9 October 1995

The Lawyer

  • Accountants fall behind

    10-Oct-1995

    ACCOUNTANTS are losing out as the UK legal market undergoes a period of mobility.A study carried out by The Lawyer and Baker Tilly shows that dissatisfaction with accountancy services and increased merger activity among the legal profession has resulted in a growing number of lawyers taking their business elsewhere (see page 16).Last year more than 74 per cent of firms had been with their accountants for at least five years, but this year the figure has slipped ...

  • Antipodean lessons

    10-Oct-1995

    High Court judges in New Zealand could be sent back to school after a report in the country recommended a judicial studies institute be established to educate judges and other court staff. The report, prepared by a committee of senior judges, said that at present newly-appointed High Court judges were forced to learn on the job because they had only one week of orientation training before hearing cases alone. Courts department chief executive Wilson Bailey said that greater training ...

  • Architecture. A room with a view to do justice

    10-Oct-1995

    The Honourable Michael Kanne is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.The design of a courtroom must provide an environment which enables the proper discharge of the judge's responsibility. This can be simply defined as insuring the fair administration of equal justice.The basic design principle is that a federal trial courtroom must be of sufficient size to provide a calm, well-ordered and neutral setting which accommodates ...

  • Bar and Law Soc warn pro bono work is 'no substitute' for legal aid

    10-Oct-1995

    EXISTING funding for the provision of free legal advice must not be reduced if the Labour Party is successful in encouraging a greater pro bono commitment from the profession, the Bar Council and the Law Society have warned.Responding to Labour's calls for lawyers to "make a contribution to the community" by offering their services for free, both bodies said that members would agree to work in support of legal aid, but not as a substitute.Labour's legal ...

  • Barnes denies support for Mears' plans

    10-Oct-1995

    LEGAL Services Ombudsman Michael Barnes has rebutted attempts by Law Society president Martin Mears to enlist him as an ally in the battle to reform the Solicitors Complaints Bureau.An article in the 3 October issue of The Lawyer highlighted Mears' attempt to claim the ombudsman's support over the SCB's impending reform, following Barnes' proposal that its regulatory functions should be brought in-house.In his own paper on the bureau's ...

  • Barristers urge Bar to ease rules on training

    10-Oct-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsBARRISTERS working in local government are calling for the introduction of solicitor-pupil masters in order to combat the shortage of openings for pupils in the public sector.The Bar Association for Local Government and the Public Service claims pupils are being turned away because there are so few barristers practising in local government.Chair Paul Stivadoros wants a new arrangement under which senior local government solicitors ...

  • Bird & Bird wings its way to Hong Kong

    10-Oct-1995

    SPECIALIST technology firm Bird & Bird has joined the ranks of practices opening in Asia by unveiling its first office outside of Europe in Hong Kong.The 32-partner firm has moved communications and sports lawyer Vivien Crook out as resident partner in charge of the office. Prior to the move, Crook had been working on a two-year sabbatical with Standard Chartered in India.Newly-qualified ...

  • Briefs

    10-Oct-1995

    Bakers link upBaker & McKenzie, the world's largest law firm has completed its international network system, connecting all 54 of its offices in 34 countries. The system, which is known as Bakernet, allows several thousand people to send documents around the world through its email link. This enables lawyer and client to work on a matter using common documentation ...

  • Changing prehistoric practices

    10-Oct-1995

    The recent Bar Conference included a session on chambers management. It examined the past and future of a fictional chambers in crisis that had the address No 1 Jurassic Court.The fictional case study included the revelation that Jurassic Court's income had declined. The new senior clerk, with a better working knowledge of the computer system than his predecessor, had succeeded in keeping receipts at a reasonable level by collecting most of the older fees. ...

  • CND protesters' gaffe leaves Herbert Wilkes seeing red

    10-Oct-1995

    BIRMINGHAM firm Herbert Wilkes faces a repair bill for thousands of pounds after its main office was vandalised by CND demonstrators who mistook it for the French Chamber of Commerce.The attackers daubed CND slogans and flung red paint 40ft up the front of the Grade II-listed building following France's second nuclear test explosion last week.They targeted the Church Street building because the Midland bureau of the French chamber had occupied an office ...

  • Commission boosts local society cause

    10-Oct-1995

    A "VIBRANT" network of active local law societies has been unearthed by a commission set up to examine their relationship with Chancery Lane.The Partnership Commission, given the task by the Law Society with the aim of strengthening Chancery Lane's links with the grassroots of the profession, reported to the local law society conference held in Birmingham last Thursday.Among its proposals to boost the services provided by the 125 local law societies in England ...

  • Conference reveals fears over funding of reformsSBHD:

    10-Oct-1995

    Government officials attending the Bar Council's conference were left in no doubt about lawyers' fears over government commitment to funding Lord Woolf's civil justice reforms.And barristers were told in clear terms they must develop their relationship with solicitors and face calls for dropping the refresher fee system in favour of more fixed fees.Top QCs, academics, rank and file barristers, and guest solicitors had differing views on the efficacy ...

  • Countrywide court listings come on-line

    10-Oct-1995

    A court listings service, available to all branches of the legal profession, was unveiled last week.The on-line service provided by Legal Information eXchange will be immediately available in London and will be available in the rest of the country by December.The listings, which have been part of a pilot scheme by LIX for over two years, will provide electronically transmitted lists from all 78 Crown Court centres.Civil listings ...

  • Curtain comes down on NY mudges

    10-Oct-1995

    HIGH-PROFILE New York firm Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon is liquidating after a partnership vote agreed it should dissolve.The decision, made on 2 October, closes the doors on one of the city's oldest firms and the former stable of President Richard Nixon.The executive committee has been dismantled and a liquidation committee has been formed comprising former chair Donald Zoeller, Arthur McMahon Jr and Malcolm Schade. The three have been charged ...

  • Deacons adopts new name in Pacific

    10-Oct-1995

    THE ASIA-PACIFIC association between Hong Kong firm Deacons, Australia's Sly & Weigall and US practice Graham & James has gone a step further with the three taking on a joint name in the region.The practice, now known as Deacons Graham & James, was renamed last month, three years after the association began.The Sly & Weigall name - which covered offices in Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney - becomes obsolete, but Graham & James retains its ...

  • Demand grows for law firms' financial advice

    10-Oct-1995

    Solicitors have shied away from providing financial services due to lack of vision, a leading figure in the financial services industry said recently.Karl Snowden, professionals' development director at Allied Dunbar, said there were very few exceptions to the rule that the provision of discrete investment business advice could be "a perfect and valuable addition to a service".Consumer demand is growing for the type and quality of ...

  • Democracy rules

    10-Oct-1995

    The management of a barristers' chambers goes beyond simply keeping the diaries, negotiating and collecting fees, and drumming up new business.At Barnards Inn Chambers, we have put in place formal structures and strategies to deal with client care, marketing, recruitment, accommodation, accounts and budgeting, and personnel.All members of the set meet monthly with the administrative team to discuss these issues. The team consists of a chambers administrator ...

  • Dibbs celebrates 'gilt-edged' deal

    10-Oct-1995

    DIBB Lupton Broomhead has come through a seven-month tendering process to win a one-year contract as employment law advisers to the Government's Employment Service.The contract, which starts on 6 November, will involve the provision of policy advice on staff terms and conditions but the firm has also been signed to litigate on behalf of the service in industrial tribunal actions.Head of employment David Bradley, who is based at Dibbs' Sheffield office, ...

  • DoE tour pushes tendering drive

    10-Oct-1995

    THE LEGAL implications of competitive tendering are among the issues to be discussed at a series of seminars organised by the Department of the Environment.Seven events have been arranged across the country to explain the legislative and political context of the contracting out drive. Environment minister Sir Paul Beresford said the seminars will include speakers from his department, business and local authorities.Under CCT legislation local authorities ...

  • Equity dealing services pave way for market automation

    10-Oct-1995

    Investors will benefit from increased competition in the equities dealing markets triggered by the establishment of the Tradepoint order-driven market and the Sharelink Internet service, says a leading financial services solicitor.David Lough, Cripps Harries Hall partner and chair of the Association of Solicitor Investment Managers (Asim), said the launch of both services could ...

  • Financing

    10-Oct-1995

    Baker & McKenzie advised PaineWebber International, the lead underwriter of an offering of global depository shares, by Slovakian oil refiner Slovnaft. The offering raised $112 million for Slovnaft and was offered in the US under SEC Rule 144A.

  • Firms warm up for power bid

    10-Oct-1995

    Linklaters & Paines and Freshfields are the main firms acting in the National Power recommended £2.8 billion bid for Southern Electric, the biggest yet in the industry.Linklaters' team for National Power is led by Tim Clarke with corporate partner Patrick Rignell and competition partner Bill Allan. Freshfields team for Southern is led by partners Philip Richards, Graham Nicholson ...

  • Flotation

    10-Oct-1995

    McGrigor Donald acted for Meconic, an Edinburgh-based specialist manufacturer of controlled drugs, in its flotation by way of a placing on the London Stock Exchange. The placing raising £10 million for Meconic and just under £9 million for selling shareholders. Freshfields advised sponsor Baring Brothers.

  • Freshfields appoints Markland as first Asia managing partner

    10-Oct-1995

    LONDON-BASED Freshfields partner Ruth Markland is returning to Asia after six years in the UK to become the firm's first-ever managing partner for the region.Markland moves out at the end of the month to assume control of Freshfields' Asian network, which covers Tokyo, Hong Kong/China, Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore.From 1 January she will take on an additional role as head of the Hong Kong office - the largest in the network - replacing ...

  • Furore over Which? survey

    10-Oct-1995

    THE CONSUMERS' Association has threatened to sue the Law Society over its attempts to discredit a damning Which? survey into the quality and cost of legal advice.But the association is already being sued for libel by Shoosmiths & Harrison over claims in the survey that the firm had failed to warn a researcher of the cost of an appointment.The firm's action against the ...

  • Gibraltar implications. A conflict of standards makes all the difference

    10-Oct-1995

    The European Court of Human Rights gave its first judgment on Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the right to life, in the case of McCann and Others vs United Kingdom 27.9.95, Series A, vol 324.The court found by a majority of ten to nine that the procedure and planning leading up to the killing in March 1988 of three members of the IRA in Gibraltar was flawed. It ruled that the SAS members, who were trained to shoot-to-kill, should have considered whether ...

  • Gibraltar implications. A duty to comply with Convention

    10-Oct-1995

    Douwe Korff is a Dutch human rights lawyer. He acted as counsel for the plaintiffs on the Gibraltar judgment.The need to amend domestic law or practice following an adverse judgment flows from the general international obligation on states to abide by their treaty obligations.Michael Heseltine's denunciation of the European Court's judgment on the case of the IRA members shot dead in Gibraltar appears to show the opposite intention.It is ...

  • Gibraltar implications. The pressing case for a constitutional court

    10-Oct-1995

    Richard Gordon QC is a practising barrister specialising exclusively in judicial review.The Government has expressed "incredulity" at the European Court's 'Death on the Rock' verdict. Yet, barely 24 hours after the court's judgment, Mr Justice Dyson, in a landmark ruling, held that Home Secretary Michael Howard had "unreasonably and unlawfully" delayed parole hearings for five of the country's longest-serving IRA prisoners contrary to the European ...

  • Guide stays chances of media circus at West trial

    10-Oct-1995

    THE LORD Chancellor's Department has made legal history with the publication of a user-friendly Media Court Guide clearly designed to ensure the Rosemary West trial does not degenerate into a media circus.The guide, issued to more than 100 journalists worldwide who have descended on Winchester for the trial, warns journalists they face "a substantial term of imprisonment and a fine" if they break the reporting restrictions.But the stick of sanctions is combined ...

  • High Court set for new Royal leak case

    10-Oct-1995

    The High Court appears to be set for a new confrontation between the media and the law over reporting of royal leaks.A hearing is now pending in the Queen's Bench Division for contempt proceedings over the Today newspaper's publication of extracts from a book written by former Royal housekeeper Joyce Ann Berry (known as Wendy Berry) and published in the US.High Court injunctions were granted earlier this year banning the UK media from using the Berry ...

  • In brief: Survey raps PI influence on Woolf report

    10-Oct-1995

    Large corporations believe personal injury lawyers may have had too much influence on the Woolf report, a client survey is expected to show this week. The survey by Simmons & Simmons questioned 35 clients and contacts from the banking, insurance and corporate world. They are worried that Lord Woolf relied too heavily on PI submissions and may have made recommendations which are unsuitable for handling complex commercial litigation. The results are being sent to clients and the Woolf ...

  • IT's all in a day's work

    10-Oct-1995

    John Irving is an associate director of BDO Stoy Hayward Management ConsultantsChambers are waking up to idea of networking PCs to share database informationWhenever I walk through one of the Inns of Court, a glance through the windows indicates that most of the offices, on the ground floor at least, are well equipped with PCs or VDUs. But stepping inside a chamber's doors often reveals a different picture.The barristers' IT marketplace ...

  • It's all in a day's work

    10-Oct-1995

    In September 1994, our chambers' computer system, originally chosen in 1990, was beginning to show its age.An unfriendly character-based front-end system seemed out of place when our 25 members were enthusing about Windows technology and Microsoft Word for their own word processing.Our requirement was for a fast, Windows database which both barristers and clerks could use, which would help us attract more work and, more importantly, ...

  • IUROPE expands

    10-Oct-1995

    London firm Allison & Humphreys has become a member of European economic interest group IUROPE, alongside practices in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. The firm joins Leinen & Derichs, Studio Legale and Ruijgrok van Iersel & Luchtman. The organisation covers cities including Cologne, Potsdam, Brussels, Breda, Uden, Turin and London. A French practice is currently being sought and IUROPE is also expected to expand its presence in Belgium.

  • Labour vows to end legal 'gravy train'

    10-Oct-1995

    Labour will legislate to force controversial changes to lawyers' practices if the Law Society attempts to derail them.That was the warning legal affairs spokesman Paul Boateng MP delivered to Law Society president Martin Mears and his 'profession first' programme at last week's Brighton conference."There is no vested interest that Labour is not prepared to challenge on behalf of the citizen and the consumer," Boateng said, only hours after ...

  • Law Soc turns its guns on swindles

    10-Oct-1995

    It is time for money laundering to be taken seriously, the head of the Law Society's Monitoring Unit told delegates.Bob Butler said firms which conduct business within the terms of the Financial Services Act must comply with the Money Laundering Regulations 1993. These require that all staff involved in investment transaction must be provided with training on recognition of suspicious transactions. Firms must appoint a reporting officer and set up internal reporting ...

  • Lawyer unswayed by immigration package

    10-Oct-1995

    The introduction of new technology in UK entry ports will allow immigration officials to check for illegal immigrants in just 15 seconds.A computer which can read passports and process them against a central data bank of 400,000 suspects has been on trial at Heathrow, Gatwick and Dover for 12 months.Now the Home Office has announced the beginning of a £10 million project to introduce the system nationwide.The system, created by ...

  • Lawyers get advice on fund managers

    10-Oct-1995

    The Financial Law Panel (FLP) has published its advice for City lawyers on the technical problems arising from the agency status of fund managers which affects managers' dealings in the wholesale financial markets.Its paper, Practice recommendation on fund management and market transactions, suggests draft wording for dealing with the most difficult legal issues. It also stresses the need for "rigorous documentation" in this area.Colin Bamford, FLP chief ...

  • LCD presses ahead with legal aid White Paper

    10-Oct-1995

    THE LORD Chancellor's department is planning to publish a White Paper on legal aid reform in the spring.A spokeswoman from the department has identified November 1996 as the earliest possible date for legislation.But she said that the date depended on the availability of parliamentary time and the length of the consultation period needed after the White Paper's publication.When he published his reform Green Paper in May, Lord Mackay appeared ...

  • Library offer

    10-Oct-1995

    Solicitors travelling in Europe will be able to make greater use of the conference room and library facilities at the joint Brussels office of the Law Societies of England and Wales and Scotland after fees were waived to encourage members to use resources. Use of the library and the conference room, which can accommodate up to 20 people, is available to solicitors by contacting the office on 00 322 502 20 20.

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 10/10/95

    10-Oct-1995

    JOHN SIMON BASKER-VILLE CADWALLADER HOPTON, 61, admitted 1966 practised at material times with Messrs Davis & Co (First National Bank in-house solicitors), Sherringtons, of Edgware, and on his own account, struck off and ordered to pay £940 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised when no current practising certificate in force.ANDREW WILLIAM ARTHUR BARTLETT, of Preston, Lancashire, admitted 1978, suspended ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 10/10/95

    10-Oct-1995

    Martindale v Post Office - QBD 11 July 199Claimant: Anthony Martindale, 3Accident: Fall after slipping on patch of oil while crossing yard of post office where plaintiff worked as postmanInjuries: Injuries to back resulting in constant back pain, restricted lumbar spine movement, ability to raise straight leg limited - difficulty in playing pre-accident sports of football and cricketAward: Agreed damages of £90,000Judge: ...

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 10/10/95

    10-Oct-1995

    No duty owed by Scottish lenders to wives of borrowersMumford v Bank of Scotland: Smith v the same (1995).First Division Inner House Court of Session (Lord Hope, Lord Weir and Lord Abernethy) 2/6/95.Summary: No duty owed by bank in Scotland to require wife to seek independent advice before entering into a mortgage with her husband to secure his borrowing.Appeals by reclaiming motion of two wives of debtors to the defender bank against ...

  • Litigation Writs 10/10/95

    10-Oct-1995

    A New Addington man who lost most of his right hand in an accident at work last year has launched an action against his former employer, EE Brown of Croydon. The accident, in which Gerald Taylor, 33, trapped his right hand in the jaws of a machine used for cellophane wrapping bread rolls, happened on 3 July last year. Taylor underwent six operations but lost four fingers and part of the palm of his hand. The writ says he has been left permanently crippled, ...

  • Marsons homes in on Woolwich housing deal

    10-Oct-1995

    THE KENT firm Marsons has won a contract to handle the sale of 500 new Woolwich building society homes.Marsons was awarded the contract for the work which was put out to tender by the building society's subsidiary Woolwich Homes.The society's move to outsource the work followed its earlier decision to end its involvement in the home building industry.The firm has hired former Woolwich in-house lawyer Jane Dempster to handle the new contract. ...

  • Mayers' London partner defects to Bakers

    10-Oct-1995

    US FIRM Mayer, Brown & Platt partner Peter Gaines has quit his post in the firm's London office to join the UK banking team of rival Chicago practice Baker & McKenzie.Gaines, who worked for Mayer Brown for 20 years - including a five-year stint in London - last week started leading Baker & ...

  • Mears' speech sparks uproar at conference

    10-Oct-1995

    Leading Law Society figures have accused Martin Mears of hijacking the annual solicitors conference to pedal his own political agenda.The charge follows Mears' tirade against the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality in his key note address to the conference last Friday.His suggestion that both bodies may have outlived their "usefulness" left EOC chair Kamlish Bahl visibly shocked.She described his claims that ...

  • Mears' title?

    10-Oct-1995

    I write with reference to Mr Mears' proposed reforms. Let's face it, titles can be misleading.In reality, the secretary general is the chief executive and the president is a non-executive chairman.Many practitioners want the roles to be reversed. If the president became the chief executive and served for a five-year term, then there would be no need for a secretary general.Surely this is a positive way in which Mr Mears can ...

  • Mixed appeal of the controlling body

    10-Oct-1995

    The Law Society may take Lord Mackay to judicial review over financial tinkering, the Bar may grumble at his reforms, legal pressure groups may fight highly public battles against his cutbacks, but in the end his word is made law.This is partly because he is a highly determined, forward-thinking man. But it is also to do with the machinery of his department, a fast-evolving body of civil servants, which has one eye on the tricky arena of "access to justice" and the other ...

  • Nicholsons merger aims to broaden practice strengths

    10-Oct-1995

    The 'East meets West' merger between City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones and Mayfair-based Brecher & Co became reality on 10 October, creating a 46-partner, top-40 firm with an expected combined turnover of £16 million this year.The Brecher name will be lost with the new firm retaining the name of Nicholson Graham & Jones.The merger will combine Brecher's main strengths in commercial property and property-related banking with Nicholson's ...

  • Not eye to eye on SCB

    10-Oct-1995

    I would like to comment on the claim in your story 'Mears cites Barnes over SCB dispute' (The Lawyer 3 October) that I am supporting the president of the Law Society in his efforts to bring the Solicitors Complaints Bureau "in-house".While it is true that we both agree that the Law Society should take back most of the bureau's purely regulatory functions under its direct control, and that there needs to be a change in the "complaints culture" ...

  • OJ - what price for UK law?

    10-Oct-1995

    If US justice has indeed been on trial in the OJ Simpson case, most observers will feel that, unlike the defendant, it has been resoundingly convicted. And if that is right, is UK justice merely on remand, awaiting the same fate?It is surely dangerous to be too categoric of vicious circles. The media coverage was so intense that the stakes for all the participants were raised to a level which led to an inevitable breakdown of professional ethics.

  • OJ- What price for UK law?

    10-Oct-1995

    I may have stated on Greater London Radio that OJ Simpson would be found guilty but surely this rather pales into insignificance in comparison with commissioning Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz's motions for a mis-trial. I, at least, did not suggest to anyone, jury or otherwise, the social and racial personal ramifications of a guilty verdict.I consider myself to be in a fairly safe position to observe that fools will insist on rushing in where ...

  • One Step too far

    10-Oct-1995

    Martin Mears is probably entitled to feel sore following September's Law Society Council meeting. After wining and dining selected Council members who promised to support his veto of the pay-off to Solicitors Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe if the item was moved into the private afternoon section, the council let him down.As vice-president Robert Sayer says on the front page of this issue of The Lawyer, the "scales fell from their eyes" at that ...

  • Private firms may run courts

    10-Oct-1995

    Private corporations tendering for the contract to run the UK's court computer systems could end up running most of the systems.The process is already under way for a planned handover around May next year but despite a statutory requirement the Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) has not consulted the judiciary in full on its plans.The LCD has confirmed that details of the privatisation are in the two-part 'statement of requirement' tender ...

  • Property

    10-Oct-1995

    McKenna & Co advised Hillier Parket Investment Management on setting up an investment portfolio for Thames Water Pension Schemes Property Investment Fund over 18 months.

  • Property

    10-Oct-1995

    Osborne Clarke acted for London advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in the completion of a lease of the entire office accommodation (54,175 sq ft) for 15 years at 60 Kingly Street. Landlord, the Crown Estate, was advised by its in-house lawyers.

  • Property

    10-Oct-1995

    Manches & Co acted for French institution Bail Investissement, part of ISM Group, in its acquisition of the 92,000 sq ft Templar House, High Holborn WC1, from Provident Mutual for around £33 million - its largest UK property investment. Herbert Smith acted for the vendors.

  • Royal Life faces court action

    10-Oct-1995

    Two-partner Cambridge firm Ritchie Samuel is handling a writ against insurance giant Royal Life and four other defendants in connection with an alleged advance fee fraud.Other defendants include two Royal Life employees and Paul Khan, managing director of XLNC, a Stoke-on-Trent financial services firm.The action of Ritchie Samuel's clients, former restaurant owners Mr and Mrs Thatcher, arises out of the events leading to the collapse of their restaurant ...

  • Steer clear of image myths

    10-Oct-1995

    When a solicitor friend heard I was taking up the job of director of marketing at 5 Fountain Court he said: "It will be like trying to steer the QE2 in iceberg-infested seas, with 68 people at the helm, all having very strong and conflicting views about where to go." "And," he added, "the rudders are jammed..."Accountants and solicitors hire specialists to perform tasks they know they cannot master quickly - typically finance and marketing.What about the Bar? ...

  • Stockbrokers fear advance of lawyers

    10-Oct-1995

    Provincial stockbrokers are worried about solicitors becoming investment managers, according to Wilsons' head of Investment and Financial Services Mark Allerston.Allerston said that stockbrokers relied heavily on solicitors as a source of new business. A a recent survey put them way ahead of all other third-party sources of new business - they were ranked first by 55 per cent of brokers.

  • Support is the key to success

    10-Oct-1995

    A firm will not succeed in setting up a financial services operation unless it has full support from every partner and fee earner in the practice.Southport firm Carter Hodge's senior partner Stephen Holmes said that all partners needed to be committed to setting up of a financial services department. If not the chances were that even if the other criteria signalled a profitable department should be possible it may not be achieved.He said the Law Society ...

  • Survival tactics

    10-Oct-1995

    Management consultants often recommend that businesses should diversify to survive,and this may be relevant advice for barristers in their working practices.Although parts of the Bar thrive on their particular specialisms, there are certain chambers which have diversified geographically and set up annexes or associated chambers elsewhere in the country.Individual barristers can also have either more or less formal arrangements with different

  • Taking the fizz out of forgery

    10-Oct-1995

    The recent six-month jail sentence imposed on a Coventry man who refused to obey an injunction ordering him to give information about fellow members of a gang counterfeiting Coca-Cola and Schweppes drinks has been welcomed by lawyers who specialise in intellectual property.Mr Justice Lightman's tough stance against Peter Pericleous in the Chancery Division of the High Court is viewed as a sign to all counterfeiters that the courts are not prepared to put up with their ...

  • Tanya Galbraith plays by the rules over child abduction

    10-Oct-1995

    Tanya Galbraith is a solicitor at Charles Russell, London.There has been considerable press coverage about international child abduction cases. Most of the comment has been about it being unfair that the parents have to return to the country they have fled from to fight a long and expensive custody battle.But it is the abducting parent that is in the wrong. Why should ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Martha Rafferty

    10-Oct-1995

    Martha Rafferty is an assistant solicitor with Anthony Mahon & Co specialising in criminal law. She was born in Glasgow in 1960 and now lives in Lenzie.What was your first job?Play group leader.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£3,800.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?Been a wine critic.Which law could you ...

  • Thompson trio jump ship as firm remerges

    10-Oct-1995

    THREE partners are fleeing the controversial remerger of the Thompson trade union firms to set up a new London office of PI rivals Irwin Mitchell.Colin Ettinger, Alison Eddy and Sara Lesley have rejected partnerships with the practice forged out of Robin Thompson and Brian Thompson.The enlarged firm - Thompsons - will be launched next May, more than 18 months after the move was announced.Sources inside the firm say that although partners voted overwhelmingly ...

  • Top lawyers launch PI case against British Coal

    10-Oct-1995

    SOME of the top names in personal injury law have lined up in court for the start of the test cases which are being brought by nine miners against British Coal after they suffered "vibration white finger".The hearing began last week into the men's claim that they suffered from the condition after being exposed to vibrations and grinding tools in British Coal workshops.Their cases were brought by the British Coal Vibration White Finger Litigation Solicitors' ...

  • Top names line up for environment conference

    10-Oct-1995

    Cyril Dixon reportsA conference on changes in the law regarding contaminated land is expected to attract large numbers of council lawyers. The event will explore the legal implications of new legislation such as the Environment Act 1995.Conference organiser Hawksmere has booked a roll-call of senior figures in environmental law to speak.They include Andrew Flockhart, assistant chief executive at Wolverhampton Council, who will discuss how ...

  • Trainees get chance to study in Belgium

    10-Oct-1995

    UK TRAINEES will be eligible to take up a five-month seat in Brussels through a new placement scheme which is being organised by the Law Societies of England and Wales and Scotland.Trainees who are interested in pursuing a career in the international arena will move over for a secondment with the Law Societies' joint Brussels office, spending time studying the workings of European institutions."The scheme will offer trainees with an interest in Europe an ...

  • Wave of marketing moves hits City

    10-Oct-1995

    MARKETING managers in the City are at the centre of a wave of job moves involving at least seven firms.And the spate of new marketing appointments seems likely to continue as practices which have lost their marketing directors, including SJ Berwin & Co, attempt to entice people away from other firms.Some observers comment that the moves are a by-product of a more lively legal ...

  • You pay your money...

    10-Oct-1995

    Lawyers often regard accountants as a necessary evil but according to an exclusive survey commissioned by The Lawyer and Baker Tilly, more law firms have been switching allegiance if they are dissatisfied with the services provided by their accountancy firm.In last year's survey, over 74 per cent of law practices remained with the same accountancy firm for at least five years prior to 1994. This year the figure has slipped to 67 per cent. The signs are clear ...