11 January 1999

Law firms offering legal aid halved

Only 5000 law firms won contracts to offer legally aided initial advice and legal assistance in civil cases under the new scheme launched by the Lord Chancellor’s Department yesterday. Under the old system, more than 11,000 firms were entitled to offer such advice. The Law Society has reacted with fury to the cuts, claiming that […]

New department heads for Lawrence Tucketts

Jonathan Hoey, who has been made up to partner, replaces Judith Brown as head of the 12-strong recoveries team. Brown has moved over to head up the dispute resolution group. Associate, David Bird has been made head of the tax and estate planning team, replacing Dr Anne Burrows who retires next Spring. Head of the […]

Clifford Chance appoints special advisor

Mayhew – whose City links include Chair of the Policy And Resources Committee of the Corporation of London – will advise on relations between the public and private sector. A former Chairman of the Corporation of London’s Education Committee, Mayhew will also advise the firm on recruitment, education and training initiatives – including its relationship […]

Court errors cost £84m

This was the public spending watchdog’s first review of the £9 billion criminal court system which examined how the Crown Prosecution Service, Home Office and Lord Chancellor’s Department interact. The NAO found nearly 750,000 magistrates’ courts cases each year have to be adjourned because of errors by participants. This can delay cases by more than […]

B&M works on Croatian privatisation

Baker & McKenzie’s London and Frankfurt offices are advising the Croatian government on the privatisation of its telecoms network. The firm was selected after a beauty parade in which it is believed to have beaten Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy and US firms Debevoise & Plimpton and Squire Sanders & Dempsey. Baker & McKenzie is […]

Ireland hopping in the North and South

Ireland boasts Europe’s fastest-growing economy and Northern and Southern firms are cashing in. Ryan Dunleavy visits an island which could make British firms green with envy. Northern and Southern Ireland’s economy grew by 8 per cent last year – making it the fastest-growing in Europe – and law firms are adjusting their strategies to stay […]

Litigator's View

Giles Ward on the effect of the new Criminal Procedure Rules. Giles Ward is a partner at Nelson & Co in Leeds. The recent case of Crowther v Ramsey shows courts are affording little leniency to solicitors, expecting their clients to pursue professional negligence claims against them. The case concerned an appeal by the claimant’s […]

The Cardinal's sins

In exclusive extracts from his unauthorised biography, Dominic Egan reveals to readers of The Lawyer some of the secrets from the Lord Chancellor’s chequered legal career. In May 1997 Lord Irvine was virtually unknown outside the legal profession. One year later he was the most famous Lord Chancellor of the 20th century. The only problem […]

Litigation Personal Injury 1/11/99

Cases from LAWTEL’S PI Quantum Database. Contact Deborah Talbot on 0171 970 4823. Robert Langford v (1) Gary Hebran (2) Nynex Cable Communications Ltd (1999) QBD (Kleven J) 15 October 1999 Claimant: Male, 27 years old at date of accident; 32 years old at date of trial. Incident: The claimant was injured in 1994 when […]

Property

Jersey-based Mourant du Feu & Jeune acted on a proposal to launch a commercial property fund in the Channel Islands. The Royal Bank of Scotland International is proposing to launch the fund in association with international property consultants Weatherall Green and Smith. The fund, which will be known as The Foundation Fund, will be used […]

Ex-policeman sues Russell Jones Walker

London firm Russell Jones & Walker is being sued by a former Metropolitan Police constable who claims the firm failed to properly represent him in court. The claim has been issued against the firm alleging it failed to interview key witnesses and did not get enough evidence to properly defend the policeman. The former officer […]

Davenports takes trio in image shift

Davenport Lyons, the leading media and entertainment practice, has poached three lawyers as it attempts to throw off its image as a niche firm. All three will join the firm as partners. Intellectual property and technology specialist David Marchese joins from Richards Butler, corporate and M&A lawyer Rebecca Ferguson moves from Herbert Smith and Jonathan […]

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