10 May 1999

Lord Bingham defends judges secrecy

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham of Cornhill has defended the secret soundings system for appointing judges and claims it could withstand scrutiny by an independent watchdog. In what could be construed as a side swipe against the Law Society which has boycotted the secret soundings, Lord Bingham said a system which delivers such a […]

Australian law firm in republican row

Partners at Australian firm Clayton Utz have pledged to back one of their clerks who has been barred from legal practice because he refuses to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen. Australia’s Court of Appeal have rejected Republican pleas that Carl Moller should be allowed to exempt himself from taking an oath as […]

Finers and Stephens Innocent merge

Niche media law firm, Stephens Innocent has announced its merger with property and commercial practice, Finers, after talks were exclusively revealed by The Lawyer magazine last week (1 November 1999). The new firm will be called Finers Stephens Innocent and will operate from Finers’ offices in Great Portland Street from December 14. Richard Gerstein, Finers’ […]

Court battle funds – millions of pounds unclaimed

The spoils of thousands of court battles – amounting to more than ?33 million and dating back in some cases to the 18th century – remain unclaimed, it has been revealed. And according to a damning report by the National Audit Office (NAO), records fail to identify the rightful owners of nearly ?10 million worth […]

Peter Kavanagh

Gulshanah Choudhuri talks to Theodore Goddard’s Peter Kavanagh about mergers, alliances and his reasons for stepping down as managing partner. It is perhaps appropriate that a policeman’s son should decide to practise law. That is precisely what Theodore Goddard’s former managing partner Peter Kavanagh did. Born in Stockport, Cambridge, law graduate Kavanagh comes across as […]

Mirror Group

The Mirror Group has provided a flood of headlines in the financial press over the past few months. Viewed by some as a company that has lost its way, the group now has two other media firms circling around each other looking at whether it would be a good link-up. The two companies Trinity and […]

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