Bacfi puts focus on arbitration

LORD Justice Saville is to deliver a keynote speech on arbitration at the Denning Lecture held by the in-house barristers' group Bacfi.

The Appeal Court judge has accepted an invitation by the Bar Association for Commerce Finance and Industry to deliver the annual Denning Lecture on 22 May.

Judge Saville will speak on arbitration and the courts and is likely to cover the new arbitration bill he is currently drawing up for the Government.

Bacfi chair Austin Allison says the talk is likely to be of major interest to lawyers involved in the arbitration field particularly in light of the forthcoming bill.

“It is expected to be a major event,” he says.

Judge Saville is a former head of the Commercial Court and chairs the Department of Trade and Industry's departmental advisory committee on arbitration which is currently revising its draft arbitration bill after a period of consultation.

He is no stranger to controversy having spoken out in 1993 about the disarray and “grave injustice” caused by a lack of judges in the Commercial Court.

Advisory committee member Anthony Bunch, managing partner at Masons, describes Lord Saville's role in the drafting of the bill to improve the arbitration process as “crucial”.

He says it is hoped the bill, which needs substantial redrafting following a period of consultation, will be included as part of the Government's legislative programme to be outlined in the Queen's speech in the autumn.

LAWYERS willing to take on a new way of life while practising their profession are being invited to join the army.

The Directorate of Army Legal Services is on the look-out for four recently qualified solicitors or barristers in their 20s to join the army's 50-lawyer department.

Directorate head Lt Col Stephen Vowles is holding a three-day selection board next month for lawyers who would be commissioned into the service at the rank of captain with a salary of u22,571.

Eight candidates will be invited to an army base for a series of aptitude tests which will include a physical element.

Lt Col Vowles says: “You join as an army officer, you take on a whole new life and could be posted anywhere in the world.”