13 November 1995

Can you clarify

I refer to the writs section of The Lawyer 7 November 1995 and would ask you to make it clear the old firm of Grangewoods referred to in relation to a claim from the Royal Bank of Scotland is not connected to this firm and that none of the partners at this firm are defendants […]

Scandinavian post

Eurojuris, the largest legal network in Western Europe and Scandinavia, has appointed Lamb Brooks partner David Evans as president one year before the leadership was expected to change hands. Evans, a company and commercial solicitor, was favoured for the four-year term of office due to start in 1996, but the recent Eurojuris congress in Venice […]

Inquiry is only key to truth, says lawyer

THE FORMER partner of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane says a judicial inquiry is the only way to establish the truth over allegations of collusion by the Government and security forces in Finucane’s 1989 murder. Peter Madden is acting for Finucane’s widow, Geraldine, in a negligence action against the Ministry of Defence. The case is […]

Sedgfefield's pesky kids in here

Cyril Dixon reports SEDGEFIELD council – the north-east authority which hit the headlines with its own “community” security patrols – claims to have struck a new blow for law and order with pioneering legal moves to tackle unruly neighbours. District solicitor Dennis Hall overcome several drawbacks in the use of housing laws to obtain interlocutory […]

Partners testify in Barings case

PARTNERS at Slaughter and May and Linklaters & Paines have given evidence in a High Court battle which lawyers say will have implications for the capital markets sector. The lawyer-packed case is the first to come to trial as a result of the Barings bank collapse. A judgment is expected any time from this week. […]

The legal aid board. What they say about the LAB

Sir Tim Chessells, chair of the Legal Aid Board: Claims that the Legal Aid Board is setting the political agenda are “nonsense”. The board is continuing to improve its bureaucratic procedures while its franchising initiative “happens to sit very well with the way legal aid seems to be evolving”. The cost of legal aid, abuses […]

New look for council body

THE body which represents secretaries of district and unitary councils has changed its name to reflect the legal discipline of many of its members. The Association of District Secretaries became the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (ACSeS) at last month’s annual meeting. Spokesman Mark Winstanley said the change was to clarify ACSeS’ identity as […]

Domestic violence/Israel. Peace plays its part

Only a few weeks ago executive director of the British Overseas Trade Group Peter Stiles returned from Jordan full of excitement. He had been at the Middle East and North Africa Economic Summit in Amman where the mood was optimistic and Stiles was busy laying the groundwork for a delegation of City of London businesses […]

In brief: Alsops partner switches to Garrett & Co

One of the most senior partners in the northern operation of Alsop Wilkinson is leaving to join rivals Garrett & Co. Manchester-based corporate finance lawyer Tim Hamilton has given notice and expects to leave next summer after 11 years with Alsop Wilkinson. “I am looking forward to joining Garrett & Co,” he said. “It will […]

Player picks squad for professionals

AN EMPLOYMENT lawyer and former international rugby player has set up the first players’ association for the sport to tackle problems arising from the switch to professionalism. Richard Moon, an assistant and head of employment at Leamington firm Blythe Liggins, has set up the Rugby Union Players Association. Moon, who played for England and is […]

Dealing on-screen

One of the most significant changes in the financial services marketplace has been the reduction in the number of advisers. There are now less than 70,000 advisers where five years ago that total exceeded 250,000. This opens up a considerable business opportunity for legal practices to fill the gap. More importantly, legal practices will not […]

Law Soc urges NI murder probe

LEADING human rights lawyers have called for an immediate judicial inquiry into the 1989 murder of Belfast lawyer Patrick Finucane. In a report released last week, the Law Society’s international human rights working party urges the court to probe the cause of Finucane’s death and examine the possible role played by security forces. The report, […]

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