13 May 1996

In brief: Unqualified assessors move in on victims

Personal injury victims are being doorstepped by unqualified claims assessors in a wheeze designed to drum up extra business for solicitors, warned Michael Napier, outgoing president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. The doorstepping approach is the latest attempt by intermediaries and marketing groups to share in potential awards to accident victims. Napier told […]

Poached pair move out of Garrett & Co

Two partners have left the corporate department of Garrett & Co’s Leeds office to join rival firm Hammond Suddards. Richard James and Karen Jarvis have joined Hammond Suddards in Leeds just two years after joining Garrett & Co in a mass poaching of 12 partners from Simpson Curtis. James said Garrett & Co was missing […]

24 reasons to stay worried

I am sure that the thrust of your front page article referring to the disquiet of female solicitors as they advance through the hierarchy of a law firm was not lost on the 24 Eversheds male partnership appointees whose smiling faces were displayed on page 5. Stuart Welburn Reading.

Another taste of Gaelic

Regarding the Tulkinghorn column in The Lawyer 30 April, I believe the Gaelic phrase for which your correspondent was searching is actually “Slan leat” meaning (literally) “[good] health [remain] with you”. Slan agus beanachd. Craig Dunford Middlesex.

The Lawyer Inquiry: Sandy Pratt

Sandy Pratt is a partner at Norton Rose and leads the corporate rescue and insolvency team. Born in Winchester in 1951, he now lives in Ashtead, Surrey. What was your first job? Selling cuckoo clocks door-to-door in South Africa. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £2,001 per annum. What would you have […]


Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Invesco English and International Trust in connection with a conditional placing and offer of shares which raised about £27 million.


Stephenson Harwood acted for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group in connection with a series of loans which the bank arranged for Indian borrowers.

Stress means 95% seek job change

Helen Sage reports Local authority legal work is stressful and destroys lawyers’ private lives, according to the local government lawyers who answered a major lifestyle survey conducted by The Lawyer. Ninety five per cent of local government lawyers who responded to The Lawyer’s Attitudes to the Profession survey, published earlier this month, said their work […]

Cleared solicitor rails against 'these disgraceful allegations'

Freshfields partner and former Westminster deputy chief solicitor, Robert Lewis, was one of three people to be cleared of wilful misconduct at the conclusion of the ‘home for votes’ inquiry. Lewis, the council’s deputy chief solicitor between 1986 and 1988, said after the release of district auditor John Magill’s report last week: “These disgraceful allegations […]

LAB faces duty solicitor battle

THREE London firms are issuing judicial review proceedings against the Legal Aid Board (LAB) in a dispute over the use of non-solicitors on a duty solicitor scheme. An application for leave will be made in writing soon. Hickman & Rose, Steven Fidler & Co and Hughmans are taking action after a decision by the City […]

Locums take over as CCT destroys permanent posts

Helen Sage reports A sharp increase in the use of locums in local authority legal departments has led to the demise of the public sector image of short hours and a job for life, it has been claimed. Specialist local government legal recruitment agency Badenoch & Clark has recorded a 30 per cent increase in […]

Guide proves asset to value

The valuation of insurance company assets on a consistent basis throughout the European Union is tackled in a new publication by the European Group Valuers of Fixed Assets (Tegovofa). A European directive on the Annual Accounts and Consolidated Accounts of Insurance Undertakings establishes a new definition of market value and requires all EU insurance undertakings […]

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