10 August 1998

Daughter fights will decision

Sandra Espinosa, a Blackpool woman who looked after her father during the last seven years of his life, but was left nothing of an estate worth u200,000, has challenged a High Court ruling that she was not entitled to any provision from her father’s will. She is also challenging Mr Justice Johnson’s dismissal of her […]

Legal software vies for market share

MANCHESTER personal injury firm Alexander Harris has piloted a new case and practice management system, which has now been sold to London litigation firm Kennedys and launched on the legal marketplace. Altrincham-based computer supplier Jonathan Beck Associates (JBA) has been implementing its Carydan software at 28-fee earner firm Alexander Harris for the past three months, […]

Govt to ration legal aid cases

Clients seeking legal aid are at risk of having their cases turned down if Community Legal Services overrun their budget and their cases are not judged to be high priority. After the release last week of the White Paper, Modernising Justice, Hoon said: “If we start hugely over-spending on the budget we would have to […]

Survey reveals threat to IP rights

Investors in IT, telecoms and life sciences companies risk throwing money away because they do not monitor the protection of their intellectual property (IP) rights, research has found. A survey of over 100 companies, conducted by the London Business School and sponsored by City firm Taylor Joynson Garrett, revealed that half the investors in these […]

Liverpool merger creates biggest set in North West

The Liverpool bar is set for a shake-up with four sets involved in merger talks. Sources within chambers said that a formal decision has been taken to merge Martin’s Building and The Corn Exchange. This will create the largest set in the North West and one of the largest in the country, with nearly 70 […]

Defamation gatekeepers must exercise caution

Tim Watkin examines the reasoning behind, and consequences of, Peter Carter-Ruck’s decision to fight libel cases on a no win-no fee basis. When Tom Cruise stood outside the High Court last month to proclaim victory for himself and his family over Express Newspapers, it served as a reminder that defamation law is as much the […]

In brief: Lord Clinton-Davis returns to SJ Berwin

Lord Clinton-Davis, minister for trade at the Department of Trade and Industry from May 1997 until the reshuffle in July 1998, has rejoined SJ Berwin as a consultant on EU and government affairs.

UK 'lock-in' deters investors

Immigration solicitors have warned that wealthy entrepreneurs and millionaire investors visiting the UK will be “locked” into the country for three months, owing to Home Office personnel and computing problems. The Home Office wrote to immigration solicitors last month, warning them that business immigration applications for businesspersons and investors received after 7 December would go […]

In brief: Eversheds launches EU public affairs service

Eversheds has launched an EU public affairs service in Brussels. The service will be headed up by Wilfred Aspinall, former member of the European Union economic and social committee until earlier this year, and John Grayston, the firm’s resident partner.

Decree of confusion

The Vietnamese government has issued decree 92, which allows foreign firms to register up to two branch offices in the country. It supersedes decree 42, issued in 1995, which also allowed firms to open two branch offices.

Lawyers at play

More a case of lawyers in play, with Barney Corrigan from Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees pictured above with a prop from a children’s Christmas play that the firm is sponsoring. It’s about a picture-book small town where “the sky starts changing colour”. Other plot lines, including the one where Newcastle wins the Premiership, were thought […]

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