9 March 1998

The Lawyer

  • "The Boss from Hell..."

    11-Mar-1998

    - The Mirror headline over a less than flattering profile of legal publisher and barrister Michael Chambers. The paper said he was unable to comment as he was "sipping champagne" to toast the new Chambers Legal Directory.

  • Allen & Overy appoints full-time pro bono co-ordinator

    11-Mar-1998

    Allen & Overy has become the fourth major City firm to appoint a full-time pro bono officer.Sophie Forsyth, a lawyer in A&O's employment, pensions and incentives department, has been handed the role of co-ordinating pro bono work across the firm.Forsyth's appointment comes as A&O looks to make more efficient use of time spent on pro bono work.The firm ...

  • Australian state gives green light to MDPs

    11-Mar-1998

    Multi-disciplinary practices (MDPs) are set to be legalised in Victoria, Australia, after a report backing a liberalisation of regulations for lawyers and accountants was tabled in the state's parliament last week.The report, by the Victorian Legal Ombudsman's office, suggests removing the current ban on profit-sharing between the professions and on lawyers entering into agreements with unqualified individuals.But it also says that individual members ...

  • Book of the week

    11-Mar-1998

    Come back Miss Nightingale.Edited by Digby Anderson.Lawyers are dumped in with doctors, nurses, academics and, rather frighteningly, clergy, in this look at trends in the professions.

  • Brian Eagles on who has liability for sporting injuries. Brian Eagles is head of entertainment, media and sport at Hammond Suddards.

    11-Mar-1998

    The New South Wales Court of Appeal in Australia recently made a ruling which opens the way for sports administrators to be held liable for injuries sustained by players.In the two cases of Hyde v Agar & ors and Worsley v Australian Rugby Football Union & ors, two rugby union hookers became quadriplegics as a result of injuries suffered in scrums in two different games.The court held that those who are responsible for making rules, which are subsequently ...

  • Clifford Chance opens DC office to boost US presence

    11-Mar-1998

    Clifford Chance is opening an office in Washington DC to strengthen its projects practice in the Americas.The firm already has a 55-lawyer New York office and the announcement comes a month after it set up an office in SAo Paulo - despite concerns that Brazil will be the next casualty of the world economic crisis.Washington is seen as vital for project work because many ...

  • CPS prosecutors end crown court advocacy ban

    11-Mar-1998

    CPS prosecutors have given David Calvert-Smith QC a flying start as the new Director of Public Prosecutions by voting to end their six month long crown court advocacy boycott.The ballot, staged by the CPS branch of The Association of First Division Civil Servants (FDA), also saw prosecutors withdraw their objections to a government pilot scheme to test controversial proposals to speed up justice in the magistrates courts.The move marks a thawing of relations ...

  • Damned on the word of a convict

    11-Mar-1998

    Two weeks ago Michael Stone was convicted for the murder of Lin and Megan Russell on the basis of three prison cell confessions.This week his solicitor will attempt to get the Court of Appeal to quash the conviction. The case bears all the hallmarks of another miscarriage of justice based on unreliable evidence and calls into question the use of cell confessions in criminal proceedings.In 1996 Keith Birchall was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. Part ...

  • David Calvert-Smith:The QC who dared to be DPP

    11-Mar-1998

    David Calvert-Smith QC is risking all to become the new Director of Public Prosecutions. John Malpas finds out whether Michael Beloff QC's one-time fag is cut out for the toughest job in the profession.Everyone at the criminal Bar is asking the same question: What on earth prompted David Calvert-Smith QC to take on the role of Director of Public Prosecutions?Here is a man, they are saying, whose progress to the top of his profession could not have ...

  • Dibbs cleans up litigation support with SOAP

    11-Mar-1998

    CITY firm Dibb Lupton Alsop has launched a computerised litigation support system throughout its 10 offices, which aims to show clients exactly what their money is being spent on.A seven-member team, led by head of litigation Neil Micklethwaite, developed the system, Style of Approach Initiative (SOAP), over 18 months.SOAP is a case management system which offers clients daily printouts indicating what stage the case is at, how much ...

  • Divorce laws ignore heart of the matter

    11-Mar-1998

    Divorce law reform may speed up the process, but the emotional costs will be high, says Simone Katzenberg. Simone Katzenberg is a partner at Ross & Craig and author of the series The Seven Stages of Divorce - part four of which is due to be published on 12 November.The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, has done his utmost to streamline the divorce procedure and implement the "no-fault" divorce. Unfortunately, in doing so, he has failed to address the emotional impact of his ...

  • EU and Med to trade

    11-Mar-1998

    An EU proposal for a free trade area between the EU and 12 Mediterranean countries by the year 2010, could lead to the free movement of lawyers between those countries, according to the Law Society's Brussels office. The non-EU countries are Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordon, Israel, the Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the Palestinian Authority.

  • Family lawyers urge Govt to speed up pension splits

    11-Mar-1998

    Family lawyers have welcomed proposals to give courts more power to split pensions in divorce proceedings - but have urged the Government to speed up their introduction.Last week the Commons social security committee published a report recommending that divorcing wives should be able to apply for a percentage share of their husbands' pensions.But the report stopped short of recommending a 50-50 pensions split - a figure which the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, ...

  • Fear over double occupancy cost

    11-Mar-1998

    Firms about to take on new City property might want to take a long look before they leap.While estate agents are busily talking up the market, the more bearish analysts forecast that the uncertainty in global financial markets and the threat of deeper recession early next year, could have a major impact on demand and rents. Reason enough to wait before striking a deal.Rumours abound of firms postponing planned moves - with US outfits

  • Financing

    11-Mar-1998

    Geoffrey Wynne of Denton Hall advised Standard Chartered Bank

  • Financing

    11-Mar-1998

    Jamie Logie of Norton Rose advised Angel Train Contracts on the £375m acquisition

  • Govt bids to stem PFI gold rush frenzy

    11-Mar-1998

    Mike Yuille reports on how Government reforms may leave the City with the lion's share of lucrative PFI-related work. City pages edited by Richard Tyler.Big City law firms are set to squeeze out the smaller players in the government's review of project finance initiatives (PFIs). The PFI, devised by the Thatcher government to bring private finance into public sector schemes, is set for a regulatory shake-up.The big firms' complaint is that the ...

  • Herbert Smith cashes in on Bangkok

    11-Mar-1998

    Herbert Smith has poached Henry Uscinski, Couderts' head of international arbitration, to head up its new Bangkok office - set to open later this month.Uscinski will spend half his time in Bangkok and the remainder in his Hong Kong base, where he will head Herbert Smith's international arbitration practice.Jonathan Pyne, who rec-ently joined Herbert Smith from leading Thai securities firm Krungthai Thanakit, where he was co-head of inv-estment banking, ...

  • High Court breaches 'Chinese walls'

    11-Mar-1998

    Roger Pearson reports on a conflict of interest ruling against KPMG, a state of affairs as yet foreign to most accountants.The question of preservation of confidentiality, when members of a profession are instructed to act for a client whose interests conflict with those of another client, has come under close scrutiny in both the High Court and Court of Appeal recently.The case of Bolkiah v KPMG, the outcome of which could still be the subject ...

  • Hill Taylor hit by partner defections

    11-Mar-1998

    Hill Taylor Dickinson has been hit by the loss of two insurance partners, who joined the firm less than two years ago from what was then McKenna & Co.Robin Williams and Tim Burton joined Hill Taylor in November 1996, when they led a defection of McKennas' 15-strong Lloyd's team.Williams has already joined Titmuss Sainer Dechert, and Burton, in an unrelated move, is joining ...

  • Hoon lawyers 'fixated' on legal aid

    11-Mar-1998

    Geoff Hoon has told lawyers legal aid is not a priority for the public, because the profession is "not terribly popular".Speaking at a Consumers' Association (CA) debate last week, the minister of state at the Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) accused lawyers of becoming "fixated" on the availability of legal aid."Lawyers are not terribly popular - most people prefer taxpayer's money to be spent on hospitals," he said.Lined up against ...

  • In brief: Centaur buys Consultancy Europe Associates

    11-Mar-1998

    Centaur Communications, which owns The Lawyer and Lawtel, has bought Consultancy Europe Associates (CEA), which produces the Spicers Centre for Europe database covering all EU legislation and policy since 1987. Formed in 1989 by Peter Winter and Charles Bright, CEA acquired the database and related assets of Spicers in December 1991. After the death of Charles Bright in 1994, Peter Winter continued as managing director of the company and retains the role in Centaur.

  • In brief: Circuit judges take control of Woolf reforms

    11-Mar-1998

    The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, has appointed 30 circuit judges across the country to the new post of designated civil judge. They will be in charge of the courts in their area and will take a lead in overseeing the introduction of Lord Woolf's civil justice reforms next April.

  • In brief: Dibbs appoints new marketing director

    11-Mar-1998

    Gillian Khan has been appointed director of marketing at Dibb Lupton Alsop, replacing John Day who left last year. She was previously head of marketing.

  • In brief: Environment Agency appoints regional head

    11-Mar-1998

    The Environment Agency has appointed its own in-house lawyer, Steven Zdolyny (pictured right), to the new position of regional solicitor for the north west region. Zdolyny will lead a team of nine lawyers advising all the agency's departments in the region.

  • In brief: Hammonds sponsors Welsh university chair

    11-Mar-1998

    Hammond Suddards has agreed to sponsor an environmental law chair at Cardiff University. The deal means that Professor Robert Lee, head of the university's law school, will become the Hammond Suddards Professor of Environmental Law.

  • In brief: Law Society unveils legal aid roadshows

    11-Mar-1998

    The Law Society has announced the dates for a series of regional roadshows to discuss the legal aid reforms: Birmingham (25 November), London (30 November), Bristol (1 December), Newcastle (3 December), Leeds (7 December), Manchester (8 December) and Cardiff (10 December). For more details ring 0171 242 1222 and ask for the legal aid policy team.

  • In brief: Martin Bowley QC

    11-Mar-1998

    Due to a typing error it was incorrectly stated in Martin Bowley QC's column last week that a 1 per cent levy on the Bar's gross fee income would provide an award of £12m for 750 pupils. The figure should have been £12,500 for each of the 750 pupils.

  • In brief: Queen's Bench gets new High Court judge

    11-Mar-1998

    Commercial litigator Nicolas Bratza QC, of 1 Hare Court, has been appointed a High Court judge and assigned to the Queen's Bench Division.

  • In brief: Roger & Wells makes London appointment

    11-Mar-1998

    The London office of New York firm Rogers & Wells has appointed Teresa St Clair to head its bank lending and regulation practice. She was formerly a partner of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, heading up their Los Angeles office's banking group.

  • In brief: Seal of approval for Welsh amalgamation

    11-Mar-1998

    Geoff Hoon, the minister of state at the Lord Chancellor's Department, has approved the amalgamation of Dyfed and Powys Magistrates' Courts Committees.

  • In brief: White & Case focus is on UK competition

    11-Mar-1998

    White & Case has transferred its Brussels-based EU/competition law partner Alasdair Bell to London and given him a brief to build an EU/UK competition practice in anticipation of the introduction of the UK Competition Bill. He is the firm's tenth London-based partner.

  • In-house forum launch in Monte Carlo

    11-Mar-1998

    The Lawyer is to launch The In-House Lawyers' Forum next February.The initiative, announced at Legal Monte Carlo 98 at the weekend, will be run by The Lawyer and sponsored by Eversheds.The first regional forum will be held in London in February next year and will cover the topic of bench-marking in-house legal department management.The initiative follows research ...

  • In-house:Pro bono breakthrough for British Aerospace lawyers

    11-Mar-1998

    British Aerospace's (BAe) legal department is set to become the first in-house team to gain Law Society approval to do pro bono work.Backed by the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG), BAe has been lobbying the Law Society for a waiver from its professional conduct rules, which currently state that in-house lawyers can only advise their own company.BAe is still waiting for formal approval from the Law Society's ethics department, but it is understood that ...

  • Irwin Mitchell opens mediation floodgates

    11-Mar-1998

    Solicitors, insurers and the Solicitors' Indemnity Fund (SIF) have all welcomed Irwin Mitchell's successful bid to overturn the Legal Aid Board's (LAB's) ban on legal aid funding for mediation.Irwin Mitchell's challenge, conceded by the LAB's costs and appeal's committee last Tuesday, is expected to open the floodgates to thousands of mediated settlements.SIF communications head Sharon Bolton said mediation was very suitable ...

  • Isle of Man takeover

    11-Mar-1998

    Isle of Man firm Dickinson Cruickshank & Co has taken over niche company and commercial litigation practice Morris Maddrell. The addition of Maddrell's two partners will boost the number of partners at Dickinson Cruickshank to 12, making it the largest firm on the island above Cains.

  • It has been a bad week for

    11-Mar-1998

    Internet porn surfers. KPMG and Denton Hall have set up a web site - http://www.kpmgiwf.org - to encourage the public to express their views on the illegal content on the Internet. Remember, "Honest I was looking for the Lawtel law reports, I don't know how I ended up in www.pervert.co.uk", is not a valid excuse.Sarah Hougie, an east London lawyer who is getting her eggs (and we don't mean chicken's) frozen for future ...

  • It has been a good week for:

    11-Mar-1998

    Crusading journalist David Jessel, who successfully defended a libel action against Channel Four's Trial & Error. Former Detective Inspector Trevor Gladding was suing Jessel for accusing him of perverting the course of justice.Winchester solicitors White & Bowker, who are patting themselves on the back after having the stunningly clever idea of using the voice of Lois Lane on their web site to entice accident victims. In this cynical age it is ...

  • Key Dickson Minto partner jumps ship for SJ Berwin

    11-Mar-1998

    Premier niche corporate practice Dickson Minto has lost one of its corporate partners to SJ Berwin.Graham White - a management buy-out specialist - and corporate assistant Raymond McKeeve will be joining SJ Berwin's private equity unit in January next year.Although it only has 12 partners, ...

  • Knight puts tunnel project back on track

    11-Mar-1998

    Bill Knight of Simmons & Simmons is leading a legal team which claims to have saved the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) project from disaster.His team of up to 48 lawyers created structural and financial solutions over the summer that will allow Railtrack, a long-standing client, to acquire a stake in CTRL after it is built."We came up with a structure which allowed Railtrack to buy the railway - that made the whole project bankable," said Knight.The ...

  • Lawyers at play

    11-Mar-1998

    It is doubtful that running the New York marathon comes under the term "play".Nevertheless, breathless Mark Smy from Birmingham solicitors Lee Crowder raised over £1,500 for mobility aid charity Whizz-Kidz when he ran the race last weekend.

  • Lawyers beware - Ol' Red Eyes is back

    11-Mar-1998

    Chris Fogarty reports on the likely victims of the legal cull that will be inflicted on the profession following this month's Queen's Speech.The Government has one major problem with lawyers. Lawyers see themselves as a profession. The Government sees the law as a business.A senior government source has told The Lawyer that for too long lawyers have been hiding behind the mask of professionalism to cover up their business inadequacies.As ...

  • London faces legal aid 'chaos'

    11-Mar-1998

    The Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) has warned of legal aid "chaos" in London next month when a computerised system is introduced - following a catalogue of delay, non-payment and errors made by demoralised Legal Aid Board (LAB) staff throughout the country.The dramatic accusations, backed by the Law Society, come on the eve of the Queen's Speech this month, which will include legal aid reforms in the Modernisation of Justice Bill.LAPG chair Richard ...

  • March of the MDPs raises spectre of regulatory nightmare

    11-Mar-1998

    Robert Sayer says it is time for a single set of regulations to cover all suppliers of legal services, regardless of their professional backgrounds.A recurring theme at this year's Solicitors' Conference was the inevitability of Multi-Disciplinary Partnerships (MDPs). So let us assume that they do come into being.Client A goes to the Mega Partners MDP for advice on opening a new business. Mega's estate agency division sells client A the premises, ...

  • Mass launches after-the-event product

    11-Mar-1998

    The Motor Accident Solicitors Society (Mass) has teamed up with legal expense insurers Hambro Assistance to offer a no win-no fee service for accident victims which does not charge a success fee.Mass - a national association of 162 firms of solicitors specialising in road traffic accident claims - launched the policy, Fee Protect, at its annual general meeting in Birmingham last month.The service, which costs £59.50, is aimed at accident victims who do ...

  • Mathews grasps MDP nettle, but to what avail?

    11-Mar-1998

    At last the Law Society makes a decision. Or at least half a decision. Law Society president Michael Mathews says multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) will be up and running by the year 2000. For once there was little wishy-washy talk. Mathews clearly likes the concept of MDPs and wants to push them through. But he only has eight months left in office to achieve this.Meanwhile, yet another society consultation paper - this time on MDPs - is going out to the profession. ...

  • Money men will do Year 2000 job

    11-Mar-1998

    Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square.Andrew Clay is right to highlight the Government's failure to force businesses to become millennium compliant (The Lawyer, 20 October).Indeed the position is much worse. The two bills to which he refers - the Companies (Millennium Computer Compliance) Bill and the Millennium Conformity ...

  • Morgan Bruce head quits for DJ Freeman

    11-Mar-1998

    The head of Morgan Bruce's London office has quit the firm to join DJ Freeman.Corporate partner Graham Barber joins DJ Freeman this week - exactly the same time as Morgan Bruce merges with Cole & Cole to create a 92-partner top 25 firm.Barber - one of two representatives on Morgan Bruce's executive board from its London office - denied that the merger was a factor in his decision to move."It's a move which makes sense strategically ...

  • MS sufferer sues Wilde Sapte for discrimination

    11-Mar-1998

    A budding lawyer with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who was laid off by Wilde Sapte while in hospital, has accused the firm of discrimination.In one of the first cases of its kind to reach an industrial tribunal, Rubina Cassell is bringing a claim against the firm under the new Disability Discrimination Act.Stratford Industrial Tribunal heard last week how Cassell was made redundant by the firm a year ago, while working as an assistant in the capital markets department. ...

  • Nelsons takes over Nottingham rival

    11-Mar-1998

    Twenty-three partner Nottingham firm Nelsons is to swallow up its nine-partner neighbour Trumans.Although Nelsons will now have 32 partners and 150 fee earners, it will still only be the third-largest law firm in Nottingham, behind Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins and Browne Jacobson.As part ...

  • Next week's news

    11-Mar-1998

    The Equal Opportunities Commission is set to call for an all-encompassing sex equality law this Thursday. EOC chairwoman and Law Society deputy vice-president Kamlesh Bahl will demand that the Government stops tinkering with old legislation.

  • Nolex provides a forum for IT innovation

    11-Mar-1998

    Elizabeth Davidson reports from the Northern Legal Office Exhibition, where a host of IT suppliers showcased new wares.Software supplier Axxia Systems last week launched a web-based system which uses e-mail connections to give clients direct access to files kept on their case.The launch was one of many at the Lawyer-sponsored Northern Legal Office Exhibition (Nolex) - the North's only legal technology exhibition - which was held at Manchester's ...

  • Orange sees red in Reading

    11-Mar-1998

    Reading Football Club face High Court moves by Orange Personal Communications Services in a row over a transceiver station in Reading. Orange has issued a High Court writ in London, through Bristol-based firm Bevan Ashford, against the football club, along with Barratt Thames Valley and Barratt Homes, seeking an injunction to prevent them from dismantling or tampering with the transceiver station at Elm Park, Reading.

  • Property

    11-Mar-1998

    Robert Macgregor led a Clifford Chance team advising HSBC on its contract with Canary Wharf Ltd, advised by Chris Morris of Freshfields, to acquire a 999-year lease of a new 1.1m sq ft, 41-storey headquarters building at Canary Wharf.

  • Property

    11-Mar-1998

    Lynne Hughes of Nicholson Graham & Jones acted for Nackebro AB on the £83.1m sale of Southside, 97-105 Victoria Street, London to the Equitable Life Assurance Society, advised by Nick Mason of Denton Hall.

  • Property owner sues Harrods

    11-Mar-1998

    Harrods is being sued for damages caused by one of its drivers who is alleged to have crashed into a property in Cornwall in October 1996. The company is being taken to the High Court by Deborah Hughes of Wadebridge in Cornwall. She is being represented by Bond Pearce's Plymouth office.

  • RAF flies into sex discrimination row

    11-Mar-1998

    The Royal Air Force risks humiliation if found guilty of discrimination in a pending industrial tribunal, predicts Roger Pearson.Discrimination in the armed forces will hit the headlines again in December when a ruling is expected on a major sex discrimination claim against the RAF. If the ruling goes against it, it could prove a major embarrassment to the air force.The RAF was taken to the Croydon Industrial Tribunal in September this year by 41-year-old ...

  • Rough justice for Richard Gee

    11-Mar-1998

    The failure to prosecute Judge Gee has caused an uproar. For the first time his lawyer, Louise Delahunty, responds. Louise Delahunty is a partner at Peters & Peters.On 7 October the Central Criminal Court was informed of the Attorney General’s decision to enter a nolle prosequi in the case of Judge Richard Gee.There has been wide press coverage of the decision, some of it accurate, but most of it vitriolic and often misleading.I have represented ...

  • SJ Berwin partner moves to Cabots

    11-Mar-1998

    SJ Berwin corporate finance partner Matthew Hudson has joined City investment house Cabot Square Capital as chief counsel and as an investment director.Hudson - a leading player in SJ Berwin's highly-rated private equity unit - told The Lawyer that he had been brought in for his deal execution skills but added that he will also be closely involved in investment decisions.Cabot ...

  • Solicitors lose out in CLS proposals

    11-Mar-1998

    Non-qualified legal advisers are set to be the winners, and private practitioners the losers, in the Government's plans for a Community Legal Service (CLS).The Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) believes that too many solicitors are involved too early in giving advice on areas such as social welfare benefits. Senior government sources have told The Lawyer much of this work could be done by advice agencies such as law centres and citizens advice bureaux.

  • Stemming the young Bar tide

    11-Mar-1998

    Ronald Thwaites QC likens the huge number of aspiring barristers to modern-day refugees from central Europe. He says the profession must radically improve its border controls. Ronald Thwaites QC is head of 10 King's Bench Walk.London is to the legal profession what Hollywood is to the film industry.Droves of young hopefuls are hypnotised by the bright lights and by the idea that the streets are paved with legal aid certificates and traineeships.

  • The Bahamas boasts banking bonanza

    11-Mar-1998

    Nicholas Ashton explains how The Bahamas stays one step ahead of the offshore competition - keeping foreign laws out while attracting investors from other jurisdictions. Nicholas Ashton is tax partner at Edge & Ellison in Birmingham.This year The Bahamas celebrates its 25th year of self-government and independence from the British.After a decline of almost 20 years under the auspices of its last government, The Bahamas is now enjoying a comeback and attracting ...

  • The fatal flaw of Claims Direct

    11-Mar-1998

    Claims Direct's commercial director did not mention the the most contentious part of his firm's service - the reason why many personal injury specialists consider the scheme inappropriate (The Lawyer 6 October).He refers to the client paying 30 per cent plus tax if compensation is recovered. In fact that is only paid if compensation is obtained without court proceedings. If court proceedings are issued - and Claims Direct is the sole arbiter of whether that occurs ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Nicola Mumford

    11-Mar-1998

    Nicola Mumford was born in Wegberg, Germany in 1960. Nicola is a partner in the dispute resolution group at Wragge & Co.What was your first job?Security guard at Savoy Taylors Guild.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£50 per week.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?

  • Trouble looming in paradise

    11-Mar-1998

    The financial activity of the criminal fraternity has led to government-enforced caution in the Caribbean, writes Stephanie Apap Bologna.Last month, one of the Caribbean's more remote island territories, Antigua and Barbuda, announced that it was enacting a series of new laws to make it "one of the premier offshore financial centres in the world".Perhaps Antigua's ambitions demonstrate that being a Caribbean offshore tax haven continues to be a lucrative ...

  • UK must cast off immigration blinkers

    11-Mar-1998

    Philip Trott says the Home Office immigrant crack-down penalises UK business. Philip Trott is an immigration partner at Bates Wells & Braithwaite.Successive UK governments have made much play of the supposed fact that many immigrant asylum seekers are really economic migrants. Therefore, government thinking dictates, applications should be refused and asylum seekers ...

  • US giants identified

    11-Mar-1998

    New York heavyweights Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Sullivan & Cromwell dominate a list of the firms which advise the top 200 financial institutions in the US, according to a survey by The National Law Journal this week. Skadden Arps was retained by 17 of the top 200, while ...

  • US merger reshapes top five

    11-Mar-1998

    ACQUISITIVE Florida-based firm Holland & Knight has merged with Boston practice Sherburne Powers & Needham to become a top five US firm.The deal, which became official on 1 November, is the firm's sixth acquisition this year and marks the latest stage of its concerted bid to become a national US firm.The addition of Sherburnes' 80 lawyers means Holland & Knight now has more than 800 fee earners.It has offices in 11 cities in Florida, as ...

  • Vizards in turmoil as equity partnership splits in two

    11-Mar-1998

    City insurance specialist Vizards was in disarray last week after its eight equity partners split into two camps, both of which went on to claim they had secured the backing of the bulk of the rest of the firm.The split happened during a partners' meeting on 22 October, when four of the equity partners suddenly resigned from the partnership without warning.One of the two groups, led by medical negligence and personal injury litigation partner Richard Foster, ...

  • Who looks out for over-40s?

    11-Mar-1998

    David Craig rightly pointed out that EC legislation may help sacked employees aged 65 or over challenge dismissals, but it is unlikely to help job seekers aged over 40 overcome ageism (The Lawyer 20 October).The Government has given up legislation promises, hiding behind a proposed code of practice. Employers prefer to recruit cheaper, younger, and less experienced employees, while job agencies hide discrimination through reference to post-qualification ...

  • Wragge & Co client threatens to dump firm over 'excessive' fees

    11-Mar-1998

    A client of Birmingham-based Wragge & Co and US firm Bingham Dana & Gould has publicly criticised the level of fees charged by the two firms for work done on its recent £10m rights issue.Philip Chellingsworth, fin-ance director at sticking plaster manufacturer Innovative Technologies, told The Lawyer he had warned the two law firms that they would have to cut their £400,000 fees ...