13 April 1998

Accountancy Survey. Accounting for the accountants

A survey has revealed that accountants are not delivering the services law firms want. The fourth annual survey by The Lawyer and chartered accountancy firm Baker Tilly makes depressing reading for accountants. Despite accountants’ marketing, brochures and stated commitment to client service, many solicitors remain dissatisfied. Quotes such as “they could show basic interest in […]

Weekend Breaks. Backyard breakaway

England has plenty to offer dedicated holiday-makers, from youth hostelling to luxury hotels. London is still the UK’s top destination. The traditional weekend stay will often include a West End show, and if you do not want to go to the trouble of making the travel arrangements, a number of hotels and ticket companies will […]

Litigation Personal Injury 14/04/98

Daly v Cambridge Health Authority QBD 26 January 1998 Claimant: Adam Daly, 27 Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: Claimant suffered severe brain damage when an ambulance collided with his car on the A142 near Witcham, Cambridgeshire, in March 1994. Before accident claimant was fit, with good job prospects. After spending months in a vegetative state […]

In brief: Lord Hunt praises profession on capital

In his maiden speech to the House of Lords last week Lord Hunt of Wirral, senior partner at Beachcroft Stanleys, praised the legal profession for establishing London as the legal capital of the world. He also stressed the importance of the legal profession in its contribution to training and also to invisible exports.

In brief: Pagan Macbeth opens Dunfermline office

Scottish firm Pagan Macbeth has opened a new office in Dunfermline, alongside its existing offices in Edinburgh, Fife and Lothian, to service what it believes is a mini-boom in the Fife area. Alison Green, partner in the four-partner firm, said: “The West Fife economy has seen a great deal of investment in recent times and […]

Gardening leave must be in contract

A Court of Appeal ruling made last week means that companies can no longer assume that they can enforce gardening leave if the term is not in their employment contracts. Steve Tucker, a bookmaker, resigned from William Hill to go to a rival company, but was told he had to stay at home during his […]


Olswang advised Capital & Regional Properties on the £93.8m acquisition of the Pallasades Shopping Centre, Birmingham, from Fordgate, advised by Teacher Stern & Selby.

Ruling repairs landlord's rights

Roger Pearson looks at a decision which could have serious consequences for tenants who do not comply with repair covenants. A recent ruling in the Chancery Division of the High Court is seen as adding a further weapon to the increasing armoury of landlords seeking to force tenants to honour the terms of repair covenants. […]

Bi-coastal US merger to go ahead

Partners at San Francisco’s Thelen Marrin Johnson & Bridges and New York’s Reid & Priest have voted in favour of merging the two firms, paving the way for an official launch on 30 June. The new firm, called Thelen Reid & Priest, will have almost 350 lawyers 190 from Thelen Marrin and 160 from Reid […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 14/04/98

Football club’s duty to player Kieron Brady v (1) Sunderland Association Football Club Ltd (2) Leslie Howard Boobis, FRCS (3) Dr Simon James Paul England (1998) QBD (Buckley J) 2/4/98 The plaintiff was a highly promising young football player contracted to the first defendant, Sunderland Association Football club Ltd. He experienced problems with his right […]

Baines Gwinner NYC

UK-based recruitment consultancy Baines Gwinner is setting up a New York office. The firm, known for legal recruitment, already has offices in London and Hong Kong. The New York branch will be headed by Russ Gerson, former head of the financial services practice at Webb Johnson Associates. He will report to Jonathan Gaines, chairman of […]

Conviction on the menu

The case of a hotel sandwich board which upset planners in Bideford, North Devon, is to return to the local magistrates’ court. But when it returns, the magistrates have been given no choice but to convict hotelier Alan Jarad for breach of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992 by putting the […]

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