12 October 1998

Are you a master of your domain?

If you really want it, you can buy the domain name “billgates.com” through a company called Domainmart. The asking price is $1m. The activities of domain name speculators are getting out of hand. Although technically the names are little more than addresses, enabling one computer to find another over the Internet, the value that can […]

Solicitors call time at the Bar

Disaffected with their barristers, north-east firms turned to London and forced the local Bar to take a hard look at itself. While solicitors in the North East have rapidly honed their businesses in the past 10 years, barristers have lagged behind. Much as Yorkshire clients once sought out London firms, Leeds solicitors now go to […]

Bar speaks out over audience rights plan

SENIOR barristers clashed with the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham over the Government’s plans to hand control of the Bar’s professional rules and rights of audience to the Lord Chancellor. Speaking at the conference, Lord Bingham said the system for changing professional rules and rights of audience, which requires the unanimous consent of four designated […]

The unsung superhero of equality

Vicki Chapman Elizabeth Davidson meets Vicki Chapman, the Clark Kent of UK law who champions LAG’s war against inequality. Look around at any conference or debate that touches on access to justice and it is a fair bet you will see Vicki Chapman among the delegates. The newly-promoted policy director at the Legal Action Group […]

Crystal Palace challenge given go-ahead

Roger Pearson says the architectural integrity of the site of the Great Exhibition is soon to be investigated by the High Court. The plan for a massive multiplex cinema on the site of London’s old Crystal Palace – which was destroyed by fire in 1936 – is to be the subject of a major High […]

Space – marketing's final frontier

So you think your firm has a good name in property? You may be right, but who have you been asking? A survey for Square Foot magazine asked 200 clients, from the largest property giants to smaller developers, about their attitudes towards the purchase of property legal services. The results hold little comfort for those […]

Ashursts hired by EC

Ashurst Morris Crisp has been hired by the European Commission to examine the implications of developments in electronic commerce for the EU pharmaceutical sector.

Rose heralds the virtual chambers

Anthony Rose, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s former corporate head, is to set up a “virtual” law chambers along with five other leading City partners. Rose, who left Barlows in April to set up a sole practice, aims to launch the chambers, Hampden Legal, in the New Year. It will provide back-office services to a network […]


North East can weather the storm

Every economic forecast reaches the same painful conclusion. There is an economic “slowdown”. The UK might even be heading for recession. So what. The North East has been in recession for so long it has become a way of life. The region consists of a handful of conurbations bounded on three sides by the Scottish […]

Fraud advisory panel set to demand prevention training for solicitors

The new pan-industry anti-fraud body chaired by Clifford Chance partner George Staple is to call for the introduction of anti-fraud training for solicitors and other professionals. One of the first moves of the Fraud Advisory Panel – set up by the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA) in February – was to appoint Detective Inspector Tom […]

Linklaters group aims to nip pension suits in bud

Linklaters has launched a 10-lawyer strong pensions litigation group in a drive to resolve disputes early on. The group is led by partner Mark Blyth and will focus on Pensions Ombudsman complaints and pensions disputes, including professional negligence and non-hostile litigation brought by trustees. Blyth said although more cases were going before the ombudsman and […]

In brief: Ground-breaking Korean joins Richards Butler

Korean lawyer Michael Kyong-Hwa Kim, one of the first Koreans to qualify as an English solicitor, has joined international firm Richards Butler. Kim, formerly a navigating officer with Hanjin Shipping, has just completed his traineeship. Kim joins the firm’s Korea group where he will work with Jonathan Hunt.

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