-1999

    You will know that legal aid reforms are working when "you hear the squealing of lawyers", the Lord Chancellor has told MPs. Giving evidence to the Commons home affairs select committee, Lord Irvine said that lawyers " cannot go on living their lives being paid by the hour on a taxi meter".He said it is "pretty outrageous" that criminal legal aid cases swallowed up 46 per cent of the legal aid budget and sent an ominous warning to lawyers involved in high costs cases.

  • Minter Ellison poaches ten Deacons partners

    11-Mar-1999

    Australian firm Minter Ellison has poached the bulk of Deacons Graham & Jones' Canberra office to create the biggest non-government practice in the capital.All ten Deacons' partners have voted to join Minters. Offers have been made to the 90 legal and support staff also based in the office. The personnel will join Minters' four partners and 30 support staff. Deacon's Canberra chairman Russell Miller will become national head of Minters' government ...

  • PwC's Polish associate poaches two Arthur Anderson partners

    11-Mar-1999

    PricewaterhouseCoopers' associated law firm in Poland has poached two partners from the associated law firm of rivals Arthur Anderson.Tax and administrative law specialist, Dorota Szubielska and commercial and civil lawyer, Tomasz Gromek have joined Wierzbowski & Co as partners from Domanski Szubielska i Wspolnicy.Their arrival heralds a new and succinct name for the partnership - K. Wierzbowski, D. Szubielska i Wspolnicy - Spo ka komanytowa. Krzysztof Wierzbowski, ...

  • Steven Blakeley

    8-Mar-1999

    Steven Blakeley is as belligerent as ever, finds Gulshanah Choudhuri, despite constant references to that failed merger.

  • The royal victor

    8-Mar-1999

    Robert Mendick meets the man who helped settle two important disputes... one for a princess and one for a king.

  • The travelling tax man

    8-Mar-1999

    After spending just eight months as head of tax at Eversheds, the man who seems unable to keep his feet in one place meets Dearbail Jordan