8 May 1995

The Lawyer

  • 'Royal' firm links up to Stonehams

    9-May-1995

    THE FIRM which advised King George V and Queen Mary has merged with another old London practice.Bircham & Co, which acted for the monarchs during their 26-year reign earlier this century, has incorporated Stoneham Langton & Passmore.The enlarged practice will have 26 partners and Stonehams staff will move from their Piccadilly offices to Birchams' Westminster headquarters.Birchams executive chair John Stephenson and managing partner John Turnbull ...

  • A cautionary tale

    9-May-1995

    The results of The Lawyer survey on attitudes to the change in the law affecting a suspect's "right to silence" make alarming reading.The raison d'etre of the law, that less "guilty" people would escape justice, seems at odds with the findings which reveal that six in ten solicitors believe that there is no change. And while duty scheme solicitors are experiencing a bonanza in their work as a result of the new rules, over half those questioned believed that the ...

  • A clean Bill of hi-tech health

    12-May-1995

    Linda Tsang reportsThe Computer Misuse Act is leading the battle against bugs, says Linda Tsang"Smoke me a kipper. I'll be back for breakfast...unfortunately, some of your data won't." This was how virus writer Christopher Pile used to sign off on screen.Pile has made history as the first virus writer to be sent to prison under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. Pile, who operated under the pseudonym of Black Baron, ...

  • A fair division of labour

    9-May-1995

    Women lawyers are making their mark in local government, reaching top posts in authorities across the country.For many, local government offers varied work, good career prospects, a commitment to equal opportunities, flexible working arrangements and a respite from the old boys' network of private practice.While the number of women at the most senior levels in the 450 local authorities in England and Wales is still relatively small, an increasing number ...

  • A question of wording

    9-May-1995

    "DON'T Panic," was the Law Society's advice to lawyers on the changes.Some will find this hard to follow given the claims of a new police interviewing guide that the words of the new Act are open to "the widest possible meanings".The guide claims the definition of the word "object", which a suspect can be asked to account for, could refer to a person, not just a thing. This interpretation is "outrageous" according to consultant forensic psychologist ...

  • Appeal Court rejects TV claims

    12-May-1995

    THE COURT of Appeal has hit back at a campaigning TV programme which accused it of putting the interests of the legal profession above the interests of justice.In a recent episode of Trial and Error, the programme alleged the court had refused to hear crucial evidence at the appeal of 64-year-old Sheila Bowler, convicted of murdering her elderly aunt in 1993.Trial and Error claims qualms over criticisms of the original defence prompted the rejection of evidence ...

  • Backroom boys take centre stage

    9-May-1995

    Local authorities have featured prominently in recent High Court actions.There has been Somerset County Council's bid to curb stag hunting on council-owned land; Waverley Borough Council's stance over legal ownership of a medieval gold brooch found on its land by an amateur treasure hunter; action over the employment rights of dinner ladies after their jobs were put out to competitive tendering by local authorities; and the rights of Liverpool street traders to ...

  • Baltic boost for Hills

    9-May-1995

    Hill Taylor Dickinson assistant Roderick Palmer has been seconded to the Kalpeida branch of the Agricultural Bank of Lithuania for a three-month placement. Palmer, who works in the firm's commercial department, will assist the bank's legal department with banking, ship finance and other transactional work. Partner Malcolm Entwistle said Palmer's secondment provides "a tremendous opportunity to develop closer contact with the bank and to strengthen our existing links with ...

  • Bar tackles property division

    12-May-1995

    THE PROPERTY rights problems faced by unmarried cohabitants on the break-up of relationships have been highlighted by the Chancery Bar Association.At a workshop in Lincoln's Inn, members of the association attacked the current law relating to homesharing.The session was organised by the group as its contribution to a review of the law being conducted by the Law Commission.Around 50 barristers and judges were at the session which was attended ...

  • Bar's blueprint for successful practise

    12-May-1995

    John Malpas reportsCOMPREHENSIVE practice management standards and guidelines for chambers are to be unveiled by the Bar Council this week.The guidelines, contained in a user-friendly loose-leaf manual, are designed to give chambers a blueprint for a successfully run practice.Together with the Equality Code for the Bar and the planned new clearing house scheme for chambers, the guidelines make up a formidable trio of Bar Council initiatives ...

  • Battle over computers

    12-May-1995

    London practice Harris da Silva is seeking damages from Technology for Business, of Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex and computer manufacturers Acer UK, of High Wycombe, over five Acer 486 DX2-66 computers which it claims had inherent faults.

  • Broadcasting decision set for challenge

    12-May-1995

    The planned 1997 launch of the UK's new fifth TV channel faces a hold-up following a High Court ruling which has paved the way for a legal challenge to the way in which the Independent Television Commission's (ITC) awarded the operating licence.Richard Branson's Virgin claims the commission's decision on the bidding was flawed and unlawful.In granting leave for Virgin to seek judicial review of the commission's decision, Mr Justice ...

  • Cash in on conversion

    9-May-1995

    THE SWITCH to all-professional rugby looks set to convert the amateur sport into fresh opportunities for legal firms.However, authorities believe there will be no immediate windfall from the corporate world which has transformed other sports into lucrative growth areas for lawyers.Instead, sources predict a slow move towards big business with the only obvious rewards coming from staff seeking advice on contractual matters.Professionalism was embraced ...

  • Christopher Wilson on the enforcement of legal aid orders

    9-May-1995

    "Plaintiffs' costs, not to be enforced without leave; legal aid taxation."This is the standard form of order against a legally-aided litigant but its effect is rarely considered.In Parr v Smith 26 January 1994, the Court of Appeal examined the statutory basis for this order and found two limitations. The first of these is that it cannot be enforced after six years, and the second is that the plaintiff must show new circumstances ...

  • City clients seek value for money

    9-May-1995

    Big company clients are sticking with the City for their lawyers but are less loyal and are using more beauty parades, claims a recent study.According to research from Focus Consulting, over half of the respondent companies said advisers should pitch regularly for work. Sixty per cent said they had considered or are considering changing City advisers.Specialised teams able to deliver on specific projects are paramount, rather than maintaining cosy established ...

  • Court Funding. Is the Government courting disaster?

    12-May-1995

    All is not well in Her Majesty's magistrates courts.

  • Court Funding. Strategic Planning

    12-May-1995

    Through the provisions of the Police and Magistrates Courts Act 1994, Parliament made Magistrates Courts Committees (MCCs) responsible for the efficient and effective administration of the magistrates courts in each of the 105 areas of England and Wales. And to that end, it required MCCs to think and plan strategically.However, the current funding method for MCCs works against Parliament's intentions and requirements.At present, the LCD determines 45 per ...

  • Cut-price will cut service

    9-May-1995

    You rightly say that "it is time for the conveyancers to give the public what they want" ('Get real or get out' The Lawyer 22 August).All the evidence suggests that the majority of the public want a proper quality service and are not greatly concerned about the level of fees.The public also want certainty and reassurance in the process of conveyancing; cut-price, cut-corner work cannot give that.I find the present level of ...

  • Death of the dept?

    9-May-1995

    It is clearly too early to predict the eventual effects of CCT, but from the outside looking in, it seems unlikely that it will lead to the demise of the in-house legal department in local government. We certainly hope not.Preparations for competition will have caused disruption for staff and increased the administrative burden of many in-house lawyers.However, the preparatory process itself may well achieve some of the objectives of the system by enhancing efficiency ...

  • Debate first, ballot later

    12-May-1995

    Neil Addison argues the Bar Council should have gone straight to a ballot of the membership on the complaints issue. That would not have been the right thing to do because issues need airing in an open meeting before people should be asked to vote. In addition a section of the Bar wanted an extraordinary meeting, which under the constitution they were entitled to.It is customarily only after a vote has been put to a general meeting that a ballot is called. The meeting ...

  • Dibbs expands reinsurance arm

    9-May-1995

    DIBB Lupton Broomhead has boosted its reinsurance industry group by appointing Elliott & Company partner Andrew Banfill.Banfill, who moved over with former Elliotts underwriter Keith Pooley, took a strong London company market client base to Dibbs, which already has Lloyd's market specialist Susan Dingwall.He said the decision to switch from the 22-partner practice to a national firm was a "great career move", which would enable him to better service his ...

  • Divorce reform Bill lacks clarity, says society

    12-May-1995

    THE LAW Society has criticised the Government over the lack of Parliamentary scrutiny applied to its planned divorce reforms.The society claims the new Family Law Bill, given its second reading in the Lords last Thursday, suffers from a lack of detail about the workings of the proposed new system.The Bill contains no explanation of how divorce information will be presented to separated parties or details on who will present it and where the sessions will take ...

  • Done in the name of Scientology

    9-May-1995

    A major case against the Scientologists alleging a regime of imprisonment and violence on students who stepped out of line at their East Grinstead headquarters has recently been transferred to the High Court and is now pending.The Scientologists are being sued by two students from Zimbabwe who say they won scholarships to study with the denomination in the UK.In a 13-page writ, issued by firm Beverley L Ryall, of Chichester, Sipho Gumpo, of ...

  • DSS has no say in cash

    12-May-1995

    Can I correct a point in Roger Pearson's article (28 November) on the Fairey case? CPAG acts for Rebecca Halliday.The article says the ruling entitles Rebecca (who is profoundly deaf) to payment for an interpreter, including for social purposes. That is not accurate.Disability living allowance (DLA) is paid to severely disabled people with care needs. The question the Court of Appeal had to decide was whether, in determining if a claimant suffers ...

  • European reforms top agenda at conference

    12-May-1995

    John Malpas reportsGOVERNMENT proposals to reform the European Court to allow its decisions to come under greater scrutiny were unveiled at a conference organised by the Bar European Group.Around 100 lawyers attended the conference in Brussels earlier this month, held to discuss the forthcoming 1996 Inter-Governmental Conference from the perspective of the practising lawyer.The highlight of the session was provided by Patrick Layden, an ...

  • Eversheds in eastwards move

    12-May-1995

    THE LEEDS office of national law firm Eversheds has taken its business into Eastern Europe by overseeing the purchase of the Belarus Embassy in London.John Foster, head of the commercial property team which acted for the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Belarus, said that the project was part of a general move into Eastern Europe for Eversheds.He said the firm had commercial property ...

  • Ex-Law Soc president urges caution on Hayes' successor

    12-May-1995

    A TWO-year presidency stripped of its ceremonial role is the best way forward for the Law Society, according to former president Rodger Pannone.Pannone has greeted the announcement of secretary general John Hayes' resignation by urging the society not to rush into the appointment of a successor until it has hammered out a reform package.He spoke of his frustration at the lack of time he had had to help the profession during a period of deep recession in ...

  • Experts need independence

    9-May-1995

    In The Lawyer of 23 May 1995 ('Paying the Piper'), I suggested that an expert witness having a financial interest in the outcome of a case in which they give evidence, clearly falls the wrong side of the line separating acceptable from unacceptable practice.That view is not universally held (for example, Daniel Silver's letter 'Two sides of same coin', The Lawyer 30 May), although I have not yet heard any contrary argument ...

  • Family specialists launch one-stop shop in tune with divorce reforms

    9-May-1995

    THREE major players in the family law arena have quit their practices to form a multidisciplinary matrimonial service offering legal advice, mediation and counselling.Brecher & Co's Gillian Bishop, David Hodson, of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, and The Simkins Partnership's Sara Robinson - all heads of family law departments - have set up niche firm, Hodson Bishop Robinson.The three, who all hold key positions in the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA), ...

  • Finance

    12-May-1995

    Olswang acted for Ionica L3 in a co-operation and funding arrangement with ScottishPower Telecommunications. Freshfields represented ScottishPower. The deal included an equity holding

  • Finance

    12-May-1995

    Wragge & Co advised Wilson Connolly Properties on a £10.3 million funding deal with Barclays Bank staff pension funds

  • Finance

    12-May-1995

    Travers Smith Braithwaite acted for Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale as arranger and agent in connection with a syndicated £125 million five-year term loan facility to Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. McKenna & Co acted on behalf of the society. The facility comprised a £115 million sterling tranche and a £10 million eurosterling tranche. The aim of the deal was to ...

  • Financing

    9-May-1995

    McKenna & Co acted for biopharmaceutical company Vanguard Medica in its £11.2 million private equity financing.

  • Financing

    9-May-1995

    Titmuss Sainer Dechert acted for NatWest Wood Mackenzie & Co in a £7 million rights issue by Wyndeham Press Group

  • Financing

    9-May-1995

    Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Lloyds Chemists in the issue of $30 million unsecured loan notes. US firm White & Case acted for purchasers of the notes.

  • Financing

    9-May-1995

    Davies Wallis Foyster acted for Admiral Leasing in a £7.5 million refinancing. Addleshaw Sons & Latham acted for a syndicate led by Bank of Scotland. Herbert Smith advised Kleinwort Benson.

  • Finders aren't always keepers

    9-May-1995

    When solicitor Anne Hind, of Blackpool-based firm John Budd & Co, took on a client seeking legal advice over ownership of a medieval brooch he had found, she could not have anticipated the extent to which the case would run.And Hind's experience and her past brushes with the laws of treasure trove did little to equip her for the representation of amateur treasure hunter Ian Fletcher.The case has now taxed the minds of a deputy High Court judge ...

  • Fine wines and classy dates, for young bucks

    12-May-1995

    LAWYERS would most like to spend the night with one half of the UK's most glamorous couples, Hugh Grant and Liz Hurley and Will and Julia Carling.For male lawyers the night would be accompanied by a bottle of "decent" burgundy and traditional English food. Women prefer nouvelle cuisine and champagne.A survey on the lifestyle of the legal profession by legal recruitment specialists Richard Owen & Harper, also shows that female lawyers "dress to impress" in ...

  • Firm serves former clerk with fraud writ

    12-May-1995

    LONDON law firm Wedlake Saint is suing its former managing clerk Andrew Fuller for damages for alleged "fraudulent acts".The firm claims that clients' money was misappropriated.The firm is seeking damages in a writ issued at London's High Court against Fuller, of Tunbridge Wells.Wedlake Saint is also seeking a High Court declaration that Fuller is liable to indemnify the firm against any future claims which may be brought against it as a ...

  • Fixer makes way for family man

    12-May-1995

    THE PRIME MINISTER announced the appointment of a new parliamentary secretary to the Lord Chancellor's Department on the eve of the controversial Family Law Bill's second reading.Jonathan Evans, MP for Brecon and Radnor, is stepping into his role at a stormy time for the department.Listing "family law" as one of his political interests, the MP is a former partner of Cardiff-based Leo Abse & Cohen, whose Tory MP senior partner was behind a private members' ...

  • Flawed disciplinary sparks appeal

    12-May-1995

    Recent High Court judicial review proceedings over a West Country farmer who died after being shot by police marksmen were overshadowed by Princess Diana's Panorama broadcast and Rose West's trial.In a quieter news period, however, the case would have attracted extensive media coverage.The incident at the centre of the action occurred in 1993, when Ian Fitzgerald Hay was fatally shot three times by police marksmen at his home, Crabadon ...

  • Floating over the Atlantic

    9-May-1995

    On the 14 June 1995 official dealings commenced on the London Stock Exchange and the US Nasdaq National Market in the shares of Nynex Cable Comms, one of the UK's largest cable telecommunications and television companies. The offering raised about £383 million net of expenses.The flotation involved three London law firms and two US firms. Simmons & Simmons and Chadbourne ...

  • Flotations

    9-May-1995

    Penningtons acted in the placing and intermediaries offer in the flotation of the Asia Healthcare Trust onto the Official London Stock Exchange

  • Flotations

    9-May-1995

    Eversheds in Leeds advised NatWest on the introduction of DBS Management to AIM. Hammond Suddards advised DBS and NatWest Markets Corporate Finance.

  • Flotations

    12-May-1995

    Manches & Co advised two mineral exploration companies - Pan-Andean Resources and African Gold - on flotation to the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Both companies used the transitional provisions to go to AIM, after the Stock Exchange Rule 4.2 was abolished recently.

  • Glad to front a fight for justice

    12-May-1995

    It is an unhappy fact of modern life that the Bar Council had no choice but to recently publish guidance on how to deal with gender and ethnic discrimination.The council sought the help of the Institute of Barristers' Clerks (IBC) to create its code. While we welcome the call for help, we approached the task with trepidation. The thought that sat uneasily in the back of our minds was that by assisting the development of the code we would be suggesting incidents ...

  • Going Public

    9-May-1995

    Having advised local authorities both from within the service as a former assistant senior and chief officer and now in private practice, it is clear that maintaining a core legal service within local authorities is vital.Whatever the management structure of a local authority, the role of the local government lawyer both on specific matters, as well as advising corporately, will continue to be a key element of the effective management and delivery of local government services.

  • Group pleads for pro bono help in action

    9-May-1995

    INVESTORS who lost about £8 million through allegedly poor advice from collapsed retirement financial services firm Knight Williams need lawyers on a pro bono basis to help them recover their money.Kenneth Jordan, chair of the Knight Williams Investors Action Group, said: "We are open to suggestions. We would like legal representation but cannot afford it."John Arnold, litigation partner of Chester firm Birch Cullimore which acts for an action group member, ...

  • Hard-up justice

    12-May-1995

    The Lawyer's investigation into the state of the magistrates courts makes worrying reading. For the first time, justices' chief executives (JCEs) have voiced their concerns. Most said they were under financial pressure, more than a quarter have made redundancies while two thirds said they had no confidence in the Government's intentions to adequately fund the magistrates' service. Fears that the magistrates courts committees (MCCs) were being set up to ...

  • Henriques to take top northern post

    12-May-1995

    John Malpas reportsRICHARD Henriques QC has been appointed leader of the northern circuit.Henriques, of Dean Court Chambers in Manchester's Crown Square, takes over from Rodney Klevan QC, of nearby 18 St John Street.Klevan recently launched an unsuccessful bid to win the Bar Council vice-chairmanship.Henriques was selected after a ballot of the 800 barristers on the circuit, which stretches from Carlisle to Merseyside ...

  • Holborn set benefits from cheaper rent

    12-May-1995

    A NEW chambers has officially opened up outside the Inns of Court boasting rent which works out a third cheaper than it was prior to the move.Vice-chancellor the Rt Hon Sir Richard Scott was on hand to open Holborn Chambers officially last week.The 24-member common law and criminal set, headed by Stuart Stevens, moved from 3 King's Bench Walk to Gate Street in Lincoln's Inn Fields one year ago.The set complained that conditions ...

  • Immunity changes leave police open to two-pronged actions

    9-May-1995

    A RELAXATION of public interest immunity on police complaint investigation documents means lawyers are changing tactics over whether to complain or sue over police misconduct.Stephen Cragg, co-author with John Harrison of Police Misconduct: Legal Remedies, said there was now little to lose and, in many cases, a real advantage in complaining and suing at the same time.The pair have just finished updating a third edition of their book, published by the Legal Action ...

  • In brief: Art for charity's sake at Edwin Coe

    9-May-1995

    Commercial firm Edwin Coe says its art exhibitions have become a showpiece for talent as well as a fund-raiser for charity. The firm is holding its third private exhibition of works by clients, friends and family, at its offices in Lincoln's Inn on 16 and 17 October. Money raised will go to Barnardo's and Remedi, which funds medical research into physical disability. About 40 artists, some ...

  • In brief: DAC picks up Halliwells partner

    9-May-1995

    Davies Arnold Cooper has taken on ex-Halliwell Landau partner Stephen Houston to boost its corporate team. Houston, who joins the Manchester firm as partner, was at Halliwell Landau for two years and before that at Norton Rose, London. Houston, who has acted on several company flotations including Traffic Master and Antonov, said he looked forward to helping to expand thefirm's presence ...

  • In brief: Employment courses for in-house teams

    9-May-1995

    Dibb Lupton Broomhead is targeting in-house lawyers with a series of employment law training programmes to run over coming months. The programme, which has already been presented to personnel professionals, will educate in-house teams on the latest developments in the area and on the input coming from Europe. The first event will be held at London's Forum Hotel on 27 November, with a follow-up session on 23 January. For further information contact Mandy Belton on 0114 2720202.

  • In brief: Experts elude solicitors, reveals survey

    12-May-1995

    Fifty per cent of solicitors who instruct expert witnesses have difficulty locating the right person, according to the results of a Law Society survey. The survey, which marks the launch of the society's Directory of Expert Witnesses, contacted 300 solicitors to find out more about the use of expert witnesses. According to its findings, 90 per cent of respondents in firms of 11 partners or more said the greatest difficulty was in finding experts with obscure specialisations. It ...

  • In brief: Firm warns of student housing pitfalls

    12-May-1995

    University housing officers have been told to review their student accommodation policies following an increase in the number of "house in multiple occupation" classifications being issued by local authorities. The Birmingham office of Martineau Johnson has warned that the classification - generally defined as a property occupied by people who do not form a single household - can result in local authorities forcing landlords to carry out expensive renovation work.

  • In brief: First UK representative of Euro law group

    12-May-1995

    North Devon firm Slee Blackwell has been elected as a full member of European law network Unilegal. The firm is the sole UK representative in the grouping which includes practices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland and Spain. "Increasing European integration brings with it the need for legal firms to establish a European dimension," said commercial law partner Nicholas Openshaw.

  • In brief: Ilex urges psychiatric illness definitions

    9-May-1995

    Parliament should decide on who is able to claim for psychiatric illness induced by shocking events like the Hillsborough disaster and not the courts, says the Institute of Legal Executives. In its response to the Law Commission's consultation on liability for psychiatric illness, Ilex says the latest medical research into psychiatric illness should be used to establish legal definitions relating to the illness. Ilex president David Pipkin said: "This will help reduce the subjectivity ...

  • In brief: Investors in People workshops

    9-May-1995

    Chase Consulting Group, the legal practice management consultants, is hosting a series of workshops for the legal profession based on the Investors in People quality standard. The workshops, which are subsidised by Essex Training and Enterprise Council, will cover four evening seminars offering practical management training in the standard. The first workshops start in November and cost £250 for three days. Places are limited to Essex-based practices. Contact Richard Parker at ...

  • In brief: IT whiz signs up with Rakisons

    12-May-1995

    London firm Rakisons has appointed former Hopkins & Wood partner Chris Hoyle to join its company department. Hoyle will rejoin his former litigation partner, Jane Jales, who also moved from Hopkins in June. A specialist in telecommunications and information technology, Hoyle will advise on all IT matters.

  • In brief: Law Soc roadshow set to woo the Welsh

    12-May-1995

    The Law Society is holding its first bilingual roadshow this week in the North Wales town of Llandudno. President of the Gwynedd Law Society Iolo Thomas and regional secretary of the Law Society in Wales Ann Garrard will address delegates in Welsh, while other speakers including Law Society deputy vice-president Tony Girling, council member John Pickup and Jane Hern, director of management and planning at Chancery Lane, will have their comments translated.

  • In brief: Linklaters partner to Bank of England

    9-May-1995

    Linklaters & Paines partner Len Berkowitz is to take the top legal job at the Bank of England following Peter Peddie's retirement. Berkowitz will retire from the law firm to become adviser to the governors and head of the legal unit early next year. He will head an 11-strong legal team advising on areas such as banking and financial services law, criminal investigations, prosecutions and insolvency. ...

  • In brief: New offices for Dibbs in Manchester

    12-May-1995

    The Manchester office of Dibb Lupton Broomhead has signed the lease on a 32,000sq ft office in the city's new Great Bridgewater development. The complex, which will also house Addleshaw Sons & Latham, Price Waterhouse and Ernst & Young, is 85 per cent let one year before construction is scheduled to be completed. Regional managing partner Paul Nicholls said lawyer numbers in the office had risen from 36 to 56 in the 18 months he had worked there and "we are delighted that our investment ...

  • In brief: Newbold takes the helm at Pro Ned

    9-May-1995

    High-profile in-house lawyer Yve Newbold has been made chief executive of Pro Ned, the non-executive director and chairman recruiters which is part of management consultancy Egon Zehnder. Newbold, who has been company secretary at Hanson plc since 1986, is also a non-executive director of BT and Coutts Bank. Pro Ned has been under the chairmanship of Sir Adrian Cadbury for 10 years.

  • In brief: Newspaper Society boosts legal numbers

    12-May-1995

    The Newspaper Society has recruited another lawyer to boost its legal advice service to regional newspaper editors. Carin Lake, previously with Clifford Chance and Goodman Derrick, joins as a part-time legal adviser in the society's government and legal affairs department. The department also lobbies ...

  • In brief: Speakers line up for equality talks

    12-May-1995

    Speakers including Equal Opportunities Commission chair Kamlesh Bahl, European commissioner Padraig Flynn and Simon Sperryn of the London Chamber of Commerce will discuss whether equality is an expensive luxury at a conference at the Ramada Hotel, Gatwick this Friday. The one-day conference will draw together research findings and practical experiences from leading employers in the UK and other European Union member states. For further information telephone 0161 838 8301.

  • In brief: Successor for northern Family Division

    9-May-1995

    Sir Stephen Brown, president of the Family Division, has announced that Mr Justice Wall is to succeed Mr Justice Douglas Brown as Family Division liaison judge for the northern circuit on 1 January next year. Mr Justice Holman will become Family Division liaison judge for the western circuit next month, following the promotion of Mr Justice Thorpe to the Court of Appeal.

  • In brief: Townsends clinches Italian work

    12-May-1995

    Swindon law firm Townsends has been instructed by two Italian construction companies in a multi-million pound dispute with Italian-owned, UK-based sub contractor Lucchini. Townsends will represent Milanese companies Girola SPA and Impressa Castelli SPA in the case which concerns earth and asphalt works in the construction of the M74 motorway in Scotland.

  • In The Dock/Aids Advice. Would you take the rap for a client?

    12-May-1995

    When an outraged official threatened reprisals, Groucho Marx waved his cigar and barked: "You'll hear from my lawyer - when he gets out of prison."For barristers and solicitors the possibility of prison is more remote than getting knocked down by a number nine bus outside the Law Courts; if a case goes wrong they get a wigging from the judge, an unpleasant costs order or a writ alleging negligence. But a disturbing trend is bringing the prospect of porridge closer for ...

  • In the docks/aid advice. Undercover protection force

    12-May-1995

    The publicity for World Aids Day has put one giant condom on the Paris obelisk and floated another across the Thames. But few are aware that the Terrence Higgins Trust runs a legal advice service for HIV and AIDS-related problems.Although the Helpline is well-known, the trust's legal services group recently decided its legal advice service should be better publicised with the launch of its new poster for the twice-weekly telephone advice link Legal Line.The ...

  • Insolvency expert takes top job

    12-May-1995

    CITY firm Wilde Sapte has appointed insolvency partner Mark Andrews to take over from Charles Leeming as senior partner in January.Andrews, who has been with the firm since 1976 and a partner since 1979, will continue to work in the insolvency department, where he acted in the recent Paramount Airways Appeal to the House of Lords.He said: "Unlike in many firms, the position of senior partner is a working one - not just an ambassadorial and ceremonial role."

  • It's the quality that counts

    9-May-1995

    Local authority legal services have traditionally focused on the quality rather than the cost of services. Historically, there was no need to cost individual services and work would be allocated by reference to the most experienced available fee earner, rather than the cheapest.This approach is no longer practicable without demonstrating that a more effective service is provided. Increasing financial pressures, the need to demonstrate value for money and direct competition ...

  • Jamaican firm calls on UK expertise for launch of Hammersmith branch

    9-May-1995

    JAMAICA’S largest law firm Myers Fletcher & Gordon has opened a four-strongoffice in Hammersmith, London, signing two UK-trained lawyers to the practice.Sole practitioner Colleen Wilson has already been recruited by the Caribbean giant and City solicitor Michael Toohig will start later this year.The firm, which also operates in the British Virgin Islands, has moved real estate partner Dorothy Pine-McLarty from its Kingston headquarters to start ...

  • Judge on police bail for fraud

    12-May-1995

    THE JUDICIARY is waiting the outcome of the arrest of Circuit judge Richard Gee last week for mortgage fraud.Gee, appointed in 1991 and assigned to the south-eastern circuit, was called in to Belgravia Police Station last Wednesday evening and arrested for fraud alleged to have occurred between 1980 and 1989.A spokeswoman for Scotland Yard confirmed "a 53-year-old man" had been bailed to return to Belgravia on a date in January, "pending further inquiry".

  • Junkets? You have to be joking

    9-May-1995

    Mr Sayer is reported as saying (about a visit to the American Bar Association's Chicago conference) "I need convincing that this isn't just an outing but I will go with an enquiring mind."If it can be of use to the profession all well and good but at the moment I cannot see that a big firm securing a US contract will be good for the profession as a whole, particularly the high street firms."In the past when the new president ...

  • Jurists conference

    9-May-1995

    The British-German Jurists' Association and sister organisation the Deutsch-Britische Juristenvereinigung will host a conference in Konstanz later this month. Topics under discussion by panellists, including solicitor Henry Clinton-Davis and Alexander Layton QC, will include public procurement, employment issues arising on business transfers and recent developments in trade mark law. For further information about the event, which runs from 22 to 24 September, call 01483 570 099.

  • LAB backs Chancellor's legal aid reforms

    12-May-1995

    THE LEGAL Aid Board has come out firmly in favour of the Lord Chancellor's legal aid reform plans in its response to the Green Paper.The board's response, unveiled last week, outlines how cash limited block contracts for legal aid can be put into place.As expected, the board has not supported pre-determining the criminal legal aid budget, warning that such a move would "probably result in applications to the European Court of Human Rights".

  • LAB suspends 800 trainee police station advisers

    9-May-1995

    Eight hundred trainee police station advisers have been suspended by the Legal Aid Board (LAB) for failing to complete a crucial stage of their training.The mass suspensions, affecting 44 per cent of all the non-solicitor representatives on the LAB's books, have been caused by their failure to hand in examples of their practical work six months after joining the year-long Law Society training scheme.The scheme was set up jointly by the LAB and the Law Society ...

  • Lambeth councillors line up for Lally action

    9-May-1995

    COUNCILLORS at Lambeth are poised to hear the disciplinary case against suspended head of legal services Paul Lally.Three council members have been selected to sit on the all-party panel and although a date has not yet been set, the council says that the hearing is "imminent".Lally was suspended earlier this year following an investigation, but the authority has refused to discuss the reasons behind its action.Last week, a spokeswoman said: "We do ...

  • Lawyers endure 'shifts from hell'

    9-May-1995

    JAMES Nichol remembers the first night after the change in the right to silence law with great trepidation."It was horrendous. I conducted eight interviews in three or four police stations involving clients accused of very serious offences including GBH, arson, threats to kill and £1 million fraud," says Nichol, of well-known London crime firm Taylor Nichol.The "shift from hell" occurred in Highbury, which has one of the busiest duty solicitor schemes in ...

  • LCD staff go out on strike

    12-May-1995

    STAFF from the Lord Chancellor's Department are on strike over Government plans to "privatise" the computing and administration functions of the County and Crown Courts.Starting in London at the Court Service head office, stoppages are expected to spread nationally through all staff in the courts, including the Royal Courts of Justice.The National Union of Civil and Public Servants (NUCPS) and the Civil and Public Servants Association (CPSA) say the various ...

  • Legal groups win round in battle against disclosure Bill

    12-May-1995

    LEGAL groups opposed to the disclosure reforms in the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Bill have secured amendments in its second reading in the House of Lords.The Law Society, Liberty, Justice and the Bar Council welcome new requirements on the prosecution.Under the changes, the prosecution will have to supply the defence with a description of the material which they have not disclosed and the defence will not be compelled to inform the prosecution of the ...

  • Leigh talks Italian

    9-May-1995

    Theodore Goddard competition group head Guy Leigh will address a meeting of the British Italian Law Association at the firm's Aldersgate Street offices at 6.30pm on 19 September. Leigh, who advised an interested party in the Magill case, will discuss its implications for copyright owners. The cocktail reception afterwards will be attended by a visiting group of lawyers from Pordenone.

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 05/09/95

    9-May-1995

    JACK GEORGE TRUST-HAM, 64, admitted 1969 and CHRISTOPHER JOHN GREY, 50, admitted 1971, practising at material time as Wigram & Co, London W1, fined £3,500 each and ordered to pay £4,224 costs.Allegations substantiated they wrongly drew client money, failed to pay client money into client account and failed to comply with terms of professional undertaking. Tribunal was told no dishonesty was alleged. Problems with ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 05/12/95

    12-May-1995

    Donald Edwin Strong, 57, admitted 1960, sole practitioner at Tadworth, Surrey, at material times, struck off and ordered to pay £1,217 costs. Allegations substantiated he dishonestly or improperly utilised client money for his own benefit, failed to maintain his accounts correctly and was guilty of unreasonable delay in completion of conveyancing formalities. Tribunal told investigation accountant established client account cash shortage ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 05/12/95

    12-May-1995

    Clark v Newham Health Authority - QBD 20 November 1995Claimant: Caroline ClarkAccident: Medical negligence at birthInjuries: Cerebral palsy resulting from blunder at birthAward: £895,000 (agreed damages)Judge: Mr Justice WaterhousePlaintiff's solicitors: Kingsley Napley, LondonDefendant's ...

  • Litigation Recent decisions 05/09/95

    9-May-1995

    Kuwait Airways Corporation v Iraqi Airways Company and anor (1995).HL (Lords Goff, Jauncey, Mustill, Slynn and Nicholls) 24/7/95.Summary: Seizure and retention of Kuwaiti aircraft by Iraqi airline was not necessarily conduct subject to sovereign immunity because it was done on the orders of the Iraqi government when invading Kuwait.Appeal by the plaintiff, Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC), against CA (Nourse LJ, Leggatt ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 05/12/95

    12-May-1995

    Operating private hire vehicle outside the terms of licenceEast Staffordshire Borough Council v Rendell (1995).DC (Simon Brown LJ and Sedley J) 3/11/95.Summary: A private hire car operator commits an offence by redirecting phone calls from his place of business in the district in which he is licensed to operate to premises in a district in which he is not licensed.Council's appeal against acquittal of the holder of a private hire ...

  • Litigation Writs 05/09/95

    9-May-1995

    Humberside County Council is being taken to the High Court in a compensation claim over damage allegedly caused to a house by tree roots. John and Katherine Whitfield say they suffered loss, damage, expense and inconvenience as a result of movement, cracking and distortion of the house which they blame on roots of trees by the public footpath.Writ issued by Badhams Thompson, London WC2. W647.Social worker Ian Davidson of Looe, ...

  • Litigation Writs 05/12/95

    12-May-1995

    The VAT man is suing two banks for £1.1 million following the theft of a cheque made out to the London Borough of Haringey. They accuse the National Westminster Bank and the Austria-based Bank Fur Arbeit Und Wirtschaft AG, of wrongly cashing the cheque, originally made out to the London Borough of Haringey but altered before presentation. The writ says that when the cheque was presented the name of the payee had been altered to LBOH (Microfilms Systems) and was purportedly ...

  • Lloyd's lawyers pull off syndicates auction

    9-May-1995

    LLOYD'S of London's first-ever auction of places on syndicates has proved a major success for the corporation's lawyers.The auctions resulted in £246 million of syndicate capacity being traded for a total value of £4.2 million.The legal team, led by in-house solicitor Tim Cargill, spent six months building a unique auction mechanism.Cargill was part of Lloyd's working party, assisted by consultants Freshfields.

  • London plays host to UIA conference

    9-May-1995

    ALMOST 1,000 lawyers from around the globe converge on London this week for the 39th Annual Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats.The congress, running at the Grosvenor House Hotel until 7 September, examines the way the legal profession should deal with changes in the run-up to the 21st century.Representatives from each of the 300 Bar associations and Law Society members of the Paris-based UIA are attending, alongside individual delegates.

  • Looking ahead

    9-May-1995

    Looking forward 10 to 15 years, the 'typical' local authority legal department of the future is likely to be smaller but much more experienced, employing a number of private sector firms to work for it in clearly defined specialist areas of the law.There is no real reason why certain types of work, such as simple conveyancing and basic litigation, cannot be contracted out of the local authority into local high street firms.Local firms have the knowledge ...

  • Lovells partner goes to Guinness

    12-May-1995

    CITY firm Lovell White Durrant has lost a partner to clients Guinness.David Harlock, a partner at Lovells since 1992, will join Guinness in February next year, where he will be responsible for all the property work, some general commercial work and managing relationships with external legal advisers."I have been doing property work for years. This new job will be broader and hopefully more challenging," said Harlock. His job will also take him to the Far East, ...

  • Luxembourg paves way for £20m suit against Government

    12-May-1995

    PUBLIC sector contractors are one step closer to launching a £20 million legal action against the UK Government after a decision in Luxembourg ruled that wrongful implementation of EU directives was actionable.The Advocate General, handing down his opinion on a case over Spanish trawlermen suing the UK Government for the wrongful implementation of EU fishing laws, extended the scope of legal recourse for actions involving the transposition of directives into domestic ...

  • Malaysian Bar plea

    12-May-1995

    MALAYSIAN law students have called on the Bar Council of England and Wales to rethink its plans to defer call to the Bar until after the completion of an initial six-month pupillage.The move, part of the planned overhaul of Bar training, will end the current situation which allows students to be called after passing their examinations.At present pupillage can only be undertaken in Malaysia if a person who studied in England and Wales is called here and the new ...

  • Mandela to head human rights body

    12-May-1995

    SOUTH African president Nelson Mandela has accepted an invitation to head up a new human rights institute.The institute, to be established by the International Bar Association this week, will operate out of the association's London headquarters.Volunteers around the world will observe trials and produce studies, research and workshops to support the work of the IBA's human rights committee.The association previously operated a standing committee ...

  • Merged firm makes play for Europe

    9-May-1995

    CITY firm Druces & Attlee is striking out for the European legal market after an amalgamation move brought in a batch of new overseas clients.Druces has joined up with Michael Pearson and his firm Herringtons. It has also taken on new partners Stephen Baister and David Thomas.Pearson, formerly senior partner with Herringtons, brings with him a "substantial" client base including companies from France, Belgium, and across eastern Europe.The firm hopes ...

  • Morgan Bruce sees the world

    9-May-1995

    INDIA, Europe and the US are among countries being targeted by Welsh firm Morgan Bruce in its efforts to expand its international caseload.The practice, which recently spent £1.2 million on UK growth, has planned a series of contact-building foreign visits for lawyers, including a two-month work placement with the Brussels office of Lafili & Van Crombrugghe for EU specialist Simon Nichols.Nichols also spent three months in the Paris office of Courtois Lebel ...

  • Mountain out of a molehill

    12-May-1995

    Your article ('Programme accuses court of self-interest' 21 November) gives a wholly misleading account of the hearing before the Court of Appeal on 5 May.You report the allegations that "the court refused to hear crucial evidence because of qualms over criticisms of Nicholas Purnell QC's original defence" and quote Anthony Scrivener QC as saying "there seems to be some resentment on the court's part that an attack was being made on a very ...

  • Mudge Rose toughs out crisis period

    9-May-1995

    TROUBLED New York firm Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon is reportedly in crisis following failed attempts to secure a merger partner.The 190-lawyer practice, which once courted Coudert Brothers, last week lost its executive committee chair John Kirby who resigned his position after partnership disputes. He remains a partner.White collar defence lawyer Kenneth Conboy, who is reported to agree with Kirby that the firm should split and market itself in pieces, ...

  • New right to silence puts justice at risk

    9-May-1995

    One in five solicitors advising suspects at police stations believe the chances of miscarriages of justice have "increased a lot" with the abolition of the unconditional right to silence, according to a poll commissioned by The Lawyer.And while more than half of the 204 solicitors polled believe the danger of miscarriages of justice have increased to some degree, a clear majority believe the new law will make no difference to the conviction rate of the guilty.The ...

  • New York Bar event

    9-May-1995

    Professional responsibility and risk analysis of international trade developments are among topics for discussion at the autumn meeting of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association. The seminar, held in Vancouver from 18 to 22 October, will be attended by over 300 lawyers worldwide. Organised in conjunction with the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch, and Law Society of British Columbia, the event is aimed at lawyers in private practice, ...

  • Newly-merged firms take elderly under their wing

    9-May-1995

    TWO LONDON firms which have joined forces are forming a pioneering "elderly" unit specialising in pensioners' legal work.The new department will be one of the key development areas following the merger of Steel & Shamash and George & Co. The firm retains the Steel & Shamash name.Steel & Shamash keeps its previous four partners, led by human rights lawyer and electoral law expert Gerald Shamash. George & Co's Nigel George, ex-leader of the Law Society's ...

  • NI Diplocks make way for drugs

    9-May-1995

    CRIMINAL lawyers in Northern Ireland have reported a sharp surge in drug-related work and an equivalent downturn in Diplock court cases as the IRA ceasefire reshapes the pattern of their legal work.Solicitors say drug dealers have moved onto the estates of Belfast as the paramilitaries have discontinued "punishment" of criminals.The number of hearings at the special non-jury Diplock courts - reserved for sectarian crimes - have simultaneously dried to a trickle ...

  • No argument over award for Quarrell

    9-May-1995

    John Quarrell, leading pensions lawyer and Nabarro Nathanson's "school of life" philosopher, has won a top pensions accolade.Quarrell was named top pensions lawyer and his team the strongest pensions practice in Pensions Management magazine, after a survey of partners at 43 leading firms.A lawyer friend said of him: "A great achiever, an Ernest Hemingway type, a philosopher ...

  • No exemption for Irish law graduates

    12-May-1995

    MORE than 1,000 Irish law graduates, whose qualifications were called into question by a ruling of the High Court in Dublin, have had their position regularised by the Irish Law Society.The High Court decided the law graduates were not entitled to be exempt from the entrance exam to the society's training course for solicitors, which other graduates have to sit.The exemption has operated for the past five years, but did not apply to law graduates from Belfast's ...

  • Out of the predicted 100 law firms tendering for local authority work, most are bidding for more than one contract

    9-May-1995

    Out of the predicted 100 law firms tendering for local authority work, most are bidding for more than one contract.According to Graham Smith, partner at Lees Lloyd Whitley in Liverpool, his firm has currently tendered for 20 contracts. He says: "Lees, like many of the firms applying for similar contracts, is already heavily involved in public sector work. We have been working on civil service contracts since 1992 and are already well briefed on the nature of public sector ...

  • Palace book ban

    12-May-1995

    The publishers of recently closed newspaper Today, News (UK) and its former editor Richard Stott are set to go to court on 8 December over the publication of material from a book written by former royal housekeeper Joyce Ann Berry (known as Wendy Berry). The book was published in the US and is said to contain confidential information gained while she worked for the Prince and Princess of Wales. Injunctions were taken out in the UK banning publication of the alleged disclosures, but ...

  • Partners in Maxwell trial

    9-May-1995

    TITMUSS Sainer & Webb corporate lawyers were misled by Robert and Kevin Maxwell over the debt owed between the Maxwell-related public and private businesses, a jury heard.Partners David Fairfield and David Vogel and managing partner Dick Russell also discovered Robert and Kevin had reneged on a transaction to repay a $40 million debt to Citibank, a deal the lawyers themselves had advised on, the court heard last week.The lawyers appeared as prosecution witnesses ...

  • Pinsents seals Red Star deal on Internet

    9-May-1995

    Pinsent Curtis partners have joined the ranks of Internet surfers after becoming what is thought to be the first law firm to use the Internet in a corporate deal.A team led by head of commercial John Pratt turned to the Internet to complete documentation for the management buy-out of parcel firm Red Star from British Rail.Pratt said: "It's certainly the first time we've used it. I believe it's the first time any firm has used the Internet ...

  • Privacy. Intruders not welcome here

    9-May-1995

    The latest invasion of Royal privacy in The Housekeeper's Diary by Wendy Berry has once again focused attention on our privacy laws and those which exist abroad.Parallels have been drawn with the Spycatcher affair when the UK Government was unable to prevent the publication of Peter Wright's memoirs in Australia. Prince Charles intends to sue his ex-housekeeper in the US for damages, including a claim for all the profits made by the book.Privacy arguments ...

  • Property

    9-May-1995

    Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for the Church Commissioners for England on a 200-year lease at 10 per cent gearing for £325 million to Capital Shopping Centres, advised by Nabarro Nathanson.

  • Property

    12-May-1995

    Pinsent Curtis in Birmingham acted for Britannic Assurance on the disposal of a £73.5 million property portfolio to P&O subsidiary Cheverell Estates.

  • Property

    12-May-1995

    Gouldens advised Artesian Estates on the acquisition of ground rent companies owned by, among others, John Ritblat, MD of the British Land Company. The ground rent companies own over 23,000 residential properties. The initial consideration of £2,061,000 was satisfied by the issue of 2,397,000 new ordinary shares.

  • Report raps Turkey over human rights

    9-May-1995

    HUMAN rights specialists have called on Europe to force the hand of Turkey over its persecution of lawyers and human rights activists.In a report released last week, UK-based barristers and solicitors who observed trials in Turkey earlier this year accuse officials of interfering with petitions to the European Commission of Human Rights.The European Convention Under Attack says the country is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights by "criminalising" ...

  • Return to Bar for firm's employment specialist

    12-May-1995

    DIBB Lupton Broomhead employment barrister Anthony Korn has quit the firm to go back to the Bar.Korn, who leaves at the end of January, joins two-year-old Holborn set Barnards Inn Chambers. He will retain his role as course director of Dibbs' employment law training arm but will work independently."I feel that having worked for two firms of solicitors, Paisner & Co and Dibb Lupton Broomhead, I have had an experience which many other barristers don't ...

  • Rhodes bows out at Dibbs

    12-May-1995

    PAUL Rhodes, managing partner of Dibb Lupton Broomhead and one of the profession's most talked-about lawyers, surprised partners last week by deciding to step down on 31 December.He is due to retire from the firm in 16 months.Often caricatured in the press as the pugilistic handler of a pack of rottweilers, the Cambridge-educated lawyer is a creator of one of the UK's most successful firms.Robin Smith, Dibbs' senior partner and co-founder, ...

  • Scots centre tackles crime

    12-May-1995

    A SCOTTISH business crime centre is to be set up by the Scottish Office in partnership with business and the police.Announced by Scottish Office Minister Lord James Douglas-Hamilton last week as part of his business crime reduction strategy, it would cost around £100,000 a year and be funded in part by the Government.Lord James said it would be "a centre for excellence" and establish a lead in crime prevention for business and support organisations.

  • Seal of approval for liability review plan

    9-May-1995

    SOLICITORS and their clients will be significantly affected by any legal changes resulting from a Government-driven review of the law of joint and several liability, claim partnership experts.If the review recommends such changes, it could herald the adoption of proportional liability.Ronnie Fox, senior partner of Fox Williams and a partnership law specialist, said: "The review ...

  • Seeing off the competition

    9-May-1995

    The race is well and truly on for the legal services work of the metropolitan and London borough councils which have to subject a proportion of such work to tender under the CCT regime. By law, these contracts have to commence on 1 April 1996. So what is the current state of play in the tendering exercises across the country?The application of the CCT regime to legal services was clarified by an order and a set of regulations produced by the Government last year.

  • Sexism still rife, survey says

    12-May-1995

    FEW female solicitors appear to support Law Society president Martin Mears' comments that the Equal Opportunities Commission has outlived its usefulness, according to a survey on sexual discrimination.The survey of 378 female solicitors in UK firms, conducted by legal recruitment consultants Daniels Bates, found that only 30 per cent thought they had the same career opportunities as male counterparts.Only 27 per cent felt they had the same chance of progressing ...

  • Should suspects break their silence?

    9-May-1995

    "HE is so young, he's just a boy. You wouldn't even think he was 11," says a home counties solicitor of her young client.The child is due to be tried soon for a very serious offence which he confessed to after a barrage of police questioning which lasted for 45 minutes.The lawyer, a specialist in child cases, says the case is entirely dependent on the confession. "It seems to be the basis of the charge," she says.But she does not believe ...

  • Slaughters shuts Tokyo shop for Singapore

    9-May-1995

    SLAUGHTER and May is closing the doors on its Tokyo office and sending local partner Mark Keeler to Singapore to start a new practice.The move is the second international closure for the partnership this year, following the April shutdown of its presence in Frankfurt.The future of Tokyo office head Peter Grindrod has not yet been announced, but executive partner George Renwick said Grindrod would have "an important part to play" in the firm's plans.

  • Survey finds courts in cash crisis

    12-May-1995

    THE MAGISTRATES courts service is burdened by a mounting crisis in funding and morale.The conclusion comes from a survey by The Lawyer, timed to coincide with the latest Public Expenditure Survey (PES) settlement figures from the Lord Chancellor's Department.Analysis of the PES figures reveals a staggering £16.8 million cut over two years.The Lawyer found over 90 per cent of Magistrates Courts Committees (MCCs) surveyed were under financial ...

  • Tackling cross-border fraud

    12-May-1995

    There has been much discussion in the press about the increasingly international nature of serious fraud cases.Frauds which cross national boundaries can present serious problems for prosecuting authorities.The only effective response the international community has in tackling this rapidly escalating problem is to increase co-operation between states. Thankfully, our own Government has responded positively to this although much still needs to be done.

  • Tackling home title

    12-May-1995

    Momentously, the CCBE has agreed a position on the European Commission's draft directive on rights of establishment.However, Jonathan Goldsmith, director of international legal practice at the Law Society urges caution. In an article on page 5 he says: "Nobody should get too excited as it is by no means the end of the establishment debate."The whole sorry tale, which began 17 years ago, is a sad reflection of the negotiating ...

  • Terrorism Act ruling 'must apply to UK"

    12-May-1995

    THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice's ruling that member states cannot expel foreign nationals without an official hearing except in the case of emergency is "entirely reasonable" and the UK Government should support it, the Liberal Democrats say.The ruling, handed down in Luxembourg last Thursday, followed a challenge by Irish national John Gallagher who argued against an exclusion order issued against him in 1991.Gallagher, who had worked in the UK since 1990, ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Domenic Pini

    9-May-1995

    What was your first job?Clearing plates in my father's restaurant.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£4,000 as a barrister in my first year of practice.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Researcher on South East Asia for the Lonely Planet Guide.Which law could you live without?Any law which restricts public access to ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Shaun Lowde

    12-May-1995

    What was your first job?Peripatetic news dissemination executive (paper-boy).What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?They asked me to pay them - shortly before I left.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Probably joined one of those obscure Californian cults which require you to give up all your worldly goods, mumble uncontrollably to yourself and wear clashing colours.

  • The long road to Euro free trade

    12-May-1995

    Last month there was a plenary meeting in Dresden of representatives from all the Bars and law societies of the European Economic Area - the member states of the EU, plus Norway and Iceland.The organisation bringing the legal professions of these countries together - the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) - holds two such plenary meetings a year. This one was of particular importance, since the main topic on the agenda was a search to the long-lasting ...

  • Top US firms show good results

    9-May-1995

    THE Top 100 US law firms have shown an across the board upturn of nearly five per cent, following a three-year period of slow growth.But the positive numbers conceal extremes within the US legal market, according to American Lawyer magazine.For those firms which reported positive results in 1994 it was a good year. For those who failed to make the 'A' list, it was very bad.American Lawyer editor John Morris said: "For 1994 the magazine's ...

  • Unsung heroes

    9-May-1995

    One year on and the ceasefire in Northern Ireland is still intact. Criminal solicitors are adapting their practices to take account of the changes.However, the courage and bravery of Northern Irish solicitors in dealing professionally with their difficult caseload in the past 25 years is seldom acknowledged. The President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland Aidan Canavan says it puts them in a unique position to act as community leaders in the future.As the ...

  • Victory for legal team in Chunnel reroute bid

    9-May-1995

    COUNCIL lawyers and City firm Denton Hall combined in a successful bid to persuade MPs to extend an underground section of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in East London.Jack Welchman, solicitor at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, was advised by Sandra Banks' Denton Hall team when the authority presented a petition to the Commons select committee seeking alterations to the plans.They persuaded the committee a further mile of the nine-mile section ...

  • Watch out for non-original documents.

    12-May-1995

    Both the banking community and sellers in international trade transactions will be concerned at the impact of the Court of Appeal decision given on 8 November 1995 in Glencore International AG and Bayerische Vereinsbank AG v Bank of China.Glencore, as sellers of two batches of aluminium ingots, presented documents under two letters of credit opened by Bank of China for the bank's Chinese customers, a Chinese trading corporation. The credits were subject ...

  • When a planning inspector calls...

    12-May-1995

    To many, the idea of reforming inquiry procedure might provoke the old adage: "Reform? Things are bad enough as they are."Are planning inquiries so slow and cumbersome that the only answer is to sweep aside the present system? Or could a sensible measure of reform improve matters? The planning and environmental law sub-committee of the City of London Law Society believes the latter and its inquiries procedure working group has produced a discussion paper. Here is a summary ...