13 October 1997

Law Soc moves to relax rules on practice names

The Law Society has narrowly voted to relax the strict regulations governing law firms’ names in a move critics say will make the profession look foolish. In a set of radical measures the Law Society is proposing to let firms: use non-conventional names such as “the Legal Clinic”; use names made up of letters like […]

The Sycamore plan: a new era, a new approach

Philip Sycamore is set to modernise but there are still some sacred cows he plans to protect. Law Society president Phillip Sycamore is set to adopt a liberal stance to changes in the legal profession at this week’s conference. He will use his conference speech to paint the profession as willing to work with, rather […]

In brief: West Midlands practice swallows niche firm

West Midlands firm Needham & James, which has offices in Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon, has taken over the niche commercial and corporate finance firm Hunt & Co. James Hunt, of the two-partner firm, left Needhams in 1992 to set up his own practice with Anthony Rudge. The two will become Needhams 11th and 12th partners. Rudge […]

Watson Farley hires

Watson Farley & Williams has recruited Weil Gotshal & Manges associate Clifford Neimeth as a partner for its New York office. Meanwhile, Watson Farley in London has poached shipping partner Jonathan Kellett from Berwin Leighton as part of what the firm called a “continued commitment to broadening its practice in the Scandinavian and Baltic shipping […]

Strategic moves

A recent series of mergers in the Australian legal market is a sign of ambition rather than a return of the volatility of the last recession, reports Patrick Stewart. Patrick Stewart is a freelance journalist. Last month, Freehill Hollingdale & Page, a top Australian commercial practice consummated its marriage to Perth firm Parker & Parker, […]

Liverpool conference

Liverpool Law Society played host to the Federation of European Bars at the Merseyside Maritime Museum last weekend. Society president Tim Marshall told 75 judges and lawyers from around Europe: “This conference emphasises the strength of the profession in Liverpool and its ability to provide support for the needs of North West businesses trading in […]

In brief: Marsons opens new office in Bexleyheath

Kent firm Marsons has opened a new office in Bexleyheath. Headed by Caroline Landes, it will be open seven days a week as well as some evenings. The office will deal with child care, family, crime, personal injury, company,commercial and property.

Tackling tax down under

Tax reform is on the agenda in Australia as the government seeks ways of funding pensions, reports Louise McBride. Louise McBride is a tax partner at the Sydney office of Clayton Utz. Australia’s taxation system is in danger of imploding. Without urgent reform, it will not be able to support the number of people who […]


Wilde Sapte advised Citibank on its $123m loan to South African mobile phone operator Mobile Telephone Network. Freshfields advised Mobile Telephone Network.

Student sets out to prove disability is no barrier to a life at the Bar

Like other law students, Nick Stephens faces an uphill battle to become a barrister. But the 18-year-old is determined that his disability will not count against him. Stephens, who is paralysed from the neck down and unable to move or breathe without assistance after contracting meningitis when he was 18 months old, has beaten all […]


Denton Hall is part of the consortium which has beaten four others to advise the Bulgarian government on the privatisation of the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company. The other members of the consortium are KPMG

Key meetings at the conference

Friday 17 October 9.45am: Law Society president Phillip Sycamore addresses the conference. 10.45am: Legal Aid Board deputy chairman Henry Hodge will be among those debating the proposal that “This house believes the legal profession has no future in its present form”. 2.15pm: Session on how to develop a successful practice, chaired by Watson Farley & […]

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