14 December 1998

Peter Bourke on enforcing the true spirit of the law. Peter Bourke is an assistant solicitor at Wilsons

A free-range egg farmer has successfully tackled the UK’s food safety regulations in the magistrates’ courts, arguing that his packaging did not place the consumer at risk. Last month the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food (MAFF) decided to put some force behind the packaging regulations for eggs. Accordingly, it attempted to prosecute Marlborough-based egg […]

Lichfield in negligence suit

The Earl of Lichfield is facing a High Court damages claim for alleged negligence over the running of property management firm, 86 Holland Park Management. He is being sued, along with London-based Joseph Majubian, by Channel Islands company Benin, which will also ask the court for an account of all sums received by the company, […]

Prisoners' rights to condoms reviewed

Roger Pearson reports on the High Court decision to give the go-ahead to a case campaigning for access to condoms in jail. The right of prisoners to have access to condoms is to be debated in the High Court. The ground-breaking case is being brought by former prisoner Glen Fielding, a long-time campaigner for all […]


Toby Greenbury

Herbert Smith heads for dry land

It may seem an odd move, but Philip Hoult says the firm has its reasons for pulling out of shipping at an apparently lucrative time. At first glance, the news last week that Herbert Smith has shut down the bulk of its shipping practice appears rather strange. The team – led by the well-regarded Nicholas […]

Straw pulls justice body funds

The overburdened and underfunded Criminal Cases Review Commission has had its’ application for additional funding rejected by the Home Secretary, Jack Straw. The Home Office has taken 12 months to come to a decision over the funding which was desperately needed to cover this financial year. The intention of the CCRC was to employ additional […]

Christmas Reading

The Final Score: The Inside Story of Soccer’s Trial of the Century By Hans Segers, Mel Goldberg and Alan Thatcher Covers the match-fixing trial of footballers John Fashanu, Bruce Grobbelaar and Hans Segers in 1997. Claims to tell the true story behind the headlines. Shadow of a Doubt By Ted Allbeury A former director general […]

Supermarkets sweep a path to the client's door

The prospect of retailers selling legal services will provide a new dilemma for the profession – whether to fight or join them.Dearbill Jordan investigates. “Ten years ago Tesco did not sell petrol, newspapers, clothes, pharmaceuticals, perfumes, toys, CDs, videos or alcohol. “Today, supermarkets are market leaders in most of these areas. Once multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) […]

Vizards to join forces with Bannisters

Martin Staples, senior partner at insurance litigation specialists Vizards, is to lead 20 of the firm’s partners into a merger with London insurance firm Bannisters, following an equal split of equity partners. Staples will be senior partner and Bannisters’ senior partner, Alan Bannister, will be deputy of the new firm, which will be called Vizards […]

Richards Butler partners to vote on merger in New Year

Partners at Richards Butler are expected to vote in January over whether to proceed with the firm’s proposed merger with Theodore Goddard. Last month the tripartite talks with Denton Hall broke down over the integration of Denton Hall and Richards Butler’s Hong Kong offices. Theodore Goddard continued talks with Richards Butler and now, The Lawyer […]

Beachcroft Wansbroughs tie forges 122-partner firm

Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave merged with Beachcroft Stanleys this week to create a 122-partner national firm, specialising in commercial, healthcare and insurance. Beachcroft Wansbroughs, as the new firm is called, is the result of 18 months of merger negotiations. Wansbroughs completed its first foray into national expansion after taking over Manchester insurance firm Vaudreys in September. […]

A luxury the profession can no longer afford

Elizabeth Davidson asks what the future holds for the OSS and if it will be forced to become independent from the Law Society. The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) could face radical change if the Government steps up its drive to improve value for money for legal services. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, […]

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